PANTERA – Cowboys From Hell 20th Anniversary Edition (Sept 14 via Rhino Records)

August 16th, 2010
by EvilG

PANTERA - Cowboys From Hell 20th Anniversary Edition (Sept 14 via Rhino Records)

PANTERA - Cowboys From Hell 20th Anniversary Edition (Sept 14 via Rhino Records)

THE COWBOYS FROM HELL RIDE AGAIN

Rhino Expands Pantera’s Major Label Debut For 20th Anniversary
As A Three-Disc Deluxe Edition  With Rare And Unreleased Demos And Live Tracks

Includes Previously Unreleased Track, “The Will To Survive”
Recorded During The Cowboys Sessions

Two-Disc Expanded Edition Also Available; Both Set For Release On September 14

Ultimate Edition Featuring Replica Memorabilia
From The Era Available November 23

LOS ANGELES – PANTERA found its growl and groove on COWBOYS FROM HELL, a landmark album whose bone-powdering intensity, razor-sharp riffing and pummeling rhythmic assault represented a turning point in modern metal when it was released in 1990. More than just PANTERA’s major label debut, many consider this album to be the official debut of the PANTERA lineup with singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown.

To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of COWBOYS FROM HELL, Rhino rounds up a three-disc Ultimate Edition, a three-disc Deluxe Edition, and a two-disc Expanded Edition. All three editions include a newly remastered version of the original album along with unreleased and rare live performances from the “Cowboys From Hell” Tour.

The Ultimate and Deluxe Editions will also feature a disc of unreleased demos for nearly every album track, plus, “The Will To Survive,” a previously unreleased song recorded during the album’s sessions.

“’The Will To Survive’ is a great track. With so many killer songs, it was hard to pick and choose the ones that should make our major label debut,” says Paul. “After hearing it for the first time in about 20 years, its a pretty stellar performance and I am definitely proud that it will see the light of day for all the die hard PANTERA fans around the world! It shows the true musical diversity of the band at that time!”

The Deluxe and Expanded Editions of COWBOYS FROM HELL will be released September 14 at all retail outlets, including www.pantera.com and www.rhino.com. The Deluxe Edition will be available for a suggested list price of $29.98 (physical) and $17.99 (digital) and the Expanded Edition for $19.98 (physical) and $12.99 (digital).

The Ultimate Edition will feature all three discs included in the Deluxe Edition and will be housed in an intricate box including several replica memorabilia pieces from the Cowboys era. The Ultimate Edition will be available on November 23 and final pre-order details, as well as the contents, will be unveiled soon on PANTERA’s Facebook page <http://www.facebook.com/Pantera>.

Along with the remastered version of COWBOYS FROM HELL, all three sets include a disc of live music recorded during the tour for the album. It begins with seven unreleased performances from PANTERA’s September 15, 1990 appearance at the Foundations Forum metal convention in California, a show recorded for radio broadcast but never released commercially. The remainder of the disc contains the five-song EP Alive And Hostile, a collection of performances recorded in 1991 at the Monsters of Rock festival in Moscow that was previously available only in Australia as part of a 1994 boxed set.

The Ultimate and Deluxe Editions of COWBOYS FROM HELL include a third disc that contains the previously unreleased “The Will To Survive,” along with demos for 10 of the album’s 12 songs, including early versions of the title track, “Psycho Holiday,” “The Art Of Shredding” and “Cemetery Gates.”

After being turned down “twenty-eight times by every major label on the face of the earth,” ATCO Records A&R rep Mark Ross saw the band when Hurricane Hugo stranded him in Texas. The rest, as they say, is history, including another seven years and over a million miles of touring for COWBOYS to be certified Platinum (one million album sales) by the RIAA.

The album’s liner notes include essays by each of the band’s surviving members, producer Terry Date, and the aforementioned Ross. Recalling the first time he saw Pantera, Ross writes, “By the end of the first song, my jaw was on the floor. The sonic power of it all—the attitude and the musicianship—blew me away. Basically, you had to be an idiot to not think they’re amazing. I mean, how could you see these guys and not think, Holy shit!?

