Montreal masters of tech death brutality, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, have announced they will be releasing an EP, featuring five brand new tracks, in the coming months. This will be the band’s first release since 2008’s “Dystopia.” Since recording “Dystopia,” the band has toured extensively: five full North American tours (including Summer Slaughter Canada 2008 and Sumer Slaughter 2009) and four full European tours (including Thrash and Burn Europe the past two years) BENEATH THE MASSACRE were nominated in 2009 for Metal Hammer’s Golden God Award for “Best Underground Band.” More details regarding the EP will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Vocalist Elliot Desgagnes commented on the new release:
“It’s going to be two years since our last album and we had the idea of a short release while we keep writing for the next full length. We picked five songs to go on the EP and I feel like these are by far the best songs we’ve ever written. Nothing that different from our other releases but we’re always getting a little closer to the sound we want. So we’re all satisfied with the result and are looking forward to share it.”
BENEATH THE MASSACRE will appear at the Heavy MTL festival later month alongside Slayer, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Despised Icon, Mastodon and more. The band has also announced a Canadian tour beginning in late August and wrapping up in early October, sponsored by JagerMusic Canada. They will be playing with Neuraxis, Ion Dissonance and others along the trek.
The dates are:
7/25 Montreal, QC- Heavy MTL
JagerMusic Canada Presents:
8/26: Rimouski, QC- Petit Pavillon Agricole #
8/27: Moncton, NB- Manhattan #
8/28: Halifax, NS- Gus’ Pub #
8/29: St John, NB- Nickolaj’s #
8/30: Fredericton, NB – Kinsmen Center #
9/3 Ottawa, ON- Mavericks
9/4 Sudbury, ON- The Serbian Hall (w/ Neuraxis)
9/5 Rouyn-Noranda, QC- Petit Theatre du Vieux-Noranda (FME Festival)
9/10 Brantford, ON Rehab – Sick Fest metal festival % 9/11 Toronto, ON- The Rockpile % 9/12 Kingston, ON- The Mansion (Wine Cellar Room) % 9/16 Trois Rivieres, QC – Rock Cafe le Stage
9/17 Quebec, QC- L’Agitee
9/18 Sherbrooke, QC- bar le Magog
9/23 St. Catharines, ON – Mikado * 9/24 Windsor, ON – Chubby Pickle * 9/25 London, ON – Moon Over Marin * 9/26 Oshawa, ON- EP Taylors * 9/30 Chicoutimi, QC- Le Bunker ^
10/1 St-Hyacinthe, QC- Bar le Trash – Trash Metalfest
10/2 Victoriaville/Warwick, QC- Salle du Canton ^
# w/ Ion Dissonance
% w/ Aeternam
* w/ Kraken
^ w/ Divinity
Shred Guitar Master PAUL GILBERT To Release 3rd Guitar Instrumental CD FUZZ UNIVERSE on SHRAPNEL RECORDS out AUGUST 3RD
Paul Gilbert is regarded internationally as one of the greatest players in the industry. Starting his recording career with Shrapnel Records as a teenager in the late 80’s, Gilbert remains one of the most active guitarists from the original shred guitar scene. His rise to Platinum success includes a number one song with Mister Big, and cult status as founding member of the legendary and highly successful underground progressive metal band Racer X.
Florida based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION have uploaded the song “Slaughterhouse” to the bands Myspace page (www.myspace.com/MalevolentCreation). The track comes from their upcoming 11th studio outing entitled Invidious Dominion, which will be released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast.
Invidious Dominion was produced and recorded by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, KRISIUN, GOATWHORE) at Mana Studios in Florida. The cover art was brought to life this time around by renownedartist Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN).
***THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN*** – GRAVE DIGGER RELEASE ALBUM TITLE AND TRACKLIST
THE DEED IS DONE! The new Grave Digger album has been recorded and mixed! Together with new member Axel Ritt on guitars, the band entrenched themselves from mid-Mai to mid-July at the MEADOW STUDIOS of Axel Ritt and the PRINCIPAL STUDIOS, the place all albums have been recordet since “Heart Of Darkness” in 1995. Mixed by Jörg Umbreit and produced by Chris Boltendahl, THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN will lead the listeners back to the scotish highlands.
Chris Boltendahl, Jens Becker, Stefan Arnold, HP Katzenburg and Axel Ritt offer an explosive mixture of the typical GRAVE DIGGER riff metal, combined with awesome epic chorus hooks, which will fascinate the fans from the very first note. THE CLANS ARE BACK FOR ATTACK!
THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN is a loose sequel of the TUNES OF WAR album, but this time not a concept album about the scotish history, rather a work about scotland, it’s mysticism and it’s people.
THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN will be released in Europe by Napalm Records Oct. 1st 2010.
1. DAYS OF REVENGE
2. PAID IN BLOOD
3. HAMMER OF THE SCOTS
4. HIGHLAND FAREWELL
5. THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN
7. VALLEY OF TEARS
9. WHOM THE GODS LOVE DIE YOUNG
11. THE PIPER McLEOD
12. COMING HOME
13. WHEN RAIN TURNS TO BLOOD
WhitechapelBand.com includes re-design of the fan club THE DISEASED built directly into the site
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – July 19, 2010 – Knoxville, TN’s WHITECHAPEL, who are currently crushing audiences across North America as a part of the successful Vans Warped Tour Twenty Ten, have just launched their brand-new official website WhitechapelBand.com.
The band comments; “We are excited to announce the release of our brand new official website. Here you will be able to find tons of info and media and it will also be the home of our new fan club, THE DISEASED. We are offering tons of awesome packages varying in different levels for the fan club so be sure to go check it out and pick yours up today! This is our way of saying thank you and to give a special place for our fans to gather and form a community.”
Once on WhitechapelBand.com, fans will be able to easily navigate the site to check out WHITECHAPEL’s tour dates, music videos, live videos, video interviews and updates from the road, news, photo galleries and more. Fans can also select the “Community” tab to enter the fan club THE DISEASED, where members can access the band’s blog, fan forum, sign up for contests, or select the campaign tab to become a part of the WHITECHAPEL street team or enter contests that require users to submit content.
THE DISEASED fan club packages breakdown:
Level One – The Possessed Package: 8.99
-1 year interactive membership
Level Two – The Exiled Package: 22.99
-1 year interactive membership
– Dog tag
– THE DISEASED laminate
– Picks (3)
Level Three – The Ultimate Corruption Package: 44.99
Today we are proud to announce NACHTMYSTIUM’s next step in global intoxication, as the psychedelically lethal horde will headline the most cerebrally brutal underground tours of the year. Be sure to head over to http://www.myspace.com/nachtmystium to acclimate yourself with this phenomenon.
Set to kick off in early September, NACHTMYSTIUM will be joined by brethren Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle. Presented by Stereogum and Haunting The Chapel, the nearly month-long trek will weave it’s twisted path through sections of the Eastern and Midwest U.S. and into Canada for several dates, before coming to a halt in NACHTMYSTIUM’s Chicago stomping grounds, surely leaving a trail of smoldering cerebrums in its wake. Still heavily supporting their latest black-mangled-rock fantasy album Addicts: Addicts: Black Meddle Part II, which was released in North America in early June via Century Media, the other groove, space, doom, thunder and noise elements culminated by openers Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle should prove this tour to be the most mind-melting of them all.
This headlining tour follows NACHTMYSTIUM’s meaty 2010 tour schedule, which has already included massive North American tours with Kreator and Voivod, Eyehategod, a European tour with Jarboe, appearances at several massive festivals including Roadburn, Festung Open Air and much more. The band will also be headed to Oslo, Norway to slay Oyafestivalen (Oya Festival) alongside Iggy Pop & The Stooges, The Flaming Lips and more on August 12th.
British crossover thrashers SSS have confirmed dates for a European tour, which starts at the end of July.
SSS, who have been taking a break and working on new material since a recent Irish tour in April with labelmates GAMA BOMB, will kick off the ‘Wreck and Annoy’ tour on July 30th in their hometown of Liverpool, before heading off to mainland Europe a few days later.
SSS vocalist FOXY comments:
“That’s right… Our ‘Wreck and Annoy’ Euro tour kicks off this August. We can’t wait to get out into Europe and make some noise. Always mega to see the sights and sounds of new cities, play with some mega bands, eat new food, catch up with old friends and make new ones. Plus rattle some brand new songs for our third LP, ‘Problems To The Answer’.
“We will have an über-limited run of our new SSShred SSSleds decks, ideal for shralping the many skate parks, gutters and scalps en route. Time you lot, and ourselves, got some sun – see you then.”
Catch SSS live in Europe at the following shows:
30.07.10 Liverpool, England – Mello Mello
05.08.10 Hanover, Germany – Musikzentrum (w/ SLAPSHOT)
06.08.10 Leisnig, Germany – Sucks’n’Summer Open Air Festival
07.08.10 Pinkafeld, Austria – Alte Gerberei
08.08.10 Vienna, Austria – Tüwi
09.08.10 Bratislava, Slovakia – Obluda Club
10.08.10 Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia
11.08.10 Chemnitz, Germany – Subway To Peter
12.08.10 Jaromer, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Festival
13.08.10 Ieper, Belgium – Ieper Festival
14.08.10 Newport, Wales – Le Pub
Massachusetts’ THE ACACIA STRAIN have premiered the fourth video documenting the odd occurrences since they finished recording their new album, “Wormwood,” out July 20 on Prosthetic Records. This time around, it’s announced guitarist D.L. is missing and several potential sightings on different continents are discussed. Watch it at www.prostheticrecords.com
“Wormwood,” pre-orders through the Prosthetic Webstore (store.prostheticrecords.com) have started shipping and combo packs, CDs, LPs and various other items are still available. Newbury Comics is offering copies signed by the band through pre-order and retailer FYE will be giving away an exclusive 24” by 36” poster to the first 5000 people who purchase the album in stores. The track “Jonestown” is now available as a digital single at Itunes. It can be downloaded at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jonestown-alternate-version/id376447333
THE ACACIA STRAIN are currently on “Cool Tour” in with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. They’ll also be in Europe in September and October on the “Hell On Earth Tour” with Terror and more.
Their upcoming dates are:
7/14 N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues %
7/15 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore %
7/16 Baltimore, MD – Sonar % 7/17 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy % 7/18 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre %
7/20 Boston, MA – House of Blues %
7/21 Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom %
7/22 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory %
7/23 Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion %
7/24 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Complex %
7/25 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant %
7/27 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater %
7/28 Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom %
7/30 Mesa, AZ – Marquis Theatre %
7/31 Los Angeles, CA – Palladium %
8/1 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield %
8/2 Las Vegas, NV- The Farm (w/ War of Ages)
8/4 Kansas City, MO- The El Torreon (w/ War of Ages)
9/17 Jena, GER – F Haus $
9/18 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik $
9/19 Reading, UK – Sub 89 $
9/20 Norwich, UK – Waterfront $
9/21 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre $
9/22 Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit $
9/23 Manchester, UK – Moho Live $
9/24 Sheffield, UK – Corperation $
9/25 London, UK – Islington 02 Academy $
9/26 Antwerpen, BE – Hof ter Lo $
9/27 Paris, FR – Glazart $
9/28 Rotterdam, NI – Watt $
9/29 Frankfurt/Main, GER – Batschkapp $
9/30 Klagenfurt, AUT – Volxhaus $
10/1 Munchen, GER – Werk $
10/2 Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet $
10/3 Solothurn, CH – Kofmehl $
10/4 Hannover, GER – Faust $
10/5 Gothenburg, SW – Musikens Hus $
10/6 Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle $
10/7 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle $
10/8 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage $
10/9 Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Stattbahnhof $
10/10 Zaandam, NI – Kade $
10/11 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville TBC $
10/12 Stuttgart, GER – TBA $
10/13 Wien, GER – Arena $
10/14 Praha, CZ – Abaton $
10/15 Leipzig, GER – Werk $
10/16 Berlin, GER – SO 36 $
10/17 Amneville, FR – Tat The Beast $
% “Cool Tour”
$ “Hell On Earth” Tour
“Wormwood” was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering and features guest appearances from HATEBREED’s Jamey Jasta, 100 DEMONS’ Bruce LePage and Kyle Chard of BORN LOW.
Southern California’s ANTAGONIST has posted the track, “Sasha Grey,” on their newly redesigned Myspace page. Check it out NOW at www.myspace.com/antagonist. The track appears on their forthcoming album, “World In Decline,” (August 17th via Prosthetic Records), which was recorded,” at Buzzbomb Studios in Orange, CA with producer Paul Miner (Terror, Thrice, Throwdown) and promises to be the band’s angriest and most aggressive outing yet.
“World In Decline,” Track Listing:
1. The Bane of Existence
2. Sasha Grey
3. Disguised In White
4. God On Fire
5. Wake Up And Smell The Lies
6. New Human
7. A Voice Unspoken
8. Already Dead (Featuring John Strachan of The Funeral Pyre)
9. Darkest Darkness (Featuring Jared Monette of Arsonists Get All The Girls)
10. World In Decline (Featuring Jared Monette of Arsonists Get All The Girls)
“World In Decline” is the follow up to, “Exist,” to ANTAGONIST’s 2008 Prosthetic debut. They also have two previous full lengths and several EPs.
After their extremely successful Hellish Rock world tour 2007/08, leading HELLOWEEN through 40 countries on 4 continents, the German heavy metal legend soon will be touring the world again! Three weeks after the release of the new, yet untitled and highly anticipated studio album around Halloween (end of October) 2010, the band will hit the road again and start the tour in Europe.
While rumors promise the album to be the band’s heaviest and fastest effort in years, Helloween can announce nobody less than the Finland-based heavy metal supergroup STRATOVARIUS for the slot of the very special guest!
Says singer Andi Deris: “We had a great package with GAMMA RAY last time, and we are very proud to have Stratovarius with us this time. We look forward to have another power metal party with our fans all over the planet – see you soon!”
The 7 Sinners World Tour 2010/11 European Part I
26 – Wien, Austria – Szene
27 – Zlin, Czech Republic – Winter Masters of Rock
28 – Budapest, Hungary – Petöfi Hall
1 – Langen, Germany – Neue Stadthalle
2 – Antwerp, Belgium – Hof Ter Lo
4 – Prestatyn, UK – Hardrock Hell Festival
5 – London, UK – The HMV Forum
6 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Effenaar
8 – Lund, Sweden – Mejeriet
9 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
10 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Lisebergshallen
11 – Stockholm, Sweden – Arenan
13 – Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
14 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
15 – Helsinki, Finland – House Of Culture
17 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola
18 – Cracow, Poland – Studio
19 – Prague, Czech Republic – Mala Sportovni Hala
(Ed. note: We hope this tour comes to all of North America as well!)
The brand new IRON MAIDEN video for ‘The Final Frontier’, the title track from the band’s forthcoming album, can now be seen below.
For diehard fans, the previously revealed tracklist for The Final Frontier (found below) now features the song credits:
‘Satellite 15… The Final Frontier’ (Smith/Harris)
‘El Dorado’ (Smith/Harris/Dickinson)
‘Mother Of Mercy’ (Smith/Harris)
‘Coming Home’ (Smith/Harris/Dickinson)
‘The Alchemist’ (Gers/Harris/Dickinson)
‘Isle Of Avalon’ (Smith/Harris)
‘The Talisman’ (Gers/Harris)
‘The Man Who Would Be King’ (Murray/Harris)
‘When The Wild Wind Blows’ (Harris)
The release date for The Final Frontier is now confirmed for Monday, August 16th. The new album features artwork illustrated by Melvyn Grant and, to mark the occasion, the band have made special arrangements for one new album track ‘El Dorado’ to be made available Worldwide as a FREE digital download MP3 with immediate effect.
SADIST, VIRGIN SNATCH And CRIONICS Team Up For Beware Of Your Neck 2010 Tour Polish tour
SADIST, VIRGIN SNATCH, CRIONICS plus two other bands will play a run of dozens concerts across all Europe during the fall of this year.
The tour will kick off at the end of September in Poland and will roll over its 9 biggest cities, with additional dates in Prague (Czech Republic) and Bratislava (Slovakia).
Once the Polish leg of the Beware Of Your Neck 2010 is done all the bands will head towards the East in order to conquer the lands of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. This part of the raid will start on October 13th in Kaliningrad with the last date on October 23rd in Moscow.
A month later Sadist, Crionics and Virgin Snatch under the same banner will also most likely visit other European countries, such as Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Bulgaria and Hangary.
This is going to be Sadist’s first-ever live appearance in Poland where the band had always been critically acclaimed for their previous albums – Above The Light, Tribe and Crust. These Italian unquestioned masters of progressive death/thrash metal are currently promoting their latest opus, Seasons In Silence, at differrent summer festivals around all Europe.
For the Cracov-based thrashers of Virgin Snatch this will be the last set of shows before they hit the studio in order to record the Act Of Grace successor. According to the band itself their new album is going to be their strongest offer to date.
Third of the Beware Of Your Neck 2010 is another Polish act – Crionics. The band – consisting of the new lineup, including musicians of VADER, DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS, THY DISEASE and ASGAARD – will be promoting the N.O.I.R. EP which is set to come out at the beginning of October this year.
Other two bands to join the Beware Of Your Neck 2010 lineup will be announced in the middle of July.
Below you will find the first confirmed dates of the tour. More dates to be announced very soon.
Chicago deathcore heavyweights, OCEANO will soon begin their first North American headline trek as part of the Over The Limit tour. To mark this most brutal occasion, the band is giving fans the chance to get on stage and play with them as part of the Over The Limit tour’s Almost Famous contest.
Follow the steps of the contest by July 22nd, 2010 and 3 lucky fans have the chance to win prize packs containing posters, shirts and 2 tickets to their closest Over The Limit tour stop. 1 grand prize winner will be invited up on stage by OCEANO to jam with the band on the song that they covered for the contest. Here are the steps in full:
The title for the new album by Norway’s highly renowned psychedelic post-black metal band ENSLAVED will be announced on the band’s MySpace page on Thursday, July 15th at 3 a.m. PACIFIC / 6 a.m. EASTERN / 12:00 CET. Release dates will also be announced.
This eleventh studio album was recorded at three different studios in Bergen, Norway: 1) Duper; 2) Earshot (belonging to ENSLAVED members Herbrand Larsen [keyboardist/backing vocalist] and Ice Dale [lead guitarist]); and 3) Peersonal Sound (owned by rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson). It is the follow-up to 2008’s Vertebrae, which sold over 1,100 copies its first week of release in North America according to Nielsen SoundScan and debuted on the American Billboard Hard Music chart at #11 and on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #49. In their native Norway, Vertebrae entered the official charts at #20 and earned ENSLAVED their third consecutive Spellemann award (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy).
Vertebrae also won Terrorizer Magazine’s coveted “Album of the Year” award for 2008. Other “Best of 2008” rankings include: Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles: #4; Metal Edge: #9; Metal Maniacs: #11; Revolver Magazine: #14; Decibel Magazine: #16; and Kerrang!: #19.
ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th.
View a recent interview with ENSLAVED guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson here.
Sweden’s SPIRITUAL BEGGARS finally return to the spotlight with their first new studio album in five years, Return To Zero. Once again, the Beggars effortlessly manage to confirm they are a band that continues to defy musical boundaries and that delivers Classic Heavy Rock at its very best! The much anticipated disc is set for an Oct. 12th North American release via InsideOut Music.
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS uploaded a short audio sample of the new album as a pre-listening teaser. For more information please check the band’s MySpace profile, as well as their Twitter at the links below now. The official track listing is listed below as well. This album marks the group’s first offering with the extremely dynamic and talented Apollo Papathanasio on vocals.
The artwork of the upcoming album is done by the well known Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes. SPIRITUAL BEGGARS’s guitarist Michael Amott states: “I’m extremely pleased with the Return To Zero cover! To me, it’s the quintessential SPIRITUAL BEGGARS artwork. The artist really managed to capture the essence of our band, the new album and the constant flow of cryptic ideas I was throwing at him. As I’m old school, I can’t wait to see this in its full glory on the vinyl LP. But hey, it’ll look cool as a minuscule image on your iPod too.”
1. Return To Zero [Intro]
2. Lost In Yesterday
3. Star Born
4. The Chaos Of Rebirth
5. We Are Free
6. Spirit Of The Wind
7. Coming Home
8. Concrete Horizon
9. A New Dawn Rising
10. Believe In Me
11. Dead Weight
12. The Road Less Travelled
Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS) – Guitars
Ludwig Witt (FIREBIRD) – Drums
Per Wiberg (OPETH) – Keyboards
Sharlee D’Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, WITCHERY) – Bass
Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND) – Vocals
October 17th 2010 LOUD PARK 10 @ Saitama Super Arena, Saitama City (Japan)