This year marks DANZIG’s 25th anniversary and the band will play a series of live dates in the US and in Europe. The first leg of the Danzig 25th Anniversary Tour has now been confirmed, all dates will feature Danzig, plus Glenn Danzig and his former MISFITS bandmate Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein performing the music of the Misfits.
Special guests on these US dates are CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and THE AGONIST. Dates include:
17 – Las Vegas, NV- House of Blues
19 – Denver, CO- Ogden Theater
20 – Albuquerque, NM- Sunshine Theater
22 – Austin, TX- Stubb’s
23 – Corpus Christi, TX- Concrete Street
24 – Dallas, TX- Palladium
26 – Phoenix, AZ- Marquee Theater
27 – Pomona, CA- Fox Theater
28 – Ventura, CA- Ventura Theater
Fan pre-sales start Friday, February 15th at noon local time at this location.
General onsale information will be available very soon.
Zombified recently completed a new music video for the track Pull the Trigger from their brand new album, Carnage Slaughter and Death. The video features each member of Zombified, guitarists Patrik Myrén and Pär Fransson, drummer Jacob Johansson, and bassist/vocalist Roberth Karlsson performing the song. The video shot by the members of Zombified and edited by Jacob Johansson. View Pull the Trigger now at metalblade.com/zombified.
About Zombified: Zombified was started as a two man project by guitarists P. Myrén and P. Fransson in the winter of 2006. After some beers, and a three song demo, they decided to assemble a full band and record an album. They got in contact with the session members “Von Pest” and M.Askinen and with them they gave birth to the first album ‘Zombified Slaughtermachine’. After the release, M.Fiebig and R.Karlsson joined the band on drums and vocals and Zombified didn’t waste any time and created a new album called “Carnage Slaughter And Death”. Shortly thereafter, M. Fiebig decided to leave the band and a new drummer was found in J. Johansson.
Zombified Slaughtermachine led to the band signing with Cyclone Empire. Carnage Slaughter and Death will be released in February 2013 by Metal Blade Records in North America. Carnage Slaughter and Death was recorded at “Shotgun Studios”, which is owned and operated by the band. Additionally, the band is wasting no time and has already begun assembling material for a third album.
After spending months deep inside their arctic fortress working on what will be their next album, your Lords and Masters GWAR have announced their return to the road in North America. The second leg of the “Fate or Chaos” tour is scheduled to kick off April 10th in Tucson, AZ and will run through April 25th in Jacksonville, Florida. Support on the tour will come from Warbeast and Wilson. Tickets go on sale this Friday February 15th.
Briefly putting down the crack pipe, lead throat thing Oderus Urungus spoke about going back on tour:
“As you humans amuse yourself with your mundane holidays, it has been a time of intense activity for GWAR, as we record our 13th studio album– the first one with our new Scumdog brother, Pustulus Maximus!”
The Filth-Lord continued– “We begin this year’s festivities with the second and final leg of our Fate or Chaos tour, so everybody who missed the first leg can see Cyber-Jesus get his fucking ass handed to him. Then it’s back in the studio to work on all the hulking war machines we shall need on our devastating, brand-spanking new tour, after the album drops at the end of the summer! Can you believe I said drop? How fucking stupid!”
Oderus Urungus and Balsac the Jaws of Death, recently took New York by storm when they were in town filming a segment for the SyFy TV Show “Oddities”.
The guys were once again recruited by MTV’s Next Movie to give their critique of another Steven Spielberg directed, Oscar nominated film. The last time they reviewed a movie for Next Movie they reviewed “War Horse” it was only fitting that “Lincoln” be next. Check out Oderus and Balsac’s review HERE.
Oderus and Balsac recently stole the show .as guests on the “Artie Lange Show”. Check out highlights of their appearance HERE.
The summer will also herald the fourth annual GWAR-B-Q, and this year is shaping-up to have the most colossal, bone-crushing line-up yet! But that’s not all from your toxic mutant under-lords. Rumors of boxed sets, GWAR-B-Q sauce, GWAR beer, and long-awaited “comedy” albums abound. Further details about all of these projects would have to wait until “we get our shit together”, said Oderus.
