The Ocean are currently in the process of mixing their upcoming album Anthropocentric at Studio Mecanique in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the same place where Heliocentric was recorded and mixed. The album will be mastered on August 25th by Svante Forsbäck in Helsinki.
usically, the album feels somehow heavier than Heliocentric. “The sound is more dense and maybe a tad more raw, which suits the songs perfectly”, comments guitar player Jonathan Nido. The album covers a similar sonic and dynamic range as Heliocentric, also including a number of calm, acoustic moments – but these are for the most part orchestrated with guitars, and not so much with piano and string section. The focus is on the heavy songs: “The album is a pretty big production, and still has a very earthy, organic feel to it”, comments Staps. “We have spent a great deal of time on the basic sound this time around, drums, bass, guitars and vocals… and at this stage I am pretty confident that this will pay off in the end!”
As far as the concepts behind Anthropocentric are concerned, the focus is on man and his place in the universe: at the center, as many fundamental Christians still claim today, or more likely a dust particle in its periphery? All lyrics are circling around this question. “Anthropocentric will continue the critique of christianity, inspired by the questions that Dostoyevsky asked and some of the answers that Friedrich Nietzsche and Richard Dawkins gave”, comments Staps.
At the base of the album are three songs with the titles “The Grand Inquisitor I, II and III”. These songs have been inspired by the chapter of the same title in Fjodor Dostoyevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamasov: a conversation between the brothers Ivan, an atheist, and Alyoscha, a monk. Ivan tells Alyoscha the story of a Second Coming of Christ in 16th century Sevilla. According to this parable, Jesus is arrested by the Catholic inquisition. The grand inquisitor who interrogates Jesus casts a new light on the legend of the temptation of Christ: he reproaches Jesus with having betrayed humanity and having deprived man of salvation by giving him freedom. The conversation between Ivan and Alyoscha mirrors, to some degree, the conversation between the grand inquisitor and Christ and raises more questions than it answers. “This long dialogue, which for the most part is rather a monologue of Ivan, is so complex and recondite that one could easily find inspiration for 10 concept albums about Christianity in it”, comments Staps.
Only 6 guest musicians are appearing on the album, all classical musicians, most of whom are guesting on the final track of the album. Anthropocentric is an album by The Ocean’s consolidated nucleus. “It is the first album where all members have actively partaken in the songwriting”, comments Staps.
The track listing for Anthropocentric is as follows:
2. The Grand Inquisitor I: Karamazov baseness
3. She Was The Universe
4. For He That Wavereth…
5. The Grand Inquisitor II: Roots & Locusts
6. The Grand Inquisitor III: A Tiny Grain of Faith
7. Sewers Of The Soul
8. Wille Zum Untergang
9. Heaven TV
10. The Almightiness Contradiction
11. The Grand Inquisitor IV: Exclusion From Redemption
The last track is a bonus track which will only appear on the vinyl and the limited European deluxe digipak version.
THE OCEAN to tour with Dillinger Escape Plan and Cancer Bats through Europe!
EMA-Polydisc releases Mike Portnoy / S.A. Adams 1986 recording "Unearthed"
EMA-Polydisc has acquired the rights to release all past and future recordings of S.A. Adams; debuting with “Unearthed“- the never-before-released 1986 recordings by Adams and Dream Theater / Avenged Sevenfold’s Mike Portnoy - recorded between December 28, 1985 and January 11, 1986 at Mike Portnoy’s Long Beach apartment. Citing the influence of bands such as MOTÖRHEAD, EXCITER, RAVEN, early MEGADETH, VENOM and TANK, Adams, in an early 2006 press release warns “The material on “Unearthed” is definitely NOT progressive rock/prog-stuff — it’s serious sledgehammer-in-the-balls metal. No odd & changing time signatures for anyone here.” Originally scheduled for release that spring of 2006, “Unearthed” had to find another “home” due to the original release label’s bankruptcy.
The “Unearthed” sessions were intended to supplement Adams & Portnoy’s June 30th, 1985 recording a nine song demo/cassette album financed by Kick Ass Monthly journalist Bob Muldowney, who tapped Adams to produce a catalog of music Muldowney was to sing his own penned lyrics over. Aside from including lyrical content that even managed to offend other underground metal fanzines, the recording generated a contract offer from Combat Record’s “Boot Camp” Series. “Wanting to make sure we could fulfill the content obligations, a plan was implemented to stockpile as much music as possible; which Mike & I accomplished that winter. However, once I saw the enslavement papers, I mean, contract, the project got put aside.” A few weeks later, Portnoy informed Adams that he’d be putting all his energy into his new band MAJESTY, leaving Adams to dabble with these multi-track masters throughout the late ’80s and begin the solo career he still enjoys today. EMA-Polydisc has issued “Unearthed” digitally with availability on iTunes, AmazonMP3, Napster, Loud Trax and other DRM-free outlets. FnA Records has issued the standard CD, and a limited edition version which comes with a 4×6 autographed by both Mike Portnoy & S.A. Adams.
1. Paste the Glass
2. Kiss of Death
3. Love Dies
4. Too Far Gone
7. 2 Steps
9. High Plains Drifter
11. Chapter Closed
12. You Smell Like…
14. The Stage Door
MISERY’S UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH, ‘EVIL IS CROWNED’, SLATED FOR RELEASE IN JANUARY 2011
Long Island, NY’s MISERY are pleased to announce their upcoming tour with metal greats DEVILDRIVER, and supporting acts KITTIE and KATAKLYSM. The tour starts next Wednesday, August 25th in Jermyn, PA, and comes to a halt in West Hollywood, CA on September 16th, 2010. See below for all current tour dates, and make sure to head to the MISERY MySpace now to learn more about the tour!
MISERY recently wrapped up recording on their gripping, in your face, highly anticipated full length release, Evil is Crowned. The album was recorded at Systems 2 Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY and was mastered at Manhattan’s world-famous Sterling Sound. Production credits on Evil is Crowned go to Joey Z from fellow heavy-hitting New York metal band, Life of Agony. The album is scheduled to be released January 2011 via Super Metal Records, and the title track, ‘Evil is Crowned’ is scheduled to debut on Sirius XM Liquid Metal in the coming months. Currently, two other tracks from Evil is Crowned are spinning on Sirius-XM’s Liquid Metal and have been receiving rave reviews throughout the metal community.
See below for the Evil is Crowned tracklisting:
Evil Is Crowned
I Hate Your Face
Break the Silence
The Hurt Spell
Hangover in Harlem
Mind your Business
Live Fast Die Slow
Head Like A Hole (Nine Inch Nails Cover)
Formed in the early 90’s, MISERY are known for their powerfully aggressive sound, often being compared to the likes of Pantera and Metallica with an eerie Black Sabbath undertone. MISERY are also recognized for their rigorous touring schedule, including support for large acts such as Napalm Death, Buckcherry and Testament. After hearing MISERY’s 2008 full length release, Fifteen Years of Aggression, producer Joey Z took such a liking to the band that he asked MISERY to support Life of Agony on their Winter 2009 tour. Playing with such an eclectic mix of bands has helped to expose MISERY to a world of new fans! In 2009, MISERY reached the #12 position on the FMQB Metal Radio charts, and currently can be heard on cable music outlets such as Music Choice and DMX.
MISERY w/ DEVILDRIVER, KITTIE & KATAKLYSM
8/25 Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s
8/26 London, ON @ London Music Hall
8/27 Columbus, OH @ Peabody’s
8/28 Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
8/29 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
8/31 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
9/01 San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
9/02 Dallas, TX @ Trees
9/03 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Pavilion @ Concrete Street
9/04 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
9/05 Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
9/07 Des Moines, IA @ People’s Court
9/08 Mounds View, MN @ Roberts Off 10
9/10 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
9/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
9/13 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
9/14 Portland, OR @ Berbati’s Pan
9/15 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
9/16 West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
For more information on MISERY, please visit these locations:
On October 12th HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS will release the sophomore album from Canadian head bangers EVIL SURVIVES on CD and digital format. Entitled Powerkiller, the albumis 40 minutes of driving NWOBHM worship and was previously released only on vinyl and cassette formats by Canada’s War on Music label. The CD and digital versions will also include a bonus track from the band’s most recent limited vinyl EP.
Based out Winnipeg, Manitoba EVIL SURVIVES first began spreading their metallic mayhem when the in the summer of 2006 Front man Karl “Axe n’ Smash” Warkentin and guitarist Adrian Riff began the arduous task of recruiting like minded metal heads. Finally after three months the search was complete and EVIL SURVIVES was born. By June 2008 EVIL SURVIVES made its first performance- by no coincidence…but fate! – outside of an Iron Maiden concert in their home town of Winnipeg. Less than a month later, EVIL SURVIVES entered the studio to record their debut full length album Metal Vengeance released exclusively on vinyl on by Canadian ‘War on Music’ label.
On the heels of a growing renown, EVIL SURVIVES were right back in studio by the end of 2009 to record their second full length album, entitled Powerkiller, released by War on Music on vinyl and limited edition cassette. Mixed entirely in analog, the master reels contained over 40 minutes of driving NWOBHM worship, sounding like 1985-2009 never even happened. Powerkiller caught the attention of New York metal merchants HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS.
CATCH TESTAMENT WITH SLAYER AND MEGADETH ON THE AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR!
Bay Area thrash kings TESTAMENT are pleased to announce that their exclusive VIP Packs are now available in Seattle, San Francisco, and Sacramento markets! This is the fan’s chance to meet the band and get exclusive limited addition merchandise on this epic tour before TESTAMENT head into the studio to record the follow up to their Golden Gods “Album of the Year”, The Formation of Damnation! Now, the Testament VIP package offers some great additions, including an exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction T-shirt! Head to the links below to becoming a part of metal history and purchase your VIP Pack today!
The exclusive AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP package includes:
– One general admission ticket with early entry (where available)
– Exclusive Meet & Greet with the members of TESTAMENT
– Personal photograph with the band
– Autograph session (includes 8X10 photo)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction Shirt
– Collectible Tour Poster (limited, numbered)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Music Skin
– Official VIP Meet and Greet Laminate
– Official set of TESTAMENT Guitar Picks
TESTAMENT’s Chuck Billy recently spoke to 93.3 WMMR Philadelphia jock Markus Goldman about the current tour and upcoming TESTAMENT happenings! The interview is available for streaming now at WMMR’s website!
TESTAMENT are currently touring the country with Slayer and Megadeth on the history-making AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR! TESTAMENT are uniting with devoted fans every night on the road with their exclusive AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP packs, and shredding on stage with the original Clash of the Titans line-up. “New thrash fans that only heard rumors and never were able to witness Clash of the Titans will be delighted because all three bands are just as heavy and lethal as ever, if not more,” states guitarist Eric Peterson. “Old school thrash fans, if you missed the line-up before, you don’t want to miss this!”
See below for all AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR dates, as well as more recently announced international dates:
TESTAMENT ON THE 2010 AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR:
8/19 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
8/20 Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
8/21 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
8/23 Kansas City, KS @ Capital Federal Park @ Sandstone Arena
8/25 Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
8/26 Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
8/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
8/29 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
8/30 Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena
8/31 San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace
9/1 Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena
9/3 Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theatre
9/4 Portland, OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds
TESTAMENT’S highly successful and award-winning album The Formation of Damnation was recently reissued in a deluxe tour edition in celebration of ‘Rust in Peace’ and AMERICAN CARNAGE. See below for information on the album!
The Formation of Damnation (Deluxe Tour Edition)
2-disc deluxe tour edition of the band’s comeback album! Includes bonus footage of classic tracks + more:
1. The Persecuted Won’t Forget
2. Killing Season
4. The Evil Has Landed
5. The Formation Of Damnation
6. Henchmen Ride
7. More Than Meets The Eye
8. Dangers Of The Faithless
9. False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.)
10. Leave Me Forever
• The New Order *Audio and Video
• Practice What You Preach *Audio and Video
• Souls Of Black *Audio and Video
*Recorded in Alcatraz for their MTV “52/52” special
MARIONETTE Hits The Studio, Photos Available, More “The SlaughTour
2010” Headline U.K. And Scandinavian Shows with DARK TRANQUILLITY
Gothenburg Sweden based metal sextet MARIONETTE recently entered Studio
Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström (IN FLAMES, BRING ME THE HORIZON)
to begin recording the band’s as of yet-untitled third album. Guitarist
and backing vocalist Aron Parmerud made the following remarks regarding the
recording sessions and progress thus far:
“The recordings for our third album are underway! We spent a great deal
of time after our last UK/EU tour with BLESSTHEFALL working on new songs
and ended up with over 14 songs. Last month Jimmy came in and nailed each
of the songs on drums and from there we began tracking the guitars and bass
all at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg. Linus [Johansson, keyboards] and I
are working with the ambiance of the music and the keyboards. Alexander
[Andersson, vocals] is currently working hard on the lyrics and vocal
lines. We’ve made some studio photos available on our Official Facebook
“Fans of our Spite and more so Enemies albums will find some familiar
elements in our new songs. Listeners will certainly hear contrasts between
brutal and beautiful, progressive and catchy, and up-tempo and down-tempo.
There are more elements that will be very new to our listeners. We’re
eager to perform a few of these new songs live on our upcoming “The
SlaughTour 2010” dates in the UK and Denmark, and our recently confirmed
shows with fellow Gothenburgers DARK TRANQUILLITY in Sweden and Norway. So
come out, see us live, and be the first to hear some new MARIONETTE songs
this October and November!”
In addition to MARIONETTE’s “The SlaughTour 2010” headline tour, the
band will join fellow Gothenburgers DARK TRANQUILLITY on the final Swedish
and Norwegian dates of the “Where Death is Most Alive Part II” Tour.
Joining MARIONETTE behind the drums for the upcoming treks will be Robert
Johansson (ELDRIMNER), replacing Jimmy Olausson who amicably left
MARIONETTE to pursue other musical endeavors.
“The SlaughTour 2010” dates are as follows:
Oct. 1, 2010 – The Rock, Copenhagen, DK
Oct. 6, 2010 – Joiner’s, Southampton, UK
Oct. 7, 2010 – Orange Box, Yeovil, UK
Oct. 8, 2010 – Asylum 2, Birmingham, UK
Oct. 9, 2010 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
Oct. 10, 2010 – Central Station, Wrexham, UK
Oct. 11, 2010 – The Well, Leeds, UK
Oct. 13, 2010 – Kasbah Night Club, Coventry, UK
Oct. 14, 2010 – Hyem, Newcastle, UK
Oct. 16, 2010 – King Tut’s Glasgow, UK
Oct. 17, 2010 – O2 Academy2 Islington, London, UK
Oct. 18, 2010 – White Rabbit, Plymouth, UK
“Where Death Is Most Alive Part II” (Dark Tranquillity, Avatar,
Nov. 4, 2010 – Debaser Medis, Stockholm SE
Nov. 5, 2010 – Club 700, Örebro, SE
Nov. 6, 2010 – John Dee, Oslo, NO
Nov. 7, 2010 – Trädgån, Gothenburg, SE
Dutch Death Metal Masters HAIL OF BULLETS have announced On Divine Winds as the title of the band’s upcoming full-length studio album to be released October 12th via Metal Blade Records!
HAIL OF BULLETS’ debut album ‘…Of Frost and War’ was a concept album about the Eastern front war of Germany. ‘On Divine Winds’ is another concept album, this time covering the Pacific battles between Japan and the USA.
Vocalist Martin van Drunen comments: “This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees.”
The album title On Divine Winds refers to the translation for the Japanese word Kamikaze, as kami stands for “God” and kaze means “wind”.
On Divine Winds track listing:
1. The Eve Of Battle
2. Operation Z
3. The Mukden Incident
4. Strategy of Attrition
5. Full Scale War
7. On Coral Shores
8. Unsung Heroes
9. Tokyo Napalm Holocaust
11. To Bear the Unbearable
On Divine Winds was produced by Ed Warby and like before the monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr. Dan Swanö.
Drummer Ed Warby adds: “I don’t think I’ve ever worked this hard on anything in my entire life, but it sure has paid off! Although …Of Frost And War is a tough act to follow, my ringing ears tell me we’ve succeeded in besting it on every level: songs, playing, production… at the moment Dan Swanö is putting the final touches on a mix that could squash a tank, and then it’s off to the pressing plant! All the main ingredients of our blood ‘n’ guts style death metal have remained intact and I honestly can’t imagine anyone that liked our previous work is going to be the least bit disappointed… on the contrary!”
On Divine Winds will be released out October 12th in North America!
“The Finnish Metal Tour 2” to kick off this winter
HELSINKI, FINLAND – The past year has been a massive success for Finland’s emerging prog/death metal supergroup, Barren Earth. What started out as a mere side project featuring members of Moonsorrow, Swallow The Sun, Kreator, and more, has resulted in the release of an EP, ‘Our Twilight’, a critically acclaimed full-length, Curse of the Red River, and numerous European shows and festivals. Now Barren Earth is set to bring their brand of forward thinking, keyboard soaked metal to North America for their debut US tour, alongside fellow countrymen Finntroll, Ensiferum and Rotten Sound, as part of “The Finnish Metal Tour 2”, set to take place throughout February 2011.
“To be a part of an exciting package of quality Finnish metal (and accomplished beer hounds) in the ‘The Finnish Metal Tour 2′ lineup is certainly a fortunate opportunity for us to embark on our first international tour as Barren Earth,” states guitarist, Janne Perttilä. “We’re eagerly looking forward to spreading the Curse Of The Red River for our overseas friends, old and new!”
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, will hold a public listening party for their new album Relentless Retribution on Thursday, September 2nd at Bender’s Bar and Grill in San Francisco, CA. This 21+ event has no cover charge and will start at 9pm. The members of the band will be present to mingle and sign stuff for the fans, and drummer Will Carroll will be DJing later in the evening as well. DEATH ANGEL promises that there will be door prizes, free stuff, drink specials and good times had by all.
“We are extremely proud and excited to invite our family, friends AND fans to our listening party for the new album,” commented guitarist Rob Cavestany. “Usually
invitations to these events are reserved for industry only but in this case we wanted to do something different and out of the box. We want it to be a true celebration with the people that REALLY matter! So come one, come all! Have a drink with us at the exact moment that Relentless Retribution is released to the rest of the world! See ya there!” Bender’s Bar and Grill
806 South Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110-1911
Belgian black metal warlords Enthroned have returned to the U.S. for the first time in nine years, headlining a tour in support of their new album Pentagrammatton alongside Aussie metal titans Destroyer 666. On a sunny summer afternoon I telephoned Enthroned’s tour manager to confirm our scheduled interview. To my surprise, it would seem that I may have a cancellation on my hands. "Nornagest is puking up blood." said the voice on the other end of the phone. "Check back in three hours."
There are few things as inherently black metal as puking up blood in my book. Toughing it out through thick and thin, Nornagest eventually mustered up enough strength to follow through with the interview despite feeling green, with bassist Phorgath delegated to assist answering some of the questions. Be sure to catch this unholy assault when this black metal plague infests a city near you.
New WITCHES MARK Song To Appear On Texas Metal: Independent Attitude Compilation
Austin, Texas-based traditional metallers WITCHES MARK have completed recording, mixing and mastering duties for their new song, ‘Slaves To Their Own Sin’, their first new material since the release of their debut EP, A Grim Apparition, last fall.
Witches Mark will debut ‘Slaves To Their Own Sin’ as part of LoneStar Metal Magazine’s forthcoming compilation, Texas Metal: Independent Attitude.
Lone Star Metal is an online magazine dedicated to the Texas Metal scene. Other acts confirmed to appear on Texas Metal: Independent Attitude currently include: DIE AMONG HEROES, WELLBORN ROAD, CARRY THE STORM, MERCENARY X, SNAKE SKIN PRISON, OFF THE ZODIAC and DEADPOOL.
Check out ‘Slaves To Their Own Sin’ in the YouTube clip below. More on Witches Mark at this location.
Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce the release of a brand new studio album of the legendary TANK – “War Machine”.
Tank – featuring Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on guitar alongside three new recruits, ex-Rainbow/Yngwie Malmsteen frontman Doogie White, ex-Bruce Dickinson bassist Chris Dale and ex-Zodiac Mindwarp drummer Dave ‘Grav’ Cavill – are back in action and ready to establish themselves once more as one of Britain’s finest rock bands. The band’s seventh studio album is currently in the pre-production stage and, as the band claims: “we think it’s going to be our best album so far”.
The production was handled by Pedro Ferreira (known from his previous work with The Darkness, Therapy?, Meatloaf) and the recording was done at Steve Harris’ (Iron Maiden) Barnyard Studios. A demo version of one of their new songs, “Judgement Day”,is still available to stream on Tank’s official website on Myspace:http://www.myspace.com/tankheavymetal.
Due to the changed line-up, “War Machine” will combine all the influences and experience of individual band members. Cliff Evans: “We intend to make this a classic British rock/metal album that every fan should have in their collection”.
Full details on the artwork and tracklist to be announced soon. Metal Mind Productions set up the release date of “War Machine” for 25th October in Europe and 7th December in US (via MVD). Tank on-line: http://tankofficial.com