Northern CA based crossover veterans CONDEMNED? have re-signed with their former label Nuclear Blast Records. As the second band to ever be released by Nuclear Blast the label is honored to be once again working with one of the groups that helped get them up and running. The band is currently wrapping up recording at Prairie Sun Recording Studios with producer Billy Anderson (NEUROSIS, MR. BUNGLE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, CATHEDRAL, EYEHATEGOD etc.) and an early 2011 release is expected.
“CONDEMNED? is a nostalgic connection for me and it is a pleasure to go somewhat back to our roots,” commented Nuclear Blast founder and owner Markus Staiger. “Nuclear Blast’s 2nd release ever (NB002) from 1987 was the bands debut. Now the band continues mixing the past with the present for a new release, plus a bonus compilation that will include their debut album Humanoid or Biomechanoid?! CONDEMNED? stands for old school raw metallic hardcore and combines the feeling of late 80’s cross-over/punk-metal, with some brutal and melodic touches. The USHC legends have recorded 14 tracks especially for this release, some are new recordings from when they were USHC legends ATTITUDE!”
CONDEMNED? added in an official statement:
“We are excited to be re-signing with Nuclear Blast! Markus launched our first album in Europe as his 2nd release ever in 1987! He started as we did, ‘doing it yourself’ for the music and the scene. Our latest double CD release with Nuclear Blast has 14-new recordings fresh from the forge, produced by Billy Anderson and CONDEMNED? The bonus disc is a time-line from 1983-1993 covering all the different incarnations over the years.
We definitely have diverse roots, growing up in the S.F. Bay Area! Founded during the 80’s Hard-core/Thrash Metal scene we bridged the two, plus we are influenced by the European punk-movement and S.F’s Acid rock past. We bridged all styles, so we could to stay unique! The latest release reflects both the past and the present.”
Swedish heavy metallers ENFORCER have confirmed a mini tour of Greece, set to start on Friday, 17th December in Xanthi.
ENFORCER are currently on the road in Europe with Australian rockers AIRBOURNE and will have a few days break following the tour before heading to Greece for four shows.
ENFORCER drummer JONAS WIKSTRAND comments:
“Looking forward to getting over to Greece for a few headline shows before Christmas. Greek crowds are always fantastic. Looking forward to it being a little warmer over there than the UK – where even though the snow’s on the ground, the reception from the dates with Airbourne has been hot! Let’s heat it up, Greece!”
Catch ENFORCER live at the following shows:
ENFORCER w/ AIRBOURNE
07 Dec – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
09 Dec – Manchester, UK – Academy
10 Dec – Birmingham, UK – Academy
17 Dec – Xanthi, Greece – Fex Club (w/ RELEASED ANGER, PERFECT STRANGERS)
18 Dec – Thessaloniki, Greece – Harley Bar (w/ RELEASED ANGER)
19 Dec – Ioannina, Greece – Polichoros Agora (w/ RELEASED ANGER)
20 Dec – Athens, Greece – Kytaro Club (w/ CONVIXION, WRATHBLADE)
ENFORCER are set to appear in-store at Earache Records’ recently announced pop-up Christmas shop in Nottingham, UK on Saturday, 11th December for a signing session, where an ultra-rare ENFORCER/VOLTURE 7″ split vinyl (only 200 copies made) will be exclusively available.
ENFORCER are also due to play at Earache’s free Xmas Party in Nottingham on the same night. For more information and to get free tickets, head to http://www.earache.com/party2010
German thrashers EXUMER have been confirmed to headline one additional festival date in Cuautitlan /Mexico, on December 18, 2010. The “Keep the Thrash Festival”, will be second date on the band’s itinerary and will feature some of the bands that have been confirmed for the “Thrash or Die Festival”, in Tijuana/Mexico on December 17, 2010.
This second date has been added, due to the requests by Mexican fans and on the recommendation of the Mexican promoters who want to expose EXUMER to as many Mexican fans as possible.
