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« on: March 18, 2007, 10:57:09 AM »

Zandra Productions along with Surreal Productions presents

Wednesday May 23rd, 2007

Century Media Recording Artists



All Ages Event
The Distrikt
1326 Hamilton St

Advance tickets on sale March 9
Keep watching here for pre-sale information!!!


There is no better indication that greatness can be achieved through a resilient work ethic than Lacuna Coil, whose aggressive touring and extensive critical praise have now poised them for mainstream domination. The group initially left their mark on the hard rock scene in 2004 with their acclaimed album, Comalies, which opened several opportunities for them that were previously thought unattainable for an Italian band, such as two highly successful commercial radio campaigns alongside a breakthrough Ozzfest appearance resulting in over 500,000 copies sold worldwide with a quarter of a million in the U.S. alone. Now, Lacuna Coil returns with their highly anticipated new album, Karmacode, which is another huge step forward in the band’s continuous evolution. It has been years since an artist came along that could redefine a genre, but this group has the potential to do just that. This is the next big thing.

Upholding the emotive yin-yang tradition of vocal interplay between the dulcet tones of Cristina Scabbia and the scorching vocals of her male singing partner Andrea Ferro, Karmacode sees Lacuna Coil realize the potential at which Comalies hinted, but their evolution is both sonic and spiritual. "If there were an actual translation of Karmacode," says Ferro, "it would be something like, 'Spiritual DNA and the message behind it.' The title attempts to balance our modern, overwhelming, self-centered, fast-paced lifestyles and the desire we all have to lead a more spiritual, compassionate and fulfilling life."

The American breakthrough for Lacuna Coil -- whose moniker translates to "empty spiral" in English, betraying the rich versatility of their music -- began with 2001's Unleashed Memories, an album that merited a special mention in Billboard magazine's Hard Music Spotlight. That same year, their first U.S. tour left audiences mesmerized by what Metal Maniacs described as "intoxicating" live performances.

Still, the runaway success of 2002's Comalies was the foundation of which the band’s success was built. The album was praised by the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Revolver, Rolling Stone, Stuff and virtually every hard rock/metal publication of note. Soon after the album’s release, the group’s profile grew tenfold thanks to aggressive touring with the likes of P.O.D., Opeth, Anthrax, Type O Negative and Danzig. With the success of the album’s first single, “Heaven’s A Lie,” Billboard called the band “one of the larger success stories in metal,” as MTV2 and Fuse put the track’s video into heavy rotation and the song itself graced commercial radio airwaves across the country and planted itself within the R&R Active Rock Top 30 Chart. Prominent Boston station WAAF led the charge, inviting Lacuna Coil to appear at its annual Locobazooka festival (alongside such major acts as Staind and Sevendust) in addition to performing acoustically on the air.

In early 2004, Lacuna Coil’s successes were validated with an invitation to participate in that year’s Ozzfest, supporting such metal stalwarts as Judas Priest, Slayer and Ozzy himself. Lacuna Coil offered something unique to the package that ultimately struck a chord with fans, resulting in their being hailed as the year’s breakthrough artist. Over the course of the massive two-month trek, the group also SoundScanned more units per week than any other band on the bill second only to the platinum-selling artist Slipknot. The radio success of "Heaven's A Lie" waned only as the popularity of the second single, "Swamped" increased at Active Rock and even found its way on to more than a dozen Alternative stations as well.

Lacuna Coil spent the summer of 2005 performing at some of Europe’s premier festivals alongside such household names as Green Day, Incubus and System Of A Down while completing the songwriting process for Karmacode. The highly anticipated new effort was produced by Sorychta and Lacuna Coil in Germany and Italy, while the album was both mixed by Ronald Prent (Rammstein, H.I.M., Iron Maiden) and mastered by Darcy Proper (Steely Dan, Porcupine Tree, R.E.M.) at Galaxy Studios in Belgium. Asterik Studio (Trapt, Funeral For A Friend, The Used), the Grammy-nominated design firm, handled the package design. This offering begins where Comalies left off, and it will further solidify their spot as one of the genre’s most dynamic and exhilarating artists.

The group kicked off the album’s extensive touring cycle with a high profile, sold-out six-week U.S. trek as direct support to Rob Zombie, which was capped off with a performance on ABC-TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! The summer of 2006 was spent on the main stage of Ozzfest playing alongside such acclaimed acts as System Of A Down, Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold, as Scabbia became the first female front woman ever to grace the fest’s main stage. LACUNA COIL also scored a Top 30 Active Rock hit single with the track “Our Truth” in addition to being featured on the covers of such esteemed publications as Revolver, Metal Edge, Outburn and Decibel, among a slew of others. Following a European headlining tour, they closed out the year with a number of dates alongside Danzig and In Flames, which coincided with the launch of the group’s newest single, “Closer.”

