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Death Angel - Relentless Retribution
Popular acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, who also contributed a performance to the DEATH ANGEL track “Claws In So Deep”, recently commented on the Bay Area thrash legends new album Relentless Retribution.
“The album is fantastic,” commented Gabriela. “It brings back the magic that metal used to have back in the days. Most bands lost it along the way and the new bands cant find that magic at all, but DEATH ANGEL has that magic! Also great musicianship and their individual playing is first-class! Viva el metal!”
“It’s siiiiiiiccccccckkkkk,” added Rodrigo. “DEATH ANGEL have brought back the proper metal memories! Great melodies, sound, solos, vocals, and drumming! What can I say? We feel so proud to be part of it!”
DEATH ANGEL have uploaded the tracks “Truce” and “River of Rapture” to their Myspace page www.myspace.com/deathangel. The songs comes off their latest record, Relentless Retribution, which was released on September 14 in North America.
Watch a video tour diary, containing footage from their US tour with SOILWORK this past Summer, at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI-G2_bHQOA.
DEATH ANGEL will embark on their first North American headlining tour in support of their new album Relentless Retribution in early 2011! Joining them are some of the best names in the new wave of thrash metal today including LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, and HEXEN. Reduced service charge tickets are now available through www.Enterthevault.com. On sale at all other major ticketing services after September 25, 2010. Meet and greet packages will go on sale September 25th as well. Packages will include a concert ticket, meet and greet, photo, autograph, merchandise and more! Details on where to obtain these will be announced shortly.
“North American Retribution 2011”
DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, HEXEN
01/30/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
01/31/11 The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC
02/01/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
02/02/11 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
02/03/11 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
02/04/11 Club Hell – Providence, RI
02/05/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
02/06/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
02/07/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
02/08/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
02/09/11 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
02/10/11 Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
02/11/11 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
02/12/11 Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
02/13/11 Numbers – Houston, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/14/11 Emo’s – Austin, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/15/11 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/16/11 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
02/18/11 Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
02/19/11 Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
02/20/11 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
02/21/11 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
02/22/11 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
02/23/11 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
02/24/11 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
02/25/11 Lost on Main – Chico, CA
02/26/11 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
DEATH ANGEL will perform on the “70K Tons of Metal” cruise occurring January 24th through 28th, 2011. Check out the band talking about the event at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5ZXJRSJI_8.
Order a copy of Relentless Retribution with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Search/death_angel.
Relentless Retribution Track Listing:
1. Relentless Revolution
2. Claws In So Deep
4. Into The Arms of Righteous Anger
5. River Of Rapture
6. Absence Of Light
7. This Hate
8. Death Of The Meek
9. Opponents At Sides
10. I Chose The Sky
12. Where They Lay
The track “Truce” also features a guest guitar solo by Producer Jason Suecof.
Relentless Retribution was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER). Cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL) is attached.
For more information visit: www.DEATHANGEL.us | www.myspace.com/DEATHANGEL
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Announcement on MANOWAR’s performance at the Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar on November 26, 2010 promoted by Eventos Seven Ltda (Grupo Internacional Seven) in Bogotá, Colombia.
Regrettably, MANOWAR must formally announce that it will not perform at the Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar on November 26, 2010 due to contractual failures on the part of Eventos Seven Ltda (Grupo Internacional Seven). It is MANOWAR’s hope to inform its fans as soon as possible to avoid any ticket purchases based upon the mistaken belief of its performance at this event.
MANOWAR remains hopeful that it will secure an appropriate venue in the near future to perform for its fans in Colombia but unfortunately cannot perform at this event as originally planned.
All fans who have already purchased tickets or other packages for this event based upon the promised performance of MANOWAR should contact Eventos Seven Ltda (Grupo Internacional Seven) to seek refunds of any monies paid in advance of this performance.
MANOWAR again apologizes for these unfortunate circumstances which are clearly not in its control and deeply thanks its fans for their continued support.
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Progressive Metal act TesseracT have offered up a free track from their upcoming EP Concealing Fate. The track, iv – Perfection, can be downloaded in exchange for fans who like/retweet news on the band. Head to the below link to get the track now.
Concealing Fate will be available online along with a limited edition digipack sold exclusively at CM Distro. Pre-order packages are available now at the link below. The band’s much anticipated debut full- length, One, will be released early 2011 and will feature the songs from Concealing Fate along with 5 additional tracks plus some soon to be announced bonus features.
Preorder Concealing Fate here:
TesseracT – Concealing Fate EP
i – Acceptance
ii – Deception
iii – The Impossible
iv – Perfection
v – Epiphany
vi – Origin
TesseracT will make their North American debut this fall as direct support to Devin Townsend, so be sure to either see below or visit www.myspace.com/tesseract to view their entire tour itinerary.
TesseracT are one of the most talked about bands among musicians and tech-heads, thanks to the quintet’s time signatures and musical complexity. TesseracT fully embraces their experimental, prog sensibility without excessive indulgence or pretentiousness, delivering atmospheric, metallic songs that stir strong emotions and evoke powerful mental images.
Devin Townsend w/TesseracT
October 08th Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
October 09th Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
October 10th Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
October 12th San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
October 14th Hollywood, CA – Key Club
October 15th San Diego, CA – Ramona Mainstage
October 16th Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon
October 26th Springfield, VA – Jaxx Nightclub
October 27th West Chester, PA – The Note
October 28th New York, NY – Blender Theater at The Gramercy
October 29th Worcester, MA – The Palladium Upstairs
October 30th Oneonta, NY – Oneonta Theatre
October 31st Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
November 2nd Montreal, QUE – Foufounes Electriques
November 3rd Toronto, ONT – The Mod Club
November 4th London, ONT – London Music Hall
November 5th Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
November 6th Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
November 7th Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
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IMPIETY FINNISH RECORDING OF THEIR NEW ALBUM!
The title for the 7th IMPIETY‘s full length album is Worshippers of the Seventh Tyranny currently being recorded in utter depravation and satanic violence at Music City Studios in Treviso, Italy. The album will have seven blasphemies with a running time close to 40mins.
The Barbarian Black Horde IMPIETY now comprises of Shyaithan (Bass.Vomit) in command with Guh Lu (Guitars), Eskathon (Guitars) and prevailing drummer Andrea Janko (Artillery). The band rehearsed in early August in the city of Trieste, Italy and commenced recording at Music City, Treviso on 24th Aug. The recording, mix and mastering will be completed in another 7-8 days and we are looking forward to getting this heavy-as-fuck Masterpiece unleashed by Agonia Records.
More news in the coming weeks ahead.
Salve Sathanas Exelsi – Mighty IMPIETY in Satanic Victory!
FORGOTTEN TOMB STARTED TO RECORD THEIR LONG AWAITED 5th ALBUM!
FORGOTTEN TOMB started the recording sessions for the long anticipated brand-new studio-album, titled Under Saturn Retrograde, to be released hopefully around January 2011.
The sessions took place at Elfo Studio, located in Tavernago, Piacenza (Italy), the same studio where the band recorded now-classic albums such as Love’s Burial Ground and Negative Megalomania (Songs to Leave and the first Demo/MCD Obscura Arcana Mortis were recorded at Elfo Studio as well, but it was in a different location back at that time). Back to the engineering position there’s Daniele Mandelli, producer/sound engineer of Songs To Leave, Love’s Burial Ground and Negative Megalomania.
Herr Morbid comments: We started setting up the drums and placing all the microphones on Friday morning, the 27th of August 2010. We placed something like 20 microphones on the drum-kit this time, just to make sure we can get the right sound, heh! Asher started playing & recording in late morning and then after lunch through all the afternoon, ’til 7 PM. He recorded following a metronome and I played a rhythm guitar line in the background, just to make sure everything work out right. The process went definitely smooth and we managed to track drums for 5 songs out of 9.
On the 28th of August 2010 we started the sessions in the morning and we tracked down the other 4 songs in less than 6 hours. Again, the process was quite easy, though we took a bit more time for the title-track, since it’s rythmically a bit more complex than the other songs and it’s divided in 2 parts. At the end of the day I also recorded some tambourine for a song (The Cult docet) and some cow-bell as well (everyone knows my crush for Southern Rock, heh). But don’t worry, we aren’t making a Glam Rock album here!
The band plan to record guitars later this week. We’ll keep you posted! That’s all for now, stay tuned!
NEWS FROM DIE HARD
We would like to announce the new DIE HARD‘s drummer: his name is Martin Karlsson and he comes from Stockholm. After two intense rehearsals with Martin the band have decided to welcome him as a permanent member.
Simon will handle second guitar in DIE HARD. Simon is also from Stockholm and currently plays in bands like Valkyrja and Ondskapt.
Photos of the new line-up will be taken at the end of September in Stockholm by Soile (www.extremmetal.se) – to be presented later on.
In a couple of weeks the band will release a brand new, third 7” EP entitled THRASH THEM ALL. This EP will include 2 exclusive tracks. It will be available as limited to 400 copies black vinyl with printed inner jacket, poster, sticker and e-card as well as limited to 100 copies DIE HARD red vinyl with printed inner jacket, poster, sticker, e-card and patch. Release date: 31st of October.
The last nail in the coffin will come in March 2011 with their 4th 7 “EP including one new track and one cover of mighty Venom. More news will follow soon.
As this is being written, DIE HARD have started the process of writing new lethal and violent riffs and lyrics for the upcoming album. We are proud to announce that HARRIS JOHNS will be the man behind the recording, mixing, mastering and producing the forthcoming album. The recording session will take place next year in Berlin in MUSIC LAB BERLIN. Harris Johns is known for his work with bands and album like: Hellowen – Walls of Jericho / Kreator – Pleasure to Kill – Out of the Dark / Sodom – Presection Mania – Agent Orange / Tankard – Chemical Invasion – The Morning After / Voivod – Killing Technology – Dimension Hatröss / Coroner – R.I.P. and a hell of more classic thrash metal album.
The 7″ EP and the new album will be released via Agonia Records.
Thrash Til Death!
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Everything is ready at SUBLIMINAL CRUSHER’s house for the upcoming swiss-italian tour as official support act for the swedish masters THE HAUNTED, together with fellow italian deathsters METHEDRAS.
Here are the tour dates:
22 September 2010
The Haunted + Methedras + Subliminal Crusher + Strained Nerve :: “Kiff”, Aarau (SWITZERLAND)
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23 September 2010
The Haunted + Methedras + Subliminal Crusher + Fightcast :: “Blogos”, Casalecchio di Reno (BO – ITALY)
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24 September 2010
The Haunted + Methedras + Subliminal Crusher + In Cold Blood :: “Jailbreak”, Rome – ITALY
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In other news, SUBLIMINAL CRUSHER confirm their presence at the second edition of the DAYS SHOCKING GROUND FEST:
02 October 2010
DAYS SHOCKING GROUND FEST 2010 :: “Parco Gramaccioli”, Vigne di Narni (TR – ITALY)
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Get ready to be crushed… once again!
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Down - Diary of a mad band
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As it turns out, the levees broke long before Katrina. In the ’80s and ’90s, New Orleans birthed musical lineages that would haunt the underground and rule the world. Detuned and devastating, they rose from the swamps and from the amplifiers of men who knelt at the altar of The Almighty Riff. Who toiled in their Iommic studies and learned those lessons as if their lives depended upon them. They populated and propagated the pedigrees that brought you the dope-sick sludge of Eyehategod, the cinder-block doom of Crowbar, the brash Southern crossover of Corrosion of Conformity (via North Carolina) and the platinum power-grooves of Pantera (via Dallas, Texas). That’d be Jimmy Bower, Kirk Windstein, Pepper Keenan, Rex Brown and Philip Anselmo, more or less. But mostly more.
For the members of DOWN, it’s home. Sweet home. It’s ground zero. For a state of mind beset on all sides by too much tepid water, too many pills, barely enough weed and never enough Black Sabbath. Yeah, it might seem like the only way you could draw a straight line between the industrial wasteland of Birmingham, England—birthplace of Sabbath (and Judas Priest) to the festering cultural bouillabaisse of the Big Easy would be with a pencil and a ruler, but that ain’t necessarily the case. At least not since DOWN have been around, which by all accounts dates back to 1991, when then-Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo and Corrosion of Conformity frontman Pepper Keenan would trade tapes and listen to the doom-ridden prophecies of certified Sabbath heads like Saint Vitus and Trouble as well as Pentagram. Therein lies the genesis of DOWN, the eternal brotherhood into which Bower, Windstein and (eventually) Brown were later initiated.
Which is to say Sabbath is pretty much the key here, the origin of the bloodline, as it were. As loud and heavy and stoned and powerful as you can handle it. The coda to the film in this very package tells the tale: “Bust Up, Tune Down, Sabb Off.” And as DOWN’s 2004 Ozzfest appearance indicated, the Drab Four smile upon DOWN like DOWN smiles upon their own many and misbegotten spawn: the fans getting their faces ruled at the shows on this DVD, the kids who started bands after being inspired by what they heard; the kids who aren’t kids anymore but grown-ass men with highly respected (and respectable) musical outfits of their own. The names are many—too many to mention here, perhaps—but they wear their DOWN t-shirts (and DOWN tattoos) with pride.
But we were talking about New Orleans, where the wards teem with secrets and crawl with ghosts. You can see ’em in the Clarence John Laughlin photographs that grace the inner sleeve of DOWN’s unstoppable 1995 debut, NOLA. The product of floods, sweat and beers, it was an album of wall-to-wall motherfuckers without a filler cut in the bunch. From the towering Vitus-inspired doom of “Temptation’s Wings” and thundering power-grooves of “Lifer” and “Underneath Everything” to the haunting thickly muscled swamp-swing of “Stone the Crow” and the ultimate reefer death-dirge that is “Bury Me In Smoke,” the album chiseled a template in granite like a headstone in a potter’s field.
DOWN played roughly 25 shows between ’91 and ’02, with Crowbar bassist Todd Strange holding down the low end with all 400 or so pounds of his substantial girth. But soon Anselmo, Keenan, Windstein, and Bower were crisscrossing the globe in their other bands, and Down was necessarily placed on the proverbial back burner, a “side project” that looked increasingly like a one-off as the years passed and the individual members soldiered through the hard-won triumphs and squalid tribulations of the lifer experience. And yet in 2002, DOWN emerged from their self-enforced slumber with DOWN II: A Bustle In Your Hedgerow—and with Anselmo’s Pantera bandmate Rex Brown now on bass. Not unlike its predecessor, the album unleashed gargantuan bolts of detuned lightning like “Lysergick Funeral Procession,” “Ghosts Along The Mississippi” and “New Orleans Is A Dying Whore.” DOWN, it would seem, were back, edging ever closer to something like full-time status. But it was not to be. Not yet, anyway.
The day of reckoning came in 2005, when DOWN reunited in the wake of Pantera’s permanent and untimely demise. The following year—that’s The Year Of VI in Down-speak—the band stomped all over Europe for six straight weeks while a crack camera crew shot the concert film you currently hold in your sweaty paws with a certain sense of anticipation that can only be satisfied by pressing PLAY. Performing sold-out shows across the Old World with no promotion, no record label and no opening band, DOWN tore new ones from Hamburg to Stockholm and back again, culminating in an unannounced set in front of untold tens of thousands on the main stage at the Download Festival in Leicestershire, England. What you’ll witness on the enclosed audio-visual extravaganza is the unvarnished (“sour notes and screw-ups included,” Anselmo tells us) deliverance of the fucking goods from that six-week excursion, the merciless reaming of an entire continent, and the true grit of five lifers in the Brotherhood Of Eternal Sleep.
In Cologne, Germany, Anselmo sends “Lifer” out to fallen Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who was gunned down onstage in Ohio in 2004, “and all our other brothers we lost along the goddamn way.” There’s Keenan, a close-up of his grizzled mug. And that fucking riff. The one from “Lifer” gets us every goddamn time.
Nottingham’s Rock City gets a face-full of “New Orleans Is A Dying Whore.” Keenan and Windstein churn out the opening salvo like it owes them money, on twin SGs, no less. In Copenhagen, the lighters come out for “Jail.” Backstage, the living legends of Europe’s metal underground turn out in force. There’s Cronos from Venom in Manchester, England. The dudes from Witchcraft in Stockholm. The black metal trifecta of Fenriz (Darkthrone), Satyr (Satyricon) and Frost (Satyricon, Gorgoroth, 1349) in Oslo.
At Download, Bower’s drums sound like fucking cannons and Rex’s bass, bulldozing. It’s “Bury Me In Smoke,” the grand finale to end all grand finales—and a sea of thousands to match a riff a thousand years wide. It’s before noon and the sun is blazing, cooking all that tender British flesh to an angry pink crisp. There’s a pit … make that several pits. There’s a false start, followed by threats and allegations. But the riff rides out, steamrolling everything, transcending all. And then the band’s performance and purpose is cemented as Anselmo tells the swirling masses, “Live long, live legendary.”
These are the precise words DOWN lives by.
Los Angeles, 2010
Diary of a Mad Band hits stores on October 5th, and features a 2 CD full concert, live in London! The DVD highlights documented footage marking the 2006 return of DOWN from the practice room through their first European tour, and a bonus behind-the-scenes featurette entitled ‘Tyrades and Shananigans’. The DVD closes in at a blistering 130 minutes! See below for a complete tracklisting of the set:
DVD: Diary of a Mad Band
w/ BONUS DVD FEATURETTE ‘Tyrades and Shananigans’
1. Lysergic Funeral Procession
3. Losing All
5. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
6. Ghosts Along The Mississippi
7. Learn From This Mistake
8. Underneath Everything
9. Temptation’s Wings
10. There’s Something On My Side
11. Hail The Leaf
13. The Seed
14. Eyes Of The South
16. Stone The Crows
17. Bury Me In Smoke
2 CD: LIVE IN EUROPE
1. Losing All
3. Lysergic Funeral Procession
5. Temptations Wings
6. Ghosts Along The Mississippi
7. Learn From This Mistake
8. Hail The Leaf
9. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
10. Lies, I Don’t Know What They Say But…
11. Underneath Everything
12. The Seed
13. Eyes Of The South
15. Stone The Crows
16. Bury Me In Smoke
If that isn’t enough for a rabid fan, a 180 Gram triple vinyl version with a bonus DVD will be available on October 26th!
DOWN has announced three pre-order bundles, available for purchase now. All pre-orders include an instant MP3 download of ‘Stone the Crow’ live in Dublin! These packages are a must have for every DOWN fan! Click the links below to be directed to the webstore to purchase your bundle!
- Pre-Order Bundle #1 – Diary of a Mad Band 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD) set – $18
- Pre-Order Bundle #2 – Diary of a Mad Band 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD) set with limited edition pre-order only T-SHIRT – $30
- Pre-Order Bundle #3 – Diary of a Mad Band 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD), limited edition DOWN 3’x 5’ FLAG, limited edition pre-order only T-SHIRT – $45
For more information about DOWN and Diary of a Mad Band, please visit these sites:
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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Following a slew of sold out headlining shows on their first North American tour in over three years, Sweden’s heavyweight progressive metal act, Katatonia, hit their first major bump in the road over the weekend when the band realized they had two guitars, straps, and wireless transmitters stolen from them at their stop in St. Paul on Saturday.
The band issued the following statement…
“Unfortunately tonight’s gig reached an all time low. Two of our guitars got stolen (including our straps with wireless transmitters), obviously causing performance difficulties, frustration and anger. Then against all odds, further technical problems kept on coming down one after another during the show. Apologies goes out to our fans in Minnesota for having to go through this.” The stolen Mayones guitars were to be the grand prize in two Katatonia giveaways that were launched in celebration of the otherwise extremely successful headlining run on the “Night Over North America” tour. Fans are encouraged to check Craigslist, Ebay, local pawnshops, etc. for the missing guitars, and report any suspicious activity to the band.
Katatonia will continue to forge across North America and back, as they round out the final two weeks of the tour.
Stay tuned for more information on Katatonia and the “Night Over North America” tour.
Sept. 21 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Sept. 22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Sept. 23 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Sept. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Parkside
Sept. 25 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Sept. 26 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
Sept. 28 – Mesa, AZ @ U.B.´s Bar
Sept. 29 – Tucson, AZ @ Club DV8
Sept. 30 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct. 1 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Alternative Lounging
Oct. 2 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
Oct. 4 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Oct. 5 – Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
Oct. 6 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Oct. 7 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
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Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
In the sixth of nine installments, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the songs that will appear on the band’s new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which is scheduled for release in Europe on September 27th and in North America on September 28th.
Grutle on “Giants”:
“A wonderful doom/death piece that I also instantly liked. This one was also among the easiest to arrange and the first one we recorded vocals for. Perhaps the heaviest ENSLAVED song ever, and for the first time in many years, we even dug up our old [Roland] SH-1 [synthesizer] to add some psychedelic ‘70s-sounds! A really cool song to play, a monster! The lyrics deals with – as the title insinuates – the giants! Meaning the chaos inside each and every one of us and in our surroundings. The giants are the opposite of the æsir in Norse mythology, and symbolize the outer consciousness, female forces, and disorder. Always in conflict with the masculine, inner conscious order of the æsir.”
Ivar on “Giants”:
“This is definitely the heavy song of the album. If the opening riff is influenced by Voïvod, Black Sabbath, or both – I am not sure… but I am extremely satisfied with how it turned out. The main riff that follows is based on some kind of weird scale I came up with during a day on the tour bus in Portland last year. I don’t know one scale from the other, so I use associations to describe them. When the riff was played at a low enough tempo, I saw giants marching through the fog taking no heed of any obstacles, chaotic and determined at the same time. The ‘chorus’ (we don’t really have those, but common terms make it easier to discuss songs inside and outside of the band) keeps the marching feeling going and at the same time, musically depicts another side of the chaotic forces: One of beauty and freedom. As for who should have done the lyrics, there was no doubt once the title was ready: Grutle is definitely the man to write about the Giant forces. His lyrics fit the song perfectly!”
Click on the following song titles to read the commentaries on “Ethica Odini,” “Raidho,” “Waruun,” “The Beacon,” “Axioma.”
Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details here. Contest ends Thursday, September 30th.
Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop is now taking pre-orders for ENSLAVED’s exclusive North American Axioma Ethica Odini pre-order bundle, which includes the new album plus an ENSLAVED t-shirt for $20.00.
ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th and will return to North America in November as the direct support act for DIMMU BORGIR. All upcoming tour dates are available here.
View the four-part in-studio video series of ENSLAVED members answering fan questions on the making of Axioma Ethica Odini on the band’s official YouTube channel.
View Metal Hammer’s video interview here where Ivar Bjørnson & Grutle Kjellson shed some insight on the new 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 twitter.com/ENSLAVEDBAND.
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ANNIHILATOR: 'WAKING THE FURY' REISSUE
WAKING THE FURY, the 2002 album from Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR, has been reissued and is out now in Europe.
Following the recent release of ANNIHILATOR’s critically acclaimed, self-titled new album, Earache Records is reissuing six albums from the band’s illustrious back-catalogue. WAKING THE FURY is the third album in the series to be released, following CARNIVAL DIABLOS and CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW.
WAKING THE FURY is available now on CD in a custom slipcase and features a bonus live track and a bonus video where ANNIHILATOR mastermind JEFF WATERS explains the secrets behind his guitar set-up.
The full WAKING THE FURY track listing is as follows:
03. My Precious Lunatic Asylum
06. Prime-Time Killing
07. The Blackest Day
08. Nothing To Me
09. Fire Power
10. Cold Blooded
11. Refresh The Demon (Live)*
(* bonus track)
WAKING THE FURY is also available for the first time on limited edition coloured vinyl LP in the following quantities and colours:
100 – Maple Leaf
200 – Golden Sand
300 – Cherry Red
400 – Black
View the limited edition vinyl colours at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/annihilator_waking_vinyl.jpg
Get WAKING THE FURY now in Europe, along with CARNIVAL DIABLOS and CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW, at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_749
WAKING THE FURY is also available on iTunes at http://j.mp/awCz8u
Catch ANNIHILATOR live on their upcoming European headlining tour at the following shows:
Oct. 05 – Paris, FRA – Divian Du Monde
Oct. 06 – Antwerp, BEL – Trix
Oct. 07 – Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik
Oct. 08 – Luxembourg, LUX – Den Atelier
Oct. 10 – Uden, NETH – Pul
Oct. 11 – Frankfurt, GER – Batchkapp
Oct. 12 – Cologne, GER – Stollwerk
Oct. 14 – Berlin, GER – C-Club
Oct. 15 – Hamburg, GER – Knust
Oct. 16 – Copenhagen, DEN – The Rock
Oct. 18 – Oslo, NOR – John Dee
Oct. 19 – Gothenburg, SWE – Sticky Fingers
Oct. 20 – Stockholm, SWE – Klubben
Oct. 22 – Helsinki, FIN – Tavastia
Oct. 23 – Tallinn, EST – Tapper Club
Oct. 24 – Vilnius, LIT – New York
Oct. 26 – Warsaw, POL – Progresja
Oct. 27 – Krakow, POL – Loch Ness
Oct. 28 – Prague, CZR – Retro Music Hall
Oct. 30 – Wörgl, AUT – Komma
Nov. 01 – Pratteln, SWI – Z7
Nov. 02 – Nuremberg, GER – Hirsch
Nov. 03 – Milan, ITA – Live Club
Nov. 05 – Barcelona, SPA – Mephisto
Nov. 06 – Madrid, SPA – Sala Live
Nov. 07 – Bilbao, SPA – Kafe Antzoki
Nov. 10 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Nov. 11 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Nov. 13 – Newcastle, UK – Legends
Nov. 14 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Nov. 15 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Nov. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Nov. 18 – Bristol, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 19 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 20 – London, UK – Islington Academy
View the tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/ann_euro_tour.jpg
Get tickets to see ANNIHILATOR from TicketMaster at http://j.mp/agadFc
For more ANNIHILATOR news and info, head to http://www.annihilatormetal.com
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Accept - Blood Of The Nations
ACCEPT’s new album Blood of the Nations has reached sensational and lofty positions in diverse European charts – many are all-time high placements. In addition, the album has been able to hold on to these positions and is now creating a storm in the USA, Canada and Japan.
Blood of the Nations is currently holding steady to Number 12 in the European Billboard charts and an incredible Number 35 in the world wide best-selling albums charts. Amazon Canada is reporting Blood of the Nations to be in the Top 20; this week peaking at Number 12 overall and Number 2 in the metal charts. In the US, Blood of the Nations has broken into the Top 25 of the best selling album in iTunes. In addition, it has now reached Number 65 at Amazon’s Albums Charts and #4 within the “Metal” category. Many media outlets are calling Blood of the Nations the metal Album of the Year!
In Japan, Amazon reports Blood of the Nations at Number 75 and in the Top 5 on the Metal Charts. Overall, the album is holding steady in the Top 75 at the European Amazon best selling charts.
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Baptized in Blood - debut album available October 19th
New York, NY: Canada’s BAPTIZED IN BLOOD are set to storm out of their native Canada and mount a takeover of American metal audiences when they release their self-titled, debut full-length for Roadrunner nationally on October 19. The band will also play alongside A Life Once Lost at the CMJ Music Marathon Metal Sucks Showcase, which will be held October 20 at Club Europa. Baptized in Blood have already turned the discerning head of a metal icon, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, who was so impressed that he has taken on the role of co-manager for the London, Ontario-based band, alongside Mark Adelman.
Additionally, Mike D of Dark Icon Design, who also serves as the bassist for Killswitch Engage, designed the album artwork. While Baptized in Blood may have friends in high places, the band doesn’t rely on those associations; the five-piece delivers the goods with their bottom heavy, unrelenting metallic assault. Baptized in Blood are a classic Roadrunner signing that remains true the label’s long-standing history as the standard bearer of the best in hard rock and metal.
Baptized in Blood are influenced by Gothenburg metal, glam and everything in between, as long as it’s distorted! Their music is equally anthemic and groovy, without sacrificing one ounce of brutality. They’ve toured with US with Fear Factory and with Shadows Fall and Hatebreed in their native Canada. The band was also asked to join an already stellar lineup for the 2010 installment of the Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal, Quebec Canada, sharing the stage with the likes of Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Lamb of God, Mastodon to name just a few, performing in front of 15,000 fans.
The track listing for Baptized in Blood is as follows:
“Up Shirts Down Skirts”
“Down and Out”
“Last Line Lady”
“Go It Alone”
“Will Of a Demon”
Tags: Baptized in Blood
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Nocte Obducta - “Galgendämmerung” (remastered)
Metal Mind Productions presents Nocte Obducta – a true metal phenomenon and one of the most influential black metal groups in Germany. Their music is often referred to as ‘avant-garde black metal’ due to their uncanny ability to combine brutal, demonic metal with psychedelic and even progressive styles. Their fourth full-length album, “Galgendämmerung – Von Nebel, Blut und Totgeburten” was originally released in 2002. This exclusive reissue brings back this devilish masterpiece in all its forbidden glory…
The band was primarily formed in the summer of 1993 in Mainz, Germany, under the name Desîhra. The group disbanded in 1995 without ever having played a single show or recorded a demo. However, on the ashes of that band Nocte Obducta was born. In January 1998 Nocte Obducta recorded their first demo. The release was very well received by both critics and fans, and the group was soon approached by Grind Syndicate Media who offered them a record deal. Their debut LP was released in 1999. Their second album – “Taverne – In Schatten schäbiger Spelunken” was released in 2000 and became “Album of the Month” in a German magazine Legacy, gaining very positive reviews from critics all across the country. Despite label problems which started to occur in 2000 Nocte Obducta managed to record soon two full-length albums: “Schwarzmetall – Ein primitives Zwischenspiel” (2001) and “Galgendämmerung – Von Nebel, Blut und Totgeburten” (2002). After recording “Galgendämmerung“ A. Magic M. and Shin decided to leave the group. Their duties were taken over by Flerik (bass) and Thomas (guitar). Nocte Obducta signed a new contract with Supreme Chaos Records and released their fifth album – “Stille – Das nagende Schweigen” in 2003. In March 2004 the group finished recording one of their greatest works yet – the two album epic called “Nektar”. Part one, entitled “Nektar Teil I: Zwölf Monde, eine Handvoll Träume”, was released in August 2004, while part two – “Nektar Teil II: Seen, Flüsse, Tagebücher” – saw the light of day in April 2005. Despite their strong underground reputation and successful releases, the group disbanded in June 2006. The group’s legacy was carried on in the band Dinner Auf Uranos. However, their music has a totally different vibe.
Nocte Obducta remains one of the most remarkable black metal projects ever to emerge on the metal scene. With lyrics sang only in German, it is truly a significant group among other blasphemous acts. “Galgendämmerung – Von Nebel, Blut und Totgeburten” is an amazing example of devilish and unholy avant-garde. The new digipak edition of the album is limited to 2000 copies. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for October, 11th in Europe and December, 7th in USA (via MVD).
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1390 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: black metal
Release date: 11.10.2010 Europe / 07.12.2010 USA
1. Fruchtige Fäulnis
2. Der Durst In Meinen Augen
3. Eins Mit Der Essenz Der Nacht
4. Nebel Über Den Urnenfeldern
6. Der Sand Des Späten Winters
8. Spiele Mir Ein Frühlingslied Am Friedhofstor
9. Wenn Nur Im Tod Noch Frieden Liegt – teil I & II
For more info: www.metalmind.com.pl
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SADIST + Virgin Snatch, Crionics and two other bands will play the second run of concerts across all Eastern Europe during next october. Once the Polish leg of the “Beware of Your Neck 2010 European Tour” is done, the band will head toward the East in order to conquer the lands of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. This part of the raid will start on the 13th of October in Kaliningrad (Russia) with the last date on the 31rd of October in Lvov (Ukraine). A month later the tour will also visit other European countries, such as Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.
30.09.2010 RZESZÓW / Pod Palmą
01.10.2010 LUBLIN / Graffiti
02.10.2010 WARSZAWA / Progresja
03.10.2010 OLSZTYN / Przystań Marina
04.10.2010 GDYNIA / Ucho
05.10.2010 BYDGOSZCZ / Estrada
06.10.2010 POZNAŃ / Blue Note
07.10.2010 WROCŁAW / Madness
08.10.2010 CZĘSTOCHOWA / Zero
09.10.2010 BIELSKO BIAŁA / Rude Boy
10.10.2010 KRAKÓW / Rotunda
13.10.10 – Vilnius, Lithuania
14.10.10 – Kaliningrad, Russia
15.10.10 – Riga, Latvia
16.10.10 – Tallinn, Estonia
17.10.10 – St.Petersburg, Russia
19.10.10 – Nizhnij Novgorod, Russia
20.10.10 – Lipeck, Russia
21.10.10 – Saransk, Russia
22.10.10 – Voronezh, Russia
23.10.10 – Moscow, Russia
24.10.10 – Smolensk, Russia
25.10.10 – Minsk, Belarus
26.10.10 – Mogilev, Belarus
27.10.10 – Gomel, Belarus
28.10.10 – Kiev, Ukraine
29.10.10 – Ilyichevsk, Ukraine
30.10.10 – Kishinev, Moldova
31.10.10 – Lvov, Ukraine
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ANGRA - Aqua
“Aqua” continues to be one of the most selling CDs in Asia. Recently a store in Taipei, capital of Taiwan, revealed some images from the record.
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In the meantime, ANGRA (www.myspace.com/angraofficial) confirmed the concert in Taiwan in support to their seventh album “Aqua”. The show will take place on October, 19th and it will be the fourth time the band performs at the island where they have a lot of fans that have been following the group along the entire career.
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FOZZY, the band featuring WWE Wrestling Superstar CHRIS JERICHO and Stuck Mojo mastermind RICH ‘The Duke’ WARD have announced that due to overwhelming public demand they will return to Australia for the first time since 2005!
FOZZY,who also feature SEAN DELSON and FRANK FONTSERE (Stuck Mojo) and BILLY GREY (Dangerous New Machine), will hit Australian shores this December touring in support of the latest and critically acclaimed album ‘Chasing the Grail’.
There is no doubt the FOZZY are one of the most dynamic and energetic live acts on the scene. Jericho brings his WWE theatrics to the stage along with Ward’s lively stage presence and fretboard wizardry topped off by the technical powerhouse rhythm section of Fontsere and Delson.
CHRIS JERICHO sounds the war cry: “Our fans in Australia are some of the best FOZZY fans in the world and we heard your demands, so we are coming back and we are looking forward to tearing the house down with each and every one of you crazy bastards this December!”
‘Chasing the Grail’ is in stores now via Riot! / Warner Music. Or from The Riot Shop
Special Limited VIP Meet and Greet packages are also available!
Australian Tour December 2010
Thursday 2nd December
The Hi Fi – Melbourne
Friday 3rd December
The Factory – All Ages Sydney
Sunday 5th December
The Hi Fi – Brisbane
Tickets On Sale Friday 24th September
Sydney tickets: www.ticketek.com.au Phone: 132 849
Melbourne & Brisbane Tickets: www.thehifi.com.au Phone: 1300 843 443
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