Robb Flynn records Debbie Abono tribute

June 26th, 2010
by EvilG

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has recorded audio and video of an acoustic cover of BLACK SABBATH’s “Die Young” song from the classic “Heaven and Hell” album for free download in tribute to the late Debbie Abono, who sadly passed away on the same day as legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. In a statement made at the beginning of the video (which was recorded the day after Debbie’s passing and which can be viewed at this location), Robb says, “I don’t know why I recorded this song, it doesn’t really have relevance to Debbie or Dio, but I was sad and depressed and it was the only thing that made sense in the world.”

There are no plans to officially release Flynn’s version of “Die Young”, but an MP3 version of the track is available for free download at the MACHINE HEAD web site, www.machinehead1.com.

Debbie Abono, a well-respected and much-loved manager and promotional machine behind some of San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest metal bands (POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, SKINLAB), passed away on May 16 at approximately 9:59 a.m. PST after a battle with cancer. She was 80 years old.

According to David Konow, author of the “Bang Your Head: The Rise And Fall Of Heavy Metal”, Debbie Abono was in her mid-fifties when she began to manage a band named POSSESSED. Abono started taking her daughters to MOTÖRHEAD shows, where the members of POSSESSED first asked her to manage the band. “There’s nothing to it,” they told her. “All you gotta do is get us shows.” Abono agreed and even allowed them to practice at her house.

POSSESSED’s association with Debbie Abono was not a “first” for both sides: Debra Abono worked with LaLonde and Becerra’s “Blizzard” while they were sophomores in high school even — before they guys learned to drive. Abono would then become the band’s first manager, and POSSESSED were Abono’s first official managed band. Abono had no previous connection to heavy metal music other than as a concert designated driver for her daughters, one of whom was a girlfriend of guitarist Larry LaLonde. Due to generation gap, Abono also had limited awareness of the sometimes blasphemous themes of heavy metal, and was allegedly offended upon reading the lyric sheet of “Seven Churches”. Nevertheless, she agreed to manage and represent POSSESSED as long as bassist/vocalist Jeff Becerra and LaLonde finished high school commitments. Although the group’s relationship amongst themselves and their first manager would reach points of discord and eventual termination, Abono would go on to manage additional bands in the Bay Area metal scene like EXODUS, VIO-LENCE and FORBIDDEN EVIL (pre-FORBIDDEN), as well as death metal bands like Chicago’s BROKEN HOPE and Florida’s CYNIC and OBITUARY.

In a May 17 statement regarding Debbie Abono’s passing, Flynn said:

Yesterday was a very sad day for metal. I am devastated at the passing of Debbie Abono and words aren’t coming very clear for me right now.  Debbie was like a second mom to me, and having never lost a family member yet, this is very difficult. Debbie managed VIO-LENCE [Flynn's pre-MACHINE HEAD band], and toured with us in a van as manager, tour manager, mom, friend, and facilitator. Phil [Demmel; current MACHINE HEAD and former VIO-LENCE guitarist] and I were her roommates at crummy Motel 6’s across America. Thinking back on it now, touring with a bunch of snot-nosed thrash metal-ers for two months at a time in a van, playing crummy clubs, isn’t the usual course most 55-year-old ladies take in their lives, but she was no ordinary 55-year-old lady. She was fiery, feisty, charming, funny, and could look a person over in about two seconds and find something to joke about / roast them about should they wanted to test her.

She was one of the biggest forces behind the thrash and early-death-metal movements than I think most people will ever realize.

I dated her daughter Gina, and I lived at her house in Pinole on and off in my late teens, and even after Gina and I broke up, she gave me an incredible amount of belief and advice once MACHINE HEAD started.

My wife Genevra and I used to go out to dinner with her fairly regularly, especially before kids, and she was there the next day after my boys were born. She always came to our parties.

She was so proud of what we accomplished. Most importantly, she believed in me, even right up until the end.

The last time we spoke, she told me how much she loved me, and that ‘my money is on Robb Flynn.’

Fuck. What the fuck. I’m crying.

Rest in peace, Debbie.

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Man Believes He’s Found His Savior At The Breakfast Table!

June 26th, 2010
by EvilG
Savior found on toast!

Savior found on toast!

HELL, MI, USA — A Michigan man believes he’s found his savior at the breakfast table.

Forest Rhal was eating breakfast this Thursday morning at a local diner when he spotted his savior’s face on his last piece of toast. After studying the toast, Forest says he and friends also see his redeemers holy visage and moles. The shoulder-length dark hair, famous moustache and moles looked all too familiar to Forest.

Rhal, an aspiring novelist, says he isn’t planning on selling the toast, and hopes that the image will help “renew the hope and metal faith” of those who see it.

“I know there’s a lot of people who believe there’s some reason for it being there,” said Rahl. “I just don’t know, but I could never eat it even though I imagine that it would taste like eternity wrapped in a Rickenbacker soaked in alcohol.”

“It came out just exactly like that. I didn’t do anything special,” Forest said. “The Lem works in mysterious ways, but I don’t think there’s any magic to it. But it is a reminder that Lemmy is with you every day of your life.”

Not wanting to eat the toast, Forest preserved it in an airtight plastic container. It’s been on his mantle since and miraculously has yet to show any sign of going bad! He’s showed it to many friends, some who believe there’s something wondrous and magical about the image, and some who don’t. The toast has become a popular topic of conversation among friends at his favorite diner.

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Oderus Urungus of GWAR’s Top 10 War Films

June 25th, 2010
by EvilG

Dave Brockie (better known as Oderus Urungus, lead singer of GWAR) is a huge film buff and an even bigger war history buff. Being part of GWAR means he is one of the best people to ask to rank the best war films of all time. So, here are the most challenging, apt, brutal and awesome war films of all time–according to Oderus Urungus.   

Oderus Urungus of GWAR’s Top 10 War Films http://www.ranker.com/list/oderus-urungus-of-gwar_s-top-10-war-films/oderus-urungus

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THE COOL TOUR 2010 DOWNLOAD PACK IS UNLEASHED

June 25th, 2010
by EvilG

Make way for the COOL TOUR Download Pack! The package is full of amazing merchandise and goodies, all of which are listed below! Make sure to head over to the COOL TOUR Facebook page to grab the free pack! The download pack includes:

  • As I Lay Dying merch coupon for $3 off a purchase over $30 at asilaydyingstore.com
  • Underoath merch coupon for 15% off a purchase over $20 at underoathmerch.com
  • Cancer Bats MP3 “Sabotage”
  • Invisible Children Video
  • Atticus Coupon for 25% off anything in the Atticus Black Webstore
  • Alt Press Coupon for a 1 year digital subscription for only $5
  • The Acacia Strain: “Dr. Doom (live),” taken from their recently released 2DVD “The Most Known Unknown.”
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ROB HALFORD: Comments on performing at this year’s HEAVY MTL festival in Montreal

June 25th, 2010
by EvilG
Rob Halford

Rob Halford

LoudTrax.com spot to the Metal God, Rob Halford, yesterday about performing at this year’s HEAVY MTL festival in Montreal. Here is what Rob had to say regarding what fans can expect:

“Well they can expect the Halford band to be roaring that’s for sure. It will be a wonderful time for the Halford band to return to Montreal. Montreal is great, hot bed of heavy metal madness! The fans have this great reputation for being so intense and hard core, and having such passion and love for their metal.

So the Halford band’s gonna come back to Montreal and tear it up and have a great time. We’ll play a lot of different songs from our back catalog and some other places as well. We’ll be playing about an hour, and run through as many songs as we can and give everybody a great time. Some cool artists are appearing so it will be fun for us as well. My friend Alice Cooper, the guys from Korn, Dave from Megadeth, they’re all good friends of mine. Slayer, my god it’s going to be a great event! All of these different kinds of music will be pouring out and I’m sure everyone’s going to have a brilliant time.”

Read the full interview HERE.

Heavy MTL is North-America’s premier destination heavy music festival and takes place in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

The first edition of the festival took place in June 2008 and saw the likes of Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe, Disturbed, Three Days Grace, Dethklok, Anthrax, Type O Negative, Mastodon, and many others shred their way through an intense two-day celebration of heavy music.

After taking a break in 2009, Heavy MTL organizers are committed to making Heavy MTL 2010 the place to be for heavy music fans in 2010.

Heavy MTL 2010 will be held on July 24th and 25th in the breathtaking site that is Parc Jean-Drapeau at Île Saint-Hélène, Montréal.

Confirmed artists:

July 24th: MEGADETH, SLAYER, ALICE COOPER, HALFORD, MASTODON, TESTAMENT, FEAR FACTORY, ANVIL, KATAKLYSM, MELISSA AUF DER MAUR, HIGH ON FIRE, SKELETONWITCH, BAPTIZED IN BLOOD, 36 CRAZY FISTS.

July 25th: KORN, ROB ZOMBIE, LAMB OF GOD, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, HATEBREED, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ALEXISONFIRE, SHADOWS FALL, WINDS OF PLAGUE, CHIMAIRA, ATREYU, IN THIS MOMENT, NORMA JEAN, DESPISED ICON, LES EKORCHES, AIRBOURNE, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, HAIL THE VILLAIN, and DEADLY APPLES.

For more info on the festival visit http://www.heavymtl.com/

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LYNCH MOB Embarks On USA Summer Tour

June 25th, 2010
by EvilG

HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 25, 2010) – Lynch Mob is getting ready to embark on a summer tour in support of their current release “Smoke and Mirrors” on Frontiers Records. The band line-up for this tour consists of George Lynch (shred master), Oni Logan (vox), Michael Devin (bassologist) and Brian Tichy (time-keeper).

After seventeen long years singer Oni Logan and guitar wizard George Lynch found their way back together and again show their amazing abilities in some killer new Hard Rock songs.” I would say this new record “Smoke and Mirrors”, is the record we should have put out as a follow up to “Wicked Sensation”…better late than never I guess…”, says Lynch presenting the new record.

Lynch Mob was formed by George Lynch, one of the few genuine guitar heroes of substance to emerge from the Los Angeles scene, after DOKKEN split up in 1989. The band’s first album” Wicked Sensation” went on to sell over 500,000 units in the US and featured the talents of singer

Oni Logan, Anthony Esposito on bass and another former DOKKEN member Mick Brown on drums. After a tour in support of Queensryche, Logan opted out, with Robert Mason taking his place on the follow up self titled release. However Lynch and Brown eventually returned to Dokken releasing 2 studio albums until he left again in late 1997 putting together a several new incarnations of Lynch Mob and exploring new sounds with different projects.

LYNCH MOB – TOUR SHCEDULE

July 18 Zen – Meister Bar El Paso, TX

July 20 HOB – GL Clinic Show Houston, TX Clinic

July 22 Dos Amigos Odessa, TX

July 23 Trees Dallas, TX

July 24 Scout Bar San Antonio, TX

July 25 Zoo Amphitheater Oklahoma, OK

July 28 The Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA

July 29 The Starland Ballroom Sayer, NJ

July 30 Jaxx Springfield, VA

July 31 The Filmore New York, NY
Aug 01 Crazy Donkey Framingdale, NY

Aug 02 Eleanor Rigby’s Jermyn, PA

Aug 03 House of Blues Cleveland, OH

Aug 04 Scatz NightClub Middleton, WI

Aug 06 Club Vegas Salt Lake City, UT

Aug 07 The New Oasis Sparks, NV

Aug 08 Tower Theater Fresno, CA

Aug 11 Studio Seven Seattle, WA

Aug 12 Dante’s Portland, OR

Aug 13 Last Day Saloon Santa Rosa, CA

Aug 14 Sky City Amphitheater Pueblo of Acoma, NM
Get back to real Rock with Lynch Mob’s new album “Smoke and Mirrors” – For more information visit www.georgelynch.com or www.myspace.com/lynchmobrocks.

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Danzig: Telling it like it is

June 25th, 2010
by EvilG
DANZIG - DETH RED SABAOTH

DANZIG - DETH RED SABAOTH

SHOCKHOUND recently posted a candid and compelling video interview with Glenn Danzig entitled “Danzig: No Regrets.” Danzig’s first new studio album in six years, “Deth Red Sabaoth,” hit the streets this week, and it’s been getting STELLAR reviews – the media consensus seems to be that it’s Glenn’s best album since the mid-90s.

Check out what he has to say: http://www.shockhound.com/features/1249-danzig–no-regrets

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KREATOR – Destroy What Destroys You – New Video

June 25th, 2010
by EvilG

Kreator is happy to announce the release of their new video, “Destroy What Destroys You”!

The video was shot by Chilean artist Carlos Toros, who is also known for his videos of Vader and Lacrimosa. This is the second video released from songs off their latest CD, “Hordes of Chaos”.



In other Kreator News….

Kreator Boxset

Kreator Boxset

Box Set Revealed, Video Premier Announced! – 25.06.2010

The rolling thunder is growing louder and great events are foreshadowed again: Germany’s most eminent thrash metal act, Kreator, are set to release their latest studio album “Hordes of Chaos”  as a high quality box set on July 9th, 2010 in Germany, July 12th, 2010 in Europe, and July 13th, 2010 in the USA/Canada. Hordes of Chaos- Ultra Riot is a must for every fan. 

Hordes of Chaos was recorded at Berlin’s Tritonus Studios under the direction of producer Moses Schneider. The album was mixed in London by Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine, Cradle of Filth, etc.).

The new box set includes the “Hordes of Chaos” album as a digipak with a new cover, a new booklet (including new liner notes by Joel McIver) and 2 enhanced videos. The bonus CD comes in a cardboard sleeve and contains 2 cover songs (from German band Slime and Bad Religion) and 5 previously unreleased demo songs. On top of that, the box set contains a high quality 12 paged photo book by famous photographer Harald Hoffmann, a full coloured poster of the album cover, a full coloured photo card, a full coloured sticker and a voucher for the Kreator merchandise shop at www.kreator-terrorzone.de. All this comes for a very reasonable price.

Tracklisting and additional content infos:

Digipak (incl. new cover, new booklet with liner notes from Joel McIver)

01. Hordes of Chaos (A Necrologue for the Elite)

02. Warcurse

03. Escalation

04. Amok Run

05. Destroy What Destroys You

06. Radical Resistance

07. Absolute Misanthropy

08. To the Afterborn

09. Corpses of Liberty

10. Demon Prince


enhanced videos

11. Hordes of Chaos

12. Destroy What Destroys You


Bonus CD (cardboard sleeve)

1. Hordes of Chaos (Demo Version)

2. Radical Resistance (Demo Version)

3. To the Afterborn (Demo Version)

4. World Without Religion (Demo Version of “Escalation” – different
arrangement)

5. Amok Run (Demo Version)

6. Alle Gegen Alle (Demo Version) (Slime Cover featuring Nagel and Thees Ulmann)

7. You are the Government (Demo Version) (Bad Religion Cover)


plus:

* high quality 12 paged photo book with unseen photos from the
recordings

* full coloured poster

* full coloured photo card

* full coloured sticker

* voucher for the Kreator merchandise shop at www.kreator-terrorzone.de

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COLOSSUS TO HEADLINE ‘FLAWLESS VICTORY’ TOUR THIS SUMMER IN SUPPORT OF DRUNK ON BLOOD EP

June 24th, 2010
by EvilG

In their early careers, members of COLOSSUS were in several formidable punk rock acts, but thankfully came to their senses and embraced their irrepressible youthful metal roots.  Now, armed with guitars and beer they are storming across the tundra of central North Carolina to conquer the world. COLOSSUS is setting out on the road on July 8th, and will continue through July until the 24th.

Raleigh, North Carolina’s COLOSSUS sound as if they were actually taking part in the original NWOBHM scene alongside Saxon, Diamond Head, Iron Maiden and Angel Witch in 1982, but cosmically slipped through a wormhole, winding up in 2010. Their new Tribunal Records EP, Drunk on Blood, spiritedly follows on the heels of their debut album, And the Rift of the Pan-Dimensional Under-Gods, and only further expands on their love of classic heavy metal, fantasy, folklore, zombies, science fiction and ultimately laying waste to any and all who catch their enthusiastic and sweat-filled live shows.  Drunk on Blood is for people who like to party and remember what it was like to make music for fun.  When listening to Drunk on Blood your knobs most definitely should be cranked to 11.

See COLOSSUS on tour this summer!

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DEATH: Previously Unseen Behind-The-Scenes Footage From ‘Lack Of Comprehension’ Video Shoot

June 24th, 2010
by EvilG
Death - Human

Death - Human

Previously unreleased behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot for the song “Lack Of Comprehension” from DEATH‘s seminal 1991 album “Human” can be viewed below. The three-minute clip was newly compiled and edited from the raw footage shot in September 1991 by DEATH mainman Chuck Schuldiner‘s former manager and current legal representative, Eric Greif.

Relapse Records recently announced a partnership with Perseverance Holdings Ltd. and the Schuldiner family to reissue the legendary catalog of heavy metal luminary Chuck Schuldiner and his bands DEATH, CONTROL DENIED and MANTAS.

Chuck Schuldiner‘s DEATH, one of the most important and influential metal bands of all-time, will see the first official digital releases of its legendary albums “Scream Bloody Gore”, “Leprosy”, “Spiritual Healing”, “Human”, “Individual Thought Patterns” and “The Sound Of Perseverance” tomorrow, May 11 at this location. These digital releases will come two days before Chuck Schuldiner would have celebrated his 43rd birthday.

Chuck Schuldiner passed away on December 13, 2001 at age 34 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.

Relapse will also reissue an expanded version of the classic debut album, “The Fragile Art Of Existence”, from Schuldiner‘s progressive heavy metal band CONTROL DENIED in late 2010 as well as the first-ever collection by his pre-DEATH project MANTAS. The expanded version of “The Fragile Art Of Existence” will include bonus tracks, extra band photography, expanded art and packaging and more. Details on both releases are forthcoming.

Long-range plans include the completion and official release of the final CONTROL DENIED album “When Man and Machine Collide”. Recorded over 10 years ago at Morrisound Studios with producer Jim Morris, “When Man and Machine Collide” was tracked by Schuldiner but left incomplete upon Chuck‘s passing. A range of officially licensed DEATH, CONTROL DENIED, and MANTAS merchandise has also been issued here. Many classic album art designs will follow in the coming months, making some highly sought-after designs available officially for the first time in years.

Stay tuned to EmptyWords.org, the official DEATH / CONTROL DENIED / Chuck Schuldiner web site, and Relapse.com for more information.

Guitar World has released its second TAB book, featuring the music of DEATH.

“Death: The Deluxe Guitar and Bass Tablature Collection” is the first song transcription book based on the DEATH catalog. Created with the endorsement of Chuck Schuldiner‘s family, it features full transcriptions — including guitar, bass and lyrics — of eight classic DEATH songs, such as “Pull the Plug”, “Zombie Ritual”, “Flesh and the Power It Holds” and many others! Plus, “Death: The Deluxe Guitar and Bass Tablature Collection” includes a life- and career-spanning biography on Chuck Schuldiner, death metal’s pioneer and spiritual guide.

Transcriptions include:

* Pull the Plug”, as heard on “Leprosy”
* The Philosopher”, as heard on “Individual Thought Patterns”
* Crystal Mountain”, as heard on “Symbolic”
* Flesh and the Power It Holds”, as heard on “The Sound of Perseverance”
* Scavenger of Human Sorrow”, as heard on “The Sound of Perseverance”
* Zombie Ritual”, as heard on “Scream Bloody Gore”
* Spiritual Healing”, as heard on “Spiritual Healing”
* Together as One”, as heard on “Human”

For more information, go to this location.

“Lack Of Comprehension” behind the scenes:


“Lack Of Comprehension”
music video:

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OCEANO HEADS INTO THE STUDIO WITH ZUESS TO RECORD NEW ALBUM, “CONTAGION”

June 24th, 2010
by EvilG

OCEANO TO CO-HEADLINE THE OVER THE LIMIT TOUR

OCEANO TO CO-HEADLINE THE OVER THE LIMIT TOUR

Over a year after the release of their 2009 Billboard-charting debut DEPTHS and countless tours later, Chicago deathcore heavyweights, OCEANO have begun recording their highly anticipated followup album to be released later this year. Entitled CONTAGION, the album promises to take the band’s music to explosive new heights thanks to the production of Zuess (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL) and the addition of 2 new guitarists who have quickly become acquainted with the continual misery that has become OCEANO‘s trademark.

OCEANO frontman, Adam Warren chimes in from the studio with a brief update:

“As of last night we finished up drum tracking! Danny’s a little monster and flew through everything in a 2 1/2 days. Now we’re onto guitars today. We’re excited to begin and work with Zeuss as we are looking forward to getting his input on what we have come up with. We are all confident he’s going to help further creation of Contagion to be even more infectious to all of your ears. LET IT SPREAD!”

To kick off the start of CONTAGION‘s recording process, OCEANO have posted the premiere episode of OCEANO TV on their brand new official YouTube page. Styled similarly to a 90’s-style multi-camera sitcom, this episode stars drummer, Daniel Terchin. Here, he gives fans a tour of his drum kit, pwns n00bs on Call of Duty and sneaks a peek at his tracking sessions. Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/OceanoTV

CONTAGION will arrive later this year.

OCEANO will soon be hitting the road once again as part of the Over The Limit Tour. Ever the road warriors, this will not be a typical tour for OCEANO. It will mark their first major North American co-headlining tour alongside AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK. The tour will also act as a prelude to the release of the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, CONTAGION. Those attending the Over The Limit Tour will be among the first anywhere to hear some of the crushing new material from the album.

Joining headliners OCEANO and AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK on the bill will be ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS, THE TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA, THICK AS BLOOD, BURNING THE MASSES, CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT, and BLINDWITNESS, with SON OF AURELIUS and THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE on select dates.
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Metal Blade Records inks worldwide deal with FLESHWROUGHT featuring Navene Koperweis formerly of Animosity and Jonny Davy of Job for a Cowboy

June 24th, 2010
by EvilG

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the addition of experimental death metal band FLESHWROUGHT to its family. FLESHWROUGHT features Navene Koperweis (former drummer of Bay area grind band Animosity, currently in Animals As Leaders) and Jonny Davy (vocalist of Arizona’s Job for a Cowboy); Navene performing all instruments on the band’s debut album Dementia/Dyslexia with Jonny Davy handling lyrics and vocals.

“I’m truly amazed that a small project I started in my bedroom at my mom’s house has become something worthy of a Metal Blade release. What more could I ask for? I couldn’t be more proud and honored!” Navene Koperweis

“This record has been complete for an extremely long time. Navene and myself are extremely pumped to finally have the beast released.” Jonny Davy

Dementia/Dyslexia was finished by June 2009 and was recorded at Navene’s studio, Death Midi Soundlab, in San Francisco. Navene played all of the instruments, did all the tracking, mixing, and editing, with mastering handled by Dustin Miller at Audio Aggregate Recordings in Des Moines Iowa. In terms of what FLESHWROUGHT hopes people will take away from listening to Dementia/Dyslexia, Navene personally hopes it is inspiration and a connection with the music, much in the way he has felt about those who have inspired him through his journey as a musician and lover of music.

FLESHWROUGHT’s debut full-length album Dementia/Dyslexia will be available everywhere August 3rd. Stay tuned to MetalBlade.com and FLESHWROUGHT’s MySpace page for the first single, album artwork, and preorder information.

Fleshwrought – Dementia/Dyslexia
1. Mental Illness
2. Inner Thoughts
3. Programming the Herds
4. Weeping Hallucinations
5. Conceptual Flesh
6. State of Desolation
7. Dyslexic Interlude
8. Self-Destructive Loathing
9. Relevant Intoxication
10. Final Nausea

About the band:
FLESHWROUGHT was born in 2003 when death/grind drummer Navene Kopperweis, who is best known for playing in the now defunct San Francisco Bay area grind band Animosity, paired up with Nic Gauthier and made a demo at their friend’s house. A live lineup formed shortly after the demo was recorded and consisted of Nic, Navene and fellow Animosity band mate Chase Fraser. FLESHWROUGHT played a few local shows in Santa Cruz California (where the band called home), one of which was a New Year’s house party with Decrepit Birth. As time went on, the guys jammed less and less due to Animosity’s high frequency tour schedule and Navene moving an hour and a half away to San Francisco. However, Navene’s writing for FLESHWROUGHT never slowed down and in fact his productivity was increasing exponentially as Navene had acquired amazing musical tools such as 7-string guitars, computers, and recording software; all components necessary to make his own album.

While Animosity was on the “Steers and Beers” tour supporting the band’s Blackmarket Activities debut Empires, the band played a show in Phoenix AZ with a local band called JOB FOR A COWBOY. During JFAC’s set Navene thought to himself “dang! That singer is brutal!” All of the guys became great friends and even went on to tour the United States and Europe together. “I knew Jonny Davy was the only guy for my CD,” comments Navene. So at this point, Navene and Jonny decided to join forces began working hard to perfect the band’s debut full-length album titled Dementia/Dyslexia.

Initial tracking for Dementia/Dyslexia began in November 2008. Due to Navene living in San Francisco, Jonny living in Phoenix, and both musicians having very busy schedules, FLESHWROUGHT did not take the typical approach to writing their debut full-length album. “I would send Jonny songs when they were complete on my end. Jonny only sent me back one song with vocals before coming to track the vocals for the entire CD at my studio. I was blown away!” divulges Navene. In terms of the lyrical content on Dementia/Dyslexia there is a very direct theme throughout the entire album. Vocalist Jonny Davy comments:

“Before even thinking about writing anything in particular when it comes to the lyrical content of Dementia/Dyslexia I sat and impatiently waited for every song to be entirely complete. Once done I literally sat and analyzed every note, every beat and every nanosecond of the album until it drove me to the brink of insanity. Personally, I’ve gone through a bizarre year and the album triggered a lot of inner anxiety. At first concentrative listen to the record you realize that it is strenuous to decode and comprehend. The record illustrates every human emotion and buildup response to the starting point of dementia, becoming utterly crazed and just all around unbalanced: Wallowing in depression, alcoholism, anger, frustration, to even self-destruction.”

Influences for FLESHWROUGHT span from the obvious like death metal to the not so easily assumed influences like electronic, progressive, and experimental styles of music, including bands. Some of these influences include bands like Necrophagist, Decrepit Birth, Origin, Mats/Morgan Band, Special Defects, Frank Zappa, Squarepusher, Corneilius, and Siriusmo. Definitely all over the musical spectrum! Navene comments:

“I’m not that 17 year old kid who exclusively listens to death metal anymore. I’m 25 years old and have gone through many phases throughout my musical quest. In turn, my influences always seem to shine through and manifest in my music because the one rule I have followed would be that there are no rules. In conclusion I’m as honored and proud as a parent to an honor roll student to present Fleshwrought’s Dementia/Dyslexia to the world. Jonny and I hope you enjoy.” Navene Kopperweis

FLESHWROUGHT is:
Navene Kopperweis – guitars, drums, bass
Jonny Davy – vocals

http://www.myspace.com/fleshwrought
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BENEATH ME’S ‘AFTERLIFE’ CHARTS AT #43 ON MUSIC CHOICE’S METAL TOP 50!

June 24th, 2010
by EvilG

NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL LAUNCHED WITH BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO BLOGS!

Chicago , IL ’s BENEATH ME is pleased to announce that their track, Afterlife, has charted at #43 on Music Choice’s Metal Top 50! In addition to this position, BENEATH ME is seeing continuous success at college radio, and has been seeing high numbers at stations such as WGDR in Plainfield , Vermont ! Aside from this excellent praise in the radio world, this honor is being reflected by some big names. “Beneath Me has a new and different sound,” states Mudvayne guitarist and backing vocalist Greg Tribbett. “They have big potential to break new ground.”

BENEATH ME released their new record, Wish I Wouldn’t Care, on April 13th, 2010. To see behind the scenes video chronicling the making of Wish I Wouldn’t Care, head over to BENEATH ME’s YouTube channel! The channel also will include exclusive interviews and video blogs. Visit the channel and watch BENEATH ME answer Q&A’s with fans, and much more! If you have a question for BENEATH ME, send it through the page and the band will respond!

BENEATH ME is the amalgamation of two Chicago outfits that both met their demise in 2007. The first of which featured twin brothers Mikey Vujasin (Rhythm/Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals), Andy Vujasin (Drums) and George Sack (Rhythm/Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals). The second band was helmed by bassist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Johnny Drugan. Members of both groups were mutual partners in crime, so after the demise of their respective bands it was only natural for them to get together to form what would become BENEATH ME.

Head over to these sites for more information on BENEATH ME:

http://www.myspace.com/beneathme

http://www.beneathme.com/

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TRIUMPH’S CLASSIC ANTHEM, “LAY IT ON THE LINE,” FEATURED IN NEW ADAM SANDLER MOVIE, “GROWN UPS”

June 24th, 2010
by EvilG

Actor Adam Sandler has always had a knack for including standout classic rock tunes in his movies. His latest flick, ‘Grown Ups,’ is no different, as Triumph’s hard rocking “Lay it on the Line” is included in the movie, which opens nationwide June 25th.

Also, the official Japanese release of their new “best of” set, Triumph: ‘Greatest Hits: Remixed,’ hit the Land of the Rising Sun on June 23rd.

Greatest Hits: Remixed’ was released in the US and Canada on May 18th, and throughout Europe during May as well. All of Triumph’s classic tunes that were – and continue to be – in heavy rotation on rock radio (and the early days of MTV) are included here, namely, the aforementioned “Lay it on the Line,” as well as “Hold On,” “Fight the Good Fight,” “Magic Power,” etc.

These fourteen tracks of anthemic metal have never sounded so good, as they were all recently remixed by Rich Chycki (who has recently worked with Aerosmith and Rush). The set also includes a previously unreleased recording – “Love Hurts” – which will be the lead-off single from Triumph’s ‘Greatest Hits: Remixed.’

“We have been planning this release forever,” says bassist Mike Levine. “For years, Triumph fans have been demanding that we give them a fresh greatest hits package and they are going to love this one.”

Also included in the set is a DVD, mixed in 5.1 audio, that features eleven promo and live videos in widescreen (plus additional unreleased videos for “Child of the City,” “Blinding Light Show,” and “Love Hurts,” and footage of the group’s 2008 induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame).

The deluxe two-disc package is housed in a six-panel digi pak – including a 20-page color booklet, complete with liner notes, lyrics, and chockfull of vintage photos.

Whether you’re a long-time Triumph fanatic or a new convert, you have never heard the group as crystal clear and loud n’ proud as you will throughout ‘Greatest Hits: Remixed.’ “’Greatest Hits: Remixed’ rocks like no other Triumph set,” declares drummer Gil Moore. “This is the definitive Triumph collector’s edition.”

Track listing for ‘Greatest Hits: Remixed’ CD:

1. Allied Forces

2. Lay it on the Line

3. Follow Your Heart

4. Magic Power

5. I Live For the Weekend

6. Hold On

7. Just One Night

8. Fight the Good Fight

9. Spellbound

10. Never Surrender

11. When the Lights Go Down

12. Somebody’s Out There

13. Rock and Roll Machine

14. Love Hurts

Track listing for ‘Greatest Hits: Remixed’ DVD:

1. Follow Your Heart

2. Lay it on the line

3. Spellbound

4. Magic Power

5. When the Lights Go Down

6. Hold On

7. Just One Night

8. Somebody’s Out There

9. Allied Forces

10. Never Surrender

11. Never Say Never

Bonus Videos

1. Child of the City

2. Blinding Light Show ( Bootleg: Filmed on Fan Cam )

3. Love Hurts

For more information, visit: www.triumphmusic.com

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SOILWORK: Peter Wichers Guitar Lesson Online

June 24th, 2010
by EvilG

GUITAR WORLD magazine has posted an interview with guitarist Peter Wichers, of the Godfathers of Swedish modern metal SOILWORK, at the following location www.guitarworld.com/soilwork_lesson. In the video Wichers breaks down riffs from their new album The Panic Broadcast and talks about his gear and influences as a guitar player.

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