SCALE THE SUMMIT Streaming New Album Now; “The Collective” in Stores

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG

Progressive instrumental act, SCALE THE SUMMIT, is streaming their new record, “The Collective,” exclusively at the website of their hometown paper, The Houston Chronicle. Check out the record, now. The band will kick off a tour with Fair to Midland and Periphery in Houston on Thursday.


“The Collective” was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, FL with producer Mark Lewis (Devildriver, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder). The standard CD is available now, as is a signed booklet version bundled with a high quality, limited edition, American Apparel shirt. Order it now at:


The track listing of “The Collective,” is as follows:


1. Colossal


2. Whales


3. Emersion


4. The Levitated


5. Secret Earth


6. Gallows


7. Origin of Species


8. Alpenglow


9. Black Hills


10. Balkan


11. Drifting Figures



See the band live:


3/3 Houston, TX- Warehouse Live


3/4 Dallas, TX- Trees


3/5 Austin, TX- Emo’s Inside


3/6 Lubbock, TX- Jake’s Sports Café

3/7 Tucson, AZ- The Noise #


3/8 Mesa, AZ- The Underground


3/9 Victorville, CA- VVEC


3/10 San Diego, CA- Epicenter w/ Periphery only


3/11 West Hollywood, CA- Whisky A Go-Go


3/12 Bakersfield, CA- Jerry’s Pizza


3/13 Sacramento, CA- Ace Of Spades


3/15 Portland, OR- Hawthorne Theatre


3/16 Seattle, WA- Studio Seven


3/17 Spokane, WA- The A Club


3/18 Boise, ID- The Venue


3/20 Colorado Springs, CO- The Black Sheep


3/21 Denver, CO- Marquis Theatre


3/22 Kansas City, MO- Scion Lab #


3/23 Cedar Falls, IA- The Wheelhouse


3/24 St. Paul, MN- Station 4


3/25 Flint, MI- The Machine Shop


3/26 Madison, WI- The Annex


3/28 Chicago, IL- Bottom Lounge


3/29 Toronto, ON- Mod Club


3/30 Pittsburgh, PA- Smiling Moose


4/1 Hartford, CT- Webster Underground


4/2 Worcester, MA-The Palladium


4/3 Philadelphia, PA- The Barbary


4/4 Portland, ME- Deering Grange #


4/5 Burlington, VT- Monkey House #


4/6 New York, NY- Santo’s Party House


4/7 Springfield, VA- Jaxx


4/8 Knoxville, TN- The Cider House


4/9 Asheville, NC- The Orange Peel


4/10 Atlanta, GA- The Masquerade


4/12 New Orleans, LA- The Parish @ House of Blues


4/13 Little Rock, AR- Juanita’s


4/14 Tulsa, OK- The Marquee


4/15 Oklahoma City, OK- Conservatory


# Headline dates


SCALE THE SUMMIT formed in 2005 while attending the Musicians’ Institute in Los Angeles. The band relocated to Texas in 2006, where they recorded their first, self-released album. After signing with Prosthetic, they released “Carving Desert Canyons”, which Revolver called, “a cinematic blast of intricately melodic fretwork and pummeling percussion,” in 2009.


The band, who received praise from Guitar World for their “tightly-woven guitar interplay, irregular time signatures and tasteful licks,” has toured with the likes of PROTEST THE HERO, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, CYNIC, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and were handpicked by DREAM THEATER to participate in the 2009 installment of their famed “Progressive Nation” festival tour. SCALE THE SUMMIT has also been featured prominently in Guitar Player magazine, and has tracks available for the Rock Band video game through the Rock Band Network.

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Zombiefication’s Midnight Stench Gets the Vinyl Treatment

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG

In 2010 Mexico’s legendary ZOMBIEFICATION crawled out the grave with disgust and finally released their long awaited debut album Midnight Stench on CD through Asphyxiate Recordings. Playing a rotten style of death metal that crosses the early Stockholm sound with Mexico’s own proud tradition of ancient cult death metal, you can now experience Midnight Stench on vinyl, the way it was always meant to be experienced. Chaos Records recently made available two vinyl editions of this already classic album. Inclusive of an exclusive bonus track, “Blood & Disgorge,” the LP is available in limited edition (200 copies) 350 gram vinyl with gatefold jacket and 180 gram silver vinyl. The regular LP edition is available in 350 gram black vinyl with gatefold jacket.


Midnight Stench LP Track List

Side A:


The Shining


Cryptic Broadcast


Anthem to the Deathmarch


Last Resting Place


Jacko’s Funeral Pyre


Sleepless Mutter




Side B:


Broken Gravestone




Hitchcock Screaming in Phobia


The Early Years


Blood & Disgorge (exclusive bonus track)


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QUEENSRYCHE’s Geoff Tate Pours It On With New Vintage Of Insania

March 1st, 2011
by Celtic Bob

Queensryche lead singer Geoff Tate took a trip to Three Rivers Winery in Walla Walla, Washington last week to oversee final production of his latest vintage of Insania. The forthcoming release of Insania Red (2009) and Insania White (2010) is set for March 15, 2011 and marks the third vintage. The wine will be available for order beginning today, March 1st, on the Queensryche website at Three Rivers Winery is offering a $10 shipping rate on all 6 bottle purchases and free shipping on all “case plus” purchases on the two new releases. Please use promo code GTFAN at to redeem the offer. Tate, who thrives on and enjoys the creative wine process from barrel to bottle, will be signing an autograph card which will be included in the first 100 orders. Order soon as the first two vintages quickly sold out. Enjoy!

Wine Spectator Online / October 2008 (Magazine version appeared in the March 31, 2009 issue):

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IMMORTAL with ABSU: The Gramercy Theater, New York, NY February 19th, 2011

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG


Words and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY

February 19th, 2011

I was fortunate enough to cover Immortal’s concert in Brooklyn nearly a year ago, and at the time I didn’t expect I’d ever get to see them live again. But to my delight, the true sons of northern darkness came back to the States for a second tour. This time, it would be in a far superior venue to their last digs, where there wasn’t anything to keep rambunctious fans off the stage (one fan even stopped Abbath from playing to give him a hug.) It was an appropriately frigid winter night in the Big Apple, a sudden frost that dispelled what had previously been a very warm week. No doubt we can thank Immortal for bringing the icy cold of Blashyrkh with them to the States.
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Birth A.D. – Jeff Tandy

March 1st, 2011
by Robert Williams

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Interview with Jeff Tandy

Conducted by Robert Williams

Birth A.D. are a crossover thrash metal three-piece comprised of two former members of the late nineties death metal act Death of Millions as well as bassist and vocalist Jeff Tandy of Averse Sefira. The band’s music has been compared to DRI, SOD and Corrosion of Conformity and the ten song self-released EP "Stillbirth Of A Nation" has already garnered some moderate success for the band in underground thrash circles. Bassist and vocalist Jeff Tandy recently took the time to chat with and filled us in on the current activities of this exciting new group.

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KAMELOT Announce Full North American Tour

February 28th, 2011
by EvilG
KAMELOT - North America 2011

KAMELOT - North America 2011

In the ongoing KAMELOT campaign for their newest release, Poetry For The Poisoned, the band have confirmed a full North American tour, Pandemonium Over North America 2011.


Along for the ride, are folk/power metalers ALESTORM, who are happy to bring their brand of “Pirate infused metal” to the Kamelot legions. Also, aboard are Canada’s ferocious BLACKGUARD and THE AGONIST.


Due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of Poetry for the Poisoned.


He states: “I am here in Norway still recovering from what seems to have been a severe burnout syndrome. I am getting better but still under medical care. My priorities at the moment are my health & family. My future endeavors in Kamelot and music in general are being evaluated, however at this time my focus is on getting back on my feet and spending time with family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes!”