Vocalist Mem V. Stein comments: “We were surprised and delighted at the same time when the Mexican promoters asked us to add another stop in Mexico. It proves the band’s popularity and cult status in Latin America. We will definitely try to cover as many countries in that region as possible when we return there next year. We have focused on playing live in Europe last and this year, which was important for the band’s re-establishment as a whole. However, North and South America are on our agenda for 2011, and that is where we would like to play the majority of our live shows”.
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has revealed via his Twitter account that there are some major tour announcements forthcoming: “A huge announcement is coming for next summer in the States and in Europe and the UK. Just went through a couple weeks of hell arranging something special for summer. Stay tuned! We’re going to have some Big shows coming up.”
Take note of the word “Big” – alluding to the possibility that the aforementioned territories could see The Big Four of thrash metal – METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX and Megadeth – back on the road.
Nothing has been officially confirmed – stay tunedfor more details.
Australian rockers Airbourne returned last November to Finland to play two practically sold out shows just less than a year from their last visit here last February. The band is still touring to support their early 2010 release NO GUTS.NO GLORY and it seems that this run will last another year from now on. The future does look good for Airbourne. The band is getting great reviews everywhere and they’re playing bigger venues across the world. In Finland, they last year performed in sold out Club Nosturi for approximately 800 people and band now sold altogether near 3000 tickets in Tampere’s Pakkahuone and Helsinki’s Cable Factory. The band is however still in the early stages of their career, with only two studio albums under their belts, so only time will tell how popular the band will end up to be in their career?
According to Aaron Coleman from Thesuburbanite.com, the opening of the Ripper Owens Tap House on Waterloo Road in Akron, Ohio has been two years in the making for singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (HAIL!, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ex-ICED EARTH) and local restauranteur Randy Arehart who wanted to build a “Rockin Sports Eatery” that everyone could enjoy.
To build a Rockin Sports Eatery, you must have two things, great service, and great food to go along with that atmosphere, and the Tap House has both.
“We take great pride in our menu said Arehart, It’s more than typical bar food, You can get anything from a burger, to a steak, and our waiters, waitresses, and bartenders will be sure it gets to you in a timely manner, with a smile, and cooked the way you want it.”
“The Judas Priest memorabila and the various items Tim’s collected over the years add to the decor of the place and it was totally a team effort,” Arehart said.
“Our policy here is to treat everyone like a rock star, and that means great service from our staff here, and make sure your experience is a quality one that will have you coming back,” Ripper said.
CONTROL DENIED singer Tim Aymar has released the following statement regarding the completion of the band’s second album, When Machine And Man Collide:
“On December 13th, we will once again take at least a few moments of our day to remember the Father Of Death Metal, Chuck Schuldiner. Those who know Chuck’s music from DEATH and Control Denied have faithfully and patiently awaited the announcement of the completion of Chuck’s dying wish which is to get the final Control Denied record out to you, and along with my other band-mates, I am extremely happy to be here to fulfill the promise I made a decade ago.
When I first talked to Chuck about auditioning for a new band he was working on, an extension of his former band Death which he called Control Denied. We first talked over the telephone, and he was not at all like what I had expected him to be. My band-mate, co-writer and dear friend Jimmy Dofka from PSYCHO SCREAM had turned me on to Death a few months before, and the picture I had in my mind of Chuck, judging only by how precise and beautifully violent that music is, was of a brutal tyrant. I mean after-all, just listen to Gene Hoglan’s drumming and the command of Chuck’s blood soaked screaming, and you’ll know what I mean. Well, I was delightfully wrong. The voice on the phone was just a guy like me, an easy going, slow talking hippie with a burning passion for metal. We both understood the seriousness of the business at hand, but neither of made it seem anything but exiting and fun, and that was awesome. That’s just what professionals do.
We talked about our tastes in music and inspirations and our idols. We were definitely on the same page. He said he wanted me to audition because from what he’d heard already from Psycho Scream, my voice had all the qualities he had been looking for since he began his journey into metal. There’s a bit of everyone we both liked in there, a bit of Dio, Halford, Tyler, Gillan, Bonnet, all the best screamers in the biz. With that in mind, we set a date and I flew down to meet him and do the audition. I thought maybe there was a chance he was blowing a bit of smoke up my ass, because that’s just what some people do. But no, as it turns out, he was one of the few people in this biz that didn’t.
I arrived at Orlando International and just grabbed my stuff at the luggage return, when Chuck, Scott, Chris and Shannon came running and screaming through the hallway like pack of wild dogs yelling ‘Tim Scream, Tim Scream’, my new nickname which later, at the house I found inscribed on a half gallon bottle of Jim Beam. They mugged me of my luggage, lifted me up and threw me in the air like a rag doll. I knew this was gonna be a hell of a week already. Surprisingly, we jumped into the car and they had the Psycho Scream tape in the player, and they were singing along like they’d known it forever. We got to the house and there it was… the ominous bottle with the letters J and B scratched out and the rest of the letters sharpied in to spell out Tim Scream. We got to work right away…on the booze, and then we listened to a bunch of stuff from Chuck’s vinyl collection.
Once we got rolling in the studio, the work went smooth as buttermilk. We knocked out three songs in 2 1/2 days rather than the 5 we expected, so Chuck mixed down the tunes and when he was finished he called me into the kitchen. He poured us each a shot of Tim Scream, handed me one and said “we’re all very happy about this, and if you want the job, I won’t even call Halford back.” I could not believe what I had just heard. He not only wanted a voice like one of my all time greatest idols, he had planned on auditioning him after me. But that’s how he said it. That’s just what bosses do.
The police showed up at our first practice as a band. Chuck was polite, but firm in his conviction when he said ‘you might think you know who you came here to hassle, but you don’t know I’m probably the only person on this street who’s house is paid for and my taxes are paid as well, I’ve been all over the world with my band and that’s how I bought this place and not how these people who called you tell their children who say shit to my nephew at school and send him home crying. I just paid like 10 grand to sound proof my home so these people would not hear us, and now you’re telling me it’s too loud? what is the law? I’ll abide it.’ He wanted to know because that’s just what good neighbours do.
So at the end of the week it was time to say goodbye and I waited for the call from Chuck to find out the progress on his soliciting the demos. I waited, and worked my engineering job at Soundscape, and my management job at a home improvement company sales office. Several family members had passed away, including my mom and I was layed off from work, and Chuck did find a record deal with Nuclear Blast America, but it was for Death. I wasn’t sure why he didn’t contact me, but finally I got an email from Liz at NB and she told me Chuck lost my number and needed to talk with me about Control Denied. Then a friend brought over a copy of The Sound Of Perseverance and showed me the liner notes. Chuck had written to me through the liner notes that he lost my number. This is immortalized. Then when I went to pick up the phone to call him, it rang, I answered and it was him. It wasn’t the first time it happened; it happened before and several times after this. It happens with other friends too. That’s just what spiritual connections do.
I met up with the whole Death line-up when they finally hit Pittsburgh, and hung out with them for the rest of the night. This was my first time meeting Richard Christy, our drummer. Chris had already decided to move on, and that was ok because we all knew how much he loved Control Denied, but he just couldn’t hang around waiting and he joined up with another project. Richard, I had already heard with his previous band Burning Inside, because they are on the same compilation CD as Psycho Scream, so technically we were already on the same record together, although in separate bands. Well, Richard and I couldn’t have hit it off any better. We’re both practical jokers. Richard devised a plan to mess with the tour manager. He took a candy circus peanut, stuffed it into the neck of a Heineken bottle and popped the lid back on, and handed it to me. He said, put this in the cooler and when I tell you, grab it and give it to this guy. So the tour manager jumps on the bus and says ‘somebody get me a beer’ and I handed him the Heiney. He popped off the top and tried to take a swig. Upon further inspection, he noticed something odd and that was my cue. ‘oh my god, there’s a fucking mouse in it, holy shit, it’s a fucking mouse.’ He just about vomited when we let him in on the joke. I showed them down the street to THE “O” to get some greasy but good greasy pizza and we joked and talked some more and later, Richard said to me “you got a lot of balls fucking with the tour manager the first time we’ve met” I waited for the punch line…’so you’re gonna fit right in with this bunch.’ Yep, I already knew it.
So I went back home again, and a month or so later , I packed my bags for Orlando. This time, it was to demo some new tunes since a few of the one’s on the Control Denied tapes had been ‘Deathized’ and recorded on TSOP. We demoed and wrote and re-demoed and re-wrote and we rehearsed with the band and.. barbecued. AAAAAAh yeah, carnivores, all of us. We love carnage, and Chuck was our master chef. Being a former chef by trade, I was impressed. He loved coffee and bagels too, so it became our morning ritual. Gourmet coffee, bagels and cream cheese, Jerry Springer and Southern Rock. To get fired up before we hit the studio, we had our breakfast watching Jerry Springer to laugh at the stupidity, and we ordered up MOLLY HATCHET from the local radio station. When Hatchet came on, we’d crank it up and sing along at the top of our lungs like complete idiots. It was such a blast, so… not what you’d expect from such a prominent figure in the music business, yet that’s why it all worked. How could anyone in the world have an ego tantrum or a pissing contest after behaving in such a manner. Impossible.
Wait, I haven’t even mentioned catfish sandwiches or Bethanne yet. This story gets better. I met Chuck’s sister at the country club she worked at. I had mentioned that I loved catfish, so they highly recommended the catfish sandwich. OH MY God! Good catfish, but I mean Bethanne. It took maybe 5 minutes to realize how awesome a gal she is. Not only is she a sight for sore eyes, she’s sharp as a whip, funny as hell, a practical joker as well, and did I mention whip? Later on I saw another side of Bethanne I admire even more. DO NOT TRY TO HURT HER. I swear to that thing people swear to, if you try to hurt Bethanne, we’re all gonna step aside and let her loose on you. I mean I’d rather go toe to toe with Chuck Norris than piss her off. But seriously, when it comes down to it, she’s the best sister in the world. OK, back to the barbecuing.
So, it was Valentine’s Day. Chuck and I are two bachelors spending the day together because we’re two weeks into rehearsals and still wrapping up the demos. Chuck bought chickens and steaks and I bought prawns and lobster tails and we’re preparing a feast for ourselves and the rest of the cast of carnivores who were en route. Just as they rolled in for dinner and practice, Chuck brought me the phone. ‘It’s your dad,’ he said. I almost swallowed my tongue. ‘huh?’ my dad only calls me when bad things happen like when someone dies. ‘You have to come home,” my dad said, “little Danny died.’ My youngest brother was Chuck’s age, this could NOT be real. The guys heard what just happened and they huddled around me and kept me from falling apart; that’s just what brothers do. Chuck yelled ‘what bag do you want to take?’ oh fuck, this IS real. “Don’t worry, Bethanne and Mom are gonna book you a flight and I’ll get you to the airport right away.” It seemed like maybe three seconds but it must have been an hour or so, that she had the flight booked. That’s just what a sisters do. Chuck got me to the airport, and explained the story of his brother Frank, and why he named his band Death in order to turn such a horrible, negative feeling into something positive. “Take your time, as long as you need, and when you get back, I want you to put everything you’re feeling right now into this record, for yourself, for your brother and for mine, and from now on we have each other, we are brothers in pain, and it’s our obligation to the fans to give them what we honestly feel.” I did, because that’s just what singers do.
