BLIND GUARDIAN, Germany’s favorite sons from Krefeld, have attained the highest first-week sales numbers in the United States in the history of their existence. With sales of over 4,500 units of their tenth studio album, At The Edge Of Time, BLIND GUARDIAN secured the #1 position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and also debuted at #108 on the Billboard Top 200 chart! In Canada, At The Edge Of Time debuted at #18 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart and #108 on the Top 200 chart according to Nielsen Canadian Soundscan.
Checking in from Germany, lead singer & lyricist Hansi Kürsch, shares his elation over the Billboard chart news:
“I am really happy to see that At the Edge Of Time has created such a massive impact amongst our loyal legions of Northern American bards and minstrels. Thanks for your great support. Now join in our singing and dance with us on this glorious day. Still, this is just a beginning: Mission is not completed. Can´t wait to sing the new songs with you when we are coming by. Dates will soon be revealed!”
In a recent interview with Ystejam.com, guitarist Marcus Siepen had the following to say about At the Edge of Time:
“For me [it] is the ultimate BLIND GUARDAN album because it represents everything that the band has been about. It has lots of early BLIND GUARDIAN stuff with our roots in the speed & thrash metal; it has the more progressive styles that came up in the middle of the ‘90s; it has the very epic stuff that are present in the later albums; and it has some of this stuff that we never did before, like the oriental elements. In my opinion, it’s the best album we have done so far; it perfectly captures everything that the band is about. If someone doesn’t know BLIND GUARDIANyet and wants to check us out, this would be the album that I would recommend.”
BLIND GUARDIAN’s 2006 studio album, A Twist In The Myth, debuted at #21 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and #288 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart.
At The Edge Of Time features album artwork created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, At Vance, Axel Rudi Pell).
View the video for the single “A Voice In The Dark” – directed by Ivan Colic and produced by Stanimir “Staca” Lukic – here.
Download the free BLIND GUARDIAN iPhone / iTouch app from this link.
SUFFOCATION: "Decibel Defiance" Tour Dates Announced
Decibel Magazine and Extreme Management Group are proud to finally announce tour dates for “The Decibel Defiance Tour 2010”! New York based extreme metal legends SUFFOCATION will tour North America this Fall with prog-deathster THE FACELESS, deathcore merchants THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, tech-death meisters DECREPIT BIRTH, and Italy’s brutal/symphonic/avante garde horde FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. Confirmed dates are as follows:
“The Decibel Defiance Tour 2010”
SUFFOCATION, THE FACELESS, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, DECREPIT BIRTH,FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
10/15-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (ROCK AND SHOCK)
10/16-New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/17-Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater
10/18-Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
10/19-Jonquiere, QC @ Place Nikitoutagan
10/20-Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/21-Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/22-Detroit, MI @ Harpos
10/23-Chicago, IL @ Clearwater Theatre
10/24-St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/25-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/27-Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/28-Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
10/29-Las Vegas, NV @ The Farm
10/30-Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
10/31-Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
11/01-Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse
11/02-Albuquerque, NM @ Fusion Factory
11/03-Amarillo, TX @ Club Khaos
11/04-Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
11/05-Austin, TX @ Emo’s
11/06-Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
11/08-Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
11/09-Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
11/10-Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
11/11-Philadelphia, PA @ Polaris
11/12-Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
11/13-Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
View the video clip for the track “Cataclysmic Purification” at this location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEYSU4XGLpI. The footage was directed by David Brodsky (ARSIS, GOD FORBID, KATAKLYSM, SWASHBUCKLE) with animation by Tim Kellen.
Scythia Announce "Exiled Across Canada" Tour Dates
Vancouver progressive folk metal band Scythia have announced their “Exiled Across Canada” tour dates set to kick off in Victoria, BC on Sept 24th. The six man & woman contingent will be echoing their thundering tunes over the following six weeks across Canada.
Blending epic storytelling with modern progressive metal to create an interesting dynamic that includes an oboe of death and classical violin. Scythia’s ancient and medieval influenced melodies will bring the past back to the present as they ready to brandish their swords and prepare for tour in support of their upcoming release “…Of War” produced by Shaun Thingvold who has engineered on projects with SYL, Fear Factory, Darkest Hour and many more.
“Folk music is definitely more ambient, pure, and beautiful. Metal is intense, raunchy, and driving. The use of both in songs, combined with dynamic contouring, has the ability to take the listener on the kind of journey that rises to mountain peaks and descends into valleys, in a sonic sort of way,” comments vocalist / guitarist Dave Khan.
Formed in late 2008, Scythia is not your older brother’s metal band. Taking its name from vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan’s infatuation with a painting of Nordic/Russian warriors riding bears while brandishing swords, Scythia not only “gives the painting musical significance,” but it is also “the name of an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia, and even into eastern Scandinavia.
September 24, 2010 – Isabella Reader Theater, Victoria, BC
September 25, 2010 – The Cambie, Nanaimo, BC
October 9, 2010 – Pogue Mahones, Kamloops, BC
October 14, 2010 – Century House, Vancouver, BC
October 15, 2010 – Brooklyn Lounge, Kelowna, BC
October 16, 2010 – Voodoo’s, Penticton, BC
October 17, 2010 – Vern’s, Calgary, AB
October 18, 2010 – TBA, Regina, SK
October 19, 2010 – The Zoo, Winnipeg, MB
October 20, 2010 – Kilroy’s, Thunder Bay, ON
October 22, 2010 – Smiling Buddha, Toronto, ON
October 23, 2010 – TBA, Hamilton, ON
October 24, 2010 – TBA, Waterloo, ON
October 25, 2010 – Hard Luck Bar, Toronto, ON
October 26, 2010 – Top Shelf, Ajax, ON
October 27, 2010 – Bar Octobre, Quebec City, QC
October 28, 2010 – Bar Le Magog, Sherbrooke, QC
October 29, 2010 – Le Stage Rock Cafe, Trois Rivieres, QC
October 31, 2010 – Katakombes, Montreal, QC
November 1, 2010 – TBA, Sudbury, ON
November 3, 2010 – Parthenon Pizza, Brandon, MB
November 4, 2010 – TBA, Saskatoon, SK
November 5, 2010 – DV8, Edmonton, AB
November 6, 2010 – The Dirty Jersey, Kamloops, BC
November 7, 2010 – Funky Winkerbeans, Vancouver, BC
The video was filmed by director David Brodsky (Hatebreed, The Black Dahlia Murder, Unearth) and comes from their latest album, “Wormwood,” which debuted at #67 on Billboard’s Top 200, in July. Read the rest of this entry »
The year 2010 marks the Twentieth Anniversary of Cathedral and in order to commemorate the occasion the band will perform a one-off show on December 3rd 2010 at the O2 Academy in Islington, North London.
For one night only Cathedral will be performing two sets, including the entirety of their landmark debut album and Doom Metal classic ‘Forest of Equilibrium’ where Lee Dorrian and Garry Jennings will be joined by the recording line up Mark “Griff” Griffiths, Adam Lehan and Mike Smail.
This will be followed by a second set of songs performed by the current line up of Lee Dorian, Garry Jennings, Brian Dixon & Leo Smee.
Vocalist Lee Dorrian elaborates: “Cathedral has come along way since those dirge-ridden smoke-filled, cheap lager and sweat infested early rehearsals back in 1990. To be brutally honest, back then we never imagined that we would have continued on a twenty year journey and still be here to tell the tale”.
“A lot of bands that have been around this long tend to shy away from their roots, in favour of more ‘accessible’ material that they wrote in their “maturing” stages. Well, despite the fact that we may have expanded on our sound and style since those early days, we are certainly not embarrassed by our origins, in fact the opposite is true. To commemorate (Commiserate?) this twenty year marathon, we thought it would be a cool idea to regroup the line up of our first studio album for a special one-off show, and perform it in it’s entirety. Fortunately, everyone from those days agreed. This will mark the beginning of the evening, which will be followed by a set of material ‘post-Forest’ bringing us right up to date with our latest album, ‘The Guessing Game’. We are excited about this event and look forward to seeing you there”.
Friday December 3rd 2010 O2 Academy Islington N1 Centre
16 Parkfield Street London N1 0PS
KAMELOT have posted a new video featuring behind-the-scenes footage taken from the bonus section of their forthcoming DVD, Stockholm Sessions. Check it out below.
As previously reported, Kamelot have posted a medley of songs from their upcoming Poetry For The Poisoned album. Check it out at this location.
As part of the band’s headlining Pandemonium Over North America Tour, Kamelot’s record release party for Poetry For The Poisoned, will be held at New York City’s Nokia Theatre Times Square. They will celebrate the record release with special first time previews of the new album, a commemorative Poetry For The Poisoned shot glass available for fans to celebrate the night with and more special events to mark the occasion of Kamelot’s new album. The party is scheduled for Wednesday, September 15th at 8 PM.
A short video trailer for Poetry For The Poisoned can be seen below:
Kamelot and Knife Fight Media have formed the recording label Kamelot Media Group (KMG Recordings). Teaming up with DisManic Distribution via E1 and the brand marketing and promotions company Knife Fight Media, the premier KMG label release will be the North American debut of Kamelot’s 9th studio album, Poetry For The Poisoned, on September 14th. Poetry For The Poisoned will be released in Europe on September 3rd via earMUSIC.
Poetry For The Poisoned was recorded at Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro and features guest appearances by Simone Simons (EPICA), Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND), Björn “Speed” Strid (SOILWORK) and Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, JON OLIVA’S PAIN).
KAMELOT - Poetry For The Poisoned
The album will be available in three versions – Regular CD edition, Digipak CD with bonus DVD and 2LP gatefold vinyl edition.
DVD bonus material:
– Kamelot video ‘The Great Pandemonium’
– Exclusive and in depth Interviews with each Kamelot member
– Kamelot “Pick and Play” for the song ‘The Great Pandemonium’
– Poetry For The Poisoned background Images
– Exclusive video footage from Norway Rock Festival 2010
– Bonus song ‘House On A Hill’ (uncut version)
Marquee/Avalon Records will release the album in Japan (date TBC).
Poetry For The Poisoned tracklisting:
‘The Great Pandemonium
‘If Tomorrow Came
‘House On A Hill
‘My Train Of Thoughts
‘Seal Of Woven Years
‘Poetry For The Poisoned':
– Pt. I – ‘Incubus’
– Pt. II – ‘So Long’
– Pt. III – ‘All Is Over’
– Pt. IV – ‘Dissection’
‘Once Upon A Time’
Kamelot will embark on its first North American tour in two years, starting September 8th. Support on the trek will come from LEAVES’ EYES and BLACKGUARD. Dates are as follows:
8 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
10 – Atlanta, GA – Progpower USA
11 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx Nightclub
14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
15 – New York, NY – Nokia Theatre
17 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
18 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
19 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
21 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
22 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
24 – Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium
25 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
27 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
29 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
1 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues (Sunset Strip)
2 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues (San Diego)
KAMELOT Confirm AMARANTHE Vocalist For Upcoming North American Tour
KAMELOT have confirmed that Swedish vocalist Elize Ryd from AMARANTHE will be joining the band on the North American Tour. She will also be part of the VIP meet and greets. Ryd toured with Kamelot on their recent Summer Pandemonium Tour and the band’s European tour earlier this spring.
Amaranthe recently signed a deal with Spinefarm/Universal. They are set to being recording their debut album in October, spending two months until December, with Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, MERCENARY, NIGHTRAGE) of Hansen Studio in Ribe, Denmark. The as-of-yet untitled album is scheduled for a spring 2011 release.
Commented guitarist Olof Mörck: “Needless to say, we are very much looking forward to getting all the tracks on tape! There has been quite a stir and hype around Amaranthe lately, and it is funny to think that everything that people have heard so far are demos recorded in a bedroom – it is going to be fantastic to able to show people the true potential of our music, with a killer sound! This whole production is going to be HUGE and spending two months with Jacob Hansen recording the album will ensure that we will have a production second to none! Jacob Hansen is definitely one of the top names in today’s metal recording scene, and when we found out that he was available on quite short notice we where very enthused! Keep your eyes peeled when this baby is unleashed in early spring 2011!”
On September 1st Hunter’s Moon Digital is pleased to announce the official launch of its new digital record label Harvest Moon. Harvest Moon is an imprint of Hunter’s Moon Records and has been set up to focus on exclusively bringing the best in international black metal, death metal, folk and extreme metal.
Harvest Moon has joined forces with Russian label Grailight Productions (http://www.myspace.com/grailight) to release some of Russia’s top bands in extreme music and we begin the launch of the label with 4 releases from across the Russian scene.
Drygva: Son Of Mighty Rod is the debut album from Belarus folk-pagan metal band Drygva.Drygva are deeply proud of their heritage and Son Of Mighty Rod is a celebration of their roots, reviving memories of their ancestors. The songs are sung in their native tongue and utilise national instruments.
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/drygva Available from: http://drygva.bandcamp.com/
Neron Kaisar: Magnum Incendium is the debut release from Russian Symphonic Black Metal band Neron Kaisar. Magnum Incendium displays a lyrical interest in historical characters such as Roman Emperor Nero. The powerful lyrical content is complimented by harsh black metal, with subtle symphonic elements.
Available from: http://neronkaisar.bandcamp.com/
Lethargy: Ukranian band Lethargy present their debut album The Burden Of Human Passions.The melancholic album sees a mix of atmospheric death metal and doom metal.Lethargy see their music as a poetry interlaced with the hard and simultaneously beautiful riffs of guitars, the hum of bass notes, sorrowful keys and the transitions between clean melancholic vocals with the reckless screaming of the lost soul.
Available from: http://lethargy.bandcamp.com/
All Harvest Moon releases are available now from Bandcamp and directly from the Harvest Moon webstore found on the official website and will be available on a number of digital platforms including iTunes, Emusic, Amazon and Deezer shortly.
In a recent interview with Ystejam.com, BLIND GUARDIAN guitarist Marcus Siepen elaborated on the band’s use of a live orchestra on their new album, At The Edge Of Time, which was released in North America on August 24th:
“The big difference on this album is that for the first time in our career, we worked with a real orchestra. Any orchestration on any previous album has always been done with keyboards. This time we had ninety people playing, which was a giant step for us and added a big element to the album’s sound; a programmed orchestra can sound very good, but nothing beats the real thing. This did bring up some problems for us because when we compose the stuff, we are still using keyboards to arrange for strings, horns, or whatever. When you work with a real orchestra, you can’t go up to them with some programmed stuff and say, ‘This is what we would like.’ Obviously you have to give them written music and none of us can really do that – turn keyboards into a multi-arrangement for a real orchestra. We had to rely on the help of people who could write down our ideas for a real orchestra so they could play it. Everything worked perfectly in the end, in my opinion. It’s such a huge a difference from the keyboards. One of the goals that we wanted to reach with this album was to give it a natural sound. Nothing sounds more natural than an orchestra. The drums, too, were taken under consideration, because a lot of bands use samples on drums to enhance their sound, but you hear on this album is a naturally recorded drum set with no samples. That was really important for us to have that type of sound on this album and we are really happy with it.”
Read the entire interview with Marcus Siepen here.
View the studio trailer that contains orchestra footage and commentary by vocalist Hansi Kürsch and guitarist André Olbrich here.
The video for the single “A Voice In The Dark” – directed by Ivan Colic and produced by Stanimir “Staca” Lukic – can be viewed here.
Download the free BLIND GUARDIAN iPhone / iTouch app from this link.
The legendary U.K thrash/crust/metal warriors HELLBASTARD will play their first show of their massive, headlining U.S. tour in Seattle, Washington this week, and will continue through over 40 gigs, ending on October 22 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The string of dates includes one show in Mexico as well. In addition, the band will record their set at a free gig in the Los Angeles area for the recording of a live album, this September 13th [show filming takes place at 7580 Garden Grove Blvd. Westminster, CA 92683]. The influential group will be supporting their latest releases, The Need To Kill album and the Eco-War EP, both released in 2009 via Poland’s brutal Selfmadegod Records.
HELLBASTARD Headlining US Tour:
9/02/2010 The Funhouse – Seattle, WA
9/03/2010 The Morgue – Seattle, WA
9/04/2010 Satyricon – Portland, OR
9/05/2010 Wandering Goat Cafe – Eugene, OR w/ Reality Lost
9/06/2010 DIY show – Chico, CA
9/07/2010 Chinatown Youth Center – Fresno, CA W/ Eat The Living, Maggot Colony
9/10/2010 924 Gilman – Berkeley, CA w/ Acephalix, Fix My Head, Psychosomatic, Short Attention Span
9/11/2010 Infest Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
9/12/2010 Infest Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
9/13/2010 Bomb Shelter [free entrance] – Westminster, CA – LIVE ALBUM RECORDING
9/14/2010 The Ruby Room – San Diego, CA
9/15/2010 Divan De Alicia – Tijuana, Mexico w/ Coaccion, Bumbklaatt, Bio Crisis, Anomalia, Omission
9/16/2010 Sound Control – Scottsdale, AZ w/ Landmine Marathon
9/17/2010 DIY show – Flagstaff/Phoenix, AZ
9/18/2010 Andre’s Underground – Albuquerque, NM
9/19/2010 Blast-O-Mat – Denver, CO
9/21/2010 The Mouth – Lawrence, KS
9/22/2010 *TBA – Norman, OK
9/23/2010 Rubber Gloves – Denton, TX
9/24/2010 Broken Neck Warehouse – Austin, TX
9/25/2010 The Vanguard – Houston, TX
9/26/2010 The Saint – New Orleans, LA
9/29/2010 Wayward Council – Gainesville, FL
9/30/2010 PS Warehouse – Atlanta, GA
10/01/2010 Skuds Manor – Augusta, GA
10/02/2010 Wonderland – Richmond, VA
10/03/2010 Manny’s Place (house show) – Lynchburg, VA
10/05/2010 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
10/07/2010 JR’s Bar – Philadelphia, PA
10/08/2010 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
10/09/2010 AS220 – Providence, RI w/ Panzer Bastard, I Destroyer (ex-DropDead), Defeatist
10/10/2010 Great Scott – Boston, MA w/ Panzer Bastard, I Destroyer (ex-DropDead), Defeatist
10/11/2010 *TBA – Buffalo, NY
10/12/2010 *TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
10/14/2010 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI
10/15/2010 Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI w/ Jucifer
10/16/2010 Shaman Records – Chicago, IL
10/17/2010 *TBA – Milwaukee, WI
10/19/2010 *TBA – Madison, WI
10/20/2010 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN w/ War/Plague, Misery
10/22/2010 Roman’s Bar – Rapid City, SD http://www.myspace.com/rippercrust http://www.selfmadegod.com http://myspace.com/selfmadegodrecords
Today, AETERNITAS TENEBRARUM MUSIC FOUNDATION (ATMF) confirms the signing of infamous Norwegian squadron DISIPLIN, the brainchild of one WeltenFeind, who’s done time in such illustrious names as DISSECTION, SLAVIA, MYRKSKOG, and KOLDBRANN. The band has inked a three-album deal with ATMF, the first release of which will be entitled Radikale Randgruppe, slated for release sometime in November.
DISIPLIN signs with ATMF, new release slated for November 2010
As the wolf-pack is approaching the new sacrifice, 10 years of history of black metal integrity and daring for DISIPLIN, Radikale Randgruppe will stand as a special anniversary album composed by totally new material, limited to 1000 copies to be released on Digibook format, and with the first 100 copies with a limited T-shirt. DISIPLIN’s martial monument Radikale Randgruppe won’t be re-pressed or re-released but will stay as a unique stone in the band’s legacy.
WeltenFeind comments on the union: “We’re proud to have this sharpened weapon of the pagan gods under our wing, moving from one of the most innovative labels, Moonfog. They’ve been an example of how Norwegian black metal should have been evolved instead of rooting on the memories. DISIPLIN are still there to take forward the idea of black metal as an extreme weapon instead of a un-offensive stereotype.”
Blood Of The Nations, the comeback album by Germany’s legendary metal band ACCEPT, just entered the German album charts at #4! This marks the highest German chart entry ever in the band’s career and beats the #5 position of 1986’s Russian Roulette.
ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann shares his thoughts on the news:
“This really swept us off our feet! Of course, you dream about being on top of the charts, but this was pretty much out of the question. We tested new waters with our new singer Mark [Tornillo, ex-TT Quick] and emerged as winners! But even more than that, this is the reward for our unique collaboration with our label Nuclear Blast, Brainstorm Music Marketing, and all the others who gave their everything for ACCEPT. But most of all, we want to thank our fans without whom we would be nothing! THANK YOU!”
ACCEPT will be co-headlining their upcoming tour with King’s X, kicking-off with an appearance at the eleventh annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Confirmed tour dates are:
09/09/2010 ProgPower USA Kick-Off – Atlanta, GA Center Stage (**No King’s X**)
09/23/2010 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
09/24/2010 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
09/25/2010 The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
09/26/2010 ***IN-STORE SIGNING AT VINTAGE VINYL*** – Fords, NJ
09/27/2010 B. B. King’s – New York, NY
09/29/2010 Showcase Live – Foxboro, MA
10/01/2010 The Silo – Reading, PA
10/02/2010 The Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI
10/08/2010 The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/09/2010 The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL
10/12/2010 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/13/2010 House Of Blues – Houston TX
Additional dates for October & November will be announced soon.
Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and will be released in North America on September 14th. Exclusive pre-sale bundles can be purchased at the Nuclear Blast Web Store.
ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up includes Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.
View footage of Wolf Hoffman & Mark Tornillo on VH1’s “That Metal Show”here. View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41 – here. View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.
After having received much praise from critics and fans worldwide and following several live appearances on their native soil, the UK psychedelic black metal ensemble A FOREST OF STARS gathered around a few cups of tea to lay down the foundations of what would be their second full-length album. Several séances in Rob Hobson’s Silent City Studio during winter of 2009 led to the recording of the fittingly titled Opportunistic Thieves of Spring, a work of magic and alchemy in the tradition of their Victorian contemporaries.
Released via Transcendental Creations earlier this summer, the now quintuplet — having added drummer John Bishop to the fold — took the elements brought fourth on their dramatic The Corpse Of Rebirth offering, to a whole new level, adding new sound textures with oriental percussion and peculiar string arrangements. Opportunistic Thieves Of Spring will carry the listener through a vast musical landscape; an unearthly journey from the rise of mankind to the Golden Age to its decline in the Kali Yuga.
German label Power Pain Records will release Ingraved’s new album “Onryou” on October the 31st. It will be a mix of modern extreme metal and hardcore elements with lyrics based on Japanese culture and folklore.
“Onryou” will be available in many on line stores, ITunes and other digital platforms.
Italian horror-inspired extreme metal act STIGMA will shoot a video for the song “The Undertaker” with director Salvatore Perrone (A DAY TO REMEMBER, EVERGREEN TERRACE, SUICIDE SILENCE) to coincide with the release of a special-edition digital-only EP this Winter via PIVOTAL ROCKORDINGS. The band recently wrapped up a successful European tour supporting TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED.
STIGMA’s Concerto for the Undead was produced at Fear Studio by ex-BLEEDING THROUGH and current BRING ME THE HORIZON guitarist Jona Weinhofen and was mixed & mastered by Scott Atkins (BEHEMOTH, CRADLE OF FILTH, SYLOSIS).
This sophomore effort was released on April 30th in Europe, May 3rd in the UK, May 4th in North America, May 7th in Australia/New Zealand and June 30th in Japan.
The album features lyrics centered on the cult-classic comic book series Tales From the Crypt and includes guest vocal appearances by Jamie Hope (ex-THE RED SHORE) and Jon Hunt (ex-DEAD TO FALL).
Artwork for the album features stunning comic illustrations of the band’s now-patent horror-themed lyrics and was created by Andrea Berton of Corefolio Design (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WINDS OF PLAGUE).
Indianapolis, Indiana’sTHE CONTORTIONIST’s brand new GOOD FIGHT MUSIC debut, Exoplanet, is in stores today! Also, the band is pleased to announce exciting news about their upcoming fall touring season! THE CONTORTIONIST will hit the road with WAR OF AGES, THE COLOR MORALE, THE GREAT COMMISSION, and LEGEND from October 8th through October 22nd, and will continue across the states with THE ACACIA STRAIN, TERROR, THE RED CHORD, and GAZA from October 29th through November 20th! See below for all current tour dates, and make sure to catch THE CONTORTIONIST ripping up a stage near you!
THE CONTORTIONIST recently debuted their album-culminating trifecta, ‘Exoplanet I: Egress’, ‘Exoplanet II: Void’, and ‘Exoplanet III: Light’ at AOL Noisecreep! Make sure to head over to the site to listen to the masterful close to Exoplanet. Also, do not forget to cruise over to fellow esteemed metal blog MetalSucks.net to listen to the new track ‘Advent’!
Exoplanet album cut ‘Expire’ is now available for streaming on the brand new MySpace page! You can also hear ‘Expire’ on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal, and can request it instantly by tweeting to @JoseMangin and/or @SXMLiquidMetal, or by heading to the Sirius XM Liquid Metal Facebook page! THE CONTORTIONIST’s track ‘Primal Directive’ is included on the new, free FYE/Decibel sampler! The sampler can be found at www.tonesofdeath.com/fye/.
Catch THE CONTORTIONIST on the road this fall!
PROJECT AK 47 TOUR W/ WAR OF AGES, THE COLOR MORALE, THE GREAT COMMISSION, LEGEND
October 8th – Erie, PA @ The Hangout
October 9th – Dayton, OH @ The Attic
October 10th – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
October 11th – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
October 12th – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
October 14th – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
October 15th – South Bend, IN @ Church of The Heartland
October 16th – St.Louis, MO @ Fubar
October 19th – Douglasville, GA @ 7 Venue
October 21st – Lynchburg, VA @ Crosspoint Venue
October 22nd – Fredericksburg, VA @ The Refuge
TO CATCH A PREDATOUR W/ THE ACACIA STRAIN, TERROR, THE RED CHORD, GAZA
October 29th – Albany, NY @ Northern Lights
October 30th – Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s
October 31st – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
November 1st – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
November 2nd – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 3rd – Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
November 4th – Spartanburg, SC @ GZSC
November 5th – Jacksonville, FL @ Rain
November 6th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Ground Control
November 7th – Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
November 9th – Birmingham, AL @ Zyedeco
November 10th – Nashville TN @ Rocket Town
November 11th – Louisville, KY @ Headliners
November 12th – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
November 13th – Toledo, OH @ Headliners
November 14th – Windsor, ONT @ Blind Dog
November 15th – London, ON @ Music Hall
November 16th – Longeueil, QC @ Salle Kekpart
November 17th – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
November 18th – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
November 19th – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
November 20th – Holyoke, MA @ The Waterfront Tavern – A Benefit for Liberty Skrypek
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