Ireland’s DARKEST ERA releases recording update including studio photos, announces title of upcoming Metal Blade debut
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – November 11th, 2010 – DARKEST ERA, the heavy metal band based in Northern Ireland and one of Metal Blade’s newest additions to its artist roster, have recently completed work on their forthcoming album titled The Last Caress of Light and have issued the following update:
“It is with great pleasure that we announce we have finished work on our debut album; to be titled The Last Caress of Light. The album is a work of dark, stormy, epic heavy metal that we are proud to release upon the world. Chris Fielding did a fantastic job in capturing the Celtic atmosphere of our songs while bringing out our heavy metal influences from bands like Warlord. We are very excited about it” comments vocalist Krum. Guitarist Sarah Wieghell adds; “It has been an incredible experience recording our debut album for Metal Blade, the songs came out better than even we were expecting. I think we’ve made a really strong record to be proud of, I can’t wait for people to hear it!” In the coming weeks, Metal Blade Records will release more info on DARKEST ERA’s debut release The Last Caress of Light, including street date, track listing, cover art, and song premiers.
“As evident from the likes of ‘Visions of the Dawn’, the group have hit upon a very traditional Metal sound that suits them, and deserve to be commended for it…They’re undoubtedly one of the most promising young bands in the country if you’re a metal maniac in the most traditional sense of the words.” MetalIreland.com
“Darkest Era isn’t folk in the traditional sense of folk metal… Darkest Era instead go down a more straightforward route and blend elements of doom and folk into a classic heavy metal fold… complete with galloping rhythms, powerful clean vocals, and epic chord progressions… Fans of Primordial and those who like their metal epic need to hear this band.” SputnikMusic.com
“Some great pounding and powerful Epic Metal with some Power Metal references enforced by killer guitars and crystal clear vocals… There is a dark touch spread in all the compositions something that in my opinion is with no doubt the ‘key point’ in the music of this band. Straight in your face and memorable pounding riffing, brilliant lead themes and a skull crushing rhythm section are some more good pieces of their musical puzzle… do not miss this band… TO BATTLE!” Metal-Invader.com
The band formed under the name “Nemesis” in mid 2005. They wrote their first song, “Battle of Cul Dreimne” at their first full practice. The song had an unintentional Celtic leaning which was to permeate the band’s writing from then on. Originally taking influence from early Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy and Irish folk music, their self titled demo Nemesis was released in mid 2006. A collection of raw, energetic and twin guitar driven songs, it began to bring the band to the attention of the European true metal underground.
In April 2007, the band decided to change their name to Darkest Era; due mainly to the increasing number of bands using the Nemesis moniker, and also to reflect the changing direction of songwriting. Influences from Doom, Black, and Pagan Metal crept their way into the band and songs became darker with a more epic leaning.
In winter 2007, the band entered the studio to record their 4 song debut EP The Journey Through Damnation. In February 2008, a deal was signed with German label Eyes Like Snow, who produced a run of the EP and distributed it worldwide. The subsequent year saw the band step onto the international stage with hugely successful appearances at a number of European festivals including Fist Held High in Germany, Up the Hammers in Greece and Made in Hell in Italy.
In March 2010, the band announced a limited edition self released digi-pack entitled The Oaks Sessions Containing 3 songs, it once again ignited the interest of the European underground with many new fans from Australia and North America racing to snap up a copy.
With a now Europe wide reputation for their intense, ferocious and engaging live performances, and an original sound which draws fans from the Pagan, Folk and True metal genres, Darkest Era stand ready to bring their epic, Celtic metal to the world stage.
After the first incredible run of “killer gigs” throughout Eastern Europe, the band came back home after the conquest of the lands of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Russia, Czech Republic, Moldova and Ukraine, with more than thirty shows, cheered by hundreds of metal kids. The European tour will go on again in 2011 all over continental Europe. Other news soon…
Sensory Records is ecstatic to announce the signing of CYNTHESIS, and the release of their upcoming debut album DeEvolution.
CYNTHESIS is an entirely new band of its own, which also reunites three of the original members of progressive metal purveyors ZERO HOUR — founding twin brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton and original vocalist Erik Rosvold — for the first time on a recording since the band’s heralded 2001 album The Towers of Avarice and 2003’s Metamorphosis, both still considered landmark releases in the progressive metal community. After reaping massive critical acclaim from major international metal media, ZERO HOUR successfully toured Europe and performed at two different ProgPower USA Festivals, the band parted ways with Erik Rosvold, disappointing diehard fans of the band across the globe.
In late 2007, Jasun began writing material for CYNTHESIS. As the music developed he could only imagine one vocalist to really connect to the material. “I’ve always been a fan of Erik’s vocals and I knew his lyric-writing would be a perfect match for the material” explains Jasun. After one phone call Erik was brought into the fold. Rounding out the lineup on drums is longtime friend Sean Flanegan, who not only played on Jasun’s 2000 instrumental release, Night’s Pulse, but is best known for his amazing work with prog rock heroes, Enchant.
Sure to be a label priority for the new year, DeEvolution tells the story of an elite group of leaders from a heavily industrialized city who find, brainwash and then exploit an indigenous tribes shaman, believing he would be the perfect supreme leader. By propping him up as possessing all the answers to societies ills the elites use him in order to gain and keep more control over the masses. They plan to influence the masses on several fronts: religion, media, consumerism, government. Jasun Tipton adds “Cynthesis allows us to explore new creative venues which provides a deeper listen. The band is very proud of DeEvolution.”
DeEvolution and is in the process of being mixed by talented producer/engineer Dino Alden (Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore, Zero Hour), and the artwork commissioned to Dennis “Damn Engine” Sibeijn (Exodus, Dragonforce, Lamb of God, Him, etc.) coming together for worldwide release sometime via Sensory Records during the spring months of 2011.
Jasun Tipton – Guitars and Keys
Troy Tipton – Bass
Erik Rosvold – Vocals
Sean Flanegan – Drums
Stay tuned for more updates on CYNTHESIS over the coming months as we announce more info in preparation of DeEvolution!
If you are having a difficult time purchasing a unique and special gift for a metal-loving friend or loved one this holiday season, your search is over. 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! The 3 CD Anthology can be purchased at your local record store. See below for all available Hourglass package and anthology varieties!
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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.
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Long-running Florida death metallers DIABOLIC have been confirmed and added to this year’s Goregrowler’s Ball in San Antonio, TX on Friday, November 12th. DIABOLIC’s addition to the fest comes after the last minute cancellation of Friday night headliners, SATHANAS.
Other acts scheduled to appear include: HOD (TX), CREATED TO KILL (KY), LETHAL PRAYER (FL), MEATHOOK (AZ), SOLIDIFICATION (OH), ENGAGED IN MUTILATING (TX), BLOODSOAKED (NC), EVIL INCARNATE (IL), and NOKTURNEL (TX).
Goregrowler’s Ball IV will be held at Bond’s 007 Rock Bar 450 Soledad in San Antonio, TX. For tickets or more information, visit www.goregrowler.net.
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’s current lineup includes founding members Aantar Coates (drums), Paul Ouellette (bass, vocals), and guitarists Kelly McLauchlin (UNHOLY GHOST, PESSIMIST) and Jeff Parrish (BLASTMASTERS).
Demigods of Swedish death metal, TORTURE DIVISION will be bringing their battle-tested brand of brutality to the stage in celebration of their latest offering, Evighetens Dårar. The show will take place on November 12th at The Metal Club in Karlstad, Sweden and will feature performances by KARENSDAG, HADDOCK, OLAGA HOT, DAMIEN and THE LAW. Details can be found on The Metal Club’s website ( in Swedish).
In a statement taken from the band’s website, TORTURE DIVISION mainman Lord K. Philipson had the following to say regarding the gig:
“We just started to rehearse individually for this coming gig, the first one since we played Getaway Festival this summer. To say we are stoked to get back on stage is an understatement. We will premiere a song or 2 that we haven’t played live before and the first time we will do it together is when we are on the actual stage. We like that shit.
I just played thru the set we have planned for the gig and it’s fucken insane how these songs still lurk somewhere back in my mind some 5 months after last playing them on the guitar. It went real smooth and now I will work it like I always do; play thru the set at least once a day until the date of the gig arrives. Then me and Tobben might do a soundcheck (J works and will get to the place of the gig like an hour before the gig so we have no time to soundcheck all of us), if not – hey, well… it’s not the first time we work it like this, haha…
We will have albums for sale at this concert, as well as some brand new merch – so bring yer cash and support TD so we can record more music and buy tons of beers. Make us the first death metal millionaires, ok?
That’s it. See ya in Karlstad. We are fucken dying to play for you guys.”
Evighetens Dårar is now available through Abyss Records. The Digi-CD compiles material from the trio’s Evighetens Dårar I (2009), Evighetens Dårar II (2010), and Evighetens Dårar III (2010) demos and was mixed/mastered by Dan Swano at Unisound Studios. In preparation for the release, TORTURE DIVISION has posted several tracks from the album, including “Traumatic Inhuman Severance,” “Total Death Punishment” and “Overtorture (Bound To Be Dead)” on their myspace page. Go to www.myspace.com/torturedivisionsweden to listen. The band’s US label, Abyss Records is currently streaming “Heretics! Now!” on their myspace page. Go to www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial for selections from several Abyss Records’ artists.
Evighetens Dårar is the second compilation of demos from the fiercely independent band to see release through Abyss Records in the States. The label released With Endless Wrath We Bring Upon Thee Our Infernal Torture in 2009, which compiled TORTURE DIVISION’s first three demos, also known as Trilogy. Abyss Records is also the proud carrier of official TORTURE DIVISION merchandise. Visit www.officialabyssrecords.com for details.
Evighetens DårarTrack Listing:
Traumatic Inhuman Severance
Eld Och Plågor
Total Death Punishment
Overtorture (Bound to Be Dead)
Righteous Fore Ensemble
The Axe Murderer
Under Fire Command
Ravishing Rampage Sluts
TORTURE DIVISION is:
Lord K. Philipson (THE PROJECT HATE, GOD AMONG INSECTS, ex-LEUKEMIA) – Guitar
Toronto bashers CAULDRON recently finished recording their upcoming new album, titled BURNING FORTUNE, in the band’s hometown.
CAULDRON recorded BURNING FORTUNE, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2009 debut album, CHAINED TO THE NITE, at Rogue Studios in Toronto, Canada. The album is due to be released by Earache Records on February 14th, 2011.
The album cover for BURNING FORTUNE features British model LORA LEIGH, who also appeared on the CHAINED TO THE NITE artwork.
In just two weeks, Sweden’s most successful Heavy Metal band HAMMERFALL will enter the studio to record the follow up to their gold album “No Sacrifice, No Victory”. The songwriting is almost finished, and guitarist Oscar Dronjak reveals: “The new material contains a lot of fresh ways to look at the musical ideas, we’re trying to preserve the essence of what HammerFall is while at the same time updating the execution and approach. Definitely heavier and less straight forward than the previous albums, yet remaining true to what we believe heavy metal is all about.”
Expect the unexpected! The quintet also decided to work with a new producer, which is significant since the last four albums have been produced by Charlie Bauerfeind. The choice fell on James Michael, who recently worked with MÖTLEY CRÜE, SCORPIONS, MEAT LOAF and others. James Michael comments: “We are about to make a fantastic album. The band is firing on all cylinders and I am excited to be part of this project.”
Oscar Dronjak explains: “Working with James Michael is going to be very, very exciting. The two Mötley Crüe album James has been involved in (songwriter on “New Tattoo” and songwriter/producer on “Saints Of Los Angeles”) are great, and easily stack up against the classic albums of the 80’s. That, and the fact that HammerFall have used the same producer (Charlie Bauerfeind) since 2002 has me very psyched about this collaboration, it will automatically bring a freshness to the proceedings! A lot of what HF was got refined when we started working with Charlie, and I’m sure we’ll get a similar kind of reaction here. Sort of like a kick in the ass, to get going in the right direction.”
Vocalist Joacim Cans adds another important aspect: “I see James Michael as one of my favorite singers of today and his work with SIXX:AM is simply fantastic. Not only is the album one of the best ever made production-wise, but James also delivers a vocal performance that most singers today are not capable of. James will be the perfect co-producer for us and I really think he will be able to get me up a notch in the vocal department”
The yet untitled record will be released in Europe on May 20th.
PAUL SHORTINO – Solo artist, King Kobra, Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot
INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
Paul Shortino is a USA born rock singer who has sung for several bands including Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot, Bad Boyzz, and The Cutt. In addition, he has released several solo albums and has been a part of many different projects. The latest solo effort CHASING MY DREAM was released in 2009 and recently he has joined a renewed version of classic hard rock band King Kobra. In September 2010, Paul performed in Stockholm with legendary band Great White. There I had a chance to hear the latest news and some vintage stories directly from the man himself. Read on!
Last spring Jex Thoth offered a real ethereal occultism rock experience at Roadburn. Therefore, the obvious interest to testify Jex Thoth now in Finland was definitely a must to see experience. The band sounded amazing at Roadburn – extremely catchy and didn’t let anyone down. The gig in Helsinki was definitely an entire highlight and above all magical.
Once again a backyard of a certain farmhouse in Brande-Hörnerkirchen in north west Germany was occupied by metalheads from all around the world for three days. Anybody who has been at a metal festival knows what it is about. Metal, listening to metal, talking metal and beer.
