INCANTATION To Play Neurotic Deathfest 2011

March 7th, 2011
by EvilG

US death metal pioneers Incantation have recently been added to the already stacked line up for this year’s Neurotic Deathfest, which runs April 29th & 30th in Tilburg, Netherlands. Drummer Kyle Severn gave the following statement:

“On behalf of myself and Incantation, we would like to announce that we have just been added to the greatest indoor European death metal fest line up that we have ever seen. Yes, I’m talking about this year’s Neurotic Deathfest in Holland. Incantation is honored to share the stage again with the almighty Autopsy, as well as the return of At The Gates, and other metal legends like Obituary, and new metallers of the 2K-era Hail Of Bullets. We plan to play a very obscure set in honor of this amazing line up and for our very supportive fans, old school and new alike. With a well rounded fest lineup bound together with leather and spikes, you will not want to miss this Incantation setlist, which is already a making in the metal history. We are riding the metal storm out with the same line up as we had this time last year when we successfully spread blasphemy across Europe during our headlining tour for the highly respected 7” EP “ScapeGoat” with Alex Bouks ( Goreaphobia, Master) guitars, Chuck Sherwood ( Blood Storm) bass, John McEntee on guitar and vokills and myself skinsmans Kyle Severn on the drums….Kyle666″

Neurotic Deathfest 2011, featuring the likes of At The Gates, Autopsy, Obituary, Hate Eternal, Incantation and many more, is already shaping up to be the most brutal festival of the year. Keep checking in at for information and updates.

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ANIMATIONS confirms appearance on METAL HAMMER FESTIVAL! Embarks on tour with VOTUM and QUBE

March 7th, 2011
by EvilG

ANIMATIONS, one of the most respected progressive metal acts from Poland was just confirmed for METAL HAMMER FESTIVAL which will take place on 10th August 2011 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland.

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST will headline this year’s edition of the Metal Hammer Festival. Also scheduled to appear are death metal veterans MORBID ANGEL and VADER, thrash legend EXODUS, nwobhm classic TANK, ANIMATIONS, MECH and SOULBURNERS.


ANIMATIONS were also added to the line-up of “Incubate Tour” which starts on 18th March and features another two great progmetal acts – VOTUM and QUBE.

18-03- POL, Ostrów Wlkp. Klub Afera (VOTUM, QUBE, ANIMATIONS)

19-03- POL, Konin – Oskard (VOTUM, QUBE, ANIMATIONS)

20-03- POL, Toruń- Lizard King (VOTUM, QUBE, ANIMATIONS)

26-03- POL, Rzeszów – Od Zmierzchu Do Świtu (VOTUM, QUBE, ANIMATIONS)

27-03- POL, Kraków – Kwadrat (VOTUM, QUBE, ANIMATIONS)

28-03- POL, Lublin – Graffiti (VOTUM, QUBE, ANIMATIONS)

02-04- POL, Opole – Come In (VOTUM, QUBE)

03-04- POL, Wrocław – Od Zmierzchu Do Świtu (VOTUM, QUBE)


ANIMATIONS has recently released “Slowly Die Inside” new video single from upcoming 3rd album. The song was recorded at Sonic Maze Studios in December 2010. Mixing duties were handled by Kuba Dębski, mastering was done by Grzegorz Piwkowski (Riverside & Behemoth among others) at Warsaw’s High End Audio. The band is finishing pre-production phase of new album which will be released late spring/early summer 2011 – c.a. 18 months after the releases od highly acclaimed “Reset Your Soul”.

Here’s Youtube link to stream “Slowly Die Inside”:


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March 7th, 2011
by EvilG

Due to a multitude of classic tunes (“The Boys Are Back in Town,” “Jailbreak,” “Waiting for an Alibi,” etc.) and albums (‘Jailbreak,’ ‘Live and Dangerous,’ ‘Black Rose,’ etc.), Thin Lizzy is undoubtedly one of rock’s all-time great bands. And with arguably the band’s strongest line-up since the days that the late/great Phil Lynott served as their front man, Thin Lizzy are set to take the USA by storm with upcoming tour dates in late March and early April.

The trek will include stops in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Toronto, Detroit, and Chicago, and will also include a live appearance on the popular radio show, Rockline, on March 23rd, which will run from 11:30 pm to 1:00 am EST. Thin Lizzy’s current line-up includes such ‘Lynott era’ Lizzy veterans as Scott Gorham (guitar), Brian Downey (drums), and Darren Wharton (keyboards), as well as singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick, bassist Marco Mendoza, and Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell.

Thin Lizzy became one of rock’s top bands during the 1970’s, on the strength of Lynott’s poetic yet tough lyrics, and the highly influential dual guitar attack of Gorham and which ever second guitarist he was paired up with at the time (Brian Robertson, the late Gary Moore, Snowy White, or John Sykes). Lizzy split up in 1983, before Lynott passed away in 1986. But with Lizzy being either consistently name checked as an influence or having their songs covered by other bands, the group’s stature has remained at the forefront of rock over the years. And now, US fans will be able to experience the Lizzy legend once more on the concert stage.


03/24/2011      Jim Thorpe, PA.                 Penn’s Peak
03/25/2011      New York, NY.                   Best Buy Theatre
03/26/2011      Uncasville, CT.                 Mohegan Sun Casino Wolf’s Den
03/27/2011      Sayreville, NJ.                 Starland Ballroom
03/29/2011      Glenside, PA.                   Keswick Theatre
03/30/2011      Toronto, ON. Canada             Sound Academy
03/31/2011      Detroit, MI.                            Sound Board at Motor City Casino Hotel
04/01/2011      Chicago, IL.                            Vic Theatre


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March 7th, 2011
by Robert Williams

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Interview with Oscar (Oscarbombt)

Conducted by Robert Williams

Velosity are a three-piece thrash metal band hailing from Los Angeles, California. To date, the young band has performed shows alongside thrash legends like Death Angel and Forbidden as well as some of today’s leading thrash acts like Bonded By Blood and Gama Bomb. A five song demo entitled "Deadly Ritual" has garnered Velosity some much deserved attention within underground metal circles. Guitarist and vocalist Oscar recently took the time to chat with and filled us in on the history and current activities of this promising new band.

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March 7th, 2011
by Robert Williams



Interview with Brian Villers

Conducted by Robert Williams

It’s been five years since Immortal Dominion has released a new album, but later this month fan’s can look forward to the release of the band’s hard hitting third full length record "Primortal".  Immortal Dominion guitarist Brian Villers recently took the time to talk about recording the new album, working with famed producer Sterling Winfield, the band’s plans for 2011 and much more…

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March 5th, 2011
by EvilG

Heavy metal with a Southern groove. That was the concept when former Ozzy Osbourne-guitarist Zakk Wylde formed Black Label Society in 1998, and that’s how it still looks today. To date the massive – in both senses of the word – guitar-hero/frontman and cohorts have released eight studio albums, including such successes as “Mafia” (2005) and last year’s “Order of the Black”. As we all know, American and European metalheads have different preferences, but in this case both sides agree: Black Label Society is one of the finest American metal bands today. Even if Zakk himself has given up beer, he can still count on countless beerdrinkers to give a warm reception to him, his trusted associates Nick Catanese (guitar) and John DeServio (bass), and newly appointed drummer Johnny Kelly (ex-Type O Negative).

Did we mention that the band will play just before Ozzy Osbourne on june 11th?

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Psycho Choke – “Get Down” New Video with guest solo from Gus G.

March 5th, 2011
by EvilG

Psycho Choke is proud to announce the new video “Get Down“. Taken from the album “UNRAVELING CHAOS” released by 7Hard Records 2010. Feat. guest solo from Gus-G (Firewind, Ozzy).



Louder than hell, aggressive, optimistic and happily violent Psycho Choke deliver a special blend of nerve striking vibes with eastern and western grooves under a soft touch of discrete poetry. With a little help from Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Marios Iliopoulos and Olof Mork (Nightrage) and Jacob Hansen (Invocator, Anubis Gate) “Unraveling Chaos” is the album that every metal core fan will talk about for months. Play it on high volume and let the waves destroy your eardrums.


From Guitarist Gus G: “Psycho Choke is a band from my town and I’ve known them for many years. They always recorded quality music and play intense live shows. I was happy to jam on their new album and I wish them nothing but the best!”



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Drinking With Motorhead (And living to tell about it!)

March 5th, 2011
by Metal Rules

Drinking With Motörhead

(And  living to tell about it!)  

By Tim  Shöckley 

Congress Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA

February 19, 2011


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WOLF – Legions Of Bastards Artwork, Tracklisting Revealed

March 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Legions Of Bastards, Swedish metallers WOLF’s 6th album, and thhe follow-up to 2009’s Swedish Grammy nominated album Ravenous, was produced by Pelle Saether at Studio Underground in Vasterås, Sweden.

Legions Of Bastards‘s artwork was once again created by Thomas Holm, the man who did MERCYFUL FATE’s legendary Melissa and Don’t Break The Oath covers.

Check out the artwork below:

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WOLF - Legions Of Bastards

Says Wolf: “Legions Of Bastards is the fruit of lots of hard work, sweat and blood. Our music has always come from the heart, but this one seems to us even more honest and straight forward than any other album we’ve made. We’re not afraid to say that this is a GREAT album. If you love it, like we do, raise the horns and bang your head! If you don’t – we don’t care. We’d still be banging our heads!”

Legions Of Bastards will be released through Century Media Records on the following dates:

Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Norway – Friday, April 22nd

UK/Benelux/France/Greece/Denmark/Portugal/Rest of Europe – Monday, April 25th

North America/Spain/Italy – Tuesday, April 26th

Sweden/Finland/Hungary – Wednesday, April 27th

Australia/New Zealand – Friday, April 29th


Legions Of Bastards tracklist:


‘Vicious Companions’

‘Skull Crusher’

‘Full Moon Possession’

‘Jekyll & Hyde’


‘Tales From The Crypt’

‘Nocturnal Rites’

‘Road To Hell’

‘False Preacher’

‘Hope To Die’

‘K-141 Kursk’

The Ltd. Edition Digipak includes ‘6 Steps’ (Japan bonus track from the Ravenous album) and ‘Method To Your Madness’ (METAL CHURCH cover). The album will also come out on vinyl.

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March 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the Swedish melodic power metal band Enbound to the label. Their debut album “And She Says Gold” will be released in Europe on April 29th and a release date for Japan will be announced shortly.

Enbound features vocalist Lee Hunter [Lars Safsund] also known for his work with the band Work of Art, as well as performing in musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar, in the TV program “Singing Bee” on Swedish television and performing with Biondo in the Rumanian Eurovision song contest 2008.


“And She Says Gold” was mastered by Bjorn Engelmann [Rammstein, Primal Fear, Sonata Arctica] at Cutting Room and the artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard [Avantasia, Masterplan, Edguy].


“And She Says Gold” is a masterpiece of melodic power metal, and definitely one of the best debut albums to come out during the last ten years in the scene. The powerful arrangements that characterize Enbound, together with the smooth and emotional vocals by Lee Hunter, Enbound has created something special. Fans of melodic metal and hard rock will for sure love the sound of Enbound, and the future of the band is really exciting! Do not miss out on this new Swedish melodic metal sensation!

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March 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Canadian blackened doom merchants WOODS OF YPRES are preparing for the worldwide release of their acclaimed album, WOODS 4: THE GREEN ALBUM.

Originally released in late 2009, WOODS 4: THE GREEN ALBUM is due to be reissued by Earache Records on March 14th in Europe and March 22nd in North America.

WOODS OF YPRES founding member and frontman DAVID GOLD discusses the writing process for the album (part 1):

“The writing process for W4: The Green Album began while sitting on my bed, aimlessly writing riffs in my Seoul, South Korea apartment during my year in exile while living and teaching there in 2007-2008.  The previous WOODS OF YPRES band had collapsed, as did all crucial parts of my former life in Toronto, Canada, suddenly in spring 2007.  I fled to Korea to keep myself busy with work and new experiences until I could sort myself out and figure out my next move.  I feared that if I were to slow down, I’d get low and drown.  I knew I had to go far away, fast, and stay there until life started to make sense to me again.

“I quit my Toronto day job of the previous four years on the morning of my 27th birthday that June.  During the following ten days, I packed what was left of myself into a suitcase and the rest into boxes and storage, and by July 1st, Canada Day, I found myself living and working in Seoul where everything was new, the future so completely unknown.  It was actually quite terrifying in the beginning.  Every waking moment was so uncomfortable that day to day living was agonizingly dreadful.  At some point I went numb and became indifferent to everything.  One day at a time, I developed a little more acceptance for the past while learning to live a little more within my new reality of life in Korea.  Once the numbness melted away and I started to feel, think and form some opinions again, I started to write again, too.

“At the beginning of the journey, summer 2007, I no longer had a band, or anything more than a job to go to and a place to sleep.  I was by myself, completely unknown on the other side of the world, 12 hours of time zones away from my former home and anything familiar.  Teaching work kept me challenged and very busy and gave me a sense of purpose, but when not knowing what to do outside of work hours, I retired to my apartment for the night, made myself some dinner, watched the US Army TV channel (the one channel I got in English), played guitar, maybe wrote riffs and maybe scribbled down a few thoughts that eventually became WOODS OF YPRES songs.

“Twelve months of hurt, exploring, longing, thinking, documenting, teaching, sleeping, waking, eating, drinking, walking around the city listening to Nick Cave, Katatonia and The Magnetic Fields on my iPod, venturing out, getting lost, finding my way and drumming for the Seoul, South Korea metal band NECRAMYTH later, plus a well earned, month long reward trip to Finland for metal and more drinking on the way home from Korea and I was back in Canada, wanting to bring WOODS OF YPRES back from the dead, much like I had done with myself.”

Check back soon for part 2.

WOODS OF YPRES are due to kick off a North American tour next week in support of WOODS 4: THE GREEN ALBUM.  Catch the band live at the following shows:

March 10 – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario @ The Rosie
March 11 – Sudbury Ontario, @ The Serbian Centre (Sudbury Metalfeast)
March 12 – Barrie, Ontario @ The Fox Lounge
March 13 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Mod Club
March 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johhny Brenda’s
March 16 – New York City, NY @ The Bowery Electric
March 17 – Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Rock Diner
March 18 – St. John, NB @ SunStar Lounge
March 19 – Halifax, NS @ Coconut Grove
March 20 – Moncton, NB @ The Manhattan Bar
March 21 – Fredericton, NB @ The Capital Complex

View the tour flyer at

WOODS OF YPRES recently released a new music video, for the song “I Was Buried In Mount Pleasant Cemetery”.  Watch the video at

WOODS 4: THE GREEN ALBUM is available to pre-order now on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl.  Order your copy now in Europe at or in North America at

WOODS 4: THE GREEN ALBUM is out now worldwide on iTunes.  Get the album at

For more WOODS OF YPRES news and info, head to:

Official site –
MySpace –
Facebook –

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DEKADENT releasing new album TODAY!

March 4th, 2011
by EvilG
The Slovenian black avantgardists DEKADENT are about to release their third effort entitled “Venera: Trial & Tribulation” which will be released this via G-Records/Rough Trade. A couple of songs from their upcoming album have been already published at their MySpace profile, while the band released also released a brand new single “Black Love” which is available as a download only (Amazon, iTunes, …)


The tracklist for “Venera: Trial & Tribulation” is as follows:
1) The Wound
2) Thralldom Decree
3) Raided
4) Paramours in Vain
5) Beautiful Fire
6) Craven
7) False Endearment
8) Providential Love
9) Sunday’s Lament
10) In Pulchritude Adorned
11) Trial & Tribulation
12) Day of Solace

Dekadent live Line-up:
Artur – Vocals, Guitars, FX
Bostian – Guitars
Naur – Bass
Typh – Drums

Bands Website and other Media on the 19.03

Visit: Video trailer for “RAIDED”

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Eddie Trunk & DOWN bring you their NYC VIP Giveaway

March 4th, 2011
by EvilG
Eddie Trunk & DOWN bring you their NYC VIP Giveaway

Eddie Trunk & DOWN bring you their NYC VIP Giveaway

Eddie Trunk has partnered with his friends in DOWN to bring you a sick VIP Giveaway! ENTER NOW! On Thursday, April 28th, Eddie Trunk is hosting a sick night of heavy metal featuring DOWN at the Best Buy Theater, in New York City.  Eddie has personal tickets that he wants to give to you, as a thanks for your support.  Also, all who enter this giveaway automatically receive a 10% discount code to the DOWN Nola online store!

The (1) grand prize winner gets their hands on:

  • (2) of Eddie’s PERSONAL tickets to the show
  • (2) VIP Packages which include:
    • Meet & greet with band member(s)
    • Access to sound check
    • (1) DOWN t-shirt*
    • (1) Lanyard
    • (1) Collectible DOWN laminate
    • (1) $5 gift card to DOWN-Nola Online Store

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March 4th, 2011
by EvilG

FORBIDDEN guitarist Steve Smyth is pleased to announce the availability of his signature 6- & 7-string BC Rich “Bich” guitar, which debuted two months ago at NAMM 2011.


“After nearly 3 years of effort put in, I am happy to announce that my BC Rich signature series guitars have been released.  I chose everything for these guitars, right down to the finish, and I’m very happy to say my wishes have been met!  I have been using the Signature 6 series – this absolute monster – with the mighty FORBIDDEN for the last few years, and I honestly have to say it slays every other guitar I have, straight up!  Solid, consistent tone across all the dynamics I need; the feel is incredible plus it’s really light for having the heavy woods it has.  The Signature 7 series version of the guitar has been released as well. This has the same woods as the 6, but with 81-7 and 707 pickups, Grover tuners, and a Floyd Rose tremolo as well.  I’m loving this thing… it hasn’t left my hands since I got it!  This guitar will see use with my new metal band Firehead (debut in late 2011), as well as featured heavily on the new album and live performances coming this year from The EssenEss Project.  I hope you’ll enjoy these guitars as much as I do.  Check them out!”


Specs for the 6-string Bich:


• Neck Through Construction
• Mahogany Body
• Maple Neck
• Grover® Rotomatic Tuners
• Ebony Fretboard

• 24 Jumbo Frets

• 25 1/2″ Scale

• BC Rich Quad bridge

• EMG® 81 and 85 Pickups

• 2 Volume, 1 Tone, and 1 Three-way Toggle Controls


Specs for the 7-string Bich:


• Neck Through Construction
• Mahogany Body
• Maple Neck
• Grover® Rotomatic Tuners 

• Ebony Fretboard

• 24 Jumbo Frets

• 25 1/2″ Scale

• Floyd Rose® Original 7 Bridge
• EMG® 81-7 and 707 Pickup

• 2 Volume, 1 Tone, and 1 Three-way Toggle Controls


Listen to the tracks “Forsaken At The Gates” and “Dragging My Casket” from FORBIDDEN’s 2010 reunion album, Omega Wave, here.


Purchase Omega Wave (digi-pak or vinyl version) at the Nuclear Blast USA webstore.


Visit FORBIDDEN online at,, and

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Book of Historic Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus; Bay Area Metal Photographs to Appear This Fall

March 4th, 2011
by EvilG
Book of Historic Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus Photos Coming This Fall

Book of Historic Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus Photos Coming This Fall 2011

Legendary San Francisco Bay Area metal photographers Brian Lew (Whiplash fanzine) and Harald “O.” Oimoen (D.R.I.) have joined forces to create the large-format hardcover photo collection MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW: Bay Area Bangers and the Birth of Thrash Metal. Coming this fall from Bazillion Points Books, this intense look at early hardcore headbangers features some of the first photos of the “Big Four” and their extended family of thrash metal bands. With hundreds of candid, live, and studio shots, Lew and Oimoen celebrate the unique wild-eyed spirit and atmosphere of the historic S.F. Bay Area heavy metal scene: pinpointing clubs (The Old Waldorf, The Stone, Ruthie’s Inn, The Omni); hangouts (The Record Vault, the infamous Metallica Mansion); and beloved local figures like fearless stage diver Toby Rage, manager Debbie Abono, and the unrivaled metal ringmaster Paul Baloff of Exodus.


Among the jaw-dropping moments in heavy metal history on display: Cliff Burton’s first rehearsal with Dave Mustaine-era Metallica; Kerry King of Slayer performing with early Megadeth; Metallica and Slayer’s first Bay Area shows; the first meeting of Slayer and Metallica; original uncropped prints of Possessed’s blood-spattered “Seven Churches” band photo shoot; some of the earliest photos of Vio-lence and Death Angel; Testament (then called Legacy) dressed in religious stage outfits; the crazed front row faces from legendary Ruthie’s Inn; and Metallica’s triumphant takeover of Day on the Green in 1985.


At roughly 300 pages, filled with unpublished images and rare flyers, this incredible visual time capsule stems from a friendship that started when Brian Lew and Harald O. first met as camera-wielding teenage metalheads. Both later contributed to Ron Quintana’s infamous Metal Mania fanzine.


Says Harald O.: “I am so psyched on getting these photos out there. The camaraderie and great friendships forged between all the bands and the fans was so cool-there literally wasn’t much distinction. Everybody was pals with everyone else, and it was a magical time to be a metalhead living in the Bay Area. People are gonna freak on what what we’re gonna show them. This is a dream come true!”


Says Brian Lew: “This will not be a history book, but rather a time machine back to the ‘bonded by blood’ days of the original Bay Area metal scene. Before they played the Bay Area, Slayer wore makeup onstage; after that first Bay Area show they never wore makeup again. This book will show people why.”


Murder in the Front Row: Bay Area Bangers and the Birth of Thrash Metal, by Brian Lew and Harald “O.” Oimoen. [ISBN 978-1-935950-03-5] Coming Fall 2011 from Bazillion Points Books, America’s smallest but heaviest book publisher.


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