AMARANTHE – Chart Positions; Rise Continues

April 3rd, 2013
by EvilG

AMARANTHE’s ‘The Nexus’ Lands at #12 on the Soundscan Heatseeker Chart

#36 Current Hard Music Albums Core Stores

#61 Hard Music Albums

#1 on the iTunes Metal Chart on Release Day!

 

AMARANTHE - The Nexus

AMARANTHE – The Nexus

Swedish/Danish modern metal sextet AMARANTHE released their new album, The Nexus, last week to great success! The album landed on the iTunes Metal chart at #1! Additionally, the band can reveal that they are positioned at an outstanding #12 on the Soundscan Heatseeker chart, #36 on the Current Hard Music Albums Core Stores chart, and #61 on the Hard Music Albums chart.  Only more greatness to come from AMARANTHE!

 

“To finally have a proper release in the USA is awesome in itself, but to see it hit number ONE on the iTunes metal charts is mindblowing! We just recently learned that we are at #12 on the Soundscan Heatseeker charts, which is a really good indication for things to come as well,” states guitarist and keyboardist Olof Mörck. “Right now we are looking at every possible opportunity to come back to the US and perform over there again, our first and only show at the ProgPower festival in Atlanta was a great experience indeed! So watch out, as THE NEXUS live machine will hit American shores this year!”

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EXODUS Pulls Out Of MARYLAND DEATHFEST Due To A ‘Variety Of Personal Issues’

April 3rd, 2013
by EvilG
Exodus - Barge To Hell 2012

Exodus – Barge To Hell 2012

Due to a “variety of personal issues and matters with one of the members,” San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS will not perform at Maryland Deathfest XI, set to take place May 23-26 in Baltimore. Replacing them on the bill are Arizona thrashers SACRED REICH.

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has spent the last two years filling in for SLAYER founding axeman Jeff Hanneman who in January 2011 contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, and has been undergoing surgeries, skin grafts and intense rehab since.

EXODUS’ latest album, “Exhibit B: The Human Condition”, was released in North America on May 18, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Due to speculation, the band clarified the matter with the following statement:

“We have recently observed a whirlwind of speculation, conspiracy theories, and just plain ole dumb-assed comments on the internet regarding Exodus’ future and that of Gary Holt’s commitment to this band. The following is an attempt to shed some light on actual facts, as well as trying to clear the air. The reason we cancelled our appearance at this years Maryland Death Fest was, in fact, due to Gary’s commitment to his sudden and seriously ill father. Actually, just days prior to the start of the Metal Alliance tour, we were making arrangements to have someone fill in for Gary due to his unknown status. As things worked out, his father was able to recover to a somewhat stable condition, yet he is still not “out of the woods” and continues to be a closely monitored. This was obviously a private and personal matter that didn’t warrant public knowledge, but it seems the press release from MDF and then the interview given by Gary about not quitting Exodus was just a random coincidence and we felt it necessary to inform people of the real story. Exodus is not disbanding! Gary will continue to perform on the current Metal Alliance tour, as well as splitting his time between Exodus & Slayer in the future. The band (with Holt) will be appearing at this year’s Hell & Heaven Fest in Guadalajara Mexico as advertised on May 19th. After which, Gary will return home to support and care for his family. Our apologies to the MDF staff, as well as to the Exodus fans, who were eager to see us, and we hope everyone understands that family and loved ones comes first.”

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WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA Announces Band Line Up, One Canadian Band To Rule Them All!

April 3rd, 2013
by EvilG

The world’s most prestigious metal festival, Wacken Open Air, known for its elite line up of the globe’s best metal bands is bringing the largest metal contest on the planet Wacken Metal Battle to Canada. Recruiting 37 independent Canadian bands after hundreds of submissions to compete, Wacken Metal Battle Canada will select one true champion to represent the nation with highest honour at this summer’s 2013 edition of Wacken Open Air Festival in Wacken, Germany.

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VICTORIANS announce festival dates! Metal Female Voices Fest, Bram Stoker Festival & Castle Party!

April 3rd, 2013
by EvilG

Originating from Poland, 4-piece symphonic/gothic metal band Victorians after releasing highly acclaimed debut album “Revival” are going to play live on several festivals this year.

The band will appear on Castle Party Festival, biggest gothic/electronic/darkwave festiwal in middle-eastern Europe (this year headlined by Lacrimosa) – that will take place at Bolków Castle, Poland between 11th and 14th July 2013. Full line-up here: http://castleparty.com/

In October 18th Victorians will play Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium (headlined by Tarja Turunen – http://www.metalfemalevoicesfest.be) and week later – at 26th October – the band will join special concert at Bram Stoker International Film Festival at Whitby, England. (www.bramstokerfilmfestival.com)

“Revival” includes 10 songs packed with great melodies, perfect musicianship and enchanting female vocals delivered by Eydis .
The recordings took place in MP Studio, with the help of producer Mariusz Pietka, who worked previously with such artists as Sabaton, Pathfinder and Cristal Viper. VICTORIANS tracked down 10 unique compositions that will appeal to fans of Nightwish and Within Temptation. Katarzyna Niwińska was responsible for amazing photo shots. You can check more pictures taken during this session and full album preview here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm80ckZZvjs&feature=g-upl

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AMORPHIS: “Shades of Gray” Lyric Video and “Circle” Pre-Order Now Online

April 3rd, 2013
by EvilG

Finnish masters of melancholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, have released the second single off the band’s upcoming album Circle. Check out the official “Shades Of Gray” lyric video:

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Pre-order Evile’s new album ‘Skull’

April 3rd, 2013
by EvilG

The time is fast approaching for Evile’s highly-anticipated new album, “Skull”, and you can now reserve your copy in a choice of great formats!

As a special treat for fans, we’ve got loads of pre-order options at the Earache Webstore to suit everyone from the casual fans to the most dedicated and die-hard Evile followers:

- Regular jewel case CD
- Jewel case CD signed by band (100 copies)
- Red (100 copies), White (200), Purple (300) or Black (400) vinyl LP
- Black vinyl LP signed by the band (150 copies)
- Album cover t-shirt
- Album cover hoodie
- Album cover girlie/tank top
- CD & t-shirt/hoodie/girlie pack
- Black LP & t-shirt/hoodie/girlie pack
- Your name in the album credits & CD or Black LP
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Release date announced for new Sacred Oath album and cover art revealed

April 3rd, 2013
by EvilG
Sacred Oath - Fallen

Sacred Oath – Fallen

A brand new full-length album from Sacred Oath is scheduled for worldwide release on May 28th of this year.   “Fallen” is the 6th studio album from the power metal quartet currently celebrating 25 years in the business.

Produced by lead singer/guitarist Rob Thorne at his studio in Connecticut, all 10 songs were recorded with the original 1988 line-up, including Pete Altieri (bass), Kenny Evans (drums), and Glen Cruciani (guitar).  “The four of us haven’t recorded anything together since “Darkness Visible” for a variety of reasons,” says Thorne, who has produced six of the band’s more recent albums.  “I threw the idea out there of doing an EP together to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and everyone jumped on board.  It quickly escalate! d into a monstrous LP.  It’s very exciting.”

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MÖTLEY CRÜE THEY’RE COMING BACK…SEPTEMBER 18 – OCTOBER 6, 2013 Vegas Residency 2

April 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

Motley_Crue_01Tickets on-sale Friday at 10am!

The world’s most notorious band will be coming back to the world’s most notorious city this fall, when Mötley Crüe returns to Las Vegas. The rockers best known for going to the extreme will once again take over the stage at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for an exclusive twelve-show engagement September 18 through October 6. The band blew away fans and critics last February with twelve over-the-top, sold-out shows. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am.

The fall shows will be an all-new production and the band is pushing their own envelope once again. The production will be designed exclusively for The Joint in partnership with AEG Live. There will be plenty of surprise elements for fans and a set-list full of hits.

“We are proud to have pioneered the Las Vegas rock residency last year and can’t wait to come back this year to take it over the top with a brand new show that will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen Mötley Crüe do before,” said Nikki Sixx.

“The guys had such a wild and successful run the first time around, I’m sure they will want to do everything bigger and better this time. We are extremely excited to see what the band brings to The Joint and Vegas during their second residency,” said Paul Davis, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

“If some is good, more is better! That was our thought when we got serious about bringing the Crüe back to The Joint. The run went so well last time…..the show was awesome, the numbers outstanding and working with the band and their management was a pleasure,” said Bobby Reynolds, Vice President of Booking for AEG Live Las Vegas. “I’m honored to bring one of the most entertaining bands ever back to their element.”

For more information visit, www.Motley.com

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Exumer vocalist Mem von Stein featured in new Qi Gong exercise DVD

April 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

Mem von Stein, known for his work as the vocalist for influential thrash metal band, Exumer, is also a fitness enthusiast. Stein is a second degree Kung Fu Wu Su instructor, and also teaches Kung Fu and Qi Gong. Stein appears in a new QiGong exercise DVD that is available now at endorphins-body.com. A trailer for the DVD is available on youtube.com. Read the rest of this entry »

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PHILIP ANSELMO Says Original PANTERA ‘Behind The Music’ Special ‘Smeared’ His Name

April 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

down17.JPGAn updated version of VH1′s “Behind The Music” documentary on PANTERA, “Behind The Music Remastered: Pantera”, will premiere on VH1 Classic in the U.S. on Saturday, April 6 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The new version contains fresh interviews with those who also lost loved ones the night PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was murdered in Columbus, Ohio, as well as with PANTERA members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass), and Dimebag’s longtime girlfriend, Rita Haney.

The original “Behind The Music” episode on PANTERA had its premiere in May 2006. The program included interviews with the surviving members of PANTERA — Anselmo, Vinnie Paul Abbott (drums), and Brown — along with appearances by Guy Sykes (tour manager), Walter O’Brien (manager), Terry Date (producer), several members of PANTERA’s/DAMAGEPLAN’s crew, and Haney.

“Sorry for your fucked up, retarded, asinine program that smeared my name to the goddamn toilets of every house in America,” Anselmo says about the original show in one of the newly filmed interview clips that is included in the “Remastered” version of the episode. “You motherfuckers didn’t have to live with it, I did. I resent it — still resent it.”

Philip claims that since PANTERA ended, he has become a totally reformed character.

“Believe me, I’ve taken a good, cold, long hard fucking stare in the mirror,” he says. “I know who the fuck I am, I know the mistakes I’ve made. Therefore, I can move on.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Sweden’s ENTRAILS release “Bloodhammer” from their new album, “Raging Death”

April 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

Swedish deathact, ENTRAILS, has released the second single from their upcoming new album Raging Death! Visit Rock Hard Germany HERE to check out Bloodhammer.

Fans can also head to www.metalblade.com/entrails to check out the artwork for Raging Death, as well as the first single In Pieces!

ENTRAILS comments: “This is the perfect next step for ENTRAILS. A massive stench of death, right in your face! ‘Raging Death’ as a title suited the album as a whole, since it’s pure death metal without mercy!”

Raging Death will be released the 10th/13th of May via Metal Blade Records in Europe on vinyl, limited Digi-CD with bonus cd, and in a standard jewel case. The album will be available on CD and on-line in North America on May 15th. Only the vinyl version and the limited digi CD will include the MARDUK cover, Dark Endless, as a bonus track! More details on the content of the bonus cd will be revealed shortly.

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KATAKLYSM: Working on New Album / Album Title Announced

April 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

kata10.JPGMontreal based death metal powerhouse, KATAKLYSM, have been quietly working on new material for the past several months for their long awaited follow-up to the highly successful Heaven’s Venom album. Heaven’s Venom was released on August 24th 2010 in North America and debuted at #196 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart, making it the band’s highest charting album and their biggest first week sales to date. This will now be the band’s longest stretch between records.

“Well it’s been a seriously busy ride since our last album Heaven’s Venom was released over 3 years ago,” commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono. “From a successful world headlining run, to Ozzfest, into a recap of our 20 years as band with the Iron Will DVD. We’ve been writing in a very humble fashion behind the scenes for the last six months. It’s time to take KATAKLYSM to higher levels and dig deep into our capacities as musicians and songwriters. We know exactly what we have to do, that’s why we have taken our time and why we’ll be taking most of the Summer to complete the new album. The record will deal lyrically with mortality and the purpose of ones being on this earth. The moment we are born we start to die. It’s a sort of deal we make with life, and with that I title the new KATAKLYSM album Waiting for the End to Come.

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PAGANLAND debut album out now, premiere new track

April 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

At last, PAGANLAND release their long-brewing debut album, Wind of Freedom, through SVARGA MUSIC. A celebration of pagan pride and a show of metal might, Wind of Freedom carries the listener on a windswept journey like no other – verily, to a mystical PAGANLAND – and the critical response has been overwhelmingly positive. To capitalize on this critical acclaim across the world, PAGANLAND’s new track “Chornohora” is now streaming at PureGrainAudio.com, and can be heard exclusively here: http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/paganland-chornohora-song-stream
Tracklisting for PAGANLAND’s Wind of Freedom
1) Wheel of Eternity (intro)
2) Shadows of the Past
3) Power of Spirit
4) Chornohora
5) Podolyanka
6) Night Forest
7) Fogs and Twilights
8) Wind of Freedom

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George Lynch’s “Shadowtrain” Documentary Up For IndieWire.com Project of the Month

April 2nd, 2013
by EvilG


“Shadowtrain: Under a Crooked Sky,” the documentary film by rock legend George Lynch and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Mark Mclaughlin is one of four films in the running for IndieWire.com’s Project of the Month.

After winning the final Project of the Week poll in March by a landslide, “Shadowtrain” has moved onto the monthly poll, the winner of which will receive consultation from the Tribeca Film Institute.

Cast your vote for “Shadowtrain: Under a Crooked Sky” at THIS LOCATION.

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CRIPPER release new video for ‘Totmann’

April 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

German Thrashers of CRIPPER are releasing their new video “Totmann”.  After “Animal Of Prey”, this is the second videoclip from their album “Antagonist”.

 

 

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