May 5th, 2011
by EvilG
Against the Plagues 2011

Against the Plagues 2011

Bassist Novy (Behemoth, Vader, Road’s End) will be officially teaming up with Chicago based , multinational extreme act Against The Plagues in support of their second full-length release. The band decided to part ways with previous guitarist Wojtek Lisicki and continuing work on new album as a 4 piece group including VARYEN – drums(FOREST OF IMPALED/DAMNATION), MARCO MARTELL – guitars (MALEVOLENT CREATION/DIVINE EMPIRE), NOVY – bass (BEHEMOTH/VADER/ROAD’S END), LOGAN PEREZ – vocals (VEX).

Commented co-founder Varyen Chylinski: I am proud to announce that one of the best bass player in death metal scene – NOVY who previously worked with Behemoth and Vader is officially new member of Against the Plagues! He is great very experienced musician who used to play in several world class bands in the past and I am looking forward to work with him on our upcoming second album. We are very excited and full of energy like never before and I cannot wait to expose our new material to all our loyal followers! Also I want to confirmed that guitarist Wojtek Lisicki is no longer with us. We wish him all the best. Please check out our myspace/facebook sites for all updates.

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May 5th, 2011
by EvilG

California-based extreme progressive metal outfit ANA KEFR have released their second full-length effort, titled “The Burial Tree (II). Hailed by critics as “an instant classic,” “a landmark LP in the metal community” months before its official release, this album has the metal community buzzing. “The Burial Tree (II)” was recorded at Lunch-Box Studios in Perris, California, engineered by David Franklin and produced by Ana Kefr and David Franklin. The cover art (“The Watcher”) was created by Dutch artist Bianca van der Werf (www.biancavanderwerf.com).

“The Burial Tree (II)” tracklisting:

1. Ash-Shahid
2. Emago
3. Monody
4. In the House of Distorted Mirrors
5. Thaumatrope
6. Bathos and the Iconoclast
7. The Zephirus Circus
8. Jeremiad
9. Apoptosis
10. Parasites
11. Paedophilanthrope
12. Fragment.
13. The Blackening
14. The Collector

Runtime: An hour and two minutes.

Rhiis D. Lopez (founding member): lead vocals, keys, clarinet, rattlesnake rattle
Kyle Coughran (founding member): rhythm guitar, vocals
Brendan Moore: lead guitar, saxophone, vocals
Alphonso Jimenez: bass guitar
Shane Dawson: drums, djembe


ANA KEFR official website:–

“THE BURIAL TREE (II)” on iTunes–


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Metal Chainsaw Massacre (Obituary, Grave, Pathology) – Helsinki Finland

May 5th, 2011
by Arto Lehtinen


The 7th of March 2011

Nosturi, Helsinki Finland

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May 4th, 2011
by EvilG

In conjunction with the LETUSINcampaign.org  BIDDING ENDS SUNDAY MAY 8th!

World renowned photographer Mark Weiss has been shooting Ozzy Osbourne for 30 years. What began in 1981 as an assignment for Circus Magazine — to shoot a small b&w as part of a Rock ‘n Roll Yearbook theme — ended with the infamous photo of Ozzy on the cover, resplendent in a pink tutu and cowboy boots.  So began the decade’s long camaraderie between the two, resulting in the provocative, dramatic and amusing iconic images of a legend.  “Ozzy took me under his wing and away I went.”  Mark Weiss.
Twelve photographs were originally unveiled at the Andaz, a/k/a “The Riot House” in Hollywood after Ozzy’s historic performance at the Sunset Strip Music Festival in September 2009.  In celebration of the release of “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne,” these one of a kind archival giclée prints on canvas, with original signatures by Ozzy and Mark, and dated by Ozzy on April 25, 2011, one day after they were displayed at the documentary’s premiere, will be auctioned off to benefit “The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars Sinai” and “The Women and Cancer Fund.”


god Bless Ozzy Osbourne is a new documentary about Ozzy’s life and times debuting at the 10th Annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York.  The Festival runs through May 1.  The film is the first release from Jack Osbourne’s company, Jacko Productions.
Mark was honored when Jack interviewed him for the documentary on his dad, and he is proud to be a part of the film.  Watching all of the Osbourne kids grow up, whether photographing family Christmas cards, Kelly’s album cover, or the controversial shot of Ozzy dressed as a housewife in curlers ironing baby Aimee (the iron wasn’t plugged in), he has been there.  It has been quite a ride with Ozzy and more than once throughout his successful career Mark has surely uttered the phrase “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.”
“I’ve known Mark Weiss since he was a teenager. He was relentless in the pursuit of his art. Mark would knock on my hotel door all hours of the day and night wanting to take photos. He definitely had and still has the rock and roll spirit.”
— Ozzy Osbourne

Winner from each auction gets a free 11 x 14
print signed by Mark Weiss from

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Rob Zombie: Tours, Witches, Woolite and Comedy Central

May 3rd, 2011
by EvilG




Zombie Set to Direct Sixth Feature Film, “The Lords of Salem”

Just Wrapped Production on “Woolite” TV Commercial

and Comedy Central TV Special **


LOS ANGELES, CA — May 3, 2011 — First, you induct Alice Cooper into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame along side Elton John and Neil Young, then jump into directing your first major television commercial entitled “The Torturer,” for the laundry detergent Woolite. What DO you do next? Well, if you’re musician/film director/screenwriter Rob Zombie, you maintain course on a very eclectic and busy year filled with robots, pryo, witches, loud rock’n’roll, evil, comedy, touring, paranormal activity, and who knows what else.


Zombie has announced that former Marilyn Manson drummer, Ginger Fish, has joined the Zombie fold and will make his debut on the band’s first major European tour in nearly 12 years, kicking off June 3 in Nurnburg, Germany. Zombie and the band – Fish, guitarist JOHN 5 and Piggy D on bass – will play major European summer festivals including the UK’s Download, Italy’s Sonisphere, and Roskilde in Denmark, as well as headlining a slew of their own shows. Stated Zombie, “The band just got even weirder, and weirder is always better.”


Then, Zombie will join Slayer for the 12-city “Hell on Earth” North American tour. The co-headline trek kicks off July 20 at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA, blazing across the country until it wraps up August 6 in Seattle, WA. San Francisco’s thrash-metal band Exodus has been confirmed to open all shows.


“Total destruction on stage and off is what this combination promises,” said Zombie. “Seriously, how much more Hell could you ask for? The answer is none more Hell.”


For the North American dates, Zombie will be bringing his full, legendary stage show out in full force. Audiences can expect an exploding, non-stop barrage of sin, sex and Satan, guaranteed to rip your face off. This will be a true rock’n’roll spectacle at its finest.


Immediately following the “Hell on Earth” tour, Zombie will begin production on his sixth feature film, “The Lords of Salem,” that he wrote and will direct. Set to be filmed in Los Angeles and Salem, MA, Zombie explains, “There were twenty people that everyone knows about, obviously all innocent, executed as witches in Salem. The basic premise of the film is that there was a small coven, actual witches, who were put to death secretly, and vowed one day to return to wreak havoc on Salem’s descendants.


“As it stands now, this is probably the bleakest of all of my films,” Zombie continued, “a long, slow decent into the bowels of Hell.”


And then there’s the Woolite commercial that was shot in Vancouver and completed in mid-April. “It’s a very bizarre TV commercial for a product like this,” said Zombie. “Honestly, I was shocked when they called me to do it.”


If all of this isn’t enough, Zombie just finished directing a special for Comedy Central entitled “Tom Papa: Live In New York City.” The special was shot over two days in NYC, and features comedian Tom Papa from NBC’s “The Marriage Ref” in his first stand-up special.


“Tom and I worked together on my animated film ‘The Haunted World of El Superbeasto’ and had a blast,” says Zombie. “So when Tom asked me to direct his first special, I couldn’t refuse. He’s a brilliant stand-up comic.”


