Sons of Liberty interview with Jon Schaffer

July 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Sons of Liberty interview with Jon Schaffer

Interview & Transcription by EvilG

When I read up on what Jon Schaffer’s new project, Sons of Liberty, was about, I was interested in talking to Jon about the message. Often with interviews, the focus is on the music, the upcoming tour, etc, and while that is covered here, the main things we discuss are the ideas that Jon is getting out with Sons of Liberty. Rather than editorialize, let’s step into the mind of Jon and hear firsthand the important issues that has been occupying the thoughts of the Iced Earth mastermind over the past 1-1.5 yrs.

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ORIGINAL “CLASH OF THE TITANS” LINEUP OF SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, TO TOUR AGAIN

July 12th, 2010
by EvilG

Leg Two of “American Carnage Tour” Announced

LOS ANGELES, CA – MONDAY, July 12, 2010 — Metalheads, rejoice:  North America’s biggest thrash tour in 20 years is announced, as 1991’s original American “Clash of the Titans” lineup – Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – will tour together once again on Leg Two of the “American Carnage Tour.”  This trek kicks off September 24 at Verizon Wireless Theatre in Dallas, TX and will play 20 dates, including New York’s Nassau Coliseum, concluding at Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on October 21.

On Leg Two of American Carnage, Megadeth will continue to roar through its landmark 1990 album Rust in Peace from front to back, while Slayer will rip the roof off by performing its much-lauded Seasons in the Abyss album, which was also released in 1990.  Anthrax recently welcomed back singer Joey Belladonna, who defined the band during its heyday, and now permanently back in the band, will be front-and-center.

A special pre-sale will launch this Wednesday, July 14, and fans should log onto www.slayer.netwww.megadeth.com – or www.anthrax.com – to obtain the special code needed for the pre-sale, and then go to www.ticketmaster.com (http://knoxvilletickets.com/ for the Knoxville date) to purchase tickets.  The public on-sale will begin July 23 in most markets.

In the spirit of beating the recession, there will be pre-sale discounts on all tickets in most markets (see below for more details), and if that’s not enough, a limited amount of $10 tickets will be available in many cities – log onto any of the bands’ websites or onto Ticketmaster’s site for those details.

But wait, there’s even more.  For Leg Two of the “American Carnage Tour,” Megadeth has teamed up with iloveallaccess.com to provide fans with VIP experiences including priority venue access, meet and greets, parties, exclusive gifts and more.  Logging onto www.megadeth.com will provide those details.  Plus, fans who purchase their tickets online at either www.slayer.net or www.ticketmaster.com will receive a free download of the live audio track “War Ensemble,” set to be included on Slayer’s forthcoming, as yet unannounced, “Live Intrusion” DVD release.

Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax will kick off the second leg of the “American Carnage Tour” on the heels of the historic “Big Four” Sonisphere Festival concerts they played with Metallica in seven European cities this summer.  The dates marked the first time that these four bands – acknowledged as the most influential bands of the thrash genre – had shared a concert bill.

The original “Clash of the Titans” tour united the three forces of thrash metal for the entire summer of 1991, with then-little known Alice in Chains serving as the opener.  This tour, which falls under the “American Carnage” banner, isn’t rewriting history, it’s writing a whole new chapter of head-banging history that is sure to delight fans new and old.

Megadeth and Slayer return to North America late this month to co-headline the east coast “Canadian Carnage Tour,” and then starting August 11, the first leg of the “American Carnage Tour” (dates below) with Testament as Special Guest.  The tour was originally scheduled for a winter 2010 run, but was postponed when Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya was forced to undergo neck surgery.  But as is the case for anything good in life, this tour will be well worth the wait.

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Jason McMaster

July 12th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres

From his early beginnings singing in progressive tech-metal pioneers Watchtower to fronting the hard rocking, gold record certified Dangerous Toys; Jason McMaster has long since been considered "The Godfather of Texas Metal". Upon speaking with the ever charismatic multi-instrumentalist, a more fitting title might be "Texas Metal Ambassador" as he is surely one of the most out going and friendly musicians you are likely to find. You can always count on finding Jason on stage in the clubs. Perhaps he is decked out in leather and studs, delivering the goods in his Judas Priest tribue act Sad Wings, or you might find him fronting one of his more recent bands like the classic metal inspired act Ignitor or the AC/DC swagger of Broken Teeth. In fact, it’s not an uncommon occurence for a touring marquee act to take notice of Jason in the audience and invite him on-stage for an all-star jam. Armored Saint did just that several years ago, and Shadows Fall went as far as to ask Jason McMaster for his blessing before recording a cover of "Teas’n Pleas’n" before inviting him to sing in the studio on their cover song. I recently had the honor of visiting with Jason about his storied career and for the better part of an hour we touched base on the early days of Watchtower and Dangerous Toys, the late, great Chuck Schuldiner’s appreciation for Jason’s music and life on the road. You will hear first hand as Jason goes into detail about the inner workings of the music business and his band’s dealings working with a major label. This interview was conducted the morning of May 16th, 2010. Considering the date this special interview took place and Jason’s back breaking work ethic, it is only fitting to add in closing "Long Live Rock N’ Roll"!

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BLIND GUARDIAN: SONG SAMPLES & FIFTH STUDIO TRAILER NOW ONLINE

July 10th, 2010
by EvilG
Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time

Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time

German metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have posted song samples of all ten tracks from their upcoming tenth studio album on their homepage. Their fifth studio trailer featuring lead singer Hansi Kürsch is now available on YouTube.

View all BLIND GUARDIAN in-studio video teasers here (#1), here (#2), here (#3), and here (#4).

At The Edge Of Time will be released in North America on August 24th and is the long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s A Twist In The Myth, which debuted in North America at #21 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and #288 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart.  A deluxe edition digi-pak with a bonus CD (6 songs, 1 video, and a documentary) plus a code for exclusive content at a special fan-only site will also be available.  A three-song single, “A Voice In The Dark,” was released in Europe on June 25th.

Artwork for At The Edge Of Time was created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, At Vance, Axel Rudi Pell).  The track listing is as follows:

01. Sacred Worlds (9:17)
02. Tanelorn (5:58)
03. Road Of No Release (6:30)
04. Ride Into Obsession (4:46)
05. Curse My Name (5:52)
06. Valkyries (6:38)
07. Control The Divine (5:26)
08. War Of The Thrones (4:55)
09. A Voice In The Dark (5:41)
10. Wheel Of Time (8:55)

Photos from the recording sessions for At The Edge Of Time can be found at Metal-Hammer.de.

An e-card for the new album can be viewed here.

Visit BLIND GUARDIAN online at www.BLIND-GUARDIAN.com & www.myspace.com/BLINDGUARDIAN.

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BONDED BY BLOOD ANNOUNCE DATES WITH EARLY MAN & EVILE; EXILED TO EARTH PRESALE NOW AVAILABLE

July 10th, 2010
by EvilG

BONDED BY BLOOD continue to add more tour dates to an already busy schedule as they announce an additional tour with EARLY MAN and EVILE for the fall. The trek kicks off in Tulsa, OK on Sept. 30 and will make stops all across the country. Tickets are now available exclusively at EnterTheVault.com.

w/EARLY MAN and EVILE

Sept. 30 – Marquee – Tulsa OK

Oct. 1 – Walter’s – Houston TX

Oct. 2 – White Rabbit – San Antonio TX

Oct. 3 – Emo’s – Austin TX

Oct. 4 – Ridglea Theater – Ft Worth TX

Oct. 5 – The Muse- Nashville TN

Oct. 6 – Budda’s Place – Newport News VA

Oct. 7 – Sonar – Baltimore MD

Oct. 8 – Championship Bar and Grill – Trenton NJ

Oct. 9 – Rocko’s Rock Club – Manchester NH

Oct. 10 – Europa – Brooklyn NY

Oct. 12 – Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto ON

Oct. 13 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo NY

Oct. 16 – Mad Planet – Milwaukee, WI

Oct. 17 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago il

Oct. 18 – The Riot Room – Kansas City MO

Oct. 19 – Larimer Lounge – Denver CO

Oct. 20 – Club Vegas – Salt lake City UT

Oct. 22 – Dante’s – Portland OR

Oct. 23 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon (w/GAMA BOMB)

