PEGAZUS: “Haunting Me” Video Released

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG
Pegazus

Pegazus

THE THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER IS BACK WITH A NEW ALBUM !

The Australian Metallers of PEGAZUS have just released the video for “Haunting Me”. The song has been taken from the band’s upcoming album “In Metal We Trust”, which will be released on April 15, 2011 through Black Leather Records. The worldwide distribution is in hands of the German company TWILIGHT VERTRIEB.

The “Haunting Me” video can be seen below.

The video was filmed on location in Melbourne, Australia and directed by Aaron McLoughlin & Judd Hyland. Founding member and guitarist Johnny Stoj about the video shoot : ” The ‘Haunting Me’ video shoot was personally my best experience ever with making a music video. It was so awesome working with film director Aaron McLoughlin and such a professional crew. Really looking forward to getting back over to Europe to crank out some Heavy Metal tunes on our ‘In Metal We Trust Tour’ and also hitting the Festivals.”

In addition, the band has revealed an album video teaser, which can be seen here :

The new album contains 11 brand new classic Heavy Metal songs with original singer Justin Fleming back on vocals ! As a tribute to the great guitarists of the 80’s, Pegazus has invited Ross The Boss ( Founding member Manowar, Ross The Boss, The Dictators a.o. ), Jeff Watson ( ex-Night Ranger / Mothers Army ) and David Shankle ( formerly of Manowar, DSG ) to contribute a solo for the song “Old Skool Metal Dayz”.

Vocalist Justin Fleming about his return to the band : ” When I got the call from the band, I was of course shocked about Rob’s departure, but felt honoured to be asked to come back into the band. Since then it’s been a blast. We have played a lot of great shows, including the Skid Row tour and then the recording of In Metal We Trust. I think the album will shock a lot of people with the strength and power of the songs. We put all our heart into this album, there are no filler songs and from start to finish In Metal We Trust kicks serious ass! The upcoming tour is going to be awesome, we really cant wait to hit the road to meet and bring the Pegazus live show to our fans all around the world. Its been far too long since the band has been over to Europe and I’m pumped to get on stage and put on a show the Pegazus Warriors will never forget.”

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THE HAUNTED – New Song Posted from “THE UNSEEN”

February 22nd, 2011
by EvilG
THE HAUNTED - "Unseen"

THE HAUNTED - "Unseen"

“Disappear”, a brand new song from Swedish metallers THE HAUNTED, was premiered on last night’s (February 21) edition of BBC Radio 1’s “Rock Show With Daniel P Carter”. “Disappear” can be heard in the YouTube clip below.

“Disappear” comes off THE HAUNTED’s seventh studio album, “Unseen”, which will be released in late March via Century Media Records. The CD was once again recorded with longtime producer Tue Madsen (MOONSPELL, DARK TRANQUILLITY, GOREFEST, SICK OF IT ALL) at his Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark.

Regarding the “Unseen” cover artwork, which can be seen below, THE HAUNTED said, “The artwork design was made by our friend Frode, who also did the art for [2004’s] ‘rEVOLVEr’. We really like his design aesthetic, and he seems to come up with something unique every single time.”

“Unseen” track listing:

01. Never Better

02. No Ghost

03. Catch 22

04. Disappear

05. Motionless

06. Unseen

07. The Skull

08. Ocean Park

09. The City

10. Them

11. All Ends Well

12. Done

THE HAUNTED recently signed a new worldwide deal with Century Media Records for the release of the group’s next CD.

THE HAUNTED’s last three albums — “rEVOLVEr”, “The Dead Eye” and “Versus” — were all issued through the German label.

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GAMMA RAY To Release Unplugged Album “Skeletons And Majesties”

February 20th, 2011
by EvilG
Gamma Ray - Live @ Shepherds Bush Empire, London. 8th January 2008

Gamma Ray - Live @ Shepherds Bush Empire, London. 8th January 2008

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have issued the following update:

“You might have heard through the grapevine that the Rays have something cooking again, …..and yes, we do have.

Since the Skeletons In The Closet album was so well received some time ago, we thought it might be time to do an encore. While going through all previous albums we found that there is still a ton of songs that we either never or barely played. So we decided to do a bit of touring with a total different set and revive some of these songs with our nowadays chemistry and vibe.

