OCEANO: ALTERNATIVE PRESS WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW TRACK

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
OCEANO: WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW TRACK

OCEANO: WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW TRACK

Alternative Press is set to premiere a brand new song from Chicago deathcore heavyweights OCEANO.

The website of influential music magazine Alternative Press will be hosting the exclusive world premiere of the new track, “Precursor to Enslavement”, on Friday, September 3rd.  Be amongst the first to hear the crushing new track by heading to http://www.altpress.com

“Precursor to Enslavement” is taken from OCEANO’s long-awaited new album, CONTAGION.  The follow-up to the band’s Billboard-charting 2009 debut, DEPTHS, CONTAGION features eleven brutal new tracks and is due to be released in North America on November 9th.  The album will be released in Europe on January 17th, 2011.

Catch OCEANO live on the run-up to the release of CONTAGION, as they head out on “The Corruptour” with WHITECHAPEL, IMPENDING DOOM, MISS MAY I and I DECLARE WAR:

Oct 01 – Macon, GA – The 567
Oct 02 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Oct 03 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
Oct 04 – Jacksonville, FL – Rain
Oct 05 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
Oct 06 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Oct 07 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 Tavern
Oct 08 – Norfolk, VA – Norva
Oct 09 – Jermyn, PA – Eleanor Rigby’s
Oct 10 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Oct 12 – Boston, MA – Harper’s Ferry
Oct 13 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
Oct 14 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Oct 15 – Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
Oct 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Oct 17 – Elgin, IL – Mad Maggies
Oct 19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Oct 20 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
Oct 21 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Oct 22 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Oct 23 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown

View the Corruptour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/corruptour.jpg

CONTAGION is available to pre-order now in North America, along with t-shirt and hoodie combo packs.  Pre-order the album and get DEPTHS at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_698

Get DEPTHS in Europe at http://www.earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_698

For more OCEANO news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/oceano or join the band on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OceanoMetal

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WORMROT FORCED TO DELAY START OF U.S. TOUR

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
WORMROT U.S. TOUR

WORMROT U.S. TOUR

Singapore grindcore trio WORMROT have regretfully had to delay the start of their US tour by a few days.

The band, which was due to perform with labelmates ORDER OF ENNEAD at Santos Party House in New York City on September 2nd, have been forced to postpone the start of the “Abusing US” tour due to visa delays.  WORMROT will now be arriving in the USA on September 4th and will be kicking off the tour on September 6th in Cleveland, Ohio.  The band apologizes to their fans, but will be rescheduling the New York show for a new date towards the end of the tour.

WORMROT frontman ARIF ROT comments:

“I’m off to the airport this Friday night to catch our early as fuck flight to the States the next day.  Everything has been prepared and we are pumped as fuck to start abusing the USA.  LET’S FUCKING GO!”

Catch WORMROT live on their first ever US tour at the following shows:

Sep 06 – Cleveland, Ohio – Now That’s Class
Sep 07 – Valparaiso, Indiana – Gauchos
Sep 08 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 31st Street Pub
Sep 09 – Lansing, Michigan – Macs
Sep 10 – Mishawaka, Indian – Wander Inn
Sep 11 – Indianapolis, Indiana – The Dojo
Sep 12 – St. Louis, Missouri – Fubar
Sep 13 – Des Moines, Iowa – Vaudeville Mews
Sep 14 – Denver, Colorado – Blast-O-Mat
Sep 15 – Albuquerque, New Mexico – Andres Underground
Sep 16 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The Conservatory
Sep 17 – San Antonio, Texas – 1011
Sep 18 – Dallas, Texas – Phoenix Project
Sep 19 – Houston, Texas – Vanguard Warehouse
Sep 20 – New Orleans, Louisiana – 86’d Productions
Sep 21 – Tallahassee, Florida – Big Daddy’s
Sep 22 – Tampa, Florida – Brass Mug
Sep 23 – Miami, Florida – Churchill’s Pub
Sep 24 – Gainsville, Florida – The Atlantic
Sep 25 – Atlanta, Georgia – Eyedrum
Sep 26 – Chatanooga, Tennessee – Ziggy’s
Sep 27 – Lexington, Kentucky – Cosmic Charlie’s
Sep 29 – Richmond, Virginia – The Triple
Sep 30 – Silver Spring, Maryland – Corpse Fortress
Oct 01 – Wilmington, Delaware – Mojo 13
Oct 02 – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – The Hardbean Cafe
Oct 04 – Hartford, Connecticut – The Whitney House

