DEADSEA To Embark On October Tour; New Album To Drop In 2010

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG

Columbus, Ohio’s unique prog/doom/tech/stoner/metal unit DEADSEA are putting the final touches on their upcoming Grand Delugeon US tour. Set to kick off on the first of October, the band will splatter the Midwest, Northwest, West Coast and Southern US states — the band’s first time to tour the West Coast — on a three-week rampage, with the entire tour being centered around this year’s annual Fall Into Darkness Festival in Portland, Oregon.

DEADSEA will be slaying their nightly audience with their totally unclassifiable gargantuan alloy, which is comprised of countless strains of “out there metal.” Fans who venture out to the shows will hear selections from the band’s upcoming album they’re wrapping up now, set for release later in 2010. As with their previous full-lengths — 2005’s Desiderata LP and 2007’s self-titled CD — this new yet-to-be-titled full-length will again be released on the band’s own Chrome Leaf Records, who’ve also been responsible for releases from Prosanctus Inferi, Nekrasov/Aderlating (split), Portal and more in recent years.

DEADSEA Grand Delugeon 2010 US Tour:

10/01/2010 *TBA – Chicago, IL

10/02/2010 Bong Ward – Milwaukee, WI

10/03/2010 Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN

10/04/2010 Memory Lanes – Minneapolis, MN

10/05/2010 Bourbon Theatre- Lincoln, NE

10/06/2010 *TBA – Denver, CO

10/07/2010 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Laughter

10/08/2010 Red Room Tavern – Boise, ID

10/09/2010 Berbati’s Pan – Portland, OR @ Fall Into Darkness Fest

10/11/2010 Alibi- Arcata, CA

10/12/2010 *TBA – Oakland, CA

10/13/2010 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA w/ Grayceon

10/15/2010 *TBA – Los Angeles, CA w/ Landmine Marathon

10/16/2010 *TBA – San Diego, CA w/ Landmine Marathon

10/17/2010 Sound Kontrol – Phoenix, AZ w/ Landmine Marathon

10/18/2010 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Albuquerque, NM

10/19/2010 Pine Box – Midland, TX

10/20/2010 Headhunter’s – Austin, TX

10/21/2010 Nightmare – Dallas, TX w/ Christian Mistress

10/22/2010 *TBA – Nashville, TN

More news on DEADSEA’s upcoming album will be released in mere days, along with more confirmed tour dates.

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DEATH ANGEL: North American Headlining Tour Announced

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG
Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, 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 will go on sale today through www.Enterthevault.com. On sale at all 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.
Vocalist Mark Osegueda commented:
“We are so excited, and proud to finally be doing our first headlining tour of North America since, the now infamous, Act III tour of 1990! We have put together a line up of bands that we feel will give all the fans what they deserve! An all out blow showcasing all the best elements of thrash metal found today! Ending of course with a full headlining set by DEATH ANGEL that we promise will leave everyone feeling relentlessly and sonically ravaged!  See you on the road! In the pit! And at the bar!”
“North American Retribution 2011”
DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, HEXEN

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
DEATH ANGEL will perform on the “70K Tons of Metal” cruise occurring January 24th through 28th, 2011. Check out the band talking about the event at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5ZXJRSJI_8.

Relentless Retribution will be released on September 14th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. Preorder a copy of the album with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Search/death_angel

Relentless Retribution Track Listing:
1. Relentless Revolution
2. Claws In So Deep
3. Truce
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
11. Volcanic
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). Cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL) is attached.

For more information visit: www.DEATHANGEL.us | www.myspace.com/DEATHANGEL

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Dark Synergy – You Are The Killer

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG

Dark Synergy was formed in April 2007 by guitarist/songwriter/producer Col Brown with female vocalist, Nellie Mokbel. During 2007 Col invited the vocalist to participate in an audition for a lead singer. Col was very impressed by her vocals and genuine passion for his music. The natural choice for Col was to make Nellie his lead singer, bringing with her a unique vocal styling to his music.

