After delivering a standout performance at this year’s Central Illinois Metalfest and laying waste to the States as a part of the Campaign For Death Metal Purity tour, Chicago’s CARDIAC ARREST are taking their skull-splitting brand of death metal back out on the road. Beginning August 25th, CARDIAC ARREST will join up with ENTHRONED, DESTROYER 666 and PATHOLOGY to close out what is already being called this summer’s most extreme tour.
The remaining dates are as follows:
Aug 22 Salt Lake City @ Bar Delux
Aug 23 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Aug 24 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Aug 25 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club w/ Cardiac Arrest
Aug 26 Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s w/ Cardiac Arrest
Aug 27 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House w/ Cardiac Arrest
Aug 28 Montreal, QC @ Katacombes w/ Cardiac Arrest
Aug 29 Philadelphia, PA @ Club Polaris “Hostile City Deathfest”
Additionally, CARDIAC ARREST will be joining the likes of CANNABIS CORPSE, MISERY INDEX and many others as part of this year’s New Jersey Deathfest. The fest, which is being held at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ, will take place on October 22nd & 23rd. CARDIAC ARREST will be performing on Saturday the 23rd. For details and ticket information, visit www.newjerseydeathfest.com.
Following the highly successful Australian launch of BerserkerfoX’s debut album “History.Altar.Ashes” in June 2010, European and US release dates have now been set for 14th September 2010 through Ovis Records (Norway).
Exclusive presale copies of the debut release will be available August 20th to members of Ovis Records’ Facebook site, as well as BerserkerfoX’s ReverbNation and Facebook pages.
The Swedish hellfire horde DEMONICAL have issued the following statement:
Last weekends muddy – but utterly amazing – Party San Open Air Festival wrapped up the touring cycle for ”Hellsworn”. Heads down for each and everyone who came and showed their loyalty at the about 50 massacres we did in support of the disc. You will all be remembered !!
We will now fully focus on our third yet untitled full-length album. The material is more or less written and ready, a rehearsal/pre-production stage will start within the nearest days followed by the actual album recordings at Necromorbus Studios in mid-September lasting throughout the fall.
Album- and track titles, artwork etc will be published along the way and the curse itself will be unleashed upon mankind in April 2011 through Cyclone Empire.
The release will – of course – be supported by a full European headlining tour and several summer festivals.
Ravage, the traditional heavy metal/ thrash band who most recently released their full length “The End Of Tomorrow” album through Metal Blade Records has announced a handful of East Coast tour dates. The band will return to the New York area for the first time since last fall’s Iron and Steel Festival.
Singer Al Ravage commented, “We haven’t played out in a while because we have been working on new material and side-projects, but it will be great to get out there again to see all of our New York area friends and also once again witness a set of Manowar material played by the guy who helped forge the original ‘Gloves Of Metal’… should be good times and hope to see you all there.”
9/9/2010 – at Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA – Ravage w/TBA
9/11/2010 – at TBA – Boston, MA – Ravage w/ ROSS THE BOSS
9/12/2010 – at The Bowery Electric – New York, NY – Ravage w/ ROSS THE BOSS and MAGUS BEAST
PRIMAL FEAR vocalist Ralf Scheepers is working on his first solo album. An update from Primal Fear and SINNER bassist Mat Sinner – who is playing bass on the entire record and producing – reads as follows:
“Tonight we received the vocal files from Tim “Ripper” Owens (HAIL!, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) for the groovemachine ‘Remission Of Sin’ from Ralf’s forthcoming solo album and this is a great moment for us and will be for the fans – both gladiators side by side – singing and screaming – great!”
Other guests on the album include guitarist Sander Gommans (AFTER FOREVER/HDK), drummer Snowy Shaw (DREAM EVIL, THERION, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, NOTRE DAME. Alex Kühr recently shot the cover artwork in Germany.
