GOLLUM: One-Off Mayhem Performance Recap

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG

Wilmington, North Carolina metal squadron GOLLUM played the Jagermeister stage on the August 3rd stop of the this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Featuring over a dozen big name acts including Korn, Lamb Of God, In This Moment, 3 Inches Of Blood, Hatebreed and Shadows Fall, this marked the second year in a row GOLLUM secured a spot on the billing for the prestigious event.

Said guitarist Frank Stroehmer: “Playing Mayhem Fest 2010 was an honor! It was hotter than hell but with a crowd like that and the response we had, we would play in extreme heat any day!  It feels good to be received so well among such heavy hitters! Thanks again to Jagermeister for the opportunity!”
Check out photos from the performance here: http://tinyurl.com/25j73mc
GOLLUM are in the process of booking a fall tour in support of their critically-acclaimed The Core full-length released via Rotten Records In May of 2009. For confirmed dates thus far, visit: http://www.myspace.com/gollum.

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STRUCK BY LIGHTNING 2xLP Available; New Live Video Posted

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING 2xLP Available; New Live Video Posted STRUCK BY LIGHTNING’s debut album Serpents is now available on vinyl, as the first release from newly founded vinyl-only label Soulless Creature Recordings. The double 12″ version features two 180-gram slabs of quality wax, the first pressing consisting of 500 copies in 3 color breakdowns, and are bound in hand-numbered gatefold jackets, featuring the album’s artwork by Ryan Patterson of Coliseum / Auxiliary Design. Photos and ordering info available at: http://www.soullesscreature.bigcartel.com and http://www.shirtkiller.com.

Soulless Creature Recordings was recently founded by STRUCK BY LIGHTNING frontman Gregory Lahm (ex-Mouth of the Architect), with the sole intent of unleashing high quality vinyl releases. SBL’s debut album Serpents was initially released in September of 2009 by Translation Loss Records, and the band has toured on the material throughout the US over the past year. Following a killer tour alongside Black Cobra and Howl earlier this month, the band plan on taking a break from touring to write and a record their follow-up to Serpents, currently slated for a Spring 2011 release.

Watch for more info on STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, Soulless Creature Recordings and more in the coming months. In the meantime, some new live footage of SBL jamming “Nothing Sacred” down some Atlanta fans’ throats on the recent Black Cobra/Howl tour is posted here.

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Melodic metallers LORD announce new EP, reveal track-listing, cover art and guests.

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG
LORD - 'Return Of The Tyrant'

LORD - 'Return Of The Tyrant'

Commented LORD mainman L.T., “Finally we can release all of the details about our forthcoming EP ‘Return Of The Tyrant‘ that will be out in the next few weeks. For something that started out as a quick, fun project to give everyone something to listen to while they wait for us to release our next album, it turned into a major undertaking in the end but it was all worth the extra effort. As far as EPs go, this is a long one; close to an album length of music, with eleven songs including the title track which clocks in around the ten minute mark.

“As for the songs themselves, we have ‘Return Of The Tyrant‘ which is essentially part two of the old DUNGEON song ‘Tarranno Del Mar’. We’d always felt that the original story was unfinished and the intention was to revisit it at some point, but then DUNGEON broke up in 2005 and we continued on as LORD instead, and the idea was shelved. The original riffs that were floating around for that sequel have now finally made it to a recording. Unlike ‘Tarranno Del Mar’ which suffered all manner of budget and technical issues, we were able to go all-out on ‘Return Of The Tyrant’ and fully orchestrate it, bring in actors, dozens of guitar parts and literally hundreds of voices in the choirs. It truly is an epic! It was also great to have our good friends and ex-band mates Tim Yatras and Mav Stevens come in to be a part of the choir.

“Long-time fans of the band will know we love playing cover songs and we have a massive list of songs we want to record ranging from BON JOVI to BATHORY and beyond. This time we’ve recorded a cover of SYMPHONY X’s classic ‘Of Sins And Shadows’ and the 80s pop hit by CUTTING CREW ‘(I Just) Died In Your Arms’ which features lead vocals by [bassist] Andy Dowling. During our last Australian tour, we did some unplugged shows. That sparked the idea of recording some unplugged versions of LORD and DUNGEON songs one day, so we decided to include some on this EP: ‘Against The Wind‘, ‘100 Reasons‘, ‘Rain‘, ‘New Horizons‘, ‘Paradise‘ and ‘Eternal Storm‘. And if all of that wasn’t enough, we’ve also put on two extra mixes of ‘Return Of The Tyrant’ – an orchestral version and a shorter radio edit.

