FREEDOM CALL To Release Live In Hellvetia CD/DVD On June 14th

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG
FREEDOM CALL - Live In Hellvetia CD/DVD

FREEDOM CALL - Live In Hellvetia CD/DVD

Having sold over 35,000 copies of their debut, Stairway To Fairyland, FREEDOM CALL’s tour with SAXON, ANGRA and EDGUY turned into a triumphal march. The tour culminated with memorable shows with SAVATAGE and SKEW SISKIN in August 1999 as part of the Popkomm music fair in Cologne. The band played almost fifty shows in 2000 and proved their worth at various festivals, like the Wacken Open Air 1999 and 2000.

 

Their second release, Crystal Empire, even surpassed the debut’s success. The sales figures increased, and even before the album was available, Freedom Call were invited to the Metal Fest in Bologna, Italy, the Metal Days in Switzerland and delivered an unforgettable performance at the STRATOVARIUS / RHAPSODY show in Bourges, France.

 

Following the release of Crystal Empire, Freedom Call embarked on a 63-day European tour with HAMMERFALL and VIRGIN STEELE that took them through Scandinavia, Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungry, France and Spain, among other countries.

 

June 2002 saw the arrival of the third Freedom Call recording, Eternity” followed by an extensive tour with BLIND GUARDIAN. During that time period they recorded Live Invasion. At the same time, Freedom Call established themselves as a headlining act in their own right and they were celebrated as the stars of the Wacken Road Show 2004 night after night.

 

The Circle Of Life saw the integration of more modern and unusual arrangements into the band’s sound, extending the musicians’ sonic range – an element which their album, Dimensions, also benefits from. With both albums they toured extensively with bands like RAGE and DRAGONFORCE.

 

In 2010 the new album, Legend Of The Shadowking, saw the light of day. The album is based on the story of King Ludwig II and charted in Sweden and Finland. In February/March 2010 Freedom Call embarked on a huge European tour together with GAMMA RAY and in May 2010 with AXEL RUDI PELL. Afterwards they played over 40 gigs on festivals and as a headliner. After nearly 15 years of existence and approx. 200,000 albums sold it was time for the first DVD which was shot by the end of 2010 in Pratteln, Switzerland.

 

Both the CD and DVD packages include the entire live show from Pratteln, Switzerland. The second disc of the DVD set includes interviews, a A Day In The Life Of Freedom Call featurette and much more. The limited edition 2 CD/2 DVD deluxe package contains both CD’s, both DVD’s and a deluxe A1 Poster.

 

 

 

 

Tracklisting/DVD:

 

‘We Are One’

‘United Alliance’

‘Thunder God’

‘Tears Of Babylon’

‘Blackenend Sun’

‘Queen Of My world’

‘Out Of The ruins’

‘Hunting High And Low’

Drum Solo

‘Metal Invasion’

‘Merlin – Requiem’

‘Merlin – Legend Of The Past’

‘The Quest’

‘Warriors’

‘A Perfect Day’

‘Far Away’

‘Mr. Evil’

‘Land Of Light’

‘Freedom Call’

‘Hymn To The Brave’

 

Live, recorded on December 29th, 2010 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland

Running time: approx 110 min

 

In addition to the release of Live In Hellvetia, Freedom Call will also be releasing their latest studio album, Legend Of The Shadowking, in a limited edition double gatefold format. The album will be on blue colored vinyl and includes one bonus track.

 

 

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ANVIL Drop Off Bill For Sweden Rock Cruise; WOLF Step In

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG

Canuck metal legends ANVIL have dropped off the bill for the Sweden Rock Cruise, which sails from Stockholm April 7th – 8th.

 

Says the band, “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are forced to cancel our appearance on the Sweden Rock Cruise. We are very sorry for this.”

Organizers have confirmed that Swedish metal heroes Wolf will replace Anvil on the cruise.

 

Acts performing now include: BONFIRE, DORO, ELECTRIC BOYS, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, PRIMORDIAL, WOLF.

 

The 23-hour cruise on the Baltic Sea features 12 floors with metal DJs, duty free shops, bars, restaurants, swimming pool, sauna, games room and six well-known hard rock bands playing live. Eight of ten previous Sweden Rock cruises have been sold out.


For more info and tickets visit Swedenrockcruise.com

 

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ALMAH issues message to Japanese people

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG
ALMAH

ALMAH

Today The Official Japanese Blog of Almah (http://almahjapan.exblog.jp) revealed the message of Almah musicians, Edu Falaschi and Felipe Andreoli, to Japan:

“After all these days I still have no words to express all this pain that I have in my heart! But at the same time I feel that I must try in any way to help the people that I love and respect so much!

My daughter has Japanese blood and a part of my family is Japanese, and this make the sadness that I feel even stronger!

But I’m sure that Japan will rise again and will show to the world why this country is so evoluted!

I know that Japan lost many innocent lives, but if this kind of disaster had happened in some other country, we would have million of dead people! I’m proud of Japanese people! Their respect, culture and intelligence, saved million of lives.

With all my love and respect,

Edu Falaschi”

 

“To all our dear fans and friends in Japan,

I know that you are a brave and hard working people, and I know that you will overcome this bad situation in the best way possible.

From Brazil we send you our thoughts, hoping for the best for each and every one of you, your families and loved ones.

This great country has showed the world in the past an incredible capability for overcoming great tragedies, and this time shouldn’t be any different.

Best wishes,

Felipe Andreoli”

 

As previously reported, ALMAH is going to enter the studio in May to record the third studio album, the follow up of Fragile Equality (2008).

 

For more information about Almah

Almah Official website: http://www.almah.com.br/

 

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PLACE OF SKULLS: As A Dog Returns To See European Release

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG

Volcom Entertainment is proud to join forces with legendary doom guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin (Pentagram, Death Row, Cathedral) and PLACE OF SKULLS. Titled As A Dog Returns, the nine-track follow-up to 2006’s The Black Is Never Far was released in the U.S. last fall via Giddy Up Records. Recorded at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville by Travis Wyrick and Griffin with drums recorded and engineered by Mike Dearing, As A Dog Returns will finally see a proper European release on April 4, 2011 via Volcom with distribution by ADA Warner.

 

Said Griffin of the cooperation: “We’re extremely happy with this arrangement. I’ve had my eye on Volcom for some time now. They’re a wide-reaching company and have their hand in other markets besides music… a clothing line, skateboard/surfing apparel, and more. It’s cool that a company like this loves heavy music and only puts out the stuff they really dig. It’s just a whole different angle than the way labels typically work.”

 

Already commended by critics and fans alike, Cosmic Lava called As A Dog Returns, “intense and evocative…,” with Doommantia adding, “…classy, solid and creative, the musicianship is second to none as Griffin is in top form, Tomaselli delivers a stellar performance on the drums and the bass playing of Abney is spot on.” Metal Register boasted, “…As A Dog Returns proves, convincingly, that PLACE OF SKULLS are much more than just a Trouble tribute band…a solid and creative heavy metal/hard rock album that will leave an imprint on many a listener.” Dangerdog also gave the record kudos claiming, “‘The Maker,’ ‘Breath Of Life,’ ‘Psalm,’ and ‘Desperation’ are some of the best, somber, foreboding, and often dark, heavy/doom metal you’ll find on this side of the Atlantic.”

 

Coinciding with the European release of As A Dog Returns, PLACE OF SKULLS will embark on a European tour with The Gates Of Slumber. Presented by Vibra-Agency, Volcom and Rock Hard Magazine, the dates are as follows:

 

3/31/2011 FIN – Helsinki, Kuudes Linja

4/01/2011 FIN – Oulu, Nuclear Nightclub

4/02/2011 FIN – Turku, Klubi

4/05/2011 GER – Nürnberg, KV

4/06/2011 CH – Lenzburg, Met Bar

4/07/2011 A – Wien, Arena

4/08/2011 I – Vicenza, Sabotage

4/09/2011 I – Parma, Onirica Club

4/10/2011 CH – Martigny, Les Caves du Manoir

4/12/2011 F – Paris, Le Labo – Théatre de Ménilmontant

4/13/2011 ESP – Barcelona, Rocksound

4/15/2011 NL – Tilburg, O13, Roadburn, Midi Theater for POS

 

http://www.placeofskulls.com

http://www.myspace.com/placeofskullsdoom

http://www.volcomeurope.com

 

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SOILWORK Singer and ARCH ENEMY Bass Player Launch Classic Rock Band

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, the new classic rock band featuring Björn Strid (SOILWORK) and Sharlee D’ Angelo (ARCH ENEMYSPIRITUAL BEGGARS), have posted two songs on their Facebook and Myspace pages. For music visit:http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Night-Flight-Orchestra/210664785613576?sk=app_178091127385 |www.myspace.com/nightflightorchestra
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA started like so many others as an innocent yet serious drunken idea when Björn Strid (SOILWORK) and David Andersson (MEAN STREAK, session SOILWORK) were on the road together somewhere in North America in 2007. Björn andDavid were bonding over what they considered “classic” or not, from rock n roll conspiracies to being arrested in a lobby with nothing but leather pants on. All those scenarios, fictional or real, needed a soundtrack. They also came to think that whether you’re on a metal tour or not, a lot of classic rock songs say it all and can really lend you a helping hand and make you forget about everything, especially when in motion or travelling. The classic escape. The never-ending road trip. The transatlantic night flight. It may sound simple and naive but what it all comes down to is that we all need that soundtrack to feel extra special, whether you have been arrested in a lobby or not.

