MASTIPHAL – new album trailer available!

March 14th, 2011
by EvilG

“Parvzya”, new studio album from Polish black metallers MASTIPHAL, will be released on May 15 via Witching Hour Productions. The CD was mixed and mastered with producer Sverker “Widda” Widgren at his Necromorbus Studio in Stockholm, Sweden (WATAIN, FUNERAL MIST, DESTROYER 666).


MASTIPHAL, one of the most important Polish black metal bands of the ’90s, recorded 10 new songs. However only 9 of them will be featured on CD version. In addition to the exclusive digibook CD as well as a limited LP version – 180-gram black grey vinyl with the full album on CD as bonus “Reclaming the Throne” song!


A short trailer for “Parvzya” can be viewed below.



Live premiere of the new tracks will take place June 3rd at the “Silesian Massacre” festival in Katowice, Poland, where MASTIPHAL will play with DODHEIMSGARD, URGEHAL, ENTOMBED and KATAKLYSM. MASTIPHAL have been confirmed also for “The Underground Unleashed 2011” festival (INCANTATION, DARZAMAT, DEMONICAL), set to take place September 30 – October 2, in Darjeeling, India.



“Parvzya” track listing:


1. Intro

2. The Wall of Phantom

3. Under The Sign of the Morning Star

4. May He Rot in Hell

5. Sovereign’s Return

6. Man Strikes God Falls

7. Nihil Esse

8. Parvzya

9. Chosen Obituaries

10. Reclaming the Throne*

11. Triumph of Destruction


*only vinyl edition


A double-CD digipack from MASTIPHAL was made available on September 25, 2009 via Witching Hour Productions. Entitled “Damnatio Memoriae”, the set contains the group’s entire discography and, as a special bonus, footage of band performing live in 1994 as well as the remastered audio track from that concert.


Mastiphal current line-up

Flauros – vocal

Daamr – guitars, bass

Oppressor – guitars, bass

Cymeris – guitars

Senator – drums



“Sowing Profane Seed” – (Baron Records 1994)

“For a Glory of All Evil Spirits, Rise for Victory” –

(Baron Records 1995 /Nocturn Records 1996)

“Seed of Victory” – (Vox Mortiis 1998)

“Czarne Zastępy – W hołdzie Kat” – compilation – (Pagan Records 1998)

“A Tribute to Hell” – compilation – (Full Moon Productions 1998)

“Damnatio Memoriae” – (Witching Hour Productions 2009)

“Parvzya” – (Witching Hour Productions 2011)


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Firewind confirmed for Sonisphere UK

March 14th, 2011
by EvilG
FIREWIND - Days of Defiance

FIREWIND - Days of Defiance



Greek metal Gods Firewind return to the U.K. with an appearance confirmed at this year’s Sonisphere festival.


The quintet, led by the extraordinary guitar talents of Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne’s right hand man), will be continuing their acclaimed ‘Days Of Defiance’ world tour, bringing their unique brand of powerhouse metal to Knebworth.


2011 has already been a busy year for Firewind, with European dates and a Japanese tour under their belts as well as joining the ‘Guitar Hero’ gaming world with the inclusion of their ‘World On Fire’ track on the ‘Warriors Of Rock’ set.

Never a band to just sit around, Firewind have been preparing for a slew of activity over the next few months. As well as their highly anticipated return to the festival stages, the band have a new digital single “Embrace The Sun”, the second track to be released from their critically acclaimed ‘Days Of Defiance’ album, available to download. With an amazing video for the track shot by celebrated director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, etc.)




With a CV boasting contributions to Dream Evil, Arch Enemy, Mystic Prophecy, Kamelot and Nightrage – not to mention his role as current axeman to Ozzy Osbourne – Greek Guitar Guru GUS G is one of the most high-profile young guitarists in the world today. But his own band, FIREWIND, has been the one constant in his hugely successful career. After six albums and 10 years, the Greek power-metallers are set for their first appearance at KNEBWORTH this year, and promise big things for the SONIPSHERE crowd:


“We’re very excited for our debut performance at Sonisphere festival! We’re truly honoured to be a part of Sonisphere UK and to share the stage with the Big 4 and so many other great bands!! Knebworth get ready, we’ll set your world on fire!!”.



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ANVIL – Juggernaut Of Justice Tracklisting Revealed

March 14th, 2011
by EvilG
Anvil - Juggernaut Of Justice

Anvil - Juggernaut Of Justice

Toronto-based metal legends ANVIL will release their new album, Juggernaut Of Justice, on May 10th via The End Records. The album was recorded at Dave Grohl’s (NIRVANA, FOO FIGHTERS) Studio 606 in Northridge, California with famed producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, AIRBOURNE, ALICE COOPER).


Juggernaut Of Justice features the following tracklisting:


‘Juggernaut Of Justice’

‘When Hell Breaks Loose’

‘New Orleans Voodoo’

‘On Fire’

‘Fuckin’ Eh’

‘Turn It Up’

‘The Ride’

‘Not Afraid’




‘Swing Thing’

The album’s title track, ‘Juggernaut Of Justice’, is currently available for download as part of The End Records Spring 2011 sampler, at this location.

Frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow recently commented: “I must say that this is by far the best Anvil ever. There will be a few new surprises including Glenn 5’s first lead vocals in Anvil’s history. The production that Bob Marlette has done far surpasses anything we’ve done in the past. The excitement within the band is over the top and we can’t wait to unleash this amazing CD to the fans.”


Drummer Robb Reiner concurs: “The new album is pure Anvil with a new fresh kick, very exciting. Looking to rocking with The End, putting the music where it belongs – in everybody’s ears and face!”


Prior to the release of Juggernaut Of Justice, The End will be releasing the definitive Anvil anthology. The collection will be comprised of classics old and new, with some surprises, and will showcase the band’s entire career spanning back to 1978.


Anvil have confirmed dates for a full Canadian headline tour following the initial announcement of three support dates with ALICE COOPER (**). Their schedule is now as follows; venues will be confirmed soon.



6 – St. John’s, Newfoundland

9 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

10 – Moncton, New Brunswick

11 – Fredricton, New Brunswick

13 – Chicoutimi, Quebec

14 – Quebec City, Quebec **

15 – Montreal, Quebec

16 – Ottawa, Ontario **

17 – Hamilton, Ontario **

18 – Sudbury, Ontario **

20 – Kingston, Ontario

21 – London, Ontario

23 – Thunder Bay, Ontario

24 – Winnipeg, Manitoba

25 – Regina, Saskatchewan

27 – Edmonton, Alberta

28 – Calgary, Alberta

30 – Victoria, British Columbia

31 – Vancouver, British Columbia




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KING DIAMOND – Health Update

March 14th, 2011
by EvilG
King Diamond:  Cardiac Rehabilitation 'graduation' picture

King Diamond: Cardiac Rehabilitation 'graduation' picture

KING DIAMOND’s wife Livia has checked in with an update on the metal legend’s health. He underwent open heart triple bypass surgery in November 2010:

“Hi Everyone,

Some of you have been asking for an update on King’s health, so I thought I’ll write what’s been going on.

King has just finished his cardiac rehabilitation program this past Friday, and graduated with flying colors. Thanks to the wonderful people at the rehab center, his exercise regimen help him gain a lot of muscle, and start on the road of building up good endurance. We will start regular exercises now to get the endurance up to nice levels.The examinations by his heart surgeon and cardiologist revealed that his health is steadily improving, and they all expect him to feel better than ever, 15 years younger than he really is.

I am immensely proud of what he has achieved in these short 3 months, stopped smoking entirely, changed diet and doing regular exercise among other things. I cannot say anything certain about when he will be back working on King Diamond related things, but he is looking forward to finishing the DVDs eventually, and he is most certainly not stopping music.

I hope this information was helpful, I can honestly say that his progress has been nothing short of amazing. He is the strongest person I know.

He would also like to extend his huge gratitude to all of you, for your absolutely amazing support. It has really meant a lot to him.

Enjoy his Cardiac Rehabilitation ‘graduation’ picture….”

Cheers and Stay Heavy,

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PRETTY MAIDS: Live at Finland 2011

March 14th, 2011
by Marko Syrjala



Dom Helsinki 25.02.2011

Teatria Oulu (w/ Ghost Machinery ) 26.02.2011

The Danish hard rock veterans Pretty Maids returned to Finnish soil after a 19 year absence. Pretty Maids still featuring the surviving original member Ronnie Atkins and Ken Hammer visited the legendary club Tavastia back in 1992 when grunge was raging and traditional hard rock was basically dead meat. Back in 1990, Pretty Maids did the most memorable outdoor festival performance along with such names as Sodom, Running Wild and Uriah Heep at the Giants of Rock in Hämeenlinna. Well years have passed by since then and Pretty Maids have been gigging effectively during all these years. Therefore getting the Danish rockers to Finland was definitely about time for sure. Having two gigs booked in a row in Helsinki and up in Oulu was definitely an unexpected and above all pleasant surprise and also suspicion if people are still interested in Pretty Maids. Both the agents and the bands must have been utterly surprised to have app. 400 people at each show. That was far beyond than expected in the first place.

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Napalm Death with support act on European Tour 2011 at The Rock Copenhagen Denmark

March 14th, 2011
by Anders Sandvall


Napalm Death 
European Tour 2011

What Worms Inherit 

The Rock



8/2 – 2011

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall




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Memorial For Former ALICE IN CHAINS Bassist Mike Starr Announced

March 13th, 2011
by EvilG
Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains

According to his mother Gayle, the official public gathering/memorial for late ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Starr will be held on Sunday, March 20th at The Fountain (Seattle Center) in Seattle, Washington starting at 4 PM. Details:

The Fountain
Inside the Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Click here for map.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Mike Starr had addiction problems, but was on the road to recovery and didn’t commit suicide, two of his friends said the day after the former Alice in Chains bassist was found dead (March 8th) in a Salt Lake City house.

Starr, who played bass for the seminal Seattle grunge band from its formation in 1987 to 1993, died nearly three weeks after being arrested by Salt Lake City police on February 18.


“I don’t think this was a suicide,” said Brett Gunn of Salt Lake City, Starr’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor. “We had a lot of plans.”


Starr was living in the 1900 block of Richards Street with Spencer Roddan, a fellow musician who had known Starr for several years after being introduced to him by a friend, Travis Meeks (DAYS OF THE NEW). Roddan and Meeks met while in rehab at Utah’s Cirque Lodge Drug Rehab Center in Sundance.


“I don’t think [his death] was intentional,” said Roddan. “Our deal was he had to be clean. He said he was going to make me proud.”


Starr has been living with Roddan for about six weeks. He and Meeks had been making music in Roddan’s basement recording studio. Meeks had booked shows on the East Coast the weekend of March 18, Roddan said, and Starr was going to join him on the road.


Starr had other musical plans, Gunn said. He wanted to collaborate with Gunn’s Salt Lake City band NAZTY HABIT, and had spoken of playing with hard-rock bands P.O.D. and KORN.


Starr appeared on Alice In Chains’ most successful albums including the band’s debut Facelift (1990), Sap (1992) and Dirt (1992). Starr later played bass for the band SUN RED SUN, which featured Ray Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli, both former members of BLACK SABBATH. The project was cut short by Gillen’s death in 1993.


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March 13th, 2011
by EvilG

‘British death/thrash metal band Thirteenth Sign are proud to announce that they have a new lead guitarist- Adam Moore. Adam recorded all the solos on Thirteenth Signs close to completion second album entitled ‘Rise of the black angel’ and is currently rehearsing the new material for live shows. ”We considerer ourselves extremely privileged to have Adam as a part of Thirteenth Sign as he is probably the best guitarist we have ever met and has absolutely no ego! His solos on the new tracks are real highlights of the album, guitar fans will be able to hear influences from Friedman, Loomis and Petrucci in his playing as well as his own style and skills.”

‘Rise of the black angel’ will be mixed by the end of March, mastering completed as soon as possible. If plans work out mastering will hopefully be handled by Paul Allender (Cradle of Filth) and released via Battlegod productions later in the year.’

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EAST OF THE WALL Announce Recording Plans For New Album

March 12th, 2011
by EvilG

EAST OF THE WALL is extremely excited to announce that they will enter the studio on May 8th to begin work on their next record, The Apologist. The New Jersey-based technical metal unit will be recording at Translator Audio in Brooklyn, New York with Andrew Schneider, renowned for his work with Cave In, Pelican, Keelhaul, Unsane, Rosetta, City of Ships, Made Out of Babies and many others.


The tentative track listing for The Apologist is as follows:


“False Build”


“Linear Failure”

“My Favorite Society Guy”

“Precious Memories”

“The Apologist”

“Running Tab of Sweetness”

“Horseback Riding In A Bicycle World”

“A Functional Tumor”

“Nurser of Small Hurts”

“Whiskey Sipper”


The Apologist will be released this fall by Translation Loss Records, as with their acclaimed previous album, 2010’s Ressentiment. EAST OF THE WALL will be supporting the record with extensive touring.


In addition, Ressentiment, will be released on vinyl in Europe on March 11th, via Germany’s I.Corrupt.Records. Preorders for American import copies are currently being taken at the band’s official website:

EAST OF THE WALL upcoming shows:



3/24/2011 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY w/ Meek Is Murder (record release show) and Wizardry

4/02/2011 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ (Jay Sica benefit) w/ Abacinate, The Binary Code, Fit for An Autopsy, Sydbarret, The Ghost In Black and White, many more

Stay tuned for continuous updates on the band’s live actions as well as updates on the upcoming album.

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LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH: California Black Metallers Comment On Tour Cancellation

March 12th, 2011
by EvilG

Win The Special Vinyl Edition Of The Extra Dimensional Wound Via Decibel This Weekend

Los Angeles black metal collective, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH, who were slated to kick off a month-long U.S. tour supporting death metal legends Master last week, were forced to head back home when the headliners were prevented from entering the country.

Commented vocalist Autarch of the unfortunate tour cancellation: “Know this: LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH was thoroughly prepared for this tour only to be thwarted by circumstances beyond our control. I assure you all, we shall return with a vengeance in the near future. Already the black teet of kaos have begun to drip strange opportunity upon the ashes of this Master disaster. I shall reveal more details as they materialize.”

LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH’s The Extra Dimensional Wound, their second full-length, released via Metal Blade Records last year, was released on vinyl in December via Canonical Hours Records and is available as a deluxe gatefold LP featuring two 200-gram discs with a 12-page booklet and expanded artwork in a limited edition of 500 copies. In honor of its infernal magnanimity, Decibel Magazine is holding a special caption contest this weekend. The photo to be captioned features LSOD guitarist and Endless Blizzard mastermind Roskva manning the merch table. Best caption wins the vinyl. For further details (and to check out the photo) visit Decibel Magazine. Contest ends at 8:00am Monday! Don’t miss it.


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March 12th, 2011
by EvilG

San Diego-based brutal death metal/slam band PATHOLOGY completed their month-long tour opening for DEICIDE and BELPHEGOR last night in Tempe, AZ. The tour proved to be the band’s most successful jaunt as well as marked the maiden voyage of the group’s new lineup which received warm responses from the crowd night after night.


Today the band announces their next US and Canadian run opening for Sweden’s GRAVE and Norway’s BLOOD RED THRONE beginning Aug. 30 in Tampa, Florida.  Dates listed below.


“We’re very excited to already be able to announce our next tour,” says drummer Dave Astor. “We’ll be opening for Grave, another legend in the death metal scene.  This tour will be in support of a new album as we’ll be recording this summer.”


Before PATHOLOGY begins recording, the band is headed to Europe for five weeks of shows opening for OBITUARY and GRAVE, starting on March 24th.  The dates will also include festival appearances at Paris Extreme Fest, Denmark’s Royal Metal Fest and Holland’s Neurotic Deathfest.


