VAN HALEN’s 2011 Plans Announced; The Truth Behind The Rumors Revealed

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG
Van Halen

Van Halen

VAN HALEN News Desk has issued the following update:

“The following breaking news is sure to come as a welcome Holiday gift for Van Halen fans around the world who’ve been dying to know if the band is planning on releasing new music or touring in the near future.

Sources tell the Van Halen News Desk that the band is very eager to tour, and that they want to tour behind new material. Eddie Van Halen has been very busy during most of 2010 writing music. Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen often join Eddie in the 5150 studio and the three of them have been hard at work jamming and recording demos. The three Van Halens have been sending the music to DAVID LEE ROTH, who’s adding the lyrics. Two of our sources have heard some of the early versions of the tracks (without vocals) and were very pleased. The music is said to sound like straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll and “very Van Halen.”

After talking to several producers, the band has chosen Grammy award winner producer/songwriter/musician John Shanks (whom Clive Davis calls “the father of that guitar-driven kind of pop sound”). In January, 2011, David, Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang will head into the studio to begin recording with the much sought-after producer. The band is hopeful that the recording sessions will lead to a full studio album that would be completed and available sometime next year.

Interestingly, the band is planning on recording in John Shank’s Henson Studio as well as Van Halen’s 5150 Studios, making next month the first time Van Halen will record anywhere outside of their own studio since it was built, in 1983.

We are excited to learn that the band is re-exploring Eddie’s extensive library of unreleased songs and riffs, even reaching back to their early unreleased demos for added inspiration. The band is retooling and tweaking some of this mostly-unheard, incredible music, which have completely new lyrics from Roth. Eddie is even considering developing a song or two from the material that he wrote for The Wild Life movie score in the mid 1980?s.

Although this news is not coming straight from the band or their publicist, we can tell you with certainty that it isn’t just another rumor that will turn out to be false, as most rumors do. These are indeed Van Halen’s current goals. We at the Van Halen News Desk have several reliable sources close to, or within the Van Halen camp, who give us solid Van Halen updates whenever they make any major plans. Our relationships with these contacts were established during the years of our publishing the official Van Halen fan magazine, The Inside, and through our associations while running VHND.com and VanHalenStore.com.

We want to clarify that, while this news sounds very promising for fans, NOTHING is set in stone as far as a definite album or tour. The band is hoping to have a new album and tour, but only time will tell if it all comes to fruition. There is no timetable for anything yet.

Despite their grand plans, it is very unlikely that there will be any confirmation from Van Halen themselves about any of this. The band has a definite policy of not talking until their plans are 100% solid and everything is in place. They don’t want to announce any plans that might not pan out, so as to not disappoint fans.

A source close to David Lee Roth tells us that he’s been getting in top physical shape for the potential tour and has been writings tons of lyrics.

We also have another source who’s spent some time with Eddie Van Halen recently. Ed seems to be doing better than ever these days. He’s been completely sober for over 2 1/2 years. He has surrounding himself with positive, encouraging people, among them his wife Janie, bandmates Alex and Wolfgang, and friend and business partner, Matt Bruck. His schedule is early to bed, early to rise, and he’s keeping very focused on staying sober, writing new music and running his EVH brand. We are really happy to hear he’s in a wonderful place these days.

The TRUTH about the Van Halen rumors:

And now for the die-hard fans, the Van Halen News Desk will tackle all the currently widespread rumors and either shoot them down or confirm them as true.

Rumor: Van Halen are working towards finishing recording of a new studio album with David Lee Roth and a single is slated for release before the end of this year.
FALSE. The band starts recording in January.

Rumor: The band will tour extensively in 2011, taking in North America, and likely European and Australian dates.
FALSE. Although a 2011 tour may occur, no such tour is currently planned.

Rumor: Numerous reports about new music coming from the band are true. There is new music recorded with the expectation of an all-new studio album featuring David Lee Roth to be released in 2011. What is not known right now is the time frame for this.
Mostly TRUE. The band has written lots of new music and hopes to complete an album, but a nothing is definite right now.

