With the impending release of the highly anticipated album Firefight, Blackguard is here to empower the masses. The gradual leak of album and song teasers is getting metal heads stoked worldwide. The latest album teaser gives you yet another taste for what’s approaching on March 29, 2011.
Symphonic black metallers FROST DESPAIR are working hard on the recordings of their first EP, which will be released in the following months.
About the recordings, Odommok commented: “We began the recordings in 2010 and got back to it in January. All the pianos, synths and other classical instruments were changed. We decided to throw away what was recorded and make the orchestration more extreme. Agammenomm (piano/keyboards) and I worked in a new touch for ‘God Delusion’. It sounds better, more extreme and sometimes lyrical, exactly what we wanted.”
ARRYAN PATH’s “Terra Incognita” has been shortlisted for Impala’s inaugural European Independent Album of the Year Award, with the winner to be announced on 28th February.
The IMPALA Album of the Year Award is a Mercury-style award that celebrates the musical talent and diversity of independent European releases. It promotes exceptional artists and the independent sector alike. The winner is selected, regardless of sales figures and publicity, from a shortlist that is compiled based on a national and non-national album nominations from European territories. A jury of Impala board members choose the winner based on musical merit alone.
“Terra Incognita” (the band’s second album) was released in February 2010 through Pitch Black Records and has been receiving raving reviews since then, also making it into several ‘best of 2010’ lists. Being shortlisted for this award is a tremendous achievement by itself and the entire Pitch Black Records team wishes to congratulate Arryan Path while also stating that “we are equally confident about the strength of the band’s upcoming album (to be released later this year), just as we were when we first listened to Terra Incognita!”
A new year and a new INCARNATE album coming up! It’s almost there, the cd is baptized “Hands of Guilt / Eyes of Greed” and will be released March the 4th!
NEW CD “Hands of Guilt / Eyes of Greed”
This summer, Incarnate recorded the cd at the Independent Recordings Studio in Utrecht. The new album was once again engineered by Quintijn Verhoef. For the release of “Hands of Guilt / Eyes of Greed”, the band officially resigned a deal with Demons Run Amok Entertainment (GER). Guitarist Chris states: “We already worked with both parties for our previous album and that turned out very well. There was no reason to change the recipe. We are glad to stay within the DRA family.”
It’s the first album with new vocalist Koen Mattheeuws. Frontman Koen comments: “After being with the band for about a year, I am proud to show the results of our song writing. This is INCARNATE’s third studio album and it’s a killer! This record has a great thrash and death metal feel to it, but the groove and slower tempos are represented. There’s something for everyone.”
INCARNATE worked together with Jacob Parmentier to visualize the album’s concept. Parmentier is an upcoming artist known for his black and white horror-esque style of drawing. Recently he also worked for bands as Arkangel and Rot in Hell. He did an awesome job on the cover artwork, which now perfectly fits to the music. The artwork is included as attachment.
The album track-listing for “Hands of Guilt / Eyes of Greed” is as follows:
1. Doomed to Wander
2. Sinner’s Fate
3. Tempted (by an Angel)
5. The Damage Done
6. Act of Reason
7. Pains of Grey
8. Seven – VII – 7
NEW SONG & VIDEOCLIP
On our myspace you’ll find the new song “Sinner’s Fate”, the first single of “Hands of Guilt / Eyes of Greed”. You’ll find a sneak preview video – shot in the studio during recording – there as well!
CD RELEASE SHOWS
Incarnate will present the new album to the crowd at De Spot, Middelburg (NL) Saturday March the 19th. This time we’ll be playing a Belgian releaseshow as well. That one will be March the 26th at JH De Lochtink, Eeklo (BE). Both the flyers for the releaseshows are included as attachment.
Since we’re going to promote the new album live a lot, we’ll be all over the stages. The 9th of April we’ll be supporting FULL BLOWN CHAOS in Terneuzen (NL) and one week later we’ll be playing with American death metal giants MALEVOLENT CREATION at Bibelot, Dordrecht (NL). Ofcourse, in May and June we’ll continue playing live shows, so keep an eye on our website, myspace, facebook or hyves for new dates!
Incarnate is always looking for new shows. If you’re willing to book us or could be of any significance to us, let us know! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE BAND
Incarnate is a Dutch metalcoreband with clear death- and thrashmetal influences, going strong since 2003. Released albums: A dark age of lies (MCD, Lucifer’s Legions Records, 2004/2005) and Embrace the Horror (Full-length CD, Demons Run Amok, 2008). Furthermore Incarnate made a contribution to the Integrity-tribute cd “Harder they Fall” (Escapist Records, 2007) and a split cd. Incarnate played live with a.o.: Nile, Gorefest, Exodus, Pro-Pain, Merauder, Born From Pain, Vicious Rumors, Sworn Enemy, Backfire, Cataract, … Incarnate shows are bulging with energy and power and often convince a wide metal- and hardcore audience. An up to date biography is added as attachment.
Thanks on beforehand for your attention and interest!
British thrashers EVILE have completed a UK headlining tour – the band’s first shows on their home soil since spending months on the road in North America in 2010.
EVILE played five shows around the UK with support from fellow British thrashers ELIMINATION and MUTANT. The band are next scheduled to perform in the UK at Hammerfest in Prestatyn on March 19th.
EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE looks back on the UK shows:
“Just got back from our short headline tour of the UK. We had a great time and it was a very successful run. Thank you to every single person who came out and supported Evile and all the other bands! I’ve never seen so many people running/flying towards me whilst I’m playing. It’s very, very difficult to play our songs whilst watching for bodies flying towards you.”
EVILE are this month’s “Artist of the Month” on Rock Band Network. Lead guitarist OL DRAKE is also the latest artist to be spotlighted in the Xbox LIVE “Game with Fame” program. The guitarist will be on Rock Band 3 on Xbox LIVE tonight (Thursday, 17th February), challenging fans from all over the world to join him in playing the latest tracks from the likes of EVILE, OCEANO, CAULDRON and more.
“I’m about to take part in Xbox LIVE’s “Game with Fame” on Rock Band 3 thanks to the wonderful people at Harmonix and Microsoft. It will be between 5pm and 8pm EST [10pm to 1am GMT] today. I warn you, I’m not very good. None of this “Expert” business for me, I just thought it would be cool to play and chat to some Evile fans who play Rock Band 3!”
For your chance to play your favourite tracks from Rock Band 3 and the Rock Band Network with OL, sign in to Xbox LIVE tonight from 5pm to 8pm EST (10pm to 1am UK time). OL will be playing with the Gamertag EvileOlDrake. Simply send him an invite to play and get shredding!
Get practising with EVILE’s anthemic track, “Thrasher”, along with all of the songs from the band’s latest album, INFECTED NATIONS, by heading to EVILE’s official page on the Rock Band Network at http://www.rockband.com/songs/artists/Evile
Israeli prog/metal band ORPHANED LAND has just posted the following statement regarding the current events in the Arabian world:
“For years I was educated to hate Arabs and learned how much they hate me and my nation, I was sure both Israelis and Arabs, Jews and Muslims will never live in peace. But then something happened, a small movement – the music that taught me more than any teacher, guru, rabbi, sheikh, was my band’s music – ORPHANED LAND. I know that a football fan of Barcelona will never cheer up for Real Madrid, so how can it be that Arab people will follow my Israeli band? It’s simple – the power of music to bring people together, to break walls, even worst enemies can find a mutual song that they love, and right there – it’s a moment where they can find something in common, a door to a dialogue, to understand that we are all one.
We consider you, our Arabian fans, to be the most brave metal heads in the world, since you re-defined the word ‘underground’ into a new level.
We know how hard it is to be a metal head in the middle east and we always want you to know that we as pioneers of the Middle Eastern Metal genre, we are trying our best to be your voice too without getting into politics that divide us for ages. I already know that music can bring people together since I see how many fans we have in the Arab world despite the fact we are Israelis.
I know that all the wars and bullshit they put in our heads are just a stupid lie, I know it because we succeeded to break it, and we are not politicians, we are just a heavy metal band.
We are banned in your countries, not to mention the fact that we cannot play a concert there, this will never stop the power of music and friendship that exists between us – I see you, our fans as a miracle, you give us the inspiration to continue as much and as strong as we can.
