FREE BLIND GUARDIAN iPHONE/iTOUCH APP NOW AVAILABLE!

July 31st, 2010
by EvilG
Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time

Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time

In honor of BLIND GUARDIAN’s European release date for their tenth studio album At The Edge Of Time, a free iPhone / iTouch app is now available for download at the Apple app store at this link.

At The Edge Of Time will be available in North America on August 24th as regular jewel case and digi-pak versions.  The track listings are as follows:

Regular jewel case version:

01. Sacred Worlds (9:17)
02. Tanelorn (5:58)
03. Road Of No Release (6:30)
04. Ride Into Obsession (4:46)
05. Curse My Name (5:52)
06. Valkyries (6:38)
07. Control The Divine (5:26)
08. War Of The Thrones (4:55)
09. A Voice In The Dark (5:41)
10. Wheel Of Time (8:55)

The digi-pak version will include a UNIQUE download code where fans can gain access to a password-protected page for exclusive BLIND GUARDIAN content!

Digi-pak Bonus CD track listing:

01. Sacred Worlds (Extended “Sacred” version)

02. Wheel Of Time (Orchestral version)

03. You’re The Voice (Radio edit)

04. Tanelorn (Into the Void) (Demo version)

05. Curse My Name (Demo version)

06. A Voice In The Dark (Demo version)
Enhanced Part:

07. Sacred (Video clip)

08. Studio documentary

Visit the newly re-launched BLIND GUARDIAN homepage at www.BLIND-GUARDIAN.com.

Visit BLIND GUARDIAN online at www.facebook.com/blindguardian and www.myspace.com/BLINDGUARDIAN.

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HEAVEN & HELL’s DIO Tribute At U.K.’s HIGH VOLTAGE Festival: Video Footage Posted Online

July 30th, 2010
by EvilG
HEAVEN & HELL's DIO Tribute At U.K.'s HIGH VOLTAGE Festival

HEAVEN & HELL's DIO Tribute At U.K.'s HIGH VOLTAGE Festival

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

The setlist was as follows (vocalist for each track listed in parenthesis):

01. The Mob Rules (Jorn Lande)
02. I (Jorn Lande)
03. Country Girl (Glenn Hughes)
04. Children Of The Sea (Glenn Hughes)
05. Turn Up The Night (Jorn Lande)
06. Voodoo (Jorn Lande)
07. Bible Black (Glenn Hughes)
08. Falling Off The Edge Of The World (Glenn Hughes)
09. Die Young (Jorn Lande)
10. Heaven And Hell (Jorn Lande, Glenn Hughes)
11. Neon Knights (Jorn Lande, Glenn Hughes, Philip Anselmo)

Check out a professional photo gallery from Express & Star.

Proceeds from this performance will go to the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund.

Immediately following the High Voltage concert, Hughes revealed exclusively to Express & Star that there will be a Dio tribute album, “with some megastars,” to raise funds for to the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund, as well as a major show in Los Angeles in March 2011.

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EARACHE ANNOUNCES MASSIVE ‘SUMMER OF THE BEAST’ SALE

July 30th, 2010
by EvilG

Summer is here, and what better way to celebrate than by proudly wearing your favourite band’s t-shirt and listening to some heavy tunes at an unhealthy volume?!

To help you on your way, Earache Records has some devilishly good offers for you with the ‘Summer of the Beast’ sale!

On now, the ‘Summer of the Beast’ sale features loads of reduced items, including tons of CDs and t-shirts.  The European webstore has many top titles from the likes of ENTOMBED, DECAPITATED, MORBID ANGEL, BOLT THROWER, CARCASS and CATHEDRAL, available for as little as £4.20/€5.03 EUR.  There are also plenty more merch items on sale for as little as £1.99/€2.38 EUR, including t-shirts from bands such as DEICIDE, EVILE, HATE ETERNAL, GAMA BOMB, OCEANO, BONDED BY BLOOD, MUNICIPAL WASTE, CAULDRON and more.

The US webstore is celebrating this beastly summer sale by reducing many of its products to the unholy price of $6.66, including t-shirts and CDs from the likes of BONDED BY BLOOD, CARCASS, DECAPITATED, ENTOMBED and many more.  Many of these shirts are now down to the last few and won’t be reprinted, so grab them while stocks last!

