BLIND GUARDIAN and BLACKGUARD confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL!

October 26th, 2010
by EvilG
70000 TONS OF METAL

70000 TONS OF METAL

We received big news from two of our scouting parties: Our North American scouts wanted to enter Canada and were taken into custody by a BLACKGUARD. Meanwhile one of our German scouting parties crossed the Rhine river and when they reached the city of Krefeld, they were greeted by a BLIND GUARDIAN!

70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival: 34 out of 40 and counting…

The 34 out of 40 confirmed bands are:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Blackguard
Blind Guardian

Cripper
Dark Tranquillity
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth
Korpiklaani
Marduk
Moonspell
Nevermore

Obituary
Rage
Raven
Sabaton

Sanctuary

Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Týr
Uli Jon Roth
Unleashed
Witchburner

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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Demonica – Vocalist Klaus Hyr

October 26th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

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Demonica – Vocalist Klaus Hyr

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack at Massacre Records for setting up this interview

Thanks to Massacre Records for the promo pictures of the band.

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Demonica is the name of a new American/Danish thrash metal act that includes the famous Hank Shermann known from Mercyful Fate amongst others. The band also includes members from Forbidden but I had the pleasure of talking with Artillery member Klaus Hyr. I was supposed to speak with Mr Sherman but when he couldn’t find the time did Mr Hyr did the interview instead. Some of the issues that came up were the past present and the future of Demonica and how it was to record the brand new album DEMONSTROUS.

 

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QUEENSRŸCHE’S TRIPLE-PLATINUM ‘EMPIRE’ REMASTERED AND EXPANDED FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 9 BY CAPITOL/EMI

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG

QUEENSRŸCHE’S TRIPLE-PLATINUM ‘EMPIRE’ REMASTERED AND EXPANDED FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 9 2010 BY CAPITOL/EMI

QUEENSRŸCHE’S TRIPLE-PLATINUM ‘EMPIRE’ REMASTERED AND EXPANDED FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 9 2010 BY CAPITOL/EMI

Deluxe 2CD and Digital Packages Feature Remastered Original Album Plus 13 Bonus Tracks, Including 10 Previously Unreleased Live Recordings

Hollywood, California – Queensrÿche has partnered with Capitol/EMI for the November 9 release of an expanded 20th Anniversary Edition of the band’s triple platinum-certified breakout album, Empire. The new 2-CD and digital packages both include the remastered album, featuring six hit singles, including the #1 smash “Silent Lucidity,” as well as 13 bonus tracks, among them 10 previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1990 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The 2-CD package is presented in a lift-top box with five postcards, a fold-out poster and a booklet featuring photos from the band’s personal archive.

After building a devoted fan base with album and EP releases throughout the 1980s, including 1988’s critically acclaimed Operation: Mindcrime, Queensrÿche broke into the mainstream across North America and abroad with the 1990 release of Empire.  In the U.S., the album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and its hit ballad “Silent Lucidity” quickly became a heavy rotation staple at rock radio and on MTV, topping Billboard’s Modern Rock singles chart and earning Queensrÿche the coveted MTV Viewers Choice Award for the song’s music video. Empire also made the U.K.’s Top 10, and the album’s international success led to Queensrÿche’s 18-month headlining “Building Empires” world tour, the band’s longest trek to date.

Empire also features the Billboard Top 10 Modern Rock hits “Jet City Woman” and “Another Rainy Night,” the Top 20 single, “Anybody Listening?,” and the Top 30 singles “Best I Can” and Empire.”  In addition to the aforementioned live recordings, Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)’s bonus tracks include “Last Time in Paris” from the Ford Forlaine soundtrack, “Dirty Lil’ Secret,” and the band’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair.”

Since forming in Bellevue, Washington in 1981, Queensrÿche has sold more than twenty million albums around the world. For more information, visit Queensrÿche’s official web site: www.queensryche.com

QUEENSRŸCHE
EMPIRE
(20th Anniversary Edition)
[2CD, digital]

DISC 1

  1. Best I Can
  2. The Thin Line
  3. Jet City Woman
  4. Della Brown
  5. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
  6. Empire
  7. Resistance
  8. Silent Lucidity
  9. Hand On Heart
  10. One And Only
  11. Anybody Listening?
  12. Last Time In Paris [Bonus Track]
  13. Scarborough Fair [Bonus Track]
  14. Dirty Lil’ Secret [Bonus Track]

DISC 2 (previously unreleased: all tracks recorded live 11/15/90 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon)

  1. Resistance
  2. Walk in the Shadows
  3. Best I Can
  4. Empire
  5. The Thin Line
  6. Jet City Woman
  7. Roads To Madness
  8. Silent Lucidity
  9. Hand On Heart
  10. Take Hold Of The Flame

TOUR DATES:
The Queensrÿche Cabaret
Oct 28     VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino, Kansas City, MO
Oct 29     House of Blues, Chicago, IL
Oct 30     Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mount Pleasant, MI

The “Best of” Tour
Oct 31    Buffalo Wild Wings, Mesa, AZ
Nov 13   Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, NV
Dec 30   D&R Theatre, Aberdeen, WA
Jan 22    Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover, NV


AMAZON PRE-ORDER (EMPIRE 20TH)
http://www.amazon.com/Empire-20th-Anniversary-Queensryche/dp/B003XFV7W4


VIDEOS
Another Rainy Night (Without You) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcMVZ-aRWYQ
Anybody Listening – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UlEIQUWKTQ
Best I Can – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg7ZRZyQJ5U
Empire – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN9qdgdFrZY
Jet City Woman – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JykN5eCkvnM
Resistance (Live) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTDtUph_ibc
Silent Lucidity – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3QSkux3vcQ
The Thin Line – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odlzH7OI1CU

ONLINE
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/Queensryche
My Space – http://www.myspace.com/queensryche
Twitter – http://twitter.com/queensryche
Official – http://www.queensryche.com

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THE OCEAN Robbed In Spain

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG

On Wednesday, October 20, 2010 THE OCEAN, who are currently on tour supporting The Dillinger Escape Plan in Europe, were robbed on a highway near Madrid. Said the band in a statement: “Two guys in a black BMW pulled us over with fake police IDs. They asked for our van papers and IDs and wanted to know if we had any money to declare. We were not skeptical at this point, as it is normal in Europe that you have to declare larger amounts of money when you’re crossing borders, so we told them we had merch money with us, and the guy wanted to see it. When we showed them the merch wallet, the guy reached through the open window, seized it and ran back to the BMW in front of us, where his colleague was waiting with the engine running. Unfortunately our van and trailer don’t match the speed of a BMW, but fortunately it’s not allowed to carry guns in Europe, as otherwise we would be in jail now for shooting the guy in the face.

“We are facing a loss of + 6000 euro of merch income of the last days and fees. The exact amount is still to be determined. As some of you may or may not know, conditions on support tours are usually grim. Fees are low and barely cover expenses for van, gas, highway tolls, ferries etc. There is no accommodation arrangements, we’ve been crashing out on people’s floors for weeks. Losing more than 6000 euro is something we simply cannot afford at this point.

We are asking everyone who is planning to order Anthropocentric in the next few weeks through our shop to help out. You can do so by donating 5 Euro when you place your order. All income generated through this will make the loss smaller for us.

Everyone who donates 5 Euro will receive a copy of the police report and a Thank You card signed by all band members. We would like to thank you in advance for your support!”

You can donate at: http://www.pelagic-records.com/shop

In related news, THE OCEAN will support Anathema on another run of Euro shows in November. Confirmed dates include:

11/09/2010 Rocking Chair – Vevey, Switzerland

11/10/2010 Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland

11/11/2010 Estragon – Bologna, Italy

11/12/2010 Alpheus – Rome, Italy

11/13/2010 New Age – Treviso, Italy

11/14/2010 Magazzini Generali – Milan, Italy

11/15/2010 Boogaloo Club – Zagreb, Croatia

11/16/2010 Listhalle – Graz, Austria

11/17/2010 Viper Room – Vienna, Austria

11/18/2010 Diesel Club – Budapest, Hungary

11/21/2010 Akademija – Belgrade, Serbia (Headline Show)

11/22/2010 Randall – Bratislava, Slovakia

11/23/2010 Rock Café – Prague, Czech Republic

http://www.theoceancollective.com/heliocentric

http://www.metalblade.com/theocean

http://www.facebook.com/theoceancollective

http://www.myspace.com/theoceancollective

http://twitter.com/OceanCollective

http://www.youtube.com/theoceancollective

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SHADOWS FALL RELEASES ‘MADNESS IN MANILA’ CD/DVD SET TODAY

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG

Shadows Fall - NEW DVD/CD ‘MADNESS IN MANILA’

Shadows Fall - NEW DVD/CD ‘MADNESS IN MANILA’

SHADOWS FALL is pleased to announce today’s release of their new CD/DVD set Madness in Manila! The set marks the impressive 15 year anniversary of SHADOWS FALL!

SHADOWS FALL’s first visit to Manila, Philippines came when many bands weren’t performing in the city, but through the immense devotion of their fans, the band had a massive, unprecedented reception. In April 2009, the band made their triumphant return to the Philippines to headline the Pulp Summer Slam Festival in Manila for over 22,000 people!  Madness in Manila chronicles this event, and includes over 60 minutes of live footage, pyro and all, and various little gems from their 2009 Far East tour. Bonus footage includes video from the Philippines show performance of ‘Redemption’ and ‘Venomous’, the Japan Club Citta show performance of ‘The Light That Blinds’, and the Korean show performance of ‘Thoughts Without Words’. Also included with the DVD is an audio CD of the performance!

SHADOWS FALL is pleased to announce their first and only New York City performance this year, taking place at Santos Party House on December 18th, 2010. Santos Party House is an intimate venue, so this particular show should not be missed by any metal fan! A limited amount of pre-sale tickets will be available to fans beginning today at 3pm ET. The pre-sale tickets include a special commemorative show laminate, and the first 30 people in line on the day of show that purchased tickets through the special pre-sale will be invited to a pre-show to hang out with the band! Act now and don’t miss this awesome opportunity! Purchase your tickets here!

Purchase  Madness In Manila via the retail links below:

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003T8BWNY?ie=UTF8&tag=wwweastwestro-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003T8BWNY

iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/madness-in-manila-shadows/id394443494

For more information on SHADOWS FALL, visit these sites:

http://www.shadowsfall.com

http://www.myspace.com/shadowsfall

http://www.twitter.com/brianshadfall

http://www.twitter.com/shadowsfallband

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CRADLE OF FILTH ANNOUNCES HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG
Cradle Of Filth announces February 2011 headlining North American tour

Cradle Of Filth announces February 2011 headlining North American tour

“FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour” to kick off in February

ENGLAND – Britain’s world-renowned extreme heavy metal act, Cradle Of Filth, has announced dates for the band’s first North American tour since 2009, a headlining run on the “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”, set to kick off in February.  Nachtmystium, Turisas, and Daniel Lioneye will round out the tour’s impressive package on Cradle Of Filth’s long-awaited return to North American shores.
In lieu of this exciting news, the band’s infamous frontman, Dani Filth, has left a special video message for the legions of patiently waiting Cradle Of Filth fans exclusively on FEARnet.com.  Head HERE for more details.

Tickets for the “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour” will go on sale on October 30th, while special preorder tickets and VIP meet and greet ticket packages will go on sale tomorrow at 3:00 PM local market time exclusively through Artist Arena at: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/cradleoffilth/.  Meet and greet packages are limited, so fans are encouraged to seize this rare opportunity before it’s too late.

The Grammy nominated, Cradle Of Filth, continues to shock, excite, disgust, and inspire in equal measures. Their forthcoming studio album – and ninth overall – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, will hit stores on November 9th on Nuclear Blast Records.

A loyal stalwart to the satanic horror ethos, Cradle Of Filth’s forthcoming, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, is a concept album based on Adam’s first wife, the lascivious demoness Lilith. It was recorded at Monkey Puzzle Studios, near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England, and is the follow-up to 2008’s Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder. Artwork comes courtesy of Natalie Shau.

Whether through their wildly elaborate & theatrical live shows (which incorporate giant lumbering puppets, fire-breathing dancers, freaks and stilt-walkers), provocative merchandise (including the now legendary ‘Jesus Is A C***’ t-shirt), breathtaking artwork, or the weighty subject matter of their albums (their last told the story of a French Lord who fought alongside Joan Of Arc before embarking on a horrific killing spree), Cradle Of Filth is a band whose uncompromising stance has been rewarded with legions of fans around the world, making them the most successful British heavy metal band since Iron Maiden.

Be sure to check out the Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa mini-site for exclusive Cradle Of Filth media, including song previews, video blogs, an iPhone app, and more.

Stay tuned to for more information on Cradle Of Filth, the “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”, and Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa.

“FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”…

Feb. 1 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live

Feb. 2 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom

Feb. 4 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

Feb. 5 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater

Feb. 6 – Las Vegas, NV@ House of Blues

Feb. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live

Feb. 9 – San Francisco, CA@ Regency Ballroom

Feb. 11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theatre

Feb. 12 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

Feb. 13 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

Feb. 15 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center

Feb. 16 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom

Feb. 18 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre

Feb. 20 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

Feb. 21 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

Feb. 23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo

Feb. 25 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s

Feb. 26 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy

Feb. 27 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

Feb. 28 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec

Mar. 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero

Mar. 3 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

Mar. 4 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium

Mar. 5 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Mar. 6 – Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street Ballroom

Mar. 8 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva Theatre

Mar. 9 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

Mar. 11 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

Mar. 12 – Orlando, FL @ Firestone

Mar. 13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

Cradle Of Filth is…

Dani Filth (vocals)

Paul Allender (guitar)

James McIlroy (guitar)

David Pybus (bass)

Martin Skaroupka (drums)

Caroline Campbell (keys)

Cradle Of Filth online…

www.cradleoffilth.com

www.myspace.com/cradleoffilth

www.facebook.com/pages/Cradle-of-Filth/6514209076

www.nuclearblastusa.com

www.myspace.com/nuclearblastusa

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ANNIHILATOR: ‘REFRESH THE DEMON’ REISSUE OUT NOW IN EUROPE

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG
ANNIHILATOR: FREE BOOKSHELF BOX AVAILABLE

ANNIHILATOR: FREE BOOKSHELF BOX AVAILABLE

REFRESH THE DEMON, the 1996 album from Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR, has been reissued and is out now in Europe.

