MELECHESH: “The Epigenesis” Cover Artwork Revealed!

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG
MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH have revealed the artwork to their long awaited 5th album The Epigenesis. The cover art was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.The record will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

Commented vocalist/guitarist Ashmedi:  ”The art was meticulously discussed over several phone calls and John, like a real credible artist, worked in utmost professionalism while having a real short deadline. The cover art perfectly represents our music  and themes. It portrays an occult, mystical  Near Eastern/ Mesopotamian atmosphere while strictly adhering to a non cliché standard.  Aside from the mutual understanding between myself and John, The Golden Ratio principle was the starting  and defining point for this sublime art, I am extremely satisfied with this cover art.“

The Epigenesis was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.

For more info visit: www.melechesh.com | www.myspace.com/melechesh | www.nuclearblast.de/melechesh

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Los Angeles benefit and memorial show announced for EARLY GRAVES vocalist Makh Daniels

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG
R.I.P. Makh Daniels, vocalist of EARLY GRAVES

R.I.P. Makh Daniels, vocalist of EARLY GRAVES

A benefit and memorial show has been planned for Makh Daniels, vocalist of EARLY GRAVES, who tragically passed away on Monday in a van accident, while on tour in Oregon. Everyone is encouraged to come and show support for someone who dedicated his life to touring and the metal scene, and help his family with the costs involved with this tragedy. All proceeds from the door and a percentage of profits from the bar will be donated to Makh’s family.

MAKH DANIELS BENEFIT AND MEMORIAL SHOW

Friday, August 6th

@ The Bamboo Lounge

14308 Telegraph Road

Whittier, CA 90604

21+ over – $5 donation – 8pm-2am

Live performances from:

ANTAGONIST

EXHAUSTED PRAYER

DESTROY JUDAS

+ 2 more special guests

For those of you who can’t make it or are from another part of the country and would still like to contribute to the family, can make a donation at this link: http://middlesearecords.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/donate-to-the-makh-daniels-memorial/

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HAIL OF BULLETS finish recordings for second studio album

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG

Dutch Death Metal Masters HAIL OF BULLETS have finished the recordings for their long-anticipated second full-length to be released this October!

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

The soon-to-be-titled album was produced by Ed Warby and like before, the monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr Dan Swanö.

HAIL OF BULLETS nailed down 11 songs plus intro.

More details on pre-orders, streaming MP3s, track listing, and the new artwork will be released shortly!

Check out this video for the track Warsaw Rising, off their first full-length album of the same name, directed and edited by Dave Hall and Dave Cardoso when HAIL OF BULLETS played the 2009 Maryland Death Metal Fest.

http://www.hailofbullets.com

http://www.myspace.com/hailoffuckenbullets

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BLACK TIDE TO TOUR WITH BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE AND ESCAPE THE FATE THIS FALL

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG

Santa Monica, California, August 2, 2010 – – Black Tide will head out on the road this fall joining Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate on their 31 date tour of North America. The tour kicks off September 16th in Wichita, KS at The Cotillon and also includes Drive A on the bill. See below for a complete list of tour dates.

Black Tide broke onto the music scene in a big way in 2008 with their fist-pumping, fret-burning, fast-paced metallic anthems on their Interscope Records debut Light From Above. The Florida based quartet is putting the finishing touches on their sophomore set which will be released in early 2011. The new album was recorded at Spin Studios in New York with producers GGGarth (Rage Against The Machine, Rise Against) and Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God).

Black Tide is one of a young, new generation of rock bands who are equally at home in the metal, hard rock, and alternative worlds as evidenced by their inclusion on various package tours – Vans Warped Tour, Ozzfest, Mayhem Festival- and as support for artists such as Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Escape the Fate and more. Lead vocalist/guitarist Gabriel Garcia, bassist Zakk Sandler, drummer Steven Spence and guitarist Austin Diaz immediately took to the road and to date has rocked over 300 shows in over 16 countries with over 1 million fans! Their debut, Light From Above, was released in March 2008 and garnered instant acclaim stateside with Rolling Stone naming the band one of the “Best Rookies of 2008” and “Metal’s New Teen Titans.” Spin Magazine went on to tap them as one of the “Next Big Things” and overseas Kerrang named them the “Best New Band of 2008!” Light From Above has sold over 100,000 albums and the band has had over 1 million views of their Youtube videos.

Below is a complete list of tour dates for Black Tide on tour with Bullet For MyValentine and Escape The Fate:

September 16 Wichita, KS The Cotillion

September 17 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom

September 18 Houston, TX Warehouse Live

September 19 Austin, TX Stubbs

September 21 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor

September 23 Orlando, FL House Of Blues

September 24 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore

September 25 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

September 26 Norfolk, VA The Norva

September 28 Scranton, PA Cultural Center

September 30 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

October 1 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom

October 2 Albany, NY Armory

October 3 Atlanta, GA *WKLS radio show / Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

October 5 Providence RI Lupo’s

October 6 Montréal Metropolis

October 8 Toronto Sound Academy

October 9 Cleveland, OH Tower City Amphitheatre

October 10 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom

October 12 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room

October 13 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre

October 14 Fargo, ND The Venue

October 17 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Events Centre

October 18 Calgary, AB McEwen Hall @ University Of Calgary

October 20 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom

October 21 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory

October 22 Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo

October 23 Portland, OR Roseland

October 25 Boise, ID Knitting Factory

October 26 Reno, NV Knitting Factory

October 27 Los Angeles, CA Palladium

www.blacktidemusic.com

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DECREPIT BIRTH: Debut on Heatseekers Chart

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG

Santa Cruz CA’s tech-death masters, DECREPIT BIRTH, sold around 1,300 copies in the United States of their new album Polarity in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 18 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, making it the bands highest first week sales yet. Polarity was released on July 27 via Nuclear Blast Records.

DECREPIT BIRTH in conjunction with NoiseCreep.com, recently uploaded the music video for the track “The Resonance” at the following location http://www.noisecreep.com/2010/07/30/decrepit-birth-the-resonance-video-premiere. The song comes from their latest album Polarity, out now on Nuclear Blast Records, and was directed by former VJ/producer for MTV Norway’s Headbangers Ball Ann Christin “Anki” Rihm. Photos from the video shoot can be viewed here http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewPicture&friendID=2588100&albumId=2888600.

Drums for Polarity were recorded at Sharkbite Studios (EXODUS) with producer Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, SUFFOCATION, IMMOLATION) while all other tracking was handled by Matt Sotelo before being mixed by Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios. The artwork was completed by cult artist Dan Seagrave (MORBID ANGEL, ENTOMBED, SUFFOCATION, etc.) and can be viewed here http://decibelmagazine.com/Content.aspx?ncid=374702.

Polarity can now be purchased with or without and exclusive shirt design while supplies last at the following location http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Search/Decrepit_Birth

Polarity Track Listing:
1. (A Departure of the Sun) Ignite the Tesla Coil
2. Metatron
3. The Resonance
4. Polarity
5. Solar Impulse
6. Mirroring Dimensions
7. A Brief Odyssey in Time
8. The Quickening of Time
9. Sea of Memories
10. Symbiosis
11. Darkness Embrace

Mail order edition bonus track:

12. See Through Dreams (DEATH Cover)

“SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR”
DECAPITATED, THE FACELESS, ALL SHALL PERISH, THE RED CHORD, VEIL OF MAYA, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, DECREPIT BIRTH, CARNIFEX, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, VITAL REMAINS

08/04/10  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

08/05/10  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

08/06/10  Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH

08/07/10  Harpo’s – Detroit, MI

08/08/10  The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

08/09/10  House of Blues – Chicago, IL

08/10/10  First Ave – Minneapolis, MN

08/11/10  Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN

08/13/10  Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

08/14/10  Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT

08/16/10  Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA

08/17/10  Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

08/19/10  Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

08/20/10  Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

08/21/10  Roseland Theater – Portland, OR

08/23/10  The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
For more info & music visit: www.myspace.com/decrepitbirth

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ENTHRONED: Urgent Tour Update

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG

Due to reasons beyond the band’s control, Belgian black metallers ENTHRONED were forced to postpone the first two dates of their long anticipated North American tour. The trek, which will mark the band’s first time on US/Canadian soil in nine years, was originally scheduled to kick off yesterday at Club Europa in Brooklyn, NY and hit Jaxx in Springfield, VA tonight. Both shows have been rescheduled for August 30 and September 1 respectively. The shows scheduled for Raleigh, NC and Atlanta, GA will go on as planned without ENTHRONED and feature only Australian black thrashers Deströyer 666 and California death metallers Pathology, who will provide support through the rest of the tour. ENTHRONED will join the tour properly on August 8 at the Brass Mug in Tampa, FL. Tickets for all shows are currently available via Enter The Vault: http://enterthevault.com.

ENTHRONED w/ Destroyer 666 and Pathology
Pentagrammaton World Tour 2010
8/06/2010 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC w/ Estuary [no ENTHRONED]
8/07/2010 The Dunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA [no ENTHRONED]
8/8/2010 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
8/10/2010 Walter’s On Washington – Houston, TX
8/11/2010 Emo’s – Austin, TX
8/12/2010 Club 101 – El Paso, TX
8/13/2010 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
8/14/2010 Ultra Violet – Los Angeles, CA
8/15/2010 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
8/17/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
8/18/2010 Satyricon – Portland, OR w/ Estuary
8/19/2010 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA 8/20/2010 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
8/21/2010 Red Room – Boise, ID
8/22/2010 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
8/23/2010 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
8/24/2010 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
8/25/2010 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL w/ Cardiac Arrest
8/26/2010 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI w/ Estuary, Cardiac Arrest
8/27/2010 The Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Cardiac Arrest
8/28/2010 Katacombes – Montreal, QC w/ Cardiac Arrest
8/29/2010  Club Polaris /Hostile City Deathfest – Philadelphia, PA
8/30/2010 Europa – Brooklyn, NY 9/01/2010 Jaxx – Springfield, VA

http://www.enthroned.be http://www.myspace.com/enthronedhorde

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KAMELOT Album Cover Revealed; Fall North American Tour Announced

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG
KAMELOT - Poetry For The Poisoned

KAMELOT - Poetry For The Poisoned

KAMELOT is back, and bigger than ever! Offering a glimpse of what is to come, they have unveiled the cover artwork for their highly anticipated 9th studio album, Poetry For The Poisoned. Check out the amazing artwork HERE.

The strikingly dark, beautiful artwork is from Seth Siro Anton. He sums up his experience in working on Poetry For The Poisoned: “It was a great challenge for me as an artist to visualize the music of this new KAMELOT masterpiece. Really difficult, as I had to combine a Fine Art aesthetic and technique blended with a really dark, melancholic, poisoned atmosphere. I am really satisfied with the final result; it’s definitely the darkest artwork for KAMELOT so far…. A sweet poison for the eyes that successfully addresses their new poetry of music.”

Frontman Roy Khan assures that Poetry For The Poisoned will both please the band’s existing following and expose the universe of KAMELOT to a whole range of new fans. “Poetry For The Poisoned is our longest and toughest production so far, but when I hear the result I know it was well worth the struggle,” he says.

Poetry For The Poisoned Track Listing:

1. The Great Pandemonium
2. If Tomorrow Came
3. Dear Editor
4. The Zodiac
5. Hunter’s Season
6. House On A Hill
7. Necropolis
8. My Train Of Thoughts
9. Seal Of Woven Years
-Poetry For The Poisoned-
10. PT I Incubus
11. PT II So Long
12. PT III All Is Over
13. PT IV Dissection
14. Once Upon A Time

Debuting in North America on September 14, 2010, Poetry For The Poisoned will be the premier release on their newly formed label KAMELOT Media Group (KMG Recordings). For this momentous release, the band chose to team up with longtime allies Thomas Ziegler of DisManic Distribution/E1 and Gunter Ford of Knife Fight Media. Guitarist Thomas Youngblood states, “We are in a very unique and fast changing era for the music world; I am very excited about the new venture of KMG in North America. We have a team of experienced and passionate people working with us on this new release, which will be another step for KAMELOT and our fans.”  Says Thomas Ziegler, “It was a lot of fun working previous KAMELOT releases, and I am very excited about the fact that the team is working together again. With our experience and energy and our new friends at E1 we will make Poetry For The Poisoned a BIG success!” Gunter Ford adds, “In these changing times, Knife Fight Media was created in order to provide marketing, promotion, product development and label management services for artists and labels in need of maximizing their Brand in a fast changing and challenging landscape of the North American Music Industry.  I believe the ‘KAMELOT Brand’ is one of the leaders in its genre.  I will be working closely with Thomas Youngblood, Roy Khan, DisManic and the Knife Fight Media team around this fantastic new release to grow Poetry For The Poisoned even beyond the level of success we experienced with their previous releases in North America.”

The dynamic compositions of Poetry For The Poisoned take the listener on an emotional journey that touches both the mind and soul with its mix of Progressive elements, Modern Rock, Dark Arts and also Power Metal! “I think this album is by far our most diverse, fusing new ideas and elements along with the traditional KAMELOT sound and style that we have established over the years,” states guitarist Thomas Youngblood. He continues, “It comes at a time where many people around the world are searching for something to grab on to spiritually, including myself. I recently lost my mother and to be honest it was very hard on me. So there are some melancholy moods reflected on this album.”

Poetry For The Poisoned was recorded at Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro and features guest appearances by Simone Simons (Epica), Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork) and Jon Oliva (Savatage, Jon Oliva’s Pain). The album will be available in three versions (Regular CD edition, Digipak CD with bonus DVD and 2LP gatefold vinyl edition). DVD bonus material includes a video for “The Great Pandemonium”, exclusive interviews with each member, exclusive video footage from Norway Rock Festival 2010 and a bonus song, the uncut version of “House on a Hill” and tons more.

KAMELOT is:
Roy Khan – Vocals
Thomas Youngblood – Guitar
Casey Grillo – Drums
Oliver Palotai – Keyboards
Sean Tibbets – Bass

KAMELOT will embark on its first North American tour in two years starting September 8th. Support on the trek will come from Leaves’ Eyes and Blackguard.

KAMELOT North American Fall 2010 Tour:
9/08/2010 House Of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
9/10/2010 Progpower USA Festival – Atlanta, GA
9/11/2010 Jaxx Nightclub – Springfield, VA
9/14/2010 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
9/15/2010 Nokia Theatre – New York, NY
9/17/2010 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
9/18/2010 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
9/19/2010 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
9/21/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
9/22/2010 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
9/24/2010 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL
9/25/2010 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
9/27/2010 Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
9/29/2010 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
10/01/2010 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
10/02/2010 House of Blues – San Diego, CA

Mexico Pandemonium Tour 2011:
4/14/2011 Teatro Metropolitan – Mexico City
4/15/2011 Chihuahua Arena – Chihuahua

http://www.kamelot.com
http://www.myspace.com/kamelot
http://www.poetryforthepoisoned.com
http://www.knifefightmedia.com

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FEAR FACTORY Narrowly Escape Devastating Bus Fire

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG
FEAR FACTORY Narrowly Escape Devastating Bus Fire

FEAR FACTORY Narrowly Escape Devastating Bus Fire

Northamptonshire, England: FEAR FACTORY in the early morning hours narrowly escaped fire that quickly engulfed their tour bus while in route to London. The fire reportedly stemmed from a back wheel tire before spreading throughout the double-decker coach. BBC News confirms the fire closed down two lanes of the southbound M1 as Northamptonshire fire officials battled the blaze.

FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares released the following comment moments ago: “We had just finished playing a sold out show in Sheffield and we were on our way to London. Everyone was asleep except for two of our crew. At about 3:30am the bus driver noticed smoke coming from the back right wheel. He stopped, jumped out and noticed a flame underneath the wheel well. He tried to extinguish it but the flames were too much. Everyone on the bus was woken up by one of our crew yelling ‘Get everyone up and out of the bus.’ Everyone grabbed their bags and ran off the bus. We stood on the side of the freeway going ‘thank god we all made it out’ until someone noticed our merchandise guy was still asleep on the bus. A good friend of ours ran back on the smoked-filled bus and got him out just minutes before the bus was completely in flames.”

FEAR FACTORY are currently on tour in the UK continuing performances in support of their latest album, Mechanize. The band completed their most recent American tour on July 27th to a captivated audience in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The following evening the band departed from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport for an additional three weeks of dates in the UK and other various European festivals.

Cazares adds, “our eyes are burning and we were all coughing from the smoke. Some of us lost wallets, money, computers but that’s not important compared to our lives. It only took about 20 to 30 minutes for the bus to be completely covered in flames. The fire trucks and the police finally arrived but it was too late to save anything on the bus. A coach bus picked us up and brought us safely to a nearby hotel. We found out only a short while ago that the trailer was saved where all our gear was. But the bus is just a metal frame on the side of the road.”

View photos of the blaze here: http://tinyurl.com/2vt7ztm

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DRUNKEN BASTARDS founder diagnosed with cancer

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG

A statement from Hungarian metalpunks DRÜNKEN BASTARDS reads: “Pete Fire, the founding guitarist of Drünken Bastards, has been diagnosed with cancer a couple of weeks ago. The treatments have started already and the doctors, family and his friends are confident that he’s going to get better. So far, he has been taking it good, but the whole treatment could take up to six months. This means that the band had to cancel all the shows which were booked for autumn. Of course, we won’t stop working and together we decided to write our third upcoming album and to make up for all the canceled shows in spring after Pete gets better. Hope for him to get better and meanwhile wait for the second album, Horns Of The Wasted, which will be release on Hells Headbangers on August 31st. Of course Pete’s other band Bridge To Solace has also decided to cancel their last shows and wait for Pete to get better, hence the next spring won’t go easy on nuclear hardcore and metal/punk attacks.” For more info, consult www.myspace.com/drnkenbastards.

www.hellsheadbangers.com

“When you need metal, go to hell!”

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FORTHCOMING QUIET RIOT DOCUMENTARY TO GO BEHIND THE SCENES CIRCA CRAZED ‘METAL HEALTH’ ERA – FANS ASKED TO HELP RAISE FUNDS

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG
Quiet Riot - METAL HEALTH

Quiet Riot - METAL HEALTH

Without a doubt, THE heavy metal success story of the early ’80s was none other than Quiet Riot. After years of struggling in LA clubs (despite legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads being in their ranks throughout the ’70s), the classic QR line-up of Kevin DuBrow (vocals), Frankie Banali (drums), Rudy Sarzo (bass), and Carlos Cavazo (guitar) hit mega-success with their first-ever US release in 1983, the classic ‘Metal Health.’ Spawning two hit singles that have gone on to become synonymous with heavy metal – “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health” – the ‘Metal Health’ album went on to become the first-ever metal US debut to hit the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts, and resulted in a solid year of sold-out shows and non-stop MTV video airplay.

Despite this being an absolute standout era of the band’s career, very little substantial video documentation has surfaced. That is…until now. Banali is in the midst of constructing a full-length/behind-the-scenes/warts-and-all documentary about the group (the first-ever solely about QR), which will focus on this aforementioned era, but also, recount QR’s entire story – from the first time DuBrow and Banali crossed paths in January 1980, through DuBrow’s untimely passing in November of 2007.

The video footage – directly from Banali’s archives – will include the aforementioned performance in 1980 through some of the last shows QR played, including footage of their Rocklahoma performance in 2007. Additional video footage captures QR in many phases, including a 1982 performance of “DuBrow” (a short-lived name Quiet Riot went by in the early ’80s), with DuBrow, Banali, bassist Chuck Wright (Sarzo was playing in Ozzy Osbourne’s band at the time), and Cavazo’s first video performance with the band, his second total. Also included will be live performances, backstage footage, sound checks, studio sessions, and interviews – most of which has never been seen.

Banali has already invested money into the project, and to make the documentary reach its full potential, he is having an online fundraiser that ends September 2nd. Fans are being called upon to help back the project, and lend a hand in its completion. Also via the aforementioned link is a list of the different increments you can pledge – all of which give rewards of QR-related merchandise, and as the pledge amount increases, so do the rewards (including such simply awesome items as an autographed QR photo that includes the late DuBrow’s signature, a personal drum lesson with Banali in LA, dinner with Banali at the Rainbow in LA, your own personalized ‘Metal Health’ platinum CD award, your name in the film’s credits, amongst many other cool opportunities).

As Banali says, “The moment my friend Kevin DuBrow died, my life and career went from sixty to zero with his final breath.” But now, DuBrow and Quiet Riot will receive a much-deserved video retrospective, that will leave no stone unturned. Get ready to bang your head and feel the noize once more!

The first stages of putting the documentary together are now underway, and a “teaser” clip of what to expect has been posted via this link:

http://kck.st/9TXAiA

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Author Neil Daniels

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG

Interview with author Neil Daniels

Interview by JP


As the metal industry continues to grow at a phenomenal pace, we here at Metal-Rules.com are committed to bringing you interviews not only with musicians, but other hard working professionals in the industry.  From Record Labels to film-makers to authors we continue to bring you interviews with the bright lights of the Metal industry.

Recently we had a discussion with UK author Neil Daniels.  Daniels is currently one of the most prolific and respected writers in the Heavy Metal industry.  Based in England, Neil has written eight books about Hard Rock and Heavy Metal and has several more on the go.  For more information on his work (and other non-metal related writing) visit www.neildaniels.com.

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BLIND GUARDIAN: “A VOICE IN THE DARK” VIDEO NOW ONLINE

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG
BLIND GUARDIAN

BLIND GUARDIAN

The video for “A Voice In The Dark,” directed by Ivan Colic and produced by Stanimir “Staca” Lukic, is now available for viewing on the Nuclear Blast Germany YouTube Channel.  It was shot in Belgrade, Serbia in early June 2010.

BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist & lyricist Hansi Kürsch checks in about the finished product:

“The storyboard of the video is just an individual interpretation by the video producer in accordance to the lyrics of ‘A Voice In The Dark’ and the album cover.  Storyboard-wise, I think it is the perfect output of what art is supposed to be about: A constant inspiration to progression and new worlds.  We luckily did have the chance to visit the pyramids in México when we played there in 1998. They, of course, have been my inspiration when I spoke to Felipe [Machado Franco, artist] about the album cover artwork and possible pyramids to be involved.  Due to that, they also were an inspiration for Ivan [Colic].  Our intention, of course, is to have some of the images [incorporated] into our live set.”

As far as the band’s personal beliefs on the meanings of events involving celestial bodies, Kürsch clarifies:

“We personally do not believe that incredible things will happen during eclipses – usually.  Things like that can definitely and easily irritate your mind, though.  According to the Mayan calendar, we already have appointments on planet Earth for 2013.”

“A Voice In The Dark” comes off BLIND GUARDIAN’s tenth studio album At The Edge Of Time, which will be released in North America on August 24th and features album artwork created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, At Vance, Axel Rudi Pell).

Pre-order bundles for At The Edge Of Time are now available at Nuclear Blast USA’s online store.  The jewel case + work shirt bundle is available here for $27.50.  The 2-CD digi-pak + work shirt is available here for $29.50.  The jewel case CD can be pre-ordered alone for $10.00.

Download the free BLIND GUARDIAN iPhone / iTouch app from this link.

Visit BLIND GUARDIAN online at www.BLIND-GUARDIAN.com, www.facebook.com/blindguardian and www.myspace.com/BLINDGUARDIAN.

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1349 To Return to North America in October

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG

Norway’s 1349 will bring it’s sonic plague back to North America in October for a co-headline tour with Triptykon, entitled, “Weltenbrand World Tour.” Chicago’s Yakuza will also  appear on the bill. This will be their second trek on this side of the Atlantic in support of their album, “Demonoir,” which was released in April on Prosthetic Records in North America. That last tour was cut short due to a volcanic eruption in Iceland and visa issues.

All of the band’s scheduled dates are:
8/6            Wacken, Germany- Wacken Open Air Festival
8/13            Oslo, Norway- Middelaiderparken
8/19            Dinkelsbulh, Germany- Summer Breeze Festival
10/6            New York City, NY- Gramercy Theatre #
10/7            Boston, MA- The Middle East Downstairs #
10/8            Baltimore, MD- Otto Bar #
10/9            Philadelphia, PA- Polaris #
10/10            Montreal, CA- Les Foufunes Electriques #
10/11            Toronto, CA- Opera House #
10/13            Cleveland, OH- Grog Shop #
10/14            Pittsburgh, PA- Mr. Small’s Theatre #
10/15            Detroit, MI- Majestic Theatre #
10/16            Chicago, IL- Bottom Lounge #
10/17            St. Paul, MN- Station 4 #
10/19            Denver, CO- The Marquis Theatre #
10/21            Seattle, WA- El Corazon #
10/22            Portland, OR- Hawthorne Theatre #
10/23            San Francisco, CA- Slims #
10/24            Los Angeles, CA- El Rey Theatre #
10/25            Tucson, AZ- The Marquee #
10/27            Tulsa, OK- The Marquee #
10/28            Ft. Worth, TX- Ridglea Theatre #
10/29            Austin, TX- Emo’s Outside #
10/30            Houston, TX- The Warsaw #
# w/ Triptykon, Yakuza

The band released the following statement: “2010 is a very special year for 1349. This is the year that saw the release of our pinnacle album ‘Demonoir,” into which we have channeled the darkest and fiercest contents of our souls and given it an aural form. As the album was released, the band was already on American soil doing the first tour of the touring cycle as main support for Cannibal Corpse. We were obviously rather excited about how the songs would feel and sound live and thus of the crowd’s reaction to the new material, but it turned out to work eminently. It felt fabulous! Furthermore, it became clear to us that we had to follow up what we had begun and go back to the States and play a headliner tour in the fall. This intent has turned into cold reality as we now embark on a co-headliner tour with Triptykon.

“Many of you are familiar with 1349’s bonds to the creative mastermind Tom G. Warrior, and for us it’s like pieces of a puzzle that fall into place as we now go on tour with Triptykon on their first journey to the U.S. We talk about two mighty forces that here will be joined; in 1349 we see it as nothing short of a great achievement that we could make it happen. We can promise you that 1349 will feed off this great happening, and we boldly state that every show on this Weltenbrand tour will be a triumph! We look STRONGLY forward to share some truly magical moments with our American fans on this tour, and judging from  the reception we got on our short-but-sweet tour with CC this spring (hails!), this is gonna be A HELL OF A RIDE.

“To complete the line-up of this legendary 1349/Triptykon-tour, we have invited the splendid weirdos Yakuza as our special guests. “Come feel the Fire”…as Overkill would have said.”

Limited edition picture discs of “Demonoir” are still available through the Prosthetic Web-store. (http://store.prostheticrecords.com/index.php/vinyl/1349-demonoir-pic-lp.html)

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Underground act Onheil featured on mainstream metal DVD

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG

Underground Dutch Blackened Thrash/Death Metal band ONHEIL is featured on a DVD that also includes mainstream metal and hard rock acts like ACCEPT, AIRBOURNE, SLASH, VOLBEAT, NEVERMORE, BLIND GARDIAN, DANKO JONES, HEAVEN AND HELL and STONE SOUR. The music video of ONHEIL’s “Nemesis’ Light Fading” has been released on a compilation DVD which is added for free to the current edition of Germany’s biggest metal magazine ROCK HARD.

ONHEIL released their video last June and through internet distribution ROCK HARD’s editorial team got to see this latest creation. After enjoying both the music and visuals ROCK HARD asked ONHEIL to add the track to their Guerilla-TV 16 DVD. An amazing honor as this puts ONHEIL among some major metal and hard rock acts.

“Nemesis’ Light Fading” is a track of ONHEIL’s highly acclaimed album “Razor”, released by Germany’s CYCLONE EMPIRE. Onheil is currently preparing themselves for open air festivals shows, including PARTY.SAN, METAL MEAN and OCCULTFEST. After the summer the band will hit the road to play club shows throughout Europe.

The video can be found online at the following URL:


The full tracklist of the DVD:

1. ACCEPT – Teutonic Terror
2. ACCEPT-Interview: Wolf Hoffmann und Peter Baltes reden mit Götz über die Reunion
3. AIRBOURNE – Blonde, Bad And Beautifu
4. BLIND GUARDIAN-Studioreport: Exklusive Einblicke in die Arbeit an „At The Edge Of Time“
5. SLASH – By The Sword
6. VOLBEAT-Interview: Michael Poulsen und Anders Kjølholm standen uns in Kopenhagen Rede und Antwort
7. NEVERMORE – Emptiness Unobstructed
8. NEVERMORE-Interview: Diskografie-Rückblick mit Warrel Dane und Jeff Loomis
9. DANKO JONES – Full Of Regret
10. DANKO JONES-Kolumne: Danko über Filesharing vs. Vinyl-Revival
11. GRAND MAGUS-Interview: JB und Götz schwatzen über die Einflüsse der Band
12. STEELWING – The Illusion
13. RHF-Special mit u.a. KREATOR, RAGE, VIRGIN STEELE, SABATON, RAVEN und EXHORDER
14. HEAVEN & HELL – Mob Rules (live)
15. STONE SOUR-Studioreport: Studioführung und Interview aus dem Blackbird-Studio in Nashville
16. SONIC SYNDICATE – Revolution Baby
17. THE DEVIL´S BLOOD-Interview: Fanboy Götz und Gitarrist S.L. erklären das Faszinierende an der Band
18. SAVATAGE-History-Interview: Jon und Criss Oliva im Gespräch mit Götz
19. ONHEIL – Nemesis´ Light Fading
20. AXEL RUDI PELL-Interview: Axel empfängt Marcus Schleutermann in der Bochumer Zeche, seinem zweiten Wohnzimmer

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INTERMENT: Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy North American Release Date Announced

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG

Swedish grime metallers INTERMENT, who feature within their ranks members of Demonical and the now-defunct Centinex, return with their long-overdue debut full-length, Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy. The record is set for North American release on August 31, 2010 via Pulverised Reciords. Check out the 45-second album teaser here: http://tinyurl.com/36mnc9v
Featuring nine filth-ridden tracks over a span of 36-minutes, Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy was recorded, mixed and mastered by Crypt Of Kerberos/Tyrant axeman Peter Bjärgö and showcases the artistic talents of Polish extreme graphic artist Rafal Kruszyk (NunSlaughter, Machetazo, Hooded Menace etc.). Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy is not just a nostalgic retro death trip but also a lesson in Swedish violence!

Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy Track Listing

1) “Eternal Darkness”
2) “Torn From The Grave”
3) “Dreaming In Dead”
4) “Stench Of Flesh”
5) “Where Death Will Increase”
6) “Sacrificial Torment”
7) “Night Of The Undead”
8) “Morbid Death”
9) “The Pestilence” 

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