Mid-way through recording, Chuck started having a problem with severe headaches and neck pain. Well, he’d been a guitarist for half his life and a headbanger at that, and he’d just come home a month before from a long ass tour and had been spending more time than I would want to screaming at the record company about how they planned on launching this band. So, I recommended he see a chiropractor to adjust his neck and get the blood flowing and that should have taken care of the headaches too. Well, it would have, if the problem hadn’t been a malignant brain-stem tumor that took his life two years later. That’s just what cancers do. I know survivors, but I’m sure their survival were inevitable and were not recovery or a cure from any sort of treatment. These are people who had so much money that the doctors tried to kill them slower in order to get all their money, and the ‘treatments’ weren’t strong enough to kill them, so their cancers probably went away on their own. That is also just what cancers do. And don’t try to tell me otherwise, because I’m sure you don’t know how to fucking cure cancer.
So here comes the fun part. Before Chuck passed away, shortly after his first surgery he was well enough to write and track his parts, Richard’s drums, Shannon’s solo’s and a vocal template for me to go by for each of the songs. He called me shortly after he’d worked on getting the band off of Nuclear Blast because they did not execute several key factors of the contract such as advertising, and small things like FORGETTING TO PUT A FUCKING BARCODE ON THE FIRST 10,000 UNITS??? I doubt that it was a mistake. They were ripping Chuck off from the get go. There was a war of words between myself, the new label Hammerheart, who was not financially stable enough to back any promises they had made, and Chuck tried to get that bogus deal settled, and get off that suicide rig, but he died first. leaving his grieving family to contend with the legal battle for 9 gruelling years. The company was finally forced to admit the deal was fraudulent, but they took the Schuldiners through hell first. That’s just what record companies do. A lot of them anyway, but I think we’ve finally found a home that Chuck would be very proud of at Relapse.
Enter Eric Greif. He is formerly Chuck’s attorney, and considered a brother just like we brothers in the band, and like all brother’s sometimes it meant arguments and fighting, and sometimes it meant making up and being best friends again. That’s just what brother do, too. Well, Eric has been around the block, so to speak as far as representing musicians, and he has made great progress on behalf of Control Denied, Death and the Schuldiner legacy. He’s now the President of Perseverance Holdings LTD and Mutilation Music (BMI) which means basically that he is on-board in Chuck’s stead, to make sure his intellectual property is managed and his wishes are carried out. He’s really kicking some ass since he’s come on board. Both Death and Control Denied are now signed with Relapse, one of metal’s most respected record companies. There are reissues of several Death records and is working to get most of Death’s records reassigned to Relapse. The Control Denied CD The Fragile Art Of Existence’ is re-released as a three-CD set, and a two-CD set, both with loads of special tracks and pictures and notes from the band (see BraveWords.com review here). It just gets better and better every time I talk with him. That is just what good attorneys do!
Eric gave me a call yesterday to let me know the time has come. Did you hear that? No you probably can’t believe I just said it. THE TIME HAS COME!!! Our Producer, Jim Morris at Morrisound in Tampa, Florida who have brought to life notable albums by Death, Control Denied, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, SAVATAGE, ICED EARTH, SEVEN MARY THREE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE, MORBID ANGEL, DEMONS AND WIZARDS, END-TIME ILLUSION and OBITUARY, just to name a fraction of the killer artists on their roster, has contacted Eric Greif, informing the members of Control Denied that he is ready to begin laying out the planning and scheduling to complete Chuck Schuldiner’s legacy When Machine And Man Collide. You heard it right, and you heard it straight from the horses (hey wait a minute) mouth. This record will see the light of day and be in your hands sometime in 2011 and Jim will make certain it’s every bit as awesome as Chuck ever wanted and then some!!!”
Indiana war-metallers INVASION have grabbed the metal community by its collective cajones with their pummeling Rotting Corpse Records debut, Orchestrated Kill Maneuver. Since the summer of 2010, INVASION has been praised by critics and fans alike for their relentless assault of old-school infused death/thrash. Feeding off the momentum they’ve created for themselves, INVASION are promising bigger and better things for 2011 as the band proudly announces the addition of new guitarist, Stabhoth to their ranks. Guitarist/vocalist Phlegm comments on the recent line-up change and the band’s forthcoming follow up to Orchestrated Kill Maneuver.
“As the juggernaut of INVASION rolls steadily forward it appears we have suffered another casualty along the path of war & debris. Our guitarist ‘Nifelhenious’ has decided to abandon the cause of sonic decapitation & fury and relegate himself to a studio-only musician/producer. ‘Nifelhenious’ currently owns/runs his own studio in the Elkhart, Indiana area and pressing issues have lead to our mutual decision. We have since found our new guitarist from the mayhemic killzone of Indiana’s Nocturnal Torment & have added ‘Stabhoth’ in his place. He is an excellent guitarist and has already contributed material to our forth coming release which will be in the vein of Orchestrated Kill Maneuver on Rotting Corpse Records. As of this time talks are in the works for several live appearances in 2011 but these are merely rumours as we have been offered shows in the Chicago area. In the meantime will continue working on the fourth album (currently untitled) so be prepared for total war!!!!”
Hear more from Phlegm on this podcast interview with CWGMagazine.com/s Jason Coldiron.
A harrowing “end of the world” song, ‘World Painted Blood’, the title track from SLAYER’s most recent release, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of “Best Metal Performance”. This is the band’s fifth Grammy nod, having taken home the prize twice, first for ‘Eyes Of The Insane’ in 2006, and then again with ‘Final Six’ in 2007, both in the “Best Metal Performance” category.
“I admit, I’m excited and kind of surprised,” said Slayer’s bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, who co-wrote (with guitarist Jeff Hanneman) ‘World Painted Blood’. “To have Slayer’s music recognized by an organization as traditional as the Grammys – five times now – is like that gold star that someone puts up by your name. It’s unexpected, but it’s cool.”
The ‘World Painted Blood’ nomination caps off one of the band’s most challenging yet successful years of its career. Beginning with Araya’s successful neck surgery that now has him pain-free, Slayer went on to co-headline (with MEGADETH) the Canadian and American Carnage tours, a UK/European headline dates, the historic summer series of Big Four Sonisphere European concerts with METALLICA, Megadeth and ANTHRAX, and the recently completed Jagermeister Fall Music Tour that Slayer co-headlined with Megadeth and featured Anthrax.
Slayer’s 2011 will launch with a slew of major Australian festivals, with more North American news to be announced.
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles at Staples Center on Sunday, February 13th, 2011, and will air live on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 PM (ET/PT). As a result of last year’s earlier show and Awards process dates, this year the eligibility dates for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are September 1st, 2009, through September 30th, 2010. (This year will mark a 13-month eligibility period.)
Following are the nominations in the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance categories:
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
ERIC CLAPTON – ‘Run Back To Your Side’
JOHN MAYER – ‘Crossroads’
PAUL MCCARTNEY – ‘Helter Skelter’
ROBERT PLANT – ‘Silver Rider’
NEIL YOUNG – ‘Angry World’
Best Hard Rock Performance
ALICE IN CHAINS – ‘A Looking In View’
OZZY OSBOURNE – ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’
SOUNDGARDEN – ‘Black Rain’
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – ‘Between The Lines’
THEM CROOKED VULTURES – ‘New Fang’
Best Metal Performance
IRON MAIDEN – ‘El Dorado’
KORN – ‘Let The Guilt Go’
LAMB OF GOD – ‘In Your Words’
MEGADETH – ‘Sudden Death’
SLAYER – ‘World Painted Blood’
Best Long Form Music Video
BLUR – No Distance Left To Run (Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern & Giorgio Testi, video directors; Thomas Benski, Laura Collins & Lucas Ochoa, video producers)
THE DOORS – When You’re Strange (Tom Dicillo, video director; John Beug, Jeff Jampol, Peter Jankowski & Dick Wolf, video producers)
ARIF MARDIN – The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story (Doug Biro & Joe Mardin, video directors; Doug Biro & Joe Mardin, video RUSH – Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen, video directors; Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen, video producers)
THE WHITE STRIPES – Under Great White Northern Lights (Emmett Malloy, video director; Ian Montone & Mike Sarkissian, video producers).
A complete list of nominees can be found at this location.
Austria’s dangerously perverted kings of blackend death metal, BELPHEGOR, have made a trailer available of the recording process of their latest masterpiece, Blood Magick Necromance. Check out the clip at the following location for a sneak peek of the new material http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH15nzduEsc.
BELPHEGOR will be direct support to the legendary SEPULTURA this April/May soon after their tour with DEICIDE! The band will also take part in a handful of speacial headlining shows in the midst of the tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
SEPULTURA, BELPHEGOR, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS, BONDED BY BLOOD
04/18/11 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/19/11 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/20/11 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/21/11 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON – CANADA ç NO SEPULTURA – BELPHEGOR HEADLINER
04/22/11 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/23/11 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/24/11 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/25/11 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
04/26/11 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
04/27/11 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
04/28/11 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/29/11 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
05/01/11 Clicks – Tyler, TX
05/02/11 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
05/03/11 Trees – Dallas, TX
05/04/11 Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK ç NO SEPULTURA – BELPHEGOR HEADLINER
05/05/11 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
05/06/11 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
05/07/11 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
05/08/11 Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
05/09/11 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
05/10/11 The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
05/11/11 The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
05/12/11 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
05/13/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
05/14/11 The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
05/16/11 Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
05/17/11 The Oz Café – Wichita, KS ç NO SEPULTURA – BELPHEGOR HEADLINER
05/18/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
05/19/11 Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
05/20/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
05/21/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
05/22/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
VIP and reduced service charge tickets on sale now exclusively through Enterthevault.com until December 28, at which time they go on sale through all other normal ticketing systems. BELPHEGOR will be direct support to DEICIDE on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour”, which kicks off on Feb. 15th of next year. The trek is being sponsored by Bloody-Disgusting.com and also features BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS and PATHOLOGY. For more dates and info visit www.belphegor.at and www.myspace.com/belphegor.
Blood Magick Necromancewas produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) at his Abyss Studios (IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, DARK FUNERAL etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. The album will be released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America!
The cover art (attached) was designed by renowned Austrian artist Joachim Luetke (DIMMUBORGIR, ARCHENEMY, KREATOR, etc).
Blood Magick Necromance Track Listing: 1. IN BLOOD – DEVOUR THIS SANCTITY
Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing of a new Distribution Agreement for its label products with EMI Music Distribution in North America.
The new Agreement will be effective from January 1st 2011 and marks a “huge step forward in the label’s expansion strategy” – as stated by Frontiers President, Serafino Perugino.
EMI Music will distribute physical product from Frontiers Records in the United States of America and Canada. Plans are already underway to expand the territorial areas of partnership.
“We are happy that Frontiers Records have chosen us to partner with to release some of the greatest rock bands of all time – on their label you will find greats such as Whitesnake, Asia and Yes” said EMI’s Executive VP / General Manager Mike Harris. “True classic rock artists that have sold millions of records worldwide. We look forward to a very rewarding relationship and know we will see true success in 2011.”
Frontiers has recently announced the new partnership with Derek Shulman and 2Plus Music Entertainment who will oversee the label development and marketing over the North American market in conjunction with the EMI team in New York. Shulman said: “Our friends at EMI are all real music enthusiasts and we are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them. The North American Frontiers team is gearing up for the first quarter release, which includes new music from Mr. Big, Nelson and Whitesnake”.
The first releases which will be distributed with the new set up in January 2011 will be the recent YOSO debut “Elements”, the ALLEN LANDE hit album “The Showdown”, along with NELSON’s recent comeback “Lightning Strikes Twice” and MR. BIG forthcoming “What If…”. The first quarter release plan shall be officially announced shortly.