As 2011 dawns, the time has come to plot a new course and to unleash a new album. Now it is time to “Stand Up And Fight” the track-listing of which reads as follows:
TURISAS “Stand Up And Fight” track listing: 1. The March Of The Varangian Guard
2. Take The Day!
3. Hunting Pirates
4. βένετοι! – πράσινοι!
5. Stand Up And Fight
6. The Great Escape
7. Fear The Fear
8. End Of An Empire
9. The Bosphorus Freezes Over
“’Stand Up And Fight’ is a loose continuation of the story from ‘The Varangian Way’, and picks up where the previous one left us, in Constantinople,” explains mainman Mathias Nygård. “However, it is not a sequel as such. In general, the songs are much more universal and deal with topics that can be placed just as tightly into the modern world as in the 11th century Byzantine Empire. ‘Stand Up And Fight’ has much more to offer the contemporary listener.”
Their more contemporary and universal approach is also reflected by a revamped look: “TURISAS has always been about progression and evolution, and now with a new album we’re not here to repeat ourselves but to have something new to come with – also visually. Our look has developed through the years, and it’s never been something we created once to be static forever. Innovation is reinventing yourself regularly. We toured ‘The Varangian Way’ for three and a half years with a look that was tied to the album. With a new release, it was time for a makeover. The visual side has always played a very strong role in Turisas, and fear not – that’s not going to change. Stronger than ever, TURISAS has returned!”
The biggest, boldest and most gloriously extravagant album of the band’s career, “Stand Up And Fight” erupts like the ultimate heavy metal musical, with many layers of orchestration and choral harmonies adding to these songs’ intense sense of drama and mischief. Although remaining true to the spirit of past TURISAS records, the new album, which was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth/Katatonia) at Fascination Street in Sweden, takes the Finns to a whole new level of depth and bravado, as their unmistakable sound expands before our very ears, consistently conjuring up vivid images of the Vikings’ ongoing adventures.
“On ‘Stand Up And Fight’ the storytelling and flavour of musical drama is more strongly present than ever,” agrees Nygård. “The album also introduces some new flavours like ‘80s stadium rock. For the first time, ‘Stand Up And Fight’ features real string and horn sections played by some of the best Finnish classical musicians, hand-picked from leading symphony orchestras at home and abroad. I’m sure TURISAS fans will be surprised, but in a positive way!” The title track is available as free download, just click: http://bit.ly/hmAtXH and spread the word about “Stand Up And Fight”.
“Stand Up And Fight” will be available on the following dates: Finland/Japan: February 23rd, 2011
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: February 25th, 2011
Europe/UK: February 28th, 2011
Australia/NZ: March 4th, 2011
North America: March 8th, 2011
Another step on the mighty Finns march towards world domination will be their upcoming North American tour with Cradle Of Filth and Nachtmystium as well as touring (mainly) Germany, Austria, Switzerland with Die Apokalyptischen Reiter. Keep your eyes peeled for more dates!
FRIDAY JANUARY 7TH 2011 – RELENTLESS GARAGE, LONDON
Greek metal Gods Firewind return to the UK for an exclusive headline show before heading off to Japan.
The new acclaimed album release by Greek melodic Metallers FIREWIND, “Days Of Defiance”, continues to do extremely well all over the globe and consequently the band’s mastermind and guitarist Gus G. has appeared on the frontcover of several relevant print magazines like Burrn!, Guitar World, Young Guitar, Powerplay, Rock Hard Greece and many more in these past weeks.
Just recently, FIREWIND have recently supported The Scorpions in their Greek home and also just finished a short run of North American headlining shows to promote the release of “Days Of Defiance”. Their new album has entered the official sales charts in Greece on position # 24 and remained at # 29 for the second and third week of its release. In North America FIREWIND entered the “Billboard Heatseekers chart” at position #36.
Gus G checks in with the following message for all FIREWIND fans: “We really wanna thank our fans and press around the world for the great feedback we’ve received for “Days Of Defiance”!! We are continuing to promote our new album by playing some exclusive shows and so far we’ve confirmed Sofia (Bulgaria), Thessaloniki (Greece) and London (UK) before we head over to Japan for 3 headlining shows. Moreover, we’ve just confirmed our first summer festival appearance @ France’s Hellfest. Keep checking back with us because more will be announced soon!”
Next up, FIREWIND will be playing a show in Bulgaria and a hometown show in Thessaloniki, Greece for December as well as a one-off date in London, UK before going to Japan in January 2011 for a headlining tour. A first Summer festival appearance in Europe for 2011 has also been confirmed with France’s Hellfest. See below for all coming dates…
For the London show, FIREWIND offer special VIP tickets costing just £45, which will entitle the lucky holder entrance to the gig, a FIREWIND T-shirt and a chance to meet the band and have a photo taken together prior to the show! There’s only a few VIP TICKETS available for this show, so grab your chance now to be the one of the lucky handful that get to meet Gus G. and the guys in London! For your chance to meet the band & grab this extremely limited VIP PACKAGE email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SLAYER and MEGADETH are teaming up for the European Carnage Tour 2011 in March/April. Confirmed dates are as follows:
13 – Kiev, Ukraine – Expo
15 – Moscow, Russia – Olimpiski
16 – St Petersburg, Russia – Jubileeny
17 – Helsinki, Finland – Ice Hall
19 – Stockholm, Sweden – Arenan
20 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
21 – Aarhus, Denmark – SCC
23 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest
24 – Bamberg, Germany – Stechert Arena
26 – Paris, France – Zenith
28 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
29 – La Coruna, Spain – Coliseum
30 – Lisbon, Portugal – Pavilhao Atlantico
1 – Barcelona, Spain – St Jordi Club
3 – Rome, Italy – Atlantico
4 – Padova, Italy – Gran Teatro
6 – Zagreb, Croatia – Arena
7 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
8 – Budapest, Hungary – Arena
10 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
11 – Lodz, Poland – Sportshall
13 – Basel, Switzerland – St Jakobshalle
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine revealed via his Twitter account recently that there are some major tour announcements forthcoming: “A huge announcement is coming for next summer in the States and in Europe and the UK. Just went through a couple weeks of hell arranging something special for summer. Stay tuned! We’re going to have some Big shows coming up.”
Take note of the word “Big” – alluding to the possibility that the aforementioned territories could see The Big Four of thrash metal – METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX and Megadeth – back on the road.
Paragon Records is proud to announce the release of Return To Abandoned, the long-awaited new full-length from Ukrainian black metal horde KHORS. On Return To AbandonedKHORS yield harsher, brooding sounds of their earlier work whilst mixing in the melancholy and spacious atmosphere of 2008’s unsung dark black gem Mysticism. Inarguably the most majestic journey the band has taken its listeners on thus far, Return To Abandoned will appeal to old and new fans alike. View the cover art HERE.
KHORS was formed by former Astrofaes bassist, Khorus, in August 2004, with an aim to create gloomy, powerful, atmospheric black metal. Sometime later, guitarist/vocalist Helg (Runes Of Dianceht) and drummer Khaoth (Tessaract, ex-Astrofaes, ex-Hate Forest) joined the fold. The band was later rounded out by guitarist Warth. Contrary to rumors, KHORS is not attached to any politically motivated groups or extremists. For fans of Kampfar, Moonsorrow, Borknagar, etc. Return To Abandoned Track Listing:
1. The Arrival (Intro)
2. Lost Threads
3. Asgard’s Shining
4. Song of the Void
5. The Fog (…and Grief Still Moans)
6. Mysteries Cosmos
7. The Seas Burn of Omnipotence
8. Sacrament of Buyan
Earlier this Fall, Paragon reissued The Flames Of Eternity’s Decline and Cold, KHORS‘now classic first two full-lengths — originally released in 2005 and 2006 respectively as a two-CD set with new layout, nine bonus tracks and a rare early video from the band. Though KHORS have long progressed musically, these early recordings still brim with the unique atmosphere of pagan black metal the band was built upon. http://www.khors.info http://www.myspace.com/khorspagan
JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford recently spoke with Sign On San Diego about the band’s recently announced decision to spilt up following one final tour, due to take place next year. An excerpt from the interview is available below.
Halford: “If you get in the ring too often, the whole thing can become really sad to look at and listen to. You have to ensure that doesn’t happen. We’re getting to a point where we’re trying to do things we did 30 years ago, and it isn’t so easy. You have to face mortality. Some bands keep going, some bands ease off a bit and some bands stop altogether. It happens to all bands eventually, and now this is something we’re facing in Judas Priest. We want to leave on respectable terms, musically.
My intention, no matter where I go or what I do, is to keep making metal. We do have a few more things we want to say – but what we’d rather do for the time being is let the information settle. It’s very big news for a lot of fans and we want to let the firestorm settle down. So for all intents and purposes, it’s the farewell tour, and it’ll probably last into 2012.”
A press release on Judas Priest’s final tour reads as follows:
After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!
However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!
With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!
Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:
9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden
11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland
17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark
19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France
22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy
25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium
28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria
Los Angeles, California and the Downtown Independent Cinema have been selected as the hosts for the First Annual Heavy Metal Film Festival, to take place this coming March 31st through April 3rd, 2011.
This inaugural event is the brainchild of Samuel Douek, a metalhead since the age of six and director of the Hola México Film Festival.
States Douek: “After the success of films like Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, Heavy Metal In Baghdad, Anvil: The Story Of Anvil, Lemmy, Until The Light Takes Us, and many others in recent years, the idea is to bring the best films in metal together and give them one home. The primary objective is to bring the metal community together to watch our music on the big screen. There’s a bright future for metal films, and I want to have a platform to launch them, promote them, and support them. I also want to have some great Q & A sessions with directors and maybe even some surprise guests. I’m very happy to have the support of Decibel Magazine and Nuclear Blast Records for this event. See you at the cinema and keep it metal!”
There is still an open call for submissions, which can include full-length features, documentaries, shorts, “making-of”s and live concerts. The only required theme is that the footage focus on heavy metal music. Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 4th, 2011.
The program for the Heavy Metal Film Festival will be finalized on Friday, February 18th, 2011.
Today Australia’s melodic death metal heavyweights ‘UNIVERSUM’ are announcing the world wide web launch of their new album MORTUUS MACHINA.
A nitro fuelled collection of crushing riffs, heavy rhythms, catchy melodies and decimating vocals, the album also features a swag of guest appearances including that of vocalist Christian Älvestam (ex Scar Symmetry, Solution .45), guitarist Ola Frenning (ex Soilwork), and Nightrage axe men Marios Iliopoulos and Olof Mörck.
Guitarist and producer for UNIVERSUM, Stephen Murphy comments: “The band is very pleased with MORTUUS MACHINA. We believe this album accurately quantifies the inter-dimensional progression the band has made since last album. From composition and performance to production we are satisfied that the album represents a significant step up for us. We are also tremendously pleased to have worked with the awesome guest musicians that have appeared on this album, the performances are exceptional!”
In the 12 months since the release of their debut album ‘LETO DESTINATUS’, UNIVERSUM have made a major impact both in Australia and internationally, receiving widespread acclaim from the media and their ever growing legion of fans. The success of the debut album together with live performances alongside international big guns ‘Dragonforce’ (Australian national tour), ‘Soilwork’ and ‘Cradle of Filth’, a string of endorsements and a very well received video clip has seen UNIVERSUM quickly become regarded as one of Australia’s premier melodic death metal acts.
‘MORTUUS MACHINA’ will feature guest appearances by the following musicians:
* Christian Älvestam (SCAR SYMMETRY, SOLUTION .45) * Marios Iliopoulos (NIGHTRAGE) * Olof Mörck (NIGHTRAGE, DRAGONLAND, AMARANTHE) * Ola Frenning (SOILWORK) * Tuomas “Tommy” Tuovinen (MYGRAIN) * Paul Wardingham
‘MORTUUS MACHINA’ track listing:
01. Fractured Archetype (feat. Älvestam) 02. Morte Noir 03. Sum of The Universe (feat. Älvestam, Iliopoulos, Mörck) 04. Genetic Sequence Distortion 05. Asymmetric Dimensional State (feat. Frenning, Tuovinen) 06. Slaves to The New Order 07. Aeon Displacement (feat. Wardingham) 08. Transcendence 0.0 09. 2.0 (feat. Älvestam) 10. Take Another 11. Blank Infinity
We are now streaming the album via our MySpace and Youtube sites for you all to check out! Enjoy!