 

It didn’t take long before bass player Sharlee D’ Angelo (ARCH ENEMYSPIRITUAL BEGGARS) joined forces as well as keyboard playerRichard Larsson (VON BENZO) and drummer Jonas Källsbäck (MEAN STREAK). The goal was to reclaim the 70’s/early 80’s sense for classic melody, the forgotten recipe to a timeless song, preferably a song mentioning a city, street name or an exhilarating alcoholic beverage. Anything that will have you spitting out the word ‘classic’. From “Tarot Woman” to “Badlands”, from “Rhiannon” to “Running on Empty”, from “Blind Man” to “Night Moves”, from “Deuce” to “Separate Ways”, from “Elected” to “Set me Free”. The list goes on. It’s all about reclaiming the “classic”. The band is currently unsigned but are looking into recording their debut album this summer.

 

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CANNIBAL CORPSE DVD “Global Evisceration” hits charts in US & Canada!

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG
CANNIBAL CORPSE: "Global Evisceration"

CANNIBAL CORPSE: "Global Evisceration"

Florida’s kings of death metal, CANNIBAL CORPSE, have landed the #17 spot on the Billboard Music Video Charts in the US and #5 on the Music Video Chart in Canada with their latest DVD release Global Evisceration, which came out March 15 via Metal Blade Records.

 

Global Evisceration was shot and edited by director Denise Korycki (Wild Wind Productions) who also shot and directed Centuries of Torment – The First 20 Years (entered the Billboard Music Video Charts at #8 in its 1st week of release!) in addition to DVD’s for bands like As I Lay Dying, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, and Super Joint Ritual.

 

Global Evisceration contains one disc and is approximately 3 hours long with artwork by the infamous Vince Locke. The main program includes full live-song performances from two live shows: the Gothic Theater in Englewood, CO shot on 5/3/10 and Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM shot on 5/8/10. Global Evisceration also includes bonus performances and extra segments including behind the scenes footage covering Evisceration Plague era tours.

 

Head over to the CANNIBAL CORPSE landing page HERE to check out the first video – an excerpt that didn’t make the final cut featuring Jesse Jackson – the second video featuring part of a live performance of Stripped, Raped and Strangled – the third video that is part of a live performance of the track Scalding Hail, and the fourth and final teaser clip featuring the band in Malta.

 

http://www.facebook.com/cannibalcorpse

http://www.myspace.com/cannibalcorpse

http://www.cannibalcorpse.net

 

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EXMORTUS ENTER STUDIO TO RECORD SOPHMORE ALBUM

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG

Since the release of their debut album In Hatreds Flame during July 2008, EXMORTUS have kept busy touring and gigging relentlessly with bands such as label mates Vektor and LA black thrashers Witchaven. After suffering a temporary setback with the departure of former frontman Balmore during early 2010, the band rebounded quickly with lead guitar shredder Conan taking over on vocals and the addition of new guitarist Sean Redline. The short break from their busy live schedule also provided the band with the time needed to complete the material for their upcoming sophomore album entitled Beyond the Fall of Time. Armed to the teeth with their most aggressive material to date the death-thrash quartet entered Black Static Studio in Los Angeles to begin recording Beyond the Fall of Time, tentatively scheduled for release during late summer 2011 on Heavy Artillery Records. Drummer Mario Moreno had this to say about the new line-up and progress in the studio to date:

 

“We’ve been at Black Static Studios for nine days now and we feel that we couldn’t have picked a better studio to capture the new material. The line-up change during early 2010 set our original recording plans back by several months so we’re excited to finally be recording this album. With the new line-up of Conan on vocals and the addition of Sean Redline on second guitar the band is at its strongest ever. We’re really happy with the new material and the heavier sound. Sean has contributed a lot of great ideas to the album overall and Conan will finally get to showcase his vocals.”

 

Catch EXMORTUS live at the Black Castle in Los Angeles on Friday March 25th with Witchaven, Killbot, Zombie Holocaust and more.

 

Listen to the demo versions of “Destroy” and “Entombed with the Pharaohs” from the upcoming album at: http://heavyartillery.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-the-fall-of-time-demo-tracks

 

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CEREBRAL BORE PREPARING FOR ‘A DAY OF SONIC OBLITERATION’ THIS WEEKEND

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG

Scottish death metal act CEREBRAL BORE are preparing for a headlining performance at ‘A Day of Sonic Obliteration’ this Sunday, 27th March in London, UK.

The band will be celebrating the upcoming Earache Records release of their debut album, MANIACAL MISCREATION, with a brutally unforgettable show at the Purple Turtle, featuring plenty of killer tracks off the new album.

CEREBRAL BORE guitarist PAUL MCGUIRE comments:

“This Sunday we’re headlining an all-dayer at the Purple Turtle in Camden.  It’s our first show since we signed to Earache and we are chuffed to be doing it in London!  Always a good reception and up-for-it gig-goers.  It will be good to see some of the other bands on the bill that we are already familiar with, especially Dead Beyond Buried.  London, prepare to be repeatedly jabbed in the face by a live dose of Maniacal Miscreation!”

View the flyer for A Day of Sonic Obliteration at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/cb_sonicobliteration.jpg

MANIACAL MISCREATION is due to be released on April 11th in Europe and June 7th in North America.

Pre-order the album now in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_761 or in North America athttp://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_747

Catch CEREBRAL BORE live on tour at the following shows:

CEREBRAL BORE
Mar. 27 – London, UK – Purple Turtle
Apr. 12 – Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks (w/ MALEVOLENT CREATION)

CEREBRAL BORE w/ AEON, FLAYED DISCIPLE
Apr. 20 – Bristol, UK – The Croft (without AEON)
Apr. 21 – Liverpool, UK – The Masque
Apr. 22 – Edinburgh, UK – Bannerman’s
Apr. 24 – Derby, UK – The Old Bell
Apr. 25 – London, UK – Mass
Apr. 29 – Tilburg, Netherlands – Neurotic Deathfest

View the UK tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/cerebral_uk_2011.jpg

CEREBRAL BORE w/ PUTRID PILE, ZOMBIFIED
May 05 – Belfast, UK – Aunt Annie’s
May 06 – Dublin, Ireland – Fibber Magees
May 07 – Edinburgh, UK – Dead Haggis Deathfest, Studio 24

CEREBRAL BORE
May 20 – Aberdeen, UK – Tunnels
May 22 – Newcastle, UK – Northumberland Arms
May 31 – New York, NY – Port 41 Club

CEREBRAL BORE w/ INSIDIOUS DECREPANCY, TRIFIXION, MERCILESS PRECISION
Jun. 03 – Houston, TX – Walter’s On Washington
Jun. 04 – San Antonio, TX – Zombies
Jun. 05 – San Angelo, TX – Steel Penny
Jun. 06 – Lubbock, TX – Diabolos Live
Jun. 07 – Amarillo, TX – EBGBS
Jun. 09 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock
Jun. 10 – Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Deathfest, The Cheyenne Saloon
Jun. 11 – Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Deathfest, The Cheyenne Saloon
Jun. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Que’s Bar and Grill (no INSIDIOUS DECREPANCY)

View the US tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/cerebral_us_2011.jpg

CEREBRAL BORE w/ ROTTENNESS, TRIFIXION, MERCILESS PRECISION
Jun. 16 – Cancun, Mexico – Xibalba Bar
Jun. 17 – Merida, Mexico – Sindicato Demolineros
Jun. 18 – Costa Del Carmen, Mexico – Sindicato Del Seguro Social
Jun. 19 – Campeche, Mexico – Sindicato Del Toro

Watch CEREBRAL BORE’s first music video, for the track “The Bald Cadaver”, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWE9YmB8reQ

CEREBRAL BORE was formed in 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland and is comprised of frontwoman SOM PLUIJMERS, guitarist PAUL MCGUIRE, bassist KYLE RUTHERFORD and drummer ALLAN MCDIBET.

View a photo of the band at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/cb_band1.jpg

Get more CEREBRAL BORE news and info at:

MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/cerebralbore2
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/cerebralbore
Twitter – http://twitter.com/Cerebralbore2

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HEAVY METAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES KISS, AC/DC, AND DEATH ANGEL SHORTS

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG
HEAVY METAL FILM FESTIVAL

HEAVY METAL FILM FESTIVAL

Sponsored by Nuclear Blast USA, Decibel Magazine, Amoeba Music L.A., Boss Printing, Dean Guitars, and Full Metal Jackie, the world’s first-ever film festival dedicated to heavy metal music will be taking place at the Downtown Independent Cinema in Los Angeles, California this coming March 31st through April 3rd, 2011.

 

The following four shorts will be a part of the first annual HEAVY METAL FILM FESTIVAL’s inaugural short film program:

 

FACES OF BUDOKAN

A short film by Mike Cassidy and Tim Sheridan (USA)

 

In March of 2003, “The Hottest Band in the World,” KISS, embarked on a concert tour throughout Japan, stopping for three Crazy Nights at the legendary Budokan Hall in Tokyo. With consecutive sold out shows bringing out over 14,200 Japanese Super-Fans each night, the Psycho Circus was as evident outside of the venue as it was inside. Dressed to Kill, the kabuki-faced fans from all walks of life joined en force to celebrate this much anticipated event. This KISS Army was more like a KISS Family. With lavish costumes and elaborate face make-up, this spectacle was unrivaled by any modern day costume ball. In other words, it’s Cold Gin time again!  “Faces of Budokan” puts you front row for the “show” before the show.  It’s like “Heavy Metal Parking Lot” with an extra shot of sake and a spicy tuna roll!

 

 

BEYOND THE THUNDER

Directors: Gregg Ferguson & Kurt Squiers (USA)

 

Finally, a documentary with balls.  How did millions of fans connect with AC/DC?  To find out… we asked them.

 

The mission: create a unique film about the fans of one of the greatest bands the world has ever known, AC/DC.  The inaugural Heavy Metal Film Festival has been given the unique opportunity to screen 16 minutes of the film for its Los Angeles premiere, as directors Gregg Ferguson & Kurt Squiers are still battling time to complete the project.

 

 

DEATH ANGEL: A Thrashumentary (Trailer)

Director: Tommy Jones (USA)

 

This is an exclusive 12-minute trailer to the DVD that will be released in 2012.  This film gives the viewer an in-depth look into the mighty DEATH ANGEL, one of the longest-running thrash metal acts from the San Francisco Bay Area known for turning out historic thrash bands such as METALLICATESTAMENT and EXODUS.  With their classic debut album The Ultra-Violence nearing its 25th anniversary, DEATH ANGEL has survived a span of 30 years of activity and now was the time to finally tell their story.  Filmed on the “Relentless Retribution” world tour, the film shows the band on the road talking about their career, is cut with “fly-on-the-wall” documentary-style interview footage, and captures their trademarked, high-energy live performances that leaves their fans purged of sweat and adrenaline.

 

 

CAPITAL METAL

Director: Mohammad Kabeer (INDIA)

 

Capital Metal is a documentary about the local metal scene in New Delhi, India.  It features big bands in the scene likeThird Sovereign and Undying Inc., as well as little known yet extremely talented bands like Phobia and Guillotine. The film focuses on various issues related to the scene, from handling their day jobs and playing metal to how they hold their own in a market dominated by Bollywood.  Since no band in Delhi (no matter how popular they are) can play metal to support themselves, they all need a second job. The film was made in eight days with a meager budget of 200 dollars as part of a college project.  It is the first metal documentary to be made in India and explores the passion to play music despite all odds and shows us that metal exists outside of Europe and America.

 

 

Miami International Film Festival award-winner Las Marimbas Del Infierno (Marimbas From Hell) by Julio Hernández Cordón(Guatemala/France/México) will be opening the festival on Thursday evening, March 31st.

 

The first portion of the maiden line-up for 2011’s Heavy Metal Film Festival can be viewed at the official HMFF site.  Click HERE to download HMFF movie posters (Password: b=8X+6G).

 

Advanced tickets to the HEAVY METAL FILM FESTIVAL are now available for purchase via the Downtown Independent Cinema Box Office.  Ticket prices will be as follows:

  • $9.00 per film
  • $15.00 – Opening Night Screening (includes After-Party)
  • $33.00 – Day Pass (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
  • $66.60 – Advanced Purchase Festival Pass (ONLY 30 available at this SPECIAL PRICE; includes Opening Night)
  • $99.00 – Advanced Purchase Festival Pass (ONLY 100 available; includes Opening Night)

 

For information about volunteering for this event, please write in to heavymetalfilmfestival@gmail.com.

 

Visit the HEAVY METAL FILM FESTIVAL online at www.HEAVYMETALFF.com, on FacebookMySpaceTwitter, and YouTube.

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MORTIIS ANNOUNCES UK RETURN WITH COMBICHRIST

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG
OSLO, Norway – Following a wildly success European tour, Mortiis will once again team up with Combichrist for another round of dates in the UK this summer.

“We haven´t played the UK in a while, it feels great to finally be able to get back over there and meet some old friends and hopefully gain some new ones,” said band namesake Mortiis.  “The European tour with Combichrist was a blast so we know this one will be too.”

The Mortiis/Combichrist European tour took the two groups on a two month-long trek all throughout the continent.  During the tour, Mortiis offered fans a preview of the band’s newest material, which is starkly heavier and more aggressive than past offerings.

Prior to the European tour, Mortiis was focused preparing  their latest releases, the upcoming full-length “The Great Deceiver” and “Perfectly Defect,” a free digital download unveiled October 10 at www.mortiis.com.  “
UK dates for Mortiis and Combichrist:
June 28  Southampton, UK @ Talking Heads
June 29  Leamington Spa, UK @ The Assembly
June 30  Manchester, UK @ Academy
July 01  Glasgow, UK @ The Classic Grand
July 02  Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
July 03  London, UK @ Koko

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MACABRE Announce Summer North American Tour; European Tour Begins Shortly

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG

Murder metallers MACABRE have announced a string of North American tour dates for this Summer, the latest in their ongoing Grim Scary tour supporting their latest blistering full-length Grim Scary Tales. Set to kick off in late July, MACABRE will hit the road for two weeks as direct support from gore metal outfit Exhumed, and also joined by Cephalic Carnage and Withered.

 

MACABRE will first hit the road for the previously-announced European leg of the tour in mid-April, with special guests Birdflesh, Rompeprop, and with nine select dates of the tour also including support from fellow Chicagoan Bruce Lamont.

 

 

Confirmed MACABRE Grim Scary Tour Dates:

 

European Grim Scary Tour

with Birdflesh, Rompeprop, Bruce Lamont (on select dates):

4/16/2011 Salzman Factory – Kassel, Germany

4/18/2011 Feierwerk – Munchen, Germany

4/19/2011 Marx – Hamburg, Germany w/ Bruce Lamont

4/20/2011 Sticky fingers – Gotenborg, Sweden w/ Bruce Lamont

4/21/2011 Kafe Deluxe – Vaxjo, Sweden w/ Bruce Lamont

4/22/2011 Ungdomens Hus – Uppsala, Sweden w/ Bruce Lamont

4/23/2011 O’Leary’s – Kristianstad, Sweden w/ Bruce Lamont

4/24/2011 Turock – Essen, Germany w/ Bruce Lamont

4/26/2011 Exit Chmelnice – Prague, Czech Republic w/ Bruce Lamont

4/27/2011 Nova Pekaren – Nitra, Slovakia w/ Bruce Lamont

4/28/2011 Prostor Tančírna – Ostrava, Czech Republic w/ Bruce Lamont

4/29/2011 Skullcrusher club – Dresden, Germany

4/30/2011 Neurotic Deathfest – Tilburg, Netherlands

5/01/2011 4Ecluses – Dunkerque, France

5/03/2011 Dynamo Werk 21 – Zurich, Switzerland

4/04/2011 Pieffe Factory – Nova Gorica, Italy

5/05/2011 Escape – Vienna, Austria

5/06/2011 Warpurgis Metal Days Fest – Hauzenberg, Germany

5/07/2011 Puntpop Festival – Wuustweezel Belgium

5/08/2011 Steinbruch Theater – Darmstad, Germany

 

North American grim Scary Tour

with Exhumed, Cephalic Carnage, Withered:

7/24/2011 Central Illinois Metalfest – Urbana, IL

7/25/2011 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

7/26/2011 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

7/27/2011 Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB

7/28/2011 The Exchange – Regina, SK

7/29/2011 The Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB

7/30/2011 The Distillery – Calgary, AB

7/31/2011 Sapphire Nightclub – Kelowna, BC

8/01/2011 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC

8/02/2011 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

8/03/2011 Branx – Portland, OR

8/04/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

8/05/2011 The Alley – Sparks, NV

8/06/2011 Cheyanne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV

8/07/2011 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

 

Check out tour posters and more at this location. Additional North American MACABRE live slayings are in the planning stages to follow the Exhumed tour, and will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

The band’s turbulent new full-length Grim Scary Tales presents the classic MACABRE style fans have come to expect, cleverly combining nursery rhyme sing-along quirkiness with ultra-tight, high-speed, gore/grind/death ingenuity. MACABRE have cleverly devised a “story book of murder” with this album, as Grim Scary Tales tracing back to the earliest recorded and most infamous mass killers.

 

 

“…this odd, transgressive, audacious record will be like manna from the drill-hole in the head of a Dahmer acid zombie for those who can abide a healthy dose of absurdity in their brutality. 8/10” – Decibel

 

“Every bit the raucous, gore-grind slab of still-quivering meat fans have come to expect from the band, Grim Scary Tales is another one in the win column for this now legendary trio. ” – MetalSucks

 

“…a mixed bag, offering some straight up blasters, semi-technical death (these guys are underrated musicians, IMO), “true metal” ballads, chicken-pickin’, poetry and those demented carnival sing-songs that the band likes to dabble in. 8.5/10” – Hellbound

 

“Blending elements of death metal, thrash, nursery rhymes, country rock, circus music, chamber music, a weird old town crier and even some world music themes Macabre takes the listener on a twisted sonic journey on every track.” – Metal Army America

 

“…their approach is utterly distinctive, with snappy, unfailingly energetic songs, based around either crisp machine gun death metal riffs or crunching, hooky mid-tempo grooves.” – Metal Reviews

 

“…the technical synchronicity that the band is capable of is nothing less than awe inspiring, and new fans just discovering Macabre with this disc might not fully appreciate their capability. 4/5” – Metal Rules

 

http://www.myspace.com/macabre
http://www.murdermetal.com

 

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KATATONIA ANNOUNCES ‘LAST FAIR DEAL GONE DOWN’ AND ‘NIGHT IS THE NEW DAY’ SPECIAL EDITIONS

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG

Special editions due out next month on Peaceville Records

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Sweden’s Katatonia has announced that it will release special editions of the critically acclaimed albums, Last Fair Deal Gone Down and Night is the New Day, on April 25th, to coincide with a series of special shows to mark the band’s 20th anniversary in May.

The special 10th anniversary edition of the classic Last Fair Deal Gone Down will be presented in deluxe mediabook packaging, as a two-disc edition containing tracks from the now hard-to-find singles, ‘Teargas’ and ‘Tonight’s Music’. 2009’s stellar album, Night is the New Day, will include bonus tracks from the ‘The Longest Year’ EP. Both titles will be presented with newly updated cover artwork courtesy of original artist Travis Smith.

 

Performances for the 20th anniversary “Last Fair Day Gone Night Tour 2011” are scheduled for Luxembourg, Germany, Holland, France, England, and Greece, and the band will perform two sets at each show. The first set will see the band play Last Fair Deal Gone Down front to back. The second set will consist of a mixed set of carefully picked songs from the band’s extensive catalogue.

The band is offering exclusive VIP ticket packages, limited to only 70 for each show, which will include a laminated VIP pass exclusive to the show, access to sound check, a meet and greet with Katatonia, a t-shirt exclusive to that particular show, a special tour program, and a very special limited edition vinyl of their latest opus, Night is The New Day, amongst other exclusive items. All the goods will be included in a specially made Katatonia messenger bag. The VIP laminate will also allow early access to venues, so that VIPs can get the best seats in the house.

In addition, all VIPs will automatically be entered into a draw for a grand prize made available by a selection of the band´s equipment endorsers.

Head over to: http://www.katatonia.com/tour-dates for more information.

Dates and venues are as follows:

May 4th – Kulturfabrik – Luxembourg **

May 5th – Stollwerck – Cologne, Germany**

May 6th – Koko – London, UK (Live DVD recording)**

May 7th – De Kade – Zaandam, Holland**

May 8th – Alhambra – Paris, France**

May 14th – Fuzz Live Music Club – Athens, Greece

** Exclusive VIP packages available for these shows.

 

For more information…

www.katatonia.com

www.myspace.com/katatonia

www.facebook.com/katatonia

www.artistarena.com

www.peaceville.com

www.omerch.com

www.northernmusic.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Fresno Media

www.fresnomediausa.com

www.facebook.com/FresnoMedia

 

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WHILE HEAVEN WEPT: NEW TRACK AVAILABLE ONLINE

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG

“Destroyer Of Solace,“ a track off the new album by emotive, epic metal band WHILE HEAVEN WEPT can be streamed here.

Guitarist, song writer and founding member Tom Phillips gives a little insight on the song:

“Jim [Hunter] totally nailed the sick bass run in one take.  Clearly, this is Bathory and Immortal inspired yet totally WHW nonetheless. And of course, as with all WHW material, it is rooted in real life events and relationships.  Or, rather specifically, one.  The bottom line is the is album comes from the deepest wells of my heart, and it really requires several listens to understand… even for me.  Anyway, it is the beginning of the end of a process of bereavement that began with the VOL album.”

Fear Of Infinity, the Virginia band’s Nuclear Blast debut, will be released in North America on May 3rd and is the follow-up studio album to 2009’s Vast Oceans Lachrymose.

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT are confirmed to perform on the center stage at the ProgPowerUSA XII festival on Saturday, September 17th in Atlanta, Georgia.  View the festival line-up here.  Tickets are available via TicketMaster.

