French black metalists SVART CROWN invade North American shores with their latest brutal masterpiece, Witnessing The Fall. Out today (February 8th, 2011) in North America, Witnessing The Fall delivers nothing but the most creative and cerebral blend of blackened insanity and death metal fury to invade our airspace in quite sometime.
Spawned in France by guitarist/vocalist J.B Le Bail, SVART CROWN was born in 2005 with the idea to push the boundaries of extreme music, and create a new dimension of brutality and blackness. Following numerous tours in his native land, SVART CROWN released its first album, Ages Of Decay in early 2008. The band has been promoting this first effort since then, with countless shows and two European runs. Around J.B. Le bail, guitarist C. Frandrois, bassist L. Veyssière and drummer G. Barthélemy (also known for his work with Diabolic, Drowning, Balrog and Antaeus) complete the line-up. Following their first effort, SVART CROWN is back with a work of absolute blackness. All the frenzy and the barbarian fury that are the trademark of the band are blended here in a determinedly occult album called: Witnessing The Fall. The sulphurous and oppressive atmosphere are emphasized by an organic sound crafted by Francis Caste (Kickback, Arkhon Infaustus, Phazm) at St Marthe studio. SVART CROWN has successfully mixed an old school feeling with various modern influences; Witnessing The Fall is simply the new face of the band; a black beast, full of anger, symbol of a humanity in perdition.
Ireland’s ABADDON INCARNATE will release a split 7″ with PHOBIA on February 25th, 2011. The long-running grindcore outfit have contributed three brand-new tracks to their side of the split, with now-legendary American grinders PHOBIA adding four new ones of their own. The record will be released via Dublin-based label Underground Movementand islimited to only 500 copies – 300 on black, 200 on white (white is preorder only!). Copies will be available on Underground Movement’s website and in various distros across the world, but those with an itch for colored wax can preorder it via Paypal (see below). The first pressing is nearly sold out, so act quickly!
Ireland: 6.50 Euro ($8.82/5.50 GBP)Rest of World: 8.5 Euro ($11.50/7.20 GBP)
Send Payment to firstname.lastname@example.org – state name, mailing address, and desired color. ABADDON INCARNATE are one of Ireland’s most well-known extreme metal bands, and have been spreading their vitriolic blend of death, crust, and pure grindcore across the globe for well over a decade.
Formed in 1995 with the intent of being the fastest and most brutal metal band to ever spring from Irish soil, the band have more than achieved their goal, releasing a string of underground classics on respected labels like Season of Mist, Sentinel and Metal Age and gaining worldwide acclaim. Successful appearances at major European metal fests like Obscene Extreme, SWR Barroselas, London Deathfest, and Fuck The Commerce, as well as multiple European tours and gigs with the likes of Bolt Thrower, Morbid Angel, Extreme Noise Terror, Obituary, and dozens more have cemented ABADDON INCARNATE‘s status as an unstoppable live force.
Armed with a solid lineup (featuring members of other respected Irish bands Altar of Plagues, Sodbh, Twisted Mass, Sarcosis, Geasa), the band are currently working on more new material and are gearing up for a 20-date South American tour this summer, as well as a UK tour with hallowed deathgrinders General Surgery later this year.
Steve Maher – Vocals/GuitarBill Whelan – Vocals/GuitarSteve Finnerty – Bass/VocalsJohnny King – Drums
DISCOGRAPHY When the Demons Come – demo, 1995Aeons of Us Rising – demo, 1996The Last Supper – full-length on Season of Mist, 1999 3-track demo, 2011Nadir – full-length on Sentinel Records, 2001 (produced by Mieszko Talarczyk of Nasum) Dark Crusade – full-length on Xtreem Music, 2004 (produced by Mieszko Talarczyk of Nasum) Cascade – full-length on Metal Age Productions, 20097″ split w/PHOBIA on Underground Movement, 2011
Montreal based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have uploaded another song to the Rock Band Network from their latest album Heaven’s Venom! The track, “At the Edge of the World”, is now available here (http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5005216) and is compatible with the brand new double bass drum application. The following songs are now available for purchase and game play:
KATAKLYSM were recently made the first band to feature Rock Band’s new double bass drum pedal application! This feature is now on Rock Band versions 2 and 3.
