FEAR FACTORY Narrowly Escape Devastating Bus Fire

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG
FEAR FACTORY Narrowly Escape Devastating Bus Fire

FEAR FACTORY Narrowly Escape Devastating Bus Fire

Northamptonshire, England: FEAR FACTORY in the early morning hours narrowly escaped fire that quickly engulfed their tour bus while in route to London. The fire reportedly stemmed from a back wheel tire before spreading throughout the double-decker coach. BBC News confirms the fire closed down two lanes of the southbound M1 as Northamptonshire fire officials battled the blaze.

FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares released the following comment moments ago: “We had just finished playing a sold out show in Sheffield and we were on our way to London. Everyone was asleep except for two of our crew. At about 3:30am the bus driver noticed smoke coming from the back right wheel. He stopped, jumped out and noticed a flame underneath the wheel well. He tried to extinguish it but the flames were too much. Everyone on the bus was woken up by one of our crew yelling ‘Get everyone up and out of the bus.’ Everyone grabbed their bags and ran off the bus. We stood on the side of the freeway going ‘thank god we all made it out’ until someone noticed our merchandise guy was still asleep on the bus. A good friend of ours ran back on the smoked-filled bus and got him out just minutes before the bus was completely in flames.”

FEAR FACTORY are currently on tour in the UK continuing performances in support of their latest album, Mechanize. The band completed their most recent American tour on July 27th to a captivated audience in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The following evening the band departed from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport for an additional three weeks of dates in the UK and other various European festivals.

Cazares adds, “our eyes are burning and we were all coughing from the smoke. Some of us lost wallets, money, computers but that’s not important compared to our lives. It only took about 20 to 30 minutes for the bus to be completely covered in flames. The fire trucks and the police finally arrived but it was too late to save anything on the bus. A coach bus picked us up and brought us safely to a nearby hotel. We found out only a short while ago that the trailer was saved where all our gear was. But the bus is just a metal frame on the side of the road.”

View photos of the blaze here: http://tinyurl.com/2vt7ztm

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DRUNKEN BASTARDS founder diagnosed with cancer

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG

A statement from Hungarian metalpunks DRÜNKEN BASTARDS reads: “Pete Fire, the founding guitarist of Drünken Bastards, has been diagnosed with cancer a couple of weeks ago. The treatments have started already and the doctors, family and his friends are confident that he’s going to get better. So far, he has been taking it good, but the whole treatment could take up to six months. This means that the band had to cancel all the shows which were booked for autumn. Of course, we won’t stop working and together we decided to write our third upcoming album and to make up for all the canceled shows in spring after Pete gets better. Hope for him to get better and meanwhile wait for the second album, Horns Of The Wasted, which will be release on Hells Headbangers on August 31st. Of course Pete’s other band Bridge To Solace has also decided to cancel their last shows and wait for Pete to get better, hence the next spring won’t go easy on nuclear hardcore and metal/punk attacks.” For more info, consult www.myspace.com/drnkenbastards.

www.hellsheadbangers.com

“When you need metal, go to hell!”

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FORTHCOMING QUIET RIOT DOCUMENTARY TO GO BEHIND THE SCENES CIRCA CRAZED ‘METAL HEALTH’ ERA – FANS ASKED TO HELP RAISE FUNDS

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG
Quiet Riot - METAL HEALTH

Quiet Riot - METAL HEALTH

Without a doubt, THE heavy metal success story of the early ’80s was none other than Quiet Riot. After years of struggling in LA clubs (despite legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads being in their ranks throughout the ’70s), the classic QR line-up of Kevin DuBrow (vocals), Frankie Banali (drums), Rudy Sarzo (bass), and Carlos Cavazo (guitar) hit mega-success with their first-ever US release in 1983, the classic ‘Metal Health.’ Spawning two hit singles that have gone on to become synonymous with heavy metal – “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health” – the ‘Metal Health’ album went on to become the first-ever metal US debut to hit the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts, and resulted in a solid year of sold-out shows and non-stop MTV video airplay.

Despite this being an absolute standout era of the band’s career, very little substantial video documentation has surfaced. That is…until now. Banali is in the midst of constructing a full-length/behind-the-scenes/warts-and-all documentary about the group (the first-ever solely about QR), which will focus on this aforementioned era, but also, recount QR’s entire story – from the first time DuBrow and Banali crossed paths in January 1980, through DuBrow’s untimely passing in November of 2007.

The video footage – directly from Banali’s archives – will include the aforementioned performance in 1980 through some of the last shows QR played, including footage of their Rocklahoma performance in 2007. Additional video footage captures QR in many phases, including a 1982 performance of “DuBrow” (a short-lived name Quiet Riot went by in the early ’80s), with DuBrow, Banali, bassist Chuck Wright (Sarzo was playing in Ozzy Osbourne’s band at the time), and Cavazo’s first video performance with the band, his second total. Also included will be live performances, backstage footage, sound checks, studio sessions, and interviews – most of which has never been seen.

Banali has already invested money into the project, and to make the documentary reach its full potential, he is having an online fundraiser that ends September 2nd. Fans are being called upon to help back the project, and lend a hand in its completion. Also via the aforementioned link is a list of the different increments you can pledge – all of which give rewards of QR-related merchandise, and as the pledge amount increases, so do the rewards (including such simply awesome items as an autographed QR photo that includes the late DuBrow’s signature, a personal drum lesson with Banali in LA, dinner with Banali at the Rainbow in LA, your own personalized ‘Metal Health’ platinum CD award, your name in the film’s credits, amongst many other cool opportunities).

As Banali says, “The moment my friend Kevin DuBrow died, my life and career went from sixty to zero with his final breath.” But now, DuBrow and Quiet Riot will receive a much-deserved video retrospective, that will leave no stone unturned. Get ready to bang your head and feel the noize once more!

The first stages of putting the documentary together are now underway, and a “teaser” clip of what to expect has been posted via this link:

http://kck.st/9TXAiA

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Author Neil Daniels

August 5th, 2010
by EvilG

Interview with author Neil Daniels

Interview by JP


As the metal industry continues to grow at a phenomenal pace, we here at Metal-Rules.com are committed to bringing you interviews not only with musicians, but other hard working professionals in the industry.  From Record Labels to film-makers to authors we continue to bring you interviews with the bright lights of the Metal industry.

Recently we had a discussion with UK author Neil Daniels.  Daniels is currently one of the most prolific and respected writers in the Heavy Metal industry.  Based in England, Neil has written eight books about Hard Rock and Heavy Metal and has several more on the go.  For more information on his work (and other non-metal related writing) visit www.neildaniels.com.

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BLIND GUARDIAN: “A VOICE IN THE DARK” VIDEO NOW ONLINE

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG
BLIND GUARDIAN

BLIND GUARDIAN

The video for “A Voice In The Dark,” directed by Ivan Colic and produced by Stanimir “Staca” Lukic, is now available for viewing on the Nuclear Blast Germany YouTube Channel.  It was shot in Belgrade, Serbia in early June 2010.

BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist & lyricist Hansi Kürsch checks in about the finished product:

“The storyboard of the video is just an individual interpretation by the video producer in accordance to the lyrics of ‘A Voice In The Dark’ and the album cover.  Storyboard-wise, I think it is the perfect output of what art is supposed to be about: A constant inspiration to progression and new worlds.  We luckily did have the chance to visit the pyramids in México when we played there in 1998. They, of course, have been my inspiration when I spoke to Felipe [Machado Franco, artist] about the album cover artwork and possible pyramids to be involved.  Due to that, they also were an inspiration for Ivan [Colic].  Our intention, of course, is to have some of the images [incorporated] into our live set.”

As far as the band’s personal beliefs on the meanings of events involving celestial bodies, Kürsch clarifies:

“We personally do not believe that incredible things will happen during eclipses – usually.  Things like that can definitely and easily irritate your mind, though.  According to the Mayan calendar, we already have appointments on planet Earth for 2013.”

“A Voice In The Dark” comes off BLIND GUARDIAN’s tenth studio album At The Edge Of Time, which will be released in North America on August 24th and features album artwork created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, At Vance, Axel Rudi Pell).

Pre-order bundles for At The Edge Of Time are now available at Nuclear Blast USA’s online store.  The jewel case + work shirt bundle is available here for $27.50.  The 2-CD digi-pak + work shirt is available here for $29.50.  The jewel case CD can be pre-ordered alone for $10.00.

Download the free BLIND GUARDIAN iPhone / iTouch app from this link.

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

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1349 To Return to North America in October

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG

Norway’s 1349 will bring it’s sonic plague back to North America in October for a co-headline tour with Triptykon, entitled, “Weltenbrand World Tour.” Chicago’s Yakuza will also  appear on the bill. This will be their second trek on this side of the Atlantic in support of their album, “Demonoir,” which was released in April on Prosthetic Records in North America. That last tour was cut short due to a volcanic eruption in Iceland and visa issues.

All of the band’s scheduled dates are:
8/6            Wacken, Germany- Wacken Open Air Festival
8/13            Oslo, Norway- Middelaiderparken
8/19            Dinkelsbulh, Germany- Summer Breeze Festival
10/6            New York City, NY- Gramercy Theatre #
10/7            Boston, MA- The Middle East Downstairs #
10/8            Baltimore, MD- Otto Bar #
10/9            Philadelphia, PA- Polaris #
10/10            Montreal, CA- Les Foufunes Electriques #
10/11            Toronto, CA- Opera House #
10/13            Cleveland, OH- Grog Shop #
10/14            Pittsburgh, PA- Mr. Small’s Theatre #
10/15            Detroit, MI- Majestic Theatre #
10/16            Chicago, IL- Bottom Lounge #
10/17            St. Paul, MN- Station 4 #
10/19            Denver, CO- The Marquis Theatre #
10/21            Seattle, WA- El Corazon #
10/22            Portland, OR- Hawthorne Theatre #
10/23            San Francisco, CA- Slims #
10/24            Los Angeles, CA- El Rey Theatre #
10/25            Tucson, AZ- The Marquee #
10/27            Tulsa, OK- The Marquee #
10/28            Ft. Worth, TX- Ridglea Theatre #
10/29            Austin, TX- Emo’s Outside #
10/30            Houston, TX- The Warsaw #
# w/ Triptykon, Yakuza

The band released the following statement: “2010 is a very special year for 1349. This is the year that saw the release of our pinnacle album ‘Demonoir,” into which we have channeled the darkest and fiercest contents of our souls and given it an aural form. As the album was released, the band was already on American soil doing the first tour of the touring cycle as main support for Cannibal Corpse. We were obviously rather excited about how the songs would feel and sound live and thus of the crowd’s reaction to the new material, but it turned out to work eminently. It felt fabulous! Furthermore, it became clear to us that we had to follow up what we had begun and go back to the States and play a headliner tour in the fall. This intent has turned into cold reality as we now embark on a co-headliner tour with Triptykon.

“Many of you are familiar with 1349’s bonds to the creative mastermind Tom G. Warrior, and for us it’s like pieces of a puzzle that fall into place as we now go on tour with Triptykon on their first journey to the U.S. We talk about two mighty forces that here will be joined; in 1349 we see it as nothing short of a great achievement that we could make it happen. We can promise you that 1349 will feed off this great happening, and we boldly state that every show on this Weltenbrand tour will be a triumph! We look STRONGLY forward to share some truly magical moments with our American fans on this tour, and judging from  the reception we got on our short-but-sweet tour with CC this spring (hails!), this is gonna be A HELL OF A RIDE.

“To complete the line-up of this legendary 1349/Triptykon-tour, we have invited the splendid weirdos Yakuza as our special guests. “Come feel the Fire”…as Overkill would have said.”