Nellie posed the question of a band name – Col suggested  Dark Synergy, after the song ‘Dark Synergy’ written by him in 2006. Nellie liked the name and believed in it. As she put it, ‘I like it, and it says a lot!’ Thus, Dark Synergy was born. Dark Synergy expands the limits of Rock by blending both metal and heavy rock  as well as goth and sc-fi influences into a unique style, described by Col as “Cyber-Goth”. Nellie’s passionate, yet delicate and soulful voice is the icing on the cake. Col’s trademark heavy metal riffs, dark left of center, sci-fi, minimalist lyrics, and searing lead guitar solos complete the musical package.

The Dark Synergy EP titled “You Are The Killer”, released independently June 2009 on Dark Synergy Records (DSR) features Simone White (ex Michael Franti – Disposable Heroes Of Hip Hoprisy) on drums, as well as Stuart J. Spaans on fretless and standard electric bass. ”You Are The Killer” is carefully produced, arranged and timed and has won over both, national and international fans.

The title track from the EP, “You Are The Killer” was in rotation on radarradio.com.au, Australia Top 50 for 4 months and won Ugly Phil’s unsigned band competition 2 December 2009 on Triple M FM Australia. Both the tracks “You Are The Killer” and “No Illusions” have been played on internet radio stations in the USA, and “No Illusions” was included on the USA Gothic compilation CD “The Funeral Vol 4”.

With a rapidly growing fan base in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, Dark Synergy is looking to record their highly anticipated debut album.
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CRADLE OF FILTH LAUNCHES ‘DARKLY, DARKLY, VENUS AVERSA’ MINI-SITE; Ninth studio album due out this November on Nuclear Blast Records

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG
Cradle of Filth reveals artwork for 'Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa'

Cradle of Filth - 'Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa'

ENGLAND – One of the most infamous and notorious names in metal, Cradle Of Filth, continue to shock, excite, disgust and inspire in equal measures. Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, the latest chapter of the band’s dark history, is to be released through Nuclear Blast Records on November 9th, but fans can get a preview of the album at the new Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa mini-site, which is live now at: www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth.

The mini-site features info about the album, a gallery of new band pics and elements from the album artwork, a link to download a MP3 of the track “Lilith Immaculate”, downloads and more. The site will be updated on a weekly basis with video blogs, fan competitions, promo videos, an iPhone app, new downloads and more. Previews of different tracks from the album will be added every Wednesday starting September 22nd.

Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is the band’s ninth studio album, and in the words of Cradle’s infamous frontman, Dani Filth, is “without doubt the fastest and most brutal album we’ve created to date. As an acquaintance of the band so aptly noted, this is like ‘Iron Maiden on crack in a graveyard of angels!’”

“This album is Cradle at our most sinister and darkened fairytale,” continues Dani. “A gothic horror themed slay-ride of fervour and perversion; yet amidst the orchestral melodrama and lush, cinematic production, there sits stalwart a ravening beast of furious riffing, flesh ripping vocals and monstrous, unstoppable percussion.”

Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa was recorded at Monkey Puzzle Studios near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England. It is the follow-up to 2008’s Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder. Artwork comes courtesy of Natalie Shau.

The Grammy-nominated, Cradle Of Filth, has been a pioneer of extreme music since their 1994 debut, and has continued to evolve with each subsequent release. The band has continually refused to bow to convention, or conform to prevalent trends and fads, and has constantly sought to push the boundaries of their art. This rings true once more onDarkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa.

A loyal stalwart to the satanic horror ethos, Cradle Of Filth has again created a concept album, this time based on Adam’s first wife, the lascivious demoness Lilith. Throwing medieval nuns, Knights, Templars, Greek mythology, lashings of sex, occult lore, and violent bloodshed together into a creative milieu, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is a dark erotic nightmare set to Cradle Of Filth’s unique scope of supreme vampyric metal.

Whether through their wildly elaborate & theatrical live shows (which incorporate giant lumbering puppets, fire-breathing dancers, freaks and stilt-walkers), provocative merchandise (including the now legendary ‘Jesus Is A C***’ t-shirt), breathtaking artwork, or the weighty subject matter of their albums (their latest told the story of a French Lord who fought alongside Joan Of Arc before embarking on a horrific killing spree), this is a band whose uncompromising stance has been rewarded with legions of fans around the world, making them the most successful British heavy metal band since Iron Maiden.

Stay tuned to www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth for more info.

