“Magic – A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio” will be available for the first time ever at the following Sonisphere Festivals:
June 23 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Sonisphere Festival Bulgaria
June 25 – Bucharest, Romania – Sonisphere Festival Romania
June 26 – Istanbul, Turkey – Sonisphere Festival Turkey
“Magic – A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio” is a tribute CD, commandeered by MANOWAR and Magic Circle Music, that honors the legacy of Ronnie James Dio. “Heavy Metal has lost a great artist and a true gentleman. I had the privilege of being his friend and, along with other friends and admirers, I wish to honor him,” says MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.
In addition to MANOWAR, the musical salute to the man who inspired legions of headbangers the world over features performances by HolyHell, Metalforce, Awaken, Avigal, Crosswind, Dean Cascione, Harlet, and more.
The CD, part one of a two part tribute, will feature new interpretations of classics like ‘Holy Diver,’ ‘Heaven And Hell,’ ‘I Speed At Night’ and ‘Catch The Rainbow’ among others.
So, head on over to the MANOWAR merch booth and be the first to get a copy of “Magic – A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio.”
The CD will also be available at the merchandise booth at ‘Magic Circle Festival IV @ Metalcamp 2010′ on July 11, 2010 and at ‘Masters Of Rock’ on July 16, 2010.
As the world eagerly awaits the release of “Magic – A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio,” MANOWAR have posted a sample of their contribution to this one-of-a-kind tribute CD online. A snippet of “Heaven And Hell,” their powerful rendition of this Black Sabbath classic, is available for streaming by clicking HERE.
“Magic – A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio” will be available for sale as mp3 on The Kingdom Of Steel Online Store VERY soon.
Dutch Blackened Thrash/Death Metal band ONHEIL proudly presents their new music video of “Nemesis’ Light Fading”, a song from their latest album “Razor”. Footage for the storyline has been taken from an upcoming independent movie, shot and directed by bandmember Amok. The rest of video shows the band playing in a one hundred years old electrical facility.
The video can be seen below and the mp3 can be found here.
More information about the music video:
The “Nemesis’ Light Fading” video is the first video from ONHEIL’s latest album “Razor”, released by German Record Label CYCLONE EMPIRE and produced at the FINAL FOCUS studio by Bart Hennephof (Textures) and Yuma van Eekelen (Pestilence).
The storyline of the video shows a man slowly heading for his demise. This footage was shot by ONHEIL’s bandmember Amok for an movie project done together with part-time actor Dkarn Tserinth, who is working at the “Arts & Culture” department of the City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Amok comments: ”Don’t expect a clean Hollywood production, this movie is raw and real. Beside that, the project is ‘no-budget’ anyway..”.
Although the movie is far from finished and currently on hold because of Amok’s activities with ONHEIL, including appearences at European Open Air festivals as PARTY.SAN, METAL MEAN and OCCULTFEST, some of the footage is already used for the music video as it fits the lyrical content of the song Nemesis’ Light Fading very well.
In the past, Dkarn Tserinth has appeared on some of ONHEIL’s previous releases as a guest vocalist and lyric writer. He also has cooperated with Amok on several music and video projects and they were part of the defunct underground metal radio station MISANTROPAGANDA.
The band footage was shot in an old, unused, electrical generating facility of one of Holland’s oldest cities Dordrecht. The dark atmosphere and black painted walls of the building is the perfect scenery for ONHEIL’s music.
Short band biography:
ONHEIL was originally founded in the autumn of 1999. A few successful demos led them to the recording of their first official release, ‘The Threat’. This mini-CD was released in 2003 by the now deceased WAR CRY PRODUCTIONS.
After some troubled years spend finding a decent drummer it was the beginning of 2007 when the current line-up was formed. This line-up contains 2 lead vocalists and 3 guitarists, giving them more possibilities to perfect their own ‘Blackened Thrash/Death Metal-sound’.
In 2008 a new record deal was inked with German recordlabel CYCLONE EMPIRE and spawned ONHEIL’s latest album “Razor” in May of 2009. It was very well received by both press and fans getting extremely positive reactions and mostly high ratings. Often “Razor” was seen as one of the best albums of the year, yet not getting the attention it deserved.
Onheil is currently preparing themselves for open air festivals shows, including PARTY.SAN, METAL MEAN and OCCULTFEST. After the summer the band will hit the road to play club shows throughout Europe.
New addition to Witching Hour Productions catalogue is Non Opus Dei, originating from Olsztyn, one of the most interesting acts in avant-garde black metal genre. Several weeks ago band put final touches to their first new album in three years.
Recording session started in Bat Studio in Olsztyn where drums were recorded under supervision of Szymon Czech (Nyia, Third Degree) who produced the whole album. Later the band moved to his private studio to record guitar tracks. They finished work at Studio X recording bass and vocals, and returned to Szymon’s studio for mix and mastering. Album was entitled “Eternal Circle” and will hit the stores in September 2010.
“Eternal Circle” is 30 minutes of fast, unique, avant-garde black metal. On their Myspace page (www.myspace.com/nonopusdeipoland) you can already listen to the first song entitled “The Prisoner Of The Worlds”. On the lyrical side, the concept will be based on the theory of never-ending cycle which cannot be broken. The same cycle that Nietzsche was told by his Demon.
The band comments on new label and new album: “Our first album for Witching Hour will be underlining band’s legacy, and following the path once chosen. We knew exactly what we want to achieve and how to create such extremity as “Eternal Circle”. Soon after the beginning of composing we knew there will be no place for compromise. Ultrafast drums parts set on the Eternal Circle on its path. However this in not only blast-beats based fast black metal. We focused on the melodic aspect, and most of all on intriguing but consistent arrangements, on guitars playing unusual parts in interesting harmonies… “Eternal Circle” is also the summary of our own ideology and obsession on the concept of never-ending cycle.”
Empires of Eden have released studio footage from the recording sessions for Reborn in Fire – due for release by 7Hard on July 16.
Featuring the incredible talents of Zak Stevens (Savatage – Circle II Circle) – Mike Vescera (Yngwie Malmsteen – Loudness) – Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper – Onslaught) – Carlos Zema (Outworld) – Sean Peck (Cage), the album also includes and amazing array of talent from Australia and Japan.
The video for “Enter the Storm” features the incredible vocals of Louie Gorgievski and guest keyboard solo by Bobby Williamson (Eumeria).
Video “Enter the Storm”:
Created by virtuoso guitarist Stu Marshall (Paindivision – Dungeon), Empires of Eden is a unique, powerful and epic journey of melodic power metal.
Reborn in fire is due for release on July 16 with current reviews showing 8/10!
Kelly Garni (ex-bassist for QUIET RIOT) and great friend of the legendary and sorely missed Randy Rhoads (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, Quiet Riot) along with Kelle Rhoads (Randy’s brother) have made a major announcement for fans across the globe. A museum dedicated to the legacy of Randy Rhoads is set to open later this year in Corona, California. The location was picked as it’s just a short distance away from Randy’s tomb in southern California. Randy’s polka-dot flying V is currently on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Check out video of the announcement below:
Randy Rhoads was killed in a freak airplane accident while on tour in Florida on the morning of March 19, 1982.
As previously reported, 30th Anniversary Sony Legacy Editions of Ozzy’s first two legendary solo albums featuring Randy Rhoads – Blizzard Of Ozz (1980) and Diary Of A Madman (1981) – are due out in the fall.
“They definitely are coming out this year,” Sharon Osbourne told BraveWords.com recently. “They are coming out for (US) Thanksgiving and they will be on the market then. It’s going back to the original recordings with (Bob) Daisley (bass) and (Lee) Kerslake (drums). And there will be a lot of stuff that you haven’t heard before in the packages. Like certain conversations that were going on in the studio with the guys just messing around while the tape was still rolling. All of that will be added into it.”
Sharon also revealed that there’s also talk of some video footage in the archives with Randy Rhoads. “There’s two shows that we have in the archives that we are working on right now. Of course in those days, the tapes were like twenty minutes and then you had to change the tape. So we’re trying to clean it up, make sense of it. So we are working on it, along with another film we have of Randy. It will all be boxed together and it should be a great piece to have for a real fan. It will be an amazing piece.”
Shifting out in North America on Lifeforce Records
ITALY – At The Soundawn, Italy’s mesmerizing post-rock outfit, has launched a tour video montage, to give fans a behind the scenes look at their first European tour in support of their second studio album, Shifting. The video captures highlights from the band’s recent romp through Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany, and is set to At The Soundawn’s captivating single, “Mudra: In Acceptance and Regret”, taken from their April 2010 Lifeforce Records release. The video can be seen exclusively on MetalUnderground.com now at: http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=56753
Formed in 2000, At The Soundawn manages to command the sounds of Mogwai and Tool, while combining them with the hardcore urgency of Shai Hulud, and the dynamic indie rock power of Radiohead. The result is a top-notch opus of progressive, ambient rock, creating one of this year’s most intriguing and mind-expanding aural outings.
The track list for Shifting is…
1.) Mudra: In Acceptance and Regret
2.) 7th Moon
4.) Drifting Lights
5.) Black Waves
7.) Prometheus Bring us the Fire
Oriental metal sensation ORPHANED LAND will continue to tour massively in support of their much acclaimed new opus “The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR” (OUT NOW!) as the band has just confirmed an extensive European run with Amorphis and Ghost Brigade kicking off November 5, 2010!
Vocalist Kobi Farhi states:
“Hi everyone – as you can see “The never ending tour” goes on!!! We’re very happy to add many dates in Europe with Amorphis to our schedule since they are a band we really love. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you again, so make sure you’ll be there!”
Until then, ORPHANED LAND will be busy playing several major European festivals this summer (incl. Wacken, Gods Of Metal, Summer Breeze) plus a US tour supporting Katatonia from September 8th to October 7th, 2010. To view the band’s complete itinerary, head over to
26.06. Collegno (Italy) Gods of Metal 2010
27.06. London (UK) The Underworld
06.08. Wacken (Germany) Wacken Open Air
20.08. Dinkelsbuehl (Germany) Summer Breeze Open Air
21.08. Méan (Belgium) Méan Metal Festival VI
05.11. Copenhagen (DK) Pumpehuset
06.11. Aalborg (DK) Metal Festival
07.11. Hamburg (D) Markthalle
09.11. Glasgow (UK) Cathouse
10.11. Manchester (UK) Academy 3
11.11. London (UK) O2 Academy Islington
12.11. Utrecht (NL) De Helling
13.11. Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
14.11. Aschaffenburg (D) Colos-Saal
16.11. Leipzig (D) Hellraiser
17.11. Warsaw (PL) Proxima
18.11. Wien (AT) Szene
19.11. Pilsen (CZ) KD Serikovka
20.11. Ljubljana (SLO) Cvetlicrna
21.11. Budapest (HU) Diesel
23.11. München (D) Backstage
24.11. Ludwigsburg (D) Rockfabrik
25.11. Erstfeld (CH) Transilvania
26.11. Bologna (IT) Estragon
27.11. Lindau (D) Club Vaudeville
28.11. Bochum (D) Zeche
The undisputed leaders of the extreme, NAPALM DEATH, just finished a new video clip for the song “On The Brink Of Extinction”. The track is taken from the stunning “Time Waits For No Slave” album and the video manages to perfectly mix the intensity of NAPALM DEATH live with the shocking brutality of mankind.
Singer Mark “Barney” Greenway explains the meaning behind “On The Brink Of Extinction”: “As regards the meaning of the song, we wanted to convey that the process of evolution is an amazing thing, but also to say that as human beings we have the ability to assist where other beings suffer. In other words, we don’t just let the rule of ‘survival of the fittest’ dictate that we should just stand back and either allow things to go into decline or participate in it.”
The video was recorded and edited by Daniel Brand with animations by Danny Bacchus and you can check out the video clip on the band’s official MySpace Profile and leave your comment: www.myspace.com/napalmdeath
Furthermore, the band is currently crisscrossing the globe from Europe over to Australia and Japan before returning to Europe on the Campaign For Musical Destruction Tour in November/December 2010 with Immolation, Waking The Cadaver and more. Stay tuned for more details and see below all upcoming shows by the masters of grindcore!
NAPALM DEATH live
11.06. Copenhagen – Copenhell 2010 (Denmark)
13.06 Download Festival – 2nd Stage
01.07. Sete – Theatre de la Mer (France) + SEPULTURA + WALLS OF JERICHO
02.07. Limoges – Salle John Lennon (France)
03.07. Riga – Metalshow.lv Festival (Latvia)
08.07. Neskaupsstad – Eistnaflug Festival (Iceland)
10.07. St. Wendel / Saar – Rock am Bach Festival (Germany)
23.07. Castellana Sicula (Palermo) – Sikelian Hell Festival (Italy)
24.07. Misano Adriatico (Rimini) – Boulevard Rock Club (Italy)
25.07. Trecate (Novara) – Area Feste (Italy)
30.07. St. Goarshausen – Rock Area Festival (Germany)
06.08 . Sevastopol – MHM Fest (Ukraine)
08.08. Folkestone – Hevy Festival (Great Britain)
13.08. Jaromer – Brutal Assault Festival (Czech Republic)
14.08. Bad Berka – Partisan Festival (Germany)
21.08. Koszalin – Rockfestival Generation (Poland)
28.08. Rijssen – Elsrock (Netherlands)
01.09. Perth – t.b.a. (Australia) + DYING FETUS
02.09. Adelaide – t.b.a. (Australia) + DYING FETUS
03.09. Melbourne – t.b.a. (Australia) + DYING FETUS
04.09. Sydney – t.b.a. (Australia) + DYING FETUS
05.09. Brisbane – t.b.a. (Australia) + DYING FETUS
08.09. Osaka – Club Quattro (Japan) + VENOMOUS CONCEPT
09.09. Tokyo – Club Quattro (Japan) + VENOMOUS CONCEPT
11.09. Tokyo – Earthdom (Japan)
12.09. Nagoya – Club Quattro (Japan) + VENOMOUS CONCEPT
30.09. Thessaloniki – Block 33 (Greece)
01.10. Athens – Ann Club (Greece)
02.10. Lichtenfels – Way of Darkness Festival (Germany)
03.10. Oberhausen – Death Feast Ultimate (Germany)
06.11. Berlin – SO36 (Germany)
07.11. Iduna – Drachten (Netherlands)
10.11. Lille – L’Aeronef (France)
11.11. Vaureal – Le Forum (France)
12.11. Rennes – Antipode (France)
Miami rock trio, Shroud Eater, offers free download of debut EP
MIAMI – Shroud Eater, South Florida’s DIY grunge/stoner rock trio, is offering a free download of their debut self-titled EP, in anticipation of the release of their debut full-length record, ThunderNoise, due out this fall. Inspired by all things dark and dirty, including 70’s heavy metal, and 90’s grunge/stoner rock, the three-song EP can be downloaded at: http://www.raig.ru/AT_shroudeater.asp
“We had always seen the EP as a way to distribute our music for free to as many people as possible – it’s a basic primer on who Shroud Eater is as a band, and hopefully it left people curious and interested in hearing what we can really bring to the table,” states guitarist/vocalist Jeannie Saiz. “For the ThunderNoise sessions, we have some surprises up our sleeves, and are positive that the finished album will rock your ass off.”
The EP was recorded last year at Relax, Bro! recording studio, in the band’s hometown of Miami, and it was mixed and mastered by Jonathan Nunez. Artwork comes courtesy of Shroud Eater’s own Jeannie Saiz.
“The EP is a sludgy, doom-a-riffic slab of bottom-feeding metal that could have been reared in the mucky Florida swamps alongside alligators and slithery snakes.” – Noisecreep.com
“Two ladies and one dude kick up a mighty hurricane in Miami. They’re like if Kylesa cut out the prog and played straight-up noise rock.” – Decibel Magazine
“There’s also something very South Florida in them in the vein of Cavity and Black Cobra. The opening demonic sizzler ‘We Are Beasts’ (I feel the same way) and ‘Vesuvius’ are excellent compositions, and Ms. Saiz’s vocals are soul-damaging, which is a good thing in this context.” - Miami New Times
Shroud Eater solidified their line-up in January 2009, sporting a sound of down-tuned, overdriven guitars, a thunderous rhythm section, and raw vocals of impassioned fury. After only a few short months, the band hit the Miami rock scene like a hurricane with the release of their debut EP later that winter.
Shroud Eater will once again head into Relax, Bro! this summer to begin recording their full length debut, ThunderNoise. The band will call on the acclaimed Nick Zampiello (Torche, Converge, Against Me) of New Alliance East for mastering. Stay tuned for more information!
THE WRETCHED END was formed in 2008 as creative collaboration between Samoth (Emperor/ Zyklon) and Cosmo (Mindgrinder). Samoth and Cosmo have previously worked together on the infamous deathpunk project Scum. Cosmo has also played with Zyklon on bass when Zyklon toured Europe as special guest for Morbid Angel in 2001. The two have long spoken about collaborating on an extreme metal project. Most of the material for the debut album was composed throughout 2008, and by spring 2009 a full pre-production consisting of 11 tracks was recorded.
In the summer of 2009, Swede Nils Fjellström (Dark Funeral, In Battle, Aeon) was confirmed as the drummer. The drums were successfully recorded in Strand Studio, Oslo, September 2009. The album recording continued through the end of 2009 and was completed in the first half of 2010. The recording line-up consists of Samoth on lead and rhythm guitar, Cosmo on lead and rhythm guitar, bass and vocals and Nils Fjellström on drums.
The debut album, tentatively entitled “Ominous”, will be released through Samoth’s own imprint label, Nocturnal Art Productions and marketed and distributed worldwide by Candlelight Records. Album tracks include “Zoo Human Syndrome”, “Red Forest Alienation”, “Residing in Limbo”, “Human Corporation”, “Numbered Days”, “Of Men and Wolves”, “The Juggernaut Theory”, “Fleshbomb”, “The Armageddonist”, “With Ravenous Hunger” and “Last Judgement”. The album is scheduled for release fall 2010.
THE WRETCHED END can musically best be described as a “Deathrash”, taking elements from both Death Metal and Thrash Metal. Many of the songs are quite groove orientated, and also offer a melodic side. Influences range from old-school to a more modern Death/ Thrash metal sound.
Legendary German thrashers DESTRUCTION have just announced their return to the Nuclear Blast fold!
Comments mainman Schmier:
“Sometimes I really hate the business side of my job, we have been thru some very difficult decisions in the last couple of months. Now after some weeks of hard work, I can proudly announce that DESTRUCTION is back with NUCLEAR BLAST Records!
We really wanna thank AFM Records for the great co-operation in the last years! Cheers for supporting all our craziness, I know it wasn`t always easy folks!!
Going back to NB feels like coming back home now, working with old friends is one of the biggest achievements you can have in this music business known as a “shark tank”! Almost eleven years ago, Markus Staiger and his label made it possible for DESTRUCTION to come back in a strong way, those were some of the best years the band ever had!
Hopefully this will be the last label change of the band’s career, we have returned to our home port again and it feels absolutely fantastic! We are working on a fast & furious new album that will kick ass in January 2011. Expect the roughest piece of THRASH you’ve heard from DESTRUCTION in many years!”
And A + R manager Jaap Wagemaker:
“We are very stoked to announce that legendary German thrashers DESTRUCTION will be re-joining the nuclear family again! After a small stint with another label, the band around scene icon Schmier has made the decision to return to the their label home Nuclear Blast!
Everybody knows that Nuclear Blast was the label that brought back the band with a bang with their comeback album “All Hell Breaks Loose” and the following tour they did with Kreator and Sodom. “Hell comes to your town!” was a huge success for the band as well.
After releasing several more cds and dvds the band decided to try something new, but over the years we have stayed in contact with both Schmier and Mike.
When the time was right, we decided to sit around the table and realized that the future of both DESTRUCTION and Nuclear Blast should be a path we should walk together, and so DESTRUCTION is back home!! At the moment DESTRUCTION are hard at work to seal this deal with their most thrash sounding album for a long time! The future belongs to DESTRUCTION - the mad butcher has returned!!”