About the style of the solo effort Sinner told BraveWords.com recently: “In part it’s very metal. Very metal. So it will not be Ralf’s ballad album. There were some ballads where Ralf was showing a different kind of music, his talent in music, because he’s playing all the instruments on one song, for example. So you hear him playing guitar, keyboards, so it’s very interesting. But overall I will say it’s a very tough metal album.”
TESTAMENT’S CHUCK BILLY APPEARING IN SMITHSONIAN’S ‘NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN’ EXHIBITION: “UP WHERE WE BELONG: NATIVE MUSICIANS IN POPULAR CULTURE”
TESTAMENT’S CHUCK BILLY APPEARING IN SMITHSONIAN’S ‘NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN’ EXHIBITION: “UP WHERE WE BELONG: NATIVE MUSICIANS IN POPULAR CULTURE”
EXHIBITION OPEN NOW THROUGH JANUARY 2ND, 2011, LOCATED ON THE NATIONAL MALL IN THE SEALASKA GALLERY
Singer Chuck Billy said, “I’m humbled and proud to be recognized as a Native American contribution to the Arts and Music”.
TESTAMENT vocalist and Native American activist Chuck Billy is pleased to announce his inclusion in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s new exhibition, “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture”. The exhibition is located on the National Mall on the second-floor level of the Sealaska Gallery, and is open until January 2nd, 2011.
Quoting the Smithsonian official press release, “Up Where We Belong” tells [Native artist’s] stories and histories and provides visitors the opportunity to hear music and discover artists with whom these exceptional musicians collaborated. Visitors will also learn of the musical greats who inspired these artists, as well as the growing number of contemporary performers who follow in their path.”
Chuck Billy is featured in the “Encore” segment of the exhibition, which features artists who represent the span of Native achievement in mainstream music over the past half century, according to the Smithsonian. Other musicians featured in this segment are saxophonist Jim Pepper, and singer Debora Iyall.
For more information about the “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture” exhibition, please visit this website.
CATCH CHUCK BILLY WITH TESTAMENT ON THE ROAD NOW:
TESTAMENT ON THE 2010 AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR W/ SLAYER AND MEGADETH
8/19 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
8/20 Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
8/21 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
8/23 Kansas City, KS @ Capital Federal Park @ Sandstone Arena
8/25 Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
8/26 Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
8/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
8/29 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
A special limited special edition of RATT’s new studio album, Infestation, will be released in Japan on October 6th.
This special release will include songs from the band’s rare debut EP, Ratt, and six live tracks. The bonus DVD features behind-the-scenes footage from the Infestation release party, held on April 21st, 2010, a music video for ‘Best of Me’, and making-of the music video.
ACLLA has uploaded on its official MySpace (www.myspace.com/aclla) a medley with nine songs from its forthcoming album. Each track has 30 seconds and shows a part of the new record to the fans.
The medley is:
Under Twilight Skies
Living for a Dream
Flight of the 7th Moon
Beyond the Infinite Ocean
Sun N’ Moon
According to the vocalist Tato Deluca: “It’s important that our fansknow more about the record. Unfortunately we can’t reveal much more than this since we are still negotiating with some international labels about the release. Anyway, the medley shows a little bit of ‘Landscape Revolution’ which has a Heavy Metal style with some variations that will surprise everyone.”
Wilmington, North Carolina metal squadron GOLLUM played the Jagermeister stage on the August 3rd stop of the this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Featuring over a dozen big name acts including Korn, Lamb Of God, In This Moment, 3 Inches Of Blood, Hatebreed and Shadows Fall, this marked the second year in a row GOLLUM secured a spot on the billing for the prestigious event.
Said guitarist Frank Stroehmer: “Playing Mayhem Fest 2010 was an honor! It was hotter than hell but with a crowd like that and the response we had, we would play in extreme heat any day! It feels good to be received so well among such heavy hitters! Thanks again to Jagermeister for the opportunity!”
Check out photos from the performance here: http://tinyurl.com/25j73mc GOLLUM are in the process of booking a fall tour in support of their critically-acclaimed The Core full-length released via Rotten Records In May of 2009. For confirmed dates thus far, visit: http://www.myspace.com/gollum.
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING 2xLP Available; New Live Video Posted STRUCK BY LIGHTNING’s debut album Serpents is now available on vinyl, as the first release from newly founded vinyl-only label Soulless Creature Recordings. The double 12″ version features two 180-gram slabs of quality wax, the first pressing consisting of 500 copies in 3 color breakdowns, and are bound in hand-numbered gatefold jackets, featuring the album’s artwork by Ryan Patterson of Coliseum / Auxiliary Design. Photos and ordering info available at: http://www.soullesscreature.bigcartel.com and http://www.shirtkiller.com.
Soulless Creature Recordings was recently founded by STRUCK BY LIGHTNING frontman Gregory Lahm (ex-Mouth of the Architect), with the sole intent of unleashing high quality vinyl releases. SBL’s debut album Serpents was initially released in September of 2009 by Translation Loss Records, and the band has toured on the material throughout the US over the past year. Following a killer tour alongside Black Cobra and Howl earlier this month, the band plan on taking a break from touring to write and a record their follow-up to Serpents, currently slated for a Spring 2011 release.
Watch for more info on STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, Soulless Creature Recordings and more in the coming months. In the meantime, some new live footage of SBL jamming “Nothing Sacred” down some Atlanta fans’ throats on the recent Black Cobra/Howl tour is posted here.
Commented LORD mainman L.T., “Finally we can release all of the details about our forthcoming EP ‘Return Of The Tyrant‘ that will be out in the next few weeks. For something that started out as a quick, fun project to give everyone something to listen to while they wait for us to release our next album, it turned into a major undertaking in the end but it was all worth the extra effort. As far as EPs go, this is a long one; close to an album length of music, with eleven songs including the title track which clocks in around the ten minute mark.
“As for the songs themselves, we have ‘Return Of The Tyrant‘ which is essentially part two of the old DUNGEON song ‘Tarranno Del Mar’. We’d always felt that the original story was unfinished and the intention was to revisit it at some point, but then DUNGEON broke up in 2005 and we continued on as LORD instead, and the idea was shelved. The original riffs that were floating around for that sequel have now finally made it to a recording. Unlike ‘Tarranno Del Mar’ which suffered all manner of budget and technical issues, we were able to go all-out on ‘Return Of The Tyrant’ and fully orchestrate it, bring in actors, dozens of guitar parts and literally hundreds of voices in the choirs. It truly is an epic! It was also great to have our good friends and ex-band mates Tim Yatras and Mav Stevens come in to be a part of the choir.
“Long-time fans of the band will know we love playing cover songs and we have a massive list of songs we want to record ranging from BON JOVI to BATHORY and beyond. This time we’ve recorded a cover of SYMPHONY X’s classic ‘Of Sins And Shadows’ and the 80s pop hit by CUTTING CREW ‘(I Just) Died In Your Arms’ which features lead vocals by [bassist] Andy Dowling. During our last Australian tour, we did some unplugged shows. That sparked the idea of recording some unplugged versions of LORD and DUNGEON songs one day, so we decided to include some on this EP: ‘Against The Wind‘, ‘100 Reasons‘, ‘Rain‘, ‘New Horizons‘, ‘Paradise‘ and ‘Eternal Storm‘. And if all of that wasn’t enough, we’ve also put on two extra mixes of ‘Return Of The Tyrant’ – an orchestral version and a shorter radio edit.
“As usual, we’ve had our friend Felipe Machado Franco [BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY, ICED EARTH, GAMMA RAY] handle the cover art, which will also be featured on shirts that we’ll be selling on our current tour. We’re still hard at work writing the next LORD album, but we hope you enjoy the new EP until it’s done. Keep an eye on http://www.lord.net.au for the upcoming release date of the EP.”
Full track-listing for the EP:
1. Return Of The Tyrant
2. Of Sins And Shadows (Symphony X cover)
3. (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight (Cutting Crew cover)
4. Against The Wind (unplugged)
5. Rain (unplugged)
6. 100 Reasons (unplugged)
7. Paradise (unplugged)
8. Eternal Storm (unplugged)
9. New Horizons (unplugged)
10. Return Of The Tyrant (orchestral version)
11. Return Of The Tyrant (radio edit)
LORD’s “The Tyrants Return” tour will take them all around Australia and also features dates in Japan with DORO and JADED HEART. Tour dates:
August 13th – Newtown, Notes (18+)
August 27th – Wollongong, The Grand Hotel (18+)
August 28th – Canberra, The Maram (18+)
September 11th – Darwin, Brown’s Mart Theatre (Lic/AA)
September 16th – Sydney, The Annandale Hotel (18+)
September 17th – Melbourne, East Brunswick Club (18+)
October 2nd – Cairns, Kuranda Theatre (Lic/AA)
October 8th – Tokyo, Holiday (with Doro and Jaded Heart)
October 10th – Nagoya, Holiday (with Doro and Jaded Heart)
October 11th – Osaka, Holiday (with Doro and Jaded Heart)
October 29th – Sydney, The Gaelic (18+)
October 30th – Newcastle, Club Led (18+)
November 5th – Broken Hill, Theatre Royal (AA Afternoon show)
November 5th – Broken Hill, Theatre Royal (18+)
November 6th – Adelaide, Uni Bar (Lic/AA)
November 19th – Perth, Rocket Room (18+)
November 20th – Perth, The Civic Hotel (18+)
November 26th – Brisbane, Rosies (18+)
November 27th – Rockhampton, The Anchor Hotel (18+)
December 3rd – Merrylands, Hyland Road Youth Centre (AA)
LORD was formed from the ashes of DUNGEON who disbanded in 2005 after world tours with the likes of MEGADETH, NIGHTWISH, EDGUY and more, and has since gone on to tour with bands such as QUEENSRYCHE, SAXON, GAMMA RAY, NEVERMORE and released three well-received albums. The band recently released a tongue-in-cheek cover of KYLIE MINOGUE’s “On A Night Like This”, which become an instant success, and must see for many.
The Ocean are currently in the process of mixing their upcoming album Anthropocentric at Studio Mecanique in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the same place where Heliocentric was recorded and mixed. The album will be mastered on August 25th by Svante Forsbäck in Helsinki.
usically, the album feels somehow heavier than Heliocentric. “The sound is more dense and maybe a tad more raw, which suits the songs perfectly”, comments guitar player Jonathan Nido. The album covers a similar sonic and dynamic range as Heliocentric, also including a number of calm, acoustic moments – but these are for the most part orchestrated with guitars, and not so much with piano and string section. The focus is on the heavy songs: “The album is a pretty big production, and still has a very earthy, organic feel to it”, comments Staps. “We have spent a great deal of time on the basic sound this time around, drums, bass, guitars and vocals… and at this stage I am pretty confident that this will pay off in the end!”
As far as the concepts behind Anthropocentric are concerned, the focus is on man and his place in the universe: at the center, as many fundamental Christians still claim today, or more likely a dust particle in its periphery? All lyrics are circling around this question. “Anthropocentric will continue the critique of christianity, inspired by the questions that Dostoyevsky asked and some of the answers that Friedrich Nietzsche and Richard Dawkins gave”, comments Staps.
At the base of the album are three songs with the titles “The Grand Inquisitor I, II and III”. These songs have been inspired by the chapter of the same title in Fjodor Dostoyevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamasov: a conversation between the brothers Ivan, an atheist, and Alyoscha, a monk. Ivan tells Alyoscha the story of a Second Coming of Christ in 16th century Sevilla. According to this parable, Jesus is arrested by the Catholic inquisition. The grand inquisitor who interrogates Jesus casts a new light on the legend of the temptation of Christ: he reproaches Jesus with having betrayed humanity and having deprived man of salvation by giving him freedom. The conversation between Ivan and Alyoscha mirrors, to some degree, the conversation between the grand inquisitor and Christ and raises more questions than it answers. “This long dialogue, which for the most part is rather a monologue of Ivan, is so complex and recondite that one could easily find inspiration for 10 concept albums about Christianity in it”, comments Staps.
Only 6 guest musicians are appearing on the album, all classical musicians, most of whom are guesting on the final track of the album. Anthropocentric is an album by The Ocean’s consolidated nucleus. “It is the first album where all members have actively partaken in the songwriting”, comments Staps.
The track listing for Anthropocentric is as follows:
2. The Grand Inquisitor I: Karamazov baseness
3. She Was The Universe
4. For He That Wavereth…
5. The Grand Inquisitor II: Roots & Locusts
6. The Grand Inquisitor III: A Tiny Grain of Faith
7. Sewers Of The Soul
8. Wille Zum Untergang
9. Heaven TV
10. The Almightiness Contradiction
11. The Grand Inquisitor IV: Exclusion From Redemption
The last track is a bonus track which will only appear on the vinyl and the limited European deluxe digipak version.
THE OCEAN to tour with Dillinger Escape Plan and Cancer Bats through Europe!
EMA-Polydisc releases Mike Portnoy / S.A. Adams 1986 recording "Unearthed"
EMA-Polydisc has acquired the rights to release all past and future recordings of S.A. Adams; debuting with “Unearthed“- the never-before-released 1986 recordings by Adams and Dream Theater / Avenged Sevenfold’s Mike Portnoy - recorded between December 28, 1985 and January 11, 1986 at Mike Portnoy’s Long Beach apartment. Citing the influence of bands such as MOTÖRHEAD, EXCITER, RAVEN, early MEGADETH, VENOM and TANK, Adams, in an early 2006 press release warns “The material on “Unearthed” is definitely NOT progressive rock/prog-stuff — it’s serious sledgehammer-in-the-balls metal. No odd & changing time signatures for anyone here.” Originally scheduled for release that spring of 2006, “Unearthed” had to find another “home” due to the original release label’s bankruptcy.
The “Unearthed” sessions were intended to supplement Adams & Portnoy’s June 30th, 1985 recording a nine song demo/cassette album financed by Kick Ass Monthly journalist Bob Muldowney, who tapped Adams to produce a catalog of music Muldowney was to sing his own penned lyrics over. Aside from including lyrical content that even managed to offend other underground metal fanzines, the recording generated a contract offer from Combat Record’s “Boot Camp” Series. “Wanting to make sure we could fulfill the content obligations, a plan was implemented to stockpile as much music as possible; which Mike & I accomplished that winter. However, once I saw the enslavement papers, I mean, contract, the project got put aside.” A few weeks later, Portnoy informed Adams that he’d be putting all his energy into his new band MAJESTY, leaving Adams to dabble with these multi-track masters throughout the late ’80s and begin the solo career he still enjoys today. EMA-Polydisc has issued “Unearthed” digitally with availability on iTunes, AmazonMP3, Napster, Loud Trax and other DRM-free outlets. FnA Records has issued the standard CD, and a limited edition version which comes with a 4×6 autographed by both Mike Portnoy & S.A. Adams.
1. Paste the Glass
2. Kiss of Death
3. Love Dies
4. Too Far Gone
7. 2 Steps
9. High Plains Drifter
11. Chapter Closed
12. You Smell Like…
14. The Stage Door
MISERY’S UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH, ‘EVIL IS CROWNED’, SLATED FOR RELEASE IN JANUARY 2011
Long Island, NY’s MISERY are pleased to announce their upcoming tour with metal greats DEVILDRIVER, and supporting acts KITTIE and KATAKLYSM. The tour starts next Wednesday, August 25th in Jermyn, PA, and comes to a halt in West Hollywood, CA on September 16th, 2010. See below for all current tour dates, and make sure to head to the MISERY MySpace now to learn more about the tour!
