Cradle Of Filth – statement from Dani Filth about cancelled gig in Ecuador

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG


Unfortunately Cradle Of Filth have had to cancel the first date of their South American tour which was due to take place in Ecuador on Friday night. Dani Filth has made this statement about the cancellation:

Everyone involved with the band, and especially the band themselves are deeply distressed over the cancellation of our show in Ecuador this Friday. This is the second time we have had to pull out of a concert in Ecuador (the last cancellation being due to airport closure as we were circling the runway!).

Unfortunately this time has been due to several reasons, including severe weather conditions stranding half the band’s crew, deep ‘contractual’ problems, plus flight-booking f**k-ups. It is a regrettable situation to be in, but unfortunately an impossible one at this particular time to rectify.

Our sincere apologies go out to all the fans we have disappointed by this very well thought out decision, the band feeling even worse about it as we are all stuck in cold, redundant limbo for two days.

As for the rest of our South American tour, all other shows are definitely on, the first being on the twelfth at the Teatro Metropol, in Bogotá, Colombia, this very Sunday. We can’t wait, though once again, I’d like to apologise to all our loyal, disappointed fans in Ecuador. We are so pissed off that this has had to happen.

All the very best,

A deeply annoyed Dani Filth.

Fans who had bought tickets for the gig should contact the promoter to receive a refund.

Click here for details on the rest of the South American tour and the 2011 North American tour.

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December 9th, 2010
by EvilG


Nailboard Records is proud to announce the January 11th, 2011 release of the debut album of the up-and-coming Estonian melodic death metal band Ceremonial Perfection. To support the release, the band will embark upon a 15-day tour of Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Ceremonial Perfection is an emergent five-piece from Tallinn, Estonia, formed in late 2007. The band´s ascent is impressive, especially considering the members´ average age of below 20. In a mere three years they have played extensively in Estonia, while also managing a scattering of performances abroad, including a successful two-and-a-half-week tour of Russia, sharing stages with Finland´s massively renowned Norther. The melodic foundation of the band´s music is suffused in heavy riffs and atmospheric keys, thus making the concordant essence of their songs embraceable both by headbangers as well as those wholly unfamiliar with metal.

Work on the band´s debut full-length began in the spring of 2010. “Alone in the End” was recorded at Sinusoid Studios (, the birthplace of the best-sounding records in Estonia, produced and co-arranged by Kristo Kotkas, a top sound engineer sought-after in all of Scandinavia. Artwork for the eight-page booklet was crafted by one of the best graphic masters in Europe, Björn Gosses of Killustrations Studio, famous for designs implemented, among other top acts, by Amon Amarth, Kataklysm and Six Feet Under.

“Alone in the End” will be released on January 11, 2011 by Nailboard Records in Estonia and Fono Ltd. in Russia/CIS. The Nailboard Records release entails two versions: a colour digipak and a deluxe box, which includes the album, a t-shirt, a patch and a poster.

1. Intro
2. Symbols and Processes
3. Blinding White
4. Havoc
5. Autumn of Memories
6. Through Your Devil Nature
7. My Labyrinth
8. Asymmetry
9. Tomorrow of Today


“Alone in the End” tour 2011 – confirmed gigs:

20.01.2011 @ Estonia, Jőhvi, Old Base Club
21.01.2011 @ Estonia, Rakvere, Kärakants
22.01.2011 @ Estonia, Tallinn, Tapper
23.01.2011 @ Estonia, Pärnu, Vabaajakeskus
24.01.2011 @ Estonia, Viljandi, Puhas Kuld Club
27.01.2011 @ Estonia, Tartu, Rock´n´Roll Club
28.01.2011 @ Latvia, Riga, Nabaklab
29.01.2011 @ Lithuania, Klaipeda, Kreivoji Sarama
30.01.2011 @ Lithuania, Kaunas, Club Insait
31.01.2011 @ Russia, Kaliningrad, Sektor 39
01.02.2011 @ Poland, Rzeszów, Klub Od Zmierzchu Do Úwitu ul.Mickiewicza 1/3
02.02.2011 @ Poland, Sanok, Klub Rudera ul.Podgórze 3
03.02.2011 @ Poland, Przemyúl, Klub ul.Wegierska
04.02.2011 @ Lithuania, Panevezhys, Arena Pizza
05.02.2011 @ Estonia, Valga, Rockiklubi


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NEURAXIS Unveil “Asylon” Cover Art and Comment on Sepultura Tour; Prosthetic Launches Album Pre-order

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG


Quebecois technical death metallers NEURAXIS have unveiled the cover of their upcoming album, “Asylon,” which will be released in North America on February 15th, 2011. The cover art was created by artist Dennis Sibeijn of Damnengine Artwork, who worked with the band on their previous album, “The Thin Line Between,” as well with Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira and more. “Asylon” was recorded at Wildsound Studio with producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Last Felony, The Agonist).  Prosthetic has launched the pre-order for the album, at its official webstore. (

Vocalist Alex Leblanc commented on the cover: “So here is the cover for “Asylon”. As many of you will see, it is very different from all our previous album covers. Since the lyrics and the music are so connected on the new record, we wanted the cover to represent perfectly the vibe…dark, visceral and heavy. We used a lot of dark green to represent the sick/poisonous mood of the lyrics.”

NEURAXIS has just been confirmed as support for legendary extreme metal act, Sepultura on their spring headline run. This is in addition to the previously announced tour supporting death metal masters Deicide in February and March.

Leblanc commented on touring with the Brazilian trailblazers: “On another note, we just confirmed our participation to the Sepultura tour starting next april. It’s a massive tour covering the whole north american circuit. Is it really necessary to tell you how stoked we are to be a part of this??? I remember moshing in high school corridors listening to “Arise” back in the days. This tour will start one month after the Deicide tour so it will be a good and busy winter/spring for us…See you guys on the road!”

See NEURAXIS on the following dates:

2/10              Ottowa, Ontario, Canada – Mavericks #
2/11               Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s #
2/12                Cleveland, OH – Pirate’s Cove #
2/13                Nashville, TN – The Muse #
2/15        Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *
2/16         Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall *
2/17         Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 *
2/18         Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero *
2/19        Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall *
2/20        Worcester, MA – The Palladium *
2/21         New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre *
2/22        Quebec City,  QUE –  Imperial de Quebec *
2/23         Montreal, QUE – Cafe Campus *
2/24        London, ONT – Music Hall *
2/25         Toronto, ONT –  Opera House *
2/26        Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club *
2/27         Detroit, MI – Blondie’s *
2/28         Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall *
3/1          Tulsa, OK – Marquee *
3/2          Denver, CO –  Bluebird Theater *
3/4          Seattle, WA – El Corazon *
3/5          Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre *
3/7                   Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon *
3/8         Los Angeles, CA – Key Club *
3/9/        San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick *
3/10                Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse *
3/11             Amirillo, TX – The War Legion Underground #
3/12              Ft Worth, TX – Rail Club #
3/13              Houston, TX – Numbers #
3/15             Tampa, FL – Brass Mug #
3/16              Nashville, TN – The Muse(2nd show) #
3/17              Newport News, VA – Budda’s Place #
3/18              Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar and Grill #
3/19              Manchester, NH – Rocko’s #
4/18              Toronto, ON – Opera House $
4/19              Quebec , QC – Imperial $
4/20              Montreal, QC – Club Soda $
4/21              Ottawa, ON – Mavericks $
4/22              Worcester, MA – Palladium $
4/23              Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom $
4/24              Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero $
4/25              New York, NY – The Gramercy Theater $
4/26              Charlotte, NC – The Tremont Hall $
4/27              Orlando, FL – The Club At Firestone $
4/28              Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room $
4/29              Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade $
5/01              Tyler, TX – Clicks $
5/02              Houston, TX – Scout Bar $
5/03              Dallas, TX – Trees $
5/04              Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory $
5/05              Lubbock, TX – Jake’s $
5/06              Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater $
5/07              Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse $
5/08              Tuscson, AZ – Club DV8 $
5/09              San Diego, CA – House Of Blues $
5/10              Reno, NV – Knitting Factory $
5/11              San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom $
5/12              Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater $
5/13              Seattle, WA – El Corazon $
5/14              Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory $
5/16              Englewood, CO – Gothic Theater $
5/17              Wichita, KS – The OZ Café $
5/18              St Paul, MN – Station 4 $
5/19              Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club $
5/20              Detroit, MI – Blondie’s $
5/21              Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall $
5/22              Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s $
5/23              Louisville, KY – Expo Five $
5/24              Milwaukee, WI – Rave $
5/26              Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo $
5/27              Regina, SK – The Exchange $
5/28              Calgary, AB – Dickens $
5/29              Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room $
5/30             Prince George, BC – Third $
5/31              Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater $
# w/ Blackguard
* w/ Deicide, Belphegor, Pathology, Blackguard
$ w/ Sepultura, Belphegor, Hate, Keep Of Kalessin, Bonded By Blood

The technical death metal outfit was founded in 1994 and has done time on the road with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Despised Icon, The Faceless and took part in the 2008 Canadian Summer Slaughter Tour, with Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Beneath the Massacre and more.

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LAZARUS AD announce new release, track listing and artwork

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

LAZARUS AD - Black Rivers Flow

LAZARUS AD - Black Rivers Flow

“Black Rivers Flow” set to come out February 1, 2011 – First single ‘The Ultimate Sacrifice’ to premier on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal!

Midwest thrashers LAZARUS A.D. are pleased to announce Black Rivers Flow as the title to their second full-length album due out February 1st via Metal Blade Records. The highly anticipated release was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Wisco and was mixed & mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production.

Track listing for Black Rivers Flow:
1. American Dreams
2. The Ultimate Sacrifice
3. The Strong Prevail
4. Black Rivers Flow
5. Casting Forward
6. Light A City (Up In Smoke)
7. Through Your Eyes
8. Beneath the Waves of Hatred
9. Eternal Vengeance

Bassist and lead vocalist Jeff Paulick comments; “First off, I have to say we are incredibly proud of Black Rivers Flow. It’s been three and a half years since we recorded our last album and we’ve grown a lot since then. During the writing process for Black Rivers Flow we were dealing with great personal tragedies. We found a way to draw strength from those tragedies and use it as inspiration to write what we feel.”

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WINO: Solo Acoustic Album Details And U.S. Tour With Scott Kelly Announced

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

We don’t need to rave about the well-known legacy of the man who is Scott Weinrich, better known as Wino. With dozens of albums released throughout his time spent in The Obsessed, Saint Vitus, Shine, Spirit Caravan, The Hidden Hand, Shrinebuilder, Dave Grohl’s Probot project and much more since the late ’70s, his mammoth and varied resume spans nearly three full decades, essentially set him up as a purveyor and forerunner of the entire genre we now call doom rock. A true legend; this is Wino. But, with the release of the humble but legendary musician’s new solo album, Adrift, a side of the man that most haven’t heard is being uncovered for the first time.   Answering the call from his friends and supporters to record an acoustic solo album following the sudden and tragic passing of friend and bandmate Jon Blank, who appeared on Wino’s first “solo release” Punctuated Equilibrium album in 2009, he set to work on his most personal and powerful recording to date. Adrift is a revealing alternative view of this underground legend’s personality and history. Stripped down to the bare minimum — just his voice and his guitar — the songs on Adrift follow classic American songwriting ideals offering a compelling mixture of emotion and storytelling.   Wino is a man on his own in a boat without sails. He’s fighting against tides and storms, enjoying the moments of bright sunshine; bound to the will of something external — the wind, destiny and the drift. Easily his most heartfelt and personal material to be recorded to date, the twelve tracks on Adrift help elevate this already iconic musician to a new level of storytelling, setting Wino up to fall right in line with greats like Johnny Cash, Woodie Guthrie, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and other classic American songwriters.

Adrift Track Listing:
01. Adrift
02. I Don’t Care
03. Hold On Love
04. Mala Suerte
05. Old And Alone
06. Iron Horse/Born To Lose
07. Suzanes Song
08. DBear
09. Whatever
10. Shot In The Head
11. O.B.E.
12. Green Speed

Adrift is set for official release on respected German label Exile On Mainstream Records March 8th, 2011 in North America, the label now distributed domestically by E1 Entertainment. A limited edition vinyl version of the album featuring extended liner notes and more is to be released in the U.S. on January 18th by Volcom Entertainment.

Wino will hit the road stateside this February on a short acoustic tour, rocking alongside longtime friend, and also Shrinebuilder bandmate, Scott Kelly (Neurosis). The tour will be in support of the upcoming split 7″ between Wino and Kelly, to be released early in the year by Volcom, as well as the Adrift album. Sponsored by BrooklynVegan, the tour will venture through California, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland and New York, showcasing both legendary artists each in solo, acoustic mode.

Wino/Scott Kelly February 2011 Tour:

2/05/11 Viper Room – Hollywood, CA
2/07/11 Casbah – San Diego, CA
2/08/11 Emo’s – Austin, TX
2/09/11 Abbey Pub – Chicago, IL

2/10/11 Great Scott – Allston, MA

2/11/11 Sonar – Baltimore, MD

2/12/11 Mercury Lounge – New York, NY [new site coming soon]

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LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH’s The Extra Dimensional Wound To See Vinyl Release Later This Month

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

The Extra Dimensional Wound, the second full-length from California black metal legion LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH, will see its vinyl release via Canonical Hours Records. The wax version will be released on December 15th as a deluxe gatefold LP featuring two 200-gram discs with a 12-page booklet and expanded artwork in a limited edition of 500 copies.
Said the band in a collective statement:”If you enjoyed this release you MUST hear it on 200 gram vinyl as it was intended. We’ve also included a poster featuring new art.”   The Extra Dimensional Wound was released earlier this year via Metal Blade Records. Their second official studio offering (and first for the label) continues to reap critical accolades for it’s infernal crushingness. Said of the outing: “one of the label’s best releases in recent memory. What makes this album work so well is that LSOD haven’t lost their powerful low end, their penchant for blasphemy [or] their H.P. Lovecraft tinged-lyrics…..” Stereogum commended the band saying The Extra Dimensional Wound is, “brutal, icy hot, super heavy, [and] full of lurching ‘grooves,'” while Invisible Oranges added adamantly: “…perhaps the first American black metal band who can go toe-to-toe with Europe’s heavy-hitters in terms of force.”  Sea Of Tranquility called it “a solid old school sounding release the ups the ante as far as the brutality goes,” and The Gauntlet put it simply: “LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH evoke unforgiving torture and terror with every note.”   In conjunction with the vinyl release, the band will take their auditory brutality to the stage later this month for a special pre-holiday one-off show with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks.


12/17/2010 The Blvd – Los Angeles, CA

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December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

The road never ends for  BONDED BY BLOOD. Currently on the last week of their tour with labelmates, EVILE and GAMA BOMB, the band will be taking a short holiday break before joining DEATH ANGEL on their North American Retribution 2011 tour then jetting off to Europe for a slew of dates. Continuing the pace of their relentless touring streak, BONDED BY BLOOD have announced new dates in support of SEPULTURA in Spring 2011. The famed Brazilian band’s first North American tour in years will be momentous for all involved. Joining BONDED BY BLOOD and SEPULTURA will be HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN and NEURAXIS along with BELPHEGOR and NEVERMORE on selected dates.


Apr. 18 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Apr. 19 – Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
Apr. 20 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
Apr. 22 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Apr. 23 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Apr. 24 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 25 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
Apr. 26 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
Apr. 27 – The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
Apr. 28 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Apr. 29 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 01 – Clicks – Tyler, TX
May 02 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
May 03 – Trees – Dallas, TX
May 05 – Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
May 06 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
May 07 – The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
May 08 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
May 09 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
May 10 – The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
May 11 – The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
May 12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
May 13 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
May 14 – The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
May 16 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
May 18 – Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
May 19 – Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
May 20 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
May 21 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
May 22 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH


May 23 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
May 24 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
May 26 – The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
May 27 – The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
May 28 – Dickens – Calgary, AB – CANADA
May 29 – Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
May 31 – Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

Tickets for this tour are now available here:

Having started their long North American journey this past spring, the guys in BONDED BY BLOOD are pumped to return to many of the places and faces that welcomed them in 2010. 2011 will see the band continuing to bring the energy of their new album, EXILED TO EARTH in front of metal-loving audiences all over the world. Here’s what the band had to say about their newly announced tour with SEPULTURA and more:

“What an honor it is to share the stage with Sepultura. Everyone is excited to hit the road with them and all the other great bands on the tour. This is one of the many awesome things BBB has planned for 2011, and we don’t plan on stopping! We hope to make new friends and fans while we are out and about. So come down to one of the many great shows on this North American tour and have a beer with us! We will see you on the killing road.”

Catch BONDED BY BLOOD on tour


Dec. 07 – Mesa, AZ – U.B.’s***
Dec. 08 – West Hollyood, CA – Whiskey a Go Go***
Dec. 09 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage***
Dec. 10 – Sparks, NV – New Oasis***
Dec. 11 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge***
Dec. 12 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction*
Dec. 13 – las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon*


North American Retribution 2011 Tour w/DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D; EARLY MAN and HEXEN

Jan. 24 – War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX (No DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D.)
Jan. 26 – The Muse – Nashvile, TN (No DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D.)
Jan. 28 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY (No DEATH ANGEL)
Jan. 29 – Championship bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ (No DEATH ANGEL)
Jan. 30 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Jan. 31 – The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC
Feb. 01 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 – Club Hell – Providence, RI
Feb. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Feb. 07 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 08 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
Feb. 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Feb. 11 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Feb. 12 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 13 – Numbers – Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

BONDED BY BLOOD‘s new album, EXILED TO EARTH, is available now worldwide on limited edition CD with a free patch, as well as special low price CD and limited edition colored vinyl. Get your copy in North America at

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December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Portuguese Metallers HEAVENWOOD have inked a worldwide, multi-album deal with  LISTENABLE RECORDS (GOJIRA, TEXTURES, ADAGIO, THE RED SHORE, THE ORDER OF APOLLYON, IMMOLATION, to name just a few The band is currently mixing their fourth album, tentatively due in early 2011, with German producer Kristian ” Kohle ” Kohlmannslehner who has previously worked with CREMATORY, AGATHODAIMON and BENIGHTED, among others, at Kohlekeller Studios ( ), Germany.

Commented HEAVENWOOD singer Ernesto Guerra: ” We are very excited to be able to partner-up with LISTENABLE. They’ve proven all these years to be hard work, honest and dedicated people to their bands and above all, they feel, understand and believe on our music as we do, and this seems the perfect combination for achieve our goals. I am very confident that with their involvement HEAVENWOOD will reach the next level with ‘ Abyss Masterpiece ‘, our heavier, dark and intense album ever. “

HEAVENWOOD‘s forthcoming album (worked alongside with Russian Symphonic Classical Composer Dominic G. Joutsen) will feature a guest appearance by singer Miriam Renvag of the Norwegian metallers RAM-ZET on a track titled ‘ Leonor ‘ and will include song titles such as  ‘The Arcadia Order’ , ‘Fading Sun’, ‘Like Yesterday’, ‘Winter Slave’, ‘September Blood’, ‘Sudden Scars’, ‘A Poem For Mathilde’, ‘Leonor’, ‘Burden’, ‘Goddess Presiding Over Solitude’,  ‘Morning Glory (In Manus Tuas Domine)’ and ‘Her Lament‘.

HEAVENWOOD consists of vocalist Ernesto Guerra, lead guitarist and melodic vocalist Ricardo Dias and guitarist Bruno Silva.

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Black Sabbath Announces Metal Club Exclusive Release

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG
Black Sabbath "Live At Hammersmith Odeon"

Black Sabbath "Live At Hammersmith Odeon"

Heavy Metal legends Black Sabbath have joined the club, Metal Club that is.  BLACK SABBATH: LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH ODEON, a 3-LP 180 gram vinyl with a triple gatefold packaging, will be released on 1/11/11.  This release will be limited to 3,000 numbered copies and is a Metal Club exclusive, so make sure to snatch yours up at a participating retailer as soon as it’s available!

Black Sabbath: Live At Hammersmith Odeon features Ronnie James Dio, Tommy Iommi, Terry “Geezer” Butler and Vinny Appice LIVE at Hammersmith Odeon in January 1982 during Black Sabbath’s tour for The Mob Rules.

Available for the first time on limited-edition numbered vinyl, the concert spotlights Black Sabbath as they storm through 14 of the Dio-era’s best including, “Neon Knights,” “Heaven And Hell,” “Children Of The Sea” and “Country Girl.”  The band also performs several pre-Dio classics including, “Paranoid,” “Children Of The Grave” and a white-hot version of “War Pigs.”

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HURTSMILE: The latest from Gary Cherone

December 9th, 2010
by Celtic Bob

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of HURTSMILE self-titled debut album on January 21, 2011 in Europe and February 8, 2011 in the US.

HURTSMILE is a 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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BLIND GUARDIAN with Holy Grail – Best Buy Theater, New York, NY November 20th, 2010

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG


with Holy Grail

Best Buy Theater – New York, NY

November 20th, 2010

Words and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

Blind Guardian has an extremely important place in my personal metal pantheon. Their seminal album NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH blew my teenage mind into little tiny pieces that still have to re-collect themselves whenever I give that CD a spin. I went out of my way to see their live show in Venice, Italy almost eight years ago as they were touring in support of A NIGHT AT THE OPERA and like many other fans, observed that frontman Hansi Kursch doesn’t quite have the vocal gusto in concert that he does in a recording studio. They nonetheless gave a fine performance, and I looked forward to seeing them at some later date. As it happened, that later date came one night after covering Epica’s concert – fresh after spending 90 minutes of my previous evening fawning over Epica’s flawless siren Simone Simons, tonight I got to stare up the nostrils of some of power metal’s gnarliest-looking veterans.

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EPICA with Scar Symmetry and Blackguard – New York Nov. 19th, 2010

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG


With Scar Symmetry and Blackguard

The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY

November 19th, 2010

Words and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

I acquired a taste for Epica only recently, having finally been swooned by their latest effort DESIGN YOUR UNIVERSE. What really got my attention was seeing their live show earlier this year at New York’s Gramercy theater – their music truly explodes to life when experienced in the flesh. Naturally I was utterly elated that they would be returning and that I would have the opportunity to photograph the show!
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Believer finishes tracking for new album

December 8th, 2010
by EvilG

Believer has just finished tracking their second release for Metal Blade Records. The recording will be mixed by Kevin Gutierrez at Assembly Line Studios and produced by Trauma Team Productions. The band is once again pursuing new musical territory.

“We decided to bring back some of the orchestral feel of Dimensions by utilizing more layered guitars, keys and melody with different vocal arrangements. There is still the ‘Believer’ sound, but the musical progression continues for us.” – Kurt Bachman

“We revamped our writing and recording process so that everyone could work at their peak times. We also spent a lot of time finding the right combinations of gear to achieve the sounds we wanted. Each Believer album has had its own sound that distinguishes it from the preceding album, and this project is no different in that respect. You still have the core elements that make it recognizable as Believer, but the guitar tone is heavier, the songs are tighter and musically it seems more refined.” – Jeff King

Believer’s Metal Blade debut, Gabriel, was released to rave reviews in 2009 and is available at these links:,

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Pest Records signs The Obscene!

December 8th, 2010
by EvilG

Pest Records is proud to announce that UK Old-School Death Metallers THE OBSCENE is now on our roster!

Formed from the ashes of Salute To The Sun and Nebula Rising, The Obscene is ready to storm the Death Metal scene with their debut EP called “The Torment of Sinners” scheduled to be out in February – March 2010! Beware, 6 tormenting tracks to obliterate the weak!

To spice this even more, Pest Records will release “The Torment of Sinners” with a special bonus for all sickos out there, Salute To The Sun’s 2008 EP “Destroying the Heavens”, very well received by the underground press at that time! Definitely one of the most sinister releases to start the year with!


1. The Storm to Come (intro)

2. Embrace Oblivion

3. Grim Discovery

4. Beyond the Hold of God

5. Skiprat Jane

6. The Final Silence

Bonus tracks:

1. P.S.A.S.

2. Destroying the Heavens

3. The Man, The Martyr

4. Circle of Despair

5. And the Rivers Ran Black

The Obscene line-up:

Tom: Blasphemous puked obscenities

Chris: Rancid Blasturbations

Garry: Vomiting Groans & Hellish Rumblings

Jonny: Bestial Hellstrings

THE OBSCENE contact:


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ANNIHILATOR @ O2 Islington Academy, London

December 8th, 2010
by UK Team


@ O2 Islington Academy, London

20th November 2010

Reviewer: Alex Agamoth

Photos: Altercarnated Photography

London can be the most unpredictable city in terms of weather conditions and mostly turns out to be quite a bad surprise, but we weren’t going to let the UK ruin this gig!

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