KATANA Signs To Listenable Records

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

Listenable Records is pleased to announce the signing of Swedish heavy metal band KATANA. They deliver a show that is 100% pure adrenaline and will take the audience straight back to the golden age of the early 80’s.  KATANA is the next big thing in traditional heavy metal !!

The music of KATANA is heavily influenced by bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Accept. The band definitely shows that the genre is more alive than ever and their newly recorded debut album, Heads Will Roll, will set a new standard for what classic heavy metal is supposed to sound like in 2011.

Heads Will Roll entered the official Swedish sales chart at No.42 and at No.3 on the metal chart the first week of its release.

Check out a video for the song  “Heart Of Tokyo.”


KATANA are :

Patrik Essén – Guitars

Tobias Karlsson – Guitars

Johan Bernspång – Vocals

Susanna Salminen – Bass

Anders Persson – Drums








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METAL BLADE RECORDS artists at SXSW! Plus PENTAGRAM film to receive world premier!

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

Metal Blade Records a sponsor of the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest showcase at Emo’s Annex


AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – February 22, 2011 – Metal Blade Records will be invading Austin Texas this March as a part of the SXSW festival, with bands playing at various showcases. Fans will also have the chance to catch the world premier of the PENTAGRAM film Last Days Here on three separate days!


Metal Blade Records artists playing SXSW this year include PENTAGRAM, WHITECHAPEL, THE RED CHORD, ACROSS THE SUN, and DAWN OF ASHES. PENTAGRAM, who is rumored to be playing a secret surprise show on Friday March 18, will be performing with their current lineup featuring Bobby Liebling, Victor Griffin, PENTAGRAM alumni-Greg Turley on bass, and will also feature Virginia’s Albert Born, the group’s new drummer.


All show details listed below.


Pentagram’s film Last Days Here world premier confirmed for the 2011 SXSW Film Festival

Last Days Here tells the story of Bobby Liebling, lead singer of the cult hard rock/heavy metal band PENTAGRAM. Frozen for decades in his parents’ basement, Bobby’s music is finally discovered by the heavy metal underground. With the help of Sean “Pellet” Pelletier, his friend and manager, Bobby attempts to overcome years of addiction, loneliness, and broken dreams. Intimate, raw, and unexpectedly funny, Last Days Here portrays the unbelievable journey of a man at the crossroads of life and death.


The film was produced by 9.14 Pictures, an independent production company that specialized in documentary films. The film was directed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton and produced by Sheena M. Joyce. The company’s filmography includes last year’s critically acclaimed THE ART OF THE STEAL, TWO DAYS IN APRIL and ROCK SCHOOL.


Last Days Here is in the Featured Documentary competition and is up against seven other documentaries, which were chosen out of the 808 submitted.


Official info available HERE


Last Days Here screenings:

Monday, March 14 – 4:30pm @ Vimeo Theatre -World Premiere

Tuesday, March 15 – 2pm @ Alamo Lamar C

Friday, March 18 – 4:30pm @ Vimeo Theatre



Wednesday March 16

SXSW Official Showcase @ Emo’s Annex – Doors @ 7pm

HORSE the band 1am – 2am

LETLIVE. 12:05am – 12:45am

DAWN OF ASHES 11:05pm – 11:45pm

For the Fallen Dreams 10pm – 10:50pm

We Are Defiance 9:15pm – 9:55pm

American Scarecrows 8:20pm – 9pm

Beta Wolf 7:40pm – 8:05pm

Hell & Lula 7pm – 7:25pm



Thursday March 17

ARTERY FOUNDATION Official Showcase @ Red 7 – 12pm-6pm

WHITECHAPEL (headliner)

Asking Alexandria



Dance Gavin Dance


Of Mice & Men


Miss May I

In Fear and Faith

Chelsea Grin

Sleeping With Sirens

Tides of Man

For All Those Sleeping

Woe, Is Me

The Amity Affliction

Close to Home

DJ Set by Big Chocolate




Friday March 18

New England Metal & Hardcore Festival showcase @ Emo’s Annex – 12:00PM to 6:00PM


Armor for the Broken: 12:10pm – 12:30 pm

ACROSS THE SUN: 12:40 pm – 1:00 pm

Funeral Pyre: 1:10pm – 1:30pm

DAWN OF ASHES: 1:40pm – 2pm

GAZA: 2:10pm – 2:30pm

Within the Ruins: 2:40pm – 3:00pm

Our Last Night: 3:10pm – 3:40pm

Trap Them: 3:50pm – 4:20pm

THE RED CHORD: 4:30pm – 5:00pm

The Acacia Strain: 5:10pm – 5:40pm


ARTERY FOUNDATION Official Showcase @ Emo’s Annex

Door: $TBA (evening show)


Of Mice & Men

Miss May I

In Fear And Faith

Dance Gavin Dance

Chelsea Grin

The Amity Affliction




Saturday March 19

Monster party @ Scoot Inn

PENTAGRAM – 1am to 1:50am

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WARBRINGER Announce New Drummer

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

Despite practicing and writing together the last two months WARBRINGER today make it publically official that Carlos Cruz (Hexen) is their new drummer. The delay in announcement was out of respect to their old drummer and Carlos’ former band mates and there was no question about Carlos’ playing, songwriting or personality as the band ironically offered Carlos the spot in 2008.

“After years of putting forth nothing but blood, sweat, and tears into my tireless ambitions for playing music, I have finally found an outlet where no more time is wasted. It was flattering to have been approached by Warbringer the first time they made a personnel change in 2008, but this time around it couldn’t have felt more like perfect timing,” states Carlos. “They’re a collective group of humble, open-minded, down-to-earth guys who share the same fanaticism for music as I do and are the tightest musicians I have ever played with. I’ve never felt so welcomed and inspired to move forward. Even past members of the band have congratulated me and it feels very much like family, not just another band. From some recent serious downfalls in my personal life came this beautiful opportunity and I couldn’t be happier. We’ll be seeing all YOU Warbringers out on the road soon!”

Fans can see Carlos playing with the guys at his live debut in Mexico City on March 5th at the Eyescream Festival alongside Asesino, Anvil, Toxic Holocaust and Abigail Williams. WARBRINGER plan to record their third album in April with more live shows in May and June.

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CYNTHESIS Album Details And Cover Art Unveiled

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

DeEvolution, the anticipated debut full-length from CYNTHESIS, is set for worldwide release via Sensory Records on April 19th, 2011.

A label priority for Sensory this year, the magnificent DeEvolution tells the story of an elite group of leaders from a heavily industrialized city who find, brainwash and then exploit an indigenous tribes’ shaman, believing he would be the perfect supreme leader. By propping him up as possessing all the answers to society’s ills, the elites use him in order to gain and keep more control over the masses in order to influence the masses via religion, media, consumerism and government.

Check out the brilliant cover artwork for DeEvolution created by Dennis “Damn Engine” Sibeijn (Exodus, Dragonforce, Lamb of God, Him) at this location.

DeEvolution Track Listing:

1. The Man Without Skin
2. Incision
3. Divided Day
4. Shallow World
5. Profits Of Disaster
6. The Edifice Grin
7. Twilight
8. A Song Of Unrest

CYNTHESIS reunites three original members of progressive metal heroes Zero Hour — founding twin brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton and original vocalist Erik Rosvold — for the first time on a recording since their heralded albums The Towers of Avarice [2001] and Metamorphosis [2003], both considered landmark releases in the progressive metal community. DeEvolution was recorded and produced in 2010 by Dino Alden (Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore, Zero Hour), and while trademark styles of both the Tipton Brothers and Rosvold shine heavily throughout the release, over the course of eight epic anthems, it is very clear by more relaxed pace and epic story of DeEvolution that this is NOT a new Zero Hour album.

Promos of DeEvolution will be available to North and South American journalists in mere days, and interviews with the members of CYNTHESIS will begin immediately afterward! Get in touch with Earsplit PR with all press requests.


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DEVILDRIVER guitarists Are Giving Away A Signed Blackstar Series One 100 Amplifier!

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG
DEVILDRIVER guitarists Are Giving Away A Signed Blackstar Series One 100 Amplifier

DEVILDRIVER guitarists Are Giving Away A Signed Blackstar Series One 100 Amplifier

Having launched the guitar-based web site www.AllAxess.com, DEVILDRIVER guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Jeff Kendrick, are currently running a competition. By signing up for both the All Axess website and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/allaxess (one entry for each website), you will be entered in the draw to win a “Blackstar Series One 100” amplifier (valued at $1400) signed by the DevilDriver guitarists.

All Axess launches new videos each week by guitarists of various bands which teach you how to play their songs the way they were meant to be played. They include exclusive videos of DevilDriver guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Jeff Kendrick, teaching you how to play songs such as “Clouds over California”, “Hold Back the Day”, and “I Could Care Less”. Most recently they filmed Misha Mansoor and Alex Bois of Periphery giving a rundown of their guitar rig, which was filmed before their show in London.

All Axess is owned and operated by Mike Spreitzer and Jeff Kendrick of DevilDriver. The website will focus on instructional videos from professional guitarists and will have an emphasis on learning the songs that made the guitarists well known and taught by them. The page will also contain a biographical database of many of the worlds best known guitar players as well as future blogs on the science of guitar playing and a celebrity blog focusing on celebrities discussing guitars and guitar playing.

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EXTREME NOISE TERROR Frontman Phil Vane Passes Away

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

UK crust punk pioneers EXTREME NOISE TERROR’s vocalist Phil Vane was found dead yesterday by friends. No cause of death has yet been reported.

The band’s website has been updated with the following:

“The rumors are true – we’re sorry to announced that Phil (Vane) passed away recently. The band will make a full statement soon, but for now we need to take the time to come to terms with this terrible loss.”

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“Headbangers Ball”: Watch Last Week’s Episode (15/02) ONLINE

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

You can always watch all the episodes of MTV GREECE‘s “Headbangers Ball” ONLINE via MTV‘s official website: http://www.mtvgreece.gr/headbangersball

ORIGINAL TV AIRDATE: February 15th / RE-RUN TV AIRDATE: February 20th

ORIGINAL TV AIRDATE: February 8th / RE-RUN TV AIRDATE: February 13th
*** With videos by: ACCEPT / DIMMU BORGIR / AS I LAY DYING / SERJ TANKIAN (“Metal X-Files”) / LEGION OF THE DAMNED (“Hungry For Heaven”) / SIRENIA / DEATH ANGEL / WHITESNAKE / GRIP INC / DRYED (“Greece Attacks”)
### The Greek version of “Headbangers Ball” is hosted by Orpheus Spiliotopoulos & Vanessa Christodoulou and airs on MTV GREECE every Tuesday at 11 pm and on re-run every Sunday at 1 am (early Monday).

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February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

Formed in Sweden in 1990, UNCANNY released two demos (1991’s Transportation to the Uncanny and 1992’s Nyktalgia), a split release in 1993 with ANCIENT RITES and one full-length in 1994 titled Splenium For Nyktophobia. For the first time ever, all one and a half hours of classic-era Swedish death metal will be released together on one double-disc package by Dark Descent Records.

Like the limited run 3LP Uncanny box set released by The Crypt in 2010, this 2CD will be titled

MCMXCI – MCMXCIV and feature original artwork from Splenium For Nyktophobia as well as artwork from the demo era.

MCMXCI – MCMXCIV is currently available through Dark Descent Records. For more details or to order this double-disc package, visit this location.


Ken Englund – Drums (Centinex, Interment (Swe), Moondark, Dellamorte)

Mats Forsell – Guitar (Fulmination)

Christoffer Harborg – Bass (S.G.R.)

Fredrik Norrman – Guitar (Katatonia (Swe), October Tide, Fulmination)

Jens Törnroos – Vocals (S.G.R., Interment (Swe))



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SOURVEIN: North Carolina Doom Metal Heathens Announce U.S. Tour

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

North Carolina doom metal heathens, SOURVEIN, will kick off a short U.S. tour this March. Dubbed the “Disturbing The Peace Tour 2011,” the 13-date journey will begin in Baltimore, Maryland at Club Sonar on March 1 and level cities in North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee before coming full circle on March 13 at Krug’s Place in Frederick, Maryland. The band will be joined by Jucifer on select dates. Said vocalist/guitarist T-Roy Medlin of the upcoming jaunt: “Can’t wait to hit the road with Jucifer, bring the doom and unleash some new songs’!”

SOURVEIN Disturbing The Peace Tour 2011:

3/01/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD

3/02/2011 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

3/03/2011 Cadelonia Lounge – Athens, GA

3/04/2011 Wormhole – Savannah, GA

3/05/2011 Checkpoint Charlie’s – New Orleans, LA

Jucifer joins tour:

3/06/2011 Rouge – Fayetteville, AR

3/07/2011 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN

3/08/2011 Exit Inn – Nashville, TN

3/09/2011 JJ’s – Chattanooga, TN

3/10/2011 Soapbox Lounge – Wilmington, NC

3/11/2011 Tremont – Charlotte, NC

3/12/2011 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN

3/13/2011 Krug’s Place – Frederick, MD w/ Iron Man (no Jucifer)

SOURVEIN are readying to release their third studio full-length, titled Black Fangs, this June via Candlelight Records. Further details to be announced in the coming weeks.

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February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

Scottish death metallers CEREBRAL BORE have finished shooting a new music video for the title-track of their debut album, MANIACAL MISCREATION.

CEREBRAL BORE filmed the video for “Maniacal Miscreation” at Upwood Military Base in Peterborough, UK.  The video was shot with director PHIL BERRIDGE, who also filmed the band’s first video for the track “The Bald Cadaver”.

View some photos from the set of the video at http://j.mp/exd546

MANIACAL MISCREATION is due to be released on Earache Records on April 4th in Europe and June 7th in North America.

Watch CEREBRAL BORE’s first music video, for “The Bald Cadaver”, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWE9YmB8reQ

CEREBRAL BORE were recently confirmed for this year’s Neurotic Deathfest, which takes place on April 29th and 30th in Tilburg, Netherlands.  The band have previously performed at the festival, as well as such other notable death metal festivals as Obscene Extreme in the Czech Republic and the Central Illinois Metalfest in the USA, and have also played in countries as diverse as Israel, Russia and more.

CEREBRAL BORE formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 2006 and is comprised of frontwoman SOM PLUIJMERS, guitarist PAUL MCGUIRE, bassist KYLE RUTHERFORD and drummer ALLAN MCDIBET.

For more CEREBRAL BORE news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/cerebralbore2

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NYC SUCKS Vol 2: Out Now! Free Metal!

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG


OH HELL YES. Volume 2 of NYC Sucks, the completely free compilation we’ve put together to spotlight some of the best metal bands currently dominating the New York metal scene, IS FINALLY HERE. Featuring thirteen songs by as many bands, who run the gamut from death metal to stoner metal to black metal to grind to we-don’t-even-know-what-the-hell-to-call-it — this is a great sampling of all that New York’s thriving metal scene has to offer. And we’re giving it to you for the low, low cost of FREE.

You can stream, or, better yet, just download the comp at the link below. It contains high-quality 320kbps MP3s, as well as a PDF of digital liner notes with information about all the bands. Please help get the word out… send the comp to your friends, put it up on torrent sites, submit it to .rar Mediafire blogs… just spread the friggin’ music by any means necessary!

—> http://bit.ly/fMt8p0 <—
1. Wetnurse – “Not Your Choice”
2. Tombs – “The Great Silence”
3. Moth Eater – “Aftermath”
4. Hull – “Healer”
5. The Austerity Program – “Song 6″
6. Defeatist – “Dawn of No Light”
7. Goes Cube – “Year of the Human”
8. Krallice – “Autochthon”
9. Empyreon – “Beyond Perception”
10. Abacinate – “The Bundy Curse”
11. IKILLYA – “Godsize”
12. Atakke – “Fight Makes Right”
13. The Ghost in Black and White – “Restraint Impalement”

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AZARATH – second band of BEHEMOTH’s drummer – strikes back with new album and new line-up! Touring in April!

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG


Most merciless underground act returns with new release! Recording session of fifth album by the mighty Azarath took place in January and February in famous Hertz Studio (Vader, Behemoth, Lost Soul) where Wiesławscy Bros were responsible for production, mixing and mastering duties. Yet untitled full-length album will be released on 6th of June 2011 by Witching Hour Productions.

Recently Azarath underwent some personal changes – Necrosodom (guitar and vocals) replaced Bruno. Bass duties are now handled by P. Music was composed and arranged by Inferno and Bart, while Necrosodom wrote all the lyrics. 10 new devilish hymns were recorded for this album – as Inferno comments: “The character and atmosphere of music was changed considerably. The music is dark, ominous and spatial – in many parts refers to Black Metal and classics of the genre. Aggression and sonic massacre is not lacking at all – as this is our main frontline”. Here are the titles of several songs – “Behold The Satan’s Sword”, “Under The Will of The Lord”, “Deathstorms Raid The Earth”, “Lucifer’s Rising”.

Azarath  signed with Witching Hour, the label which will first release EP „Holy Possession” and then forthcoming full album. „Holy Possession” consisting of title track and cover of “Rebel Souls” by Damnation will be available as CD and 7”EP since 10th April. CD edition will be limited to 666 units (‘die hard’) and 7”EP will be limited to 333 copies – white vinyl with metal envelope containing also poster and badge. Iconoclastic graphics for full album and LP were designed by Boris Kaluzhny aka Hatefrost, Ukrainian artist residing in New York.

Under this link you can check the samples of upcoming annihilation:

In the middle of April, Azarath will embark on ‘Unholy Carnival Tour’ presenting new setlist with special stage effects. Here are the details:

13.04.2011 LUBLIN – GRAFFITI
14.04.2011 RZESZOW – POD PALMA
15.04.2011 KRAKOW – FABRYKA
16.04.2011 KATOWICE – ARKADA

Azarath - EP

Azarath - EP

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HATCHET signs Publishing Agreement with SALEM ROSE MUSIC PUBLISHING

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

Salem Rose Music Publishing has announced its publishing cooperation with HATCHET. This Bay Area, California quartet have been steadily building a compelling story for themselves the last 5 years between several DIY national tours and a 2008 debut on Metal Blade Records.  Now with a revamped lineup and a new 3-song demo the band are seeking a new label to release the album.

“We had a great spark early on with Awaiting Evil, however the pure passion and hard work ethic that it truly takes to support it was not shared by all original members. We now have a stronger, mature, and musically tight 4-piece,” explains singer/guitarist Jules Ramos.  “We are as a group and I personally excited to be working with Salem Rose Music. With Marco’s expertise and obvious great rep not only as a manager of bands like Warbringer & Bonded By Blood, his publishing roster showcases some great bands and all showing momentum in positive directions. I am confident we are in good hands and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish. A new label for our sophomore album is step one.”

Salem Rose Music began in 2007 as a management company handling the affairs of WARBRINGER, as well as establishing a Music Publishing division handling the administration of works for emerging artists including DIABOLIC, HEXEN, BLESSED CURSE (ex-Devastator), EMBRYONIC DEVOURMENT, AVENGER OF BLOOD, SEVENTH CALLING and more. Since the company, a creative venture from industry vet Marco Barbieri, which assists young bands in their ambitions, has begun managing additional artists, including ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, PATHOLOGY and BONDED BY BLOOD, as well as entertaining new avenues like promoting local shows/festivals, consulting and producing.
For more information, visit: www.myspace.com/hatchet2006 www.myspace.com/salemrosemusic

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February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

MORIBUND RECORDS announces two new release dates: DODSFERD’s Spitting With Hatred The Insignificance of Life will be released on March 22nd in North America (March 21st worldwide), while HAERESIARCHS OF DIS’ In Obsecration of the Seven Darks will be released on April 19th in North America (April 18th worldwide). More info follows below!


DODSFERD – Spitting With Hatred The Insignificance of Life
Greek black ’n’ roll machine DODSFERD returns with his defiant sixth album. The scarred ‘n’ scabrous Spitting With Hatred The Insigificance of Life is quintessential DODSFERD: caustic and crammed with filthy hooks. An album of intoxicating dissonance, absolute desolation and bleak, suicidal black metal seething with a pissed-off madness that demands to be heard! From depressive dirges to hard-rocking black ‘n’ roll, from punk disgust to sweeps of mournful melody, from fear and loathing to triumph and glory – join DODSFERD and revel in The Insignificance Of Life!   More info: www.moribundcult.com


HAERESIARCHS OF DIS – In Obsecration of the Seven Darks

After blazing trails with his Denuntiatis Cinis debut for MORIBUND and reaping unanimously fanatic praise from the international press, one-man maelstrom of miasmic misery HAERESIARCHS OF DIS returns with his hotly anticipated In Obsecration of the Seven Darks. Taking the previous MORIBUND album to more epic and extreme ends, mainman Cernunnos summons forth a frightening and bold vision of black metal: the complexity more entangling, the experimental touches even further out there, the violence absolutely mesmerizing. HAERESIARCHS OF DIS now enters the uppermost echelon of black metal.

More info: www.toadstoolcomics.com/dis

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Barn Burner playing ONTARIO this weekend

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

BARN BURNER returns to the road after recording in Mountain City Studios for new album!
If you are in any of these cities, this show is a MUST see show, you may even hear a new song or two!

Feb. 24 Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club
Feb. 25 Hamilton, ON @ Absinthe Club
Feb. 26 London, ON @ London Music Hall

Montreal, QC natives, Barn Burner, are now done laying tracks for their follow up to Bangers, their criticially acclaimed Metal Blade Records debut. The band has been touring and working on new tunes for upwards of two years now, and are hungry to lay down the new tracks.

Vocalist/guitarist Kevin Keegan has offered up the following update: “We have been itching to get back into the studio and record what we have been working on for 2 years now. The new tunes are fiercer but still catchy enough to show to your dad. Excited to work with Adrian Popovich at Mountain City again and drink all of his shitty coffee. Basically, this new record will just give us more excuses to drink beer and play shows.”

Have no doubts Barn Burner will do just that – drink beer and play shows! Keep an eye out for more tour dates later this year.

Here’s what critics (and comedian Brian Posehn) had to say about their previous album, Bangers:

“Anyone listening to Barn Burner? I hear elements of Fu Manchu, C.O.C., Maiden and Thin Lizzy. Great hard rock with big hooks.” comedian and actor, Brian Posehn


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