PLASTIC HEAD MUSIC LAUNCHES AMERICAN OPERATION VIA EMI LABEL SERVICES-CAROLINE DISTRIBUTION

June 10th, 2010
by EvilG

Plastic Head Music today confirms the launch of its North American office.  The newly created American division will be headed up Paula Hogan with Edward Christie coordinating details in the company’s London office.  Logistics and distribution will be handled with existing label partners Candlelight Records and EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution.

Currently ranked England’s seventh largest distributor, Plastic Head Music carries a diverse range of music and dvd titles from over 300 record labels.  Founded by Director Steve Beatty, the company’s title base exceeds 40,000 including over 6,000 exclusive clothing items and 5,000 specialist vinyl titles.  The American division is set to release more than 100 titles before year’s end with more on tap for early 2011.

Located outside London, Plastic Head Music has built its reputation firmly on the results of its achievements.  The company employs a dedicated staff of fifty-eight that works closely to ensure superior service and support.  It’s the insistence for quality and dedication that has kept the company’s loyal partners successful for nearly two decades.  American operations will be located outside Philadelphia in cooperation with label partner Candlelight Records.  Candlelight co-director Edward Christie says, “having worked with Caroline and now EMI for the last ten years we have built a strong working relationship.  They understand what we are about and this new operation is a very natural move for both of us.  The existing relationships will allow the new company the ability to work with a much larger and more varied product base and help open up the USA to many more European labels.”

Plastic Head Director Steve Beatty comments, “I am so excited for this has been a long time coming.  After nearly ten successful years working with EMI Label Services and Caroline Distribution on co-owned label Candlelight Records, it feels right to launch our new North American operation.  It’s a tried and tested relationship.  I don’t see it as a bold step I see it as a logical step.  Plastic Head’s truly worldwide distribution network has a strong partner and we have ambitions to be a mover in the North American distribution market.  The USA is a massive market with European labels finding it hard to get any distribution at all let alone one with a UK and American office that talks to each other constantly exchanging information and making the right decisions to maximize our efforts.  Plastic Head has made a huge step in what it can offer its European labels.”

Executive Vice President EMI Music Services North America Dominic Pandiscia adds, “”We are thrilled to forge this relationship between EMI Label Services/Caroline and Plastic Head USA.  Plastic Head represents a significant number of unique labels and artists and we look forward to help drive their visibility across the market.”

Plastic Head North America will start its US release schedule beginning August 10.  Planned titles include releases from 1349, Burzum, Dark Tranquility, Forbidden, Holy Terror, Meshuggah, Thin Lizzy and Vader.  August 24 will bring titles from Bathory, Behemoth, Borknagar, Manowar, Sabbat, and Venom.

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For more information: www.plastichead-distribution.com / www.plastichead.com

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IRON MAIDEN – Setlist, Live Footage From The Final Frontier Kick-Off

June 10th, 2010
by EvilG

Let the onlsaught begin. Footage from IRON MAIDEN’s June 9th kick-off show in Dallas, TX for The Final Frontier North American tour is available below:

The setlist on the night was as follows:

‘The Wicker Man’
‘The Ghost Of The Navigator’
‘Brighter Than a Thousand Suns’
‘El Dorado’
‘Paschendale’
‘The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg’
‘These Colours Don’t Run’
‘Blood Brothers’
‘Wildest Dreams’
‘No More Lies’
‘Brave New World’
‘Fear Of The Dark’
‘Iron Maiden’

Encore:
‘Number Of the Beast’
‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’
‘Running Free’

Remaining dates on the tour are as follows:

June
11 – Houston, TX – The Woodlands
12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
14 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
16 – Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
17 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion
19 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
20 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion
22 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
24 – Vancouver, BC – GM Place
26 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
29 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre

July
3 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheater
6 – Ottawa, ON – Blues Fest
7 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
9 – Quebec City, QC – International Summer Festival
11 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
12 – New York City – Madison Square Garden
14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
15 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
17 – Detroit, MI – DTE Music Theatre
18 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
20 – Washington DC – Nissan Pavilion

A widget for IRON MAIDEN’s forthcoming new studio album, The Final Frontier, can be found below.
The release date for Iron Maiden’s new studio album, The Final Frontier, is now confirmed for Monday, August 16th.

The new album features artwork illustrated by Melvyn Grant and, to mark the occasion, the band have made special arrangements for one new album track ‘El Dorado’ to be made available Worldwide as a FREE digital download MP3  with immediate effect. Click here for your free download. US fans, visit this location.

Iron Maiden’s new single, ‘El Dorado’, is now available for streaming via YouTube. Check it out below.

Singer Bruce Dickinson explains, “‘El Dorado’ is a preview of the forthcoming studio album. As we will be including it in the set of our Final Frontier World Tour (which opens in Dallas on June 9th) we thought it would be great to thank all our fans and get them into The Final Frontier mood by giving them this song up front of the tour and album release.”

