So. was originally founded in 1997 in a small Finnish town called Karkkila. The band are best known for their melodic rock tunes, energetic live shows and great musicianship. So. is fronted by a charismatic singer, Stala, who was once also known as Kita when he was still playing in Finnish monsterband Lordi. So. is heavily influenced by such names as: Slade, Sweet, T-Rex and 70’s Bowie as well as some 80’s L.A. hard rock bands. After releasing several independent EP’s the band has now put together their first album, containing of a "best of" selection of songs from the last 10 years. The band has written, recorded and produced the album themselves. In early 2011 the band will take part in the Finnish Eurovision Song Contest under the name of Stala & SO. The Finnish broadcasting company, YLE, invited the band into the competition to become Finland’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany. The band happily accepted the challenge. YLE’s invitation offered such a big boost to his own band, that Stala decided to drop off his monster mask and left to follow his dream and pursue his own career in music. Read on !
Singer-songwriter Oni Logan’s musical journey has taken him first from South America to Hollywood and later on to Switzerland, where he currently resides. Logan’s best known as the lead singer in the heavy metal band Lynch Mob, with whom he did the classic WICKED SENSATION album in 1990. Later in the mid 90’s he worked briefly with former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson in a band called Violent Demise. The group recorded an album but it was unfortunately never released. Logan took a long hiatus from the music business before hitting back in L.A. club scene with his new band Head Set. Soon after moving his family to Europe, Oni released his first, all acoustic, solo album called STRANGER IN A FOREIGN LAND in 2005. Logan reunited with Lynch Mob in 2008 and one year later the band released its latest album SMOKE AND MIRRORS. The band started their European tour on last October and a couple of weeks later I had a chance to sit down with Oni in Sweden and discuss about his return and various other topics. Here we go!
The Metal Den has obtained a never before circulated 1970 soundboard recording of BLACK SABBATH performing “Hand of Doom”. The classic track comes off the group’s legendary Paranoid album which was released in September of 1970.
The exact date and location of this newly discovered concert audio is not yet known by rock historians. However, this recording is being touted already by many as the greatest sounding BLACK SABBATH bootleg ever discovered.
US-based traditional metallers CAGE have been added to HALFORD’s December 18th San Diego live date at 4th And B with guests PHILM and WARBRINGER. Cage will be playing two new songs off upcoming CD; ‘War Of The Undead’ and ‘Metal Empire’. In other news, Cage’s first DVD/Blu-Ray is set for an early 2011 release and has been completed. The artwork is courtesy of Marc Sasso (DIO/Halford). The DVD will be packed with a pair of complete concerts, as well as many one-off performances. More news to follow.
MSN / ROCK METAL TV has released a report/interview with German band HELLOWEEN. Before their Spanish tour in January, Andi Deris, singer, and Sascha Gertsner, guitarist, talk about the new album “7 Sinners”, among other interesting things.
Norwegian gothic-doom metallers TO CAST A SHADOW have revealed the track listing and the cover artwork for their forthcoming sophomore album, “In Memory Of”.
The whole artwork was developed and realized by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art (MY DYING BRIDE, CRADLE OF FILTH).
The album will be released on February 14, 2011 in UK (February 18 in the rest of Europe) by Kolony Records. The CD was recorded at Hamar Recordings in Norway with producer Kristian Sigland (THE CREST, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY) and was mastered at Leon Music Studio in Sweden by Rikard Lofgren. “In Memory Of” features a guest appearance by THEATRE OF TRAGEDY‘s lead singer Nell Sigland in the song “Betula”.
“In Memory Of” track listing:
02. Morose 03. Nightfall 04. Oceans Apart 05. Betula 06. My Misery 07. When You Leave the Room 08. Set Afire 09. The Answer 10. In Memory Of
For more information, visit www.tocastashadow.com.
KING DIAMOND’s wife Livia has posted the following update at the official band fan club Covenworldwide.org:
“Let me catch you all up on the past couple of weeks’ happenings, because it affects many things. On Monday, November 29th, King had to be transported to the nearby hospital by ambulance. After several different tests were done and the EKG machine showing abnormalities, the doctors recommended that he get a cardiac catheterization.
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure where the doctors lead a very thin tube up from the leg and into the heart, where it injects dye into the bloodstream. Then a camera at the end of the tube takes many pictures of the heart’s arteries, looking for blockages. After this was done, they determined that King had several heart attacks, and three of his heart’s arteries were the cause: one was completely blocked, the second was 90% blocked, and the third was 65% blocked.
The only solution to this was an open heart triple bypass surgery.
If you are interested in the details of how this surgery is performed, please look it up online. I will only touch on the basics. The sternum (breastbone) is cut in half and pulled apart, to expose the heart. Veins are harvested from other places of the body, in King’s case it was his left leg and chest wall. The person is then hooked up to a machine that practically does the job of the heart, circulating and oxygenating the blood.
The heart is then stopped, and the lungs collapse (the lungs stop working since the blood is being oxygenated by the machine). The surgeon then sews the harvested veins in place, bypassing the found blockages. Once the surgery is done, the surgeon moves the ribs and breastbone back into place and wires it together. The chest is closed as well. They use an electric pulse to start the heart and a breathing machine is lead into the lungs to restart breathing.
King’s surgery took approximately seven hours.
Everything went well, and King was taken to ICU for recovery. He was walking and eating solid food already 2 days after the operation, and he was the first one in the history of the hospital who walked on his own power from the ICU to normal care. 10 days after the ambulance took him to the emergency room, he is at home and is recovering well. It will be a few months before he feels completely normal and is without pain.
He would like to mention here that he’s eternally grateful for the wonderful staff at Centennial Medical Center who took care of him. Dr. Kourlis, Dr. Kamili, Dr. Alang, Nurse Christie and Nurse Thomas among many others made sure that he got the best care and attention he could ever have hoped for.
They were always very nice to me too, letting me stay overnight in the ICU after visiting hours were over.
In light of this, he will be taking a break from music and the music business altogether until further notice.
He very much wants to write new music, finish the DVDs, and go on tour, but for now, all those things are in the distant future and he’s not thinking about them.
Please understand that the King Diamond band is not stopping, disbanding or anything of the sort. King’s health is first priority, and when everything is going good with him, the music will resume.
Thank you all very much for reading this and STAY HEAVY.”
King Diamond (born Kim Bendix Petersen) is known for his extensive vocal range, in particular his usage of falsetto fronting both the King Diamond band and the legendary MERCYFUL FATE.
"Rock & Receive Giveaway" with Eddie Trunk and Slayer
“Slayer has joined forces with Eddie Trunk to give away one of the best, if not THE best, Slayer collectibles of all time – The Vinyl Conflict. For the first time in the band’s history, The Vinyl Conflict collects all 10 original Slayer albums from American Recordings and puts them together in this limited edition box set. Included are reproductions of the original LP artwork, including inner sleeve art. From 1986’s Reign In Blood to 1994’s Divine Intervention to 2009’s World Painted Blood, it’s all here, it’s all on vinyl and it’s all original Slayer… AND IT COULD BE YOURS.
THAT’S NOT ALL! In addition to the (3) Vinyl Conflict sets we are giving away, (1) Grand Prize winner also gets an exclusive Slayer prize pack! IT GETS BETTER! All you metalheads will receive a 10% DISCOUNT to the Slayer Online Store simply for entering (just in time to give the gift of metal for the holidays)!
This contest ends Thursday, December 23rd, so hurry up and enter now!”
Would you like to win a guitar signed by mastermind Dave Wyndorf? No problem! Just make sure to enter the contest by posting a comment on the Napalm Records’ WALL and share the news with all your Facebook friends by posting it on your own wall! Posting automatically enters you in the sweepstakes. Let us know why YOU want take the guitar home with you. Wall posts must be published by 9 January 2011! The lucky winner will be notified via Facebook! Good luck!
What a kick ass year 2010 has turned out to be for rockers Jackyl! Jesse Dupree (Vocals), Jeff Worley (Guitar), Roman Glick (Bass) & Chris Worley (Drums) celebrated the release of the new Jackyl CD, ‘When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide’ by personally calling everyone that pre-ordered to thank them for their support. “We never expected just how cool that was going to be” Jackyl Lead Vocalist Jesse James Dupree quoted. As their first single ‘She’s Not A Drug’ shot up the active rock charts, Jackyl continued to tour from coast to coast.
Dupree also serves as executive producer of the truTV hit series FULL THROTTLE SALOON, which looks at the behind-the-scenes mayhem at Michael Ballard’s legendary biker watering hole in Sturgis, South Dakota.
This year Jackyl does it bigger than ever and to celebrate their new album, “When Moonshine And Dynamite Collide” as well as the Sturgis Rally’s 70th Anniversary, Jesse James Dupree plans to get shot out of a cannon in the heat of the Jackyl performance. This night proves to be the wildest in Full Throttle history. Tune in Wednesday, Dec. 22nd and 29th to catch all of the action including Jackyl’s special guest, Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer DMC.
The Full Throttle Saloon airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. (EST) on truTV.
Full Throttle Saloon is #3 ranked show in the primetime hour and is the #2 show for males 18-49.
Jackyl are ending 2010 with a bang by collaborating with R&R Hall of Fame legend DMC from Run DMC by releasing the single ‘Just Like A Negro’.
DMC will be performing the extremely powerful song with Jackyl on stage during their late fall and winter tour. “Darryl is an inspiration and it’s an honor to sing and share the stage with him, especially having such a impacting message in our song, Just Like A Negro” says Dupree of DMC. The single is available for purchase at www.jackyl.com , and comes with a limited edition Jackyl featuring DMC poster, or download at ITUNES. Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TMO9A7uccw
Legendary NOLA gods of sludge, excess and mayhem, EYEHATEGOD, will kick off their 2011 tour escapades with a special one-off show in Seattle, Washington at El Corazon this February. The performance will coincide with the club’s six-year anniversary. Special guests to be announced soon.
Who:EYEHATEGOD + special guests When: Saturday February 5th (All Ages/Bar wID) Where: El Corazon
109 Eastlake Ave. East Seattle, WA 98109
$18 ADV/$20 DOS
Tickets are available at CascadeTickets.com – no per order fees for online purchases! Charge by phone at 1-800-514-3849. Tickets are subject to a service charge. EYEHATEGOD are currently on tour in support of nothing and are systematically crushing souls one city at a time. Said bassist Gary Mader today from the road: “We’ve had a blast raisin’ hell and hurtin’ feelings across the Midwest with our good friends, Phobia. We’re looking forward to further/final damage and hearing impairment in the Lone Star State.” Remaining tour dates below:
EYEHATEGOD Winter Tour 2010 [Remaining Dates]
** New Date Added 12/10/2010 Korova – San Antonio,TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster
12/11/2010 Reno’s – Dallas, TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster
12/12/2010 Red Seven – Austin, TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster
12/13/2010 The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster **
In related news, vocalist Mike Williams’ offered up his family’s bread pudding recipe for the recently issued Mosh Potatoes Heavy Metal Cookbook compiled by Steve Seabury. Granny IX’s Alcohol Infused NOLA Style Bread Pudding appears alongside Fear Factory’s Vancouver Lasagna, Bison b.c.’s Sicilian (Rasta) Metal Meatballs, and Obituary’s Stuffed Poblano Peppers, among dozens of others. For more info, visit’s the official Mosh Potatoes website HERE.
'MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal'
Bazillion Points is offering a free download extract of “Chapter 5. Passing the Threshold”, from the newly-released and already-acclaimed book Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal, by Jeff Wagner. The PDF download is available at this location: http://www.mean-deviation.com
After tracing the origins of progressive metal from Rush, King Crimson, and Black Sabbath, in this excerpt Wagner looks at the formation and importance of the most groundbreaking of progressive metal mavericks. High points include John Arch’s dramatic exit from Fates Warning; the story behind Operation Mindcrime; the rise and fall of Crimson Glory; and even a curious “What if?” section, that ponders a near-miss of early prog metal history involving Watchtower guitarist Ron Jarzombek…
In addition, the book’s index can be also be downloaded, providing an in-depth look at numbers behind Wagner’s treatment of Atheist, Believer, Voivod, Dream Theater, and other progressive metal giants. The index is available in PDF format at this location: http://www.mean-deviation.com
Meanwhile, the high praise continues to flow for former Metal Maniacs editor Wagner’s debut as an author, as Mean Deviation continues to garner praise from members of Cynic, Fates Warning, Hades, Watchtower, and others.
“We now have a definitive book on the relationship between metal and progressive music,” says Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree in the book’s introduction.
Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal, by Jeff Wagner is available directly from Bazillion Points and is on sale now wherever books are sold.
ABYSMAL DAWN was joined by guest musicians Moyses Kolesne (KRISIUN) and Kragen Lum (HEATHEN, PROTOTYPE) during the recording of their forthcoming album Leveling The Plane of Existence. Kolesne provides a guitar solo on the track “Pixilated Ignorance” and Lum adds guitar solos on “Rapture Renowned” and the title track. Leveling The Plane of Existence, the follow-up 2008’s Programmed To Consume, has been set for a February 1st North American release date (February 7th – UK, February 11th – Germany, Benelux, February 14th – rest of EU) and is available for pre-order here <http://shop.relapse.com/store/product.aspx?ProductID=41804>.
ABYSMAL DAWN guitarist / vocalist Charles Elliott commented on the guest spots; “I had so many leads to lay down while trying to finish up lyrics etc., that I started thinking about who I’d love to have do some guest solos for us. I’ve known Moyses ever since we toured with KRISIUN in 2006 and I think he’s one of the most talented yet underrated guitarist in death metal. If you listen to the face melting lead that he laid down for us I think you’ll see what I mean. He recorded a trade off solo with me for the track ‘Pixilated Ignorance’, which is probably the fastest and most technical track on the record. His in your face style fit the song perfectly and I don’t think I could have picked a better song for him to play on.”
“I also had Kragen Lum from HEATHEN and PROTOTYPE come down to the studio, and lay down some trade offs with me on ‘Rapture Renowned’ and “Leveling…”. I’ve been a fan of his playing since I was a teenager so it was an honor to have him shred on our record. We share a lot of the same progressive influences when it comes to lead playing so his style fit the band like a glove. I highly recommend you check out his bands if you’re open minded and into progressive and thrash stuff.”
ABYSMAL DAWN recently posted a brief video clip taped during the recording of Leveling The Plane of Existence online now at this location <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06s3MrXY0LM>. The first of the in-studio videos includes an interview with ABYSMAL DAWN drummer Scott Fuller, insight on the band’s writing process, and a run-down of Fuller’s recording set-up. Additional studio footage will be posted shortly.
ABYSMAL DAWN will embark on the first North American tour in support of Leveling The Plane of Existence early next year. ABYSMAL DAWN will be teaming up with KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH and more for this four-week tour that will kick-off on February 24th in Cleveland, OH. The band will also be headlining a show tonight, December 10th, in Simi Valley, CA where they will be playing a host of new material and taping the performance for a DVD. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cites can be found below with more to be announced soon.
ABYSMAL DAWN is available for interviews upon request. To speak with the band, simply contact Betsey Cichoracki at Relapse Records via any of the means listed at the bottom of this message. Updated ABYSMAL DAWN news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website: www.RELAPSE.com, the ABYSMAL DAWN MySpace: www.MySpace.com/AbysmalDawn and Facebook page <http://www.facebook.com/AbysmalDawn>.
***All dates from February 24 thru March 20 w/ KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, more***
Feb. 24 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
Feb. 25 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
Feb. 26 Detroit, MI Harpo’s
Feb. 27 St. Paul, MN Station 4
Feb. 28 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre
March 2 Edmonton, AB Starlite
March 3 Kelowna, BC Lake City Bowl
March 4 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
March 5 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
March 6 Portland, OR Branx
March 8 Hollywood, CA The Whisky
March 9 San Diego, CA Soma
March 11 Amarillo, TX El Cien
March 12 Ft. Worth, TX Ridglea Theatre
March 13 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
March 15 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
March 16 Raleigh, NC Volume 11
March 17 Springfield, VA Jaxx
March 18 Columbus, OH Alrosa Villa
March 19 Niagara Falls, NY Evening Star Music Hall
March 20 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Black Sheep frontman Willie Basse has been added as direct support to George Lynch’s upcoming tour with Lynch Mob throughout January and February. Basse is touring in support of his new single, “Break Away” featuring Lynch on guitars and Scorpions James Kottak on drums, which has been released through iTunes and all digital retailers.
Basse says, “It’s great to work with George again. He’s the hardest working man in rock! I am very excited to be able to support him & Oni Logan in a serious format, while having fun doing what I love. This tour will melt your ass and set the pace for much larger things to come in the near future.”
Basse is best known for his role as bassist/frontman for legendary metalheads Black Sheep, who were mainstays on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip during the ‘80s metal explosion. The band, best known for their technical prowess and precision, has boasted members that include Slash, Paul Gilbert, James Kottak, Randy Castillo and Mitch Perry.
WILLIE BASSE TOUR DATES:
DEC 09 – Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club
DEC 10 – Janesville, WI @ BACK BAR
DEC 11 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
Jan 21 – WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA @ KEY CLUB
Jan 22 – TUCSON, AZ @ BRANDING IRON BAR & GRILL
Jan 24 -DENVER, CO @ CASSELMAN’S
Jan 25 – LINCOLN, NE @ THE GROVE
Jan 26 – ST. PAUL, MN @ STATION 4
Jan 27 – INDIANAPOLIS, IN @ ROCK HOUSE CAFÉ
Jan 28 – WESTLAND, MI @ TOKEN LOUNGE
Jan 29 – BOILINGBROOK,IL @ TAILGATERS
Jan 31 – NEW YORK, NY @ BB KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL
Feb 02 – CAMBRIDGE, ONT. CANADA / 515 CONCERT CLUB
It’s a great pleasure that we can announce a new entry in Spider Rock’s roster, of a bright Italian band: LUNOCODE!
They play an eclectic female fronted power/prog metal, with a fist-rate taste and polished arrangements, where many influences can be seen: very first Dream Theater, Stratovarius, Ayreon and Angra. The band has been known since six and more years with the monicker Anima, which has been changed on the occasion of this new adventure under the aegis of Spider Rock, and it’s going to release its very first debut EP.
“Last Day Of The Earth“, this is the title of the new album, will be released on 20 January 2011 under Spider Rock, and will be distributed worldwide through Believe Digital channels.
Mixed by Davide Fatemi (Povia, one of the most appreciated Italian rock singers) and mastered by Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson) in Los Angeles, “Last Day Of The Earth” is a deep and philosophical concept, and is to be considered as an opener for the next album, whose material is near to be completed.
The cover artwork, made on pictures of Andrea Brizi (http://www.myspace.com/andreabrizi), who created this masterpieces specifically for this record at the request of the band.