Best of 2010 – LORD OF THE WASTELAND

January 5th, 2011
by EvilG

LORD OF THE WASTELAND’S BEST OF 2010

TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2010


1. Triptykon ~ EPARISTERA DAIMONES

Triptykon

The build-up to this record, personally, was phenomenal.  Hearing that Celtic Frost had imploded following the gargantuan MONOTHEIST, followed by the teaser snippets of songs posted on the Triptykon MySpace page had me foaming at the mouth upon the day of release.  That sort of anticipation usually leads to disappointment but EPARISTERA DAIMONES surpassed all expectations by delivering a crushingly heavy, dark abyss of a record that has held up strongly through the year.

2. Fear Factory ~ MECHANIZE

Much like Triptykon, Fear Factory had an awful lot riding on its new record.  With Dino Cazares back in the fold and Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera out, Fear Factory fans expected a lot, but at the same time, weren’t sure what to expect.  MECHANIZE picks up right where OBSOLETE left off a dozen years earlier but still sounds fresh and modern.  One of the band’s best releases to date.

3. Melechesh ~ THE EPIGENESIS

4. Accept ~ BLOOD OF THE NATIONS

5. Orphaned Land ~ THE NEVERENDING WAY OF ORWARRIOR

6. Ratt ~ INFESTATION

7. Dommin ~ LOVE IS GONE

8. Deftones ~ DIAMOND EYES

9. Therion ~ SITRA AHRA

10. Overkill ~ IRONBOUND

11. Death Angel ~ RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION

12. Scorpions ~ STING IN THE TAIL

13. Halford ~ MADE OF METAL

14. Dimmu Borgir ~ ABRAHADABRA

15. Avantasia ~ ANGEL OF BABYLON/THE WICKED SYMPHONY

16. Intronaut ~ VALLEY OF SMOKE

17. Immolation ~ MAJESTY AND DECAY

18. Dark Tranquillity ~ WE ARE THE VOID

 19. The Crown ~ DOOMSDAY KING

 20. Forbidden ~ OMEGA WAVE

BEST NEW BAND OF 2010

Dommin

A mix of Danzig, Volbeat and 80s Goth-rock, Dommin’s debut album, LOVE IS GONE, brought a fresh twist to heavy music in 2010.  Lots of hooks and dark melodies made this record one that had a lot of re-plays over the year.

BEST METAL DVD/BLU-RAY OF 2010

Rush ~ BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE

Flawless in its production, broad and all-encompassing in its content, this Blu-Ray is the crown jewel for any Rush fan.

BEST LIVE ALBUM OF 2010

Down ~ DIARY OF A MAD BAND

This one has been dogged by delays for a few years but Down made it worth the wait by including a snazzy package and accompanying documentary DVD.

BEST EP OF 2010

Beneath The Massacre ~ MARÉE NOIRE

These Canadians were among the first in the deathcore genre and still know how to annihilate everything its path with well-timed breakdowns, rapid-fire guitars and sub-guttural vocals.

BEST COMPILATION/COLLECTION OF 2010

Lamb Of God ~ HOURGLASS: THE ANTHOLOGY

Not really a "hits" package but it certainly includes the bulk of Lamb Of God’s best moments.

BEST METAL-RELATED BOOK OF 2010

MUSTAINE ~ Dave Mustaine & Joe Layden

Megadeth’s mainman finally unleashes his autobiography on the masses.  Full of interesting stuff…but Megadave’s ego has never been bigger!

BEST DISCOVERY OF 2010

Forbidden

This Bay-Area thrash band never really found its way on to my radar back in the late-eighties but Forbidden’s new CD, OMEGA WAVE, made me go back and explore what I overlooked on their first two records, 1988’s FORBIDDEN EVIL and 1990’s TWISTED INTO FORM.

BEST CONCERT OF 2010

Ozzy Osbourne/Halford

The last few times I saw Ozzy live were less than memorable, so I went into this show more for Rob Halford’s solo material than for The Prince of Darkness.  The addition of new guitarist Gus G. has really added some spark to Ozzy’s live show, though, and witnessing him tear through a set of many long-lost gems allowed him to rise to the top of the year’s concert heap.

WORST CONCERT OF 2010

Great White

Jack Russell’s health issues have all but silenced a once powerful voice and a strong frontman.  Many in the crowd were saddened and embarrassed at Russell’s current state as she struggled to hit even the mid-range notes of the band’s biggest songs.  The show must go on but when the show is reduced to the singer barely able to sing and performing while seated on a stool or hobbling around on a cane, it may be time to draw the curtain.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2010

1. Airbourne ~ NO GUTS NO GLORY

The anthemic RUNNIN’ WILD set the bar high for these Aussie rockers and NO GUTS NO GLORY was a big letdown.  Not a bad CD but doesn’t possess the same unforgettable songs that stick in your head as its predecessor did in 2007.

2. All That Remains ~ FOR WE ARE MANY

THE FALL OF IDEALS was a great CD but OVERCOME and this year’s FOR WE ARE MANY crossed over into auto-tuned hell.  That and an obvious reliance on studio production tricks leave me in fear of where this band is headed.

3. Gamma Ray ~ TO THE METAL

Gamma Ray has been on a steady decline for years but TO THE METAL was a real stinker.  Generic power metal at its worst.

4. Nevermore ~ THE OBSIDIAN CONSPIRACY

Somehow Nevermore has come up with its first dud, following the genius of THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOR and ENEMIES OF REALITY.  All the necessary elements are there—Warrel’s vocals and Jeff’s guitars are top-notch—but something got lost along the way.