Limited edition picture discs of “Demonoir” are still available through the Prosthetic Web-store. (http://store.prostheticrecords.com/index.php/vinyl/1349-demonoir-pic-lp.html)

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Underground act Onheil featured on mainstream metal DVD

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG

Underground Dutch Blackened Thrash/Death Metal band ONHEIL is featured on a DVD that also includes mainstream metal and hard rock acts like ACCEPT, AIRBOURNE, SLASH, VOLBEAT, NEVERMORE, BLIND GARDIAN, DANKO JONES, HEAVEN AND HELL and STONE SOUR. The music video of ONHEIL’s “Nemesis’ Light Fading” has been released on a compilation DVD which is added for free to the current edition of Germany’s biggest metal magazine ROCK HARD.

ONHEIL released their video last June and through internet distribution ROCK HARD’s editorial team got to see this latest creation. After enjoying both the music and visuals ROCK HARD asked ONHEIL to add the track to their Guerilla-TV 16 DVD. An amazing honor as this puts ONHEIL among some major metal and hard rock acts.

“Nemesis’ Light Fading” is a track of ONHEIL’s highly acclaimed album “Razor”, released by Germany’s CYCLONE EMPIRE. Onheil is currently preparing themselves for open air festivals shows, including PARTY.SAN, METAL MEAN and OCCULTFEST. After the summer the band will hit the road to play club shows throughout Europe.

The video can be found online at the following URL:


The full tracklist of the DVD:

1. ACCEPT – Teutonic Terror
2. ACCEPT-Interview: Wolf Hoffmann und Peter Baltes reden mit Götz über die Reunion
3. AIRBOURNE – Blonde, Bad And Beautifu
4. BLIND GUARDIAN-Studioreport: Exklusive Einblicke in die Arbeit an „At The Edge Of Time“
5. SLASH – By The Sword
6. VOLBEAT-Interview: Michael Poulsen und Anders Kjølholm standen uns in Kopenhagen Rede und Antwort
7. NEVERMORE – Emptiness Unobstructed
8. NEVERMORE-Interview: Diskografie-Rückblick mit Warrel Dane und Jeff Loomis
9. DANKO JONES – Full Of Regret
10. DANKO JONES-Kolumne: Danko über Filesharing vs. Vinyl-Revival
11. GRAND MAGUS-Interview: JB und Götz schwatzen über die Einflüsse der Band
12. STEELWING – The Illusion
13. RHF-Special mit u.a. KREATOR, RAGE, VIRGIN STEELE, SABATON, RAVEN und EXHORDER
14. HEAVEN & HELL – Mob Rules (live)
15. STONE SOUR-Studioreport: Studioführung und Interview aus dem Blackbird-Studio in Nashville
16. SONIC SYNDICATE – Revolution Baby
17. THE DEVIL´S BLOOD-Interview: Fanboy Götz und Gitarrist S.L. erklären das Faszinierende an der Band
18. SAVATAGE-History-Interview: Jon und Criss Oliva im Gespräch mit Götz
19. ONHEIL – Nemesis´ Light Fading
20. AXEL RUDI PELL-Interview: Axel empfängt Marcus Schleutermann in der Bochumer Zeche, seinem zweiten Wohnzimmer

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INTERMENT: Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy North American Release Date Announced

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG

Swedish grime metallers INTERMENT, who feature within their ranks members of Demonical and the now-defunct Centinex, return with their long-overdue debut full-length, Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy. The record is set for North American release on August 31, 2010 via Pulverised Reciords. Check out the 45-second album teaser here: http://tinyurl.com/36mnc9v
Featuring nine filth-ridden tracks over a span of 36-minutes, Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy was recorded, mixed and mastered by Crypt Of Kerberos/Tyrant axeman Peter Bjärgö and showcases the artistic talents of Polish extreme graphic artist Rafal Kruszyk (NunSlaughter, Machetazo, Hooded Menace etc.). Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy is not just a nostalgic retro death trip but also a lesson in Swedish violence!

Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy Track Listing

1) “Eternal Darkness”
2) “Torn From The Grave”
3) “Dreaming In Dead”
4) “Stench Of Flesh”
5) “Where Death Will Increase”
6) “Sacrificial Torment”
7) “Night Of The Undead”
8) “Morbid Death”
9) “The Pestilence” 

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BEHEMOTH set to release DVD this fall! Headlining tour confirmed: Lawless States of Heretika!