The critically acclaimed grind act, WORMROT will be heading into Singapore’s TNT Music Productions this January to record a brand new album entitled DIRGE. With this being the full-length followup to ABUSE, the band promises to bring their breakneck grind tones to grim new lows. Frontman, Arif Rot is highly excited about the band’s new material and wants the world to know about it:
“We are definitely stoked to get this album out. We are working extra hard on this one. EXTRA FUCKING HARDER THAN ABUSE. We are currently in the rehearsal studio still writing songs and making some minor adjustments and what not. If you are digging Abuse and also from our latest split with I ABHOR, then u might dig the new album. We’ll be in the studio for “DIRGE” first week of January. NEW YEAR WITH A NEW DOSAGE OF GRIND!”
WORMROT‘s new album, DIRGE is due out in Spring 2011.
MetalSucks‘ Axl Rosenberg called ABUSE one of his top 15 metal albums of 2010. “There were other awesome grind albums this year which easily could have made this list” says Axl, “but nothing felt quite as furious as Abuse.”
Oporto, Portugal-based metal outfit HEAVENWOOD recently announced the release of their forthcoming fourth album, ‘ Abyss Masterpiece ‘,via LISTENABLE RECORDS on February 28th, 2011. It was mixed and mastered by Kristian ” Kohle ” Kohlmannslehner at Kohlekeller Studios ( http://www.myspace.com/kohlekellerstudio ).
Abyss Masterpiece’s artwork was developed and realized by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art ( http://www.darkwaveart.co.uk/ ) and the numerous bands he has worked with include Cradle Of Filth, My Dying Bride, Godflesh, Carcass, Mendeed, Cathedral, Abigail Williams, The Haunted, Soil and Deicide, to name but a few.
According Bruno Silva, HEAVENWOOD’s guitar-player “ the band is very delighted with the work done by Matthew Vickerstaff. He managed to illustrate in the perfection the essence and feeling contained on ‘Abyss Masterpiece ‘. Matthew experience was a great plus for the whole graphic production and for everybody truly into HEAVENWOOD’s world. “
Song titles set to appear on the Abyss Masterpiece CD include:
‘The Arcadia Order’
‘A Poem For Matilde’
‘Once A Burden’
‘Goddess Presiding Over Solitude’
‘Morning Glory Clouds’
NORWAY – Norway’s legendary black metal duo, Darkthrone, and Britain’s independent heavy metal powerhouse, Peaceville Records, will continue to re-release new editions of classic Darkthrone albums, from the recently acquired Moonfog Productions catalogue titles. To celebrate the release of the next two titles to be reissued, Goatlord and Ravishing Grimness, the band and label are calling on fans to create new artwork for the now-classic albums. Darkthrone guitarist/vocalist, Nocturno Culto, issued the following statement…
“We are pleased to announce that Peaceville/Snapper has bought the entire Moonfog catalogue of Darkthrone, that is seven albums in total. The plan is to release these albums within the next year, with new distro network and fresh thinking around these albums. There are two albums that will have entirely new cover artwork: Ravishing Grimness and Goatlord. This is a decision that is made by Fenriz and myself. And the idea now is that we are making a competition out of this. If you now feel the urge to contribute to this competition, you are most welcome to send in your art to Peaceville. Only serious contributions will reach Fenriz and me to decide upon. Thank you in advance, we’re looking forward to this.”
Thanks to Tobias Duhlmeyer at CMM Marketing for setting up this interview.
Thanks to CMM Marketing for the promo pictures of the band
Additional promo pictures from the bands MySpace page.
Nik Kahl is the drummer for the German modern metal act My Inner Burning. He and I sat down for a chat where we talked about the band and their debut album and if there was any fear of being categorized as being another one of “those goth band with female vocals” and much more.
Florida based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION, have announced the lineup for their 2011 US headlining run dubbed the “United Hate Across America Tour”! Joining them are champions of NYHC FULL BLOWN CHAOS, Florida based melodic deathsters THE ABSENCE, Colorado thrashers HAVOK, and Austrailian death-grinders BEYOND TERROR BEYOND GRACE. Confirmed dates as of now are as follows:
UNITED HATE ACROSS AMERICA TOUR 2011 MALEVOLENT CREATION, FULL BLOWN CHAOS, THE ABSENCE, HAVOK, BEYOND TERROR BEYOND GRACE
Feb 11 Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug (MALEVOLENT CREATION / THE ABSENCE only )
Feb 12 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Feb 13 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Feb 14 Virginia Beach, VA @ Buddha’s Place
Feb 15 Stamford, CT @ Warehouse 66
Feb 16 Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
Feb 17 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar & Grill
Feb 18 Buffalo, NY @ Evening Star
Feb 19 Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
Feb 20 Steger, IL @ Hole In The Wall
Feb 22 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
Feb 23 St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Feb 24 Madison, WI @ The Annex
Feb 25 St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Feb 26 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Feb 27 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Feb 28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
March 1 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
March 2 Portland, OR @ Branx
March 4 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
March 5 Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
March 6 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
March 8 Dallas, TX @ Reno’s Chop Shop
March 9 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
March 10 Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse
March 11 Orlando, FL @ The Haven ( MALEVOLENT CREATION / FULL BLOWN CHAOS / THE ABSENCE only)
GEOFF TATE, DON DOKKEN, CHUCK BILLY, JIMMY DEGRASSO, RON KEEL AND MANY MORE!
HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 16, 2010) – A parade of Rockstars are coming together to support beloved bassist, Phil Kennemore, founding member of Northern California’s legendary rockers Y&T,
Kennemore was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer while on tour this last summer. Having recorded and toured the world relentlessly since 1974, Kennemore has dedicated his life to making millions of people happy with his music. Now, he needs your help.
Due to the overwhelming medical bills, Y&T’s lead singer and best mate, Dave Meniketti, started the “Phil Kennemore Fund” to help Phil with his bills. This New Year’s concert is the ultimate fund-raiser for a friend who has made such a positive impact on the music scene.
This concert is an allstar line up of many of Kennemore’s friends from bands such as Queensryche, Dokken, RATT, Black Sabbath, DIO, Alice Cooper, Testament, and Y&T all donating their time to perform on New Year’s Eve. This is a must-see concert and is going to rock!
The lineup for the all star extravaganza is as follows:
· Geoff Tate (Queensryche)
· Don Dokken (Dokken)
· Bobby Blotzer (RATT)
· Vinny Appice (DIO, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell)
The show will take place at the Avalon (777 Lawrence Expressway. Santa Clara, CA), a 1000+ capacity venue which Y&T has performed at several times on New Year’s Eve over the past five years. The club, like the performers, has generously volunteered to donate 100% of the ticket proceeds directly to Phil.
The doors open at 8:00PM. Tickets are $75. For further information, call the Avalon at 408.241.0777 or visit www.YandTRocks.com.
According to BLACK SABBATH News, Universal/Sanctuary has set a February 7th release date for the Deluxe Edition of Black Sabbath’s Dehumanizer. Originally released in 1992, the album to feature the vocals of the late, great Ronnie James Dio since 1981’s Mob Rules. With a line-up completed by founder members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, and drumming duties carried out by Vinny Appice, Dehumanizer is arguably one of Sabbath’s heaviest albums.
This edition is expanded with the single edit of ‘Master Of Insanity’, an alternate version of ‘Letters From Earth’ that originally appeared as the b-side to the ‘TV Crimes’ single, and a version of ‘Time Machine’ originally recorded for the soundtrack to the movie Wayne’s World. In addition, the set also includes five rare live tracks from Florida’s Sundome recorded at the beginning of the Dehumanizer tour in July 1992, including a previously unreleased live version of ‘Master Of Insanity’.
The set includes liner notes from Metal Hammer/BW&BK’s Dom Lawson, based on new interviews with Tony Iommi.
Disc One (Original Album 1992)
‘After All (The Dead)’
‘Letters From Earth’
‘Master of Insanity’
‘Sins of the Father’
Disc Two (Bonus Tracks)
‘Master Of Insanity’ (Single Edit)
‘Letters From Earth’ (B-Side Version)
‘Time Machine’ (Wayne’s World Version)
Live at The Sundome in ampa, Florida; July 25th, 1992:
‘Children Of The Sea’
‘Master Of Insanity’
Pompei Nights have unveiled the artwork for the promo single “Midnight Mistress” from their upcoming debut album. The single contain two tracks, recorded and mixed by Martin Sweet (Crashdïet): “Midnight Mistress” and “I Want It”.
The artwork can be seen below and the two songs can be listened on Street Symphonies Records YouTube Channel.
Pompei Nights’s debut album is gonna be released in the beginning of next year through Street Symphonies Records.