TÝR’s brand new album, “Valkyrja,” has debuted on charts worldwide! In the US, the album reached #15 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s Chart, #22 on Current Hard Music, #39 on Overall Hard Music, and #70 on the Independent albums chart! On iTunes on day of release, “Valkyrja” reached #4 on the metal chart. In Europe, the album entered at #45 on German Top 100 Album Charts, and #76 on Switzerland’s charts. And in Canada, the record reached #26 on the Metal chart. On iTunes Canada, the record peaked at #2 on the metal chart, #9 on the rock chart, and #73 on the top 200 albums chart!
TÝR comments on the success of “Valkyrja” thus far: “Needless to say, we’re very pleased with the co-operation with Metal Blade, and we thank Brian and his crew for the amazing work they have done for us and our new album. We’re thrilled that our new album has been so well received by the reviewers and the fans, and the chart entries are just a fantastic bonus on top of it all. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who bought our album.
Disinterred British extreme metal legends CARCASS scanned 8,422 copies of Surgical Steel in its first week of sales in the United States according to Nielson Soundscan. The record came in at #41 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart, making it their highest first week sales ever and their highest charting release to date! In contrast, their last full-length release 1996’s Swansong sold just under 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release.
Commented the band:
“Wow! Well we had every faith in the fact that we’ve recorded a very strong album and we had every faith in our label Nuclear Blast that they would work their asses off – but this is AMAZING news!!! This even more impressive when you consider that our album leaked a month before
the release date AND that we didn’t target the charts in the Summer when it was ‘soft’ and easier to chart high. CARCASS was up against some strong mainstream releases this past week! Thanks to all the listeners who bought the album- it goes to prove to all the cynics out there wrong – people DO still buy albums -especially Metalheads! If you bought the album you should be proud of yourselves! Again thanks from us!”
A message from Wendy Dio regarding she and Ronnie James Dio’s favorite charity, The Brittany Foundation:
As you all know, Ronnie and I have always been animal lovers and our favorite charity is The Brittany Foundation, as 100% of the monies raised goes to feed and house the dogs. Some of you may remember that three years ago, I spent a Day in Their Paws in a cage with two adorable dogs, trying to raise money and get them adopted. This was one of the last public appearances Ronnie made before his untimely passing.
This year I am going in the cage again with Timka and Tramp to raise money for The Brittany Foundation. I stay in the cage for 24 hours or until I have raised the money for freedom. It costs a dollar a minute for my freedom. I am asking for your help.
Please go here and scroll down to my picture with Timka and Tramp, and click the button to donate. We would love to see any of you that would like to join us.
I would like to say a big “thank you” to you all, and as Ronnie would say, “You Rock!”
Havok: The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood CA USA Sept 6, 2013 with Ophiuchus and Kaustik
with Ophiuchus and Kaustik
Live at September 6th 2013
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood CA USA
Live Review and Pics by Metalette
It’s always great to be at the Whisky a Go Go on a Friday night. While standing in line to get in, or grabbing a pre-show slice of pie from Frankie and Johnnie’s pizza up the block, you really get to experience all the weirdness that the Sunset Strip has to offer. There’s a yuppie-or-something club nearby (do people still say “yuppie”? I do…), an Irish pub which I have yet to check out, the Hustler store across the street, and average LA joes taking their Lamborghinis for a casual cruise back and forth on Sunset a few times, or walking their large, exotic dogs haughtily down the Strip. And lest we forget the constant stream of tourist buses slowing down to take pictures of the Whisky, as well as flash devil-horns (as if they even know what they’re doing) at the string of less-than-impressed metal fans who are just waiting to pick up their tickets at will-call. Read the rest of this entry »
Album Cover And Track Listing For New Studio Album Unveiled
NO SALVATION TOUR 2013 Set For October With Support From
BROKEN HOPE, DISGORGE & NECROMONICON
DEICIDE is (from L-R in above photo): Glen Benton (vocals and bass), Kevin Quirion (guitars), Steve Asheim (drums) and Jack Owen (guitars).
Metal legends DEICIDE will release ‘IN THE MINDS OF EVIL’ November 25 in North America via Century Media Records, and frontman and founding member Glen Benton couldn’t be more proud of his latest offering of evil incarnate.
“Do you hear that? It’s the sound of Satan singing along to the new DEICIDE!” boasts Benton of the new release, adding that “‘IN THE MINDS OF EVIL’ is like King Kong taking a shit on a daisy.” Read the rest of this entry »
The dark metal band from Phoenix, AZ, is wrapping up the writing and recording process for their second EP album. Five songs have been finished instrumentally, with only vocals left to complete. The exact album release date has not yet been set, but PsychoBliss plans to release the album by the end of 2013. The album title of the EP album remains unknown.
PsychoBliss’ first EP, Dreams of Dystopia , was released on 12/21/12, and showcased a slow and depressive mood. Dreams of Dystopia was released digitally and on cassette via Tridroid Records. Read the rest of this entry »
North American tour with Watain begins October 8th
Head over to the VICE’s music destination, Noisey, to listen to a brand new track from Swedish classic heavy metal band, In Solitude. Click HERE to stream “A Buried Sun.” The band’s new album Sister is dropping in North America on 10/01 and will be available to fans digitally, on CD, and 180gram black vinyl. Fans can check out the first single and title track “Sister” at MetalBlade.com/InSolitude.
Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of Italian metal act, Destrage. The band formed in 2005 and has released two full length albums, “Urban Being” in 2009, and “The King is Fat’N’Old” in 2010. Their animated live shows have taken them on tour all over Europe, and even over to Japan. Destrage opened for Every Time I Die and Parkway Drive this summer, and headlined a variety of Italian festivals including: Machete Fest, Rock In Riot, MAV Festival, and more.
Destrage’s new album, “Are You Kidding Me? No.” is complete and being prepared for release in early 2014. A trailer for the album can be seen now on the band’s popular youtube channel, youtube.com/destrage. While there, watch Destrage’s previous videos, including their video for “Jade’s Place,” which won the videoclip category at the Torino Best Soundtrack Awards in 2010. Plans are currently in motion for videos in support of the new album, as well as more extensive touring in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans DEATH ANGEL, have made a lyric video for the title track of their upcoming album The Dream Call for Blood available here: http://youtu.be/2WVL0VjBrjg. The Dream Calls for Blood will be released to the rabid masses on October 11th (Rest of Europe), October 14th (UK), and October 15th (North America). Fans can now pre-order the album in various formats, with or without an exclusive t-shirt design here: http://goo.gl/xipVSX.
“We are pleased and proud to present to you the first lyric video from our new album – the title track The Dream Calls for Blood,” commented guitarist Rob Cavestany. “This is but an appetizer for the feast coming your way soon… beware! You may not be hungry after watching – it’s a bloody orgy of intense ecstasy!”
DEATH ANGEL recently made the title-track of their upcoming album The Dream Calls for Blood and the song “Caster of Shame”available for streaming now on www.deathangel.us.
On the 29th of August, we had the chance to join Jeremy Spencer (drums) and Jason Hook (guitar) from Five Finger Death Punch to chat about their new albums The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1/2, live performances, future plans and music in general.
Both Jeremy and Jason come across as really laid back, welcoming and funny dudes who are an absolute pleasure to hang out with. Read the rest of this entry »
Inspired by Austrian filmmaker Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 movie “Metropolis,” The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heartwill be released in North America on October 29th as a jewel-case and as a digi-pak with a bonus DVD.
This fall, SEPULTURA will beheadlining their “Tsunami Of Metal” Tour with Boston’s UNEARTH, Canada’s KATAKLYSM, Joey Jordison’s SCAR THE MARTYR (select dates), British Columbia’s ANCIIENTS (select dates), and openers DARK SERMON from Florida. The sonic tidal wave will strike Hollywood, California on November 1st and travel across the U.S. and Canada before touching down in Austin, Texas on November 24th.
Vocalist Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson of Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT, will be available for a meet and greet at the Velvet Margarita (1612 North Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028) next Tuesday in Los Angeles. The event will start at 10 pm PST and a Monster Energy Drink guitar signed by the band will also be given away throughout the evening. For more information on the occasion and to RSVP visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/248829568575188/?context=create
Dark Roots Of Thrash, a DVD/2CD release documenting TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will be made available onOctober 11th (Europe) and October 15th (North America) via Nuclear Blast! In the meantime, check out the song “Rise Up” taken from the upcoming DVD here http://youtu.be/B81K2qKF-1M