With the news of Roy’s continued absence, it is announced that metal icon Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties.


Fabio Lione is eager to get on the road, stating, “I am excited and pleased to be part of the next Kamelot tour..I always loved the sound of the band… and I think this will be a great experience for me, the band, and for all the fans of great music and Kamelot… see you soon on tour and let’s rock!!!”


In addition to Fabio, throughout these shows there will also be special guest and vocal appearances from top artists in the scene, this is a special and rare tour, and one not to be missed.


In addition, Kamelot’s Pandemonium Over Europe 2011 is building, adding EVERGREY, AMARANTHE and SONS OF SEASONS to the already announced European tour schedule.




Upcoming Kamelot tour dates:



7 – Santiago De Chile, Chile – Teatro Teleton

8 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Velez Sarsfield (opening for IRON MAIDEN)

9 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Espaço Lux

10 – Porto Alegre, Brazil – Opiniao Bar

12 – Bogota, Columbia – Teatro Metropol

22 – Paris, France – Elysee Montmartre

23 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso

24 – Antwerp, Belgium – Hof Ter Lo

27 – Nottingham, England – Rock City

28 – London, England – KoKo

29 – Luxemburg, Luxembourg – Den Atelier

30 – Luzern, Switzerland – Schüür



1 – Milano, Italy – Magazzini Generali

3 – Budapest, Hungary – Petöfi Hall

5 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club

6 – Krakow, Poland – Kwadrat

7 – Berlin, Germany – C-Club

8 – Stuttgart, Germany – Longhorn / LKA

10 – Köln, Germany – Live Music Hall

11 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle

12 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Trädgårn

14 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene

15 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio





26 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquarade

27 – West Springfield, VA – Jaxx

28 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero

30 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre

31- Worcester, MA – The Palladium



2 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda

3 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial De Quebec

4 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club

6 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s

7 – Detroit, MI – Blondie’s

8 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

9 – St. Paul, NM – Station 4

12 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

13 – Portland, OR – Peter’s Room

14 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s

15 – West Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues

16 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse

17 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

18 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater

20 – Dallas, TX – Trees

21 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar

23 – Orlando, FL – The Club At Firestone

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February 28th, 2011
by EvilG
Judas Priest

Judas Priest

British metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have announced the UK leg of their final Epitaph Tour. Confirmed shows with QUEENSRŸCHE and RIVAL SONS include:



15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK


Tickets For Judas Priest’s Manchester and Wolverhampton Shows are onsale from 9am on March 1st. Tickets for all other Judas Priest shows to be confirmed.


Judas Priest are looking for fan-input for the set-list.


Says the band: “We are planning on possibly doing a track from every album throughout our careers in the set list so let us know what your favourites are and maybe we’ll pick some of them!!”

Post your Epitaph Tour set-lists requests here.

Despite announcing their final world tour, Judas Priest are writing new material. Says the band in a brief update: “All is going really well – more details later!”




A press release on Judas Priest’s final tour reads as follows:


After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!


However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!


With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!


Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:



7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden

11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland

14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway

15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway

17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France

20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France

22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy

23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland

25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium

27 – Zenith – Munich, Germany

28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria



1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia

3 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

8 – Akademik Stadium – Sofia, Bulgaria

10 – Kazlicesme Festival Site – Istanbul, Turkey

10 – Metal Hammer Festival – Katovice, Poland

15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK

29 – Coliseum – La Coruna, Spain

30 – La Cubierta – Madrid, Spain

31 – Bec – Bilbao, Spain



2 – Badalona – Barcelona, Spain

5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

7 – Colmar Wine Festival – Colmar, France

10 – Metal Hammer Festival/Spodek – Katowice, Poland

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Metal Queens: Models Book Released

February 28th, 2011
by EvilG
Metal Queens: Models

Metal Queens: Models

Metal Queens: Models, written by Armand Rosamilia, is now available in eBook and print formats.


Metal Queens: Models features some of the best alternative/metal models such as, Kindra Ravenmoon, Eden Celeste, Demoniccunt, Sinna DeVeigh, Rachael Death, Elenyx, Gypsy Rhodes, Brittany Blasph3my, Alecto Mania, Acid Candy, and Laureli Slaughter.


The book is available for $2.99 for the eBook and $7.99 for the print version. To order the book go to


About Armand Rosamilia:

Horror Author (“Highway To Hell” extreme zombie novella) and editor for Rymfire eBooks.

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MANOWAR sells out 2nd night in Sweden! A 3rd show has been added!

February 28th, 2011
by EvilG


The Swedish fans have spoken again! MANOWAR’s shows at Tradgarn in Gothenburg, Sweden on March 29th and March 30th 2011 are officially SOLD OUT!


Those who waited and missed the opportunity to buy a ticket, now have another chance: MANOWAR has just confirmed a THIRD show at Tradgarn in Gothenburg, Sweden. The additional date is Thursday, March 31st, 2011! Tickets go on sale at


To all true brothers and sisters from Scandinavia and everywhere else: Come and witness MANOWAR’s power in Gothenburg, Sweden on March 31st, 2011!


In addition to performing MANOWAR classics, the band will perform the entire Battle Hymns record in celebration of the release of Battle Hymns 2011! And YOU can help shape the set list: Vote for your favorite song on so that the untamed power of MANOWAR and their fans will shake the ground of Gothenburg, Sweden!


The band is scheduled to re-enter the studio in April. If you wish to see the “Battle Hymns Tour” in Sweden you are advised to purchase your ticket fast for March 31st, 2011 while still available.


Hail to all the true metal Vikings! The Time To Strike is NOW! Hail & Kill!


Upcoming MANOWAR tour dates worldwide:


Saturday March 05, 2011 @ The Palladium in Worcester, MA – USA

Friday March 11, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH – USA

Saturday March 12, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH – USA (SOLD OUT)

Thursday March 17, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki – Greece

Friday March 18, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki – Greece (SOLD OUT)

Saturday March 19, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki – Greece (SOLD OUT)

Friday March 25, 2011 @ St. Jakobshalle in Basel – Switzerland

Sunday March 27, 2011 @ O2 Academy in Birmingham – UK (SOLD OUT)

Tuesday March 29, 2011 @ Tradgarn in Gothenburg – Sweden (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday March 30, 2011 @ Tradgarn in Gothenburg – Sweden (SOLD OUT)

Thursday March 31 2011 @ Tradgarn in Gothenburg – Sweden

Saturday April 02, 2011 @ Campo Pequeno in Lisbon – Portugal

Friday April 08, 2011 @ Rodahal in Kerkrade – The Netherlands

Sunday April 10, 2011 @ La Riviera in Madrid – Spain


Check out for constant updates!

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Blood Freak signs with Willowtip

February 28th, 2011
by EvilG

Portland, Oregon’s BLOOD FREAK has officially signed to Willowtip. The label will release the band’s upcoming album, Mindscraper, on April 5, 2011. The album was recorded at Midnight Mania Studios by Blood Freak’s own Maniac Neil, with Scott Hull handling the mastering duties.

12 tracks were recorded for Mindscraper. They include:

1. Psychoplasmics (Intro)

2. Merchants of Sleaze

3. Sleeping In Hell

4. Pink On The Inside

5. Scared Stiff feat. Rob Fornicator

6. Slaughterhouse Recollections

7. Mindscraper

8. Sex Trash Princess

9. Paralyzed By The Medusa Spider feat. Jason Netherton

10. Death Trip…In The Drug Den Of The Damned feat. Brandon Stench

11. We Kill Cause We Care

12. Gobble Up Your Guts Pt. 3


More info and a preview track for the new album can currently be found at

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SLAYER – Tom Araya “Feeling Much Better”

February 28th, 2011
by EvilG
SLAYER - Tom Araya

SLAYER - Tom Araya

SLAYER were forced to cancel yesterdays appearance at the Soundwave Festival in Sydney, Australia after singer Tom Araya had been hospitalized. Tom’s wife, Sandra Araya, now issued the following statement on her Facebook page:


“SPOKE WITH TOM =) He’s feeling much better! it will be a few days before test results come back… That’s all I can say for now! whoo hoo!”


“Tom does not have a ear infection! Not sure who came up with this, but it is not true… They are waiting on test results… If [the ear-infection explanation] is coming from the promoter, I am sure he is only saying what he was told!”


According to Soundwave Festival promoter AJ Madda Tom “will be OK” for the next Soundwave show in Melbourne on Friday, March 4th.


Slayer recently recruited Gary Holt from San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS as a temporary fill-in in for Jeff Hanneman who is currently recovering from surgery. Holt is accompanying Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar) and Dave Lombardo (drums) on their Australian Soundwave Festival tour, which kicked off on Saturday, February 26 in Brisbane.


Slayer’s setlist was as follows:


‘World Painted Blood’

‘Hate Worldwide’

‘War Ensemble’



‘Hallowed Point’


‘Mandatory Suicide’


‘South Of Heaven’

‘Raining Blood’

‘Black Magic’

‘Angel Of Death’

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS release new live album in Japan

February 28th, 2011
by EvilG
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS release new live album in Japan

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS release new live album in Japan

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS will release a live CD entitled “RETURN TO LIVE: Loud Park 2010” through their Japanese record label TROOPER ENTERTAINMENT on March 16. The disc features eight songs, capturing the bands high-energy performance at Loud Park 10 at Saitama Super Arena, Japan on October 17 2010.


The tracklisting of “RETURN TO LIVE: Loud Park 2010” is as follows:


01. Left Brain Ambassador

02. Beneath The Skin

03. One Man Army

04 Wonderful World

05. Fools Gold

06. Star Born

07. Concrete Horizon

08. Euphoria


The live recording was mixed in Sweden by Staffan Karlsson and Rickard Bengtsson at STUDIO LANDGREN 5.3 and THE SWEET SPOT STUDIO, December 2010.

Artwork and design by Hippograffix.

“RETURN TO LIVE: Loud Park 2010” is now available for pre-order at

Furthermore, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS will play two headline shows in Japan in March.

Commented drummer Ludwig Witt: “We had a great time in Japan performing at the two massive Loud Park ’10 concerts in October alongside OZZY, MOTÖRHEAD, etc.

“Our first new album in five years (2010’s ‘Return To Zero’) has been really well received by the Japanese fans and we can’t wait to go back and play the full headline set at our own, more intimate, club dates in Osaka and Tokyo in March.”


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The black hearted beast of KAOTEON is back!

February 28th, 2011
by EvilG

KAOTEON released through the much respected OSMOSE PRODUCTIONS their debut album “VENI VIDI VOMUI”.


VVV was recorded and mixed at Mixdown Studios in the bullet-scarred city of Beirut, while mastering took place at Unisound studios (Sweden) by none other than Dan Swanö (BloodBath, Unicorn, Edge of Sanity, Diabolical Masquerade, Pan.Thy.Monium, Nightingale, Katatonia, etc…).


Osmose states:

“Forged in the Middle East where Terror and War never rest; the Lebanese Extreme Black/Death Metal band KAOTEON brings forth their first full length record with Osmose Productions to blast your ears and damage your minds. This kaotik opus is titled Veni Vidi Vomui, which translates to I came, I saw, I vomited.


KAOTEON’s full length is a statement of anger and disgust towards civil wars, terrorism, invasions, sectarianism, and deceit. These themes are dissected throughout their lyrics to project Lebanon’s daily life.


Several bands wrote about the ripping political and religious instability in the middle east but KAOTEON lives it to this day. From Shrieks, Low Grunts, and High Pitched vocals to fast and mind blowing blasts, this is a not to miss record for every Extreme Metal fan that enjoy uncompromising metal riffs.


This is going to be an unmatched statement of hatred. Zero tolerance.”



Words from the band: “Expect nothing but utter brutality, unseen anger and solemn disgust. The black hearted beast of KAOTEON is back and will burn everything that stands in its way, for the fires of hell rages within our hearts.”

“Imagine the blasting sound of supernovae compressed on a disk to serve as the soundtrack for the end of this wretched universe – This is what Veni Vidi Vomui sounds like!”




1. Veni Vidi Vomui

2. Jihannam Wa Bi2sal Massir

3. Wartimes

4. Hateforged Retaliation

5. Provenance of Hatred

6. Anthem of the Dead

7. One by One (Dogs Heed the Call)

8. Decrepitude

9. Wrenched

10. Love Died (In Your Cunt)

11. To Purge One’s Self


More Details below:

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SLAYER Frontman Tom Araya Hospitalized, Today’s Sydney Show Canceled

February 27th, 2011
by EvilG has issued the following message:

“Tom Araya has been hospitalized after yesterdays show in Brisbane, Australia. Reports say that the hospital is keeping him in over the night. As a result of this Slayer’s appearance today at the Soundwave Festival has been cancelled. Why this has happened is not clear so far, rumors say it has to do with his surgery early last year, but these are only rumors. Keep checking back here!”

Needless to say, fans were NOT too happy (see the video from below). Watch this space for updates.

SLAYER, 22.06.2010. Sofia Rocks, powered by Sonisphere Festival

SLAYER, 22.06.2010. Sofia Rocks, powered by Sonisphere Festival

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BRIAN FORSYTHE of Rhino Bucket and Kix

February 26th, 2011
by Marko Syrjala




Brian Forsythe is best known for his work with successful U.S rockers Kix. The band started its career in the late 70’s with the classic line up of Brian Forsythe, vocalist Steve Whiteman, guitarist Ronnie Younkins, drummer Jimmy Chalfant and bassist Donnie Purnell. They released such hard rock classics as MIDNITE DYNAMITE, BLOW MY FUSE and HOT WIRE. Brian left the band in 1992 but he briefly returned to play in Kix’s final studio release SHOW BUSINESS which was released in 1995.  After some touring Brian left again and the whole band slowly disbanded until they decided to reform Kix without Donnie in 2004. Since then Kix have been playing some shows every then and now including Rocklahoma Festival in 2008. But there’s been more than just Kix in his musical journey. In addition to many projects during the years he’s currently playing with rockin’ country band The Shakehandlers as well as with blues band The Purple Gang but the main band for Brian currently is definitely Rhino Bucket.

Rhino Bucket was originally formed in 1987 and band find some great success with its 1990 s/t debut album. The sophomore album GET USED TO IT was released in 1992 but it failed to reach its predecessors success. PAIN, which featured former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright, came out in 1994 but soon band called it’s quits before returning again in 2001 with original members Georg Dolivo bassist Reeve Jones, drummer Liam Jason (who had changed his sex and was now called Jackie Enx!) and Brian who was now invited to join the bands ranks to replace Greg Fields. A new lineup released its first album AND THEN IT GOT UGLY in 2006 and THE HARDEST TOWN followed in 2009. The latter once again featured Simon Wright on drums. The bands latest release WHO’S GOT MINE saw the light of day in January of 2011 and soon after, for the first time ever, the band arrived in Finland to play a series of club shows around the country. Brian kindly sat down with us before the bands show in Helsinki and here are the results of our little conversation. Topics include, of course, the latest from Rhino Bucket camp and well as some Kix stuff as well… Read on!

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