Lately we have decided to make our latest album legally available in your countries – FOR FREE! We hope that you’ll enjoy it and spread the word.
Our countries flags may have different signs and colours but deep in our hearts shines the same flag – the flag of hope, friendship, brotherhood,
Don’t you ever forget it – it is our duty as disciples of the sacred oath.
With love, peace, Salam & Shalom,
If you are lucky to live in a country where you can simply go out to a record store and buy whatever you want – grab your copy of “The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR” and support this fabulous band as they still live up to their message!
Feb. 17, LOS ANGELES — Responding to ongoing rumors surrounding a possible Black Sabbath reunion, Geezer Butler has issued the following statement: “I would like to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumours, that there will be definitely no reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath, whether to record an album or to tour.”
Geezer Butler with Heaven and Hell - Live in Helsinki (2006)
Butler’s most recent musical outing was with Heaven & Hell, a four piece featuring Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi as well as one time Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice. The band released Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell in November of 2010. www.geezerbutler.com
GOD DETHRONED - "Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross"
Read the statement of GOD DETHRONED mainman Henri Sattler: “For a Nihilist, nothing is at least something. 2011 is GOD DETHRONED’s final year in existence.
We could have spent another year in a tour bus because the amount of offers was endless, but I just don’t feel like touring anymore. People told me to take a break for a year or maybe two, but as I’m an “all, or nothing at all” type of person, I decided to call it quits. Not immediately, but in December of this year we will definitely play our last show. That’s gonna be at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting in Holland. I’m very proud of what we achieved with the band, but the time has come for new challenges. I would like to thank all of our fans for their support for all these years.” Cheers, Henri
On behalf of GOD DETHRONED
Confirmed GOD DETHRONED live shows:
02/07/11 – NL – Nijmegen – Fortarock
20/08/11 – DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Festival (final German show)
17/12/11 – NL – Eindhoven – Metal Meeting (farewell show)
DIAMOND PLATE have officially commenced the recording sessions for their Spring 2011 debut album, GENERATION WHY? with producer, Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, DEICIDE, NEVERMORE, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD) at RAX Trax in the band’s hometown of Chicago, IL. “Working with Neil has been incredible;” says guitarist, Konrad Kuplec. “Our plan is simple: bring together great songs, playing, and production with an insane amount of energy. We want to focus on capturing a vibe on this album that hasn’t been felt in metal in a long time. People will be amazed at how much improvement and strength there will be on this debut.”
By incorporating elements of extreme metal, hardcore and other outside interests, DIAMOND PLATE aims to make a solid thrash album that is proudly modern, yet can stand the test of time. Neil Kernon, no stranger to making records that were hallmarks of aggression, is helping to shape GENERATION WHY? into just that: “I am very excited to be working with Diamond Plate. We’re all ready to make a killer album. This is going to be a blast!”
GENERATION WHY? will be released on EARACHE RECORDS in Spring, 2011.
DIAMOND PLATE is a young, dynamic band from Chicago, IL who have taken the midwest metal scene by storm and now have their eyes set on global domination. Formed in 2008, this high-energy act has already earned high honors from respected outlets such as Terrorizer magazine, who named DIAMOND PLATE as one of the Best Unsigned Bands in the very year that the band first got together.
EVILE guitarist, Ol Drake is the latest artist spotlighted in the Xbox LIVE Game With Fame program. Tomorrow night, Thursday, February 17th 2011 from 5 to 8 PM, EST, Ol will be playing Rock Band 3 and wants fans from all over the world to join him in playing the latest EVILE, OCEANO and CAULDRON tracks from Rock Band Network, as well as jamming to the thousands of other Rock Band favorites available on disc and online.
Sign on to Xbox LIVE from 5 PM to 8 PM EST tomorrow, Thursday, February 17th 2011 to get your chance to play with Ol. He will be playing with the Gamertag EvileOlDrake. Send him an invite to play and get your chance to Game With Fame!
Xbox LIVE users can also find more Game With Fame info on the dashboard.
EVILE have been chosen as Rock Band Network‘s February 2011 Artist of the Month. The thrilling UK thrashers have been waving the flag for the multi-million selling Rock Band video game series ever since their signature song, “Thrasher” was included as DLC for the original game. Now several iterations later, EVILE‘s link to the Rock Band series has intensified thanks to the work of Ol Drake and Rock Band Network.
As announced by SLAYER yesterday, Gary Holt of EXODUS will be temporarily filling in for guitarist Jeff Hanneman during SLAYER’s upcoming tour dates. He will immediately join Slayer members Kerry King, Tom Araya and Dave Lombardo on their five-date Australian Soundwave Festival that begins February 26.
Gary Holt offers the following comments about his upcoming stint as touring guitarist for one of metal’s most venerated bands:
“How can I put into words how excited I am to have been asked to play with SLAYER? Hard to describe for sure. Legendary band, check. Old friends since the birth of thrash metal. Check. Get to play ‘Angel Of Death’ live, priceless! I’ll do my best to live up to the standard they’ve set for so many years, while we all wish Jeff a speedy return to health and his rightful place in SLAYER.”
SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman is currently recuperating at home after emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting a serious infection, possibly caused by a spider bite. He is expected to make a full recovery and will return to the SLAYER line-up as soon as he has fully recovered.
Polish death metallers ULCER, who recently joined Pulverised Records’ crushing roster, are pleased to unveil the track-listing and cover art to their upcoming full-length, Grant Us Death. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Grzegorz Kulawiak at Sinquest Sound Studio in Lublin, Poland, the ten-track full-length features the stark but striking cover art of Bartlomiej Kurzok with a layout conceptualized by ULCER frontman D. (aka Sonneillon). Check it out HERE.
Grant Us Death Track Listing:
01. Grant Us Death
03. Bloodpainted Salvation
04. The Love Song
08. The Pact
09. My Lord Has Horns
10. When Horror Comes
Formed in 2006, the young ULCER consists of past and present members from Blaze Of Perdition, Squashed Bowels, Deivos and Abusiveness. The band recorded two demos in 2006 and a debut full-length album entitled Serpent Trinity in 2007. To check out a preview of “The Love Song,” the fourth track off Grant Us Death, visit the ULCER‘s official MySpace page at: http://www.myspace.com/ulcerdeathmetal or http://www.myspace.com/pulverisedrecords.
SOUTHERN BRIGADE RECORDS proudly presents the third album from Italian Metaòl Band GOLEM called “ONE BULLET LEFT”.
The band from Bari comes back on the scene after 6 years from his last and fortunate album“Black Era”. The new album, recorded and mixed at the GOLEM DUNGEON STUDIOS (Capurso, BA – IT) by GIUSEPPE DENTAMARO, is an incredible evolution of both skill and sound that combines melodic keyboards and samples themes and some very extreme aggressive moments.
Vocal melodies and catchy refreains make GoleM’s sound very recognizable and remarkable from people who love modern ad versatile metal swedish style, very well mixed screamin’ and clean vocals, crystal-clear sounds supported by and incredible performance from the musicians involved! The graphic design as every GoleM work was made by CLAUDIO GRILLI’S COOLGRAPHICS.
ONE BULLET LEFT will be released on 30 april 2011 also via digital download and will be available on every major retailer like iTunes, cdbaby.com, Rhapsody, emusic and much more.
Wisconsin thrash metallers LAZARUS A.D. and MetalInjection.net have just posted the sixth and final video blog in their series detailing “The Making of Black Rivers Flow”. Check out the new installment at this link (and below). The behind the scenes footage for the series was filmed by the band and produced/edited by Clay Cook at Dirty Cheese Design & Development. Check out all of the previous installments at MetalInjection.net.
Black Rivers Flow was released on February 1st on Metal Blade Records and is already seeing some amazing numbers on the charts. The album landed at #35 on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums chart, and #86 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums chart. Black Rivers Flow also charted at #90 in Canada on the Hard Music charts. These numbers are only the beginning of an exciting year for LAZARUS A.D..
The band is currently touring alongside thrash metal legends Death Angel on the North American Retribution Tour.Bonded by Blood will also perform. LAZARUS A.D. and Bonded by Blood have also just released a number of European tour dates that will launch them throughout the continent this March. See below for all current European and U.S. tour dates. NORTH AMERICAN RETRIBUTION TOUR 2011 w/ DEATH ANGEL, BONDED BY BLOOD
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
EUROPEAN TOUR w/ BONDED BY BLOOD
Mar. 09 – London, UK – O2 Academy 2
Mar. 10 – Bristol, UK – Area 81
Mar. 11 – Milton Keynes, UK – Crauford Arms
Mar. 12 – Leeds, UK – The Well
Mar. 13 – Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks
Mar. 14 – Nottingham, UK – The Maze
Mar. 15 – Southampton, UK – Joiners
Mar. 16 – Norwich, UK – Metal Lust @ The Brickmakers
Mar. 17 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
Mar. 18 – Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo
Mar. 19 – Prague, Czech Republic – Modra Vopice
Mar. 20 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Orto Bar
Mar. 21 – Vienna, Austria – 3Raum/Arena
Mar. 22 – Bologna, Italy – Blogs Club
Mar. 23 – Barcelona, Spain – Mephisto
Mar. 24 – Madrid, Spain – Hebe
Mar. 25 – Paris, France – Paris Extreme Festival
Mar. 26 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27 Black
Mar. 27 – Porto, Portugal – Porto Rio
Mar. 29 – Hamburg, Germany – Headcrash
Mar. 30 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Merleyn
Mar. 31 – Copenhagen, Denmark – The Rock
Here’s what critics are already saying about Black Rivers Flow:
“LAZARUS A.D.’s Black Rivers Flow is meticulously perfect. The guitar solos are reminiscent of Slayer, the riffs remind me of Coroner, Atheist and Testament, and the precision of the guitar work brings to mind Metallica and Megadeth.” Altsounds.com
“This band is in no danger of suffering from a sophomore slump (the title track is especially wicked).” MetalSucks.net
“Grade-A modern American thrash metal.” Blabbermouth.net
“The album wraps up with the seven-minute ‘Eternal Vengeance’, which builds from a mellow vocal introduction reminiscent of James Hetfield’s (Metallica) somber moments to the crunching heaviness that defines the rest of the album. It too is a strong and, in a different way, expansive cut. LAZARUS A.D. have taken a big step forward with Black Rivers Flowand kept the killer instinct intact. No flash in the pan, this is a band to watch in 2011 and beyond.” Blabbermouth.net
“LAZARUS A.D. gets a lot of things right on Black Rivers Flow, namely the classic thrash feel, the headbangability and the incorporation of a second, very different vocal presence. Just be careful listening to this while driving. This album might make you a little reckless. RIYL: Metallica, Lamb of God, Pantera, Five Finger Death Punch, Goatwhore.” TheNewReview.net
Lazarus A.D. is
Jeff Paulick –Bass/Lead Vocals
Dan Gapen- Lead Guitar / Vocals
Alex Lackner- Guitar
PAUL WARDINGHAM: Releases Solo Instrumental Metal Album “Assimilate Regenerate”
Australian based guitarist and producer Paul Wardingham, is releasing his debut solo instrumental album, “Assimilate Regenerate”, scheduled for release on February 21st 2011 through Enigmatic Records.
Described as hi-tech melodic metal, Paul’s style combines 7-string mechanical metal grooves, melodic choruses, and otherworldly guitar solos. This album is sure to impress fans of guitar legends like Jeff Loomis and John Petrucci, although musically it shares more in common with artists such as Devin Townsend, Scar Symmetry, Fear Factory, and Meshuggah.
Paul Wardingham was recently featured on Universum’s latest album “Mortuus Machina” contributing a guest guitar solo on the track “Aeon Displacement”. He is also known as one halfof the Collins/Wardingham Project, a collaboration with Australian drum phenomenon Grant Collins. Their critically acclaimed progressive metal fusion album “Interactive” was released in 2006 through Enigmatic Records.
“Assimilate Regenerate” track listing:
01. Assimilate Regenerate 02. Futureshock 03. Ghost In The Machine 04. Brain Interactive Construct 05. Fields Of Utopia 06. Enter The Metaverse 07. Mindwarp 08. Clones 09. Cyber Warfare 10. Orbital Decay 11. Black Hole Device