PAIN: New Song Available for Download and Streaming

April 5th, 2011
by EvilG

PAIN, the Swedish industrial metallers led by iconic producer Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY), have just released a brand new song off the bands upcoming masterpiece You Only Live Twice. Surf to http://www.facebook.com/OfficialPain?sk=app_178091127385 to stream and download the track “Dirty Woman”.

PAIN have uploaded their first studio trailer for their upcoming album You Only Live Twice. Check it out and stay tuned for more!

You Only Live Twice is set to be released on June 3 (Europe) and June 21 (North America) 2011 via Nuclear Blast.

The artwork and promo pic were both created this time around by German artist Heile (INDICALEGION OF THE DAMNED).

PAIN - Peter Tägtgren promo photo 2011

PAIN - Peter Tägtgren promo photo 2011

Mainman & producer Peter Tägtgren recently commented on the artwork: “I really wanted something with a Nightmare Before Christmas meets Alice In Wonderland kind of feeling but with our mascot, the painhead in it. The artist Heile created what I wanted but did it in his own way. It really has this kind of Tim Burton feel to it. It will be really crazy on a big backdrop. We’re also gonna do some inflatable stuff with our Painhead. Its gonna be our Eddie, like IRON MAIDEN has.”

Pain - You Only Live Twice

Pain - You Only Live Twice

For more info visit: www.painworldwide.comwww.facebook.com/officialpainwww.nuclearblast.de/pain

 

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KATAKLYSM: “At the Edge of the World” Video Clip Now Online

April 5th, 2011
by EvilG

Montreal based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have made the video clip for the song “At the Edge of the World” available for streaming at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD1BBE-XYxQ (and below). The footage was taken from the bands hometown show at Club Soda in Montreal,  which was part of their recent “Spread the Venom” headlining world tour. “At the Edge of the World” comes from the bands latest acclaimed album Heaven’s Venom.

Already a favorite amongst fans and satellite radio providers such as SIRIUS/XM, the “At the Edge of the World” video clip will be filmed by director Tommy Jones (DEATH ANGELSOILWORK), who is also helming the bands upcoming Documentary /DVD “THE IRON WILL: 20 YEARS DETERMINED”.

KATAKLYSM were recently made the first band to feature Rock Band’s new double bass drum pedal application! This feature is now on Rock Band versions 2 and 3. The following songs are now available for purchase and game play:

“At the Edge of the World” http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5004705
“At the Edge of the World” (double bass version) http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5005216
“Determined (Vows of Vengeance)” http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5003766
“Determined (Vows of Vengeance)” (double bass version) http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5004779
“Numb & Intoxicated” http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5004489

“Numb & Intoxicated” (double bass version) http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5004966

KATAKLYSM recently wrapped up the North American leg of their “Spread the Venom 2010 – 2011 World Tour“ with groove ladden death shredders ALL SHALL PERISH, technical/progressive death masters DECREPIT BIRTH, Sumerian Records‘ touring juggernautCONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE, and Relapse Records‘ modern death metal merchants ABYSMAL DAWN.

KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

KATAKLYSM’s new album Heaven’s Venom was released on August 24th in North America and sold around 2,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 7 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart and #196 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart, making it the bands highest charting album and their biggest first week sales to date. Heatseekers 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.

Heaven’s Venom was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F  Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and was mixed byTue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, DARK TRANQUILLITY).

KATAKLYSM recently shot a video clip for the song “Push The Venom” with director Ivan Colic (TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED, DEATHSTARS, EX DEO)  in Belgrade, Serbia. The clip can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlUNc8vA1Tg.

Order Heaven’s Venom at the following location http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Search/kataklysm.

For more information visit: www.spreadthevenom.comwww.myspace.com/kataklysm

 

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Kings of Black Metal Festival 2011 – Cirith Gorgor replace Troll

April 5th, 2011
by EvilG

16.04.2011: Stadthalle Alsfeld, Alsfeld (near Gießen) / Germany
Doors open: 13.00 Uhr / Start: 13.15 Uhr

/w Watain, Inquisition, Dornenreich, Endstille, Taake, Chrome Division, Corpus Christii, Alcest, Cirith Gorgor and Under That Spell

Running Order online
13:15 – 13:45 Under That Spell
14:00 – 14:30 Alcest
14:50 – 15:25 Cirith Gorgor
15:50 – 16:30 Corpus Christii
16:50 – 17:35 Endstille
17:50 – 18:50 Dornenreich
19:25 – 20:10 Chrome Division
20:25 – 21:15 Taake
21:35 – 22:45 Inquisition
23:15 Watain

Cirith Gorgor replace Troll
Cirith Gorgor will replace Troll on this years Kings of Black Metal. Unfortunately, Troll can’t play at the Kings Of Black Metal Festival, because a band member is job-related occupied that weekend and won’t be able to arrive.

Aftershow-Party
Due to the many wishes, there will be a aftershow-party for the first time this year, with participation of some musicians from the band of the festival billing!

Shuttle-Service: Gießen – Alsfeld
To counter the problem with the train connections, there will be a shuttle bus service from Gießen to Alsfeld and back! Check this site for more information :
http://www.myspace.com/kingsofblackmetal/blog/542457616

Homepage: http://www.myspace.com/kingsofblackmetal

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Former MANOWAR drummer Scott Columbus passes

April 5th, 2011
by EvilG
Scott Columbus

Scott Columbus

According to a post on ex-MANOWAR drummer Scott Columbus’ official Facebook page by his girlfriend Nancy, he passed away on April 4th at the age of 54. The message reads as follows:

“For all you to know, this is Scott Columbus’s girlfriend of over 3 1/3 years… and I cannot get the words out, but he died today. Please send your thoughts and prayers. I can’t believe he is gone. He was the absolute love of my life.”

Former Manowar guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman has issued the following message on his own Facebook page:

“Scott Columbus R.I.P my brother. I’m gonna miss you!”

Manowar issued a statement on their Facebook page that reads:

“With great sorrow we announce the passing of our brother Scott Columbus. A rare talent, equally a rare individual, a father, a friend and a brother of metal. All of the great moments we spent together are burnished in our hearts and memories forever. We know he is in a good place and at peace. He will never be forgotten.

Your family and brothers,
Joey, Eric, Karl, Donnie And all at Magic Circle Music”

Check their  official website and Twitter page for updates.

Columbus was with Manowar from 1983 until 1990, but left the band when his son fell ill. He returned to the fold for the Louder Than Hell album in 1996 and remained with the band until the summer of 2008.

 

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TESTAMENT – Vocalist Chuck Billy

April 5th, 2011
by Metal Rules

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Vocalist Chuck Billy

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

On/offstage pictures by Terhi Pihlaja

Thanks to Silke from Tough Enough Promotion for setting up the interview and Laura Thiessen for the transcription  

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Testament has undergone quite an eventful history (both in good and bad) within all those 24 years they have existed under the Testament name. The band´s existence was seriously at stake in early 2002 when the band´s vocalist Chuck Billy was diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer. Luckily, after undergoing numerous treatments, he finally managed to fully recover.

THE FORMATION OF DAMNATION, Testament´s highly acclaimed comeback album in 11 years, came out in 2008 – and since then the band has spent long periods on tours of which taking a part of Megadeth´s "Rust in Peace 20th Anniversary Tour" around the U.S.A. in March 2009 together with Exodus, was undoubtedly one of the highlights for the Testament team.

Testament has also become a regular visitor for the Finnish metal fans over the recent years; the band has visited Finland for the last 4 years in a row, playing at some of the precious Finnish summer (metal) festivals. This year, they made their 2nd appearance at Tuska festival where they played in 2005 for the 1st time. Everyone who has seen Testament playing live within the last 2 years since they released their strong comeback record THE FORMATION OF DAMNATION in 2008 (which was also chosen as "The Best Metal Album of 2008" by the Metal-Rules.com staff), can subscribe the fact the live chemistry between each band member in Testament, is on a phenomenal level; so well they have welded together as a band over the years.

Chuck Billy talked to Metal-Rules.com again about some of the most current Testament-related things – like including naturally band´s hard touring in general, a slow song writing process for their follow-up album to T.F.O.D., etc. – and the 2nd album from Dublin Death Patrol, kind of "all-star jam band", was talked about a little bit, too.

 

(NOTE: This interview was done on June 7th 2010) 


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Toronto’s CONFLICTED to Release ‘Never Be Tamed’ on April 12th, 2011

April 4th, 2011
by Celtic Bob

Toronto, Canada’s CONFLICTED is pleased to announce the April 12th, 2011 release of their upcoming album, Never Be Tamed, being released by Nightmare Records/Sony/RED. Intense, high energy progressive/power metal abounds on this stunning debut album. Featuring the award winning 4-octave vocals of Jason Orton, Never Be Tamed is full of addictive, musically adventurous yet instantly memorable songs featuring virtuosic performances delivered with a fire and passion. Fans can pre-order Never Be Tamed at the Nightmare Records online store.

CONFLICTED is throwing a special Never Be Tamed CD release show on April 16th, 2011 at The Rockpile in Etobicoke, ON. The show will also feature Before the Damned, 7th Region and Justice Priest. The show is all ages and admission is only $10 at the door (no advance tickets). Doors open at 8pm. See below for the show flier and more information.

CONFLICTED creates a truly unique, category-defying, genre-expanding modern progressive/power metal sound via a combination of seasoned technical ability, a fervency for volume, and a passion for power. Formed in 2008, CONFLICTED has successfully released two critically acclaimed EP’s and have risen to become one of the most revered and “must see” live acts in their region. CONFLICTED has headlined several of their own shows, as well as shared the stage with international touring artists, all to stellar audience reception. Based on the strength of these two releases, a reputation for putting on stunning live performances and a rapidly growing international fan-base, CONFLICTED was named “Best Metal Band” at the 2010 Toronto Independent Music Awards and also earned three prominent ImageFM Radio 2010 Annual Independent Music Awards (Male Vocalist of the Year, Guitarist of the Year and Progressive Single of the Year).CONFLICTED will be touring throughout 2011 in support of their debut album, and dates will be announced as they are confirmed.

CONFLICTED is:
Jason Orton – Lead Vocals
Mark Owen – Guitar, Back-up Vocals
Ron De Coste – keyboards
John Kolodziej – Bass
Corey Stoll – Drums, Back-up Vocals

To learn more about CONFLICTED, please visit these locations:

www.conflicted.ca
www.facebook.com/pages/CONFLICTEDca
www.myspace.com/conflictedcanada
www.twitter.com/conflictedband
www.reverbnation.com/conflicted
www.youtube.com/conflictedca

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NIGHTFALL’s Frontman To Guest On MTV Greece’s “Headbangers Ball, This Tuesday (April 5th)!

April 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Greek metallers NIGHTFALL’s frontman, Efthimis Karadimas, will guest on the brand new episode of MTV Greece’s “Headbangers Ball”, set to air this Tuesday (April 5th) at 11 pm (local time). Karadimas will sit through the entire program and in between music videos will discuss together with the show’s hosts, Orpheus & Vanessa, the band’s latest album (“Astron Black and the Thirty Tyrants”), their forthcoming co-headlining show with CRADLE OF FILTH in Athens and his personal taste in music.

 

NIGHTFALL is the very first Greek metal band to have signed a contract with a foreign record label in the 90’s and is currently signed to the renowned Metal Blade Records.

 

MTV Greece’s “Headbangers Ball” is hosted by Orpheus Spiliotopoulos & Vanessa Christodoulou and airs every Tuesday at 11 pm (local time) and on rerun every Sunday evening at 1 am (Monday).

 

 

Official Website: http://www.mtvgreece.gr/headbangersball/

 

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Interview With Paul Allender Of Cradle Of Filth

April 4th, 2011
by EvilG

The Daily Rock’s (http://www.thedailyrock.com) Hank Pearl interviews Paul Allender of British Extreme Metal group CRADLE OF FILTH before a performance at the House of Blues Chicago.

After touching base on the state of the tour and the increasingly gruesome pits at the shows, Allender discusses in depth his extensive martial arts conditioning, his history of training British police in hand-to-hand combat, etc., and how it all has come to influence his mind and method of creating some of CRADLE OF FILTH‘s musical stylings.

 

 

 

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Sabaton to support Iron Maiden in Sweden

April 4th, 2011
by EvilG

We are really happy to announce that we will be the main support of Iron Maiden when they visit Sweden on their current tour.

The show will be in the biggest open air arena in Sweden, thus making it the biggest show in Sabaton history… so far 😉 

Together with the full length special show at Rockstad: Falun, this will be the only 2 shows on Swedish ground in 2011!

-Visit us online at www.sabaton.net and on Facebook:www.facebook.com/sabaton

Sabaton - Coat of Arms

Sabaton - Coat of Arms

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PRETTY MAIDS – Vocalist Ronnie Atkins

April 2nd, 2011
by Marko Syrjala

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RONNIE ATKINS

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

The Danish hard rock band the Pretty Maids was originally formed in 1981 by singer Ronnie Atkins and guitarist Ken Hammer. They found worldwide success with the now classic 80’s albums RED HOT AND HEAVY and FUTURE WORLD but although they’ve sold hundreds of thousands of albums, they have never broken through in a major way. In the 90’s they enjoyed some overwhelming success in Japan market but when the decade ended, the band faced many difficult problems and they slowly disbanded from the spotlight. However, they never officially quit and instead they did some select dates in Europe every then and now until things changed again in 2010. Pretty Maids released PANDENOMIUM, their strongest album in ages, and they’re once again ready to rock again with full force. 

 

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GRAVEYARD BURIES BRITNEY SPEARS IN NATIVE SWEDEN

April 1st, 2011
by EvilG

GRAVEYARD - Hisingen Blues

GRAVEYARD - Hisingen Blues

Hisingen Blues, the sophomore studio album by the classic rock band GRAVEYARD from Gothenburg, Sweden, has officially entered the Swedish album chart at No. 1, trumping pop icon Britney Spears’ new album for the coveted spot.

 

Read the Roadburn.com review that states GRAVEYARD have “tapped a direct line to the soft spot in everyone’s heart for Led Zeppelin” here.

 

GRAVEYARD’s second album and Nuclear Blast debut was produced, recorded, and mixed in analog by Don Alsterberg (José Gonzales, Junip, Soundtrack Of Our Lives, The International Noise Conspiracy) at Don Pierre Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

View the video for “Hisingen Blues” – directed by Artur Wolgers of STLSKR and produced by STLSKR – at this location.  Enter a worldwide contest to win a copy of the Hisingen Blues CD by answering five questions about the music video.

 

The iTunes pre-order for Hisingen Blues is now available for purchase online at this location.  Hisingen Blues pre-order package bundles are now available on the Nuclear Blast Webshop.

 

 

Listen to new tracks “Hisingen Blues” and “Ain’t Fit To Live Here” on GRAVEYARD’s MySpace player.

 

GRAVEYARD are:

 

  • Joakim Nilsson – Guitar & Vocals
  • Jonatan Ramm – Guitar & Vocals
  • Rikard Edlund – Bass
  • Axel Sjöberg – Drums

 

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SLEEP Announce 2011 Live Dates

April 1st, 2011
by EvilG

Following the successful Marijuanaut’s Return tour of September 2010, West Coast stoner metal legends SLEEP recently announced three North American dates for 2011. The mini run of dates will include New York City on June 22, Los Angeles on June 26 and an appearance at the Sled Island Music & Arts Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on June 24.

 

SLEEP 2011 Tour Dates:

6/22/2011 Terminal 5 – New York, NY

6/24/2011 Sled Island Festival – Calgary, AB

6/26/2011 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

 

Said Noisecreep of the band’s last live excursion: “…if the band put any more stacks on the stage, it just might have collapsed.” Added Popdose: “SLEEP was fucking killer and who knows what the future holds… if you get a chance, they are well worth your time and money…be prepared for one of the loudest fucking things you’ve ever heard.” Rolling Stone Brazil gave the band’s performance a perfect 5 out of 5 rating while Redefine Magazine noted: “SLEEP, despite being broken up for over ten years, seemed like they hadn’t missed a beat — and Holy Mountain never sounded so good in the process. This was the definitive show of the weekend, if not the definitive show of my year.”

 

Check out live footage of the band’s Denver show last year HERE.

 

About SLEEP:

 

SLEEP split in 1997 after two hugely influential albums. Members went on to form OM and High On Fire. Original members Al Cisneros and Matt Pike were joined by drummer Jason Roeder of Neurosis last Fall for a short stint of reunion dates that floored their earliest fans and converted new ones.

 

The band debuted with 1991’s Volume One album, recorded for San Francisco label Tupelo. Earache Records received the band’s next recordings in the mail as a demo. The label — impressed by SLEEP’s single-mindedness and unique vision — immediately signed the band and released the tape exactly as it was received. Record stores worldwide have stocked SLEEP’s Holy Mountain from November 1992 to this day.

 

The band then signed to London Records. Their debut album for the major took the form of one mammoth 63-minute leviathan of a track entitled “Jerusalem.” They resisted the label’s attempts at radio edits and bringing in their own engineer to remix the album in view of “marketability.” London balked at the prospect of promoting what probably still is the most extreme music ever recorded for a major label, consequentially shelving the record and dropping the band.

 

In addition, SLEEP’s music has been featured in films by Harmony Korine and Jim Jarmusch.

 

 

http://www.weedian.com

http://www.facebook.com/officialsleep

 

 

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Triaxis Tap Napalm Death / Primordial / Electric Wizard Producer For Second Album

April 1st, 2011
by EvilG

British heavy metallers Triaxis will enter Foel Studios in Wales this autumn to record their second album.

The follow up to their 2009 debut ‘Key To The Kingdom’ will be produced by Chris Fielding (Napalm Death, Primordial, Electric Wizard) and is expected to be released worldwide early 2012.

Giles Wilson, Triaxis drummer, comments: “We’re all working really hard to write an album that truly represents the direction we’re going in. At the moment we have literally hours worth of material, and we’re very excited to think that in under six months we’re going to be working with one of the country’s best producers.”

After an acclaimed performance at this year Hammerfest 3, headlined by Satyricon and Accept, Triaxis are gigging extensively throughout the UK while writing new material for their second release. Debut album ‘Key To The Kingdom’ was self released to widespread critical acclaim and is available from all high street outlets and digital retailers.
For up to date news on Triaxis, go to http://www.myspace.com/triaxisuk

Triaxis are:

Krissie Kirby – Vocals
Glyn Williams – Lead Guitar
Clare ‘CJ’ Hale – Rhythm Guitar
Owen Crawford – Bass
Giles Wilson – Drums

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Pre-orders now being taken for Lars Eric Mattsson’s “Aurora Borealis”

April 1st, 2011
by EvilG
Lars Eric Mattsson - Aurora Borealis

Lars Eric Mattsson - Aurora Borealis

Pre-orders for Lars Eric Mattsson’s forthcoming instrumental masterpiece “Aurora Borealis – Concerto For Orchestra & Electric Guitar” (released 15th April 2011) are now be taken at the LM store.

 

This new wholly instrumental 12 track release takes a fresh approach to the blend of guitar and orchestra for a musical experience as uplifting as seeing the wonder of the northern lights, from which the album gets its title. Whilst the combination of orchestra and guitar may have been done before by amongst others one of Mattsson’s influences Uli Jon Roth; ‘Aurora Borealis’ takes the range of sound and expressions further that what has been heard before and places as much emphasis on each tracks backing as with its guitar work. The result is a highly captivating and listenable experience. Lush in textures and timbres, ‘Aurora Borealis’ comes across at times like a film score; sometimes fast and exotic whilst at others sweet and luxurious. Many moods are covered and all of which see Mattsson deliver impassioned guitar work in his own inimitable style.

 

Also visit Lars’ newly redesigned official website at http://www.larsericmattsson.com/

 

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Sun Caged – The Lotus Effect to be released 17th June 2011

April 1st, 2011
by EvilG

Dutch progressive metallers Sun Caged see their highly anticipated third album “The Lotus Effect”‘ set for release on 17th June 2011 on Lion Music.

 

Those who try to describe Sun Caged’s music will find this task to be considerable. Influences range from progressive metal to fusion and jazz, and atmospheric and ambient jaunts. The band’s progressive blend is going to excite lots of listeners because of its diversity and excitement with “The Lotus Effect” serving up the most potent examples of the bands sound yet.

 

One full track from the forthcoming album, the 10 minute “Pareidolized (The Ocean In The Shell)” can be heard now at the bands MySpace page – http://www.myspace.com/suncaged

 

Official Links

www.suncaged.com

www.myspace.com/suncaged

 

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