ROADRUNNER WELCOMES WELSH UPSTARTS REVOKER TO THE FOLD

July 13th, 2010
by EvilG

New York, NY: Roadrunner Records are delighted to announce the signing of boisterous Welsh metal quartet REVOKER. Hailing from the depths of Wales’ Rhymney Valley, the band will soon start work on their debut album with Skindred’s Benji Webbe for an early 2011 release.

For a vote of confidence in the band’s bright future, look no further than Monte Conner, Roadrunner’s Senior VP A&R. Conner enthuses, “Revoker are one of the most ass-kicking unsigned bands I have heard in a long time and I am beyond proud to welcome them to the Roadrunner family. Believe it or not, in my entire career at Roadrunner, they are the first UK band I have signed.”

Although Revoker officially formed in Spring 2006, frontman/guitarist Jamie Mathias and guitarist Chris Green have been playing in bands together since they became teenagers. The band’s engaging 19-year old mouthpiece Mathias comments, “Getting signed to Roadrunner is amazing and almost surreal. I’ve grown up listening to bands like Megadeth, Slipknot and Machine Head. So to be a part of the same label as them is nuts! I think Roadrunner is the perfect home for Revoker!”

Green echoes his thoughts: “It’s mind-blowing! If I could have picked any label then this would be it. I think this is the perfect label for us to be joining with. It’s amazing to be part of such a mammoth roster with bands we’ve looked up to for years ourselves.”

“If there’s one label any metal band dream of signing to, it’s Roadrunner!” said bassist Shane Phillips . The group is rounded out by Jack Pritchard on the drums.

With the UK’s Hammerfest and Download Festival already under their belt, not to mention praise-inducing support slots with Skindred and Soulfly, expect to see a lot more of these formidable youngsters as they take on the world!

Says Skindred’s Benji, “It was not just the music that drew me to Revoker – although they blew me away – it was their attitude of ‘we got it and we’re going to give it to you like it or not.’ From watching them live for the very first time and then going on to help them sculpt their songs, I knew it would only take a push in the right direction to make them explode from their sleepy Welsh hamlet onto the worldwide metal stage – and now with the help of Roadrunner they’re about to do just that.”

Revoker are managed by Blood Company/Good Fight Entertainment (Atreyu, Bleeding Through, Chiodos, Children Of Bodom, Every Time I Die) and booked by ITB.

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THERION PARTS WAYS WITH VOCALIST SNOWY SHAW

July 13th, 2010
by EvilG
THERION PARTS WAYS WITH VOCALIST SNOWY SHAW

THERION PARTS WAYS WITH VOCALIST SNOWY SHAW

Sweden’s genre-defying THERION have issued the following statement:

“We are sad to confirm that Snowy Shaw has suddenly decided to not do any of the upcoming shows with THERION. This decision took us by surprise, because, up to now, we have had a great collaboration. The reason is simply that he has been working on an album with another big band (as a bass player – that came as a surprise too!), who have now offered him a deal he felt he could not refuse. We don’t think this is a good decision, but accept the situation and wish him good luck.

“We realize many will miss Snowy, who did a great job during the more theatrical direction THERION took during the Gothic Kabbalah era (as well as on the coming album, Sitra Ahra). Like all the other close guest collaborators in the history of the band (Mats Levén, Andy “the bald guy” Engberg, Karin Fjellander, Sara Jezebel Deva, Martina Hornbacher, Dan Swanö…), he contributed with something unique and put his mark on the ongoing THERION development. And just like the choice of Mats Levén was questioned in the beginning, (for being too rock ‘n’ roll for THERION) and later became a beloved part of the band’s identity at the time,  Snowy also made the journey from being regarded as a somewhat odd choice to becoming a popular character in the THERION show.

“This vacancy, however, gives us an opportunity to yet again take a different direction. We are right now in the process of creating the new production that will be used for the Sitra Ahra World Tour, and we have some thrilling options to choose from. As always, THERION will deliver something unique and challenging that will turn the water of the skeptics into the wine of a classic set-up. Stay tuned!”

THERION recently revealed the artwork to their new album, Sitra Ahra, on their homepage.  Mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, the new album will be released later this year.

