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MetalSucks recently conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Kirk Windstein of CROWBAR, DOWN and KINGDOM OF SORROW. Windstein addressed the recent news surrounding his decision to drop off Kingdom of Sorrow’s Ozzfest stint in favor of treating his alcohol problem. He also explained the myriad delays that affected the upcoming Down DVD “Diary of a Madband,” which comes out tomorrow but was originally filmed in 2006, updated fans about the forthcoming new Crowbar album and commented on Crowbar’s legacy as a band that influences today’s young crop of metal bands.
On leaning on his bandmates for support and advice during the recovery process:
Yeah, totally. I’ve talked to Rex [Brown, Down bassist] about it because he’s dealt with a lot of problems himself. There’s not a person in any of my bands that hasn’t experienced it from time to time with the exception of Nicky and Charlie from Kingdom of Sorrow (the drummer and guitar player); they’ve never had a drink or tried a drug in their life. Everyone else in my bands, in Down and Jamey from Kingdom and the guys in Crowbar, have all at times had issues with stuff. Every person is different, and it’s a matter of keeping yourself healthy and not letting it get out of control. For me, it got out of control. Would I be a fool and a liar to sit here and say that I don’t think about it? It’s a normal thing to always think that you can control it. That’s what the battle of it is. It’s like “okay, I’m home. I’m detoxed. I get it. I’m in the right headspace. I’m physically and mentally in the right place and headed in the right direction.” It’s a matter of you realizing that you doing what you need to do is basically what it comes down to.
On a new Down album:
2011 I would say. Yeah. Something for sure. We’re not even there yet, so I think that’s totally feasible. Obviously not this year because it would have to be signed, sealed, delivered and done already. It’s not there by any means. It’s always going to happen and Down is always going to be there. So that’s a good thing.
On the progress of the upcoming Crowbar record:
As far as where we’re at with the recording of the record, I should be finishing guitars tonight. I’m going there with the intention of them being finished on the 12 tracks. There is one mellow, instrumental segue piece that I’ll probably finish up maybe this weekend. I started vocals and have a lot of lyrics written already. There is one more thing to be done on bass. The drums have been complete [for a while]. So we’re really moving along well. It’s just a matter of finishing everything up. Zeuss is going to mix it for us. He mixed the last Kingdom and also tracked and mixed the first Kingdom. He’s done quite a bit of stuff for Hatebreed and a lot of other bands. I’m looking forward to getting it out and getting on the road. With that said, with the new Crowbar record we’re also going to have a 10 song live CD with 2 unreleased studio bonus tracks — brand new bonus stuff that’ll be released through Housecore which is Phil’s label. There are some re-releases in the back coming out through him as well. So I’m looking forward to that too. There’s a lot going on with Crowbar right now, which is good. I like to keep all three bands busy, man.
On the sound of the new Crowbar record:
Basically, just Crowbar in the year 2010 is basically what it is. It encompasses every influence and every style that Crowbar has ever done through the course of the previous 8 studio records – over the course of the last 20 years. Some of the stuff sounds very similar to our very early stuff and some of it is stuff that we’ve never done before. It’s just Crowbar. It’s heavy. It’s aggressive. It’s dark. It’s fast at times. It’s very melodic and super doom metal at times. It’s a real thunderous collection of tunes. I’m very excited about it.
To read the full interview, visit:http://www.metalsucks.net/2010/10/04/kirk-windstein-the-metalsucks-interview/
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Houston, TX based progressive-instrumetalists, SCALE THE SUMMIT have entered Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, FL with producer Mark Lewis (Devildriver, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder). The band is recording the follow up to their 2009 Prosthetic Records’ debut, “Carving Desert Canyons.”
Guitarist Chris Letchford commented; “We have been home writing for quite some time now and I’m excited to say that we just made it to Orlando this morning to start work on our next record with with Mark Lewis. I have been a fan of the production work that he has been doing for many years now. I love the ‘hugeness’ of the recordings he does and I felt that is what was missing from our last record. We’re all really excited to be working with Mark on this one. We have been working out a lot of new dynamic ideas for this new record and I know he is the guy to really help us capture all of it. We’ll be doing 12 songs this time, all of which are really a step up from our latest album. I can’t wait to get these songs finished and released for everyone to hear.”
SCALE THE SUMMIT formed in 2005 while attending the Musicians’ Institute in Los Angeles. The band relocated to Houston, TX in 2006 and recorded their first, self released album. They released “Carving Desert Canyons”, which Revolver called, “”a cinematic blast of intricately melodic fretwork and pummeling percussion” last year.
The band, who received praise from Guitar World for their “tightly-woven guitar interplay, irregular time signatures and tasteful licks,” has toured with the likes of PROTEST THE HERO, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, CYNIC, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and were handpicked by DREAM THEATER to participate in the 2009 installment of their famed “Progressive Nation” festival tour. SCALE THE SUMMIT has been featured prominently in Guitar Player and Revolver magazines, and have tracks available for the Rock Band video game through the Rock Band Network.
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Drummer extraordinaire Gene Hoglan has posted an update on his myspace blog about his past 12 months of the 13 he has spent on the road touring with Fear Factory for their release of “Mechanize” along with his own promotion of his drum DVD “The Atomic Clock” released on his own Hoglan Industries (USA/INT) and Reversed Records in Canada plus landing himself on the cover of the November 2010 issue of Modern Drummer. To check out what Gene The Machine comments about please visit this following link.
In additional news, it has been announced Gene will be hitting the road once again with Fear Factory in December for “The Industrial Discipline Tour” in Europe w/ High On Fire. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Dec. 04 – Gruenspan – Hamburg, Germany
Dec. 05 – 013 – Tilburg, Holland
Dec. 06 – Den Atelier – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Dec. 07 – Trix – Antwerp, Belgium
Dec. 08 – Garage – Saarbrucken, Germany
Dec. 09 – Arena – Vienna, Austra
Dec. 11 – Komplex 457 – Zurich, Switzerland
Dec. 12 – Estragon – Bologna, Italy
Dec. 13 – Essigfabrik – Köln, Germany
Dec. 14 – Trianon – Paris, France
Dec. 15 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK
Dec. 16 – QMU – Glasgow, UK
Dec. 18 – Manchester Academy – Manchester, UK
Dec. 19 – Forum – London, UK
Dec. 20 – Academy – Bristol, UK
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Gene Hoglan – The Atomic Clock – DVD (Instructional) 2010
Links: Hoglan Industries Reversed Records Myspace Facebook Youtube Twitter
Buy Links: Reversed Records Hoglan Industries
Video Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/genehoglanofficial#p/f/5/cSGkxNpP8aU
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Edu Falaschi (Angra, Almah) produces the debut album of Artemis: the band reveals a few details of this collaboration in the interview for the fan-club of the singer
Along with his activities as a frontman of Angra which is back on track with its 7th studio album Aqua recently released by SPV, Edu Falaschi continues his career as a producer. Having established his name producing the own bands Symbols (Symbols – 1998, Call to the End – 2000) and Almah (Almah -2006, Fragile Equality – 2008), now he works with other promising names of Brazilian metal scene such as Artemis, Still Alive and Angels Holocaust. Edu joined Artemis from Brasília in the second half of 2009 at the pre-production stage, and now the whole work at the album is almost finished, – as it has been recently reported by the Artemis musicians in the interview for “Edu Falaschi European Fan Club”. In the interview the drummer Pedro Senna and the guitarist Nathan Grego tell about various details of the new album, the history of Artemis and its influences, the new singer Alírio Netto, upcoming single and, of course, about the collaboration with the producer Edu Falaschi.
A few parts of the interview: Pedro Senna: I met Edu a few years ago, because I was always a big fan of Angra and I have always been present at shows and backstage, we were not friends yet, but we already had some contact. When Almah released “Fragile Equality” I was sure that he was the right guy to produce our album. Our press office was the same (MS Metal Press) and I asked Edu Macedo to contact him and then we started talking about the project. It was a hard time to Artemis, we had line-up and sound changes.
Edu Falaschi European Fan Club: Could you explain how do you work together, the band and Edu Falaschi?
