Mastercastle – New Promo Video

October 28th, 2010
by EvilG

Italian metal merchants Mastercastle have just made available their new promo video for the title track of their second album “Last Desire”.

Led by the soaring vocals of Giorgia Gueglio, the gifted guitar work of Pier Gonella and the tight rhythmic interplay of bassist Steve Vawamas and drummer Alessandro Bissa, Mastercastle made a strong impression with their debut album – the 2009 release “The Phoenix” –  and returned with an even more impressive follow up in June 2010 with “Last Desire”.

View the video below:

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MELECHESH: Track by Track Commentary Part 4

October 28th, 2010
by EvilG
MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

Guitarist/vocalist Ashmedi of Mesopotamian blackened thrash pioneers MELECHESH, has issued the fourth of several track by track explanations of songs from their forthcoming album. The Epigenesis was released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

8. Illumination – The Face of Shamash

“This was the first song written for this album. As soon as I had the demo in my hands I sighed in relief. This was the beginning; the first stone in the sonic ziggurat known as The Epigenesis.  I recorded several Tibetan monk types of chanting. The song goes into a blast beat while the drum pedals still maintain one of the middle eastern drum counts. It’s an aggressive song yet it still offers breaks with mid eastern melodies. The lyrics relate to my hallucinating but enlightening encounter with the Mesopotamian sun god Shamash. A lot of metaphors here!  In the mid east shams means sun in Arabic and Shemesh means the same thing in Hebrew.  The songs builds up to a very dramatic and epic ending. We tried this live last February. It had no title and no lyrics. Now we look forward to taking this song to the stage with a proud title and insane singing.”

9. Negative Theology

“How can I describe this? Many jump to conclusions before understanding the concept. Is theology negative? I say often it is. The principle of it is to provide people with a set of guidelines and hopes which is not so bad. But when looking at the amounts of dead people due to it you have to think! But regardless of this issue, does the song title refer to this? I answer no. Negative theology actually is a system of negating what is NOT divine, with the hopes of discovering the divine in the end.  This is a thinking system used in every belief! We used it for discovering the actions of the Annunaki or any creators if there are any! This song was done with 12 string guitars and has very technical drumming and dynamics. The song offers some neck breaking black metal rhythms. I composed this song at the same time I was on a HEAVEN AND HELL high. Coincidentally and fatefully I was doing the vocals in the studio when I was interrupted and was told DIO had passed away.  I could not work anymore that day so I got a drink and then I tried to record some vocals as a tribute. It was hard. So we stopped the session after a few hours and called it a night.”

For more info visit: www.melechesh.com | www.myspace.com/melechesh | www.nuclearblast.de/melechesh

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NUCLEAR BLAST ARTISTS AVAILABLE IN ROCK BAND 3 MUSIC STORE

October 28th, 2010
by EvilG

Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce that tracks from TESTAMENT, MESHUGGAH, ARSIS, DEATH ANGEL, and EXODUS are now playable within the newly released Rock Band 3!  Songs are available now via the Rock Band Network and on sale to the public at this location.

Soon to be added will be DIMMU BORGIR, SOILWORK, KATAKLYSM, and many more!  Metal fans are encouraged to submit artist & song requests for Rock Band here.

Featuring an incredible 83-song set list and access to far more music than any other music game – as well as innovative new gameplay modes and instruments – Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games. This next iteration in the Rock Band platform has something new for everyone and also supports traditional Rock Band gameplay with players’ existing instruments.

Most importantly, though, Rock Band 3 supports the library of existing Rock Band Downloadable content, including Rock Band Network tracks like those from Nuclear Blast Records. Players can find tracks in the Rock Band 3 Music Store, available now.

Click here to purchase Nuclear Blast artist tunes for Rock Band!

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haarp POSTS NEW SONG, ALBUM ART ON MYSPACE PAGE

October 28th, 2010
by Celtic Bob
Haarp - The Filth

Haarp - The Filth

New Orleans heavy metal act haarp has just posted a brand new track on their MySpace page, entitled ‘All, Alone’. The track is cut from their upcoming new album, The Filth, to be released on November 23rd, 2010 on HOUSECORE RECORDS. The band has also posted the never-before-seen album art on their MySpace page, illustrated by famed artist and tattoo master Paul Booth. The Filth is produced by label owner Philip Anselmo.

“When Phil called me all excited about this new brutality and its unique concepts he needed cover art for, I could immediately tell his conviction and excitement far surpassed his usual dark vigor,” recalls album artist Paul Booth. “Of course, I was in. Once Keith presented me with one of haarp’s lyrical concepts in regards to Gluttony, it was actually amazing to me how similar their ideas were to my own. This collaborative vision was meant to be, as far as I was concerned. I look forward to creating more art to this slow and painfully twisted epic of doom.”

On August 27th, 2005, two of New Orleans’ extreme metal bands, manic grind freaks rat in a bucket and black metal blazers De Capa Preta, were slated to play a show at the now defunct Dixie Taverne in the heart of Mid-City.  Due to ‘inclement weather’ and the threat of Hurricane Katrina making landfall, the bands decided that since many people were evacuating the city, the show could not go on.

Hurricane Katrina struck and devastated the Gulf Coast region and effected many aspects of people’s lives. The music scene in New Orleans was not spared from this change and many bands, including rat in a bucket and De Capa Preta, suffered members departing the band, and ultimately calling it quits.

Keith Sierra Jr., drummer from rat in a bucket, and Grant Tom, guitarist from De Capa Preta, got in contact with each other from their temporary locations and discussed the state of the music scene. After digging up old conversations and ideas they had discussed at various local shows, they decided to return to New Orleans and start a new band.  This new band would approach music from a new direction from the speed and chaos of their respective previous bands, and focus more on mid-tempo and slower music.  The immediate choice for vocalist was Shaun Emmons of rat in a bucket, who shared the varied and eclectic musical tastes of Keith and Grant. Several tryouts later, Ryan Pomes of Milktoast joined the group and finalized the lineup as bassist.

“To call haarp “slow” would be somewhat fair, but to say that they’re just “another slow band” would be sacrilege,” states label owner Philip Anselmo. “Their music is crushing, resolute, dramatic and conceptually insane.  If critics are going to try and lump them into any one genre, than they’d better put the crown on haarp’s collective heads once it’s picked.  This ain’t Doom Metal by any stretch. haarp makes playing halftime sound like an original idea all over again.  This music is essential.”

haarp is:

Shaun Emmons- Vocals
Grant Tom – Guitar
Ryan Pomes – Bass
Keith Sierra – Drums

For more information on haarp, please visit these sites:

http://www.myspace.com/haarpnola
http://www.thehousecorerecords.com/

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Malmoe Festival 2010 with Dolly Daggers, Royal Republic, Adept and The Haunted in Malmoe, Sweden

October 28th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

Dolly Daggers, Royal Republic

Posthusplatsen

23/8 – 2010

Adept, The Haunted

Stor Torget

25/8 – 2010

Malmoe Festival

Malmoe

Sweden

 

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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VIRGIN STEELE Premier New Track Online

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG
Virgin Steele - Limited Edition Digipak

Virgin Steele - Limited Edition Digipak

VIRGIN STEELE’s forthcoming metal opus, The Black Light Bacchanalia, will be released on October 22nd in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and the rest of Europe on October 25th and on Novemeber 9th in North America.

The new track, ‘By The Hammer of Zeus (And The Wrecking Ball Of Thor)’ is now streaming at this location.

As previously reported, a strictly limited edition LP box set will be released on November 23rd in North America, view the contents below:

The limited edition LP box set will contain the following:

– 12-page book in LP format with the complete history of Virgin Steele (written by David DeFeis)

– Extra large full color poster

– Sticker

– Postcard

– Jewel case version of the album

LP 1

Side 1

‘By The Hammer Of Zeus (And The Wrecking Ball Of Thor)’

‘Pagan Heart’

Side 2

‘The Bread Of Wickedness’

‘In A Dream Of Fire’

LP 2

Side 1

‘Nepenthe (I Live Tomorrow)’

‘The Orpheus Taboo

Side 2

‘To Crown Them With Halos (Parts 1 & 2)’

‘The Black Light Bacchanalia (The Age That Is To Come)’

LP 3

Side 1

‘The Tortures Of The Damned’

‘Necropolis (He Answers Them With Death)’

Side 2

‘Eternal Regret’

‘When I’m Silent’ (Bonus Track)

All LPs come in printed inner sleeves.