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DEATH ANGEL: Live Stream of Nashville Show

July 10th, 2010
by EvilG
Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, will have a live stream of their headlining show July 12 at The Muse in Nashville, TN. Point your web browsers to http://themusenashville.com/index.php at 8 pm Pacific/ 9 pm Mountain/ 10 pm Central/ 11 pm Eastern to catch the show.
DEATH ANGEL recently uploaded the album cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL) for their upcoming release entitled Relentless Retribution, to their official Myspace page www.myspace.com/DeathAngel.

Relentless Retribution is a full return to the bands thrash roots and will be released on September 3rd in Europe and the 14th in North America. The album was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER).

DEATH ANGEL will be direct support to Swedish melodic metallers SOILWORK this Summer. Joining them will be Quebec’s tech-death masters AUGURY, Roadrunner Records recording artists MUTINY WITHIN, and pirate themed thrashers SWASHBUCKLE. For more information, tour dates and ticket giveaway information visit www.DEATHANGEL.us & www.myspace.com/DEATHANGEL.
DEATH ANGEL
07/07/10  New Oasis – Reno, NV

07/08/10  Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT

07/09/10  Gator’s – Farmington, NM

07/10/10  War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX

07/11/10  Marquee – Tulsa, OK

07/12/10  The Muse – Nashville, TN

07/13/10  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

SOILWORK, DEATH ANGEL, AUGURY, MUTINY WITHIN, SWASHBUCKLE

07/14/10  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

07/15/10  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

07/16/10  The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

07/17/10  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

07/18/10  FouFounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
07/19/10  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

07/20/10  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

07/21/10  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

07/22/10  Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL

07/23/10  The Rave – Milwaukee, WI + THE CRINN

07/24/10  The Rock – Maplewood, MN + THE CRINN

07/27/10  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

07/28/10  Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

07/29/10  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

07/30/10  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

07/31/10  The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA

08/01/10  Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA

08/02/10  The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

08/03/10  The Rock – Tucson, AZ

08/05/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

08/06/10  Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX

08/07/10  The Warsaw – Houston, TX

08/08/10 The Parish – New Orleans, LA NO SOILWORK

08/09/10  The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL

08/10/10  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

08/11/10  Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY

08/12/10  Gil’s Bar and Grill – Virginia Beach, VA

08/13/10  Sonar – Baltimore, MD

08/14/10  Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA

08/15/10  Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
DEATH ANGEL

10/16 – Arequipa, Peru – La Boveda

10/17 – Lima, Peru – Voce

10/21 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – The Roxy Live Fr
10/23 – São Paulo, Brazil – Clash Club

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Southern Lord Presents The Power Of The Riff Fest 2010

July 10th, 2010
by EvilG

Recently we announced the Southern Lord West Coast mini tour — featuring Eagle Twin, Black Breath, Goatsnake, Righteous Fool (featuring members of Corrosion Of Conformity) and the Animosity-album lineup of Corrosion Of Conformity — set to take place this August 8th through 12th. The short but massive tour will be led off by a festival of monolithic proportions, being dubbed The Power Of The Riff Fest 2010.

Converse presents….
‘The Power Of The Riff’ Festival Sunday Aug. 8th 2010  @ The Echo and EchoPlex in Echo Park – Los Angeles, CA
In Association with Scion, Southern Lord and Spaceland Productions

All Ages / Free Admission with RSVP at this location: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2xw020jc34a5d37

Curated by Greg Anderson (Southern Lord) and Sam James Velde (Night Horse) with the intent to blur the lines between Metal, Hardcore, Punk and Rock music. To celebrate and encourage the cross over of genres and to dispel the common homogeny that exists within today’s music cultures. A free event that honors fans and musicians of ‘heavy music’ of all ages. Tapping into a line up that represents the forefathers, milestones and current touring acts such as Repulsion, Corrosion Of Conformity, From Ashes Rise, Trap Them, Coliseum and Goatsnake. Shedding light on ‘up and coming’ acts such as Nails,The Fucking Wrath, Night Horse, Eagle Twin and Black Breath to name a few.

