September 20th sees the release of ‘The Embodiment Of Darkness And Light’ the debut album from Australian progressive death metal heavyweights Aeon of Horus through Harvest Moon Records.
Upon its initial release in 2009 ‘The Embodiment Of Darkness And Light’ receieved widespread critical acclaim due to its showcasing of technicality and rhythmic complexity with a sweeping dynamic, often venturing into symphonic passages and subtle melodic interludes.
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‘The Embodiment Of Darkness And Light’ is available to purchase now from: http://www.harvestmoonrecords.net/store.html
ABOUT THE BAND
Aeon of Horus is:
Andy Annand – Vocals & KeyboardBen Hocking – DrumsScott Carter – BassPeter Meere – Guitar
The four piece combines technicality and rhythmic complexity with a sweeping dynamic, often venturing into symphonic passages and subtle melodic interludes.
Aeon of Horus formed in 2006 and began playing live in early 2007. By late 2007 they had recorded and released a self-titled EP. The band continued to write and in early 2008 they began recording their first full length album, ‘The Embodiment of Darkness and Light’.
While their EP hinted at the intensity and superior musicianship of Aeon of Horus, this full length release showcases the culmination of their efforts in an epic sensory experience. Crushing riffs and technicality combine with epic and dark movements to form a unique brand of progressive metal.
The latter part of 2010 is proving to be a busy time for the band. Peter Meere, formally of melodic death metal outfit Templestowe has taken over guitar duties for the band with Scott Carter, mixer/engineer of the band’s debut album taking over bass duties from the recently departed Chris Pratt.
Drummer Ben Hocking states: “We are very happy to have Pete and Scott in the band. Both are amazing musicians and breathe new life to our sound and vision. Having been friends of Aeon of Horus since its infancy, Pete and Scott were a logical choice and have taken to the band with ease”.
Having been hard at work on new material for a forthcoming release for several months, Aeon of Horus will be hitting the road in December and January around Australia to showcase both new material written with the new members and songs of the band’s acclaimed 2009 release The Embodiment of Darkness and Light.
Check out Aeon of Horus on Myspace at: http://www.myspace.com/aeonofhorus
RONNIE JAMES DIO: 'A Photographic Memoir' Due In November
Rufus Stone Limited Editions has set a November 30 release date for the “Ronnie James Dio – A Photographic Memoir” book.
Ronnie James Dio was one of rock’s most respected and talented frontmen, renowned for his instantly recognizable vocals, lyrics and stagecraft. On May 16, 2010, Ronnie succumbed to cancer and the world of hard rock lost one of its greatest talents.
Renowned music photographer PG Brunelli traveled the world with RonniePG‘s photography and weaves a memoir of Ronnie‘s life starting onstage at Donington Monsters of Rock in 1983. Featuring unique written contributions from Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN), Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Doug Aldrich (DIO, WHITESNAKE) and many of Ronnie‘s peers, colleagues and fellow professionals, this book has been compiled with the knowledge and approval of Dio‘s wife/manager, Wendy.
Available in two limited edition versions, starting at just £40 (plus postage and handling), “Ronnie James Dio – A Photographic Memoir” is released at the end of November 2010. To secure your standard or hardkase version (£150 plus postage and handling) early ordering is essential. £10 from the sale of the standard version and £30 from the sale of the hardkase edition will be donated to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, in honor of Ronnie James Dio.
According to The Pulse of Radio, Bret Michaels’ health woes are not over yet. The rocker/reality star will undergo heart surgery in January to repair a hole in his heart — a condition he’s had since birth, but only recently discovered.
His rep said, “Is he 100 percent? No, but he’s in good spirits, he’s having fun on the road, he loves his fans and has always said music heals him. He said that there are times when, of course, he worries but he has great people around him and he’s very cautious.”
The hole was discovered after Michaels suffered a stroke several months ago — which came on the heels of a brain hemorrhage. He’s since made a remarkable recovery and returned to touring.
His rep added, “Maybe sometimes he gets a little tired easier and on occasion he’ll get a headache, but that’s when he knows it’s time to rest. He’ll rest up, have surgery, take some time off, hopefully take a family vacation and get back on the road touring and promoting his upcoming book.”
Extreme metal at its very best, plain and simple, is what the Atlanta based quintet DAATH delivers. The group’s highly anticipated third full-length release is going to be self-titled and is set for an Oct. 25th release. The disc is a face melting masterpiece that was co-produced by the renowned Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devildriver) and Eyal Levi (guitars). Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a big North American touring announcement.
Metal Mark from Skulls ‘N’ Bones recently spent some time in the studio with the band and compiled a video series documenting the recording process, so click on the link below now to check out the sixth installment featuring the drum tracking sessions with the renowned Kevin Talley (ex-Chimaira, Dying Fetus) destroying the kit. http://www.skullsnbones.com/video/daath-studio-report-kevin
Talley further states: “Ladies, prepare to drop your pants when you hear the drumming on this album. It’s just pure fucking pounding coming from all directions. I am better than Lars on this disc.”
A specially priced pre-order package featuring an exclusive shirt and new CD is available now at the link below for only $20, so click below to purchase now as this is a very limited offer.
The stunning new DAATH track, “Indestructible Overdose,” is also now available at the link below.
Currently the group is more determined, energized and focused than ever before and is continuing to expand upon their unique, uncompromising and dynamic sound. For those previously uninitiated, feel free to head over to www.myspace.com/daath to see what they are all about.
Rock legends KISS will be broadcasting a LIVE webcast of their final stop from the 2010 “Hottest Show on Earth” tour at the KROQ Epicenter Twenty Ten Festival on Saturday, September 25th at 8:30PM PT / 11:30PM ET. Be sure to tune in for a special performance where fans from around the world can experience this event first-hand and interact by posting comments and questions using Ustream’s Social Stream or chat. Watch and chat at http://www.ustream.tv/kiss.
The wait is finally over. The debut EP from PASADENA NAPALM DIVISION is now available through Abyss Records. The self-titled EP can be purchased at www.officialabyssrecords.com.
It’s as if the gods of metal have come down from the top of Mount Thrashlympus with a 30-pack of PBR and a fistful of whoop-ass. This particular divine visitation comes in the form a giant trash truck driven by five seasoned veterans known as PASADENA NAPALM DIVISION. Featuring members of D.R.I, DEAD HORSE and VERBAL ABUSE, PASADENA NAPALM DIVISION has come to bash in the head that doesn’t bang. All hell breaks loose this September when the band releases their debut EP on Abyss Records. For more on these “All-Scar” thrashers, visit www.myspace.com/pasadenanapalmdivision.
International music critics and rock gourmets agree: King’s X is among the most unusual acts in the history of rock music. Their technical skills are above reproach, and their creativity has impressed fans and media alike. Next to Rush, there is currently no other rock trio capable of producing such a dense and at the same time transparent sound. The much anticipated double CD/DVD set, Live Love in London, showcases prime examples of King’s X’s incredible live show of classic groove rock featuring great melodies with vocal harmonies, driving rhythms and tough guitars. The album is set for a November release through InsideOut Music and will be available as a deluxe DVD+2CD edition in a special embossed package, as well as a 2CD set. A standard DVD-only version will also be available exclusively through CMDistro.com.
The band are also extremely excited to embark on a co-headlining run with metal legends Accept, which kicks off tomorrow (Sept. 24th). Either see below or head over now to http://www.kingsxrocks.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/KingsXFanPageto view their touring itinerary. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for samples of new music from Live Love in Londonand pre-order package info.
Live Love in Londonis the first official DVD release by a band renowned for just such a transcendent rock show! The King’s X trio of Ty Tabor (guitars, vocals), Dug Pinnick (bass, vocals) and Jerry Gaskill (drums, vocals) have spanned continents and decades together, honing their craft, welcoming their fans in to experience inspired performances that come from their hearts.
Live Love in London was shot in January of 2009 at the Electric Ballroom in London, UK, because, as Tabor states, “London was the first place that accepted King’s X. It has always been my favorite place to play.” Pinnick recalls, “We were touring the US, playing for very small crowds, then we went to London; it was the Marquee and it was sold out!” Gaskill agrees, “London was the first place to make me feel like we might actually be a valid band.”
King’s X w/ Accept 9/24 Ram’s Head Live , Baltimore, MD
9/25 The Starland Ballroom , Sayreville, NJ
9/27 B B King’s, New York, NY
9/29 Showcase Live, Foxboro, MA
10/1 The Silo, Reading, PA 10/2 The Emerald Theatre, Mount Clemens, MI
10/6 Scatz, Middleton, WI
10/8 The Agora, Cleveland, OH
10/9 The Arcada , Saint Charles, IL
10/12 House of Blues, Dallas, TX
10/13 House of Blues, Houston, TX
Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH have issued the fifth video in a series of album trailers for the bands highly anticipated new album The Epigenesis here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce1byvUiRzg.
MELECHESH have made the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” available for streaming on their Myspace page www.myspace.com/Melechesh. The track comes from the bands new album The Epigenesis.
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 will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
Pre-order a copy of The Epigenesis with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Artist/Melechesh/10330.
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. ROTTING CHRIST, MELECHESH, HATE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE 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 BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES:
MELECHESH vocalist/guitarist Ashmedi is originally from Jerusalem, was raised by a single parent and has never met his father. Neither Israeli nor Palestinian he found himself in the middle of a war he had no side in. He has witnessed the uprising, bombings, tear gas, bullets, and death of friends from both sides. He started MELECHESH as an escape and to express himself, which in turn caused him to lose favor with his family who cast him out. He later landed a record deal and relocated to Europe where he had a lot of challenges but also many significant successes. This is his life and his destiny is to create Sonic Magick!
Virginia-based melodic tech death metal masters, ARSIS, are pleased to announce their headlining tour set to take place this upcoming December! “A Tour for the Sick” is presented by MetalInjection.net and will include 8 bit metal heroes POWERGLOVE and the Sumerian Records touring juggernaut CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE. ARSIS vocalist/guitarist Jim Malone commented:
“What does a band that is notorious for canceling tours, video game induced tendinitis, and a Noah Martin look-a-like all have in common? If you have spent the better part of your existence trying to play 16th triplet arpeggios at 250 bpm you will probably be overcome with joy (or something) to hear that we (meaning ARSIS dudes), POWERGLOVE, and CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE are teaming up for a US tour this December. We are beyond stoked for our first headlining tour in support of Starve for the Devil and hope to see you at one (or more) of the tour dates. We promise to ‘turn up the hell’ on this one and make your weekend (or week night) one that is ‘rock hard’ and metalificated.” ARSIS, POWERGLOVE, CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE
12/01/10 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
12/02/10 Evening Star Music Hall – Niagara Falls, NY
12/03/10 Pirates Cove – Cleveland, OH
12/04/10 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
12/05/10 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
12/07/10 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
12/08/10 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
12/09/10 The Venue – Boise, ID
12/10/10 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
12/11/10 Branx (Loveland) – Portland, OR
12/12/10 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
12/13/10 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
12/14/10 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
12/15/10 Club Khaos – Amarillo, TX
12/16/10 The Marquee Theatre – Tulsa, OK
12/18/10 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Starve For The Devilwas released in North America on February 9th anddebuted at No. 13 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
The video clip for the ARSIS song “Forced To Rock” can be viewed on YouTube.
From the Faroe Islands to Seattle in less then two weeks! Thanks to climate change you can now sail the Northwest Passage! Please welcome NEVERMORE and for the very first time in 20 years live on stage we will find our very own SANCTUARY on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival!!!
The confirmed 30 out of 40 bands are:
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
The new album ABRAHADABRA by Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR is now available for streaming in its entirety today & tomorrow on the band’s MySpace page. The stream will end on Friday evening at 7 p.m. PACIFIC / 10 p.m. EASTERN.
ABRAHADABRA will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th. Fans who purchase a physical copy of the new album will find a coupon good for 2€ /$2 off any band merchandise redeemable at any upcoming DIMMU BORGIR show.
DIMMU BORGIR’s co-headlining tour with Korn launched on September 19th in Amsterdam. The band’s headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in Europe launched on Tuesday in London with fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg as opening acts. Triptykon will replace Enslaved & Sahg at the following three shows: Milan on September 27th, in Zagreb on September 29th, and in Luxembourg on September 30th. Ticket links for European dates are available at www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR.
DIMMU’s 32-date run across North America launches on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Support will come from Enslaved and Blood Red Throne, plus Dawn Of Ashes. Advanced pre-sale tickets & VIP packages for this tour are now on sale via ArtistArena.com (User Name: dimmuborgir; Password: tickets). Ticketing widget is available here (same log-in).
The “Gateways” single is available for purchase on iTunes at this location.
Download the DIMMU BORGIR app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad here.
View a four-part video interview recorded in Europe with DIMMU BORGIR founding member / guitarist / songwriter Silenoz and Norwegian composer and Berklee College of Music summa cum laude alumnus Gaute Storaas at the following links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
A digital puzzle of a DIMMU BORGIR band photo can be found here. (Scroll down. It takes a few seconds to load.)
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of THE POODLES live package including the “No Quarter” CD and “In The Flesh” DVD on November 5th 2010.
Having carved in stone their reputation as prime time entertainers with the release of three acclaimed studio albums and over 350 shows in the entire Europe in the past few years, not counting Gold and Platinum record awards in their home country, THE POODLES close the first chapter of their musical adventure and set their sails for the next step.
As a tribute to the first years on the road, THE POODLES offer the fans a live package including a CD and a DVD recorded during the “Clash of the Elements” tour in 2009, which portrays the band in the most natural environment: the live show. “The high points for us as a band is anytime we go on stage”, says guitar player Henrik Bergqvist. “This may sound like somewhat of a cliché but it is no less true. It doesn’t matter if we play a crowd of 10.000 people at Graspop or in front of a handful on a rainy November Monday in Copenhagen, those are the moments we relish and live for. We’ve had so many special moments on stage over the past couple of years that it seems impossible to single even a few of them out. Having said this, some special moments can certainly be seen on the live DVD and heard on the live CD”.
“We are very proud of how the live CD and live DVD turned out and we feel that they really shows what the band is like on stage” continues Bergqvist, “being able to watch a DVD of your favourite band is great and there are a few really nice ones out there, but the connection that takes place between the band and the crowd during live shows cannot be formatted to the screen. You can catch a glimpse of it, but to experience a band live will always be different from listening to or viewing a recording of that band. Have a look and see for yourselves, though!”
Aptly titled “In The Flesh” the DVD is a real in deep look at the Poodles style of life with in-deep interviews, that present each band member, behind-the stage instant footage and a collection of the promo videoclips shot for the “Clash of the Elements” promotion. In addition, a selection of the band’s classic cuts performed live shows that the Poodles are delivering the goods when the play live. The live cd, soundtrack of the DVD, plus the song “Lullaby For Jimmy” as cd exclusive, shows that behind the look and the words there is a solid band playing great music!
Henrik concludes: “The future plans for The Poodles is closely connected to the band’s cooperation with Frontiers Records. The band expects to play for an ever expanding audience as a result of it and take the mission of Heavy Metal to virgin lands. We want to see our beloved fans again on the road and make new friends too. The future is bright for us, and that’s good because we already wear shades!”
The live CD “No Quarter” tracklisting includes:
Too Much Of Everything; Caroline; Seven Seas; Metal Will Stand Tall; Like No Tomorrow; One Out Of Ten; Lullaby For Jimmy; Drum Solo; Echoes From The Past; Thunderball; I Rule The Night; Night Of Passion; Flesh & Blood; Line Of Fire.
The Live DVD “In The Flesh” table of contents include:
Movie: Introduction; Stockholm, Party & Fun; About The Poodles; Metal Standing Tall; The Director & Crew; Being On Top; Jakob; Henrik; Pontus; Kicken; The First Five Rows; Tribute To The Fans; End Credits.
Concert: Too Much Of Everything; Caroline; Seven Seas; Metal Will Stand Tall; Like No Tomorrow; One Out Of Ten; Echoes From The Past; Thunderball; I Rule The Night; Night Of Passion; Flesh & Blood; Line Of Fire.
Extras: Like No Tomorrow (Video); I Rule The Night (Video); In The Flesh (Video); Warrior (The Movie Trailer); Majestic Film And Metal Warriors
The DVD will be released in NTSC Region Free format with Screen 16:9 and Mix in 2.0.
There will also be a limited release of a luxury packaging including the live CD “No Quarter” and the DVD “In The Flesh” is a luxury digipak edition.
“In The Flesh” trailer can be enjoyed following this link on Youtube:
The songs “One Out Of Ten” and “Caroline” can exclusively be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web radio. Tune in at: www.frontiers.it/webradio
* Jakob Samuel – vocals
* Pontus Egberg – bass
* Christian Lundqvist – drums
* Henrik Bergqvist – guitars
Vancouver BC’s BISON will be returning this fall to ON/QC Canada with their mighty mammoth sound starting Oct. 12 in Armstrong BC and ending Oct. 23 in Hamilton, ONT!
These dates are in support of their latest release “Dark Ages” that came out via Metal Blade Records on April 13/10.
A bison is “a big, hairy, strong animal,” says James Farwell, who plays guitar and sings for Bison b.c. That could as just as well describe the band, which rose from the ass-end of the continent in Vancouver, Canada, to utter its doomed, plaintive call, and tramples through the constellations on its four shaggy limbs (James, Dan And, Masa Anzai, and Brad Mackinnon). Ghostly, windswept prairies, the mythical haunts of native lore: it is all there. Self-described “Canadian dirtbags” and veterans of Vancouver’s deep thrash and indie scenes, they are hitting their stride and offering up a new soundtrack for our last party before certain extinction. There is illness, abuse, apocalypse, and French horn.
Their first Metal Blade release, Quiet Earth, showed what that earth’s last sound might be like. It was heavy, sick, and crazy; stomping and banging, elegiac with cello. Just beneath the rock they described a bad trip through a devastated world where resigned dignity and camaraderie with the friends that remain are the only consolations.
This mixture of rowdiness and gentleness is very much of their hard-living, hard-loving hometown: fucked-up modernity’s last outpost on the rim of a vast, menacing wilderness. In their new release, James sings, “Vancouver’s an empty bottle, our dying thirst causing problems. Stand at dawn, the beginning of something heartfelt and replaceable.” No matter where we are, this is what it has come to in this age. So let’s listen to these gentlemen and rock out together.
Relentless touring – with the likes of Priestess, Baroness, 3 Inches Of Blood, Shadows Fall, Helmet, Voivod, Kylessa, High On Fire and more – has fine tuned the band’s dedication to the riff to metallic perfection. Dark Ages breathes like a rabid animal that you’d find tied up in WINO’s backyard. It’s Flying V’s, analog perfection, loud & sludgy, played by hairy dudes in dirty denim jackets.
10.12 Armstrong, BC @ Branding Iron Pub
10.14 Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo’s
10.15 Brandon, MB @ Parthenon Pizza
10.16 Winnipeg, MB @ The Royal Albert Arms
10.19 London, ON @ London Music Hall #
10.20 Ottawa, ON @ Dekcuf
10.21 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
10.22 Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
10.23 Hamilton, ON @ Casbah