THUNDERSTONE – Pasi Rantanen is back!

August 4th, 2013
by EvilG
THUNDERSTONE - Pasi Rantanen is back!

THUNDERSTONE – Pasi Rantanen is back!

This is the news you have been waiting for: Pasi Rantanen is back!

We are extremely happy and proud to welcome Pasi back to the THUNDERSTONE family and look forward to creating something truly magical with him in the future. Says Titus: ‘Asking Pasi to come back was a no-brainer, really. He has one of the best voices in the scene and many people beyond Thunderstone fans were wondering what he was doing with his incredible talent. We’re really excited to be working with him again’.

And here’s Pasi’s statement:

‘Dear Thunderstone fans and friends

I’m back! And man, it feels good too! Leaving Thunderstone was a difficult decision and something that I regretted more than once during my time away. So when the guys approached me about a possible reunion, I had no second thoughts. I missed the music, the friendship, the craziness, and most importantly, the SMELL!

Thanks for all your support during the years. Stay tuned for some amazing stuff from THUNDERSTONE!’

Once again, remember to leave a comment, send private messages and SPREAD THE NEWS by sharing this update! Most importantly, check in next Friday for the fourth installment of THUNDERSTONE news.

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Drummer Bobby Jarzombek Update; FATES WARNING – New Album “Darkness In A Different Light” out September 30

August 3rd, 2013
by EvilG
Bobby Jarzombek

Bobby Jarzombek

Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (FATES WARNING, SEBASTIAN BACH, HALFORD) issued the following update:

Hey all!

All sorts of stuff going on as I’m getting ready for a busy fall on the road!

Big FATES WARNING news as InsideOutMusic has just announced the album title and release date and unveiled the artwork for the new album! The record is called “Darkness In A Different Light” and will be out September 30 in Europe and November 1 in North America. This is the band’s first new studio album in almost 10 years and my first with them. Needless to say, I’m pretty damn excited because we’ve put a lot of hard work into this record – I know I certainly have. Once again, Jim (Matheos) has written some amazing songs which, in my estimation, are every bit as good as what we did with ARCH / MATHEOS a couple of years ago – and Ray (Alder) is singing great! Read the official press release on the Fates website http://www.fateswarning.com and stay tuned for further details and advance music as we get closer to the actual release.

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ONE BAND RULES THEM ALL! Canada’s CRIMSON SHADOWS Wins Wacken Metal Battle 2013 @ Wacken Open Air

August 3rd, 2013
by EvilG

VIDEO OF WACKEN METAL BATTLE SET: http://www.ndr.de/unterhaltung/events/wacken/woa_2013/wacken2543.html

Music Video – Beyond The Mountain Wasteland - http://youtu.be/W65LfLPt5rM

CANUCK METAL RULES! One band rules them all as Canadian epic power/death metallers  Crimson Shadows from Toronto, ON have won the international 2013 Wacken Metal Battle.

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EYEHATEGOD Announces 25th Anniversary Shows; Tickets On Sale NOW

August 3rd, 2013
by EvilG

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, New Orleans’ legendary purveyors of hardcore, blues-based, post-amplified audio wreckage, EYEHATEGOD, are pleased to announce three very special performances next month. The ruckus begins September 13 where EYEHATEGOD will return to the Ottobar in Baltimore for the first time since 2009, alongside New York Hardcore progenitors Agnostic Front and Cro Mags and the original lineup of Los Angeles crossover legends Final Conflict! That same weekend, EYEHATEGOD will cause maritime chaos for the second time as part of The Rocks Off Boatshow! Confirmed dates and ticket links are included below.

EYEHATEGOD is currently crumbling stages throughout Europe. The live debauchery kicked off on July 19th in Warsaw, Poland and continues to systematically bludgeon the eardrums of the willing and unwilling throughout the lands. The journey will come to a ceremonial close on August 20th in Toulouse, France.

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IN SOLITUDE confirm Fall tour with WATAIN

August 3rd, 2013
by EvilG

In Solitude will be returning to North America this Fall with Watain and Tribulation! This will be In Solitude’s first North American tour since the Decibel Magazine tour in 2012, which also happened to feature Watain. The tour, which runs from October 8th through November 3rd, will be in support of the upcoming album, “Sister. The album is set for release to coincide with the dates and In Solitude fans will be able to find new music streaming at metalblade.com/insolitude within the next few weeks. Updates, including new music, album art, and pre-order bundles, will be posted as they are made available.

In Solitude vocalist Pelle Ahman comments: “We are tremendously enthusiastic to announce that In Solitude are coming back to America and Canada in October. We are especially delighted to do this in the company of our great companions of Watain and Tribulation. It is our great pleasure to take part in this grand malady. We can’t wait to arrive and let it steal another sky from our eyes. See you in October.”

Watain comments: “Starting the first full tour for ‘The Wild Hunt’ in North America seems quite appropriate, considering how many severe experiences and sleepless nights that country has bestowed upon us while riding through its strange wilderness…A thousand years and a thousand deaths have passed since we last visited the States, so prepare yourself to face something very, very old and very, very hungry. Deformed from both victory and defeat, distorted by a constant influx of powers residing beyond the borders of this world, we now return to join forces with our ever loyal US supporters. With us we will have two acts that has the capacity of transforming the audience into one big open wound before we go on stage, ready then to receive the lethal yet illuminating venom of WATAIN.”

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DEATH ANGEL: CD Release Show Announced!

August 3rd, 2013
by EvilG

Death Angel 19.JPGLegendary Bay Area thrash metallers DEATH ANGEL have announced a CD release show for their upcoming 7th full-length release! Catch the band October 18th at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA with special guests 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, BATTLECROSS and REVOCATION. Everyone that purchases a ticket will also receive a copy of the new DEATH ANGEL album at the show! Tickets now on sale at http://tickets.slims-sf.com/events/338248

DEATH ANGEL recently wrapped recording the follow up to their 2010 release, Relentless Retribution, at AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER).  Cover art will once again be handled by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL). More details will be revealed shortly.

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PRIMAL FEAR – Studio Update

August 2nd, 2013
by EvilG
Primal Fear - UNBREAKABLE promo photo 2012

Primal Fear – UNBREAKABLE promo photo 2012

Primal Fear has posted the following update regarding the recording of their next album:

“It’s the final day @ the House of Music studios in Germany – drums, guitars, bass & all specials delivered. We’ve recorded 12 tracks incl. 2 epic songs, one guitar ballad and 9 crushing metal songs with all the trademarks you know & love to hear from Primal Fear.

The album is produced by Mat Sinner, engineered by Achim Koehler. Mixing duties will be handled in September by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat) Hansen Studios in Denmark. The yet untitled album will be released worldwide via Frontiers Records in January 2014.”

In other PF news, the band announced that they will be playing live in Costa Rica on Dec 06 2013. More tour-dates in Latin America will be announced soon!

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GWAR ANNOUNCES GIGANTIC FALL TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM

August 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

Masters of medieval metal, the mighty GWAR, are poised to return to the world of man as today they announced the first leg of their massive “Madness at the Core of Time” world tour, in support of their new album, Battle Maximus, which is out September 17th on Metal Blade Records. The tour, which features a completely brand-new show full of slavering creatures and deserving victims, is set to kick off October 2nd in Columbus, Ohio and runs through November 17th in Washington, DC. Tickets go on sale this Friday August 2nd.

Said verbose front-thing Oderus Urungus, “Our loyal slaves have been laboring ceaselessly to create the ultimate GWAR show, and for this they have received nothing but abuse and torment. I know our legions of loyal fans will be delighted to experience a whole new cast of ridiculous characters, all of whom shall meet exceedingly messy ends to the soundtrack of slaughter that our new album shall provide. Get ready world…GWAR is coming!”

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KILL RITUAL Release “Harder Than Stone” Single

August 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

Harder Than Stone” the brand new single from acclaimed San Francisco Bay Area thrashers KILL RITUAL is now available on all digital stores: Amazon, iTunes, etc. and as free download via Rock N Growl Records.

Initially recorded during the basic tracking sessions of the “The Serpentine Ritual” CD “Harder Than Stone” is yet another gem in the catalog of KILL RITUAL. The track showcases the unique songwriting of the band and their relentless pursuit of song craft and validity.

The new song “Harder Than Stone” can be streamed and downloaded here:

https://soundcloud.com/rockngrowl/kill-ritual-harder-than-stone

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KATATONIA ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN “UNCROWNED & VERTIKAL TOUR” WITH CULT OF LUNA

August 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

New album “Dethroned and Uncrowned” out this September on Kscope

Katatonia, Sweden’s master of dark rock, has announced a co-headlining North American tour, “Uncrowned & Vertikal Tour,” with Cult of Luna plus special guests Intronaut and TesseracT. The two-week run will commence September 23 in Boston, Mass. VIP packages will be available next week, along with the public on-sales beginning Friday, August 9. Read the rest of this entry »

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PITCH BLACK RECORS is pleased to announce the addition of GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH to its artist roster

August 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

Known globally as a stoner metal band, Canadians GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH incorporate three guitar players and a harmonica player giving them a blues edge to their heavy groove. Thin Lizzy meets Black Sabbath, with subtle elements of modern heavy metal here and there, this is a “heavy blues” band that wavers on the edge of metal, stoner, doom and classic rock.

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Metal On Ice Track List

August 2nd, 2013
by EvilG
Metal On Ice

Metal On Ice

Here it is, the Track List for the Metal On Ice EP! In no particular order…

Heavy Metal Love – Brian Vollmer
Metal Queen – Lee Aaron
On The Road To Rock – Nick Walsh w/ Victor Langen
Don’t It Make You Feel – Darby Mills
Keep The Spirit Alive – Russ Dwarf
Hey Operator – Carl Dixon

Musicians to perform on this EP include:

Carl Dixon – Coney Hatch
Brian Vollmer – Helix
Lee Aaron
Darby Mills – Headpins
Nick Walsh – Slik Toxik
Russ Dwarf – Killer Dwarfs

For more information and to pledge go here.

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WRETCHED SOUL – VERONICA; DEBUT ALBUM RELEASED 9th SEPTEMBER 2013 / UK TOUR IN NOVEMBER

August 2nd, 2013
by EvilG
WRETCHED SOUL - Veronica

WRETCHED SOUL – Veronica

Wretched Soul is a modern sounding Death/Thrash Metal outfit formed in late 2008 in the historic city of Canterbury, Kent. Following periods of relentless gigging around the UK, the band has honed an exciting and unique sound all its own, with their potent melding of Death, Thrash and Traditional Heavy Metal offering brutality and melody in equal measure. Described by ZT magazine as “refreshingly difficult to categorise,” they were also hailed in the June 2013 issue of Terrorizer magazine as “one of the UK’s most promising underground Thrash bands.”

Having made a massive impact on crowd and critics alike at the Bloodstock Open Air festival in 2012, Wretched Soul are fast-gaining a national reputation for their intense and genuinely engaging live shows. Having recently shared stages with Orange Goblin, Savage Messiah, Vreid, Eastern Front and Flayed Disciple among others, a number of shows are currently being lined up for the summer and autumn of 2013, while the band have already been confirmed to perform at Norway’s Hostile Terrortory Festival in January 2014 and the UK’s Alt-Fest 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lux Occulta – New Single And Album Details Revealed

August 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

Polish avant-garde metal masters Lux Occulta break the silence after 12 years and have released a new single called Dymy. Check it out right now on Bandcamp (http://luxocculta.bandcamp.com/). Surely you didn’t expect something like that… or did you? This is only a foretaste of their new 5th album called Kołysanki (which means “lullabies” in Polish) that will come out in the fall. You can also enjoy the cover art made by Elżbieta Biryło and tracklist below.

This song contains pieces of an old Lemko song Tam za hory kamianoji where Vogg plays guitar and accordion. Read the rest of this entry »

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NIGHTWISH – Wacken Open Air Metal Festival to be filmed for DVD/Blu-ray release

August 2nd, 2013
by EvilG
Nightwish photo (by Ville Lipiäinen)

Nightwish photo (by Ville Lipiäinen)

The time has come soon to wrap up the magical & memorable one-and-a-half year `Imaginaerum World Tour´ 2012-2013! We still have three shows left, one of them being at the legendary Wacken Open Air Metal Festival on the 3rd of August. This show will be something extra special, since it will be released later this year on DvD/Blu-ray, together with a massive `Imaginaerum World Tour´ 2012-2013 documentary. Our darling flying Dutchwoman, Floor Jansen, has been nothing but incredible during her time in Nightwish on this tour, so this is a perfect opportunity to immortalize the current vibe of the band on film!

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