MELECHESH: To Shoot Video in Istanbul

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG
MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH are currently headed for Istanbul, Turkey to shoot the music video for the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin”. The song comes from the bands brand new masterpiece The Epigenesis and will be shot by Canadian director Rouzbeh Heydari. Director of cinematography and producer are Emin Murat Kılıç and Tumay Irgas.

Commented mainman Ashmedi: “We decided to film in Istanbul in order to capitalize on the suitable and real scenery and avoid a greenscreen, the location is surreal. Choosing to film in Istanbul  also keeps us in line with The Epigenesis photo shoot and recording which were both done here. Rouzbeh, the director, flew in from Canada today and the whole band will arrive tonight. Friday we will do some pre production, Saturday and Sunday we will be shooting in two different locations. We chose ‘Grand Gathas of Baal Sin’ because it has all of the desired elements; speed, thrashiness, aggression,  mysticism and middle eastern ritualistic beats and parts.”

MELECHESH will be direct support to ROTTING CHRIST on their tour next March/April 2011. Joining them will be polish death metallers HATE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, and LECHEROUS NOCTURNE. Reduced service charge tickets are now available through

03/09/11  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

03/10/11  Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ

03/11/11  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

03/12/11  Rocko’s – Manchester, NH

03/13/11  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

03/14/11  Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

03/15/11  Petite Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA

03/16/11  Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA

03/17/11  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

03/18/11  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

03/19/11  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

03/20/11  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

03/22/11  The Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA

03/23/11  Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

03/25/11  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

03/26/11  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

03/27/11  DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

03/28/11  Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA

03/29/11  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

03/30/11  Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA

03/31/11  U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ

04/01/11  The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX

04/02/11  The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

04/03/11  Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX

04/04/11  Emo’s – Austin, TX

04/05/11  Walter’s – Houston, TX

04/07/11  Brass Mug – Tampa, FL

04/08/11  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

04/09/11  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

04/10/11  The Casbah – Charlotte, NC

MELECHESH have uploaded the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” to their Myspace page

The Epigenesis was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.

The artwork (attached) to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.

The Epigenesis was released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

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MEGADETH – Early ’84 “Rattlehead” Live Recording

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

TMD has obtained an extremely rare audience recording from one of the earliest known MEGADETH shows at The Stone in San Francisco, California on February 19, 1984. The lineup features a young, foul-mouthed Dave Mustaine on guitar and vocals, along with future SLAYER member Kerry King on guitar, David “Junior” Ellefson on bass guitar, and Lee Rausch on Drums.

Live for Metal...Die for Megadeth!

Live for Metal...Die for Megadeth!

After having got the boot from METALLICA, Mustaine was definitely out to prove himself and you can hear all the truly over-the-top arrogance and then some from a baby Dave on this historic cut.

Read more HERE

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BELPHEGOR: New Track Posted Online

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Austria’s dangerously perverted kings of blackend death metal, BELPHEGOR, have uploaded a brand new song for streaming to their Facebook and Myspace pages. “Impaled Upon the Tongue of Satan“ comes off their upcoming Blood Magick Necromance release and can be heard at the following locations and

A trailer of the recording process of Blood Magick Necromance can be viewed here

BELPHEGOR will be direct support to the legendary SEPULTURA this April/May soon after their tour with DEICIDE! The band will also take part in a handful of speacial headlining shows in the midst of the tour.

BELPHEGOR will be direct support to DEICIDE on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour”, which kicks off on Feb. 15th of next year. The trek is being sponsored by and also features BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS and PATHOLOGY. For more dates and info visit and

Blood Magick Necromance was produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) at his Abyss Studios (IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, DARK FUNERAL etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. The album will be released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America!

The cover art (attached) was designed by renowned Austrian artist Joachim Luetke (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, KREATOR, etc).

Blood Magick Necromance
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THE WRETCHED END: New Track Stream Available Via Stereokiller

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Today Stereokiller premieres “Zoo Human Syndrome,” from blackthrash trio THE WRETCHED END.

THE WRETCHED END features ex-Emperor/ex-Zyklon guitarist Samoth, Mindgrinder/ex-Scum guitarist Cosmo and ex-Dark Funeral/ex-Aeon drummer Nils Fjellström. “Zoo Human Syndrome” comes off the band’s recently released Candlelight debut entitled Ominous.

Said Samoth of the track: “‘Zoo Human Syndrome’ is the last song on the album, and it’s one of my favorites actually. It’s quite melodic and atmospheric with a more epic feel. This one definitely has some black metal influences and I feel at this point that we’ll be working more within this territory for newer material. Conceptually, it deals with nature deficit disorder. Basically, it’s the soundtrack to zoo-like humans trapped in the digital chaos of the modern world. In today’s society we are stuck in small boxes, be it offices, shopping malls, etc. where we get hit by insane amounts of flickering lights of all kinds of so called ‘important’ information. We are removed from nature.”

Check out the track HERE.

THE WRETCHED END formed in 2008 as a creative collaboration between Samoth and Cosmo, who previously worked together in deathpunk project Scum. In addition, Cosmo played bass with Zyklon when the band toured Europe 2001 with Morbid Angel. The two have long spoken about an extreme metal project and thus, THE WRETCHED END was born.

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December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Triptykon, the highly acclaimed extreme metal group, fronted by former Hellhammer/Celtic Frost singer/guitarist, Tom Gabriel Warrior, has concluded its highly successful 2010 campaign by being granted end of the year honors from and

“Goetia”, the opening song of Triptykon’s debut album, Eparistera Daimones, has been selected to be number one on’s “Top 10 Songs Of 2010”.  “Goetia” tops the list of songs by bands such as Fear Factory, Nachtmystium, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Deftones, and others.  The full list can be seen at:

Eparistera Daimones itself, meanwhile, captured second place in’s list of the “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 2010”, right behind Enslaved’s “Axioma Ethica Odini”.  The list was completed by groups and artists such as Iron Maiden, Watain, Ihshan, Immolation, Nachtmystium, Dark Funeral, 1349, and others, and can be seen at:

Other than the release of Eparistera Daimones in March, 2010 also saw the release of Triptykon’s debut EP, ‘Shatter’, and the band’s first ever US tour, a headlining run on the “Weltenbrand Tour 2010”.

Stay tuned to for more info regarding Triptykon.

Triptykon is…

Tom Gabriel Warrior – guitar/vocals

V. Santura – guitar, vocals

Norman Lonhard – drums, percussion

Vanja Slajh – bass

For more information…

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Warrant Vocalist Robert Mason To Guest On All Hail Hair Friday Night!

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

This Friday night (12/10) at 8PM EST, All Hail Hair will welcome Robert Mason, the lead vocalist of Warrant! Hosted by Bob Carroll and Francis, the guys will speak to Mason about his history in the music world and now his time with Warrant. Also joining the guys will be special co-host, Diopriest Radio’s Alex Alvarez. The show always welcomes listener participation, so call in at (347) 202-0832.

Warrant first broke onto the music scene with the 1989 album “Dirty, Rotten, Flithy, Stinking Rich” an album that spawned three hits, “Down Boys”, “Sometimes She Cries” and the 80’s top power ballad “Heaven”. They followed that album up with another strongly performing album, “Cherry Pie” which contained the title track, their biggest selling hit. Also included on that album were the hits “I Saw Red” and Bob’s favorite Warrant song “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. The early 90’s brought a change to the music scene and with it, the music of bands like Warrant was affected, yet the band still produced another incredible effort in the 1992 release “Dog Eat Dog”. Two more albums were recorded after this, 1995’s “Ultraphonic” and 1996’s “Belly To Belly” before the band splintered apart. The band re-grouped in 2000 and released the album “Under the Influence” in 2001. That would be the last album with vocalist Jani Lane as he left in 2004 to pursue solo projects. Lane was replaced by Jamie St. James, lead vocalist of the very underrated “Black N Blue”, from 2004-2008, releasing “Born Again”. In 2008 Warrant re-grouped the line-up from its most popular days, to include Jani Lane and set out on tour. That reunion was not to last long as Lane once again departed from Warrant. The band went on a search for a new vocalist and decided on former Lynch Mob front man Robert Mason to lead Warrant into 2009 and beyond. Sounding as strong as ever, the band is currently touring and rumor has it, putting together a brand new album. We will catch up the listeners on all of the news of Warrant, the touring schedule and what to expect from Warrant in 2011.

All Hail Hair is broadcast every Friday night at 8 PM EST on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network and is the networks highest rated show. To take part in the show, dial (347) 202-0832. To listen in to the show live and in archive, click here.–warrants-lead-vocalist-robert-mason

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TERROR Unveil Part 5 of Their ‘Keepers of the Faith’ Documentary

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

It is undeniable that TERROR has created one of the most impressive pieces of hardcore reality of the 2000s with their impressive fifth full length effort ‘Keepers of the Faith’. The Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory) produced album has proven to be a huge crowd pleaser with diehard followers and has captured plenty of new ones along the way.

Now, the band is releasing Part 5 of their documentary series exclusively at MetalInjection. ‘Keeper of the Faith’ is the story of Scott Vogel. Showing Vogel’s past within the scene, his beginnings in Buffalo and his tenures in SLUGFEST, DESPAIR, BURIED ALIVE and ultimately TERROR, this series proves that Scott Vogel truly is the Keeper of the Faith!

Check out Part 5 NOW!

Next up for TERROR is Europe. Just after the holidays, the band will tour across Europe, with stops also in Australia and Southeast Asia before heading home to tour the US in what will be one of the best hardcore tours of 2011! Stay tuned for more details.

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Earache retail shop opens tomorrow in Nottingham!

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

The time has come – Earache is proud to be opening its first ever retail shop TOMORROW!

The pop-up Christmas shop opens tomorrow (Friday, 10th December) in the West End Arcade in Nottingham, England and will be open from 10:00am until 6:00pm each day until the end of Tuesday, 14th December.

Earache will be selling a killer range of metal goodies, perfect to buy for that special someone (or yourself!) for Christmas.  The great selection includes metal CDs, LPs, t-shirts, merch and rarities.  As a special offer for visitors to the shop, there will also be an ultra-rare Enforcer/Volture 7″ split vinyl on sale.  This collector’s item is ONLY available in the Earache shop and is strictly limited to just 200 numbered copies!  If you want one of these must-have vinyls, get down to the shop early and grab a copy while you can!

On Saturday, 11th December, Swedish heavy metallers Enforcer themselves will be visiting the Earache shop to meet fans and take part in a signing session.  Make sure you head down at 5:00pm to meet them!

The very same Saturday night, Earache is also hosting a FREE Christmas party at Doghouse Studios in Nottingham, and you’re invited!

Entry to the Earache Xmas Party is completely free and it’s open to everyone of all ages (ID required for bar wristband), so bring all of your friends and celebrate in style at the most extreme Christmas party around!

The party will feature live performances from Earache’s very own Enforcer and Savage Messiah, along with special guests Annotations Of An Autopsy and Cerebral Bore.  There will also be guest DJs, guest comperes Jason Rouse and Bob Slayer, plus live entertainment from The Sirens!

Tickets for the party are going FAST, so to ensure you get in on the night, you need to reserve your places now!  Get your free tickets while they last at

You can also stay up-to-date with news and chat to fellow party-goers on the official Facebook event page at

See you at the shop and party!

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December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

The SONATA ARCTICA track “Flag In The Ground” is now available for purchase from the RockBand Network’s online store for Playstation 3 & XBOX 360.  The track comes off the band’s 2009 release The Days Of Grays, which debuted on the Billboard Top New Artist “Heatseeker’s” chart at #19 the week following its release.

Add “Flag In The Ground” to your RockBand music library by purchasing the song game track here.  Click here to purchase other Nuclear Blast artist tunes for Rock Band.

Metal fans are encouraged to submit artist & song requests for Rock Band here.

View SONATA ARCTICA’s video for “Flag In The Ground” here.

Watch the band’s tour documentaries on SONATATELEVISION here:

Visit SONATA ARCTICA online at,,, and

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HURTSMILE – new band featuring singer Gary Cherone (Extreme, ex-Van Halen)

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of HURTSMILE self-titled debut album on January 21st 2011 in Europe, with US release to follow.

HURTSMILE is the new band featuring singer Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen) who has teamed up with his brother Mark to write his most succinct record to date. The self-titled, HURTSMILE is a raw sonic sucker punch in the face! From the opening buzz saw riff of “Just War Theory” to the epic finale of ”Slave” and “Beyond The Garden/Kicking Against the Goads”, Gary continues to push and poke you in the ear with his lyrically provocative themes.

“Hurtsmile was a long time coming… I always wanted to write a record with my brother,” says Gary. “I’m a big fan of Mark’s song writing and his snarling guitar riffs.” The timing was right as Extreme was in-between their touring and record cycle, leaving Gary the freedom. They recruited Joe Pessia (bass) an alumnus of Nuno Bettencourt’s Dramagods as well as the guitar player for Tantric. Joe also engineered, and co-produced the record with Gary. To round off the lineup they enlisted heavy hitter Dana Spellman on drums “It’s an east coast-Boston thing,” states Gary. “Mark, my brother, was in a band with Nuno’s brother… Joe was in Nuno’s band and Dana was a friend, and student of Mike Mangini (former Extreme drummer) … we like to keep it in the family.”

The lineup is not the only thing familiar with the band. In true Cherone fashion, the record is chock full of swaggering guitar, soaring vocals and the trademark Cherone eclecticism on tracks such as “Jesus Would You Meet Me”, the reggae-tinged “Just War Reprise” and the Dylanesq “The Murder of Daniel Faulkner (4699)”. “Hurtsmile was about returning to my roots, writing a record in my basement, a straight up rock ‘n’ roll record… but it turned out to be more diverse and ambitious than I expected.”

Gary is no stranger to taking on intense topics, and Hurtsmile is no exception. The first half of the record is a group of more loosely knit songs such as the cynically inquisitive “Just War Theory”, the limit’s of free speech “Tolerance Song (edit)” and the disturbingly mesmerizing “Kaffur (Infidel)”, inspired by the beheading of Daniel Pearl.

The 2nd half of the record is more conceptually cohesive; an introspective look at the nature of man and the condition of the human heart. “Stillborn” introduced earlier, and “Set Me Free” both touch on mans inclination toward darkness, culminating with an epic journey from sin to salvation… “Slave” to “Beyond the Garden/Kicking Against the Goads”.

For the most part both themes are represented as 2 sides of a record. A concept familiar to Extreme fans but make no mistake, whether reading between the lines or just moved by the visceral power of the music, this is a completely different type of record. Gary adds, “All the boys in the band have brought something new to the table, and you’ll never know what hit you!”

“Hurtsmile” tracklisting includes:
Just War Theory; Stillborn; Love Thy Neighbor; Kaffur (Infidel); Painter Paint; Tolerance Song (Edit); Set Me Free; Jesus Would You Meet Me; Slave; Beyond The Garden / Kicking Against The Goads; Just War Reprise; The Murder Of Daniel Faulkner (4699).

The songs “Just War Theory” and “Love Thy Neighbor” can exclusively be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web radio. Tune in at:

Gary Cherone – Vocals
Mark Cherone – Guitars
Joe Pessia – Bass, Mandolin
Dana Spellman – Drums, Percussion

Produced by Gary Cherone, Joe Pessia


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December 9th, 2010
by EvilG


British crossover thrashers SSS are spreading some festive metal cheer by offering you a free song, titled “Merry ChristmaSSS”.

It’s that time of the year again and the Liverpool thrashers have taken time out of their schedule to think of others and give you all a special treat with a free song to see you through the holiday period.

Download “Merry ChristmaSSS” now for free at

SSS frontman FOXY discusses all things Christmas:

Q: Why have you done a free Christmas song?

FOXY: “We are following in the footsteps of some of the greatest Christmas songs ever written from yesteryear – Slade, Wizzard, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Shakin’ Stevens, FEAR and Band Aid.  They have all placed themselves firmly in our hearts and on cheap Christmas compilation CDs at this time of year.  Now here’s our meagre festive rattler that will be played for years to come at family discos.”

Q: Are you a bit of a scrooge?

FOXY: “I enjoy this time of year as the winter season, the freezing cold, the early nights and to bring some light in the darkest time of the year, reflecting on the year and looking forward to the forthcoming one.  I’m up for that.

“I just don’t like or enjoy the way that it’s been turned into an obligation, a pious deception, an ugly time of over-consumption, bickering and waste.  The materials to make and deliver 10 million Christmas cards is off the scale.  7.75 million trees to be cut down to prop up fairies for two weeks, 10 million turkeys will roast into oblivion, wasting 3,000 tons of foil in the cooking process.  In excess of 20 billion will be used on credit cards with many families turning to high interest and “doorstep lenders” to cover any shortfall.  135,000 tons of waste plastic alone, waste wrapping paper (82km^2) to wrap up Guernsey in, with a high proportion ending in a landfill as opposed to being recycled.  What’s worse than this type of Christmas?  On some levels Scrooge was right.”

Red the full interview with FOXY on SSS’ official blog at

Get SSS’ self-titled debut album and 2008 follow-up, THE DIVIDING LINE, in Europe at or in North America at

For more SSS news and info, follow the band on Facebook at

Keep up-to-date with SSS on Tumblr at or on Twitter at

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Vote for HOLY GRAIL in a video battle

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Every week, AUX TV takes two music videos and puts them head to head – you vote for your favorite and the winning video airs in power rotation on AUX TV.  It’s a battle between songs, bands and fans – vote for HOLY GRAIL NOW!

Los Angeles metalers, Holy Grail have unveiled their first music video, the video for the track, “My Last Attack,” directed by Shawn Bannon, was shot on the band’s home turf of Hollywood and shows the band performing up close and personal in a small bar.

Holy Grail’s CRISIS IN UTOPIA was released on CD and digitally on October 26th via Prosthetic Records and was produced by acclaimed producer/remixer/musician Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle) and features cover artwork by Andrei Bouzikov (Skeletonwitch, Municipal Waste).

w/ Evulveitie and 3 Inches Of Blood
02.04 Quebec City, QC @ Cercle 02.05 Montreal, QC @ Le National 02.06 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
02.15 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater

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Watch “Richard Christy’s Holiday Horror Fest” on Reelzchannel this Saturday

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG
Watch "Richard Christy's Holiday Horror Fest" on Reelzchannel this Saturday

Watch "Richard Christy's Holiday Horror Fest" on Reelzchannel this Saturday


“Richard Christy’s Holiday Horror Fest” Special Premieres Saturday, December 11 at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT

It’s the holidays—time for family, gift giving and stories of Zombie Santa. Wait, what? REELZCHANNEL—TV About Movies® today announced “Richard Christy’s Holiday Horror Fest” special, hosted by actor, comedian and heavy metal drummer Richard Christy. New and classic scary movies, a Zombie Santa in action and a visit to a real-life ghost town where horror-movie legend John Carpenter filmed Vampires are all part of this terrifyingly terrific holiday special. The episode premiere s Saturday, December 11 at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT only on REELZCHANNEL.

“As a lifelong horror fanatic, hosting a show like this is a dream come true for me. REELZCHANNEL is a big supporter of the genre with late-night airings of Masters of Horror and I’m so excited to be working with them,” said Christy. “This show was created by horror fans for horror fans and I’m extremely proud to be hosting ‘Richard Christy’s Holiday Horror Fest,’ your television destination for all things horror and sci-fi!”

Richard Christy is an actor, comedian, musician and well-known horror movie expert. He contributes a monthly article to Decibel Magazine titled, “Richard Christy’s Horrorscope,” where he writes about both horror movies and metal music. As a drummer in various heavy metal bands, Christy has toured around the United States and Europe.


REELZCHANNEL—TV About Movies® is the only cable and satellite network devoted to delivering entertaining and informative programming that is all about movies, including the celebrities, fashion, music and stories behind the stories. With shows featuring movie and entertainment experts, including Leonard Maltin, Richard Roeper and Sam Rubin, fans get trusted insight into movies wherever they’re playing, whether in theaters or at home.

REELZCHANNEL reaches more than 51 million homes on DIRECTV channel 238, Dish Network channel 299, Verizon FiOS TV channel 233, AT&T U-verse channel 799/1799HD and cable systems nationwide. Find REELZCHANNEL in your area by entering your zip code at Owned by Hubbard Media Group, REELZCHANNEL is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM with an entertainment bureau in Los Angeles.

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Therion : Gloria Helsinki Finland

December 9th, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen


Gloria, The 3rd of December

Helsinki Finland

Review and Photos by Arto Lehtinen

Therion has traveled a long road since their early death metal days to the present more symphonic oriented metal. The band’s mastermind and soul Christofer Johansson has guided Therion through the years to reach their current status in the metal world. Therion has a large following in Europe and in South America where the Swedish symphonic metallers draw a lot of people to shows. But Therion would definitely deserve more attention and success at here in Finland. As about 400 people had crawled to testify the theatrical symphonic metal spectacle on Friday night. Obviously another metal gig in the town levied at least a few potential attendees.

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VAN HALEN’s 2011 Plans Announced; The Truth Behind The Rumors Revealed

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG
Van Halen

Van Halen

VAN HALEN News Desk has issued the following update:

“The following breaking news is sure to come as a welcome Holiday gift for Van Halen fans around the world who’ve been dying to know if the band is planning on releasing new music or touring in the near future.

Sources tell the Van Halen News Desk that the band is very eager to tour, and that they want to tour behind new material. Eddie Van Halen has been very busy during most of 2010 writing music. Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen often join Eddie in the 5150 studio and the three of them have been hard at work jamming and recording demos. The three Van Halens have been sending the music to DAVID LEE ROTH, who’s adding the lyrics. Two of our sources have heard some of the early versions of the tracks (without vocals) and were very pleased. The music is said to sound like straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll and “very Van Halen.”

After talking to several producers, the band has chosen Grammy award winner producer/songwriter/musician John Shanks (whom Clive Davis calls “the father of that guitar-driven kind of pop sound”). In January, 2011, David, Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang will head into the studio to begin recording with the much sought-after producer. The band is hopeful that the recording sessions will lead to a full studio album that would be completed and available sometime next year.

Interestingly, the band is planning on recording in John Shank’s Henson Studio as well as Van Halen’s 5150 Studios, making next month the first time Van Halen will record anywhere outside of their own studio since it was built, in 1983.

We are excited to learn that the band is re-exploring Eddie’s extensive library of unreleased songs and riffs, even reaching back to their early unreleased demos for added inspiration. The band is retooling and tweaking some of this mostly-unheard, incredible music, which have completely new lyrics from Roth. Eddie is even considering developing a song or two from the material that he wrote for The Wild Life movie score in the mid 1980?s.

Although this news is not coming straight from the band or their publicist, we can tell you with certainty that it isn’t just another rumor that will turn out to be false, as most rumors do. These are indeed Van Halen’s current goals. We at the Van Halen News Desk have several reliable sources close to, or within the Van Halen camp, who give us solid Van Halen updates whenever they make any major plans. Our relationships with these contacts were established during the years of our publishing the official Van Halen fan magazine, The Inside, and through our associations while running and

We want to clarify that, while this news sounds very promising for fans, NOTHING is set in stone as far as a definite album or tour. The band is hoping to have a new album and tour, but only time will tell if it all comes to fruition. There is no timetable for anything yet.

Despite their grand plans, it is very unlikely that there will be any confirmation from Van Halen themselves about any of this. The band has a definite policy of not talking until their plans are 100% solid and everything is in place. They don’t want to announce any plans that might not pan out, so as to not disappoint fans.

A source close to David Lee Roth tells us that he’s been getting in top physical shape for the potential tour and has been writings tons of lyrics.

We also have another source who’s spent some time with Eddie Van Halen recently. Ed seems to be doing better than ever these days. He’s been completely sober for over 2 1/2 years. He has surrounding himself with positive, encouraging people, among them his wife Janie, bandmates Alex and Wolfgang, and friend and business partner, Matt Bruck. His schedule is early to bed, early to rise, and he’s keeping very focused on staying sober, writing new music and running his EVH brand. We are really happy to hear he’s in a wonderful place these days.

The TRUTH about the Van Halen rumors:

And now for the die-hard fans, the Van Halen News Desk will tackle all the currently widespread rumors and either shoot them down or confirm them as true.

Rumor: Van Halen are working towards finishing recording of a new studio album with David Lee Roth and a single is slated for release before the end of this year.
FALSE. The band starts recording in January.

Rumor: The band will tour extensively in 2011, taking in North America, and likely European and Australian dates.
FALSE. Although a 2011 tour may occur, no such tour is currently planned.

Rumor: Numerous reports about new music coming from the band are true. There is new music recorded with the expectation of an all-new studio album featuring David Lee Roth to be released in 2011. What is not known right now is the time frame for this.
Mostly TRUE. The band has written lots of new music and hopes to complete an album, but a nothing is definite right now.

Rumor: DLR’s vocals are being recorded away from the 5150 studio.
Partially True. This is true, but only in regards to the early demos, not the final recording. This is what many bands do before entering the studio. The entire band will reconvene in the studio in January.

Rumor: Eddie has recorded most of the bass parts for the album.
FALSE. Eddie could have recorded some of the bass parts for the early demos when Wolfie wasn’t around, as he often did when Michael Anthony was in the band. Wolfgang has been recording demos all year, and he’ll be playing all the bass parts on the finished tracks.

Rumor: There is a deal in place between Warner Bros. and the band for a new album.
FALSE. If a new album is released, it will most likely be a direct deal with Walmart or BestBuy.

Rumor: Van Halen has chosen Ross Hogarth to produce new music.
FALSE. The producer they chose is John Shanks. Hogarth is an engineer rather than a producer, and is not involved with Van Halen whatsoever.

Rumor: Chris Cornell from Soundgarden has recorded some background vocals on some of the new music.

Rumor: A spokeperson for Van Halen recently clarified that the band isn’t doing anything and that there will definitely be no new album or tour next year.
FALSE. A spokeperson for Van Halen did indeed shoot down the recent rumors of planned tour and an album near completion. He was being honest in doing so, since there is currently neither a tour planned, nor an album near completion. However, he did say that the band is currently “working on stuff”, but gave no further details.

Rumor: The main reason that the band never released a DVD of the 2007-2008 tour was because the band members could not reach a financial agreement over the deal.
FALSE. The reason that it wasn’t released had nothing at all to do with finances. The band simply wasn’t happy enough with the footage and felt that many camera angels weren’t right.

Rumor: Warner Bros is preparing to release Blue-Ray editions of Live Without a Net and Live Right Here Right Now.
Unknown. We don’t know if this is true or not.

Rumor: Warner Bros is releasing limited edition remastered vinyl releases of Van Halen II, Women And Children First, and 1984 on Dec. 13th, 2010.
True, except for release date. The 3 vinyls will be released, but they’ve been pushed back until sometime in early 2011.

Rumor: Warner Bros is preparing to release re-masters of the SAMMY HAGAR era catalogue.
Partially True. They are talking about releasing remasters of the Sammy Hagar era albums, but nothing has been decided yet.

Stay tuned to for the truth about Van Halen 2011!”

As previously reported:

You loved the Van Halen collection so much; Lick Library just had to add Learn To Play Van Halen Volume 2 to their catalogue. With five new tracks, the 2 DVD set features over three hours of guitar lessons including covering Eddie Van Halen’s ground breaking solo techniques and killer riffs.

Van Halen is one of only five bands that have had two albums sell more than ten million copies in the USA. Fronted by the inimitable Eddie Van Halen, who is undoubtedly one of the most influential, original and talented rock guitarists of the twentieth century, the band are getting set for the release of a new studio album and a tour in 2011.

The DVD is presented by Jamie Humphries who specializes in all things rock and is renowned for his fastidious transcriptions and awesome backing tracks. This double DVD set give you the chance for one to one guitar tuition with Jamie and is not to be missed.

Learn To Play Van Halen Vol 2 features the Van Halen version of THE KINKS classic ‘You Really Got Me’ from their debut album. This track was responsible for jump starting Van Halen’s career. Also taken from this album is ‘I’m The One’. Jamie then moves to Van Halen’s second album and takes a look at the concert staple ‘Beautiful Girls’. Their fourth album is regarded by many as their best and the DVD guitar lesson looks at the opening track ‘Mean Streets’. Finally you can study ‘Drop Dead Legs’ from Van Halen’s most popular sixth album MCMLXXXIV (1984).

As you look at each track with Jamie, he will break it down into small manageable pieces, playing it slowly, then up’ing the tempo to a medium one before playing it up to tempo. All the time, because it is a Lick Library guitar lesson, you can see what both of Jamie’s hands are doing with the familiar split screen. Jamie talks you through the techniques needed to nail that two handed tapping so indicative of Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing, and get that Van Halen feel in your playing.

To find out more about Learn To Play Van Halen Volume 2 visit where you will also find details of Learn To Play Van Halen, Van Halen The Solos, Quick Licks Fast Rock in the style of Van Halen and Guitar Techniques Van Halen as well as the many other guitar tuition DVDs from Lick Library.

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