ENSLAVED: TRACK-BY-TRACK COMMENTARY SERIES, PART 1

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

In the first of nine installments, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the songs that will appear on the band’s new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which is scheduled for release in Europe on September 27th and in North America on September 28th.

Kjellson on “Ethica Odini”:

“When I first heard Ivar’s sketches for this song, the first thing that struck me was:  ‘Wow! Master’s Hammer!’  It does not necessarily sound like our old Czech heroes, but the nerve and the atmosphere reminded me of them for some reason straight away.  It has got only three riffs/themes really, and it is perhaps our most repetitive song in 15 years, but still I think there is something really strong and outstanding about it. I enjoyed it instantly and I still do after listening to it 1,018 times!  The title and lyrics of this song are actually something I have had in mind for several years, and they turned out to be very fitting and suitable for this album.  As the title strongly indicates, it deals with the ethics of Odin, at least the way I see them.  The first Latin translation of the Norse poem ‘Haavamaal’ (the tale of Odin in his hall, Haavahall) was actually called ‘Ethica Odini.’  The lyrics are inspired by some of the verses in this poem.  Feel free to find out which ones… heh, heh.”

Bjørnson on “Ethica Odini”:

“This is one of my favorite ENSLAVED album openers so far.  During the making of this album, I felt an urgent need to hear something that made me really react like the albums of the early ‘90s did, when we were a young band.  This really made me aware of how absolutely fearless these bands were – the pioneers of early Death, Black and Extreme Metal.  A band that was a particularly important for me and Grutle were Czech legends Master’s Hammer, and even though it might not be totally obvious, we have put a little nod to them in this song.   I really like the way the vocals contrast each other here;  this first song is really getting out of the speakers to let the listener know that ‘We’ve made some giant steps ahead here, let’s show you!’  Heh, heh.   The clean vocals in the end part is showcasing [keyboard player and clean vocalist] Herbrand’s exquisite nose for melody while the opening shows a snarly Grutle in top form. The structure of the song is quite ‘simple,’ even though the parts themselves hold a lot of complexity and depth. The idea for the intro came from Grutle – we knew it needed to be an intro for both the song and the album.  Not an easy task.  Grutle told me he wanted the intro to contain the sound of a ship creaking against a wooden pier.  I started working on the intro with all kinds of keys and sound on top the creaking ship, but ended up using basically a processed sample of the ship.  It simply fits the concept and the feeling of the album: If the ship is about to leave, arrive, or lie there forever, that is up to the listeners own fantasy.  To me, it is perfect to set up the mood for Axioma Ethica Odini.”

Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details hereContest ends Thursday, September 30th.

Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop is now taking pre-orders for ENSLAVED’s exclusive North American Axioma Ethica Odini pre-order bundle, which includes the new album plus an ENSLAVED t-shirt for $20.00.

ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th and will return to North America in November as the direct support act for DIMMU BORGIR.  All upcoming tour dates are available here.

View the four-part in-studio video series of ENSLAVED members answering fan questions on the making of Axioma Ethica Odini here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

View Metal Hammer’s video interview here where Ivar Bjørnson & Grutle Kjellson shed some insight on the new album artwork by Norwegian artist Truls Espedal.

Visit ENSLAVED online at www.ENSLAVED.no, www.myspace.com/ENSLAVED, www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED, www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial, and twitter.com/ENSLAVEDBAND.

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KAMELOT – Tour Canceled: “we do not feel right about doing the North American tour as anything less than a 100% KAMELOT experience”

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG
Roy Kahn - Kamelot

Roy Kahn - Kamelot

From EnterTheVault.com

Hello , this news of the tour cancellation was very sad to hear. We are working around the clock to refund each and every person the money for the tickets they bought. Not one customer will be overlooked. In line with our terms and conditions of our site , you are guaranteed your money back from us. The tour is cancelled and your money will return. We cannot guarantee how long it will take for your card to show the credits and due to the very high number of ticket orders that need refunding , we are asking for you to give us a few days to get you all refunded but you are guaranteed this refund.

If you purchased your ticket before Jan 1 , 2010 for this concert , we shifted merchant services and therefore may need to issue you a check for your refund. Please email us for a call back. Below is the bands statement published 1 hour ago and thank you for using Enterthevault.com.

