THE HEAVY METAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: THE NUCLEAR BLAST CONCERT SERIES

March 7th, 2011
by EvilG
HEAVY METAL FILM FESTIVAL

HEAVY METAL FILM FESTIVAL

Sponsored by Nuclear Blast USA, Decibel Magazine, Amoeba Music L.A. and Dean Guitars, the world’s first-ever film festival dedicated to heavy metal music is set to take place at the Downtown Independent Cinema in Los Angeles, California this coming March 31st through April 3rd, 2011.

 

Organizer and metalhead Samuel Douek is proud to announce the festival’s Nuclear Blast In Cinema Concert Series:

 

“As part of the world’s first Heavy Metal Film Festival, we’d like to announce our Nuclear Blast Concert Series featuring MESHUGGAH: ALIVE by Ian McFarland and The Seventh Date of Blashyrkh by IMMORTAL.  These two concerts have been captured on DVD and each brings to the screen something magnificent.  ALIVE was made as a film first and as concert second, while The Seventh Date of Blashyrkh brings to life a band that can only be seen on a big screen to understand.”

 

A Q&A session with ALIVE filmmaker Ian McFarland of Killswitch Productions (who created the music video for the MESHUGGAH song “Bleed”) will follow the screening.

 

Shot by director/producer Ian McFarland of Killswitch Productions during MESHUGGAH’s 2009 North American tour and at their 2008 performance at the Loudpark Festival in Tokyo, Japan, ALIVE contains concert footage of selections from the band’s Billboard Top 200-charting 2008 release, obZen, in addition to their time-tested career staples.  Gracefully interlacing the live tracks are behind-the-scenes vignettes shot in black & white that give ALIVE a concert film feel so unlike many of the live DVDs currently on the market.  The result is a visceral, visual abduction into the band’s metric insanity-in-action.

 

The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh is the first official live DVD in the history of IMMORTAL’s existence.  Many remember the shock in 2003 when – thirteen years into their existence – IMMORTAL suddenly announced they would disband.  Shot at the prestigious Wacken Open Air festival in Germany when the band headlined the Black Metal Stage in 2007 as their reunion show, The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh features songs that span IMMORTAL’s timeless discography and includes three back-to-back-to-back selections from their most acclaimed release, Sons Of Northern Darkness. The leather & spikes, the “war paint,” the bursting pyrotechnics, the essential anthems, and Abbath’s on-stage acrobatics are all there, along with an audience of 70,000 witnesses to the magic.

 

Showtime schedule & additional films will be announced soon.

 

Las Marimbas Del Infierno (Marimbas From Hell) by Julio Hernández Cordón will be opening the festival on Thursday evening, March 31st.

 

The first portion of the maiden line-up for 2011’s Heavy Metal Film Festival can be viewed at the festival’s official site.  Click HERE to download HMFF movie posters (Password: 8j-RT4o).

 

On Thursday, March 10th, advanced tickets to the HEAVY METAL FILM FESTIVAL will be available for purchase via the Downtown Independent Cinema Box Office.  Ticket prices will be as follows:

  • $9.00 per film
  • $15.00 – Opening Night Screening (includes After-Party)
  • $33.00 – Day Pass (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
  • $66.60 – Advanced Purchase Festival Pass (ONLY 30 available at this SPECIAL PRICE; includes Opening Night)
  • $99.00 – Advanced Purchase Festival Pass (ONLY 100 available; includes Opening Night)

 

For information about volunteering for this event, please write in to heavymetalfilmfestival@gmail.com.

 

Visit the HEAVY METAL FILM FESTIVAL online at www.HEAVYMETALFF.com, on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

Visit MESHUGGAH online at www.MESHUGGAH.net, www.facebook.com/MESHUGGAH, www.myspace.com/MESHUGGAH and on Twitter.com/MESHUGGAHBAND.

 

Visit IMMORTAL online at www.IMMORTALOFFICIAL.com, www.myspace.com/IMMORTALOFFICIAL, www.facebook.com/IMMORTALOFFICIAL, and twitter.com/IMMORTALBAND.

 

 

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NEW “HEAVY METAL BAY” WEBSITE -THE ONLINE MARKET PLACE DEDICATED TO THE METAL COMMUNITY IS NOW OPEN

March 7th, 2011
by EvilG

NEW “HEAVY METAL BAY” WEBSITE IS THE ONLINE MARKET PLACE DEDICATED TO THE METAL COMMUNITY WHERE YOU CAN SELL, BUY AND AUCTION ANYTHING TO DO THE WITH METAL MUSIC IS NOW OPEN. FOR THE NEXT MONTH, LISTING AN ITEM IS FREE!


Are there a few one-of-a-kind pieces of heavy metal pieces that are missing from your collection, and you just can’t get a decent night’s sleep until you can get your hands on them?
Is there an album you want to lay your hands on? Do you have a  poster to sell? Anything, as long as its heavy metal!

Your wishes will now be granted metalheads, as HeavyMetalBay.com is open for business, and will satisfy all of your headbanging needs.

This website is a unique online market place  for the heavy metal music loving community and  features any product related in any way, shape, or form to heavy metal – new, used, historic, collectable, HeavyMetalBay.com is your “go-to” site! Music, videos, memorabilia, clothing, jewellery, posters, instruments, amps – all are featured.

And to celebrate the site’s launch, ALL AUCTION LISTINGS FOR THE NEXT MONTH ARE FREE! Unlike other similarly-styled websites, you will not need a PayPal account to buy items on HeavyMetalBay.com. In addition to locating fantastic finds, the site will feature a concert guide to find local gigs from new and established bands. Also, you will be able to promote your own band or your own show, large or small – fees are within the budget of ordinary mortals.

Heavy Metal Bay.com was founded by Denise Dale (a.k.a Denise Love) who is no stranger to metal music, she is known in the music industry as an international booking agent specializing in the heavy metal music genre. Her company, Metal Music Bookings  (metalmusicbookings.com), has booked such artists as Tarja, Michael Schenker, Cinderella, Blind Guardian, and Yngwie Malmsteen to name just a few. Denise saw a need for a specialist website which brings together the metal music community. Heavy Metal Bay.com is no doubt the only trading auction site on the net that is dedicated to metal music fans, promoters, and bands worldwide.

The time is upon us metalheads, to start rummaging through your closet, basement, or garage for any metallic artifacts you’d like to turn into cash, and start putting together your wish lists. HeavyMetalBay.com is open for business!

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ARCH ENEMY TEAMS UP WITH ALTEC LANSING TO REVEAL ‘KHAOS LEGIONS’ COVER ART

March 7th, 2011
by EvilG
Arch Enemy "Khaos Legions"

Arch Enemy "Khaos Legions"

SWEDEN – Swedish extreme metal powerhouse, Arch Enemy, has teamed up with industry leading audio technologies manufacturer, Altec Lansing, to unveil the cover art for the band’s forthcoming full-length record, Khaos Legions. Head over to: http://www.facebook.com/AltecLansingOfficial for a glimpse at the artwork, which comes courtesy of renowned artist, Brent Elliott White (Megadeth, Death Angel). Fans can also leave a comment on the Altec Lansing Facebook or Twitter (http://twitter.com/alteclansing) pages with the phrase, “Arch Enemy brings the Khaos”, for a chance to win a pair of Altec Lansing Muzx Core headphones (http://www.alteclansing.com/ae/us/headphones/muzx+reg-core-mzx206w/invt/mzx206w/&bklist=icat,3,shop,headphones).

Khaos Legions, Arch Enemy’s ninth studio album, will hit stores in late spring/early summer on Century Media Records. The record will mark a return to new, original material, after releasing the Tyrants Of The Rising Sun – Live In Japan live DVD/CD (2008) and the re-recordings album, The Root Of All Evil (2009).

Arch Enemy has confirmed several summer dates and festivals in support of the forthcoming album, including a newly added performance on Sonisphere Festival 2011.

Stay tuned for more information on Arch Enemy and Khaos Legions.

 

ARCH ENEMY – Live 2011:

 

14-May-2011 – Boulevard Festival @ C.O.C. Stadium, Morocco, Casablanca

27-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Switzerland, Pratteln

28-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Germany, Dessau

29-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Austria, Mining

31-May 2011 – Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia

04-June-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Hungary

05-June-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Czech Republic

25-June-2011 – Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium

10-July-2011 – Sonisphere (Apollo Stage), Knebworth, UK

12-July-2011 – Metal Camp, Tolmin, Slovenia

14-July-2011 – Lez’ Art Scenique Festival, Selesat, France

22-July-2011 – Tuska, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland

30-July-2011 – MetaLmorphosiS 2011, Cyprus

18-August-2011 – Summer Breeze Open Air Dinkelsbühl, Germany

27-August-2011 – Summers End Open Air, Andernach, Germany

 

 

For more information on Arch Enemy…

 

www.archenemy.net

www.facebook.com/archenemyofficial

www.myspace.com/archenemy

www.twitter.com/archenemymetal

www.cmdistro.com

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DOWNSPIRIT announce NEW BASSIST/DRUMMER

March 7th, 2011
by EvilG
Downspirit

Downspirit

DOWNSPIRIT, featuring Symphorce guitarist Cédric Dupont, have released the following update:

Longtime friends Dennis Wohlbold (bass) and Steffen Theurer (drummer) are taking over the rhythm duties from now on.

The band states: “We are so excited to have found such a blasting replacement and enrichment on the rhythm section! Everything sounds killer and we can’t wait for you. to meet Dennis and Steffen (Theurer) on one of our next shows. Seb and Sven decided to head on for a different future in their lifes, and we wish them all the best!”

DOWNSPIRIT is:

Steffen Lauth – Vocals

Cédric “Cede” Dupont – Lead Guitars

Axel “Aki” Reissmann – Rhythm Guitars

Dennis Wohlbold – Bass

Steffen Theurer – Drums

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INCANTATION To Play Neurotic Deathfest 2011

March 7th, 2011
by EvilG

US death metal pioneers Incantation have recently been added to the already stacked line up for this year’s Neurotic Deathfest, which runs April 29th & 30th in Tilburg, Netherlands. Drummer Kyle Severn gave the following statement:

“On behalf of myself and Incantation, we would like to announce that we have just been added to the greatest indoor European death metal fest line up that we have ever seen. Yes, I’m talking about this year’s Neurotic Deathfest in Holland. Incantation is honored to share the stage again with the almighty Autopsy, as well as the return of At The Gates, and other metal legends like Obituary, and new metallers of the 2K-era Hail Of Bullets. We plan to play a very obscure set in honor of this amazing line up and for our very supportive fans, old school and new alike. With a well rounded fest lineup bound together with leather and spikes, you will not want to miss this Incantation setlist, which is already a making in the metal history. We are riding the metal storm out with the same line up as we had this time last year when we successfully spread blasphemy across Europe during our headlining tour for the highly respected 7” EP “ScapeGoat” with Alex Bouks ( Goreaphobia, Master) guitars, Chuck Sherwood ( Blood Storm) bass, John McEntee on guitar and vokills and myself skinsmans Kyle Severn on the drums….Kyle666″

Neurotic Deathfest 2011, featuring the likes of At The Gates, Autopsy, Obituary, Hate Eternal, Incantation and many more, is already shaping up to be the most brutal festival of the year. Keep checking in at www.neuroticdeathfest.com for information and updates.

www.incantation.com

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ANIMATIONS confirms appearance on METAL HAMMER FESTIVAL! Embarks on tour with VOTUM and QUBE

March 7th, 2011
by EvilG

ANIMATIONS, one of the most respected progressive metal acts from Poland was just confirmed for METAL HAMMER FESTIVAL which will take place on 10th August 2011 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland.

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST will headline this year’s edition of the Metal Hammer Festival. Also scheduled to appear are death metal veterans MORBID ANGEL and VADER, thrash legend EXODUS, nwobhm classic TANK, ANIMATIONS, MECH and SOULBURNERS.

 

ANIMATIONS were also added to the line-up of “Incubate Tour” which starts on 18th March and features another two great progmetal acts – VOTUM and QUBE.

18-03- POL, Ostrów Wlkp. Klub Afera (VOTUM, QUBE, ANIMATIONS)

19-03- POL, Konin – Oskard (VOTUM, QUBE, ANIMATIONS)

20-03- POL, Toruń- Lizard King (VOTUM, QUBE, ANIMATIONS)

26-03- POL, Rzeszów – Od Zmierzchu Do Świtu (VOTUM, QUBE, ANIMATIONS)

27-03- POL, Kraków – Kwadrat (VOTUM, QUBE, ANIMATIONS)

28-03- POL, Lublin – Graffiti (VOTUM, QUBE, ANIMATIONS)

02-04- POL, Opole – Come In (VOTUM, QUBE)

03-04- POL, Wrocław – Od Zmierzchu Do Świtu (VOTUM, QUBE)

 

ANIMATIONS has recently released “Slowly Die Inside” new video single from upcoming 3rd album. The song was recorded at Sonic Maze Studios in December 2010. Mixing duties were handled by Kuba Dębski, mastering was done by Grzegorz Piwkowski (Riverside & Behemoth among others) at Warsaw’s High End Audio. The band is finishing pre-production phase of new album which will be released late spring/early summer 2011 – c.a. 18 months after the releases od highly acclaimed “Reset Your Soul”.

Here’s Youtube link to stream “Slowly Die Inside”:

 

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THIN LIZZY SET TO ROCK THE USA WITH TOUR DATES AND ROCKLINE APPEARANCE

March 7th, 2011
by EvilG

Due to a multitude of classic tunes (“The Boys Are Back in Town,” “Jailbreak,” “Waiting for an Alibi,” etc.) and albums (‘Jailbreak,’ ‘Live and Dangerous,’ ‘Black Rose,’ etc.), Thin Lizzy is undoubtedly one of rock’s all-time great bands. And with arguably the band’s strongest line-up since the days that the late/great Phil Lynott served as their front man, Thin Lizzy are set to take the USA by storm with upcoming tour dates in late March and early April.

The trek will include stops in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Toronto, Detroit, and Chicago, and will also include a live appearance on the popular radio show, Rockline, on March 23rd, which will run from 11:30 pm to 1:00 am EST. Thin Lizzy’s current line-up includes such ‘Lynott era’ Lizzy veterans as Scott Gorham (guitar), Brian Downey (drums), and Darren Wharton (keyboards), as well as singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick, bassist Marco Mendoza, and Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell.

Thin Lizzy became one of rock’s top bands during the 1970’s, on the strength of Lynott’s poetic yet tough lyrics, and the highly influential dual guitar attack of Gorham and which ever second guitarist he was paired up with at the time (Brian Robertson, the late Gary Moore, Snowy White, or John Sykes). Lizzy split up in 1983, before Lynott passed away in 1986. But with Lizzy being either consistently name checked as an influence or having their songs covered by other bands, the group’s stature has remained at the forefront of rock over the years. And now, US fans will be able to experience the Lizzy legend once more on the concert stage.

CONFIRMED TOUR DATES:

03/24/2011      Jim Thorpe, PA.                 Penn’s Peak
03/25/2011      New York, NY.                   Best Buy Theatre
03/26/2011      Uncasville, CT.                 Mohegan Sun Casino Wolf’s Den
03/27/2011      Sayreville, NJ.                 Starland Ballroom
03/29/2011      Glenside, PA.                   Keswick Theatre
03/30/2011      Toronto, ON. Canada             Sound Academy
03/31/2011      Detroit, MI.                            Sound Board at Motor City Casino Hotel
04/01/2011      Chicago, IL.                            Vic Theatre

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:

thinlizzyband.com

rocklineradio.com

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VELOSITY – Oscar

March 7th, 2011
by Robert Williams

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Interview with Oscar (Oscarbombt)

Conducted by Robert Williams

Velosity are a three-piece thrash metal band hailing from Los Angeles, California. To date, the young band has performed shows alongside thrash legends like Death Angel and Forbidden as well as some of today’s leading thrash acts like Bonded By Blood and Gama Bomb. A five song demo entitled "Deadly Ritual" has garnered Velosity some much deserved attention within underground metal circles. Guitarist and vocalist Oscar recently took the time to chat with Metal-Rules.com and filled us in on the history and current activities of this promising new band.

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IMMORTAL DOMINION – Brian Villers

March 7th, 2011
by Robert Williams

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Interview with Brian Villers

Conducted by Robert Williams

It’s been five years since Immortal Dominion has released a new album, but later this month fan’s can look forward to the release of the band’s hard hitting third full length record "Primortal".  Immortal Dominion guitarist Brian Villers recently took the time to talk about recording the new album, working with famed producer Sterling Winfield, the band’s plans for 2011 and much more…

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY TO PLAY AT SWEDEN ROCK 2011

March 5th, 2011
by EvilG

Heavy metal with a Southern groove. That was the concept when former Ozzy Osbourne-guitarist Zakk Wylde formed Black Label Society in 1998, and that’s how it still looks today. To date the massive – in both senses of the word – guitar-hero/frontman and cohorts have released eight studio albums, including such successes as “Mafia” (2005) and last year’s “Order of the Black”. As we all know, American and European metalheads have different preferences, but in this case both sides agree: Black Label Society is one of the finest American metal bands today. Even if Zakk himself has given up beer, he can still count on countless beerdrinkers to give a warm reception to him, his trusted associates Nick Catanese (guitar) and John DeServio (bass), and newly appointed drummer Johnny Kelly (ex-Type O Negative).

Did we mention that the band will play just before Ozzy Osbourne on june 11th?


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Psycho Choke – “Get Down” New Video with guest solo from Gus G.

March 5th, 2011
by EvilG

Psycho Choke is proud to announce the new video “Get Down“. Taken from the album “UNRAVELING CHAOS” released by 7Hard Records 2010. Feat. guest solo from Gus-G (Firewind, Ozzy).

 

 

Louder than hell, aggressive, optimistic and happily violent Psycho Choke deliver a special blend of nerve striking vibes with eastern and western grooves under a soft touch of discrete poetry. With a little help from Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Marios Iliopoulos and Olof Mork (Nightrage) and Jacob Hansen (Invocator, Anubis Gate) “Unraveling Chaos” is the album that every metal core fan will talk about for months. Play it on high volume and let the waves destroy your eardrums.

 

From Guitarist Gus G: “Psycho Choke is a band from my town and I’ve known them for many years. They always recorded quality music and play intense live shows. I was happy to jam on their new album and I wish them nothing but the best!”

 

Check

www.myspace.com/psychochoke

www.rockngrowl.com

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Drinking With Motorhead (And living to tell about it!)

March 5th, 2011
by Metal Rules

Drinking With Motörhead

(And  living to tell about it!)  

By Tim  Shöckley 

Congress Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA

February 19, 2011
 

Motorhead



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WOLF – Legions Of Bastards Artwork, Tracklisting Revealed

March 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Legions Of Bastards, Swedish metallers WOLF’s 6th album, and thhe follow-up to 2009’s Swedish Grammy nominated album Ravenous, was produced by Pelle Saether at Studio Underground in Vasterås, Sweden.

Legions Of Bastards‘s artwork was once again created by Thomas Holm, the man who did MERCYFUL FATE’s legendary Melissa and Don’t Break The Oath covers.

Check out the artwork below:

WOLF - Legions Of Bastards

WOLF - Legions Of Bastards

Says Wolf: “Legions Of Bastards is the fruit of lots of hard work, sweat and blood. Our music has always come from the heart, but this one seems to us even more honest and straight forward than any other album we’ve made. We’re not afraid to say that this is a GREAT album. If you love it, like we do, raise the horns and bang your head! If you don’t – we don’t care. We’d still be banging our heads!”

Legions Of Bastards will be released through Century Media Records on the following dates:

Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Norway – Friday, April 22nd

UK/Benelux/France/Greece/Denmark/Portugal/Rest of Europe – Monday, April 25th

North America/Spain/Italy – Tuesday, April 26th

Sweden/Finland/Hungary – Wednesday, April 27th

Australia/New Zealand – Friday, April 29th

 

Legions Of Bastards tracklist:

 

‘Vicious Companions’

‘Skull Crusher’

‘Full Moon Possession’

‘Jekyll & Hyde’

‘Absinthe’

‘Tales From The Crypt’

‘Nocturnal Rites’

‘Road To Hell’

‘False Preacher’

‘Hope To Die’

‘K-141 Kursk’

The Ltd. Edition Digipak includes ‘6 Steps’ (Japan bonus track from the Ravenous album) and ‘Method To Your Madness’ (METAL CHURCH cover). The album will also come out on vinyl.

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ENBOUND SIGNS WITH INNER WOUND RECORDINGS

March 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the Swedish melodic power metal band Enbound to the label. Their debut album “And She Says Gold” will be released in Europe on April 29th and a release date for Japan will be announced shortly.

Enbound features vocalist Lee Hunter [Lars Safsund] also known for his work with the band Work of Art, as well as performing in musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar, in the TV program “Singing Bee” on Swedish television and performing with Biondo in the Rumanian Eurovision song contest 2008.

 

“And She Says Gold” was mastered by Bjorn Engelmann [Rammstein, Primal Fear, Sonata Arctica] at Cutting Room and the artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard [Avantasia, Masterplan, Edguy].

 

“And She Says Gold” is a masterpiece of melodic power metal, and definitely one of the best debut albums to come out during the last ten years in the scene. The powerful arrangements that characterize Enbound, together with the smooth and emotional vocals by Lee Hunter, Enbound has created something special. Fans of melodic metal and hard rock will for sure love the sound of Enbound, and the future of the band is really exciting! Do not miss out on this new Swedish melodic metal sensation!

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WOODS OF YPRES FRONTMAN DISCUSSES THE WRITING OF ‘WOODS 4: THE GREEN ALBUM’ – PART 1

March 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Canadian blackened doom merchants WOODS OF YPRES are preparing for the worldwide release of their acclaimed album, WOODS 4: THE GREEN ALBUM.

Originally released in late 2009, WOODS 4: THE GREEN ALBUM is due to be reissued by Earache Records on March 14th in Europe and March 22nd in North America.

WOODS OF YPRES founding member and frontman DAVID GOLD discusses the writing process for the album (part 1):

“The writing process for W4: The Green Album began while sitting on my bed, aimlessly writing riffs in my Seoul, South Korea apartment during my year in exile while living and teaching there in 2007-2008.  The previous WOODS OF YPRES band had collapsed, as did all crucial parts of my former life in Toronto, Canada, suddenly in spring 2007.  I fled to Korea to keep myself busy with work and new experiences until I could sort myself out and figure out my next move.  I feared that if I were to slow down, I’d get low and drown.  I knew I had to go far away, fast, and stay there until life started to make sense to me again.

“I quit my Toronto day job of the previous four years on the morning of my 27th birthday that June.  During the following ten days, I packed what was left of myself into a suitcase and the rest into boxes and storage, and by July 1st, Canada Day, I found myself living and working in Seoul where everything was new, the future so completely unknown.  It was actually quite terrifying in the beginning.  Every waking moment was so uncomfortable that day to day living was agonizingly dreadful.  At some point I went numb and became indifferent to everything.  One day at a time, I developed a little more acceptance for the past while learning to live a little more within my new reality of life in Korea.  Once the numbness melted away and I started to feel, think and form some opinions again, I started to write again, too.

“At the beginning of the journey, summer 2007, I no longer had a band, or anything more than a job to go to and a place to sleep.  I was by myself, completely unknown on the other side of the world, 12 hours of time zones away from my former home and anything familiar.  Teaching work kept me challenged and very busy and gave me a sense of purpose, but when not knowing what to do outside of work hours, I retired to my apartment for the night, made myself some dinner, watched the US Army TV channel (the one channel I got in English), played guitar, maybe wrote riffs and maybe scribbled down a few thoughts that eventually became WOODS OF YPRES songs.

“Twelve months of hurt, exploring, longing, thinking, documenting, teaching, sleeping, waking, eating, drinking, walking around the city listening to Nick Cave, Katatonia and The Magnetic Fields on my iPod, venturing out, getting lost, finding my way and drumming for the Seoul, South Korea metal band NECRAMYTH later, plus a well earned, month long reward trip to Finland for metal and more drinking on the way home from Korea and I was back in Canada, wanting to bring WOODS OF YPRES back from the dead, much like I had done with myself.”

Check back soon for part 2.

WOODS OF YPRES are due to kick off a North American tour next week in support of WOODS 4: THE GREEN ALBUM.  Catch the band live at the following shows:

March 10 – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario @ The Rosie
March 11 – Sudbury Ontario, @ The Serbian Centre (Sudbury Metalfeast)
March 12 – Barrie, Ontario @ The Fox Lounge
March 13 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Mod Club
March 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johhny Brenda’s
March 16 – New York City, NY @ The Bowery Electric
March 17 – Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Rock Diner
March 18 – St. John, NB @ SunStar Lounge
March 19 – Halifax, NS @ Coconut Grove
March 20 – Moncton, NB @ The Manhattan Bar
March 21 – Fredericton, NB @ The Capital Complex

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

WOODS OF YPRES recently released a new music video, for the song “I Was Buried In Mount Pleasant Cemetery”.  Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9TvcAMENJE

WOODS 4: THE GREEN ALBUM is available to pre-order now on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl.  Order your copy now in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_674_758 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_674_745

WOODS 4: THE GREEN ALBUM is out now worldwide on iTunes.  Get the album at http://itunes.apple.com/album/woods-4-the-green-album/id408538564

For more WOODS OF YPRES news and info, head to:

Official site – http://www.woodsofypres.ca
MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/woodsofypres
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/woodsofypres

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