Get a taste of the ferocity of a live WORMROT show by watching a video from the band’s performance in Torello, Spain on their recent European tour at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNl9bhh-lm8

WORMROT’s debut album, ABUSE, is available now worldwide featuring 23 tracks of pure grindcore, plus a bonus disc with an additional 34 tracks of demos, EPs and splits.  Get the album now in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_674_733 or in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_674_750

Keep up-to-date with all WORMROT news and info at:
MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/wormrotgrind
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wormrot/237638635639
Twitter – http://twitter.com/Wormrot

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IPSISSIMUS signs worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

East coast based black metalers Ipsissimus to enter the studio to record debut full-length album

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of New Haven, CT black metal band IPSISSIMUS. The band inked a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records and will be entering Sonic Environments studio in Bloomfield, CT to record their first full-length album and Metal Blade debut. Longtime friend of His Emissary, Jeff Weed, is not only the owner of Sonic Environments studio but has also stepped in as the band’s “sonic alchemist” (aka engineer/producer). IPSISSIMUS began recording in June 2010 and are taking a short break before returning to Sonic Environments studio in early September to finish the record. Their feature full-length will include the band’s EP Three Secrets of Fatima along with three new songs.

IPSISSIMUS drummer Haimatokharmes comments; “Metal Blade is a label that has been home to artists brutal, technical, filthy, blasting, wildly successful, and, most importantly, unique. Ipsissimus is very proud to join this family, and looks forward to adoring the Goat with them by producing ritual black metal that is truly ipsissima!”

“A 3 piece black metal symphony that is at the forefront of the American Black Metal movement… IPSISSIMUS is technical yet punishing, perfect for Metal Blade Records and fans of our brand of metal,” adds Michael Faley, President of Metal Blade Records.

IPSISSIMUS has a handful of upcoming one-off shows that sees the band sharing the stage with the likes of The Absence, Skeletonwitch, Withered, Landmine Marathon, Unearthly Trance, Black Pyramid, Suma, and more. See dates below.

Sept 28th is the Black Anvil CD release at the Studio @ Webster Hall in NYC with The Absence

Sept 30th is “Metal Thursday CV” @ Ralph’s Chadwick Square Rock Diner in Worcester with Unearthly Trance, Suma (from Sweden) and Black Pyramid

Oct 21st, “Born of Fire” presents Ipsissimus and Nachzehrer along with a screening of the cult classic “Alucarda” @ O’Brien’s in Allston, MA

October 30th @ Club Oasis in Worcester with Scaphism, Despoilment, Wreckoning, Sarcomancy and Deconformity

November 28th @ Lilly’s Pad (Toad’s Place upstairs) in New Haven with Skeletonwitch, Withered and Landmine Marathon

IPSISSIMUS is:

Tichondrius: Bass / Vocals

Haimatokharmes: Drums

His Emissary: Guitar

About the band:

IPSISSIMUS was founded when His Emissary (guitars) and Haimatokharmes (drums) met by providence on 6/6/06 in New Haven, CT, and found in one another worthy vessels of channeling the occult philosophies into ritual Black Metal. In November of that year, Tichondrius (bass/vocals) completed the trinity. Within a month they were playing concerts and released the demo Trampling the Host, a potent exercise in raw, blasting Black Metal. Over the following years, they established a reputation across New England for technical yet raw live performances, sharing the stage with both local and established Black Metal groups, such as Nachtmystium, Enslaved, Dark Funeral, Krallice, and Watain. In February 2008, IPSISSIMUS independently released the Three Secrets of Fatima EP, a complex and melodic triptych that thrust them to the forefront of the burgeoning American Black Metal scene. In June, IPSISSIMUS played the Three Secrets of Fatima EP start to finish to a very enthusiastic crowd when the band opened up for legendary EYEHATEGOD and Nachtmystium. Matching their music to orations of black piety that draw from esoteric traditions antique and modern, often composed in the dead tongues of the ancients themselves, IPSISSIMUS initiates the listener to a Left-Hand Gnosis with a unique and irrefutable statement of American Black Metal.

http://www.myspace.com/ipsissimususbm

http://www.facebook.com/ipsissimususbm

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DESULTORY: Counting Our Scars Final Track Listing Revealed

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Reactivated legendary Swedish death metallers DESULTORY recently completed work on their long-anticipated upcoming new album, Counting Our Scars. The full-length — their first since 1996’s Swallow The Snake — was recorded, mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Unanimated, Deströyer 666 etc) in Alvik, Sweden.  