The track listing for Sitra Ahra is as follows:

01. Sitra Ahra
02. Kings Of Edom
03. Unguentum Sabbati
04. Land Of Canaan
05. Hellequin
06. 2012
07. Cu Chulain
08. Kali Yoga III
09. The Shells Are Open
10. Din
11. After The Inquisition: Children

In May 2009, Johnsson announced that vocalist Thomas Vikström (ex-CANDLEMASS) had official permanent member status.  Johnsson recently recruited Christian Vidal (ex-The Road Vultures, ex-Cuero) from Argentina as the band’s new guitarist, who his live debut with THERION on June 4, 2010 in Mexico City.  Comprising THERION’s new rhythm section are Johan Koleberg (Animal, Zan Clan, Lion’s Share) on drums and Nalle “Grizzly” Påhlsson (Treat, Zan Clan, Vindictiv) on bass.

Visit THERION online at www.MEGATHERION.com (Mozilla Firefox browser) and www.myspace.com/THERION.

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Eternal Descent, ESP Guitars Sponsor Gus G. Guitar Contest

July 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Eternal Descent, ESP Guitars Sponsor Gus G. Guitar Contest

Eternal Descent, ESP Guitars Sponsor Gus G. Guitar Contest

Win an LTD GUS-600NT Guitar Played and Signed by FIREWIND / Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist Gus G.

London, UK – Eternal Descent and ESP Guitars have once again joined forces to sponsor a contest to win a guitar – an LTD GUS-600NT ESP guitar played and signed by Gus G. of Ozzy Osbourne. The LTD GUS-600NT Guitar has a light alder body with a flamed maple top, a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, Sperzel locking tuners, Tonepros bridge/tailpiece, Seymour Duncan Distortion (bridge) and ’59 (neck) pickups with a set-thru construction at 25.5″ scale. Contest entries are accepted from now until August 31, 2010 at http://www.eternaldescent.com/contest/.  A winner will be randomly selected from all entries. One entry per person.

In the latest issue of Eternal Descent, you saw Gus G. using his random star-shaped Signature Series guitar to battle the hordes. In real life, you can see Gus playing his Signature ESP in the latest Ozzy Osbourne videos and onstage at Ozzfest.

“Llexi Leon really caught my attention when I met him at NAMM, and he described his vision of combining actual rock dudes in his comic book series and doing an issue with each one,” explains guitarist Gus G. “I immediately asked him if we can be in one of his books and that’s how the whole thing started. It’s incredible! I feel Llexi has done a great job in capturing all of the band members’ characters.”

The Eternal Descent comic book series is inspired by and features cameos from a host of iconic metal musicians including the bands Atreyu, Firewind, Shadows Fall, and Static X, among others. Issue 3 featuring Gus G. is available at comic retailers listed here: http://www.eternaldescent.com/events/Issue-3-Worldwide

Llexi Leon, the created of the Eternal Descent comic book, began making noise in London, England in 2005. His highly intricate guitar style exhibits the many influences corralled to create his intense sound – from classical, flamenco, electronica, and ambient genres to the more prominent genres of rock and metal. All of these genres infused to one, Leon has built a cinematic metal fantasia with his music which has branched out to a comic book series. His main aspirations are bringing stories to life through escapism. He utilizes everyday events and his vivid imagination to drive him to create more avenues for his multimedia enterprise.

Eternal Descent web sites:
http://www.eternaldescent.com
http://www.myspace.com/eternaldescent.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eternal-Descent/151763664056?ref=ts

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CATTLE DECAPITATION Announce the CALIFORNIA BLOOD TOUR

July 13th, 2010
by EvilG

CATTLE DECAPITATION, in conjunction with IndieMerchCo, is pleased to announce the CALIFORNIA BLOOD TOUR!!!

Cattle Decapitation to hit the road with Devourment, Knights of the Abyss, Burning the Masses, and Sons of Aurelius starting late September in support of their current album ‘The Harvest Floor’

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – July 12, 2010 – CATTLE DECAPITATION is pleased to announce they will be back out on the road in the US on a headline run dubbed the CALIFORNIA BLOOD TOUR as it features bands mostly hailing from CA. Joining the mighty grind metalers CATTLE DECAPITATION is DEVOURMENT (TX) plus searing acts such as KNIGHTS OF THE ABYSS, fellow San Diegans BURNING THE MASSES and newcomers SON OF AURELIUS. Select dates also feature Sacramento’s SLAUGHTERBOX and San Diego’s own purveyors of brutality, CONDEMNED. This will be CATTLE DECAPITATION’s final US tour for The Harvest Floor record, as the band will commence the writing of their 5th Metal Blade release at the end of the year.

CATTLE DECAPITATION vocalist Travis Ryan had this to say about the tour:
“We’ve had this idea for a tour that was mostly comprised of California bands for quite a while now. I don’t know, there was just something about the term ‘California love’ (popularized by Tupac Shakur) that never quite sat right with us so we came up with something a little more fitting, considering the level of brutality that California has always had under its belt. From the seedy sewers in the big cities to the ‘Cowshwitz’ communities of central CA to the inhospitable depravity of the dry desert, we decided it was time to show the rest of the US that CaliGOREnia is not just about hippies, silicone bodies and marijuana dispensaries (not that there’s anything wrong with that, haha!)”

THE CALIFORNIA BLOOD TOUR Dates:
09/29 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse w/ Condemned
09/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
10/04 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
10/05 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
10/06 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
10/07 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
10/08 – Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
10/09 – Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
10/10 – Stuart, FL @ Cruiser’s
10/12 – Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
10/13 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
10/14 – Spartanburg, NC @ Ground Zero
10/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
10/16 – Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
10/17 – Patchogue, NY @ Karma
10/18 – New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House
10/19 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/20 – Buffalo, NY @ Club Paradise
10/21 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
10/22 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
10/23 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
10/24 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
10/25 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
10.27 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
10/28 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7 w/ Slaughterbox
10/29 – Portland, OR @ Satyricon w/ Slaughterbox
10/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Slaughterbox
10/31 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Farm
11/01 – Hesperia, CA @ The Seen
11/02 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky*
* = No Devourment

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PLACE OF SKULLS To Release New Record This Fall

July 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Knoxville, Tennessee doom metallers PLACE OF SKULLS are pleased to announce the upcoming release of their long-awaited fourth full-length entitled As A Dog Returns. The follow-up to 2006′s The Black Is Never Far was recorded at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville by Travis Wyrick and founding guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin (Pentagram, Death Row, Cathedral, Joe Hasselvander) with drums recorded and engineered by Mike Dearing.   Said Griffin of the band’s latest output: “The new album As A Dog Returns picks up dynamically where The Black Is Never Far left off. Where The Black… album had a bit more of a depressive theme lyrically, the new album tends to look to a brighter outcome. Musically we’ve gone further than ever before with dynamics and production. Though all the PLACE OF SKULLS’ brand of heaviness you would expect is certainly there, there’s a nice ebb and flow with quieter parts which tend to set a very dramatic and melancholy mood at times to the overall album.
“With every album we’ve done,” he continues, “our growth and progression has been evident, and this new release is no different. I’m really enjoying the growth of my songwriting as time goes by. I don’t feel as if I have anything to prove so I think the writing gets more open, honest, and genuine with every release.
We’re very excited to finally get a new album out and hit the road again! Look for As A Dog Returns to be available in late September!”  

As A Dog Returns Track Listing

1. Timeless Hearts
2. Breath Of Life
3. Though He Slay Me
4. Psalm
5. Dayspring
6. The Maker
7. He’s God
8. Desperation
9. As A Dog Returns
Check out a brief clip from the PLACE OF SKULLS studio sessions here: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=451309518&blogId=537021674

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KATAKLYSM: New Song Posted Online

July 13th, 2010
by EvilG
KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM, have uploaded a new track entitled “Determined (Vows of Vengence)” to their Myspace page www.myspace.com/Kataklysm. The track comes from their new album Heaven’s Venom, which will be released on August 13th in Europe and August 24th in North America. The follow-up to 2008’s Prevail, was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F  Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, DARK TRANQUILLITY).

KATAKLYSM will commence shooting a video clip for the song “Push The Venom” this month with director Ivan Colic (TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED, DEATHSTARS, EX DEO)  in Belgrade, Serbia.

Heaven’s Venom track listing:
1. A Soulless God
2. Determined (Vows of Vengeance)
3. Faith Made of Shrapnel
4. Push the Venom
5. Hail the Renegade
6. As the Walls Collapse
7. Numb & Intoxicated
8. At the Edge of the World
9. Suicide River
10. Blind Savior

KATAKLYSM, will join Ozzfest tour mates DEVILDRIVER on a full North American tour scheduled around their Ozzfest appearances this Summer!

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MASSIVE SLAVERY’s debut set for release on July 26th

July 13th, 2010
by EvilG
MASSIVE SLAVERY "Global Enslavement"

MASSIVE SLAVERY "Global Enslavement"

The debut album from Canadian death metallers MASSIVE SLAVERY is Global Enslavement and was produced by Yannick St-Amand, who is responsible for producing such acts as Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre, and Neuraxis. The album was recorded at Northern Studio, Northern Quebec in January, and was mixed and mastered by Pierre Rémillard (Anvil, Kataklysm, Misery Index) at Wild Studio, north of Montreal in February.

“Global Enslavement” will be released on July 26th, through Maple Metal Records, the label launched by John Belrose, producer of Exciter’s “Heavy Metal Maniac”.

MASSIVE SLAVERY hail from the towns of Val d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda, the gold-mining district in Northern Quebec.

The province of Quebec, Canada has traditionally been a hot bed for great metal talent and now MASSIVE SLAVERY can be added to that illustrious list.

Born from a concept conceived by bassist Marc-André Barrette (ex-Paroxysm) and guitarist Joël St-Amant (Descend into Nothingness), Massive Slavery was officially created in the winter of 2009.

Having previously worked with Joel in “Descend into Nothingness”, drummer Pierre-Alexandre Mercier (Decrepity) did not hesitate to join the crew. Even if the band were still looking for a frontman, they began to write and work on fresh material.

After a couple of months of hunting around, their search was finally over when vocalist Jonathan St-Pierre landed the role, to round out this new quartet.

His addition to the band gave new dynamics, and a boost of energy to push the band into finalizing the writing of their first album.

The collaboration of this musical assault GLOBAL ENSLAVEMENT, combines a mix of melodic, brutal and technical death metal.

“In these dark times when the future of humanity seems to be put in danger by individualistic and corrupt leaders, four musicians from Canada work on a musical plan aiming to reach the ranks of opposition, already well established in the middle of extreme metal.

Like a wakeup call, their goal is to alert and open the eyes of our society, to reveal the sad and brutal reality, often unseen or denied by man. It’s under this shadow of complete disillusion towards our civilization that MASSIVE SLAVERY emerge from collective ignorance, in order to defend and promote an engaged movement of resistance, fighting against the manipulators of our system.”

MASSIVE SLAVERY is:
Jonathan St-Pierre – vocals
Joel St-Amant – guitar
Marc-André Barrette – bass
Pierre-Alexandre Mercier – drums

Track listing:

1. MediAssassiNation
2. Shade of Corruption
3. Global Enslavement
4. The Denial of Man’s Regression
5. Destroy, Rebuild, Repeat
6. A Cold Interlude
7. Wider We Open Our Eyes
8. Pull the Plug on Modern Civilization
9. Humanity’s Last Hope
10. Generalized Cyberphobia

For more info on MASSIVE SLAVERY please visit:
www.myspace.com/massiveslavery

For more info on MAPLE METAL RECORDS:
www.myspace.com/maplemetal

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ALL PENS BLAZING VOLUME II – Out Now!

July 13th, 2010
by EvilG

ALL PENS BLAZING – A ROCK & HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK – VOLUME II

ALL PENS BLAZING – A ROCK & HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK – VOLUME II

ALL PENS BLAZING: A ROCK & HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK – VOLUME II
BY NEIL DANIELS (FOREWORD BY MICK WALL)

CHRONICLING OVER FOUR DECADES OF ROCK & HEAVY METAL JOURNALISM

IF YOU WANNA LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF METAL MAGAZINES THIS IS THE PLACE TO LEARN…

This is the second volume in the acclaimed All Pens Blazing series. Both volumes now feature a staggering 134 interviews with rock and metal scribes from around the globe.

Ever wondered what it takes to be a rock journalist? In this extensive collection, Neil Daniels has interviewed a staggering 69 of the world’s most successful rock and metal scribes. With a foreword by the legendary rock writer Mick Wall, All Pens Blazing is a worthy historical document for the serious enthusiast and can be used as a handy reference tome for the aspiring rock and metal writer. Volume I – which collected 65 interviews – was published in 2009; also by AuthorsOnline. Both collections make essential reading for the rock and heavy metal fan.

You can buy the book HERE.

And obviously from Amazon…

Volume II (foreword by Mick Wall) is 350 pages and features 69 interviews:

Phil Alexander/Ken Anthony/Phil Ashcroft/Scott Alisoglu/Steve Beebee/Keith Bergman/Nathan T. Birk/Shari Black Velvet/Chad Bowar/Jake Brown/Alan Burridge/Dave Cockett/Jeff Collins/Jon Collins/Mark Day/Rich Deakin/Bernard Doe/Harry Doherty/Robyn Doreian/Arnaud Durieux/Mark Eglinton/Rob Evans/Hugh Gilmour/Rob Godwin/Steve Hammonds/Kelv Hellrazer/Nickie Hobbs/Jon Hotten/Martin Hudson/Chris Ingham/Billy James/Stephen “Krusher” Joule/Alison Joy/David Konow/Mitch Lafon/Chris Lambert/Pippa Lang/William Luff/Malc Macmillan/Brian Manly/Gerri Miller/Michael Moynihan/Dean Pedley/David Perri/Neil Perry/Paul Rees/Bryan Reesman/Jason Ritchie/Chris Rogers/Scott Rowley/Darren Sadler/Amy Sciarretto/Dave Shack/Harry Shapiro/Dale Sherman/Aaron Small/Sid Smith/Ryan Sparks/Janne Stark/Kevin Stewart-Panko/Phil Sutcliffe/Dave Thompson/Paul Travers/Jaan Uhelszki/Ray Van Horn, JR./Doug Van Pelt/Mick Wall/Ian Winwood/Joshua Wood

Volume I (foreword by Martin Popoff) is 350 pages and features 65 interviews:

Jeff Apter/Gavin Baddeley/Bailey Brothers/Geoff Barton/Carl Begai/Mark Blake/Jerry Bloom/Dante Bonutto/Paul Brannigan/Louise Brown/Garry Bushell/Brett Callwood/Steffan Chirazi/Ian Christe/Carol Clerk/Dave Dickson/Malcolm Dome/John Doran/Paul Elliott/Jerry Ewing/Mike Exley/Dave Ferris/Lonn Friend/Joe Geesin/Ian Gittins/Ian Glasper/Tim Henderson/Mark Hoaksey/Seb Hunter/Neil Jeffries/Howard Johnson/Tim Jones/Dom Lawson/Dave Lewis/Dave Ling/Peter Makowski/Matthias Madder/Joe Matera/Joel McIver/Bruce Mee/Mick Mercer/Alexander Milas/Ben Myers/Derek Oliver/Daniela Pilic/Martin Popoff/Greg Prato/Dave Reynolds/Steven Rosen/Xavier Russell/Jonathan Selzer/Joe Shooman/Brian Slagel/Joseph Stannard/Paul Suter/Adem Tepedelen/Everett True/John Tucker/Tommy Udo/Henry Yates/Clinton Walker/Chris Welch/Stirling Whitaker/Rich Wilson/Jeb Wright


PRAISE FOR THE FIRST VOLUME:

“…the aggregate of this book is an at minimum interesting and at max fascinating read for any rock fan…friggin’ well all of this would be interesting to any rocker”

-          Bravewords.com

“Ever wondered how Metal Hammer’s and Classic Rock’s contributors got their jobs? Most of them reveal the truth behind the art of the music hack in this collection of over 60 interviews with the world’s best-known rock writers.”

-          Metal Hammer

“All the major rock mags are covered here, with no scribe outstaying their welcome. Read this because you remember these great writers from happier days, read this because you want an insight into what drives them…”

- Powerplay

ALL PENS BLAZING: A ROCK & HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK
By Neil Daniels

Published by Authors Online (www.authorsonline.co.uk)

Available to buy from most online book stores, including Amazon and AuthorsOnline Ltd

Book Size (Paperback editions): 5 x 8″ (203 x 127mm) Perfect Bound
ISBN (Paperback edition): 978-07552-1256-9
Approx Number of Words: 199,047
Pages: 350
Black and White: 350 / Colour: None

The book is available to buy at neildaniels.com.

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Sons of Liberty interview with Jon Schaffer

July 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Sons of Liberty interview with Jon Schaffer

Interview & Transcription by EvilG

When I read up on what Jon Schaffer’s new project, Sons of Liberty, was about, I was interested in talking to Jon about the message. Often with interviews, the focus is on the music, the upcoming tour, etc, and while that is covered here, the main things we discuss are the ideas that Jon is getting out with Sons of Liberty. Rather than editorialize, let’s step into the mind of Jon and hear firsthand the important issues that has been occupying the thoughts of the Iced Earth mastermind over the past 1-1.5 yrs.

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ORIGINAL “CLASH OF THE TITANS” LINEUP OF SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, TO TOUR AGAIN

July 12th, 2010
by EvilG

Leg Two of “American Carnage Tour” Announced

LOS ANGELES, CA – MONDAY, July 12, 2010 — Metalheads, rejoice:  North America’s biggest thrash tour in 20 years is announced, as 1991′s original American “Clash of the Titans” lineup – Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – will tour together once again on Leg Two of the “American Carnage Tour.”  This trek kicks off September 24 at Verizon Wireless Theatre in Dallas, TX and will play 20 dates, including New York’s Nassau Coliseum, concluding at Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on October 21.

On Leg Two of American Carnage, Megadeth will continue to roar through its landmark 1990 album Rust in Peace from front to back, while Slayer will rip the roof off by performing its much-lauded Seasons in the Abyss album, which was also released in 1990.  Anthrax recently welcomed back singer Joey Belladonna, who defined the band during its heyday, and now permanently back in the band, will be front-and-center.

A special pre-sale will launch this Wednesday, July 14, and fans should log onto www.slayer.netwww.megadeth.com – or www.anthrax.com – to obtain the special code needed for the pre-sale, and then go to www.ticketmaster.com (http://knoxvilletickets.com/ for the Knoxville date) to purchase tickets.  The public on-sale will begin July 23 in most markets.

In the spirit of beating the recession, there will be pre-sale discounts on all tickets in most markets (see below for more details), and if that’s not enough, a limited amount of $10 tickets will be available in many cities – log onto any of the bands’ websites or onto Ticketmaster’s site for those details.

But wait, there’s even more.  For Leg Two of the “American Carnage Tour,” Megadeth has teamed up with iloveallaccess.com to provide fans with VIP experiences including priority venue access, meet and greets, parties, exclusive gifts and more.  Logging onto www.megadeth.com will provide those details.  Plus, fans who purchase their tickets online at either www.slayer.net or www.ticketmaster.com will receive a free download of the live audio track “War Ensemble,” set to be included on Slayer’s forthcoming, as yet unannounced, “Live Intrusion” DVD release.

Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax will kick off the second leg of the “American Carnage Tour” on the heels of the historic “Big Four” Sonisphere Festival concerts they played with Metallica in seven European cities this summer.  The dates marked the first time that these four bands – acknowledged as the most influential bands of the thrash genre – had shared a concert bill.

The original “Clash of the Titans” tour united the three forces of thrash metal for the entire summer of 1991, with then-little known Alice in Chains serving as the opener.  This tour, which falls under the “American Carnage” banner, isn’t rewriting history, it’s writing a whole new chapter of head-banging history that is sure to delight fans new and old.

Megadeth and Slayer return to North America late this month to co-headline the east coast “Canadian Carnage Tour,” and then starting August 11, the first leg of the “American Carnage Tour” (dates below) with Testament as Special Guest.  The tour was originally scheduled for a winter 2010 run, but was postponed when Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya was forced to undergo neck surgery.  But as is the case for anything good in life, this tour will be well worth the wait.

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Jason McMaster

July 12th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres

From his early beginnings singing in progressive tech-metal pioneers Watchtower to fronting the hard rocking, gold record certified Dangerous Toys; Jason McMaster has long since been considered "The Godfather of Texas Metal". Upon speaking with the ever charismatic multi-instrumentalist, a more fitting title might be "Texas Metal Ambassador" as he is surely one of the most out going and friendly musicians you are likely to find. You can always count on finding Jason on stage in the clubs. Perhaps he is decked out in leather and studs, delivering the goods in his Judas Priest tribue act Sad Wings, or you might find him fronting one of his more recent bands like the classic metal inspired act Ignitor or the AC/DC swagger of Broken Teeth. In fact, it’s not an uncommon occurence for a touring marquee act to take notice of Jason in the audience and invite him on-stage for an all-star jam. Armored Saint did just that several years ago, and Shadows Fall went as far as to ask Jason McMaster for his blessing before recording a cover of "Teas’n Pleas’n" before inviting him to sing in the studio on their cover song. I recently had the honor of visiting with Jason about his storied career and for the better part of an hour we touched base on the early days of Watchtower and Dangerous Toys, the late, great Chuck Schuldiner’s appreciation for Jason’s music and life on the road. You will hear first hand as Jason goes into detail about the inner workings of the music business and his band’s dealings working with a major label. This interview was conducted the morning of May 16th, 2010. Considering the date this special interview took place and Jason’s back breaking work ethic, it is only fitting to add in closing "Long Live Rock N’ Roll"!

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BLIND GUARDIAN: SONG SAMPLES & FIFTH STUDIO TRAILER NOW ONLINE

July 10th, 2010
by EvilG
Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time

Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time

German metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have posted song samples of all ten tracks from their upcoming tenth studio album on their homepage. Their fifth studio trailer featuring lead singer Hansi Kürsch is now available on YouTube.

View all BLIND GUARDIAN in-studio video teasers here (#1), here (#2), here (#3), and here (#4).

At The Edge Of Time will be released in North America on August 24th and is the long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s A Twist In The Myth, which debuted in North America at #21 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and #288 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart.  A deluxe edition digi-pak with a bonus CD (6 songs, 1 video, and a documentary) plus a code for exclusive content at a special fan-only site will also be available.  A three-song single, “A Voice In The Dark,” was released in Europe on June 25th.

Artwork for At The Edge Of Time was created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, At Vance, Axel Rudi Pell).  The track listing is as follows:

01. Sacred Worlds (9:17)
02. Tanelorn (5:58)
03. Road Of No Release (6:30)
04. Ride Into Obsession (4:46)
05. Curse My Name (5:52)
06. Valkyries (6:38)
07. Control The Divine (5:26)
08. War Of The Thrones (4:55)
09. A Voice In The Dark (5:41)
10. Wheel Of Time (8:55)

Photos from the recording sessions for At The Edge Of Time can be found at Metal-Hammer.de.

An e-card for the new album can be viewed here.

Visit BLIND GUARDIAN online at www.BLIND-GUARDIAN.com & www.myspace.com/BLINDGUARDIAN.

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BONDED BY BLOOD ANNOUNCE DATES WITH EARLY MAN & EVILE; EXILED TO EARTH PRESALE NOW AVAILABLE

July 10th, 2010
by EvilG

BONDED BY BLOOD continue to add more tour dates to an already busy schedule as they announce an additional tour with EARLY MAN and EVILE for the fall. The trek kicks off in Tulsa, OK on Sept. 30 and will make stops all across the country. Tickets are now available exclusively at EnterTheVault.com.

w/EARLY MAN and EVILE

Sept. 30 – Marquee – Tulsa OK

Oct. 1 – Walter’s – Houston TX

Oct. 2 – White Rabbit – San Antonio TX

Oct. 3 – Emo’s – Austin TX

Oct. 4 – Ridglea Theater – Ft Worth TX

Oct. 5 – The Muse- Nashville TN

Oct. 6 – Budda’s Place – Newport News VA

Oct. 7 – Sonar – Baltimore MD

Oct. 8 – Championship Bar and Grill – Trenton NJ

Oct. 9 – Rocko’s Rock Club – Manchester NH

Oct. 10 – Europa – Brooklyn NY

Oct. 12 – Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto ON

Oct. 13 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo NY

Oct. 16 – Mad Planet – Milwaukee, WI

Oct. 17 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago il

Oct. 18 – The Riot Room – Kansas City MO

Oct. 19 – Larimer Lounge – Denver CO

Oct. 20 – Club Vegas – Salt lake City UT

Oct. 22 – Dante’s – Portland OR

Oct. 23 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon (w/GAMA BOMB)

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DEATH ANGEL: Live Stream of Nashville Show

July 10th, 2010
by EvilG
Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, will have a live stream of their headlining show July 12 at The Muse in Nashville, TN. Point your web browsers to http://themusenashville.com/index.php at 8 pm Pacific/ 9 pm Mountain/ 10 pm Central/ 11 pm Eastern to catch the show.
DEATH ANGEL recently uploaded the album cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL) for their upcoming release entitled Relentless Retribution, to their official Myspace page www.myspace.com/DeathAngel.

Relentless Retribution is a full return to the bands thrash roots and will be released on September 3rd in Europe and the 14th in North America. The album was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER).

DEATH ANGEL will be direct support to Swedish melodic metallers SOILWORK this Summer. Joining them will be Quebec’s tech-death masters AUGURY, Roadrunner Records recording artists MUTINY WITHIN, and pirate themed thrashers SWASHBUCKLE. For more information, tour dates and ticket giveaway information visit www.DEATHANGEL.us & www.myspace.com/DEATHANGEL.
DEATH ANGEL
07/07/10  New Oasis – Reno, NV

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

07/09/10  Gator’s – Farmington, NM

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

07/11/10  Marquee – Tulsa, OK

07/12/10  The Muse – Nashville, TN

07/13/10  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

SOILWORK, DEATH ANGEL, AUGURY, MUTINY WITHIN, SWASHBUCKLE

07/14/10  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

07/15/10  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

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

07/17/10  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

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

07/20/10  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

07/21/10  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

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

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

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

07/27/10  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

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

07/29/10  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

07/30/10  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

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

08/01/10  Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA

08/02/10  The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

08/03/10  The Rock – Tucson, AZ

08/05/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

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

08/07/10  The Warsaw – Houston, TX

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

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

08/10/10  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

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

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

08/13/10  Sonar – Baltimore, MD

08/14/10  Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA

08/15/10  Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
DEATH ANGEL

10/16 – Arequipa, Peru – La Boveda

10/17 – Lima, Peru – Voce

10/21 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – The Roxy Live Fr
10/23 – São Paulo, Brazil – Clash Club

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Southern Lord Presents The Power Of The Riff Fest 2010

July 10th, 2010
by EvilG

Recently we announced the Southern Lord West Coast mini tour — featuring Eagle Twin, Black Breath, Goatsnake, Righteous Fool (featuring members of Corrosion Of Conformity) and the Animosity-album lineup of Corrosion Of Conformity – set to take place this August 8th through 12th. The short but massive tour will be led off by a festival of monolithic proportions, being dubbed The Power Of The Riff Fest 2010.

Converse presents….
‘The Power Of The Riff’ Festival Sunday Aug. 8th 2010  @ The Echo and EchoPlex in Echo Park – Los Angeles, CA
In Association with Scion, Southern Lord and Spaceland Productions

All Ages / Free Admission with RSVP at this location: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2xw020jc34a5d37

Curated by Greg Anderson (Southern Lord) and Sam James Velde (Night Horse) with the intent to blur the lines between Metal, Hardcore, Punk and Rock music. To celebrate and encourage the cross over of genres and to dispel the common homogeny that exists within today’s music cultures. A free event that honors fans and musicians of ‘heavy music’ of all ages. Tapping into a line up that represents the forefathers, milestones and current touring acts such as Repulsion, Corrosion Of Conformity, From Ashes Rise, Trap Them, Coliseum and Goatsnake. Shedding light on ‘up and coming’ acts such as Nails,The Fucking Wrath, Night Horse, Eagle Twin and Black Breath to name a few.

‘The Power Of The Riff’ Festival 2010 Line Up:
Corrosion Of Conformity III Goatsnake From Ashes Rise Repulsion Coliseum Trap Them Black Breath Night Horse Eagle Twin Early Graves Nails Righteous Fool Semen Sundae The Fucking Wrath Rats Eyes Spider Fever
The Power Of The Riff Festival will be an all day, all ages, free music event that also includes a record swap meet of local stores such as Vacation Vinyl, Origami Vinyl, and will also feature pop up stores by Tee Pee Records, Southern Lord Recordings and more.   DJ sets throughout the day curated by Pete Majors (Harassor/Vacation Vinyl).   In addition, the festival will feature a gourmet food truck court of Los Angeles’ best purveyors of street food dining. There’s something for everyone…from vegan delights by Sweet Vindication, stacked burgers by Grill Em All, head-high sandwiches by the legendary Canters Deli and unforgettable frankfurters by The Greasy Wiener!   Southern Lord

West Coast Mini Tour:
8/08/2010 Echo and Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power of the Riff Fest
8/10/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA [buy tickets]
8/12/2010 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA [buy tickets]
More info on both of these events can be found at the following links:
Southern Lord tour press site: http://www.southernlord.com/press/_sltour2010/
The Power Of The Riff Fest official site: http://www.thepoweroftheriff.com/ http://www.southernlord.com

http://blog.southernlord.com

http://www.myspace.com/southernlordrecordings
http://twitter.com/twatterlord

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