The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK, have uploaded part 5 of the bands tour documentary. The footage was filmed and edited by Tommy Jones and taken during the bands first North American headlining tour this past Summer in support of The Panic Broadcast. Check out all the exclusive live footage and tour hijinks now!
SOILWORK will return to North America once again, this time with SYMPHONY X and NEVERMORE in April/May.
SYMPHONY X, NEVERMORE, SOILWORK, POWERGLOVE, BLACKGUARD
04/21/11 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/22/11 Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY
04/23/11 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/25/11 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/26/11 Salle Albert Rosseau – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/27/11 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/29/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
04/30/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
05/01/11 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
05/02/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
05/04/11 Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
05/06/11 Showbox – Seattle, WA
05/07/11 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
05/08/11 The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
05/10/11 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
05/11/11 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
05/13/11 Trees – Dallas, TX
05/14/11 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
05/15/11 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
05/17/11 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
05/18/11 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
05/19/11 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
05/20/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
05/21/11 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
05/22/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Check out the video clip for the song “Deliverance Is Mine” on the bands Myspace page http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=105994975. The track comes off SOILWORKs brand new studio album The Panic Broadcast, and was directed by Ivan Colic (EX DEO, TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED) and produced by Stanimir Lucik! SOILWORK, recently scanned 5,257 copies of their new album The Panic Broadcast in its first week of sales in the United States according to Nielson Soundscan. That makes it the bands highest selling record in its first week ever, with Stabbing the Drama being a close second with 5,204 copies. The Panic Broadcast also came in at #88 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart making it their highest charting record yet! The Panic Broadcast, was released on July 2 in EUROPE and July 13 in North America via Nuclear Blast.
GUITAR WORLD magazine recently posted an interview and lesson with guitarist Peter Wichers at the following location www.guitarworld.com/soilwork_lesson. In the video Wichers breaks down riffs from their new album The Panic Broadcast and talks about his gear and influences as a guitar player.
The Panic Broadcast is the first album to feature original guitarist, songwriter & producer Peter Wichers since his return to the band in 2008. Produced by Wichers and mixed by Jen Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SYMPHONY X), this is the record long time SOILWORK fans have been waiting for! Order the regular or deluxe edition at the following location http://bit.ly/c6FJeo.
Hank Pearl of The Daily Rock (http://www.thedailyrock.com) chats with frontman for Swedish Black Metal band WATAIN, Erik Danielsson, who discusses the band’s receiving of ritual tokens, Satanic blessings, and life on road.
The multi-Platinum thrash/rock band ANTHRAX, fresh off the Jagermeister Music Fall Tour where they shared the stage with co-headliners Slayer and Megadeth, have been working on a brand new album, the band’s first with Joey Belladonna singing the vocals since 1991’s “Persistence of Time.” The album is expected out in 2011, and Scott Ian, Frank Bello and Belladonna sat down to talk about it.
Swedish heavy metallers ENFORCER have been involved in a serious bus crash while on tour in their homeland.
The band, who are on tour in Europe supporting Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE, were travelling from Oslo to Stockholm in a snowstorm at around 3:00am on the morning of 10th November and were near their hometown of Arvika when their vehicle skidded on ice, crossed over to the other side of the road and experienced a head-on collision with a snow-plough.
ENFORCER guitarists ADAM ZAARS and JOSEPH THOLL, bassist TOBIAS LINDQVIST and the band’s driver were battered and bruised, but miraculously all survived the crash with only minor injuries. A county police officer at the scene said, “They had a guardian angel”.
The band’s vehicle was destroyed in the accident, but their equipment, which was in a trailer attached to the vehicle, was luckily unscathed. ENFORCER frontman OLOF WIKSTRAND and drummer JONAS WIKSTRAND were travelling in a separate car at the time and were not involved in the crash.
The band have regretfully been forced to cancel their appearances tonight in Sweden and on the 12th and 13th November in Finland and will be using the time to recuperate and recover from the nerve-wracking incident. They will resume the tour on 16th November in Berlin, Germany.
ENFORCER have posted the following comment:
“We’re all alive and well but we’re really sorry to cancel the gigs in Stockholm, Tampere and Helsinki. We’re working really hard to get back on the road again soon!”
Catch ENFORCER back on the road with AIRBOURNE at the following shows:
16 Nov – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
17 Nov – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Arena
18 Nov – Dresden, Germany – Alter Schlachthof
20 Nov – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
22 Nov – Munich, Germany – Zenith
23 Nov – Basel, Switzerland – St. Jakobshalle Arena
24 Nov – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
26 Nov – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
27 Nov – Lille, France – Aeronef
29 Nov – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
30 Nov – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Mainhall Box
02 Dec – London, UK – Brixton Academy
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