KATAKLYSM recently announced, in cooperation with Decibel Magazine and SickDrummerMagazine.com, the North American leg of their “Spread the Venom 2010 – 2011 World Tour“! Joining them will be groove ladden death shredders ALL SHALL PERISH, technical/progressive death masters DECREPIT BIRTH, Sumerian Records‘ touring juggernaut CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE, and Relapse Records‘ modern death metal merchants ABYSMAL DAWN. This will be just a part of a massive worldwide tour, that is rumored to be the bands last before a much needed break from the bands extensive performance schedule. Visit www.spreadthevenom.com for a complete list of dates and to hear about exclusive offers surrounding the tour.
KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE, ABYSMAL DAWN 02/24/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
02/25/11 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
02/26/11 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
02/27/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
02/28/11 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
03/01/11 The Distrikt – Regina, SK – CANADA (KATA + ASP ONLY)
03/02/11 The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
03/03/11 Lake City Bowl – Kelowna, BC – CANADA
03/04/11 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
03/05/11 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
03/06/11 Branx (Loveland) – Portland, OR
03/07/11 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA (NO ABYSMAL DAWN)
03/08/11 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
03/09/11 SOMA – San Diego, CA
03/10/11 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM (KATA + ASP ONLY)
03/11/11 Sorority – Amarillo, TX
03/12/11 Trees – Ft. Worth, TX
03/13/11 The White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
03/15/11 The State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
03/16/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
03/17/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
03/18/11 AlRosa Villa – Columbus, OH
03/19/11 Evening Star Music Hall – Niagara Falls, NY
03/20/11 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
KATAKLYSM’snew album Heaven’s Venom was released on August 24th in North America and sold around 2,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 7 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart and #196 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart, making it the bands highest charting album and their biggest first week sales to date. Heatseekers lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
Heaven’s Venom was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, DARK TRANQUILLITY).
KATAKLYSM recently shot a video clip for the song “Push The Venom” with director Ivan Colic (TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED, DEATHSTARS, EX DEO) in Belgrade, Serbia. The clip can be viewed below:
LAST CHANCE TO REASON have announced April 12, 2010 as the North American release date for their PROSTHETIC RECORDS’ debut, “Level 2.” The cover art can be seen to the right. The Augusta, Maine based, experimental prog-metal sextet will hit the road in February for their first Canadian run of dates and will then meet up with the legendary Atheist. The band will also be appearing at this year’s New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA on April 16th. You can pre-order the CD now, either on its own, or with a shirt at PROSTHETIC’s official webstore: http://store.prostheticrecords.com/index.php/bands/last-chance-to-reason
LAST CHANCE TO REASON teamed up with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me) to create a modern take on the classic progressive concept album. Drawing influence from the 70’s prog of King Crimson and Yes, composers Steve Reich and Schoenberg as well as prog-metal masters Opeth, Dream Theater and Cynic, LCTR’s “Level 2” takes the band in awe-inspiring new directions.
Set in a Tron-like virtual world, the album’s concept revolves around the relationship between man and technology, our move from physical reality to virtual spaces and what these changes mean to our lives and our art. The lyrics are expressed from the point of view of an artificial intelligence facing the violent reality of a videogame world.
Catch the band live:
2/17 Ottawa ON – Alexander CC #
2/18 Kingston ON – Next Hall Church #
2/19 Guelph ON – Club Vinyl #
2/20 Toronto ON – The Rock Pile #
2/21 London, ON- London Music Hall #
2/22 Windsor ON – The Blind Dog #
2/23 Barrie ON – The Mansion #
2/24 Brantford ON – Club NV #
2/25 Sudbury ON – Jubilee #
2/26 Thunder Bay ON – Croc’s #
2/27 Winnipeg, MB- The Zoo #
3/01 Saskatoon SK – Walkers #
3/02 Edmonton AB – Avenue Theater #
3/03 Lethbridge, AB – The Royal Canadian Legion #
3/07 Toronto, ON- Wreck Room %
3/08 Monteal, QC- Petit Campus *
3/09 NYC, NY- Santos Party House *
3/10 Baltimore, MD- Sonar *
3/12 Atlanta, GA- The Masquerade *
4/16 Worcester, MA- The Palladium, NE Metal and Hardcore Fest
# w/ Within The Ruins, Suffokate, The Contortionist
% w/ Atheist
* w/ Atheist, A Life Once Lost, Revocation
Since forming in 2005, LAST CHANCE TO REASON has shared the stage with Born of Osiris, Genghis Tron, Periphery, The Red Chord, Daath, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, Unearth and many more.
