MANOWAR – “To our brother Scott”

April 15th, 2011
by EvilG
MANOWAR

MANOWAR

We all want to express our sincere thanks to everyone the world over for their overwhelming support. Your many kind words, thoughts and prayers have provided great strength and comfort in these dark hours. We have lost a great soul, a wonderful father, a dear brother and friend. Scott’s memory will live on forever in all of us.

Scott, you will forever be missed, but never forgotten.

Joey, Eric, Karl, and Donnie, and your Magic Circle Family, your loving children Teresa, Scotty, Anthony and Corey, Kim, Victoria, Kathy and all the rest of your loving family.

 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Remembering-Scott-Columbus/137145279691831

 

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www.facebook.com/manowar

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NILE’s Karl Sanders Guests with NERVECELL

April 15th, 2011
by EvilG

Legendary NILE vocalist/guitarist Karl Sanders makes a guest appearance on vocals on the song ‘Shunq (To The Despaired…King Of Darkness)’. This particular song is special to us as it marks the first extreme metal track EVER to include both Arabic lyrics mixed in with English lyrics, and who better else to have come on board and collaborate on this theme with us than the legendary Karl Sanders!

“Psychogenocide” is set to be released in Europe through Lifeforce Records on April 29, 2011 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) and May 2, 2011 in the rest of Europe & UK.

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Out of print Behemoth EP’s to be released as 2CD set titled “Abyssus Abyssum Invocat” this June!

April 14th, 2011
by EvilG

Behemoth - Abyssus Abyssum Invocat

Behemoth - Abyssus Abyssum Invocat

Re-mastered with Bonus Tracks added and new art & liner notes
The masters of blackened death metal BEHEMOTH have set Abyssus Abyssum Invocat as the title to the band’s expanded repackaging of their early 2000′s EP’s Conjuration and Slaves Shall Serve. Set for release in the US on June 7, Abyssus Abyssum Invocat features both EP’s re-mastered and includes bonus tracks, new artwork, and new liner notes from BEHEMOTH frontman Nergal.

 

“There’s been a demand for our long-time sold out EP’s…Conjuration and Slaves Shall Serve represents more experimental side of BEHEMOTH’s nature. Apart from live versions and studio songs from Demigod and Zos Kia Cultus era, you can find us challenging ourselves with covers of such acts like Nine inch Nails, Nefilim or Danzig among others. Abyssum is a compilation of these two materials with extra packaging, new outstanding cover, rare live pics and unreleased bonus songs. Enjoy!” – Nergal

 

Abyssus Abyssum Invocat tracklisting:

 

Conjuration

1. Conjuration Ov Sleep Daemons

2. Wish

3. Welcome To Hell

4. Christians To The Lions (live)

5. Decade Ov Therion (live)

6. From The Pagan Vastlands (live)

7. Antichristian Pheomenon (live)

8. Lam (live)

9. Satan’s Sword (I Have Become) (live)

10. Chant For Ezkaton 2000 (live)

 

Slaves Shall Serve

1. Slaves Shall Serve

2. Entering The Pylon Ov Light

3. Penetration

4. Until You Call On The Dark

5. Demigod (live)

6. Slaves Shall Serve (live)

7. Lam (live)

8. As Above So Below (live)

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AUTOPSY TO HEADLINE “SLAUGHTER BY THE WATER” FESTIVAL

April 14th, 2011
by EvilG

AUTOPSY ‘MACABRE ETERNAL’

AUTOPSY ‘MACABRE ETERNAL’

Event scheduled for Craneway Pavilion on June 25th

CALIFORNIA – California death metal legend, Autopsy, has confirmed a headlining appearance on the upcoming “Slaughter by the Water” festival in Richmond, CA. The event is scheduled to take place at the Craneway Pavilion at 2:00PM on June 25th. Other confirmed performers are Nuclear Assault, Whiplash, Cattle Decapitation, Zombie Apocalypse, Warbringer, and more. Head over to: http://www.slaughterbythewater.com for tickets and more info.

Autopsy is currently gearing up for the release of the band’s long-awaited fifth studio album, Macabre Eternal, which is slated to hit stores on May 31st, courtesy of Peaceville Records.

A special double-colored vinyl edition, packaged with a gatefold sleeve and numbered to 2000 copies, will be available on May 16th through the Peaceville webstore.

 

The track list for Macabre Eternal is…

 

1. Hand Of Darkness

2. Dirty Gore Whore

3. Always About To Die

4. Macabre Eternal

5. Deliver Me From Sanity

6. Seeds Of The Doomed

7. Bridge Of Bones

8. Born Undead

9. Sewn Into One

10. Bludgeoned And Brained

11. Sadistic Gratification

12. Spill My Blood

 

Stay tuned for more info on Autopsy and Macabre Eternal.

 

 

Autopsy is…

Chris Reifert – drums/vocals

Danny Coralles – guitar

Eric Cutler – guitar

Joe Trevisano – bass

 

 

For more info…

www.autopsydeathmetal.com

www.peaceville.com

 

 

Fresno Media

www.fresnomediausa.com

www.facebook.com/FresnoMedia

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MUNICIPAL WASTE ANNOUNCES NEW SHOWS

April 14th, 2011
by EvilG

Richmond, Virginia’s MUNICIPAL WASTE have confirmed a string of shows in May.

The band will be playing a handful of shows in North America before heading to Europe the following month for a performance at Hellfest in France.

Catch MUNICIPAL WASTE live at the following shows:

May 06 – Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
May 07 – Virginia Beach, VA – Hangar 9
May 08 – Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade
May 09 – Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox (w/ NO TOMORROW, SALVACION, OVERLOOKED)
June 17 – Clisson, France – Hellfest

MUNICIPAL WASTE frontman TONY FORESTA is one of the musicians featured in “The Blood Vomits”, a new comedy series set in a violent medieval world.  The voices for the three lead roles are provided by FORESTA, along with GWAR’s ODERUS URUNGUS and LAMB OF GOD’s RANDY BLYTHE.

Slave Pit Inc., the production company behind the show, is running a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise funding for the project.  Watch a trailer for “The Blood Vomits” and make a donation to the project at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/balsac/the-blood-vomits-a-very-good-man

Watch MUNICIPAL WASTE’s official music video for the track “Wolves Of Chernobyl” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqX1Y2tAMO4

MUNICIPAL WASTE’s latest album, MASSIVE AGGRESSIVE, is available now worldwide.  Get the album in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_671_75 or in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_671_75

Get more MUNICIPAL WASTE news and info at:

Facebook – http://j.mp/htasmE
MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/municipalwaste
Twitter – http://twitter.com/municipalwaste

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BONDED BY BLOOD ANNOUNCES TOURING LINE-UP AHEAD OF SHOWS WITH SEPULTURA

April 14th, 2011
by EvilG
New BONDED BY BLOOD Line-up Pic

BONDED BY BLOOD

Californian thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD recently wrapped up a European co-headlining tour with LAZARUS A.D., and are now back home and preparing for a North American trek supporting SEPULTURA.

BONDED BY BLOOD have announced that BRANDON GULLING (MALUS REX, AVENGER OF BLOOD) and BEN BENNET (SMOG, WARBRINGER) will be filling in on the tour for amicably departing members ALEX LEE (guitar) and JERRY GARCIA (bass) respectively.

Remaining BONDED BY BLOOD members CARLOS REGALADO, JUAN JUAREZ and MAURO GONZALEZ have released the following statement:

“Bonded By Blood has gone through so many changes in the last couple of years while playing amazing festivals, touring the entire United States, Europe and Canada dozens of times, and enjoying the time with new and old friends and fans all over the world who mean the most to us.  We first lost our original bass player, Ruben Dominguez back in 2009, then singer Jose Barrales left the band in 2010, but each was replaced with new members and the group marched on.  Now, we regret to announce that Alex Lee (guitar) and Jerry Garcia (bass) are also stepping away from BBB.  We will miss them just as much as we miss Ruben and Jose, and this band will not be the same without them, but the three of us that are left in Bonded By Blood hope that everyone who enjoys this band can understand that changes are inevitable.  As much as we want to keep an ‘original line-up’, things happen that you just can’t control.

“We hope all our friends, fans and fellow musicians can still give us the warm welcome we always received and still support us in these hard times while we rebuild the band as we all need all the support we can get.  Thankfully, some new friends stepped up and are working hard to help us do the Sepultura tour, so big thanks to Ben Bennet (from Smog and formerly Warbringer) and Brandon Gulling (of Malus Rex and the recently reformed Avenger of Blood), who will be filling in on bass and rhythm guitar respectively while we keep together what is left of Bonded By Blood.  We hope to see you all on the road again; it’s not going to be the same without our old friends up there with us… But shit happens.”

ALEX LEE comments:

“With Jose leaving the band followed by my own parting, I want to assure you all that it is not a coincidence, nor is it a fluke.  Being a guitarist, I have always been interested in playing other styles of music and not only thrash.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my thrash music, but I honestly see myself being suited better with another band or type of music than what I have been doing with Bonded By Blood.  It has been one of the hardest decisions of my life, due to the fact that this was the first band that I was in or established, but now I feel that it’s my time to move on and to continue my progress on a new path.  I wish Bonded the best of luck and I know they can succeed.  As for the fans, I know they won’t truly understand, they can either hate me or follow me, but I hope they will continue listening to and seeing Bonded live, for I believe that they will hold strong for years to come.  You guys were the best and thanks for the great years!”

JERRY GARCIA comments:

“Being part of Bonded By Blood for almost two years now has been the best experience of my life.  I’ve seen and done things that I could have only dreamed of.  I had the honor of sharing the stage with some of the most talented musicians in the world, including the ones in my band.  Everything I experienced will be something that I will cherish for a lifetime.  However, as time goes by and life begins to unfold, certain things begin to become very evident and downright inevitable.  Bonded By Blood is more than just a band, it’s a spirit and it transcends any single individual person or band member.

“I want to thank each and every single one of you that ever supported me and the guys in doing what we do best in life, and that is music.  There is no better feeling in the world than to bring happiness to someone through music.  It is an incredibly humbling experience that I never took for granted.  I am not sad, nor am I disappointed in my departure from the band.  I see it as a fresh start to another chapter in my random life.  As for me… Well, I’ll be around – music is something that is essential to my life.  I cherished the good, learned from the bad and realized that in life, ‘the only constant is change’.

“One last thank you to everyone that showed me kindness on and off the road, so thanks to Juan, Carlos, Alex, Mauro, Marco, Talita and the rest of the Earache gang including Anthony, every band I toured with, and most of all the fans!  See ya!”

Catch BONDED BY BLOOD live on tour at the following shows:

BONDED BY BLOOD w/ HATE
Apr. 17 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY

BONDED BY BLOOD w/ SEPULTURA, BELPHEGOR, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS
Apr. 18 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Apr. 19 – Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
Apr. 20 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
Apr. 21 – Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON – CANADA (no SEPULTURA)
Apr. 22 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Apr. 23 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Apr. 24 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 25 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
Apr. 26 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
Apr. 27 – The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
Apr. 28 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Apr. 29 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 01 – Clicks – Tyler, TX
May 02 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
May 03 – Trees – Dallas, TX
May 04 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK (no SEPULTURA)
May 05 – Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
May 06 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
May 07 – The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
May 08 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
May 09 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
May 10 – The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
May 11 – The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
May 12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
May 13 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
May 14 – The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
May 16 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
May 17 – Oz Cafe – Wichita, KS (no SEPULTURA)
May 18 – Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
May 19 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
May 20 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
May 21 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
May 22 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

BONDED BY BLOOD w/SEPULTURA, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS
May 23 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
May 24 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
May 26 – The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
May 27 – The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
May 28 – MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
May 29 – Starlite Ballroom – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
May 30 – Third – Prince George, BC – CANADA
May 31 – Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

BONDED BY BLOOD’s latest album, EXILED TO EARTH, is available now on limited edition CD with a free patch, as well as special low price CD and limited edition coloured vinyl.

Get the album now in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_16 or in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_16

Get more BONDED BY BLOOD news and info at:

MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/bondedbyblood
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/officialbondedbyblood
Twitter – http://twitter.com/bondedbybloodLA

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Warbringer to enter studio next week to record new album

April 14th, 2011
by EvilG

WARBRINGER have been working on new material since coming off the road in late November and will be entering the recording studio on Monday, April 18th. Producing this time will be Steve Evetts, who has an impressive resume working with bands as diverse as Dillinger Escape Plan and Symphony X to Sepultura and Hatebreed.

“Our goal with this record is to make something beyond a run-of-the-mill metal CD,” explains guitarist John Laux, “The most difficult challenge is always finding just the right balance between a raw, aggressive sound and modern production standards. We chose Evetts to produce, aside from his extensive resume, because he aims for very organic and bold sounds. His experience in bringing the best out from a wide variety from musicians across different genres of music can be seen in his credits and this speaks for itself.”

The band has learned a lot in the two years since the release of 2009’s Waking Into Nightmares. Since the group has continued to relentlessly tour the globe with a variety of artists becoming known as one of the hardest working bands in metal as well as a ferocious live act and they bring all that into the creation of a third album. In addition, the new album sees the band welcome drummer Carlos Cruz, who’s had a lot of input into the new material.

“Musically and thematically I feel confident that this will be respected as our most mature offering to date,” states John Laux. “I am really proud of all the elements of extreme metal we have been able to incorporate into the songs. There is weight and purpose behind the lyrics and most importantly we have had time to put a lot of thought and care into the music.”

This time around, WARBRINGER gave themselves twice the amount of writing time in relation to the preparation for ‘Waking Into Nightmares’, and have even released footage from a recent practice session in order to give eager fans a taste of what is to come with the new record. Check the footage out:

More video reports will come from the studio as the guys lay down their tracks in the creation of their most epic metal release yet.

“Stay tuned everyone,” closes John Laux before adding, “We’ll be laying out a ‘stone cold stunner’ on you with our riffs soon enough!”

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EVILE: STUDIO UPDATE PART 5; VIDEO AVAILABLE

April 14th, 2011
by EvilG

British thrashers EVILE are in the midst of recording their as-yet untitled third album, which is due to be released later this year on Earache Records.

EVILE are recording the new album at Parlour Studios in Kettering, England with producer RUSS RUSSELL (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR), who also produced the band’s previous album, 2009’s INFECTED NATIONS.

Evile 2010

Evile 2010

EVILE have been posting a series of videos to give fans a glimpse of what’s going on while the band is in the studio.  Watch the new video, part 5:

EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE comments:

“We’re reaching the point of no return in the recording process.  All drums are down, all bass is down, all rhythm guitars, all harmonies and guitar solos and fifty percent of the vocals are down.  All that’s left to do is the remaining vocal parts and backing vocals, then we enter mixing mode.  Very proud of what we’re accomplishing and can’t wait for this album’s release.  I think this material really shows us coming into our own; we’re much more confident in what we’re doing now and ready to show the world how we have grown and developed musically on the new album…  This is the next level.”

If you missed EVILE’s previous studio videos, you can still watch them here:

Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmhTBl5uZPc
Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY12rPqgODk
Part 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZqHm_XmxG0
Part 4 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgSp246ClaQ

See EVILE live at the following shows:

30 Apr – Barroselas, Portugal – SWR Barroselas Metalfest XIV
28 May – Dokkum, Netherlands – Dokk’em Open Air
10-12 Jun – Donington, UK – Download Festival
01 Jul – Löbnitz, Germany – With Full Force
08 Jul – Gävle, Sweden – Getaway Rock
14 Jul – Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany – Dong Open Air
15 Jul – Tolmin, Slovenia – Metalcamp Festival
17 Jul – Vizovice, Czechh Republic – Masters of Rock
13 Aug – Oulu, Finland – Jalometalli Festival

View the tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/evile_festivals2011.jpg

EVILE’s thrash metal anthem, “Thrasher”, is available to download now on the Rock Band Network, along with every song from INFECTED NATIONS.  Get the tracks now by heading to EVILE’s official Rock Band page at http://www.rockband.com/songs/artists/Evile

Get EVILE’s first two albums, ENTER THE GRAVE and INFECTED NATIONS, in Europe now at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41

Get more EVILE news and info at:

Official website – http://www.evile.co.uk
MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/evileuk
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/evileuk
Twitter – http://twitter.com/evileuk

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In Solitude release album title, artwork, and track listing for “The World.The Flesh.The Devil”

April 14th, 2011
by EvilG

First single ‘Serpents are Rising’ set for premier on Monday April 18

The World.The Flesh.The Devil is set as the title of the Metal Blade debut from Uppsala Sweden’s IN SOLITUDE. Cover art for The World.The Flesh.The Devil, out May 24, consists of a shadowy portrait chosen from a collection of images by artists Jesse Peper.

 

“At first, we had a very hard time trying to make our world and our material visual as an album cover. A few collaborations were made, thousands of ideas were put on test, but sadly enough, we were never satisfied. But as we came across the exceptional and amazing world of Jesse Peper, and the specific shadow portrait you see on the cover (not to forget the ones that live within its pages), it was as if we all remembered something. Like out of a dream, or distant memory. Of a face that told us to step into this darkness; the darkness in which the seeds of IN SOLITUDE grow and bloom. And with Jesse Peper we certainly came closer. And we are always coming closer; further away and closer home. And the cover depicts our guide, on burning paths.” Hornper – on behalf of IN SOLITUDE

 

The World.The Flesh.The Devil track listing:

1. The World, The Flesh, The Devil

2. We Were Never Here

3. Serpents Are Rising

4. Poisoned, Blessed, and Burned

5. Demons

6. To Her Darkness

7. Dance of the Adversary

8. On Burning Paths

 

The first single off The World.The Flesh.The Devil will be track #3, Serpents are Rising, and is set to premier on Decibel Magazine’s site this coming Monday (4/18). Pre-orders for The World.The Flesh.The Devil are now live HERE: both the CD and a CD/T-shirt bundle are available.

 

Pelle Ahman (vocals), Niklas Lindstrom (guitar), Henrik Palm (guitar), Gottfrid Ahman (bass), and Uno Bruniusson (drums) entered Nicke Andersson’s (THE HELLACOPTERS, ENTOMBED, IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC) brand new studio, Gutterview Recorders, in Stockholm Sweden with producer Fred Estby (DISMEMBER) back in November to record the band’s sophomore album The World.The Flesh.The Devil. “From the first meeting with Fred, we knew that we wanted to work with him. He fully understood our needs and what we are aiming to create. After hearing his work, we knew that he was also a fan of organic production. This is very important to us. His studio is recently built and we are thrilled to be one of the first bands to record within its walls” comments the band.

 

Follow the Owl. Follow your own burning blood into the night!

 

http://www.myspace.com/insolitudeheavymetal

http://www.facebook.com/insolitudeofficial

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In Flames – 1st Webisode For ‘Sounds of a Playground Fading’

April 14th, 2011
by EvilG

Check out the first of several webisodes that IN FLAMES filmed during the recording of ‘Sounds Of A Playground Fading’ for an intimate and in depth insight into their work and life in the studio. ‘Sounds Of A Playground Fading’ will be out on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 and was recorded in the band’s own IF Studios together with producer Roberto Laghi, Daniel Bergstrand and Örjan Örnkloo.

“Deliver Us”, the 1st single off “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”, will be out on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

In Flames - Deliver Us (single)

In Flames - Deliver Us (single)

Around the time of its release IN FLAMES will play some of the most important European summer festivals (Sonisphere, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park, Nova Rock, Hellfest, and more), followed by the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour throughout North America in July and a European tour in Fall/Winter 2011.

IN FLAMES "Sounds Of A Playground Fading"

IN FLAMES "Sounds Of A Playground Fading"

For more info, news and updated tourdates please check: http://inflames.com/

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New Comments From TYPE O NEGATIVE Frontman Peter Steele’s Family

April 14th, 2011
by EvilG
Peter Steele

Peter Steele

The family of late TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele has issued the following statement on the first anniversary of his death:

 

“It is with great emotion, continued heartache and collective sorrow that the family of Peter Ratajczyk (Steele) remember that on this day, only a year ago, we lost our only brother. To the world he was an acclaimed songwriter, lyricist, musician, artist, and singer; to us he was the heart of the family and love of our life.

While battling many demons in his life, he poured out his emotions in lyrical creations that would make you cry, scream or laugh. Along with hallowed music, Peter had that ability to translate love, hate, fear and sorrow into music notes that could bring even the strongest man to his knees in acknowledgment of his feelings. From his musical legacy we learned to feel and express deep-pitted emotions with a driving beat and strong voice, crying the very words we wish we could utter.

But it was the fans that understood Peter the most. It was the fans who understood his self-depreciating humor, his love of a good joke (even when it was at his expense), his playful on-stage persona, and his sarcastic, analytical way of looking at the world that only Peter could put into words.

The family thanks the adoring fans, the long-time friends, the amazing musicians that have graced Peter’s presence and the photographers and artists who have captured his likeness and beauty for every kind word, offered prayer, beautiful letter, gracious hug, and a bounty of support during this horrendous time. You know who you are and we will always embrace you for it.

In the past few months a couple of writers tried to dishonor Peter’s legacy by concentrating on his failings and mistakes rather than honoring him for the weight he bore for us all. Please remember these wonderful things about Peter: his genius for writing music & lyrics, his gifted orchestration, his artistic design of album covers, performance backdrops, and inventive printing fonts and logos; his magnetic ways with the audience and fans; his talent for words and languages; his insatiable desire to study science, engineering and war strategy; his love of animals and children; his way of making everyone feel more important than himself; and his generosity and gentlemanly ways.

We encourage everyone who was ever touched by Peter Steele to tell the world about their feelings. We thank you for standing up and acknowledging our brother with the respectful and dignified tributes that a man of his talents, abilities and accomplishments deserves.”

Peter Steele died of heart failure on April 14, 2010 at the age of 48. Prior to his death, Steele had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music.

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AMON AMARTH U.S. Tour To Commence Today; Band Comments On Surtur Rising Success

April 14th, 2011
by EvilG
Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising

Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising

Melodic death metal titans, AMON AMARTH, today kick off their long-anticipated near two-week run of live dates in support of latest studio offering Surtur Rising.

Dubbed “An Evening With AMON AMARTH,” this special tour will find the band performing two sets each night with no openers. The first set will feature the band performing Surtur Rising in its entirety while the second will boast a collection of songs from previous releases. The Viking-inspired mayhem will begin tonight in Chicago at The Bottom Lounge.

Released on March 29 via Metal Blade Records, Surtur Rising has topped the charts both domestically and abroad and continues to reap praise from critics and fans around the globe for its sheer debilitating heaviness. Said Decibel of the offering: “…it’s a pleasure to learn one of metal’s most consistent bands remains as indefatigable as ever.” L.A. Music Blog called Surtur Rising, “the epitome of what death metal should be: ferocious and crushing. It’s possibly the band’s best work to date,” Blabbermouth compared the record to being, “…bludgeoned by your favorite warhammer. Definitely a contender for this year’s best,” while Metal Bite commended the record saying, “Surtur Rising is not just an album, it’s a fantastic tale that’s presented with honor and dignity. This is some of the band’s most dynamic work yet and I cannot emphasize enough how you need to pick up a copy when this is released!” Metal Curse called it, “absolutely amazing from beginning to end,” while Crave Metal put it simply: “EPIC!”

 

Commented guitarist Olavi Mikkonen: “We can’t thank our fans enough for showing their appreciation of our music and making this album our most successful release to date. We are looking forward to performing the songs from Surtur Rising live and delivering a powerful, crushing set! See you on tour, cheers!”

 

An Evening With AMON AMARTH

4/14/2011 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

4/15/2011 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN

4/16/2011 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS

4/17/2011 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

4/19/2011 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

4/20/2011 Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA

4/22/2011 The Regency – San Francisco, CA

4/23/2011 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA

4/24/2011 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

4/25/2011 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ

4/27/2011 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX

4/29/2011 Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL

4/30/2011 Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL

5/01/2011 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

5/02/2011 Jaxx – Springfield, VA

5/03/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

5/05/2011 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY

5/06/2011 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

5/07/2011 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA

 

http://www.surturrising.com
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
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HOLY GRAIL CND SALE STARTS NOW

April 14th, 2011
by EvilG

HOLY GRAIL

HOLY GRAIL

In celebration of HOLY GRAIL’s first ever headline tour in Canada, we are offering fans CRISIS IN UTOPIA for only 7.99 on Itunes Canada! Hurry fast, sale stops when their tour ends (May 01/2011).

http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/crisis-in-utopia/id394595644

Crisis In Utopia was produced by former Nine Inch Nails member and A Perfect Circle collaborator Danny Lohner, Crisis In Utopia is loaded with instant fist-pumping classics like the title track and “Call Of Valhalla” alongside revamped versions of Improper Burial modern classics “Immortal Man” and “Fight To Kill.” Opener “My Last Attack” is especially impressive, showcasing Luna’s soaring pipes over a dizzying series of scorching twin leads and white-hot hooks. Elsewhere, insanely catchy jams like “Hollow Ground,” “Requiem” and “Chase The Wind” set an impossibly high standard for the next decade’s would-be arena anthems. Meanwhile, the instrumental interlude “Nocturne In D Minor” features guest shots from Anna Murphy and Meri Tadic of Swiss folk-metal luminaries (and recent tour mates) Eluveitie.

“the most exciting prefix-free metal band to come out of L.A. in the last two decades.” – Decibel Magazine

TOUR DATES:
04.19 Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
04.20 Vernon, BC @ Club 2929
04.21 Calgary, AB @ Republik
04.22 Edmonton, AB @ Brixx Bar and Grill
04.23 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
04.25 Winnipeg, MB @ Royal Albert
04.26 Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
04.28 Toronto, ON @ The Wreck Room
04.29 Quebec City, QC @ L’Agitee
04.30 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore


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XERATH: Exclusive Song Premiere Via Gun Shy Assassin

April 14th, 2011
by EvilG

Today the fine folks at Gun Shy Assassin play host to an exclusive premiere of “Nuclear Self Eradication” from UK-based experimental progressive metal outfit XERATH. “Nuclear Self Eradication” is the eighth track off the band’s upcoming new studio offering II, set for release in North America via Candlelight Records on May 3, 2011.

 

Said bassist Chris Clark of the song: “‘Nuclear Self Eradication’ is one of the most brutal and aggressive offerings from II. As heavy as it is technical, it offers a definitive guide to the key elements and ideology of XERATH. The track also features a guest solo from Daath guitarist, Emil Werstler.”

 

To check out “Nuclear Self Eradication,” point your browser HERE.

 

XERATH was originally formed in 2007 as an experiment to combine film score composition with extreme groove-based heavy metal. Now a fully functional band with an emphasis on the live stage, XERATH aim to remain on the cutting edge of extreme. Metal Hammer hailed the band for sounding like, “the result of a chaotic experiment to produce the ultimate please-them-all 21st century metal band,” while Blistering added to the sentiment noting, ‘once you have your head wrapped around the gravitational strength of XERATH’s chug-enforced labyrinthine rhythms and beats, you can sit back and wonder at the sense they make and what compelling fantasy they create.” II features artwork from Colin Marks (Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Scar Symmetry).

 

http://xerath.net
http://www.facebook.com/xerathuk
http://www.myspace.com/xerath

 

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ZAKK WYLDE…on American Idol?!

April 14th, 2011
by EvilG

ZAKK WYLDE Performs ‘Heavy Metal’ With JAMES DURBIN On American Idol!

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) performed with American Idol hopeful James Durbin on April 13th 2011 covering the SAMMY HAGAR classic ‘Heavy Metal’. This week’s theme was music from the movies and Durbin’s choice was from the 1981 animated feature Heavy Metal. Check out fan-filmed footage below:

Durbin is one of eight finalists and he says he’s intent on bringing “heavy metal to Idol!” Voting result for their performances will be revealed on Thursday, April 14th…as if anyone cares.

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