Demonical announces touring plans for 2011

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

The Swedish hellfire horde DEMONICAL have issued the following statement:

We are proud to announce the “Death Infernal Tour 2011” , a crusade running from May 3d to 21st with targets in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia and Czech Republic.
Our allies in Swedish FERAL and UK-based GILLA BRUJA will join the trek hence creating a lethal unity of pure death metal.

In August we will support our devil comrades NUNSLAUGHTER at the “Hell Over Europe Tour”, a massacre desecrating selected clubs and festivals in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic and Germany.

Further info and details tba soon. Pre-posters enclosed as attachements.

DEMONICAL are confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany, 18 – 20 August 2011.

www.summer-breeze.de

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THE FAMINE REVEALS FIRST TRACK FROM ‘THE ARCHITECTS OF GUILT

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

“Ad Mortem” streaming online, Full-length out next month

TEXAS – Lone Star brutal death metal outfit, The Famine, has posted a brand new track from the forthcoming full-length, The Architects of Guilt, on the band’s official MySpace page, entitled, “Ad Mortem”.  Head over to: http://www.myspace.com/thefaminedestroys, to hear the first song to be revealed from The Famine’s sophomore Solid State Records effort, which is slated to hit stores on February 15th.

A mobile-web-accessible YouTube audio stream of “Ad Mortem” is also available on the official The Famine YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfpRCLM_Zz8.

The Famine vocalist, Nick Nowell, explains, “’Ad Mortem’ is a song about addiction, and the excuses we all have for our complicity.  We’ll come up with just about anything to keep from being disgusted with ourselves.”

The track list for The Architects of Guilt is…1. The New Hell
2. Ad Mortem
3. We Are The Wolves
4. Turner Classic Diaries
5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!6. The Crown and The Holy See
7. VII The Fraudulent
8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions
9. A Fragile Peace
10. Pyrithion House
11. To The Teeth

Despite several unfortunate setbacks during the recording process, the finishing touches on the long awaited, The Architects of Guilt, were polished up this fall with the help of the renowned audio mastermind, Jason Suecof.

A behind-the-scenes video blog, filmed during the summer 2010 recording sessions as the band pieced together the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut, The Raven and the Reaping (2008), can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tLNbQsuggk.

The Architects of Guilt can be pre-ordered now through the Solid State Records webstore at: http://zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCD95282, while a CD/t-shirt combo pre-order is available at: http://zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCOMBO95282.
Stay tuned for more information on The Famine and The Architects of Guilt.

The Famine is…

Nick Nowell – vocals

Andrew Godwin – guitar

Mark Garza – drums

Jon Richardson – bass

The Famine online…

www.thefaminedestroys.com

www.myspace.com/thefaminedestroys

www.facebook.com/thefaminedestroys

www.solidstaterecords.com

THE FAMINE REVEALS FIRST TRACK FROM ‘THE ARCHITECTS OF GUILT’
“Ad Mortem” streaming online, Full-length out next month
TEXAS – Lone Star brutal death metal outfit, The Famine, has posted a brand new track from the forthcoming full-length, The Architects of Guilt, on the band’s official MySpace page, entitled, “Ad Mortem”.  Head over to: http://www.myspace.com/thefaminedestroys, to hear the first song to be revealed from The Famine’s sophomore Solid State Records effort, which is slated to hit stores on February 15th.
A mobile-web-accessible YouTube audio stream of “Ad Mortem” is also available on the official The Famine YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfpRCLM_Zz8.
The Famine vocalist, Nick Nowell, explains, “’Ad Mortem’ is a song about addiction, and the excuses we all have for our complicity.  We’ll come up with just about anything to keep from being disgusted with ourselves.”
The track list for The Architects of Guilt is…
1. The New Hell
2. Ad Mortem
3. We Are The Wolves
4. Turner Classic Diaries
5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!
6. The Crown and The Holy See
7. VII The Fraudulent
8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions
9. A Fragile Peace
10. Pyrithion House
11. To The Teeth
Despite several unfortunate setbacks during the recording process, the finishing touches on the long awaited, The Architects of Guilt, were polished up this fall with the help of the renowned audio mastermind, Jason Suecof.
A behind-the-scenes video blog, filmed during the summer 2010 recording sessions as the band pieced together the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut, The Raven and the Reaping (2008), can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tLNbQsuggk.
The Architects of Guilt can be pre-ordered now through the Solid State Records webstore at: http://zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCD95282, while a CD/t-shirt combo pre-order is available at: http://zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCOMBO95282.
Stay tuned for more information on The Famine and The Architects of Guilt.
The Famine is…
Nick Nowell – vocals
Andrew Godwin – guitar
Mark Garza – drums
Jon Richardson – bass
The Famine online…

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Dreaming Dead announce addition of lead guitarist Stephanie Pickard

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG
Dreaming Dead

Dreaming Dead

DREAMING DEAD are proud to announce the addition of lead guitarist Stephanie Pickard.  She and singer/guitarist Elizabeth Schall form the most shredding female guitar tandem in metal today.

Pickard studied with Bruce Bouillet and Paul Gilbert of legendary shred band RACER X.  She became a Minarik Guitars endorsee at the age of 16.  Schall is a Fernandes Guitars endorsee.  She will perform at NAMM at the Fernandes Guitars booth on January 14 and 15.

A video of them playing together can be viewed here.

DREAMING DEAD have drawn comparisons to DEATH, DISSECTION, and OPETH.  In April, the Los Angeles-based band will enter the studio to record their new album Midnightmares.

http://www.myspace.com/dreamingdead
http://www.facebook.com/DreamingDeadBand
http://twitter.com/dreamingdead

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PARTY.SAN News Update; AT THE GATES will play!

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Happy New Year metal friends! This just in from the promoters of PARTY.SAN 2011:

AT THE GATES: Swedish death metal legends AT THE GATES will play PARTY.SAN OA 2011! After two years of silence, the band recently decided to play a handful of well-chosen festivals and one of them will be PARTY.SAN OA in Schlotheim, Germany. With timeless recordings like The Red In The Sky Is Ours and Slaughter Of The Soul to their name, this is truly a special event not to be missed. Spread the word: AT THE GATES @ PSOA 2011! http://www.atthegates.se

MORGOTH: Ever since Century Media reissued MORGOTH‘s 1991 offering Cursed in 2006, in addition to the “Best Of” compilation release a year earlier, constant rumors have circulated about an actual MORGOTH return. Those rumors have finally come to fruition and the German death metal squadron will actively celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original release of Cursed by playing PARTY.SAN OA 2011 (among other carefully chosen summer festivals)! The setlist will mainly consist of songs from their pivotal debut as well as some cuts from the classic 1989/1990 EPs Resurrection Absurd and The Eternal Fall. The band’s lineup for these special shows is nearly confirmed and will include vocalist Marc Grewe, guitarists Harry Busse and Sebastian Swart, bassist Thilo Mellies as well as a great drummer, soon to be announced. Grewe comments: “Throughout the next months we will make sure to prepare a great show for us all to celebrate together in 2011. We seriously look forward to seeing old friends, peers and faithful supporters of the band again as well as playing to new audiences during the upcoming string of festival shows.” http://www.morgoth.eastpool.com/index.php

Also on the PARTY.SAN 2011 bill:

BELPHEGOR
ENSIFERUM
HAIL OF BULLETS
MELECHESH
MORBID ANGEL
NACHTMYSTIUM
NEGURA BUNGET
PANZER CHRIST
TAAKE

Save now on your ticket to PARTY.SAN METAL OPEN AIR 2011 which includes various limited t-shirt or P.S:O:A DVD combos. For more info, visit: http://www.cudgel.de:

– Ticket PSOA 2011 w/ out Shirt: 49,90€ + delivery
– Ticket PSOA 2011 + limited to 666pieces shirt in S,M,L,Xl,XXL: 49,90€ + delivery
– Ticket PSOA 2011 + DVD 2009: 65,00€ + delivery
– Ticket PSOA 2011 + DVD 05, 07 or 08: 54,00€ + delivery
– DVD 2009: 19,99€ + delivery

ABOUT PARTY.SAN: PARTY.SAN is an annual metal festival founded in 1996 as an open air birthday party with several local bands. Due to troubles with the public order office the official open air, called Endsommer-Festival, had to be delayed from August to September. Nevertheless the first festival took place unofficially in August, thus there  were two open air festivals that year. In the years to follow, festival was held the second weekend in August and has grown to accommodate  more than 10,000 visitors and prides itself on showcasing extreme metal’s finest acts. PARTY.SAN 2011 will run from August 11 – 13, 2011 at Flugplatz Obermehler in Schlotheim, Germany.

For more info, visit: http://www.party-san.de
http://www.cudgel.de

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Manowar’s only scheduled 2011 appearance in North America!

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG
MANOWAR

MANOWAR

This is Manowar’s only scheduled appearance in North America!

In addition to performing Manowar classics, the band will perform the entire Battle Hymns record in celebration of the release of Battle Hymns 2011. The album will be available in stores in the US and Canada starting February 1st, 2011 but it’s already available in CD, MP3 and Limited Edition Picture Disc at The Kingdom Of Steel: www.thekingdomofsteel.com

After 6 years, the wait for true metal in America is over!

This show in Cleveland will also feature HolyHell as very special guests.

Tickets go on sale January 7, 2011, details to follow soon.

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NEURAXIS Launch First Track From Upcoming “Asylon” Album

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Montreal’s NEURAXIS have launched the first track from their upcoming album, “Asylon,” which will be released in North America on February 15th, 2011. Check out the track, “Asylum,” now, at Prosthetic Records’ webstore, where the official pre-order is now running. ( http://store.prostheticrecords.com/)

“Asylon” was recorded at Wildsound Studio with producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Last Felony, The Agonist). The cover art was created by artist Dennis Sibeijn of Damnengine Artwork, who worked with the band on their previous album, “The Thin Line Between,” as well with Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira and more.

NEURAXIS will support death metal masters Deicide in February and March and legendary extreme metal act, Sepultura in April and May.
See NEURAXIS on the following dates:
2/5            Drummondville, QC @ Drummondville Metalfest/ Salle Gaston Mandeville
2/10            Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Mavericks #
2/11              Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s #
2/12              Cleveland, OH – Pirate’s Cove #
2/13              Nashville, TN – The Muse #
2/15       Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *
2/16        Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall *
2/17        Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 *
2/18        Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero *
2/19       Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall *
2/20       Worcester, MA – The Palladium *
2/21        New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre *
2/22       Quebec City,  QUE –  Imperial de Quebec *
2/23        Montreal, QUE – Cafe Campus *
2/24       London, ONT – Music Hall *
2/25        Toronto, ONT –  Opera House *
2/26       Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club *
2/27        Detroit, MI – Blondie’s *
2/28        Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall *
3/1        Tulsa, OK – Marquee *
3/2       Denver, CO –  Bluebird Theater *
3/4       Seattle, WA – El Corazon *
3/5       Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre *
3/7                   Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon *
3/8        Los Angeles, CA – Key Club *
3/9/        San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick *
3/10                Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse *
3/11             Amirillo, TX – The War Legion Underground #
3/12              Ft Worth, TX – Rail Club #
3/13              Houston, TX – Numbers #
3/15             Tampa, FL – Brass Mug #
3/16              Nashville, TN – The Muse(2nd show) #
3/17              Newport News, VA – Budda’s Place #
3/18              Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar and Grill #
3/19              Manchester, NH – Rocko’s #
4/18              Toronto, ON – Opera House $
4/19              Quebec , QC – Imperial $
4/20              Montreal, QC – Club Soda $
4/21              Ottawa, ON – Mavericks $
4/22              Worcester, MA – Palladium $
4/23              Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom $
4/24              Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero $
4/25              New York, NY – The Gramercy Theater $
4/26              Charlotte, NC – The Tremont Hall $
4/27              Orlando, FL – The Club At Firestone $
4/28              Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room $
4/29              Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade $
5/01              Tyler, TX – Clicks $
5/02              Houston, TX – Scout Bar $
5/03              Dallas, TX – Trees $
5/04              Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory $
5/05              Lubbock, TX – Jake’s $
5/06              Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater $
5/07              Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse $
5/08              Tuscson, AZ – Club DV8 $
5/09              San Diego, CA – House Of Blues $
5/10              Reno, NV – Knitting Factory $
5/11              San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom $
5/12              Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater $
5/13              Seattle, WA – El Corazon $
5/14              Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory $
5/16              Englewood, CO – Gothic Theater $
5/17              Wichita, KS – The OZ Café $
5/18              St Paul, MN – Station 4 $
5/19              Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club $
5/20              Detroit, MI – Blondie’s $
5/21              Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall $
5/22              Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s $
5/23              Louisville, KY – Expo Five $
5/24              Milwaukee, WI – Rave $
5/26              Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo $
5/27              Regina, SK – The Exchange $
5/28              Calgary, AB – Dickens $
5/29              Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room $
5/30             Prince George, BC – Third $
5/31              Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater $
# w/ Blackguard
* w/ Deicide, Belphegor, Pathology, Blackguard
$ w/ Sepultura, Belphegor, Hate, Keep Of Kalessin, Bonded By Blood

The technical death metal outfit was founded in 1994 and has done time on the road with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Despised Icon, The Faceless and took part in the 2008 Canadian Summer Slaughter Tour, with Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Beneath the Massacre and more.

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Best of 2010 – CelticBob

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Top 20 of 2010

1. Sin City Sinners – Exile On Freemont Street

2. Black Label Society – Order Of The Black

3. Danko Jones – Below The Belt

4. Bobnoxious – Cocktales

5. Scorpions – Sting In The Tail

6. Kottak – Rock and Roll Forever

7. Airbourne – No Guts, No Glory

8. Blackwood Creek

9. Ratt – Infestation

10. Accept – Blood of Nations

11. Rob Zombie – Hellbilly Deluxe

12. Danzig – Deth Red Sabboth

13. Slash – ST

14. Nail – Power and Greed

15. Black Country Communion

16. Murderdolls – Women and Children Last

17. Ozzy – Scream

18. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier

19. Keel – Streets Of Rock and Roll

20. Stone Sour – Audio Secrecy

Top (Let’s Get Rocked) Releases

   1. Mudmen – Another Day

   2. Rex Goudie – One Hundred Pages Later

   3. Hank III – Rebel Within

   4. Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

   5. The Creepshow – They All Fall Down

   6. Robert Plant – Band of Joy

   7. Neil Young – Le Noise

Best New Band

Sin City Sinners

This band features Canadian Todd Kerns (Age of Electric/Slash) on vocals and Ex-Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muscat.

Best Metal DVD/Blu-Ray

Alice Cooper – Theatre of Death (BD)

An Alice show is always a good time and this Blu-Ray proves it for those that have never had the fortune of witnessing a Cooper show in person. The quality and performance are second to none making this the video release of the year.

Discovery of 2010

Metal-wise I never discovered anything ‘New’ but listened to allot of Zakk Wylde/Black Label Society as well as Down and Pantera. My ‘New’ discovery was Danko Jones. He’s been around for awhile and I’ve heard the name but this past summer I heard his music for the first time while driving around London, Ont in a “Rock You” Jetta.

Best concert attended in 2010

Saw several excellent shows this past year but the Scorpions/Cinderella one in Toronto was the best.

As usual Cinderella were spot on and put on a fantastic set. Scorpions were just phenomenal. These guys are going out on top, hands down. Klaus, Matthias and Rudolph were amazing. Kottak stole the show though. He was a monster on the drums and his stage presence and audience interaction couldn’t have been better. Despite Kottak stealing the show the only thing that could have possibly made it better for the final tour was to have Herman Ze German make an appearance on Drums and Francis Buchholz on Bass for nostalgic reasons.

Runner’s up include:

Bret Michaels in a small banquet room of a casino that held 675 people. I spent the majority of the show on stage making for one awesome and memorable show.

BLS – First time seeing Zakk live. Fucking killer show.

Helix – Back to Back shows with the classic 80’s line-up . Friday night in a club and the next night at an outdoor festival.

Worst Concert: Iron Maiden w/ Dream Theater

While DT may be technically amazing their live show and stage presence sucks the big one. LaBrie would sing a few lines then disappear behind the stack of Marshall’s. The only redeeming factor was Portnoy’s drumming. He is amazing, enjoyable to watch and interacted with the crowd.

Maiden were amazing BUT chose to play mostly newer material. This was disappointing as a fan who never got to see them live before until this tour.

ALBUM disappointments of 2010

Vince Neil – Tattoos and Tequila

The title track got our hopes up for a killer album from Vince BUT he chose to do 1 new song, a Motley leftover (which is also a great song) and the rest are cover songs. Thanks for coming out Vince.

Greatest hopes for 2011

All things Motorhead; The new album to kick our ass and the Lemmy movie to do the same. I also have hopes for them to come back to Eastern Canada which is highly unlikely and it’s just as unlikely that we’ll get a show/tour with Wurzel and Philthy back on stage with Lemmy. One can only hope which is what this category is all about.

Looking forward to Zakk Wylde’s book “Bringing Metal To The Children”

Also looking forward to the new discs from Sixx:AM and Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander Once again…I hope for new material from Razor and Monster Voodoo Machine.

Best Covers Album

Joe Elliott’s Down ‘n’ Outz – My Regeneration

Best Live Album

Down – Diary Of A Mad Band.

Best EP

Casablanca – Kings, Queens and Guillotenes

Former Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie’s newest band. This EP heralded the greatest single “Downtown” of the year.

Best “Best Of”, Greatest Hits, Re-Recorded Hits….

This would have to go to one of my all-time favorite bands; Helix. They just released SMASH HITS…UNPLUGGED. Recorded in studio they re-worked some classic songs and did them acoustically with some different instrumentation as well.

Best Book

Ozzy’s I AM OZZY and Bobby Blotzer’s TALES OF A RATT (Tie). Ozzy’s book was incredible from start to finish yet Blotzer’s was slightly more interesting. After reading both you come realize both were majorly fucked up but Bobby tries to be the nice guy but comes off as an asshole. I have just started Vince’s book so that one wasn’t in the running. Other books of enjoyment were THE LAST LIVING SLUT by Roxana Shiraz and Steve Seabury’s MOSH POTATOES. The latter being a Heavy Metal cookbook. Beers Up!

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Best of 2010 – Brat

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

2010 HIGHS AND LOWS – BRAT

TOP 20 ALBUMS

I’d have to say 2010 has been the hardest year to complile a Top 20. There was a plethora of super albums released this year and so many great ones have missed out on being immortalised on these pages.


1. Sabaton – Coat of Arms

2. Scorpions – Sting In The Tail

3. Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony

4. Firewind – Days Of Defiance

5. Crazy Lixx – New Religion

6. Keep of Kalessin – Reptilian

7. Blind Guardian – At The Edge Of Time

8. Masterplan –Time To Be King

9. Poisonblack – Of Rust and Bones

10. Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy

11. Kiuas – Lustdriven

12. Treat – Coup De Grace

13. Ghost Machinery – Out For Blood

14. Apocalyptica – 7th Symphony

15. Rage – Strings To A Web

16. Helloween – 7 Sinners

17. Kissin’ Dynamite – Addicted To Metal

18. HB – Pääkallonpaikka

19. Angra – Aqua

20. Drigva Дрыгва – Сын Магутнага Рода


BEST NEW BAND

Thaurorod

BEST GOTH ALBUM

1. The Murder Of My Sweet – Divinity

2. Darkseed – Poison Awaits

GREATEST HOPES FOR 2011

1. Not to lose anymore legends under tragic circumstances.

2. Soundwave festival grounds to be logically organised instead of the mess they presented in 2010.

3. A full length release from Russian power metal band CATHARSIS. This year’s EP release, Иной, was brilliant.

4. Getting out of Australia to soak up some ‘kulcha’.


DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2010

1. Missing the 2010 festival season in the Northern hemisphere.

2. What was MICHAEL KISKE thinking?!?!?

3. TARJA TURUNEN’s What Lies Beneath

4. The Myspace mess

BEST LIVE SHOWS OF 2010

1. Screamfest: EDGUY, SONATA ARCTICA, ENSIFERUM, VANISHING POINT, BLACK MAJESTY. What a way to start 2010!

2. TURISAS, The Factory, Sydney

3. ALESTORM, Gaelic Theatre, Sydney

4. STRYPER, The Metro Theatre, Sydney – Michael Sweet’s still got it!


HIGHLIGHT OF 2010

The plethora of excellent album releases. Compiling my top 20 this year was extremely difficult.

TRAGEDIES OF 2010

RIP Ronnie James Dio

RIP Peter Steele

RIP Steve Lee

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WATAIN – World Wide Death Band Issues Year-End Update

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

In a year end message from Swedish black metal legion, WATAIN: “North and South America have now been left in ashes, and with that the Lawless Darkness Tour 2010 is over. Hail to those who made it possible, and those who made it even more triumphant; North: Watain Disciples USA, Goatwhore, Black Anvil, Decibel Magazine, Liz and Dave at Earsplit, Jimmy and the Duff’s crew, Josh at Dean Guitars, Engl Amps, Black Witchery, Negative Plane, Averse Sefira, Hod. South: Arma Productions, Hells Angels Antofagasta, Careloco and The Chilean Watain Militia, Kythrone, the mighty Mortuary Drape, the Tumba crew, and all those whose presence strengthened us along the long and winding road through hell and back. You know who you are. A special mention to S.L of The Devil’s Blood who took on the lead guitar duties in North America; hail brother! Finally, a thunderous salute to our iron crew, without whom none of this would have been possible.

To view a clip from Swedish TV (with English subtitles) about WATAIN‘s appearance at the Sweden Rock festival in June earlier this year, point your browser HERE. The concert was aired on the Swedish national radio program P3-Live on Thursday December 23rd.

And it is that time of the year again, when the media compile their lists and distribute awards. WATAIN has received the following awards and nominations for 2010:
#1 Album Of The Year – Close Up Magazine
#1 Album Of The Year – Sweden Rock Magazine
#1 Band Of The Year – Terrorizer Readers Poll
#1 Personality Of The Year – Terrorizer Readers Poll
#2 Album Of The Year – Decibel Magazine

WATAIN have also been nominated for:
“Hardrock” Category of the Swedish Grammy Awards
“Hardrock” Category of the P3 Gold Awards
“Nordic Album 2010” of the Nordic Music Price Awards   In light of all this, we would like you to contemplate upon the following lines:
“It is the magic combination of fierceness and beauty that makes the Wolf an exception even in nature. Revered outlaws, feared in their bestial nature, yet also objects of fascination and curiosity, of naturally inhabited and unreachable grace, that men love to hate, and hate to love. But regardless of what judgement the vox populi might pass on the nighttime predators, they remain just that; a rare breed of hunters; alone, aside, untamed, always hungry…”

http://www.templeofwatain.com

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SONATA ARCTICA: EIGHTH “BEHIND THE SCENES” TOUR VIDEO NOW ONLINE

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have uploaded the eighth video installment of a series featuring behind-the-scenes footage from their recent South American tour.  Watch the video clip here.

Watch all “behind-the-scenes” video installments from SONATA’s South American tour on SONATATELEVISION here: www.youtube.com/SONATATELEVISION.

SONATA ARCTICA’s February 27, 2011 concert in Milan, Italy will be filmed for the band’s second live DVD, to be released in late 2011.

The Days Of Grays, SONATA ARCTICA’s latest studio album, debuted on the Billboard Top New Artist “Heatseekers” chart at #19 the week following its release.  The album track “Flag In The Ground” can be purchased for Playstation 3 & XBOX 360 gaming systems via the RockBand music library by clicking here.

View SONATA ARCTICA’s video for “Flag In The Ground” here.

Visit SONATA ARCTICA online at www.SONATAARCTICA.info, www.myspace.com/SONATAARCTICA, www.facebook.com/SONATAARCTICA, and twitter.com/SONATAARCTICA.

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EXODUS TO OPEN FOR IRON MAIDEN IN CHILE

January 3rd, 2011
by EvilG

California Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are very happy to announce they will open for the legendary IRON MAIDEN on April 10th, 2011 at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile.

Guitarist Gary Holt shares the exciting news:

“We had two shows left on the ‘Thrash Fest Tour,’ everybody was tired and burned out, and then I got word that EXODUS will open for the one-and-only IRON MAIDEN in Chile!  Best news ever!  Just unbelievable! There’s no one bigger than IRON MAIDEN in South America. I’ve seen the DVD footage of their shows down in that part of the world, and to actually get to open for them ANYWHERE is amazing!  But down there?  Absolutely spectacular!  We’ll be playing Santiago with my heroes – a band whose songs we were covering at backyard parties – in front of 65,000 people!  Suddenly we all got a big second wind!  Stoked beyond belief is an understatement!”

Four months out, 22,000 tickets to this concert have already been sold.  José Luis Corral, the event’s producer, states:

“We added EXODUS to expose the audience to something more extreme and also to have another classic name fundamental in the history of hard rock [on the bill] and very important for a generation of Chilean metalheads. I think it’s the first time they’ve played together.”
EXODUS recently returned from the highly successful “Thrash Fest Tour” in Europe with KREATOR, DEATH ANGEL and SUICIDAL ANGELS.

Visit EXODUS online at www.myspace.com/EXODUS, www.facebook.com/exodusattack, www.YouTube.com/exodus, and www.twitter.com/_exodus

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Best of 2010

January 3rd, 2011
by EvilG

Best of 2010

As always, the top albums are for releases from 2010 that are full albums (no EP’s or demos). They also have to be new studio albums for 2010, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each staff members personal "best of" lists which besides the top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, disappointments of 2010, greatest hopes for 2011, personal metal discovery of 2010, and various other metal-related categories. Enjoy!



The Top 30  Heavy Metal Albums of 2010

(Click the album cover to read our review.

If no review is available the link it to the band’s MySpace page.)

1. Accept – Blood of the Nations

ACCEPT

Wolf Hoffman’s reaction to the band’s #1 placement in our list was:

"Sensational!!! We are so happy about this reaction by the fans. This last year has been nothing short of phenomenal for Accept."

BLOOD OF THE NATIONS is a fantastic album, so fantastic that it very easily came out on top when we compiled our best of 2010 list! In the media, producer Andy Sneap said when he worked with the band he made them go back and listen to the 80’s albums, and it worked. Accept have delivered the album they needed to make. Accept reformed with a vocalist who is just as good as Udo Dirkschneider. Vocalist Mark Tornillo rages through the songs with power and charisma, without being a clone. Accept have proven to the world in 2010 they are still relevant, powerful, uncompromising and most of all entertaining. Welcome back!

2. Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time 

Blind Guardian

Easily the best and strongest Blind Guardian album since NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH with a maximum of variety and everything that has turned these guys from Krefeld into what they are today: one of Germany’s most successful and influential metal bands. With AT THE EDGE OF TIME, Blind Guardian returned to the fold in total triumph. This is an album to be enjoyed for numerous repeat listens. Newer fans should eat it up, and older fans should be appeased with the band’s renewed emphasis on their thrashy roots.

3. Ratt– Infestation

Ratt

Ratt is Metal. Always have been and likely always will be. From their appearance on the very first Metal Massacre compilation in 1981 alongside the likes of Metallica, Malice, and Bitch, to the new 2010 album, Ratt have always been among the heaviest of the so-called "hair metal" bands. So despite what the revisionists may think, Ratt have a firm spot in the development and evolution of the Heavy Metal genre and have earned their spot in this year’s list. Sonically the Ratt Pack is back! The band had stated they wanted a real up-tempo record and distinctly aimed for the classic sound. They nailed it. It’s all there, the swagger and slight sneer of Pearcy voice, the fluid and fiery soloing of DeMartini’s axe-work, the complimentary work of Cavazo…it’s a beautiful thing to behold!

4. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones

Triptykon

Thomas Gabriel Fischer (AKA Tom G. Warrior) has nothing to prove to anyone. As the principal architect behind Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, Fischer’s body of work is the reason that many bands exist today. Two years since Celtic Frost’s very public dissolution, Fischer could have easily opted to rest on his laurels and bask in the afterglow of his evil legacy, but nooooo. To the contrary, Fischer has assembled a new band and recorded an album of new material that’s arguably some of the best in his career. Triptykon is the band, EPARISTERA DAIMONES is the album, and yes – it’s as good as Fischer has promised it to be!

5. Melechesh –  The Epigenesis 

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Black/Death/Middle Eastern "Mesopotamian Metal" extremists made a big impact this year. Originally from IsraHELL and now based out of the Netherlands, the band has been around in some form since 1993. That Melechesh are able to maintain the album’s early momentum through to the record’s dying moments makes what they have achieved with THE EPIGENESIS that much more remarkable. Unlike so much of what passes for modern-day extremity, every one of this disc’s eleven tracks bristles with its own identity and design. It will demand a lot of attention – this definitely isn’t the record to whip out at your next kegger – but the rewards far outweigh the investment. Absolutely superb in every way.

6.  Helloween – 7 Sinners

Helloween

Helloween are very comfortable right now. They are back on a major label, the line-up has been stable for probably the longest stretch in the bands history, and they have fallen into a great pattern of releasing a studio album every couple of years (right around Halloween naturally). Relaxed, confident and mature the band have nothing to prove but instead of delivering a complacent record, the band have delivered the fastest, heaviest album of their career. It’s their 26th release over and 13th full-length studio album of all-new, original material. Lucky #13 for the band sees a crowning achievement with 13 killer cuts spread across the hour. Helloween have delivered a masterpiece. It will quickly silence all the fans who couldn’t stomach UNARMED from earlier this year.

7. OverKill – Ironbound

OverKill

The veteran New Jersey boys return with a compelling slab of unmistakeably old school thrash that is tinged with a fine mix of groove, progressiveness and melody that separates Overkill from the multitudes of carbon-copy thrashers out there. This is modern thrash the way it should be played: roots in the 80s but with its direction and ambition befitting a metal scene on the cusp of its 30-year anniversary. It’s a beautiful thing to behold: while most of their contemporaries have split up or sold out, Overkill are still doing their thing, updating and improving but never forgetting where they came from.

8.  Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy

Nevermore

Five years – that’s how long Nevermore made us wait for a sequel to the still awe-inspiring THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOUR. By modern-day standards that’s an absolute eternity, the length of which only the likes of Slayer or Metallica could reasonably be expected to get away with. Regardless of delay, the album is a perfect example of heavy metal in its purest, most intelligent and provocative form. As always the band defies classification with elements of power, thrash, prog, blended together into a mixture that is uniquely Nevermore.

9. Sabaton – Coat of Arms

SABATON

Sweden’s war metallers, Sabaton, have been consistently moving to the forefront of the power metal movement in the last few years. COAT OF ARMS continues Sabaton’s fine tradition of power metal with bite. The band is in fine form throughout and do not disappoint. You listen to a Sabaton album for the pounding marches (“Uprising”) the fast assaults (“Midway”, “Screaming Eagles”), and the catchy hooks and choruses (every damn song!) and COAT OF ARMS has it all!

10. Halford – IV – Made of Metal

HALFORD

Finally! Halford was really overdue. Despite having a skeleton of a catalog, Halford really needed to put some meat on the bones of his solo career. MADE OF METAL is really only the third studio album of all new material in over 10 years. Sure the catalog looks impressive but in reality, live albums, demo albums, EP’s, digital only live albums and novelty Christmas albums are just filler. Halford needed to deliver the goods and we’re pleased to say he is still made of Metal. The album clocks in at a whopping 14 tracks at over an hour it is his longest solo album to date.

 

Number 11 to 20

11. Crazy Lixx – New Religion

Crazy Lixx
12. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier Iron Maiden
13. Scorpions – Sting In The Tail Scorpions
14. Immolation – Majesty and Decay Immolation
 15. Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony / Angel Of Babylon Avantasia
16. High on Fire – Snakes For The Divine High On Fire
17. Kylesa – Spiral Shadow Kylesa
18. Death Angel – Relentless Retribution Death Angel
19. Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra

Dimmu Borgir
20. Wuthering Heights – Salt Wuthering Heights


 

Number 21 to 30

21. Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Relentless

22. Danzig – Deth Red Sabaoth

23.
Black Label Society – Order of the Black

24. Reckless Love – Reckless Love

25. Hail Of Bullets – On Divine Winds

26. Hardcore Superstar – Split Your Lip

27. Forbidden – Omega Wave

28. Heathen – The Evolution of Chaos

29. Rage – Strings To A Web

30. Circle II Circle – Consequence of Power

 

Individual Staff Lists For 2010

Includes: top 20, best new band, best DVD, discovery of the year, greatest hopes for 2011, and disappointments of 2010.

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DEATH – Revamped Cover Art For The Sound Of Perseverance Revealed; Chuck Schuldiner Biography In The Works

January 2nd, 2011
by EvilG
DEATH - The Sound Of Perseverance

DEATH - The Sound Of Perseverance

Eric Greif, Esq. for Perseverance Holdings Ltd. (which runs everything related to late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED legend Chuck Schuldiner’s intellectual property) has issued the following update on the official Death/Control Denied/Chuck Schuldiner website EmptyWords:

“A very happy 2011 to all Death and Control Denied fans around the world! This is going to be an exciting and dramatic year for all of us preserving Chuck’s legacy – not just of course the fact that in December it will be a full decade since Chuck died, but due to all of the cool things happening that keep his music and memory very much alive. The Schuldiners and I, in partnership with Relapse Records – and with the full cooperation and support of all the former band members and associates – have been painstakingly dealing with every small detail to ensure that the Death and Control Denied names live on for the diehards as well as with a new generation just discovering the groundbreaking music.

You already know some of what is happening: Producer Jim Morris is already working with the Control Denied guys on the much anticipated completion of When Man And Machine Collide (yes, this is now the fixed, proper title), which will eventually be out on Relapse. Keep checking EmptyWords for progress reports; Relapse production manager Drew Juergens and I continue to map out the reissues, gathering together rarities and extras to make each release is historical – one of the Death reissues will even be a complete album remix by Jim Morris (more news on that in EmptyWords as it becomes available)!

The official Death fan club The Metal Crusade will soon be re-launched. There will be a Chuck Schuldiner biography by trailblazing metallic globetrotter Ian Christe. And the first Death reissue is The Sound of Perseverance in mindboggling two-CD standard (available internationally) and three-CD deluxe (available through Relapse mail order only) versions, scheduled for release in February – but the big news is that the cover has been revamped by original artist Travis Smith… and I am here giving the official debut of the new cover at EmptyWords for all to see!

All of this would surely meet Chuck’s approval. However, the most important thing is to make the fans happy – and that is our motivation, as it was Chuck’s. Keep the metal flowing and I hope to meet a lot of you in this New Year.”

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Witness History on board 70000TONS OF METAL – TESTAMENT to preform 2 classic albums in their entirety!

January 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

Witness History on board 70000TONS OF METAL!

TESTAMENT will play two very unique shows on board. At the first show they will prove their Titan trash status by playing The Legacy album in it’s entirety. At the second show they will play another iconic masterpiece: The New Order album. Are you ready to witness history in the making? 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Don’t miss the boat! BOOK NOW! Only very few cabins remain!

70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival wishes you Happy New Year!

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Blackguard
Blind Guardian
Cripper
Dark Tranquillity
Death Angel
Destruction
DuskMachine
Ensiferum
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth
Korpiklaani
Malevolent Creation
Marduk
Moonspell
Nevermore
Obituary
Rage
Raven
Sabaton
Sanctuary
Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Twilight Of The Gods (performing BATHORY masterpieces)
Týr
Uli Jon Roth
Unleashed
Voivod
Witchburner

SAXON will play two unique shows. One night they will perform the Wheels Of Steel LP in its entirety and on a different night, for the second show, they will play Strong Arm Of The Law from start to finish.

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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DAN SWANÖ (EDGE OF SANITY) pubished digitalized UNISOUND-studio guestbook online

January 2nd, 2011
by EvilG
Dan Swanö

Dan Swanö

Swedish musician and producer Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY; NIGHTINGALE) published an early UNISOUND-studio guestbook online; it is from 1997 and features for example entries on Katatonia-, Opeth-, Nightingale- and many more recordings which took place during that time.
Now the guestbook is available for the first time to the public, as it was recently digitalized. Many “liner notes” by Dan on the recording process back then were added.

Dan Swanö’s UNISOUND-studio existed for the most part of the 1990s, was closed for some years and reopened in 2005.

About the guestbook, Dan writes:
“In 1994 I introduced the guestbook at Unisound Recordings. It quickly became a hit with the bands that recorded with me. Some members seemed to take their guestbook pages more seriously than their music!

This was an early form of a homepage. Every band knew that the others would look at their page, and often left messages or insults for the others to read when they returned for another recording.

The first guestbook to be made available to world is from 1996/1997. It is a bit more luxurious than the previous one (That will be unleashed later in 2011).  Most of the pages have Polaroid photos. The film cost a bloody fortune, but looking back, it was so worth it!

Enjoy!!”

Guestbook cover:

UNISOUND-studio guestbook cover

UNISOUND-studio guestbook cover

Source:
http://www.unisound.se/
http://www.unisound.se/book/black/

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