March 11th, 2011
by EvilG


Sponsored by Nuclear Blast USA, Decibel Magazine, Amoeba Music L.A. and Dean Guitars, the world’s first-ever film festival dedicated to heavy metal music will be taking place at the Downtown Independent Cinema in Los Angeles, California this coming March 31stthrough April 3rd, 2011.


Organizer and lifelong metalhead Samuel Douek shares an exciting addition to the HEAVY METAL FILM FESTIVAL’s inaugural line-up:


“We are proud to announce that Germany’s BLIND GUARDIAN have submitted a magical, one-of-a-kind, still-in-the-making film edited by Andreas Fiekers called ‘TRAVELERS AT THE EDGE OF TIME’ for a world premiere to debut exclusively at the Heavy Metal Film Festival in Downtown Los Angeles.  The new film speaks to the band’s evolution and how it led them into the symphonic saga of their latest album, 2010’s Billboard Top 200-charting At The Edge Of Time.TRAVELERS AT THE EDGE OF TIME’ will be screened at the HMFF’s special Closing Night event on Sunday at 9 p.m.”


TRAVELERS AT THE EDGE OF TIME (Editor: Andreas Fiekers) Germany 2011:  This documentary follows Germany’s legendary Power Metal band BLIND GUARDIAN through an unfinished cycle of their remarkable career up to now.  Showcasing an intimate insight throughout the massive amount of events the musicians had to face since Summer 2009, the film begins abruptly during the production for their breathtaking opus At The Edge Of Time when the band begins orchestra recordings at the Rudolfinum in Prague.  During the fragile act of creating real music, BLIND GUARDIAN are suddenly confronted with the virtual reality of a computer game called Sacred 2.  While tasting the sweetness of having accomplished one mission, another one immediately starts with dreary rehearsals in the “Twilight Hall” before the band heads off  to spread their mystical message to thousands of enthusiastic bards on another world tour.  We will meet an unmasked Hansi Kürsch, André Olbrich, Marcus Siepen, Frederik Ehmke, and their crew members through the many private on-the-road & behind-the-scenes encounters.  Fans will witness BLIND GUARDIAN take part in their never-ending quest for perfection beyond the musical aspects when cameras follow the band onto different stages from the first indoor shows to subsequent outdoor shows on the “Sacred World and Songs Divine Tour.”  Travelers At The Edge Of Time then takes on a new voyage when the group gets back to the studio and starts working on its lifetime project: the orchestral album.  Both completion of this film project and the touring cycle for the latest album are not yet complete, proving only one thing: There is no real beginning, nor there is a real ending…

In addition to the BLIND GUARDIAN film’s world premiere, “UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US” has been added to the midnight screening taking place on Saturday, April 2nd.


UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US (Aaron Aites & Audrey Ewell) USA 2009: Until The Light Takes Us tells the story of black metal. Part music scene and part cultural uprising, black metal rose to worldwide notoriety in the mid-nineties when a rash of suicides, murders, and church burnings accompanied the explosive artistic growth and output of a music scene that would forever redefine what heavy metal is and what it stands for to other musicians, artists and music fans worldwide. Until The Light Takes Us goes behind the highly sensationalized media reports of “Satanists running amok in Europe” to examine the complex and largely misunderstood principles and beliefs that led to this rebellion against both Christianity and modern culture.

To capture this on film, directors Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell moved to Norway and lived with the musicians for several years, building relationships that allowed them to create a surprisingly intimate portrait of this violent, but ultimately misunderstood, movement. The result is a poignant, moving story that’s as much about the idea that reality is composed of whatever the most people believe, regardless of what’s actually true, as it is about a music scene that blazed a path of murder and arson across the northern sky.


Stay tuned for additions to the festival line-up, plus the announcement of the short films section.

Las Marimbas Del Infierno (Marimbas From Hell) by Julio Hernández Cordón will be opening the festival on Thursday evening, March 31st.


The first portion of the maiden line-up for 2011’s Heavy Metal Film Festival can be viewed at the festival’s official site.  Click HERE to download HMFF movie posters (Password: b=8X+6G).