Check out all of the killer offers available in the ‘Summer of the Beast’ sale in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/752 or in the USA at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/735

View the ‘Summer of the Beast’ sale flyers:
Europe – http://earacherecords.com/myspace/summerofthebeast_eu.jpg
US – http://earacherecords.com/myspace/summerofthebeast_us.jpg

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE To Release Epic 35-Minute Symphony

July 30th, 2010
by EvilG
RHAPSODY OF FIRE 'The Cold Embrace Of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony'

RHAPSODY OF FIRE 'The Cold Embrace Of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony'

RHAPSODY OF FIRE are going to release an epic monument called ‘The Cold Embrace Of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony’.

“For this special CD we composed a unique song of around 35 minutes divided in 7 “acts“. Looking at the title you can easily imagine that such long and epic song will show the most cinematic and orchestral side of our band, all our passion for the world of cinema we love so much and that always represented our main influence while composing Rhapsody’s music“, says Luca Turilli and adds: “Essentially it is a long huge song, sounding very symphonic, full of orchestral sections very soundtrack oriented, narrations and spoken parts. More than in other cases we tried to create a real movie atmosphere with very dynamic musical results, also thanks to the help of the English actors that gave voice to different charachters. You will just need to close your eyes and explore those new emotional dimensions we wrote the music for.“

The lyrics of this monumental, epic symphony is based on the “dark secret saga“ and represents a new chapter, directly connected with The Frozen Tears Of Angels.

Luca explains: “After the long journey to the icy frozen northlands at the borders of the known world, while facing concrete natural obstacles and the inner demons lying in the depths of their conscience, the five main charachters reach the ancient gothic fortress of Har-Kuun, a real monument of evil trapped between ice and snow, the mystic place where the Erian’s book could be finally found. ‘The Cold Embrace Of Fear’ tells about the entrance of those bravehearts in the ancestral world of Har-Kuun and the dramatic search for the holy book of the angels, only possible way to understand something more about the dark secret threatening the whole known world. Also in this case I liked to create particular “bridges“ connecting the new chapter of the saga with our modern life on the basis of symbolism, ancient wisdom and spiritual evolution. To someone who knows something about modern psychology and the study of the different “self“, the hidden geometries and gothic labyrinths of Har-Kuun will reveal themselves very clearly.“

Once again Christopher Lee was chosen for the spoken parts as a main narrator.

“We couldn’t imagine to release something like this without his fundamental partecipation. Sir Lee is one member of Rhapsody Of Fire‘s family since a lot of time and we love him not only as an actor but also as man. Because of his great and majestic personality he has surely the aura of a king of the ancient times.

This extraordinary release, will hit the stores on October15th for a special price. Further updates to follow.

The Frozen Tears Of Angels debuted at #16 on the Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Top Hard Music Albums chart and at #129 on the Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Top 200 Albums chart.

Produced by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli, The Frozen Tears Of Angels was mixed and mastered by Sascha Paeth (EDGUY, AVANTASIA, EPICA) and debuted at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #60 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #132 on the Top Independent Albums chart.

Other international chart entries are as follows: Greece #11; Italy #31; Germany #33; Finland #35; Switzerland #39; Japan #41; France #51; Austria #58; South Korea #69; Spain #81; and Belgium #96.

The tracklisting for The Frozen Tears Of Angels is as follows:

‘Dark Frozen World’
‘Sea Of Fate’
‘Crystal Moonlight’
‘Reign Of Terror’
‘Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiaccio’
‘Raging Starfire’
‘Lost In Cold Dreams’
‘On The Way To Ainor’
‘The Frozen Tears Of Angels’

North American bonus tracks:
‘Labyrinth Of Madness’
‘Sea Of Fate’ (Orchestral Version)

View the video for ‘Sea Of Fate’ below:

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CHIMAIRA’S ‘COMING ALIVE’ DEBUTS AT #4 ON SOUNDSCAN!

