FAUST – “From Glory To Infinity” On July 1

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

FAUST, Evolutionary Death Metal band, announce PICTURE DISC release of their first album “From Glory To Infinity” by Negativity Records on July 1st, 2010. This will be a limited edition of 666 copies with exclusive artwork, after the CD (released on 9/9/9) and the DIGIPACK format (released on 10/31/2009).

FAUST: www.deathmetal.itwww.myspace.com/faustband2

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Crystal Tears song sampler “Heroes” online

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

7HARD & CRYSTAL TEARS are very proud to present “Heroes” song sampler, taken from the forthcoming album “Generation X” just a day prior to the release (the 18th June 2010)!

Check the song sampler at: www.myspace.com/crystaltearsgr

Axel from 7HARD: This is a pure heavy metal/hard rock anthem. Catchy harmonies and easy to remember tunes, one of the most melodic CRYSTAL TEARS numbers! Lyrically it talks about second chances in life. Play it loud and simply enjoy!

CRYSTAL TEARS line-up includes Ian Parry on vocals (ELEGY, VENGEANCE, AYREON guest etc.), Dimitris Goutziamanis on guitars, Stratos Dionisopoulos on bass and Chrisafis Tantanozis on drums. The album was produced by R. D. Liapakis (MYSTIC PROPHECY, SUICIDAL ANGELS, ORDEN OGAN, etc.). Cover artwork and booklet design by Meran “Darkmouth” Karanitant (SIX FEET UNDER, HATEBREED, SODOM, LEAVE’S EYES, DIMMU BORGIR etc.). Videoclip and promotional album trailer by Jim Evgenidis.

Chrisafis Tantanozis: I’m so glad – throughout this shit our music industry is going through – there is a label and what is more, a serious label that trusts in us and has chosen CRYSTAL TEARS to be their metal comrades on the difficult path of rock. While Ian Parry is one of the most unique and flexible metal voices out there and R. D. Liapakis one of the very few producers who knows exactly what he wants to do and how to do it, we can feel nothing but secure about the quality of our work regardless the subjective factor of each one’s personal taste. Being honest, we really worked our asses off; we got our shit together, we listened and gave more than we could give. I truly hope you enjoy every little second of “Generation X” album, because it’s a sincere, straightforward effort indeed, well, at the end of the day… this is what rock is all about! Thank you very much for your time reading this! Hope to meet you all one day somewhere on the road!

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Toxik Society recording of our debut album and next shows

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

Hails to all!!!!
We are proud to can tell you the next things:

-At first, Our drummer Jose is completely healed of him latest operation, in fact, a few days ago we returned to have rehearsals so our next gigs will continue without any new (we´ll do 2 gigs in Germany, see it down); the only thing is that we had to delay the recording dates, but we hope that it doesn´t affect to the release date . A lot of you asked us about him, maybe through internet or too in the last fest (PMF in Madrid), so we are very grateful to your support.

-On the other hand, we have now available more merchandising, we have new patches and new badges, so if you want to buy something the only thing that you must do is send us an email to toxiksociety@gmail.com , asking about it.

-We have to say too that our mexican fans can be congratulated because the labels Old Skull Recs and Teyerizer Recs made a release in tape with some songs from our demos (Living Thrashers and Living Kufeso) with a different cover. The track list is:

1-Human War (LK)
2-Morbid Crypt (LK)
3-Toxik Invasion (LK)
4-Infected Brain (LT)
5-Alien Threat (LT)

And remaining in Mexico, just to say too that we appear too in the double compilation “Forged in Metal” released by Blower Recs with bands such Sentinel Beast, Cage, At War, etc… (for people that want to buy some of this 2 releases, you must put in contact with the labels; Old Skull: www.myspace.com/oldskullpatches , Blower Recs: www.blower-records.com/ . We DON´T sell this stuff).

And about the album, soon we´ll inform with some surprises, you´ll love it ;).
www.myspace.com/toxiksociety

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NEVERMORE Celebrate Highest Billboard Chart Entry of Their Career; Prepare For Extensive World Tour

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG
Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy

Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy

Seattle’s metal titans NEVERMORE are back and truly better than ever with the much anticipated new full-length release, The Obsidian Conspiracy, which could be their most impressive offering of their illustrious, decade plus, heralded career. The release also marks a very impressive milestone as it debuted at #125 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. This is their highest charting debut ever and just further proves the band’s massive influence and stature within the metal genre. The disc also debuted at #88 on the Canadian Billboard chart.

Warrel Dane (vocals) further states: “We are so lucky to have such amazing and diehard fans and we can’t thank them all enough for going out the first week of release to support us while helping us achieve the highest Billboard chart entry of our career. It’s an amazing feeling to see such impressive sales in this ever changing retail climate and this is just the beginning for us as we’re planning on touring the world extensively to support this release. We are taking off to Europe tomorrow but will be travelling around all of North America this fall playing our most extensive headlining set ever, so be sure to come out and hang with us. We promise that it will be a night you will never forget. Thanks again for all of the support and see you all soon.

NEVERMORE has also partnered up with the world’s #1 horror site, Bloody-Disgusting.com, for an exclusive, worldwide debut of their new video clip for the track “Emptiness Unobstructed,” which can be viewed now at the link below.
http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/748

North American fans can now rejoice as the band are excited to announce their first headlining Stateside tour in almost three years, which kicks off on Sept. 23rd and runs through Nov. 5th. This stellar bill also features Warbringer, Mutiny Within and Hatesphere in the support slots.
All tickets are on-sale now exclusively through www.Enterthevault.com and will be available there until June 19th when they go on-sale through all normal ticketing systems. There will be a limited number of VIP tickets available which gets fans early entry before doors for a preshow NEVERMORE meet and greet. Either see below or visit www.myspace.com/nevermorefans to view their complete tour itinerary.

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SKELETONWITCH Canadian tour next month

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

“Breathing the Fire is a burning, fucking beast!” says guitarist Scott Hedrick. “The drums are monstrous; Chance’s sickening vocals sound inhuman and somehow retain amazing clarity; Evan’s bass sounds like Steve Harris, Lemmy and D.D. Verni in a blender; and the guitars sound like jousting chainsaws. A lot of people said that on Beyond the Permafrost, we married black and thrash metal. With Breathing the Fire, they banged and had a kid – and that baby’s a burner!”

SKELETONWITCH’s vicious live show and fierce blue-collar ethic have helped to establish the band as torchbearers of today’s metal scene. They have logged countless miles on the road crisscrossing the nation with the likes of Municipal Waste, Job For A Cowboy, Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir, Children of Bodom, The Black Dahlia Murder and more!

SKELETONWITCH brings together the old and sacred elements of true heavy metal, melts them down, and forges them into a brand new monolith of riffage. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll come out and bang your head when SKELETONWITCH comes to your town. Worship the ‘WITCH!

SKELETONWITCH will be touring in Canada next month!

TOUR DATES:

7/8 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre w/ Russian Circles

7/10 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room w/ Russian Circles

7/11 Calgary, AB @ The Republik w/ Russian Circles

7/13 Winnipeg, ON @ Royal Albert Arms w/ Russian Circles

7/14 Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks

7/16 Toronto, ON @ Opera House

7/17 London, ON @ London Music Hall

7/18 Windsor, ON @ The Blind Dog

7/20 Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah

7/21 Kingston, ON @ Time To Laugh

7/22 Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle

7/23 Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall

7/24 Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau

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BISON b.c. Announce CND WEST Run

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

BISON B.C. Will be playing a string of dates this summer in western Canada!

This summer, Bison b.c. Will be playing the following dates in support of their critically acclaimed album DARK AGES!

TOUR DATES:

06.30 Edmonton, AB@ New City

07.01 Calgary, AB @ Ship and Anchor – SLED FEST

07.02 Calgary, AB @ Broken City – SLED FEST

07.03 Kamloops, AB @ Pogue Mahone

07.16 Tofino, BC @ Tofino Legion

07.17 Victoria, BC @ Sugar

07.23 Vancouver, BC @ Bitmore

Check out a video clip from SXSW this spring, Goatwhore and Bison b.c. Ask “either or”:

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KATAKLYSM: “Heaven’s Venom” Track Listing Revealed

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG
KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have revealed the track listing for their new album Heaven’s Venom, which will be released on August 20th in Europe and August 24th in North America. The follow-up to 2008’s Prevail, was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F Dagenais (Malevolent Creation, Misery Index) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Mnemic, Dark Tranquillity).

Heaven’s Venom track listing:

1. A Soulless God

2. Determined (Vows of Vengeance)

3. Faith Made of Shrapnel

4. Push the Venom

5. Hail the Renegade

6. As the Walls Collapse

7. Numb & Intoxicated

8. At the Edge of the World

9. Suicide River

10. Blind Savior

Ozzfest 2010 will kick off on August 14 in San Bernardino (Ozzfest’s birthplace in 1996) and travel to Chicago, Illinois; Hartford, Connecticut; Camden, New Jersey; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts. Playing the Second Stage will be none other than Canada’s kings of northern hyperblast, KATAKLYSM.

Ozzfest 2010 Main Stage Acts

OZZY OSBOURNE

MÖTLEY CRÜE

HALFORD

DEVILDRIVER

NONPOINT

Ozzfest 2010 Second Stage Acts

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

DROWNING POOL

KINGDOM OF SORROW

KATAKLYSM

GOATWHORE

SKELETONWITCH

SAVIOURS

Ozzfest 2010 Dates

08/14/10 San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA

08/17/10 First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Tinley Park (Chicago), IL

08/19/10 First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown (Pittsburgh), PA

08/21/10 Comcast Theater – Hartford, CT

08/22/10 Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ

08/24/10 Comcast Center – Mansfield (Boston), MA

For more information visit: www.myspace.com/Kataklysm

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WHITECHAPEL breaks Billboard Magazine’s Top 200 Chart and Canada’s Soundscan Charts

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG
WHITECHAPEL - A New Era of Corruption

WHITECHAPEL - A New Era of Corruption

Video for ‘The Darkest Days of Man’ set to premier on Metal Blade TV & ANewEraOfCorruption.com this Thursday

See them LIVE this summer on Vans Warped Tour!

Knoxville’s sons of death metal, WHITECHAPEL, have entered Billboard Magazine’s Top 200 Chart at #43 with just under 10,700 albums sold of the band’s highly anticipated album A New Era of Corruption. WHITECHAPEL’s A New Era of Corruption also debuted at #2 on the Hard Music Core Stores Chart, #3 on the Independent Albums Chart, and #5 on the Hard Music Albums Chart. In addition to breaking the charts in the states, A New Era of Corruption also charted in Canada coming in at #70 on the Current Albums chart, #9 on the Indie chart, and #8 on the Hard chart. A New Era of Corruption marks the band’s 3rd full-length album and 2nd for Metal Blade Records. Check out what press has had to say about the band’s latest, and to date greatest, release A New Era of Corruption below.

The band comments on the success of A New Era of Corruption: “We are excited to have charted on the Billboard 200 again, this time with the release of A New Era of Corruption and are thankful for all of our amazing fans who supported us and bought the CD. This CD will be a huge step forward in our career and we can’t wait to see where it will take us.”

WHITECHAPEL’s first production video for the track The Darkest Day of Man, directed by David Brodsky of MyGoodEye www.mgenyc.com and featuring animation by David Brodsky & Tim Kellen, will go live on Metal Blade TV www.metalblade.tv and www.ANewEraOfCorruption.com this Thursday.

WHITECHAPEL stands out in today’s overcrowded metal scene due in part to their ability to fuse memorable and even groovy riffs with crushing breakdowns, tremolo picking at neck breaking speeds, and incredibly evil and dissonant sounds. Their songs demand repeated listens and gang vocals at shows are common place. “This is Exile,” the band’s Metal Blade debut, was unleashed on July 8th, 2008, and debuted at #118 on the Billboard top 200 charts, #2 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers, and #14 on Billboard’s Top Independent albums. An accomplishment that is impressive for veteran artists, much less a relatively brand new metal act.

Early critical praise is emerging for A New Era of Corruption (which the group co-produced with infamous metal producer Jason Suecof at Jason’s Orlando, FL based Audiohammer Studios). Check out what critics have been saying below:

“while there’s a familiar sense of disgust spewed all over this third album, there’s been some evolving back at the deathlab. It’s easy enough to play fast and hard in death metal – easier still to make that all you do, but as Devolver’s ceremonious opener builds intensities, leveling the blows with a calculated malice for maximum damage, the band sound deadlier than ever.” 8/10 Decibel Magazine

“Say what you like about the way death metal has evolved, but to deny that Whitechapel are both insanely heavy and technically dazzling would be churlish petulance. They hinted at this level of bone-powdering brutality on their first two albums, but have slipped into a higher gear for their third, more than justifying their status as one of the few bands snapping at the heels of Job for A Cowboy… overall this is the sound of Whitechapel maturing and realizing their own considerable potential, with much precision, power, and simplicity.” 8/10 Terrorizer Magazine

“The band presents a truly mixed palette with progressive asides, tempered harmonies and arrangements that take surprising yet complimentary avenues… Whitechapel now appear unconcerned with all-out heaviness, in its place they have sampled the breadth of their genre creating a metal record both balanced and deep.” Rock Sound Magazine

“Sharp guitar melodies and serrated hooks augment the brawn without diluting it, and this new side of the band adds a superb twist to their already well-established fury.” 3/4 Kerrang! Magazine

“a sound so thick you could bite into it… Whitechapel are leading the next generation of extreme.” Metal Hammer Magazine

“Every band has their signature album. Slayer has Reign in Blood, Cannibal Corpse has Vile, Pantera had Cowboys from Hell. A New Era of Corruption is Whitechapel’s masterpiece.” 5/5, TheNewReview.net

“A New Era Of Corruption is more complete and more focused…Whitechapel has become the Behemoth of deathcore.” MetalReview.com

“a deadly, lumbering and ultimately trend-free beast” Noisecreep.com

“What Whitechapel will put out this year is nothing short of some of the grimiest metal sludge to ever breach the Billboard chart, a three-guitar wall of sound bolstered by vocalist Phil Bozeman’s rasp.” Albuquerque Journal

Whitechapel is:

Phil Bozeman – Vocals
Ben Savage – Guitar/Leads
Alex Wade – Guitar
Zach Householder – Guitar
Gabe Crisp – Bass
Kevin Lane – Drums

http://www.aneweraofcorruption.com
http://www.whitechapel.com
http://www.myspace.com/whitechapel
http:/www.facebook.com/whitechapelmetal

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Cause For Revelation Posts New Songs, Announces Tracklisting…

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

Cause For Revelation have posted several tracks from their upcoming full-length release “Resurrecting The Hostility” on their MySpace here: http://myspace.com/causeforrevelation

The album was recorded by engineer Chris Wisco, at Belle City Sound (Nonpoint, Lazarus AD, Novembers Doom), and mastered in Florida at Safehouse Productions by the legendary James Murphy (Obituary, Death, Testament).

The album will be released on a yet-to-be announced record label, track listing is as follows:

1. Intro

2. Nothing To Gain

3. Resurrecting The Hostility

4. Destroying Recollections

5. Never Ending

6. Another Failure

7. No One Cares

8. My Own Fate

9. All Or Nothing

10. Carry The Weight

11. Eternal

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NEW HELIX VIDEO FOR MONDAY MORNING MELTDOWN

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

The below update comes to us from HELIX vocalist, Brian Vollmer:

“Hey Everybody:

Brent has put together (after many hours of work) a video for our new single “Monday Morning Meltdown”. Here’s it is:

The song is getting heavy airplay on KOOL FM (Kitchener) and Q104 (Halifax), as well as scattered airplay on several other stations including HTZ (St. Catherines), The Fox (Fredericton), and The “Q” in Victoria. This summer we’ll be on the road across Canada. Here are the dates so far:

June 30th: K-Rock Party Cruise/Kingston, Ontario.

July 1st: Cranky Joe’s/Sudbury, Ontario.

July 2nd: The Old Victorian Tavern/Timmins, Ontario

July 16th: Colonial Days Fair/Lloydminster, Alberta

July 17th: Rock the Yacht/Toronto Harbour

July 22nd: Hospitality Days/Bathurst, N.B. (w/Streetheart)

July 23rd: Fergus Truck Show/Fergus, Ont. (w/David Wilcox/Honeymoon Suite/Barney Bental)

July 29th: Carlyle, Sask/Bear Paw Casino (w/Nazareth)

July 30th: Rockin’ The Fields of Minnedosa/Minnedosa, Manitoba (w/The Mudmen/Bif Naked/Glass Tiger/The Northern Pikes)

August 6th: The Rockhouse, St. John’s, Nfld.

August 7th: The Mussel Bed Soiree/Lewisporte, Nfld

Aug. 22nd: Ottawa Civic Fair/Ottawa, Ont.

THANKYOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

Peaceout,

Brian”

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SWEDENROCK 2010

June 17th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala

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SWEDENROCK FESTIVAL 2010

 

MARKO SYRJÄLÄ, ARTO LEHTINEN, PATRICK CLEMENT

Jävlä Swedenrock, här kommer vi igen. The annual roadtrip to Swedenrock by the Finnish Metal‑Rules.Com  team is already the tenth time in a row.  The  2010 line‑up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Therefore, over 70 bands offered nothing but an utter blast and a helluv an experience for the attendees to enjoy metal and rock. Swedenrock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economomic situation worldwide. As mentioned in the first sentence, this is the tenth time in a row when Sweden Rock has been featured on Metal‑Rules.com, so it is quite logical for us to give a real in‑depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock. The  weather wasn’t ideal compared to previous years. It either rained or was windy with a little sunshine. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party. We are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Enjoy or die !!!

 

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EVILE – Honoured with the “Metal As Fuck” award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods

June 16th, 2010
by EvilG
EVILE WINS 'METAL AS FUCK' AWARD AT METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GODS

EVILE WINS 'METAL AS FUCK' AWARD AT METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GODS

British thrashers EVILE have been honoured with the “Metal As Fuck” award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods.

EVILE have been making tracks since their 2007 debut album, ENTER THE GRAVE.  Since then, the band has been through a lot, including the release of their critically acclaimed second album, INFECTED NATIONS, tours with the likes of MEGADETH, EXODUS, KREATOR and OVERKILL, and the tragic death of the band’s late bassist, MIKE ALEXANDER.

Through all of the ups and downs, EVILE continue to impress with their dedication and sheer passion for what they do.  Winning the “Metal As Fuck” Golden God award marks another triumphant milestone in the band’s short history, and they show no sign of slowing down.

EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE comments:

“The other night we took a trip down to London to take part in Metal Hammer’s Kawasaki Golden Gods awards show.  They’d been kind enough to ask us to play the show, which we were chuffed about.  We’d also been nominated for ‘Best UK Band’.  We played our set and had a great time.

“Whilst in our dressing room our manager, Julie Weir (Wiseblood Management), and a few Earache guys came in to tell us we’d won an award.  We were honoured with the prestigious ‘Metal as Fuck’ award.  We couldn’t feel more privileged and honoured to receive such an award, and as far as I remember it’s the only thing we’ve won (other than me winning £50 from Walkers Crisps when I was a child).

“Like Matt said, we’d like to thank everyone for this, everyone at Metal Hammer, Dig and Earache, all our fans.  We’d also like to dedicate it to our late bassist, Mike Alexander, because he’s more metal than all of us put together… in a scrap yard, listening to Judas Priest, eating metal.”

Catch EVILE live on tour this Summer at the following festivals:

18.06.10 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
31.07.10 – Knebworth, UK – Sonisphere
06.08.10 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
07.08.10 – Deinze, Belgium – Alcatraz Metal Festival
14.08.10 – Derby, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
26.08.10 – Bergen, Norway – Hole In The Sky Festival

EVILE’s latest album, INFECTED NATIONS, is available now worldwide.  Get your copy in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41

For more EVILE news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/evileuk

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Willie Basse Releases New Single ‘Break Away’ Featuring George Lynch

June 16th, 2010
by EvilG

Black Sheep frontman Willie Basse has just uploaded his new single “Break Away”, featuring Dokken’s George Lynch on lead guitar, to www.myspace.com/williebasse. The new track features King James Kottak (Scorpions, Black Sheep) on drums, Mitch Perry (MSG, Talas, Black Sheep) on guitars, Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, CSN) on Hammond Organ and Willie Basse himself on bass and vocals.

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.

Basse’s is preparing for the release of the follow-up album to his critically acclaimed debut, “The Money Grind”. The album is expected to surface in early 2011 through Basse’s own New Empire Media. The album is being recorded by producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Godsmack).

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX: The First ‘Big Four’ Photo

June 16th, 2010
by EvilG
The Big 4: METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX

The Big 4: METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX

METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX — the so-called “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal — will play together for the first time in history tonight (Wednesday, June 16) at the Sonisphere festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland.

The first photo of all the members of the four bands (minus SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman) hanging out in a room together, apparently taken earlier today (Tuesday, June 15), can be viewed to the right.

“It’s about fucking time this happened,” says SLAYER’s Kerry King, “and about time the fans finally get what they want. This is fucking awesome.”

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian agrees, commenting on the enormity of the announcement. “People have been talking about these four bands playing together since 1984,” he says. “That’s twenty-six years of expectation!! And the thing is, I believe not only will we live up to the expectations, we will shatter them! No other four bands as influential as the four of us have ever done this. Imagine if THE BEATLES, STONES, THE WHO and ZEPPELIN had done shows? Or SABBATH, PRIEST, MAIDEN, MOTÖRHEAD? Well, I may be getting into some rarified air here but as a fan, that’s how big I feel this is.”

These four legendary acts broke out of the underground thrash movement to dominate the metal world in the 1980s, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. The metal giants have never before all shared the same stage, despite huge demand.

A second “Big Four” appearance is planned for Sonisphere Switzerland two days after the Warsaw concert, with more Sonisphere shows featuring the awesome combo to follow.

“This is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for heavy metal fans to see the four greatest heavy metal bands in American history back together on one stage,” concludes MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. “If there are any heads left at the end of this festival that haven’t banged, they don’t belong there.”

The “Big Four” concert on June 22 in Sofia, Bulgaria will find its way to the U.S. via a satellite broadcast. That day’s show, as part of the Sonisphere festival, will be beamed to more than 450 movie theatres in more than 140 markets in the U.S., along with cities in Europe, Canada and Latin America.

The concert will be broadcast to theatres in high definition. Delayed screenings are planned for Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

METALLICA’s Lars Ulrich said in a statement, “Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal’s ‘Big Four’ would not only still be around, be more popular than ever, playing shows together at stadiums all over Europe, and on top of that, coming to a movie theater near you in high definition (for better or worse??!!). Bring it on!”

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RATT Drummer Bobby Blotzer – “I Never Know From One Day To The Next That This Band’s Going To Be Together”

June 16th, 2010
by EvilG
RATT 2010

RATT 2010

RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer recently discussed “control issues” within the band during an interview with Noisecreep about his new book, Tales Of A Ratt: Things You Shouldn’t Know. An excerpt from the story is available below:

“I never know from one day to the next that this band’s going to be together because of certain people in this band. You can depend on me, I will be there for every show. I won’t pull some of the shenanigans and stuff that people do in this band.

“And it makes it hard. It makes the creative tension-wise I guess on how that frustration comes in and goes into the music and comes out sounding like kick ass Ratt music. But it’s just hard. It’s between me, Warren [DeMartini] and Stephen [Pearcy] trying to perpetuate our way of doing business. You got three chiefs and no Indians.”

In fact, when pressed on what the members of Ratt fight about the most, Blotzer provides a simple, one word answer: “Control.” Blotzer is brutally honest. His new book, Tales Of A Ratt: Things You Shouldn’t Know tells the Ratt story from beginning to today from Blotzer’s perspective. The autobiography was written by Blotzer with some help from writer friend Jim Clayton.

The writing style is conversational — as if Blotzer is talking directly to you. In fact, Blotzer dictated all his stories to Clayton in chronological order, and the two collaborated back and forth. Blotzer began working on the book in January 2008 and waited until the release of Ratt’s new album, ‘Infestation,’ to completely finish the book. He self-published the autobiography, and it began shipping in April 2010.

Like all music biographies, the book spends some time on Blotzer’s childhood, his love affair with music and his desire to be in a band. Then there are the chance meetings of future Ratt members and the rise to fame. Along the way there are hilarious stories of rock ‘n’ roll mayhem and painful realities of everyday life.

Toward the middle of the book, Blotzer addresses the ’90s when glam metal was no longer the favorite type of music and it was hard for bands like his to get work. Then there was the fact that his lead singer quit. Times were lean and bills had to be paid and Blotzer became an entrepreneur in order to keep his family afloat. Among others, Blotzer owned a steam cleaning business. While he was earning good money, Blotzer admits writing about the steam cleaning business was “painful.”

“The irony was that I still lived in my beach house,” explains Blotzer. “[I was] still getting royalties or whatever but it’s not enough. And I didn’t have any other experience in any field other than selling cars — I didn’t want to do that. And I had to do something. And that was something that I knew that I could fire up immediately. It’s definitely not a glamorous job, but it’s something that does make good money for the guys that do it.”

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Ratt recently canceled their scheduled European tour, issuing the following press release:

Ratt have been forced to cancel their upcoming European tour dates. Vocalist Stephen Pearcy will be undergoing urgent hernia surgery this week. The band regrets missing the European dates on the heels of the release of their first album in 11 years, Infestation, which enjoyed a high chart debut in European territories.

Ratt shares this disappointment with all their European fans who planned to attend the shows at Sweden Rock, Sauna Open Air Festival, UK Download, Hellfest, Grasspop and Gods of Metal as well as their other dates. The band is looking into rescheduling as many of the shows as possible.

Pearcy’s doctors anticipate a full recovery in time for Ratt’s North American touring schedule, which includes a run with THE SCORPIONS, beginning in July and running through September.

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