From Kamelot:

“As many of you know, [KAMELOT vocalist] Roy [Khan; full name: Roy Sætre Khantatat] has fallen ill and could not make the North American tour.

“We have been rehearsing like madmen here in Tampa — the band is tighter than ever and [previously announced replacement vocalist] Michael [Eriksen] from CIRCUS MAXIMUS is truly an amazing singer; if there is one male vocalist in this world who is on par with Roy, it is Michael! However, after today’s rehearsal, we all decided that we do not feel right about doing the North American tour as anything less than a 100% KAMELOT experience.

“We appreciate that many fans have waited more than two years for new material and to see us perform together.

“Our new album, ‘Poetry for the Poisoned’, represents a labor of love from us, and to present it at anything less than full strength seems a disservice to all involved.

“Though we will suffer financial losses on this late-hour cancellation, we still feel it’s the right decision for us as a band to make.

“We regret disappointing all those who worked so hard to shape this tour, and especially those fans who were still so willing to come through and support us despite Roy’s absence. We are humbled by that type of support, and we sincerely hope that our return in full-form KAMELOT strength will be more reward for your unwavering loyalty!

“We will reschedule all shows in the near future, once Roy is able to return.

“Refunds can be obtained at the point of purchase.

“To thank Michael for his effort, the band will still appear at the sold-out ProgPower [USA] festival, as a one-off show with him and many special guest singers from the festival.

“Again, we want to thank all of you for your amazing support!!

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FORBIDDEN: OMEGA WAVE ARTWORK REVEALED

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG
FORBIDDEN - OMEGA WAVE

FORBIDDEN - OMEGA WAVE

Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN have debuted the artwork to their new studio album, Omega Wave, on their official MySpace page.

FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero checks in about his collaborative process with artist Kent Mathieu, the visual elements that can be found in the album’s artwork, and  his concern for the future of the human race:

“As soon as FORBIDDEN committed to writing a new record, I wondered where Kent Mathieu was.  I’d always felt like Forbidden Evil and Twisted Into Form were pretty iconic album covers… when things like that actually seemed to matter.

“Then, the good people at Nuclear Blast actually located Kent!  I got pretty excited and reached out to him immediately.  He was equally excited to hear from us, too.  The only real direction I gave Kent was to somehow tie the past into the future.  Find a way to make the two skulls [from Forbidden Evil’s artwork] vital again.  He had worked up about 12 sketches all kinds of variously cool stuff.  Out of all of the pictures he sent me, I liked the way one of them was laid out because of it’s simplicity.  After thinking about it for a long while, I had a concept for Kent to work with. The Omega Wave concept. The title wasn’t decided until I had a good idea for the cover. “

“I don’t want to over-explain the actual picture because there is enough symbolism for everyone to interpret everything differently.  That is always a plus, in my book. What I can tell you is that the skull in the center is based upon the crystal skull of Belize.  This skull was found at some of the pyramid ruins in two perfect pieces, jawbone and upper cranium. It was always quite a mystery, but some years later Hewlett Packard scientists did extensive tests on the skull and found many anomalies.

“One of them was that there is no way, even with our most modern technology, that we could cut into the crystal the way this skull was formed.  It would shatter with any instrument we have available, even today. Another thing was the fact that no matter what temperature the skull was placed in, the skull’s temperature would stay almost exactly the same.  Scientists even believe the skull holds information that they could not tap into, like a giant computer chip with an impenetrable code.

“So I got to thinking: Does this skull – and the other ones found throughout the most ancient places on Earth – hold something that we would need to know to possibly save ourselves? This is not an entirely new concept, but it hit me pretty hard.  What could we learn about ourselves that may save us at this all-important juncture for the human race?

“It seems as if we’ve reached our Omega stage as a civilization.  Meaning, we as people seem to be in a hurry to reach some sort of ending… possibly all self-manifested by accepting some sort of pre-determined fate.  Or possibly just pawns in a game that was played out before and will be repeated again and again in other times and dimensions.  So Omega Wave is part science fact and part from my imagination.

“Kent Mathieu is a artistic genius who created something that respects this concept, as well as FORBIDDEN’s past, present and future!  All of this with one very strong hand-painted picture.  That’s right, no computer manipulation whatsoever.  Something else we can all be proud of!  We hope you approve.”