5. In This Moment ~ A STAR-CROSSED WASTELAND

Following the incredible maturity shown on its sophomore effort, 2008’s THE DREAM, In This Moment decided to forget about Maria Brink’s stellar voice and writing hook-filled songs.  Instead, the band reverted back to the generic screaming and paint-by-numbers songs found on its debut.  What the hell were they thinking????

GREATEST HOPES FOR 2011

1. New CDs from Morbid Angel, Sodom, Deicide, Pig Destroyer, Neuraxis, DevilDriver, Evergrey, Within Temptation and Amon Amarth.

2. The Devin Townsend Project ~ DECONSTRUCTION and GHOST

3. King Diamond/Mercyful Fate DVDs

4. More time available to devote to writing and contributing to the mighty Metal-Rules.com!!!!!!!

5. Trans-Siberian Orchestra adds Calgary on to its winter tour schedule again.

 

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Best of 2010 – JP

January 5th, 2011
by EvilG

JP’s Best of 2010

It was a very metal year for me. From being a speaker at Noctis IV the International Metal Music Industry conference, to having Andy Sneap, Sam Dunn and Eric Grief all in the studio at the same time on my radio show discussing the new Accept album, to getting our new book section here at Metal-Rules fired up, to discovering my new favorite fanzine, Chromium Dioxide, to seeing local boys Striker get the global recognition they deserve, 2010 was a truly kick-ass year.   It was all sonically backed-up by a full-on, non-stop, metal soundtrack. I managed to hear about 300 new, 2010 albums, but considering there were approx. 5000 albums released this year this is just a drop in the bucket!  There is so much quality material being released every year that Year End lists get harder and harder every year.  Having heard only 2.5% of the available material released world-wide in 2010 here is what rocked my world.

1. Pathfinder-Beyond The Space, Beyond The Time (GM Records)



I heard about 20 seconds of the band on-line, ordered the CD from Poland instantly and when I heard it jumped right to #1 of the year.  Much like last year when another brand new band (Cain’s Offering) came out of nowhere late in the year and took my #1 spot.

2. Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Relentless (Rising Force)

3. Helloween – 7 Sinners (Sony)

4. Wuthering Heights – Salt (Sensory)

5. Rage – Strings To A Web (Nuclear Blast)

6. Reinxeed – Majestic  (Liljgren)

7. Golden Resurrection – Glory To My King (Liljgren)

8. Sinbreed-When Worlds Collide (Ulterium)

9. Painside-Dark World Burden (Inner Wound)

10.  Myrath-Desert Call (Nightmare)

11. Angels Of Babylon-Kingdom Of Evil (Burnhill Union)

12. Ancient Bards-The Alliance Of The Kings: The Black Crystal Sword Saga Pt. 1 (Limb)

13. Crosswind-Opposing Forces (Stormspell)

14. Signum Regis-The Eyes Of Power (Inner Wound)

15. Soulspell-The Labyrinth Of Truths (Inner wound)

16. Toxxic Toyz-Mutation (Nightmare)

17. Seven Kingdoms-Seven Kingdoms (Indie)

18. Lyraka-Lyraka (Indie)

19. Blacksword-The Sword Accurst (Echoes Of Crom)

20. Wildestarr-Arrival (Furnace Maximus)

Best New Band

Pathfinder-Beyond The Space, Beyond The Time (GM Records)

Best Live Album  

Dragonforce-Twilight Dementia. (Roadrunner) 

I saw them twice on this tour.  The end of an era, capping a run of four brilliant albums.

Best EP 

Skullfist-Heavier Than Metal  (Indie) Canadian ass-kickery.  A band to watch.

Best Misc. Remake/Covers album/Compilations etc.  

Dokken – Greatest Hits. (Cleopatra)

Don sounds better than ever re-recording these classic hits from the 80’s.  The four new bonus tracks sweeten the deal.

Best Metal Book

Again like DVD’s there are so many categories of books, biographies, autobiographies, academic works, photo/art books, books of lists, that it is hard to only pick one!  These two stood out for me.

 

The Gospel Of Filth – A Bible Of Decadence And Darkness (FAB) Gavin Baddeley, w. Dani Filth.  Technically this came out in late 2009 and you had to pre-order the special ‘Bible Edition’, limited to 1150 copies.  The rest of the world got a look at this magnificent work in 2010.

Mean Deviation-Four Decades of Progressive Metal by Jeff Wagner. (Bazillion Points)

The definitive history of all things Prog Metal.

Best metal DVD/Blu-Ray

There are so many different types of DVD’s (Documentaries, video collections, concerts, band histories) it’s hard to rank, so of the dozen I saw this year here is my Top 3 breakdown.

Best Documentary: 

Saxon:Heavy Metal Thunder-The Movie. (Coolhead Productions)


The extended 3 hour version of the movie and three hours of bonus footage.  6 hours of awesomeness.

Documentary honourable Mention goes to Until The Light Takes Us. (Factory 25)

Best Concert DVD:

Yngwie J. Malmsteen-Raw Live. (Rising Force)

An excellent collection of bootleg clips from across the world and across his career.

Misc: Metalocalypse Season Three.  (Adult Swim/ Warner)

Discovery of 2010

Orden Ogan-Easton Hope (AFM)

I don’t know how I missed these guys first two albums. Crushing and classic metal for fans of Blind Guardian, Persuader and Savage Circus.

Best concert attended in 2010

Killfest 2010.  OverkilI w. Vader, God Dethroned, Evile. Warbringer and Woe Of Tyrants.  April 15th, Red Room, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

I only saw about 50 bands this year but the other concerts that stood out were the Ozzy/Halford (Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta) and Hammerfall with Powerglove.   (Bar in Calgary, Alberta)

Album disappointments of 2010

Star One- Victims Of A Modern Age. (Insideout)  It just didn’t have the magic of the debut.

Greatest hopes for 2011

1. New Manowar album. (Carried over from 2010!)

2. W.A.S.P. Blackie Lawless decides to release the mountain of archived footage (and the long-lost Japanese only video collection) in a cool, historical 3+ DVD set.  Blackie also finishes his autobiography he has been rumored to have working on for years. (Also carried over from 2010!)

2. Symfonia.   The new band featuring…

André Matos (ANGRA, SHAAMAN, VIPER) – Vocals

Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS, REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE) – Guitar

Jari Kainulainen (STRATOVARIUS, EVERGREY) – Bass

Mikko Härkin (SONATA ARCTICA, KOTIPELTO) – Keyboards

Uli Kusch (MASTERPLAN, HELLOWEEN) – Drums

The debut album is out in March.  With that kind of fire-power, I’m calling it a (very) early contender for many Top 10 lists in 2011.

3.  Fullforce.  The new band featuring…

Mike Andersson (CLOUDSCAPE, SILENT MEMORIAL, PLANET ALLIANCE)  vocals,

Stefan Elmgren (HAMMERFALL) guitar,

Carl-Johan Grimmark (NARNIA) guitar,

Tommy Larsson (HEED) bass

Anders Johansson (HAMMERFALL, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) drums,

The debut album is out this spring .  With that kind of fire-power, I’m calling it a (very) early contender for many Top 10 lists in 2011. (again.)

4. Metal Evolution.  Sam Dunn’s 12+ hour History of Heavy Metal documentary series.  A good chance to expand on his first film, the excellent and critically acclaimed, Metal: A Headbangers Journey. Should be showing soon on TV and available soon after on DVD with bonus stuff!

5. Metalocalypse Season Four.  The only TV series worth watching.

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Best of 2010 – Erich

January 5th, 2011
by EvilG

Erich’s Best of 2010

1. Crazy Lixx – NEW RELIGION

Crazy Lixx

I had never even heard of these guys, but this is the closest you can get in 2010 to a 1987 Def Leppard/Bon Jovi release without it being either of those bands themselves.  Crazy Lixx is from Sweden but this sounds like it is directly from the Sunset Strip. Every song is a riff inspired rocker complete with catchy choruses.

2. Reckless Love – SELF TITLED

From Finland, and again a band out of nowhere for me.  Really captures the retro sound, but with plenty of original flair.  Even has the sheen and polish of an 80’s era album.  A truly stunning and well-made album.

3. Ratt – INFESTATION

4. Accept – BLOOD OF THE NATIONS

5. Jon Oliva’s Pain – FESTIVAL

6. Circle II Circle – CONSEQUENCE OF POWER

7. Virgin Steele – THE BLACK LIGHT BACCHANALIA

8. Overkill – IRONBOUND

9. Triptykon – EPARISTERA DAIMONES

10. Death Angel –RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION

11. Charred Walls Of The Damned – SELF TITLED

12. Edenbridge – SOLITAIRE

13. Blind Guardian – AT THE EDGE OF TIME

14. Sons of Liberty – BRUSH-FIRES OF THE MIND

15. Iron Maiden – THE FINAL FRONTIER

16. Rage – STRINGS TO A WEB

17. Helloween – 7 SINNERS

18. Nevermore – THE OBSIDIAN CONSPIRACY

19. Ace Frehley – ANOMALY

20. Sabaton – COAT OF ARMS

Best New Band

Reckless Love

Best DVD

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax – ‘The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria’

Proof that time heals all wounds and a great show on top of that.

Discovery of 2010

Crazy Lixx

Best Concert I Attended In 2010

The American Carnage Tour (Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax), Hard Rock Live October 2nd, Orlando Florida.

Album Disappointments

Iron Maiden – THE FINAL FRONTIER

This album made my best of 2010 list, but I cannot help but be somewhat disappointed with the continued bloat and filler on Maiden’s last 3 albums.  The endless intros and boring outros have worn out their welcome.  I do not expect a return to 1983, but can Maiden ever write a hard hitting, direct, and compact song like “Flight Of Icarus” again?

Grave Digger – THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN

A predictable and uninspiring album from the grizzled ones. Clocking in at 53 minutes, it is a slog to make it all the way through.  While not horrible, it is clear that the band has almost run out of ideas.

Greatest Hope of 2011

That Lake of Tears releases their new album, which is planned for April 2011, on time.  It has been 6 years since BLACK BRICK ROAD and I am hoping for a great album.

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Best of 2010 – Demonator

January 5th, 2011
by EvilG

Top 20

It was a fantastic year for heavy metal, with practically nothing but fluctuation in my mood separating the top 5.  For my money, the best albums of 2010 were:

1. High on Fire – SNAKES FOR THE DIVINE

High on Fire

2. Monster Magnet – MASTERMIND

3. Melechesh – EMMISARIES

4. Immolation – MAJESTY & DECAY

5. Enslaved – AXIOMA ETHICA ODINI

6. Triptykon – EPARISTERA DIAMONES

7. 1349 – DEMONOIR

8. Dimmu Borgir – ABBRAHADABRA

9. Kylesa – SPIRAL SHADOWS

10. Madball – EMPIRE

11. Annotations of an Autopsy – THE REIGN OF DARKNESS

12. Deathspell Omega – PARACLETUS

13. Whitechapel – A NEW ERA OF CORRUPTION

14. Sick of it All – BASED ON A TRUE STORY

15. The Dillinger Escape Plan – OPTION PARALYSIS

16. Ion Dissonance – CURSED

17. Dark Fortress – YLEM

18. Kingdom of Sorrow – BEHIND THE BLACKEST TEARS

19. Hate – EREBOS

20. Nevermore – THE OBSIDIAN CONSPIRACY

Best New Band

Triptykon

There’s absolutely no debate about this in my mind – Triptykon’s debut was absolutely phenomenal.

Best metal DVD / Blu-Ray

Sonisphere "The Big Four"

Discovery of 2010

The Anti-Christ Empyrium

A side-project boasting one half of the Akercocke membership.  Expect them to tear your ears asunder when their debut hits the streets in 2011.

Album disappointments of 2010

A few names spring to mind, but none proved a greater example of all sizzle, no steak than Cephalic Carnage’s latest joint, MISLED BY CERTAINTY.  Playing like a neutered version of former glories, it masked a distinct like of fire in their collective belly with experimentation, only for the result to sound lame.

Best concert attended in 2010

Monster Magnet and Seventh Void at the Electric Ballroom in London, though I have to admit that since the Astoria got torn down, I’ve noticed an increasingly slack attitude from promoters in the English capital that’s made me less inclined to attend gigs with the religious fervor I used to.

Greatest hopes for 2011

That the forthcoming albums by Deicide, Morbid Angel and Biohazard don’t end up in my "Biggest disappointments of 2011" list.

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DESTRUCTION ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG
Destruction

Destruction

German thrash metal masters DESTRUCTION will be returning to North America in support of their new studio album, Day Of Reckoning, due out in the U.S. and Canada on March 8th, 2011 and on February 18th in Europe.   Special guests on the tour are Australia’s Destroyer 666.

DESTRUCTION bassist & vocalist Schmier shares the following on the upcoming trek:

“It feels fantastic to return to North American shores for the first time after our return to Nuclear Blast with a new album as  brutal as Day Of Reckoning on our backs.  This is the strongest material we have written since [2001’s] The Antichrist and we are burning to present these shredding songs and introduce our new 6.6 foot tall drum animal VAAVER live!  Of course, all the DESTRUCTION classics will be there; we know what our faithful fans want and we will serve them well!  You will feel the force of the strongest line-up we have ever had.  Experience the true power and the rigorous precision of German Thrash Metal live this spring!  Can’t fuckin’ wait!”

Confirmed dates for the “North American Reckoning 2011” tour are as follows:

04/27/11  STUDIO  SEVEN                           SEATTLE,  WA
05/03/11  ORIENTAL THEATER                 DENVER,  CO
05/05/11  REGGIE’S ROCK CLUB                CHICAGO,  IL
05/07/11  HARPO’S                                       DETROIT,  MI
05/09/11  FOUFOUNES  ELECTRIQUES    MONTREAL,  ONTARIO, CANADA
05/10/11  BOURBON STREET                      BALTIMORE,  MD
05/11/11  B.B. KING’S                                   NEW YORK,  NY
05/13/11  JAXX                                              WEST SPRINGFIELD,  VA
05/17/11  MUG SHOTS                                 AUSTIN,  TX
05/20/11  GALAXY  THEATRE                    SANTA ANA,  CA
05/21/11  THE  KEY CLUB                           LOS ANGELES, CA

Additional dates will be announced soon.

“The Price,” a new song from Day Of Reckoning, has been posted on the band’s MySpace page.  States Schmier: “This song expresses the spirit of Day Of Reckoning at its best: faster, more raw, and tighter.  One of my favorite tracks on the album because you can feel the fire and the joy of playing!  The band feels the old-school aggression again and this song is like a rocket: UN-FUCKIN-STOPPABLE!”

View a video trailer for the new release here.

Day Of Reckoning is the follow-up album to 2008’s D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.

Visit DESTRUCTION online at www.DESTRUCTION.de, www.myspace.com/OFFICIALDESTRUCTION, and twitter.com/DESTRUCTION.

DESTRUCTION ANNOUNCE 2011 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

DESTRUCTION ANNOUNCE 2011 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

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Demonical announces touring plans for 2011

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

The Swedish hellfire horde DEMONICAL have issued the following statement:

We are proud to announce the “Death Infernal Tour 2011” , a crusade running from May 3d to 21st with targets in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia and Czech Republic.
Our allies in Swedish FERAL and UK-based GILLA BRUJA will join the trek hence creating a lethal unity of pure death metal.

In August we will support our devil comrades NUNSLAUGHTER at the “Hell Over Europe Tour”, a massacre desecrating selected clubs and festivals in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic and Germany.

Further info and details tba soon. Pre-posters enclosed as attachements.

DEMONICAL are confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany, 18 – 20 August 2011.

www.summer-breeze.de

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DEMONICAL @ the net : www.demonical.net

DEMONICAL @ MySpace : www.myspace.com/thedemonicalhorde

DEMONICAL @ YouTube : www.youtube.com/Demonicalofficial

DEMONICAL @ Facebook : www.facebook.com/Demonicalofficial << NEW SITE. JOIN !!

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THE FAMINE REVEALS FIRST TRACK FROM ‘THE ARCHITECTS OF GUILT

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

“Ad Mortem” streaming online, Full-length out next month

TEXAS – Lone Star brutal death metal outfit, The Famine, has posted a brand new track from the forthcoming full-length, The Architects of Guilt, on the band’s official MySpace page, entitled, “Ad Mortem”.  Head over to: http://www.myspace.com/thefaminedestroys, to hear the first song to be revealed from The Famine’s sophomore Solid State Records effort, which is slated to hit stores on February 15th.

A mobile-web-accessible YouTube audio stream of “Ad Mortem” is also available on the official The Famine YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfpRCLM_Zz8.

The Famine vocalist, Nick Nowell, explains, “’Ad Mortem’ is a song about addiction, and the excuses we all have for our complicity.  We’ll come up with just about anything to keep from being disgusted with ourselves.”

The track list for The Architects of Guilt is…1. The New Hell
2. Ad Mortem
3. We Are The Wolves
4. Turner Classic Diaries
5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!6. The Crown and The Holy See
7. VII The Fraudulent
8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions
9. A Fragile Peace
10. Pyrithion House
11. To The Teeth

Despite several unfortunate setbacks during the recording process, the finishing touches on the long awaited, The Architects of Guilt, were polished up this fall with the help of the renowned audio mastermind, Jason Suecof.

A behind-the-scenes video blog, filmed during the summer 2010 recording sessions as the band pieced together the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut, The Raven and the Reaping (2008), can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tLNbQsuggk.

The Architects of Guilt can be pre-ordered now through the Solid State Records webstore at: http://zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCD95282, while a CD/t-shirt combo pre-order is available at: http://zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCOMBO95282.
Stay tuned for more information on The Famine and The Architects of Guilt.

The Famine is…

Nick Nowell – vocals

Andrew Godwin – guitar

Mark Garza – drums

Jon Richardson – bass

The Famine online…

www.thefaminedestroys.com

www.myspace.com/thefaminedestroys

www.facebook.com/thefaminedestroys

www.solidstaterecords.com

THE FAMINE REVEALS FIRST TRACK FROM ‘THE ARCHITECTS OF GUILT’
“Ad Mortem” streaming online, Full-length out next month
TEXAS – Lone Star brutal death metal outfit, The Famine, has posted a brand new track from the forthcoming full-length, The Architects of Guilt, on the band’s official MySpace page, entitled, “Ad Mortem”.  Head over to: http://www.myspace.com/thefaminedestroys, to hear the first song to be revealed from The Famine’s sophomore Solid State Records effort, which is slated to hit stores on February 15th.
A mobile-web-accessible YouTube audio stream of “Ad Mortem” is also available on the official The Famine YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfpRCLM_Zz8.
The Famine vocalist, Nick Nowell, explains, “’Ad Mortem’ is a song about addiction, and the excuses we all have for our complicity.  We’ll come up with just about anything to keep from being disgusted with ourselves.”
The track list for The Architects of Guilt is…
1. The New Hell
2. Ad Mortem
3. We Are The Wolves
4. Turner Classic Diaries
5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!
6. The Crown and The Holy See
7. VII The Fraudulent
8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions
9. A Fragile Peace
10. Pyrithion House
11. To The Teeth
Despite several unfortunate setbacks during the recording process, the finishing touches on the long awaited, The Architects of Guilt, were polished up this fall with the help of the renowned audio mastermind, Jason Suecof.
A behind-the-scenes video blog, filmed during the summer 2010 recording sessions as the band pieced together the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut, The Raven and the Reaping (2008), can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tLNbQsuggk.
The Architects of Guilt can be pre-ordered now through the Solid State Records webstore at: http://zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCD95282, while a CD/t-shirt combo pre-order is available at: http://zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCOMBO95282.
Stay tuned for more information on The Famine and The Architects of Guilt.
The Famine is…
Nick Nowell – vocals
Andrew Godwin – guitar
Mark Garza – drums
Jon Richardson – bass
The Famine online…

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Dreaming Dead announce addition of lead guitarist Stephanie Pickard

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG
Dreaming Dead

Dreaming Dead

DREAMING DEAD are proud to announce the addition of lead guitarist Stephanie Pickard.  She and singer/guitarist Elizabeth Schall form the most shredding female guitar tandem in metal today.

Pickard studied with Bruce Bouillet and Paul Gilbert of legendary shred band RACER X.  She became a Minarik Guitars endorsee at the age of 16.  Schall is a Fernandes Guitars endorsee.  She will perform at NAMM at the Fernandes Guitars booth on January 14 and 15.

A video of them playing together can be viewed here.

DREAMING DEAD have drawn comparisons to DEATH, DISSECTION, and OPETH.  In April, the Los Angeles-based band will enter the studio to record their new album Midnightmares.

http://www.myspace.com/dreamingdead
http://www.facebook.com/DreamingDeadBand
http://twitter.com/dreamingdead

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PARTY.SAN News Update; AT THE GATES will play!

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Happy New Year metal friends! This just in from the promoters of PARTY.SAN 2011:

AT THE GATES: Swedish death metal legends AT THE GATES will play PARTY.SAN OA 2011! After two years of silence, the band recently decided to play a handful of well-chosen festivals and one of them will be PARTY.SAN OA in Schlotheim, Germany. With timeless recordings like The Red In The Sky Is Ours and Slaughter Of The Soul to their name, this is truly a special event not to be missed. Spread the word: AT THE GATES @ PSOA 2011! http://www.atthegates.se

MORGOTH: Ever since Century Media reissued MORGOTH‘s 1991 offering Cursed in 2006, in addition to the “Best Of” compilation release a year earlier, constant rumors have circulated about an actual MORGOTH return. Those rumors have finally come to fruition and the German death metal squadron will actively celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original release of Cursed by playing PARTY.SAN OA 2011 (among other carefully chosen summer festivals)! The setlist will mainly consist of songs from their pivotal debut as well as some cuts from the classic 1989/1990 EPs Resurrection Absurd and The Eternal Fall. The band’s lineup for these special shows is nearly confirmed and will include vocalist Marc Grewe, guitarists Harry Busse and Sebastian Swart, bassist Thilo Mellies as well as a great drummer, soon to be announced. Grewe comments: “Throughout the next months we will make sure to prepare a great show for us all to celebrate together in 2011. We seriously look forward to seeing old friends, peers and faithful supporters of the band again as well as playing to new audiences during the upcoming string of festival shows.” http://www.morgoth.eastpool.com/index.php

Also on the PARTY.SAN 2011 bill:

BELPHEGOR
ENSIFERUM
HAIL OF BULLETS
MELECHESH
MORBID ANGEL
NACHTMYSTIUM
NEGURA BUNGET
PANZER CHRIST
TAAKE

Save now on your ticket to PARTY.SAN METAL OPEN AIR 2011 which includes various limited t-shirt or P.S:O:A DVD combos. For more info, visit: http://www.cudgel.de:

– Ticket PSOA 2011 w/ out Shirt: 49,90€ + delivery
– Ticket PSOA 2011 + limited to 666pieces shirt in S,M,L,Xl,XXL: 49,90€ + delivery
– Ticket PSOA 2011 + DVD 2009: 65,00€ + delivery
– Ticket PSOA 2011 + DVD 05, 07 or 08: 54,00€ + delivery
– DVD 2009: 19,99€ + delivery

ABOUT PARTY.SAN: PARTY.SAN is an annual metal festival founded in 1996 as an open air birthday party with several local bands. Due to troubles with the public order office the official open air, called Endsommer-Festival, had to be delayed from August to September. Nevertheless the first festival took place unofficially in August, thus there  were two open air festivals that year. In the years to follow, festival was held the second weekend in August and has grown to accommodate  more than 10,000 visitors and prides itself on showcasing extreme metal’s finest acts. PARTY.SAN 2011 will run from August 11 – 13, 2011 at Flugplatz Obermehler in Schlotheim, Germany.

For more info, visit: http://www.party-san.de
http://www.cudgel.de

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Manowar’s only scheduled 2011 appearance in North America!

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG
MANOWAR

MANOWAR

This is Manowar’s only scheduled appearance in North America!

In addition to performing Manowar classics, the band will perform the entire Battle Hymns record in celebration of the release of Battle Hymns 2011. The album will be available in stores in the US and Canada starting February 1st, 2011 but it’s already available in CD, MP3 and Limited Edition Picture Disc at The Kingdom Of Steel: www.thekingdomofsteel.com

After 6 years, the wait for true metal in America is over!

This show in Cleveland will also feature HolyHell as very special guests.

Tickets go on sale January 7, 2011, details to follow soon.

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NEURAXIS Launch First Track From Upcoming “Asylon” Album

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Montreal’s NEURAXIS have launched the first track from their upcoming album, “Asylon,” which will be released in North America on February 15th, 2011. Check out the track, “Asylum,” now, at Prosthetic Records’ webstore, where the official pre-order is now running. ( http://store.prostheticrecords.com/)

“Asylon” was recorded at Wildsound Studio with producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Last Felony, The Agonist). The cover art was created by artist Dennis Sibeijn of Damnengine Artwork, who worked with the band on their previous album, “The Thin Line Between,” as well with Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira and more.

NEURAXIS will support death metal masters Deicide in February and March and legendary extreme metal act, Sepultura in April and May.
See NEURAXIS on the following dates:
2/5            Drummondville, QC @ Drummondville Metalfest/ Salle Gaston Mandeville
2/10            Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Mavericks #
2/11              Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s #
2/12              Cleveland, OH – Pirate’s Cove #
2/13              Nashville, TN – The Muse #
2/15       Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *
2/16        Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall *
2/17        Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 *
2/18        Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero *
2/19       Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall *
2/20       Worcester, MA – The Palladium *
2/21        New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre *
2/22       Quebec City,  QUE –  Imperial de Quebec *
2/23        Montreal, QUE – Cafe Campus *
2/24       London, ONT – Music Hall *
2/25        Toronto, ONT –  Opera House *
2/26       Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club *
2/27        Detroit, MI – Blondie’s *
2/28        Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall *
3/1        Tulsa, OK – Marquee *
3/2       Denver, CO –  Bluebird Theater *
3/4       Seattle, WA – El Corazon *
3/5       Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre *
3/7                   Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon *
3/8        Los Angeles, CA – Key Club *
3/9/        San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick *
3/10                Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse *
3/11             Amirillo, TX – The War Legion Underground #
3/12              Ft Worth, TX – Rail Club #
3/13              Houston, TX – Numbers #
3/15             Tampa, FL – Brass Mug #
3/16              Nashville, TN – The Muse(2nd show) #
3/17              Newport News, VA – Budda’s Place #
3/18              Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar and Grill #
3/19              Manchester, NH – Rocko’s #
4/18              Toronto, ON – Opera House $
4/19              Quebec , QC – Imperial $
4/20              Montreal, QC – Club Soda $
4/21              Ottawa, ON – Mavericks $
4/22              Worcester, MA – Palladium $
4/23              Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom $
4/24              Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero $
4/25              New York, NY – The Gramercy Theater $
4/26              Charlotte, NC – The Tremont Hall $
4/27              Orlando, FL – The Club At Firestone $
4/28              Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room $
4/29              Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade $
5/01              Tyler, TX – Clicks $
5/02              Houston, TX – Scout Bar $
5/03              Dallas, TX – Trees $
5/04              Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory $
5/05              Lubbock, TX – Jake’s $
5/06              Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater $
5/07              Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse $
5/08              Tuscson, AZ – Club DV8 $
5/09              San Diego, CA – House Of Blues $
5/10              Reno, NV – Knitting Factory $
5/11              San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom $
5/12              Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater $
5/13              Seattle, WA – El Corazon $
5/14              Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory $
5/16              Englewood, CO – Gothic Theater $
5/17              Wichita, KS – The OZ Café $
5/18              St Paul, MN – Station 4 $
5/19              Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club $
5/20              Detroit, MI – Blondie’s $
5/21              Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall $
5/22              Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s $
5/23              Louisville, KY – Expo Five $
5/24              Milwaukee, WI – Rave $
5/26              Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo $
5/27              Regina, SK – The Exchange $
5/28              Calgary, AB – Dickens $
5/29              Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room $
5/30             Prince George, BC – Third $
5/31              Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater $
# w/ Blackguard
* w/ Deicide, Belphegor, Pathology, Blackguard
$ w/ Sepultura, Belphegor, Hate, Keep Of Kalessin, Bonded By Blood

The technical death metal outfit was founded in 1994 and has done time on the road with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Despised Icon, The Faceless and took part in the 2008 Canadian Summer Slaughter Tour, with Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Beneath the Massacre and more.

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Best of 2010 – CelticBob

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Top 20 of 2010

1. Sin City Sinners – Exile On Freemont Street

2. Black Label Society – Order Of The Black

3. Danko Jones – Below The Belt

4. Bobnoxious – Cocktales

5. Scorpions – Sting In The Tail

6. Kottak – Rock and Roll Forever

7. Airbourne – No Guts, No Glory

8. Blackwood Creek

9. Ratt – Infestation

10. Accept – Blood of Nations

11. Rob Zombie – Hellbilly Deluxe

12. Danzig – Deth Red Sabboth

13. Slash – ST

14. Nail – Power and Greed

15. Black Country Communion

16. Murderdolls – Women and Children Last

17. Ozzy – Scream

18. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier

19. Keel – Streets Of Rock and Roll

20. Stone Sour – Audio Secrecy

Top (Let’s Get Rocked) Releases

   1. Mudmen – Another Day

   2. Rex Goudie – One Hundred Pages Later

   3. Hank III – Rebel Within

   4. Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

   5. The Creepshow – They All Fall Down

   6. Robert Plant – Band of Joy

   7. Neil Young – Le Noise

Best New Band

Sin City Sinners

This band features Canadian Todd Kerns (Age of Electric/Slash) on vocals and Ex-Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muscat.

Best Metal DVD/Blu-Ray

Alice Cooper – Theatre of Death (BD)

An Alice show is always a good time and this Blu-Ray proves it for those that have never had the fortune of witnessing a Cooper show in person. The quality and performance are second to none making this the video release of the year.

Discovery of 2010

Metal-wise I never discovered anything ‘New’ but listened to allot of Zakk Wylde/Black Label Society as well as Down and Pantera. My ‘New’ discovery was Danko Jones. He’s been around for awhile and I’ve heard the name but this past summer I heard his music for the first time while driving around London, Ont in a “Rock You” Jetta.

Best concert attended in 2010

Saw several excellent shows this past year but the Scorpions/Cinderella one in Toronto was the best.

As usual Cinderella were spot on and put on a fantastic set. Scorpions were just phenomenal. These guys are going out on top, hands down. Klaus, Matthias and Rudolph were amazing. Kottak stole the show though. He was a monster on the drums and his stage presence and audience interaction couldn’t have been better. Despite Kottak stealing the show the only thing that could have possibly made it better for the final tour was to have Herman Ze German make an appearance on Drums and Francis Buchholz on Bass for nostalgic reasons.

Runner’s up include:

Bret Michaels in a small banquet room of a casino that held 675 people. I spent the majority of the show on stage making for one awesome and memorable show.

BLS – First time seeing Zakk live. Fucking killer show.

Helix – Back to Back shows with the classic 80’s line-up . Friday night in a club and the next night at an outdoor festival.

Worst Concert: Iron Maiden w/ Dream Theater

While DT may be technically amazing their live show and stage presence sucks the big one. LaBrie would sing a few lines then disappear behind the stack of Marshall’s. The only redeeming factor was Portnoy’s drumming. He is amazing, enjoyable to watch and interacted with the crowd.

Maiden were amazing BUT chose to play mostly newer material. This was disappointing as a fan who never got to see them live before until this tour.

ALBUM disappointments of 2010

Vince Neil – Tattoos and Tequila

The title track got our hopes up for a killer album from Vince BUT he chose to do 1 new song, a Motley leftover (which is also a great song) and the rest are cover songs. Thanks for coming out Vince.

Greatest hopes for 2011

All things Motorhead; The new album to kick our ass and the Lemmy movie to do the same. I also have hopes for them to come back to Eastern Canada which is highly unlikely and it’s just as unlikely that we’ll get a show/tour with Wurzel and Philthy back on stage with Lemmy. One can only hope which is what this category is all about.

Looking forward to Zakk Wylde’s book “Bringing Metal To The Children”

Also looking forward to the new discs from Sixx:AM and Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander Once again…I hope for new material from Razor and Monster Voodoo Machine.

Best Covers Album

Joe Elliott’s Down ‘n’ Outz – My Regeneration

Best Live Album

Down – Diary Of A Mad Band.

Best EP

Casablanca – Kings, Queens and Guillotenes

Former Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie’s newest band. This EP heralded the greatest single “Downtown” of the year.

Best “Best Of”, Greatest Hits, Re-Recorded Hits….

This would have to go to one of my all-time favorite bands; Helix. They just released SMASH HITS…UNPLUGGED. Recorded in studio they re-worked some classic songs and did them acoustically with some different instrumentation as well.

Best Book

Ozzy’s I AM OZZY and Bobby Blotzer’s TALES OF A RATT (Tie). Ozzy’s book was incredible from start to finish yet Blotzer’s was slightly more interesting. After reading both you come realize both were majorly fucked up but Bobby tries to be the nice guy but comes off as an asshole. I have just started Vince’s book so that one wasn’t in the running. Other books of enjoyment were THE LAST LIVING SLUT by Roxana Shiraz and Steve Seabury’s MOSH POTATOES. The latter being a Heavy Metal cookbook. Beers Up!

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Best of 2010 – Brat

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

2010 HIGHS AND LOWS – BRAT

TOP 20 ALBUMS

I’d have to say 2010 has been the hardest year to complile a Top 20. There was a plethora of super albums released this year and so many great ones have missed out on being immortalised on these pages.


1. Sabaton – Coat of Arms

2. Scorpions – Sting In The Tail

3. Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony

4. Firewind – Days Of Defiance

5. Crazy Lixx – New Religion

6. Keep of Kalessin – Reptilian

7. Blind Guardian – At The Edge Of Time

8. Masterplan –Time To Be King

9. Poisonblack – Of Rust and Bones

10. Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy

11. Kiuas – Lustdriven

12. Treat – Coup De Grace

13. Ghost Machinery – Out For Blood

14. Apocalyptica – 7th Symphony

15. Rage – Strings To A Web

16. Helloween – 7 Sinners

17. Kissin’ Dynamite – Addicted To Metal

18. HB – Pääkallonpaikka

19. Angra – Aqua

20. Drigva Дрыгва – Сын Магутнага Рода


BEST NEW BAND

Thaurorod

BEST GOTH ALBUM

1. The Murder Of My Sweet – Divinity

2. Darkseed – Poison Awaits

GREATEST HOPES FOR 2011

1. Not to lose anymore legends under tragic circumstances.

2. Soundwave festival grounds to be logically organised instead of the mess they presented in 2010.

3. A full length release from Russian power metal band CATHARSIS. This year’s EP release, Иной, was brilliant.

4. Getting out of Australia to soak up some ‘kulcha’.


DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2010

1. Missing the 2010 festival season in the Northern hemisphere.

2. What was MICHAEL KISKE thinking?!?!?

3. TARJA TURUNEN’s What Lies Beneath

4. The Myspace mess

BEST LIVE SHOWS OF 2010

1. Screamfest: EDGUY, SONATA ARCTICA, ENSIFERUM, VANISHING POINT, BLACK MAJESTY. What a way to start 2010!

2. TURISAS, The Factory, Sydney

3. ALESTORM, Gaelic Theatre, Sydney

4. STRYPER, The Metro Theatre, Sydney – Michael Sweet’s still got it!


HIGHLIGHT OF 2010

The plethora of excellent album releases. Compiling my top 20 this year was extremely difficult.

TRAGEDIES OF 2010

RIP Ronnie James Dio

RIP Peter Steele

RIP Steve Lee

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WATAIN – World Wide Death Band Issues Year-End Update

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

In a year end message from Swedish black metal legion, WATAIN: “North and South America have now been left in ashes, and with that the Lawless Darkness Tour 2010 is over. Hail to those who made it possible, and those who made it even more triumphant; North: Watain Disciples USA, Goatwhore, Black Anvil, Decibel Magazine, Liz and Dave at Earsplit, Jimmy and the Duff’s crew, Josh at Dean Guitars, Engl Amps, Black Witchery, Negative Plane, Averse Sefira, Hod. South: Arma Productions, Hells Angels Antofagasta, Careloco and The Chilean Watain Militia, Kythrone, the mighty Mortuary Drape, the Tumba crew, and all those whose presence strengthened us along the long and winding road through hell and back. You know who you are. A special mention to S.L of The Devil’s Blood who took on the lead guitar duties in North America; hail brother! Finally, a thunderous salute to our iron crew, without whom none of this would have been possible.

To view a clip from Swedish TV (with English subtitles) about WATAIN‘s appearance at the Sweden Rock festival in June earlier this year, point your browser HERE. The concert was aired on the Swedish national radio program P3-Live on Thursday December 23rd.

And it is that time of the year again, when the media compile their lists and distribute awards. WATAIN has received the following awards and nominations for 2010:
#1 Album Of The Year – Close Up Magazine
#1 Album Of The Year – Sweden Rock Magazine
#1 Band Of The Year – Terrorizer Readers Poll
#1 Personality Of The Year – Terrorizer Readers Poll
#2 Album Of The Year – Decibel Magazine

WATAIN have also been nominated for:
“Hardrock” Category of the Swedish Grammy Awards
“Hardrock” Category of the P3 Gold Awards
“Nordic Album 2010” of the Nordic Music Price Awards   In light of all this, we would like you to contemplate upon the following lines:
“It is the magic combination of fierceness and beauty that makes the Wolf an exception even in nature. Revered outlaws, feared in their bestial nature, yet also objects of fascination and curiosity, of naturally inhabited and unreachable grace, that men love to hate, and hate to love. But regardless of what judgement the vox populi might pass on the nighttime predators, they remain just that; a rare breed of hunters; alone, aside, untamed, always hungry…”

http://www.templeofwatain.com

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SONATA ARCTICA: EIGHTH “BEHIND THE SCENES” TOUR VIDEO NOW ONLINE

January 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have uploaded the eighth video installment of a series featuring behind-the-scenes footage from their recent South American tour.  Watch the video clip here.

Watch all “behind-the-scenes” video installments from SONATA’s South American tour on SONATATELEVISION here: www.youtube.com/SONATATELEVISION.

SONATA ARCTICA’s February 27, 2011 concert in Milan, Italy will be filmed for the band’s second live DVD, to be released in late 2011.

The Days Of Grays, SONATA ARCTICA’s latest studio album, debuted on the Billboard Top New Artist “Heatseekers” chart at #19 the week following its release.  The album track “Flag In The Ground” can be purchased for Playstation 3 & XBOX 360 gaming systems via the RockBand music library by clicking here.

View SONATA ARCTICA’s video for “Flag In The Ground” here.

Visit SONATA ARCTICA online at www.SONATAARCTICA.info, www.myspace.com/SONATAARCTICA, www.facebook.com/SONATAARCTICA, and twitter.com/SONATAARCTICA.

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