CRADLE OF FILTH FIRST WEEK SALES NUMBERS: ‘DARKLY, DARKLY, VENUS AVERSA’ CRACKS US BILLBOARD TOP 100‘Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa’ in stores now
ENGLAND – The first week US sales numbers are in for Cradle Of Filth’s highly anticipated ninth studio album, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa. The infamous extreme metal group entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #99, selling nearly 6,000 copies in its first week. The November 9th, Nuclear Blast Records release also debuted at #10 on the Independent chart and #7 on Hard Music.
The track list for Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is…
1.) The Cult Of Venus Aversa
2.) One Foul Step From The Abyss
3.) The Nun With The Astral Habit
4.) Retreat Of The Sacred Heart
5.) The Persecution Song
6.) Deceiving Eyes
7.) Lilith Immaculate
8.) The Spawn Of Love And War
9.) Harlot On A Pedestal
10.) Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)
11.) Beyond Eleventh Hour
“devilishly catchy” – Decibel Magazine
“Awesome!” – Metromix.com
“a tightly constructed horror-movie-as-music tale.” – Washington Post Express
The Grammy nominated, Cradle Of Filth, continues to shock, excite, disgust, and inspire in equal measures. A loyal stalwart to the satanic horror ethos, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa was recorded at Monkey Puzzle Studios, near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England, and is the follow-up to 2008’s Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder. Artwork comes courtesy of Natalie Shau.
Cradle Of Filth will support Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa on a headlining North American tour early next year, the “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”. Nachtmystium, Turisas, and Daniel Lioneye will round out the tour’s impressive package on Cradle Of Filth’s long-awaited return to North American shores.
Tickets for the “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour” are on sale now. Special VIP meet-and-greet ticket packages are available exclusively through Artist Arena at: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/cradleoffilth/. Meet-and-greet packages are limited, so fans are encouraged to seize this rare opportunity before it’s too late.
Whether through their wildly elaborate & theatrical live shows (which incorporate giant lumbering puppets, fire-breathing dancers, freaks and stilt-walkers), provocative merchandise (including the now legendary ‘Jesus Is A C***’ t-shirt), breathtaking artwork, or the weighty subject matter of their albums (their last told the story of a French Lord who fought alongside Joan Of Arc before embarking on a horrific killing spree), Cradle Of Filth is a band whose uncompromising stance has been rewarded with legions of fans around the world, making them the most successful British heavy metal band since Iron Maiden.
Be sure to check out the Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa mini-site at: http://www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth for exclusive Cradle Of Filth media, including song previews, video blogs, an iPhone app, and more.
Stay tuned to for more information on Cradle Of Filth, the “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”, and Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa.
“FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”…
OCEANO‘s new album, CONTAGION sold 2,955 copies in its first week of release, landing the Chicago deathcore heavyweights at number 163 on the Billboard Top 200. The band also debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at number 3. This is a tremendous achievement for the young band and only cements their role as a legitimate force in the metal world. “We’re excited to have made the charts;” says OCEANO‘s formidable frontman, Adam Warren. “We also know that this or any other success we’ve faced would have been possible without the support of our loyal fans and listeners. Thanks a lot and we’ll catch you on tour.”
OCEANO‘s highly anticipated sophomore release, CONTAGION is now out in North America. Produced by Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), the new album is about a government-born virus that becomes an epidemic and spreads chaos amongst the population. CONTAGION is a major step forward for OCEANO. Their signature breakdowns and inhuman heaviness is still intact, but the band’s traditional death metal influence now shines through more than ever, leading to a stronger melding of old school and modern extremities.