From all indications, it looks as if 2007 will be LACUNA COIL’s most successful year to date as they prepare to embark on a massive Jagermeister tour this spring as direct support to Stone Sour. The tour also features Shadows Fall and looks to be one of the year’s defining packages.

With four full-length albums and two EPs now to their credit, Lacuna Coil have ensured that each offering further enunciates the subtle, solemn beauty they create. Karmacode takes that a step further, seeing them further mature as musicians and songwriters to deliver their most cohesive, career-defining album. If karma has anything to do with it, Italy's most successful rock export will not have to wait long for the entire mainstream world to take notice.


Confronted with the unavoidable sensory overload and the galloping synchronisation of senses it is getting increasingly difficult to invent sounds and melodies that are standing individually for themselves and only for themselves without going into extremes. The Dutch band the Gathering has accomplished just that achievement with their ninth album Home. But up to that piece of art, it took them a long way full of creative skinning, self-conquest and a strong striving towards perfection of sound.

the Gathering with singer Anneke van Giersbergen, René Rutten [guitar], drummer Hans Rutten, Marjolein Kooijman [bass] and Frank Boeijen [keyboards] have unmistakably reached a new level with Home. In full view of their musical achievements over the last one and a half decade, they again dive in the unfathomed deep. Letting go of all stylistic hooks, the band is simply celebrating the music. The new songs seem to come from a land of fairy-tales, each track a jewel in itself. Our music is and always was its own source of inspiration, Anneke van Giersbergen explains. Things that we see, feel and experience every day. Some experiences are simple and positive, others complex and challenging. On the new album we emphasize three aspects of human life, the hectic roller coaster of our time, the life-changing events and the dissolving, soothing atmosphere of inner happiness. All this set to words and music. One might ask how it all fits into a musical genre. These songs fill the complete array of pop music, sometimes with a warm, dark impact, sometimes with a light, refreshing up-tempo sound. Together they tell a tale, but each in itself is an easily accessible song delighting the mind.

Right from the start, the melodies and grooves are highly contagious. But especially the carefully arranged details, generously spread over all the songs of the album, are making Home a long-lasting event with new discoveries to be made again and again. The functions within the band are blending into one another in a way that single sources of sound, instruments or starting points of ideas are hardly distinguishable. A rock band cannot sound more homogenous. Like the soft meander of a peaceful stream, Anneke's voice is winding through a variegated riverbed lined with beguiling instrumental sounds. Some of the songs are downright hypnotising. It is left to the listener whether he wants to pick his favourites from the album or perceive it like an integral garden or a monolithic sculpture.

Respect is due to the band for not calculating commerce. Without yielding to cheap provocations - on the contrary, the album caresses the ear from the first to the last note - it avoids reaching for a market segment or satisfying expectations. Home in its overbearing beauty is too complex to be described with a handeddown catch-phrase or a common slogan. In all its harmony and relaxed diversity, the album is the result of a long and collective struggle with creative processes that have not always been without pain. What counts in the end is the result. the Gathering are sending the senses on a journey, translating images into sounds and leaving the completion to the imagination of the listener, hovering slightly above the ground and penetrating deeply the soul of everybody who comes into contact with their sounds. With due caution of superlatives, Home is coming close to the ideal of a perfectly harmonious pop album, nonetheless thrilling in every single note.

The start of the Gathering roots back to the year 1989. Close to the Dutch small town Oss, the brothers Hans and René Rutten founded the band that was later called the Gathering together with Bart Smits and other friends. Right from the start they decided to avoid the easy and obvious paths and meticulously modelled the individual band sound. At weekly rehearsals, they worked their way from the mutual basis heavy metal to other musical styles until their first demo-tape An Imaginary Symphony summarised the early experiences in 1990. Their straight metal sound interwoven with keyboards was received with enthusiasm by the press even back then. More demos followed, until in 1991 the band was supporting tours by high metal-calibre bands like Death and Morbid Angel.

Finally, in 1992 the first complete album Always... was released. Stylistically positioned between Gothic and Doom, The Gathering continuously built up their fan base and toured even Israel. But in spite of their increasing popularity the band had to pay a high price for their innocence in business affairs and was nearly smashed in their struggle with their record company of the time. Half-heartedly, another album with new band members was released but soon done away with. Not until in 1994 they came across singer Anneke van Giersbergen, courage revived. With her clear voice trained by jazz and classic, the young vocalist set new accents, opened spaces and perspectives that thus far seemed to have been closed to the band. In 1995, the extremely successful album Mandylion with its dense atmosphere showed a group that had not only discovered new inspiration, but also got along great with each other. Two years later, they travelled all over Europe with the fourth long-player Nighttime Birds in their baggage.

