MANOWAR re-recording classic debut album from 1982, Battle Hymns, for a 2011 release!

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG
Manowar - Battle Hymns

Manowar - Battle Hymns

Bassist Joey DeMaio explains : “This is a history-making moment. We’ve had a couple of people ask why re-record a record like Battle Hymns when it’s perfect – I didn’t say it’s perfect, but other people have said it’s perfect, and we thank you for that. We’re not trying to make it better, because it is what it is, but there’s a lot of technology now that we didn’t have when we made the record and we’re gonna take advantage of it to make it as loud as we possibly can. So it won’t be better, it will just be different and the songs themselves deserve to be recorded again because they’re great songs and the fans have actually requested a lot of this to happen. And also, Donnie Hamzik, our original drummer, is back in the band and he wanted to have another go at it. We’re all together and we’re gonna have a fuckin’ great time. So thanks for staying with us.”

Battle Hymns featured the following tracklisting:

‘Death Tone’

‘Metal Daze’

‘Fast Taker’

‘Shell Shock’

‘Manowar’

‘Dark Avenger’

‘William’s Tale’

‘Battle Hymn’

Video of DeMaio talking about Manowar’s decision to re-record Battle Hymns and laying down bass tracks in the studio can be viewed below:

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HEAVEN & HELL: Neon Nights DVD – ‘Children Of The Sea’ Preview Clip Online

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG

HEAVEN & HELL: Neon Nights will be released on November 16th via Eagle Rock. This DVD and CD release captures the historic four-man army performing at the Wacken Open Air Festival on July 30th, 2009. A clip of the band performing the BLACK SABBATH classic ‘Children Of The Sea’ can be viewed below:

Neon Nights - 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL - Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November 2010

Neon Nights - 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL - Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November 2010

On this hot summer night, vocalist RONNIE JAMES DIO, guitarist TONY IOMMI, bassist GEEZER BUTLER, and drummer VINNY APPICE commanded the stage, transcending the mere concept of a heavy metal concert. The strength and veracity of Dio’s delivery, which has inspired three generations of metal vocalists, wrapped itself around each and every audience member. Butler’s declarative bass lines, Iommi’s legendary riffing, and Appice’s unrelenting fills provide the forceful heartbeat behind anthems ‘Mob Rules’, ‘Die Young’, ‘Neon Knights’, and namesake tune ‘Heaven And Hell’.

The DVD also boasts 30th anniversary interviews with all four band members as a bonus feature. Personal one-on-one’s are conducted with Ronnie, Tony, Geezer, and Vinny as they reflect on the making of their Heaven And Hell album. Additionally, the Neon Nights DVD has newly recorded personal tributes from Iommi, Appice, and Butler in memory of Dio.

Tracklisting:

DVD:

‘E5150′

‘The Mob Rules’

‘Children Of The Sea’

‘I’

‘Bible Black’

‘Time Machine’

‘Fear’

‘Falling Off The Edge Of The World’

‘Follow The Tears’

‘Die Young’

‘Heaven And Hell’

Encore:

‘Country Girl’

‘Neon Knights’

CD:

‘The Mob Rules’

‘Children Of The Sea’

‘I’

‘Bible Black’

‘Time Machine’

‘Fear’

‘Falling Off The Edge Of The World’

‘Follow The Tears’

‘Die Young’

‘Heaven And Hell’

‘Neon Knights’

The official release and viewing party for Heaven & Hell: Neon Nights new CD/DVD will take place on Friday, November 12th at Duff’s Brooklyn (168 Marcy Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn). Free CDs and DVDs will be distributed courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment.

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BLACK SABBATH – Seventh Star, The Eternal Idol Deluxe Expanded-Edition Reissues Reviewed

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG
Seventh Star & Eternal Idol Deluxe Editions

Seventh Star & Eternal Idol Deluxe Editions

Sanctuary/Universal Music UK recently confirmed a November 1st release date for the deluxe-edition reissues of the BLACK SABBATH albums Seventh Star, The Eternal Idol, Live At Last and Past Lives.

Black Sabbath News has an extensive article regarding the Seventh Star and The Eternal Idol albums including numerous photos.

Joe Siegler writes: “I cannot recommend these albums highly enough. Eternal Idol a bit more due to the inclusion of the long unreleased Ray Gillen album. But both are worthy purchases. Even if you’ve bought the original releases, the Castle releases, and any other versions.. Go grab these. Support Tony Iommi and validate his decision to release these rare Ray Gillen recordings, and buy these. You can do so by clicking on the cover art above. Also, Amazon UK’s site has samples from all the tracks available for you to check out, too.”

Read more here.

