MANOWAR Sold Out In Sweden in 24 Hours! 2nd Show In Gothenburg added!

January 25th, 2011
by EvilG
MANOWAR

MANOWAR

The Swedish fans have triumphed! After only 24 hours on sale, ALL tickets for MANOWAR’s show on March 29 at Trädgårn in Gothenburg were SOLD!

To give more Viking fans the opportunity to see the band on Scandinavian ground again, MANOWAR have added a second show in Gothenburg on March 30 2011!

Tickets for the show on March 30 will go on sale TOMORROW (Wednesday, January 25 at 10:00 a.m. CET (www.ticnet.se).

Those who have already purchased a ticket for March 29 should also join the fight for true metal on March 30! Although the band will play Battle Hymns from beginning to end on both nights, the set lists WILL be different! And YOU can help shape the set list: Vote for your favorite song on http://www.manowar.com/vote.php so that the untamed power of MANOWAR and their fans will shake the ground of Trädgårn, Gotenburg!

To all true brothers and sisters from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Continental Europe and everywhere else: Come and see MANOWAR at Trädgårn, Gothenburg on March 30, 2011!

There will be NO SHOWS IN OTHER SCANDINAVIAN CITIES on this leg of the tour. The band is scheduled to re-enter the studio in April. So those wishing to see the “Battle Hymns Tour” in Scandinavia are advised to purchase their tickets fast for March 30 2011 while still available.

Hail to all the true metal Vikings! The Time To Strike is NOW! Hail & Kill!

Upcoming MANOWAR tour dates worldwide:

Saturday March 05, 2011 @ The Palladium in Worcester, MA – USA

Friday March 11, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH – USA

Saturday March 12, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH – USA (SOLD OUT)

Friday March 18, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki – Greece

Friday March 25, 2011 @ St. Jakobshalle in Basel – Switzerland

Sunday March 27, 2011 @ O2 Academy in Birmingham – UK (SOLD OUT)

Tuesday March 29, 2011 @ Trädgårn in Gothenburg – Sweden (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday March 30, 2011 @ Trädgårn in Gothenburg – Sweden

Saturday April 02, 2011 @ Campo Pequeno in Lisbon – Portugal

Friday April 08, 2011 @ Rodahal in Kerkrade – The Netherland

Check out www.facebook.com/MANOWAR for constant updates!

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HAMMERFALL: SECOND LIVE IN-STUDIO CHAT THIS WEDNESDAY

January 25th, 2011
by EvilG
HammerFall

HammerFall

Guitarist Pontus Norgren and bassist Fredrik Larsson of the Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will be available for a live, in-studio chat with their fans on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 beginning at 10 a.m. PACIFIC / 1 p.m. EASTERN / 7 p.m. CET.  The online event will take place at the Nuclear Blast Streaming Room at this location: www.nuclearblast.de/streamingroom

Last Saturday, guitarist Oscar Dronjak and vocalist Joacim Cans of HAMMERFALL hosted the band’s first live chat from the studio.  They discussed stage regalia, working song titles, the album title, and a host of other topics.  View the recorded chat here.

HAMMERFALL members are now in Nashville, Tennessee recording the follow-up album to 2009’s No Sacrifice, No Victory (which debuted at #38 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart) with producer James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, SIXX:AM, Meat Loaf).  The as-yet-untitled new release will be available in Europe on May 20th.  A summer release date in North America is expected.

View an assortment of band video blogs here.

No Sacrifice, No Victory achieved gold status in Sweden for sales in excess of 20,000 copies.  The album registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe: #2 in Sweden, #7 in Germany, #20 in Switzerland, #21 in the U.K. (Indie Albums chart), #25 in Austria, #46 in Norway, and #95 in France.

Visit HAMMERFALL online at www.HAMMERFALL.net, on MySpace, on Facebook, on Twitter and at www.HAMMERFALL.tv.

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REVERENCE – Working Song Titles Announced

January 25th, 2011
by EvilG

REVERENCE, the new power metal band featuring vocalist Todd Michael Hall (JACK STARR’S BURNING STARRHARLET), guitarist Bryan Holland (TOKYO BLADEARREST), drummerSteve “Dr. Killdrums” Wacholz (SAVATAGECRIMSON GLORY) and bassist Frank Saparti (TOKYO BLADEOVERLOADEDMINDCANDY).

Working songtitles set to appear on the release include: “Too Late“, “Vengeance Is Mine“,  “Gatekeeper“, “Revolution Rising“, “Monster“, “Lost Generation” and “Phantom Road“.

Commented guitarist Bryan Holland: “Leaving my last project has been a blessing in disguise. ToddSteveFrank and I have all been on the same page with this project since day one. The songs just started flowing within just days of meeting vocalist Todd Hall and haven’t stopped since. It’ll be fantastic to finally playing with Doc (Steve “Doc. Killdrums” Wacholz), we’ve been friends for 15 years and is my favorite drummer on the planet!”. And I absolutely love sharing the stages with Frank, he’s a madman!!”.

Recording will begin in April at Sight 16 Studios (TOKYO BLADETWOTHIRTYSEVENPARIS BLUECOLDSNAP) in Albuquerque, New Mexico with producer Sid Garcia. The band will record 14 songs for the CD, which will be mixed and mastered in May for a tentative fall 2011 release through Razar Ice Records. A fall European tour will follow. The band has also signed on with No-Nonsense Management and Booking.

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HATE Announce US Invasion; Premier New Song

January 25th, 2011
by EvilG

To spark the flame for the North American release of HATE’s forthcoming Erebos, AOL’s Noisecreep.com premiered the album’s title track today. To check out this exclusive stream, visit this location.

Set for a February 22nd release, Erebos is already promising to be HATE’s most devastating effort to date, with Blistering.com giving the album “two horns up” and Apoch’s Metal Review calling it “…one of more impressive Black and Death Metal efforts to come out in recent years.”

In support of the North American release of Erebos, HATE has announced a massive attack containing two tours in the US and Canada.On the first tour, starting March 9th, the band will team up with Rotting Christ, Melechesh and others for 30 shows. For the second tour, which kicks off on April 18th, HATE will support Sepultura, Belphegor and, on select shows Nevermore, during a 38-show run covering the US and Canada. The band has also been confirmed to play some extra concerts between the mentioned tours. The HATE North America invasion will contain altogether 76 shows in the period of three months! Bandleader ATF Sinner comments,

“We’ve been looking for such an opportunity for years. It’s going to be the biggest and most presigious tour we’ve taken part in, and we just can’t wait to be there to spew Erebos songs on the crowds! I know such a long tour is a challenge, but I’m sure we’re well prepare for it. It’s gonna be our second tour in North America after last year’s raid with Hypocrisy which was a great experience for us.”

HATE North American Tour Dates

w/ ROTTING CHRIST, MELECHESH, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS and

LECHEROUS NOCTURNE

March 9 @ Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

March 10 @ Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ

March 11 @ Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

March 12 @ Rocko’s – Manchester, NH

March 13 @ The Webster Theater – Hartford, CT

March 14 @ Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

March 15 @ Petit Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA

March 16 @ Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA

March 17 @ Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

March 18 @ Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

March 19 @ Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

March 20 @ Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

March 22 @ The Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA

March 23 @ Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

March 25 @ El Corazon – Seattle, WA

March 26 @ Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

March 27 @ DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

March 28 @ Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA

March 29 @ The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

March 30 @ Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA

March 31 @ UB’s Restaurant & Bar – Mesa, AZ

April 1 @ The Nat Ballroom – Amarillo, TX

April 2 @ The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

April 3 @ Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX

April 4 @ Emo’s – Austin, TX

April 5 @ Walter’s – Houston, TX

April 7 @ Brass Mug – Tampa, FL

April 8 @ The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

April 9 @ Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

April 10 @ The Casbah – Charlotte, NC

w/ SEPULTURA, BELPHEGOR, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS and

BONDED BY BLOOD

April 18 @ The Opera House – Toronto, ON

April 19 @ Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC

April 20 @ Club Soda – Montreal, QC

April 22 @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA

April 23 @ Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

April 24 @ The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

April 25 @ The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

April 26 @ Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

April 27 @ The Club At Firestone – Orlando, FL

April 28 @ Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

April 29 @ The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

May 1 @ Clicks – Tyler, TX

May 2 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX

May 3 @ Trees – Dallas, TX

May 5 @ Jake’s – Lubbock, TX

May 6 @ Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

May 7 @ The Clubhouse (feat. D.R.I.) – Tempe, AZ

May 8 @ Club DV8 (feat. D.R.I.) – Tucson, AZ

May 9 @ House Of Blues – San Diego, CA

May 10 @ The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV

May 11 @ The Grand Ballroom At Regency Center – San Francisco, CA

May 12 @ Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

May 13 @ El Corazon – Seattle, WA

May 14 @ The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA

May 16 @ Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO

May 18 @ Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

May 19 @ Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

May 20 @ Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

May 21 @ Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

May 22 @ Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

w/ NEVERMORE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS, and BONDED BY BLOOD

May 23 @ Expo Five – Louisville, KY

May 24 @ The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

May 26 @ The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB

May 27 @ The Exchange – Regina, SK

May 28 @ Dickens – Calgary, AB

May 29 @ Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB

May 31 @ Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC

Considered by many to be one of Poland’s most extreme musical exports, HATE has been brutalizing listeners with their distinct brand of death metal since the genre’s glory days of the 1990’s. Eventually incorporating elements of black, industrial and ambience into their already intricate and relentless style, HATE quickly became known as one of metal’s great innovators. Keeping that tradition alive, the band recently entered Hertz Studio in Bialystok to record their newest masterpiece, Erebos. Completed in only five weeks’ time, Erebos promises to be the strongest HATE album thus far. Ferocious, challenging, complex, varied, innovative, and extremely well-produced, Erebos is HATE in full-swing! Erebos is set to be released in North America on February 22nd, 2011. Until then prepare to HATE and “Taste my Blood From a Thousand Cuts!”

ATF Sinner – Guitars, Synthesizer, Vocals

Hexen – Drums

Destroyer – Guitars

Mortifier – Bass

The American version of Erebos album will contain 4 bonus tracks. Two of them are dark ambient re-mixes of HATE songs made by a French artist named Melek-tha, known for his collaboaration with a German band Secrets Of The Moon. Other bonuses are industrial-ambient compositions by a Polish composer Michał Staczkun, whose ideas also appeared in other songs on the band’s new album.

“Erebos is Hate’s seventh album and now our favorite. Syncopate, super-charged, sinister – modern death metal just doesn’t get much better than this. If you’re looking for some professional-grade groove with your DM venom, this is a fucking good start to your year.” -NoCleanSinging.com

“One of the most consistent death metal acts in a massive scene, steadily managing to improve themselves over the course of seven albums. Like Behemoth, these Polish extreme metallers play a similar style of blackened death metal. Hate continue to crank it up a notch each release and the 10 track “Erebos” continues to show that these guys are not messing around when it comes to producing quality death metal.” – Metal Asylum

“That Hate have matured is not in contention, because they’ve here produced an album that can survive a number of listens without losing the listener’s attention.” – From the Dust Returned

www.hate-metal.com

www.myspace.com/hatepoland

www.listenable.net

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DECREPIT BIRTH: “The Resonance” Now Available for Rock Band!

January 25th, 2011
by EvilG

Santa Cruz CA’s tech-death masters, DECREPIT BIRTH, are now a part of the Rock Band Network! Visit http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5005182 to purchase the song “The Resonance” for game play for Rock Band. A demo of the song can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8P5Zapuwek.

As recently reported, DECREPIT BIRTH, have been rejoined by original bassist Derek Boyer (SUFFOCATION)! Derek will continue as a fulltime member of SUFFOCATION as well but will now be apart of not one, but TWO of the most uncompromising and innovative bands within the extreme metal genre!

Guitarist Matt Sotelo commented: “We are very proud to announce that bassist Derek Boyer is returning to the full time DECREPIT BIRTH line up! Derek was a very strong force on our debut album, and his skills have only improved over the past years as the bassist for the mighty SUFFOCATION. Having Derek back in the band is a really exciting situation for us, because he brings so much to the table and is one of our best friends. Come check out Derek on tour with us during February and March with KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE and ABYSMAL DAWN, throughout the US and Canada!

We would also like to thank Joel Horner for his years in the band. Joel decided to leave on positive terms due to personal decisions. We remain close friends with him, and wish him the best of luck!”

Derek Boyer added: “From before playing with them, to doing …And Time Begins with them, to seeing grow to where they are now – I’ve always loved DECREPIT BIRTH! It’s an honor to be playing with these guys again!”

KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE, ABYSMAL DAWN

02/21/11  Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO (NO KATAKLYSM or ASP)

02/22/11  Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA (NO KATAKLYSM)

02/23/11  The Warehouse – Laporte,  IN (NO KATAKLYSM or CFTG)

02/24/11  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

02/25/11  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

02/26/11  Harpo’s – Detroit, MI

02/27/11  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

02/28/11  Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA

03/02/11  The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

03/03/11  Flashbacks Nightclub – Kelowna, BC – CANADA

03/04/11  Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

03/05/11  Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

03/06/11  Branx (Loveland) – Portland, OR

03/07/11  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA (NO ABYSMAL DAWN)

03/08/11  The Whisky – Hollywood, CA

03/09/11  SOMA – San Diego, CA

03/11/11  El Cien – Amarillo, TX

03/12/11  Ridglea Theatre – Ft. Worth, TX

03/13/11  The White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX

03/15/11  The State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL

03/16/11  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

03/17/11  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

03/18/11  AlRosa Villa – Columbus, OH

03/19/11  Evening Star Music Hall – Niagara Falls, NY

03/20/11  Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA

DECREPIT BIRTH, sold around 1,300 copies in the United States of their new album Polarity in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 18 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, making it the bands highest first week sales yet. Polarity was released on July 27, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The music video for the track “The Resonance” at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZYpTzLEgHc. The song comes from their latest album Polarity, out now on Nuclear Blast Records, and was directed by former VJ/producer for MTV Norway’s Headbangers Ball Ann Christin “Anki” Rihm. Photos from the video shoot can be viewed here http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewPicture&friendID=2588100&albumId=2888600.

Drums for Polarity were recorded at Sharkbite Studios (EXODUS) with producer Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, SUFFOCATION, IMMOLATION) while all other tracking was handled by Matt Sotelo before being mixed by Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios. The artwork was completed by cult artist Dan Seagrave (MORBID ANGEL, ENTOMBED, SUFFOCATION, etc.).

For more info & music visit: www.myspace.com/decrepitbirth

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BARN BURNER returns to Mountain City Studios to record new album

January 25th, 2011
by EvilG

Montreal, QC natives, Barn Burner, are getting ready to head to the studio to record their follow up to Bangers, their criticially acclaimed Metal Blade Records debut. The band has been touring and working on new tunes for upwards of two years now, and are hungry to lay down the new tracks.

Vocalist/guitarist Kevin Keegan has offered up the following update: “We have been itching to get back into the studio and record what we have been working on for 2 years now. The new tunes are fiercer but still catchy enough to show to your dad. Excited to work with Adrian Popovich at Mountain City again and drink all of his shitty coffee. Basically, this new record will just give us more excuses to drink beer and play shows.”

Have no doubts Barn Burner will do just that – drink beer and play shows! Keep an eye out for tour dates later this year. Get a glimpse of what the band is like live in their video for Half Past Haggard HERE <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bPLOnzMTOw> . The band has one show coming up on January 27th at Off The Hook <http://www.offthehook.ca/fr/event2.htm> , located on 1021 St. Catherine W in Montreal. The show is at 8pm – entrance is FREE and beer is FREE!

Here’s what critics (and comedian Brian Posehn) had to say about their previous album, Bangers:

“Anyone listening to Barn Burner? I hear elements of Fu Manchu, C.O.C., Maiden and Thin Lizzy. Great hard rock with big hooks.” comedian and actor, Brian Posehn

“the band is electrifying, and whether you are in the mood to headbang or not, they inject something into your bloodstream that renders you incapable of resisting the overpowering urge.” Outburn Magazine

“This music is all about the swagger, and the foursome carries themselves like the 1976-77 Habs: they will own you, plain and simple, no matter how hung over they are from the night before.” Decibel Magazine

“Up tempo stoner rock like a cross between The Atomic Bitchwax, Fu Manchu and The Fucking Champs – excellent musicianship” Terrorizer Magazine

“huge groovy riffs that would make Phil Lynott proud.” Craveonline.com


Rated number 1 out of the top 20 albums of 2010 on http://www.heavyplanet.net/2010/12/heavy-planets-top-20-of-2010-5-to-1.html

http://www.myspace.com/theinfamousbarnburner
http://www.facebook.com/theinfamousbarnburner
http://www.youtube.com/bernardburner
http://twitter.com/barnburnermtl

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BIG4 Fans Pissed Off -What was thought to be a “tour” is ONE California show

January 25th, 2011
by EvilG

TheBig4 Facebook page has lit up with angry fan reaction today as what was assumed to be a tour so far appears to be one show.

Tickets available on Ticketmaster Friday January 28th at 10am PST!

From Metallica.com:

“You’ve probably heard us all say it . . . the vibe was just so incredible at last year’s Big 4 shows that we can’t stop now!! So we’re finally bringing the love to our home turf on April 23, 2011 with ‘Tallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax in Indio, CA at the Empire Polo Club (yes, the more observant of you will note that this is the same spot where the Coachella Festival takes place the weekend before).

It’s true – this is indeed the only scheduled stop in America this go around, so we’re hoping that you can head West to join us. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 28 at 10 AM PST and Fan Club members can check MetClub.com for pre-sale and VIP package info.

For more info about the show, including ticket pricing and transportation information, check out TheBig4Festival.com”

Big4

Big4

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EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW JAG PANZER SONG “UNION”

January 25th, 2011
by EvilG

Hardrock Haven is premiering a track from the new Jag Panzer release, The Scourge of the Light.

Jag Panzer - The Scourge of the Light

Jag Panzer - The Scourge of the Light

“The guitar solo for ‘Union’ was one of the last tracks I recorded for the album,” said Jag Panzer guitarist Chris Lasegue. “Up to that point, I had been recording solos that were a bit on the ‘shreddy’ side and I wanted to show a different side of my playing. One of my major influences is Eric Johnson, and this solo is a tribute to him. I wanted to capture that flowing, seamless, soulful vibe that he demonstrates in his music. The first part of the solo was pretty much composed in advance, but after that I just improvised, just playing by feeling. During playback I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. Really, that solo is actually my favorite one on the album!”

Listen to the track HERE.

Jag Panzer official: http://www.jagpanzer.com/

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HAMMERFALL: FIRST IN-STUDIO FAN CHAT NOW ONLINE

January 25th, 2011
by EvilG
HammerFall

HammerFall

Last Saturday, guitarist Oscar Dronjak and vocalist Joacim Cans of HAMMERFALL hosted the first of several online chats with fans from the studio.  They discussed the band’s “refreshed sound,” favorite memories of Ronnie James Dio, musical influences, working with James Michael, and a host of other topics.  View the recorded chat here.

HAMMERFALL members are now in Nashville, Tennessee recording the follow-up album to 2009’s No Sacrifice, No Victory (which debuted at #38 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart) with producer James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, SIXX:AM, Meat Loaf).  The as-yet-untitled new release will be available in Europe on May 20th.  A summer release date in North America is expected.

View video footage of the labor-intensive way snowy Nashville streets get salted here.

No Sacrifice, No Victory achieved gold status in Sweden for sales in excess of 20,000 copies.  The album registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe: #2 in Sweden, #7 in Germany, #20 in Switzerland, #21 in the U.K. (Indie Albums chart), #25 in Austria, #46 in Norway, and #95 in France.

Visit HAMMERFALL online at www.HAMMERFALL.net, on MySpace, on Facebook, on Twitter and at www.HAMMERFALL.tv.

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ABIGAIL WILLIAMS Confirmed As Support For Rotting Christ; Host Podcast Tonight

January 24th, 2011
by EvilG

American metal horde ABIGAIL WILLIAMS have been confirmed as support, alongside Melechesh, Hate and Lecherous Nocturne, for Rotting Christ’s massive thirty-date North American tour beginning this March. Though it is the first major tour for the band thus far into 2011, the band will confirm more tour actions in the coming weeks. Interviews with ABIGAIL WILLIAMS are available at all shows, or in advance of the tour upon request.   The members of ABIGAIL WILLIAMS will also host a live podcast tonight on TheGauntlet.com’s infamous The Dungeon show from 6pm – 9pm PST. Tune in for brutal metal, raw humor, special guests and all sorts of chaos.  

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS On Tour With Rotting Christ, Melechesh, Hate, Lecherous Nocturne:

3/09/2011 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
3/10/2011 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
3/11/2011 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
3/12/2011 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
3/13/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
3/14/2011 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
3/15/2011 Petite Campus – Montreal, QC
3/16/2011 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
3/17/2011 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
3/18/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
3/19/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
3/20/2011 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
3/22/2011 The Republik – Calgary, AB
3/23/2011 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
3/25/2011 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/26/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
3/27/2011 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
3/28/2011 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
3/29/2011 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
3/30/2011 Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
3/31/2011 U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
4/01/2011 The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX
4/02/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
4/03/2011 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
4/04/2011 Emo’s – Austin, TX
4/05/2011 Walter’s – Houston, TX
4/07/2011 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
4/08/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/09/2011 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
4/10/2011 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS’ latest album In The Absence Of Light was released in September via Candlelight Records. Recorded at Conquistador Studios in Cleveland and mixed by Peter Tagtgren (Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Celtic Frost) at Black Lounge Studios in Sweden, the album presents founder/vocalist/guitarist Sorceron with new guitarist Ian Jekelis and drummer Ken Bedene. The album’s eight songs, written exclusively by Sorceron, contain far more urgency then the band’s previous material, cutting down on snyth and keyboards without depleting their crushing atmospheric capabilities, while adding a more brutal, sinister edge to their attack.
http://www.myspace.com/abigailwilliams
http://www.purevolume.com/abigailwilliams
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
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EXTREME´s Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt interview

January 24th, 2011
by EvilG

MSN / ROCK METAL TV talked to EXTREME´s Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt.

During the chat, Nuno and Gary speak about their new album, the reunion, their career, the hit “More Than Word” and how they see themselves as musicians and persons.

MSN /ROCK METAL TV is the new rock television in Spain directed by Mario Ruiz from Krea Films and veteran Spanish journalist Rafa Basa from www.RafaBasa.com.

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PROSTHETIC RECORDS To Release New MERCENARY Album, “Metamorphosis,” In North America

January 24th, 2011
by EvilG

Danish progressive power/melodic death metallers MERCENARY will release their sixth album, “Metamorphosis,” in North America via Prosthetic Records on March 29. The North American version of the album, produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Heaven Shall Burn, Aborted), will feature the exclusive bonus track “Incorporate Your Demons.” Pre-order your copy now at Prosthetic’s online store: http://store.prostheticrecords.com/index.php/bands/mercenary The band will be touring Europe in February and March alongside Symphony X and Nevermore.
Guitarist Jakob Mølbjerg commented on the signing: “We’re very happy to announce that we have signed a licensing deal with Prosthetic Records for the release of our upcoming album ‘Metamorphosis’ in North America. It’s one bad fucker of an album, so it’s truly a great feeling to once more be able get our music out to the American fans, not least through such a great label.”

“Metamorphosis” track listing:
1. Through The Eyes Of The Devil
2. The Follower
3. In A River Of Madness
4. Memoria
5. Velvet Lies
6. In Bloodred Shades
7. Shades Of Grey
8. On The Edge Of Sanity
9. Black Brigade
10. Incorporate Your Demons (North American bonus track)

Through the last decade, MERCENARY have been one of the most active and successful proponents of Denmark’s rising metal scene. Over the course of their previous five studio albums, which earned the band increasing critical acclaim for their distinctive blend of aggression and huge soaring melodies, the band earned a wide international audience and dedicated fan base. MERCENARY have toured actively as support for top acts such as Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Nevermore, King Diamond, Death Angel and many more. They have also appeared on most major metal festivals, such as Wacken (twice), Tuska, Metal Camp, Earthshaker, Inferno, Graspop, Dynamo, Summer Nights, ProgPower Europe, and ProgPower USA (twice) and many more.

Behind the scenes, however, deep creative and personal differences increased through the years, and they culminated when their drummer, keyboard player and one of their two singers left the band in late 2009. Joined by master drummer Morten Løwe, the band now counts the song writing team of original member Jakob Mølbjerg (guitar) and master shredder Martin Buus (lead guitar), as well as the versatile singer/bassist René Pedersen.

Rising from the ashes of the old lineup, the Mercenary of 2011 evolves and reshapes the band’s trademark sound of combined clean and aggressive vocals with a new edge, displaying a catchy and fresh sound, as well as an newfound unity, ambition and musical focus within their ranks. This is reflected in the “Metamorphosis” cover imagery.
“There’s of course a lot of obvious (and indeed slightly cheesy) self-referential symbolism regarding the rebirth of the band in the cover artwork,” the band said in a statement released last week. “But apart from that, we felt that the motive of a phoenix was a fitting expression of many of René’s lyrical themes on the album, as they deal with personal and existential crisis, overcoming personal obstacles and how we can sometimes redefine ourselves in the process of taking responsibility for altering the conditions of our very lives. This idea of personal freedom can be a very frightening thought for some, but it’s actually a message of hope and optimism – we can always take control of our lives and free ourselves of inner or outer constraints, or at least take pride in the struggle to do so.
“(Okay, dropping all the intellectual pretense, we just liked the artwork because it was freaking bird on fire – how cool is that!?)

“On a serious note, though, we also felt that a simple, raw and iconic visual theme would support the musical direction of the new album. We feel that the songs are our strongest ever – they’re no-bullshit, focused and straight to the point, and our good friend Don G really nailed these concepts with his artwork.”

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OZZY OSBOURNE Says BLACK SABBATH “Are In The Talking Process” Regarding Reunion, New Album

January 24th, 2011
by EvilG

Ozzy Ozbourne and Tony Iommi

93 X Rocks are reporting that OZZY OSBOURNE has revealed to ABC News Radio that he, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward “are in the talking process” regarding a BLACK SABBATH reunion, and even a new album.

Osbourne stressed, however, that nothing is definite yet, in part because of the pressure the four of them will face if they make a new record. He said, “the problem that we have is that if we do an album and it’s anything less than where we left off, it’s gonna be a big anti-climax.”

Stay tuned for updates.

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DEATH ANGEL: “River of Rapture” Video Now Online!

January 24th, 2011
by EvilG

“River of Rapture”, the latest music video from Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL, is now available for viewing below. The footage was shot and edited by director Tommy Jones during the bands tour with SOILWORK this past Summer. The song comes off their new album Relentless Retribution, which was released on September 14, 2010.

Catch the band on their headlining tour starting this month with LAZARUS A.D. and BONDED BY BLOOD!

Death Angel

Death Angel


DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D., BONDED BY BLOOD

01/28/11  Brass Mug – Tampa, FL

01/30/11  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

01/31/11  The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

02/01/11  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

02/02/11  Karma – Patchogue, NY

02/03/11  The Amber Room – Nashua, NH

02/04/11  Club Hell – Providence, RI

02/05/11  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

02/06/11  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA ç w/ ELUVEITIE,  3IOB, Holy Grail

02/07/11  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

02/08/11  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

02/09/11  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

02/10/11  Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY

02/11/11  Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

02/12/11  Bricktown Live – Oklahoma City, OK

02/13/11  Numbers – Houston, TX ç w/ DRI

02/14/11  Emo’s – Austin, TX ç w/ DRI

02/15/11  White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX ç w/ DRI

02/16/11  Trees – Dallas, TX

02/18/11  Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ

02/19/11  The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

02/20/11  Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA

02/21/11  Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV

02/22/11  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

02/23/11  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

02/24/11  The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA

02/25/11  Lost on Main – Chico, CA

02/26/11  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
The graphic video clip for the song “Truce” was shot by director Robert Sexton (SOULFLY, THE DWARVES, MONDO GENERATOR, AMEN) and can be viewed here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erSBEaeL808&feature=related). Sexton previously worked with DEATH ANGEL on the clip for the track “Dethroned” off the band’s 2008 effort “Killing Season”. Photos from the video shoot can also be viewed at the following location http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=193298&id=9938175758.

Relentless Retribution sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 10 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The record also came in at #188 on Billboards Top Current Albums chart, making it DEATH ANGEL’s highest charting record since the bands reformation in 2004.

DEATH ANGEL
will perform on the “70K Tons of Metal” cruise occurring January 24th through 28th, 2011. Check out the band talking about the event at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5ZXJRSJI_8.

Relentless Retribution Track Listing:
1. Relentless Revolution
2. Claws In So Deep
3. Truce
4. Into The Arms of Righteous Anger
5. River Of Rapture
6. Absence Of Light
7. This Hate
8. Death Of The Meek
9. Opponents At Sides
10. I Chose The Sky
11. Volcanic
12. Where They Lay

“Claws In So Deep” features performances by the popular acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. The track “Truce” also features a guest guitar solo by Producer Jason Suecof.

Relentless Retribution was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER). Cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL).

For more information visit: www.DEATHANGEL.us | www.myspace.com/DEATHANGEL

Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

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Lazarus A.D. – Streaming Entire Black Rivers Flow Album

January 24th, 2011
by EvilG

LAZARUS AD - Black Rivers Flow

LAZARUS AD - Black Rivers Flow

On Tour This Winter with Death Angel & Bonded By Blood

New Album Black Rivers Flow To Be Released Next Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Wisconsin thrash metallers LAZARUS A.D. and MetalUnderground.com have just posted an exclusive full-album stream of the band’s upcoming release, Black Rivers Flow. You can hear the album it it’s entirety at this link. The album was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Djuricic and was mixed and mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production. The album hits stores this Tuesday, February 1st, 2011.

Track listing for Black Rivers Flow:
1-American Dreams
2-The Ultimate Sacrifice
3-The Strong Prevail
4-Black Rivers Flow
5-Casting Forward
6-Light A City (Up In Smoke)
7-Through Your Eyes
8-Beneath the Waves of Hatred
9-Eternal Vengeance

MetalInjection.net recently posted the third of six video blogs detailing “The Making of Black Rivers Flow”. Check out the new installment at this link. The behind the scenes footage for the series was filmed by the band and produced/edited by Clay Cook at Dirty Cheese Design & Development. Stay tuned into MetalInjection.net for new episodes posting throughout the month of January, and check out the first installment here, and the second here.

Decibel Magazine’s Deciblog recently unveiled the third and final single, ‘Casting Forward’, cut from Black Rivers Flow. You can listen to the track at this link. You can hear the band’s second single, ‘Black Rivers Flow’, at AOL’s Noisecreep.com, and the first single, ‘The Ultimate Sacrifice’, can be heard on www.metalblade.com/lazarusad.

LAZARUS A.D. and Metal Blade Records are now offering four special pre-order options for fans to ring in the new album:

1)      A copy of LAZARUS A.D.’s upcoming new album, Black Rivers Flow CD only – $9.99

2)      Special Black Rivers Flow “Cage” T-shirt – $13.99

3)      Special Black Rivers Flow “Bird” T-shirt – $13.99

4)      Exclusive Black Rivers Flow “Bird” T-shirt and CD combo pack – $19.99

Click on the embedded links above to purchase your exclusive Black Rivers Flow merchandise.

LAZARUS A.D. is set to tour the U.S. this winter on the North American Retribution Tour alongside thrash metal legends Death Angel. Bonded by Blood will also perform.

LAZARUS A.D. and Bonded By Blood have also just released a number of European tour dates that will launch them throughout the continent this March. See below for all current European and U.S. tour dates.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

Jan. 28 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
Jan. 29 – Championship Bar and Grill – Trenton, NJ
NORTH AMERICAN RETRIBUTION TOUR 2011 w/ DEATH ANGEL, BONDED BY BLOOD
Jan. 30 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Jan. 31 – The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
Feb. 01 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 – Club Hell – Providence, RI
Feb. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Feb. 07 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 08 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
Feb. 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Feb. 11 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Feb. 12 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 13 – Numbers – Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

EUROPEAN TOUR w/ BONDED BY BLOOD

Mar. 09 – Academy 2, London, UK.

Mar. 10 – The Croft, Bristol, UK.

Mar. 11 – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes, UK.

Mar. 12 – Well, Leeds, UK.

Mar. 13 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, UK.

Mar. 14 – The Maze, Nottingham, UK.

Mar. 15 – Joiners, Southampton, UK.

Mar. 16 – Metal Lust @ Brickmakers, Norwich, UK.

Mar. 17 – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany.

Mar. 18 – Dynamo, Zürich, Switzerland.

Mar. 19 – Modra Vopice, Prague, Czech Republic.

Mar. 20 – Orto Bar, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Mar. 21 – 3Raum /Arena, Vienna, Austria.

Mar. 22 – Lazzaretto, Bologna, Italy.

Mar. 23 – Mephisto, Barcelona, Spain.

Mar. 24 – Hebe, Madrid, Spain

Mar. 25 – Paris Extreme, Paris, France.

Mar. 26 – Santana 27 Black, Bilbao, Spain.

Mar. 27 – Porto Rio, Porto, Portugal.

Mar. 29 – Headcrush, Hamburg, Germany.

Mar. 30 – Merleyn, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Mar. 31 – The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Apr. 02 – JH Comma, Bruges, Belgium

Here’s what critics had to say of the LAZARUS A.D.’s Metal Blade debut, The Onslaught:

“The thrash revival seems to have spawned two types of bands – retro sound-alikes and those who are looking to make the genre relevant now. Lazarus A.D. are one of the latter…” Revolver Magazine

“straightforward…engaging…Kill ‘Em All style climax.” Decibel Magazine

“Get ready for some friggin ridiculous thrash from Wisconsin! Not bay area thrash, think Master of Puppets era Metallica thrash” Hails & Horns Magazine

“…the way it combines rapid-fire riffage, abrupt rhythm changes and cutting guitar harmonies within double bass drumming is worthy of praise.” Guitar World from ‘The Next Metallica?’ article

“This one hits so hard it hurts…it’s meaner than a hungry pit bull with rabies…In two words, damn good.” Blabbermouth.net


Lazarus A.D. is
Jeff Paulick –Bass/Lead Vocals
Dan Gapen- Lead Guitar / Vocals
Alex Lackner- Guitar
Ryan Shutler-Drums
For more information on LAZARUS A.D. visit the following locations:
http://lazarusad.com/
http://www.facebook.com/lazarusad
http://twitter.com/LAZARUSAD
http://www.myspace.com/lazarus1
http://www.metalblade.com/LazarusAD/
http://www.thirddegreemerch.com/lazarusad

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