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X Japan - Left to Right: Sugizo, Toshi, Yoshiki, Heath, Pata
Band In The Studio Recording American Debut
Set for a Late Summer 2011 Release
LOS ANGELES, CA – THURSDAY, January 27, 2011 — X JAPAN, the most successful rock band in Japanese history, and EMI Music have signed an exclusive three-year manufacturing and distribution agreement that will have EMI Label Services handle the band’s releases in North America. The first release will be the track “Jade” on March 15, followed by the band’s as yet untitled American debut set for a late Summer 2011 release.
“We are so honored to have X Japan as part of the EMI Label Services/Caroline family,” commented Mike Harris, Executive Vice President/General Manager, EMI Label Services & Caroline Distribution. “After the highly successful North American tour last fall, the timing is perfect for the upcoming X Japan release.”
Added Dominic Pandiscia, Executive Vice President EMI Music Services North America, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with X Japan. They have cultivated a strong following in the U.S. and we look forward to working with them, helping to reach even more fans.”
X Japan – Yoshiki/band leader/producer/songwriter/drums and piano, Toshi/vocals, Pata/guitar, Sugizo/guitar and violin, and Heath/bass – is in the studio putting the finishing touches on the album, the band’s first new studio album since 1996 and fifth overall. Half of the songs will be culled from some of the band’s Gold and Platinum Japanese singles; the other half are brand-new songs, and an estimated 95% of the lyrics are being sung in English.
“Some of the songs on this new album were originally written with Japanese lyrics,” Yoshiki explained, “so translating them into English has been challenging. For some reason, English needs more words, so I ended up re-writing many of the lyrics but kept the same message.”
Most of the album has been recorded in Los Angeles at Yoshiki’s own studio. It’s the same studio where Metallica recorded its classic “Black” album, and artists from Van Halen to Michael Jackson to KISS also recorded there before Yoshiki bought it and turned it into a private facility. Yoshiki, who lives in Los Angeles, traveled to Japan a handful of times to record with the rest of the band there. In addition, some of the album has been recorded live over the Internet, with Yoshiki in L.A. and the band’s other members at their studio in Japan.
Added Yoshiki, “X Japan’s music is everything from fast, super-heavy rock to ballads with classical piano – all of those elements are what makes X Japan’s music. We don’t play just one kind of music – we want to take people on a journey.”
The X Japan/EMI agreement comes on the heels of X Japan’s U.S. concert debut last August at Lollapalooza, and the band’s first-ever North American tour that wrapped up on October 10 with a sold out show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. Many of the new album’s tracks were introduced to western fans when they were performed on the tour, including “Rusty Nail,” “Kurenai,” “I.V.,” “Born To Be Free,” “Endless Rain,” and the album’s first single, “Jade.”
Over the course of the tour’s seven dates, all played in theatre-sized venues, X Japan easily demonstrated why they’ve sold more than 30-million units and filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record-setting 18 times. X Japan hadn’t played venues that small in more than 15 years, so they tailored their “stadium-mindset” production to the theaters, making every effort to bring their take-no-prisoners theatrics and spectacular visuals to America. As the SF Weekly put it, “All it took was one show to make it very clear why X Japan is such a phenomenon in its homeland.”
Distribution agreements outside of North America, including Japan, will be announced shortly.
To support the new album, X Japan plans to tour extensively in 2011.
Check out some song teasers from the new album here:
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Frost Despair posted live videos of the show at Bar Opinião in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on December 19th, when they played as Cradle of Filth‘s opening act. The band’ set list featured songs from their forthcoming EP, which will be released in a few months. Watch the videos on the following links:
– “Intro” / “Splendor War” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNx6DwD30ao
– “Dark Bachiana”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-urnLcNKUg
– “The Final Breath” / “God Delusion” (compilação): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLEE5TsCLtA
– “The Serpentine Offering” (Dimmu Borgir cover): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Fc4m9LmblA
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Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising
Band Prepares To Release Eighth Studio Album
Johan Hegg, leader of Viking-inspired death metal collective AMON AMARTH, will premiere “War Of The Gods” on Full Metal Jackie’s syndicated metal radio show this coming weekend (January 28 – January 30). “War Of The Gods” is the opening track and first single off the band’s anticipated Surtur Rising full-length, scheduled for North American release via Metal Blade on March 29, 2011. The eighth long-player in AMON AMARTH‘s winding discography, Surtur Rising was recorded, mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren and features the fiery cover art of Tom Thiel.
Hegg spoke to Full Metal Jackie at length about the record earlier this month. To find a rock station near you carrying the show, go to: www.fullmetaljackieradio.com
Stay tuned for the official Surtur Rising landing page!
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Blank TV has posted the fourth installment of Vancouver folk metallers Scythia‘s five part “Red Wizard” mini-series.
The series was filmed during their fall 2010 “Exiled Across Canada Tour” in promotion of their debut album “Of War” and follows the warriors on their epic adventures encountering the evil red wizard.
To view episode 4 of the Red Wizard please visit the following link here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkI_5E674FU
EPS 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2x7p-l4OuQ
EPS 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saan2nrSiiU
EPS 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_8iYM8pAac
Scythia will be hitting the studio to record their follow up album in the coming months. Title and track listing of the album will be announced in 2011 along with tour dates.
Upcoming show dates
Feb 18 – Vancouver – Rickshaw – Cthulhupalooza II fest w/ The Thickets, Auroch
Feb 26 – Vancouver – Funky Winkerbeans w/ Makaria
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Extreme progressive technical metal band TEXTURES have started recording their fourth album at Split Second Sound studios in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The album will be produced by TEXTURES’ guitar player Jochem Jacobs, who was also responsible for the production of TEXTURES’ previous albums.
Jochem had the following to say about the new recordings:
“It’s all really exciting! This album is really going to express where and what we are these days… and that’s a good thing. We’ve been through a lot lately, especially the last year. Now with some new air and fresh ideas, we finally reached the point that we are actually quite confident in the new material. Sometimes you just have to crawl through the mud first to get to dry grounds. We are in the middle of the pre-production now, getting our asses in gear to create this baby. It’s kinda cool to see this band grow more and more and to continue this musical journey that we’ve been on for 10 years! Let’s make this thing heavy!!!”
A Fall 2011 release is expected through Nuclear Blast Records for the untitled new album. It is the follow-up to 2008’s Silhouettes.
Visit TEXTURES online at www.TEXTURESBAND.com, on Facebook, www.myspace.com/TEXTURES, www.youtube.com/TEXTURESTV, and Twitter.com/TEXTURESBAND.
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Macabre - Grim Scary Tales
Earsplit PR is incredibly proud to join forces with Chicago’s infamous murder metal trio MACABRE, as the fiends prepare to eviscerate the public with their first album in eight long years!
Recorded over the course of the band’s 25th anniversary, the highly anticipated 14-track platter of splatter Grim Scary Tales presents the classic MACABRE style fans have come to bloodthirstily expect, cleverly combining nursery rhyme sing-along quirkiness with ultra-tight, high-speed, gore/grind/death ingenuity. Their first full length since 2003’s blistering Murder Metal, this time MACABRE have cleverly devised a “story book of murder,” as Grim Scary Tales traces some of the most infamous serial killers and mass murderers. From the beginning or recorded mass killers, the album progresses through the annals of the world’s creepiest ghouls, including Locusta, Vlad Tepes, Gilles Garnier, Elizabeth Bathory, Mary Ann Cotton, the Bender Family, Lizzie Borden, Karl Grossmann and more. Recorded and mixed at The Ensomberoom by Geoff Montgomery (The Chasm, Coffinworm, Shub Niggurath, Couldron), this crushing album also bears original artwork and layout crafted by Scott Jackson of Monsterman Graphics and Rock N Roll Comics notoriety, perfectly visualizing the album’s gory nature. View the cover art, live footage and more at this location.
Today, Noisecreep.com is hosting a premiere of the track “The Big Bad Wolf” from Grim Scary Tales. Check it out here.
Keeping a band together for 25 years is a monumental thing for any group of musicians, but to keep a trio together without a lineup change in a quarter of a century as MACABRE have is nearly unheard of. Yet as time goes on, MACABRE remain in their initial lineup, as always consisting of Corporate Death (lead vocals, guitar), Dennis The Menace (drums) and Nefarious (bass, vocals).
To be released on the band’s own Decomposed Records as always, Grim Scary Tales is directly licensed for North American release on February 8th via Willowtip Records, and in Europe January 31st on Hammerheart Records. Promos of the album will be available immediately to North American writers, as well as interviews with the members of MACABRE over the coming weeks.
Grim Scary Tales Track Listing:
2. Nero’s Inferno
3. The Black Knight
5. The Big Bad Wolf
6. Countess Bathory (Venom cover)
7. Burke and Hare
8. Mary Ann
9. The Bloody Benders
10. Lizzie Borden
11. The Ripper Tramp From France
12. Bella the Butcher
13. The Kiss of Death
14. The Sweet Tender Meat Vendor
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According to a brief update at the band’s website, the members of JUDAS PRIEST are working together on writing new material.
Says the band, “All is going really well – more details later!”
In other news, the band have added a new date to their Epitaph World Tour. The band will now visit Katowice, Poland on July 10th to perform at the Metal Hammer Festival at the Spodek venue.
Check out the band’s complete itinerary below:
Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:
7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland
9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden
11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland
14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway
15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway
17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark
19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France
20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France
22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy
23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland
25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium
28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria
1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia
10 – Metal Hammer Festival – Katovice, Poland
23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK
5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
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LEGION have completed work on their follow up to their self titled critically acclaimed debut. The all new album “Code Of Honour” features 11 blistering tracks that will leave fans speechless. Z Records head Mark Alger stated ” the new Legion is a monster of an album, it seriously over shadows their amazing debut which I don’t say that lightly. Be prepared people this is a very special album indeed.” Code Of Honour will be released April 4th with the following track listing Steal The Show, Long Way Down, Riding On The Wind, Down In Flames, Living With The Past, Love Aint The Same, All Is Forgiven, Freight Train, Take Your Time, Liar, Hard Times.
Fans of the band can tune into Chris Nelson’s Hair Metal Haven on February 5th when Chris will play some World Exclusive tracks on his show on Phoenix Radio between 5pm – 7pm UK time www.phoenixradio.co.uk
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VIKING SKULL released a compilation of their deleted EP’s under the ‘Heavy Metal Thunder’ banner in October last year, supported The Damned Things on the Relentless Energy Sessions, and closed Hard Rock Hell III, and remain a favorite on many people’s best bands of the weekend list.
2011 looking a great year for Viking Skull, an EP scheduled for May 2011, a new album towards the end of 2011, Main Stage at Hammerfest III, various festival slots across Europe waiting to be finalized, but first the band head out as ‘Special Guests’ to BLACK SPIDERS and openers TURBOWOLF.
21/02/11 The Croft BRISTOL
22/02/11 Rock City NOTTINGHAM
23/02/11 Relentless Garage LONDON
24/02/11 Talking Heads SOUTHAMPTON
25/02/11 West End Centre ALDERSHOT
26/02/11 Academy SHEFFIELD
28/02/11 Roadhouse MANCHESTER
01/03/11 Lock 42 LEICESTER
02/03/11 Cathouse GLASGOW
03/03/11 Fibbers YORK
04/03/11 Central Station WREXHAM
05/03/11 The Lamp HULL
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Blackened death metal emperors IMPIETY, who feature within their ranks bassist/vocalist Shyaithan, guitarists Guh Lu (Xeper, Divine Codex,) and Eskathon and drummer Atum (Malfeitor, Divine Codex), will release a three-song EP via Singapore’s Pulverised Records later this winter. Entitled Advent Of…, the EP was recorded, mixed and mastered at Music City Studios in Montebelluna, Italy earlier this month and features cover art by renowned Thai artist Lord Sickness. Check it out HERE. All songs were written and arranged once again by Shyaithan.
Advent Of… Track Listing:
1. Advent Of The Nuclear Baphomet
2. Ave Satanas
3. Blood Ritual Defamation Contact Pulverised Records for pre-order info.
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Band is Gearing Up For North American Tour
Finland’s legendary orchestral rock band and Jive recording artist, Apocalyptica, are currently premiering the video for their latest single “Not Strong Enough” (Click here to view video) on AOL Noisecreep. The song which includes vocals by Doug Robb of Hoobastank is the follow-up to the hit single “End of Me,” which featured vocals by Gavin Rossdale. Other guests on their latest album, 7th Symphony, are Lacey from Flyleaf, Gojira’s Joe Duplantier, and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. Aside from the vocal tracks, the album features the group’s most dynamic symphonic instrumentals to date.
