What a kick ass year 2010 has turned out to be for rockers Jackyl! Jesse Dupree (Vocals), Jeff Worley (Guitar), Roman Glick (Bass) & Chris Worley (Drums) celebrated the release of the new Jackyl CD, ‘When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide’ by personally calling everyone that pre-ordered to thank them for their support. “We never expected just how cool that was going to be” Jackyl Lead Vocalist Jesse James Dupree quoted. As their first single ‘She’s Not A Drug’ shot up the active rock charts, Jackyl continued to tour from coast to coast.
Dupree also serves as executive producer of the truTV hit series FULL THROTTLE SALOON, which looks at the behind-the-scenes mayhem at Michael Ballard’s legendary biker watering hole in Sturgis, South Dakota.
This year Jackyl does it bigger than ever and to celebrate their new album, “When Moonshine And Dynamite Collide” as well as the Sturgis Rally’s 70th Anniversary, Jesse James Dupree plans to get shot out of a cannon in the heat of the Jackyl performance. This night proves to be the wildest in Full Throttle history. Tune in Wednesday, Dec. 22nd and 29th to catch all of the action including Jackyl’s special guest, Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer DMC.
The Full Throttle Saloon airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. (EST) on truTV.
Full Throttle Saloon is #3 ranked show in the primetime hour and is the #2 show for males 18-49.
Jackyl are ending 2010 with a bang by collaborating with R&R Hall of Fame legend DMC from Run DMC by releasing the single ‘Just Like A Negro’.
DMC will be performing the extremely powerful song with Jackyl on stage during their late fall and winter tour. “Darryl is an inspiration and it’s an honor to sing and share the stage with him, especially having such a impacting message in our song, Just Like A Negro” says Dupree of DMC. The single is available for purchase at www.jackyl.com , and comes with a limited edition Jackyl featuring DMC poster, or download at ITUNES. Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TMO9A7uccw
Legendary NOLA gods of sludge, excess and mayhem, EYEHATEGOD, will kick off their 2011 tour escapades with a special one-off show in Seattle, Washington at El Corazon this February. The performance will coincide with the club’s six-year anniversary. Special guests to be announced soon.
Who:EYEHATEGOD + special guests When: Saturday February 5th (All Ages/Bar wID) Where: El Corazon
109 Eastlake Ave. East Seattle, WA 98109
$18 ADV/$20 DOS
Tickets are available at CascadeTickets.com – no per order fees for online purchases! Charge by phone at 1-800-514-3849. Tickets are subject to a service charge. EYEHATEGOD are currently on tour in support of nothing and are systematically crushing souls one city at a time. Said bassist Gary Mader today from the road: “We’ve had a blast raisin’ hell and hurtin’ feelings across the Midwest with our good friends, Phobia. We’re looking forward to further/final damage and hearing impairment in the Lone Star State.” Remaining tour dates below:
EYEHATEGOD Winter Tour 2010 [Remaining Dates]
** New Date Added 12/10/2010 Korova – San Antonio,TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster
12/11/2010 Reno’s – Dallas, TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster
12/12/2010 Red Seven – Austin, TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster
12/13/2010 The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster **
In related news, vocalist Mike Williams’ offered up his family’s bread pudding recipe for the recently issued Mosh Potatoes Heavy Metal Cookbook compiled by Steve Seabury. Granny IX’s Alcohol Infused NOLA Style Bread Pudding appears alongside Fear Factory’s Vancouver Lasagna, Bison b.c.’s Sicilian (Rasta) Metal Meatballs, and Obituary’s Stuffed Poblano Peppers, among dozens of others. For more info, visit’s the official Mosh Potatoes website HERE.
'MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal'
Bazillion Points is offering a free download extract of “Chapter 5. Passing the Threshold”, from the newly-released and already-acclaimed book Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal, by Jeff Wagner. The PDF download is available at this location: http://www.mean-deviation.com
After tracing the origins of progressive metal from Rush, King Crimson, and Black Sabbath, in this excerpt Wagner looks at the formation and importance of the most groundbreaking of progressive metal mavericks. High points include John Arch’s dramatic exit from Fates Warning; the story behind Operation Mindcrime; the rise and fall of Crimson Glory; and even a curious “What if?” section, that ponders a near-miss of early prog metal history involving Watchtower guitarist Ron Jarzombek…
In addition, the book’s index can be also be downloaded, providing an in-depth look at numbers behind Wagner’s treatment of Atheist, Believer, Voivod, Dream Theater, and other progressive metal giants. The index is available in PDF format at this location: http://www.mean-deviation.com
Meanwhile, the high praise continues to flow for former Metal Maniacs editor Wagner’s debut as an author, as Mean Deviation continues to garner praise from members of Cynic, Fates Warning, Hades, Watchtower, and others.
“We now have a definitive book on the relationship between metal and progressive music,” says Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree in the book’s introduction.
Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal, by Jeff Wagner is available directly from Bazillion Points and is on sale now wherever books are sold.
ABYSMAL DAWN was joined by guest musicians Moyses Kolesne (KRISIUN) and Kragen Lum (HEATHEN, PROTOTYPE) during the recording of their forthcoming album Leveling The Plane of Existence. Kolesne provides a guitar solo on the track “Pixilated Ignorance” and Lum adds guitar solos on “Rapture Renowned” and the title track. Leveling The Plane of Existence, the follow-up 2008’s Programmed To Consume, has been set for a February 1st North American release date (February 7th – UK, February 11th – Germany, Benelux, February 14th – rest of EU) and is available for pre-order here <http://shop.relapse.com/store/product.aspx?ProductID=41804>.
ABYSMAL DAWN guitarist / vocalist Charles Elliott commented on the guest spots; “I had so many leads to lay down while trying to finish up lyrics etc., that I started thinking about who I’d love to have do some guest solos for us. I’ve known Moyses ever since we toured with KRISIUN in 2006 and I think he’s one of the most talented yet underrated guitarist in death metal. If you listen to the face melting lead that he laid down for us I think you’ll see what I mean. He recorded a trade off solo with me for the track ‘Pixilated Ignorance’, which is probably the fastest and most technical track on the record. His in your face style fit the song perfectly and I don’t think I could have picked a better song for him to play on.”
“I also had Kragen Lum from HEATHEN and PROTOTYPE come down to the studio, and lay down some trade offs with me on ‘Rapture Renowned’ and “Leveling…”. I’ve been a fan of his playing since I was a teenager so it was an honor to have him shred on our record. We share a lot of the same progressive influences when it comes to lead playing so his style fit the band like a glove. I highly recommend you check out his bands if you’re open minded and into progressive and thrash stuff.”
ABYSMAL DAWN recently posted a brief video clip taped during the recording of Leveling The Plane of Existence online now at this location <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06s3MrXY0LM>. The first of the in-studio videos includes an interview with ABYSMAL DAWN drummer Scott Fuller, insight on the band’s writing process, and a run-down of Fuller’s recording set-up. Additional studio footage will be posted shortly.
ABYSMAL DAWN will embark on the first North American tour in support of Leveling The Plane of Existence early next year. ABYSMAL DAWN will be teaming up with KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH and more for this four-week tour that will kick-off on February 24th in Cleveland, OH. The band will also be headlining a show tonight, December 10th, in Simi Valley, CA where they will be playing a host of new material and taping the performance for a DVD. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cites can be found below with more to be announced soon.
ABYSMAL DAWN is available for interviews upon request. To speak with the band, simply contact Betsey Cichoracki at Relapse Records via any of the means listed at the bottom of this message. Updated ABYSMAL DAWN news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website: www.RELAPSE.com, the ABYSMAL DAWN MySpace: www.MySpace.com/AbysmalDawn and Facebook page <http://www.facebook.com/AbysmalDawn>.
***All dates from February 24 thru March 20 w/ KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, more***
Feb. 24 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
Feb. 25 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
Feb. 26 Detroit, MI Harpo’s
Feb. 27 St. Paul, MN Station 4
Feb. 28 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre
March 2 Edmonton, AB Starlite
March 3 Kelowna, BC Lake City Bowl
March 4 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
March 5 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
March 6 Portland, OR Branx
March 8 Hollywood, CA The Whisky
March 9 San Diego, CA Soma
March 11 Amarillo, TX El Cien
March 12 Ft. Worth, TX Ridglea Theatre
March 13 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
March 15 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
March 16 Raleigh, NC Volume 11
March 17 Springfield, VA Jaxx
March 18 Columbus, OH Alrosa Villa
March 19 Niagara Falls, NY Evening Star Music Hall
March 20 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Black Sheep frontman Willie Basse has been added as direct support to George Lynch’s upcoming tour with Lynch Mob throughout January and February. Basse is touring in support of his new single, “Break Away” featuring Lynch on guitars and Scorpions James Kottak on drums, which has been released through iTunes and all digital retailers.
Basse says, “It’s great to work with George again. He’s the hardest working man in rock! I am very excited to be able to support him & Oni Logan in a serious format, while having fun doing what I love. This tour will melt your ass and set the pace for much larger things to come in the near future.”
Basse is best known for his role as bassist/frontman for legendary metalheads Black Sheep, who were mainstays on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip during the ‘80s metal explosion. The band, best known for their technical prowess and precision, has boasted members that include Slash, Paul Gilbert, James Kottak, Randy Castillo and Mitch Perry.
WILLIE BASSE TOUR DATES:
DEC 09 – Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club
DEC 10 – Janesville, WI @ BACK BAR
DEC 11 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
Jan 21 – WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA @ KEY CLUB
Jan 22 – TUCSON, AZ @ BRANDING IRON BAR & GRILL
Jan 24 -DENVER, CO @ CASSELMAN’S
Jan 25 – LINCOLN, NE @ THE GROVE
Jan 26 – ST. PAUL, MN @ STATION 4
Jan 27 – INDIANAPOLIS, IN @ ROCK HOUSE CAFÉ
Jan 28 – WESTLAND, MI @ TOKEN LOUNGE
Jan 29 – BOILINGBROOK,IL @ TAILGATERS
Jan 31 – NEW YORK, NY @ BB KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL
Feb 02 – CAMBRIDGE, ONT. CANADA / 515 CONCERT CLUB
It’s a great pleasure that we can announce a new entry in Spider Rock’s roster, of a bright Italian band: LUNOCODE!
They play an eclectic female fronted power/prog metal, with a fist-rate taste and polished arrangements, where many influences can be seen: very first Dream Theater, Stratovarius, Ayreon and Angra. The band has been known since six and more years with the monicker Anima, which has been changed on the occasion of this new adventure under the aegis of Spider Rock, and it’s going to release its very first debut EP.
“Last Day Of The Earth“, this is the title of the new album, will be released on 20 January 2011 under Spider Rock, and will be distributed worldwide through Believe Digital channels.
Mixed by Davide Fatemi (Povia, one of the most appreciated Italian rock singers) and mastered by Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson) in Los Angeles, “Last Day Of The Earth” is a deep and philosophical concept, and is to be considered as an opener for the next album, whose material is near to be completed.
The cover artwork, made on pictures of Andrea Brizi (http://www.myspace.com/andreabrizi), who created this masterpieces specifically for this record at the request of the band.
MR. BIG is back to announce their highly anticipated new studio album entitled « What If… » on February 8, 2011on Frontiers Records.
«What If… » is MR. BIG’s first all original album since the reunion of the four original members, Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early 2009. Sixteen years after the release of « Hey Man », the new recording is set to bring back MR. BIG on the height of the current Hard Rock scene.
Guitarist Paul Gilbert said: “This is the first MR. BIG album I have been a part of, since fourteen years and it was done in a snap. It was fun and we had really a good time in making this one”. Continues Billy Sheehan “It’s so great to be back with Paul, Eric and Pat too. We wrote this record like we did in the old days for the first 2 records. Jamming together in the same room to write songs”. Pat Torpey adds ““Some of the recording process is different now from what we were used to in the old times. But I think this record really managed to capture the performances of the band, not of the individual musicians”.
Eric Martin concludes: “I like to compare this to the first album, when we just got to know each other in a reharsal studio and cut it in 8 or 9 days. This is like chapter 2. We had so many years, so many records and so many things behind us. Now this feels like a beautiful brand new chapter starting for all of us”.
« What If… » was produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Rush, Iron Maiden) and the release will be followed by a World Tour which will kick off in South America in March and will hit Europe in early summer.
Formed in 1988, Mr. Big forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark “shredding” musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original line-up – vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey. Mr. Big produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres – be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock.
Their hits included “To Be With You” (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), “Wild World”, Green-Tinted sixties Mind”, “Just Take My Heart”, and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy”, “Addicted to that Rush”, “Colorado Bulldog”, and “Take Cover”.
“What If…” will be released in a special edition CD + DVD in digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia.
“What If…” tracklisting includes: Undertow; American Beauty; Stranger In My Life; Nobody Takes the Blame; Still Ain’t Enough for Me; Once Upon a Time; As Far As I Can See; All The Way Up; I Won’t Get In My Way; Around The World; I Get The Feeling; Unforgiven (exclusive bonus track for Europe / North America – not on vinyl edition).
The DVD will include the videoclips of “Undertow” and “All the Way Up” plus a documentary “Making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind the scenes features of the four members.
HD TRAILER FOR BAND’s NEW MUSIC VIDEO “WAS IT WORTH IT?” NOW AVAILABLE
CHILDREN OF BODOM (also COB), the hard partying Finnish Heavy Metal band that features frontman and modern day guitar hero Alexi Laiho will release its new album Relentless Reckless Forever on March 8, 2011 via Universal Music. Today, COB reveals the album’s cover art, which can be viewed now at this location.
Recorded in Finland’s Petrax Studios with famed rock producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Monster Magnet), Relentless Reckless Forever is the seventh studio album of CHILDREN OF BODOM’s illustrious career and the first new record from the band since 2008’s Blooddrunk, which debuted at #22 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart and scored the quintet its third consecutive #1 debut in Finland. On Relentless Reckless Forever, COB’s high-energy hooks and electric energy forge stadium-sized heavy metal anthems that seethe with both marvelous musicianship and a phenomenal pop prowess. The quintet’s unique union of haunting melodies, rhythmic sensibility, guitar-and-keyboard interplay and king-size solos is supercharged to the maximum, and the resulting record is poised to push the band – already on the brink of breakout success in the U.S. – to an altogether new pinnacle.
“We worked super hard on this album, at least for me it was pretty much no sleep or rest for six weeks,” stated Laiho. “But we were determined to make the best COB album ever, so we were willing to do whatever it took. Of course, having our producer Matt Hyde kicking our asses 24/7 definitely made the results even better, so obviously we’re more than anxious to get this album out there”
The first single and video from Relentless Reckless Forever is “Was it Worth It?”. COB shot a high energy music video for the track, joining forces with two-time X Games gold medalist and two-time Thrasher Magazine “Skater of the Year” Chris Cole as well as noted pro skaters Jamie Thomas, Garrett Hill and Tom Asta (the current #1 Amateur skateboarder in the world). Filmed on location at central Pennsylvania’s residential Action Sports compound Camp Woodward and directed by Dale Resteghini for Raging Nation Films (Pink Floyd, Santana, Mötley Crüe), the video was shot guerrilla style, sans treatment; honing in directly on CHILDREN OF BODOM’s high-spirited fire and the skaters’ eye-opening execution. A high resolution trailer for the clip can be viewed now at www.relentlessrecklessforever.com.
The track listing for CHILDREN OF BODOM’s Relentless Reckless Forever is as follows:
1.) Not My Funeral
2.) Shovel Knockout
3.) Roundtrip to Hell and Back
4.) Pussyfoot Miss Suicide
5.) Relentless Reckless Forever
7.) Cry of the Nihilist
8.) Was It Worth It?
9.) Northpole Throwdown
10.) Party All the Time (* Eddie Murphy)
“The single ‘Was It Worth It?’ is a total party song, said Laiho. “It’s not your typical Bodom sound, but it’s one of my favorites and heavy as hell.”
In addition to Laiho, CHILDREN OF BODOM features Roope Latvala (guitar), Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henkka Seppälä (bass) and Janne Warman (keyboards).
About CHILDREN OF BODOM:
CHILDREN OF BODOM’s enthralling mix of modern heavy metal, melodic hooks and the guitar acrobatics of Laiho have solidified the critically acclaimed Finnish band as one of the most revered hard rock acts in the world and one of the leading voices of metal’s new generation. The group’s 2008 studio album Blooddrunk skyrocketed to #22 on Billboard’s Top 200, scored the quintet its third consecutive #1 debut in its native Finland and saw Laiho named “Best Metal Guitarist” by the readers of Guitar World, besting well known players such as Kirk Hammett of Metallica to win the coveted award. CHILDREN OF BODOM has been called “technically dazzling” by the New York Times and “One of the most talented metal bands of our time” by contemporary media conglomerate VICE. COB’s popular song “If You Want Peace…Prepare for War” is currently featured in the smash hit music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The band’s name is derived from the infamous Lake Bodom murders, which took place in Finland in 1960.
Montreal based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have uploaded their seventh webisode to the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRebjCSsWEI (and can be viewed below). In it the band gives an update on all things KATAKLYSM, including an upcoming DVD and their world tour. Make sure you check out the bands newly launched website (www.spreadthevenom.com) on a regular basis to hear about exclusive offers surrounding the tour.
KATAKLYSM recently announced, in cooperation with Decibel Magazine and SickDrummerMagazine.com, the North American leg of their “Spread the Venom 2010 – 2011 World Tour“! Joining them will be groove ladden death shredders ALL SHALL PERISH, technical/progressive death masters DECREPIT BIRTH, Sumerian Records‘ touring juggernaut CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE, and Relapse Records‘ modern death metal merchants ABYSMAL DAWN.
This will be just a part of a massive worldwide tour, that is rumored to be the bands last before a much needed break from the bands extensive performance schedule. Don’t miss out!
More dates to be announced soon. Confirmed shows so far are as follows:
SPREAD THE VENOM 2010 – 2011 WORLD TOUR
12/03/10 Petit Theatre – Rouyn, QC. CAN
12/04/10 Serbian Hall – Sudbury, ON. CAN
12/05/10 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON. CAN
12/06/10 Place Nikitoutagan – Jonquiere, QC. CAN
12/07/10 L’ Imperial – Quebec, QC. CAN
12/10/10 Le Magog – Sherbrooke, QC. CAN
12/11/10 Salle Gaston-Mandeville – Drummondville, QC. CAN
NECKBREAKER’S BALL (EUROPE)
LEGION OF THE DAMNED, EQUILIBRIUM, MANEGARM, MILKING THE GOATMACHINE
01/14/11Music Hall – Geiselwind, DE
01/15/11 Hellraiser – Leipzig, DE
01/16/11 K 17 – Berlin, DE
01/17/11 Vox Hall – Aarhus, DK
01/18/11 Markthalle – Hamburg, DE
01/19/11 Musikzentrum – Hannover, DE
01/20/11 Alter Schlachthof – Lingen, DE
01/21/11 Matrix – Bochum, DE
01/22/11 LKA Longhorn – Stuttgart, DE
01/23/11 Patronaat – Haarlen, NL
01/24/11 02 Islington Academy – Paris, FR
01/25/11 Antipode – Lyon, FR
01/26/11 Z7 – Pratteln, CH
01/27/11 Hafen – Innsbruck, AT
01/28/11 Gasometer – Wien, AT
01/29/11 Posthof – Linz, AT
01/30/11 Majectic Music Club – Bratislava, SK
01/31/11 PPC – Graz, AT
02/01/11 Batschkapp – Frankfurt, DE
02/02/11 Outback – Bad Arolsen, DE
02/03/11 Garage – Saarbrücken, DE
02/04/11 Backstage – Munich, DE
02/05/11 Hof Ter Loo – Antwerpen, BE
02/06/11 013 – Tilburg, NL
KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE, ABYSMAL DAWN
2/24 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/25 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
2/26 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
2/27 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/28 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – Canada
3/02 Starlite – Edmonton, AB – Canada
3/03 Lake City Bowl – Kelowna, BC – Canada
3/04 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – Canada
3/05 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
3/06 Branx – Portland, OR
3/07 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA (No ABYSMAL DAWN)
3/08 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
3/09 Soma – San Diego, CA
3/10 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
3/11 El Cien – Amarillo, TX
3/12 Ridglea Theatre – Ft. Worth, TX
3/13 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
3/15 State Theater – St Petersburg, FL
3/16 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
3/17 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
3/18 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
3/19 Evening Star Music Hall – Niagara Falls, NY
3/20 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – Canada
American power metal kings CIRCLE II CIRCLE — featuring vocalist Zak Stevens of Savatage fame — are currently rocking through the Midwest US on the newest leg of their ongoing world tour in support of their latest album Consequence Of Power. Additional shows have been added to the routing since previous announcements, including the Chicago-area of Illinois as well as Detroit [updated routing listed below].
CIRCLE II CIRCLE would also like to let fans know that a recent lineup change shows the recent departure of guitarist Andy Lee, and the introduction of their newest member Rollie Feldmann (Kickhunter, X-13) Rollie joined CIIC two weeks ago and is debuting in all shows on this current tour with the band.
Stated Zak Stevens from the road this week: “We’re still cruising along playing shows in the Midwest in Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota in November and December to finish off our initial world tour in support of our new CD Consequence Of Power. We’ll be touring out across the U.S. supporting the new album throughout 2011. We’re looking forward to seeing all our fans across the country in the coming year and we’re very excited about the worldwide response to the new record.”
CIRCLE II CIRCLE Remaining Midwest US Shows:
12/10/2010 Nitecap Chicago – Chicago, IL
12/16/2010 The Phantasy Nite Club – Cleveland, OH
12/17/2010 Cruiser’s – Zion, IL
12/18/2010 I-Rock Nite Club – Detroit, MI
OCEANO are pleased to announce the first dates of their upcoming Contaminating The Coast tour. Sponsored by AMP magazine and running throughout the month of January, the Contaminating The Coast tour will see the year’s heaviest Billboard charting act get in front of their rabid western fans who have been waiting a long time for the band’s return. Trekking along with OCEANO will be their friends, FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS, UPON A BURNING BODY, THE GREAT COMMISSION and I THE BREATHER.
Here are the currently announced dates:
1/7 Albuquerque, NM @ Fusion Factory
1/8 Las Cruces, NM @ Mikey’s Place
1/9 Mesa, AZ @ Underground
1/10 Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy’s
1/11 Lancaster, CA @ Cedar Center
1/13 Ogden, UT @ The Basement
1/14 Boise, ID @ Mardi Gras
1/15 Reno, NV @ The Alley
1/17 San Francisco, CA @ Sub-Mission Art Space
1/18 Sacramento, CA @ Luigi’s
1/19 Ventura, CA @ Knights of Columbus
OCEANO‘s new album, CONTAGION landed the Chicago deathcore heavyweights at number 163 on the Billboard Current Artist Chart in its first week of release. The band also debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at number 3.
Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH are currently headed for Istanbul, Turkey to shoot the music video for the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin”. The song comes from the bands brand new masterpiece The Epigenesis and will be shot by Canadian director Rouzbeh Heydari. Director of cinematography and producer are Emin Murat Kılıç and Tumay Irgas.
Commented mainman Ashmedi: “We decided to film in Istanbul in order to capitalize on the suitable and real scenery and avoid a greenscreen, the location is surreal. Choosing to film in Istanbul also keeps us in line with The Epigenesis photo shoot and recording which were both done here. Rouzbeh, the director, flew in from Canada today and the whole band will arrive tonight. Friday we will do some pre production, Saturday and Sunday we will be shooting in two different locations. We chose ‘Grand Gathas of Baal Sin’ because it has all of the desired elements; speed, thrashiness, aggression, mysticism and middle eastern ritualistic beats and parts.”
MELECHESH will be direct support to ROTTING CHRIST on their tour next March/April 2011. Joining them will be polish death metallers HATE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, and LECHEROUS NOCTURNE. Reduced service charge tickets are now available through EnterTheVault.com.
ROTTING CHRIST, MELECHESH, HATE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE 03/09/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
03/10/11 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
03/11/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
03/12/11 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
03/13/11 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
03/14/11 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
03/15/11 Petite Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA
03/16/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
03/17/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
03/18/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
03/19/11 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
03/20/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
03/22/11 The Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA
03/23/11 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
03/25/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
03/26/11 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
03/27/11 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
03/28/11 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
03/29/11 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
03/30/11 Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
03/31/11 U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
04/01/11 The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX
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.
The Epigenesis was released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
TMD has obtained an extremely rare audience recording from one of the earliest known MEGADETH shows at The Stone in San Francisco, California on February 19, 1984. The lineup features a young, foul-mouthed Dave Mustaine on guitar and vocals, along with future SLAYER member Kerry King on guitar, David “Junior” Ellefson on bass guitar, and Lee Rausch on Drums.
Live for Metal...Die for Megadeth!
After having got the boot from METALLICA, Mustaine was definitely out to prove himself and you can hear all the truly over-the-top arrogance and then some from a baby Dave on this historic cut.
Austria’s dangerously perverted kings of blackend death metal, BELPHEGOR, have uploaded a brand new song for streaming to their Facebook and Myspace pages. “Impaled Upon the Tongue of Satan“ comes off their upcoming Blood Magick Necromance release and can be heard at the following locations http://listn.to/belphegor and www.myspace.com/belphegor.
BELPHEGOR will be direct support to the legendary SEPULTURA this April/May soon after their tour with DEICIDE! The band will also take part in a handful of speacial headlining shows in the midst of the tour.
BELPHEGOR will be direct support to DEICIDE on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour”, which kicks off on Feb. 15th of next year. The trek is being sponsored by Bloody-Disgusting.com and also features BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS and PATHOLOGY. For more dates and info visit www.belphegor.at and www.myspace.com/belphegor.
Blood Magick Necromancewas produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) at his Abyss Studios (IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, DARK FUNERAL etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. The album will be released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America!
The cover art (attached) was designed by renowned Austrian artist Joachim Luetke (DIMMUBORGIR, ARCHENEMY, KREATOR, etc).
Blood Magick Necromance Track Listing: 1. IN BLOOD – DEVOUR THIS SANCTITY
Today Stereokiller premieres “Zoo Human Syndrome,” from blackthrash trio THE WRETCHED END.
THE WRETCHED END features ex-Emperor/ex-Zyklon guitarist Samoth, Mindgrinder/ex-Scum guitarist Cosmo and ex-Dark Funeral/ex-Aeon drummer Nils Fjellström. “Zoo Human Syndrome” comes off the band’s recently released Candlelight debut entitled Ominous.
Said Samoth of the track: “‘Zoo Human Syndrome’ is the last song on the album, and it’s one of my favorites actually. It’s quite melodic and atmospheric with a more epic feel. This one definitely has some black metal influences and I feel at this point that we’ll be working more within this territory for newer material. Conceptually, it deals with nature deficit disorder. Basically, it’s the soundtrack to zoo-like humans trapped in the digital chaos of the modern world. In today’s society we are stuck in small boxes, be it offices, shopping malls, etc. where we get hit by insane amounts of flickering lights of all kinds of so called ‘important’ information. We are removed from nature.”
THE WRETCHED END formed in 2008 as a creative collaboration between Samoth and Cosmo, who previously worked together in deathpunk project Scum. In addition, Cosmo played bass with Zyklon when the band toured Europe 2001 with Morbid Angel. The two have long spoken about an extreme metal project and thus, THE WRETCHED END was born.