Swedish heavy metal sensations ENFORCER have been confirmed for this year’s Sonisphere festival in the UK, which is set to take place from Friday, 30th July to Sunday, 1st August.
Terrorizer magazine cover stars ENFORCER are among the latest bands to be added to the bill for the UK’s edition of Sonisphere, joining such legendary acts as ANTHRAX, SLAYER, ALICE IN CHAINS and IRON MAIDEN. ENFORCER will be playing on Saturday, July 31st at 11:30am on the Bohemia Stage.
ENFORCER frontman OLOF WIKSTRAND comments:
“We’re really excited to go on stage on the Sonisphere Festival and show the whole of UK what heavy metal’s all about again. We’re gonna put on a hell of a show over there and leave no one untouched by our message of evil. It is also huge for us to share the stage with such influential bands for us such as Iron Maiden and Mötley Crüe. See you all in the front row at 11:30 on Saturday!”
View the ENFORCER Sonisphere flyer to the right.
Catch ENFORCER live at the following shows:
31.07.10 Knebworth, UK – Sonisphere Festival
13.08.10 Derby, UK – Bloodstock Festival
26.08.10 Bergen, Norway – Hole In The Sky Festival
OCEANO‘s Over The Limit Tour – Almost Famous contest came to a close earlier today and drew a major fan response that put the spotlight on some majorly talented and creative people all over the nation. As the band takes some time to go through the videos to determine the grand prize winner, there has already been one stand out video that’s received many positive reviews for combining OCEANO‘s brutality with sheer good humor and fan enthusiasm.
In this riotous video by YouTube user, MantisInMyPants702, he shows us how he “gets pumped” for OCEANO. Watch the video here:
“Familiar Taste of Poison” on last night’s episode of
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The band recently wrapped up a tour overseas, and will continue to tour in support of their self-titled debut album, which made a top 5 debut on SoundScan’s “Hard Music” chart upon its release. After an amazing performance at this year’s Rock on the Range, Halestorm was included in SPIN’s “Best Moments at Rock on the Range 2010,” where they noted, “If any band deserves a bigger stage (and an even bigger production) for an outing at ROTR next year, it’s these alt-rockers.”
Current single “Familiar Taste of Poison” impacted Active Rock radio earlier this month, and the band will be shooting the companion video shortly. After wrapping up their July headlining dates, Halestorm will take part in the Uproar Tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed.
Hot on the heels of the buzz caused by the launch of the release of ISSA’s debut album “Sign of Angels”, Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital only release of the single track “I’m Alive” on August 20th 2010.
The song was written especially for Issa by a dream team of Swedish songwriters from Örebro, including Tim Larsson, Johan Fransson, Tobias Lundgren (of Play Production, responsible of penning songs for the likes of Susan Boyle, Martin Stenmarck, Ashley Tisdale, Alcazar, Place Vendome, Saint Deamon, Primal Fear among others) , Ronny Milanowicz (the album producer and also drummer of Saint Deamon) and Joacim Cans (of Hammerfall).
Issa says “We had the best of times recording this song and it was actually the first track we recorded, the foundation for the rest of the album. It is a special song and to me it represents strength, independence and the courage to stand for yourself. Also I’m Alive makes you get that ”I can do anything” feeling, no matter what! It has the all elements of Rock ‘n Roll plus catchy melody-lines all wrapped up into one song – one listen and you’re hooked”.
The videoclip of “I’m Alive” can be watched on youtube now:
Watch out for ISSA debut album “Sign of Angels” to be released in Europe on September 24th and USA on October 12th 2010 on Frontiers Records.
HEAVY METAL TITANS TESTAMENT JOIN SLAYER & MEGADETH TO KICK OFF OF THE ‘AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR’
– THE HISTORY-MAKING METAL TOUR TO BEGIN IN QUEBEC ON JULY 23RD!
The Bay Area’s premier thrash kings TESTAMENT are geared up and ready to tear apart North America with fellow heavy metal heavyweights Slayer and Megadeth on the highly anticipated AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR! The thrash trifecta will be joining forces for the first time in 20 years since the Clash of the Titans Tour in 1990! Don’t miss this renowned event in heavy metal history!