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MALEVOLENT CREATION: Rejoined by Original Bass Player

June 10th, 2010
by EvilG

Florida based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION have once again been rejoined by original bassist Jason Blachowicz. Blachowicz initially left on good terms to further his tattoo career, but the death metal sickness still runs deep in his veins!

“Been in hiding, working in tattoo shops for quite some time now but my gut has been aching to do one of the things that I do best… spreading malevolence across the globe with my brothers in metal,” commented Blachowicz. “The evil in my blood has motivated me to dust the cobwebs off of my bass and commit to performing blasphemy and anger upon mine and everyone else’s ears once again. This is also for one of my inspirations, Peter Steele, and for all of the loyal Malevolent Creation fans who have been supporting us for 23 fucking years! Our 11th album, Invidious Dominion, is going to rip the weak and feeble to shreds! See ya’ll on Tour!! Bring the rum and git ‘er done!”

MALEVOLENT CREATION 11th studio outing was produced and recorded by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, KRISIUN, GOATWHORE) at Mana Studios in Florida. The new album, entitled Invidious Dominion, will be released on August 27 via Massacre Records in Europe.

Watch a video clip of the recording process:

Invidious Dominion Track Listing:
1) United Hate
2) Conflict Finalized
3) Slaughterhouse
4) Compulsive Face Breaker
5) Lead Spitter
6) Target Rich Environment
7) Antagonized
8) Born Again Hard
9) Corruptor
10) Invidious Dominion

MALEVOLENT CREATION Tour Dates:

07/22/10  The Masquerade -  Atlanta, GA
07/23/10  The Muse – Nashville, TN
07/24/10  The Canopy Club – Urbana, IL (CENTRAL ILLINOIS METALFEST)
07/25/10  Fubar – St. Louis, MO (w/ ORIGIN, GIGAN)
07/26/10  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH (w/ GIGAN)
07/27/10  Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY (w/ GIGAN)
07/28/10  Championships Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ (w/ GIGAN)
07/29/10  Club Europa – Brooklyn, NY (w/ GIGAN)
07/30/10  Sonar -  Baltimore, MD (SUMMER SLAUGHTER)
07/31/10  Ground Zero -  Spartanburg, SC (w/ GIGAN)
08/01/10  Brass Mug – Tampa, FL (w/ GIGAN)

“March Of Brutality” Tour
EXODUS, MALEVOLENT CREATION, HOLY GRAIL, BONDED BY BLOOD

08/16/10  Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
08/17/10  Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
08/18/10  Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
08/20/10  The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
08/21/10  Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
08/23/10  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
08/24/10  The Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
08/25/10  Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
08/27/10  The Palladium – Worcester, MA
08/28/10  The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
08/29/10  Polaris – Philadelphia, PA
08/31/10  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
09/01/10  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
09/02/10  Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
09/03/10  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
09/04/10  The Social – Orlando, FL
09/05/10  Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
09/07/10  The Door – Dallas, TX
09/08/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX
09/12/10  The Avalon – Santa Clara, CA

MALEVOLENT CREATION’s latest album, “Doomsday X”, was released in the U.S. in July 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records and in Europe in August 2007 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded and engineered at Mercury Recording Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida by longtime friend and producer (and sometimes session member) Gus Rios, and is said to be the most diverse MALEVOLENT CREATION album recorded to date and “without a doubt their fastest!” Mick Thomson, guitarist for SLIPKNOT, contributed a “ripping” guitar solo to the song “Deliver My Enemy”.

For more info visit: www.myspace.com/malevolentcreationwww.youtube.com/user/malevolentcreation

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“Scott Ian Send Me To Sonisphere” Poker Tournament

June 10th, 2010
by EvilG
"Scott Ian Send Me To Sonisphere" poker tournament

"Scott Ian Send Me To Sonisphere" poker tournament

Below is a link to a really cool promotion that Anthrax’s Scott Ian is doing — we thought your might be interested in it!

It’s the “Scott Ian Send Me To Sonisphere” poker tournament.  The grand prize winner and a guest will get an all-expenses paid trip to London, stay in the same 5-star hotel that Anthrax will be in, plus cop 2 Sonisphere tickets and backstage passes.

Click on the link and find out how to win:
http://www.scottiansendmetosonisphere.com/

In related Scott Ian news……

It’s the Scott Ian 8-Inch Action Figure!

  • This figure rocks!
  • Anthax’s Scott Ian as a retro, 1970′s style action figure.
  • The famed guitarist stands 8-inches tall.
  • Features multiple points of articulation, real fabric clothing, and a mini reproduction of Scott’s custom Jackson™ guitar!

