Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen has issued the following update:
“Rainy and chilly day in Warsaw, Poland. After being under the sun and enjoying lovely springtime in Buenos Aires, the weather in Europe came as a shock to me. It’s really damn cold already!
Today was the first day of the rehearsals with the band. We went through almost all the new songs already, but few are still missing. I am sure tomorrow we ‘kill’ them all. The band sounds tight and it’s great fun to see the guys enjoying my music again.
We have a new bass player with us: Mr. Kevin Chown.
Always when there is a change in the line up, the overall sound changes and the atmosphere among us as well. I am sure you’ll like what you’ll hear. I see many smiling faces around, so I am happy. My guys and me are going to hit the road together again!”
Tarja announced the names of the bands that will support her on her upcoming European tour: the French band MARKIZE will support Tarja for the whole tour; Poland’s AT THE LAKE will play in Krakow, Poland on October 2nd; France’s WHYZDOM will play in Paris, France on October 10th; and the UK based band SOLSIKK will play in London, England on October 13th.
BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, IRON MAIDEN Members Recording New Song For Charity
In 1989, BLACK SABBATH’s Tony Iommi and DEEP PURPLE’s Ian Gillan were just a few names in a long list of talent involved in the re-recording of the classic Deep Purple track ‘Smoke On The Water’. This song was re-recorded to raise money for those affected by the Leninakan earthquake that struck Armenia in 1988. In October of last year, both Iommi and Gillan travelled to Armenia to see how the funds raised had helped the local community. On their trip they visited a music school only to find it being run out of temporary accommodation, it was only location not to have been rebuilt 20 years after the earthquake had struck.
Next week Iommi and Gillan will be heading back into the studio, joined by keyboardist Jon Lord (ex-Deep Purple, WHITESNAKE) and drummer Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN) to record a new track to raise money to rebuild the Armenian music school. More information about the charity single ‘Out Of My Mind’ and behind the scenes photos will follow soon.
‘Smoke On The Water’ Rock Aid Armenia video can be viewed below:
One of Australia’s longest running metal bands, Dreadnaught and South Australian heavyweights SE BON KI RA combine forces for a series of live shows thru Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Tasmania between October and December this year.
The tour will take in Sydney’s ‘Yarr-fest’ on October 29th for the LORD (NSW) EP Launch also with prog-metallers Voyager (WA) and Hemina (NSW).
Live Oblivion 2010 Tour dates are:
Oct 15 Fowlers Live, Adelaide (SE BON KI RA only)
Oct 22 The Tote, Melbourne with guests 4Arm and Desecrator
Oct 29 The Gaelic, Sydney Yarr-Fest – Lord CD Launch and Voyager (WA)
Oct 30 The Gearin Hotel, Katoomba with guests Red Bee and Squawk
Nov 5 The Karova Lounge, Ballarat (Dreadnaught Only) with guests Desecrator and Path of Pariah
Nov 13 The Sound Shell, Murray Bridge (SE BON KI RA only)
Nov 26 The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart with guests Desecrator and Lacerta
Nov 27 The Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston with guests Desecrator
Dec 4 The Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne (Dreadnaught Only)
Dec 10 The Newmarket Hotel, Bendigo (Dreadnaught Only) with Evilution
Dec 11 Adelaide Uni Bar with guests ISAW and Mammoth
Live Oblivion 2010 will wind up Dreadnaught’s live schedule for the year comprising their final shows before taking some time out of the live scene to finish the writing of a new LP, due in 2011.
Since their inception in 1992, DREADNAUGHT have established themselves as a cornerstone for Australian heavy rock audiences. Never touted as the ‘next big thing’ or ‘flavour of the month’ as sub-genres and bands come and go, Dreadnaught never fail to provide their loyal fans, both old and new, with great rock and metal.
Having started the year strongly with their appearance at the Adelaide Big Day Out festival, SE BON KI RA are keen to end 2010 in a similar style, by thrashing their way around the country with good mates, good times and great metal. In 2011 the band will enter into writing and recording phase, with a full length release due out later in the year.
SE BON KI RA live shows are an intense combination of energetic passion and fun, based on the belief that heavy metal can be powerful and carry meaning without conveying the negativity often associated with the genre. The band takes pride in bringing honesty to their craft. There’s no unnecessary gloss or polish here, but there is lots of sweat and the occasional drop of blood.
Joining both bands on tour will be Victoria’s pure thrash metaller’s Desecrator, as well as other support from the likes of 4Arm (Vic), Lacerta (Tas), Red Bee (NSW), Squawk (NSW), Path of Pariah (Vic), ISAW (SA), Mammoth (SA), and Evilution(Vic).
Remember, it’s YOU, the metal-head that makes the metal scene work so get out and support some grassroots heavy music!!! Oblivion awaits …
ENGLAND – Extreme metal’s most infamous act, Cradle Of Filth, has teamed up with America’s horror magazine, Fangoria, to premiere the band’s latest music video for the new track, “Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)”. The video was directed by Dani Jacobs, and the song comes from the forthcoming full-length, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, to be released on Nuclear Blast Records on November 9th. In the words of Cradle’s iconic frontman, Dani Filth, the band’s ninth studio album is their “most sinister and darkened fairytale.” The music video for “Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)”, the album’s first single, does nothing to dispute that statement. Head over to Fangoria.com now to see for yourself.
The Grammy nominated, Cradle Of Filth, continues to shock, excite, disgust and inspire in equal measures. A loyal stalwart to the satanic horror ethos, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is a concept album based on Adam’s first wife, the lascivious demoness Lilith. It was recorded at Monkey Puzzle Studios, near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England, and is the follow-up to 2008’s Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder. Artwork comes courtesy of Natalie Shau.
A preview of a new track from Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, “The Cult Of Venus Aversa”, is now streaming on the album’s mini-site at: www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth.
The track is also playing on the band’s new iPhone app, which launched last week, and can be downloaded at: http://mobileroadie.com/apps/cof-app. The free app contains audio samples, videos, pics, and allows users to keep up with all the latest news from the band. It also has a “Top Users” function, which awards points every time the app is used (i.e. write on the fan wall, post photo, share items to Facebook and Twitter, listen to tracks). The band will award a special prize of a unique signed art print of the album’s artwork, plus a signed copy of the album to whoever is the top user at midday (UK time) on the day of the UK release (November 1st). Full terms and conditions are on the mini-site.
In addition to the new track preview and iPhone app, the mini-site also features a video blog, info about the album, a gallery featuring new band pics and elements from the album artwork, a link to download a MP3 of the track“Lilith Immaculate”, other downloads, and more. The site is being updated on a weekly basis with exclusive content, including a preview of a different track from the album every Wednesday, so be sure to check back often. Whether through their wildly elaborate & theatrical live shows (which incorporate giant lumbering puppets, fire-breathing dancers, freaks and stilt-walkers), provocative merchandise (including the now legendary ‘Jesus Is A Cunt’ t-shirt), breathtaking artwork, or the weighty subject matter of their albums (their latest told the story of a French Lord who fought alongside Joan Of Arc before embarking on a horrific killing spree), Cradle Of Filth is a band whose uncompromising stance has been rewarded with legions of fans around the world, making them the most successful British heavy metal band since Iron Maiden.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, recently announced their first North American headlining tour in support of their new album Relentless Retribution in early 2011! Meet and greet VIP packages for the tour, which includes LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, and HEXEN, are now available on Ticketmaster.com and Slotix.com. The ticket packages include the following:
– General Admission ticket
– Early entry to venue (where available)
– Meet & Greet with select members of the band
– Individual photo with select members of the band
– Autograph opportunity with select band members
– Commemorative Meet & Greet laminate
– Collectible Death Angel guitar pick
– Limited edition poster
– Death Angel patch
Visit the bands newly redesigned website at www.DeathAngel.us for more info and a complete list of tour dates.
Due to a band-related family emergency, DORO PESCH was forced to cancel her upcoming show in Manchester, New Hampshire on September 30. The remaining U.S. dates will go on as planned however with the American mini tour kicking off in Brooklawn, New Jersey on October 1. The U.S. dates will serve as virtual warm up shows for the band’s Japanese debut this October as part of the on-going Fear No Evil world tour. Check out the Japanese teaser video HERE.
Said Pesch of the upcoming trek: “I’m so excited to return to American soil and see my American fans again! They will definitely be great shows as the band did all these summer festivals and we are on fire. I can’t wait!” Added drummer Johnny Dee: “I’m super psyched to play in the States again! Especially to see so many of our friends in South Jersey and New York. I only wish the tour was longer. Before ya know it, we’ll be rocking the Japanese fans the following week!”
DORO PESCH U.S./Japanese Tour Dates
10/01/2010 The Pennant – Brooklawn, NJ
10/02/2010 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
10/03/2010 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
10/08/2010 Holiday Shinjuku – Tokyo, Japan
10/10/2010 Holiday Nagoya – Nagoya, Japan
10/11/2010 Holiday Osaka – Osaka, Japan
The Swedish technical death masters DIABOLICAL (featuring current and former members from DEMONICAL and DEVIAN among others) have lined up two German shows in mid-November. These dates can be seen as warm-up shows for the “Black Steel Worship” tour alongside INTERMENT and URN.