The Black Light Bacchanalia will also be released as a standard CD, limited edition CD Digipak with a bonus CD and digital download. Each version will have its own unique artwork. Details on each format and the artwork can be found below:

Limited Edition Digipak:

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CD 1

‘By The Hammer Of Zeus (And The Wrecking Ball Of Thor)’

‘Pagan Heart’

‘The Bread Of Wickedness’

‘In A Dream Of Fire’

‘Nepenthe (I Live Tomorrow)’

‘The Orpheus Taboo’

‘To Crown Them With Halos (Parts 1 & 2)’

‘The Black Light Bacchanalia (The Age That Is To Come)’

‘The Tortures Of The Damned’

‘Necropolis (He Answers Them With Death)’

‘Eternal Regret’

CD 2

‘When I’m Silent (The Wind Of Voices)’ (Bonus Track)

‘Silent Sorrow’ (Bonus Track)

‘From A Whisper To A Scream – (The Spoken Biography) – spoken by David DeFeis

Standard Jewel Case Edition:

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‘By The Hammer Of Zeus (And The Wrecking Ball Of Thor)’

‘Pagan Heart’

‘The Bread Of Wickedness’

‘In A Dream Of Fire’

‘Nepenthe (I Live Tomorrow)’

‘The Orpheus Taboo’

‘To Crown Them With Halos (Parts 1 & 2)’

‘The Black Light Bacchanalia (The Age That Is To Come)’

‘The Tortures Of The Damned’

‘Necropolis (He Answers Them With Death)’

‘Eternal Regret’

Virgin Steele mastermind David Defeis recently penned a new blog answering some fan questions about the The Black Light Bacchanalia:

“I have been getting some inquiries about what the new album is all about, and I thought that it might be nice to answer them in a kind of Q & A type manner, so here we go:

One of the questions I am getting is… ‘What does the title, The Black Light Bacchanalia, mean?’

My answer is this… Well… it is my way of saying something like “this insane life”…. It should be thought of in the same spirit as the way Dante called his work The Divine Comedy. He was discussing life in all its multifaceted craziness, and I mean something similar with the phrase, “The Black Light Bacchanalia”. I too am speaking about life and all its attendant drama, aches, & pains, pathos, joys & sorrows. By that phrase I also mean “The Great Reversal”. Where when one culture conquers another, the deities of the conquered people become the demons of the conquerors religion. Everything is turned upside down… topsy-turvy. This is essentially what happened to Paganism & Gnosticism. The Pagans were killed off, and their worship of Bacchus/Dionysus with their bacchanalias was suppressed. But… in the glow of the Black Light things that are white are illuminated… the other colors fade into the shadows… The Pagans went underground.

Another question of late is: ‘Is this a concept album? And if so what can you tell us about the concept?’

Yes it is a concept album. It does continue the tale I began on the Visions Of Eden album, and brings those elements to their conclusion, with the death of Lilith (in ‘To Crown Them With Halos’), and also God finally lamenting all the damage he has done and the havoc he has wrought in ‘Eternal Regret’. I equate Lilith with Hypatia (the ancient Pagan astronomer/philosopher of Alexandria, who was murdered by Monks) and Joan Of Arc, and Lyzebel, (a Sumerian Queen who most people know as Jezebel), (but that name is a perversion of the original Lyzebel, which means Baal is exalted) (She too was murdered), as well as all the various Goddess figures. I continue the discussion of the death of Paganism and the eradication of the Female Goddess Principle due to the rise of the Mountain-Fire-Father God, but I go further with discussing the rise of “organized” religion and its mark upon Paganism, and the subsequent coming of the Dark Ages. However, that being said, I am really discussing today’s Dark Ages, and the rise of fundamentalism in all walks of Life, not only religion, but politics, and everywhere else. And ultimately the album is about Rebellion. Rebellion against authority, God, government, whatever…. etc….This is quite clear in songs like ‘The Orpheus Taboo’.

A question for those who heard about some of our difficulties… ‘How did the recordings go?’

Answer: They went very well for the most part, but we did have a few problems along the way. Due to the late summer storms we had a few electrical/technical mishaps! We lost various tracks that had to be re-recorded… I did panic at one point, as I had lost a fair amount of information that needed to be done again… Fortunately I do write everything down the old fashioned way, so I always have my notes to refer to… this helped! It was quite stressful, but it only made the album even more passionate and raw. I can somewhat laugh about it now, as I have gotten it all together… but… living through it was a bit unnerving.

Next question: ‘What is different about this album compared to your others?’

Answer: Using the 12 notes that are found in Western Civilization’s Music, I feel that I was able to invoke new emotions and new combinations of these notes and chords that I have not utilized before. For example tracks like ‘To Crown Them With Halos’ and ‘The Black Light Bacchanalia (The Age That Is To Come)’, contain various musical elements and moods that have never before appeared on a Virgin Steele album. That kind of mutant riffing and that kind of bizarre sequence in the bridge of the latter tune are quite different for us. It is darker than before in certain areas, and also more straight ahead in others. I think there is a nice balance between the various styles we do. I think that everyone really played their collective asses off. Frank G., gives the drum performance of his Life on these tracks. There is just so much virtuosity coming out of him these days. Josh did amazing guitar solos and fat rhythms, and Edward played with tremendous passion and great energy. I think it may be among our finest recorded performances thus far. All the feeling of our summer live shows went into these recordings. Performing gigs first and then recoding right after definitely can spice up one’s studio game!

I am also really pleased with the artwork. I chose 3 separate yet related covers for each of the 3 configurations we are releasing the album in. The covers are all from around 1400 or 1500, and have to do with the Inquisition or the occult. They are wood carvings or etchings, and I have used a few more of them inside the booklets. These are “found” images that I have located among various items in my house. I have been going organic with our covers for quite a while now. For example The House Of Atreus covers were made from a shield that hangs on a wall in my house. While I am working on the albums I look around and see if anything will leap out at me and scream “this is the sound of the album in visual form”. Again for example, with The House Of Atreus shield… when I looked at that it screamed to me “Kingdom Of The Fearless”… so I immediately took it down from the wall and had it photographed. The same with these 3 images for the new covers. I heard the moans of The Black Light Bacchanalia when I viewed them.

The other images inside the booklet are kind of media-manipulated artworks that are part paintings and part something else. These were done by my friend Julian Ilieve, and they are great, and they too capture the Spirit residing inside the sounds. All these various components were Nobly put together by one Jens Reinhold. Jens did a Glorious job bringing all these elements together.

And the last question for the moment: ‘We have heard that you said this album seems like a debut album. What do you mean by that?’

Answer: I mean that it has that kind of “we’re out to prove ourselves” fire that many debut albums have, and it is well paced and diverse yet also quite connected. It contains that kind of spontaneity and raw passion that makes it seem so fresh. It sounds like we are all very excited about what we are doing. When I first heard all the tracks back to back in one go, it reminded me of the feelings I got upon listening to the first 2 LED ZEPPELIN albums, or VAN HALEN’s debut or QUEEN 1. It just felt so alive and reckless, polished, yet wild. I hope that everyone will enjoy it…”

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EX DEO: Soon To Embark On First Ever U.S. Tour

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG

Tour poster: NILE, EX DEO, PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY

Tour poster: NILE, EX DEO, PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY

EX DEO, the Ancient Roman themed arsenal lead by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, will embark on their first ever U.S. tour starting October 31st! EX DEO will be direct support to NILE on the “Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II”.  Joining them will be Tazmanian tech-death masters PSYCROPTIC, Norwegian extreme metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN, and brutal death grinders PATHOLGY.
Mastermind/vocalist Maurizio Iacono commented:
“In just a couple of days, or in Roman terms in six sunrises, EX DEO will start our first full us tour in support of our debut album, Romulus. After talking with Karl of NILE and Arnt of KEEP OF KALESSIN there’s a lot of excitement in the air lately. It’s a special tour with great bands from all over the world,  but I’m most excited about the joining of forces of EX DEO and NILE.

The meaning behind this is huge, not only musically but historically. I’ve been contacted by teachers and scholars about this tour from Cleveland to Los Angeles. Yes we have metal heads as teachers in our American schools who today connect with students in different ways than when I was a student myself. I wish I had been this privileged. Imagine my teacher coming to class and saying today you will see a video clip from a metal band called EX DEO in the times of Emperor Augustus! Not understanding this, is not accepting how far metal has spread its wings.

