KOZELJNIK: Insidious Serbian Black Metal set to unleash their second full-length

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG

Long Island, New York’s Paragon Records’ latest signing KOZELJNIK are set to unleash their second full-length Deeper The Fall this June 22nd. Hailing from Belgrade, Serbia, this malicious duo are sure to infect black metal fans across the globe with their brew of inspiring, ever-morphing product.

Running the creative gamut of black metal, each track on Deeper The Fall melds elements of savage, triumphant, depressive, antagonistic, schizophrenic, and anguished songcraft, roaming all realms of the genre, and leaving not one moment of the release to waste. Featuring members of other current Serbian acts The Stone and May Result, the pair bring on extra musicians for live performances, but otherwise mastermind these clever passages between the two of them, and bring the creative force of two bands to the table with every KOZELJNIK anthem during the recording process. Fans of Negură Bunget, S.V.E.S.T., Mayhem, Enslaved, Bergraven and Corpus Cristii should certainly be intrigued.

Deeper The Fall Track Listing:

1. ThetruthisDeath.

2. The All-Consuming

3. Void To Final Consumption

4. Deeper The Fall

5. Breeding The Apocalypse

6. A.o.t.U.

http://www.myspace.com/kozeljnik

http://www.paragonrecords.org

http://www.myspace.com/paragon_records

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INTO ETERNITY’S STEVE BOLOGNESE TO DRUM FOR THRASHERS RATTLEHEAD ON U.S. TOUR WITH HEXEN!

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG
INTO ETERNITY'S STEVE BOLOGNESE TO DRUM FOR THRASHERS RATTLEHEAD ON U.S. TOUR WITH HEXEN

INTO ETERNITY'S STEVE BOLOGNESE TO DRUM FOR THRASHERS RATTLEHEAD ON U.S. TOUR WITH HEXEN

Steve Bolognese of extreme metallers INTO ETERNITY will be joining Los Angeles thrashers RATTLEHEAD on their summer “THRASHED AND DETOURED 2010″ nationwide campaign alongside fellow thrash band HEXEN (OSM RECORDS).

RATTLEHEAD will be touring in support of their upcoming LP entitled “TALES FROM THE GUTTER” due out in early July 2010. Touring alongside will be HeXeN, supporting their acclaimed debut release “STATES OF INSURGENCY”

The tour will cover over 30 shows in 35 days, with select east coast dates also featuring MANTIC RITUAL (NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS):

7/9/2010 Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky a GoGo

7/10/2010 Las Vegas, NV @ Lucky Lady

7/11/2010 Phoenix, AZ @ UB’s Bar

7/12/2010 Albuquerque, NM @ Warehouse 805

7/13/2010 Ft. Worth, TX @ Rock Dogs

7/14/2010 San Antonio, @ TX Ten Eleven

7/15/2010 Austin, TX @ Headhunters

7/16/2010 Jackson, MI @ The Warehouse

7/17/2010 Longwood, FL @ Liquid Scrips

7/18/2010 New Port Richey, FL @ Bourbon Street

7/19/2010 Atlanta, GA @ Lenny’s

7/20/2010 Springfield, VA @ TBA w/ Mantic Ritual

7/21/2010 Bethlehem, PA @ Hard Bean Cafe w/ Mantic Ritual

7/22/2010 Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Diner w/ Mantic Ritual

7/23/2010 Montclair, NJ @ Meatlocker w/ Mantic Ritual

7/24/2010 Long Island, NY @ Broadway w/ Mantic Ritual

7/25/2010 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose w/ Mantic Ritual

7/26/2010 Cleveland, OH @ Now Thatís Class w/ Mantic Ritual

7/27/2010 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Mixtape

7/28/2010 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club

7/29/2010 Milwaukee, WI @ On The Limiter

7/30/2010 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mew’s

7/31/2010 Lincoln, NE @ Knickerbockers

8/1/2010 Wichita, KS @ OZ Cafe

8/2/2010 Denver, CO @ Lion’s Lair

8/3/2010 Salt Lake, UT @ Outer Rim

8/5/2010 Portland, OR @ Satyricon

8/6/2010 Seattle, WA @ Club Motor

8/7/2010 Medford, OR @ Musichead

8/8/2010 San Francisco, CA @ TBA

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.myspace.com/rattlehead /   www.myspace.com/hexen

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MISTHERIA STUDIO REPORT

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG
Mistheria

Mistheria

All recordings and mixing are now complete for the forthcoming solo album from one of metal leading keyboard maestros – Mistheria. The keyboard wizard has checked in with the following guest updates.