Apocalyptica’s North American tour will launch March 3rd in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Culture Room and run through March 27th in Dallas, TX at the House Of Blues. Apocalyptica will be touring in support of, 7th Symphony, which came out August 24th and debuted at No. 31 on the Billboard album chart. Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age) produced the majority of the record and Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach) produced an additional two tracks.
Apocalyptica’s 2010 North American dates are as follows:
March 3 Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
March 4 Tampa, FL Ritz Ybor
March 5 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
March 7 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
March 8 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
March 9 London, ON Cowboy’s
March 10 Montreal, QC Metropolis
March 11 Ottawa, ON Bronson Centre
March 12 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
March 13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
March 15 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
March 16 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Café
March 17 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
March 18 Richmond, VA The National
March 19 Greenville, SC The Handlebar
March 20 Knoxville, TN Valarium
March 21 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen
March 23 Houston, TX House Of Blues
March 24 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
March 25 Corpus Christi, TX House Of Rock
March 26 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
March 27 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
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Shai Hulud is currently working on their follow up to 2008’s Misanthropy Pure, but in the mean time, have scheduled a short run of headlining dates along the east coast and Midwest. Along for the ride are Close Your Eyes, Monsters, I The Breather, and Counterparts.
Shai Hulud’s Matt Fox comments, “As always, we are grateful and humbled to be welcomed on any stage in any city. And it’s awesome to be part of this diverse tour package; massive thanks and respect to Close Your Eyes, I, The Breather, Monsters, and Counterparts for joining us and helping to make the tour refreshingly atypical. And what’s more, the tour is in 3D, just like The Creature From The Black Lagoon.”
“Misanthropy Pure sees Shai back at their heavy-riffing, temp-shifting best” 4/5 stars, Revolver Magazine
“Misanthropy is one giant, brain-rattling testament to the genre-blurring finesse of bands masterminds Matt Fox (guitar) and Matt Fletcher (bass), who fuse good, old-fashioned circle-pit hardcore with hair-whipping shred-metal, leaving us all the merrier for it.” 4/5 stars, Alternative Press
“The complex, string-hopping and mind-bending guitar runs played on “Venomspreader” and “Chorus Of The Dissimilar”, hell the entire album, walk that thin line between discombobulating and awe-inspiring.” Blabbermouth.net
Order at Indiemerchstore.com.
Tour w/ Close Your Eyes, Monsters, I The Breather, Counterparts
02/02 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock – TICKETS
02/03 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s – TICKETS
02/04 Altoona, PA The Archway Center – TICKETS
02/05 Pittsburgh, PA Smiling Moose – TICKETS
02/06 Columbus, OH Seven Venue – TICKETS
02/07 Portage, IN Camelot Arena
02/08 Bloomington, IN Rhino’s – TICKETS
02/09 Sauget, IL Pop’s – TICKETS
02/10 Memphis, TN The Hi-Tone Café – TICKETS
02/11 Cookeville, TN Amps and Ramps – TICKETS
02/12 Chattanooga, TN The Warehouse – TICKETS
02/13 Whitesburg, KY Letcher County Tourism Building
02/15 West Springfield, VA Jaxx – TICKETS
02/16 Jermyn, PA Eleanor Rigby’s – TICKETS
02/17 Revere, MA Wonderland Ballroom – TICKETS
02/18 Norwich, CT The Montessori School
02/19 Manchester, NH Rocko’s – TICKETS
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“The new tunes will once again contain 1000% occult metal nihilism!”
Legendary Philadelphia death metal squadron GOREAPHOBIA are currently putting the finishing touches on their long-anticipated new full-length fittingly titled Apocalyptic Necromancy. The follow-up to Mortal Repulsion, released in 2009, the 12-track long player was recorded, mixed and mastered by drummer Jim Roe and features new guitarist VJS (Kult ov Azazel, Crimson Moon, Demoncy, etc.).
