November 22nd, 2010
by EvilG


(New York, NY) — eOne Music has signed a world wide deal with NY rock band BRONX CASKET CO. “I am totally psyched to be working with eOne for the new Bronx Casket release! They did an amazing job with the Overkill record and I know they will do the same for this.  Having a label home where people “get” it and are psyched to work a record is a great feeling, ” says front man DD Verni.

The band originally formed in 1998 by Overkill co-founder and bassist DD Verni.  Having played in one of the most respected thrash bands ever for over 2 decades, why have another band.  Two reason states DD, “the challenge of writing interesting new material and for fun of course!”

The bands second release caught the ear of playwright Andrea Lepcio. Soon after, Verni and Lepcio were collaborating with 3-time Tony Winner Hinton Battle to direct and choreograph. Soon the seeds of The “Bronx Casket Co, A New Musical” were planted. Verni quickly recruited several members from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to perform. The cast consisted of performers from the Broadway shows Hairspray, Rent and Dance of the Vampire. There have been several performances off-Broadway for producers/backers and the show is still in the writing stages. It has a gothic/Broadway score with a twisted love story woven throughout. Songs from the first two Bronx Casket Co. releases are included in the show, as well as 13 new songs D.D. Verni penned just for the musical.

It’s been five years since BRONX CASKET CO last released an album and has been well worth the wait. Verni concludes, “This Bronx Casket record is the best we have done, and we are looking forward to getting out on the road and doing some shows.” As with every Bronx Casket Co release Verni has charted new territory, and stretched his writing boundaries.

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GRIFTEGARD: Three Tracks From Overlooked Full-Length Streaming Via Decibel Magazine

November 22nd, 2010
by EvilG

Norrköping, Sweden doom metal goliaths GRIFTEGÅRD – vocalist Thomas Eriksson (Bokor), guitarist/lyricist Ola Blomkvist (Spetälsk, The Doomsday Cult), guitarist Per Broddesson (The Doomsday Cult, Wolverine etc.), bassist Thomas Jansson (Wolverine), and drummer Jens Gustafsson —  unleashed their debut full-length, Solemn-Sacred-Severe, in the US earlier this year via Van Records. Branded “a milestone” by Sweden Rock Magazine, who gave the record a much-deserved 9/10 rating upon its Euro release late last year, Solemn-Sacred-Severe was recorded and mixed during the first half of 2009 in Milk Studios, Norrköping, and produced by the band, with co-producer engineer/studio owner Magnus Jonsson. Arguably one of the genre’s most eclectic offerings this year, the riff heavy masterwork includes appearances from various friends of the band, all of whom added to the already multi-textured epic doom hymns.

If you somehow missed witnessing the inherent crush of this record upon its release, now’s your chance to check out three tracks — “Charles Taze Russell,” “I Refuse These Ashes,” and “Noah’s hands” (complete with commentary from Blomkvist) — courtesy of Decibel Magazine HERE.

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RANDY RHOADS – Rare and Unpublished Photos

November 22nd, 2010
by EvilG

The Metal Den  has obtained several unpublished photos of late great guitarist Randy Rhoads performing  with OZZY OSBOURNE in Rochester, NY on April 29, 1981.

This coming December 6 is Randy’s birthday, and had he lived the ‘forever young’ pioneer of  neo-classical metal would be staring down 54 years of age. One thing is for sure, Randy’s six string
wizardry will never be forgotten.

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November 22nd, 2010
by EvilG
As They Sleep debuts track from 'Dynasty'

As They Sleep 'Dynasty'

DETROIT, MI – As They Sleep, Detroit’s rising technical death metal group, is proud to announce the release of its second full-length record, and Solid State Records debut, Dynasty, available everywhere today.  Dynasty can be purchased online through the Solid State Records webstore at: http://zambooie.com/details.tpl?sku=SSRCD26491 and on iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dynasty/id401374105.

“We are super stoked for the release today,” said vocalist, Aaron Bridgewater.  “I was running errands this morning and saw it in an FYE store, GEEKED!  Christmas came early for us this year… A very metal Christmas indeed!”

The punishing concept album, with a focus on the rise and fall of empires throughout history, is currently streaming in its entirety this week at: http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/10.

The track list for Dynasty is…

1. Oracle of the Dead

2. To the Republic

3. The Third Reich

4. Bedlam at the Nile

5. The Darkest Ages

6. Ritual

7. The Offering

8. Attila

9. Poseidon

10. God of War

11. The Unseen

The music video for the first single off Dynasty, “Oracle of the Dead”, will premiere in the coming weeks.  A behind the scenes video blog of the “Oracle of the Dead” video shoot can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWhJqkZ6lAA.

Be sure to check out Aaron Bridgewater’s blog post at: http://www.solidstaterecords.com/artists/287/As_They_Sleep/blog/271/, for even more details aboutDynasty.

Stay tuned for more information on As They Sleep, Dynasty, and the “Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour”.

“Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour”…

Nov 30 – El Paso, TX @ Open Gate

Dec 2 – Yucca Valley, CA @ Joshua Springs Chapel

Dec 3 – Ventura, CA @ Epic Ventura

Dec 4 – Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater

Dec 5 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

Dec 6 – Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe

Dec 7 – Mesa, AZ @ The Underground

Dec 8 – Albuquerque, NM @ Tramway Community

Dec 10 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Bandwagon

Dec 11 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

Dec 12 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
As They Sleep online… 






As They Sleep is…
Aaron Bridgewater – Vocals
Nick Morris – Guitar
Barry Gomez – Guitar
Derek Kosiba – Bass
Tony Lukitsh – Drums

Fresno Media www.fresnomediausa.com

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DIABOLICAL Signs North American Deal With Abyss Records; Announce New Album and European Tour

November 22nd, 2010
by EvilG

Swedish death metal veterans DIABOLICAL have signed with Abyss Records for the worldwide release of their upcoming full-length album, Ars Vitae; due out in February of 2011.

Ars Vitae contains 17 tracks and will feature a mix of new material – recorded earlier this year at Necromorbus Studios – and previously unreleased recordings. The band has recently made one new song, “Eye,” available for download on their website (www.diabolical.se). The track can also be previewed on the band’s official YouTube channel -www.youtube.com/user/DiabolicalOfficial. “It’s an honour having a dedicated label like Abyss releasing the album over there, we are looking forward to that.” comments guitarist Carl Stjärnlöv.

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In preparation for the release of Ars Vitae, DIABOLICAL has announced the following European tour dates with URN and INTERMENT:


24.11 Sweden – Stockholm – Sugarbar

25.11 Germany – Hamburg – Bambi Galore

26.11 The Netherlands – Tilburg – 013 *

27.11 Germany – Wermelskirchen – AJZ Bahndamm

28.11 Italy – Brescia – Decimo Secolo

30.11 Slovenia – Ljubljana – Channel Zero

01.12 Slovakia – Bratislava – Randal Club

02.12 Slovakia – Banska Bystrica – Tirish Pub

03.12 Czech Republic – Slavonice – Kawarna

04.12 Germany – Bitterfeld – Festung

05.12 Germany – Berlin – Blackland


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November 22nd, 2010
by EvilG

Since their announcement of joining the Victory Records family, Blackguard has been touring non-stop and gearing up for their next record.

“This is going to be our most dynamic release to date. We’re going to have a few slower songs on this album; more head banging tunes. We’re also going to be introducing some new elements to our song to mix things up a bit. Not to sound too cliché but we definitely don’t want to write the same record over and over again and this record is going to be a great step forward for us.” Says vocalist Paul Ablaze.

Set for an early Spring 2011 release date, Blackguard have been, and will be on tour, keeping their name and their music familiar, ensuring not to disappoint. Currently, the band is on tour with Epica, Scar Symmetry and the Agonist. They have ecently announced their involvement in the Symphony X tour slated to kick off April 21st in Philadelphia, immediately after their return from yet-to-be-announced European dates.

