April 7th, 2011
by EvilG

With the release of their debut Maxi EP entitled The Beyond, Italy’s traditional heavy metal warriors SIGN OF THE JACKAL have dominated the #1 position on the CMJ LOUD ROCK TOP TEN CHART for two weeks in a row during the month of March. Having dominated the list full of legends and heavyweights such as MOTORHEAD, DIO, DEICIDE, GRAVE DIGGER, BELPHEGOR, CAULDRON and GHOST, the band are very excited as they look forward to their upcoming appearance at Germany’s KEEP IT TRUE festival on April 29th followed by the release of their debut full-length album on Heavy Artillery Records later this year. SOTJ frontwoman Laura Coller had this to say about the band’s latest success:


”We are very proud of our work on The Beyond and are really glad to see so many people enjoying it. It is a true honor for us to receive the support of the American metal fans and we will continue spreading the message that old school heavy metal is still alive around the world! Right now we are preparing for our performance at KIT later this month… we want to give our fans a killer performance before we head back to finish work on our upcoming album.”



SIGN OF THE JACKAL first gained praise from the international metal community during late 2009 with the release of their debut single, Haunted House Tapes. Gearing up for a busy 2011, SIGN OF THE JACKAL have returned with The Beyond, a five track Maxi EP to be released by HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS in advance of the band’s appearance at Germany’s KEEP IT TRUE festival alongside label mates ENFORCER in April. A collection of rare studio tracks and obscure cover versions for die-hard heavy metal maniacs, The Beyond was released in a limited edition of 2000 CDs and 500 vinyl MLPs on March 8th in the USA and March 14th in Europe.


SIGN OF THE JACKAL’s female fronted melodic metal attack fuses influences from classic Italian horror films from legends such as Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava and Dario Argento with pure heavy metal for fans of Warlock, Doro, Iron Maiden, Acid, Bitch and Blacklace or, more recently, Enforcer, RAM, White Wizzard and Cauldron.





April 29th-30th 2011 Lauda Koenigshofen, GERMANY



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SYSTEM DIVIDE To Kick Off Revolver Magazine’s Hell Hath No Fury Tour!

April 7th, 2011
by EvilG

SYSTEM DIVIDE, who feature within their ranks vocalist Miri Milman (Orphaned Land), vocalist Sven De Caluwe (aborted, Leng Tch’d etc), guitarist Michael Wilson (Abigail Williams), bassist Andrew Lenthe and drummer Mike Heller, will return to the US later this month on the Revolver-sponsored Hell Hath No Fury Tour with In This Moment, Straight Line Stitch and Sister Sin! The tour follows the band’s successful stint through North America earlier this year with Eluveitie, 3 Inches Of Blood and Holy Grail. SYSTEM DIVIDE will be touring in support of their The Conscious Sedation debut full-length released via Metal Blade last fall.


Commented Milman, who was featured in Revolver’s “Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock” issue and calendar at the end of 2010: “After a great run with Eluveitie throughout North America, we’re very excited to get back on the road as part of Revolver’s Hell Hath No Fury tour. It was an honor to be part of the magazine’s calendar and special Halloween issue and being on this tour makes the whole experience come around full cycle. We’re looking forward to going back to some of the places we played on our previous tour and perhaps recognizing some of the faces as well as meeting some new people. Get ready for some ridiculous amounts of ‘girl power!'”


The tour will kick off on April 22 in Santa Ana, California, and run through May 15. During the tour, In This Moment’s Maria Brink will be filming exclusive video blogs for Revolver and interviewing each of the other front women on the package.


Check out SYSTEM DIVIDE’s video for “The Apex Doctrine”  HERE.


Revolver Presents: Hell Hath No Fury Tour


w/ In This Moment, Straight Line Stitch, Sister Sin

04/22/2011 Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA

04/23/2011 Jerry’s – Bakersfield, CA

04/24/2011 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA

04/25/2011 The Alley – Sparks, NV

04/27/2011 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID

04/28/2011 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

04/29/2011 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR

04/30/2011 The A Club – Spokane, WA

05/01/2011 The Railyard – Billings, MT

05/03/2011 The House Of Bricks – Des Moines, IA

05/05/2011 The Annex – Madison, WI

05/06/2011 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI

05/07/2011 Penny Rd Pub – Barrington, IL

05/08/2011 Boney Jones – Evansville, IN

05/09/2011 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR

05/10/2011 The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS

05/11/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

05/13/2011 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

05/15/2011 The Orpheum – Flagstaff, AZ


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Indestructible Noise Command – New Track ‘Fist of Fascista’ Online

April 7th, 2011
by EvilG

Internationally established thrash metal band INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND and Revolver Magazine are pleased to unveil an exclusive new track, ‘Fist of Fascista’, at The debut is part of’s monthly ‘Revolver Bootleg Series’ which features new, rare and exclusive music. ‘Fist of Fascista’ is cut from the band’s upcoming full-length release hitting stores on May 24th, 2011, Heaven Sent… Hellbound. The release is being produced by world-famous record producer Fredrik Nordström (At the Gates, In Flames, Opeth), and the artwork is illustrated by famous artist Sam Shearon (Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory).


“This track blends two of our favorite pastimes, the love of old school metal and grinding angels in a blender,” states guitarist Erik Barath. “After so many years of being away, it’s an honor to get some love from such a respected metal magazine. I hope you guys enjoy our debut!”


“I’m very excited to see INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND kicking ass and taking names,” adds bassist Sam Roon. “Each track on the new album gets more brutal than the last and there are few places that can handle the onslaught.  I’m glad to see Revolver Magazine supporting heavy music and giving the fans this track premiere on the site. This is just a taste of what’s to come.”


The band recently caught up with AOL’s to discuss the band’s past, their influences, and what they are doing to get back into recording mode after their 20 year hiatus. The interview also discusses the band’s recently released digital EP, Bleed the Line. Make sure to check out the interview and also watch some never-before-seen Heaven Sent, Hellbound studio footage at the same location.


In it’s first week, INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND’s new EP Bleed the Line debuted at #4 Most Added on the CMJ Loud Rock charts. The EP entered the charts at #12 and is currently on the cusp of the top 10 at #11. The EP is currently spinning at many college and commercial radio stations nationwide. Bleed the Line EP is available now in digital format. Fans can download the record at iTunes and now.


Through humble beginnings in Connecticut, INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND exceeded their own expectations and the expectations of others with two successful full-length Giant Records releases, Razorback (1987) and The Visitor (1988). Giant Records signed I.N.C. after witnessing the band’s crushing live performances with the likes of Exodus, Megadeth and King Diamond; all of which taking place only six months after they had graduated high school. In 1988 with The Visitor, the band hit #1 on the CMJ Metal charts and stole the U.K. #2 Import slot out from underneath Aerosmith. Now based in New York City, the band is back with their Bleed the Line EP and Heaven Sent, Hellbound. I.N.C. is an original pioneer of the thrash metal scene, resurrected in order to take back a genre recently flooded with neo-thrash carbon copies. Revived and back with a vengeance, I.N.C. is ready to prove ownership of the scene in 2011.



Erik Barath – Guitar

Tony Fabrizi – Guitar

Dennis Gergely – Vocals

Dennis Leeflang – Drums

Samuel J. Roon – Bass


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KATAGORY V taps producer DENNIS WARD to mix/master new album

April 7th, 2011
by EvilG

Salt Lake City, Utahs Progressive/Power metal veterans Katagory V have announced that famed German/American producer, Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Angra, Primal Fear, Silent Force) will helm the mixing and mastering duties for the bands upcoming 5th album, Resurrect the Insurgence.


Commented bassist/songwriter and founding member Dustin Mitchell, I know it has been quite a while since we have had any official updates concerning the new album, and many of you were becoming concerned that we had fallen off the face of the earth, but I can finally say we are seeing progress and the Katagory V machine is in full motion on ce again!


First things first, we finalized the vocal tracks around the beginning of December, and also brought in guest vocalists, Norman Skinner (Skinner, Tramontane, Ex-Imagika) Shane Provstgaard (Sonic Prophecy) and John Yelland (Shadowseer, Disforia) to help with many of the backing vocals, a first for Katagory V! These guys were amazing and we want to officially thank them for delivering a brilliant performance in the studio! We officially wrapped up recording for the album in it’s entirety in January, at which point we took a little time off before tracking down an individual that could tackle the mixing and mastering of our new album, We needed someone that would have and ear and understanding for the direction the band is currently taking.


This is also another first for Katagory V, as we have never handed over our music to anyone outside of the band, and we knew it was time to take another step forward and do something different. We already had in mind a few people that would be able to help with our vision for this new album, but one particular name kept coming up over and over, and that was Dennis Ward. We are proud to announce that Dennis has agreed to take on this challenge, and will be putting his amazing talents to use with our music. His abilities behind the board are without question, and are key to the path we are taking with Resurrect the Insurgence. After hearing some of the initial mixes, we are confident that he will help us deliver a high quality album tha t will easily overshadow anything we have done previously both musically and sonically.


Dennis Ward had this to say about the collaboration, Mixing and Mastering the new Katagory V album has been a real pleasure. The new songs have a progressive touch along the lines of Rush-meets-Iron Maiden, it also surprised me to hear some good ol’ hard rock riffing!  The band has done a great job self-recording/producing this latest offering, and I think this is the start of a new chapter for Katagory V.  I am sure fans of all rock genres will enjoy this album.

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Finnish Metal Expo 2011- Helsinki Finland

April 7th, 2011
by Arto Lehtinen


 The Cable Factory

The 18 – 19th of February 2011

Helsinki, Finland

The annual Finnish Metal Expo was arranged in the old ancient Cable Factory in the heart of Helsinki. Even though the winter wind was blowing in cold from the open sea, thousands of metalheads were crawling to the FME event. Once again the roster of the FME event offered plenty of interesting names. The purpose of the event is to offer a good chance for young and talented Finnish bands to perform in front of a critical metal audience. Besides new talented bands, known and classic names were at present at FME. The squad was, as usual, at the annual Finnish Metal Expo to feel what’s up in the air of the metal world.

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AMON AMARTH: Surtur Rising First-Week Sales Revealed

April 6th, 2011
by EvilG
Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising

Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising

Surtur Rising, the latest studio album from Swedish death metal tyrants, AMON AMARTH sold approximately 15,000 copies in the United States landing the band the #34 on the Billboard Top 200, #6 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums, #1 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums and #10 on the Indy/Small Chain Core Store Chart. The record entered Austria’s Top 40 Chart at #12 and Switzerland’s Top 100 at #20. In Germany, Surtur Rising sold over 14,000 units, entered the Top 100 Chart at #8 and is in the official Media Mark Charts at #14 in its second week.


In addition, Surtur Rising came in at #19 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #5 on the Independent Charts and #2 on Hard Charts. The record is #1 in Canada on iTunes’ Top Metal albums, and also charted on the following: #16 Top 200, #3 Top Rock and #1 Top Metal. In the U.S., the record ranked in at #2 on iTunes’ Rock Album chart and #20 in the Top 200 (overall album chart).


Released on March 29 via Metal Blade Records, Surtur Rising is AMON AMARTH’s eighth studio offering in a winding discography that’s helped shape the very face of epic, Viking-inspired death metal. Named in tribute to Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim (“flame land”) and the oldest being in the nine worlds of Norse mythology, the record was recorded, mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren and bears the striking cover art by Tom Thiel.


The mammoth long-player has been reaping incredible praise from critics nationwide. In a 9/10 review, Blabbermouth compared Surtur Rising to being, “…bludgeoned by your favorite warhammer. Definitely a contender for this year’s best.” Fearnet called it a, “feast of world-destroying metal on par with the band’s career-defining 2008 release Twilight Of The Thunder God,” while Decibel Magazine commended the band noting, “it’s a pleasure to learn one of metal’s most consistent bands remains as indefatigable as ever.” Pop Matters called the record “…another momentous album for AMON AMARTH, leaving no doubt that they are one of the best metal bands in the world!,” and Live-Metal agreed: “…one of the strongest, most massively heavy death metal bands around…”


In conjunction with Surtur Rising’s release, AMON AMARTH will make their way to the U.S. for a near two-week stretch of live dates later this month. Dubbed “An Evening With AMON AMARTH,” this special trek will find the band performing two separate sets each night: one which will feature Surtur Rising in its entirety and another boasting a collection of songs from previous releases. Confirmed dates below:


An Evening With AMON AMARTH

4/14/2011 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

4/15/2011 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN

4/16/2011 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS

4/17/2011 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

4/19/2011 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

4/20/2011 Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA

4/22/2011 The Regency – San Francisco, CA

4/23/2011 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA

4/24/2011 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

4/25/2011 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ

4/27/2011 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX

4/29/2011 Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL

4/30/2011 Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL

5/01/2011 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

5/02/2011 Jaxx – Springfield, VA

5/03/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

5/05/2011 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY

5/06/2011 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

5/07/2011 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA



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Believer release new single – confirmed to play New England Metal & Hardcore fest

April 6th, 2011
by EvilG

The new track “Ego Machine” off Transhuman now live! Band set to play Saturday 16 at NEMF!


BELIEVER have just released the final single, Ego Machine, off their upcoming concept album Transhuman due out April 12! Check out Ego Machine, the track that is inspired by the work of Dr. Thomas Metzinger and his book “The Ego Tunnel,” HERE. Fans can pre-order their copy of Transhuman at the same location where the album is available on its own or bundled with a t-shirt. Also available on the band’s pre-order page is a video that shows how the cover art came to be.


In other news, BELIEVER are confirmed to play the infamous New England Metal & Hardcore Festival taking place in Worcester Mass Thursday April 14 through Saturday April 16 at The Palladium. BELIEVER is set to play Saturday in the late afternoon so make sure you are there in time to catch the band in their first show for the new album Transhuman.


Transhuman track listing:

1 Lie Awake

2 G.U.T

3 Multiverse

4 End of Infinity

5 Transfection

6 Clean Room

7 Currents

8 Traveler

9 Ego Machine

10 Being No One

11 Entanglement

12 Mindsteps



Once again, BELIEVER tapped into the artistic genius of Michael Rosner and Eye Level Studio to produce the Transhuman artwork and layout. “We wanted to work with Roz again on Transhuman as our visions of combining art and music truly parallel. He just gets it and his artwork is outside the typical box in a way that we strive for musically. It is an amazing collaboration that we have with Roz that continues to evolve. We are excited for everyone to see the final layout!”


The band continues; “Sonically we’re extremely happy with this album and can’t wait for other people to hear it. We feel like this is a really strong and unique album in the BELIEVER catalogue and it’s something we’re definitely proud of.


So what will you hear? We focused more on the overall musicality which included more instrumental layers than we used before. The vocals were also more of a focus as we have had much feedback throughout the years, specifically to get out of the one dimensional realm. Kurt wanted the vocals to be more complimentary to the overall tune feel, so he used many facets of his vocal abilities. As with all Believer albums, this one is definitely unique.”


Transhumanism: The study of the ramifications, promises, and potential dangers of technologies that will enable us to overcome fundamental human limitations, and the related study of the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies.


Immensely heavy, deceptively melodic, ambitiously daring, and brilliantly played. BELIEVER’S brand new concept album TRANSHUMAN available everywhere April 12!



