SABATON – to re-release previous albums!

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Do you wonder what SABATON did in the studio about one month ago?

Do you wonder why Primo Victoria, Attero Dominatus, Metalizer and Art of War is so hard to get these days?

This is why…

To be able to continue to do what we all love, meaning to continue to play music and to tour the world, we have now purchased the rights to the SABATON music.

And to celebrate this we want to make them available again to all of you in a unique cooperation between SABATON, Nuclear Blast and Black Lodge.

Now what does this mean??

Well, first it means that when you buy a SABATON album, more of the money spent on the albums will actually go to SABATON and second it means that we want to celebrate this by making the first four albums available again, but in really cool new versions!

We give you… The SABATON RE-ARMED Editions and here is a sample of one bonus track!

The 4 first original albums of Sabaton, complete with new artwork, new booklets, posters and of course: New music!

We have dug deep into the treasury of SABATON to find unique, strange, funny and unexpected songs.

Every album on the RE-ARMED editions will feature new tracks and they will include some old demos, some coversongs, some live versions of songs, some really old and unheard songs and some completely new songs recorded in Studio Abyss.

They will all be re-released on the 27th September 2010 & can from today be pre-ordered right here!

www.sabaton.net | www.myspace.com/sabaton | www.nuclearblast.de/sabaton

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SSS POSTS EUROPEAN TOUR DEBRIEF

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

British crossover thrashers SSS have recently returned home after completing their “Wreck and Annoy” headlining European tour and have posted a tour debrief on their blog page.

SSS frontman FOXY looks back on the tour:

“Wreck and Annoy tour has had its share of ups and downs, the good and the bad and great we have digested and relished. Tour is what it is, we love it.”

SSS have been keeping track of all of the fun and antics of life on the road on their new tour diary blog page. Read the band’s tour debrief and look back at their recent adventures at http://sssliverpool.blogspot.com

The name of SSS’s “Wreck and Annoy” tour also wasn’t without irony, as the band’s frontman, FOXY, broke his foot while skateboarding in Pinkafeld, Austria. That didn’t slow down the frontman, however, as he soldiered on for the remaining shows of the tour, performing each night on crutches.

Check out a hilarious video of FOXY making the most of his broken foot as he spends a day out using a mobility scooter at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s45abYN31Zc

Catch SSS live at the following shows:

Oct. 30 – Liverpool, UK – Night of the Living Dead 8
Nov. 06 – Leeds, UK – Damnation Festival

Get SSS’s self-titled debut album and 2008 album, THE DIVIDING LINE, in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_673_97 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_673_97

For more SSS news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/shortsharpshockuk

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SWASHBUCKLE – New Song/Online Game/Video

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Yarrrrrr scallywags, finally New Jersey pirate thrash armada SWASHBUCKLE just uploaded a brand new song from their highly anticipated upcoming album ‘Crime Always Pays…’ to the bands MySpace profile (www.myspace.com/swashbuckle). “At the Bottom of a Glass” will give you a first impression of what you can expect on the Heidenfest tour, starting next week.

Commented Commodore Redrum: “Alright fuckers, here’s the calm before the storm… you’ll find this album’s touch of class “At the Bottom of a Glass”. Next week, we redecorate our pirate ship with brain matter as we thrash all your faces into a wall. Ye be warned… But for now, GO DRINK YOURSELF STUPID!”

You heard the man – be aware – on Monday, September 6, another song will be unleashed set to thrash your brain into your butthole! ARRR!

Also for those of you who loved last years SWASHBUCKLE online game – stage 2 has just been uploaded to the Nuclear Blast games channel (http://www.nuclearblast.de/games/swashbuckle2/)! The one leading the highscore on September 24, 2010 will receive a really cool and rare BUCKLE item – a original Admiral Nobeard pirate hat that’s been worn on Paganfest Europe, Paganfest USA and in the “Cruise Ship Terror” video as well!

Last but not least, the pirates three have also uploaded another video trailer in support of “Crime Always Pays…” – prepare for some hilarious shit and check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kl5-VWWh8c

www.myspace.com/swashbuckle

www.nuclearblast.de/swashbuckle

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Locrian to Release “The Crystal World” a 2x Disc Album on Utech Records

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Artist: Locrian
Album: “The Crystal World”
Label: Utech Records
Catalog Number: URCD 56/57
Format: 2xCD/LP
Art: Justin Bartlett
Release Date: November 27, 2010

Release Description:

‘The Crystal World’, the third studio album from Locrian, is an epic journey. Titled after JG Ballard’s 1964 novel that tells the story of a physician who specializes in leprosy sent to a remote African outpost to discover a jungle that is slowly crystallizing and encroaching upon everything it touches. Disc one comprises six tracks while disc two consists of one extended piece, ‘Extinction’, that picks up on the intensity of disc one and sustains it for close to an hour. On ‘The Crystal World’, Terence Hannum, and André Foisy, are joined by Steven Hess (On, Pan American, Ural Umbo) on percussion and electronics.

Hess’ contribution pushes Locrian deeper into the abyss of despair rendering a sound that is darker, bleaker, and engulfing than any of the group’s previous releases. Locrian continue the conceptual trajectory of blackened drone that the group initially embarked on during their first studio album ‘Drenched Lands’ (2009). Masters of layering, ‘The Crystal World’ finds the group manipulating tones and textures that transport the listener to an apocalyptic wasteland. At times, the layers are serene and somber, at other times they are chaotic.

Of Locrian’s three studio albums, ‘The Crystal World’ is the essential release, finding the band creating a sound all of their own. A sound that evades simplistic analogies to black metal, power-electronics, noise, or other categories. This is the album that will stun fans of the bands previous works with how far the group has come from their early releases. Vinyl edition out on Utech Records in 2011.

The group will be debuting material from this album at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC on Thursday, Septebmer 9th. The group will share a stage with Burning Star Core and The Ocean.

For more information, please visit the Land of Decay website.

Locrian Biography:

The links between heavy metal, harsh noise and dark electronic drone should come as no surprise. Some of the best black metal records, after all, feel like half-still sonic smears, and the control of or chaos in feedback has inspired legions in every form. Even if the means are distinct, each of those genres revels in musical viscosity—who can be the heaviest, the meanest, the most exhausting with their sound? But few artists have exploited those intersections as vividly and explicitly as the aggressive, interstitial Chicago duo Locrian.

As Locrian, André Foisy and Terrence Hannum—and a constant flux of peers and friends—have been prolific for about four years, releasing a deluge of proper albums, CD-Rs, 7” records, cassettes and even an 8-track. But Locrian’s two 2010 LPs—Territories, a split release by four different labels, and The Crystal World, due in November on Utech Records—have pushed the band from the upstart experimental fringes into the domain of must-hears. Alternately eerie and irascible, Territories gets didactic in its exploration of those divides. On an 11-minute storm with the appropriately daunting name “Procession of Ancestral Brutalism,” Locrian gathers black metal ringleader Blake Judd of Nachtmystium, heavy metal saxophonist Bruce Lamont and power electronics legend Bruce Solotroff for one destructive trip. An exploration of clashing tones and structures, it’s one of the year’s most vivid, ponderous pieces of music, proclaiming possibilities for exploration rather than suggesting them. The Crystal World softens the focus a bit, scattering ghastly howls and relentless drums beneath walls of sound that seem to suffocate and swirl without ever really doing either. During closer “Elevators and Depths,” Locrian even adds circular acoustic guitar and violin. They wrap those layers around howls and noise that suggest an exorcism. It’s the sound of suspect redemption.

—Grayson Currin

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DISIPLIN signs with ATMF, new release slated for November!!!

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Today, AETERNITAS TENEBRARUM MUSIC FOUNDATION (ATMF) confirms the signing of infamous Norwegian squadron DISIPLIN, the brainchild of one WeltenFeind, who’s done time in such illustrious names as DISSECTION, SLAVIA, MYRKSKOG, and KOLDBRANN. The band has inked a three-album deal with ATMF, the first release of which will be entitled Radikale Randgruppe, slated for release sometime in November.

As the wolf-pack is approaching the new sacrifice, 10 years of history of black metal integrity and daring for DISIPLIN, Radikale Randgruppe will stand as a special anniversary album composed by totally new material, limited to 1000 copies to be released on Digibook format, and with the first 100 copies with a limited T-shirt. DISIPLIN’s martial monument Radikale Randgruppe won’t be re-pressed or re-released but will stay as a unique stone in the band’s legacy.

WeltenFeind comments on the union: “We’re proud to have this sharpened weapon of the pagan gods under our wing, moving from one of the most innovative labels, Moonfog. They’ve been an example of how Norwegian black metal should have been evolved instead of rooting on the memories. DISIPLIN are still there to take forward the idea of black metal as an extreme weapon instead of a un-offensive stereotype.”

A specific release date for DISIPLIN’s Radikale Randgruppe will be announced soon, but preorders will be open in late September. More details to come, but in the meantime, consult www.wolf-axis.com and www.myspace.com/wolfaxis.

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE:’The Cold Embrace Of Fear’ Mini CD Tracklist Unveiled

August 31st, 2010
by DREAMASTER

The Italian symphonic heavy metal masters RHAPSODY OF FIRE have revealed the tracklist of the upcoming Mini CD “The Cold Embrace Of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony” to be released on October 15 via Nuclear Blast Records. 

‘The Cold Embrace Of Fear’ tracklisting is the following:

Act I: The Pass Of Nair-Kaan
Act II: Dark Mystic Vision
Act III: The Ancient Fires Of Har-Kuun
Act IV: The Betrayal
Act V: Neve Rosso Sangue
Act VI: Erians Lost Secrets
Act VII: The Angels Dark Revelation

Comments RHAPSODY OF FIRE guitarist Luca Turilli: “For this special CD we composed a unique song of around 35 minutes divided in 7 “acts“. Looking at the title you can easily imagine that such long and epic song will show the most cinematic and orchestral side of our band, all our passion for the world of cinema we love so much and that always represented our main influence while composing Rhapsody’s music“, says Luca Turilli and adds: “Essentially it is a long huge song, sounding very symphonic, full of orchestral sections very soundtrack oriented, narrations and spoken parts. More than in other cases we tried to create a real movie atmosphere with very dynamic musical results, also thanks to the help of the English actors that gave voice to different charachters. You will just need to close your eyes and explore those new emotional dimensions we wrote the music for.“

The lyrics of this monumental, epic symphony is based on the “dark secret saga“ and represents a new chapter, directly connected with The Frozen Tears Of Angels.

Luca explains: “After the long journey to the icy frozen northlands at the borders of the known world, while facing concrete natural obstacles and the inner demons lying in the depths of their conscience, the five main charachters reach the ancient gothic fortress of Har-Kuun, a real monument of evil trapped between ice and snow, the mystic place where the Erian’s book could be finally found. ‘The Cold Embrace Of Fear’ tells about the entrance of those bravehearts in the ancestral world of Har-Kuun and the dramatic search for the holy book of the angels, only possible way to understand something more about the dark secret threatening the whole known world. Also in this case I liked to create particular “bridges“ connecting the new chapter of the saga with our modern life on the basis of symbolism, ancient wisdom and spiritual evolution. To someone who knows something about modern psychology and the study of the different “self“, the hidden geometries and gothic labyrinths of Har-Kuun will reveal themselves very clearly.“

Once again Christopher Lee was chosen for the spoken parts as a main narrator.

“We couldn’t imagine to release something like this without his fundamental partecipation. Sir Lee is one member of Rhapsody Of Fire‘s family since a lot of time and we love him not only as an actor but also as man. Because of his great and majestic personality he has surely the aura of a king of the ancient times.

This extraordinary release, will hit the stores on October15th for a special price.

The band previous studio album “The Frozen Tears Of Angels” (2010) debuted at #16 on the Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Top Hard Music Albums chart and at #129 on the Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Top 200 Albums chart.

Produced by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli, The Frozen Tears Of Angels was mixed and mastered by Sascha Paeth (EDGUY, AVANTASIA, EPICA) and debuted at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #60 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #132 on the Top Independent Albums chart.

Other international chart entries are as follows: Greece #11; Italy #31; Germany #33; Finland #35; Switzerland #39; Japan #41; France #51; Austria #58; South Korea #69; Spain #81; and Belgium #96.

 

View the video for ‘Sea Of Fate’ below:

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BEHEMOTH’s Nergal answers back to the overwhelming response of those offering to set up benefits in the vocalists honor

August 31st, 2010
by EvilG
BEHEMOTH's Nergal

BEHEMOTH's Nergal

Singer’s main goal is to raise awareness and get people involved by registering to be a bone marrow donor

Since news on Nergal’s recent health issues has been released, the band, management, and label has received an overwhelming response from fans and bands all over the world asking how they can directly help Nergal. In response to everyone offering his or her help in terms of setting up benefits and shows to raise money for the frontman of the Polish blackened death metal band BEHEMOTH, Nergal has issued the following statement:

“I haven’t intended to manifest myself in any way and, especially at this stage, to share my feelings or any other news with the world for obvious reasons. It is simply too early for it. But it was YOU who provoked me to say a few words. Regarding my personal low opinion of humankind, I’m shocked by the reaction to my illness. I actually expected NOTHING yet received feedback which surpassed all expectations. I want to ensure you I read EACH mail I receive, although I’m unable to reply to all of them. The power of your words is pure magic and I thank you all for it. You are a gigantic indestructible army that truly inspires me in this difficult time. The fact is that a fight with this illness is going to last for many months. Most of this time I will spend in hospital and I will go through various psychophysical states. If you know the history of Behemoth you also know we achieved everything by hard work and a steely determination. The same goes for my private life. I happen to be a strong son of a bitch. I have no faith but rely on a 100% victory and I am sure I will get out of it stronger than ever. Sun Tzu in his ‘Art of War’ said that if you know your enemy and yourself the result of a thousand battles will not surprise you… I enter the ring with this Nietzschean attitude and I will leave it as a winner, as usual. Just watch and see!

So I want to emphasize that Behemoth will by no means goes through any hibernation state. Obviously all concert plans must be postponed until some unknown point in the future, but things are happening! Lately our newest video for ‘…Alas, Lord is Upon Me’ has premiered and stirred up quite a storm in mass media, which fills us with utter pride. Plus we’ve just finished the project of our new DVD; Evangelia Heretika is a three disc release, a real encyclopedia of Behemoth with nearly 5 hours of material and a bonus audio CD that will be out in November (Metal Blade US – Nuclear Blast Europe). Expect an experience of visual madness as we went to hell and back to make it! Our official Webstore has been functional for a couple of days and official merchandise and some very exclusive stuff can be bought there. At the beginning of 2011, Peaceville in Europe and Metal Blade in US will reissue the EPs with new artwork, bonuses, liner notes, and more. As you can see, despite a complicated situation and difficult circumstances we’re remaining active wherever we can.

Finally, I want to comment on some opinions which, provoked by religious circles, lead to far-fetched and inaccurate interpretations. I was surprised to hear my illness became a pretext for some people to embark on their own crusade. Opinions suggesting I might come closer to God or abandon my ideals and grovel to the only correct world view in this country not only surprised but also frightened me. This is a typical example of supporting one’s own views by preying on someone’s misfortune. ‘He fell ill so he will convert to Christianity, he will discover the religion he fought against is actually close to him.’ Halt! Why should the illness change my point of view? It is true this is a difficult time for me and the thoughts of ultimate matters are hard to chase away. But the idea that I will change my opinions, priorities, and values as a consequence of my illness sounds as if someone regards my head, and not my body, ill. Suggesting I might convert are ridiculous. To what would I convert? After all, I know Christian mythology pretty well, not only in its literary version, and I find nothing good, creative or beautiful in it. I read books better and wiser than the Bible. War, blood, blackmail, rapes, incest, pedophilia, zoophilia, collaboration and treachery – each page emanates with evil. Some may say I don’t understand the message of the Bible. I’d rather say the Christianity is nothing more than a rusty and archaic structure that is going to fall down any moment. It lasts only because of the gullible that follow the shepherd blindly; without any questions, without any consideration, not to any promised land, but to an intellectual slaughter. So, I say to those, who see some chances to break my rules, and myself because of the illness: over my dead body!”

Nergal’s official view on benefit concerts, fund raisers, etc. is focused on marrow donations as a whole issue, not his specific situation. If you want to help Nergal the best thing you can do is set up a marrow drive or register to be a bone marrow donor. Every person that registers to be a donor increases the chances of survival for Nergal and every other person out there suffering from the same illness.

To learn more about how you can register to donate marrow check out: http://www.marrow.org/

Fans wanting to help out, register for the marrow program, or have questions on running a marrow drive may contact the organization Music Saves Lives by email at iCare@musicsaveslives.com or visit Music Saves Lives at http://www.musicsaveslives.org/

http://www.behemoth.pl

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

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THE ABSENCE premier new track off upcoming album ‘Enemy Unbound’

August 31st, 2010
by EvilG
THE ABSENCE

THE ABSENCE

THE ABSENCE premier new track off upcoming album ‘Enemy Unbound’ exclusively on Metal Underground.com!