After the departure of Black Sabbath’s third vocalist Ian Gillan following the Born Again album (released in 1983) the band effectively split up and the remaining members embarked upon their own solo ventures. However, pressure from record companies and management would dictate the name Black Sabbath should forge-ahead and even though guitarist Tony Iommi would by now be the sole remaining original member, his unmistakable musicality and signature guitar sound would prove more than sufficient to keep the heart of Black Sabbath alive and beating deep into the 1980s and beyond.

Seventh Star (originally released in 1986) saw Iommi recruiting the skills of Dave “The Beast” Spitz and drummer Eric Singer (later of KISS) and for the first time the position of a keyboardist became a visible credit and long-serving back-room operator Geoff Nicholls was finally brought to the foreground as an official member. However, it would be the position of lead vocalist that would have the greatest impact upon the new Sabbath sound and the appointment of ex-TRAPEZE and DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes set interest and expectations high. Seventh Star would be somewhat of a departure from what was expected from the Black Sabbath name, and the songs on Seventh Star are more blues inclined and in the case of the single release, ‘No Stranger To Love’, an altogether more AOR- and radio-friendly breeze is adopted.

This remastered deluxe expanded edition of the album adds the U.S. remix of the ‘No Stranger To Love’ single and also for the very first time on CD, a live performance from London’s Hammersmith Odeon in June ’86 which features then-unknown American singer Ray Gillen who was brought-in to complete the tour following the departure of Glenn Hughes due to illness.

The Eternal Idol (Black Sabbath’s thirteenth studio album released in 1987) was an altogether harder-sounding record and brought back an ‘edge’ that had been missing from Seventh Star. Although the album was originally recorded with unknown American singer Ray Gillen, by the time it came to the album release Tony Martin had joined the band and subsequently replaced all the vocal work for the final album.

The Eternal Idol remastered deluxe expanded edition adds two single B-sides from ‘The Shining’ – ‘Black Moon’ and ‘Some Kind Of Woman’ ‘ while the second disc brings to CD for the very first time the complete album session originally recorded by the late Ray Gillen.

Black Sabbath - Seventh Star

Black Sabbath - Seventh Star

Seventh Star remastered deluxe expanded edition:

Disc One (Original Album):

‘In For The Kill’
‘No Stranger To Love’
‘Turn To Stone’
‘Sphinx (The Guardian)’
‘Seventh Star’
‘Danger Zone’
‘Heart Like A Wheel’
‘Angry Heart’
‘In Memory…’
‘No Stranger To Love (single remix – bonus track)

Disc Two (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, England – June 2, 1986):

‘Mob Rules’
‘Danger Zone’
‘War Pigs’
‘Seventh Star’
‘Die Young’
‘Black Sabbath’
‘N.I.B.’
‘Neon Knights’
‘Paranoid’

Black Sabbath - Eternal Idol

Black Sabbath - Eternal Idol

The Eternal Idol remastered deluxe expanded edition:

Disc One (Original Album):

‘The Shining’
‘Ancient Warrior’
‘Hard Life To Love’
‘Glory Ride’
‘Born To Lose’
‘Nightmare’
‘Scarlet Pimpernel’
‘Lost Forever’
‘Eternal Idol’
‘Black Moon (single B-side – bonus track)
‘Some Kind Of Woman (single B-side – bonus track)

Disc Two (The Eternal Idol – Ray Gillen Session):

‘Glory Ride’
‘Born To Lose’
‘Lost Forever’
‘Eternal Idol’
‘The Shining’
‘Hard Life To Love’
‘Nightmare’
‘Ancient Warrior’

Although controversial in nature due to being released without permission or sanction by the band at the time, Live At Last (originally released in July 1980), was regardless, a landmark release for Black Sabbath, it being their first proper live album to feature Ozzy Osbourne on vocals (despite the fact that he had parted company with the band two years earlier). Reaching Top 5 in the UK chart, the tracks were recorded on the Vol. 4 tour some seven years prior in 1973 and specifically from shows performed in Manchester and London. From the opening salvo of ‘Tomorrow’s Dream’ through ‘Sweet Leaf’, ‘Killing Yourself To Live’ and ‘Snowblind’, right up to the finale of ‘War Pigs’, the mammoth ‘Wicked World’ (with snippets of ‘Into The Void’ and ‘Supernaut’) and the inevitable closer, ‘Paranoid’, this is the original Black Sabbath lineup in ferocious form – and when it’s this good, there was no-one better!

Captured between 1970 and 1975, the recordings on Past Lives show a band moving along the fast track like a runaway train. Opening disc one, with ‘Tomorrow’s Dream’, this live collection is both bombastic and unrelenting. In some respects, Black Sabbath classics like ‘Sweet Leaf’, ‘Children Of The Grave’, ‘War Pigs’ and ‘Paranoid’ sound even more haunting and powerful on this set because of the transcendent live energy that pervades these songs. Bill Ward has occasionally referred to a “fifth member” joining them on stage, a non-literal suggestion denoting the sheer power and energy of the four Sabs on stage together. Tracks one-five were recorded at the Hard Rock in Manchester on March 11, 1973 while tracks six-nine were recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London on March 16, 1973. Disc two expands the more familiar and available performances on disc one, with further compelling live versions of tracks recorded in Paris at the Olympia Theatre in December 1970 and Asbury Park Convention Hall, New Jersey during August of 1975.

Black Sabbath - Live At Last

Black Sabbath - Live At Last

Live At Last remastered deluxe edition:

‘Tomorrow’s Dream’
‘Sweet Leaf’
‘Killing Yourself To Live’
‘Cornucopia’
‘Snowblind’
‘Children Of The Grave’
‘War Pigs’
‘Wicked World’
‘Paranoid’

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

Past Lives remastered deluxe expanded edition:

Disc One:

‘Tomorrow’s Dream’
‘Sweet Leaf’
‘Killing Yourself To Live’
‘Cornucopia’
‘Snowblind’
‘Children of the Grave’
‘War Pigs’
‘Wicked World’
‘Paranoid’

Disc Two:

‘Hand of Doom’
‘Hole in the Sky’
‘Symptom of the Universe’
‘Megalomania’
‘Iron Man’
‘Black Sabbath’
‘N.I.B.’
‘Behind The Wall Of Sleep’
‘Fairies Wear Boots’

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NAPALM DEATH – DIATRIBES/GREED KILLING/BOOTLEGGED IN JAPAN 3 CD SET NOW OUT IN NORTH AMERICA

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG
NAPALM DEATH - DIATRIBES/GREED KILLING/BOOTLEGGED IN JAPAN 3 CD SET

NAPALM DEATH - DIATRIBES/GREED KILLING/BOOTLEGGED IN JAPAN 3 CD SET

Witness the evolution of NAPALM DEATH in a special low-price 3 CD set now out in North America. This special set features 3 of the legendary grind act’s most sought-after releases from what many consider to be the band’s most adventurous period of their storied career. Included in this set are the experimental DIATRIBES and its companion release, GREED KILLING as well as the raw, warts-and-all live album, BOOTLEGGED IN JAPAN.

Order this jewel of a NAPALM DEATH 3 CD value box set from the EARACHE US WEBSTORE (http://earache.com/uswebstore/product_info.php/products_id/1035?osCsid=2hbf2c9q9l1q2g8v5es3ls13a5) and Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Diatribes-Greed-Killing-Bootlegged-Japan/dp/B00435JKQ8/ref=sr_1_35?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1288124140&sr=1-35)


Travel back to 1996 and watch this live clip of NAPALM DEATH performing the title track, “Diatribes” from Grand Rapids, MI: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5yBpdiZRzY

For more NAPALM DEATH news, music and info, go to http://www.myspace.com/napalmdeath

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SOILWORK: Part 3 of Tour Documentary Now Online

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG
Soilwork

Soilwork

The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK, have uploaded part 3 of the bands tour documentary to the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rYT5nFZgFs (can also be viewed below). The footage was filmed and edited by Tommy Jones and taken during the bands first North American headlining tour this past Summer in support of The Panic Broadcast. Check out all the exclusive live footage and tour hijinks now!

Check out the video clip for the song “Deliverance Is Mine” on the bands Myspace page (and below) http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=105994975. The track comes off SOILWORKs brand new studio album The Panic Broadcast, and was directed by Ivan Colic (EX DEO, TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED) and produced by Stanimir Lucik!
SOILWORK, recently scanned 5,257 copies of their new album The Panic Broadcast in its first week of sales in the United States according to Nielson Soundscan. That makes it the bands highest selling record in its first week ever, with Stabbing the Drama being a close second with 5,204 copies. The Panic Broadcast also came in at #88 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart making it their highest charting record yet!
The Panic Broadcast, was released on July 2 in EUROPE and July 13 in North America via Nuclear Blast.

GUITAR WORLD magazine recently posted an interview and lesson with guitarist Peter Wichers at the following location www.guitarworld.com/soilwork_lesson. In the video Wichers breaks down riffs from their new album The Panic Broadcast and talks about his gear and influences as a guitar player.

The Panic Broadcast is the first album to feature original guitarist, songwriter & producer Peter Wichers since his return to the band in 2008. Produced by Wichers and mixed by Jen Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SYMPHONY X), this is the record long time SOILWORK fans have been waiting for! Order the regular or deluxe edition at the following location http://bit.ly/c6FJeo.

The Panic Broadcast Deluxe Edition Tracklist:

1. Late for the Kill, Early for the Slaughter

2. Two Lives Worth of Reckoning

3. The Thrill

4. Deliverance is Mine

5. Night Comes Clean

6. King of the Threshold

7. Let This River Flow

8. Epitome

9. The Akuma Afterglow

10. Enter Dog Of Pavlov

11. Sweet Demise (Bonus Track)


DVD:

• Extended Studio Footage

• High-Definition Drum Video

• Photo Gallery

Approx. 30 min. running time


SOILWORK – Deliverance Is Mine

SOILWORK | Myspace Music Videos

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

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AS THEY SLEEP POSTS NEW TRACK, “TO THE REPUBLIC”‘Dynasty’ out next month on Solid State Records

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG
As They Sleep debuts track from 'Dynasty'

As They Sleep debuts track from 'Dynasty'

DETROIT, MI – Detroit’s rising technical death metal group, As They Sleep, has posted a brand new track on their official MySpace and Facebook pages, “To the Republic”, taken from the band’s forthcoming Solid State Records debut, Dynasty. “To the Republic” focuses on the issues surrounding the United States today, and builds upon the album’s conceptual focus on the rise and fall of empires throughout history.  Head over to: http://www.myspace.com/astheysleep or: www.facebook.com/pages/As-They-Sleep/36666539944 for a glimpse at what As They Sleep has in store when Dynasty releases next month.

A video blog, providing further insight into the new track, both lyrically and musically, can be seen at: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=902918207545 and: http://www.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoId=106874720,.

Dynasty is slated to hit stores on November 22nd, and delivers a package of brutally heavy and savagely technical death metal, tied together with the help of powerhouse audio wizard, Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Chimaira, Demon Hunter).

The new record can be pre-ordered now at: http://www.zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCD26491&cart=128534586119100.  A special Dynasty CD/t-shirt combo can also be pre-ordered at: http://www.zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCOMBO26491&.

“This is one of the best pure metal albums released this year. It is hard to believe that a band with this much talent could slip through the cracks for so long, but they are here now and ready to kick your teeth in,” raves IndieVisionMusic.com.
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DAATH Unleashes New Album; Prepare For Plethora of Worldwide Touring This Fall/Winter

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG
DAATH

DAATH

Extreme metal at its very best, plain and simple, is what the Atlanta based quintet DAATH delivers. The group’s highly anticipated third full-length, self-titled release is now available everywhere through Century Media Records. The disc is a face-melting masterpiece that was co-produced by the renowned Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devildriver) and Eyal Levi (guitars). The group is now more determined, energized and focused than ever before and expanded upon their unique, uncompromising and dynamic sound. For those previously uninitiated, feel free to head over to www.myspace.com/daath to hear new tracks and see what they are all about.

DAATH is currently preparing for a plethora of worldwide touring, which kicks off on Nov. 24th in North America as the group heads out on a trek with Chimaira and Impending Doom. This will lead them immediately into a lengthy European run with Fear Factory, so be sure to either see below or visit the band’s MySpace page to view their complete touring itinerary.

Levi states: “After everything we’ve been through it’s fucking exciting to know that our third label release came out in the U.S. this week. This album is a monumental achievement for all of us involved. It’s up to you to decide if you like it, but we know what we went through to create it. This is the deepest we’ve ever gone and the farthest we’ve ever reached. You could call this record a spiritual/emotional emergency surgery of sorts. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s full of truth. We climbed the mountain and came to the brink, but still managed to conquer it. And now that the dust has settled and dudes have regained their sanity, the record is out! And we’re stoked that we get to bring it to the world, face to face, this winter. We will annihilate the U.S. with Chimaira and Impending Doom and then conquer Europe with Fear Factory and High on Fire. We look forward to seeing you all soon.”

Uniting the aggressiveness of classic American death metal with a modern metal twist, unrivaled musicianship and catchiness to equal parts, DAATH are well prepared to gather legions of new fans worldwide – with sharpened blades at hand this band is destined to become the genre’s most efficient sonic killing machine!

DAATH w/Chimaria, Impending Doom

Wed/Nov-24 –  Chicago IL

Fri/Nov-26 –  Columbus OH

Sat/Nov-27 –  Detroit MI

Sun/Nov-28 –  Pittsburgh PA

Mon/Nov-29 –  Toronto ON

Tue/Nov-30 –  Montreal QC

Wed/Dec-01 –  Poughkeepsie NY

Thu/Dec-02 – West Springfield VA

Fri/Dec-03 –  Allentown PA

Sat/Dec-04 –  Lancaster PA

DAATH w/Fear Factory, High On Fire

06.12. LUX Luxembourg, Den Atelier

07.12. BEL Antwerp, Trix

08.12. GER Saarbrucken, Garage

09.12. AUT Wien, Arena

11.12. SWI Zurich, Dynamo

12.12. ITA Bologna, Estragon

13.12. GER Köln, Essigfabrik

14.12. FRA Paris, Elysee Montmartre

15.12. GBR Nottingham, Rock City

16.12. SCO Glasgow, QMU

18.12. GBR Manchester, O2 Academy

19.12. GBR London, Forum

20.12. GBR Bristol, O2 Academy

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MELECHESH: Track by Track Commentary Part 3