Omega Wave, FORBIDDEN’s fifth studio album after a 13-year recording hiatus, will be released in Europe on October 22nd and on October 26th in North America.  It was recorded at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California, produced by FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero with Tim Narducci, and mixed by Sean Beavan (Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails).

FORBIDDEN 2010 features Russ Anderson on vocals, Craig Locicero on guitar, Steve Smyth on guitar, Matt Camacho on bass and Mark Hernandez on drums.

Read all the studio blog entries on the making of Omega Wave here.  Song titles on Omega Wave include:

  • Alpha Century
  • Forsaken At The Gates
  • Swine
  • Immortal Wounds
  • Hopenosis
  • Adapt Or Die
  • Inhuman Race
  • Behind The Mask
  • Dragging My Casket
  • Overthrow
  • Omega Wave

FORBIDDEN are confirmed for January 2011’s 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise and will tour the U.S. this November supporting Overkill with Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood.

FORBIDDEN will go on to headline their own tour with Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood from November 22nd – December 11th.  VIP tickets for pre-show Meet & Greet sessions with the band are now on sale at EnterTheVault.com.  VIP ticket buyers will also receive a customized poster signed by the band.

Hear two FORBIDDEN demo tracks, “Adapt Or Die” and “Hopenosis,” and the entire Green album at www.myspace.com/FORBIDDENOFFICIAL.

FORBIDDEN is also available online at www.facebook.com/FORBIDDENOFFICIAL and twitter.com/ForbiddenMetal.

FORBIDDEN: OMEGA WAVE ARTWORK REVEALED

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Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN have debuted the artwork to their new studio album, Omega Wave, on their official MySpace page.

FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero checks in about his collaborative process with artist Kent Mathieu, the visual elements that can be found in the album’s artwork, and  his concern for the future of the human race:

“As soon as FORBIDDEN committed to writing a new record, I wondered where Kent Mathieu was.  I’d always felt like Forbidden Evil and Twisted Into Form were pretty iconic album covers… when things like that actually seemed to matter.

“Then, the good people at Nuclear Blast actually located Kent!  I got pretty excited and reached out to him immediately.  He was equally excited to hear from us, too.  The only real direction I gave Kent was to somehow tie the past into the future.  Find a way to make the two skulls [from Forbidden Evil’s artwork] vital again.  He had worked up about 12 sketches all kinds of variously cool stuff.  Out of all of the pictures he sent me, I liked the way one of them was laid out because of it’s simplicity.  After thinking about it for a long while, I had a concept for Kent to work with. The Omega Wave concept. The title wasn’t decided until I had a good idea for the cover. “

“I don’t want to over-explain the actual picture because there is enough symbolism for everyone to interpret everything differently.  That is always a plus, in my book. What I can tell you is that the skull in the center is based upon the crystal skull of Belize.  This skull was found at some of the pyramid ruins in two perfect pieces, jawbone and upper cranium. It was always quite a mystery, but some years later Hewlett Packard scientists did extensive tests on the skull and found many anomalies.

“One of them was that there is no way, even with our most modern technology, that we could cut into the crystal the way this skull was formed.  It would shatter with any instrument we have available, even today. Another thing was the fact that no matter what temperature the skull was placed in, the skull’s temperature would stay almost exactly the same.  Scientists even believe the skull holds information that they could not tap into, like a giant computer chip with an impenetrable code.

“So I got to thinking: Does this skull – and the other ones found throughout the most ancient places on Earth – hold something that we would need to know to possibly save ourselves? This is not an entirely new concept, but it hit me pretty hard.  What could we learn about ourselves that may save us at this all-important juncture for the human race?

“It seems as if we’ve reached our Omega stage as a civilization.  Meaning, we as people seem to be in a hurry to reach some sort of ending… possibly all self-manifested by accepting some sort of pre-determined fate.  Or possibly just pawns in a game that was played out before and will be repeated again and again in other times and dimensions.  So Omega Wave is part science fact and part from my imagination.

“Kent Mathieu is a artistic genius who created something that respects this concept, as well as FORBIDDEN’s past, present and future!  All of this with one very strong hand-painted picture.  That’s right, no computer manipulation whatsoever.  Something else we can all be proud of!  We hope you approve.”

Omega Wave, FORBIDDEN’s fifth studio album after a 13-year recording hiatus, will be released in Europe on October 22nd and on October 26th in North America. It was recorded at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California, produced by FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero with Tim Narducci, and mixed by Sean Beavan (Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails).

FORBIDDEN 2010 features Russ Anderson on vocals, Craig Locicero on guitar, Steve Smyth on guitar, Matt Camacho on bass and Mark Hernandez on drums.

Read all the studio blog entries on the making of Omega Wave here. Song titles on Omega Wave include:

· Alpha Century

· Forsaken At The Gates

· Swine

· Immortal Wounds

· Hopenosis

· Adapt Or Die

· Inhuman Race

· Behind The Mask

· Dragging My Casket

· Overthrow

· Omega Wave

FORBIDDEN are confirmed for January 2011’s 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise and will tour the U.S. this November supporting Overkill with Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood.

FORBIDDEN will go on to headline their own tour with Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood from November 22nd – December 11th.  VIP tickets for pre-show Meet & Greet sessions with the band are now on sale at EnterTheVault.com.  VIP ticket buyers will also receive a customized poster signed by the band.

Hear two FORBIDDEN demo tracks, “Adapt Or Die” and “Hopenosis,” and the entire Green album at www.myspace.com/FORBIDDENOFFICIAL.

FORBIDDEN is also available online at www.facebook.com/FORBIDDENOFFICIAL and twitter.com/ForbiddenMetal.

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FORBIDDEN: OMEGA WAVE COVER ARTWORK REVEALED

September 7th, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen
Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN have debuted the artwork to their new studio album, Omega Wave, on their official MySpace page.
FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero checks in about his collaborative process with artist Kent Mathieu, the visual elements that can be found in the album’s artwork, and  his concern for the future of the human race:
“As soon as FORBIDDEN committed to writing a new record, I wondered where Kent Mathieu was.  I’d always felt like Forbidden Evil and Twisted Into Form were pretty iconic album covers… when things like that actually seemed to matter.
“Then, the good people at Nuclear Blast actually located Kent!  I got pretty excited and reached out to him immediately.  He was equally excited to hear from us, too.  The only real direction I gave Kent was to somehow tie the past into the future.  Find a way to make the two skulls [from Forbidden Evil’s artwork] vital again.  He had worked up about 12 sketches all kinds of variously cool stuff.  Out of all of the pictures he sent me, I liked the way one of them was laid out because of it’s simplicity.  After thinking about it for a long while, I had a concept for Kent to work with. The Omega Wave concept. The title wasn’t decided until I had a good idea for the cover. “
“I don’t want to over-explain the actual picture because there is enough symbolism for everyone to interpret everything differently.  That is always a plus, in my book. What I can tell you is that the skull in the center is based upon the crystal skull of Belize.  This skull was found at some of the pyramid ruins in two perfect pieces, jawbone and upper cranium. It was always quite a mystery, but some years later Hewlett Packard scientists did extensive tests on the skull and found many anomalies.
“One of them was that there is no way, even with our most modern technology, that we could cut into the crystal the way this skull was formed.  It would shatter with any instrument we have available, even today. Another thing was the fact that no matter what temperature the skull was placed in, the skull’s temperature would stay almost exactly the same.  Scientists even believe the skull holds information that they could not tap into, like a giant computer chip with an impenetrable code.
“So I got to thinking: Does this skull – and the other ones found throughout the most ancient places on Earth – hold something that we would need to know to possibly save ourselves? This is not an entirely new concept, but it hit me pretty hard.  What could we learn about ourselves that may save us at this all-important juncture for the human race?
“It seems as if we’ve reached our Omega stage as a civilization.  Meaning, we as people seem to be in a hurry to reach some sort of ending… possibly all self-manifested by accepting some sort of pre-determined fate.  Or possibly just pawns in a game that was played out before and will be repeated again and again in other times and dimensions.  So Omega Wave is part science fact and part from my imagination.
“Kent Mathieu is a artistic genius who created something that respects this concept, as well as FORBIDDEN’s past, present and future!  All of this with one very strong hand-painted picture.  That’s right, no computer manipulation whatsoever.  Something else we can all be proud of!  We hope you approve.”

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THE IRON MAIDENS

September 6th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Interview conducted by Robert Williams

 The all female tribute act The Iron Maidens recently embarked on a tour of the Lone Star State dubbed "Be Quick Or Be Dead: Texas Tour 2010" with playful nicknames like Bruce Chickinson, Nikki McBurrain and Steph Harris; the adulation and devotion that these ladies display for the British Heavy Metal legends Iron Maiden is apparent in everything from their stage gear to their intense live performances. The five piece of Maidens recently took the time to visit with Metal-Rules.com to fill us in a little about the group’s history, their current touring plans, as well as the pending "Live In Japan" DVD release.

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ADDICTED TO PAIN – Bob Horvath

September 6th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Guitarist Leo Curley and bassist Bob Horvath originally jammed together in a band called Eyesore before adding drummer Gregory Nash to form Addicted To Pain, who would later convene with famed producer Alex Perialas (Anthrax, Testament, Pro-Pain, S.O.D.) to record the debut self-titled four sing EP. Bassist Bob Horvath recently took the time to talk metal with Metal-Rules.com and fill us in on what’s next for this crushingly loud trio of Pain.

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TUSKA OPEN AIR 2010 Festival

September 6th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala
 

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TUSKA OPEN AIR FESTIVAL

Kaisaniemi Park

Helsinki, FINLAND  

REVIEW AND PICS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND ARTO LEHTINEN
As everyone who was there still recalls, last year’s Tuska wasn’t a highlight experience when it comes to bands. This was surprising as there were some killer names on the bill such as Suicidal Tendencies, Pestilence, My Dying Bride. Obviously, last year was some kind of intermission for booking bands to pull more people. Thankfully, this year’s Tuska event was completely different. The line-up definitely looked more than awesome. The legendary Megadeth headlined Sunday, Nevermore on Saturday and above all the Canadian guitarist, wizard, and music genius, Devin Townsend. Japanese j-rock groups were not seen at Tuska. Instead the death metal bands ruled such as Obituary, Nile and of course domestic bands such as Sotajumala ja Torture Killer. The festival was an utter success. The whole weekend was totally packed….and above all Megadeth crowned the whole three day metal inferno.

Sad but true, Tuska will not be held in the heart of Helsinki in the upcoming years. The park of Kaisaniemi will be a construction zone as the whole area will be improved to be better and more enjoyable. However, it is going to be interesting to see how the new area will work for metal bands. At least the upcoming area has proven itself to be a good festival area as there have been a couple of festivals and gigs arranged there so far. This is a farewell to the Kaisaniemi park and the current Tuska formation.

Enjoy the review and above all enjoy our pics.

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Liturgy’s Bernard Gann Joins Flaming Tusk

September 4th, 2010
by EvilG

Astoria, New York – September 3, 2010 – New York City indie metal band Flaming Tusk announced yesterday via their website, http://www.flamingtusk.com, that founding guitarist Don Blood has left the band and been replaced by Bernard Gann of fellow NYC metal scene stalwarts Liturgy. Gann remains a member of Liturgy and will divide his time between the two groups.

Liturgy kicks off a European tour on September 4th in Denmark, and Flaming Tusk will resume writing new material and performing to support their current LP “Old, Blackened Century” shortly after Gann’s return from that tour.

Flaming Tusk was founded in 2008 by drummer Dumnorix Xristophage and guitarist Don Blood who were immediately joined by guitarist Zosimus, bassist Schneidaar and vocalist Stolas Trephinator. This lineup recorded a self-produced EP, “Abigail”, and a full length album, “Old, Blackened Century”, both on the independent High Water Media label. Blood’s departure and Gann’s arrival marks the first personnel change for the band.

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ENCOFFINATION signs with Selfmadegod Records

September 4th, 2010
by EvilG

ENCOFFINATION signs with Selfmadegod Records! Debut album “Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh” out this October! 2 songs available for streaming!
From the darkest abyss comes U.S. death metal/doom band ENCOFFINATION, whose album entitled Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh” will be released on CD on 17th October by Selfmadegod Records.

Formed in 2009, ENCOFFINATION is the sepulchral embodiment of rancid death. Crushing, suffocating death metal doom of the lowest caliber. Named for the ritual preparation of the dead for burial, ENCOFFINATION exists below the plane of mortality; deep within the realms of death and decay. Slowly they lurch forth with their educated form of blasphemy, occult, and ritualistic expulsion of the holy from the earth.

This is the first full length from this amazing two-piece band, which is comprised of Ghoat on vocals, guitar, and bass (also in Festered) and Elektrokutioner on drums (also in Decrepitaph, Festered, Tombstones, Beyond Hell, Scaremaker). The follow-up to their After Their Temples Descend Below The Earth 7-inch, released earlier this year, this Georgia/Texas-based duo attacks with the 8-song Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh, featuring over 30 minutes of cryptic metal influenced by early ‘90s American doom/death and bands like Incantation, Disembowelment, and Morpheus Descends. The album has already been released on tape format by Ritval Death Offerings, and the vinyl version is available on Psychedelic Lotus Order. Now it’s time for the CD version!

Prepare for the most soul draining and graven death metal album of the year this October!
You can already check two songs from this unearthly debut at band’s Myspace – www.myspace.com/encoffination

Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh Track Listing:
1. Procession
2. Nefarious Yet Elegant Are the Bowels of Hell
3. Miasma of Rotten Serenity
4. Eucharist of Bone and Flame
5. Interlude
6. Beyond the Grace of Flesh Go I
7. Entombment of the Breathing Flesh
8. Coffinpsalms

www.selfmadegod.com
www.myspace.com/selfmadegodrecords

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Former Behemoth/Vader bassist Novy records for Hexfire!

September 4th, 2010
by EvilG

The former Behemoth and Vader bassist, Marcin “Novy” Nowak, has
recorded a blistering bass track for Hexfire’s new album! The
recording session took place in Toronto (Canada).

Jacob Liszko says: “Novy is my friend and one of the most extreme bass
players I’ve ever seen. Last week, he recorded a guest bass track to
the fastest song from our forthcoming album. That’s awesome. I must
say the bass track is incredible and I can ensure you that it really
kicks ass!”
As previously reported, the other session & guest musicians on the new
Hexfire album are Jonno Lodge (Biomechanical, ex- Paul Di’Anno), Alex
Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire, Avantasia), Diego ‘Grom’ Meraviglia
(formerly Ancient, Doomsword), Kasper Gram (Manticora), Martin Arendal
(Manticora, Wuthering Heights), Kristian Larsen (Manticora) and
Kel’Thuz (Spiritual Demise, Kelthuzzar, Sorcerer).
For more info visit: www.myspace.com/hexfireofficial

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OMNIUM GATHERUM starts recording new album – studio blog online!

September 4th, 2010
by EvilG

The recording sessions for OMNIUM GATHERUM’s 5th album (and Lifeforce Records debut) started at Astia Studio in Lappeenranta, Finland by Teemu Aalto, and the album will be mixed and mastered at Unisound studio in Örebro, Sweden by the almighty Dan Swanö. The studio diary is now online and will be updated constantly, follow this link: http://omniumgatherum5th.blogspot.com/

www.omniumgatherum.org
www.malpracticeband.com
www.myspace.com/wolftrapfinland
www.kestory.org

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HALFORD IV – MADE OF METAL Coming this month on Metal God Records

September 4th, 2010
by EvilG
HALFORD IV - MADE OF METAL Coming this month on Metal God Records

HALFORD IV - MADE OF METAL Coming this month on Metal God Records

Metal God Entertainment and Rob Halford are pleased to announce the release of ‘Halford IV  Made Of Metal featuring fourteen (14) new Halford studio recordings debuting world-wide September 27th (UK & EU), September 28th (North America) and October 13, 2010 (Japan).

Produced by Roy Z. and recorded during 2009 and 2010, Made Of Metal showcases a bulk of material (words & music) penned exclusively by Rob Halford.  Made Of Metal features fourteen (14) new Halford studio tracks including: The Mower, Made Of Metal, Fire And Ice, Till The Day I Die, Undisputed, Heartless and Thunder And Lightning.

Halford¹s new NASCAR-themed, animated-music video Made Of Metal created by London-based Animator Dean Wright debuts September 13, 2010.  Sneak peek now available at: http://www.robhalford.com/madeofmetal.  The single ‘Made Of Metal’ digital download available at iTunes and www.HalfordMusic.com.

Halford¹s first live performances in more than seven years has included appearances this year in San Francisco, Montreal¹s Heavy Metal Festival and Ozzfest 2010.

Halford have confirmed Headline performances October 15, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan and October 16, 2010 at Tokyo¹s Loud Park Festival 10.

Halford have also confirmed South America Headline performances October 20 Lima, Peru; October 22 Santiago, Chile; October 24 Sao Paulo, Brazil; October 26 and October 27, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina.

November and December Halford touring details will be announced September
21, 2010 at: <http://www.robhalford.com/index.php/halford-tours>

‘It has been a long wait for the global Halford fan-base, and of course I¹m very pleased to return with Halford IV  Made Of Metal this September 2010,’ comments Rob Halford.

‘It is probably the most personal release of my solo career; in terms of my writing and performances.  Halford IV  Made Of Metal hits hard on many musical and emotional levels.  I¹m certain it will be recognized as one of the band¹s best releases, and I¹m looking forward to performing the new tracks this year, and re-connecting the Halford band with its legions of Metal fans.’

Halford IV  Made Of Metal is releasing on Metal God Records September 27th (UK, EU, Australia – ADA Global / Warner Music Group), October 28th (North America – Fontana / Universal Music Group) and October 13, 2010 Japan (Fontana International / Universal Music Japan).

Track Listing:
1) Undisputed
2) Fire and Ice
3) Made Of Metal
4) Speed Of Sound
5) Like There¹s No Tomorrow
6) Till The Day I Day
7) We Own The Night
8) Heartless
9) Hell Razor
10) Thunder and Lightning
11) Twenty-Five Years
12) Matador
13) I Know We Stand A Chance
14) The Mower

For more info, please visit:
RobHalford.com
MetalGodShop.com
MetalGodApparel.com
MetalGodRecords.com
HalfordMusic.com

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Kamelot singer falls ill, North American Tour To Go On!

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
Roy Kahn - Kamelot

Roy Kahn - Kamelot

The following statement was made by the band:

“Hello Kamelot Nation,

The band and crew are all here in Tampa rehearsing for the tour – Visas have been cleared and the guys are in good spirits and ready to party with all of you. However, during rehearsals, Roy became severely ill.  Due to this, as yet undiagnosed, illness, Roy reluctantly has been forced to head back home to Norway. He is currently under his physician’s care, but unfortunately these circumstances will prevent him from joining us on the North American concert tour. Of course, we want Roy to take care of his health as priority one for now and the future. After much consideration on how to proceed, we all in Kamelot feel strongly about keeping our commitment to our fans, promoters, and support bands on this tour! We are all ready and excited about playing these shows, we have flown in people from around the world to be apart of it and it has been in the works over a year! Therefore, we are working diligently with a fantastic singer willing to step in in the eleventh hour in order
to make this tour a reality – our good friend Michael Erikson from Circus Maximus (Norway) has agreed to fill in for Roy! And we are excited to announce a special guest: Swedish vocalist Elize Ryd from Amaranthe will be joining the band on the North American Tour. She will also be part of the VIP meet and greet! Elize toured with us on our Summer Pandemonium Tour and also the European tour earlier this Spring. Also as a special thank you to our North American fans, our friends at ESP guitars have donated a beautiful ESP guitar which will be signed by Thomas Youngblood and given away at the end of our North American tour – this contest is open only to North American tour concert goers. Fans can enter for a chance to win this exclusive item by signing up in the designated area at each show! More surprises are in store at many shows including special guest appearances and more.”

Roy especially would like to add,
“I am terribly sorry that I cannot do this upcoming tour in North-America this fall. We have our most fantastic album ever coming out in September, and the timing could have been better I guess. The band has my full and unconditional blessing to go out there and kick ass regardless, and I feel we have found a good replacement in Michael. He is a very good singer and long time friend. Be good to him! Hope to see you soon!” All the best from Roy Khan.

Michael Erikson-
“Roy and I go way back , so when he called and asked me to help him and the rest of Kamelot to do their long planned USA tour , I told him ” Sure bro , I am there for you ”
It will be big shoes to fill , but in his honor I will do my best to give the Kamelot fans a show they have long awaited . So grab your earplugs and come join the party !” states vocalist Michael Eriksen

We cannot thank you enough for your tremendous support over the years, and look forward to being out to meet more of you on the road! Please join us in wishing Roy a speedy recovery, and swift return to us!”

Stay tuned for further details by visiting www.kamelot.com

KAMELOT will release Poetry For The Poisoned on September 10th in Europe. September 14th, 2010 in North America.

KAMELOT will embark on its first North American tour in two years starting September 8th. Support on the trek will come from Leaves’ Eyes and Blackguard.

KAMELOT North American Fall 2010 Tour Dates:
9/08/2010 House Of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
9/10/2010 Progpower USA Festival – Atlanta, GA
9/11/2010 Jaxx Nightclub – Springfield, VA
9/14/2010 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
9/15/2010 Nokia Theatre – New York, NY – RECORD RELEASE SHOW
9/17/2010 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
9/18/2010 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
9/19/2010 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
9/21/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
9/22/2010 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
9/24/2010 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL
9/25/2010 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
9/27/2010 Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
9/29/2010 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
10/01/2010 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
10/02/2010 House of Blues – San Diego, CA

http://www.kamelot.com
http://www.myspace.com/kamelot
http://www.poetryforthepoisoned.com
http://www.knifefightmedia.com

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DIMMU BORGIR ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
Dimmu Borgir

Dimmu Borgir

A foreboding Wagnerian majesty will soon shroud all major cities in the U.S. and Canada.  Launching the “Darkness Reborn Tour” on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts, Norway’s infamous symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR return to the western hemisphere on a headlining, 32-date run across North America supported by fellow countrymen Enslaved and Blood Red Throne, plus Dawn Of Ashes from Los Angeles.

Confirmed tour dates are:

11/05/10  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

11/06/10  Northern Lights – Albany, NY

11/07/10  Recher Theater – Towson, MD

11/08/10  Terminal 5 – New York, NY

11/10/10  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

11/12/10  Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA

11/13/10  Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI

11/14/10  House of Blues – Chicago, IL

11/15/10  The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

11/16/10  Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN

11/18/10  MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA

11/19/10  Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

11/21/10  Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA

11/22/10  The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA

11/23/10  Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR

11/24/10  Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA

11/26/10  The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV

11/27/10  The Fox Theater – Pomona, CA

11/28/10  The Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

11/30/10  House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

12/01/10  Rialto Theater – Tucson, AZ

12/02/10  Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ

12/03/10  Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM

12/04/10  Gothic Theater – Englewood (Denver), CO

12/06/10  House of Blues – Dallas, TX

12/07/10  House of Blues – Houston, TX

12/09/10  Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

12/10/10  Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA

12/11/10  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY

12/12/10  Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA

12/13/10  Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA

12/14/10  Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

Advanced tickets will go on sale online on Wednesday, September 15th.

DIMMU BORGIR’s new studio album, ABRAHADABRA, will be released in North America on October 12th.  The “Gateways” single is now available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page and is available for purchase on iTunes at this location.

Download the DIMMU BORGIR app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad here.

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com, www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and  www.twitter.com/dimmu_borgir.

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IMMORTAL: “ALL SHALL FALL” VIDEO NOW ONLINE

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Immortal (Photo by Peter Beste)

Immortal (Photo by Peter Beste)

For their first music video in 15 years, Norwegian black metal band IMMORTAL will host its exclusive premiere on the band’s official website.

The video for the title track of IMMORTAL’s reunion album All Shall Fall was shot in Norway by Vardefilm and features the band’s full line-up: Abbath, Apollyon, Horgh, and founding member / lyricist Demonaz.

Nuclear Blast USA’s webshop is now taking pre-orders for IMMORTAL’s first official DVD & live CD release, The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh, a visual documentation of the band’s headlining reunion show at the prestigious Wacken Open Air festival in Germany in 2007.  The $20.00 pre-order bundle includes an IMMORTAL “All Shall Fall” t-shirt and can be ordered here.

The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh will be released in Europe on August 6th and in North America on September 14th.  The track listing for both the DVD and the live CD is as follows:

01. Intro

02. The Sun No Longer Rises (from Pure Holocaust)

03. Withstand The Fall Of Time (from At The Heart Of Winter)

04. Sons Of Northern Darkness (from Sons Of Northern Darkness)

05. Tyrants (from Sons Of Northern Darkness)

06. One By One (from Sons Of Northern Darkness)

07. Wrath From Above (from Damned In Black)

08. Unholy Forces Of Evil (from Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism)

09. Unsilent Storms In The North Abyss (from Pure Holocaust)

10. At The Heart Of Winter (from At The Heart Of Winter)

11. Battles In The North (from Battles In The North)

12. Blashyrk (Mighty Ravendark) (from Battles In The North)

View the trailer for The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh here.

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

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