In just a few days, history will be in the making as NILE and EX DEO join forces and bring the ancient worlds to life in a metal soundtrack that the gods themselves would worship! Egypt’s philosophies were mind blowing and Roman law is the cradle of democracy and the birth of the very freedoms we enjoy today. Come and celebrate this once in lifetime event!
“Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II”
NILE, EX DEO, PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY

10/31/10  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

11/01/10  Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY

11/02/10  Sonar – Baltimore, MD

11/03/10  Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

11/04/10  Rocko’s – Manchester, NH

11/05/10  Club Hell – Providence, RI

11/06/10  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

11/07/10  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

11/08/10  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

11/09/10  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

11/12/10  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

11/13/10  Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

11/14/10  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

11/15/10  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

11/16/10  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

11/17/10  U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, AZ

11/18/10  The Rock – Tucson, AZ

11/19/10  The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX ç NO Nile, Ex Deo

11/20/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

11/21/10  Numbers – Houston, TX

11/23/10  Club Firestone – Orlando, FL

11/24/10  Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Reduced service charge tickets on sale now through www.Enterthevault.com and all major ticketing services.

Watch the video clip for the song “The Final War (Battle of Actium)” here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcfaltp8CL0. The video clip for the track “Romulus” can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l38JxFUCh0I&feature=related.

EX DEO’s debut album “Romulus” was released by Nuclear Blast Records on June 19thin Europe and June 30th 2009 in North America. The record features guest appearances by Nergal (BEHEMOTH), Karl Sanders (NILE), and Obsidian C. (KEEP OF KALESSIN).
EX DEO Recording Line-Up:
Maurizio Iacono (KATAKLYSM) – Vocals
Stephane Barbe (KATAKLYSM)  – Guitars
J-F Dagenais (KATAKLYSM)  – Guitars
Max Duhamel (KATAKLYSM) – Drums
Francois Mongrain (MARTYR) – Bass
Jonathan Leduc (BLACKGUARD) – Keyboards
For more info visit: www.myspace.com/exdeo

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HEAVY ARTILLERY SIGNS MIDNIGHT CHASER

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG

HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS is pleased to announce the signing of San Francisco traditional hard rock and heavy metal purveyors MIDNIGHT CHASER. Forged in the blast furnaces of Pittsburgh and tempered in the waters of the San Francisco Bay comes a new force in the art of badass; enter MIDNIGHT CHASER! Influenced by the gods of 70’s and 80’s hard rock and heavy metal, MIDNIGHT CHASER was originally conceived of by guitarist Stephen Lauck and bassist “Texas” Josh Hunt while both still living in Pittsburgh, the Rust Belt of Pennsylvania. However it wasn’t until both rockers found themselves relocated to the fog cloaked Bay Area of California that MIDNIGHT CHASER began to take shape.

First recruiting the steam hammer drumming skills of Brandon Thomas, the pair immediately knew that they had found the missing piece of their rhythm section that they had been searching for. All that was lacking now was a voice that could suitably realize their ambitions. Unsatisfied with the pool of vocal talent in their new surroundings they imported fellow Pittsburgh native Scott Atwood in order to fill the final void and complete that which is MIDNIGHT CHASER. The line-up finally completed, the band whipped themselves into a creative furor, writing and rehearsing original material while playing shows up and down the West Coast, rocking any venue that would have them from bars and theaters to strip clubs and basements.

Fans of early hard rock and heavy metal such as Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Saxon and Diamond Head take note! Having completed recording their debut full length album, tentatively scheduled for a February 2011 release on HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS, MIDNIGHT CHASER is now ready to hit the rest of the world like a runaway train.

Listen to MIDNIGHT CHASER at http://www.myspace.com/midnightchasermetal

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AUTOPSY LAUNCHES NEW OFFICIAL WEBSITE; ‘The Tomb Within’ EP out now

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG

CALIFORNIA – San Francisco Bay Area gore legend, Autopsy, has launched a new official website in lieu of their resurrection as a band, and the release of their first album of newly recorded tracks in over a decade, ‘The Tomb Within’ EP. Autopsy’s new official site can be viewed at: http://www.autopsydeathmetal.com, and will be frequently updated with Autopsy news, media, and more.

The highly anticipated, ‘The Tomb Within’ EP, hit stores on October 5th on Peaceville Records. It was recorded in mid-July 2010 at Fantasy Studios with Adam Munoz, and unites the original trio of Chris Reifert, Danny Coralles, and Eric Cutler, joined on bass by Joe Trevisano (ex-Abscess).

