AS THEY SLEEP, THELIVELINE.COM TEAM UP FOR ‘DYNASTY’ CD/T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY‘Dynasty’ out now on Solid State Records
DETROIT, MI – Motor City technical death metal act, As They Sleep, and TheLiveLine.com have teamed up for a special CD/t-shirt giveaway, to celebrate the release of As They Sleep’s Solid State Records debut, Dynasty, which hit stores last week. The site has provided As They Sleep with its own toll free number: (702) 967-9034, for fans to call in and leave a voice message explaining to the band why they deserve to win the prize pack. The most creative, sincere, and more importantly, METAL, message will be selected by the band as the winner. Head over to: http://www.theliveline.com/astheysleep to hear a special voice message from As They Sleep vocalist, Aaron Bridgewater, for all the details.
TheLiveLine.com’s innovative platform serves as a way for fans to phone in and leave voice messages for their favorite artists, and for artists to keep fans informed of what is going on in their world via audio blogs. Fans are also encouraged to create their own TheLiveLine.com profile to keep track of exclusive updates from As They Sleep and other artists around the globe.
As They Sleep will continue to pummel the heavy metal masses on a West Coast run in support of Dynasty, as part of the “Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour”, which is set to kick off tomorrow in El Paso, TX. Living Sacrifice will headline the tour, with label-mates, Becoming the Archetype and To Speak of Wolves, rounding out the lineup. Dynasty – a concept album with a complex focus on the rise and fall of empires throughout history –is available in stores everywhere, and online through the Solid State Records webstore at: http://zambooie.com/details.tpl?sku=SSRCD26491 and iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dynasty/id401374105.
The track list for Dynasty is…1. Oracle of the Dead2. To the Republic3. The Third Reich4. Bedlam at the Nile5. The Darkest Ages6. Ritual7. The Offering8. Attila9. Poseidon10. God of War11. The Unseen
The music video for the first single off Dynasty, “Oracle of the Dead”, will premiere in the coming weeks. A behind the scenes video blog of the “Oracle of the Dead” video shoot can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWhJqkZ6lAA.
Swedish heavy metallers ENFORCER have released their official new music video for the song “Midnight Vice”.
Watch the new video now:
The music video for “Midnight Vice” was shot by famed director PATRIC ULLAEUS (DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE) and sees ENFORCER rocking out in a Swedish bar and around the city of Stockholm.
“Midnight Vice” is taken from the band’s critically acclaimed new album, DIAMONDS.
ENFORCER are currently on the road in Europe with Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE. Catch them live at the following remaining shows:
29 Nov – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
30 Nov – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Mainhall Box
02 Dec – London, UK – Brixton Academy
04 Dec – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
05 Dec – Belfast, UK – Ulster Hall
07 Dec – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
09 Dec – Manchester, UK – Academy
10 Dec – Birmingham, UK – Academy
ENFORCER are also set to appear in-store at Earache Records’ recently announced Christmas pop-up shop in Nottingham, UK on Saturday, 11th December for a signing session, where an ultra-rare ENFORCER/VOLTURE 7″ split vinyl will be exclusively available. ENFORCER are also due to play at Earache’s Xmas Party in Nottingham on the same night. For more information, head to http://www.earache.com/party2010
Andrew Haug drummer from Australia’s CONTRIVE caught up with METALLICA’s Lars Ulrich for a Radio interview on Thursday November 18 in Melbourne. During the chat Haug put to Lars a role reversal challenge with this comical result, enjoy. PLEASE NOTE: Lars was NOT offended in the slightest, so be happy & remember Tallica loves you! \m/
Haug & Lars (2010)
METALLICA LARS ULRICH BEST IMPERSONATION EVER
LISTEN to the new album The Internal Dialogue
Mixed by DEVIN TOWNSEND in full
via CONTRIVE You Tube Channel Download from iTunesor Purchase @ all JB Hi Fi / Indie Stores thru MGM Distribution Australia or Order worldwide via the band’s Webstore below.
1st Pressing Strictly Ltd.Ed Numbered Digi Pack
500 copies only!
CONTRIVE Live Saturday Dec 4th @ SONIC FORGE FESTIVAL.
On stage front bar – 6:40pm The Espy Hotel, Melbourne.
Anselmo, McNaughton to Dissect True Crime Films at 2011 SXSW Film Festival
November 29, 2010/ Reel Crime Press Release
AUSTIN, Texas, November 29, 2010
International best-selling true crime author and MetalSucks contributor Corey Mitchell is proud to announce the esteemed speakers for his “Reel Murder: From Crime Scene to Big Screen” panel for the 2011 SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival, scheduled for March 15, 2011.
Mitchell has gathered together some of the biggest, brightest, and most controversial names in true crime filmmaking including (in alphabetical order):
PHILIP H. ANSELMO – former lead singer of Pantera/frontman for Down. Anselmo is a huge supporter of true crime-based films and composer of the underground cult classic, The Manson Family;
HART D. FISHER – the “most dangerous man in America” and notorious director of the indie serial killer feature, The Garbage Man. Fisher is the publisher of Boneyard Press comics and creator of the infamous Jeffrey Dahmer comic book;
AMI CANAAN MANN – daughter of Manhunt director, Michael Mann, and a rising new director with her upcoming true crime-based film, The Fields, about several unsolved serial killings along I-45 in Texas, featuring Sam Worthington, Chloe Moretz, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan;
JOHN McNAUGHTON – acclaimed director of Mad Dog and Glory and Wild Things. Creator of one of the most revered true crime-based films of all time, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer;
COREY MITCHELL, moderator – Los Angeles Times best-selling true crime author of several books including Pure Murder and Savage Son. Founder of Reel Crime and In Cold Blog, and former Hollywood crime blogger for the Discovery Channel. Mitchell also blogs for MetalSucks and Bloody Disgusting.
CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC have reached an agreement with Pennsylvania’s ARGUS for the release of their new album entitled Boldly Strides The Doomed.
ARGUS was formed in 2007 and features Bruce Balich of Penance fame on vocals. They released their self-titled debut album on Shadow Kingdom records in 2009, which was greeted warmly by the metal press immediately, Decibel Magazine describing them as “…a chest-thumping display of epic heavy metal as performed by a bunch of staunch doom metal fans. Indeed, ARGUS are all about big riffs, galloping anthems, dark melodies and tube amps.”
The recordings of Boldly Stride The Doomed will take place at Soundscape Studios in Pittsburgh. The initial tracking sessions are set to begin this week and will continue throughout December and January. The master of heavy metal wizardry Dave Watson (Icarus Witch, Mantic Ritual, Crown The Lost) will be at the engineering and production helm once again. The album is set to contain approximately eight or nine songs, including track titles such as “A Curse On The World,” “The Ladder,” “42-7-29” and “Durendal.” As Metalreview.com said, “…strangers to the band who prefer their metal melodic, galloping and built on a classic doom foundation, consider ARGUS your call to arms…”
ARGUS will perform on the 16th of April 2011 at the Hammer Of Doom V Festival, the annual doom and epic metal appointment in Würzburg, Germany, where they’ll have the chance to perform with a cast of incredible bands such as Pentagram, While Heaven Wept, Atlantean Kodex, Solstice and many more.
Boldly Strides The Doomed will be released by CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC simultaneously on CD, vinyl and digital form on the 3rd of May 2011.
WITHIN TEMPTATION ANNOUNCE NEW LP; THE UNFORGIVING OUT MARCH 2011
New York, NY:Roadrunner Records’Within Temptationis currently in the studio finalizing long awaited fifth studio album, The Unforgiving. This is the band’s first concept album, and is based on a comic book by writer Steven O’Connell (BloodRayne & Dark 48). The release is set for March, 2011.
Within Temptation guitarist Robert Westerholt comments, “On this album, we’ve taken a totally different approach. Each song on “The Unforgiving” was written along Steven’s narrative. The main characters of the comic are reflected in our songs. The concept pushed us and gave us the inspiration to come up with a new approach to our sound. It resulted in writing our best songs so far.
Renowned for their visual presentation, Within Temptation have asked Romano Molenaar(Witchblade, Darkness and X-men) to draw the characters and scenery for The Unforgiving.
Sharon den Adel, Within Temptation’s stunning vocalist, continues, “We have been big comic fans since our childhood. With this album, we felt the time was there to take a new step in our creative development, to take it further and broaden our horizon. Because of the concept, the songs are more diverse than ever before. It was the late 80’s when we started to read comic books, and that sound has certainly has left a mark on The Unforgiving.
The band has also redesigned its website, www.within-temptation.com.The new site will give fans the chance to discover clues about The Unforgiving, as well as uncover unreleased images from the album. The new homepage is a community for the Within Temptation family, and has been engineered to be fully interactive. Fans can become official ‘reporters’ for their country, writing news stories about Within Temptation or about other lifestyle and entertainment topics. A very popular new section is WT TV, where the band will provide video updates, like the recent Fan Club Day footage, an event fans from around the world attended.
Within Temptation’s symphonic rock, crowned by the crystalline voice of Sharon Den Adel, has brought the remarkable band a decade-long international career. The band has sold more than 3 million albums and DVDs world-wide, has attained Platinum status in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and Gold status in Spain, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg, Portugal, and Russia. Within Temptation has won a host of international awards, including a World Music Award, Golden God Award, and an MTV Europe Music Award. Numerous sold-out headline tours have seen Within Temptation through performances at major festivals like Loud Park (JP), Download (UK), Pinkpop (NL), Lowlands (NL), Rock Werchter (BE), Rock Am Ring (DE), Bilboa BBK Live (SP), Sweden Rock (SW), Ruisrock (FI), Aerodrome (AT), Gurtenfest (CH), Roskilde (DK) and many more
Originally founded in 1980 in the Netherlands, Roadrunner Records earned its place as one of the most prominent international independent record labels. Established primarily as a hard rock label, Roadrunner now boasts depth and variety in its artists. The label has recently experienced unprecedented success with multi-platinum artists Nickelback and Slipknot, near-platinum Theory of a Deadman, gold-certified Stone Sour and Killswitch Engage, as well as modern heavy hitters Korn, Dream Theater, Megadeth, Trivium and Opeth. Roadrunner’s current roster also includes such diverse acts such as The Parlor Mob, plus up and comers like Young The Giant, Black Stone Cherry and Airbourne. Loud & Proud Records, a label joint-venture with Roadrunner, is home to established heritage rock acts including Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ratt, Meat Loaf (North America) and KISS (Europe and select territories). Roadrunner catalog includes now-classic albums from seminal artists such as Type O Negative, Sepultura and King Diamond. For more information about Roadrunner, visit: www.roadrunnerrecords.com.
We are overly excited to announce that cult U.S. metal band Blacksmith will be the fifth release in the Heaven and Hell Records’ Lost Relics series. Blacksmith was number one on our wish list to work with and it is now coming true. Working closely with guitarist and main man David Smith on the project it is sure to please fan and collectors alike.
The release titled ‘Strike While the Iron’s Hot’ will contain both the Blacksmith self titled EP from ’86, as well as the full length ‘Fire from Within’ from 1989. Enhanced CD material will include photo gallery of never before seen rare photos, lyric sheets, and an extensive history and bio.
Formed in New York City by guitarist David Smith and vocalist Heidi Black in the early 80s, Blacksmith would quickly become widely known throughout the metal underground worldwide. Through demo tapes and underground metal fanzines the bands reputation spread quickly. They were also featured in many of the day’s most notable metal and hard rock magazines nationally and internationally, notably Kerrang.
The band toured up and down the east coast throughout much of 1985 headlining and supporting many of the times best known metal acts. In 1986 they would release their debut self titled EP. Europe immediately embraced the band (most notably England and Germany). More touring, radio airplay and media coverage followed. But just as quickly as they arrived, so too did they divide and fall.By the spring of 1987 the original line-up was over. However main-man David Smith was not ready to lay Blacksmith to rest and quickly recruited new players and picked up where the first version of the group left off. Several gigs and demos later Blacksmith signed with Tropical Records in late 1988. Tropical Records released “Fire from Within” in early 1989. The band would hit the road to support the new release and played everywhere they possibly could. Once again Blacksmith caught worldwide press attention along with appearances on MTV and many regional cable access programs. The group would even have some of their music featured in several Fox syndicated television programs. With so much exposure, attention, and product endorsements it seemed Blacksmith were on a roll. But as the decade drew to a close so did interest in heavy metal or so it seemed. As the 90s began Dave would put Blacksmith to rest.
Over the next 20 years as the interest in true heavy metal began to rise again, mostly due to European collectors, so did the interest in Blacksmith’s rise. Fan requests, interviews, and festival offers steadily poured in for the New York metallers. All the while Smith was waiting for the right time strike and now in 2010 the iron is hot. Heaven and Hell Records [ Label ]
Party metal, when played with vim, vigor and bona fide talent, can be extremely enjoyable. Whether it’s Municipal Waste giving shout outs to excessive beer consumption or A Life Once Lost’s less cerebral excursions, party metal definitely conjures up the notion of good times and, in those of us with slightly less fortitude, the urge to crack a coupla PBRs becomes unbearably necessary. London, Ontario’s Baptized In Blood are storming the scene with their self titled major label debut (Roadrunner Records) and, if you don’t crack a cold one while banging yer head to one of many metallic anthems on this glossy disc, you may not actually be a metalhead. Metal-Rules.com recently caught up with guitarist Josh Torrance to get a glimpse into what it’s like to go from jamming with your buddies for fun to being courted by the one and only Dave Mustaine. Remember that cheesy flick RockStar from a few years back? Mark Wahlberg ain’t got nothing on Baptized In Blood.
The third Black Mass Ritual festival was arranged in the famous rock club in the heart of Helsinki called Dante’s. The three day festival offered a great dissection of the most brutal death/black bands emerging from the extreme scene. Each night had a known band from the underground headlining the event and several other bands literally slayed. Here is the brief article of the Black Mass Ritual III.
FIREWIND recently made waves across the US once again with their stellar new disc ‘Days of Defiance’ and the ensuing headline tour that rocked the states alongside Powerglove and The Absence. Now, as GUS G treks across North America playing with the icon OZZY OSBOURNE, he will take a break from his busy schedule and host tonight’s edition of Headbangers Ball on MTV2.
We are Kaotoxin records, from France and we would like to introduce you to our litlle monster baby: the Lille GrindFest !
The first edition, the “Lille Winter GrindFest #1” which will feature 13 of the most renewed Grindcore, Goregrind and Brutal Death Metal bands from around the planet, namely:
– Last Days Of Humanity (NL)
– The Monolith DeathCult (NL)
– Jesus Crøst (NL)
– Sylvester Staline (FR)
– Mindflair (DE)
– Anal Penetration (NL)
– Pulmonary Fibrosis (FR)
– The Atrocity Exhibit (UK)
– A Den Of Robbers (BE)
– Trepan’Dead (FR)
– The Afternoon Gentlemen (UK)
– Unsu (FR)
– Butcher Instinct (FR)
will take place in Roubaix (near Lille, France), at the Hôtel de la musique, on December 17th and 18th, 2010 and will be filmed by Metaluna Productions and photographed by Take A Sip for a DVD release.
There will be many events around the fest, like a listening party at the Black Night bar (Lille) on Nov. 30rd, a free showcase of Unsu and A Den Of Robbers on Dec. 10th at the Bar Live (in Roubaix) and a photo exposition on the first 2011 quarter… and a part of the benefit will be given out to a care organisation, the Centre Paul Corteville (guide dog breeders for blind people).
We’re already working on the GrindFest #2, the “Lille Spring GrindFest #2”, which will take place on late April, early May 2011.
The official web site is located here: http://www.grindfest.org and you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org as well. The Web site is the place to grab tickets at the low price of 7.50 € for the day #1, 18.50 € for day #2 and 25.00 € for the whole festival (and merch’, too !).
Heaven and Hell Records are happy to announce the addition of New Jersey’s best kept secret Core Device. The high energy progressive power metal outfit formed in the late 90s and released their first demo ‘Raped’ in 1997. The following year the self released ‘God and Man’ EP was met with great response and word began to spread quickly amongst the metal community worldwide. A second three song demo would be released in 2004. By this time a good buzz was heard all throughout the metal underground. In 2004 Core Device self released their debut full length ‘Our Fellowship Eternal’, produced by Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo. The release was met with overwhelming response by fans and label interest began to peak. To support the release extensive gigging through the U.S., Canada, and even a self financed tour in Japan followed. An amazing number of units sold for an independent metal band. Over the next couple of years Core Device would prove they would do whatever took to achieve their desired outcome. As anticipation for a follow up began to build, mainly in Europe and Japan the band returned home to begin recording their long awaited sophomore effort ‘What I’ve Become’.
In early 2011 Heaven and Hell Records will release CD version of Core Device ‘What I’ve Become’.
Florida based metal band Black Reign is pleased to announce and welcome none other than former Manowar drummer Kenny “Rhino” Earl to the band as a permanent member.
Wade Black reports:
“I’ve heard a lot about him and they don’t call him Rhino for nothing! We look forward to the future with one of the best metal drummers around and I’m happy that he’s joined the fold and we will be seeing all of you soon. Stay Metal”
Pre-production rehearsals are in process as well the band will debut material from the new record “Conflict in Creation” on new years eve at The Cabana Inn located in Sarasota. Crimson Glory guitarist Ben Jackson’s band Avenging Benji will be headlining the show. More details and information soon..
Black Reign features:
Kenny “Rhino” Earl-Drums
Earache Records is due to release its first ever app, titled EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING, on Monday 29th November worldwide for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Exclusive to the Apple App Store, EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING allows you to play along to a killer soundtrack of thrash, death and heavy metal as you throw a pesky stage diver off a festival stage and as far into the crowd as possible. Throw the stage diver as far as you can to get a high score on the global leader boards while trying to avoid objects such as bottles, merch stands and everyone’s festival favourite – the portable toilets!
To celebrate the release, Earache is offering you the chance to become the most extreme stage diver around by winning the official, full-size EXTREME STAGE DIVING helmet as worn by the character in the game!
EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING features the following ten full-length, raging metal songs:
Evile – Thrasher
At The Gates – Suicide Nation
Bonded By Blood – Prison Planet
White Wizzard – Over the Top
Oceano – District of Misery
The Haunted – The World Burns
Wormrot – Born Stupid
Decapitated – Spheres of Madness
Deicide – Homage For Satan
Brutal Truth – Walking Corpse
All tracks are included in a full integrated music player, allowing you to play along to the tunes you want, when you want. Also included is a secret, unlockable track which can only be found in this app.
MANOWAR fans from all over the world were given a special holiday hour of power when all four members of their favorite band were online for an impromptu chat with their fans on Facebook.
“It was a spontaneous idea. The response to ‘Battle Hymns 2011’ has been massive! We received it almost in real time via Facebook, literally moments after the fans downloaded the album at its first day of release from The Kingdom Of Steel. So we wanted to thank them immediately”, said MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.
From touring requests to discussions about beer, bikes, girls and guitars to comments on the new album ‘Battle Hymns 2011’; the topics were diverse and both fans and band had a great time.
“We had a blast!” said vocalist Eric Adams after the session ended. “Nothing can compare to meeting the fans face to face – but the direct interaction on the internet comes as close as it gets. We’ll definitely do this again!”
‘Battle Hymns 2011’, featuring ‘Lord Of The Rings’-Star Sir Christopher Lee as special guest, is available right now as instant digital download and as CD and Limited Edition Picture Vinyl pre-order at http://www.thekingdomofsteel.com/. The store exclusively also offers a limited quantity of autographed CDs and Vinyls as special Christmas treats.
‘Battle Hymns 2011’, will be released across Europe starting December 3rd 2010 and in the USA and Canada on February 1st 2011.
The album is available as DRM-free digital download, CD and Limited Edition Picture Vinyl.
Fast Taker – Recorded Live at Abilene Taylor City Expo Center Arena, Texas – July 31st 1982
Death Tone – Recorded Live at Dallas Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas – August 1st 1982
If you want to find out when the next Facebook chat with the members of Manowar will happen, just go to www.facebook.com/manowar and click “Like”. Chat announcements will be posted as status updates.
Sebastian S.: “I’m listening now to Dark Avenger. Christopher Lee is doing an awesome job. Hope that he has some work to do for Hammer Of The Gods.
Can’t stop listening the new Battle Hymns. This new power in these old songs is just shattering my mind.”
Tamás H.: “No doubt! The album sure kicks ass! HAIL!”
Steven J.: “Ordered my copy a yesterday. Got the digital download. What an album, Hail and Kill from New Zealand.”
Deane P.: “I’m amazed about how good it is 😛 i thought it was amazing before so didn’t think the original album could be topped :D”
Lyrian S.: “Thank you for improving a masterpiece beyond anyone’s expectations!! Hail From Denmark & Greece”
Matt F.: “You’ve taken one of the greatest metal albums of all time and made it even better. Exceptional.”
Giovanna F.: “I still cannot tell which one I like better!!!! But Dark Avenger made me cry! Amazing! Best purchase of the year! Thank you, guys! Just can’t wait for the cd! 😀 HAIL!”
Danny G.: “Damn guys…. you really outdid yourselves on this one…….. great job now I anxiously await Hammer Of The Gods…… great to hear Donnie tearing it up with you guys again….. 180 of my friends fists up in the air and counting…. hail my brothers and goodnight….. ManOwaR kills!”
Giovanna F.: “Thank you guys, for what I’ve been listening to the last 12 hours! Thank you Joey, for William’s Tale! And thank all of you, who made everything just perfect!! Metal heals! HAIL!”