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Paragon Records is proud to announce the reissue of The Flames Of Eternity’s Decline and Cold from Ukrainian black metal legion KHORS. The now classic first two full-lengths — originally released in 2005 and 2006 respectively — will come as a two-CD set with a new layout, nine bonus tracks and a rare early video from the band. Though KHORS have long progressed musically, these early recordings still brim with the unique atmosphere of Pagan black metal that the band was built upon. The Flames Of Eternity’s Decline/Cold will be released via Paragon Records on October 19, 2010. Check out the cover art HERE.
KHORS was formed by former Astrofaes bassist, Khorus, in August 2004, with an aim to create gloomy, atmospheric black metal. Sometime later, guitarist/vocalist Helg (Runes Of Dianceht) and drummer Khaoth (Tessaract, ex-Astrofaes, ex-Hate Forest) joined the fold. The band was later rounded out by guitarist Warth.
In related news, KHORS will unleash a new full-length, Return To Abandoned, to the masses later this year. Details to be revealed in the coming weeks.
The Flame Of Eternity’s Decline Track Listing
01. Wounds Of The Past
02. Eyes Of Eternal Loneliness
03. Throne Of Antiquity
04. Trees are remembers
06. Moan Of The Grief
07. Spirit Of Fury
08. Flame Of Eternity
09. Wounds Of The Past (wood mix)
10. Spirit Of Fury (moon mix)
11. Moan Of The Grief (live)
12. Trees Are Remembers (demo)
13. Eyes Of Eternal Loneliness (demo)
14. Throne Of Antiquity (demo)
15. Flame Of Eternity (demo)
Cold Track Listing:
05. Conscious Burning
07. In The Depths Of Black Hills
08. The Abyss
09. Cold (art-rock version)
10. Ashes (live)
11. Garnet (video)
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In part three of his ongoing Deciblog adventures, WOE frontman Chris Grigg talks about his latest gear purchases, the anticipation of the band’s upcoming full-length, the importance of band rehearsal and the woes (pun absolutely intended) of being way too busy. To read through Grigg’s latest installment, visit: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/diary/a-day-in-the-life-of-chris-grigg-woe-part-drei/
WOE‘s Quietly, Undramatically full-length was released in North America on October 12. Recorded at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, New Jersey with additional tracking completed at Grigg’s BS1 in Philadelphia. The album is the first to feature a full band ensemble comprised of members from Absu, Woods Of Ypres, The Green Evening Requiem, Infernal Stronghold and Rumpelstiltskin Grinder. Check out the Candlelight ecard here: http://www.candlelightrecords.co.uk/digital/ecard/woe_ecard/woe_ecard.html
WOE will celebrate the release with a free performance, along with labelmates KRIEG, at Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Necktie (1248 North Front Street) on October 28. Both bands will also hit Rhode Island and New York City that weekend [confirmed dates below].
10/28/2010 King Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA FREE SHOW w/ KRIEG, Infernal Stronghold
10/29/2010 Machines With Magnets – Pawtucket, RI w/ KRIEG, Sewer Goddess, Dead Times
10/30/2010 The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY w/ KRIEG
For additional live performances visit the band’s recently redesigned site at: http://quietly.WOEunholy.com
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GOD DETHRONED launch landing page and release first song off new album ‘Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross’!
Mighty Dutch Death Metallers GOD DETHRONED have launched a landing page for their upcoming new album 0’Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross’!
Make sure to surf over to http://www.metalblade.com/goddethroned/ to stream the title track off the new album and to find out about the various pre-order deals!
Comments singer/guitarist Henri Sattler on the title track: “The 1905 Schlieffen Plan made by the Prussian Count von Schlieffen after England signed the previous Entente Cordiale in 1904 with France. The plan was based on a battle between Hannibal and the Roman army in 216 B.C. that was later modified and eventually failed when put into practice. It remains uncertain if the changes to the Schlieffen Plan or the plan itself was the reason for not being successful.”
The bands 9th album was recorded at the Soundlodge Studios in Leer, Germany.
Comments singer/guitarist Henri Sattler: “Musically the new album turned out to be one of the most extreme records we ever did. Nevertheless with the very recognizable God Dethroned hooks present in all the songs.Producer Joerg Uken outdid himself this time, because our new album is in my opinion the best produced album we ever had. Extremely raw, heavy, but crystal clear and super dynamic at the same time.”
Track listing ‘Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross’!
1. The Declaration of War
2. Storm of Steel
3. Fire Storm
4. The Killing is Faceless
5. Under the Sign of the Iron Cross
6. Chaos Reigns at Dawn
7. Through Byzantine Hemispheres
8. The Red Baron
9. On Fields of Death & Desolation
GOD DETHRONED is:
Henri “T.S.K.” Sattler – vocals & lead guitars
Henk “Henke” Zinger – bass
Michiel “Mike” vd Plicht – drums
Danny Tunker – guitars
‘Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross’ will be released the 19th/22nd of November 2010 via Metal Blade Records in Europe and the 23rd of November in North America!
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Like a freight train of brutality and sheer brute force busting out at the seams comes the highly anticipated new AFTER THE BURIAL album, In Dreams, which is set for a Nov. 23rd release. This offering is quickly going to raise the bar for all others within the metal genre as this group effectively unleashes a barrage of jaw-dropping dual guitar dynamics that is backed by a captivating energy and groove resulting in an overall unrelenting output of punishment. This Minnesota quintet is hell-bent on forging their own unique path within the extreme metal genre and In Dreams proves that they are well on their way to that very goal.
AFTER THE BURIAL will spend this winter touring relentlessly across North America on the “December Decimation” tour. This group has something for everyone and could be best described as a Meshuggah and Unearth hybrid that pleases the tech nuts while providing an entertaining stage show that is sure to always get the metalcore kids into a violent frenzy. Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/aftertheburial now to view their entire touring itinerary.
You can access the striking new album’s cover art now at the link below.
AFTER THE BURIAL further comment: “It’s been a long time coming, but we’re excited to announce that our new record In Dreams will be hitting shelves on November 23rd! We’ve spent the last year putting all of our hard work into this album, and we can assure you that the intricate dynamics of In Dreams will satisfy your appetite for the crushing guitars, driving drums and powerful vocals you’ve come to expect from us. Also, be sure to come catch us on the road this November as we hit the road with Winds Of Plague, Carnifex, War Of Ages, and Upon A Burning Body. It’s going to be a rager.”
AFTER THE BURIAL is an 8 string brutal guitar assault and their sophomore album, Rareform, hinted at their true potential, but In Dreams brings all of their combined talents to fruition. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as MetalSucks.net will exclusively debut a brand new track online. Also, don’t forget to check out all of the band’s pre-production videos on their MySpace page now.
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Japan’s premier Extreme Metallers, METAL SAFARI, who recently released theirlong-awaited second album “Prisoner” in Japan via SPIRITUAL BEAST, have posted their new video for the song “How to die.” from that album.
On another news, the drummer YAZU has recently inked an endorsement deal with MAPEX Drums. Known for the high quality sound and used by many renowned drummers from around the world, including Chris Adler (Lamb of God), Aquiles Priester (ex-Angra, Hangar), Gregg Bissonette, John Boecklin (DevilDriver) Moe Carlson (Protest The Hero) and Dani (ChthoniC) among others, the MAPEX drum kit will definitely bring the METAL SAFARI groove to the next level.
For more info, visit http://www.mapexjapan.com/
(the news of signing with YAZU should be posted shortly)
In the meantime, the guitar player HIRO has also received his own page (where you can listen to one song from their new album) on the KRANK Amps’ website, whom he’s endorsed with. He isn’t actually “nobody”in the guitar players’ world, as he has played the role of demonstrators at various music trade shows including the NAMM Show in the US and the Music Fair in Japan.
The band is currently shopping for labels to release the album in Europe and in North America.
About METAL SAFARI:
Centered around award-winning future guitar heror HIRO (endorsed user of KRANK Amps and Caparison Guitars), emotional screaming beast INA, and young powerhouse drummer YAZU (endorsed user of Mapex Drums and Firce Cymbals), along with their big friend JUN on bass (also endorsed user of Caparison Guitars), they were “proud to be independent”, releasing demo recordings on the internet, shooting music videos on their own, and handing more than 20,000 demo CDs to the fans of national/international metal acts, all without any support from labels.
With the release of the debut album “Return To My Blood” in May 2006, METAL SAFARI gained more and more public attentions, resulting in an appearance at the biggest Rock Festival in Taiwan, “FORMOZ FESTIVAL 2006″. The momentum continued, and METAL SAFARI went out on a 6-date headlining Asian tour in 2007, playing in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, where they headlined “MODERN SKY FESTIVAL 2007″. The popular demands also brought them to Europe, where they participated in 12-date tour throughout Poland alongside of such
acts as VIRGIN SNATCH, THY DISEASE, and MAHAVATAR. METAL SAFARI earned their place in the history of Japanese metal as the first-ever extreme metal band played in the mainland China, and also as the first metal band ever toured in Poland (after visual-kei rockers DIR EN GREY). These are ALL done independently, without any support from labels.
Domestically, METAL SAFARI participated twice in “Ju-Ongaku-Sai” (Heavy Music Fest), the biggest festival of Japanese metal/hardcore bands, first as one of the main stage acts and then as the headliner. METAL SAFARI also supported THY WILL BE DONE and CALIBAN on their Japan tours, and shared the stage with from LOUDNESS to EDGE OF SPIRIT, or to SUNS OWL and BLOOD STAIN CHILD. Not only did these activities put them at #7 of domestic independent bands of all genres, #1 of Metal bands, #1 of Hardcore bands, and #1 of Thrash bands in “Top Artist Chart” on MySpace.com, but METAL SAFARI has become the most-awaited Japanese band to play at “LOUD PARK”, the biggest metal festival in Japan.
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GRAVE DIGGER "The Clans Will Rise Again"
It happened once again.
The new GRAVE DIGGER album entered the official German Media Control Charts at #28 and the Top 100 in Switzerland at #86.
Behind “Excalibur” (1999 – #21) this is the second highest entry in band history at a time, where the christmas business is already on the run and selling heavyweights pushing down the rates.
More countries will be analyzed soon.
Thanks for your support and see you on our tour in 2011″
Chris, Axel, Jens, HP and Stefan
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Watch GWAR’s Epic Halloween Night performance LIVE from the Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NEW ALBUM “BLOODY PIT OF HORROR” IN STORES NOVEMBER 9th ON METAL BLADE RECORDS
Every year on Halloween, GWAR takes to the stage to put on a spectacle that only certain fans in certain cities have gotten to witness. But this year, GWAR is giving human scum across the globe the chance to watch their Halloween show streaming live from The Rave/Eagle’s Club in Milwaukee. The event will be a Pay Per View extravaganza and is scheduled to kick of at 11:00 PM Eastern Halloween night. Make sure to head over to GWARLive.com to sign up for the Pay Per View event of a lifetime today! Tickets for this exclusive stream are $2.99 if you order before October 15, $3.99 if you order between October 16-30 and $4.99 the day of the broadcast.
TheRave.com, is the online entertainment source for The Rave / Eagles Club, well known as one of America’s most haunted live entertainment complexes.
TheRave.com most recently streamed live concerts from Shinedown, Underoath, Benny Benassi, DevilDriver, Epica, Vader and others. These webcasts have been seen by over 100,000 people in over one hundred countries.
TO ACCESS LIVE CONCERT STREAM VISIT:
Contacted at a recent midget-juggling festival, held at an undisclosed (and completely fictitious) location, GWAR lead singer Oderus Urungus screamed what sounded like “Bllllaaauuggh”, before launching himself into a nearby Jagermeister display. Later, when fully conscious, the warty one sounded off about the Internet, inter-species dating, and golf, all in complete gibberish.
When he finally gave us a workable quote, it sounded something like this –
“People don’t understand how much money we are contractually obligated to waste every day. That money has got to come from somewhere so we grind it out of our fans. Now if you are telling me that there is a way to do that without ever having to leave the city of Milwaukee? This Interwebnet fascinates me no end!”
In other GWAR news, the band has announced that they will be performing for the first time on network television on October 28th, when they take to the stage on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”. The shows airs 12:35 Eastern and the band will be tearing through their new single “Zombies, March!”
This past weekend syndicated radio show “Chaos With Full Metal Jackie” premiered the track “Gathering of Ghouls” from GWAR’s upcoming new album. For more information check out
Bloody-Disgusting.com premiered the first single from “Bloody Pit of Horror” “Zombies March!” Check it out at: http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/1043
GWAR’s latest masterpiece “Bloody Pit of Horror” will be in stores on November 9th, but you can pre-order your copy today from the official GWAR page on the Metal Blade Records website at: http://www.metalblade.com/gwar. The landing page includes all current tour dates, GWAR footage from BOTH Gwar.tv and MetalBlade.tv, and pre-orders for “Bloody Pit of Horror” on CD, a GWAR t-shirt, or the ultimate “Bloody Pit” package that includes the CD, the GWAR t-shirt, and a 12×12 autographed cover print!
Catch GWAR on the “Bloody Tour Of Horror”, with The Casualties, Infernaeon and Mobile Deathcamp:
10/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
10/13 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
10/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/15 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
10/16 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium – Rock N Shock Festival*
10/17 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Telus
10/19 – Moncton, NB @ Club Oxygen
10/20 – Halifax, NS @ The New Palace
10/22 – Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Imperial
10/23 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/24 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
10/26 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
10/27 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/29 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
10/30 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
10/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
11/02 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
11/03 – Little Rock, AR @ The Village
11/04 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/05 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
11/06 – Austin, TX @ Waterloo Park*
11/08 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
11/09 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
11/10 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
11/11 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater
11/12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/13 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
11/14 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/15 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/16 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/17 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
11/18 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
11/19 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
11/20 – Bend, OR @ Midtown Music Hall
11/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
11/22 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House Concert Hall
11/24 – Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
11/26 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/27 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/28 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
11/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
12/01 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre
12/02 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
12/03 – Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
12/04 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
12/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
*Denotes Festival Date
NO SLEEP TIL… FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND FOR MORE INFO ON THE FESTIVAL VISIT: HTTP://WWW.NOSLEEPTIL.COM.AU/
12/10 – Auckland, New Zealand @ ASB Showgrounds
12/12 – Perth, Australia @ Arena Joondalup
12/15 – Adelaide, Australia @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
12/17 – Melbourne, Australia @ Melbourne Showgrounds
12/18 – Sydney, Australia @ The Entertainment Quarter Moore Park
12/19 – Brisbane, New Zealand @ RNA Showgrounds
CHECK OUT GWAR ON THE WEB
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Certain Hardcore Elements: Ion Dissonance Do It Their Way
Interview by Shawn Jam Hill
The metal world can be an overcrowded miasma of no-hit wonder grinders shamelessly thrashing out the same breakdowns and attitude to an audience of audio sheep content with recycled riffology.
Thank Lucifer for Montreal’s Ion Dissonance, an incendiary band for whom jaw-dropping technicality and inhuman brutality coalesce into sheer auditory chaos leaving the listener no choice but to be floored. Their latest slab, Cursed (Century Media), is a whirling dervish of neck-snapping metal as on the blistering “After Everything That’s Happened, What Did You Expect?” (a succinctly pissed-off break-up song if there ever was one) and funerary dirge on the cheekily titled “We Like To Call This One…Fuck Off!” ,a snarling pounder that showcases vocal tiger Kevin McCaughey’s well-honed war cry. Throw in the technical pummeling drummer Jean-Francois Richard metes out to his kit and the twin guitar assault of Antoine Lussier and Sebastien Chaput’s swirling, scratchy style and you’ve got a band that truly stands apart from the horde.
Metal-Rules.com recently caught up with the affable vokiller shortly before the band departed for Europe for a string of shows via phoner to talk about the making of Cursed, plans for the future and why writing mind-numbingly acerbic and angry lyrics at work can really get the job done.
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Swedish heavy metal sensations ENFORCER have confirmed a European tour supporting Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE.
ENFORCER are set to kick off the tour on November 6th in Bochum, Germany, and will be on the road until mid-December.
ENFORCER frontman OLOF WIKSTRAND comments:
“Finally we’re hitting the road properly after the summer’s festival season. Going to be great to get out there to meet up with all our fans and friends from before, as well as new, to play some old and new material. Opening for Airbourne is also a good opportunity for us to spread our message in a broader way. Get ready for Diamonds on the road!”
Catch ENFORCER live in Europe with AIRBOURNE at the following shows:
06 Nov – Bochum, Germany – Ruhcongress
07 Nov – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Mainhall
09 Nov – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
10 Nov – Stockholm, Sweden – Tyrol
12 Nov – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahoune
13 Nov – Helsinki, Finland – Cable Factory
16 Nov – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
17 Nov – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Arena
18 Nov – Dresden, Germany – Alter Schlachthof
20 Nov – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
22 Nov – Munich, Germany – Zenith
23 Nov – Basel, Switzerland – St. Jakobshalle Arena
24 Nov – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
26 Nov – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
27 Nov – Lille, France – Aeronef
29 Nov – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
30 Nov – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Mainhall Box
02 Dec – London, UK – Brixton Academy
04 Dec – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
05 Dec – Belfast, UK – Ulster Hall
07 Dec – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
09 Dec – Manchester, UK – Academy
10 Dec – Birmingham, UK – Academy
View the tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/enforcer_airbourne_2010.jpg
Enforcer’s new album, DIAMONDS, is available now in Europe on limited edition digipak CD and regular CD. Get your copy now at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_751
For more ENFORCER news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/enforcerswe
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Metal Blade Records is proud to announce a new partnership with underground German label, Cyclone Empire. Metal Blade will have the pleasure of bringing some of the most intense and cutting edge metal in Europe to North American shores. Cyclone Empire has been leading the underground in Europe with releases from the legendary Evocation, as well as underground acts such as Demonical, The Grotesquery, Black Sun Aeon, Funebrarum, Demiurg, Facebreaker and many more.
Cyclone Empire’s Martin Purr comments: “It’s very exciting to be taking the cooperation between our two labels to the next level. We have been searching for a serious and reliable partner in the North American territory for quite a while and I am particularly glad to have signed this licensing deal with Metal Blade Records, one of the most renowned partners in Metal you could possibly get there and also good old friends. With us licensing and releasing selected Metal Blade catalogue on vinyl, this mutual partnership will become even closer and stronger!”
The first two releases that fans will be able to get their hands on in North America are Evocation’s third full-length album, Apocalyptic, and Facebreaker’s latest slab of death metal, Infected.
Apocalyptic, the new album from the influential Swedes, Evocation, is the latest in the band’s come back since their re-incarnation in 2005. The band was active between 1991 and 1993 and recorded two demos that become some of the most sought after recordings in underground metal. Their cult status never waned and the band is recording some of their best material to date. In early 2010, Evocation started to record Apocalyptic. For the production of the new album, the band has been working in their own Evocation Studios. Drums were produced with Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Hardcore Superstar). Mastering duties were handled by the excellent crew at Studio Mega (Sonic Syndicate, Katatonia). Cover artwork and layout were done by the Polish artist Xaay (Behemoth, Nile). After having established themselves as one of Sweden’s most important Death Metal acts, this album sees Evocation take death metal to another level both as musicians and also as songwriters. No one will be left untouched by Apocalyptic. The album will be promoted by the band with massive touring and festival shows. The European release is scheduled for the 29th of October through CYCLONE EMPIRE RECORDS. Apocalyptic will also be licensed in the US & Canada by METAL BLADE RECORDS and will be releases on November 9th.
Listen to Sweet Obsession, watch music videos and order Apocalyptic now at http://www.metalblade.com/evocation.
Facebreaker has been developing their aggressive style of death metal since 1999. They are set to release their third full length album, Infected, this fall. The album was recorded with some of the most renowned minds in metal, Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge Studios and Peter Tägtgren in Abyss studios. The combination of the band’s collective recording, touring and songwriting experience with the talents of Kjellgren and Tägtgren lends itself to what will sure to become Facebreaker’s most brutal and accomplished album to date. Infected will be available in North America on November 9th.
Listen to Bloodthirst, watch live videos and order Infected at http://www.metalblade.com/facebreaker.
For more information about Cyclone Empire Records, Evocation and Facebreaker, visit these links:
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AC/DC: HIGH VOLTAGE ROCK 'N' ROLL
FIRST COMPLETE ‘ILLUSTRATED RETROSPECTIVE’ BOOK ON ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR BANDS IN ROCK HISTORY, CELEBRATES 4 DECADES IN WORDS AND PHOTOS
MINNEAPOLIS ? Voyageur Press has joined forces with renowned rock journalist Phil Sutcliffe for the brand new book, AC/DC – HIGH-VOLTAGE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: The Ultimate Illustrated History. This lovingly assembled tome — the first complete illustrated history published about this legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee — arrives October 15th, 2010 to celebrate four decades of simply ass-kicking rock n’ roll, perfectly mixing expertly researched text and many never-before-seen photos. This heavy duty 224-page volume follows AC/DC’s long-and-winding career, from the early days as a bar band in Australia, through the tragic passing of singer Bon Scott, and of course, their massive comeback success with one of rock’s all-time classic (and best-selling) albums, Back in Black.
AC/DC is currently comprised of Brian Johnson (vocals), Angus Young (lead guitar), Malcolm Young (rhythm guitar), Cliff Williams (bass), and Phil Rudd (drums). Formed in Australia during the early 1970s, the group — then lead by hard-living frontman Bon Scott — became a regional sensation with a brand of tough, bluesy hard rock, that soon translated globally, on the strength of such classics as “T.N.T.,” “Dirty Deeds,” “Whole Lotta Rosie,” “Sin City,” and “Highway to Hell.” But on the eve of becoming a worldwide arena headliner, Scott died in 1980 after a hard night of drinking. Replaced by Johnson, the group issued Back in Black just a few months later, and has been rightfully considered one of rock’s all-time great recording and live acts.
Featuring over 400 illustrations (including handbills, posters, backstage passes, and vinyl from around the globe, as well as rare candid and performance photography), and a special “spinner” cover image of Angus Young, AC/DC – HIGH-VOLTAGE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: The Ultimate Illustrated History is sure to appeal to both the longtime fan and the newcomer. Sidebars by rock’s finest journalists weighing in on various eras of the AC/DC are included throughout the book, as well as an album-by-album analysis, and info on the guitar gear championed by the Young brothers. While many AC/DC fans have heard and experienced the group live on stage numerous times over the years, there has simply never been a book which has chronicled the group’s entire history as vividly as AC/DC – HIGH-VOLTAGE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: The Ultimate Illustrated History.
In addition to the AC/DC book, Voyageur Press will be issuing another major rock title this fall, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot’s THE BEATLES VS. THE ROLLING STONES: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock n’ Roll Rivalry. These titles join Voyageur Press’ other most recent “Illustrated History” releases, Dan Durchholz’s and Gary Graff’s NEIL YOUNG: Long May You Run,Jon Bream’s NEIL DIAMOND IS FOREVER: The Illustrated Story of the Man and His Music , Phil Sutcliffe’s QUEEN: The Crown Kings of Rock, and Jim DeRogatis’ THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: An Illustrated History of A Walk on the Wild Side. All are jam-packed with photos, artifacts, and comprehensive histories of each artist.
ABOUT VOYAGEUR PRESS:
Since 1972, Voyageur Press has published high-quality books and calendars in a variety of subjects, including nature and science, regional interest and travel, American heritage and country life, crafts, sports, and more.
ABOUT PHIL SUTCLIFFE:
London-based freelance journalist Phil Sutcliffe has been writing about rock since 1974 and has interviewed greats like Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Radiohead, Nirvana, Nick Cave, and Queen. His work has appeared in myriad publications, including Mojo, Q, the Los Angeles Times, Blender, Sounds, and more. Phil’s back catalog is mostly available on the world’s best archive of music writing: www.rocksbackpages.com. Phil is also the author of Voyageur Press’ Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock.
For more information on these and other Voyageur titles, go to www.voyageurpress.com.
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Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
Axioma Ethica Odini, the new album by Norway’s renowned progressive/psychedelic black metal band ENSLAVED, has sold over 1,400 copies in the U.S. since its release on September 28th and has debuted at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart, #40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and #72 on the Independent Current Albums chart.
ENSLAVED guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson has checked in from the road in Europe with their reaction to the news:
“We received news last week of the great first week sales in the U.S. with accompanying chart positions. Most important is the fact that we out-did our own previous achievements [with 2008’s Vertebrae] in the U.S. market. We’re not competing with anything else than our own ambitions. We want to express our sincere appreciation to the wonderful people at Nuclear Blast U.S. for their relentless efforts in promoting ENSLAVED, as this is also their achievement!”
Axioma Ethica Odini is the follow-up to 2008’s Vertebrae, which sold over 1,100 copies its first week of release in North America according to Nielsen SoundScan and debuted on the American Billboard Hard Music chart at #11 and on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #49. Vertebrae also won Terrorizer Magazine’s coveted “Album of the Year” award for 2008. In their native Norway, Vertebrae entered the official charts at #20 and earned ENSLAVED their third consecutive Spellemann award (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy).
ENSLAVED will be direct support for fellow countrymen DIMMU BORGIR on a 32-date run across North America which launches on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Also on the bill are Blood Red Throne and Dawn Of Ashes.
Advanced pre-sale tickets & VIP packages for the “Darkness Reborn World Tour” are now on sale via ArtistArena.com (User Name: dimmuborgir; Password: tickets). Ticketing widget is available here (same log-in).
Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
11/05/10 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/06/10 Northern Lights – Albany, NY
11/07/10 Recher Theater – Towson, MD
11/08/10 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
11/10/10 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/12/10 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
11/13/10 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
11/14/10 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
11/15/10 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/16/10 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/18/10 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
11/19/10 Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
11/21/10 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
11/22/10 The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
11/23/10 Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
11/24/10 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
11/26/10 The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
11/27/10 The Fox Theater – Pomona, CA
11/28/10 The Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/30/10 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
12/01/10 Rialto Theater – Tucson, AZ
12/02/10 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
12/03/10 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
12/04/10 Gothic Theater – Englewood (Denver), CO
12/06/10 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
12/07/10 House of Blues – Houston, TX
12/09/10 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
12/10/10 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
12/11/10 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
12/12/10 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
12/13/10 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12/14/10 Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
Click here to read the first four of nine insightful commentaries on the new tracks that make up Axioma Ethica Odini.
Visit ENSLAVED online at www.ENSLAVED.no, www.myspace.com/ENSLAVED, www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED, www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial, and www.twitter.com/enslavedband.
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THE CROWN have long been kings of the underground death metal community. Bringing record after record of monstrous brutality before taking a brief hiatus, the band is back and better than ever with a brand new album being unleashed tomorrow! ‘Doomsday King’ is now available as an exclusive stream to MetalUnderground.com to celebrate it’s release this week.
Head over to MetalUnderground.com to get your first taste of the record and be sure to pick up your copy and support real, underground death metal! Rejoice, THE CROWN are back!
(Stream available here: http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=60830)
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TRIPTYKON are currently ripping through North America, slaying audiences with their first chance to see the monstrous new creation of TOM G. WARRIOR live! The co-headlining trek also features black metal royalty 1349 and support from Bruce Lamont’s YAKUZA. To further promote this incredible journey, TRIPTYKON has created the following promotional video for the tour: http://bit.ly/cNX4Qd
TRIPTYKON is also set to unveil a new release for the end of the month. ‘Shatter’ is an EP comprised of previously unreleased material as well as songs recorded during the band’s set at last year’s ROADBURN FESTIVAL in Holland. ‘Shatter’ will be available on October 25th via CMDistro.com and anywhere digital music is sold!
For those that consider themselves to be true metal heads, the chance to see the iconic TOM G. WARRIOR live is not one to be taken lightly. Make sure you head out to a show near you and support live, underground music! Dates for the tour are available at http://www.myspace.com/triptykonofficial
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ROADRUNNER RECORDS Launches SignMeTo Social Network
Roadrunner Records has announced the launch of web property SignMeTo Roadrunner Records, a dynamic new free service that mimics the actual A&R process using social networking tactics.
SignMeTo is a fun and functional way for fans and unsigned bands to participate in the music industry’s A&R process. Users begin by signing up as “scouts,” and unsigned bands create their own profiles, which scouts then rate and tag. The band profiles offer comprehensive functionality, with bands being able to upload photos, video, music and tour dates. For added convenience, artists and managers are able to use one dashboard to control multiple profiles.
Scouts then peruse the site and rate and review bands, which impact SignMeTo charts, which refresh daily or weekly by genre. The more each scout interacts with the site, the more weight their opinions carry. New charts are formed as users spread new tags, with genres expanding from the very simple “Alternative” or “Rock” all the way to more complex genres like “Russian Death Metal.” Besides other chart incentives, bands can also earn badges, some of which are bestowed by real Roadrunner A&R staff. SignMeTo already boasts 6,000+ active band profiles and 10,000+ scouts.
For bands, an added perk is that profile URLs are static, meaning that artists can use their SignMeTo profiles instead of clunkier, existing platforms. Unlike other services that allow bands to host music and content for free, SignMeTo provides an endgame: prevailing as the top-ranked artist in their respective genre or user-generated tag charts. And who knows — maybe a lucky few will end up with a Roadrunner Records deal!
Jon Satterley, Senior Vice President of New Media and Global Business Development and chief architect of SignMeTo, said, “Roadrunner Records is one of the few record labels left with a recognizable brand — one that stands for the very best in rock, metal and alternative music. We wanted to create a fun place for the thousands of bands and fans who are part of our world… but perhaps not yet on the artist roster. To immerse themselves in the culture of the label — a culture they themselves created and keep creating. SignMeTo is a place to discover new music, engage in real musical critiquing, and (as an artist) test yourself against the thousands of other musicians hoping to get discovered.”
Launched in 2010, SignMeTo Roadrunner Records is Roadrunner’s unique take on the world of A&R, music discovery and social networking. Dedicated to providing a quality experience to a vibrant community of fans and artists, SignMeTo is fast proving to be the destination site for unsigned rock, alternative and metal music.
Originally founded in 1980 in the Netherlands, Roadrunner Records has earned its place as one of the most prominent international independent record labels. Established primarily as a hard rock label, Roadrunner now boasts depth and variety in its artists. The label has recently experienced unprecedented success with multi-platinum artists NICKELBACK and SLIPKNOT, near-platinum THEORY OF A DEADMAN, gold-certified STONE SOUR and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, as well as modern heavy hitters KORN, DREAM THEATER, MEGADETH, TRIVIUM and OPETH. Roadrunner’s current roster also includes such diverse acts such as THE PARLOR MOB, plus up-and-comers like YOUNG THE GIANT, BLACK STONE CHERRY and AIRBOURNE. Loud & Proud Records, a label joint-venture with Roadrunner, is home to established heritage rock acts including ROB ZOMBIE, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, RATT, MEAT LOAF (North America) and KISS (Europe and select territories). Roadrunner catalog includes now-classic albums from seminal artists such as TYPE O NEGATIVE, SEPULTURA and KING DIAMOND. Still headquartered in the Netherlands, Roadrunner occupies offices in New York, now the A&R hub for the label, as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Japan and Australia.
Check it out here: http://signmeto.roadrunnerrecords.com/
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