‘The Power Of The Riff’ Festival 2010 Line Up:
Corrosion Of Conformity III Goatsnake From Ashes Rise Repulsion Coliseum Trap Them Black Breath Night Horse Eagle Twin Early Graves Nails Righteous Fool Semen Sundae The Fucking Wrath Rats Eyes Spider Fever
The Power Of The Riff Festival will be an all day, all ages, free music event that also includes a record swap meet of local stores such as Vacation Vinyl, Origami Vinyl, and will also feature pop up stores by Tee Pee Records, Southern Lord Recordings and more.   DJ sets throughout the day curated by Pete Majors (Harassor/Vacation Vinyl).   In addition, the festival will feature a gourmet food truck court of Los Angeles’ best purveyors of street food dining. There’s something for everyone…from vegan delights by Sweet Vindication, stacked burgers by Grill Em All, head-high sandwiches by the legendary Canters Deli and unforgettable frankfurters by The Greasy Wiener!   Southern Lord

West Coast Mini Tour:
8/08/2010 Echo and Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power of the Riff Fest
8/10/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA [buy tickets]
8/12/2010 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA [buy tickets]
More info on both of these events can be found at the following links:
Southern Lord tour press site: http://www.southernlord.com/press/_sltour2010/
The Power Of The Riff Fest official site: http://www.thepoweroftheriff.com/ http://www.southernlord.com

http://blog.southernlord.com

http://www.myspace.com/southernlordrecordings
http://twitter.com/twatterlord

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HEAVY ARTILLERY TO RELEASE “POWERKILLER” BY EVIL SURVIVES

July 10th, 2010
by EvilG

HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS continues its war on false metal with the release of Powerkiller, the sophomore album from Canadian heavy/speed metal masters EVIL SURVIVES. Powerkiller is scheduled for worldwide release on CD and digitally on October 12th 2010.

Based out Winnipeg, Manitoba EVIL SURVIVES first began spreading their metallic mayhem when the in the summer of 2006 Front man Karl “Axe n’ Smash” Warkentin and guitarist Adrian Riff began the arduous task of recruiting like minded metal heads. Finally after three months the search was complete and EVIL SURVIVES was born. By June 2008 EVIL SURVIVES made its first performance- by no coincidence…but fate! – outside of an Iron Maiden concert in their home town of Winnipeg. Less than a month later, EVIL SURVIVES entered the studio to record their debut full length album Metal Vengeance released exclusively on vinyl on by Canadian ‘War on Music’ label.

On the heels of a growing renown, EVIL SURVIVES were right back in studio by the end of 2009 to record their second full length album, entitled Powerkiller, released by War on Music on vinyl and limited edition cassette. Mixed entirely in analog, the master reels contained over 40 minutes of driving NWOBHM worship, sounding like 1985-2009 never even happened. Powerkiller caught the attention of New York metal merchants HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS who will be releasing the album on CD and digitally on October 12th 2010.

Touring non-stop across Canada and beyond, EVIL SURVIVES quickly gained a reputation as a ripping live act, with piercing croons, guitar heroics, shotgun bass, and wild antics. Taking the torch from those who came before them, EVIL SURVIVES are positioned to become a leading force for the fight for the rightful return of Heavy Metal… and the execution of false metal everywhere.

Listen to EVIL SURVIVES at www.myspace.com/evilsurvives

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VOICES OF EXTREME new studio album

July 10th, 2010
by EvilG

July, 2010 – New York and Massachusetts Melodic Rockers VOICES OF EXTREME will release their anticipated new album “Break the Silence” on August 2nd in the USA. “Break the Silence” is the band’s 2nd original studio album and their second full length release within the last five years.

V.O.X. is an infectious rising band who has caught the interest from top industry peers like Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) and David Swales (Affinity Management) who co-manage the band.

V.O.X. was created by childhood friends Don Chaffin and Bob Brennan.  They started working on the recordings for their second release in late 2009 when Bob Brennan returned to New York and reunited with Don Chaffin and John Macaluso.  The second release introduces new musicians Rob Katrikh and Mike Khalilov.

V.O.X. have a powerhouse line-up previously involved with artists like Doro, TNT, Ark, and Yngwie Malmsteen.

V.O.X. is now complete with Don Chaffin on lead vocals, Rob Katrikh on lead guitars, Bob Brennan on bass guitar, Mike Khalilov on keyboards, and John Macaluso on drums.

Break the Silence”, states Don Chaffin, “Is a culmination of the band’s collective influences and

various individual styles of the band members and a direct outreach to the fans who have come to love and support our music and live performances! ”

V.O.X. debuted in 2005 with the amazing ‘Hypocrite’, a record that was produced by Danny Spitz (Anthrax) in 2005.

Once the debut album was complete, it wasn’t long before the V.O.X. hit the stage opening for Disturbed , Alice in Chains, and Godsmack.

“Break the Silence” will inspire fans of true Melodic Rock ! Don’t miss one of the highlights of the season.

“Break the Silence” track listing includes:

Damned, Tell Me What It Takes, Apocalypse, Break the Silense, Numb, Did It Again, Hollow

Made of Stone, Blown Away, Sorry

Check out VOICES OF EXTREME website for upcoming shows and news.

VOICES OF EXTREME

Don Chaffin- Lead Vocals

Rob Katrikh– Guitar

Bob Brennan- Bass Guitar

Mike Khalilov- Keys

John Macaluso-Drums

Weblinks:    www.voicesofextreme.com /www.myspace.com/VoicesofExtreme

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RATTLEHEAD, Unleash Their New Album Tales From The Gutter, Embark On Massive North American Summer Tour and Post New Track Online

July 10th, 2010
by EvilG

It’s time to do the Toxic Waltz as Los Angeles thrash titans RATTLEHEAD prepare to embark on a massive headlining North American summer tour, which kicks off with an insane hometown show at The Whisky on July 9th. This is also a huge day for the band as they are also celebrating the much anticipated release of their second, self released, full-length album Tales From The Gutter. The disc is available now exclusively through www.myspace.com/rattlehead, so be sure to head over now to purchase. You can also check out the vicious new track, “Just Stay Down,” now exclusively on their MySpace page, as well as view their complete touring itinerary.

RATTLEHEAD’s new offering, Tales From The Gutter, is a dynamic thrashterpiece that showcases drastic improvements in production quality, improved songwriting and maturity as musicians. The group are some of the most determined musicians you will ever find and have proven this time and time again by self-financing numerous nationwide tours throughout the past years.

Nick Baranov (vocals, guitars) further states: “In just a few short days, RATTLEHEAD will be taking off on another nationwide tour, tearing through 31 shows with a month long blitzkrieg of speed metal, alongside our friends HexeN. We will be supporting our brand new album, Tales From The Gutter, which is available online now through our MySpace page and through iTunes on August 1st.

“If you’ve never seen or heard RATTLEHEAD live before, be sure to catch us in your nearest town, and witness the insanity. We always incite anand alcohol fueled mosh pit so join us for the nonstop party. We will be debuting brand new songs off the album, such as the new single ‘Just Stay Down,’ which you can hear online now. See you insane thrashers very soon.”
For this brand new, 10 track studio effort, RATTLEHEAD teamed up with renowned producer John Ugarte with assistant production help from their good friend Sam Totman of DragonForce (Roadrunner Records). The guitars are razor sharp and precise, but still manage to sound full within the mix. The crisp and clear drums with a thundering underlying bass line fill the atmosphere. They focused heavily on the vocal aspects of the album, experimenting with new techniques, ultimately ending up with what is by far their best vocal performance on record to date. As a final touch, the album features incredible solo guitar work by lead guitarist Francis Ausley, as well as a guest solo by Jeff Potts of Mantic Ritual (Nuclear Blast Records).

RATTLEHEAD are influenced by classic acts such as Testament, Slayer, Metallica and Exodus but focus more on adding unique, fresh aspects, more melodic passages and sing along choruses. This style will quickly set them clearly apart from the rest of today’s “new wave of thrash metal” and open up a wide array of audiences worldwide.

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POWER OF THE NIGHT METAL FESTIVAL 5

July 10th, 2010
by EvilG

The ultimate metal festival of Cyprus is back – bigger and better!

PITCH BLACK RECORDS is thrilled to be co-organising this year’s Power of the Night Festival, now in its fifth instalment.

For the first time since its inception, the festival will be held over two days and will include international bands as well. Along with nine local metal acts, the first day will see Greek epic metallers MARAUDER headlining while the second day will have all speakers blown by ROSS THE BOSS with special guest SCOTT COLUMBUS, both legendary of course, well known for their tremendous contribution to MANOWAR.

All the ingredients of a metal festival will be there, from hot dogs and an endless flow of beer to band merchandise and of course good LOUD music, guaranteeing two days of absolute fun and metal mayhem!

The full line-up is as follows:

Friday 23 July:
Marauder (GR)
Arryan Path (CY)
Zenith (CY)
Hardraw (CY)
Metal Blade (CY)
Temple of Evil (CY)

Saturday 24 July:
Ross the Boss w/ special guest Scott Columbus (USA)
R.U.S.T. (CY)
Winter’s Verge (CY)
Solitary Sabred (CY)
Teror (CY)

Metal fans from abroad who will be enjoying the Cyprus sun during those days are invited to get in touch with Pitch Black Records for more information and to purchase their tickets through the label’s site.

The festival will take place at the University of Cyprus yard in Nicosia with gates opening at 17:30. Tickets are just 20EUR for both days and all tickets sold will be entered into a draw for an electric guitar.

Like every year the festival is dedicated in memory of those lost in traffic accidents, this year however it’s also dedicated to a special someone else; someone who still lives deep inside every metal fan’s heart…

For more information http://www.pitchblackrecords.com.

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VOYAGER interview with Daniel Estrin

July 10th, 2010
by EvilG

 

VOYAGER – Daniel Estrin (Lead vocals, Keyboards)

Interview by Hanntu and EvilG

VOYAGER are a great melodic prog/power metal band from Perth, Western Australia. The German-born Daniel Estrin formed the band in 1999. In this interview we talk to Daniel about the band and its formation, his background, their newest album "Ï am the reVolution", and more. 

  

 

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DIMMU BORGIR: NEW ALBUM ARTWORK & TITLE REVEALED

July 9th, 2010
by EvilG
DIMMU BORGIR - Abrahadabra

DIMMU BORGIR - Abrahadabra

The artwork created for the new DIMMU BORGIR album Abrahadabra by German artist / painter / graphic designer Joachim Luetke (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Sopor Aeternus) has been uploaded to the band’s MySpace page.

The word “abrahadabra” (which roughly translates into “I will create as I speak”) first publicly appeared in Chapter III of Liber AL vel Legis (commonly referred to as The Book of the Law) written by Aleister Crowley in Cairo, Egypt in 1904.

DIMMU BORGIR singer/songwriter Shagrath shares the following about the new album:

“After eleven months of total focus, dedication and professional team work, Darkness has been reborn.  Some people have expressed their concern about the future of the band since the departure of some members of the clan.  Let me assure you that things happen for a reason.  The black flame burns brighter than ever before.  With the mixture of our different musical preferences and the personalities involved, I will dare to say we have created a BEAST, the most detailed work to date out of our 17 years of existence.  I know it’s too much of a cliché to brag when you have a done a new album, but to put it short and simple, it’s a fist in the face to all the doubters out there.  Forward – Onward – March… ENTER THE SUPREME UNKNOWN.”

For the second time in the band’s career (i.e. 1996’s Stormblåst), a one-word album title breaks the tradition of a three-word album title for a new studio release dating back to DIMMU BORGIR’s 1994’s debut, For All Tid.

Guitarist/songwriter Silenoz has this to say on the topic:

“We knew there would be some big changes with this album in more than one way and since we’ve had the three word title tradition for many years now, we thought it’d make a lot of sense for us to move on from that.  It has served its purpose.  We are a band that’s all about change and moving forward.  An album title consisting of one word goes hand-in-hand with the new material – it describes both the musical and lyrical content in a more imaginary way, not to mention the unity and the everlasting flame which is DIMMU BORGIR.  Expect the unexpected!”

When asked about the central figure in the artwork and who/what he’s supposed to represent, artist Joachim Luetke responds:

“I think that’s obvious.  Since the whole ‘setting’ is located in an icy, bleak, winter-y, post-industrial era, we’re pretty close to H.P. Lovecraft’s nameless elder gods.  They’re represented by the mask’s tentacles.  In short: the mask/face personifies dominion of powers far beyond mankind.  The nameless gods witnessed the birth of our universe and they’ll watch it implode.  To them, the age of mankind is but a blink of an eye.”

Abrahadabra will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.

For the latest updates, visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com and www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR.

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Dave Mustaine’s long-awaited autobiography, “Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir” will be released in the U.S. on August 3 via HarperCollins

July 9th, 2010
by EvilG

"Hello Me... Meet The Real Me", will be released in the U.S. on August 3 via HarperCollins

"Hello Me... Meet The Real Me", will be released in the U.S. on August 3 via HarperCollins

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine‘s long-awaited autobiography, “Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir” (formerly “Hello Me… Meet The Real Me”), will be released in the U.S. on August 3 via HarperCollins‘s It Books imprint (focusing on pop culture, sports, style and content derived from the Internet). The U.K. edition, “Mustaine: A Life In Metal”, will hit bookstores in the U.K. on September 30.

Mustaine is the first to admit that he has bottomed out a few times in his dark and twisted speed-metal version of a Dickensonian life. In “Mustaine”, he reveals the many highs and lows of this life, including:

* The formation of METALLICA and the key contributions he made for which he was never given full credit.

* The formation and rise of MEGADETH, and his history with David Ellefson, Marty Friedman and Nick Menza.

* The story of his departure from MEGADETH in 2002 and his eventual return.

* His multiple battles with alcohol and drugs, and how Alice Cooper played a role in one of his recoveries.

* The injury that nearly ended his career.

* After years of rejecting religion, how embracing Christianity helped repair his relationship with his family and maintain his sobriety.

* His tumultuous childhood which included several moves from city to city, all in an attempt to avoid his alcoholic father.

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield once observed that Mustaine must have been born with a horseshoe up his ass. That’s how lucky he has been and how fortunate he is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. In “Mustaine”, he tells a story that will inspire, stun and terrify.

“Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir” was co-written by New York Times journalist Joe Layden who also authored “The Last Great Fight” about what is considered by many to be the biggest upset in the history of boxing: James “Buster” Douglas‘ tenth-round knockout win over Mike Tyson in 1990.

Mustaine was recently asked by Metal Hammer magazine whether his conversion to Christianity has turned his autobiography into a somewhat tame account of his life, with the scowling, venomous rage of the past replaced with placatory serenity and good will to all men. “It’s still a little bit edgy,” he replied. “You’ve got to take into consideration that we live in a very litigious time now and people will try you and they sue because they spill coffee on their crotch, you know? So the publisher took a look at the book and took out everything they thought would be controversial to the point where I’d get sued over it, but it still definitely has teeth. It’s a funny book. It’s got great moments and there’s still a lot of sadness in it, too. It’s all factual. It’s a story of my life and my life isn’t about name-calling and mud-slinging.”

Mustaine told AOL‘s Noisecreep about his upcoming autobiography, “It’s easy to hate somebody that you don’t like. But you know what? People don’t know who I am. Who they think I am is not really who I am, because they guy that they’ve continued to vilify in the press, that guy’s been gone a long time. And I think anyone who reads this book will see that.”

“Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir” is not simply a tell-all story of decadence and debauchery.

“That stuff is mundane,” Mustaine told Noisecreep. “We come to expect that from rock stars, so why would I talk about it? Everybody knows it happened. I want to talk about things that are way more important. There’s stuff in there about how the band was formed, why I chose to sing, how the different band members came and went, how different songs were written, stuff that happened through the addictions and rehabs. And when I got done reading it for the first time, when I closed the last page I actually had tears in my eyes because somebody had finally gotten who I am as a person in print.”

According to Mustaine, part of the book reveals how he practiced black magic as a teenager, and how the experience — which inspired the 1986 song “The Conjuring” — affected his life for years after.

“I put two hexes on people, and they both worked and the result was just what I was asking for,” he explained. “Now, it took forever to get that Satanic depression off of me because it’s just like playing with a Ouija board. You open the doorway to the dark side, and spirits come through. It took almost 20 years to get rid of that Satanic depression. I did it when I was 15, and I don’t think I got free of it until I was in my mid-30s.You ask yourself, ‘How is it possible that this is happening to me?’ Well, because you flirted with the devil and you put a hex on somebody and you put another hex on somebody, and, well, you owe him. And that’s why I have a problem playing ‘The Conjuring’ today.”

Dave Mustaine will sign copies of “Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir” on Monday, August 23 between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112. Mustaine will meet fans and he will autograph copies of his books purchased from Rainy Day Books on the Rainy Day web site and/or at the event that are accompanied by a stamped ticket.

Each person must have a Rainy Day Books ticket to be admitted to this book-signing event.

Mustaine will only sign copies of his books purchased from Rainy Day Books for this event. Photos, memorabilia and other items are prohibited in the book-signing line.

Norway’s Lydverket blog conducted an interview with Mustaine on August 7, 2009 at the Langham Hotel in London, England. The first clip from the chat, in which he discusses his upcoming autobiography, can be viewed below.

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UNSUN to tour Europe with TRISTANIA

July 9th, 2010
by EvilG

UNSUN to tour Europe with TRISTANIA

UNSUN to tour Europe with TRISTANIA

UNSUN, band led by ex-Vader guitar player will join Tristania on Rubicon Tour scheduled in Europe for October 2010.

The band comments on the upcoming tour and new album: “We have just finished recording our second album which will be sent to manufacturing in the nearest days. We have returned yesterday from fantastic photo session after almost 24 hours of hard work with Hi-res Studio. Final effect will be extraordinary and we can’t wait to share it with you. This time photo shoots differ much from those promoting “The End Of Life”. Prepare for new unexpected image – we are sure you will be surprised but delighted. The similar image will be presented during upcoming shows. A lot of new ideas are on the way! See you on tour!”

UNSUN tour dates with TRISTANIA (+ ASRAI):

8.10.2010 – Underworld,  London (England)

9.10.2010 – Metropool, Hengelo (Holland)

10.10.2010 – Melkweg , Amsterdam (Holland)

11.10.2010 – Glazart, Paris (France)

12.10.2010 – Die Rohre, Stuttgart (France)

13.10.2010 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt (Germany)

14.10.2010 – Markthalle,  Hamburg (Germany)

15.10.2010 – Alte spinnerei , Glauchau (Germany)

16.10.2010 – Loch Ness , Cracow (Poland)

17.10.2010 – Randal, Bratislava (Slovakia)

19.10.2010 – Exit Chmelnice, Praha (Czech Republic)

20.10.2010 – K 17, Berlin (Germany)

21.10.2010 – Backstage,  München (Germany)

22.10.2010 – Z 7, Pratteln (Switzerland)

UNSUN has recently signed a worldwide deal with Mystic Production (home label of Behemoth and Riverside, among others). The band, who released their debut album, “The End Of Life” in September 2008 via Century Media Records, has entered studio this spring to record sophomore album. Vocal tracks were recorded in Studio X in Olsztyn and soon after Unsun moved to Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated) to record all instruments.

The band has uploaded first studio report which can be checked at Mystic Production YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/mysticprodtv#p/u/0/uZJ7Mh8l-As

Unsun’s new album was given “Clinic For Dolls” as working title. This album will feature 10 new  songs (and a bonus track for Japanese edition) and will be released on 11th October via Mystic Production in Europe. American release date will be announced soon.

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