Here are all confirmed DIABOLICAL dates.
12.11 2010 GER – Greifswald – Klex w/ KATHAARSYS 13.11 2010 GER – Emden – Ear Terror Festival
“Black Steel Worship Tour”
24.11 2010 SWE – Stockholm – Sugarbar *
25.11 2010 GER – Hamburg – Bambi Galore
26.11 2010 NL – Tilburg – 013 **
27.11 2010 GER – Wermelskirchen – AJZ Bahndamm
28.11 2010 ITA – Brescia – Decimo Secolo
30.11 2010 SLO – Ljubljana – Channel Zero
01.12 2010 SK – Bratislava – Randal Club
02.12 2010 SK – Banska Bystrica – Tirish Pub
03.12 2010 CZE – Slavonice – Kawarna
04.12 2010 GER – Bitterfeld – Festung
05.12 2010 GER – Berlin – Blackland
You could say that Anthrax has made the metal comeback of the year. After the veteran band of East Coast thrashers stood poised to release their first new album in seven years, their then-vocalist Dan Nelson abruptly left the band leaving Anthrax’s launch date for their new record on ice. When the band was invited to perform as part of the "Big Four" concerts during the Sonisphere Festival, Joey Belladonna returned to Anthrax’s lineup for a third time and will now be re-recording vocals for the as yet unreleased new album, tentatively titled "Worship Music". A CD/DVD box set comprised of all four sets from the bands that make up the "Big Four" (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax) will be released in early November. Presently the band are performing nightly to sold out arena’s on a bill headlined by Slayer and Megadeth, dubbed the "Jägermeister Fall Music Tour" and referred to by longtime die-hard fans as "Clash of the Titans 2" You will not want to miss this epic billing when it comes thrashing to a concert stage near you.
Drummer/Vocalist/Bassist of Therion, Dimmu Borgir, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond & Dream Evil
Interview by Lord Of The Wasteland
Snowy Shaw is a veteran of the heavy metal wars. Since first surfacing with King Diamond back in 1989, to his tenure with Dream Evil, Therion and briefly Dimmu Borgir earlier this year, Shaw’s multi-instrumentalism and ever-broadening artistic vision have kept him busy both in the spotlight and behind the scenes. Despite his wearing many hats, Shaw has always remained a unique and interesting character.
This interview, conducted initially to showcase Snowy Shaw’s joining Dimmu Borgir, was consequently forced to change direction after the rather sudden announcement that Shaw was leaving Dimmu Borgir and re-joining Therion. This shift was even more confusing given the fact that both bands were set to release their latest CDs within days of each other.
As Snowy does his best to diplomatically explain the various moves, it is clear that there is more to the story, but we will have to wait to hear that. In the meantime, enjoy this lengthy chat with one of metal’s more charismatic personalities.
Produced and presented by the team behind cult hit, Heavy Metal Parking Lot (Jeff Krulik and John Heyn), Heavy Metal Picnic is a celebration of mid-80s Maryland rock and roll and heavy metal, by those who lived – and survived – it.
The film focuses on the 1985 Full Moon Jamboree, a weekend field party bacchanal that took place at The Farm, home to a cast of colorful characters who lived and partied alongside unamused neighbors in the McMansions of Potomac.
The Full Moon Jamboree, an affair so raucous that it made the evening news, was the farm party to end all farm parties, and much of it was recorded using a home video camera and a stolen CBS News microphone swiped from the Reagan Inauguration earlier that year.
Twenty-five years later, we revisit the scene and meet people behind the party, as well as the musicians who performed there, including mid-Atlantic doom metal icons ASYLUM.
Details will soon be available in regards to screenings of the film in 2011. Check out a trailer below and find out more about Heavy Metal Picnic at this location.
OCEANO are proud to announce the first dates for their Contagion Across The Nation Tour (presented by Outburn Magazine). This is the Billboard-charting deathcore act’s first solo headlining run in North America as well as their first tour after the release of their new album, CONTAGION. Helping OCEANO spread their sickness throughout North America will be their friends CHELSEA GRIN, ATTILA, IN THE MIDST OF LIONS and MONSTERS.
WARNING: Fans exposed to the Contagion Across The Nation Tour may experience sudden cases of whiplash, arm and leg discomfort, broken noses, constant bruising, exhaustion, dehydration and the most devastatingly brutal time of their lives.
