Las Vegas-based nuclear doomists DEAD NEON have recently released a video for the track “Downwinder” off their self-titled debut album. The video, directed by Steven Horlock, can be viewed below:
Dead Neon is the primitive nuclear doom metal project of Las Vegas poet Jarrett Keene. Inspired by a morbid tour of the Nevada Test Site with only Goatlord’s Distorted Birth and Leonard Cohen’s The Future loaded on a half-broken iPod, the music of Dead Neon conjures a dreadful world ravaged by atomic conflict, where survivors inevitably succumb to radiation, starvation, each other. A writer by trade, Keene taught himself guitar in the months following his test site visit, shaping crude yet corrosive riffs designed to evoke the din of warheads and dirty suitcase bombs slamming into the Strip at twilight. In February of 2010, he conscripted friends from Vegas’ mutually exclusive deathcore and indie-rock scenes-Jaq (bass) and Jessie (drums), respectively. The trio recorded directly into a Korg D888 in an abandoned warehouse behind a topless megaclub off Tropicana Avenue, resulting in a raw, full-length slab of blackened sludge-punk minimalism. Having earned a Ph.D. in English from a university in the metal-rich state of Florida, Keene composes lyrics that possess the depth of literary verse without sacrificing the dark sensibility inherent in aggressive music. Dead Neon’s self-titled debut (released on 100 limited-edition cassettes by Vegas crust-punk/black metal label Ecophagy Records on September 15, 2010) contains a few surprises, like spoken-word intro “Advisory (Go to the Boneyard!)” and the album’s final blown-out-dashboard-radio-at-earth’s-end folk anthem “Ride the Light.” But mostly Dead Neon just bashes you on the skull with a ferocity that has no rival. This is the perfect soundtrack for driving a post-apocalyptic desert highway overrun with mutants.
Circle Of Bards is a band created in 2008 as a development of an idea of one man: a vocalist and a composer – Mariusz Migalka. Originally conceived as a side activity, focused on recording a fully acoustic album, comprised of celtic ballads inspired by the world of fantasy. After first successes proving that Circle Of Bards is quite a unique entity and great response from both folk and progressive background the band recorded full album after signing to Electrum Production. The debut album entitled “Tales” will be available in Europe via Twilight Distribution since 21st February 2011, comes in quality digipack and consists of 11 songs:
2. My Magic Song
3. Scarlet Moon
4. Fighting the Dragons
5. Our Own Land
6. Czarne Smoki
7. Bridges We Shall Pass
8. Tęczowy Most
9. When the Bard Sings
10. Circle of Bards
From now on official Electrum Production Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/ElectrumProductionLu#p/u/5/ODZWmF7KW7M you can watch the latest Circle Of Bards’ clip to the song “Our Own Land“. In the video made by the Kaiju group it was possible to catch the characteristic elements of Bard’s music like transience and unreality of world contained in the stories, which comes alive every time in a song. Check this video and new website of the band www.circleofbards.pl/en and enter the mysterious realm of Circle Of Bards with wandering minstrels and ancient legends !
“Tales” is an album to be played when you need relaxation and high quality calm music. Sounds sipping from the speakers are somehow therapeutic” – Rockarea.eu
“If you like bands like Blackmore’s Night, the folkier side of Jethro Tull and Celtic music in general, you will have to add Circle Of Bards to your collection” – Prognaut.com
Demonstealer Records has announced a new contest for fans who support and buy original music called “The Demon’s Dinner Party”. All fans who purchase music and merchandise through the month of Feb from the DSR OFFER section of the online retail store CDRack.in or the “Monday Specials” on the DSR Facebook page stand a chance to win an invite to the party.
What makes the party different is that the Demonstealer, frontman of prolific Indian band Demonic Resurrection will cook dinner for the winners of the contest who will get to pick a member of their favourite DSR band (Demonic Resurrection, Albatross, Devoid & Workshop) who will join them for dinner. Winners will also get to select what dish they want to eat from the Demonstealer’s cooking blog on Facebook.
“I’ve been posting recipes and photos of my food online for almost 2 years now and I’ve always had fans saying ‘open a restaurant’ or ‘let us taste your food’. So I figured this would be a great chance for fans to not only get to eat some of the food they’ve been seeing but also interact with their fav metal musicians. “ says Demonstealer.
TO CAST A SHADOW’s tale begins with a group of three friends coming together in a basement to play loud and pounding grooves, and continues through epochs of experimenting within a range of heavy musical stylings. Influenced by THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL, MY DYING BRIDE, TYPE O NEGATIVE, SATYRICON, ANATHEMA, TOOL, PARADISE LOST and BLACK SABBATH, the band’s musical expression has landed firmly within the domain of melodic doom/goth metal. The sound was finally complete when a female singer was added to the mix.
Marcus Granlien, guitarist of Norway’s TO CAST A SHADOW, commented on songs of upcoming sophomore album ‘In Memory Of’, due on February 14, 2011 in U.K. (February 18 in the rest of Europe) via Kolony Records:
Tormented: This is a very different song, and a new side of TCAS. So we thought it might be fun to surprise a few people out there and start the new album with this (in a TCAS sense) extreme song. It started out with a couple of riffs that gave Kent the opportunity to really experiment on the drums, and there is even a blastbeat at 3:40. Not very typical TCAS stuff! We invited Hans Kristian Nørgaard to do some male vocals on this song, and he came up with a couple of lines that really lifted the song to another level, and it matched Gunnhild ‘s dark and hypnotizing voice. All in all a good song to illustrate some of the changes and progress we ‘ve had these last years. The intro to this song was created by Rikard Lofgren at Leonmusic, Sweden.
Morose: Kent surprised us all when he came up with this weird and creepy tune, based on a true story. It has a smooth, progressive rhythm that almost feels off-beat, and it matches the strange story told in the lyrics. Gunnhild returned to the studio to record another version of this song, and it resulted in a lot more presence. The tom-tom drums were fine-tuned and somewhat highlighted in the verses of this song, and the resounding attack of the birch drum shells is well displayed here. We recorded the guitars with a Fender strat, although a Gibson Explorer is used on some lead parts. At 2:05 you can hear me play my 20 year old beat-up, worn out acoustic guitar. In a strange way it has aged well, even though it belongs in a scrapheap. Gunnhild’s amazing operatic voice at 2:57 is worth noticing.
Nightfall: Nightfall is one of those songs that just oozes of that classic TCAS sound. Some of these riffs came to life during one of the bands many jam sessions, and the whole song is based on the opening riff. At 0:22, co-producer, Kristian Sigland came up with some tapped harmonics for the verse, that almost sounds like a harp if you listen closely. It sounded so good that we simply let him play it himself. On most parts of the album Stian uses a MarkBass amp along with a distortion pedal from EBS, and it sounds really dirty and gritty on this song. The guitar solo is the exact same solo that I’ve played the very first time the band jammed on this riff. It had the right sound immediately, and a very bluesy feel, so there was no point in changing it. During this solo you can hear Kent playing the drums along with the leadguitar in a way that defies description. The drums and the guitars just seem to match and fill each other out perfectly.
Oceans apart: A very dark and romantic song, that is played on a hot-rodded baritone guitar to get that deep and wonderful low sound. Even though TCAS has always played doom metal, this song introduces a new chapter in the bands history, when I growl throughout the refrain at 1:36, making it almost sound like some old-school Paradise Lost stuff. Being one of the heaviest songs on the album, it is surprising to hear how the ending turns into something completely different. Once again, we got HK Nørgaard to add the final howl at 4:07 to release the full aggression that lies within this tune. Kent’s Yamaha Recording Custom set gets some serious beating on this one.
Betula: A very short, special little song, for someone special…? We had the honor of working with Nell from Theatre of Tragedy on this one, and she really gave her heart and soul. All the additional background voices were created by Nell at the spot while recording. It fades in with a synth-guitar effect from a Boss GT-8 board, and you might recognise it from the first album, where the same effect was used on “A suicidal mind”. My beat up acoustic guitar is still hanging in there…
My Misery: Even though these pounding grooves and catchy guitar parts might sound like classic TCAS stuff, the arrangement and the vocals lift this song into a new and dark dimension for the band. Filled with emotions, frustration and anger it simply stands out as one of the most intense songs on the album. We re-arranged this song several times, and my growling became the lead vocals while Gunnhild’s somber voice lies beneath. At 3:05 the intensity and aggression disappears, and the song transforms into a depressive state. When the bass enters along with the rhythm guitar at 3:23, they are both dropped all the way down to a low A-tuning, just to make your speakers rumble a little bit more.
When you leave the room:This heartfelt and personal song is actually Stian’s debut as a songwriter and singer for TCAS, and what a fantastic debut! It starts off with Gunnhild’s amazing operatic voice and continues with some really heavy, classic doom metal chords. All male vocals are performed by Stian himself, and like most of the other songs it’s based on a true story. As opposed to some of the other songs, Stian displays a more introverted song writing style in terms of the actual vocal lines for Gunnhild, and this broadens the quality and versatility of the entire album. And when Gunnhild added a personal touch to the vocal lines, the circle was complete. At 2:03 you can hear another guitar synth pad from my GT-8 board. The first 15 seconds of the guitar solo was created by co-producer and The Crest guitarist Kristian Sigland, due to the fact that I wanted a different approach on this solo. Although performed by me alone, hardcore fans of “The Crest” might recognise Siglands unique approach to guitar solo’s.
Set afire: Once again Kent came up with a delicate and catchy tune with a groove that just keeps on going. Inspired by old-school black metal guitar riffs, I had to switch the JSX amp setting to the Extreme channel, to produce that angry evil sound that Kent wanted for this song. Although being a pretty straight forward metal-rock tune, Gunnhild’s superb voice creates a spine-tinglingsensation that might cause goose bumps. Set afire reaches an intense highlight at 3:45, when Gunnhild empties her lungs and produces so much raw energy that the input level on her microphone went way beyond the maximum peaks, and you can actually hear the speakers cracking up. A very cool effect that we decided to keep!
The answer: “Time has forsaken me”. A very honest, sore and fragile intro that introduces a Rhodes-piano for the first time in TCAS’ history. Rickard Engborg helped out, and created some very cool keys, while Gunnhild and me perform a duet. Apart from the intro, this song is just raw energy, and Gunnhild really pushes her voice to the extreme to enhance that “live-sound” that this song was written for. This is the second song with the baritone guitar, and at 3:13 you can hear the guitars turning into a deep, dark and massive Black Sabbath-style riff.
In Memory of:Although this is not a typical title track, this beautiful, but tragic and heartfelt song managed to capture the essence of To Cast a Shadow. Gunnhilds performance is simply stunning and features so much presence and sincerity. In the final stage of the recording process, the band decided to add a guitar solo, and the one you can hear at 2:55 was written and recorded in 5 minutes, and it turned out to be perhaps the best solo on the album. Due to the fact that we had already started to disassemble the guitar gear, it was accidentallyrecorded with only 1 Shure microphone, instead of the standard 4 microphone set-up.”
The CD was recorded at Hamar Recordings in Norway with producer Kristian Sigland (THE CREST, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY) and was mastered at Leon Music Studio in Sweden by Rikard Lofgren. The artwork was developed and realized by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art (MY DYING BRIDE, CRADLE OF FILTH).
The anticipated Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour — featuring Chicago’s black meddlers NACHTMYSTIUM as direct support for Cradle of Filth — embarks this Tuesday, February 1st! The massive expedition will invade 30 North American cities, engulfing the continent in a clockwise vortex over the next six-and-a-half weeks. As NACHTMYSTIUM’s first major tour of 2011, and first tour since their massive North American headlining tour with Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle last fall, these dates will showcase the unit unveiling much of the material on last year’s incredible Addicts: Black Meddle Part II album which the band have not previously performed live. Check out the full tour schedule below.
Addicts: Black Meddle Part II was released by Century Media in North America in June 2010, and has since infected the planet with it’s blackened but genre-defying experimentation, holding top spots on year-end lists worldwide and continually garnishing major press coverage. NACHTMYSTIUM were recently also featured on the main cover of the massive Chicago-area music newspaper The Illinois Entertainer, showing their local scene embracing the act more than ever as they continue to infiltrate the rest of the planet.
Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour
with Cradle Of Filth, Nachtmystium, Turisas, Daniel Lioneye 2/01/2011 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
2/02/2011 Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX
2/04/2011 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
2/05/2011 Fox Theater – Pomona, CA
2/06/2011 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
2/08/2011 Club Nokia Live – Los Angeles, CA
2/09/2011 The Regency – San Francisco, CA
2/11/2011 Showbox Theatre – Seattle, WA
2/12/2011 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
2/13/2011 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
2/15/2011 Edmonton Events Centre – Edmonton, AB
2/16/2011 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
2/18/2011 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
2/20/2011 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
2/21/2011 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/22/2011 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
2/23/2011 Club Zoo – Pittsburgh, PA
2/25/2011 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
2/26/2011 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
2/27/2011 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
2/28/2011 Imperial De Quebec – Quebec City, QC
3/02/2011 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
3/03/2011 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
3/04/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
3/05/2011 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
3/08/2011 Norva Theatre – Norfolk, VA
3/09/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
3/11/2011 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
3/12/2011 Firestone – Orlando, FL
3/13/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Much more news on NACHTMYSTIUM will be announced over the coming weeks and months as the band continue to tour, as well as focus on concocting their follow-up to the Addicts… opus.
Bulgarian black metallers CLAYMORE inked a deal with the US label Unseen Music Group, LLC for future compilation project. The songs Gift of Hate and Near Death Experience, the personal favorites of the owner Mr. Bernie L. Simpson aka D.Monic Method, will be featured. More details coming soon… In the mean time the band is finishing the work on their new album From Ignorance to Remembrance and makes plans to start the recording process. A rehearsal video of the latest work in progress could be seen on the following link
Thanks to Target Promotion for the promo pictures of the band
Here is an interview with Dag the bass player in the Danish band Psy:Code that released their debut album DELUSION this past summer. We talked about the album, touring, production and what the band are gonna do under 2011. So here you have a interview with Psy:Code.
Former SODOM guitarist Dirk Strahlimeier – who played with the band from 1995 through 1996 – has passed away.
Leader Tom Angelripper has issued the following statement:
“As I learned from a reliable source, our ex-guitarist Dirk ‘Strahli’ Strahlmeier died this month in a hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany. Currently we don’t know the exact circumstances of his death. Strahli played on the album Masquerade In Blood which was released in 1995 on SPV. After that we had lost contact with him. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
There are a handful of bands that have come out in recent years who I not only "like" but who I have added to the pile of bands that I religiously follow. One of those bands is Primal Fear. In my opinion, their latest album, BLACK SUN, is easily one of the best releases of 2002! If you love heavy aggressive power metal with ripping lead guitars and top notch vocals, this should be a band you are already intimately familiar with. Thanks to the people at Nuclear Blast Records I was recently given the opportunity to talk with the vocalist of Primal Fear about the new album and the band.
Thin Lizzy started their 2011 tour in early January. Prior to their sold out show London, I had opportunity to sit down with founding member Brian Downey to discuss the new lineup, the future, as well as some past events. Read on!
Finnish black metal band SATANIC WARMASTER has been removed from the French Hellfest festival (held in Clisson, France in July 2011) because of pressure from other artists performing at the festival. SATANIC WARMASTER has made the following statement due to the decision of the Hellfest organizers:
”It has been brough to my attention, that the organizers of the festival cannot hold on to our agreement to have SATANIC WARMASTER perform at the 2011 Hellfest. This was because of pressure put to the organizers by other artists booked on the festival.
”It is a disappointment (despite being totally expected) to see such mentality still present in the ’individualist’ and ’free-thinking’ metal community that any musical act can still be boycotted because of false preconceptions and arbitrary political motivations of other, ’bigger’ artists. It is also more than amusing to see that the censorship and boycott some of the French authorities tried to push on the festival earlier are now excercised by the festival organization itself.
”Obviously because I have never upheld any modern taboos or lived my life as an apologetic dabbler, it makes me also a target for politically motivated artists to keep us from playing because of their self-righteous reasons. Any artist can be put on a mock trial by taking words out of their context without thinking of the actual message, and SATANIC WARMASTER once again hangs crucified by hysterics driven by the love for a world and values I feel no oneness with.
”Everyone who has even slightest interest in this musical style knows what black metal is about, and in that light only a moralist or someone with a very extreme double standard can say that SATANIC WARMASTER is in some manner different from other artists of the genre.
”It makes me want to puke for making a statement like this, which is almost something that a politician would do, but to clear some things, it was mandatory to bite the bullet this time.
”Just to make sure everyone has their labels right, SATANIC WARMASTER’s ideology is Satanism and music style black metal. Whoever claims otherwise does so only because of personal feelings and/or resentment.
-Werwolf / SATANIC WARMASTER”
SATANIC WARMASTER is a Finnish black metal musical project started in 1998 with tens of thousands of sold albums worldwide without the support of any major distribution companies or record labels. The band reflects a Satanist’s world view and is known for its unapologetic, arrogant and amoral stance.
After a rollicking start to their US mini tour last night in Richmond, Va, Canadian traditional metal stalwarts, CAULDRON continue on their quest to spread their timeless sound throughout America. Supporting Ryan Waste‘s (MUNICIPAL WASTE) traditional metal band, VOLTURE, CAULDRON will be playing new songs from their forthcoming album, BURNING FORTUNE and taking audiences in Philadelphia and New York back to a time when meaningful, melodic, pure heavy metal ruled the landscape.
Catch CAULDRON with VOLTURE this weekend:
Jan. 29 – Millcreek Tavern – Philadelphia, PA
Jan. 30 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
CAULDRON recently announced an upcoming tour that will see the band trekking across eastern Canada throughout February. The band will be taking their timeless brand of raw, exciting heavy metal to the masses all around the great white north and getting fans stoked for the release of their upcoming album, BURNING FORTUNE. Here are the dates:
FEB. 11 – TORONTO, ON – SNEAKY DEES
FEB. 12 – ST. CATHARINES, ON – MIKADO’S
FEB. 18 – OTTAWA, ON – MAVERICKS
FEB. 19 – MONTREAL, QC – KATACOMBES
FEB. 24 – QUEBEC, QC – SCANNER CLUB
FEB. 25 – MONCTON, NB – THE MANHATTAN
FEB. 26 – DARTMOUTH, NS – CD HEAVEN – all ages free in-store early show (6pm)
FEB. 26 – HALIFAX, NS – GUS’ PUB (10pm)
FEB. 28 – FREDERICTON, NB – THE CAPITAL
CAULDRON has been making a video series documenting the making of BURNING FORTUNE, featuring interviews, studio footage, the latest inside scoops on the new album and more.
In the latest video of the series, CAULDRON members JASON DECAY and IAN CHAINS give fans a sneak peek into their lives as they show you around their homes and music collections. Watch the video online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0sRk0jZanQ
This spring, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA will embark on their 2011 Beethoven’s Last Night Tour. Although the routing is primarily in Europe and The United States, TSO has added a second Canadian date to their live itinerary – May 19th in Rama, ON at Casino Rama. The complete schedule is below.
So begins TSO’s live performance of “Beethoven’s Last Night” in its entirety. Come experience the tale of Beethoven’s last night on earth. Combining what happened with what might have happened, the story revolves around the tough choice that the composer must make with what will be his life’s legacy.
16 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
17 – Munchen, Germany – Zenith
18 – A-Wein, Austria – Stadhalle
19 – Stuttgart, Germany – Scleyerhalle
20 – Mainz, Germany – Phoenixhalle
22 – Berlin, Germany – Tempdrome
23 – Hamburg, Germany – CCH2
24 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Philliphalle
25 – Antwerp, Belgium – Staddsschouwburg
26 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall
28 – London, England – Hammersmith Apollo
2 – Battle Creek, MI – Kellog Arena
3 – Windsor, ON – Caesars Windsors Coliseum
5 – Akron, OH – EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
6 – Erie, PA – Tulio Arena
7 – Reading, PA – Reading Eagle Theatre / Sovereign Center
8 – Syracuse, NY – On Center
9 – Atlantic City, NJ – Ceasars Circus Maximus
10 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
13 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theater
14 – Wheeling, WV – Westbanco
15 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner
16 – Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum
17 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Civic Center
19 – Chatanooga, TN – Memorial
20 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Coliseum
21 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum
22 – Tallahassee, FL – Leon County Civic Center
23 – Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Civic Center
24 – Estero, FL – Germain Arena
27 – Pensacola, FL – Pensacola Civic Center
28 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
29 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center -Concert Hall
30 – Jackson, MS – Mississippi Coliseum
1 – Beaumont, TX – Bueamont Civic
4 – Albuquerque, NM – Santa Ana Star Center
5 – El Paso, TX – County Coliseum
6 – Amarillo, TX – Civic Center
8 – Corpus Christi, TX – Selena Auditorium
11 – Evansville, IN – The Center
12 – Cape Girardeau, MO – Show Me Center
13 – Moline, IL – iWireless Center
14 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino – Showroom
For the first time in nearly 15 years, guitarists Michael Gilbert and Ed Carlson will be performing with legendary Arizona thrashers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM for a pair of exclusive Arizona shows. The dates include: