IN THIS MOMENT emerge from this summer’s Rockstar Mayhem Fest as one of the event’s most talked about performances. The group’s highly acclaimed new full-length album, A Star-Crossed Wasteland, is now available in stores everywhere. The first week sales for the disc mark the band’s highest Billboard Top 200 charting entry debuting at #40. Click on the link below to view the band in action on Mayhem headlining the side stage in front of thousands of rabid fans. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGckTK9RFgw
IN THIS MOMENT will also be performing a series of special headlining shows all this week to get them back to LA for a massive homecoming show at The Whisky on Friday, Aug. 20th. Support on all of these headlining shows will be the Las Vegas based hard rock sensation Otherwise (featuring vocalist Adrian Patrick), who will be performing the soon to be ITM smash hit “The Promise” with Maria Brink at every show. Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/inthismoment now to view their entire touring itinerary.
Chris Howorth (guitars) further states: “As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and it’s with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to Mayhem Fest 2010. This tour was so much fun and so good for our band that we wish it would just continue on for the rest of the year. We are definitely all feeling the end of tour blues after this run and will miss our bus mates in Norma Jean, along with all the new friends we made this summer, but we are also really excited and optimistic for our headlining shows and our future tour plans (we are putting together something really cool for our fans this fall). We want to keep touring to support our new CD through 2011, so stay tuned to our MySpace page in the coming weeks for a major announcement.”
IN THIS MOMENT performing “Just Drive” and “The Promise” on Fuel TV’s “The Daily Habit” show can be viewed now at the links below.
Following a successful first run in 2010, The Finnish Metal Tour will once again unleash itself on North America in early 2011. Dubbed “The Finnish Metal Tour 2”, and presented by title sponsor Decibel Magazine, the tour will feature co-headliners Finntroll (Century Media) and Ensiferum (Spinefarm). Additional support will come from Barren Earth (Peaceville), and Rotten Sound (Relapse). The tour will start on January 31st 2011 in Orlando FL, and conclude on March 4th in Raleigh NC.
FINNTROLL have returned with their highly anticipated new slab of folk-rooted metal hymns entitled Nifelvind that is now available everywhere. It was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios (Apocalyptica, Amorphis, Ensiferum) in Helsinki, Finland and mastered by Mika Jussila (Children Of Bodom, Sonata Arctica, HIM) at Finnvox Studios. The album cover artwork was done again by the band’s own guitarist Skrymer and visually captures the true FINNTROLL spirit perfectly. The band toured throughout North America this past April with Moonsorrow and Swallow the Sun. Head over now to www.myspace.com/officialfinntrollin order to stream new tracks and view their tour itinerary.
Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM released their 4th album “From Afar” on September 8, 2009 via Spinefarm Records. The CD was produced by Tero Kinnunen (Nightwish, Amorphis) and Janne Joutsenniemi, who produced the band’s previous offering, Victory Songs and mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Amorphis). Ensiferum completed their first headline tour of the USA this past November with Blackguard and Swashbuckle. Visit the band’s MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/officialensiferum to check out tracks, and view the latest tour dates and news as it becomes available.
Ensiferum bassist Sami Hinkka had this to say about the upcoming tour: “Greetings from the north our brothers and sisters of the new continent! The time has come to unite forces with our fellow countrymen and raid your cities with unforeseen power. The amount of alcohol consumption on this tour is going to be horrifying, so don’t forget to bring your drinking horn! Grab your swords and hold them high with pride and join the ultimate metal event of 2011. Folk on!”
Tickets for the tour will be available starting August 17th, 2010 via an exclusive internet presale on www.enterthevault.com. VIP tickets will also be available and include a pre-show meet & greet with Finntroll and Ensiferum. All shows will then go on sale through normal ticketing systems on September 7th, 2010.
British death metal act IGNOMINIOUS INCARCERATION have been forced to cancel their headlining European tour with Detroit deathcore destroyers AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH after the bands’ tour van crashed.
After a strong start to the tour, a few of the shows in mainland Europe fell through with promoters, so the bands had decided to head back to the UK to continue with the tour there and add some more shows.
Whilst driving through France on their way back to Calais, the van carrying the members of both IGNOMINIOUS INCARCERATION and AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH was involved in a crash on the motorway. All members are thankfully alive and well, although some had to be taken to hospital for injuries such as broken bones.
IGNOMINIOUS INCARCERATION bassist CHRIS BALL comments:
“Hey guys, sorry the tour got cut short but due to a major incident we are unable to do any shows for a while, we are all ok and still going strong. Up until the incident we had been enjoying the tour and have made some great friends in the process.
“We will be back as soon as we’re all 100% fit enough to take to the stage again. In the mean time just keep your eyes and ears peeled for us hitting the studio at some point and new tour dates. Thanks.”
AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH guitarist KYLE McILMURRAY describes the incident:
“Basically we were making a late night drive back to the UK when we nicked a semi truck and got sent like a pinball down the freeway. Most of us sustained minor injuries compared to the guys in Ignom… Thankfully we’re all alive. We’ll take back pain over death any day.
“The injuries and damage were so intense that we were forced to cancel the remainder of the tour and head back home. We are so thankful to have had such a great time with the guys in the other bands and play the shows that we did. Words cannot describe how bummed we are that we didn’t get to finish it up. We’ve never backed out on a tour like this.. But unfortunately it was out of our hands.
“Now that we’re home with our families and safe we’re going to get ready for the road in September with Suffokate and The Red Shore.. It will most certainly be a banger!” Read the rest of this entry »
FIREWIND Release New Digital Single; Post Audio Snippet On Their MySpace
The Greek metal phenomenon FIREWIND, led by the young guitar sensation Gus G. has returned with the scathing new effort Days of Defiance, which is easily their defining moment. The much anticipated disc is set for an Oct. 26th North American release (Oct. 25th throughout Europe) and it’s a truly ambitious and dynamic opus featuring some of the most brilliant guitar playing the genre has seen in many years.
Click on the link below to view a new trailer featuring a clip of the new “World On Fire” video. Be sure to stay tuned to the band’s MySpace page in the coming weeks for the new album’s cover art and track listing.
Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH have issued the first of a series of video trailers for the bands highly anticipated new album The Epigenesis:
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 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 record will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
JAGERMEISTER ANNOUNCES FALL MUSIC TOURFEATURING SLAYER AND MEGADETH WITH SPECIAL GUEST ANTHRAX
LOS ANGELES, CA – August 17, 2010 — Jagermeister, the brand known for decades of involvement with rock and metals bands, continues to own the concert circuit with the announcement of the 2010 Fall Jagermeister Music Tour, North America’s biggest thrash tour in 20 years with the 1991 original “Clash of the Titans” lineup – Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. The brand’s 17th Music Tour will bring three of the hardest hitting metal bands in the world to one stage and will feature complete performances of Slayer’s much lauded Seasons In The Abyss album from 1990, Megadeth’s landmark 1990 album Rust In Peace, and the return of Anthrax’s singer Joey Belladonna. The tour kicks off September 24 and will play 20 venues across the nation.
“I’ve been working with Jagermeister since 2004 to try to make the first Jagermeister Music Tour Trifecta happen,” said guitarist Kerry King of Slayer. “I always have such a killer time on the Jagermeister Music Tour, and this time we’re coming through with Megadeth and Anthrax so you know everyone will be on the top of their game for these shows.” Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine adds, “It is a rush to finally be a part of the Jagermeister Music Tour!”
“Slayer has been a long time friend and supporter of the brand,” says Bill Henderson, Senior Vice President Marketing and Advertising at Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. “Jagermeister has been sponsoring them since 2001 and named them as headliner of both the 2003 and 2004 Fall Music Tours. It is great to work with them again and know that adding Megadeth and Anthrax to the program will make this a tour to remember.”
In the beginning, when there were no blueprints, no set paths, no boundaries or steps to follow, SLAYER assaulted the world with its new hybrid of metal and punk. Heavier, faster and darker than the rest, Slayer – guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, vocalist/bassist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo – set the new standard that all others continue to follow. And that has continued through to 2010. Revolver, SPIN and Metal Hammer have all named Slayer “Best Live Band.” Esquire presented them with an Esky Award. They’ve got two Grammys, a Kerrang! Hall of Fame Award and multiple Revolver Readers’ Poll Awards. For this fall’s Jagermeister Music Tour, Slayer’s Tom Araya promises “no ballads, no acoustic numbers, no slow tempos.”
For the past two decades, Megadeth’s storied career, including more than 20-million worldwide sales and eight Grammy nods, has not only set standards in hard rock and metal, but defined them. Megadeth’s signature shredding and rousing lyrics have drawn fans in since the band’s beginnings, and are the very things that keep them interested, excited, and of course, head-banging, at every turn. Founding vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine, a NY Times best selling author who was the recipient of the first annual Golden God Award at the inaugural Revolver Golden God Awards in 2009, is renowned for his ability to use the vehicle of music to shake things up, to make a point and to rattle your brain, literally, figuratively and sonically, which he did with 2009’s ENDGAME, which received some of the highest critical accolades of the band’s already impressive career. The band’s fourth album, Rust In Peace, saw the band cement their status as one of the most important metal bands with masterpieces like “Hanger 18″ and “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due.”
With worldwide sales in excess of 10-million, Anthrax, who along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, is credited with originating the thrash genre, is about to celebrate its 29th year as a band, and continues to be one of metal’s all-time great acts. Over the band’s career, Anthrax has received multiple Gold and Platinum albums, multiple Grammy nominations, and a host of other accolades from the press, industry and fans. Earlier this year, Anthrax announced that vocalist Joey Belladonna, an essential part of Anthrax’s lineup from 1985 to 1992, was rejoining the band, and has taken his place onstage this summer as Anthrax has joined Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – The Big Four founding members of Thrash – as co-headliners of a series of Sonisphere Festivals in seven European cities. Plans are for the “classic era” Anthrax to write and record a new album for a 2011 release.
The Jagermeister Fall Music Tour will feature Jagermeister custom prizes from tour sponsors Schecter Guitars and Peavey Electronics. In addition, Jagermeister will be hosting nightly text-to-win giveaways including Tap machines and other branded POS. Giveaways are subject to state and local laws and participants must be of legal drinking age or older. The Jagermeister Fall MusicTour will be produced by Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc.
Register to win VIP tickets and backstage access, where legal at www[dot]jagermeistermusictour[dot]com JAGERMEISTER IS DEDICATED TO MUSIC, NOT UNDERAGE DRINKING.
Jägermeister, which translates to “master hunter”, is the #1 selling imported liqueur in the United States and one of the top shot brands in the world. The liqueur is based on a secret recipe, combining 56 different natural ingredients, including select herbs, blossoms, roots and fruits from every corner of the globe. Jägermeister, with the distinctive square bottle, was developed in 1934 in Germany and the brand quickly gained global fame through its innovative marketing, unique taste profile and its association with good times. Jägermeister Liqueur is 35% Alc./Vol. and imported exclusively by Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., New Rochelle, NY www.jager.com. Jägermeister is available in the following sizes in the United States: 50ml, 100ml, 200ml, 375ml, 750ml, 1L, 1.75L.
Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. is the United States premier traveling festival production company. SGE produces the Jägermeister Music Tours as well as the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival and co produces the Worldwide Rockstar Taste of Chaos as well as the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. In 2010 alone SGE will produce over 125 Large Music Festival Events in over 100 cities in 15 countries throughout the world with attendance in excess of 1 million people. Company principals John Reese and John Oakes have a combined 32 years of experience in artist management, large scale festival production and brand integration and have worked with artists as diverse as Guns N Roses and The Cure. SGE excels at integrating brands needs with large scale musical entertainment.”Jägermeister is our newest client and we have a strong three year relationship working with them on MAYHEM. They are a company that completely understands what their brand is all about and together we feel like we can present successful, fresh ideas in the integration of their product and fans of music.” John Reese, CEO of SGE.
JAGERMEISTER FALL MUSIC TOUR SCHEDULE
24 Superpages.com Center, Dallas, TX
25 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
26 Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston, TX
28 Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA
30 Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN
1 The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Atlanta, GA
2 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
3 Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami, FL
5 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
6 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD
8 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, NY
9 Toyota Pavilion @ Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
On the current American Carnage U.S. tour, Slayer’s Kerry King is stopping by a handful of music stores to meet fans, take pictures, and sign autographs. If you’re in or nearby one of his stops, come on down and meet The King – all in-stores start at 3PM local time.
18 Sam Ash/Cleveland, OH
5700 Mayfield Road
27 Sam Ash/Phoenix, AZ
4402 West Cactus Road
1 Skips Music/Sacramento, CA
2740 Auburn Blvd.
3 Bellevue American Music/Seattle, WA
14340 NE 20th Street
WHITECHAPEL announces headline run; hitting the road this October with Impending Doom, Miss May I, Oceano, I Declare War
Whitechapel set to takeover SMNnews.com for a day! Plus, enter to win a pair of tickets and a Meet & Greet with the band at one of the upcoming dates
Free Whitechapel iPod App now available!
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – August 16, 2010 – Knoxville, TN’s WHITECHAPEL, who just finished devastating audiences across North America as a part of the Vans Warped Tour Twenty Ten, are pleased to announce their upcoming headlining tour that kicks off in Macon, GA on October 1st. Joining WHITECHAPEL on the road are Impending Doom, Miss May I, Oceano, and I Declare War. Before the tour kicks off, some of the WHITECHAPEL guys will be taking over the metal website SMNnews.com for a day on Wednesday, September 29.The guys will make their own posts letting fans know their thoughts on current releases, news, videos, and more. In conjunction with the upcoming tour and the site takeover, there will be a giveaway at SMNnews.com where one lucky winner and their guest will get concert tickets to one of the upcoming October tour dates and get a Meet & Greet session with the band. Contest details will be announced shortly. The website created for WHITECHAPEL’s latest release, ANewEraOfCorruption.com, will be kept up-to-date with the most current tour dates and all info relating to the tour.
In other news, Metal Blade Records has just released an official WHITECHAPEL iPod App that includes the band’s latest music, videos, photos, news, and tour dates…and it’s FREE! Get your free WHITECHAPEL App HERE.
Tour w/ Impending Doom, Miss May I, Oceano, I Declare War
10/01 Macon, GA The 567
10/02 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
10/03 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
10/04 Jacksonville, FL Rain (Plush Complex)
10/05 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
10/06 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
10/07 Raleigh, NC Volume 11 Tavern
10/08 Norfolk, VA Norva
10/09 Jermyn, PA Eleanor Rigby’s
10/10 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
10/12 Boston, MA Harper’s Ferry
10/13 Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft
10/14 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
10/15 Toledo, OH Headliner’s
10/16 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
10/17 Elgin, IL Mad Maggies
10/19 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
10/20 Sauget, IL Pop’s
10/21 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
10/22 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
10/23 Nashville, TN Rocketown
MONSTER MOSH II
w/ The Devil Wears Prada, Enter Shikari, Black Veil Brides
10/31 Frisco, TX Dr. Pepper Arena
Don’t forget to check out the brand-new official website WhitechapelBand.com where fans can check out WHITECHAPEL’s tour dates, music videos, live videos, video interviews and updates from the road, news, photo galleries and more. Fans can also select the “Community” tab to enter the fan club THE DISEASED, where members can access the band’s blog, fan forum, sign up for contests, or select the campaign tab to become a part of the WHITECHAPEL street team or enter contests that require users to submit content.
THE DISEASED fan club packages breakdown:
Level One – The Possessed Package: 8.99
-1 year interactive membership
Level Two – The Exiled Package: 22.99
-1 year interactive membership
– Dog tag
– THE DISEASED laminate
– Picks (3)
Level Three – The Ultimate Corruption Package: 44.99
-1 year interactive membership
– Dog tag
– THE DISEASED laminate
– Picks (3)
– A New Era of Corruption on vinyl
WHITECHAPEL’s latest release, A New Era of Corruption, entered Billboard Magazine’s Top 200 Chart at #43 in its first week of release. A New Era of Corruption also debuted at #2 on the Hard Music Core Stores Chart, #3 on the Independent Albums Chart, and #5 on the Hard Music Albums Chart. In addition to breaking the charts in the states, A New Era of Corruption also charted in Canada coming in at #70 on the Current Albums chart, #9 on the Indie chart, and #8 on the Hard chart. A New Era of Corruption marks the band’s 3rd full-length album and 2nd for Metal Blade Records. Check out what press has had to say about the band’s latest, and to date greatest, release A New Era of Corruption, which the group co-produced with infamous metal producer Jason Suecof at Jason’s Orlando, FL based Audiohammer Studios:
“while there’s a familiar sense of disgust spewed all over this third album, there’s been some evolving back at the deathlab. It’s easy enough to play fast and hard in death metal – easier still to make that all you do, but as Devolver’s ceremonious opener builds intensities, leveling the blows with a calculated malice for maximum damage, the band sound deadlier than ever.” 8/10 Decibel Magazine
“Say what you like about the way death metal has evolved, but to deny that Whitechapel are both insanely heavy and technically dazzling would be churlish petulance. They hinted at this level of bone-powdering brutality on their first two albums, but have slipped into a higher gear for their third, more than justifying their status as one of the few bands snapping at the heels of Job for A Cowboy… overall this is the sound of Whitechapel maturing and realizing their own considerable potential, with much precision, power, and simplicity.” 8/10 Terrorizer Magazine
“The band presents a truly mixed palette with progressive asides, tempered harmonies and arrangements that take surprising yet complimentary avenues… Whitechapel now appear unconcerned with all-out heaviness, in its place they have sampled the breadth of their genre creating a metal record both balanced and deep.” Rock Sound Magazine
“Sharp guitar melodies and serrated hooks augment the brawn without diluting it, and this new side of the band adds a superb twist to their already well-established fury.” 3/4 Kerrang! Magazine
“a sound so thick you could bite into it… Whitechapel are leading the next generation of extreme.” Metal Hammer Magazine
“Every band has their signature album. Slayer has Reign in Blood, Cannibal Corpse has Vile, Pantera had Cowboys from Hell. A New Era of Corruption is Whitechapel’s masterpiece.” 5/5, TheNewReview.net
“A New Era Of Corruption is more complete and more focused… Whitechapel has become the Behemoth of deathcore.” MetalReview.com
“a deadly, lumbering and ultimately trend-free beast” Noisecreep.com
“What Whitechapel will put out this year is nothing short of some of the grimiest metal sludge to ever breach the Billboard chart, a three-guitar wall of sound bolstered by vocalist Phil Bozeman’s rasp.” Albuquerque Journal
“Corruption, venom and hatred. Tons of blastbeats. Stomach-churning guitar riffs. It’s kind of shocking that the new Whitechapel is better than their last, namely because This Is Exile was amazing.” The Hartford Advocate
“there is no getting away from the fact that, as far as modern death metal goes, there are no better exponents of this breakdown laden mayhem than this triple-guitar monster.” Planet-Loud.com
“The band’s new album, A New Era Of Corruption, is eleven songs of being pummeled in the face with an iron pipe.” CraveOnline.com
Slovenian Thrash Kings NEGLIGENCE reveals track listing and artwork for 'Coordinates Of Confusion'!
Slovenian Kings of Thrash NEGLIGENCE have revealed the artwork and track listing for their new album Coordinates Of Confusion!
Coordinates Of Confusion has been mixed by Ruzz (drums) in their own Negligence studio in late spring of 2010 and was mastered at West West Side Music in New York by Alan Douches.
The band comments, “We’re stunned by the result of the mixing and mastering and can’t wait for you metal heads to hear it!”
Coordinates Of Confusion track listing
1. Mind Decay
2. Screaming Fear
3. Addicted To Aggression
5. The Way To…
6. Insane Asylum
7. The Q Box
9. Shark Attack
10. Coordinates Of Confusion
Coordinates Of Confusion will be released October 12th, 2010 in North America.
NEGLIGENCE was formed in 2000 by Dyz and Jey, two excellent Slovenian guitarists who shared the same passion for music and decided to start working together. They soon found a proper and stable line-up and played lots of shows in their homeland Slovenia including a gig at the infamous Metal Camp festival. Between 2003 and 2005 they also released three untitled demos.
2005 marks a turning point in the history of NEGLIGENCE when they parted ways with their old singer and presented the 15-year old Alex as their new frontman. The band gathered a bigger fan base and in 2007 NEGLIGENCE independently released their debut album Options Of A Trapped Mind. The album opened many new doors for the group and got a good reception amongst metal fans and received great reviews worldwide. Following the release, the band went on to promote their album supporting some of the biggest acts in metal, such as Exodus, Forbidden, Heathen, Sadus and Death Angel among others.
At the end of 2009, long-time member Dyz parted ways with the band but was still part of the production for the second album. NEGLIGENCE have recently found a second guitar player – his name is Aljo – who will help increasing the sheer power the band is able to deliver on stage!
“The “Einhärjar” music video was recorded in July 2010, directed by Richard Moneus, the driving force behind the production company 1897. It was shot in an old dirty barn at a location just outside where we live. Spending what felt like ages in the old dusty room was well worth the sweat and blood. After the barn battleground, Richard took care of the hard work to cut, edit and piece it all together in a functioning symbiosis. Now, viewing the final result we are extremely proud of how good this video turned out. Hell yeah, Richard!”
‘Fi’mbulvintr’ was recorded in March and April of 2010 in Varberg, Sweden at Andy LaRoqcue’s (King Diamond) Sonic Train Studios. Andy also engineered and co-produced the album.
‘Fi’mbulvintr’ track listing:
1 – Intro
2 – Einhärjar
3 – Vämods Tale
4 – The Last Journey
5 – Never Will You Know of Flesh Again
6 – Wrath of the Gods
7 – Snake Tongue
8 – Brethren of the North
9 – Day of Sorrow
10 – Lingering a Sacred Ground
11 – Heroes’ Brigade
12 – Strike of the Hammer
13 – Fi’mbulvintr (outro)
KING OF ASGARD took form in 2008 by founder Karl Beckman (ex-Mithotyn) after dissolving his latest musical projects. Teaming up with long time absent fellow worker, Karsten Larsson (Falconer, ex-Mithotyn). As a result, after years apart, the decision was made to go back to their roots both musically as well as heading for their Norse heritage in lyrical approach. In late 2009 J. Albrektsson joined the ranks on bass to strengthen the line-up further.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, were recently used in a psychological study that shows liked and disliked music are equally disruptive to serial recall. The disliked music in the study… the song “Thrashers” by DEATH ANGEL. Dr. Nick Perham explained his reasoning by using DEATH ANGEL as the “disliked” music in the study:
“We needed a track that most participants would say they did not like. Having been a fan of metal music since my teens, I was pretty confident that a thrash metal song would do the trick as most people never seemed to like the music I liked. In choosing a thrash metal song, I needed a song that was heavy but also allowed the listener to hear many of the different components of the song – the acoustical variation between the successive sound items. We chose ‘Thrashers’. Participants were only allowed to participate in the study if they disliked thrash metal as a musical genre.
Personally, I have been a fan of DEATH ANGEL since The Ultra-Violence’and saw them at the Bristol Bierkeller around 1990 supporting the Act III album.”
For decades research has shown that listening to music can alleviate anxiety and depression, enhance mood, as well as increase cognitive functioning such as spatial awareness. However, until now, research has not addressed how we listen to music. For instance, is the cognitive benefit still the same if we listen to music whilst performing a task, rather than before it? Further, how does our preference for a particular type of music affect performance? A new study from Applied Cognitive Psychology shows that listening to music that one likes whilst performing a serial recall task does not help performance any more than listening to music one does not enjoy.
The researchers explored the ‘irrelevant sound effect’ by requiring participants to perform serial recall (recall a list of 8 consonants in presentation order) in the presence of five sound environments – quiet, liked music (e.g., RIHANNA, LADY GAGA, STRANGLERS and ARCADE FIRE), disliked music (the track ‘Thrashers’ by DEATH ANGEL), changing-state (a sequence of random digits such as ‘4, 7, 1, 6’) and steady-state (‘3, 3, 3’). Recall ability was approximately the same, and poorest, for the music and changing-state conditions and the most accurate recall occurred when participants performed the task in the quieter steady-state environments.
Lead researcher Nick Perham explains: “The poorer performance of the music and changing-state sounds are due to them containing lots of acoustical variation the order of which impairs the ability to recall the order of items, via rehearsal, within the presented list. Other tasks and processes that also require the ability to retain order information in the short-term via rehearsal, such as mental arithmetic, may be similarly affected by their performance in the presence of changing-state, background environments.”
Although music can have a very positive effect on our general mental health, music can, in the circumstances described, also have negative effects on cognitive performance. Perham remarks, “Most people listen to music at the same time as, rather than prior to, performing a task but to reduce the negative effects of background music when recalling information in order, one should either perform the task in quiet or only listen to music prior to performing the task.”
DEATH ANGELs new album Relentless Retribution isset for release on September 3rd in Europe and the 14th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
Relentless Retribution Track Listing:
1. Relentless Revolution
2. Claws In So Deep
4. Into The Arms of Righteous Anger
5. River Of Rapture
6. Absence Of Light
7. This Hate
8. Death Of The Meek
9. Opponents At Sides
10. I Chose The Sky
12. Where They Lay
“Claws In So Deep” features performances by the popular acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. The track “Truce” also features a guest guitar solo by Producer Jason Suecof.
Relentless Retribution was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER).
DEATH ANGEL recently uploaded the album cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL)for their upcoming release entitled Relentless Retribution, to their official Myspace page www.myspace.com/DeathAngel.
DEATH ANGEL are currently direct support to Swedish melodic metallers SOILWORK this Summer. Joining them will be Quebec’s tech-death masters AUGURY, Roadrunner Records recording artists MUTINY WITHIN, and pirate themed thrashers SWASHBUCKLE. For more information, tour dates and ticket giveaway information visit www.DEATHANGEL.us & www.myspace.com/DEATHANGEL.
ION DISSONANCE Post New Track
“The More Things Change, The More Things Stay The Same”
Montreal extreme metal purists, ION DISSONANCE, have posted a vicious new song, “The More Things Change, The More Things Stay The Same,” from their highly anticipated debut Century Media release, Cursed. The track can be streamed at their Myspace page, www.myspace.com/iondissonance and stay tuned for a North American touring announcement to be made very soon.
Cursed, was tracked at .357 Productions with ION DISSONANCE guitar player, Antoine Lussier at the production helm. It is scheduled for release on August 24th. A new video trailer unveiling the captivating artwork from the acclaimed Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord) can be seen now at the link below.
PANTERA - Cowboys From Hell 20th Anniversary Edition (Sept 14 via Rhino Records)
THE COWBOYS FROM HELL RIDE AGAIN
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 23
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!?”
COWBOYS FROM HELL Disc One – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions 1. “Cowboys From Hell”
2. “Primal Concrete Sledge”
3. “Psycho Holiday”
5. “Cemetery Gates”
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)
Florida based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION have uploaded a 2nd new song, entitled “Target Rich Environment”, to the bands Myspace page (www.myspace.com/MalevolentCreation). The track comes from their upcoming 11th studio outing entitled Invidious Dominion, which will be released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast. Invidious Dominion was produced and recorded by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, KRISIUN, GOATWHORE) at Mana Studios in Florida. The cover art was brought to life this time around by renownedartist Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN).
INSOMNIUM Sign Worldwide Deal With Century Media Records
Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of INSOMNIUM who recently won the Finnish Metal Awards earlier this year for Best Band and Best Album (for the 2009 album “Across The Dark”). The band comments: “We are very happy to announce that we have signed a deal with the mighty Century Media Records. Throughout the spring and summer we negotiated with several attractive labels but in the end it was clear that Century Media would be our home for the years to come. Their enthusiasm, professionalism and genuine love for music made an instant impact on us. We are convinced that this alliance will lead to even greater achievements in the future and also avails us to tour outside Europe more often. And naturally it is a great honor for us to stand in the same team with the likes of Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, Paradise Lost, The Haunted, Finntroll and Turisas. A new exciting chapter in the story of Insomnium has begun!
We want to thank Jens Prueter and the whole Century Media crew for putting their trust in us. We thank our manager Jukka Varmo for handling the negotiations very smoothly. We also wish to thank our previous label Candlelight Records for the decade that we spent with them. We salute you all!”
Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R Century Media Europe: “It’s great to welcome a band that has developed over the past year to one of the most exciting bands in the Metal scene. I always liked their unique mix of Finnish melancholy with Melodic Death Metal and even more so they always blew my mind seeing them live. You can feel that this is a band of brothers who haven’t changed their line-up since their debut album in 2002. In case of doubt go and see them on their tour with Dark Tranquillity this Fall – you won’t be disappointed! I cheer my horns up North and thank Insomnium for their trust in Century Media Records.”
Over the last decade Insomnium has slowly but surely made itself a household name among the melodic deathsters. Formed in 1997 in a somnolent town of Joensuu, in Eastern Finland, these stern men have ever since redefined the boundaries of the genre. Two highly acclaimed demos already set the standard and in 2001 the band signed to UK label Candlelight Records
At this point the founding members Markus Hirvonen (drums), Ville Friman (guitars) and Niilo Sevänen (vocals and bass) attached guitarist Ville Vänni to the band. Since then INSOMNIUM released four highly acclaimed albums that combine aggression and violent riffing to melancholic atmosphere – a marriage of Scandinavian death metal and traditional Finnish tunes, catchy but progressive, melodic but brutal.
After long tours in Europe and North America with bands like Amorphis, Katatonia, Enslaved, Satyricon and their last co-headline tour with Ghost Brigade, Insomnium will be main support to Dark Tranquillity this Fall before they enter the studio to record the follow-up to their 2009 album “Across The Dark”. Stay tuned!
19.08.2010 | Summer Breeze Open Air, Germany
INSOMNIUM supporting DARK TRANQUILLITY
Where Death Is Most Alive part II, 2010
Sep. 23 – Hamburg, Uebel & Gefaehrlich, Germany
Sep. 24 – Leipzig, Conne Island, Germany
Sep. 25 – Munster, Sputnikhalle, Germany
Sep. 26 – Köln, Essigfabrik, Germany
Sep. 27 – Tilburg, 013, Netherlands
Sep. 28 – London, Underworld, UK
Sep. 29 – Vosselaar, Biebob, Belgium
Sep. 30 – Paris, Trabendo, France
Oct. 01 – Montpellier, Salle Victoire 2, France
Oct. 02 – Bilbao, Rockstar, Spain
Oct. 03 – Porto, Teatro Sá da Bandeira, Portugal
Oct. 04 – Lissabon, Incrível Almadense, Portugal
Oct. 06 – Madrid, Sala Heineken, Spain
Oct. 07 – Barcelona, Razz 2, Spain
Oct. 08 – Lyon, CCO, France
Oct. 09 – Lausanne, Les Dock, Switzerland
Oct. 10 – Bologna, Estragon, Italy
Oct. 11 – Rom, Alpheus, Italy
Oct. 12 – Milano, Magazini Generali, Italy
Oct. 13 – Zagreb, Boogaloo, Croatia
Oct. 14 – Budapest, Duerer Kert, Hungary
Oct. 15 – Wien, Szene, Austria
Oct. 16 – Ljubljana, Gala Hala/Media Park, Slovenia
Oct. 17 – Graz, Orpheum, Austria
Oct. 19 – Stuttgart, Röhre, Germany
Oct. 20 – Luzern, Schuur, Switzerland
Oct. 21 – Frankfurt, Batschkapp, Germany
Oct. 22 – München, Backstage, Germany
Oct. 23 – Brno, Fleda, Czech Republic
Oct. 24 – Berlin, Lido, Germany
Oct. 25 – Malmö, KB, Sweden *
Oct. 26 – Kalmar, Skövde, Mariestad, Sweden **
Oct. 28 – Jyväskylä, Lutakko, Finland ***
Oct. 29 – Oulu, Teatria, Finland ***
Oct. 30 – Seinäjoki, Rytmikorjamoo, Finland ***
Oct. 31 – Tampere, Klubi, Finland ***
Nov. 01 – Helsinki, Nosturi, Finland ***
Nov. 02 – Turku, Klubi, Finland ***
Nov. 04 – Stockholm, Medis, Sweden **
Nov. 05 – Örebro, 700, Sweden **
Nov. 06 – Oslo, John Dee, Norway **
Nov. 07 – Göteborg, Trädgån, Sweden **
* with Avatar
** with Avatar, without Insomnium
*** with Avatar and Omnium Gatherum, without Insomnium