PANTERA
COWBOYS FROM HELL
Disc One – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions
1.    “Cowboys From Hell”
2.    “Primal Concrete Sledge”
3.    “Psycho Holiday”
4.    “Heresy”
5.    “Cemetery Gates”
6.    “Domination”
7.    “Shattered”
8.    “Clash With Reality”
9.    “Medicine Man”
10.  “Message In Blood”
11.  “The Sleep”
12.  “The Art Of Shredding”

Disc Two – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions
(Tracks 1-7 Recorded Live at Foundations Forum, Los Angeles, CA 9/15/90)
(Tracks 8-12 Recorded at For Those About to Rock: Monsters in Moscow, 1991)
1.    “Domination” – Live*
2.    “Psycho Holiday” – Live*
3.    “The Art Of Shredding” – Live*
4.    “Cowboys From Hell” – Live*
5.    “Cemetery Gates” – Live*
6.    “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live*
7.    “Heresy” – Live*
8.    “Domination” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
9.    “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
10.  “Cowboys From Hell” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
11.  “Heresy” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
12.  “Psycho Holiday” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†

Disc Three – Ultimate and Deluxe Editions Only
1.    “The Will To Survive”*
2.    “Shattered” – Demo*
3.    “Cowboys From Hell” – Demo*
4.    “Heresy” – Demo*
5.    “Cemetery Gates” – Demo*
6.    “Psycho Holiday” – Demo*
7.    “Medicine Man” – Demo*
8.    “Message In Blood” – Demo*
9.    “Domination” – Demo*
10.  “The Sleep” – Demo*
11.  “The Art Of Shredding” – Demo*

* Previously Unreleased
† Unreleased in the U.S
(COWBOYS FROM HELL originally released on July 24, 1990)

PRE-ORDER BANNERS
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PHOTOS
http://www.1888media.com/News/Images/PanteraDimeRedBeard.jpg [Photo Credit: Scott Caliva/courtesy of Eastwest Records]
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http://www.1888media.com/News/Images/VinniePaulTealightCandles.jpg [Photo Credit: Scott Caliva/courtesy of Eastwest Records]

VIDEOS
Cowboys From Hell (official) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i97OkCXwotE
Primal Concrete Sledge (live) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DOamgay6Mw
Psycho Holiday (official) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTDj-I8LiXM
Domination (live) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDACorIaxNw
Cemetery Gates (official) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVMvART9kb8

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MALEVOLENT CREATION: Another New Song Available for Streaming

August 16th, 2010
by EvilG
MALEVOLENT CREATION: "Invidious Dominion"

MALEVOLENT CREATION: "Invidious Dominion"

Florida based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION have uploaded a 2nd new song, entitled “Target Rich Environment”, to the bands Myspace page (www.myspace.com/MalevolentCreation). The track comes from their upcoming 11th studio outing entitled Invidious Dominion, which will be released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast.

Invidious Dominion
was produced and recorded by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, KRISIUN, GOATWHORE) at Mana Studios in Florida. The cover art was brought to life this time around by renowned artist Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN).

Watch a video clip of the recording process at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyMoK4Ixrt8

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

MALEVOLENT CREATION will be direct support to EXODUS on the “March of Brutality” tour this August/September.

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INSOMNIUM Sign Worldwide Deal With Century Media Records

August 16th, 2010
by EvilG

INSOMNIUM Sign Worldwide Deal With Century Media Records

Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of INSOMNIUM who recently won the Finnish Metal Awards earlier this year for Best Band and Best Album (for the 2009 album “Across The Dark”). The band comments: “We are very happy to announce that we have signed a deal with the mighty Century Media Records. Throughout the spring and summer we negotiated with several attractive labels but in the end it was clear that Century Media would be our home for the years to come. Their enthusiasm, professionalism and genuine love for music made an instant impact on us. We are convinced that this alliance will lead to even greater achievements in the future and also avails us to tour outside Europe more often. And naturally it is a great honor for us to stand in the same team with the likes of Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, Paradise Lost, The Haunted, Finntroll and Turisas. A new exciting chapter in the story of Insomnium has begun!

We want to thank Jens Prueter and the whole Century Media crew for putting their trust in us. We thank our manager Jukka Varmo for handling the negotiations very smoothly. We also wish to thank our previous label Candlelight Records for the decade that we spent with them. We salute you all!”

Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R Century Media Europe: “It’s great to welcome a band that has developed over the past year to one of the most exciting bands in the Metal scene. I always liked their unique mix of Finnish melancholy with Melodic Death Metal and even more so they always blew my mind seeing them live. You can feel that this is a band of brothers who haven’t changed their line-up since their debut album in 2002. In case of doubt go and see them on their tour with Dark Tranquillity this Fall – you won’t be disappointed! I cheer my horns up North and thank Insomnium for their trust in Century Media Records.”

Over the last decade Insomnium has slowly but surely made itself a household name among the melodic deathsters. Formed in 1997 in a somnolent town of Joensuu, in Eastern Finland, these stern men have ever since redefined the boundaries of the genre. Two highly acclaimed demos already set the standard and in 2001 the band signed to UK label Candlelight Records

At this point the founding members Markus Hirvonen (drums), Ville Friman (guitars) and Niilo Sevänen (vocals and bass) attached guitarist Ville Vänni to the band. Since then INSOMNIUM released four highly acclaimed albums that combine aggression and violent riffing to melancholic atmosphere – a marriage of Scandinavian death metal and traditional Finnish tunes, catchy but progressive, melodic but brutal.

After long tours in Europe and North America with bands like Amorphis, Katatonia, Enslaved, Satyricon and their last co-headline tour with Ghost Brigade, Insomnium will be main support to Dark Tranquillity this Fall before they enter the studio to record the follow-up to their 2009 album “Across The Dark”. Stay tuned!

INSOMNIUM live:

19.08.2010 | Summer Breeze Open Air, Germany

INSOMNIUM supporting DARK TRANQUILLITY

Where Death Is Most Alive part II, 2010
Sep. 23 – Hamburg, Uebel & Gefaehrlich, Germany
Sep. 24 – Leipzig, Conne Island, Germany
Sep. 25 – Munster, Sputnikhalle, Germany
Sep. 26 – Köln, Essigfabrik, Germany
Sep. 27 – Tilburg, 013, Netherlands
Sep. 28 – London, Underworld, UK
Sep. 29 – Vosselaar, Biebob, Belgium
Sep. 30 – Paris, Trabendo, France
Oct. 01 – Montpellier, Salle Victoire 2, France
Oct. 02 – Bilbao, Rockstar, Spain
Oct. 03 – Porto, Teatro Sá da Bandeira, Portugal
Oct. 04 – Lissabon, Incrível Almadense, Portugal
Oct. 06 – Madrid, Sala Heineken, Spain
Oct. 07 – Barcelona, Razz 2, Spain
Oct. 08 – Lyon, CCO, France
Oct. 09 – Lausanne, Les Dock, Switzerland
Oct. 10 – Bologna, Estragon, Italy
Oct. 11 – Rom, Alpheus, Italy
Oct. 12 – Milano, Magazini Generali, Italy
Oct. 13 – Zagreb, Boogaloo, Croatia
Oct. 14 – Budapest, Duerer Kert, Hungary
Oct. 15 – Wien, Szene, Austria
Oct. 16 – Ljubljana, Gala Hala/Media Park, Slovenia
Oct. 17 – Graz, Orpheum, Austria
Oct. 19 – Stuttgart, Röhre, Germany
Oct. 20 – Luzern, Schuur, Switzerland
Oct. 21 – Frankfurt, Batschkapp, Germany
Oct. 22 – München, Backstage, Germany
Oct. 23 – Brno, Fleda, Czech Republic
Oct. 24 – Berlin, Lido, Germany
Oct. 25 – Malmö, KB, Sweden *
Oct. 26 – Kalmar, Skövde, Mariestad, Sweden **
Oct. 28 – Jyväskylä, Lutakko, Finland ***
Oct. 29 – Oulu, Teatria, Finland ***
Oct. 30 – Seinäjoki, Rytmikorjamoo, Finland ***
Oct. 31 – Tampere, Klubi, Finland ***
Nov. 01 – Helsinki, Nosturi, Finland ***
Nov. 02 – Turku, Klubi, Finland ***
Nov. 04 – Stockholm, Medis, Sweden **
Nov. 05 – Örebro, 700, Sweden **
Nov. 06 – Oslo, John Dee, Norway **
Nov. 07 – Göteborg, Trädgån, Sweden **
* with Avatar
** with Avatar, without Insomnium