With the new double album How To Measure A Planet? the band underwent a drastic turn from metal to more complex sounds. This change of mind brought them a long US tour. With new self-confidence, re-mastered versions of earlier albums where being released at the end of the millennium and in 2000, two new Albums were released: the live album Superheat and the stylistically wide-ranging studio opus if_then_else. In 2002 the mini CD Black Light District followed as a gift to the fans. In 2003 the release of Souvenirs was a new milestone in the Gathering's career. For this album the 5 musicians ultimately explored their composing skills over a 2-year recording process, which consumed virtually all powers of the band. But their quest to bring their music to the highest possible level of sound definition would be embraced by worldwide press and fan base. In 2003 the band starts touring again and in August they record the semi-acoustic live album Sleepy Buildings which contains new arrangements of songs from their earliest, more obscure albums Always… and Almost A Dance from the early '90s [performed for the very first time with the band's current line-up], their breakthrough album Mandylion, and the 2000 album if_then_else.

From upon 2004 the Gathering appear in a new line-up when previous bass player Hugo Prinsen Geerligs leaves the band by the end of 2003 shortly after the Sleepy Buildings recording session, to spend more time with his private life. Hugo is replaced by fellow townswoman Marjolein Kooijman. Supported by the fresh energy Marjolein brings to the band, they tour every notch of the world visiting 19 different countries in one year. After touring Europe end of 2004 while pregnant, singer Anneke gave birth to her first child in February 2005. The only live performance during 2005 takes place on May 23 in front of an international audience [more than thirty different nationalities!] who witnessed the recordings for a live dvd entitled A Sound Relief at the famous Paradiso in Amsterdam.

2006 takes off very promising for the Gathering when in February A Sound Relief live DVD is nominated for a Dutch Edison Award [Edison is a prize for quality in Sound Recording and is the equivalent to the U.S. Grammy Award, the Brit Award, the Grand Prix du Disque in France and the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis in Germany].

After the long break in order to not just come up with another album adding to the discography, but to finally reap the juicy fruits they had been sowing for such a long time, with Home the Gathering have finally proven that they are not restricted to a certain country, scene, era or conception but set their own standards that they only can meet themselves.


Century Media is extremely proud to welcome IN THIS MOMENT to its worldwide family. The Southern California based quintet quickly became one of the most talked about artists within the local scene due to the intensity of frontwoman Maria Brink and an undying work ethic. This buzz carried over to the band?s MySpace page resulting in over 105,000 friends and over 800,000 plays.

The group?s songwriting blends together a propulsive mixture of metal and hard rock elements that will quickly help them carve out their own unique niche within the scene. The diversity and depth of their songwriting is refreshing and their musical prowess is simply undeniable.

IN THIS MOMENT further describe their thoughts on the new deal and upcoming album; We are very excited to be a part of the Century Media family and to be included in the CM roster along with so many great bands is truly an honor for us. Words really can’t describe how great it feels to be starting our career with such a great label behind us. We are so thankful for all the opportunities we have been given.

We also just finished recording our debut album with Eric Rachel (Dillinger Escape Plan, God Forbid) at Trax East, which was an amazing experience. Eric exceeded our expectations in every way and he was able to bring out the best in all of us. It was definitely five weeks we will never forget.

IN THIS MOMENT's debut offering, Beautiful Tragedy, is set for a spring 2007 release. A new track will also be on featured on Century Media's upcoming Metal For The Masses double-disc set, which is set for a late November release.


Once upon an awkward adolescence, there was a girl that tripped often and spoke very little, a boy who ate too much junk food, but spoke a lot, and his identical twin that hit things and spoke even more. Then along came a pianist with very wiggly fingers and a baseball bat. Hence...the musical misadventures unfolded.

It all started with "The Fratellis," Stolen Babies' original 12+ member group. Horns blared, oversized dolls jumped out of toy boxes, squabbles were had, babies were stolen, turned into flies and fed to giant spiders. Eventually, the blundering theatrics came to an end, but the four stuck together.

More misadventure, more junk food...

Taking their name from a song/skit from the early days, Stolen Babies have been described as playing  prog-pop-cabaret-thrash-quirky-goth-rock. Mostly though, they would just like to think that their songs are fun to dance and fall down to.

It's nearly impossible to talk about Stolen Babies without mentioning their ongoing collaboration with graphic novelist extraordinaire Crab Scrambly. His artwork has graced their early releases, website and merch. More notably you can see Crab's original paintings that provide the otherworldly landscapes to Stolen Babies video "Push Button," and of course the artwork for the bands debut full length album "There Be Squabbles Ahead," which was recorded and produced by Dan Rathbun of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.Which now brings Stolen Babies to...the beginning of The End.

Dominique Persi - lead vocals, face paint keeping, accordion sprinkling
Rani Sharone - electric and upright bass swapping, mental guitar playing, programming, sampling, vocals
Ben Rico - multiple keyboard reaching, beating, vocals
Gil Sharone - aggressive drumming
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