Rumor: DLR’s vocals are being recorded away from the 5150 studio.
Partially True. This is true, but only in regards to the early demos, not the final recording. This is what many bands do before entering the studio. The entire band will reconvene in the studio in January.

Rumor: Eddie has recorded most of the bass parts for the album.
FALSE. Eddie could have recorded some of the bass parts for the early demos when Wolfie wasn’t around, as he often did when Michael Anthony was in the band. Wolfgang has been recording demos all year, and he’ll be playing all the bass parts on the finished tracks.

Rumor: There is a deal in place between Warner Bros. and the band for a new album.
FALSE. If a new album is released, it will most likely be a direct deal with Walmart or BestBuy.

Rumor: Van Halen has chosen Ross Hogarth to produce new music.
FALSE. The producer they chose is John Shanks. Hogarth is an engineer rather than a producer, and is not involved with Van Halen whatsoever.

Rumor: Chris Cornell from Soundgarden has recorded some background vocals on some of the new music.
FALSE.

Rumor: A spokeperson for Van Halen recently clarified that the band isn’t doing anything and that there will definitely be no new album or tour next year.
FALSE. A spokeperson for Van Halen did indeed shoot down the recent rumors of planned tour and an album near completion. He was being honest in doing so, since there is currently neither a tour planned, nor an album near completion. However, he did say that the band is currently “working on stuff”, but gave no further details.

Rumor: The main reason that the band never released a DVD of the 2007-2008 tour was because the band members could not reach a financial agreement over the deal.
FALSE. The reason that it wasn’t released had nothing at all to do with finances. The band simply wasn’t happy enough with the footage and felt that many camera angels weren’t right.

Rumor: Warner Bros is preparing to release Blue-Ray editions of Live Without a Net and Live Right Here Right Now.
Unknown. We don’t know if this is true or not.

Rumor: Warner Bros is releasing limited edition remastered vinyl releases of Van Halen II, Women And Children First, and 1984 on Dec. 13th, 2010.
True, except for release date. The 3 vinyls will be released, but they’ve been pushed back until sometime in early 2011.

Rumor: Warner Bros is preparing to release re-masters of the SAMMY HAGAR era catalogue.
Partially True. They are talking about releasing remasters of the Sammy Hagar era albums, but nothing has been decided yet.

Stay tuned to VHND.com for the truth about Van Halen 2011!”

As previously reported:

You loved the Van Halen collection so much; Lick Library just had to add Learn To Play Van Halen Volume 2 to their catalogue. With five new tracks, the 2 DVD set features over three hours of guitar lessons including covering Eddie Van Halen’s ground breaking solo techniques and killer riffs.

Van Halen is one of only five bands that have had two albums sell more than ten million copies in the USA. Fronted by the inimitable Eddie Van Halen, who is undoubtedly one of the most influential, original and talented rock guitarists of the twentieth century, the band are getting set for the release of a new studio album and a tour in 2011.

The DVD is presented by Jamie Humphries who specializes in all things rock and is renowned for his fastidious transcriptions and awesome backing tracks. This double DVD set give you the chance for one to one guitar tuition with Jamie and is not to be missed.

Learn To Play Van Halen Vol 2 features the Van Halen version of THE KINKS classic ‘You Really Got Me’ from their debut album. This track was responsible for jump starting Van Halen’s career. Also taken from this album is ‘I’m The One’. Jamie then moves to Van Halen’s second album and takes a look at the concert staple ‘Beautiful Girls’. Their fourth album is regarded by many as their best and the DVD guitar lesson looks at the opening track ‘Mean Streets’. Finally you can study ‘Drop Dead Legs’ from Van Halen’s most popular sixth album MCMLXXXIV (1984).

As you look at each track with Jamie, he will break it down into small manageable pieces, playing it slowly, then up’ing the tempo to a medium one before playing it up to tempo. All the time, because it is a Lick Library guitar lesson, you can see what both of Jamie’s hands are doing with the familiar split screen. Jamie talks you through the techniques needed to nail that two handed tapping so indicative of Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing, and get that Van Halen feel in your playing.

To find out more about Learn To Play Van Halen Volume 2 visit LickLibrary.com where you will also find details of Learn To Play Van Halen, Van Halen The Solos, Quick Licks Fast Rock in the style of Van Halen and Guitar Techniques Van Halen as well as the many other guitar tuition DVDs from Lick Library.

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Mary Magdalan : America’s new Serial Killer?

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Mary Magdalan has been called many things in her career.  Savior, demon, icon.  Now she can add the title serial killer to her repertoire.

In her new music video ‘The Dark Passenger’ Mary channels her inner Dexter through three songs of pure terror.  The slickly directed video combines the sexiness of Mary which can be compared to vintage Angelina Jolie and the horror that is reminiscent of Hostel and the Saw series.  All combined to make one crazy ride.

The music for for the video is taken from her wildly successful double album R.I.P. which sold over 10,000 units with no label or distributor via her imprint Smack Records.

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OvO Join The Supernatural Cat Roster

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Italian purveyors of all things heavy Supernatural Cat Records are proud to announce the signing of experimental duo OvO to their eclectic and crushing label roster. In a brief statement from the label this week, Supernatural Cat stated: “We’re proud to announce that OvO joined Supernatural Cat. OvO is not noise, not metal, not doom, not punk, not rock and roll, even if there’s a little bit of influence from all of these genres. It’s not free, nor avant, and definitely not improv. For once, yes, we can really say we can’t file a band!”

The duo known as OvO are already well-known throughout the underground noise, doom and experimental scenes, bearing releases being released by such labels as Bar La Muerte, Blossoming Noise and Load Records. Having played somewhere in the vicinity of 600 shows since their inception at the turn of the century, the band’s travels have taken them from Europe to Mexico, from America to Israel, and beyond. OvO have collaborated, recorded and/or played live with countless notable acts including Nadja, KK Null, Thurston Moore, Jim O’Rourke, Rollerball, Thrones, SubArachnoid Space, Zenigeva, Lightning Bolt, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Estradasphere, Steve Mc Kay, Trencher, Ludicra, Bill Horist, USA Is A Monster, White Mice, Cock ESP, Bastard Noise, Zu, Larsen, Kill Me Tomorrow, Murder Junkies, Jarboe, A Hawk and a Hacksaw and more.

OvO’s upcoming album Cor Cordium is due out in the spring 2011 via Supernatural Cat, the label who’ve brought incredible releases from Lento, Morkobot, Incoming Cerebral Overdrive, and most notably, doom trio Ufomammut, who are also some of the masterminds behind both Supernatural Cat Records and Malleus Art Rock Lab. Read more on OvO at Supernatural Cat’s newly redesigned website: http://www.supernaturalcat.com/OvO.html

Stay tuned for more updates on OvO and other Supernatural Cat artists in the coming months.

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The World’s Loudest Metal Sale at f.y.e. presented by Revolver

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

NEW YORK, NY- For all you As I Lay Dying fans, you’re not going to want to miss this amazing opportunity! Starting right now, one very lucky winner will have the chance to win an The Powerless Rise Super Deluxe Fan Boxset and a bonus $150 f.y.e. Gift Card! To enter and for official contest rules, go to www.theworldsloudest.com.

In addition to this contest, The World’s Loudest Metal Sale at f.y.e. presented by Revolver is currently running in your local f.y.e. store, featuring artists such as God Dethroned, The Chariot, Gwar, Helloween, and much more for only $9.99 each! Whenever you purchase any of Revolver’s World’s Loudest Metal Sale $9.99 record, you’ll automatically receive a FREE 20 track metal CD sampler; available only for the month of December and while supplies last. Tracks on the CD sampler feature artists such as Dio, Holy Grail, Danzig, Cephalic Carnage, Kingdom of Sorrow and more!

The As I Lay Dying The Powerless Rise Super Deluxe Fan Boxset is also available for sale at your local f.y.e. store. Be sure to check out what this incredible boxset has to offer at www.theworldsloudest.com.

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MOONSPELL CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK 2011

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Portugal’s biggest metal band of all time is also ranks among the pioneers of Gothic metal, along the likes of Type O Negative, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Katatonia. Especially Moonspell’s debut album “Wolfheart” (1995) ranks among the classics of the genre with its rough black metal edges around the ominous core. After a number of years and releases of a more experimental, poppier kind, Moonspell returned to their heavy origins on “Under Satanae” (2007) and “Night Eternal” (2008) – to the delight of their fans. Moonspell are currently working on their tenth album, that singer Fernando Ribeira promises will be their darkest, sexiest and heaviest in ages. Excellent timing, with the band’s first SRF-performance coming up.


Read more under Bands 2011

Confirmed bands so far out of a total of around 70:

Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest
Saxon
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Styx
Rhapsody of Fire
Mustasch
Destruction
Overkill
The Haunted
Jason & the Scorchers
Moonspell
Agent Steel
Ghost
Dan Reed Band
Walter Trout
Raubtier
Groundhogs
Mason Ruffner
Fläsket Brinner
Rage (Acoustic)

The tickets to Sweden Rock Festival 2011 are now released and you buy them directly online at our homepage.

More information at:
www.swedenrock.com

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WHITECHAPEL announce Welcome to Hell Tour hitting the road this February!

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Welcome To Hell 2011

Welcome To Hell 2011

Headline run to include support from The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Chelsea Grin, and I declare war
Presale begins on December 10th!

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – December 08, 2010 – Knoxville, TN’s WHITECHAPEL are pleased to announce the Welcome to Hell Tour that kicks off in the band’s hometown on February 10 and finishes up in Memphis, TN on March 25. Joining WHITECHAPEL on the band’s headline run are The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Chelsea Grin, and I declare war. Guitarist and founding member Alex Wade comments; “We are very excited to announce our first major market headliner in support of ‘A New Era of Corruption’ dubbed the Welcome to Hell Tour. It will be a big one for us so we chose really solid support bands that are not only our good friends but great bands as well. Given the lineup, this is surely to be the heaviest tours of 2011 so don’t miss it!”

Live Nation, Decibel Magazine & ThePRP.com Presents the Welcome to Hell Tour featuring WHITECHAPEL w/ The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Chelsea Grin, and I declare war

Feb 10 Knoxville, TN Valarium

Feb 11 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

Feb 12 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend

Feb 13 Richmond, VA The National

Feb 14 Springfield, VA Jaxx

Feb 15 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts

Feb 16 New York City, NY The Gramercy Theatre

Feb 17 Albany, NY Northern Lights

Feb 18 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom

Feb 19 Worcester, MA The Palladium (downstairs)

Feb 20 Buffalo, NY Club Infinity

Feb 22 Montreal, QC La Tulipe

Feb 23 Toronto, ON Opera House

Feb 24 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar

Feb 25 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues

Feb 26 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall

Feb 27 Chicago, IL House Of Blues

Feb 28 St. Paul, MN Station 4

Mar 01 Lawrence, KS The Granada

Mar 03 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex

Mar 04 Boise, ID Knitting Factory

Mar 05 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory

Mar 08 Seattle, WA El Corazon

Mar 09 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre

Mar 11 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades

Mar 12 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues

Mar 13 San Diego, CA Soma

Mar 14 Pomona, CA Glasshouse

Mar 15 Mesa, AZ Nile Theatre

Mar 19 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom

Mar 23 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall

Mar 25 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre

Fans can purchase tickets for the Welcome to Hell Tour beginning Friday December 10 at the following location: http://whitechapelband.com. And don’t forget to pick up the FREE official WHITECHAPEL iPod App that includes the band’s latest music, videos, photos, news, and tour dates! Get your free WHITECHAPEL App at the iTunes store.

Official sponsors of the Welcome to Hell Tour:

Decibel Magazine – http://www.decibelmagazine.com/

The PRP – http://www.theprp.com/

Live Nation – http://www.livenation.com/

ESP Guitars – http://www.espguitars.com/

Rockstar Energy Drink – http://www.rockstar69.com/

Merch Now – http://new.merchnow.com/

Follow WHITECHAPEL at the following locations:

http://whitechapelband.com

http://www.thediseased.com/

http://aneweraofcorruption.com/

http://www.facebook.com/whitechapelmetal

http://twitter.com/whitechapelband

http://www.youtube.com/ WhitechapelTV

http://www.myspace.com/whitechapel

WHITECHAPEL’s latest release, A New Era of Corruption, entered Billboard Magazine’s Top 200 Chart at #43 in its first week of release. A New Era of Corruption also debuted at #2 on the Hard Music Core Stores Chart, #3 on the Independent Albums Chart, and #5 on the Hard Music Albums Chart. In addition to breaking the charts in the states, A New Era of Corruption also charted in Canada coming in at #70 on the Current Albums chart, #9 on the Indie chart, and #8 on the Hard chart.

A New Era of Corruption marks the band’s 3rd full-length album and 2nd for Metal Blade Records. Check out what press has had to say about the band’s latest, and to date greatest, release A New Era of Corruption, which the group co-produced with infamous metal producer Jason Suecof at Jason’s Orlando, FL based Audiohammer Studios.

Whitechapel is:

Phil Bozeman – Vocals

Ben Savage – Guitar/Leads

Alex Wade – Guitar

Zach Householder – Guitar

Gabe Crisp – Bass

Kevin Lane – Drums

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DAATH Complete Chimaira Tour and Checks In From Europe; Post New Live Video Online

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Extreme metal at its very best, plain and simple, is what the Atlanta based quintet DAATH delivers. The group’s highly acclaimed third full-length, self-titled release is a face-melting masterpiece that was co-produced by the renowned Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devildriver) and Eyal Levi (guitars). The group is now more determined, energized and focused than ever before and expanded upon their unique, uncompromising and dynamic sound. For those previously uninitiated, feel free to head over to www.myspace.com/daath to see what they are all about.

DAATH recently completed a North America run with Chimaira and Impending Doom. This lead them immediately into a lengthy European run with Fear Factory, so be sure to either see below or visit the band’s MySpace page to view their complete touring itinerary.

Click the link below to check out a fan filmed video capturing the impressive Kevin Talley drum solo and the band’s performance of the new track, “Double Tap Suicide.”

Levi states: “DAATH is in Europe for the second time this year. We’ve been so busy making records that we haven’t been able to tour much; but what we’ve done so far counts like a motherfucker: Slayer and Festival dates this summer, Fear Factory/High on Fire tour this winter. The best part for us is that we didn’t just fly over here to start a tour cold. We kicked ass across the Northeast with Chimaira, Impending Doom and This or The Apocalypse this past November. It was some of the best fun we’ve had on any tour ever. On top of the fact that Chimaira is an extremely cool band to tour with, this was a very big one for us on multiple levels. As a band we are the most gelled live that we have ever been. We’re tighter than ever and goddamn; Kevin’s drum solo is badass. Whoever saw us on that leg got the chance to see the production we’ve added to the show as well. We’re always adding to it. As if blinding you guys wasn’t enough, let me just say that we’re going beyond just the lights.

“I’m writing to you guys from my Hotel Room in Luxemburg, exhausted. We finished the Chimaira run, drove to the airport, hopped on a plane to Europe and immediately met up with Fear Factory & High on Fire. It was a hell of a lot of traveling and of course with all that comes a lot of bullshit these days. Though as soon as we hopped up on stage and started playing it was all forgotten and the bullshit just melted away. The show was killer, the bands are killer, we’re just stoked to be bringing it to Europe yet again! Look for more updates on some upcoming tour videos we’ll be doing. I hope you are all doing well and I will check back in with you soon.”

Uniting the aggressiveness of classic American death metal with a modern metal twist, unrivaled musicianship and catchiness to equal parts, DAATH are well prepared to gather legions of new fans worldwide – with sharpened blades at hand this band is destined to become the genre’s most efficient sonic killing machine!

