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Primal Fear - Update from Mat Sinner (PF DVD in June 2010!!)
Added Saturday, February 27 by EvilG
Primal Fear is getting busy again and here are some latest news what’s going on in the PF camp. We will play our first show in 2010 on Saturday March 6th in our hometown Esslingen / Komma and a new set list at this years Rock For One World benefit event. On March 26th we will play for the first time ever in Luxemburg - Moulfort / Kulturzentrum. In April we’re coming back to Sweden – April 7th in Gävle/Maxim with supports “Saint Demon” and ”The Murder Of My Sweet” and on April 8/9th we will join the Sweden Rock Cruise with “Death Angel”, “Heat” and more …… tickets for the Primal Fear North American tour "The Fear Is Here 2010" in May/June are on sale and HAVOK are already confirmed as the first support band. Great news from Pamela Moore – she will be joining Primal Fear on stage on ALL dates of the North American tour!

The Rock Meets Classic tour 2010 was a nice success and featured Mat Sinner as musical director/bass, Henny Wolter on lead guitar, Jimmy Kresic (keyboards) and Martin Schmidt (drums). Backing Vocals by Amanda Somerville, Verena Schock & Tiffany Kirkland. You can watch a promo clip on You Tube - the tour agency is already working on a new RMC edition for January 2011 with a new line up of singers. iMusic One TV will broadcast a one hour special of the event on the Easter weekend!

Studio & Production News

Primal Fear is busy at work on the new DVD “16.6 – All Over The World”. The DVD will feature mainly the 2009 concerts in Switzerland and Atlanta/USA, plus a lot of interesting shots from Japan, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Sweden etc etc. – still a long way to go, but it will be a killer package incl. the first official Live CD of Primal Fear “Live In The USA” recorded in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York. Achim Koehler is already working on the mix of the audio stuff. We’re pleased to announce that Frontiers Records will be our partner again and will release the package worldwide in mid June 2010. Primal Fear will be on the road again in Europe after the festival season in Mid September, to present their new DVD & Live CD in Concert!

Voodoo Circle finished the drum recordings for their new album “Broken Heart Syndrome” with new drummer Markus Kullmann @ the U3 studios in Stuttgart and Alex Beyrodt will start recording his guitar parts during the next days. The release of the second Voodoo Circle album is set for September 2010 by AFM Records.....

The plans for the long awaited Ralf Scheepers Solo Album are shaping up. The song writing is in full swing and the recordings will start during the summer in Sweden, when Ralf will join forces again with his former “Gamma Ray” partner & drummer extraordinaire Uli Kusch. An impressive list of some very prominent guests is already confirmed for Ralf’s first solo album. Frontiers Records plans to release the yet untitled album in January 2011

Mat is still busy producing the highly acclaimed first album of Michael Kiske and Amanda Somerville - simply named Kiske/Somerville. Michael is already recording his final vocal parts and Mat is working simultaneous with Jimmy Kresic on some orchestra and keyboard arrangements. Two video clips will be shot for the album with director Martin Mueller @ the Opera House in Nuernberg in the last week of March.

Short News Updates – Mat will be in the studio with Elvenking and Dennis Ward, to produce their new album for AFM Records in April. SINNER will start the songwriting for the “Crash & Burn” follow-up and their new album “ONE BULLET LEFT” soon. Magnus Karlsson’s third album with Russell Allen and Jorn Lande titled “Allen/Lande III” is mixed at the moment by Achim Koehler with the supporting ears of Mat & Magnus. More updates soon!


HELLFEST 2010 - Complete Line-up Revealed
Added Friday, February 26 by Dreamaster
The french heavy metal festival has revealed the complete line-up fo the 2010 edition.

See promotional poster below (for bigger size click in the link: http://www.hellfest.fr/promo/affhellfest2010.jpg
Source: www.hellfest.fr


HAMMERFALL MENTIONED DURING CURLING EVENT AT 2010 OLYMPICS
Added Thursday, February 25 by EvilG
TOUR STARTS ON MARCH 5th IN WEST SPRINGFIELD, VA

Mark Morton of Examiner.com reported that during Sunday night's (February 21) women's curling match between USA and Sweden, Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL became the unlikely topic of discussion on CNBC television.

At 11:22 p.m. ET, in the beginning of the sixth end, Colleen Jones was commenting on how much she enjoyed the curling montage of various teams screaming when Andrew Catalon piped in, and the following conversation ensued.

Andrew: "If you really want to see something fascinating, I suggest you go to YouTube, and type in 'Hearts on Fire' and 'curling,' because just prior to the 2006 Winter Olympics, Anette's [Norberg] team was featured in a rock video for this Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL. The song is 'Hearts on Fire'. The team takes on the band in a curling game, and then the curlers — this team — starts singing while they're sweeping! So that is a must-see video! I've watched it!"

Colleen: "Is there a future for them as rock stars? They're already rock stars, but could they be other rock stars?"

Andrew: "Well, it turned out to be a good luck charm; they went on to win a gold medal!"

Colleen: "Yeah, I was asking Anette the other day, 'Hey, any more rock videos for you?' Nope, they haven't had any more offers since then."

Andrew: "Going out on top, obviously."

Eva Lund of the Swedish curling team told Reuters in a February 2006 interview, "We loved [taking part in the video] and it gave us energy. The HAMMERFALL band was fantastic and they are cheering for us and writing e-mails to us when we are here," she said after Sweden beat Norway 5-4.

In the video, which can be viewed below, the team arrives for a match in a dingy rink to be confronted by their opponents: a wild-haired, leather-clad heavy metal band with dubious curling skills.

The women sweep to victory — aided by an on-ice drum kit — but not before they have morphed into leather and chain-clad singers themselves.

"Hearts On Fire" comes off HAMMERFALL's 2002 album, "Crimson Thunder". The track was reissued as a single in Sweden in January 2006 to give a "boost" to the team as they prepared for the Winter Olympics in Turin.

"The video was a blast to record, an attitude shared by everyone involved. The result is an amusing and, for us, a little unusual video," stated HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak at the time.



HAMMERFALL reached a career-crowning achievement this past March of 2009 when No Sacrifice, No Victory attained Gold status in their home country - debuting at #2 on the Swedish album charts and remained in the Top 10 for four weeks. The band topped the charts in many other European countries as well: Germany #7; Greece #10, Switzerland #20; England #21; Austria #25; Czech Republic #33; Norway #46; Belgium #87; France #95.



HAMMERFALL is touring North America starting on March 5th in W. Springfield, VA. The dates are listed below.



HAMMERFALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH POWER GLOVE

3/5 W. Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

3/6 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

3/7 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

3/9 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

3/10 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda

3/11 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial

3/12 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

3/13 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

3/15 Chicago, IL @ Metro

3/16 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

3/18 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4

3/19 Winnipeg, MB @ The West End Cultural Center

3/21 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room

3/22 Calgary, AB @ Warehouse

3/23 Vancouver, BC @ The Venue

3/24 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

3/26 San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center

3/27 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues



HAMMERFALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH ECHOES OF ETERNITY AND HAVOK

3/28 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

3/30 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

3/31 Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy Theater

4/1 Mesa, AZ @ U.B.’s Bar

4/2 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock

4/4 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

4/6 Dallas, TX @ Trees

4/7 Austin, TX @ Emo’s

4/8 Houston, TX @ Meridian



http://www.hammerfall.net

http://www.myspace.com/hammerfall

http://www.facebook.com/hammerfall

http://www.twitter.com/hammerfall4real

Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL9mlqbG5CU


Lazarus A.D. debut new video for "Absolute Power"!
Added Thursday, February 25 by EvilG
Wisconsin's champions of thrash, Lazarus A.D., have unleashed their new video for the track Absolute Power from their critically acclaimed debut album, The Onslaught. The video, like their other two, was directed by Jason Meudt and Emmet Austin of Vision 4 Films. The video features a brutal underground streetfight; if you're a fan of metal and/or the movie Kickboxer, you'll dig this video!

Jeff Paulick: "Yeah it was cold when we shot this video. But the bright side was we had plenty of beer, weed and good friends around to help make it a good time. The guys at Vision4Films always take care of us and I think this video is our best yet. I hope everyone enjoys watching the behind the scenes footage. We can't wait to see everyone on the upcoming Kreator tour. We hope you guys tear the fucking roof of the place during our set."

Fans can watch the new video for Absolute Power as well as the "making of" segments parts 1 and 2 on the band's youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/lazarusadband

Lazarus A.D. are heading back out on the road this Spring! This time around, they're joining forces with legendary German thrash titans, Kreator, and one of metal's most forward-thinking bands - Voivod! Also in tow on this tour are Nachtmystium, Evile and label mates, Lightning Swords Of Death.

LAZARUS A.D.
Tour w/ Kreator, Voivod, Nachtmystium, Evile
03/03 West Springfield, VA Jaxx
03/04 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
03/05 Worcester, MA The Palladium
03/06 New York, NY Nokia Theater
03/07 Montreal, QC Club Soda
03/08 Quebec City, QC Imperial
03/09 Toronto, ON Opera House
03/10 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
03/11 Detroit, MI Blondie's
03/12 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
03/13 Milwaukee, WI Rave no Voivod
03/14 St Paul, MN Block Station 4
Tour w/ Kreator, Kataklysm, Evile, Lightning Swords of Death
03/16 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater no Kataklysm
03/18 Seattle, WA Corazon
03/19 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
03/20 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
03/21 San Francisco, CA Slim's
03/23 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
03/24 San Diego, CA House of Blues
03/25 Tucson, AZ The Rock
03/27 Austin, TX Emo's
03/28 Houston, TX Meridian
03/30 Orlando, FL The Club at Firestone
03/31 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

http://lazarusad.com
http://www.vision4films.com
http://www.myspace.com/lazarus1
http://www.facebook.com/lazarusad
http://www.youtube.com/lazarusadband


EXODUS: NEW ALBUM ARTWORK REVEALED
Added Thursday, February 25 by EvilG
Bay Area forefathers of thrash EXODUS will be releasing their ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, this spring. Guitarist / songwriter Gary Holt checks in about what the band was looking to capture art-wise and why the final version chosen nailed it:

"We wanted to portray the violence of man at its finest, so we started with our own version of the Leonardo da Vinci sketch [of Vitruvian Man], but done the ‘EXODUS’ way! I was pointed in the direction of Colin Larks of Rainsong Design for the cover and he killed it! To me, the artwork represents man and his affinity for bloodshed, ignorance, and all-around ability to be led like sheep to the slaughter. The image fits the songs on this record perfectly. The whole layout is going to as sick as the record itself!"

View the artwork here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35397823@N06/4388648784/

Exhibit B: The Human Condition was recorded this past December in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Kreator).



EXODUS will be performing throughout the U.S. and Canada on Megadeth’s Rust In Peace 20th Anniversary Tour with labelmates TESTAMENT. Confirmed tour dates are as follows:



3/1 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory

3/2 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory

3/3 - Medford, OR - Medford Armory

3/6 - Calgary, AB - Big Four

3/7 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre

3/8 - Saskatoon, SK - Prairieland Exhibition Hall

3/11 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theater

3/12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Palace Theater

3/13 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom

3/15 - Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club

3/16 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live

3/18 - Scranton, PA - Scranton Cultural Center

3/19 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa

3/21 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle

3/22 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel

3/23 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall

3/25 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater

3/26 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Amphitheater

3/27 - Lubbock, TX - The Pavilion

3/28 - El Paso, TX - Club 101

3/30 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater

3/31 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium



Visit EXODUS online at http://www.myspace.com/EXODUS & http://www.YouTube.com/exodus


Harry Conklin (JAG PANZER)rejoins SATAN'S HOST
Added Thursday, February 25 by EvilG
SATAN'S HOST welcomes back Leviathan Thisiren (AKA Harry Conklin - Jag Panzer/Titan Force) back into the Grotto. The group has upcoming appearances on March 27 @ Club Inferno @ PT's in Denver, Colorado, and at the Keep It True festival in Koenigshofen, Germany on April 23. Due to the large cult following for the 1986 debut album Metal From Hell and 1987 bootlegged unreleased Midnight Wind, virtuoso guitarist and founder Patrick Evil states, "The idea for a reunion with Harry has been building up for a number of years. I felt that this was the right time to go ahead with it. Me and Harry have felt that we had unfinished business to attend to, and we're heading full force!" Along with drummer Anthony Lopez and bassist Margar, the group has been in pre-production for the upcoming release featuring Harry on vocals, scheduled to be released by MORIBUND RECORDS during the summer/fall of 2010. The band is going into Flatline Studio with super-producer Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Martriden) in July.

Power~Purity~Perfection…999, which was released by MORIBUND last October and was produced by Dave Otero, has been well received around the world and has gained high rank within the metal world, with many outstanding reviews for the effort. “The new material is in the same vein as PPP…999 but a bit more explosive and surprising," says Anthony Lopez. "We’ve added some very interesting twists to the music and the concept. Pat is a cornucopia of Evil Music, and regardless what has been said or stated in the past, he has always been the stronghold of the music and the lifeforce of SATAN'S HOST.”

SATAN'S HOST also has a new DVD, Assault of Evil…666, slated for release on April 13, 2010 via MORIBUND, which features the Great American Scapegoat tour ’08. Bonus material includes performances from the last two decades and the band’s Samhain 2009 show.

For more info, consult:
http://www.myspace.com/satanshost
http://www.satanshost.com
http://www.youtube.com/satanshost418
http://www.moribundcult.com


VINCE NEIL: New Single, Video Available For Free Download
Added Thursday, February 25 by EvilG
"Tattoos And Tequila", the title track of MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil's forthcoming solo album, and the accompanying video are available for free download at http://www.vinceneil.net As well you can watch it on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1EYkZjWYFE

"Tattoos And Tequila" is expected to be released in early May. The CD was recorded with bassist Dana Strum and Jeff Blando (both of SLAUGHTER) and drummer Zoltan Chaney. At least two cover tracks were reportedly laid down during the sessions — CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL's "Who'll Stop The Rain?" and SEX PISTOLS' "No Feelings".

In a recent interview with The News Tribune, Vince stated about the upcoming CD's title, "It's rock 'n' roll. That's it. It has nothing to do with MÖTLEY CRÜE. Tattoos and tequila is basically my life."

Vince told Robin Leach of the Las Vegas Sun last week that his voice is in great shape as he approaches his 50th birthday, and although the CRÜE is not touring again until early summer, he will be on the road with his solo band until then.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Neil is also writing a book akin to MÖTLEY's autobiography, "The Dirt", with Esquire writer Mike Sager.


IMAGIKA Announce New Guitarist
Added Wednesday, February 24 by EvilG
Guitarist and Bay Area Metal veteran Robert Kolowitz is the latest addition to Imagika. A current member of Bay Area stalwarts Hellhound and former member of Blackstorm and RapidFire, Robert brings years of experience and perseverance to the 2nd guitar slot. His former bands have performed with Anthrax, Death Angel, Legacy (Testament), Forbidden, Megadeth, Nitro, Vicious Rumors and Slayer.

Guitarist Steve Rice comments; “The band was impressed with Rob’s ability to learn our material quickly and his killer guitar skills. Imagika will sound even more aggressive now and we look forward to our future collaboration as we start the writing for our next CD. Rob came in at a great time on the eve of our new release “Portrait Of A Hanged Man” which we belive is our best release to date. The fans can definitely expect a heavier, louder and faster Imagika!”


INFERNAL MAJESTY - Live DVD/None Shall Defy Preformance
Added Tuesday, February 23 by EvilG
British Columbia, Canada-based thrashers INFERNAL MAJESTY have scheduled their live return to the stage, on February 25th at The Red Room in Vancouver, BC.

Support on the date will come from GROSS MISCONDUCT, ENTROPIA, FETAL BUTCHERY and NYLITHIA.

In an update, the band states: "Infernal Majesty will be filming this show for a possible DVD release and we will also be celebrating 23 years since the release of our 1987 album, None Shall Defy. We will mark this occasion by performing the album None Shall Defy in it's entirety for the fans. We look forward to it."

More on Infernal Majesty on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/infernalmajesty


New band added to Pounding Metal Fest IV
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
Pounding Metal Union has added another band for the fourth instalment of their Pounding Metal Fest event. We are proud to present from Canada, the almighty: STRIKER http://MySpace.com/listentostriker

As we previously said, Heavy Metal band from Valencia RAPTOR have been forced to cancel their show because they haven’t found the members they need to complete their line up, singer and drummer. Speed/thrashers from Madrid, Spain ROAR take their place.

A few weeks ago, thrashers from the Basque Country LEGEN BELTZA cancelled their appearance at the event due to personal reasons.

TOXIK SOCIETY from Asturias, Spain will be opening the festival instead.

This is the new bill for the festival:

* HIRAX (Thrash Metal/USA) MySpace.com/hirax
* METAL INQUISITOR (Heavy Metal/Germany) MySpace.com/metalinquisitorfansite
* STEEL HORSE (Heavy Metal/Spain) MySpace.com/steelhorsemetal
* IN- SOLITUDE (Heavy Metal/Sweden) MySpace.com/insolitudeheavymetal
* STRIKER (Heavy Metal/Canada) MySpace.com/listentostriker
* ROAR (Speed Thrash Metal/Spain) MySpace.com/roaringmetal
* TOXIK SOCIETY (Thrash Metal/Spain) MySpace.com/toxiksociety



This 4th instalment of the event will be held at El Grito venue in Fuenlabrada, Madrid, Spain on May 8th 2010.

HIRAX has made a promo video for the event; check it out at http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=102652416

More info and pre – sales at http://www.pounding-metal-union.com http://www.myspace.com/poundingmetalunion


Classic DOKKEN Lineup To Reunite For New Album, Tour
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
On Sunday, February 21, guitarist George Lynch (LYNCH MOB, SOULS OF WE, DOKKEN) was interviewed by host Jim Alvino on the "Turn It Up" show on the WSCA 106.1 FM radio station. Topics of discussion included new albums by SOULS OF WE and LYNCH MOB; songwriting; recording with other artists; and LYNCH MOB's November 2009 West Coast shows as the support act for DOKKEN. During the chat, Lynch also revealed that he has been writing songs for a new DOKKEN album with the band's classic 1980s lineup.

An excerpt from the interview follows below.

Turn It Up: The shows that you did at the end of last year, with LYNCH MOB opening for DOKKEN, and at the end the classic lineup of DOKKEN playing together again, has that now blown up into that lineup working together again?

George Lynch: "Yes, actually it has. And that's something that isn't gonna happen for a little while. We all have our respective commitments, meaning Jeff, Mick, Don and myself are all real busy this year doing other things. But we've all made a commitment to each other to dedicate ourselves to getting back together. We've already got three songs on the table and we're gonna continue to write throughout the year and put the whole business together and probably go in the studio late fall or early winter of this year and then have a record out toward late spring of next year, and then hit the road."

The entire 27-minute interview in which Lynch discusses the new DOKKEN material offers an update on SOULS OF WE will be re-aired during "Turn It Up" on Saturday, February 27 at 6:00 p.m. EST.

To stream the show live, go to this location: http://asx.abacast.com/wsca-wsca-128.m3u

"Turn It Up" is a two-hour radio show that focuses on new and classic hard rock and heavy metal.

For more information, go to this location: http://www.myspace.com/turn_it_up_radioshow

All the members of DOKKEN's classic 1980s lineup reunited on stage for the first time in more than a decade on November 29, 2009 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. According to Andrew Youssef of the OC Weekly http://blogs.ocweekly.com/heardmentality/lastnight/dokken-reunion-at-the-house-of/ , Don Dokken appeared on stage and said he had some friends he wanted to introduce. Jeff Pilson (bass) and George Lynch (guitar) joined Mick Brown (drums) for a two-song encore of "When Heaven Comes Down" and "In My Dreams".

Watch fan-filmed video footage of the performance below.

DOKKEN's Anaheim, San Diego (Nov. 28) and Hollywood (Nov. 27) shows featured support from LYNCH MOB in what marked the first time ever that the two bands had shared the stage. (Note: DOKKEN and LYNCH MOB played together at the October 2009 Loud Park festival in Japan, but they did not perform on the same stage.)

"Almost Over", the new brand new single from DOKKEN, has been made available for purchase via iTunes and Amazon.com. An audio sample of the track can be streamed at this location.

"Almost Over" will be included on DOKKEN's upcoming greatest-hits package — a collection of all-new versions of tracks such as "Dream Warriors", "Breaking the Chains" and "Just Got Lucky", paired two new songs and two covers (including a version of "Lies", originally recorded by THE KNICKERBOCKERS) — which will be released ibn the spring worldwide on Cleopatra's Deadline Records imprint.

DOKKEN has sold well over 10 million albums worldwide and continues to tour and enjoy media exposure courtesy of the successful web commercials for Norton Internet Security 2010, the latest virus, spyware and Internet protection software from Symantec. The comedic spots imagine a computer as a chicken and DOKKEN as a malicious computer virus. Each ad features a different outcome, based on whether or not the "Dokken Virus" was allowed into the system.

DOKKEN's latest album "Lightning Strikes Again", was released on May 13, 2008 via Rhino Records. The CD is DOKKEN's tenth studio album and it "mark[ed] a true and definite return" to the band's classic sound, according to a press release.

In addition to the regular European version of "Lightning Strikes Again", Frontiers Records released a special limited edition of the CD on April 11, 2008 in a glossy slipcase. The limited-edition version included an exclusive bonus track for Europe, entitled "Sunset Superstar".
Source: blabbermouth.net


AT THE GATES 'THE FLAMES OF THE END' 3-DVD SET OUT NOW
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
THE FLAMES OF THE END, the new 3-disc DVD set from Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES, is out now in Europe.

THE FLAMES OF THE END celebrates AT THE GATES' massively influential career and successful reunion tour with three in-depth and definitive DVDs. Housed in a deluxe six-panel DVD digipak with a 40-page colour booklet, THE FLAMES OF THE END includes the following indispensable DVDs:

Disc 1: 'Under a Serpent Sun - The Story of At The Gates' - a brand new documentary with a running time of over 2 hours, chronicling the band's whole career with interviews and footage, filmed and directed by AT THE GATES guitarist Anders Bjorler.

Disc 2: 'Purgatory Unleashed - Live at Wacken' - a 75-minute live show from the band's now-legendary performance at Wacken festival in 2008.

Disc 3: 'Only the Dead Are Smiling' - 26 rare and archive live performances of AT THE GATES playing in locations around the globe from 1991 - 2008.

Watch the trailer for THE FLAMES OF THE END at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fa6PeVuSmI

AT THE GATES frontman TOMAS LINDBERG comments:

"This is it! The final goodbye! It took some time - mainly because we, and especially Anders, put his heart and dedication into this project 100%. It was very important for all of us that this would be a fitting testament for the band, and a true disposition of our time in the scene. It brings a smile to me every time I think about the summer of 2008, a special moment that we now all can relive again and again, the feelings are so overwhelming. I am so proud to have been part of this. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it so special and everybody who never stopped believing."

View the 3-DVD set at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/TheFlamesOfTheEndDVD.jpg

Get your copy of THE FLAMES OF THE END now in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_8

THE FLAMES OF THE END is due to be released in North America on April 6th. Pre-order your copy now at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_8

For more AT THE GATES news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/atthegatesband

View product image here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35397823@N06/4380512966/
Source: earache.com


WOLFTRAP - New Song Posted
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
WOLFTRAP - a new hard-rocking band featuring Omnium
Gatherum/Manitou/Malpractice/Kaihoro members posted a song

Introducing WOLFTRAP, a new hard rocking band from Finland, posted a
song "Done Deal My Dear" to their myspace site:
http://www.myspace.com/wolftrapfinland

WOLFTRAP, the deep sea monster creature, is emerging from the black
hole near the shores of the island of Kotka in Finland and will surely
soon be rocking & grinding many souls'n'spirits with their honest old
school hard rock boogie. WOLFTRAP was born during the autumn of 2009
rising from the ashes of the traditional heavy metal band called
Manitou, featuring four old Manitou members and some of the members
are also familiar from Finnish metal bands Omnium Gatherum,
Malpractice, Kaihoro, Total Devastation... WOLFTRAP will take on the
world step by step and piece by piece starting from now on when this
crew gets some of their stuff recorded, ready an' willing and also
debuting live on stage at Dark Winter Festival in Kotka, Finland 27th
of February!

If you're into the real things like old Van Halen, AC/DC, Whitesnake,
Thin Lizzy, Alice In Chains, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden etc. then this
might be something for ya!

WOLFTRAP Line-up:
Jukka Serengil - vocals
Markus Van Hala (Omnium Gatherum/Malpractice/ex-Manitou) -guitar
Ismo Laukkanen (ex-Manitou) - bass
Jarmo Pikka (Omnium Gatherum/Total Devastation) - drums
Antti Laurén (ex-Manitou) - guitar
Mikko Reinamo (Kaihoro) - organ & Keys

http://www.omniumgatherum.org
http://www.malpracticeband.com
http://www.myspace.com/wolftrapfinland
http://www.kestory.org


KREATOR FRONTMAN COMMENTS ON 25th ANNIV SET LIST
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
Mille Petrozza, front man & guitarist for German thrash stalwarts KREATOR, shares an update on the band’s upcoming North American tour. The 23-date trek coincides with KREATOR’s 25th anniversary and is slated to launch on March 3rd at Jaxx in West Springfield, Virginia:


“Hey Freaks,

Right now we are rehearsing our new 2010 anniversary set list. There’s a lot of new stuff that we had to re-learn, some songs we haven't played in a while, plus different stuff from the last album we didn't play at shows in 2009. Thanks for the thousands of votes in our forum regarding the anniversary set list! Of course we can’t play all the requested songs in a ninety minute set, but there will definitely be some tracks that may surprise a couple of you, so be prepared!



Looking forward to playing with our long-time friends in Voïvod again on our upcoming tour. It will take us all across North America and Canada once again. Can’t wait to see Evile, Kataklysm, Nachtmystium, Lightning Swords of Death and Lazarus A.D., as well. This will be a night of total violence, so be there!!!



Also, a big THANK YOU to our German fans for making Hordes Of Chaos 2009's ‘Record of the Year’ in Germany’s most important magazine - Rock Hard! Ihr seid die besten!!!!!”



Support acts will differ. Confirmed line-ups & tour dates are as follows:



KREATOR with Voïvod, Nachtmystium, Evile, and Lazarus A.D.

03/03/10 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

03/04/10 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
03/05/10 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

03/06/10 Nokia Theater – New York, NY

03/07/10 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA

03/08/10 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

03/09/10 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

03/10/10 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

03/11/10 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

03/12/10 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

03/13/10 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI

03/14/10 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

03/16/10 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO



KREATOR with Kataklysm, Evile, Lightning Swords Of Death, and Lazarus A.D.

03/18/10 El Corazon - Seattle, WA

03/19/10 Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC – CANADA

03/20/10 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR

03/21/10 Slim’s - San Francisco, CA

03/23/10 House of Blues - Hollywood, CA

03/24/10 House of Blues - San Diego, CA

03/25/10 The Rock - Tucson, AZ

03/27/10 Emo's - Austin, TX

03/28/10 Meridian - Houston, TX

03/30/10 The Club at Firestone - Orlando, FL



Visit KREATOR online at http://www.MySpace.com/KREATOR and http://www.YouTube.com/KREATOROFFICIAL

The official KREATOR merchandise shop is online at http://www.KREATOR-TERRORSHOP.com
Source: Nuclear Blast Records


DENMARK’S MNEMIC TO SHOOT VIDEO FOR “DIESEL UTERUS”
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
Danish modern metallers MNEMIC will be teaming up with video producer Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, Enslaved) to shoot “Diesel Uterus,” a track off the band’s latest album, Sons Of The System. States guitarist / songwriter Mircea Gabriel Eftemie:

“Once again we will be working with our long-time friend and film director Patric Ullaeus. He has been there for us, each and every time, and it’s been almost 3 years since we have worked together. This time around we are bringing the robots, and all the stage props in order to make a cool and crazy video. I can’t say how excited we are to be hanging out with Patric again - he is a creative force, that has stood behind MNEMIC for a long time, and together we will make an ass-kicking video!”

Regarding the song’s lyrics, Eftemie has previously stated:

"[It’s] about the way technology has changed our way of living. Everybody is dependent on digital devices, mobile phones, computers and especially the internet. If we have Google Earth, what does the military have? Are we safe at all? And is abundance of information a good thing? Definitely good, if you know how to avoid the bad things. The main point is that we should adapt to technology in a correct and balanced way. In reality, we do waste a lot of time. An aspect of the internet is that we end up watching the world most of the day through a screen. It is definitely a heavy topic that requires debate and a heavy song!"

Sons Of The System debuted at #64 on the Billboard Heatseekers (Top New Artist Albums) chart the week following its release. Their fourth studio release, it was recorded at MNEMIC's own studio and at the Antfarm facility in Aarhus, Denmark with Danish producer Tue Madsen (Halford, Kataklysm, Behemoth) who also worked with MNEMIC on 2003’s Mechanical Spin Phenomena and 2004’s The Audio Injected Soul.

Phil Demmel, guitarist for Machine Head, has the following praise for the Sons Of The System: “Powerful, pounding and pummeling with a melodic touch. Great record!”

The MNEMIC iPhone application is available for download for Mac/iPhone users here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mnemic/id344922689?mt=8

Visit MNEMIC online at http://www.MNEMIC.com http://www.myspace.com/MNEMIC and http://www.SONSOFTHESYSTEM.com
Source: Nuclear Blast Records


VIOLET SUN - Debut Album Completed
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
"Loneliness in supremacy", the debut album from the band VIOLET SUN is finally completed!

The LINE UP is composed by:
Alessandra Amata: Lead Vocals & Piano
Alex Grillo: Drum & Percussions
Dario Grillo (ex-Thy Majestie): Guitars, Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Backing vocals , Orchestral scores and production.

GUEST MUSICIANS:

Giuseppe Finocchiaro: Sax
Opera Choir: Biagio Lentini, Roberto Mauro, Ignazio Gervasi, Alex Grillo. Massimo Grillo. Monica Benevento, Alessia Grillo, Loredana Aureli, Giovanni Palanica, Fabrizio Nocera
Lorencè Brahem: oriental instruments

Mika Jussila mastered the album in the early days of January at Finnivox Studios (Nightwish, Him, Stratovarious, Masterplan etc.)

You can listen to two short samples through our website http://www.myspace.com/violetsunofficial

Check our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Violet-Sun/219691939228 out too and become our fans to know all about the band!

The album will be released in the next months for an important Label. Stay tuned!”


LEAVES' EYES announce more North American tour dates
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
LEAVES' EYES announce more North American shows for fall 2010! As previously reported, the band will be playing their first dates for latest album Njord and will be joined by Kamelot and Blackguard. Here the latest confirmed additions:

LEAVES' EYES with Blackguard

9.12.2010 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
9.13.2010 Gil's - Virginia Beach, VA
9.20.2010 Blondie's - Detroit, MI
10.3.2010 Cheyanne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
10.4.2010 U.B.'s - Mesa, AZ
10.5.2010 The Rock - Tucson, AZ
10.6.2010 The War Legion - Amarillo, TX
10.7.2010 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
10.8.2010 Meridian - Houston, TX

Tickets are on sale at EnterTheVault exclusively until March 10th, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.

And here again are the already confirmed tour dates:
KAMELOT / LEAVES' EYES / BLACKGUARD

9.8.2010 Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
9.9.2010 Atlanta, GA - Progpower USA
9.11.2010 Springfield, VA - Jaxx
9.14.2010 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
9.15.2010 New York, NY - Nokia Theatre
9.17.2010 Worcester, MA - Palladium
9.18.2010 Montreal, QC - Club Soda
9.19.2010 Toronto, ON - Opera House
9.21.2010 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
9.22.2010 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
9.24.2010 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
9.25.2010 Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
9.27.2010 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
9.29.2010 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
10.1.2010 West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
10.2.2010 San Diego, CA - House of Blues

Presales for tickets and VIP are available at: EnterTheVault.com


ORDER OF ENNEAD FRONTMAN EXPLAINS LYRICS FOR NEW ALBUM
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
Floridian extreme metallers ORDER OF ENNEAD have finished recording their new album, AN EXAMINATION OF BEING.

AN EXAMINATION OF BEING features nine tracks which expand on the intensity and complexity of the band's self-titled debut album.

ORDER OF ENNEAD vocalist/guitarist Kevin Quirion gives a track-by-track explanation of the lyrics and themes of AN EXAMINATION OF BEING:

"I know most people don't read lyrics these days, but this is for the ones who do. Order Of Ennead's new album, 'An Examination of Being', wasn't intended to be a concept album, but since all of the subject matter is on the same topic it lends itself to being one. Below is a brief description of the lyrical content."

The Concept Of Our Extinction

This first track introduces the topic that’s interwoven throughout the entire album, the end of one’s self. “Time marches on, This known from birth, We are all pawns, Such is the fate of man”. With these words all is touched upon, life to death, but the human mind has the need to explore further the concepts of self and try to rationalize that which is existence. “Filling the void as my life’s destroyed, Acceptance of fate, Await the end of time”, touches on the topic that we find distractions to keep ourselves occupied until these final days.


The Scriptures Of Purification

After accepting the inevitable end, some feel a need to purify the conscience or cleanse the soul, if it exists. “Call upon intuition, A voice of purity, The scriptures of purification, Your being will guide the way”, these words suggest listening to your inner voice for guidance. How many times have you had that “gut feeling” that you didn’t listen to and ended up regretting? “Dissolve subjugation” is a reference to religion that will be mentioned in the following track.


Lies Upon The Lips Of Judas

Any time life is examined religion seems to get mentioned. The name Judas comes from the one who betrayed Jesus in the bible. This song turns the table on the religions of the world by calling them Judas and Jesus gets played by the masses. “You will not deceive us” is repeated in the lyrics, showing those that are “believers” that we will not fall victim to their lies and that they have no more of an explanation of existence then the next cult. Judas has relevance to the Christian church, but this blankets all religions.


This Mortal Journey

“The reason of creation, The purpose of life, Return of our creators, Awaiting deliverance”. Here we seek answers from the ones that came before us. Maybe they had some knowledge that got lost? The Ennead is mentioned here, but when they are referenced it puts a name to the ones that created man and gave man knowledge and life. Ennead doesn’t have a meaning to most people and no ties like a word such as god. We are called Order Of Ennead, but we don’t worship the Ennead, that would be contradictory to all of the subject matter.


...In The Mirror

“Stare at the sun so I can breathe, Shock myself back to reality”. With all of this contemplation it can way you down so our character has stared into the sun to come out of this coma. He also stares at his reflection and begins a journey inward. There are references to the living and deceased in these lyrics and that is to remind the listener that even though this is “An Examination Of Self” that everyone that has ever lived goes through the same journey.


An Examination Of Being

This is the title track of the album so therefore all of the ideas explored on the album are touched upon. “I examine my being and question faith, I seek life’s meaning and my place in it all”. This is the mantra of an agnostic. Some say that agnostics are atheists that can’t commit, but this is not true. Agnostics are those that have come to the conclusion that “Man can’t know of existence, We lack the sight, the sight to see”.


Conduits To Eternity

“Look past veil of time, Grasp finite to gain sight”. This track explores the idea of time, ubiquity and all that is in the universe. By being alive, we are all part of the same collective. I know this concept “isn’t very metal”, but everything that is in existence is of the same beginning. “Shed the flesh, Embrace the collective”. These words are saying that we are all here and will all pass on, what seems important today will be a memory tomorrow. When you imagine the Earth spinning in the darkness of space, you have a tendency to look at life in a different perspective.


A Portal To Rapture

This track and the previous one go hand in hand lyrically. “Avoid the light or cease to grow” is another reference to religion. When seeking an understanding of the universe, religion impedes your evolution. “Release the mind, Find inner meaning”. These words come to the conclusion that no matter how much exploring you do, you’ll never find the final answer so come up with something that makes you want to live on. “Release the body, Leave possessions behind”. We aren’t our possessions. We are more than the things we own. Monetary wealth does not equal happiness.


A Betrayal Of Self

This is the last track on the album and uses the metaphor of clouds and blackness as a reference to our fate. “I try to live on, but my body betrays”. This is the main idea of the song. We have a want to live longer then we can, but our body won’t let us. It’s betraying our intentions, our self.


Listen to the new track, "The Concept of Our Extinction", at http://www.myspace.com/orderofennead

Watch a behind-the-scenes video of ORDER OF ENNEAD in the studio at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s7QS3qwhDM

ORDER OF ENNEAD's self-titled debut album is available worldwide. Get your copy in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_126 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_126
Source: www.earache.com


CRIMINAL to release new music video; London headlining date
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
Anglo-Chilean thrash masters CRIMINAL are putting the finishing touches on a music video for the song “Incubus”. The clip is being directed and edited by renowned Chilean visual artist Carlos Toro, who as already worked with KREATOR, VADER, LACRIMOSA and MERCENARY, among others.

“Incubus” comes off CRIMINAL’s latest album “White Hell”, which was released in February 2010 by Germany’s Massacre Records. “White Hell” is being widely hailed as the band’s finest record to date.

In other news, CRIMINAL have confirmed a headlining show in London for Saturday, May 22nd at the Purple Turtle. Also appearing on the bill will be France’s INFEST and the UK’s TRIFIXION (formerly known as DITCHCREEPER) and NEBUKADNEZZA.

Tickets are available from the following online outlets:

Ticketweb.co.uk

Seetickets.com

Stargreen Box Office

CRIMINAL recently supported METALLICA in Chile in front of over 55,000 raging metalheads. Video footage of the show will be posted shortly.


GAMMA RAY & URIAH HEEP Albums See North American Release
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
GAMMA RAY & URIAH HEEP Albums See North American Release In March

DisManic And Knife Fight Media Take A Stab With earMusic!

DisManic Distribution and Knife Fight Media team up to present two new releases from earMUSIC, the international rock and pop label from the entertainment group, Edel. Out in North America for the first time on March 16th, 2010, will be Gamma Ray's To The Metal! and Uriah Heep's Celebration.

Thomas Ziegler, Managing Director of DisManic Distribution, says, "I am very excited to start a new venture with old friends! I have had the pleasure of working with Gunter Ford and his staff at Knife Fight Media during the last 6 years on a number of SPV releases, and Max Vaccaro from Edel is doing a terrific job signing true metal and rock legends to earMusic. Our synergetic team work will make Gamma Ray, Uriah Heep and future albums released under this new deal a great success!"

Max Vaccaro, Director of earMUSIC adds, "After only one year, our label earMUSIC became a true force for rock music in Europe thanks to the success of artists like Chickenfoot, Foreigner, Deep Purple and many others. We're very excited about the US release of the new Uriah Heep Greatest Hits album Celebration and Gamma Ray's new album To The Metal! in collaboration with DisManic and Knife Fight Media; we're sure that these titles will be only the first of a long series of successes in the USA for our label".

Gamma Ray puts out the clarion call to metal heads across the globe with their 10th studio album To The Metal! By far one of the strongest offerings from Gamma Ray in their storied history, To The Metal! proves there is no band better when it comes to classic Heavy Metal. Helloween fans will be delighted to know that vocalist Michael Kiske will team again with Kai Hansen to sing a song together on this album.

Iconic ‘70’s UK rock band Uriah Heep mark their 40th Anniversary with a collection of their classics and two new track offerings in Celebration! Along with twelve beautifully re-recorded and mastered classics, Celebration has two original tracks and features a special edition containing a 45-minute bonus DVD documenting their outstanding live show at the legendary Sweden Rock Festival 2009.

Both Gamma Ray and Uriah Heep have North American tour plans in 2010, so stay tuned for more details soon!

http://www.gammaray.org
http://www.uriah-heep.com
http://www.knifefightmedia.com
http://www.edel.com


ZAKK WYLDE Omitted From Rolling Stone 100 Great Guitarists
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY the following message to fans:

"Rolling Stone Magazine has decided to repost their 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time...and Zakk is NOT one of them! We need you Berserkers to go on a mission and post how insane and unacceptable this is!"

Go to this location http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/5937559/the_100_greatest_guitarists_of_all_time/ to check out the list and to inform the magazine of their error in "judgement."

Roadrunner International announced late last month that they have re-signed Black Label Society exclusively for the whole of Europe for their forthcoming as-yet-untitled studio album, due for release summer 2010.

Says Zakk, “I'm ready to work with our Black Label brothers and sisters at Roadrunner in Europe! They share the same strength, determination, merciless, forever attitude as Black Label Society does so it only seems natural to continue working together!”

BraveWords.com recently received the following press release:

E1 Music announces the addition of guitar icon Zakk Wylde's band, Black Label Society, to its rock and metal roster. The two album deal covers North America exclusively.

Wylde formed Black Label Society (BLS) in 1994 as a vehicle for his own artistic vision: uncompromising, unfiltered, no bullshit rock’n’roll. The band quickly became a touring juggernaut and went on to release seven successful studio albums which have sold well over a million and a half albums total.

Wylde has been no stranger to success over the years. At only 19 years old, he was tapped to join OZZY OSBOURNE’s band as lead guitarist and co-writer. He performed with Osbourne for nearly twenty years.

While under Osbourne's tutelage, he formed Black Label Society and in the decade since, BLS has turned the notion of what a rock band should be upside down by inspiring legions of fans (known as Berserkers) all over the world to follow the mantra: Strength, Determination, Merciless, Forever.

SDMF for short, the Berserkers, along with Wylde have created a heavy metal institution true to his vision of uncompromising, unfiltered and unrestrained rock and roll.

E1 Music VP of Metal Scott Givens comments on the deal, “Rarely does the opportunity come along to sign an artist as talented, influential and important as Zakk Wylde. I am thrilled to welcome him to the E1 Music Group. He is the future of our company and all of us are battle ready to go to the wall for him.”

Zakk Wylde said about the pairing, "I've known Scott Givens since I first joined Ozzy, and we've always looked for an opportunity to work together... everything came together at E1. I cannot wait to bring new BLS Nationwide on E1!"

Black Label Society will release a new studio album in late summer 2010. The band will also embark on its annual Black Label Bash tour in the fall.

Black Label Society is managed by Bob Ringe at Survival Management.
Source: bravewords.com


DARK CASTLE: SXSW Shows + European Tour With Kylesa
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
The pentatonic thunder of Floridian doom-duo DARK CASTLE will be felt at this year's SXSW, as the band will take part in showcases sponsored by 20 Buck Spin/Profound Lore, BrooklynVegan, Chronic Youth and more.

DARK CASTLE have also secured a supporting slot on Kylesa's Spring European tour, which plows through France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Greece, Finland and Norway, with appearances at several festivals including Metalorgie (France), Impetus (Switzerland) and Asymetry Festival (Poland). The tour will share the stage with Shrinebuilder, Eyehategod, Nachtmystium, Electric Wizard and more along the way.

DARK CASTLE SXSW 2010 shows:
3/17/2010 Emo’s - Austin, TX
Brooklyn Vegan showcase w/ Torche, The Atlas Moth, Withered

3/18/2010 East End Tattoo - Austin, TX
Chronic Youth showcase w/ The Atlas Moth

3/19/2010 Headhunter's - Austin, TX
Profound Lore/20 Buck Spin showcase w/ White Mice, Liturgy, Salome, Coffinworm, Yakuza, The Atlas Moth, The Endless Blockade and more

3/20/2010 Plush - Austin, TX
Giant Steps Productions showcase w/ Irepress, Battlefields, Caspian and more

DARK CASTLE European tour w/ Kylesa:
4/07/2010 Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
4/08/2010 Nantes, France - Metalorgie Festival w/ Baroness
4/09/2010 Santana 27 - Bilbao, Spain
4/10/2010 Porto Rio - Porto, Portugal
4/11/2010 Ritmo & Compas - Madrid, Spain
4/12/2010 Be Cool - Barcelona, Spain
4/13/2010 Le Confort Moderne - Poitiers, France
4/14/2010 Le Grand Mix - Lille, France
4/16/2010 L’autre Canal - Nancy, France
4/17/2010 Impetus Festival - Lausanne, Switzerland w/ Eyehategod
4/18/2010 Grnd Zero Vaise - Lyon, France
4/20/2010 La Maroquenerie - Paris, France w/ Shrinebuilder
4/21/2010 Substage - Karlsruhe, Germany w/ Shrinebuilder, Eyehategod
4/22/2010 Covo - Bologna, Italy
4/23/2010 Bloom - Mezzago - Italy w/ Shrinebuilder
4/24/2010 Kapu - Linz, Austria
4/25/2010 Sfentona Club - Athens, Greece
4/27/2010 Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
4/28/2010 The Garage - Oslo, Norway
4/30/2010 Asymetry Festival - Wroclaw, Poland w/ Electric Wizard, Shrinebuilder, Zu, Nachtmystium
5/01/2010 Ucho - Gdynia, Poland
5/02/2010 Archiv - Potsdam, Germany

Check out footage of the twosome's psychedelic brutality on Earsplit's new YouTube page:

http://tinyurl.com/ykjcj9p



"...the evil, all-black mirror image of the White Stripes, with the dude on drums, and as the vocalist-guitarist, a tattooed crust-punk princess with the gut-rumbling growl of Skepticism's Matti and the lysergic riffs that split the difference between Rwake's and Neurosis'." - Revolver



"...that is really the best way to describe Dark Castle - fierce, despite all of the dynamic wonders going on." - Terrorizer



"It feels like the kind of album that no matter what they do from here will be sought after in the coming years." - Stonerrock.com



http://www.myspace.com/darkcastlemetal
http://www.myspace.com/atalossrecordings


HALCYON WAY announces UK tour with FOZZY
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
Nightmare Recording artists and Atlanta metal band Halcyon Way have confirmed tour plans with Fozzy in the UK in May 2010.

The tour will have the band performing four shows over three days in Scotland and England. The last day will feature a 2:00pm matinee and a 7:00pm evening show.

May 13 – Glasgow – Cathouse
May 14 – Nottingham – Rock City Basement
May 15 – London – The Relentless Garage (2 shows!)

“We’re big fans of the Fozzy and Stuck Mojo guys, so we’re really excited about hitting the road with them,” said lead guitarist Jon Bodan. Guitarist Zane Matthews agrees, “This is a huge opportunity for us to take our music to a bunch of new fans and branch out to the overseas market!”

The band will be promoting their highly anticipated second album, which is scheduled for release in late spring 2010.

The new release is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut by the band, "A Manifesto For Domination". It features the debut of new vocalist Steve Braun (Ashent, Siloam) , as well as a guest appearance by Pamela Moore of Queensryche fame. The new album was produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Svartsot) and guitarist Jon Bodan. Drums were engineered by Mike Froedge (doubleDrive, Bloodsimple, Speed X) at Open Sky Studios in Atlanta. Lammert is mixing the album at his studio, LSD-Tonstudio in Germany.

http://www.iguitar.com

For more information, visit
www.halcyonway.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/halcyonway
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Halcyon-Way/20493107797
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/halcyonway
Band Photo: http://www.halcyonway.com/band_promo_photo_web.jpg


Angra’s singer Edu Falaschi about the new album’s record
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
Last Wednesday, February 17th, Angra entered the Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil. The band’s singer Edu Falaschi revealed some details about the work at the new studio album, yet untitled, and some other things about his musical career:

“On the first day in the studio we installed drums and did a soundcheck. The next day I recorded some vocal guides for Ricardo Confessori, our drummer. While he is recording drums, I’m going to continue my work with STILL ALIVE band in Rio de Janeiro as a producer of their debut album. And soon I will return to the production of the first CD of another rising star of Brazilian metal – ARTEMIS. Very soon Brazil will have the honor to release two more great CDs of two great bands: STILL ALIVE & ARTEMIS!!! Their debut CDs will be out this year! Stay tuned!”

Don't miss to check the first chapters of making-of videos about the pre-production sessions for the new album, which took place at home studios of Angra’s musicians.

Edu Falaschi: “We decided to work in this way to feel ourselves more like at home. The climate in an official studio is not always favorable for great ideas… So, it's clear that by choosing this way we are taking care of each detail in order to make our CD the best and the most complete in the history of the band!”

Chapter 1 (with English subtitles) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6npWIB3fsQ
Chapter 2 (with English subtitles) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWHDimgKmVk

This long-awaited album to release in the second half of 2010. It will be the seventh studio album of the band, the first CD after “Aurora Consurgens” (2006) and the first one after the return of drummer Ricardo Confessori. For the first time the band itself will produce the record.

The first pictures from the album recording are avalable through Edu’s official channels:
Myspace
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewPicture&friendID=466336123&albumId=1043353
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/edufalaschi

For more information:
Official website http://www.edufalaschi.com.br
Official Myspace http://www.myspace.com/edufalaschiofficial
Band Still Alive www.myspace.com/metalstillalive
Band Artemis www.myspace.com/artemisbrazil
Source: almahmedia


CELESTY - TONY TURUNEN Announced As New Vocalist
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
The Finnish power metal sextet CELESTY has a new lead vocalist, Tony Turunen.

"This feels awesome!" Tony admits. "This is a new and interesting challenge for
me. I'm eagerly waiting to see what the future holds for me and the band."

Dozens of singers applied for the position, but in the end the decision was easy
and unambiguous. "He's not only a great singer, but also a talented lead
vocalist with a very powerful stage presence. Plus he's a great guy!" summarizes
drummer and composer Jere Luokkamäki.

CELESTY's search for a new vocalist began in December. Even if the band was sure
who they wanted, the new vocalist had to wait for the confirmation until February.

"A good friend of mine mentioned that Celesty was looking for a new lead
vocalist. Since I had listened a lot to their latest album Vendetta, I decided
to apply for the position." Tony explains. "Of course I hoped they'd choose me,
but I was still surprised when the band invited me to meet them in a studio.
Eventually I recorded vocals for three songs in January. After some time, which
actually felt reeeaaally long, the band welcomed me to be their new singer."

"I feel positive about the future, and I already have lots of ideas for the
band. I will do my best and be creative, both in the studio and during live
shows. My expectations for the band are extremely high!" says Tony, whose first
live show with CELESTY will be in March.

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Official Celesty Web
http://www.celesty.net

Celesty MySpace Site
http://www.myspace.com/celestymetal


MAMMUTANT : videoclip
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
ONCE UPON A TIME, IN A GALAXY NOT FAR ENOUGH AWAY.....

THE XORGOSH CHRONICLES

WAR WAS RAGING ON XORGOSH BETWEEN THE TRIBES OF MAUCHIANS, CUGOTHIANS AND NANGORIAN HORDES OF CANNIBALS.

AFTER THE SIEGE AND EVENTUAL DOWNFALL OF ULTROSSTUS, METROPOLIS OF THE NANGORIAN EMPIRE, THE CUGOTHIANS TURNED AGAINST THEIR ALLIES IN AN ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW THE MAUCHIANS AND TO GAIN COMPLETE CONTROL OVER XORGOSH.

THE NANGORIANS SAW THEIR CHANCE TO ELIMINATE THEIR ENEMIES AND ATTACKED IN A SUDDEN ONSLAUGHT.

THIS FINAL BATTLE EVENTUALLY LED TO THE COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF THE WHOLE PLANET. ONLY A SMALL NUMBER OF CUGOTHIAN CYBERZERKER-WARRIORS, THE MAMMUTANTS, ESCAPED IN A SMALL SPACECRAFT, ROAMING THROUGH THE GALAXY IN SEARCH FOR PLANETS FULL OF NEW MEAT.
NEXT STOP:

EARTH!!!!

check the MAMMUTANT- videoclip available on:

http://www.youtube.com/massacrerecords


ENSLAVED: BEHIND-THE-SCENES DVD TO ACCOMPANY NEW RELEASE
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
Guitarist / songwriter Ivar Bjørnson & the members of ENSLAVED have issued their second studio report on their new album:

“First of all I would like - on behalf of the whole band - to thank everybody out there for the massive feedback and support you’ve shown since we started spreading the news of recording a new album. A lot of interesting questions came in for the video Q & A. People have commented both on Facebook and Myspace – we’ve chosen to take that as a compliment and an inspiration!

“There will be another round of Q & As compiled from questions sent in by everyone wishing to do so – it will be announced when another round of question-harvesting is due. Also, someone mentioned that they would like to see these studio reports in a video version. We have something for you too! As we are recording, we are also filming quite a lot - from the actual recordings in the studio, as well as around the studio discussing gear, bringing along the camera for the occasional trip to the pub for beer sampling, celebrating [keyboard player] Herbrand [Larsen]’s birthday with Demonaz [of IMMORTAL] and other friends, filming trips to festivals, and on tour while the album is being made. It is all going to be some kind of ‘behind the scenes’ thing that we will release in connection with the release. More details on that later.

“We are at the stage where things are starting to really take shape. All ‘basics’ are in place: drums, bass and rhythm guitars. [Lead guitarist] Ice Dale and I have been through a round of adding some dubs, melodic leads and effects; we’ll do some acoustics next before the keyboard, organ and vocal departments overtake the studio for a while before [adding] additional percussion. Ice’s leads and my wacko-effects will be the last thing to be added. Parts of April will have other focuses: we are artists in residence at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg (NL) and will do a short week’s worth of supporting Arch Enemy on the ‘Metal Hammer Meltdown’ Tour of the U.K. Coming back from all that, we will be heading for Örebro and Jens Bogrens Fascination Street for the mixing.

“We are pretty confident that we have found a golden ore in terms of the production. It can be a hassle setting up the recording ourselves, but having the technical competence of Herbrand combined with the really strong convictions on how we should sound within the band is the best combination for the recording at the point we’re at. I am not sure it is the right way to go for every band. It probably wasn’t the right way to go for us some years ago – but now we’ve come to the point were certain aspects of the creation needs to be fully controlled by ourselves in order to take that extra leap forward.

“Again it will be me and Grutle [Kjellson, bassist & vocalist] doing the lyrics. Grutle’s the first one to have complete lyrics ready and they look great. Again, we have deeply resonating and multi-layered, metaphoric lyrics with his unique mythological references. My own scribbling is slowly taking shape, and I feel we have found our strongest, most ambitious and most challenging concept so far. It should be interesting both as just words to music as well as trigging more ‘philosophical’ contemplations. You chose.



Grutle & His Bass - 5x3 @ 300 dpi.jpg

‘Oslo, Norway - February 2010: Religious fundamentalists are giving speeches where they openly threaten society with terror and death for not living by certain dogmas – including punishing homosexuals with death. The Norwegian Black and Extreme Metal artists chose to…?’ (to be continued…)”



View the four-part video footage of ENSLAVED answering fan-submitted questions (via Facebook, MySpace and Twitter) here: http://www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial

Stay posted on ENSLAVED’s time in the studio at http://www.myspace.com/ENSLAVED http://www.ENSLAVED.no and http://www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial
Source: Nuclear Blast Records


MESHUGGAH’s ALIVE DVD DEBUTS AT #8
Added Monday, February 22 by EvilG
In space, no one can hear you… unless you scream.

Sweden’s most renowned technical extremists MESHUGGAH have done it again. Their first live DVD, Alive, has sold 3,000 copies since its release on February 9th and has debuted at #8 on the Nielsen SoundScan Top Music DVD Video chart. Sharing the Top 10 slots are Michael Jackson, Celtic Thunder, Reba McEntire, Celtic Woman, Beyonce, Pink, Il Divo, and Journey.

Shot by director/producer Ian McFarland of Killswitch Productions during MESHUGGAH’s 2009 North American tour and their 2008 performance at the Loudpark Festival in Tokyo, Japan, Alive contains concert footage of selections from the band’s Billboard Top 200-charting 2008 release, obZen, in addition to their time-tested career staples. Gracefully interlacing the live tracks are behind-the-scenes vignettes shot in black & white that give Alive a concert film feel so unlike many of the live DVDs currently on the market. The result is a visceral, visual abduction into the band’s metric insanity-in-action.

Alive comes with a bonus live audio CD containing twelve tracks.

Visit MESHUGGAH online at http://www.MESHUGGAH.net and http://www.myspace.com/MESHUGGAH
Source: Nuclear Blast Records


Frontiers Records & WHITESNAKE Join Forces
Added Friday, February 19 by EvilG
FRONTIERS RECORDS SIGNS THE LEGENDARY BAND FOR NEW ALBUM WORLD-WIDE

NAPOLI, ITALY (February 19, 2010) - Frontiers Records is very proud to announce the signing of legendary rock band WHITESNAKE.

David Coverdale and band are gearing up for their latest endeavour. WHITESNAKE has already started composing new material that promises to deliver one of the finest chapters in WHITESNAKE'S career. “We are off to a very good start, with the new songs taking positive shape. It feels good, fresh & exciting,” explains Coverdale.

The next release already feels like a solid, natural progression to their last opus, the successful, critically acclaimed ‘Good To Be Bad’ album, awarded by the influential Classic Rock magazine as “Best Album of the Year” in 2008. “As always, we want to take it to the next level,” states’ Coverdale. “I feel that with the last album we achieved a strong WHITESNAKE ‘cocktail’ that comfortably embraced & mixed all the previous musical aspects & styles of the band’s history, while taking our identity a little further... all on one album..."

Born in 1977, WHITESNAKE have been among the most influential representatives of the their genre, having produced numerous rock music classics such as ‘Here I Go Again’, ‘Is This Love’, ‘Still Of The Night’, ‘Fool For Your Loving’, ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’ or ‘Walking In The Shadows Of The Blues’.

Coverdale said the production team for the new album will most likely be the infamous Brutal Brothers, or Los Bros Brutalos, who handled the recording of "Good To Be Bad”. “The new songs are in the very familiar and recognizable WHITESNAKE territory of soulful, bluesy, melodic power rock, with a couple of ballads thrown in for good measure... It can’t be a WHITESNAKE album without ballads, mate!”

WHITESNAKE have conquered the love and respect of the audiences all over the world with their driving shows and music. The new album promises to follow in the steps of a great heritage of solid and timeless songs.

For more information, please visit www.whitesnake.com and www.frontiers.it


WHITE WIZZARD - UK TV PREMIER OF 'OVER THE TOP' VIDEO
Added Friday, February 19 by Hanntu
Los Angeles traditional heavy metal heroes WHITE WIZZARD's brand new music video for the track "Over the Top" is set to premier on TV in the UK this weekend.

"Over the Top" is the title-track off WHITE WIZZARD's debut full-length album. The video was shot with director Dave Vorhes and sees the members of WHITE WIZZARD trading their axes for guns as they turn into rugged outlaws and bring true heavy metal to the wild west.

Fans of real heavy metal can catch the UK TV premier of "Over the Top" by tuning into Scuzz TV's "Noise Pollution" program this Saturday, 20th February at 9:09pm. The video will be shown again later that night in the early hours of Sunday at 2:07am.

The "Over the Top" music video is also available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfnIBnz2_zw

Catch WHITE WIZZARD live in the UK at the following shows:

WHITE WIZZARD
13.03.10 Prestatyn, Wales - Hammerfest

WHITE WIZZARD w/ EDGUY
15.03.10 Glasgow - Cathouse
16.03.10 Leeds - Rio's
17.03.10 Manchester - Academy 2
19.03.10 Nottingham - The Rescue Rooms
20.03.10 London - O2 Islington Academy


ORDER OF ENNEAD - NEW TRACK AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING
Added Friday, February 19 by Hanntu
Floridian extreme metallers ORDER OF ENNEAD recently finished recording their new album, AN EXAMINATION OF BEING, and have made the first new track available for streaming.

The brand new song, "The Concept of Our Extinction", is the first track off AN EXAMINATION OF BEING, and gives fans a taste of the intensity and complexity that is to come on the album. ORDER OF ENNEAD are also filming a music video for the song, which is being directed and produced by Advanced Media.

Listen to the song, "The Concept of Our Extinction", on the band's official MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/orderofennead

ORDER OF ENNEAD vocalist/guitarist Kevin Quirion comments:

"Alright, now's the time that everyone can hear what we've been working on. This track deals with the acceptance and coping of our eventual passing. The word "our" is meant as everyone individually and not as a mass extinction because all we are doing is just awaiting our end. See you on tour."

AN EXAMINATION OF BEING was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, ALL THAT REMAINS) and is due to be released on April 20th in North America and April 26th in Europe.

The full track listing for AN EXAMINATION OF BEING is as follows:

01. The Concept of Our Extinction
02. The Scriptures of Purification
03. Lies Upon the Lips of Judas
04. This Mortal Journey
05. ...In the Mirror
06. An Examination of Being
07. Conduits to Eternity
08. A Portal to Rapture
09. A Betrayal of Self

Watch a behind-the-scenes video of ORDER OF ENNEAD in the studio at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s7QS3qwhDM

ORDER OF ENNEAD's self-titled debut album is available worldwide. Get your copy in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_126 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_126


FOR RUIN - April UK Tour Dates announced with Belphegor
Added Friday, February 19 by EvilG
Irish black / death metal band FOR RUIN are pleased to announce their upcoming UK tour supporting Austria's Belphegor, in association with Balor Music. The band will play 4 dates in the UK in early April:

08.April.2010 London, Camden Underworld, UK
09.April.2010 Peterborough, The Met Lounge, UK
10.April.2010 Leeds, Rios, UK
11.April.2010 Plymouth, White Rabbit, UK

http://www.belphegor.at/
http://www.forruin.com
http://www.myspace.com/forruinband

"We are delighted to confirm our first UK tour this April with Belphegor - Its been 2 years since we last played in the UK (Camden, May 2008) and a lot has happened since then in the For Ruin camp - Last Light was released late in 2009 and has been very well received internationally both in the press and by the fans. Its great to get a chance to go to the UK properly for these shows and to take the music to the people who want to hear it! We should hopefully get to Europe too later in the year.... See you at the shows!"

For Ruin released their second album LAST LIGHT (FRM002) in October 2009 which is available from www.forruin.com The album is also available through all major digital outlets such as iTunes as well as through CDBaby.

An Electronic Press Kit (EPK) video for Last Light can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z1RiQSI6TM The clip features interviews, recording footage and live footage and audio from Last Light.
Source: www.forruin.com


ARSIS Offer Tour Wrap Up
Added Friday, February 19 by EvilG
Virginia based melodic tech death metal masters, ARSIS, have issued the following update regarding their recently completed tour with ARCH ENEMY, EXODUS and MUTINY WITHIN:

“So we are finally home from probably the best tour we have ever been on and we’re all ready to go again! Actually, if we could just rewind and do this one over again minus the van break-ins, extracurricular head injuries, and a couple really unfortunate meals (with consequences), it would be basically perfect. We owe enormous thanks to certain people for heroic acts on this tour. To our friends in ARCH ENEMY and EXODUS: hopefully our paths will cross again very soon! Let the metal flow like lava!”

Starve For The Devil was released in North America on February 9th and sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 13 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

The video clip for the new song “Forced To Rock” can be viewed at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jYnXBwjG7k
Source: NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS


TRIDENT To Unleash World Destruction
Added Friday, February 19 by EvilG
Swedish black-death heathens TRIDENT will release their debut album, World Destruction, on March 22, 2010 via Regain Records. Three blistering new tracks from the album - "Slaves To Anguish," "World Destruction" and "Jaws of Satan" - are currently streaming on the band's official MySpace page [http://www.myspace.com/tridentofficial].

TRIDENT features a massive roster of professional metal assassins:
Johan Norman (Soul Reaper, Dissection) - rhythm guitar
Ewo Solvelius - lead guitar
Alexander Friberg (Necrophobic, Jaggernaut, Karneywar) - bass
Tobias Sidegård (Necrophobic) - vocals
Jonas Blom (Grief of Emerald) - drums

World Destruction was recorded at Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden with engineers Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) and Nico Elgstrand (Entombed) and features artwork by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco.

World Destruction Track Listing:
01. "The Trident"
02. "Jaws of Satan (Spawns of Hell)"
03. "Nemesis"
04. "Black Velvet Wings"
05. "Stockholm Bloodbath"
06. "Luciferian Call"
07. "Blackened Souls"
08. "Slaves to Anguish"
09. "World Destruction"
10. "Mephisto"

http://www.trident666.com
http://www.myspace.com/tridentofficial


DARK TRANQUILLITY Vocalist Checks In From Tour
Added Friday, February 19 by EvilG
As the anticipation surrounding the new, highly acclaimed DARK TRANQUILLITY album, We Are The Void, continues to build to epic proportions Mikael Stanne (vocals) checks in with the following report from the road: “Sitting here in beautifully cold Minneapolis trying to get the hangover out of my system. Fargo yesterday was as barren and cold as I remember it from the Cohen brother’s movie. Amazing crowd though and we celebrated accordingly. So far this tour has been amazing for us. We are now two weeks in and we are only just getting started. Amazing venues and huge crowds. Obviously we are struggling with winning over some of the fans of Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada, but so far I have been positively surprised as to how many are at first skeptical only to two songs in go nuts in the pit. It´s a beautiful thing to behold from the stage.

“We have been playing two new songs in the set and they have really got the room moving every single night. I am really looking forward to doing way more of the new album material as we are near release date. Since this is just the start of a very long touring cycle we are really excited to see that the album is getting rave reviews and the friends we´ve played it to really love it. It seems to generate a lot of heated discussion too, which I view as a good sign. With such a diverse album we are bound to hear all kinds of comments and we always welcome that. Bring on the love/hate fest!”


DARK TRANQUILLITY’s much anticipated new opus, We Are The Void, is set for a March 9th U.S. release. Head over now to their newly revamped MySpace page (www.myspace.com/dtofficial) to view their entire tour itinerary and stream the blistering new tracks, “At The Point of Ignition” and “Dream Oblivion.”


HOLY GRAIL - Supporting Amon Amarth in April through Canada
Added Friday, February 19 by EvilG
HOLY GRAIL formed when three members of the band White Wizzard decided to go out on their own. The band is helmed by vocalist James Paul Luna, a native of Van Halen’s hometown, Pasadena. A classically trained singer whose monster pipes have drawn comparisons to Sebastian Bach, Rob Halford and Ronnie James Dio, Luna was also recently heard providing vocals in a Gamestop commercial for the new video game, “Brutal Legend.” He’s backed by virtuoso guitarists Eli Santana and James J. LaRue, whose interweaving shredding and riffing harkens to an imaginary time when Yngwie Malmsteen and Marty Friedman jammed together. Tyler Meahl and Blake Mount form the thunderous rhythm section whose power could shake the foundations of Valhalla itself.

IMPROPER BURIAL EP/7” available now through Prosthetic Records.

HOLY GRAIL will hit the studio in February with producer Danny Lohner to record their debut full-length, “Crisis In Utopia,” which was picked by Decibel for their “25 Most Anticipated Releases of 2010” list.

TOUR DATES w/ Amon Amarth:

04/12 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
04/14 Calgary, AB McEwen Hall University Of Calgary
04/15 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Event Center
04/16 Saskatoon, SK Odeon Event Centre
04/17 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Center
04/21 Toronto, ON Opera House
04/22 Montreal, QC Metropolis
04/23 Quebec City, QC Imperial Theater

http://www.myspace.com/holygrailofficial

James Paul Luna - Vocals
Eli Santana - Guitar/Vocals
James J LaRue - Guitar
Blake Mount - Bass
Tyler Meahl - Drums
Source: Prosthetic Records Canada


AMON AMARTH Twilight Of The Thunder God II Tour This Spring
Added Friday, February 19 by EvilG
Amon Amarth set to tour the states this April with support coming from Holy Grail & Eluveitie

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - February 18, 2010 - In continuing support of the band's2008's release Twilight of the Thunder God, AMON AMARTH has announced a spring, 2010 North American headlining tour, which marks the band's first tour in the states since their April/May 2009 run with Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, and Lazarus A.D. The scheduled 15 date trek kicks off on April 8th at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA. Support on the AMON AMARTH tour will come from Pasadena, California's Holy Grail and Switzerland's Eluveitie.

Amon Amarth comments: "We're extremely excited to be hitting North American shores again for a final run of the Twilight of the Thunder God tour. We're also happy to bring two great bands, Eluveitie and Holy Grail with us."


AMON AMARTH Tour w/ Holy Grail and Eluveitie

04/08 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
04/09 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom w/ Fear Factory, Dirge Within, Holy Grail, Eluveitie
04/10 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
04/11 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market
04/12 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
04/14 Calgary, AB McEwen Hall University Of Calgary
04/15 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Event Center
04/16 Saskatoon, SK Odeon Event Centre
04/17 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Center
04/18 Saint Paul, MN Station 4
04/19 Chicago, IL Logan Square Auditorium
04/21 Toronto, ON Opera House
04/22 Montreal, QC Metropolis
04/23 Quebec City, QC Imperial Theater
04/25 New York, NY The Fillmore

Twilight of the Thunder God features several high-profile guest appearances including Entombed singer L.G. Petrov (on 'Guardians of Asgaard'), Children of Bodom guitarist Roope Latvala (who shreds a fierce solo on the track 'Twilight of the Thunder God') and Finnish cello metal band Apocalyptica (a guest appearance on 'Live For The Kill').

AMON AMARTH features Johan Hegg (vocals), Johan Söderberg (guitar), Olavi Mikkonen (guitar), Ted Lundström (bass) and Fredrik Andersson (drums).

http://amonamarth.com/ | http://myspace.com/amonamarth
http://www.myspace.com/holygrailofficial | http://www.myspace.com/eluveitie


Big Four At Sonisphere - Greece Show Confirmed
Added Friday, February 19 by Hanntu
THURSDAY 24th JUNE 2010

TERRA VIBE PARK, ATHENS

* METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH AND ANTHRAX CONFIRM ANOTHER SHOW *

All the Greek sites, blogs and forums have been flooded for the last months by rumours about the possible appearance of “BIG FOUR”.

Now Didi Music / Big Star Promotion can officially confirm that on Thursday, 24th June 2010 at Terra Vibe Park, with the addition of SONISPHERE GREECE.

For the first time in Greece, Sonisphere Festival will present a line up, which will be unforgettable.

“BIG FOUR” - METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX - will play alongside Stone Sour, Mastodon and Bullet For My Valentine, in a move that will have even the most demanding audience frenzied with excitement.

Says LARS ULRICH/METALLICA of this BIG FOUR announcement:

"Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal's big 4 would not only still be around and more popular than ever, but will now play together for the first time...what a mindfuck! Bring it on!"

“It's about fucking time this happened,” said SLAYER’s KERRY KING. “and about time the fans finally get what they want. This is fucking awesome.”

ANTHRAX guitarist, SCOTT IAN agrees, commenting on the enormity of the announcement.

“People have been talking about these four bands playing together since 1984. That's twenty-six years of expectation!!! And the thing is, I believe not only will we live up to the expectations, we will shatter them!! No other four bands as influential as the four of us have ever done this. Imagine if The Beatles, Stones, The Who and Zeppelin had done shows? Or Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, Motorhead? Well, I may be getting into some rarified air here but as a fan, that's how big I feel this is.”

These four legendary acts broke out of the underground thrash movement to dominate the metal world in the 1980s, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. The metal giants have never before all shared the same stage, despite huge demand. But on 24th June 2010, METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX will take to the Terra Vibe Park stage, to make the dreams of headbangers of Greece become a reality.

“This is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity for Heavy Metal “Fans” to see the four greatest Heavy Metal “Bands” in American History back together on one stage” concludes MEGADETH mainman DAVE MUSTAINE. “If there are any heads left at the end of this Festival that haven’t banged, they don’t belong there.”

Having established itself as the “Best New Festival” at the 2009 UK Festival Awards, SONISPHERE FESTIVAL moves forward proudly with the announcement of their line up in Greece in 2010.

Last year’s SONISPHERE saw 300,000 music fans attend six festivals across the continent, taking in The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Finland, and the UK. Boasting a line-up covering a truly broad spectrum of the rock scene, headliners Metallica led a diverse collection of acts from country to country including Slipknot, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Linkin Park, The Prodigy, The Hives and many more, to make the inaugural tour a huge success.

In 2010 SONISPHERE expands to Greece and to ten more countries. With an extremely impressive line up, this groundbreaking travelling rock circus is set to be an even bigger success, as it solidifies its position as the world’s leading rock festival series.

For further information please visit: http://www.sonispherefestivals.com

The tickets will go on sale!
Monday, 22nd February, time: 10.30 a.m.

Ticket Prices
The General Admission ticket price for the Early Buyers is 85€

After the exhaustion of these, the General Admission ticket price will be 95€

The VIP ticket price is 150€

POINTS OF TICKET SALE AND WORKING TIMES

TICKET HOUSE

Athens
Ticket House, 42 Panepistimiou Avenue
Telephone number: +30 210 3608366

Working Times
Monday – Wednesday: 10.30 a.m. – 18.30 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday- Friday: 10.30 a.m. – 21.00 p.m.
Saturday: 10.30 a.m. – 16.00 p.m.

Thessaloniki
Ticket House, 102 Mitropoleos str.
Telephone number: +30 2310 264880

Working Times
Monday – Friday: 10.30 a.m. – 14.00 p.m. & 17.30 p.m. – 20.30 p.m.
Saturday: 10.30 a.m. – 15.00 p.m.

Online Sales or by credit card, 24hours/ day:
http://www.ticketpro.gr
http://www.tickethouse.gr

There is a 10% charge for the online or by credit card ticket purchase.


NUCLEAR BLAST news
Added Friday, February 19 by Hanntu
SOILWORK – reveal release date, answer fan submitted questions!

SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid and guitarist Sylvain Coudret recently answered a number of fan-submitted questions regarding the making of the band's new studio album, "The Panic Broadcast". The resulting footage can be viewed in two parts via the below mentioned links.

Due in the UK on June 28 via Nuclear Blast Records, the long-awaited follow-up to 2007's "Sworn To A Great Divide" is being produced by guitarist Peter Wichers and mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, PARADISE LOST, BLOODBATH).

SOILWORK's new album will be the first to feature Wichers since his return to the band in 2008, as well as the studio debut with Coudret, who also joined in 2008.

The drums for "The Panic Broadcast" were recorded at Echo Mountain in Asheville, North Carolina while the rest of the recording is set to take place in Tampa, Florida and the mix at Fascination Street in Örebro, Sweden.

PART 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95zvitLc-_0
PART 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCxkXjcLoSE

http://www.soilwork.org
http://www.myspace.com/soilwork http://www.nuclearblast.de/soilwork

Check out the brand new NUCLEAR BLAST BLOG: http://nuclearblasteurope.blogspot.com

IMMOLATION – announce exclusive UK Show At Deathfest

New York based death metal icons IMMOLATION just announced an exclusive UK show in support of their long awaited new album “Majesty And Decay” due on March 8, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

02.05. UK Leeds Deathfest

http://www.everlastingfire.com
http://www.myspace.com/immolation http://www.nuclearblast.de/immolation

Check out the brand new NUCLEAR BLAST BLOG: http://nuclearblasteurope.blogspot.com


BLOODSTOCK 2010 - TWISTED SISTER TAKE FINAL HEADLINE SLOT
Added Friday, February 19 by Hanntu
TWISTED SISTER CONFIRM FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINE SLOT

* ENSIFERUM ONLY UK FESTIVAL *
* EDGUY RETURN TO BLOODSTOCK FOR EXCLUSIVE FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE *

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR has announced a further three bands, including the final remaining headliner slot.

BOA is thrilled to confirm the final headline slot for the 10th anniversary festival will be taken by legendary US metallers TWISTED SISTER. Capturing the spirit of rebellion, the multi-million selling New Yorkers enjoyed a hugely successful career, adored by metal fans and feared by the “moral right”, before disbanding in the mid-80’s. Re-uniting in 2001 to headline the NEW YORK STEEL benefit concert in the wake of the Sept 11th attacks, the band made their first steps towards returning to the stage after fourteen years, delighting fans across the world.

Now BLOODSTOCK is honoured to have Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, A. J. Pero, and Mark "The Animal" Mendoza for their first UK outdoor festival performance since 1983’s MONSTERS OF ROCK. Never failing to deliver anything short of a spectacular live set, the foundations of Catton Hall are set to shake as classics such as “I Wanna Rock”, “Leader Of The Pack”, “Burn In Hell” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” have all in attendance singing their hearts out.

Finnish warriors ENSIFERUM bring the battle back to BLOODSTOCK in 2010 making a welcome return to the main stage. These heroic Viking Metallers are no strangers to BOA, having laid waste to the stage in 2006. With four albums worth of aural artillery, these Finns are well-equipped to rally the metal warriors in attendance, ensuring victory at BOA’s Decennial celebration, at this exclusive festival appearance.

German power-metallers EDGUY also make a welcome return to the BLOODSTOCK stage, which the band are excited about gracing again. Charismatic frontman/metallic maniac TOBIAS SAMMET is especially looking forward to returning to the UK for EDGUY’s only UK Festival appearance:

“We've played Bloodstock twice and I am more than happy to be part of the 10th anniversary edition of the festival once more. I love playing England because I feel they understand us so well. I mean, despite the accent. I seriously love: Magnum, Robin Hood, tea, Def Leppard, John Wayne, I love England. I love the Indian cuisine, I admire mostly British bands, I love to hear proper English, and who am I to tell you are driving on the wrong side of the streets?”

The BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL 2010 will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from 13th – 15th August.

Weekend tickets are on sale now at http://www.bloodstock.uk.com

BAND LINE UP SO FAR
HEAVEN & HELL : CHILDREN OF BODOM : FEAR FACTORY : TWISTED SISTER
OBITUARY : ROSS THE BOSS : RAGE : ANDROMEDA : BEHEMOTH : DEVIN TOWNSEND : DORO : LEAVES EYES : SUFFOCATION : CANNIBAL CORPSE : KORPIKLAANI : GWAR : AMORPHIS : GOJIRA : SONATA ARCTICA : GORGOROTH : BLOODBATH : BLACK SPIDERS : EDGUY : ENSIFERUM :

Sponsored by Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk and Scuzz TV http://www.scuzz.tv


BROTHER FIRETRIBE RELEASE LIVE ALBUM & DVD
Added Friday, February 19 by Hanntu
FINNISH MELODIC HARD ROCKERS FEATURING NIGHTWISH GUITARIST EMPPU VUORINEN RELEASE LIVE ALBUM & DVD ‘LIVE AT APOLLO’ ON MARCH 15th 2010 VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS UK…

SINCE FIRST coming together back in 2002, Brother Firetribe have flown the flag for hard rock‘n’roll the way it used to be played – with long hair, snug-fitting trousers plus an overriding sense of larger-than-life fun; and with ‘Live At Apollo’ – their first live album & DVD – they are determined to keep the smiles (and the pyro) flashing away as hard as possible…

Recorded on a single night in April 2009, with the Apollo Club in Helsinki the designated venue, both this live album & DVD are a 14-track, hour-plus-long showcase for the sort of melodic hard rock anthems that will instantly appeal to fans of the great US AOR acts of the ’70s & ’80s – the likes of Journey, Night Ranger & Boston.

Comprising material drawn from the two BFT studio albums, ‘Break Out’ (2008) and ‘Heart Full Of Fire’ (2008), ‘Live At Apollo’ is now confirmed for release on March 15th 2010 via Spinefarm Records UK; featured tracks include the singles ‘I Am Rock’ & ‘Heart Full Of Fire’, the latter complete with a guest vocal appearance from Nightwish’s Anette Olzon, plus a cover of ‘Chasing The Angels’, a song originally performed by Loverboy frontman Mike Reno on the ‘Iron Eagle 2’ soundtrack.

The BFT line-up is centred around a number of high-profile Finnish musicians, including Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen & Leverage frontman Pekka Ansio Heino; the latest Leverage album, ‘Circus Colossus’, was released via Spinefarm Records UK at the tail end of 2009.

http://www.brotherfiretribe.com
http://www.myspace.com/brotherfiretribe http://www.spinefarmrecords.co.uk
http://www.myspace.com/spinefarmrecordsuk


ELUVEITIE – fourth album trailer online
Added Friday, February 19 by Hanntu
ELUVEITIE – fourth album trailer online, entire album streamed on MySpace!

Swiss folk metal superstars ELUVEITIE just uploaded the fourth trailer for their upcoming masterpiece “Everything Remains (As It Never Was)”.

Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTAWdzbyiV8

Furthermore the entire album is being streamed on the bands MySpace http://www.myspace.com/eluveitie until February 22, 2010 when the album is released

You can check out the previous trailers as well as the clip for the first single “Thousandfold” at the following locations:

“Thousandfold”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb8WGig0MLU
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_KWmi_I0Z4
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py_dgXlaLqw
Trailer 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbuoOxGz_ks

http://www.eluveitie.ch
http://www.myspace.com/eluveitie
http://www.nuclearblast.de/eluveitie

Check out the brand new NUCLEAR BLAST BLOG: http://nuclearblasteurope.blogspot.com


OVERKILL New Video
Added Friday, February 19 by Hanntu
Legendary thrashers OVERKILL have posted their new video. The song “Bring Me The Night” comes off their latest release “Ironbound”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AnXxcqWv1o

The band is currently touring Europe alongside Greek thrashers SUICIDAL ANGELS.

www.nuclearblast.de/overkill
www.nuclearblast.de


Barn Burner release new video
Added Thursday, February 18 by Rick
Barn Burner release new video; confirm SXSW appearance; song streams on Nike.com, Noisecreep, Bravewords!

Montreal, Canada's Barn Burner are having a hell of start to 2010. Their album, Bangers, was released worldwide on Tuesday, the 16th, their new video for Half Past Haggard is up and music is streaming now on Noisecreep.com, Bravewords.com and even Nike.com!

About Long Arm Of The Law: "It's a song about people judging me and this band saying, 'Oh, you guys are just beer drinking misogynist f---ing douche bags,'" Barn Burner frontman and guitarist Kevin Keegan told Noisecreep about their song 'The Long Arm of the Law.'"

The band has also released a video for Half Past Haggard, directed by Jenna Harkness. You can check it out now on the Metal Blade youtube channel HERE. This will give you a good idea at the party atmosphere of one of their shows!

Barn Burner is hitting the road!

BARN BURNER
02/18 London, ON Moon Over Marin FREE SHOW
02/19 Toronto, ON Sneaky Dees
02/20 Kingston, ON AKA
03/08 Montreal, QC Le National w/ Shadows Fall and Bison b.c.
03/12 Toronto, ON Bovine Sex Club Canadian Music Week Showcase
03/13 Chicago, IL Rockbox
03/18 Austin TX East End Tattoo SXSW
03/22 Allston, MA O'Brien's Pub
03/25 Halifax, NS The Paragon Theatre
03/26 Moncton, NB The Manhatton Club
03/27 Fredericton, NB Nickyzees


http://www.myspace.com/theinfamousbarnburner
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Barn-Burner/148568653170
http://www.youtube.com/bernardburner


JOE SATRIANI: Ibanez Guitar Design Contest
Added Thursday, February 18 by Rick
Right now, courtesy of Joe Satriani & Ibanez you have your chance to design your own Ibanez specialty guitar! Go to the following link for all the details on how to enter: http://web.epicrecords.com/joesatriani/guitardesign To go along with the custom guitar, one winner will also recive a Vox Satchurator pedal, a Planet Waves strap, and Joe Satriani's new CD & DVD "Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock"

The veteran guitar legend, one of the world’s most renowned instrumental artists, released Live in Paris: I Just Wanna Rock on February 2, 2010. The performance was recorded May 27, 2008 at The Grand Rex Theater in Paris, France. The brand new live two-disc CD and DVD is available now through Epic Records.


IMMOLATION - 2nd New Song Available
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
New York based death metal legends IMMOLATION have posted another brand new song on their official Myspace page www.myspace.com/immolation. “A Glorious Epoch” comes off their Nuclear Blast debut, Majesty and Decay, set for release on March 5th (Europe) and March 9th (N. America). Commented guitarist Robert Vigna:

"’A Glorious Epoch’ is one of the heaviest songs on the record. Being that we debuted the intense paced ‘The Purge’ first we wanted to give everyone a taste of the heavier aspects of Majesty and Decay. ‘A Glorious Epoch’ is dark, heavy and powerful but still has some pretty intense parts! We hope everyone enjoys it!”

Majesty and Decay can be pre-ordered with or without an exclusive shirt or hoodie design at the following location http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Artist/Immolation/10504.

IMMOLATION, recently entered Millbrook Sound Studios in New York with longtime producer Paul Orofino. Mixing duties were handled this time by Zack Ohren (DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION, ALL SHALL PERISH). Cover art was created by Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN).

IMMOLATION are currently direct support to NILE on the “Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour” presented by Decibel Magazine and MetalSucks.net.

NILE, IMMOLATION, KRISIUN, DREAMING DEAD

01/15/10 Sonar – Baltimore, MD

01/16/10 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

01/17/10 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

01/18/10 The Blender Theater at Gramercy – New York, NY

01/20/10 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

01/21/10 Metro / Smart Bar – Chicago, IL

01/22/10 Rave – Milwaukee, WI

01/23/10 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

01/24/10 The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO

01/25/10 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

01/27/10 El Corazon – Seattle, WA

01/28/10 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

01/29/10 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA

01/30/10 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

01/31/10 House of Blues – San Diego, CA

02/02/10 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA

02/03/10 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

02/04/10 U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, AZ

02/05/10 The Rock – Tucson, AZ

02/06/10 Gator’s – Farmington, NM

02/08/10 House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX

02/09/10 Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX

02/10/10 Scout Bar – Houston, TX

02/11/10 Trees – Dallas, TX

02/12/10 Marquee – Tulsa, OK

02/13/10 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY

02/14/10 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

02/16/10 Gil’s Bar & Grill – Virginia Beach, VA

02/17/10 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

02/18/10 Amos Southend – Charlotte, NC

02/19/10 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

02/20/10 Music Farm – Charleston, SC



For more info visit: http://www.immolation.info | http://www.myspace.com/immolation | http://www.nuclearblast.de/immolation
Source: NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS


Neuraxis: Live pictures of new lineup posted
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
Canadian metallers Neuraxis have posted live pics with their new lineup on their myspace page. The shots were taken on their 2 last shows in Sherbrooke and St-Hyacinthe.

View them here:
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewPicture&friendID=4618555&albumId=2821524

In other news, Neuraxis are still hard at work on their upcoming album. Commented singer Alex Leblanc “It's coming along really well. We are now past the half-way point of the writing. Olivier (Beaudoin) , our new drummer, is tracking demos, which is speeding up the process a lot. I am going to lay down vocals for those this weekend. My first time recording since i stopped smoking so it should be interesting. Olivier (Pinard) has already layed 3 bass tracks and he's just a pure prodigy. Rob is writing his best material ever. Dark, epic and vicious. We can't wait to release this beast...”

Neuraxis are looking to enter the recording studio for end of May. More info on album and recording details will be announced in the coming months.

Meanwhile, Neuraxis will play these select dates:
Mar 25 - Thunder Bay, ON @ Killroy's
Mar 26 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo MANITOBA METALFEST
Mar 28 - Sudbury, ON @ Townhouse Tavern w/ Beyond Within
Apr 23 - Rimouski, QC @ Cactus show bar w/ Exhult
Apr 24 - Quebec City, QC @ Bar L'Agitee w/ Exhult

Live footage of new Neuraxis line-up performing the song "Shatter The Wisdom":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93kHsVz-KiQ
Source: Prosthetic Records Canada


BONDED BY BLOOD recording new album, EXILED TO EARTH
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
The band are holed up at Highland Recorders with producer Ralph Patlan (WHITE WIZZARD, MEGADETH, UFO), recording the much-anticipated follow-up to their ripping 2008 debut album, FEED THE BEAST.

BONDED BY BLOOD guitarists Alex Lee and Juan Juarez have finished recording their parts for the new album. Check out video footage of the young shredders tearing it up in the studio at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kyfz8lZ-SU

BONDED BY BLOOD bassist Jerry Garcia comments on the band's progress:

"After taking a days break on Sunday, BBB came back into the studio on Monday and finished 7 more bass tracks and the final 3 earlier today. Jose is in the studio right now doing his vocals and just finished the first track on the album.

"Everything is sounding amazing and Exiled to Earth is nearly complete. We will post some videos soon with some footage of me laying down some bass tracks and Jose talking shit into the mic."

Stay up-to-date with BONDED BY BLOOD as they finish recording EXILED TO EARTH by following the band's tour blog on their official MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/bondedbyblood

BONDED BY BLOOD's debut album, FEED THE BEAST, is available worldwide. Get your copy in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_16 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_16
Source: earache.com


EAST OF THE WALL Post New Tracks, SXSW And Spring Tours
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
EAST OF THE WALL have posted two new tracks from the group's upcoming album, Ressentiment, on both their MySpace [http://www.myspace.com/eastofthewall] and website [http://www.eastofthewall.com].

To be released via Translation Loss this July, Ressentiment is a concept record in which EAST OF THE WALL focus on a slightly different sound, integrating the use of vocals and an increased emphasis on sonic dissonance. The recording was engineered and co-produced by Will Putney at The Machine Shop (Clutch, King Crimson, Lamb Of God) in March through May of 2009.

The band have also announced a short run of Northeast live shows this month with labelmates Rosetta. They follow that in March with a month-long tour alongside The End Records' artists Goes Cube, making appearances at two SXSW 2010 showcases.

EAST OF THE WALL Live Performances, Winter 2010:
2/18/2010 Great Scott - Boston, MA w/ Henry Gale (CD release show), Faello Nor, Horsehands
2/19/2010 The Charleston - New York, NY w/ Rosetta, Goes Cube, Restorations
2/20/2010 Brighton Bar - Long Branch, NJ (split EP release show) w/ Rosetta, Fake Gimms, A Fucking Elephant, Restorations
2/21/2010 The Mug at Vassar College - Poughkeepsie, NY (afternoon show) w/ Rosetta, Restorations
2/22/2010 Lit Lounge - New York, NY w/ Descender, Beauty Apes, Surrounded By Teeth

Tour with Goes Cube:
3/05/2010 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY w/ Austerity Program, Gwynbleidd
3/06/2010 Normandy House – Ardmore, PA w/ Slumber Giant, Pursuit
3/07/2010 Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC w/ Old Crow
3/08/2010 Slim’s Downtown – Raleigh, NC
3/09/2010 The New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC w/ The Unawares
3/10/2010 Devil’s Playground – Jacksonville, FL
3/11/2010 Cameo Theater – Orlando, FL w/ Fire Spoken By The Buffalo, Vessels Of Energia
3/12/2010 *TBA – Tampa, FL
3/13/2010 Coolifornia House – Tallahassee, FL [*no Goes Cube]
3/14/2010 The Firehouse – Birmingham, AL w/ Nymphotomy [*no Goes Cube]
3/15/2010 The World Famous Celtic – Pascagoula, MS w/ Johnny 2×4, The Ripshits
3/16/2010 Super Happy Fun Land – Houston, TX
3/18/2010 The Ballroom – Corpus Christi, TX w/ Death Before Dishonor, Stray From The Path [*no Goes Cube]
3/20/2010 The Metropolis – Austin, TX @ SXSW Ear/Splitters Showcase w/ City Of Ships, more
3/21/2010 Red 7 – Austin, TX @SXSW Translation Loss/Radar/Sargent House showcase w/ Battlefields, City Of Ships, Junius [*no Goes Cube]
3/22/2010 Oz Cafe – Wichita, KS w/ Dead Commuter, White Mice, Liturgy
3/23/2010 Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE w/ Masses
3/24/2010 The Picador – Iowa City, IA w/ Snow Demon, Aseethe, Shores of the Tundra
3/25/2010 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
3/26/2010 Elbow Room – Ypsilanti, MI w/ Ganon
3/27/2010 Carabar – Columbus, OH w/ Altered States of the United States
3/28/2010 *TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
3/29/2010 *TBA – Trenton, NJ
3/30/2010 Generation Records (in-store performance) – New York, NY
4/03/2010 Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ w/ So Is The Tongue, Isthmus

http://www.myspace.com/eastofthewall
http://www.eastofthewall.com


BerserkerfoX unveils debut LP Artwork, Title and Tracklist
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
BerserkerfoX have unveiled the artwork for their debut LP "History.Altar.Ashes" on MySpace (BerserkerfoX Blog): http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=130559464&blogId=529261302

The "Chainfox" mascot rampaging through the doomed pig-army was designed by Aaron Kerr, with colours by Kieran Oats.

"History.Altar.Ashes" features 9 original tracks produced, recorded, engineered and mastered by BerserkerfoX. The LP will be released in two formats via Ovis Records DA; a digital download pack available at Amazon, iTunes and over 1000 online stores, with a full-colour digipak available via BerserkerfoX http://berserkerfox.bigcartel.com/ directly and Ovis Records' BigCartel sites http://ovisrecords.bigcartel.com/


Tracklisting for History.Altar.Ashes (2010) :

1. Self Professed Kings
2. Ashes of Solace
3. Flag of Blood
4. Acrimony
5. Veritas
6. Coloured by Blood
7. Within The I's Mind
8. Before the Door of Irresolution
9. No Prodigy


The EP/LP teaser "King Kong on Crack" was released in May 2009 and has received positive reviews from numerous webzines and music forums, including the following:

Testimonials:

I'd like to see where this band is going. The talent is there, they have great song ideas, and it can only get better from this debut EP.

- Jourdaine Middleton (Examiner.com)


BerserkerfoX seems to be on the right track. With the right amount of exposure, asolid amount of touring and a dedicated record label, this band couldbecome a big name within the Australian metal scene - so my advice is to keep your ears to the ground and your eyes peeled.

- Angel Of Betrayal (MetalAsFuck.net)



BerserkerfoX’s style and sound comes across as not only unique, but upbeat and catchy as well. It's definitely a winning combination and is a promising sign for the future of the band

- Natalie Perez (The Metal Forge)



BerserkerfoX MySpace http://www.berserkerfox.com
BerserkerfoX Fanpage on Facebook http://www.berserkerfox.net
Ovis Records DA http://www.ovisrecords.com


GWAR to assault Bonnaroo 2010!
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
FROM THE DESK OF ODERUS URUNGUS
February 2010

Attention! Attention! What follows is an official transmission from GWAR's middle-level, not-so-secret, hulking Antarctic fortress of eternal joy and torment - O.K. here it is!

"What's up freaks, it is your lord and master, Oderus Urungus, lead (and rear) singer of the world's (and indeed, all things) foremost schlock rock group band splat-tak-u-lar that's right ---GWAR! After several weeks of crack-fueled orgies (i.e. the Fall/Winter 2009 US tour and all the sordid activities that followed), I have just come a "high" level meeting with my band brothers and actually started to figure out just what the fuck we are going to be up to this year, and how you human filth (and slaves) can come gape at our awesomeness!

"Well, the obvious is clear. We are continuing our very special two-year long anniversary "slay-a-bration" of GWAR's 25th year of complete dominance over this miserable planet. We are about a quarter of the way through it and it is our sacred duty to continue with unparalleled fury until it is over! "Lust In Space" shall be the cry as the mighty GWAR continues its defense of the planet Earth from the forces of Cardinal Syn throughout the teeming cities of man and maggot kind! So look for GWAR to return to the United States in late Spring, bringing destruction to all who thought they had been spared, and culminating with a blood-feat of dracu-lesque proportion at one of this planet's biggest music festivals.

Sound the horn, bang the drum, impale the midget! Do anything, as long as it helps you spread the cry -"

GWAR IS PLAYING BONNAROO!

That's right; one of the most notorious bands in rock and roll history and the only one ever to hail from Antarctica, the mighty GWAR is set to close the main stage on Saturday night, June the 12th, at this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival. After a host of other amazing bands (and some shitty ones) have driven the humans into an orgiastic frenzy, just as the death legions of Cardinal Syn descend from above, spewing plasma weapons into the horrified crowd, then and only then shall GWAR take the stage; hoof, nail and claw!!!

"This is an unprecedented opportunity for us to bust up our personal best "kill count" of 70,000 deaths, which we inflicted on the humans at Wacken last year. Supposedly there will be over 100,000 potential victims - and we intend to kill them all!"

In yet another nod to the stellar magnificence of GWAR, this world's only openly-extraterrestrial rock outfit, they will be sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in show biz with everybody from Jay-Z to the Melvins.

"Personally, I am looking forward to nostri-raping the entire Dave Matthews Band", said Oderus, mouthing off as usual. The summer shows offer no reprieve as GWAR returns to Europe in a hideous display of chaos, death and, of course, filth! Not in the whole of Europe's blood-drenched history will you find such a hideous gathering of damned souls as you will when you witness GWAR this summer in Europe!

GWAR
European Summer Tour/Festivals
07/02 Hamburg, Germany Markthalle
07/03 Roitzschjora, Germany With Full Force
07/16 Dour, Belgium Dour Festival
08/12 Jaromer, Czech Republic rutal Assault Festival
08/14 Ulft, Netherlands Huntenpop Festival
08/15 Derby, United Kingdom Bloodstock
08/20 Dinckelsbruhl, Germany Summer Breeze Festival
08/21 Lierop, Netherlands Nirwana Tuinfest

"Our ruthless extermination of all life shall be continued after we have driven the forces of Cardinal Syn (who is an asshole) back into the inky abyss! And as we slay, we celebrate 25 years of debauchery, depravity and entertainment with the world's foremost authority on all of the above - fucking GWAR!"

"Look for a slew of both commemorative and completely fresh projects birthing from our diseased wombs throughout this time, though I can give you no fresh clues, I can tell you that several boner-fied projects are in the offing, stuff so good you will cream blood out of your eyes. More details will be coming when we fucking feel like it! In the meantime, rape an animal for Christ, and your mom doesn't count, because I chopped off her fingers!"


-Oderus Urungus

http://www.gwar.net
http://www.myspace.com/gwarofficial


Without Mercy - Tour Dates
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
Bigger, better, louder, faster, this not only describes Canada’s # 1 Female-fronted Extreme Metal act, but describes the newer, revamped http://WITHOUTMERCYBAND.COM

Now updated with all social links, video, audio, merch, CD’s and more!. The band is ready to connect even more with their fans …and the world. After a successful end to 2009 that saw them playing with the likes of Satyricon, Chthonic among others, the band reveled in the release of their debut full-length self-titled CD.

Thrash Magazine states : "Without Mercy have crafted a classic thrash album here" "


Expect to see the band on tour this summer


Bookmark http://www.WITHOUMERCYBAND.com to stay up to date on news, tours, and more

Catch WOM live:

* March 13, 2010 – Abbotsford, BC

* March 24, 2010 – Femme Fatale Festival Vancouver, BC

* April 1, 2010 – Chilliwack, BC

* April 10, 2010 – Langley


EQUILIBRIUM CONFIRM SPLIT WITH SINGER & DRUMMER
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
German pagan metal warriors EQUILIBRIUM have just issued the following statement regarding the rumors about the split with their singer & drummer:



“Unfortunately, we have to tell you that EQUILIBRIUM singer Helge [Stang] and drummer Manu [Manuel Di Camillo] have parted ways [with us] due to personal reasons. There is no bad blood between us and we wish them the best of luck for all future endeavours. We shared some really special moments on stage; nevertheless, this will in now way effect the music of EQUILIBRIUM. The songs will still be written and composed by [guitarist] René Berthiaume. At the moment, we are at the Helion Studios in Munich [Germany] recording our third album which is planned to be released in June. As of now, we can tell you that it will be heavy, epic, bombastic, emotional, and full of musical surprises! All scheduled shows will take place as announced. As soon as we got news regarding new members we will let you know at once! Stay tuned!”



Visit EQUILIBRIUM online at http://www.myspace.com/EQUILIBRIUM
Source: Nuclear Blast Records


SUIDAKRA ON TOUR WITH ORPHANED LAND THIS MARCH
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
The company responsible for producing the world’s largest heavy metal festival “Wacken Open Air” will be making their presence known this March at the SXSW Festival. Thomas Jensen, organizer and managing director of ICS Festival Service GMBH and his crew are hosting The Wacken Metal Meeting on Wednesday March 17th, if you would like to attend The Wacken Metal Meeting, please send an email RSVP to Miriam@ics-woa.de. Finger food and drinks will be provided. After the Metal Meeting, the showcase will be at Red 7 located at 611 E. 7th St. featuring SUIDAKRA and Orphaned Land, both of whom are represented by the ICS Booking Department.



Organizer Thomas Jensen had the following to say about the Wacken Metal Meeting and SXSW showcase, “We are very excited to have the chance to be at SXSW and have the opportunity to show our friends and interested people our network at our Wacken Metal Meeting.”



SUIDAKRA are making their triumphant return to North America on tour this March with Orphaned Land. There will be three dates in the United States one in New York, one in Chicago and one in Austin, TX (during the South By South West Music Festival). The tour will also touch down in Canada in both Montreal and Toronto. Tickets are on sale now.



While so-called "pagan metal" bands seem to be popping up around every corner lately, trying to conform to current trends instead of coming up with ideas of their own, SUIDAKRA have stayed true to the sound that they have become known for. Reaching new heights in their fourteen year history, the German Celtic metallers return full steam ahead with their 9th studio album,"Crógacht". Combining fast melodic death metal, Irish folk music, and a torrent of harmonies, they prove yet again the ability blend several different influences into their unique sound. To put a spin on things, new elements are introduced, like traditional instruments (bagpipes, banjo, tin whistles), a sixteen member choir and epic orchestral arrangements.





CATCH SUIDAKRA ON TOUR WITH ORPHANED LAND



3/8 New York, NY @ BB King’s

3/10 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufones Electriques

3/13 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room

3/14 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

3/17 Austin, TX @ Red 7

3/20 Ramona, CA @ Ramona Main Stage





http://www.suidakra.com

http://www.myspace.com/suidakra


ENSLAVED ANSWER FAN-SUBMITTED QUESTIONS ON YOUTUBE
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
Currently in Duper Studios in Bergen, Norway recording the follow-up to their Spellemann Award–winning and Billboard-charting 2008 album Vertebrae, ENSLAVED have taken the time to answer fan submitted questions (via Facebook, MySpace and Twitter) on YouTube. View the four-part video footage here.

Stay posted on ENSLAVED’s time in the studio at www.myspace.com/ENSLAVED, http://www.ENSLAVED.no, and http://www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial
Source: Nuclear Blast Records


A STORM OF LIGHT Commences
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
Brooklyn, NY atmospheric doomsters A STORM OF LIGHT will kick off their long-anticipated US tour tomorrow, February 18th, at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia. The tour will pillage through 19 cities and include seven west coast shows with SHRINEBUILDER before winding down in their home borough on March 18th at Union Pool.

A STORM OF LIGHT Tour Dates
2/18/2010 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
2/19/2010 Gallery 5 - Richmond, VA
2/20/2010 The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN
2/21/2010 King Pin Bowl - Athens, GA
2/22/2010 Club 529 - Atlanta, GA
2/24/2010 Rubber Gloves - Denton, TX
2/25/2010 Emo’s - Austin, TX
2/27/2010 23 West - Tempe, AZ
2/28/2010 Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
3/02/2010 Casbah - San Diego, CA w/ SHRINEBUILDER
3/03/2010 Echo - Los Angeles, CA w/ SHRINEBUILDER
3/04/2010 Echo - Los Angeles, CA w/ SHRINEBUILDER
3/05/2010 Voodoo Lounge - San Jose, CA w/ SHRINEBUILDER + HARVESTMAN
3/06/2010 Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA w/ SHRINEBUILDER + HARVESTMAN
3/07/2010 The Independent - San Francisco, CA w/ SHRINEBUILDER + HARVESTMAN
3/09/2010 Neumos - Seattle, WA w/ SHRINEBUILDER
3/10/2010 Rotture - Portland, OR
3/13/2010 Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN
3/14/2010 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
3/15/2010 Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
3/18/2010 Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY

A STORM OF LIGHT's 2010 touring lineup is:
Josh Graham (Battle Of Mice, Blood And Time, Neurosis): guitar, vocals
Domenic Seita (ex Tombs): bass, backing vocals
Geoff Summers (Batillus): drums
Zohra Atash (Religious To Damn): vocals

A STORM OF LIGHT's permanent members are:
Josh Graham (Battle Of Mice, Blood And Time, Neurosis): guitar, vocals, synthesizers, banjo, piano
Domenic Seita (ex Tombs): bass, backing vocals, percussion
Joel Hamilton (Battle Of Mice, Book Of Knots): guitar, modular

The band released their second full-length, Forgive Us Our Trespasses, in October via Neurot Recordings.

http://www.myspace.com/astormoflight
http://www.myspace.com/shrinebuildergroup
http://www.myspace.com/heathenpsych
http://www.neurotrecordings.com


Full Metal Texas 2010 initial line-up announced
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
RSVP NOW: WWW.FULLMETALTEXAS.COM

INITIAL LINEUP REVEALED!
THE BIGGEST METAL EVENT TO HIT TEXAS THIS MARCH

NYC, NY - February 17, 2010 - After blowing away Austin in 2009 with their debut event, FULL METAL TEXAS has announced the initial lineup for the 2010 day party taking place on Thursday, March 18th at Emo's Main Room and Emo's Jr. in Austin, TX from Noon - 6pm.

Yeah! Management and Branch Marketing Collective have put together one of the best metal shows to hit Texas this year...and it is FREE and open to the public! This year's lineup includes these twelve bands plus some VERY SPECIAL GUESTS to be announced soon:

FAIR TO MIDLAND
DARKEST HOUR
BORN OF OSIRIS
IWRESTLEDABEARONCE
IRON AGE
KARNIVOOL
NAAM
HOWL
AMARNA REIGN
YOUR DEMISE
UPON A BURNING BODY
LIONS LIONS

This year's event is being sponsored by:

Eagle Rock Entertainment will be previewing two new Classic Album DVDs from Black Sabbath and Rush, as well as doing some great giveaways from their catalog, including a complete Eagle Blu-Ray collection and Blu-Ray player.

Indiemerchstore.com is the premiere online marketplace for today's up-and-coming & established artists/bands merch. From t-shirts & hoodies to belt buckles and skateboards...Support your own. Buy Indie.

Our friends at Harley-Davidson® will be on hand with some of their newest Dark Custom motorcycles, hot swag, as well as a chances to win a new bike of your own!!

Sumerian Records and Royal Family Clothing are also supporting the show and will have giveaways throughout the day, and other partners include Artist Arena, Metalsucks.com, Metalinjection.net and Metalinsider.net
You can RSVP to the party over at www.fullmetaltexas.com where you will be eligible for VIP drink specials at the show, and be entered into a contest from Eagle Rock Entertainment to win a Blu-Ray Player, Classic Album DVDs and more. Be sure to keep up with all things Full Metal Texas at www.twitter.com/fullmetaltexas
Source: Branch Marketing Collective


INCANTATION AND FUNERUS EUROPEAN FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
Fresh off a successful European tour with labelmates DIVINE EVE, along with HATE, NOCTUM and NERVE, legendary death metal outfit, INCANTATION are excited to announce their inclusion in two of this summer's most brutal metal fests. Both taking place July 15th - 17th, INCANTATION will be a featured headliner at the Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic and are playing Austria's Kaltenback Open Air Festival as well. INCANTATION guitarist / founder, John McEntee had this to say regarding the upcoming appearances,

"We are proud to announce that we will be one of the headliners for the Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic. We have heard a lot of great things about this festival and are looking forward to it very much. There are numerous other great death metal and grind bands playing so I'm sure it will be a great time. I would also like to thank the festival organizers for including my other band FUNERUS on the festival. We look forward to putting on a totally kick ass show and we plan on making this a very special performance for all of our die hard supporters.


We are also playing the Kaltenbach Open Air Festival in Austria. It will be a great honor to play there once again since we haven't played there since our tour opening up for NILE and UNLEASHED a good while back. The lineup for the fest is nothing short of amazing and it will be great to play alongside such great bands and friends. We are looking forward to

spewing forth our style of pure raw underground death metal."


As previously mentioned, joining INCANTATION on their trek overseas will be Ibex Moon Records' labelmates and McEntee's other musical endeavor, FUNERUS. Known for their gutturally low-end brand of death metal, FUNERUS is currently working on the follow up to their debut album, Festering Earth. Bassist Jill McEntee issued the following statement,

"FUNERUS will be playing Obscene Extreme Fest 2010 and Kaltenbach Open Air 2010. We are very excited to be a part of both of these festivals! This will be our first time playing both the Czech Republic and Austria.We look forward to seeing some old friends and meeting alot of new ones."

In other INCANTATION news, February will see the release of the Scapegoat 7" picture disc. This release will be limited to 1000 copies. Visit www.ibexmoonrecords.com for details and ordering information.


www.ibexmoonrecords.com
www.myspace.com/ibexmoonrecords
www.myspace.com/incantation
www.myspace.com/funerus


OVERKILL DEBUTS ON BILLBOARD TOP 200
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
Thrash lords OVERKILL have sold 4,264 copies of their 25-year anniversary record IRONBOUND in the first week of its release. IRONBOUND has charted at 168 on the Billboard Top 200 and charted extremely well among major markets such as New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. This is the bands biggest first week since their 1994 record "W.F.O".

OVERKILL is currently on tour in Europe along side SUICIDAL ANGELS, SAVAGE MESSIAH and CRIPPER. View dates here [http://bit.ly/bJH0z2]. OVERKILL filmed a video for "Bring Me The Night" last month in Brooklyn, NY with director Kevin Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). View the video here [http://bit.ly/b2apDP].

OVERKILL has also announced their signature 25th Anniversary tour entitled KILLFEST 2010. The tour will span the length of the U.S., hitting spots in Canada with one final show at New York City’s Nokia Theater. Support duties coming from VADER, GOD DETHRONED, WARBINGER, EVILE and WOE OF TYRANTS. Dates can be found below.

April 2010
1 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
2 Worcester, MA The Palladium
3 Hartford, CT Webster Hall
4 Quebec City, QC Imperial de Quebec
5 Montreal, QC FouFounes
6 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theater
7 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
8 Detroit, MI Blondies
9 Chicago, IL The Metro
10 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
11 Minneapolis, MN Station 4
13 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
15 Vancouver, BC Red Room
16 Seattle, WA El Corazon
17 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
18 San Francisco, A The Grand Ballroom
19 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
20 Los Angeles CA House of Blues
21 San Diego, CA House of Blues
22 Phoenix, AZ O.K.’s
23 Tucson, AZ The Rock
24 Farmington, NM Gators
25 Tulsa, OK Marquee
26 Austin, TX Emu’s
27 Houston, TX Scout Bar
28 Dallas, TX Trees
29 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
30 Springfield, VA Jaxx

May 2010
1 New York City Nokia Theater Times Square

For more information on OVERKILL and KILLFEST tickets visit: http://www.wreckingcrew.com/ & http://www.myspace.com/overkill
Source: e1ent.com


EVILE - Officially confirmed for this years Hellfest
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
Hellfest is due to take place in Clisson, France, from the 18th-20th June. EVILE are set to open the main stage of Hellfest on Friday, 18th June.

EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake comments:

"We're just nearing completion of our Infecting Nations Euro tour and it's been amazing so far. The Paris show was great, so we hope to continue more of the same madness in Clisson!

"We absolutely cannot wait to get to Hellfest, and we're so thankful they've let us come back and play after last time's failed attempt which was out of our control. Thank you Hellfest and we can't wait to pound some metal with you all!! METAL!!!!"

EVILE are currently on the road in Europe on the Infecting Nations headlining tour, with just a handful of dates remaining. Catch EVILE live with American thrashers WARBRINGER and Israel's THE FADING at the remaining shows:

17.02.10 Wangen, Germany - Jugendhaus
18.02.10 Nurnberg, Germany - Z-Bau
19.02.10 Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
20.02.10 Essen, Germany - Turock

Shortly after returning home from the Infecting Nations tour, EVILE will be heading out to North America for two huge tours, first on the Hordes of Chaos II tour with German thrash legends KREATOR, followed immediately by the Killfest tour with New Jersey thrash icons OVERKILL. Catch them live at the following shows:

Hordes Of Chaos II Tour w/ KREATOR, VOIVOD, NACHTMYSTIUM and LAZARUS A.D.
Mar 3 Jaxx West Springfield, Virginia
Mar 4 The Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mar 5 The Palladium (MA) Worcester, Massachusetts
Mar 6 Nokia Theatre New York, New York
Mar 7 Club Soda Montreal, Quebec
Mar 8 Imperial De Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
Mar 9 Opera House Toronto, Ontario
Mar 10 Peabody's Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 11 Blondie's Detroit, Michigan
Mar 12 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, Illinois
Mar 13 Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin (No VOIVOD)
Mar 14 Rock Station St Paul, Minnesota
Mar 16 Bluebird Theater Denver, Colorado (NO VOIVOD)

w/ KREATOR, KATAKLYSM, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH and LAZARUS A.D.
Mar 18 Corazon Seattle, Washington
Mar 19 Rickshaw Theater Vancouver, British Columbia
Mar 20 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, Oregon
Mar 21 Slim's San Francisco, California
Mar 22 Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas, Nevada
Mar 23 House Of Blues West Hollywood, California
Mar 24 House Of Blues San Diego, California
Mar 25 The Rock Tucson, Arizona
Mar 27 Emo's Alternative Lounging Austin, Texas
Mar 28 Meridian Houston, Texas
Mar 30 The Club at Firestone Orlando, Florida
Mar 31 The Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia

Killfest USA Tour w/ OVERKILL, VADER, GOD DETHRONED, WARBRINGER and WOE OF
TYRANTS
Apr 1 The Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 2 The Palladium Worcester, Massachusetts
Apr 3 Webster Theater Hartford, Connecticut
Apr 4 Imperial de Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
Apr 5 FouFounes Montreal, Quebec
Apr 6 Phoenix Concert Theater Toronto, Ontario
Apr 7 Bogarts Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr 8 Blondies Detroit, Michigan
Apr 9 The Metro Chicago, Illinois
Apr 10 The Rave Milwuakee, Wisconsin
Apr 11 Station 4 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 12 Anne Zabel Theater Sioux Falls, SD
Apr 13 Gothic Theatre Denver, Colorado
Apr 15 Red Room Vancouver, British Columbia
Apr 16 El Corazon Seattle, Washington
Apr 17 Roseland Theater Portland, Oregon
Apr 18 The Grand Ballroom San Francisco, California
Apr 19 House of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada
Apr 20 House of Blues Los Angeles, California
Apr 21 House of Blues San Diego, California
Apr 22 U.B.'s Bar Mesa, Arizona
Apr 23 The Rock Tuscon, Arizona
Apr 24 Dos Amigos Odessa, Texas
Apr 25 Marquee Tulsa, Oklahoma
Apr 26 Emo's Austin, Texas
Apr 27 Scout Bar Houston, Texas
Apr 28 Trees Dallas, Texas
Apr 29 Headliner's Music Hall Louisville, Kentucky
Apr 30 Jaxx Springfield, Virginia
May 1 Nokia Theater New York City, New York
May 2 Club Hell Providence, Rhode Island

EVILE's new album, INFECTED NATIONS, is available now worldwide. Get your copy in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41

For more EVILE news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/evileuk
Source: earache.com


KING DIAMOND - 6 Vinyl Versions Coming In March!
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
MASSACRE RECORDS will release new vinyl versions of the six KING DIAMOND albums:

1. THE SPIDERS LULLABYE
2. THE GRAVEYARD
3. VOODOO
4. HOUSE OF GOD
5. THE PUPPETMASTER
6. GIVE ME YOUR SOUL...PLEASE

These GATEFOLD - LPs are strictly limited and hand-numbered. The six vinyls will be in different vinyl-colours. The release date is March, 26th, 2010.