“As usual, we’ve had our friend Felipe Machado Franco [BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY, ICED EARTH, GAMMA RAY] handle the cover art, which will also be featured on shirts that we’ll be selling on our current tour. We’re still hard at work writing the next LORD album, but we hope you enjoy the new EP until it’s done. Keep an eye on http://www.lord.net.au for the upcoming release date of the EP.”

Full track-listing for the EP:

1. Return Of The Tyrant
2. Of Sins And Shadows (Symphony X cover)
3. (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight (Cutting Crew cover)
4. Against The Wind (unplugged)
5. Rain (unplugged)
6. 100 Reasons (unplugged)
7. Paradise (unplugged)
8. Eternal Storm (unplugged)
9. New Horizons (unplugged)
10. Return Of The Tyrant (orchestral version)
11. Return Of The Tyrant (radio edit)

LORD’s “The Tyrants Return” tour will take them all around Australia and also features dates in Japan with DORO and JADED HEART. Tour dates:

August 13th – Newtown, Notes (18+)
August 27th – Wollongong, The Grand Hotel (18+)
August 28th – Canberra, The Maram (18+)
September 11th – Darwin, Brown’s Mart Theatre (Lic/AA)
September 16th – Sydney, The Annandale Hotel (18+)
September 17th – Melbourne, East Brunswick Club (18+)
October 2nd – Cairns, Kuranda Theatre (Lic/AA)
October 8th – Tokyo, Holiday (with Doro and Jaded Heart)
October 10th – Nagoya, Holiday (with Doro and Jaded Heart)
October 11th – Osaka, Holiday (with Doro and Jaded Heart)
October 29th – Sydney, The Gaelic (18+)
October 30th – Newcastle, Club Led (18+)
November 5th – Broken Hill, Theatre Royal (AA Afternoon show)
November 5th – Broken Hill, Theatre Royal (18+)
November 6th – Adelaide, Uni Bar (Lic/AA)
November 19th – Perth, Rocket Room (18+)
November 20th – Perth, The Civic Hotel (18+)
November 26th – Brisbane, Rosies (18+)
November 27th – Rockhampton, The Anchor Hotel (18+)
December 3rd – Merrylands, Hyland Road Youth Centre (AA)

LORD was formed from the ashes of DUNGEON who disbanded in 2005 after world tours with the likes of MEGADETH, NIGHTWISH, EDGUY and more, and has since gone on to tour with bands such as QUEENSRYCHE, SAXON, GAMMA RAY, NEVERMORE and released three well-received albums. The band recently released a tongue-in-cheek cover of KYLIE MINOGUE’s “On A Night Like This”, which become an instant success, and must see for many.

Promo video for Return Of The Tyrant:


LORD Management/Dominus Records

http://www.lord.net.au
http://www.myspace.com/lordaus

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THE OCEAN reveal track listing and details on “Anthropocentric”

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG

The Ocean are currently in the process of mixing their upcoming album Anthropocentric at Studio Mecanique in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the same place where Heliocentric was recorded and mixed. The album will be mastered on August 25th by Svante Forsbäck in Helsinki.

usically, the album feels somehow heavier than Heliocentric. “The sound is more dense and maybe a tad more raw, which suits the songs perfectly”, comments guitar player Jonathan Nido. The album covers a similar sonic and dynamic range as Heliocentric, also including a number of calm, acoustic moments – but these are for the most part orchestrated with guitars, and not so much with piano and string section. The focus is on the heavy songs: “The album is a pretty big production, and still has a very earthy, organic feel to it”, comments Staps. “We have spent a great deal of time on the basic sound this time around, drums, bass, guitars and vocals… and at this stage I am pretty confident that this will pay off in the end!”