“We’re gearing up to start what will be known as the heaviest thrash event ever,” states TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson. “Slayer, Megadeth and Testament haven’t shared the stage since the original and first tour in 1990 of Clash of the Titans in Europe. New thrash fans that only heard rumors and never were able to witness Clash of the Titans will be delighted because all three bands are just as heavy and lethal as ever, if not more. Old school thrash fans, if you missed the line-up before, you don’t want to miss this!” Peterson added, “We’ve had great success during the two and a half year The Formation of Damnation campaign, and feel honored and excited to end the campaign with a tour like this. After the AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR, we head straight into the studio to work on new material for our forthcoming record, releasing mid 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records.”
In celebration of this heralded event, TESTAMENT is offering an amazing opportunity with their VIP package. This is the fan’s chance to meet the band and get exclusive limited addition merchandise on this epic tour before Testament head into the studio to record the follow up to their Golden Gods “Album of the Year”, The Formation Of Damnation! Now, the Testament VIP package offers some great additions, including an exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction T-shirt!
Front man Chuck Billy reflected on the VIP experience that TESTAMENT fans can expect this summer:
“If there is one thing true about us, we love our fans so much that we want to hang out with them, give them special shit and then throw them INTO THE PIT! This tour is huge, with three of the greatest bands in metal reuniting after 20 years. We want to make you a part of this special event. So hook yourself up with a TESTAMENT AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP Pack today.”
The band is offering a limited number of VIP Packages for every United States date on the tour. Act now and make sure to take hold of this great opportunity to be a part of METAL HISTORY with TESTAMENT this summer!
The exclusive AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP package includes:
– One general admission ticket with early entry (where available)
– Exclusive Meet & Greet with the members of TESTAMENT
– Personal photograph with the band
– Autograph session (includes 8X10 photo)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction Shirt
– Collectible Tour Poster (limited, numbered)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Music Skin
– Official VIP Meet and Greet Laminate
– Official set of TESTAMENT Guitar Picks
See below for all AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR dates, as well as more recently announced international dates:
CATCH TESTAMENT ON THE 2010 AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR
7/23 Quebec City, QC @ Pavillon de la Jenuesse
7/24 Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL @ Parc Jean Drapeau
7/26 Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre
7/27 Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum
7/29 Toronto, ONT @ Molson Amphitheatre
7/30 London, ONT @ John Labatte Center
8/11 Albany, NY @ Glen Falls Civic Center
8/12 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
8/14 Boston, MA @ Tsongas Center at UMASS Lowell
8/15 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/16 Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theater
8/18 Cleveland, OH @ Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
8/19 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
8/20 Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
8/21 Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
8/23 Kansas City, @ Cap Fed Park @ Sandstone Arena
8/24 Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
8/25 Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
8/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
8/29 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
8/30 Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena
8/31 San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace
9/1 Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena
9/3 Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theatre
9/4 Portland, OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds
SEE TESTAMENT ON THEIR INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES!
8/6 Melbourne, AUS @ Billboard
8/7 Sydney, AUS @ The Manning Venue
8/8 Brisbane, AUS @ HiFi
TESTAMENT’S highly successful and award-winning album The Formation of Damnation was recently reissued in a deluxe tour edition in celebration of ‘Rust in Peace’ and AMERICAN CARNAGE. See below for information on the album!
The Formation of Damnation (Deluxe Tour Edition)
2-disc deluxe tour edition of the band’s comeback album! Includes bonus
footage of classic tracks + more:
1. The Persecuted Won’t Forget
2. Killing Season
4. The Evil Has Landed
5. The Formation Of Damnation
6. Henchmen Ride
7. More Than Meets The Eye
8. Dangers Of The Faithless
9. False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.)
10. Leave Me Forever
• The New Order *Audio and Video
• Practice What You Preach *Audio and Video
• Souls Of Black *Audio and Video
*Recorded in Alcatraz for their MTV “52/52” special
Due to the overwhelming amount of e-mails received over the past few days, MANOWAR’s management feels it’s necessary to once again announce the band will DEFINITELY NOT APPEAR at the Global East Rock Festival 2010 (September 4, 2010 – Kiev, Ukraine).
The band was looking forward to their very first visit to Ukraine but Global Promotion Concert Agency has failed to meet their commitments, making it impossible for MANOWAR’s concert to happen.
If you bought a ticket to the festival to see MANOWAR, we URGE you to immediately contact the promoter’s office to obtain a full refund: http://www.myspace.com/globaleast
An e-card for the new album can be viewed here. The BLIND GUARDIAN homepage will be re-launched this Friday, July 23rd.
At The Edge Of Time will be released in North America on August 24th and is the long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s A Twist In The Myth, which debuted in North America at #21 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and #288 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart. A deluxe edition digi-pak with a bonus CD (6 songs, 1 video, and a documentary) plus a code for exclusive content at a special fan-only site will also be available. A three-song single, “A Voice In The Dark,” was released in Europe on June 25th.
Artwork for At The Edge Of Time was created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, At Vance, Axel Rudi Pell). The track listing is as follows:
01. Sacred Worlds (9:17)
02. Tanelorn (5:58)
03. Road Of No Release (6:30)
04. Ride Into Obsession (4:46)
05. Curse My Name (5:52)
06. Valkyries (6:38)
07. Control The Divine (5:26)
08. War Of The Thrones (4:55)
09. A Voice In The Dark (5:41)
10. Wheel Of Time (8:55)
Photos from the recording sessions for At The Edge Of Time can be found at Metal-Hammer.de.
On Friday, July 16th, Polish technical deathsters DECAPITATED arrived in Los Angeles to prepare for their headlining run on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour. Guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka, drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner, bassist Filip “Heinrich” Halucha and lead vocalist Rafał Piotrowski all stopped by the Nuclear Blast offices where they were asked questions submitted by fans via MySpace & Facebook. The following three-part question & answer sessions are the result and are available at the following links:
Part 1 (10:21):
Part 2 (09:26):
Part 3 (07:26):
Remaining dates on the Summer Slaughter tour featuring DECAPITATED, The Faceless, All Shall Perish, The Red Chord, Veil Of Maya, Cephalic Carnage, Decrepit Birth, Carnifex, Animals As Leaders and Vital Remains are:
7/23 – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
7/24 – Houston, TX @ Warsaw Ballroom
7/26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
7/27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA (Theatre of Living Arts)
7/30 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
7/31 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/01 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/02 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
8/03 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
8/04 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
8/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
8/06 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
8/07 – Detroit, MI @ Harpos
8/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/09 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
8/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
8/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
8/13 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
8/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
8/16 – Calgary, AB @ Republik
8/17 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
8/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
8/20 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
8/21 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
8/23 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Dream Theater’s JAMES LABRIE Unveils His New Static Impulse Solo Release; Announces Players and Release Info
Dream Theater’s JAMES LABRIE is easily one of the defining, elite and naturally talented vocalists the world has to offer and after selling over a million albums worldwide he further challenges himself with an aggressive and dynamic new solo effort. The much anticipated new full-length offering, Static Impulse, also marks LABRIE’s first solo effort in over five years and is sure to please his legion of diehard fans, as well as win over many new devotees in the process. Be sure to stay tuned to www.jameslabrie.com for new information.
Static Impulse also features the immensely talented longtime songwriting partner and keyboardist Matt Guillory. Another notable performance is Peter Wildoer from metal titans DARKANE on drums and screaming vocals. The group is rounded out by Marco Sfogli on guitars and Ray Riendeau on bass. Static Impulse is set for a September 28th release on InsideOut Music and was mixed and mastered by the renowned Jens Borgen (Opeth, Katatonia).
LABRIE states: “Hi everyone. The release of Static Impulse is one that the whole band is psyched about. This is modern Metal and as heavy and relevant as any other band out there going in a similar musical direction. There are riffs that will blow your head off and melodies both musically and vocally that are hypnotic. Get in the driver’s seat and let the ears bleed. Enjoy and see you out there with a tour to follow up and support this release.”
Guillory further comments: “One year and two months in the making and we’re finally done. I’m really pleased with the way this record came out. James sounds fantastic, as well as the rest of the guys. Without a doubt, it’s our heaviest record thus far yet at the same time, it’s also our most melodic. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
In addition to Dream Theater’s numerous studio and live releases, LABRIE has also appeared on releases by Fates Warning, Redemption, Trent Gardner’s Explorer’s Club, Leonardo The Absolute Man, Frameshift, Ayreon’s TheHuman Equation, as well as tribute albums to Rush, Emerson Lake & Palmer and Queen.
THERION bass player Nalley Påhlsson has issued the following message to fans:
“Hi Everyone out there!
First of all I want to thank all you fans who watched us in Mexico, Germany and Belgium this summer! THERION have a wonderful, fantastic and enthusiastic audience and I enjoyed every second of the concerts!
I´m also very glad, pleased and satisfied about my playing on the forthcoming album Sitra Ahra that will be released in [Europe on] September 2010. I really think this album will be well-received by all of you fans. It´s absolutely great!!
I´m writing here to announce that I am not gonna be part of the [European] tour that will start in October 2010. And the reasons are:
1. I´m alone with my two children and it´s not possible for me to be away for over two months.
2. I´m right now studying and I have to complete my education this autumn.
3. I have lately had a drinking-problem, and to be on tour is not the best thing for me right now.
I´m doing well at home, feeling good and everything is under control and that´s the way I´m gonna keep it!
If everything goes as planned, I´m gonna stay a member of THERION playing on the forthcoming albums and hopefully I will also be able to show up and play live in the future.
We´ll see what the future holds. (?)
I Salute You All!! Thanks!
The artwork to the new THERION album, Sitra Ahra, is posted on their homepage. Mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, the new albumwill be available in North America on October 26th.
The track listing for Sitra Ahra is as follows:
01. Sitra Ahra
02. Kings Of Edom
03. Unguentum Sabbati
04. Land Of Canaan
07. Cu Chulain
08. Kali Yoga III
09. The Shells Are Open
11. After The Inquisition: Children
View THERION tour dates here (Mozilla Firefox browser).
ELVENKING “RED SILENT TIDES”. Cover artwork by Samuel Araya.
Italian metallers ELVENKING have revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their forthcoming new album, Red Silent Tides.
Red Silent Tides (artwork at right) will feature the following tracklisting:
‘The Last Hour’
‘Silence de Mort’
‘Your Heroes Are Dead’
‘This Nightmare Will Never End’
‘What’s Left Of Me’
‘The Play Of The Leaves’
Produced and mixed by Dennis Ward (ANGRA, PINK CREAM 69, PRIMAL FEAR), the successor to 2007’s The Scythe will show once again Elvenking’s songwriting abilities, a high taste for great melodies and the will to break the boundaries and push the band to the next level.
The release date (as well as different edition details of the album) will be announced soon.
In other news, Elvenking will promote the new album supporting metal commandos PRIMAL FEAR in the first leg of their European tour, together with German band KISSIN’ DYNAMITE.
Here are the dates confirmed:
21 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos Saal
23 – Koeln, Germany – Underground
25 – Bari , Italy – Demode
26 – Rome, Italy – Black Out
28 – Woergl, Austria – Komma
29 – Nurnberg, Germany – Hirsch
30 – Osnabrueck, Germany – Lagerhalle
1 – Burglengenfeld, Germany – VA Zentrum
2 – Bad Arolsen, Germany – Outback
Elvenking’s brand new track, ‘The Cabal’, is currently streaming on the band’s MySpace page.
Ohio progressive black/death metallers LOCUSTA, who regrettably had to skip the entire first week of their US tour with Tennessee black/doom titans Argentinum Astrum due to vehicular trouble, today issued the following update from the road:
Said guitarist Dru Silver: “Unfortunately, due to van trouble we had to scrap the first week of our tour; we had the (dis)pleasure of breaking down in a dry county in Kentucky for three days, and with the added financial stress of automotive repairs it was next to impossible to go on as planned. Fortunately for us they were mostly regional dates, however we apologize to anyone that was planning on attending any of those shows on either band’s behalf. We shall return…
“In other news, we’ve been immensely enjoying the natural wonders that the western frontier has to offer– particularly Massacre Rocks/Craters of the moon in Idaho — and have been getting along great with the folks in Argentinum… practically peas in a pod. The reception has been good so far, and we can’t wait for what else this side of the country has to offer! Many thanks to those that have aided us in our journey so far.”
LOCUSTA Summer Assault 2010 [remaining dates]
7/22/2010 A House at 10128 N.E. Pacific St. – Portland, OR w/ Argentinum Astrum
7/24/2010 924 Gilman St. – Berkeley, CA w/ Argentinum Astrum, Black America, Zero Progress, Vietnam Hardcore, Dun Bin Had
7/25/2010 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA w/ Argentinum Astrum, Nihlotep, Pale Chalice
7/26/2010 The Rhythm Lounge – Long Beach, CA w/ Argentinum Astrum, TBA
7/28/2010 Taala Hooghan Infoshop – Flagstaff, AZ W/ Argentinum Astrum
7/29/2010 The Trainyard – Las Cruces, NM w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/01/2010 The Ten Eleven – San Antonio, TX w/ Argentinum Astrum, Hod(Ibex Moon), TBA
8/02/2010 The White Swan – Houston, TX w/ Argentinum Astrum, Anal Punishment, Nibiru, Paranoidfreakout
8/03/2010 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Thrift Store – 10240 Burbank Drive – Baton Rouge, LA w/ Argentinum Astrum, Barghest
8/04/2010 The Farside Collective – Tallahassee, FL w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/05/2010 The Pony Pen – Savannah, GA w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/06/2010 Playground – Atlanta, GA w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/07/2010 The Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN w/ Argentinum Astrum
LOCUSTA released their debut full-length via Kentucky-based Pragmatic Records upon an unsuspecting underground earlier this year. The 10-track, self-titled offering was recorded/engineered by Brian Simakis at Capital City Studios, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering and features strikingly stark cover art by local artist Stefan Hoza. Formed in the fall of 2006, the band take their name from a female chemist from Ancient Rome regarded as the first documented serial killer. It was rumored that in A.D. 54, she may have been hired by Agrippina The Younger to kill the Emperor Claudius, possibly with a poisoned dish of mushrooms.
After decimating the crowd at this year’s Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic, Chilean brutalists THORNAFIRE continue to spread their vicious brand of death metal across the European countryside in ongoing support of their 2009 Ibex Moon Records release, Vorex Deconstrucción. Guitarist Victor MacNamara had the following to say about the tour thus far…
“Today is Wednesday, July 21st and we’re going to Krakow. We just finished two festivals and a show in Slovakia. The response to our performances has been fabulous and we also learned a lot from the scene in Europe in this our first tour.
Here, the shows and the fans are very similar to what I have seen in Chile and other parts of South America. At festivals and shows in clubs the fans all want to have a good time and listen to music and here you are with tons of musicians, public and press, suggesting that this kind of music never ends. Very cool if you chose this lifestyle
Soon, we’ll gather with friends and see the remaining dates.
With our music we hope to leave a nasty groove on this continent and in the future anywhere.”
Edu Falaschi (ANGRA) is producing the new EP “Crystal Night” of Angels Holocaust (Brazil). The CD will include three songs and the first video of the band as a multimedia section.
According to the vocalist Rodrigo Cafundó: “This is a great opportunity for Angels Holocaust! Our motivation is getting even stronger due to our work with Edu. We count on the experience that he has got during his international career and believe that he will bring a lot of improvements into the sound of the band. He is a great producer and all out team has the highest expectations possible regarding the quality of the upcoming EP”.
“Crystal Night” should be released in the 2nd half of 2010 in Brazil. Angels Holocaust is going to publish video reports from the studio through its official sources.