Following the recent release of ANNIHILATOR’s critically acclaimed, self-titled new album, Earache Records is reissuing six albums from the band’s illustrious back-catalogue.  REFRESH THE DEMON is fifth album in the series to be released, following CARNIVAL DIABLOS, CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW, WAKING THE FURY and KING OF THE KILL.

REFRESH THE DEMON is available now on CD in a custom slipcase and includes three demo versions of classic Annihilator tunes as bonus tracks.

The full track listing for REFRESH THE DEMON is as follows:

01. Refresh The Demon
02. Ultraparanoia
03. Syn. Kill 1
04. Awaken
05. The Pastor Of Disaster
06. City Of Ice
07. A Man Called Nothing
08. Innocent Eyes
09. Voices And Victims
10. Anything For Money
11. Hunger
12. 21 (Demo 1994)*
13. Weapon X (Demo 2004)*
14. Bloodbath (Demo 1999)*

(* bonus tracks)

Get REFRESH THE DEMON now in Europe, along with CARNIVAL DIABLOS, CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW, WAKING THE FURY and KING OF THE KILL, at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_749

To celebrate this great series of ANNIHILATOR reissues, Earache Records is offering a free, sturdy bookshelf box to fans as a way of neatly and proudly displaying the six albums.  The free bookshelf box is available to European fans (CDs not included) and features stunning ANNIHILATOR artwork and a personal message to the fans from ANNIHILATOR guitarist and mastermind JEFF WATERS.

To get your free ANNIHILATOR bookshelf box, simply e-mail your full name and postal address to annihilatorbox@earache.com with the subject “Annihilator box”.

View a picture of the bookshelf box at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/annihilator_bookshelf_box.jpg

You can also get your hands on a free ANNIHILATOR compilation album, TOTAL ANNIHILATION, at http://www.earache.com/totalannihilation

Don’t miss ANNIHILATOR on their current European headlining tour at the following remaining shows:

Oct. 26 – Warsaw, POL – Progresja
Oct. 27 – Krakow, POL – Loch Ness
Oct. 28 – Prague, CZR – Retro Music Hall
Oct. 30 – Wörgl, AUT – Komma
Nov. 01 – Pratteln, SWI – Z7
Nov. 02 – Nuremberg, GER – Hirsch
Nov. 03 – Milan, ITA – Live Club
Nov. 05 – Barcelona, SPA – Mephisto
Nov. 06 – Madrid, SPA – Sala Live
Nov. 07 – Bilbao, SPA – Kafe Antzoki
Nov. 10 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Nov. 11 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Nov. 13 – Newcastle, UK – Legends
Nov. 14 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Nov. 15 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Nov. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Nov. 18 – Bristol, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 19 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 20 – London, UK – Islington Academy
Nov. 24 – Thessaloniki, Greece – Principal Club Theatre
Nov. 25 – Athens, Greece – Gagarin 205 Club

View the tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/ann_euro_tour.jpg

Get tickets to see ANNIHILATOR from TicketMaster at http://j.mp/agadFc

For more ANNIHILATOR news and info, head to http://www.annihilatormetal.com

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WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH POSTS ‘MMX’ ALBUM STREAM‘MMX’

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG

BERLIN, GERMANY – German technical metal outfit, War from a Harlots Mouth, has posted a free stream of their forthcoming Lifeforce Records full-length release, MMX, on their official website at: http://wfahm.com/mmx-stream/.

MMX, the band’s the band’s third studio album, and third Lifeforce release, will hit stores in North America on November 9th. The punishing full-length can be preordered through the Lifeforce webstore at: http://www.imperial-clothing.com/shop/recordlabel/lifeforce.html, while a special digital edition ofMMX, featuring two bonus tracks, can be pre-ordered through iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/mmx/id393379592.

The track list for MMX is…
01. Insomnia
02. To Age And Obsolete
03. The Increased Sensation Of Dullness
04. Sleep Is The Brother Of Death
05. The Polyglutamine Pact
06. Cancer Man
07. C.G.B. Spender
08. Sugarcoat
09. Spineless
10. Recluse MMX
11. Inferno III/VI

While War from a Harlots Mouth has impressively proven their sustainable relevance and snappy creativity over the past five years by combining tech metal, grindcore, hardcore, and jazzy influences, MMX showcases a wider range of ferocious influences than seen in the band’s previous efforts.  MMX is the band’s most intense release to date, and it is safe to say War from a Harlots Mouth is once again defining new standards for the extreme underground.

A brand new track taken from MMX, “Recluse MMX”, can be downloaded at: http://beta.projectrodney.com/warfromaharlotsmouth.

War from a Harlots Mouth will hit the road for a European run on the high profile “Never Say Die” tour alongside Parkway Drive, Comeback Kid, Bleeding Through and more.

Stay tuned for more info on War from a Harlots Mouth and MMX. For more information…www.myspace.com/warfromaharlotsmouthwww.lifeforcerecords.com

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VAN HALEN’s “Running With The Devil” Guitar Track ISOLATED

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG

TMD has obtained the isolated master guitar track for VAN HALEN’s classic song  “Running With The Devil” off the legendary rockers 1978 eponymous debut album. In 2009,  it was named the ninth greatest hard rock tune of all time by VH1.

When Eddie first burst onto the scene at just 23 years of age, he was undoubtedly the hottest  heavy metal guitar player in the world. With one listen of the blazing guitar giant on this isolated
performance… you will come to respect him even more.

Read more HERE

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MelodicRock Records Announce Release for Italian symphonic melodic metal band – VIOLET SUN

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG
Violet Sun -  “Loneliness In Supremacy”released November 19, 2010

Violet Sun - “Loneliness In Supremacy”released November 19, 2010

MelodicRock Records is proud to announce the release of the next title in the fledgling label’s line-up – Italian symphonic melodic metal band VIOLET SUN.

Their debut album “Loneliness In Supremacy” will be released November 19, with pre-orders shipping November 12.

Violet Sun’s core goes back to 2005, when Dario Grillo (Platens, Thy Majesty) heard the voice of Alessandra Amata, a singer of great talent of Catania, well known in the Sicilian musical circle. Dario had some interesting unpublished work that proposed to her. Alessandra immediately showed herself to be very enthusiastic about the project and so in a few months they began to work to the drawing up and the realization of the songs contained in the debut album.
Loneliness In Supremacy is not a normal Metal album, but a real blended work in which the styles such as classic and opera music, heavy metal, oriental, progressive and AOR blend perfectly together to create powerful and memorable melodies. This record places itself midway between a real Metal Opera (Avantasia, Aina, Nostradamus) and bands as Nightwish, Epica, Kamelot.

MelodicRock Records owner Andrew McNeice: “There is nothing harder in this scene than breaking in a new name, but just as my other signings have impressed, so to did Violet Sun. One listen and I called upon Dario to sign up. I wasn’t looking for a heavier project to add to the label, but taking each release on its merits, this just screamed out for attention. The production is simply world class. Intense themes, immense arrangements and the power and emotion of the material appealed to me instantly. I am very happy to have such a strong group of artists involved in the label and Violet Sun only enhances that.”

The album comes with 12 powerful tracks and a deluxe 16 page booklet featuring the outstanding artwork of Ciao Caldas (Degreed).

Audio samples can be heard at: www.melodicrockrecords.com. Pre-orders are open now.

Track Listing 01) Dust In The Wind 02) Inside Out 03) Midnight [Instrumental] 04) When The Lights Go Down 05) Cross The Line 06) Falling In Love 07) Where Is My Way Home 08) My Flame Still Burns 09) Pray On The Grave 10) Break Your Chains
11) Synthetic Pleasures 12) Loneliness In Supremacy [Instrumental]

WebLinks: www.myspace.com/violetsunofficial / www.facebook.com/pages/Violet-Sun/219691939228 / www.melodicrockrecords.com

Violet Sun joins three other acts on MelodicRock Records, all introducing their debut albums – Degreed (Sweden), Fenrik Lane (Finland) and All I Know (Belgium).
All albums can be ordered now via: www.melodicrockrecords.com/store and all good melodic music outlets.

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BELPHEGOR: New Album Title Revealed

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG

Austria’s BELPHEGOR recently wrapped up work on their new blackened death metal masterpiece! Blood Magick Necromance was 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!

“This will be the most epic and monumental BELPHEGOR work to date,“ commented frontman and lead shredder Helmuth.

DEICIDE Announce "The God Is Dead - To Hell With God" Headlining Tour

DEICIDE Announce "The God Is Dead - To Hell With God" Headlining Tour

BELPHEGOR will also 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. Tickets for the tour are available now via www.enterthevault.com and all other normal ticketing systems.

DEICIDE, BELPHEGOR, BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS, PATHOLOGY

02/15/11  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

02/16/11  Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

02/17/11  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

02/18/11  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

02/19/11  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

02/20/11  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

02/21/11  The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

02/22/11  Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

02/23/11  Cafe Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA

02/24/11  Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA

02/25/11  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

02/26/11  Reggie Rock Club – Chicago, IL

02/27/11  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

02/28/11  Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY

03/01/11  The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

03/02/11  Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

03/04/11  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

03/05/11  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

03/07/11  Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV

03/08/11  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

03/09/11  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

03/10/11  The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

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ANTHRAX AND THE DAMNED THINGS ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE METAL CLUB RELEASES

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG

Hot off the heels of Metallica’s breaking news for their “Live at Grimey’s” CD/10″ comes the news of releases from Anthrax and The Damned Things (the band formed by Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano of Anthrax, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy and Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die).  Both bands, in addition to Metallica, will be releasing Metal Club exclusive items which can be found at participating stores on Black Friday (11/26).

Anthrax will be releasing Live at the Sonisphere 10″, a picture disc featuring the tracks “Medusa” and “Only” which are live recordings from the Big 4 DVD (a DVD of the day Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth shared a stage in Sofia, Bulgaria).  These recordings will be the first with Joey Belladonna as singer of Anthrax in more than 20 years.  Meanwhile, The Damned Things will be releasing a 7″ and CD single for their debut single “We’ve Got A Situation Here” including the track “Ironiclast.”  The full length debut from The Damned Things, Ironiclast will hit shelves December 14.

Charlie Benante of Anthrax had the following to say about independent record stores, “Indie stores are our only hope!  People should cherish these wonderful treasures.  Go, get lost in an indie record store, you may discover a band or record that could blow your mind.”

Metal Club is a group of record stores throughout the US and Canada that work to connect the vibrant metal community with their local record store.  Fans will be able to visit their local Metal Club store for special metal promotional pieces, exciting in-store events, and a series of exclusive Metal Club releases.

These and other special metal releases are available at Metal Club stores across the country, please visit www.mymetalclub.com for store locations, news and information on other Metal Club releases.

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SHATTERED WORLD RECORDS’ BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA TO TOUR EUROPE

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG

AUSTIN, TX – BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA is gearing up for a three-week supporting slot that will include dates in 10 European countries . They kick off the tour in Winterthur, Switzerland on Nov. 10, 2010 and close the tour with Napalm Death in Aachen, Germany on Dec 5, 2010.  They will be supporting various bands including Wehrmacht, ProPain and Sick of it All (Persistence Tour). Also on the different bills are Immolation, Macabre, Waking the Cadaver, The Ghost Inside, DRI, Blood for Blood, Evergreen Terrace and more.

Given that the band is not signed to a major label and relatively unknown, MAD Tourbooking undertook this endeavor with the belief that they will soon explode onto the European scene with full force.

Every musical genre has its icons, the musicians who helped define the sound and create the blueprint for every band that came after. Former D.R.I. drummer Felix Griffin has long been cited as an influence by everyone from Anthrax/S.O.D.’s Charlie Benante to Slayer’s Dave Lombardo, and he’s still maintaining his position as the premier crossover drummer, only now he’s doing it as a member of Austin, Texas’s punk-metal stalwarts Blunt Force Trauma.

Though Blunt Force Trauma began a decade ago, founded by vocalist Bobby Fuentes and guitarist Slaytoven, the band became the force to be reckoned with that it is today when Griffin joined in 2007 and bassist Alex “Rager” Loughborough was enlisted a year later. This is the lineup that recorded the Hatred for the State CD, the quartet’s latest furious—in every sense of the word—musical assault for Shattered World Records, the band’s own label. December 2009 saw the departure of Alex Rager and made way for bassist Craig Holloway to rumble onto the BFT scene. Coincidentally, Holloway, an icon in his own right, was the artist responsible for producing the brutal cover art for Hatred for the State. Previously, Holloway has designed CD/DVD artwork for the likes of Agnostic Front, The Meatmen, Negative Approach and countless others. “His portfolio is literally a snapshot of American hardcore” Fuentes muses. “Craig is like the Pushead of the new millennium, we knew his maniacal style would portray the mood of Hatred perfectly” he adds.

As a lyricist, Fuentes doesn’t mince words in viciously addressing his beefs with the current political climate in America on songs like “Modes of Control,” “Revolution” and the title track. “Hatred for the State is definitely a raging tirade about what’s wrong with the country,” he says. “I get so fed up listening to the news every morning that I sometimes think we should just start over like 1776: list our grievances, declare independence and start executing motherfuckers for treason.”

Musically, Blunt Force Trauma are equally unflinching. Powered by Griffin’s unrelenting and precise attack, the band has evolved dramatically from its more punk-leaning roots to a full-on crossover machine. Though Hatred is the band’s third CD, it’s the first to feature Griffin and the progression is obvious. “Hatred for the State is the melding of the new and old Blunt Force Trauma,” says Slaytoven. “Felix’s presence fits perfectly. This CD is more focused and mature, both musically and lyrically, and has a lot more of the metallic edge.”

The three bonus tracks on Hatred for the State—covers of Bad Brains, D.R.I. and Minor Threat songs—provide a glimpse of the various influences on Blunt Force Trauma’s sound. Add Slayer and S.O.D. to that list and you have a more complete picture of the damage these guys are dealing. It’s not surprising then that a crossover drumming legend like Griffin—who recorded the genre-defining album Dealing With It with D.R.I. when he was still a teenager—finds himself pounding away in Blunt Force Trauma. He’s responsible for helping to create crossover and with Blunt Force Trauma he’s proudly and passionately carrying on the tradition.

Blunt Force Trauma is Bob-O, Slaytoven, Felix Griffin & Craig Holloway

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Re-release of four Primal Fear albums

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG

Not many bands can boast such accomplishments as Primal Fear can. In over twelve years, the group managed to release eight LPs and become one of the most important members of the contemporary power metal scene. This year, Metal Mind Productions is proud to bring back four classic Primal Fear albums – the self-titled debut (1998), “Jaws of Death” (1999), “Nuclear Fire” (2001) and “Devil’s Ground” (2004) – each of them proving that true metal is still alive and kicking!

The history of Primal Fear began in late 1997, when vocalist Ralf Scheepers (Tyran Pace, Gamma Ray) and bassist Mat Sinner (Sinner) decided to join forces and form a band that would fully stand up to their musical tastes. Together with drummer Klaus Sperling and guitarist Tom Neumann they recorded their first songs for the Japan-based label JVC Records. After securing a deal in Japan, Primal Fear was noticed by European labels and finally in 1998 they signed to Nuclear Blast. The group’s self-titled debut release hit the stores in February 1998. “Primal Fear” delivered a raw, heavy material, full of rage and unbound energy. The opening track “Chainbreaker” says it all – razor-sharp guitars, fast double-bass drumming and top notch vocals introduce the listener to a true power metal paradise. Other highlights on the album include the mid-tempo stomp “Dollars”, the beautiful ballad “Tears of Rage” and a cover version of Deep Purple’s “Speedking”. “Jaws of Death”, Primal Fear’s second album, was released in July, 1999, delivering a much more intense material than the one on the debut LP. With the addition of second guitarist Stefan Leibing the band ventured into a heavier territory, focusing their efforts on catchy yet relentless riffs. Also, Ralf Scheepers’ vocals have improved, still resembling the style of the Metal God himself – Rob Halford. After the “Jaws of Death” tour, Primal Fear recruited guitarist Henny Wolter and began working on their next album. “Nuclear Fire” was finally released in January 2001, once again proving the group’s extraordinary talent. The album starts off with “Angel In Black”, which continues the tradition of phenomenal Primal Fear’s openers. Other highlights are the ultra heavy, thrash-driven “Fight the Fire” and “Iron Fist in a Metal Glove”, which sound much like a Metal Church track. “Nuclear Fire” became Primal Fear’s most successful album to date, charting at #37 in Germany and #23 in Japan. The band’s next album was “Black Sun”, released in 2002. It was followed by one of Primal Fear’s most spectacular tours ever – the famous Metal Gods tour with such acts as Halford, Testament and Immortal. During that time the group also began working with a new drummer, Randy Black (ex-Annihilator). His studio skills were tested with the recording of Primal Fear’s fifth LP, “Devil’s Ground”. The album included yet another classic opener – “Metal is Forever”, a true metalhead anthem. As for other highlights, there is the dark, apocalyptic “Visions of Fate” and the brilliant ballad called “The Healer”. The following years brought three more studio albums by Primal Fear: “Seven Seals” (2005), “New Religion” (2007) and “16.6. (Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead)” (2009), each of them showing the band’s undying devotion to power metal. With this year’s reissues of their classic material, Primal Fear once again remind all their fans that they’re still one of the most talented metal groups out there!

Primal Fear’s albums will be available in new digipak editions, each limited to 2000 copies. All albums include bonus tracks. The material was remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions set up the release date for November, 22nd in Europe and January, 11th 2011 in USA (via MVD).

Primal Fear – “Primal Fear” (remastered + bonus track)

Primal Fear - Primal Fear

Primal Fear - “Primal Fear” (remastered + bonus track)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1406 DG

Barcode: 5907785036451

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: Power metal

Release date: 22.11.2010 Europe / 11.01.2011 USA

Tracklist:

1. Primal Fear

2. Chainbreaker

3. Silver & Gold

4. Promise Land

5. Formula One

6. Dollars

7. Nine Lives

8. Tears Of Rage

9. Speedking

10. Battalions Of Hate

11. Running In The Dust

12. Thunderdome

Bonus Track:

13. Breaker

Primal Fear – “Jaws Of Death” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Primal Fear - “Primal Fear” (remastered + bonus track)

Primal Fear - “Primal Fear” (remastered + bonus track)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1407 DG

Barcode: 5907785036468

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: Power metal

Release date: 22.11.2010 Europe / 11.01.2011 USA

Tracklist:

1. Jaws Of Death

2. Final Embrace

3. Save A Prayer

4. Church Of Blood

5. Into The Future

6. Under Your Spell

7. Play To Kill

8. Nation In Fear

9. When The Night Comes

10. Fight To Survive

11. Hatred In My Soul

Bonus tracks:

12. Kill The King

13. Horrorscope

Primal Fear – “Nuclear Fire” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Primal Fear - “Nuclear Fire” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Primal Fear - “Nuclear Fire” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1408 DG

Barcode: 5907785036475

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: Power metal

Release date: 22.11.2010 Europe / 11.01.2011 USA

Tracklist:

1. Angel In Black

2. Kiss Of Death

3. Back From Hell

4. Now Or Never

5. Fight The Fire

6. Eye Of An Eagle

7. Bleed For Me

8. Nuclear Fire

9. Red Rain

10. Iron Fist In A Velvet Glove (Bonus track)

11. Fire On The Horizon

12. Living For Metal

Bonus tracks:

13. Angel In Black (Videoclip) (Bonus track)

14. Out In The Fields (Bonus track)

Primal Fear – “Devil’s Ground” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Primal Fear - “Devil's Ground” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Primal Fear - “Devil's Ground” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1409 DG

Barcode: 5907785036482

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: Power metal

Release date: 22.11.2010 Europe / 11.01.2011 USA

Tracklist:

1. Metal Is Forever

2. Suicide And Mania

3. Visions Of Fate

4. Sea Of Flames

5. The Healer

6. Sacred Illusion

7. In Metal

8. Soulchaser

9. Colony 13

10. Wings Of Desire

11. Heart Of A Brave

12. Devil’s Ground

Bonus tracks:

13. Die Young

14. Metal Is Forever (5.1 Mix)

15. The Healer (5.1 Mix)

16. The Rover

www.metalmind.com.pl

NOTE:

In light of this announcement Mat Sinner told BraveWords.com the following: “I know NOTHING about the re-releases (from) Metal Mind. No one informed the band or management about these re-releases. What I can read now on the net is that they even want to change the sound of the albums and want to re-master the albums. Without the producer and overall the band isn’t involved? This sounds very strange to me, but this business is getting weirder…”

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Ozzy Osbourne confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG

Ozzy

Ozzy Osbourne

There are famous artists, there are legendary ones – and there is Ozzy Osbourne. Not only is “the Prince of Darkness” one of hard rock’s most iconic characters, he has also remained at the very top of his career for longer than any of his peers. We are proud to announce that Ozzy Osbourne will make his only Swedish appearance in 2011 at Sweden Rock Festival!

His career took off on Friday the 13th of February 1970, with the release of Black Sabbath’s eponymous debut – the Big bang in heavy music history. Until 1978 the band would release another seven albums featuring Ozzy’s uniquely scornful voice over ominous Doomsday riffs, in countless immortal tracks like “Paranoid”, “Iron man” and “Sabbath bloody sabbath”. 1980 saw the arrival of the singer’s solo debut “Blizzard of Ozz”, another landmark release establishing the characteristic Ozzy sound with tough riffs combined with strong melodies. In the following years Ozzy’s status has grown to Olympic proportions. Events like the reunion of the original Black Sabbath and the controversial reality show “The Osbournes” have been commercial triumphs.

However, his prime achievements remain the albums themselves. In 2010, “Scream” materialized as Ozzy’s tenth studio release, featuring the single “Let me hear you scream”. The latter is the newest addition to an array of classic songs including “Crazy train”, “Mr. Crowley”, “Bark at the moon” and “No more tears”. To name but a few. His recent show at the Stockholm Globe Arena sold out completely soon after the tickets were released and was unanimously hailed by the press, proving Ozzy is as pivotal as ever to the world’s rock and metal scene.

It is this heavy metal titan that in June 2011 makes his very first appearance at Sweden Rock Festival. And his mind is setting on putting on a stellar show. As Ozzy himself puts it in an upcoming Sweden Rock Magazine cover story: “I would pay to see my fans. I love meeting them and making sure they have a good time.”

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