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG
Behemoth (DVD)

Behemoth (DVD)

Behemoth releases cover artwork and title of upcoming DVD. Band to hit the road with Watain, Withered, and Black Anvil as support; tour starts this November!

Masters of blackened death metal, BEHEMOTH, will be unleashing the group’s second-ever DVD titled Evangelia Heretika this fall, 2010. More details, such as DVD content, video clips, and preorder information will be made available in the coming weeks.

Vocalist and guitarist Nergal comments; “We’ve been through hell and back to make this release happen. I know we only have a few DVD’s in our catalogue so far but they are not even close to what you are gonna experience with EVANGELIA HERETIKA! Expect approximately 5 hours of essential Behemoth. Long-time Behemoth artistic collaborator, Graal, has provided us with some of his most disturbing and completed vision to date.”

Evangelia Heretika will be released in the US via Metal Blade Records, in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records, and in Poland via Mystic Records.

Starting on November 3rd, BEHEMOTH will hit the road on a headline run dubbed the Lawless States of Heretika tour that kicks off in Quebec City, Canada. Joining BEHEMOTH on this tour that takes the band through the US and Canada are Watain, Withered, and Black Anvil. The tour is presented by ESP Guitars in association with MetalSucks.net and brought to you by Bloody Disgusting, Metal Blade Records, Good Fight Entertainment, Relapse Records, Prosthetic Records and Season of Mist.

Check out the tour poster HERE

A special package is being offered to fans for $66.60 that includes the following items:

– 1 Ticket to the show

– 1 Pre-ordered copy of the DVD (S&H included)

– 1 Tour poster, received at the show

– 1 Meet & Greet pass to meet Behemoth before the show

*Limit 40 per market

Fans can purchase this limited package or tickets to any of the show dates at the following location: http://tix.artistarena.com/behemoth/

The Lawless States of Heretika Tour

With BEHEMOTH featuring Watain, Withered, and Black Anvil

11/03 Quebec City, QC Imperial De Quebec **

11/04 Montreal, QC Club Soda

11/05 Toronto, ON Opera House

11/06 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre

11/07 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge

11/08 St. Paul, MN Station 4

11/09 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre

11/10 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre

11/12 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre

11/13 Seattle, WA El Corazon

11/14 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre

11/16 Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk

11/17 San Francisco, CA Slim’s

11/18 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues

11/19 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage

11/20 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre

11/21 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre

11/22 Dallas, TX The Palladium Showroom

11/23 Houston, TX Warehouse Live

11/24 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit

11/26 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

11/27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution

11/28 Orlando, FL Firestone

11/30 Springfield, VA Jaxx

12/01 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s

12/02 New York, NY The Fillmore

12/03 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero

12/04 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place

** no Watain or Black Anvil on this date

In other news, BEHEMOTH recently finished filming and editing a new production video for the track Alas the Lord Is upon Me off their latest release Evangelion. The video was produced and directed by Rafal Szermanowicz and Grupa 13 who also shot BEHEMOTH’s videos for Ov Fire and the Void and At the left hand ov God. Stay tuned to Metal Blade TV and Behemoth’s sites for information on when the video will be premiered. In the meantime, fans can check out a video teaser and making of video for the new video on the band’s YouTube Channel HERE.

http://www.behemoth.pl

http://www.myspace.com/behemoth

http://www.facebook.com/behemoth

http://www.youtube.com/user/Behemothofficial

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INFERNAEON Launch Behind the Scenes Video

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG

Florida’s INFERNAEON,has launched a behind the scenes video documenting the recording of their forthcoming album, “Genesis To Nemesis,” due out August 31st. Check it out now  at www.prostheticrecords.com.  You can check out the track “Ziasudra,” now at the band’s MYSPACE PAGE. (http://www.myspace.com/infernaeonoracleofarmageddon) Pre-order for the album is also available now at Prosthetic’s WEB STORE (http://store.prostheticrecords.com/index.php/bands/infernaeon/infernaeon-genesis-to-nemesis-cd-preorder.html)

“Genesis To Nemesis,” was recorded with producer Brian Elliott at Mana Recording Studios (Goatwhore, Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal) in St. Petersburg, Florida, and picks up where 2007’s “A Symphony of Suffering,” (which Metal Hammer described as, “brave, unflinchingly inventive and jackhammer-heavy from beginning to end,”) left off, with a devastating mix of Floridian death metal and symphonic, sinister European black metal. The album features guest appearances by GWAR’s front man, Oderus Urungus, Erik Rutan, John Zahner of Savatage (who served as keyboard engineer) and Bill Hudson and John Slaughter of Coldera.

The track listing is as follows:
1. Into The N.O.X.
2. First of the Fallen
3. Lilith Ave Satanas  (Bill Hudson, guest guitar solo)
4. Legacy of Kane  (Erik Rutan, guest vocals)
5. Ziasudra
6. Creeping Death  (Oderus Urungus, guest vocals)
7. The Scar of David
8. Immaculate Deception
9. Graven Image  (John Slaughter, guest guitar solo)
10. Revelations

An extensive US tour will be announced in the next several weeks. The band has previously shared the stage with the likes of Malevolent Creation, Deicide, Atheist, Deeds of Flesh, Vile, and Impaled.

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ENFORCER FRONTMAN RECALLS CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH SHARKS

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG

Swedish heavy metal sensations ENFORCER recently performed a blistering set at the UK’s Sonisphere festival in Knebworth in front of thousands of fans. With just a couple of weeks left until the band appears at Bloodstock festival, the members are feeling energetic and relaxed as the summer dates sail along smoothly.

Things aren’t always incident-free on tour though, as ENFORCER frontman OLOF WIKSTRAND recalls a rather scary encounter during the band’s North American tour with CAULDRON in late 2009:

“It was when me and Jonas finally got to Florida last year after 35 hours of driving. It was kinda dark. We went down to the sea to have a swim. Then I suddenly felt something touching my leg, and I was scared and went up to the surface. And then we saw shark fins sticking up everywhere in the sea. We even saw some sharks jumping… They were big! About 150 – 200cm, longer than I am tall.”

Thankfully, the young metallers managed to swim to shore, get out of the water and warn the others, living to tell the tale and finish the rest of the tour.

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Celesty Part Ways With Guitarist Tapani Kangas

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG

Celesty is parting ways with guitarist Tapani Kangas

Finnish Spinefarm-signed power metal extravaganza Celesty is parting ways with

guitarist Tapani Kangas. There’s no friction or drama behind the scenes, the

decision was deliberate and mutual.

Celesty is not looking for a replacement and continues as a five-piece. During

the forthcoming live shows the rhythm guitar will be handled by Tuomas Laasanen.

Celesty would like to thank Tapani for the past twelve years and wishes him

successful career!

“12 awesome years, 4 albums, people, fans, shows and great memories.

Unfortunately after a long consideration i have decided to separate ways with

Celesty. I cant give the full concentration that the band deserves because of my

personal schedules with work/music. Celesty and guys will always be in my heart,

and these memories, years and friendship for life will never be taken away from

me! Thank you and STAY METAL! ~Tapani~”

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ANNIHILATOR ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN HEADLINING TOUR

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG

Thanks to the demand of metal fans across Europe, Metal legends ANNIHILATOR are proud to announce a much-anticipated headline tour in Europe this fall. The band has just returned from a hugely successful European summer festival trip, playing to hundreds of thousands of real metal fans at festivals like Sonisphere, Masters Of Rock, Hellfest, Kavarna Rock and others. Fan Footage of the last show in Bulgaria can be seen here:

Also of note, ANNIHILATOR have signed up with Steve Strange at XRAY Touring (www.xraytouring.com).  Says Steve (agency director and Annihilator’s agent, also Eminem, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Queens of the Stone Age): “I am very proud to be working with ANNIHILATOR as their International booking agent and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them. This is one band that you must see live.”

ANNIHILATOR mastermind and guitar legend Jeff Waters comments: “First off, it was an honor to play for so many incredible metal fans this summer. Seeing our good friends in bands and crews from around the world was a bonus. Secondly, I need to thank Steve at XRAY Touring for taking ANNIHILATOR on. His support is giving us opportunities we’ve not seen before. Lastly, for all you Euro-metal fans, get ready! We are going to give 110% for you, as you are the reason that ANNIHILATOR is still going strong and even stronger than ever: Thanks to the fans!!”

ANNIHILATOR just released its 13th studio CD (self-titled) in Europe through Earache Records. The new CD is available in Australia (Riot Ent.) and Japan (Marquee) and in the USA/CAN/South and Central America via iTunes, Amazon and others. Visit www.annihilatormetal.com for more info.

Catch ANNIHILATOR on tour in Europe at the following shows:

Oct. 06 – Antwerp, BEL – Trix
Oct. 07 – Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik
Oct. 08 – Luxembourg, LUX – Den Atelier
Oct. 10 – Uden, NETH – Pul
Oct. 11 – Frankfurt, GER – Batchkapp
Oct. 12 – Cologne, GER – Stollwerk
Oct. 14 – Berlin, GER – C-Club
Oct. 15 – Hamburg, GER – Knust
Oct. 16 – Copenhagen, DEN – The Rock
Oct. 18 – Oslo, NOR – John Dee
Oct. 19 – Gothenburg, SWE – Sticky Fingers
Oct. 20 – Stockholm, SWE – Klubben
Oct. 22 – Helsinki, FIN – Tavastia
Oct. 23 – Tallinn, EST – Tapper Club
Oct. 24 – Riga, LAT – Black Friday
Oct. 26 – Warsaw, POL – Progresja
Oct. 27 – Krakow, POL – Loch Ness
Oct. 28 – Prague, CZR – Retro Music Hall
Oct. 30 – Wörgl, AUT – Komma
Nov. 01 – Pratteln, SWI – Z7
Nov. 02 – Nuremberg, GER – Hirsch
Nov. 03 – Milan, ITA – Live Club
Nov. 05 – Barcelona, SPA – Mephisto
Nov. 06 – Madrid, SPA – Sala Live
Nov. 07 – Bilbao, SPA – Kafe Antzoki
Nov. 10 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Nov. 11 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Nov. 12 – Newcastle, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 14 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Nov. 15 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Nov. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Nov. 18 – Bristol, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 19 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 20 – London, UK – Islington Academy

Get tickets to see ANNIHILATOR from TicketMaster at http://j.mp/agadFc

ANNIHILATOR’s self-titled new album is available now in Europe on limited edition CD including three pin badges, a sticker sheet and an ANNIHILATOR logo keyring, all housed in a deluxe fan box.

ANNIHILATOR’s 2001 album, CARNIVAL DIABLOS, is due to be reissued in Europe on Earache Records on August 9th.  The album is available on limited edition slipcase CD with a bonus track and video, as well as limited edition coloured vinyl LP.

Get your copy of ‘ANNIHILATOR’ or pre-order CARNIVAL DIABLOS now in Europe at http://www.earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_749

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The true essence of NWOBHM – Quartz’s second album to be re-issued soon

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG

Quartz “Stand Up And Fight”

Quartz “Stand Up And Fight”

Metal Mind Productions presents Quartz – one of the first bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal era. Their albums showcased the true essence of late 1970’s/early 1980’s metal, delivering a stunning mixture of brilliant guitar riffs and passionate vocals. The group’s second opus – “Stand Up And Fight” – is to this day considered as their most stellar work, reminding the modern listener how real metal should sound like…

The band was formed around 1974 in Birmingham, UK. The first line-up consisted of Mike Taylor (vocals), Mick Hopkins (guitar), Malcolm Cope (drums), Geoff Nicholls (guitar) and Derek Arnold (bass). In 1976 the group signed to Jet Records. The label sent them out on tour with AC/DC and Black Sabbath, which turned out to be very fruitful for the band, as Sabbath’s tour manager Albert Chapman agreed to take them under his wing. Also Tony Iommi became a huge fan of Quartz and insisted to produce their debut album, which the band recorded between 1976 and 1977. With their self-titled debut release Quartz joined the ranks of groups such as Def Lepard and Diamond Head, proving that metal can be faster and more aggressive. Unfortunately, in 1979 Geoff Nicholls left to join Black Sabbath, with whom he stayed until 2004. Quartz continued to play as a four-piece. In 1980 the band moved to a bigger label – MCA – where they released their second LP called “Stand Up And Fight”. The album brought an excellent blend of Sabbath-like riffs with upbeat hard rock. Quartz managed to write some of their heaviest material ever which proved the group’s extreme talent and brilliant songwriting skills. The album was produced by Derek Lawrence, known from working with Angel and Deep Purple on some of their early records (including their debut “Shades of Deep purple” from 1968). After a string of live shows Quartz returned to the studio to record their third offering – “Against All Odds” (1983). Sadly, in the same year the group disbanded because of their irreconcilable differences.

This exclusive re-issue of Quartz’s classic album “Stand Up And Fight” brings back the true essence of NWOBHM, captured in these eight amazing tracks. The new digipak edition is limited to 2000 copies and contains a bonus track. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. The release date is scheduled for 6th September in Europe and 9th November in USA (via MVD).

Quartz

“Stand Up And Fight” (remastered + bonus track)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1372 DG

Barcode: 5907785036130

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: NWOBHM

Release date: 06.09.2010 Europe / 9.11.2010 USA

Tracklist:

1. Stand Up And Fight

2. Charlie Snow

3. Can’t Say No To You

4. Revenge

5. Stoking Up The Fires Of Hell

6. Rock’n’roll Child

7. Questions

8. Wildfire

Bonus track:

9. Circles

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WATAIN Confirm Upcoming North American Tour

August 4th, 2010
by EvilG

The time has come to announce the first leg of WATAIN’s Lawless Darkness tour in North America. When the darkness of November falls, WATAIN will cross the Atlantic to set the continent aflame once again, this time with Behemoth on their upcoming Lawless States of Heretika Tour!

Set to strike in early December, the massive tour will be WATAIN’s first full-on North American assault in support of their fourth full-length release Lawless Darkness, bringing their flagrantly evil, intense live rituals back to ravenous fans once again, joined by additional openers Withered and Black Anvil. This will also be the first North American WATAIN tour to feature a full live lineup, with E performing only vocally instead of covering bass or guitar duties as well. Prepare for invocations of the most perverse kind. Legions rise; harvest time has come!

Vocalist E comments on the upcoming filth: “It is with a scornful leer towards our enemies and a proudly risen cup of blood towards our devoted followers that we now reveal our plans for America in the fall. We have also managed to sort out the past problems we have had when it comes to the compromised lineup for US tours, which feels extremely good. The songs of Lawless Darkness truly demand a full lineup as well as my total submission to the vocal duties, which is exactly what they will get now. Watain is coming, in all its horrible glory, and it won’t be pretty.”

The Lawless States of Heretika Tour

Behemoth with Watain, Withered, and Black Anvil

11/3/2010 Imperial – Quebec City [NO WATAIN OR BLACK ANVIL ON THIS DATE]

11/4/2010 Club Soda – Montreal, QC

11/5/2010 Opera House – Toronto, ON

11/6/2010 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA

11/7/2010 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

11/8/2010 Station Four – Minneapolis, MN

11/9/2010 Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS

11/10/2010 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO

11/12/2010 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

11/13/2010 El Corazon – Seattle, WA

11/14/2010 Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC

11/16/2010 Boardwalk – Sacramento, CA

11/17/2010 Slims – San Francisco, CA

11/18/2010 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA

11/19/2010 Ramona Main Stage – San Diego, CA

11/20/2010 Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ

11/21/2010 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

11/22/2010 Palladium Showroom – Dallas, TX

11/23/2010 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

11/24/2010 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX

11/26/2010 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

11/27/2010 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

11/28/2010 Club @ Firestone – Orlando, FL

11/30/2010 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA

12/1/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

12/2/2010 Irving Plaza – New York, NY

12/3/2010 Trocadero Theatre – Philadelphia, PA

12/4/2010 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
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