MELECHESH: Track by Track Commentary Part 3

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG
MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

Guitarist/vocalist Ashmedi of Mesopotamian blackened thrash pioneers MELECHESH, has issued the third of several track by track explanations of songs from their forthcoming album. The Epigenesis was released on October 1st in Europe and will be made available on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

6. When Halos of Candles Collide (Instrumental)

“A perfectly placed instrumental gives the album a new a dimension. This composition reminds me of indian ragas. The piece starts with an acoustic indian sitar, a very mystical sounding instrument. It felt natural to play and was much needed to make this piece complete.  The middle part is performed  with a 12 string electric guitar which sounds very vintage. Moloch and I mused on the idea to have indian sounding scales, he then recorded a demo for this piece which sounded monumental. We decided to use it. I added other cosmetic 12 string guitars and the electric guitar/sitar hybrid. The piece gradually decends into the sitar again. Perfect for meditation and reflection. And a sure needed breather prior to the following track!”

7. Defeating the Giants

“This song starts with a raw old school guitar riff and a sitar melody. The sitar gives the impression of a rational transition after the previous intrumental. The first two riffs of the song were written circa 1995 -1996 back in Jerusalem. We never thought of using them, not until now at least. When I heard  some old reherasal tapes from that era I had the main two riffs accompnaied by drums and I was impressed.  The middle part and bridges  are different very dynamic, with intense yet logical drum rolls then a neck breaking beat with almost bending decending notes. The song returns to its intensity and what I particularly like is the way it ends. Rather than a crash hit there is an ice bell hit. It is very difinitive and represents the end of a banishing ritual. This ice bell has a lot of history with us. It is featured on all ABSU albums but the last and on all MELECHESH albums aside from the first. The silk lanes of Hena, Labrynth map, tell us the tale of ego and loss!”

have made the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” available for streaming on their Myspace page The track comes from the bands new album The Epigenesis.

The Epigenesis
was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.

The artwork (attached) to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.

Pre-order a copy of The Epigenesis with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO – double live album out December 3rd 2010

October 27th, 2010
by EvilG

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of JEFF SCOTT SOTO’s double live album “Live at Firefest 2008” on December 3rd 2010. Firefest has become a pivotal event in the Melodic Rock season in Europe. Born from the ashes of the ‘Gods of AOR’ festival, Firefest started in 2004 and not only did they continue the tradition of Europe’s finest Melodic Rock/AOR festivals, but exceeded all previous expectations.

Not many bands have the chance to play on ‘that’ stage nowadays and when Bruce Mee and Kieran Dargan have realized the demand for particular artists to continuing rounding up annually. Jeff Scott Soto was no stranger to ‘that’ stage. He performed at the Gods festival in 2002 putting up an amazing show that was mirrored with a live CD/DVD. So when the call came to Jeff about the new and continued version of this proven festival, he wasted no time in answering “Of course!”.

But not all good things come easily… “Unfortunately the date clashed with my commitments touring with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in the US for their annual Winter Tour” recalls Jeff. “This meant a week of 12 hour rehearsals in the US, leaving on a Friday to land in London on a Saturday morning, bee-line it up to Nottingham for 4 hours in traffic, meet with the band for 30 minutes, as they were wrapping up the ONLY rehearsal we had prior to the show (the last time we had played together was nearly a year prior!), straight to the venue and onstage within the next hour!”

But once onstage, the warmth of the crowd and the energy transmitted by the electricity of the event was such that Jeff and his band stormed through our 70 minute set like gangbusters! It was the first time the songs from the “Beautiful Mess” album were performed in Europe and the last show the original JSS band featuring Howie Simon on guitar, Dave Dzialak on drums and Gary Schutt on bass played together.

In JSS words: “Here it is in all its glory, a little extra something for you all to help me remember this wonderful night of music and memories”.

“Live at Firefest 2008” tracklisting includes:
CD1: 21st Century; Colour My XTC (prelude); Soul Divine; Drowning; Our Song; DD Solo; Guitar Jam; Mountain; Eyes Of Love; Testify; Broken Man.
CD2: Hey; Crazy; Piano Medley (If This Is The End, Nobody Said It Was Easy, 4 U); Gin & Tonic Sky; I’ll Be Waiting; Funky Medley (Play That Funky Music, Jungle Boogie, The Roof Is On Fire, Brick House, Shake Your Booty, Kung Fu Fighting, Yo Baby Yo, Macho Man, Ice Ice Baby, Stayin’ Alive, Another One Bites The Dust, Walk This Way, My Love, My Friend)

The songs “21st Century” and “Eyes Of Love” can exclusively be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web radio. Tune in at:


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PSYCROPTIC: Temporary Vocalist Announced for N. American Tour

October 26th, 2010
by EvilG



PSYCROPTIC will be joined by guest vocalist Zdenek Simecek (GODLESS TRUTH) on their upcoming US tour with NILE, EX DEO, KEEP OF KALESSIN and PATHOLOGY. Vocalist Jason Peppiatt will be unable to join the band on the tour due to the imminent arrival of his newborn son.

“A month or so after we confirmed the US tour I was greeted with the excellent news that I would be a new father, halfway through the tour no less,” commented Peppiatt. “Since I could not miss the birth, and I couldn’t exactly drive from the US to Tasmania, I talked it through with the rest of the guys and decided to ask Zdenek in to fill for the last tour of the Ob(servant) album for me. Zdenek has been a long time friend of the band and is a super talented vocalist, so I’m happy to have him in my shoes for this run. I’ll be working hard demoing the new material while at home (as well as changing nappy’s), and I’ll see you all in 2011!”

Fresh on the heels of PSYCROPTIC‘s successful first ever Co-Headlining tour of Europe with CEPHALIC CARNAGE on the ‘Initiation of the Misled’ tour, the band are set to embark on a comprehensive North American tour supporting Death Metal legends NILE on their upcoming tour. Along with PATHOLOGY and fellow Nuclear Blast Label Mates, EX DEO & KEEP OF KALESSIN, the US tour will cover cities from Coast to Coast throughout October, November and December.

After what has been a mammoth touring schedule for 2010, that has also included China, Inner Mongolia, Australia and New Zealand, the band will head into the studio at the beginning of 2011 to record the highly anticipated follow up to 2008’s critically acclaimed (Ob)Servant. Songwriting for the new album is well under way and will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that PSYCROPTIC really are

Australia’s premier extreme metal band.


10/31/10  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

11/01/10  Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY

11/02/10  Sonar – Baltimore, MD

11/03/10  Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

11/04/10  Rocko’s – Manchester, NH

11/05/10  Club Hell – Providence, RI

11/06/10  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

11/07/10  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

11/08/10  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

11/09/10  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

11/12/10  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

11/13/10  Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

11/14/10  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

11/15/10  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

11/16/10  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

11/17/10  U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, AZ

11/18/10  The Rock – Tucson, AZ

11/19/10  The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX  (NO Nile, Ex Deo)

11/20/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

11/21/10  Numbers – Houston, TX

11/23/10  Club Firestone – Orlando, FL

11/24/10  Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
11/26/10  Brass Mug – Tampa, FL

11/27/10  The Muse – Nashville, TN

11/28/10  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

11/29/10  Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ

11/30/10  Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

12/01/10  Petit Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12/02/10  Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON – CANADA

12/03/10  Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN

PSYCROPTIC released “Ob(Servant)” in Europe on September 26 and in North America on October 14 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2006’s “Symbols of Failure” was mixed and mastered by former MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader (DIVINE HERESY, GOJIRA) and was recorded once again by guitarist Joe Haley.

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October 26th, 2010
by EvilG

The members of Norway’s renowned progressive/psychedelic black metal band ENSLAVED have announced the winners of their first-ever video contest.  Fans around the world were asked to create and submit a video for the track “Ethica Odini” from the band’s Billboard-charting new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which was released in Europe on September 27th and in North America on September 28th.

Guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson comments on the competition: “First and foremost we wish to thank everybody who has taken part in this contest.  We have seen many exciting visual interpretations of our musical and conceptual universe; some of them stood out from the rest and we are really happy to announce the three winners of the competition.  Also, we would like to take the opportunity to apologize for the delay in announcing the results.  We have simply been outmaneuvered by touring and poor internet access on our touring trek throughout the last month. Thank you for your patience, and hope you will enjoy watching our new videos as much as we do!”

Vocalist/bassist/lyricist Grutle Kjellson adds: “Thanks a lot to all you great people that used your talent, passion and precious time on this contest!  You should know that we are very proud of you all, and that we really appreciate your efforts!  You are not afraid to bleed, not afraid to dream!”

The members of ENSLAVED have awarded First Place to Luka Bajt (LookaB) from Slovenia.  View the video here.

Clean vocalist/keyboard player Herbrand Larsen comments on the winning video: “[It] is original.  It’s not a typical metal video and originality is always appreciated.  It uses elements from the [album] cover, both shapes and colors… something that connects the video with the aesthetics used in the cover [art].  Speed and motion suits the riffs and the tempo in the song.  I’m very impressed, especially thinking of the pressure of time all the directors had to work under.”

Drummer Cato B. adds: “The winning video had a clear concept and a defined script, and [it] also carried along some elements from the album cover.  In addition, the video captured the mood of the song, plus was original and well-crafted.  Congrats, Luka!”

Lead guitarist Ice Dale further comments: “I liked the atmosphere in the video and the way it affected the song.  It reminded me of the Tool videos which are personal favorites of mine.  The use of colors from the cover artwork was also cool and gave it the right vibe.  The video stands out from the rest and deserves to be the video for ‘Ethica Odini’!  Well done and congratulations!!!”

Luka’s winning entry will be branded as an “official” video for “Ethica Odini” and featured the band’s official YouTube channel.  In addition, ENSLAVED will use the video in a live setting.  Luka Bajt will also receive:

  • ALL VERSIONS of Axioma Ethica Odini, including the limited edition wooden box, autographed by the band.
  • A special “thank you” video from ENSLAVED.
  • Two guest list spots + a Meet & Greet session with ENSLAVED at a live concert.
  • Band merchandise.

Second Place has been awarded to Gildo Iacovella (TheSpiral8) from Italy.  View the video here.

Gildo’s winning entry will be branded as an “official” video for “Ethica Odini” and featured the band’s official YouTube channel.  Gildo Iacovella will also receive:

  • A special “thank you” video from ENSLAVED.
  • Two guest list spots + a Meet & Greet session with ENSLAVED at a live concert.
  • Band merchandise.

Third Place has been awarded to Miller Arias (Hammerheart) from Colombia.  View the video here.

Miller’s winning entry will be branded as an “official” video for “Ethica Odini” and featured the band’s official YouTube channel.  Miller Arias will also receive:

  • A special “thank you” video from ENSLAVED.
  • Band merchandise.

Axioma Ethica Odini debuted at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart, #40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and #72 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its release.

ENSLAVED will be direct support for fellow countrymen DIMMU BORGIR on a 32-date run across North America which launches on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  Also on the bill are Blood Red Throne and Dawn Of Ashes.

Advanced pre-sale tickets & VIP packages for the “Darkness Reborn World Tour” are now on sale via (User Name: dimmuborgir; Password: tickets).  Ticketing widget is available here (same log-in).