On Thursday, March 10th, advanced tickets to the HEAVY METAL FILM FESTIVAL will be available for purchase via the Downtown Independent Cinema Box Office.  Ticket prices will be as follows:

  • $9.00 per film
  • $15.00 – Opening Night Screening (includes After-Party)
  • $33.00 – Day Pass (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
  • $66.60 – Advanced Purchase Festival Pass (ONLY 30 available at this SPECIAL PRICE; includes Opening Night)
  • $99.00 – Advanced Purchase Festival Pass (ONLY 100 available; includes Opening Night)


For information about volunteering for this event, please write in to heavymetalfilmfestival@gmail.com.


Visit the HEAVY METAL FILM FESTIVAL online at www.HEAVYMETALFF.com, on FacebookMySpaceTwitter, and YouTube.


Visit BLIND GUARDIAN online at www.BLIND-GUARDIAN.comwww.facebook.com/BLINDGUARDIAN,www.myspace.com/BLINDGUARDIAN, and twitter.com/BLIND_GUARDIAN.




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March 11th, 2011
by EvilG

Deadlock confirmed to play Wacken and Summer Breeze

GERMANY – Germany’s premiere melodic heavy metal group, Deadlock, is proud to announce that its fifth studio effort, Bizarro World, has entered the German album charts at #61, the band’s first charting in its career.


“Dear Deadlock-family, we are more than stoked that we entered the German album charts (#61) for the first time with our new baby, Bizarro World,” said the band in an official statement.


“We and especially Sebastian put a lot of blood, work and passion into this album and we really appreciate your support. Thanks a lot to all the fans, supporters, endorsers, management, label, mix and mastering studio for making this possible! You mean the world to us!”


Bizarro World will hit stores next week in North America on Lifeforce Records.



The track list for Bizarro World is…


1. Virus Jones

2. State Of Decay

3. Falling Skywards

4. Earthlings

5. You Left Me Dead

6. Brutal Romance

7. Alienation

8. Renegade

9. Htrae

10. Bizarro World

11. Paranoia Extravaganza



Deadlock will hit the road for a German tour alongside Ill Nino in support of the new record. The band has also confirmed several spring and summer festival performances, including newly added dates on Wacken and Summer Breeze.


Bizarro World can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/Bizarro-World-Deadlock/dp/B004DR8Q8Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298536787&sr=8-1, while a digital single of the song, “State of Decay”, is downloadable now through iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/state-of-decay-single/id414877510.


The recently released music video for the opening track off Bizarro World, “Virus Jones”, can be seen on the official Lifeforce Records YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYPfUQlstxw.


An album teaser is currently streaming on the official Deadlock MySpace at: http://www.myspace.com/deadlock.


Stay tuned for more information on Deadlock and Bizarro World.



Deadlock is…

Johannes Prem – vocals

Sabine Weniger – vocals

Sebastian Reichl – guitar, keyboards

Gert Rymen – guitar

John Gahlert – bass

Tobias Graf – drums



Deadlock online…





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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY To Release “The Song Remains Not The Same”

March 11th, 2011
by Celtic Bob
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY 'The Song Remains Not The Same'

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY 'The Song Remains Not The Same'

BLS frontman/guitar god Zakk Wylde is proud to announce the upcoming release of THE SONG REMAINS NOT THE SAME (Entertainment One Music) on May 3rd. The offering features unplugged versions of material from Black Label Society’s latest album, ORDER OF THE BLACK, as well as additional material recorded during the ORDER OF THE BLACK sessions. THE SONG REMAINS NOT THE SAME was conceived, created and compiled by Zakk Wylde himself and the title is, of course, a nod to one of Wylde’s favorite bands, Led Zeppelin. To the right is the cover art and please see below for full track listing.

In other Black Label Society news, the next single from ORDER OF THE BLACK, “Darkest Days” will impact radio on March 21st. The track showcases Wylde’s softer side with soulful lyrics, a hauntingly beautiful melody and captivating piano played by the guitar icon himself. An alternate version of the song featuring country superstar John Rich will appear on THE SONG REMAINS NOT THE SAME.


The Song Remains Not The Same” track listing:

01. Overlord (Unplugged version)
02. Parade Of The Dead (Unplugged version)
03. Riders Of The Damned (Unplugged version)
04. Darkest Days (Unplugged version)
05. Juniors Eyes
06. Helpless
07. Bridge Over Troubled Water
08. Can’t Find My Way Home
09. Darkest Days (featuring John Rich)
10. The First Noel

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ANVIL – Canadian Tour Dates Announced, East Coast Shows Confirmed

March 11th, 2011
by EvilG
Anvil - Juggernaut Of Justice

Anvil - Juggernaut Of Justice

Toronto-based metal legends ANVIL have confirmed dates for a full Canadian headline tour following the initial announcement of three support dates with ALICE COOPER (**). Their schedule is now as follows; venues will be confirmed soon.



6 – St. John’s, Newfoundland

9 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

10 – Moncton, New Brunswick

11 – Fredricton, New Brunswick

13 – Chicoutimi, Quebec

14 – Quebec City, Quebec **

15 – Montreal, Quebec

16 – Ottawa, Ontario **

17 – Hamilton, Ontario **

18 – Sudbury, Ontario **

20 – Kingston, Ontario

21 – London, Ontario

23 – Thunder Bay, Ontario

24 – Winnipeg, Manitoba

25 – Regina, Saskatchewan

27 – Edmonton, Alberta

28 – Calgary, Alberta

30 – Victoria, British Columbia

31 – Vancouver, British Columbia


Anvil will release their new album, Juggernaut Of Justice, on May 10th via The End Records. The album’s title track, ‘Juggernaut Of Justice’, is currently available for download as part of The End Records Spring 2011 sampler, at this location.

Frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow recently commented: “I must say that this is by far the best Anvil ever. There will be a few new surprises including Glenn 5’s first lead vocals in Anvil’s history. The production that Bob Marlette has done far surpasses anything we’ve done in the past. The excitement within the band is over the top and we can’t wait to unleash this amazing CD to the fans.”

Drummer Robb Reiner concurs: “The new album is pure Anvil with a new fresh kick, very exciting. Looking to rocking with The End, putting the music where it belongs – in everybody’s ears and face!”

Prior to the release of Juggernaut Of Justice, The End will be releasing the definitive Anvil anthology. The collection will be comprised of classics old and new, with some surprises, and will showcase the band’s entire career spanning back to 1978.


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March 11th, 2011
by EvilG

In addition to his credentials as a founding member of Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Duff McKagan has a mission to educate others on the ins and outs of music business finance and building wealth. On Thursday, March 17, he will be a Featured Speaker at the 2011 South By Southwest Music Conference (SXSW), presenting the music business seminar “Your Financial Advisor is Duff McKagan.” The next day – Friday, March 18 – his band Duff McKagan’s Loaded will make their live debut of songs from their forthcoming album The Taking as part of the official SXSW Monster Energy Drink Party at The Austin Music Hall.


Duff is a Grammy/American Music Award-winning songwriter/recording artist whoattended Seattle University’s acclaimed Albers School of Business and is a partner in the wealth management firm Meridian Rock.   He will share his insights on all aspects of an artist’s business by employing a unique style of conducting a Q&A with himself. Speaking from his own hard-won experiences, his hope is to help educate others and help artists to avoid some of the many financial pitfalls that they face and get a better handle on music business and finances.


“Your Financial Advisor Is Duff McKagan” will take place in Room 12 of the Austin Convention Center at 2pm, and is open to all SXSW Music and Platinum badges, and SXSW showcasing artists with artist wristbands.


Duff McKagan’s Loaded The Taking will be released on April 19 on Armoury Records.



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SoundCheck Hollywood Announces It’s Grand Opening On Sunset Blvd. On March 23

March 11th, 2011
by EvilG

SoundCheck Hollywood Announces It’s Grand Opening On Sunset Blvd. On March 23rd; Featuring Signings With Asking Alexandria, Emmure and Many Other High Profile Artists

In an age where music retailers are closing at a rapid rate and record labels are going bankrupt due to online piracy and declining sales, Sumerian Records creator Ash Avildsen has taken a stand to prove that there is still an undeniable excitement to buying physical product. You have to admit no digital download can compare to having artwork and lyrics in hand when cranking that new album you just picked up at your local record store.