Experience Children of Bodom’s “Was it Worth It” – The First Single Off The Band’s Soon-to-be Release New Album, Relentless Reckless Forever – Exclusively in Guitar Hero®
Love is in the air, but rock is definitely in the living room this February with news of a shredtastic new ten song mega pack for the Guitar Hero® music library care of Guitar Hero®: Warriors of Rock, Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced. Available now and featuring hits from metal legends Black Label Society and rock icon Marilyn Manson, a track from Children of Bodom’s soon-to-be released studio album, Relentless Reckless Forever, the Guitar Hero debut of international sensation Firewind, and more, this month’s track pack is poised to strike the right chord with Guitar Hero aficionados around the globe.
In anticipation of the upcoming March 8 release of Relentless Reckless Forever, Finnish heavy metal gods Children of Bodom will rock fans with three tracks for the Guitar Hero Music Library this month, including early, exclusive access to “Was It Worth It,”the first single off theirforthcoming album.
Rounding out the February Mega Pack’s offerings from Children of Bodom are “Living Dead Beat,” from their fifth studio album, Are You Dead Yet?, and “Blooddrunk,” off their similarly titled 2008 album, Blooddrunk.
Returning to the Guitar Heromusic library for a second encore with three tracks in the February Mega Pack is industrial metal band and multiple GRAMMY® Award nominee Marilyn Manson.Known for their uniquely theatrical performances, the pack contains “Get Your Gunn,” the first official single off the band’s debut album, Portrait of an American Family,“Tourniquet” from their second full length studio record, Antichrist Superstarand “Coma White,” off their 1998 disc, Mechanical Animals.
For the first time since their on-disc appearance in Guitar Hero® World Tour, legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde’s band Black Label Society make their triumphant return to the Guitar Hero music library in the February Mega Pack with a trio of new downloadable songs. Players can now shred along to “Black Sunday,” “Crazy Horse,” and “Parade Of The Dead,” three tracks from their eighthstudio album Order of the Black.
Last but not least, international power metal sensations, Firewind, make their Guitar Herodebut with the inclusion of “World On Fire”from their Days of Defiance album exclusively in the February Mega Pack.
The February Mega Pack is available on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 1440 Microsoft Points, on the PlayStation®Store for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system for $17.99 and for Wii™ for 1800 Wii Points™. All songs in the February Mega Pack are also available as downloadable singles for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 160 Microsoft Points, PlayStation 3 system for $1.99 and Wii for 200 Wii Points each. In addition to the in-game music store and Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 owners can expand their Guitar Hero music library using the Guitar Hero VIP Pass Music Store, available exclusively on Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network.
Swedish epic metallers Quicksand Dream are streaming their recently rediscovered album.
Aelin: A Story About Destiny in full at Stereokiller.com. Head over to www.stereokiller.com/QuicksandDream to experience this classic masterpiece which has finally claimed its proper spot in heavy metal history. Aelin: A Story About Destiny was reissued in the winter of 2010 by Planet Metal and has since become a favorite amongst fans, critics and metal purists across the board.
A true gem from the heavy metal underground! QUICKSAND DREAM was a treasured obscurity even during its original active period in Sweden during the early 1990s. In 1996, the core duo of Göran Jacobson and Patrick Backlund reconvened to record the ambitious and imaginative Aelin concept album. Upon its completion in 1999, the album was only circulated among friends and has remained largely unheard and unknown until now. With sophisticated and unique narrative-style songwriting and an elegant 16-page booklet to illustrate the album’s epic tale, Aelin: A Story About Destiny is a mandatory release for any fan of Epic Heavy Metal. Fans of Manilla Road, Fates Warning, Cirith Ungol, While Heaven Wept, Candlemass, and epic-era Bathory take notice!