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EASTERN FRONT: New Track Stream Available Via Stereokiller

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Today the fine folks at Stereokiller premiere “Blood On Snow,” from UK black metal legion EASTERN FRONT. “Blood On Snow” is the title track from the band’s upcoming debut, to be released via Candlelight Records domestically on January 25, 2011.

Dubbed “War Torn Black Metal” due to their lyrical focus on the Second World War, EASTERN FRONT have been building a steady European audience since forming several years back. The blackend metal outfit have toured relentlessly, appearing alongside the likes of Primordial, Belphegor, Shining, Taake, Helheim, Hecate Enthroned, labelmates Averse Sefira, and countless others. Produced by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond), Blood On Snow is a giant step for the band that will finally land them before American audiences.   Check out “Blood On Snow” HERE.

EASTERN FRONT:
Nagant – Vocals
Holocaust – Guitar
Krieg – Guitar
Destroyer – Bass
Destruction – Drums  

http://www.wartornblackmetal.com
http://www.myspace.com/easternfrontuk
http://www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa

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BORIS To Release First Official DVD This January

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Japan’s rock experimentalists BORIS are well-known not only for their epic discography — as they’ve unleashed multiple releases to the public every year in countless formats since their formation in the early 90s — but also for their captivating live performances they’re constantly booking, playing live throughout every habitable continent on the planet over the past decade and a half. The next official release from the band will bring fans a bit of both worlds, in the form of the band’s first official domestic live DVD from the band!

Set for release via Southern Lord on January 18, 2011, the Live In Japan DVD captures the intriguing power, majesty and unique psychedelia that only BORIS can deliver, and will bring the band’s incredible stage act to fans who have never witnessed the band live, as well as diehards who venture out to see the act every chance they get. The footage on this official DVD release was filmed in Tokyo at the final show of the band’s 2008 Smile World Tour. Featuring a full set of eleven BORIS originals filmed at Daikanyama Unit, as well as three bonus videos from a set at the Shibuya Club Quattro, this DVD is quite special since BORIS actually play on other continents much more often than in their home country!   View a trailer from the upcoming DVD, its cover art and more at this location.

BORIS Live In Japan DVD Track Listing:
1. Flower Sun Rain
2. Buzz-In
3. Laser Beam
4. Pink
5. Statement
6. Floor Shaker
7. Rainbow
8. My Neighbor Satan
9. Ka Re Ha Te Ta Sa Ki – No One’s Grieve 10. You Were Holding An Umbrella
11. ”     ”   Bonus Tracks From Shibuya Club Quattro:
12. Tokyo Wonder Land
13. A Bao A Qu
14. Farewell

Stay tuned for more updates on BORIS in the coming weeks, as 2011 will prove to be yet another extremely productive year for one of the hardest working bands in rock!

http://www.inoxia-rec.com/boris/ http://www.myspace.com/borisdronevil
http://www.southernlord.com
http://blog.southernlord.com
http://www.myspace.com/southernlordrecordings
http://twitter.com/twatterlord

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3 INCHES OF BLOOD Announce Headlining Dates; Preparing for Tour with Eluveitie, Holy Grail and System Divide

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG
3 INCHES OF BLOOD

3 INCHES OF BLOOD

3 INCHES OF BLOOD are gearing up for a huge tour alongside Eluveitie, Holy Grail and System Divide this February in support of their latest furious offering ‘Here Waits Thy Doom’. The band experienced one of their most successful years on the heels of their first release for Century Media, spending the summer as part of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival alongside heavyweights such as KoRn, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God and Five Finger Death Punch.