Cradle Of Filth is…
Dani Filth (vocals)Paul Allender (guitar)
James McIlroy (guitar)
David Pybus (bass)
Martin Skaroupka (drums)
Ashley Ellyllon (keys)

Cradle Of Filth online…
www.cradleoffilth.com

www.myspace.com/cradleoffilth

www.facebook.com/pages/Cradle-of-Filth/6514209076

www.nuclearblastusa.com

www.myspace.com/nuclearblastusa

Stay tuned to www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth for more info.

Cradle Of Filth is…
Dani Filth (vocals)
Paul Allender (guitar)
James McIlroy (guitar)
David Pybus (bass)
Martin Skaroupka (drums)
Ashley Ellyllon (keys)
Cradle Of Filth online…

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DAWN OF ASHES premiere full stream of new album ‘Genocide Chapters’

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – September 07, 2010 – Metal Blade Records has teamed up with premier horror site Bloody Disgusting to exclusively stream the extreme horror metal act DAWN OF ASHES’ new album, titled Genocide Chapters, in its entirety starting today! Be sure to head over to BLOODYDISGUSTING.com, a leader in the online horror community delivering sought after content such as horror movie reviews, trailers, interviews, news, and now music content, to check out the new album Genocide Chapters before it even hits stores and be sure to leave a comment. If you like what you hear 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. Genocide Chapters is available by itself or bundled with a t-shirt (two designs available!) and can now also be pre-ordered on iTunes.

Genocide Chapters track listing is as follows:

1. Conjuration of the Maskim’s Black Blood

2. Nyarlathotep’s Children of the Void

3. Seething the Flesh in the River of Phlegethon

4. Transformation within Fictional Mutation

5. The Ancient Draining Room

6. Reanimation of the Dark Ages

7. London’s Anthem for the Pleasure of Mutilation

8. Sacrilegious Reflection

9. God-Like Demon

10. Carnal Consummation in the Empty Space

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ROSS THE BOSS To Rock US East Coast This Week

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG

Power metal rockers ROSS THE BOSS — featuring Ross The Boss of Manowar and Dictators fame — have several American shows happening this week! The band will be headlining the Midweek Mayhem show this Wednesday, which is the pre-party for the annual Progpower USA Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. This special concert will also feature Scott Columbus also of Manowar fame performing with RTB!   The band then heads to upstate New York the following day to headline a shows at Fusion, and the following day in Allston, Massachusetts. The festivities come to a culmination this Sunday with a headlining ROSS THE BOSS performance at the Duff’s Bar sponsored Thunderfest 2010 in New York City.

ROSS THE BOSS East Coast USA September 2010 Concerts:

9/08/2010 The Loft – Atlanta, GA @ Progpower USA Pre-Party w/ Vangough, Seven Kingdoms

9/09/2010 Fusion – Syracuse, NY w/ Seventh Calling, Titanium Black, Trial By Fire

9/10/2010 O’brien’s Pub – Allston, MA

9/12/2010 Bowery Electric – New York, NY w/ Magus Beast, Ravage, Martyrd, Horrifier. Seventh Calling, Made Again

Ross has been captivating rock and metal fans since the early 70’s. Originally as a member of The Dictators, he is best known for his work as co-founder of Manowar. As the band’s main songwriter and guitarist, his work can be found on Manowar’s first six albums. After releasing the first official ROSS THE BOSS album New Metal Leader in 2009, AFM Records will release the second full-length from RTB stateside on November 9th. More info on the album’s unveiling will be announced in mere days.

http://www.ross-the-boss.com
http://www.myspace.com/newmetalleader
http://www.afm-records.de
http://www.myspace.com/afmrecordsgermany

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BONDED BY BLOOD: ‘EXILED TO EARTH’ OUT NOW IN THE UK

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG

EXILED TO EARTH, the long-awaited new album from Pomona, California thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD, is out now in the UK.  The album is already available in the rest of the world.

Watch BONDED BY BLOOD’s awesome new video for “Prototype: Death Machine” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShtuB1rq6Tk

Set 600 years in the future, EXILED TO EARTH tells the tale of the Crong, an alien race sent to Earth with one goal – global domination.  A skilled group of warriors must now face the impossible and overthrow the Crong to take back our planet.  View a photo of BONDED BY BLOOD frontman JOSE BARRALES holding a signed comic strip, illustrating some of the story, at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/bbb_josecomicstrip.jpg

Recently named as of the “New Big Four” of thrash by The Guardian, one of the UK’s most widely read newspapers, BONDED BY BLOOD’s follow-up to their 2008 debut, FEED THE BEAST, sees the band leading the charge in the new generation of thrash with even tighter riffs and more shredding solos.

The full EXILED TO EARTH track listing is as follows:

01. 600 A.B. (After The Bomb)
02. Episodes Of Aggression
03. Prototype: Death Machine
04. Prison Planet
05. Genetic Encryption
06. Blood Spilled Offerings
07. Exiled To Earth
08. Parasitic Infection
09. Desolate Future
10. Sector 87
11. Cross-Insemination

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RAVAGE COMPLETES MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘GRAPES OF WRATH’ – SCREEN CAPS AVAILABLE

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG

Ravage, the heavy metal band from Boston MA who released their most recent full-length album “The End Of Tomorrow” on Metal Blade Records, has announced the completion of a music video for the song “Grapes Of Wrath”. The video was shot in an industrial area near the band’s home town of Malden, MA and was directed by local movie producer John Koziol – who most recently worked on the action comedy LAWSON: WHITE HEAT. The video’s dramatic story serves as both a commentary on the current state of the American economy and media. Singer Al Ravage commented, “The video has some little surprises and homages to stuff like the early 80’s JUDAS PRIEST videos and David Croneberg movies. It is crazy and outrageous and fun – everything you’d expect from a Ravage video”

The video will debut on the irreverent video game review site s www.dpaddbags.com with a date to be announced soon.

Screen caps from the video are now available on the band’s myspace and facebook sites. They can be viewed at this location http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4871647&fbid=435061997021&id=59130002021&ref=nf#!/album.php?aid=237790&id=59130002021

RAVAGE recently announced a date in support of ROSS THE BOSS in New York City at The Bowery Electric on Sunday September 12th

CONTACT – www.myspace.com/swwr

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UNLEASHED confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL!

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG
70000 TONS OF METAL

70000 TONS OF METAL

70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival made a brief stop in Stockholm, Sweden to greet UNLEASHED, The Chief Vikings of Swedish Death Metal on board!
With 25 out of 40 bands on board they set sail again. Where may thier next port call be…?

The confirmed 25 out of 40 bands are:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Iced Earth
Korpiklaani
Marduk
Moonspell
Obituary
Rage
Raven
Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Unleashed
Uli Jon Roth
Witchburner

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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KAIZEN – New Guitarist

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG

French metal band KAIZEN is glad to announce the official recruitment of a new guitarist, called Clément Delam. He succeeds to Julien Maurel who left the band in November 2009 to pursue other projects.

Clément is working hard with us since last May. Durind this period, we took our time to determine if it could work together. It does. We already know him pretty well for years. You will see him for the first time on stage with Kaizen, December, 4th in Lyon at the Sounds like hell festival. It’s been awhile we’re working in the shadow, but we did not lose our time, writing and pre-producing arond 80 demos. We need to sort out in this vast collection, change parts, re-arrange… We think it’s going to be a bit surprising, we hope so. We also decided to redesign a little bit our myspace page to coincide with the arrival of Clément. Please be indulgent, we’re not professional css coder.

Regards,
Kaizen
http://www.myspace.com/kaizen

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ENSLAVED: TRACK-BY-TRACK COMMENTARY SERIES, PART 1

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

In the first of nine installments, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the songs that will appear on the band’s new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which is scheduled for release in Europe on September 27th and in North America on September 28th.

Kjellson on “Ethica Odini”:

“When I first heard Ivar’s sketches for this song, the first thing that struck me was:  ‘Wow! Master’s Hammer!’  It does not necessarily sound like our old Czech heroes, but the nerve and the atmosphere reminded me of them for some reason straight away.  It has got only three riffs/themes really, and it is perhaps our most repetitive song in 15 years, but still I think there is something really strong and outstanding about it. I enjoyed it instantly and I still do after listening to it 1,018 times!  The title and lyrics of this song are actually something I have had in mind for several years, and they turned out to be very fitting and suitable for this album.  As the title strongly indicates, it deals with the ethics of Odin, at least the way I see them.  The first Latin translation of the Norse poem ‘Haavamaal’ (the tale of Odin in his hall, Haavahall) was actually called ‘Ethica Odini.’  The lyrics are inspired by some of the verses in this poem.  Feel free to find out which ones… heh, heh.”

Bjørnson on “Ethica Odini”:

“This is one of my favorite ENSLAVED album openers so far.  During the making of this album, I felt an urgent need to hear something that made me really react like the albums of the early ‘90s did, when we were a young band.  This really made me aware of how absolutely fearless these bands were – the pioneers of early Death, Black and Extreme Metal.  A band that was a particularly important for me and Grutle were Czech legends Master’s Hammer, and even though it might not be totally obvious, we have put a little nod to them in this song.   I really like the way the vocals contrast each other here;  this first song is really getting out of the speakers to let the listener know that ‘We’ve made some giant steps ahead here, let’s show you!’  Heh, heh.   The clean vocals in the end part is showcasing [keyboard player and clean vocalist] Herbrand’s exquisite nose for melody while the opening shows a snarly Grutle in top form. The structure of the song is quite ‘simple,’ even though the parts themselves hold a lot of complexity and depth. The idea for the intro came from Grutle – we knew it needed to be an intro for both the song and the album.  Not an easy task.  Grutle told me he wanted the intro to contain the sound of a ship creaking against a wooden pier.  I started working on the intro with all kinds of keys and sound on top the creaking ship, but ended up using basically a processed sample of the ship.  It simply fits the concept and the feeling of the album: If the ship is about to leave, arrive, or lie there forever, that is up to the listeners own fantasy.  To me, it is perfect to set up the mood for Axioma Ethica Odini.”

Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details hereContest ends Thursday, September 30th.

Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop is now taking pre-orders for ENSLAVED’s exclusive North American Axioma Ethica Odini pre-order bundle, which includes the new album plus an ENSLAVED t-shirt for $20.00.

ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th and will return to North America in November as the direct support act for DIMMU BORGIR.  All upcoming tour dates are available here.

View the four-part in-studio video series of ENSLAVED members answering fan questions on the making of Axioma Ethica Odini here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

View Metal Hammer’s video interview here where Ivar Bjørnson & Grutle Kjellson shed some insight on the new album artwork by Norwegian artist Truls Espedal.

Visit ENSLAVED online at www.ENSLAVED.no, www.myspace.com/ENSLAVED, www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED, www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial, and twitter.com/ENSLAVEDBAND.

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KAMELOT – Tour Canceled: “we do not feel right about doing the North American tour as anything less than a 100% KAMELOT experience”

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG
Roy Kahn - Kamelot

Roy Kahn - Kamelot

From EnterTheVault.com

Hello , this news of the tour cancellation was very sad to hear. We are working around the clock to refund each and every person the money for the tickets they bought. Not one customer will be overlooked. In line with our terms and conditions of our site , you are guaranteed your money back from us. The tour is cancelled and your money will return. We cannot guarantee how long it will take for your card to show the credits and due to the very high number of ticket orders that need refunding , we are asking for you to give us a few days to get you all refunded but you are guaranteed this refund.

If you purchased your ticket before Jan 1 , 2010 for this concert , we shifted merchant services and therefore may need to issue you a check for your refund. Please email us for a call back. Below is the bands statement published 1 hour ago and thank you for using Enterthevault.com.

From Kamelot:

“As many of you know, [KAMELOT vocalist] Roy [Khan; full name: Roy Sætre Khantatat] has fallen ill and could not make the North American tour.

“We have been rehearsing like madmen here in Tampa — the band is tighter than ever and [previously announced replacement vocalist] Michael [Eriksen] from CIRCUS MAXIMUS is truly an amazing singer; if there is one male vocalist in this world who is on par with Roy, it is Michael! However, after today’s rehearsal, we all decided that we do not feel right about doing the North American tour as anything less than a 100% KAMELOT experience.

“We appreciate that many fans have waited more than two years for new material and to see us perform together.

“Our new album, ‘Poetry for the Poisoned’, represents a labor of love from us, and to present it at anything less than full strength seems a disservice to all involved.

“Though we will suffer financial losses on this late-hour cancellation, we still feel it’s the right decision for us as a band to make.

“We regret disappointing all those who worked so hard to shape this tour, and especially those fans who were still so willing to come through and support us despite Roy’s absence. We are humbled by that type of support, and we sincerely hope that our return in full-form KAMELOT strength will be more reward for your unwavering loyalty!

“We will reschedule all shows in the near future, once Roy is able to return.

“Refunds can be obtained at the point of purchase.

“To thank Michael for his effort, the band will still appear at the sold-out ProgPower [USA] festival, as a one-off show with him and many special guest singers from the festival.

“Again, we want to thank all of you for your amazing support!!

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FORBIDDEN: OMEGA WAVE ARTWORK REVEALED

September 7th, 2010
by EvilG
FORBIDDEN - OMEGA WAVE

FORBIDDEN - OMEGA WAVE

Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN have debuted the artwork to their new studio album, Omega Wave, on their official MySpace page.

FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero checks in about his collaborative process with artist Kent Mathieu, the visual elements that can be found in the album’s artwork, and  his concern for the future of the human race:

“As soon as FORBIDDEN committed to writing a new record, I wondered where Kent Mathieu was.  I’d always felt like Forbidden Evil and Twisted Into Form were pretty iconic album covers… when things like that actually seemed to matter.

“Then, the good people at Nuclear Blast actually located Kent!  I got pretty excited and reached out to him immediately.  He was equally excited to hear from us, too.  The only real direction I gave Kent was to somehow tie the past into the future.  Find a way to make the two skulls [from Forbidden Evil’s artwork] vital again.  He had worked up about 12 sketches all kinds of variously cool stuff.  Out of all of the pictures he sent me, I liked the way one of them was laid out because of it’s simplicity.  After thinking about it for a long while, I had a concept for Kent to work with. The Omega Wave concept. The title wasn’t decided until I had a good idea for the cover. “

“I don’t want to over-explain the actual picture because there is enough symbolism for everyone to interpret everything differently.  That is always a plus, in my book. What I can tell you is that the skull in the center is based upon the crystal skull of Belize.  This skull was found at some of the pyramid ruins in two perfect pieces, jawbone and upper cranium. It was always quite a mystery, but some years later Hewlett Packard scientists did extensive tests on the skull and found many anomalies.

“One of them was that there is no way, even with our most modern technology, that we could cut into the crystal the way this skull was formed.  It would shatter with any instrument we have available, even today. Another thing was the fact that no matter what temperature the skull was placed in, the skull’s temperature would stay almost exactly the same.  Scientists even believe the skull holds information that they could not tap into, like a giant computer chip with an impenetrable code.

“So I got to thinking: Does this skull – and the other ones found throughout the most ancient places on Earth – hold something that we would need to know to possibly save ourselves? This is not an entirely new concept, but it hit me pretty hard.  What could we learn about ourselves that may save us at this all-important juncture for the human race?

“It seems as if we’ve reached our Omega stage as a civilization.  Meaning, we as people seem to be in a hurry to reach some sort of ending… possibly all self-manifested by accepting some sort of pre-determined fate.  Or possibly just pawns in a game that was played out before and will be repeated again and again in other times and dimensions.  So Omega Wave is part science fact and part from my imagination.

“Kent Mathieu is a artistic genius who created something that respects this concept, as well as FORBIDDEN’s past, present and future!  All of this with one very strong hand-painted picture.  That’s right, no computer manipulation whatsoever.  Something else we can all be proud of!  We hope you approve.”

Omega Wave, FORBIDDEN’s fifth studio album after a 13-year recording hiatus, will be released in Europe on October 22nd and on October 26th in North America.  It was recorded at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California, produced by FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero with Tim Narducci, and mixed by Sean Beavan (Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails).

FORBIDDEN 2010 features Russ Anderson on vocals, Craig Locicero on guitar, Steve Smyth on guitar, Matt Camacho on bass and Mark Hernandez on drums.

Read all the studio blog entries on the making of Omega Wave here.  Song titles on Omega Wave include:

  • Alpha Century
  • Forsaken At The Gates
  • Swine
  • Immortal Wounds
  • Hopenosis
  • Adapt Or Die
  • Inhuman Race
  • Behind The Mask
  • Dragging My Casket
  • Overthrow
  • Omega Wave

FORBIDDEN are confirmed for January 2011’s 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise and will tour the U.S. this November supporting Overkill with Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood.

FORBIDDEN will go on to headline their own tour with Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood from November 22nd – December 11th.  VIP tickets for pre-show Meet & Greet sessions with the band are now on sale at EnterTheVault.com.  VIP ticket buyers will also receive a customized poster signed by the band.

Hear two FORBIDDEN demo tracks, “Adapt Or Die” and “Hopenosis,” and the entire Green album at www.myspace.com/FORBIDDENOFFICIAL.

FORBIDDEN is also available online at www.facebook.com/FORBIDDENOFFICIAL and twitter.com/ForbiddenMetal.

FORBIDDEN: OMEGA WAVE ARTWORK REVEALED

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Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN have debuted the artwork to their new studio album, Omega Wave, on their official MySpace page.

FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero checks in about his collaborative process with artist Kent Mathieu, the visual elements that can be found in the album’s artwork, and  his concern for the future of the human race:

“As soon as FORBIDDEN committed to writing a new record, I wondered where Kent Mathieu was.  I’d always felt like Forbidden Evil and Twisted Into Form were pretty iconic album covers… when things like that actually seemed to matter.

“Then, the good people at Nuclear Blast actually located Kent!  I got pretty excited and reached out to him immediately.  He was equally excited to hear from us, too.  The only real direction I gave Kent was to somehow tie the past into the future.  Find a way to make the two skulls [from Forbidden Evil’s artwork] vital again.  He had worked up about 12 sketches all kinds of variously cool stuff.  Out of all of the pictures he sent me, I liked the way one of them was laid out because of it’s simplicity.  After thinking about it for a long while, I had a concept for Kent to work with. The Omega Wave concept. The title wasn’t decided until I had a good idea for the cover. “

“I don’t want to over-explain the actual picture because there is enough symbolism for everyone to interpret everything differently.  That is always a plus, in my book. What I can tell you is that the skull in the center is based upon the crystal skull of Belize.  This skull was found at some of the pyramid ruins in two perfect pieces, jawbone and upper cranium. It was always quite a mystery, but some years later Hewlett Packard scientists did extensive tests on the skull and found many anomalies.

“One of them was that there is no way, even with our most modern technology, that we could cut into the crystal the way this skull was formed.  It would shatter with any instrument we have available, even today. Another thing was the fact that no matter what temperature the skull was placed in, the skull’s temperature would stay almost exactly the same.  Scientists even believe the skull holds information that they could not tap into, like a giant computer chip with an impenetrable code.

“So I got to thinking: Does this skull – and the other ones found throughout the most ancient places on Earth – hold something that we would need to know to possibly save ourselves? This is not an entirely new concept, but it hit me pretty hard.  What could we learn about ourselves that may save us at this all-important juncture for the human race?

“It seems as if we’ve reached our Omega stage as a civilization.  Meaning, we as people seem to be in a hurry to reach some sort of ending… possibly all self-manifested by accepting some sort of pre-determined fate.  Or possibly just pawns in a game that was played out before and will be repeated again and again in other times and dimensions.  So Omega Wave is part science fact and part from my imagination.

“Kent Mathieu is a artistic genius who created something that respects this concept, as well as FORBIDDEN’s past, present and future!  All of this with one very strong hand-painted picture.  That’s right, no computer manipulation whatsoever.  Something else we can all be proud of!  We hope you approve.”

Omega Wave, FORBIDDEN’s fifth studio album after a 13-year recording hiatus, will be released in Europe on October 22nd and on October 26th in North America. It was recorded at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California, produced by FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero with Tim Narducci, and mixed by Sean Beavan (Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails).

FORBIDDEN 2010 features Russ Anderson on vocals, Craig Locicero on guitar, Steve Smyth on guitar, Matt Camacho on bass and Mark Hernandez on drums.

Read all the studio blog entries on the making of Omega Wave here. Song titles on Omega Wave include:

· Alpha Century

· Forsaken At The Gates

· Swine

· Immortal Wounds

· Hopenosis

· Adapt Or Die

· Inhuman Race

· Behind The Mask

· Dragging My Casket

· Overthrow

· Omega Wave

FORBIDDEN are confirmed for January 2011’s 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise and will tour the U.S. this November supporting Overkill with Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood.

FORBIDDEN will go on to headline their own tour with Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood from November 22nd – December 11th.  VIP tickets for pre-show Meet & Greet sessions with the band are now on sale at EnterTheVault.com.  VIP ticket buyers will also receive a customized poster signed by the band.

Hear two FORBIDDEN demo tracks, “Adapt Or Die” and “Hopenosis,” and the entire Green album at www.myspace.com/FORBIDDENOFFICIAL.

FORBIDDEN is also available online at www.facebook.com/FORBIDDENOFFICIAL and twitter.com/ForbiddenMetal.

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FORBIDDEN: OMEGA WAVE COVER ARTWORK REVEALED

September 7th, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen
Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN have debuted the artwork to their new studio album, Omega Wave, on their official MySpace page.
FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero checks in about his collaborative process with artist Kent Mathieu, the visual elements that can be found in the album’s artwork, and  his concern for the future of the human race:
“As soon as FORBIDDEN committed to writing a new record, I wondered where Kent Mathieu was.  I’d always felt like Forbidden Evil and Twisted Into Form were pretty iconic album covers… when things like that actually seemed to matter.
“Then, the good people at Nuclear Blast actually located Kent!  I got pretty excited and reached out to him immediately.  He was equally excited to hear from us, too.  The only real direction I gave Kent was to somehow tie the past into the future.  Find a way to make the two skulls [from Forbidden Evil’s artwork] vital again.  He had worked up about 12 sketches all kinds of variously cool stuff.  Out of all of the pictures he sent me, I liked the way one of them was laid out because of it’s simplicity.  After thinking about it for a long while, I had a concept for Kent to work with. The Omega Wave concept. The title wasn’t decided until I had a good idea for the cover. “
“I don’t want to over-explain the actual picture because there is enough symbolism for everyone to interpret everything differently.  That is always a plus, in my book. What I can tell you is that the skull in the center is based upon the crystal skull of Belize.  This skull was found at some of the pyramid ruins in two perfect pieces, jawbone and upper cranium. It was always quite a mystery, but some years later Hewlett Packard scientists did extensive tests on the skull and found many anomalies.
“One of them was that there is no way, even with our most modern technology, that we could cut into the crystal the way this skull was formed.  It would shatter with any instrument we have available, even today. Another thing was the fact that no matter what temperature the skull was placed in, the skull’s temperature would stay almost exactly the same.  Scientists even believe the skull holds information that they could not tap into, like a giant computer chip with an impenetrable code.
“So I got to thinking: Does this skull – and the other ones found throughout the most ancient places on Earth – hold something that we would need to know to possibly save ourselves? This is not an entirely new concept, but it hit me pretty hard.  What could we learn about ourselves that may save us at this all-important juncture for the human race?
“It seems as if we’ve reached our Omega stage as a civilization.  Meaning, we as people seem to be in a hurry to reach some sort of ending… possibly all self-manifested by accepting some sort of pre-determined fate.  Or possibly just pawns in a game that was played out before and will be repeated again and again in other times and dimensions.  So Omega Wave is part science fact and part from my imagination.
“Kent Mathieu is a artistic genius who created something that respects this concept, as well as FORBIDDEN’s past, present and future!  All of this with one very strong hand-painted picture.  That’s right, no computer manipulation whatsoever.  Something else we can all be proud of!  We hope you approve.”

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THE IRON MAIDENS

September 6th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Interview conducted by Robert Williams

 The all female tribute act The Iron Maidens recently embarked on a tour of the Lone Star State dubbed "Be Quick Or Be Dead: Texas Tour 2010" with playful nicknames like Bruce Chickinson, Nikki McBurrain and Steph Harris; the adulation and devotion that these ladies display for the British Heavy Metal legends Iron Maiden is apparent in everything from their stage gear to their intense live performances. The five piece of Maidens recently took the time to visit with Metal-Rules.com to fill us in a little about the group’s history, their current touring plans, as well as the pending "Live In Japan" DVD release.

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