Mark Boals (Royal Hunt, Ring of Fire, Y. Malmsteen) has completed his recordings on the song “Eye of the Storm – Metal Opera 82″. Of course, the song sounds nothing short of awesome! With a mix between elegant melody and metal power, Mark’s vocals made the song totally captivating! After long years trying to make real our collaboration, I’m really proud to feature Mark, one of the greatest metal singers, on my new album!

Mark comments, “This song brought back fond memories of the roots of Neo-Classic Metal. I had a blast recording it, and working with Mistheria!”

Rob Rock has posted the following statement on his involvement in the album.

“Recording for Mistheria was a pleasure for me. Lies and Deception is a great song we wrote together and the song is just full of monster musicians exploding all over the place. A very interesting song to be a part of. The song is also very energizing and my vocal performance is high octane, somewhat like my Wicked Maiden (Impellitteri) and Slayer of Souls (Rob Rock) vibe in a way. A very “live” vocal take, with lots of “on the spot” ad-libbing, which added a very emotional and natural performance attitude to the song. I really like it!” – RR

Italian Bass player Alberto Rigoni (Twinspirits / solo) completes the “Dragon Fire” album line-up. Thanks to a great mixture of perfect performance and powerful rich sound, Alberto did an excellent job recording whole album with his fantastic 6-strings Elrick Bass.

The album’s personel in full is: Vocals – John West, Mark Boals, Rob Rock, Titta Tani, Lance King.

Guitars – George Bellas, Roger Staffelbach, Emir Hot, Neil Zaza

Bass – Dino Fiorenza, Alberto Rigoni

Drums – John Macaluso

Lion Music can now confirm the track listing is as follows:

01. Dragon Fire.

02. Lies and Deception.

03. Killing the pain.

04. Two of us.

05. Metal Opera (part 1): A.D. 1982.

06. Metal Opera (part 2): Eye of the storm.

07. Now it’s never.

08. Fire and Flames.

09. The Prelude of my life.

10. Chopin Fantasy.

11. The power of one.

12. The Beast.

13. A beautiful dream.

Mistheria – Dragon’s Fire will see release later in 2010.

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ASHENT NAME NEW VOCALIST

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG
ASHENT

ASHENT

Silence doesn’t mean inactivity: Titta Tani is the new singer of Italian progressive metallers Ashent.

The band report: After a short but intense period of transition, the new Ashent line-up is finally completed. Titta Tani (Claudio Simonetti – Daemonia, Goblin, ex DGM and ex Necrophagia) officially joins the band, replacing the bands dear friend Steve Braun.After 5 years spent together, we friendly decided to follow different musical adventures, hoping to continue to improve ourselves as men, musicians and song-writers, with honesty and genuine passion. We wish Steve all the best, in order to reach new goals with his new band. Now, we are fully focused on the next gigs and we’re continuing the composition of our 3rd album that, with reasonable certainty, will be recorded during the next fall-winter period.

Steve’s statement: “Today is a very bittersweet day for me. My Ashent family and I have regretfully decided to part ways. Due to the economic problems in the world it was getting increasing harder to get over to Italy. After quite a few discussions we decided that the only way for Ashent to move forward is for them to look for a new singer. My wife Tara and I love our Ashent family and are sad that this period has to come to an end but we love Ashent too much to let it suffer because I couldn’t be a part as much as was needed. With this being said I couldn’t be happier that Titta has joined the Ashent family. He is an awesome singer as well as a great guy. We met last May when we did a few shows together and instantly I considered him a true friend. Thank you all for the memories and most of all your love and friendship. God Bless!!!!”

Titta’s personal statement: “Ashent welcome me as a family receives a relative who has been far away for a long time: with friendship and affection. And it’s FANTASTIC. To replace such an impressive singer as Steve is a challange that cannot be undervalued, but I will give the best of myself in order to find the way into the fans’ hearts of this amazing band!”

So guys, see you at the next gigs, and stay tuned checking the official pages.

http://www.ashent.net

http://www.myspace.com/ashentband

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ANTHRIEL SIGN TO LION MUSIC

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG
Anthriel

Anthriel

Lion Music are delighted to announce the signing of progressive metallers Anthriel.

Hailing from Finland. Anthriel’s music can be described as a progressive metal band with straight metal and neo-classical influences. Formed in 2004 by Timo Niemisto (guitars), Antti Hakulinen (keyboards) and Jari Kuokkanen (drums) and Klaus Wirzenius (bass), it wasn’t until vocalist Simo Silvan joined in 2008 that the band really found their true direction.

With a style that is sure to appeal to fans of the likes of Symphony X, Adagio and Yngwie Malmsteen the bands debut album “The Pathway” is an absolute monster offering, possessing an exceptionally high standard of songwriting from start to finish with first class performances from all musicians, the final icing comes in the guise of an ultra powerful production which puts many of the genres leaders to shame.

“Anthriel – The Pathway” is set for release on October 15th 2010. More information on the album to follow soon. In the meantime check out the band at http://www.myspace.com/anthrielmusic where 2 samples can be heard from the debut album.

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All-Star Riff Rockers BLACK RIVER Unveil New Video

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG
BLACK RIVER - “Black’n’roll”

BLACK RIVER - “Black’n’roll”

All-star band BLACK RIVER, which features within its ranks members of Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Neolithic and Rootwater, are proud to unleash their first video for the song “Lucky In Hell” (see below) which comes off their upcoming new full-length Black ‘N’ Roll. The video features one of the most talented and popular Polish actresses – Magdalena Cielecka – who’s won several important awards over the years at cinema festivals in Edinburgh, Geneva, Tokyo and Gdynia, among others.

Black ‘N’ Roll is BLACK RIVER’s second full-length and offers 45 minutes of gritty, bar-ready riff rock anthems! The long player was recorded at Studio Sonus and Studio Gdansk, engineered by Malta (Behemoth) and debuted at #20 on the official Polish charts upon its European release earlier this year. Said guitarist Kay of the offering: “It has the taste of good whiskey, it smells with sweat of girls dancing at the strip bar and with odor of car tires burnt on tarmac.” For fans of The Cult, Monster Magnet and Danzig.

Black ‘N’ Roll will be released in North America by Armoury Records/Eagle Rock on July 20th.

Four tracks from the record are currently available at the band’s official MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/blackriverpl.
Black ‘N’ Roll Track Listing:

1. “Barf Bag”

2. “Isabel”

3. “Lucky In Hell”

4. “Black ‘N’ Roll”

5. “Breaking The Wall”

6. “Free Man”

7. “Too Far Away”

8. “Loaded Weapon”

9. “Morphine”

10. “Like A Bitch”

11. “Young ‘N’ Drunk”

BLACK RIVER is:

Taff – Vocals (Neolithic, Testor, Geisha Goner, Rootwater)

Orion – Bass (Behemoth, Neolithic, Vesania)

Daray – Drums (Dimmu Borgir, Neolithic, Vader, Masachist, Faust et al)

Art – Guitars

Kay – Guitars (Kayzen, Kashtany, Neolithic)

Check the clip out here:

http://www.myspace.com/blackriverpl

http://www.youtube.com/blackriverrock

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RAMESSES Album Launch Party In London Tonight

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG

UK doom trio RAMESSES are throwing a launch party at Rough Trade East in London tonight, in celebration of their latest opus Take The Curse, to be released on Monday, June 21st. RAMESSES takes the stage for a devastating live set showcasing some new material from Take The Curse.

The festivities will also include special DJ sets by Jake and Dinos Chapman, the internationally renowned visionaries behind the brutally brilliant sculpture “Fucking Hell” which was used exclusively for the layout of Take The Curse.

This will be the last live show for RAMESSES until their autumn tour, which will be fully announced in the coming weeks.

RAMESSES Take the Curse – Album Launch Party:

Friday 18th June

Rough Trade East – London, England

Times: 6pm to 11pm (no admission after 10:15pm)

RAMESSES play live at 10pm

PLEASE NOTE – Tickets are free but limited to 100 wristbands that must be collected from Rough Trade. http://www.roughtrade.com/

RAMESSES were spawned in the woodland of Dorset, England. They have been disfiguring the innards of their army of devoted listeners since 2003 when drummer Mark Greening and guitarist Tim Bagshaw hooked up with Adam Richardson (bass + vox). In the intervening years, RAMESSES have ripped an incurable wound in the metal scene with killer live shows around the UK and Europe.

http://www.myspace.com/ramesses666

http://www.ritualproductions.net

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Watain videointerview in four parts

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG

This is Imhotep’s best work thus far, and E. replies are great, with the result that this is a really good interview.

Imhotep’s Paul Kearns and Roy Kristensen drove to Stockholm to find out what’s hiding behind the (lawless) darkness. This interview was recorded at Watain’s rehearsal place.

In the first part they talk about the band, the Lair (rehearsal place / bar), “Sworn To The Dark”, the growing success and Dissection’s “Reinkaos”.

In the second part they talk about the (black metal) scene and (response) to the new album “Lawless Darkness”.

In the third part they talk about Watain’s lyrics.

In the fourth part they talk about the listeners, Carl McCoy / WATers of AIN and black metal.

Watain (10) part 1/4

Watain (10) part 2/4

Watain (10) part 3/4

Watain (10) part 4/4

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Summer Slaughter Tour Dates Added

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG
Summer Slaughter 2010

Summer Slaughter 2010

New dates have been added to this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour featuring Decapitated, The Faceless, All Shall perish, The Red Chord, Veil Of Maya, Cephalic Carnage, Decrepit Birth, Carnifex, Animals As Leaders, and Vital Remains .

*NEW* JUST ADDED TOUR DATES *NEW*

7/19-Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
7/28-Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11

For a full list of dates and more information, please visit Myspace.com/SummerSlaughterTour.

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Mini Tour featuring Corrosion Of Conformity “Animosity” Lineup

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG
Corrosion Of Conformity "Animosity"

Corrosion Of Conformity "Animosity"

Southern Lord Recordings is proud to announce a West Coast mini-tour, featuring several SL artists as well as some very special opening and headlining guests.

Running from August 8th through 12th, the three-show tour features Southern Lord artists Eagle Twin, Black Breath and the return of Goatsnake. All of this is in addition to the headliner for the festivities; the recently reunited circa-1986 Animosity album lineup of Corrosion Of Conformity, featuring Woody Weatherman on guitar, Mike Dean on bass and vocals, and Reed Mullin on drums! The tour will also showcase openers Righteous Fool featuring Mike and Reed from C.O.C.

The string of dates kick off in Los Angeles at the Southern Lord sponsored The Power Of The Riff Festival, featuring this tour’s full lineup as well as countless other brutal acts including Repulsion, Trap Them, Nails, From Ashes Rise and more. The full lineup and info behind the fest will be announced soon.

Southern Lord West Coast Mini Tour:

8/08/2010 Echo and Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power of the Riff Fest

8/10/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA [buy tickets]

8/12/2010 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA [buy tickets]

http://www.southernlord.com

http://blog.southernlord.com

http://www.myspace.com/southernlordrecordings

http://twitter.com/twatterlord

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Members Of EYEHATEGOD, Outlaw Order And More To Perform Free One-Off Show

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG
Members Of EYEHATEGOD, Outlaw Order And More To Perform Free One-Off Show

Members Of EYEHATEGOD, Outlaw Order And More To Perform Free One-Off Show

Prior to part two of EYEHATEGOD‘s two-night stand at the Empty Bottle in Chicago, BloodLust! presents a special afternoon noise set at Reckless Records in Wicker Park by Ten Suicides (featuring members of EYEHATEGOD, Outlaw Order, The Guilt Of…, Bloodyminded, Anatomy Of Habit and The Fortieth Day).  The performance will be based around the Bloodyminded song “Ten Suicides,” which features guest lead vocals by EYEHATEGOD vocalist Mike Williams. Expect the worlds of noise, sludge and doom to lock into a united North-South experimental soundscape of epic proportions…

Ten Suicides (featuring members of EYEHATEGOD, Outlaw Order, The Guilt Of…, Bloodyminded, Anatomy Of Habit and The Fortieth Day).
Sunday, June 20, 2010
3:00 PM
All Ages
Free
Reckless Records
1532 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
773.235.3727
http://www.reckless.com
EYEHATEGOD, whose rescheduled show at the Cambridge Elks Lodge earlier this week was shut down mid set due to their extreme volume, have been ravaging the masses with their matchless brand of New Orleans’ sludge metal since the beginning of June. The band — Mike Williams, guitarists Jimmy Bower and Brian Patton, bassist Gary Mader and drummer Joey LaCaze — will wind down their long-anticipated US tour in Chicago at the Empty Bottle this weekend where they’ll perform the coveted first two EHG full-lengths In The Name Of Suffering (June 19) and Take As Needed For Pain (June 20) in their entirety. If you’re on the Chicago area (or are willing to travel), don’t miss this rare and special event!
EYEHATEGOD Remaining Tour Dates

6/17/2010 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH w/ Keelhaul, The Atlas Moth
6/18/2010 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI w/ The Atlas Moth, Strong Intention
6/19/2010 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Nachtmystium, Anal Cunt, Weekend Nachos, Strong Intention
6/20/2010 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Nachtmystium, The Atlas Moth
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THE ACACIA STRAIN Unleash New Track and Digital Single, Launch Pre-Order

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG

THE ACACIA STRAIN has unleashed the first monstrous track off of their upcoming full length, “Wormwood,” due July 20th via Prosthetic Records. The track is titled “Jonestown” and is streaming now exclusively, at store.prostheticrecords.com. The track is also now available as a digital single at Itunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jonestown-alternate-version/id376447333

Prosthetic Records has launched the official pre-order for the album, which will be available on CD and LP in six different colors. “Wormwood,” can be ordered on its own, or in a variety of different package combinations with shirts, hooded sweatshirts, in limited collectors’ boxes (featuring an exclusive banner, pin and chip clip!) and more!

“Wormwood” was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering. The cover art was one by acclaimed artist, Justin Kamerer, who has done previous work for Bleeding Through, Guns N Roses, Slayer and many more. The band chronicled the sessions through a series of video blogs which can be viewed at www.prostheticrecords.com.

Front man Vincent Bennett commented; “We worked just as hard if not harder on this album as we did on (2008’s)“Continent.’ We took an entire block of time off of touring and our lives in general to focus 100% on the creation of ‘Wormwood.’ Where we normally write a record with a theme already attached to it; this time around we wrote a record and the theme developed as we went. We wanted to do something that was still Acacia Strain, but broke away from the ‘mold’ that has been struck by all the bands these days that we seem to get grouped in with. All the songs have their own dynamic, instead of writing an album filled with like sounding songs. This is the heaviest record WE have ever written and these are the most personal lyrics I have ever written. Justin Kamerer; who did the artwork for the album, was really great to work with and really brought the songs to life with his imagery. I am really excited for this release, and we are all very proud of what we did with this record. I hope you enjoy.”

THE ACACIA STRAIN played will be participating in “Cool Tour” in July/August with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. They’ll also be in Europe in September and October on the “Hell On Earth Tour” with Terror and more.

Their upcoming dates are:

6/26 Leeds University, Leeds UK. – Ghostfest

7/9 Johnston City, TN- The Hideaway (w/ Cancer Bats)

7/10 Augusta, GA- Sector 7G (w/ Cancer Bats)

7/13 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle %

7/14 N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues %

7/15 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore %

7/16 Baltimore, MD – Sonar %

7/17 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy %

7/18 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre %

7/20 Boston, MA – House of Blues %

7/21 Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom %

7/22 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory %

7/23 Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion %

7/24 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Complex %

7/25 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant %

7/27 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater %

7/28 Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom %

7/30 Mesa, AZ – Marquis Theatre %

7/31 Los Angeles, CA – Palladium %

8/1 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield %

8/2 Las Vegas, NV- The Farm (w/ War of Ages)

8/4 Kansas City, MO- The El Torreon (w/ War of Ages)

9/17 Jena, GER – F Haus $

9/18 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik $

9/19 Reading, UK – Sub 89 $

9/20 Norwich, UK – Waterfront $

9/21 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre $

9/22 Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit $

9/23 Manchester, UK – Moho Live $

9/24 Sheffield, UK – Corperation $

9/25 London, UK – Islington 02 Academy $

9/26 Antwerpen, BE – Hof ter Lo $

9/27 Paris, FR – Glazart $

9/28 Rotterdam, NI – Watt $

9/29 Frankfurt/Main, GER – Batschkapp $

9/30 Klagenfurt, AUT – Volxhaus $

10/1 Munchen, GER – Werk $

10/2 Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet $

10/3 Solothurn, CH – Kofmehl $

10/4 Hannover, GER – Faust $

10/5 Gothenburg, SW – Musikens Hus $

10/6 Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle $

10/7 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle $

10/8 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage $

10/9 Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Stattbahnhof $

10/10 Zaandam, NI – Kade $

10/11 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville TBC $

10/12 Stuttgart, GER – TBA $

10/13 Wien, GER – Arena $

10/14 Praha, CZ – Abaton $

10/15 Leipzig, GER – Werk $

10/16 Berlin, GER – SO 36 $

10/17 Amneville, FR – Tat The Beast $

% “Cool Tour”

$ “Hell On Earth” Tour

THE ACACIA STRAIN’s first DVD, “The Most Known Unknown,” released February 16, debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Top Music Video Sales Chart and 2008’s album, “Continent,” debuted at number 2 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” Chart. The band won the “Myspace Readers’ Choice Award” at 2009’s GOLDEN GODS awards.

THE ACACIA STRAIN Unleash New Track and Digital Single, Launch Pre-Order

THE ACACIA STRAIN has unleashed the first monstrous track off of their upcoming full length, “Wormwood,” due July 20th via Prosthetic Records. The track is titled “Jonestown” and is streaming now exclusively, at store.prostheticrecords.com. The track is also now available as a digital single at Itunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jonestown-alternate-version/id376447333

Prosthetic Records has launched the official pre-order for the album, which will be available on CD and LP in six different colors. “Wormwood,” can be ordered on its own, or in a variety of different package combinations with shirts, hooded sweatshirts, in limited collectors’ boxes (featuring an exclusive banner, pin and chip clip!) and more!

“Wormwood” was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering. The cover art was one by acclaimed artist, Justin Kamerer, who has done previous work for Bleeding Through, Guns N Roses, Slayer and many more. The band chronicled the sessions through a series of video blogs which can be viewed at www.prostheticrecords.com

Front man Vincent Bennett commented; “We worked just as hard if not harder on this album as we did on (2008’s)“Continent.’ We took an entire block of time off of touring and our lives in general to focus 100% on the creation of ‘Wormwood.’ Where we normally write a record with a theme already attached to it; this time around we wrote a record and the theme developed as we went. We wanted to do something that was still Acacia Strain, but broke away from the ‘mold’ that has been struck by all the bands these days that we seem to get grouped in with. All the songs have their own dynamic, instead of writing an album filled with like sounding songs. This is the heaviest record WE have ever written and these are the most personal lyrics I have ever written. Justin Kamerer; who did the artwork for the album, was really great to work with and really brought the songs to life with his imagery. I am really excited for this release, and we are all very proud of what we did with this record. I hope you enjoy.”

THE ACACIA STRAIN played will be participating in “Cool Tour” in July/August with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. They’ll also be in Europe in September and October on the “Hell On Earth Tour” with Terror and more.

Their upcoming dates are:
6/26            Leeds University, Leeds UK. – Ghostfest
7/9            Johnston City, TN- The Hideaway (w/ Cancer Bats)
7/10            Augusta, GA- Sector 7G (w/ Cancer Bats)
7/13             Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle %
7/14            N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues %
7/15            Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore %
7/16            Baltimore, MD – Sonar %
7/17            Toronto, ON – Sound Academy %
7/18            Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre %
7/20            Boston, MA – House of Blues %
7/21            Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom %
7/22            Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory %
7/23            Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion %
7/24      Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Complex %
7/25      St. Louis, MO – The Pageant %
7/27      Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater %
7/28      Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom %
7/30      Mesa, AZ – Marquis Theatre %
7/31      Los Angeles, CA – Palladium %
8/1       San Francisco, CA – The Warfield %
8/2            Las Vegas, NV- The Farm (w/ War of Ages)
8/4            Kansas City, MO- The El Torreon (w/ War of Ages)
9/17            Jena, GER – F Haus $
9/18            Koln, GER – Essigfabrik $
9/19            Reading, UK – Sub 89 $
9/20            Norwich, UK – Waterfront $
9/21            Colchester, UK – Arts Centre $
9/22            Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit $
9/23            Manchester, UK – Moho Live $
9/24            Sheffield, UK – Corperation $
9/25            London, UK – Islington 02 Academy $
9/26            Antwerpen, BE – Hof ter Lo $
9/27            Paris, FR – Glazart $
9/28            Rotterdam, NI – Watt $
9/29            Frankfurt/Main, GER – Batschkapp $
9/30            Klagenfurt, AUT – Volxhaus $
10/1            Munchen, GER – Werk $
10/2            Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet $
10/3            Solothurn, CH – Kofmehl $
10/4            Hannover, GER – Faust $
10/5            Gothenburg, SW – Musikens Hus $
10/6            Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle $
10/7            Hamburg, GER – Markthalle $
10/8            Saarbrucken, GER – Garage $
10/9            Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Stattbahnhof $
10/10            Zaandam, NI – Kade $
10/11            Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville TBC $
10/12            Stuttgart, GER – TBA $
10/13            Wien, GER – Arena $
10/14            Praha, CZ – Abaton $
10/15    Leipzig, GER – Werk $
10/16            Berlin, GER – SO 36 $
10/17            Amneville, FR – Tat The Beast $
% “Cool Tour”
$ “Hell On Earth” Tour

THE ACACIA STRAIN’s first  DVD, “The Most Known Unknown,” released February 16, debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Top Music Video Sales Chart and 2008’s album, “Continent,” debuted at number 2 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” Chart. The band won the “Myspace Readers’ Choice Award” at 2009’s GOLDEN GODS awards.

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Jon Schaffer’s SONS OF LIBERTY Post New Video Interview Online

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG

ICED EARTH brainchild, Jon Schaffer, has developed a new project, SONS OF LIBERTY, for the purpose of spreading awareness about the current state of affairs worldwide. Schaffer’s goal for this project is not to sell records, t-shirts or tickets, but rather wake people up and to get them to start researching and talking with each other. Check out the new video below where Schaffer discusses the concept behind the song “Jeckyll Island”, and the book it’s based on – a core principle to the topics covered in the band’s lyrical content. Also, catch a special interview with Schaffer and G. Edward Griffin (author of The Creature From Jekyll Island).

Download the song “Jeckyll Island” here.

The entire album can be heard now at www.sons-of-liberty.net, so head over now to check it out. Schaffer setup the very informative resource website as a think-tank containing lots of interesting web-links, book and movie recommendations, and much more. SONS OF LIBERTY: Brush-Fires of The Mind is set for a July 13th release.

Schaffer handles all vocals and instrumentation for SONS OF LIBERTY, but the effort also features guest solos by legendary producer Jim Morris, ICED EARTH guitarist Troy Seele and world-class bassist, Ruben Drake. Born from Schaffer’s desire to stimulate curiosity about a pattern of global banking corruption that is undermining the independence of people and their countries, SONS OF LIBERTY aims to spearhead a multi-faceted and peaceful resistance of the tyranny being wrought every day on regular people.

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX – The Big Four At Poland’s Sonisphere Festival; Photo Gallery Online

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG
Kerry King, Dave Mustaine, Scott Ian, and James Hetfield

Kerry King, Dave Mustaine, Scott Ian, and James Hetfield

The Big Four of thrash metal – METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX – played together for the first time in their history at the Sonisphere Festival last night (June 16th) at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland in front of 100,000 fans.

Gazeta.pl has posted a gallery of photos from the event. Check it out at this location.

The band’s setlists were as follows:

Metallica:

‘Creeping Death’

‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’

‘Fuel’

‘The Four Horsemen’

‘Fade To Black’

‘That Was Just Your Life’

‘Cyanide’

‘Sad But True’

‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’

‘All Nightmare Long’

‘One’

‘Master Of Puppets’

‘Blackened’

‘Nothing Else Matters’

‘Enter Sandman’

Encore:

‘Stone Cold Crazy’

‘Hit The Lights’

‘Seek and Destroy

Slayer:

‘World Painted Blood’

‘Jihad’

‘War Ensemble’

‘Hate Worldwide’

‘Dead Skin Mask’

‘Angel of Death’

‘Disciple’

‘South of Heaven’

‘Mandatory Suicide’

‘Chemical Warfare’

‘Raining Blood’

Megadeth:

‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due’

‘Hangar 18′

‘Take No Prisoners’

‘Five Magics’

‘Poison Was The Cure’

‘Lucretia’

‘Tornado Of Souls’

‘Dawn Patrol’

‘Rust in Peace… Polaris’

‘Headcrusher’

‘Sweating Bullets’

‘Symphony Of Destruction’

‘Peace Sells’

Anthrax:

‘Caught In A Mosh’

‘Got the Time’

‘Indians’

‘Antisocial’

‘Madhouse’

‘Only’ (video below!)

‘N.F.L’

‘I Am The Law’

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Former HELLOWEEN Singer Michael Kiske – “I Have Been Quite Harsh On The Metal Scene Over Time And Was Pretty Pissed About It”

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

After 17 years, former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske has returned to the stage with UNISONIC – the band also featuring Dennis Ward (bass) and Kosta Zafiriou (drums) of Germany’s PINK CREAM 69 and Swiss guitarist Mandy Meyer (ASIA, GOTTHARD, KROKUS) – performing select dates throughout Europe and Russia.

Kiske checks in from the road:

“Having done my first live shows after almost 17 years I’d like to say that I was really thrilled about still having many friends out there after such a long time. Some people even came from Russia just for our freaking warm up shows, another guy came from Turkey! That’s unbelievable. I am deeply honoured and moved by this and don’t take any of it for granted. My voice was not half way where I want it to be in terms of condition for live situations, this always needs some time, especially after so many years, but on most songs I did well and the audience was great. It was very important for me to do this and to have new face to face contact with you people again after isolating myself for a long time. In Sweden it was extremely cool to see how welcome Unisonic was and how many autographs we had to give afterwards. And it was not only Keeper or Place Vendome CDs I had to sign; every second CD seemed to be one of my solo CDs. I didn’t expect that.

I have been quite harsh on the metal-scene over some time and was pretty pissed about it, because I can’t deal with certain things in it, and that might have made me be a bit unfair occasionally, but that wasn’t for very long. And meeting many of you fans now again has helped me to adjust even more now. I don’t hate all metal, I just hate morally wrong ideologies which are circulating within the metal-scene and I don’t accept any sort of art-slavery. But I still like rock music, yes, even some of my favourite metal-records of my youth, because most of them are simply great rock records. In many ways the music wasn’t really the problem. My problem was, is and will always be the satanic sickness that is so common in the scene. I have NO understanding for inhumanity and heartlessness glorifying people and fascistic mentalities. I believe in good-hearted humans, love and understanding, and that free and honest music is the only law for a healthy and true music-culture. What I have criticized about the metal-scene was and is very just, but to each its own of course. I will always speak my mind. My spiritual, moral and artistic convictions haven’t changed a bit, but I am a lot more relaxed now and if I went too far sometimes in the past, I am sorry, I don’t want to be unfair at all. Not all metal fans are ignorant or Satanists, I never really thought that anyway. I have actually met only cool, good-hearted and intelligent metal and rock-fans on this very short ‘tour’. Some even seem to understand my way of thinking, when we talked. They were much more open minded and friendly than I thought, and if that would be representative for the majority, I’d be very happy. I wanted to get these words out to you guys while all is still fresh.”

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