“If you are into metal and you don’t like this your head needs thorough examination,” raves Heavymetal.about.com.

Cover art is supplied by renowned fantasy/horror artist, Matt Cavotta.

The track list for ‘The Tomb Within’ is…

1. The Tomb Within

2. My Corpse Shall Rise

3. Seven Skulls

4. Human Genocide

5. Mutant Village

Both the CD and 12” vinyl edition of ‘The Tomb Within’ can be purchased now at the Peaceville webstore. The vinyl edition comes with a free poster of the stunning cover artwork, and is limited to just 1000 numbered copies. It can purchased online at: http://www.burningshed.com/store/peaceville/product/261/2264/, while the CD edition can be ordered at: http://www.burningshed.com/store/peaceville/product/261/2265/.

The EP’s title track is currently streaming on the album’s mini-site at: http://www.peaceville.com/autopsy/. Along with the song stream, the mini-site also features audio samples of each of the EP’s four other gut-wrenching tracks, as well as an in studio, behind-the-scenes video trailer, offering fans a glimpse at the creative process of Autopsy’s latest musical bloodbath.

Autopsy decided to make an official comeback after working together on two songs for the special 20th anniversary edition of their debut album, Severed Survival, in late 2008. The band had originally decided to split before the release of their 4th album, Shitfun, in 1995.

Autopsy emerged in 1987, and had an almost immediate impact on the global underground heavy metal scene. Vocalist Chris Reifert was already known due to his work as drummer with Florida’s highly respected extreme metal combo, Death, along with Chuck Schuldiner. Autopsy’s debut album, Severed Survival, was unleashed in 1989 on Peaceville Records, and the band went on to become true legends in the death metal scene, recording four studio albums in total, before splitting up in the mid 90’s.

Stay tuned for more information on Autopsy and ‘The Tomb Within’.

Autopsy is…

Chris Reifert – drums/vocals

Danny Coralles – guitar

Eric Cutler – guitar

Joe Trevisano – bass

For more info…

www.autopsydeathmetal.com

www.peaceville.com

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TURISAS – FINISHES NEW ALBUM, NORTH AMERICAN TOUR STARTING JAN 2011

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG
TURISAS - FINISHES NEW ALBUM

TURISAS - FINISHES NEW ALBUM

TURISAS has finished recording their upcoming, as yet untitled third album (TBA). The new album was recorded between at Sound Supreme Studio in Finland and mixed by the incredible Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost etc.). The album was produced by vocalist and songwriter Mathias “Warlord” Nygård. The album is due to be released worldwide on Century Media Records in early 2011. Complete information on the album title, release date and all other details will follow very soon!

Along with releasing a new album, TURISAS is set to join Cradle of Filth on a US tour during February-March 2011. The other supporting bands on this trek are Nachtmystium and Daniel Lioneye.

Warlord Nygård comments:
“After a 16-month break from touring, focusing fully on the work on our third album, I’m happy to tell you that we’re DONE! The workload has been enormous, and at times I’ve wished I’d known better, formed a punk rock band and kept things simple! But to achieve real progress, you really have to dig deep and see what you’re made of. Take bites so big, you almost choke. We’ve stayed true to our ideology of releasing music only when we have something new to come out with, not repeating ourselves or just copying what we’ve done in the past to feed the market. Now that we’re done with studios, we’re all extremely excited to get back on the road again, and as our latest visit to North America is long overdue, coming over in January with Cradle is something we’re all very much looking forward to. We had a great time touring with them in Europe in 2009, so this should be killer! Now we only have to figure out how to play these new songs!!”

Earlier this fall, TURISAS offered up some new material as the band released the digital-only single “Supernaut”, a cover of a classic Black Sabbath song. The track, originally recorded for a special Sabbath tribute album by Metal Hammer UK, is now available on all digital European, North American and Australian platforms including iTunes (http://www.itunes.com/turisas) and more!

