Friday, January 14th 2011 marks the start of ACCEPT’s long anticipated “Blood Of The Nations” world tour. The new tour is named after the band’s highly successful and critically praised comeback album “Blood Of the Nations” and includes shows in 24 countries around Europe, North America, Canada, Latin and South America. This mammoth 80-show trek marathon commences tonight in Osnabrück, Germany at the Gartlage Hall.
ACCEPT have crisscrossed the globe with little interruption since May of 2010. By the time June 2011 and the final shows of this tour come around, ACCEPT will have played more than 120 shows over 12 months, elevating their status as one of Germany’s most relevant and important rock exports. There have already been numerous high-points along the way: The blistering stadium shows supporting AC/DC in Hannover and Stuttgart, their headliner appearances at the Sonisphere Festivals in Bucharest and Istanbul, the spectacular “secret” guest spot at the Rock Hard Festival 2010, not the least their scorching performance at Japan’s largest indoor festival Loudpark 2010 in Tokyo. Throughout all these shows, ACCEPT have once again confirmed to their large army of fans that they are indeed one of the most productive and dominant live metal acts on the international hard rock scene.
The best-selling album “Blood Of The Nations” has concluded 2010 by receiving the proud designation of “Album of the Year” in most leading rock media outlets in the States, Canada, South America and many European territories. With this colossal success, ACCEPT have quickly bridged their 17 year long recording inactivity with amazing simplicity and have given their old and new fans the most successful comeback in metal history. The live shows offered by the prolific line-up of Wolf Hoffmann, Mark Tornillo, Peter Baltes, Hermann Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann will offer an explosive mix of legendary classics like “Balls To the Wall” and “Metal Heart” mixed in with new hard rock highlights like the sensational “Teutonic Terror”, the hard hitting “Pandemic” and the colossal “The Abyss”. It is a spectacle not to be missed!
German Death Metal heavyweight DAWN OF DISEASE have inked a deal with Noise Art Records as well as a booking contract with Rock The Nation. Their blastbeat (Swedish) Death Metal debut album „Legends Of Brutality“ was recorded in Soundlodge Studio (God Dethroned, Sinister, Dew-Scented) and will be released April 29.
„We are very much looking forward to be working together with Noise Art Records and Rock The Nation. We cannot wait to present our killer debut album to you this coming festival season!“ DAWN OF DISEASE
Stay tuned for more news, tourdates, festivals and more…
DAWN OF DISEASE – Legends Of Brutality – OUT April 29, 2011!
01. Gasping For Life (INTRO)
02. Above The Gods
03. Impervious Mind
04. Legends Of Brutality
05. Soul Harvest
06. When White Turns Red
07. Death Shall Be Mine
08. Justified Retaliation
09. Out Of Breath
10. Sinister Rapture
11. Bitter Fate
12. Silence Prevails (OUTRO)
In an official message from STRATOVARIUS: “Some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we’re back on the road with Helloween. And Jörg Michael is back in his drum chair after his brush with death.
The bad news is that Timo Kotipelto caught some sort of bacterial infection. We suspect it was something from the backstage food in December, but we don’t know. Two of the other people on the tour had the same thing: A very bad dysentery-like stomach infection with vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration, also eventually had to go to hospital, etc.
Timo’s infection is stubborn and in addition to ruining his Christmas break, it has dried out his vocal cords. In his own words, he can’t sing a note at the moment. We are currently in France and so far we had to cancel playing in Paris and Lyon.
We are of course very sorry about this, and nobody is more heartbroken or frustrated than Timo himself. Apart from heeding the advice from doctors we are in touch with, the only thing we can do at the moment is to hope Timo gets better. We will ride the 1000 km to Bilbao tonight and hopefully we will all get some sleep on the nice smooth French motorways.
Check out a short video about the Paris cancellation and some words from Jörg HERE.
The legendary Finnish melodic metal troupe are gearing up to unleash their thirteenth studio album, Elysium, in North America next week. Recorded at 5-By-5 studios in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki, Finland, the nine-track full-length will be released on January 18, 2011 through Armoury Records and features cover art by Gyula Havancsák.
The Portuguese fans call was heard and Manowar returns to Portugal after 12 years! and will be heading to Lisbon to bring true metal to Portugal on April 2nd at the Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno.
After confirming shows in the U.K. and in the U.S., now it’s time for Continental Europe to witness the raw power of a live performance by the Kings Of Metal once again.
In addition to performing MANOWAR classics, the band will play its debut album, 1982’s “Battle Hymns”, in its entirety.
Upcoming MANOWAR shows:
Mar. 12 – The Agora – Cleveland, OH
Mar. 18 – Principal Club Theater – Thessaloniki, Greece
Mar. 27 – O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK
Apr. 02 – Campo Pequeno – Lisboa, Portugal
Apr. 08 – Rodahal – Kerkrade – The Netherlands
MANOWAR Return To Switzerland in March!
The demands from the Swiss fans have been answered and MANOWAR will be heading to Basel to bring TRUE metal to Switzerland on March 25, 2011 at the St. Jakobshalle! After confirming shows in the UK and in the USA, now it’s time for Continental Europe to witness the raw power of a live performance by the Kings Of Metal once again! In addition to performing MANOWAR classics, the band will perform the entire Battle Hymns record in celebration of the release of Battle Hymns 2011. The time to strike is now! Proscht! Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, January 18 at 08:00 CET on http://www.ticketcorner.ch/
Manowar’s return to the UK is SOLD OUT!
The O2 Academy released an official statement this morning, announcing that there are no tickets left. Manowar’s British fans have shown the world that TRUE metal is not dead in the UK! Manowar will shake the ground and blow the roof off the O2 Academy in Birmingham on March 27 2011, during their only UK appearance! Death To All Disbelievers! Fuck The World! Hail And Kill!
Below are some quotes from MANOWAR fans about the upcoming show in England: “HJAAHH!! And there was no advertising for the gig – how fuckin’ wicked is that?! Looking forward to see one of Manowar’s most glorious gigs and the complete destruction of the O2 Academy by the screaming of the Army of the Immortals who answered the call and the triumphant tunes of the band played via the best available PA there has ever existed. FUCK I’m waiting. GOD.”
Pietari H. “I heard about this earler, its fantastic considering there was no advertising for it! Really shows the spirit of the true fans in the UK! Its for the best band in the world and shows how people can pull together for the KINGS! Fucking roll on Birmingham! Huge thanks to both Clarks too!”
Ian G. “What with this selling so well, a London date would be really useful for those of us who were unable to do the Brum date. *sniff* Or Bloodstock…”
A new webisode featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of “Blunt Force Trauma”, the sophomore album from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY — the project featuring former SEPULTURA members Max (guitar, vocals) and Igor Cavalera (drums) — can be viewed below.
“Blunt Force Trauma” will be released on March 29 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was once again tracked with Logan Mader (ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist), who co-produced the LP with Max. Logan also mixed the follow-up to the band’s debut album, “Inflikted”, which has sold 43,000 copies in the United States since its March 2008 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The brothers Cavalera co-founded SEPULTURA, the Brazilian metal band that redefined and established the genre outside of the U.S. and Europe. After Max exited the band, there was a rift between himself and his brother, one that was eventually repaired through the redemptive power of music. Some time had passed and Max and Igor were unable to resist the musical pull in their magnetic fields and their musical collaboration was renewed. The duo are back for round two with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY’s lineup is filled out by guitarist Marc Rizzo, who plays with Max in SOULFLY, and bassist Johnny Chow.
“Blunt Force Trauma” track listing:
03. Lynch Mob
04. Killing Inside
06. I Speak Hate
08. Genghis Khan
09. Burn Waco
11. Blunt Force Trauma
An audio recording of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY performing a brand new song, “Warlord”, during the band’s October 11, 2010 appearance at the SWU Music and Arts Festival at the Maeda Farm in Itú (about 43.5 miles away from São Paulo), Brazil can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
In an interview with Triple J’s “The Racket”, Max Cavalera stated about the sophomore album from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, “We recorded 15 songs, 13 being originals for the album, and then we did a BLACK SABBATH cover, ‘Electric Funeral’, that’s gonna come out on a Metal Hammer compilation in Europe. And we did a BLACK FLAG cover, a song called ‘Six Pack’. We also had a collaboration with Roger [Miret] from AGNOSTIC FRONT — he sings on a song called ‘Lynch Mob’ that we did together in the studio in L.A.; he flew to L.A. to do this collaboration. I was really proud because, to me, Roger is like the godfather of New York hardcore; AGNOSTIC FRONT is one of the pioneer bands of the whole New York hardcore scene, so it was like recording with a legend of hardcore. The CAVALERA album is really intense; that’s all I can say about it. It makes the first album sound like pop music.”
Regarding the songwriting and recording process for the new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album, Max said, “I wrote a lot of the stuff and I sent it to Brazil to [Igor] in the form of a CD — like four tracks of the riffs — so that he would be familiarized with the songs by the time I got to the studio. And then I brought another CD with me, which was, like, newer songs I had just got done [writing] for the album. And everything else we did in the studio together — me and him there on the spot. I told him the idea of making a very intense album with some songs being only a minute and a half, so it’s a cross [between] MINOR THREAT and SLAYER and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY. So the idea was really cool — Igor really liked that — and from that point on, the album just grew and song after song, every day a new song came in. And I’m really happy with it. I think people are gonna be blown away when they hear it. I think it’s a pretty cool album.”
LOVE.MIGHT.KILL, the new band led by drummer Michael Ehré (FIREWIND, ULI JON ROTH, METALIUM), has completed work on its debut album, “Brace For Impact”. The CD, which was produced by Ehré and mixed by Markus Teske (SAGA, VANDEN PLAS, SPOCK’S BEARD), features 13 “stunning melodic metal tracks in the tradition of RAINBOW, JUDAS PRIEST, DIO and BLACK SABBATH,” according to a press release.
After touring all around the world with several bands and writing songs for German metallers METALIUM, Japanese female metal vocalist Saeko and ex-ZED YAGO founder Jutta Weinhold, Ehré realized his vision of an own band by writing, recording and producing LOVE.MIGHT.KILL‘s debut CD. The effort features additional contributions from Italian singer Jan Manenti as a co-writer, longtime friends Christian Stöver and Stefan Ellerhorst (both from the German metal band CROSSROADS) on guitar and Jogi Sweers on bass.
Jan Manenti – Vocals Stefan Ellerhorst – Guitar Christian Stöver – Guitar Jogi Sweers – Bass Michael Ehré – Drums
Today the rad folks at Metalunderground.com premiere brand new track, “Scumbag In Disguise,” from Denver thrash collective HAVOK. The tune comes off the band’s upcoming new full-length entitled Time Is Up, which is slated for a March 29th release via Candlelight Records. The follow-up to the ravaging Burn long-player was mastered by James Murphy and features ten tracks of flawlessly executed thrash anthems. Check it ” Scumbag In Disguise,” the seventh track off this mammoth offering, HERE.
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.
HAVOKwill kick off the first tour in support of Time Is Up next month as support for Florida death metallers Malevolent Creation. Stay tuned for further info.
The father of late heavy metal singer RONNIE JAMES DIO (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, RAINBOW, ELF), Pat Padavona, 92, passed away peacefully on December 28th at Cortland Care Center in Cortland, New York. He served his country during World War II. He enjoyed working with his hands, making many pieces of fine furniture and accent pieces.
Pat is survived by his daughter-in-law, Wendy Dio-Padavona, his brother Johnny, his grandson Dan and wife Terri Padavona, and his great-grandchildren Joey and Julia Padavona. Pat was pre-deceased by his wife Anna and his son Ronnie.
Pat Padavona was laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Cortland.
Italian battalion THE SECRET are finally returning to the U.S. this Spring, their first tour on American soil since 2009. The crew will land stateside in early March to embark on a newly announced tour of the country alongside The Funeral Pyre. THE SECRET toured North America in 2009 with Early Graves, and were planning to book a second tour with the band, when EG singer Makh Daniels was killed in a van accident, delaying all plans. “This tragedy had a big impact on our lives,” THE SECRET’s guitarist Michael Bertoldini stated in a brand new interview with by Noisecreep.com. But looking towards the upcoming tour, he states “I’m gonna see a lot of friends I haven’t seen in awhile and I’m gonna visit new parts of the country I’ve never seen.” Check out the full story here.
The full tour routing at press time is as follows, with more announcements to be made in the coming days as more plans are confirmed and put into action:
THE SECRET Spring 2011 U.S. Tour w/ The Funeral Pyre:
3/12/2011 924 Gilman St. – Berkeley, CA
3/13/2011 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
3/14/2011 Skrappy’s – Tucson, AZ
3/16/2011 Pine Box – Midland, TX 3/17/2011 *TBA – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/18/2011 Southern Lord/Power of the Riff showcase – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/19/2011 *TBA – Austin, TX @ SXSW 3/20/2011 Bro Fest/Club Dada – Dallas, TX
3/21/2011 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR
3/22/2011 Firehouse – Birmingham, AL
3/23/2011 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
3/24/2011 Milestone Tavern – Charlotte, NC
3/25/2011 The Triple – Richmond, VA
3/26/2011 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
3/27/2011 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
3/28/2011 Daniel St – Milford, CT
3/29/2011 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
3/30/2011 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
3/31/2011 Mickey Finn’s – Toledo, OH
4/01/2011 Mac’s – Lansing, MI
4/02/2011 Fubar Lounge – St. Louis, MO
4/03/2011 Scion Lab – Kansas City, MO
4/04/2011 Reverb – Tulsa, OK
4/05/2011 Rubber Gloves – Denton, TX
4/06/2011 Ten Eleven – San Antonio, TX
4/08/2011 Nile Underground – Mesa, AZ
THE SECRET’s newest full-length Solve Et Coagula — their first for Southern Lord Recordings — was released to in September, unleashing it’s brutally-charged surge of noise-laden metallic hatred on the unsuspecting public, and since appearing on countless “Best of 2010” lists in recent weeks. Recorded by Kurt Ballou at his Godcity Studios (Trap Them, Converge, Disfear), Solve Et Coagula runs rampant with dismantling breakdowns, gargantuan riffage and jackhammer blastbeats, all empowered by the most shredding vocal attack. THE SECRET’s attack is surely cutting edge, and places them near the top of the heaviest bands to ever surge forth from Italy. Solve Et Coagula exposes the sound of humanity’s failure and defeat, embodied as pure aural rage. http://www.myspace.com/thesecret
ADAM WARREN, vocalist for Chicago deathcore heavyweights OCEANO, is due to appear on TotalRock Radio this Sunday, 16th January to take part in an interview.
The OCEANO frontman will be talking to LOUISE BROWN – editor of Terrorizer magazine – about the band’s continuing rise to success and about their new album, CONTAGION, which is due to be released in Europe on Monday, 17th January.
To hear the interview and get the latest OCEANO scoops, tune in to “The Gutter Ballet” on TotalRock Radio from 3pm to 5pm UK time this Sunday, 16th January at http://www.totalrock.com
CONTAGION, the follow-up to OCEANO’s 2009 debut album DEPTHS, has already been making waves in the USA, where the album stormed onto the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at number 3 in its first week of release.
CONTAGION is available to pre-order now in Europe on limited edition CD with a bonus DVD featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album. The album is also available as a standard edition CD at an ultra-low price.
OCEANO are currently on the road in the USA on the “Contaminating the Coast” tour, with FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS, UPON A BURNING BODY, THE GREAT COMMISSION and I THE BREATHER. Catch them live at the following remaining shows:
1/13 Ogden, UT @ The Basement
1/14 Boise, ID @ Mardi Gras Ballroom
1/15 Reno, NV @ The Alley
1/16 Soledad, CA @ The Castle
1/17 Sacramento, CA @ Luigi’s
1/18 Stockton, CA @ Plea For Peace Center
1/19 Ventura, CA @ Knights of Columbus
1/20 Victorville, CA @ VVEC
1/21 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ BLEEDING THROUGH
1/22 San Diego, CA @ Soma w/BLEEDING THROUGH
The New Haven, CT based black metal band IPSISSIMUS are currently putting the finishing touches on the band’s Metal Blade debut, The Way of Descent, which will be released in the spring. Drummer Haimatokharmes has just issued the following update, ” IPSISSIMUS’ debut album with Metal Blade will be entitled The Way of Descent – the title aims to encapsulate the lyrical matter of the new songs, which deal with various katagogic themes in Gnostic, Luciferian, and Merkavah traditions as applied to Left Hand ethics and praxis. We finished the recording in October and the beginning of November at Sonic Environments Studios with our ‘sonic alchemist,’ (producer and mixer) Jeff Weed. It’s an interesting sound, at turns raw and filthy, yet also warm and spacious, which I suppose is fitting for hymns to the abyss. Expect some traditional black, melodic riffage à la the ‘Fatima’ material as well as the occasional avant-garde element – I believe this will be the first black metal album to employ a waterphone.”
IPSISSIMUS is also excited announce that they will be providing direct support for Toxic Holocaust Jan. 13, 2011, at Daniel St. in Milford, CT. IPSISSIMUS will also be taking part in day one of Boston’s “No Life Fest” at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain on Saturday, March 5th and playing the Union Pool in Brooklyn, NY with The Secret and The Funeral Pyre on Sunday, March 27.
Stay tuned to MetalBlade.com for further details, release date, music, and preorder information for The Way of Descent, available everywhere this spring.
On Monday, January 17th, 2011 at 12 noon PACIFIC / 3 p.m. EASTERN / 9 p.m. CET, MESHUGGAH members Tomas Haake and Jens Kidman will host a live stream of the band’s first DVD Alive, which debuted at #8 on the Nielsen SoundScan Top Music DVD Video chart in North America the week following its February 2010 release.
The event will begin with a live Q&A video session via uStream.com with Haake and Kidman, who will answer questions submitted by fans via MESHUGGAH’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
A second stream of the live DVD will take place at 4 p.m. PACIFIC / 7 p.m. EASTERN / 1 a.m. CET.
Shot by director/producer Ian McFarland of Killswitch Productions during MESHUGGAH’s 2009 North American tour and at their 2008 performance at the Loudpark Festival in Tokyo, Japan, Alive contains concert footage of selections from the band’s Billboard Top 200-charting 2008 release, obZen, in addition to their time-tested career staples. Gracefully interlacing the live tracks are behind-the-scenes vignettes shot in black & white that give Alive a concert film feel so unlike many of the live DVDs currently on the market. The result is a visceral, visual abduction into the band’s metric insanity-in-action.
Alive comes with a bonus live audio CD containing twelve tracks.
(New York, NY) — Veteran metal act DARKEST HOUR has officially announced their new record entitled “The Human Romance” to be released on February 22, 2011. This is the bands seventh full length and their debut for new label eOne Music.
Renowned SOILWORK guitarist Peter Wichers, along with the band, produced the record himself.
The new single “Savor The Kill” can be heard exclusively on Noisecreep.com here [http://aol.it/fh0Nl5]
“This time around, the DARKEST HOUR songs were composed a bit differently than was the case in the past.”
Guitarist and founding member Mike Schleibaum explains, “we have been working on these tunes ever since we left the studio last April. ‘The Eternal Return’ was written during a very dark, bleak time for the band and I think that record matches that in both tone and character. Our vision was for it to be an in your-face, no-frills aggressive assault. The new material shares in that aggression and pushes DARKEST HOUR beyond the unknown.”
The band has also released another behind the scenes studio video which can be seen here: [http://bit.ly/hkDWK8]
1. Terra Nocturnus 2. The World Engulfed In Flames 3. Savor The Kill 4. Man And Swine 5. Love As A Weapon 6. Your Every Day Disaster 7. Violent By Nature 8. Purgatory 9. Severed Separates 10. Wound 11. Terra Solaris 12. Beyond The Life You Know
The band recently completed an Australian tour with CARFINEX and will continue their 15 Year Anniversary “Legacy” tour in Europe through the middle of February. The band’s next tour has them headlining the “ATTICUS METAL TOUR” along side BORN OF OSIRIS. “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.
DARKEST HOUR is: John Henry – vocals, Mike “Lonestar” Carrigan – guitar, Mike Schleibaum – guitar, Ryan Parrish – drums and Paul Burnette – bass guitar.
For more information on the band and their tour dates, visit:
British thrashers EVILE recently launched a competition in conjunction with Metal Hammer to offer UK bands the chance to support them at one of five shows on their headlining UK tour.
EVILE have chosen the ten finalists for each of the cities and now they need your help with picking the winners! Throughout next week, voting will take place to decide which five bands will get to share stages around the UK with EVILE.
Voting for each city will take place on the following days:
Don’t miss EVILE live on tour with the competition winners, along with ELIMINATION and MUTANT, at the following shows:
09 February 2011 – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
10 February 2011 – Newcastle, UK – Academy
11 February 2011 – Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
12 February 2011 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
13 February 2011 – London, UK – Underworld
EVILE’s latest album, INFECTED NATIONS, is available now worldwide as a limited edition redux version, including a bonus disc with the band’s cover of PANTERA’s “Cemetery Gates”, as well as eight songs recorded at a live rehearsal in the studio and six songs recorded live at Hammerfest in 2009. The European version also includes a free INFECTED NATIONS album cover patch and an EVILE sticker sheet.