July 30th, 2010
by EvilG

CATCH CHIMAIRA THIS SUMMER ON THE ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL

Cleveland, Ohio’s CHIMAIRA are thrilled to announce the #4 SoundScan debut of their brand new CD/DVD set Coming Alive! Purchase the set now at BestBuy.com and HotTopic.com!

Coming Alive includes a four-part documentary filmed over the course of a year and a half while the entire package includes over 7 hours of exclusive content. The DVD, filmed entirely in HD, showcases CHIMAIRA in the studio while recording the Billboard-charting, The Infection, and chronicles their recent, worldwide touring season. In summary, Coming Alive is an in-depth look into CHIMAIRA’s life and music in the studio and on the road.

Not only does the DVD set include this amazing documentary piece, another section, CHIMAIRA XMAS: Live Concert Film, celebrates the 10th annual CHIMAIRA Christmas show in Cleveland, Ohio, which took place on December 30th, 2009. 13 HD cameras capture CHIMAIRA releasing their fury for their hometown crowd on a dark and snowy night in December.

Bonus features on the DVD include a 45 minute Resurrection: ‘Making of’ documentary, a 40 minute home-video footage documentary of never before seen moments, and a live CD featuring 17 tracks recorded at CHIMAIRA’s December 30th Christmas show. The tracklisting is as follows:

1 The Venom Inside

2 Resurrection

3 Power Trip

4 Empire

5 The Disappearing Sun

6 Severed

7 Destroy and Dominate

8 Six

9 The Dehumanizing Process

10 Dead Inside

11 Painting The White To Grey

12 Nothing Remains

13 Salvation

14 Secrets Of The Dead

15 The Flame

16 Pure Hatred

17 Implements of Destruction (included on DVD only)

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BENEATH THE MASSACRE Unveil New Song, Cover, Track Listing and Launch Pre-order

July 30th, 2010
by EvilG

Montreal based tech-death metal band, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, have launched the track, “Black Tide,” from their upcoming five song EP “Marée Noire”, which will be released in North America on September 14th. It will be available as a limited edition red 7” record and on CD. Pre-order is now available for each format, as well as for bundles including a brand new shirt design. Check out the track and the pre-order at www.store.prostheticrecords.com
The track listing of the EP is:
The Casket You Sleep In
Black Tide
Drill Baby Drill
Designed To Strangle
Anomic

“Marée Noire” was produced and mixed by Chris Donaldson, known for his work with Cryptopsy, and mastered by Alan Douches (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Converge). It features artwork by Felix Rancourt, who has done work for the band before, as well as Despised Icon, Neuraxis and more.
Guitarist Chris Bradley commented on the release: “’Marée Noire’ was written using a different approach than the preceding release. We wouldn’t start the writing process from the same point. Some songs were more structured by melodies while others all started from drums pattern. I think it makes the songs stand out a little more.”
Vocalist Elliot Desgagnes added: “It’s going to be two years since our last album and we had the idea of a short release while we keep writing for the next full length. We picked five songs to go on the EP and I feel like these are by far the best songs we’ve ever written. Nothing that different from our other releases but we’re always getting a little closer to the sound we want.  So we’re all satisfied with the result and are looking forward to share it.

“The tones are a little rawer and it helped a lot that Donaldson and Bradley already worked together in the past. We were all on the same page and everything went well in studio. I really like the EP format. It’s easier lyrically to make connections between the songs and follow a thought pattern. We named the EP ‘Marée Noire,’ ‘Black Tide,’ in English, because I was writing lyrics on Absurdism, self fulfilled prophecy and corporations raping everything, when BP started to shit in the Gulf of Mexico.”

BENEATH THE MASSACRE will do a Canadian tour beginning in late August and wrapping up in early October, sponsored by JagerMusic Canada. They will be playing with Neuraxis, Ion Dissonance and others along the trek.