Here he is, folks! Scott Ian has made the transition from Anthrax rocker to action figure! This rockin’ figure of the famed guitarist stands 8-inches tall, includes a mini reproduction of Scott’s custom Jackson™ guitar, and features multiple points of articulation and real fabric clothing… all in a retro style evocative of the most popular action figures of the 1970s. Rock your world by adding Scott Ian to your shelf!

Scott Ian 8-Inch Action Figure

Scott Ian 8-Inch Action Figure

If you feel son inclined to order one, you can do so at http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=BBP04002

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CHRISTIAN MISTRESS Sign To 20 Buck Spin; Premiere Track

June 10th, 2010
by EvilG
Christian Mistress - Agony and Opium

Christian Mistress - Agony and Opium

Bursting out of Olympia, Washington come classic metal heathens CHRISTIAN MISTRESS, fueled with pure American heavy metal fire, and ready to dose the planet up with their infectious tunes. This cult buzz band has plenty of support behind them in their infancy; from a supportive local scene that’s ready to embrace a local classic heavy metal outfit, to infamous illustrator Dennis Dread, to national publications like NPR who recently praised the band’s debut 7″, to Darkthrone’s outspoken frontman Fenriz, who has name-dropped the band in multiple features over recent months.

20 Buck Spin proudly embraces this act, signing them to the label recently in preparation to release their debut full-length Agony & Opium this August. Bering six infectious, long-burning, classic heavy metal ragers sure to stand out against the label’s mainly black/death/doom/sludge-dominated roster. The shredding dual guitar lead trade-offs, performed with the utmost class, never lose sight of memorable songcraft first and foremost. Anchored by a tight, driving rhythm section and the raw and throaty instantly memorable vocal delivery of Christine Davis, the CHRISTIAN MISTRESS sound is immediately familiar and yet sounds like no other heavy metal band currently working, comparable to acts like Angel Witch, Warlock, Metallica, Mercyful Fate, Diamond Head and more.

Stereogum.com today premiered the track “Home In The Sun” from the upcoming Agony & Opium album. Check the feature out at this direct link: http://stereogum.com/399492/christian-mistress-home-in-the-sun-stereogum-premiere/franchises/haunting-the-chapel

More news on CHRISTIAN MISTRESS is to be expected soon as the album nears, and as the unit prepare to hit the road heavily through the later third of 2010 and on through next year. Stay tuned!

Agony & Opium Track Listing:
1. Riding On The Edges
2. Desert Rose
3. Home In The Sun
4. Poison Path
5. Black Vigil
6. Omega Stone

“They play heavy metal the old way, the exact way we enjoy it ourselves.”
- Fenriz, Darkthrone (from Stereogum interview)

http://www.20buckspin.com
http://www.myspace.com/20buckspin

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ROSE FUNERAL “God Demise” official video now on MetalBlade.tv

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
Rose Funeral - The Resting Sonata

Rose Funeral - The Resting Sonata

Cincinnati, OH’s Rose Funeral recently shot a video with up-and-coming director, Justin Beasley (http://kotkproductions.com/). The video is for what has become a fan favorite, God Demise, from their second album, and Metal Blade debut, The Resting Sonata. Rose Funeral spent much of 2008-2010 touring the US and Canada on numerous amounts of tours, including tours with: Nile, Cryptopsy, Immolation, Krisiun, and many more. The band is currently writing new music for their follow up to The Resting Sonata. Keep an eye on their myspace for updates.

Drummer Dusty Boles adds, “So we are finishing up the final touches on our ophomore release, which will be out sometime in the summer of 2011. As a band, we would like to thank all of our fans, the endless count of friends that have been made, all of the kids who have put us up, and let us eat all their food! Everyone who has bought our latest album, “The Resting Sonata”, as well as everyone who makes it there number one priority to come out and see us! Keep an eye out for studio updates, and release updates! In the mean time check out our official video for “God Demise” and see you on the road!”

The video for God Demise can be seen NOW on MetalBlade.tv!

http://www.myspace.com/rosefuneral

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IN THIS MOMENT Launch Special Pre-Order Packages Online

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG

As the anticipation surrounding the imminent release of the new IN THIS MOMENT album, A Star-Crossed Wasteland, continues to build up to epic proportions the group launches a special pre-order package deal where fans can purchase the new album now for $25 which also comes with an exclusive button, sticker, shirt and autographed photo. These materials can only be found in this CMDistro pre-order package bundle and supplies are limited, so be sure to click on the link below to get your order in now before they are gone. The CD can also be pre-ordered separately for the low price of $10.

http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/In_This_Moment_-_-A_Star-Crossed_Wasteland-_CD_+_Shirt_+_Button_+_Sticker_+_Photo_-PRE-ORDER-/PKG000300

http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/In_This_Moment_-_A_Star-Crossed_Wasteland_-PRE-ORDER-/34971

IN THIS MOMENT also recently launched an eye-popping new MySpace layout along with a new video message from Maria Brink (vocals). The clip also debuts the beautiful album cover art for A Star-Crossed Wasteland, which is set for a July 13th release. Head over towww.myspace.com/inthismoment to check it out.