*** with Avatar and Omnium Gatherum, without Insomnium

Visit INSOMNIUM online:

www.insomnium.net

www.myspace.com/insomniumband

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OZZY OSBOURNE RELEASES “LIFE WON’T WAIT,” THE SECOND SINGLE FROM ‘SCREAM’

August 16th, 2010
by EvilG
OZZY OSBOURNE - SCREAM

OZZY OSBOURNE - SCREAM

OZZY OSBOURNE RELEASES “LIFE WON’T WAIT,” THE SECOND SINGLE FROM ‘SCREAM’

THE VIDEO FOR THE SONG IS BEING DIRECTED
BY JACK OSBOURNE

FIRST-EVER OZZY iTUNES APP
AVAILABLE NOW

As OZZY OSBOURNE gears up for the August 14 launch of the 2010 OZZFest, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has released “Life Won’t Wait,” the second single from his worldwide smash Epic Records album SCREAM, which entered the charts in June in the Top Ten in more than 10 countries. The video for the hard-hitting and melodic life-affirming song is being directed by OZZY’s son, Jack Osbourne, and it was shot last week at various locations in Los Angeles.

At the same time, OZZY’s first-ever official free iTunes app–simply called OZZY–is available now and allows fans to enter the world of The Prince of Darkness. Users can experience music from OZZY’s 30-year solo career with access to a full discography featuring direct links to his iTunes page for a one-stop link to purchase of any song or album from his catalog. In addition, once downloaded, users can view music videos and photo galleries, access OZZY’s current concert dates and buy tickets for upcoming shows, or can instantly post comments and photos from shows they’ve just attended. A built-in fan wall also allows users to communicate with each other and search (by location) to find fellow OZZY fans in their town. The OZZY app is fully integrated with his official Twitter feed and has direct links to all of his other social networking sites as well as Ozzy’s official online store.

SCREAM is OZZY’s first album in three years and 10th studio album overall. He recorded most of it at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker. It was produced by OZZY and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for OZZY’s 2007 worldwide million-seller Black Rain. OZZY co-wrote all the songs on SCREAM, primarily with Churko. First single “Let Me Hear You Scream” hit #1 on both Active Rock charts (for two weeks) and #1 at Mainstream Rock (for 11 weeks). “Life Won’t Wait” is being cited in various reviews as one of the album’s standout tracks:

“Osbourne’s new band displays a tempo-shifting aptitude similar to vintage Black Sabbath – particularly on longer songs like “Let It Die,” “Diggin’ Me Down” and “I Want It More” – and is just as adept delivering gentler and more melodic pieces (‘Life Won’t Wait,’ ‘Time’).”
–Gary Graff, Billboard, July 31, 2010

“The lead single ‘Let Me Hear You Scream,’ with its mega-chorus and insane guitar solo should prove perfect for arena madness and there’s plenty of the former Black Sabbath frontman’s trademark trudging metal heard on songs like ‘Crucify’ the blow-down-the-doors rocker ‘Let it Die,’ and the exceedingly melodic standout ‘Life Won’t Wait.'”
–Kevin O’Hare, The Republican (Springfield, MA), June 21, 2010

For SCREAM, OZZY will embark on an 18-month world tour with his band: new guitar player Gus G., bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman. His U.S. dates will kick off with an August 12 performance at the 70th anniversary of the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota before he launches this year’s OZZFest on August 14. The six OZZFest dates will feature the main stage line-up with full sets from OZZY, Mötley Crüe, Rob Halford, DevilDriver and Nonpoint. Second stage headliners and six-time OZZFest veterans Black Label Society will be joined by Drowning Pool, Kingdom of Sorrow, and Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm. Each OZZFest date will include 13 bands on two stages with music beginning at 1:00 PM. In addition, concert-goers can once again visit the OZZFest “Village of the Damned” featuring a mix of interactive activities, shopping and entertainment throughout the venue concourses.

