March 1, 2011 – Nokturnel frontman, and founding member Tom Stevens has announced the band is now being represented by Metal Matters PR & Management.
“It’s been a long time coming that I get some help with things outside of writing and playing music. I appreciate my legions of loyal fans and will continue to stay personable with you all as much as I can. This is a great moment in Nokturnel’s history. I have worked my ass off to get myself where you see me now in 2011 with big things on the underground’s horizon. I am accomplishing things that are extremely important to me and words cannot explain the seriousness of delivering unto you the most crushing songs and performances of my career. I am going to shock you all and it’s coming in waves. Expect the first new song since the Demonic Supremacy single and much more very soon.”
Metal Matters Doug Burgess Comments:
“We are both, honored, and excited to have the opportunity to work with Tom, and Nokturnel. Tom Stevens has been an influence to many over the span of his career, and he’s pushing full steam ahead. Always remaining active in the underground metal scene, Tom has garnered the respect of both his peers, and fans alike. Others claim “Kvlt”, but Tom Stevens “cult” status speaks for itself, when a man who has never received industry help, and little by way of media impacts extreme music the way he has, it can not be denied.”
“Nokturnel is currently working on what will prove to be their most impressive music to date, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be a part of everything going on. 2011 is going to be a huge year for Nokturnel, and very soon, they will be releasing more big announcements, but for now you’ll have to suffer the wait.”
Upcoming Live Dates:
Nokturnel will co headline along with MASTER in San Antonio Texas March 25th.
Nokturnel has been confirmed to perform at Maryland Deathfest IX on Sunday, May 29th get tickets HERE
Nokturnel has also been confirmed for “Glorious Times Presents: A Day of Death“, on Saturday, July 16th, at Club Infinity, Williamsville, NY. Full Line-up and ticket information at this location.
Tom Stevens – Vocals/Guitar
Bill Reuter – Bass
Duane Timlin – Drums
Great, very great, absolutely great news from PTSD side. First of all the band reached a great deal with one of the best drummer in the world, MARCO MINNEMANN (now rumored to be the new DREAM THEATER drummer but also with Kreator, Necrophagist, Ephel Duath, Joe Satriani) who has already recorded the drums parts for the next full lenght probably ready to be released in the summer via My Kingdom Music with the title “A Sense Of Decay”. The album will be anticipated by the single “Event Horizon” which will feature the videoclip of the song and other unreleased stuff.
It will contain 13 songs for about 60 minutes of extreme articulated and variegated Post Metal. For the mix of the album PTSD have a deal with JIM CARUANA (among his works there are mainstream stars of the International music business like Jeff Buckley, Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce etc.).
At the same time the band is organizing with some agencies a tour in Europe (15 gigs) with the same Marco Minnemann on drums.
Expect great news from this side in the next weeks.
LEGION OF THE DAMNED, DESASTER, METAL INQUISITOR, CRYSTAL VIPER and CRIPPER have been confirmed for this year’s edition of Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place July 15-16, 2011 in Balingen, Germany.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
A world premiere of the brand new video from UK thrash legends ONSLAUGHT is available via online video juggernaut Metal Injection now!
The title track to the band’s brutal new studio album, the video for “Sounds Of Violence” is ONSLAUGHT’s first official video in twenty years, the last being from the band’s 1990 full-length In Search Of Sanity. “The Sound Of Violence,” stated ONSLAUGHT vocalist Sy Keeler “was inspired by the horrendous loss of over 150,000,000 souls throughout the 20th Century, instigated by religious tyranny and dictatorial madness of humankind. The lyrics echo the horrific realities of war and remarkable resistance endured by our fellow men and women which continues to this day. Wake up world; welcome to a land of devastating brutality where conflict is a part of everyday life. This is the Sound Of Violence.” The video was filmed and edited By Lukas Hambach of Bloodwork Entertainment (Destruction, Gamma Ray) and produced by Tommy Morriello and Thosten Lütje.