Catch OCEANO on their Contagion Across The Nation Tour at these dates:
11/5 Detroit, MI @ Hayloft
11/6 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
11/8 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
11/9 Holyoke, MA @ Waterfront
11/10 Montreal, QC @ Underworld
11/11 Providence, RI @ Jerky’s
11/12 Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
11/13 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
11/14 Richmond, VA @ The Hat Factory
11/17 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall
11/19 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
11/20 Dallas, TX @ Rail Club
11/22 Wichita, KS @ Oz Cafe
11/23 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
11/24 St Paul, MN @ Station 4
11/27 West Dundee, IL @ Clearwater Theatre
To mark this momentous announcement, OCEANO have posted another BRAND NEW track off of the upcoming album CONTAGION onto their official MySpace page. “Weaponized” is a thunderous song that showcases the band’s strengths. brimming with speedy drum fills, edgy riffs, meaty breakdowns and Adam Warren‘s unmistakable growls from hell, fans will surely find this a danceable favorite on the band’s upcoming tour dates.
Catch OCEANO live on the run-up to the release of CONTAGION, as they head out on “The Corruptour” with WHITECHAPEL, IMPENDING DOOM, MISS MAY I and I DECLARE WAR:
Oct 01 – Macon, GA – The 567
Oct 02 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Oct 03 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
Oct 04 – Jacksonville, FL – Rain
Oct 05 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
Oct 06 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Oct 07 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 Tavern
Oct 08 – Norfolk, VA – Norva
Oct 09 – Jermyn, PA – Eleanor Rigby’s
Oct 10 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Oct 12 – Boston, MA – Harper’s Ferry
Oct 13 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
Oct 14 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Oct 15 – Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
Oct 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Oct 17 – Elgin, IL – Mad Maggies
Oct 19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Oct 20 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
Oct 21 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Oct 22 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
Oct 23 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Produced by Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), the new album, CONTAGION spreads in North America November 9th. Take one look at the track list and fans will get a brief taste of the destructive tale to be unfolded within:
01. Precursor To Enslavement
02. Viral Re-Animation
03. Regulated Disposal Of Life
05. The Contaminated
06. Exist In Confinement
07. Persuasive Oppression
09. Sadistic Experiments
10. Remnants Aflame
11. Ending Intellect
OCEANO is giving fans the chance to win an iPad. That’s right! A brand-spanking-new iPad is up for grabs. All fans must do is go to http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_698 and pre-order CONTAGION. Pre-order the album on its own, with a hoodie, a shirt or any other configuration that can be conceived. As long as the pre-order is made through the EARACHE US WEBSTORE, fans will automatically be entered into a drawing to win.
New Jersey death metal titans GRIMUS will be premiering several songs off their latest release, Gutter Earth, on Wednesday, September 29 via WSOU 89.5FM from 8:00PM – 10:00PM EST. The broadcast may also be streamed online at: http://www.wsou.net. Gutter Earth was recorded and mixed by GRIMUS guitarist Marco Bobadilla and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering. Artwork was created by bassist Michael Gonçalves and can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/2bw7jdd Commented vocalist Bryan Martinez: “This EP to me is the darkest music we’ve ever written. I spent a lot of time with the lyrics and just unleashed all my hatred for everything that breathes in this disgusting place we call home. I hope you guys enjoy these songs as much as we enjoyed recording them and hope to see you at the shows. Keep it dead.” Gutter Earth will be released to the masses via free download here: http://www.purevolume.com/jerseygrimus and is also streaming on the band official MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/jerseygrimus. Gutter Earth Track Listing: 1. In The Gutter
2. Friends For (N)ever
3. The Situation
4. Decimation GRIMUS Lineup:
Bryan Martinez – Vocals
Marco Bobadilla – Guitar
Michael Muñoz – Guitar
Michael Gonçalves – Bass
JP Andrade – Drums GRIMUS Live Assaults:
10/07/2010 Market – Montclair, NJ
10/16/2010 The Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ (FREE SHOW!)
11/13/2010 The Crocodile Rock Cafe – Allentown, PA w/ Suffocation, The Faceless, Decrepit Birth
Vancouver folk Metaller’s Scythia have posted a quick clip on their youtube channel of an acoustic ship jam they did recently this weekend on their way to Nanaimo, BC for their “Exiled Across Canada Tour”. View the video below:
In additional news, the Scythia tour date in Vancouver on October 14th has been changed from Pub 340 to Brandiz Pub (122 Hastings St E).
If you haven’t had chance you can also download for free Scythia’s latest track “Fierce Riders of Scythia” from the upcoming release on October 5th “…Of War” at this following linkhttp://scythia.bandcamp.com/
“Exiled Across Canada” Tour Dates
September 25, 2010 – The Cambie, Nanaimo, BC
October 9, 2010 – Pogue Mahone, Kamloops, BC
October 14, 2010 – Brandiz,Pub Vancouver, BC (venue change from Pub 340)
October 15, 2010 – Brooklyn Lounge / Lake City Bowl, Kelowna, BC
October 16, 2010 – Voodoo’s, Penticton, BC
October 17, 2010 – Vern’s, Calgary, AB
October 18, 2010 – TBA, Regina, SK
October 19, 2010 – The Zoo, Winnipeg, MB
October 20, 2010 – Kilroy’s, Thunder Bay, ON
October 22, 2010 – Smiling Buddha, Toronto, ON
October 23, 2010 – Coach and Horses, Windsor, ON
October 24, 2010 – TBA, Waterloo, ON
October 25, 2010 – Hard Luck Bar, Toronto, ON
October 26, 2010 – Top Shelf, Ajax, ON
October 27, 2010 – Bar Octobre, Quebec City, QC
October 28, 2010 – Bar Le Magog, Sherbrooke, QC
October 29, 2010 – Le Stage Rock Cafe, Trois Rivieres, QC
October 31, 2010 – Katakombes, Montreal, QC
November 1, 2010 – TBA, Sudbury, ON
November 3, 2010 – Parthenon Pizza, Brandon, MB
November 4, 2010 – Walker’s Night Club, Saskatoon, SK
November 5, 2010 – DV8, Edmonton, AB
November 6, 2010 – The Dirty Jersey, Kamloops, BC
November 7, 2010 – Funky Winkerbeans, Vancouver, BC
Pulverised Records is proud to announce the addition of MEMORAIN to their growing roster of brutality. The thrash metal supergroup, founded by guitarist Ilias Papadakis, formed in 1999 and currently features: Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, Strapping Young lad, Zimmers Hole, ex-Dark Angel et al), Steve Digiorgio (Sadus, ex-Death, ex-Testament et al), Ralph Santolla (Obituary, ex-Deicide, ex-Iced Earth et al) and Chris Valagao (Zimmers Hole, Mechanism et al). Guest musicians on previous offerings have included Nick Menza (ex-Megadeth) and James Murphy (ex-Death, ex-Testament et al).
The band recently completed work on the fourth full-length, Evolution. Further details and artwork to be revealed soon.
Commented Papadakis of the signing: “I’m really happy with the way things are going! Pulverised Records is the new home of MEMORAIN and I’m sure that with their experience they will do an amazing job with our new album! On Evolution, we have succeeded to combine oldschool thrash metal, with a modern touch. Fast and aggressive, but at the same time, melodic with powerful. I’m sure that Evolution will satisfy the appetite of the diehard fans of thrash metal! I can’t wait to perform this material live!”
Added Pulverised Records A&R Manager Calvin Chiang: “We were approached by Ilias some time ago and honestly, there was no way you would not pay attention with all the well-respected musicians who continue to make such a strong impact and influence on so many metal fans worldwide involved. We are very excited and definitely looking forward to hearing how the new album will sound!”
Ilias Papadakis – Guitars
Gene Hoglan – Drums
Chris Valagao – Vocals
Steve DiGiorgio – Bass
Ralph Santolla – Guitars
Toronto native James LaBrie is regarded as one of the most influential prog metal vocalists of the last 20 years. His significance as the commanding front man of progressive giants Dream Theater, is without question. He joined the trailblazing fivesome in 1992 and has since recorded eleven studio albums with the band.
Besides being in the spotlight for the prog rock force from New York, LaBrie has launched an impressive solo career. Static Impulse is his first solo effort in over five years, and this latest masterpiece is by far his heaviest to date, revealing astonishing new facets of LaBrie’s music and sure to please his legion of die-hard fans while winning over many new devotees in the process.
LaBrie’s musical inspiration comes from many different genres, including such artists as Sebastian Bach, Metallica, Ludwig van Beethoven, Nat King Cole, Queen, Sting, and Muse. One listen to Static Impulse and it becomes quickly apparent that LaBrie’s influences run far and wide and that he’ll be entertaining us all for years to come.
1. One More Time
2. Jekyll Or Hyde
5. Over The Edge
6. I Need You
7. Who You Think I Am
8. I Tried
9. Just Watch Me
10. This Is War
12. Coming Home