Friday March 4th sees Italian progressive metallers TWINSPIRITS playing at ELEMENTS OF ROCK festival (http://www.elementsofrock.com) in Uster (Switzerland) from March 4th to 6th.
The following night, Saturday March 5th, the band will perform at REVOLVER CLUB in S.Dona’ di Piave (Venice, Italy), to celebrate the release party for their forthcoming album ‘LEGACY’, scheduled for release on February 18th 2011 on Lion Music. Special guests for evening are prog band WOOD OF LIGHT and one other band, yet to be confirmed.
Check out the new promotional video for “Slave To This World” taken from “Legacy” :
No Gravity are a new progressive power metal outfit and the brainchild of renowned guitarist Simone Fiorletta. Their debut release ‘Worlds In Collision’ features some of the most illustrious vocalists in the power/prog metal field and sees release on Lion Music on 18th March 2011.
Conceived in early 2010 from the ashes of Italian progressive metallers Moonlight Comedy, Simone Fiorletta’s intention was to enclose in a single album the best singers of the Power/Prog world with each track tailored for each vocalists individual style; and what a selection of vocalists No Gravity have enrolled!
With Andy Kuntz (Vanden Plas), Michele Luppi (Killing Touch, ex Vision Divine), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Vision Divine), Mark Basile (DGM), Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth) and Emiliano Germani (Moonlight Comedy) providing the vocal angle this release makes a serious statement of intent from this new band.
The No Gravity line-up is completed by an equally skilled band. In addition to Simone Fiorletta’s virtuoso guitar work we have second guitarist Davide Perruzza, keyboardist Andrea De Paoli, bassist Andrea Casali and drummer Marco Aiello who all form a formidable unit with instrumental prowess and the delivery to rival the genre’s big names.
The music for ‘Worlds In Collision’ was entirely written and arranged by Simone Fiorletta whilst each tracks vocalists were given the task of composing their own lyrics and vocal melodies. The album was recorded, mastered and mixed by Fiorletta at his studio; with the exception of the vocal tracks which were recorded at various studios of the singers own choice.
Stylistically ‘Worlds In Collision’ includes many facets of modern Power-Prog Metal. There are moments of pure virtuosity but all the time there is the will of the song coming first and foremost. The listener will find numerous musical textures with moments of light and shade, dark and heavy themes and stunning musicianship which continue to reveal new depths on each subsequent listen. Yet No Gravity have managed to craft an album that is instantly listenable and despite the numerous vocalists the albums has its own distinct sound – ones that will appeal to fans of the leading names in prog/power metal as well as the more adventurous metal fan in general.
With ‘Worlds In Collision’ No Gravity have produced a superb debut album and marks an exciting new chapter in the career of one of Italy’s most respected musicians.
Burning Winter was founded in 2001 by the guitarists Viljo Rantanen and Iiro Saarinen, and the band states in their bio that their mission is to keep up the flame of pure traditional heavy metal.
The new two-track demo of Burning Winter, called Wings Of Fire, was released last week and is now streaming at the band’s homepage [http://www.burningwinter.com/] and also available for free download. Both songs were written by Vili Rantanen, Mixing was done by Antto Tuomainen / Rush Hair Production and mastering by Jussi Kulomaa / Rush Hair Production. The songs are called “Wings Of Fire” and “Between The Colliding Worlds”.Download the songs here: http://www.thecoveralls.org/bw/index.php/discography/
I have been looking forward to this gig since I first heard about it a few months ago. Two things potentially worried me about this night. First, as much as I love the Camden Underworld, I feel it may be a little on the small side for a Band like ‘Crowbar’. Second, it is still three weeks until their new album is released and I really wanted to get to know it before the gig.
After enjoying the usual few drinks in the Worlds End pub above the Underworld Venue, I headed straight in and towards the merchandise table hoping to try and spot an advance copy of the album but of course I am just kidding myself! It was refreshing to see current Crowbar guitarist, ‘Matthew Brunson’ serving, chatting and being very accepting to the fans eager to buy t-shirts.
The undisputed kings of death metal are set to launch their latest assault in just one week. That’s right, DEICIDE will release ‘To Hell With God’ on February 15 via Century Media Records. To give fans one last taste of the album before it is released next week, the band has launched a trailer for the album online at the following location. Check it out to hear ‘To Hell With God’ and see what the press is saying about the record.
DEICIDE will also embark on the ‘God is Dead – To Hell With God’ tour in support of the new record. The headlining run will feature support from Belphegor, Neuraxis, Blackguard and Pathology.
February 15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
February 16 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
February 17 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
February 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
February 19 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
February 20 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
February 21 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
February 22 – Quebec City, QUE @ Imperial de Quebec
February 23 – Montreal, QUE @ Cafe Campus
February 24 – London, ONT @ Music Hall
February 25 – Toronto, ONT @ Opera House
February 26 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie Rock Club
February 27 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
February 28 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
A supergroup of musicians from the heavy 90s’ scene, united by their desire to play raw, aggressive and sludgy metal. Down from New Orleans consists of singer Phil Anselmo (ex-Pantera), guitarists Pepper Keenan (ex-Corrosion Of Conformity) and Kirk Windstein (Crowbar), drummer Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod) and “newbie” (joined in 1999) bassist Rex Brown (ex-Pantera). The band’s classic debut “NOLA” arrived in 1995, and they are currently working on their fourth album. Their releases may be few and far between, but Down is still recognized as one of the finest metal bands of our time. Regardless if you prefer “old-school” or “modern” metal, this is a SRF-debut to look forward to.
4-day tickets sold out! – Get your 3-day ticket now!
Confirmed bands so far out of a total of around 70:
Judas Priest –
last show ever in Sweden
Whitesnake – with very special guests
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Thin Lizzy Helloween
Rhapsody of Fire
Jason & the Scorchers
Five Horse Johnson
Dan Reed Band
The tickets to Sweden Rock Festival 2011 are now released and you buy them directly online at our homepage.
TURISAS are in the midst of their first North American tour in support of ‘Stand Up and Fight’, the new opus which is due out on March 8th via Century Media Records. Now, on the day before the band launches their attack on Los Angeles, TURISAS has stopped in the desert with director Iain Sclater to shoot an epic new video for the album’s title track. Influenced by the film ‘Mad Max’ and the band’s own image, the video is sure to provide a thrilling new look at the battle metallers in their first-ever US shot music video.
‘Stand Up and Fight’ is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2007’s ‘The Varangian Way’ which is sure to meet the demands of fans everywhere with their almost 70s-inspired anthemic hooks. Catch TURISAS on tour now with Cradle of Filth, Nachtmystium and Daniel Lioneye as part of the ‘Creatures of the Black Abyss’ North American tour. Dates for the trek are below.
2/8 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live
2/9 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
2/11 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theatre
2/12 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
2/13 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
2/15 Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center
2/16 Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
2/18 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
2/20 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
2/21 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
2/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
2/25 Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
2/26 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
2/27 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
2/28 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
3/2 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
3/3 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
3/4 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/5 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/6 Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street Ballroom
3/8 Norfolk, VA @ Norva Theatre
3/9 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
3/11 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
3/12 Orlando, FL @ Firestone
3/13 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Eagle Rock Entertainment have been deeply saddened by the news of the death of Gary Moore, the consummate musician acknowledged as one of the finest guitarists that the British Isles has ever produced. In a career that dates back to the 1960s, there are few musical genres that he has not turned his adroit musical hand to, and on top of his acclaimed solo work he has graced the line-ups of several notable rock bands, Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II and Skid Row to name but three.
Eagle Rock Entertainment were privileged to work with Gary Moore and his team on many projects over the past few years – releasing his three most recent studio albums, a live box set album, three DVDs and a Blu-ray. It was a relationship that began in 2004 and was cherished by all those at the label.
Lindsay Brown of Eagle Rock Entertainment commented, “Gary Moore was truly a giant of contemporary guitarists. We feel honored to have worked with him, released his amazing music and indeed to have called him a friend. He will be sorely missed by all those who knew him, and all fans of original guitar music, and leaves a gap that simply cannot be filled.”
Mike Carden, President of Operations for Eagle Rock in North America, adds “It isn’t often you get the opportunity to work with a legend who is also a gentlemen. Gary Moore was such a legend and he will be sorely missed.”
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.