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- JEFF PLATE - Metal Church, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage (Aug 19, 2014)
- Savage Master - Stacey Savage (Aug 18, 2014)
- LPRHC FEST - Lappeenranta, Finland (Aug 29, 2014)
- Bloodstock Open Air 2014 (Aug 29, 2014)
- The Summer Slaughter Tour, The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA, August 10, 2014 (Aug 28, 2014)
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Dawn of Ashes (DoA) landing page; home to first single, low priced preorder deals, trailer for upcoming music video and more!
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – July 6, 2010 – In honor of extreme metal act DAWN OF ASHES’ upcoming release Genocide Chapters, Metal Blade Records has launched a landing page where fans can go to check out a video teaser for the upcoming release, music, album artwork, and the specially low-priced preorder packages for the album. The first single, Conjuration of the Maskim’s Black Blood, is currently streaming with two more tracks to come before the album is released on September 14th.
Genocide Chapters CD (digipak) only $10.99
Genocide Chapters CD (digipak) + Jack the Ripper T-shirt (two sided) only $21.99
Genocide Chapters CD (digipak) + God-Like Demon T-shirt (two sided) only $21.99
Genocide Chapters track listing is as follows:
1. Conjuration of the Maskim’s Black Blood
2. Nyarlathotep’s Children of the Void
3. Seething the Flesh in the River of Phlegethon
4. Transformation within Fictional Mutation
5. The Ancient Draining Room
6. Reanimation of the Dark Ages
7. London’s Anthem for the Pleasure of Mutilation
8. Sacrilegious Reflection
9. God-Like Demon
10. Carnal Consummation in the Empty Space
11. Epilogue-Beginning of the End
DIVINE HERESY’s pummeling offering, Bringer of Plagues, redefined the meaning of aggression and took extreme to an all new level. The group’s founder Dino Cazares (Fear Factory guitarist) is now pulling double duty as DIVINE HERESY will open all dates on this month’s Fear Factory North American tour. Either see below or head over now to www.myspace.com/divineheresyband to view their entire tour itinerary and the band will be signing copies of Bringer of Plagues at their merch booth at every show. This stellar package is rounded out with 36 Crazyfists and After The Burial.
Bringer of Plagues was released to rave reviews across the board and debuted at an impressive #148 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. This album is hailed as the most brutal and unrelenting offering of the legendary Cazares’ stellar career. Newcomer Travis Neal (ex-The Bereaved) has undoubtedly proven that he is the perfect fit for the role as he delivers a debut performance for the ages.
Cazares further states: “We have been waiting patiently for the perfect touring opportunity to present itself and I couldn’t possibly be more pleased to have DIVINE HERESY open all of the Fear Factory shows this July. I am excited to pull double duty for the first time and I am relieved that we could finally make this happen. It makes perfect sense for DIVINE HERESY to open for Fear Factory and we promise to deliver a brutal set that is going to annihilate everyone. Be sure to come by the merch booth each night to say hello to us all and we look forward to seeing everyone soon. It’s certainly been way too long.”
Portuguese/Swedish Prog Goth metal act Factory of Dreams has issued the following announcement about contributing a track to the upcoming “Gothic Visions Volume II” compilation:
“Factory of Dreams are proud to announce that they’ll be part of Gothic Visions Volume II (CD + DVD) with both a song and video clip. So, grab your hands on this fab compilation this October! After last year’s first release of the Gothic Visions CD + DVD Special Edition compilation Echozone will release the second one in October of this year. The Gothic Visions is produced in cooperation with the underground magazine Crawling Tunes and other media partners.
“The release will be fully promoted within the campaigns starting from August to November of 2010 and will be featured in advertisements, reviews plus featured on online radio and TV shows. The new edition includes a full packed audio CD, a DVD with more than three hours of music plus more than three hours of video clips, live performances, gothic visuals, etc.”
The currently announced line up for the compilation is as follows:
House Of Usher
Born For Bliss
Whispers In The Shadow
The Daughters Of Bristol
Factory Of Dreams
Tunes Of Dawn
Vlad In Tears
Mist Of Avalon
Saints Of Ruin
Descendants Of Cain
White Rose Transmission
European and US release of “History.Altar.Ashes” set for September 14th!Following the highly successful Australian launch of BerserkerfoX’s debut album “History.Altar.Ashes” in June 2010, European and US release dates have now been set for 14th September 2010 through Ovis Records.