CIRCLE II CIRCLE's Zak Stevens On Live - From The Source
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
CIRCLE II CIRCLE / ex-SAVATAGE frontman Zak Stevens will be featured on BlogTalkRadio's Live - From The Source on Thursday, February 18th at 9 PM (EST).

Further details at this location: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rocksourceradio/2010/02/19/zak-stevens-savatage-machines-of-grace-lead-singer-on-live--from-the-source

As previously reported, Stevens will be featured in a new interview on The Mental Metal Show on Saturday, February 20th. Go to thttp://www.metalheadradio.com/ for broadcast time and to tune in.

Circle II Circle recently posted the following press release:

REDLionMusic is proud to announce Circle II Circle is officially added to our roster - also called REDLion Family.

"First of all we give a very warm welcome to Circle II Circle (USA)... After more than 7 years of Circle II Circle being part of the live hard rock and metal scene and 4 outstanding albums released world wide, this band is known already by almost every metalhead all over the planet...

For more info, photos and bio please feel free to visit the band's website at http://www.circle2circle.net/

REDLionMusic is looking forward to a successful partnership with this amazing band. We are looking forward to your feedback and take your offers for this band from now on."

Also visit Circle II Circle online at http://myspace.com/circleiicircle


IMAGIKA to Co-Headline Warriors Of Metal Festival 3
Added Thursday, February 18 by EvilG
More WOMFEST III Bands Announced - 2nd Official Press Release

It is time to announce more bands for the Warriors Of Metal Fest III Open Air, so here we go.......

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Warriors Of Metal Fest III Open Air is privileged to announce that IMAGIKA the Bay Area Thrash Metal band that raised the roof at last year's Nightmare Metal
Fest II in San Antonio have agreed to co-headline the Friday night of the Fest with the legendary Omen. George Call, Omen's vocalist commented that "I remember [Imagika] was one of the better bands of that Fest" and the Fest organizer, the world famous voice of Metal, Lance King even told Norman Skinner, Imagika's vocalist, after their rousing performance on
march 22nd, 2009 that "you guys were way better than I had imagined…!"

This opportunity materialized when Metal Messiah Radio's Lord Cruson suggested the organizers of Warriors Of Metal Fest III Open Air to consider another bay area Thrash Metal outfit, Taunted who had recently done an interview with MMR's DJ Dave Softee. Sampling one song was enough for the organizers to realize the quality of this band and begin the
process of securing them for the 2nd day of the Festival. Jacques Cerano, the band's talented vocalist states "Taunted is proud to take part in such a great festival and share the stage with so many cool bands. This will be the band's first time venturing to OHIO and we feel honored to visit this great state and spread some BAY AREA BLEEDING from TAUNTED!" Of course,
having seen Imagika in action before and realizing that these two bands share the same drummer, the Fest’s main sponsor, Farvahar Records immediately approached Imagika for the afformentioned co-headlining
position. Imagika will be releasing a new album in the March of this year entitled “Poertrait Of A Hanged Man” and the members all agreed to make the trek to Ohio for the first time to rock the Midwest Metalheads and promote their new album.

The Puerto Rican Epic Metallers of Dantesco are also a new addition to the roster. Fest sponsor Datis Alaee noted that “we first learned of Dantesco’s affiliation with Omen last year when George Call of Aska let us
know that Dantesco’s vocalist, Erico sang for Omen in their South American tour but unfortunately we could not accommodate them for last year’s Fest because all our slots were full. But this year with Omen
co-headlining one of the nights, it is our pleasure to be able to bring
Dantesco’s unique style of Metal to our patrons and let these comrades
hang with eachother in yet another Metal Festival!”

Former Metal Blade artists and local big draw band, Jacobs Dream from
Columbus, Ohio were confirmed to the Warriors Of Metal Fest III Open Air
shortly after the conclusion of WOMFEST II last year. With their
Progressive Power Metal style and great vocals courtesy of Chaz Bond,
their inclusion was a no-brainer especially since their drummer Gary
Holtzman let the Fest organizers know that “we can bring hundreds of our
fans, even from out of state for an Open Air type of Metal Festival .“ As
such they were given the direct support to the headliners spot since the
organizers strongly believe in their ability to provide a vast audience
for Imagika & the legendary Omen.

As the word spread about Cage, Aska & Omen headlining this show, Jason
Myers of the veteran Pittsburgh Metal outfit Icarus Witch contacted the
Warriors Of Metal Fest III Open Air to secure a spot for their band on
this year’s show. Fest organizer and producer, Ryan Carroll commented
that “we had heard very good things about Icarus Witch from our last
year’s Fest partner, Jeremy Golden of Heaven & Hell Records, and I had
talked to Jason about a potential collaboration before and found him a
down-to-earth artist with no ego issues and in fact a person with great
enthusiasm and of the same mindset as Datis and I as to our common goal
and what we’re trying to accomplish with this Festival, namely building
the Metal scene back in our region.” Therefore with the availability of
Icarus Witch, negotiations were short and sweet and within several days
Jason posted a blog on the band’s myspace site stating that “Icarus Witch
are pleased to announce we have been added to the already stellar lineup
of Warriors Of Metal III Open Air festival in central Ohio this June 26th.
We are looking forward to headbanging alongside some classic, traditional
metal bands like ASKA, CAGE and the legendary OMEN!”

The word gets around fast when a band like Icarus Witch is booked to a
regional Metal Fest, and without wait the Progressive Thrash Metallers of
Beyond Fallen, from Wilkes-Barre, PA signed to the Dutch indie Metal label
Melissa Records contacted the Warriors Of Metal Fest III organizers to be
considered for playing at the Fest. Fortunately for them, both of the
organizers were already fans of Beyond Fallen and realized that having
this great band which had already played at the 10th Anniversary show of
Headbanger’s Open Air in Germany back in 2007, would bring good
credibility to the Fest. And thus Beyond Fallen’s spot on the Fest was
secured.

The well known Power Thrash Metal band, Widow from Raleigh, NC was the
next band to be added to the roster. Farvahar Records co-owners had
already seen Widow headline the 2nd night of LiveeviL Promotions’ Kansas
City Power Metal Fest II in mid-August of 2009 and were aware of their
melodic Metal style which is a perfect fit for the Warriors Of Metal
Festival. Additionally with the knowledge that Widow was already booked
to the 2010 SwordBrothers IX Metal Fest in Germany later in the year, the
prospect of having 3 out of the 10 Swordbrothers’ 9th annual Festival
roster perform at Warriors Of metal Fest III was an honor they were
determined to hold on to. With Widow’s generous offer to work with the
organizers to make Warriors Of Metal Fest III Open Air a true Metalhead’s
event to remember, their place in the history of the Fest was firmly
secured.

Last but not least, Farvahar Records’ own True Heavy Metal band from
Arvika, Sweden, Gallows End, with their album completed and awaiting
European distribution with US release to follow has long been booked to
perform at Warriors Of Metal Fest III Open Air this summer in the midst of
a 2 week US tour which is currently being worked on. Gallows End’s
connections to their fans and infectious Metal music has been winning
audiences over through online Metal radio stations to be able to excite
fans to provide them with street teams in Sweden, USA, Italy and Russia
and garnering favorable reviews for their initial demo materials and
subsequent debut album samples from critics. It will be The Fest’s
distinct honor and pleasure to host such a great Metal band from Sweden as
the Festival’s very first European band. Likewise, the band’s founder
Thord Klarstrom states that “all the guys and I are extremely excited
about this opportunity to play in USA along such a distinguished cast of
Metal bands we have been listening to and enjoying while making our own
music. We cannot wait to come to the US and rock out with some of our
favorite Metal bands and personally connect with our fans across the
pond!”

More bands will be announced in short time. For information about the
Festival please visit the official Festival online sites:

Http://www.warriorsofmetalfest.com
http://www.myspace.com/womfest


KROKUS RETURNS WITH THE RELEASE OF HOODOO
Added Wednesday, February 17 by Rick
SWISS ROCK LEGENDS KROKUS MOST SUCCESSFUL LINE-UP RETURNS WITH THE MAY 25 CD RELEASE OF HOODOO ON SONYMUSIC INDEPENDENT NETWORKS

For 30 years now, Krokus has been one of rocks most triumphant exports and now the band’s most successful line-up is back with the release of Hoodoo, the band’s powerful comeback album¾their first in 20 years.

From the small Swiss town of Solothurn, the band catapulted itself and its incomparable brand of straight hard rock right to the top of the music world, 1980 saw the band set out to conquer America, Canada, and England, quickly earning its reputation as a strong, no-nonsense live band. Over a period of 4 decades the band has released a total of 17 studio albums, 2 "live" albums and 3 "Best of..." albums. In total, Krokus has notched up 10 top-selling albums worldwide and a Diamond Award for selling over 1 million records in Switzerland alone.

In 2008, the band celebrated an incredible comeback with a reunion concert in Berne’s Stade de Suisse where over 10,000 supporters showed up and witnessed an astonishing live comeback. Encouraged by the overwhelming success and how much they loved playing together again, the band made the most of the flames burning inside and went straight back to the studio to record. They spent two years creating a fiery new album that is sure to become a classic.

Hoodoo will be released on May 25.

Krokus is:
Marc Storace (lead vocals), Chris von Rohr (bass, vocals), Fernando von Arb (guitar, vocals), Mark Kohler (guitar), Freddy Steady (drums)

http://www.myspace.com/krokusonline
www.krokusonline.com


THE ORDER OF APOLLYON ink a three album deal
Added Wednesday, February 17 by Rick
UK-based Orthodox Black Death metal act THE ORDER OF APOLLYON ( featuring members of CRADLE OF FILTH, AOSOTH, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED, AKERCOCKE) inked a three album deal with LISTENABLE Records.
The release of their debut album, "The Flesh", has been scheduled for April 2010 in Europe and the UK, with a North American release date in the works. The band will be performing at various summer festivals - more info will be posted shortly on www.myspace.com/templeofapollyon.
Audio samples of the preproduction, and video teasers can be seen on the band's myspace page.


ADAGIO SPLITS WITH SINGER CHRISTIAN PALIN
Added Wednesday, February 17 by Rick
Adagio have officially decided to split from singer Christian Palin. Stéphan Forté says: "We have had no other choice but to separate from Christian Palin this morning. That is a decision we needed to take as soon as possible for the best of Adagio. We have no hard feelings towards him and wish him all the best for the future. More news very soon...."

ADAGIO will be teaming up with LEAVES EYES and KAMELOT for another batch of shows in march. KAMELOT however will not be joining the tour from 6-10 april and ADAGIO will be headlining in Cannes.

Tourdates:
25.03.10 Charleroi - BE - Le Coliseums
26.03.10 Tilburg - NL - O13
27.03.10 Amsterdam - NL - Paradiso
28.03.10 London - UK - Koko
31.03.10 Paris - FR - Elysée Montmartre
01.04.10 Pratteln - CH - Z7 Konzertfabrik
02.04.10 Montpellier - FR - Rockstore
03.04.10 Barcelona - ES - Salamandra 1
04.04.10 Madrid - ES - La Riviera
06.04.10 Cannes - Palais Stéphanie
07.04.10 Dortmund - DE - FZW
08.04.10 Köln - DE - Live Music Hall
09.04.10 Hamburg - DE - Markthalle
10.04.10 Mons - Festival Metal Lotto Expo


MUNICIPAL WASTE AWAIT SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR - NEW DATE ADDED
Added Wednesday, February 17 by EvilG
Having just completed a highly successful run in the UK/Europe, Richmond, VA crossover leaders, MUNICIPAL WASTE are headed straight back onto the road this March for a number of dates in South America. "South America has always been on our list of places to spread the Waste;" says guitarist, Ryan Waste. "I know how passionate the crowds are about heavy music down there and we're going to deliver. I'm prepared for some wild shows to ensue."

This being their first major tour of the continent, MUNICIPAL WASTE cannot wait to go and meet some of the wild fans who have waited a long time to see them. Their South American fans have stirred up such a frenzy that some venue changes had to be made to accommodate how intense these shows are expected to become. The full list of South American dates is as follows:

5 mar 2010 @ Sindicato de Industria Y Comercio, Guadalajara, Mexico
6 mar 2010 @ Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico
7 mar 2010 @ Teatro Metro, Bogota, Colombia
10 mar 2010 @ Barranco Bar, Lima, Peru
11 mar 2010 @ Teatro Novedades, Santiago, Chile
12 mar 2010 @ Hammer Rock Bar, Campinas, Brazil
13 mar 2010 @ Clash Club, Sao Paulo, Brazil
14 mar 2010 @ Teatro Odisseia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
15 mar 2010 @ Drakkar Music Hall, Porto Alegre, Brazil - Just Added

MUNICIPAL WASTE frontman TONY FORESTA has become the latest columnist for
LeastMost.com, a website dedicated to BMX, art and music.

Well-known for his onstage antics, the singer for Virginian crossover
leaders MUNICIPAL WASTE is using his years of experience in the music
business coupled with his adventures in day-to-day life to write a brand new column for LeastMost.com, featuring reviews, interviews and articles.

Check out TONY's column, "Sounds Good!", at http://leastmost.com/sounds-good

MUNICIPAL WASTE's new album, MASSIVE AGGRESSIVE, is available now worldwide.
Get your copy in Europe at
http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_671_75 or in the USA at
http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_671_75

Check out MUNICIPAL WASTE's video for the track "Wrong Answer", from the band's latest album, MASSIVE AGGRESSIVE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bJ9bYCmO2c

For more news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/municipalwaste
Source: www.earache.com


ENEMY REIGN: New Live Footage Posted + Tour Update
Added Wednesday, February 17 by EvilG
Denver, Colorado death metal squadron ENEMY REIGN recently posted live footage from their hometown show on January 25th opening for Nile, Immolation and Krisiun. Check out "Throw Myself To The Wolves" from the band's critically acclaimed Means To A Dead End EP plus two new tracks -- "Make Enemies" and "Tormented Masses" -- here: http://www.enemyreign.com/livevideo/

The band will release Means To A Dead End in Europe through Neurotic Records on April 5th. The EP was recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Martriden, Cobalt et al) in 2008 and, until now, self-distributed through the ENEMY REIGN online webstore. The European version will contain one newly recorded exclusive bonus track entitled "If The Truth Hurts...Suffer," as well as exclusive art work and other bonus materials.

ENEMY REIGN will perform in Cheyenne, Wyoming at The Atlas Theatre supporting Deadspeak on February 26, 2010 [view tour poster: http://tinyurl.com/yz4jbvh]. In April, the band will appear on the 2010 edition of the Neurotic Deathfest featuring Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Dying Fetus, Insision, Lock Up, Napalm Death and Origin (among many others), followed by a tour throughout Europe. Confirmed dates thus far include:

4/30/2010 The Neurotic Deathfest - Tilburg, Netherlands [http://www.neuroticdeathfest.com]
5/08/2010 SAS -Delemont, Switzerland [http://www.sasdelemont.ch]
5/12/2010 Abaton - Prague, Czech Republic w/Bolt Thrower, Rotting Christ & Dew Scented[http://www.prostorabaton.cz/novinky.php]
5/15/2010 AJZ - Bahndamm, Germany [http://www.ajzbahndamm.de]

"An admissibly ferocious, hate-filled and avenging band who have confidently taken control of their own fate... This is a hard-hitting metal release which more than deserves to be check out on its own accord." -- Decibel

"...deranged and technically-meticulous death metal for outcasts and non-believers with a discerning taste for standout extreme music." -- Hard Times.ca

http://www.enemyreign.com
http://www.neurotic-records.com


TESTAMENT CO-HEADLINING APPEARANCE WITH LAMB OF GOD
Added Wednesday, February 17 by EvilG
TESTAMENT ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINING APPEARANCE WITH LAMB OF GOD AT THE PULP SUMMER SLAM IN THE PHILIPPINES SATURDAY APRIL 17th 2010

RUST IN PEACE 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR WITH MEGADETH KICKS OFF MARCH 1st IN SPOKANE, WA





Metal masters TESTAMENT are pleased to announce their first trip to The Phillipines to appear at the “Pulp Summer Slam 10” taking place on April 17th, 2010 at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City. TESTAMENT will be co-headlining the festival with Lamb of God. The Pulp Summer Slam Festival has become the largest metal festival in the Philippines today. One of the hallmarks of the Pulp Summer Slam 10 is the unbelievable ticket price of only $6.50 US which equates to 300 Philippine Pesos. Included with price of admission are sodas, beer, pizza, and free cell load.



TESTAMENT front man Chuck Billy commented on the bands upcoming trip to the Philippines, “We have played countless venues all over the world, but this is the first time ever that TESTAMENT will be playing in the Philippines. It is an honor for us to be bringing metal to a country that does not normally have many metal shows and we are stoked to be co-headlining alongside our friends in Lamb of God. People of the Philippines get ready to get Into the Pit with TESTAMENT.”



Thrash kings TESTAMENT, are going out on the road with Exodus on Megadeth’s “Rust In Peace” 20th Anniversary Tour. Kicking off on March 1st in Spokane, WA and running through March 31st in Los Angeles, CA. Keep in mind that this is no ordinary metal tour, this will be an event to remember for years to come as Megadeth will be playing the entire “Rust In Peace” record, TESTAMENT will be tearing through their debut thrash masterpiece “The Legacy” and Exodus will be performing a very special set as well. That being said, the shows in Boise, ID, Pittsburgh (Greensburg), PA, Buffalo, NY, Washington, DC and Asheville, NC have all sold out. If you missed your chance to pick up tickets for these dates, you still have a chance to attend the show by purchasing a TESTAMENT VIP Package, which are still available even for the sold out dates. In celebration of this unprecedented event in metal history, TESTAMENT are giving their devoted legions a chance to be a part of Heavy Metal History by offering an exclusive VIP package for each date on the tour. The VIP package includes:

- General Admission ticket with early entry to venue (where available)
- Meet & Greet with select members TESTAMENT
- Individual photo with select members of TESTAMENT
- Q&A session with select members of TESTAMENT
- Autograph opportunity with select members of TESTAMENT
- Commemorative Meet & Greet laminate
- Collectible TESTAMENT Guitar Pick


CATCH TESTAMENT ON TOUR WITH MEGADETH AND EXODUS
3/1 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
3/2 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory***SOLD OUT***
3/3 Medford, OR @ Medford Armory
3/6 Calgary, AB @ Big Four
3/7 Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Center
3/8 Saskatoon, SK @ Praireland
3/11 Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theater
3/12 Greensburg, PA @ The Palace Theater***SOLD OUT***
3/13 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom***SOLD OUT***
3/15 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club***SOLD OUT***
3/16 Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
3/18 Scranton, PA @ Scranton Cultural Center
3/19 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
3/21 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
3/22 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel***SOLD OUT***
3/23 Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
3/25 Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
3/26 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Amphitheatre
3/27 Lubbock, TX @ The Pavilion
3/28 El Paso, TX @ Club 101
3/30 Tuscon, AZ @ Rialto Theater
3/31 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium



TESTAMENT will be returning to Europe for a handful of festival dates this summer. A list of dates and festivals can be found below:



TESTAMENT EUROPEAN FESTIVAL DATES

5/13-Switzerland-Pratte-Metal Fest Open Air Festival

5/14-Germany – Dessau –Metal Fest Open Air Festival

5/15-Austria –Minning-Metal Fest Open Air Festival

7/2–Helsinki –Finland –Tuska Open Air Festival

7/4-Plezen-(near Prague)Czech Republic-Basin FireFest

If that is not amazing enough and you have yet to have your fill of TESTAMENT live, (which should be the case for everyone) the metal tour of a lifetime is back on! After a brief postponement, the mighty TESTAMENT will be joining forces with Megadeth and Slayer for the first time in over 20 years on the American Carnage Tour. The tour kicks off July 23rd in Quebec City, and winds up on September 4th in Portland, OR.

The metal masses have been clamoring for a tour of this magnitude for quite some time and TESTAMENT are stoked to be a part of it. Again as a special exclusive to the TESTAMENT Legions, the band is offering a limited number of VIP Packages for every United States date on the tour. The exclusive TESTAMENT VIP package includes:

- One general admission ticket with early entry (where available)
- Exclusive Meet & Greet with the members of TESTAMENT
- Personal photograph with the band
- Autograph session (includes 8X10 photo)
- Exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction Shirt
- Collectible Tour Poster (limited, numbered)
- Exclusive TESTAMENT Music Skin
- Official VIP Meet and Greet Laminate
- Official set of TESTAMENT Guitar Picks

TESTAMENT’S highly successful and award-winning album The Formation Of Damnation will be reissued in a deluxe tour edition on February 23rd. Information on the Deluxe Tour Edition of “The Formation Of Damnation” can be found below

The Formation of Damnation (Deluxe Tour Edition)
2-disc deluxe tour edition of the band’s comeback album! Includes bonus
footage of classic tracks + more;

Disc 1:
1. The Persecuted Won’t Forget
2. Killing Season
3. Afterlife
4. The Evil Has Landed
5. The Formation Of Damnation
6. Henchmen Ride
7. More Than Meets The Eye
8. Dangers Of The Faithless
9. False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.)
10. Leave Me Forever

Disc 2
• The New Order *Audio and Video
• Practice What You Preach *Audio and Video
• Souls Of Black *Audio and Video
*Recorded in Alcatraz for their MTV “52/52” special
• More Than Meets The Eye music video


CATCH TESTAMENT ON THE 2010 AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR

7/23 Quebec City, QC @ Pavillon de la Jenuesse
7/24 Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL @ Parc Jean Drapeau
7/26 Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre
7/27 Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum
7/29 Toronto, ONT @ Molson Amphitheatre
7/30 London, ONT @ John Labatte Center
8/11 Albany, NY @ Glen Falls Civic Center
8/12 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
8/14 Boston, MA @ Tsongas Arena
8/15 Camden, NJ @ Susquehana Bank Center
8/16 Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theater
8/18 Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheatre
8/19 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
8/20 Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
8/21 Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
8/23 Kansas City, @ Cap Fed Park @ Sandstone Arena
8/24 Denver, CO @ Magness
8/25 Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
8/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
8/29 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless
8/30 Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena
8/31 San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace
9/3 Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theatre
9/4 Portland, OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds

For more info on TESTAMENT be sure to visit:

http://www.myspace.com/testamentlegions
http://www.testamentlegions.com


JUDAS PRIEST - Deluxe Version Of British Steel Due In May
Added Tuesday, February 16 by EvilG
Sony Music have announced the release of a limited deluxe expanded edition of JUDAS PRIEST’s seminal album, British Steel, on May 10th in the UK and May 11th in North America.

British Steel was the sixth studio album by Judas Priest. Released on April 14th, 1980 and produced by Tom Allom, British Steel was recorded at Tittenhurst Park in England - a mansion owned at the time by former BEATLE Ringo Starr, and previously owned by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

British Steel has long been considered one of metals all-time classics. It was with this release that Priest truly broke through to the masses, with a pair of tracks that have become fixtures on rock radio - the enduring anthems 'Breaking The Law' and 'Living After Midnight'. But like all classic albums, there is not a single weak track detected on British Steel, as evidenced by such standouts as the perennial concert highlight, 'Metal Gods', as well as 'Rapid Fire', 'Grinder', 'United' and 'The Rage', amongst others.

In 2009 Judas Priest performed the British Steel album in its entirety for the first time ever as part of their 30th anniversary USA tour. A filmed recording of the show on the August 17th, 2009 at The Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, Florida - will be included in both the limited edition deluxe and deluxe releases. The show was captured in front of a vibrant American audience and in full 5.1 surround and stereo sound. Known for their high-energy and spectacular stage shows the band played the entire British Steel album in sequence as well as a number of other well-know tracks from their catalog.

The live concert was mixed in stereo and 5.1 by the original British Steel producer Tom Allom. In addition, the DVD will include the bonus content of The Making Of British Steel, a 30-minute doc featuring the 4 original band members. This new DVD brings the live Priest experience like no other live recording.

The deluxe expanded edition will come in two formats:

- Limited edition deluxe three-disc to include original album, live DVD and live CD

- Deluxe two-disc to include original album plus live DVD

Full tracklistings are as follows:

Disc 1 – Remastered album
'Rapid Fire'
'Metal Gods'
'Breaking The Law'
'Grinder'
'United'
'You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise'
'Living After Midnight'
'The Rage'
'Steeler'

Bonus tracks:
'Red, White & Blue'
'Grinder' (Live)

Disc 2 – DVD
'Rapid Fire'
'Metal Gods'
'Breaking The Law'
'Grinder'
'United'
'You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise'
'Living After Midnight'
'The Rage'
'Steeler'
'The Ripper'
'Prophecy'
'Hell Patrol'
'Victim Of Changes'
'Freewheel Burning'
'Diamonds And Rust'
'You’ve Got Another Thing Coming'

Disc 3 – Live album
'Rapid Fire'
'Metal Gods'
'Breaking The Law'
'Grinder'
'United'
'You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise'
'Living After Midnight'
'The Rage'
'Steeler'
'The Ripper'
'Hell Patrol'
'Victim Of Changes'
'Freewheel Burning'
'Diamonds And Rust'
'You’ve Got Another Thing Coming'
Source: Sony Music


Society’s Plague - Recording New full Length Album
Added Tuesday, February 16 by EvilG
Hailing from Kentucky Society’s Plague has made the trip to Strongsville, Ohio to record their first full length album at Spider Studios. Spider Studios has recorded artists such as, Chimaira, Walls of Jericho, Drowning Pool, and many more.

Lexington, Kentucky - February 16th, 2010 -- Society’s Plague has started to record their new full length album with Ben Schigel, and Tony Gammalo of Spider Studios.

Society’s Plague the band was formed in 2006 and has been compared to Fear Factory, Iron Maiden, and All That Remains. They released their first EP “The Mercy Untold” in 2008 and have created a loyal fan base around the world.

The band will be releasing their new full length album this year on an indie record label, that has yet to be announced.

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/spiderstudiosnew

http://www.myspace.com/societysplague
Source: NoiseBombPublicity


SHADOWS FALL NEW VIDEO FOR “BARK AT THE MOON”
Added Tuesday, February 16 by EvilG
CURRENTLY ON UNITED STATES TOUR WITH GOD FORBID, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, AND 2 CENTS


SHADOWS FALL are streaming their new video of their take on the classic Ozzy Osbourne track “Bark at the Moon”. Check it out on their MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=music.videos&videoId=102859231


Front man Brian Fair had the following to say about the “Bark At The Moon” video shoot, "Wow. Making the video for our version of "Bark At The Moon" was such a fun and bizarre experience. We attempted to re-create the vibe of the original with a very tongue in cheek angle. It’s not every day you get to dress up as a "dread-wolf" and channel you inner Ozzy. Plus, Jason's mustache is destined to be a movie star. Hahaha."



SHADOWS FALL are currently on the road in the United States with Five Finger Death Punch, God Forbid and 2 Cents. When their United States tour wraps up, the SHADS are headed north for their first ever headlining tour of Canada. If that’s not enough Massachusetts metal for you, the guys will be heading out on this summer’s incarnation of the RockStar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on the Jagermeister stage alongside Hatebreed, Chimaira, and Winds of Plague.

SHADOWS FALL W/ GOD FORBID, FFDP, AND 2 CENTS
2/16 Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
2/17 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
2/19 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
2/20 Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
2/21 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

SHADOWS FALL W/BISON BC, GOATWHORE, AND BAPTIZED IN BLOOD
2/23 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
2/24 Calgary, AB @ Republik
2/25 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
2/27 Regina, SK @ The Distrikt
3/1 Winnipeg, MB @ WECC

SHADOWS FALL W/BISON BC, AND BAPTIZED IN BLOOD
3/2 Thunder Bay, ON @ The Roxy
3/4 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
3/5 London, ON @ Music Hall
3/6 Windsor, ON @ Blind Dog
3/7 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
3/8 Montreal, QC @ National
3/9 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial


http://www.shadowsfall.com
http://www.myspace.com/shadowsfall
http://www.twitter.com/brianshadfall
http://www.twitter.com/shadowsfallband


LAMB OF GOD ANNOUNCES TOUR OF THE PACIFIC RIM AND JAPAN
Added Tuesday, February 16 by EvilG
In continuing support of their Grammy nominated album WRATH, LAMB OF GOD will be touring the Pacific Rim and Japan in April.

Tour dates are as follows:



4/7/10 Bangkok/ Thunder Dome Thailand

4/9/10 Taipei/ Liberty Square Auditorium Taiwan

4/11/10 Bejing/ Star Live China

4/13/10 Shanghai/ Mao Live House China

4/15/10 Singapore/ D'Marquee Malaysia

4/17/10 Manila/ Pulp Summer Slam Philippines

4/20/10 Tokyo/ Liquid Room Japan

4/21/10 Nagoya/ Club Quattro Japan

4/22/10 Osaka/ Club Quattro Japan





For all things LAMB OF GOD, please visit http://www.lamb-of-god.com


Woe Of Tyrants - First Single and "Threnody" Album Art
Added Tuesday, February 16 by EvilG
Woe Of Tyrants spent the entirety of 2009 criss-crossing the US on a multitude of tours. After the grueling schedule came to a close, did they head home to rest and take some time off? NOPE! They dove right into songwriting for the follow up to their sophomore album and Metal Blade debut, Kingdom Of Might. This time around, the guys have seriously turned up the shred-knob and churned out some of the most exciting songs we've heard swirling around the Metal Blade offices in quite some time. On this record, you'll find equal parts speed, groove and over the top guitar soloing. Headbanging will be mandatory.

The new album, Threnody, will be released worldwide on April 13th while the band will be on the road with Overkill and Vader. Fans can hear Creatures Of The Mire now on the band's myspace http://www.myspace.com/wot SiriusXM Liquid Metal listeners have been hearing this track since its premiere on the station on Friday, February 12th.

Vocalist Chris Catanzaro discusses the themes of Threnody:
Well 2009 proved to be a monstrous one for Woe of Tyrants. It was a year of accomplishing goals such as releasing our debut Metal Blade album, touring with bands we've grown up listening to, and meeting thousands of awesome people all over the country. As we embark into 2010, our goals have shifted up a few gears. We have a brand baby spankin' new record that we finished recording at the end of 2009 with Jamie King producing, and to embrace the cliché "this is the most epic brutal stuff we've ever done and we're stoked on it!" The album is entitled Threnody. Now for those of us who do not know what that word means right off hand (I had to look it up as I was reading a passage from Ralph Waldo Emerson long ago), a threnody is a song or hymn inspired by the grief of losing someone you love. The album tells a story of a non-specific individual traveling between planets searching for answers, while paralleling Satan's fall from grace to damnation at the same time. We all experience a change at s me point as we travel through life, albeit not of the same magnitude as Lucifer, that will render us either content, or disgusted. When disgust is the feeling, then we begin to miss our former self as if they were an entirely different person. I'd like to be clear that I'm not referring specifically to Christians, or Muslims, or Amish or whatever else the kids are doing these days. Threnody, as we are using it, is a story of grief over losing oneself. This album will surprise those familiar with our band, and hopefully surpass any preconceived notions of those who are listening to us for the first time. If you have expectations for this record to sound like our last two albums, it doesn't. Well, a little like the others, as we still prefer playing leads over doing breakdowns, and we still wish we were Wintersun or Decapitated. But for the most part, this record is new territory for us and we are excited to unleash it.

We have a huge touring schedule kicking off in the spring, preceded by some regional shows in February as a part of the "Metal as Art" tour with Hypno5e, Starring Janet Leigh and Fallen Martyr. At the end of March, we leave on the KILLFEST tour which features Overkill, Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer and Evile. We couldn't be happier about being involved with such an epic tour, and to join Overkill on their 25th anniversary tour is truly an honor. Much love!"

Threnody track listing:
1. Tetelestai
2. Creatures Of The Mire
3. Venom Eye
4. Tempting The Wretch
5. Threnody
6. Bloodsmear
7. The Venus Orbit
8. Lightning Over Atlantis
9. Singing The Surrender
10. Descendit Ad Inferos (The Harrowing Of Hell)

WOE OF TYRANTS
Metal As Art Tour w/Hypno5e, Starring Janet Leigh, Fallen Martyr
02/18 Indianapolis, IN Melody Inn
02/19 E Lansing, MI TBA
02/20 Grand Rapids, MI The Break Room
02/23 Marion, OH Liq r Bar
End Tour
02/27 Chillicothe, OH The Swanky Goat w/ Karen Page, Amarna Reign, Shall Be The Conqueror, Surviving Midnight
02/28 Covington, KY Mad Hatter
OVERKILL'S KILLFEST 2010 25th Anniversary
Tour w/ Overkill, Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer, Evile
04/01 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
04/02 Worcester, MA The Palladium
04/03 Hartford, CT Webster Hall
04/07 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
04/08 Detroit, MI Blondies
04/09 Chicago, IL The Metro
04/10 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
04/11 Minneapolis, MN Station 4
04/13 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
04/16 Seattle, WA El Corazon
04/17 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
04/18 San Francisco, CA The Grand Ballroom
04/19 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
04/20 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
04/21 San Diego, CA House of Blues
04/22 Phoenix, AZ O.K. s
04/23 Tucson, AZ The Rock
04/24 Farmington, NM Gators
04/25 Tulsa, OK Marquee
04/26 Austin, TX Emu s
04/27 Houston, TX Scout Bar
04/28 Dallas, TX Trees
04/29 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
04/30 Springfield, VA Jaxx
05/01 New York City, NY Nokia Theater Times Square

http://www.myspace.com/wot
http://www.twitter.com/woeoftyrants
http://www.facebook.com/WoeOfTyrants
http://www.youtube.com/woeoftyrantsofficial


DARKTHRONE REVEALS TRACK LIST AND ARTWORK
Added Tuesday, February 16 by EvilG
DARKTHRONE REVEALS TRACK LIST AND ARTWORK FOR ‘CIRCLE THE WAGONS’

. New Album From Black Metal Legend Available on Vinyl March 8th, CD April 6th




NORWAY – Norway’s legendary black metal duo, Darkthrone, has revealed the track list for the upcoming release, Circle the Wagons, a creative feast of metal and punk to be released on vinyl on March 8th, through the Peaceville Records webstore, and regular and special edition CD on April 6th (US).

Side A 


1. Those Treasures Will Never Befall You 


2. Running for Borders 


3. I am the Graves of the 80s 


4. Stylized Corpse

Side B

5. Circle the Wagons

6. Black Mountain Totem

7. I am the Working Class

8. Eyes Burst at Dawn

9. Bränn Inte Slottet

The vinyl edition can be pre-ordered now at www.peaceville.com/darkthrone. The limited/numbered 180gm vinyl edition of 2000 comes with heavyweight sleeve, printed inner sleeve, and an art print of the cover on 250gm Tintoretto Gesso Paper. Exclusive to the Peaceville store, orders will ship from March 8th and include a link to a digital version of the album (available when the regular and special edition CD versions of the album are released on April 6th).

Artwork for the album comes once again courtesy of Dennis Dread, notable for his talents on previous Darkthrone albums, F.O.A.D and 2008’s Dark Thrones and Black Flags.

Circle the Wagons was self-recorded at Necrohell II Studios.

Fans that sign up for the Darkthrone mailing list at http://www.burningshed.com/store/peaceville/freedownload/24/ will receive a free download of a new track off Circle the Wagons.

From their thrash and death beginnings to their ascension to the pantheon of black metal greats, Darkthrone has always refused to stand still. They continue to embrace and explore their roots and capture the real spirit of sonic greatness on Circle the Wagons.

Darkthrone sails against the tides of trend and disposable metal, uncompromising and defiant as ever, an ideology expanded upon by Darkthrone drummer/lyricist, Fenriz, when explaining the meaning behind the title…

“The new metal decade starts with our album. It is a message to the invaders of our metal domain to circle their wagons! With our own brand of heavy metal/speed metal-punk we are a constant ambush on the modern overground metal traitors. Join us in our fight against instant gratification, and let's see who stands when the smoke clears.”


For more information on Darkthrone, and Circle the Wagons…


http://www.myspace.com/officialdarkthrone
http://www.peaceville.com/darkthrone


MAMMUTANT: New signing to MASSACRE RECORDS
Added Tuesday, February 16 by EvilG
The first alien signing on Massacre is MAMMUTANT - a trio of cugothian cyberberzerker warriors from the planet Xorgosh who will crush human resistance with "Atomizer" in April!


THE VISION BLEAK: North American release date set
Added Tuesday, February 16 by EvilG
Today, PROPHECY PRODUCTIONS sets May 4th as the release date for THE VISION BLEAK's Set Sail To Mystery. Following 2007's critically acclaimed The Wolves Go Hunt Their Prey, THE VISION BLEAK's Set Sail To Mystery shall be the fourth album from these German horror metallers.


As previously reported, Set Sail to Mystery will contain the following tracks:

1. A Curse Of The Grandest Kind
2. Descend Into Maelstrom
3. I Dined With The Swans
4. A Romance With The Grave
5. The Outsider
6. Mother Nothingness (The Triumph Of Ubbo Sathla)
7. The Foul Within
8. He Who Paints The Black Of Night

THE VISION BLEAK will also record an alternative version of "I Dined With The Swans" entirely sung by notorious SHINING frontman Kvarforth, which fathoms the morbid atmosphere of the track even further. Be prepared for something truly unique!

For more info, consult http://www.prophecy.cd and http://www.the-vision-bleak.de


THE ACACIA STRAIN Video Streaming, DVD Hits The Streets
Added Tuesday, February 16 by EvilG
“The Most Known Unknown,” the debut DVD from metal chuggernauts, THE ACACIA STRAIN hits the streets today, Tuesday February 16! For a last minute preview, head over to MetalInjection.net where they will be streaming the video for the track, “Balboa Towers,” from the live DVD. Check it out http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/4480/the-acacia-strain-balboa-towers-live

The live video for “Dr. Doom” debuted a few weeks back on Myspace Metal and can still be seen at http://www.myspace.com/metal. Metal Injection also has photos posted from this past Friday’s sold-out DVD screening and release show at the Worcester Palladium Upstairs. Those pictures can be viewed at http://www.metalinjection.net/gallery?g2_itemId=30635

The double disc set, “The Most Known Unknown,” marks the band’s first DVD.

Disc one documents a sold out show at the Worcester Palladium shot in December 2008, while disc two contains footage of a show at the much smaller and more intimate Waterfront in the band’s home turf of Holyoke MA, as well as three music videos, a documentary covering the formative years of the band and a “10 Seconds of Fame” bonus segment, in which select fans were given 10 seconds on camera to do whatever they wanted. The cover art was done by Paul Romano, who also did the cover of the band’s album, “Continent.”

Front man Vincent Bennett commented, “After answering the question ‘When does the DVD come out?’ countless times with ‘I have no idea,’ I can finally tell you THE DVD COMES OUT FEB 16TH! If you think you were anticipating this release you have no idea. We worked our asses off on this DVD. We wanted to give you something worth your money. 2 DVD's with 2 different shows, plus a mini documentary about the band! You've waited this long... Don’t forget to pick up a copy!”

THE ACACIA STRAIN’s last full length, 2008’s “Continent,” debuted at number 2 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” Chart and the band won the “Myspace Readers’ Choice Award” at 2009’s GOLDEN GODS awards. The band is gearing up to record a new album for a tentative summer 2010 release.


ASTRIAAL ANNOUNCE NEW BASS PLAYER
Added Tuesday, February 16 by EvilG
As a harbinger to ASTRIAAL's return show at Monstrothic (Rosies Live) this coming Friday night, the Brisbane extremists have announced that Cameron Grant (PSYCROPTIC) will fill the long vacated bass position and debut live with the band at their show in Brisbane.

Cameron is a founding member with Nuclear Blast signed Tasmanian tech death fiends PSYCROPTIC, and has performed on all four of their studio releases to date and completed numerous international tours with the band.

The addition of Cameron Grant will bring a new ferocity to ASTRIAAL and continue their return out of self imposed exile, with the long awaited follow up to Renascent Misanthropy, 'Anatomy of the Infinite' due for release in Autumn 2010 through Obsidian Records.

More information:

http://www.myspace.com/astriaal1
http://www.obsidianrecords.com/


NOVEMBERS DOOM EMBARK ON EUROPEAN TOUR
Added Tuesday, February 16 by Rick
NEW VIDEO FOR “A EULOGY FOR THE LIVING LOST” NOW AVAILABLE

Novembers Doom is just days away from heading to Europe to play a handful of dates in support of their last album INTO NIGHT’S REQUIEM INFERNAL. The band also finished a brand new video for the song “A Eulogy For the Living Lost.”

Filmed in Florida with the same director who created the video for "Autumn Reflection," Tony Myles and Cage XXI have created a vision of a post apocalyptic television broadcast in “A Eulogy For The Living Lost.” This unique look was filmed with the custom made "Wartooth" camera. Paul from Novembers Doom goes on to say “We liked the idea of a gritty, and bleak look, all shot with a custom built camera rig, The Wartooth, consisting of pieces from one of the first video cameras to ever see the light of day. This thing was a beast, and created a very unique look. All the "ghosting" in the video, isn't special effects, it's the way the camera actually shot the footage. Tony Myles is brilliant, and has one of the most creative minds we've worked with.”

Watch the video here.

www.myspace.com/novembersdoom

Tour Dates:

February 19th Side B Lisboa
February 20th Ritmo & Compas Madrid
February 21st TBA Valencia
February 22nd Mephisto Barcelona
February 25th Pandemonium Antwerp
February 26th De Nieuwe Pul Uden
February 27th Biebob Vosselaar


FLOOR JANSEN's ReVAMP SIGNS WITH NUCLEAR BLAST!
Added Tuesday, February 16 by EvilG
For a woman with a voice such as the one possessed by ex-AFTER FOREVER frontwoman Floor Jansen http://www.floorjansen.nl/ - talent can never rest.

With AFTER FOREVER’s dissolution in early 2009, Jansen decided to start over and re-connect with the public with a new band. To accomplish this, she joined forces with guitarist / composer / producer Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc., Enemy Of The Sun) and former AFTER FOREVER keyboardist Joost van den Broek to form ReVAMP. To crown this achievement, the band has also signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast. States Jansen:

"I am happy to announce this good news! Nuclear Blast has done many great things for AFTER FOREVER and I am positive they can work their magic on ReVAMP as well! It’s heartwarming how they stand behind me and my new band!"



Nuclear Blast Germany’s A&R Manager Jaap Wagemaker has this to say about the label’s newest signing:



"We are stoked to announce that Floor Jansen - the voice of AFTER FOREVER - has inked a deal for her new band ReVAMP with the label. Floor has taken her time to find the right musicians for her new outfit and now she is ready to continue where she left of. After having heard ReVAMP’s new material, Nuclear Blast was very impressed and offered Floor a new deal and to keep her in the family. So, for all the fans of Floor’s voice, the wait is over!"



The new music, recorded in January 2010, is now being mixed. Live, ReVAMP will be joined by Jaap Melman on bass and Ruben Wijga on keyboards. To view the band’s line-up, go to http://www.revampmusic.com/band/

To view a studio report on the vocal & drum recording sessions go to http://www.revampmusic.com/media/video/97c2b430d1/studio-report-vocals-1/



Visit ReVAMP online at http://www.REVAMPMUSIC.COM
Source: Nuclear Blast Records


Illdisposed - New European tour confirmed
Added Tuesday, February 16 by EvilG
We’ve just confirmed another co-headlining tour along with Six Feet Under (US) in April/May. The following dates are confirmed so far, more to come
soon:

29.04. Osnabrück (Ger) - N 8
01.05. Rostock (Ger) - Alte Zuckerfabrik
02.05. Plzen (Cz) - Serikovka
03.05. Wroclaw (Pol) - MZ
04.05. Baia Mare (Ro) - Dacia Hall
05.05. Bratislava (Sk) - Randal Club
06.05. Chemnitz (Ger) - AJZ Taalschock
07.05. Cottbus (Ger) - Gladhouse
08.05. München (Ger) - Backstage
11.05. Spital an der Drau (A) - Stadtsaal
12.05. Kufstein (A) – Kulturfabrik


AETERNAM Celebrate the Release of "Disciples Of The Unseen"
Added Tuesday, February 16 by EvilG
Quebec City melodic death metallers Aeternam played to 450+ people, last Friday, February 12th at the Imperial in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Only days before the actual street date for Disciples of the Unseen, Aeternam's debut album on Metal Blade Records, the band treated their fans by performing the album in its entirety.

Aeternam's setlist was as follows:

Ars Asmadel
Angel Horned
Esoteric Formulae
The Coronation of Seth
Hamunaptra
Godess of Masr
Ouroboros
Circle in Flames
Through the Eyes of Ea

Pictures from the evening are available on Capitale du Metal and Musik Universe.

Capitale du Metal: http://capitaledumetal.com/cdm/site//accueil/gallery_aeternam_12022010
Musik Universe: http://metaluniverse.net/compterendu/categories.php?cat_id=2990

Disciples of the Unseen will be available worldwide on February 16th and can be ordered now HERE: http://metalbladestore.com

Visit Aeternam on myspace at: http://www.myspace.com/aeternammetal


CELESTY: New vocalist has arrived – guess who, win prizes
Added Tuesday, February 16 by EvilG
Finnish Epic Power Metal quintet CELESTY has found a new vocalist after the public search launched in December, and is now officially a sextet again.

"We are proud to announce we have selected a new lead vocalist for the band. We want sincerely thank all the singers who participated the search and sent us their tapes. The band was really happy to notice that there's so many extremely great singers out there!", says the drummer, composer Jere Luokkamäki.

"But in the end the decision was easy: Our new singer is exactly the man we were looking for!"

Below are links for two MP3 teasers featuring the new singer. Listen to the teaser samples, guess who the new singer is – and win an exclusive prize! Send
your answer by email to rekry@celesty.net and you will participate in a competition, where the winner will receive an exclusive CELESTY package including merchandise, the latest album "Vendetta", meeting with the band, two free concert tickets to any show the winner wants.

The competition is open only one week, so be sure to send your guess before February 19th 2010 0:59 PM Finnish time (UTC+2). The identity of the new singer and the name of the winner of the competition will be published at www.celesty.net the following day, February 20th.

http://www.celesty.net/music/Fear%20by%20Dawn%20-%20teaser%201.mp3
http://www.celesty.net/music/Fading%20-%20teaser%201.mp3


Official Celesty Web
http://www.celesty.net

Celesty MySpace Site
http://www.myspace.com/celestymetal


PROSTHETIC RECORDS TO RELEASE NEW 1349 ALBUM
Added Monday, February 15 by EvilG
Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the release of the brand new album from Norwegian black metal legends 1349 in North America via an agreement with Indie Recordings. The new album, which promises a return to their more traditional raw, yet technical black metal sound, is slated for an April 13, 2010 release. In support of the yet to be titled record, the band will be supporting Cannibal Corpse in April and May along with Skeletonwitch and Lecherous Nocturne. (Note, 1349 are not on the last week of the tour; the following are only dates featuring 1349.)

Decibel & Metal Sucks Present in association with BC Rich Guitars & Iron Fist Clothing
The Evisceration Plague Tour featuring CANNIBAL CORPSE, w/1349, Skeletonwitch, & Lecherous Nocturne


Tue/Apr-27 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Wed/Apr-28 Toronto, ON Opera House

More information regarding the release, as well as 1349 headline dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

The band, who were formed in 1997 from the ashes of the band Alvheim and features Frost of Satyricon on drums, and take their name from the year the Black Plague reached Norway, have toured with the likes of Celtic Frost, Carcass, Suffocation, Aborted, among others and will appear at this year’s Wacken and Summer Breeze Festivals. 1349’s record “Hellfire” received critical acclaim from music outlets worldwide and was considered an instant classic.
Source: Prosthetic Records Canada


CANNIBAL CORPSE announces The Evisceration Plague Tour
Added Monday, February 15 by EvilG
Cannibal Corpse to hit the road this April with guests 1349, Skeletonwitch, & Lecherous Nocturne

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - February 15, 2010 - Tampa, FL death metalers CANNIBAL CORPSE are gearing up to hit the road in the band s first headline run since the band headlined the Hot Topic stage on 2009 s Rockstar Mayhem Festival. Joining CANNIBAL CORPSE on The Evisceration Plague Tour is Skeletonwitch, Lecherous Nocturne, and 1349 on select dates. Decibel & Metal Sucks Present: The Evisceration Plague Tour kicks off on Tuesday, April 20th in Orlando, FL and finishes up in Tampa, FL Saturday May 15th.

Bassist Alex Webster comments; "We are very excited to announce our tour with 1349, Skeletonwitch, and Lecherous Nocturne. This is a killer lineup of bands that we're sure our fans will love. Prepare for an evening of pure sonic brutality!

Pre sale tickets and VIP Premium Packages will be available through Artist Arena starting on Wed. Feb. 17th at 3PM local time, while supplies last: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/cannibalcorpse/

Decibel & Metal Sucks Present in association with BC Rich Guitars & Iron Fist Clothing
The Evisceration Plague Tour featuring CANNIBAL CORPSE, with 1349, Skeletonwitch and Lecherous Nocturne

Tue/Apr-20 Orlando, FL Club @ Firestone
Wed/Apr-21 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Thu/Apr-22 Raleigh, NC Volume 11 Tavern
Fri/Apr-23 Springfield, VA JAXX
Sat/Apr-24 Worcester, MA Palladium (Metal Fest)
Sun/Apr-25 Long Island, NY Crazy Donkey
Tue/Apr-27 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Wed/Apr-28 Toronto, ON Opera House
Thu/Apr-29 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Fri/Apr-30 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Club
Sat/May-01 St. Paul, MN Station 4
Sun/May-02 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
Mon/May-03 Denver, CO Gothic
Wed/May-05 San Francisco, CA Slim's
Thu/May-06 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues
Fri/May-07 Tucson, AZ The Rock no 1349
Sat/May-08 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater no 1349
Mon/May-10 Corpus Christi, TX House of Rock no 1349
Tue/May-11 Austin, TX Emo's no 1349
Wed/May-12 Houston, TX Wired Live no 1349
Thu/May-13 New Orleans, LA House of Blues no 1349
Fri/May-14 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live no 1349
Sat/May-15 Tampa, FL tate Theater no 1349

http://www.myspace.com/cannibalcorpse
http://cannibalcorpse.net/
http://www.ilike.com/artist/Cannibal+Corpse

http://decibelmagazine.com
http://www.metalsucks.net/
http://www.bcrich.com/
http://www.ironfist.tv/


MACHINE HEAD’S “THE BLACKENING” NAMED ALBUM OF THE DEC
Added Monday, February 15 by EvilG
Oakland, CA - MACHINE HEAD's Grammy-nominated album "The Blackening" has received numerous awards and enjoyed praise from both critics and fans alike since its release in 2007, and in the most recent issue of Metal Hammer magazine, "The Blackening" receives yet another incredible honor, recognized by fans and Metal Hammer staff as the #1 "Album of the Decade"! Metal Hammer boldly goes on to state that "The Blackening" is MACHINE HEAD's "finest album to date by one of the bands that most powerfully and vividly encapsulate everything that this magazine stands for and everything that our readers believe in. 'The Blackening' not only re-established MACHINE HEAD as one of the most important metal bands on the planet, but also made a mockery of the increasingly popular notion that the age of the album is dead. This was an album that demanded to be listened to in one skull-crushing, heart-warming, life-affirming hit, and then again and again and again, until every last muscle in our necks was ruined forever. 'The Blackening' took the MACHINE HEAD sound into thrilling new territory that decimated the competition and ensured that their place in history was secured."



Vocalist Robb Flynn's response as quoted in the feature added "This is just un-fucking-believable. It's mind-blowing for us, because there have been some amazing albums over the last ten years. To think that ours is number one to people is kind of hard to get your head around. We're lucky that we've got half a brain in our heads so that we can get in touch with our music and not let it be guided by whether it'll be played on MTV or the radio. That attitude is what makes great music. We're not trying to appeal to everybody. To us, trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator means compromising and we're not making music to compromise. Our most uncompromising record has been the one that's connected to the most people, so we're gonna keep on with that mindset. The music that you hear on 'The Blackening', that’s who we are. We're just proud of 'The Blackening'. It's amazing! This is what you dream of, to have this much success on your sixth album. It's amazing to us and we're very fortunate. We're very lucky to have the fan base that we do that supports us as passionately and vehemently as they do. Thank you guys so fucking much!” The issue features a full-page write-up as well as Robb Flynn's entire response to this incredible distinction, so be sure to pick yourself up a copy, on sale this Wednesday, February 10th!



“The Blackening” has also reached yet another milestone, recently being certified Silver in the U.K.! Meanwhile, only 10 shows remain on the European leg of MACHINE HEAD's "The Black Procession" tour, with the band playing varied and inspired setlists that include some never-before-played "deep album cuts", making every night an ideal concert for the truly hardcore MACHINE HEAD fan. "The Black Procession" continues to dominate the European tour circuit as well, with shows selling out left and right and most upcoming UK shows either sold out or nearly sold out.





“The Black Procession” tour dates are as follows:




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France, Strasbourg – La Laiterie ** SOLD OUT **

Germany, Stuttgart - Schleyerhalle

Germany, Offenbach - Stadhalle

Germany, Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit ** SOLD OUT **

Norway, Oslo - Rockefeller ** SOLD OUT **

Sweden, Stockholm - Arenan

Denmark, Copenhagen - Tap 1

Holland, Amsterdam - Heineken Music Hall

Belgium, Brussels - Forest National

France, Paris - Zenith ** SOLD OUT **

Switzerland, Zurich - Volkshaus ** SOLD OUT **

Italy, Milan - Alcatraz

Austria, Vienna - Gasometer ** SOLD OUT **

Germany, Munich - Zenith

Germany, Leipzig - Haus Avensee

Germany, Koln - Palladium

UK, Plymouth - Pavilion

UK, Newport - Newport Centre

UK, London - Academy Brixton ** SOLD OUT **

UK, Birmingham - Academy Birmingham

UK, Leeds - Leeds Academy

UK, Glasgow - Academy Glasgow

UK, Newcastle - Newcastle Academy

UK, Manchester - Manchester Apollo

Ireland, Dublin - Olympia ** SOLD OUT **

Ireland, Belfast - Georges Market



Japan, Tokyo - O East

Japan, Tokyo - O East

Japan, Osaka – Quattro



Australia, Perth - Metropolis

Australia, Adelaide - The Barton

Australia, Melbourne - Festival Hall

Australia, Sydney - Luna Park

Australia, Brisbane - River Stage
Source: adrenalinepr.com


Local Guitar Builder Slain - Sfarzo String Company U.S.A.
Added Monday, February 15 by EvilG
Reprinted by Sfarzo Live In Concert - Article by By MARY CALLAHAN, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Published: Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 4:22 a.m.

A body feared to be that of acclaimed guitar maker Taku Sakashta was found early Friday near the craftsman's Rohnert Park workshop.

Police described the death as a homicide, but declined to discuss details of the case. A positive identification is not expected until Tuesday, they said.

However, a friend of Sakashta's said he received a call Friday afternoon from Sakashta's wife, Kazuko, who informed him of her husband's death. She told Kenichi Tominaga she did not know what happened to him, but described waiting up for him Thursday night and finally driving to the shop and later to the police department to report him missing.

Investigators Friday had marked off Sakashta's shop, the driveway and parking area in front of it, and his car. The body was found close by in a landscaped median strip in the industrial area on Martin Avenue on the city's west side.

Tominaga, owner of Hana Japanese restaurant in Rohnert Park, described Sakashta as "a wonderful guy. He's one of the best guitar makers in the whole world," Tominaga said. "We dreamed a lot of stuff together, so I was very shocked."

Other friends described Sakashta, who was in his late 30s, as a prominent artisan whose guitars can sell for $30,000 each.

"He would build these fabulous pieces of art he would spend just months and months on with the most exotic woods," said Bill Krinard, a partner in a guitar amplifier manufacturing business nearby and a friend of Sakashta's.

MORE...

Sfarzo String Company U.S.A.
WWW.SFARZO.US
Source: WWW.SFARZO.US


TOKYO BLADE - The long awaited new album
Added Monday, February 15 by EvilG
TOKYO BLADE are very happy to announce that "the Dark Lord" himself Chris Tsangarides(the Grammy nominated genius behind such great bands as Thin Lizzy, Y&T, Free, Black Sabbath, Ian Gillan, Judas Priest, Ozzy etc, etc.) will be recording and producing the album.
“This is a great honour for us as we are big fans of Chris’s work and our previous labels have put zero effort and money into us, with Chris at the helm it’s going to kick ass”.

The band have been hard at work rehearsing and writing for the new album and Tour in 2010.

Stay tuned. Blessings. The Blade......
Source: TOKYO BLADE


THE RED CHORD: New video Demoralizer set to premier
Added Monday, February 15 by EvilG
Boston, Mass grind metalers THE RED CHORD are set to unleash the video for the track Demoralizer this weekend on BloodyDisgusting.com or on the Horror Movie Community on MySpace.com that BD just took over at http://www.myspace.com/horror-movies Demoralizer, off the band s latest release Fed Through the Teeth Machine, was shot on vocalist Guy Kozowyk s property in abandoned ceramics factory on Halloween and showcases some pretty gruesome illustrations by artist Tim Kellen, which were animated and brought to life by director Dave Brodsky of MyGoodEye. The artist used charcoal, meat, grape jelly, and chicken-guts in his illustrations, giving the Demoralizer video a truly bizarre appearance. Fans will be able to check out the video exclusively on BloodyDisgusting.com throughout the holiday weekend, after which the video will be uploaded to the Metal Blade YouTube Channel.

Bloody-Disgusting is a leader in the online horror community, delivering sought after content such as horror movie reviews, trailers, interviews, news, and now music content.

Catch THE RED CHORD live, performing with original drummer Michael Justian on the upcoming Burgers and Bowling Tour presented by Decibel Magazine and Metal Sucks, as they tour across the US with My Children My Bride, Chelsea Grin and Those Who Lie Beneath.

THE RED CHORD
Burgers And Bowling Tour
Tour w/ Mychildren Mybride, The Chelsea Grin, Those Who Lie Beneath
02/12 Pensacola, FL The Vault
02/13 Birmingham, AL 5 Points Music Hall
02/14 New Orleans, LA The High Ground
02/16 Wichita Falls, TX The Hangar
02/17 Tyler, TX Knights Of Columbus Hall
02/18 McAllen, TX The Incubator
02/19 Corpus Christi, TX House Of Rock
02/20 Houston, TX Meridian
02/21 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
02/23 Tucson, AZ The Rock
02/24 Las Vegas, NV Area 702
02/25 Bakersfield, CA Jerrys Pizza
02/26 Modesto, CA Modesto Virtual
02/28 Palmdale, CA The Crossing
03/01 Flagstaff, AZ The Joint
03/02 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
03/03 Amarillo, TX The War Legion Underground
03/04 Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Live
03/05 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre
03/06 Louisville, KY Uncle Pleasants
03/07 Nashville, TN Rocketown
03/08 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
03/09 Raleigh, NC The Brewery
03/11 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
03/12 South Hackensack, NJ School Of Rock
03/13 Hartford, CT Webster Underground
03/14 Holyoke, MA Water Front Tavern

http://www.myspace.com/theredchord
http://www.facebook.com/theredchord1
http://www.twitter.com/theredchord

http://www.bloodydisgusting.com/
http://decibelmagazine.com
http://www.metalsucks.net/


BRAIN DRILL: new design on MySpace, posts new track
Added Monday, February 15 by EvilG
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - February 12, 2010 - In preparation for their recently completed, second full-length album Quantum Catastrophe, Santa Cruz, CA technical death metalers BRAIN DRILL have completely redesigned their MySpace page to feature the cover art created by Par Olofsson (www.parolofsson.se). In addition to the complete overhaul of the band's page, BRAIN DRILL have also posted the new track Monumental Failure.

Bassist Ivan Munguia comments; "Monumental Failure has a couple of the most mosh inducing riffs on the new album Quantum Catastrophe, but it also showcases the direction we are heading in terms of songwriting. Monumental Failure was one of the first songs written for the Quantum Catastrophe so in a way, we're easing listeners into some of the more complex songs that we wrote."

In other news; BRAIN DRILL recently shot footage for their first music video for the upcoming album Quantum Catastrophe for the track Beyond Bludgeoned. The video was shot in the middle of nowhere near Birds Landing close to the San Joaquin Delta/Rio Vista, CA and was directed by Nikko DeLuna and shot by Justin Potter.

Bassist Ivan Munguia comments; "This guy that Nikko knows had a hookup that let us onto this utility company owned land. There was a dilapidated old house and some pretty cool scenery so we figured it was a good spot to shoot. We picked Beyond Bludgeoned as the first video because we feel it's one of the strongest songs on the album and showcased everyone's contributions to the album."

Quantum Catastrophe will be available everywhere on May 11th. More information including, tour dates and track listing, will be announced in the months leading up to the release of Quantum Catastrophe.

Brain Drill is:
Dylan Ruskin - guitar
Steve Rathjen - vocals
Ivan Munguia - bass
Ron Casey - drums

http://www.myspace.com/braindrill


PROSTHETIC TO RELEASE OV HELL IN NORTH AMERICA
Added Monday, February 15 by EvilG
PROSTHETIC TO RELEASE OV HELL IN NORTH AMERICA
BLACK METAL SUPER GROUP’S DEBUT TO HIT APRIL 13

(Los Angeles) Prosthetic Records will be releasing black metal super group OV HELL’s debut full length, “The Underworld Regime,” in North America via an agreement with Indie Recordings, on April 13th, via Prosthetic Records. This group of Satan’s all-stars has been sharpening their teeth in some of black metal's most influential bands for many years. Known as key figures in bands such as Dimmu Borgir and Gorgorath, Shagrath and King have come together to bring forward a new chapter in Norwegian black metal history. OV HELL will carry on in the same tradition for which King and Shagrath are known, but the collaboration between the two will mark a new era for them both.
“The Underworld Regime” originally started off as what was to be a new Gorgorath album. After a lengthy legal dispute over the band’s name, King and Gorgorath vocalist Gaahl took the album to be a God Seed release. Then Gaahl decided to leave the metal world, and Shagrath entered the picture to collaborate with King, and OV HELL was born.
The album was recorded at Earshot Studio with producer Herbrand Larsen and mastered at Living Room Studios by Espen Berg. Frost (Satyricon, 1349), Ice Dale (Enslaved, I, Audrey Horne, Trinacria, Demonaz) and Teloch (Nidingr, God Seed, 1349, Umoral) were recruited for work in the studio. The album combines the best from two worlds - King`s remarkable riffs and the distinguishable voice of Shagrath. The end result is a black metal album that contains all of the power and blast beats worthy of their evil pedigrees. Expect an assault on all false gods and hypocrisy that is of this world today.

King stated; "The album will contain a mixture of our different musical preferences and the personalities involved, which hopefully will lead to something original and new. Although I have to say though that I am more occupied of developing myself spiritually and musically than strive to be viewed as original by fans. This album contains music I've worked on in my Gorgoroth and God Seed years. It's been a little hell to actually see this music form into a band, so the name of the band is quite suitable. Through the first song I got from Shagrath I knew that he would be the perfect man to join forces with. He has strong individual qualities and a strong will to power. I am very positive that when we finish up this album it will be an album that won't sound like anything we have done before, and with a quality that won't stand back from anything presented in black metal earlier!"

“With both of our demanding music careers and other projects, timing was not on our side. After last year’s Inferno Festival, King and I yet again joined forces to brainstorm our need to collaborate our passion for dark art. Over the course of the past year, King sent me demo ideas that were so inspiring it made me put my skeptic feelings aside. I wasn't sure if I wanted to have another Black Metal project but my unquenchable thirst to explore my darkest beast, launched the birth Ov HELL. The majestic Ov HELL has become a band that reflects our roots, raw, ugly, and arrogantly blasphemous with uncompromising truth from two influential Norwegian musicians needing to express our primitive side, straight out Ov HELL.” - Shagrath

PROSTHETIC will be releasing “The Underworld Regime” on CD and a limited edition12” LP picture disc. You can pre-order all formats now. Bundles are also available with T shirts. Check it out NOW AT THE PROSTHETIC WEBSTORE.
Source: Prosthetic Records Canada


HIBRIA: "Anger Inside" video live in Japan released
Added Monday, February 15 by EvilG
In 2009 brazilian metal act HIBRIA went to Japan playing two gigs during their Asian tour in May to promote "The Skull Collectors", their second album, released by Spiritual Beast. Due to this successfull tour, they returned to Japan in October, when they opened a gig for Megadeth in Nagoya city, and played in Loud Park, the biggest metal festival in Japan, which included bands like Slayer, Judas Priest, and others.

In an article written by Taka Okuno for Burrn!, the magazine highlighted Hibri's performance saying: "Would it be a too much compliment if I said here comes IRON MAIDEN of 21st century?"

Recently the band posted a video clip for "The Anger Inside", recorded live in Loud Park festival, and featuring images from this concert and others of 2009. Watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS8ocqKAFcY
Source: metalbrasilspace


ACHERON ROUNDS OUT LINEUP WITH BRUTAL GUITAR DUO
Added Monday, February 15 by EvilG
This week, Black/Death Metal warriors ACHERON have officially added two new guitarists to the band. Lead guitarist Art Taylor, who has been working with the band for close to a year now, and guitarist Eric Stewart. Taylor came to ACHERON from WEHRWOLFE and Stewart was in MANGLED FAITH and INFERNAL FAITH. Years ago the two played in a KING DIAMOND/MERCYFUL FATE tribute band called THEM.


Founder and frontman Vincent Crowley said “This band has gone through an evolutionary process since day one. It just gets better and better as time moves on. We were very pleased with the last album THE FINAL CONFLICT: Last Days of God and knew we really needed two killer guitarists who lived in our general area to work on the next ACHERON releases. Art who had already been working with us, introduced me to Eric. Those two together are a force to be reckoned with! We can’t wait to unleash some new studio recordings to the fans.”



Former guitarist Maximus Otworth couldn’t continue in the band, due to him living too far away. He is presently playing in the band THE EDDINGTON LIMIT.

Vincent Crowley also commented “Max did a great job while working with us and we only wish him the best of luck. He’s a talented young guitarist that he has a lot to offer the Metal world.”

Fans who wish to welcome Art Taylor and Eric Stewart into ACHERON can do so by going to their official MYSPACE page at http://www.myspace.com/acheron

http://www.ibexmoonrecords.com
http://www.myspace.com/ibexmoonrecords
http://www.myspace.com/acheron


WORLD UNDER BLOOD Signs to Nuclear Blast Records
Added Monday, February 15 by EvilG
WORLD UNDER BLOOD, the melodic death metal side project featuring CKY guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller alongside Tim Yeung (DIVINE HERESY, ex-HATE ETERNAL) on drums, Risha Eryavec (ex-DECREPIT BIRTH) on bass, and Luke Jaeger (ex-SLEEP TERROR) on guitar, have officially signed to Nuclear Blast Records (pic attached)! Deron Miller commented on the on the new relationship:

“I’m thrilled to finally be working with Nuclear Blast after all of these years of being a huge fan of their bands. To this day they're one of the only labels that are aggressive and uncompromising without jumping on this week's trends. Because of that they are still prominent even during tough times.”

WORLD UNDER BLOOD are currently wrapping up their as of yet untitled debut, produced by James Murphy. The record is tentatively slated for a Summer release.

Deron Miller (CKY) - guitars/vocals
Luke Jaeger (ex-SLEEP TERROR) - guitars
Risha Eryavac (ex-DECREPIT BIRTH) - bass
Tim Yeung (ex-HATE ETERNAL, DIVINE HERESY) - drums

For more info visit http://www.myspace.com/worldunderblood
Source: Nuclear Blast Records


New HELIX video featuring original 80's lineup
Added Sunday, February 14 by Celtic Bob
Hey Helix fans!
The new video for "Make 'em Dance" has been launched on Youtube. Check it out! (from the newest Helix CD VAGABOND BONES) Here are the names of the girls in the vid, including Canada's TOP MODEL, Rebecca Hardy:

Melissa Clarke
Dana Jensen
Sarah Garrett
Rebecca Hardy (Canada's top model)
Cynthia Perri

Also my neighbor Ian Gordon as the ruthless bar owner-but who cares about him? LOL.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjeqnS8B2yc

If you like this video, please pass it along to 10 of your friends!

Peaceout,
Brian Vollmer
HELIX


Alice In Chains launch "Your Decision" comic contest
Added Sunday, February 14 by Celtic Bob
ALICE IN CHAINS has teamed with Popcult (in association with Devil’s Due Comics) for a promotion allowing fans to add their chapters to the controversial storyline depicted in the video for current single “Your Decision”.

The “Your Decision” comic picks up where the video leaves off, fans will determine how the story ends. A tumblelog page featuring a master storyboard with comic’s opening chapter will be laid out at AliceInChains.com/YourDecision.

Fans can then post their suggestions for what they think should be the next chapter (in 150 words or less). Once approved, all new chapter posts will be viewable to the public. They can be read, commented on and voted for / ‘liked’ by other users. At each chapter stage, the submission with the most ‘likes’ will be the winner. Each winning submission will be elevated to the master storyboard and guide the path the story takes next. Winning entrants will see their chapter illustrated by Pop Cult / Devil’s Due Comics, and immortalized into the “Make Your Decision” comic book.

Fans are encouraged to share their submissions via Facebook and Twitter to pull extra votes. There will be five new chapters in total, so five opportunities to win. Sign up to Tumblr to vote.

The grand prize winner will be chosen by the band, based on the best entry of all five chapters. This prize will comprise of a flyaway for two to see Alice In Chains perform at a sold-out Terminal 5 show in New York City on March 9th, with opportunity to meet the band. Runners up will receive their own limited edition “Your Decision” illustrated lithographs, signed by the band.

The finalized “Your Decision” comic (comprised of all six successive parts) will be offered as a free PDF download to everyone. Sign up at AliceInChains.com/YourDecision at any point throughout the contest to receive. The comic ill be sent on story’s completion, February 26 2010.

Contest launches at 12:30pm PST today (Friday, February 12) and will close Friday, February 26.

Last week Alice In Chains launched a sold-out tour of North American supporting new album BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE (Virgin/EMI). Fans and critics alike have lauded the record: Revolver magazine named it “Album of the Year” and readers of Guitar World magazine voted BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE “Rock Album of the Year.” The Readers Poll also saw Jerry Cantrell voted “Best Rock Guitarist” and lead single “Check My Brain” voted “Best Riff.”

New single “Your Decision” recently cracked the Billboard charts, making it the 12th top 10 Mainstream Rock hit of Alice In Chains’ career. The track’s debauchery-filled video, inspired in part by the film Eyes Wide Shut, was shot in a Malibu, CA mansion and directed by Stephen Schuster.

You can catch Alice In Chains performing “Your Decision,” “Check My Brain” and a thrilling mix of classic hits and new favorites during their current tour. Dates are as follows:

Date Venue City


Wed., Feb 17 Dodge Theatre Phoenix, AZ

Fri., Feb 19 The Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO

Sun., Feb. 21 Midland Theatre Kansas City, MO

Mon., Feb. 22 The Pageant St Louis, MO

Tues., Feb 23 Louisville Palace Theatre Louisville, KY

Thurs., Feb 25 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA

Fri., Feb. 26 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA

Sat., Feb.27 House of Blues/Myrtle Beach North Myrtle Beach, SC

Mon., March 1 Nashville Municipal Auditorium Nashville, TN

Tues., March 2 The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC

Wed., March 3 Constitution Hall Washington, DC

Fri., March 5 The National Richmond, VA

Sat., March 6 MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT

Mon., March 8 Terminal 5 New York City, NY

Tues., March 9 Terminal 5 New York City, NY

Fri., March 12 Borgata Atlantic City, NJ

Sat., March 13 Tower Theatre Upper Darby, PA

Sun., March 14 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA

Tues., March 16 Metropolis Montreal, QC

Wed., March 17 The Sound Academy Toronto

Fri., March 19 The Fillmore Detroit, MI

Sat., March 20 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL

Sun., March 21 Roy Wilkins Auditorium Saint Paul, MN

www.aliceinchains.com


Five Finger Death Punch to host "Love Songs for Tough Guys"
Added Sunday, February 14 by Celtic Bob
Five Finger Death Punch are spending Valentine’s Day in a very unique way.

5FDP, recently announced as main stage artists on this year’s Rockstar Energy MAYHEM Festival, host the syndicated radio special “Love Songs for Tough Guys.” The program features hard rock songs that are appropriate for Valentine’s Day- hit tracks that even guys can admit they like on Valentine’s, the sappiest of holidays.

The special features some of the best hard rock “love” songs in existence. It will air this Valentine’s Day Weekend on over 45 rock radio stations, including KBPI in Denver, KPNT in St. Louis, WMMR in Philadelphia, 93X in Minneapolis and KUPD in Phoenix. Check your local rock radio station for details.

Five Finger Death Punch are currently headlining the Five Finger Discount Tour with Shadows Fall, God Forbid, and 2Cents. In most markets, the first 100 women to show up at each show get in free. The tour continues through February 21 and is once again proving to be one of the biggest club tours of the season.

5FDP’s new album War Is the Answer debuted at #7 on the Billboard charts this fall, marking the band’s highest chart position to date. The album is already over 170,000 units sold and continues to grow.

5FDP’s new single, “Walk Away,” is shooting up Alternative and Active Rock Radio charts and getting a very strong reaction nationwide.

Five Finger Death Punch Headlining Tour- First 100 Ladies Get In FREE*

2/14 St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s

2/16 Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

2/17 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium

2/19 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory

2/20 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre

2/21 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

* “First 100 Ladies in Free” promotion NOT valid in these select markets

Ladies are subject to all venue age restrictions. Contact your local box office for details.

For more information and international tour dates on FFDP please visit www.5fdp.com or www.myspace.com/ffdp.


WINGER US Dates... so far
Added Sunday, February 14 by Celtic Bob
June, 19 2010 M3 Rock Festival
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland 21046 -
Show times and full line-up announced soon - http://www.m3rockfest.com or http://www.myspace.com/m3rockfestival


June, 20 2010 B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill
237 West 42 St., New York, New York 10036 -
http://www.bbkingblues.com/schedule/moreinfo.cgi?id=4337


June, 25 2010 Grizzly Rose
5450 North Valley Highway (Lincoln Ave), Denver, Colorado 80216 - 22.00
with April Wine - http://www.grizzlyrose.com - (303) 295-1330


July, 24 2010 Midwest Rockfest
Lake Afton, Wichita, Kansas 67005 -
Show Time: TBA - VIP Packages Available - http://www.midwestrockfest.com


August, 9 2010 08:00 PM - Ocean City Music Pier
Ocean City, New Jersey 08226 -


DROID SINGER JAMES EASON ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE FROM BAND
Added Sunday, February 14 by Celtic Bob
DROID singer James Eason has announced that he has left the band and is currently exploring other projects in the music world. His statement on his departure can be read below.

“I have spent the last 10+ years in the band DROID so this is no easy decision for me. To make it simple the past 10 years in DROID have had their great and memorable moments and their not so memorable moments.

I have chosen to move on in positive direction... This being said, my # 1 Priority has and always will be to make music and give 100% commitment of myself to my music. Music is my #1 priority and always has been...I stand strong in my commitment. My #1 regret is that the DROID fans have had to wait soooooooooooooo long for a 2nd record, and then receive this news. Where ever I end up I promise to make up for their super long wait. You can count on that, I will always stay true to my word…

I am looking for musicians who are driven, focused and hungry - these are the kinds of musicians I am looking for to play with as of now…
Any interested musicians or bands please feel free to contact me; I can be reached at droidmetal@yahoo.com.”


I AM OZZY #2 ON NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER LIST!
Added Sunday, February 14 by Celtic Bob
“A lot of it ain’t going to be pretty. I’ve done some bad things in my time. I’ve always been drawn to the dark side, me. But I ain’t the devil. I’m just John Osbourne: a working-class kid from Aston, who quit his job in the factory and went looking for a good time.”

I AM OZZY
By Ozzy Osbourne

“His autobiography describes the excesses of his rock ’n’ roll lifestyle—every bottle, needle, pill, girl, and gun. Holding back nothing, this is horrific, fascinating, and often hilarious…the voice here is pure Ozzy. One of the most amazing rock autobiographies of all time.”

- Library Journal (starred review)


“An autobiography as toxic and addictive as any drug its author has ever ingested.”

- Kirkus



Take what you thought was “rock and roll excess,” double it, and you still would not be anywhere near the dizzying life of Ozzy Osbourne. Born into a life so poor that the entire family slept in one room, music was his salvation, and his band Black Sabbath went on to change the musical landscape forever. The inevitable sex and drugs came along with along with the rock and roll lifestyle, and Ozzy soon fell into an epic relationship with booze and chemicals.

The stories of Ozzy’s days on the road are now those of legend—biting the head off of a live bat, the tragic plane crash that took the life of his best friend and writing partner—but few know about the real heartbreak he suffered during those days of hard living. I AM OZZY (Grand Central Publishing Hardcover; $26.99; January 25, 2010) is the heavy metal pioneer’s unbelievable story told, for the first time, in Ozzy’s hilarious, witty, and inimitable voice. In the end it was love that saved him: the love of his wife Sharon and kids Aimee, Kelly, and Jack.

~continued~

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About the Author

Ozzy Osbourne was born in Aston, Birmingham, in 1948. He has sold over a hundred million records both with Black Sabbath and as an award-winning solo artist. He has five children and lives with his wife, Sharon, in California and Buckinghamshire.


Visit Ozzy on the internet

www.ozzy.com


Visit Grand Central Publishing on the internet

www.hachettebookgroup.com


I AM OZZY: Updated Tour Events


February 18

BORDERS

6521 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Las Vegas, NV

6:30pm to 8:30pm



February 19

WARWICK’S

7812 Girard Avenue

La Jolla, CA

6:30pm – 8:30pm



February 20

CHANGING HANDS

6428 S. McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ

3pm



February 21

BOOK PASSAGE

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA

1:00pm – 3:00pm



February 26

BARNES & NOBLE

12405 N. Kendall Drive
Miami, FL

6:00pm – 8:00pm



February 27

BARNES & NOBLE

7700 West Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX

2:00pm – 4:00pm


CANCER BATS POST NEW TRACK ON THEIR MYSPACE
Added Sunday, February 14 by Celtic Bob
CANCER BATS have posted a brand new track on their MySpace titled ‘Scared To Death’. The track is taken from the forthcoming album Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones which will be released in the United States and Canada on April 13th. It can be heard over at www.myspace.com/cancerbats

CANCER BATS also just announced that they will be releasing a digital EP ahead of their album release. The EP will contain the tracks ‘Scared To Death’ and their take on the Beastie Boys’ classic, ‘Sabotage’. It will be available from iTunes as of March 1st. Be sure to check out the April issues of Kerrang, Rock Sound, Metal Hammer, and Big Cheese for more on the CANCER BATS.

CANCER BATS CANADIAN TOUR W/ BILLY TALENT AND AGAINST ME

2/25 Thunder Bay, ON @ Black Pirates’ Pub ***Headlining Show***

3/1 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s ***Direct Support for Against Me***

3/2 Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre ***Direct Support for Against Me***

3/3 Victoria, BC @ Save On Foods Centre

3/4 Whistler, BC @ Merlin’s ***Co-Headlining with 3 Inches of Blood***

3/5 Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre

3/6 Kamloops, BC @ Interior Savings Centre

3/8 Prince George, BC @ CN Centre

3/9 Dawson Creek, BC @ EnCana Events Center

3/11 Red Deer, AB @ Enmax Centrium

3/12 Medicine Hat, AB @ Medicine Hat Arena

3/13 Lethbridge, AB @ Enmax Centre

3/15 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place

3/16 Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome

3/18 Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre @ Evrez Place

3/19 Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Credit Union Centre

3/20 Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre

3/22 Sault Ste. Marie, ON @ Essar Centre

3/23 Sudbury, ON @ Sudbury Arena

3/24 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre

3/25 Kingston, ON @ Stages ***Direct Support for Against Me***

3/26 Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place

3/27 London, ON @ John Labatt Centre

3/28 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre


http://www.cancerbats.com

http://www.myspace.com/cancerbats


CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED hits Billboard charts with debut
Added Saturday, February 13 by EvilG
Richard Christy's new band, Charred Walls of the Damned, lands on Billboard s Independent Albums, Heatseeker/New Artist, and Hard Music Album Charts!

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - February 12, 2010 - Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce that CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED, featuring the talents of Richard Christy (ex-Death and Iced Earth), Tim "Ripper" Owens, infamous metal producer Jason Suecof, and Steve Digiorgio (Death, Autopsy, Control Denied, Testament, Vintersorg, Iced Earth, Sadus), has entered the Billboard Charts with their debut, self titled album.

CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED came in at #37 on the Independent Albums Chart, #6 on the Heatseeker/New Artist Chart, and #46 on the Hard Music Albums Chart. The band also broke the charts in Canada, coming in at #85 on the Independent Chart.

Drummer and founding member Richard Christy comments; "I would like to give a huge THANK YOU to all of the fans who purchased the Charred Walls of the Damned CD/DVD! I'm super psyched that the album did so well and this is only the beginning! Let's keep this album going strong and make 2010 the first year in the most metal decade ever! Please spread the word to all of your metal brothers and sisters that Charred Walls of the Damned is here to bring the metal and make you bang your head! This band is definitely here to stay! We'll see you on the road in 2010!

And yes you heard it right; CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED will be playing shows this year. Once available, information will be released on MetalBlade.com and MySpace.com/CharredWallsOfTheDamned

http://www.myspace.com/charredwallsofthedamned
http://www.facebook.com/charredwallsofthedamned
http://www.twitter.com/cwotd


JESPER STRÖMBLAD LEAVES IN FLAMES
Added Saturday, February 13 by Arto
Jesper Strömblad, guitarist in In Flames has decided to leave the band permanently.

“I have decided it is best for me to leave In Flames and to quit the band permanently.

The last 17 years have been a blast, and I am proud to have been part of this great journey, with the most talented and amazing people anyone can wish to have the privilege to work with.

I’m also the luckiest guy in the world, to have the BEST fans in the world, who have been supporting me during my difficult times. It means the world to me, and I’m determined to fight and defeat my demons once and for all.... and by the help from you guys, I’m on my way.

I’m far from done with music, metal, or whatever my direction is taking me, so be sure to hear from me in the future.

.… May the Force be with you!" – Jesper Strömblad

We are losing a great guitar player and musician, but in order to keep a very dear friend this is probably for the best.

If this feels right for Jesper we are behind him 100% on his decision.

It is way too early to speculate about the future and possible replacements and things like that. However, we can assure you that In Flames will continue as a band, release albums and tour the World.

The door to In Flames is always open to Jesper. We are, and will always be behind Jesper 100% on his way to recovery.” – Anders, Peter, Daniel & Björn


RISING: European tour along with Irish and Danish dates
Added Friday, February 12 by EvilG
Danish metallers RISING have had an exciting 2009 releasing their debut EP to praise in national and international music press, and since the band’s debut show in May playing alongside great metal acts like Toner Low (NL), Celan (US/DE), Kongh (S) and Baroness (US) in their hometown of Copenhagen.

RISING now begins an exciting new year for the band by announcing their first European tour. The tour consists of 10 dates in Benelux, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Poland and is supported by kindred spirits Double Space, sludge stoner rockers from Aarhus, Denmark. The tour features shows with acts such as Dutch post-metallers Ortega, Canadian grind maniacs Fuck The Facts and Russian Circles, the great instrumental post/math-metal band from Chicago, USA..

Also RISING will embark on a 4-date mini tour in Ireland in the beginning of April. The tour will hit Ireland’s 4 major cities ending up in Belfast as main support for the German post metal collective The Ocean. Local support for the Irish gigs will be announced shortly.

On their return from Ireland and after a short Easter break RISING will play 5 April gigs in their homeland Denmark, among which they will support American noise rockers City Of Ships for two shows, co-headline another 2 shows with Danish Metal Award winners Scarred By Beauty and finally playing a new, exciting one day festival for sludge, stoner and experimental metal in Aarhus called “Enemies Of The Sun”. More dates abroad in May/June are in the works.



European tour w/Double Space:

18.03.10 - Simplon, Groningen (NL) w/Ortega

19.03.10 - La Taverne Du Theatre, La Louviére (BEL)

20.03.10 - Verso, Luxembourg City (LUX)

21.03.10 - Feierwerk, München (DE)

22.03.10 - Modra Povice, Prag (CZ)

23.03.10 - Sklelena Louka, Brno (CZ)

24.03.10 - CRK, Wroclaw (PL) w/Fuck The Facts

25.03.10 - Graf Hugo, Feldkirch (AT)

26.03.10 - Hammerschmiede, Kassel (DE)

27.03.10 - Magnet Club, Berlin (DE) w/Russian Circles



Irish Tour:

07.04.10 – TBA, Cork (IRL)
08.04.10 – Sally Longs, Galway (IRL)
09.04.10 – TBA, Dublin (IRL)
10.04.10 – The Limelight, Belfast (IRL) w/The Ocean



Danish dates:

16.04.10 – Lades, Copenhagen (DK) w/City Of Ships

17.04.10 – 1000fryd, Aalborg (DK) w/City Of Ships

22.04.10 – Musikstalden, Naestved (DK) w/Scarred By Beauty & Don’t Mention The War & Fainting Pace

23.04.10 – Enemies Of The Sun 2010 - Monorama, Aarhus (DK) w/Double Space a.o.

24.04.10 – The Rock, Copenhagen (DK) w/Scarred By Beauty & Don’t Mention The War



After the touring months of March/April RISING will engage themselves in writing and pre-producing material for their first full length due to be recorded in the fall of 2010.


Black River presents trailer and making of album
Added Friday, February 12 by EvilG
New album of BLACK RIVER, rock band consisting of Orion (Behemoth, Vesania), Daray (Dimmu Borgir), Taff (Rootwater), Kay (ex-Neolithic) and Art (Soulburners), entitled “Black’n’roll” will be released by Mystic Production/Indie distribution on February 26th! The band has just uploaded a 10-minute video trailer presenting recording process of their second album – it can be watched at official Mystic Production video channel at YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/mysticprodtv



The follow-up to 2008’s self-titled debut was recorded in Studio Sonus and Studio Gdansk - engineered by Malta (Behemoth). “Black’n’roll” consists of 11 adrenaline-fuelled songs in the vein of The Cult, Monster Magnet and Danzig.

1. BARF BAG
2. ISABEL
3. LUCKY in HELL
4. BLACK'N'ROLL
5. BREAKING THE WALL
6. JUMPING QUEENNY FLASH
7. TOO FAR AWAY
8. LOADED WEAPON
9. MORPHINE
10. LIKE A BITCH
11. YOUNG'N'DRUNK

4 songs from this explosive new stuff are already available on official Myspace site of the band: http://www.myspace.com/blackriverpl.

As Kay (guitars) explains the contents of Black River second album: “It has the taste of good whisky, it smells with sweat of girls dancing at the strip bar and with odour of car tires burnt on tarmac”. This is metalized rock’n’roll of XXI century!

Here are the first reviews:
Zware Metalen 89/100
Blleeding4 Metal 9/10
Musicreviews.de 11/15
Lords Of Metal 75/100
Stormbringer 4/5
Heavy Metal (IT) 4/5
Source: www.mystic.pl


"AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH" BEGIN TOUR WITH "WITHIN THE RUINS"
Added Friday, February 12 by EvilG
Detroit, MI death metallers, AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH are looking forward to starting their tour with WITHIN THE RUINS. It begins today in Two Rivers, WI and commences at the end of the month. Here are the dates:

2/12 - Two Rivers, WI @ The Behringer Room (No WTR)
2/13 - Buffalo, Minnesota @ The Vault
2/15 - St. Louis, Missouri @ Fubar
2/16 - East Ridge, Tennessee @ The Warehouse
2/17 - Corbin, Kentucky @ Corbin Technology Center
2/18 - Windsor, Ontario @ Warhaus Community Center
2/19 - Southgate, Michigan @ The Modern Exchange
2/20 - Jackson, Michigan @ Club 789
2/21 - Charleroi, Pennsylvania @ Club Octane
2/22 - Wilmington, Delaware @ Mojo 13
2/23 - Metuchen, New Jersey @ FA Hall
2/24 - Ashland VFW - Ashland, Massachusetts
2/25 - Herkimer, New York - The Inferno Lounge

AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH have also announced a new tour that will find them playing alongside ROSE FUNERAL and WRETCHED. Guitarist, Kyle McIlmurray chimed in with some brief words on how much the band is looking forward to playing in new places on this tour: "We're all pretty damn excited to hit a lot of states we've never been to on this tour. We're totally stoked to play for new crowds and see fresh faces every night - new friends will definitely be made all over the place. We're especially thrilled about going out with ROSE FUNERAL and WRETCHED. They're 2 of our favorites for sure."

Catch AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH on tour with ROSE FUNERAL and WRETCHED:

3/8 Rocketown - Nashville, Tennessee
3/9 Green Wave Music Hall - Louisville, Kentucky
3/10 Frankies - Toledo, Ohio
3/11 The Modern Exchange - Southgate, Michigan
3/12 The Lighthouse - Frankfort, Illinois
3/14 Eagles Lodge - Wichita, Kansas
3/16 Cervante’s Other Side - Denver, Colorado
3/17 The Outer Rim - Salt Lake City, Utah
3/18 Elks Lodge - Pocatello, Idaho
3/22 The Cobalt Café - Canoga Park, California
3/25 The Phix - Phoenix, Arizona
3/26 Cinnabar - Flagstaff, Arizona
3/27 The Compound - Albuquerque, New Mexico
3/28 The White Rabbit - San Antonio, Texas
3/29 Smokin’ Aces - McAllen, Texas
3/30 Walters on Washington - Houston, Texas
4/2 Transition Art Gallery - Tampa, Florida
4/3 Island Oasis - Orlando, Florida
4/5 The Pit - Jacksonville, Florida
4/6 The 7 Venue - Atlanta, Georgia
4/7 Amos Southbend - Charlotte, North Carolina
4/8 New Brooklyn Tavern - Columbia, South Carolina
4/9 The Refuge - Fredricksburg, Virginia
4/10 Mojo 13 - Wilmington, Delaware
4/11 Spotswood VFW - Spotswood, New Jersey
4/12 UACA - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4/13 Broadway - Amityville, New York
4/14 South Street Stage - Waterbury, Connecticut
4/15 Rockos - Manchester, New Hampshire
4/16 Popeye’s Pub - Cortlandt Manor, New York
4/17 Headliner's - The Jamboree - Toledo, Ohio

For the latest AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH tour dates, music, news and more, go to http://www.myspace.com/andhellfollowedwith

AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH have completed work on their upcoming new album, due out later this year, via EARACHE RECORDS. The album was produced by Josh Wichman and will be released later this year.

There is a 10-minute video blog posted on AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH's official YouTube page. It's the first of a 2 part video blog with footage of home life and tour footage from their last tour in 2009. Get up close with the band as they give you inside access to their lives before, during and after their shows by watching the video here: http://www.youtube.com/AndHellFollowedWith

Follow AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ahfw
Source: www.earache.com


California Metalfest IV - May 15 and 16
Added Friday, February 12 by EvilG
It's official! California Metalfest IV will take place May 15 and 16 at The Fox Theatre and The Glasshouse in Pomona, CA. Last year saw CARCASS headlining, which sold out in advance @ The Grove in Anaheim.

This year will see the return of FEAR FACTORY who will headline day one and BLEEDING THROUGH headlining day two. Other bands confirmed so far for day one are: JOB FOR A COWBOY, WHITECHAPEL, DYING FETUS, ARSIS, DECREPIT BIRTH, CATTLE DECAPITATION, MISERY INDEX, ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY and GAZA. Other bands confirmed for day two: THE FACELESS, BORN OF OSIRIS, SLEEPING GIANT, EARTH CRISIS, OCEANO, AGATG, THICK AS BLOOD, ENFOLD DARKNESS, UPON A BURNING BODY + many more TBA. Tickets are expected to go on sale next week, along with many more national acts to be announced for both days in the coming weeks. For more information, visit http://myspace.com/californiametalfest AND http://twitter.com/cametalfest


POST DEATH SOUNDTRACK PLANS 2 ALBUMS & MUSIC VIDEO
Added Friday, February 12 by EvilG
Vancouver-based rock/metal band Post Death Soundtrack have recently announced plans to independently release two albums in 2010. The first album, tentatively titled "Weapons Reload", will contain remixes, alternate versions, new material and covers. Their covers of The Doors "Riders on the Storm" (from L.A. Woman) and Dead Can Dance's "Anywhere Out Of The World" (from "Within The Realm of a Dying Sun") are both already available for free download at their official website, http://www.postdeathsoundtrack.com The band describes the covers as a labour of love and a way to pay tribute to some of their favorite artists.

The other planned release will be a full-length follow up to 2008's "Music As Weaponry". Since MAW's release, the band has increased from the duo of founders Kenneth Buck and Steve Moore to a 4-piece with the additions of Jon Ireson and Colin Everall. The new release is being tracked in multiple studios, one being Vancouver's famous Nimbus studios (Rage Against The Machine, Gallows, Mudvayne). A new track entitled "Our Time Is Now" has been posted to the band's website. The band has also confirmed that they will be shooting a music video in Vancouver this March for an as-yet-unreleased track called "Ultraviolence". Further information can be found at www.postdeathsoundtrack.com.

Recently Post Death Soundtrack have also been building an active and participating following. They've had two fan-made videos posted to Youtube recently. One, set to Tim Burton's upcoming take of "Alice in Wonderland", can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3v7ecGu__c

Another video, set to Andrei Tarkovsky's "Stalker", can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsXQHTuiehM


SCAR SYMMETRY added to HYPOCRISY Tour
Added Friday, February 12 by EvilG
Swedish progressive melodic death metallers, SCAR SYMMETRY, have been added to the “A Taste of Extreme Divinity” Tour as direct support to headliners HYPOCRISY. Guitarist Per Nilsson commented:

”Touring the US with our buddies HYPOCRISY, are you fucking kidding me?! We'd better make reservations at the Betty Ford clinic! Man, is this going to be a party or what?! We haven't toured North America since 2007, which makes for two albums worth of music never performed live over there. Many thanks to HYPOCRISY for inviting us!”

HYPOCRISY, SCAR SYMMETRY, HATE, BLACKGUARD, SWASHBUCKLE

05/11/10 The Rock – Tucson, AZ

05/12/10 UB’s Bar – Mesa, AZ

05/13/10 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA

05/14/10 The Galaxy Theater – Santa Ana, CA

05/15/10 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA

05/16/10 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

05/17/10 Peter’s Room – Portland, OR

05/18/10 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

05/19/10 El Corazon – Seattle, WA

05/22/10 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

05/23/10 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

05/24/10 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

05/25/10 Uncle Pleasants – Louisville, KY

05/26/10 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

05/27/10 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

05/28/10 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

05/29/10 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON – CANADA

05/30/10 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA

05/31/10 Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

06/01/10 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

Internet presale tickets on sale at http://www.EnterTheVault.com

The video clip for the song "Ascension Chamber" can be viewed here http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=0&release=101294079 The track comes off the bands latest effort Dark Matter Dimensions out now on Nuclear Blast Records!


For more info visit:
http://www.scarsymmetry.com
http://www.myspace.com/scarsymmetry
http://www.nuclearblast.de/scarsymmetry


SHADOWS FALL TO HOST MTV2’S HEADBANGERS BALL
Added Friday, February 12 by EvilG
SHADOWS FALL TO HOST MTV2’S HEADBANGERS BALL LATE MONDAY NIGHT FEBRUARY 15th/EARLY TUESDAY MORNING FEBRUARY 16th AT 3:00 AM EST

PREMIERING NEW VIDEO FOR “BARK AT THE MOON THIS FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT PST ON MYSPACE.COM


SHADOWS FALL have been tapped to host the next episode of MTV2’s Headbangers Ball which will air late this Monday night/early Tuesday morning at 3:00 AM EST. The guys will be spinning some of their favorite metal videos, some of their own videos and they will be premiering their video of their take on the classic Ozzy Osbourne track “Bark at the Moon”.

If you can’t wait to get a glimpse of SHADOWS FALL’S new “Bark at the Moon” video, you are in luck. MySpace.com will be premiering the new video this Friday night at Midnight PST (3:00 AM EST) Make sure to check it Friday night online and check out the broadcast premiere on Headbanger’s Ball this Monday night.

SHADOWS FALL are currently on the road in the United States with Five Finger Death Punch, God Forbid and 2 Cents. When their United States tour wraps up, the SHADS are headed north for their first ever headlining tour of Canada. If that’s not enough Massachusetts metal for you, the guys will be heading out on this summer’s incarnation of the RockStar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on the Jagermeister stage alongside Hatebreed, Chimaira, and Winds of Plague.

SHADOWS FALL W/ GOD FORBID, FFDP, AND 2 CENTS
2/11 Buffalo, NY @ Town Hall
2/12 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
2/13 Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of Rock
2/14 Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
2/15 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
2/16 Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
2/17 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
2/19 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
2/20 Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
2/21 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

SHADOWS FALL W/BISON BC, GOATWHORE, AND BAPTIZED IN BLOOD
2/23 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
2/24 Calgary, AB @ Republik
2/25 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
2/27 Regina, SK @ The Distrikt
3/1 Winnipeg, MB @ WECC

SHADOWS FALL W/BISON BC, AND BAPTIZED IN BLOOD
3/2 Thunder Bay, ON @ The Roxy
3/4 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
3/5 London, ON @ Music Hall
3/6 Windsor, ON @ Blind Dog
3/7 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
3/8 Montreal, QC @ National
3/9 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial


http://www.shadowsfall.com
http://www.myspace.com/shadowsfall
http://www.twitter.com/brianshadfall
http://www.twitter.com/shadowsfallband


Against the Plagues signed with Dutch label Vic Records
Added Friday, February 12 by EvilG
Against The Plagues , theSwedish / Polish / North-American extreme-metal act ( featuring members of LOST HORIZON / LUCIFERION / FOREST OF IMPALED / MALEVOLENT CREATION / VEX ) have recently signed with Dutch label, Vic Records. The new, official album , "Decoding the Mainframe" will be released in March 2010.

Against the Plagues' co-founder Varyen Chylinsky states: "I am very excited to announce and confirm that we have signed with Vic Records. As a result of this cooperation, we have decided to release our official album, "DECODING THE MAINFRAME". This release will contain all 8 songs from our self-released CD "Architecture of Oppression" ; however, these are completely new versions of the songs! All songs are re-mastered and mixed by one of the best producers in the metal world - Dan Swano (EDGE OF SANITY, AEON, DISSECTION, KATATONIA, MARDUK ). There is no doubt that the production is absolutely amazing! We decided to improve the sound with slightly-modified arrangements of the songs, along with mixing and mastering… For now, I would say – this is our first 'official ' product that sounds as a high quality world class album should sound! Of course we've added several new things to make this release a bit, more special. We've improved album cover and the whole, CD layout; plus we have added more new pictures of the band along with a few-other new, bonuses… This new album will be arriving in stores this coming March. We have collaborated on a piece of work that we are all very proud of. With the help of Vic Records and Dan Swano, we have created a phenomenal album as it was orginally intended to be. To our fans along the way - we once-again thank you for the continued support; we hope you enjoy "Decoding the Mainframe" and look forward to your feedback. We are also confident that new listeners will appreciate the merit of our tireless efforts. "


MEGADETH'S RUST IN PEACE TOUR SELLING OUT FAST!
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
MEGADETH'S RUST IN PEACE TOUR WITH TESTAMENT AND EXODUS ARE SELLING OUT FAST - GET YOUR TICKETS WHILE YOU STILL CAN...

LIMITED NUMBER OF TESTAMENT VIP PACKAGES STILL AVAILABLE FOR SOLD OUT SHOWS

Kicking off on March 1st in Spokane, WA and running through March 31st in Los Angeles, CA. thrash kings TESTAMENT, are direct support on Megadeth’s “Rust In Peace” 20th Anniversary Tour with Special Guests Exodus. Keep in mind that this is no ordinary metal tour, this will be an event to remember for years to come as Megadeth will be playing the entire “Rust In Peace” record, TESTAMENT will be tearing through their debut thrash masterpiece “The Legacy” and Exodus will be performing a very special set as well. That being said, the shows in Boise, ID, Pittsburgh (Greensburg), PA, Buffalo, NY, Washington, DC and Asheville, NC, , and have all sold out. If you missed your chance to pick up tickets for these dates, you still have a chance to attend the show by purchasing a TESTAMENT VIP Package, which are still available even for the sold out dates. In celebration of this unprecedented event in metal history, TESTAMENT are giving their devoted legions a chance to be a part of Heavy Metal History by offering an exclusive VIP package for each date on the tour. The VIP package includes:

- General Admission ticket with early entry to venue (where available)
- Meet & Greet with select members TESTAMENT
- Individual photo with select members of TESTAMENT
- Q&A session with select members of TESTAMENT
- Autograph opportunity with select members of TESTAMENT
- Commemorative Meet & Greet laminate
- Collectible TESTAMENT Guitar Pick


CATCH TESTAMENT ON TOUR WITH MEGADETH AND EXODUS
3/1 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
3/2 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory***SOLD OUT***
3/3 Medford, OR @ Medford Armory
3/6 Calgary, AB @ Big Four
3/7 Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Center
3/8 Saskatoon, SK @ Praireland
3/11 Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theater
3/12 Greensburg, PA @ The Palace Theater***SOLD OUT***
3/13 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom***SOLD OUT***
3/15 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club***SOLD OUT***
3/16 Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
3/18 Scranton, PA @ Scranton Cultural Center
3/19 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
3/21 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
3/22 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel***SOLD OUT***
3/23 Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
3/25 Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
3/26 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Amphitheatre
3/27 Lubbock, TX @ The Pavilion
3/28 El Paso, TX @ Club 101
3/30 Tuscon, AZ @ Rialto Theater
3/31 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

If this tour isn’t amazing enough and you have yet to have your fill of TESTAMENT live, (which should be the case for everyone) the metal tour of a lifetime is back on! After a brief postponement, the mighty TESTAMENT will be joining forces with Megadeth and Slayer for the first time in over 20 years on the American Carnage Tour. The tour kicks off July 23rd in Quebec City, and winds up on September 4th in Portland, OR.

The metal masses have been clamoring for a tour of this magnitude for quite some time and TESTAMENT are stoked to be a part of it. Again as a special exclusive to the TESTAMENT Legions, the band is offering a limited number of VIP Packages for every United States date on the tour. The exclusive TESTAMENT VIP package includes:

- One general admission ticket with early entry (where available)
- Exclusive Meet & Greet with the members of TESTAMENT
- Personal photograph with the band
- Autograph session (includes 8X10 photo)
- Exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction Shirt
- Collectible Tour Poster (limited, numbered)
- Exclusive TESTAMENT Music Skin
- Official VIP Meet and Greet Laminate
- Official set of TESTAMENT Guitar Picks

TESTAMENT’S highly successful and award-winning album The Formation Of Damnation will be reissued in a deluxe tour edition on February 23rd. Information on the Deluxe Tour Edition of “The Formation Of Damnation” can be found below

The Formation of Damnation (Deluxe Tour Edition)
2-disc deluxe tour edition of the band’s comeback album! Includes bonus
footage of classic tracks + more;

Disc 1:
1. The Persecuted Won’t Forget
2. Killing Season
3. Afterlife
4. The Evil Has Landed
5. The Formation Of Damnation
6. Henchmen Ride
7. More Than Meets The Eye
8. Dangers Of The Faithless
9. False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.)
10. Leave Me Forever

Disc 2
• The New Order *Audio and Video
• Practice What You Preach *Audio and Video
• Souls Of Black *Audio and Video
*Recorded in Alcatraz for their MTV “52/52” special
• More Than Meets The Eye music video


CATCH TESTAMENT ON THE 2010 AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR

7/23 Quebec City, QC @ Pavillon de la Jenuesse
7/24 Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL @ Parc Jean Drapeau
7/26 Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre
7/27 Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum
7/29 Toronto, ONT @ Molson Amphitheatre
7/30 London, ONT @ John Labatte Center
8/11 Albany, NY @ Glen Falls Civic Center
8/12 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
8/14 Boston, MA @ Tsongas Arena
8/15 Camden, NJ @ Susquehana Bank Center
8/16 Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theater
8/18 Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheatre
8/19 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
8/20 Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
8/21 Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
8/23 Kansas City, @ Cap Fed Park @ Sandstone Arena
8/24 Denver, CO @ Magness
8/25 Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
8/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
8/29 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless
8/30 Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena
8/31 San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace
9/3 Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theatre
9/4 Portland, OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds

For more info on TESTAMENT be sure to visit:

http://www.myspace.com/testamentlegions
http://www.testamentlegions.com


ARCH ENEMY WRAPS UP HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
For the first time in almost two years, Sweden’s melodic death metal juggernaut, Arch Enemy, has wrapped up a North American tour. Arch Enemy’s headlining run on the 16-city “Tyrants of Evil” tour, alongside Exodus, Arsis, and Mutiny Within, kicked off in Towson, MD on January 20th and wrapped up in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Fans can get a behind the scenes look at life on this winter’s biggest heavy metal tour by reading the second installment of vocalist Angela’s Gossow’s blog at Vans.com http://www.vans.com/musicblog/

For another perspective on the tour, fans can tune into the Metaleater Radio Show today, beginning at 7:00pm Eastern, to hear an exclusive interview with Arch Enemy guitarist, Michael Amott. The show will rebroadcast tomorrow at 10:00pm Eastern, exclusively on the CMS Radio Network. Fans can also listen online at http://metaleater.com/radioshow.php

An exclusive video interview with Michael Amott can be viewed at http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/4458/arch-enemy-michael-ammoth-interview

Arch Enemy has been relentlessly touring in support of their latest release, The Root of All Evil, which hit stores in October on Century Media Records. The band will head home to Sweden, before beginning a European headlining run on the “Metal Hammer Meltdown” tour.


For more information on Arch Enemy and the “Tyrants of Evil” tour…

http://www.archenemy.net
http://www.myspace.com/archenemy
http://www.centurymedia.com


EVILE FORCED TO CANCEL SHOW IN CHEMNITZ, GERMANY
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
British thrashers EVILE have released the following message:

"EVILE are forced to cancel their show at Talschock in Chemnitz, Germany this Saturday, February 13th, 2010 due to technical problems beyond their control. The band apologise to their fans and hope to return to the Saxonia area as soon as possible."

EVILE are currently making their way around Europe on a headlining tour with support from American thrashers WARBRINGER and Israel's THE FADING. Catch them live on tour at the following remaining shows:

11.02.10 Weinheim, Germany - Cafe Zentral
12.02.10 Osnabruck, Germany - Bastard Club
14.02.10 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
16.02.10 Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
17.02.10 Wangen, Germany - Jugendhaus
18.02.10 Nurnberg, Germany - Z-Bau
19.02.10 Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
20.02.10 Essen, Germany - Turock

View the official tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/InfectingNations2010.jpg

Shortly after finishing their European tour, EVILE will be embarking on their first major North American tours with such legendary acts as KREATOR and OVERKILL. Catch them at the following shows:

Hordes Of Chaos II Tour w/ KREATOR, VOIVOD, NACHTMYSTIUM and LAZARUS A.D.
Mar 3 Jaxx West Springfield, Virginia
Mar 4 The Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mar 5 The Palladium (MA) Worcester, Massachusetts
Mar 6 Nokia Theatre New York, New York
Mar 7 Club Soda Montreal, Quebec
Mar 8 Imperial De Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
Mar 9 Opera House Toronto, Ontario
Mar 10 Peabody's Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 11 Blondie's Detroit, Michigan
Mar 12 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, Illinois
Mar 13 Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin (No VOIVOD)
Mar 14 Rock Station St Paul, Minnesota
Mar 16 Bluebird Theater Denver, Colorado (NO VOIVOD)

w/ KREATOR, KATAKLYSM, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH and LAZARUS A.D.
Mar 18 Corazon Seattle, Washington
Mar 19 Rickshaw Theater Vancouver, British Columbia
Mar 20 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, Oregon
Mar 21 Slim's San Francisco, California
Mar 22 Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas, Nevada
Mar 23 House Of Blues West Hollywood, California
Mar 24 House Of Blues San Diego, California
Mar 25 The Rock Tucson, Arizona
Mar 27 Emo's Alternative Lounging Austin, Texas
Mar 28 Meridian Houston, Texas
Mar 30 The Club at Firestone Orlando, Florida
Mar 31 The Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia

Killfest USA Tour w/ OVERKILL, VADER, GOD DETHRONED, WARBRINGER and WOE OF TYRANTS
Apr 1 The Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 2 The Palladium Worcester, Massachusetts
Apr 3 Webster Theater Hartford, Connecticut
Apr 4 Imperial de Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
Apr 5 FouFounes Montreal, Quebec
Apr 6 Phoenix Concert Theater Toronto, Ontario
Apr 7 Bogarts Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr 8 Blondies Detroit, Michigan
Apr 9 The Metro Chicago, Illinois
Apr 10 The Rave Milwuakee, Wisconsin
Apr 11 Station 4 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 12 Anne Zabel Theater Sioux Falls, SD
Apr 13 Gothic Theatre Denver, Colorado
Apr 15 Red Room Vancouver, British Columbia
Apr 16 El Corazon Seattle, Washington
Apr 17 Roseland Theater Portland, Oregon
Apr 18 The Grand Ballroom San Francisco, California
Apr 19 House of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada
Apr 20 House of Blues Los Angeles, California
Apr 21 House of Blues San Diego, California
Apr 22 U.B.'s Bar Mesa, Arizona
Apr 23 The Rock Tuscon, Arizona
Apr 24 Dos Amigos Odessa, Texas
Apr 25 Marquee Tulsa, Oklahoma
Apr 26 Emo's Austin, Texas
Apr 27 Scout Bar Houston, Texas
Apr 28 Trees Dallas, Texas
Apr 29 Headliner's Music Hall Louisville, Kentucky
Apr 30 Jaxx Springfield, Virginia
May 1 Nokia Theater New York City, New York
May 2 Club Hell Providence, Rhode Island

EVILE's new album, INFECTED NATIONS, is available now worldwide. Get your copy in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41

For more EVILE news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/evileuk
Source: www.earache.com


EXCLUSIVE LIVE VIDEOS OF THE AGONIST AVAILABLE ONLINE
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
UVTV has posted a couple live videos of THE AGONIST from their recent tour performing at The Lost Horizon in Syracuse, NY. The videos are for their tracks “Rise And Fall” and “Thank You Pain” and can be seen at the UVTV

Website:
http://www.undergroundvideotelevision.com/updates/2010/live-videos/the-agonist-live-in-syracuse-ny/
Source: www.uvtv.info


RONNIE JAMES DIO - "I Think He Is Going To Make It"
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
In November 2009, RONNIE JAMES DIO (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, ex-BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) was diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. His wife Wendy has issued the following update:

"Since my last update, we have been back and forth to Houston three times for tests and chemo treatments, an emergency run to St. Joseph’s for another blood clot, an ultrasound and another cat scan. We met with Dr. Ajani, Ronnie’s oncologist, on Monday, and he was very pleased with the treatment so far. Some tumors have gone and some have shrunk. He says we have a long road to travel, but we are on the right path. Going back and forth to Houston is getting old, with all the cancelled and delayed flights and some of the rude Continental staff, the same boring food at the hotel (I think we have eaten everything on their horrible menu!), but…when we get a good report from the doctor, it is all worth it. The only food Ronnie says he can taste is Indian curry; everything tastes like metal (HEAVY metal?) because of the chemo. We did, however, have a nice breakfast with Carmen and his mother on Friday. He is still waiting for his bone marrow transplant.

I am so sorry if I have upset any of our friends for not returning calls or emails, but please understand that it is so draining for me to go over and over to everyone about Ronnie’s progress. This is why I thought that if I wrote an update once a month, everyone can know of Ronnie’s progress at the same time. The Fan Club just delivered a huge sack of mail, and we have been reading all the wonderful cards and letters you have all sent. Thank you all so much – it keeps our spirits up knowing you all love Ronnie so much and wish him well. Ronnie and I have a great support system: Simon, who does so much; Geezer and Gloria (she has been my strength, everyday she listens to me, whether I am happy or not); Sheila and Jacqui, friends for 25 years who would go anywhere or do anything for Ronnie or I; Mike Carden, a cancer survivor who is always available to talk to; Rudy, Vinny, Doug, Scott, Big Scott, Lois and Wyn; my colleagues at work – Marchele, Lynne, Carmen, Anthony and Diana; Dr. Mena, Dr. Chu and our wonderful Dr. Kapoor, who is available 24/7 for us and spent his whole Sunday day off with us at the emergency room, and of course Dr. Ajani, who mixes his magic cocktail of chemo and gives us hope.

Ronnie takes a walk everyday in the park and keeps busy with his music and watching sports. He was really mad that he missed the Super Bowl because we had to fly back to Houston on that Sunday, as his chemo started at 8:00am on Monday. He is in real good spirits and will be going to the studio next week to listen to the mix of the Heaven and Hell DVD that will be released later this year. He is itching to get back on tour, and with the good reports and all of your prayers and good energy, I think he is going to make it. Bless you all.

Wendy"


MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine On Return Of David Ellefson
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
Jon Wiederhorn from Noisecreep.com spoke with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine about reuniting with his old band mate Dave Ellefson, the power of forgiveness, the departure of bassist James Lomenzo and the future of Megadeth. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:

Noisecreep.com: A lot of people thought Hell would freeze over before you played with Dave Ellefson again. How did you two bury the hatchet?

Mustaine: "When I became a Christian, my life really changed. Unlike a lot of people who say that they're Christian and really are hypoChristians, I'm not a guy that goes around, tells people how to live their life and then lives a double life behind closed doors. So, when I was forgiven I realized I needed to forgive. We had that incident with the lawsuit, and I forgave Dave for that. Several years ago when I went out to Phoenix on a business trip, I asked him if we could go out to dinner. He said, "Yeah." And we sat down at California Pizza Kitchen and had some food and talked a little bit. I told him, "I still love you." And he said, "I love you, too." And I put that behind me, because he's a little brother to me. So I'm looking at this as an opportunity to do the right thing for Dave and show him that I am a good leader and we are a great band, and we do belong playing together."

Noisecreep.com: Are there any lingering animosities?

Mustaine: "No, I can't stay mad at him. He's one of my best friends. Sometimes we do things in the heat of the moment. And trust me, I have done more things that were wrong that affected him than anything that he did to affect me. And again, like I said, I was forgiven, so I needed to forgive. And I wanted to really, really do what I say I'm gonna do. I mean, if anybody needed to change their life you know I did, man. I was going down a very bad path. And people make fun of me a lot right now and it still doesn't feel good, but I don't care. I'm a much happier person when I think about who I used to be and now what I am. And just by the way that I'm trying to live my life differently right now, I've gotten my best friend back and we're back to being one of the greatest bands in the world."

Noisecreep.com: What triggered your decision to ask him to rejoin?

Mustaine: "We were at the NAMM show, and Dean [guitars] had a party and asked if I would play, and I never do those things. So I said, 'Well, I'll think about it,' and then I went home, because I wanted to surprise them by coming back later. But everybody thought I wasn't gonna play, so they all kind of f---ed off. And once I did say, 'Oh, yeah, I'm playing,' they were scrambling around going, 'Oh, my God, what are we gonna do now?' So I kind of shot myself in the foot with that one.

We couldn't find [bassist] James [LoMenzo] or [guitarist] Chris [Broderick], and we were trying to find a bass player. James finally showed up, but my guitar tech approached David Ellefson, and he said yeah, he would love to do it. So that really opened the door. And since I had still looked at Dave with respect and appreciation for what he'd done for me and Megadeth and our fans all around the world, and I still had tremendous respect for his talent, it made the decision pretty easy.

So a couple days ago I asked him to come back. Now, I know a lot of haters are gonna say, 'How could [Ellefson] do that?' But anybody that really sees how hard I'm trying to live my life differently right now - and I'm really trying hard - this is just another one of the little things that you get. It's a perk for me to have one of my best friends back."

Read more here: http://www.noisecreep.com/2010/02/10/megadeth-dave-mustaine-olive-branch-dave-ellefson/
Source: noisecreep.com


BONDED BY BLOOD ISSUES STUDIO UPDATE
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
Pomona, CA thrashers, BONDED BY BLOOD recently began recording the long-awaited follow-up to their 2008 debut, FEED THE BEAST. The band has set up camp in Phoenix, AZ to record their new album at Highland Recorders with producer, Ralph Patlan (WHITE WIZZARD, MEGADETH, UFO).

The band has been keeping a regular studio blog on their MySpace page and posted a update on the 9th about what they've been recording:

"Today is day 4 and have a day off today after couple days of hard work. Began tracking rhythm tracks last night and will go back into the studio tomorrow morning to finish them up. Everything seems to be coming out really well. Look out for more updates on the album, more pictures and footage coming soon."

Keep up with the band's recording progress by going to http://myspace.com/bondedbyblood

In addition, BONDED BY BLOOD has also uploaded some studio videos onto guitarist, Alex Lee's YouTube page. In the latest one, Alex drives to the studio with Carlos to watch guitarist, Juan Juarez record his tracks. Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/ibanezguy88

BONDED BY BLOOD's new album is tentatively scheduled for release in Spring 2010.

Catch BONDED BY BLOOD live this March on the west coast:

Mar 3 2010
Whiskey a Go Go
West Hollywood, California

Mar 4 2010
Chain Reaction
Anaheim, California

Mar 5 2010
Ramona Mainstage
Ramona, California

Mar 6 2010
U.B.'s Bar
Mesa, Arizona

Watch BONDED BY BLOOD play the track "Civil Servant" live from Detroit, MI in 2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZTNFk9Q6Cw

BONDED BY BLOOD's debut album, FEED THE BEAST is available NOW!

Purchase your copy at the EARACHE U.S. WEB STORE: http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_16

Follow BONDED BY BLOOD on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bondedbybloodla
Source: www.earache.com


Blackhorned "Dark Season" out in May
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
Blackhorned ready with new album.

The new album "Dark Season" is ready.
2 new tracks, "Dark Season" and "Witch Fever", are up on Myspace. http://www.myspace.com/blackhorned
The album will be out on german Undercover Records in May.

Tracklist:
1. Conviction (Intro)
2. Dark Season
3. The Edge of Nothingness
4. Behind the Shadow
5. Witch Fever
6. At the Hours of Dying
7. Where Open Wounds Breathe
8. In thy Name
9. The Burning
10. The Laughing Face of Madness

Meanwhile the "Lost in a Twilight World" album is still available through Undercover Records on CD and LP. So please visit http://www.undercover-records.de and support.
Source: huhle


Reversed Records Presents Olympic Metal Team
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
Reversed Records Presents Olympic Metal Team Feb 18th at Pub 340 - Omega Crom, Fattooth, Mr. Plow

Vancouver based Reversed Records is proud to present it's Canadian Metal Olympic Team at Pub 340 on February 18th. Taking the stage is Vancouver's very own power metal thrasher's Omega Crom alongside label mates Montreal's Fattooth for their Too Cold to F@*k Canadian Tour & Vancouver's Mr. Plow. Competing in various competitions of havoc, The Reversed Records team will see Mr.Plow bulldozing downhill skiers, Fattooth's Hucifer giving new meaning to Skeleton and Omega Crom slaying hockey pucks with Conan The Barbarian.

Show details: - Facebook Event - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=284926711594

THURSDAY,FEBRUARY 18TH

Doors @ 9pm, Show 9:30, Cover $10

Pub 340

340 Cambie Street

Vancouver,BC

OMEGA CROM - http://www.OmegaCrom.com
FATTOOTH - http://www.FattoothMusic.com
MR. PLOW - http://www.myspace.com/MrPlow


W.A.S.P. Hits Santa Rosa, CA.
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
Sfarzo Live In Concert Presents - W.A.S.P. Hits Santa Rosa, Ca. hard with NEW ALBUM, BABYLON - Last Day Saloon March 23rd 2010

Legendary band W.A.S.P. / Blackie Lawless along with special guests and Sonoma County's own SKITZO and KRAWL will rock the stage this March 23rd at the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa Ca. A second show at The Avalon in Santa Clara on March 24th with Bomb and Scary and Mystic Rage.

Promoters Sfarzo Live In Concert, Hedgehog Productions, Lynda Mortensen Presents and Man-Down Productions join forces with sponsors The Fox 101.7, EMG Pickups. Sfarzo String Company and Roaring Mouse Productions for a night of pure Rock and Roll. This event is open to the public. Doors open at 7:30. $22.50 Online/$25.00 door. See http://www.sfarzo.us/wasp A 21+ event

W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless has never been afraid to speak his mind - and prod his loyal following while using thought-provoking imagery (both lyrically and on stage). And this is certainly apparent on the group's fourteenth studio album overall, Babylon. Due to the album's success overseas (charting high in almost every European country following its release on October 12th), the U.S. release of Babylon will occur much sooner than its originally-planned early 2010 release date, so that fans do not have to shell out extra money for the disc as an import. The CD is available in stores.

The album saw Lawless take a good look in the mirror about not only himself, but also the current state of the world.Booth Time "As the recordings progressed, I found myself once again asking the question - 'Who am I?', but more specifically 'Who am I now, and where am I in my life?'" explains Lawless. "You all know that I've said repeatedly that any art: be it movies, painting or music should reflect its maker's vision of themselves, and the world around them at that precise moment of their lives. If they are indeed truthful with that art, it then gives the viewer or listener a pretty good snapshot inside the head and heart of the one creating it."

With the world in a state of flux due to a global financial meltdown, Lawless began doing some research, which led to the genesis of what became Babylon. "I went back and did a detailed study of the Book of Revelation and refreshed my memory with some pretty amazing reading. That reading inspires powerful images. Enough for me to take those images of the 6th chapter of Revelation and the four horsemen of the apocalypse and write "Babylon's Burning." "Babylon's Burning" is based on that imagery in the same way "Headless Children" was. It's an overview of what we allow ourselves to become and the consequences that befall us for the poor choices we make."

As evidenced by such standout tracks as "Crazy" (the lead-off single) and "Babylon's Burning" (for which a video is being filmed), W.A.S.P. fans will be rewarded with an album that is both thought-provoking and rocking. And Lawless couldn't have picked two finer covers to round out the album - killer renditions of Deep Purple's "Burn" and Chuck Berry's "Promised Land." W.A.S.P. is currently on tour in Europe, and is aiming to slay U.S. audiences early in 2010...you have been warned!

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE for this one-time up close and personal show at the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa or The Avalon in Santa Clara Ca. http://www.sfarzo.us/wasp

Event website: http://www.sfarzo.us/wasp
The Fox 101.7: http://www.kxfx.com/
Roaring Mouse Productions: http://www.roaringmouseproductions.com/
EMG Pickups: http://www.emginc.com/
Hedgehog Productions: http://www.myspace.com/hedgehogsrock707
Sfarzo String Company: http://www.sfarzo.us
Last Day Saloon: http://www.lastdaysaloon.com
W.A.S.P.: http://www.waspnation.com/
KRAWL.: http://www.myspace.com/thekrawl
SKITZO: http://www.myspace.com/skitzo667
Lynda Mortensen Presents: http://www.myspace.com/bayareatributes
ManDown Productions: http://www.myspace.com/mandownproductions

Tickets can be purchased for both shows at - http://www.sfarzo.us/wasp

Second show at The Avalon in Santa Clara on March 24th with Bomb and Scary and Mystic Rage.
Source: ayos Productions


DARK TRANQUILLITY Post New Video
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
The anticipation surrounding the new, highly acclaimed DARK TRANQUILLITY album, We Are The Void, continues to build to epic proportions as the Swedish melodic metal pioneers launch their new video for the track, “Shadow In Our Blood,” online today. This is the opening track on the new disc and it is vintage DARK TRANQUILLITY, which should leave the masses begging for more. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkqHj9Q8thw

Mikael Stanne (vocals) further comments: “Greetings from Atlanta, Georgia. Four days into the tour and finally jetlag has subsided. We are now operating on local time and it feels great. The shows have been awesome so far. We have loved performing every night and the new songs that we have pulled out have gone over really well. We can’t wait for the album to come out so that we can start doing more of the new stuff that we are very proud of.



“The new video for ‘Shadow in our Blood’ was shot by Vasara Films, who also filmed and edited our live DVD, and once again did an excellent job. The clip is all about inevitability, the inability to alter the course of your life. I think they captured the fear and frustration really well and it turned out to be quite a scary video. The filming of it was even scarier though. I flew to Finland in the dead of winter not knowing what I was in for. Hours later I found myself strapped to an off-road motorcycle in the freezing cold being driven further and further into the woods. It was one of the most surreal days of my life. All I could see from my position was the sky, snow and a few Finnish faces from time to time and all I could hear were people talking in a strange language and the song over and over again. The things you do for the art. Check it out and I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I loathed making it.”

DARK TRANQUILLITY made their much anticipated return to North America last week kicking off the worldwide touring cycle for their new opus, We Are The Void, which is set for a March 9th U.S. release. The group will join the mighty Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada for this trek, so head over now to their newly revamped MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/dtofficial to view their entire tour itinerary and stream the blistering new tracks, “At The Point of Ignition” and “Dream Oblivion.”

To follow the creation of this superb melodic death metal opus Anders Björler (The Haunted, At The Gates) filmed a detailed studio report series, which can all be found at the link below. Episodes one through five are up now, so check it out at the link below!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4T3lBOGIW4


SIGHT OF EMPTINESS: "Absolution of Humanity" Album Teaser
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
"As Unique as the mystery of the perfect Stone Spheres made hundreds of years ago in Costa Rica..."
...you'll find Sight of Emptiness music taking you to an Unique-Solid Journey you wont find anywhere else..."

A Video Teaser - EPK for the 2010 studio album from Sight of Emptiness, "Absolution of Humanity" can be viewed below.

Vimeo link: http://www.vimeo.com/9282787
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsS1LTSJJrc

Commented the group: Representing a whole new spectrum of creativity, diversity and aggressive melodies, Absolution of Humanity is the album that will take the Costa Rican band to new horizons and help them conquer the extreme metal genre worldwide. Mastered by one of the best European Producers as we speak, Jens Bogren owner of "Fascination Street Studios" (Opeth, Soilwork, Amon Amarth, Bloodbath, Symphony X, Katatonia, Swallow the Sun), did an AWESOME job and took the album to a new level.

Commented Jens Bogren: " The new outcome from Sight of Emptiness is a brutal expression of excellent musicianship, rock solid songs and tons of attitude! It was a pleasure working with them." JENS BOGREN.

"Absolution of Humanity", is expected to be released late February/early March 2010 via an as-yet-undetermined record label.


"Absolution of Humanity" track listing:

01. Predictable Tragedy
02. Infected
03. Faceless Dream
04. Witness of your Murder
05. Funeral March
06. The Art of Suffering
07. Judge me today...Die Tomorrow
08. Absolution of Humanity
09. Burning Silence

Three songs — "Burning Silence", "Infected" and "Predictable Tragedy" — have been posted on the group's official myspace: http://www.myspace.com/sightofemptiness

Labels interested in releasing the new album or signing the band can contact SIGHT OF EMPTINESS at eduardochz@gmail.com


Violent Divine release 3rd album Release The Hounds In March
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
Swedish hard rockers VIOLENT DIVINE will release their third album "Release The Hounds", on March 11 via Swedmetal Records. The label states, "This will be one of 2010 best albums in this genre. Fantastic raw hard-driving melodic rock 'n' roll — just the way it's meant to be!"

"Release The Hounds" track listing:

01. Nitro
02. Welcome To The Divine
03. Burn
04. Retribution
05. Sweet Blood
06. Until Death
07. For The First Time
08. Asleep
09. One By One
10. Eternity
11. Get It All Out
12. Bleed Like Me
13. Release The Hounds
14. This Heart Is About To Be Broken

Commented VIOLENT DIVINE's Gus Divine: "'Release The Hounds' is the perfect hybrid of the glam vibe from the debut album and the dark, gothic/metal vibe from the second album 'In Harm's Way'. 'Release The Hounds' is definitely the first choice to get the party started!"
Source: Swedmetal Records


THE BREATHING PROCESS To Release Odyssey: (Un)Dead March 9th
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
Since the release of 2008's groundbreaking debut In Waking: Divinity, New England metallers THE BREATHING PROCESS have prided themselves on the hybrid nature of their music. Splicing symphonic black metal with brutal death metal, the band further manage to introduce elements of epic ambiance and melody unseen by most acts in today's realm of heavy music. Now with the release of Odyssey: (Un)Dead the band look to break through to a larger audience delivering an amazing album that is already eagerly anticipated. View the cover art here: http://tinyurl.com/y89bz6k

Odyssey: (Un)Dead features 12 tracks and was produced by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage). Conceptually based on a single person’s journey down the path of exile,the new songs progress in bold, varying movements that emphasize the power and landscapes of the world's natural elements: Oceans, forests, great plains, glaciers and deserts. These elements are reflected in the songs themselves, almost as if each song is an interpretation of the world's vastness. Huge, grandiose keyboard flourishes blend with pulverizing riffs and breakneck drumming, topped off by a perfect balance of screamed and
sung vocal patterns -- it is a treasured listen.

Track Listing
1. "Hours"
2. "Grimoire"
3. "Leveller"
4. "Vulture(s)"
5. "Pantheon Unravelling"
6. "Odyssey : (Un)Dead"
7. "Starless : Eternal"
8. "Metamorphosis"
9. "Hordes"
10. "The Living Forest (Part 1)"
11. "Wind Ritual"
12. Odyssey: (Un)Dead The Opaque Forest"

In addition, THE BREATHING PROCESS will be performing a handful of east coast dates prior to the record's release:

2/17/2010 Mojo 13 - Wilmington, DE
2/18/2010 Championship Bar - Trenton, NJ
2/19/2010 Tuxedo Junction - Danbury, CT
2/20/2010 Bogies - Albany, NY
2/21/2010 Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
2/26/2010 The Warehouse - Hartford, CT w/ Silent Civilian
2/27/2010 The Pal - Fall River, MA

Odyssey: (Un)Dead will be released on the US on March 9th via Candlelight Records.

http://www.myspace.com/tbp
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/
Source: earsplitcompound.com


SADIST - "Season in Silence" Out March 2010
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
"Season in Silence", the new Sadist's full length, will be out in March 2010 and it will be licensed by Liveglobal/Self. The album has been produced, engineered and mixed by Tommy Talamanca for Nadir Music.

Sadist is going to present it live during the Italian Gods of Metal Festival in Milan (Italy) on March 21st.
This event will be the first of many European festivals Sadist is going to take part during Spring/Summer 2010.

Album tracklist:

1. Aput
2. Broken and Reborn
3. Season in Silence
4. The Attic and the World of Emotions
5. Evil Birds
6. Ogron
7. Night Owl
8. Snowman
9. Bloody Cold Winter
10. The Abyss
11. Frozen Hands
12. Hiberna

Here is a promoclip of the new album, stay tuned!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emXiVHyhd2g

http://www.sadist.it
http://www.myspace.com/sadistribe


Three ATMF Releases Scheduled for April 6th
Added Thursday, February 11 by EvilG
Today, AETERNITAS TENEBRARUM MUSIC FOUNDATION (ATMF) confirms three releases for the April 6th street date: SVARTI LOGHIN's Drifting Through the Void, AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN's Lost, and NYSEIUS' Militiae. ATMF has been a bastion of progression in black metal for years now, and these three records keep those standards high. Read below for further info, as well as Myspace links.


SVARTI LOGHIN - 'DRIFTING THROUGH THE VOID'


Goodbye, bitter cold and bitterer depression – hello, dazzling sunrise and spiraling bliss. Goodbye, black metal – hello, non-conformity. Although Svarti Loghin were never ones to follow, with newest album Drifting Through the Void, the enigmatic Swedes lead black metal to a glorious new dawn, setting fire to well-worn tropes, the now-meaningless clichés, and forge a path for the unknown, literally Drifting Through the Void. A wry view on negativity remains, but Svarti Loghin offer a more dynamic experience that beautifully integrates shoegaze and indie-rock and even alt-country. Bittersweetness was never so narcotic: lay back, bliss out, and experience Drifting Through the Void. http://www.myspace.com/svartiloghin

AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN - 'LOST'

Glorious cascades of melancholy wash down upon you, cathedrals built from bittersweet tears pierce the rain-choked sky: indeed, this is an autumn for cripple children. Such is the sound of An Autumn for Cripple Children and their highly anticipated debut album, Lost. Literally wearing their hearts on their sleeves, AAFCC weave emotionally gripping, sonically gorgeous tapestries that canvass black metal, doom, and post-rock. However epic Lost may be in part and whole, the band moves naturally, effortlessly, between these sound palettes, never forcing the point nor evincing cloying “schizophrenia.” This is pure catharsis, and you will get Lost within it. http://www.myspace.com/crippledchildren2009


NYSEIUS' - 'MILITIAE'


Brimming with a hideous energy born from a true understanding of the occult, cult French black metal band Nyseius make their full-length debut with Militiae. Frightening in focus, pure and total energy harnessed through metaphysical magick, the strict and stoic Militiae wholly evokes its title, deftly balancing ancient Scandinavian classicism with a thoroughly avant-garde approach. Dissonant and twisted yet free-flowing in its iciness, Nyseius create black metal that spans generations, both timeless and modern, traditional yet forward-thinking. http://www.myspace.com/nyseius


BLOODSTOCK 2010 - BLOODBATH, GORGOROTH added to lineup
Added Wednesday, February 10 by Hanntu
SWEDISH SUPERGROUP BLOODBATH CONFIRM FIRST AND
ONLY UK APPEARANCE AT BLOODSTOCK 2010

GORGOROTH ANNOUNCE ONLY UK SHOW OF 2010 AT FIRST EVER UK FESTIVAL APPEARANCE

BLACK SPIDERS ADDED TO LINE UP

BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL 2010 has announced a further three bands to its already impressive line up.

SWEDISH Death Metal Supergroup BLOODBATH have confirmed their first ever UK appearance at BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR’s 10th ANNIVERSARY Festival in Derbyshire this summer. The band, which features KATATONIA guitarist Anders ´Blakkheim´ Nystrom and vocalist Jonas Renske, OPETH’s Mikael Akerfeldt and Martin ´Axe´ Axenrot, and guitarist Per ´Sodomizer´ Eriksson have chosen BLOODSTOCK as their debut UK performance, and their only show on these shores in 2010.

Says guitarist Anders ´Blakkheim´ Nystrom: "A bloodbath over Bloodstock! What could be a better way to celebrate this mighty festival's 10th year anniversary! It will be our first time on UK soil and it will be happening on Friday the 13th, so it seems we get to kill two birds with one stone!"

BLOODBATH formed in 1998, releasing their first EP “Breeding Death” via Century Media in 2000, subsequently releasing three full length albums over the course of the decade. Predominantly a studio band, BLOODBATH have only ever played three shows since their formation, and only one outside of their home country, at Wacken festival in 2005. It doesn't get much more exclusive than this, and BLOODSTOCK is proud to welcome BLOODBATH to the UK for what will be a history making set of death metal magic.

Legendary Black Metallers GORGOROTH will also join the line up at BOA 2010, marking the first ever UK festival performance for the Norwegians. Many prominent musicians from the Black Metal scene have performed under the GORGOROTH banner since their formation, with controversy remaining a constant wherever they showed up. After a bitter battle with former members to re-establish the true rights of the GORGOROTH name, founder INFERNUS now returns with former band members PEST and TORMENTOR to cast a black cloud over Catton Hall for a set of the blackest of metal. With a reputation for highly visual and provocative live shows, their set at BOA 2010 is not to be missed.

Lastly, BLACK SPIDERS have been confirmed for Bloodstock 2010. These English hard rockers have been earning rave reviews across the music press, earning them the main support slot to Aussie-Rockers AIRBOURNE this coming March. Says guitarist/frontman Pete Spiby
"We feel absolutely delighted to be added to the Bloodstock festival bill. It's a honour to be part of a festival that has the words 'blood' AND 'stock' in it. Speaking of which we'll be bringing lashings of gravy to the proceedings .......Quo, Heep, Saxon, Motorhead, and you can quote me on that...."

In other news, DREAM EVIL have been forced to pull out of the festival. “We were really looking forward to come back to blast the Bloodstock stage again” says the band. “We had so much fun when we were last there, but sadly, we are not going to be able to do the show because of personal commitments”

The BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL 2010 will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from 13th – 15th August.

Weekend tickets are on sale now at http://www.bloodstock.uk.com

BAND LINE UP SO FAR
HEAVEN & HELL : CHILDREN OF BODOM : FEAR FACTORY :
OBITUARY : ROSS THE BOSS : RAGE : ANDROMEDA : BEHEMOTH : DEVIN TOWNSEND : DORO : LEAVES EYES : SUFFOCATION : CANNIBAL CORPSE : KORPIKLAANI : GWAR : AMORPHIS : GOJIRA : SONATA ARCTICA : BLOODBATH

Sponsored by Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk and Scuzz TV http://www.scuzz.tv


AT THE GATES - free tickets to doco screening in Sweden
Added Wednesday, February 10 by Hanntu
Swedish rock magazine CLOSE-UP is offering fans of melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES the chance to get tickets to special screenings of the band's brand new documentary movie, "Under a Serpent Sun - The Story of At The Gates".

The brand new documentary, filmed by AT THE GATES guitarist Anders Bjorler and running over two hours, details the band's entire career from their early days through to their hugely successful reunion tour. The documentary is due to be included in "The Flames of the End", an indispensable three-disc DVD set due to be released on February 22nd through Earache Records.

The documentary screenings are set to take place on February 15th in Gothenburg and February 18th in Stockholm, Sweden. For information regarding how to get tickets, head to http://www.closeupmagazine.net/?id=1536 or join Close-Up magazine on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5357798623

Also included in "The Flames of the End" are "Purgatory Unleashed - Live at Wacken", a DVD featuring the band's now-iconic performance at the Wacken festival in 2008, plus "Only the Dead Are Smiling", a collection of rare and archive footage of the band playing in locations around the globe from 1991-2008. The set comes housed in a deluxe, six-panel DVD digipak and includes a 40-page colour booklet. AT THE GATES are also due to release "Purgatory Unleashed - Live at Wacken" on CD and vinyl on March 22nd.

For die-hard AT THE GATES fans, an "Ultimate Collector's Box Set" is available to order now, and includes "The Flames of the End" DVD set, CD and vinyl copies of "Purgatory Unleashed - Live at Wacken", plus an exclusive AT THE GATES t-shirt, metal logo keyring, circular woven patch, pewter and enamel logo belt buckle and three signature guitar plectrums. This awesome box set is strictly limited to 300 copies and is selling fast, so get your hands on one of the remaining box sets in North and South America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/728

View the contents of the box set here: http://earacherecords.com/myspace/atg_ultimatebox.jpg

AT THE GATES comment on "The Flames of the End":

TOMAS LINDBERG (vocals): "This show stands out as one of my career highlights; I'm very proud of what we achieved during the summer of 2008 and the Wacken show is a very good summary of that experience. Thanks for everyone who attended!!!"

JONAS BJORLER (bass): "Finally, after a lot of work - we finally have a finished product. This DVD will be the perfect ending for At the Gates, and will give the fans a better understanding of the band and the members. We are really proud and stoked about this release - and we hope you all will love it as much as we do."

ANDERS BJORLER (guitars): "The Wacken show is a very proud moment for myself and At the Gates. It was one of the best shows of the reunion summer, and it was totally awesome to capture it on video as well. For the mixing we used mastermind Tue Madsen, and we are very happy with the result."

Watch the trailer for "The Flames of the End" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fa6PeVuSmI


SWALLOW THE SUN to special guest with KATATONIA in Europe
Added Wednesday, February 10 by Hanntu
MELODIC DEATH/DOOM maestros Swallow The Sun are now confirmed to play six UK shows in March, Special Guesting with Swedish heavyweights Katatonia on their forthcoming ‘New Night Over Europe’ 2010 series of dates.

The tour, which takes in 14 different European countries, is set to kick off on March 3rd, with the UK leg running from March 9th – 14th. The full list of dates is as follows:-


MARCH 2010

9th – Manchester, Academy 3
10th – Nottingham, Rock City
11th – London, Garage
12th – Prestatyn, Wales (Hammerfest II festival)
13th – Cardiff, Barfly
14th – Wolverhampton, Little Civic

Swallow The Sun released their latest/fourth full-length studio album on November 30th 2009 via Spinefarm Records UK.

Produced & mixed by Jens Borgen (Opeth, Paradise Lost, etc.) and featuring eight brand new tracks, this is the follow-up release to 2008’s ‘Plague Of Butterflies’ mini-album, and is the first to feature new drummer Kai Hahto, who replaces Pasi Pasanen.

According to STS guitarist/mainman Juha Raivio, this album “is the most progressive, sorrowful & beautiful we have done so far… and the most evil as well! This time around, you can never be sure where the songs are going to take you. The depths of hell and heaven are carved deep into these songs.”

Raivio, a longstanding fan of Marillion, met up with Steve Rothery (guitarist with the longstanding UK Progsters) when STS were touring the UK as guests to Apocalyptica back in 2008 – with the result that Rothery now lends his skills to the track “Servant Of Sorrow”. This version of the song appears as a bonus cut on first single from the album, ‘New Moon’, now available as a digital release.

http://www.swallowthesun.net
http://www.myspace.com/swallowthesundoom
http://www.spinefarmrecords.co.uk
http://www.myspace.com/spinefarmrecordsuk


Killing Time's 'Three Steps Back' Out Now
Added Wednesday, February 10 by Hanntu
KILLING TIME RELEASES FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN OVER A DECADE
‘Three Steps Back’ Out Today on Dead City Records

NEW YORK, NY – For the first time in over a decade, New York City’s influential hardcore punk outfit, Killing Time, is celebrating the release of a brand new studio album, Three Steps Back, out today on Dead City Records. Three Steps Back is Killing Time’s first full-length album since releasing The Method in 1997, and it can be purchased through the Dead City Records webstore (www.DeadCityRecords.com), and most major digital music retailers.

“This album has been such a huge part of our lives for the past two years,” explains Killing Time drummer, Anthony Drago. “We put a lot of ourselves into it. I'd say about ten years of pent up New York Hardcore aggression. We are all extremely psyched to finally have it out there.”

The track list for Three Steps Back is…
1.) Flight Plan
2.) Spaceheater
3.) 24
4.) Cropduster
5.) Mingus
6.) The Accident
7.) Rope a Dope
8.) Inheritance
9.) Half Empty
10.) Lookout
11.) Crouch
12.) AKB

“’Three Steps Back’ brings a welcome dose of that Sick of it All-style street hardcore, simple, stripped-down and unpretentious. It's full of hooks, heart and venom, ganged-up backing vocals, lead-pipe breakdowns and short, sharp songs with equal parts tough-guy machismo, world-weary observation, and a reborn sense of go-get-em optimism and motivation…It's a proud and proper New York hardcore record and it kicks all kinds of ass.” – Blabbermouth.net.

The opening track off Three Steps Back, “Flight Plan”, is available for streaming on the band’s official MySpace http://www.myspace.com/killingtimenyhc and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/killingtimenyhc pages.

Originally formed in 1988, Killing Time took the hardcore scene by storm with their now-classic release, Brightside, in 1989. Featuring former members of Breakdown and Token Entry, Killing Time’s unique blend of hardcore, punk, and metal still continues to influence bands to this day.

Killing Time’s past releases on In-Effect and Blackout Records have sold more than 100,000 units to date.

For more information on Killing Time and Three Steps Back…

http://www.myspace.com/killingtimenyhc
http://www.facebook.com/killingtimenyhc
http://www.killingtimenyhc.com
http://www.deadcityrecords.com


Breach The Void signs a deal with Coroner Records
Added Wednesday, February 10 by EvilG
Swiss' Breach The Void (previously known as Etna) signed with Coroner Records for the release of their debut album scheduled on May/June 2010. Breach The Void born from the genial mind of the drummer Alex Anxionna (former Sybreed), who presents the forthcoming album as a glacial modern metal platter featuring a strong impact and dreaming melodies. The band just finished the mastering process at Antfarm Studio by Tue Madsen (Dark Tranquillity, Mnemic, The Haunted).

Further infos and more details on the album soon.

For more information about the band click here: http://www.coronerrecords.net/index.php?method=section&id=238


MUNICIPAL WASTE GETTING READY FOR SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
Added Wednesday, February 10 by EvilG
Having just completed a highly successful run in the UK/Europe, Richmond, VA crossover leaders, MUNICIPAL WASTE are headed straight back onto the road this March for a number of dates in South America. "South America has always been on our list of places to spread the Waste;" says guitarist, Ryan Waste. "I know how passionate the crowds are about heavy music down there and we're going to deliver. I'm prepared for some wild shows to ensue."

This being their first major tour of the continent, MUNICIPAL WASTE cannot wait to go and meet some of the wild fans who have waited a long time to see them. Their South American fans have stirred up such a frenzy that some venue changes had to be made to accommodate how intense these shows are expected to become. The full list of South American dates is as follows:

5 mar 2010 @ Sindicato de Industria Y Comercio, Guadalajara, Mexico
6 mar 2010 @ Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico
7 mar 2010 @ Teatro Metro, Bogota, Colombia
10 mar 2010 @ Barranco Bar, Lima, Peru
11 mar 2010 @ Teatro Novedades, Santiago, Chile
12 mar 2010 @ Hammer Rock Bar, Campinas, Brazil
13 mar 2010 @ Clash Club, Sao Paulo, Brazil
14 mar 2010 @ Teatro Odisseia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

MUNICIPAL WASTE's new album, MASSIVE AGGRESSIVE, is available now worldwide.
Get your copy in Europe at
http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_671_75 or in the USA at
http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_671_75

Check out MUNICIPAL WASTE's video for the track "Wrong Answer", from the band's latest album, MASSIVE AGGRESSIVE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bJ9bYCmO2c

For more news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/municipalwaste
Source: www.earache.com


WIN BISON BC/SHADOWS FALL TICKETS
Added Wednesday, February 10 by EvilG
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - based doom metal band BISON B.C. have teamed up with digital music download site LoudTrax.com for a contest on the bands upcoming tour with SHADOWS FALL throughout Canada. LoudTrax.com will be giving away 2 tickets for every show of the SHADOWS FALL, BISON B.C. GOATWHORE and BAPTIZED IN BLOOD tour.

Participants will be able to select the date and city of the show they wish to win tickets for. Winners will be announced 5 days prior to each concert via email.

Feb. 23 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory *
Feb. 24 - Calgary, AB - Republik *
Feb. 25 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite *
Feb. 27 - Regina, SK - The District *
Mar. 01 - Winnipeg, MB - WECC *
Mar. 02 - Thunder Bay, ON - The Roxy*
Mar. 04 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Mar. 05 - London, ON - Music Hall
Mar. 07 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
Mar. 08 - Montreal, QC - National
Mar. 09 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial

*With Goatwhore

BISON B.C. are gearing up to release their highly anticipated second album titled Dark Ages this spring on Metal Blade Records. The band will also be joining the HIGH ON FIRE tour with PRIESTESS and BLACK COBRA starting on March 31st in Minneapolis MN.

To enter the contest please visit the LoudTrax.com website at http://www.loudtrax.com/Contest/ShadowsFallBisonBCTickets

Visit BISON B.C. online at http://www.myspace.com/bisoneastvan
Source: Barley & Hops Management


GARY HOLT COMMENTS ON UPCOMING TOUR WITH MEGADETH
Added Wednesday, February 10 by EvilG
GARY HOLT ON UPCOMING TOUR WITH MEGADETH: “A THRASH METAL WET DREAM”

EXODUS guitarist/songwriter Gary Holt weighs in on the band’s participation in the twentieth anniversary tour for Megadeth’s Rust In Peace - considered by many to be one of thrash metal’s most influential albums – which launches in Spokane, Washington on March 1st:

"I am so stoked to be a part of this tour with our long-time friends Megadeth and Testament! This will prove to be a thrash metal wet dream and I cannot wait to get the party started and hit the road on this beast of a tour! It's been about six years since we last toured with Megadeth and after all these long years, this will be our first one with Testament, so I for one am fired up! Let the bloodbath begin!"

The forefathers of Bay Area thrash are winding down a North American tour with Arch Enemy, Arsis and Mutiny Within in support their new DVD, Shovel Headed Tour Machine: Live At Wacken And Other Assorted Atrocities. Video footage of their recent DVD premiere in Los Angeles can be viewed here.

The band’s ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition was recorded this past December in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Kreator). A spring release date is anticipated.

The following twenty-two shows have been confirmed in the U.S. and Canada for the Rust In Peace 20th Anniversary Tour:


3/1 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory

3/2 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory

3/3 - Medford, OR - Medford Armory

3/6 - Calgary, AB - Big Four

3/7 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre

3/8 - Saskatoon, SK - Prairieland Exhibition Hall

3/11 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theater

3/12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Palace Theater

3/13 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom

3/15 - Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club

3/16 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live

3/18 - Scranton, PA - Scranton Cultural Center

3/19 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa

3/21 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle

3/22 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel

3/23 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall

3/25 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater

3/26 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Amphitheater

3/27 - Lubbock, TX - The Pavilion

3/28 - El Paso, TX - Club 101

3/30 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater

3/31 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium



Visit EXODUS online at http://www.myspace.com/EXODUS & http://www.YouTube.com/exodus
Source: Nuclear Blast Records


KREATOR SIGN WITH NUCLEAR BLAST!
Added Wednesday, February 10 by EvilG
Formed in Essen, Germany 25 years ago, prodigious German thrash metal band KREATOR celebrates their enduring legacy and prolific future by signing with Nuclear Blast Records! With an illustrious history spanning 12 studio albums, one live offering, and two classic EPs, KREATOR truly rank among the most celebrated and beloved European thrash metal bands in the worldwide metal scene.



Commented KREATOR guitarist / vocalist Mille Petrozza: "We're happy to announce that KREATOR has just signed a new long-term deal with Nuclear Blast! Based on a friendship with Andy Siry [Head of A&R, Nuclear Blast Germany] that has lasted for decades, we will now finally join forces on a professional level. Becoming a part of the Nuclear Blast family means a lot to us and together with the world's biggest metal label, WE WILL CONQUER THE FUTURE!"

Added Andy Siry: "For me, another 'thrash dream' has come true with the signing of Germany's finest and Europe's leading thrash legends KREATOR!!! I still remember the day when I heard Endless Pain for the first time; I became a huge fan of the band. I have been following KREATOR throughout their career and I built up a very good friendship with Mille. These last years, I have been working very hard to make it possible that KREATOR would join the Nuclear family. Together we are looking into a very bright future in which we will be leading KREATOR onwards to world domination!"



The band’s Nuclear Blast debut will be the follow-up to 2009’s Hordes Of Chaos. KREATOR’s North American tour launches on March 3rd in West Springfield, Virginia. Direct support will come from Voïvod (March 3rd – 12th & 14th) and label mates KATAKLYSM (March 18th – 31st). Tour dates are available on the band’s MySpace page.


Visit KREATOR online at http://www.MySpace.com/KREATOR and http://www.YouTube.com/KREATOROFFICIAL
Source: Nuclear Blast Records


HAMMERFALL INVADING NORTH AMERICA THIS MARCH
Added Wednesday, February 10 by EvilG
Sweden’s Metal Masters HAMMERFALL will be invading North America! Touring the U.S. and Canada in support of their Billboard charting 2009 album, No Sacrifice, No Victory (#38 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart), the 27-show tour is set to kick off in West Springfield, Virginia on March 5th with the finale planned for April 8th in Houston, Texas. Powerglove will be opening for the first 18 dates on the tour; Los Angeles’ Echoes of Eternity and Havok will open the remainder of the tour following the Hollywood show. Dates are below.



This will be HAMMERFALL’S first North American in supports of No Sacrifice, No Victory tour and with new guitarist Pontus Norgren and new bassist Fredrik Larsson (an original band member who played on their 1997 debut, Glory To The Brave). Tickets are on sale now at www.enterthevault.com as well as all normal ticketing outlets.



HAMMERFALL reached a career-crowning achievement this past March of when No Sacrifice, No Victory attained Gold status in their home country - debuting at #2 on the Swedish album charts and remained in the Top 10 for four weeks. The band topped the charts in many other European countries as well: Germany #7; Greece #10, Switzerland #20; England #21; Austria #25; Czech Republic #33; Norway #46; Belgium #87; France #95.



Known for dedicating themselves to preserving the genre of traditional heavy metal as inspired by metal's "golden era," HAMMERFALL was founded in 1993 by Dronjak and drummer Jesper Strömblad (In Flames) in Gothenberg, Sweden. Composed of high-octane twin-guitar work, clean vocal stylings, and classic-styled on-stage wardrobe, HAMMERFALL use the storytelling tradition to tell tales of honor & victory and to that end, band members have collaborated with the likes of Swedish Olympic athletes to the Swedish National Symphony Orchestra.

HAMMERFALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH POWERGLOVE

3/5 W. Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

3/6 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

3/7 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

3/9 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

3/10 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda

3/11 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial

3/12 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

3/13 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

3/15 Chicago, IL @ Metro

3/16 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

3/18 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4

3/19 Winnipeg, MB @ The West End Cultural Center

3/21 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room

3/22 Calgary, AB @ Warehouse

3/23 Vancouver, BC @ The Venue

3/24 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

3/26 San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center

3/27 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues



HAMMERFALL WITH ECHOES OF ETERNITY AND HAVOK

3/28 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

3/30 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

3/31 Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy Theater

4/1 Mesa, AZ @ U.B.’s Bar

4/2 Tuscon, AZ @ The Rock

4/4 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

4/6 Dallas, TX @ Trees

4/7 Austin, TX @ Emo’s

4/8 Houston, TX @ Meridian



http://www.hammerfall.net

http://www.myspace.com/hammerfall

http://www.facebook.com/hammerfall

http://www.twitter.com/hammerfall4real


FEAR FACTORY's "Mechanize" In Stores Now
Added Wednesday, February 10 by EvilG
FEAR FACTORY's long-anticipated new album Mechanize is on sale TODAY! Mechanize is the band's seventh studio album and features original FEAR FACTORY members Dino Cazares (guitar) and Burton C. Bell (vocals) alongside bassist Byron Stroud (credited on the last two FEAR FACTORY albums in addition to touring and recording with Strapping Young Lad and Zimmers Hole) and legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (Death, Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Testament). The CD was co-produced by the band with Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly, Paradise Lost) and mixed by Greg Reely (Front Line Assembly, Paradise Lost, Skinny Puppy).

Coinciding with the release of the record, FEAR FACTORY are featured on the cover of Decibel Magazine's March 2010 issue. Don't miss it! Check it out here:
http://store.decibelmagazine.com/collections/back-issues/products/march-2010-065

In addition, Cazares and Bell recently hosted Headbangers Ball. A clip of the show can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/yzzxwtn.

http://www.myspace.com/fearfactory
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
Source: earsplitcompound.com


I AM OZZY - By Ozzy Osbourne
Added Wednesday, February 10 by EvilG
NEWS FROM – GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING!
Grand Central Publishing Hardcover

Publication Date: January 25, 2010
$26.99
416 pages
ISBN: 0-446-56989-5
ISBN13: 978-0-446-56989-7

“A lot of it ain’t going to be pretty. I’ve done some bad things in my time. I’ve always been drawn to the dark side, me. But I ain’t the devil. I’m just John Osbourne: a working-class kid from Aston, who quit his job in the factory and went looking for a good time.”


I AM OZZY, By Ozzy Osbourne

“His autobiography describes the excesses of his rock ’n’ roll lifestyle—every bottle, needle, pill, girl, and gun. Holding back nothing, this is horrific, fascinating, and often hilarious…the voice here is pure Ozzy. One of the most amazing rock autobiographies of all time.”

-Library Journal (starred review)

“An autobiography as toxic and addictive as any drug its author has ever ingested.”
-Kirkus


Take what you thought was “rock and roll excess,” double it, and you still would not be anywhere near the dizzying life of Ozzy Osbourne. Born into a life so poor that the entire family slept in one room, music was his salvation, and his band Black Sabbath went on to change the musical landscape forever. The inevitable sex and drugs came along with along with the rock and roll lifestyle, and Ozzy soon fell into an epic relationship with booze and chemicals.

The stories of Ozzy’s days on the road are now those of legend—biting the head off of a live bat, the tragic plane crash that took the life of his best friend and writing partner—but few know about the real heartbreak he suffered during those days of hard living. I AM OZZY (Grand Central Publishing Hardcover; $26.99; January 25, 2010) is the heavy metal pioneer’s unbelievable story told, for the first time, in Ozzy’s hilarious, witty, and inimitable voice. In the end it was love that saved him: the love of his wife Sharon and kids Aimee, Kelly, and Jack.


About the Author:
Ozzy Osbourne was born in Aston, Birmingham, in 1948. He has sold over a hundred million records both with Black Sabbath and as an award-winning solo artist. He has five children and lives with his wife, Sharon, in California and Buckinghamshire.


Visit Ozzy on the internet
http://www.ozzy.com

Visit Grand Central Publishing on the internet
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com


I AM OZZY: Updated Tour Events

February 18
BORDERS
6521 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV
6:30pm to 8:30pm

February 19
WARWICK’S
7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA
6:30pm – 8:30pm

February 20
CHANGING HANDS
6428 S. McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ
3pm

February 21
BOOK PASSAGE
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
1:00pm – 3:00pm

February 26
BARNES & NOBLE
12405 N. Kendall Drive
Miami, FL
6:00pm – 8:00pm

February 27
BARNES & NOBLE
7700 West Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX
2:00pm – 4:00pm


Stockholm Rock Out - Jani Lane Out KIX & Great White Added
Added Wednesday, February 10 by EvilG
Stockholm Rock Out announced today that Jani Lane, formerly of Warrant, will no longer headline the Friday, April 30, festival date due to scheduling conflicts. Instead, KIX and Great White have been added for exclusive European performances.

“Fans will not be disappointed,” Stockholm Rock Out’s Chris LeMon said. “This will be the first time ever KIX has played Scandinavia. Great White is celebrating 25 years of making blues rock together. Both bands will play their hits. This is the only place to see them in Europe.”

Known for such hits as “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “Cold Blood,” “Blow My Fuse” and many more, a KIX live show is fervor of musicality and raw rock. KIX reigns as the world-famous Rocklahoma’s “Best Performance” (2008, 2009). They continue to share the stage with rock’s iconic performers – Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, RATT, The Scorpions and a slew of others. Since 1978 this Maryland-bred, five-piece outfit featuring original members Steve Whiteman (lead vocals), Ronnie Younkins (guitar), Brian Forsythe (guitar), Jimmy Chalfant (drums) as well as bassist Mark Schenker, has never backed down.

Great White emerged on the hard rock scene in 1978 and continues to sell out shows worldwide. Best known for the 1989 smash “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” charting the rock waters is second-hand nature to this California-based band. With each show and record, the grit and blues-hued sound persists. What hasn’t faulted is the shear energy each live performance of “Stick It,” “Mista Bone,” “The Angel Song” and others proclaim. Approaching 10 million albums sold, Great White, featuring original members Jack Russell (vocals), Mark Kendall (guitar), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards), Audie Desbrow (drums) and new bassist Scott Snyder, continues to release potent collections – evident from their first shows at the Troubador- to rock’s largest festivals.

The Stockholm Rock Out is Friday, April 30, through Saturday, May 1. Rock’s biggest names from the 80s have confirmed – Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses, XYZ, Bullet Boys, Pretty Boy Floyd, Slaughter, Steelheart, TUFF and more. For more information on Stockholm Rockout visit www.stlmrockout.com. Visit www.kix-band.com; Great White elements can be accessed at www.greatwhiterocks.com.


U.D.O. to headline Wednesday June 9th at Sweden Rock
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
Former Accept-vocalist Udo Dirkschneider is one of the most acknowledged characters in hard rock and never fails to bring down the house at SRF. No wonder - heavy metal doesn't get much better than the immortal Accept-classics everybody wants to hear and nobody gets tired of, along with the best pieces from U.D.O's own catalogue, twelve studio albums strong to date. The latest of which, "Dominator", has been lauded as one of the band's finest for many years, and here is something that maybe isn't mentioned often enough - that a U.D.O.-concert is not only a good place to rediscover old fave-tracks, but to discover new ones as well.


Confirmed bands so far (out of a total of 60+):

Slayer (Us)
Bachman & Turner (Can)
Only show in Scandinavia
W.A.S.P. (Us)
Rick Springfield (Aus/Us)
Danzig (Us)
Opeth (S)
U.D.O. (D)
Ratt (Us)
Mastodon(Us)
Y&T (Us)
Fates Warning (Us)
Suicidal Tendencies (Us)
Nazareth (Uk)
Magnum (Uk)
Saga (Can)
Sabaton (S)
D-A-D (DK)
Mother's Finest (Us)
Stratovarius (Fin)
Behemoth (Pl)
Unisonic (D)
Steel Panther (Us)
Watain (S)
Aldo Nova (Can)
Alestorm (Uk)
Anvil (Can)
Raven (Uk)
Bigelf (Us)
Jorn (N)

Tickets on sale now atwww.swedenrock.com


LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR Launch Record Label; Announce Album
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
Emerging from the caustic burrows of Chicago comes the monolith of metal known as LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR, a sonic “fuck you” to the current trends and sub-genres of metal who carry the torch of metal’s roots (Celtic Frost, Slayer, Motorhead) with a death breath of fresh air, and spitting gas on the flames.

The Greek mythology-inspired carnage continues on LOTM's upcoming fourth full-length, Evil Power. The CD and digital download will be released on April 13, 2010 on The Grind-House Records, an independent record label started by Steve Rathbone, Chris Wozniak (both from LOTM) and Josh Diebel (former head of Alleysweeper Records). The record will be distributed by Southern Lord Records, who have released the band's previous three albums on CD and vinyl, two EPs and DVD.

Evil Power lays all in its path to waste with an approach as heavy as the Kraken, while showing off the band’s heavy rock and punk influences. A deluxe LP version will be released in late summer 2010, featuring a bonus track not available on CD or digital download. Check out the Scott Jackson cover art, and hear the track "We Are Hades" at the band's MySpace page now: http://www.myspace.com/lairoftheminotaur.

Evil Power CD tracklist:
1. "Attack the Gods"
2. "Let’s Kill These Motherfuckers"
3. "Riders of Skullhammer, We Ride the Night"
4. "Evil Power"
5. "Goatstorm"
6. "Hunt and Devour"
7. "Metal Titans"
8. "Blood From the Witch’s Vein"
9. "We Are Hades"
10. "Death March of the Conquerors"
11. "The Violent Iron Age of Man"

The album was recorded in the dead of winter in Chicago at Semaphore Studios by Sanford Parker, and mastered by Scott Hull. Rathbone states, “If War Metal Battle Master was the war, Evil Power is the party after a bloody victory.” The album features new bassist, Nate Olp (vocalist/bassist of Demiricous) and guest backing vocals by General Diabolical Slaughter (Usurper), bringing mucho mayhem to the fold.

A new video for the title track, Evil Power, will be released with the album. Rathbone warns, “There will be blood! This video is unrelentingly brutal.” Directed by Ryan Oliver, the special effects master behind the "War Metal Battle Master" video and head of Chicago based Deathblow Productions. His credits include The Toolbox Murders and Among the Dead. The video's horror theme graphically details the torment of some unlucky virgins, sacrificed to the mighty Minotaur. An uncut version will be available on the web (also in HD), and a TV edit will be shown on MTV2/Headbangers Ball, Fuse and On Demand.

Coinciding with the release, the band is headlining a U.S. tour through the Midwest and East Coast in April:

4/16/2010 Melody Inn - Indianapolis, IN
4/17/2010 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
4/19/2010 M Room - Philadelphia, PA
4/20/2010 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
4/21/2010 The Charleston - Brooklyn, NY
4/22/2010 Velvet Lounge - Washington DC
4/23/2010 Broadway Joe's - Buffalo, NY
4/24/2010 The Summit - Columbus, OH

http://www.lairoftheminotaur.com
http://www.myspace.com/lairoftheminotaur
http://www.thegrind-houserecords.com
http://www.southernlord.com

Pre-orders are being taken for the album now: http://tinyurl.com/ygulbwq


DÉTENTE adds Zurich to European tour
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
DÉTENTE have added RocK City in Zurich, Switzerland and Café De Vinbger in Den Haag, Netherlands to their upcoming European tour. The schedule is as follows:

4/28/2010 Den Haag, Netherlands- Cafe De Vinger
4/29/2010 Tilburg, Netherlands -The Little Devil
4/30/2010 Antwerpen, Belgium - De Rots
5/1/2010 Frankfurt, Germany - Die Halle
5/2/2010 Eindhoven, Netherlands- The Rambler
5/5/2010 Zurich, Switzerland -Rock City
5/6/2010 Hamburg, Germany- Hafenklang
5/7/2010 Ludwigsfelde, Germany - N.V.A Club
5/8/2010 Berlin, Germany- Amnesie
5/21/2010 Oslo, Norway- Betong


Pounding Metal Fest IV New Change In The Bill
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
The bill for the fourth installment of the Pounding Metal Festival has suffered another change. Heavy Metal band from Valencia RAPTOR have been forced to cancel their show because they haven’t found the members they need to complete their line up, singer and drummer. Speed/thrashers from Madrid, Spain ROAR take their place.

A few days ago, thrashers from the Basque Country LEGEN BELTZA canceled their appearance at the event due to personal reasons.

TOXIK SOCIETY from Asturias, Spain will be opening the festival instead.

This is the new bill for the festival:

* HIRAX (Thrash Metal/EE UU) MySpace.com/hirax
* METAL INQUISITOR (Heavy Metal/Alemania) MySpace.com/metalinquisitorfansite
* STEEL HORSE (Heavy Metal/Madrid) MySpace.com/steelhorsemetal
* IN- SOLITUDE (Heavy Metal/Suecia) MySpace.com/insolitudeheavymetal
* ROAR (Speed Thrash Metal/Madrid) MySpace.com/roaringmetal
* TOXIK SOCIETY (Thrash Metal/Asturias) MySpace.com/toxiksociety


This 4th instalment of the event will be held at El Grito venue in Fuenlabrada, Madrid, Spain on May 8th 2010.

More info and pre – sales at www.pounding-metal-union.com, www.myspace.com/poundingmetalunion.


VOMITOR's long-awaited Devils Poison
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
EXCLUSIVE TO HELLS HEADBANGERS FOR NORTH AMERICA + SOUTH AMERICA - coming this spring, VOMITOR's long-awaited Devils Poison...reckoning is at hand!

Grab your war helmet - the highly anticipated second strike from VOMITOR, the true Aussie beasts of Sodom, hits like a ton of bricks! From the wreckage of their cult-classic debut album, Bleeding the Priest, eight long years ago, the VOMITOR camp take no prisoners with their recipe for disaster of raw 'n' gritty thrashing death-riffage, rough 'n' tough solos, echoed war-throat roars and hammering drum demolition. Just complete total fucking madness from beginning to end...DEATH METAL OR DIE, WIMPS!!! Features current & former members of Gospel of the Horns, Bestial Warlust, Spear of Longinus.

Preview tracks can be heard here:
http://vomitor.hellsheadbangers.com/


www.hellsheadbangers.com
"When you need metal, go to hell!"


BLACK BREATH Attack: Brutal New Album Details + Tour
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
Seattle’s BLACK BREATH have stormed the scene with their uncompromising energy and infectious brutality. The band has played heavily alongside Nachtmystium, The Accüsed, Victims, Trap Them and tons more across the US through 2009, and in November Southern Lord released the first recordings from the young act in the form of the potent Razor to Oblivion EP, creating a deafening buzz immediately.

The next logical step of course; a full-length BLACK BREATH release. They traveled to the opposite coast, shacking up at Kurt Ballou's God City Studios (Converge, Trap Them, Disfear) to create the 10-track jaw-dropper dubbed Heavy Breathing, due out March 30th on Southern Lord. The massive album picks up where Razor... EP left off, infusing the band's rabid punk, metal and hardcore influences to create truly memorable hooks and buildups, yet incorporating more death metal influences this time around. The more brutal, metallic direction of Heavy Breathing is like a fired-up blend of Poison Idea on a whiskey-soaked Dismember bender...

A top label priority for 2010, BLACK BREATH will assault the masses on a major scale this year, touring constantly. The next major offensive has been planned, as the band will hit the road in May alongside Converge, with contributions from Gaza, Coalesce, Lewd Acts, Harvey Milk and more.

BLACK BREATH with Converge on all shows:
05/072010 Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH w/ Lewd Acts
5/08/2010 Magic Stick - Detroit, MI w/ Lewd Acts
5/09/2010 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Lewd Acts
5/10/2010 Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS w/ Coalesce, Lewd Acts
5/11/2010 Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO w/ Coalesce, Lewd Acts
5/13/2010 Neumo's - Seattle, WA w/ Coalesce, Lewd Acts
5/14/2010 Satyricon - Portland, OR w/ Coalesce, Gaza, Lewd Acts
5/15/2010 Slim's - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's w/ Coalesce, Lewd Acts
5/16/2010 *TBA - CA
5/17/2010 Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA w/ Coalesce, Gaza, Lewd Acts
5/18/2010 El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA w/ Coalesce, Gaza, Lewd Acts
5/19/2010 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ w/ Coalesce, Gaza, Lewd Acts
5/21/2010 Emo's - Austin, TX w/ Coalesce, Gaza, Lewd Acts
5/22/2010 *TBA - TX
5/23/2010 The Marquee - Tulsa, OK w/ Gaza, Lewd Acts
5/25/2010 The Hi Tone - Memphis, TN w/ Gaza, Lewd Acts
5/26/2010 *TBA - Louisville, KY w/ Gaza, Lewd Acts
5/27/2010 Rockettown - Nashville, TN w/ Harvey Milk, Gaza, Lewd Acts
5/28/2010 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA w/ Harvey Milk, Gaza, Lewd Acts
5/29/2010 *TBA - North Carolina w/ Harvey Milk, Gaza, Lewd Acts

Check out some of BLACK BREATH live action on Earsplit's new YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/EarsplitPR#p/f/4/kFoCA7hQL5Q.

http://www.myspace.com/blackbreath
http://www.southernlord.com
http://blog.southernlord.com
http://www.myspace.com/southernlordrecordings


Woe Of Tyrants Unveil Album Title/Release Date for 3rd Album
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
Woe Of Tyrants spent the entirety of 2009 criss-crossing the US on a multitude of tours. After the grueling schedule came to a close, did they head home to rest and take some time off? NOPE! They dove right into songwriting for the follow up to their sophomore album and Metal Blade debut, Kingdom Of Might. This time around, the guys have seriously turned up the shred-knob and churned out some of the most exciting songs we've heard swirling around the Metal Blade offices in quite some time. On this record, you'll find equal parts speed, groove and over the top guitar soloing. Headbanging will be mandatory.

The new album, Threnody, will be released worldwide on April 13th while the band will be on the road with Overkill and Vader. The artwork and first track will be up on the band's myspace, myspace.com/wot, in the coming weeks. Before then, SiriusXM Liquid Metal listeners will be treated to an exclusive premiere of the first single, Creatures Of The Mire on Friday, February 12th.

Vocalist Chris Catanzaro discusses the themes of Threnody:
Well 2009 proved to be a monstrous one for Woe of Tyrants. It was a year of accomplishing goals such as releasing our debut Metal Blade album, touring with bands we've grown up listening to, and meeting thousands of awesome people all over the country. As we embark into 2010, our goals have shifted up a few gears. We have a brand baby spankin' new record that we finished recording at the end of 2009 with Jamie King producing, and to embrace the cliché "this is the most epic brutal stuff we've ever done and we're stoked on it!" The album is entitled Threnody. Now for those of us who do not know what that word means right off hand (I had to look it up as I was reading a passage from Ralph Waldo Emerson long ago), a threnody is a song or hymn inspired by the grief of losing someone you love. The album tells a story of a non-specific individual traveling between planets searching for answers, while paralleling Satan's fall from grace to damnation at the same time. We all experience a change at some point as we travel through life, albeit not of the same magnitude as Lucifer, that will render us either content, or disgusted. When disgust is the feeling, then we begin to miss our former self as if they were an entirely different person. I'd like to be clear that I'm not referring specifically to Christians, or Muslims, or Amish or whatever else the kids are doing these days. Threnody, as we are using it, is a story of grief over losing oneself. This album will surprise those familiar with our band, and hopefully surpass any preconceived notions of those who are listening to us for the first time. If you have expectations for this record to sound like our last two albums, it doesn't. Well, a little like the others, as we still prefer playing leads over doing breakdowns, and we still wish we were Wintersun or Decapitated. But for the most part, this record is new territory for us and we are excited to unleash it.

We have a huge touring schedule kicking off in the spring, preceded by some regional shows in February as a part of the "Metal as Art" tour with Hypno5e, Starring Janet Leigh and Fallen Martyr. At the end of March, we leave on the KILLFEST tour which features Overkill, Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer and Evile. We couldn't be happier about being involved with such an epic tour, and to join Overkill on their 25th anniversary tour is truly an honor. Much love!"

Threnody track listing:
1. Tetelestai
2. Creatures Of The Mire
3. Venom Eye
4. Tempting The Wretch
5. Threnody
6. Bloodsmear
7. The Venus Orbit
8. Lightning Over Atlantis
9. Singing The Surrender
10. Descendit Ad Inferos (The Harrowing Of Hell)

WOE OF TYRANTS

Metal As Art Tour w/Hypno5e, Starring Janet Leigh, Fallen Martyr

02/18 Indianapolis, IN Melody Inn
02/19 E Lansing, MI TBA
02/20 Grand Rapids, MI The Break Room
02/23 Marion, OH Liq r Bar
End Tour
02/27 Chillicothe, OH The Swanky Goat w/ Karen Page, Amarna Reign, Shall Be The Conqueror, Surviving Midnight
02/28 Covington, KY Mad Hatter
OVERKILL'S KILLFEST 2010 25th Anniversary
Tour w/ Overkill, Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer, Evile
04/01 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
04/02 Worcester, MA The Palladium
04/03 Hartford, CT Webster Hall
04/07 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
04/08 Detroit, MI Blondies
04/09 Chicago, IL The Metro
04/10 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
04/11 Minneapolis, MN Station 4
04/13 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
04/16 Seattle, WA El Corazon
04/17 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
04/18 San Francisco, CA The Grand Ballroom
04/19 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
04/20 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
04/21 San Diego, CA House of Blues
04/22 Phoenix, AZ O.K. s
04/23 Tucson, AZ The Rock
04/24 Farmington, NM Gators
04/25 Tulsa, OK Marquee
04/26 Austin, TX Emu s 04/27 Houston, TX Scout Bar
04/28 Dallas, TX Trees
04/29 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
04/30 Springfield, VA Jaxx
05/01 New York City, NY Nokia Theater Times Square

http://www.myspace.com/wot
http://www.twitter.com/woeoftyrants
http://www.facebook.com/WoeOfTyrants
http://www.youtube.com/woeoftyrantsofficial


DAATH Guitarists Complete Solo Record; Commence Songwriting
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
Extreme metal at its very best, plain and simple, is what the Atlanta based quintet DAATH delivered on their highly acclaimed latest album, The Concealers. Currently the group is more determined, energized, and focused than ever before to continue expanding upon their unique, uncompromising and dynamic sound. For those previously uninitiated, feel free to head over to www.myspace.com/daath to see what they are all about.



The band had this statement: “Unpredictability and chaos are two themes defining the times we live in. Everything about DAATH’s career has been married to these themes. We’ve accepted them as beautiful and have learned to love the ride. Despite the chaos there is one thing that is for certain: we will always be pushing the boundaries of what we do. This fall we will bring you a record you are not expecting to hear from us. This venture will have more to offer than our previous efforts. We are committed to always improving our sound, our songs, and our playing. It will not be said that our next record will be the most brutal sound we’ve created yet, or that it’s going to be the our heaviest to date. That would be cliché. What you can expect to hear are really catchy, intense songs with soaring riffs that will encourage one to hit the repeat button. Arena sized choruses that will remain in your head whether you like it or not. Innovative, ground breaking solos. Bashing – blasting - yet dynamic drumming. An uncompromised low end paired with unique synth work. Collectively, these elements direct the left turns we have always chosen to take. This will not be The Hinderers Part II, The Re-Concealers, or The Conhinderers. This will be a brand new sound.



“Many important facts have happened over the past year. The first being that we put out The Concealers, which we consider to be the first true DAATH record. The second fact being that we toured without Kevin Talley. Kevin needed a sabbatical in 2009 and we gave it to him. We took some fantastic fill-ins and had some legendary times. Each one of those tours was great in their own regard. We played in front of some brand new audiences in brand new places and hung out with some of our closest friends. We learned our songs go beyond who is in the band. We also learned we prefer to play them with Kevin. To clear up any confusion, Kevin Talley is still in DAATH.



“Another highlight from the past few months is Emil Werstler and Eyal Levi signing a deal with Magna Carta records to do a series of instrumental releases. Joined by drummer Sean Reinert of Cynic, artistic limits were pushed into territories only previously dreamed of. There’s an element of boundary-less music on the first Levi / Werstler release (due out Spring 2010). We've never had the chance to really explore this with DAATH. What was learned from doing this record is the need to be making music which pushes our boundaries constantly. The next few years will be marked by many releases from our camp via DAATH and Levi / Werstler; as well as various projects still in the planning stages. There is too much music in each of our psyches to be limited to one album every two years. This may work for some artists, but not for us.



“While this recent undertaking may seem elaborate and obscure; we assure DAATH fans on every level, we have total control of our art. We look forward to bringing you the album of our collective career this fall.”


Pathology announces new members / enters studio
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
Recently signed to Victory Records, San Diego’s Pathology has entered Doubletime Studios today to record their label debut. The band feels very comfortable there with producer/engineer Jeff Forrest, having worked together on the group’s previous recordings. Doubletime has been going for 20 years and has a great and diverse client list including As I Lay Dying, Atreyu and Bleeding Through. Upon completion of the tracks, the album will be mixed in March by Hate Eternal guitarist Erik Rutan at his Mana Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Vital Remains) for an anticipated early summer release.



“We are excited to be working with such a death metal legend,” expresses drummer Dave Astor. “We are confident that Erik will help bring us to the next level of brutality!”



Furthermore, the band have more news as they have undergone a line-up change with the new album with returning vocalist Matti Way and the addition of second guitarist Diego Sanchez (both ex-Disgorge) joining drummer Dave Astor and guitarist Tim Tiszczenko. The band will be adding a bassist to become a 5-piece when touring commences in May.



“We are very excited to be bringing Matti Way back,” states Astor. “We feel Matti is the voice of Pathology, and it would not be the same without him.”



In the meantime, the band wants to close with this - “We’re prepared to lay down the new Pathology and it’s our most brutal and heaviest to date,” promises drummer Dave Astor. “We are stoked to show our fans what we have been working on.”


http://www.myspace.com/pathologydm


STYGIAN'S FURY RISING HITS THE STREETS
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
Fury Rising, the new album from Philadelphia's STYGIAN drops on February 9th, 2010 via Mortal Music. Mastered by James Murphy (Testament), Fury Rising is a dynamic and diverse collection of hook-laden tunes that rock hard and remain etched in memory. Visit http://www.MortalMusic.com or http://www.StygianRock.com to get your copy.

Here's what the critics are saying about Fury Rising:

...a combination of Metallica, Pantera, Alice in Chains, and a liberal dose of Zakk Wylde for good measure... these guys are the real deal. - Blogcritics.org

8/10 - Funeral Rain 'Zine.

...Stygian are a few years ahead of everyone else - Blistering.com


Track List:

Suffer Patiently
Fury Rising
Crimson Sand
My Regret
One More Shot
Last Redemption
Unstrung Hero
The Fear
Glass Legacy
Fever Slide




STYGIAN BIO

Frank Leary - Vocals/Guitar
Steve Bacchia - Drums
Mike Stewart - Bass
Patrick Hayden - Lead Guitar

Stygian came out swinging with their 2007 debut album Struggle incorporating a mix of Metallica-inspired metal, grooving hard rock, and catchy melodies that only hinted at the act’s promising future. That promise was made into a reality with the group's new album Fury Rising. Set for release on February 9, 2010 the album sees Stygian raise its game on every conceivable level. Massive production, hooky melodies, and undeniable groove make this a must have album for all fans of metal and heavy rock.

The Philadelphia, PA natives, vocalist/guitarist Frank Leary, drummer Steve Bacchia, and bassist Mike Stewart formed Stygian as diehard Metallica fans. They strived to learn every song from the old-school styles of “Creeping Death” to the impossibly frenetic “Dyer’s Eve.” Once the trio realized they could harness the energy and talent of their favorite band, they began to compose original music, establishing a unique sound derived equally from the worlds of heavy rock and metal. Stygian wrote, rehearsed, and refined their music until finally launching the material live. In July of 2008, Patrick Hayden took over lead guitar duties, making Stygian’s sound even more dynamic while completing the line up.

After opening for many national acts and gaining a strong fan base, Stygian landed an opening slot for the band Soil. It was at this show they befriended bassist Tim King. After watching over the band for some time and seeing them develop into their own with a never say die/do it yourself attitude, Tim offered the band a Recording Deal through Mortal Music. Mortal Music is the label formed by Tim King and label Partner Rob Such (Twelfth Gate, Chicago Powerfest).




Through the power of the Internet (Myspace, Stygianrock.com, and I-Tunes), Stygian was able to reach loyal fans all over the world, most notably the U.K., Australia, Denmark, and Mexico. This enabled them to build a fan base off their first album Struggle, and set the stage for their new masterpiece Fury Rising.


Mastered by legendary James Murphy of Safe house production (Testament, Death, Obituary), Fury Rising takes a musical journey from Alice in Chains style vocal melodies to longer, epic songs with varying vocal styles on songs like “The Fear”. Follow this by a fun take on Guitar Hero in the song "Unstrung Hero,” to the final ending with the acoustic "Fever Slide", a song about the struggle of dealing with cancer. Fury Rising takes the listener through a roller coaster of emotions and music frenzy. From technical metal anthems to the album's close in a swell of professionally performed pianos, cellos, and violins. "This is certainly an expansion of what we've ever done before. It has it all” drummer Steve Bacchia explains with excitement. Bacchia continues: “We're not afraid to have a ballad or an acoustic song on a hard rock and metal album either. We feel that bands today are taking music in one direction or another. They either are very heavy with screaming vocals or very mainstream with no memorable riffs and usually some form of whining emo vocals. What we like to do is have a diverse collection of songs that result in a worthwhile album.”


STYGIAN "FURY RISING"

Out 2-09-10 on Mortal Music compact disc and digital online. Distributed through MVD Distribution.




http://www.stygianrock.com
http://www.myspace.com/stygianrock.com


SOIL Triumphantly Return With Picture Perfect
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
Few bands today encapsulate the tireless work ethic that it takes to succeed at all costs putting their livelihood on the line to take that one shot at rockstardom, well the Chicago based SOIL have taken this hard road and it’s now starting to pay off tenfold. This quartet is a the definition of pure hard rock fury with a backbone firmly rooted in heavy metal ultimately resulting in a dynamic, propulsive blend of hard driving anthems.

SOIL’s main emphasis focuses on crafting songs with massive hooks and punishing grooves that protrudes an energy that can’t be denied. This is most evident with their highly acclaimed latest album, Picture Perfect. The band’s latest single, “Lesser Man,” is also currently burning up the Active Rock charts lead by solid airplay from such tastemaker stations as WJRR (Orlando), WIIL (Chicago), KXFX (Santa Rosa), WJJO (Madison) and WXQR (Greenville).

However, the live show is where SOIL is at their very best and they are one of the few remaining artists that actually delivers an entertaining show that engages the viewer and leaves you enamored with their musical prowess and undeniable stage comrodery.

Recently returning from a sold-out European tour with genre titans Shinedown, the group immediately began preparing for a coast to coast North American tour as direct support to Smile Empty Soul. This lengthy trek kicks off in Los Angeles on March 25th and wraps up in May.Be sure to either see below or head over now to www.myspace.com/soil to view their complete tour itinerary, stream new tracks and view their latest videos.

Tim King (bass) further states: “It’s a great feeling getting back on tour throughout the U.S. virtually hitting every market. We are also looking forward to touring with Smile Empty Soul, whom I have been a fan of for years. Come out and hang with us. It’s going to be a party for sure.”



The working class rockstar mentality is something that has been missing for quite some time and SOIL are the true definition of modern day rock heroes. These are four men that equally embrace an undying work ethic, undeniable charm and you would be hard pressed to find anyone that isn’t wishing them all of the success in the world. SOIL’s fiery brand of rock madness is something to keep an eye out for.

In 2010, SOIL breaks new ground in the Active Rock world and Picture Perfect is a true statement as to the band’s determination and ultimate perseverance solidifying them as true hard rock titans.



SOIL w/Smile Empty Soul

03/25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Key Club

03/26 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
03/28 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
03/29 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
04/01 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s Rock Garden
04/02 – Madison, WI – The Annex
04/03 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave Bar
04/07 – Traverse City, MI – Streeters
04/08 – Dayton, OH – MCGuffys
04/09 – Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
04/10 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
04/11 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
04/12 – Toronto, ONT – The Wreck Room
04/14 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
04/16 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
04/17 – Allston, MA – Harper’s Ferry
04/18 – Farmindale, NY – Crazy Donkey
04/20 – Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
04/21 – Jacksonville, NC – Rock Shop
04/22 – Beaufort, SC – House Of Tunes
04/24 – Jacksonville, FL – Brewster’s Pit
04/27 – Shreveport, LA -Riverside Warehouse
04/29 – Sauget, IL -Pop’s
04/30 – Louisville, KY – Phoenix Hill Tavern
05/01 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop


DARKTHRONE TO RELEASE ‘CIRCLE THE WAGONS’ April 6th
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
DARKTHRONE TO RELEASE ‘CIRCLE THE WAGONS’
New Album From Black Metal Legends Available on Vinyl March 8th, CD April 6th

NORWAY – The unrelenting Norwegian duo, Darkthrone, will welcome a new decade with a new album, to be released on Peaceville Records. Circle The Wagons, a creative feast of metal and punk, will initially be released on vinyl on March 8th, through the Peaceville Records webstore, as an exclusive taster for the legions of metal supporters out there who still care about great music delivered the classic way. The vinyl will also include a link to download a digital version of the album, which will be available when the regular and special edition CD versions of the album are released on April 6th.

The vinyl edition can be pre-ordered now at http://www.peaceville.com/darkthrone The packaging and contents of the special edition CD will be announced shortly, and will be available to pre-order from the Circle The Wagons mini-site, which will launch on February 12th.

Circle the Wagons was self-recorded at Necrohell II Studios.

Artwork for the album comes once again courtesy of Dennis Dread, notable for his talents on previous Darkthrone albums, F.O.A.D and 2008’s Dark Thrones and Black Flags.

From their thrash and death beginnings to their ascension to the pantheon of black metal greats, Darkthrone has always refused to stand still. They continue to embrace and explore their roots and capture the real spirit of sonic greatness on Circle the Wagons.

Darkthrone sails against the tides of trend and disposable metal, uncompromising and defiant as ever, an ideology expanded upon by Darkthrone drummer/lyricist, Fenriz, when explaining the meaning behind the title…

“The new metal decade starts with our album. It is a message to the invaders of our metal domain to circle their wagons! With our own brand of heavy metal/speed metal-punk we are a constant ambush on the modern overground metal traitors. Join us in our fight against instant gratification, and let's see who stands when the smoke clears.”



For more information on Darkthrone, and Circle the Wagons…
http://www.myspace.com/officialdarkthrone
http://www.peaceville.com/darkthrone


SUIDAKRA TO RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES THIS MARCH
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
While so-called "pagan metal" bands seem to be popping up around every corner lately, trying to conform to current trends instead of coming up with ideas of their own, SUIDAKRA have stayed true to the sound that they have become known for. Reaching new heights in their fourteen year history, the German Celtic metallers return full steam ahead with their 9th studio album,"Crógacht". Combining fast melodic death metal, Irish folk music, and a torrent of harmonies, they prove yet again the ability blend several different influences into their unique sound. To put a spin on things, new elements are introduced, like traditional instruments (bagpipes, banjo, tin whistles), a sixteen member choir and epic orchestral arrangements.

SUIDAKRA have performed numerous live shows, including five stints at the world famous Wacken Open Air festival, as well as completing several tours in Europe and Russia. In March 2009, the band successfully took part in a four week North American tour around the US and Canada. In June SUIDAKRA played 4 highly acclaimed shows in China; after another stop at the 20th Wacken Open Air; SUIDAKRA traveled to the UK for a tour in November with Saxon and Anvil.

After a brief tour of Spain the guys in SUIDAKRA are making their triumphant return to North America on tour this March with Orphaned Land. There will be three dates in the United States one in New York, one in Chicago and one in Austin, TX (during the South By South West Music Festival). The tour will also touch down in Canada in both Montreal and Toronto. Tickets are on sale now.

Guitarist and singer Arkadius spoke about the upcoming North American dates.

“We are excited that we are returning to North America for a third time. The last two times we were here were awesome! We are looking forward to kicking some asses again.”

Recorded at Gernhart Studios with producer Martin Buchwalter, "Crógacht" delivers the most powerful candy for the ears. But the eyes and mind will also be pleased, as famous Belgian graphic artist Kris Verwimp is responsible not only for the magnificent artwork in the digipack and 16-page booklet, but also for the lyrics of this fascinating concept album. "Crógacht", meaning bravery, is based in its entirety on one of the most dramatic tales in Irish mythology. It tells the story of the hero Cuchulainn’s epic journey to the Isle of Skye, where he seeks to learn the arts of war from the Scythian warrior woman Scáthach. The decisions he then has to make set the events in motion that will lead up to his son Conlaoch’s tragic fate...



CATCH SUIDAKRA ON TOUR WITH ORPHANED LAND



3/8 New York, NY @ BB King’s

3/10 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufones Electriques

3/13 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room

3/14 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

3/17 Austin, TX @ Red 7



http://www.suidakra.com
http://www.myspace.com/suidakra


VALDUR Unleash New 7"; Prepare To Record New Full-length
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
California black/death metal trio VALDUR recently unleashed a new 7" via SatansMight/CultoftheHorns. The 7" includes two new VALDUR tracks, "Berserrker" and "Demon Wisdom" (exclusive to this release only). For ordering info and to view the cover art, visit: http://tinyurl.com/yg3c7jf

In related news, VALDUR -- guitarist/vocalist Thor, bassist William and drummer Sxuperion -- will appear on a three-way CD split to be release via Necrovomit Productions later this year. "We got asked to do it and we had a really old song that we submitted, recorded in 2003," elaborates Sxuperion. "The split will be with Killgasm and Shitestrom. We will have two songs total."

VALDUR, who recently had four tracks from their 2008 split with recent Metal Blade signees Lightning Swords Of Death featured in the PSP game Undead Knights, is currently holed up in the Bloody Mountain Bunker writing their as-yet-untitled new full-length, scheduled for release this June. Recording at Trench Studios will commence at the beginning of March. Stay tuned for details.

http://www.myspace.com/valdurkult
Source: earsplitcompound.com


Katagory V - New Clips Posted
Added Tuesday, February 9 by EvilG
Katagory V has announced the working title for their next album, and has posted several short clips of demo songs and a personal video message online.

Commented bassist/songwriter and founding member Dustin Mitchell, "Things are picking up rather quickly in the Katagory V camp. We are currently looking at the beginning of April to officially start tracking album #5, which is running under the working title of `Resurrect the Insurgence'. Yes, we are sticking with the rebellious theme again, as well as a play on words concerning the fantastic new line up we have now.

"As promised, we have finally posted on our official website and MySpace page, a few short clips of songs that were recorded during our pre-production sessions a few months back, as well as a personal video message from myself introducing these clips. These are just the demos of course, but this is the first glimpse of new material in almost three years! I know it's not much, but this is just proof that progress is being made, and that we are getting much closer to having a new album in the bag. We are putting these songs up as a huge THANK YOU to those that have supported us over the last 10 years, so we hope you enjoy them."

You can view the personal message and demo clips at this location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGWAhND6BSA

You can stream and download the audio clips separately in the downloads section of the bands website or on their MySpace page.

KATAGORY V's most recent album, "Hymns Of Dissension", was released in September 2007 in Europe through Burning Star Records and in October 2007 in the U.S. on Nightmare Records.
Source: Katagory V


Mike Portnoy congratulates David Ellefson
Added Tuesday, February 9 by Arto
"Congrats to my bro David Ellefson for regaining his rightful place as bass player in Megadeth!"


THERION: NEW ALBUM TITLE ANNOUNCED
Added Monday, February 8 by EvilG
Christofer Johnsson, mastermind for Swedish progressive metal experimentalists THERION, has posted the following update on the band’s official webpage:

“I'm happy to announce that THERION are now entering the later phases of the recording of the new album, which will be mixed at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm. The album title will be Sitra Ahra. 13 songs are being recorded, but it is at this moment not certain which, or if all, of those will end up on the actual record.”



About the upcoming Sitra Ahra material, "Expect something spectacular, even by THERION's standards!"



Vocalist Thomas Vikström (ex-CANDLEMASS) became a permanent member of the band in May 2009. Stated Johnsson: "Thomas is, besides being a very warm and nice person, an incredibly talented singer and songwriter. And while also being a classically trained tenor, he simply fits perfectly in the band."



THERION’s current line up includes drummer Johan Koleberg (ANIMAL, ZAN CLAN, LION'S SHARE) and bassist Nalle "Grizzly" Påhlsson (TREAT, ZAN CLAN, VINDICTIV).



Visit THERION online at http://www.MEGATHERION.com (Firefox browser) and http://www.myspace.com/THERION
Source: Nuclear Blast Records


DRAGONFORCE 1st Two Albums Re-issued on February 23rd
Added Monday, February 8 by EvilG
DRAGONFORCE 1st Two Albums – Valley of the Damned & Sonic Firestorm will be re-issued on February 23rd via Spinefarm Records. Both titles will now be available with updated packaging and bonus audio/DVD content, some of it exclusive to these releases.

Formed in 1999, Dragonforce issued their Valley of the Damned debut in 2003 – an impressive nine-track showcase for their accomplished power metal forays. Containing a host of songs that still rank amongst the most popular of their output, the likes of ‘Black Fire’, ‘Evening Star’ and the title track itself, ‘VOTD’ has now been Remixed and Remastered to allow every aspect of the recordings to make maximum impact…

“Fans who have heard the original mixes many times might find that the songs sound a bit different now,” observes guitarist Herman Li, “but that’s how we always wanted the original songs to sound. We just didn’t have the time back then to make everything sound the way we wanted.”

The studio track, ‘Where Dragons Rule’, has now been added to the audio side, and there is a bonus DVD featuring never-before-seen live footage (‘Valley of the Damned’, filmed in Japan), behind-the-scenes material (also from Japan), video commentaries, plus in-studio interviews and clips (shot in Denmark & the UK), all of it lovingly assembled by Li himself.

2004 saw the release of the follow-up album, Sonic Firestorm, which gave the band the chance to hone their skills and push their fast-lane tales of fantasy to a whole new level. They were happy with ‘Sonic…’ at the time and remain so to this day, which is why the mixing and the mastering have been left just as they are; however, the packaging has been upgraded, an extra track added (‘Cry of the Brave’ – a song the group felt uncomfortable taking off first time around), and – as with ‘Valley…’ – a bonus DVD added, this one featuring live footage from Japan (‘Fury of the Storm’), video commentaries plus freshly recorded interviews with the band members themselves.

As a way of celebrating the recordings that effectively launched DF’s international career, both re-issued albums will be included in a limited edition package along with exclusive band merchandise and various exclusive collectible items.



Pre-order Valley of the Damned http://bit.ly/DrgFrcVlly and Sonic Firestorm http://bit.ly/DrgFrcSF from Relapse today.
Source: www.umusic.com


DAVID ELLEFSON Returns to MEGADETH
Added Monday, February 8 by Rick
DAVE MUSTAINE ANNOUNCES RETURN OF FOUNDING BASSIST DAVID ELLEFSON TO MEGADETH LINE-UP

Megadeth founder and frontman Dave Mustaine has announced the return of original bassist David Ellefson (1983-2002) to the iconic multi-platinum group. This reunion is appropriately timed to Megadeth’s upcoming historic month-long Rust In Peace 20th anniversary tour which launches March 1 in Spokane, WA. At these incredibly special shows, Megadeth will play their landmark, genre-defining 1990 album Rust In Peace in its entirety, in addition to other Megadeth favorites.

"This shows the power of brotherly love and forgiveness,” Mustaine says. “David Ellefson belongs in Megadeth. Next we are going to show you the power of getting your asses kicked...HARD!"

David Ellefson concurs: "This is a huge moment for all of us, band and fans alike. It is a great celebration of the music from one of the biggest landmark albums of our career."

Ellefson will join Mustaine and Megadeth band members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar) on tour in support of the group’s current CD Endgame, which has received some of the highest critical accolades of the band’s career.

"We'd like to thank James LoMenzo for several years of loyal service on the bass, and wish him the very best," Mustaine adds.

For more information on Megadeth, go to: www.megadeth.com.


WUTHERING HEIGHTS Ink Deal With Scarlet Records
Added Monday, February 8 by EvilG
WUTHERING HEIGHTS Ink Deal With Scarlet Records; New Album Track Available For Free Download

Danish symphonic metallers WUTHERING HEIGHTS have issued the following update:

"We're proud to announce that we have signed with Scarlet Records for the European release of Salt, with Marquee/Avalon for the Asian release and with Sensory Records for the North American release. The album will be released March 26 in Japan/Asia, April 12 in Europe, and end of April in North America (for North American customers the CD will be made exclusively available through the Lasers Edge online store from early April as well). We have decided to give you all a little teaser of the album by giving away a free MP3 of the song 'The Desperate Poet'."

Check out the track here: "http://www.wuthering-heights.dk/sounds/the_desperate_poet.mp3

Salt will feature the following tracks:

'Away!'
'The Desperate Poet'
'The Mad Sailor'
'The Last Tribe (Mother Earth)'
'Tears'
'Weather The Storm'
'The Field'
'Water Of Life'
'Lost At Sea'

There will be one bonus track for Japan.

Line-up:
Erik Ravn: guitars, keyboards, mandolin, narration, backing vocals
Nils Patrik Johansson: all lead vocals, backing vocals
Morten Gade Sørensen: drums, percussion, backing vocals
Andreas Lindahl: keyboards, backing vocals
Martin Arendal: guitars
Teddy "Dr.Müller" Möller: bass

Recorded at:
Jailhouse Studios, Horsens, Denmark - Engineered by Tommy Hansen
Blueflame Productions, Uppsala, Sweden - Engineered by Teddy Möller
Studio 907, Skovlunde, Denmark - Engineered by Martin Arendal
The Cave, Copenhagen, Denmark - Engineered by Erik Ravn

Mixed and Mastered by:
Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse Studios, Horsens, Denmark

Produced by:
Tommy Hansen and Erik Ravn


IRON MAIDEN: "Donington 2007" DVD Ready For Release
Added Monday, February 8 by Dreamaster
According to Iron Maiden's producer Kevin Shirley official site, the dvd for the band concert in the "Download Festival" Donington Park in 2007, is already mixed in 2.0 and 5.1 Surround sound and to be released by EMI and Portrait Records (a division of Epic Records).

This information comes as a confirmation of the many rumours among the fans of the band, that the dvd was already done and just waiting for the band to release it or in other words, Mr Steve Harris decides the right time to put it out.


WHITE WIZZARD "OVER THE TOP" OUT NOW IN EUROPE
Added Monday, February 8 by Rick
OVER THE TOP, the debut full-length album from Los Angeles' traditional heavy metal act WHITE WIZZARD is out now in Europe.

Produced by RALPH PATLAN (MEGADETH, UFO, MICHAEL SCHENKER), OVER THE TOP features nine tracks of hook-laden riffs, catchy melodies and real singing, proving that true metal is once again on the rise and WHITE WIZZARD are leading the charge.

OVER THE TOP is available now on CD and limited edition vinyl in black, plus ultra-limited edition purple vinyl. The album is also available on limited edition CD with a bonus disc featuring two covers of timeless metal classics.

The full track listing for OVER THE TOP is as follows:

01. Over The Top
02. 40 Deuces
03. High Roller
04. Live Free Or Die
05. Iron Goddess Of Vengeance
06. Out Of Control
07. Strike Of The Viper
08. Death Race
09. White Wizzard

Limited edition CD bonus disc:
01. Gates Of Gehenna (CLOVEN HOOF cover)
02. Heading Out To The Highway (JUDAS PRIEST cover)

Get your copy of OVER THE TOP in Europe now at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_674_737

OVER THE TOP is due to be released in North America on March 9th, but you can get your copy early through the Earache webstore at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_674_706

OVER THE TOP is also available now on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/over-the-top/id350844759

WHITE WIZZARD will be performing at this year's Hammerfest in Prestatyn Sands, Wales on March 13th. The band has also been confirmed for the Keep It True Festival in Germany this April.

Watch WHITE WIZZARD's brand new music video for the title track "Over The Top" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfnIBnz2_zw

For more WHITE WIZZARD news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/whitewizzard


Rusted Dawn set release date and reveal new songs
Added Monday, February 8 by Rick
THE BLACK TIDES OF WAR AVAILABLE MARCH 30th

RUSTED DAWN have announced that their debut, full-length ‘The Black Tides of War’ will be released in North America on Tuesday, March 30th by Diminished Fifth Records (distributed in Canada by Sonic Unyon and in the USA by Relapse Records).

With only two months from the release date the band have revealed another track, ‘By The Hammer of Thor’ on their Myspace in addition to ‘Master Species’ which they revealed for free download back in December.

The final touches are being added to ‘The Black Tides Of War - Canadian Tour’ which will launch on March 25th 2010 and run through until May 16th 2010 but before the tour gets underway fans in the Maritime’s can see RUSTED DAWN at the following:
Saturday, February 20th - Gus' Pub (Halifax, NS)
Saturday, March 6th – ECMA Loud Showcase – Maxwell’s (Sydney, NS)
Saturday, March 13th - Sunstar Lounge W/ Cauldron (Saint John, NB)
Sunday, March 14th - Nicky Zee's W/Cauldron (Fredericton, NB)


THE EYES OF A TRAITOR NEW LINE-UP + NEW ALBUM
Added Monday, February 8 by Rick
Brittish metal stalwarts THE EYES OF A TRAITOR have just announced the departure of bandmember Paul Waudby, who decided to choose for a career in life. Paul and the band remain on the best of terms and as the world keeps turning, a suitable replacement has been found in Jack Moulsdale, who will be featured on the bands upcoming, as of yet untitled, new album.
THE EYES OF A TRAITOR have been locking in the studio for the past week, laying down the drums for this new record, to be released later this year on Listenable Records. Guitarist Steve comments:
'We've currently done all drums for the album in 4 days.. We enter the studio again Monday to complete the rest of the album. It's going really well and sounding great. We cannot wait to let the world hear what we came up with!!"


Be sure to catch the band on the road with The Charriot through europe!!
More news and tourdates on www.myspace.com/theeyesofatraitor


ICARUS WITCH & Paul Di'Anno Tour Updates
Added Monday, February 8 by EvilG
Pittsburgh's masters of traditional metal ICARUS WITCH are on the road right now alongside original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno! Not only are ICARUS WITCH direct support for the full tour, the band are also acting as the backing band for Di'Anno's full set, taking on double-duty every night of the tour.

Check out footage of the full lineup doing Maiden's classic "Running Free" at the Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York last week at Earsplit's new YouTube site: http://tinyurl.com/ylcqc4t

There has been a venue change for the San Antonio, Texas show, and an Aurora, Colorado date has been added to the routing since previous tour announcements.

ICARUS WITCH w/ Paul Di'anno:
2/08/2010 Limelight - Nashville, TN
2/09/2010 Vino's Brewpub - Little Rock, AR
2/10/2010 Red Eyed Fly - Austin, TX
2/11/2010 Smokin Aces - Mission, TX
2/12/2010 Zeros Hard Rock Club - Corpus Christi, TX
2/13/2010 Cadillac Bar- San Antonio, TX [*NEW VENUE]
2/14/2010 The Loft at The Palladium - Dallas, TX
2/17/2010 Brixton - Redondo Beach, CA
2/18/2010 New Oasis - Sparks, NV
2/19/2010 Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
2/20/2010 Galaxy Theater - Santa Ana, CA
2/21/2010 Voodoo Lounge - San Jose, CA
2/23/2010 Sports Station - Aurora, CO [*NEW SHOW]
2/25/2010 Reggies Rock Club - Chicago, IL
2/26/2010 Radmaker's Rock n Roll Tavern - Tolono, IL
2/27/2010 Emerald Theater - Mt. Clemens, MI
2/28/2010 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
2/26/2010 Warriors of Metal III Open Air Fest - Chillicothe, Ohio

ICARUS WITCH's third full-length album Draw Down The Moon is to be released February 9th via Cleopatra Records/Koch Distribution. The nine-track album sees the band in a more mature, yet increasingly aggressive song writing mode, stripped of the extraneous bells and whistles of synths and samples and just straight-up rocking out! The band was recently described as having a "Heavy influence of Iron Maiden combined with good old fashioned hard/rock metal production and great musicianship" by Don Jamieson, host of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show.

http://www.icaruswitch.com
http://www.myspace.com/icaruswitch
http://www.cleorecs.com


MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine - Memoir Pre-Order Available
Added Monday, February 8 by EvilG
MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine - Wake Up Dead: A Heavy Metal Memoir Pre-Order Available!

MEGADETH founder Dave Mustaine is set to release his autobiography, Wake Up Dead: A Heavy Metal Memoir, on April 13th via publisher It Books/Harper Collins. The 368-page hardcover book weighs 1.1 pounds and is 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches. An Amazon.com pre-order sale is available now.

Wake Up Dead: A Heavy Metal Memoir was co-written by Larry Layden, a freelance magazine writer and the author of several books, including The Last Great Fight, about the legendary 1990 boxing match between James ‘Buster’ Douglas and Mike Tyson.

In Wake Up Dead: A Heavy Metal Memoir, Mustaine talks about how former bassist Dave Ellefson put the brakes on the band’s forward momentum right when Megadeth were at their prime.

“You know, we canceled seven Monsters of Rock shows in soccer stadiums. Why? Because Dave Ellefson ran out of heroin,” Mustaine says. “When I ran out, I would tough it out. I’d be sick for a couple days, I’d drink some Jack Daniels and I’d be over it. He came up with some excuse that he sprained his wrist in the shower and the tour ended. So did our run for a long time. We took the gnarliest hit to our credibility.”

Another section of the book reveals how Mustaine practiced black magic as a teenager, and how the experience - which inspired the 1986 song ‘The Conjuring’ - affected his life for years after.

“I put two hexes on people, and they both worked and the result was just what I was asking for,” he explains. “Now, it took forever to get that Satanic depression off of me because it’s just like playing with a Ouija board. You open the doorway to the dark side, and spirits come through. It took almost 20 years to get rid of that Satanic depression. I did it when I was 15, and I don’t think I got free of it until I was in my mid 30s. You ask yourself, ‘How is it possible that this is happening to me?’ Well, because you flirted with the devil and you put a hex on somebody and you put another hex on somebody, and, well, you owe him. And that’s why I have a problem playing ‘The Conjuring’ today.


The former Twisted Tower Dire singer dies
Added Monday, February 8 by Arto
Anthony S. Taylor of Naples was driving a 1996 Harley Davidson east on Nighthawk Drive approaching the end of the road, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Due to his speed, reports said Taylor applied the brakes and lost control of the bike, causing it to overturn on its left side and slide about 45 feet.

The Harley then struck a curb with its front wheel, flew into the air and hit a palm tree ejecting Taylor, reports said. The bike overturned a few more times before coming to rest on the shoulder.

Taylor, who was wearing a helmet, was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, where he was pronounced dead. Tests to determine if the crash was alcohol-related are pending, according to a report.

Just after midnight on Saturday, Wayne P. Hull, 25, of LaBelle, was killed when he lost control of his pickup on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway in Estero. Reports say Hull had just fled from another crash, and was driving in an erratic, and possibly impaired manner.

Just before 10 a.m. on Saturday, 76-year-old Dorothy McMillan Weeks of Naples was killed as she crossed Manatee Road on foot in East Naples. The Highway Patrol reported that 25-year-old Mateo Trejo Lora Jr., also of Naples, backed a 2003 Dodge pickup into Weeks as he attempted to turn around near Beverly Drive.

The crash was not alcohol-related, the Highway Patrol reported, and Lora was not charged with a crime.


Richard Hoak (Brutal Truth) Drum Video
Added Sunday, February 7 by EvilG
A light-hearted instructional video on the art of grind drumming has been released byRichard Hoak (Brutal Truth, Total Fucking Destruction) and can be viewed at this location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKvs369yO5Q

This video was directed by noted surf ‘n skate filmmaker Tyson Montrucchio, who has recently made music videos for Brutal Truth, Cattle Decapitation, God Forbid, Lamb of God, 16, and more.

Hoak's avant-grindcore band, Total Fucking Destruction, are currently hard at work on the follow-up to 2008's Peace, Love, and Total Fucking Destruction and are preparing to decimate Baltimore as part of this year's Maryland Death Fest in May. Stay tuned for more updates!


*Please contact Kim Kelly at Catharsis PR with all inquiries and requests. KEEP ON GRINDING 24/7*


http://www.myspace.com/brutalfuckingtruth

http://www.myspace.com/totalfuckingdestruction

http://www.myspace.com/peaceisthevictory

http://www.garmentdistrict.com/tfd

http://cdbaby.com/cd/tfdestruction

http://www.bonesbrigaderecords.com

http://www.ritualrecords.com/pc/index.html


SOTHIS Release “Of Night and Silence” Video
Added Sunday, February 7 by EvilG
“Of Night and Silence,” the new music video from Los Angeles-based black metallers SOTHIS, can be viewed below. The video was shot in Los Angeles with Csaba Fikker as Director of Photography and was directed and edited by the band’s vocalist Drogoth, who also handled all of the visual effects.

Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/ybkd3pw

“Of Night and Silence” is the opening track of SOTHIS’ Candlelight-released debut album De Oppresso Liber which was tracked in Los Angeles and mixed by King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque at Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden.

Commented vocalist Drogoth of the new video: “After making the 'De Oppresso Liber' video, the band wanted to make a video for another song from the same album, but do something a bit more affordable without compromising quality. I came up with the concept for the 'Of Night and Silence' video because I felt that this song had great energy and perfect pacing for this type of concept. “

SOTHIS are currently writing their as-yet-untitled sophomore release and are scheduled to hit the studio this Spring. A late 2010 release date is expected.

http://www.sothis.us
http://www.myspace.com/sothis
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
Source: earsplitcompound.com


FINNTROLL - Video Interview Explaining Concept of Nifelvind
Added Sunday, February 7 by EvilG
FINNTROLL are back! On March 9th, the band will release its highly anticipated new slab of folk-rooted metal hymns entitled Nifelvind. A savage new video for the track, “Solsagan,” was recently completed and you can view the making of that video now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YShHNUXkFVY The eye-popping new clip was produced by Vasara Films (Dark Tranquillity, Turisas).



FINNTROLL have also posted a brand new video interview in which vocalist Vreth and guitarist Skrymer talk about the meaning behind their stunning new opus Nifelvind and how it all came together. Head over to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=silHQtC5aqg to watch it now!



The album cover artwork was done again by the band's own guitarist Skrymer and visually captures the true FINNTROLL spirit perfectly. The band will be touring throughout North America in April with Moonsorrow, Swallow The Sun and Survivors Zero. Stay tuned to fttp://www.myspace.com/officialfinntroll for additional news.



The last leaves have fallen in the old world of Europe. Trees are stripped to wooden skeletons and winter is at its coldest. FINNTROLL’s new album, a storm of old-world-laden, folk-rooted black metal will be the sound that freezes souls.


VTT confirms W.A.S.P. gig in March, preps summer U.S. tour
Added Sunday, February 7 by EvilG
New Jersey metallers VTT confirms W.A.S.P. gig in March, preps summer U.S. tour

New Jersey’s VTT is proud to announce a confirmed March 12 show in the band’s home state of New Jersey alongside legendary American metal band W.A.S.P. on their headlining trek. In addition to the high-profile gig at Sayreville’s Starland Ballroom, two New York shows are also lined up, Feb. 10 and March 27, respectively. Plans are also underway for a tour of greater America later this year, most likely this summer; details will be available on that trek shortly.

In the meantime VTT will continue playing in and around the Northeastern US, continuing to support its third album, ‘Symptoms Of Sin,’ an eight-track effort of driven alt-metal produced by friend and Biohazard/Suicide City vocalist-guitarist Billy Graziadei at Underground Sound Studios (Sick Of It All, Life Of Agony, Pantera). Several tracks from ‘Symptoms of Sin’ are now online at the band's MySpace page. The band’s latest music video, for ‘Symptoms’ lead track "The Victim" is also online – and currently featured at Ultimate-Guitar.com.

VTT previously released ‘Alone In Pain,’ in 2007, and 2005’s ‘Mandala’ under the VooDoo Terror Tribe moniker, but ‘Symptoms Of Sin’ marks the debut of the shorter, acronym name. “The acronym better represents our new approach, and is iconic in its own way,” guitarist Emir Erkal recently stated in an interview. “While in a way we’re a tribe, the term ‘terror’ doesn’t usually apply.” ‘Symptoms Of Sin’ also sees the recording debut of new VTT vocalist Gil PZ, a Texas native who recently relocated to the band’s New Jersey headquarters

VTT live

2/10 New York, NY – Pyramid Club (4th Annual Broken Hearts Ball)

3/12 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom (with W.A.S.P.)

3/27 Woodmere, NY – The Backstage


DARK FORTRESS Post New Videos Online
Added Sunday, February 7 by EvilG
After a successful European tour with Satyricon this past December, DARK FORTRESS will now continue spreading utter darkness all across Europe on their own headlining tour all this month. In addition to that, the band has launched the second part of a detailed video interview online in which the band comments on the creation of Ylem, their musical influences and the upcoming tour. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcWvVlJ_8vw



DARK FORTRESS also just launched a new video clip for the song “Hirudineans,” so click on the following link to check it out now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x401frOxlAM



Ylem will be released on February 9th, 2010 in the U.S. Songs from this opus can be heard over at http://www.myspace.com/darkfortress



A very candid and introspective interview with DARK FORTRESS axeman V. Santura going into great detail about their latest, career-defining black metal epic, Ylem, via the Examiner can be viewed now at the link below. http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-34254-Cape-Cod-Rock-Music-Examiner~y2010m2d4-Dark-Fortress-Ylem-is-a-vile-mortarblasting-statement-of-black-metal-intent#


WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM: Cascadian & Australian Tour
Added Sunday, February 7 by EvilG
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM are preparing to embark on their Cascadian Tour 2010, the previously announced four-date all-ages live run within their Pacific Northwest homelands. Since the tour's initial announcement, the show in Portland, Oregon has been moved to a new venue, now taking place at Rotture.

Immediately following this set of shows, the band embark on their first ever Australian tour for a week and a half of shows hitting many major areas across the continent alongside France's avant-doom destroyers Monarch.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Cascadian Tour:
2/10/2010 Rotture - Portland, OR w/ Atriarch, Megaton Leviathan, Chasma [*NEW VENUE]
2/11/2010 The Black Lodge - Seattle, WA w/ Atriarch, Megaton Leviathan
2/12/2010 Jinx Art Space - Bellingham, WA w/ Megaton Leviathan, Leatherhorn
2/13/2010 Hall of the Woods - Olympia, WA w/ Mount Eerie, Ô Paon

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Australian Tour w/ Monarch:
2/18/2010 Fowlers Live - Adelaide, South Australia
2/19/2010 Brisbane Hotel - Hobart, Tasmania
2/20/2010 Gaelic Theatre - Sydney, New South Wales
2/21/2010 Arthouse Hotel - Melbourne, Victoria
2/23/2010 ANU Bar - Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
2/24/2010 Great Northern Hotel - Byron Bay, New South Wales
2/25/2010 Hi Fi Bar - Brisbane, Queensland
2/26/2010 Bald Face Stag - Sydney, New South Wales
2/27/2010 Hi Fi Bar - Melbourne, Victoria
2/28/2010 National Hotel - Geelong, Victoria

http://www.wittr.com
http://www.myspace.com/wolvesinthethroneroom
http://www.southernlord.com
http://blog.southernlord.com
http://www.myspace.com/southernlordrecordings


LION'S SHARE confirmed for the ROCKWEEKEND Festival
Added Sunday, February 7 by EvilG
Swedish melodic metal masters LION'S SHARE is confirmed for the ROCKWEEKEND festival this summer together with bands like SAXON, DEEP PURPLE, SEPULTURA etc.

The band was voted winner of "best Heavy Metal album of 2009", by the readers of Silence So Loud in USA and was also nominated "best Heavy/Power Metal album of the year", at the SWEDISH METAL AWARDS for their critically acclaimed "Dark Hours" album.

The follow-up to 2007's "Emotional Coma" was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SYMPHONY X, PARADISE LOST, AMON AMARTH) and features guest appearances by SYMPHONY X guitarist Mike Romeo (guest solo on "Behind The Curtain"), and drummers Conny Pettersson (from Earache Records death metal act ANATA) and Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK).

"Dark Hours" track listing:

01. Judas Must Die
02. Phantom Rider
03. Demon In Your Mind
04. Heavy Cross To Bear
05. The Bottomless Pit
06. Full Metal Jacket
07. The Presidio 27
08. Barker Ranch
09. Napalm Nights
10. Space Scam
11. Behind The Curtain
12. King Of All The Kings (bonus track)

A free download of the first single “Judas Must Die” is available at the following location http://www.blisteringrecords.se/downloads and the video for the same song at http://www.youtube.com/darkhours2009

“Dark Hours” is out now on BLISTERING RECORDS in Europe and North America, KING RECORDS in Japan and on SOYUZ MUSIC in Russia.

Check out some stunning reviews at http://goto.glocalnet.net/ls_army/dh_reviews.html


BAND LINKS:
http://www.lionsshare.org
http://www.facebook.com/LIONSSHARE1
http://www.myspace.com/lionsshare
Source: LCM Promotions


New FUELBLOODED videoclip
Added Sunday, February 7 by EvilG
MY KINGDOM MUSIC is proud to present the first official videoclip to the track "The End Starts Here" of the Dutch Melodic Death masters FUELBLOODED! The videoclip presents the real live essence of the band in this great and eclectic performance.

You can see the clips for free at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glMZ7VsChps

Also, you can check the video in bands' profile at http://www.myspace.com/fuelblooded and on label webpages http://www.mykingdommusic.net and http://www.myspace.com/mykingdommusic


BOBBY JARZOMBEK Behind-the-Scenes Video Road Diary posted
Added Sunday, February 7 by EvilG
February 5, 2010 - Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, FATES WARNING, SEBASTIAN BACH) has posted Part 1 of a behind-the-scenes video road diary on his official YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/bobbyjarzombektv

Jarzombek just finished up a three-week Canadian tour with SEBASTIAN BACH in support of GUNS 'N ROSES. The remaining Bach concert dates are as follows:

Feb. 05 - Worcester MA - The Palladium
Feb. 06 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Feb. 09 - Wantagh, NY - Mulcahy's

In related news, the 'Bobby Jarzombek Metal Grooves MIDI Pack', co-produced with Rail Jon Rogut at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, CA is tentatively set for a spring release via Platinum Samples. It marks Jarzombek's second foray into MIDI world following his participation in the drum samples package 'Joe Barresi's Evil Drums' which came out in 2007. A promotional video of Jarzombek playing 'Platinum Samples Joe Barresi Evil Drums for BFD' on a Yamaha DTXtreme III Special electronic drumkit can be viewed at this location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM9l0cMn5jo

For more info visit http://www.platinumsamples.com

http://www.bobbyjarzombek.com
http://www.myspace.com/bobbyjarzombek
Source: ayresrockmgmt


TESTAMENT’S ERIC PETERSON SHOWS OFF HIS “OLD SKULL V”
Added Sunday, February 7 by EvilG
TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson recently had the opportunity to play and showcase his “Old Skull V” Signature Dean Guitar to Guitar World Magazine. Eric took part in an exclusive video shoot for the Guitar World Magazine website. Check out the video at the link below:

http://www.guitarworld.com/article/testament039s_eric_peterson_shows_off_his_quotthe_old_skull_vquot_signature_dean_guitar


Eric’s “Old Skull V” guitar is available in music stores nationwide and online.

Don’t miss your chance to see Eric Peterson play his “Old Skull V” live when they are on tour this spring with Megadeth and Exodus on the “Rust in Peace” 20th Anniversary Tour. TESTAMENT will be playing their classic album “The Legacy” in it’s entirety as part of the celebration. VIP packages are available for all dates of this tour, details and tour dates can be found below:



VIP PACKAGE FOR MEGADETH/TESTAMENT TOUR INCLUDES:

- General Admission ticket with early entry to venue (where available)
- Meet & Greet with select members TESTAMENT
- Individual photo with select members of TESTAMENT
- Q&A session with select members of TESTAMENT
- Autograph opportunity with select members of TESTAMENT
- Commemorative Meet & Greet laminate
- Collectible TESTAMENT Guitar Pick





CATCH TESTAMENT ON TOUR WITH MEGADETH AND EXODUS

3/1 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

3/2 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

3/3 Medford, OR @ Medford Armory

3/6 Calgary, AB @ Big Four

3/7 Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Center

3/8 Saskatoon, SK @ Praireland

3/11 Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theater

3/12 Greensburg, PA @ The Palace Theater

3/13 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

3/15 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

3/16 Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live

3/18 Scranton, PA @ Scranton Cultural Center

3/19 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva

3/21 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

3/22 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

3/23 Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall

3/25 Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater

3/26 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Amphitheatre

3/27 Lubbock, TX @ The Pavilion

3/28 El Paso, TX @ Club 101

3/30 Tuscon, AZ @ Rialto Theater

3/31 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium



VIP PACKAGE FOR THE AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR INCLUDES:

- One general admission ticket with early entry (where available)
- Exclusive Meet & Greet with the members of TESTAMENT
- Personal photograph with the band
- Autograph session (includes 8X10 photo)
- Exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction Shirt
- Collectible Tour Poster (limited, numbered)
- Exclusive TESTAMENT Music Skin
- Official VIP Meet and Greet Laminate
- Official set of TESTAMENT Guitar Picks





CATCH TESTAMENT ON THE 2010 AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR



7/23 Quebec City, QC @ Pavillon de la Jenuesse

7/24 Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL @ Parc Jean Drapeau

7/26 Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre

7/27 Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum

7/29 Toronto, ONT @ Molson Amphitheatre

7/30 London, ONT @ John Labatte Center

8/11 Albany, NY @ Glen Falls Civic Center

8/12 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center

8/14 Boston, MA @ Tsongas Arena

8/15 Camden, NJ @ Susquehana Bank Center

8/16 Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theater.

8/18 Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheatre

8/19 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena

8/20 Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion

8/21 Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium

8/23 Kansas City, @ Cap Fed Park @ Sandstone Arena

8/24 Denver, CO @ Magness

8/25 Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum

8/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre

8/29 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless

8/30 Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena

8/31 San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace

9/3 Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theatre

9/4 Portland, OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds



For more information on Eric’s guitar be sure to check out:

http://www.deanguitars.com



For more info on TESTAMENT be sure to visit:



http://www.myspace.com/testamentlegions

http://www.testamentlegions.com


AVANTASIA - New Material On April 3rd!
Added Sunday, February 7 by EvilG
On April 3rd, AVANTASIA will return with a new epic in two chapters, The Wicked Symphony and Angel Of Babylon. The tracklistings for each album are as follows:

The Wicked Symphony:
'The Wicked Symphony'
'Wastelands'
'Scales Of Justice'
'Dying For An Angel'
'Blizzard On A Broken Mirror'
Runaway Train', 'Crestfallen'
'Forever Is A Long Time'
'Black Wings'
'States Of Matter'
'The Edge'


Angel Of Babylon:
'Angel Of Babylon'
'Stargazers'
'Your Love Is Evil'
'Death Is Just A Feeling'
'Rat Race'
'Down In The Dark'
'Blowing Out The Flame'
'Symphony Of Life'
'Alone I Remember'
'Promised Land 2'
'Journey To Arcadia'


This sequel of Avantasia's 2008 chart breaker album The Scarecrow will feature the following guest stars: Klaus Meine (SCORPIONS), Ripper Owens (CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED, HAIL!, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH), Michael Kiske (ex-HELLOWEEN), Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN), Jon Oliva (JON OLIVA'S PAIN, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, SAVATAGE) Andre Matos (ANGRA, SHAMAN), Bob Catley (MAGNUM), Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X), Eric Singer (KISS), Bruce Kulick (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, ex-KISS, MEAT LOAF), Felix Bohnke (EDGUY), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Alex Holzwarth (RHAPSODY), Felix Bohnke (Edguy), Ralf Zdiarstek (AMITAF), producer Sascha Paeth (ex-HEAVEN'S GATE), Cloudy Yang and Tobias on bass guitar and lead vocals.

Last week, AVANTASIA shot a video for the song 'Dying For An Angel', featuring SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine.

Photos from the shoot, as well as a report (in German) can be found at this location: http://www.bild.de/BILD/regional/hannover/leute/2010/02/03/scorpions-trennung/meine-geht-schon-fremd-und-rockt-im-rathaus.html

For more info visit http://www.tobiassammet.com


TONIGHT’S EPICA CONCERT TO BE STREAMED LIVE!
Added Friday, February 5 by EvilG
Tonight’s concert at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin featuring EPICA, THREAT SIGNAL and BLACKGUARD will be streamed live via TheRaveLive.com beginning at 6 p.m. PACIFIC/ 8 p.m. CENTRAL / 9:00 p.m. EASTERN.

To access the free live concert stream:

1) Click on this link: http://www.theravelive.com/webcast/
2) Click on the "Free Signup" button at the upper right of the page
3) Choose the "Fan" option and fill out the information
4) Sign in and click the "Live Webcast" tab and you're all set!
5) Mac users may need to download the Windows Media plugin Flip4Mac to watch



Live and behind-the-scenes video footage from the current tour can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/user/120xp Photos of EPICA’s live set in New York are available on LiveDaily.com: http://www.livedaily.com/photos/?p=Epica&search_go.x=0&search_go.y=0 Photos of their Philadelphia show can be viewed at BraveWords.com: http://www.bravewords.com/galleries/354



In other band news, read drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek’s tour diary and his adventures with frozen urine here (click on “EPICA’S US Tour Diary” in the upper left-hand corner).



Visit EPICA online at www.EPICA.nl & www.myspace.com/EPICA
Source: Nucleat Blast USA


SOILWORK: Footage of Drum Tracking Now Online
Added Friday, February 5 by EvilG
Swedish modern metal godfathers, SOILWORK, entered the studio in January 2010 to record the long-awaited follow-up to 2007's Sworn To A Great Divide. Footage of drummer Dirk Verbeuren recording one of the new tracks can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m3WTGIz_ag courtesy of SickDrummerMagazine.com.

The Panic Broadcast is currently being produced by guitarist Peter Wichers and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Bloodbath). The drums were tracked at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC. The rest of the recording is set to take place in Tampa, FL and the mix at Fascination Street in Orebro, Sweden.

The Panic Broadcast will be the first album to feature Peter Wichers since his return to the band in 2008, as well as the studio debut with guitarist Sylvain Coudret (Scarve) who also joined last year.


Part I of the bands weekly studio blog can be viewed here http://decibelmagazine.com/Content.aspx?ncid=356462



The video footage of the bands first studio live stream can be viewed at the following locations as well:

Part I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O9n3zVq18U

Part II: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye9eyXsIlvU

Part III: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcbOtaMz3P0

Part IV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcJMITs3yJI



For more info visit: www.soilwork.net | www.myspace.com/soilwork | www.nuclearblast.de/soilwork
Source: NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS


SHADOWS FALL TO PERFORM ON FUEL TV’S THE DAILY HABIT
Added Friday, February 5 by EvilG
Boston’s own SHADOWS FALL will be appearing on Fuel TV’s “The Daily Habit” on this Friday February 5th at 9:00 PM EST (6:00 PM PST).. If you want to see SHADOWS FALL’S mind-numbing performance for yourself, make sure you check your local listings for Fuel TV and see what channel “The Daily Habit” airs on in your market. "The Daily Habit" is FUEL TV’s first original daily series, telecast weeknights at 9:00 pm ET (6:00 pm PT) while re-airing later in the evening at 12:00 am ET (9:00 pm PT), and the following weekday at 2:30 pm ET (11:30 am PT) and 5:30 pm ET (2:30 pm PT). “The Daily Habit” encompasses the world of the action sports enthusiast, mixing the best in pop culture with today’s top action sports personalities, cutting-edge music, product reviews, and comedy.



SHADOWS FALL performed their first single from their latest album RETRIBUTION “Still I Rise” as well as a blistering cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Bark at the Moon.”



SHADOWS FALL are currently on the road in the United States with Five Finger Death Punch, God Forbid and 2 Cents. When their United States tour wraps up, the SHADS are headed north for their first ever headlining tour of Canada. If that’s not enough Massachusetts metal for you, the guys will be heading out on this summer’s incarnation of the RockStar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on the Jagermeister stage alongside Hatebreed, Chimaira, and Winds of Plague.



SHADOWS FALL W/ GOD FORBID, FFDP, AND 2 CENTS

2/5 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
2/6 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

2/8 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

2/9 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s Music Hall

2/10 Huntington, WV @ V Club

2/11 Bufflao, NY @ Town Hall

2/12 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop

2/13 Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of Rock

2/14 Sauget, IL @ Pop’s

2/15 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

2/16 Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

2/17 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium

2/19 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory

2/20 Chico, CA @ Senator Theater

2/21 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater



SHADOWS FALL W/BISON BC, GOATWHORE, AND BAPTIZED IN BLOOD

2/23 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

2/24 Calgary, AB @ Republik

2/25 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite

2/27 Regina, SK @ The Distrikt

3/1 Winnipeg, MB @ WECC



SHADOWS FALL W/BISON BC, AND BAPTIZED IN BLOOD

3/2 Thunder Bay, ON @ The Roxy

3/4 Toronto, ON @ Opera House

3/5 London, ON @ Music Hall

3/7 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks

3/8 Montreal, QC @ National

3/9 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial





http://www.shadowsfall.com

http://www.myspace.com/shadowsfall

http://www.twitter.com/brianshadfall

http://www.twitter.com/shadowsfallband
Source: adrenalinepr.com


DECREPIT BIRTH: 1st Studio Blog Now Online
Added Friday, February 5 by EvilG
Oakland CA’s tech-death masters, DECREPIT BIRTH, have posted their first reoccurring studio blog for DecibelMagazine.com at the link below. The band recently entered Sharkbite Studios (EXODUS) with producer Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, SUFFOCATION, IMMOLATION) to begin recording drums for their Nuclear Blast Records debut, Polarity.

STUDIO BLOG PART 1:
http://decibelmagazine.com/Content.aspx?ncid=356673

VIDEO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYopo9uP3VI



PICTURES FROM STUDIO:

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.editAlbumPhotos&albumID=2843390


For more info visit: www.myspace.com/decrepitbirth
Source: NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS


Affliction Vision Post Video Interview With Phil Labonte
Added Friday, February 5 by EvilG
Affliction Clothing's webisode series Affliction Vision, hosted by Blasko (Ozzy bassist), chats with Phil Labonte from All That Remains at NAMM. Important issues discussed including drinking heavily, crapping your pants on stage, touring and Dunkin Donuts! Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj-3Vbuf4jY


SOMETHING TO BURN ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR DATES
Added Friday, February 5 by EvilG
SOMETHING TO BURN ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR DATES WITH FAIR TO MIDLAND AND KARNIVOOL

DEBUT ALBUM “TRANSITIONS” AVAILABLE NOW


September 2009 saw the release of SOMETHING TO BURN’S critically acclaimed debut album “Transitions” on Soft Drive Records, the record label founded by Stone Temple Pilots front man Scott Weiland. After playing a handful of shows last year with Stone Temple Pilots and some successful headlining shows of their own, SOMETHING TO BURN are gearing up to hit the road this spring with Fair to Midland and Karnivool. The tour starts March 23rd in San Antonio, TX and wraps up August 14th in Denver, CO.

Lead singer Greg Wayne, had the following to say about the upcoming tour: “Imagine a caged tiger...pacing back & forth...aching to get back out into the wild...dying to do what it was put on this earth to do. Well, SOMETHING TO BURN is that tiger and we are finally being set free this spring. I'd do everything I could to catch one of these shows if I were you...just sayin”

SOMETHING TO BURN – Norman (guitar), Greg Wayne (front man), and brothers Shawn (drums) and Jeff (bass) Ballard – have emerged from a pool of influences a lot deeper than your typical I-Pod shuffle button. They’ve been raised on music, not the radio, and they know how they want music to sound… And more importantly, they know how they want music to feel. From the classic rock upbringing of the Ballard twins-whose musical tastes were shaped by their seven older brothers and sisters, to Norman’s guitar god meets rhythm and blues fusion, and to the Maynard James Keenan meets Ray Charles vocal colors of Wayne, it’s all about what happens when their chemical backgrounds blend.

The music of SOMETHING TO BURN resurrects what we've been missing from our musical past, while forging boldly ahead into the future, and serves as the perfect soundtrack for the party that bridges the two. SOMETHING TO BURN bridges the gap between rock and roll’s heady past and its uncertain future on their debut album “Transitions”

CATCH SOMETHING TO BURN ON TOUR THIS SPRING

3/23 San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar

3/24 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

3/26 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans

3/27 Augusta, GA @ Sky City

3/28 Charleston, SC @ The Oasis

3/30 Baltimore, MD @ The Quarter

3/31 New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theater

4/1 Westchester, PA @ The Note

4/2 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground

4/3 Providence, RI @ Club Hell

4/5 Toronto, ONT @ Wreck Room

4/7 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

4/8 Louisville, KY @ Phoenix Hill Tavern

4/9 Chicago, IL @ Penny Road Pub

4/10 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop

4/11 Madison, WI @ Annex

4/12 Minneapolis, MN @ The Rock

4/14 Denver, CO @ Marquee

http://www.myspace.com/somethingtoburn
http://www.facebook.com/somethingtoburn
http://www.twitter.com/somethingtoburn


Lazarus A.D. - Behind The Scenes of Absolute Power
Added Friday, February 5 by EvilG
Lazarus A.D. posts first of two behind the scenes video for the making of Absolute Power !

This winter, Lazarus A.D. once again teamed up with Vision 4 Films to shoot their next video. Absolute Power will premiere sometime before their upcoming tour with Kreator, Voivod, Nachtmystium and Evile. The video is a bit different than their last two in that it has a bit of a storyline. The video features a brutal underground streetfight; if you're a fan of metal and/or the movieKickboxer, you'll dig this video!

Dan Gapen: "We just shot the new video for our next single "Absolute Power" I would say it was fun but to be honest it was cold, windy and rainy the day of the shoot and I froze my ass off. All I have to say is this fucking video better come out sweet or I m kicking the directors ass haha! I think when it s done everyone will like how it turned out. Jason & Emmitt from Vision4Films are pros at what they do, we can t say thank you enough. We look forward to seeing everyone on the upcoming Spring tour w/ Kreator and Voivod!"

Of course the video also shows the band doing what they do best: thrashing their asses off. The first of two "making of" clips is live now on Lazarus A.D.'s youtube channel HERE. The guys will be hitting the road this Spring with metal legends Kreator and Voivod along with newcomers Nachtmystium and Evile.

This Saturday, Lazarus A.D. will be direct support for the legendary D.R.I. at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI. More details for that show are online at therave.com.

LAZARUS A.D.
Tour w/ Kreator, Voivod, Nachtmystium, Evile
03/03 West Springfield, VA Jaxx
03/04 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
03/05 Worcester, MA The Palladium
03/06 New York, NY Nokia Theater
03/07 Montreal, QC Club Soda
03/08 Quebec City, QC Imperial
03/09 Toronto, ON Opera House
03/10 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
03/11 Detroit, MI Blondie's
03/12 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
03/13 Milwaukee, WI Rave no Voivod
03/14 St Paul, MN Block Station 4
Tour w/ Kreator, Kataklysm, Evile, Lightning Swords of Death
03/16 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater no Kataklysm
03/18 Seattle, WA Corazon
03/19 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
03/20 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
03/21 San Francisco, CA Slim's
03/23 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
03/24 San Diego, CA House of Blues
03/25 Tucson, AZ The Rock
03/27 Austin, TX Emo's
03/28 Houston, TX Meridian
03/30 Orlando, FL The Club at Firestone
03/31 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

http://www.myspace.com/lazarus1
http://www.youtube.com/lazarusadband


Enter to Win a Jackson Guitar signed by the band, Revocation
Added Friday, February 5 by EvilG
Relapse Records, Jackson Guitars and Metal Maniacs are giving away a Jackson Guitar signed by the band, Revocation

That's right folks! Metal Maniacs, Relapse Records, Jackson Guitars and Revocation have joined together to bring forth an epic giveaway! Metal fanatics can now enter to win an exclusive Jackson Guitar autographed by Revocation, accompanied by a copy of their album "Existence is Futile," a t-shirt and a poster!

Be sure to catch Revocation on tour now! More details: http://www.myspace.com/revocation

Entries are being accepted now at: www.MetalManiacs.com
Source: fossildungeon.com


OCEANO PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST ANDREW MIKHAIL
Added Friday, February 5 by EvilG
Citing personal differences between the 2 parties, Chicago-based deathcore act, OCEANO has parted ways with guitarist, Andrew Mikhail. Long known for overcoming adversity, OCEANO has made clear that all of their 2010 commitments will be kept, including the recording and release of their followup to 2008's breakout debut, DEPTHS.

OCEANO's Billboard Heatseekers-charting debut album, DEPTHS, is out now worldwide. Get your limited edition copy with two bonus tracks and a bonus "Into the Depths" DVD in Europe at http://www.earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_698 or in the USA at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_698

Watch the video for "A Mandatory Sacrifice" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik3Qte0s5XU

For more OCEANO news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/oceano
Source: www.earache.com


Derelict To Support Martyr In Montreal Feb 14th
Added Friday, February 5 by EvilG
New Album "Unspoken Words" In Stores Now....

Montreal based Derelict have been added as direct support to Quebec metal legends Martyr’s upcoming show February 14th, 2010 at Foufounes Électriques in Montreal, Quebec. Derelict is currently touring in support of their recently released new album “Unspoken Words”, which was released by Year of the Sun Records.

"We couldn't be happier about playing with Martyr! They are one of our main influences, in terms of songwriting, technicality, stage presence and their all around live show,” commented Derelict’s Eric Burnet. “Martyr not only raised the bar for death metal bands in Quebec, but the Canadian metal scene as a whole. Simply put Martyr are musical masters, and playing with these guys will be an absolute career highlight for us thus far."

Derelict’s “Unspoken Words” was recorded in the metal Mecca of Canada: Montreal, Quebec under the watchful eye of Cryptopsy guitarist Chris Donaldson (The Agonist, Cryptopsy). Their brand of metallic brutality and schizophrenic musical changes has drawn comparisons to Strapping Young Lad and the legendary Death. Derelict’s video for the track “Machete” can be viewed online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93oc3CbRuMA


Martyr's intricate and aggressive Technical Metal style is built on complex structures which allies a multitude of emotions from many different musical approaches. The music is not limited to the conventions of traditional metal music, the band striving to push those limits to create a more open-minded concept. The group's "Havoc In Quebec City" live DVD was mixed and mastered by Pierre Rémillard (The End, Cryptopsy) and released on Galy Records. The group's DVD can be purchased online at www.myspace.com/martyrcanada

DERELICT TOUR DATES:



FEBRUARY
Feb 14 - Montreal, Que @ Foufounes Électriques w/ MARTYR

MARCH
Mar 19 - Pointe-Claire, Que @ Clyde’s w/ ODIUM

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http://www.MySpace.com/DerelictMetal


Be a part of Van Canto’s Upcoming "Rebellion" Clip!
Added Friday, February 5 by EvilG
Van Canto wants YOU for their upcoming clip to the Grave Digger cover "Rebellion"! Film you and your friends performing the song and submit your clip! Details can be found HERE: http://www.vancanto.de/rebellion

To practice before submitting your version, check out the band’s new "Tribe of Force" widget, to be found on their HOMEPAGE http://www.vancanto.de/rebellion The widget offers you a mixing console for your very own mix of "Rebellion".

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/vancanto


Rock / Metal Band RAZER Announce Krank Amplification Contest
Added Friday, February 5 by EvilG
Rock / Metal Band RAZER Announce Krank Amplification / Epiphone Guitar Giveaway

Phoenix-based rockers RAZER have teamed up with sponsors Krank Amplification and Gibson / Epiphone Guitars to create an impressive giveaway contest. Extending through February 28th, contestants will enter for a chance to win one of three prize packages. 1st prize will consist of a brand new Epiphone Les Paul Standard Guitar alongside the impressive Krank Rev SST Head Amp w/ 4x12 Cab. The 2nd prize winner will take home a Krank Distortus Maximus guitar pedal, band t-shirt, and a signed copy of their debut cd, Dark Devotion. The 3rd prize winner will receive a 10-pack of D’Addario strings, a RAZER t-shirt, and signed cd. As a bonus to these top prize packages, the band will also give away a signed copy of Dark Devotion to 50 random entrants.



Razer, working alongside 116 Productions producers Chuck Alkazian and Matt Novesky, has recently released their latest full-length effort “Dark Devotion”. Bassist Chris Catero, guitarist Paul Sullivan and drummer Eric Bongiorno – formerly of Metal Blade Records artist Wardog - solidified Razer with the addition of guitarist Jeromy Graves and the commanding vocals of frontman Chris Powers. Their songs are a combination of muscular and heavy riffs, tight arrangements, evolved musical playing and true pop sensibilities, making for a unique blend that appeals to both the average radio listener and the most avid pit mosher.



The band’s heavy sound, a combination of exceptionally strong songwriting and Power’s powerhouse vocals, has garnered attention nationwide, resulting in Powers being selected by “Guitar Hero” video game song producer Steve Ouimette to sing on the ending track “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” on “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock”. Their single “Superpaun” was featured in Disc Maker’s instructional DVD “Achieving Success with Your Music: Hard-Hitting Tips on Marketing, A&R, Record Labels and Increasing the Income You Make with Music”. Razer has also been featured in Guitar World Magazine’s “Introducing” column as well as being the unsigned artist of the month in Japan’s prestigious Burrn! Magazine.



Bassist Chris Catero also serves as touring bassist for legendary guitar god Marty Friedman of Megadeth fame as well as being the head of artist relations and domestic sales for international guitar amp manufacturer Krank Amplification, touting such acts as Metallica, Fall Out Boy, Toby Keith, Yellowcard, Queensryche, and others as endorsers/users.





For more information on RAZER visit:
http://www.razerband.com/


To enter for a chance to win in the “Big Rig Giveaway” Contest, visit:

http://contests.luthiersociety.com/unsponsored/razer-presents-the-big-rig-giveaway-feat-epiphone-and-krank-amps-2


Stockholm Rock Out - Vince Neil Will Not Preform
Added Friday, February 5 by EvilG
We are very sorry to announce this, but Vince Neil will not make this years festival...This was totally out of our hands and nothing we could do to make it happen, we need our headliner confirmed now and we just wanna make the best festival ever....Below statement from the Vince Neil camp:

Due to scheduling conflicts Vince Neil will not be able to perform at the STOCKHOLM ROCK OUT.
Instead Slaughter will be making a very rare appearance in Europe and will be back in Sweden for the first time in many years! /Gabe Reed productions...

So if you have bought your tickets between january 29th and February 4th we offer a buyback if this was the main reason you bought the ticket...You will have to contact the Tickster support and they will help you with this, and you will have to do the buyback no later than February 10th. Ofcourse we hope you still will attend to Stockholm Rock Out. We are very proud of the line up and we can now announce that SLAUGHTER will be the headliner of the saturday instead, first show in almost 20 years and the only show for scandinavia. This is amazing.

Confirmed bands:

SLAUGHTER
KEEL
DIZZY REED
BULLETBOYS
PRETTY BOY FLOYD
STEELHEART
TUFF
VAINS OF JENNA
NASTY IDOLS
SHAMELESS
CHRIS LANEY
BADMOUTH
DYNAZTY
KILLER KLAN OF F.U.N

Hope to see you all on April 30 and May 1....If you have further questions dont hesitate to contact us!

http://www.sthlmrockout.com/
http://www.myspace.com/sthlmrockout
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stockholm-Rock-Out/221868668054


Fates Warning to release deluxe edition of Parallels
Added Thursday, February 4 by EvilG
Fates Warning has announced the release of the deluxe edition of their seminal 1991 album, Parallels! Fans can get their hands on this new take on the album on March 16th, 2010. The deluxe edition has been completely re-mastered and contains well over 3 hours of music and live footage. Parallels is the sixth record from the prog metal pioneers and was one of their music successful releases due to the commercial success of the singles Eye To Eye, Point Of View and We Only Say Goodbye. Also, James LaBrie of Dream Theater fame makes a guest appearance on the track Life In Still Water. Parallels has proven to be one of the most influential albums in the prog and metal genres, despite its hotly debated status among fans as a "commercial" sounding album.

Vocalist Ray Alder comments further, "I think it s one of the best albums we ever put out and I m happy that fans have the chance to take a second look at this important record. The lineup, the songs and the cover art all came together to make a great package when originally recorded and the bonus DVD really adds a fresh perspective to the album."

Fans can watch a trailer for the DVD portion of this deluxe edition now on the Metal Blade youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02-g5nbHbHc

Disc 1
Parallels
1. Leave the Past Behind
2. Life in Still Water
3. Eye to Eye
4. The Eleventh Hour
5. Point Of View
6. We Only Say Goodbye
7. Don t Follow Me
8. The Road Goes on Forever

Disc 2
Parallels - recorded LIVE in Hollywood, CA January 23rd, 1992
Live tracks
1. Leave the Past Behind
2. Don't Follow Me
3. Eleventh Hour
4. Point of View
5. Eye to Eye
6. Nothing Left To Say
7. Quietus
8. Through Different Eyes
Demo tracks
9. Leave the Past Behind
10.Eye to Eye
11.Eleventh Hour
12.Point of View
13.Don't Follow Me

DVD
80 Minute concert filmed LIVE in New Haven, CT February 13, 1992

Original Promotional Videos for Eye To Eye and Point Of View.

75 minute documentary on the making of Parallels.

Includes: current interviews with all band members as well as acclaimed producer Terry Brown and Metal Blade Records CEO and founder, Brian Slagel. Plus, studio footage from the Parallels sessions and additional live performances from the 1992 tour.

http://www.fateswarning.com
http://www.myspace.com/fateswarning


AT THE GATES - ULTIMATE COLLECTORS BOX SET ANNOUNCED
Added Thursday, February 4 by EvilG
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES are due to celebrate the band's history and recent reunion tour with a special value-packed AT THE GATES Ultimate Collectors Box Set.

Due to be released in early March and strictly limited to just 300 copies, the AT THE GATES Ultimate Collectors Box Set includes the forthcoming 3-DVD set, "The Flames of the End", featuring a brand new documentary running over two hours, a live DVD of the band's iconic performance at the Wacken festival in 2008 and a collection of rare and archive footage of the band playing around the world from 1991-2008. Also included in the box set is both a CD and exclusive coloured gatefold double vinyl version of "Purgatory Unleashed - Live at Wacken", along with an exclusive AT THE GATES t-shirt, metal logo keyring, circular woven patch, pewter and enamel logo belt buckle and three signature guitar plectrums.

All of these must-have items come housed in an exclusive printed collectors box, and at just £65/$99 plus shipping, the set offers a killer bargain, essential for any die-hard AT THE GATES fan. With only 300 made, this awesome box set is sure to go quickly, and once they're gone, they're gone!

To avoid disappointment, reserve your copy now in the UK and Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/745 or in North and South America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/728

View the Ultimate Collectors Box Set and all of its contents at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/atg_ultimatebox.jpg

Watche the video trailer for "The Flames of the End" DVD set at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fa6PeVuSmI

For more AT THE GATES news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/atthegatesband
Source: www.earache.com


Floor Jansen Video From REVAMP Vocal Recording Sessions
Added Thursday, February 4 by EvilG
Ex-AFTER FOREVER Vocalist Floor Jansen Posted Video Footage From REVAMP Vocal Recording Sessions

Ex-AFTER FOREVER vocalist Floor Jansen has footage from the vocal recording session for her forthcoming REVAMP debut. Check it out below. She recently posted a short pre-production audio sample from ReVamp's forthcoming debut online. Go to http://www.revampmusic.com/ and click on "Media" to check it out.

Jansen comments: "We know you have waiting with great patience for some music. Hereby a short part of our song 'Head Up High'. Do realize this is pre-productional material, you hear a drum computer and home recorded bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals. We did mix it so it sounds ok enough, but it's not the quality the album will have! Let us know what you think!"

The songs were written and recorded with guitarist Waldemar Sorychta (GRIP INC., ENEMIES OF THE SUN) and keyboardist Joost van den Broek (ex-AFTER FOREVER, STAR ONE).

Following is the official ReVamp bio:

"After the break of After Forever, singer Floor Jansen soon decided she wanted to start over and present a new band to the public as soon as possible. To accomplish this she joined forces with two additional songwriters to first compose, then record an album. A live band is soon to be formed after completion, which will get her back on stage where she belongs!

The first composer to join this new collaboration was soon found when Waldemar Sorychta contacted her to inquire about her current activities and potential future cooperation. Being a fan of Grip Inc. this idea of working with Waldemar was a big honor and a first step in creating a sound! Waldemar’s unique style combined with his experience as songwriter/producer made her dream come closer to reality.

The second composer was found in After Forever colleague Joost van den Broek. Asking Joost to join seemed logical because of his great keyboards and arrangements, and therefore his potentially valuable contribution. Despite his busy schedule, he wanted to join and get started immediately. With him on board the songwriting team was complete!

The ReVamp sound will become a unique blend of the personal style we will recognize from these musicians. Combining these individual sounds in one album promises to result in heavy and very metal!

Songs are currently being written and we will soon upload some short samples!"

Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrSSX6lfoaA for the vocals studio report!


DOFKA - Humanity Bleak to be released in late February
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
West Virginia-based metallers DOFKA have been hard at work promoting music from their upcoming CD with a successful string of performances in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The band's new CD entitled Humanity Bleak will be released February 23rd.

Fans of the old and new alike will not be disappointed. Artwork for the CD was done by Dorian Cleavenger.

Tracklisting for Humanity Bleak is as follows:

1.Tragedy Remains'
2..Evocation'
3.The Bitter End'
4..World On Fire'
5.Humanity Bleak'
6.Second God'
7.Blood Runs Black'
8.Immaculate Lie'
9.This Sacred Flame'
10.23 Pine Avenue'
Source: www.Dofka.com


Halcyon Way complete tracking for new album Atlanta
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
Progressive metal band Halcyon Way has completed the tracking for their new CD, to be released late Spring by Nightmare Records.

The album was produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Svartsot) and guitarist Jon Bodan. Drums were engineered by Mike Froedge (doubleDrive, Bloodsimple, Speed X) at Open Sky Studios in Atlanta. Lammert is mixing the album at his studio, LSD-Tonstudio in Germany. The new release is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut by the band, A Manifesto For Domination. It features the debut of new vocalist Steve Braun (Ashent, Siloam), as well as a guest appearance by Pamela Moore of Queensryche fame. “We’re incredibly excited about the new material,” said guitarist Jon Bodan. “This album is a quantum leap forward for Halcyon Way – the material is both heavier and more aggressive, but it also is far catchier and more melodic at the same time than Manifesto. The guys in the band all stepped their in dividual games up, and the material is better for it. Lasse did a great job on the production, and we expect the mixdown and mastering process to be completed by the end of February.”

Halcyon Way has appeared live with many bands such as Helloween, Strapping Young Lad, TYR, Kamelot, Symphony X, Doro Pesch, Cathedral, Virgin Black, Samael, Vicious Rumors, Seven Witches, and many others. In addition they have appeared at ProgPower USA on two occasions, and at Rocklahoma 2008 and 2009.

For more information, visit:
http://www.NightmareRecords.com
http://www.myspace.com/halcyonway www.halcyonway.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Halcyon-Way/20493107797 http://www.twitter.com/halcyonway.


EXCLUSIVE WHITE WIZZARD CONCERT AVAILABLE ONLINE
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
UVTV has posted a live concert WHITE WIZZARD performed at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago IL:



It can be viewed online (embed code also located there)

http://www.undergroundvideotelevision.com/updates/2010/live-videos/white-wizzard-live-concert-at-reggies-in-chicago-il/



or on iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?i=80511171&id=168075141



The Setlist for the show is as follows:

1 – Over The Top
2 – 40 Deuces
3 – Celestina
4 – Out Of Control
5 – Megaladon
6 – White Wizzard
7 – GTO

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Source: www.uvtv.info


WILDESTARR - OFFER SMASHING INTRODUCTION
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
WILDESTARR OFFER SMASHING INTRODUCTION WITH FIRST-EVER VIDEO, ‘ARRIVAL’


You only get one chance to make a first impression, and the fast-rising metallic duo, WildeStarr, are certainly off to a great start with their recently released clip for the song “Arrival.”

The video is a visually stunning sci-fi work of art combining dark elements of Blade Runner, Batman, The Outer Limits, and classic film noir.

The dramatic visuals are a perfect compliment to the power and intensity of WildeStarr's headbanging fury - and metalheads will soon get the opportunity to check out this striking clip.

WildeStarr's Incredible symphonic melodic metal blends new and old influences to create a unique and original sound.

Comprised of guitarist Dave Starr (who originally came to the attention of metalheads as the bassist for such acts as Vicious Rumors and Chastain) and singer London Wilde (who re-defines female-fronted metal), the group’s debut album, also titled ‘Arrival,’ was just issued on Furnace Maximus Records, and has racked up some impressive accolades.

Just a few of the many comments from the metal community regarding WildeStarr....

Michael Fischer from www.knac.com says, "WildeStarr ‘Arrival’ is a progressive rock masterpiece! Hands down this is the best record of 2009!”

www.whiplash.net says, "WildeStarr ‘Arrival’ has such power that this disc has already been considered by many as the best debut of 2009. And this writer fully agrees!"

www.concreteweb.be adds, "With WildeStarr ‘Arrival,’ you get a truly powerful album which will be instantly liked, nay loved by most power metal fans, and will probably haul over most female-fronted band-haters to the ‘other side’ as well!"

UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore says: "Dave and London open up a big ole can of melodic heavy metal whoop ass on this one. At times the tunes remind me a little of Dream Theater. This CD definitely rocks heavily!" And now with their new video clip for “Arrival,” the duo are geared up to pick up more fans worldwide.

To view the video, please visit http://www.wildestarr.com

For more information, visit:

http://www.wildestarr.com
http://www.myspace.com/wildestarr


FORMER SINGER OF TROUBLE SIGNS WITH DARK STAR RECORDS
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
We are pleased to announce Dark Star Records has signed legendary vocalist Eric Wagner and Blackfinger. Wagner is the former vocalist of Chicago’s doom metal band Trouble. Trouble formed in 1979 and released numerous widely acclaimed albums such as: Trouble, Manic Frustration and Plastic Green Head. Wagner was also a featured vocalist on Dave Grohl’s (Nirvana/Foo Fighter) heavy metal side project “Probot” released in 2004 which featured heavy metal vocalists from the 80‘s and 90‘s. Wagner also makes a guest appearance in Damien Dante’s full length horror film Jezebeth to be released this year.

Blackfinger is: Eric Wagner (vocals), Doug Hakes (guitar), Rico Bianchi (guitar), Ben Smith (bass) and Larry Piatz (drums).

Blackfinger’s self titled first studio album with Dark Star Records is scheduled for release Fall 2010. Blackfinger will follow with a number of U.S. and International festivals in support of the new album.

Check out the video for “R.I.P.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2nJK_6idQM



http://www.myspace.com/ericwagnertrouble

http://www.myspace.com/blackfingereric

http://www.sglentertainment.com/jezebeth/home.htm



Dark Star Records
DSR Music and Film Distribution
SGL Entertainment
http://www.darkstarrecords.com
http://myspace.com/darkstarrecords
http://www.sglentertainment.com


EVILE #3 ON THIS WEEK'S SIRIUS XM LIQUID METAL SPIN CHART
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
British thrashers, EVILE are making their presence felt on Sirius XM Satellite Radio's Liquid Metal. The band came in at #3 on this weeks playlist with their cover of PANTERA's "Cemetery Gates." Originally recorded for Metal Hammer's Dimebag Darrell tribute CD, the track has taken on a new life as both a rousing rendition by the UK's preeminent thrash act and as the final recording of the band's late bassist, Mike Alexander. Rising out from lower spots on Liquid Metal's weekly playlist, this exclusive, non-album UK/Europe-only compilation track would not have been able to achieve this high position without the help of the fans and the Liquid Metal staff who saw fit that EVILE's take on the classic PANTERA track was a fitting tribute to 2 men who lived and died by he avy metal.

Fans can request EVILE's version of "Cemetery Gates" and contact the staff of Liquid Metal on Sirius 27/XM 42 by going here: http://www.sirius.com/liquidmetal

View a video of EVILE recording their version of "Cemetery Gates" in 2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lCsSE54DuI

EVILE recently announced that they will be embarking on their first major North American tours with such legendary acts as KREATOR and OVERKILL. Here are the dates:

Hordes Of Chaos II Tour w/ KREATOR, VOIVOD, NACHTMYSTIUM and LAZARUS A.D.

Mar 3 Jaxx West Springfield, Virginia
Mar 4 The Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mar 5 The Palladium (MA) Worcester, Massachusetts
Mar 6 Nokia Theatre New York, New York
Mar 7 Club Soda Montreal, Quebec
Mar 8 Imperial De Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
Mar 9 Opera House Toronto, Ontario
Mar 10 Peabody's Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 11 Blondie's Detroit, Michigan
Mar 12 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, Illinois
Mar 13 Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin (No VOIVOD)
Mar 14 Rock Station St Paul, Minnesota
Mar 16 Bluebird Theater Denver, Colorado (NO VOIVOD)

w/ KREATOR, KATAKLYSM, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH and LAZARUS A.D.
Mar 18 Corazon Seattle, Washington
Mar 19 Rickshaw Theater Vancouver, British Columbia
Mar 20 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, Oregon
Mar 21 Slim's San Francisco, California
Mar 22 Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas, Nevada
Mar 23 House Of Blues West Hollywood, California
Mar 24 House Of Blues San Diego, California
Mar 25 The Rock Tucson, Arizona
Mar 27 Emo's Alternative Lounging Austin, Texas
Mar 28 Meridian Houston, Texas
Mar 30 The Club at Firestone Orlando, Florida
Mar 31 The Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia

Killfest USA Tour w/ OVERKILL, VADER, GOD DETHRONED, WARBRINGER and WOE OF TYRANTS

Apr 1 The Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 2 The Palladium Worcester, Massachusetts
Apr 3 Webster Theater Hartford, Connecticut
Apr 4 Imperial de Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
Apr 5 FouFounes Montreal, Quebec
Apr 6 Phoenix Concert Theater Toronto, Ontario
Apr 7 Bogarts Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr 8 Blondies Detroit, Michigan
Apr 9 The Metro Chicago, Illinois
Apr 10 The Rave Milwuakee, Wisconsin
Apr 11 Station 4 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 12 Anne Zabel Theater Sioux Falls, SD
Apr 13 Gothic Theatre Denver, Colorado
Apr 15 Red Room Vancouver, British Columbia
Apr 16 El Corazon Seattle, Washington
Apr 17 Roseland Theater Portland, Oregon
Apr 18 The Grand Ballroom San Francisco, California
Apr 19 House of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada
Apr 20 House of Blues Los Angeles, California
Apr 21 House of Blues San Diego, California
Apr 22 U.B.'s Bar Mesa, Arizona
Apr 23 The Rock Tuscon, Arizona
Apr 24 Dos Amigos Odessa, Texas
Apr 25 Marquee Tulsa, Oklahoma
Apr 26 Emo's Austin, Texas
Apr 27 Scout Bar Houston, Texas
Apr 28 Trees Dallas, Texas
Apr 29 Headliner's Music Hall Louisville, Kentucky
Apr 30 Jaxx Springfield, Virginia
May 1 Nokia Theater New York City, New York
May 2 Club Hell Providence, Rhode Island

EVILE recently unveiled their first photo with new bassist, Joel Graham. He joins the band following the tragic death of their late bassist, Mike Alexander. Joel Graham previously played in Yorkshire metal band RISE TO ADDICTION, who recorded for Mausoleum Records.

View the first new photo of EVILE featuring the new line-up at
http://earacherecords.com/myspace/EVILE_020110_100SM.jpg

EVILE's new album, INFECTED NATIONS, is available now worldwide. Get your
copy in the USA at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41

For more EVILE news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/evileuk and http://twitter.com/evileuk
Source: www.earache.com


“DEVILSTONE Open Air” is looking for bands
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
PRESS RELEASE
February 02, 2010
Vilnius, Lithuania

“DEVILSTONE Open Air” is looking for bands

“Devilstone Open Air”, the Lithuanian metal music festival, which will occur for the second time this year in Anykščiai, on July 16-18, is interested in professional and qualitative different metal bands to enrich the festival’s line-up, which will consist of approximately 20 bands.

Thus the bands, which are interested in playing in the premier Lithuanian metal music open air, are welcome to contact tadas@devilstone.net and provide the following details:

Band’s name
Country
Band’s description (short)
Genre
Band’s picture
MySpace URL
YouTube URL
Web page URL
Contacts (e-mail and phone)

“Devilstone Open Air” organizers are waiting for applications of different bands till March 8.
Special attention will be paid to Norwegian and Finnish bands, the rest are also welcome, of course. Some of the main criteria are serious attitude, original and professionally played music, experience on stage and unconventional creation in the first place. The audience of the festival this year is expected to reach the number of 3000 people.

Some flashbacks of the debut “Devilstone Open Air” last year:

Devilstone 2009 feedback:
http://www.devilstone.net/en/pages/devilstone/feedback
Devilstone 2009 photos: http://www.devilstone.net/en/gallery/index
Video trailer based on the Devilstone 2009:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9R5KjTYKeg

Festival website: www.devilstone.net
Organizer: Creative group “ALT events”, www.altevents.net
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DEVILSTONE Open Air
Three days of music with Devils in nature
July 16-18th 2010 | Anyksciai | Lithuania

www.devilstone.net
www.youtube.com/velnioakmuo
www.facebook.com/velnioakmuo


Frontiers Records Feb 2010 Update
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
TOBY HITCHCOCK

Erik Martensson (ECLIPSE, W.E.T) has been busy writing songs for the first solo album of the fantastic American vocalist Toby Hitchcock. Toby has been singing on three studio and one live album with Pride Of Lions, the band put together by Jim Peterik: founding member of the legendary AOR band Survivor. The whole album will be produced at Martensson’s Blowout Productions Studios in Sweden. Musically will explore some heavier and more contemporary material for Toby, but will still keep some incredible melodies very close to the most recent Journey sound. You can expect a true Melodic Rock gem for the second half of 2010.



THE MAGNIFICENT

CIRCUS MAXIMUS singer extraordinaire Michael Eriksen and finnish producer/guitarist Torsti Spoof (LEVERAGE) have decided to join forces together in a new band project under “The Magnificent” monicker. Other musicians scheduled to appear on the album include Kalle Torniainen of Brother Firetribe on drums and Pekka Lampinen of Leverage on bass.

Songwriting is well underway and sees contributions also from Pekka Heino (BROTHER FIRETRIBE, LEVERAGE), Tomppa Nikulainen (BROTHER FIRETRIBE), Tuomas Heikkinen (LEVERAGE) and Sami Hyde and others. Soundwise the album will sound like a cross between the heavier approach of Leverage with the hooks and melodies of Brother Firetribe. The recording will be completed during the winter, with Frontiers looking to release the debut album after the summer 2010.



OUTLOUD

Outloud announce the release of their second video clip “Tonite” (www.youtube.com/frontiersrecords), which was directed by Bob Katsionis for the Progressive Vision Group.

In December 2009 the band completed their first 6 successful headline shows in Greece which was supported by Jack Daniel’s. The content and concept of “Tonite” is based on the tours footage on and off stage and simply shows the energy on stage, character and fun the band has!

Outloud will soon announce their touring schedule for 2010 and plans for their second album. Their highly acclaimed first CD and video clip of their hit single “We Run” was released by Frontiers Records on August 28th in Europe, September 15th in North America and September 30th in Japan and has received outstanding reviews from the international press and fans. Both clips were directed by Bob Katsionis, who owns his own video production company Progressive Vision Group. Bob also directed Firewind’s “Head up high» and the new video of Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris’ daughter Lauren Harris.



WINGER

WINGER announced the second leg of the European tour dates :

19/03/10 Leknes, Norway - Lekneshallen (small sports arena)
20/03/10 Norway/Denmark - Rock the Boat
22/03/10 Bristol, England - Academy 2
23/03/10 Portmouth, England - Wedgewood Rooms
24/03/10 Manchester, England - Academy 3
26/03/10 Dudley, England - JB's
27/03/10 Belfast, Northern Ireland - Spring & Airbrake
28/03/10 Glasgow, Scotland - Cathouse
30/03/10 Newcastle, England - Academy 2
31/03/10 Leeds, England - Rio's
02/04/10 Sheffield, England - Corporation
03/04/10 Nottingham, England - Rock City
04/04/10 London, England - Islington Academy
06/04/10 Bochum, Germany - Matrix
07/04/10 Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
08/04/10 Munich, Germany - Backstage
10/04/10 Achaffenburg, Germany - Colos Saal

In related news Kip Winger and Reb Beach have recently recorded their participation to THAT METAL SHOW on VH1. The show will be aired on April 3rd 2010 at 11.00 PM.



BRUCE KULICK

BRUCE KULICK third solo album “BK3” released in Europe on January 29th on Frontiers is getting very good responses from press and fans. It is now possible to enjoy Bruce Kulick’s own album presentation following this link on the Frontiers Records Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/frontiersrecords



GIANT

Giant have launched the band’s new official website at www.gianttheband.com and the new myspace page www.myspace.com/gianttheband2010

It is possible to watch the band’s videoclip of Promise Land the single off the new album which is set to be released on February 26th in Europe and March 9th in the USA.


RICK SPRINGFIELD

Rick Springfield has confirmed the following tour dates in Europe in the summer 2010.
June 11 Sweden Rock Festival - Solvesborg, Sweden
June 12 Rockefeller Music Hall - Oslo, Norway
June 13 Weingarten Open Air Festival - Weingarten, Germany

In related news RICK SPRINGFIELD will re-release in Europe on Frontiers Records his last hit album “Venus In Overdrive” with the addition of the “Live in Rockford” DVD on February 26th 2010. Perfect companion for this release is the treasure chest of RICK SPRINGFIELD / JEFF SILVERMAN "From the Vault", a release which includes some rare and unreleased demos from Grammy-Award-Winner Rick Springfield and veteran producer, engineer, songwriter, and lead-guitar player from his first touring band, Jeff Silverman.



WORK OF ART

Swedish Melodic Rock band WORK OF ART is well underway in the recording of the highly anticipated secondo album. Almost all the songs are now recorded and the band is planning to start the mixing sessions during february for a release pencilled for late summer 2010.



MELODIC ROCK FANZINE

Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of MELODIC ROCK FANZINE. The 36th release of our successful magazine is available for free all over the world through record shops, mailorders and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases.

This new issue includes reviews and interviews of Giant, Keel, The Murder Of My Sweet, Sora, Angels Of Babylon, Brian Howe, The Fire, Jon Oliva’s Pain, Orden Ogan, Heavenly, Rick Springfield / Jeff Silverman, Stage Dolls, Wig Wam, Bruce Kulick... and more!

Electronic readable version of the magazine is available on the Frontiers official site: www.frontiers.it


Eisenwahn Festival 2010
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
This years edition of the Eisenwahn Festival will take place on the weekend of the 30th and 31st July in Obersinn (Bavaria). The ticket pre-sale will start in March - the first bands – (including the festival-headliner and the co-headliner of Saturday) are already booked.

Actual billing:

DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER (GER) (Festival-Headliner, Samstag)
ILLDISPOSED (DEN) (Co-Headliner, Samstag)
ABROGATION (GER)
EPICEDIUM (GER)
FINAL BREATH (GER)
FORPORGENT (GER)
GRIND INC. (GER)
GUTTED (HU)
KATALEPSY (RUS)
NEW BORN HATE (GER)
VOICE OF REVENGE (GER)

And here the ticket-prices for this year:

combi-ticket Eisenwahn 2010 pre-sale: 34,00€
combi-ticket Eisenwahn 2010 box office: 40,00€
day-ticket Eisenwahn 2010 Friday: 19,99€ (only box office)
day-ticket Eisenwahn 2010 Saturday: 24,00€ (only box office)

We would be happy about the publishing of the news!

Your Eisenwahn-Team

www.eisenwahn.com


JOE SATRIANI: "Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock" Out Now
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
NEW LIVE CD & DVD COLLECTION
LIVE IN PARIS: I JUST WANNA ROCK
Veteran guitar legend Joe Satriani, one of the world’s most renowned instrumental artists, recorded Live in Paris: I Just Wanna Rock on May 27, 2008 at The Grand Rex Theater in Paris, France. The brand new live two-disc CD and DVD is out today through Epic Records.



This very special recording captures Satriani’s stirring performance with memorable songs such as, “Surfing With The Alien”, “Flying In A Blue Dream”, along with recent hits like “Super Colossal” and “I Just Wanna Rock.” The quality of music by the 15-time Grammy nominee is unquestionable, yet the extraordinary editing and artful stage lighting makes this Satriani “live” DVD a pleasure for the new viewer, as well as the long-time fan. The Live in Paris: I Just Wanna Rock DVD will also include a very special bonus in-depth interview with Satriani as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.



Watch the interview trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnHoYg57Tzk



Enter the "I Just Wanna Rock Paris" Trivia Sweepstakes: http://web.epicrecords.com/satrianisweepstakes/


TRAUMA presents new song from upcoming album
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
Long running Polish death metal combo Trauma have made new song “Cortex Deformation” available for streaming at their Myspace site (www.myspace.com/traumaprofile). This song comes from new album „Archetype Of Chaos” which will be released in March 2010 via Witching Hour Productions/Plastic Head. This is the first new stuff from Trauma since “Neurotic Mass” that hit the stores in 2007.

This is the final tracklist of „Archetype Of Chaos”:

1. Intro ( White Architect)
2. Cortex Deformation
3. A Dying World
4. War Machine
5. The Slime
6. The Truth Murder
7. Tabula Rasa
8. Portrait Of The Lies
9. Destruction Of The Demented World

The recording of „Archetype Of Chos” started in famous Hertz Studio in January 2009, but final mixes and mastering was done in November. Special guests appearing on the album are Piotr Kopeć (Atrophia Red Sun, Naumachia) and Konrad Ross (Sothoth, Redemptor)

The album will be available in digipak format and as limited LP in February.

Trauma confirmed their appearance as direct support to reunited death metal legend Asphyx at their show in Poland on 27th March (Warsaw, Progresja Club).


CARNIFEX: HELL CHOSE ME
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
Taking a darker and more blasphemous approach to their already visceral sound, Carnifex will unleash Hell Chose Me on February 16, 2010. Blood curdling screams, guttural growls, double bass fury, and razor-sharp guitar riffs make for sinister and brutal work.

As the follow-up to 2008’s death metal masterpiece The Diseased and The Poisoned, Carnifex’s third album takes aggression to the next level. Influenced by the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, and The Black Dahlia Murder, this San Diego quintet really knows how to bring the brutality. Growing in notoriety, Carnifex has been featured in Kerrang, Outburn, and Revolver magazines.



“From when we started to now, a lot has changed. The progression we’ve gone through is staggering. With the confidence we have in this record, we know we will be making new fans. If anybody is expecting Carnifex to lighten it up, better luck next time. Dark, sick, painful – that’s the concept of this album lyrically, and the music brings all of that emotion and puts it right inside your head.” – Vocalist Scott Lewis



Soon to return from the Bonecrusher Fest tour in Europe, Carnifex will begin to annihilate the masses in San Diego, California on March 5 on the Atticus Metal Tour. Join the band for an exclusive Hot Topic meet and greet on February 16 at 5:00 PM at the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside. Preorder the new CD or any Carnifex t-shirt at this location and get a wristband that guarantees the opportunity to meet the band!



For details, visit http://community.hottopic.com/events/ht1-member-exclusive-carnifex-appearing-galleria-tyler



Check out the complete listing of tour dates below.

Bonecrusher Fest - Europe

Feb 2, 2010 Leeds, - , UK @ Rios

Feb 3, 2010 Glasgow, UK @ Garage

Feb 4, 2010 Birmingham, - , UK @ Academy

Feb 5, 2010 London, - , UK @ ULA

Feb 6, 2010 Utrech, NL @ Tivoli



Atticus Metal Tour, North America



Feb 16, 2010 Riverside, CA, US @ Hot Topic @ Galleria Tyler Mall

Mar 5, 2010 San Diego, CA, US @ SOMA

Mar 6, 2010 Pomona, CA, US @ Glasshouse

Mar 8, 2010 Salt Lake City, UT, US @ In The Venue

Mar 9, 2010 Denver, CO, US @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

Mar 11, 2010 Ft. Worth, TX, US @ Ridglea Theater

Mar 12, 2010 San Antonio, TX, US @ White Rabbit

Mar 13, 2010 Houston, TX, US @ Meridian

Mar 16, 2010 Birmingham, AL, US @ Five Points Music Hall

Mar 17, 2010 Orlando, FL, US @ Club Firestone

Mar 18, 2010 Atlanta, GA, US @ The Masquerade

Mar 19, 2010 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11

Mar 20, 2010 Richmond, VA, US @ The Hat Factory

Mar 21, 2010 Allentown, PA, US @ Crock Rock

Mar 23, 2010 Kettering, OH, US @ The Attic

Mar 24, 2010 Milwaukee, WI, US @ The Rave

Mar 25, 2010 St. Paul, MN, US @ Station 4

Mar 26, 2010 Chicago, IL, US @ House of Blues

Mar 27, 2010 Detroit, MI, US @ Magic Stick

Mar 28, 2010 Cleveland, OH, US @ Peabody's

Mar 29, 2010 Indianapolis, IN, US @ Emerson Theatre

Mar 30, 2010 Albany, NY, US @ Northern Lights

Mar 31, 2010 Toronto, ON, CA @ Opera House

Apr 1, 2010 Montreal, QC, CA @ Tulipe

Apr 2, 2010 Quebec City, QC, CA @ Imperial

Apr 3, 2010 New York, NY, US @ Gramercy Theatre

Apr 4, 2010 Worcester, MA, US @ Palladium



www.victoryrecords.com/carnifex

www.victorypresscenter.com

www.myspace.com/carnifexmetal


WHITE WIZZARD CONFIRMS UK TOUR WITH EDGUY
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
Los Angeles' traditional metal act WHITE WIZZARD has confirmed a UK tour with German melodic metallers EDGUY.

WHITE WIZZARD will be heading to the UK with EDGUY in March, marking the band's first official UK tour following their first and only UK show at the Earache Records Christmas party in London on December 17th.

WHITE WIZZARD are also set to appear at Hammerfest in Prestatyn, Wales, just two days before kicking off the tour with EDGUY.

WHITE WIZZARD singer Wyatt "The Screaming Demon" Anderson comments:

"We are so excited to be playing the Hammerfest and doing a quick run with Edguy. We have so much respect for all of these bands and just to share the stage with them is a big honor. It's going to be a great experience and a dream come true. We can't wait to give the UK a taste of what we bring live. We look forward to meeting new friends, seeing new fans and tasting the many pints of good English Ale. See you all in a couple of months!"

Catch WHITE WIZZARD live in the UK at the following shows:

WHITE WIZZARD
13.03.10 Prestatyn, Wales - Hammerfest

WHITE WIZZARD w/ EDGUY
15.03.10 Glasgow - Cathouse
16.03.10 Leeds - Rio's
17.03.10 Manchester - Academy 2
19.03.10 Nottingham - The Rescue Rooms
20.03.10 London - O2 Islington Academy

View the official UK tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/ww_edguy_2010.jpg

WHITE WIZZARD recently completed a brand new music video for the song "Over the Top", which comes off the band's upcoming debut full-length album of the same name. Check out the funny and light-hearted Wild West-themed video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfnIBnz2_zw

WHITE WIZZARD's debut full-length, OVER THE TOP, is due to be released on February 8th in Europe and March 9th in North America. Pre-order your copy now in Europe at http://www.earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_674_737 or in the USA at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_674_706

For more WHITE WIZZARD news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/whitewizzard
Source: www.earache.com


EVILE REPORTS FROM EUROPEAN TOUR
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
British thrashers EVILE are currently tearing their way around Europe on a headlining European tour.

The "Infecting Nations" tour has seen EVILE perform a string of shows up and down the UK, with the band now in mainland Europe. Joining EVILE on the tour are American thrashers WARBRINGER and Israel's THE FADING. This is also EVILE's first tour with their new bassist, JOEL GRAHAM, who joined the band following the tragic death of their original bassist, MIKE ALEXANDER.

EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE reports from the road:

"The tour is going great. We're getting along brilliantly with Warbringer and The Fading and it's just a general good feeling all around. I'm glad we're out with really friendly people, as I was dubious about going out so soon after our recent tragedy, but it's going good. Myself and Kevill have been playing Street Fighter 2 non-stop. I'm always Ryu, he's always Blanka. It is an epic battle.

"Thank you to everyone who's coming out to the shows, you're really making us feel welcome and happy to be back on stage. Can't wait to play tonight, as the last time we were in Italy was amazing."

Catch EVILE live on the "Infecting Nations" tour in Europe at the following remaining shows:

02.02.10 Milan, Italy - Tunnel
04.02.10 Barcelona, Spain - Be Cool
05.02.10 Madrid, Spain - Ritmo & Compas
06.02.10 Lisbon, Portugal - Cine Teatro Corroios
07.02.10 Irun, Spain - Tunk
09.02.10 Luynes, France - Korigan
10.02.10 Paris, France - Glaz'Art
11.02.10 Weinheim, Germany - Cafe Zentral
12.02.10 Osnabruck, Germany - Bastard Club
13.02.10 Chemnitz, Germany - Talschock
14.02.10 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
16.02.10 Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
17.02.10 Wangen, Germany - Jugendhaus
18.02.10 Nurnberg, Germany - Z-Bau
19.02.10 Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
20.02.10 Essen, Germany - Turock

View the official tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/InfectingNations2010.jpg

EVILE's new album, INFECTED NATIONS, is available now worldwide. Get your copy in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41 or in the USA at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41

For more EVILE news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/evileuk
Source: www.earache.com


SHADOW GALLERY PREMIERE “GOLD DUST” VIDEO-CLIP
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
American progressive metal giants SHADOW GALLERY are premiering their new video for "Gold Dust" (in its radio edit version) today on the InsideOut Music Youtube channel. The song comes from their new album Digital Ghosts, released October 26th, 2009 via InsideOutMusic in Europe, which features the line-up of Brendt Allman, Carl Cadden-James, Gary Wehrkamp, Joe Nevolo and new addition Brian Ashland. The album shows the group focus their powerful energies on creating a seamless blend of progressive, metal, and symphonic rock. The clip includes both live and location footage and features a cameo by Will Smith Sr. father of movie actor Will Smith. The video, which was filmed by Rick Berk and directed by SHADOW GALLERY bassist Carl Cadden-James, marked an ambitious step into exciting uncharted waters for the band and can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M580kCiIh2M

"We are very excited about having done this and are genuinely pleased with the results. We were surrounded by extremely talented people during production and had a blast doing it", states Cadden-James. "The song ‘Gold Dust’ was the perfect vehicle for our first video and I think it's nice to be able to introduce Brian as a vocalist visually beyond his vocal performance on the CD".

The lyrical story is played out by model Heather Anthony and displays a very human side of the band that explores the emotional complexities of both desire and heartache and should resonate with almost anyone who has ever loved. SHADOW GALLERY has transitioned very comfortably from just an aural experience to the visual artistic expression that their music is so well suited.

This news comes on top of their announcement that SHADOW GALLERY will be performing live in concert on the 2010 Triton Power Cruise. It will be the first live performance for the band, where they will join the stage with Evergrey, Jon Oliva's Pain and many more from April 30th - May 3rd, 2010. You can check out more information on the cruise here: http://www.tritonpowercruise.com



For more information, please visit:

http://www.shadowgallery.com
http://www.myspace.com/officialshadowgallery
http://www.insideout.de
http://www.myspace.com/insideoutlabel
http://www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
http://www.myspace.com/insideoutamerica

Follow Shadow Gallery at: http://www.twitter.com/shadowgallerymu


HE OCEAN announce upcoming album title and track listing
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
THE OCEAN announce upcoming album title and track listing, reveal details about upcoming 2 albums
The Ocean s upcoming albums are going to be entitled Heliocentric and Anthropocentric. They are due for April and October 2010 releases.

The concept at the base of both albums is a critique of Christianity from different philosophical and personal angles.

While the songs, art and lyrics of Heliocentric tell the story of the rise of the heliocentric world view and its effects on Christian belief from medieval times to Darwin and Dawkins, "Anthropocentric" challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who still believe that the earth is at the center of the universe.

The tracklisting of Heliocentric is as follows:

1. Shamayim
2. Firmament
3. The First Commandment of the Luminaries
4. Ptolemy Was Wrong
5. Metaphysics of the Hangman
6. Catharsis of a Heretic
7. Swallowed by the Earth
8. Epiphany
9. The Origin of Species
10. The Origin of God

Musically, Heliocentric covers the largest range of dynamics and styles to date: "There are a few really calm songs with mainly piano and vocals, as well as some crushing heavy tunes. There is a very special atmosphere to it that pervades the album", comments guitarist Jonathan Nido.

"Our new vocalist Loic Rossetti has immensely widenened the musical spectrum of this band and there are some songs on the album that even those people who have conceived of this band as being unpredictable and daring would have never imagined", adds Robin Staps. "But this is exactly what makes it a 150% The Ocean album".

Heliocentric" continues where the Proterozoic half of the Precambrian album left off, with dense, epic songs and big orchestrations. Anthropocentric is going to be a bit more straight forward rocking and technical, whilst tapping the full dynamic range from acoustic pieces to eclectic heaviness as well.

The albums were mainly recorded in the mountainous isolation of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the highest city of Europe. The band decided to record and mix the album with the band's house sound engineer Julien Fehlmann: "We wanted to be in control of every single detail, and we have an amazing studio at hand here. Soundwise this is by far the best-sounding album we have done to date".

The lyrics and snippets of every song of the album can be previewed at:

http://www.theoceancollective.com/heliocentric
http://www.myspace.com/theoceancollective


Destrage: new album coming soon
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
After the incredible feedback got for their debut album "Urban Being", Italy's Destrage renewed the deal with Coroner Records for the release of their second album scheduled before summer 2010. The album, presented as an hypnotic trip from death metal borderlines to the alternative and experimental music ones, features an incredible technical approach and has been produced, mixed and mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Disarmonia Mundi, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Stigma).

Further infos and more details on the album soon.

For more information about the band click here: http://www.coronerrecords.net/index.php?method=section&id=228


Six Magics: live video of "Behind The Sorrow"
Added Wednesday, February 3 by EvilG
Chilean metallers Six Magics present their first video taken from new album entitled "Behind The Sorrow" scheduled on February 15th 2010 via Coroner Records: a live version of the title track.

The video of "Behind The Sorrow" can be seen at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWx7YduuL1A

After the amazing success got in South America with their previous album and their promotional tours with bands like Nightwish, Blind Guardian and Rhapsody Of Fire, the female fronted quintet is ready to overrun all the other countries with their new amazing album, recorded, mixed and engineered by the legendary multi-platinum producer David Prater, the man behind the console for albums like "Images And Words" and "A Change Of Seasons" by Dream Theater.
"Behind The Sorrow" is described as an heavy metal album with classic influences and prog shades, full of epic and orchestral moments, played with a modern and actual attitude.

Six Magics - Behind The Sorrow

A video trailer of the forthcoming album "Behind The Sorrow" can be seen at the following link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVka85sli-k


Mortal Sin's updates : Mick Sultana leaves the band
Added Wednesday, February 3 by Arto
Sorry I haven't been up here in a while
Category: Friends
To all our fans,

Sorry I have not been on here in a while, it's been a busy couple of months since we got back from our South American tour, which was very satisfying but incredibly hard. Many thanks to all the metalheads who came to our shows, you made us feel very welcome and supported our music way more than we could have ever imagined. Thank you. To all the organisers, promoters and townfolk, we really appreciate all the work you put into making the tour a success for Mortal Sin. We certainly hope we can make our way back to your beautiful countries again sometime soon!

2010 arrived and Mortal Sin decided it was about fucking time we got our arses into gear and started writing some songs for a new album. We are notoriously slow writers, but many of you who may have heard the new song "Deny" that we have been road testing at our shows, will agree that we could be onto something special here. Like many thrash bands we feel strongly about our thrash roots and want to create an album of pure thrash. If we could combine Kreator's "Hordes of Chaos", Testament's "Formation of the Damnation" and Overkill's newie "Ironbound" into a huge melting pot, that would be the kind of album we wanna make!!

Unfortunately though our great friend and Maestro guitarist Mick Sultana has decided to call it a day, citing personal reasons for his decision to leave the band. We love you like a brother Mick and we've had some awesome shows with you, we wish you the best for whatever you choose to do. Your songs will be in the heads of our fans for a long long time to come. Fucking legend!!
Source: blogs.myspace.com/mortalsinners


FEAR FACTORY: Video Premiere Online Today
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
The anticipated first video from FEAR FACTORY's forthcoming album Mechanize premieres today at Roxwel.com. “Fear Campaign” was directed by the team of Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci for Boston-based, Emmy nominated Killswitch Productions. The clip was filmed in Los Angeles with additional photographic elements and all post production completed in Boston.

The direct link to view “Fear Campaign” is http://www.roxwel.com/player/fearfactoryfearcampaign.html

In a recent interview with Revolver Magazine McFarland and Pecci revealed details about the video’s themes and creation. “Burton (C. Bell, vocalist) is an extremely creative person and he had some very specific visuals in mind,” says Pecci. “He said that he wanted to bombard the audience with rapid images that supported his lyrics. His direction was ‘fast and intense with loads of subliminal images and symbols.’ With that, Ian and I went to the drawing board and started our normal process of deconstructing an idea and rebuilding it from the ground up.”

“Our goal was to make a video that was inspired by all those really cool stock footage '90s music videos, but rather than using stock footage of the atrocities of the world, we decided to shrink those things down to single images and objects that can be identified as the tools used to create those problems,” adds McFarland.

“Fear Campaign” is the second single from Mechanize. The song impacted metal radio three weeks ago topping FMQB and CMJ’s new artist entries. The song follows the already successful path of “Powershifter,” the first single which has had over 400,000 online plays since its introduction in mid-November. Together both singles have cemented FEAR FACTORY in the Top 10 of metal radio airplay long before Mechanize impacts as a full album this coming week, simultaneous with the album’s February 9 release date. Key radio stations, including Northern New Jersey’s WSOU, Chicago’s Rebel Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio are already showing substantial support of the record.

Mechanize features the highly reported reconciliation of vocalist Burton C. Bell with original guitarist Dino Cazares. Along with bassist Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad) and journeyman drummer Gene Hoglan (Dethlok, Strapping Young Lad), the album also welcomes back the involvement of keyboardist/producer Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly). BraveWords.com says, “combining just the right elements of their own past, present and future, with Mechanize, FEAR FACTORY has achieved instant excitement and an immediate adrenaline boost. In a word: essential.”

Austin-based Roxwel.com runs the Internet’s leading Rock, Metal and Indie music video site for today’s hottest major-label and independent artists. In addition to music videos, Roxwel boasts an extensive catalog of original productions featuring local and touring artists,live performances and interviews, along with coverage of several nationally renowned music festivals.

Killswitch Productions is owned by director/producer Ian McFarland. McFarland with partner Mike Pecci have directed videos for Meshuggah, Agnostic Front, Sick of It All, All That Remains and God Forbid. Prior to filming “Fear Campaign,” Killswitch Productions completed work on Meshuggah’s concert film, Alive.

http://www.myspace.com/fearfactory
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com


RAM & Tankard Live in Germany
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
RAM is confirmed for the 'Air Axes Metal Night IV'
@ Sandernäckerhalle in Steinenbronn, Germany on
October 2nd, 2010. Also on the bill are German
beer thrashers TANKARD.

More info to be found here:

http://www.myspace.com/air.axes.metal.club

http://www.air-axes.de

http://www.myspace.com/rammetal


Threshold release Supermassive Black Hole as single
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
Threshold's cover of the Muse song Supermassive Black Hole is out now as a digital single. The b-side is Slipstream (vocoder version).

Commented Threshold keyboard player Richard West: "Supermassive Black Hole was such a huge hit for Muse, it's become a modern classic and it's still in the top ten of the U.K. rock charts after 150 weeks! I hope Muse enjoy Threshold's reworking of their song; we've stayed fairly true to the original but with some added Threshold heaviness."

The cover version was originally released as a bonus track on the special edition digipack version of Dead Reckoning, but has only now been made available as a full digital release.

# Listen to Threshold's Supermassive Black Hole on MySpace http://www.myspace.com/threshold

# Buy Threshold's Supermassive Black Hole on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/supermassive-black-hole-single/id348701995
Source: www.thresh.net


New Crionics track online
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
"Scapegoat" - a new track from the upcoming EP "N.O.I.R" had been posted on the band's myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/crionics "N.O.I.R." will be out right before the summer this year.

Creative Music - the band's management - will soon announce whom Crionics is going to sign a deal with for the release of its next albums.

The band will soon start working on the full-length album. The recording session is being planned for July / August this year. The new album's premiere will be backed up by strong concerts promotion not only in Poland and Europe!

In April the band is heading for the Polish tour along with Rotting Christ and Lost Soul to present a few tracks from the upcoming EP "N.O.I.R". Dates and other bands below:


Aealo Tour 2010

ROTTING CHRIST, LOST SOUL, CRIONICS, NAUMACHIA, STRANDHOGG


15.04.2010 (POL) Białystok / Gwint

16.04.2010 (POL) Lublin / Graffiti

17.04.2010 (POL) Rzeszów / Pod Palmą

18.04.2010 (POL) Kraków / Loch Ness

19.04.2010 (POL) Katowice / Mega Club

20.04.2010 (POL) Wrocław / Madness

21.04.2010 (POL) Łódź / Dekompresja

22.04.2010 (POL) Bydgoszcz / Estrada

23.04.2010 (POL) Szczecin / Słowianin

24.04.2010 (POL) Gdynia / Ucho

25.04.2010 (POL) Poznań / Blue Note



For more info check out these pages: www.myspace.com/crionics www.creative-music.pl www.massive-music.pl


ASTRIAAL - ANATOMY OF THE INFINITE
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
After a nigh on seven year recording silence ASTRIAAL are now poised to return with their sophomore album entitled 'Anatomy of the Infinite'. This next opus is due to be released in the Autumn of 2010 for the southern equatorial territories via Australian label Obsidian Records. Sounding strikingly different to their previous debut full length 'Renascent Misanthropy' in production, tone and song structure. Recorded at various studios within Australia and mixed at Mølla Lydstudio [Norway] with Knut Magne Valle [Arcturus], 'Anatomy of the Infinite' resonates with a more primeval, organic musicality throughout. Featuring eight tracks comprising of haunting and dissonant passages interwoven with moments of epic black metal grandeur, 'Anatomy of the Infinite' will indeed satiate the needs of those ardent adherents that have been anticipating the next chapter in the ASTRIAAL sonic landscape. The reprisal looms...


Anatomy of the Infinite Tracklist:

01. Blessed Are The Dead
02. Visceral Incarnate
03. 'Neath The Bones Of Salvation
04. Ad Interim
05. The Scars Of Aberration
06. Foundations In Flesh
07. Relinquishment Of The Stars
08. ...For The Day Will Come

Astriaal will be previewing tracks from their forthcoming opus at their return show in Brisbane on February 19th, and a track from the recording, 'Foundations In Flesh', can be heard at ASTRIAAL's Myspace page....

http://www.myspace.com/astriaal1
http://www.obsidianrecords.com/


Grave digger - SONGWRITING......
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
"Hi everybody,

last weekend, we've been at the TLC studio, Cologne /Pulheim to put down the first song ideas of the upcoming album. Holy shit, what a blast! Although we only got the first compositions on the list, you can imagine the direction of the songs. Let's call it TYPICAL GRAVE DIGGER!

Once again you'll get the full monty, but spiced with some tiny little finesse. After all that stress within the last year, finally we had the chance to leave the ballast behind and rock it off our chest. Axel and Jens put down some awesome riff ideas, which will be hammered to real hot steel within the next 3 months.

At the middle of May, we'll be at the Principal studio once again, let the Resetti Brothers (never change a winning team) produce the new album.

All you fans out there will get what you want us to do and for what you loved and kept faith with us.

According to the motto: "THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN"
Metal On
Chris, Jens, Axel, Stefan and HP"


ORDER OF ENNEAD TO FILM MUSIC VIDEO
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
Floridian extreme metallers, ORDER OF ENNEAD will film a new music video during the middle of this month for "The Concept of Our Existence," the ripping opening track off of their upcoming sophomore release, AN EXAMINATION OF BEING. The video plans to match the great intensity and large complexities of the song. Considering that ORDER OF ENNEAD is one of the deepest and most thoughtful metal acts around, that is no easy task. Perhaps that is why vocalist/guitarist, Kevin Quirion and his Largo, FL-based company, Advanced Media will handle all directorial and production duties for the shoot. Knowing the great care that Quirion takes with his work, the video will undoubtedly let the viewer experience the song on a much heightened level - the way it was meant to be experienced.

Kevin Quirion remarks on "The Concept of Our Extinction:"

"Can't wait to get started on the filming of our first video. I've been working on a very detailed treatment for the video this past week. The idea of the song and video is man's struggle to understand his own existence and the eventual acceptance of mortality. This is an on going lyrical theme throughout the album. We're going capture this visually and make it really special."

ORDER OF ENNEAD recently finished recording their next album, AN EXAMINATION OF BEING with producer, Mark Lewis (TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, ALL THAT REMAINS) at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, FL. The album is due for release on April 20th.

Here is the track listing for AN EXAMINATION OF BEING:

01. The Concept of Our Extinction
02. The Scriptures of Purification
03. Lies Upon the Lips of Judas
04. This Mortal Journey
05. ...In the Mirror
06. An Examination of Being
07. Conduits to Eternity
08. A Portal to Rapture
09. A Betrayal of Self

ORDER OF ENNEAD lead guitarist John Li comments: "So what can I say about this new album? In my honest opinion, it's much heavier and darker than our self-titled debut, more cohesive, thematic, melodic, but not completely over the top. In a nutshell, the works. To me, the songs sound totally different than the demos and I was blown away after the songs began to take form. They sound BIG."

Watch a behind-the-scenes video of ORDER OF ENNEAD in the studio at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s7QS3qwhDM

Watch drummer Steve Asheim recording the drums for a track titled "This
Mortal Journey" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xj7E9AEIPI

Watch a live performance of the brand new track, "This Mortal Journey" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSgQrwFm1zs

ORDER OF ENNEAD's self-titled debut album is out now worldwide and consists
of 11 tracks of blasting death metal intensity, mixed with touches of black
metal melodrama. Get your limited edition copy with bonus DVD in the USA at
http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_126

For more ORDER OF ENNEAD news and info, head to
http://www.myspace.com/orderofennead
Source: www.earache.com


THE BINARY CODE Check In From the Road
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
New Jersey progressive death metal outfit THE BINARY CODE are currently pounding the pavement with Relapse tech-thrashers Revocation and French experimentalists Hypno5e on the 2010 Metal As Art Tour, and took some time out of their hectic schedule to check in from the road.

Guitarist Jesse Zuretti writes,

“We've just rounded the turnpoint to begin our trek back east! From the very start of tour we knew we were going to have a good time.

As I'm sure some of you may have heard, we were in a pretty bad van accident just a few days into the tour. The guy whom hit us was found responsible in full for the accident, and rightfully so. Nevertheless, our drummer, Umar (along with our wizardly manager), pulled it together and found a way for us to continue the tour in a minivan rental. If I might add, we also would've been homebound if it weren't for Hypno5e and Revocation sharing gear and stow space.

So, we get asked, " What were your favorite places to play so far?". I think we can all attest to Chicago, IL, Austin, TX, San Francisco, CA, and Seattle, WA being extraordinarily fun to play and visit. Brett (bass) was stoked on the miniature halfpipe at the Boise, ID venue, Gustos. Personally, I was most excited for Kuma’s Corner in Chicago. I had the Goblin Cock burger, which was outrageous.

Aside from a few setbacks with van issues, local inhabitants incoherently trying to fight nearly a dozen of us for no apparent reason, and crazy weather/terrain, we've had more than a blast. We've been very surprised at the amount of people whom bought the album coming out to see us.

We definitely feel very close to the guys in Revocation and Hypno5e at this point. We're all having the time of our lives playing music every night to people all across the country. We definitely foresee pursuing this as far as we can. This became evident when we realized we have less than two weeks until we're home, and we don't want to be back yet!

Come out and rage with us!”



Check out the remaining tour dates for the Metal As Art Tour below, and be sure to stop by the official Metal As Art MySpace page http://myspace.com/metalasart for more info!

02/03 - Nashville, TN - The Muse

02/04 - Cincinnati, OH - Dirty Jacks

02/05 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar

02/06 - Trenton, NJ - The Championship

02/07 – Boston, MA – Unit II (w/Revocation, Hypno5e, Ramming Speed)


THE BINARY CODE has taken its jaw-dropping live show on the road in support of Between the Buried and Me, Job for a Cowboy, Necrophagist and The Black Dahlia Murder in the past, and plans on hitting the road hard this coming spring and summer. A series of dates have been lined up with New York heavy-hitters Tiger Flowers in May and June, as well as a show supporting recent Roadrunner shredders Mutiny Within on May 15 in Brooklyn, New York.


Hour of Penance : Paradogma Out March 30th 2010
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
The long awaited fourth record from the Italian death machine!

HOUR OF PENANCE are poised to strike & devastate the ears of the loyal disciples of death metal once more with a merciless master class in brutality entitled 'Paradogma' brought into inception at the legendary 16th Cellar Studios and mastered at the Hertz Studios in Poland. Unleashing a likely tour de force in maniacal death metal brutality, a celebration of music in it's darkest and most inhuman form, HOUR OF PENACE have ascended to an even greater height of precision savagery. ‘Paradogma’ will be out worldwide March 30th on Unique Leader Records and in Australia via Stomp.
Artwork by Gyula Havancsak.

Tracklist
1.Paradogma
2.Thousands of Christs
3. The Woeful Eucharesty
4.Malevolence of the righteous
5.Caged into Falsehood
6.Incestuous dynasty of Worms
7.Adversary of Bigotry
8.Incontrovertible Doctrines
9.Spiritual Ravishment
10.Apotheosis

NEW TRACK ‘PARADOGMA’ ONLINE NOW!!!

www.myspace.com/hourofpenance



"We thought it was time to give you a shot of the new album and we decided to post track 1 "Paradogma". Why we've chosen this track? Because we think that it describes best the new and darker mood behind the new album. This obviously doens't mean that the new album will sound just like this track. "Paradogma" is the most varied album weve done so far, and each track will have his own personality still being coherent to the overall sound of the new album. We've added so many elements to our music that this track..it's just a little preview. We hope you'll enjoy the new song, and to be you sure you'll do, you can find by clicking in the link below, a high quality mp3 of it.

Link : http://www.hourofpenance.net/HourOfPenance_Paradogma.mp3

Fans, brace yourselves for an imminent aural implosion. Hour Of Penance are here to deliver death metal into the next decade. Pre-orders available now!


Eternal Descent Comic Book Pre-Sales Now Available
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
IDW Publishing's Eternal Descent Comic Book Pre-Sales Now Available. Gothic comic book series featuring metal bands and guitarists offers pre-order sales

London, UK - IDW Publishing is offering pre-order sales for the first issue of the Gothic comic book series Eternal Descent available at numerous web sites. The first official Eternal Descent issue hits retailers' shelves March 31st, 2010.
The comic book series is inspired by the music of and features cameos from a host of metal bands and guitarists including Atreyu, God Forbid, Static X, and Firewind, among others.

Orders can be placed for home delivery at the following retailers:

Things From Another World (California-Global): http://www.tfaw.com/Comics/Profile/Eternal-Descent-1___358654

Global: http://www.estrellamtcomics.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=JAN100996

Texas: http://www.mmcomics.com/catalog.aspx?Search=eternal%20descent&SearchTitle=1&SearchStoryText=0

Virginia: http://www.collectorsworldstore.com/jan100996.html

Massachusetts: http://heavyink.com/title/5804-Eternal-Descent

USA Mail Order: http://danscomics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=137_184&products_id=12339

France: http://www.comicseurope.com/eternal-descent-1.html

More retailers TBA.

Issue one kicks off the series by introducing Llexi Leon’s original characters and sets the stage for their epic battle. Metal bands God Forbid, Atreyu, Firewind, and Static X, among others, will appear in issue two and onward, with corresponding interviews included in each comic.

A high definition animated trailer is available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVPAwvHZaTc.

Additional samples of the Eternal Descent comic book artwork are available for viewing at http://tinyurl.com/ybpsgle.

Leon began making noise in London, England in 2005. His highly intricate guitar style exhibits the many influences corralled to create his intense sound - from classical, flamenco, electronica, and ambient genres to the more prominent genres of rock and metal. All of these genres infused to one, Leon has built a cinematic metal fantasia with his music, which has branched out to a comic book series. His main aspirations are bringing stories to life through escapism.

Leon utilizes everyday events and his vivid imagination to drive him to create more avenues for his multimedia enterprise. To prove its tangibility, Leon, who is responsible for the basic concept artwork, storyboards, and character design/creation, has assembled a team of artists through Space Goat Productions, including:
~ Jason Metcalf on pencils and inks, and a driving force behind detailing the Eternal Descent world, who previously worked on The Darkness and Magdelina.
~ David Rivera will begin inking over Jason’s pencils from issue two and beyond, while Javier Tartaglia and Joel Chua, both veterans of many Marvel and DC comics titles, provide stunning colors.

Leon also began his own production company, Incendium Records, to release his first concept album “Losing Faith” and the EP “The Phantom of the Opera.” This fulfilled Leon's dream of having all Eternal Descent media developed with the highest standards under one roof. Leon recently began recording his third CD release with producer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, KISS) at the helm.

An ongoing list of additional retailers is located at http://www.eternaldescent.com/events/eternal-descent-1-hits-stores-worldwide

To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit www.comicshoplocator.com

Eternal Descent endorses ESP Guitars, Ovation Guitars, Kahler Tremolos, Ernie Ball Strings, DiMarzio Pickups, Marshall Amplifiers, Digitech Effects, and Coffin Case.

http://www.eternaldescent.com
http://www.myspace.com/eternaldescent
http://www.idwpublishing.com


About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renown for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro's The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's Angel; the BBC's Doctor Who; and television's #1 prime time series CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.

IDW's original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.
Source: Serge Entertainment PR


DARK TRANQUILLITY Kick Off North American Tour
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers DARK TRANQUILLITY make their much anticipated return to North America this week kicking off the worldwide touring cycle for their new opus, We Are The Void, which is set for a March 9th U.S. release. The group will join mighty Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada for this trek, so head over now to their newly revamped MySpace page (www.myspace.com/dtofficial) to view their entire tour itinerary and stream the blistering new tracks, “At The Point of Ignition” and “Dream Oblivion.”

Mikael Stanne (vocals) further describes his excitement over the upcoming tour: “We are really excited to come back to the states. This tour with Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada will be the perfect way to kick off this new album of ours. We are looking forward to premiering the new material in front of the many new and uninitiated, as well as our devoted and awesome fans. This will be the start of a long string of tours that we will be doing for this album. We feel that these new songs are some of the strongest material that we've ever written and we are dying to tour the hell out this album! See you in the front row.”

To follow the creation of this superb melodic death metal opus Anders Björler (The Haunted, At The Gates) filmed a detailed studio report series, which can all be found at the link below. Episodes one through five are up now, so check it out at the link below!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4T3lBOGIW4


Fates Warning to Sweden Rock classic "Parallels" lineup
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
Fates Warning, along with Queensrÿche and Dream Theater, are the most important pioneers in the history of prog metal. The band was formed in Hartford, Connecticut in 1983 and has released ten studio albums since 1984. The most successful one is "Parallels" from 1991, recorded by the band's classic line-up: guitarists Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti, bassist Joe DiBiase, drummer Mark Zonder and vocalist Ray Alder. This line-up effectively disbanded in 1996, but will nonetheless be just the one performing at Fates Warning's SRF-debut in 2010. In other words, "Eye to Eye", "Point of View", "We Only Say Goodbye" and the other fan-faves will be performed by all their original creators - no fan of melodic, professional and exciting metal should miss this opportunity.


Confirmed bands so far (out of a total of 60+):

Slayer (Us)
Bachman & Turner (Can)
Only show in Scandinavia
W.A.S.P. (Us)
Rick Springfield (Aus/Us)
Danzig (Us)
Opeth (S)
Ratt (Us)
Y&T (Us)
Fates Warning (Us)
Suicidal Tendencies (Us)
Nazareth (Uk)
Magnum (Uk)
Saga (Can)
Sabaton (S)
D-A-D (DK)
Mother's Finest (Us)
Stratovarius (Fin)
Behemoth (Pl)
Unisonic (D)
Steel Panther (Us)
Watain (S)
Aldo Nova (Can)
Alestorm (Uk)
Anvil (Can)
Raven (Uk)
Bigelf (Us)
Jorn (N)

Tickets on sale now at: www.swedenrock.com


CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN: Release "Transylvania"
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
TOUR WITH ALICE IN CHAINS TO START IN VANCOUVER
PERFORMANCE CONFIRMED AT THIS YEAR’S SXSW

Creature With The Atom Brain is thrilled to announce that TRANSYLVANIA will be released tomorrow, February 2nd via The End Records. Marking the band’s North American debut, Creature With The Atom Brain landed an impressive thirteen-date slot opening for Alice In Chains, which also kicks off tomorrow at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver.

Mixed by Chris Goss (Queens Of The Stone Age, Masters Of Reality) and including appearances by Mark Lanegan, TRANSYLVANIA showcases the band’s blend of psychedelia, garage rock, and hypnotizing grooves, while also combining African rhythms, making this album a striking standout from most contemporary independent music. Q Magazine gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and went on to say “long endorsed by Josh Homme, these Belgians’ stoner/psych credentials are impeccable even before Mark Lanegan and Chris Goss signed up for this sublimely lysergic release.”

Creature With The Atom Brain will also make their debut at this year’s SXSW, playing at The End Record’s showcase on Thursday, March 18th at The Ale House. More details to follow.



Download the MP3 for "I Rise The Moon" (approved for posting):

http://release.theplatform.com/content.select?pid=YJGGhpemErQAo1hPfQh9gvCOhGc_vATV&UserName=Unknown

www.myspace.com/creaturewiththeatombrain


Tour Dates with Alice In Chains:



February 2nd Orpheum Theater, Vancouver, BC

February 4th Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA

February 5th Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA

February 6th Salem Armory, Salem, OR

February 8th Knitting Factory, Boise, ID

February 10th Knitting Factory, Reno, NV

February 11th Fox Theater, Oakland, CA

February 13th Palladium, Los Angeles, CA

February 17th Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

February 19th Fillmore, Denver, CO

February 21st Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO

February 22nd Pageant, St Louis, MO

February 23rd Louisville Palace, Louisville, KY

SXSW:

March 18th The Ale House (The End Records Showcase) Austin, TX

TRANSYLVANIA track listing:

I Rise the Moon
The Color of Sundown
Something Is Wrong
Transylvania
Lonely Night (Featuring Mark Lanegan)
Spinnin' the Black Hole
Darker Than a Dungeon
Sound of Confusion
Make Noise
The Lonesome Whistle
Is That Lady Sniff? (Bonus Track)
Source: stachemedia.com


Behemoth s Nergal talks about new Signature Series Guitar
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
Enter to Win Nergal s Signature Series HEX-7 Guitar from ESP, a Limited Edition Affliction Behemoth T-Shirt, & Metal Blade Records Pillage T-Shirt!

Metal Blade TV (MBtv) recently caught up with Behemoth main man Nergal while the band was on the road headlining the Evangelia Amerika Tour and talked to the vocalist/guitarist about his custom, signature series guitar now available through ESP Guitars. Check out the following video footage to see what Nergal has to say about his new Signature Series HEX-7 Guitar and head over to Metal Blade s site to enter the Evangelia Amerika Tour Contest brought to you by FANGORIA Magazine http://fangoria.com/ for your chance to win a Signature Series HEX-7 Guitar of your very own.

Fans can enter the Evangelia Amerika Contest HERE http://www.metalblade.com/behemoth/ for a chance to win vocalist/guitarist Nergal s signature series HEX-7 guitar from ESP, a limited edition Affliction BEHEMOTH T-Shirt, and a Metal Blade Records Pillage T-Shirt.

VIDEO: Nergal talks about his ESP HEX-7 signature guitar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgshI3LRPd8

FANGORIA Magazine is a leader in horror movie happenings, delivering fans with highly sought after content such as interviews with top directors, actors, and special FX artists, horror movie reviews, trailers, news, and now music content. http://www.fangoria.com/musick.html

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http://www.behemoth.pl
http://www.myspace.com/behemoth
http://www.facebook.com/behemoth
http://www.ilike.com/artist/Behemoth
http://twitter.com/behemothband

http://fangoria.com
http://www.fangoria.com/musick.html
http://www.myspace.com/fangoriamusick
http://www.youtube.com/user/fangoriamagazine http://www.revolvermag.com
http://www.afflictionclothing.com
http://www.espguitars.com
Source: metalblade.com


Cradle To Grave Frontman Rushed To Hospital
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
New CRADLE TO GRAVE Frontman Rushed To Hospital In Critical Condition After Contracting H1N1 Virus....

On January 23rd, 2010 new Cradle To Grave vocalist/bassist Donavan "Demon" Mason was rushed to Vancouver’s UBC Hospital after he was unresponsive to his family attempting to wake him up. Mason is blind and suffers from advanced diabetes, which can cause his immune system to shut down periodically. His family and bandmates suspected that he was just battling a bad case of the flu, but upon arrival at the hospital doctors diagnosed Mason with a severe case of the H1N1 virus. The medical staff at UBC Hospital were able to bring Mason back, but warned family and friends that he had been near death and had they waited a few more hours, the case could have turned tragic. Mason is now recovering at home while Cradle To Grave take a break from recording their upcoming new album.

Vancouver based Cradle To Grave are currently working on their long-awaited, third studio album; the follow-up to 2008’s "Texas Medicine.” The veteran band - which features in its ranks Denis "Sasquatch" Barthe of Aggression and Matt Fowler of Assault/Karrion — just completed pre-production with producer Clay Haluk (Infernal Majesty, Aggression) and have entered Screen Machine Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia. The album is expected to surface later this year through Year of the Sun Records.

"Our goal with this album is to release material as relevant as Venom's “Black Metal” or Voivod’s “War and Pain” albums," commented Barthe. "The pre-production sessions for the new record were awesome," added new Cradle To Grave vocalist/bassist Demon Mason. "It gave us the opportunity to make our material a little bit more in line with what Venom did with “Welcome to Hell” and “Black Metal.” We can't believe how this band sounds now and we are anxious to show it to the world."


For more information, visit www.myspace.com/cradletograve.

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www.Cradle-To-Grave.net
www.MySpace.com/CradleToGrave


As I Lay Dying Announce Title Upcoming Album
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
THQ TO HOST MX vs. ATV REFLEX CONSUMER GAMEPLAY CHALLENGE WITH METAL BLADE RECORDS RECORDING ARTIST AS I LAY DYING

Band Members to Compete Against Consumers in Latest Addition to Multimillion Unit-Selling Franchise via the Xbox LIVE® Online Entertainment Network

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. February 1, 2010 San Diego CA Grammy® nominated metal outfit As I Lay Dying are pleased to announce the title of their upcoming, 5th full-length album (4th for Metal Blade) as The Powerless Rise. The band is currently finishing up recording of The Powerless Rise in San Diego with producer Adam D. (Killswitch Engage). Fans can expect The Powerless Rise. to be released this spring with plans for a headline tour also slated around the same time. More information on the tour and the street date for The Powerless Rise will be made available in the coming months.

VIDEO: Tim Lambesis discusses The Powerless Rise
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oGKuvwy2-k

In other news........
THQ Inc. today announced it will partner with Metal Blade Records recording artist As I Lay Dying to offer consumers an exclusive opportunity to connect with the band using MX vs. ATV Reflex , the latest addition to the popular off-road racing franchise. On Thursday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT, As I Lay Dying band members will log in to the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft to compete against fans using the Gamertag AILDband. The consumer gameplay challenge is expected to last for approximately two hours.

MX vs. ATV Reflex offers players a high energy, explosive gameplay experience that lends itself well to the inclusion of heavier music, said Victor Rodriguez, Music Director, THQ. The music quality and prominence of As I Lay Dying in this genre made the band a great match for the game.

If any gamers out there are looking to get their butts kicked in MX vs. ATV Reflex, we ll be ready and waiting for you on February 4, said As I Lay Dying guitarist Phil Sgrosso. We shall conquer all those who challenge us, so prepare to meet your doom!

The Sound of Truth, featured on As I Lay Dying s critically and commercially acclaimed release, An Ocean Between Us, appears on the in-game soundtrack to MX vs. ATV Reflex and is featured in the game s promotional TV campaign. The band s new album, The Powerless Rise, is currently being recorded in San Diego, Calif. with producer Adam D. (Killswitch Engage) and is scheduled for release in Spring 2010. Plans for a headline tour are also slated for Spring 2010.

About MX vs. ATV Reflex
MX vs. ATV Reflex marks the highly anticipated return of the MX vs. ATV franchise and features the all-new Rhythm Racing® 2.0 physics engine, Rider Reflex control system and real-time terrain deformation. The Rider Reflex control system separates machine steering from body positioning, allowing the independently controlled rider to shift his weight, perform death-defying stunts and avoid potentially devastating wrecks. MX vs. ATV Reflex s unprecedented terrain deformation system ensures no two tracks are ever the same, allowing players to carve lines and deep ruts that have a real-time impact on gameplay and remain persistent through the full length of each race. Developed by THQ s award-winning Rainbow Studios, MX vs. ATV Reflex is now available at retail outlets worldwide for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and Nintendo DS .

More information about MX vs. ATV Reflex can be found at www.mxvsatv.com.

About As I Lay Dying
The members of San Diego, Calif. s metal act As I Lay Dying are the kind of musicians who refuse to be measured solely by their most recent accomplishments. As I Lay Dying are not afraid to push the limits of their sound and always keep things moving. Their music grabs listeners by the throat and doesn t let go. Building upon the foundation that As I Lay Dying has laid over the past several years, growing from a small San Diego outfit slowly and deliberately into a priority national act, the band has become Metal Blade Records biggest seller with an extremely devoted following. As I Lay Dying has the goods to take it all the way and stake their claim as the metal band you need to know about in 2010 and beyond.

The band s last release, An Ocean Between Us, landed the #8 position on the Billboard Top 200 charts its first week out, making it the highest rock debut on the chart that week. An Ocean Between Us stayed in the Top 40 Charts its second week out in the United States and Canada, charting at #39 in both countries. The band s first-ever DVD, This is Who We Are, entered the Billboard Top Music Videos Chart at the #2 position in the US and the #3 position in Canada. The DVD is also certified platinum in the United States and Canada by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In addition, 2008 saw As I Lay Dying earn a Grammy® nomination for Best Metal Performance for the single Nothing Left.

As I Lay Dying have appeared on many significant hard music festivals around the globe, including Sounds of the Underground (headliner), Taste of Chaos, Ozzfest, Wacken, Cornerstone, Bamboozle, the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival and Sonshine. The band has also completed multiple headlining runs in the United States and Europe, along with dates in Australia, Japan and Indonesia.

More information about As I Lay Dying can be found at the following locations: www.asilaydyingband.com, www.myspace.com/asilaydying, www.youtube.com/asilaydying and www.twitter.com/ASILAYDYINGBAND


TRIPTYKON Announce Worldwide Release Dates
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
Eparistera Daimones, the forthcoming debut album by Triptykon, the group founded by former Hellhammer/Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior, is not only a musical leviathan. Remarkably, the album will also feature the epic artwork by renowned Swiss artist H.R. Giger and New York-based surrealist Vincent Castiglia.

In an exceptionally rare gesture, HR Giger has granted Triptykon the use of his dramatic painting "Vlad Tepes" (work no. 412, 200 x 140 cm, acrylic on paper on wood, 1978). It is the artist's first authorized appearance on an album cover in 17 years, and the second time he collaborates with Warrior (following Celtic Frost's "To Mega Therion" album in 1985).



Vincent Castiglia contributes "Triptykon," a specially created portrait of the members of the group, painted in the artist's own blood (86 x 86 cm, blood/iron oxide on archival paper, 2009). As Castiglia aptly put it, the amalgamation of works by HR Giger, Vincent Castiglia, and Triptykon on "Eparistera Daimones" forms a creative triptych in itself.



HR Giger: I am very proud to work with Triptykon. My art hasn't appeared on an album cover for quite some time, and I feel honored to have been approached by Tom about such a collaboration for Triptykon's very first release.



Vincent Castiglia: It's been a tremendous honor to work with both Triptykon and HR Giger on the forthcoming release of, "Eparistera Daimones." It was a project of enormous depth for me, conceptually as well as visually. I think the resonance between Triptykon's music, Giger's art, and my work is extremely powerful, and it coalesces in quite an amazing, and singular way.



Tom Gabriel Warrior: We feel deeply privileged to be able to adorn our very first album with the work of two artists we respect enormously. To us, their astonishing contributions convey significant symbolism both with respect to our personal frame of mind as well as for this particular album and its history.



It is an immense pleasure to be able to work with HR Giger again. He was one of our most significant mentors during the days of Hellhammer and early Celtic Frost, and he is an extraordinary human being and an artist without equal.



Vincent Castiglia has become a close friend in recent years, and we both sensed that the time had come to create something truly unique together. I am infinitely grateful that he has lent us his incredible talent, not least because I know he incorporates as much passion, darkness, and pain into his work as I do, too.



Triptykon “Eparistera Daimones” Mediabook CD Cover:

http://myspace.centurymedia.com/eu/cover_artworks/triptykon-cd.JPG



Triptykon “Eparistera Daimones” Double LP Cover:

http://myspace.centurymedia.com/eu/cover_artworks/triptykon-lp.JPG



Eparistera Daimones will also feature detailed credits, full lyrics and extensive liner notes to all songs and will be released via Century Media Records under exclusive license from Prowling Death Records Ltd. on March 22nd, 2010 (Europe) and March 23rd, 2010 (North America).



Two songs from Eparistera Daimones can already be heard at the band’s official MySpace profile: www.myspace.com/triptykonofficial



Upcoming Triptykon live shows:

16.04.2010 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – 013 / Roadburn Festival

30.04.2010 Barroselas (Portugal) – SWR Barroselas Metalfest



www.hrgiger.com, www.hrgigermuseum.com

www.VincentCastiglia.com, www.myspace.com/vincentcastiglia

www.triptykon.net, www.myspace.com/triptykonofficial


Kati Rantala, New Vocalist of MEMOIRA
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
We are very happy to announce that Kati Rantala is the new vocalist of Memoira. The band was blown away by her vocal abilities and work ethic! Memoira had received a lot of contacts from all around the world and we would like to thank everyone and wish you all good luck!

The band say's...
"We are excited and really looking forward to hit the studio after we have finished the song-writing process!"


CHIMAIRA SET TO SPREAD THE INFECTION
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
APPEARING ON THE JAGERMEISTER STAGE ALONGSIDE HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL AND WINDS OF PLAGUE

2009 was an amazing year for CHIMAIRA as it saw the release of their latest album The Infection, U.S. tours with Disturbed, Hatebreed, and Trivium as well as a headlining European tour. 2010 started off with CHIMAIRA touring in Australia and New Zealand and they have a tour of the United Kingdom on tap for March. And if that’s not enough for you, the lineup for the 2010 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL has just been released and CHIMAIRA have been tapped to play on the Jagermeister Stage with Hatebreed, Shadows Fall and Winds of Plague.



CHIMAIRA front man Mark Hunter had the following to say about the upcoming festival:



This summer is going to be a blast. In case you haven't heard, we have been added to this years Mayhem Festival! CHIMAIRA love playing the festival circuit and we haven't done so since 2007. So, to say we are ready would be an understatement. The line-up is killer, and filled with our friends and former touring mates, we simply can't wait.



CHIMAIRA exploded onto the Billboard Top 200 charts in 2009 with the debut of their crushing new album, The Infection. The album landed at #30, with over 15,000 units sold. The Infection is the band’s fifth studio album and the follow up to their acclaimed 2007 release, Resurrection¸ which debuted at #42 on Billboard.



ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL pre-sale tickets go on sale April 2 and tickets go on sale to the general public on April 16 at LiveNation.com. Check www.rockstarmayhemfest.com for complete dates and more information.


http://www.chimaira.com

http://www.myspace.com/chimaira

http://www.rockstarmayhemfest.com
Source: adrenalinepr.com


Italy’s STIGMA Unveils New Album Title
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
Italy’s STIGMA has set Concerto for the Undead as the title for its follow up to 2008’s When Midnight Strikes! The sophomore effort is due out April 30th in Europe, May 3rd in the UK and May 4th in North America via Pivotal Rockordings. Concerto for the Undead features lyrics centered on the cult-classic comic book series Tales From the Crypt and includes guest vocal appearances by Jamie Hope (ex-THE RED SHORE) and Jon Hunt (ex-DEAD TO FALL). The tracklist is as follows:



1. Chop His Head Off!

2. Prove You Are a Man!

3. …And They Died Happily Ever After!

4. A Monstrous Feeling

5. The Undertaker

6. What About a Terror Ride

7. 3000 Years and Still Keeping it Real

8. A Grave Situation

9. Beat Me Maestro, Eight to the Dead!

10. Doctor Skeleton



Concerto for the Undead was produced at Fear Studio by BRING ME THE HORIZON guitarist Jona Weinhofen and was mixed & mastered by Scott Atkins (BEHEMOTH, CRADLE OF FILTH, SYLOSIS). Artwork for the album features stunning comic illustrations of the band’s now patent horror themed lyrics and was created by Andrea Berton of Corefolio Design (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WINDS OF PLAGUE).


Also, Parts 1 and 2 of the band’s studio diaries can be viewed below:



Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-dtmhVqQpc&feature=related



Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAca81omC8U



Links:

Stigma Official Website - http://www.stigmahc.com

Stigma Official Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/stigmahc

Pivotal Rockordings Website: http://www.pivotalalliance.com

Pivotal Rockordings Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/pivotalrockordings
Source: http://www.pivotalalliance.com


InsideOut Music USA - Feb 10 Update - Devin Townsend, etc.
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT - ADDICTED

Tours, Acoustic Performances and more, oh my!
Devin has spent the past month on the road with Between The Buried And Me winning over thousands of new fans. There is one more week left in the tour before he heads to Australia, Europe and more.

While on the road, Devin has done a couple of very special acoustic performances (for the first time ever). Check them out below, as well as the official "Bend It Like Bender" video.

You have one more week to see him in the US, the look for more North American dates coming throughout 2010.

http://www.myspace.com/devintownsenddtb
follow Devin at www.twitter.com/dvntownsend
SHADOW GALLERY - DIGITAL GHOSTS
Video Premiere for "Gold Dust"


American prog/metal giant Shadow Gallery are premiering their new video for "Gold Dust" today on the InsideOut Music Youtube channel. The song comes from their new album Digital Ghosts which features the lineup of Brendt Allman, Carl Cadden-James, Gary Wehrkamp and new addition Brian Ashland. The album shows the group focused their powerful energies on creating a seamless blend of progressive, metal, and symphonic rock. Watch the "Gold Dust" video HERE

This news comes on top of their announcement that they will be performing live in concert on the 2010 Triton Power Cruise. it will be the first live performance for the band, where they will join the stage with Evergrey, Jon Oliva's Pain and more from April 30 - May 3. You can check out more information on the cruise here: www.tritonpowercruise.com

www.shadowgallery.com
follow Shadow Gallery at www.twitter.com/shadowgallerymu
REDEMPTION - SNOWFALL ON JUDGMENT DAY
Headlining Shows This Week in LA & Mesa!


Los Angeles prog metal outfit REDEMPTION will be performing two headlining shows in February 2010 in support of their recently-released fourth CD, Snowfall on Judgment Day, on Inside Out Music. The shows are listed below and tickets for both shows can be purchased now at www.enterthevault.com

February 4th, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Whiskey
February 5th, 2010 - Mesa, AZ @ UB's

Check out some live performance footage of REDEMPTION to gear up for the upcoming shows:

Fall On You (taken from the DVD, "Frozen in the Moment - Live in Atlanta")
Memory (taken from the DVD, "Frozen in the Moment - Live in Atlanta")

Snowfall on Judgment Day was released in October 2009 and has received rave critical reviews (from BWBK to Keyboard magazine and many in between) and has been featured on AOL NoiseCreep and Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, both firsts for REDEMPTION. It is the band's fastest selling CD to date.

REDEMPTION has clearly delivered their best album to date - an album that will stand as a benchmark for progressive metal for years to come.

www.redemptionweb.com
www.myspace.com/thebandredemption


ASPERA - RIPPLES
Debut album out now!

With their debut album Ripples picking up one positive review after another, ASPERA, the young five-piece melodic progressive metal band from Skien, Norway, have added another song to their MySpace site. Alongside the album's title track, a special radio edit version of the song 'Traces Inside' has now been posted online, a song Atle Pettersen describes as "A very special song to us." When asked to elaborate, the vocalist explains that it was one of the first songs the band wrote for the album. "And it's one of the best, too, in our opinion!" To check out 'Traces Inside', go to www.myspace.com/asperaofficial

'Ripples' is certainly going down a storm in Germany. "If those 5 youngsters keep going on that path they started with, we sure can expect a lot more great stuff in future..." says Metalreviews. In Musicheadquarters' opinion, "We might just witness the beginning of hopefully a big career. They certainly have my blessings, if they keep going with this expressive style...", and for Soundcheck ASPERA are "Melodic prog at it's finest...Absolutely cool prog metal with hit potential."

www.myspace.com/asperaofficial
www.asperaofficial.com


PAIN OF SALVATION - LINOLEUM EP
New video posted for "Linoleum"

Pain of Salvation have just debuted the new video clip for their song "Linoleum" online.

"Linoleum", directed by Owe Lingwall of Village Road Film (The Rasmus, Amorphis, etc.), is the title track of Pain of Salvation's highly acclaimed "Linoleum EP" MCD released via InsideOutMusic on November 16th, 2009.

Pain of Salvation's frontman Daniel Gildenlöw comments on the video clip as follows: "The recording of the "Linoleum" video was probably one of the toughest work-outs we've been through. We were shooting this insanely physical video for more than twelve hours straight, on little more than adrenaline, coffee and half a pizza. Take after take of having cold water poured over us before thrashing about like crazy. In the morning the damages were substantial both to equipment and bodies, but then again, this band never does things half-ways. No, we always push our engines until they are about to break - and we have tons of fun in the process. :) Enjoy!"

More details on Pain of Salvation's activity and current work on their next studio album Road Salt, which is expected to be released before the Summer via InsideOutMusic, is coming soon!

www.painofsalvation.com
www.myspace.com/painofsalvation


KAIPA - IN THE WAKE OF EVOLUTION
March 16, 2010 release date

Even after more than 35 years, Kaipa still hold a very special position in the world of progressive rock music. Band mastermind and songwriter Hans Lundin's unusual understanding of melodies, the great qualities of this technically extremely accomplished group, their penchant for diverse stylistic means and timeless influences - all these aspects are focused on their latest album release, In The Wake Of Evolution.

"In The Wake Of Evolution feels like a logical continuation and development of our previous album, Angling Feelings," Lundin points out, stressing his band's folkloristic roots: "Folk influences have always been a part of Kaipa's music, since the very beginning in 1974. At that time, the influences were more like a friend dropping in sporadically to say hello.Now, more than ever, they are an integral part of the compositions."

"Nothing is easy" he says, "the biggest challenge is to find new directions without losing your basic identity. To write and record an album that feels fresh, progressive and includes great melodies and new ideas which still carry that unmistakable Kaipa sound." There can be no doubt that Kaipa's mastermind has been thoroughly successful in achieving this feat.

www.myspace.com/kaipa


THE TANGENT
DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON

Down And Out In Paris and London, their latest of five studio releases to date, sees prog rock band THE TANGENT concentrate more than ever before on their artistic expressiveness. "Our new album is a 100 percent musical project. Where the previous album, Not As Good As The Book, was this whole multimedia thing with illustrations and science fiction novel, this one is about five pieces of music on a single CD," keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Andy Tillison points out. "In terms of format, it's more like our very first album, kicking off with a 19-minute piece which I am sure fans of the band's prog stuff are going to like. Hopefully a lot!"

You can check out two video clips featuring songs and footage from the album Down And Out In Paris and London. They can be viewed at the links below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9-LVfYwzqg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibLk-BaapmA

www.thetangent.org


Artillery - back on the road!
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
Danish band Artillery will hit the road again to promote their most recent album “When Death Comes”. So far they’ve confirmed the following dates:

February 20th: Oostende Festival, Ostendfest – Belgium
March 27th: Ramfest, Albertslund – Denmark
April 9th: Slagelse Musikhus, Slagelse - Denmark
April 10th: Kansas City, Odense - Denmark
April 16th: Loppen, Copenhagen - Denmark
May 22nd: Rock Hard Festival, Gelsenkirchen – Germany
May 7th: Walpurgis Metal Days, Hauzenberg – Germany
September 4th: Thrash Metal Assault Festival Månen, Haderslev – Denmark

More gigs will be revealed soon!


Artillery returned on the metal scene in June 2009 with a brand new studio album. New material entitled “When Death Comes” was their first studio release since the 1999’s album “B.A.C.K”!

The band is one of Europe’s earliest exponents of thrash metal and the band’s contribution to the bourgeoning genre is difficult to ignore. The Danish quartet successfully managed to fuse an abrasive brutality with technicality and good melodies, with the noteworthy guitar leads of the Stützer brothers as well as the remarkable vocals from Flemming Rønsdorf serving as highlights. Due to Artillery’s demos being well distributed, the band gained worldwide recognition even before the release of their first official album; and the band’s first three studio albums, “Fear of Tomorrow”, “Terror Squad” and “By Inheritance”, all assumed the status of classics in the thrash genre. However, due to lack of support from labels and internal band disputes, Artillery never really achieved their big breakthrough and thus split up in 1991. In late 1999, Artillery reunited and released the critically acclaimed album “B.A.C.K.”, but they never really took off as a band again. A few live appearances came in the wake of the release, only to be followed by silence. However, in 2008 the classic core of Artillery, consisting of Morten and Michael Stützer as well as Peter Thorslund (bass) and Carsten N. Nielsen (drums) rejoined forces and subsequently employed new vocalist Søren Adamsen, who provided the band with a rejuvenated energy and a musical prowess that was soon witnessed on the live DVD “One Foot in the Grave, The Other One in the Trash”, containing updated versions of classic material.

A new chapter in the life of Artillery begun with their brand new studio album, “When Death Comes”, containing 10 blistering tracks that fill the void between past glory and future splendour. For full details on the album go to: www.metalmind.com.pl


HELIX - New Video Available
Added Tuesday, February 2 by EvilG
The following Helix update comes to us from vocalist Brian Vollmer:

"The new video for "Make 'em Dance" has been launched on Youtube. Check it out! (from the newest Helix CD VAGABOND BONES) Here are the names of the girls in the vid, including Canada's TOP MODEL, Rebecca Hardy:

Melissa Clarke
Dana Jensen
Sarah Garrett
Rebecca Hardy (Canada's top model)
Cynthia Perri

Also my neighbor Ian Gordon as the ruthless bar owner-but who cares about him? LOL."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjeqnS8B2yc
Source: planethelix.com


AXL ROSE leaves news mark on Canada tour
Added Monday, February 1 by EvilG
Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses have been touring Canada the last few weeks making lots of news, some of it bullshit - like a ban on Slash stuff by concert security. And some of it real - like the late and unpredictable starts to the shows. Including one in Toronto that ended after 2 a.m.

So why did AXL and co. take the Toronto stage so late? I try to understand and explain the Legend that is Axl Rose here:
http://houndstv.com/wp02/2404/review-guns-n-roses-bring-chinese-democracy-tour-across-canada-axl-rose/


American Carnage Tour - New Dates AGAIN...
Added Monday, February 1 by EvilG
SLAYER, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR THE "AMERICAN CARNAGE" NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Canadian Carnage East Leg Now Confirmed to Begin Late July

Los Angeles, CA - February 1, 2010 -- Slayer and Megadeth are thrilled to announce the new, confirmed routing for the American Carnage North American Tour, which will commence with the rescheduled Canadian Carnage East dates in Quebec City on Friday, July 23. Slayer will then head to Europe for a run of festival dates, returning to kick off the American Carnage leg in Albany, NY on August 11. American Carnage will play 26 dates across the United States and Eastern Canada up to the Labor Day weekend, ending in Portland, OR on September 4. Testament will be Special Guest on all shows. Tickets purchased for the American Carnage shows when they first went on sale late last year will be honored for these rescheduled dates. Complete information regarding ticket sales can be found at www.slayer.net • www.megadeth.com • www.testamentlegiions.com



Due to venue availability and other conflicts, the shows originally scheduled in El Paso, Houston, Nashville, Duluth, and Louisville cannot be rescheduled at this time, and ticket holders may obtain refunds at point of purchase. However, new cities have been added to the American Carnage itinerary, with dates now scheduled in Cleveland, Kansas City, San Diego, and Sacramento. The confirmed, complete itinerary is below.



The American Carnage Tour, originally scheduled to take place in January and February, had to be put on hold due to Slayer's vocalist/bassist, Tom Araya's ongoing, minimally-invasive treatments for what was diagnosed as a Cervical Radiculopathy, an occupational hazard for the rocker who is known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing. Right after the first of the year, Araya made the difficult decision to undergo a surgical procedure, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, a relatively routine practice with an excellent recovery rate. That surgery took place early last week.



"The doctors said that Tom's surgery went very smoothly and was a resounding success," said Rick Sales, long-time Slayer manager. "He's home now, doing really well, and he said the numbness in his fingers had already diminished considerably."



Shortly after the surgery, Slayer's Kerry King received a text from Tom: "Awake and feeling good, actually whatever he did, it feels better."



The American Carnage Tour will mark the first time that Slayer, Megadeth and Testament will have toured the U.S. together since 1991's epic "Clash of the Titans" tour, making this truly a "must-see" event.



Slayer recently announced the rescheduling of its headline tour in the UK and Europe, and Megadeth and Testament are currently on tour together playing U.S. cities that will not be on the American Carnage itinerary.



Both Megadeth and Slayer will hit the road on July 23 in support of their most recent albums: Megadeth's 2009 album, ENDGAME, and Slayer's World Painted Blood, the band's 10th studio venture, which hit stores November 3, 2009. Testament's The Formation of Damnation: Special Tour Edition, will be released on February 23, 2010 with special unreleased bonus tracks.



Slayer and Megadeth have already massacred territories together outside of the U.S., first with four explosive dates in June 2009 across Western Canada - "Canadian Carnage" - the first time the bands had toured together anywhere in 18 years - and then six co-headlining "Carnage" dates in Australia followed last October.



According to various Canadian press outlets last summer: "It was a night of thrash impossible to trash..." "Tales about war, death, destruction, Satan, aliens and serial killers have never been so much fun..." "The two heavy metal heavyweights...went head-to-head on a level playing field. Both bands brought their 'A' game. And the results were anything but pretty - unless you include pretty freakin' loud and pretty freakin' awesome."



Slayer. The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot wrote that Slayer is "one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre." Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer - guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, vocalist/bassist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo - bring to its live shows, having been named "Best Live Band" by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer. World Painted Blood offers a Slayer-ized point of view of our world - God's terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, and a chilling hypothesis of how the rest of the world might view America. The album was recorded in Los Angeles over two time periods, during October 2008 and then between late January and March 2009. World Painted Blood was produced by Greg Fidelman who has spent time in the studio with Metallica, the Gossip, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, Slipknot and others, and executive produced by long-time Slayer colleague Rick Rubin, who suggested Fidelman for the project. One reviewer called the album "the heaviest, bloodiest and best album in almost two decades." World Painted Blood landed on boatloads of U.S. and International "Best of" lists for 2009, and N.A.R.A.S. saw fit to bestow its fourth Grammy nomination on Slayer - Best Metal Performance for the WPB track, "Hate Worldwide." For "American Carnage," Slayer's Tom Araya promises, "no ballads, no acoustic numbers, no slow tempos."



Megadeth. 2009 saw the release of ENDGAME, which has been heralded as Megadeth's best album in years. It's the record where it all comes full circle in a career that has not only set standards in hard rock and metal, but defined them. Megadeth's signature shredding and rousing lyrics are the hallmarks of ENDGAME, with vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine once again musing and making declarations about the world we live in, having named the album after a government document that should strike fear in the hearts of Americans! But that's Mustaine and Megadeth, using the vehicle of music to shake things up, to make a point and to rattle your brain, literally, figuratively and sonically. Revolver magazine said of ENDGAME, "One of their best albums." VH1's 'That Metal Show' deemed it "One of the metal albums of the year," and Popmatters said, "the record positively scorches with an intensity not heard since Rust in Peace." The band was also awarded the eighth Grammy nomination of its career for “Head Crusher,” which serves as more proof that ENDGAME is quickly earning “essential” status in the Megadeth catalog. Megadeth will appear on the season premiere of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show,” which airs Saturday, February 6, at 11 PM EST.



Legendary thrash metal titans Testament, whose latest award-winning release (2008 Album of the Year, Metal Hammer's Golden God Award) The Formation of Damnation, displays them as the quintessential modern heavy metal band, whose experience and accumulated skill allows them to attack with reserves of anger, energy and finesse that make them more powerful than ever. Lead singer Chuck Billy says, "Uniting these bands is the heavy metal event of generations. We are so proud to be a part of it."



The complete, confirmed itinerary for the American Carnage North American Tour is as follows:



JULY

23 Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC CANADA

24 Heavy MTL, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, QC CANADA

26 Metro Centre, Halifax, NS CANADA

27 Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB CANADA

29 Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ONT CANADA

30 John Labatt Centre Center, London, ONT CANADA



(Slayer European festivals)



AUGUST

11 Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

12 Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ

14 Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA

15 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ

16 Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT

18 Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH

19 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit,MI

20 UIC Pavillon, Chicago, IL

21 Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN

23 Cap Fed Park @Sandstone, Kansas City, KS

25 Magness Arena, Denver, CO

26 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM

27 Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

29 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA

30 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA

31 Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA



SEPTEMBER

1 Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA

3 Wamu Theatre, Seattle, WA

4 Washington County Fairgrounds, Portland, OR





*****

http://www.testamentlegions.com
http://www.slayer.net
http://www.megadeth.com


Heretic Soul - BORN INTO THIS PLAGUE FEBRUARY 23RD
Added Monday, February 1 by EvilG
HERETIC SOUL – Born into this Plague. This debut full-length release from Turkish nihilistic death metallers is sure to get you head banging! They are planning a summer European tour in support of their new CD due to hit distros and retailers Feburary 23rd, 2010. More information on their tour and streaming music at: http://www.myspace.com/hereticsoul1

Artwork image link:
http://www.hereticsoul.net/bornintothisplague.jpg

Band Photo:
http://www.hereticsoul.net/hereticson.jpg


Judas Priest and AC/DC Win Grammys
Added Monday, February 1 by EvilG
Metal veterans win big at this year’s Grammys. Judas Priest scored the award for ‘Best Metal Performance’ for their version of ‘Dissident Aggressor’ from their 2009 live album, ‘A Touch of Evil: Live’. They beat off competition from Lamb Of God (’Set to Fail’), Megadeth (’Head Crusher’), Ministry (’Señor Peligro’) and Slayer (’Hate Worldwide’).

AC/DC also won the ‘Best Hard Rock Performance’ for ‘Black Ice’ track, ‘War Machine’. They were awarded the gong over Metallica ‘(The Unforgiven III’), Nickelback (’Burn It To The Ground’), Linkin Park (’What I’ve Done’) and Alice In Chains (’Check My Brain’).


Two Members Of After Death Drown In Brazil
Added Monday, February 1 by EvilG
Two members of the British metal band, After Death, have died whilst on tour in Brazil.

Timothy Kennelly, the 18 year-old After Death bassist, remains missing presumed dead after going to the aid of Leon Villalba, 21 year-old rhythm guitarist, whose body washed up on a beach in Aracaju on Thursday.

Drummer Barry O’Connor told BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8473958.stm “The waves started getting heavier and I came out, but Tim and Leon went out further and looked really confident.

“The next thing I know, I heard Leon screaming ‘help, help, help’. Tim heard him and turned around and swam toward him, he exerted lots of energy doing that and by the time he got to Leon, he was struggling also.”

“After 20 minutes Leon’s body washed up on the shore. His body was limp and he’d gone white. We pulled him out and I tried to resuscitate him with mouth to mouth.

“There was so much water, he had foam and water coming from his mouth, it was unbelievable. We did our best.”

Metal Hammer send our sincerest condolences to the band and their families and encourage people to donate towards the appeal to raise money so that the body of Leon Villalba can be returned from Brazil. http://www.fortimandleon.org.uk/

Band: http://www.myspace.com/afterdeathuk


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