But that’s not all… while jamming around with acoustic guitars we discovered that it’s actually much fun and that we have a good amount of songs that are cool to listen to as unplugged versions. So these special shows will consist of live un- or rarely heard stuff in full metal gear (Skeletons) and a good choice of our most famous hits in a different way (we chose to call them Majesties) …and presto: here we go with Skeletons And Majesties!!!”

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Sixx:A.M. releases “Lies of the Beautiful People”

February 20th, 2011
by EvilG

Sixx:A.M.

Sixx:A.M.

CLICK HERE to watch and listen to Sixx:AM’s, “Lies of the Beautiful People”.

Well, the book and album are finally done. They fit together like a nice little puzzle yet somehow feel like the pieces were cut out of flesh with a razorblade. What I find interesting is that as much as I want them to mirror each other, they both stand on their own. They influence each other as much as possible yet each is strong and independent, from the visual stimulation in the photography to the lyrical content in the songs. To say that this project has been overwhelming would be an understatement. But the one thing that keeps tugging at my curiosity is that if I find beauty in all these places that most deem “Freakish” and “Macabre” then why do I also, at times, seek out beauty in what society calls beautiful? Am I contradicting myself or am I able to actually look beneath the surface when others sometimes can’t? This is a good question. Make no mistake when I refer to “The lies of beautiful people” I mean what I say but I am also saying look beneath the skin. I do not and will not attack the exterior of anybody but my intention is to pull back the veil on your internal truth. We need not worry if we are black, white, amputated, burned, maimed, a fashion model, or even have the face of Hollywood’s latest leading man… We are who we are… Either poisonous and evil or honest and willing… Willing to make a difference… I haven’t led the life of a saint nor do I intend on it now. That’s not what this is about. There were some things that needed to be said… Unbeknownst to me, they would spread across both a book and an album. I imagine that Sixx:A.M. and the book both stand to take a few shots in the jaw, a few bricks in the face. I know, speaking for myself, James, and DJ, that we welcome the feedback. Maybe, just maybe, everybody will take a hard, cold, eye opening look under the hood, so to speak as we have…

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DESTRUCTION: “HATE IS MY FUEL” VIDEO UNLEASHED!

February 19th, 2011
by EvilG

“Hate Is My Fuel,” the new music video from veteran German thrash trio DESTRUCTION, can be viewed below. It was shot on location at the Headbangersball Silvester Festival in Burgdorf, Switzerland on December 31, 2010 and was produced by Roax Films of Berlin, Germany.

DESTRUCTION frontman/bassist Schmier offers the following comments about the video clip:

Destruction - Day Of Reckoning

Destruction - Day Of Reckoning

“HATE IS MY FUEL is the slogan of DESTRUCTION, so we kept this video clip as authentic as possible: Aggressive live feeling mixed with a critical look towards the manipulating media-world, in the tradition of classical thrash videos from our era! Dive into the moshpit and scream along if you are a real thrasher.   I hope you will have as much fun watching it as we had filming it!  Thanks to kids at the New Year’s Eve show in Switzerland for the kick-ass background!”
“Hate Is My Fuel” is a track from the new DESTRUCTION album, Day Of Reckoning, which is available for streaming in its entirety on the band’s Facebook page until February 21.  The album will be released in the U.S. and Canada on March 8th, 2011.

Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop is now taking pre-orders for the exclusive North American bundle.  Pre-order offers include: Exclusive t-shirt & CD for $22.00 ; CD only for $10.00.

Day Of Reckoning’s track listing is as follows:

01. The Price

02. Hate Is My Fuel

03. Armageddonizer

04. Devil’s Advocate

05. Day Of Reckoning

06. Sorcerer Of Black Magic

07. Misfit

08. The Demon Is God

09. Church Of Disgust

10. Destroyer Or Creator

11. Sheep Of The Regime
Bonus Track:

12. Stand Up And Shout (DIO cover song)
North American Bonus Track:

13. The Price (demo version)

DESTRUCTION will be headlining the upcoming “North American Reckoning” tour with guests Bay Area thrashers Heathen and Warbeast from Texas.  Confirmed dates are as follows:

04/26/11  RICKSHAW THEATRE – VANCOUVER, B.C. – CANADA

04/27/11  STUDIO SEVEN – SEATTLE, WA

04/29/11  OAKLAND METRO OPERAHOUSE – OAKLAND, CA
04/30/11  THE BOARDWALK – ORANGEVALE, CA
05/01/11  BRICK BY BRICK – SAN DIEGO, CA
05/03/11  ORIENTAL THEATER – DENVER, CO
05/05/11  REGGIE’S ROCK CLUB – CHICAGO, IL
05/06/11  PEABODY’S – CLEVELAND, OH
05/07/11  HARPO’S – DETROIT, MI
05/08/11  MAVERICK’S BAR – OTTAWA, ON – CANADA
05/09/11  FOUFOUNES ELECTRIQUES – MONTREAL, ON – CANADA
05/10/11  BOURBON ST. BALLROOM – BALTIMORE, MD
05/11/11  B.B. KINGS – NEW YORK, NY
05/13/11  JAXX – SPRINGFIELD, VA     ***NO HEATHEN***

05/14/11  RESPUESTA – SANTURCE, PUERTO RICO  ***DESTRUCTION ONLY***
05/16/11  THE RAIL – FORT WORTH, TX

05/17/11  MUG SHOTS – AUSTIN, TX
05/18/11  NUMBERS – HOUSTON, TX
05/20/11  GALAXY THEATRE – SANTA ANA, CA

05/21/11  ANGEL’S – YUCAIPA, CA
05/22/11  KEY CLUB – WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

Visit DESTRUCTION online at www.DESTRUCTION.de, www.myspace.com/OFFICIALDESTRUCTION, and twitter.com/DESTRUCTION.

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TRIBUTE TO EMPEROR – “In Honour Of Icon E”

February 19th, 2011
by EvilG

Tribute To Emperor - "In Honour Of Icon E"

Tribute To Emperor - "In Honour Of Icon E"

Metal Swamp & Tryzna Production are proud to present their upcoming release of tribute dedicated to the majestic Norwegian black metal band Emperor. It will be called “In Honour Of Icon E”. On this tribute bands that honour and respect these Norwegian titans of black metal will present their cover versions of Emperor´s songs.This year the tribute will see the light of day.

Poster: http://eshop.metalswamp.com/tribute-to-emperor.html

Featuring Bands:

Taake (Nor)
www.myspace.com/taakeofficial

Helheim (Nor)
www.myspace.com/helheimnorway

Troll (Nor)
www.myspace.com/troll

Horna (Fin)
www.myspace.com/thetruehorna

Setherial (Swe)
www.myspace.com/setherialsweden

Demonical (Swe)
www.myspace.com/thedemonicalhorde

Saltus (Pol)
www.myspace.com/officialsaltus

Mesmerized (Pol)
www.myspace.com/mesmerizedbringerofdoom

Necrodeath (Itl)
www.myspace.com/necrodeath100x100

Midnight Odyssey (Aus)
www.myspace.com/midnightodysseyband

Silva Nigra (Cz)
www.myspace.com/silvanigracz

Infer (Svk)
www.myspace.com/infer666

Ancestral Volkhves (Svk)
www.myspace.com/ancestralvolkhves

Karpathia (Svk)
www.myspace.com/karpathiask

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Tryzna Production: www.myspace.com/tryznaproduction

Metal Swamp: www.myspace.com/metalswamplabel / www.metalswamp.com / http://eshop.metalswamp.com/tribute-to-emperor.html

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DIMMU BORGIR TO PERFORM SPECIAL NORWEGIAN SHOW WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA & CHOIR

February 19th, 2011
by EvilG
DIMMU BORGIR TO PERFORM SPECIAL NORWEGIAN SHOW WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA & CHOIR

DIMMU BORGIR TO PERFORM SPECIAL NORWEGIAN SHOW WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA & CHOIR

Symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR will be performing one very exclusive show with a special, never-to-be-repeated set list with 53 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and 30 members of the Schola Cantorum Choir, who were musical guests on the Billboard-charting ninth studio album, ABRAHADABRA.  For fans of DIMMU’s Wagnerian-inspired majesty, Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway promises to be a momentous once-in-a-lifetime experience, as this is the band’s only confirmed worldwide appearance throughout the summer.

DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz states, “It is with great pride and a sense of fulfillment that we can finally announce this event as yet another ambition becomes reality!”  Vocalist Shagrath adds: “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen.  DIMMU BORGIR makes it happen.  The circle will now be complete.”

Tickets go on sale on Monday, February 21st for 570 Norwegian kroner at this location.  Only 150 V.I.P. tickets (1,500 Norwegian kroner each) will be available, which will include a Meet & Greet with the band one hour before doors, free tapas & beer, and a view of the entire performance from a special riser.  Doors are at 6:30 p.m. (18:30).  Showtime is 8 p.m. (20:00).

Featuring album artwork by Joachim Luetke, ABRAHADABRA debuted in North America at #42 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #5 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #6 on the Independent Current Albums chart.  It also debuted at #4 on the Top Rock albums and #30 Top Albums charts at iTunes (U.S.) the day of its release.  In Canada, it debuted at #4 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top Hard Albums chart.  ABRAHADABRA chart debuts in Scandinavia and Europe include: Norway – #2; Germany – #15; Sweden – #17; Ireland – #19; Austria – #20, Switzerland – #24; France – #43; Poland – #89; Finland – # 48; Belgium – #52; and Holland – #100.

View the music videos – shot by director Sandra Marschner (Marilyn Manson, Children Of Bodom, Mando Diao) for Katapult Films – for the tracks “Gateways” and “Dimmu Borgir” on the DIMMU BORGIR YouTube channel.

Download the DIMMU BORGIR app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad here.

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com, www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and on Twitter.

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Primal Fear Vocalist and solo artist Ralf Scheepers

February 19th, 2011
by EvilG

 SCHEEPERS

Ralf Scheepers

Interviewed by EvilG

Promotional pics by Frontiers Records

SCHEEPERS 

There are many great vocalists that come to mind in heavy metal. The legends like Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, and Bruce Dickinson are often the top names mentioned in reverence. Well, a fourth name should be added to that list and that name is Ralf Scheepers. The ex-Gamma Ray singer, Primal fear vocalist, and now solo artist has one of the strongest and best voices in heavy metal.  Ralf’s new solo album sees him mainly sticking to what we’re known him for, but also throwing in a few twists that you would not hear from a Primal Fear record. We caught up with Ralf to discuss his solo album and to get an update on current activity withing the Primal Fear camp.

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THE ARUSHA ACCORD re-sign to Basick Records worldwide

February 18th, 2011
by EvilG

BASICK RECORDS are extremely pleased to announce the re-signing of one the UK’s most forward thinking technical Metal bands, THE ARUSHA ACCORD!

The deal will see a worldwide re-release of the bands debut album ‘The Echo Verses‘ as a 2-disc digipack collectors edition on April 18th 2011, which will be bundled with the bands original debut ‘Nightmares Of The Ocean‘ EP, along with exclusive videos, photos and multimedia content, as well as much sought after guitar/bass and drum tabs to each of the bands songs.

The band are also currently working hard at writing for their follow up record, also due to be released with Basick in the not-so-distant future.

Paul Green, vocalist with the band comments:

“We’re absolutely stoked to be announcing our re-signing with Basick!
Its great to be back home where it all started for us, the collective of bands & label ethic here is truly rare and one we’re proud to be part of again!

We’re equally as ecstatic about this release, a celebration of coming home and also a milestone that will see us move on from TEV.
Everyones been working their absolute tits off getting the tabs, content, artwork & website ready for this and it feels great to now let you in on what we’ve been doing. It’s also great to be getting TEV & NOTO into stores across the world, something that really had been missing for us and of course, you guys! With all the tabs for TEV now there for you guys, let’s see how you get on trying to learn those bastards 😉
This release truly means the end to a chapter for the band… We’ve learnt a hell of a lot about our sound and what we want from music over these past 2 years…

As you know we’re working on a new record; the guys have been throwing stuff back and forth to each other and i can assure you, it’s incredible! We have always aimed to push the boundaries with our sound, and the new material is even more beautiful and as disgusting as anything we have written to date. I think its too early for us to give anything away but we are dipping back into our roots and also looking at new areas for inspiration… Lets hope we can finish this as well as we’ve started! ;)”

http://www.thearushaaccord.com

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BASICK RECORDS sign Australia’s CIRCLES

February 18th, 2011
by EvilG

BASICK RECORDS is extremely excited to announce the signing of Australia’s finest, CIRCLES!

Mixing up cutting edge production techniques with some altogether killer guitar work, CIRCLES instantly stand out from the Metal-by-numbers crowd with their, quite frankly, sublime song-craft and incredible vocal delivery.

Set for release via BASICK in Spring 2011, the band’s debut 6-track EP ‘The Compass’, combines musical influences from technically minded bands such as Periphery and Textures, whilst simultaneously drawing lyrical and vocal comparisons to the early works of Incubus and Faith No More.

David Hunter, drummer with the band comments: “We are stoked to be working with Basick Records and to be receiving such a positive international response. Our debut EP ‘The Compass’ has been along time in the making and we are really excited to get it out there and to hear the reactions. Work on the first album has already begun and is coming along really well for such early stages. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us up until this point and we promise the best is yet to come!

CIRCLES AUDIO: http://soundcloud.com/basickrecords/clouds-are-gathering
CIRCLES SITE: http://www.circlesband.com

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Sylvan Realm complete new album

February 18th, 2011
by EvilG

Eclectic dark metal band Sylvan Realm are about to unleash their 1st full length album titled “The Lodge Of Transcendence” on March 1st 2011. Musically the new album  will bring a unique philosophical, metaphysical approach to the dark/black metal genre. The Lodge of Transcendence is a concept album comprised of 6 songs and a running time of 41 minutes that will be released by the bands own Reverie Recordings label. The Lodge Of Transcendence concept is based upon unlocking cosmic gateways found deep within nature and ultimately reaching enlightenment of the minds eye after traveling through everything, nothing, infinite light, infinite darkness, and completing the voyage beyond dualism to veer the microcosm into the macrocosm,and the macrocosm into the microcosm.

Sylvan Realm rose from the ashes of the band Reverie that was formed in 2003 and put out one full length album titled “Isolation” in 2007. Since then band founder Sylvan relocated from the rocky mountains of Montana to Maryland. In 2010 Sylvan changed the bands name to Sylvan Realm and recruited Evan Madden (Woods of Ypres, The Green Evening Requiem) to unleash his unique musical vision behind the drums and Jason “Deathdancer” Eckert (Aurora Borealis, Todesbonden) for his mastery of the bass. While Sylvan preformed Vocals and guitars for the album as well as lyrics and album art.The Lodge of Transcendence was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Ron Vento (Aurora Borealis) at Nightsky studio during October 2009 to January 2011 in Waldorf Maryland. Not to mention the bands logo was crafted by none other than Christophe “lord of logo’s” Szpajdel known by his work for Emperor, Borknagar, Old Mans Child, and countless others.
What to expect… The material can be best described as a mix of atmospheric dark metal combined with elements of doom, black metal with a organic production, eclectic and diverse approach that renders a sound unlike anyone else. For more visit the bands official myspace site atwww.myspace.com/thetruereverie or on facebook as sylvan realm. Lastly the band has posted 3 of the 6 songs on their myspace site and posted two videos on you tube (links below).

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Canadian Music Week – Cryptopsy, Beneath The Massacre – Montreal Metal Storms The Gates – March 9th – Opera House

February 18th, 2011
by EvilG

Montreal metal will be storming the gates of Canadian Music Week, March 9th, 2011 in Toronto, ON at The Opera House (735 Queen St. East) for a true celebration of Montreal’s metal scene. Technical death metallers Cryptopsy & Beneath The Massacre will be leading the charge alongside Toronto’s own Fatality and Montreal’s The Catalyst who will give you a lesson in old school meets modern thrash.

Ontario’s own bastion of all things gore, Disgust will be making an appearance to the pleasure of those who like their death metal pure & sickly to the veins.

Also representing Canada’s metal capital is Montreal’s Dissension, Dush, and Sykode who round out the opening acts; each delivering very different styles and sounds to illustrate the variety in Montreal’s metal scene. From melodic/symphonic, blackened thrash, to gothic-tinged doom rock, and progressive metalcore, STORMING THE GATES…TABARNAK! is the CMW event for METAL.

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WHILE HEAVEN WEPT RESPONDS TO LATEST KAISER PERMANENTE RADIO AD

February 18th, 2011
by EvilG

So metal heads, what’s YOUR prescription for music to thrive by?

The latest “Expand Your Playlist” radio ad for Kaiser Permanente Hospitals begins like this: “There’s a reason why you see so many people walking around with earphones.  We love listening to music…” And then, out of nowhere and like the sound of a needle scratching a record, the soothing female voice bashes gothic doom metal.  Listen to Kaiser Permanente’s latest radio commercial here (especially at the 0:08 mark).

“Listen to music daily.  Twice daily.  Three times daily or just as needed,” the commercial continues.  “Explore new music.  Expand your play list… because not only can music rock your world, it can make you happier and healthier.”

Taking a small break from the 32-hour, in-studio marathon of placing the finishing touches on the new WHILE HEAVEN WEPT album, guitarist & songwriter Tom Phillips took some time to ponder the commercial’s message and offers his take on the grossly misunderstood genre of gothic doom metal.  His response:

“First and foremost, I truly think it is a shame that ANY form of music is ever branded with a negative connotation; it wasn’t lost on me that this was a misguided attempt at humor on the part of Kaiser Permanente, but the reality is this is the kind of mentality that results in music ultimately being blamed for violence and tragedy.

“Further, a healthcare organization should recognize the value of music as a constructive outlet in dealing with tribulations and negativity.  Despite the fact that WHILE HEAVEN WEPT has little to do with anything ‘gothic,’ most of the Doom Metal musicians I know are able to lead happier, healthier lives due to the cathartic aspects of this music.

“One of the greatest things about music is the fact that it is open to the interpretation of the individual (i.e. what is ‘dark’ to one person is ‘beautiful’ to another, etc.).  Over the years we’ve corresponded with so many people all over the world who took the time to share their most intimate stories of loss and strife and went on to explain how our music (and the music of our colleagues) made a genuine difference in their lives, how they felt understood or simply that they weren’t alone in this world.  If that doesn’t make you feel good, I don’t know what would!

“The bottom line is any form of music can be helpful, healing, and inspiring perhaps even more so than the most advanced medicine in many cases.  I personally would not be here today if it weren’t for Doom Metal, so I hope that Kaiser Permanente and corporations in general will rethink their marketing strategies in the future so as to avoid implications that ring of ignorance.”

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT’s Nuclear Blast debut, Fear Of Infinity, is the follow-up studio album to 2009’s Vast Oceans Lachrymose.  A late Spring release is expected.

On Saturday, March 26th, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT will be headlining a benefit concert at Volume 11 Tavern in Raleigh, North Carolina for Tony “Dio” Leonardo, a local metal promoter who recently underwent a nephrectomy.  They are also confirmed to perform their emotive, epic metal on the center stage at the ProgPowerUSA XII festival on Saturday, September 17th in Atlanta, Georgia.  View the festival line-up here.

Visit WHILE HEAVEN WEPT online at www.WHILEHEAVENWEPT.com, on Facebook, and at www.myspace.com/WHILEHEAVENWEPT.

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THERION: FIRST METAL BAND TO HAVE OWN BOARD GAME SINCE KISS

February 18th, 2011
by EvilG
THERION BOARD GAME '011'

THERION BOARD GAME '011'

Award-winning Scribabs game developer Paolo Vallerga has unveiled his latest creation: “011,” quite possibly bestowing Sweden’s THERION with the prestige of being the first metal band with a board game to their name since 1978’s “KISS On Tour.”

THERION mastermind Christofer Johnsson provides a little background on when the band was told about the idea:

“Paolo Vallerga approached the band at the show in Milano [Italy] last year with this great idea of making a fantasy board game based upon stage characters mixed with mythology.  We instantly thought it was the coolest thing we’ve heard in ages and loved the idea!  The name of the game is ‘011’ and you will find me, Thomas [Vikström, vocals], Christian [Vidal, guitars], Johan [Koleberg, drums], Snowy [Shaw, session/touring vocalist], Katarina [Lilja, session/touring vocalist], Lori [Lewis, session/touring vocalist], and Nalle [Påhlsson, bass] appearing as even more fantastic characters than we are in reality!  There will be more news on this coming soon!”

According to the Scribabs website, “‘011’ is set in a time ucronic, during an undefined ‘year 011.’ The world can be described as an alternate version of XIX century. The world can be described as an alternate version of the nineteenth century. Science is deeply bound with esotericism, as many religions and creeds coexist with philosophies and convictions, in a cauldron of cultures and ideals that is both challenging and frightening at the same time. Science is deeply bound with Esotericism, as with many religions and philosophies co-exist… in a cauldron of cultures and ideals that is both challenging and frightening at the same time. Events take place in Turin. Events take place in the magical city par excellence of Turin.”

The website goes on to say:

“One of the very particular notes is the extraordinary participation in the game, in the guise of Protagonists, of the members of THERION, the Swedish symphonic metal band founded by Christofer Johnsson.  The musicians have performed with great steam punk enthusiasm to embody the atmosphere of the game.  The month of June will see the creation of a video… in which the band will appear in the alter ego of themselves in the game.  For now we can say nothing more!”

View the Scribabs homepage (in English via Google Translate) for a description of “011” and more pictures here.

THERION’s 2010 album, Sitra Ahra, debuted at #44 on the Billboard Top New Artists (Heatseekers) chart, #58 on the Current Hard Music Albums, and #122 Independent Current Albums chart following its October 26th release.  The album was produced by Christofer Johnsson and mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.  Album artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard (James LaBrie, Avantasia, Darkane, Edguy).

In their sole North American appearance, THERION will be headlining at 2011’s ProgPower XII Festival on Saturday, September 17th in Atlanta, Georgia.  Tickets to ProgPower XII will be available for purchase in March, 2011 via TicketMaster.

Visit THERION online at www.MEGATHERION.com (Mozilla Firefox browser), www.myspace.com/THERION, www.facebook.com/THERION, and twitter.com/_THERION.

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MUNICIPAL WASTE EXCITED FOR SCION ROCK FEST APPEARANCE

February 18th, 2011
by EvilG

MUNICIPAL WASTE will be taking part in this year’s annual Scion Rock Fest, Saturday March 5th in Pomona, CA. The Waste will be a headliner at the Glass House show which also features veteran bands DEATH ANGEL, IMMOLATION, ATHIEST, BONDED BY BLOOD and more. Frontman, Tony Foresta has written up a brief update about the eagerly awaited Scion Fest and other things going on in the world of MUNICIPAL WASTE:

“We’ve been taking a break from touring since our last run through Europe in December. We feel its much deserved after many years of relentless touring and gigging all over the place. Now were just hanging around with our friends and families jamming with our other bands and writing new Waste songs. We’re in the early stages of writing a new album about 5 songs deep and are planning to play very few gigs this year.

The stuff we do have scheduled is pretty exciting –the Scion Fest in California with Morbid Angel, Bastard Noise, Death Angel and Integrity as well as many others is one of those gigs. I’m pretty stoked about all the bands especially Integrity. I used to be scared of that Dwid guy when I was younger Haha. Morbid Angel is great too and Death Angel is one of the best live thrash bands I’ve ever seen.

What I’m really hopping to transpire out of that weekend is for Scion to give The Waste some cars. That would be really nice of them huh? Even just one car that all of the Waste members can share. I can get behind that. I wouldn’t mind Dave driving me around to get groceries every once in a while. I mean cmon we’ve been doing videos, gigs and all sorts of whoring ourselves out for them for a while now and I just figure its about time Toyota steps it up a notch and hooks a brotha up with some wheels. Hell I’ll even take one of those funky boxy looking ones. I mean think about how pissed off Jay Randell would be if he looks out the window and see’s the Waste rolling by in a fleet of free and luxurious Scion xB’s. He will Tweet so hard about that. Shit they should just hook us up for that idea alone. What was I talking about again? Oh yeah that Fest in California. So were going to play that. I’m going to headwalk during Systems Overload.”

The Scion Rock Fest will take place on Saturday March 5th from 4 PM to 12 AM over 4 stages at Pomona, CA’s Glass House and Fox Theater. More info on this highly anticipated show can be found at https://secure.scion.com/scion/ssl/rsvp/scionRockFestTickets.do.

MUNICIPAL WASTE’s latest album, MASSIVE AGGRESSIVE is available now worldwide. Get your copy in the USA at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_671_75

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