Hollow – Two progressive power metal classics to be re-released

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Hollow is easily one of the most underrated bands in the history of progressive power metal. Their two stunning albums – “Modern Cathedral” and “Architect of the Mind” – never received the attention they deserved, despite stellar reviews in the music press. Metal Mind Productions presents the exclusive double reissue which brings back true classics from the past, filled with music that brings “power” back to “power metal”…

The history of the band began in the early 1990’s in the university town of Umeå, Sweden. There guitarist/vocalist Andreas Stoltz teamed up with Marcus Bigren (guitar), Thomas Nilsson (bass) and Urban Vikstrom (drums) to form a unique power metal group, which they called Vaalkyrian. The name was eventually changed to Hollow and in 1995 the band released a demo called ‘Speak To Me”, which contained six tracks. This was followed in 1997 by a self-titled EP with 4 tracks, which caught the attention of MM Records – a small, independent label. This way, by the end of the year Hollow managed to release their debut LP – “Modern Cathedral”. In 1998 the album got re-issued with a new cover by Nuclear Blast.

“Modern Cathedral” was an amazing collection of progressive power metal tracks strongly influenced by such acts as Queensryche, Crimson Glory or Elegy. With their debut release Hollow have proven that the genre holds no secrets for them. Crafty compositions (like the doom-infected “In Your Arms” or the brilliant power ballad “Lies”), phenomenal guitarwork and Andreas Stoltz’s impressive vocals all made up for a truly extraordinary LP. Hollow returned in 1999 with their sophomore offering – “Architect of the Mind”. This time the music was even heavier and more powerful than on “Modern Cathedral”. With such brilliant tracks as “Rain”, “Father” or the ultra-fast “Shadow God” the group once again showcased their incredible skills. Even Stoltz’s singing got better – his vocals in mid and high register were equally mind-blowing. The album received a very warm reception in the music press and Hollow were considered a breath of fresh air on the power metal scene. Unfortunately, due to several circumstances the band ceased to exist not long after the release of “Architect of the Mind”… As of 1999, Hollow remains a solo project governed solely by Andreas Stoltz. He occasionally posts new tracks on his MySpace page, the latest being called “Descending” – a song written in memory of Crimson Glory’s late vocalist Midnight who departed in July, 2009.

This exclusive double re-release of “Modern Cathedral” and “Architect of the Mind” holds two extraordinary musical gems that after all these years shine with the same overwhelming intensity. Both albums are absolutely essential for fans of progressive power metal, delivering all the best this genre has to offer. The new digipak edition is limited to 2000 copies. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for 11th October in Europe and 7th December in USA (via MVD).

Hollow - “Architect Of The Mind / Modern Cathedral” (remastered)

Hollow - “Architect Of The Mind / Modern Cathedral” (remastered)

Hollow “Architect Of The Mind / Modern Cathedral” (remastered)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1396 DGD
Barcode: 5907785036338
Format: 2CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: Progressive power metal
Release date: 11.10.2010 Europe / 07.12.2010 USA

Tracklist:

CD 1 – “Architect of the Mind”

1. Transcending Sorrow
2. Cogito
3. Rain
4. Shadow God
5. Secluded Dreams
6. Walls of Confusion
7. Binary Creed
8. Deified
9. Alone In Darkness
10. Shutdown
11. Father  

CD 2 – “Modern Cathedral”

1. Trademark
2. Can You Hear Me?
3. Speak To Me
4. Bagatell
5. Crusaders
6. Lies
7. Wounds
8. In Your Arms
9. Whispers
10. Hold Your Banners High
11. What I Can Be
12. Waiting

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BLIND GUARDIAN’S HANSI KÜRSCH COMES CLEAN ABOUT “THE BARD’S SONG”

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

BLIND GUARDIAN

In a recent interview with David E. Gehlke of Blistering.com, BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist and lyricist Hansi Kürsch answers editor David E. Gehlke’s questions about the new Billboard-charting album At The Edge Of Time, the songwriting process with guitarist André Olbrich (“We don’t have to talk a lot anymore”), if BLIND GUARDIAN would ever play their seminal fifth studio album Imaginations From The Other Side live in its entirety, and what makes “The Bard’s Song” such a special song.

With At The Edge Of Time, BLIND GUARDIAN secured the #1 position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #19 on the Independent Current Albums chart, #29 on the Top Internet Albums chart, and #108 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.  In Canada, At The Edge Of Time debuted at #18 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart and #108 on the Top 200 chart according to Nielsen Canadian Soundscan.

At The Edge Of Time was released in North America on August 24th and features album artwork created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, At Vance, Axel Rudi Pell).

View the video for the single “A Voice In The Dark” – directed by Ivan Colic and produced by Stanimir “Staca” Lukic – here.

Download the free BLIND GUARDIAN iPhone / iTouch app from this link.

View the e-card for At The Edge Of Time here.

Visit BLIND GUARDIAN online at www.BLIND-GUARDIAN.com, www.facebook.com/blindguardian, www.myspace.com/BLINDGUARDIAN, and www.twitter.com/blind_guardian.

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TEXTURES GUITARIST LAUNCHES “INSIDE THE SONGS” ONLINE VIDEO SERIES

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

TEXTURES 7-string guitarist Bart Hennephof has launched an “Inside The Songs” online video series explaining “some of the coolest riffs used in the songs by TEXTURES.  I talk about how they are created and what processes we have gone through to come up with rhythms and patterns that challenge us while still keeping it as musical as possible.  I think it’s a nice way to get some insight into our songs, and for guitarists, it’s cool to see how some riffs are played.”

First in the series, which was recorded at Final Focus Studio in Tilburg, offers an inside look into playing the song “Stream Of Consciousness” from the band’s second album Drawing Circles from 2006.  View the video here.

For guitar tabs and information on Skype lessons from Bart, e-mail him at: bart@texturesband.com.

The band’s follow-up to 2008’s Silhouettes is due out in 2011.

Visit TEXTURES online at www.texturesband.com, www.myspace.com/textures, and www.youtube.com/texturestv.

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NEW INTERVIEW WITH ACCEPT’S WOLF HOFFMAN AVAILABLE

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
ACCEPT 2010

ACCEPT 2010

In a recent interview with Jay Nanda of the San Antonio Examiner, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffman checks in about the writing process for the new album Blood Of The Nations, the band’s long-time not-so-secret-anymore lyricist, and the “friendly rivalry” with their fellow countrymen the Scorpions.

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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GARY HOLT OF EXODUS: NEW AUDIO INTERVIEW AVAILABLE

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition

EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition

The House Of Zazz host Sam Hatch of WWUH was able to hang out on the EXODUS bus during the band’s stop at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on August 27, 2010.

Songwriter and shred guru Gary Holt spoke with Sam about vintage thrash metal, neo-thrash, the state of the music industry, his love for Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance, Rob Dukes’ relationship to Sol Rosenberg, vintage Hondo Strat copy guitars and his persistent night terrors.

Listen to the entire interview here.

EXODUS are currently on their headlining “March Of Brutality Tour” with Malevolent Creation, Holy Grail, and Bonded By Blood.  Remaining tour dates are:

09/03/10  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

09/04/10  The Social – Orlando, FL

09/05/10  Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

09/07/10  The Door – Dallas, TX

09/08/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

09/10/10  The Rock – Tucson, AZ

09/11/10  The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA

09/12/10  The Avalon – Santa Clara, CA

09/13/10  New Oasis – Sparks, NV

Bloody-Disgusting.com is currently hosting an exclusive online contest to win an autographed EXODUS ESP Viper-200FM guitar.

EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, hit #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock radio chart and debuted at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #43 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, #19 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, and #12 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart.

Visit EXODUS online at www.myspace.com/EXODUS, www.facebook.com/exodusattack, www.YouTube.com/exodus, and www.twitter.com/_exodus

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MELECHESH: Third Video Trailer Posted

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH have issued the third video in a series of album trailers for the bands highly anticipated new album The Epigenesis here:

The Epigenesis was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey. The artwork to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.The record will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

For more info visit: www.melechesh.com | www.myspace.com/melechesh | www.nuclearblast.de/melechesh

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Post New Track Online; New Pre-Order Packages Now Available

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS - Return To Zero

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS - Return To Zero

Sweden’s SPIRITUAL BEGGARS finally return to the spotlight with their first new studio album in five years, Return To Zero. Once again, the Beggars effortlessly manage to confirm they are a band that continues to defy musical boundaries and that delivers Classic Heavy Rock at its very best! The much anticipated disc is set for an Oct 12th North American release via InsideOut Music (and is out now in the UK/Europe)
Head over now to the band’s new MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/spiritualbeggars) to stream the new track “The Chaos Of Rebirth.”

A specially priced pre-order bundle package is now available exclusively at CMDistro.com, so click on the link below now to purchase.
http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/Spiritual_Beggars_-_-Return_To_Zero-_CD_+_Shirt_-PRE-ORDER-/PKG000462
New singer Apollo Papathanasio states: “I was completely inspired by doing the recordings for the new SPIRITUAL BEGGARS album. Working with Richard Bengtsson (co-producer/mixer) and Michael Amott while recording was fun and super creative! We were all on the same page and we had a good flow in the studio and I’m more than pleased with the end result! There were no arguments, we worked effectively – and we laughed a lot.  Michael and I share the same kind of humor and that was awesome. I always liked SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, but as I’m listening to the catalogue more carefully, I understand more what fantastic songs and arrangements they have on their past albums. I’m proud to be a part of this band and the new album. The biggest difference between SPIRITUAL BEGGARS and other bands that I’ve played with is that this band gives me the opportunity to use a more bluesy vocal approach. ‘Return To Zero’ has that instant feeling of the 70’s that I love, lots of groove and the cool improvised stuff that we did in the studio. To me, it’s perfect. Looking forward to come out and play live with the guys!”

Spiritual Beggars is Michael Amott (Guitars | ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS, Ludwig Witt (Drums | FIREBIRD), Per Wiberg (Keys | OPETH), Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass | ARCH ENEMY, WITCHERY) and Apollo Papathanasio (Vocals | FIREWIND)

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Go inside the studio with Black Tide in new webisodes

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Black Tide are currently in the studio with renowned producer GGGarth (Atreyu, Chevelle, Mudvayne) recording the follow up to their 2008 critically acclaimed debut, Light From Above. The band has just released two studio updates from the recording sessions that can be seen on their Vevo Channel.

The first clip has drummer Steven Spence tracking drums live in the studio and showing off his “stickless” drumming technique.

The second clip features guitarist Austin Diaz getting tattooed in the studio and also has snippets of the new song “Honest Eyes.”

“Honest Eyes” is featured on Black Tide’s upcoming split-single, along with “Bury Me”.  The two new tracks will be released 9/21.

Black Tide will be heading out on the road with Bullet For My Valentine, Escape The Fate, and Drive A starting in mid September. Go to Black Tide’s Myspace for the complete tour dates.

Man Cub video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDiYlAETV3I

Austin Gets a Tattoo video URL: http://www.youtube.com/blacktidevevo#p/a/u/1/-ttU-Q2-ZNU

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Anthriel – “The Pathway” Coming Sept 17th

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Anthriel - The Pathway

Anthriel - The Pathway

With their spectacular debut “The Pathway”, Finnish progressive metal outfit ANTHRIEL have produced an album which has all the potential to be hailed a classic and is guaranteed to fascinate metal fans worldwide.

Formed in 2004 by guitarist Timo Niemistö, keyboardist Antti Hakulinen and drummer Jari Kuokkanen the band went through a couple of line up variations before finding bassist Klaus Wirzenius and ultimately released a 3 track e.p. “Visions of Inner Light and Deeper Thoughts” in 2007 which won considerable praise on the underground metal circuit. Yet it was until the band found powerhouse vocalist Simo Silvan in 2008 that the bands sound became fully realised.

Anthriel – the Archangel of balance and harmony is the perfect name for the bands music. With a sound driven by big guitar riffs, deft keyboard touches, a rock solid articulate rhythm section and a healthy dose of expressive vocals high in melody built into intricate yet digestible arrangements this is metal that is easily appreciated on first listen – yet where further plays reveal numerous hidden depths that will keep the listener coming back for more. The quality of material would not be best represented with anything less than a superb production and this is exactly what the “The Pathway” serves up being an impressive self production by Timo Niemistö and mix by Jussi Kulomaa at MSTR Studios.

On the bands sound Simo Silvan comments, “We don’t want to go extremity with any style of music. There is a time for a head banging and time for musical landscaping. We try to keep our music as versatile we can. “The Pathway” is a mixture of various different kind of music styles like heavy, pop, acoustic, orchestral and instrumental and symphonic metal. The music and lyrics were written hand in hand with the album theme”.

Thematically “The Pathway” is a concept based on a sequence of individual songs and themes with inspiration coming from R.A. Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms: “The Dark Elf Trilogy”.

On the basic premise of “The Pathway” Timo Niemistö comments, “The Pathway is the story of a man who finds himself grown against his former principles and philosophy of life. He decides to leave his past behind and begin a journey to find his own personal promised land and balance. As the path gets rough good and evil starts to battle in his mind where the reality and fantasy gets mixed. He puts the blame to the Gods for playing with his life and turns his adversities to the divine entertainment with consequences that ultimately lead to the discovery of perfect harmony from within his own soul”.

This compelling story is a captivating lyrical theme for the first class musicianship on offer all of which comes together to make “Anthriel – The Pathway” a serious contender for best newcomers in progressive metal in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mindsplit – Charmed Human Art Of Significance

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Mindsplit -  “Charmed Human Art Of Significance”

Mindsplit - “Charmed Human Art Of Significance”

MindSplit are a new band yet one with years of experience behind its individual members. With a style planted somewhere between straight metal, progressive metal and classic rock the band deliver a truly epic tale with their debut album “Charmed Human Art Of Significance” which is set for release on September 17th 2010 on Lion Music.

Featuring veterans of the Scandinavian metal scene in guitarist Matthias Holm and vocalist H.B. Anderson, the pair began writing and recording together again in their spare time c.2003 once again after the duo had worked together in the late 80’s with “The ‘n’ Sin”. When the music was taking shape bassist Conny Payne (Madison) joined along with highly respect sessions musicians – drummer Jon Skäre and keyboardist Jonas Lidström. This new collaboration turned into a whole different ballgame though when H.B. found his great old, old grandfather Xerxes Anderson’s Artificial Universe (a.k.a. Prof. Xandau 1807 ~ 1851) notes from his therapy sessions.

Prof. Xandau was a much respected therapist during the first half of 19th century and had his sessions all over the world based in both Europe and the U.S. These notes are the solid ground to this project and are used to tell a true story about psychological thoughts and human behaviours. H.B. Anderson comments, “The memory notes declare what’s going on in the human mind in different situations making for compelling listening, although as there are no names involved so it’s totally anonymous. Its fantastic literature and breathtaking reading, the human brain is very complex and odd. You can say it sure lives its own life”

This inspired lyrical setting led to the music of what would become “C.H.A.O.S” taking on its own personality. This story line is set to a musically accomplished and captivating release which will draw the listener in from the first listen. Musically the album is big, powerful, dark yet with subtle light and a very impressive aura with a powerful production to suit the mood. This has been further extended by the promotional video for the song “NME – Myself and I” which has received positive reactions from YouTube viewers worldwide.

With “Charmed Human Art Of Significance” MindSplit has produced a debut album of exceptionally high quality and one that will appeal to a wide range of metal lovers and those with an appetite for enthralling concept stories.

TRACK LISTING

01. Prologue – The Awakening.

02. Silhouettes.

03. The Traveller.

04. Presence Of Time.

05. …elsewhere?

06. Inside The Heart Of Silence.

07. Battle Of The Mind.

08. Visual Minds – The Eternal Flame.

09. NMe – Myself & I.

10. Through The Eyes Of A Child.

11. A Room With Thousand Doors.

12. A Purpose Of Circumstance.

13. Abandoned Echoes.

14. Epilogue – The Imaginary End.

MUSICIANS

H.B. Anderson – Vocals

Mathias Holm – Guitars

Conny Payne – Bass

Jon Skäre – Drums

Jonas Lidström – Keyboards

GUEST MUSICIANS

Berger – Saxophone

Melody Payne – Voice

Nordanstigs Manskör – Male Choir Mikael Rosengren – Keyboards

ALBUM CREDITS

All music by Mathias Holm except ‘Through The Eyes of a Child’ by H.B. Anderson. ‘The Awakening’ and ‘Imaginary End’ by Jonas Lidström.

All lyrics by H.B. Anderson with kind permission of Prof. Xandau. Recorded at Broad Way 45 Studios, Hudiksvall.

Drums recorded at Studio Tweeta, Stockholm.

Produced by Mathias Holm & H.B Andersson.

Co-produced by Conny Payne.

Mixed at Chrome Studios, Stockholm by Fredrik Folkare. Mastered at Dereborn Music production Studios, Bergsjö by Johan Dereborn.

Cover Art & Illustrations by Fredric Arvidsson.

OFFICIAL WEB LINKS

www.mindsplit.se

www.myspace.com/mindsplitse

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR ‘NMe – Myself And I’ below.


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New Seventh Wonder Video & Line Up Change

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

SEVENTH WONDER - THE GREAT ESCAPE

SEVENTH WONDER - THE GREAT ESCAPE

Seventh Wonder and Lion Music are pleased to announce the release of the band’s debut video for the track ‘Alley Cat’ taken from the bands forthcoming fourth studio album entitled ‘The Great Escape, set for release in late 2010.

The video recorded, edited and produced by Johan Larsson is the perfect backdrop for the mood of the new song which sees the band deliver their trademark brand of progressive metal.

Seventh Wonder cross the Atlantic for the first time to play the prestigious ProgPower USA festival along side of Kamelot and Hammerfall in Atland September 10th. Seventh Wonder will also perform a special second show on Saturday for Gold Badge hodlers.

The album ‘The Great Escape’ is in the final stages of production and in spite of some delays is scheduled for a release later this year on Lion Music.

The tracklist will be as follows:

1. Wiseman – [5:42]

2. Alley Cat – [6:06]

3. The Angelmaker – [8:29]

4. King of Whitewater – [7:20]

5. Long way home – [4:26]

6. Move on Through – [5:04]

7. The Great Escape – [30:14]

Total running time approx. 68 minutes

Full information on ‘The Great Escape’ to follow soon.

JOHNNY SANDIN SET TO LEAVE SEVENTH WONDER

The band have also announced drummer Johnny Sandin will be leaving the band and have released the following announcements.

Below is a message from Johnny in connection to him announcing his departure from the band. Please note that this will have no effect on already scheduled gigs, in which Johnny is 100% devoted to participating.

Hello fans and friends!!

After more than 10 years of touring, recording, tons of laughter and a few tears I have decided to leave Seventh Wonder and take a break from music indefinitely.

The last few years have been hectic and filled with really cool events. The Italy-tour which was put together by the band’s best friends Max, Romano and Manuel. The Sweden Rock gig is also one of the memories I will never let go of. Not to mention the upcoming ProgPower USA-gig which is a dream for all of us. I view the release of the fourth SW album and the gigs to follow as a really good finish for me in the band!! Now I will get a chance to say goodbye to fans and friends when we are out playing.

It is damned hard (although mostly fun) to put your entire soul into Seventh Wonder and at the same time work full time and also try to be a good father of four (soon five) and an equally good fiancé. It may sound selfish but I am doing this entirely for me. The more time I devote to the band, the more I loose time with my family. It is not worth that effort any more. I must make different prioritizations right now but at the same time nothing is ever really etched in stone. Who knows, in five years time I may have the drive once more. We will see what happens.

I have had the honor of playing with the finest musicians I have ever met. They have not only been there for me as band members but also as my best friends and I know that they will always be there for me.

Thank you to fans, friends and the band for 10 wonderful years.

Johnny Sandin.

The band’s response:

We are all very saddened by Johnny’s decision. We have lived with Johnny in one of the most important aspects of our lives for many years, some of us for over 10 years. At the same time we feel the utmost respect for Johnny’s decision which we believe to be a correct one for him. Since the first trembling steps of the entity that came to be Seventh Wonder, Johnny has been an integral part of the sound that is Seventh Wonder. Johnny co-wrote a lot of the earlier material and his rhythmic patterns, thunderous fills and poly-rhythmic excursions that he contributes to the music have challenged fans as well as his band members throughout this incredible journey. Johnny is the craziest man alive and has given many thousand laughs and hilarious moments to everyone around him.

As you can understand it is very hard for us to think of Seventh Wonder without Johnny, but at the same time we are all, including Johnny, fully committed to carry on and keep doing what we have come to love and hold so dear over the years. This certainly ends one chapter in the Seventh Wonder book of history, let us together turn the page and see what the future holds as we let Johnny go towards other challenges.

We love you Johnny and we wouldn’t have become who we are with out you!

This does not affect already booked gigs. All scheduled gigs will be performed with Johnny at the helm, and 100% devoted to the task!

SEVENTH WONDER is looking for a NEW DRUMMER

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We envision that any applicant is a drummer with a well enough developed technical proficiency to be able to play through just about any song from our back catalogue. This should also work in a live setting with a metronome in a reasonably relaxed and steady manner. You who apply for the position should have a passion for the music we create and the genre in which we are active. The ability and will to sing back-up vocals during live sets is a plus. The band is active in Stockholm and that is also where the studio is, -a fact to be considered by all applicants. Previous live show experience is a plus, a drum set of your own is a must.

To apply:

1) Record a video of reasonable quality of yourself playing two Seventh Wonder songs from Waiting In the Wings and/or Mercy Falls

2) Record a video of yourself playing anything else that you feel shows your drumming and your skills in a good way

3) Describe yourself, your musical background and activities, life situation and visions. You may either write this in the e-mail itself or in a file that you attach.

4) Send links to videos (for either download or streaming) and text according to bullet no3 above to: drummer@seventhwonder.nu

5) You do not have to be Johnny –be yourself

Thank You!

//Seventh Wonder

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BASTARD PRIEST: Under The Hammer Of Destruction Out Now On Pulverised

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

BASTARD PRIEST spew a finely honed, stomach-churning and downright offensive fusion of hardcore, punk and death metal. The band’s Under The Hammer Of Destruction debut features 11 soul-soiling tracks including a cover of “En Hälsning Från Helvetet” from Swedish crust punk legends Bombanfall.

Disturbingly obscene, hateful and hellish; this is BASTARD PRIEST. There is no compromise.

Under The Hammer Of Destruction Track Listing:
1. Blasphemy From Hell
2. Visions Of Doom
3. Evil Pain
4. Total Mutilation
5. Power Of Death
6. Chock
7. Under The Hammer Of Destruction
8. From Beyond
9. Merciless Insane Death
10. Graveyard Sacrifice
11. En Hälsning från Helvetet

View cover art here: http://tinyurl.com/32ak568

http://www.myspace.com/bastardpriestsweden
http://www.pulverised.net

http://www.myspace.com/pulverisedrecords

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THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD Comment on Upcoming Tour

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Dates have been announced for “The Decibel Defiance 2010 Tour” this fall, which will see PROSTHETIC RECORDS’ THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD supporting the legendary SUFFOCATION, along with THE FACELESS, DECREPIT BIRTH and FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. The tour kicks off at the annual “Rock and Shock” Horror and Music Fest in Worcester, MA on October 15th, and concludes on November 13th, in Allentown, PA.

Guitarist Justin Longshore commented on the tour; “’The Decibel Defiance’ tour is a dream come true for any fan of extreme music. I must say we are extremely honored to share the stage with the almighty Suffocation and some of the best up and coming bands in death metal out there. This tour is a huge deal for Through The Eyes Of The Dead as Suffocation has been a big inspiration since the early days and continues to be a huge impact on our music. If the ‘Decibel Defiance’ tour is coming to your area, do not miss the best line up this fall!”

“THE DECIBEL DEFIANCE TOUR 2010”
SUFFOCATION w/ THE FACELESS, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, DECREPIT BIRTH, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
10/15-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (ROCK AND SHOCK)
10/16-New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/17-Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater
10/18-Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
10/19-Jonquiere, QC @ Place Nikitoutagan
10/20-Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/21-Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/22-Detroit, MI @ Harpos
10/23-Chicago, IL @ Clearwater Theatre
10/24-St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/25-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/27-Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/28-Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
10/29-Las Vegas, NV @ The Farm
10/30-Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
10/31-Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
11/01-Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse
11/02-Albuquerque, NM @ Fusion Factory
11/03-Amarillo, TX @ Club Khaos
11/04-Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
11/05-Austin, TX @ Emo’s
11/06-Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
11/08-Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
11/09-Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
11/10-Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
11/11-Philadelphia, PA @ Polaris
11/12-Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
11/13-Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD participated in a portion of this summer’s “Thrash and Burn Tour,” and has spent time on the road this year with OTEP, BURY YOUR DEAD, IMPENDING DOOM, and more, as well as appearing at New England Metal and Hardcore Fest in April. “Skepsis,” the band’s third proper full length, was released on February 2, 2010. The self-produced effort is the first TTEOTD release to feature new vocalist Danny Rodriguez, drummer Mike Ranne and guitarist Chris “Hank” Henckel.  The album was recorded at Geller Cellar Studios in New York and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall), and features cover art by Paul Romano (Mastodon, Trivium).

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ENSLAVED ANNOUNCE FAN VIDEO CONTEST

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

Norway’s renowned progressive/psychedelic black metal band ENSLAVED have launched a worldwide fan video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” off their new album, Axioma Ethica Odini, due out in North America on September 28th.

States guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson:

“We wanted to do something else for the album video this time around. The track ‘Ethica Odini’ opens the album and stood out as the choice for making a video.  Earlier, we have done videos more or less by ourselves (“Isa”), semi-professionally (“Path To Vanir,” “Essence”), and all-the-way-glossy-pro (“The Watcher”).  Now we are really curious to see what our listeners can conjure up out there: an entire new angle and blank sheets is always a good thing in the ENSLAVED universe!  This is a way to interact directly with our listeners, which feels very right – as we seem to have the most involved listeners in the first place.  We can’t begin to express the appreciation for the support we have been shown through the run-up to this release!  May the best director win!”

Interested fans can obtain details hereContest ends Thursday, September 30th.

FIRST PLACE

  • Video will be uploaded to ENSLAVED’s YouTube channel and branded as an “official” video for “Ethica Odini.”
  • ENSLAVED will use the video in a live setting.
  • Winner will receive ALL VERSIONS of Axioma Ethica Odini, including the limited edition wooden box, autographed by the band.
  • Two guest list spots + a Meet & Greet session with ENSLAVED at a live concert nearest to the winner’s city of residence.
  • Band merchandise.
  • A special “thank you” video from ENSLAVED sent directly to the winner.

SECOND PLACE

  • Video will be uploaded to ENSLAVED’s YouTube channel and branded as an “official” video for “Ethica Odini.”
  • A special “thank you” video from ENSLAVED sent directly to the winner..
  • Two guest list spots + a Meet & Greet session with ENSLAVED at a live concert nearest to the winner’s city of residence.
  • Band merchandise.

THIRD PLACE

  • Video will be uploaded to ENSLAVED’s YouTube channel and branded as an “official” video for “Ethica Odini.”
  • A special “thank you” video from ENSLAVED sent directly to the winner..
  • Band merchandise.

Axioma Ethica Odini is the follow-up to 2008’s Vertebrae, which sold over 1,100 copies its first week of release in North America according to Nielsen SoundScan and debuted on the American Billboard Hard Music chart at #11 and on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #49Vertebrae also won Terrorizer Magazine’s coveted “Album of the Year” award for 2008.  In their native Norway, Vertebrae entered the official charts at #20 and earned  ENSLAVED their third consecutive Spellemann award (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy).

ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th.

View Metal Hammer’s video interview here with ENSLAVED guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson & bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson where they shed some insight on the album artwork by  Norwegian artist Truls Espedal.

Visit ENSLAVED online at www.ENSLAVED.no, www.myspace.com/ENSLAVED, www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED, www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial, and www.twitter.com/enslavedband.

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THE CONTORTIONIST UPDATES FALL TOURING SCHEDULE, NEW DATES AND VENUES ADDED

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
THE CONTORTIONIST "Exoplanet"

THE CONTORTIONIST "Exoplanet"

Indianapolis, Indiana’s THE CONTORTIONIST have just made changes to their upcoming fall touring season, so make sure to see below for any new shows or venue updates in your market! These dates are confirmed, and fans should refer to this list for correct dates! Please disregard all previously announced dates.

This fall, THE CONTORTIONIST will hit the road with WAR OF AGES, THE COLOR MORALE, THE GREAT COMMISSION, and LEGEND from October 8th through October 22nd, and will continue across the states with THE ACACIA STRAIN, TERROR, THE RED CHORD, and GAZA from October 29th through November 20th! See below for all current tour dates, and make sure to catch THE CONTORTIONIST ripping up a stage near you!

THE CONTORTIONIST’s brand new GOOD FIGHT MUSIC debut, Exoplanet, is in stores now! Catch THE CONTORTIONIST on the road this fall!

PROJECT AK 47 TOUR W/ WAR OF AGES, THE COLOR MORALE, THE GREAT COMMISSION, LEGEND

10/08 – Edinboro, PA @ The Hangout

10/09 – Kettering, OH @ The Attic

10/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys

10/11 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

10/12 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

10/13 – La Crosse, WI @ WAREHOUSE

10/14 – St Paul, MN @ Station 4

10/15 – South Bend, IN @ Church of The Heartland

10/16 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar

10/17 – Little Rock, AR @ The Village

10/19 – Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue

10/20 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G

10/21 – Lynchburg, VA @ Crosspoint Venue

10/22 – Fredericksburg, VA @ The Refuge

W/ only THE GREAT COMMISSION, LEGEND

10/23 – Crofton, MD @ MACC

10/24 – Holyoke, MA @ Water Front Tavern

10/25 – Manchester, NH @ Rocko’s

10/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Europa

10/27 – Vineland, NJ @ Hangar 84

10/28 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock

W/ THE ACACIA STRAIN, THE RED CHORD, TERROR  & GAZA

10/29 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
10/30 – Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s
10/31 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
11/1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
11/2 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
11/3 – Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
11/4 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
11/5 – Jacksonville, FL @ Rain (Plush Complex)
11/6 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Ground Control
11/7 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
11/8 – Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theatre

11/9 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
11/10 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
11/11– Louisville, KY@ Headliners
11/12 – Milwaukee, WI @The Rave (Basement)
11/13 – Toledo, OH @ Headliner’s
11/14 – Windsor, ON @ Blind Dog
11/15 – London, ON @ Music Hall
11/16 – Longeueil, QC @ Salle Kekpart
11/17 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
11/18 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
11/19 – Poughkeepsie, NY @The Chance
11/20 – Holyoke, MA @The Waterfront Tavern – A Benefit for Liberty Skrypek
For more information on THE CONTORTIONIST be sure to visit:

http://www.myspace.com/thecontortionistband

http://www.goodfightmusic.com

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