September 14th, 2010
by EvilG


Metal God Records and Rob Halford are pleased to confirm Halford North American concert dates November and December with Ozzy Osbourne!

Twelve cities are currently available for sale with additional dates to be announced.

Ozzy Osbourne & Rob Halford 2010 North America Fall Tour:

Nov. 12 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre
Nov. 14 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Nov. 16 – Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome
Nov. 18 – Edmonton, MB – Rexall Place
Nov. 20 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
Nov. 23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Nov. 25 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
Nov. 27 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Dec. 01 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
Dec. 03 – E. Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
Dec. 05 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Dec. 12 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center

Halford will also perform at Seattle’s Showbox on November 10th and Denver’s Ogden Theatre on December 15th. ?Tickets available September 17th and 18th for  Halford’s Seattle and Denver Headline Performances at Ticketmaster.com.

Rob Halford will be touring in support of his new studio release Halford IV Made Of Metal featuring fourteen (14) new Halford studio recordings debuting world-wide September 27,  Oct 8 (UK & EU), September 28th (North America) and October 13, 2010 (Japan).

Halford’s first live performances in more than seven years have included appearances this year in San Francisco, Montreal’s Heavy Metal Festival and
Ozzfest 2010.

Halford have confirmed Headline performances October 15, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan and October 16, 2010 at Tokyo’s Loud Park Festival 10.

Halford have also confirmed South America Headline performances October 20 Lima, Peru; October 22 Santiago, Chile; October 24 Sao Paulo, Brazil; October 26  and October 27, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Halford’s new NASCAR-themed, animated-music video ‘Made Of Metal’ created by London-based Animator Dean Wright debuts September 13, 2010 at:

The single ‘Made Of Metal’ digital download is available at iTunes and www.HalfordMusic.com

Halford IV  Made Of Metal
Track Listing:
1. Undisputed
2. Fire and Ice
3. Made Of Metal
4. Speed Of Sound
5. Like There’s No Tomorrow
6. Till The Day I Die
7. We Own The Night
8. Heartless
9. Hell Razor
10. Thunder and Lightning
11. Twenty-Five Years
12. Matador
13. I Know We Stand A Chance
14. The Mower


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DAATH Debut New Track, “Indestructible Overdose,” Online

September 14th, 2010
by EvilG

Extreme metal at its very best, plain and simple, is what the Atlanta based quintet DAATH delivers. The group’s highly anticipated third full-length release is going to be self-titled and is set for an Oct. 25th release. The disc is a face melting masterpiece that was co-produced by the renowned Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devildriver) and Eyal Levi (guitars). Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a big North American touring announcement.

The stunning new DAATH track, “Indestructible Overdose,” is now available at the link below.

Currently the group is more determined, energized and focused than ever before and is continuing to expand 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.

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September 14th, 2010
by EvilG

Legendary New York City grindcore act, BRUTAL TRUTH had only begun to blaze a trail by the time 1994 came around and the album, NEED TO CONTROL smashed the trail to pieces. Out NOW in North America, the classic 15 track album has been reissued with 5 bonus tracks that include PINK FLOYD and CELTIC FROST covers originally featured on rare BRUTAL TRUTH LPs. In addition, newly expanded liner notes include a brand new interview with vocalist, Kevin Sharp.
Here is the tracklist:

01. Collapse  02. Black Door Mine  03. Turn Face  04. Godplayer  05. I See Red  06. Ironlung  07. Bite the Hand  08. Ordinary Madness  09. Media Blitz  10. Judgement  11. Brain Trust  12. Choice of A New Generation  13. Mainliner  14. Displacement  15. Crawlspace  16. Wish You Were Here….Wish You’d Go Away (Pink Floyd cover)* 17. Painted Clowns* 18. Dethroned Emperor (Celtic Frost cover)* 19. Eggshells* 20. Head Cheese*
* bonus tracks
Buy your copy of the BRUTAL TRUTH classic, NEED TO CONTROL on the EARACHE US WEBSTORE along with special vinyl and mercy package that fans will find nowhere else: http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_18

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TARJA TURUNEN: “What Lies Beneath” Out Today + “Making Of” The Album Video

September 14th, 2010
by EvilG
Tarja - International Cover

Tarja - International Cover

What Lies Beneath is the new album from the Finnish multi-platinum singer Tarja Turunen, best known as the original vocalist of Nightwish and the most successful female singer from Finland ever.

Effortlessly fusing metal, classical and pop-rock, What Lies Beneath was recorded and produced by Tarja and mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, The Cure, Robert Plant), Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Bullet For My Valentine) and Slamm Andrews (Scores of Angels & Demon, Pirates of The Caribbean, Gladiator).

The album debuted this week at #4 on the German charts and Noisecreep recently detailed the videos for the first single, “Until My Last Breath,” and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, which can be seen below:

Special guests on What Lies Beneath include Phil Labonte (All That Remains), Joe Satriani, Jason Hook (5 Finger Death Punch), Will Calhoun (Living Colour), The Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and Choir and more. About.com said the album features “tons of melody to spare, and Tarja’s soaring soprano all over the place” while RockSound extolls, “this remains very much a distinctly classy showcase for Turunen’s utterly flawless, inimitable vocals, strong songwriting skills, and admirable desire to neither rest on her laurels, nor confine herself to any particular style.”

Purchase What Lies Beneath digitally on iTunes and physically through Amazon.







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DOWN To Release “Diary Of A Mad Band” 3 Disc CD/DVD Set Oct. 5th

September 14th, 2010
by EvilG



New Orleans, LA’s DOWN is pleased to announce three killer pre-order bundles, available for purchase now in preparation for their upcoming 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD) release, Diary of a Mad Band, hitting stores on October 5th, 2010. All pre-orders include an instant MP3 download of ‘Stone the Crow’ live in Dublin! These packages are a must have for every DOWN fan! Click the links below to be directed to the webstore to purchase your bundle!

  • Pre-Order Bundle #1Diary of a Mad Band 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD) set – $18
  • Pre-Order Bundle #2 – Copy of Diary of a Mad Band 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD)  set with limited edition pre-order only T-SHIRT – $30
  • Pre-Order Bundle #3 –  Copy of Diary of a Mad 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD), limited edition DOWN 3’x 5’ FLAG, limited edition pre-order only T-SHIRT – $45

Guitarist Pepper Keenan affirms, “The DVD is an in-depth look at what five boys from the wrong side of the tracks can achieve when motivated by the will to escape hard times, fueled by an unexplainable quest to destroy live and be embraced by the love of fans whom we had not had the pleasure of meeting yet. This is how it’s supposed to be: rock solid.”

Vocalist Philip Anselmo adds, “This is a semi-ugly glimpse into what would end up the perfect building blocks to a much more prosperous future! Raw, distorted, unpredictable, and with a freshly mended spine in tow, these shows were desperately important to us as a cohesive unit.  Take this trip through the old days with us at your own risk, and don’t forget to bring some aspirin!”

Diary of a Mad Band features a 2 CD full concert, live in London! The DVD highlights documented footage marking the 2006 return of DOWN from the practice room through their first European tour, and a bonus behind-the-scenes featurette entitled ‘Tyrades and Shananigans’. The DVD closes in at a blistering 130 minutes! See below for a complete tracklisting of the set:

DVD: Diary of a Mad Band

w/ BONUS DVD FEATURETTE ‘Tyrades and Shananigans’

1. Lysergic Funeral Procession

2. Lifer

3. Losing All

4. Rehab

5. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore

6. Ghosts Along The Mississippi

7. Learn From This Mistake

8. Underneath Everything

9. Temptation’s Wings

10. There’s Something On My Side

11. Hail The Leaf

12. Lies

13. The Seed

14. Eyes Of The South

15. Jail

16. Stone The Crows

17. Bury Me In Smoke


1. Losing All

2. Lifer

3. Lysergic Funeral Procession

4. Rehab

5. Temptations Wings

6. Ghosts Along The Mississippi

7. Learn From This Mistake

8. Hail The Leaf

9. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore

10. Lies, I Don’t Know What They Say But…

11. Underneath Everything

12. The Seed

13. Eyes Of The South

14. Jail

15. Stone The Crows

16. Bury Me In Smoke

If that isn’t enough for a rabid fan, a 180 Gram triple vinyl version with a bonus DVD will be available on October 26th! DOWN features the all-star line-up of vocalist Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Arson Anthem), guitarist Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity), guitarist Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Kingdom of Sorrow), bassist Rex Brown (Pantera), and drummer Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Crowbar). Based in New Orleans, LA, DOWN boasts an intense domestic and international fan base. Their last album, III: Over and Under has scanned over 113,000 copies, and internationally, DOWN has seen staggering sales of over 1 million. Regarded as one of the most explosive live acts of our generation, DOWN is constantly touring the globe. Stay tuned for tour dates in the future!

For more information about DOWN and Diary of a Mad Band, please visit these sites:




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PHIL ANSELMO Ustream Chat 7PM EST | PANTERA – Cowboys From Hell 20th Anniversary Edition (Sept 14 via Rhino Records)

September 14th, 2010
by EvilG
PANTERA - Cowboys From Hell 20th Anniversary Edition (Sept 14 via Rhino Records)

PANTERA - Cowboys From Hell 20th Anniversary Edition (Sept 14 via Rhino Records)


Today: Ustream live chat with Philip H. Anselmo @ 4PM PST / 7PM EST http://www.ustream.tv/pantera

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Rhino Expands Pantera’s Major Label Debut For 20th Anniversary
As A Three-Disc Deluxe Edition

With Rare And Unreleased Demos And Live Tracks

Includes Previously Unreleased Track, “The Will To Survive”
Recorded During The Cowboys Sessions

Two-Disc Expanded Edition Also Available; Both Set For Release On September 14

Ultimate Edition Featuring Replica Memorabilia
From The Era Available November 22

LOS ANGELES – PANTERA found its growl and groove on COWBOYS FROM HELL, a landmark album whose bone-powdering intensity, razor-sharp riffing and pummeling rhythmic assault represented a turning point in modern metal when it was released in 1990. More than just PANTERA’s major label debut, many consider this album to be the official debut of the PANTERA lineup with singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown.

To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of COWBOYS FROM HELL, Rhino rounds up a three-disc Ultimate Edition, a three-disc Deluxe Edition, and a two-disc Expanded Edition. All three editions include a newly remastered version of the original album along with unreleased and rare live performances from the “Cowboys From Hell” Tour.

The Ultimate and Deluxe Editions will also feature a disc of unreleased demos for nearly every album track, plus, “The Will To Survive,” a previously unreleased song recorded during the album’s sessions.

“’The Will To Survive’ is a great track. With so many killer songs, it was hard to pick and choose the ones that should make our major label debut,” says Paul. “After hearing it for the first time in about 20 years, its a pretty stellar performance and I am definitely proud that it will see the light of day for all the die hard PANTERA fans around the world! It shows the true musical diversity of the band at that time!”

The Deluxe and Expanded Editions of COWBOYS FROM HELL will be released September 14 at all retail outlets, including www.pantera.com and www.rhino.com. The Deluxe Edition will be available for a suggested list price of $29.98 (physical) and $17.99 (digital) and the Expanded Edition for $19.98 (physical) and $12.99 (digital).

The Ultimate Edition will feature all three discs included in the Deluxe Edition and will be housed in an intricate box including several replica memorabilia pieces from the Cowboys era. The Ultimate Edition will be available on November 23 and final pre-order details, as well as the contents, will be unveiled soon on PANTERA’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Pantera.

Along with the remastered version of COWBOYS FROM HELL, all three sets include a disc of live music recorded during the tour for the album. It begins with seven unreleased performances from PANTERA’s September 15, 1990 appearance at the Foundations Forum metal convention in California, a show recorded for radio broadcast but never released commercially. The remainder of the disc contains the five-song EP Alive And Hostile, a collection of performances recorded in 1991 at the Monsters of Rock festival in Moscow that was previously available only in Australia as part of a 1994 boxed set.

The Ultimate and Deluxe Editions of COWBOYS FROM HELL include a third disc that contains the previously unreleased “The Will To Survive,” along with demos for 10 of the album’s 12 songs, including early versions of the title track, “Psycho Holiday,” “The Art Of Shredding” and “Cemetery Gates.”

After being turned down “twenty-eight times by every major label on the face of the earth,” ATCO Records A&R rep Mark Ross saw the band when Hurricane Hugo stranded him in Texas. The rest, as they say, is history, including another seven years and over a million miles of touring for COWBOYS to be certified Platinum (one million album sales) by the RIAA.

The album’s liner notes include essays by each of the band’s surviving members, producer Terry Date, and the aforementioned Ross. Recalling the first time he saw Pantera, Ross writes, “By the end of the first song, my jaw was on the floor. The sonic power of it all—the attitude and the musicianship—blew me away. Basically, you had to be an idiot to not think they’re amazing. I mean, how could you see these guys and not think, Holy shit!?

Disc One – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions
1.    “Cowboys From Hell”
2.    “Primal Concrete Sledge”
3.    “Psycho Holiday”
4.    “Heresy”
5.    “Cemetery Gates”
6.    “Domination”
7.    “Shattered”
8.    “Clash With Reality”
9.    “Medicine Man”
10.  “Message In Blood”
11.  “The Sleep”
12.  “The Art Of Shredding”

Disc Two – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions
(Tracks 1-7 Recorded Live at Foundations Forum, Los Angeles, CA 9/15/90)
(Tracks 8-12 Recorded at For Those About to Rock: Monsters in Moscow, 1991)
1.    “Domination” – Live*
2.    “Psycho Holiday” – Live*
3.    “The Art Of Shredding” – Live*
4.    “Cowboys From Hell” – Live*
5.    “Cemetery Gates” – Live*
6.    “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live*
7.    “Heresy” – Live*
8.    “Domination” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
9.    “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
10.  “Cowboys From Hell” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
11.  “Heresy” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
12.  “Psycho Holiday” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†

Disc Three – Ultimate and Deluxe Editions Only
1.    “The Will To Survive”*
2.    “Shattered” – Demo*
3.    “Cowboys From Hell” – Demo*
4.    “Heresy” – Demo*
5.    “Cemetery Gates” – Demo*
6.    “Psycho Holiday” – Demo*
7.    “Medicine Man” – Demo*
8.    “Message In Blood” – Demo*
9.    “Domination” – Demo*
10.  “The Sleep” – Demo*
11.  “The Art Of Shredding” – Demo*

* Previously Unreleased
† Unreleased in the U.S
(COWBOYS FROM HELL originally released on July 24, 1990)

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September 14th, 2010
by EvilG


“Gateways,” the first video released to support the new album ABRAHADABRA by Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR, is now available for viewing at the Nuclear Blast EuropeDIMMU BORGIR YouTube channels (and below).

Created by Katapult Films (Rammstein) director Sandra Marschner (Marilyn Manson, Children Of Bodom, Mando Diao), the “Gateways” video features guest vocalist Agnete Kjølsrud (Djerv, ex-Animal Alpha) and regalia by Tod Waters and Giuliana Mayo of Junker Designs (“In Sorte Diaboli,” “The Serpentine Offering,” “The Sacrilegious Scorn”).

ABRAHADABRA will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.  Fans purchasing the new album will find an inserted coupon good for 2€ /$2 off any band merchandise redeemable at any upcoming DIMMU BORGIR show.

DIMMU BORGIR’s co-headlining tour with Korn launches September 19th in Amsterdam.  The band’s headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in Europe launches on September 21st in London with fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg as opening acts.  Triptykon replaces Enslaved & Sahg at the following three shows: Milan on September 27th, in Zagreb on September 29th, and in Luxembourg on September 30th.

DIMMU’s 32-date run across North America launches on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  Support will come from Enslaved and Blood Red Throne, plus Dawn Of Ashes.  Advanced tickets for this tour go on sale on September 15th.

Advanced ticket links for all tour dates are available at www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR.

The “Gateways” single is now available for purchase on iTunes at this location and can also be streamed on the band’s MySpace page.

Download the DIMMU BORGIR app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad here.

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com, www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and www.twitter.com/dimmu_borgir.

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Artillery – update on the new studio album

September 14th, 2010
by EvilG
After a successful, sold-out show in Copenhagen (alongside Pretty Maids), celebrating the 25th anniversary of the album “Fear Of Tomorrow”

Artillery 28.08.2010 - photo by john-son

After a successful, sold-out show in Copenhagen (alongside Pretty Maids), celebrating the 25th anniversary of the album “Fear Of Tomorrow”, Artillery started working on new songs.   “6” is the working title of their forthcoming album scheduled for release on March 21st, 2011. The new album will include 11 songs. Some of the titles are “Ain’t giving in”, “Concealed in the dark”, “If only death was an illusion”, “Monster” and “Warrior blood”. The album will be available in minimum 3 different formats, which will include 4 bonus tracks: “The Eternal War”, “Show Your Hate”, “The Almighty” (these are all re-recorded versions of tracks taken from the band’s first album – “Fear Of Tomorrow”) and “Computer god” (a cover version of the song by Black Sabbath).   The band will enter the recording studio on November 29th. The new material will be recorded again at Medley Studios in Denmark, with Søren Andersen as the producer.
Artillery 28.08.2010 – photo by john-son   Artillery plan to promote the new album with a world-wide tour. The band has recently changed their booking company for Dragon Productions.

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Re-release of Jon Nödtveidt’s (Dissection) project – De Infernali

September 14th, 2010
by EvilG
De-Infernali - Symphonia-De-Infernali

De-Infernali - Symphonia-De-Infernali

Jon Nödtveidt was best known for being the founding member of the Swedish black/death metal group Dissection, which was strongly associated with Anti-Cosmic Satanism and the Occult. The group disbanded in 2006 after Nödtveidt after his sudden death. Not many people know that Jon was involved in a number of musical projects, such as The Black, Nifelheim, Ophthalamia, Siren’s Yell an Terror (with members of At The Gates). De Infernali was also one of those projects but this time the music ventured into an entirely different dimension of brutality…

De Infernali was an extremely short-lived affair, lasting only two years in total. It started in 1996, when Nödtveidt begun experimenting with dark ambient sounds, writing music for no particular purpose. It wasn’t until his roommate Damien Midvinter was let into this project that De Infernali became a more serious creation (which it was never intended to be in the first place). Nödtveidt wrote the core of the material, while Midvinter contributed the songs “Ave Satan” and “Sign of the Dark”, and helped with some of the other compositions. Soon the duo had enough tracks for a full-length album. They decided to record it with the famous Swedish producer and musician Dan Swäno (known from working with Therion, Opeth, Katatonia, Marduk, Bloodbath and others) who also did the vocals on “Sign of the Dark”. The album was released by Nuclear Blast in 1997. The musical content of “Symphonia De Infernali” left a lot of listeners familiar with Nödtveidt’s previous works (especially Dissection) genuinely puzzled. The songs were completely deprived of any guitar sounds, focusing on dark ambience and haunting electronics. Some of the tracks were purely piano-driven (like the opening “Into The Labyrinths of Desolation”, as well as “Orcus Lursus” and “Revival/Paroxysmal Winds/Forever Gone”), other were more mechanical (“Atomic Age”, “Liberation”), taking a slightly more industrial direction. Although not really associated with metal music in general, the album showcased a unique black metal atmosphere. The lyrics were strongly connected to Nödtveidt’s beliefs, dealing with themes of Satanism, Anti-Christianity and death. De Infernali disbanded shortly after releasing their debut offering.

“Symphonia De Infernali” remains an obscure, yet fascinating release, revealing a side of Nödtveidt that not many of his fans knew before. This exclusive reissue brings back a true dark ambient gem in all its despicable glory. The new digipak edition of the album is limited to 2000 copies. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for 7th October in Europe and 7th December in USA (via MVD).

De Infernali – “Symphonia De Infernali” (remastered)

Label: Metal Mind Records www.metalmind.com.pl

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1393 DG

Barcode: 5907785036307

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

Genre: Ambient / Black Metal

Release date: 11.10.2010 Europe / 07.12.2010 USA


1. Into The Labyrinths Of Desolation

2. Ave Satan

3. Orcus Cursus

4. Sign Of The Dark

5. Revival / Paroxysmal Winds / Forever Gone

6. Atomic Age

7. Liberation

8. X


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THREAT SIGNAL: Seek New Drummer

September 14th, 2010
by EvilG

Canada’s modern metal masters, THREAT SIGNAL, have parted ways with drummer Norm Killeen and are currently auditioning new members for the position. The band has issued the following statement:

“After three amazing years together the THREAT SIGNAL camp has decided to part ways with drummer Norm Killeen. This was a mutual decision and there are no hard feelings towards each other. We will still continue to work with Norm’s graphic design company NME Studios. We wish you all the best with your future endeavors Norm, much love and respect.

So now the drummer search begins! We’re looking for someone preferably with touring experience, but if not, that’s fine. We have quite a bit of dates coming up in October and November through out North America and Europe, so we’re looking for someone that can really nail these songs quick and hit the road.

To audition we’re going to need a video of you playing the songs ‘As I Destruct’, ‘To Remember’, and ‘Beyond Recognition’. Post these songs on YouTube or wherever you’d like and send them to drummeraudition@hotmail.ca. Any further questions please feel free to contact us.“

Vigilance, the groups 2nd outing, was produced by vocalist Jon Howard and mixed by Greg Reely (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY). The record was released on September 8th 2009 (N. America)) via Nuclear Blast Records and sold around 1,100 copies in its first week of sales in the United States.  The CD landed at position No. 32 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which 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.

The video clip for the track “Through My Eyes” can be viewed below:

For more info visit: www.myspace.com/ThreatSignal

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IMAGIKA In Writing Mode

September 14th, 2010
by EvilG
Imagika - New 2010 Line-up

Imagika - 2010 Line-up

SF Bay Area Power/Thrashers IMAGIKA has commenced writing of their 8th album. The follow up to their critically acclaimed “Portrait Of A Hanged Man” will see the debut appearance of new members Guitarist Rob Kowolski and Drummer Wayne DeVecchi. The CD will be engineered again by Guitarist Steve Rice and mixed by Andy LaRocque. Sole founding member Steve Rice discusses the approach to the new CD,

“The band is definitely ready to kick ass with the new material that has been developing since we’ve been back from our US tour this past Summer. 13 new songs are in the works and as usual it will be a departure from our past releases. The original idea was to approach this as a concept album, but we agreed that it’s been beat to death by so many other bands that there is no point. I mean how can you top some of the great Metal concept albums like Operation Mind Crime or Abigail? It’s very hard to accomplish and not really our thing at the end of the day. But after hearing our singer’s seemingly endless collection of fruity, flowery Euro Power Metal while on the tour bus and sparing his iPod a horrible asphalt death I definitely knew what I didn’t want to do! HA! A CD full of progressive, complex and melodic Thrash Metal is more appealing to me and the band at this point and decidedly the definitive goal for this next release. By bringing new blood into the band there’s an aggressive attitude for making a bold statement with a lot to prove! Also being able to approach the recordings as a 2 guitar band is inspiring since we haven’t done that since our “My Bloodied Wings” 2006 release. It’ll be cool to kick it up a notch and bring more shred and harmony to the table this time. All in all I’m expecting nothing but the best from the band.”

A Spring 2011 release on an undetermined label is expected.

Check out the band here: http://www.myspace.com/imagikametal

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Primal Fear comment on Henny Wolter’s departure

September 13th, 2010
by EvilG
Ralf live with PRIMAL FEAR in Toronto, Canada (May 24, 2010)

Ralf live with PRIMAL FEAR in Toronto, Canada (May 24, 2010)

As posted earlier, guitarist Henny Wolter has quit both PRIMAL FEAR and SINNER. He commented: “It just didn’t feel like a band anymore. I am looking forward to work with my buddies Klaus (Sperling – ex-Primal Fear) and Oimel (Larcher – vocals) in my new band NITROGODS. It’s a mean little three-piece and we are working on the debut album which should be released in early 2011.”

Primal Fear have commented on Wolter’s departure: “The split happened seven weeks ago. There was no reason for us to make a sensational headline or bad mouth each other. We feel sorry about this, but we have no more comments on the situation.

At the moment we’re rehearsing for the forthcoming European Tour that kicks off on Saturday in Warsaw, Poland and takes us through nine European countries. Be sure, we are well prepared and definitely ready to hit the road with five very common faces on stage, looking forward to meet you all. The band is thrilled to play a different new set-list incl. Some nice surprises and we will start working on a new studio album right after the tour ….. and as a friend on Facebook commented – yes it is the two headed guitar monster.

We wish Henny, his wife and kids all the best for the future and good luck on his forthcoming musical projects.”

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AS I LAY DYING confirm pre-show signings for headlining tour

September 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Agoura Hills, CA – September 13th, 2010 – As I Lay Dying will be meeting up with fans before every show on their headlining tour for a meet and greet/signing. The band will be signing autographs for 30 minutes as soon as doors open and will wrap up right before Carnifex hits the stage. As I Lay Dying will be signing a FREE poster for fans – so make sure to show up early to meet the band and get your poster!

As I Lay Dying’s headlining tour kicks off tomorrow in El Paso, TX at Club 101. Tickets for the tour are available NOW on both asilaydying.com and thepowerlessrise.com – so head there now and get your tickets before they sell out!

As I Lay Dying’s highly anticipated limited edition SUPER DELUXE FAN BOX will be in stores on November 9th, 2010. Once these are sold out, they will be gone forever – this is truly a limited edition! The fan box includes:

• The Powerless Rise CD and 12″ Vinyl Picture Disc

• The Powerless Rise DVD Documentary w/In Studio footage and interviews + EXTRAS: Guitar, Bass & Drum tabs featuring Jordan Mancino, Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert – Song Stems for “Upside Down Kingdom” – Expanded recording outtakes

• Hard cover book includes lyrics, photos, editorial from the band

• 12″ X 12″ Lithograph

• Three (3) guitar picks

• Mini drumstick Keychain

• AILD Patch

• Window Cling

• Metal AILD logo pin


Tour w/ All That Remains, Unearth, Carnifex

09/14 El Paso, TX Club 101

09/15 Odessa , TX Dos Amigos

09/16 Abilene, TX Midnight Rodeo 3

09/17 Little Rock, AR The Village

09/18 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre

09/19 Knoxville, TN Valarium

09/20 Covington, KY The Madison Theater

09/21 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room

09/22 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s

09/23 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom

09/24 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights

09/25 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre

09/26 Quebec, QC Imperial De Quebec

09/27 Montreal, QC Metropolis

09/28 Ottawa, ON Captial Music Hall

09/29 London, ON Cowboys

10/01 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Center

10/03 Saskatoon, SK Odeon

10/04 Calgary, AB Macewan

10/05 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Event Center

10/07 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre

10/08 Seattle, WA El Corazon

10/10 Portland, OR Roseland Theater

10/11 Chico, CA Senator Theatre

10/15 Yuma, AZ Club Blackout w/Carnifex, Beg For Life, Demise Of Hollywood





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DEATH ANGEL: Video Tour Diary Now Available

September 13th, 2010
by EvilG
Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, have uploaded a video tour diary containing footage from their US tour with SOILWORK this past Summer. Watch all the mayhem at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI-G2_bHQOA.

Photos from DEATH ANGEL’s public listening party are available at the following location http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewPicture&friendID=3522903&albumId=3465357. The event took place this past September 2nd at Bender’s Bar and Grill in San Francisco, CA.

DEATH ANGEL will embark on their first North American headlining tour in support of their new album Relentless Retribution in early 2011! Joining them are some of the best names in the new wave of thrash metal today including LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, and HEXEN. Reduced service charge tickets are now available through www.Enterthevault.com. On sale at all other major ticketing services after September 25, 2010. Meet and greet packages will go on sale September 25th as well. Packages will include a concert ticket, meet and greet, photo, autograph, merchandise and more! Details on where to obtain these will be announced shortly.
“North American Retribution 2011”
01/30/11  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

01/31/11  The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC

02/01/11  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

02/02/11  Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

02/03/11  Rocko’s – Manchester, NH

02/04/11  Club Hell – Providence, RI

02/05/11  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

02/06/11  Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA

02/07/11  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

02/08/11  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

02/09/11  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

02/10/11  Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY

02/11/11  Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

02/12/11  Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK

02/13/11  Numbers – Houston, TX (+ D.R.I.)

02/14/11  Emo’s – Austin, TX (+ D.R.I.)

02/15/11  White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (+ D.R.I.)

02/16/11  Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX

02/18/11  Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ

02/19/11  Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

02/20/11  Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA

02/21/11  Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV

02/22/11  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

02/23/11  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

02/24/11  The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA

02/25/11  Lost on Main – Chico, CA

02/26/11  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

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MELECHESH: New Track Online Now

September 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH have uploaded the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” to their Myspace page www.myspace.com/Melechesh. The track comes from the bands highly anticipated new album The Epigenesis.

Guitarist/Vocalist Ashmedi commented: “For all the nomadic souls out there, we realize that the anticipation for the release of The Epigenesis is building up. Here you have it, ‘Grand Gathas of Baal Sin’! A song which represent but one aspect of the album since the album itself is diverse and comprehensive. About this track well, it is extreme, it is tribal, it is Sumerian Sonic Magick”
The Epigenesis was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.

The artwork (attached) to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.

The Epigenesis will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

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

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