The 2010 OZZFest dates are as follows:
DATE CITY VENUE
Sat, Aug 14 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
Tue, Aug 17 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amp.
Thurs, Aug 19 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Sat , Aug 21 Hartford, CT Comcast Theater
Sun, Aug 22 Camden, NJ Susquehanna
Tue, Aug 24 Boston, MA Comcast Center

Single Stream:

Ozzy Osbourne – Life Wont Wait – FLV Streaming, 250k, Audio) http://release.theplatform.com/content.select?pid=R_MDKfHtyR90vD0HMKvU5rUgkXb_mq37&UserName=Unknown

Ozzy Osbourne – Life Wont Wait (QT, Streaming, 630k, Audio) http://release.theplatform.com/content.qtl?pid=i89RgK2U5rzp6Pirm7cvTE0j5uhxrluc&UserName=Unknown

Ozzy Osbourne – Life Won’t Wait – (WM, Streaming, 192k, Audio) http://release.theplatform.com/content.select?pid=k2yilsh3mwRh1YkREXgqlsKu5DU7q_yy&UserName=Unknown

www.ozzy.com
http://www.myspace.com/ozzyosbourne
http://www.facebook.com/ozzyosbourne
http://twitter.com/OFFICIALOZZY
www.OZZfest.com

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BONDED BY BLOOD: ‘EXILED TO EARTH’ OUT NOW IN EUROPE

August 16th, 2010
by EvilG

EXILED TO EARTH, the long-awaited new album from Pomona, California thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD, is out now in Europe.  The album is due to be released in the UK on September 6th.

Set 600 years in the future, EXILED TO EARTH tells the tale of the Crong, an alien race sent to Earth with one goal – global domination.  A skilled group of warriors must now face the impossible and overthrow the Crong to take back our planet.  View a photo of BONDED BY BLOOD frontman JOSE BARRALES holding a signed comic strip, illustrating some of the story, at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/bbb_josecomicstrip.jpg

Recently named as one of the “New Big Four” of thrash by The Guardian, one of the UK’s most widely read newspapers, BONDED BY BLOOD’s follow-up to their 2008 debut, FEED THE BEAST, sees the band leading the charge in the new generation of thrash with even tighter riffs and more shredding solos.

The full EXILED TO EARTH track listing is as follows:

01. 600 A.B. (After The Bomb)
02. Episodes Of Aggression
03. Prototype: Death Machine
04. Prison Planet
05. Genetic Encryption
06. Blood Spilled Offerings
07. Exiled To Earth
08. Parasitic Infection
09. Desolate Future
10. Sector 87
11. Cross-Insemination
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Satanized & Ancient Malus – Infernal Desecration [Split] Out

August 16th, 2010
by EvilG

Folk Black Metal band Satanized from Istanbul and the Black Metal band Ancient Malus from USA have released a split together.Infernal Desecration is the Album name and  SET Productions from Egypt is the label. Two songs from Satanized and two songs from Ancient Malus are in the album. The album cover is designed by Pınar Tuncer. Limited CDs have been published by SET Productions and ready for online ordering.

Satanized & Ancient Malus – Infernal Desecration [Split – 2010]

Satanized :
1 – Infernal Torment    03:27
2 –  Terror Prophecies  07:00
Ancient Malus :
3 – Unyieding Warth      03:49

4 –  Malefic of Perverse  05:14

SET Productions : http://www.set-productions.tk/

SET Productions Myspace : http://www.myspace.com/setproductionsegypt

Satanized : http://www.myspace.com/truesatanized

Ancient Malus : http://www.myspace.com/ancientmalus

Albüm covers :

http://www.myspace.com/unholydaeva/photos/27472572

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“THE VINYL CONFLICT” – CLASSIC SLAYER VINYL TO BE RELEASED AS HIGH-END, LIMITED-EDITION BOX SET

August 16th, 2010
by EvilG

Slayer - The Vinyl Conflict - Product Shot

Slayer - The Vinyl Conflict - Product Shot

“Slayer defines speed metal and these albums define Slayer.  Listen at your own risk.”
— Rick Rubin

LOS ANGELES, CA (Monday, August 16, 2010) — For the first time in its near 30-year history, Slayer, the single most distinctive and radical thrash metal band ever, will see its ten American Recordings albums released as a limited-edition, high-end box set – The Vinyl Conflict (American Recordings/Sony Legacy).  Ten albums on 11 discs, The Vinyl Conflict will feature the band’s entire Def/American Recordings catalogue:  Reign in Blood (1986), South of Heaveneasons (1988), Seasons In The Abyss (1990), the double-record Live Decade of Aggression (1991), Divine Intervention (1994), Undisputed Attitude (1998), God Hates Us All (2001), Christ Illusion (2006), and World Painted Blood (2009).  The Vinyl Conflict will be released on October 12, 2010; check Slayer’s website (www[dot]slayer[dot]net) or Amazon[dot]com for pricing.

“Most longtime Slayer fans may not have these records at this point,” said American Recordings’ Dino Paredes, “or their copies are completely beat-up, so to have the complete catalogue in this first-class presentation is terrific.  For the newer fans, this is their opportunity to really get into this band the way that they could have if they were born 20 years earlier.”

American/Sony Legacy invested a great amount of care into making The Vinyl Conflict, treating the albums the way they would treat a great jazz, classical, Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record, something that isn’t normally done for metal records.  All ten albums have been re-mastered from the original analog flat master tapes and were pressed on the highest quality, 180-gram audiophile vinyl at RTI, the most respected pressing plant in the U.S. and among the best in the world.  Lacquers were cut and re-cut several times to ensure the highest sound quality.  The individual vinyl discs will come in a standard, clear inner sleeve to preserve the vinyl, are then housed in high-quality litho-wrapped jackets, and then boxed in a hardcover slipcase.  Additionally, reproductions of the original LP inner sleeve artwork were converted to 12X12 inserts.

“The vinyl box is a real treat for fans, especially with today’s renewed and increased interest in vinyl,” added Sony Legacy’s Adam Farber.  “It’s been years and years since the Slayer vinyl has been in print – only the two most recent albums are currently available on vinyl, the rest have been out of print for years and very hard to find.  These albums sound spectacular – they sound like you’ve never heard them before.”

“Everything about ‘The Vinyl Conflict’ – the look of it, the feel of it – it’s very strong, very powerful, very Slayer,” added Paredes, “from the music to the dripping, bloody pentagram on the front of the box.  It’s perfect.”

The Chicago Tribune‘s Greg Kot wrote that Slayer is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.”  Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer – guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, vocalist/bassist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo – bring to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer.  The band has received numerous nominations and awards, including four Grammy nods and two wins.

Currently, Slayer is co-headlining the first leg of the American Carnage Tour with Megadeth that kicked off August 11 and goes through September 4.  In addition, the band’s three classic in-concert DVDs – Live Intrusion, War at the Warfield, and Still Reigning, will be released August 17, separately and as a limited-edition, 3-pak box set.

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MOON – “Lucifer’s Horns” out in September!

August 16th, 2010
by EvilG

After reissues of first two albums by MooN that saw the light of day this spring under one title “Devil’s Return” it’s high time to present new, third album by this unique band – entitled “Lucifer’s Horns”. It’s definitely the highest achievement of Cezer since the release of cult “Moonlight” by Christ Agony. Fierce yet dark and atmospheric black/death metal – this is the essence of Moon at the end of first decade of XXI century. Two songs from this album are sung in Polish, the others in English. “Lucifer’s Horns” will be released on 15th September by Witching Hour Productions. Cover artwork and design was created by Black Team Media.