Avildsen has now boldly put his money where his mouth is, upon announcing the launch of SoundCheck Hollywood (located across from the infamous Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip and a couple doors down from The Viper Room), which is a store that harkens back to the days when Tower Records ruled the strip and also served as a place for musicians and music fans to unite. For additional information check out: www.soundcheckhollywood.com


The official SoundCheck Hollywood grand opening party will take place on Wednesday, 3/23 and will feature signings from Asking Alexandria, Emmure, Animals As Leaders, The Faceless, Suicide Silence, Winds of Plague and many others.


SoundCheck Hollywood is essentially a lifestyle music store that will feature CDs, Vinyl and DVDs from all artists spanning the spectrum of the metal/underground rock genres, but will separate itself from any other store with the special emphasis of limited edition merchandise that will cover the walls. The ONLY place you will be able to find the exclusive designs of shirts and other merch items carried at SoundCheck will be right there at 8872 Sunset Blvd.


However, the specialness does not stop there. SoundCheck will offer fans a unique meet and greet opportunity with bands that takes place in the “backstage” of the store which will differ greatly from your normal autograph signings. “We want to create an intimate environment that no other store has ever offered fans when they go to meet their favorite artists at a signing. SoundCheck’s backstage will be far different from your typical “move-it-along” setting, i.e. having a line of people looking over your shoulder while you are sharing your coveted moment with the band you came to meet” Avildsen added.


All new releases the store carries will be made available at 9:00PM that Monday (rather than the morning of the standard release schedule on Tuesday) “If a kid can buy it on iTunes on the east coast at that moment, then people in California should be able to buy the physical version in person too.” To top it off, whether you are just browsing the store or waiting in line to get backstage at SoundCheck Hollywood, fans can enjoy the two fully restored, timeless arcade pinball machines found inside: GUNS N ROSES and WWF ROYAL RUMBLE, which are free to customers.

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WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks is released!

March 11th, 2011
by Celtic Bob

SplitScreen Entertainment announces the release of its uniquely themed tribute album, “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.” A musical homage to the big, beautiful women who make the rockin’ world go ’round, “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” features all-new recordings of popular songs praising the fuller female figure, originally made famous by some of the biggest names in rock and pop music. These anthems to abundance are performed by renowned rock & rollers from yesterday and today, along with a select few rising stars. In direct opposition to the “no fat chicks” mantra espoused by some, “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” is a star-studded celebration of large and lovely ladies.

Starting off the salute with a regal flourish is Queen’s arena rock classic “Fat Bottomed Girls” by L.A. Guns singer Phil Lewis, with guitarist Paul LaPlaca and drummer John Macaluso. Next, the Poison chart-topper “Unskinny Bop” is ably recreated by party rock outfit Evick, featuring members of the Bret Michaels Band. This is followed by a high-octane version of the AC/DC concert staple “Whole Lotta Rosie” by Rufus Fontain, featuring Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar and original Jackyl vocalist Ronnie Honeycutt. Danger Danger frontman Ted Poley lends his trademark vocals to the Electric Boys hit “All Lips N’ Hips,” alongside his Poley/Rivera partner Vic Rivera. Then rock & roll comic C.C. Banana offers up a faithful rendition of the Kiss track “Spit” (a.k.a. “Split”), featuring bassist David Z of ZO2 and guitarist Angus Clark.

Plus-sized songstress Celisa Stratton brings all-new meaning to the title track “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin, in conjunction with veteran Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and guitarist Alex Grossi. And the Sir Mix-A-Lot hip-hop smash “Baby Got Back” is given a metal makeover by comedian Don Jamieson, co-host of “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classic. Next up is an offering from founding Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, Tuff vocalist Stevie Rachelle and longtime W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland, who collaborate on a cover of the Ted Nugent cult favorite “Thunder Thighs.” Plus “Big, Fat, Sexy Mama,” a song by New York City underground sensation The Compulsions, is expertly rendered by newcomers Triangle Exception. Also included is the original studio recording of “You Need A Great Big Woman” by Candye Kane, celebrated blues diva and full-figured femme fatale.

Entering the album’s home stretch, Trixter guitarist Steve Brown puts a rock spin on Mika’s international Top 40 single “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful).” And appearing for the first time anywhere is the brand new song “BMW” by the mysterious Dogwhistle, a funk/rock fusion combining two of man’s favorite things: girls and cars. Concluding the tribute on a comedic note, the bass-heavy Spinal Tap dirge “Big Bottom” is given a 6-string revamp by Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda and his Band of Steel. The entire affair is topped with an inspired cover by pop artist Les Toil, known for his bold and beautiful “big girl” pin-up art.

From beginning to end, “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” delivers a heavy dose of heavy hitters, singing the praises of heavy women. The complete track listing for “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks” is as follows:

1.     Fat Bottomed Girls – Phil Lewis (with Paul LaPlaca and John Macaluso)
2.     Unskinny Bop – Evick
3.     Whole Lotta Rosie – Rufus Fontain (featuring Jeff LaBar and Ronnie Honeycutt)
4.     All Lips N’ Hips – Poley/Rivera (featuring Ted Poley and Vic Rivera)
5.     Split – C.C. Banana (with Banana 7, featuring David Z and Angus Clark)
6.     Whole Lotta Love – Celisa Stratton (with Alex Grossi and Frankie Banali)
7.     Baby Got Back – Don Jamieson
8.     Thunder Thighs – Stevie Rachelle, Jay Jay French, Stet Howland
9.     Big, Fat, Sexy Mama – Triangle Exception
10.     You Need A Great Big Woman – Candye Kane
11.     Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) – Steve Brown
12.     BMW – Dogwhistle
13.     Big Bottom – Eddie Ojeda’s Band of Steel

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Stratovarius – Interview with vocalist Timo Kotipelto

March 11th, 2011
by EvilG

Stratovarius – Vocalist Timo Kotipelto

Interviewed by EvilG

Stratovarius are one of those bands that I am obsessed with. Since the release of the phenomenal album ELYSIUM I’ve been playing the album almost every day and have been going back through their discography (yet again) to see how it stacks up. In this fan’s opinion, the band have now proven, beyond any doubt, that they are as relevant and and as amazing today as they’ve always been.

Given the opportunity for an interview with Timo Kotipelto was of course a treat. A time was hard to nail down as a result of his recent throat problems and touring but with some persistence and patience, we got ‘er done and here is the result. Enjoy!

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MORS PRINCIPIUM EST Seeking New Guitarists – “If it does not work this time, or we don’t find the right person/persons, then it’s game over for MORS PRINCIPIUM EST”

March 10th, 2011
by EvilG


Guitarists Tomy Laisto and Kalle Aaltonen have left Finnish melodic death metallers MORS PRINCIPIUM EST.


Commented the band: “If we still want to continue with MORS PRINCIPIUM EST, we need new guitar players.


“This is our LAST try to make things happen.


“If it does not work this time, or we don’t find the right person/persons, then it’s game over for MORS PRINCIPIUM EST.


“So, if you are, or know somebody, who is at least 21 years old, willing and able to write and play death metal with melodies and also would like to be a part of the new MORS PRINCIPIUM EST, then send us an email.


“YOU CAN BE FROM ANYWHERE. As long as you are eager and get something done, then you may be the one we are looking for. AND we are looking for one or two players.


“Soo, if you have what it takes, send us an email and we will talk more.



“And just to make things 100% clear: You can live, for example, in USA, Germany, Sweden, Australia, Finland or wherever.”


MORS PRINCIPIUM EST’s third album, “Liberation = Termination”, was released in February 2007 via Listenable Records. The follow-up to “The Unborn” was recorded at Astia Studio in Finland and was mastered at Imperial Mastering in Concord, California.



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NIGHTWISH: New Album Vocal Recordings Postponed Until Early April

March 10th, 2011
by EvilG
Nightwish - Imaginarium

Nightwish - Imaginarium

The vocal recording sessions for the new NIGHTWISH album, “Imaginarium”, have been postponed until April 4 in order to allow the band’s singer, Anette Olzon, a longer recovery period after she suffered broken ribs in a recent fall. She writes on her blog, “me, [NIGHTWISH manager Ewo Pohjola of King Foo Entertainment Ltd.] and [NIGHTWISH mainman/keyboardist] Tuomas [Holopainen] decided that it’s better if I rest the whole month and get in shape so I can do the vocals super good and have booked my vocal recordings from April 4 instead in another studio in Finland. This is really good, ’cause no one will be happy if the album won’t sound perfect. And we don’t have any hurry since the album has plenty of time to get mastered and ready still.”


Holed up in the studio for the better part of this spring, NIGHTWISH is not only putting finishing touches to its new album, “Imaginarium”, but also planning a movie of the same name. If all goes well, the CD will be released in early 2012, to be followed by the movie at some point further down the line. The first single off the album as well as the trailer for the film should arrive well before the end of 2011.


For the movie, NIGHTWISH has teamed up with director Stober Harju’s production team and Solar Films.


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New ANVIL Track Available

March 10th, 2011
by EvilG


Canuck metallers ANVIL recently announced that their latest album, Juggernaut Of Justice, will be released on May 10th, via The End Records. The album’s title track, ‘Juggernaut Of Justice’, is currently available for free download as part of The End Records Spring 2011 sampler, at this location.

The band recorded the material for the new album at FOO FIGHTER Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Northridge, California with famed producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, AIRBOURNE, FILTER, ATREYU, ALICE COOPER).

Frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow recently commented: “I must say that this is by far the best Anvil ever. There will be a few new surprises including Glenn 5’s first lead vocals in Anvil’s history. The production that Bob Marlette has done far surpasses anything we’ve done in the past. The excitement within the band is over the top and we can’t wait to unleash this amazing cd to the fans.”

Drummer Robb Reiner concurs: “The new album is pure Anvil with a new fresh kick, very exciting. Looking to rocking with The End, putting the music where it belongs – in everybody’s ears and face!”

Prior to the release of Juggernaut Of Justice, The End will be releasing the definitive Anvil anthology. The collection will be comprised of classics old and new, with some surprises, and will showcase the band’s entire career spanning back to 1978.

Anvil have confirmed more Canadian shows with shock rock legend ALICE COOPER. The trio will open up the following dates:


14 – Pavillon de la Jeunesse – Quebec City, PQ

16 – Ottawa Civic Centre – Ottawa, ON

17 – Hamilton Place Theatre – Hamilton, ON

18 – Sudbury Arena – Sudbury, PQ


Anvil complete the line-up for the Sweden Rock Cruise, which sails from Stockholm April 7th – 8th.

The 23-hour cruise on the Baltic Sea features 12 floors with metal DJs, duty free shops, bars, restaurants, swimming pool, sauna, games room and six well-known hard rock bands playing live. Eight of ten previous Sweden Rock cruises have been sold out.  For more info and tickets visit Swedenrockcruise.com.


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Anthrax Guitarist Scott Ian To Miss July Shows; Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser To Fill In

March 10th, 2011
by EvilG

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has announced that he will be unable to perform with the band at their scheduled concerts this July, as he and his wife Pearl are expecting their first child together. Taking his place for the shows will be Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser, who commented on the job with the following Twitter post:

“Yes, I will replace Scott Ian in July, his wife will have a child at the time… about 8 shows, including Sonisphere, Big 4.”



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WEEDEATER: New Album Streaming In Full Until Release Date

March 10th, 2011
by EvilG

With the official street date for the release of WEEDEATER’s latest whiskey-soaked album Jason… The Dragon just days away, the band have put their entire album up for streaming from now until the album officially drops! Tune in to the band’s Myspace page here until Tuesday, March 15th when the record is released to hear all ten tracks of the thunderous new album.

WEEDEATER are currently embarked on their country-wide stampede in support of Jason… The Dragon, blazing city after intoxicated city on their way to this year’s SXSW, bearing support from Zoroaster, Kvelertak and more over throughout the trek.
Remaining dates of WEEDEATER’s Jason… The Dragon Tour:

3/10/2011 Monstros – Chico, CA w/ Zoroaster
3/11/2011 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/12/2011 Ruby Room – San Diego, CA w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/13/2011 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Zoroaster, Red Fang
3/14/2011 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ w/ Zoroaster, Wildildlife, Kvelertak
3/15/2011 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM  w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/17/2011 Scoot Inn – Austin TX @ Converse and Thrasher’s Death Match [day show]
3/18/2011 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX @ SXSW Metalliance Tour SXSW stop [night show]
3/19/2011 Korova – San Antonio, TX w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/20/2011 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Zoroaster
3/21/2011 Newby’s Too – Panama City Beach, FL w/ Zoroaster
3/22/2011 Orpheum – Tampa, FL w/ Zoroaster
3/23/2011 Backbooth – Orlando, FL w/ Zoroaster
3/24/2011 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ Zoroaster
3/25/2011 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC w/ Zoroaster
3/26/2011 The Jinx – Savannah, GA  w/ Zoroaster


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March 10th, 2011
by EvilG

Classic rockers GRAVEYARD from Gothenburg, Sweden has offered the following track-by-track commentary on the nine songs comprising their new studio album, Hisingen Blues.  This 100% analog recorded release will be out in Europe on March 25 and in North America on April 19th.  It was produced, recorded, and mixed by Don Alsterberg (JOSÉ GONZALES, JUNIP, SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES, THE INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY) at Don Pierre Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • Ain’t Fit To Live Here
  • “Classic blues riffs, just harder and on speed, and filtered through 30-40 years of rock history.  Lyrics – frustration and the feeling that you hate everybody.”
  • No Good, Mr. Holden
  • “Introspective lyrics. A doomy and gentle song at the same time. The song melodies really stand out on this one.”
  • Hisingen Blues
  • “A fast hard song about living fast and hard. Not your general song structure. Influenced by many different types of music.”
  • Uncomfortably Numb
  • “Jokingly, we’ve called it the power ballad of the album. Lyrics speaks for themselves. A touch of southern rock. Suitable for making love to. Maybe.”
  • Buying Truth (Tack Och Förlåt)
  • “A bit more modern if you will, but hard and primitive. Get-drunk-and-fight-it-out vibe. Lyrics about nervous, fake, media/music industry people, and other asshole musicians that haven’t got anything to bring to the table.”
  • Longing
  • “Something we’d been jamming on for a long time before we went in to the studio. But it was also very much written in the studio. Don (producer) had a lot of ideas for this one and we had kind help from a couple of friends, also.  It’s a nice break with a very different instrumental on the album.”
  • Ungrateful Are The Dead
  • “Title explains most of it. It’s not easy being alive. Personal lyrics. A song that we recorded a couple of times but never really were satisfied with until we made this version. Heavy. Maybe the most metal song on the album.”
  • RSS
  • “Live fast die. A party song with troublesome lyrics. And unusual backing vocals.”
  • The Siren
  • “Slow swamp blues with classic rock outbreaks and a really intense outro. Lyrics deals with a nightmare about Roky Erickson.”


View a trailer of the video for “Hisingen Blues” here.  The video will debut online on Monday, March 14th.


A limited edition 7” picture disc of the title track “Hisingen Blues” backed with the exclusive vinyl track “Granny And Davis” and featuring different artwork is now available through Nuclear Blast Germany’s mail-order.  On March 15th, it will be available viaNuclear Blast USA’s webstore.  This release is limited to 500 copies worldwide and they’re destined to go fast!


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

Stream GRAVEYARD’s entire, self-titled debut album here.

Visit GRAVEYARD online at www.myspace.com/GRAVEYARDSONGS & on Facebook.

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March 10th, 2011
by EvilG
EXODUS - GARY HOLT Live Photo by DirtJunior

EXODUS - GARY HOLT Live Photo by DirtJunior

California Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are pleased to announce their confirmation to perform at Ieperfest in Belgium and Rock im Betonwerk in Germany.   For their August 10th performance at the Metal Hammer Festival in Katowice, Poland, EXODUS will be opening for British metal legends Judas Priest.

Guitarist Gary Holt has the following to say about the upcoming opportunity:

“I can’t believe that after getting to play with Iron Maiden in Chile, now we can announce that we will be sharing the stage with Judas Priest in Poland!  How much better can it get? Two shows with two of our biggest heroes!  Now if only I can select the set for them… I can dream, can’t I?!  It’s gonna be awesome; to say we’re excited is an understatement.”

View video footage of Gary Holt playing live with SLAYER at the Brisbane Soundwave Festival on February 26th in Australia here andhere.


Visit EXODUS online: at www.facebook.com/EXODUSATTACK


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