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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AMBASSADOR GUN Announce July Tour Dates; New Releases In The Works

July 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Minnesota’s face-breaking grindcore trio AMBASSADOR GUN have announced a hot-ass Summer assault through the Midwest and Western US for the later half of July. The band have been writing and recording loads of new material recently, for a limited edition EP entitled Fear & Coercion which will be available on this tour only, as well as for an upcoming full-length. Some of this new material will be played live for the first time on the upcoming tour.

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TUFF/SHAMELESS Tour coming to Europe Aug/Sept 2010 (Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium) TUFF plays California & Arizona in July

July 9th, 2010
by EvilG
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Tuff Mascot

Attention European rock fans. TUFF/SHAMELESS are ready to embark on 3 week tour in August-September 2010.

The group will be fronted by legendary Sunset Strip veteran – TUFF vocalist Stevie Rachelle. The SHAMELESS bookends on bass & guitar will be Alexx Michael and his partner in crime BC. Also on board will be TUFF member Jimi “Gunz” Lord who played drums for the band during the “Religious Fix” years. The set will be filled with fan favorites from the TUFF Glam Rock classic debut “What Comes Around…Goes Around”. Tracks included will be “The All New Generation”, “I Hate Kissing You Goodbye” and “So Many Seasons”. Along with the new millenniums global mega smash “American Hair Band”. The SHAMELESS tunes to be featured are “Non Stop City”, “Steal The Girlz” & the Munich based bands most downloaded track, “Queen For A Day”.

The groups past tours have featured Bruce Kulick of KISS (2000), Steve Summers of Pretty Boy Floyd (2007) and Davy Vain (VAIN) showed up and jammed with the group in Germany (2009). This year will be no different, as the tour welcomes special guest guitarist Germany’s very own Andy Brings (The Traceelords/Sodom/Powergod). This tour is not the first for TUFF/SHAMELESS in Europe, but it will be the first ever Scandinavian appearance for the guys when the tour wraps up at Sweden’s “Stockholm Rockout Festival” on Saturday September 11th.

“There is a reason for us doing these European tours” says the TUFF singer. “The fans love it. They came to see us in the past, and they will be back again this year. The fans ultimately get two bands in one and really appreciate the vast amount of great pop glam rock songs.” TUFF and SHAMELESS combined have released over a dozen discs of music, and have a catalog of over 20 releases (including DVDs) in the last 20 years.

“We are beyond excited to play for our European fans, but Sweden & Belgium will be new stops and we cannot wait.” adds Alexx Michael  “We have friends and fans on every continent and we vow that South America and Japan are next!” The tour currently has shows slated for Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland & Belgium.  Stay tuned for exact dates, venues and developments in the near future!

Note: TUFF will play the following US warm up gigs in July!

July 15th “The Brixton” Redondo Beach, CA  w/ MSG & Pretty Boy Floyd
July 17th “Key Club” Hollywood, CA  w/ Lynch Mob & Dizzy Reed (Gn’R)
July 31st “910 Live” Tempe, AZ  w/ RATT

For more information please visit the bands official sites.
http://www.myspace.com/StevieRachelle

http://www.myspace.com/shamelessonline

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XYZ – Terry Ilous, Pat Fontaine, Joey Shapiro, Tony Marcus

July 9th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala

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XYZ

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

TRANSCRPTION BY MARKO, PATRICK CLEMENT, EVILG and RICK

XYZ is a U.S based hard rock band formed in late 80’s. The original members were Terry Ilous (vocals), Bobby Pieper (guitars), Pat Fontaine (bass) and Joey Pafumi (drums). The band released its self titled debut in 1989 which included the band’s hit singles "Inside Out" and "What Keeps Me Loving You" which both got airplay on MTV and other Medias outlets at that time. The band’s sophomore album HUNGRY was released in 1991 but unfortunately it failed to reach its predecessor’s success and some changes followed. Tony Burnett and Joey Shapiro replaced Pieper and Pafumi and the band then carried on touring until they split some time later in 1992. Since then the band has done some brief reunions with various incarnations and there was an album LETTER TO GOD released in 2003. Another XYZ reunion took its place in Rocklahoma 2009 and since then the band has been doing shows sporadically with a line-up which now consist of original members Terry Ilous and Patrick Fontaine along with longtime members Joey Shapiro and guitarist Tony Marcus. XYZ came to appear in Stockholm’s Rockout -festival last May and here are the results of our interesting conversation which includes various topics…

 

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ANGRA Announce New Single Title and Reveal Cover Artwork

July 8th, 2010
by EvilG
ANGRA (Single) Arising Thunder

ANGRA (Single) Arising Thunder

ANGRA has officially announced the date for releasing the new single from their seventh studio album, “Aqua”. The song is “Arising Thunder” which will be uploaded on the official MySpace in the night from Friday July, 9th to Saturday 10th.

According to the guitarist Rafael Bittencourt, “’Arising Thunder’ is a strong, fast and captivating song. We didn’t want to choose the most commercial track. Our fans will certainly be impressed with its fury and speed that end up in one of the strongest refrains of our entire career. It describes clearly the water element cycles showing the tenuous line from the tempest to the calm”.

The vocalist Edu Falaschi, who created the initial concept of the track, says: “This song was originally composed to be a ballad but along the process I realized that it would be better to change for a Power Metal style. Fortunately I was right and this new direction is the most correct to represent the heart of the Shakespeare story! It is violent, dramatic and vigorous in the first lines of “The Tempest”! “Arising Thunder” sounds perfect to an epic start connected to the lyric by a vibrant way showing all the Prospero fury and vengeance wishes. I am sure that our fans will enjoy it and sing with us in our next tour”.
The “Arising Thunder” artwork concept, as well as the “Aqua” one, were developed by the renowned Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes supervised by the guitarists Rafael Bittencourt e Kiko Loureiro.
After “Aqua” is officially released, ANGRA will start a new world tour. Contact Base2 Management by phone (+55.11.3673-2758) or e-mail (shows@base2producoes.com.br) to book a concert in your city.

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AGENT STEEL confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL!

July 8th, 2010
by EvilG
70000 TONS OF METAL

70000 TONS OF METAL

When 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival set sail again in California their headcount wasn’t right. After further investigation they discovered that they have secret agents on board! Please welcome AGENT STEEL, who were recently rejoined by original singer John Cyriis, to the line up of 70000TONS OF METAL! 20 out of 40 on board and full steam ahead. Where are they off to this time?

The confirmed 20 out of 40 bands are:

Agent Steel

Amon Amarth

Death Angel

Epica

Exodus

Fear Factory

Finntroll

Forbidden

Moonspell

Obituary

Raven

Saxon

Sodom

Sonata Arctica

Stratovarius

Swashbuckle

Testament

Trouble

Uli Jon Roth

Witchburner

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH – CREATE THEIR NEXT MUSIC VIDEO FOR A CHANCE TO WIN $500

July 8th, 2010
by EvilG

AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH has a very close relationship with their fans. They feed off their energy, their passion and creativity. As a way of giving back to the fans who have been their since the beginning, the Detroit deathcore destroyers are inviting fans to create the first music video from their newly released Billboard Heatseekers-charting EARACHE debut, PROPRIOCEPTION. “We’re so stoked to have this set up;” says guitarist, Kyle McIlmurray. “We have the greatest fans on earth and this is just a SMALL slice of repayment to their loyalty.””

Using the epic lead single, “This Night Is the Coroner’s,” fans are encouraged to make as creative a music video as they can. The fan who follows the contest guidelines and gets the greatest amount of video views by August 31st, 2010 will win $500, a signed digipak copy of PROPRIOCEPTION and a meet and greet with the band at an upcoming show closest to the winner’s home.

Here are the guidelines:

1. Download the track “This Night Is the Coroner’s” for FREE at http://earache.com/ahfwvideocomp.

2. Upload your video to YouTube.

3. Title and tag it as “And Hell Followed With Video Competition”

4. Add the band’s MySpace link to the info section of the video – http://myspace.com/andhellfollowedwith.

5. Promote your vid around the net and take it viral!

The winner of the contest will be contacted directly through their YouTube account by Earache Records.

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INCARNIA announce album launch show, tracklisting and release date for “Proclamation”

July 8th, 2010
by EvilG

Incarnia, the melodic death metal band recently signed to Panoptic Records, have revealed the tracklisting for their upcoming album “Proclamation“, which is set to be released on August 3rd 2010.

Proclamation” tracklisting:

01. Dawn Of The Great Rebirth (Ashes Of Our Time Part II)
02. Festivals Of Atonement
03. Led By Tears
04. Carrion
05. Where Fallen Apostles Assemble
06. Yersinia Pestis
07. Affinity

INCARNIA will launch their album on July 31st in Montreal at the Underworld venue with fellow panoptic records artist ABSOLVE(Sadistic Crown album launch) , Toronto progressive metal act ADYTUM and local opener DOWN TO RUINS.

Having recently opened for DARK TRANQUILLITY, BLIND WITNESS and BLACKGUARD with acclaimed success, INCARNIA are set to give their best performance yet.

INCARNIA‘s first release, “Proclamation“, was produced by Jonathan Lefrancois-Leduc (blackguard) and recorded at Silver Wings Studios.

The track “Dawn of the Great Rebirth (Ashes of Our Time Pt. II)” is available for streaming at http://www.myspace.com/panopticrecords

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JOIN THE SHOWDOWN IN-STUDIO AS THEY TRACK GUITARS FOR ‘BLOOD IN THE GEARS’

July 8th, 2010
by EvilG

NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville’s dynamic Southern metal outfit, The Showdown, has posted the second installment in a series of behind-the-scenes in-studio videos on YouTube.  The new episode follows The Showdown’s guitarists, Josh Childers and Patrick Judge, as they shred their way through the recording process of the forthcoming full-length, Blood In The Gears, which will hit stores on August 24th on Solid State Records.  The video also features previously unreleased audio samples from the new record, and it can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqcu5-zem6E \

Blood In The Gears was recorded and produced by The Showdown’s own Jeremiah Scott (bass) at his home studio, Anthem Productions.  The album was mixed by Steve Blackmon (Living Sacrifice, Project 86), with Troy Glessener at Spectre handling the mastering.  Artwork comes courtesy of Ryan Clark at Invisible Creature Inc. Blood In The Gears is The Showdown’s second Solid State release, following 2008’s Back Breaker.

The first installment of the behind-the-scenes video series, which features the band tracking drums, can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Npjt9Rv_s.

The song “Blood In The Gears” is available for streaming on the band’s official MySpace page at: http://www.myspace.com/theshowdown.

The track list for Blood In The Gears is…
1.)    Man Named Hell
2.)    Heavy Lies The Crown
3.)    Bring It Down
4.)    Take Me Home
5.)    Blood In The Gears
6.)    Dogma Enthroned
7.)    No Escape
8.)    The Crooked Path
9.)    Graveyard Of Empires
10.)  Diggin’ My Own Grave

Founded in 2003 by current members, David Bunton and Josh Childers, The Showdown literally came roaring out of the gate with the monstrous, yet spiritually gripping debut, A Chorus of Obliteration, in 2004.  With several high profile tours under their belt, including a run on Ozzfest in 2007, and treks with As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Flyleaf, All The Remains, The Cult and more, The Showdown is set to once again crank up the throttle on Blood In The Gears.

Stay tuned for more information regarding The Showdown and Blood In The Gears.

The Showdown is…

David Bunton – vocals
Josh Childers – guitar
Patrick Judge – guitar
Jeremiah Scott – bass

The Showdown online…www.myspace.com/theshowdownwww.facebook.com/TheShowdownwww.twitter.com/showdownmetal www.youtube.com/TheShowdownMetalwww.solidstaterecords.com

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KATAKLYSM: Tour W/ DEVILDRIVER Announced

July 8th, 2010
by EvilG

Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM, will join Ozzfest tour mates DEVILDRIVER on a full North American tour scheduled around their Ozzfest appearances this Summer!

“With the release of Heaven’s Venom coming in the next few weeks we’re going to start the touring campaign with a bang,” commented KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono. “First with the almighty Ozzfest and then we’re going to keep the metal flow by joining DEVILDRIVER for a full coast to coast North American tour! Last time we toured together it was a bombastic combo so we’re excited to do this once more. The new album is tailored for the live setting and the assault will be deadly. See you fuckers there!”

DEVILDRIVER, KATAKLYSM, SKELETONWITCH, SAVIOURS

08/10/10  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

08/11/10  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

08/12/10  Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ

08/18/10  Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY ç + SHADOWS FALL

08/20/10  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NYç + KINGDOM OF SORROW

08/23/10  Recher Theater – Towson, MD

DEVILDRIVER, KATAKLYSM, MISERY

08/25/10  Eleanor Rigby’s Bar & Nightclub – Jermyn, PA

08/26/10  London Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA
08/27/10  Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH

08/28/10  Harpo’s – Detroit, MI

08/29/10  Peabody’s Down Under – Cleveland, OH

08/31/10  Scout Bar – Houston, TX

09/01/10  Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX

09/02/10  Trees – Dallas, TX

09/03/10  The Pavilion @ Concrete Street – Corpus Christi, TX

09/04/10  Dos Amigos – Odessa, TX

09/05/10  Jake’s – Lubbock, TX

09/07/10  People’s Court – Des Moines, IA

09/10/10  The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

09/11/10  The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

09/13/10  Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

09/15/10  The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA

09/16/10  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

KATAKLYSM will premiere a brand new track from their new album Heaven’s Venom on July 12th via their Myspace page (www.myspace.com/Kataklysm).


KATAKLYSM
will commence shooting a video clip for the song “Push The Venom” this month with director Ivan Colic (TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED, DEATHSTARS, EX DEO)  in Belgrade, Serbia. The track comes from their new album Heaven’s Venom, which will be released on August 13th in Europe and August 24th in North America. The follow-up to 2008’s Prevail, was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F  Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, DARK TRANQUILLITY).

Heaven’s Venom track listing:
1. A Soulless God
2. Determined (Vows of Vengeance)
3. Faith Made of Shrapnel
4. Push the Venom
5. Hail the Renegade
6. As the Walls Collapse
7. Numb & Intoxicated
8. At the Edge of the World
9. Suicide River
10. Blind Savior

Ozzfest 2010 will kick off on August 14 in San Bernardino (Ozzfest’s birthplace in 1996) and travel to Chicago, Illinois; Hartford, Connecticut; Camden, New Jersey; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts.  Playing the Second Stage will be none other than Canada’s kings of northern hyperblast, KATAKLYSM.

Ozzfest 2010 Main Stage Acts
OZZY OSBOURNE
MÖTLEY CRÜE
HALFORD
DEVILDRIVER
NONPOINT

Ozzfest 2010 Second Stage Acts
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
DROWNING POOL
KINGDOM OF SORROW
KATAKLYSM

GOATWHORE
SKELETONWITCH
SAVIOURS

Ozzfest 2010 Dates

08/14/10  San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA

08/17/10  First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Tinley Park (Chicago), IL

08/19/10  First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown (Pittsburgh), PA

08/21/10  Comcast Theater – Hartford, CT

08/22/10  Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ

08/24/10  Comcast Center – Mansfield (Boston), MA

For more information visit: www.myspace.com/Kataklysm

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ENTHRONED North American Tour Update

July 8th, 2010
by EvilG

Belgian black metal legion ENTHRONED will return to North America for the first time in nine years this August! The US/Canadian leg of the Pentagrammaton World Tour 2010 will begin in Brooklyn, New York at Europa and bludgeon its way through nearly two dozen cities before winding down at the Hostile City Deathfest in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 29. Support will come from Australian black thrashers Deströyer 666 as well as Black Anvil, Estuary and Cardiac Arrest on select dates. Tickets for all shows are current available via Enter The Vault: http://enterthevault.com

Said vocalist/guitarist Nornagest: “With this new album, Pentagrammaton, ENTHRONED is glad to be back in the States after nine years of absence. The US will be the first nation to witness the new face of ENTHRONED and will be the kick off of the Pentagrammaton World Tour.”

Check out the tour poster here: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=451309518&blogId=536832329
Pentagrammaton, ENTHRONED‘s ninth studio offering, was released earlier this year via Regain Records. A sonic hailstorm of blasting beats that cruise along with warhead aggression, the band’s sinister brand of black metal is powered by a diabolical aura that is theirs and theirs alone. ENTHRONED currently features: Nornagest (vocals/guitars), Phorgath (bass/vocals), Neraath (guitars/vocals), Garghuf (drums) and Tzelmoth (live guitars).
ENTHRONED: Pentagrammaton World Tour 2010

8/04/2010 Europa – Brooklyn, NY w/ Black Anvil, Estuary
8/05/2010 Jaxx – Springfield, VA w/ Black Anvil, Estuary
8/06/2010 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC w/ Estuary
8/07/2010 The Dunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
80/8/2010 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
8/10/2010 Walter’s On Washington – Houston, TX
8/11/2010 Emo’s – Austin, TX
8/12/2010 Club 101 – El Paso, TX
8/13/2010 Club Red – Tempe, AZ w/ Estuary
8/14/2010 Ultra Violet – Los Angeles, CA w/ Estuary
8/15/2010 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA w/ Estuary
8/17/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA w/ Estuary
8/18/2010 Satyricon – Portland, OR w/ Estuary
8/19/2010 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA w/ Estuary
8/20/2010 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ Estuary  8/21/2010 Red Room – Boise, ID
8/22/2010 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
8/23/2010 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
8/24/2010 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
8/25/2010 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL w/ Estuary, Cardiac Arrest
8/26/2010 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI w/ Estuary, Cardiac Arrest
8/27/2010 The Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Estuary, Cardiac Arrest
8/28/2010 Katacombes – Montreal, QC w/ Estuary, Cardiac Arrest
8/29/2010  Club Polaris /Hostile City Deathfest – Philadelphia, PA
http://www.enthroned.be
http://www.myspace.com/enthronedhorde

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Primordial’s AA Nemtheanga and Metal Blade’s Brian Slagel discuss classic metal albums

July 8th, 2010
by EvilG

Primordial’s AA Nemtheanga and Metal Blade’s Brian Slagel discuss classic metal albums in a 4 part series for Metal Blade TV

Recently, Brian Slagel and Primordial’s AA Nemtheanga had a chance to talk about some of their favorite classic metal albums from the Metal Blade vault. The conversation has been broken up into a four part series to focus on each of the four albums that they discussed. In part 2, the metal connoisseurs reminisce about Omen’s Warning Of Danger. Nemtheanga talks about that album’s influence on himself and Primordial while Brian Slagel talks about what it was like to work with the band back in the early 1980s.

This video series will be a fascinating and enthralling experience for metal heads new and old. Remember some of your favorite classics or discover an album that influenced hordes of modern musicians.

Part 1 of this series is available for viewing on Metal Blade TV HERE. Stay tuned to metalblade.tv for parts 3 and 4!

http://www.metalblade.tv

http://www.facebook.com/primordialofficial

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BEYOND HELL DEBUT – THE SLEEPER AWAKENS – OUT NOW

July 8th, 2010
by EvilG

There is death/doom and then there is BEYOND HELL’s The Sleeper Awakens. Featuring drummer Elektrokutioner (DECREPITAPH, FATHER BEFOULED, FESTERED, etc) and with guest appearances by Patrick Bruss of CRYPTICUS (who also mixed/mastered) and Slyof FONDLECORPSE, The Sleeper Awakens crunches, lurks, and spooks like HOODED MENACE, frequently twisting into romping death metal form. Yet the deeper into the abyss one goes the more dynamics are revealed, not the least of which is accomplished soloing and sections of pure dark majesty. And all of it chills to the bone! As if that weren’t enough, the album also includes the sold out …And Evil Crept Through EP (tracks 10 – 13), for a grand total of 13 cuts of face melting horror death and spine tingling doom.

The Sleeper Awakens was co-released by Dark Descent Records and Skeleton Plague Records.

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NEUROSIS Live At Roadburn 2007 Details Announced

July 8th, 2010
by EvilG

Neurot Recordings proudly unveil a brand new live album from NEUROSIS, who are undoubtedly cited as one of the most influential bands of heavy music’s experimental underworld.

The first release from NEUROSIS since 2007’s Given to the Rising, this new live album was recorded that same year in Tilburg, Holland, at the annual Roadburn Festival, where NEUROSIS headlined to a diehard audience. The album expertly captures as much of the band’s live experience as one possibly could on a physical recording, harnessing the monolithic flow and power of the band’s well-known sonically devastating live performances. The monstrous 78-minute record showcases this iconic band surging through hymns from their last few albums, including Given To The Rising, The Eye Of Every Storm, A Sun That Never Sets, and Through Silver In Blood.

Live At Roadburn will see official release on August 30, 2010, alongside the reissue of NEUROSIS’ groundbreaking 1993 release Enemy Of The Sun. The ‘Roadburn release features the iconic artwork/layout skills of visionary artist/NEUROSIS live visual master Josh Graham, also responsible for the redesigned Enemy Of The Sun layout. Both albums will be released on CD worldwide August 30th, 2010, part of this year’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of the legendary act.

Check out the redesigned artwork, an extended album biography and more on this release at this location: http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=937.  

Live At Roadburn 2007 Track List:

1. Given to the Rising
2. Burn
3. A Season in the Sky
4. At the End of the Road
5. Crawl Back In
6. Distill
7. Water Is Not Enough
8. Left to Wander
9. The Doorway
http://www.neurosis.com http://www.myspace.com/officialneurosis http://www.neurotrecordings.com http://www.myspace.com/neurotrecordings

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NEW SABATON ALBUM DEBUTS ON TWO BILLBOARD CHARTS

July 8th, 2010
by EvilG
Sabaton - Coat of Arms

Sabaton - Coat of Arms

Swedish epic power metal sextet SABATON have just entered the Billboard charts at #124 (Heatseekers) and #87 (Top Hard Music) with their brand new World War II-themed album, Coat Of Arms.  Worldwide first-week chart entries are as follows: Sweden #4; Poland #9; Finland #17; Germany #19; Switzerland #33 and Austria #71.

En route to Frankfurt, Germany for a festival appearance, SABATON lead singer Joakim Brodén checks in from the airport in Stockholm about the band’s recent accomplishment in North America:

Coat Of Arms keeps bringing us amazing news all the time it seems.  Six Swedish heavy metal retards in camo pants on the Billboard charts?  Never thought I’d see the day!  I’m not sure I believe it, but if it’s true, we’re the happiest Swedes alive at this moment!  What’s next, pink aliens at Wal-Mart?  Thanks to all our American brothers and sisters and cousins who actually bought our album instead of downloading it!  Damn, we’ve just GOT to find some way to get over to America on this tour!”

Coat Of Arms is available for streaming in its entirety on the band’s MySpace page.  The track listing is:

01.  Coat of Arms

02.  Midway

03.  Uprising

04.  Screaming Eagles

05.  The Final Solution

06.  Aces In Exile

07.  Saboteurs

08.  Wehrmacht

09.  White Death

10.  Metal Ripper
North American Bonus Tracks:

11.  Coat Of Arms (Instrumental)

12.  Metal Ripper (Instrumental)

The band’s headlining “World War Tour” kicks off on August 27 and consists of over 60 shows in more than 20 countries.  The final concert will take place on December 11, after which SABATON “will re-group, re-arm and prepare for yet another strike in 2011.”

View More-Metal.com’s recent interview with members of SABATON here.  Professionally shot footage of SABATON’s appearance at the Meltdown Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden can be viewed here.

SABATON recently shot a video in Warsaw, Poland for the track “Uprising” with director Jacek Raginis (who is related to decorated World War II hero Wladyslav Raginis) and producer Bogna Janiec of Studio Filmowe N.  The video is described as “a powerful and emotional tribute to those who lost their lives in the Warsaw uprising in 1944” and includes an appearance by Swedish actor Peter Stormare (Fargo, 8MM, Prison Break), Polish actors Mateusz Damięcki and Monika Buchowiec, plus a special appearance by General Waldemar Skrzypczak of the Polish army.  View a video trailer here.  View the “Making Of” video here.  View photos from the video shoot here.
SABATON features Joakim Brodén on vocals, Oskar Montelius on guitars, Rikard Sundén on guitars, Pär Sundström on bass, Daniel Mullback on drums, and Daniel Mÿhr on keyboards.

Visit SABATON online at www.SABATON.net & www.myspace.com/SABATON.

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