As far as the concepts behind Anthropocentric are concerned, the focus is on man and his place in the universe: at the center, as many fundamental Christians still claim today, or more likely a dust particle in its periphery? All lyrics are circling around this question. “Anthropocentric will continue the critique of christianity, inspired by the questions that Dostoyevsky asked and some of the answers that Friedrich Nietzsche and Richard Dawkins gave”, comments Staps.

At the base of the album are three songs with the titles “The Grand Inquisitor I, II and III”. These songs have been inspired by the chapter of the same title in Fjodor Dostoyevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamasov: a conversation between the brothers Ivan, an atheist, and Alyoscha, a monk. Ivan tells Alyoscha the story of a Second Coming of Christ in 16th century Sevilla. According to this parable, Jesus is arrested by the Catholic inquisition. The grand inquisitor who interrogates Jesus casts a new light on the legend of the temptation of Christ: he reproaches Jesus with having betrayed humanity and having deprived man of salvation by giving him freedom. The conversation between Ivan and Alyoscha mirrors, to some degree, the conversation between the grand inquisitor and Christ and raises more questions than it answers. “This long dialogue, which for the most part is rather a monologue of Ivan, is so complex and recondite that one could easily find inspiration for 10 concept albums about Christianity in it”, comments Staps.

Only 6 guest musicians are appearing on the album, all classical musicians, most of whom are guesting on the final track of the album. Anthropocentric is an album by The Ocean’s consolidated nucleus. “It is the first album where all members have actively partaken in the songwriting”, comments Staps.

The track listing for Anthropocentric is as follows:

1. Anthropocentric

2. The Grand Inquisitor I: Karamazov baseness

3. She Was The Universe

4. For He That Wavereth…

5. The Grand Inquisitor II: Roots & Locusts

6. The Grand Inquisitor III: A Tiny Grain of Faith

7. Sewers Of The Soul

8. Wille Zum Untergang

9. Heaven TV

10. The Almightiness Contradiction

11. The Grand Inquisitor IV: Exclusion From Redemption

The last track is a bonus track which will only appear on the vinyl and the limited European deluxe digipak version.

THE OCEAN to tour with Dillinger Escape Plan and Cancer Bats through Europe!

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EMA-Polydisc releases Mike Portnoy / S.A. Adams 1986 recording “Unearthed”

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG
EMA-Polydisc releases Mike Portnoy / S.A. Adams 1986 recording "Unearthed"

EMA-Polydisc releases Mike Portnoy / S.A. Adams 1986 recording "Unearthed"

EMA-Polydisc has acquired the rights to release all past and future recordings of  S.A. Adams; debuting with “Unearthed“- the never-before-released 1986 recordings by Adams and Dream Theater / Avenged Sevenfolds Mike Portnoy - recorded between December 28, 1985 and January 11, 1986 at Mike Portnoy’s Long Beach apartment. Citing the influence of bands such as MOTÖRHEAD, EXCITER, RAVEN, early MEGADETH, VENOM and TANK, Adams, in an early 2006 press release warns “The material on “Unearthed”  is definitely NOT progressive rock/prog-stuff — it’s serious sledgehammer-in-the-balls metal. No odd & changing time signatures for anyone here.” Originally scheduled for release that spring of 2006, “Unearthed” had to find another “home” due to the original release label’s bankruptcy.

The “Unearthed” sessions were intended to supplement Adams & Portnoy’s June 30th, 1985 recording a nine song demo/cassette album financed by Kick Ass Monthly journalist Bob Muldowney, who tapped Adams to produce a catalog of music Muldowney was to sing his own penned lyrics over. Aside from including lyrical content that even managed to offend other underground metal fanzines, the recording generated a contract offer from Combat Record’s “Boot Camp” Series.  “Wanting to make sure we could fulfill the content obligations, a plan was implemented to stockpile as much music as possible; which Mike & I accomplished that winter.  However, once I saw the enslavement papers, I mean, contract, the project got put aside.” A few weeks later, Portnoy informed  Adams that he’d be putting all his energy into his new band MAJESTY, leaving Adams to dabble with these multi-track masters throughout the late ’80s and begin the solo career he still enjoys today.   EMA-Polydisc has issued “Unearthed” digitally with availability on iTunes, AmazonMP3, Napster, Loud Trax and other DRM-free outlets.
FnA Records has issued the standard CD, and a limited edition version which comes with a 4×6 autographed by both Mike Portnoy & S.A. Adams.