ONSLAUGHT’s fifth studio album Sounds Of Violence was released in North American in early February via Germany’s AFM Records. The now critically-acclaimed album falls perfectly in line with their massive 2007 comeback album Killing Peace, yet broadens the classic ONSLAUGHT style once again, helping the band maintain an original edge. Recorded and produced in the renowned Hansen-Studios (Destruction, Heathen, Mercenary), the blazing record boasts ten brand new original tracks, as well as a cover of Motörhead’s classic “Bomber,” featuring guest appearances by Phil Campbell (Motörhead) and Tom Angelripper (Sodom).
ONSLAUGHT members Sy Keeler and Nige Rockett are available for interviews to North American journalists via Earsplit anytime via phone or email. Please get in touch for more information, and stay tuned for more ONSLAUGHT updates as the band prepare to assault North America full-on later this year!
“…this is as good as metal gets… 10/10” – Ultimate Guitar
“…a massive dose of skull-crushing metal with first-rate guitar work and angry lyrics.” – About.com
“It’s as violent musically and conceptually as it’s predecessor… put this on your ‘must buy’ list for 2011.” – Hellride Music
“…the darkest, meanest sounding and heaviest album in their career. 4/5” – Metal Rules
“…Onslaught’s finest effort. Everything comes together here, from the thick buzz saw riffs to the deft songwriting and arrangement. 5/5” – Dangerdog
“…easily Onslaught’s best album and a must-have for thrash-heads. 4.5/5” – The New Review
“…a collection of songs that not only stand up to their already-impressive legacy, but in fact build on it. 4.5/5” – OneMetal
“…a relentless, well-crafted and fresh-sounding metal record… 4.5/5” – The Metal Register
Philadelphia black metal legion WOE will embark on rare string of live dates this March. The short trek will commence on March 5 at the upcoming Scion Fest in Pamona, California alongside the likes of Morbid Angel, Obituary, Integrity and Nails and ravage its way around the West Coast before drawing to a temporary close in Seattle, Washington at The Highline. The festivities will pick up again on the 31st with a hometonw show at Kung Fu Necktie and a spot on this year’s MACRoCk fest on April 1 in Harrisonburg, Virginia with Cannabis Corpse, Inter Arma, Withered, US Christmas and more. View the tour poster HERE.
Said band mastermind Chris Grigg of the upcoming dates: “WOE is not given to hyperbole so it is with stern, stoic determination that we say we hope those in attendance of our upcoming West Coast performances are ready to have their heads blown the fuck off.”
WOE West Coast Tour 2011:
3/05/2011 Scion fest – Pomona, CA
3/06/2011 The Hamat – Oakland, CA
3/07/2011 On The Y – Sacramento, CA
3/08/2011 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA
3/09/2011 Ol Hawk Eyes Art Shackle – Chico, CA
3/10/2011 Empire Squared – Eureka, CA
3/11/2011 Plan B – Portland, OR
3/12/2011 The Highline – Seattle, WA
3/31/2011 King Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
4/01/2011 MACRoCk – Harrisonburg, VA
WOE’s critically acclaimed Quietly, Undramatically was released in North America on October 12 via Candlelight Records. The full-length was recorded at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, New Jersey with additional tracking completed at frontman Chris Grigg’s BS1 in Philadelphia. The album is the first to feature a full band ensemble comprised of members from Absu, Woods Of Ypres, The Green Evening Requiem, Infernal Stronghold and Rumpelstiltskin Grinder and continues to reap praise from fans and critics alike.
Said the Washington Times of the record: “Woe’s artistry cuts so deep as the band understands the depths of desperation. Their music at times wallows in its own hatred while at others displays optimism that life will improve. It is a satisfying bait and switch because the band knows when to sacrifice betterment at the altar of the bleak.” Added MetalSucks, “Woe’s punk spirit goes beyond bouts with d-beats and energy to spare. They don’t give a fuck about convention, just about stretching what they love to the point where it may not be what it originally was anymore…Undramatic my ass. This is the sound of black metal to come.” Metal Underground commended the band saying: “The album has a huge amount of variation, and tacks on enough unforeseen twists to keep even the most jaded metal fan listening for the whole run time. Fans of U.S. black metal need to make a point of keeping up with Woe,” while About.com noted, “After the brilliant A Spell For The Death Of Man, Woe puts out another sharp, dynamic black metal album that shows major growth and maturity.” Popdose kept it short and sweet: “The USBM scene needs more bands like Woe to take charge and push the genre forward.”
“Darker Handcraft’” will be released in North America tomorrow, March 1st on vinyl, and March 15th on CD and digital. Due to popular demand, the vinyl is currently being repressed on black, a transparent green and on a red and yellow mixed wax; the green and red/yellow mix are limited to 100 copies each. Pre-order is up now and LPs will be shipping in mid-March. Be sure to order now, as the first pressing went quickly! CDs and exclusive TRAP THEM T shirts are also available, all at the official Prosthetic Webshop: http://store.prostheticrecords.com/index.php/bands/trap-them?p=1
TRAP THEM recorded “Darker Handcraft” 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).
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.”
TRAP THEM will be touring down to South By Southwet starting next week with The Red Chord and Gaza, and will then be heading to Europe in April with Rotten Sound, Gaza, the Kandidate and Haust.
3/9 Boston, MA- Great Scott %
3/10 Providence, RI- Club Hell %
3/11 Hackensack, NJ- School of Rock %
3/12 Baltimore, MD- Talking Head %
3/13 West Springfield, VA- Jaxx %
3/14 Greensboro, NC- Greene St. Club %
3/15 Johnson City, TN- The Hideaway %
3/16 Nashville, TN- Exit/In %
3/17 Austin, TX- Emo’s, Full Metal Texas
3/18 Austin, TX- Emo’s Annex, NE Metal and Hardcore Fest Invades Austin Pt2 %
3/18 Austin, TX- ND at 501 Studios, Power of the Riff
3/19 Austin, TX- Scoot Inn, Thrasher Deathmatch
3/20 Little Rock, AR- Downtown Music %
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 Tilburg, Holland – Roadburn Festival
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
% w/ The Red Chord, Gaza
TRAP THEM’s sound combines elements of old school Swedish death metal, punk, and d-beat and take 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.
Wisconsin thrash metallers LAZARUS A.D. have just posted four exclusive photos taken on set during their music video shoot for ‘The Ultimate Sacrifice’. Head to the band’s official Facebook page to view the photos, and make sure to tune into MetalSucks.net next Monday, March 7th to witness the unveiling of the new video.
MetalInjection.net recently finished posting a series of video blogs chronicling “The Making of Black Rivers Flow”. Check out the final installment at this link. 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. LAZARUS A.D. and Bonded by Blood are touring in Europe this spring. See below for all current European and U.S. tour dates.
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
Tampa, FL Death metallers, SIX FEET UNDER, has delivered the following update regarding the bands line up:
We would like to announce and welcome the addition of guitarist Rob Arnold (Chimaira) to the SIX FEET UNDER family! Just wanted to give you a SIX FEET UNDER band update and let you all know that we would like to announce our good friend Rob Arnold will be joining SFU as 2nd rhythm guitarist for upcoming touring duties, as well as collaborating on the new CD.
Chris Barnes comments; “I couldn’t be happier about the new songs and line up! Rob and myself have been collaborating on new songs along with the bands new drummer, Kevin Talley (www.drummerkevintalley.com) for the past few months. We are all feeling really excited about the bands future, and the raw intensity of the songs that we have created together so far. THIS IS THE HEAVIEST MOST EXCITING MATERIAL THAT IVE WORKED ON SINCE THE BLEEDING, AND IM STOKED THAT ROB WILL BE HELPING OUT CREATING THIS CD WITH US! We’ve all known each other for a while and we’re really looking forward to continue writing the new CD and future tours. We are committed to taking SIX FEET UNDER to the next level of brutality!!!”
Rob Arnold comments; “It’s been an amazing honor and opportunity to have been called upon by one of my biggest idols, Chris Barnes!! SIX FEET UNDER and the Barnes era Cannibal stuff had enormous effects on me as a young musician, and still do to this day. In 1996, I was a kid in the front row screaming my head off to ‘Lycanthropy’ and ‘Torn to the Bone’…and now here I am, being asked to play the songs on stage with the band! Dreams do come true!!! And the stuff we’ve been writing absolutely RIPS! Watch out!!”
Montreal technical death metallers Derelict are streaming a new track online as a preview of their next album. Listen to it here:
“Perpetuation is about our current social system, which has humanity pitted against itself in endless competition and misery,” explains vocalist Eric Burnet. “We can choose to perpetuate this system until we burn ourselves out, or we can choose to do something more sustainable and perpetuate our species.”
This is the first of three songs to be released this month as part of Derelict’s new promotional demo.
“Although we’re labeling this as a demo, the production is full album quality,” says Burnet. “We went with Chris Donaldson (Beneath The Massacre, The Agonist, etc) again for the mix and master, and we got Sébastien Pittet (ex-Augury touring bassist) on fretless bass duties. All in all we’re pretty psyched and we hope this gets people excited for our next album.”
Over the next few months Derelict will be putting the finishing touches on their next release, playing select shows around Quebec, Ontario, and the East Coast, and looking at expanding their reach to the US and Europe.
Derelict’s 2009 release ‘Unspoken Words’ is available in stores across Canada through Year Of The Sun Records, in the US and online through Relapse Records, as well as on iTunes.
Gothenburg Sweden based metal sextet MARIONETTE is currently in the process of mastering its yet to be titled third full length album at Masters of Audio Studio in Stockholm with Erik Broheden (RAMMSTEIN, TURBONEGRO, WITHIN TEMPTATION). Song titles set to appear on the CD include “Something Forgotten”, “Remember Your Name”, “Stand In Line” and “Lights Out”. Guitarist and backing vocalist Aron Parmerud commented:
“Our third album is currently being mastered at Masters of Audio Studio in Stockholm. These guys really know what they are doing, having worked with acts like RAMMSTEIN, TURBONEGRO, WITHIN TEMPTATION, and THE HELLACOPTERS among many others. We’re currently adding the final touches and making some final tweaks, but the light at the end of the tunnel is drawing very near! We worked really hard on all the compositions and we feel this is by far the most unique, dynamic, and mature record we’ve made. Here is a photo we took recently after completing the mixing at Pontus Hjelm’s PH Studio (Dead By April) in Gothenburg.”
MARIONETTE also recently completed European dates with the MURDERDOLLS – the band consisting of Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT, ROB ZOMBIE) and Wednesday 13 – on the “Women and Children Last Tour”. Aron Parmerud commented:
“We recently completed our European dates with the MURDERDOLLS on their “Women And Children Last Tour.” It was great to get back down to play in Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Italy again. We want to give a special thanks to all of our new fans in France as well. We’ll be back to see you soon! Big thanks to the MURDERDOLLS and their crew for helping us make this the best tour MARIONETTE has ever done. We have confirmed a date in Copenhagen on March 19th; we look forward to playing some new songs from our upcoming record that we haven’t tried yet live!”
MARIONETTE’s tour diary from the “Women and Children Last Tour” can be viewed at the link below:
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – February 28, 2011 – In conjunction with the release of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s 4th DVD Global Evisceration on March 15, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with AUX.TV to debut the final teaser clip featuring the band in Malta. Check it out beow. Global Evisceration was shot and edited by director Denise Korycki (Wild Wind Productions) who also shot and directed Centuries of Torment – The First 20 Years (entered the Billboard Music Video Charts at #8 in its 1st week of release!) in addition to DVD’s for bands like As I Lay Dying, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, and Super Joint Ritual.
Global Evisceration contains one disc and is approximately 3 hours long with artwork by the infamous Vince Locke. The main program includes full live-song performances from two live shows: the Gothic Theater in Englewood, CO shot on 5/3/10 and Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM shot on 5/8/10. Global Evisceration also includes bonus performances and extra segments including behind the scenes footage covering Evisceration Plague era tours.
Head over to the CANNIBAL CORPSE landing page HERE to check out the first video – an excerpt that didn’t make the final cut featuring Jesse Jackson – the second video featuring part of a live performance of Stripped, Raped and Strangled – the third video that is part of a live performance of the track Scalding Hail, and to check out preorder options for Global Evisceration.
Package #1: Global Evisceration DVD
Package #2: Global Evisceration DVD + Comic Book/CD Version (while supplies last)
Greek atmospheric metal band SCAR OF THE SUN will be opening for British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST on Friday, March 18, at the Fuzz Club in Athens. That will be PARADISE LOST‘s first Greek date out of three and the first date of the band’s upcoming “Draconian Times” tour.
PARADISE LOST‘s “Draconian Times” Tour:
Mar. 18 – Fuzz – Athens, Greece
Mar. 19 – Fuzz – Athens, Greece
Mar. 20 – Principal – Thessaloniki, Greece
Mar. 29 – Tivoli – Utrecht, Holland
Mar. 30 – Bataclan – Paris, France
Mar. 31 – Zeche – Bochum, Germany
Apr. 01 – The Forum – London, UK
SCAR OF THE SUN‘s debut album, “A Series of Unfortunate Concurrencies”, will be released worldwide this May through a well respected & historic record label in Italy, the name of which shall be announced shortly as the band has just signed the contract. The album was mixed and mastered by acclaimed sound engineers Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, PARADISE LOST, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY) and Greg Reely (PARADISE LOST, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY,SKINNY PUPPY) and features guest appearances by Mikael Stanne (DARK TRANQUILLITY), Bob Katsionis (FIREWIND, OUTLOUD), Marios Iliopoulos (NIGHTRAGE), Chris Antoniou (SEPTICFLESH) and Leah Randi (CONJURE ONE).
In the past SCAR OF THE SUN has supported such acts as PAIN OF SALVATION, AGUA DE ANIQUE, DISILLUSION and LAKE OF TEARS in Greece and also DARK TRANQUILLITY on two dates of the “Where Death Is Most Alive Tour 2010” in Slovenia and Austria. The band has also performed at 2009’s Rockwave Festival (Greece) alongside names such as SLIPKNOT, DOWN, MASTODON, SAXON and others.
One of the earliest metal-bands in Finland was ALTARS OF DESTRUCTION. They entered the scene along STONE, AIRDASH, A.R.G. and NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE in the second half of the 1980s.
However, due to some twists of fate and a record deal that after all did not happen, the band went into hibernation. They might have already been considered history, but fortunately reformed several years ago and set their energy towards recording that one debut album they did not had the chance to deliver earlier. “Gallery Of Pain” was released in April 2010 through Violent Journey Records. Autumn of 2010 saw the first video, “Cross The Line (Of No Return)” by Jani “ViSKi” Viskari.
A new Interview by fireangel / Night Elves is the first AOD-interview in English and also the first one to cover AOD’s story extensively. Interviewees were Kimmo Osmo (Guitar), Pasi Osmo (Bass) and Mika Luoma (Vocals).
“Anja Fireangel: When the band was formed in 1986, you were between 16 and 18 years old. When and how did you learn to play an instrument or to do vocals? Which were your heroes that motivated you so much to start a band yourself? How did the band members get into contact with each other?
Pasi Osmo: I was 17 when I started to play seriously. First playing guitar for a few months and singing for my own band. My brother Kimmo had a band of his own with some school buddies, playing bass and [doing] vocals, but wanted to change over to guitar. He convinced me into joining his band and taking the bassist role. This was a good decision, because the bass works better for me, and Kimmo is more talented with guitar than I could ever be.
Back then in the mid 80’s we listened to old heavy, BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEPPELIN etc., gradually bands like VENOM, SLAYER, METALLICA etc., stepped into the picture. All of these bands have made an impression on our music. There were no famous thrash bands in Finland yet at that point, but metal-wise we had great names like ZERO NINE, TAROT and OZ.”
“Anja Fireangel: In Kimmo’s photoalbum on Myspace is a newspaper-scan about AOD playing a gig with STONE and added comments about how at a similar gig with them the police came because stage diving was not permitted. Could you please tell of that gig and also in general how the atmosphere at your concerts was?
Kimmo Osmo: The atmosphere back then at shows was real intense and sometimes brutal, and our audience sure knew how to put on a show of their own… We played joint gigs with STONE, AIRDASH, and PRESTIGE. One of the gigs with STONE was definitely the most memorable, when the crowd started stage diving and the cops stopped their show…then hell broke loose.
The complete interview can be found from this link:
German atmospheric progressive metal collective and Metal Blade Recording artists, THE OCEAN, are pleased to announce a near month-long North American tour this April! Presented by Peter Says Denim, In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net, “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek”will begin in Farmingdale, New York at The Crazy Donkey, include a stop at this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore fest in Worcester, Massachusetts and wind its way through 20 cities before making a final stop in Ashville, North Carolina at The Orange Peel. The band will be joined by headliners (and recent Metal Blade signees) Between The Buried And Me, Job For A Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage on select dates. View tour poster HERE.
Said guitarist Robin Staps of the upcoming live assaults: “THE OCEAN will be touring the US and Canada with Between The Buried And Me! We’re excited to get back over there finally, and are particularly excited about our appearance at New England Metal Fest at the beginning of the tour!”
Peter Says Denim Presents Between The Buried And Me
In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net
With Job For A Cowboy, The Ocean & Cephalic Carnage (*on select dates)
4/15/2011 The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
4/16/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)
4/17/2011 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
4/18/2011 Atlar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
4/19/2011 Club Infinity – Williamsville, NY
4/20/2011 Le National – Montreal, QC
4/21/2011 Opera House – Toronto, ON
4/22/2011 Headliner’s – Toledo, OH
4/23/2011 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
4/25/2011 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
4/26/2011 Granada – Lawrence, KS
4/27/2011 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO *
4/29/2011 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
4/30/2011 El Corazon – Seattle, WA *
5/01/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR *
5/03/2011 Ace Of Clubs – Sacramento, CA *
5/04/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA *
5/05/2011 Glasshouse Music Hall – Pomona, CA *
5/06/2011 Soma – San Diego, CA *
5/07/2011 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ *
5/09/2011 The Door – Dallas, TX
5/10/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
5/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
5/12/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/13/2011 Rockettown – Nashville, TN
5/14/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
Check out a live clip of “Firmament” filmed during THE OCEAN’s Heliocentric record release show on March 26th, 2010 HERE.
THE OCEAN will be touring in support of their 2010 separately-issued double album: Heliocentric and Anthropocentric (released in April and November 2010 respectively). This mammoth conceptual effort took almost two years to complete. From a lyrical and artistic point of view, the albums represent a fundamental and philosophical critique of Christianity. Both albums scored rave reviews worldwide, including Album Of The Month in Metal Hammer Germany, Italy and Greece, and a cover feature in the December issue of Metal Hammer UK’s/Subterranea (their extreme metal supplement). Said AMG Magazine: “This is the most forward-thinking statement by THE OCEAN yet, and stands as the most seamlessly integrated and consistent recording they’ve issued to date.” Added Rock Sound (UK): “Luxurious, tectonic, ingenious, calculated, charismatic, enterprising, dexterous, inventive, unrestrained, fascinating and poignant. If all this doesn’t convince you to at least check them out, then seriously, fuck off.”
Fresh off a month long run with Eluveitie, Los Angeles’ Holy Grail will be teaming up with Canadian band Cauldron for a North American tour April 15th through May 12th. Holy Grail will close all U.S shows and Cauldron will close all Canadian dates. Local bands chosen by Holy Grail, Cauldron, and the tour’s promoters will fill out the bills in each market.
Holy Grail has been touring in support of their fall 2010 release, “Crisis in Utopia”, and has supported Exodus, Blind Guardian, and Eluveitie so far in the touring cycle. Prior to this tour, Holy Grail will be going to the UK for a co-headline tour with Roadrunner Records band Revoker.
Only assembled a few years ago, Holy Grail is already at the forefront of the new wave of metal that pays homage to such legends as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Dio. The band’s debut EP IMPROPER BURIAL (released in late 2009), featuring just two original tracks and two covers, earned Holy Grail significant press accolades including a 2-page feature in hometown paper LA Weekly, a spot on Decibel’s “25 Most Anticipated Releases Of 2010” list and inclusion on Metal Hammer’s “Guide To The Best In The Upcoming New Wave Of Trad Metal”. Holy Grail was also recognized with a nomination for Metal Hammer’s 2010 Golden God Awards in the “Best New Band’ category – quite an honor since they hadn’t even released a full-length album yet! Metal Hammer sums it up best: “With a killer name, awesome logo and a sound that is more metal than metal itself, Holy Grail are one of the most promising traditionally inclined metal bands to emerge from the US in the past decade…This is metal played with conviction and belief and you’re going to love it.”