OCEANO ANNOUNCES HEADLINING TOUR DATES, POSTS NEW TRACK ON MYSPACE

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG

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

More dates to be announced soon.

View the tour flyer here: http://earacherecords.com/myspace/oceanotour.jpg

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.

Listen to the NEW track, “Weaponized” at http://myspace.com/oceano

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

View the Corruptour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/corruptour.jpg

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
04. Quarantine
05. The Contaminated
06. Exist In Confinement
07. Persuasive Oppression
08. Weaponized
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.

View the contest flyer here: http://earacherecords.com/myspace/ipad.jpg

Follow OCEANO on Twitter: http://twitter.com/oceanometal

‘Like’ OCEANO on Facebook: http://facebook.com/oceanometal

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GRIMUS: New Songs To Premiere This Wednesday On WSOU; Track Listing + Album Art Revealed

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG

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

http://www.myspace.com/jerseygrimus http://www.purevolume.com/jerseygrimus

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Scythia Post Video of Acoustic Ship Jam & Announce Vancouver Venue Change

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG

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 link http://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

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Pulverised Signs Thrash Supergroup MEMORAIN

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG
Memorain

Memorain

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!”

MEMORAIN Lineup:
Ilias Papadakis – Guitars
Gene Hoglan – Drums
Chris Valagao – Vocals
Steve DiGiorgio – Bass
Ralph Santolla – Guitars

http://www.myspace.com/memorain
http://www.myspace.com/pulverisedrecords

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JAMES LABRIE: NEW ALBUM ‘STATIC IMPULSE’ OUT TODAY!

September 28th, 2010
by Celtic Bob

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.

TRACK LISTING:
1. One More Time
2. Jekyll Or Hyde
3. Mislead
4. Euphoric
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
11. Superstar
12. Coming Home

www.jameslabrie.com
www.myspace.com/officialjameslabrie

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DIMENTIANON’s Third Album To See Release On Paragon Records This October

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG

Paragon Records will unleash the third album from DIMENTIANON, New York’s masters of chaotic metal, on October 19th, 2010. Entitled Collapse The Void, the album epitomizes the turbulent mixture of black, death and doom metal that has become the band’s trademark style.

DIMENTIANON have been a force in New York City’s extreme metal scene since their formation in 1995, the band then known as The Forgotten. With countless regional concerts under their belts, and backed with a solid resume of releases including the band’s fist two full-lengths, multiple demos and a split release with funeral doom merchants Rigor Sardonicous, the DIMENTIANON of 2010 is by far the most powerful expression of the band’s chaotic nature to date. Founding member vocalist Mike Zanchelli has led the unit through many lineup changes, currently rounded out by returning bassist Maureen Murphy, drummer Pete Christopher and guitarist Zoltan Valter (Sectioned).

Collapse The Void was recorded and produced by producer Pete Rutcho (Revocation, Graveheart, Frozen, Ravage) and features five massive tracks;, the shortest being just over three minutes, yet with the two longer tracks running closer to nine minutes. A maniacal yet well-orchestrated display of crushing haunting black/death metal with plenty of unexpected twists throughout, the album will surely arouse interest in any diehard fan of underground extreme metal.

Collapse The Void track listing:

1. Return…

2. Breathe Deep

3. Fragmented Nostalgia

4. The Forgotten

5. All Good Things End

Stay tuned for more news on DIMENTIANON activities to be posted throughout the year and well into 2011. View the cover art for the new album, live footage of the band opening for Marduk and more at this location.

http://www.myspace.com/dimentianon

http://www.dimentianon.com

http://www.myspace.com/paragon_records
http://www.themetalunderground.com

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HALFORD IV – ‘MADE OF METAL’ released on Metal God Records!

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG

HALFORD CONFIRMS OZZY OSBOURNE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

HALFORD CONFIRMS OZZY OSBOURNE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

Halford announces Canadian dates with Ozzy Osbourne!

Metal God Entertainment and Rob Halford are pleased to announce the release of ‘Halford IV Made Of Metal’ featuring fourteen (14) new Halford studio recordings debuting September 28th in Canada via Fontana / Universal Music Group.

Produced by Roy Z. and recorded during 2009 and 2010, Made Of Metal showcases a bulk of material (words & music) penned exclusively by Rob Halford. Made Of Metal features fourteen (14) new Halford studio tracks including: The Mower, the current radio single Made Of Metal, Fire And Ice, Till The Day I Die, Undisputed, Heartless and Thunder And Lightning.

Halford’s new NASCAR-themed, animated-music video ‘Made Of Metal’ created by London-based Animator Dean Wright made its debut September 13th, 2010, now available at www.robhalford.com/madeofmetal.

The single ‘Made Of Metal’ digital download available at iTunes and www.HalfordMusic.com.

‘It is probably the most personal release of my solo career; in terms of my writing and performances. Halford IV Made Of Metal hits hard on many musical and emotional levels. I’m certain it will be recognized as one of the band’s best releases, and I’m looking forward to performing the new tracks this year, and re-connecting the Halford band with its legions of Metal fans’.

Halford will be supporting the release with a string of dates opening up for another of hard rock/heavy metal’s all-time great singers and frontmen, Ozzy Osbourne.

And now, without further adieu, a word from the Metal God himself. “Hello Canadian Metal Heads: Your Metal God is excited, ready and preparing Metal masterpieces for the Halford band’s first, full-length-concert tour of the Great White North. That’s right, Halford are preparing to roar across Canada during November 2010 as Special Guest for the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne. Double horns way up!! Grab your tickets today, and I will see you all this Fall.” Rob Halford

Track Listing:

1. Undisputed

2. Fire and Ice

3. Made Of Metal

4. Speed Of Sound

5. Like There’s No Tomorrow

6. Till The Day I Die

7. We Own The Night

8. Heartless

9. Hell Razor

10. Thunder and Lightning

11. Twenty-Five Years

12. Matador

13. I Know We Stand A Chance

14. The Mower

Halford’s first live performances in more than seven years has included appearances this year in San Francisco, Montreal’s Heavy Metal Festival and Ozzfest 2010.

Halford have confirmed Headline performances October 15, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan and October 16, 2010 at Tokyo’s Loud Park Festival 10.

Halford have also confirmed South America Headline performances October 20 Lima, Peru; October 22 Santiago, Chile; October 24 Sao Paulo, Brazil; October 26 and October 27, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina.

‘It has been a long wait for the global Halford fan-base, and of course I’m very pleased to return with Halford IV Made Of Metal this September 2010’. comments Rob Halford.

Ozzy Osbourne & Rob Halford 2010 Canadian Tour:

Nov. 12 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre

Nov. 14 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

Nov. 16 – Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome

Nov. 18 – Edmonton, MB – Rexall Place

Nov. 20 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre

Nov. 23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

Nov. 25 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place

Nov. 27 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

For more information, please visit:

RobHalford.com

MetalGodShop.com

MetalGodApparel.com

MetalGodRecords.com

HalfordMusic.com

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ILL NIÑO TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, ‘DEAD NEW WORLD’ ON OCTOBER 26TH, 2010

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG

New Jersey/New York’s ILL NIÑO is pleased to announce the release of their highly-anticipated VICTORY RECORDS debut, Dead New World, on October 26th, 2010. The album is self produced with co-production coming from Clint Lowery (Sevendust) and Sahaj Ticotin (RA) and mixed by Eddie Wohl (36 Crazyfists, Anthrax, Smile Empty Soul). Dead New World also serves as the follow up to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2008 release, Enigma.

See above for the newly released album art, illustrated by Tim Butler of XIII Designs (Disturbed, Slipknot, Metallica, Slayer, Michael Jackson). “It was our pleasure to work with Tim Butler, who designed ILL NIÑO’s Dead New World CD cover,” states drummer Dave Chavarri. “We wanted to have a tribal ethnic looking cover, and Tim’s recreation design of a picture of three South American shrunken heads was everything we wanted. The Dead New World cover definitely touches on our ethnic roots and history.”

To date, ILL NIÑO has sold more than 500,000 albums in the United States alone, and over 1 Million albums worldwide. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Disturbed, Guns N’ Roses, and more! The band plans to embark on a full United States tour this fall, and will head into Asia and South America by the end of 2010! Stay tuned for more tour updates on ILL NIÑO!

ILL NIÑO’s Latin roots run bloody and deep. Their original and refreshing sound covers the gamut of musical influences, including melodic vocals, bilingual lyrics, flamenco guitars, tribal drums, Latin percussion, and salsa-infused bass lines, all while providing a pummeling dose of modern hard rock and metal. ILL NIÑO formed in late 1999 and became the epitome of Latin metal in 2001 with their monster debut album, Revolution, Revolucion. Strong airplay for their first single ‘What Comes Around’ and slots on both Ozzfest, and Jägermeister tours in 2002, helped the album sell nearly 430,000 units worldwide.

In 2003 ILL NIÑO returned with their sophomore release Confession and managed to surpass their debut sales, selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. The success of Confession also spawned the top 10 single ‘How Can I Live’, which became the featured single on the Freddy vs. Jason soundtrack and film. Awaiting the arrival of One Nation Underground in 2005, and equipped with the highly-acclaimed single ‘What You Deserve’, ILL NIÑO landed the #1 Most Added track at Active Rock radio, four weeks prior to the album’s release!

ILL NIÑO shows no signs of slowing down with their plans to dominate and epitomize the forefront of true Latin metal. For more information on ILL NIÑO, please visit these websites:

www.victoryrecords.com/

www.myspace.com/illnino

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POWERGLOVE STREAMING “TRANSFORMERS”, ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG
ARSIS: North American Headlining Tour Announced

ARSIS: North American Headlining Tour Announced

(New York, NY) – Nostalgia metal masters POWERGLOVE are streaming their track “Transformers” to celebrate the release of their new record “Saturday Morning Apocalypse” which is available online and in stores TODAY. Transformers can be heard at [http://bit.ly/bTmHoa]. “Saturday Morning Apocalypse” can be previewed and purchased here [http://bit.ly/95zKvO].

Now that POWERGLOVE has taken the Flintstones from the stone age into the metal age, they will hit the road with FIREWIND this fall followed by ARSIS and CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE this winter.

w/ Firewind

Nov. 04 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11

Nov. 05 – West Springfield, VA – Jaxx

Nov. 06 – New York, NY – The Gramercy

Nov. 07 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques

w/ Arsis and Conducting From The Grave

Dec. 01 – Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ

Dec. 02 – Evening Star Music Hall – Niagara Falls, NY

Dec. 03 – Pirates Cove – Cleveland, OH

Dec. 04 – Harpo’s – Detroit, MI

Dec. 05 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

Dec. 07 – Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO

Dec. 08 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT

Dec. 09 – The Venue – Boise, ID

Dec. 10 – Studio 7 – Seattle, WA

Dec. 11 – Branx (Loveland) – Portland, OR

Dec. 12 – Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA

Dec. 13 – The Whisky – Hollywood, CA

Dec. 14 – The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

Dec. 15 – Club Khaos – Amarillo, TX

Dec. 16 – The Marquee Theatre – Tulsa, OK

Dec. 18 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

TOUR POSTER: http://www.box.net/shared/a61x9uds7b

“We are POWERGLOVE and we are here to f*ck with your childhood!” proclaims the band at the beginning of their live shows. After finding success mining the brains of the A.D.D. driven video game generation with songs like “Tetris,” POWERGLOVE have set their sights on the inner child in all of us. To this end, the band has set its blasters from stun to kill; it’s target: the world!

POWERGLOVE is composed of four battle-hardened rockers out of Boston, MA: Alex Berkson, Bassil Silver-Hajo, Chris Marchiel, and Nick Avila. This band shreds metal renditions of everything from old school 8- bit video game classics to contemporary blockbusters, all with a heavy metal attitude!

For more information on POWERGLOVE visit the links below.

http://twitter.com/powergloveband

http://www.youtube.com/user/vgmetaldotcom

http://www.myspace.com/powerglove

http://www.facebook.com/pages/PowerGlove/26997286776

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METALLICA Will “Do Something” To Celebrate 30th Anniversary In 2011

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG
Metallica 1981 - photo from Metallica.com

Metallica 1981 - photo from Metallica.com

Australia’s Video Hits recently interviewed METALLICA’s James Hetfield. During the 22-minute video, which can be seen below, the subject of 2011 marking the band’s 30th anniversary and subsequent celebrations was discussed.

Hetfield commented, “We’ve gotta do something; there’s no doubt about that. There are quite a few bands that have made it 30 years, but these days, I think it’s getting a little harder to survive 30 years. The fact that we made it 30 years is pretty unbelievable.”

Metallica will wrap up their 2010 tour with a string of 15 sold out shows in New Zealand and Australia, running October 13th to November 21st.

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SODOM – “In War And Pieces” Details/Tracklisting

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG
SODOM - In War And Pieces

SODOM - In War And Pieces

SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing SODOM’s new album, In War And Pieces on the following dates:

Germany: November 19th, 2010

Europe: November 22nd, 2010

USA/Canada: January 11th, 2011

The album will be released in four formats:

– Limited Edition Digipak with Bonus Live CD including ten tracks (Wacken, 25th Anniversary show 2007)

– Double Gatefold LP in bloodred vinyl with one bonus track (‘Murder One’)

– Standard Version

– Download

In War And Pieces tracklisting:

‘In War And Pieces’

‘Hellfire’

‘Through Toxic Veins’

‘Nothing Counts More Than Blood’

‘Storm Raging Up’

‘Feigned Death Throes’

‘Soul Contraband’

‘God Bless You’

‘The Art Of Killing Poetry’

‘Knarrenheinz’

‘Styptic Parasite’

A new In War And Pieces press release reads as follows:

For Tom Angelripper, his thrash metal band Sodom is a perfect vehicle to bluntly take a stand. Like few other musicians on this scene, he personifies – along with down-to-earthiness and honesty – a healthily critical position on political authorities and decision-makers from finance and industry. On their latest album, In War And Pieces, Sodom focus on the worst excesses of power: arrogance, greed, spotlight-seeking, fanaticism, corruption, cowardice and oppression. Tom: “I’ve always written about what’s going on in the world, about the injustice and mistakes that happen everywhere. I know that you can’t change anything politically that way, but I would like to at least comment on the situation and generate an awareness of this deplorable state of affairs. Being a singer in a metal band allows me to voice my anger to a large audience.”

This uncompromising attitude marks the eleven songs on Sodom’s latest album which could hardly sound more dynamic and violent. In War And Pieces owes its bloodcurdling energy largely to producer Waldemar Sorychta (GRIP INC, ENEMY OF THE SUN), whose great skill and commitment were instrumental in creating the album’s – as Tom calls it – “phat, brutal and open” sound. With Sorychta’s support, Angelripper (vocals, bass), Bernemann (guitar) and Bobby Schottkowski (drums) succeeded in adding new impulses to their music without watering down the band’s long tradition. “Waldemar is a great musician himself and has done some brilliant work, especially on the guitar sound,” Tom explains. “He knows how to get the absolute maximum out of a speaker.”

As brutal as the production is the diverse songwriting on In War And Pieces, a kind of tour de force through the whole history of thrash metal, featuring harsh arrangements, melodic solos and raging vocal attacks. “I feel that we sound more contemporary and structured than we did on our recent releases,” Tom analyses. “At the same time, there are also references to recordings such as Persecution Mania and Agent Orange. After Venom, Sodom were the world’s first angry band, and nothing has changed that.” Tom lists as examples the impressive title track, as well as ‘The Art Of Killing Poetry’ with its ultra-deep guitar atmospheres and the German-language song, ‘Knarrenheinz’, which holds up the tradition of classics such as ‘Bombenhagel’ and ‘Ausgebombt’.

“Knarrenheinz is the mascot on the album cover, that’s why I felt he deserved his own lyrics,” Tom grins.

Talking of album covers: the artwork was designed by Eliran Kantor, who enjoys an excellent reputation on the scene thanks to his work for renowned acts such as TESTAMENT, GWAR and MEKONG DELTA.

For more on Sodom:

Official Site: www.sodomized.info
MySpace: www.myspace.com/sodom

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EPICA To Release ‘This Is The Time’ Digital Single

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG
EPICA To Release 'This Is The Time' Digital Single

EPICA To Release 'This Is The Time' Digital Single

“This Is The Time”, the new single from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA, will be released digitally on October 15. A video for the song, which was written for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), was filmed in March was in Hilversum, The Netherlands and can be viewed below.

For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

Commented EPICA: “The awareness that we should be more careful with the earth, increases every day. We should also try to live in closer harmony with nature. EPICA is lyric-wise strongly connected to these themes and would like to devote themselves to this cause for a better world!”

Added WWF’s Jörgen van Beem: “WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. A planet where people and nature can thrive together, in a stable environment, now, and for generations to come. For more than 40 years, WWF has been at the forefront in protecting the Amazon and are therefore enthusiastic that EPICA decided to raise funds for the Brazilian forest programs of WWF, which ensure conservation and sustainable development throughout the world’s largest rainforest.”

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Neon Nights – 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL – Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG
Neon Nights - 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL - Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November 2010

Neon Nights - 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL - Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November 2010

Neon Nights: 30 Years of HEAVEN & HELL- Live at Wacken will be released on CD and DVD via Eagle Records in North America on November 16th.

Columbia Music Entertainment Japan will release the set on CD on November 10th. The limited edition first pressing in Japan features cardboard sleeve artwork and the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players).

Neon Nights – 30 Years Of Heaven & Hell; Live At Wacken celebrates the band’s July 30th, 2009 appearance at Germany’s world-famous festival. The band – featuring BLACK SABBATH legends Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinnie Appice (drums) – were supporting their new studio album The Devil You Know. Although nobody knew at the time, it was to be Ronnie James Dio’s last filmed concert appearance before his death in May 2010 from stomach cancer.

Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell- Live at Wacken features the following tracklisting:

‘E5150′

‘The Mob Rules’

‘Children Of The Sea’

‘I’

‘Bible Black’

‘Time Machine’ (with Vinnie Appice drum solo)

‘Fear’

‘Falling Off The Edge Of The World’

‘Follow The Tears’

‘Die Young’ (with Tony Iommi guitar solo)

‘Heaven And Hell’

Encore:

‘Country Girl’ (intro)

‘Neon Knights’

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PITCH BLACK RECORDS WELCOMES ALEXIS

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG

New solo project & album by charismatic Chilean singer/songwriter

PITCH BLACK RECORDS welcomes ALEXIS into its roster of artists and is pleased to announce their upcoming album, “Birds of Prey”, due for release on November 19th.

One of the founding members of Inquisicion and later on Witchblade, charismatic singer and songwriter Freddy Alexis has been enjoying a large following in his home country of Chile.

With a large number of releases in his background and the thrill of opening shows for such acts as Gamma Ray, Kreator and twice for Iron Maiden, Freddy Alexis is now returning with his new solo project, ALEXIS.

Joined by his old song-writing friend Gabriel Hidalgo, the duo have created an album that marks a new metal beginning for Freddy Alexis and his band mates; an album full of solid, melodic power metal and passionate performances.

The CD version includes an additional three bonus tracks of older compositions remixed and remastered and will be available worldwide through Pitch Black Records and Twilight-Distribution. It will also be available for digital download through several major mp3 stores.

Tracklisting:
1. Intro
2. Shadows
3. Golden Path
4. Friendly Fire
5. Birds of Prey
6. Breaking the Spell
7. Metalizer II
8. Forest
9. Without You (remix/remaster)
10. The Witchblade (remix/remaster)
11. Killing Truth (remix/remaster)

More information, album cover art and audio samples are available on www.pitchblackrecords.com.

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WORMROT CONTINUES TO ABUSE NORTH AMERICA IN BLOG FORM

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG

As Singapore’s underground grind sensations, WORMROT have been steadily touring North America for the first time, they’ve been blogging about their experiences for the seminal extreme music resource, Invisible Oranges. On their 2nd exclusive piece for the site, WORMROT talks about eating pizza every day, their love for Wal-Mart and Denny’s as well as their first encounter with a Texas-sized flood:

“The next morning, we left the place at around 8:30am. Had our usual snappy Starbucks coffee with breakfast from Arby’s and head off to Oklahoma City for a gig at The Conservatory. Another long ass drive! What was supposed to be a 10 hours drive became 12 hours due to some complications on the highway in Amarillo, Texas. For the 1st time in our lives, we experienced real flood!!! The flood was so bad that some cars were covered in water. That totally sucks big time, man! We were damn lucky not to get stuck in the flood coz all the Wormrot boys can’t swim, for goodness sake!! Traffic was slow coz they had to block some parts of the road. And so we arrived late while the 1st band was playing. No bullshit, just load in and fucking play! Another small turnout for us considering the size of the place. LOL… But it was a fun gig. Sound system was good and the crowd was crazy, too. There was no place for us to sleep that night. so Mike h ad to drive to a hotel so that we can all have our beauty sleep. Oh yeah, the promoter did get us some food though. Pizzas.”

Read WORMROT’s 2nd tour blog here: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2010/09/wormrot-us-tour-diary-pt-2/

Stay tuned for more new updates in the coming days.

Catch WORMROT live on their first ever US tour:

Sep 29 – Richmond, Virginia – The Triple

Sep 30 – Silver Spring, Maryland – Corpse Fortress

Oct 01 – Wilmington, Delaware – Mojo 13

Oct 02 – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – The Hardbean Cafe

Oct 03 – Brooklyn, New York – Archeron

Oct 04 – Hartford, Connecticut – The Whitney House

Oct 05 – Philadelphia, PA – JR’s Bar

Get a taste of the ferocity of a live WORMROT show by watching a video from the band’s performance in Denver, CO on the band’s current Abusing America tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gpGQY4-kiA

WORMROT’s debut album, ABUSE, is available now worldwide featuring 23 tracks of pure grindcore. Get the album now in North America along with several exclusive mercy and vinyl combos at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_674_733.

ABUSE is also available now on iTunes with 34 (yes, 34!) bonus tracks: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/abuse/id363581828

Keep up-to-date with all WORMROT news and info at:

MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/wormrotgrind

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wormrot/237638635639

Twitter – http://twitter.com/Wormrot

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