Massachusetts’ THE ACACIA STRAIN have premiered the fourth video documenting the odd occurrences since they finished recording their new album, “Wormwood,” out July 20 on Prosthetic Records. This time around, it’s announced guitarist D.L. is missing and several potential sightings on different continents are discussed. Watch it at www.prostheticrecords.com
“Wormwood,” pre-orders through the Prosthetic Webstore (store.prostheticrecords.com) have started shipping and combo packs, CDs, LPs and various other items are still available. Newbury Comics is offering copies signed by the band through pre-order and retailer FYE will be giving away an exclusive 24” by 36” poster to the first 5000 people who purchase the album in stores. The track “Jonestown” is now available as a digital single at Itunes. It can be downloaded at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jonestown-alternate-version/id376447333
THE ACACIA STRAIN are currently on “Cool Tour” in with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. They’ll also be in Europe in September and October on the “Hell On Earth Tour” with Terror and more.
Their upcoming dates are:
7/14 N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues %
7/15 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore %
7/16 Baltimore, MD – Sonar % 7/17 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy % 7/18 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre %
7/20 Boston, MA – House of Blues %
7/21 Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom %
7/22 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory %
7/23 Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion %
7/24 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Complex %
7/25 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant %
7/27 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater %
7/28 Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom %
7/30 Mesa, AZ – Marquis Theatre %
7/31 Los Angeles, CA – Palladium %
8/1 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield %
8/2 Las Vegas, NV- The Farm (w/ War of Ages)
8/4 Kansas City, MO- The El Torreon (w/ War of Ages)
9/17 Jena, GER – F Haus $
9/18 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik $
9/19 Reading, UK – Sub 89 $
9/20 Norwich, UK – Waterfront $
9/21 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre $
9/22 Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit $
9/23 Manchester, UK – Moho Live $
9/24 Sheffield, UK – Corperation $
9/25 London, UK – Islington 02 Academy $
9/26 Antwerpen, BE – Hof ter Lo $
9/27 Paris, FR – Glazart $
9/28 Rotterdam, NI – Watt $
9/29 Frankfurt/Main, GER – Batschkapp $
9/30 Klagenfurt, AUT – Volxhaus $
10/1 Munchen, GER – Werk $
10/2 Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet $
10/3 Solothurn, CH – Kofmehl $
10/4 Hannover, GER – Faust $
10/5 Gothenburg, SW – Musikens Hus $
10/6 Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle $
10/7 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle $
10/8 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage $
10/9 Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Stattbahnhof $
10/10 Zaandam, NI – Kade $
10/11 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville TBC $
10/12 Stuttgart, GER – TBA $
10/13 Wien, GER – Arena $
10/14 Praha, CZ – Abaton $
10/15 Leipzig, GER – Werk $
10/16 Berlin, GER – SO 36 $
10/17 Amneville, FR – Tat The Beast $
% “Cool Tour”
$ “Hell On Earth” Tour
“Wormwood” was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering and features guest appearances from HATEBREED’s Jamey Jasta, 100 DEMONS’ Bruce LePage and Kyle Chard of BORN LOW.
Southern California’s ANTAGONIST has posted the track, “Sasha Grey,” on their newly redesigned Myspace page. Check it out NOW at www.myspace.com/antagonist. The track appears on their forthcoming album, “World In Decline,” (August 17th via Prosthetic Records), which was recorded,” at Buzzbomb Studios in Orange, CA with producer Paul Miner (Terror, Thrice, Throwdown) and promises to be the band’s angriest and most aggressive outing yet.
“World In Decline,” Track Listing:
1. The Bane of Existence
2. Sasha Grey
3. Disguised In White
4. God On Fire
5. Wake Up And Smell The Lies
6. New Human
7. A Voice Unspoken
8. Already Dead (Featuring John Strachan of The Funeral Pyre)
9. Darkest Darkness (Featuring Jared Monette of Arsonists Get All The Girls)
10. World In Decline (Featuring Jared Monette of Arsonists Get All The Girls)
“World In Decline” is the follow up to, “Exist,” to ANTAGONIST’s 2008 Prosthetic debut. They also have two previous full lengths and several EPs.
After their extremely successful Hellish Rock world tour 2007/08, leading HELLOWEEN through 40 countries on 4 continents, the German heavy metal legend soon will be touring the world again! Three weeks after the release of the new, yet untitled and highly anticipated studio album around Halloween (end of October) 2010, the band will hit the road again and start the tour in Europe.
While rumors promise the album to be the band’s heaviest and fastest effort in years, Helloween can announce nobody less than the Finland-based heavy metal supergroup STRATOVARIUS for the slot of the very special guest!
Says singer Andi Deris: “We had a great package with GAMMA RAY last time, and we are very proud to have Stratovarius with us this time. We look forward to have another power metal party with our fans all over the planet – see you soon!”
The 7 Sinners World Tour 2010/11 European Part I
26 – Wien, Austria – Szene
27 – Zlin, Czech Republic – Winter Masters of Rock
28 – Budapest, Hungary – Petöfi Hall
1 – Langen, Germany – Neue Stadthalle
2 – Antwerp, Belgium – Hof Ter Lo
4 – Prestatyn, UK – Hardrock Hell Festival
5 – London, UK – The HMV Forum
6 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Effenaar
8 – Lund, Sweden – Mejeriet
9 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
10 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Lisebergshallen
11 – Stockholm, Sweden – Arenan
13 – Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
14 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
15 – Helsinki, Finland – House Of Culture
17 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola
18 – Cracow, Poland – Studio
19 – Prague, Czech Republic – Mala Sportovni Hala
(Ed. note: We hope this tour comes to all of North America as well!)
The brand new IRON MAIDEN video for ‘The Final Frontier’, the title track from the band’s forthcoming album, can now be seen below.
For diehard fans, the previously revealed tracklist for The Final Frontier (found below) now features the song credits:
‘Satellite 15… The Final Frontier’ (Smith/Harris)
‘El Dorado’ (Smith/Harris/Dickinson)
‘Mother Of Mercy’ (Smith/Harris)
‘Coming Home’ (Smith/Harris/Dickinson)
‘The Alchemist’ (Gers/Harris/Dickinson)
‘Isle Of Avalon’ (Smith/Harris)
‘The Talisman’ (Gers/Harris)
‘The Man Who Would Be King’ (Murray/Harris)
‘When The Wild Wind Blows’ (Harris)
The release date for The Final Frontier is now confirmed for Monday, August 16th. The new album features artwork illustrated by Melvyn Grant and, to mark the occasion, the band have made special arrangements for one new album track ‘El Dorado’ to be made available Worldwide as a FREE digital download MP3 with immediate effect.
SADIST, VIRGIN SNATCH And CRIONICS Team Up For Beware Of Your Neck 2010 Tour Polish tour
SADIST, VIRGIN SNATCH, CRIONICS plus two other bands will play a run of dozens concerts across all Europe during the fall of this year.
The tour will kick off at the end of September in Poland and will roll over its 9 biggest cities, with additional dates in Prague (Czech Republic) and Bratislava (Slovakia).
Once the Polish leg of the Beware Of Your Neck 2010 is done all the bands will head towards the East in order to conquer the lands of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. This part of the raid will start on October 13th in Kaliningrad with the last date on October 23rd in Moscow.
A month later Sadist, Crionics and Virgin Snatch under the same banner will also most likely visit other European countries, such as Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Bulgaria and Hangary.
This is going to be Sadist’s first-ever live appearance in Poland where the band had always been critically acclaimed for their previous albums – Above The Light, Tribe and Crust. These Italian unquestioned masters of progressive death/thrash metal are currently promoting their latest opus, Seasons In Silence, at differrent summer festivals around all Europe.
For the Cracov-based thrashers of Virgin Snatch this will be the last set of shows before they hit the studio in order to record the Act Of Grace successor. According to the band itself their new album is going to be their strongest offer to date.
Third of the Beware Of Your Neck 2010 is another Polish act – Crionics. The band – consisting of the new lineup, including musicians of VADER, DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS, THY DISEASE and ASGAARD – will be promoting the N.O.I.R. EP which is set to come out at the beginning of October this year.
Other two bands to join the Beware Of Your Neck 2010 lineup will be announced in the middle of July.
Below you will find the first confirmed dates of the tour. More dates to be announced very soon.
Chicago deathcore heavyweights, OCEANO will soon begin their first North American headline trek as part of the Over The Limit tour. To mark this most brutal occasion, the band is giving fans the chance to get on stage and play with them as part of the Over The Limit tour’s Almost Famous contest.
Follow the steps of the contest by July 22nd, 2010 and 3 lucky fans have the chance to win prize packs containing posters, shirts and 2 tickets to their closest Over The Limit tour stop. 1 grand prize winner will be invited up on stage by OCEANO to jam with the band on the song that they covered for the contest. Here are the steps in full:
The title for the new album by Norway’s highly renowned psychedelic post-black metal band ENSLAVED will be announced on the band’s MySpace page on Thursday, July 15th at 3 a.m. PACIFIC / 6 a.m. EASTERN / 12:00 CET. Release dates will also be announced.
This eleventh studio album was recorded at three different studios in Bergen, Norway: 1) Duper; 2) Earshot (belonging to ENSLAVED members Herbrand Larsen [keyboardist/backing vocalist] and Ice Dale [lead guitarist]); and 3) Peersonal Sound (owned by rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson). It is the follow-up to 2008’s Vertebrae, which sold over 1,100 copies its first week of release in North America according to Nielsen SoundScan and debuted on the American Billboard Hard Music chart at #11 and on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #49. In their native Norway, Vertebrae entered the official charts at #20 and earned ENSLAVED their third consecutive Spellemann award (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy).
Vertebrae also won Terrorizer Magazine’s coveted “Album of the Year” award for 2008. Other “Best of 2008” rankings include: Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles: #4; Metal Edge: #9; Metal Maniacs: #11; Revolver Magazine: #14; Decibel Magazine: #16; and Kerrang!: #19.
ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th.
View a recent interview with ENSLAVED guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson here.
Sweden’s SPIRITUAL BEGGARS finally return to the spotlight with their first new studio album in five years, Return To Zero. Once again, the Beggars effortlessly manage to confirm they are a band that continues to defy musical boundaries and that delivers Classic Heavy Rock at its very best! The much anticipated disc is set for an Oct. 12th North American release via InsideOut Music.
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS uploaded a short audio sample of the new album as a pre-listening teaser. For more information please check the band’s MySpace profile, as well as their Twitter at the links below now. The official track listing is listed below as well. This album marks the group’s first offering with the extremely dynamic and talented Apollo Papathanasio on vocals.
The artwork of the upcoming album is done by the well known Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes. SPIRITUAL BEGGARS’s guitarist Michael Amott states: “I’m extremely pleased with the Return To Zero cover! To me, it’s the quintessential SPIRITUAL BEGGARS artwork. The artist really managed to capture the essence of our band, the new album and the constant flow of cryptic ideas I was throwing at him. As I’m old school, I can’t wait to see this in its full glory on the vinyl LP. But hey, it’ll look cool as a minuscule image on your iPod too.”
1. Return To Zero [Intro]
2. Lost In Yesterday
3. Star Born
4. The Chaos Of Rebirth
5. We Are Free
6. Spirit Of The Wind
7. Coming Home
8. Concrete Horizon
9. A New Dawn Rising
10. Believe In Me
11. Dead Weight
12. The Road Less Travelled
Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS) – Guitars
Ludwig Witt (FIREBIRD) – Drums
Per Wiberg (OPETH) – Keyboards
Sharlee D’Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, WITCHERY) – Bass
Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND) – Vocals
October 17th 2010 LOUD PARK 10 @ Saitama Super Arena, Saitama City (Japan)
Ibex Moon Records regretfully announces that the last four dates of the Campaign For Death Metal Purity Tour, featuring Gravehill, Cardiac Arrest and Hod, will not go on as planned. On behalf of Ibex Moon Records and the bands on the tour we would like to thank everyone who came out in support of true death metal. Though Hod dropped off the bill after the July 7th date in Austin, TX, other factors led to Gravehill and Cardiac Arrest canceling the final dates. Cardiac Arrest drummer, Jim “Grindhead” Deabenderfer issued the following statement. “We in Cardiac Arrest and Gravehill are disappointed to be in this position. Canceling shows is not something either of our camps are accustomed to. We are forced to drop these dates for purely logistic reasons, not financial. This should not reflect on any of the promoters for the dates in question – our plans simply had to change with the situation. Both Cardiac Arrest and Gravehill are committed to make up these four dates as soon as possible.”
The affected dates are as follows:
July 15th @ Buccaneer’s – Memphis, TN
July 16th @ Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR
July 17th @ Walters – Houston, TX
July 18th @ Ten Eleven – San Antonio, TX
The Campaign For Death Metal Purity Tour will conclude tonight in Indianapolis, IN at The Melody Inn with Gravehill and Cardiac Arrest playing alongside Abyss Records acts Maax and Christ Beheaded.
Venezuelan black metal outfit, NOCTIS IMPERIUM are set to release their latest offering, Nihil, through Abyss Records. Featuring the legendary Nick Barker on drums, Nihil is just a sample of the hard work NOCTIS IMPERIUM have been doing since inception. The EP contains songs from their upcoming full length, The Age Of The Golden Dawn, plus a handful of unreleased and live tracks recorded over the course of 2009. Nihil is set for an early August release date and will be available at www.officialabyssrecords.com. The EP’s track listing and artwork can be found below. The band has made select tracks available for streaming at www.myspace.com/noctisimperium.
Agonia Records proudly announce signing of Italian Depressive Black/Doom Metal masters FORGOTTEM TOMB.
At the end of this summer, they will record the long-anticipated new full-length album Under Saturn Retrograde, a title which reflects the subtle, pessimistic self-irony of the band. If you still think Italy is all mandolin, sun and pizza, it means you haven’t heard of FORGOTTEN TOMB yet… You might find out an unpleasant world made of suburban misery, nihilism and utter negativity. You might find out why the band labelled its sound as Southern European Black Discomfort !
IN THIS MOMENT’s New Album In Stores Now, Check In From The Mayhem Festival and
Post New Video Message Online
After months of anticipation, the highly acclaimed new full-length IN THIS MOMENT album, A Star-Crossed Wasteland, is now available in stores everywhere. The band kicked off their massive worldwide touring cycle for the new album by taking part in this summer’s Rockstar Mayhem Fest, which started this past weekend. Check out a new video message from Maria Brink (vocals) now at the link below. http://bit.ly/c1bcMM
Also, the official video for the new track “The Gun Show” can be viewed now at the link below. http://bit.ly/d8bseP
The new IN THIS MOMENT disc will be exclusively available at the Century Media/Metal Army booth and this is the only place that the group will be doing any signings on the Mayhem Festival tour, so be sure to come say hello and get your disc signed. These signings are always 30 mins after their set, so don’t miss out on this special opportunity.
Chris Howorth (guitars) checks in with the following Mayhem Fest report: “After only two days of Mayhem Fest performances I can confidently say this is the most fun we have ever had on a tour. The crowds are massive and so pumped up for music. The first show in San Bernardino was a hell of a kickoff and there had to be over 10,000 people going ape shit. There were people waving t- shirts that were on fire and some guy was shooting off fireworks in the middle of our mosh pit. It was pure Mayhem indeed. The second show in Mountain View was just as crazy. We were the headliner of the second stage and although we were a bit nervous at first we couldn’t believe how many people stayed to watch us headline and to keep it interesting Maria jumped into the crowd and incited a huge circle pit around the front of house tent. It was certainly a sight to behold.
“We are beyond excited for the rest of the tour. We are doing exclusive signings every day at the Century Media/Metal Army booth and we can’t wait to meet everyone. Mayhem Fest kicks so much ass it’s hard to put it into words, so just come out and let all these bands kick your ass. On a side note our bus buddies Norma Jean turned out to be an outstanding group of guys and we are having a blast hanging out with them every day. Our new CD comes out today and we are really excited for everyone to hear our new stuff. Rock on!”
Just to further wet fans’ voracious appetites for this new material even more, the band has posted the new track, “Just Drive,” on their MySpace and Facebook page, so click on the links below now to check it out.
Florida’s INFERNAEON have announced “Genesis To Nemesis” as the title of their new album, which is slated for an August 31st street date via Prosthetic Records. The album was recorded at Erik Rutan’s Mana Recording (Goatwhore, Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal) Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Brian Elliott. “Genesis To Nemesis,” picks up where 2007’s “A Symphony of Suffering,” (which Metal Hammer described as, “brave, unflinchingly inventive and jackhammer-heavy from beginning to end,”) left off, with a devastating mix of Flordian death metal and symphonic, sinister European black metal. “Genesis To Nemesis,” is the first recording with new guitarists Taylor Nordberg and Steven Harger, as well as bassist Mike Poggione
INFERNAEON’s founder and vocalist, Brian Werner commented; “Every bad thing possible was thrown at us and we had to eat some serious shit on a silver spoon and smile about it afterwards to get this done. We actually wrote almost an entire other album that we threw out and started from scratch after we trimmed the fat over a year ago, but it couldn’t be a better situation now. Steven and Taylor did a fucking amazing job creating a sonic ‘image’ which complimented the entire album concept perfectly. The album itself is the entire story of the bible from beginning to end, however, it’s told historically accurately instead of the brain dead point of view the bible tries to portray. All in all, recording at Mana was an amazing experience as always; Brian and Erik are killer motherfuckers and always are intense to work with and always put forth 100% every time. Mix all the elements together with some Crowley-esque Thelema thrown in and I’m very proud to say that it turned out better then we could have expected!”
INFERNAEON will be hitting the road this fall for an extensive US tour, and have previously shared the stage with the likes of Malevolent Creation, Deicide, Atheist, Deeds of Flesh, Vile, and Impaled.
The Frozen Tears Of Angels, the new album by Italy’s RHAPSODY OF FIRE
The Frozen Tears Of Angels, the new album by Italy’s RHAPSODY OF FIRE, has debuted at #16 on the Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Top Hard Music Albums chart and at #129 on the Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Top 200 Albums chart.
Produced by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli, The Frozen Tears Of Angels was mixed and mastered by Sascha Paeth (Edguy, Avantasia, Epica) and debuted at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #60 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #132 on the Top Independent Albums chart.
Other international chart entries are as follows: Greece #11; Italy #31; Germany #33; Finland #35; Switzerland #39; Japan #41; France #51; Austria #58; South Korea #69; Spain #81; and Belgium #96.
The track listing for The Frozen Tears Of Angels is as follows:
01. Dark Frozen World
02. Sea Of Fate
03. Crystal Moonlight
04. Reign Of Terror
05. Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiaccio
06. Raging Starfire
07. Lost In Cold Dreams
08. On The Way To Ainor
09. The Frozen Tears Of Angels
North American Bonus Tracks
10. Labyrinth Of Madness
11. Sea Of Fate (Orchestral Version)
Listen to a recent interview with guitarist Luca Turilli here. View the video for “Sea Of Fate” here.
RHAPSODY OF FIRE are: Luca Turilli on guitar, Alex Staropoli on keyboards, Fabio Lione on vocals, Patrice Guers on bass, Alex Holzwarth on drums and Dominique Leurquin as additional live guitarist.