Keeping with their tradition of bringing listeners the finest in underground metal, Abyss Records is pleased to announce the recent signing of Latvian old-school, sludge-laden death metal act DISEIM. With a five-song demo entitled Sinner already making its way through the metal community, DISEIM are currently hard at work on their full-length debut scheduled for a summer 2011 release on Abyss Records.
DISEIM is an old-school sludge/death metal band from Latvia. The band was formed in 2007 by the drummer Imants Vovers and guitarist Dmitrijs Bulavskis. In 2008 the vocalist main songwriter Sergey Stavro joined the band, adding his poignant lyrics and guttural growl to a sound already defined by breakneck percussion and grinding guitar riffs. In 2009 the lineup was rounded out by bassist Alex Makarovs. DISEIM frequently performs live and recently released their first demo, Sinner. The band is currently recording their full-length debut.
Richmond, Virginia’s MUNICIPAL WASTE, who are currently on the road in Europe for a headlining tour, are set to make a special appearance tomorrow (Tuesday, 14th December) at Earache Record’s pop-up retail shop in Nottingham, England.
MUNICIPAL WASTE will be appearing in-store at the shop in the West End Arcade, Nottingham at 6:00pm for a signing session, before their headline show at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham that night.
On sale in the shop only is an ultra rare ENFORCER/VOLTURE (featuring RYAN WASTE of MUNICIPAL WASTE) 7″ split vinyl, limited to just 200 numbered copies. Also available is a killer range of metal CDs, LPs, t-shirts, merch and other rarities.
See a photo of ENFORCER in the shop during their signing session on Saturday, 11th December at http://j.mp/eOF8nN
Earache’s pop-up shop is only open until the end of Tuesday (10am – 6pm daily) so get down there fast to grab some metal bargains in time for Christmas.
Swedish melodic metal masters LION’S SHARE have been confirmed for next year’s installment of the Karmøygeddon metal festival, set to take place May 6-7, 2011 in Haugesund, Norway. Other acts include AMORPHIS, GRAVE DIGGER, CRIMSON GLORY, THE HAUNTED etc.
LION’S SHARE recently performed four BLACK SABBATH and DIO classics — “Mob Rules”, “Heaven And Hell”, “Stand Up And Shout” and “We Rock” — with legendary drummer Vinny Appice (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, DIO), during his Scandinavian Drum Day appearance in Stockholm, Sweden.
Check out video footage of the “Heaven And Hell” soundcheck performance:
LION’S SHARE’s critically acclaimed “Dark Hours” album was released in 2009. The follow-up to 2007’s “Emotional Coma” was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SYMPHONY X, PARADISE LOST, AMON AMARTH) and features a guest appearance by SYMPHONY X guitarist Mike Romeo (solo on “Behind The Curtain”).
WAN Announce Session DrummerSwedish old-school black metal kvltists WAN have announced that SPAZMOSITY drummer Dimman will joining the group as a session drummer for the foreseeable future. Vocalist Tsjud comments,”We have recruited a new session drummer that will appear on all future recordings and possible live gigs. The drummer is Dimman from the band SPAZMOSITY, and his first assignment with us will be the recording of a cover song for a tribute album, followed by the recording of our second album in January/February.”
WAN’s unholy offering of grim, Bathory-inspired black metal, Wolves Of The North was released earlier this year on Abyss Records. The band is currently slated to appear on an upcoming Shining tribute album entitled
Livets Ändhållplats and have chosen the track “Svart” as their contribution. A follow up to Wolves Of The North is due out sometime next year.
Courageously blending folk and melodic death metal, ale-guzzling Australian warriors CLAIM THE THRONE return with the third and most solid release to date, TRIUMPH AND BEYOND.
Formed in 2005, CLAIM THE THRONE have built a reputation for outrageous live performances and a unique style of metal. With a newly refined line-up in 2010, TRIUMPH AND BEYOND displays the band at their peak with 12 tracks of fearless victory and its festive aftermath.
TRIUMPH AND BEYOND was recorded by Dr Al Smith at Bergerk! Studios and is available through PRIME CUTS Records from December 4th 2010.
CLAIM THE THRONE are: Ashley Large (Drums), Glenn Dyson (Guitar/ Vocals), Jim Parker (Bass/ Vocals), Jesse Millea (Keyboards/ Vocals), Brendon Cabriotti (Guitars/ Vocals)
The recently-released double-disc Dio CD, ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987,’ is about to get a glorious vinyl makeover. On February 15, 2011, the album will be issued as a double vinyl set with deluxe gatefold packaging, and on 180 gram vinyl – the first-ever Dio album to be released in this high quality vinyl format. The album was mixed and mastered under the supervision of Dio’s longtime engineer, Wyn Davis, and comes hot on the heels of the CD version’s success (debuting at #98 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart – Dio’s strongest chart debut in the “Soundscan era”).
The first disc of ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987’ was recorded at the first-ever UK performance by Dio’s solo group, while on tour supporting their classic debut, ‘Holy Diver.’ And the set-list does a superb job reflecting Dio’s debut (featuring such classics as “Rainbow in the Dark,” “Stand Up And Shout,” etc.), as well as classics from both Rainbow and Black Sabbath (“Man on the Silver Mountain,” “Heaven and Hell,” etc.) – resulting in a thorough retrospective of Dio’s career, from Rainbow to Black Sabbath to solo hits. The second disc of ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987’ features guitarist Craig Goldy’s debut – recorded in 1987, in support of the ‘Dream Evil’ album, and contains further highlights from Dio’s career.
Between Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, the Dio social media followers now number over one million. Also recently opened for business is the Official Dio Webstore, which gives fans worldwide the opportunity to purchase t-shirts, limited edition items, and CD’s/DVD’s that fans have been requesting.
2011 is shaping up to be a busy shopping year for Dio collectors, so stay tuned!
So. was originally founded in 1997 in a small Finnish town called Karkkila. The band are best known for their melodic rock tunes, energetic live shows and great musicianship. So. is fronted by a charismatic singer, Stala, who was once also known as Kita when he was still playing in Finnish monsterband Lordi. So. is heavily influenced by such names as: Slade, Sweet, T-Rex and 70’s Bowie as well as some 80’s L.A. hard rock bands. After releasing several independent EP’s the band has now put together their first album, containing of a "best of" selection of songs from the last 10 years. The band has written, recorded and produced the album themselves. In early 2011 the band will take part in the Finnish Eurovision Song Contest under the name of Stala & SO. The Finnish broadcasting company, YLE, invited the band into the competition to become Finland’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany. The band happily accepted the challenge. YLE’s invitation offered such a big boost to his own band, that Stala decided to drop off his monster mask and left to follow his dream and pursue his own career in music. Read on !
Singer-songwriter Oni Logan’s musical journey has taken him first from South America to Hollywood and later on to Switzerland, where he currently resides. Logan’s best known as the lead singer in the heavy metal band Lynch Mob, with whom he did the classic WICKED SENSATION album in 1990. Later in the mid 90’s he worked briefly with former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson in a band called Violent Demise. The group recorded an album but it was unfortunately never released. Logan took a long hiatus from the music business before hitting back in L.A. club scene with his new band Head Set. Soon after moving his family to Europe, Oni released his first, all acoustic, solo album called STRANGER IN A FOREIGN LAND in 2005. Logan reunited with Lynch Mob in 2008 and one year later the band released its latest album SMOKE AND MIRRORS. The band started their European tour on last October and a couple of weeks later I had a chance to sit down with Oni in Sweden and discuss about his return and various other topics. Here we go!
The Metal Den has obtained a never before circulated 1970 soundboard recording of BLACK SABBATH performing “Hand of Doom”. The classic track comes off the group’s legendary Paranoid album which was released in September of 1970.
The exact date and location of this newly discovered concert audio is not yet known by rock historians. However, this recording is being touted already by many as the greatest sounding BLACK SABBATH bootleg ever discovered.
US-based traditional metallers CAGE have been added to HALFORD’s December 18th San Diego live date at 4th And B with guests PHILM and WARBRINGER. Cage will be playing two new songs off upcoming CD; ‘War Of The Undead’ and ‘Metal Empire’. In other news, Cage’s first DVD/Blu-Ray is set for an early 2011 release and has been completed. The artwork is courtesy of Marc Sasso (DIO/Halford). The DVD will be packed with a pair of complete concerts, as well as many one-off performances. More news to follow.
MSN / ROCK METAL TV has released a report/interview with German band HELLOWEEN. Before their Spanish tour in January, Andi Deris, singer, and Sascha Gertsner, guitarist, talk about the new album “7 Sinners”, among other interesting things.
Norwegian gothic-doom metallers TO CAST A SHADOW have revealed the track listing and the cover artwork for their forthcoming sophomore album, “In Memory Of”.
The whole artwork was developed and realized by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art (MY DYING BRIDE, CRADLE OF FILTH).
The album will be released on February 14, 2011 in UK (February 18 in the rest of Europe) by Kolony Records. The CD was recorded at Hamar Recordings in Norway with producer Kristian Sigland (THE CREST, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY) and was mastered at Leon Music Studio in Sweden by Rikard Lofgren. “In Memory Of” features a guest appearance by THEATRE OF TRAGEDY‘s lead singer Nell Sigland in the song “Betula”.
“In Memory Of” track listing:
02. Morose 03. Nightfall 04. Oceans Apart 05. Betula 06. My Misery 07. When You Leave the Room 08. Set Afire 09. The Answer 10. In Memory Of
For more information, visit www.tocastashadow.com.
KING DIAMOND’s wife Livia has posted the following update at the official band fan club Covenworldwide.org:
“Let me catch you all up on the past couple of weeks’ happenings, because it affects many things. On Monday, November 29th, King had to be transported to the nearby hospital by ambulance. After several different tests were done and the EKG machine showing abnormalities, the doctors recommended that he get a cardiac catheterization.
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure where the doctors lead a very thin tube up from the leg and into the heart, where it injects dye into the bloodstream. Then a camera at the end of the tube takes many pictures of the heart’s arteries, looking for blockages. After this was done, they determined that King had several heart attacks, and three of his heart’s arteries were the cause: one was completely blocked, the second was 90% blocked, and the third was 65% blocked.
The only solution to this was an open heart triple bypass surgery.
If you are interested in the details of how this surgery is performed, please look it up online. I will only touch on the basics. The sternum (breastbone) is cut in half and pulled apart, to expose the heart. Veins are harvested from other places of the body, in King’s case it was his left leg and chest wall. The person is then hooked up to a machine that practically does the job of the heart, circulating and oxygenating the blood.
The heart is then stopped, and the lungs collapse (the lungs stop working since the blood is being oxygenated by the machine). The surgeon then sews the harvested veins in place, bypassing the found blockages. Once the surgery is done, the surgeon moves the ribs and breastbone back into place and wires it together. The chest is closed as well. They use an electric pulse to start the heart and a breathing machine is lead into the lungs to restart breathing.
King’s surgery took approximately seven hours.
Everything went well, and King was taken to ICU for recovery. He was walking and eating solid food already 2 days after the operation, and he was the first one in the history of the hospital who walked on his own power from the ICU to normal care. 10 days after the ambulance took him to the emergency room, he is at home and is recovering well. It will be a few months before he feels completely normal and is without pain.
He would like to mention here that he’s eternally grateful for the wonderful staff at Centennial Medical Center who took care of him. Dr. Kourlis, Dr. Kamili, Dr. Alang, Nurse Christie and Nurse Thomas among many others made sure that he got the best care and attention he could ever have hoped for.
They were always very nice to me too, letting me stay overnight in the ICU after visiting hours were over.
In light of this, he will be taking a break from music and the music business altogether until further notice.
He very much wants to write new music, finish the DVDs, and go on tour, but for now, all those things are in the distant future and he’s not thinking about them.
Please understand that the King Diamond band is not stopping, disbanding or anything of the sort. King’s health is first priority, and when everything is going good with him, the music will resume.
Thank you all very much for reading this and STAY HEAVY.”
King Diamond (born Kim Bendix Petersen) is known for his extensive vocal range, in particular his usage of falsetto fronting both the King Diamond band and the legendary MERCYFUL FATE.
"Rock & Receive Giveaway" with Eddie Trunk and Slayer
“Slayer has joined forces with Eddie Trunk to give away one of the best, if not THE best, Slayer collectibles of all time – The Vinyl Conflict. For the first time in the band’s history, The Vinyl Conflict collects all 10 original Slayer albums from American Recordings and puts them together in this limited edition box set. Included are reproductions of the original LP artwork, including inner sleeve art. From 1986’s Reign In Blood to 1994’s Divine Intervention to 2009’s World Painted Blood, it’s all here, it’s all on vinyl and it’s all original Slayer… AND IT COULD BE YOURS.
THAT’S NOT ALL! In addition to the (3) Vinyl Conflict sets we are giving away, (1) Grand Prize winner also gets an exclusive Slayer prize pack! IT GETS BETTER! All you metalheads will receive a 10% DISCOUNT to the Slayer Online Store simply for entering (just in time to give the gift of metal for the holidays)!
This contest ends Thursday, December 23rd, so hurry up and enter now!”
Would you like to win a guitar signed by mastermind Dave Wyndorf? No problem! Just make sure to enter the contest by posting a comment on the Napalm Records’ WALL and share the news with all your Facebook friends by posting it on your own wall! Posting automatically enters you in the sweepstakes. Let us know why YOU want take the guitar home with you. Wall posts must be published by 9 January 2011! The lucky winner will be notified via Facebook! Good luck!