LEMMY KILMISTER CONFIRMED FOR: MARKY RAMONE’S BENEFIT CONCERT OF RAMONES MUSIC WITH ALL-STAR BAND

September 8th, 2010
by EvilG

LEMMY KILMISTER CONFIRMED FOR: MARKY RAMONE’S BENEFIT CONCERT OF RAMONES MUSIC WITH ALL-STAR BAND

BILLY SHEEHAN, MICHALE GRAVES, JEFF DUNCAN, MARKO DESANTIS & ANDY HILFIGER

Friday, October 8th – In Hollywood, CA @ Musicians Institute

HOLLYWOOD, CA (September 7, 2010) – Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) has confirmed to play along with Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth), Michael Graves (The Misfits), Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint), Marko DeSantis (Sugarcult), Andy Hilfiger (bassologist/Fashion Guru) and Marky Ramone himself for a full concert of The Ramones. You will hear the music that defined many generations and inspired many bands. Marky’s set list is comprised of 31 historical Ramones songs such as SEDATED, K.K.K., PSYCHOTHERAPY, BLITZKREIG BOP, PINHEAD and more!

The legendary Rock Hall of Fame drummer for The Ramones is performing a special all-star fund-raising concert on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 8pm in the MI Concert Hall. Doors open at 7:30pm. The concert is in benefit for the newly-created Marky Ramone Drum Scholarship for Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. “I am much honored to be chosen as an artist for the scholarship program. Music for kids is very important to have,” explains Marky. 100% of the event proceeds will fund the newly-created Marky Ramone Drum Scholarship at MI.

ONLINE ADVANCE SALE: General Admission seats (festival seating) are $30, VIP seating is $45 (guaranteed first 3 rows), $99 VIP Backstage (First 3 rows seating guaranteed | Backstage Pass | After-Show Meet & Greet | Special Marky Ramone Gift bag).

click here To Buy MARKY RAMONE Concert Tickets or go to www.Ticketweb.com

WALK-UP (day of show): General Admission seats (festival seating) are $35, VIP seating is $50 (guaranteed first 3 rows), VIP Backstage not available.

Musicians Institute Concert Hall
1655 N. McCadden Place
Hollywood, CA 90028

Marky Ramone is a member of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame, and is best known for the 15 years he spent drumming for The Ramones. The Ramones formed in 1974, and are often cited as the first punk-rock group. Marky is the only living member of the longest running Ramones line-up – which featured Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Marky. He has performed over 1700 shows and more than 15 album releases during his tenure (starting in 1978) as a member of The Ramones.

For more info on Marky Ramone or the concert click www.myspace.com/markyramone, www.mi.edu or http://musiciansfoundation.wordpress.com.

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Lizzy Borden – Stockholm Rock Out Festival – This weekend!

September 8th, 2010
by EvilG

Don’t miss the Stockholm Rock Out Festival this weekend (September 10-11) at Gamla Tryckeriet in Alvik, Sweden. Bands includes Great White, U.D.O., Lizzy Borden, Kingdom Come and many more.

Tickets can be bought on door for 1 day and for two days, doors open 3.00pm.

Tickets online here: http://www.tickster.com/sv/events/he5zka0fzh56t6r

Stores: http://www.direkten.se/website1/1.0.1.0/132/1/

Venue: Gamla Tryckeriet, Gustavslundsvagen 149C, Alvik. For more information go to:: www.sthlmrockout.com.

Over the past 2 years the Lizzy Borden “Appointment with Death Show” produced spectacular performances in 11 countries (from North America to Europe) and on the main stages of some of biggest festivals like, “Sweden Rock” (Sweden) “Bang Your Head” (Germany) “Kobetasonic” (Spain), and “Rocklahoma” (USA) all to rave reviews, unanimously declaring Lizzy Borden the hit of the festivals, ‘comparing their show to a Kiss concert’.

Upcoming Lizzy Borden Japan Dates:

November 6 – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya Cyclone

November 7 – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya Cyclone

www.lizzyborden.com

www.facebook.com/lizzybordenband

www.youtube.com/lizzybordenband

www.myspace.com/lizzybordenband

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ACCEPT’S WOLF HOFFMAN: “WE FEEL REAL VINDICATED”

September 8th, 2010
by EvilG
ACCEPT 2010

ACCEPT 2010

In a recent interview with Goldmine Magazine journalist Pat Prince, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann discusses the classic ACCEPT sound, working with Andy Sneap, lighting Flying Vs on fire, and the next ACCEPT album.  He also discusses bumping into former lead vocalist Udo Dirkschneider at the Masters of Rock festival recently and reminisces about a career-highlight show in 1984 at L’Amour’s in Brooklyn, New York.

Do you feel liberated a little bit with this new lineup, it being so exciting?
Hoffmann: I mean, of course. Especially after the initial criticism of a lot of people saying it could never be done. We feel real vindicated and relieved. That makes us feel good despite all the critics. I’m not making this album as a personal vendetta against anybody. We just want to make good music, you know. At the end of the day, we just wanted to go out and do our stuff because that is what we love to do.

Sneap made the record a good balance. It recaptures the old ACCEPT sound but it’s in-tune with today.
Hoffmann: Yeah, it has a modern sound, so that’s good. He made sure we had that 2010 sound, but we have all the characteristics of the past. All the good riffs and the gang vocals. He also didn’t want it to be too happy or too commercial. He kind of pushed us a little more into the dark side of things, which I think worked out really well. Overall, it was still us writing the songs. But it was a very good collaboration.

And live, you always seems to sound so perfect and crisp. Does that have to do with you guys being tech and sound geeks? Not a lot of bands are able to replicate their sound like that.
Hoffmann: Never heard that comment like that but it’s nice because that’s what we are trying to do. It’s got something to do with the way we place the guitar sounds in the mix, maybe. And we have a certain style with the riffs that we play and a certain sound that we love. And it all comes across in the end.

Read the entire interview here.

Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and will be released in North America on September 14th.  Exclusive pre-sale bundles can be purchased at the Nuclear Blast Web Store.

ACCEPT will be co-headlining their upcoming tour with King’s X, kicking-off with an appearance at the eleventh annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia.  Confirmed tour dates are:

09/09/2010  ProgPower USA Kick-Off – Atlanta, GA Center Stage (**No King’s X**)

09/23/2010  The Chance  – Poughkeepsie, NY

09/24/2010  Ram’s Head Live  – Baltimore, MD

09/25/2010  The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

09/26/2010  ***IN-STORE SIGNING AT VINTAGE VINYL*** – Fords, NJ

09/27/2010  B. B. King’s – New York, NY

09/29/2010  Showcase Live  – Foxboro, MA
10/01/2010  The Silo – Reading, PA
10/02/2010  The Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI

10/08/2010  The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/09/2010  The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL

10/12/2010  House Of Blues – Dallas, TX

10/13/2010  House Of Blues – Houston TX

Additional dates for October & November will be announced soon.

ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up includes Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.

View footage of Wolf Hoffman & Mark Tornillo on VH1’s “That Metal Show” here.  View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41here.  View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.

Visit ACCEPT online at www.ACCEPTWORLDWIDE.com, www.myspace.com/accepttheband, www.facebook.com/accepttheband, and www.twitter.com/accepttheband.

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MARDUK To Join Blackest Of The Black Tour 2010

September 8th, 2010
by EvilG

Swedish black metallers MARDUK will return to the U.S. this fall as part of the coveted Blackest Of The Black tour, founded by Danzig frontman/legend Glenn Danzig in 2003 as a way to promote extreme bands of his choosing from around the globe. Past Blackest Of The Black tours have included Dimmu Borgir, Moonspell, Skeletonwitch and Nile.  The 2010 edition will kick off on October 25 and wind its way through over a dozen cities before coming to a close in mid November. Additional support will be provided by Possessed, Toxic Holocaust and Withered.

MARDUK have been touring the globe in support of Wormwood, their eleventh studio album released last October via Regain Records. Wormwood found its way to  the top of year end lists both domestically and abroad and continues to reap praise among listeners nearly a year after its release . Decibel Magazine gave it a 9/10 review saying, ”Wormwood…drives home grim nails of varying shapes and sizes – all black ones of course…repeated listens reveal deeper abysses.” Blabbermouth commended the band for, “…an atmosphere that continues to be cold and uncomfortably morose, made even more sinister by a bass tone that is not only thick and audible, but also value-additive,” while KNAC.com said, “along with Mortuus’ obtuse lyrics and guttural, phlegmy vocals, MARDUK‘s surprisingly crafty compositions…and deft use of effects — as opposed to rote orchestration — give them an air of sophistication and guile you don’t often find in black metal.” Added Kerrang in a review of their New York City performance last year: “…grim as fuck, they knuckle down and pound out barrage after barrage of searing, slicing black metal evil…”

Confirmed dates thus far include:

MARDUK on Blackest Of The Black Tour 2010

w/ Danzig, Possessed, Toxic Holocaust, Withered

10/25/2010 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
10/27/2010  The Village – Little Rock, AR
10/29/2010  Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
10/30/2010  Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
10/31/2010  The Palladium Showroom – Dallas, TX
11/02/2010  Valarium – Knoxville, TN
11/03/2010  Expo Five – Louisville, KY
11/04/2010  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
11/05/2010  Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH [Blackest Of The Black off date w/ Possessed, MARDUK, Withered]
11/06/2010  Royal Oak Music Theater – Royal Oak, MI
11/07/2010  Congress Theater – Chicago, IL
11/09/2010  The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/10/2010  The Venue  – Fargo, ND
11/12/2010  Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
11/14/2010  Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
11/15/2010  Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
11/16/2010 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR

http://blackestoftheblack.com

http://www.marduk.nu

http://www.regainrecords.com

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ULTIMATE-GUITAR, DEAN GUITARS, AND THELIVELINE TEAM UP FOR TESTAMENT KARAOKE CONTEST

September 8th, 2010
by EvilG

TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson

TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson

ENTER TO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED ERIC PETERSON OLD SKULL V GUITAR!

Dean Guitars, Ultimate-Guitar, and TheLiveLine are teaming up to bring you what may be the most entertaining contest of the year: The Ultimate TESTAMENT Karaoke Contest!  Contestants will call TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson’s phone number at TheLiveLine to record a verse from any TESTAMENT song, and the best voice impression (winner) will win an autographed Eric Peterson Old Skull V electric guitar from Dean Guitars.

How to enter

1. Call Eric Peterson @ TheLiveLine for FREE to enter for your chance to win:

(877) 323-4455

2. Leave Eric a voice message with your best voice impression from any verse in any TESTAMENT song, and our celebrity panel of judges below will review and find the winner.

3. Create a profile on TheLiveLine and become a fan of Eric Peterson on TheLiveLine’s online community. Sign up, and you’ll be able to get SMS text alerts whenever Eric updates his AudioBlog. Your registration is necessary! If you win, your information will be used to contact you!

Become a fan of Eric Peterson here: http://www.theliveline.com/EricPeterson

And it just keeps getting better.  Just like American Idol (but in METAL terms), a panel of judges has been assembled to work together to find the winner of The Ultimate TESTAMENT Karaoke Contest!!  The judges are:

-Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT – vocals)

-Dan Nelson (BLACKGATES / ex-ANTHRAX)

-Brian Tatler (DIAMOND HEAD – guitarist)

-Curse Mackey (Marketing + Special Projects Director of Dean Guitars)

If you know the concept of American Idol, you’ve got some great singers, and some not-so-great ones, too.  To enjoy the full experience and listen to all submissions, sign into your profile at TheLiveLine, or take a quick second to create one if you don’t yet have one: http://www.theliveline.com, and make sure you become a fan of Eric Peterson.

Dean Guitars, Ultimate-Guitar, and TheLiveLine look forward to all of your entries.  Additional shenanigans are recommended.

TESTAMENT just finished up their run on the AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR! Stay tuned for updates on the recording of TESTAMENT’s follow up to their Golden Gods “Album of the Year”, The Formation of Damnation!

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RUSH: 2112 & MOVING PICTURES: CLASSIC ALBUMS

September 8th, 2010
by EvilG

Rush: 2112 & Moving Pictures Classic Albums' - On DVD and Blu-ray September 28

Rush: 2112 & Moving Pictures Classic Albums' - On DVD and Blu-ray September 28

Eagle Rock Examines Two Of Prog-Rock’s Most Powerful Albums:
RUSH: 2112 & MOVING PICTURES CLASSIC ALBUMS
Dual Release on DVD and Blu-ray
~September 28, 2010~

It’s been a banner year for the award-winning Classic Albums series. The most recent editions explore ground-breaking releases by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Black Sabbath. The latest edition tackles not one, but TWO epic albums from progressive rock powerhouse Rush. Rush: 2112 & Moving Pictures Classic Albums will be simultaneously released on DVD and Blu-ray via Eagle Rock Entertainment’s Eagle Vision subsidiary on September 28. [MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $19.98 for Blu-ray]

Continuing the tradition of this celebrated series, 2112 & Moving Pictures Classic Albums carries us through the creation of these musical masterpieces via brand new interviews, demonstrations, archive videos, and use of the original multi-track tapes. The titan trio of bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer Neil Peart, joined by original producer Terry Brown, weigh in on the mammoth melodies, resounding riffs, and dynamic drum fills behind these immense aural soundscapes. Many others contribute to the commentary, such as Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and acclaimed Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke. 112 minutes in total, this DVD digs even deeper with 50 minutes of bonus material not included in the upcoming VH1 Classic broadcast (airing September 8 at 9:30pm and September 9 at 8:30am and 12:30pm).

These legendary albums mark pivotal points in Rush’s career. 2112, released in 1976, broke the band into major music chart domination, going #1 in their native Canada and in the Top 75 in the USA, where it was certified triple platinum. Moving Pictures added fuel to their rising stardom, opening them up to a mass audience with heavy-hitting hits like “Tom Sawyer.” Going #1 and quadruple platinum in Canada, as well as hitting #3 in the USA and the UK, this 1981 release remains their biggest selling album to date. Rush is currently performing this album in its entirely on their “Time Machine” tour. Rush: 2112 & Moving Pictures Classic Albums is a perfect encapsulation of what made these albums successful, and why they are revered to this day.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, & Paris.

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Blind Guardian – North American tour dates confirmed

September 8th, 2010
by EvilG
BLIND GUARDIAN

BLIND GUARDIAN

Triumphantly returning to North American shores in support of the Billboard-charting new album At The Edge Of Time, we are pleased to announce the western hemisphere’s portion of the Sacred Worlds And Songs Divine 2010 World Tour, commencing on November 19th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and concluding on December 22nd in West Springfield, Virginia.  Support acts are California’s Holy Grail and Florida’s Seven Kingdoms.

Hansi checks in from the secret Blind Guardian bunker about the upcoming trek:

“Christmas will be a little earlier this year, ‘cause The Guardian is coming to town in November and December!  The band is really excited to announce this upcoming tour.  Finally, we will get the chance to preach our Sacred Words and play our Songs Divine somewhere near your neighborhood.  We have prepared a nice package of music and bands for our Northern American followers.  Our friends from Holy Grail and Seven Kingdoms will join us on this glorious mission and will have their part in these magical nights to come.  Both bands are underground now, but I can feel that the future is theirs. They really carry the spirit of a new American Power Metal generation.  Touring the U.S. and Canada does always means a tremendous amount of fun, so we are really anxious to see if the people in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Albuquerque – where we have not played before – can scream as loud as their brothers and sisters in New York, Quebec, Toronto, or Hollywood.  We’ll soon find out when we meet you at the edge of time.

“Of course, we have to arrange some time in between playing and traveling for some Christmas gift shopping.  I am sure I will find plenty of cool Star Wars action figures and I am already aware of some great Christmas shops near Washington where I will be able to get some great atypical Christmas tree ornaments.  Strange worlds we are living in: The funniest ones sometimes have been produced in Germany, where you can’t  get them in stores, so the U.S./Canada trip definitely pays off.

“As for books: Last time we ended up in Portland for a day, and whether I’ll make it to Powell’s (City of) Books, you never know.  All in all, I have far too many books which I  have not yet read, but I am constantly working on it.  Since I am getting older and the saying is: “The older you get, the less sleep you need,” I am very optimistic I will manage to read them all when the nights are getting shorter.”

Confirmed North American dates for the Sacred Worlds And Songs Divine Tour are as follows:

Date City Venue Country
2010-11-19
Blind Guardian in Philadelphia, PA
The Trocadero Theatre
United States
Address: 1003 Arch Street. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-11-20
Blind Guardian in New York City, NY
Nokia Theatre Times Square
United States
Address: 1515 Broadway at W. 44th Street. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-11-21
Blind Guardian in Worcester, MA
The Palladium
United States
Address: 261 Main Street. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-11-23
Blind Guardian in Montreal, QC
Metropolis
Canada
Address: 59 Rue Sainte-Catherine East. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-11-25
Blind Guardian in Quebec City, QC
Théâtre Capitole
Canada
Address: 972 Rue Saint-Jean. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-11-26
Blind Guardian in Toronto, ON
Kool Haus
Canada
Address: 132 Queens Quay East. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-11-27
Blind Guardian in Royal Oak, MI
Royal Oak Music Theatre
United States
Address: 318 West 4th Street. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-11-29
Blind Guardian in Chicago, IL
Bottom Lounge
United States
Address: 1375 West Lake Street. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-11-30
Blind Guardian in Minneapolis, MN
Cabooze
United States
Address: 917 Cedar Avenue. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-01
Blind Guardian in Winnipeg, MB
The Garrick Centre
Canada
Address: 330 Garry Street. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-03
Blind Guardian in Calgary, AB
MacEwan Ballroom
Canada
Address: 2500 University Drive Northwest. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-04
Blind Guardian in Edmonton, AB
The Starlite Room
Canada
Address: 10030 102 Street Northwest. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-06
Blind Guardian in Seattle, WA
Showbox at the Market
United States
Address: 1426 1st Avenue. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-08
Blind Guardian in San Francisco, CA
The Regency Ballroom
United States
Address: 1290 Sutter St.. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-09
Blind Guardian in Los Angeles, CA
The Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater
United States
Address: 6126 Hollywood Blvd.. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-10
Blind Guardian in Tempe, AZ
Marquee Theatre
United States
Address: 730 North Mill Avenue. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-11
Blind Guardian in Albuquerque, NM
Sunshine Theatre
United States
Address: 120 Central Avenue Southwest. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-12
Blind Guardian in Denver, CO
Bluebird Theatre
United States
Address: 3317 East Colfax Avenue. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-14
Blind Guardian in Dallas, TX
Trees
United States
Address: 2709 Elm Street. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-15
Blind Guardian in San Antonio, TX
Scout Bar
United States
Address: 19314 US Highway 281 N # 110. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-17
Blind Guardian in Asheville, NC
The Orange Peel
United States
Address: 101 Biltmore Avenue. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-18
Blind Guardian in St. Petersburg, FL
The State Theatre
United States
Address: 687 Central Avenue. Florida Power Fest
2010-12-19
Blind Guardian in Atlanta, GA
The Masquerade
United States
Address: 695 North Ave Northeast. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-21
Blind Guardian in Raleigh, NC
Lincoln Theatre
United States
Address: 126 East Cabarrus Street. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms
2010-12-22
Blind Guardian in Springfield, VA
Jaxx Nightclub
United States
Address: 6355 Rolling Road. Support acts: Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms

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RALF SCHEEPERS / PRIMAL FEAR Sept. News Update

September 8th, 2010
by EvilG
RALF SCHEEPERS

RALF SCHEEPERS

Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR, STARBREAKER, LAST TRIBE) has finished laying down his parts for the forthcoming solo album from Ralf Scheepers of German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR. According to a posting on the PRIMAL FEAR web site, “Magnus delivered his guitar parts on some songs of the album and did a killer job as always. Just some more lead guitars are missing by some other great players and we’re ready to mix the album after the forthcoming [PRIMAL FEAR] European tour!”

As previously reported, powerhouse American vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (HAIL!, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) will make a guest appearance on Scheepers’ forthcoming CD. Owens will be heard dueting with Scheepers in the track “Remission Of Sin”. Other guest musicians expected to appear on the album include Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (DIMMU BORGIR, THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE) on drums, Sander Gommans (AFTER FOREVER, HDK) on guitar and PRIMAL FEAR’s Mat Sinner playing bass on the entire LP and producing. A photo shoot with Alex Kuehr for the CD’s cover took place in early July in Germany.

In a recent interview with the “Metalzone” radio show (web site) with Kostas Purevil Kyriakakis and Helena Mihailidou, Scheepers revealed that his upcoming solo album will include a remake of his song “Saints Of Rock” from Scheepers’ pre-PRIMAL FEAR band TYRAN PACE and a cover version of “Before The Dawn’ from JUDAS PRIEST. “‘Saints Of Rock’ is gonna be, of course, a little bit more modern than it was [when the original version was recorded] in 1986,” he explained. “I mean, right now we have much more possibilities to make songs sound a little bit more modern, starting with the drum sound and the bass sounds — having a much more distorted sound.” He added, “I think ‘Before The Dawn’ pretty much is a [straight] cover — [there’s] just a little more orchestral things going on, I have more strings in the song compared to the JUDAS PRIEST [original]. Back then there wasn’t much strings going on. I think they even have a piano [in the original version], which I don’t have. I have strings and I have this atmosphere stuff going on. Vocal-wise, I just added a harmony at the last bridge before last chorus, I added a harmony which is not on the original, but that’s the basic difference.”

In a June 2010 interview with Metal Assault, Scheepers stated about the musical direction of his forthcoming solo CD, “It’s more diverse [than PRIMAL FEAR], you can say.” He added, “In the beginning I had those ballads that we couldn’t use for PRIMAL FEAR because they might be too mellow, but now we’ve started to write together on it. Basically, it’s my ideas on it, but I have a great team, with Mat and Magnus and some other members — Sander [Gommans], the ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist, helped me a lot. It’s a good variety — from the hardest to the softest tones.”

PRIMAL FEAR recently released a new live DVD, “16.6 – All Over The World” (recorded in various locations between September and November 2009), and a live CD, aptly titled “Live In The USA”.

The brand new Primal Fear European tour is about to kick off:

18.09.2010 POL – Warsaw – Progresja
19.09.2010 CZ – Pardubice – Zluty Pes Pardubice
21.09.2010 D – Aschaffenburg – Colossaal
22.09.2010 D – Munich – Backstage
23.09.2010 D – Cologne – Underground
25.09.2010 IT – Bari Modugno – Demode
26.09.2010 IT – Rome – Black Out
28.09.2010 AUT – Woergl – Komma
29.09.2010 D – Nuernberg – Hirsch
30.09.2010 D – Osnabrueck – Lagerhalle
01.10.2010 D – Burglengenfeld – VA Zentrum
02.10.2010 D – Bad Arolsen – Outback
04.10.2010 SWE – Vaesteras – Sigurdsgatan2
05.10.2010 SWE – Stockholm – Gotokolare
06.10.2010 SWE – Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
08.10.2010 FIN – Tampere – Sputnik
09.10.2010 FIN – Helsinki – Dantes Highlight
11.10.2009 D – Hamburg – New Headbangers Ballroom
12.10.2010 FRA – Paris – La Scene Bastille
13.10.2010 FRA – Lyon – Marche Gare
14.10.2010 FRA – Mulhouse – Noumatrouf
15.10.2010 D – Speyer – Halle 101
04.12.2010 BEL – Kuuren – Hippodrom

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The Summer Rock Festival 2010 with Royal Republic and headliner-act Europe in Svedala, Sweden

September 8th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

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The Summer Rock Festival

Friluftsbadet

Svedala

Sweden

16/7 – 2010

Royal Republic

Europe – Headline –

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Guest Contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

Live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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EVIL SURVIVES AND SPELLCASTER ANNOUNCE “SPEEDKILLER” TOUR DATES

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG

In support of their upcoming releases on HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS, label mates EVIL SURVIVES and SPELLCASTER will be hitting the road throughout October for the “Speedkiller” U.S. tour.

The tour name is derived from the upcoming releases from each band, hitting store shelves on September 14th and October 12th respectively; the debut EP from SPELLCASTER entitled Spells of Speed followed by Powerkiller, the second album by EVIL SURVIVES.

Catch the “Speedkiller” tour:

October 6th Seattle, WA @ Funhouse

October 7th Portland, OR @ Plan B

October 8th Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman Street

October 9th San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern

October 10th Escondido, CA @ Metaphor Café

October 11th TBA

October 13th Phoenix, AZ @ TBA

October 14th Tucson, AZ @ The Rock

October 15th Albuquerque, NM @ Andre’s Underground

October 16th Lubbock, TX @ Whiskey Dix Bar

October 17th San Antonio, TX @ The Korova

October 18th Austin, TX @ Emo’s

October 19th Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

October 20th Kansas City, MO @ TBA

October 21st St Louis, MO @ Fubar

October 22nd Chicago, IL @ Nite Cap

October 23rd Milwaukee, WI @ Monkey Bar

October 24th Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock

Listen to EVIL SURVIVES at www.myspace.com/evilsurvives

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MESHUGGAH: “BLEED” NOW AVAILABLE ON THE ROCKBAND NETWORK

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG
MESHUGGAH - ObZen

MESHUGGAH - ObZen

The MESHUGGAH track “Bleed” is now available for purchase from the RockBand Network’s online store for Playstation 3 & XBOX 360.  The track comes off the band’s release ObZen, which debuted at #59 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in March, 2008.

Add “Bleed” to your RockBand music library by purchasing the song game track here.

Other Nuclear Blast artist tracks available on the Rock Band Network include EXODUS’ “Riot Act,” DEATH ANGEL’s “Dethroned,” TESTAMENT’s “Henchmen Ride,” and “We Are The Nightmare” by ARSIS.  Metal fans are encouraged to submit artist & song requests for Rock Band here.

View Killswitch Productions’ video for “Bleed” in high definition here.

“Bleed” can also be found on the full in-game soundtrack for Iron Man 2: The Video Game.

MESHUGGAH’s first live DVD, Alive, was released this past February and debuted at #8 on the Nielsen SoundScan Top Music DVD Video chart. View Alive’s official trailer at this location.

Visit MESHUGGAH online at www.MESHUGGAH.net, www.myspace.com/MESHUGGAH, www.facebook.com/MESHUGGAH, and twitter.com/MESHUGGAHBAND.

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DEADSEA To Embark On October Tour; New Album To Drop In 2010

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG

Columbus, Ohio’s unique prog/doom/tech/stoner/metal unit DEADSEA are putting the final touches on their upcoming Grand Delugeon US tour. Set to kick off on the first of October, the band will splatter the Midwest, Northwest, West Coast and Southern US states — the band’s first time to tour the West Coast — on a three-week rampage, with the entire tour being centered around this year’s annual Fall Into Darkness Festival in Portland, Oregon.

DEADSEA will be slaying their nightly audience with their totally unclassifiable gargantuan alloy, which is comprised of countless strains of “out there metal.” Fans who venture out to the shows will hear selections from the band’s upcoming album they’re wrapping up now, set for release later in 2010. As with their previous full-lengths — 2005’s Desiderata LP and 2007’s self-titled CD — this new yet-to-be-titled full-length will again be released on the band’s own Chrome Leaf Records, who’ve also been responsible for releases from Prosanctus Inferi, Nekrasov/Aderlating (split), Portal and more in recent years.

DEADSEA Grand Delugeon 2010 US Tour:

10/01/2010 *TBA – Chicago, IL

10/02/2010 Bong Ward – Milwaukee, WI

10/03/2010 Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN

10/04/2010 Memory Lanes – Minneapolis, MN

10/05/2010 Bourbon Theatre- Lincoln, NE

10/06/2010 *TBA – Denver, CO

10/07/2010 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Laughter

10/08/2010 Red Room Tavern – Boise, ID

10/09/2010 Berbati’s Pan – Portland, OR @ Fall Into Darkness Fest

10/11/2010 Alibi- Arcata, CA

10/12/2010 *TBA – Oakland, CA

10/13/2010 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA w/ Grayceon

10/15/2010 *TBA – Los Angeles, CA w/ Landmine Marathon

10/16/2010 *TBA – San Diego, CA w/ Landmine Marathon

10/17/2010 Sound Kontrol – Phoenix, AZ w/ Landmine Marathon

10/18/2010 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Albuquerque, NM

10/19/2010 Pine Box – Midland, TX

10/20/2010 Headhunter’s – Austin, TX

10/21/2010 Nightmare – Dallas, TX w/ Christian Mistress

10/22/2010 *TBA – Nashville, TN

More news on DEADSEA’s upcoming album will be released in mere days, along with more confirmed tour dates.

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DEATH ANGEL: North American Headlining Tour Announced

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG
Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, will embark on their first North American headlining tour in support of their new album Relentless Retribution in early 2011! Joining them are some of the best names in the new wave of thrash metal today including LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, and HEXEN. Reduced service charge tickets will go on sale today through www.Enterthevault.com. On sale at all major ticketing services after September 25, 2010. Meet and greet packages will go on sale September 25th as well. Packages will include a concert ticket, meet and greet, photo, autograph, merchandise and more! Details on where to obtain these will be announced shortly.
Vocalist Mark Osegueda commented:
“We are so excited, and proud to finally be doing our first headlining tour of North America since, the now infamous, Act III tour of 1990! We have put together a line up of bands that we feel will give all the fans what they deserve! An all out blow showcasing all the best elements of thrash metal found today! Ending of course with a full headlining set by DEATH ANGEL that we promise will leave everyone feeling relentlessly and sonically ravaged!  See you on the road! In the pit! And at the bar!”
“North American Retribution 2011”
DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, HEXEN

01/30/11  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

01/31/11  The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC

02/01/11  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

02/02/11  Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

02/03/11  Rocko’s – Manchester, NH

02/04/11  Club Hell – Providence, RI

02/05/11  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

02/06/11  Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA

02/07/11  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

02/08/11  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

02/09/11  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

02/10/11  Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY

02/11/11  Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

02/12/11  Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK

02/13/11  Numbers – Houston, TX (+ D.R.I.)

02/14/11  Emo’s – Austin, TX (+ D.R.I.)

02/15/11  White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (+ D.R.I.)

02/16/11  Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX

02/18/11  Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ

02/19/11  Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

02/20/11  Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA

02/21/11  Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV

02/22/11  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

02/23/11  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

02/24/11  The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA

02/25/11  Lost on Main – Chico, CA

02/26/11  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
DEATH ANGEL will perform on the “70K Tons of Metal” cruise occurring January 24th through 28th, 2011. Check out the band talking about the event at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5ZXJRSJI_8.

Relentless Retribution will be released on September 14th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. Preorder a copy of the album with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Search/death_angel

Relentless Retribution Track Listing:
1. Relentless Revolution
2. Claws In So Deep
3. Truce
4. Into The Arms of Righteous Anger
5. River Of Rapture
6. Absence Of Light
7. This Hate
8. Death Of The Meek
9. Opponents At Sides
10. I Chose The Sky
11. Volcanic
12. Where They Lay

“Claws In So Deep” features performances by the popular acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. The track “Truce” also features a guest guitar solo by Producer Jason Suecof.

Relentless Retribution was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER). Cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL) is attached.

For more information visit: www.DEATHANGEL.us | www.myspace.com/DEATHANGEL

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Dark Synergy – You Are The Killer

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG

Dark Synergy was formed in April 2007 by guitarist/songwriter/producer Col Brown with female vocalist, Nellie Mokbel. During 2007 Col invited the vocalist to participate in an audition for a lead singer. Col was very impressed by her vocals and genuine passion for his music. The natural choice for Col was to make Nellie his lead singer, bringing with her a unique vocal styling to his music.

Nellie posed the question of a band name – Col suggested  Dark Synergy, after the song ‘Dark Synergy’ written by him in 2006. Nellie liked the name and believed in it. As she put it, ‘I like it, and it says a lot!’ Thus, Dark Synergy was born. Dark Synergy expands the limits of Rock by blending both metal and heavy rock  as well as goth and sc-fi influences into a unique style, described by Col as “Cyber-Goth”. Nellie’s passionate, yet delicate and soulful voice is the icing on the cake. Col’s trademark heavy metal riffs, dark left of center, sci-fi, minimalist lyrics, and searing lead guitar solos complete the musical package.

The Dark Synergy EP titled “You Are The Killer”, released independently June 2009 on Dark Synergy Records (DSR) features Simone White (ex Michael Franti – Disposable Heroes Of Hip Hoprisy) on drums, as well as Stuart J. Spaans on fretless and standard electric bass. ”You Are The Killer” is carefully produced, arranged and timed and has won over both, national and international fans.

The title track from the EP, “You Are The Killer” was in rotation on radarradio.com.au, Australia Top 50 for 4 months and won Ugly Phil’s unsigned band competition 2 December 2009 on Triple M FM Australia. Both the tracks “You Are The Killer” and “No Illusions” have been played on internet radio stations in the USA, and “No Illusions” was included on the USA Gothic compilation CD “The Funeral Vol 4”.

With a rapidly growing fan base in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, Dark Synergy is looking to record their highly anticipated debut album.
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CRADLE OF FILTH LAUNCHES ‘DARKLY, DARKLY, VENUS AVERSA’ MINI-SITE; Ninth studio album due out this November on Nuclear Blast Records

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG
Cradle of Filth reveals artwork for 'Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa'

Cradle of Filth - 'Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa'

ENGLAND – One of the most infamous and notorious names in metal, Cradle Of Filth, continue to shock, excite, disgust and inspire in equal measures. Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, the latest chapter of the band’s dark history, is to be released through Nuclear Blast Records on November 9th, but fans can get a preview of the album at the new Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa mini-site, which is live now at: www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth.

The mini-site features info about the album, a gallery of new band pics and elements from the album artwork, a link to download a MP3 of the track “Lilith Immaculate”, downloads and more. The site will be updated on a weekly basis with video blogs, fan competitions, promo videos, an iPhone app, new downloads and more. Previews of different tracks from the album will be added every Wednesday starting September 22nd.

Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is the band’s ninth studio album, and in the words of Cradle’s infamous frontman, Dani Filth, is “without doubt the fastest and most brutal album we’ve created to date. As an acquaintance of the band so aptly noted, this is like ‘Iron Maiden on crack in a graveyard of angels!’”

“This album is Cradle at our most sinister and darkened fairytale,” continues Dani. “A gothic horror themed slay-ride of fervour and perversion; yet amidst the orchestral melodrama and lush, cinematic production, there sits stalwart a ravening beast of furious riffing, flesh ripping vocals and monstrous, unstoppable percussion.”

Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa was recorded at Monkey Puzzle Studios near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England. It is the follow-up to 2008’s Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder. Artwork comes courtesy of Natalie Shau.

The Grammy-nominated, Cradle Of Filth, has been a pioneer of extreme music since their 1994 debut, and has continued to evolve with each subsequent release. The band has continually refused to bow to convention, or conform to prevalent trends and fads, and has constantly sought to push the boundaries of their art. This rings true once more onDarkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa.

A loyal stalwart to the satanic horror ethos, Cradle Of Filth has again created a concept album, this time based on Adam’s first wife, the lascivious demoness Lilith. Throwing medieval nuns, Knights, Templars, Greek mythology, lashings of sex, occult lore, and violent bloodshed together into a creative milieu, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is a dark erotic nightmare set to Cradle Of Filth’s unique scope of supreme vampyric metal.

Whether through their wildly elaborate & theatrical live shows (which incorporate giant lumbering puppets, fire-breathing dancers, freaks and stilt-walkers), provocative merchandise (including the now legendary ‘Jesus Is A C***’ t-shirt), breathtaking artwork, or the weighty subject matter of their albums (their latest told the story of a French Lord who fought alongside Joan Of Arc before embarking on a horrific killing spree), this is a band whose uncompromising stance has been rewarded with legions of fans around the world, making them the most successful British heavy metal band since Iron Maiden.

Stay tuned to www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth for more info.

Cradle Of Filth is…
Dani Filth (vocals)Paul Allender (guitar)
James McIlroy (guitar)
David Pybus (bass)
Martin Skaroupka (drums)
Ashley Ellyllon (keys)

Cradle Of Filth online…
www.cradleoffilth.com

www.myspace.com/cradleoffilth

www.facebook.com/pages/Cradle-of-Filth/6514209076

www.nuclearblastusa.com

www.myspace.com/nuclearblastusa

Stay tuned to www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth for more info.

Cradle Of Filth is…
Dani Filth (vocals)
Paul Allender (guitar)
James McIlroy (guitar)
David Pybus (bass)
Martin Skaroupka (drums)
Ashley Ellyllon (keys)
Cradle Of Filth online…

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