GWAR “Fate Or Chaos Tour” w/ Warbeast and Wilson
04/10: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
04/11: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – Tickets
04/12: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe – The Strip – Tickets
04/13: Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theatre – Tickets
04/14: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory – Tickets
04/15: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Tickets
04/16: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club
04/17: Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre – Tickets
04/18: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Lounge
04/19: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
04/20: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom – Tickets
04/21: Little Rock, AR @ The Rev Room – Tickets
04/22: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works – Tickets
04/23: Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar – Tickets
04/24: Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
04/25: Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live – Tickets
Make sure to keep up with Oderus’ latest incoherent rants and raves on “The Mad Minute” with Full Metal Jackie. Listen to the latest installment and check out recent “Mad Minutes” at http://www.fullmetaljackieradio.com
ENGLAND – U.K. heavy metal act, Cradle of Filth, has been forced to cancel its headlining North American “28 Days Closer to Hell Tour” due to U.S. immigration issues. No immediate plans to reschedule the dates have been revealed.
The band’s management has issued the following statement about the canceled shows…
“Cradle of Filth are really sorry to tell all of their fans that their U.S. tour ’28 Days Closer to Hell’ is going to have to be canceled, due to U.S. immigration issues beyond the band’s control. They have been desperately trying to solve these problems, but it has become evident they are not going to be resolved in time for the band to embark on a tour that starts next week.
“The band sincerely apologize to all their fans and to the other acts on the tour and want to assure people they have made every effort possible to go ahead with the tour.”
Cradle of Filth released its 10th album, The Manticore and Other Horrors, last Halloween on Nuclear Blast.
Stay tuned for more information on Cradle of Filth.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? Author Laina Dawes
Defends Heavy Metal Against New Study
on CBC Radio Canada; Audio Available Laina Dawes, author of the book What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal(Bazillion Points), is interviewed on the “Ontario Today” show on CBC Radio Canada. She defends heavy metal against new research that suggests a link between the music and teens getting into trouble with the law:
The full interview is available for streaming at this location:
Featuring a foreword by Skin of Skunk Anansie, Laina Dawes‘s acclaimed debut, What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, is available now in softcover wherever books are sold, and in eBook form via the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iTunes Books, and Kobo platforms.
Laina Dawes is a journalist, cultural critic, and photographer. She has contributed to CBC Radio, Metal Edge, The Wire, Afrotoronto.com, and Blogher.com. An active public speaker, she has appeared at SXSW and the EMP Pop Music Conference. She lives in Toronto, and her personal blog lives at Writingisfighting.com.
First Ever Housecore Horror Film & Metal Festival in Austin
Website, badge sales, call for filmmaker submissions open today
AUSTIN, Texas—In what can only be described as a match made in hell, the worlds of heavy metal and horror collide this fall as the first-ever Housecore Horror Film Festival (HHFF) erupts in Austin, Texas. World famous heavy metal pioneer Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual, et al.) and internationally renowned, best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell (Hollywood Death Scenes, Dead and Buried, et al.) have teamed up to create the ultimate underground, three-day horror and heavy metal fan event that will combine live concerts from some of the biggest bands in metal and hard rock with more than 70 screenings of horror, true crime, and heavy metal films, music videos, and more—and special guest appearances from three of the world’s most revered underground directors of horror.
After several years of waiting, PAIN OF SALVATION is finally returning to North America! Check the dates below to see when the band will be coming to a city near you:
PAIN OF SALVATION North American Tour 2013 with KINGCROW, IMMINENT SONIC DESTRUCTION
May 1st–West Springfield, VA @ Empire
May 2nd–White Marsh, MD @ House of Rock
May 4th–Gettysburg, PA @ Rosfest **PAIN OF SALVATION only**
May 5th–New York, NY @ The Marlin Room at Webster Hall
May 7th–Quebec City, QB @ Le Cercle
May 8th–Montreal, QB @ Foufounes Electriques
May 9th–Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
May 10th–Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
May 11th–Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
This tour will coincide with the band’s upcoming album release via InsideOut Music, which features newly recorded acoustic versions of classic PAIN OF SALVATION songs. More details about this special album project will be announced soon, so stay tuned!
PAIN OF SALVATION’s latest album, Road Salt Two, entered the official national charts in the following European countries upon its release in Fall 2011: Sweden #24, The Netherlands #82, Finland #31, and Norway #51 in its second week (first week was at #94). To purchase Road Salt Two, please visit CM Distro or iTunes.
After the past year on tour in Europe with Dragonforce and 3 Inches of Blood, fearless metal sensation HUNTRESS are back in the studio working on their follow-up album to Spell Eater. The band is currently working with Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed,Municipal Waste) and Jill Janus states: “Huntress is seriously stoked on Zeuss. He’s the real deal; a true Heavy Metal producer that shares our vision. We are ready to deliver a killer second album, and Zeuss is the man to make it happen. Hail Metal!”
Huntress – Spell Eater
Los Angeles based Huntress, whom LA Weekly called, “…true to the roots of melodic heavy metal with a penchant for thrash, death and black metal” released their buzzworthy debut album Spell Eater earlier in 2012 via Napalm Records. The album, which Metal Hammer calls “a magical debut from the hottest new act of 2012,” was recorded last fall in Los Angeles and was produced by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Children of Bodom and Skeletonwitch).
Huntress was spawned from the preternatural union of Jill Janus and the Southern California metal band Professor. Janus began her ascension into the realm of heavy metal in the Catskill Mountains of New York, where she first developed her unique vocal abilities. Born with a four-octave range, Janus spent years performing as a coloratura soprano. Her classical training is now the foundation for her screams.
The band will be performing at European festivals planned for the next few months including Download and Hammerfest.
Since early February DEMONICAL has been isolated at Necromorbus Studios in the dark suburbs of Stockholm recording “Darkness Unbound”, their fourth full-length masterpiece and the first album to feature our new line-up. So far the drums for all 11 tracks have been recorded, now it’s time to move on and nail down some guitars.
“The new material is clearly our most sinister, vicious and dark work up until to date and we are confident that “Darkness Unbound” will be an important milestone not only for us as a band but also an album that will have a certain impact on the current death metal scene and especially the Swedish old-school wave. ”
The artwork and visual concept of the album follows the same somber path as the music making it a solid entity of perpetual death metal darkness.
More reports will be published as the work proceeds.
Ambient blackened doom metallers VATTNET VISKAR will be back on the road this March to play some shows around SXSW 2013 (the band’s appearances at the festival will be announced soon). Check the dates below to see when they’ll be coming to a city near you!
VATTNET VISKAR tour dates
March 4– Clementon, NJ @ J Walker’s
March 5– Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
March 7– Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s Downtown
March 8– Charleston, SC @ The Charleston Skatepark
March 9– Marietta, GA @ Swayze’s
March 10– Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
March 11– Lafayette, LA @ JP’s Hookah Lounge
March 12– San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
March 17– Tulsa, OK @ The Downtown Lounge
March 18– Topeka, KS @ The Boobie Trap
March 19– Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
March 20– Indianapolis, IN @ Indy’s Jukebox
March 21– Columbus, OH @ Kobo Live
March 22– Ithaca, NY @ The Underground
March 23– Burlington, VT @ The Monkey House
Hailing from the small town of Plaistow, New Hampshire, VATTNET VISKAR is anything but small. Formed in the fall of 2010, the band has quickly risen amongst the ranks of US black metal acts with their self-titled EP, which was named one of the best metal albums of 2012 by Pitchfork.com, Stereogum.com, and countless others. To purchase this EP, please head over to the band’s official Bandcamp page.
Stay tuned for news about VATTNET VISKAR’s upcoming full-length album (and Century Media debut) coming soon!
Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of Australian progressive, extreme metal outfit NE OBLIVISCARIS! The band stand on their own by infusing their metal with western art music, jazz, and flamenco. With adventurous, progressive and nuanced compositions often exceeding ten minutes in length, NE OBLIVISCARIS add profound depth to a musical proficiency which reaches the highest levels.
The group released the following statement: “For us as a band, signing to Season of Mist, one of the best independent metal labels in the world, a label whose roster includes some of our all time favourite bands and influences, is quite surreal”, the band comments. “We worked for many years to get our debut album ‘Portal Of I’ out there for the world to hear and for its reception to have been so overwhelmingly positive, and for a label like this to not only love our music, but believe we can go places in the worldwide metal scene is incredible. It is one of those things that just gives us even more motivation to keep composing and performing and trying to take NE OBLIVISCARIS as far as we can to as many people across the world as possible. We’re currently in the middle of writing our next album with plans to record late 2013 and we can’t wait to get it out there to the world and take that next step in partnership with Season of Mist.”
NE OBLIVISCARIS have toured their native Australia alongside SOILWORK, SUFFOCATION, PSYCROPTIC and more. The band has played several revered festivals like Progfest, Sonic Forge & more. With their first demo ‘The Aurora Veil’ in 2007, the Aussies garnered significant word-of-mouth within the metal underground. Last year, their self released debut album, ‘Portal of I’ showcased their unique array of influences and dynamic songwriting, and sent shockwaves through the metal underground once again. Met with even more praise, ‘Portal of I’ made several “Best of 2012″ lists.
>NE OBLIVISCARIS are currently in the middle of writing their Season of Mist debut with plans to record late 2013.
Bolt Thrower have continued their ‘quality not quantity’ approach to playing live and that has definitely paid off. In 2010 they played a number of shows and festivals across Europe, and from playing more intimate underground shows (in keeping with their roots), they can also pull off playing to a festival crowd of 30,000 people. That’s why, as they reached and moved beyond their 25th Anniversary, Bolt Thrower are still at the top of their game.
Finally, after only a handful of North American dates in the past few years, limited to Maryland Deathfest, Bolt Thrower has announced the Return To Chaos tour! The band will perform seven shows across the US in May. The confirmed dates are listed below, and include Maryland Deathfest, Chaos in Tejas, as well as club shows in Pomona, CA, Seattle, WA, Chicago, IL, and more.
Bolt Thrower adds: “And it’s our pleasure to announce that for all the club shows we’ll be sharing the stage with our fellow compatriots Benediction; and for the Pomona and Oakland shows we’ll also be joined by the mighty Autopsy!”
More Bolt Thrower vinyl for has been pressed for North America! Those who missed out on Those Once Loyal, Honour Valour Pride, and Mercenary last time around can now order vinyl on indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce Whitesnake’s highly anticipated live concert “Made In Japan” – released on Deluxe 2CD/DVD Edition, Blu-ray and DVD in theUK on Monday April 22nd (North American release is Tuesday April 23rd).
Multi-platinum rock band Whitesnake co-headlined the “Loud Park” festival on October 15th 2011 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan during their “Forevermore World Tour.”
The performance was initially recorded for Japanese TV and future Loud Park promotions, but after three songs were broadcast on a Loud Park highlights program in Japan, White snake received unprecedented requests for this performance to be made available for general release.
Having spent most of 2012 editing and mixing the Japanese concert in stunning HD as a multi format DVD-CD in 5.1 and stereo, just prior to commencing the ‘Year Of The Snake’ 2013 WorldTour, this exceptional performance is a welcome addition to the history of Whitesnake live releases. Now fans can relive the irresistible magic of Whitesnake in concert any time their heart and loins may desire!
Another amazing night to remember and to share with all the fans!
“Don’t be shy…C’mon…Make Some Fucking Noise!!!”
The ‘Forevermore’ songs alone are worth the price of admission, not forgetting the classic Whitesnake songs, “Is This Love,”“Still Of The Night” and “Here I Go Again,” all performed at the height of their musical powers. It’s all here. This is what Whitesnake fans, new and old, have been clamouring for. Highlights include blistering guitar work from the band’s six string guitar slingers, Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach, who both celebrate their 10th anniversary with the band this year.
Whitesnake also features the earth-shaking rhythm section, The Wrecking Crew featuring Michael Devin (bass) and Briian Tichy (drums), who anchor the deep and dirty foundation of Whitesnake. The band is accompanied by the swirling sonic tapestries of special guest keyboardist Brian Ruedy, and of course, the chest beating, seductive vocals of front man and founder, David Coverdale.
After hearing the sound check recordings from the different Japanese venues, the band decided to include them in the package as special bonus content. They agreed that everything would be related to their 2011 Japanese tour. So, when you think about it, it is appropriate they’ve called the project “Made In Japan“.
Philadelphia’s cerebral power metalists Infernal Opera have set March 5th, 2013 as the release date for their debut CD: ‘Emissary Of Steel’. Infernal Opera have also announced the addition of former Purgatory guitarist Randy Gonce to the band. Gonce who first appeared on Purgatory’s 1986 underground classic, ‘Tied To The Tracks’ will make his live Infernal Opera debut on March 2nd, 2013 as part of the band’s CD release event. In other Infernal Opera news, the band recently made metal history when they were invited to play a precedent setting back to back nights this past January at the famed House Of Metal at Malone’s in Santa Ana, California. As part of NAMM weekend, Infernal Opera shared the stage with Heretic and Phantom X, as well taking part in one of the most historical nights in Orange County, California metal history when Uli Jon Roth officially kicked off his 40th anniversary of Scorpions tour. More information about Infernal Opera can be found below:
The legendary Japanese Thrash/Crossover band Beyond Description has returned to the studio to begin with the recording of their new album in order to release it already this year. The first of a series of “behind the scenes” video clips right from the studio can be viewed below. The new album will be released by Punishment 18 Records.