“Unearthed” Tracklisting
1.  Paste the Glass
2.  Kiss of Death
3.  Love Dies
4.  Too Far Gone
5.  Sex
6.  War
7.  2 Steps
8.  Moths
9.  High Plains Drifter
10. 1986
11. Chapter Closed
12. You Smell Like…
13. Degeneration
14. The Stage Door

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LONG ISLAND, NY’S MISERY ANNOUNCE UPCOMING TOUR DATES WITH DEVILDRIVER, KITTIE, AND KATAKLYSM

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG

MISERY’S UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH, ‘EVIL IS CROWNED’, SLATED FOR RELEASE IN JANUARY 2011

Long Island, NY’s MISERY are pleased to announce their upcoming tour with metal greats DEVILDRIVER, and supporting acts KITTIE and KATAKLYSM. The tour starts next Wednesday, August 25th in Jermyn, PA, and comes to a halt in West Hollywood, CA on September 16th, 2010. See below for all current tour dates, and make sure to head to the MISERY MySpace now to learn more about the tour!

MISERY recently wrapped up recording on their gripping, in your face, highly anticipated full length release, Evil is Crowned. The album was recorded at Systems 2 Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY and was mastered at Manhattan’s world-famous Sterling Sound. Production credits on Evil is Crowned go to Joey Z from fellow heavy-hitting New York metal band, Life of Agony. The album is scheduled to be released January 2011 via Super Metal Records, and the title track, ‘Evil is Crowned’ is scheduled to debut on Sirius XM Liquid Metal in the coming months. Currently, two other tracks from Evil is Crowned are spinning on Sirius-XM’s Liquid Metal and have been receiving rave reviews throughout the metal community.

See below for the Evil is Crowned tracklisting:

  1. Evil Is Crowned
  2. Bullet
  3. Gone Tomorrow
  4. I Hate Your Face
  5. Break the Silence
  6. Social Anxiety
  7. The Hurt Spell
  8. Hangover in Harlem
  9. Mind your Business
  10. Live Fast Die Slow
  11. Head Like A Hole (Nine Inch Nails Cover)

Formed in the early 90’s, MISERY are known for their powerfully aggressive sound, often being compared to the likes of Pantera and Metallica with an eerie Black Sabbath undertone. MISERY are also recognized for their rigorous touring schedule, including support for large acts such as Napalm Death, Buckcherry and Testament. After hearing MISERY’s 2008 full length release, Fifteen Years of Aggression, producer Joey Z took such a liking to the band that he asked MISERY to support Life of Agony on their Winter 2009 tour. Playing with such an eclectic mix of bands has helped to expose MISERY to a world of new fans! In 2009, MISERY reached the #12 position on the FMQB Metal Radio charts, and currently can be heard on cable music outlets such as Music Choice and DMX.

MISERY w/ DEVILDRIVER, KITTIE & KATAKLYSM

8/25 Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s

8/26 London, ON @ London Music Hall

8/27 Columbus, OH @ Peabody’s

8/28 Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s

8/29 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

8/31 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

9/01 San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar

9/02 Dallas, TX @ Trees

9/03 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Pavilion @ Concrete Street

9/04 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s

9/05 Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos

9/07 Des Moines, IA @ People’s Court

9/08 Mounds View, MN @ Roberts Off 10

9/10 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall

9/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue

9/13 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

9/14 Portland, OR @ Berbati’s Pan

9/15 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk

9/16 West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club

For more information on MISERY, please visit these locations:

http://www.myspace.com/miseryny

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EVIL SURVIVES PREVIEWS TRACK FROM UPCOMING CD RELEASE

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG

On October 12th HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS will release the sophomore album from Canadian head bangers EVIL SURVIVES on CD and digital format. Entitled Powerkiller, the album is 40 minutes of driving NWOBHM worship and was previously released only on vinyl and cassette formats by Canada’s War on Music label. The CD and digital versions will also include a bonus track from the band’s most recent limited vinyl EP.

The track “Resist the Exorcism” from Powerkiller is now available for preview at: www.myspace.com/evilsurvives

Based out Winnipeg, Manitoba EVIL SURVIVES first began spreading their metallic mayhem when the in the summer of 2006 Front man Karl “Axe n’ Smash” Warkentin and guitarist Adrian Riff began the arduous task of recruiting like minded metal heads. Finally after three months the search was complete and EVIL SURVIVES was born. By June 2008 EVIL SURVIVES made its first performance- by no coincidence…but fate! – outside of an Iron Maiden concert in their home town of Winnipeg.  Less than a month later, EVIL SURVIVES entered the studio to record their debut full length album Metal Vengeance released exclusively on vinyl on by Canadian ‘War on Music’ label.

On the heels of a growing renown, EVIL SURVIVES were right back in studio by the end of 2009 to record their second full length album, entitled Powerkiller, released by War on Music on vinyl and limited edition cassette. Mixed entirely in analog, the master reels contained over 40 minutes of driving NWOBHM worship, sounding like 1985-2009 never even happened.  Powerkiller caught the attention of New York metal merchants HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS.

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TESTAMENT’S EXCLUSIVE VIP PACKS; ADDED MORE PACKS DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND: NOW AVAILABLE IN SEATTLE, SAN FRANCISCO, AND SACRAMENTO!

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG

Testament

Testament

CATCH TESTAMENT WITH SLAYER AND MEGADETH ON THE AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR!

Bay Area thrash kings TESTAMENT are pleased to announce that their exclusive VIP Packs are now available in Seattle, San Francisco, and Sacramento markets! This is the fan’s chance to meet the band and get exclusive limited addition merchandise on this epic tour before TESTAMENT head into the studio to record the follow up to their Golden Gods “Album of the Year”, The Formation of Damnation! Now, the Testament VIP package offers some great additions, including an exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction T-shirt! Head to the links below to becoming a part of metal history and purchase your VIP Pack today!

San Francisco, Sacramento, Seattle

The exclusive AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP package includes:

– One general admission ticket with early entry (where available)
– Exclusive Meet & Greet with the members of TESTAMENT
– Personal photograph with the band
– Autograph session (includes 8X10 photo)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction Shirt
– Collectible Tour Poster (limited, numbered)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Music Skin
– Official VIP Meet and Greet Laminate
– Official set of TESTAMENT Guitar Picks

TESTAMENT’s Chuck Billy recently spoke to 93.3 WMMR Philadelphia jock Markus Goldman about the current tour and upcoming TESTAMENT happenings! The interview is available for streaming now at WMMR’s website!

TESTAMENT are currently touring the country with Slayer and Megadeth on the history-making AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR! TESTAMENT are uniting with devoted fans every night on the road with their exclusive AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP packs, and shredding on stage with the original Clash of the Titans line-up. “New thrash fans that only heard rumors and never were able to witness Clash of the Titans will be delighted because all three bands are just as heavy and lethal as ever, if not more,” states guitarist Eric Peterson. “Old school thrash fans, if you missed the line-up before, you don’t want to miss this!”

See below for all AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR dates, as well as more recently announced international dates:

TESTAMENT ON THE 2010 AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR:

8/19 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena

8/20 Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion

8/21 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium

8/23 Kansas City, KS @ Capital Federal Park @ Sandstone Arena

8/25 Denver, CO @ Magness Arena

8/26 Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum

8/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre

8/29 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

8/30 Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena

8/31 San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace

9/1 Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena

9/3 Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theatre

9/4 Portland, OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds

TESTAMENT’S highly successful and award-winning album The Formation of Damnation was recently reissued in a deluxe tour edition in celebration of ‘Rust in Peace’ and AMERICAN CARNAGE.  See below for information on the album!

The Formation of Damnation (Deluxe Tour Edition)

2-disc deluxe tour edition of the band’s comeback album! Includes bonus footage of classic tracks + more:

Disc 1:

1. The Persecuted Won’t Forget

2. Killing Season

3. Afterlife

4. The Evil Has Landed

5. The Formation Of Damnation

6. Henchmen Ride

7. More Than Meets The Eye

8. Dangers Of The Faithless

9. False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.)

10. Leave Me Forever

Disc 2

• The New Order *Audio and Video

• Practice What You Preach *Audio and Video

• Souls Of Black *Audio and Video

*Recorded in Alcatraz for their MTV “52/52” special

• More Than Meets The Eye music video

For more info on TESTAMENT be sure to visit:

http://www.myspace.com/testamentlegions

http://www.testamentlegions.com

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HOURCAST ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR WITH CKY

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG

Hourcast have just announced that they will be hitting the road this upcoming Fall with CKY. The tour kicks off in Teaneck, NJ on October 29th, and will wrap up in Towson, MD on November 13th.

Hourcast recently released their new album, Dystopia, and unveiled a video for lead single, “Freakshow.” The video can be seen here.

The band is currently giving away an iPad to people who become a fan of the band on Facebook. Enter now for your chance to win!

Tour dates with CKY are as follows:

10/29 Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live

10/30 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero

10/31 Toronto, ON @ Opera House

11/1 Flint, MI @ Machine Shope

11/2 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

11/4 West Dundee, IL @ Clearwater Theatre

11/5 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II

11/6 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock

11/7 Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House

11/8 Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall

11/10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre

11/11 Boston, MA @ Paradise Club

11/12 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

11/13 Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre

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MANOWAR – Warriors Of Colombia Unite!

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG

Manowar fans in Colombia have been victorious!

True Metal People get ready for Friday, November 26, 2010

IT IS OFFICIAL, Manowar will shake the ground at Parque Simón Bolivar in Bogotá!

This will be a concert of epic proportions, in the style of the biggest shows only seen in South America on Manowar DVDs.

This concert not only marks Manowar’s return to South America, but the beginning of the the Battle Hymns Tour!

Tickets are on sale now! Click HERE to buy!

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MARIONETTE Hits The Studio, Photos Available

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG

MARIONETTE Hits The Studio, Photos Available, More “The SlaughTour
2010” Headline U.K. And Scandinavian Shows with DARK TRANQUILLITY
Announced

Gothenburg Sweden based metal sextet MARIONETTE recently entered Studio
Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström (IN FLAMES, BRING ME THE HORIZON)
to begin recording the band’s as of yet-untitled third album.  Guitarist
and backing vocalist Aron Parmerud made the following remarks regarding the
recording sessions and progress thus far:

“The recordings for our third album are underway! We spent a great deal
of time after our last UK/EU tour with BLESSTHEFALL working on new songs
and ended up with over 14 songs.  Last month Jimmy came in and nailed each
of the songs on drums and from there we began tracking the guitars and bass
all at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg.  Linus [Johansson, keyboards] and I
are working with the ambiance of the music and the keyboards.  Alexander
[Andersson, vocals] is currently working hard on the lyrics and vocal
lines. We’ve made some studio photos available on our Official Facebook
Page.*

“Fans of our Spite and more so Enemies albums will find some familiar
elements in our new songs.  Listeners will certainly hear contrasts between
brutal and beautiful, progressive and catchy, and up-tempo and down-tempo.
There are more elements that will be very new to our listeners.  We’re
eager to perform a few of these new songs live on our upcoming “The
SlaughTour 2010” dates in the UK and Denmark, and our recently confirmed
shows with fellow Gothenburgers DARK TRANQUILLITY in Sweden and Norway.  So
come out, see us live, and be the first to hear some new MARIONETTE songs
this October and November!”

In addition to MARIONETTE’s “The SlaughTour 2010” headline tour, the
band will join fellow Gothenburgers DARK TRANQUILLITY on the final Swedish
and Norwegian dates of the “Where Death is Most Alive Part II” Tour.
Joining MARIONETTE behind the drums for the upcoming treks will be Robert
Johansson (ELDRIMNER), replacing Jimmy Olausson who amicably left
MARIONETTE to pursue other musical endeavors.

“The SlaughTour 2010” dates are as follows:
Oct. 1, 2010 – The Rock, Copenhagen, DK
Oct. 6, 2010 – Joiner’s, Southampton, UK
Oct. 7, 2010 – Orange Box, Yeovil, UK
Oct. 8, 2010 – Asylum 2, Birmingham, UK
Oct. 9, 2010 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
Oct. 10, 2010 – Central Station, Wrexham, UK
Oct. 11, 2010 – The Well, Leeds, UK
Oct. 13, 2010 – Kasbah Night Club, Coventry, UK
Oct. 14, 2010 – Hyem, Newcastle, UK
Oct. 16, 2010 – King Tut’s Glasgow, UK
Oct. 17, 2010 – O2 Academy2 Islington, London, UK
Oct. 18, 2010 – White Rabbit, Plymouth, UK

“Where Death Is Most Alive Part II” (Dark Tranquillity, Avatar,
MARIONETTE):

Nov. 4, 2010 – Debaser Medis, Stockholm SE
Nov. 5, 2010 – Club 700, Örebro, SE
Nov. 6, 2010 – John Dee, Oslo, NO
Nov. 7, 2010 – Trädgån, Gothenburg, SE

Tickets for all upcoming MARIONETTE concerts can be purchased via
http://www.Marionette.se

*Photographs taken during MARIONETTE’s recent recording sessions at
Studio Fredman can be viewed at the link below:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=196852&l=e8e321c295&id=54644928790

Discography:
Enemies – 2009 – Listenable Records
Spite – 2008 – Listenable Records

Links:
Marionette Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/marionettesweden
Marionette Official Website: http://www.marionette.se
Marionette Youtube Page: http://www.youtube.com/marionettesweden
Marionette on Twitter: http://twitter.com/marionetteswe
Marionette Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marionette/54644928790

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DEVOID DEBUT ALBUM ARTWORK UNVEILED ALONG WITH TRACKLIST AND 2 SONGS ON MYSPACE

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG

Mumbai thrash metallers ‘Devoid’ who recently signed to Demonstealer Records have revealed the cover artwork and tracklist for their debut album ‘A God’s Lie’.

A promo video has been released which reveals the cover and album artwork on the bands youtube channel. (www.youtube.com/devoidmetal)

The album features 9 ball busting thrash metal tracks.

Tracklist:
1. A Silent Death
2. Battle Cry
3. Possessed
4. Devoid Of Emotions
5. Black Fortress
6. Hate Cult
7. New World Order
8. A God’s Lie
9. Beersong (Bonus Track)

The band is streaming 2 tracks ‘Battle Cry’ and ‘Beer Song’ on their Myspace page. (www.myspace.com/devoidindia)

The album can be pre-ordered from http://demonstealerrecords.com/shop

Band’s MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/devoidindia

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HAIL OF BULLETS reveal album art, track listing and concept behind new album ‘On Divine Winds’!

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG
HAIL OF BULLETS 'On Divine Winds'

HAIL OF BULLETS 'On Divine Winds'

Dutch Death Metal Masters HAIL OF BULLETS have announced On Divine Winds as the title of the band’s upcoming full-length studio album to be released October 12th via Metal Blade Records!

HAIL OF BULLETS’ debut album ‘…Of Frost and War’ was a concept album about the Eastern front war of Germany. ‘On Divine Winds’ is another concept album, this time covering the Pacific battles between Japan and the USA.

Vocalist Martin van Drunen comments: “This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees.”

The album title On Divine Winds refers to the translation for the Japanese word Kamikaze, as kami stands for “God” and kaze means “wind”.

On Divine Winds track listing:

1. The Eve Of Battle

2. Operation Z

3. The Mukden Incident

4. Strategy of Attrition

5. Full Scale War

6. Guadalcanal

7. On Coral Shores

8. Unsung Heroes

9. Tokyo Napalm Holocaust

10. Kamikaze

11. To Bear the Unbearable

On Divine Winds was produced by Ed Warby and like before the monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr. Dan Swanö.

Drummer Ed Warby adds: “I don’t think I’ve ever worked this hard on anything in my entire life, but it sure has paid off! Although …Of Frost And War is a tough act to follow, my ringing ears tell me we’ve succeeded in besting it on every level: songs, playing, production… at the moment Dan Swanö is putting the final touches on a mix that could squash a tank, and then it’s off to the pressing plant! All the main ingredients of our blood ‘n’ guts style death metal have remained intact and I honestly can’t imagine anyone that liked our previous work is going to be the least bit disappointed… on the contrary!”

On Divine Winds will be released out October 12th in North America!

http://www.hailofbullets.com

http://www.myspace.com/hailoffuckenbullets

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BARREN EARTH TO HEAD OVERSEAS FOR DEBUT US TOUR

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG

“The Finnish Metal Tour 2” to kick off this winter

HELSINKI, FINLAND – The past year has been a massive success for Finland’s emerging prog/death metal supergroup, Barren Earth. What started out as a mere side project featuring members of Moonsorrow, Swallow The Sun, Kreator, and more, has resulted in the release of an EP, ‘Our Twilight’, a critically acclaimed full-length, Curse of the Red River, and numerous European shows and festivals. Now Barren Earth is set to bring their brand of forward thinking, keyboard soaked metal to North America for their debut US tour, alongside fellow countrymen Finntroll, Ensiferum and Rotten Sound, as part of “The Finnish Metal Tour 2”, set to take place throughout February 2011.

“To be a part of an exciting package of quality Finnish metal (and accomplished beer hounds) in the ‘The Finnish Metal Tour 2′ lineup is certainly a fortunate opportunity for us to embark on our first international tour as Barren Earth,” states guitarist, Janne Perttilä. “We’re eagerly looking forward to spreading the Curse Of The Red River for our overseas friends, old and new!”

Keep checking the band website at www.barrenearth.com for further updates.

Jan. 31 – Orlando, FL – The Club at Firestone

Feb. 01 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

Feb. 02 – Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall

Feb. 03 – Tulsa, OK – Marquee

Feb. 04 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Alternative Lounging

Feb. 05 – Fort Worth, TX – Ridglea Theater

Feb. 06 – Amarillo, TX – The War Legion Underground

Feb. 07 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse

Feb. 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Key Club

Feb. 09 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage

Feb. 10 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge

Feb. 11 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

Feb. 12 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

Feb. 14 – Calgary, AB – The Republik

Feb. 15 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room

Feb. 16 – Regina, SK – The Exchange

Feb. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Station 4

Feb. 19 – Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club

Feb. 20 – Detroit, MI – Blondie’s

Feb. 21 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s

Feb. 22 – Toronto, ON – Opera House

Feb. 23 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial de Quebec

Feb. 24 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis

Feb. 25 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall

Feb. 26 – New York City, NY – The Gramercy Theatre

Feb. 27 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Mar. 01 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero

Mar. 02 – West Springfield, VA – Jaxx

Mar. 03 – Charlotte, NC – The Casbah

Mar. 04 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11

Barren Earth is…

Mikko Kotamäki – Vocals (Swallow The Sun)

Olli-Pekka Laine – Bass (Ex-Amorphis, Mannhai)

Kasper Mårtenson –Keyboards (Ex-Amorphis, Ben Granfelt Band)

Janne Perttilä – Guitar (Rytmihäiriö)

Marko Tarvonen – Drums (Moonsorrow)

Sami Ylisirniö – Guitar (Kreator, Waltari)

For more information on Barren Earth, and Curse of the Red River…

www.myspace.com/officialbarrenearth

www.barrenearth.com

www.peaceville.com

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DEATH ANGEL: Public Listening Party Announced

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG
Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, will hold a public listening party for their new album Relentless Retribution on Thursday, September 2nd at Bender’s Bar and Grill in San Francisco, CA. This 21+ event has no cover charge and will start at 9pm. The members of the band will be present to mingle and sign stuff for the fans, and drummer Will Carroll will be DJing later in the evening as well. DEATH ANGEL promises that there will be door prizes, free stuff, drink specials and good times had by all.

“We are extremely proud and excited to invite our family, friends AND fans to our listening party for the new album,” commented guitarist Rob Cavestany. “Usually

invitations to these events are reserved for industry only but in this case we wanted to do something different and out of the box. We want it to be a true celebration with the people that REALLY matter!  So come one, come all! Have a drink with us at the exact moment that Relentless Retribution is released to the rest of the world!  See ya there!”
Bender’s Bar and Grill
806 South Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110-1911

Phone: 415-824-1800
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