Pedro Senna: When we started working on the album, we still didn’t have any song prepared for the fact that the band has started again, so we came up with little ideas of riffs and melodies, and he was directing us to these ideas to turn their song with all parts. They all got through enough changes over the time, so we decided to do more than one year of pre-production, so that the songs were cut and mature enough to enter the studio and record them.
Edu Falaschi European Fan Club: Have you got some stress due to the celebrity and experience of your producer?
Pedro Senna: Work with Edu always been easy, the only problem was change some dates due to numerous commitments that he had, but it was easy to solve too.
Edu Falaschi European Fan Club: I’d like to know what do you learn with Edu Falaschi as a producer … I’m sure it’s very rewarding to work with an experimented and awesome musician and producer as him! Pedro Senna: This was another factor that led us to want to work with him, we learned a lot of things, like how to think in a composition, or how to work with a band in a professional level. We’ve gained much experience with this album and I’m sure the next will be even better because of this and other experiences that we acquire over time.
Nathan Grego: Work with Edu is a great learning experience for me, I could spend time discussing and learning about composition, part of songs, what works and what does not work and styles. As composer of the band I had much contact with Edu and I believe that the ideas he added in the compositions have become crucial for the identity of each one. The complete interview with Artemis by Sylvie Catez (Edu Falaschi European Fan Club/ Edu Falaschi France) you can find here http://edufalaschifrenchblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/artemis-tells-about-his-work-with-edu.html Edu Falaschi started his career as a producer in 1998 with his band Symbols. He also produced both Almah albums, “Almah” (2006/2007) and “Fragile Equality” (2008, together with his band mate Felipe Andreoli). Falaschi together with the other band members of Angra produced the recent CD of the band “Aqua” (2010). Currently Eduardo is finishing the debut albums of two Brazilian bands Artemis and Still Alive and a new EP of Angels Holocaust as a producer. More about Edu Falaschi Producer:
http://www.edufalaschi.com.br/eng/?page_id=134 http://www.edufalaschi.com.br http://www.myspace.com/edufalaschiofficial http://twitter.com/edufalaschi http://www.youtube.com/edufalaschiofficial http://www.youtube.com/user/artemisbrazil
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On the heels of the release of his latest opus, ‘Static Impulse’, JAMES LABRIE has finally announced his return to the stage as a solo artist and will embark on a North American tour this winter! The DREAM THEATER vocalist has released two releases in a side project dubbed MULLMUZZLER and two solo releases including 2005’s ‘Elements of Persuasion’ and the latest masterpiece ‘Static Impulse’ which was released last week via InsideOut Music.
LABRIE comments: “Hello Everyone, Matt, Marco, Peter, Ray and I are extremely psyched to announce a tour in support of the new album ‘Static Impulse’. Everyone that played on the disc will be on stage. This is going to be a very powerful and memorable evening. Just us and the fans doing what we both love doing. You will hear songs from MullMuzzler, EOP and of course the latest, Static Impulse. Come out and support this US/ Canada tour and let’s have a blast. We will hit you like a sledgehammer, but I promise it won’t hurt… See you out there. Goooooooooo!!!!! James.”
Tickets for the trek go on sale today exclusively via EnterTheVault.com where fans can purchase both regular and VIP tickets for the trek. VIP packages include entrance to the venue 1-hour early, a meet-and-greet with JAMES LABRIE and a signed tour poster!
Longtime collaborator MATT GUILLORY added: “James, Marco, Ray, Peter, and myself are all really excited about touring the US and Canada in support of our new album Static Impulse. The response we’ve been getting since the album was released has been so amazing. We can’t wait to play this stuff live. This is going to be a lot of fun. We look forward to seeing everybody on the road!”
‘Static Impulse’ was produced by LABRIE and GUILLORY with mixing and mastering being handled by the mighty JENS BOGREN (OPETH, KATATONIA). Fans can download a free MP3 of the song “Mislead” as well as purchase the album at the following location: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/specials/jameslabrie/
A special, limited edition version of ‘Static Impulse’ and t-shirt are available via CMDistro.com.
Nov 26 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Nov 27 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
Nov 29 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
Nov 30 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
Dec 02 – Montreal, QUE – Club Soda
Dec 03 – Toronto, ONT – Opera House
Dec 04 – Detroit, MI – Blondies
Dec 06 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Dec 07 – Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club
Dec 08 – Minneapolis, MN – Station 4
Dec 10 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Dec 11 – Portland, OR – Berbati’s Pen
Dec 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Key Club
Dec 15 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
Dec 16 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
Dec 18 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
Dec 19 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Dec 20 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
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NUCLEAR BLAST TO RELEASE NEW CRADLE OF FILTH ALBUM IN NORTH AMERICA
The fans’ edition of Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is now available to pre-order from the album mini-site at www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth . Dani has stated that this is will be, ‘the best Cradle Of Filth release that we have ever created, the ultimate version of our ultimate album. For you, our loyal mortal appreciators.’
This special fans’ edition is only be available from this site and will be strictly limited; once they sell out they will never be re-pressed.
The fans’ edition comes packaged in a deluxe hard box containing:
- 2CDs – the album plus a disc of bonus tracks and demos (including Adest Rosa Secreta Eros, an exclusive track that will not be available on any other edition of the album)
- DVD – the promo video for Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned) plus a documentary on the making of the video
- A 64 page hard-back book containing band photos, musings and artwork
- · An exclusive t-shirt available only in this box
- · A stunning limited edition lenticular 3D image of the album cover art , ready for framing
- · Five photographic prints
- · An official certificate of authenticity from the ban
The set costs £49.95 (+ P&P). Click here to pre-order.
The band are still putting the final touches to the designs for all of the box’s contents and the rest will be revealed in regular email updates. Click here to sign up for these emails.
Dani has just posted a new blog on the Cradle site where he describes the work that is going into the album and the gruelling schedule of interviews the he is currently undertaking in the run up to the album’s release on November 1st. (November 9th in US)
Peaceville have decided to add to this schedule by inviting fans to submit questions which Dani will be filmed answering. The band’s answers will be filmed and posted on the Peaceville YouTube channel and the album mini-site in the lead up to the release date.
If you have a question you’d like us to ask the band please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll ask the Dani as many as we can. Please note we can’t guarantee that Dani will have time to answer all questions submitted.
Deadline for questions is 4pm (UK time) on Thursday 7th October. Can you please include your name and where you are from with all questions.
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AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – October 04, 2010 – In conjunction with the upcoming second full-length release from HAIL OF BULLETS, ON DIVINE WINDS, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premier the extreme modern metal act’s album ON DIVINE WINDS in its entirety. Be sure to head over to MetalUnderground.com, a metal site that provides fans with comprehensive metal news coverage, reviews, interviews, band info, live concert reports, photos, and is updated daily by a dedicated staff of die-hard metalheads, to check out HAIL OF BULLETS’ upcoming album ON DIVINE WINDS while you can. The stream ends Monday, October 11th.
If you like what you hear and see head over to the band’s landing page and pre-order the album while there is still time to take advantage of the discounted prices. ON DIVINE WINDS is available by itself or bundled with a t-shirt.
ON DIVINE WINDS track listing is as follows:
1. The Eve Of Battle
2. Operation Z
3. The Mukden Incident
4. Strategy of Attrition
5. Full Scale War
7. On Coral Shores
8. Unsung Heroes
9. Tokyo Napalm Holocaust
11. To Bear the Unbearable
ON DIVINE WINDS was produced by Ed Warby and like before the monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr Dan Swanö.
Comments singer Martin van Drunen: “This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees.”
Comments drummer Ed Warby: “I don’t think I’ve ever worked this hard on anything in my entire life, but it sure has paid off! Although “…Of Frost And War” is a tough act to follow, my ringing ears tell me we’ve succeeded in besting it on every level: songs, playing, production… at the moment Dan Swanö is putting the final touches on a mix that could squash a tank, and then it’s off to the pressing plant! All the main ingredients of our blood ‘n’ guts style death metal have remained intact and I honestly can’t imagine anyone that liked our previous work is going to be the least bit disappointed… on the contrary!”
HAIL OF BULLETS is:
Martin Van Drunen – Vocals
Paul Baayens – Guitar
Stephan Gebedi – Guitar
Theo Van Eekelen – Bass
Ed Warby – Drums
Visit HAIL OF BULLETS online at http://www.hailofbullets.com, http://www.myspace.com/hailoffuckenbullets, http://www.metalblade.com/hailofbullets/, http://www.facebook.com/hailofbulletsofficial
About the band:
HAIL OF BULLETS was formed at the end of 2006 when guitarist Stephan Gebédi approached singer Martin van Drunen, drummer Ed Warby, bass player Theo van Eekelen and guitarist Paul Baayens with the idea to join forces in an old school death metal band. The band members already knew each other from their previous and present bands including: Asphyx, Gorefest, Thanatos and Houwitser. A serious drinking and thinking session followed and the plans for the band’s musical direction were laid down that night. From the start it was crystal clear there was a mutual love for true death metal bands like Autopsy, Massacre, Bolt Thrower, early Death as well as Celtic Frost.
The metal started flowing and within a couple of months they already had enough material written for a full length album. In July 2007, the band decided to record four songs for a demo CD. Swedish death metal guru Dan Swanö produced the four songs at his Unisound Studios and the result turned out pretty monstrous.
Metal Blade Records didn’t hesitate to sign the band and HAIL OF BULLETS’ debut album …Of Frost And War was released in May 2008. Apart from the thundering drums, scorching guitars and tormented vocals, the lyrical concept about the battles at the Eastern front during World War II made the album’s impact even greater. The reactions of press and fans were amazing and the band played countless festival dates and club shows all over Europe.
The debut album was followed by a six-track mini album in July 2009, entitled Warsaw Rising, which featured two brand new songs, a cover version of Twisted Sister’s ‘Destroyer’ plus three live tracks recorded at 2008’s Party.San Open Air festival. More shows followed and the band even made their first visit to the USA at 2009’s Maryland Deathfest.
In the beginning of 2010, the band started work on their second full length album, another massive chunk of war-themed death metal. Singer/lyricist Martin van Drunen managed to come up with a new, intriguing concept; the rise and fall of the Japanese Empire. For the first time in history, a new art of warfare where all modern day forces: Navy, Air force and Army were combined in joint operations. Mick Koopmandcraft the striking artwork, which shows a distinct continuation of the HAIL OF BULLETS aesthetics. The album was produced by Ed Warby and like before, the monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr. Swanö. HAIL OF BULLETS go on a full scale war with ON DIVINE WINDS!
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New wave of Polish progressive metal reaches new heights – ANIMATIONS release second album “Reset Your Soul”! All songs available for streaming!
Animations, originating from Jaworzno near Katowice (PL), one of the most talented young bands from Poland, has released recently it’s second album “Reset Your Soul”. This five-piece progressive metal outfit after debuting in 2007 with instrumental self-titled album that amazed all fans of fusion/prog metal, were joined by Darek Bartosiewicz, one of few singers who could equal the level of musicianship with his amazing vocals. With Darek in the line-up, Animations prepared second album “Reset Your Soul” which was released in Poland at the end of 2009 and in Europe later on by Sonic Maze Records.
The album was recorded at Sonic Maze Studios and mastered by Tommy Hansen in Jailhouse Studios (Jorn Lande, Helloween). This CD features 8 high-quality progressive fusion songs:
1. Reset Your Soul (7:00)
2. Demons Of War (7:32)
3. Inscrutable (8:26)
4. The Manhattan Project (10:06)
5. Request For Redemption (2:41)
6. The Last Man (13:02)
7. 1989 (7:54)
8. Toxicyber (8:38)
You can already listen the whole album which is available for streaming at band’s Myspace page – www.myspace.com/animationsofficial
The album can be purchased either through band’s website, official shop at www.animations.bandcamp.com or iTunes, Amazon MP3, as well as through The Laser’s Edge and Just For Kicks distribution.
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KING OF THE KILL, the 1994 album from Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR, has been reissued and is out now in Europe.
Following the recent release of ANNIHILATOR’s critically acclaimed, self-titled new album, Earache Records is reissuing six albums from the band’s illustrious back-catalogue. KING OF THE KILL is the fourth album in the series to be released, following CARNIVAL DIABLOS, CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW and WAKING THE FURY.
KING OF THE KILL is available now on CD in a custom slipcase and features two bonus songs and a bonus spoken word track from ANNIHILATOR guitarist and mastermind JEFF WATERS. Also included is a bonus guitar workshop video with JEFF WATERS.
The full KING OF THE KILL track listing is as follows:
01. King Of The Kill
04. Second To None
05. Hell Is A War
08. The Box
09. Bad Child
10. In The Blood
12. Catch The Wind
13. Only Be Lonely *
14. Slates *
15. Words From Jeff Waters *
(* bonus tracks)
Get KING OF THE KILL now in Europe, along with CARNIVAL DIABLOS, CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW, WAKING THE FURY and ANNIHILATOR, at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_749
You can also get your hands on a free ANNIHILATOR compilation album, TOTAL ANNIHILATION, at http://www.earache.com/totalannihilation
Catch ANNIHILATOR live on their European headlining tour at the following shows:
Oct. 05 – Paris, FRA – Divian Du Monde
Oct. 06 – Antwerp, BEL – Trix
Oct. 07 – Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik
Oct. 08 – Luxembourg, LUX – Den Atelier
Oct. 10 – Uden, NETH – Pul
Oct. 11 – Frankfurt, GER – Batchkapp
Oct. 12 – Cologne, GER – Stollwerk
Oct. 14 – Berlin, GER – C-Club
Oct. 15 – Hamburg, GER – Knust
Oct. 16 – Copenhagen, DEN – The Rock
Oct. 18 – Oslo, NOR – John Dee
Oct. 19 – Gothenburg, SWE – Sticky Fingers
Oct. 20 – Stockholm, SWE – Klubben
Oct. 22 – Helsinki, FIN – Tavastia
Oct. 23 – Tallinn, EST – Tapper Club
Oct. 24 – Vilnius, LIT – New York
Oct. 26 – Warsaw, POL – Progresja
Oct. 27 – Krakow, POL – Loch Ness
Oct. 28 – Prague, CZR – Retro Music Hall
Oct. 30 – Wörgl, AUT – Komma
Nov. 01 – Pratteln, SWI – Z7
Nov. 02 – Nuremberg, GER – Hirsch
Nov. 03 – Milan, ITA – Live Club
Nov. 05 – Barcelona, SPA – Mephisto
Nov. 06 – Madrid, SPA – Sala Live
Nov. 07 – Bilbao, SPA – Kafe Antzoki
Nov. 10 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Nov. 11 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Nov. 13 – Newcastle, UK – Legends
Nov. 14 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Nov. 15 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Nov. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Nov. 18 – Bristol, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 19 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 20 – London, UK – Islington Academy
Nov. 24 – Thessaloniki, Greece – Principal Club Theatre
Nov. 25 – Athens, Greece – Gagarin 205 Club
View the tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/ann_euro_tour.jpg
Get tickets to see ANNIHILATOR from TicketMaster at http://j.mp/agadFc
For more ANNIHILATOR news and info, head to http://www.annihilatormetal.com
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Symphony X has added April 25 at the Metropolis in Montreal to their growing schedule. Special VIP tickets will be available for Montreal. You gain access 1 hour early to the venue, get a meet/greet with Symphony X and a signed customized poster.
Now officially on sale:
22 NYC Best Buy Theater
25 Montreal Metropolis
10 Los Angeles Wiltern
onsale now at enterthevault.com
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Poison’s biggest hits and classic concert performances have been gathered for a new 2CD boxed collection to be released November 9 by Capitol/EMI. Nothin’ But A Good Time: The Poison Collection features the band’s most popular hits, including “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Unskinny Bop,” and “Something To Believe In,” as well as roof-raising 1991 concert recordings of “I Want Action,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” and many more. The new collection also includes an exclusive, limited edition “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” bandanna and a full-color booklet with band photos.
Since first bursting onto the scene in 1986, Poison has been one of rock’s top acts, with more than 21 million multi-platinum album sales and major sold-out tours. The success of the band’s most recent releases and tours shows that Poison is as potent now, 24 years after the release of their debut album, Look What The Cat Dragged In, as ever.
Poison’s singer Bret Michaels will return to national television this fall with an all-new VH1 series, “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It,” premiering October 18. The new show follows Bret’s life on the road and also reveals more about his home life than ever before, showing Bret hard at work and play on his sprawling compound where his daughters Raine and Jorja, who affectionately refer to him as “Poppa Rocka,” and their mother, Kristi Gibson, also reside.
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The music video from Sweden’s SONIC SYNDICATE for the latest single ‘Turn It Up!’ from the album We Rule the Night has now been leaked onto YouTube and other video resources. Due to the offensive content of the clip it has been taken offline as quickly as it is being uploaded in most places.
After posting the video on their Facebook profile, the social networking group has deleted the band’s account, stating:
Facebook: You posted content that violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (this includes any obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit photos, as well as any photos that depict graphic violence. We also remove content, photo or written, that threatens, intimidates, harasses, or brings unwanted attention or embarrassment to an individual or group of people)
Swedish national newspaper Expressen picked up on the story, posting the following article here.
Frontman Nathan J Boggs comments:
“Our new video entitled ‘Turn It Up’ seems to have been prematurely released all over the world wide web. Within just a few short hours the video spread to a countless number of websites and was banned on 90 % of all websites which include a permanent deletion of our official Facebook page.
When we filmed this video we of course we wanted to make a video that would shock the world and what better way to do it then with sex, drugs, blood and rock and roll!
But, along with the video comes some very strong lyrical content that takes us way deeper then what you’re acutely visualizing in the new video.
We hope that everyone can take one step back and remember that along with a new video comes a new song which indeed has lyrics and meaning,
Sonic Syndicate in no way supports alcohol abuse or drug usage. Turn it Up is no doubt a party song and designed to be the soundtrack to a great night out. However, the lyrics hold a deeper meaning and are based on a true story of a girl who has gone into a downward spiral of addiction and self destruction hurting herself and those around her. We purposely made a video to be entertaining but we also want to highlight these negativities with hopes of making people think before they go to far.”
The video can be viewed online below:
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Kita as a member of LORDI (see below for his unmasked picture)
Finnish heavy metal monsters LORDI have released the following statement:
“It is our unfortunate task to inform that Kita [drums] is no longer a member of LORDI.
“Kita has made a decision to pursue his own career publicly as himself, without his alter ego Kita. This is in direct conflict with one of the cornerstones of LORDI’s image. Therefore it is not possible for him to continue as a member of the band anymore.
“LORDI will continue as always, masked and costumed, consisting of monster personas. Also, the upcoming tour will happen as planned.
“We thank Kita for the years he has been an important part of the band and our successes and wish him all the best in his future.”
STALA & SO. (formerly SO.), the Finnish melodic rock band which features in its ranks Kita (real name: Sampsa Astala) on vocals and ex-LORDI bassist Kalma (real name: Niko Hurme; also known by his current stage name Nick Gore), is competing to represent Finland in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. There will be three weekly semifinals in January 2011, each featuring five artists. From every semifinal, three songs will proceed to the final. Finnish broadcasting company YLE will then pick a wild card among those artists who were eliminated in the semifinals to complete the final lineup of ten songs. During the final, three songs will be selected to proceed to the superfinal (to be held on February 12), where the Finnish entry for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will be chosen.
Formed in 1997, STALA & SO. consists of the following musicians:
Stala – Vocals
Nick Gore – Bass
Sami J. – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Pate Vaughn – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Hank – Drums
STALA & SO.’s new album will see the light of day sometime in early 2011. The CD was created by the power trio of Stala, Sami J. and Nick Gore, with a little help from a few carefully selected “hired guns.”
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/showbyso.
LORDI won the prestigious 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with the band’s “Hard Rock Hallelujah” anthem. The song swept Eurovision with 292 points, the highest score in the competition’s history.
“Babez For Breakfast”, the fifth studio album from LORDI, sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 43 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.
LORDI’s last album, “Deadache”, opened with 1,700 units back in November 2008 to debut at No. 13 on the Top New Artist Albums chart.
Kita (real name: Sampsa Astala) as the frontman of STALA & SO.
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The Master of monster mayhem is back to unleash two new ghoulish delights with the best of Rob Zombie’s psycho-metal music in tow. Rob Zombie – Icon (Geffen/UMe) is a double assault with a 12-track single-CD and 24-track double-CD versions are out in the stores now. Revising as well as updating his previous collections with tracks from his most recent super-smash studio masterpiece album—the Top 10-charting Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls And The Systematic Dehumanization Of Cool–the single-CD (exclusive to Walmart) offers an overview of his solo career while the double-CD (exclusive to Best Buy) adds tracks from his seminal days with White Zombie.
Whether it’s the single-CD or double-CD, Rob Zombie – Icon represents the best of rock’s most frightful vision of the dark side. Rob Zombie – Icon is part of the new Icon series of albums from Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) featuring the greatest hits, signature tunes and fan favorites of the most popular artists in music history. With more than 15 million albums sold, 7 Grammy® nominations, the helming of 5 major motion pictures and dozens of music videos under his belt, Rob Zombie is a force to be reckoned with in today’s entertainment landscape. Zombie’s unique meld of horror and hard rock has influenced his sound as a musician and, more recently, his vision as a director and writer.
Showcasing Zombie’s command of the horror movie genre, Zombie’s first film, HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES (Lionsgate 2004), became an instant cult classic. In 2005, Zombie assaulted the film world with the critically acclaimed THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (Lionsgate). In 2007, Zombie had a bona fide blockbuster hit with his re-imagining of HALLOWEEN, and his sequel HALLOWEEN 2 (2009) had record-breaking success at the box office as well.
This year, Zombie returns to making music. Zombie enthusiasts can also look forward to the release of the special edition of HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 via new label home Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. Set to street on September 28, this deluxe version of HD2 will feature three brand new tracks: “Everything Is Boring,” “Michael” and “Devil’s Hole Girls And The Big Revolution,” as well as a reimagining of “The Man Who Laughs.” In addition, the package will include a brand new video for “Mars Needs Women” (shot during the “Gruesome Twosome” tour with Alice Cooper), a live version of Cooper’s classic “School’s Out” with Cooper on board, and a 30-minute DVD featuring a tour documentary entitled “Transylvanian Transmissions,” along with all-new expanded artwork.
For more information on Zombie go to www.robzombie.com or www.myspace.com/robzombie
3. Living Dead Girl
4. Feel So Numb
5. Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)
6. Scum Of The Earth
7. House Of 1000 Corpses
8. Foxy Foxy
9. American Witch
10. The Devil’s Rejects
12. Mars Needs Women
1. Thunder Kiss ‘65
2. Black Sunshine
3. Super-Charger Heaven
4. More Human Than Human
5. Feed The Gods
6. The One
7. The Great American Nightmare
10. Living Dead Girl
11. Demonoid Phenomenon
12. Meet The Creeper
1. Feel So Numb
2. Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)
3. Scum Of The Earth
4. House Of 1000 Corpses
5. Foxy Foxy
6. American Witch
7. The Lords Of Salem
8. Let It All Bleed Out
9. The Devil’s Rejects
11. Sick Bubblegum
12. Mars Needs Women
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Interview with guitarist Cliff Evans
Conducted by Robert Williams
Photography courtesy of Tony Mottram
You can call them a longstanding veteran British metal institution, just don’t refer to Tank as NWOBHM. Never resting on their former laurels, the band of Brits have returned, minus one Algy Ward with new album "War Machine" the first new studio record to feature the fantastic pipes of new Tank frontman Doogie White (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, Praying Mantis). Tank guitarist Cliff Evans recently took the time to chat with Metal-Rules.com and bring us up to speed with the band’s current activities on the frontlines of the heavy metal battlefields.
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