The complete Rob Zombie 2011 itinerary is as follows:



25 Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA

26 Fat Cat, Modesto, CA

27 Crest Theatre, Fresno, CA

28 Knitting Factory, Reno, NV



3 Rock Im Park, Nurnberg, Germany

4 Rock Am Ring, Nurburgring, Germany

6 Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, NW, Germany (headline)

7 Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin, Germany (headline)

10 Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, Sweden

12 Donnington Festival, Donnington Park, UK

14 Grose Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany (headline)

15 Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (headline)

17 Hellfest Festival, Clisson, France

18 Sonisphere Festival, Athens, Greece

20 Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (headline)

21 Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg (headline)

23 Azkena, Vitoria, Spain (headline)

25 Sonisphere Festival, Imola, Italy

26 Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium

28 Olympia, Dublin, Ireland (headline)

29 Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland (headline)

30 Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Scotland (headline)



2 Sonisphere Festival, Kalasatama, Helsinki, Finland

14 Chippewa Valley Rock Festival, Cadott, WI

15 KRRO KRROFest IV, Sioux Falls Stadium, Sioux Falls, SD

17 Hot As Hell Music Festival, Brady Theatre, Tulsa, OK


(Hell on Earth tour with Slayer)

20 Sovereign Center, Reading, PA

22 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI

23 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA

24 Heavy T.O. Festival, Downsview Park, Toronto, ON

27 MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB

29 Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK

30 Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB

31 Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB



2 Save-On-Foods Center, Victoria, BC

3 Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

5 Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR

6 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA


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May 3rd, 2011
by EvilG
SYMPHONY X - "The End Of Innocence"

SYMPHONY X - "The End Of Innocence"

“The End Of Innocence,” a track off SYMPHONY X’s upcoming album Iconoclast, is now available for purchase as a digital single on Amazon.com & on iTunes.  The single also includes an instrumental version of the track.


Iconoclast is SYMPHONY X’s eighth studio album and will be available in Europe on June 17th and in North America on June 21st.  It is the follow-up to 2007’s Paradise Lost, which has sold over 60,000 copies in North America.


Illustrator and film concept artist Warren Flanagan (Watchmen, The Incredible Hulk, 2012) created the artwork for the digital single and the album.


SYMPHONY X are currently on their North American headlining tour with Boston‘s Powerglove and Montreal’s Blackguard.  The band is playing an extended set for their American and Canadian fans and including material from new album.  Remaining tour dates for are as follows:


05/04/11  Blue Bird Theatre – Denver, CO

05/06/11  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

05/07/11  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

05/08/11  The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

05/10/11  House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

05/11/11  Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ

05/13/11  Trees – Dallas, TX

05/14/11  Scout Bar – Houston, TX

05/15/11  Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX

05/17/11  The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL

05/18/11  Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

05/19/11  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

05/20/11  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

05/21/11  Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

05/22/11  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA


Visit SYMPHONY X online at www.SYMPHONYX.com, www.facebook.com/SYMPHONYX, www.myspace.com/OFFICIALSYMPHONYX, and twitter.com/SYMPHONYX.

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SLEEP Confirm Support For New York City Show

May 3rd, 2011
by EvilG

West Coast stoner metal legends SLEEP recently confirmed support for their special New York City show at Terminal 5 on June 22 . The bill will now include two New York-based acts: Space rock duo White Hills and recently reunited death/doom trio Winter. Both bands were featured on this year’s illustrious Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland.


SLEEP 2011 Tour Dates

6/22/011 Terminal 5 – New York, NY w/ Winter, White Hills

6/24/2011 Sled Island Festival – Calgary, AB

6/26/2011 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA


About SLEEP:


SLEEP split in 1997 after two hugely influential albums. Members went on to form OM and High On Fire. Original members Al Cisneros and Matt Pike were joined by drummer Jason Roeder of Neurosis last Fall for a short stint of reunion dates that floored their earliest fans and converted new ones.


The band debuted with 1991’s Volume One album, recorded for San Francisco label Tupelo. Earache Records received the band’s next recordings in the mail as a demo. The label — impressed by SLEEP’s single-mindedness and unique vision — immediately signed the band and released the tape exactly as it was received. Record stores worldwide have stocked SLEEP’s Holy Mountain from November 1992 to this day.


The band then signed to London Records. Their debut album for the major took the form of one mammoth 63-minute leviathan of a track entitled “Jerusalem.” They resisted the label’s attempts at radio edits and bringing in their own engineer to remix the album in view of “marketability.” London balked at the prospect of promoting what probably still is the most extreme music ever recorded for a major label, consequentially shelving the record and dropping the band.


In addition, SLEEP’s music has been featured in films by Harmony Korine and Jim Jarmusch.





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Metal Blade Records signs Detroit Michigan metal act Battlecross

May 3rd, 2011
by EvilG


Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the latest addition to its roster; Detroit Michigan’s very own BATTLECROSS. Incorporating many elements of extreme thrash, death and tech metal, creating a precise blend of fist pumping brutality, intensity, and drive, BATTLECROSS satisfies both the technical metal snob and the knuckle-dragging metal jock alike.


“We are extremely honored to join such a respected label and humbled by their belief in our music. We’re stoked to be part of a label that has a great roster of bands we all admire and respect!” says guitarist Tony Asta. Hiran Deraniyagala (guitarist) adds, “We understand the hard work and pavement pounding that is required of a Metal Blade band and we are going to work our asses’ off to show the world what we’re about.”


“We have been keeping our eyes on BATTLECROSS for some time now and watching the band grow into quite a beast. We feel confident that metalheads across the world will enjoy the ferocity and dedication that BATTLECROSS will be bringing forth on their debut album as well as the stage,” comments Kelli Malella of Metal Blade Records.


The band’s Metal Blade debut is expected this summer followed by a grueling tour schedule that will bring a face melting thrash metal assault. Hide your pizza – hide your beer, because BATTLECROSS wants it all!


Check out the following video of BATTLECROSS to get a taste of what’s to come.


More information on album title, release date, and shows will be coming soon.



Kyle ‘Gumby’ Gunther-Vocals

Tony Asta-Guitar

Hiran Deraniyagala-Guitar

Mike Kreger-Drums

Don Slater-Bassist


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LEMMY Teams Up To Release HEADCAT CD Through Niji Entertainment Group

May 3rd, 2011
by Celtic Bob

Members of Motörhead, The Stray Cats, and Lonesome Spurs team up for new HeadCat release!
The band signs with Niji Entertainment Group!

LEMMY KILMISTER (Motörhead), SLIM JIM PHANTOM (The Stray Cats) and DANNY B. HARVEY (Rockats, 13 Cats, Lonesome Spurs), have teamed up in a high-energy, “take no prisoners” combo to remind the world how real rock ‘n roll is supposed to f*ckin sound.  HeadCat serves up a delicious melting pot with flavors of rockabilly, punk, blues and undeniable rock ‘n roll!

HeadCat was formed in 2000 after recording an Elvis Presley tribute special to which all band members contributed.  Slim Jim Phantom (drums, percussion), was born in Brooklyn and listened to his parents’ jazz records. At the age of ten he took up the drums although he always says that the drums chose him.  He is an exceptional drummer who cemented his place among rock royalty long time ago and inspires and excites audiences worldwide.

Danny B. Harvey (guitar, piano) is Texas born and also discovered his love for music very early. He started playing the guitar at the age of six and even got a full scholarship to study classical guitar. He developed a finger picking guitar style that’s very unique and based on his idols Merle Travis and Chet Atkins but also a result of his classical-technique education.

Lemmy Kilmister (vocals, bass, harmonica) was born and raised in England and started to play the guitar at the age of sixteen. With a laughing eye he always said that he only took the guitar to impress the girls. He is an autodidact and changed early to bass as he stated he wasn’t a good guitar player. After founding Motörhead in 1975 he knows the ups and downs in the business and has reached the status of an Icon all over the world.

The new HeadCat album ‘Walk The Walk…Talk The Talk’ is due to be released July 5th, 2011 through Niji Entertainment Group, the record label Wendy Dio and her and late husband Ronnie James Dio formed before his untimely passing.

Twelve fantastic songs for ‘Walk The Walk, Talk The Talk’ were chosen easily. HeadCat prepare to take over the airwaves with their first single ‘American Beat’.  ‘American Beat’ is a song written in the studio – Lemmy had the words and the rest came together very quickly.  ‘I Ain’t Never’ is one of the songs Lemmy really likes and Danny knew it – a real country, rockabilly number, full of love and ready to take you drifting away.   ‘Let It Rock’ is one of their favorite Chuck Berry tunes – The Stones did it a lot in their live show in the 70’s – HeadCat plays a different version. ‘Something Else’ is a classic Eddie Cochran – Lemmy came on stage with the Stray Cats and jammed on it at a show in the 90’s at Hammersmith Odeon so it came quite natural to take this on the record as well.

‘Walk The Walk…Talk The Talk’ track listing confirmed as follows:
American Beat
Say Mama
I Ain’t Never
Bad Boy
Shaking All Over
Let It Rock
Something Else
The Eagle Flies On Friday
Trying To Get To You
You Can’t Do That
It’ll Be Me
For more information, visit:
Facebook: The Head Cat Official Page

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SACRIFICE Performs In Europe For First Time; Video Available

May 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

Canadian thrash metal veterans SACRIFICE played their first-ever European show this past Saturday (April 30) at the Keep It True festival at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany.


Commented the band: “Thank you to everyone that organized and attended Keep It True. We had a great time playing our first show in Europe. Met many SACRIFICE fans from the beautiful country of Germany, and around the world. Thank you for having us, we are sure that will not be the last time we perform in Europe. A big cheers to all that attended.”


Video footage of SACRIFICE’s performance at Keep It True can be viewed below.


War On Music Records released “The Ones I Condemn”, the latest album from SACRIFICE, on vinyl for the first time on March 26, 2010. It was made available as a limited pressing gatefold LP. The first three albums from SACRIFICE — “Torment in Fire” (1986), “Forward to Termination” (1987) and “Soldiers Of Misfortune” (1990) — were also re-released on vinyl via War On Music Records (on February 26, 2010).


For more information, visit www.waronmusic.com.


“The Ones I Condemn” was made available in July 2009 via Brazil’s Marquee Records. The CD was recorded at Rouge Valley Studio in Toronto, Ontario with engineer Darius Szczepaniak, who has previously worked with I MOTHER EARTH, SUM 41 and EDWIN, among many others. Guest musicians on the album include Jed Simon (ZIMMERS HOLE, TENET, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, ARMOROS), who “[laid] down a total whammy-bar barrage,” and the band’s old Scarborough metal comrade Dave Hewson (SLAUGHTER, STRAPPADO), who lent some guest vocals to “The Devil’s Martyr”.


The Canadian version of “The Ones I Condemn”, featuring an exclusive bonus track — a cover of RUSH’s “Athem” — is available in the USA through Relapse, Metal Haven Chicago, The End Records and Century Media mailorders.

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BLACK SABBATH Guitarist TONY IOMMI’s Autobiography: More Details Revealed

May 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

According to the unofficial BLACK SABBATH web site Black-Sabbath.com, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has set “Iron Man: My Life With Black Sabbath And Beyond” as the title of his memoir. In the U.S., the book will be distributed by Da Capo (Simon & Schuster in the U.K.), which reportedly paid a six-figure amount at auction for the rights.


Foundry Literary + Media co-founder Peter McGuigan, who completed the North American rights deal for the book, described Iommi’s autobiography — which has not yet been completed — as: “‘Angela’s Ashes’ meets ‘The Ground Beneath Her Feet’ meets ‘Spinal Tap’.”


In a March 2010 interview with the Birmingham Post, Iommi stated about his upcoming memoir, “I’ve been working on it for a long time. We’ve been so busy for the last couple of years it’s been difficult finding the time to do it. But it’s coming on and hopefully it will be out [soon].” He added, “I’m not going out to blast at everybody, that’s for sure. That’s for the next book!”


The name “Tony Iommi” sends shivers down the spines of guitarists around the world. As lead guitarist and songwriter of BLACK SABBATH, Iommi is considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the past four decades and the inventor of heavy metal. From working class, Midlands roots, his unique playing style — a result of a disfiguring hand injury he suffered working in a sheet metal factory — created a dark and gothic sound unlike anything that had been heard before and which captured the mood of its time. SABBATH went on to become a superband, playing to massive audiences around the world and selling millions of records, and Iommi led the life of a rockstar to the fullest — with the scars from all the drug-fuelled nights of excess and wildness to show for it.


“Iron Man: My Life With Black Sabbath And Beyond” will chronicle the story of a band that that Rolling Stone has dubbed “THE BEATLES of heavy metal.” It’s all here. Every escapade associated with hard rock happened to BLACK SABBATH first: the drugs, the debauchery, the drinking, the dungeons, the pressure, the pain, the conquests, the company men, the contracts, the combustible drummer, the critics, the comebacks, the singers, the Stonehenge set, the sleazy managers, the music, the money, the madness, the metal.


In “Iron Man”, Iommi goes on the record about BLACK SABBATH and recounts his life story in detail and depth.


This is the other side of the story, the exclusive account of the life and adventures of one of rock’s greatest heroes.


“Iron Man” will reveal the man behind the icon, his humor, intelligence and warmth.

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SEVEN WITCHES: New Album Artwork, Track Listing, Release Date Revealed

May 2nd, 2011
by EvilG
SEVEN WITCHES "Call Upon The Wicked"

SEVEN WITCHES "Call Upon The Wicked"

Many years have passed since the last SEVEN WITCHES album saw the light of day and guitarist/mainman Jack Frost decided it was time to give the fans what they wanted… and brought back James Rivera (HELSTAR) to front the group once again.


With the monstrous bass and songwriting of Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X) and drums from Taz Marazz, Jack Frost and the guys recently completed work on a new album with Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) handling the mixing. Entitled “Call Upon The Wicked”, the CD features material that ranges in sound from classic JUDAS PRIEST to a touch of RAINBOW. There’s even an epic song featuring female vocals, a new step in the band’s chapter. The record is a bit of a concept, talking about how women have been the decline of men since the beginning of time.


Due on June 3, “Call Upon The Wicked” features the following track listing:


01. Fields Of Fire (4:09)

02. Lilith (5:11)

03. Call Upon The Wicked (3:43)

04. Ragnarock (3:46)

05. End Of Days (9:01)

06. Mind Games (3:26)

07. Harlot Of Troy (4:30)

08. Eyes Of Fame (4:24)

09. White Room (5:34)

10. Metal Tyrant (bonus track) (5:01)

11. Metal Asylum (bonus track) (3:45)

12. Jacob (bonus track) 8:42)


Rivera sang on SEVEN WITCHES’ “Passage To The Other Side” (2003) and “Year Of The Witch” (2004) albums.


SEVEN WITCHES’ last CD, “Deadly Sins”, came out in November 2007 via Screaming Ferret Wreckords. In addition to guitarist Jack Frost’s impressive six-string skills, the album featured two other metal giants in their respective fields — ex-HADES/WATCHTOWER vocalist Alan Tecchio (who also appeared on SEVEN WITCHES’ “Amped” release) and ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING/ANTHRAX bassist Joey Vera.


The current lineup for SEVEN WITCHES is:


James Rivera (HELSTAR) – Vocals

Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X) – Bass

Jack Frost – Guitar

Taz Marazz – Drums

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IN SOLITUDE and GHOST confirm Maryland Death Fest as their first ever North American appearances

May 2nd, 2011
by EvilG


Swedish metal acts In Solitude and Ghost will finally be making their debut appearances on North American soil at Maryland Death Fest IX. The fest dates this year are May 26-29 at Club Sonar in Baltimore, MD. Both bands have exploded onto the underground metal scene and are among many peers in the category of “must-see” bands at this year’s fest. To buy tickets, check out the full lineup and for more info, head to http://www.marylanddeathfest.com/.

In Solitude’s Metal Blade Records debut album, The World.The Flesh.The Devil, will be released on May 24th, 2011, just in time for the festival. The first single from the album, Serpents Are Rising, can be heard now on metalblade.com/insolitude and downloaded for FREE exclusively on amazon.com. The second single, To Her Darkness, is now streaming on metalunderground.com. In Solitude has spent the last few years touring throughout Europe and playing various festivals (Keep It True, Up the Hammers, Pounding Metal, Metal Magic and Hell’s Pleasures) and since their inception in 2002, they’ve gained hordes of devoted followers across the continent. The band and Metal Blade are eager to bring their show to North America audiences

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ORIGIN: Track by Track Commentary Part 3

May 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

Technical death masters, ORIGIN, have released third of three track by track commentaries concerning their highly anticipated new album Entity. Part 3 is as follows:

“9. Banishing Illusion


Paul Ryan: Our grind song. S.O.D. meets NAPALM DEATH meets CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER. Just fucking fun to play!


10. Consequence of Solution
John Longstreth: Epic #2. Lots of parts, kind of like ‘Phantom of the Opera’ by IRON MAIDEN. See if you can pick out my Pete Sandoval tribute.  A lot of new ideas surfacing on this one.  It’s almost like a montage of what you might hear on the next album.

Paul Ryan: The beginning of the song up to the thunder storm was the first thing written for the album and the rest was the last for us to finish. The most changes in a song we have ever done. Really excited about how this came out and what our fans will think. Rob Rebeck did a amazing Job!!!
Mike Flores: I think this may have been the first song Paul started to show me back in May of ‘09. It was just a short piece then.
11. Evolution Of Extinction

John Longstreth: For me, this song is all about flow.  Very back beat oriented. This guy has deep pockets. It should make the ladies dance, the men headbang, and the kids tear each other to hreds.  Some more groove in the end just in case you forgot. SOMEONE likes BOLT THROWER.

Paul Ryan: Its got all the riffs for all the right moods. You can headbang. You can throwdown in the pit to it and  for the ladys you can shake your backside to it!

Mike Flores: One of my favorites. Definitely dig the topic.
12. You Fail

John Longstreth: The quickest written song on the album.  I started making dinner while Paul was playing with the arpeggio bendy bit in my living room.  I think he had the entire thing complete by the time I had tacos made. Oh yea, black metal.

Paul Ryan: This song was written in about a day with a couple riffs that were just on the back burner. One of my favorite riffs is the arpeggio w the bend!!! Just thrown together and it worked! RABID TERADACTYL VOCALS!!!”

Look for Entity in both physical and digital formats on June 7 (N. America) and June 10 (Europe). Artwork (attached) was handled this time around by Colin Marks.

Entity Track Listing:
1. Expulsion Of Fury
2. Purgatory
3. Conceiving Death
4. Swarm
5. Saliga
6. The Descent
7. Fornever
8. Committed
9. Banishing Illusion
10. Consequence Of Solution
11. Evolution Of Extinction

ORIGIN recently uploaded video blogs chronicling the making of their  upcoming masterpiece entitled Entity. Check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
One of the most intense and technical forces of the contemporary death metal world, ORIGIN has returned to stake its claim as the leader of metal’s new wave of extremity with its fifth studio effort. As expected, the death grind trio of Mike Flores (bass, vocals), Paul Ryan (guitar, vocals) and John Longstreth (drums) continues to churn out frantic, hell-paced grids of metal torment, but now further complements the arrangements with a newfound propensity for churning grooves and the hook-laden approach that first reared its ugly, but accessible head on the band’s 2007 offering, Antithesis. The band once again returned to Chapman Recording Studios in Lenexa, Kansas to work with longtime engineer and friend Robert Rebeck.

As stated multiple times in the past, ORIGIN proves once again that they stand head and shoulders above their peers.

Catch the band, with their new frontman Jason Keyser, on tour with HATE ETERNAL, VITAL REMAINS and ABYSMAL DAWN in North America starting on June 15 at Emo’s in Austin, Texas. Look for ORIGIN on the road in Europe, South America, Mexico, Asia, Australia and the rest of the world in 2011 and 2012.

For more info visit: www.myspace.com/Origin666 | www.facebook.com/Origin

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IMPIETY Join The Pulverised Records Roster

May 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

Pulverised Records is proud to welcome the infamous Singaporean black death warmachine known as IMPIETY to their illustrious roster for their upcoming eighth studio album.


The band, which has a winding history that spans over two decades, is a champion of the underworld having released a host of crushing albums that consistently push the boundaries of extreme.


Commented founding bassist/vocalist Shyaithan of the signing: “The best of IMPIETY has yet to come! Writing the upcoming storm serves as a greater challenge to myself and all previous endeavors. One thing definitely to expect is that this new full-length album will hammer you ten times harder than all previous revelations. Blood and Chaos shall dominate but Lightning Death will be its ultimate crowning glory!”


Added Pulverised Records A&R Manager Calvin Chiang: “IMPIETY, with their vibrant history as the first band to put Singapore on the extreme metal map, has grown rapidly in recent years with a fearsome reputation of being a no-holds-barred ferocious live act. And now it has come full circle; this formidable co-operation for the upcoming new full-length opus will prove once again that IMPIETY is truly at the top of their game, sitting proud and high at the blackened elite throne of blasphemy. Asian and Arrogant!”



Shyaithan – Vocals/Bass

Guh Lu – Guitars

Eskathon – Guitars

Atum – Drums


Further details on IMPIETY’s upcoming full-length to be announced in the coming weeks.



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