Drummer change in Saattue

October 15th, 2010
by EvilG

Finnish saatto metal band Saattue has a new drummer. M. Ahlstén decided to leave the group after being a member of Saattue for five years and being responsible for recording drums for both of the band’s albums, Jäähyvästi (2006) and Vuoroveri (2009). The new drummer is S. Köykkä, formerly a member of Finnish funeral doom metal band Colosseum. Saattue gives a big thank you to Mikael and welcomes Sameli in.

Saattue’s second album Vuoroveri was released in November 2009 on Spikefarm Records. The album includes 8 tracks of doomy and multidimensional saatto metal.

Saattue writes its lyrics in Finnish and calls its music saatto metal. Saatto, as well as Saattue, means procession in Finnish.

For more information visit www.myspace.com/saattue

SPINEFARM homepages: www.spinefarm.fi | www.myspace.com/spinefarm

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KnuckleBonz Unveils a Ronnie James Dio Limited Edition Collectible!

October 15th, 2010
by Celtic Bob

KnuckleBonz Unveils a Ronnie James Dio Limited Edition Collectible!
A Portion of all Proceeds at KnuckleBonz.com will be Donated to the ‘Stand Up and Shout’ Cancer Fund Created in Honor of Ronnie James Dio

October 14, 2010:  KnuckleBonz is excited to announce its production of the Ronnie James Dio Rock Iconz® statue.
This is a limited edition statue with only 3000 created, making these highly collectible. Each figure in the edition is hand-painted, numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity.
This is an officially licensed product, approved and endorsed by Wendy Dio and Niji Entertainment. Wendy Dio remarked about the project, “Ronnie would be very proud.”  KnuckleBonz is honored to be creating a tribute piece of Ronnie James Dio, widely recognized as one of the most powerful singers in all of heavy metal.

A portion of all sales from www.knucklebonz.com will be donated to the “Stand Up and Shout” Cancer Fund created in honor of Ronnie James Dio.

The Ronnie James Dio Rock Iconz Statue:  The sculpture of Dio is displayed with his signature devil horns and iconic crouched stance. This is a hand-crafted statue. Every piece is painted by hand and numbered. A certificate of authenticity is included on the base of each statue. The statue is approximately 8” hiqh and stands on an attractive wooden display base. The Ronnie James Dio limited edition statue will be available December 2010. Pre-orders are available at  HYPERLINK “http://www.knucklebonz.comwww.knucklebonz.com.

“We learned that Ronnie wanted to work on a statue project before he fell ill. We are honored that Wendy Dio and his management called on us for this project,” remarks Tony Simerman, President and Creative Director of KnuckleBonz, Inc.  “It’s been a real pleasure to work with Ronnie’s family and the people at Niji on this project. I was a fan of Ronnie’s very early and owned all the original Rainbow records. I was fortunate enough to see him out in front of Sabbath. RJD was one of the greatest live performers I have ever seen,” adds Simerman.

KnuckleBonz creates hi-end sculpture that features rock’s most highly influential artists. Dedicated to honoring rocks greatest through master artistry, KnuckleBonz has established the music-based sculpture series: Rock Iconz.

Pricing and Availability:
The Ronnie James Dio Rock Iconz Statue is scheduled to ship December 2010 and will be available at www.knucklebonz.com and through select retailers worldwide. This is a limited edition statue created by KnuckleBonz; only 3000 will be created.  This collectible is created at 1/9 scale, making the figure approximately 8” tall on top of a wooden display base. The Ronnie James Dio Rock Iconz statue can be reserved by pre-ordering at www.knucklebonz.com.

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HELLOWEEN RELEASE VIDEO FOR “ARE YOU METAL?”; New Album 7 Sinners Out November 9th via The End Records

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG
HELLOWEEN - 7 Sinners

HELLOWEEN - 7 Sinners

German heavy metal legends, Helloween are set to release their 13th studio album, 7 Sinners, on November 9, 2010 in North America via The End Records. This week Helloween premiered the video for the first single, “Are You Metal?” off the new album. Watch the video here, and then ask yourself, Are You Metal?

If there is a golden thread throughout the more than 25 years of Helloween’s history, 13 studio albums, countless headliner tours around the globe and more than 5 million records sold, then it is their special kind of attitude: don’t take yourself too seriously and simply live statements like: “just have fun with the shit you’re doing.” Maybe it is exactly this easiness that allows Helloween to be one of the most constant bands of the genre while simultaneously being the one band who dares to experiment more than their musical peers. While some copycats would rather stick with the same old patterns, Andi Deris, Michael Weikath, Sascha Gerstner, Markus Großkopf and Dani Löble aren’t afraid of taking risks – and are rightfully rewarded with success.

7 Sinners is definitively one of the fastest and hardest albums in the Helloween’s history and it bursts with vitality. That might partly be due to the versatility of the various songwriters within the band, who over time have become so homogenous, that the 13 songs formed a unity on their own in the studio , but it may also be due to the fact that the album was recorded completely without a click track, which, considering the extreme speed of the songs is an impressive feat. Especially drummer Löble, who proves that his technique is at a world-class-level. Following his excellent inner clock, bass and drums drive tracks like “Are You Metal?”, “Long Live The King” and “Who Is Mr. Madman?” to dizzying tempos. 7 Sinners with its typically strong melodies and the tangible joy of playing, is a true metal album whose range reaches astonishing dimensions.

www.helloween.org

www.myspace.com/helloween

www.twitter.com/helloweenorg

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NIJI ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC. LAUNCHES OFFICIAL DIO WEB STORE!

October 14th, 2010
by Celtic Bob

2010 will go down as the year that we lost one of hard rock/heavy metal’s all-time great vocalists, Ronnie James Dio (after a valiant battle with cancer).  Throughout a career that saw Ronnie pen or co-pen classics with such legendary acts as Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and with his solo group, Dio, there are simply not enough words to describe the singer’s contribution to rock music worldwide.  Niji Entertainment Group Inc. has announced the opening of www.officialronniejamesdiowebstore.com.  Dio fans around the world will now be able to purchase official tour shirts, jackets, hats, CD’s, DVD’s, blu-rays, vinyl and box sets from Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio on the web store.  There will be many cool new Dio items recently designed that will be MUST HAVES for your collections! The web store also offers all the official Heaven & Hell items including shirts, CD’s, DVD’s and vinyl.

Dean Schachtel, General Manager for Niji Entertainment Group, commented ‘Fans were having a hard time finding product in stores. They can now have a one stop shop at our web store and purchase their favorite Dio collectables and memorabilia at fair prices.’  The web store also offers worldwide shipping which is certain to please Dio’s large and loyal fan base. Selected official Dio t-shirts will be available for purchase as well.  This week features an official 1985 Sacred Heart t-shirt. Each week thereafter, a different one will be available, eventually including classic tour t-shirts.

To celebrate the life of the man that has become synonymous with metal, the double disc set, ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987′ will be released on November 9th, 2010.  This item is available for pre-order for only $15.98, and as an added bonus until November 5th, 2010, includes an original stick on backstage pass.  The first disc was recorded at the first-ever UK performance by Dio’s solo group, while on tour supporting their classic debut, ‘Holy Diver.’ And the set-list does a superb job reflecting Dio’s debut (featuring such classics as “Rainbow in the Dark,” “Stand Up And Shout,” etc.), as well as classics from both Rainbow and Black Sabbath (“Man on the Silver Mountain,” “Heaven and Hell,” etc.) – resulting in a thorough retrospective of Dio’s career, from Rainbow to Black Sabbath to solo hits.  The second disc of ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987′ features guitarist Craig Goldy’s debut – recorded in 1987, in support of the ‘Dream Evil’ album, and contains high
lights from Dio’s career.  ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987′ will be the very first release from the Niji Entertainment Group (which was formed by Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager, Wendy Dio, in early 2010).  The set will be released as a deluxe digipak including a booklet filled with rare photographs and liner notes, and original replica all access laminates from both shows.  Ronnie was the executive producer on the Donington project, and was very much looking forward to the release.

One of the brand new exclusive collectable pieces available on the Dio web store is an autographed limited edition baseball, presented in a display case (only two thousand were produced).  Each piece is numbered, and features Ronnie’s DIO logo and autograph. It was well-known to many Dio fans that Ronnie loved baseball, and it was his dream to play in the major leagues. He was once quoted saying he would trade in his rockstar career for one playing with the Yankees!

The Niji Entertainment Group is a full service record label, and will be releasing rare and unreleased recordings from Dio and other artists.  November 23rd will see two additional releases from the Niji Entertainment Group – a deluxe limited edition picture disc of Dio’s classic solo debut, ‘Holy Diver,’ and ‘Bitten By The Beast’ from David “Rock” Feinstein.  “Rock” is Ronnie’s cousin, and was a member of Elf, and the leader of the legendary NY band The Rods. ‘Bitten By The Beast,’ features the single “Metal Will Never Die,” with lead vocals by Ronnie James Dio. This single will be heavily worked to active rock and metal radio this fall.

Between Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, the Dio social media followers now numbers over one million.

While Ronnie was alive, he always wanted to have his own action figure/statue.  And now, this has become a reality – KnuckleBonz has created the Ronnie James Dio rock iconz statue, which will be available in late fall 2010.  These statues are only produced in limited edition runs of 3000, which make them highly collectible and sought after from fans.  A portion from the sales of the Dio statue will go to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, in honor of Ronnie James Dio.  Preorders available by visiting www. knucklebonz.com.

For more information, please go to:
www.officialronniejamesdiowebstore.com
www.ronniejamesdio.com
www.facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio
www.myspace.com/dioofficial

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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES U.S. Tour To Commence Tomorrow; Trailer Posted

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG

Cross over thrash kings SUICIDAL TENDENCIES will kick off their long-anticipated U.S. tour tomorrow in Reno. The Join The Army/Deja Vu Tour 2010 will make its way through nearly a month’s worth of dates before coming to a close in Albuquerque. Check out the recently-launched tour trailer HERE.

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES U.S. Tour 2010 Join The Army/ Deja Vu Tour

10/15/2010 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
10/16/2010 Roseland – Portland, OR
10/17/2010 Showbox – Seattle, WA
10/19/2010 Phoenix Theatre- Petaluma, CA 10/20/2010 Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
10/22/2010 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
10/24/2010 Pima County Fairground – Tucson, AZ 10/26/2010 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
10/28/2010 Al Rosa – Columbus, OH
10/29/2010 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
10/30/2010 Eagles – Milwaukee, WI
10/31/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/02/2010 Pops – St. Louis, MO
11/04/2010 Meridioen – Houston, TX
11/06/2010 Palladium Showroom – Dallas, TX
11/07/2010 Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
11/09/2010 State Theatre – Tampa, FL
11/10/2010 Firestone – Orlando, FL
11/12/2010 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
11/13/2010 Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/14/2010 Terminal 5 – New York, NY 11/15/2010 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/17/2010 Metro – Chicago, IL
11/18/2010 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/20/2010 Summit – Denver, CO
11/21/2010 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM

The ST tour coincides with the No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family offering released September 7 via the band’s own Suicidal Records. The record features re-recorded tracks from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES’ second album, Join The Army originally released in 1987, as well as tunes from the second full-length from No Mercy, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES guitarist Mike Clark’s speed metal band (which found ST vocalist Mike Muir on vocals) from 1986. Also included is a new version of the classic ST track, “Possessed To Skate.” A video for the song is also in the works. Get ready for the cyco invasion!

http://www.suicidaltendencies.com

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VEIL OF MAYA Prepare For Extensive North American Tour This Fall With Darkest Hour and Periphery

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG

The Chicago based VEIL OF MAYA encompasses the good old American blue collar work ethic and have definitely taken the hard road to success grinding it out on the road through countless tours over the years, but now that backbreaking schedule is paying off tenfold. This quartet are one of the few very bands that can authentically mix elements of progressive metal, melodic death metal, thrash and hardcore brutality together effectively, all while keeping the listener constantly interested with baited breath wondering just what is coming next. This is exactly why they will have a career for years to come.

VEIL OF MAYA will be embarking on a massive North American tour alongside Darkest Hour, labelmates Periphery and Revocation this Nov/Dec, so be sure to either see below or head over now to www.myspace.com/veilofmaya to view their entire tour schedule. Also, be sure to check out their new eye-popping video clip for the track, “Unbreakable,” shot by renowned director Raul Gonzo.

“We are definitely stoked to tour with darkest hour, I’ve been a fan for awhile and am excited to be part of the legacy tour with them! I’m also excited to be back out with our friends in Periphery it’s always exciting to watch them play!”
-Sam Applebaum – Drums

“We are all pumped to be on the Darkest Hour legacy tour… We met the dudes awhile back and they’re so awesome to be around!   We are playing a couple new songs from [id] and we can’t wait to re-visit some of the great places we came through on Summer Slaughter!  It’s a great tour with a lot of awesome bands, and friends new and old! We hope to see everyone there, and we’ll of course be hanging around our merch booth everynight so come say what’s up!”
-Brandon Butler – Vocals

VEIL OF MAYA’s dynamic second full-length album, id, was met with rave reviews and quickly caught the attention of the underground with it’s refreshing and unique approach.

11/12/10     Worcester, MA     @ The Palladium w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/13/10     New York, NY     @ Gramercy Theatre w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/14/10     Allentown, PA     @ Crocodile Rock w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/15/10     Quebec City, Canada     @ Dagobert w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/16/10     Montreal, Canada     @ Tulipe w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/17/10     Toronto, Canada     @ Mod Club w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/19/10     Cleveland, OH     @ Peabody’s w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/20/10     West Dundee, IL     @ Clearwater Theatre w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/21/10     Des Moines, IA     @ People’s Court w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/22/10     Denver, CO     @ Marquis Theatre w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/23/10     Salt Lake City, UT     @ In The Venue w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/24/10     Las Vegas, NV     @ Area 702 w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/26/10     San Diego, CA     @ Soma w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/27/10     Pomona, CA     @ The Glasshouse w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/28/10     San Francisco, CA     @ DNA Lounge w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/29/10     West Hollywood, CA     @ The Whisky w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
11/30/10     Mesa, AZ     @ Nile Theatre w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
12/01/10     Albuquerque, NM     @ The Launchpad w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
12/02/10     Lubbock, TX     @ Tequila Jungle    [details]
12/03/10     Austin, TX     @ Emo’s w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
12/04/10     Dallas, TX     @ Trees w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
12/05/10     Houston, TX     @ Warehouse Live w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
12/07/10     St. Petersburg, FL     @ State Theatre w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
12/08/10     Atlanta, GA     @ The Masquerade w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
12/09/10     Wilmington, NC     @ The Soapbox w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
12/10/10     Philadelphia, PA     @ Starlight Ballroom w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
12/11/10     Baltimore, MD     @ Ottobar w/ Darkest Hour    [details]
12/12/10     Richmond, VA     @ Hat Factory w/ Darkest Hour    [details]

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BORN OF OSIRIS Prepare For North American Tour With All That Remains, Check In With Detailed Studio Report and Post New Websiode Series Online

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG

BORN OF OSIRIS are mature well beyond their years and this dynamic extreme progressive juggernaut has now perfectly honed all of their collective talents to create what will soon be a pinnacle release for the metal genre. This ground-breaking six-piece group creates an epic mix of intricate and memorable melodies with challenging time signatures that still hold an infectious groove, all while maintaining sheer, tasteful brutality. Their much anticipated third full-length album, set for an early 2011 release, is going to serve the scene the much needed wake-up call it so much needs.

BORN OF OSIRIS will take a break from the recording process to join All That Remains and labelmates Asking Alexandria for a North American run, which all kicks off for them on Oct. 19th. Either see below or visit www.myspace.com/boronofosiris to view their complete touring itinerary. Also, be sure to check out the MySpace page for their new webisode series providing an in-depth look into the current recording process. You don’t want to miss out on this.

Lee McKinney (guitars) states: “As for the new album, I should start by saying it’s WAY heavier than anything the band ever released. There is definitely nothing we’ve done that’s anywhere near this heavy. We have moved onto seven strings and it couldn’t have complimented our sound any better. We brought back the ‘BOO-bounce’ on this one. It’s definitely a really fun and upbeat album. We’ve also been writing this album for a long time. We had 16 to 18 songs going into the studio and we are going to be leaving with 12 songs that we feel are the strongest. We all live in a house together and that has really upped the creativity level. We go from on tour to living at home together, so we are all focusing on the band constantly. Also, the addition of our new guitar player Jason Richardson has increased the amount of shred on this album. There are some really incredible guitar solos on this album from the both of us. It takes the band to a whole new level of musicality. This album contains an awesome mix of our most heavy, most technical, most atmospheric and most beautiful melodies ever. No matter what album you’ve liked better of ours so far, this one tops both easily. We are producing this album at Bota Studio outside of Chicago, IL. Brandon Paddock (John Feldman’s engineer) will be taking up mixing duties on this one.

“As for the tour, this will be the last time we are going to be playing so much of The New Reign and A Higher Place. Starting next year we are going to be playing as much of this new album as we can. We will definitely be playing a new song live on this tour. We just wish we would have had the chance to release it to everyone before we start playing it every night. Aside from us, All That Remains is a great band and label mates Asking Alexandria will be joining us on the tour, so come on out and hang with us. It’s going to be a night to remember, we promise.”
BORN OF OSIRIS w/All That Remains, Asking Alexandria10/19/10 Colorado Springs, CO @The Black Sheep

10/20/10 DENVER, CO @THE SUMMIT MUSIC HALL

10/21/10 Farmington, NM @Gators

10/22/10 ALBUQUERQUE, NM @SUNSHINE THEATRE

10/23/10 Lubbock, TX @Cactus Courtyard

10/24/10 Corpus Christi, TX@House of Rock

10/25/10 AUSTIN, TX @EMO’S

10/26/10 HOUSTON, TX @WAREHOUSE LIVE

10/27/10 DALLAS, TX @THE PALLADIUM SHOWROOM

10/28/10 Memphis, TN @New Daisy Theatre

10/29/10 ATLANTA, GA @THE MASQUERADE

10/30/10 ORLANDO, FL @THE CLUB AT FIRESTONE

10/31/10 CHARLOTTE, NC @AMOS’ SOUTHEND
11/01/10 Raleigh, NC @Lincoln Theatre

11/03/10 Norfolk, VA @The Norva

11/04/10 Baltimore, MD @Rams Head Live

11/05/10 Philadelphia, PA @The Trocadero

11/06/10 HARTFORD, CT @WEBSTER THEATRE

11/08/10 Syracuse, NY@The Lost Horizon

11/09/10 Toronto, ON @Phoenix Concert Theatre

11/10/10 Albany, NY @Northern Lights
11/11/10 New York, NY@ Best Buy Theater

11/12/10 Columbus, OH @Newport Music Hall

11/13/10 Detroit, MI @The Majestic Theatre

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Upcoming October Tide Shows

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG

Swedish doomers OCTOBER TIDE (featuring ex-Katatonia guitarist Fredrik Norrman) have lined-up the following shows in order to support their highly anticipated “comeback” album “A Thin Shell”.

22.10 2010 SWE – Gävle – Club Monster

05.11 2010 SWE – Västerås – Sigurdsgatan 25 << NEW !!

07.11 2010 ROM – Bucharest – The Silver Church Club

11.12 2010 SWE – Söderhamn – Julslakten

15.01 2011 NL – Arnhem – Willemeen << NEW !!

More shows to be announced soon.

Formed in 1995 by then KATATONIA guitarist Fredrik Norrman and KATATONIA/BLOODBATH vocalist Jonas Renkse OCTOBER TIDE quickly made a mark with two albums recorded and released during the years 1997 and 1999.

Their new album “A Thin Shell” is out now through Candlelight Records.

Recorded at Black Lounge studios with producer Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY) and featuring artwork by Travis Smith (OPETH, TESTAMENT etc) “A Thin Shell” delivers what fans have anxiously awaited from this treasured band. Seven doom-laden and emotive songs that are every bit as heavy as they are catchy fill the impressive recording that officially closes the band’s self-imposed, decade-long hiatus.

OCTOBER TIDE line-up :

Fredrik Norrman – guitars (ex-KATATONIA)
Tobias Netzell – vocals (IN MOURNING)
Robin Bergh – drums (AMARAN)
Emil Alstermark – guitars (MANDYLON)
Pierre Stam – bass (IN MOURNING)

October Tide @ the net : www.octobertide.net
October Tide @ MySpace : www.myspace.com/octobertideband
October Tide @ Facebook : www.facebook.com/pages/October-Tide/6123636025

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OCEANO: PRE-ORDER ‘CONTAGION’ ON ITUNES WITH EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACK

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG

CONTAGION, the new album from Chicago deathcore heavyweights OCEANO, is available to pre-order now on iTunes in the USA and Canada.

Due to be released in North America on November 9th, CONTAGION is the long awaited follow-up to OCEANO’s 2009 Billboard-charting debut album, DEPTHS, and features eleven brutal new tracks.  Get the album on iTunes and you’ll also receive an exclusive bonus demo track not available anywhere else.

Pre-order CONTAGION now on iTunes with the exclusive bonus track at http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/contagion/id395337546

View an image for the iTunes exclusive version at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/oceano_contagion_itunes.jpg

CONTAGION is also available to pre-order on CD from the Earache Webstore along with new t-shirt and hoodie combo packs.  Everyone who pre-orders any version of the new CD from the Webstore will also be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a free iPad.

Pre-order CONTAGION in North America from the Earache Webstore at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_698

You can also pre-order CONTAGION directly from the band at their merch stall at any of their current shows.
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MELECHESH: Track by Track Commentary Part 1

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG

Guitarist/vocalist Ashmedi of Mesopotamian blackened thrash pioneers MELECHESH, has issued the first of several track by track explanations of songs from their forthcoming album. The Epigenesis will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

1. Ghouls Of Nineveh

“This song is a statement on how one riff can be effective and devastating!  It is very powerful and live it is neck breaking. The song itself revolved around a singular riff, very non cliché to extreme metal. Some people expected a conformist start for the album, i.e. a faster song and we rejected the idea. This song sets the mood for a multi faceted album. This song is almost like a hymn. ‘Ghouls of Nineveh’ revolves around Assyrian/Mesopotamian deities, who are the Annunaki. Some of the brass bells you hear are a result of a pestle and mortar I found in my childhood house in Jerusalem when I went for a visit. The brass pestle and mortar was in my house as far as I can recall, yet this time when I was there in 2009,  I experimented with it and the sound was bright. Better than any bell I know of. So I confiscated it and used it on the album as a percussive instrument! The final guitar lead was improvised on the spot and the piano cosmetic lead was split between Reuben the engineer and myself. This Fazioli Grand piano cost as much as a house in some parts of the USA ($120,000), so I was slightly careful with it!”
2. Grand Gathas of Baal Sin

“Gathas are the sacred writings of Zarathustra. However I liked to integrate themes and made Gathas for Lord Sin (Baal is not only a deity but actually the word means Lord). Sin is the name of the Mesopotamian moon deity so it is a play on words. Musically this song is meant to resemble a stampede or a whirlwind of chaos with frantic riffing tones, which breaks with epic middle eastern scaling and beats. The drum toms on this song represent war drums or ritualistic drums. With the set of right speakers the drum toms are explosive and bombastic. The group Chanting ‘Sin Baal Sin Baal’ remind me with Sufi rituals. There is a little part in the end like a jam with non distorted guitars. This was purely by chance the tape was rolling and I could only hear drum tracks so I jammed on the drums on a couple of channels. Eventually we thought ok lets use it. The very final note on the song is the Persian Santur.”

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BLOOD TRIBE – “Repulse” release in November 2010 through Dark Harvest Records

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG

Indiana Brutal thrash band BLOOD TRIBE will release their second album, “Repulse”, in November 2010 through Dark Harvest Records. The CD was recorded at Kill Co. Audio in Evansville , Indiana), with producer Ryan Key who also recorded their debut release. The Cd is being mastered by Jamie King (Graves of Valor, Between the Buried and Me, Through the Eyes of the Dead).
With the addition of new vocalist Jonathon Drew, guitarist Danny Wade and Bassist Matt Courtney, the band has finally solidified a powerful line up.

Repulse takes on a more death metal feel than the previous album. The new video “In Fair Verona” will also be available on the cd as bonus material.
“Repulse” track listing:

01. Reflections
02. Manipulated Sexuality
03. A Scar for every Sin
04. Force fed Suffering
05. In Fair Verona
Bonus In Fair Verona Video

Blood Tribe will hold a CD-release party in Evansville, Indiana at a later date to be determined.

You can keep up with the news of the release by checking out these sites:
www.reverbnation.com/bloodtribeofficial
www.myspace.com/bloodtribe
Dark Harvest Records
www.darkharvestrecords.com
www.myspace.com/darkharvestrecords

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TRIPTYKON – Tom Gabriel Warrior Checks In From The Road

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG
TRIPTYKON

TRIPTYKON

Current TRIPTYKON and former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Warrior has posted the following message on his official blog:

“On tour again in North America… In April of 2008, when I departed CELTIC FROST and began to lay the foundation for TRIPTYKON, this was but a mere intention, the fulfillment of which was anything but certain. The utter dedication of the audiences we are playing to here, their loyalty, and their feedback thus means even more to me that it ordinarily would.

“On October 10, in Montreal, I was finally able to witness an entire concert by our esteemed special guests on this tour, YAKUZA. I had previously only seen a couple of songs or so each night. In my eyes, they are truly extraordinary, both on a personal level as well as musically. Their songs are full of emotions, variety, energy, beauty, and agitation. Their performance requires perhaps a tad more open-mindedness than must ordinarily be mustered, but they are one of the rare contemporary heavy rock acts with the courage to pursue their own, very unique path. Even that fact alone commands respect and makes them as perfect for a tour with TRIPTYKON as they would have been in a pairing with CELTIC FROST. We in TRIPTYKON have all become fans.

“The combination of the three bands on this tour, 1349, YAKUZA, and TRIPTYKON, could not be any more unique and, in my humble (and biased) opinion, effective. It is a tour unlike any other.”

TRIPTYKON will follow its highly acclaimed debut album, “Eparistera Daimones”, with the release of “Shatter”, an all-new five-track EP, on October 25 (Europe) and October 26 (North America).

At a playing time of approximately 28 minutes, “Shatter” will consist almost entirely of previously unreleased music.

The EP’s track listing is as follows:

01. Shatter

02. I Am The Twilight

03. Crucifixus

(Recorded during the “Eparistera Daimones” album sessions in 2009. “Crucifixus” appears in a newly mixed and mastered version.)

04. Circle Of The Tyrants (live)

05. Dethroned Emperor (live)

(Cover versions of CELTIC FROST songs, recorded live during TRIPTYKON’s headliner performance at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands, on April 16, 2010. “Dethroned Emperor” features guest lead vocals by Nocturno Culto of DARKTHRONE/SARKE.)

TRIPTYKON’s “Shatter” EP will be available through Century Media Records (under license from Prowling Death Records Ltd.) as CD, digital download, and 12″ vinyl (at 33 rpm). The EP will further contain the lyrics to all songs as well as detailed liner notes and credits.

TRIPTYKON consists of V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion), Vanja Slajh (bass), and Tom Gabriel Warrior (voice, guitars). The group has unambiguously stated that it pursues the continuation and further development of the path Warrior began in HELLHAMMER and CELTIC FROST.

For further information, visit www.triptykon.net.

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PAUL GILBERT To Warm Up For European Tour With Show In Hollywood

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG
Paul Gilbert - Live

Paul Gilbert - Live

Guitarist extraordinaire Paul Gilbert (MR. BIG, RACER X) will play a warm-up show for his European tour on Monday, November 1 at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California. Gilbert will debut a brand new set featuring material from his third instrumental album, “Fuzz Universe”.

Gilbert’s “Fuzz Universe” European tour which kicks off on November 5 in London, England.

“Fuzz Universe” came out on August 3 via Shrapnel Records.

“Being a fan of pop music and rock bands, I am a reluctant convert into the art of instrumental rock music,” explains Gilbert. “But after touring with Joe Satriani’s G3, I witnessed firsthand the power of the electric guitar to take center stage and rock the audience. Playing my guitar-driven songs live was a blast! This discovery led to a huge increase in my touring as a solo artist. In the last couple of years, I’ve played nearly 150 shows all over the world, with my guitar leading the way.”

The “Fuzz Universe” title is inspired by Gilbert being so immersed in the world of guitar that it made him realize that he lives in a “fuzz universe.”

“Every generation of guitar players has their own terminology for the rock guitar sound: distortion, overdrive, gain, crunch, saturation, drive, etc.” Gilbert explains. “For me, the word is ‘fuzz.'”

Regarding the musical direction of the new CD, Gilbert states, “On ‘Fuzz Universe’, I think I’ve taken a giant step closer to the ultimate rock guitar sound and playing of my dreams. I’ve used many of my signature techniques from RACER X and MR. BIG, but twisted them into new chords, grooves, and emotions.

“As always, my influences are diverse and not what you might expect from a ‘heavy metal’ artist.

“While I was writing the songs for ‘Fuzz Universe’, I was immersing myself in Bulgarian female choir music, baroque lute and violin pieces, Johnny Cash songs about trains, cows, mules, and mining coal, the BEE GEES, and Ronnie James Dio. I mix all this into my head, and out came endless new ideas for my guitar to chew on.

“After several months of being locked in my writing room, I gathered my touring band together and headed to the studio. Jeff Bowders played drums. Craig Martini played bass. Emi Gilbert (my wife) played keyboards. And I bent the guitar strings until I couldn’t play anymore.

“As usual, there are no dramatic stories here. No heroin overdoses, motorcycle accidents, celebrity divorces, or bandmember boxing matches. The emotion, drama, and power are all in the music. That is the universe that I want to live in.”

Paul Gilbert is regarded internationally as one of the greatest players in the industry. Having started his recording career with Shrapnel Records as a teenager in the late ’80s, he remains one of the most active guitarists from the original shred guitar scene. His rise to platinum success includes a No. 1 song with MR. BIG, and cult status as founding member of the legendary and highly successful underground shred  metal band RACER X.

For more information, visit www.paulgilbert.com.

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The exclusive re-issue of two albums by One Man Army and the Undead Quartet

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG

With a name like One Man Army and the Undead Quartet you shouldn’t expect anything less than pure sonic Armageddon and this is exactly what this band delivers. Under the command of Johan Lindstrand (ex-vocalist of the legendary death metal act The Crown), this metal monstrosity proves that old-school thrash and melodic death metal can easily be combined into a perfect blend of sheer aggression and top notch musicianship. Metal Mind Productions presents the exclusive reissues of “21st Century Killing Machine” (2006) and “Error in Evolution” (2007) – the band’s first two LPs – which are all the proof you need to get sucked into the world of ultimate metal annihilation!

The group’s formation was a direct result of the disbandment of Lindstrand’s previous act – The Crown. The band’s debut demo entitled “When Hatred Comes To Life” was released in early 2005, granting Lindstrand’s and his crew a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Under this flag the band recorded their stunning debut album called “21st Century Killing Machine”, which landed in stores on January 6th, 2006. The group’s debut offering proved to be a big success on the European metal scene, receiving great reviews and top scores in the press. The band soon found themselves on tour supporting Children of Bodom and later playing shows with such renown acts as Soilwork, Hypocrisy and Amorphis. They celebrated the end of the year with releasing the bizarre yet brilliant anti-Christmas single called “Christmas for the Lobotomizer”. The year 2007 brought One Man Army and The Undead Quartet’s second LP entitled “Error in Evolution” (the album was released on March 7th). This time it was more of a group effort rather than Lindstrand’s solo work. As he summed it up in an interview for Heavymetal.about.com: “Now the band has been together for two years and everyone was involved in the songwriting process. We have much wider influences coming from all directions. The songs have more melody and catchiness.” Indeed, the material on “Error in Evolution” proved to be more melodic and experimental than that on the debut record. It also included a surprising cover of “He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)” by… Alice Cooper! The album was very well received by the fans, who strongly appreciated the group’s musical progress. “Error in Evolution” was promoted in Europe with an extensive tour alongside Gorefest. In 2008 One Man Army and the Undead Quartet returned with their third album called “Grim Tales”, released by Massacre Records.

“21st Century Killing Machine” and “Error in Evolution” will be available in new digipak editions, each limited to 2000 copies. Both albums include bonus tracks. The material was remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions set up the release date for November, 22nd in Europe and January, 11th 2011 in USA (via MVD).

One Man Army And The Undead Quartet

“21st Century Killing Machine” (remastered + bonus tracks)

“21st Century Killing Machine” (remastered + bonus tracks)

“21st Century Killing Machine” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1404 DG

Barcode: 5907785036437

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

Genre: death / thrash metal

Release date: 22.11.2010 Europe / 11.01.2011 USA

Tracklist:

1. Killing Machine

2. Devil On The Red Carpet

3. Public Enemy No 1

4. No Apparent Motive

5. Hell Is For Heroes

6. When Hatred Comes To Life

7. So Grim So True So Real

8. Behind The Church

9. Branded By Iron

10. Bulldozer Frenzy

Bonus Tracks:

11. The Sweetness Of Black

12. Mary’s Raising The Dead

13. So Grim So True So Real (Videoclip)

One Man Army And The Undead Quartet

“Error In Evolution” (remastered + bonus tracks)

“Error In Evolution” (remastered + bonus tracks)

“Error In Evolution” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1405 DG

Barcode: 5907785036444

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

Genre: Death / thrash metal

Release date: 22.11.2010 Europe / 11.01.2011 USA

Tracklist:

1. Mine For The Taking

2. Knights In Satan’s Service

3. Such A Sick Boy

4. The Supreme Butcher

5. The Sun Never Shines

6. See Them Burn

7. Nightmare In Ashes And Blood

8. He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask) – (A. Cooper Cover)

9. Heaven Knows No Pain

10. Hail The King

Bonus tracks:

11. Killing Machine (Live In Stuttgart – Lka – Longhorn, 18.04.06)

12. Public Enemy No 1 (Live In Stuttgart -Lka – Longhorn, 18.04.06)

13. So Grim So True So Real (Live In Stuttgart -Lka – Longhorn, 18.04.06)

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BLACKGUARD ANNOUNCE VICTORY SIGNING AND THEIR 2011 PLANS!

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Earlier this week, Montreal’s BLACKGUARD announced their pairing with VICTORY RECORDS.

The band has released this statement regarding the signing, the departure of a member, and their non-stop touring plans well into 2011.

We are very pleased to announce our signing to Victory Records!

At first (and second) glance this might seem like an odd pairing, but Victory is a very hard working label that we are all 100% behind. The Victory Staff has welcomed us with open arms and is committed to pushing our next release to its full potential. It’s no secret that we’ve been touring extensively this past year and a half, and it’s comforting to know we have a label backing us that is willing to work and put in as much effort as we have for the release of our 3rd record (2nd under the name BLACKGUARD).

That being said we are hard at work completing our next record which has a tentative release date for April . The release will coincide with a North American tour that isn’t announced yet, but when it does it’s going to turn heads.

Now for a bit of sad news…

For those of you who have seen us play recently with Leaves Eyes and on the Nevermore tour, you have no doubt noticed the absence of our Keyboardist Jo. We’re sad to say that Jo has officially left the band to pursue other endeavors.

There’s no drama here, and we’re all still good friends. Jo simply felt his time with the band had come to an end and we have amicably parted ways.

BLACKGUARD will remain a 5 piece for the foreseeable future.

We’re currently having a blast on the Nevermore tour! There have been some great shows and sharing the stage with so many great bands has been a pleasure thus far. Hatesphere , Warbringer and Nevermore are bringing it every night so this is not a tour you want to miss.

Our run on this tour goes all the way to Nov 5th so check our tour dates and come out.

After this we go right back at it again with our good friends EPICA, Scar Symmetry and The Agonist all the way to mid Dec.

Then we get to kick off the New Year with Deicide, Belphegor, Neuraxis and Pathology from Feburary 15th to March 10th.

Take care everyone, and we’ll see you on the road!

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