STREAM OF PASSION to tour Canada for the first time

September 10th, 2010
by EvilG
STREAM OF PASSION

STREAM OF PASSION

Napalm recording artists STREAM OF PASSION are thrilled to announce their upcoming Canadian tour dates! For the first time in its history, the band will cross the ocean to bring their energetic live performance to the Québec and Ontario regions. STREAM OF PASSION will be performing together with Canadian bands Unexpect and Manahil. Here are the CONFIRMED dates + venues:

October 12 @ Bar Le Cactus (Rimouski)
October 13 @ Le Zaricot (Saint-Hyacinthe)
October 14 @ L’Impérial (Québec)
October 15 @ Côté-Cour (Jonquière)
October 16 @ Petit-Théatre (Rouyn-Noranda)
October 17 @ Bar Le Magog (Sherbrooke)
October 19 @ Sneaky Dee’s (Toronto)
October 20 @ Café Campus (Montréal)

In the words of lead singer Marcela Bovio: “We’re incredibly excited to play in Canada for the first time and share our passion and energy with the Canadian people. We’re truly in our element when we’re performing live, so you can be sure we’ll be giving everything we’ve got on stage! À tout à l’heure!”   PRESS + RADIO: Please get in touch ASAP for guest-list spots!!!

In other STREAM OF PASSION news, the band has filmed an exclusive Vlog in anticipation of their Canadian tour where they bake a special Canada-themed cake! This STREAM OF PASSION Vlog can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNRLHc5qDJ8

For more info, consult www.streamofpassion.com and www.napalmrecords.com.

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WE WISH YOU A METAL XMAS AND A HEADBANGING NEW YEAR SPECIAL EDITION 2CD

September 10th, 2010
by EvilG

WE WISH YOU A METAL XMAS AND A HEADBANGING NEW YEAR

WE WISH YOU A METAL XMAS AND A HEADBANGING NEW YEAR

~Complete With A Bonus Disc!~
~Stuffing Your Stocking September 21, 2010~

New York, NY (September 9, 2010)—Imagine this: It’s December and you hear the knock of Christmas carolers at your door. You go to your front stoop to be greeted by members of ZZ Top, Motörhead, Anvil, Whitesnake, Them Crooked Vultures, and Alice Cooper. Is that how you prefer your holiday cheer delivered? Then consider yourself on Eagle Rock’s Christmas list! We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year Special Edition will be released as a 2CD set on September 21. [MSRP $15.98]
We Wish You A Metal Xmas is a headbanging holiday treat, with hard rock and heavy metal-charged versions of your favorite joyful tunes. This revved up 2010 version is completed with four new tracks from the companion EP released in 2009.

The late great Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper, Billy F Gibbons (ZZ Top), Geoff Tate (Queensryche), and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures), in addition to many others, crank out some fierce and festive merriment on classics like “Run Rudolph Run,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “Silver Bells.” The four bonus tracks include “O Christmas Tree,” featuring Doro Pesch and Michael Schenker, “Auld Lang Syne,” performed by Girlschool, “Frosty The Snowman,” featuring Steve “Lips” Kudlow (Anvil) and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” featuring Dez Fafara (DevilDriver) and Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake).

Deck the halls with boughs of rocking!

Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, & Paris.

Track Listing:
Disc 1:
1.)   We Wish You A Merry Christmas
(Jeff Scott Soto / Bruce Kulick / Bob Kulick / Chris Wyse / Ray Luzier)

2.)  Run Rudolph Run
(Lemmy / Billy F Gibbons / Dave Grohl)

3.)  Santa Claws Is Coming To Town
(Alice Cooper / John 5 / Billy Sheehan / Vinny Appice)

4.)  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
(Ronnie James Dio / Tony Iommi / Rudy Sarzo / Simon Wright)

5.)  Silver Bells
(Geoff Tate / Carlos Cavazo / James Lomenzo / Ray Luzier)

6.)  Little Drummer Boy
(Dug Pinnick / George Lynch / Billy Sheehan / Simon Phillips)

7.)  Santa Claus Is Back In Town
(Tim Ripper Owens / Steve Morse / Juan Garcia / Marco Mendoza / Vinny Appice)

8.)  Silent Night
(Chuck Billy / Scott Ian / Jon Donais / Chris Wyse / John Tempesta)

9.)  Deck The Halls
(Oni Logan / Craig Goldy / Tony Franklin / John Tempesta)

10.) Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer
(Stephen Pearcy / Tracii Guns / Bob Kulick / Billy Sheehan / Greg Bissonette)

11.) Rocking Round The Xmas Tree
(Joe Lynn Turner / Bruce Kulick / Bob Kulick / Rudy Sarzo / Simon Wright)

12.) Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
(Tommy Shaw / Steve Lukather / Marco Mendoza / Kenny Aronoff)

Disc 2:
13.) O Christmas Tree
(Doro Pesch / Michael Schenker / Tony Franklin / Frankie Banali)

14.) Auld Lang Syne
(Girlschool)

15.) Frosty The Snowman
(Steve “Lips” Kudlow / Bumblefoot / Chris Chaney / Kenny Aronoff)

16.) Rudolph The Red Noised Reindeer
(Dez Fafara / Doug Aldrich / Blasko / John Tempesta)

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BLOOD RED THRONE ANNOUNCES MEXICAN SHOWS THIS WEEKEND

September 10th, 2010
by EvilG
BLOOD RED THRONE's 2009 album, SOULS OF DAMNATION

BLOOD RED THRONE's 2009 album, SOULS OF DAMNATION

Norwegian death metal tyrants BLOOD RED THRONE have confirmed two shows in Mexico this weekend.

The band will be making their first ever appearance in the country and will be performing on Saturday, September 11th in Mexico City, and on Sunday, September 12th in Guadalajara.

BLOOD RED THRONE guitarist DØD comments:

“Blood Red Throne is very excited to announce that we will play in Mexico for the very first time on September 11th and 12th.  Mr Hustler, our old singer, will join us for these two gigs as well, so it will be a special event for all of us!”

BLOOD RED THRONE have also confirmed a North American tour supporting DIMMU BORGIR.  The band will be joining their fellow countrymen in DIMMU BORGIR and ENSLAVED on the “Darkness Reborn Tour”, which kicks off on November 5th and runs through to mid-December.  Also appearing on the tour will be DAWN OF ASHES from Los Angeles.

BLOOD RED THRONE guitarist DØD adds:

“Finally, Blood Red Throne is making it to the US!  November 5th will be the first out of 32 gigs across the US and Canada supporting Dimmu Borgir and Enslaved.  Be prepared for this supreme Nordic metal attack this winter 2010!!!”

Catch BLOOD RED THRONE live on tour at the following shows:

BLOOD RED THRONE
Sep. 11 – Circo Volador – Mexico City, Mexico
Sep. 12 – Organic Bar – Guadalajara, Mexico

BLOOD RED THRONE w/ DIMMU BORGIR, ENSLAVED, DAWN OF ASHES
Nov. 05 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Nov. 06 – Northern Lights – Albany, NY
Nov. 07 – Recher Theater – Towson, MD
Nov. 08 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
Nov. 10 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Nov. 12 – Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 13 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
Nov. 14 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Nov. 15 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 16 – Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 18 – MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
Nov. 19 – Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
Nov. 21 – Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
Nov. 22 – The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
Nov. 23 – Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
Nov. 24 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
Nov. 26 – The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
Nov. 27 – The Fox Theater – Pomona, CA
Nov. 28 – The Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Nov. 30 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
Dec. 01 – Rialto Theater – Tucson, AZ
Dec. 02 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
Dec. 03 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
Dec. 04 – Gothic Theater – Englewood (Denver), CO
Dec. 06 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Dec. 07 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Dec. 09 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
Dec. 10 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Dec. 11 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
Dec. 12 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – Canada
Dec. 13 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC – Canada
Dec. 14 – Imperial – Quebec City, QC – Canada

BLOOD RED THRONE’s 2009 album, SOULS OF DAMNATION, is available now worldwide.  Get your copy in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_14 or in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_14

For more BLOOD RED THRONE news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/bloodredthrone666

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ALIEN – Original Lineup Back With New Single, “Ready To Fly”

September 10th, 2010
by EvilG
Alien  "Ready To Fly"

Alien "Ready To Fly"

Alien “Ready To Fly” will be released on the 10th of Oct (10.10.10) by Manora Records.

The platinum selling Swedish AOR phenomena is back after some 22 years. “Ready To Fly” is an up to date production by Mårten Eriksson and Mats Lindfors, catching the classic Alien sound. Melodic rock at it’s best!!

“Swedens best AOR band ever are back with original line-up playing songs from their self titled 1988 debut album… probably a 9,5 out of 10… Encore of this gig is a new song called Ready To Fly, a really good power ballad that fits well with the old material and according to me it shoul get some airplay since it’s that good.”

– Planet AOR, review on ALIEN 2010 live premiere.

www.alientheband.com

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TÝR confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL!

September 9th, 2010
by EvilG
70000 TONS OF METAL

70000 TONS OF METAL

The Vikings are taking over! Welcome to the beautiful Faroe Islands and welcome TÝR on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. With 26 out of 40 bands on board they sail on. Where are they off to this time? You shall know soon!
The confirmed 26 out of 40 bands are:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Iced Earth
Korpiklaani
Marduk
Moonspell
Obituary
Rage
Raven
Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Týr
Uli Jon Roth
Unleashed
Witchburner

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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SVART CROWN signs to LISTENABLE RECORDS

September 9th, 2010
by EvilG

LISTENABLE RECORDS is proud to announce the signing of French death/black metal band SVART CROWN!

Following their first effort, 2008’s Ages of Decay,SVART CROWN is back with a work of absolute blackness. Spawned in France by guitarist/vocalist J.B Le bail, SVART CROWN was born in 2005 with the idea to push the boundaries of extreme music and create a new dimension of brutality and blackness. Following numerous tours in its native land, SVART CROWN released its first album, Ages of Decay, in early 2008. The band has been promoting this first effort since then, with countless shows and two European runs.

Around J.B lebail, completing the lineup are guitarist C.Frandrois, bassist L.Veyssière and drummer G.Barthélemy (also known for his works with Diabolic, Drowning, Balrog or Antaeus). SVART CROWN has now finished the new album Witnessing The Fall, which marks a new and significant step in the history of the band. The sulphurous and oppressive atmosphere are emphasized by an organic sound crafted by Francis Caste (Kickback, Arkhon Infaustus, Phazm) at St Marthe studio.

SVART CROWN has successfully mixed an old-school feeling with various modern influences. Witnessing the Fall is simply the new face of the band: a black beast, full of anger, a symbol of humanity in perdition. It will be released early next year in North America on LISTENABLE RECORDS.

The band is embarking on a tour with the notorious SHINING in Oct/Nov 2010.

LIVE DATES :
Oct 09 – St Dizier, France -Evenning Metal Fest + Nightmare .

SVART CROWN ON TOUR THIS FALL WITH SHINING AND ENTHRONED
Oct 20 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
Oct 21 – Osnabr, Germany – TBA
Oct 22 – Ahrnem, Netherlands – Willemeen
Oct 23 – Best, The Netherlands – JC Todo
Oct 24 – Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebob
Oct 25 – London, England – Underworld
Oct 26 – Paris, France – Glasart
Oct 27 – Frankfurt, Germany – Nachtleben
Oct 28 – Essen, Germany – Turok
Oct 29 – Berlin, Germany – K17
Oct 30 – Bitterfeld, Germany – Festung
Oct 31 – Ng, Germany – Z-bau
Nov 01 – Laibach, Slovenia – Gala Hala
Nov 02 – Salzburg, Austria – Rockhouse
Nov 03 – Wien, Austria – Scene
Nov 04 – Brno, Czech Republic – Faval
Nov 05 – Bischofswerda, Germany – East Club
Nov 06 – Munchen, Germany – Backstage club
Nov 20 – Nancy, France – Metal Ride Fest + Devildriver + Loudblast.

www.myspace.com/svartcrown

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BONDED BY BLOOD ANNOUNCE TOUR WITH DEATH ANGEL, COMMENT ON CURRENT TOUR WITH EXODUS

September 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Pomona, CA’s own BONDED BY BLOOD were recently announced as part of the stellar lineup for the North American Retribution 2011 Tour. Headlined by metal pioneers, DEATH ANGEL, BONDED BY BLOOD will also see themselves touring alongside such talented acts as LAZARUS A.D; EARLY MAN and HEXEN. “Next year should definitely be a great tour;” says BONDED BY BLOOD guitarist, Juan Juarez. “We’re really looking forward to be playing alongside Death Angel, as they are a well-respected band in the thrash scene. I saw Lazarus AD with Kreator and they know how to tear shit up. And we’ve played with Hexen a few times before and they are a bunch of good dudes who definitely put on kick-ass shows. Be ready for us to be in your town and tear shit apart!”

Catch BONDED BY BLOOD with DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D; EARLY MAN and HEXEN on the North American Retribution 2011 Tour:

Jan. 24 – War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX (No DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D.)
Jan. 26 – The Muse – Nashvile, TN (No DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D.)
Jan. 28 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY (No DEATH ANGEL)
Jan. 29 – Championship bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ (No DEATH ANGEL)
Jan. 30 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Jan. 31 – The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC
Feb. 01 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 – Club Hell – Providence, RI
Feb. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Feb. 07 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 08 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
Feb. 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Feb. 11 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Feb. 12 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 13 – Numbers – Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
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NOCTURNAL FEAR split with longtime drummer, find new one

September 9th, 2010
by EvilG

NOCTURNAL FEAR, Detroit’s war-thrash death-squad, have discharged longtime drummer Aggressor. New drummer Witchhammer is already learning the band’s set, and the band is rehearsing tracks for forthcoming new album Excessive Cruelty, to be released next year on MORIBUND RECORDS. Says founding guitarist Rev. Chris Slavehunter PhD., “It’s not easy being in Detroit’s and arguably the USA’s fastest and most face-ripping thrash band. Witchhammer has the devotion and drive to become a true NF shock trooper! Our new album and shows will bear this out. Heed my words, posers – the knock on your door in the middle of the night may be us! Death to false metal!”

As previously reported, NOCTURNAL FEAR recently added new member Warmonger on bass. The band is rounded out by Slavehunter on all guitars and Devastator on vocals. A release date for NOCTURNAL FEAR’s Excessive Cruelty will be announced later this year. In the meantime, consult www.myspace.com/nocturnalfear and www.moribundcult.com.

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NIJI ENTERTAINMENT GROUP TO ISSUE DIO AT DONINGTON UK THIS NOVEMBER

September 9th, 2010
by EvilG

NIJI ENTERTAINMENT GROUP TO ISSUE DIO AT DONINGTON UK THIS NOVEMBER

NIJI ENTERTAINMENT GROUP TO ISSUE DIO AT DONINGTON UK THIS NOVEMBER

NIJI ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC. TO ISSUE FIRST RELEASE – ‘DIO AT DONINGTON UK: LIVE 1983 AND 1987′ 2 CD SET ON NOVEMBER 9TH, 2010

2010 will go down as the year that we lost one of hard rock/heavy metal’s all-time great vocalists, Ronnie James Dio (after a valiant battle with cancer). Throughout a career that saw Ronnie pen or co-pen classics with such legendary acts as Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and with his solo group, Dio, there are simply not enough words to describe the singer’s contribution to rock music worldwide. And to celebrate the life of the man that has become synonymous with metal, several new releases will soon be arriving, that are certain to please Dio’s large and loyal fanbase.

On November 9th, the double disc set, ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987′ will be released. The first disc was recorded at the first-ever UK performance by Dio’s solo group, while on tour supporting their classic debut, ‘Holy Diver.’ And the set-list does a superb job reflecting Dio’s debut (featuring such classics as “Rainbow in the Dark,” “Stand Up And Shout,” etc.), as well as classics from both Rainbow and Black Sabbath (“Man on the Silver Mountain,” “Heaven and Hell,” etc.) – resulting in a thoroughretrospective of Dio’s career, from Rainbow to Black Sabbath to solo hits.

The second disc of ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987′ features guitarist Craig Goldy’s debut – recorded in 1987, in support of the ‘Dream Evil’ album, and contains highlights from Dio’s career. ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987′ will be the very first release from the Niji Entertainment Group (which was formed by Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager, Wendy Dio, in early 2010). The set will be released as a deluxe digipak including a booklet filled with rare photographs and liner notes, and original replica all access laminates from both shows.
Ronnie was the executive producer on the Donington project, and was very much looking forward to the release. The Niji Entertainment Group is a full service record label, and will be releasing rare and unreleased recordings from Dio and other artists.

November 23rd will see two additional releases from the Niji Entertainment Group – a deluxe limited edition picture disc of Dio’s classic solo debut, ‘Holy Diver,’ and ‘Bitten By The Beast’ from David “Rock” Feinstein. “Rock” is Ronnie’s cousin, and was a member of Elf, and the leader of the legendary NY band The Rods. ‘Bitten By The Beast,’ features the single “Metal Will Never Die,” with lead vocals by Ronnie James Dio. This single will be heavily worked to active rock and metal radio this fall.

In 2011, the Niji Entertainment Group has many other Dio-related projects planned, including an extensive vinyl box set (an idea that Ronnie himself came up with), ‘For The Record: The Complete Dio Vinyl Collection,’ which will feature 16 LP’s in a deluxe carrying case, with “all access tour laminates” from every tour. All of the LP’s will be on 180 gram colored vinyl. Also, being released for the first time on DVD will be ‘Super Rock Japan 1985′ (which was only ever released in Japan on VHS). Another forthcoming DVD release will be a collection of every Dio MTV promotional video, plus live concert footage including bonus features, including interviews with Ronnie, his band, and crew.

A Dio bootleg box set is on the horizon as well, featuring never-before-released sound board recordings and audience recordings. Other releases from the Niji Entertainment Group in 2011 will include all four Rainbow Dio-era LP’s in their original gatefold sleeves on 180 gram colored vinyl, and all three Elf LP’s will be issued on 180 gram colored vinyl. 2011 will also see deluxe reissues from Tim “Ripper” Owens, a fantastic new CD from Oni Logan (Lynch Mob vocalist), and Rowan Robertson (Dio guitarist), as well as live Elf.

Between Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, the Dio social media followers now numbers over one million. The Niji Entertainment Group is in the process of starting the official Dio webstore, which will give fans worldwide opportunity to purchase t-shirts, limited edition items, and CD’s/DVD’s that fans have been requesting.

While Ronnie was alive, he always wanted to have his own action figure/statue.

And now, this has become a reality – KnuckleBonz has created the Ronnie James Dio rock iconz statue, which will be available in late fall 2010.

These statues are only produced in limited edition runs of 3000, which make them highly collectible and sought after from fans. A portion from the sales of the Dio statue will go to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, in honor of Ronnie James Dio. Preorders available by visiting  knucklebonz.com.

For more information, please visit:

www.ronniejamesdio.com
www.facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio
www.myspace.com/dioofficial

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DREAM THEATER Comment On Mike Portnoy’s Departure; Band Will Continue To Move Forward

September 9th, 2010
by EvilG
DREAM THEATER

DREAM THEATER

DREAM THEATER have issued the following statement in the wake of the earth-shattering news that drummer Mike Portnoy has elected to leave the band:

“To all of our loyal fans and friends: It is with profound sadness – regret – we announce that Mike Portnoy, our lifelong drummer and friend, has decided to leave Dream Theater. Mike’s stature in the band has meant the world to all of us professionally, musically, and personally over the years. There is no dispute: Mike has been a major force within this band.

While it is true that Mike is choosing to pursue other ventures and challenges, we can assure you that Dream Theater will continue to move forward with the same intensity, and in the same musical tradition, that you have all helped make so successful, and which is truly gratifying to us. Fans and friends: File this episode under ‘Black Clouds and Silver Linings.’

As planned, we begin recording our newest album in January 2011, and we’ll follow that with a full-on world tour. ‘The Spirit Carries On.’

All of us in Dream Theater wholeheartedly wish Mike the best on his musical journey. We have had a long and meaningful career together. It is our true hope that he finds all he is looking for, and that he achieves the happiness he deserves. He will be missed.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Mike Portnoy Has Left DREAM THEATER!

September 8th, 2010
by EvilG
Mike Portnoy

Mike Portnoy

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has posted on Facebook that he has left the band.

His post reads as follows:

“I am about to write something I never imagined I’d ever write:

After 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater….the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century.

To many people this will come as a complete shock, and will also likely be misunderstood by some, but please believe me that it is not a hasty decision…it is something I have struggled with for the last year or so.

After having had such amazing experiences playing with HAIL!, TRANSATLANTIC AND AVENGED SEVENFOLD this past year, I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with these other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater.

Please don’t misinterpret me, I love the DT guys dearly and have a long history, friendship and bond that runs incredibly deep with them, it’s just that I think we are in serious need of a little break.

Dream Theater was always my baby and I nurtured that baby every single day and waking moment of my life since 1985 24/7, 365, never taking time off from DT’s never-ending responsibilities (even when the band was “off” between cycles), working overtime and way beyond the call of duty that most sane people ever would do for a band.

But I’ve come to the conclusion that the DT machine was starting to burn me out and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my DT spirit hungry and inspired.

We have been on an endless write/record/tour cycle for almost 20 years now (of which I have overseen EVERY aspect without a break) and while a few months apart from each other here and there over the years has been much needed and helpful, I honestly hoped the band could simply agree with me to taking a bit of a “hiatus” to recharge our batteries and “save me from ourselves.”

Sadly, in discussing this with the guys, they determined they do not share my feelings and have decided to continue without me rather than take a breather. I even offered to do some occasional work throughout 2011 against my initial wishes, but it was not to be.

While it truly hurts for me to even think of a Dream Theater without Mike Portnoy (hell, my father named the band!!), I do not want to stand in their way, so I have decided to sacrifice myself and simply leave the band so as to not hold them back against their wishes.

Strangely enough, I just read an interview that I recently did that asked me about the future of DT and I talked about ‘always following your heart and being true to yourself’ – sadly I must say that at this particular moment, my heart is not with Dream Theater and I would simply be ‘going through the motions’, and would honestly NOT be true to myself if I stayed for the sake of obligation without taking the break I felt I needed.

I wish the guys the best and hope the music and legacy we created together is enjoyed by fans for decades to come. I am proud of every album we made, every song we wrote and every show we played.

I’m sorry to all the disappointed DT fans around the world. I really tried to salvage the situation and make it work. I honestly just wanted a break (not a split) but happiness cannot be forced, it needs to come from within.

You DT fans are the greatest fans in the world and as you all know, I have always busted my ass for you guys and I hope that you will stay with me on my future musical journey, wherever it may lead me….(and as you all know my work ethic, there will surely be no shortage of future MP projects!)

Sadly, your fearless ex-leader and drummer.”

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WITHIN THE RUINS EMBARK ON FULL U.S. TOUR! New Album “Invade” Available Now

September 8th, 2010
by EvilG
WITHIN THE RUINS EMBARK ON FULL U.S. TOUR

WITHIN THE RUINS EMBARK ON FULL U.S. TOUR

Massachusetts technical metal outfit WITHIN THE RUINS have just released their sophomore album on Victory Records, entitled Invade.  Clocking in at just over 40 minutes of pure unadulterated intensity, Invade has already proven to be one of the most highly-anticipated (and subsequently well-received) technical metal albums of 2010.  Immediately following the release of Invade the Western Mass Quintet are proud to announce they will be heading out with Arsonists Get All the Girls, Ion Dissonance, And Hell Followed With, Destruction of a Rose and Struc/tures on a full US tour, presented by Malus Clothing.

Recently, guitarist Joe Cocchi took time to demonstrate the musicianship and extreme skill it takes to play the title-track and single off of last month’s release.  Missed the video? Watch it here!

The music video, directed by Eric Richter, gives a taste of just what these tech-metal-masters are capable of!  Click here to watch!

Known for sophisticated time signatures, skilled guitar work, choppy rhythms and commanding vocals, this is the live set that you do not want to miss!

WITHIN THE RUINS TOUR DATES
10/15/10 Temacula, California @ The Vault
10/16/10 Canoga Park, California @ San Diego, California
10/17/10 San Diego, California @ Soma
10/18/10 Tucson, Arizona @ Skrappys
10/19/10 Albuquerque, New Mexico @ The Fusion Factory
10/21/10 San Antonio, Texas @ White Rabbit
10/22/10 The Woodlands, Texas @ Shadowplay Lounge
10/24/10 Waco, Texas @ Art Ambush
10/25/10 Metairie, Louisiana @ The High Ground
10/27/10 West Palm Beach, Florida @ Ground Control
10/28/10 Tampa, Florida @ The Brass Mug
10/29/10 Columbus, Georgia @ Gallery 13
10/30/10 Greenville, North Carolina @ Backdoor Skatepark
10/31/10 Springfield, Virginia @ Jaxx
11/1/10 Jermyn, Pennsylvania @ Eleanor Rigby’s
11/2/10 Vineland, New Jersey @ Hanger 84
11/3/10 Howell, New Jersey @ The Dippy Dome
11/4/10 Patchogue, New York @ Club Karma
11/5/10 Albany, New York @ Bogie’s
11/6/10 Manchester, New Hampshire @ Rocko’s
11/7/10 Holyoke, Massachusetts @ Waterfront Tavern
11/8/10 Danbury, Connecticut @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
11/9/10 Buffalo, New York @ Broadway Joe’s
11/10/10 Toledo, Ohio @ Frankie’s
11/11/10 Southgate, Michigan @ The Modern Exchange
11/12/10 Bartlett, Illinois @ Local Noise
11/13/10 Jefferson, South Dakota @ Jefferson Community Center
11/14/10 St. Paul, Minnesota @ The Space
11/15/10 Wichita, Kansas @ Eagles Lodge
11/16/10 Denver, Colorado @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
11/17/10 Boise, Idaho @ The Venue
11/18/10 Seattle, Washington @ Studio Seven
11/20/10 Orangevale, California @ Club Retro

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KATAKLYSM: South African Tour Dates Announced

September 8th, 2010
by EvilG
KATAKLYSM: South African Tour Dates Announced

KATAKLYSM: South African Tour Dates Announced

Montreal based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM are proud to announce their first ever performances in South Africa! Vocalist Maurizio Iacono commented:

“This is truly a highlight in KATAKLYSM‘s career! To be given the chance to go across the world where very few metal bands have had the privilege to play. We are proud to announce our arrival to South Africa for our first time ever and we promise you a journey to remember. See you soon!”

Slaughter Camp Open Air Festival Dates
May 6th – 8th Johannesburg
May 13th – 15th Cape Town

Heaven’s Venom was released on August 13th in Europe and August 24th in North America. The follow-up to 2008’s Prevail, was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F  Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, DARK TRANQUILLITY).

KATAKLYSM recently shot a video clip for the song “Push The Venom” with director Ivan Colic (TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED, DEATHSTARS, EX DEO)  in Belgrade, Serbia. The clip can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlUNc8vA1Tg.

Order Heaven’s Venom with or without an exclusive shirt design while supplies last at the following location http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Search/kataklysm.

KATAKLYSM recently wrapped up their first ever run of Ozzfest tour dates and are currently on tour with DEVILDRIVER!

DEVILDRIVER, KATAKLYSM, KITTIE, MISERY

09/08/10  Robert’s Off 10 – Mounds View, MN

09/09/10  Nutty’s North – Sioux Falls, SD ç KATAKLYSM HEADLINER

09/10/10  The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO ç + KITTIE

09/11/10  In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT ç+ KITTIE

09/13/10  Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

09/14/10  Berbati’s Pan – Portland, OR

09/15/10  The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA

09/16/10  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

For more information visit: www.myspace.com/Kataklysm

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NACHTMYSTIUM To Embark On Headlining Tour Tomorrow

September 8th, 2010
by EvilG

The NACHTMYSTIUM horde are packed up, ready to embark on their headlining North American tour tomorrow. Joined by brethren Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle, the tour kicks off in NACHTMYSTIUM’s home state of Illinois and then blasts through the eastern half of North America for over three weeks, in support of their latest blackened, psychedelic opus Addicts: Black Meddle Part II.

Stereogum/Haunting The Chapel Present:
NACHTMYSTIUM w/ Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth, Dark Castle

9/09/2010 Otto’s Nightclub – Dekalb, IL
9/10/2010 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
9/11/2010 Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON
9/12/2010 La Salla Rossa – Montreal, QC
9/13/2010 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
9/15/2010 The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY
9/16/2010 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
9/17/2010 Club Hell – Providence, RI
9/18/2010 Great Scott – Boston, MA
9/19/2010 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
9/21/2010 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/22/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
9/23/2010 Hat Factory – Richmond, VA
9/25/2010 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
9/26/2010 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/27/2010 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
9/28/2010 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
9/29/2010 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/1/2010 Mickey’s Finn Pub – Toledo, OH
10/2/2010 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

This headlining tour follows NACHTMYSTIUM’s 2010 tour schedule, which has included North American tours with Kreator and Voivod, Eyehategod, and a European tour with Jarboe, as well as appearances at high-profile European festivals including Roadburn, Festung Open Air, Oyafestivalen and more.   Stay tuned for more updates on NACHTMYSTIUM in the coming weeks.

http://www.myspace.com/nachtmystium
http://www.centurymedia.com

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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES: U.S. Tour Dates Announced

September 8th, 2010
by EvilG

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, the fathers of crossover thrash, will embark on a long-anticipated U.S. tour this October! Set to commence on October 15 and roll through late November with additional dates to be announced soon, the trek coincides with the No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family offering released September 7 via the band’s own Suicidal Records.   No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family features re-recorded tracks from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES’ second album, Join The Army originally released in 1987, as well as tunes from the second full-length from No Mercy, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES guitarist Mike Clark’s speed metal band (which found ST vocalist Mike Muir on vocals) from 1986. Also included is a new version of the classic ST track, “Possessed To Skate.” A video for the song is also in the works. Get ready for the cyco invasion!


SUICIDAL TENDENCIES U.S. Tour 2010

10/15/2010 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
10/16/2010 Roseland – Portland, OR
10/17/2010 Showbox – Seattle, WA
10/20/2010 Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
10/22/2010 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
10/26/2010 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
10/29/2010 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
10/30/2010 Eagles – Milwaukee, WI
10/31/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/02/2010 Pops – St. Louis, MO
11/04/2010 Meridioen – Houston, TX
11/06/2010 Palladium Showroom – Dallas, TX
11/07/2010 Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
11/09/2010 State Theatre – Tampa, FL
11/10/2010 Firestone – Orlando, FL
11/12/2010 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
11/13/2010 Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/17/2010 Metro – Chicago, IL
11/18/2010 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/20/2010 Summit – Denver, CO
11/21/2010 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM

http://www.suicidaltendencies.com

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