The dates are:
JagerMusic Canada Presents:
8/26: Rimouski, QC-   Petit Pavillon Agricole #
8/27: Moncton, NB-   Manhattan  #
8/28: Halifax, NS-   Gus’ Pub  #
8/29: St John, NB-   Nickolaj’s   #
8/30: Fredericton, NB –  Kinsmen Center   #
9/3 Ottawa, ON-   Mavericks
9/4 Sudbury, ON-   The Serbian Hall (w/ Neuraxis)
9/5 Rouyn-Noranda, QC- Petit Theatre du Vieux-Noranda  (FME Festival)
9/10 Brantford, ON   Rehab – Sick Fest metal festival  %
9/11 Toronto, ON-   The Rockpile %
9/12 Kingston, ON-   The Mansion (Wine Cellar Room) %
9/16 Trois Rivieres, QC –  Rock Cafe le Stage
9/17 Quebec, QC-   L’Agitee
9/18 Sherbrooke, QC-   bar le Magog
9/23 St. Catharines, ON –  Mikado *
9/24 Windsor, ON –  Chubby Pickle *
9/25 London, ON –  Moon Over Marin *
9/26 Oshawa, ON-   EP Taylors *
9/30 Chicoutimi, QC-   Le Bunker ^
10/1 St-Hyacinthe, QC-   Bar le Trash – Trash Metalfest
10/2 Victoriaville/Warwick, QC-   Salle du Canton ^
# w/ Ion Dissonance
% w/ Aeternam
* w/ Kraken
^ w/ Divinity

“Marée Noire” is the band’s first release since 2008’s “Dystopia.” Since recording “Dystopia,” the band has toured extensively: five full North American tours (including Summer Slaughter Canada 2008 and Sumer Slaughter 2009) and four full European tours (including Thrash and Burn Europe the past two years) BENEATH THE MASSACRE were nominated in 2009 for Metal Hammer’s Golden God Award for “Best Underground Band.”

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Bassist JAMES LOMENZO Joins LYNCH MOB For The Summer Tour

July 30th, 2010
by EvilG

Bassist JAMES LOMENZO Joins LYNCH MOB For The Summer Tour and Europe

“Smoke And Mirrors” Out Now On Frontiers Records USA
HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 29, 2010) – James Lomenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society) joins Lynch Mob for their summer tour in support of their current release “Smoke and Mirrors” on Frontiers Records. The band line-up for this tour consists of George Lynch (shred master), Oni Logan (vox),

and Brian Tichy (time-keeper).

After seventeen long years singer Oni Logan and guitar wizard George Lynch found their way back together and again show their amazing abilities in some killer new Hard Rock songs.” I would say this new record “Smoke and Mirrors”, is the record we should have put out as a follow up to “Wicked Sensation”…better late than never I guess…”, says Lynch presenting the new record.

Lynch Mob was formed by George Lynch, one of the few genuine guitar heroes of substance to emerge from the Los Angeles scene, after DOKKEN split up in 1989. The band’s first album” Wicked Sensation” went on to sell over 500,000 units in the US and featured the talents of singer
Oni Logan, Anthony Esposito on bass and another former DOKKEN member Mick Brown on drums. After a tour in support of Queensryche, Logan opted out, with Robert Mason taking his place on the follow up self titled release. However Lynch and Brown eventually returned to Dokken releasing 2 studio albums until he left again in late 1997 putting together a several new incarnations of Lynch Mob and exploring new sounds with different projects.

LYNCH MOB – TOUR SHCEDULE

July 29              The Starland Ballroom             Sayreville, NJ

July 30              Jaxx                                         Springfield, VA

July 31              The Filmore                               New York, NY

Aug 01             Crazy Donkey                          Farmingdale, NY

Aug 02             Eleanor Rigby’s                        Jermyn, PA

Aug 03             House of Blues                         Cleveland, OH

Aug 04             Scatz NightClub                      Middleton, WI

Aug 06             Club Vegas                             Salt Lake City, UT

Aug 07             The New Oasis                         Sparks, NV

Aug 08             Tower Theater                          Fresno, CA

Aug 11             Studio Seven                           Seattle, WA

Aug 12             Dante’s                                    Portland, OR

Aug 13             Last Day Saloon                      Santa Rosa, CA

Aug 14             Sky City Amphitheater             Pueblo of Acoma, NM

Get back to real Rock with Lynch Mob’s new album “Smoke and Mirrors” – For more information visit  www.georgelynch.com or www.myspace.com/lynchmobrocks.

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Worth The Wait: Canadian Carnage Comes to the Maritimes (Testament, Megadeth, and Slayer)

July 30th, 2010
by EvilG

Worth The Wait: Canadian Carnage Comes to the Maritimes

Testament, Megadeth, and Slayer Live at the Metro Centre

July 26th, 2010 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada




Review by EvilG

Live Pics thanks to Jason Saulnier


Originally scheduled for November 2009, then moved to February 2010, then again moved to July 2010, this seemed to be the concert that would never happen for many of us on the East Coast of Canada. Thanks to the rescheduling, in airline ticket change fees alone this concert cost $300! Add on top of the actual flight cost, concert ticket, hotels, meals, and a pile of metal shirts, this is one of the most expensive concerts I’ve ever been to!! Sadly none of these bands have ever played out this way before which added to the anticipation. As everyone knows, the delays were caused by Slayer’s Tom Araya and his ongoing back problems and eventual back surgery. The line-up also changed with openers Machine Head being replaced by the mighty Testament and the band Suicide Silence thankfully no longer on the bill for July.
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Roxana Shirazi – Author of The Last Living Slut:Born In Iran, Bred Backstage

July 30th, 2010
by Robert Williams

Interview with Roxana Shirazi

"The Last Living Slut:Born In Iran, Bred Backstage"

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Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Roxana Shirazi was raised traditionally in Tehran, Iran and grew up during Iran’s political revolution but fled to England with her mother at the age of ten. As a teenager, a young Roxana fell under the spell of rock n’ roll and would often fantasize about living out her hedonistic dreams of utter debauchery. By the time she was a young lady Roxana was doing just that while living a double life. By day Roxana earned herself a degree in Gender and Feminist Studies at Bath Spa University, but by night she was engaging in steamy sexual encounters with some of hard rock’s most well known superstars… and some lesser known rockers to boot. Roxana Shirazi recently released her new book "The Last Living Slut:Born In Iran, Bred Backstage" a tell-all memoir that is as relevant as it is raunchy, challenging society’s often sexist outlook on the female libido. Roxana has felt political oppression at a young age, endured sexual abuse as a child, yet retains a lust for life throughout the duration of her book. "The Last Living Slut:Born In Iran, Bred Backstage" is a real page turner, unflinching in it’s first hand graphic recollections of rock n’ roll hedonism.

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TESTAMENT KICKING ASS AND TAKING NAMES WITH SLAYER AND MEGADETH ON THE ‘AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR’

July 29th, 2010
by EvilG
Testament with fans in Halifax, NS, Canada

Testament with fans in Halifax, NS, Canada

The Bay Area’s heavy metal behemoth TESTAMENT has kicked off the summer touring season with a vengeance, joining Slayer and Megadeth on the highly anticipated AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR! TESTAMENT are uniting with devoted fans every night on the road with their exclusive AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP packs, and shredding on stage with the original Clash of the Titans line-up. “New thrash fans that only heard rumors and never were able to witness Clash of the Titans will be delighted because all three bands are just as heavy and lethal as ever, if not more,” states guitarist Eric Peterson. “Old school thrash fans, if you missed the line-up before, you don’t want to miss this!”

Folllow these links to watch TESTAMENT performing on the AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR, and don’t miss when the fans react to the bludgeoning sounds with a killer wall of death!

INTO THE PIT IN HALIFAX!

WALL OF DEATH IN HALIFAX!

As mentioned above, TESTAMENT is celebrating the heralded AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR by offering an amazing opportunity with their VIP package. This is the fan’s chance to meet the band and get exclusive limited addition merchandise on this epic tour before TESTAMENT head into the studio to record the follow up to their Golden Gods “Album of the Year”, The Formation of Damnation! Now, the Testament VIP package offers some great additions, including an exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction T-shirt!

The band is offering a limited number of VIP Packages for every United States date on the tour. Act now and make sure to take hold of this great opportunity to be a part of METAL HISTORY with TESTAMENT this summer!

The exclusive AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP package includes:

– One general admission ticket with early entry (where available)
– Exclusive Meet & Greet with the members of TESTAMENT
– Personal photograph with the band
– Autograph session (includes 8X10 photo)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction Shirt
– Collectible Tour Poster (limited, numbered)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Music Skin
– Official VIP Meet and Greet Laminate
– Official set of TESTAMENT Guitar Picks

See below for all AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR dates, as well as more recently announced international dates:

THESE ARE UPDATED AND CORRECTED DATES! SO, TESTAMENT ON THE 2010 AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR

7/23 Quebec City, QC @ Pavillon de la Jenuesse

7/24 Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL @ Parc Jean Drapeau

7/26 Halifax, NS @ Halifax Metro Centre

7/27 Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum

7/29 Toronto, ONT @ Molson Amphitheatre

7/30 London, ONT @ John Labatt Center

8/11 Albany, NY @ Glen Falls Civic Center

8/12 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center

8/14 Boston, MA @ Tsongas Center At UMASS Lowell

8/15 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center

8/16 Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theater

8/18 Cleveland, OH @ Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre

8/19 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena

8/20 Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion

8/21 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium

8/23 Kansas City, KS @ Capital Federal Park @ Sandstone Arena

8/25 Denver, CO @ Magness Arena

8/26 Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum

8/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre

8/29 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

8/30 Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena

8/31 San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace

9/1 Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena

9/3 Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theatre

9/4 Portland, OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds

SEE TESTAMENT ON THEIR INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES!

AUSTRALIA

8/6 Melbourne, AUS @ Billboard

8/7 Sydney, AUS @ The Manning Venue

8/8 Brisbane, AUS @ HiFi

TESTAMENT’S highly successful and award-winning album The Formation of Damnation was recently reissued in a deluxe tour edition in celebration of ‘Rust in Peace’ and AMERICAN CARNAGE.  See below for information on the album!

The Formation of Damnation (Deluxe Tour Edition)

2-disc deluxe tour edition of the band’s comeback album! Includes bonus

footage of classic tracks + more:

Disc 1:

1. The Persecuted Won’t Forget

2. Killing Season

3. Afterlife

4. The Evil Has Landed

5. The Formation Of Damnation

6. Henchmen Ride

7. More Than Meets The Eye

8. Dangers Of The Faithless

9. False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.)

10. Leave Me Forever

Disc 2

• The New Order *Audio and Video

• Practice What You Preach *Audio and Video

• Souls Of Black *Audio and Video

*Recorded in Alcatraz for their MTV “52/52” special

• More Than Meets The Eye music video

For more info on TESTAMENT be sure to visit:

http://www.myspace.com/testamentlegions

http://www.testamentlegions.com

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Amanda Somerville and Michael Kiske – “Silence”

July 29th, 2010
by EvilG

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital only release of the single track “Silence” from the much anticipated album featuring the collaboration between singers Amanda Somerville and Michael Kiske on August 20th 2010.

“Silence” was written by the Primal Fear team featuring bassist / producer Mat Sinner and guitarist Magnus Karlsson. The song explores a different, more atmospheric and melodic direction for the two writers. According to Kiske “The video shoot was a long day from 6 AM to midnight, but since everyone was so nice and easy going, it was a very pleasant experience. Especially Amanda and Sander Gommans are such fine people and made it an extraordinary journey. I do like the song ‘Silence’ a lot, nice drama and good melodies”.

The videoclip of “Silence” can be watched on youtube now:

“Silence” video, along with the other clip “If I Had A Wish” and a making of documentary will be available on bonus DVD which will come together with the full album to be released in Europe on September 24th and USA on October 12th 2010 on Frontiers Records.

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Metal Blade Records launches pre-orders for upcoming KING OF ASGARD and NIGHTFALL releases

July 29th, 2010
by EvilG

Metal Blade Records launches pre-orders for upcoming KING OF ASGARD and NIGHTFALL releases

Pre-orders are now available for KING OF ASGARD’s 8/17 release Fi’mbulvintr HERE and NIGHTFALL’s 8/31 release Astron Black and the Thirty Tyrants HERE. Each page also houses a track off each bands’ upcoming album for those not already familiar with their music. NIGHTFALL’s first single off Astron Black and the Thirty Tyrants is ‘Astron Black’ and KING OF ASGARD’s first single off Fi’mbulvintr is ‘Einharjar.’

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THREE CLASSIC SLAYER IN-CONCERT TITLES TO BE RELEASED ON DVD

July 29th, 2010
by EvilG

THREE CLASSIC SLAYER IN-CONCERT TITLES TO BE RELEASED ON DVD

THREE CLASSIC SLAYER IN-CONCERT TITLES TO BE RELEASED ON DVD

Note: A video press release can be viewed below.

LOS ANGELES, CA – THURSDAY, July 29, 2010 — The last time you went shopping for DVDs, you might have noticed an unmistakable empty space where Slayer titles should have been.  The reason is simple – all of Slayer’s DVDs have been out of print.  But rest easy Slayer fanatics, the wait will soon be over.  On August 17, 2010, 2003’s “War at the Warfield” and 2004’s “Still Reigning” will be reissued, and, for the first time ever, 1995’s “Live Intrusion,” having been digitally remastered, will also be available on DVD.  All three will be sold separately at retail and online ($13.98 each), and the Limited Edition “Slayer Live DVD 3-Pak” ($29.98), will be available exclusively on Slayer’s website, www.slayer.net

“I remember around ‘God Hates Us All,'” [2001], said Slayer’s Kerry King, “asking when we were going to make a DVD of ‘Live Intrusion.’  So, here we are, ten years later, and it’s about time.”

Every one of the Slayer live-in-concert DVDs represents a different era of the band:  “Live Intrusion” was recorded on March 12, 1995 at the Mesa Amphitheatre in Mesa, AZ, and features guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, and drummer Paul Bostaph.  The disc, which is certified Gold, includes some of the most classic Slayer songs such as “Raining Blood” and “War Ensemble,” but also some early special tracks like “At Dawn They Sleep” and “Captor of Sin.”  As a bonus, Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Chris Kontos join the band on-stage for a cover of Venom’s “Witching Hour.”  The opening of “Live Intrusion” features a look at some of the band’s very unique fans, in particular, with special emphasis placed upon the fan from the mid-90s who had “Slayer” carved onto his forearm.  In addition, the quality of “Live Intrusion” is high-end, as the original VHS master was located and used to create the DVD.

“War at the Warfield” was filmed at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA on December 7, 2001, and like “Live Intrusion,” features drummer Paul Bostaph, marking his last release with Slayer before original drummer, Dave Lombardo, rejoined the band.  “Seasons in the Abyss,” “Mandatory Suicide,” and “Disciple” are some of the jewels on this live collection that debuted at #3 on Billboard’s DVD chart, and has since been certified Gold.

Filmed at the Civic Center in Augusta, ME on July 11, 2004, “Still Reigning” – also Gold certified and voted Best Live DVD by the readers of Revolver magazine – was directed by Dean Karr and recreates Slayer’s thrash/punk, 28-minute classic 1986 album “Reign In Blood” performed in its entirety.  The end of the video features the “Wall of Blood,” with the band, their instruments, and the stage completely drenched by a downpour of 150 liters of “blood.”

“There was no dress rehearsal for the blood trick,” explained King.  “It was either going to work or it wasn’t going to work, and we know it did work.  It was so hard to play, I thought I was going to have to go back and overdub all of ‘Reigning Blood,’ but I listened to it and it was all there, it was just a lot more slippery with all the blood goo.”

The “Still Reigning” DVD offers bonus material including live performances of Slayer staples such as “Hell Awaits,” “Hallowed Point,” Necrophiliac,” “Spill the Blood,” and “South of Heaven.”  The DVD also marked the return of drummer Dave Lombardo.  “Even before the idea of ‘Still Reigning’ became a reality, I really wanted to do a video with Dave in it,” said King, “and I knew the fans wanted that as well.”

The Chicago Tribune’s long-time pop music critic Greg Kot wrote that Slayer “is one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.”  Over the past near three-decades, Slayer has created some of thrash/metal’s most enduring and influential recordings – 1986’s “Reign In Blood,” 1990’s “Seasons in the Abyss,” up to the band’s latest, 2009’s “World Painted Blood.”  Long-time fans will attest that nothing comes close to experiencing a Slayer show live and in the flesh; but there’s no denying how the band’s intensity and heaviness translates to these three killer DVDs.