OCEANO‘s brand new sophomore album CONTAGION is making huge strides just over a week into release. Due to a combination of fan fervor, a $7.99 value price point and a bonus demo track that can’t be found anywhere else, the album has risen through the ranks on iTunes‘ overall rock chart. Fans who get the album on iTunes will receive an exclusive bonus demo track not available anywhere else. Purchase CONTAGION now on iTunes with the exclusive bonus track at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/contagion/id395335661
Catch OCEANO live on their “Contagion Across the Nation” tour with CHELSEA GRIN, ATTILA, IN THE MIDST OF LIONS and MONSTERS (with MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE on select dates):
Nov 17 – Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music Hall
Nov 19 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
Nov 20 – Dallas, TX – Rail Club
Nov 22 – Wichita, KS – Oz Cafe
Nov 23 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground
Nov 24 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4
Nov 27 – West Dundee, IL – Clearwater Theater
OCEANO have debuted their newest video for the CONTAGION track, “Weaponized.” This is the band’s first video from their new, Billboard charting release and it was directed by Kevin J. Custer (TESTAMENT, HATEBREED, TOMBS). The video features explosive performance footage of the Chicago deathcore heavyweights acting as a counterpoint to a high tension situation that builds throughout the video. Watch the new video for OCEANO‘s “Weaponized” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlsdx_IDhwQ
Vancouver folk metallers Scythia recently completed their Exiled Across Canada Tour in promotion of their debut release “… Of War”, have posted new tour video blogs while stopping in cities across Canada. To view them please click the following links.
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Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL have announced the following 2nd leg of North American tour dates in support of their latest release,Relentless Retribution. These come in addition to their upcoming headlining run next January/February with LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, and HEXEN. Visit the bands newly redesigned website at www.DeathAngel.us for more info and a complete list of tour dates.
Vocalist Mark Osegueda commented:
“We are pleased to announce some additional dates to the North American Relentless Retribution tour! We added some key west coast cities that we hit on the SOILWORK tour and as promised, we are coming back to destroy them with our headlining set. Also included are certain territories of Canada that we haven’t played on since the Act III tour in 1990. I said before that this is going to be the most extensive tour of this band’s career and here is more proof! So, come out and witness the energy that is DEATH ANGEL live! Look forward to seeing some long lost friends and some brand new ones as well! See you on the road!” DEATH ANGEL
04/08/11 Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa, CA
04/09/11 Dante’s – Portland, OR
04/10/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
04/11/11 Biltmore – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
04/12/11 Dickens – Calgary, AB – CANADA
04/13/11 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
04/14/11 The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
04/15/11 The Osbourne Village Inn – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
04/16/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
04/18/11 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
04/19/11 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT
04/22/11 Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
04/23/11 Avalon Theater – Santa Clara, CA
Meet and greet VIP packages for the tour are now available on Ticketmaster.com and Slotix.com. The ticket packages include the following:
– General Admission ticket
– Early entry to venue (where available)
– Meet & Greet with select members of the band
– Individual photo with select members of the band
– Autograph opportunity with select band members
– Commemorative Meet & Greet laminate
– Collectible Death Angel guitar pick
– Limited edition poster
– Death Angel patch
The video clip for the song “Truce” was shot by director Robert Sexton (SOULFLY, THE DWARVES, MONDO GENERATOR, AMEN) and can be viewed here (www.Fangoria.com). Sexton previously worked with DEATH ANGEL on the clip for the track “Dethroned” off the band’s 2008 effort “Killing Season”. Photos from the video shoot can also be viewed at the following location http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=193298&id=9938175758.
Relentless Retribution was released on September 14 in North America and sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 10 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The record also came in at #188 on Billboards Top Current Albums chart, making it DEATH ANGEL’s highest charting record since the bands reformation in 2004.
DEATH ANGEL have been included in a free online digital sampler brought to us by Adult Swim and Scion. Visit the following location to download the song “Truce” by DEATH ANGEL and 15 other tracks from some of the heaviest bands in existence today http://www.adultswim.com/promos/201009_scion/index.html.
DEATH ANGEL will perform on the “70K Tons of Metal” cruise occurring January 24th through 28th, 2011. Check out the band talking about the event at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5ZXJRSJI_8.
Relentless Retribution Track Listing:
1. Relentless Revolution
2. Claws In So Deep
4. Into The Arms of Righteous Anger
5. River Of Rapture
6. Absence Of Light
7. This Hate
8. Death Of The Meek
9. Opponents At Sides
10. I Chose The Sky
12. Where They Lay
“Claws In So Deep” features performances by the popular acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. The track “Truce” also features a guest guitar solo by Producer Jason Suecof.
Relentless Retribution was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER). Cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL) is attached.
Frontiers Records is proud to announce the highly anticipated European release of MR. BIG’s new studio album entitled « What If… » on January 21st 2011. The North American release, also on Frontiers records, shall follow in February with more exciting details to be announced!
«What If… » is MR. BIG’s first “all original” album since the reunion of the four original members, Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early 2009. Sixteen years after the release of « Hey Man », the new recording is set to bring back MR. BIG on the height of the current Hard Rock scene.
Guitarist Paul Gilbert said: “This is the first MR. BIG album I have been a part of, since fourteen years and it was done in a snap. It was fun and we had really a good time in making this one”. Continues Billy Sheehan “It’s so great to be back with Paul, Eric and Pat too. We wrote this record like we did in the old days for the first 2 records. Jamming together in the same room to write songs”. Pat Torpey adds ““Some of the recording process is different now from what we were used to in the old times. But I think this record really managed to capture the performances of the band, not of the individual musicians”.
Eric Martin concludes: “I like to compare this to the first album, when we just got to know each other in a reharsal studio and cut it in 8 or 9 days. This is like chapter 2. We had so many years, so many records and so many things behind us. Now this feels like a beautiful brand new chapter starting for all of us”.
« What If… » was produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Rush, Iron Maiden) and the release will be followed by a World Tour which will kick off in South America in March and will hit Europe in early summer.
Formed in 1988, Mr. Big forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark “shredding” musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original line-up – vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey. Mr. Big produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres – be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock.
Their hits included “To Be With You” (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), “Wild World”, Green-Tinted sixties Mind”, “Just Take My Heart”, and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy”, “Addicted to that Rush”, “Colorado Bulldog”, and “Take Cover”.
“What If…” will be released in a special edition CD + DVD in digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia.
“What If…” tracklisting includes: Undertow; American Beauty; Stranger In My Life; Nobody Takes the Blame; Still Ain’t Enough for Me; Once Upon a Time; As Far As I Can See; All The Way Up; I Won’t Get In My Way; Around The World; I Get The Feeling; Unforgiven (exclusive bonus track for Europe / North America – not on vinyl edition).
The DVD will include the videoclips of “Undertow” and “All the Way Up” plus a documentary “Making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind the scenes features of the four members.
The first single “Undertow” will have an official promotional launch on November 27th.
DETROIT, MI – Michigan’s emerging technical death metal force, As They Sleep, has posted a brand new track, “The Unseen”, on their official MySpace and Facebook pages, in anticipation of the release of their Solid State Records debut, Dynasty, next week. “The Unseen” joins four other tracks from the November 22nd release, which are currently streaming at: http://www.myspace.com/astheysleep, and: www.facebook.com/pages/As-They-Sleep/36666539944.
As They Sleep will support their sophomore effort on the road this December on the “Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour”, alongside label-mates Living Sacrifice, The Showdown, Becoming the Archetype, and To Speak of Wolves.
Swiss melodic-folk-death-metallers ELUVEITIE will return to North America next February, in support of their new latest masterpiece Everything Remains As It Never Was.Joining them will be 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL, SYSTEM DIVIDE. Vocalist and mastermind Chrigel Glanzmann had this to say about the bands much anticipated return to our continent:
“Since we joined AMON AMARTH to support them on their tour in the US last April, we only got to play a shorter set there. So, after touring all over Europe and the UK for several months now, it’s definitely high time we came back to America with an full set list. We’re really happy and looking forward to finally visiting the US again to rock the living shit out of our fans! We plan on spoiling you with an extended set, an extended stage performance and some surprises!
Also, we’re proud to present you an absolute killer package, totally under the banner of pure fucking metal! We will return with no less than the Canadian berzerkers of 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, our Californian true metal buddies from HOLY GRAIL, along with SYSTEM DIVIDE, an amazingly talented young melodic death metal band!
Well, there’s not much left to say – horns up for a pure fucking metal massacre! See you there!”
ELUVEITIE, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL, SYSTEM DIVIDE
02/01/11 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
02/02/11 The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
02/03/11 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
02/04/11 Cercle – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
02/05/11 Le National – Montreal, QC – CANADA
02/06/11 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
02/08/11 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
02/09/11 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN
02/10/11 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
02/11/11 Maquis Theater – Denver, CO
02/12/11 Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT
02/14/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
02/15/11 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
02/16/11 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
02/17/11 Slims – San Francisco, CA
02/18/11 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
02/19/11 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
02/21/11 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
02/22/11 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
02/24/11 State Theatre – Saint Petersburg, FL
02/25/11 Firestone Live – Orlando, FL
02/26/11 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
ELUVEITIE’slatest album,Everything Remains As It Never Was,scanned approximately 1600 copies in it’s first week of release in the United States. The CD landed at position No. 23 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
Everything Remains As It Never Was is the follow up to the bands successful acoustic/folk release Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion. Everything Remains As It Never Was features the band back again in full metal swing. The album was recorded by Tommy Vetterli (CORONER) and mixed by Colin Richardson (SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, KREATOR, BEHEMOTH, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE etc.).
GOOD FIGHT MUSIC are pleased to be the new North American label home for the classic IN FLAMES catalog, starting with The Jester Race through Soundtrack To Your Escape. These titles, which until now have been unavailable in the marketplace, will be back on music retailer’s shelves and available at digital stores (e.g. iTunes) starting on Monday, November 22nd, 2010. This new venture will once again reunite the band with the team that released and marketed their biggest commercial success in the United States – Come Clarity. It was GOOD FIGHT’s current team at the helm of FERRET MUSIC when Come Clarity was released in 2006. The album became a benchmark in their career and further cemented the band’s lofty place in the ranks of heavy metal’s elite.
IN FLAMES have cemented their iconic status as one of the preeminent heavy metal bands throughout the world. They pioneered a signature sound that forged extreme metal with melody and powerful hooks. Their prolific writing and continual global touring has amassed countless fans and worldwide album sales of over 2.5 million. Starting Monday, November 22nd, just in time for the holiday rush, the North American metal community can once again lay claim to their all time favorite IN FLAMES albums:
The Jester Race
Reroute to Remain
Soundtrack to Your Escape
Used and Abused….In Live We Trust (double disc DVD)
To keep updated on all the latest news from IN FLAMES, please visit their official sites:
Canadian death metal band MASSIVE SLAVERY will have the honour of introducing the concept of ‘true authentic double bass drumming’ for The Rock Band Video Game via their song “Humanity’s Last Hope”.
According to a press release from RockGamer Studios who are producing 2 versions of this song; one regular version with a single kick drum, and one Expert version with double bass drums.
“Introducing ‘2x Bass Pedal’ mode… for the authentic double bass drumming experience!
This is MASSIVE SLAVERY’s breakout track from their debut album ‘GLOBAL ENSLAVEMENT presented here in a ‘2x Bass Pedal’ [*] version, with each and every kick drum note charted exactly as played in the song on Expert Drums. Do you have what it takes to keep up with Pierre-Alexandre Mercier’s brutal, unstoppable beats?
[*] Disclaimer: A double bass pedal setup is an option required in order to play this song on Expert Drums. All other instruments and difficulty levels are identical to the regular edition of the song.”
Soon it will be possible to download it for play on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 from the Rock Band Network, at a cost of $ 1.99. The band is hoping to gain greater exposure from this release, plus the official Video for
‘Humanity’s Last Hope’ will be launched at the end of November.
‘Global Enslavement’ was released in July by Maple Metal Records, and produced by Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Augury, and Beneath The Massacre).
MASSIVE SLAVERY consists of Jon ‘The Prof’ St-Pierre on vocals, Joel St-Amant on guitar, Marc-André Barrette on bass and Pierre-Alexandre Mercier on drums.
You can see the preview (which received over 1,000 views in the first 24 hours) here:
“This is a great album from a very talented band; great production value and great performances. Riff after killer riff Massive Slavery are laying down the smack.” – Metal-Rules (3.5/5)
“Global Enslavement is an album that delivers a quintessential death metal experience. It combines a refreshingly unique mix of melodic, brutal and technical death metal. Bravo!” – Bravewords (8.5/10)
“The perfect balance between extreme and melodic death metal: With hooks, brutality, and groove.” – Boulevard Brutal (9/10)
“This is just an awesome debut by an ambitious band that’s not afraid to raise their voice.” – DeathMetal.be (92/100)
“Massive Slavery deliver a refined version of melodic death metal on steroids that grips you like a vice and beats you into submission.” – The New Review (4/5)
Global Enslavement is a Revolutionary Album in Modern Death Metal. It is a concept death metal album that explores some of the darkest parts of modern history that caused the epic failures of our society today. ‘Global Enslavement’ was released July 26th via Maple Metal Records, Toronto/Canada; the label launched by John Belrose, producer of Exciter’s “Heavy Metal Maniac”.
MASSIVE SLAVERY hail from the towns of Val d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda, the gold-mining district in Northern Quebec. The province of Quebec, Canada has traditionally been a hot bed for great metal talent and now MASSIVE SLAVERY can be added to that illustrious list.
Born from a concept conceived by bassist Marc-André Barrette (ex-Paroxysm) and guitarist Joël St-Amant (ex-Descend into Nothingness), Massive Slavery was officially created in the winter of 2009.
Having previously worked with Joel in “Descend into Nothingness”, drummer Pierre-Alexandre Mercier (ex-Decrepity) did not hesitate to join the crew. Even if the band were still looking for a front man, they began to write and work on fresh material.
After a couple of months of hunting around, their search was finally rewarded when vocalist Jon ‘The ProF’ St-Pierre landed the role, to round out this new quartet. His addition to the band gave new dynamics, and a boost of energy to push the band into finalizing the writing of their first album.
The collaboration of this musical assault Global Enslavement combines a mix of melodic, brutal and technical death metal.
The album was produced and recorded by Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Beneath the Massacre, Neuraxis) in January, at Northern Studio in Northern Quebec. It was mixed and mastered by Pierre Rémillard (Anvil, Kataklysm, Misery Index, Malevolent Creation) in February, at Wild Studio north of Montreal.
The all-ages Montreal show for Holland’s symphonic metal band EPICA on November 21st at Club Soda has officially sold-out.
In response to fan demand, EnterTheVault.com has released additional General Admission and V.I.P. tickets (which include early entry and a Meet & Greet) on a first-come, first-served basis. Montreal’s November 21st show will be EPICA’s last appearance in the province of Québec until 2012.
Current tour dates with Scar Symmetry, Blackguard, and The Agonist are:
11/17/10 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
11/19/10 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
11/20/10 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/21/10 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
11/23/10 Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA
11/24/10 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/26/10 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
11/27/10 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
11/28/10 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/30/10 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
12/02/10 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
12/03/10 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
12/04/10 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
12/05/10 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
12/07/10 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
12/08/10 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
12/09/10 Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
12/11/10 Trees – Dallas, TX
12/12/10 Emo’s – Austin, TX
12/14/10 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
12/15/10 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
12/17/10 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/18/10 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Design Your Universe debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #12 and the Top Hard Music Albums chart at #47 for first-week sales in excess of 2,000 copies.
View the video for the track “Unleashed” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel here.
New Orleans heavy metal act haarp has just unveiled two new tracks with BrooklynVegan.com and InvisibleOranges.com today! BrooklynVegan is currently streaming the track ‘A New Reign’, and InvisibleOranges is currently streaming ‘The Blue Chamber Painted Red’. Both tracks are cut from haarp’s upcoming album, The Filth, to be released on November 23rd, 2010 on HOUSECORE RECORDS.
The band recently posted the never-before-seen album art on their MySpace page, illustrated by famed artist and tattoo master Paul Booth. The Filth is produced by HOUSECORE RECORDS label owner Philip Anselmo.
“When Phil called me all excited about this new brutality and its unique concepts he needed cover art for, I could immediately tell his conviction and excitement far surpassed his usual dark vigor,” recalls album artist Paul Booth. “Of course, I was in. Once Keith presented me with one of haarp‘s lyrical concepts in regards to Gluttony, it was actually amazing to me how similar their ideas were to my own. This collaborative vision was meant to be, as far as I was concerned. I look forward to creating more art to this slow and painfully twisted epic of doom.”
On August 27th, 2005, two of New Orleans’ extreme metal bands, manic grind freaks rat in a bucket and black metal blazers De Capa Preta, were slated to play a show at the now defunct Dixie Taverne in the heart of Mid-City. Due to ‘inclement weather’ and the threat of Hurricane Katrina making landfall, the bands decided that since many people were evacuating the city, the show could not go on.
Hurricane Katrina struck and devastated the Gulf Coast region and effected many aspects of people’s lives. The music scene in New Orleans was not spared from this change and many bands, including rat in a bucket and De Capa Preta, suffered members departing the band, and ultimately calling it quits.
Keith Sierra Jr., drummer from rat in a bucket, and Grant Tom, guitarist from De Capa Preta, got in contact with each other from their temporary locations and discussed the state of the music scene. After digging up old conversations and ideas they had discussed at various local shows, they decided to return to New Orleans and start a new band. This new band would approach music from a new direction from the speed and chaos of their respective previous bands, and focus more on mid-tempo and slower music. The immediate choice for vocalist was Shaun Emmons of rat in a bucket, who shared the varied and eclectic musical tastes of Keith and Grant. Several tryouts later, Ryan Pomes of Milktoast joined the group and finalized the lineup as bassist.
“To call haarp “slow” would be somewhat fair, but to say that they’re just “another slow band” would be sacrilege,” states label owner Philip Anselmo. “Their music is crushing, resolute, dramatic and conceptually insane. If critics are going to try and lump them into any one genre, than they’d better put the crown on haarp‘s collective heads once it’s picked. This ain’t Doom Metal by any stretch. haarp makes playing halftime sound like an original idea all over again. This music is essential.”
Shaun Emmons- Vocals
Grant Tom – Guitar
Ryan Pomes – Bass
Keith Sierra – Drums
For more information on haarp, please visit these sites:
Veteran U.S. death metal act INCANTATION has announced a handful of special shows where it will perform its classic debut album, Onward To Golgotha, in its entirety. The Onward To Golgothadates are presented by Decibel magazine, which inducted the album into the publication’s “Hall Of Fame” in issue #52 (February 2009).
Originally released in 1991, Onward To Golgotha redefined the bounds of brutality and blasphemy for death metal and has long been heralded as one of the heaviest and most uncompromising metal albums in the world. Decibel also named Onward… one of the 20 best death metal albums of all time as well as one of the most important records in the genre.
Relapse Records will release a limited “Hall of Fame” edition vinyl version of Onward To Golgotha to coincide with these dates. The deluxe edition will be strictly limited to one pressing of 1,000 copies on colored vinyl and include an embroidered INCANTATION Onward To Golgotha patch and sticker. Visit the Relapse Records Webstore for details or to order.
INCANTATION Hall Of Fame shows w/ FUNERUS & FATALIST
Nov. 19 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club (w/ CARDIAC ARREST & EZURATE)
DIABOLIC have issued the following statement, following their appearance at Goregrowler’s Ball IV:
“DIABOLIC original member, Bassist/Vocalist Paul Ouellette has been ousted from the band, due to his drunken and unprofessional behavior, and walking offstage mid-song during the band’s recent performance Fri, Nov 12 at Goregrowler’s Ball IV in San Antonio, TX. Many of our friends and fans know that this is not our first episode dealing with Paul’s drunken, often violent, destructive, and unprofessional behavior at shows. For DIABOLIC’s frontman to behave in this way is inexcusable and after several warnings, we have no choice; Paul has been removed permanently from the lineup, and is no longer a member of DIABOLIC.
DIABOLIC continued to play our next several songs and finished our set without vocals, and we would like to thank all of our friends and fans who stayed to show your support, during and after our set! Many of you have said how much you enjoyed our set even without vocals, and that you respect us for finishing our set, in spite of what happened. For that we say THANK YOU!! And thank you to Goregrowler’s Ball promoter, Aaron Mendiola (also vocalist of ENGAGED IN MUTILATING) for having us, and we look forward to the day when we can return to San Antonio, TX and bring you all DIABOLIC the way it was meant to be!!
Effective immediately, DIABOLIC are seeking a replacement Bassist/Vocalist. We are looking for pro gear, stage presence, and most importantly sick vocals and bass skills. We have a European Tour offer for 2011, so ability to tour is a must! Qualified applicants will live in or near the Tampa, FL area or willing to relocate. If you are interested and have what it takes, email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Legendary death metal act DIABOLIC released its first full-length album since 2003’s Infinity Through Purification on June 8, 2010, through Deathgasm Records. Entitled Excisions of Exorcisms, the new album is a nuclear explosion of Satanic death metal performed at reckless speeds and inclusive of the band’s most dynamic songwriting to date. Along with a blistering production from world renowned engineer Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL, TERRORIZER, UNHOLY GHOST) and brilliantly iniquitous cover art from the one and only Joe Petagno (MOTORHEAD, KRISIUN, ANGEL CORPSE, MARDUK), Excisions of Exorcisms is death metal par excellence; brutal, uncompromising, and evil as Hell.
“Diabolic has put together some of their most solid Death Metal songs in what feels like ages with this release.” – Apochs.net
“Diabolic have been hard at work over the last few years, and it shows. Finally, in Excisions Of Exorcisms, Diabolic have a record that matches their live intensity. Arguably, it’s the best Diabolic has sounded since the City of the Dead demo.” -Grindhead Jim Deabenderfer, Cardiac Arrest, SickDrummer magazine
'MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal'
Visionaries Praise Author Jeff Wagner’s Debut
Due for release on Dec. 1, former Metal Maniacs editor Jeff Wagner’s highly anticipated ‘MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal’ (Bazillion Points Books) has already garnered staggering advance praise from some of the most respected figures in the progressive metal sphere.
Among the first responders:
Steven Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE): “We now have a definitive book on the relationship between metal and progressive music.”
Jim Matheos (FATES WARNING): “Looks cool! I’m looking forward to digging in.”
Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER): “The book is awesome! Damn, talk about work!”
Paul Masvidal (CYNIC): “The book looks and feels fabulous. I can’t wait to dig into this thing. Thank you, Jeff Wagner, for this massive information highway for all things progressive metal”
Kurt Bachman (BELIEVER): “Wow! I can’t wait to read it.”
Glenn Harveston (ProgPower USA Festival): “The book is awesome. I read it in 2 days.”
Albert Mudrian (Decibel Magazine): “I’ve only read through chapter one, and I’m already hooked.”
Weighing in at 400 pages, the heavily-illustrated ‘Mean Deviation’ offers original artwork throughout by Michel “Away” Langevin of VOIVOD, and a foreword by Steven Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE. The package includes a 16-page color photo insert, a constellation of appendixes, and an exhaustive index mapping the story of heady metal with exacting precision.
02/26/11 San Antonio – Backstage Live (All Ages show)
IMMORTAL’s first new album in seven years, All Shall Fall, debuted at #7 on the Billboard Heatseekers Album chart (for new & developing artists) and at #162 on the Billboard Top 200 for selling 3,300 copies its first week of release in North America in 2009. All Shall Fall also debuted at #20 in Finland, #23 in Norway , and #33 in Germany.
View the trailer for IMMORTAL’s first live DVD release, The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh:
View the video by Varde Film for the track “All Shall Fall”: