ANCIENT CREATION – Steve Bentley

April 13th, 2011
by Robert Williams

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Interview with Ancient Creation vocalist Steve Bentley

Conducted by Robert Williams

Kansas City traditional metallers Ancient Creation return with their triumphant third full length record "Moonlight Monument" released this month through North Carolina’s Heaven and Hell Records. Fans of early Fates Warning and Mercyful Fate would do themselves a favor to check out the new album, showcasing an old school American metal feel, not that far removed from Twisted Tower Dire. Riff upon mighty riff complemented by vocalist Steve Bentley’s powerful vocals make this an early candidate for one of the best metal records released stateside so far this year. Vocalist Steve Bentley recently took the time to chat with Metal-Rules.com to bring us up to speed with all of the excitement surounding the release of "Moonlight Monument"…

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Pr-Order Bruce Moore’s FOR THOSE ABOUT TO COOK

April 12th, 2011
by Celtic Bob

The first 500 pre-orders will be listed as Supporting Vocals in the book and on the website. Those    of    you who pre-order after May 7 will have their names listed on the website only. This is to thank all of you who contribute to make this book happen – we cannot do it without you and we will give you an honourable mention as a Supporting Vocal!

If you live within the 48 continental United States or in the United Kingdom, you can pre-order with our web shop by clicking on the link to the right. If you DON’T live in this area, send us an email and we’ll talk about how you can get on the list of Supporting Vocals too!

For Those About To Cook is a collection of recipes, anecdotes and pictures from musicians and music industry personnel. With contributions from numerous musical genres and countries, this is truly a multi-genre and multi-ethnic collector’s cookbook. Readers will be presented with recipes ranging from appetizers to full course meals and desserts. For Those About To Cook is more than a cookbook: it is also a fan collectible as it includes short informative biographies, high quality pictures of the artists (mostly in a kitchen setting), pictures of the food and, in some cases, a quote about why the recipe or food is important to the contributor.

Readers and fans will gain an insider’s view into the lifestyle and habits of the artists and bands; a sort of backstage pass or behind-the-scenes look into the lives of their favorite artists far from the stage and the studio.

About: Bruce Moore is a regular weekly contributor to PureGrainAudio, and has been published in various national and international music magazines including HM Magazine, Thrash Magazine, Crave, Sick Drummer, and The Gauntlet.

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PAIN: 2nd Studio Trailer Online Now

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG

PAIN, the Swedish industrial metallers led by iconic producer Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY), have uploaded their second studio trailer for their upcoming album You Only Live Twice. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orQKxu2dAA4 (and below).

Pain - You Only Live Twice

Pain - You Only Live Twice

PAIN recently  released a brand new song off the bands upcoming masterpiece You Only Live Twice. Surf to http://www.facebook.com/OfficialPain?sk=app_178091127385 to stream and download the track “Dirty Woman”.

You Only Live Twice is set to be released on June 3 (Europe) and June 21 (North America) 2011 via Nuclear Blast.

Attached artwork and promo pic were both created this time around by German artist Heile (INDICA, LEGION OF THE DAMNED).

Mainman & producer Peter Tägtgren recently commented on the artwork: “I really wanted something with a Nightmare Before Christmas meets Alice In Wonderland kind of feeling but with our mascot, the painhead in it. The artist Heile created what I wanted but did it in his own way. It really has this kind of Tim Burton feel to it. It will be really crazy on a big backdrop. We’re also gonna do some inflatable stuff with our Painhead. Its gonna be our Eddie, like IRON MAIDEN has.”

For more info visit: www.painworldwide.comwww.facebook.com/officialpainwww.nuclearblast.de/pain

 

PAIN - Peter Tägtgren promo photo 2011

PAIN - Peter Tägtgren promo photo 2011

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Fetus In Fetu releasing debut album

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG

The danish based Death Metal act FETUS IN FETU, can now announce the release date for the debut album ”Abnormal Disfigurement”, the album will be avalibel every through Casket Music / Copro Records the 30th may. Already now its possible to stream the three songs ”Bring Your Slasherhook”, ”Raped In The Crypt” and ”Sacrifice, the Flesh” on the groups MySpace profile: http://www.myspace.com/fetusinfetudenmark

The record also contains a couple of guest appearances, guitarist Janus Svenningsen of Necroptic (Severe Records) and Emesis, as well as guest vocals from Morten Svendsen from Transparent.

 

”Abnormal Disfigurement” are recorded in the bands own studie Fetus Studio in Brønderslev, Denmark and produced and mixed by the band guitarist Johnni and later mastered by Thomas Bekker (brother of singer Michael Bekker).

 

The singer Michael Bekker have giving the following statement about the release:

”Now Fetus In Fetu are finally ready with our first full-length album, thanks to our manager Carsten Brogaard of Revolution Music and Casket Music for believing in us. We look forword to get in the van and get out on the European and Danish road, we will come with full force and a bag full of old school death metal. Since we recorded the album last year, we’ve had some chances in our line-up, we’ve gotten a new bassist in Lasse Toft, our old bassist Astor have taken over the lead guitar, after Christian left the band, a roll he is much more suited. The first time we will play with the new line-up are the 4th june at the Day Of Decay warm up show at Rock Caféen in Aalborg, Denmark. Here it will be possible to buy the new album, which will be released the 30th may, aswell as new t-shirts and other great stuff. Stay brutal and keep supporting metal!!!”

 

The artwork are made by Remy of Headsplit Design, and the layout by Carsten Brogaard of Revolution Music. The albums cover can be seen here: (http://www.revolution-music.dk/rmbm/fetusinfetu_abnormaldisfigurement.jpg) and the track list are as followed:

 

1 Moulded Blood
2 Raped in the Crypt
3 Molested with a Knife*
4 Bring your Slasherhook
5 Abnormal Disfigurement^
6 Sleeping with the Dead^*
7 Golgatha
8 Sacrifice, the Flesh

*Guitar solo by Janus Svenningsen af Necroptic (Severe Records) and Emesis
^Vocal by Morten Svendsen by Transparent

 

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/fetusinfetudenmark

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fetus-In-Fetu/7020677538

http://coprorecords.co.uk/

Artwork:

http://www.revolution-music.dk/rmbm/fetusinfetu_abnormaldisfigurement.jpg

 

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BOOK OF BLACK EARTH Unveil Track Listing; “The Cold Testament” To Hit the Streets on May 24th

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG

Seattle-based blackened death metal act, BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, have unveiled the track listing for their new album, “The Cold Testament.” The ten song album will hit the streets on May 24th, 2011. “The Cold Testament,” was tracked by Chris Common (Pelican, The Sword) at the Red Room Studio in Seattle and mixed and mastered by Dan Swano (Bloodbath, Nasum, Opeth) at Unisound in Sweden. The cover was done by renowned artist, Derek Noble. “The Cold Testament” pre-order is now available, exclusively, through Prosthetic Records’ webstore; The CD can be ordered on its own, or in a bundle with an exclusive T-shirt design. Get your copy, now! http://store.prostheticrecords.com/index.php/sales-preorders/preorders

 

“The Cold Testament” track listing is as follows:

 

Weight of the World

Cross Contamination

Antarctica

Irritating Spectre

Termination

Research and Destroy

Road Dogs From Hell

I See Demons

 

Look for the band, who have previously appeared with the likes of Watain, Cattle Decapitation, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amebix, and many more, to hit the road later this year in support of “The Cold Testament.”

 

 

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WITHERED tour dates

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG

Blackened doom Georgian beasts, WITHERED, have confirmed a slew of shows this month, including appearances at MACrock and New England Metal Fest, as well as dates with Krallice, and some headline dates. WITHERED continue to support “Dualitas,” which was released in October of 2010 and made Decibel’s Top 40 Albums of the Year list. Since then, the band has supported Danzig on his “Blackest of the Black Tour,” and toured with label mates, Skeletonwitch.

 

Singer/guitarist Mike Thompson commented on the April dates: “Our tour dates this April will harbor a monsoon of dynamics, venues, and participants. It feels very chaotic, just the way we love to work. It’ll begin with a one-off date April 1st as we participate in the return of the MACRock festival this year. It’ll be rewarding to bring our new music to this part of the country again, which we’ve neglected unintentionally for several years now. Following that, we’ve also been invited to participate in NEMF once again. This is always a good opportunity for Withered to bring our music to more diverse crowds than we’re used to. Plus, we’ll get to share the stage with some great bands and friends as well. After that we have a mix of headlining dates and a northeast US/Canadian run with Krallice. We’ve been talking about doing something together for quite a few years now so it’s great to see this materialize. We’ll be offering quite a mix of withered material for these dates from all three albums. We’re excited about playing some songs from “Memento Mori” that haven’t been performed in several years in addition to reaching into the deeper compositions from “Folie Circulaire” and “Dualitas”. It will feel great to be on the road again.

 

4/1 Harrison, VA- Blue Nile (MACrock)

4/15 Wilmington, DE- Mojo 13 (w/ Dying Fetus)

4/16 Worcester, MA- The Palladium, NE Metal and Hardcore Fest

4/19 Trenton, NJ- Championship Bar and Grill

4/20 Kingston, NY- The Basement

4/22 Buffalo, NY- Broadway Joe’s

4/23 Rochester, NY- Montage Music Hall

4/24 Allston, MA- Great Scott #

4/25 Montreal, QC- Katacombes #

4/26 Toronto, ON- Sneaky Dee’s #

4/27 Cleveland, OH- Now That’s Class #

4/29 Baltimore, MD- Talking Head #

5/1 Frederick, MD- Krug’s Place

5/2 Richmond, VA- Strange Matter

# w/ Krallice

 

Like its predecessor, the critically acclaimed “Folie Circulaire,” “Dualitas,” was recorded by KYLESA’s Phillip Cope at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC. The CD and vinyl versions of the album have different covers, both of which were created by Paul Romano (Mastodon, Trivium, The Acacia Strain). The band appeared on the “Blackened Fest” in 2009 with Mayhem, and also toured with Watain, Marduk, and appeared at 2009’s inaugural Scion Rock Fest, as well as Maryland Death Fest.

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Mystic Production Sign Norwegian band Djerv

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG

We are very proud to announce that Norwegian band Djerv has signed a deal with Mystic Production who will release their debut album.

 

Spawn out of Trelldom, Animal Alpha and Stonegard they pull strings from their previous bands, but Djerv is still something new. It sounds different. It’s aggressive rock, borderline metal and dangerously catchy. Yet wrapped in a blackmetal veil. Genres melt together as never before these days, and so seems to be the case with Djerv as well.

 

Their story is short but eventful. The first demos surfaced in early 2010, two weeks later they were booked for the most important festival in Norway, the Oya festival. The band went on to tour Norway in June and played many of the bigger Norwegian festivals during the summer. In August they released the “Headstone EP”, the release of the EP generated some good press for the band several key magazines featured them as one of the bands to keep an eye out for in 2011. In addition Dimmu Borgir has helped promote Djerv when they invited Agnete to participate on no less than three songs for their latest album, “Abrahadabra”. Amongst them the lead track of the album, “Gateways” where Agnete does a stunning performance both on the track and in the video.

 

Djerv is currently on the Norway Rock Tour with Purified in Blood and Insense, and they are also confirmed for the Inferno Festival April 22nd. More tour dates here

 

Commented by Michal Wardzala, CEO of Mystic Production:

 

‘It doesn’t happen too often, however it was obvious from the beginning that

Djerv is my biggest discovery. What talent, what class and what fantastic music! Those Norwegians are the most exciting, original, soul touching and ass kicking band I have heard in years! Signing them to Mystic for Poland and Czech Republic is a huge thing for us, we are proud and happy to welcome them in to the house. Now it’s time to work our asses off and make people aware that new stars have just been born. Djerv has delivered that best metal album of 2012!’

 

Commented by the Erlend Gjerde:

 

“We are very proud to sign to Mystic Production for PL and CZ. Mystic, and especially CEO Michal Wardzala has been enthusiastic and a good friend of Djerv since its very inception which makes it extra fun for us to make this reality. We are very much looking forward to our first trip to Poland during the spring to meet people in the metal scene, and of course to come and play there. Hopefully that will happen during early fall of 2011.”

 

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Demonic Resurrection confirms debut UK performance at Sonisphere Festival

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG

Mumbai metal band Demonic Resurrection will make their first UK appearance at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth, England, on July 10, 2011. This will be the first time that an Indian band has played the festival. Demonic Resurrection will be joining a high-profile lineup of bands that includes Slipknot, Motorhead, Opeth, Gojira, Arch Enemy, In Flames and Mastodon besides the headliners — the Big Four of metal — Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax.

 

We (Demonic Resurrection) are at a loss for words to describe how we feel on being confirmed to play Sonisphere. Just the thought of watching the Big 4, let alone be playing the same festival as them, is enough to give us goosebumps, not to mention the insane lineup of bands like Opeth (who we’ve opened for in India), Arch Enemy, Periphery and many others who we can’t wait to see. DR fans can expect a blistering performance from us, it is our first gig in the UK and we intend to make it a memorable one,” said the band in a statement released to the press. This will be the band’s third international concert appearance after playing the Inferno Festival in Norway and Brutal Assault in the Czech Republic last year. The band also said that they would be adding more UK dates to their tour.

 

Sonisphere is a touring music festival that takes place over several venues across Europe through June and July. The festival is in its third year and has quickly

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Cause For Revelation signs with Loyalty & Devotion Records

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG
Milwaukee metal/hardcore outfit Cause For Revelation have officially announced their signing to the UK’s Loyalty & Devotion Records.
Loyalty & Devotion will be releasing the group’s latest full-length album “Resurrecting The Hostility” worldwide this spring, with a planned UK tour to follow in fall.
The album was recorded by engineer Chris Wisco, at Belle City Sound (Nonpoint, Lazarus AD, Novembers Doom), and mastered in Florida at Safehouse Productions by the legendary James Murphy (Obituary, Death, Testament).
Check out Cause For Revelation’s music video for “Destroying Recollections” from their upcoming Loyalty & Devotion debut here…

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MANIACAL MISCREATION, the debut album from Scottish death metal act CEREBRAL BORE, is out now in Europe

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG

Formed in 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland, CEREBRAL BORE have already toured relentlessly around the glove, building up a formidable reputation as a death metal force to be reckoned with.  The band is comprised of Dutch frontwoman SOM PLUIJMERS, guitarist PAUL MCGUIRE, bassist KYLE RUTHERFORD and drummer ALLAN MCDIBET.

MANIACAL MISCREATION features the following pulverising tracks:

01. Epileptic Strobe Entrapment
02. The Bald Cadaver
03. Open Casket Priapism
04. Entombed In Butchered Bodies
05. Mangled Post-Burial
06. Flesh Reflects The Madness
07. Maniacal Miscreation
08. 24 Year Party Dungeon

View the MANIACAL MISCREATION album cover at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/maniacalmiscreation.jpg

Get MANIACAL MISCREATION now on CD in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_761

The album is also available now worldwide on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/album/maniacal-miscreation/id426505269

MANIACAL MISCREATION is due to be released in North America on June 7th.  Pre-order the album now at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_747

Catch CEREBRAL BORE live on tour in support of MANIACAL MISCREATION at the following shows:

CEREBRAL BORE
Apr. 12 – Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks (w/ MALEVOLENT CREATION)

CEREBRAL BORE w/ AEON, FLAYED DISCIPLE
Apr. 20 – Bristol, UK – The Croft (without AEON)
Apr. 21 – Liverpool, UK – The Masque
Apr. 22 – Edinburgh, UK – Bannerman’s
Apr. 24 – Derby, UK – The Old Bell
Apr. 25 – London, UK – Mass
Apr. 29 – Tilburg, Netherlands – Neurotic Deathfest

View the UK tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/cerebral_uk_2011.jpg

CEREBRAL BORE w/ PUTRID PILE, ZOMBIFIED
May 05 – Belfast, UK – Aunt Annie’s
May 06 – Dublin, Ireland – Fibber Magees
May 07 – Edinburgh, UK – Dead Haggis Deathfest, Studio 24

CEREBRAL BORE
May 20 – Aberdeen, UK – Tunnels
May 22 – Newcastle, UK – Northumberland Arms
May 31 – New York, NY – Port 41 Club

CEREBRAL BORE w/ INSIDIOUS DECREPANCY, TRIFIXION, MERCILESS PRECISION
Jun. 03 – Houston, TX – Walter’s On Washington
Jun. 04 – San Antonio, TX – Zombies
Jun. 05 – San Angelo, TX – Steel Penny
Jun. 06 – Lubbock, TX – Diabolos Live
Jun. 07 – Amarillo, TX – EBGBS
Jun. 09 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock
Jun. 10 – Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Deathfest, The Cheyenne Saloon
Jun. 11 – Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Deathfest, The Cheyenne Saloon
Jun. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Que’s Bar and Grill (no INSIDIOUS DECREPANCY)

View the US tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/cerebral_us_2011.jpg

CEREBRAL BORE w/ ROTTENNESS, TRIFIXION, MERCILESS PRECISION
Jun. 16 – Cancun, Mexico – Xibalba Bar
Jun. 17 – Merida, Mexico – Sindicato Demolineros
Jun. 18 – Costa Del Carmen, Mexico – Sindicato Del Seguro Social
Jun. 19 – Campeche, Mexico – Sindicato Del Toro

Watch CEREBRAL BORE’s first music video, for the track “The Bald Cadaver”, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWE9YmB8reQ

Get more CEREBRAL BORE news and info at:

MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/cerebralbore2
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/cerebralbore
Twitter – http://twitter.com/Cerebralbore2

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PRIMORDIAL post second song taken off upcoming new album ‘Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand’

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG

PRIMORDIAL post second song taken off upcoming new album ‘Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand’!
Irish pagan metal masters PRIMORDIAL have posted the second single taken off their upcoming new album Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand due April 23/26 via Metal Blade Records in Europe, April 26 in North America!

In collaboration with Metal Hammer Germany, PRIMORDIAL and Metal Blade Records are happy to offer you the streaming off the album opener No Grave Deep Enough. Please click HERE to play the song!

PRIMORDIAL singer A.A. Nemtheanga comments No Grave Deep Enough: “This song always suggested itself to me as the opener. It has a furious swirling chaos at its heart that kicks off the album like a boot to the head. The structures and notes are inherently Irish in almost every way, you can almost feel the sodden dank earth and the cobalt grey clouds pregnant with rain storms skirting over the mountains! it reminds me somehow musically of Thin Lizzy on amphetamine! The lyrics are a stark proclamation, whoever you are whichever god or gods you pray to when the moment comes we are all the same and nothing but food for worms, but death, stay your hand and hold your reins, we are not finished here yet.”

Tracklisting Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand
1. No Grave Deep Enough
2. Lain With The Wolf
3. Bloodied Yet Unbowed
4. God’s Old Snake
5. The Mouth Of Judas
6. The Black Hundred
7. The Puritan’s Hand
8. Death Of The Gods

PRIMORDIAL have also announced two release shows in Essen and München, Germany. The shows will take place on the weekend of release of their new album Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand due April 23/26 via Metal Blade Records in Europe! Support comes from TODTGELICHTER!

PRIMORDIAL
+ TODTGELICHTER
23/04/11 – DE – Essen – Turock (special release show!)
24/04/11 – DE – München – Backstage (special release show!)

To make these two nights not just shows but PRIMORDIAL events celebrating the unleashing of the new album, there will be a couple of extras only available on these two nights! Surely something you don’t want to miss out and nights to be remembered!

• low ticket prices (12 Euro pre-sale; 15 Euro box office)
• Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand CD + LP available for purchase at show
• exclusive free A1 poster with every purchase of new CD/LP
• signing session and meet & greet with all band members
• special release show merchandise available only at these two shows

PRIMORDIAL live schedule:
16/04/11 – DE – Würzburg – Hammer Of Doom Festival
23/04/11 – DE – Essen – Turock (release show!)
24/04/11 – DE – München – Backstage (release show!)
06/05/11 – NO – Haugesund – Karmoygeddon Festival
14/05/11 – RO – Bucharest – Wings Club
27/05/11 – DE – Dessau – Metalfest Open Air
28/05/11 – AT – Mining am Inn – Metalfest Open Air
29/05/11 – CH – Pratteln – Metalfest Open Air
30/05/11 – NL – Tilburg – 013
31/05/11 – NL – Nijmegen – Doornrosje
01/06/11 – BE – Vosselaar – Biebob
02/06/11 – DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
03/06/11 – SI – Ljubljana – Stuk
04/06/11 – HU – Budapest – Metalfest Open Air
05/06/11 – CZ – Plsen – Metalfest Open Air
10/06/11 – DE – Gelsenkirchen – Rock Hard Festival
17/06/11 – FR – Clisson – Hellfest
20/08/11 – DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze
24/09/11 – IE – Dublin – The Academy


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http://www.primordialweb.com

http://www.myspace.com/primordialofficial

http://www.metalblade.com/primordial

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ABSU Checks In From Recording Studio

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG

Texas-based mythological occult metal trio ABSU are currently hard at work on Abzu, the follow up to the band’s 2009 self-titled album. The album is being tracked at Nomad Recording Studio in Carrollton, Texas and mixed by none other than J.T. Longoria. (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus).

 

Drummer/vocalist/lyricist Proscriptor confirms, “The entire rhythm section has been successfully tracked and all that remains are mellotron passages and vocal lines. Before attempting the final mix, we plan to transfer the rhythm section onto two-inch tape to thaw out its digital timbre. With this record, we are appending dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion. Lyrically, it will descend deeper into Enki’s lower world as well the Enochian Magic(k) System.” Continuing he notes, “I can tell you this album will definitely not be a ‘natural progression’ from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness.”

 

Abzu is the second of a three-part series that features ABSU’s signature sound in maniacal fashion. Recently completing a string of American dates with Immortal, the band, featuring guitarist Vis Crom and bassist/vocalist Ezezu, performed a cross section of their extensive catalog to enthusiastic audiences. ABSU sold out of merchandise well before the six date journey concluded in San Antonio late February.

 

ABSU came to international prominence with the release of their 1993 debut, Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. Originally released via Gothic Records, the label later licensed the record to France’s Osmose Productions. (Immortal, Enslaved, Impaled Nazarene, Melechesh) ABSU would then establish a solid relationship with the label and thus release all later recordings via the renowned independent label, including the highly regarded Tara in 2001. In 2007, the band would announce a new partnership with London-based Candlelight Records. The band spent much of 2008 writing/recording Absu, which featured contributions from members of King Diamond, Aura Noir, Melechesh, Firstborn and Enthroned.

 

Planned for release later this year, Abzu will tap the expertise of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Destroyer 666) and Costin Chioreanu (Ava Inferi, Grave, Demonical) to assemble the album’s packaging. “In the past, we have utilized the talents of Belgium artist Kris Verwimp,” says Proscriptor, “but now we’re aesthetically detouring into more mystifying, Thelemic realms: musically and lyrically.”

 

Projected track listing of Abzu (in this particular order) is:

 

I.) Ontologically, It Became Time & Space

II.) Circles of the Oath

III.) Abraxas Connexus

IV.) Skrying in the Spirit Vision

V.) Earth Ripper

VI.) A Song for Ea including:

a. E-A

b. A Myriad of Portals

c. 3rd Tablet

d. Warren of Imhullu

e. The Waters – The Denizens

f. E-A (Reprise)

 

Upcoming ABSU Festival Performances:

7/15/2011 Hammer Open Air – Lieto, Finland

8/12/2011 Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, Germany

8/13/2011 Brutal Assault Open Air – Jaromer, Czech Republic

9/10/2011 *TBA – Athens, Greece

 

 

http://www.myspace.com/absu

http:/www.candlelightrecordsusa.com

ABSU Checks In From Recording Studio
Texas-based mythological occult metal trio ABSU are currently hard at work on Abzu, the follow up to the band’s 2009 self-titled album. The album is being tracked at Nomad Recording Studio in Carrollton, Texas and mixed by none other than J.T. Longoria. (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus).
Drummer/vocalist/lyricist Proscriptor confirms, “The entire rhythm section has been successfully tracked and all that remains are mellotron passages and vocal lines. Before attempting the final mix, we plan to transfer the rhythm section onto two-inch tape to thaw out its digital timbre. With this record, we are appending dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion. Lyrically, it will descend deeper into Enki’s lower world as well the Enochian Magic(k) System.” Continuing he notes, “I can tell you this album will definitely not be a ‘natural progression’ from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness.”
Abzu is the second of a three-part series that features ABSU’s signature sound in maniacal fashion. Recently completing a string of American dates with Immortal, the band, featuring guitarist Vis Crom and bassist/vocalist Ezezu, performed a cross section of their extensive catalog to enthusiastic audiences. ABSU sold out of merchandise well before the six date journey concluded in San Antonio late February.
ABSU came to international prominence with the release of their 1993 debut, Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. Originally released via Gothic Records, the label later licensed the record to France’s Osmose Productions. (Immortal, Enslaved, Impaled Nazarene, Melechesh) ABSU would then establish a solid relationship with the label and thus release all later recordings via the renowned independent label, including the highly regarded Tara in 2001. In 2007, the band would announce a new partnership with London-based Candlelight Records. The band spent much of 2008 writing/recording Absu, which featured contributions from members of King Diamond, Aura Noir, Melechesh, Firstborn and Enthroned.
Planned for release later this year, Abzu will tap the expertise of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Destroyer 666) and Costin Chioreanu (Ava Inferi, Grave, Demonical) to assemble the album’s packaging. “In the past, we have utilized the talents of Belgium artist Kris Verwimp,” says Proscriptor, “but now we’re aesthetically detouring into more mystifying, Thelemic realms: musically and lyrically.”
Projected track listing of Abzu (in this particular order) is:
I.) Ontologically, It Became Time & Space
II.) Circles of the Oath
III.) Abraxas Connexus
IV.) Skrying in the Spirit Vision
V.) Earth Ripper
VI.) A Song for Ea including:
a. E-A
b. A Myriad of Portals
c. 3rd Tablet
d. Warren of Imhullu
e. The Waters – The Denizens
f. E-A (Reprise)
Upcoming ABSU Festival Performances:
7/15/2011 Hammer Open Air – Lieto, Finland
8/12/2011 Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, Germany
8/13/2011 Brutal Assault Open Air – Jaromer, Czech Republic
9/10/2011 *TBA – Athens, Greece
“Absu is an energizing sprint through black metal, bedrock thrash, symphonic flourishes and arcane mythological references. All told, it’s so intense that, by cool down, you might still be contemplating the first verse of that warm-up.” – Pitchfork
“…ever-shifting rhythms, clean in contour and even cleaner in recording. Let this album be another piece of evidence in the trial against ‘necro’ production choices in black metal.” – MetalSucks
“…progressive, atmospheric, unrelenting…” – Stereogum
“…this 18-year pillar of metal still reigns supreme in the land of the dark.” – The Austin Chronicle
http:/www.candlelightrecordsusa.comABSU Checks In From Recording Studio

 

Texas-based mythological occult metal trio ABSU are currently hard at work on Abzu, the follow up to the band’s 2009 self-titled album. The album is being tracked at Nomad Recording Studio in Carrollton, Texas and mixed by none other than J.T. Longoria. (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus).