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

11/05/10  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

11/06/10  Northern Lights – Albany, NY

11/07/10  Recher Theater – Towson, MD

11/08/10  Terminal 5 – New York, NY

11/10/10  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

11/12/10  Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA

11/13/10  Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI

11/14/10  House of Blues – Chicago, IL

11/15/10  The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

11/16/10  Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN

11/18/10  MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA

11/19/10  Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

11/21/10  Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA

11/22/10  The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA

11/23/10  Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR

11/24/10  Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA

11/26/10  The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV

11/27/10  The Fox Theater – Pomona, CA

11/28/10  The Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

11/30/10  House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

12/01/10  Rialto Theater – Tucson, AZ

12/02/10  Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ

12/03/10  Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM

12/04/10  Gothic Theater – Englewood (Denver), CO

12/06/10  House of Blues – Dallas, TX

12/07/10  House of Blues – Houston, TX

12/09/10  Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

12/10/10  Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA

12/11/10  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY

12/12/10  Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA

12/13/10  Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA

12/14/10  Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

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October 26th, 2010
by EvilG

Earache Records is due to release TOTAL BREAKDOWN, a 3-CD collection of essential deathcore releases, in a special value pack on November 22nd in North America.

TOTAL BREAKDOWN features three incredible deathcore debuts, each barely a year old, in one low-priced pack for an unbeatable price.  All of the CDs are the full versions with booklets in jewel cases and are all housed together in a custom bookshelf box.

TOTAL BREAKDOWN features these great albums:

* OCEANO ‘DEPTHS’ – the Billboard Heatseekers charting debut album from the Chicago deathcore heavyweights.

* ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY ‘BEFORE THE THRONE OF INFECTION’ – the debut album from one of the UK’s heaviest and most extreme bands.

* AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH ‘PROPRIOCEPTION’ – the debut album from the Detroit deathcore destroyers which landed on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.

Get the incredible 3-CD TOTAL BREAKDOWN pack for the unbelievable price of just $15.98 from at

You can also pre-order TOTAL BREAKDOWN now from the Earache Webstore at

View the TOTAL BREAKDOWN flyer at

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DEATH ANGEL: Photos from “Truce” Video Shoot Available

October 26th, 2010
by EvilG

Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, recently shot a video clip for the song “Truce” with director Robert Sexton (SOULFLY, THE DWARVES, MONDO GENERATOR, AMEN). Photos from the video shoot can be viewed at the following location Sexton previously worked with DEATH ANGEL on the clip for the track “Dethroned” off the band’s 2008 effort “Killing Season”.

The band is currently on tour for the first time ever in South America. Watch footage from their October 20th performance in Santiago Chile at the following location and below.

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October 26th, 2010
by Celtic Bob

On November 15, Eagle Rock will unveil Heaven & Hell: Neon Nights.This DVD and CD release captures the historic four-man army performing at the Wacken Open Air Festival on July 30, 2009.

On this hot summer night, vocalist Ronnie James Dio, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Vinny Appice commanded the stage, transcending the mere concept of a heavy metal concert. The strength and veracity of Dio’s delivery, which has inspired three generations of metal vocalists, wrapped itself around each and every audience member. Butler’s declarative bass lines, Iommi’s legendary riffing, and Appice’s unrelenting fills provide the forceful heartbeat behind anthems “Mob Rules,” “Die Young,” “Neon Knights,” and namesake tune “Heaven and Hell.”

The DVD also boasts 30th anniversary interviews with all four band members as a bonus feature. Personal one-on-one’s are conducted with Ronnie, Tony, Geezer, and Vinny as they reflect on the making of their Heaven And Hell album. Additionally, the Neon Nights DVD has newly recorded personal tributes from Iommi, Appice, and Butler in memory of Dio.

View a clip from the DVD here:

Track Listing:

1.)   E5150
2.)  The Mob Rules
3.)  Children of the Sea
4.)  I
5.)  Bible Black
6.)  Time Machine
7.)  Fear
8.)  Falling Off The Edge of the World
9.)  Follow The Tears
10.) Die Young
11.) Heaven and Hell
12.) Encore: Country Girl
13.) Neon Knights

1.)   The Mob Rules
2.)  Children of the Sea
3.)  I
4.)  Bible Black
5.)  Time Machine
6.)  Fear
7.)  Falling Off the Edge of the World
8.)  Follow The Tears
9.)  Die Young
10.) Heaven and Hell
11.) Neon Knights

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NILE: New Music Video Available

October 26th, 2010
by EvilG


The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality, NILE, have made the video clip for the song “Permitting the Noble Dead to Descend to the Underworld” available for streaming at the following location . The track come off the bands the latest release Those Whom the Gods Detest and was directed by Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez.

Nile will return to the Untied States with their second tour in support of their new album Those Whom The Gods Detest. Joining them will be the ancient Roman themed arsenal EX DEO, Tazmanian tech-death masters PSYCROPTIC, Norwegian extreme metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN, and brutal death grinders PATHOLGY.
“Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II”

10/31/10  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

11/01/10  Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY

11/02/10  Sonar – Baltimore, MD

11/03/10  Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

11/04/10  Rocko’s – Manchester, NH

11/05/10  Club Hell – Providence, RI

11/06/10  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

11/07/10  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

11/08/10  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

11/09/10  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

11/12/10  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

11/13/10  Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

11/14/10  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

11/15/10  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

11/16/10  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

11/17/10  U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, AZ

11/18/10  The Rock – Tucson, AZ

11/19/10  The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX ç NO Nile, Ex Deo

11/20/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

11/21/10  Numbers – Houston, TX

11/23/10  Club Firestone – Orlando, FL

11/24/10  Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Reduced service charge tickets on sale now through and all major ticketing services.

’s latest state-of-the-death-metal-art release Those Whom the Gods Detest. Produced and mixed by Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, QUEENSRYCHE), along with a stellar drum recording job by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, GOATWHORE), Those Whom the Gods Detest features the bands strongest production and perhaps their best material to date!

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MOTÖRHEAD – New Album Details; Audio Clips!

October 26th, 2010
by EvilG
Motorhead  - the world is yours

Motorhead - the world is yours

MOTÖRHEAD’s new label, Motorhead Music, in conjunction with EMI Music Services, will issue the band’s new studio album, The World ls Yours, on December 13th in the UK. Release dates for other territories will be announced soon.

The album, recorded with producer Cameron Webb, will include the following tracks:

‘Born To Lose’
‘I Know How To Die’
‘Get Back In Line’
‘Devils In My Head’
‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Music’
‘Waiting For The Snake’
‘Brotherhood Of Man’
‘I Know What You Need’
‘Bye Bye Bitch Bye Bye’

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October 26th, 2010
by EvilG
Vinnie Appice

Vinnie Appice

Drummer Vinny Appice (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, DIO) told “Metal Shop”‘s Ralph Cartel in a brand new interview that he has launched a brand new project, tentatively dubbed KILL DEVIL HILL, which includes contributions from former PANTERA and current DOWN bassist Rex Brown.

“I’ve been working with a new band,” Vinny said. “Right now it’s called KILL DEVIL HILL. It’s a cool thing. This thing just kicks ass. Unknown singer… His name is Dewey Bragg. And Mark Zavon on guitar. And Rex Brown from PANTERA has played on some of the tracks. He’s involved in it, too. And it just kills. So this will be out next year. We just hooked up management.”

The entire chat, during which Vinny also talks about playing with Ronnie James Dio for much of his career and possible future plans with the remaining members of HEAVEN & HELL, can be streamed below.


* Dewey Bragg – Vocals

* Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 CYCLE HUM) – Guitar

* Rex Brown (DOWN, PANTERA) – Bass

* Vinny Appice (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, DIO) – Drums

The surviving HEAVEN & HELL members Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice played a very special tribute to their fallen bandmate, Ronnie James Dio, on July 24 at the High Voltage festival at Victoria Park in London, England. The musicians were joined by legendary former DEEP PURPLE and BLACK SABBATH man Glenn Hughes and Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande, who sings for power metallers MASTERPLAN and recently released his own tribute to Ronnie.

As previously reported, Vinny Appice has joined ARMS OF THE SUN — the project featuring Rex Brown on bass, Lance Harvill on vocals and guitar, and Ben Bunker (GRYN) on guitar.

