DARK TRANQUILLITY confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL!

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG
70000 TONS OF METAL

70000 TONS OF METAL

After leaving another scouting party on the North American West Coast, they sailed in DARK TRANQUILLITY once more via the Northwest Passage all the way to Gothenburg. Skål! Welcome back to Sweden! 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival! 31 out of 40 band on board and counting…

The confirmed 31 out of 40 bands are:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Cripper
Dark Tranquillity
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth
Korpiklaani
Marduk
Moonspell
Nevermore

Obituary
Rage
Raven
Sanctuary

Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Týr
Uli Jon Roth
Unleashed
Witchburner

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 http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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DAATH Prepare For Plethora of Worldwide Touring This Fall/Winter; New Album Set For Oct. 25th Release

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Extreme metal at its very best, plain and simple, is what the Atlanta based quintet DAATH delivers. The group’s highly anticipated third full-length release is going to be self-titled and is set for an Oct. 25th release through Century Media Records. The disc is a face-melting masterpiece that was co-produced by the renowned Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devildriver) and Eyal Levi (guitars). The group is now more determined, energized and focused than ever before and expanded upon their unique, uncompromising and dynamic sound. For those previously uninitiated, feel free to head over to www.myspace.com/daath to see what they are all about.

DAATH is currently preparing for a plethora of worldwide touring, which kicks off on Nov. 24th in North America as the group heads out on a trek with Chimaira and Impending Doom. This will lead them immediately into a lengthy European run with Fear Factory, so be sure to either see below or visit the band’s MySpace page to view their complete touring itinerary.

Levi states: “Last time we toured with Chimaira was the fall of 2009 in Europe. That tour was downright destructive. The only bummer was that we wished we could have toured together with Chimaira on American soil. Well here it is! The first tour supporting our upcoming album will be in North America with Chimaira and Impending Doom this November. All I can say past that is those of you who make it out will get to experience DAATH in a whole new way.

“This past summer we kept getting asked why we stayed in Europe for such a short time during the festival season. Our only answer was, ‘we’ll be back soon.’ Well, we’re very excited to announce that we are returning to Europe for our second time in 2010 with the legendary Fear Factory and the hypnotic High On Fire. The excitement to bring our European fans some new DAATH as part of such an incredible tour package is almost overwhelming. Europe, we will see you in December!”

Levi further comments: “Our third album is the most unrestrained and over the top collection of songs we’ve ever captured. We went in with the intent of creating a freak show of a record and we achieved it. People looking for a wrecking ball of an album will be happy. People looking for an album they’ll still hear new things in one year down the road will be happy. People going in with any preconceived notions of who we are and what we sound like are in for a surprise.”

A specially priced pre-order package featuring an exclusive shirt and new CD is available now at the link below for only $20, so click below to purchase now as this is a very limited offer.
http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/Daath_-_-Daath-_CD_+_Shirt_-PRE-ORDER-/PKG000489

Uniting the aggressiveness of classic American death metal with a modern metal twist, unrivaled musicianship and catchiness to equal parts, DAATH are well prepared to gather legions of new fans worldwide – with sharpened blades at hand this band is destined to become the genre’s most efficient sonic killing machine!

DAATH w/Chimaria, Impending Doom

Wed/Nov-24 –  Chicago IL

Fri/Nov-26 –  Columbus OH

Sat/Nov-27 –  Detroit MI

Sun/Nov-28 –  Pittsburgh PA

Mon/Nov-29 –  Toronto ON

Tue/Nov-30 –  Montreal QC

Wed/Dec-01 –  Poughkeepsie NY

Thu/Dec-02 – West Springfield VA

Fri/Dec-03 –  Allentown PA

Sat/Dec-04 –  Lancaster PA

DAATH w/Fear Factory, High On Fire

06.12. LUX Luxembourg, Den Atelier

07.12. BEL Antwerp, Trix

08.12. GER Saarbrucken, Garage

09.12. AUT Wien, Arena

11.12. SWI Zurich, Dynamo

12.12. ITA Bologna, Estragon

13.12. GER Köln, Essigfabrik

14.12. FRA Paris, Elysee Montmartre

15.12. GBR Nottingham, Rock City

16.12. SCO Glasgow, QMU

18.12. GBR Manchester, O2 Academy

19.12. GBR London, Forum

20.12. GBR Bristol, O2 Academy

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Queensryche’s EMPIRE: 11/9 release, new art, tour dates

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

QUEENSRŸCHE’S TRIPLE-PLATINUM ‘EMPIRE’ REMASTERED AND EXPANDED FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 9 2010 BY CAPITOL/EMI

QUEENSRŸCHE’S TRIPLE-PLATINUM ‘EMPIRE’ REMASTERED AND EXPANDED FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 9 2010 BY CAPITOL/EMI

QUEENSRŸCHE’S TRIPLE-PLATINUM ‘EMPIRE’ REMASTERED AND EXPANDED FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 9 BY CAPITOL/EMI

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: www.queensryche.com

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

DISC 1

  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

TOUR DATES:

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

AMAZON PRE-ORDER (EMPIRE 20TH)
http://www.amazon.com/Empire-20th-Anniversary-Queensryche/dp/B003XFV7W4

VIDEOS
Another Rainy Night (Without You) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcMVZ-aRWYQ
Anybody Listening – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UlEIQUWKTQ
Best I Can – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg7ZRZyQJ5U
Empire – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN9qdgdFrZY
Jet City Woman – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JykN5eCkvnM
Resistance (Live) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTDtUph_ibc
Silent Lucidity – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3QSkux3vcQ
The Thin Line – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odlzH7OI1CU

ONLINE
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/Queensryche
My Space – http://www.myspace.com/queensryche
Twitter – http://twitter.com/queensryche
Official – http://www.queensryche.com

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KERRY KING TO CHAT WITH ESPN SPORTSNATION

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Slayer - The Vinyl Conflict - Product Shot

Slayer - The Vinyl Conflict - Product Shot

KERRY KING TO CHAT WITH ESPN SPORTSNATION THIS THURSDAY 3:30 PM ET

SLAYER’S VINYL CONFLICT BOX SET AVAILABLE NOW

This Thursday (10/14) at 3:30 PM ET Slayer guitarist Kerry King will be stopping by ESPN Sportsnation to chat with fans about his love of Raider Nation, his life in Slayer, and the recent release of the Vinyl Conflict box set. Fans can start submitting their questions for Kerry here: http://es.pn/c66vMR

For nearly 30 years, Slayer has been the single most distinctive and radical thrash metal band anywhere. Graphic lyrics, saturated in controversy and disturbing imagery…the frenzied guitar playing, powerful vocals, and unrelenting pounding drums at breakneck speed…the unparalleled concert performances…the shocking and blood-fueled albums all have kept their rabid, head-banging fans enthralled in mayhem.

For the first time in the band’s storied history, The Vinyl Conflict collects all 10 original Slayer albums from American Recordings and puts them together in this limited edition box set. Each album has been remastered from the original flat master tapes and is pressed on the highest quality 180-gram audiophile vinyl.  Also included are reproductions of the original LP artwork, including inner sleeve art, all in heavyweight, litho-wrapped chip jackets.  From 1986’s Reign In Blood to 1994’s Divine Intervention to 2009’s World Painted Blood, it’s all here, it’s all on vinyl and it’s all original Slayer.

www.slayer.net

Sportsnation chat page: http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/34948/slayer-kerry-king

Vinyl conflict buy link: http://www.sonymusicdigital.com/slayer/features/5604536

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BEHEMOTH: SECOND “EVANGELIA HERETIKA” DVD TEASER POSTED ONLINE!

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG
BEHEMOTH "EVANGELIA HERETIKA" (DVD)

BEHEMOTH "EVANGELIA HERETIKA" (DVD)

Evangelia Heretika landing page contains pre-orders, bundle offers & first sneak peak at the DVD!

Another teaser for Evangelia Heretika, the forthcoming DVD from BEHEMOTH, can be viewed HERE (scroll down to second item in player: Behemoth “Evangelia Heretika” Trailer 2).

Evangelia Heretika will include 3 Discs featuring 2 full shows (live in Paris 2008 and Live in Warsaw 2009), every BEHEMOTH music video ever made, Evangelion tour documentary featuring band interviews plus tons of backstage footage; a total of over 5 hours of material plus a bonus Live in Warsaw Audio CD.

Fans can preorder the newest Behemoth DVD Evangelia Heretika HERE.

Evangelia Heretika available in the US on November 9th

http://www.behemoth.pl

http://www.myspace.com/behemoth

http://www.facebook.com/behemoth

http://www.youtube.com/user/Behemothofficial

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MARDUK: Blackest Of The Black Tour Update

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Swedish black metallers MARDUK are currently readying for their triumphant return to the U.S. later this month as part of the coveted Blackest Of The Black tour, founded by Danzig frontman/legend Glenn Danzig in 2003 as a way to promote extreme bands of his choosing from around the globe. The 2010 edition will officially kick off on October 25 and wind its way through over a dozen cities before making its last stop in mid November. Additional support will be provided by Possessed, Toxic Holocaust and Withered. MARDUK will also be doing a handful of headlining shows throughout the tour in Arizona, Oklahoma, Ohio, Iowa, South Dakota, Utah, Nevada and California. Via the latest tour dates below:

MARDUK on Blackest Of The Black Tour 2010
w/ Danzig, Possessed, Toxic Holocaust, Withered
* New date added
10/24/2010 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date] *
10/25/2010 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
10/26/2010 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date] *
10/27/2010  The Village – Little Rock, AR
10/29/2010  Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
10/30/2010  Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
10/31/2010  The Palladium Showroom – Dallas, TX
11/02/2010  Valarium – Knoxville, TN
11/03/2010  Expo Five – Louisville, KY
11/04/2010  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
11/05/2010  Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date]
11/06/2010  Royal Oak Music Theater – Royal Oak, MI
11/07/2010  Congress Theater – Chicago, IL  *
11/08/2010  Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date]
11/09/2010  The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/10/2010  The Venue  – Fargo, ND
11/11/2010 Sports Rock – Rapid City, SD [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date] *
11/12/2010  Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
11/13/2010 Vertigo at  The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date] *
11/14/2010  Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
11/15/2010  Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
11/16/2010 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
11/17/2010 Senator Theatre – Chico, CA *
11/18/2010 New Oasis – Sparks, NV [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date] *
11/19/2010 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date] *
11/20/2010 The Grove Of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA *

MARDUK have been touring the globe in support of Wormwood, their eleventh studio album released last October via Regain Records. Wormwood found its way to  the top of year end lists both domestically and abroad and continues to reap praise among listeners nearly a year after its release . Decibel Magazine gave it a 9/10 review saying, “Wormwood…drives home grim nails of varying shapes and sizes – all black ones of course…repeated listens reveal deeper abysses.” Blabbermouth commended the band for, “…an atmosphere that continues to be cold and uncomfortably morose, made even more sinister by a bass tone that is not only thick and audible, but also value-additive,” while KNAC.com noted, “along with Mortuus’ obtuse lyrics and guttural, phlegmy vocals, MARDUK‘s surprisingly crafty compositions…and deft use of effects — as opposed to rote orchestration — give them an air of sophistication and guile you don’t often find in black metal.” Added Kerrang in a review of their New York City performance last year: “…grim as fuck, they knuckle down and pound out barrage after barrage of searing, slicing black metal evil…”

http://blackestoftheblack.com

http://www.marduk.nu

http://www.regainrecords.com

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Prepare For “The Decibel Defiance Tour”, Commence Work On New Album and Debut New Track On Fall Tour

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Los Angeles based progressive death metal titans, THE FACELESS, have been extremely busy as of late preparing to embark on a massive North American fall tour as direct support to Suffocation while completing work on their much anticipated third full-length release. These genre visionaries truly burn the candle at both ends working diligently on new material all summer long in the midst of co-headlining the annual Summer Slaughter tour.

Now with the writing process for the new album in full force the group prepares to spend the fall on the road as part of Decibel Magazine’s “The Decibel Defiance Tour” featuring Suffocation, Through The Eyes of The Dead, Decrepit Birth and Fleshgod Apocalypse. If you missed them this summer, then catching this next tour is a must. It all kicks off in Worcester, MA on Oct. 15th at the annual Rock and Shock Festival. This is one of the best extreme metal packages you will find this fall, so either see below or visit www.myspace.com/thefaceless now to view their complete touring itinerary.

Michael Keene (guitars) checks in with the following report in regards to their new album and upcoming touring schedule: “After the ‘Summer Slaughter’ tour wrapped up, we were left with a very refreshing sense of energy and change. It was great to get out and play such killer shows with all of those talented bands and the experience has super charged the excitement of writing new material and pushing ourselves to new musical boundaries as a group and individual musicians/performers.

“The writing process for our upcoming third record is in full swing and it’s a very exciting, fulfilling musical journey so far. We’ll be debuting a new song on our upcoming tour with Suffocation, which I feel is a great example of the direction in which the new material is headed. Expect a very progressive and vibey record, that maintains the high-energy that you would expect of THE FACELESS and even more thought provoking lyrical content than ever before.

“We’ll be hitting the road in just a few days to wrap-up the touring cycle for Planetary Duality. We’ll be locked up in my recording studio in Los Angeles once we get home. You can expect lots of studio updates and blogs along the way. This will be the last tour we’ll be doing until we complete the recording of our new record. With that said, we want to make this a special tour for fans who may have seen us on the ‘Summer Slaughter’ tour. Therefore, we’ll be playing more old songs than usual and debuting a brand new song for you! Come and meet us at a merch table and we hope to see you all soon.”

THE FACELESS set the bar for progressive metal this decade and their latest offering, Planetary Duality, is a face melting barrage of off-time intensity that will leave you breathless.
10/15/10     Worcester, MA     @ The Palladium (ROCK AND SHOCK)
10/16/10     New York, NY     @ Gramercy Theatre
10/17/10     Quebec City, Canada     @ Imperial Theater
10/18/10     Montreal, Canada     @ Foufounes
10/19/10     La Baie, Canada     @ Vieux Theatre
10/20/10     Toronto, Canada     @ Opera House
10/21/10     Poughkeepsie, Canada     @ The Chance
10/22/10     Detroit, MI     @ Harpos
10/23/10     Chicago, IL    @ The Clearwater Theater
10/24/10     St. Paul, MN     @ Station 4
10/25/10     Milwaukee, WI     @ The Rave
10/27/10     Denver, CO     @ Summit Music Hall
10/28/10     Salt Lake City, UT     @ The Complex
10/29/10     Las Vegas, NV     @ The Farm
10/30/10     Pomona, CA     @ The Glasshouse
10/31/10     Los Angeles, CA     @ The Whisky
11/01/10     Phoenix, AZ     @ The Clubhouse
11/02/10     Albuquerque, NM     @ Fusion Factory
11/03/10     Amarillo, TX     @ Club Khaos
11/04/10     Tulsa, OK     @ Marquee Theatre
11/05/10     Austin, TX     @ Emo’s
11/06/10     Ft. Worth, TX     @ Ridglea Theatre
11/08/10     Tampa, FL     @ Brass Mug
11/09/10     Jacksonville, FL     @ The Pit
11/10/10     Raleigh, NC     @ Volume 11
11/11/10     Philadelphia, PA     @ Starlight Ballroom
11/12/10     Springfield, VA     @ Jaxx
11/13/10     Allentown, PA     @ Crocodile Rock

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HEAVEN & HELL: NEON NIGHTS CD AND DVD ~The Last Recording By This Iconic Band ~

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG
Neon Nights - 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL - Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November 2010

Neon Nights - 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL - Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November 2010

New York, NY (October 13, 2010)— On November 16, 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. [MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $13.98 for CD, Pre-book Order Date: October 22]
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.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, & Paris.

Track Listing:

DVD:
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

CD:
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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DARKEST HOUR LAUNCH GUITAR HERO CONTEST

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

(New York, NY) — DARKEST HOUR is preparing fans for the “Legacy Tour” by announcing a one of a kind contest. DARKEST HOUR is challenging fans across the country to submit their highest scores for a chance to win a prize pack from Guitar Hero along with the chance to challenge DARKEST HOUR to a “Shred-Off” on the “Legacy Tour” which starts the second week of November.

To enter, fans must submit a video or a screen-shot of their high score from one of the following:

• Guitar Hero 6, “Warriors of Rock”

• Guitar Hero for the Apple iPhone or iPod Touch

• Guitar Hero 5, using Darkest Hour’s track, “Demons”.

Prizes Include: ­

• GRAND PRIZE: A chance to challenge DARKEST HOUR to a “Shred-Off” at the concert, early entry to the show, Guitar Hero 6, “Warriors of Rock” game and guitar, the Guitar Hero App for the iPhone/iPod Touch, a Darkest Hour t-shirt, and an autographed poster!

• 2ND PLACE: A ticket to the show of your choice, a Darkest Hour t-shirt, a signed poster from the band and a free download of the Guitar Hero App for the iPhone/iPod!

• 3RD PLACE: A Darkest Hour t-shirt and signed poster from the band!

You must submit your video or screen shot to http://tinyurl.com/shredoffcontest to be reviewed. The high score winner will be selected prior to the show by the band.

DARKEST HOUR will be heading out on the road with VEIL OF MAYA and PERIPHERY through November and December. Celebrating their 15-year anniversary as a band they will be playing selections spanning from their debut full length “Mark of the Judas” to their latest release. Included will be the epic instrumental “Veritas, Aequitas” along with other surprises from their catalog. Tickets can be bought here [http://www.darkesthour.cc], dates are below.

11/12-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

11/13-New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

11/14-Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock

11/15-Quebec City, QC @ Dagobert

11/16-Montreal, QC @ Tulipe

11/17-Toronto, ON @ Mod Club

11/18-Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

11/19-Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

11/20-West Dundee, IL @ Clearwater Theatre

11/21-Des Moines, IA @ People’s Court

11/22-Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre

11/23-Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue

11/24-Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702

11/26-San Diego, CA @ Soma

11/27-Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse

11/28-San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge

11/29-West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky

11/30-Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre

12/01-Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad

12/02-Lubbock, TX @ Tequila Jungle

12/03-Austin, TX @ Emo’s

12/04-Dallas, TX @ Trees

12/05-Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live

12/07-St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre

12/08-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

12/09-Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox

12/10-Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom

12/11-Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

12/12-Richmond, VA @ Hat Factory

DARKEST HOUR have been busy working on their upcoming full length with Peter Wichers (SOILWORK) for their debut eOne Music release due out early next year.

For more information on DARKEST HOUR and their experience in the studio with Peter, visit http://www.darkesthour.cc for updates over the next few months.

http://www.myspace.com/darkesthour / http://twitter.com/Darkesthourrock

For more information on E1 Metal please visit http://www.e1metal.com/ or follow @E1MetalATTACK

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EVILE: VIDEO OF GUITARIST’S CHARITY BUNGEE JUMP AVAILABLE

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

OL DRAKE, lead guitarist for British thrashers EVILE, recently bungee jumped next to London’s Tower Bridge along with Metal Hammer editor ALEXANDER MILAS, raising £2000 for charity.

OL DRAKE was dressed as a cowboy for the event, jumping in memory of late EVILE bassist MIKE ALEXANDER and in aid of the British Lung Foundation.  ALEXANDER MILAS, who was dressed as Zorro, jumped in memory of Dio and in aid of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Check out video footage of the jump:

You can still donate to the British Lung foundation for OL DRAKE’s jump at http://www.justgiving.com/Ol-Jump4metal or for ALEXANDER MILAS at http://www.ronniejamesdio.com

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS ‘Return To Zero’ out in North America!

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS 2010

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS 2010

‘Return To Zero’, the 7th full-length album by SPIRITUAL BEGGARS and their first on InsideOut Music is out now!  SPIRTUAL BEGGARS formed in 1994 and is a project from Michael Amott (Carcass/Arch Enemy) that celebrates the classic hard rock sound of the ’70s.  This is the band’s first new album in five years and features an even more impressive all-star line-up.

Michael Amott (Guitar, also in Arch Enemy and Carcass)
Apollo Papathanasio (Vocals, also in Firewind)
Per Wiberg (Keys, also in Opeth)
Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass, also in Arch Enemy and Witchery)
Ludwig Witt (Drums, also in Firebird)

‘Return to Zero’ also features the bonus track “Time To Live”, a cover of the Uriah Heep classic. The album is available in-stores and online everywhere! Check out links to buy below:

ITUNES: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/return-to-zero/id395499446
AMAZONMP3: http://www.amazon.com/Return-to-Zero-digital-booklet/dp/B0045NOQ1C
AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Return-Zero-Spiritual-Beggars/dp/B0040XJ5N6
CMDISTRO: http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/return_to_zero
HMV CANADA: http://hmv.ca/Products/Detail/593680.aspx

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Job For A Cowboy Announces Fall U.S. Headlining Tour

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

BAND’s CRITICALLY LAUDED ALBUM “RUINATION” TO BE RELEASED AS SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION 10 INCH VINYL BOX SET

Glendale, AZ heavy metal powerhouse JOB FOR A COWBOY (JFAC) has announced a fall U.S. headlining tour. The trek will launch on December 5 in San Antonio, TX and feature support from Skeletonwitch and Misery Index. The official admat of the JFAC tour can be viewed now at this location.

JOB FOR A COWBOY continues to tour in support of its latest release, Ruination. The album skyrocketed to #42 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart in its first week of release and has met to scads of critical acclaim for its astounding dexterity, scorching attack, sleek arrangement and thundering musical muscle. The itinerary for the JFAC headlining tour is shaping up as follows:

JOB FOR A COWBOY

Winter 2010 North American “Ruination” Tour

December 5 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit

December 6 Dallas, TX The Door

December 7 Houston, TX Warehouse Live

December 9 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre

December 10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room

December 11 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit’s

December 12 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

December 14 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Downunder

December 15 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar

December 16 New York, NY Santos Party House

December 17 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church

December 18 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights

December 19 Richmond, VA Canal Club

December 20 Nashville, TN Rocketown

On November 23, Metal Blade Records will release JOB FOR A COWBOY’s Ruination as a limited edition 3×10″ colored vinyl / CD box set; the collection housing the album as well as both rare and live material from the award winning band. The special set’s track listing is as follows:

a. LP #1: Vinyl color: green

i. SIDE A

1. Unfurling a Darkened Gospel

2. Summon the Hounds

3. Constitutional Masturbation

ii. SIDE B

1. Regurgitated Disinformation

2. March to the Global Enslavement

b. LP #2: Vinyl color: orange

i. SIDE A

1. Butchering the Enlightened

2. Lords of Chaos

3. Psychological Immortality

ii. SIDE B

1. To Detonate and Exterminate

2. Ruination

c. LP #3: Vinyl color: red

i. SIDE A

1. The Matter of Splatter (Exhumed cover song

) 2. Embedded (Live @ 2007 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)

3. Altered from Catechization (Live @ 2007 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)

ii. SIDE B

1. Entombment of a Machine (Live @ Unitarian Church, Philadelphia 2009)

2. Unfurling A Darkened Gospel (Live @ Unitarian Church, Philadelphia 2009)

3. Regurgitated Disinformation (Live @ Unitarian Church, Philadelphia 2009)

2.) Bonus CD

1. The Matter of Splatter (Exhumed cover song)

2. Embedded (Live @ 2007 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)

3. Altered from Catechization (Live @ 2007 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)

4. Entombment of a Machine (Live @ Unitarian Church, Philadelphia 2009)

5. Unfurling A Darkened Gospel (Live @ Unitarian Church, Philadelphia 2009)

6. Regurgitated Disinformation (Live @ Unitarian Church, Philadelphia 2009)

Recently, JOB FOR A COWBOY unveiled its new music video, for the track “Ruination”. The engaging clip presents a visual interpretation of JFAC vocalist Jonny Davy’s end-time lyrics via vintage atomic bomb testing and Cold War propaganda films. Check out JFAC’s “Ruination” video now at this location.

www.jfacmetal.com

www.myspace.com/jobforacowboy

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CHARLIE BENANTE DRUMS TO A NEW TOON: Anthrax Drummer Joins Forces with Disney To Create “Vinylmation” Figures

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG
Anthrax's Benante Teams up with Disney for "Vinylmation" Figures

Anthrax's Benante Teams up with Disney for "Vinylmation" Figures

LOS ANGELES, CA – October 12, 2010 – A few months ago, Disney Product Developers Holli McHugh and Donald Ferro teamed up with Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante to create an epic new vinyl – “Vinylmation” that is.  These new collectible figures are the hottest craze to hit Disney Parks & Resorts.  Based on the character Mickey Mouse, the Vinylmation figures take on different looks, urban styles and characters, and often depict different Disney park attractions and icons.

Benante knew at a young age there was art and music in his blood.  A Disney fan from the start, it was Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” that led him to get hooked on creating art in all forms, as well as his love for Mickey Mouse and the flawless and seamless animation that only Disney could provide.

Known mainly for his drumming skills, Benante has performed on over fifty tours spanning the globe and has been instrumental in the creation and development of the art and graphic designs seen on numerous band album covers, t-shirts and more.

Now, marching to the beat of another drum, comes Benante’s nine (9) music inspired 9″ Vinylmation figures.  Benante has intricately wound gauze-like material reminiscent of sheet music around the Vinylmation, from head to toe, creating an almost mummified appearance with an ear for music and an eye for design, which is clearly a tribute to his love for music and art.  Not one to kiss and tell, Benante has also created three additional Vinylmation figures he calls “Kisses.”  How can you not love them?

If you want to check out Benante’s rocking’ new Vinylmation figures and meet the man himself, be sure and hit D Street in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort on October 23 from 5-8PM.  More details can be accessed at  www.DisneyDStreet.com

You can also catch Benante and Anthrax, currently on the Jagermeister Fall Music Tour with Slayer and Megadeth.  The band is currently working on their brand new album – with Joey Belladonna on vocals – that will be released in early 2011.

Remaining dates for the Jagermeister tour are as follows:

OCTOBER
14 War Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, IN
15 DeltaPlex, Grand Rapids, MI
16 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
18 Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO  (headline show)
19 Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT
20 The Pearl, Las Vegas, NV
21 Gibson Amphitheatre, Hollywood, CA

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PEACEVILLE RECORDS TO RE-RELEASE CLASSIC DARKTHRONE ALBUM, ‘PANZERFAUST’ 2-CD and vinyl editions out later this month

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Panzerfaust - Darkthrone

Panzerfaust - Darkthrone

GREAT BRITAIN – Britain’s independent heavy metal powerhouse, Peaceville Records, will begin releasing new editions of classic Darkthrone albums later this month from the recently acquired Moonfog Productions catalogue titles.
The first re-issue, Panzerfaust, – Darkthrone’s fifth album overall – will be released as a double-disc set and individually numbered vinyl (2000) on October 25th.  The 2-CD edition includes a bonus disc featuring commentary from Darkthrone’s infamous drummer/lyricist, Fenriz, for a first hand perspective behind the creation of the 1995 Frost-fuelled black metal masterpiece.

Additionally, Peaceville Records will re-issue the rare second Isengard release, Høstmørke(1995), on October 25th.  The album, which was performed entirely by Fenriz, also features a special commentary disc conducted by Fenriz, reflecting on the recording process, as well as an insight into the time of the recording.

Panzerfaust and Høstmørke can be pre-ordered now at the Peaceville webstore at: http://www.burningshed.com/store/peaceville/.

For more information on Peaceville Records…




www.peaceville.com

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Slayer releases Vinyl Conflict Box Set

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG
Slayer - The Vinyl Conflict - Product Shot

Slayer - The Vinyl Conflict - Product Shot

Slayer’s much anticipated Vinyl Conflict box set is now available via Slayer’s online store.

For nearly 30 years, Slayer has been the single most distinctive and radical thrash metal band anywhere. Graphic lyrics, saturated in controversy and disturbing imagery…the frenzied guitar playing, powerful vocals, and unrelenting pounding drums at breakneck speed…the unparalleled concert performances…the shocking and blood-fueled albums all have kept their rabid, head-banging fans enthralled in mayhem.

For the first time in the band’s storied history, The Vinyl Conflict collects all 10 original Slayer albums from American Recordings and puts them together in this limited edition box set. Each album has been re-mastered from the original flat master tapes and is pressed on the highest quality 180-gram audiophile vinyl.  Also included are reproductions of the original LP artwork, including inner sleeve art, all in heavyweight, litho-wrapped chip jackets.  From 1986’s Reign In Blood to 1994’s Divine Intervention to 2009’s World Painted Blood, it’s all here, it’s all on vinyl and it’s all original Slayer.

www.slayer.net

Vinyl Conflict buy link: http://www.sonymusicdigital.com/slayer/features/5604536

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