TO CAST A SHADOW: New Album Track Listing and Cover Art Revealed

December 12th, 2010
by EvilG

To Cast a Shadow - "In Memory Of"

To Cast a Shadow - "In Memory Of"

Norwegian gothic-doom metallers TO CAST A SHADOW have revealed the track listing and the cover artwork for their forthcoming sophomore album, “In Memory Of”.

The whole artwork was developed and realized by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art (MY DYING BRIDE, CRADLE OF FILTH).

The album will be released on February 14, 2011 in UK (February 18 in the rest of Europe) by Kolony Records. The CD was recorded at Hamar Recordings in Norway with producer Kristian Sigland (THE CREST, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY) and was mastered at Leon Music Studio in Sweden by Rikard Lofgren. “In Memory Of” features a guest appearance by THEATRE OF TRAGEDY‘s lead singer Nell Sigland in the song “Betula”.

“In Memory Of” track listing:

01. Tormented
02. Morose
03. Nightfall
04. Oceans Apart
05. Betula
06. My Misery
07. When You Leave the Room
08. Set Afire
09. The Answer
10. In Memory Of
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KING DIAMOND Undergoes Open Heart Triple Bypass Surgery

December 12th, 2010
by EvilG
King Diamond

King Diamond

KING DIAMOND’s wife Livia has posted the following update at the official band fan club

“Let me catch you all up on the past couple of weeks’ happenings, because it affects many things. On Monday, November 29th, King had to be transported to the nearby hospital by ambulance. After several different tests were done and the EKG machine showing abnormalities, the doctors recommended that he get a cardiac catheterization.

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure where the doctors lead a very thin tube up from the leg and into the heart, where it injects dye into the bloodstream. Then a camera at the end of the tube takes many pictures of the heart’s arteries, looking for blockages. After this was done, they determined that King had several heart attacks, and three of his heart’s arteries were the cause: one was completely blocked, the second was 90% blocked, and the third was 65% blocked.

The only solution to this was an open heart triple bypass surgery.

If you are interested in the details of how this surgery is performed, please look it up online. I will only touch on the basics. The sternum (breastbone) is cut in half and pulled apart, to expose the heart. Veins are harvested from other places of the body, in King’s case it was his left leg and chest wall. The person is then hooked up to a machine that practically does the job of the heart, circulating and oxygenating the blood.

The heart is then stopped, and the lungs collapse (the lungs stop working since the blood is being oxygenated by the machine). The surgeon then sews the harvested veins in place, bypassing the found blockages. Once the surgery is done, the surgeon moves the ribs and breastbone back into place and wires it together. The chest is closed as well. They use an electric pulse to start the heart and a breathing machine is lead into the lungs to restart breathing.

King’s surgery took approximately seven hours.

Everything went well, and King was taken to ICU for recovery. He was walking and eating solid food already 2 days after the operation, and he was the first one in the history of the hospital who walked on his own power from the ICU to normal care. 10 days after the ambulance took him to the emergency room, he is at home and is recovering well. It will be a few months before he feels completely normal and is without pain.

He would like to mention here that he’s eternally grateful for the wonderful staff at Centennial Medical Center who took care of him. Dr. Kourlis, Dr. Kamili, Dr. Alang, Nurse Christie and Nurse Thomas among many others made sure that he got the best care and attention he could ever have hoped for.

They were always very nice to me too, letting me stay overnight in the ICU after visiting hours were over.

In light of this, he will be taking a break from music and the music business altogether until further notice.

He very much wants to write new music, finish the DVDs, and go on tour, but for now, all those things are in the distant future and he’s not thinking about them.

Please understand that the King Diamond band is not stopping, disbanding or anything of the sort. King’s health is first priority, and when everything is going good with him, the music will resume.

Thank you all very much for reading this and STAY HEAVY.”

King Diamond (born Kim Bendix Petersen) is known for his extensive vocal range, in particular his usage of falsetto fronting both the King Diamond band and the legendary MERCYFUL FATE.

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“Rock & Receive Giveaway” with Eddie Trunk and Slayer!

December 10th, 2010
by EvilG
"Rock & Receive Giveaway" with Eddie Trunk and Slayer

"Rock & Receive Giveaway" with Eddie Trunk and Slayer

“Slayer has joined forces with Eddie Trunk to give away one of the best, if not THE best, Slayer collectibles of all time – The Vinyl Conflict. For the first time in the band’s history, The Vinyl Conflict collects all 10 original Slayer albums from American Recordings and puts them together in this limited edition box set. Included are reproductions of the original LP artwork, including inner sleeve art. From 1986’s Reign In Blood to 1994’s Divine Intervention to 2009’s World Painted Blood, it’s all here, it’s all on vinyl and it’s all original Slayer… AND IT COULD BE YOURS.

THAT’S NOT ALL! In addition to the (3) Vinyl Conflict sets we are giving away, (1) Grand Prize winner also gets an exclusive Slayer prize pack! IT GETS BETTER! All you metalheads will receive a 10% DISCOUNT to the Slayer Online Store simply for entering (just in time to give the gift of metal for the holidays)!

This contest ends Thursday, December 23rd, so hurry up and enter now!”

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Monster Magnet Guitar Giveaway

December 10th, 2010
by EvilG

Would you like to win a guitar signed by mastermind Dave Wyndorf? No problem! Just make sure to enter the contest by posting a comment on the Napalm Records’ WALL and share the news with all your Facebook friends by posting it on your own wall! Posting automatically enters you in the sweepstakes. Let us know why YOU want take the guitar home with you. Wall posts must be published by 9 January 2011! The lucky winner will be notified via Facebook! Good luck!


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December 10th, 2010
by EvilG


What a kick ass year 2010 has turned out to be for rockers Jackyl! Jesse Dupree (Vocals), Jeff Worley (Guitar), Roman Glick (Bass) & Chris Worley (Drums) celebrated the release of the new Jackyl CD, ‘When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide’ by personally calling everyone that pre-ordered to thank them for their support.  “We never expected just how cool that was going to be” Jackyl Lead Vocalist Jesse James Dupree quoted.  As their first single ‘She’s Not A Drug’ shot up the active rock charts, Jackyl continued to tour from coast to coast.

Dupree also serves as executive producer of the truTV hit series FULL THROTTLE SALOON, which looks at the behind-the-scenes mayhem at Michael Ballard’s legendary biker watering hole in Sturgis, South Dakota.

This year Jackyl does it bigger than ever and to celebrate their new album, “When Moonshine And Dynamite Collide” as well as the Sturgis Rally’s 70th Anniversary, Jesse James Dupree plans to get shot out of a cannon in the heat of the Jackyl performance. This night proves to be the wildest in Full Throttle history. Tune in Wednesday, Dec. 22nd and 29th to catch all of the action including Jackyl’s special guest, Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer DMC.

The Full Throttle Saloon airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. (EST) on truTV.

Full Throttle Saloon is #3 ranked show in the primetime hour and is the #2 show for males 18-49.

Jackyl are ending 2010 with a bang by collaborating with R&R Hall of Fame legend DMC from Run DMC by releasing the single ‘Just Like A Negro’.
DMC will be performing the extremely powerful song with Jackyl on stage during their late fall and winter tour.  “Darryl is an inspiration and it’s an honor to sing and share the stage with him, especially having such a impacting message in our song, Just Like A Negro” says Dupree of DMC.   The single is available for purchase at , and comes with a limited edition Jackyl featuring DMC poster, or download at ITUNES.  Check out the video here:

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EYEHATEGOD Announce Special One-Off Show This February; Band Issues Roadside Update

December 10th, 2010
by EvilG

Legendary NOLA gods of sludge, excess and mayhem, EYEHATEGOD, will kick off their 2011 tour escapades with a special one-off show in Seattle, Washington at El Corazon this February. The performance will coincide with the club’s six-year anniversary. Special guests to be announced soon.  

Who: EYEHATEGOD + special guests
When: Saturday February 5th (All Ages/Bar wID)
Where: El Corazon
109 Eastlake Ave. East Seattle, WA 98109
$18 ADV/$20 DOS
Doors: 7:00pm
Show: 8:00pm

Tickets are available at – no per order fees for online purchases! Charge by phone at 1-800-514-3849. Tickets are subject to a service charge.   EYEHATEGOD are currently on tour in support of nothing and are systematically crushing souls one city at a time. Said bassist Gary Mader today from the road: “We’ve had a blast raisin’ hell and hurtin’ feelings across the Midwest with our good friends, Phobia. We’re looking forward to further/final damage and hearing impairment in the Lone Star State.” Remaining tour dates below:  

EYEHATEGOD Winter Tour 2010 [Remaining Dates]
** New Date Added
12/10/2010 Korova – San Antonio,TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster
12/11/2010 Reno’s – Dallas, TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster
12/12/2010 Red Seven – Austin, TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster
12/13/2010 The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster **

In related news, vocalist Mike Williams’ offered up his family’s bread pudding recipe for the recently issued Mosh Potatoes Heavy Metal Cookbook compiled by Steve Seabury. Granny IX’s Alcohol Infused NOLA Style Bread Pudding appears alongside Fear Factory’s Vancouver Lasagna, Bison b.c.’s Sicilian (Rasta) Metal Meatballs, and Obituary’s Stuffed Poblano Peppers, among dozens of others. For more info, visit’s the official Mosh Potatoes website HERE.

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‘MEAN DEVIATION’ the Prog Metal “Bible”- Free Sample Chapter Available

December 10th, 2010
by EvilG

VOIVOD Members Contribute to 'MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal'

'MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal'

Bazillion Points is offering a free download extract of “Chapter 5. Passing the Threshold”, from the newly-released and already-acclaimed book Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal, by Jeff Wagner. The PDF download is available at this location:

After tracing the origins of progressive metal from Rush, King Crimson, and Black Sabbath, in this excerpt Wagner looks at the formation and importance of the most groundbreaking of progressive metal mavericks. High points include John Arch’s dramatic exit from Fates Warning; the story behind Operation Mindcrime; the rise and fall of Crimson Glory; and even a curious “What if?” section, that ponders a near-miss of early prog metal history involving Watchtower guitarist Ron Jarzombek…

In addition, the book’s index can be also be downloaded, providing an in-depth look at numbers behind Wagner’s treatment of Atheist, Believer, Voivod, Dream Theater, and other progressive metal giants. The index is available in PDF format at this location:
Meanwhile, the high praise continues to flow for former Metal Maniacs editor Wagner’s debut as an author, as Mean Deviation continues to garner praise from members of Cynic, Fates Warning, Hades, Watchtower, and others.

“We now have a definitive book on the relationship between metal and progressive music,” says Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree in the book’s introduction.

Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal, by Jeff Wagner is available directly from Bazillion Points and is on sale now wherever books are sold.

“Jeff Wagner nailed it…another triumph for Bazillion Points”-Metal, 4.5/5 review

“What a massive undertaking… knowledge, passion, skills, and class… this book should be required reading for any metal follower.” [9.5/10 review]

“An expertly researched love letter to the largely misunderstood and often maligned progressive metal scene”-AOL Noisecreep, Holiday Gift List

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ABYSMAL DAWN: Guest Appearances on ‘Leveling The Plane of Existence’ Revealed

December 10th, 2010
by EvilG

ABYSMAL DAWN was joined by guest musicians Moyses Kolesne (KRISIUN) and Kragen Lum (HEATHEN, PROTOTYPE) during the recording of their forthcoming album Leveling The Plane of Existence. Kolesne provides a guitar solo on the track “Pixilated Ignorance” and Lum adds guitar solos on “Rapture Renowned” and the title track. Leveling The Plane of Existence, the follow-up 2008’s Programmed To Consume, has been set for a February 1st North American release date (February 7th – UK, February 11th – Germany, Benelux, February 14th – rest of EU) and is available for pre-order here <>.

ABYSMAL DAWN guitarist / vocalist Charles Elliott commented on the guest spots; “I had so many leads to lay down while trying to finish up lyrics etc., that I started thinking about who I’d love to have do some guest solos for us. I’ve known Moyses ever since we toured with KRISIUN in 2006 and I think he’s one of the most talented yet underrated guitarist in death metal. If you listen to the face melting lead that he laid down for us I think you’ll see what I mean. He recorded a trade off solo with me for the track ‘Pixilated Ignorance’, which is probably the fastest and most technical track on the record. His in your face style fit the song perfectly and I don’t think I could have picked a better song for him to play on.”

“I also had Kragen Lum from HEATHEN and PROTOTYPE come down to the studio, and lay down some trade offs with me on ‘Rapture Renowned’ and “Leveling…”. I’ve been a fan of his playing since I was a teenager so it was an honor to have him shred on our record. We share a lot of the same progressive influences when it comes to lead playing so his style fit the band like a glove. I highly recommend you check out his bands if you’re open minded and into progressive and thrash stuff.”

ABYSMAL DAWN recently posted a brief video clip taped during the recording of Leveling The Plane of Existence online now at this location <>. The first of the in-studio videos includes an interview with ABYSMAL DAWN drummer Scott Fuller, insight on the band’s writing process, and a run-down of Fuller’s recording set-up. Additional studio footage will be posted shortly.

ABYSMAL DAWN will embark on the first North American tour in support of Leveling The Plane of Existence early next year. ABYSMAL DAWN will be teaming up with KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH and more for this four-week tour that will kick-off on February 24th in Cleveland, OH. The band will also be headlining a show tonight, December 10th, in Simi Valley, CA where they will be playing a host of new material and taping the performance for a DVD. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cites can be found below with more to be announced soon.

ABYSMAL DAWN is available for interviews upon request.  To speak with the band, simply contact Betsey Cichoracki at Relapse Records via any of the means listed at the bottom of this message.  Updated ABYSMAL DAWN news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website:, the ABYSMAL DAWN MySpace: and Facebook page <>.

ABYSMAL DAWN 2010 photo (credit: Shootie HG):

ABYSMAL DAWN tour dates:

Dec. 10       Simi Valley, CA             118 West

***All dates from February 24 thru March 20 w/ KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, more***

Feb. 24       Cleveland, OH                Peabody’s
Feb. 25       Chicago, IL                    Reggie’s Rock Club
Feb. 26       Detroit, MI                     Harpo’s
Feb. 27       St. Paul, MN                 Station 4
Feb. 28       Winnipeg, MB                Park Theatre
March 2      Edmonton, AB               Starlite
March 3      Kelowna, BC                 Lake City Bowl
March 4      Vancouver, BC               Rickshaw Theatre
March 5      Seattle, WA                  Studio Seven
March 6      Portland, OR                 Branx
March 8      Hollywood, CA               The Whisky
March 9      San Diego, CA               Soma
March 11    Amarillo, TX                   El Cien
March 12    Ft. Worth, TX                 Ridglea Theatre
March 13    San Antonio, TX             White Rabbit
March 15    St. Petersburg, FL         State Theatre
March 16    Raleigh, NC                   Volume 11
March 17    Springfield, VA               Jaxx
March 18    Columbus, OH               Alrosa Villa
March 19    Niagara Falls, NY           Evening Star Music Hall
March 20    Montreal, QC                 Club Soda

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Willie Basse Added To Lynch Mob Tour With ex-Dokken Guitarist, George Lynch

December 10th, 2010
by EvilG

Black Sheep frontman Willie Basse has been added as direct support to George Lynch’s upcoming tour with Lynch Mob throughout January and February. Basse is touring in support of his new single, “Break Away” featuring Lynch on guitars and Scorpions James Kottak on drums, which has been released through iTunes and all digital retailers.

Basse says, “It’s great to work with George again. He’s the hardest working man in rock! I am very excited to be able to support him & Oni Logan in a serious format, while having fun doing what I love. This tour will melt your ass and set the pace for much larger things to come in the near future.”

Basse is best known for his role as bassist/frontman for legendary metalheads Black Sheep, who were mainstays on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip during the ‘80s metal explosion. The band, best known for their technical prowess and precision, has boasted members that include Slash, Paul Gilbert, James Kottak, Randy Castillo and Mitch Perry.


DEC 09 – Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club

DEC 10 – Janesville, WI @ BACK BAR

DEC 11 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub





Jan 26 – ST. PAUL, MN @ STATION 4










Feb 08 – BUFORD, GA @ 37 MAIN


Feb 12 – HOUSTON, TEXAS @ House Of Blues


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Lunocode: new entry and debut through Spider Rock

December 10th, 2010
by EvilG
LUNOCODE - "Last Day Of The Earth"

LUNOCODE - "Last Day Of The Earth"

It’s a great pleasure that we can announce a new entry in Spider Rock’s roster, of a bright Italian band: LUNOCODE!
They play an eclectic female fronted power/prog metal, with a fist-rate taste and polished arrangements, where many influences can be seen: very first Dream Theater, Stratovarius, Ayreon and Angra. The band has been known since six and more years with the monicker Anima, which has been changed on the occasion of this new adventure under the aegis of Spider Rock, and it’s going to release its very first debut EP.

Last Day Of The Earth“, this is the title of the new album, will be released on 20 January 2011 under Spider Rock, and will be distributed worldwide through Believe Digital channels.

Mixed by Davide Fatemi (Povia, one of the most appreciated Italian rock singers) and mastered by Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson) in Los Angeles, “Last Day Of The Earth” is a deep and philosophical concept, and is to be considered as an opener for the next album, whose material is near to be completed.

The cover artwork, made on pictures of Andrea Brizi (, who created this masterpieces specifically for this record at the request of the band.

This is the final tracklist:

  1. Different Meanings
  2. Flow, My Tears
  3. Universal Plan (streaming mp3:
  4. Heart Of The World
  5. Silent Thoughts
  6. Invisible Tears (Acoustic Version)

More info on

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MR. BIG New Release «What If… » February 8th, 2011 on Frontiers Records U.S.A.

December 10th, 2010
by EvilG

MR. BIG is back to announce their highly anticipated new studio album entitled « What If… » on February 8, 2011 on Frontiers Records.

«What If… » is MR. BIG’s first all original album since the reunion of the four original members,  Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early 2009. Sixteen years after the release of « Hey Man », the new recording is set to bring back MR. BIG on the height of the current Hard Rock scene.

Guitarist Paul Gilbert said: “This is the first MR. BIG album I have been a part of, since fourteen years and it was done in a snap. It was fun and we had really a  good time in making this one”. Continues Billy SheehanIt’s so great to be back with Paul, Eric and Pat too. We wrote this record like we did in the old days for the first 2 records. Jamming together in the same room to write songs”. Pat Torpey adds ““Some of the recording process is different now from what we were used to in the old times. But I think this record really managed to capture the performances of the band, not of the individual musicians”.

Eric Martin concludes: “I like to compare this to the first album, when we just got to know each other in a reharsal studio and cut it in 8 or 9 days. This is like chapter 2. We had so many years, so many records and so many things behind us. Now this feels like a beautiful brand new chapter starting for all of us”.

« What If… » was produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Rush, Iron Maiden)  and the release will be followed by a World Tour which will kick off in South America in March and will hit Europe in early summer.

Formed in 1988, Mr. Big forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark “shredding” musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original line-up – vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey. Mr. Big produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres – be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock.

Their hits included “To Be With You” (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), “Wild World”, Green-Tinted sixties Mind”, “Just Take My Heart”, and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy”, “Addicted to that Rush”, “Colorado Bulldog”, and “Take Cover”.

“What If…” will be released in a special edition CD + DVD in digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia.

“What If…” tracklisting includes: Undertow; American Beauty; Stranger In My Life; Nobody Takes the Blame; Still Ain’t Enough for Me; Once Upon a Time; As Far As I Can See; All The Way Up; I Won’t Get In My Way; Around The World; I Get The Feeling; Unforgiven (exclusive bonus track for Europe / North America – not on vinyl edition).

The DVD will include the videoclips of “Undertow” and “All the Way Up” plus a documentary “Making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind the scenes features of the four members.

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Unveils Album Cover, Track Listing To New Record “Relentless Reckless Forever”

December 10th, 2010
by EvilG

Children of Bodom - "Relentless Reckless Forever"

Children of Bodom - "Relentless Reckless Forever"


CHILDREN OF BODOM (also COB), the hard partying Finnish Heavy Metal band that features frontman and modern day guitar hero Alexi Laiho will release its new album Relentless Reckless Forever on March 8, 2011 via Universal Music. Today, COB reveals the album’s cover art, which can be viewed now at this location.

Recorded in Finland’s Petrax Studios with famed rock producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Monster Magnet), Relentless Reckless Forever is the seventh studio album of CHILDREN OF BODOM’s illustrious career and the first new record from the band since 2008’s Blooddrunk, which debuted at #22 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart and scored the quintet its third consecutive #1 debut in Finland. On Relentless Reckless Forever, COB’s high-energy hooks and electric energy forge stadium-sized heavy metal anthems that seethe with both marvelous musicianship and a phenomenal pop prowess. The quintet’s unique union of haunting melodies, rhythmic sensibility, guitar-and-keyboard interplay and king-size solos is supercharged to the maximum, and the resulting record is poised to push the band – already on the brink of breakout success in the U.S. – to an altogether new pinnacle.

“We worked super hard on this album, at least for me it was pretty much no sleep or rest for six weeks,” stated Laiho. “But we were determined to make the best COB album ever, so we were willing to do whatever it took. Of course, having our producer Matt Hyde kicking our asses 24/7 definitely made the results even better, so obviously we’re more than anxious to get this album out there”

The first single and video from Relentless Reckless Forever is “Was it Worth It?”. COB shot a high energy music video for the track, joining forces with two-time X Games gold medalist and two-time Thrasher Magazine “Skater of the Year” Chris Cole as well as noted pro skaters Jamie Thomas, Garrett Hill and Tom Asta (the current #1 Amateur skateboarder in the world). Filmed on location at central Pennsylvania’s residential Action Sports compound Camp Woodward and directed by Dale Resteghini for Raging Nation Films (Pink Floyd, Santana, Mötley Crüe), the video was shot guerrilla style, sans treatment; honing in directly on CHILDREN OF BODOM’s high-spirited fire and the skaters’ eye-opening execution. A high resolution trailer for the clip can be viewed now at

The track listing for CHILDREN OF BODOM’s Relentless Reckless Forever is as follows:

1.) Not My Funeral

2.) Shovel Knockout

3.) Roundtrip to Hell and Back

4.) Pussyfoot Miss Suicide

5.) Relentless Reckless Forever

6.) Ugly

7.) Cry of the Nihilist

8.) Was It Worth It?

9.) Northpole Throwdown

10.) Party All the Time (* Eddie Murphy)

“The single ‘Was It Worth It?’ is a total party song, said Laiho. “It’s not your typical Bodom sound, but it’s one of my favorites and heavy as hell.”

In addition to Laiho, CHILDREN OF BODOM features Roope Latvala (guitar), Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henkka Seppälä (bass) and Janne Warman (keyboards).


CHILDREN OF BODOM’s enthralling mix of modern heavy metal, melodic hooks and the guitar acrobatics of Laiho have solidified the critically acclaimed Finnish band as one of the most revered hard rock acts in the world and one of the leading voices of metal’s new generation. The group’s 2008 studio album Blooddrunk skyrocketed to #22 on Billboard’s Top 200, scored the quintet its third consecutive #1 debut in its native Finland and saw Laiho named “Best Metal Guitarist” by the readers of Guitar World, besting well known players such as Kirk Hammett of Metallica to win the coveted award. CHILDREN OF BODOM has been called “technically dazzling” by the New York Times and “One of the most talented metal bands of our time” by contemporary media conglomerate VICE. COB’s popular song “If You Want Peace…Prepare for War” is currently featured in the smash hit music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The band’s name is derived from the infamous Lake Bodom murders, which took place in Finland in 1960.

Updated CHILDREN OF BODOM news and tour information will be made available via COB online: / / /

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KATAKLYSM: Webisode #7 Now Online

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG
KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

Montreal based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have uploaded their seventh webisode to the following location (and can be viewed below). In it the band gives an update on all things KATAKLYSM, including an upcoming DVD and their world tour. Make sure you check out the bands newly launched website ( on a regular basis to hear about exclusive offers surrounding the tour.

KATAKLYSM recently announced, in cooperation with Decibel Magazine and, the North American leg of their “Spread the Venom 2010 – 2011 World Tour“! Joining them will be groove ladden death shredders ALL SHALL PERISH, technical/progressive death masters DECREPIT BIRTH, Sumerian Records‘ touring juggernaut CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE, and Relapse Records‘ modern death metal merchants ABYSMAL DAWN.
This will be just a part of a massive worldwide tour, that is rumored to be the bands last before a much needed break from the bands extensive performance schedule. Don’t miss out!

More dates to be announced soon. Confirmed shows so far are as follows:



12/03/10 Petit Theatre – Rouyn, QC. CAN

12/04/10 Serbian Hall – Sudbury, ON. CAN

12/05/10 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON. CAN

12/06/10 Place Nikitoutagan – Jonquiere, QC. CAN

12/07/10 L’ Imperial – Quebec, QC. CAN

12/10/10 Le Magog – Sherbrooke, QC. CAN

12/11/10 Salle Gaston-Mandeville – Drummondville, QC. CAN



01/14/11Music Hall  – Geiselwind, DE

01/15/11 Hellraiser – Leipzig, DE

01/16/11 K 17 – Berlin, DE

01/17/11 Vox Hall – Aarhus, DK

01/18/11 Markthalle – Hamburg, DE

01/19/11 Musikzentrum – Hannover, DE

01/20/11 Alter Schlachthof – Lingen, DE

01/21/11 Matrix – Bochum, DE

01/22/11 LKA Longhorn – Stuttgart, DE

01/23/11 Patronaat – Haarlen, NL

01/24/11 02 Islington Academy – Paris, FR

01/25/11 Antipode – Lyon, FR

01/26/11 Z7 – Pratteln, CH

01/27/11 Hafen – Innsbruck, AT

01/28/11 Gasometer – Wien, AT

01/29/11 Posthof – Linz, AT

01/30/11 Majectic Music Club – Bratislava, SK

01/31/11 PPC – Graz, AT

02/01/11 Batschkapp – Frankfurt, DE

02/02/11 Outback – Bad Arolsen, DE

02/03/11 Garage – Saarbrücken, DE

02/04/11 Backstage – Munich, DE

02/05/11 Hof Ter Loo – Antwerpen, BE

02/06/11 013 – Tilburg, NL


2/24 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/25 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
2/26 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
2/27 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/28 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – Canada
3/02 Starlite – Edmonton, AB – Canada
3/03 Lake City Bowl – Kelowna, BC – Canada
3/04 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – Canada
3/05 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
3/06 Branx – Portland, OR
3/07 Slim’s –  San Francisco, CA (No ABYSMAL DAWN)
3/08 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
3/09 Soma – San Diego, CA
3/10 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
3/11 El Cien – Amarillo, TX
3/12 Ridglea Theatre – Ft. Worth, TX
3/13 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
3/15 State Theater – St Petersburg, FL
3/16 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
3/17 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
3/18 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
3/19 Evening Star Music Hall – Niagara Falls, NY
3/20 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – Canada


04/06/11Circo Volador – Mexico City, MEXICO

04/07/11 Pepper’s Club – San Jose, COSTA RICA

04/09/11 Teatro Metro – Bogota, COLOMBIA

04/10/11 Teatro Comfamiliar – Pereira, COLOMBIA

04/17/11 Carioca Club – Sao Paulo, BRAZIL

Slaughter Camp Open Air Festival

05/06/11 – Praetoria, S. AFRICA

05/07/11 – Johannesburg, S. AFRICA

05/13/11 – Durban, S. AFRICA

05/14/11 – Cape Town, S. AFRICA

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Midwest Tour Update

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

American power metal kings CIRCLE II CIRCLE — featuring vocalist Zak Stevens of Savatage fame — are currently rocking through the Midwest US on the newest leg of their ongoing world tour in support of their latest album Consequence Of Power. Additional shows have been added to the routing since previous announcements, including the Chicago-area of Illinois as well as Detroit [updated routing listed below].

CIRCLE II CIRCLE would also like to let fans know that a recent lineup change shows the recent departure of guitarist Andy Lee, and the introduction of their newest member Rollie Feldmann (Kickhunter, X-13) Rollie joined CIIC two weeks ago and is debuting in all shows on this current tour with the band.

Stated Zak Stevens from the road this week: “We’re still cruising along playing shows in the Midwest in Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota in November and December to finish off our initial world tour in support of our new CD Consequence Of Power. We’ll be touring out across the U.S. supporting the new album throughout 2011. We’re looking forward to seeing all our fans across the country in the coming year and we’re very excited about the worldwide response to the new record.”

CIRCLE II CIRCLE Remaining Midwest US Shows:

12/10/2010 Nitecap Chicago – Chicago, IL
12/16/2010 The Phantasy Nite Club – Cleveland, OH
12/17/2010 Cruiser’s – Zion, IL
12/18/2010 I-Rock Nite Club – Detroit, MI

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December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

OCEANO are pleased to announce the first dates of their upcoming Contaminating The Coast tour. Sponsored by AMP magazine and running throughout the month of January, the Contaminating The Coast tour will see the year’s heaviest Billboard charting act get in front of their rabid western fans who have been waiting a long time for the band’s return. Trekking along with OCEANO will be their friends, FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS, UPON A BURNING BODY, THE GREAT COMMISSION and I THE BREATHER.

Here are the currently announced dates:

1/7 Albuquerque, NM @ Fusion Factory
1/8 Las Cruces, NM @ Mikey’s Place
1/9 Mesa, AZ @ Underground
1/10 Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy’s
1/11 Lancaster, CA @ Cedar Center
1/13 Ogden, UT @ The Basement
1/14 Boise, ID @ Mardi Gras
1/15 Reno, NV @ The Alley
1/17 San Francisco, CA @ Sub-Mission Art Space
1/18 Sacramento, CA @ Luigi’s
1/19 Ventura, CA @ Knights of Columbus

More Contaminating The Coast dates will be announced soon at and

View the Contaminating The Coast tour flyer here:

OCEANO‘s new album, CONTAGION landed the Chicago deathcore heavyweights at number 163 on the Billboard Current Artist Chart in its first week of release. The band also debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at number 3.

CONTAGION is now out in North America. Buy CONTAGION along with several special mercy packs at the EARACHE US WEBSTORE:

Purchase CONTAGION now on iTunes with an exclusive bonus track at

View an image for the iTunes exclusive version at

‘s CREATING THE CONTAGION “making-of” bonus DVD can be found EXCLUSIVELY at all Transworld stores (which include FYE, Coconuts, Saturday Matinee, Spin Street and more) with purchase of the new album, CONTAGION. Order the limited CD/DVD edition of CONTAGION at

For a taste of the CREATING THE CONTAGION DVD, watch the trailer here:

have debuted their newest video for the CONTAGION track, “Weaponized.” Watch it here:

Follow OCEANO on Twitter:

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