On Saturday, March 26th, the band will be headlining a benefit concert at Volume 11 Tavern in Raleigh, North Carolina for Tony “Dio” Leonardo, a local metal promoter who recently underwent a nephrectomy.

Visit WHILE HEAVEN WEPT online at www.WHILEHEAVENWEPT.com, on Facebook, and at www.myspace.com/WHILEHEAVENWEPT.

 

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HELL: FIRST SINGLES NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG

“Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us” and “On Earth As It Is In Hell,” the first singles off the debut studio release by British occult NWOBHM band HELL are now available for purchase at this location.  The album Human Remains will be released in North America on May 17th.

Producer and HELL guitarist Andy Sneap is a life-long friend of the band who was taught guitar by the original HELL singer/guitarist Dave G. Halliday.  Sneap shares a bit of background on the song selected for the single:

“’Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us’ was actually HELL’s only ‘official’ release back in 1983 on the band’s own Deadly Weapon Records label.  Written by original singer/guitarist Dave Halliday, the original single was complemented by the instrumental B side ‘Deathsquad.’

“All the songs on the new HELL album were written between 1981 & 1986, with just a few small adjustments to the arrangements.  We recorded the album over the last three years,  in down time between other albums I’ve been working on and it was only by chance we ended up with Kev’s brother David [Bower] singing.  As he’s a professional actor / voice over artist, Kev asked him to do a voice over on one song; he then sang some backing vocals and immediately I knew we’d found the right guy. He’d seen the band close to 20 times back in the day so appreciated the theatrics needed to fill the shoes left by Dave Halliday.  We didn’t really set out to do an album.  At first it was just a group of old friends getting together and putting three songs down to see what they sounded like because we could with me now having a studio.  We kinda didn’t stop.  Personally, I can’t really pick a favorite song as I’m so close to the whole record…”

One of the true founding fathers of occult metal and cited as a huge indirect influence to many bands, HELL formed in 1982 from the carcasses of U.K. metal bands Race Against Time and Paralex – whose 3-song White Lightning EP was listed by Metallica as a favorite and was subsequently included on the Lars Ulrich / Geoff Barton “NWOBHM: ’79 Revisited” sampler.

View the video for “On Earth As It Is In Hell” here *and below).  It was directed by Kristian Harvard of Visual Concepts U.K.

HELL’s 2011 line-up:

 

  • David Bower – Vocals
  • Kev Bower – Guitar & Keyboards
  • Andy Sneap – Guitar
  • Tony Speakman – Bass
  • Tim Bowler – Drums

 

Visit HELL online at www.HELL-METAL.com, on FacebookMySpace, & YouTube.com/HELL.

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DOWNLOAD THE NEW DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS ALBUM – FOR FREE!

March 25th, 2011
by EvilG

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS - Satánico Dramático

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS - Satánico Dramático

Los Angeles extreme metal band DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS have made their new album, Satánico Dramático,available for FREE download at www.DDLM.net.

DDLM drummer & founding member Alfonso Pinzón comments on the band’s motivation to offer their album at no cost to fans:

“We are very proud of finally being able to deliver this album to metal fans from all corners of the globe, regardless of their financial situation.  We don’t want your money.  True metal has never been about milking money out of the fans.  If you like the band, we only ask you to download this album and play it as loud as you can!  Metal to the masses!”

Mixed by Roy Z (Rob Halford, Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson) and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Armored Saint), artwork for Satánico Dramático was created by Lucio Hernández, an artist from Monterrey, Nuevo León, México.

The final track listing for the album is as follows:
01. Las Calaveras Del Terror
02. Plague Mass
03. Sigo Siendo El Rey (featuring Tony “Maldito X” Campos of Asesino)
04. Death’s Embrace
05. Fresh Meat For The Grinder (featuring Jeff Walker of Carcass & Brujeria plus Scott Carlson of Repulsion)
06. Here Hell Rises
07. The Fifth Republic (featuring Boris Bonillo of Letum Ascensus)
08. Bestia De Las Mil Cabezas (featuring Anton Reisenegger of Lock Up & Pentagram [Chile])
09. Sigo Vivo (featuring Andrés Giménez
of A.N.I.M.A.L.)
10. Satánico Dramático (Instrumental featuring Jonny Coffin of The Deathriders)

Satánico Dramático is the follow-up to 2005’s self-titled Day Of The Dead EP (also mixed by Roy Z) released on Cinismo Records.

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS are:

  • Loana dP Valencia – Vocals
  • Alfonso Pinzon – Drums
  • Andres Jaramillo – Guitars
  • Adrian Villanueva – Guitars
  • Alejandro Corredor – Bass

Visit DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS online:

www.DDLM.net

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