The blistering new track, “The Gun Show,” is available now exclusively on iTunes, so click on the link below to purchase: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-gun-show-single/id374817002

IN THIS MOMENT also shot a cowboy themed video for the track “The Gun Show” in the Los Angeles, CA area on May 16th. The shoot was helmed by acclaimed director David Brodsky (Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder). Look for it to make its debut exclusively through www.revolvermag.com on June 15th. You can see stills from the shoot at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=441960&id=10150141904070054&ref=mf

IN THIS MOMENT are extremely excited to be performing on this summer’s much anticipated Rockstar Mayhem Tour playing on the Mayhem Festival Stage alongside Atreyu, Norma Jean and 3 Inches of Blood. This tour will mark the start of the group’s official, massive worldwide touring schedule for their new full-length album. The group were also hailed by Alternative Press as “One of The Most Anticipated Releases of 2010.”  Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/inthismoment to view their entire summer touring itinerary.

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WATAIN: Lawless Darkness Unleashed

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG

WATAIN appears on the cover of the July 2010 issue of Decibel Magazine

WATAIN appears on the cover of the July 2010 issue of Decibel Magazine

Band Devours Baltimore; Nabs Cover Of This Month’s Edition of Decibel Magazine

The wait is now over: Lawless Darkness, the long-anticipated fourth full-length from Swedish black metal battalion WATAIN, is out now through Season Of Mist. The ten-track, hour-plus long work of blasphemy was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt, Nominon, Unanimated et al) in Alvik, Sweden and features strikingly detailed cover art by Zbigniew M. Bielak.

The band ushered in the release of Lawless Darkness with a soul-crushing headlining set the first night of the Maryland Deathfest on Memorial Day weekend. Commented frontman E. of the performance: “Back from the States now, still with blisters and bruises from the victorious storm unleashed at Maryland Deathfest. Hail to the legions of WATAIN supporters who came out to partake in our performance; you have truly grown both in number and dedication! We very much look forward to return for a full scale onslaught later this year. More about that later…” Commented Canada’s Hellbound.ca of the spectacle: “With lit candles, militant red flag-like things, and some corpse paint that I’m sure even Tom Savini would compliment, their visual aesthetic was certainly in tow…the crowd enhanced the horror movie like mood as it tossed a Bible around, tearing it to shreds, sending the ripped pages into the air like confetti at a kid’s birthday party…The music: appropriately blasphemous.”

In conjunction with the release of Lawless Darkness, WATAIN appears on the cover of the July 2010 issue of Decibel Magazine which went on sale last week. The eight-page feature was conducted by J. Bennett and is clearly one of the most revealing pieces on the band to date. To order a copy, visit: http://store.decibelmagazine.com/collections/back-issues/products/july-2010-069

“Lawless Darkness shall be seen as a monument erected in honor of that collapse and a dedication to all those brave souls, who have willingly dared to venture the winding paths towards it.” — E. Danielsson, WATAIN

Let there be sacrifice.

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“Darkthrone were once ‘for all the evil in man,” but WATAIN turn good men evil.” — 8/10 Decibel

“No band in the ‘troo’ black metal scene carries as much weight as WATAIN at the moment. Sparing the drama of Burzum, and the inconsistency of Dimmu and Mayhem, WATAIN finds itself in the same spot Emperor found itself in at the end of ’90s.” — Blistering

“With this record, E. Danielsson and WATAIN have definitely created a blasphemous juggernaut that is not to be taken lightly. The band are clearly staking their claim to more territory in the battle for the black metal crown.” — Forbidden

http://www.myspace.com/watainofficial

http://season-of-mist.com

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KILLING MACHINE Prepare for European Debut

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
Killing Machine June 2010

Killing Machine

KILLING MACHINE – the US metal band featuring ex members of Slayer, Testament ,Startovarius and Temple Of Brutality, recently relocated to Europe and have issued an update on preparations for their upcoming European debut. The band are confirmed to play several high profile shows throughout the summer and launches with two shows in France later this month as support to AC / DC.

Having had a few days to settle in to their new European surroundings, guitarist Peter Scheithauer found time to talk about the move saying “We got to our base in France about a week ago and headed straight in to rehearsals. We had a few small problems at first but it’s going really well now and we can’t wait to get out there and play some shows. Since we made the decision to fully concentrate on Killing Machine, we started getting a lot of interest from around Europe. So it made sense to set up base over here rather than going backwards and forwards across the Atlantic. We’ve got some busy times ahead and we’re really looking forward to spreading our metal around Europe.”