Counting Our Scars Final Track Listing:

1. In A Cage
2. Counting Our Scars
3. Ready To Bleed
4. This Broken Halo
5. The Moment Is Gone
6. Uneven Numbers
7. Dead Ends
8. Leeching Life
9. A Crippling Heritage

Counting Our Scars will be released via Pulverised Records later this year. Official street date TBA.

DESULTORY:

Klas Morberg – Vocals, Guitars
Håkan Morberg – Guitars
Johan Bolin – Bass
Thomas Johnson – Drums

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

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The remastered edition of “Witchcraft” by Stormwitch to be released in October

September 2nd, 2010
by EvilG
The remastered edition of "Witchcraft" by Stormwitch to be released in October

The remastered edition of "Witchcraft" by Stormwitch to be released in October 2010

Stormwitch are next to Helloween the biggest German heavy metal legend ever to walk this planet. Their career started in the 80’s with a string of successful albums and lasted until 1994, when the group disbanded due to personal differences. Fortunately, Stormwitch returned in 2002 with a new line-up and a new album, “Dance with the Witches”. Two years later the band released “Witchcraft” – one of their finest works yet. Metal Mind Productions presents the exclusive reissue of “Witchcraft” which brings the ultimate version of a true heavy metal masterpiece…

The group was originally formed in 1979 in Heidenheim, Baden Württemberg, Germany by vocalist Andy Mück and guitarists Harald Spencer (aka Lee Tarot) and Stefan Kaufmann (Steve Merchant). Bassist Ronny “Pearson” Gleisberg and drummer Peter “Lancer” Langer joined the band in 1983. The band officially debuted in 1984 on the “1. Rock-Fabrik Festival ‘84” live compilation album (where they played along Restless, Tyran’s Pace and Cacumen). In the same year Stormwitch managed to release their stellar debut LP – “Walpurgis Night” – which became an instant success and gathered great opinions from both critics and fans. The following years brought more great albums, all considered today as metal classics: “Tales of Terror” (1985), “Stronger Than Heaven” (1986), “The Beauty and the Beast” (1987) and “Eye of the Storm” (1989). The 1990’s brought some significant line-up changes, as both original guitarists decided to quit the band. The group carried on with new musicians and recorded two more LPs – “War of the Wizards” (1992) and “Shogun” (1994) – until finally disbanding by the end of 1994.

Even though Stormwitch officially ceased to exist, their name was still present on the metal scene. Cover versions of their songs were included on albums by White Skull (“Tears by the Firelight” from “The Beauty and the Beast”) and Hammerfall (“Ravenlord” from “Stronger Than Heaven”), and a compilation album of Stormwitch’s best songs from their first three LPs was released in 1998, bearing the title “Priest of Evil”. In 2002 Andy Mück decided to reform the band after he wrote the song “Dance with the Witches” for a faithful fan. Stormwitch officially returned to the metal world on August 5th with the release of their eighth album which was named after the track that brought the group back to life – “Dance with the Witches”. In November 2004 Stormwitch released their ninth LP entitled “Witchcraft”. The album delivered twelve amazing tracks capturing all the best elements of heavy metal, power metal and even hard rock. “Witchcraft” offered a lot of diversity, introducing some faster, almost speed-metal tracks like “Puppets in a Play” and “At the Break of this Day”, straight-forward rockers such as “Frankenstein’s Brothers” and “Kiss of Death”, and even an impressive power metal ballad – “Sleeping Beauty”. Two songs on the album (“Moonfleet” and “Fallen From God”) featured additional female vocals, which only strengthened the gloomy, disturbing atmosphere of the LP. The mood was also built by the lyrics, which mixed gothic horror stories with sinister love tales and even some religious themes (like in the opener “Sinister Child” which portrays the birth of Jesus) and, of course – witches! This is an absolute must-have for all fans of true, powerful heavy metal!

The new digipak edition of “Witchcraft” includes a bonus track and is limited to 2000 copies. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. The release date is set up for 11th October in Europe and 7th December in USA (via MVD).

Stormwitch

“Witchcraft” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1398 DG

Barcode: 5907785036352

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: Heavy metal

Release date: 11.10.2010 Europe / 07.12.2010 USA

Tracklist:

1. The Sinister Child

2. At the Break of This Day

3. Fallen from God

4. Frankenstein’s Brothers

5. Until the War Will End

6. Witchcraft

7. Sleeping Beauty

8. Puppet in A Play

9. The Kiss of Death

10. Moonfleet

11. Salome

12. The Drinking Song

Bonus track:

13. Blood Lies in My Hand
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GARY HOLT OF EXODUS ON 28 YEARS IN THE SAME BAND: “IT’S JUST A LITTLE LESS SELF ABUSE”

September 2nd, 2010
by EvilG
EXODUS - GARY HOLT Live Photo by DirtJunior

EXODUS - GARY HOLT Live Photo by DirtJunior

In a recent interview with Jay Nanda of the San Antonio Examiner, EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt discussed being in EXODUS for 28 years, the band’s 1989 cover version of War’s “Lowrider” on the Fabulous Disaster album, and an idea for a questionably profitable souvenir from the band’s upcoming participation on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise.

Read 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:

09/02/10  Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY

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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VALDUR: New Track From Blackened Death Horde Available

September 2nd, 2010
by EvilG

California blackened death horde VALDUR unleashed their long-awaited new full-length Raven God Amongst Us upon unsuspecting masses earlier this summer. Featuring nine tracks of sonic decay, the self-financed long player was recorded at Trench Studios and released via drummer Sxuperion’s own BloodyMountain Records.

Check out “Berserrker,” taken from Raven God Amongst Us, at Stereogum here: http://stereogum.com/492621/valdur-berserrker-stereogum-premiere/franchises/haunting-the-chapel/

“Berserrker” is also available in wax form via the “Demon Wisdom”/”Berserrker” 7″ on Satan’s Might/Cult Of The Horns and the three-way split with Killgasm and Shitestrom, Burning Your Churches To Ash, Fucking Your God Up Her Ass on ChristHammer.

http://www.myspace.com/valdurkult

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KATAKLYSM: “Heaven’s Venom” Chart Positions Revealed

September 2nd, 2010
by EvilG

KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

Heaven’s Venom, the new album from Montreal based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM, sold around 2,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 7 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart and #196 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, making it the bands highest charting album and their biggest first week sales to date. Heatseekers lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

“On behalf of KATAKLYSM thank you for buying the album and keeping the support strong,” commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono. “We are close to  two decades now since we started this band and now we are charting our highest positions ever, and in the US finally as well! Again, a sincere thank you!”

KATAKLYSM Heaven’s Venom Chart Positions:

AUSTRIA #32

GERMANY #35

SWITZERLAND # 53

USA # 196

Heaven’s Venom was released on August 13th in Europe and August 24th in North America. The follow-up to 2008’s Prevail, was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F  Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, DARK TRANQUILLITY).

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TesseracT Announce The Concealing Fate EP Details; Prepare For Devin Townsend North American Tour

September 2nd, 2010
by EvilG

Progressive Metal act TesseracT will release their Concealing Fate EP on Oct. 12th. This EP will be available online 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:

http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/Tesseract_-_Concealing_Fate_E.P._-U.S._Digipak–PRE-ORDER-/35644
TesseracT states: “Deciding to put out just the Concealing Fate EP was a bitter pill to swallow, but we soon saw it as the only logical thing to do given the circumstances. The upside is, that this is allowing us make the album really special, and gives us the time to add some extra content. The EP will be special, too. Not only is it a limited edition, but it will come with a new shirt as well. We’re looking forward to seeing you all out on the road in the U.S. and on our UK warm up gigs. We hope you guys can understand the situation we’re in, and really appreciate your patience and continued support.”

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

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HEAVY ARTILLERY ANNOUNCES WAX MANIAX VINYL DEMO SERIES

September 2nd, 2010
by EvilG

Vinyl maniacs rejoice! Heavy Artillery Records is proud to announce the launch of the new WAX MANIAX VINYL DEMO SERIES. Limited to only 200 numbered 12″ MLPs and 200 CDs, the series will feature demos and live tracks from the best up and coming metal bands and will be available exclusively at http://store.heavyartillery.us

The first installment in the series is the Spells of Speed MLP by Portland, OR heavy/speed metal merchants SPELLCASTER. Featuring three studio and two live tracks, this two-fisted heavy metal debut is packaged in a hand-screened jacket with a full color lyric insert. A must-have for fans of Jag Panzer, early Iron Maiden, Metal Church etc..

Wax Maniax Demo Series releases on deck:

SPELLCASTER Spells of Speed MLP (September 14th/ Pre-sale begins Friday September 3rd)

EXCRUCIATOR By the Gates of Flesh MLP (October 12th)

ENFORCER Live at Bang Your Head Festival (November 23rd)

Listen to SPELLCASTER at http://heavyartillery.bandcamp.com/album/spells-of-speed

For more info visit http://store.heavyartillery.us

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RAGE confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL!

September 2nd, 2010
by EvilG
70000 TONS OF METAL

70000 TONS OF METAL

While they are cruising North along the Swedish East Coast they got word from one of our scouting parties in Germany. When they made it to the city of Herne, they were greeted by three men that are filled with RAGE! 70000TONS OF METAL: The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival! 24 out of 40 on board and counting…

The confirmed 24 out of 40 bands are:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Iced Earth
Korpiklaani
Marduk
Moonspell
Obituary
Rage
Raven
Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Uli Jon Roth
Witchburner

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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BLIND GUARDIAN: HIGHEST BILLBOARD CHART DEBUT EVER!

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG
Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time

Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time

BLIND GUARDIAN, Germany’s favorite sons from Krefeld, have attained the highest first-week sales numbers in the United States in the history of their existence.  With sales of over 4,500 units of their tenth studio album, At The Edge Of Time, BLIND GUARDIAN secured the #1 position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and also debuted at #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.

Checking in from Germany, lead singer & lyricist Hansi Kürsch, shares his elation over the Billboard chart news:

“I am really happy to see that At the Edge Of Time has created such a massive impact amongst our loyal legions of Northern American bards and minstrels.  Thanks for your great support.  Now join in our singing and dance with us on this glorious day.  Still, this is just a beginning: Mission is not completed.  :-)   Can´t wait to sing the new songs with you when we are coming by.  Dates will soon be revealed!”

In a recent interview with Ystejam.com, guitarist Marcus Siepen had the following to say about At the Edge of Time:

“For me [it] is the ultimate BLIND GUARDAN album because it represents everything that the band has been about.  It has lots of early BLIND GUARDIAN stuff with our roots in the speed & thrash metal; it has the more progressive styles that came up in the middle of the ‘90s; it has the very epic stuff that are present in the later albums; and it has some of this stuff that we never did before, like the oriental elements.  In my opinion, it’s the best album we have done so far; it perfectly captures everything that the band is about.  If someone doesn’t know BLIND GUARDIAN yet and wants to check us out, this would be the album that I would recommend.”

BLIND GUARDIAN’s 2006 studio album, A Twist In The Myth, debuted at #21 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and #288 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart.

At The Edge Of Time 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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SUFFOCATION: “Decibel Defiance” Tour Dates Announced

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

SUFFOCATION: "Decibel Defiance" Tour Dates Announced

SUFFOCATION: "Decibel Defiance" Tour Dates Announced

Decibel Magazine and Extreme Management Group are proud to finally announce tour dates for “The Decibel Defiance Tour 2010”! New York based extreme metal legends SUFFOCATION will tour North America this Fall with prog-deathster THE FACELESS, deathcore merchants THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, tech-death meisters DECREPIT BIRTH, and Italy’s brutal/symphonic/avante garde horde FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. Confirmed dates are as follows:

“The Decibel Defiance Tour 2010”

SUFFOCATION, 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

View the video clip for the track “Cataclysmic Purification” at this location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEYSU4XGLpI. The footage was directed by David Brodsky (ARSIS, GOD FORBID, KATAKLYSM, SWASHBUCKLE) with animation by Tim Kellen.

For more info visit: www.myspace.com/Suffocation | www.Suffocation.us

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Scythia Announce “Exiled Across Canada” Tour Dates + Free Download

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG
Scythia Announce "Exiled Across Canada" Tour Dates

Scythia Announce "Exiled Across Canada" Tour Dates

Vancouver progressive folk metal band Scythia have announced their “Exiled Across Canada” tour dates set to kick off in Victoria, BC on Sept 24th. The six man & woman contingent will be echoing their thundering tunes over the following six weeks across Canada.

Blending epic storytelling with modern progressive metal to create an interesting dynamic that includes an oboe of death and classical violin. Scythia’s ancient and medieval influenced melodies will bring the past back to the present as they ready to brandish their swords and prepare for tour in support of their upcoming release “…Of War” produced by Shaun Thingvold who has engineered on projects with SYL, Fear Factory, Darkest Hour and many more.

“Folk music is definitely more ambient, pure, and beautiful. Metal is intense, raunchy, and driving. The use of both in songs, combined with dynamic contouring, has the ability to take the listener on the kind of journey that rises to mountain peaks and descends into valleys, in a sonic sort of way,” comments vocalist / guitarist Dave Khan.

Formed in late 2008, Scythia is not your older brother’s metal band. Taking its name from vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan’s infatuation with a painting of Nordic/Russian warriors riding bears while brandishing swords, Scythia not only “gives the painting musical significance,” but it is also “the name of an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia, and even into eastern Scandinavia.

Free download of Fierce Riders of Scythia is now available at the following link – http://scythia.bandcamp.com/

“Exiled Across Canada” Tour Dates

September 24, 2010 – Isabella Reader Theater, Victoria, BC
September 25, 2010 – The Cambie, Nanaimo, BC
October 9, 2010 – Pogue Mahones, Kamloops, BC
October 14, 2010 – Century House, Vancouver, BC
October 15, 2010 – Brooklyn Lounge, Kelowna, BC
October 16, 2010 – Voodoo’s, Penticton, BC
October 17, 2010 – Vern’s, Calgary, AB
October 18, 2010 – TBA, Regina, SK
October 19, 2010 – The Zoo, Winnipeg, MB
October 20, 2010 – Kilroy’s, Thunder Bay, ON
October 22, 2010 – Smiling Buddha, Toronto, ON
October 23, 2010 – TBA, Hamilton, ON
October 24, 2010 – TBA, Waterloo, ON
October 25, 2010 – Hard Luck Bar, Toronto, ON
October 26, 2010 – Top Shelf, Ajax, ON
October 27, 2010 – Bar Octobre, Quebec City, QC
October 28, 2010 – Bar Le Magog, Sherbrooke, QC
October 29, 2010 – Le Stage Rock Cafe, Trois Rivieres, QC
October 31, 2010 – Katakombes, Montreal, QC
November 1, 2010 – TBA, Sudbury, ON
November 3, 2010 – Parthenon Pizza, Brandon, MB
November 4, 2010 – TBA, Saskatoon, SK
November 5, 2010 – DV8, Edmonton, AB
November 6, 2010 – The Dirty Jersey, Kamloops, BC
November 7, 2010 – Funky Winkerbeans, Vancouver, BC

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THE ACACIA STRAIN Debut Video For “The Hills Have Eyes”

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Massachusetts’ metal champions, THE ACACIA STRAIN, have launched the brand new video for the track, “The Hills Have Eyes,” exclusively at Myspace.com. Check it out now at http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=106406072 or below…


THE ACACIA STRAIN – THE HILLS HAVE EYES

THE ACACIA STRAIN (WORMWOOD IN STORES NOW!) | MySpace Music Videos

The video was filmed by director David Brodsky (Hatebreed, The Black Dahlia Murder, Unearth) and comes from their latest album, “Wormwood,” which debuted at #67 on Billboard’s Top 200, in July.
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