ELUVEITIE: N. American Headlining Tour Announced

November 17th, 2010
by EvilG

Swiss melodic-folk-death-metallers ELUVEITIE will return to North America next February, in support of their new latest masterpiece Everything Remains As It Never Was. Joining them will be 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL, SYSTEM DIVIDE. Vocalist and mastermind Chrigel Glanzmann had this to say about the bands much anticipated return to our continent:

“Since we joined AMON AMARTH to support them on their tour in the US last April, we only got to play a shorter set there. So, after touring all over Europe and the UK for several months now, it’s definitely high time we came back to America with an full set list. We’re really happy and looking forward to finally visiting the US again to rock the living shit out of our fans! We plan on spoiling you with an extended set, an extended stage performance and some surprises!

Also, we’re proud to present you an absolute killer package, totally under the banner of pure fucking metal! We will return with no less than the Canadian berzerkers of 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, our Californian true metal buddies from HOLY GRAIL, along with SYSTEM DIVIDE, an amazingly talented young melodic death metal band!

Well, there’s not much left to say – horns up for a pure fucking metal massacre! See you there!”

ELUVEITIE, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL, SYSTEM DIVIDE

02/01/11  Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

02/02/11  The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY

02/03/11  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

02/04/11  Cercle – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

02/05/11  Le National – Montreal, QC – CANADA

02/06/11  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

02/08/11  The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

02/09/11  Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN

02/10/11  Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS

02/11/11  Maquis Theater – Denver, CO

02/12/11  Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT

02/14/11  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

02/15/11  Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

02/16/11  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

02/17/11  Slims – San Francisco, CA

02/18/11  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

02/19/11  Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ

02/21/11  Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX

02/22/11  Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

02/24/11  State Theatre – Saint Petersburg, FL

02/25/11  Firestone Live – Orlando, FL

02/26/11  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

ELUVEITIE’s latest album, Everything Remains As It Never Was, scanned approximately 1600 copies in it’s first week of release in the United States. The CD landed at position No. 23 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

Everything Remains As It Never Was is the follow up to the bands successful acoustic/folk release Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion. Everything Remains As It Never Was features the band back again in full metal swing. The album was recorded by Tommy Vetterli (CORONER) and mixed by Colin Richardson (SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, KREATOR, BEHEMOTH, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE etc.).

The video clip for track “Thousandfold” can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb8WGig0MLU

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GOOD FIGHT MUSIC NAMED NEW LABEL HOME FOR CLASSIC IN FLAMES ALBUMS

November 17th, 2010
by EvilG

GOOD FIGHT MUSIC are pleased to be the new North American label home for the classic IN FLAMES catalog, starting with The Jester Race through Soundtrack To Your Escape. These titles, which until now have been unavailable in the marketplace, will be back on music retailer’s shelves and available at digital stores (e.g. iTunes) starting on Monday, November 22nd, 2010. This new venture will once again reunite the band with the team that released and marketed their biggest commercial success in the United States – Come Clarity.  It was GOOD FIGHT’s current team at the helm of FERRET MUSIC when Come Clarity was released in 2006.  The album became a benchmark in their career and further cemented the band’s lofty place in the ranks of heavy metal’s elite.

IN FLAMES have cemented their iconic status as one of the preeminent heavy metal bands throughout the world.  They pioneered a signature sound that forged extreme metal with melody and powerful hooks. Their prolific writing and continual global touring has amassed countless fans and worldwide album sales of over 2.5 million. Starting Monday, November 22nd, just in time for the holiday rush, the North American metal community can once again lay claim to their all time favorite IN FLAMES albums:

The Jester Race

Whoracle

Colony

Clayman

Reroute to Remain

Soundtrack to Your Escape

Used and Abused….In Live We Trust (double disc DVD)

To keep updated on all the latest news from IN FLAMES, please visit their official sites:

www.inflames.com

www.jesterhead.com

www.facebook.com/inflames

www.twitter.com/inflames_SWE

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MASSIVE SLAVERY and ROCKGAMER STUDIOS Produce 1st Song with True Double Bass for The Rock Band Video Game

November 17th, 2010
by EvilG
MASSIVE SLAVERY "Global Enslavement"

MASSIVE SLAVERY "Global Enslavement"

Canadian death metal band MASSIVE SLAVERY will have the honour of introducing the concept of ‘true authentic double bass drumming’ for The Rock Band Video Game via their song “Humanity’s Last Hope”.