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG
MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

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

6. When Halos of Candles Collide (Instrumental)

“A perfectly placed instrumental gives the album a new a dimension. This composition reminds me of indian ragas. The piece starts with an acoustic indian sitar, a very mystical sounding instrument. It felt natural to play and was much needed to make this piece complete.  The middle part is performed  with a 12 string electric guitar which sounds very vintage. Moloch and I mused on the idea to have indian sounding scales, he then recorded a demo for this piece which sounded monumental. We decided to use it. I added other cosmetic 12 string guitars and the electric guitar/sitar hybrid. The piece gradually decends into the sitar again. Perfect for meditation and reflection. And a sure needed breather prior to the following track!”

7. Defeating the Giants

“This song starts with a raw old school guitar riff and a sitar melody. The sitar gives the impression of a rational transition after the previous intrumental. The first two riffs of the song were written circa 1995 -1996 back in Jerusalem. We never thought of using them, not until now at least. When I heard  some old reherasal tapes from that era I had the main two riffs accompnaied by drums and I was impressed.  The middle part and bridges  are different very dynamic, with intense yet logical drum rolls then a neck breaking beat with almost bending decending notes. The song returns to its intensity and what I particularly like is the way it ends. Rather than a crash hit there is an ice bell hit. It is very difinitive and represents the end of a banishing ritual. This ice bell has a lot of history with us. It is featured on all ABSU albums but the last and on all MELECHESH albums aside from the first. The silk lanes of Hena, Labrynth map, tell us the tale of ego and loss!”


MELECHESH
have made the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” available for streaming on their Myspace page www.myspace.com/Melechesh. The track comes from the bands new album The Epigenesis.

The Epigenesis
was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.

The artwork (attached) to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.

Pre-order a copy of The Epigenesis with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Artist/Melechesh/10330.

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO – double live album out December 3rd 2010

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of JEFF SCOTT SOTO’s double live album “Live at Firefest 2008” on December 3rd 2010. Firefest has become a pivotal event in the Melodic Rock season in Europe. Born from the ashes of the ‘Gods of AOR’ festival, Firefest started in 2004 and not only did they continue the tradition of Europe’s finest Melodic Rock/AOR festivals, but exceeded all previous expectations.

Not many bands have the chance to play on ‘that’ stage nowadays and when Bruce Mee and Kieran Dargan have realized the demand for particular artists to continuing rounding up annually. Jeff Scott Soto was no stranger to ‘that’ stage. He performed at the Gods festival in 2002 putting up an amazing show that was mirrored with a live CD/DVD. So when the call came to Jeff about the new and continued version of this proven festival, he wasted no time in answering “Of course!”.

But not all good things come easily… “Unfortunately the date clashed with my commitments touring with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in the US for their annual Winter Tour” recalls Jeff. “This meant a week of 12 hour rehearsals in the US, leaving on a Friday to land in London on a Saturday morning, bee-line it up to Nottingham for 4 hours in traffic, meet with the band for 30 minutes, as they were wrapping up the ONLY rehearsal we had prior to the show (the last time we had played together was nearly a year prior!), straight to the venue and onstage within the next hour!”

But once onstage, the warmth of the crowd and the energy transmitted by the electricity of the event was such that Jeff and his band stormed through our 70 minute set like gangbusters! It was the first time the songs from the “Beautiful Mess” album were performed in Europe and the last show the original JSS band featuring Howie Simon on guitar, Dave Dzialak on drums and Gary Schutt on bass played together.

In JSS words: “Here it is in all its glory, a little extra something for you all to help me remember this wonderful night of music and memories”.

“Live at Firefest 2008” tracklisting includes:
CD1: 21st Century; Colour My XTC (prelude); Soul Divine; Drowning; Our Song; DD Solo; Guitar Jam; Mountain; Eyes Of Love; Testify; Broken Man.
CD2: Hey; Crazy; Piano Medley (If This Is The End, Nobody Said It Was Easy, 4 U); Gin & Tonic Sky; I’ll Be Waiting; Funky Medley (Play That Funky Music, Jungle Boogie, The Roof Is On Fire, Brick House, Shake Your Booty, Kung Fu Fighting, Yo Baby Yo, Macho Man, Ice Ice Baby, Stayin’ Alive, Another One Bites The Dust, Walk This Way, My Love, My Friend)

The songs “21st Century” and “Eyes Of Love” can exclusively be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web radio. Tune in at: www.frontiers.it/webradio

SAMPLES:
http://www.frontiers.it/m/uploads/audios/jss_laf_eyesoflovesample.mp3
http://www.frontiers.it/m/uploads/audios/jss_laf_crazysample.mp3
http://www.frontiers.it/m/uploads/audios/jss_laf_21canturysample.mp3
http://www.frontiers.it/m/uploads/audios/jss_laf_illbewaitingsample.mp3

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PSYCROPTIC: Temporary Vocalist Announced for N. American Tour

October 26th, 2010
by EvilG

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

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

PSYCROPTIC will be joined by guest vocalist Zdenek Simecek (GODLESS TRUTH) on their upcoming US tour with NILE, EX DEO, KEEP OF KALESSIN and PATHOLOGY. Vocalist Jason Peppiatt will be unable to join the band on the tour due to the imminent arrival of his newborn son.

“A month or so after we confirmed the US tour I was greeted with the excellent news that I would be a new father, halfway through the tour no less,” commented Peppiatt. “Since I could not miss the birth, and I couldn’t exactly drive from the US to Tasmania, I talked it through with the rest of the guys and decided to ask Zdenek in to fill for the last tour of the Ob(servant) album for me. Zdenek has been a long time friend of the band and is a super talented vocalist, so I’m happy to have him in my shoes for this run. I’ll be working hard demoing the new material while at home (as well as changing nappy’s), and I’ll see you all in 2011!”

Fresh on the heels of PSYCROPTIC‘s successful first ever Co-Headlining tour of Europe with CEPHALIC CARNAGE on the ‘Initiation of the Misled’ tour, the band are set to embark on a comprehensive North American tour supporting Death Metal legends NILE on their upcoming tour. Along with PATHOLOGY and fellow Nuclear Blast Label Mates, EX DEO & KEEP OF KALESSIN, the US tour will cover cities from Coast to Coast throughout October, November and December.

After what has been a mammoth touring schedule for 2010, that has also included China, Inner Mongolia, Australia and New Zealand, the band will head into the studio at the beginning of 2011 to record the highly anticipated follow up to 2008’s critically acclaimed (Ob)Servant. Songwriting for the new album is well under way and will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that PSYCROPTIC really are

Australia’s premier extreme metal band.

NILE, EX DEO, PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY

10/31/10  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

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

11/02/10  Sonar – Baltimore, MD

11/03/10  Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

11/04/10  Rocko’s – Manchester, NH

11/05/10  Club Hell – Providence, RI

11/06/10  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

11/07/10  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

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

11/09/10  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

11/12/10  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

11/13/10  Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

11/14/10  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

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

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

11/17/10  U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, AZ

11/18/10  The Rock – Tucson, AZ

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

11/20/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

11/21/10  Numbers – Houston, TX

11/23/10  Club Firestone – Orlando, FL

11/24/10  Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY
11/26/10  Brass Mug – Tampa, FL

11/27/10  The Muse – Nashville, TN

11/28/10  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

11/29/10  Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ

11/30/10  Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

12/01/10  Petit Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12/02/10  Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON – CANADA

12/03/10  Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN

PSYCROPTIC released “Ob(Servant)” in Europe on September 26 and in North America on October 14 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2006’s “Symbols of Failure” was mixed and mastered by former MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader (DIVINE HERESY, GOJIRA) and was recorded once again by guitarist Joe Haley.

For more info visit: www.myspace.com/PSYCROPTIC

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ENSLAVED ANNOUNCE VIDEO CONTEST WINNERS

October 26th, 2010
by EvilG

The members of Norway’s renowned progressive/psychedelic black metal band ENSLAVED have announced the winners of their first-ever video contest.  Fans around the world were asked to create and submit a video for the track “Ethica Odini” from the band’s Billboard-charting new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which was released in Europe on September 27th and in North America on September 28th.

Guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson comments on the competition: “First and foremost we wish to thank everybody who has taken part in this contest.  We have seen many exciting visual interpretations of our musical and conceptual universe; some of them stood out from the rest and we are really happy to announce the three winners of the competition.  Also, we would like to take the opportunity to apologize for the delay in announcing the results.  We have simply been outmaneuvered by touring and poor internet access on our touring trek throughout the last month. Thank you for your patience, and hope you will enjoy watching our new videos as much as we do!”

Vocalist/bassist/lyricist Grutle Kjellson adds: “Thanks a lot to all you great people that used your talent, passion and precious time on this contest!  You should know that we are very proud of you all, and that we really appreciate your efforts!  You are not afraid to bleed, not afraid to dream!”

The members of ENSLAVED have awarded First Place to Luka Bajt (LookaB) from Slovenia.  View the video here.

Clean vocalist/keyboard player Herbrand Larsen comments on the winning video: “[It] is original.  It’s not a typical metal video and originality is always appreciated.  It uses elements from the [album] cover, both shapes and colors… something that connects the video with the aesthetics used in the cover [art].  Speed and motion suits the riffs and the tempo in the song.  I’m very impressed, especially thinking of the pressure of time all the directors had to work under.”

Drummer Cato B. adds: “The winning video had a clear concept and a defined script, and [it] also carried along some elements from the album cover.  In addition, the video captured the mood of the song, plus was original and well-crafted.  Congrats, Luka!”

Lead guitarist Ice Dale further comments: “I liked the atmosphere in the video and the way it affected the song.  It reminded me of the Tool videos which are personal favorites of mine.  The use of colors from the cover artwork was also cool and gave it the right vibe.  The video stands out from the rest and deserves to be the video for ‘Ethica Odini’!  Well done and congratulations!!!”

Luka’s winning entry will be branded as an “official” video for “Ethica Odini” and featured the band’s official YouTube channel.  In addition, ENSLAVED will use the video in a live setting.  Luka Bajt will also receive:

  • ALL VERSIONS of Axioma Ethica Odini, including the limited edition wooden box, autographed by the band.
  • A special “thank you” video from ENSLAVED.
  • Two guest list spots + a Meet & Greet session with ENSLAVED at a live concert.
  • Band merchandise.

Second Place has been awarded to Gildo Iacovella (TheSpiral8) from Italy.  View the video here.

Gildo’s winning entry will be branded as an “official” video for “Ethica Odini” and featured the band’s official YouTube channel.  Gildo Iacovella will also receive:

  • A special “thank you” video from ENSLAVED.
  • Two guest list spots + a Meet & Greet session with ENSLAVED at a live concert.
  • Band merchandise.

Third Place has been awarded to Miller Arias (Hammerheart) from Colombia.  View the video here.

Miller’s winning entry will be branded as an “official” video for “Ethica Odini” and featured the band’s official YouTube channel.  Miller Arias will also receive:

  • A special “thank you” video from ENSLAVED.
  • Band merchandise.

Axioma Ethica Odini debuted at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart, #40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and #72 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its release.

ENSLAVED will be direct support for fellow countrymen DIMMU BORGIR on a 32-date run across North America which launches on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  Also on the bill are Blood Red Throne and Dawn Of Ashes.

Advanced pre-sale tickets & VIP packages for the “Darkness Reborn World Tour” are now on sale via ArtistArena.com (User Name: dimmuborgir; Password: tickets).  Ticketing widget is available here (same log-in).

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

11/05/10  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

11/06/10  Northern Lights – Albany, NY

11/07/10  Recher Theater – Towson, MD

11/08/10  Terminal 5 – New York, NY

11/10/10  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

11/12/10  Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA

11/13/10  Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI

11/14/10  House of Blues – Chicago, IL

11/15/10  The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

11/16/10  Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN

11/18/10  MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA

11/19/10  Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

11/21/10  Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA

11/22/10  The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA

11/23/10  Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR

11/24/10  Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA

11/26/10  The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV

11/27/10  The Fox Theater – Pomona, CA

11/28/10  The Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

11/30/10  House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

12/01/10  Rialto Theater – Tucson, AZ

12/02/10  Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ

12/03/10  Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM

12/04/10  Gothic Theater – Englewood (Denver), CO

12/06/10  House of Blues – Dallas, TX

12/07/10  House of Blues – Houston, TX

12/09/10  Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

12/10/10  Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA

12/11/10  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY

12/12/10  Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA

12/13/10  Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA

12/14/10  Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

Visit ENSLAVED online at www.ENSLAVED.no, www.myspace.com/ENSLAVED, www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED, www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial, and www.twitter.com/enslavedband.

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‘TOTAL BREAKDOWN’ 3-CD DEATHCORE VALUE PACK AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER

October 26th, 2010
by EvilG

Earache Records is due to release TOTAL BREAKDOWN, a 3-CD collection of essential deathcore releases, in a special value pack on November 22nd in North America.

TOTAL BREAKDOWN features three incredible deathcore debuts, each barely a year old, in one low-priced pack for an unbeatable price.  All of the CDs are the full versions with booklets in jewel cases and are all housed together in a custom bookshelf box.

TOTAL BREAKDOWN features these great albums:

* OCEANO ‘DEPTHS’ – the Billboard Heatseekers charting debut album from the Chicago deathcore heavyweights.

* ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY ‘BEFORE THE THRONE OF INFECTION’ – the debut album from one of the UK’s heaviest and most extreme bands.

* AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH ‘PROPRIOCEPTION’ – the debut album from the Detroit deathcore destroyers which landed on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.

Get the incredible 3-CD TOTAL BREAKDOWN pack for the unbelievable price of just $15.98 from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Total-Breakdown-Various/dp/B0046W16A6

You can also pre-order TOTAL BREAKDOWN now from the Earache Webstore at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_698

View the TOTAL BREAKDOWN flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/totalbreakdown_flyer.jpg

For more news and info, head to:

OCEANO – http://www.myspace.com/oceano
AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH – http://www.myspace.com/andhellfollowedwith
ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY – http://www.myspace.com/annotationsofanautopsy

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DEATH ANGEL: Photos from “Truce” Video Shoot Available

October 26th, 2010
by EvilG

Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, recently shot a video clip for the song “Truce” with director Robert Sexton (SOULFLY, THE DWARVES, MONDO GENERATOR, AMEN). Photos from the video shoot can be viewed at the following location http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=193298&id=9938175758. Sexton previously worked with DEATH ANGEL on the clip for the track “Dethroned” off the band’s 2008 effort “Killing Season”.

The band is currently on tour for the first time ever in South America. Watch footage from their October 20th performance in Santiago Chile at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHW4D7L0guQ and below.

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Eagle Rock To Release HEAVEN & HELL: NEON LIGHTS CD AND DVD

October 26th, 2010
by Celtic Bob

On November 15, Eagle Rock will unveil Heaven & Hell: Neon Nights.This DVD and CD release captures the historic four-man army performing at the Wacken Open Air Festival on July 30, 2009.

On this hot summer night, vocalist Ronnie James Dio, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Vinny Appice commanded the stage, transcending the mere concept of a heavy metal concert. The strength and veracity of Dio’s delivery, which has inspired three generations of metal vocalists, wrapped itself around each and every audience member. Butler’s declarative bass lines, Iommi’s legendary riffing, and Appice’s unrelenting fills provide the forceful heartbeat behind anthems “Mob Rules,” “Die Young,” “Neon Knights,” and namesake tune “Heaven and Hell.”

The DVD also boasts 30th anniversary interviews with all four band members as a bonus feature. Personal one-on-one’s are conducted with Ronnie, Tony, Geezer, and Vinny as they reflect on the making of their Heaven And Hell album. Additionally, the Neon Nights DVD has newly recorded personal tributes from Iommi, Appice, and Butler in memory of Dio.

View a clip from the DVD here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU2TyuCPfNk

Track Listing:

DVD:
1.)   E5150
2.)  The Mob Rules
3.)  Children of the Sea
4.)  I
5.)  Bible Black
6.)  Time Machine
7.)  Fear
8.)  Falling Off The Edge of the World
9.)  Follow The Tears
10.) Die Young
11.) Heaven and Hell
12.) Encore: Country Girl
13.) Neon Knights

CD:
1.)   The Mob Rules
2.)  Children of the Sea
3.)  I
4.)  Bible Black
5.)  Time Machine
6.)  Fear
7.)  Falling Off the Edge of the World
8.)  Follow The Tears
9.)  Die Young
10.) Heaven and Hell
11.) Neon Knights

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NILE: New Music Video Available

October 26th, 2010
by EvilG
Tour poster: NILE, EX DEO, PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY

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

The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality, NILE, have made the video clip for the song “Permitting the Noble Dead to Descend to the Underworld” available for streaming at the following location http://goo.gl/UYGi . The track come off the bands the latest release Those Whom the Gods Detest and was directed by Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez.

Nile will return to the Untied States with their second tour in support of their new album Those Whom The Gods Detest. Joining them will be the ancient Roman themed arsenal EX DEO, Tazmanian tech-death masters PSYCROPTIC, Norwegian extreme metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN, and brutal death grinders PATHOLGY.
“Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II”
NILE, EX DEO, PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY

10/31/10  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

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

11/02/10  Sonar – Baltimore, MD

11/03/10  Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

11/04/10  Rocko’s – Manchester, NH

11/05/10  Club Hell – Providence, RI

11/06/10  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

11/07/10  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

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

11/09/10  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

11/12/10  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

11/13/10  Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

11/14/10  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

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

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

11/17/10  U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, AZ

11/18/10  The Rock – Tucson, AZ

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

11/20/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

11/21/10  Numbers – Houston, TX

11/23/10  Club Firestone – Orlando, FL

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

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

NILE
’s latest state-of-the-death-metal-art release Those Whom the Gods Detest. Produced and mixed by Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, QUEENSRYCHE), along with a stellar drum recording job by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, GOATWHORE), Those Whom the Gods Detest features the bands strongest production and perhaps their best material to date!

For more info visit: www.NILE-CATACOMBS.net & www.myspace.com/NILECATACOMBS

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