NEW YORK – “Play Yard Blues,” the latest solo album from Europe guitarist John Norum, is now available on Mascot Records.
The long-awaited album takes a different approach than Norum’s past releases, showcasing a more bluesy side of his soulful style. “Play Yard Blues” consists of 10 tracks, recorded in Norum’s hometown of Stockholm, Sweden.
“When I started playing, I only played blues rock,” Norum said. “Now I feel it’s time to go back to my roots.”
The album title was inspired by the studio in which it was recorded – Play Yard Studios. “It’s also the name of a song and it ended up being one of my favorite songs on the album,” he said.
In addition to the Norum originals, the guitarist puts his personal stamp on a few classics: Thin Lizzy’s “It’s Only Money,” Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush’s “Ditch Queen,” and Mountain’s “Travellin’ in the Dark.” “I always loved Thin Lizzy, Mountain, and Frank Marino, so I want to pay tribute to those guys,” Norum said.
As a whole, Norum sees his new album as a tribute to his late wife, Michelle Meldrum of the band Meldrum, who passed away suddenly two years ago at the age of just 39. Photos of Norum and the couple’s young son emphasize the double meaning of the album’s title, with the guitarist and the boy side-by-side, guitars in hand. “It´s a tribute to Michelle and I wanted him to be part of it,” Norum said. “And he is proud of his daddy’s playing.”
“Play Yard Blues,” Norum’s seventh solo album, was mixed and produced by Norum and Peer Stappe. Norum, who sings on the album in addition to playing to guitar, is joined by musicians Tomas Torberg (bass), Thomas Bronman (drums), Peer Stappe (percussion), and Mic Michaeli (keyboards).
Mascot Records is an independent record company based in The Netherlands that specializes in guitar music, from metal to instrumental guitar, hard rock, prog rock and (guitar) fusion.
‘DIARY OF A MAD BAND’ 3 DISC (2 CD/1 DVD) SET HITS STORES ON OCTOBER 5TH 2010, MULTIPLE PRE-ORDER BUNDLES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE NOW!
New Orleans, LA’s DOWN and Crave Online have just released an exclusive, previously unreleased track, ‘Stone the Crow’ (recorded live in Dublin) at the Crave Online website! The track is cut from the audio portion of their upcoming 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD) release, Diary of a Mad Band, hitting stores on October 5th, 2010. See the full track listing below.
DOWN has three Diary of a Mad Bandpre-order bundles available for purchase now! All pre-orders include an instant MP3 download of the recently debuted track, ‘Stone the Crow’ live in Dublin! These packages are a must have for every DOWN fan! Click the links below to be directed to the webstore to purchase your bundle!
Pre-Order Bundle #2 – Diary of a Mad Band 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD) set with limited edition pre-order only T-SHIRT – $30
Pre-Order Bundle #3 – Diary of a Mad Band 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD), limited edition DOWN 3’x 5’ FLAG, limited edition pre-order only T-SHIRT – $45
Diary of a Mad Band features a 17 track, 2 CD full concert, live in London during DOWN’s very first European tour in 2006! The DVD highlights DOWN in the practice room, as well as six blistering weeks of the same European tour, promoted completely by word of mouth. No label, no publicity, just the band jetting off on a plane and setting across the continent. This is the first time DOWN performed on the road in four years, and marked the practical rebirth of NOLA metal. Raw, unseen and uncut, the DVD also features a bonus behind-the-scenes featurette entitled ‘Tyrades and Shananigans’. Plus, witness some of metal’s greatest icons (including Cronos of Venom, Fenriz of Darkthrone, Witchcraft, Alice in Chains, and Satyr and Frost of Satyricon) come out of the underground and pay homage to DOWN. All in all, the DVD includes a staggering 130 minutes of unreleased footage!
DVD: Diary of a Mad Band
w/ BONUS DVD FEATURETTE ‘Tyrades and Shananigans’
1. Lysergic Funeral Procession
3. Losing All
5. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
6. Ghosts Along The Mississippi
7. Learn From This Mistake
8. Underneath Everything
9. Temptation’s Wings
10. There’s Something On My Side
11. Hail The Leaf
13. The Seed
14. Eyes Of The South
16. Stone The Crows
17. Bury Me In Smoke
2 CD: LIVE IN EUROPE
1. Losing All
3. Lysergic Funeral Procession
5. Temptations Wings
6. Ghosts Along The Mississippi
7. Learn From This Mistake
8. Hail The Leaf
9. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
10. Lies, I Don’t Know What They Say But…
11. Underneath Everything
12. The Seed
13. Eyes Of The South
15. Stone The Crows
16. Bury Me In Smoke
If that isn’t enough for a rabid fan, a 180 Gram triple vinyl version with a bonus DVD will be available on October 26th! DOWN features the all-star line-up of vocalist Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Arson Anthem), guitarist Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity), guitarist Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Kingdom of Sorrow), bassist Rex Brown (Pantera), and drummer Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Crowbar). Based in New Orleans, LA, DOWN boasts an intense domestic and international fan base. Their last album, III: Over and Underhas scanned over 113,000 copies, and internationally, DOWN has seen staggering sales of over 1 million. Regarded as one of the most explosive live acts of our generation, DOWN is constantly touring the globe. Stay tuned for tour dates in the future!
For more information about DOWN and Diary of a Mad Band, please visit these sites:
AMORPHIS "Magic & Mayhem – Tales From The Early Years"
Finnish metallers AMORPHIS have entered Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki to begin recording their tenth studio album, to be released in early 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records.
A short video clip from some of the early studio sessions can be viewed at this location (MP4 file).
On September 17, AMORPHIS celebrated its 20th anniversary by releasing a special retrospective, “Magic & Mayhem – Tales From The Early Years”, featuring newly re-recorded versions of the songs from the band’s first three albums (1992’s “Karelian Isthmus”, 1994’s “Tales From The Thousand Lakes” and 1996’s “Elegy”) with slightly different arrangements, better audio quality and featuring the band’s current lineup. AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen told Petri Silas of Finland’s Soundi magazine in early June that he was especially happy with how “My Kantele” and “Song Of The Troubled One” turned out. The collection also includes such gems as “Vulgar Necrolatry” and the band’s cover of THE DOORS‘ “Light My Fire”. The latter song was previously recorded by the band and was included on the reissue of the “Tales from the Thousand Lakes” LP, but the new collection features an all-new version that was tracked in early 2010.
“Skyforger”, the latest album from AMORPHIS, was certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 15,000 copies. (Note: The sales requirement for albums to reach gold status in Finland was recently lowered to 10,000, but because “Skyforger” was released before this change took effect, the old rules still apply.) The bandmembers were presented with their gold plaques on July 6 at a release party for their first-ever live DVD, “Forging The Land Of Thousand Lakes”, at Cinema Andorra in Helsinki.
“Skyforger” was honored in the “Metal Album Of The Year” category at this year’s Emma Gaala (Finnish Grammy
AMORPHIS was nominated in two categories at the Emma Gaala — “Metal Album Of The Year” and “Domestic Artist Of The Year”. equivalent).
Guitar legend Mark Reale from reunited/reactivated Texas metallers RIOT suffered a leg injury recently that has kept him bed-ridden.
Says Reale, “it sucks this happened with me because we are moving forward with Tony Moore (Thundersteel-era) on vocals. He came up and burned the four tracks we had ready for him and there’s a lot more great tones to choose from! I can’t wait to get going again as soon as possible. Tony sounds great! But it looks like the album at this time will most likely see the light of day in 2011.”
Riot’s shows in Japan, Sweden and Spain were filmed so expect some kind of DVD in the future.
DETROIT, MI – Detroit’s rising technical death metal outfit, As They Sleep, has posted a brand new song on MySpace, “Oracle of the Dead”, taken from the band’s Solid State Records debut, Dynasty, which is slated to hit stores on November 23rd. The new track can be streamed now at: www.myspace.com/astheysleep, for a preview of the pulverizing precision that can be expected on the band’s sophomore album.
“One of the darkest, fastest, grittiest songs on the new album, ‘Oracle of the Dead’ is relentless,” explains vocalist, Aaron Bridgewater. “It is sure to satisfy your death metal taste buds!”
Dynasty is a complex record, with a conceptual focus on the rise and fall of empires, and lyrics that touch on ancient Egypt, ancient Rome, and Greek mythology. It was mixed by powerhouse audio wizard, Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Chimaira, Demon Hunter), and delivers a package of brutally heavy and savagely technical death metal of the highest order.
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
7. The Offering
10. God of War
11. The Unseen
Earache Records is proud to announce the signing of North Carolina’s HOUR OF 13 to a worldwide recording deal.
HOUR OF 13 have built up a formidable reputation in underground circles for their potent brand of occult-inspired doom-laden metal. The band recently performed their debut show at the ‘Dublin Doom Day’ Festival in Ireland, to rapturous response.
Their debut US show takes place in New York on October 16.
Guitarist and founder CHAD DAVIS commented on the deal:
“We, Hour Of 13, are proud to have become part of the Earache Records legacy. The support the label has shown to a host of influential bands over the years has been essential to the growth of real, original music, and we could not be more pleased to have become one of those bands. This is a monumental step for Hour Of 13, and we’re glad to have Earache on our side.”
Earache will re-release the band’s last album, ‘THE RITUALIST’, in early 2011, which will be supported by further live appearances throughout the year.
Listen to HOUR OF 13’s track, “Demons All Around Me” below:
DEICIDE Announce "The God Is Dead - To Hell With God" Headlining Tour
Twenty years ago, an underground cult movement surfaced in Tampa, Florida that revolutionized the metal world. The pioneers of this burgeoning scene, DEICIDE, are still striking fear into hearts of the masses to this day. As the world eagerly anticipates their new full-length slab of blasphemy, To Hell With God, the group prepares to embark on a massive North American headlining run appropriately titled “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour.” The Bloody-Disgusting sponsored trek, which kicks off on Feb. 15th also features Belphegor, Blackguard, Neuraxis and Pathology. To Hell With God was produced by the renowned Mark Lewis and is set for an early 2011 release.
Tickets for the tour will be available starting today (Sept. 22nd) via an exclusive internet presale on www.enterthevault.com . VIP tickets will also be available and include early entry and a pre-show meet & greet with DEICIDE. All shows will then go on sale through normal ticketing systems on October 14th, 2010. Either see below or visit Enter The Vault to view the entire tour itinerary.
DEICIDE are one of the founding fathers of death metal and easily one of the most influential and controversial bands ever. With a relentlessly brutal sound and uncompromisingly blasphemous lyrics, DEICIDE helped set the standards for extreme metal and have maintained those standards ever since.
DEICIDE stormed ahead into the future, releasing numerous albums engulfed by waves of controversy, as their popularity continued to ferment within the scene. However, it was the 2006 release The Stench of Redemption that put the band back on the map as the leaders of the genre. This was their first album to showcase the more melodic leads of guitarists Owen and Santolla which only added to their riotous and enigmatic success. DEICIDE looks forward to taking things to the next level in 2011, promising to deliver the album of their already heralded career.
DEICIDE Headlining 0 2 / 1 5 / 1 1 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
0 2 / 1 6 / 1 1 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
0 2 / 1 7 / 1 1 Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
0 2 / 1 8 / 1 1 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
0 2 / 1 9 / 1 1 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
0 2 / 2 0 / 1 1 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
0 2 / 2 1 / 1 1 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
0 2 / 2 2 / 1 1 Quebec City, QUE – Imperial de Quebec
0 2 / 2 3 / 1 1 Montreal, QUE – Cafe Campus
0 2 / 2 4 / 1 1 London, ONT – Music Hall
0 2 / 2 5 / 1 1 Toronto, ONT – Opera House
0 2 / 2 6 / 1 1 Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club
0 2 / 2 7 / 1 1 Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
0 2 / 2 8 / 1 1 Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall
0 3 / 0 1 / 1 1 Tulsa, OK – Marquee
0 3 / 0 2 / 1 1 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
0 3 / 0 4 / 1 1 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
0 3 / 0 5 / 1 1 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
0 3 / 0 7 / 1 1 Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon
0 3 / 0 8 / 1 1 Los Angeles, CA – Key Club
0 3 / 0 9 / 1 1 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
0 3 / 1 0 / 1 1 Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB have just wrapped up their “Graveyard Disturbance” headlining European tour, and are now gearing up for their first ever North American tour.
The band will be kicking off the massive North American trek on October 22nd and will be teaming up with the likes of OVERKILL, FORBIDDEN, EVILE, BONDED BY BLOOD and DRI.
GAMA BOMB frontman PHILLY BYRNE looks ahead to their first American tour:
“Touring in America is one of those things that every band, every musician or bedroom rockstar dreams about. Even bands from America don’t get to tour America. We’re lucky enough to get the chance and are really excited about it. If any tour we’ve ever undertaken can be described as a great adventure, this is it. It’s going to be hard, but we’re hard men. It’s going to be girthy, but so are we. We’ll wear the appropriate hats and drink the right liquors. You get the picture.
“We’ve toured with Overkill before and really look up to Blitz and the guys as friends and mentors, so it’s going to be great to spend more time with them gigging, drinking and talking. The Overkill guys embody that American idea of ‘shooting the shit’ when they’re backstage, so we’re looking forward to shooting some shits with them. Forbidden we’ve never met, but are looking forward to hearing them do some of their classics and getting to know them.
“Evile and Bonded By Blood are, of course, good friends of ours. We’ve already been to some weird and wonderful places with those guys, and this is going to be the biggest adventure we’ve all had yet. Everyone will be sick of us within about an hour of the tour bus rolling out, but that goes with the territory I suppose. We’re looking forward to seeing America, meeting cool people and sampling the many local moonshines the country has to offer. I head most of them won’t even render you blind, which is great. Also, we will do good gigs while we are out there.”
Catch GAMA BOMB live in North America at the following shows:
GAMA BOMB w/ EVILE, BONDED BY BLOOD
Oct 22 – Dante’s – Portland, OR
Oct 23 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Oct 24 – Red Room – Vancouver, BC
Oct 25 – Third – Prince George, BC
Oct 26 – The Mead Hall – Edmonton, AL
Oct 27 – Exchange – Regina, SK
Oct 28 – Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB
Oct 29 – Crocks 16 South Cumberland St – Thunder Bay, ON
Oct 30 – The Rox Tavern – St Cloud, MN
Oct 31 – The Dojo – Indianapolis, IN
Nov 01 – Music Hall – London, ON
Nov 02 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
Nov 03 – Championship Bar and Grill – Trenton, NJ
GAMA BOMB w/ FORBIDDEN, EVILE, BONDED BY BLOOD
Nov 04 – Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
GAMA BOMB w/ OVERKILL, FORBIDDEN, EVILE, BONDED BY BLOOD
Nov 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Nov 06 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Nov 07 – Cub Hell – Providence, RI
Nov 08 – Sonar – Baltimore, MD
Nov 09 – Canal Club – Richmond, VA
Nov 10 – Amos – Charlotte, NC
Nov 11 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Nov 12 – Hooligan – Jacksonville, NC
Nov 13 – Club Firestone – Orlando, FL
Nov 14 – Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nov 15 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Nov 16 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Nov 17 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
Nov 18 – Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 19 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Nov 20 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
GAMA BOMB w/ FORBIDDEN, EVILE, BONDED BY BLOOD
Nov 21 – Mavericks – Ottawa, ON ***
Nov 22 – Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
Nov 23 – MOD Club – Toronto, ON
Nov 24 – Blondies – Detroit, MI
Nov 25 – The Muse – Nashville, TN ***
Nov 26 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Nov 27 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Nov 28 – Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Nov 29 – Station 4 – St Paul, MN
Dec 01 – Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
Dec 02 – Emo’s Alternative Lounging – Austin, TX
Dec 03 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Dec 04 – Trees – Ft. Worth, TX
Dec 05 – The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX ***
Dec 06 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Dec 07 – U.B.’s – Mesa, AZ
Dec 08 – Whiskey a Go Go – West Hollyood, CA
Dec 09 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
Dec 10 – New Oasis – Sparks, NV
Dec 11 – DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
Dec 12 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA ***
Dec 13 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV ***
*** Without FORBIDDEN
GAMA BOMB w/ DRI, EVILE
Dec 15 – Gator’s – Farmington, NM
Dec 16 – Club 21 – Pueblo, CO
Dec 17 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
Dec 18 – Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT
(New York, NY) — Taking a small break from recording their next record, CROWBAR have announced a small handful of dates this fall.
Oct. 18 Austin, TX – Emo’s
Oct. 19 Houston, TX – Numbers
Oct. 21 Lafayette, LA – Sadie’s Downtown
Oct. 22 Shreveport, LA – Riverside Warehouse
Newly signed to eOne Music, sludge metal legends CROWBAR will re-release three influential records, CROWBAR, LIVE +1 and TIME HEALS NOTHING on October 5th, 2010. These three records are the band’s core titles and have influenced many of today’s major metal acts including LAMB OF GOD and HATEBREED. With each title originally being released in the early nineties, this will be the first time all three records will be widely available in stores and online. A new CROWBAR record is planned for early 2011.
Kirk Windstein formed CROWBAR in 1991. Since that time, the band’s sound has profoundly influenced a new generation of metal acts the world over. Weinstein is also a key member of KINGDOM OF SORROW (with HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta) and DOWN.
Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen has issued the following update:
“Rainy and chilly day in Warsaw, Poland. After being under the sun and enjoying lovely springtime in Buenos Aires, the weather in Europe came as a shock to me. It’s really damn cold already!
Today was the first day of the rehearsals with the band. We went through almost all the new songs already, but few are still missing. I am sure tomorrow we ‘kill’ them all. The band sounds tight and it’s great fun to see the guys enjoying my music again.
We have a new bass player with us: Mr. Kevin Chown.
Always when there is a change in the line up, the overall sound changes and the atmosphere among us as well. I am sure you’ll like what you’ll hear. I see many smiling faces around, so I am happy. My guys and me are going to hit the road together again!”
Tarja announced the names of the bands that will support her on her upcoming European tour: the French band MARKIZE will support Tarja for the whole tour; Poland’s AT THE LAKE will play in Krakow, Poland on October 2nd; France’s WHYZDOM will play in Paris, France on October 10th; and the UK based band SOLSIKK will play in London, England on October 13th.
BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, IRON MAIDEN Members Recording New Song For Charity
In 1989, BLACK SABBATH’s Tony Iommi and DEEP PURPLE’s Ian Gillan were just a few names in a long list of talent involved in the re-recording of the classic Deep Purple track ‘Smoke On The Water’. This song was re-recorded to raise money for those affected by the Leninakan earthquake that struck Armenia in 1988. In October of last year, both Iommi and Gillan travelled to Armenia to see how the funds raised had helped the local community. On their trip they visited a music school only to find it being run out of temporary accommodation, it was only location not to have been rebuilt 20 years after the earthquake had struck.
Next week Iommi and Gillan will be heading back into the studio, joined by keyboardist Jon Lord (ex-Deep Purple, WHITESNAKE) and drummer Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN) to record a new track to raise money to rebuild the Armenian music school. More information about the charity single ‘Out Of My Mind’ and behind the scenes photos will follow soon.
‘Smoke On The Water’ Rock Aid Armenia video can be viewed below:
One of Australia’s longest running metal bands, Dreadnaught and South Australian heavyweights SE BON KI RA combine forces for a series of live shows thru Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Tasmania between October and December this year.
The tour will take in Sydney’s ‘Yarr-fest’ on October 29th for the LORD (NSW) EP Launch also with prog-metallers Voyager (WA) and Hemina (NSW).
Live Oblivion 2010 Tour dates are:
Oct 15 Fowlers Live, Adelaide (SE BON KI RA only)
Oct 22 The Tote, Melbourne with guests 4Arm and Desecrator
Oct 29 The Gaelic, Sydney Yarr-Fest – Lord CD Launch and Voyager (WA)
Oct 30 The Gearin Hotel, Katoomba with guests Red Bee and Squawk
Nov 5 The Karova Lounge, Ballarat (Dreadnaught Only) with guests Desecrator and Path of Pariah
Nov 13 The Sound Shell, Murray Bridge (SE BON KI RA only)
Nov 26 The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart with guests Desecrator and Lacerta
Nov 27 The Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston with guests Desecrator
Dec 4 The Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne (Dreadnaught Only)
Dec 10 The Newmarket Hotel, Bendigo (Dreadnaught Only) with Evilution
Dec 11 Adelaide Uni Bar with guests ISAW and Mammoth
Live Oblivion 2010 will wind up Dreadnaught’s live schedule for the year comprising their final shows before taking some time out of the live scene to finish the writing of a new LP, due in 2011.
Since their inception in 1992, DREADNAUGHT have established themselves as a cornerstone for Australian heavy rock audiences. Never touted as the ‘next big thing’ or ‘flavour of the month’ as sub-genres and bands come and go, Dreadnaught never fail to provide their loyal fans, both old and new, with great rock and metal.
Having started the year strongly with their appearance at the Adelaide Big Day Out festival, SE BON KI RA are keen to end 2010 in a similar style, by thrashing their way around the country with good mates, good times and great metal. In 2011 the band will enter into writing and recording phase, with a full length release due out later in the year.
SE BON KI RA live shows are an intense combination of energetic passion and fun, based on the belief that heavy metal can be powerful and carry meaning without conveying the negativity often associated with the genre. The band takes pride in bringing honesty to their craft. There’s no unnecessary gloss or polish here, but there is lots of sweat and the occasional drop of blood.
Joining both bands on tour will be Victoria’s pure thrash metaller’s Desecrator, as well as other support from the likes of 4Arm (Vic), Lacerta (Tas), Red Bee (NSW), Squawk (NSW), Path of Pariah (Vic), ISAW (SA), Mammoth (SA), and Evilution(Vic).
Remember, it’s YOU, the metal-head that makes the metal scene work so get out and support some grassroots heavy music!!! Oblivion awaits …
ENGLAND – Extreme metal’s most infamous act, Cradle Of Filth, has teamed up with America’s horror magazine, Fangoria, to premiere the band’s latest music video for the new track, “Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)”. The video was directed by Dani Jacobs, and the song comes from the forthcoming full-length, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, to be released on Nuclear Blast Records on November 9th. In the words of Cradle’s iconic frontman, Dani Filth, the band’s ninth studio album is their “most sinister and darkened fairytale.” The music video for “Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)”, the album’s first single, does nothing to dispute that statement. Head over to Fangoria.com now to see for yourself.
The Grammy nominated, Cradle Of Filth, continues to shock, excite, disgust and inspire in equal measures. A loyal stalwart to the satanic horror ethos, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is a concept album based on Adam’s first wife, the lascivious demoness Lilith. It was recorded at Monkey Puzzle Studios, near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England, and is the follow-up to 2008’s Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder. Artwork comes courtesy of Natalie Shau.
A preview of a new track from Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, “The Cult Of Venus Aversa”, is now streaming on the album’s mini-site at: www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth.
The track is also playing on the band’s new iPhone app, which launched last week, and can be downloaded at: http://mobileroadie.com/apps/cof-app. The free app contains audio samples, videos, pics, and allows users to keep up with all the latest news from the band. It also has a “Top Users” function, which awards points every time the app is used (i.e. write on the fan wall, post photo, share items to Facebook and Twitter, listen to tracks). The band will award a special prize of a unique signed art print of the album’s artwork, plus a signed copy of the album to whoever is the top user at midday (UK time) on the day of the UK release (November 1st). Full terms and conditions are on the mini-site.
In addition to the new track preview and iPhone app, the mini-site also features a video blog, info about the album, a gallery featuring new band pics and elements from the album artwork, a link to download a MP3 of the track“Lilith Immaculate”, other downloads, and more. The site is being updated on a weekly basis with exclusive content, including a preview of a different track from the album every Wednesday, so be sure to check back often. Whether through their wildly elaborate & theatrical live shows (which incorporate giant lumbering puppets, fire-breathing dancers, freaks and stilt-walkers), provocative merchandise (including the now legendary ‘Jesus Is A Cunt’ t-shirt), breathtaking artwork, or the weighty subject matter of their albums (their latest told the story of a French Lord who fought alongside Joan Of Arc before embarking on a horrific killing spree), Cradle Of Filth is a band whose uncompromising stance has been rewarded with legions of fans around the world, making them the most successful British heavy metal band since Iron Maiden.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, recently announced their first North American headlining tour in support of their new album Relentless Retribution in early 2011! Meet and greet VIP packages for the tour, which includes LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, and HEXEN, are now available on Ticketmaster.com and Slotix.com. The ticket packages include the following:
– General Admission ticket
– Early entry to venue (where available)
– Meet & Greet with select members of the band
– Individual photo with select members of the band
– Autograph opportunity with select band members
– Commemorative Meet & Greet laminate
– Collectible Death Angel guitar pick
– Limited edition poster
– Death Angel patch
Visit the bands newly redesigned website at www.DeathAngel.us for more info and a complete list of tour dates.
Due to a band-related family emergency, DORO PESCH was forced to cancel her upcoming show in Manchester, New Hampshire on September 30. The remaining U.S. dates will go on as planned however with the American mini tour kicking off in Brooklawn, New Jersey on October 1. The U.S. dates will serve as virtual warm up shows for the band’s Japanese debut this October as part of the on-going Fear No Evil world tour. Check out the Japanese teaser video HERE.
Said Pesch of the upcoming trek: “I’m so excited to return to American soil and see my American fans again! They will definitely be great shows as the band did all these summer festivals and we are on fire. I can’t wait!” Added drummer Johnny Dee: “I’m super psyched to play in the States again! Especially to see so many of our friends in South Jersey and New York. I only wish the tour was longer. Before ya know it, we’ll be rocking the Japanese fans the following week!”
DORO PESCH U.S./Japanese Tour Dates
10/01/2010 The Pennant – Brooklawn, NJ
10/02/2010 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
10/03/2010 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
10/08/2010 Holiday Shinjuku – Tokyo, Japan
10/10/2010 Holiday Nagoya – Nagoya, Japan
10/11/2010 Holiday Osaka – Osaka, Japan