Crimson Glory statement regarding the passing of Matt LAporte

April 23rd, 2011
by EvilG
MATT LaPORTE - May 3, 2008 Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/theoceanking/2477075876/

Matthew Davis LaPorte- September 11, 1970 - April 20, 2011. MATT LaPORTE - May 3, 2008 Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/theoceanking/2477075876/

Florida metalers Crimson Glory have released the following statements on the rec…ent passing of guitarist and friend, Matt La Porte:

“We were all deeply saddened to learn of Matt’s untimely departure from this realm. He left indelible marks on the lives of the people who knew him, both as a highly accomplished musician and a true friend. He was a great teacher and an eager friend, and always wanted to help with the band in any way. He truly dedicated himself to the people and the music he was passionate about, and he always added a unique element of comedic revelry, coupled with a certain melancholy depth that can only come from someone who has loved and lost in the ways that Matt La Porte has. He stuck to his guns and he stuck by his friends, and he will be very sorely missed by all of us.”

TODD LA TORRE:
“Matt was my dear friend, as well as my introduction to Crimson Glory.” “I’m so glad to have collaborated on other musical projects with him. If it weren’t for him, a lot of people wouldn’t be in the bands they’re in: Circle II Circle, Jon Oliva’s Pain, and of course my involvement with Crimson Glory. He’s the one who introduced Crimson Glory’s music me, and this whole thing that I’m inolved in is because of Matt. I’m so thankful to have had him in my life.”

JON DRENNING:
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my good friend. He was a beautiful, passionate, generous, witty human being, and an ultra-talented guitarist. I was always impressed with his guitar skills, but even more impressed by how generous and nice he was to all his friends and fans around him.

We became good friends after the passing of Midnight, and having him perform with us at Prog Power X for Midnight’s benefit was very special. He always said that he felt so honored to have had the opportunity to be Midnight’s friend and to write music with him, and we shared those same sentiments. He shared with me about how amazing it was to just hear these incredible, creative ideas and songs coming out of Midnight, and he helped him turn them from ideas into tangible recordings that we otherwise might not have ever heard. Indeed, he truly revered and loved Midnight and his body of work with Crimson Glory, and it was only natural that he was able to help us find Todd La Torre: the new voice and the personality to fill Midnight’s shoes and get CG back on track.

Matt gifted us with many priceless things, from his friendship and commitment to our endeavors, to Midnight’s recordings, to the introduction of Todd La Torre. I remember how excited he was about Todd, and he had every right to be.

Matt had a keen ear for talent and was a spectacular guitarist as well, and I was always humbled by how much he admired my songwriting and guitar playing with Crimson Glory; he always made me feel so much more special than I ever thought I was. I think he had that effect on everybody who knew him.

It’s very difficult to start our 25th Anniversary tour on the heels of such sorrowful news, but I find solace knowing he is at peace transcending the electric skies with his dear friend, Midnight. I can still see his big, bright, beautiful sky-blue eyes sparkling with stars, and I will always remember him that way…”

BEN JACKSON:
“I am so saddened by the news last night of the passing of my good friend and much admired musician/guitarist Matt Laporte… He was the brilliant guitar player of Jon Oliva’s Pain, Circle II Circle, numerous other bands and honorary third guitarist of Crimson Glory when we played live for Midnight’s memorial concert at prog power. We all loved and admired Matt and were happy to have his presence in our band to help us through a hard time. Matt introduced us to our new singer, Todd La Torre, helping to make a bright new beginning possible for Crimson Glory. His presence will remain with us forever, along with all his friends and fans he left behind. R.I.P. Matt Laporte Your friend, Ben Jackson”

JEFF LORDS:
“Matt was a great technical player, yet his delivery was one of great feeling. Off stage, his quirky, dry sense of humor had me in stitches. I’m going to miss that guy. RIP, Matt.”

DANA BURNELL:
“My heart is heavy for the loss of my friend Matt La Porte. He was an incredible guitarist and a wonderful human being! I will miss him.
Rock in Peace Matt!!”

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The Silent Rage – “Harvester Of Souls” New EP

April 23rd, 2011
by EvilG
The Silent Rage - "Harvester Of Souls" New EP

The Silent Rage - "Harvester Of Souls" New EP

“Dear Friends,

It’s been a while since you’ve heard some news from us. At this time the band is mixing a new EP, which is entitled “Harvester Of Souls”, which it will contain three older songs of the band re-arranged by the current line up as well as two new songs. The tracks that will be featured are:

Perished In Flames, Inner Scars (NEW), Leading The Legions, Harvester Of Souls (NEW), Wings Of Tragedy.

The recordings are taking place at the TSR Studios (guitars, bass & drums) & the Blaze Studios (vocals). The production, the mixing and the mastering on the release is managed by the band members themselves. [To the right] you can find the cover art of the release.

Furthermore, we would like to welcome to the family Stelios Pavlou as our new drummer, who has performed in the releases of bands like Bob Katsionis, Semic Stains, The Fallen Within, Elysion etc. He has also participated as live session drummer to many acts.

Also, we would like to remind you about our upcoming live events:

Friday 29 April 2011 – @ Fuzz Club Supporting Rage, Grave Digger

Sunday 05 June 2011 – @ An Club w/w Maplerun, Solid Faith & Spirits Engaged
We hope to see you there!!

All the Best,

The Silent Rage”

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BLOODBATH, NOISECREEP.COM PREMIERE “EATEN” FROM ‘BLOODBATH OVER BLOODSTOCK’ LIVE DVD

April 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

‘Bloodbath Over Bloodstock’ out April 25th on Peaceville Records

Bloodbath Over Bloodstock

Bloodbath Over Bloodstock

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Sweden’s uncompromising death metal group Bloodbath has joined forces with Noisecreep.com to premiere a track from the band’s forthcoming live DVD Bloodbath Over Bloodstock. The decimating performance of “Eaten”, filmed during Bloodbath’s August 2010 set at the famed Bloodstock Festival, is online now at: http://www.noisecreep.com/2011/04/22/bloodbath-eaten-video-premiere/.

Bloodbath Over Bloodstock will release next week on April 25th, courtesy of Peaceville Records.

The deluxe mediabook-packaged release will feature Bloodbath’s full performance from Bloodstock 2010, one of the UK’s leading metal events. The set consists of songs from the critically acclaimed tornado of blasphemy, The Fathomless Mastery (2008), as well as other classics and fan favorites.

The full DVD package will also include a 16-page booklet and a wealth of extras, featuring bonus footage taken from PartySan festival in 2008, as well as extensive band member interviews.

Stay tuned for more information on Bloodbath and Bloodbath Over Bloodstock.

 

 

 

Bloodbath online…

www.myspace.com/bloodbathband

www.peaceville.com

 

 

Bloodbath is…

Mikael Åkerfeldt – lead vocals

Anders “Blakkheim” Nyström – lead guitars

Per “Sodomizer” Eriksson – guitars

Jonas Renkse – bass

Martin “Axe” Axenrot – drums, percussion

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AUCTION FOR YOSHIKI’S (X Japan) “CRYSTAL” PIANO RELAUNCHES MONDAY, 4/25; Bidding to Start at $512,231.70, the Last Confirmed Sum

April 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

Yoshiki, leader of X Japan, the biggest rock band in Japan, put his “crystal” piano, a see-through Plexiglas Kawai grand, up for auction on April 17 to raise money for the Japan Relief Fundraising Auction in conjunction with Yahoo! Japan. About eight minutes into the auction, the bid shot from $.01 to $42,000.00; within hours, an online bidder pledged a staggering $73-million.

On Tuesday, 4/19, Yahoo! Auctions temporarily suspended he auction, citing an overload of unexpected high volume of traffic on the site, high bidding prices, and the time required for bidder confirmation procedures. Yahoo! Auction’s systems have now been restructured, new bidding policies are in place, and Yahoo! has identified the last confirmed bid for the piano as $512,231.70.

The auction is set to resume on Monday, April 25, and will run through Thursday, April 28.

The Japanese-born Yoshiki, who lives in Los Angeles, felt the earthquake tremors while in a Tokyo recording studio working on X Japan’s first North American album, and was shocked by the large-scale damage across Japan. Yoshiki and his X Japan band mates decided to postpone the March 15 release of their first U.S. single, “Jade,” so they could focus their time and energies helping with the recovery.

In addition to the auction of Yoshiki’s “crystal” piano, Yoshiki, through his Yoshiki Foundation America, is spearheading a major celebrity auction to benefit the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. The Foundation has already received items from Marilyn Manson, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis, comic book legend Stan Lee, Robert Pattinson, James Franco, and Reese Witherspoon.

For more info on the Yoshiki Foundation America, go to: http://www.yoshikifoundationamerica.org/

 

For more info on X Japan, go to: http://tiny.cc/c8ixy

AUCTION FOR YOSHIKI’S “CRYSTAL” PIANO
RELAUNCHES MONDAY, 4/25
Bidding to Start at $512,231.70, the Last Confirmed Sum

LOS ANGELES, CA – Friday, April 22, 2011 — Yoshiki, leader of X Japan, the biggest rock band in Japan, put his “crystal” piano, a see-through Plexiglas Kawai grand, up for auction on April 17 to raise money for the Japan Relief Fundraising Auction in conjunction with Yahoo! Japan.  About eight minutes into the auction, the bid shot from $.01 to $42,000.00; within hours, an online bidder pledged a staggering $73-million.

On Tuesday, 4/19, Yahoo! Auctions temporarily suspended he auction, citing an overload of unexpected high volume of traffic on the site, high bidding prices, and the time required for bidder confirmation procedures.  Yahoo! Auction’s systems have now been restructured, new bidding policies are in place, and Yahoo! has identified the last confirmed bid for the piano as $512,231.70.

The auction is set to resume on Monday, April 25, and will run through Thursday, April 28.

The Japanese-born Yoshiki, who lives in Los Angeles, felt the earthquake tremors while in a Tokyo recording studio working on X Japan’s first North American album, and was shocked by the large-scale damage across Japan.  Yoshiki and his X Japan band mates decided to postpone the March 15 release of their first U.S. single, “Jade,” so they could focus their time and energies helping with the recovery.

In addition to the auction of Yoshiki’s “crystal” piano, Yoshiki, through his Yoshiki Foundation America, is spearheading a major celebrity auction to benefit the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami.  The Foundation has already received items from Marilyn Manson, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis, comic book legend Stan Lee, Robert Pattinson, James Franco, and Reese Witherspoon.

For more info on the Yoshiki Foundation America, go to: http://www.yoshikifoundationamerica.org/

For more info on X Japan, go to:
http://tiny.cc/c8ixy

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CHILDREN OF BODOM, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum @ HMV Forum, London

April 23rd, 2011
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

CHILDREN OF BODOM, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum @ HMV Forum, London

9th April 2011

Review: Danny Draper

Tonights gig is a big’un! Two top draw bands at the top of their game; in my humble opinion, and a band that I’ve heard of, but never had the pleasure. What a pleasure tonight was though!



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ALESTORM: Album & Video Update

April 22nd, 2011
by EvilG

Back Through Time” will hit the Seven Seas in early June and will be available as a REGULAR JEWEL CASE, DIGIBOOK incl. 2 bonus tracks, BOXSET incl. digibook and pendant &  DELUXE BOX SET incl. digibook and Captain Morgan bobblehead! Fans of vinyl may choose between a BLACK or a SILVER edition. All editions come with a free poster. This offer is only good while supplies last!

In addition, a new video will soon be released. The band issued the following update with regard to its production.

“Ahoy you bunch of bastards! We’ve just got back from sunny Belgrade in Serbia, where we’ve been filming the music video for our new song “Shipwrecked”. No expense was spared in the making of it, and I can confidently say that it’s gonna be the best damn music video ever.’But how can you be so sure?’ I hear you ask. Here’s why: violin playing midgets! Hot medieval babes! Ridiculous CGI! Rampant alcohol abuse! All this and much much more! The video was directed by the mighty Ivan Colic (Epica, Kamelot, Kataklysm), and should be released sometime in May, a month before our forthcoming album “Back Through Time” hits the stores! I’m sure like us, you can’t wait to see the finished thing! Happy pirating, everyone!”

Chris & Alestorm

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FROST DESPAIR: debut EP details revealed

April 22nd, 2011
by EvilG

Brazilian symphonic black metallers FROST DESPAIR are finishing the recordings of their debut EP, and revealed “The God Delusion” as its title. The effort will have the following track list:

01. The Dark Ages
02. God Delusion
03. Damnation
04. Splendor War
05. Dark Bachiana
06. The Final Breath
07. At The Gates

 

About the forthcoming EP the keyboardist Agammenomm comments: “The EP shows a sample of our work, the result of a process of musical exploration.” The vocalist Odommok adds: “We are presenting our atheistic metal, blaspheming in every direction. We hope to contribute to brazilian metal scene, which is strong for bravely resisting in this country controled by other genres and ideologies.”

“The God Delusion” will be released in the next few months. Recently the band released a video for “Splendor War”, the EP’s fourth track. Watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WArjXbPyT44 or below:

 

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Sabaton to tour Russia with Scorpions

April 22nd, 2011
by EvilG
Sabaton

Sabaton

We have already confirmed that we will be playing with Iron Maiden this year. Next legendary band to tour with is the Scorpions, and this time in Russia.

We have long waited to tour Russia, and lots of fans have requested our presence for many years and now the moment has finally come.

We will do a total of 10 concerts including 9 shows with Scorpions and one as headliner.

May, 12th St. Petersburg Ledovi Dvorets Arena
May, 14th Krasnodar Dvorets Sporta OLYMP
May, 15th Rostov-On-Don Dvorets Sporta DON
May, 17th Krasnoyarsk Dvorets Sporta Yarygina
May, 18th Novosibirsk Rock City Club
May, 19th Novosibirsk Dvorets Sporta Sibir
May, 20th Magnitogorsk Arena Metallurg
May, 22nd Omsk Arena Omsk
May, 24th Kazan Tatneft Arena
May, 26th Moscow SC Olympisky

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Sabaton news is handled & sent out by: Rockstad: Falun AB, Herrhagsvägen 31, 79175,  Falun, Sweden: www.rockstadfalun.se

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SYMPHONY X: NEW SONG AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING

April 22nd, 2011
by EvilG
SYMPHONY X

SYMPHONY X

“The End Of Innocence,” a track off the new SYMPHONY X album Iconoclast, is now available for streaming on the band’s Facebook page.

 

Iconoclast is SYMPHONY X’s eighth studio album and will be available in Europe on June 17th and in North America on June 21st.  Illustrator and film concept artist Warren Flanagan (Watchmen, The Incredible Hulk, 2012) is the talent behind the album artwork.   The new album is also the band’s Nuclear Blast debut and the follow-up to 2007’s Paradise Lost, which has sold over 60,000 copies in North America.

 

SYMPHONY X just launched their North American headlining tour yesterday in Philadelphia with Boston‘s Powerglove and Montreal’s Blackguard.  SYMPHONY X performed several songs from the new album in Europe and will be playing an extended set for their American and Canadian fans.  Tour dates for are as follows:

04/21/11  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

04/22/11  Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY

04/23/11  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

04/25/11  Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/26/11  Salle Albert Rosseau – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

04/27/11  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/29/11  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

04/30/11  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

05/01/11  Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

05/02/11  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

05/04/11  Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO

05/06/11  Showbox – Seattle, WA

05/07/11  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

05/08/11  The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

05/10/11  House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

05/11/11  Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ

05/13/11  Trees – Dallas, TX

05/14/11  Scout Bar – Houston, TX
05/15/11  Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX

05/17/11  The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL

05/18/11  Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

05/19/11  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

05/20/11  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

05/21/11  Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

05/22/11  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

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I.C.S Vortex Returns To BORKNAGAR

April 22nd, 2011
by EvilG

I.C.S Vortex officially announce his return to BORKNAGAR. To mark this grand cooperation between Vintersorg and ICS Vortex, Norway’s Inferno Festival is announcing that Borknagar will headline the 2012 edition with both vocalists on stage.

Over the past months, there has been a wide array of rumors and speculations about I.C.S Vortex’ involvement with Borknagar, so now it’s time for us to bring this out from the dungeons and into the plains of clarity: Vortex is back as a permanent member of Borknagar. Vortex will handle the bass as well as doing vocals together with Vintersorg.

Borknagar is confirmed to next year’s Inferno Festival, doing a rare concert with both these renowned singers on stage. You will also find the band signing autographs at this year’s Inferno (tomorrow – Saturday, April 23rd at 20:00)

ICS Vortex was reintroduced to Borknagar in 2010 after a ten-year break with his participation on Universal as guest vocalist, and also stepped up to help out the band on a tour of South America that was later canceled. After this, the rumors and speculations have been many, and here is the confirmation that so many have hoped for.

I.C.S Vortex comments: “I am chuffed and proud to be part of the Borknagar universe once again. Hailing the dawn of a new era, I lionize their splendorous glare ”

Øystein G. Brun comments: “Even though Mr. Vortex has been absent from the band for almost a decade due to other musical endeavors, he has always remained a good, loyal and supportive friend of the band. Personally, I have always had a feeling that our paths would cross again – and now they do. I would like to welcome Mr. Vortex back in the fold, and I am really exited to get another opus done with the strongest line-up BORKNAGAR has ever had. Just imagine the musical potential having two of the best and most renowned vocalists in the scene in the same band. This is surely a huge step forward and another exciting chapter in the musical legacy of Borknagar – and I feel like a lucky bastard being part of this. The new album will surely knock your socks off and set some new standards in the world of metal!“

Lars A. Nedland comments: “Vortex and Vintersorg in the same band! Can you imagine the possibilities here? Can you imagine the choirs? The vocal duels? The sheer musical potential? Let me tell you: If you are a Borknagar fan, these are exciting times.”

Vintersorg comments: “The Vortex has made a touchdown in the Borknagar camp again. It feels very inspiring just to think about starting to shape vocal lines with this in mind. Time to make some epic music!”

David Kinkade comments: ”Nothing can describe the potent amount of excitement that has been flowing through my veins since this became a reality for Borknagar. Having two of the most talented, unique and well rounded singer/ musicians that I’ve ever known….now together in the same band. The creativity behind this effort is off the chart. Be ready. Limits don’t exist.”

Jens F. Ryland comments: “What more is there to say? I can now lean back and enjoy the ride!”

Borknagar recently signed a worldwide recording deal with Century Media Records and the new album is scheduled for an early 2012 release.

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Kamelot statement on Roy Khan’s Departure

April 22nd, 2011
by EvilG
KAMELOT - North America 2011

KAMELOT - North America 2011

“With a heavy heart we can now announce that Roy Khan has chosen to leave the band. We wanted to give him ample time for this kind of decision, due to his recent burnout and also the amount of amazing times we have shared with him in Kamelot. We respectfully accept his resignation from the band and wish him the best in his future endeavors. The timing is actually good since we feel the uncertainty the fans have had can now be laid to rest and the band can move on to finding a new singer. “The tour is going great so far and the fans have been amazing throughout this entire process” – adds keyboardist Oliver Palotai. With the new tour already in progress, Kamelot has already begun the search for a new vocalist. “I have a few guys in mind”, said band founder Thomas Youngblood. “And as you can imagine, it is a very important decision. There are some amazing singers that have already contacted us on this but we will take our time to find the right person”. Due to the overwhelming success of the recent shows in South America, we are pleased to announce new shows in November/December for Europe (stay tuned).

* The band headlines the Print de Temps Festival tonight and will play a Amsterdam (nearing sold-out) concert tomorrow followed by a full headliner tour with special guests Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons of Seasons. (* Guest vocalists Fabio Lione and Tommy Karevik). Thank you for your support and see you on tour!!

Thomas, Casey, Oliver and Sean”

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Hydria: “Poison Paradise” released in Japan

April 22nd, 2011
by EvilG
Hydria - Promo Pic 2011

Hydria - Promo Pic 2011

Brazilian symphonic metallers HYDRIA had their second album, “Poison Paradise”, released in Japan on April 13th via Spinning (www.spinninginc.jp). The album was originally released in Brazil in November/2010, two years after their debut, “Mirror of Tears”. The japanese edition features new artwork and two bonus tracks, “Chasing Dreams” and “Face It All”. The track list can be viewed below, and also features two songs composed in 2009 for the soundtrack of “2012 Onda Zero”, a sci-fi webseries.

01. Time Of My Life (Center of my Universe)
02. The Place Where We Belong
03. Whisper
04. When You Call My Name
05. Finally
06. Prelude
07. Distant Melody
08. The Sword
09. Queen Of Rain
10. Sweet Dead Innocence
11. Poison Paradise
12. In The Edge Of Sanity – (2012 Onda Zero soundtrack)
13. The Only One – (2012 Onda Zero soundtrack)
14. Chasing Dreams (Bonus Track)
15. Face It All (Bonus Track)

The album is already being promoted in Japan, and received a great review by Young Guitar magazine, which commented: “The Brazilian symphonic metal band Hydria has great highlights like the beauty of Mrs. Schüler, who, with only 21 years old, charms us with her melodious voice, along with the loud male voice, which creates the feeling of agony and explosion by the guitarist/vocalist, giving an aggressive approach to a melodic and catchy atmosphere.”

Hydria is formed by Raquel Schüler (vocals), Marcelo Oliveira (guitars and vocals), Márcio Klimberg (keyboards), Turu Henrick (bass) and Fabiano Martins (drums). Samples of the band’s work are available at http://www.myspace.com/HydriaOfficial

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JUDAS PRIEST Drummer Scott Travis – “We Have To Go On”

April 22nd, 2011
by EvilG
Judas Priest

Judas Priest

The Artisan News Service caught up with JUDAS PRIEST drummer Scott Travis and asked him about the news that shocked the metal world, the departure of guitarist K.K. Downing:

“You have to have that burning desire in your heart to play heavy metal music,” Travis stated. “We all start at a young age and it’s not because of money, fan or girls, you start because you love the music. So if he’s not feeling that anymore, I give him props for taking himself out of the game.”

