The Los Angeles based hard rock band Buckcherry was originally formed in 1995 by vocalist Joshua Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson. The original line up also included bassist Jonathan Brightman, drummer Devon Glenn and second guitarist Yogi who joined bands ranks a few years later. In 1999 band signed a record deal with DreamWorks Records and their self titled debut album was then released later on the same year. The hit singles; “Lit Up” and For the Movies” helped band to reach great success. Their sophomore album TIMEBOMB was released in 2001 but although the band then got a great gig as a support act for AC/DC – they surprisingly went into hiatus, just one year later, when Josh decided to leave group and start his solo career. It wasn’t until 2005 when Josh and Keith decided reform Buckcherry, now with all renewed lineup. Drummer Xavier Muriel, bassist Jimmy Ashhurst and guitarist Stevie D. were the new members and together this lineup soon released Buckcherry’s most successful album to date called 15. The album went to platinum in States with the help of mega successful singles “Crazy Bitch” and “Sorry”. BLACK BUTTERFLY was released in 2008 and on following year band released its first ever live release called LIVE & LOUD. Buckcherry’s fifth studio album ALL NIGHT LONG came out just a couple of months ago and it finally did bring band back to Europe. A package tour called TASTE OF CHAOS arrived in Helsinki on mid November and then we had a chance to sit down with Keith Nelson and talk about the bands current activities, the past, and some future plans as well. Read on!
Long time Canadian thrash metal icons, Annihilator, are known for being the soul and mind of the guitar wizard Jeff Waters who has navigated the band throughout the years. However, the guitarist/vocalist Dave Padden has become an essential part of the Annihilator camp within these past seven – eight years. Annihilator has visited Finland a couple of times before as a support for Judas Priest in 1991 and Trivium a few years back. It was clearly time for them to have the headliner slot here. The Tavastia club was entirely packed when Waters and company got on the stage. Before the four piece thrashers stormed onto the stage to wake the fury, we had the privilege of having a chat with the vocalist of Annihilator Dave Padden who talked about the on-going tour, the re-issued albums, and several other interesting issues about the mighty Annihilator!
System Divide will finally be hitting the road in the US in early 2011. The tour begins on February 1st in Philadelphia, PA and wraps up in Atlanta, GA on February 26th. This tour is in support of their Metal Blade Records debut album, The Conscious Sedation, which hit streets in September 2010. The album can be ordered and fans can see the video for The Apex Doctrine now on metalblade.com/systemdivide.
Founded in the summer of 2008, SYSTEM DIVIDE quickly became a transnational project. Within its ranks includes vocalists Sven De Caluwe (Aborted), Miri Milman, Michael Wilson (ex-Abigail Williams), Andrew Lenthe (Antenora), and Mike Heller (Malignancy). Mixing and mastering for The Conscious Sedation was handled by the infamous James Murphy (Aborted, Testament, Lazarus AD, Sigh, Arsis). The Apex Doctrine video was directed by Kevin Custer (Hatebreed, Testament, Dope, Dying Fetus, Suffocation).
Tour w/ Eluveitie, 3 Inches Of Blood and Holy Grail
02/01 Theatre of living arts – Philadelphia, PA
02/02 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
02/03 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
02/04 Cercle – Quebec City, QC
02/05 Le National – Montreal, QC
02/06 Opera House – Toronto, ON
02/08 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
02/09 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN
02/10 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KA
02/11 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
02/12 Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT
02/14 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
02/17 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
02/18 Key club – West Hollywood, CA
02/19 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ
02/21 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
02/22 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
02/24 State Theatre – St Petersburg, FL
02/25 Firestone – Orlando, FL
02/26 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
“If the goal was to flatten the likes of In This Moment, Otep, and other female-fronted acts, then mission accomplished.” Blistering.com
“Milman’s vocals, especially in ‘Stagnant Progression’ and ‘The Apex Doctrine’ are used perfectly to compliment the complex array of sounds System Divide set up. System Divide remind me of Eluveitie in that they can write incredible death metal songs around epic themes and use female vocals to control the damage.” 4.5/5, TheNewReview.net
The upcoming fourth full-length release from the notorious UK act THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL, entitled The Murder of Jesus The Jew, is set for North American release via Candlelight Records on January 11, 2011, their first for the label. Continuing their notoriously bizarre integration of torrid black metal, infused with countless other styles, and the band’s unique style of theatrical storytelling, the madness runs rampant on the new album, sure to be one of the most talked about black metal releases of 2011. Proof of this bizarre and intriguing genre-bending mastery can be witnessed today via a Stereogum premiere of THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL’s newly unleashed track “My Psychotic Sand Deity” HERE!
The Murder of Jesus The Jew Track Listing:
1. Boiled In Hell Broth And Grave Dust (Intro)
2. My Psychotic Sand Deity
3. Apocalypse Of Lazarus
4. Addicted To God
5. Stiller Of Tempests
6. Man From Kerioth
7. Dark Gethsemane
8. Jew Killer
9. Genesis Of Death
10. From Eagle To Cross
11. Apostle Of The Uncircumcised
12. A Canticle for the lost amputees of Aelia Capitolina who have been trampled under the iron shod hooves of salivating Hell Rams and impaled on the shimmering tusks of salvation within the abandoned tabernacle of a Bronze Age myth
Earache Records recently announced EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING, a free, essential app for all metalheads, which is coming to the Apple App Store on November 29th for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Play along to a killer soundtrack of thrash, death and heavy metal as you throw a pesky stage diver off a festival stage and as far into the crowd as possible. Throw the stage diver as far as you can to get a high score on the global leader boards while trying to avoid objects such as bottles, merch stands and of course the festival favourite – the portable toilets!
Whereas most apps just include clips of songs, or at most a couple of full tracks, EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING features ten full shredding songs. The full track list is as follows:
Evile – Thrasher
At The Gates – Suicide Nation
Bonded By Blood – Prison Planet
White Wizzard – Over the Top
Oceano – District of Misery
The Haunted – The World Burns
Wormrot – Born Stupid
Decapitated – Spheres of Madness
Deicide – Homage For Satan
Brutal Truth – Walking Corpse
All tracks are included in a fully integrated music player, allowing you to play along to the tunes you want, when you want. There’s also a secret unlockable track which can only be found in this app.
To get your hands on EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING, just search for “extreme stage diving” on the App Store from November 29th.
KINGS X are back and receiving a ton of praise for their latest ‘Live Love in London’ release. The double live album features some of the band’s most lauded hits such as “Pray,” “Over My Head” and “Goldilox”. Now the band is preparing to release the deluxe edition package, which contains 2CDs along with a DVD and will be released on Monday, November 22nd. The 2CD audio version has been out for a few weeks, but now fans can get the package that includes the band’s first ever official live DVD along with the audio version for one low price!
In celebration of this gargantuan package, Amazon.com has named “Alright” from ‘Live Love in London’ it’s Featured MP3 of the Day. That’s right, now you can pick up this live version of the classic KINGS X track completely FREE of charge for today only! Click here to download the track for free: http://www.amazon.com/Alright-Live/dp/B0048W7FGS
Check out the new official video of the guitarist of Brazilian bands ALMAH and KHALLICE Marcelo Barbosa at ExpoMusic 2010. ExpoMusic is one of the biggest exhibitions of musical instruments, equipment and accessories in Latin America and it is one of the most important business events in Sao Paulo (Brazil). 27th Expomusic took place in Sao Paulo on September 22-26th, in Expo Center Norte. As an endorser of the guitars Tagima, the cables Santo Angelo and the pedals NIG Marcelo Barbosa made a few workshops at the stands of these companies.
Official Youtube channel of Santo Angelo has recently revealed the video of “Memories” composition by Marcelo Barbosa performed during the wokshop of the guitarist at the stand of the company. Marcelo Barbosa has been a partner and endorser of Santo Angelo more than five years.
The video is available here:
According to Santo Angelo:
“REVELATION IN THE MIDDLE OF BRAZIL
There are many legends and stories about the supernatural happening in the Brazilian Central Plateau. One of the few that we believe relates to an exceptional guitarist named Marcelo Barbosa, who at 17 years has taught guitar at two schools in Brasilia / DF. Listen and tell us what you think.”
Marcelo Barbosa is a Brazilian guitar player and music professor. He is a founder or participant of a few important Brazilian bands like progressive metal act Khallice and Angra’s members project Almah. He also is a founder and an owner of a large musical institute in his home city Brasilia called GTR, a columnist of the Cover Guitarra, Guitar Class and Guitar Player magazines and a Expo Music (Brazil) and NAMM (USA) musical exhibitions participant.
(New York, NY) —CROWBAR will be hitting the road hard next week along side BLACK TUSK. Dates will span most of the eastern seaboard through the middle of December. All tour dates are below. Tickets info can be found here http://mysp.ac/9MusSf
w/ BLACK TUSK:
Nov. 27 – Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
Nov. 28 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
Nov. 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
Nov. 30 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Dec. 01 – Charleston, SC @ Jimbo’s Rock Lounge
Dec. 02 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall w/
Dec. 03 – VA Beach @ Hangar 09
Dec. 04 – Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar & Grill
Dec. 05 – New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House
Dec. 06 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary Coast
Dec. 07 – Providence, RI @ Club Hell
Dec. 08 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Dec. 09 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Evening Star Music Hall
Dec. 10 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Vista
Dec. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
Dec. 12 – St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Dec. 13 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
Dec. 14 – Little Rock @ Downtown Music
Dec. 15 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
Dec. 16 – Amarillo, TX @ El Cien
Dec. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Dec. 18 – Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse (No Black Tusk)
Newly signed to eOne Music, sludge metal legends CROWBAR recently re-released three influential records, CROWBAR, LIVE +1 and TIME HEALS NOTHING on October 5th, 2010. These three records are the band’s core titles and have influenced many of today’s major metal acts including LAMB OF GOD and HATEBREED. With each title originally being released in the early nineties, this will be the first time all three records will be widely available in stores and online. A new CROWBAR record is planned for early 2011.
Kirk Windstein formed CROWBAR in 1991. Since that time, the band’s sound has profoundly influenced a new generation of metal acts the world over. Weinstein is also a key member of KINGDOM OF SORROW (with HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta) and DOWN.
Canadian heavy metallers CAULDRON have released a brand new track on the band’s revamped MySpace page.
The new track, called “All Or Nothing”, is from the band’s upcoming new album, BURNING FORTUNE, which is due to be released on Earache Records on February 14th, 2011 in Europe and February 15th in North America.
Extreme Management Group and American technical death metal innovators ORIGIN are pleased to announce the band’s worldwide recording contract with Nuclear Blast Records. ORIGIN, who are responsible for such genre-defining classics as Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas (2002) and Antithesis (2008), will enter Chapman Recording Studios in Lenexa, Kansas tomorrow with long-time engineer Robert Rebeck to record their Nuclear Blast debut. Rebeck’s work can be heard on ORIGIN’s Antithesis and Echoes Of Decimation (2005) albumsin addition to the A Coming Into Existence demo (1998).
“It is a great honor to be working with Nuclear Blast,” comments founding member & guitarist Paul Ryan. “We are excited to be working with a label with such an amazing presence in the metal scene. They have some of the best extreme bands in the history of extreme music and we are very honored to be apart of this. We are eager to join the ranks of the Nuclear Blast roster!”
Drummer John Longstreth adds: “We are very excited to begin working on our next album under the guide of Nuclear Blast Records! Being signed to one of the largest and most successful heavy metal labels makes it only natural that you will definitely be seeing a lot more of this band. Plans are already being laid by Extreme Management Group for the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico and pretty much everywhere with a stage and (future) ORIGIN fans. To us, it’s only fitting that after 10 years, it came time to make a few positive changes so that we could continue to create this insane form of music for you. We are very excited to bring album #5 to our fans and we feel confident that our fans will not be let down.”
Ryan Caddell, who directed and filmed the video clip for “Portal” and the bonus video on Echoes Of Decimation, will be joining the guys in the studio once again to document the creative process leading up to the creation of ORIGIN’s fifth album plus capture all the behind-the-scenes mayhem.
View the video for the song “Finite” off the album Antithesis here. The video was directed by David Brodsky (Kataklysm, Arsis, Black Dahlia Murder, SYL) of MyGoodEye.
EX DEO, the ancient Roman-themed arsenal led by KATAKLYSM front man Maurizio Iacono, checks in from the current stop on the “Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II” in Tucson, Arizona with label mates NILE, Tazmanian tech-death masters PSYCROPTIC, and Norwegian extreme metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN.
Vocalist Iacono offers the following update:
“It’s amazing to see a vision I had one day waking up finally become a reality two years ago. We had done a few shows in America with Ensiferum for our debut album Romulus that were fantastic, but to go across the country and really seeing people waiting anxiously for this and screaming their hearts out for it live has been one incredible feeling. I feel EX DEO is changing the game of the underground, bringing a theater to the live stage and bringing a new concept that has never done before. This is a beast of a band and we would like to thank everyone for the great support. With this said, I would like to announce that we will indeed begin pre-production on the next album Caligula – the follow up to the highly-acclaimed debut Romulus – as soon as the world tour for KATAKLYSM will end next year. Expect a revolutionary album that will breathe the word ‘NEW’ into a much stagnant metal industry. It is yet undermined which label will release Caligula as we are looking at many different options.”
View the video for “The Final War (Battle Of Actium)” here. The clip was released on March 15 (The Ides of March) in honor of the Roman god of war, Mars, who – according to myth – fathered Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.
Listen to MetalAssault.com’s audio interview with Maurizio Iacono here, conducted when the band played in Hollywood, California on Tuesday.
Remaining dates on the “Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II” are:
HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS in cooperation with SPIRTUAL BEAST RECORDS Japan are pleased to announce the first ever Japanese dates by Swedish metal powerhouse ENFORCER. ENFORCER will be performing two Japanese dates in support of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Diamonds supported by fellow Swedes Mean Streak and Japanese metal masters Solitude. Summoning the classic metal sounds of IRON MAIDEN and MERCYFUL FATE, ENFORCER delivers melody, hooks and vocal range not heard since the golden days of heavy metal. Listed below are the tour dates.
January 28th 2011 Osaka, Japan @ Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
January 30th 2011 Tokyo, Japan @ Daikanyama UNIT
For more info on these dates including ticket sales visit:
Texas-based, mythological occult metal band, ABSU will join the mighty Immortal on their return to the US for six shows early next year. The dates, announced yesterday, will mark the first live performances for ABSU since the Scion Rock Fest in March of this year; the band completing two headline tours in 2009 to support the release of their sixth studio album, titled Absu.
Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor notes, “We feel extremely privileged to have been invited to participate on Immortal’s All Shall Fall US tour in February 2011. Even though it is only a six-date tour, it’s a colossal one for ABSU to be performing with our former label mates of many years. We had the opportunity to share the stage with Immortal over eight years ago and this will be a very good experience for us.”
ABSU came to international prominence with the release of their debut album, Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L in 1993. After several highly acclaimed albums, the band went on hiatus after the release of their 2001 album, Tara. In 2007, the band announced their return, and released Absu in late February 2009. “Absu is the sound incarnate of a band making the underground amazing again,” said Terrorizer. Kerrang! affirms, “Absu is an album that stuns on impact alone…. absolutely devastating.”
These upcoming performances will mark the first time that ABSU will appear live as a trio. Proscriptor comments, “I am here to announce that guitarist Aethyris McKay has decided to quit ABSU and has recently relocated to Oslo , Norway to join Pantheon I. Working with Aethyris for the past three years has been a prosperous experience and I have the utmost respect for him as my comrade and a superlative musician. He assisted me in resurrecting the band from its hiatus stage and I truly thank him for helping me recast the spell of “mythological occult metal.”
Immortal w/ ABSU U.S. Tour:
2/19/2011 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
2/20/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
2/21/2011 Mr. Small’s Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
2/22/2011 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
2/24/2011 The Summit Theatre – Denver, CO
2/26/2011 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
After completion of the dates with Immortal, ABSU will enter the studio to begin recording their new album, titled Abzu. The recording will be the second of a three-part series. Proscriptor reveals, “this recording will feature our signature sound in maniacal fashion. Now, we’re appending dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion characteristics. Lyrically, it will descend deeper into Enki’s lower world as well the Enochian Magic(k) System. I can tell you this album will definitely not be a “natural progression” from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness.”
Projected track listing of Abzu (in no particular order) is: “Circles Of The Oath,” “A Song For Ea,” “Skrying In The Spirit Vision,” “The Waters – The Denizens,” “Warren Of Imhullu,” “Earth Ripper,” “Ontologically, It Became Time & Space,” “Vita Janua Mortis.”
Costa Rica-based melodic extreme metal band SIGHT OF EMPTINESS will support OBITUARY on Nov 23rd at @ Peppers Club in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Commented SIGHT OF EMPTINESS singer Eduardo Chacón: “Playing with OBITUARY in our home country makes me feel so happy, because John Tardy was one of the first death metal singers who really impressed me when I was a little kid, his style is unique and that did motivate me back in the day to start trying out different techniques. Plus, Ralph Santolla is coming with them, so it can’t go wrong, he adds his own signature and awesome shredding skills.”
This will not be the first time SIGHT OF EMPTINESS was chosen to be the opening act for an international act in Costa Rica. They were previously handpicked by MEGADETH, AMON AMARTH and DARK TRANQUILLITY to open their shows in the country. In addition, they shared stages with such bands as LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT,FIREWIND and SABBAT (featuring Andy Sneap, producer of the latest MEGADETH album, “Endgame”).
“Burning Silence”, the new video from Costa Rica-based melodic extreme metal band SIGHT OF EMPTINESS, can be viewed below. The clip was filmed on May 9, 2010 when SIGHT OF EMPTINESS supported MEGADETH in front of 15,000 metalheads at Autodromo La Guacima in San Jose, Costa Rica.
SIGHT OF EMPTINESS is:
Rafa Castro (Lead Guitar)
Rod Chaverri (Drums)
Eduardo Chacón (Vocals)
Gabriel Arias (Guitar)
Steban Monestel (Bass, Backing Vocals)
“Absolution of Humanity” track listing:
01. Predictable Tragedy
03. Faceless Dream
04. Witness of your Murder
05. Funeral March
06. The Art of Suffering
07. Judge me today…Die Tomorrow
08. Absolution of Humanity
09. Burning Silence