MISERY recently wrapped up recording on their gripping, in your face, highly anticipated full length release, Evil is Crowned. The album was recorded at Systems 2 Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY and was mastered at Manhattan’s world-famous Sterling Sound. Production credits on Evil is Crowned go to Joey Z from fellow heavy-hitting New York metal band, Life of Agony. The album is scheduled to be released January 2011 via Super Metal Records, and the title track, ‘Evil is Crowned’ is scheduled to debut on Sirius XM Liquid Metal in the coming months. Currently, two other tracks from Evil is Crowned are spinning on Sirius-XM’s Liquid Metal and have been receiving rave reviews throughout the metal community.
See below for the Evil is Crowned tracklisting:
Evil Is Crowned
I Hate Your Face
Break the Silence
The Hurt Spell
Hangover in Harlem
Mind your Business
Live Fast Die Slow
Head Like A Hole (Nine Inch Nails Cover)
Formed in the early 90’s, MISERY are known for their powerfully aggressive sound, often being compared to the likes of Pantera and Metallica with an eerie Black Sabbath undertone. MISERY are also recognized for their rigorous touring schedule, including support for large acts such as Napalm Death, Buckcherry and Testament. After hearing MISERY’s 2008 full length release, Fifteen Years of Aggression, producer Joey Z took such a liking to the band that he asked MISERY to support Life of Agony on their Winter 2009 tour. Playing with such an eclectic mix of bands has helped to expose MISERY to a world of new fans! In 2009, MISERY reached the #12 position on the FMQB Metal Radio charts, and currently can be heard on cable music outlets such as Music Choice and DMX.
MISERY w/ DEVILDRIVER, KITTIE & KATAKLYSM
8/25 Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s
8/26 London, ON @ London Music Hall
8/27 Columbus, OH @ Peabody’s
8/28 Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
8/29 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
8/31 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
9/01 San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
9/02 Dallas, TX @ Trees
9/03 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Pavilion @ Concrete Street
9/04 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
9/05 Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
9/07 Des Moines, IA @ People’s Court
9/08 Mounds View, MN @ Roberts Off 10
9/10 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
9/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
9/13 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
9/14 Portland, OR @ Berbati’s Pan
9/15 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
9/16 West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
For more information on MISERY, please visit these locations:
On October 12th HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS will release the sophomore album from Canadian head bangers EVIL SURVIVES on CD and digital format. Entitled Powerkiller, the albumis 40 minutes of driving NWOBHM worship and was previously released only on vinyl and cassette formats by Canada’s War on Music label. The CD and digital versions will also include a bonus track from the band’s most recent limited vinyl EP.
Based out Winnipeg, Manitoba EVIL SURVIVES first began spreading their metallic mayhem when the in the summer of 2006 Front man Karl “Axe n’ Smash” Warkentin and guitarist Adrian Riff began the arduous task of recruiting like minded metal heads. Finally after three months the search was complete and EVIL SURVIVES was born. By June 2008 EVIL SURVIVES made its first performance- by no coincidence…but fate! – outside of an Iron Maiden concert in their home town of Winnipeg. Less than a month later, EVIL SURVIVES entered the studio to record their debut full length album Metal Vengeance released exclusively on vinyl on by Canadian ‘War on Music’ label.
On the heels of a growing renown, EVIL SURVIVES were right back in studio by the end of 2009 to record their second full length album, entitled Powerkiller, released by War on Music on vinyl and limited edition cassette. Mixed entirely in analog, the master reels contained over 40 minutes of driving NWOBHM worship, sounding like 1985-2009 never even happened. Powerkiller caught the attention of New York metal merchants HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS.