Remastered edition of Nocte Onducta’s “Galgendämmerung” to be released in October

September 20th, 2010
by EvilG
Nocte Obducta - “Galgendämmerung” (remastered)

Nocte Obducta - “Galgendämmerung” (remastered)

Metal Mind Productions presents Nocte Obducta – a true metal phenomenon and one of the most influential black metal groups in Germany. Their music is often referred to as ‘avant-garde black metal’ due to their uncanny ability to combine brutal, demonic metal with psychedelic and even progressive styles. Their fourth full-length album, “Galgendämmerung – Von Nebel, Blut und Totgeburten” was originally released in 2002. This exclusive reissue brings back this devilish masterpiece in all its forbidden glory…

The band was primarily formed in the summer of 1993 in Mainz, Germany, under the name Desîhra. The group disbanded in 1995 without ever having played a single show or recorded a demo. However, on the ashes of that band Nocte Obducta was born. In January 1998 Nocte Obducta recorded their first demo. The release was very well received by both critics and fans, and the group was soon approached by Grind Syndicate Media who offered them a record deal. Their debut LP was released in 1999. Their second album – “Taverne – In Schatten schäbiger Spelunken” was released in 2000 and became “Album of the Month” in a German magazine Legacy, gaining very positive reviews from critics all across the country. Despite label problems which started to occur in 2000 Nocte Obducta managed to record soon two full-length albums: “Schwarzmetall – Ein primitives Zwischenspiel” (2001) and “Galgendämmerung – Von Nebel, Blut und Totgeburten” (2002). After recording “Galgendämmerung“ A. Magic M. and Shin decided to leave the group. Their duties were taken over by Flerik (bass) and Thomas (guitar). Nocte Obducta signed a new contract with Supreme Chaos Records and released their fifth album – “Stille – Das nagende Schweigen” in 2003. In March 2004 the group finished recording one of their greatest works yet – the two album epic called “Nektar”. Part one, entitled “Nektar Teil I: Zwölf Monde, eine Handvoll Träume”, was released in August 2004, while part two – “Nektar Teil II: Seen, Flüsse, Tagebücher” – saw the light of day in April 2005. Despite their strong underground reputation and successful releases, the group disbanded in June 2006. The group’s legacy was carried on in the band Dinner Auf Uranos. However, their music has a totally different vibe.

Nocte Obducta remains one of the most remarkable black metal projects ever to emerge on the metal scene. With lyrics sang only in German, it is truly a significant group among other blasphemous acts. “Galgendämmerung – Von Nebel, Blut und Totgeburten” is an amazing example of devilish and unholy avant-garde. The new digipak edition of the album is limited to 2000 copies. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for October, 11th in Europe and December, 7th in USA (via MVD).

Nocte Obducta

“Galgendämmerung” (remastered)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1390 DG

Barcode: 5907785036277

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: black metal

Release date: 11.10.2010 Europe / 07.12.2010 USA

Tracklist:

1. Fruchtige Fäulnis

2. Der Durst In Meinen Augen

3. Eins Mit Der Essenz Der Nacht

4. Nebel Über Den Urnenfeldern

5. Totgeburt

6. Der Sand Des Späten Winters

7. Galgendämmerung

8. Spiele Mir Ein Frühlingslied Am Friedhofstor

9. Wenn Nur Im Tod Noch Frieden Liegt – teil I & II
For more info: www.metalmind.com.pl

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Sadist, the second run of Eastern concerts!

September 20th, 2010
by EvilG

SADIST + Virgin Snatch, Crionics and two other bands will play the second run of concerts across all Eastern Europe during next october. Once the Polish leg of the “Beware of Your Neck 2010 European Tour” is done, the band will head toward the East in order to conquer the lands of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. This part of the raid will start on the 13th of October in Kaliningrad (Russia) with the last date on the 31rd of October in Lvov (Ukraine). A month later the tour will also visit other European countries, such as Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.

30.09.2010 RZESZÓW / Pod Palmą
01.10.2010 LUBLIN / Graffiti
02.10.2010 WARSZAWA / Progresja
03.10.2010 OLSZTYN / Przystań Marina
04.10.2010 GDYNIA / Ucho
05.10.2010 BYDGOSZCZ / Estrada
06.10.2010 POZNAŃ / Blue Note
07.10.2010 WROCŁAW / Madness
08.10.2010 CZĘSTOCHOWA / Zero
09.10.2010 BIELSKO BIAŁA / Rude Boy
10.10.2010 KRAKÓW / Rotunda

13.10.10 – Vilnius, Lithuania
14.10.10 – Kaliningrad, Russia
15.10.10 – Riga, Latvia
16.10.10 – Tallinn, Estonia
17.10.10 – St.Petersburg, Russia
19.10.10 – Nizhnij Novgorod, Russia
20.10.10 – Lipeck, Russia
21.10.10 – Saransk, Russia
22.10.10 – Voronezh, Russia
23.10.10 – Moscow, Russia
24.10.10 – Smolensk, Russia
25.10.10 – Minsk, Belarus
26.10.10 – Mogilev, Belarus
27.10.10 – Gomel, Belarus
28.10.10 – Kiev, Ukraine
29.10.10 – Ilyichevsk, Ukraine
30.10.10 – Kishinev, Moldova
31.10.10 – Lvov, Ukraine

Infos: www.nadirmusic.net

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ANGRA: “Aqua” released in Taiwan – New images

September 20th, 2010
by EvilG
ANGRA - Aqua

ANGRA - Aqua

“Aqua” continues to be one of the most selling CDs in Asia. Recently a store in Taipei, capital of Taiwan, revealed some images from the record.

Click in the link to see the images:
http://msmetalpress.blogspot.com/2010/09/aqua-na-china.html

In the meantime, ANGRA (www.myspace.com/angraofficial) confirmed the concert in Taiwan in support to their seventh album “Aqua”. The show will take place on October, 19th and it will be the fourth time the band performs at the island where they have a lot of fans that have been following the group along the entire career.

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FOZZY Let The Madness Begin Tour 2010 In Australia

September 20th, 2010
by EvilG

FOZZY, the band featuring WWE Wrestling Superstar CHRIS JERICHO and Stuck Mojo mastermind RICH ‘The Duke’ WARD have announced that due to overwhelming public demand they will return to Australia for the first time since 2005!

FOZZY,who also feature SEAN DELSON and FRANK FONTSERE (Stuck Mojo) and BILLY GREY (Dangerous New Machine), will hit Australian shores this December touring in support of the latest and critically acclaimed album ‘Chasing the Grail’.

There is no doubt the FOZZY are one of the most dynamic and energetic live acts on the scene. Jericho brings his WWE theatrics to the stage along with Ward’s lively stage presence and fretboard wizardry topped off by the technical powerhouse rhythm section of Fontsere and Delson.

CHRIS JERICHO sounds the war cry: “Our fans in Australia are some of the best FOZZY fans in the world and we heard your demands, so we are coming back and we are looking forward to tearing the house down with each and every one of you crazy bastards this December!”

‘Chasing the Grail’ is in stores now via Riot! / Warner Music. Or from The Riot Shop

Special Limited VIP Meet and Greet packages are also available!

Australian Tour December 2010
Thursday 2nd December
The Hi Fi – Melbourne

Friday 3rd December
The Factory – All Ages Sydney

Sunday 5th December
The Hi Fi – Brisbane

Tickets On Sale Friday 24th September
Sydney tickets: www.ticketek.com.au Phone: 132 849
Melbourne & Brisbane Tickets: www.thehifi.com.au Phone: 1300 843 443

Links
www.riotact.com.au
www.redchapterclothing.com

www.fozzyrock.com

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KAMELOT – Khan Suffers Burn Out

September 19th, 2010
by EvilG
Roy Khan - Kamelot

Roy Khan - Kamelot

After the canceled North American tour, there has been much theorizing, but little hard facts surrounding the last minute decision by Roy Khan to return to Norway for “medical treatment.” In an interview last week with the Norwegian daily newspaper, Østlendingen, the KAMELOT singer opened up about his condition, a hasty English translation follows:

Broke down right before the tour started…

The vocalist of famous metal band Kamelot, Roy Sætre Khantatat from Elverum, is reported sick after a breakdown just before the start of the North American tour, and has decided to postpone the tour that would have started on Wednesday. “I am burned out, pure and simple. A breakdown a couple of weeks ago gave me a serious indication that something was wrong. Now I’m just glad and relieved that I got to the doctor,” says an honest Roy Sætre Khantatat to Østlendingen. Khan, as he’s also known, says that he’s been going completely “offline” lately. “I haven’t had the energy to check either my cell phone or my mail. It’s been difficult to keep up with my own and other people’s expectations of me,” he explains.

Much uncertainty…

There has been a lot back and forth lately regarding Kamelot’s planned North American tour after the band’s frontman and vocalist, Roy Sætre Khantatat, became ill. First the plan was to continue the tour with the help of CIRCUS MAXIMUS vocalist Michael Eriksen. But on Tuesday this week came reports that the band had changed their minds. “No. Now, I haven’t talked much about that either, except supporting myself on my family. This whole thing is feeling very real. I need this break.”

Resting in Elverum…

The future is something Khan hasn’t thought very much about. “Most things has really been about getting back on my feet again, but I want to get back to Kamelot,” he says. The metal singer says he wants to spend time around his hometown as part of the restoration process. “I want to be around my family, my home region and the mountains,” says Khan.

Kamelot’s new album, Poetry For The Poisoned, was recorded at Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro and features guest appearances by Simone Simons (EPICA), Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND), Björn “Speed” Strid (SOILWORK) and Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, JON OLIVA’S PAIN).

The album is available in three versions – Regular CD edition, Digipak CD with bonus DVD and 2LP gatefold vinyl edition.

DVD bonus material:

– Kamelot video ‘The Great Pandemonium’

– Exclusive and in depth Interviews with each Kamelot member

– Kamelot “Pick and Play” for the song ‘The Great Pandemonium’

– Poetry For The Poisoned background Images

– Exclusive video footage from Norway Rock Festival 2010

– Bonus song ‘House On A Hill’ (uncut version)

Marquee/Avalon Records will release the album in Japan (date TBC).

Poetry For The Poisoned tracklisting:

‘The Great Pandemonium

‘If Tomorrow Came

‘Dear Editor

‘The Zodiac

‘Hunter’s Season

‘House On A Hill

‘Necropolis

‘My Train Of Thoughts

‘Seal Of Woven Years

‘Poetry For The Poisoned':

– Pt. I – ‘Incubus’

– Pt. II – ‘So Long’

– Pt. III – ‘All Is Over’

– Pt. IV – ‘Dissection’

‘Once Upon A Time’

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THY MAJESTIE Singer Featured On CRIMSONWIND Debut

September 18th, 2010
by EvilG

The Italian based power Metal band CRIMSONWIND has signed a contract with IceWarrior Records (Rock It Up Records). The debut studio album called The Wings Of Salvation will be released in spring 2011. The limited IceWarrior Edition comes with two exclusive bonus tracks.

The line-up:
Alesio Taormina (THY MAJESTIE) – vocals
Claudio Florio (TRINAKRIUS) – drums
Emanuele “Izzy” Bonura – guitars
Claudio Di Girolamo – keyboards
Niki Zummo – bass

The Wings Of Salvation is a power metal album in the vein of ICED EARTH, THY MAJESTIE and early STRATOVARIUS. Check out a promo video below on YouTube.

For more info visit Myspace.com/crimsonwindmetal.

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GAMMA RAY and CRIPPER confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL!

September 18th, 2010
by EvilG
70000 TONS OF METAL

70000 TONS OF METAL

News from one of 70000TONS OF METAL’s scouting parties in Germany: They made their way up North. When they passed through the city of Hanover, a young female fronted band by the name of CRIPPER caught their attention. Then they proceeded further north to the city of Hamburg where they got almost hit by a deadly ray: GAMMA RAY!
28 out of 40 bands on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival
The confirmed 28 out of 40 bands are:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Cripper
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth
Korpiklaani
Marduk
Moonspell
Obituary
Rage
Raven
Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Týr
Uli Jon Roth
Unleashed
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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SHADOWS FALL ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES ACROSS ASIA

September 18th, 2010
by EvilG

Shadows Fall - NEW DVD/CD ‘MADNESS IN MANILA’

Shadows Fall - NEW DVD/CD ‘MADNESS IN MANILA’

NEW DVD/CD ‘MADNESS IN MANILA’ TO BE RELEASED IN OCTOBER, MORE DETAILS TO COME!

Massachusetts metallers SHADOWS FALL are pleased to announce a brand new slew of dates that will take them all over Asia in the coming weeks! SHADOWS FALL will visit Thailand, Taiwan, China, Philippines, and Korea! See below for all current dates.

SHADOWS FALL will be unleashing a brand new DVD titled Madness in Manila, scheduled for release this October! The footage seen in the DVD was shot at their recent Manila show in the Philippines, and includes over 60 minutes of live footage, as well as a live audio CD! Stay tuned for more information coming soon on this exciting package! The art for the set can be seen below.

CURRENT TOUR DATES IN ASIA:

9/30 – Bangkok, Thailand @ SCB Park, Mahisorn Hall

10/2 – Taipei, Taiwan @ KHS Auditorium

10/4 – Zeng Jiang, China @ Shiye Island, Midi Fest

10/6 – Manila, Philippines @ Stellar Night Club

10/10 – Seoul, Korea @ Ye Hall

For more information on SHADOWS FALL, visit these sites:

http://www.shadowsfall.com

http://www.myspace.com/shadowsfall

http://www.twitter.com/brianshadfall

http://www.twitter.com/shadowsfallband

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MELECHESH: US Tour w/ Rotting Christ Announced!

September 18th, 2010
by EvilG
MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH will be direct support to ROTTING CHRIST on their tour next March/April 2011. Joining them will be polish death metallers HATE, ABIGAIL

WILLIAMS, and LECHEROUS NOCTURNE. Reduced service charge tickets are now available through EnterTheVault.com. On sale at all other major ticketing services after October 6, 2010. ROTTING CHRIST have added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet ROTTING CHRIST for a special event. Fans will also receive a customized poster to get signed by the band. These special VIP tickets are on sale now at EnterTheVault.com.

ROTTING CHRIST, MELECHESH, HATE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE
03/09/11  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

03/10/11  Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ

03/11/11  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

03/12/11  Rocko’s – Manchester, NH

03/13/11  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

03/14/11  Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

03/15/11  Petite Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA

03/16/11  Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA

03/17/11  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

03/18/11  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

03/19/11  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

03/20/11  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

03/22/11  The Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA

03/23/11  Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

03/25/11  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

03/26/11  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

03/27/11  DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

03/28/11  Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA

03/29/11  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

03/30/11  Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA

03/31/11  U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ

04/01/11  The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX

04/02/11  The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

04/03/11  Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX

04/04/11  Emo’s – Austin, TX

04/05/11  Walter’s – Houston, TX

04/07/11  Brass Mug – Tampa, FL

04/08/11  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

04/09/11  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

04/10/11  The Casbah – Charlotte, NC

MELECHESH have uploaded the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” to their Myspace page www.myspace.com/Melechesh. The track comes from the bands highly anticipated new album The Epigenesis.

The Epigenesis was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.

The artwork  to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.

The Epigenesis will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

For more info visit: www.melechesh.com | www.myspace.com/melechesh | www.nuclearblast.de/melechesh

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KING GIANT: New Video Unleashed

September 18th, 2010
by EvilG

Southern doomsters KING GIANT have just recently completed and released the first video from their debut full-length Southern Darkness. Filmed on a mountaintop in West Virginia this past Spring, the video was shot and produced by Kevin Barkerand Doublekick Productions [http://www.doublekickproductions.com] and was built around the storyline to their song “13 To 1″, essentially about a lynching after a card game gone awry. Check it out here: http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=1382.

The band self-released Southern Darkness a year ago, and have been supporting the release heavily ever since through regional touring and massive self-promotion. The professionally produced album is a burly, blues-driven collection of ten whiskey-soaked originals, as well as a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Needle And The Spoon”, culminating in a thunderous, gritty, near hour-long monument prime for fans of Corrosion of Conformity, Kyuss, Clutch, Down and other quality, groove-heavy Southern doom rock.

With a new album being brewed now for release in 2011, the band will continue to promote Southern Darkness through the new year with more live shows in the planning stages, as well as two additional performance videos in the works, for the tracks “Solace” and “Hollow” from Southern Darkness. Both will be released in the coming weeks.

Also just announced is a brutal rock blowout in Brooklyn this October 30th when KING GIANT will come rock the Trash Bar with a killer cast of rock brethren:

10/30/2010 The Trash Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Solace, The Resurrection Sorrow, Motheater

http://www.kinggiant.com

http://www.myspace.com/kinggiant

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

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TEXTURES: SECOND INSTRUCTIONAL GUITAR VIDEO NOW ONLINE

September 18th, 2010
by EvilG
Textures

Textures

TEXTURES 7-string guitarist Bart Hennephof has uploaded a second instructional video explaining “some of the coolest riffs used in the songs by TEXTURES” for his “Inside The Songs” series.  This new video offers an inside look into playing “Laments Of An Icarus” from the band’s third album Silhouettes (2008).

States Hennephof: “It is a mid-tempo song, with some tricky rhythms that I tried to explain as clear as possible.  Tune in for some heavy mathematical riffage that will break your strings!”

View the first instructional video for “Stream Of Consciousness” from the band’s second album Drawing Circles (2006) here.

The band’s follow-up to 2008’s Silhouettes is due out in 2011.

Visit TEXTURES online at www.texturesband.com, www.myspace.com/textures, and www.youtube.com/texturestv.

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ACCEPT SCHEDULE IN-STORE SIGNING IN CLEVELAND AREA

September 18th, 2010
by EvilG

Accept - Blood Of The Nations

Accept - Blood Of The Nations

To mark the North American release of their new studio album Blood Of The Nations and in celebration of their first U.S. tour in over 14 years, Germany’s metal legends ACCEPT have scheduled an in-store autograph signing at The Exchange on Friday, October 8th from 6 – 7 p.m.  Free pizza and soft drinks will be provided to all fans in attendance.  The Exchange is located at 6271 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, Ohio  44130.  The band will perform later that evening at The Agora Ballroom in Cleveland.

All fans are invited to participate in the FREE Meet & Greets that will take place after every show throughout ACCEPT’s co-headlining tour with King’s X, which launches next week in Poughkeepsie, New York.  The members of ACCEPT have pledged to stay until the very last fan leaves happy, so grab your ACCEPT memorabilia & camera and get ready for a night of autographs and photographs!

Confirmed tour dates are:

09/23/2010  The Chance  – Poughkeepsie, NY

09/24/2010  Ram’s Head Live  – Baltimore, MD

09/25/2010  The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

09/26/2010  ***IN-STORE SIGNING AT VINTAGE VINYL, 2 – 4 p.m.*** – Fords, NJ

09/27/2010  B. B. King’s – New York, NY

09/29/2010  Showcase Live  – Foxboro, MA
10/01/2010  The Silo – Reading, PA
10/02/2010  The Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI

10/06/2010  Scatz – Middleton, WI

10/08/2010  The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/09/2010  The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL
10/11/2010  Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX

10/12/2010  House Of Blues – Dallas, TX

10/13/2010  House Of Blues – Houston TX

10/19/2010  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA ***THIS SHOW WILL BE STREAMED LIVE WORLDWIDE***

Pre-sale ticket links are available on the band’s MySpace page.

Blood Of The Nations was released Tuesday in North America and debuted as the #21 Rock Album on iTunes and debuted at #28 with a bullet on the CMJ Loud Chart.

ACCEPT 2010 is: WOLF HOFFMANN, PETER BALTES, MARK TORNILLO, HERMAN FRANK, and STEFAN SCHWARZMANN.

View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41here.  View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.

View footage of Wolf Hoffman & Mark Tornillo on VH1’s “That Metal Show” here.

Visit ACCEPT online at www.ACCEPTWORLDWIDE.com, www.myspace.com/ACCEPTTHEBAND, www.facebook.com/ACCEPTTHEBAND, and  twitter.com/ACCEPTTHEBAND.

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INTRONAUT Post First Installment of The Making of Valley of Smoke Webisode Series

September 18th, 2010
by EvilG

Very few bands can effectively mix intelligence with intensity like Southern California’s INTRONAUT, who essentially walk a fine line between psychedelic brutality, captivating hooks and devastating yet unpredictable time changes. The much anticipated new album, Valley of Smoke, is set for an Oct. 12th release. This is the essence of thinking man’s metal and something so refreshing that it should serve as a vicious wake up call to masses forcing the entire genre to take notice.

INTRONAUT have compiled a comprehensive series of webisodes documenting their entire recording process. This in-depth, five part series was filmed and edited by Daniel Hague and click on the link below now to view the first installment.
http://bit.ly/ct2Q6O
Pre-order package deals for Valley of Smoke is now available exclusively through CMDistro.com featuring the CD + Exclusive Shirt=$18 ($20 xxl); LP + Shirt=$18 ($20 xxl). Also, some special bundles combining the band’s debut album, Prehistoricisms, with the new offering are also available: Both CD’s +Shirt=$23 ($25 xxl); Both LP’s + Shirt =$23 ($25 xxl); CD=$10; LP=$10; Both CD’s=$15; Both LP’s=$15. Click the link below to order now.
http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/valley_of_smoke

Valley of Smoke’s stunning artwork was created by David D’Andrea and can be viewed at the band’s official Myspace (www.myspace.com/intronaut) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/Intronaut) pages or in the attached file.

INTRONAUT is currently preparing for a North American fall tour with Helmet, so be sure to either see below or visit www.myspace.com/intronaut to view their tour itinerary. A few special headlining shows have also been added.

INTRONAUT took metal in a new direction with their Century Media debut, Prehistoricisms, but their sophomore offering, Valley of Smoke, will quickly solidify them as genre visionaries. This stellar new album, which Decibel Magazine praises as “One of the most anticipated albums of 2010” is set for a fall release and was once again produced by the acclaimed Josh Newell (Jane’s Addiction).

INTRONAUT w/Helmet
10/8 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
10/9 Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
10/10 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
10/11 House Of Bricks – Des Moines, IA (Headlining)

10/12 Chicago, IL – Double Door
10/13 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
10/15 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
10/16 Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick
10/17 Toronto, ONT – Lee’s Palace
10/19 Montreal, QUE – Studio
10/20 Boston, MA – The Middle East
10/22 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
10/23 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
10/24 West Chester, PA – The Note
10/25 Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC (Headlining)

10/26 Charlotte, NC – Tremont
10/27 Nashville, TN – 12 and Porter
10/28 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR (Headlining)

10/29 Houston, TX – The Scout Bar
10/30 Austin, TX – Red 7
10/31 Dallas, TX – The Loft
11/2 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
11/3 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
11/04 The Rogue – Scottsdale, AZ (Headlining)

11/5 Los Angeles, CA – The Key Club

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ENSLAVED: TRACK-BY-TRACK COMMENTARY SERIES, PART 5

September 18th, 2010
by EvilG
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

In the fifth of nine installments, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the songs that will appear on the band’s new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which is scheduled for release in Europe on September 27th and in North America on September 28th.

Grutle on “Axioma”:

“A little psychedelic island in the middle of the ocean of great riffs?  Heh, heh…  I like this little synth/vocal piece.  It works out as a nice break right in the middle of the record.  Me and Ivar wrote the lyrics together for this one and it deals in general with how one shall ignore everything but mere true sayings, i.e. axioms.”

Ivar on “Axioma”:

“It had simply been too many years since we’ve had any kind of ‘intermezzo,’ one of the classic ‘tricks’ of pompous early-‘90s Norwegian Metal.  Axioma Ethica Odini is a quite long album in terms of ENSLAVED’s music being intense and containing so much info in each song; it felt like a smart thing to split it in some way.  Also, I got the chance to pay tribute to my synth heroes from the ‘70s: Klaus Schultze, Tangerine Dream, and Brian Eno.  I used to handle the keys in ENSLAVED and I am still very much into that kind of keyboard usage: Eerie synths, mellotrons, organs, etc.  Sampled orchestras are not my cup of tea, heh heh.  The lyrics for the song are surreal and cold – as is the world for someone out to find truth at any cost.”

Click here to read the commentaries on “Ethica Odini,” “Raidho,” “Waruun,” and “The Beacon.”

Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details hereContest ends Thursday, September 30th.

Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop is now taking pre-orders for ENSLAVED’s exclusive North American Axioma Ethica Odini pre-order bundle, which includes the new album plus an ENSLAVED t-shirt for $20.00.

ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th and will return to North America in November as the direct support act for DIMMU BORGIR.  All upcoming tour dates are available here.

View the four-part in-studio video series of ENSLAVED members answering fan questions on the making of Axioma Ethica Odini on the band’s official YouTube channel.

View Metal Hammer’s video interview here where Ivar Bjørnson & Grutle Kjellson shed some insight on the new album artwork by Norwegian artist Truls Espedal.

Visit ENSLAVED online at www.ENSLAVED.no, www.myspace.com/ENSLAVED, www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED, www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial, and twitter.com/ENSLAVEDBAND.

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DIMMU BORGIR: NEW TRACK FROM ABRAHADABRA AVAILABLE ONLINE

September 18th, 2010
by EvilG
DIMMU BORGIR - Abrahadabra

DIMMU BORGIR - Abrahadabra

“Born Treacherous,” the second track released from the new album ABRAHADABRA by Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR, is now available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page.

A digital puzzle of the next promotional DIMMU BORGIR photo can be found here.  (Scroll down.  It takes a few seconds to load.)

View a four-part video interview recorded in Europe with DIMMU BORGIR founding member / guitarist / songwriter Silenoz and Norwegian composer and Berklee College of Music summa cum laude alumnus Gaute Storaas at the following links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

ABRAHADABRA will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.  Fans who purchase a physical copy of the new album will find a coupon good for 2€ /$2 off any band merchandise redeemable at any upcoming DIMMU BORGIR show.

DIMMU BORGIR’s co-headlining tour with Korn launches September 19th in Amsterdam.  The band’s headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in Europe launches on September 21st in London with fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg as opening acts.  Triptykon replaces Enslaved & Sahg at the following three shows: Milan on September 27th, in Zagreb on September 29th, and in Luxembourg on September 30th.   Ticket links for European dates are available at www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR.

DIMMU’s 32-date run across North America launches on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  Support will come from Enslaved and Blood Red Throne, plus Dawn Of Ashes.  Advanced pre-sale tickets & VIP packages for this tour are now on sale via ArtistArena.com (User Name: dimmuborgir; Password: tickets).   Ticketing widget is available here (same log-in).

The video for the track “Gateways” can be viewed on the Nuclear Blast Europe & DIMMU BORGIR YouTube channels.

The “Gateways” single is available for purchase on iTunes at this location and can also be streamed on the band’s MySpace page.

Download the DIMMU BORGIR app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad here.

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com, www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and www.twitter.com/dimmu_borgir.

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