 

Drummer/vocalist/lyricist Proscriptor confirms, “The entire rhythm section has been successfully tracked and all that remains are mellotron passages and vocal lines. Before attempting the final mix, we plan to transfer the rhythm section onto two-inch tape to thaw out its digital timbre. With this record, we are appending dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion. Lyrically, it will descend deeper into Enki’s lower world as well the Enochian Magic(k) System.” Continuing he notes, “I can tell you this album will definitely not be a ‘natural progression’ from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness.”

 

Abzu is the second of a three-part series that features ABSU’s signature sound in maniacal fashion. Recently completing a string of American dates with Immortal, the band, featuring guitarist Vis Crom and bassist/vocalist Ezezu, performed a cross section of their extensive catalog to enthusiastic audiences. ABSU sold out of merchandise well before the six date journey concluded in San Antonio late February.

 

ABSU came to international prominence with the release of their 1993 debut, Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. Originally released via Gothic Records, the label later licensed the record to France’s Osmose Productions. (Immortal, Enslaved, Impaled Nazarene, Melechesh) ABSU would then establish a solid relationship with the label and thus release all later recordings via the renowned independent label, including the highly regarded Tara in 2001. In 2007, the band would announce a new partnership with London-based Candlelight Records. The band spent much of 2008 writing/recording Absu, which featured contributions from members of King Diamond, Aura Noir, Melechesh, Firstborn and Enthroned.

 

Planned for release later this year, Abzu will tap the expertise of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Destroyer 666) and Costin Chioreanu (Ava Inferi, Grave, Demonical) to assemble the album’s packaging. “In the past, we have utilized the talents of Belgium artist Kris Verwimp,” says Proscriptor, “but now we’re aesthetically detouring into more mystifying, Thelemic realms: musically and lyrically.”

 

Projected track listing of Abzu (in this particular order) is:

 

I.) Ontologically, It Became Time & Space

II.) Circles of the Oath

III.) Abraxas Connexus

IV.) Skrying in the Spirit Vision

V.) Earth Ripper

VI.) A Song for Ea including:

a. E-A

b. A Myriad of Portals

c. 3rd Tablet

d. Warren of Imhullu

e. The Waters – The Denizens

f. E-A (Reprise)

 

Upcoming ABSU Festival Performances:

7/15/2011 Hammer Open Air – Lieto, Finland

8/12/2011 Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, Germany

8/13/2011 Brutal Assault Open Air – Jaromer, Czech Republic

9/10/2011 *TBA – Athens, Greece

 

 

 

http://www.myspace.com/absu

http:/www.candlelightrecordsusa.com

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Ted Poley (Danger Danger) covers Michelle Branch hit single “Breathe“

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG

Bumblefoot/Lita Ford drummer Dennis Leeflang is proud to announce the digital release of Danger Danger frontman Ted Poley‘s cover of the Michelle Branch hit single “Breathe“.

This is the first official recording Dennis has done with Ted since joining his touring band in the summer of 2010. Next to his duties behind the kit, Dennis is also responsible for the production.

iTunes link with preview sample: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/breathe-single/id430894846

 

>> Read full article: http://www.dennisleeflang.com/?p=85

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Metal Blade Records to release new comedy album from Jim Florentine

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG

Metal Blade Records is pleased to welcome comedian and fellow metalhead JIM FLORENTINE to its roster. JIM FLORENTINE is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, comedian, voice artist, and performer, who is currently co-hosting VH1 Classic’s hit heavy metal talk show series “That Metal Show” alongside Eddie Trunk and now label-mate Don Jamieson. JIM FLORENTINE is best known for his work on Comedy Central’s show Crank Yankers where he performed the voice of Special Ed, a mentally challenged teenager, and Bobby Fletcher, a despicable, alcoholic slob who is the older cousin of Ed. Recently, JIM FLORENTINE opened up the American Carnage Tour for Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer in arenas across the country. JIM FLORENTINE comments; “performing in front of 13,000 Slayer fans every night was insane! It was like emceeing a rape!” JIM FLORENTINE also appears in the feature film A Little Help (in theaters June 24) starring Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesley of The Office) and Chris O’ Donnell (Scent of a Woman). JIM FLORENTINE plays the character Brian, who is Jenna Fischer’s love interest in the film. A Little Help has already won best film in several different film festivals and fans will get a chance to see JIM FLORENTINE when he hits the Jimmy Kimmel Show on June 22 to promote the movie.

 

“Being a fan of the Metal Blade label since its inception, it is truly an honor to be part of the family now. I will try my hardest to make the heaviest comedy album ever. So expect plenty of fat jokes!” comments JIM FLORENTINE.

 

Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel adds: “I have always been a big fan of comedy and Jim is a great comedian. He is also a metal head and friend so I am so excited to welcome him to the Metal Blade Family!”

 

JIM FLORENTINE has also been in involved in shows such as HBO Inside the NFL, Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Chelsea Lately on E, The Howard Stern Radio & TV Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, MTV Music Video Awards, Spike TV Video Game Awards, HBO Down and Dirty Comedy Show, and The Apprentice just to name a few. Stay tuned to MetalBlade.com for further details on JIM FLORENTINE’s upcoming comedy album.

 

Fans can catch JIM FLORENTINE at the following dates:

April 7-10 @ Funnybone in Richmond, VA (www.Richmondfunnybone.com – 804-521-8900)

April 16 @ Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY (www.Boultoncenter.org – 631-969-1101)

April 22 @ Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ (www.Mexicalilive.com – 201-833-0011)

April 30 @ Mount Airy Casino in Mount Pocono, PA (www.Mountairycasino.com – 877-682-4791)

 

Fans can sign up for Jim’s Pod Cast HERE and follow him at the following locations:

http://jimflorentine.com/

http://twitter.com/Mrjimflorentine

http://www.facebook.com/JimFlorentine

http://www.youtube.com/JimFlorentine

http://www.myspace.com/crankyanker

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THE OCEAN Kick Off North American Tour

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG

German atmospheric progressive metal collective and Metal Blade Recording artists, THE OCEAN, today kick off a month-long North American tour! The band will perform three headlining shows beginning tonight at Jaxx in Springfield, VA before joining “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek, ” with headliners Between The Buried And Me, Job For A Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage on select dates. Presented by Peter Says Denim, in association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net, “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek”will begin in Farmingdale, New York at The Crazy Donkey, include a stop at this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore fest in Worcester, Massachusetts and hit over two dozen cities before making a final stop in Ashville, North Carolina at The Orange Peel.

 

Said guitarist Robin Staps of the tour: “We’re excited to be back in the U.S. It’s been three years since our last tour over here with Kylesa, Intronaut, Lair Of The Minotaur and Withered. We’ve been wanting to come back ever since, but it’s just so difficult for a European band to work out tour logistics and working visas are really expensive for us… But we finally made it! Looking forward to these three upcoming headlining shows where we’re gonna play full 90-minute sets, and I’m sure the BTBAM tour afterwards will be equally great, though shorter set times for us. Looking forward to see you all out there somewhere!”

 

THE OCEAN Headlining Shows

4/11/2011 Jaxx – Springfield, VA

4/12/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD

4/13/2011 Public Assembly – Brooklyn, NY

 

Peter Says Denim Presents Between The Buried And Me

In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net

With Job For A Cowboy, The Ocean & Cephalic Carnage (*on select dates)

 

4/15/2011 The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

4/16/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)

4/17/2011 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA

4/18/2011 Atlar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

4/19/2011 Club Infinity – Williamsville, NY

4/20/2011 Le National – Montreal, QC

4/21/2011 Opera House – Toronto, ON

4/22/2011 Headliner’s – Toledo, OH

4/23/2011 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI

4/25/2011 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI

4/26/2011 Granada – Lawrence, KS

4/27/2011 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO *

4/29/2011 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

4/30/2011 El Corazon – Seattle, WA *

5/01/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR *

5/03/2011 Ace Of Clubs – Sacramento, CA *

5/04/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA *

5/05/2011 Glasshouse Music Hall – Pomona, CA *

5/06/2011 Soma – San Diego, CA *

5/07/2011 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ *

5/09/2011 The Door – Dallas, TX

5/10/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

5/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN

5/12/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

5/13/2011 Rockettown – Nashville, TN

5/14/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

 

THE OCEAN will be touring in support of their 2010 separately-issued double album: Heliocentric and Anthropocentric (released in April and November 2010 respectively). This mammoth conceptual effort took almost two years to complete. From a lyrical and artistic point of view, the albums represent a fundamental and philosophical critique of Christianity. Both albums scored rave reviews worldwide, including Album Of The Month in Metal Hammer Germany, Italy and Greece, and a cover feature in the December issue of Metal Hammer UK’s/Subterranea (their extreme metal supplement).

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http://www.theoceancollective.com/heliocentric

http://www.metalblade.com/theocean

http://www.facebook.com/theoceancollective

http://www.myspace.com/theoceancollective

http://twitter.com/OceanCollective

http://www.youtube.com/theoceancollective

http://www.metalblade.com

THE OCEAN Kick Off North American Tour
German atmospheric progressive metal collective and Metal Blade Recording artists, THE OCEAN,  today kick off a month-long North American tour! The band will perform three headlining shows beginning tonight at Jaxx in Springfield, VA before joining “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek, ” with headliners Between The Buried And Me, Job For A Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage on select dates. Presented by Peter Says Denim, in association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net, “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek”will begin in Farmingdale, New York at The Crazy Donkey, include a stop at this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore fest in Worcester, Massachusetts and hit over two dozen cities before making a final stop in Ashville, North Carolina at The Orange Peel.
Said guitarist Robin Staps of the tour: “We’re excited to be back in the U.S. It’s been three years since our last tour over here with Kylesa, Intronaut, Lair Of The Minotaur and Withered. We’ve been wanting to come back ever since, but it’s just so difficult for a European band to work out tour logistics and working visas are really expensive for us… But we finally made it! Looking forward to these three upcoming headlining shows where we’re gonna play full 90-minute sets, and I’m sure the BTBAM tour afterwards will be equally great, though shorter set times for us. Looking forward to see you all out there somewhere!”
THE OCEAN Headlining Shows
4/11/2011 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
4/12/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
4/13/2011 Public Assembly – Brooklyn, NY
Peter Says Denim Presents Between The Buried And Me
In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net
With Job For A Cowboy, The Ocean & Cephalic Carnage (*on select dates)

4/15/2011 The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
4/16/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)
4/17/2011 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
4/18/2011 Atlar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
4/19/2011 Club Infinity – Williamsville, NY
4/20/2011 Le National – Montreal, QC
4/21/2011 Opera House – Toronto, ON
4/22/2011 Headliner’s – Toledo, OH
4/23/2011 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
4/25/2011 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
4/26/2011 Granada – Lawrence, KS
4/27/2011 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO *
4/29/2011 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
4/30/2011 El Corazon – Seattle, WA *
5/01/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR *
5/03/2011 Ace Of Clubs – Sacramento, CA *
5/04/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA *
5/05/2011 Glasshouse Music Hall – Pomona, CA *
5/06/2011 Soma – San Diego, CA *
5/07/2011 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ *
5/09/2011 The Door – Dallas, TX
5/10/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
5/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
5/12/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/13/2011 Rockettown – Nashville, TN
5/14/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

THE OCEAN will be touring in support of their 2010 separately-issued double album: Heliocentric and Anthropocentric (released in April and November 2010 respectively). This mammoth conceptual effort took almost two years to complete. From a lyrical and artistic point of view, the albums represent a fundamental and philosophical critique of Christianity. Both albums scored rave reviews worldwide, including Album Of The Month in Metal Hammer Germany, Italy and Greece, and a cover feature in the December issue of Metal Hammer UK’s/Subterranea (their extreme metal supplement).

……………………………………………
THE OCEAN proves willing to go to whatever lengths necessary to keep the listener focused, if not engaged. It’s a strange position to take, but one ultimately of the band’s own design: making thinking-person’s metal but not allowing the listeners to be alone with their thoughts.” — The Examiner
“Anthropocentric demands your full attention, and if you give it, you’ll get plenty of mileage out of this disc…there’s a heap of great music to swallow down, and is it ever worth it.” — Blistering
“Anthropocentric balances out the band’s earlier, Coalesced fury with a forward-thinking progressive sound, moving the band down their creative path with just enough momentum to avoid any awkward missteps. ” — Metal Army
“If you didn’t think Heliocentric was heavy enough then this would be the album for you and if you still think it is still not heavy enough then you just might be from the Cenozoic Era. No intelligent life anywhere.” — Hellbound
……………………………………………

http://www.theoceancollective.com/heliocentric

http://www.metalblade.comTHE OCEAN Kick Off North American Tour

 

German atmospheric progressive metal collective and Metal Blade Recording artists, THE OCEAN, today kick off a month-long North American tour! The band will perform three headlining shows beginning tonight at Jaxx in Springfield, VA before joining “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek, ” with headliners Between The Buried And Me, Job For A Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage on select dates. Presented by Peter Says Denim, in association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net, “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek”will begin in Farmingdale, New York at The Crazy Donkey, include a stop at this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore fest in Worcester, Massachusetts and hit over two dozen cities before making a final stop in Ashville, North Carolina at The Orange Peel.

 

Said guitarist Robin Staps of the tour: “We’re excited to be back in the U.S. It’s been three years since our last tour over here with Kylesa, Intronaut, Lair Of The Minotaur and Withered. We’ve been wanting to come back ever since, but it’s just so difficult for a European band to work out tour logistics and working visas are really expensive for us… But we finally made it! Looking forward to these three upcoming headlining shows where we’re gonna play full 90-minute sets, and I’m sure the BTBAM tour afterwards will be equally great, though shorter set times for us. Looking forward to see you all out there somewhere!”

 

THE OCEAN Headlining Shows

4/11/2011 Jaxx – Springfield, VA

4/12/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD

4/13/2011 Public Assembly – Brooklyn, NY

 

Peter Says Denim Presents Between The Buried And Me

In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net

With Job For A Cowboy, The Ocean & Cephalic Carnage (*on select dates)

 

4/15/2011 The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

4/16/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)

4/17/2011 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA

4/18/2011 Atlar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

4/19/2011 Club Infinity – Williamsville, NY

4/20/2011 Le National – Montreal, QC

4/21/2011 Opera House – Toronto, ON

4/22/2011 Headliner’s – Toledo, OH

4/23/2011 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI

4/25/2011 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI

4/26/2011 Granada – Lawrence, KS

4/27/2011 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO *

4/29/2011 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

4/30/2011 El Corazon – Seattle, WA *

5/01/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR *

5/03/2011 Ace Of Clubs – Sacramento, CA *

5/04/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA *

5/05/2011 Glasshouse Music Hall – Pomona, CA *

5/06/2011 Soma – San Diego, CA *

5/07/2011 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ *

5/09/2011 The Door – Dallas, TX

5/10/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

5/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN

5/12/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

5/13/2011 Rockettown – Nashville, TN

5/14/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

 

THE OCEAN will be touring in support of their 2010 separately-issued double album: Heliocentric and Anthropocentric (released in April and November 2010 respectively). This mammoth conceptual effort took almost two years to complete. From a lyrical and artistic point of view, the albums represent a fundamental and philosophical critique of Christianity. Both albums scored rave reviews worldwide, including Album Of The Month in Metal Hammer Germany, Italy and Greece, and a cover feature in the December issue of Metal Hammer UK’s/Subterranea (their extreme metal supplement).

 

……………………………………………

 

“THE OCEAN proves willing to go to whatever lengths necessary to keep the listener focused, if not engaged. It’s a strange position to take, but one ultimately of the band’s own design: making thinking-person’s metal but not allowing the listeners to be alone with their thoughts.” — The Examiner

 

“Anthropocentric demands your full attention, and if you give it, you’ll get plenty of mileage out of this disc…there’s a heap of great music to swallow down, and is it ever worth it.” — Blistering

 

“Anthropocentric balances out the band’s earlier, Coalesced fury with a forward-thinking progressive sound, moving the band down their creative path with just enough momentum to avoid any awkward missteps. ” — Metal Army

 

“If you didn’t think Heliocentric was heavy enough then this would be the album for you and if you still think it is still not heavy enough then you just might be from the Cenozoic Era. No intelligent life anywhere.” — Hellbound

 

……………………………………………

 

http://www.theoceancollective.com/heliocentric

http://www.metalblade.com/theocean

http://www.facebook.com/theoceancollective

http://www.myspace.com/theoceancollective

http://twitter.com/OceanCollective

http://www.youtube.com/theoceancollective

http://www.metalblade.com

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