ARMS OF THE SUN recently completed work on thirteen tracks that were produced and mixed by Terry Date (DEFTONES, PANTERA, SOUNDGARDEN). The material is set for release sometime next year through Extreme Music.

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FIREWIND: ‘Days of Defiance’ Out Now! Tour To Commence Next Week!

October 26th, 2010
by EvilG
FIREWIND - Days of Defiance

FIREWIND - Days of Defiance

One of the most respected young guitarists in heavy metal, GUS G, has returned with an incredible slab of heavy metal. Today, FIREWIND releases ‘Days of Defiance’ in stores everywhere which features the incredible shredding of GUS G and the powerful, soaring voice of Apollo Papathanasio which had made FIREWIND one of the most talked about bands in their scene ever since signing to Century Media years ago.

‘Days of Defiance’ features the incredible single “World on Fire” (available here – and below):, charged by some of the fastest and heaviest playing in the band’s history. While the CDs are in store everywhere, fans can take home special packaging such as digibooks, vinyl and more exclusively through

FIREWIND is also landing on American soil in a few short days for a special engagement of four shows. Featuring support from POWERGLOVE and THE ABSENCE, these shows will offer North America’s only chance to see FIREWIND in 2010. Don’t miss out!

11/04 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

11/05 – Jaxx – West Springfield, VA

11/06 – Gramercy Theater – New York, NY

11/07 – Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC

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DESULTORY To Reissue Into Eternity + Bitterness Full Lengths With Bonus Tracks

October 26th, 2010
by EvilG

Reunited Swedish death metallers DESULTORY will reissue exclusive deluxe editions of their Into Eternity and Bitterness full lengths via Singapore’s Pulverised Records. Initially released via Metal Blade Records in 1993 and 1994 respectively, each record represents an important contribution to Swedish extreme metal history.   To commemorate these two landmark offerings, both discs will be released together with bonus tracks from three DESULTORY demos circa ’90 – ’91. In addition, each record, originally produced by renown Sunlight Studio owner/producer Tomas Skogsberg, will be remastered by multi-instrumentalist/producer Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio in Sweden.
Said Swanö of the undertaking: “I’ve been remastering DESULTORY‘s demos and  first two full lengths. The play time is more than 80 minutes! All the material has been restored to fit nicely together in the same playlist, and it’s amazing how much a few small tweaks can change the overall sound from ‘demo’ to ‘album.’ A funny anecdote is that I ‘forced’ the band to go to the home of Tomas Skogsberg in the middle of nowhere and pick up the original DAT tapes of the demos. Maximum quality achieved!”

The front covers and inside booklets have all bean tweaked with a subtle redesign by Greek graphic artist Anestis Goudas of Derz Design (Rotting Christ, I.C.S Vortex, Shagrath etc) and come with detailed liner notes by Terrorizer Magazine writer Olivier “Zoltar” Badin, with special assistance from DESULTORY frontman/guitarist Klas Morberg.

Commented Morberg: “When I wrote these lines in late September 2010, it was exactly 21 years since the DESULTORY journey began back in 1989. As we’re now writing a new chapter in our history by releasing the new album, we would also like to tell the complete story of the past. We’re really happy to be with Pulverised Records and are able to re-release these records, both brilliantly remastered by Dan Swanö. So, for all of you who’ve been with us from the start and anyone else who wants to know how it all began…Here it is. Enjoy!”
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October 26th, 2010
by EvilG


We received big news from two of our scouting parties: Our North American scouts wanted to enter Canada and were taken into custody by a BLACKGUARD. Meanwhile one of our German scouting parties crossed the Rhine river and when they reached the city of Krefeld, they were greeted by a BLIND GUARDIAN!

70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival: 34 out of 40 and counting…

The 34 out of 40 confirmed bands are:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Blind Guardian

Dark Tranquillity
Death Angel
Fear Factory
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth



Sonata Arctica
Uli Jon Roth

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 for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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Demonica – Vocalist Klaus Hyr

October 26th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall



Demonica – Vocalist Klaus Hyr


Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack at Massacre Records for setting up this interview

Thanks to Massacre Records for the promo pictures of the band.



Demonica is the name of a new American/Danish thrash metal act that includes the famous Hank Shermann known from Mercyful Fate amongst others. The band also includes members from Forbidden but I had the pleasure of talking with Artillery member Klaus Hyr. I was supposed to speak with Mr Sherman but when he couldn’t find the time did Mr Hyr did the interview instead. Some of the issues that came up were the past present and the future of Demonica and how it was to record the brand new album DEMONSTROUS.


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October 25th, 2010
by EvilG



Deluxe 2CD and Digital Packages Feature Remastered Original Album Plus 13 Bonus Tracks, Including 10 Previously Unreleased Live Recordings

Hollywood, California – Queensrÿche has partnered with Capitol/EMI for the November 9 release of an expanded 20th Anniversary Edition of the band’s triple platinum-certified breakout album, Empire. The new 2-CD and digital packages both include the remastered album, featuring six hit singles, including the #1 smash “Silent Lucidity,” as well as 13 bonus tracks, among them 10 previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1990 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The 2-CD package is presented in a lift-top box with five postcards, a fold-out poster and a booklet featuring photos from the band’s personal archive.

After building a devoted fan base with album and EP releases throughout the 1980s, including 1988’s critically acclaimed Operation: Mindcrime, Queensrÿche broke into the mainstream across North America and abroad with the 1990 release of Empire.  In the U.S., the album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and its hit ballad “Silent Lucidity” quickly became a heavy rotation staple at rock radio and on MTV, topping Billboard’s Modern Rock singles chart and earning Queensrÿche the coveted MTV Viewers Choice Award for the song’s music video. Empire also made the U.K.’s Top 10, and the album’s international success led to Queensrÿche’s 18-month headlining “Building Empires” world tour, the band’s longest trek to date.

Empire also features the Billboard Top 10 Modern Rock hits “Jet City Woman” and “Another Rainy Night,” the Top 20 single, “Anybody Listening?,” and the Top 30 singles “Best I Can” and Empire.”  In addition to the aforementioned live recordings, Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)’s bonus tracks include “Last Time in Paris” from the Ford Forlaine soundtrack, “Dirty Lil’ Secret,” and the band’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair.”

Since forming in Bellevue, Washington in 1981, Queensrÿche has sold more than twenty million albums around the world. For more information, visit Queensrÿche’s official web site:

(20th Anniversary Edition)
[2CD, digital]


  1. Best I Can
  2. The Thin Line
  3. Jet City Woman
  4. Della Brown
  5. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
  6. Empire
  7. Resistance
  8. Silent Lucidity
  9. Hand On Heart
  10. One And Only
  11. Anybody Listening?
  12. Last Time In Paris [Bonus Track]
  13. Scarborough Fair [Bonus Track]
  14. Dirty Lil’ Secret [Bonus Track]

DISC 2 (previously unreleased: all tracks recorded live 11/15/90 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon)

  1. Resistance
  2. Walk in the Shadows
  3. Best I Can
  4. Empire
  5. The Thin Line
  6. Jet City Woman
  7. Roads To Madness
  8. Silent Lucidity
  9. Hand On Heart
  10. Take Hold Of The Flame

The Queensrÿche Cabaret
Oct 28     VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino, Kansas City, MO
Oct 29     House of Blues, Chicago, IL
Oct 30     Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mount Pleasant, MI

The “Best of” Tour
Oct 31    Buffalo Wild Wings, Mesa, AZ
Nov 13   Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, NV
Dec 30   D&R Theatre, Aberdeen, WA
Jan 22    Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover, NV


Another Rainy Night (Without You) –
Anybody Listening –
Best I Can –
Empire –
Jet City Woman –
Resistance (Live)
Silent Lucidity –
The Thin Line –

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