On the subject of their upcoming European debut Scheithauer said: “Well it’s taken two albums but we finally get the chance to show our European fans what we are all about. We’ve had many requests to come over in the past but never got round to it. But we’re finally here and what away to kick it all off – supporting AC/DC!!! We’re all hyped up and looking forward to hanging out with the European metalheads.”

KILLING MACHINE, recently confirmed former Evergrey / Stratovarius bass guitarist Jari Kainulainen as a permanent member of the band, are stirring up a lot of interest in Europe having lined up a number of high profile show and festival appearances. More shows are expected to be confirmed imminently.

The bands’ schedule is shaping up as follows:

15 June – Parc Des Sports Charles Ehrmann, Nice, FRANCE www.gdp.fr (supporting AC/DC)

18 June – Stade De France, Paris, FRANCE www.gdp.fr (supporting AC/DC)

26 June – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, BELGIUM www.graspop.be

29 July – Headbangers Open Air, Brande-Hörnerkirchen, near Elmshorn, GERMANY www.headbangers-open-air.de

6 August – Rock Nights Festival, Zarasai, LITHUANIA www.rocknights.lt

7 August – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, GERMANY www.wacken.com

13 August – Bulldog Bash, Long Marston, UK www.bulldogbash.eu

15 August – Bloodstock Open Air, Catton Hall, Derbyshire, UK www.bloodstock.uk.com

KILLING MACHINE current line up is Csaba Zvekan (Sardonyx) – Vocals, Peter Scheithauer (Temple of Brutality / Belladonna) – Guitar, Jari Kainulainen (Evergrey / Stratovarius) – Bass Guitar and Jon Dette (Slayer / Testament) – Drums.

KILLING MACHINE have released two albums, the self titled ‘Killing Machine’ in 2000 via Candlelight Records and the critically acclaimed ‘Metalmorphis’ in 2006 via Mausoleum Records which has been hailed by many as one of the all time classic metal albums. The two albums featured a multitude of musicians including James Rivera (HELSTAR, VICIOUS RUMOURS), Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T), Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL), Dave Ellefson (MEGADETH), Stet Howland (WASP), Mike Duda (WASP), Mike Vescara (OBSESSION, LOUDNESS)
KILLING MACHINE: www.killing-machine.comwww.myspace.com/killingmachineusa

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SOILWORK Vocalist Guests on new REVAMP Album

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
REVAMP, former After Forever singer Floor Jansen’s new band

REVAMP, former After Forever singer Floor Jansen’s new band

Björn “Speed” Strid of Swedish modern metallers SOILWORK makes a guest appearance on the debut album by REVAMP, former After Forever singer Floor Jansen’s new band.  REVAMP’s self-titled new album will be released in North America on July 27th.

Strid shares: “Actually, I have never met Floor in real life, but I do remember being impressed when I heard her voice the first time, though.  She’s got balls.  She had a certain song in mind [‘In Sickness ‘Till Death Do Us Part: Disdain’], sent me the music and a lyric sheet while I was in the studio with SOILWORK, and gave me a bit of guidance but also wanted me to improvise a bit.  I spent a day working out my lines in a tower of the house we were renting in Mooresville, North Carolina also known as ‘The Genie Room.”  Perfect. I recorded the vocals sometime in February while drinking some wine.  With the intense verse and the open atmospheric chorus, it felt perfect as a duet!  To me it’s about betrayal and being let down.”

States Jansen: “I am always inspired to write new music, but I must say that the end of After Forever and some personal changes in my life did give extra ingredients. Every song I heard could become a source of inspiration. Stories of others, movies or books, my personal relationships, everything mixed and melted into one and became an album. ‘Speed’ from SOILWORK brings another form of power to the album’s diversity with his screams/growl and clean voice.  He masters so many different vocal sounds, just like me. Again, a lot of power together in one song. He gave ‘Disdain’ the energy and aggression it needed!”

Also performing guest vocals on Revamp is Russell Allen from SYMPHONY X and George Oosthoek from ORPHANAGE & PLEURISY.

The track listing for Revamp is:

01. Here’s My Hell featuring George Oosthoek from ORPHANAGE & PLEURISY
02. Head Up High
03. Sweet Curse - featuring Russell Allen from SYMPHONY X
04. Million
05. In Sickness ‘Till Death Do Us Part: All Goodbyes Are Said
06. Break
07. In Sickness ‘Till Death Do Us Part: Disdain - featuring Björn “Speed” Strid from SOILWORK
08. In Sickness ‘Till Death Do Us Part: Disgraced
09. Fast Forward
10. Kill Me With Silence
11. The Trial Of Monsters
12. Under My Skin
13. I Lost Myself
Bonus Track: No Honey For The Damned

The trackHead Up High” – the song from this record Floor Jansen would choose to put into an astronaut’s iPod at the International Space Station to represent all of humanity – is available for free download here (e-mail sign-up required).  “It’s diverse, heavy, new, short and catchy, but still heavy and very metal.”

View Part 1 of an interview with Floor Jansen where she discusses her new band, REVAMP, here. Part 2 is available here.

The REVAMP team includes:

Floor Jansen: songwriter/singer
Joost van den Broek: songwriter/producer/arranger & studio keyboardist
Waldemar Sorychta: songwriter/producer/ studio guitarist and bass player
Koen Herfst: studio drummer
Jaap Melman: Live bass player
Ruben Wijga: Live keyboard player
Jord Otto: Live guitar player
Arjan Rijnen: Live guitar player
Matthias Landes: Live drummer

Visit REVAMP online at www.REVAMPMUSIC.com, www.myspace.com/MUSICREVAMP, and on Facebook.

Visit Floor Jansen online at www.FLOORJANSEN.nl & www.myspace.com/FLOORAF.

In other Soilwork news……

The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK, will release a “Best Of” album entitled The Sledgehammer Files on June 30th via Marquee/Avalon Records in Japan. The band commented on the compilation to be released shortly before their latest full length record of new material, The Panic Broadcast:

“We’re proud and stoked to unleash the first ever official collection of classic SOILWORK tunes! The only way we could imagine our ‘Best Of’ album was as a complete chronological retrospective, and that’s exactly what The Sledgehammer Files is, from the raw ’n relentless Steelbath Suicide days to the modern majesty of Sworn To A Great Divide. We made sure to include the lyrics and cover art for each album, rare promo and live shots from each era, and a bonus DVD with most our official videos. Topped off with re-mastered songs from the first two albums and a new mix of ‘Exile’, this package is 100% SOILWORK!”

The Sledgehammer Files Tracklisting:

1.       Sadistic Lullabye (remastered version)

2.       Steelbath Suicide (remastered version)

3.       The Chainheart Machine (remastered version)

4.       Bulletbeast (remastered version)

5.       Generation Speedkill (remastered version)

6.       Bastard Chain

7.       Needlefeast

8.       Grand Failure Anthem

9.       Follow The Hollow

10.   As We Speak

11.   Black Star Deceiver

12.   Rejection Role

13.   Figure Number Five

14.   Light The Torch

15.   Stabbing The Drama

16.   One With The Flies

17.   Nerve

18.   Sworn To A Great Divide

19.   Exile (Orchestral Mix) – previously unreleased version

Official videos – bonus DVD tracklist:

1.       As We Speak

2.       Rejection Role

3.       Light The Torch

4.       Stabbing The Drama

5.       Nerve

6.       Exile

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DEATH ANGEL: Music Available for Rock Band

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the official launch of its Rockband Network for all Rockband X-Box 360 network users. Go to http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5002396 to purchase and download the song “Dethroned” by San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL for game play.

Watch quality footage of the band playing Hungary Metalfest below:

Hot on the heels of a busy and productive 2009, DEATH ANGEL have been holed up in Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER). The band are currently mixing the new record tentatively scheduled for a September of 2010 release.
DEATH ANGEL, have uploaded their 5th video blog as well:

DEATH ANGEL will be direct support to Swedish melodic metallers SOILWORK this Summer. Joining them will be Quebec’s tech-death masters AUGURY, Roadrunner Records recording artists MUTINY WITHIN, and pirate themed thrashers SWASHBUCKLE.


DEATH ANGEL

07/07/10  New Oasis – Reno, NV

07/08/10  Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT

07/09/10  Gator’s – Farmington, NM

07/10/10  War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX

07/11/10  Marquee – Tulsa, OK

07/12/10  The Muse – Nashville, TN

07/13/10  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

SOILWORK, DEATH ANGEL, AUGURY, MUTINY WITHIN, SWASHBUCKLE

07/14/10  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

07/15/10  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

07/16/10  The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

07/17/10  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

07/18/10  FouFounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
07/19/10  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

07/20/10  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

07/21/10  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

07/22/10  Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL

07/23/10  The Rave – Milwaukee, WI ç + THE CRINN

07/24/10  The Rock – Maplewood, MN ç + THE CRINN

07/27/10  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

07/28/10  Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

07/29/10  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

07/30/10  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

07/31/10  The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA

08/01/10  Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA

08/02/10  The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

08/03/10  The Rock – Tucson, AZ

08/05/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

08/06/10  Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX

08/07/10  The Warsaw – Houston, TX

08/08/10 The Parish – New Orleans, LA ç NO SOILWORK

08/09/10  The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL

08/10/10  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

08/11/10  Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY

08/12/10  Gil’s Bar and Grill – Virginia Beach, VA

08/13/10  Sonar – Baltimore, MD

08/14/10  Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA

08/15/10  Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
For more info visit: www.myspace.com/DEATHANGEL & www.DEATHANGEL.us

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EXODUS Joins the OZZFEST Bill In San Bernardino

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition

EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition

As first reported by Vans.com, San Francisco Bay Area thrash pioneers EXODUS will help kick off Ozzfest 2010 with a one-off appearance at the San Bernardino show on Saturday, August 14th!

States guitarist/songwriter Gary Holt:  “We are WAY more than fired up to announce that EXODUS will be playing the SoCal date on Ozzfest!  We will be filling the slot usually occupied on the tour by Kingdom Of Sorrow who can’t make this one show.  We were asked if we wanted to jump in, and we said ‘fuck yes!’  See everybody there!”

Ozzfest 2010 Main Stage Acts
OZZY OSBOURNE
MÖTLEY CRÜE
HALFORD
DEVILDRIVER
NONPOINT

Ozzfest 2010 Second Stage Acts on August 14th
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
DROWNING POOL
EXODUS

GOATWHORE*
SKELETONWITCH*
SAVIOURS*
KATAKLYSM*
*Rotating set times

EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, hit #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock radio chart and has sold over 4,600 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan, debuting at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #43 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, #19 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, and #12 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart.  The album also debuted at #19 on the Neilsen SoundScan LOUD Chart in Canada.
The band will be headlining the “March Of Brutality” tour through the U.S. and Canada with Malevolent Creation, Holy Grail, and Bonded By Blood.  Tour dates can be viewed here.  Tickets go on sale June 11th.

Exhibit B: The Human Condition record release show dates in June are:

  • Thursday, June 10th – Chico, CA @ The Senator Theater with Lååz Rockit, Anvil Chorus, plus two local openers (tickets on sale now)
  • Friday, June 11th – Los Angeles @ Key Club with Heathen, Bonded By Blood, plus two local openers (tickets on sale now)
  • Saturday, June 12th – San Francisco @ Slim’s with Heathen, Anvil Chorus, and Passive Aggressive (tickets on sale now)

EXODUS: “RIOT ACT” NOW AVAILABLE ON THE ROCKBAND NETWORK

The EXODUS track “Riot Act” is now available for purchase at the RockBand Network’s online store for XBOX 360.  The track comes from the album The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart the week following its October 2007 release.

Add “Riot Act” to your RockBand music library by purchasing the song game track here.  View the video for “Riot Act” – directed by Jon Schnepp of Metalocalypse fame for Schneppzone Inc. – here.

This marks the first round of Nuclear Blast artist songs available for the Rock Band Network.  Other tracks include DEATH ANGEL’s “Dethroned,” TESTAMENT’s “Henchmen Ride,” and “We Are The Nightmare” by ARSIS.  Metal fans are encouraged to submit artist & song requests for Rock Band here.

Visit EXODUS online at www.myspace.com/EXODUS, www.facebook.com/exodusattack, & www.YouTube.com/exodus.

EXODUS frontman Rob Dukes will be a call-in guest on Dave Navarro’s Dark Matter radio show with Todd Newman tonight, on Wednesday, June 9th, at 11 p.m. PACIFIC.

States Dukes: “I have been friends with Dave for awhile.  I was a guitar tech for his band for a little while before I started singing for EXODUS.  He is a great guitar player and a really cool guy.  I’m looking forward to the new Jane’s Addiction stuff.  I am told it’s really great.”

Listen to the radio show from 10 p.m. – 12 midnight PACIFIC on www.indie1031.com. The show will also be streamed at this location.

Fans are encouraged to call in with questions at (877) 900-1031 or sign up for the DNA chatroom here.

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THE RESURRECTION SORROW: Unholy Divine Tour Part II Confirmed

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
THE RESURRECTION SORROW Unholy Divine Tour Part II: Doom In June Weekend Warpath Style

THE RESURRECTION SORROW Unholy Divine Tour Part II: Doom In June Weekend Warpath Style

Soulful doom metal grungesters THE RESURRECTION SORROW have announced their most recent bout of live shows for the summer throwing a quick one-two punch combo to the upper East Coast this June, on the recently confirmed tour bearing the lengthy tag The Unholy Divine Tour Part II: Doom In June Weekend Warpath Style. The festivities kick off this Friday at the annual Feel Your Boobies Breast Cancer Benefit in State College, Pennsylvania.

The band are also hammering out the dents on a ten-date tour running from July 22 to August 1st, with the actual routing of this venture and other live excursions to be announced shortly.

After the recent departure of skinsman Louie Gasparro, THE RESURRECTION SORROW have enlisted the help of longtime friend Bill Angelini — also a previous bandmate of TRS bassist Alex Coelho in NYC act Malstrom — rounding out the TRS lineup by vocalist Alex Dementia and guitarist Zak Gross.

Check out the tour poster, recent live footage, video interview and more on THE RESURRECTION SORROW here: http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=775

THE RESURRECTION SORROW Unholy Divine Tour Part II: Doom In June Weekend Warpath Style
6/11/2010 The Feel Your Boobies Breast Cancer Benefit @ State College VFW – State College, PA
6/12/2010 Lotsa Metal Club (behind Lotsa Pasta) – Clifton Heights, PA
6/18/2010 Legends Rock Bar – Gales Ferry, CT
6/19/2010 The Electric Company – Utica, NY
6/24/2010 St. Jerome’s Bar – New York, NY (Smell the Glove/Midnight Dreams party, no TRS set)
6/25/2010 Crazy 8′s! – Seaford, DE
6/26/2010 Krug’s Place – Frederick, MD

http://www.resurrectionsorrow.com
http://www.myspace.com/resurrectionsorrow
http://midnightdreamspro.com

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Cinderella Guitarist Added To Fat Chick Tribute

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks

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

Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar has joined the roster of the upcoming tribute album “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.” Jeff appears as part of Tennessee-based rock outfit Rufus Fontain, featuring original Jackyl vocalist Ronnie Honeycutt, guitarist Tim Lewis, bassist Hayden James and drummer Shawn Hughes (Naked Beggars, John Corabi). The five-piece rips through a high-octane version of the AC/DC concert staple “Whole Lotta Rosie,” showcasing LaBar’s signature guitar tone and Honeycutt’s patented Bon Scott rasp. A sample of the song is now available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.

http://www.myspace.com/WholeLottaLoveTribute

“Whole Lotta Rosie” tells the true-life tale of an intimate encounter between the late AC/DC singer and a sexual dynamo by the name of Rosie, all 42″-39″-56″ and 250+ lbs. of her. Rosie’s legendary amplitude provided inspiration not only for the song itself, but also for the large inflatable Rosie that was added to the live AC/DC stage show during the Brian Johnson era. As AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young explains in the commentary of the “Live at Donington” DVD (on which the larger-than-life-sized Rosie can be witnessed in all her glory), “We update her every tour now, she comes in new and improved versions. She never gets thinner, she gets bigger! The boobs always get bigger, the butt gets bigger and more tattoos are added. But she still looks sweet and the fans just love her.”

“Having been greatly influenced by AC/DC, I was thrilled to cover ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ for this unique tribute,” remarks Jeff LaBar. “It gave me the chance to arrange, record and mix an entire song from scratch, rather than just contributing as a guitarist. Naturally, I had the help of some friends from my local Nashville pub! All told, this track took a day to rehearse, a day to record and a day to mix… not bad for a bunch of drunks on the edge!”

“Singing this song is right up my alley, and not just because I like to scream like Bon Scott!” adds vocalist Ronnie Honeycutt. “This album is a celebration of real women everywhere.”
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As previously reported, “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks” is a musical homage to the big, beautiful women who make the rockin’ world go ’round. The tribute will feature 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 will be 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” will be a star-studded celebration of large and lovely ladies. Songs confirmed so far include Queen’s arena rock classic “Fat Bottomed Girls” by L.A. Guns singer Phil Lewis, with guitarist Paul LaPlaca and drummer John Macaluso. Additional artists and track listings will be announced as they are confirmed. Samples of all tracks are available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.

“WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks” is scheduled for an August 31, 2010 release and is now available for pre-order directly from SplitScreen Entertainment. The first 500 pre-orders will receive a free instant digital download of “Fat Bottomed Girls” and a surprise bonus item upon delivery of the album. Further details can be found at the SplitScreen Entertainment website.

http://www.SplitScreenEntertainment.com

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WHITE WIZZARD – New Line-up for Download Festival

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
White Wizzard 2010

White Wizzard 2010. Left to right: GIOVANNI DURST, JON LEON, MICHAEL GREMIO, CHAD BRYAN, LEWIS STEPHENS

Los Angeles traditional heavy metal band WHITE WIZZARD have revealed their new line-up ahead of the band’s appearance at Download festival in the UK this weekend.

WHITE WIZZARD are eagerly awaiting their first ever appearance at the legendary Download festival at Donington Park, where founding member JON LEON, guitarist CHAD BRYAN and drummer GIOVANNI DURST will appear live for the first time with newly recruited singer and former CELLADOR frontman MICHAEL GREMIO, along with new lead guitarist and Welsh native LEWIS STEPHENS.

Former members WYATT ANDERSON and ERIK KLUIBER left the group after the band’s UK tour with EDGUY to pursue different paths.

WHITE WIZZARD are set to open the Ronnie James Dio Stage on Sunday, 13th June at 11am.

WHITE WIZZARD’s debut album, OVER THE TOP, is out now worldwide on CD and vinyl.  Get the album in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_674_737 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_674_706

OVER THE TOP is also available worldwide on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/over-the-top/id350844759

For more WHITE WIZZARD news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/whitewizzard

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