For more information, visit




8/30    Brass Mug – Tampa, FL

8/31    Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

9/1       Casbah – Charlotte, NC

9/2       Championship Bar – Trenton, NJ

9/3       The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

9/4       Petit Campus – Montreal, QU

9/5       Mod Club – Toronto, ON

9/6       Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY

9/7       Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

9/8       Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

9/9       Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

9/10    Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

9/11    Osbourne Village Inn – Winnipeg, MB

9/12    The Exchange – Regina, SK

9/13    Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AL

9/14    Dickens – Calgary, AL

9/15    The Biltmore – Vancouver, BC

9/16    El Corazon – Seattle, WA

9/17    Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

9/18    Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

9/19    Key Club – W. Hollywood, CA

9/20    Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA

9/21    Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV

9/22    Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ


For more information on Pathology, please visit:


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March 12th, 2011
by EvilG


Progressive technical metal band TEXTURES continue their work on their fourth studio album at Split Second Sound studios in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

In their first video report, TEXTURES guitarist & backing vocalist Jochem Jacobs and drummer Stef Broks discuss their new studio, their songwriting process, working titles of new songs, and more.  View “Return to the Studio, Part One” here.


The band’s 2003 debut album, Polars, received worldwide critical acclaim and TEXTURES went on to receive an Essent Award for Most Promising Act in 2004 in their native Holland.  Their 2006 sophomore album, Drawing Circles, was their true breakthrough and solidified TEXTURES into the annuls of the early djent movement.

The as-yet-untitled new album is the follow-up to 2008’s Silhouettes.  A Fall 2011 release is expected through Nuclear Blast Records.

Visit TEXTURES online:



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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – The Birth Of Rock Theater Airing On PBS

March 12th, 2011
by EvilG
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven's Last Night

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven's Last Night

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA has issued the following update:


While the band is getting ready to kick off the Beethoven’s Last Night 2011 World Tour with eleven shows across Europe, there’s also a lot going on to prepare for the US and Canada tour. Recently PBS stations across the country have begun airing TSO’s exciting new TV special, The Birth of Rock Theater, which features never before seen live footage. This special captures the excitement of TSO’s legendary concerts as well as interviews with Paul O’Neill as he talks about the past, present and future of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


Click here for a list of stations and air times.


TSO have also added some matinee shows for selected cities, so check the tour dates for more details.


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AVANTASIA Confirm DVD Release Date For “The Flying Opera: Around The World In 20 Days”

March 12th, 2011
by EvilG
AVANTASIA: 'The Flying Opera' DVD

AVANTASIA: 'The Flying Opera' DVD

AVANTASIA – founded by EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet – will release their new double DVD concert film and documentary, called The Flying Opera: Around The World In 20 Days, on March 18th via Nuclear Blast Records. The title will be released in Japan/East-Asia on Avalon-Marquee.


Started only as a studio project, in 2008 Avantasia embarked on a world tour to write heavy metal history. For the first time a giant all-star project like that did not only gather in the studio to record an album, but The Metal Opera went on tour to play to hundreds of thousands of fans all over the globe within just a few weeks.


On March 18th fans will get the chance to relive the experience with the 2DVD package. One DVD will feature a full concert film in stereo and Dolby 5.1, recorded during their shows at Wacken Open Air 2008 and Masters Of Rock Festival 2008, the second DVD contains a documentary, shot by a camera team that followed the giant trek around the globe to give viewers the chance to catch a glimpse of never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, interview-material, the start of Avantasia and its history and all the video clips that Avantasia has ever shot.


The limited edition also contains two CDs featuring the concert and many never before seen photos.


Sammet says: “I am so proud of this DVD package and the featured footage, even though it took a little longer to finally complete it. It gives people an idea of what an impact the first appearance of Avantasia on stage had, and you will get an idea of how everything went beyond our expectations and what the roots and the seeds for the current Avantasia tour are. It portrays one year in Avantasia’s history, maybe the most important year in the project’s history because that is when a studio-project became a traveling institution. There are many Metal Operas, but we made it something real, something to take hold of. Something alive…”

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SLAYER Update – Gary Holt Continues To Replace Jeff Hanneman On European Carnage Tour

March 12th, 2011
by EvilG

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt will continue to replace Jeff Hanneman on SLAYER’s European Carnage tour, which kicks-off this weekend in the Ukraine. Jeff Hanneman is still recovering and is feeling better already.

Gary Holt also replaced Jeff Hanneman on guitar on the band’s Australian shows ealier this month. Jeff is currently recovering from surgery after an arm infection due to a spider bite.

Further updates from Slayer to follow.

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