Check out the entire chat below:

 

K.K. Downing issued the following press release earlier today:

 

“Dear friends,

 

It is with much regret that I will not be with you this summer. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your concerns about my health. Please rest assured that I am O.K.

 

There has been an ongoing breakdown in working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band’s management for some time.

 

Therefore I have decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to you, our cherished fans.

 

However I would urge you to please support the Priest as I have no doubt that it will be a show not to be missed.

 

All my love and respect.”

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EUFOBIA Release Video For “Cruel Child”

April 22nd, 2011
by EvilG

The Bulgarian Death’n’Roll band EUFOBIA, presents their latest Video from their upcoming release.

CRUEL CHILD

The Latest Video of the Bulgarian Death’n’Roll band EUFOBIA (www.eufobia.com) for their single “Cruel Child” is available online. This single was chosen by the cult German Metal magazine LEGACY (www.legacy.de) for the compilation of their 70th issue released in 32 000 copies, and by the Serbian NOCTURNE MAGAZINE (www.nocturnemagazine.net)for their upcoming compilation as well. The band is back with their second official release for 2011, called “Cup of Mud”. The album is a successor of their first official one, called “Insemination” released in January 2010 by the Romanian label AXA VALAHA PRODUCTIONS (www.myspace.com/axavalahaproductions). For this release the band inked a deal with the biggest Bulgarian label for Rock and Metal music WIZARD.LTD (www.wizard.bg), a company known for its partnership with almost every single major metal label or distributor in the world.  The artwork was done once again by one of the most famous Easter European graphic designers C. Chioreanu from TWILIGHT 13 MEDIA (www.twilight13media.com). The artwork itself, the tracklist, the upcoming tour dates over Europe and a brand new video for the “FROG” track are soon to be revealed

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JON OLIVA’S PAIN Pay Tribute To Guitarist MATT LaPORTE – “That Great Band In The Sky Just Got A Whole Lot Better”

April 22nd, 2011
by EvilG

“It is with great heartache and sorrow that we relay the passing of our dear friend, band-mate, guitarist and brother Matthew LaPorte. Matt passed away in his home shortly after 6:00pm on Wednesday, April 20th No information regarding his cause of death is currently available.

MATT LaPORTE - May 3, 2008 Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/theoceanking/2477075876/

Matthew Davis LaPorte- September 11, 1970 - April 20, 2011. MATT LaPORTE - May 3, 2008 Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/theoceanking/2477075876/

Matt was a brilliant guitar player on all levels. He understood that instrument better than almost anyone. His knowledge of music in general was just amazing. His contributions to JOP and every band he ever played with was also without measure. He was truly a one-guitar army when he needed to be and his solo performances on all the JOP CDs will forever send chills down our spines. A near 20-year history and friendship with one of the true greats has now ended and we are deeply saddened.

Matt was a fan of all kinds of music and instruments, having even embarked on a mission to conquerthe hammered dulcimer…one of the hardest instruments to play. He was always tryingto expand his musical horizons and influences. He marveled at the musical greats, both old and new. He was never one to rate his talents above others and often commented about the great new music and artists he had just discovered.

Criss Oliva was without a doubt his most profound influence, and anyone who saw him play SAVATAGE songs knew that Criss was channeling his talents via Matt. Matt’s attention to detail and always striving to play everything perfect is without comparison. We would sit for hours during rehearsals with him muddling over whether a guitar chord was played exactly as recorded. Sometimes frustrating, but always appreciated in the end. He was the professionals’ professional when it came to his guitar skills, and the loss of such a talent will be forever felt.

Matt was a gentle soul, and would avoid conflict at all costs. He got along with everyone and greeted all with a smile on his face. There was a shyness and almost embarrassment felt by him from the adoration of his fans around the world…and he had many. He was humbled by the love and respect music fans gave to him, but in a quiet way, that made him work just a little bit harder. His had a hilarious, twisted and often sarcastic sense of humor that was
unique to him. A very funny man indeed.

We miss you terribly Matt, and we will celebrate your music and life each and every day. That great band in the sky just got a whole lot better, and you are in the most peaceful place you could have ever hoped for. Until we meet again…”

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