MooN, led by Cezar (Christ Agony) started recording third album “Lucifer’s Horns” on February 20th in Sinquest Studio in Lublin. Recording and engineering duties were handled by Arek „Malta” Malczewski well known for his cooperation  with Behemoth. Malta together with Cezar produced the album. MooN leader comments:

„I’m extremely excited with the fact then after 10 years of non-existence, I managed to create such solid piece of Metal. I’ve been waiting for all these years for comfortable situation and people with whom I could create my specific Plan. It’s also thanks to them that this album took its final form… First time in its history Moon is not only a project band… and never before this entity was so strong! “Lucifer’s Horns” is the new direction but still the following of once chosen path. I’m sure that not only Lucifer itself will be satisfied with this album, but his ‘lunar’ children as well…”

„Lucifer’s Horns” will be available as limited digipack in the shape of inverted cross and 12” black and white gatefold LP limited to 500 units and numbered. You can already check the title track “Lucifer’s Horns” at www.witchinghour.pl and www.myspace.com/moonsatanic

Tracklist :

MOON –„Lucifer`s Horns”

1.Summoning of Natan
2.Lucifer’s Horns
3.Torches Begin to Burn
4.Confined in Heaven
5.Zwiastowanie Ognia
6.The Book of Fire
7.Night of the Serpent
8.The Semen of Ye Old One
9.Czarny Horyzont
10.Summoning of Demons
*11.Daemons Heart (tylko na wersji CD )

Current MooN line-up:
Cezar – gitara, wokal
Gonthy – gitara
Mścisław – bas, wokal
Vizun – perkusja

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Jonno Lodge reports from the studio on the drum tracks for Hexfire’s debut

August 16th, 2010
by EvilG

As previously reported, English drummer Jonno Lodge (Biomechanical,
ex- Paul Di’Anno) has been in the studio to record blistering drums
for the remaining eight songs from Hexfire’s new album. The recording
session took place at the Staffordshire Phoenixx Studios with engineer
Stephen Parkinson.

Hexfire is pleased to show you the video footage from Jonno’s recording session.
To watch the video, please go to: www.myspace.com/hexfireofficial
To get more info about Jonno Lodge, please visit: www.jonnolodge.com

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KORPIKLAANI confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL!

August 14th, 2010
by EvilG
70000 TONS OF METAL

70000 TONS OF METAL

It seems that they forgot a Clan in the Finnish Forests, so they had to sail across the Baltic Sea once more. Please welcome KORPIKLAANI on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival! 23 out of 40 and counting… Vodka! Vodka! Vodka! Vodka! Hey!

The confirmed 23 out of 40 bands are:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Iced Earth
Korpiklaani
Marduk
Moonspell
Obituary
Raven
Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Uli Jon Roth
Witchburner

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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KISS – guitarist Tommy Thayer

August 14th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala

KISS - Tommy Thayer

KISS – Tommy Thayer

TOMMY THAYER

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

Tommy Thayer has been playing with KISS for years but for many he’s still “the new member” in the band. Thayer replaced original guitarist Ace Frehley in 2002 and since then he’s been playing the “Spaceman” character in the band. Thayer has been a member of KISS for over eight years now but he’s actually been working with KISS or some its members in many different occasions starting already in the late 80’s. Thayer’s old band Black’n Blue was working with Gene Simmons as their producer and since the band eventually broke up in 1989 Thayer’s been very close to KISS camp.  Although the original KISS have been gone for years, Eric Singer has replaced Peter Criss and plays the “Catman” character, the band is still going on strong and they keep on doing successful tours and performing in front of massive crowds around the globe. The current lineup released its first studio album titled SONIC BOOM on last year it has become another success story in their long history. Two years ago KISS did one of its most successful tours in history titled “Alive 35” and now they finally came back for more with their brand new “Sonic Boom over Europe” tour. The circus arrived in Malmo in early June and then I had a chance to sit down with Tommy and get some recent info from the “Spaceman” himself.

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Sauna Open Air – Tampere Finland

August 14th, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen
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Sauna Open Air (Etelä Puisto, Tampere, Finland, 10. – 12.06/10)
Article and pics by Petri Da Costa


Sauna Open Air is pretty much the kick-off for the ”Festival Season” here in Finland and the first metal festival of the summer. This year, according to the organizers, there was a total audience of 23.000, with just the first day (Thursday) sold out. There was a feeling that this year’s SOA wasn’t a big hit among the fans. You could see already that from the last two days, which seemed kinda empty. Maybe it was because of the old money issue for the fans or maybe they weren’t that much interested in seeing some bands that seem to play quite often in SOA or other festivals.

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SYN:drom – drummer Daniel Mikaelsson

August 14th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

 

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 SYN:drom – drummer Daniel Mikaelsson

Interview by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Thomas Hörnkvist at ViciSolum Produtions for making the interview possible.

Thanks to Henrik Karlsson at Sound Pollution for all the help.

Promo pictures of the band are taken from the bands website.

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SYN:drom is a Swedish death metal act that released their debut album WITH FLESH UNBOUND earlier this year. I really liked the band’s brutal death metal and decided to hook up with drummer Daniel Mikaelsson in order to know a little bit more about the band’s past, present and future. If you are in the neighbourhood when the band is performing live, be sure to catch them in action! This interview is dedicated to all fans of brutal death metal.

 

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Flash Back Fridays on Metal Blade TV launches today!

August 13th, 2010
by EvilG

On Fridays, Metal Blade Records will be releasing a classic production video from the vaults on MetalBlade.tv. First up on Metal Blade TV’sFlash Back Fridays is Cannibal Corpse’s video for “Sentenced to Burn” off the album Gallery of Suicide, which was released April 21, 1998. Seeing as the label has been around for almost 30 years now, we have quite a bit of videos to go through and digitize for the rabid metal world to view. Be sure to keep an eye on MetalBlade.tv, or simply follow us on Twitter or Facebook to find out what classic Metal Blade video has been pulled from the vaults. Have a favorite Metal Blade video you want us to add? Leave us a comment on Facebook and get your friends to ‘Like’ it. Video requests will be tallied every other month and videos with the most votes will be pulled from the vaults and added to MetalBlade.tv as soon as we get our grubby metal hands on it.

Watch “Gallery Of Suicide” now on MetalBlade.tv!

Follow Metal Blade Records:

http://www.metalblade.com

http://www.metalblade.tv

http://www.myspace.com/metalbladerecords

http://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords

http://twitter.com/MetalBlade

http://www.youtube.com/metalbladerecords

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TESTAMENT FEATURED AT 93.3 WMMR PHILADELPHIA, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CHUCK BILLY AVAILABLE NOW!

August 13th, 2010
by EvilG

TESTAMENT

TESTAMENT

CATCH TESTAMENT WITH SLAYER AND MEGADETH ON THE AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR!

Bay Area thrash kings TESTAMENT are receiving more radio love this week; this time in the city of brotherly love at 93.3 WMMR Philadelphia! An exclusive interview with Chuck Billy and WMMR jock Markus Goldman is available for streaming now at WMMR’s website! Tune in and rock out! “I am very excited for AMERICAN CARNAGE to come to Camden this Sunday,” states Goldman. “I look forward to seeing Testament, Megadeth and Slayer kill it!”

TESTAMENT recently visited the Sirius XM Liquid Metal studios for a station takeover! Fans still have the chance to listen to the takeover on August 15th at 3pm ET, and August 17th at 10am ET. TESTAMENT’s Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson cover topics such as the AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR and the writing of their highly anticipated follow up to Liquid Metal’s 2008 “Album of the Year”, The Formation of Damnation!

TESTAMENT are currently touring the country with Slayer and Megadeth on the history-making AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR! TESTAMENT are uniting with devoted fans every night on the road with their exclusive AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP packs, and shredding on stage with the original Clash of the Titans line-up. “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,” states guitarist Eric Peterson. “Old school thrash fans, if you missed the line-up before, you don’t want to miss this!”

As mentioned above, TESTAMENT is celebrating the heralded AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR by 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!

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:

TESTAMENT ON THE 2010 AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR:

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/St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium

8/23 Kansas City, KS @ Capital Federal Park @ Sandstone Arena

8/25 Denver, CO @ Magness Arena

8/26 Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum

8/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre

8/29 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

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

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:

Disc 1:

1. The Persecuted Won’t Forget

2. Killing Season

3. Afterlife

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

Disc 2

• 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

• More Than Meets The Eye music video

For more info on TESTAMENT be sure to visit:

http://www.myspace.com/testamentlegions

http://www.testamentlegions.com

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