Now, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD is unveiling an additional set of headlining dates leading into the February trek with Eluveitie. Check out the following new dates:

1/26 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
1/28 – Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE
1/29 – Mojo’s – Columbia, MO
1/30 – The Bluebird Nightclub – Bloomington, IN
1/31 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

3 INCHES OF BLOOD
w/ Eluveitie, Holy Grail and System Divide
2/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
2/2 New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theater
2/3 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
2/4 Quebec City, QC @ Cercle
2/5 Montreal, QC @ Le National
2/6 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
2/8 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
2/9 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
2/10 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
2/11 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
2/12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
2/14 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2/15 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
2/16 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
2/17 San Francisco, CA @ Slims
2/18 Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
2/19 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
2/21 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
2/22 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
2/24 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
2/25 Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
2/26 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

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AT THE GATES TO PLAY MORE LIVE SHOWS IN 2011

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG
AT THE GATES

AT THE GATES

Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES, who reformed in 2008 for a string of festival appearances, have announced that they will be playing more shows in 2011.

AT THE GATES, whose reunion tour included a now-legendary performance at Germany’s Wacken festival in 2008, will be doing a limited run of shows next year, with appearances at Metaltown Festival in Sweden and Tuska Open Air in Finland already confirmed.

The band commented:

“At The Gates will do a limited run of select shows in 2011.  Simply put, we had the time of our lives during the 2008 reunion and have decided to do a couple more shows.  Although we won’t be touring extensively, and we stick to the initial promise of not making any more music.  Please check our homepage and MySpace for updates.”

Catch AT THE GATES live in 2011 at the following shows:

17 June 2011 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Metaltown
22 July 2011 – Helsinki, Finland – Tuska Open Air

More shows will be announced soon.

AT THE GATES’ triumphant return to the live scene was celebrated with the release of THE FLAMES OF THE END, a 3-DVD set marking AT THE GATES’ massively influential career, featuring the band’s full live show from Wacken festival in 2008, along with a brand new 2-hour documentary chronicling the band’s entire career, plus 26 rare and archive live AT THE GATES performances from around the world between 1991 and 2008.

Also available is PURGATORY UNLEASHED – LIVE AT WACKEN, a live CD featuring 18 live tracks from the band’s performance at Wacken festival.

Get hold of THE FLAMES OF THE END and PURGATORY UNLEASHED now in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_8 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_8

For more AT THE GATES news and info, head to http://www.atthegates.se or follow the band on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/atthegatesband

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Italy’s HUMANGLED Announce Line-up Change; Post Video For “Liquidfire”

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Italian deathsters HUMANGLED have recently parted ways with bassist Tat0 and drummer Raffaele Pezzella due to pure logistic reasons. According to a statement from the band, there is no ill-will on either side and everyone remains close friends.

HUMANGLED are fully committed to evolve as band and are pleased to announce that bassist Frank Nichols and drummer Valdaster have joined the fold. With this newly revamped roster, HUMANGLED are working hard on new material, following their FRACTAL debut album which was released earlier this year by Abyss Records.

In other HUMANGLED news, the band has recently posted a video for the track “Liquidfire,” which can be seen below. The clip was directed by the award winning Vincenzo “Vinx” Ricchiuto and stars Italian actresses Arianna Neri Alice Iozzelli and Paola Giuntoli.

“Liquidfire” comes off HUMANGLED’s first album Fractal, which was released on 31st May by Abyss Records. The CD was recorded in Italy and mixed/mastered in Sweden by Dan Swano at Unisound Studios.

www.reverbnation.com/humangled

www.myspace.com/humangled

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

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG
NUCLEAR BLAST TO RELEASE NEW CRADLE OF FILTH ALBUM IN NORTH AMERICA

LORD DANI FILTH

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

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

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

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

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

All the very best,

A deeply annoyed Dani Filth.

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

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

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NAILBOARD RECORDS SIGNS MELO-DEATHSTERS CEREMONIAL PERFECTION

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG
CEREMONIAL PERFECTION

CEREMONIAL PERFECTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links:
http://www.ceremonialperfection.com/
http://www.myspace.com/ceremonialperfection
http://www.nailboard.org

Ceremonial Perfection in Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/CEREMONIAL-PERFECTION/115722985122600?v=app_2309869772

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

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG
NEURAXIS “Asylon”

NEURAXIS “Asylon”

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

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

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

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

See NEURAXIS on the following dates:

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

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

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