AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – January 10, 2011 – Recently Knoxville, TN’s WHITECHAPEL and drummer Kevin Lane mutually decided to go their own ways and the internet is already abuzz with rumors as to the reasons behind the split. Kevin offered the following statement to answer fans questions as to why the drummer and the band parted ways:
“Over the past years I’ve had the experience of a lifetime and gotten to travel the world with not only a great band of musicians but some of my best friends. Unfortunately that time has come to an end. My playing had a falling out over the past year, thus I’ve decided to come home for good and go back to school full time. The past few tours I had the privilege of my good friend Gavin Parsons to fill my shoes and now another phenomenal drummer who I believe will do leaps and bounds of improvement to the band as a whole, Ben Harclerode has moved into the position until the decision for a full time drummer has been made. Thank you to everyone for all of your support.”
Founding member and guitarist Alex Wade adds: “It’s sad to see Kevin go, he was not just a fellow band member, but like a brother to all of us. I think it is honorable of him to step down to better the band. He is still and always will be an amazing drummer and talented musician; I believe it is just time for a new chapter for Whitechapel. That being said we would like to welcome Ben Harclerode (formerly of Knights of the Abyss) to the band to fill the drumming position. In my opinion he is one of the most solid and talented drummers in modern metal and we couldn’t be more excited for him to be playing with us. Ben will be helping us out until we take further measures to decide on a permanent drummer, but that is just something that is not needed right now, nor are we taking submissions. Come welcome Ben on our upcoming headliner and watch him shred his kit!”
Catch Ben Harclerode and the rest of the WHITECHAPEL guys as they tour across the states as headliners on the Welcome to Hell Tour featuring The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Chelsea Grin, and I declare war.
Upcoming WHITECHAPEL tour dates:
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WHITECHAPEL w/ The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Chelsea Grin, and I declare war
02/10 Knoxville, TN Valarium
02/11 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
02/12 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
02/13 Richmond, VA The National
02/14 West Springfield, VA Jaxx
02/15 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
02/16 New York, NY The Gramercy Theatre
02/17 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
02/18 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
02/19 Worcester, MA The Palladium (Downstairs)
02/20 Williamsville, NY Club Infinity
02/21 Quebec City, QC Imperial De Quebec
02/22 Montréal, QC La Tulipe
02/23 Toronto, ON Opera House
02/24 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
02/25 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
02/26 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
02/27 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
02/28 Saint Paul, MN Station 4
03/01 Lawrence, KS The Granada
03/03 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
03/04 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
03/05 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
03/06 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
03/08 Seattle, WA El Corazon
03/09 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
03/11 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
03/12 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
03/13 San Diego, CA Soma
03/14 Pomona, CA Glasshouse Music Hall
03/15 Mesa, AZ Nile Theatre
03/19 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
03/20 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
03/21 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballrooom
03/23 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
03/24 Sauget, IL Pop’s
03/25 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre
Fans can purchase tickets for the Welcome to Hell Tour now at the following location: whitechapelband.com. And don’t forget to pick up the FREE official WHITECHAPEL iPod App that includes the band’s latest music, videos, photos, news, and tour dates! Get your free WHITECHAPEL App at the iTunes store.
On their 2009 Candlelight debut, Burn, Denver-based HAVOK quickly proved to metallers of all walks that they were far more than your average fly-by-night thrash act. Even Fear Factory’s Gene Hoglan took note of the young band saying, “HAVOK lays it down old-school heavy like a sharp stick in the eye.” Time Is Up, the band’s follow-up to Burn, will be released via Candlelight Records on March 29, 2011. Featuring ten tracks mixed by the legendary James Murphy, the record immediately showcases the band’s collective penchant for writing mammoth thrash anthems and the flawless musicianship that’s come from the last year’s worth of tireless live performances including national tours with Primal Fear, Hatchet, Hammerfall and Wretched, as well as regional dates with Destruction, Cephalic Carnage, Exodus, Anthrax and others. Blistering guitar and drum work once again highlight the record, particularly on standout tunes like “Prepare for Attack,” “Fatal Intervention,” “Covering Fire,” and “Scumbag In Disguise.” Bringing it all together is striking cover art by illustrator Halsey Swain. Check it out HERE.
Time Is Up Track Listing: 1. “Prepare for Attack” 2. “Fatal Intervention” 3. “No Amnesty”
4. “D.O.A.” 5. “Covering Fire” 6. “Killing Tendencies” 7. “Scumbag in Disguise”
8. “The Cleric” 9. “Out of My Way” 10. “Time Is Up”
HAVOK formed in 2004. After two self-released albums, the band caught the attention of England’s Candlelight Records and by the Spring of 2009, the band unleashed Burn to the metal masses. The album peaked on CMJ’s Loud Rock chart at 15 and broke MediaGuide’s Top 10. Continued radio play came from KBPI/Denver, KUPD/Phoenix, WKLL/Waterville NY and WSOU/South Orange NJ. Music Choice and the syndicated metal program Full Metal Jackie also gave HAVOK repeated airtime. HAVOK will kick off their first tour in support of Time Is Up next month as support for Florida death metallers Malevolent Creation. Stay tuned for tour dates and further info. http://www.myspace.com/havok
Song titles on Satánico Dramático, the first full-length album by Los Angeles’ extreme metal band DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS, are as follows: -Here Hell Rises -Meat To The Grinder -Death’s Embrace -Sigo Siendo El Rey -Plague Mass -Bestia De Las Mil Cabezas -The Fifth Republic -Las Calaveras Del Terror -Sigo Vivo -Satánico Dramático Mixed by Roy Z. (Rob Halford, Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson), Satánico Dramático is set for worldwide digital release on February 23, 2011. It is the follow-up to 2005’s self-titled Day Of The Dead EP (also mixed by Roy Z.) released on Cinismo Records.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS are:
Loana dP Valencia – Vocals
Alfonso Pinzon – Drums
Andres Jaramillo – Guitars
Adrian Villanueva – Guitars
Alejandro Corredor – Bass
PITCH BLACK RECORDS is pleased to announce the addition of Greek melodic heavy/power metallers EMERALD SUN into its roster of artists with the band’s sophomore release, “Regeneration”, scheduled for release on February 11th, 2011.
Formed in 1998, in Thessaloniki, Greece, EMERALD SUN has since then performed live numerous times becoming an extremely sought-after live act. Past performances included their participation at festivals such as March Metal Day, Metal Healing, Maximum Rock Fest and others. The band’s excellent two demos led to the release of their first full length in 2007 (“Escape from Twilight”) which was later released in Japan with exclusive bonus material.
“Regeneration” includes ten new tracks of utterly brilliant melodic heavy/power metal! It was recorded, mixed and mastered at Maranis Studios in Backnang, Germany by Vagelis Maranis (ex-Sanvoisen) who also lends his voice on the 12-minute epic “Fantasmagoria.”
The CD version of “Regeneration” includes as a bonus track a killer cover version of 80’s pop classic “Holding out for a Hero” and will be available worldwide through Pitch Black Records and Twilight-Distribution. The album will also be available for digital download through several mp3 stores.
1. We Won’t Fall
2. Theater of Pain
3. Where Angels Fly
6. Speak of the Devil
7. Planet Metal
8. Chasing the Wind
10. Holding out for a Hero (CD bonus)
(New York, NY) — California metal act, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT has signed a worldwide deal with eOne Music. Their brand new record “Digital Veil” will be released on March 8th, 2011.
“We are really pleased to begin the year with eOne as our new label. This relationship will only prove beneficial
to the release of “Digital Veil” and help push the band a step forward into a productive and exciting future,” says bassist Henry Selva.
After releasing a pair of records via Hopeless Records, this will be the bands third official full length. Founding guitarist A.J. Minette has also returned to the band and couldn’t be more excited. He states, “It has been a pleasure working with The Human Abstract again. I am looking forward to supporting Digital Veil out on tour.”
The band will be part of the Atticus Metal III tour with Darkest Hour, Born Of Osiris, As Blood Runs Black and more running from February 25-March 27. For additional information feel free to head over to http://www.facebook.com/atticusmetaltour
THE HUMAN ABSTRACT have been seen on tour with acts such as AS I LAY DYING, DIR EN GREY, ALL THAT REMAINS and THE VANS WARPED TOUR in recent years.
THE HUMAN ABSTRACT
is: Travis Richter (vocals), Henry Selva (bass), Dean Herrera (guitar), Brett Powell (drums) and A.J. Minette (guitar).
Finnish death metal outfit CORPSESSED has signed with Dark Descent Records for the CD release of their self-titled debut EP. Scheduled for an early 2011 release, the EP features six tracks of bludgeoning old-school death in the vein of Entombed, Incantation, Deicide, Immolation and Grave. Select tracks from the EP have been posted on the band’s official Myspace site, while more information on CORPSESSED can be found on their Facebook page. A video for the song “Altar Of Worms” can be viewed at this location.
CORPSESSED was spawned from putrescent slime in 2007, after the dissolution of an earlier project Skullfucker. Vocalist Niko Matilainen (Skullfucker), guitarist Matti Mäkelä (Tyranny, Wormphlegm) and drummer Jussi-Pekka Manner (Skullfucker, Pohjoinen Kuri) were joined by guitarist Jyri Lustig (Cardinals Folly) and the (de)composing of morbid death metal tunes began at the rotting houses of the Järvenpää delta-area.
The group’s original bass player Mikko Mäkelä disappeared in unknown circumstances, but was replaced in 2009 by Mikko Pöllä (Azure).
Look for CORPSESSED’s debut EP out soon on Dark Decent Records (CD only), with vinyl treatment coming courtesy of French label Ostra Records.
Like a bunch of zombies drunk on embalming fluid, veteran hardcore thrashers THE ACCUSED prepare to take their Splatter-Rock-Speakeasy and After-Hours-Sicko-Sideshow into turbo-nuclear-tombstone-kicking overdrive with the announcement of a new stick-breaker in Warren A. Pease (pronounced “war ‘n’ peace”) Said the band in a collective statement: “He’s a relatively young chap at the tender age of 25. Then again, with THE ACCUSED founding guitarist, Tommy Niemeyer rounding the corner heading into half-century territory, who isn’t young to that old fucker? Warren, or ‘Andy’ as he’s affectionately referred to most noticeably at first brings his youthful enthusiasm and perpetual grin to THE ACCUSED. But don’t let the friendly face fool you into thinking this is some run-of-the-mill, trigger-tapping tom-tom-tickler. No! The young Mr. Pease possesses an absolutely mind-boggling, pile-driving, double-kick drumming style that will make you wonder if he’s got extra appendages hidden away back there somewhere. Having the freshly-plucked Warren A. Pease now on drums will up the ante for all who are dealt-in when THE ACCUSED bring their horror-filled freak show to the stage sometime early 2011. The Kings of Splatter Rock are back with a vicious and brutal hardcore attack.”
In related news, THE ACCUSED will unleash a new video for “Hemline,” the seventh track off The Curse Of Martha Splatterhead, released via Southern Lord Recordings last year. The video is a mini-Splatter epic starring the lovely and terrifying Martha Splatterhead, was shot in three locations from Marysville, Washington to Los Angeles, California and directed by Federico Aragon. A worldwide premiere of “Hemline” will be announced for later this month. Be sure to check the band’s website for further instructions!
Jack Osbourne, producer for OZZY OSBOURNE’s upcoming documentary Wreckage of My Past: The Story Of Ozzy Osbourne, says it’s done. Check out the Artisan News report below:
The film will be the first release from Jacko Productions, a company started by Ozzy’s son Jack. The film is said to be an intimate documentary that delves deep into the life of music icon Ozzy Osbourne. A sober Ozzy has reached a point of clarity as he looks back on a lifetime of unparalleled success, misdiagnosed disease, unrelenting fear and a recurring dependency on drugs and alcohol. This is a film about reconciling the past and looking toward the future.
The titans of Christian metal! In the 80s, California’s Stryper ranked among the greatest in melodic metal. Albums like “To Hell With the Devil” (1986) sold millions of copies and songs like “Free”, “Honestly” and “Always There For You” became smash hits on MTV. Consequently, many of Stryper’s fellow Christians claim that the band were not “true” believers. This frustrated the quartet, who gradually switched styles and eventually dissolved. However, history redeemed Stryper’s legacy, and the band reunited permanently in 2003. Their music and lyrics are once more reminiscent of the golden age, and currently Stryper’s third album since the reunion, the cover release “The Covering”, is pending release. Many have yearned for the band to come to SRF, and now they finally will – in their classic original line-up featuring brothers Michael and Robert Sweet (vocals/guitar and drums, respectively), Oz Fox (guitar) and Tim Gaines (bass).
Confirmed bands so far out of a total of around 70:
Judas Priest –
last show ever in Sweden
Whitesnake – with very special guests
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Rhapsody of Fire
Jason & the Scorchers
Dan Reed Band
The tickets to Sweden Rock Festival 2011 are now released and you buy them directly online at our homepage.
Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg by Kai Hansen on vocals and guitar, Michael Weikath on guitar, Markus Grosskopf on bass and Ingo Schwichtenberg on drums. Helloween were one of the pioneering and also most important bands of the 80’s European heavy/speed/power metal scene. Their early albums HELLOWEEN and WALLS OF JERICHO fared comfortably but it wasn’t before band hired a new vocalist, the 18 year old Michael Kiske, and released albums KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS pt.I and KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS pt.II before the band hit the big time and found their worldwide success. Hansen left in 1988 and he was soon replaced by Roland Grapow. The following album PINK BUBBLES GO APE was somewhat disappointing both sales and musical wise and next they tried to break some new grounds with 1993’s CHAMELEON. Instead of taking a heavier approach, the band ventured into completely new territory. They were eschewing its signature double-guitar harmonies for synthesizers, horns, acoustic guitars, country music, grunge and everything in between. Some changes were needed and so Michael Kiske and then seriously troubled drummer Schwichtenberg were let go. In the late 1993 Helloween found itself from a very difficult situation. There was no singer, no drummer, and no record contract (EMI released the band from its agreement because of the disappointing sales numbers of PINK BUBBLES GO APE and CHAMELEON).
Helloween returned in 1994 with a renewed line up which included vocalist Andi Deris (Pink Cream 69) and drummer Uli Kusch. They also had a new record deal with Castle Communications and as a result MASTER OF THE RINGS was released later on that year. The new incarnation of the band proved to be very successful and the following albums TIME OF THE OATH, BETTER THAN RAW and THE DARK RIDE did all great both commercially and critically. But still, more changes followed when Grapow and Kusch were released from their duties in 2002. New guitarist Sascha Gerstner stepped and made his first Helloween album appearance on RABBIT DON’T COME EASY in 2003. After having several drummer candidates in the early 2000’s, it was Motörhead’s Mikkey Dee who played on the RABBIT album, the band finally found a permanent player when former Rawhead Rexx drummer Dani Loble joined in 2005. The current lineup has so far released three studio albums: KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS pt.III – THE LEGACY, GAMBLING WITH THE DEVIL, their latest opus SEVEN SINNERS, one live album KEEPER OF THE LEVEN KEYS – THE LEGACY WORLD TOUR 2005-2006 and the Anniversary album UNARMED – THE BEST OF 25’TH ANNIVERSARY. It seems that the band, despite all those changes and troubles in the past, is now enjoying this time of their lives and there’s no end in sight. Helloween started their latest world tour to support SEVEN SINNERS and in November and in the middle December 2010 they came to Finland to play two sold out shows. In Helsinki we had chance to sit down with Mr. Grosskopf and discuss the new tour, past changes, and various other topics… Read more!!
Rejuvenated German heavy metal legends, ACCEPT, took the #1 spot Metal-Rules.com’s annual best of list. The album easily took the top position beating out their fellow countrymen, Blind Guardian, who took the #2 position in the chart.
Best Metal Album of 2010: Accept - BLOOD OF THE NATIONS
BLOOD OF THE NATIONS is Accept’s 12th studio album. It’s been a very long time since their previous release – 1996’s PREDATOR. Since then, the band has undergone a few changes, the biggest being in the lead singer department. Former T.T. Quick front-man Mark Tornillo has taken over the reigns from Udo Dirkschneider and is filling his combat boots rather well.
Hopefully this line-up has a few years in them and can build upon the greatness of the pure heavy metal found on BLOOD OF THE NATIONS!
“Atticus Metal” Tour With Darkest Hour and Born of Osiris
Atticus Black clothing is a name now synonymous with metal showcasing the hottest new talent via their highly successful “Atticus Metal” tour. The third annual “Atticus Metal” tour looks to feature the most devastating and dynamic line-up yet with Darkest Hour co-headlining with Born of Osiris. As Blood Runs Black and The Human Abstract rounding out the stellar bill. Sleeping Giant will be special guests on all westcoast dates and look for other special openers on other shows depending on the region. This monstrous trek, which kicks off on Feb. 25th in Washington, DC at the 930 Club will also serve as Darkest Hour’s record release show.
“Atticus Metal” promises to be one of the most exciting tours for the first half of 2011 and is a must see for all metal fans alike. For additional information feel free to head over to http://www.facebook.com/atticusmetaltour
Ryan Parrish (drums) of Darkest Hour states: “We’re very excited about being a part of this year’s ‘Atticus Metal’ tour! Getting the chance to play alongside todays sickest new bands is always a refreshing feeling for us. We can’t wait to rock some new songs live for you guys off of our new record entitled The Human Romance, which is available on Feb. 22. It definitely will be a tour you don’t want to miss. Circle pit!”
Mark Bubb (Atticus Black Director of Marketing USA) further comments: “Atticus Black continues in our efforts to make a difference in the ever changing music scene. As Atticus celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, we aim to be as involved in our artists careers just as much as we were a decade ago. Atticus Black is proud to still be producing clothes for musicians that hold strong on stage, and look good off stage. Without support from the many Atticus endorsed artists, our brand would never have grown to the massive success that it is now. We see the Atticus Black touring series as just one of the many ways we can give back, and hopefully help our artists continue to succeed.
“Atticus Black takes pride in our efforts to connect with fans, and bring them a show that is low in cost, and high in quality. From Emmure and Winds of Plague to Unearth and Stick To Your Guns, we have seen the excitement of the heavy music community the last two years. It is an honor to have legends Darkest Hour co-headlining the bill for the third installment. From The Mark of The Judas all the way to this years The Human Romance, Darkest Hour gives metal fans true, unrelenting talent. Bringing in young powerhouse Born of Osiris makes for a a perfect mix, the kind of variety Atticus Black loves to present.”
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With the launch of their video blog site, Sweden’s heavy metal quintet HAMMERFALL invite their fans from around the world to submit questions for their weekly video blog.
What are working titles for the new songs? What will producer James Michael do with lead singer Joacim Cans’ used spit screens? Did guitarist Pontus Norgren pack a good-luck Thin Lizzy t-shirt? What warm-up exercises does drummer Anders Johansson swear by? Will bassist Fredrik Larsson use any recording gear from his Crystal Age days? How has guitarist Oscar Dronjak juggled his recording schedule with his MMA training?
Fans, submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and use “QUESTION FOR HAMMERFALL” in your subject line, then tune in weekly to www.HAMMERFALL.tv and watch the latest online in-studio video.
HAMMERFALL are currently recording the follow up to 2009’s No Sacrifice, No Victory – which debuted at #38 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart for top new artists – with producer James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, SIXX:AM, Meat Loaf). A summer release in North America for the as-yet-untitled new album is expected.
No Sacrifice, No Victory achieved gold status in Sweden for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. The album registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe: #2 in Sweden, #7 in Germany, #20 in Switzerland, #21 in the U.K. (Indie Albums chart), #25 in Austria, #46 in Norway, and #95 in France.
“The Finnish Metal Tour 2” to kick off later this month
HELSINKI, FINLAND – Finland’s new wave prog/death metal supergroup has posted a video trailer in anticipation of its debut North American tour, “The Finnish Metal Tour 2”, which will kick off on January 31st in Orlando. Tune into: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmUdSHk6GDA to see the special video message from keyboardist, Kasper Mårtenson (Ex-Amorphis, Ben Granfelt Band), and guitarist, Sami Ylisirniö (Kreator, Waltari), as they gear up for the much anticipated North American romp, alongside fellow countrymen, Finntroll, Ensiferum and Rotten Sound.
Barren Earth will hit the road in support of its debut full-length record, Curse of the Red River, which hit stores last spring.