March 9th, 2011
by EvilG


Schmier, bass player and frontman for the veteran German thrash trio DESTRUCTION has provided Decibel Magazine with an exclusive track-by-track commentary on the band’s new album, Day Of Reckoning, out today in North America.  It can be read online here.

View the new music video for “Hate Is My Fuel” at this location.  It was shot on location at the Headbangersball Silvester Festival in Burgdorf, Switzerland on December 31, 2010 and was produced by Roax Films of Berlin, Germany.


DESTRUCTION will be headlining the upcoming “North American Reckoning” tour with guests Bay Area thrashers Heathen and Warbeast from Texas.  Confirmed dates are as follows:




05/07/11  HARPO’S – DETROIT, MI
05/11/11  B.B. KINGS – NEW YORK, NY
05/13/11  JAXX – SPRINGFIELD, VA     ***NO HEATHEN***


05/17/11  MUG SHOTS – AUSTIN, TX

05/21/11  ANGEL’S – YUCAIPA, CA


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VOODOO CIRCLE: enter official charts in Germany

March 9th, 2011
by EvilG
Voodoo Circle - Broken Heart Syndrome

Voodoo Circle - Broken Heart Syndrome

In the end it´s really the quality that counts… proof: the success of VOODOO CIRCLE´s new album “Broken Heart Syndrome”, which was released on February 25th. After the first sales week the album enters the Germany´s official album charts at a sensational #64! This surprising success somehow reflects the very special character and steadily increasing success of Alex Beyrodt´s VOODOO CIRCLE.


Alex Beyrodt:

“It’s one of those days, I’m so grateful to be alive. I always believed in my vision to keep the spirit of the old masters alive – thanks to each and everyone out there who bought the album and made it such a success”!


Mat Sinner adds:

“For me it’s the biggest sensation since the chart-entry of the first Primal Fear album. I always had the feeling that this album is something very special. I’m proud of the band, thx to the fans & our partners”!


VOODOO CIRCLE are now working on a tour, festivals and live shows to bring the music of „Broken Heart Syndrome“ where it belongs: to the stages!



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Former ALICE IN CHAINS Bassist Mike Starr Found Dead

March 9th, 2011
by EvilG
Former ALICE IN CHAINS Bassist Mike Starr

Former ALICE IN CHAINS Bassist Mike Starr

According to TMZ, former ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Starr died in Utah.

Police tell TMZ Starr’s body was found in a Salt Lake City home today. Cops say they were called to the house at 1:42PM.

Starr appeared on the third season of Celebrity Rehab back in 2009 – and was arrested last month for felony possession of a controlled substance. Salt Lake City cops say he had 6 Xanax pills and 6 Opana (painkiller) pills when he was busted.

Starr was 44 years old.

Mike’s dad tells TMZ, “It’s a terrible shock and tragedy.”

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, police do not suspect foul play.

The medical examiner’s office will likely conduct an autopsy on Wednesday, says Reuters, but the results of toxicology tests could take up to two months.

Starr appeared on Alice In Chain’s most successful albums including Facelift (1990), Sap (1992) and Dirt (1992). Starr later played bass for the band SUN RED SUN, which featured Ray Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli, both former members of BLACK SABBATH. The project was cut short by Gillen’s death in 1993.

Starr appeared on the third season of Celebrity Rehab back in 2009 – and was arrested last month for felony possession of a controlled substance. Salt Lake City cops say he had 6 Xanax pills and 6 Opana (painkiller) pills when he was busted.

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AT THE GATES/GROTESQUE Frontman Tomas Lindberg Pens Foreward to ‘METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries’

March 8th, 2011
by EvilG

Bazillion Points Books is proud to reveal that legendary Swedish death metal vocalist Tomas “Goatspell” Lindberg (AT THE GATES, GROTESQUE, DISFEAR) has contributed a foreword to the upcoming 744-page hardcover book METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries, by Jon Kristiansen. Lindberg’s connection to Norway’s Slayer Mag dates to the 1980s, when he and Kristiansen were part of a core group of Swedish and Norwegian headbangers during the wild early years of the Scandinavian extreme metal scene.

“Metalion and his Slayer Mag are responsible for me (and a lot of other Swedes) getting into the death metal underground,” begins Lindberg. “I clearly remember how proud I was when Grotesque got a mention in the classic mag-this meant more to me than anything else at the time!”

Part anthology, part memoir, and years in the making, METALION includes over 600 reproduction pages from every issue of Slayer mag, spanning from the early 1980s through 2010. In addition, author Jon Kristiansen recounts his life’s story, from alienated outsider to central figure in Norwegian black metal to world-weary metal survivor. The book also features over 100 rare photographs, including two color sections and a portrait gallery of photographs taken by Kristiansen himself.

“The greatest heavy metal story ever told” will be available June 6, 2011, wherever books are sold, and is available for preorder now with two bonus limited patches from Bazillion Points Books, “America’s smallest but heaviest book publisher.”

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OGEN completes work on new album

March 8th, 2011
by EvilG

Hartagga, mastermind of Italian atmospheric black metal project OGEN, has issued the following update:


“We have completed work in the studio, both the recording and mixing/mastering duties are gone. I think the result is way beyond what I expected sound-wise. Producer Daniele Mandelli [FORGOTTEN TOMB, DARK HORIZON] did an incredible job on this album, and thanks to him we are one step closer to get it out there in record time. If you are looking for some inspired, atmospheric metal, then I guess you won’t be disappointed while listening to “Black Metal Unbound”!”


OGEN’s debut EP “Black Metal Unbound” is tentatively due in late Spring via Kolony Records.


At the following link you can see a teaser of the new album including studio shoots:



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March 8th, 2011
by EvilG

Polish technical death metal band DECAPITATED continue their work at Radio Gdańsk Studio in Poland recording their Nuclear Blast debut and follow-up to 2006’s Organic Hallucinosis.


Bassist Filip “Heinrich” Hałucha checks in from the studio:


“The sound we’ve worked out for the bass recording is huge, nasty, and crushing.  Thanks to this, we’ve come up with a couple of arrangements where the bass comes out of the background and plays the major part.  I must admit that, with his old school approach, Arek ‘Malta’ Malczewski has fit well in the concept of this album.  His choice of instrument levels was superb – it all sounds mighty yet there’s no mutual interference.  The bass recording took us three days plus an extra day for sound search.  After much deliberation and testing different solutions, we chose a configuration of two amps: a tube Ampeg SVT Classic and a transistor B4R, one of which had huge distortion.  I should add that we did not use any line signals and all the signals come from microphones, which recently has been a rarity as far as bass recording goes in metal music.  Taking into account the ‘no compromise’ approach of Vogg and Malta, it has been undoubtedly the hardest and the most advanced session I have ever participated in.  Tracking lasted from the beginning of a song to its end; ‘copying and pasting’ any parts was out of the question.  Due to this, the session was much more demanding and time-consuming, but the final effect is the music sounding more lively and natural.  Everything has been recorded using instruments only; it’s awesome without all of these digital fireworks – advanced editions, plastic drums, pasted riffs, etc.  It reeks of the old metal spirit.  There ‘s proper metal groove and speed but also a specific vibe which adds up to what this type of music is all about.”

DECAPITATED’s fifth studio album is being produced by Wacek Kiełtyka and sound engineered by Arkadiusz “Malta” Malczewski.  Drums were recorded with Daniel Bergstrand (BEHEMOTH, MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, KEEP OF KALESSIN, DEFLESHED), who is also handling mixing duties.  The band will be self-releasing the new album in their native Poland.

DECAPITATED’s line-up includes: Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka on guitar, Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Thorns Of Ivy, Tone Intimacy) on drums, Rafał Piotrowski (Ketha, Forgotten Souls) on lead vocals, and Filip “Heinrich” Hałucha (Vesenia, Rootwater, Unsun, Masachist) on bass.

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March 8th, 2011
by EvilG

British thrashers EVILE have been confirmed to play at this year’s High Voltage festival, which takes place on July 23rd and 24th at Victoria Park in London, UK.

EVILE were among the latest bands to be recently announced for the UK’s Download festival, as well as Masters of Rock in the Czech Republic.  The band are now due to perform alongside even more rock legends at High Voltage, including JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRYCHE, JETHRO TULL and more.

EVILE bassist JOEL GRAHAM comments:

“It’s awesome to be added to the High Voltage festival – for the name Evile to be on the same poster that contains the such legendary names of Judas Priest, Jethro Tull, Dream Theater and Queensryche is an absolute mind f**k…  It’s amazing.  More than a couple of us in Evile are prog fans so I’m sure we’ll be hanging around the Prog Stage a lot.  For me personally, I became a huge Jethro Tull fan after doing a deal with my father; he agreed to take me to see Anthrax when I was about 11, if in return he could take me to see Tull around the same time, so he got me hooked.  Ol (Drake) also has a very uncanny likeness to a young Ian Anderson, so I’m hoping they bump into each other over the weekend.”

EVILE have also been added to the bill for Masters of Rock in the Czech Republic, where the band will be performing on July 17th.  For more information, go to

EVILE have also confirmed a UK show with Taiwanese metallers CHTHONIC, which takes place next Friday, March 18th at the Underworld in London.

View the flyer for the London show at

EVILE’s thrash metal anthem, “Thrasher”, is available now on the Rock Band Network, along with every song from the band’s latest album, INFECTED NATIONS.  Get the tracks now by heading to EVILE’s official Rock Band page at

Both of EVILE’s albums, ENTER THE GRAVE and INFECTED NATIONS, are available now worldwide.  Get them in Europe at or in North America at

For more EVILE news and info, head to:

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IRON WILL Begins Recording Debut Album

March 8th, 2011
by EvilG

IRON WILL, the heavy metal band from Boston MA, has entered the studio to record the band’s debut album. IRON WILL’s first official offering will be a concept album entitled “Life Is Your Labyrinth”. The band formed as early as 1999 and has played shows off and on in the Boston area since then but has never released a recording. The band is a side-project of Boston-area metalers RAVAGE, who most recently released their second full-length album “The End Of Tomorrow” on Metal Blade Records in 2009.

IRON WILL features the debut of vocalist Tony ‘The Metal Duke’ Canillas. Tony has long been a fixture in the Boston-area traditional heavy metal scene and is known for his high-energy stage performances and ear-splitting power screams. Eli Firicano and Al Ravage from Ravage handle guitar and drum duties respectively, and the band is rounded off by Rich Berte, of the thrash band Lethal Design, on bass. Drummer Al Ravage describes the band’s sound as “true garage-band metal”. He adds, “The band’s sound is a combination of traditional heavy metal elements from the 70’s and 80’s played by a bunch of guys who just like to get together and bash out metal songs and covers. Most of the stuff was jammed out from improvised pieces and refined off and on in intermitent rehearsals over the last 10 years or so. We have just been playing these songs out of the sheer enjoyment of playing metal – and now we’ve finally decided to make a recording of them and share them with the rest of the metal world. The idea is to keep things raw and primal and fun. Tony is a very unique singer an lyricist and is one of the world’s most ardent metal fans – he could be the bastard son of Ozzy or Halford or both. He has come up with a lyrical concept that is both fantasy-based and auto-biographical and Eli and I are excited to help him realize his musical vision. This music certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea – or necessarily anyone’s – but I think that is sort of the point. This is a metal album made for the love of metal, nothing else.”

The record will be self-produced. The band has yet to announce a planned release date or record label.

The proposed track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Conquer On
2. Life Is Your Labyrinth
3. Nemesis
4. The Agony Of Uncertainty
5. Darkness Falls Fast
6. Rising
7. The Shadow Lurks
8. Nightmares
9. Your Legacy Lives On


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New Helix video for “When the Bitters Got the Better of You”

March 8th, 2011
by EvilG

Check out our new video for “When the Bitter’s Got the Better of You” from the Vagabond Bones CD.  Brent put this together over the past month.  We’re shooting for 20,000 hits on Youtube.  Help us reach our goal!  Please pass the link along to all your friends if you are a Helix fan.


Helix are in Woostock, Ontario this week and now have bookings into September.  Be there or be square!

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VENOM Mixing New Album

March 8th, 2011
by EvilG


According to a band update, pioneering UK black metallers VENOM’s new album is currently being mixed and the band’s management and label are in discussions regarding the release date, soon to be announced. The band are again working with top producer Tom Belton at his London Studio.


About the band’s new album, bassist/vocalist Conrad “Cronos” Lant told The Quietus recently that “the new tracks are tremendous. Basically, if you think of the way Antton was playing, especially on the last album Hell, he is a nu metal drummer and comes from that kind of background. He’s hung round Venom most of his life and it was just good to introduce him to the whole Venom concept of playing like the way Abaddon used to play. Basically Abaddon came from a rock background and then basically developed a black metal, speed metal, thrash metal style. The nu metal drumming is very different and it was a steep learning curve for him. At the end of the day he’s got his own style and he wants to be known for what he’s done and not be in my shadow which is totally understandable. Some of the guys we had coming to the rehearsals were not ex-CRADLE OF FILTH but they were still ‘I’ve been in this band, I’ve been in that band’ but they were all far too young, you know. We were looking for someone in their thirties upwards who understood rock music.”

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March 7th, 2011
by EvilG


According to many, they are the seminal pioneers of prog metal. Seattle’s Queensrÿche got a minor break even with their first eponymous EP, and have since released eleven full-length album, with a twelfth one in the way. The band always distinguished themselves with their both intricate and accessible tunes, clever lyrics and Geoff Tate’s impressive vocal performances. Many still associate Queensrÿche primarily with such albums as “Operation: Mindcrime” (1988) and “Empire” (1990), but rather than copying their own recipe for success the band has continued to evolve, never releasing the same record twice. This is one reason for the devotion that characterizes Queensrÿche-fans. Another one is the band’s perennial qualities as a live-act, making them eternal favorites not least with the SRF-crowd.

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Wednesday june 8
Hardcore Superstar – Five Horse Johnson – Rhino Bucket – Crashdïet – Seventribe

Thursday june 9
Judas Priest – The Cult – Saxon – Joan Jett – Queensrÿche – Morbid Angel – Buckcherry – Clutch – FM – Moonspell – The Damned – Dan Reed – Groundhogs

Friday june 10
Whitesnake – Rob Zombie – Helloween – Mr Big – Down – Iced Earth – Overkill – Jason & The Scorchers – The Brew

Saturday june 11
Ozzy Osbourne – Black Label Society – Thin Lizzy – Styx – Kansas – Molly Hatchet – Hawkwind – Spock’s Beard – Lee Aaron – Walter Trout – Electric Wizard – Rage (Acoustic)

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3 Inches of Blood Announce Tour with Skeletonwitch

March 7th, 2011
by EvilG

3 INCHES OF BLOOD will team up with SKELETONWITCH next month for a two week run through the Midwest and East coast, which will include a stop at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA on April 16th. 3 INCHES OF BLOOD recently completed a North American tour supporting ELUVEITIE. SKELTONWITCH has been off the road writing their new album, the follow-up to 2009’s “Breathing the Fire,” since wrapping up dates with JOB FOR A COWBOY in December. More dates will be announced in the coming dates, the confirmed dates are, as follows:


Thu/Apr-07 Covington, KY Mad Hatter

Fri/Apr-08 Milwaukee, WI The Annex

Sat/Apr-09 Chicagoi, IL Empty Bottle

Sun/Apr-10 South Bend, IN Elva’s Fiesta Club

Mon/Apr-11 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose

Sat/Apr-16 Worcester, MA New England Metal Fest

Sun/Apr-17 NYC, NY Grammercy

Mon/Apr-18 Baltimore, MD Otto Bar

Tue/Apr-19 Raliegh, NC Volume 11

Thu/Apr-21 St. Louis, MO Fubar

Fri/Apr-22 Columbus, OH Ravari Room


3 INCHES OF BLOOD are also excited to announce that they have been nominated for an Indie Award. Canda’s version of the Grammys for Indie artists is in it’s 11th year and has become one of the most important awards in Canada. Head over to their official website to cast your vote for 3 INCHES OF BLOOD for ‘Metal Artist of the Year’.


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ALICE COOPER Announces “No More Mr.Nice Guy” Tour and Re-Vamped Band

March 7th, 2011
by Celtic Bob

For Alice Cooper’s “No More Mr Nice Guy” summer tour, May-August 2011, Alice has announced a revamped band line-up. The tour will kick off in North America May 12-21, then go to South America May 25-June 3, and England & Europe June 7-July 16, before returning to North America again for the month of August.

Alice is bringing back to his stage show guitarist Steve Hunter, who famously toured and recorded with him for several years. Additionally, Tommy Henriksen will be replacing Keri Kelli on guitar, and Damon Johnson will be continuing with the band, making for a three guitar attack.

Glen Sobel will be joining the band on drums, replacing Jimmy DeGrasso, while bassist Chuck Garric will continue to anchor the rhythm section.

Said Alice, “Steve’s always been one of my favorite guitarists since the first time I ever heard him play, and I’ve been working with Tommy a lot on the new album. Oh, and yes, a new snake might make the band lineup…you never know. We will miss Jimmy and Kerri, but I know we will be sharing a stage again in the future.”

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BACKWOODS PAYBACK Guitarist/Vocalist Releases Book; Band To Kick Off U.S. Tour March 9

March 7th, 2011
by EvilG

BACKWOODS PAYBACK guitarist/vocalist Mike Cummings recently unleashed Confessions of a Lackluster Performer, a collection of a writings by a musician/artist who’s been neck-deep in the U.S. underground music scene since the age of 15. These collected works capture the fine line between desperation and self-realization, depression and rejoice, the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. The book was initially issued in 2009. An updated edition with new works from the author and an introduction from acclaimed solo artist and co-founder of the legendary band Life Of Agony, Keith Caputo is now available. Turn on. Tune in. Drop out to live. Nosensemakessense. For order info visit


In related news, the Pennsylvania stoner/doom rockers are about to embark on a 17-date U.S. tour with labelmates Lo Pan. The loudness will begin March 9 in Baltimore and include two appearances as part of this year’s SXSW music conference in Austin, Texas. BACKWOODS PAYBACK will be touring in support of their Small Stone Recordings debut, set for release later this spring.



w/ Lo Pan

3/09/2011 Golden West Café – Baltimore, MD

3/10/2011 Krug’s Place – Frederick, MD

3/11/2011 Slim’s – Raleigh, NC

3/12/2011 Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge – Atlanta, GA

3/13/2011 The Nick – Birmingham, AL

3/14/2011 Siberia – New Orleans, LA

3/16/2011 Death Metal Pizza – Austin, TX

3/15/2011 The Ten Eleven – San Antonio, TX

3/17/2011 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK w/ Tombs, Castevet

3/18/2011 Headhunter’s (back patio) – Austin, TX [SXSW date]

3/20/2011 Headhnter’s – Austin, TX [SXSW date]

3/20/2011 Rudyard’s – Houston, TX

3/21/2011 The Hi Tone – Memphis, TN

3/22/2011 Fubar – St. Louis, MO

3/23/2011 The Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN

3/24/2011 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

3/25/2011 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI

3/26/2011 South Park Tavern – Dayton, OH

3/27/2011 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA


After touring the country relentlessly for five years, the singer of a Pennsylvania hardcore band decided to stop everything, lock himself in his basement and turn a new page. Armed with a four-track and a life long obsession with Neil Young, Black Flag and Sabbath, he re-emerged two days later with the blueprint for what would become BACKWOODS PAYBACK. With the help of a few like-minded individuals the band transformed into fully operational Death Star of riffage before the end of that year.


Staying true to the D.I.Y. sensibilities of their past, BACKWOODS PAYBACK spread their word one song, town and person at a time. The band toured the U.S. whenever possible, self-recorded and released their own EPs and full-lengths and acted (and continue acting) as hosts and goodwill ambassadors of sorts to touring bands from all over the world. Small bar shows led to bigger ones and weekend tours turned into month-long jaunts. After several years and countless trips crisscrossing the country, BACKWOODS PAYBACK found themselves sharing the stage with the likes of The Hidden Hand, Exodous, Gwar and Cradle Of Filth.



Mike Cummings: Guitar, Vocals

Jessica Baker: Bass

Rylan Caspar: Guitar

W.S. Curtiss: Drums

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MR. BIG at the HOLLYWOOD HOUSE OF BLUES SATURDAY, APRIL 2ND ; Their First US show by the original band in 15 years!

March 7th, 2011
by EvilG

MR. BIG - What If...

MR. BIG - What If...

New Release «What If… » Out Now!

HOLLYWOOD, CA (March 7, 2011) – MR. BIG will once again unleash their brand of brutal fury to the masses in Hollywood, Saturday April 2nd at the House Of Blues with their very first US show in 15 years! “Man, it’s been a long time,” states guitarist Paul Gilbert. I can’t wait to play in L.A… actually, I can’t wait to play our first show in AMERICA in about 15 years. It’s gonna be huge!”


«What If… » is MR. BIG’s first all original album since the reunion of the four original members,  Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early 2009. Sixteen years after the release of « Hey Man », the new recording is set to bring back MR. BIG on the height of the current Hard Rock scene.


Guitarist Paul Gilbert said: “This is the first MR. BIG album I have been a part of, since fourteen years and it was done in a snap. It was fun and we had really a  good time in making this one”. Continues Billy SheehanIt’s so great to be back with Paul, Eric and Pat too. We wrote this record like we did in the old days for the first 2 records. Jamming together in the same room to write songs”. Pat Torpey adds ““Some of the recording process is different now from what we were used to in the old times. But I think this record really managed to capture the performances of the band, not of the individual musicians”.


Their hits included “To Be With You” (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), “Wild World”, Green-Tinted sixties Mind”, “Just Take My Heart”, and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy”, “Addicted to that Rush”, “Colorado Bulldog”, and “Take Cover”.


“What If…” is released in a special edition CD + DVD in digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia.


“What If…” tracklisting includes: Undertow; American Beauty; Stranger In My Life; Nobody Takes the Blame; Still Ain’t Enough for Me; Once Upon a Time; As Far As I Can See; All The Way Up; I Won’t Get In My Way; Around The World; I Get The Feeling; Unforgiven (exclusive bonus track for Europe / North America – not on vinyl edition).


The DVD will include the videoclips of “Undertow” and “All the Way Up” plus a documentary “Making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind the scenes features of the four members.


For more information go to

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