“It is a dream tour. Our band has spent the better part of the last 2 years on tour to get to this point. We very much look forward to seeing old friends, making new friends and being a part of what will be the supreme springtime event. We want to thank everyone involved for giving us this opportunity and we will not disappoint.”

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Dawn of Ashes music video ‘making-of’ featured on Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps

November 22nd, 2010
by EvilG

Dawn of Ashes music video ‘making-of’ featured on Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps!;  On tour now with Dimmu Borgir and Enslaved

Dawn of Ashes shot their new video for Transformation Within Fictional Mutation just weeks ago with director David H. Greathouse (special effects master, film director and music video director behind Mushroomhead’s videos). The video was produced by Robert Kurtzman’s (KNB EFX founder, F/X legend, director) PRECINCT 13, who also handled the special effects. Dawn of Ashes shot on location at the Bissman Building in Mansfield, Ohio, which is widely rumored to be haunted and was recently featured on an episode of the Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters.

The behind the scenes footage for Transformation Within Fictional Mutation can be seen now on episode #15 of Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps over on creaturecorps.net! Make sure to watch the episode to see how the special effects of this over-the-top music video came together.

The Transformation Within Fictional Mutation video was recently premiered on BloodyDisgusting.com and can be seen now on MetalBlade.tv. Dawn of Ashes’ tour with Dimmu Borgir and Enslaved is underway and wraps up on December 14th in Quebec City, Canada.

“DAWN OF ASHES —a horror metal group complete with flesh-eaten faces—are 100 percent melodic death metal. And what works for this band (unlike so many of their counterparts) is that the songs here aren’t built around the strengths of any one member. Vocals aren’t over-the-top, solos aren’t soul-sucking and the drummer doesn’t go nuts on the China cymbal during breakdowns… the ability to play Chapters over and over and not get sick of it shows that this band is doing a lot right.” Decibel Magazine

“A whirlwind of eerie melodic black metal” Revolver Magazine

“Kristof Bathory will scare the crap out of you with his delivery. It’s definitely an album worth listening to though, just maybe not before bed.” Powerplay Magazine (UK)


Tour w/ Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, and Blood Red Throne

11/19 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Events Center

11/21 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater

11/22 Spokane, WA The Knitting Factory

11/23 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre

11/24 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo

11/26 Reno, NV The Knitting Factory

11/27 Pomona, CA The Fox Theater

11/28 San Francisco, CA The Regency Grand Ballroom

11/30 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues

12/01 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater

12/02 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre

12/03 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre

12/04 Englewood, CO Gothic Theater

12/06 Dallas, TX House of Blues

12/07 Houston, TX House of Blues

12/09 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

12/10 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

12/11 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom

12/12 Toronto, ON Sound Academy

12/13 Montreal, QC Metropolis

12/14 Quebec City, QC Imperial






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November 22nd, 2010
by EvilG

METAL SURVIVAL KIT, an essential box set for all metalheads and an ideal gift for Christmas, is out now in Europe for the amazing price of just one regular CD.

Celebrating the diversity of metal music, METAL SURVIVAL KIT offers over 80 killer tracks spread across three CDs and a DVD, all housed together in a rigid, deluxe “survival” box including free earplugs in a handy holder, a woven patch, a keyring and stickers.

The three CDs – ‘Festival Faves’, ‘Future Classics’ and ‘Under the Radar’ – offer an indispensable mix of classic metal hits, the best of metal’s new breed and true underground artists.  The DVD features classic metal videos as well as previously unreleased offerings.


At the incredible price of a normal CD, the 3-CD, 1-DVD METAL SURVIVAL KIT is the ultimate bargain for all true metalheads and is an ideal Christmas present.  Get your copy now in Europe from the Earache Webstore at http://earache.com/webstore/product_info.php/products_id/2520

You can also get METAL SURVIVAL KIT from Play.com at http://www.play.com/Music/CD/4-/16298807/Metal-Survival-Kit/Product.html

View an image of the METAL SURVIVAL KIT at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/metalsurvivalkit.jpg

Watch a video unveiling the box and its contents at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr9l87LNyXQ

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JAG PANZER – Cover Art And Tracklist Of Forthcoming Album Revealed

November 22nd, 2010
by EvilG

US traditional power metallers JAG PANZER have revealed the cover art and tracklist of their forthcoming album, Scourge Of The Light. Check out the artwork, painted by LA artist Justin Yun, below.

Jag Panzer - Scourge Of The Light (band logo and album title not yet added to artwork)

Jag Panzer - Scourge Of The Light (band logo and album title not yet added to artwork)

The album tracklist as follows:

‘Condemned To Fight’

‘The Setting Of The Sun’

‘Bringing On The End’

‘Call To Arms’



‘Let It Out’



The Book Of Kells’

The album is slated for a February 2011 release through SPV. More details will be revealed soon.

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BUCKCHERRY – guitarist Keith Nelson

November 22nd, 2010
by Marko Syrjala




The Los Angeles based hard rock band Buckcherry was originally formed in 1995 by vocalist Joshua Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson. The original line up also included bassist Jonathan Brightman, drummer Devon Glenn and second guitarist Yogi who joined bands ranks a few years later. In 1999 band signed a record deal with DreamWorks Records and their self titled debut album was then released later on the same year. The hit singles; “Lit Up” and For the Movies” helped band to reach great success. Their sophomore album TIMEBOMB was released in 2001 but although the band then got a great gig as a support act for AC/DC – they surprisingly went into hiatus, just one year later, when Josh decided to leave group and start his solo career.  It wasn’t until 2005 when Josh and Keith decided reform Buckcherry, now with all renewed lineup. Drummer Xavier Muriel, bassist Jimmy Ashhurst and guitarist Stevie D. were the new members and together this lineup soon released Buckcherry’s most successful album to date called 15. The album went to platinum in States with the help of mega successful singles “Crazy Bitch” and “Sorry”.  BLACK BUTTERFLY was released in 2008 and on following year band released its first ever live release called LIVE & LOUD. Buckcherry’s fifth studio album ALL NIGHT LONG came out just a couple of months ago and it finally did bring band back to Europe. A package tour called TASTE OF CHAOS arrived in Helsinki on mid November and then we had a chance to sit down with Keith Nelson and talk about the bands current activities, the past, and some future plans as well. Read on!

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ANNIHILATOR – Vocalist Dave Padden

November 22nd, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen


Interview with vocalist Dave Padden


Long time Canadian thrash metal icons, Annihilator, are known for being the soul and mind of the guitar wizard Jeff Waters who has navigated the band throughout the years. However, the guitarist/vocalist Dave Padden has become an essential part of the Annihilator camp within these past seven – eight years. Annihilator has visited Finland a couple of times before as a support for Judas Priest in 1991 and Trivium a few years back. It was clearly time for them to have the headliner slot here. The Tavastia club was entirely packed when Waters and company got on the stage. Before the four piece thrashers stormed onto the stage to wake the fury, we had the privilege of having a chat with the vocalist of Annihilator Dave Padden who talked about the on-going tour, the re-issued albums, and several other interesting issues about the mighty Annihilator!

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Michael Monroe on Another Night In The Sun Tour 2010 at Kb Malmoe, Sweden

November 22nd, 2010
by Anders Sandvall



Michael Monroe

Another Night In The Sun Tour 2010






Reviewed and live photos by: Anders Sandvall




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SYSTEM DIVIDE announces first ever US tour with 3 Inches Of Blood, Eluveitie and Holy Grail!

November 20th, 2010
by EvilG

System Divide will finally be hitting the road in the US in early 2011. The tour begins on February 1st in Philadelphia, PA and wraps up in Atlanta, GA on February 26th. This tour is in support of their Metal Blade Records debut album, The Conscious Sedation, which hit streets in September 2010. The album can be ordered and fans can see the video for The Apex Doctrine now on metalblade.com/systemdivide.

Founded in the summer of 2008, SYSTEM DIVIDE quickly became a transnational project. Within its ranks includes vocalists Sven De Caluwe (Aborted), Miri Milman, Michael Wilson (ex-Abigail Williams), Andrew Lenthe (Antenora), and Mike Heller (Malignancy). Mixing and mastering for The Conscious Sedation was handled by the infamous James Murphy (Aborted, Testament, Lazarus AD, Sigh, Arsis). The Apex Doctrine video was directed by Kevin Custer (Hatebreed, Testament, Dope, Dying Fetus, Suffocation).


Tour w/ Eluveitie, 3 Inches Of Blood and Holy Grail

02/01 Theatre of living arts – Philadelphia, PA

02/02 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

02/03 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

02/04 Cercle – Quebec City, QC

02/05 Le National – Montreal, QC

02/06 Opera House – Toronto, ON

02/08 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

02/09 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN

02/10 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KA

02/11 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO

02/12 Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT

02/14 El Corazon – Seattle, WA

02/17 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

02/18 Key club – West Hollywood, CA

02/19 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ

02/21 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX

02/22 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

02/24 State Theatre – St Petersburg, FL

02/25 Firestone – Orlando, FL

02/26 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

“If the goal was to flatten the likes of In This Moment, Otep, and other female-fronted acts, then mission accomplished.” Blistering.com

“Milman’s vocals, especially in ‘Stagnant Progression’ and ‘The Apex Doctrine’ are used perfectly to compliment the complex array of sounds System Divide set up. System Divide remind me of Eluveitie in that they can write incredible death metal songs around epic themes and use female vocals to control the damage.” 4.5/5, TheNewReview.net




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THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL Album Details Announced; Track Premiere Via Stereogum

November 20th, 2010
by EvilG

The upcoming fourth full-length release from the notorious UK act THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL, entitled The Murder of Jesus The Jew, is set for North American release via Candlelight Records on January 11, 2011, their first for the label. Continuing their notoriously bizarre integration of torrid black metal, infused with countless other styles, and the band’s unique style of theatrical storytelling, the madness runs rampant on the new album, sure to be one of the most talked about black metal releases of 2011.   Proof of this bizarre and intriguing genre-bending mastery can be witnessed today via a Stereogum premiere of THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL’s newly unleashed track “My Psychotic Sand Deity” HERE!

The Murder of Jesus The Jew Track Listing:

1. Boiled In Hell Broth And Grave Dust (Intro)
2. My Psychotic Sand Deity
3. Apocalypse Of Lazarus
4. Addicted To God
5. Stiller Of Tempests
6. Man From Kerioth
7. Dark Gethsemane
8. Jew Killer
9. Genesis Of Death
10. From Eagle To Cross

11. Apostle Of The Uncircumcised
12. A Canticle for the lost amputees of Aelia Capitolina who have been trampled under the iron shod hooves of salivating Hell Rams and impaled on the shimmering tusks of salvation within the abandoned tabernacle of a Bronze Age myth

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November 20th, 2010
by EvilG


Earache Records recently announced EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING, a free, essential app for all metalheads, which is coming to the Apple App Store on November 29th for iPhone and iPod Touch.

Play along to a killer soundtrack of thrash, death and heavy metal as you throw a pesky stage diver off a festival stage and as far into the crowd as possible.  Throw the stage diver as far as you can to get a high score on the global leader boards while trying to avoid objects such as bottles, merch stands and of course the festival favourite – the portable toilets!

Whereas most apps just include clips of songs, or at most a couple of full tracks, EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING features ten full shredding songs.  The full track list is as follows:

Evile – Thrasher
At The Gates – Suicide Nation
Bonded By Blood – Prison Planet
White Wizzard – Over the Top
Oceano – District of Misery
The Haunted – The World Burns
Wormrot – Born Stupid
Decapitated – Spheres of Madness
Deicide – Homage For Satan
Brutal Truth – Walking Corpse

All tracks are included in a fully integrated music player, allowing you to play along to the tunes you want, when you want.  There’s also a secret unlockable track which can only be found in this app.

To get your hands on EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING, just search for “extreme stage diving” on the App Store from November 29th.

View a screenshot of the app in action at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/extremestagediving_1.jpg

Get more information and view more screenshots at http://www.extremestagediving.com

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