Since their announcement of joining the Victory Records family, Blackguard has been touring non-stop and gearing up for their next record.
“This is going to be our most dynamic release to date. We’re going to have a few slower songs on this album; more head banging tunes. We’re also going to be introducing some new elements to our song to mix things up a bit. Not to sound too cliché but we definitely don’t want to write the same record over and over again and this record is going to be a great step forward for us.” Says vocalist Paul Ablaze.
Set for an early Spring 2011 release date, Blackguard have been, and will be on tour, keeping their name and their music familiar, ensuring not to disappoint. Currently, the band is on tour with Epica, Scar Symmetry and the Agonist. They have ecently announced their involvement in the Symphony X tour slated to kick off April 21st in Philadelphia, immediately after their return from yet-to-be-announced European dates.
“It is a dream tour. Our band has spent the better part of the last 2 years on tour to get to this point. We very much look forward to seeing old friends, making new friends and being a part of what will be the supreme springtime event. We want to thank everyone involved for giving us this opportunity and we will not disappoint.”
Dawn of Ashes music video ‘making-of’ featured on Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps!; On tour now with Dimmu Borgir and Enslaved
Dawn of Ashes shot their new video for Transformation Within Fictional Mutation just weeks ago with director David H. Greathouse (special effects master, film director and music video director behind Mushroomhead’s videos). The video was produced by Robert Kurtzman’s (KNB EFX founder, F/X legend, director) PRECINCT 13, who also handled the special effects. Dawn of Ashes shot on location at the Bissman Building in Mansfield, Ohio, which is widely rumored to be haunted and was recently featured on an episode of the Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters.
The behind the scenes footage for Transformation Within Fictional Mutation can be seen now on episode #15 of Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps over on creaturecorps.net! Make sure to watch the episode to see how the special effects of this over-the-top music video came together.
The Transformation Within Fictional Mutation video was recently premiered on BloodyDisgusting.com and can be seen now on MetalBlade.tv. Dawn of Ashes’ tour with Dimmu Borgir and Enslaved is underway and wraps up on December 14th in Quebec City, Canada.
“DAWN OF ASHES —a horror metal group complete with flesh-eaten faces—are 100 percent melodic death metal. And what works for this band (unlike so many of their counterparts) is that the songs here aren’t built around the strengths of any one member. Vocals aren’t over-the-top, solos aren’t soul-sucking and the drummer doesn’t go nuts on the China cymbal during breakdowns… the ability to play Chapters over and over and not get sick of it shows that this band is doing a lot right.” Decibel Magazine
“A whirlwind of eerie melodic black metal” Revolver Magazine
“Kristof Bathory will scare the crap out of you with his delivery. It’s definitely an album worth listening to though, just maybe not before bed.” Powerplay Magazine (UK)
DAWN OF ASHES
Tour w/ Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, and Blood Red Throne
11/19 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Events Center
11/21 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
11/22 Spokane, WA The Knitting Factory
11/23 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
11/24 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
11/26 Reno, NV The Knitting Factory
11/27 Pomona, CA The Fox Theater
11/28 San Francisco, CA The Regency Grand Ballroom
METAL SURVIVAL KIT, an essential box set for all metalheads and an ideal gift for Christmas, is out now in Europe for the amazing price of just one regular CD.
Celebrating the diversity of metal music, METAL SURVIVAL KIT offers over 80 killer tracks spread across three CDs and a DVD, all housed together in a rigid, deluxe “survival” box including free earplugs in a handy holder, a woven patch, a keyring and stickers.
The three CDs – ‘Festival Faves’, ‘Future Classics’ and ‘Under the Radar’ – offer an indispensable mix of classic metal hits, the best of metal’s new breed and true underground artists. The DVD features classic metal videos as well as previously unreleased offerings.
METAL SURVIVAL KIT includes tracks from such metal greats as NAPALM DEATH, AT THE GATES, DEICIDE, CARCASS, MORBID ANGEL, GODFLESH, CLUTCH, EVILE, WHITE WIZZARD, ENFORCER, OCEANO, MUNICIPAL WASTE, BONDED BY BLOOD, GAMA BOMB and many more.
The Los Angeles based hard rock band Buckcherry was originally formed in 1995 by vocalist Joshua Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson. The original line up also included bassist Jonathan Brightman, drummer Devon Glenn and second guitarist Yogi who joined bands ranks a few years later. In 1999 band signed a record deal with DreamWorks Records and their self titled debut album was then released later on the same year. The hit singles; “Lit Up” and For the Movies” helped band to reach great success. Their sophomore album TIMEBOMB was released in 2001 but although the band then got a great gig as a support act for AC/DC – they surprisingly went into hiatus, just one year later, when Josh decided to leave group and start his solo career. It wasn’t until 2005 when Josh and Keith decided reform Buckcherry, now with all renewed lineup. Drummer Xavier Muriel, bassist Jimmy Ashhurst and guitarist Stevie D. were the new members and together this lineup soon released Buckcherry’s most successful album to date called 15. The album went to platinum in States with the help of mega successful singles “Crazy Bitch” and “Sorry”. BLACK BUTTERFLY was released in 2008 and on following year band released its first ever live release called LIVE & LOUD. Buckcherry’s fifth studio album ALL NIGHT LONG came out just a couple of months ago and it finally did bring band back to Europe. A package tour called TASTE OF CHAOS arrived in Helsinki on mid November and then we had a chance to sit down with Keith Nelson and talk about the bands current activities, the past, and some future plans as well. Read on!
Long time Canadian thrash metal icons, Annihilator, are known for being the soul and mind of the guitar wizard Jeff Waters who has navigated the band throughout the years. However, the guitarist/vocalist Dave Padden has become an essential part of the Annihilator camp within these past seven – eight years. Annihilator has visited Finland a couple of times before as a support for Judas Priest in 1991 and Trivium a few years back. It was clearly time for them to have the headliner slot here. The Tavastia club was entirely packed when Waters and company got on the stage. Before the four piece thrashers stormed onto the stage to wake the fury, we had the privilege of having a chat with the vocalist of Annihilator Dave Padden who talked about the on-going tour, the re-issued albums, and several other interesting issues about the mighty Annihilator!
System Divide will finally be hitting the road in the US in early 2011. The tour begins on February 1st in Philadelphia, PA and wraps up in Atlanta, GA on February 26th. This tour is in support of their Metal Blade Records debut album, The Conscious Sedation, which hit streets in September 2010. The album can be ordered and fans can see the video for The Apex Doctrine now on metalblade.com/systemdivide.
Founded in the summer of 2008, SYSTEM DIVIDE quickly became a transnational project. Within its ranks includes vocalists Sven De Caluwe (Aborted), Miri Milman, Michael Wilson (ex-Abigail Williams), Andrew Lenthe (Antenora), and Mike Heller (Malignancy). Mixing and mastering for The Conscious Sedation was handled by the infamous James Murphy (Aborted, Testament, Lazarus AD, Sigh, Arsis). The Apex Doctrine video was directed by Kevin Custer (Hatebreed, Testament, Dope, Dying Fetus, Suffocation).
Tour w/ Eluveitie, 3 Inches Of Blood and Holy Grail
02/01 Theatre of living arts – Philadelphia, PA
02/02 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
02/03 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
02/04 Cercle – Quebec City, QC
02/05 Le National – Montreal, QC
02/06 Opera House – Toronto, ON
02/08 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
02/09 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN
02/10 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KA
02/11 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
02/12 Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT
02/14 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
02/17 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
02/18 Key club – West Hollywood, CA
02/19 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ
02/21 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
02/22 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
02/24 State Theatre – St Petersburg, FL
02/25 Firestone – Orlando, FL
02/26 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
“If the goal was to flatten the likes of In This Moment, Otep, and other female-fronted acts, then mission accomplished.” Blistering.com
“Milman’s vocals, especially in ‘Stagnant Progression’ and ‘The Apex Doctrine’ are used perfectly to compliment the complex array of sounds System Divide set up. System Divide remind me of Eluveitie in that they can write incredible death metal songs around epic themes and use female vocals to control the damage.” 4.5/5, TheNewReview.net
The upcoming fourth full-length release from the notorious UK act THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL, entitled The Murder of Jesus The Jew, is set for North American release via Candlelight Records on January 11, 2011, their first for the label. Continuing their notoriously bizarre integration of torrid black metal, infused with countless other styles, and the band’s unique style of theatrical storytelling, the madness runs rampant on the new album, sure to be one of the most talked about black metal releases of 2011. Proof of this bizarre and intriguing genre-bending mastery can be witnessed today via a Stereogum premiere of THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL’s newly unleashed track “My Psychotic Sand Deity” HERE!
The Murder of Jesus The Jew Track Listing:
1. Boiled In Hell Broth And Grave Dust (Intro)
2. My Psychotic Sand Deity
3. Apocalypse Of Lazarus
4. Addicted To God
5. Stiller Of Tempests
6. Man From Kerioth
7. Dark Gethsemane
8. Jew Killer
9. Genesis Of Death
10. From Eagle To Cross
11. Apostle Of The Uncircumcised
12. A Canticle for the lost amputees of Aelia Capitolina who have been trampled under the iron shod hooves of salivating Hell Rams and impaled on the shimmering tusks of salvation within the abandoned tabernacle of a Bronze Age myth
Earache Records recently announced EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING, a free, essential app for all metalheads, which is coming to the Apple App Store on November 29th for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Play along to a killer soundtrack of thrash, death and heavy metal as you throw a pesky stage diver off a festival stage and as far into the crowd as possible. Throw the stage diver as far as you can to get a high score on the global leader boards while trying to avoid objects such as bottles, merch stands and of course the festival favourite – the portable toilets!
Whereas most apps just include clips of songs, or at most a couple of full tracks, EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING features ten full shredding songs. The full track list is as follows:
Evile – Thrasher
At The Gates – Suicide Nation
Bonded By Blood – Prison Planet
White Wizzard – Over the Top
Oceano – District of Misery
The Haunted – The World Burns
Wormrot – Born Stupid
Decapitated – Spheres of Madness
Deicide – Homage For Satan
Brutal Truth – Walking Corpse
All tracks are included in a fully integrated music player, allowing you to play along to the tunes you want, when you want. There’s also a secret unlockable track which can only be found in this app.
To get your hands on EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING, just search for “extreme stage diving” on the App Store from November 29th.
KINGS X are back and receiving a ton of praise for their latest ‘Live Love in London’ release. The double live album features some of the band’s most lauded hits such as “Pray,” “Over My Head” and “Goldilox”. Now the band is preparing to release the deluxe edition package, which contains 2CDs along with a DVD and will be released on Monday, November 22nd. The 2CD audio version has been out for a few weeks, but now fans can get the package that includes the band’s first ever official live DVD along with the audio version for one low price!
In celebration of this gargantuan package, Amazon.com has named “Alright” from ‘Live Love in London’ it’s Featured MP3 of the Day. That’s right, now you can pick up this live version of the classic KINGS X track completely FREE of charge for today only! Click here to download the track for free: http://www.amazon.com/Alright-Live/dp/B0048W7FGS
Check out the new official video of the guitarist of Brazilian bands ALMAH and KHALLICE Marcelo Barbosa at ExpoMusic 2010. ExpoMusic is one of the biggest exhibitions of musical instruments, equipment and accessories in Latin America and it is one of the most important business events in Sao Paulo (Brazil). 27th Expomusic took place in Sao Paulo on September 22-26th, in Expo Center Norte. As an endorser of the guitars Tagima, the cables Santo Angelo and the pedals NIG Marcelo Barbosa made a few workshops at the stands of these companies.
Official Youtube channel of Santo Angelo has recently revealed the video of “Memories” composition by Marcelo Barbosa performed during the wokshop of the guitarist at the stand of the company. Marcelo Barbosa has been a partner and endorser of Santo Angelo more than five years.
The video is available here:
According to Santo Angelo:
“REVELATION IN THE MIDDLE OF BRAZIL
There are many legends and stories about the supernatural happening in the Brazilian Central Plateau. One of the few that we believe relates to an exceptional guitarist named Marcelo Barbosa, who at 17 years has taught guitar at two schools in Brasilia / DF. Listen and tell us what you think.”
Marcelo Barbosa is a Brazilian guitar player and music professor. He is a founder or participant of a few important Brazilian bands like progressive metal act Khallice and Angra’s members project Almah. He also is a founder and an owner of a large musical institute in his home city Brasilia called GTR, a columnist of the Cover Guitarra, Guitar Class and Guitar Player magazines and a Expo Music (Brazil) and NAMM (USA) musical exhibitions participant.
(New York, NY) —CROWBAR will be hitting the road hard next week along side BLACK TUSK. Dates will span most of the eastern seaboard through the middle of December. All tour dates are below. Tickets info can be found here http://mysp.ac/9MusSf
w/ BLACK TUSK:
Nov. 27 – Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
Nov. 28 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
Nov. 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
Nov. 30 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Dec. 01 – Charleston, SC @ Jimbo’s Rock Lounge
Dec. 02 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall w/
Dec. 03 – VA Beach @ Hangar 09
Dec. 04 – Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar & Grill
Dec. 05 – New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House
Dec. 06 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary Coast
Dec. 07 – Providence, RI @ Club Hell
Dec. 08 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Dec. 09 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Evening Star Music Hall
Dec. 10 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Vista
Dec. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
Dec. 12 – St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Dec. 13 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
Dec. 14 – Little Rock @ Downtown Music
Dec. 15 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
Dec. 16 – Amarillo, TX @ El Cien
Dec. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Dec. 18 – Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse (No Black Tusk)
Newly signed to eOne Music, sludge metal legends CROWBAR recently re-released three influential records, CROWBAR, LIVE +1 and TIME HEALS NOTHING on October 5th, 2010. These three records are the band’s core titles and have influenced many of today’s major metal acts including LAMB OF GOD and HATEBREED. With each title originally being released in the early nineties, this will be the first time all three records will be widely available in stores and online. A new CROWBAR record is planned for early 2011.
Kirk Windstein formed CROWBAR in 1991. Since that time, the band’s sound has profoundly influenced a new generation of metal acts the world over. Weinstein is also a key member of KINGDOM OF SORROW (with HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta) and DOWN.
Canadian heavy metallers CAULDRON have released a brand new track on the band’s revamped MySpace page.
The new track, called “All Or Nothing”, is from the band’s upcoming new album, BURNING FORTUNE, which is due to be released on Earache Records on February 14th, 2011 in Europe and February 15th in North America.
Extreme Management Group and American technical death metal innovators ORIGIN are pleased to announce the band’s worldwide recording contract with Nuclear Blast Records. ORIGIN, who are responsible for such genre-defining classics as Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas (2002) and Antithesis (2008), will enter Chapman Recording Studios in Lenexa, Kansas tomorrow with long-time engineer Robert Rebeck to record their Nuclear Blast debut. Rebeck’s work can be heard on ORIGIN’s Antithesis and Echoes Of Decimation (2005) albumsin addition to the A Coming Into Existence demo (1998).
“It is a great honor to be working with Nuclear Blast,” comments founding member & guitarist Paul Ryan. “We are excited to be working with a label with such an amazing presence in the metal scene. They have some of the best extreme bands in the history of extreme music and we are very honored to be apart of this. We are eager to join the ranks of the Nuclear Blast roster!”
Drummer John Longstreth adds: “We are very excited to begin working on our next album under the guide of Nuclear Blast Records! Being signed to one of the largest and most successful heavy metal labels makes it only natural that you will definitely be seeing a lot more of this band. Plans are already being laid by Extreme Management Group for the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico and pretty much everywhere with a stage and (future) ORIGIN fans. To us, it’s only fitting that after 10 years, it came time to make a few positive changes so that we could continue to create this insane form of music for you. We are very excited to bring album #5 to our fans and we feel confident that our fans will not be let down.”
Ryan Caddell, who directed and filmed the video clip for “Portal” and the bonus video on Echoes Of Decimation, will be joining the guys in the studio once again to document the creative process leading up to the creation of ORIGIN’s fifth album plus capture all the behind-the-scenes mayhem.
View the video for the song “Finite” off the album Antithesis here. The video was directed by David Brodsky (Kataklysm, Arsis, Black Dahlia Murder, SYL) of MyGoodEye.