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LAZARUS A.D. wants YOU to make their next music video

July 29th, 2010
by EvilG

LAZARUS A.D. wants YOU to make their next music video! “Blow Up Our Video” contest has been launched in association with ESP guitars and Metal Blade Records

Video for “LAST BREATH” to be made by fans

LAZARUS A.D. wants YOU to make their next music video! "Blow Up Our Video" contest has been launched in association with ESP guitars and Metal Blade Records

LAZARUS A.D. wants YOU to make their next music video! "Blow Up Our Video" contest has been launched in association with ESP guitars and Metal Blade Records

Lazarus A.D. is currently in the studio and Belle City Sound in Racine, WI recording their follow up to The Onslaught. While recording their newest material, the band and Metal Blade Records have launched a contest where fans can create the music video for one of the band’s oldest songs, Last Breath. This song was featured on the band’s original 3 song demo and was written when all of the guys were still in high school.

Bassist/vocalist Jeff Paulick comments: “We are so stoked for this contest. “Last Breath” has been a fan favorite since the get go back in ’05, and we never got a chance to make the video! We can’t wait to see what fans submit, no matter how awesome or ridiculous it may be! We hooked up with ESP for an awesome grand prize, and I think it’s a killer concept for the fans. Good luck to all who enter.”

There will be three winners: First place receives an ESP LTD MH-103QM STB guitar signed by the band, as well as a t-shirt and a copy of the upcoming new album. Second place receives a custom designed Lazarus A.D. drumhead, a t-shirt and a copy of the upcoming new album. Third place receives a t-shirt and a copy of the upcoming new album. To view all of the contest details, terms and to enter, head to: http://www.metalblade.com/lazarusad.

Prospective video directors can download Last Breath HERE.

http://www.espguitars.com/

http://www.lazarusad.com/

http://www.myspace.com/lazarus1

http://www.facebook.com/lazarusad

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ENFORCER CELEBRATES APPEARANCE AT SONISPHERE WITH FREE DOWNLOAD

July 29th, 2010
by EvilG

Having recently made the cover of TERRORIZER magazine, Swedish heavy metal powerhouse ENFORCER have been confirmed to appear at the SONISPHERE FESTIVAL on Saturday July 31st in Knebworth, England, sharing the stage with the likes of  IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER, MOTLEY CRUE and ALICE COOPER amongst many others. To celebrate ENFORCER’s appearance at the festival, HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS is offering a free download of the band’s recently released sophomore album Diamonds for one day only from 5:00pm EST Wednesday, July 28th to 5:00 pm EST Thursday July 29th. Diamonds can be downloaded for free from: http://www.heavyartillery.us/enforcerpromo

Catch ENFORCER live on the following dates:

July 31st Knebworth, United Kingdom @ Sonisphere UK

August 13th Catton Hall, United Kingdom @ Bloodstock Open Air

August 26th Bergen, Norway @ Hole in the Sky

Supporting Blind Guardian
September 24th Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013

September 25th Deinze, Belgium @ Brielport

September 26th London, United Kingdom @ Sheperd’s Bush

September 28th Paris, France @ Elysee Montmartre

October 1st Ludwigsburg, Germany @ Arena

October 2nd Trier, Germany @ Arena

October 3rd Langen, Germany @ Stadhalle

October 5th Bremen, Germany @ Pier 2

October 6th Hamburg, Germany @ Sporthalle

October 8th Bamberg, Germany @ Jako Arena

October 9th Dusseldorf, Germany @ Philippshalle

October 10th Munchen, Germany @ Zenith

October 12th Rome, Italy @ Atlantico

October 13th Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz

October 15th Pratteln, Czech Republic @ 27

October 16th Wien, Austria @ Gasometer

October 17th Brno, Czech Republic @ Fleda

October 19th Warsaw, Poland @ Stodola

October 20th Berlin, Germany @ Huxley’s

October 21st Osnabruck, Germany @ Halle Gartlage

October 22nd Goteborg, Sweden @ Brew House

October 23rd Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben

Listen to ENFORCER at http://www.myspace.com/enforcerswe

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