Florida thrashers The Absence debut the track Maelstrom; music video for title track Enemy Unbound almost complete

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – August 31, 2010 – In conjunction with the upcoming full-length release from Tampa Florida’s THE ABSENCE titled Enemy Unbound, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with MetalUnderground.com to premier the melodic death metal act’s single Maelstrom. Be sure to head over to MetalUnderground.com, a metal site that provides fans with comprehensive metal news coverage, reviews, interviews, band info, live concert reports, photos, and is updated daily by a dedicated staff of die-hard metalheads, to check out the single Maelstrom. If you like what you hear head over to the band’s landing page and pre-order the album while there is still time to take advantage of the discounted prices. Enemy Unbound is available by itself or bundled with a t-shirt.

Track-listing for Enemy Unbound:

1. Vertigo

2. Erased

3. Deepest Wound

4. Maelstrom

5. Enemy Unbound

6. Solace

7. The Bridge

8. Wartorn

9. Hidden in White

10. Vengeance and Victory

11. Triumph

THE ABSENCE recently completed shooting a music video for the title track Enemy Unbound with director Luke Leonard, which will also be premiering on MetalUnderground.com. Details on when the video will drop will be released shortly so stay tuned to MetalBlade.com for further information.

About the band: Tampa, FL area natives THE ABSENCE laid waste to an unsuspecting metal community with their debut Metal Blade Records album, From Your Grave, and after nearly two years of touring the guys returned in 2007 with their fan and critic acclaimed release Riders of the Plague. Riders of the Plague was recorded at Erik Rutan’s Mana Studios in February / March 2007 with Swedish producer Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge). THE ABSENCE has returned to the metal scene heavier than ever with their third full-length album, Enemy Unbound; a metal masterpiece full of the band’s brand of high flying guitar histrionics and melodies fans and critics alike have grown to love.

Vocalist Jamie Stewart continues to push himself vocally, spewing forth his grim lyrics with more force and violence than ever before. Guitarists Peter Joseph and Patrick Pintavalle deliver blistering solos, harmony-filled leads, and a level of technicality that is off the charts, growing as musicians with every album they deliver. Original drummer, and one of the founding members of THE ABSENCE, Jeramie Kling is back behind the kit and will be joining the band on the road as they tour in support of Enemy Unbound. Jeramie will undoubtedly continue where he left off, acting as the tight backbone needed to hold together the band’s speedy melodic onslaught. With their latest offering, Enemy Unbound, THE ABSENCE deliver a stylish and flavored melodic death/thrash metal album that is sure to please both fans and critics alike.

Enemy Unbound was once again recorded at the famed, Erik Rutan-owned, Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, FL in November 2009 with Brian Elliott engineering and Peter Joseph and Patrick Pintavalle producing the album. Going along with the saying ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,’ the band went to Sweden’s Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge) of Black Lounge Studios who handled both mixing and mastering on Enemy Unbound. Guest musicians on the album include Tom Englund of Evergrey and Andy Wood.

The Absence have toured with the likes Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Vital Remains, Goatwhore, The Red Chord, Vader, Kataklysm, Grave, Nuclear Assault, Destruction, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Entombed, Dismember, Vivisec, Unmerciful, Dead to Fall, and Ion Dissonance just to name a few. Each stop on every tour has earned THE ABSENCE legions of new fans, which is something that will surely continue through the release of Enemy Unbound as the band tours through the states, Canada, and Europe in support of their highly anticipated release.

The Absence is:

Jamie Stewart – vocals

Peter Joseph – guitar

Patrick Pintavalle – guitar

Jeramie Kling – drums

Mike Leon – bass

http://www.myspace.com/theabsence

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CLIPS TO BROADCAST APOCALYPTICA LIVE FROM THE PAGEANT IN ST. LOUIS, MO ON TUESDAY AUGUST 31ST 2010

August 31st, 2010
by EvilG
APOCALYPTICA'S NEW ALBUM 7TH SYMPHONY

APOCALYPTICA'S NEW ALBUM 7TH SYMPHONY

Since they formed in 1993, Finnish orchestral rock band Apocalyptica has released six studio albums featuring numerous cello-based instrumentals along with some vocal-based songs. Whatever styles they’ve explored – from atmospheric interludes to fast, battering rhythms — their music has been gripping, dynamic and full of melody.

For their 7th album, 7th Symphony, the band has composed an album that’s not just symphonic, it’s practically a symphony. This time, the instrumental tracks are pure instrumentals with long, progressive passages. At the same time, 7th Symphony contains songs that rock harder than anything they’ve done since 2001 when they released the epic, transfixing album Cult, their first album to contain mostly originals. In the same way that Cult caused fans to view Apocalyptica from a different perspective, 7th Symphony is the next forward step in the group’s creative evolution. Most of the songs on the disc were produced by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool) and two of the four vocal numbers were produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach).

iClips is pleased to announce the LIVE broadcast of Apocalyptica on August 31st from The Pageant in St. Louis, MO. The show will start at 9 PM EDT. For more information on the live broadcast go to www.iclips.net/livefaq

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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER announces headlining tour

August 31st, 2010
by EvilG
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER announces headlining tour

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER announces headlining tour

Having just returned from a successful tour in Europe with Despised Icon including a devastating set at Germany’s Summer Breeze Festival, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER are ready to hit the road again in the US and Canada in support of their fourth crushing opus Deflorate. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s headlining tour begins Tuesday September 28 in Columbus, OH at Skully’s and finishes up on Saturday October 16 in Toledo, OH at the Headliners. Support on THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s headlining tour comes from label-mates and New Orleans Louisiana natives GOATWHORE, and Riverside County California’s Arkaik. The upcoming headline run marks the last leg of the Deflorate touring cycle; once the band returns home they will begin writing and recording their next full-length album.

Tickets are on sale now!

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER with Goatwhore and Arkaik
09/28 Columbus, OH Skully’s
09/29 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
09/30 Brooklyn, NY Europa
10/01 Hartford, CT Webster Underground
10/02 Bucksport, ME The Kave
10/03 Quebec, QC Imperial de Quebec
10/04 Montreal, QC Petit Café
10/05 Ottawa, ON Ritual
10/06 Toronto, ON The Wreck Room
10/07 Lemoyne, PA Championship
10/08 Richmond, VA Canal Club
10/09 Wilmington, NC The Soapbox Laundrolounge
10/10 Charlotte, NC The Casbah
10/12 East St. Louis, MO Pop’s
10/13 Des Moines, IA The Vaudeville Mews
10/14 DeKalb, IL House Café
10/15 Grand Rapids, MI Mixtape Café
10/16 Toledo, OH Headliners

Deflorate, which came out on September 15th 2009, hit the #43 position in Billboard’s Top 200 chart, #5 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart, #4 on Billboard’s Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #50 on HITS Top 50 Albums chart. The carnage didn’t stop here though as THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s Deflorate also landed on Canada’s Billboard Charts coming in at #52 in the Top 200 chart, #3 in the Top Independent Albums chart, and #6 in the Top Hard Music Albums chart.

http://www.myspace.com/blackdahliamurder
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METAL LEGEND BILLY MILANO JOINS MASTERY AS NEW FRONTMAN

August 31st, 2010
by EvilG

Toronto’s thrash band MASTERY is no longer an instrumental act, as the band has officially announced the addition of metal legend Billy Milano (S.O.D/ M.O.D.) as the group’s new frontman. A new bass player has also

been introduced, Tim “Tank” Casterline (M.O.D. touring bassist) joins Mastery as a much needed aspect of growth to their music. The band is still looking to fill the position of lead guitar, anyone interested can contact the band through their MySpace page.

“I am officially confirming that Billy Milano has joined MASTERY as a full time member,” commented guitarist and founder Markus Armellini. “Having Billy Milano sing for MASTERY is driving the band in a new direction and to a new level of performance.”

MASTERY has entered Studio 57 in Austin, Texas with producer/ engineer Tim Gerron and begun recording their debut album which should see the light of day in early 2011. The band is currently streaming a new song online at www.myspace.com/masterymetal.

MASTERY’s debut album, “Lethal Legacy”, was released through Corporate Punishment Records. The album was drew critical acclaim from Metal Maniacs who proclaimed, “While ‘Lethal Legacy’ pays homage to the classic thrash of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s with nods to Testament, Forbidden, Vio-lence and Metallica, it doesn’t sound as if the band are pinning for the glory days.” Decibel Magazine also loves Mastery’s brand of instrumental thrash, as they gave the band a whopping 9/10 and called them, “Mastery of Puppets”.

MASTERY is:

Billy Milano – Vocals

Markus Armellini – Guitars

Tim Casterline – Bass

Mike Harshaw – Drums

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TORTURE SQUAD – AEquilibrium’s review on U.S. site Metal Arc

August 31st, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen

ORTURE SQUAD – AEquilibrium’s review on U.S. site Metal Archives

AEquilibrium, the new album from TORTURE SQUAD that came out in Europe by Wacken Records / SAOL on August 20, and for Brazil, expected to releasing in early September by Laser Company, has already begun to have repercussions in the world of metal. The review went on the U.S. site Metal Archives (www.metal-archives.com).

It known to gather information about various strands of metal bands in the whole world, providing information such as discography, history and reviews of their albums.

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE – To release an epic 35-minutes symphony

August 31st, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen

RHAPSODY OF FIRE are going to release an epic monument called: „The Cold Embrace Of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony“.

„For this special CD we composed a unique song of around 35 minutes divided in 7 „acts“. Looking at the title you can easily imagine that such long and epic song will show the most cinematic and orchestral side of our band, all our passion for the world of cinema we love so much and that always represented our main influence while composing the RHAPSODY’s music“, says Luca Turilli and adds: „Essentially it is a long huge song, sounding very symphonic, full of orchestral sections very soundtrack oriented, narrations and spoken parts. More than in other cases we tried to create a real movie atmosphere with very dynamic musical results, also thanks to the help of the English actors that gave voice to different charachters. You will just need to close your eyes and explore those new emotional dimensions we wrote the music for.“

The lyrics of this monumental, epic symphony is based on the „dark secret saga“ and represents a new chapter, directly connected with „The Frozen Tears Of Angels“.

Luca explains: „After the long journey to the icy frozen northlands at the borders of the known world, while facing concrete natural obstacles and the inner demons lying in the depths of their conscience, the five main charachters reach the ancient gothic fortress of Har-Kuun, a real monument of evil trapped between ice and snow, the mystic place where the Erian’s book could be finally found. „The Cold Embrace Of Fear“ tells about the entrance of those bravehearts in the ancestral world of Har-Kuun and the dramatic search for the holy book of the angels, only possible way to understand something more about the dark secret threatening the whole known world. Also in this case I liked to create particular „bridges“ connecting the new chapter of the saga with our modern life on the basis of symbolism, ancient wisdom and spiritual evolution. To someone who knows something about modern psychology and the study of the different „self“, the hidden geometries and gothic labyrinths of Har-Kuun will reveal themselves very clearly.“

Once again Christopher Lee was chosen for the spoken parts as a main narrator. „We couldn’t imagine to release something like this without his fundamental partecipation. Sir Lee is one member of the RHAPSODY OF FIRE‘s family since a lot of time and we love him not only as an actor but also as man. Because of his great and majestic personality he has surely the aura of a king of the ancient times.

This extraordinary release, will hit the stores on October, 15th for a special price.

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New U.D.O. album in 2011

August 31st, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen

“Rev Raptor” is the title of the new U.D.O. longplayer which will appear again on AFM Records. 11 out of 17 new songs will be on the album. Planned release date is January 14th, 2011.

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PANTERA “The Will To Survive” Premiere (+CFH 20th Listening Party Links)

August 30th, 2010
by EvilG

PANTERA - Cowboys From Hell 20th Anniversary Edition (Sept 14 via Rhino Records)

PANTERA - Cowboys From Hell 20th Anniversary Edition (Sept 14 via Rhino Records)

PANTERA – THE WILL TO SURVIVE world premiere at http://www.facebook.com/Pantera (At “music” tab)

Here’s a custom Cowboys From Hell 20th Anniversary Edition Listening Party (for posting):

Cowboys From Hell (Disc 1)
Psycho Holiday (Disc 1)
The Art Of Shredding (Disc 1)
Cemetery Gates (Live) [Disc 2]
Primal Concrete Sledge (Live) [Disc 2]
Heresy (Live) [Disc 2]
Shattered  (Demo) [Disc 3]
Message In Blood (Demo) [Disc 3]
Domination (Demo) [Disc 3]

QT – http://rhino.edgeboss.net/qtime/rhino/listeningparties/pantera2010.mov
WMA – http://rhino.edgeboss.net/wmedia/rhino/listeningparties/pantera2010_100.wax

PANTERA COWBOYS FROM HELL ULTIMATE BOX SET FEATURING T-SHIRT DESIGNED BY “DIMEBAG” DARRELL ARRIVES NOVEMBER 22
PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACK, “THE WILL TO SURVIVE,” SET FOR WORLDWIDE PREMIERE MONDAY, AUGUST 30 ON PANTERA’S FACEBOOK PAGE

LOS ANGELES – Originally released in 1990, Pantera’s COWBOYS FROM HELL turned modern metal on its ass and put Pantera in the musical history books. More than just their major label debut, most consider COWBOYS to be the official debut of the iconic Pantera lineup with singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown.

Rhino is marking the 20-year anniversary of COWBOYS FROM HELL with multiple offerings for Pantera fans of every generation. (Complete list follows below). All versions include a newly remastered copy of the original COWBOYS album along with unreleased and rare live performances from the era, and unreleased demos for nearly every album track.

“The Will To Survive,” a previously unreleased song recorded during the album’s demo sessions, is included in the Deluxe and Ultimate packages and will have its worldwide premiere on Pantera’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pantera) on Monday, August 30 at 12 noon EDT.

“’The Will To Survive’ is a great track,” says Paul. “I am definitely proud that it will see the light of day for all the die-hard Pantera fans around the world, as it shows the true musical diversity of the band at that time!”

The Ultimate Edition box lands November 22 for a suggested list price of $99.98, just in time for the holidays to round out your personal Pantera collection or give to your favorite Pantera fan. The box includes custom artwork and a 60-page booklet with rare photos, expanded liner notes and replicas from the Cowboys era as listed below.

·       New Years Puke Party T-shirt – designed by Dimebag Darrell (XL)
·       ‘We’re Takin’ Over This Town’ flyer reproduction (8 1/2″ x 11″)
·       ‘It’s Up To You/Censorship’ flyer reproduction (8 1/2″ x 11″)
·       Arcadio Theatre poster reproduction (11″ x 17″)
·       Cowboys From Hell Fucking Hostile button
·       ‘All Access Tour Pass ’90’ Fabric Sticker
·       Cowboys From Hell Texas Guest Laminated Pass
·       ‘U.S. Tour ’91’ All Access Laminated Pass
·       Ticket reproduction, June 14, 1991

The previously announced Deluxe and Expanded Editions will be available on September 14. Suggested list price for the Deluxe version will be $29.98 (physical) and $17.98 (digital). Suggested list price for the Expanded Edition will be $19.98 (physical) and $12.99 (digital).

PANTERA
COWBOYS FROM HELL
Disc One – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions
1.    “Cowboys From Hell”
2.    “Primal Concrete Sledge”
3.    “Psycho Holiday”
4.    “Heresy”
5.    “Cemetery Gates”
6.    “Domination”
7.    “Shattered”
8.    “Clash With Reality”
9.    “Medicine Man”
10.  “Message In Blood”
11.  “The Sleep”
12.  “The Art Of Shredding”

Disc Two – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions
(Tracks 1-7 Recorded Live at Foundations Forum, Los Angeles, CA 9/15/90)
(Tracks 8-12 Recorded at For Those About to Rock: Monsters in Moscow, 1991)
1.    “Domination” – Live*
2.    “Psycho Holiday” – Live*
3.    “The Art Of Shredding” – Live*
4.    “Cowboys From Hell” – Live*
5.    “Cemetery Gates” – Live*
6.    “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live*
7.    “Heresy” – Live*
8.    “Domination” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
9.    “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
10.  “Cowboys From Hell” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
11.  “Heresy” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
12.  “Psycho Holiday” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†

Disc Three – Ultimate and Deluxe Editions Only
1.    “The Will To Survive”*
2.    “Shattered” – Demo*
3.    “Cowboys From Hell” – Demo*
4.    “Heresy” – Demo*
5.    “Cemetery Gates” – Demo*
6.    “Psycho Holiday” – Demo*
7.    “Medicine Man” – Demo*
8.    “Message In Blood” – Demo*
9.    “Domination” – Demo*
10.  “The Sleep” – Demo*
11.  “The Art Of Shredding” – Demo*

* Previously Unreleased
† Unreleased in the U.S
(COWBOYS FROM HELL originally released on July 24, 1990)

AUDIO-VIDEO WIDGET (w/ streaming links)
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VIDEOS


Cowboys From Hell (official)

Primal Concrete Sledge (live)

Psycho Holiday (official)

Domination (live)

Cemetery Gates (official)

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