TURISAS touring schedule in 2011 is shaping up as follows:
1/29 Mexico City, Circo Volador – w/ Cradle Of Filth

Creatures from The Black Abyss Tour
w/ Cradle Of Filth, Nachtmystium, Daniel Lioneye
2/1 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
2/2 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
2/4 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
2/5 Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater
2/6 Las Vegas, NV@ House of Blues
2/8 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live
2/9 San Francisco, CA@ Regency Ballroom
2/11 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theatre
2/12 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
2/13 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
2/15 Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center
2/16 Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
2/18 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
2/20 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
2/21 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
2/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
2/25 Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
2/26 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
2/27 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
2/28 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
3/2 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
3/3 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
3/4 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/5 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/6 Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street Ballroom
3/8 Norfolk, VA @ Norva Theatre
3/9 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
3/11 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
3/12 Orlando, FL @ Firestone
3/13 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

Also, all Finnish maniacs should consider spending their Halloween weekend with TURISAS during one of the following shows, support will come from Kiuas:
29.10.2010 (FIN) Tampere – Pakkahuone (doors 7 pm), K-15 / K-18
30.10.2010 (FIN) Helsinki – Nosturi (doors 9 pm)
31.10.2010 (FIN) Turku – Klubi (doors 7 pm)

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THE SOULLESS TO BEGIN RECORDING NEW ALBUM IN DECEMBER

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG

British melodic death metallers THE SOULLESS, who recently changed their name from IGNOMINIOUS INCARCERATION, will begin recording their new album on December 15th.

THE SOULLESS will be entering Outhouse Studios in Reading, England on December 15th with producer JOHN MITCHELL (ARCHITECTS, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, ENTER SHIKARI) and will be recording through until January 2011.

The follow-up to the band’s 2009 debut album, OF WINTER BORN, is due to be released on Earache Records in April 2011.

THE SOULLESS frontman ANDY WARDLE comments:

“We couldn’t be more excited about going into the studio.  We were supposed to be going in in September, but because of the accident it had to be put back.  So we’ve been waiting a long time to get in there!  We have used our time well, however, to really tweak all the tracks and we are very happy with the result.  We are also looking forward to working with the guys at Outhouse as we think they can really deliver the sound we want for this album.

“Everything we do will be recorded and so expect in-depth video updates of the recording process, showing clips of new material.  We will also be putting up a video before we enter, showing our writing process and talking more extensively about the new style of music.  Keep checking the updates and be excited!”

THE SOULLESS recently released a brand new pre-production track to give fans a taste of the new material.  Listen to the new track, “Earthbound”, now on the band’s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/wearethesoulless

View a recent video from THE SOULLESS, in which the band members discuss the name change, at http://vimeo.com/15217916

Get OF WINTER BORN now in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_670_133 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_670_133

Check out THE SOULLESS online and keep up to date with all of their news:

MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/wearethesoulless
Tumblr – http://wearethesoulless.tumblr.com
Twitter – http://twitter.com/TheSoullessBand
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Soulless/153943541294905
YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/wearethesoulless

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MÖTLEY CRÜE – First Demo: “Toast of The Town”

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG
Motley Crue - old promo photo 1981/82

Motley Crue - old promo photo 1981/82

TMD has obtained an extremely rare studio version of the track “Toast of The Town” from the very first MÖTLEY CRÜE demo session produced in early 1981, which subsequently became the act’s  debut single “Stick to Your Guns/Toast of the Town,” that was put out on their own label, Leathür Records. The young and fearless metal act had scored a pressing & distribution deal with Greenworld Distribution in Torrance, CA.

The track was left off CRÜE’s legendary debut album Too Fast For Love which was released in December of 1981 but then was included in the re-released version of TFFL in 2003 when Elektra Records ordered TFFL complete re-mixes to include “Stick to Your Guns” and “Toast of the Town”.

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HAMMER WITCH – “Legacy of Pain” Remastered!

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG

Originally released in 1991, cassette format, this killer HAMMER WITCH “Legacy of Pain” album has been remastered. Plenty of crunching, buzz saw riffs, with thunderous bass and marathon-run double-bass drums, highlighted by gut wrenching vocals from this old school  Texas heavy metal act. A must-have for true thrash collectors!

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Fangoria.com To Host Premiere of the Video for GWAR’S “Zombies, March!”

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG
Gwar "Bloody Pit of Horror"

Gwar "Bloody Pit of Horror"

For Immediate Release – October 27, 2010 – Today FANGORIA.com will premiere the brand new video from Intergalactic Shock Rockers GWAR. The video is for the song “Zombies, March!” which comes off of GWAR’s new album “Bloody Pit of Horror” which is slated for a November 9th release on Metal Blade Records. The video was shot on location at The National in Richmond, VA by acclaimed Fangoria Director Dave Kendry. Check out the video at FANGORIA.com.

Quoth Lord Oderus, Master of Earth, “The metal warriors of GWAR are proud to present to the human race the first music video from our new album, “Bloody Pit of Horror”, directed by Dave McKendry of FANGORIA magazine. The video tells the story of how when we tried to originally shoot this video, the unholy noise of our first single “Zombie’s March”, summoned the dead from their tombs, crash-scenes, and abortion clinics. They eventually ate the crew! Maybe not so great for MTV, but it makes bloody good fun…”

FANGORIA sliced its way onto the scene in 1979, becoming the only national publication devoted to the modern horror genre. Three decades later, FANGORIA is still the number one authority on all things scary! FANGORIA provides the best in horror entertainment and news coverage including the website, magazine, film production division, comic book division, convention circuit, and TV On-Demand Channel . FANGORIA ENTERTAINMENT: We know what scares you!

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COUGH/THE WOUNDED KINGS “An Introduction to the Black Arts” Split LP Now Available For Preorder

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG

An Introduction to the Black Arts,” highly-anticipated joint venture from two of doom’s modern giants, Richmond druglords COUGH and UK occultists THE WOUNDED KINGS, is now available for preorder from Forcefield Records. The limited run of 1500 (300 green/1200 black) dwells within 180 gram slabs of virgin vinyl, and features two rituals of cripplingly heavy doom. The official release date is November 16, 2010 – abandon all hope here: http://www.forcefieldrecords.org/store/product_info.php?products_id=449&osCsid=bc840721da7069a4277afbb07d398c38

COUGH recently appeared at a CMJ record release party hosted by Brooklyn Vegan’s BBG; their side of the split is currently streaming here on the BV website. You can also check out the new joint from THE WOUNDED KINGS up on The Obelisk.

On Side A, Cough’s “The Gates of Madness” crawls through nearly twenty minutes of distorted, tortured doom, dragging leaden feet towards a half-dug grave. Heavier than sin and as hopeless as a murderer’s prayers, this Richmond quartet recently joined forces with Relapse Records to release their second full-length, Ritual Abuse, and are gearing up for two massive live actions – one to span the States, one to cross the sea and infiltrate Europe’s borders. The cursed influence of Electric Wizard, Graves at Sea, drug lust, hard living and lonely Southern nights have coalesced into a many-headed beast that wishes nothing but ill unto its fellows. So high, so dead…
Side B summons the gorgeously crafted, mournfully executed notes of Dartmoor, England’s TheWounded Kings, whose deeply affecting, occult-laced take on the traditional side of doom has earned them an outpouring of accolades including an invitation to last year’s edition of the prestigiousRoadburn festival. “Curse of Chains” will grab you by the heartstrings and drag you to your knees – fifteen plus minutes of doom as it should be done. Haunting words soar high above a crushing swath of riffage and deathly tempo, draped under a veil of apocalyptic sadness, occult ritualism, and sweet melancholia. Fans of Warning, Candlemass, Reverend Bizarre, rejoice; this is a love song for the end of the world…


COUGH on tour:

11/7 Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds w/ Hot Graves, Hollow Leg, Midnight Yongue 11/8 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub w/ Hollow Leg, Six Dead Horses, Bad Actor
11/9 Jacksonville, FL @ The Warehouse w/ Hollow Leg
11/10 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s w/ Shroud Eater
11/14 Tallahassee, FL @ The Farside Collective
11/16 Athens, GA @ The Caledonia Lounge w/ Guzik
11/17 Nashville, TN @ Little Hamilton w/ Across Tundras
11/19 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Party Room w/ Pallbearer and Iron Tongue
11/20 Vicksburg, MS @ The Doom Room w/ Black Pussy
11/21 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
11/23 Dallas, TX @ The Nightmare
11/24 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
11/27 Las Vegas, NV @ Meathead’s Bar
11/29 San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room w/ Prizehog
11/30 Chico, CA @ Monstro’s Pizza w/ Amarok
12/2 Seattle, WA @ The Highline w/ Samothrace, Sod Hauler and Amarok
12/9 Columbus, OH @ Carabar w/ Churches Burn

http://www.forcefieldrecords.org/
http://www.myspace.com/forcefieldrecords

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