SHINING & ENTHRONED @ The Underworld, London

December 2nd, 2010
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

SHINING & ENTHRONED

@ The Underworld, London 25th October 2010

Review by Alex Agamoth

Photos Altercarnated Photography

It is definitely weird going to a gig on a Monday evening, but as I’ve managed to miss both these bands many times before, I was keen to enjoy every second of this gig!  


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Unified Sounds – Avenge thee and Naime/Sizen/Silas/Zocalo/Beholder@ Camden Underworld,London

December 2nd, 2010
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Cutting Edge, Unified Sounds Presents

Avenge thee
and Naime /  Sizen / Silas /  Zocalo /  Beholder

@ Camden Underworld 20/09/10

Reviewer: James Dunn

Photos: Altercarnated Photography

Monday evening is an odd night to be going out to a Metal Showcase but then who wants the weekend to end. Start the week as you mean to go on I say, and Metal full throttle…

 


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Cradle Of Filth – new video of Dani answering fans questions now online plus fans to choose next single

December 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Cradle of Filth reveals artwork for 'Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa'

Cradle of Filth - 'Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa'

Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, the new album from Cradle Of Filth was released last month on the band’s own AbraCadaver imprint through Peaceville Records.

Part of the reason that the band decided to release the album through their own imprint was that they wanted to have more direct control over the artistic process. Dani has said that part of the reason for switching labels was the desire to be a ‘bigger fish in a smaller more creative pond and we’ve been able to choose who we want for booking press and stuff. We’ve got the best of both worlds really.’

This new found freedom has also allowed them to connect directly with their legions of devoted fans around the world and Dani has taken time out of the gruelling rehearsal schedule for their forthcoming South American tour to answer some of the questions that were sent in by fans to Peaceville last month. A video of him answering the first batch is now on the album’s mini-site and a second video will be added next week.

In addition the band have now decided to let the fans choose which track from the album they should next make a video for.

Dani explains ‘we are really happy with the way that the first video, for Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned), but couldn’t decide which track would best so we thought we’d let the fans decide as we trust their judgement totally...’

A poll has been set up on www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth which lists all the tracks from the album. The final choice will be made at the end of this year with the new video being filmed in January.

Metal Hammer have described Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa as:

“Yet another sumptuous and spectacular eruption of gothic melodrama, perverted sonic schlock and balls-out extreme metal bombast… a dazzling and dastardly display of destructive devilry.”

And Rocksound have stated that the album has:

“a masterful control over the multi-faceted Cradle of Filth sound; brutal vocal gymnastics, skull-rattling double-kicks, symphonic flourishes, dramatic narrative and balls-out axe-slinging all make their presence known, but in a manner which routinely serves to bolster the coherency of the greater whole…this fucking slays.” 9/10

The fans’ edition of the album (box set with 2CD + DVD, hard-back book and much more), plus the vinyl and 2CD special editions of the album, are now available to order from the band’s web store.

An album t-shirt is also available for £14.99.

www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth

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Cult Doom Metal Band ELECTRIC WIZARD To Release New Album “Black Masses” On January 18th, 2011

December 1st, 2010
by EvilG

“THE HEAVIEST BAND IN THE UNIVERSE” SET TO UNLEASH NEW MUSIC

World-class British doom metal band ELECTRIC WIZARD will release its long-awaited new album Black Masses in North America on January 18, 2011 via Rise Above Records. The legendary group’s seventh studio album and first since 2007’s Witchcult Today, Black Masses was recorded with Grammy Award-winning British recording engineer Liam Watson (The White Stripes) in London’s Toe Rag Studios and promises to deliver “a crushing behemoth of funereal march pyschedelia” and “the oblivion and ecstasy of 10,000 watts of doom!”

Long hailed as the true heirs to Black Sabbath, ELECTRIC WIZARD have achieved near iconic status in the metal underground but have not — as of yet — crushed the world! Now, in league with Satan himself, ELECTRIC WIZARD prepares to annihilate the planet with Black Masses, its new LP and dark prayer to “Luciferian heavy metal” via crackling, vintage valve amplifiers set to full overdrive. Propelled by gigantic riffs and dripping with dark, bluesy undertones, Black Masses is an ugly, sleazy and dirty album steeped in unruly themes of 70’s exploitation cinema, occultism, substance abuse and narco-satanism. Taken as a whole, the record creates a twisted amalgam of late 60’s dark acid psychedelia and early 80’s satanic metal, all draped in both vile, misanthropic imagery and lyrics.

“This ritual incantation of heavy metal sorcery will break down your psyche as wave upon crushing wave of lead weight acid-laced Doom leaves you numb and broken before our unholy altar,” declared ELECTRIC WIZARD cult leader Jus Oborn when reached for comment. “Violent, bleak and ritualistic, we bow to the black altar of the RIFF. We do not rock, we kill!”

The track listing for ELECTRIC WIZARD’s Black Masses is as follows:

1.) Black Mass

2.) Venus in Furs

3.) Night Child

4.) Patterns of Evil

5.) Satyr IX

6.) Turn Off Your Mind

7.) Scorpio Curse

8.) Crypt of Drugula

Accessible and exciting yet violent and evil, ELECTRIC WIZARD has been riding a black wave of success since its formation in 1993. The band is an all encompassing paean to “dark and weird subjects” and a true celebration of bizarre low brow art (think: Weird Tales), vintage horror and B-movies, subversive foreign comics and H.P. Lovecraft coupled with a morbid fascination in cults, witchcraft, freemasonry, biker culture and ancient occult sciences and how these dark arts can be applied to music. The quartet’s incendiary and apocalyptic live performances have thrilled audiences the world over culminating in near iconic status amongst true fanatics and devotees of HEAVY music. Now the band has prepared Black Masses – its greatest work and bleakest art in unholy thanks! Prepare…

In addition to Oborn, ELECTRIC WIZARD features Liz Buckingham (guitars), Tas Danazoglou (bass) and Shaun Rutter (drums / percussion).

Updated ELECTRIC WIZARD news and information will be made available via the band’s online domain: www.myspace.com/electricwizarddorsetdoom

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AMORPHIS: Free DVD Concert Stream

December 1st, 2010
by EvilG

AMORPHIS - Forging The Land of Thousand Lakes

AMORPHIS - Forging The Land of Thousand Lakes

Nuclear Blast Records and Finnish progressive metallers, AMORPHIS, are proud to announce the first ever DVD concert stream event featuring the recent 2DVD+2CD release, Forging The Land of Thousand Lakes exclusively at Nuclear Blast’s brand new streaming room!

Fans around the world can tune in to watch on Friday, December 3, 2010 at:

Location: http://www.nuclearblast.de/streamingroom

1st Streaming Time: 5:00pm (Central European Time) for Europe

2nd Streaming Time: 3:30pm (Pacific) / 6:30pm (Eastern) for North America

The Nuclear Blast streaming room will be to ‘go-to’ location for fans to tune in and watch live DVD concert streams (and other surprises) on select dates. Fans can also connect via Facebook, Twitter, AIM, and MySpace to chat with one another and even band members on certain occasions!

AMORPHIS released Magic & Mayhem – Tales from the Early Years on November 22nd in North America. The album features 13 re-recorded classic tracks from the bands first three albums as well as the Privilege of Evil EP.

For more info visit: www.amorphis.net | www.facebook.com/amorphis

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ENFORCER HEADLINING SHOW TO REPLACE BRIXTON GIG WITH AIRBOURNE TOMORROW

December 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Swedish heavy metallers ENFORCER are currently on the road in Europe with Australian rockers AIRBOURNE, but due to an illness in the AIRBOURNE band, tomorrow night’s (Thursday, December 2nd) show in London, UK has regretfully had to be postponed.

ENFORCER are still up for a night of pure heavy metal fun though, and will instead be playing a headlining show of their own.  The new show takes place at the Purple Turtle in London, with support from BLACK SPIDERS and CAVITY SEARCH.

Tickets for the show cost just £2 for those who already have a ticket to the postponed AIRBOURNE show, and just £5 for those who don’t already have a ticket.

View a flyer for the new show at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/enf_bs_thu2dec.jpg

ENFORCER’s regular tour schedule with AIRBOURNE is due to resume for the next show on December 4th.  The list of remaining tour dates is as follows:

02 Dec – London, UK – Purple Turtle (without AIRBOURNE)
04 Dec – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
05 Dec – Belfast, UK – Ulster Hall
07 Dec – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
09 Dec – Manchester, UK – Academy
10 Dec – Birmingham, UK – Academy

View the tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/enforcer_airbourne_2010.jpg

ENFORCER are set to appear in-store at Earache Records’ recently announced pop-up Christmas shop in Nottingham, UK on Saturday, December 11th for a signing session, where an ultra-rare ENFORCER/VOLTURE 7″ split vinyl will be exclusively available.

ENFORCER are also due to play at Earache’s free Xmas Party in Nottingham on the same night.  For more information, head to http://www.earache.com/party2010

Watch ENFORCER’s new video for the track “Midnight Vice” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=032iifZ_SmA

ENFORCER’s new album, DIAMONDS, is available now in Europe on limited edition digipak CD and limited edition coloured vinyl.  Get your copy now at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_751

For more ENFORCER news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/enforcerswe

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CAULDRON: ‘BURNING FORTUNE’ PRODUCER SHOWS YOU ROUND THE STUDIO

December 1st, 2010
by EvilG
Cauldron - Burning Fortune

Cauldron - Burning Fortune

Canadian heavy metallers CAULDRON recently finished work on their new studio album, BURNING FORTUNE, due to be released on Earache Records on February 14th in Europe and February 15th in North America.

CAULDRON have been making a video series about the making of BURNING FORTUNE, featuring footage and the latest inside scoops on the new album.  The latest video – Part 3 in the series – introduces you to BURNING FORTUNE producer JAMESON ELLIOTT, as he shows you around Rogue Studios in CAULDRON’s hometown of Toronto, where the band recorded their eagerly awaited new album.

Watch the new video online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUpGzWOvIRQ

Watch Part 1 of the series at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Lko47_Gzwo

Watch Part 2 of the series at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbCACPMsUvo

A brand new track from BURNING FORTUNE, “All Or Nothing”, is available to listen to now on CAULDRON’s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/cauldronmetal

BURNING FORTUNE is the follow-up to CAULDRON’s critically acclaimed 2009 debut album, CHAINED TO THE NITE.  View the BURNING FORTUNE album cover at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/cauldron_burningfortune.jpg

Catch CAULDRON live at the following shows:

03 Dec. 2010 – Toronto, ON – Poor Alex Theater
28 Jan. 2011 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
29 Jan. 2011 – Philadelphia, PA – Millcreek Tavern
30 Jan. 2011 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool

Get CAULDRON’s debut album, CHAINED TO THE NITE, now in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_700 or in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_700

For more CAULDRON news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/cauldronmetal or follow the band on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cauldronmetal

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NEW SHOCKWAVES PODCASTS POSTED

December 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Shockwaves Skull Sessions Episode #44: Rock Legends of Los Angeles! On this episode Skullsessions host Bob Nalbandian is joined by three unsung heros of the Los Angeles hard-rock scene of the late ‘70s/early ‘80s! Original drummer from SnowStephen Quadros, along with A La Carte drummer Brian O’Brian and guitar master Greg Leon from the Greg Leon Invasion discuss the early years of the prominent LA music scene sharing great stories from legendary Rock Club the Starwood, Van Halen and early Quiet Riot and some hilarious and bizarre anecdotes ranging from Tracy Lords and Phil Spector to OJ Simpson and a perverted chimpanzee!

Direct Link to Episode: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/news/Skull-Sessions-Podcast-44-Rock-Legends-of-Los-Angeles-22456.aspx

Shockwaves/HardRadio podcast #48: On this episode host Bob Nalbandian interviews renowned vocalist David Reece (Bangalore Choir, Accept, Sircle of Silence). Currently residing in Germany, David recently reformed the great late ‘80s blues-based hard rock band Bangalore Choir who just released their new CD Cadence. Also on this episode is a fantastic interview with guitarist Andy Charters and vocalist Nige Roberts of the legendary and pioneering NWOBHM band Marseille who also recently reformed and recorded their new CD Unfinished Businesswww.hardradio.com
Direct Link to All Episodes:  http://www.hardradio.com/shockwaves/podcasts/podcast1.xml

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Eternal Descent Comic Book Featuring Atreyu Guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel Now on Sale

December 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Atreyu guitarists land cameo appearances in heavy metal comic book series Issue #5

London, UK
– Eternal Descent comic book Issue #5 featuring guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel of popular metal band Atreyu is now on sale. In the storyline inspired by the Atreyu song “Black Days Begin” from the album “Congregation of the Damned”, the battle of Wayne Static from the previous issue has left the city in smoldering ruins and Lyra Constance burning with a new determination: find Loki and bring his reign of madness to an end once and for all. But in Loki’s lair, nothing is ever as it seems. What looks like a way in could be a perilous trap lying in wait.

Eternal Descent Issue #5 is now available at the following links:
USA/Canada: http://www.tfaw.com/Profile/Eternal-Descent-5___371272
Europe:  http://decomicshop.nl/eternal-descent-5-p-43494.html

The comic book is now available at comic book stores worldwide through Diamond Distribution. Llexi Leon, creator of the multimedia concept ETERNAL DESCENT, recruits ESP artists for cameo appearances in the Eternal Descent comic which is inspired by a host of iconic metal musicians. The initial launch issue was released on March 31st, 2010 with subsequent issues released every 4-6 weeks, spotlighting God Forbid guitarist Doc Coyle in issue 2,  Gus G of Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne in issue 3, and Wayne Static of Static-X in issue 4. Other bands including Shadows Fall, Queensryche, and Soulfly are slated for upcoming cameo appearances in subsequent issues.

Samples of the Eternal Descent Issue #5 comic book artwork are available for viewing at these links:
Issue #5 Cover Image: http://www.eternaldescent.com/phantom/ed5cover.jpg
Issue #5 Artwork Gallery: http://www.eternaldescent.com/comic/issue-5/

The Eternal Descent comic book is also available in the Playstation Portable (PSP) format at the Sony Playstation Portable site (http://tinyurl.com/ygg2yx3).

Llexi Leon began making noise in London, England in 2005. His highly intricate guitar style exhibits the many influences corralled to create his intense sound – from classical, flamenco, electronica, and ambient genres to the more prominent genres of rock and metal. All of these genres infused to one, Leon has built a cinematic metal fantasia with his music which has branched out to a comic book series. His main aspirations are bringing stories to life through escapism. He utilizes everyday events and his vivid imagination to drive him to create more avenues for his multimedia enterprise.

Eternal Descent endorses ESP Guitars. Ovation Guitars, Kahler Tremolos, DiMarzio Pickups Ernie Ball Strings, Marshall Amps,  Digitech Pedals, Guitar Grip, Pickboy, and Coffin Case.

http://www.eternaldescent.com
http://www.myspace.com/eternaldescent
http://www.facebook.com/EternalDescent?ref=ts
http://www.espguitars.com/eternaldescent.html
http://forum.idwpublishing.com/viewforum.php?f=22

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CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE Embark On “The Tour For The Sick” With Arsis and Powerglove

December 1st, 2010
by EvilG

One of the most acclaimed new faces of extreme metal, Sacramento’s CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE, continues with their unrelenting touring schedule as they kick off a North American run with Arsis and Powerglove this week. The trek, “The Tour For The Sick,” is a must see event for any diehard metal fan and presents a great array of talent that spans the entire metal genre.

Jeff Morgan (guitars) states: “We are currently headed across the country to meet up with Arsis and Powerglove in New Jersey to kick off ‘The Tour For The Sick.’ This is going to be a total shred-fest. We’re stoked to be playing with such great bands every night. As for us, we’ve put together a good mix of old and new songs in an attempt to put forth some of our most melodic guitar-driven material. The result is several songs we’ve haven’t played live in a long time. So true CFTG fans will not want to miss this tour. We’ve put together a unique setlist just for you. ‘The Tour For The Sick’ is going to be one hell of a show every night. Be sure to come and hang with us at the merch booth each night as well. See you all soon.”

Brutally unrelenting, savagely intense and downright uncompromising should be CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE’s mission statement as this band aims straight for the jugular with a barrage of frenetic riffs and a bottom end that will make your heart sink to your feet. Their vicious new offering, Revenants, is bound to create an undeniable buzz within the metal scene and you don’t want to miss them if they come through your area. Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/conductingfromthegrave now to view the entire tour schedule.

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CRADLE OF FILTH VIP TICKET PACKAGE ON SALE NOW; “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour” to kick off in February

December 1st, 2010
by EvilG
Cradle Of Filth announces February 2011 headlining North American tour

Cradle Of Filth announces February 2011 headlining North American tour

ENGLAND – A special VIP ticket package is now on sale for Cradle Of Filth’s first US tour since 2009, a headlining run on the “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”.  The VIP ticket package is available exclusively through Artist Arena at: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/cradleoffilth/, and includes one general admission ticket, a meet-and-greet with the band, a signed Cradle Of Filth poster, and a commemorative VIP laminate.  VIP tickets are limited, so fans are encouraged to take advantage of this rare opportunity before it’s too late.

The “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour” will kick off in Houston on February 1st. Nachtmystium, Turisas, and Daniel Lioneye will round out the tour’s impressive package on Cradle Of Filth’s long-awaited return to North American shores. General admission tickets are on sale through all major ticket retailers.

Cradle Of Filth is gearing up to hit the road in support of their recently released ninth studio album, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, which hit stores on November 9th on Nuclear Blast Records.

The sinister concept album about Adam’s first wife, the lavish demoness Lilith, entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #99, selling nearly 6,000 copies in its first week. The record also debuted at #10 on the Independent chart and #7 on Hard Music.
Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is available in a multitude of formats and versions, and can be purchased online through the Nuclear Blast webstore at: http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Artist/Cradle_Of_Filth/10533 or on iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/darkly-darkly-venus-aversa/id398728607.  An iTunes exclusive limited edition version, featuring bonus tracks and artwork, can be downloaded at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/darkly-darkly-venus-aversa/id398857303, while special Cradle Of Filth bundle packs, including a CD/t-shirt combo, a deluxe 2CD Digipak/t-shirt combo, and an LP/t-shirt combo, are available exclusively through the Nuclear Blast webstore.  A special 2LP version is also now available.

The track list for Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is…

1.) The Cult Of Venus Aversa

2.) One Foul Step From The Abyss

3.) The Nun With The Astral Habit

4.) Retreat Of The Sacred Heart

5.) The Persecution Song

6.) Deceiving Eyes

7.) Lilith Immaculate

8.) The Spawn Of Love And War

9.) Harlot On A Pedestal

10.) Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)

11.) Beyond Eleventh Hour

The Grammy nominated, Cradle Of Filth, continues to shock, excite, disgust, and inspire in equal measures. A loyal stalwart to the satanic horror ethos, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa was recorded at Monkey Puzzle Studios, near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England, and is the follow-up to 2008’s Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder. Artwork comes courtesy of Natalie Shau.

Whether through their wildly elaborate & theatrical live shows (which incorporate giant lumbering puppets, fire-breathing dancers, freaks and stilt-walkers), provocative merchandise (including the now legendary ‘Jesus Is A Cunt’ t-shirt), breathtaking artwork, or the weighty subject matter of their albums (their last told the story of a French Lord who fought alongside Joan Of Arc before embarking on a horrific killing spree), Cradle Of Filth is a band whose uncompromising stance has been rewarded with legions of fans around the world, making them the most successful British heavy metal band since Iron Maiden.

Be sure to check out the Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa mini-site at: http://www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth for exclusive Cradle Of Filth media, including song previews, video blogs, an iPhone app, and more.

Stay tuned to for more information on Cradle Of Filth, the “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”, and Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa.

“FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”…

Feb. 1 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live

Feb. 2 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom

Feb. 4 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

Feb. 5 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater

Feb. 6 – Las Vegas, NV@ House of Blues

Feb. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live

Feb. 9 – San Francisco, CA@ Regency Ballroom

Feb. 11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theatre

Feb. 12 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

Feb. 13 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

Feb. 15 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center

Feb. 16 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom

Feb. 18 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre

Feb. 20 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

Feb. 21 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

Feb. 23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo

Feb. 25 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s

Feb. 26 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy

Feb. 27 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

Feb. 28 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec

Mar. 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero

Mar. 3 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

Mar. 4 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium

Mar. 5 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Mar. 6 – Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street Ballroom

Mar. 8 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva Theatre

Mar. 9 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

Mar. 11 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

Mar. 12 – Orlando, FL @ Firestone

Mar. 13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

Cradle Of Filth is…

Dani Filth (vocals)

Paul Allender (guitar)

James McIlroy (guitar)

David Pybus (bass)

Martin Skaroupka (drums)

Caroline Campbell (keys)

Cradle Of Filth online…

www.cradleoffilth.com
www.myspace.com/cradleoffilth
www.facebook.com/pages/Cradle-of-Filth/6514209076
www.nuclearblastusa.com

www.myspace.com/nuclearblastusa

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FIREBALL MINISTRY RELEASING FIRST FULL LENGTH VINYL RECORD OF SELF-TITLED ALBUM VIA RESTRICTED RELEASE

December 1st, 2010
by EvilG

(HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA)-  Hard rock foursome Fireball Ministry is releasing the 180 gram white vinyl pressing of their March 2010 self-titled album FIREBALL MINISTRY (Restricted Release) on December 22, 2010 also via Restricted Release.   Known by fans and critics alike as an uncompromising, unpretentious and entirely authentic hard rock force, Fireball Ministry’s REV. JAMES A. ROTA II (guitar, vocals), EMILY J. BURTON (guitar), JOHN ORESHNICK (drums) and JOHNY CHOW (bass) re-teamed with renowned producer/engineer Andrew Alekel (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters), The Second Great Awakening (Nuclear Blast) for the self-titled album.   “We are very excited to have a release on vinyl—it’s the way nature intended music to be heard,” says front-man Rev. James A. Rota II.   Recorded at Grandmaster in Hollywood, with additional vocals tracked at Dave Grohl’s 606 Studio, Fireball Ministry’s ten-track, collector’s edition LP has a limited run of 1,000 copies and is the band’s second release without a traditional label. The FIREBALL MINISTRY vinyl pressing is currently available for pre-order at www.FireballMinistry.com and includes the full album digital download and bonus video for “Butcher, Faker, Policy Maker.”

Following is the track listing for FIREBALL MINISTRY (Restricted Release):

1) Hard Lines
2) Fallen Believers
3) Thought It Out
4) Followed By a Fall
5) Kick Back
6) Butcher, Faker, Policy Maker
7) End of Story
8) Common Enemy
9) Sleeping With Angels
10) In Their Own Right

FIREBALL MINISTRY discography: Ou Est La Rock? (Bong Load, 1999)
FMEP (Small Stone, 2001)
The Second Great Awakening (Nuclear Blast, 2003)
Their Rock Is Not Our Rock (Liquor & Poker, 2005)
Fireball Ministry (Restricted Release, 2010)  

ABOUT THE BAND Since forming in 1999, FIREBALL MINISTRY’s REV. JAMES A. ROTA II (guitar, vocals), EMILY J. BURTON (guitar), JOHN ORESHNICK (drums) and JOHNY CHOW (bass) have produced an arsenal of heavy-hitting albums including: Ou Est La Rock? (Bongload Custom Records, 1999); FMEP (Small Stone Recordings, 2001);The Second Great Awakening (Nuclear Blast, 2003); Their Rock is Not Our Rock (Liquor & Poker Music, 2005); and Fireball Ministry (Restricted Release, 2010). Proving the legitimacy of their hard rock and metal roots, Fireball Ministry has been invited to share the stages of legendary music icons across the globe; among them: Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Dio, Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heap, Motorhead, and Slayer. FIREBALL MINISTRY’s songs have appeared on numerous TV shows and films including most recently three songs “Kick Back,” “End of Story,” and “Fallen Believers,” on the highly-acclaimed FX Network show “Sons of Anarchy.” “Choker” was featured on the award-winning HBO series “The Sopranos” while “Daughter of the Damned” was in the Christian Slater feature film Alone In The Dark. In addition to having six songs appear on MTV’s “Viva La Bam” series, FIREBALL’s music has also appeared extensively in the world of extreme action sports and gaming, “King” and “Flatline” were featured in the Billabong “Odyssey” movie and “The Broken” in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) video game “WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW.” www.FireballMinistry.com

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LAMB OF GOD’S ‘SUPER DELUXE’ HOURGLASS SET AVAILABLE NOW AT 20% OFF THE ORIGINAL PRICE

December 1st, 2010
by EvilG

LAMB OF GOD 'HOURGLASS' PACKAGE

LAMB OF GOD 'HOURGLASS' PACKAGE

LAMB OF GOD and Epic Records are pleased to announce a special holiday discount on the popular Super Deluxe Hourglass set, available now at 20% off of the original price. Fans can receive the 20% discount by using purchase code “LAMBOFGOD20” at this link. Act now to obtain this unique deal!

LAMB OF GOD is offering multiple attractive Hourglass gift packages and anthologies available for your gift-giving needs. The Hourglass gift packages and anthologies come in multiple varieties and sizes, making them easy to purchase at any price range. Whether you are frugal or you like to splurge, the Hourglass gift packages and anthologies are a perfect gift for any LAMB OF GOD fan.

LAMB OF GOD and Epic Records have multiple gift options available now for purchase at www.lamb-of-god.com and Amazon.com, including the Vinyl Box Set, USB Box Set, Deluxe Set and Super Deluxe Set (as seen above)! The 3 CD Anthology can be purchased at your local record store. See below for all available Hourglass package and anthology varieties!

Available Hourglass packages include:

Hourglass: Vol 1 – The Underground Years  – Available in stores only!

13 of the most choice Lamb of God songs from their early years.  Culled from their first album Burn The Priest, their debut as Lamb of God, New American Gospel, and the album that put them on the map, As The Palaces Burn.

Hourglass: Vol 2 – The Epic Years Available in stores only!

13 of the most choice Lamb of God songs from their career on Epic Records to this point.  Both Grammy nominated songs “Redneck” and “Set To Fail” are surrounded by fan favorite anthems and crushing riffs from Ashes Of The Wake to Sacrament to 2009’s #2 debut Wrath.

Hourglass: The 3 CD Anthology – Available in stores only!

The ultimate Lamb of God retrospective: 44 tracks on 3 CDs.  Volumes 1 and 2 join Volume 3 containing 18 rare or never heard before songs.  Included are Japanese issued bonus tracks, multiple rehearsal demos, along side the 8 songs recorded prior to Burn The Priest.

Hourglass: The Vinyl Box Set

All 6 Lamb of God Studio albums for the first time on 180 Gram vinyl in a Linen-wrapped collectors box.  Includes Burn The Priest, New American Gospel, As The Palaces Burn, Ashes of the Wake, Sacrament, and Wrath.

Hourglass: The USB Box Set

All 6 Lamb of God studio albums on individual USB drives in a cigarette box shaped collectors package.  Includes Burn The Priest, New American Gospel, As The Palaces Burn, Ashes of the Wake, Sacrament, and Wrath.

Hourglass: The Deluxe Set

The collectors set including The 3 CD Anthology, The Vinyl Box set, The USB Box Set, and a Linen bound 144 page book of the art of Lamb of God as created by K3n Adams including  designs for tour passes, albums, t-shirts, and his commentary on them.

Hourglass: The Super Deluxe Set

The limited edition definitive collectors set including a Mark Morton Signature Series Jackson Dominion D2, A 4’x6’ Pure American metal Flag, The 3 CD Anthology, The Vinyl Box Set, The USB set, the Book, an Hourglass sticker, and a signed 8×10 in a personalized Lamb of God Coffin Case.  Only 300 will ever be made!

To order your Hourglass packages and to learn more about LAMB OF GOD, please visit www.lamb-of-god.com

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GRAVE DIGGER – BACK TO GREECE

December 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Finally they’re on their way one more time….THE CLANS WILL RETURN TO GREECE!!!

Together with their mates of RAGE, GRAVE DIGGER will celebrate a German metal party at it’s best on April 29th 2011 in Athens.

The holy ground of the “Fuzz Live Music Club” will find it’s final earthquake while these two godfathers of German metal strike up to the show.

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GEORGE LYNCH – Lynch Mob, Souls of We, ex-Dokken

December 1st, 2010
by Marko Syrjala

GEORGE LYNCH

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

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George Lynch is one of the most popular and influential guitarists to emerge from the ’80s-era heavy metal/hard rock scene.  Lynch is best known for his work with platinum sellers Dokken whose albums UNDER LOCK AND KEY and BACK FOR THE ATTACK went to platinum in the mid 80’s. In 1988 Don Dokken and Lynch found it impossible to continue in the same band together and as a result the band broke up. Don Dokken decided to start his solo career whereas Lynch decided to form a new band called Lynch Mob. Joining Lynch in the new outfit was singer Oni Logan, bassist Anthony Esposito, and former Dokken colleague Mick Brown. The band issued their debut album, WICKED SENSATION, in 1990. WICKED SENSATION became another milestone in Lynch’s career and it did went gold in States with over 500 000 copies sold.  The sophomore album LYNCH MOB presented a new lead singer Robert Mason and it was released in 1992.  The second album failed to reach its predecessors success and soon band was disbanded. Lynch released a solo album called SACRED GROOVE in 1993 with various famous guests including Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Mandy Lion before rejoining Dokken in 1994.  The reunited band released two studio albums: DYSFUNCTIONAL and SHADOWLIFE before Lynch decided to leave again. The late ’90s/early 21st century saw Lynch alternate between issuing albums with the Lynch Mob (with varying members) and as a solo artist resulting in such further titles as 1999’s SMOKE THIS, 2003’s WICKED UNDERGROUND and FURIOUS GEORGE in 2004. In 2010 it was officially announced that Oni Logan and Lynch will rejoin their forces again and as a result SMOKE AND MIRRORS was released in 2009. The world followed and in late 2010 the renewed band; Lynch, Logan, bassist Robbie Crane and drummer Brian Tichy finally arrived in Scandinavia. In Gothenburg in Sweden I had chance to sit down Mr. Lynch himself and talk about various topics including the reunion with Logan, Souls of We,  the past as well as a possible Dokken reunion… read on…

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