French Death Metalers BLOODY SIGN split up

January 6th, 2011
by EvilG

French band BLOODY SIGN has decided to split up after 15 years of devotion to death metal. Bass/vocalist Hagend left the band in early December, which leaded Ilmar & Kalevi both founders of the band to dissolve, rather than looking for a replacement.

BLOODY SIGN eternally thanks all the people who supported our sounds and dedication to extreme music.

But from the burning remains of the band should rise a new dark sound propagation with both founder members and……. See you in strange new aeons!

Chaos Echoes the band’s third album has recently been released on gatefold LP by Blood Harvest rec.

… For the Unknown!
www.myspace.com/bloodysign

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MetalSucks Launches The AMON AMARTH Viking Beard Contest

January 6th, 2011
by EvilG

Grow Some Gnarly Hair; Win A Rad Prize Pack!

In conjunction with the release of AMON AMARTH’s Surtur Rising full-length, slated for release this March via Metal Blade Records, MetalSucks has launched the official Viking beard contest! Inspired by the magnificent mane of vocalist Johan Hegg, the contest will run from now until the record’s release date and be judged by the folks at MetalSucks and the band.
THE RULES:
For the boys:
Step 1) Send MetalSucks a completely clean-shaven picture of yourself NOW — before Tuesday, January 11th at 11:59pm EST — holding up a sign that says “MetalSucks” and the date. Send all entries to news [at] metalsucks [dot] net with the subject AMON AMARTH Viking Beard Contest.
Step 2) Grow a beard.
Step 3) On March 29th, the day Surtur Rising is released, send team MetalSucks a new picture of yourself… same deal: Hold up a sign with “MetalSucks” and the date, only this time you’ll also need to write a secret passcode on your sign that will be revealed on MetalSucks on March 29th.
For the ladies:
The same as above, but for your armpits or leg hair! MetalSucks will be choosing one male winner and one female winner, both with an identical prize pack, so the playing field is equal for everyone.
Prize packs include: A lock from Johan Hegg’s beard, the “super duper fan edition” of Surtur Rising (of which only a limited number will be made), a drumhead signed by the whole band and more….
For additional info, visit the official contest page HERE.

More on Surtur Rising:
Surtur Rising marks AMON AMARTH’s eighth studio release and undoubtedly one of 2011’s most anticipated albums by fans and critics alike. Surtur Rising is the follow-up to the highly acclaimed 2008 release, Twilight Of The Thunder God, which landed the #7 spot in Revolver Magazine’s Top 20 Albums of 2008 and what MetalSucks called a “bottomless gauntlet of riffs that the band endlessly takes gargantuan swigs from, sounding both lush and emotive as well as skull crushingly heavy… every goddamn one is a chest-beating anthem.” Outburn declared how Twilight Of The Thunder God “will render you nothing short of ecstatic” and Time Out New York noted that “AMON AMARTH plays some of the most unabashedly epic metal you’re likely to find these days.”   Further details on Surtur Rising to come. Stay tuned.

http://www.myspace.com/amonamarth
http://www.amonamarth.com
http://www.facebook.com/AmonAmarthBand?v=app_19935916616
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband http://www.metalblade.com

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HELSTAR Houston CD Release Show 2-12-11

January 6th, 2011
by EvilG

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12th HELSTAR “Glory of Chaos” U.S. Release Show! With Special Guests METAL X CARRY THE STORM AXIS IN COLLAPSE BAGHEERA

All Ages Doors @ 7:00 PM $10 Advance / $15 Door Advance Tickets Online: www.myonstageevents.com/Secure/buildticket3.aspx?ID=307&Campaign=Portal

Numbers Night Club 300 Westheimer Rd Houston TX  77006 713-526-6551
www.numbersnightclub.com

www.myspace.com/numbersnightclub
www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=386919620430

Official HELSTAR Websites:
www.helstar.com
www.myspace.com/helstar
www.facebook.com/helstar.metal
http://twitter.com/Helstar_Metal
www.youtube.com/user/helstarmetal

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CAULDRON ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY TOUR DATES IN EASTERN CANADA

January 6th, 2011
by EvilG
Cauldron - Burning Fortune

Cauldron - Burning Fortune

CAULDRON have announced a new tour that will see the band trekking across eastern Canada throughout February. The band will be taking their timeless brand of raw, exciting heavy metal to the masses all around the great white north and getting fans stoked for the release of their upcoming album, BURNING FORTUNE. Here are the dates:

FEB. 11 – TORONTO, ON – SNEAKY DEES
FEB. 12 – ST. CATHARINES, ON – MIKADO’S
FEB. 18 – OTTAWA, ON – MAVERICKS
FEB. 19 – MONTREAL, QC – KATACOMBES
FEB. 24 – QUEBEC, QC – SCANNER CLUB
FEB. 25 – MONCTON, NB – THE MANHATTAN
FEB. 26 – DARTMOUTH, NS – CD HEAVEN – all ages free in-store early show (6pm)
FEB. 26 – HALIFAX, NS – GUS’ PUB (10pm)
FEB. 28 – FREDERICTON, NB – THE CAPITAL

The USA will also have its first taste of BURNING FORTUNE in January when CAULDRON teams up with VOLTURE for 3 special shows:

Jan. 28 2011 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
Jan. 29 2011 – Philadelphia, PA – Millcreek Tavern
Jan. 30 2011 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool

CAULDRON‘s new album, BURNING FORTUNE is due to be released through Earache Records on February 15th in North America. Pre-order the album with special CAULDRON merch packs at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_700

CAULDRON has been making a video series documenting the making of BURNING FORTUNE, featuring interviews, studio footage, the latest inside scoops on the new album and more.

In the latest video of the series, CAULDRON members JASON DECAY and IAN CHAINS give fans a sneak peek into their lives as they show you around their homes and music collections. Watch the video online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0sRk0jZanQ

Watch the previous videos in the series:

Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Lko47_Gzwo
Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbCACPMsUvo
Part 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUpGzWOvIRQ

A brand new track from BURNING FORTUNE, “All Or Nothing”, is available to listen to now on CAULDRON‘s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/cauldronmetal

For more CAULDRON news and info, head to:
MySpacehttp://www.myspace.com/cauldronmetal
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/cauldronmetal
Twitterhttp://twitter.com/cauldronmetal

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Second Lazarus A.D. single ‘Black Rivers Flow’ available

January 6th, 2011
by EvilG

First episode of “The Making of Black Rivers Flow” posted at MetalInjection.net

NEW ALBUM ‘BLACK RIVERS FLOW’ TO BE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 1ST, 2011

Wisconsin thrash metallers LAZARUS A.D. and AOL’s Noisecreep.com are pleased to debut the new title track ‘Black Rivers Flow’, cut from LAZARUS A.D.’s upcoming full-length release of the same name. The track is available for streaming now at this link. The band’s recently released first single, ‘The Ultimate Sacrifice’ can be heard now on metalblade.com/lazarusad with pre-order packages coming soon!

LAZARUS A.D. and MetalInjection.net have just released the first of six exclusive episodes chronicling “The Making of Black Rivers Flow”.The behind the scenes footage for the series was filmed by the band and produced/edited by Clay Cook at Dirty Cheese Design & Development. Stay tuned into MetalInjection.net for new episodes posting throughout the month of January!

“This time in the studio, we decided to record what was going on behind the scenes during the recording of Black Rivers Flow,” states bassist and vocalist Jeff Paulick. “We compiled over 50 hours of footage and edited this into six episodes that show you a side of the band rarely ever seen. We hope this gives everyone a deeper understanding of what went into the recording of Black Rivers Flow.”

LAZARUS A.D.’s highly anticipated upcoming album, Black Rivers Flow, was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Djuricic and was mixed and mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production. The album hits stores on February 1st, 2011.

Track listing for Black Rivers Flow:

1. American Dreams

2. The Ultimate Sacrifice

3. The Strong Prevail

4. Black Rivers Flow

5. Casting Forward

6. Light A City (Up In Smoke)

7. Through Your Eyes

8. Beneath the Waves of Hatred

9. Eternal Vengeance

LAZARUS A.D. is set to tour the U.S. this winter on the North American Retribution Tour alongside thrash metal legends Death Angel. Joining the tour will be Bonded by Blood, and Hexen.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

Jan. 13 – Miramar Theatre- Milwaukee, WI

Jan. 28 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY

Jan. 29 – Championship Bar and Grill – Trenton, NJ

NORTH AMERICAN RETRIBUTION TOUR 2011 w/ DEATH ANGEL, BONDED BY BLOOD AND HEXEN

Jan. 30 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

Jan. 31 – The Casbah – Charlotte, NC

Feb. 01 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

Feb. 02 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

Feb. 03 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH

Feb. 04 – Club Hell – Providence, RI

Feb. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

Feb. 06 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA

Feb. 07 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

Feb. 08 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

Feb. 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

Feb. 10 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY

Feb. 11 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

Feb. 12 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK

Feb. 13 – Numbers – Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)

Feb. 14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)

Feb. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)

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

Here’s what critics had to say of the LAZARUS A.D.’s Metal Blade debut, The Onslaught:

“The thrash revival seems to have spawned two types of bands – retro sound-alikes and those who are looking to make the genre relevant now. Lazarus A.D. are one of the latter…” Revolver Magazine

“straightforward…engaging…Kill ‘Em All style climax.” Decibel Magazine

“Get ready for some friggin ridiculous thrash from Wisconsin! Not bay area thrash, think Master of Puppets era Metallica thrash” Hails & Horns Magazine

“…the way it combines rapid-fire riffage, abrupt rhythm changes and cutting guitar harmonies within double bass drumming is worthy of praise.” Guitar World from ‘The Next Metallica?’ article

“This one hits so hard it hurts…it’s meaner than a hungry pit bull with rabies…In two words, damn good.” Blabbermouth.net

Lazarus A.D. is

Jeff Paulick – Bass/Lead Vocals

Dan Gapen – Lead Guitar / Vocals

Alex Lackner – Guitar

Ryan Shutler – Drums

For more information on LAZARUS A.D. visit the following locations:

http://lazarusad.com/

http://www.facebook.com/lazarusad

http://twitter.com/LAZARUSAD

http://www.myspace.com/lazarus1

http://www.metalblade.com/LazarusAD/

http://www.thirddegreemerch.com/lazarusad

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MARC RIZZO SOLO TOUR BEGINS THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 7TH; GUITAR GREAT FROM SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY

January 6th, 2011
by EvilG
MARC RIZZO

MARC RIZZO

Internationally-recognized guitarist MARC RIZZO, known for his exceptional solo work and involvement with SOULFLY and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, is kicking off his fifth solo tour this Friday, January 7th in Dayton, OH! Marc is touring is support of his new album Legionnaire, and will travel through the month of January until January 28th in Greensboro, NC. See below for all current U.S. tour dates featuring MARC RIZZO.

“Usually once or twice a year between my tours with other projects, I can get out and do solo stuff,” states RIZZO. “This is my first solo tour of the year in support of Legionnaire, and it’s a whole new set list that we’re playing. It’ll be a great, interactive show. We’ll play a couple cover songs, and we’ll throw in a few songs with vocals, but the majority of the set will be a fun, high-energy instrumental performance.”

New Jersey native MARC RIZZO first played solo for sold out crowds on his first U.S. solo tour in 2007. RIZZO released two solo albums with Shrapnel Records in 2006 and 2007, entitled Colossal Myopia and The Ultimate Devotion. In 2010, RIZZO released his latest album on his own Phlamencore Records, entitled Legionnaire. RIZZO has been endorsed by the likes of Peavey, Yamaha and B.C. Rich, and currently has a B.C. Rich Stealth Pro Marc Rizzo 7 String Signature guitar available for public purchase. RIZZO currently has an instructional DVD available for purchase through Rock House Method.

RIZZO is also well known for his position in popular metal act SOULFLY, with whom he has released four records to date; Prohpecy (2004), Dark Ages (2005), Conquer (2008), and Omen (2010). In addition, he took part in CAVALERA CONSPIRACY with SEPULTURA co-founders Max and Igor Cavalera, affixing his prowess to Inflikted in 2008.

MARC RIZZO SOLO U.S. TOUR DATES:

1/7 Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House Of Rock

1/8 Sandusky, OH @ The Underground

1/9 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

1/11 Warren, MI @ The Ritz

1/12 Rockford, IL @ Bar 3

1/13 Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre

1/14 Peoria, IL @ The Brass Rail

1/15 West Hollywood, CA @ Viper Room

1/18 Lincoln, NE @ Knickerbockers

1/19 Wichita, KS @ The Lizard lounge

1/20 Amarillo, TX @ Club Khoas

1/21 Bryan, TX @ The Stafford

1/23 Corpus Christi, TX @ Zero’s

1/24 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar

1/25 Fayetteville, AR @ Rogue

1/26 St. Louis, MO @ FUBAR

1/28 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans

1/30 Greensboro, NC @ Arizona’ Pete’s

For more information on MARC RIZZO, please visit these sites:

www.myspace.com/marcrizzo

www.marcrizzo.net/

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TRAP THEM Premiere First Song From New Album

January 6th, 2011
by EvilG

“Darker Handcraft” Set for Release March 1st on Vinyl and March 15th on CD and Digital
TRAP THEM have premiered the first track from their upcoming album, and Prosthetic debut, “Darker Handcraft.” The track, “The Facts,” is available now exclusively at Brooklyn Vegan. Check it out, now: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2011/01/trap_them_relea.html “Darker Handcraft’” will be released in North America on March 1st on vinyl and March 15th on CD and digital. Brooklyn Vegan commented on the album: “Trap Them have crafted the first must-hear record of 2011, and possibly their best LP to date. Highly, highly recommended.” The band recorded the album at Godcity Studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Disfear, Black Breath). The album artwork and layout was done by Justin Bartlett (Sunn 0))), The Funeral Pyre).

Prosthetic Records has launched the official pre-order for “Darker Handcraft,” at their official webstore. The limited edition LP has a gatefold cover, comes with a digital download card and will be available on black, red, gray and white vinyl. The LP and CD are both available for pre-order, now, as well as two brand new, exclusive, t-shirt designs. Order yours, now: http://store.prostheticrecords.com/index.php/bands/trap-them

TRAP THEM are playing two free Scion Metal Matinee shows this weekend, in Chicago and Los Angeles. RSVP here now for list (entry is not guaranteed): http://www.scionav.com/music/scionavmetal/index.html#events4 The band will be playing a show in Manhattan and a show in Brooklyn next weekend, and there will be more North American tour plans announced shortly. They will be heading to Europe in April with Rotten Sound, Gaza, the Kandidate and Haust.

The dates are as follows:
1/8        Chicago, IL- Reggie’s Rock Club (w/ Black Breath, Mammoth Grinder)
1/9        Los Angeles, CA- Roxy (w/ Black Breath, Mammoth Grinder)
1/14            Brooklyn, NY- Union Pool (w/ All Pigs Must Die, Black Anvil)
1/15            New York, NY- Cake Shop (w/ All Pigs Must Die, Black Anvil)
4/1            Karlsruhe, Germany – Stadtmitte #
4/2             Koln, Germany – Underground #
4/3             Rosswein, Germany – Juha #
4/4             Prague, Czech Rep. – Exit Chmelnice #
4/5             Bratislava, Slovakia – Randal #
4/6             Munchen, Germany – Feierwerk Kranhalle #
4/7             Salzburg, Austria – Rockhouse #
4/8             Mezzago, Italy – Bloom #
4/9             Rome, Italy – Init #
4/10             Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo Werk 21 #
4/11             Paris, France – Glazart #
4/12             London, UK – Underworld #
4/13             Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit #
4/14             Colchester, UK – Arts Centre #
4/15             Antwerpen, Belgium – Trix #
4/16             Sneek, Holland – Bolwerk #
4/17             Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang #
4/18             Lyngby, Denmark – Templet #
4/19             Gothenburg, Sweden – Henriksberg #
4/21             Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Slussen #
4/22             Turku, Finland – Klubi #
4/23             Jyvaskyla, Finland – Lutakko #
4/24             Helsinki, Finland – Nosturi #
# w/ Rotten Sound, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust

TRAP THEM’s sound combines elements of old school Swedish death metal, punk, and d-beat and takes influence from bands such as Entombed, Black Flag, Nasum and Tragedy. The band has toured with the likes of Napalm Death, Disfear, Skeletonwitch, Victims, Rotten Sound, Toxic Holocaust and Every Time I Die, among others, and played the Scion Rock Fest, Maryland Deathfest and the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. The band has previously released two full-lengths and several 7-inches and EPs between Southern Lord, Deathwish Inc and Trash Art.

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Marcelo Barbosa has concluded “Guitarosofia”, the series of 15 guitar lessons on Youtube

January 6th, 2011
by EvilG
Marcelo Barbosa

Marcelo Barbosa

Marcelo Barbosa, the guitarist of Brazilian band ALMAH and the guitar player and the founder of Brazilian prog-metallers KHALLICE,  has recently concluded the series of 15 free video lessons on Youtube, GUITAROSOFIA, published during 2009-2010. The material consists of short professional videos in Portuguese where Marcelo explains different aspects of playing the guitar, musical theory, composition and improvisation. The very first video was launched in August 2009 and now you can check out the complete series on the official Youtube channel of the guitarist here: http://www.youtube.com/user/marcelogtr. “Guitarosofia” is produced by GTR Guitar Institute with the support of Tagima, Elixir, Orange, NIG, IBOX and Santo Angelo. In 2011 Marcelo Barbosa is to release expanded material of “Guitarosofia” on DVD.

Marcelo Barbosa: “Publishing with great satisfaction the last, 15th video lesson, I accomplished my main idea to spread some knowledge as a free material in the Internet. I mean, not simply “any” material, but something with a very good production, content and personality. I’ve done it in order to give some strength to musicians of initial, intermediate or professional level and mainly to those who don’t have conditions to pay for private lessons. And up to the moment when I’ve started to write these words, we’ve got almost thirty thousand views of these videos on the channel. On the whole there are more than 2,5 hours of the recorded and edited free of charge material available.  I don’t have any idea how many hours of work has it taken in order to get to the final result. The material published in Youtube is gratis and will always be. At the same time, I get many requests to post tabs and stuff like that. That is why I decided to fulfill my initial idea to launch “Guitarosofia” also in a special package with all the lessons in high quality on DVD and with tabs of all the examples I played there.  The material is to be released very soon. I don’t know yet, if and when I continue the project, may be I’ll do it in the future, but definitely it won’t happen in 2011 because at the moment I have other goals. If you like “Guitarosofia”, please, make your comments, add to your favorites, embed the stuff to your pages, recommend to your friends helping us to spread this material, to keep the whole idea alive and to stimulate the interest to the study of this great  instrument that we love so much!”

ALMAH finished the last part of “Fragile Equality” Tour in 2010 and this year the musicians will prepare material for the 3rd studio album.

More about Almah: http://www.almah.com.br

More about Marcelo Barbosa: http://www.marcelobarbosa.com.br/

http://marcelogtr-eng.blogspot.com/

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The Evil Amidst shoot video for “Decreator”

January 6th, 2011
by EvilG

The Evil Amidst have announced that they will begin shooting for the upcoming “Decreator” video in late January 2011, the shoot will take place in an undisclosed location in Florida.   Guitarist Gio Geraca comments:
“Decreator is the song that embodies what The Evil Amidst is all about, we feel it effortlessly combines the sub-genre’s that influence us as a band and musicians, and we are looking forward to getting started on what we expect will be a dark and somewhat sinister video.”
Decreator was released in fall of 2010 on “Lords of the Nine”, The Evil Amidst’s debut full length album. The album is available now through all major online digital retailers.   In other news, Gio Geraca has also released the following statement on his new endorsement through Blackstorm Strings:
“I am pleased to announce my new endorsement deal with Blackstorm Strings, these strings are absolutely made with metal in mind, and are by far the best sounding “metal” strings I’ve found!”   Updated info for The Evil Amidst can be found at the following websites:
Official Page – Coming soon
Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/evilamidstofficial
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Evil-Amidst/154725891204571
ReverbNation – http://www.reverbnation.com/evilamidst

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Sinister – the exclusive 9CD+DVD BOX out in February

January 6th, 2011
by EvilG
Sinister - Altered Since Birth

Sinister - Altered Since Birth

Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce the release of the exclusive box containing the full discography of one of the best death metal bands around – Sinister.

The box entitled “Altered Since Birth” contains 8 studio albums, live DVD, a compilation of demo tracks plus a booklet containing a full biography based on an exclusive interview, the complete discography, lyrics to all songs and a selection of amazing archive photos. The cover artwork was done by the well known Polish graphic designer – Graal.

This Dutch band has been polluting the scene with its vile and marvelously brutal music for over 20 years, which easily makes them one of the most recognizable European extreme bands of all times. The group’s impressive discography of nine LPs and one DVD is a testimony of undying devotion to brutal aggressive music. This collection captures the true essence of Sinister, delivering 10 discs of powerful and mind-crushing death metal…

The box includes the following albums:

CD 1 – Demo-Nica (compilation)

CD 2 – Cross The Styx

Bonus tracks:

1. Epoch of Denial (live)

2. Cross the Styx (live)

CD 3 – Diabolical Summoning

Bonus track:

1. Sadistic Intent (live)

CD 4 – Hate & Bastard Saints

Bonus track:

1. To Mega Therion (live)

CD 5 – Aggresive Measures

Bonus tracks:

1. Into the Forgotten (live)

2. Enslave the Weak (live)

CD 6 – Creative Killings

Bonus track:

1. Bleeding Towards the Wendigo (live)

CD 7 – Savage Or Grace

Bonus track:

1. Barbaric Order (live)

CD 8 – Afterburner

Bonus tracks:

1. The Grey Massacre (live)

2. Men Down (live)

3. Altruistic Suicide (live)

4. Afterburner (live)

CD 9 – The Silent Howling

DVD – Prophecies Denied

Metal Mind Productions set the release date for 14th February in Poland, 21st February in Europe and 5th April in USA. Full details to be announced soon.

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KORPIKLAANI: New Music Video Online Now

January 6th, 2011
by EvilG
KORPIKLAANI: "Ukon Wacka"

KORPIKLAANI: "Ukon Wacka"

Finnish folk metal pioneers, KORPIKLAANI, have made the music video for their brand new drinking hymn “Tequila” available for viewing below. The track comes off their new album, Ukon Wacka, which will be released in Europe on February 4, 2011 and in North America on February 15, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Louhen Yhdeksäs Poika
02. Päät Pois Tai Hirteen
03. Tuoppi Oltta
04. Lonkkaluut
05. Tequila
06. Ukon Wacka
07. Korvesta Liha
08. Koivu Ja Tähti
09. Vaarinpolkka
10. Surma

North American Bonus Track:
11. Iron Fist (MOTÖRHEAD)

Check out the cover artwork below.

According to the band, “Ukon Wacka, or Ukon Vakat, is a pagan sacrificial feast from ancient times, on which a special made beer richly flowed. As can be expected from the title, this album has an ancient and very folky feel and is totally in Finnish. To make the lyrics understandable for non-Finnish people, we will add an English description/translation in the booklet as usual. The album consists of 10 songs, among which you will find a song name ‘Tequila’, which is especially written for (and inspired by) our South American fans, with whom we celebrated such hard times, and who welcomed us so warmly, when we were touring in South America. Another surprise is the title song, ‘Ukon Wacka’, in which a special guest features: the famous Finnish singer Tuomari Nurmio! Last but not least features a tribute song (‘Päät Pois Tai Hirteen’) to the Finnish rock band PEER GÜNT, a great and underestimated band. We hope and expect that this album will give you as much joy as we had making it; a big folky feast for all!”

Karkelo (English translation: “Pleasure” or “Party”), the sixth album from KORPIKLAANI, was released on June 26, 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Petrax studio in Hollola, Finland.

KORPIKLAANI‘s previous CD, Korven Kuningas, came out on March 21, 2008. The CD entered the album chart in the band’s home country at position No. 16.

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AVANTASIA: ‘The Flying Opera’ DVD Artwork Unveiled

January 5th, 2011
by EvilG
AVANTASIA: 'The Flying Opera' DVD

AVANTASIA: 'The Flying Opera' DVD

AVANTASIA — the project led by EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet — is putting the finishing touches on its two-disc DVD, “The Flying Opera – Around The World In 20 Days”, for an early March release via Nuclear Blast Records in Europe and Avalon Marquee in Asia.

According to a press release, “The DVD is a documentary of the legendary 2008 world tour of AVANTASIA, when the band hit the road for the first time to write a new chapter in metal history; traveling around the world with a giant all-star ensemble to bring the metal opera on stage and play on three continents within a few days, crossing the dateline and eventually playing to a total of 400,000 people within only a few weeks. The first DVD contains a live concert with a running time of almost two hours featuring footage filmed at the headlining shows of Wacken Open Air (Germany) and Masters Of Rock (Czech Republic). On the second DVD there will be a movie, ‘Around The World In 20 Days’, that gives fans the opportunity to join AVANTASIA backstage and take a look at the surroundings and the thrill behind the scenes that go along with an extensive undertaking such as this. The DVD set will portray AVANTASIA 2008 when it all started.”

“The Flying Circus – Around The World In 20 Days” will be available as a two-disc DVD set featuring the documentary movie, a live concert film, and additional bonus material. It will be also available as a double live album on CD and as a limited-edition two-CD/two-DVD box set.

Commented Tobias: “I am so proud of this DVD package and the featured footage, even though it took a little longer to finally complete it. It gives people an idea of what an impact the first appearance of AVANTASIA on stage had, and you will get an idea of how everything went beyond our expectations and what the roots and the seeds for the current AVANTASIA tour are. It portrays one year in AVANTASIA’s history, maybe the most important year in the project’s history because that is when a studio project became a traveling institution.

“There are many metal operas, but we made it something real, something to take hold of. Something alive…”

AVANTASIA kicked off its “The Metal Opera Comes To Town” world tour 2010 on November 30 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland. Joining Sammet in AVANTASIA’s touring lineup are a number of special guests, including GAMMA RAY/ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist/vocalist Kai Hansen, Bob Catley (MAGNUM), Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN), Amanda Somerville, Olli Hartmann and Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN).

Although rumors keep circulating about further shows from AVANTASIA in 2011, a statement on Tobias’ official web site makes it clear that after AVANTASIA’s December 2010 world tour, there will be no more tours or festival appearances from the project apart from the Wacken Open Air show in August 2011.

AVANTASIA released its new epic masterpiece on April 3, 2010 as regular CDs (“The Wicked Symphony” and “Angel Of Babylon”), two separate double picture vinyls, and as a beautiful collector’s edition with an AVANTASIA picture book.

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THREAT SIGNAL Announces Two New Members

January 5th, 2011
by EvilG

Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL have parted ways with drummer Norm Killeen and guitarist Adam Weber and have replaced them with Alex Rudinger from Frederick, Maryland and Chris Feener from Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, Canada, respectively. THREAT SIGNAL vocalist Jon Howard said, “I caught wind of Alex‘s drumming through YouTube. He has a large number of drumming videos, including covers and originals. My jaw dropped when I first saw this kid play! Chris also has a ton of self-recorded videos on YouTube. I haven’t seen a guy shred like this in a long time!”

Regarding Killeen and Weber‘s departures, Howard said, “It was a mutual decision between us all to part ways, and there are no hard feeling whatsoever. We are still great friends. We shared some amazing times together and we will never forget that. We love [them] guys and wish [them] all the best.”

THREAT SIGNAL is currently writing material for its third album and plans to hit the studio sometime in the spring. Howard said, “All I can say for now is that the new material is heavier than anything we’ve done before! Get ready kids, THREAT SIGNAL is gonna tear you some new holes this year!”

THREAT SIGNAL recently completed the “Threat Over Europe 2010” headlining tour with RAUNCHY (Denmark), SYBREED (Switzerland), M.A.N (Sweden) and ILLIDIANCE (Russia).

THREAT SIGNAL‘s sophomore album, “Vigilance”, sold around 1,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 32 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. Released in September 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was produced by vocalist Jon Howard and mixed by Greg Reely (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY).

THREAT SIGNAL members Jon Howard and Pat Kavanagh are also involved with ARKAEA, the band featuring FEAR FACTORY members Raymond Herrera (drums) and Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar).

Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL have parted ways with drummer Norm Killeen and guitarist Adam Weber and have replaced them with Alex Rudinger from Frederick, Maryland and Chris Feener from Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, Canada, respectively. THREAT SIGNAL vocalist Jon Howard said, “I caught wind of Alex‘s drumming through YouTube. He has a large number of drumming videos, including covers and originals. My jaw dropped when I first saw this kid play! Chris also has a ton of self-recorded videos on YouTube. I haven’t seen a guy shred like this in a long time!”

Regarding Killeen and Weber‘s departures, Howard said, “It was a mutual decision between us all to part ways, and there are no hard feeling whatsoever. We are still great friends. We shared some amazing times together and we will never forget that. We love [them] guys and wish [them] all the best.”

THREAT SIGNAL is currently writing material for its third album and plans to hit the studio sometime in the spring. Howard said, “All I can say for now is that the new material is heavier than anything we’ve done before! Get ready kids, THREAT SIGNAL is gonna tear you some new holes this year!”

THREAT SIGNAL recently completed the “Threat Over Europe 2010” headlining tour with RAUNCHY (Denmark), SYBREED (Switzerland), M.A.N (Sweden) and ILLIDIANCE (Russia).

THREAT SIGNAL‘s sophomore album, “Vigilance”, sold around 1,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 32 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. Released in September 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was produced by vocalist Jon Howard and mixed by Greg Reely (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY).

THREAT SIGNAL members Jon Howard and Pat Kavanagh are also involved with ARKAEA, the band featuring FEAR FACTORY members Raymond Herrera (drums) and Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar).

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Best of 2010 – EvilG

January 5th, 2011
by EvilG

EvilG – Best of 2010

There’s been some great new albums and bands this year and I got to see some great concerts. The below lists summarize what I’ve been listening to this year. Hopefully 2011 will have as much awesome metal!!

 

Top 20 albums


1. Blind Guardian – At The Edge of Time

Blind Guardian

2010 saw the release of Blind Guardian’s best album since 1999’s NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH. Combining the bands heavier and thrashier moments with the epic and folk elements, they have created an album that appeals to all longtime fans of the band.

2. Gamma Ray – To The Metal

Gamma Ray

As a major Kai Hansen fan-boy, it’s not easy to put this album at #2…but the album is a slight step down from the majesty of LAND OF THE FREE PART II (2007). However, it does still show that the band are at the top of the power metal genre.

Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy

Nevermore


4. Wuthering Heights – Salt

Wuthering Heights


5. Halford – Made of Metal





6. Sabaton – Coat of Arms

Sabaton


7. Forbidden – Omega Wave

Forbidden


8. Ratt – Infestation

Ratt



9. Helloween – 7 Sinners

Helloween



10. Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony / Angel Of Babylon

Avantasia


11. Death Angel – Relentless Retribution

Death Angel


12. Accept – Blood of the Nations

Accept



13. Ozzy Osbourne – Scream

Ozzy


14. sHEAVY – Disfigurine

sHEAVY


15. Rhapsody of Fire – The Frozen Tears of Angels

Rhapsody of Fire


16. Firewind – Days of Defiance

Firewind


17. Fear Factory – Mechanize

Fear Factory



18. Kamelot – Poetry for the Poisoned

Kamelot


19. Magic Kingdom – Symphony of War

Magic Kingdom



20. Wizards of Kaos – New World Mistress

Wizards of Kaos


Best New Band: WIZARDS OF KAOS

 

There’s been a number of great new bands emerge with their first full-length album in 2010: Holy Grail, ReVamp, Ancient Bards, Sons of Liberty, Pathfinder, and others I’m no doubt forgetting. However, there is one new band whose hard-rocking metal groove rose above this year (helped no doubt  by the number of times I’ve seen them live). That band is Wizards of Kaos and the album is NEW WORLD MISTRESS. Check them out here: myspace.com/wizardsofkaosmusic.

Best DVD/Blu-Ray

There’s been some great metal released on video this year with the Big 4 and Heaven & Hell and while those two  have better packaging and more money behind them (therefore the availability in Blu-ray and the superior video quality), it is Primal Fear’s 16.6 Live Around the World Combo [CD+DVD, Live, Special Edition] package that was the best for me.

Primal Fear


I was blessed by the metal gods and was able to see Primal Fear twice on the 16.6 world tour – first in Montreal (REVIEW) and then in May of 2010 in Toronto. Both shows and the bulk of the DVD features the line-up of:

Ralf Scheepers: Vocals

Mat Sinner: Bass

Randy Black: Drums

Henny Wolter: Guitar

Alex Beyrodt: Guitar

(European shows feature guitarist Magnus Karlsson)

I can say with confidence that they have really captured their live essence on this live CD/DVD package. They execute the songs perfectly with Ralf Scheepers showing why he’s one of the best metal singers of all time!

Best EP / MCD

Rhapsody of Fire – The Cold Embrace of Fear

Rhapsody of Fire

Best Stadium Concert

Ozzy with Halford 

Ozzy Ozbourne with Halford opening. Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Nov. 27th, 2010.

This was one of the best concerts I’ve seen. Ozzy played for over 2.5hrs and didn’t want to leave the stage. He clearly loves the music and his fans. Ozzy’s voice was in top shape all night – amazing for a man whose been through what he’s been through and at 62 is still kicking ass!  Having the Halford band as the opener was a perfect pairing. Two legends together on tour…hard to top that one! The Canadian Carnage tour (Megadeth, Slayer, Testament) came close but I have to give it to Ozzy/Halford.

Best Club/Theatre Concert

Primal Fear 

Primal Fear, The Opera House, Toronto, Ontario. May 24th, 2010.

Primal Fear are at the top of their game and hearing Ralf Scheepers live and hitting all the notes with such power is pure metal magic. What an amazing show…excellent selection of songs and having Pamela Moore share the stage for a few duets with Ralf was a special treat.

Best Metal Book

I AM OZZY 

I Am Ozzy. What a great read…full of laughs and memorable stories! It’s particularly awesome for the early years and the Black Sabbath story. Things are a little sparse for the 80’s and 90’s but that would be my only complaint. This is one of the best metal books I’ve read and it re-energized my infatuation with Black Sabbath.

Runner up: MUSTAINE.

Best local band (St. John’s, NL, Canada): sHEAVY

 Steve (vocals) of sHEAVY - Live Nov. 20th, 2010.

Hands down this has to go to sHEAVY. Despite their main songwriter/guitarist Dan Moore quitting to start his own band (Wizards of Kaos), sHEAVY released two new studio albums in 2010 and played several live shows. Led by front-man, Steve Hennessy, the band has dominated the local metal scene here since the early to mid 90’s and thankfully there is no end in sight for their reign!

Disappointments of 2010

Symphorce – Unrestricted: I’ve loved this band for a long time and their previous release BECOME DEATH was one of my top picks for 2007. So what’s went wrong with UNRESTRICTED? Is it the diversion of the members to other bands and projects that has made song-writing suffer? Is it the change in record labels? I don’t know what happened, but try as I might, I could not get into their new album and I’m pretty bummed out about it. The songs lack the memorability and hooks and just sounds mediocre.

Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier: I LIKE this album but it’s not what I want from them. I refuse to accept that this is their style now with the boring clean intros and the same ole songs over and over for the past 10 years. I want a return to the straight-forward, hard-hitting, dueling guitar metal of albums like PIECE OF MIND, POWERSLAVE, and NUMBER OF THE BEAST. Anything else will always be somewhat of a letdown.

Vince Neil – Tattoos & Tequila: Despite the strength of the title track, this album is not memorable and is made up of a bunch of cover songs…fail! Skip the album and read his bio by the same name. Reading that was more enjoyable than listening to this. In the bio he basically says how he’d like to have a solo career like Ozzy Osbourne. Well Vince, it’s not gonna happen with an album like this to tour on. Get Steve Stevens back on guitar and get an album of original more metal-sounding material that is more like the first solo album (EXPOSED (1993)) and then just maybe you can have a solo career.

Non-album disappointment: The passing of the voice of metal…Mr. Ronnie James Dio. 🙁

Greatest Hopes for 2011

SCHEEPERS: The release Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) first solo album is fast approaching. I can’t wait to hear it and I expect great things!!!!

JAG PANZER – The Scourge of the Light: It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven long years since the release of the last Jag Panzer studio album (Casting the Stones (2004)). I’m expecting their new one will kick ass and satisfy all their fans.

Daniel "Ethereal Magnanimus" Heiman back in Lost Horizon: It seems clear that the remaining members of Lost Horizon are not going to get a new singer to replace Daniel. Considering that the band released one of the best albums of the past decade (AWAKENING THE WORLD (2001)), it’s a real shame they only did two albums. Even if Daniel won’t rejoin – it would be awesome if he could even return as a paid session musician so we can hear him again over the bands magical metal!

PERSUADER – New album in 2011? Please!

SLAYER – New album in 2011? I know this won’t happen…why can’t they have 2 years between albums? WORLD PAINTED BLOOD was a 2009 release…why not have a new one sometime in 2011?



The Death of CORE!

I wish that the saturation of metalcore bands would come to an end. Sure, there is room for a few of them, but it seems like nearly every band coming out of America is some form of core (metalcore, thrashcore, deathcore, applecore, sludgecore, gravycore, spicecore, fuckoffanddiecore?) Give it a rest already! There is room for more than screamo vocals over half-baked slayer/pantera meets mallcore breakdown riffing. Mehhhhhhh….

Judas Priest:

The recent announcement that Judas Priest’s next tour will be their last was sad news. I really hope this is not the end for them. I know they are getting up there in age, but after just seeing Halford live, and hearing him pull off solo and Priest material in fine-form I wonder why the end of the band is at hand. I know they want to go out on a high, but if they still have the magic – why not keep the machine rolling? Even if they scaled back and did shorter tours and concentrated on song-writing and releasing new material, that would be enough for me. Sadly, I’ve yet to see Judas Priest live since I live at the end of the earth an no one tours here. However, in 2011, I will have to make it to a Priest concert…it will be bittersweet for sure.

Savatage – How many years have I listed this in this section? Why don’t the guys use their TSO downtime to release a new METAL album with Jon and Zakk on vocals? Wouldn’t that be awesome? It seems like it will never happen, but I’m still hoping it will someday!

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Best of 2010 – Waspman

January 5th, 2011
by EvilG

Best of 2010 – Waspman

1. Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time

Blind Guardian

This year I got what I asked for as BG came back with yet another masterpiece.

2. Accept – Blood of the Nations

Who would have thought that replacing Udo was what the band needed to make another kick-ass album? This is easily the shocker of the year and the best Accept album since BALLS TO THE WALL.

3. Atlantean Kodex – The Golden Bough

4. Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy

5. Sons of Liberty – Brushfires of the Mind

6. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier

7. Fozzy – Chasing the Grail

8. Dark Tranquillity – We Are the Void

9. Kalmah – 12 Gauge

10. Ufomammut – Eve

11. Helloween – 7 Sinners

12. Melechesh –  The Epigenesis

13. Sabaton – Coat of Arms

14. Wuthering Heights – Salt

15. Vanden Plas – The Seraphic Clockwork

16. Cradle of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa

17. High On Fire – Snakes for the Divine

18. Soulitude – Wonderfool World

19. Black Label Society – Order of the Black

20. Halford – IV – Made of Metal

Best new band

First Signal – First Signal

Melodic hard rock just doesn’t get any better than this.

Best EP/MCD

Acrassicauda – Only the Dead See the End of the War

The story behind the band is fascinating (check out the HEAVY METAL BAGHDAD dvd), but fortunately Acrassicauda put out four of the best thrash songs of the year.

Best Metal DVD/Blu-Ray

The Big Four

A metal concert doesn’t get much bigger or better than this. A true event.

Discovery of 2010

Atlantean Kodex – The Golden Bough

THE GOLDEN BOUGH is absolutely mind-blowing epic metal. I must hear more.

Best Live Album

Jeff Scott Soto – Live At Firefest 2008

JSS is a pro and this album proves he can get it done on his own.

Disappointments of 2010

The Passing of Ronnie James Dio

This one goes without saying. Goodbye Ronnie, and thanks for sharing your brilliance with us for all these years.

Jorn – Dio

There’s no doubt that Jorn’s heart was in the right place, but this covers album just falls flat.

Masterplan – Time to be King

Not a good year from Jorn Lande in my eyes. This album just smacks of rehashed filler – I expect more from a band this loaded with talent.

Ratt – Infestation

All of the ingredients of an awesome Ratt album are there, but somehow the end results just don’t click with me at all.

Greatest Hopes for 2011

New kick ass Jag Panzer album

…with officially released cover art, track listing and everything! The wait is killing me.

Seeing Accept/Sabaton live

I’ve been dying to see these bands live for years and I’ll finally get the chance this year!

Seeing Judas Priest live…for the last time (?!?)

If it is true that the band is going to quit touring after this year, here’s hoping they go out in style and put on their biggest stage show ever.

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