Kurt Bachman – guitars/vocals

Joey Daub – drums

Jeff King – keyboards/guitars

Kevin Leaman – guitars


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MERCENARY’s “Metamorphosis” Out Today, Exclusive Digital Bonus Track Now Available

April 6th, 2011
by EvilG

“Metamorphosis,” the new album from Danish melo-death quartet MERCENARY, is out today in Canada, via Prosthetic Records. It is available now, digitally with a second exclusive bonus track entitled, “The Devil’s Own.” As previously announced, both digital and physical formats in North America contain the bonus track, “Incorporate Your Demons.” The band, who just completed an extensive European tour alongside Symphony X and Nevermore, have posted a short video about “The Devil’s Own.” Check it out here. Order your copy of “Metamorphosis” now at Prosthetic’s online store:


“Metamorphosis” track listing:

1. Through The Eyes Of The Devil

2. The Follower

3. In A River Of Madness

4. Memoria

5. Velvet Lies

6. In Bloodred Shades

7. Shades Of Grey

8. On The Edge Of Sanity

9. Black Brigade

10. Incorporate Your Demons (North American bonus track)

11. The Devil’s Own (North American digital exclusive bonus track)


Through the last decade, MERCENARY have been one of the most active and successful proponents of Denmark’s rising metal scene. Over the course of their previous five studio albums, which earned the band increasing critical acclaim for their distinctive blend of aggression and huge soaring melodies, the band earned a wide international audience and dedicated fan base. MERCENARY have toured actively as support for top acts such as Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Nevermore, King Diamond, Death Angel and many more. They have also appeared on most major metal festivals, such as Wacken (twice), Tuska, Metal Camp, Earthshaker, Inferno, Graspop, Dynamo, Summer Nights, ProgPower Europe, and ProgPower USA (twice) and many more.


Behind the scenes, however, deep creative and personal differences increased through the years, and they culminated when their drummer, keyboard player and one of their two singers left the band in late 2009. Joined by master drummer Morten Løwe, the band now counts the song writing team of original member Jakob Mølbjerg (guitar) and master shredder Martin Buus (lead guitar), as well as the versatile singer/bassist René Pedersen.


Rising from the ashes of the old lineup, the Mercenary of 2011 evolves and reshapes the band’s trademark sound of combined clean and aggressive vocals with a new edge, displaying a catchy and fresh sound, as well as an newfound unity, ambition and musical focus within their ranks. This is reflected in the “Metamorphosis” cover imagery.

“There’s of course a lot of obvious (and indeed slightly cheesy) self-referential symbolism regarding the rebirth of the band in the cover artwork,” the band said in a statement released last week. “But apart from that, we felt that the motive of a phoenix was a fitting expression of many of René’s lyrical themes on the album, as they deal with personal and existential crisis, overcoming personal obstacles and how we can sometimes redefine ourselves in the process of taking responsibility for altering the conditions of our very lives. This idea of personal freedom can be a very frightening thought for some, but it’s actually a message of hope and optimism – we can always take control of our lives and free ourselves of inner or outer constraints, or at least take pride in the struggle to do so.


“(Okay, dropping all the intellectual pretense, we just liked the artwork because it was freaking bird on fire – how cool is that!?)


“On a serious note, though, we also felt that a simple, raw and iconic visual theme would support the musical direction of the new album. We feel that the songs are our strongest ever – they’re no-bullshit, focused and straight to the point, and our good friend Don G really nailed these concepts with his artwork.”

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Broken Melody – New album dedicated to Steve Lee

April 6th, 2011
by EvilG

The Italy based Melodic Heavy Metal band Broken Melody, will dedicate their new album to the memory of Steve Lee from Gotthard. “It’s so important for us. We want to give our contribution to an artist and a band who gave us a great inspiration during the develop of our releases. We will simply dedicate this album and say Thank you for all the great songs they made” – says Roberto, guitarist and composer of the band. The new release already have a title and it will be revealed in next months.


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GIGAN to tour w/ GRAVE; Set release date for new album-preorder available

April 6th, 2011
by EvilG

Avant-garde extreme-metal vanguard GIGAN will be touring the United States and Canada this coming August and September alongside GRAVE, BLOOD RED THRONE, and PATHOLOGY in support of their forthcoming Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes opus, slated for release in North America on June 7th. Here are the confirmed dates + venues thus far:


Aug. 30 – Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug

Aug. 31 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11

Sep. 01 – Charlotte, NC @ Casbah

Sep. 02 – Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar

Sep. 03 – New York City, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre

Sep. 04 – Montreal, QU @ Petit Campus

Sep. 05 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club

Sep. 06 – Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe’s

Sep. 07 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

Sep. 08 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s

Sep. 09 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club

Sep. 10 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4

Sep. 11 – Winnipeg, MB @ Osbourne Village Inn

Sep. 12 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange

Sep. 13 – Edmonton, AL @ Pawn Shop

Sep. 14 – Calgary, AL @ Dickens

Sep. 15 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore

Sep. 16 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

Sep. 17 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

Sep. 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

Sep. 19 – Hollywood, CA @ Key Club

Sep. 20 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

Sep. 21 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon

Sep. 22 – Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse


The band’s first album for new label home Willowtip and recorded with esteemed engineer Sanford Parker at Semaphore Studios in Chicago, GIGAN’S Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes will push the boundaries of psychedelic extremity even further, and is currently available for preorders here, including a limited-edition colored-vinyl LP version:


In other GIGAN news, the band’s recent North American tour alongside BELPHEGOR, NEURAXIS, and BLACKGUARD was a resounding success, where most performances included many new songs that were met with rapturous appeal. For the next year and beyond, GIGAN are committed to promoting the groundbreaking Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes album through near-round-the-clock touring.


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April 6th, 2011
by EvilG
NJ progressive death metallers The Binary Code have posted two new pre-production demos, “Trees 100 Feet Underwater” and “Unexist.” Both tracks can be streamed at the band’s Soundcloud page:
Meanwhile, the band has announced the addition of new vocalist Marcus Silva via their Facebook page:
“We’d like to welcome Marcus Silva to the band as our new singer! We’ve been working with Marcus since the end of last year, and feel he’s going to be a great addition to the band. In regards to our departure with Michael Apprich, the decision was mutual, as we acknowledged Mike’s need to focus on his personal life. We love Mike and hope the best for him – he’ll always be our friend.”

Plans for a follow-up to 2010’s “Priest” EP and 2009’s critically acclaimed album “Suspension of Disbelief” will be announced shortly.

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DON JAMIESON launches the new and redesigned!

April 6th, 2011
by EvilG

“Live and Hilarious” to be released April 26th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records

Agoura Hills, CA – April 5th, 2011 – In anticipation of the upcoming release of Live and Hilarious, has been given a complete redesign and has been re-launched. At, fans will find video clips from That Metal Show, the latest news and tour dates, live audio, photos, and a store where Live and Hilarious can be purchased! Head on over to to check out the updates and head back often to stay up to date!

Don Jamieson is set to release his debut album, Live and Hilarious, on April 26th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded at Bar Anticipation (or “Bar A”, as we’ve been told it’s referred to as over in Jersey) on January 30th, 2011 in front of a room packed full of comedy and metal fans. The show was a resounding success and will set the bar high for Metal Blade Records’ first EVER stand-up comedy release! The album’s title is a parody of Live and Dangerous, the classic Thin Lizzy album and Don Jamieson’s name/logo has been transformed into a Thin Lizzy-esque logo, which will be seen on the disc and on a new t-shirt available on Metal Blade’s webstore, powered by Indiemerch. Live and Hilarious is available for pre-order and a clip from the album, Metal, Music, Masturbation, can be heard now at!


Don Jamieson chatted with Metal Blade TV earlier this year to talk about his record deal with CEO Brian Slagel. The video can now be seen on and Don Jamieson’s official youtube channel HERE.


In other news, That Metal Show launches its new season this weekend on VH1 Classic. The first episode airs on Saturday, March 19th at 11pm EST and features none other than Metallica’s Kirk Hammett! That Metal Show is hosted by radio DJ and metal personality Eddie Trunk, alongside comedians Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson. For more information, head over to


“He’s a sarcastic, caustic rib-splitter who can wind up any audience and splatter them hysterically” – The Village Voice


Amongst his many accomplishments, comedian Don Jamieson’s proudest moment is becoming an “Emmy Award-Winner” for his work on HBO’s Inside the NFL. Don and long-time comedy partner, Jim Florentine, lent their brand of humor to the popular sports show; writing, producing and performing sports-themed comedy sketches.


The two have also collaborated on the hidden-camera DVD and Comedy Central web series, “Meet the Creeps” as well as a series of prank call CD’s, “Terrorizing Telemarketers,” which get a lot of airplay on the Howard Stern Radio Show. He is also a joke writer for the country’s best celebrity roaster, Lisa Lampanelli and has lent his voice to MTV2’s Crank Yankers.


Don’s stand-up act brings his everyday take on life, the hip, the cool and the tragically sublime into the spotlight. Besides performing at clubs in New York City, Don tears it up at clubs and theatres all over the country. For the last four years, he has been the regular opener for Andrew Dice Clay. His reputation as one of New York City’s top comics was cemented when he was asked to perform live on ABC’s Good Morning America. Don has also appeared as a guest on Joy Behar’s show on CNN HLN.


Don started his career as one of the young and talented comedy minds at MTV helping to launch the careers of comics like Jon Stewart, Kevin James, Pauly Shore (sorry) and Tom Green, but unbeknownst to many, Don was spending his nights on the local comedy scene developing his own comic style.


Making the transition from comedian to television host isn’t easy for most. Don has hosted his own series, OLN’s “Beach Ambush,” and is currently in production for the SEVENTH season of VH1 Classic’s, “That Metal Show.”


Enter 2010: Don Jamieson inked a deal with legendary metal label Metal Blade Records to release the comedian’s debut stand-up comedy album. The album, titled Live and Hilarious, was filmed during Don’s performance at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como, NJ on January 30 and will be released in 2011. When asked about why he chose Jersey as the location for his performance for the upcoming stand-up album, Don had this to say; “I’m a Jersey boy and there’s nowhere better to record my first ever live comedy CD than good old Dirty Jerzy! Malls, mullets and metal!!”


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Sister releases video teaser!

April 6th, 2011
by EvilG

Track “HATED” off the band’s upcoming release of the same title debuted!

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – April 05, 2011 – Swedish sleaze and punk influenced metal band SISTER has just released the following teaser video for the group’s upcoming Metal Blade debut HATED – out June 7th. The teaser offers a sneak preview of the first single “HATED” off the album of the same name.



SISTER, who hails from Stockholm/Jönkoping Sweden, formed in early 2006 working hard to build up a name as a strong act both live and in the studio. SISTER consists of 4 members- Jamie on vocals, Lestat on guitars and backing vocals, Rikki on bass and backing vocals, and Cari on drums and backing vocals- who combine the sounds of Punk, Glam, Rock, and Metal with an end result sounding something like the bastard child of GG Allin and Guns N’ Roses.


SISTER’s Metal Blade debut HATED will be annihilating the world come June 7th, 2011. Stay tuned to and the band’s websites for further details over the coming months.



JAMIE – vocals

LESTAT – guitar & backing vocals

RIKKI – bass & backing vocals

CARI – drums & backing vocals


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In Flames announce “Deliver Us” digital single; Artwork online

April 6th, 2011
by EvilG
In Flames - Deliver Us (single)

In Flames - Deliver Us (single)

One of the biggest bands in the world of heavy metal is back with a vengeance. After teaming up with Century Media Records for the upcoming release of ‘Sounds of a Playground Fading’, IN FLAMES is now announcing the first single for fans eagerly awaiting the new record. Titled “Deliver Us”, the new digital single will be released on Tuesday, May 10th in North America. This will be the first opportunity to experience ‘Sounds of a Playground Fading’ before it is released on June 20, 2011. Recorded in their own IF Studios with Roberto Laghi, Daniel Bergstrand and Örjan Örnklo, expect nothing less than the best album in years from a partnership between one of the biggest metal bands with one of the world’s biggest metal labels.


IN FLAMES is scheduled to perform on the main stage of this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival alongside Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head and Trivium.


IN FLAMES was founded in 1990 in Gothenburg and soon became one of the most successful Swedish metal bands upon the release of their breakthrough album ‘The Jester Race’ in 1996. Like many of their previous efforts, their last album ‘A Sense Of Purpose’ (2008) charted all over the world including the band’s highest ever entry on the American Billboard top 200 with an amazing #28 debut. Other notable chart entries include: #1 in Sweden, #7 in Canada, #6 in Germany, #3 in Finland and the 7th best selling album in the entire continent of Europe upon release.


2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour Dates (please note, In Flames will not be appearing on the first two dates):


12 – Seattle – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

13 – Boise – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

15 – Phoenix – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

16 – Albequerque – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

17 – Denver – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

18 – Omaha – Sokol Auditorium – Headline Show*

19 – St Louis – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

20 – Cincinnati – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

22 – Boston – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

23 – Montreal Rockstar Mayhem tour/Heavy Metal Fest canada

24 – Hartford – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

25 – Niagara Falls – Rapids Theatre – Headline show*

26 – Clifton Park – Norhtern Lights – Headline Show*

27 – Holmdel – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

29 – Pittsburgh – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

30 – Washington DC – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

31 – Camden – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA



1 – Charlotte – Amos Southend – Headline Show*

2 – Virginia beach – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

3 – Raleigh – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

5 – Chicago – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

6 – Detroit – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

7 – Indianapolis – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

8 – North Kansas City – Harrah’s Kansas City – Headline Show*

9 – Oklahoma – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

10 – Dallas – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

12 – Atlanta – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

13 – Tampa – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA

14 – West Palm Beach – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA


* Support on headline shows comes from: Trivium, Kingdom of Sorrow & Straight Line Stitch


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April 6th, 2011
by EvilG

Video footage of drum sessions with Paweł “Paul” Jaroszewicz, drummer for Poland’s extreme metal band VADER, is now available online here for viewing.  States Jaroszewicz:

“We started our session showing up in the studio on March 14th, at 9 p.m. after a few hours’ drive on our perfect Polish roads with a trailer full of gear – I really recommend it!  This day we only managed to do the load-in and hit the sack – as we were dead on our feet. The real session started the next day with setting up the drums, changing the skins, placing microphones and tuning the drums. Then… we were adjusting the sound looking for ‘this is it’ in each element of the set.  It lasted for the whole day and a half but it was definitely worth it.  The sound of the drums just kicks asses! For the next few days the schedule of work was practically the same – breakfast, setting the recording plan for the day, preparing a pilot for the drums, recording, monitoring plus corrections if needed, recording, supper and going to bed . . . For 7 days, we recorded 9 new songs, 2 covers and a re-make of veeeeeery old VADER track. The results of our work will be available probably in August. For now, look forward to the studio reports and the pictures from the further recording of WTTMR.

Quite recently I’ve also become the official endorser of Paiste’s cymbals. These are definitely the best sounding cymbals on the market and they were my wildest dream since I started to play the drums. I’m proud that now I can join the Paiste family. Of course you will hear them on the newest VADER album.”


VADER entered Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with Wojtek Wiesławski and are recording their new album, Welcome To The Morbid Reich. As previously stated by VADER mainman Peter W., draft titles of a few tracks include: “Lords of Thorns,” “I Am Who Feast Upon Your Souls,” “Only Hell Knows,” “Return to the Morbid Reich,”and “I Had A Dream.”  Fans attending VADER concerts and summer festivals will have a chance to listen to one or two new tracks from the new album.  Additionally, the band is resurrecting the use of their old logo.


VADER’s last album, Necropolis, debuted at #19 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart the week after its release.  It was also recorded at Hertz Studios in Bialystok, Poland with the Wieslawski Bros., mixed by Tue Madsen (Halford, Kataklysm, Behemoth) at Antfarm Studios in Denmark, and featured cover artwork by Jacek Wisniewski.
View the video for the Necropolis track “Never Say My Name” here.


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