According to a press release from RockGamer Studios who are producing 2 versions of this song; one regular version with a single kick drum, and one Expert version with double bass drums.

“Introducing ‘2x Bass Pedal’ mode… for the authentic double bass drumming experience!

This is MASSIVE SLAVERY’s breakout track from their debut album ‘GLOBAL ENSLAVEMENT presented here in a ‘2x Bass Pedal’ [*] version, with each and every kick drum note charted exactly as played in the song on Expert Drums. Do you have what it takes to keep up with Pierre-Alexandre Mercier’s brutal, unstoppable beats?

[*] Disclaimer: A double bass pedal setup is an option required in order to play this song on Expert Drums. All other instruments and difficulty levels are identical to the regular edition of the song.”

Soon it will be possible to download it for play on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 from the Rock Band Network, at a cost of $ 1.99. The band is hoping to gain greater exposure from this release, plus the official Video for

‘Humanity’s Last Hope’ will be launched at the end of November.

‘Global Enslavement’ was released in July by Maple Metal Records, and produced by Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Augury, and Beneath The Massacre).

MASSIVE SLAVERY consists of Jon ‘The Prof’ St-Pierre on vocals, Joel St-Amant on guitar, Marc-André Barrette on bass and Pierre-Alexandre Mercier on drums.

You can see the preview (which received over 1,000 views in the first 24 hours) here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQBxno8B-HI

For More info:

maplemetalrecords.bigcartel.com

reverbnation.com/massiveslavery

www.rockgamerstudios.com

“This is a great album from a very talented band; great production value and great performances. Riff after killer riff Massive Slavery are laying down the smack.” – Metal-Rules (3.5/5)

“Global Enslavement is an album that delivers a quintessential death metal experience. It combines a refreshingly unique mix of melodic, brutal and technical death metal. Bravo!” – Bravewords (8.5/10)

“The perfect balance between extreme and melodic death metal: With hooks, brutality, and groove.” – Boulevard Brutal (9/10)

“This is just an awesome debut by an ambitious band that’s not afraid to raise their voice.” – DeathMetal.be (92/100)

“Massive Slavery deliver a refined version of melodic death metal on steroids that grips you like a vice and beats you into submission.” – The New Review (4/5)

BIO

Global Enslavement is a Revolutionary Album in Modern Death Metal. It is a concept death metal album that explores some of the darkest parts of modern history that caused the epic failures of our society today. ‘Global Enslavement’ was released July 26th via Maple Metal Records, Toronto/Canada; the label launched by John Belrose, producer of Exciter’s “Heavy Metal Maniac”.

MASSIVE SLAVERY hail from the towns of Val d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda, the gold-mining district in Northern Quebec. The province of Quebec, Canada has traditionally been a hot bed for great metal talent and now MASSIVE SLAVERY can be added to that illustrious list.

Born from a concept conceived by bassist Marc-André Barrette (ex-Paroxysm) and guitarist Joël St-Amant (ex-Descend into Nothingness), Massive Slavery was officially created in the winter of 2009.

Having previously worked with Joel in “Descend into Nothingness”, drummer Pierre-Alexandre Mercier (ex-Decrepity) did not hesitate to join the crew. Even if the band were still looking for a front man, they began to write and work on fresh material.

After a couple of months of hunting around, their search was finally rewarded when vocalist Jon ‘The ProF’ St-Pierre landed the role, to round out this new quartet. His addition to the band gave new dynamics, and a boost of energy to push the band into finalizing the writing of their first album.

The collaboration of this musical assault Global Enslavement combines a mix of melodic, brutal and technical death metal.

The album was produced and recorded by Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Beneath the Massacre, Neuraxis) in January, at Northern Studio in Northern Quebec. It was mixed and mastered by Pierre Rémillard (Anvil, Kataklysm, Misery Index, Malevolent Creation) in February, at Wild Studio north of Montreal.

MASSIVE SLAVERY is:

Jon ‘the ProF’ St-Pierre – vocals

Joel St-Amant – guitar

Marc-André Barrette – bass

Pierre-Alexandre Mercier – drums

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EPICA: ADDITIONAL TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR SOLD-OUT MONTREAL SHOW

November 17th, 2010
by EvilG

The all-ages Montreal show for Holland’s symphonic metal band EPICA on November 21st at Club Soda has officially sold-out.

In response to fan demand, EnterTheVault.com has released additional General Admission and V.I.P. tickets (which include early entry and a Meet & Greet) on a first-come, first-served basis.  Montreal’s November 21st show will be EPICA’s last appearance in the province of Québec until 2012.
Current tour dates with Scar Symmetry, Blackguard, and The Agonist are:

11/17/10  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

11/19/10  The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

11/20/10  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

11/21/10  Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA

11/23/10  Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA

11/24/10  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

11/26/10  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

11/27/10  Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY

11/28/10  The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

11/30/10  Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

12/02/10  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

12/03/10  Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

12/04/10  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

12/05/10  DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

12/07/10  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

12/08/10  Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA

12/09/10  Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

12/11/10  Trees – Dallas, TX

12/12/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

12/14/10  The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL

12/15/10  Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

12/17/10  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

12/18/10  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

Design Your Universe debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #12 and the Top Hard Music Albums chart at #47 for first-week sales in excess of 2,000 copies.

View the video for the track “Unleashed” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel here.

Visit EPICA online at www.EPICA.nl, www.myspace.com/EPICA, www.facebook.com/EPICA, and twitter.com/_EPICA.

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HAARP UNVEILS NEW TRACKS

November 17th, 2010
by EvilG

HAARP UNVEILS NEW TRACKS WITH BROOKLYNVEGAN.COM AND INVISIBLEORANGES.COM

‘THE FILTH’ HITS STORES ON NOVEMBER 23RD, 2010

New Orleans heavy metal act haarp has just unveiled two new tracks with BrooklynVegan.com and InvisibleOranges.com today! BrooklynVegan is currently streaming the track ‘A New Reign’, and InvisibleOranges is currently streaming ‘The Blue Chamber Painted Red’. Both tracks are cut from haarp’s upcoming album, The Filth, to be released on November 23rd, 2010 on HOUSECORE RECORDS.

The band recently posted the never-before-seen album art on their MySpace page, illustrated by famed artist and tattoo master Paul Booth. The Filth is produced by HOUSECORE RECORDS label owner Philip Anselmo.

“When Phil called me all excited about this new brutality and its unique concepts he needed cover art for, I could immediately tell his conviction and excitement far surpassed his usual dark vigor,” recalls album artist Paul Booth. “Of course, I was in. Once Keith presented me with one of haarp‘s lyrical concepts in regards to Gluttony, it was actually amazing to me how similar their ideas were to my own. This collaborative vision was meant to be, as far as I was concerned. I look forward to creating more art to this slow and painfully twisted epic of doom.”

On August 27th, 2005, two of New Orleans’ extreme metal bands, manic grind freaks rat in a bucket and black metal blazers De Capa Preta, were slated to play a show at the now defunct Dixie Taverne in the heart of Mid-City.  Due to ‘inclement weather’ and the threat of Hurricane Katrina making landfall, the bands decided that since many people were evacuating the city, the show could not go on.

Hurricane Katrina struck and devastated the Gulf Coast region and effected many aspects of people’s lives. The music scene in New Orleans was not spared from this change and many bands, including rat in a bucket and De Capa Preta, suffered members departing the band, and ultimately calling it quits.

Keith Sierra Jr., drummer from rat in a bucket, and Grant Tom, guitarist from De Capa Preta, got in contact with each other from their temporary locations and discussed the state of the music scene. After digging up old conversations and ideas they had discussed at various local shows, they decided to return to New Orleans and start a new band.  This new band would approach music from a new direction from the speed and chaos of their respective previous bands, and focus more on mid-tempo and slower music.  The immediate choice for vocalist was Shaun Emmons of rat in a bucket, who shared the varied and eclectic musical tastes of Keith and Grant. Several tryouts later, Ryan Pomes of Milktoast joined the group and finalized the lineup as bassist.

“To call haarp “slow” would be somewhat fair, but to say that they’re just “another slow band” would be sacrilege,” states label owner Philip Anselmo. “Their music is crushing, resolute, dramatic and conceptually insane.  If critics are going to try and lump them into any one genre, than they’d better put the crown on haarp‘s collective heads once it’s picked.  This ain’t Doom Metal by any stretch. haarp makes playing halftime sound like an original idea all over again.  This music is essential.”

haarp is:

Shaun Emmons- Vocals

Grant Tom – Guitar

Ryan Pomes – Bass

Keith Sierra – Drums

For more information on haarp, please visit these sites:

http://www.myspace.com/haarpnola

http://www.thehousecorerecords.com/

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INCANTATION To Play Decibel Magazine Hall Of Fame Shows This Weekend; “Onward To Golgotha” Vinyl EP Now Available

November 17th, 2010
by EvilG

INCANTATION

Veteran U.S. death metal act INCANTATION has announced a handful of special shows where it will perform its classic debut album, Onward To Golgotha, in its entirety. The Onward To Golgothadates are presented by Decibel magazine, which inducted the album into the publication’s “Hall Of Fame” in issue #52 (February 2009).

Originally released in 1991, Onward To Golgotha redefined the bounds of brutality and blasphemy for death metal and has long been heralded as one of the heaviest and most uncompromising metal albums in the world. Decibel also named Onward… one of the 20 best death metal albums of all time as well as one of the most important records in the genre.

Relapse Records will release a limited “Hall of Fame” edition vinyl version of Onward To Golgotha to coincide with these dates. The deluxe edition will be strictly limited to one pressing of 1,000 copies on colored vinyl and include an embroidered INCANTATION Onward To Golgotha patch and sticker. Visit the Relapse Records Webstore for details or to order.

INCANTATION Hall Of Fame shows w/ FUNERUS & FATALIST

Nov. 19 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club (w/ CARDIAC ARREST & EZURATE)

Nov. 20 – New York, NY – Europa (w/ MORTICIAN)*

Nov. 21 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s

www.incantation.com

www.ibexmoonrecords.com

* – Please note that the NYC show has been moved from Rebel to Europa

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DIABOLIC Seeking Bassist/Vocalist

November 17th, 2010
by EvilG

DIABOLIC have issued the following statement, following their appearance at Goregrowler’s Ball IV:

“DIABOLIC original member, Bassist/Vocalist Paul Ouellette has been ousted from the band, due to his drunken and unprofessional behavior, and walking offstage mid-song during the band’s recent performance Fri, Nov 12 at Goregrowler’s Ball IV in San Antonio, TX. Many of our friends and fans know that this is not our first episode dealing with Paul’s drunken, often violent, destructive, and unprofessional behavior at shows. For DIABOLIC’s frontman to behave in this way is inexcusable and after several warnings, we have no choice; Paul has been removed permanently from the lineup, and is no longer a member of DIABOLIC.

DIABOLIC continued to play our next several songs and finished our set without vocals, and we would like to thank all of our friends and fans who stayed to show your support, during and after our set! Many of you have said how much you enjoyed our set even without vocals, and that you respect us for finishing our set, in spite of what happened. For that we say THANK YOU!! And thank you to Goregrowler’s Ball promoter, Aaron Mendiola (also vocalist of ENGAGED IN MUTILATING) for having us, and we look forward to the day when we can return to San Antonio, TX and bring you all DIABOLIC the way it was meant to be!!

Effective immediately, DIABOLIC are seeking a replacement Bassist/Vocalist. We are looking for pro gear, stage presence, and most importantly sick vocals and bass skills. We have a European Tour offer for 2011, so ability to tour is a must! Qualified applicants will live in or near the Tampa, FL area or willing to relocate. If you are interested and have what it takes, email aantar@diabolic-deathmetal.com.”

Legendary death metal act DIABOLIC released its first full-length album since 2003’s Infinity Through Purification on June 8, 2010, through Deathgasm Records. Entitled Excisions of Exorcisms, the new album is a nuclear explosion of Satanic death metal performed at reckless speeds and inclusive of the band’s most dynamic songwriting to date. Along with a blistering production from world renowned engineer Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL, TERRORIZER, UNHOLY GHOST) and brilliantly iniquitous cover art from the one and only Joe Petagno (MOTORHEAD, KRISIUN, ANGEL CORPSE, MARDUK), Excisions of Exorcisms is death metal par excellence; brutal, uncompromising, and evil as Hell.

“Diabolic has put together some of their most solid Death Metal songs in what feels like ages with this release.” – Apochs.net

“Diabolic have been hard at work over the last few years, and it shows. Finally, in Excisions Of Exorcisms, Diabolic have a record that matches their live intensity. Arguably, it’s the best Diabolic has sounded since the City of the Dead demo.” -Grindhead Jim Deabenderfer, Cardiac Arrest, SickDrummer magazine

For more on DIABOLIC visit:

www.diabolic-deathmetal.com

www.myspace.com/diabolic666

www.facebook.com/diabolic.metal

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FATES WARNING, CYNIC, WATCHTOWER Members React to ‘Mean Deviation’ Prog Metal History Book

November 17th, 2010
by EvilG

VOIVOD Members Contribute to 'MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal'

'MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal'

Visionaries Praise Author Jeff Wagner’s Debut

Due for release on Dec. 1, former Metal Maniacs editor Jeff Wagner’s highly anticipated ‘MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal’ (Bazillion Points Books) has already garnered  staggering advance praise from some of the most respected figures in the progressive metal sphere.

Among the first responders:

Steven Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE): “We now have a definitive book on the relationship between metal and progressive music.”

Jim Matheos (FATES WARNING): “Looks cool! I’m looking forward to digging in.”

Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER): “The book is awesome! Damn, talk about work!”

Paul Masvidal (CYNIC): “The book looks and feels fabulous. I can’t wait to dig into this thing. Thank you, Jeff Wagner, for this massive information highway for all things progressive metal”

Kurt Bachman (BELIEVER): “Wow! I can’t wait to read it.”

Glenn Harveston (ProgPower USA Festival): “The book is awesome. I read it in 2 days.”

Albert Mudrian (Decibel Magazine): “I’ve only read through chapter one, and I’m already hooked.”

Weighing in at 400 pages, the heavily-illustrated ‘Mean Deviation’ offers original artwork throughout by Michel “Away” Langevin of VOIVOD, and a foreword by Steven Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE. The package includes a 16-page color photo insert, a constellation of appendixes, and an exhaustive index mapping the story of heady metal with exacting precision.

For more information, and to order immediately, visit: http://www.mean-deviation.com

America’s “smallest but heaviest publisher,” Bazillion Points presents authors of a submerged reputation to a rabid and otherwise overlooked readership over a bazillion points of interest.

http://www.bazillionpoints.com

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IMMORTAL RETURN FOR SIX U.S. SHOWS IN 2011

November 17th, 2010
by EvilG
Immortal

Immortal

Norwegian black metal band IMMORTAL will return to the U.S. to play six exclusive shows in February next year!  IMMORTAL is bringing special guests ABSU.

Confirmed 2011 tour dates are as follows (click on venue name for ticket link):

02/19/11  New York – Gramercy Theater (16 & older)

02/20/11  Baltimore – Sonar (All Ages show)

02/21/11  Pittsburgh – Mr. Small´s Theatre (All Ages show)

02/22/11  Chicago – Bottom Lounge (17 & older)

02/24/11  Denver – Summit Theatre (All Ages show)

02/26/11  San Antonio – Backstage Live (All Ages show)

IMMORTAL’s first new album in seven years, All Shall Fall, debuted at #7 on the Billboard Heatseekers Album chart (for new & developing artists) and at #162 on the Billboard Top 200 for selling 3,300 copies its first week of release in North America in 2009.  All Shall Fall also debuted at #20 in Finland, #23 in Norway , and #33 in Germany.

View the trailer for IMMORTAL’s first live DVD release, The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh:


View the video by Varde Film for the track “All Shall Fall”:

Immortal tour

Immortal tour

Visit IMMORTAL online at www.IMMORTALOFFICIAL.com, www.myspace.com/IMMORTALOFFICIAL, www.facebook.com/IMMORTALOFFICIAL, and twitter.com/IMMORTALBAND.

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Jesus Freaks Protest Leads To Cancelation Of Australian Black Metal Festival

November 17th, 2010
by EvilG
Black Mass festival

Black Mass festival

According to Metal Obsession, a Sydney, Australia-based religious group on Facebook has seemingly successfully protested against the running of a black metal mini-festival, dubbed “Black Mass”, at Sydney venue Newtown RSL. The venue has reportedly already pulled out from the event, and the festival promoter, Séance Records, has postponed the event until another date/venue can be found.

The protesting Facebook group described the festival as a “satanic ‘Black Mass’ celebration [which] is simply disgraceful. The advertising which features the insignia of the Church of Satan and an inverted crucifix is encouraging people to come and partake in an ‘unholy spell to be cast upon the city of Sydney’ featuring the ‘ultimate of soul-possessing occult revelations…unbridled blasphemy… [and] a union of all things unholy.'”

Séance Records commented on the cancelation in a press release posted on Brisbane-based metal forum Brismetal, stating, “Less than two weeks out from the show The RSL board has pulled the plug on Black Mass festival. They have blatantly cancelled with no prior notice and with no option of negotiation or compromise. They have sadly bowed under pressure from Christians who have lobbied them to cancel the show.

“The Christians have launched the full scale of their campaign at the last minute, I believe in a calculated manner to sabotage us to the fullest extent possible. They have done so via a series of Facebook pages organized to have the event cancelled. From their website we can tell that these are the same people who lobby against gay and lesbian rights, womens reproductive rights and contraception. Their actions will cause large scale hurt not to a secret den of Satanists as they may imagine but to normal hard-working, tax-paying, law-abiding Australians. Young people who have taken time off work, rearranged their schedules and family life, then spent money that they probably can’t afford on flights and tickets to the event in the pursuit of a shared love for heavy metal and live independent Australian music.”

Read more from Metal Obsession.

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SEBASTIAN BACH – “My Wife Was Never A Stripper”

November 17th, 2010
by EvilG

SEBASTIAN BACH has verbally lashed out at Kevin Connor of The Toronto Sun for inaccurately labeling his wife, Maria Bach, as a stripper in this article.

Baz tweets: “For the record: Maria Bach was never a stripper or a dancer at any time in her life. She was a waitress at this place (Filmores) that’s all. She did this picture when we were teenagers trying to pay the rent. The fact that they still use her picture 25 years later means 2 things: her beauty is timeless & this place hasn’t found a better looking girl in 25 years. You fuck with my wife, & you fuck with me. Why this place cant show a little class is beyond me, & way beyond them obviously.”

Earlier today, Bach was in a Toronto court room for trashing Filmores strip club back in 2004 after staff refused to give him the naked picture on display of his wife taken in 1988. When Bach couldn’t get at the picture, which was behind Plexiglas, he threw an ashtray through a $12,000 etched glass picture with the Filmores logo behind the bar. The charges against him were dropped and he agreed to pay a $250 fine.

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DARKBLACK Announce New EP And December West Coast Assault

November 17th, 2010
by EvilG

Northwestern U.S. ragers DARKBLACK have just put the final touches on their bruising new collection of traditional metal, in the form of the Midnight Wraith EP!   Following 2009’s blazing Sellsword full-length, and constructed by the band’s revamped band lineup since that recording, DARKBLACK prove they’re at their finest hour yet on the freshly completed Midnight Wraith. Composed of five unrelenting heavy metal anthems rrealized in the murky gloom of the band’s hometown of Portland, Oregon and recorded at Revolver Studios by Nalin Silva, the Midnight Wraith tells tales of death, betrayal, unholy spirits and fantastic battles. Check out the opening track “Doom Herald” at DARKBLACK’s Myspace page now!   Midnight Wraith EP Track Listing:

1. Doom Herald

2. Power Monger

3. Golden Idol

4. Midnight Wraith

5. Broken Oath

Midnight Wraith will be released on December 1st, 2010 via San Jose, California-based Stormspell Records, who also handled the Sellsword album. Check out the record’s ominous cover artwork by illustrator Richard Smith at this location.

In celebration of the EP’s release, DARKBLACK will kick off a triumphant eight-show West Coast tour on the exact day Midnight Wraith will be available to the public. With shows confirmed in Washington, Oregon and California, they’ll be rocking alongside killer acts like Christian Mistress, Walken, Huntress, Gypsyhawk and more throughout the brief but brutal trek, including a FREE hometown record release show on December 3rd.

DARKBLACK December 2010 Midnight Wraith Tour:

12/1/2010 The Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ Skelator, Emeralds, Elk’s Blood

12/2/2010 *TBA – Olympia, WA w/ Christian Mistress

12/3/2010 Kelly’s Olympian – Portland, OR [CD release show] w/ Spellcaster, Dead By Dawn

12/4/2010 Bender’s – San Francisco, CA w/ Huntress, Walken

12/5/2010 The Hazmat (Your Hause) – Oakland, CA w/ Dodsfalla, Bruxers, Infernal Graves, Drunken Hardcore

12/6/2010 Cinespace – Los Angeles, CA w/ Huntress, Gypsyhawk

12/8/2010 The Cup – Eugene, OR w/ Excruciator, Scrolls

12/9/2010 The Know – Portland, OR

Stay tuned for more DARKBLACK live actions in the coming months. Promos of Midnight Wraith will be available shortly. Contact Earsplit for all promo requests including interview requests and live/tour coverage.

http://www.myspace.com/darkblack

http://www.stormspell.com

http://www.myspace.com/stormspellrecords

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WATAIN Continue Their Mission To Desecrate North America New Live Footage Posted

November 17th, 2010
by EvilG

Swedish black metal legion WATAIN continue to pillage their way across North America in support of their latest release of unholiness, Lawless Darkness. The tour, featuring support from Goatwhore and Black Anvil, commenced on November 6th in Pittsburgh and has since been winding it’s way across the U.S., with the band’s unsettling ritualistic stage performance — complete with candles and the scent of decay –reaping praise from devout fans and recent converts in every city they defile. Remaining tour dates include:

WATAIN: Lawless Darkness North American Tour 2010
w/ Goatwhore, Black Anvil
11/16/2010 Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
11/17/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
11/18/2010 The Ruby Room – San Diego, CA
11/19/2010 The Whiskey – Hollywood, CA
11/20/2010 Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
11/22/2010 The Loft – Dallas, TX
11/23/2010 Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/24/2010 Numbers – Houston, TX
11/27/2010 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
11/29/2010 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/30/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
12/01/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
12/02/2010 Santo’s – New York, NY 12/03/2010 Le Fou Founes – Montreal, QC 12/04/2010 Opera House – Toronto, ON

Check out recent footage of WATAIN performing “Devil’s Blood” and “Total Funeral” in Denver HERE (and below).

http://www.myspace.com/watainofficial

http://www.templeofwatain.com

http://www.season-of-mist.com

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ABYSMAL DAWN: Unveil Album Art; Announce North American Tour

November 16th, 2010
by EvilG

ABYSMAL DAWN has unveiled the new Par Olofsson (EXODUS, THE FACELESS, BRAINDRILL) artwork to adorn their forthcoming album Leveling The Plane of Existence online now at this location. Leveling The Plane of Existence, the follow-up 2008’s Programmed To Consume, has been set for a February 1st North American release date (February 7th – UK, February 11th – Germany, Benelux, February 14th – rest of EU) and is available for pre-order here. Leveling The Plane of Existence’s track listing is as follows:

1. The Age of Ruin

2. Pixilated Ignorance

3. In Service of Time

4. Rapture Renowned

5. Our Primitive Nature

6. Perpetual Dormancy

7. Leveling the Plane of Existence

8. Manufactured Humanity

9. My Own Savior

10. The Sleeper Awakens

Additionally, ABYSMAL DAWN has announced the first North American tour in support of Leveling The Plane of Existence for early next year. ABYSMAL DAWN will be teaming up with KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH and more for this four-week tour that will kick-off on February 24th in Cleveland, OH. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cites can be found below with more to be announced soon.

Updated ABYSMAL DAWN news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website: www.RELAPSE.com, the ABYSMAL DAWN MySpace: www.MySpace.com/AbysmalDawn and Facebook page.

ABYSMAL DAWN tour dates:

Nov. 18       Canoga Park, CA           Cobalt Café (w/ RECIPROCAL, ARKAIK)

Nov. 20       Tempe, AZ                     U.B.’s Bar (w/ VEHEMENCE)
Dec. 10      Simi Valley, CA              118 West

***All dates from February 24 thru March w/ KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, more***

Feb. 24       Cleveland, OH                Peabody’s

Feb. 25       Chicago, IL                    Reggie’s Rock Club

Feb. 26       Detroit, MI                     Harpo’s

Feb. 27       St. Paul, MN                 Station 4

Feb. 28       Winnipeg, MB                Park Theatre

March 2      Edmonton, AB               Starlite

March 3      Kelowna, BC                 Lake City Bowl

March 4      Vancouver, BC               Rickshaw Theatre

March 5      Seattle, WA                  Studio Seven

March 6      Portland, OR                 Branx

March 8      Hollywood, CA               The Whisky

March 9      San Diego, CA               Soma

March 11    Amarillo, TX                   El Cien

March 12    Ft. Worth, TX                 Ridglea Theatre

March 13    San Antonio, TX             White Rabbit

March 15    St. Petersburg, FL         State Theatre

March 16    Raleigh, NC                   Volume 11

March 17    Springfield, VA               Jaxx

March 18    Columbus, OH               Alrosa Villa

March 19    Niagara Falls, NY           Evening Star Music Hall

March 20    Montreal, QC                 Club Soda

“an ass-kicking death metal beast.” – Blabbermouth.net

“Fans of extreme, crushing death metal played with technicality and skill will bow down and worship Abysmal Dawn” – S.O.D.

“[Abysmal Dawn] craft an evil strain of death metal that balances brutality, song writing, great lead work and technique” – METAL MANIACS

“this lot could dethrone JFAC as kings of new American death metal.” – ROCK SOUND

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SIRENIA: New Album Details and Artwork Revealed!

November 16th, 2010
by EvilG
Sirenia - The Enigma of Life

Sirenia - The Enigma of Life

Norwegian-Spanish gothic metal icons SIRENIA, lead by mastermind Morten Veland (MORTEMIA, ex-TRISTANIA), have revealed the track listing and cover artwork for their forthcoming masterpiece entitled The Enigma of Life. The Enigma of Life is set to be unleashed on January 21 (Europe) and February 22 (North America) and 2011.

Commented Morten Veland: “We are very pleased to finally have completed our new album The Enigma of Life. We just received the mastered version from Finnvox Studios in Finland. We are very satisfied with the end result that reflects almost 2 years of hard work. We are very eager to share all the new songs with our fans and all the metalheads out there. We hope that the album will give you a great listening experience.”

The Enigma of Life North American Track Listing:

01. The End of It All

02. Fallen Angel

03. All My Dreams

04. This Darkness

05. The Twilight in Your Eyes

06. Winter Land

07. A Seaside Serenade

08. Darkened Days to Come

09. Coming Down

10. This Lonely Lake

11. Fading Star

12. The Enigma of Life

13. Oscura Realidad
North American Bonus Track:
14. El Enigma De La Vida (acoustic version)

iTunes Exclusive Bonus Track:
15. El Enigma De La Vida

For more info visit: www.sirenia.no | www.myspace.com/sirenia | www.nuclearblast.de/sirenia

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