Log on to www.ovisrecords.com and www.berserkerfox.com for up-to-date announcements as soon as the album is available. In the meantime, log on to iTunes, Amazon.com, Napster, WiMP or Spotify for digital downloads of the album.
INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
One of the greatest voices in metal, Michael Kiske, is finally back in business. Best known as a former Helloween singer from the band’s golden era, the KEEPER OF THE KEYS, is now returning with his brand new band UNISONIC. Although it’s been seventeen years since Michael last performed onstage his name is still well known in today’s metal/rock world. Even though he has not performed Kiske has kept himself busy over the last 17 years. He has released four solo albums and been involved with several different projects including: Tobias Sammat’s Avantasia –albums, Revolution Reneissance with Timo Tolkki, Supared and recently he’s been working with the Place Vendome –project which in a way was in a key role for Michael’s decision to return. The Place Vendome line up also include current Unisonic members: bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (Pink Cream 69). The Unisonic line-up is completed with former Krokus and Asia guitarist Mandy Mayer. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Michael at the Swedenrock festival and here is what Michael had to say about his current activities, solo career, Helloween days, Iron Maiden and various other topics…. ENJOY !!
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AND PICTURES BY PATRICK CLEMENT
TREANSCRIPTED BY MARTIN HEAPS
DARK TRANQUILLITY has posted a couple live videos for their tracks “Focus Shift” and “Final Resistance” that were filmed recently at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago IL. The audio for these live videos was professionally tracked and mixed.
You can check them out over at the UVTV website:
North American Release Date for BLIND GUARDIAN’s new album, At The Edge Of Time, is August 24th, 2010!
Check out the e-card here: http://www.nuclearblast.de/splash/blindguardian/index.html
Live videos from March 13th Scion Rock Fest include “Unleashing the Bloodthirsty” and “Scalding Hail”
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – July 6, 2010 – Head over to Metal Blade TV to check out exclusive interview and live footage of CANNIBAL CORPSE performing at the Scion Rock Fest back on March 13 in Columbus, OH courtesy of the car company, Scion, who hosted the metal event. CANNIBAL CORPSE is currently wrapping up the first leg of their Euro Festival tour this week, which picks up again in August and includes stops at Summer Breeze, With Full Force Festival, Wacken Open Air, Graspop Metal Metting, and Party San Open Air. Some new CANNIBAL CORPSE tour news will be announced over the next few weeks so stay tuned to MetalBlade.com and CannibalCorpse.net for details.
Scion presents the Scion Rock Fest: Saturday, March 13, 2010 – Columbus, OH
Cannibal Corpse interviewed at Scion Fest 2010 HERE
Cannibal Corpse “Scalding Hail” live at Scion Fest 2010 HERE
Cannibal Corpse “Unleashing The Bloodthirsty” live at Scion Fest 2010 HERE
The first of four portions of the new artwork for the as-yet-untitled DIMMU BORGIR album has been uploaded to the band’s MySpace page.
Joachim Luetke (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Sopor Aeternus), German artist / painter / graphic designer who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, lends his disturbing talents to the new DIMMU BORGIR album.
When asked what he feels his approach does for DIMMU BORGIR, Luetke responds: “My artwork visualizes their music, adds another (optical) dimension to it. I don’t know exactly how this works. Cannot tell what kind of interior mechanism gets triggered by their music, but it’s clearly an utmost powerful one. Analyzing this means destroying it. As for our repeated collaborations, well, that’s probably because we share the similar philosophy at eye level.”
Luetke’s artwork and layout art also graces two other DIMMU BORGIR albums: 2003’s Death Cult Armageddon, which has sold 130,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan and debuted at #7 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, #10 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and #170 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, and 2007’s In Sorte Diaboli, which has sold over 75,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan and debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and at #43 on the Top 200 Albums chart.
In early June, DIMMU BORGIR proudly announced their collaboration with Norwegian composer and Berklee College of Music summa cum laude alumnus Gaute Storaas in addition to the 51 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and the 38-member Schola Cantorum Choir for their new release. To date, over 101 musicians have contributed to the making of the new album.
Composer Gaute Storaas has said of DIMMU BORGIR: “Their music is epic, thematic and symphonic already from the creation; they are clearly having an orchestral approach to composing.”
DIMMU BORGIR’s ninth studio album will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.
SplitScreen Entertainment has revealed the cover art of its upcoming tribute album “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.” The image can be viewed at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page or at the SplitScreen Entertainment website. Inspired by the art of 19th century painter William Rimmer, the album cover is based on his most famous work, Evening (The Fall of Day). In place of the winged male in the original is a classically Rubenesque female figure, gracefully floating over a tranquil seascape. The new rendition was created by eminent pop artist Les Toil, known for his bold and beautiful “big girl” pin-up art (as well as concert posters for the likes of Tori Amos and Alanis Morissette, and cover art for albums featuring NOFX, Green Day and Blink-182). In addition to serving as the cover of the tribute, the new artwork is also being offered on posters and T-shirts available from SplitScreen Entertainment.
“To complement such a unique project as this, the cover art needed to be absolutely perfect,” reasons SplitScreen Entertainment founder A.J. Confessore. “I wanted to reference an iconic and evocative image, replacing the central figure with a larger woman in a classy and tasteful manner. After months of trying to come up with just the right idea, it finally hit me like a bolt out of the blue! This vision was ultimately given form by the endlessly gifted Les Toil, who rendered our angelic ingenue with due serenity and poise (while also striking that delicate balance between parody and homage). In the end, I hope this image will resonate with fans in the rock and plus-size communities alike.”
“Passive and subtle were never qualities that attracted me to rock & roll,” adds artist Les Toil. “Apparently the same can be said for my appreciation of the opposite sex. I want a fat bottomed girl. A whole lotta Rosie. A big-legged woman who does (or doesn’t) have soul. In other words, I want a whole lotta love!”
KATATONIA LAUNCHES “NIGHT OVER NORTH AMERICA” TOUR VIDEO TRAILER Headlining tour to kick off this September
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Sweden’s unrivaled progressive metal band, Katatonia, has launched a teaser trailer for their forthcoming headlining US tour, the “Night Over North America” tour below:
The MetalSucks.net sponsored trek, which features Swallow The Sun and Orphaned Land in support, will kick off in Baltimore on September 8th.
The confirmed dates are…
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, are giving a way a pair of tickets in most markets on their upcoming tour with SOILWORK this Summer! Visit the band’s official website to enter your name in the contest for a chance to win (www.deathangel.us). For most shows, winners will be notified by email a week before the date.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, have uploaded the album cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL) for their upcoming release entitled Relentless Retribution, to their official Myspace page www.myspace.com/DeathAngel.
Relentless Retribution is a full return to the bands thrash roots and will be released on September 3rd in Europe and the 14th in North America. The album was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER).
DEATH ANGEL will be direct support to Swedish melodic metallers SOILWORK this Summer. Joining them will be Quebec’s tech-death masters AUGURY, Roadrunner Records recording artists MUTINY WITHIN, and pirate themed thrashers SWASHBUCKLE.
After previously canceling two other dates in France, SLAYER have cancelled their scheduled date tomorrow night (Wednesday, July 7th) at the Bataclan in Paris.
The cancellation is due to a problem with frontman Tom Araya’s voice. Ticket holders can get a refund at point of purchase.
Stay tuned for further updates. Slayer’s complete live itinerary can be found here.
Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL have issued the following update:
“The Portuguese Postal Service (CTT, Correios de Portugal) will issue a collection of stamps that represent the most significant rock moments and records from Portugal. (Moonspell’s 1995 album) Wolfheart was chosen and it will have an official stamp of itself, reproduced below.
This is an official stamp and it will be sold in every post office in the Portuguese territory from July 19th on and it costs 1€ and it can be used as national and international postage.
Being that the whole of our carreer kickstarted as penfriends and tapetraders we could not think of a more perfect and suitable distinction. In three days we share the stage with FAITH NO MORE and ALICE IN CHAINS in Optimus Alive Lisbon.
In the meanwhile the band is working on their new album, “the most exciting, sexier, darker, heavier and catchier stuff we wrote in ages!”
The album is due to be released in 2011. You can catch the band live at Summer Festivals and on the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise in January 2011.”
Check out Moonspell at this location.