Comments guitarist Alex Bouks of the band’s latest output: “All of us in the GOREAPHOBIA camp are real excited about finishing the new record. The new tunes will once again contain 1000% occult metal nihilism! The only way I can describe our new endeavor is that’s it’s very diverse and takes us back to the band’s roots. Jim has once again recorded and mixed the record at his home studio, Neanderthal. Apocalyptic Necromancy also marks the debut of our new guitar player VJS. There’s a highly positive and magical vibe for the band at the present time. For me, this record is a true progression from the song writing and production on Mortal Repulsion.We hope to have it out soon for all our long time and newer fans.” GOREAPHOBIA will release Apocalyptic Necromancy later this year. Further details to be announced soon.
Chris Gamble – Vocals/Bass
Alex Bouks – Guitars
Jim Roe – Drums
VJS – Guitar http://www.myspace.com/goreaphobia
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“JAMMIT” – THE FIRST-EVER MUSIC APP DESIGNED TO ISOLATE ORIGINAL
MULTI-TRACK RECORDINGS TO BE UNVEILED AT MACWORLD 2011
Advanced Capabilities, Intuitive Controls and Impressive List of Top Artists
Sure to Change the Way Music is Learned
“If I had this when I was learning to play guitar, it would have saved me years of frustration,” – John 5 (Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson)
“Absolutely amazing,” – Al Schmitt (17x Grammy-winning engineer and 2x Latin Grammy winner- Ray Charles/Steely Dan)
“For years, musicians have been interpreting music incorrectly because up until now you couldn’t hear the isolated the tracks. Jammit solves the problem,” – Steve Lukather (Toto/G3)
HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 26, 2011) – Learning music is difficult. Changing the way it is learned is even more challenging. Revolutionizing the industry is unheard of until now with the introduction of Jammit™, the first and only music software offering budding and veteran rock stars access to top industry artists’ original multi-track master recordings. The unveiling will be held on January 27th at 1 PM in Media Center room #2008 at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. Afterward, it will also be on display with live demos at booth #339.
Created by renowned music producer Scott Humphrey (Motley Crue, Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne), Jammit™ gives music fans of all levels a way to learn their favorite artists’ tracks as they were meant to be played. Features include instrument isolation, synchronized notation and tablature combined with phrase looping and a slow speed function without changing pitch. Jammit™ truly is a music edu-tainment revolution. A quick product video demo is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28h9hvOS-m4.
Jammit™ is comprised of a proprietary technology developed by Humphrey and his team of engineers that will inevitably change the way music is learned in the home, music studios and education facilities across the world.
“Until now, there was always a level of uncertainty of how the original track was played,” said Humphrey. “Jammit™ offers musicians a unique combination of software features combined with isolated tracks from the original multi-track master recordings. Our ever expanding library features many of the top artists from the last four decades.”
A sampling of the vast Jammit™ library includes access to fan favorites such as Steve Vai, Rob Zombie, Nickelback, No Doubt, Marilyn Manson, Foreigner, Motley Crüe, Grateful Dead, Pantera and Alice Cooper among others.
Previously, people had to rely on traditional learning tactics like printed sheet music or mixed audio files, constantly pushing play, rewind and play again on their music player. With the
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Minutes ago, guitarist Pontus Norgren and bassist Fredrik Larsson of the Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL finished hosting the second in a series of online chats with fans from the studio. They discussed their first-ever live performances, online gaming, UFC fighters using a HAMMERFALL tune as entrance music, and a host of other topics. Producer James Michael even made an appearance. View the recorded chat here.
HAMMERFALL members are now in Nashville, Tennessee recording the follow-up album to 2009’s No Sacrifice, No Victory (which debuted at #38 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart) with producer James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, SIXX:AM, Meat Loaf). The as-yet-untitled new release will be available in Europe on May 20th. A summer release date in North America is expected.
View Saturday’s recorded chat with guitarist Oscar Dronjak and vocalist Joacim Cans here.
The next HAMMERFALL in-studio chat will be announced soon.
No Sacrifice, No Victory achieved gold status in Sweden for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. The album registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe: #2 in Sweden, #7 in Germany, #20 in Switzerland, #21 in the U.K. (Indie Albums chart), #25 in Austria, #46 in Norway, and #95 in France.
Visit HAMMERFALL online at www.HAMMERFALL.net, on MySpace, on Facebook, on Twitter and at www.HAMMERFALL.tv.
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