Christofer Johnsson, the creative mastermind behind Sweden’s genre-defying THERION, has issued the following statement about session/touring vocalist Snowy Shaw:
“We are very happy to announce that Snowy has rejoined THERION. We welcomed him back with open arms, and we will now be making a mix between the new show we had planned and the last one which involved Snowy. We think the merger between the two concepts will be incredible, and we look forward to taking the band’s live performance to the next level.”
In May 2009, Johnsson announced that vocalist Thomas Vikström (ex-CANDLEMASS) had official permanent member status. Johnsson recently recruited Christian Vidal (ex-The Road Vultures, ex-Cuero) from Argentina as the band’s new guitarist, who had his live debut with THERION on June 4, 2010 in Mexico City. Comprising THERION’s new rhythm section are Johan Koleberg (Animal, Zan Clan, Lion’s Share) on drums and Nalle “Grizzly” Påhlsson (Treat, Zan Clan, Vindictiv) on bass, who is currently on leave.
The artwork to the new THERION album, Sitra Ahra, is posted on the band’s homepage & MySpace page. Mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, Sitra Ahra will be available in North America on October 26th.
The track listing is as follows:
01. Sitra Ahra
02. Kings Of Edom
03. Unguentum Sabbati
04. Land Of Canaan
07. Cu Chulain
08. Kali Yoga III
09. The Shells Are Open
11. After The Inquisition: Children
View THERION tour dates here (Mozilla Firefox browser).
Amorphis bassist Niclas Etelavuori has provided an ear shattering bass
track for a song on the new Hexfire album! The recording session took
place in Finland.
Jacob Liszko says: “Having a guest bass track on our album from such a
legendary bassist is a real honor for us! We’re so proud. I do like
Niclas’ style and what he has done with the song. The bass track is
amazing. It’s so powerful, melodic and sounds very metal! That is what
we needed exactly. I must say a big THANK YOU to you, Niclas! You’re a
As previously reported, the other session & guest musicians on the new
Hexfire album are Jonno Lodge (Biomechanical, ex- Paul Di’Anno), Alex
Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire, Avantasia), Diego ‘Grom’ Meraviglia
(formerly Ancient, Doomsword), Kasper Gram (Manticora), Martin Arendal
(Manticora, Wuthering Heights), Kristian Larsen (Manticora) and
Kel’Thuz (Spiritual Demise, Kelthuzzar, Sorcerer).
For more info visit: www.myspace.com/hexfireofficial
A Rock-n-Roll Vampire Comedy Featuring Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Moby, Alex Lifeson and Alice Cooper
Hollywood, CA (August 25, 2010) D&E Entertainment in association with Entertainment One, Capri Films and Joker Films proudly announce the rock-n-roll vampire comedy ‘SUCK: THE MOVIE’ will receive its U.S. Digital Cinema theatrical campaign starting on September 2.
The film follows a down and out band, ironically known as The Winners, that are desperately seeking a record deal and will do anything to make it big. After a life-changing encounter with a vampire, they rocket to stardom only to discover that fame and fortune are not all they are cracked up to be.
After its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, “SUCK” made its U.S. debut at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin and also played the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival earlier this year. Rolling Stone said the film “has the potential to become a cult classic,” and MTV.com called it “‘Twilight’ meets ‘True Blood’ with a dash of ‘Rock Star’.” “SUCK” is directed by Canadian Rob Stefaniuk (“Phil the Alien”), who also stars along with Jessica Paré (“Hot Tub Time Machine”), Malcolm McDowell (“The Book of Eli”) and Dave Foley (“The Kids in the Hall”) as well as some the music industry’s biggest names including Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Moby, Alex Lifeson, Carole Pope and Alice Cooper. Dimitri Coats of the band Burning Brides portrays the film’s villainous vampire Queenie.
“SUCK: THE MOVIE” is theatrically distributed and marketed in the United States by D&E Entertainment (www.DandEentertainment.com) in association with the film’s U.S. distributor Entertainment One and will premiere for a special run in over 100 digital cinemas starting September 2. Participating theatres include: AMC, Carmike, Celebration Cinemas, Dipson, Lee Neighborhood, Mann, Marcus, Clearview, Wehrenberg, Bow Tie, Rave, Studio Movie Grill, Cleveland Cinemas, Allen Theatres, Harkins, Alamo Drafthouse, Regent Theatre, The Michigan Theatre, Cinema West, Spectrum 8, The Movie Experience, Cinema Café, and Showplace East Cinemas.
Lithuanian metal music festival Devilstone Open Air 2010, which has taken place in a little town of Anyksciai on July 16-18, has gained a serious criticism from the religious community. The Prosecution Service is pre-investigating, if the festival has not provoked religious disunion.
The festival has been highly acclaimed by its target fans and wider society, except for the part of religious community of the town. Recently a group of local Catholics and the Dean of the local church publicly expressed their opponent attitude towards the festival. They initiated a pre-trial investigation accusing the festival and / or the festival’s band MAYHEM of provoking religious disunion.
Local Catholics and the Dean declare their religious feelings have been insulted as they witnessed the photos of the band’s performance where the front-man wore something similar to cassock, had an inverted cross, bloody mask and a gallows loop.
The Dean applied to the Ministry of Justice which in turn forwarded the case back to the local Prosecution Service of Anyksciai. The pre-trial investigation is in the process and the organizers of the festival are scheduled to express their statement next week.
In the meanwhile such unprecedented case has been highlighted by Lithuanian media and is being hastily discussed by the society. The majority express their negative reaction to the initiators of the case, comparing the present situation with the middle ages. On the contrary, a part defends the Dean and the religious community, stating that the festival and its content are harmful for peoples’ moral.
The organizer of the festival, ALT events, justify the festival, the band and the festival’s nature, as the aim of it is not to provoke disunity among religious, national, racial, ethnic or any other groups of people. The organizer stands for the viewpoint that even the most extreme and radical shows on stage should be considered as art of performance; the freedom of artistic expression should not be restrained, was it black metal music or a piece of contemporary art.
It is expected that such unwanted confrontation between the festival and religious institution would not determine the end of festival’s existence. The relation with local authorities of the church has been complicated since the debut of the festival in 2009, when the Dean aimed to ban the festival for its title “Devilstone” and for its last year’s headliner SEPULTURA, which, according to the Dean, was a Satan band.
Devilstone Open Air occurred for the second time this year in Anyksciai, was headlined by Norwegians MAYHEM, Swedes GRAVE and Germans TANKARD, featured by 15 more bands from all over Europe, and held an audience of about 1500 people.
BEHEMOTH leader Nergal has just found out he needs a marrow transplant to fight the sickness he has recently been diagnosed with (leukemia). In light of this he wants to remind everyone about the need to be on the marrow registry. The more people get tested and donate, the more of a chance for life there is for him and people in the same situation.
BEHEMOTH and Metal Blade would like to thank everyone for their support and well wishes during this difficult time. The best thing we can all do right now is learn about the marrow donation process, not only help save one of metal’s leaders, but to also help save countless others out there struggling with the same disease.
To learn more about how you can register to donate marrow check out:
Music Saves Lives is the bridge between music, entertainment and important life-saving causes. We bring a simple concept; connect the music and entertainment, we all love, to a life saving community action. MSL has focused efforts on blood donation and the marrow registry, reaching out by sharing facts, educating and empowering. We educate about the importance of simple life saving actions they can participate in. These simple actions, like donating blood, running a blood drive, and registering for the marrow program to save those with leukemia, all connect back to the community. http://www.behemoth.pl
It’s time to do the Toxic Waltz as Los Angeles thrash titans RATTLEHEAD unleashes a new modern day, speed metal trashterpiece, Tales From The Gutter. The self-financed, independently released disc is available now on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/album/tales-from-the-gutter/id383244612, so be sure to head over now to purchase. You can also check out the vicious new track, “Just Stay Down,” now on their MySpace page. www.myspace.com/rattlehead
RATTLEHEAD has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to present an exclusive video documenting some touring antics and stellar performance from their hometown show at The Whisky in LA earlier this summer. Click on the link below to check it out now.
Nick Baranov (vocals, guitars) states: “Hey guys, we just got back from the road a few days ago, and one thing is for sure – this was one hell of a road trip! From the belligerent hundreds of people in cities like Boise, Chicago, and Worcester, to the never-ending bar tabs, house parties, and all sorts of trouble we’ve caused in the past 35 days. We hope everyone that came out to see us had as much fun as us, because we definitely won’t forget the ‘Thrashed and Detoured 2010 Tour’ (if we can even remember some parts, that is!).
“We hope everyone has been keeping in touch via our Rattlehead YouTube channel and our Tour Blog Updates, and if you haven’t – go check em out now! We tried to catch as much awesome footage as possible, but you can imagine how tough that might be, when you’re haulin ass on a DIY nationwide tour with sometimes as many as 10 shows in a row without rest. Nevertheless, we will keep compiling footage of us and our friends and fans on the road, in the many amazing cities and stops we hit this summer.
“Special thanks go out to our good friends HexeN, who joined us on this incredible journey! Also thanks to all the great promoters and booking agents who helped make this tour possible, all the local bands in the dozens of cities around the country who stick to their guns and thrash like maniacs. Thanks to local law enforcements for somehow letting us get away with the most ridiculous shit, as well as any liquor bottling or beer brewing company, for forcing us to do the most ridiculous shit. I guess in the end, it makes for a good story! Next time we’re in your neck of the woods – the drinks are on us.
“Stay tuned, as we get ready to get out on the road as soon as possible. Be sure to stay tuned to our MySpace, Facebook and Twitter for updates, and join the party! We shall see you soon.”
For this brand new, 10 track studio effort, RATTLEHEAD teamed up with renowned producer John Ugarte with assistant production help from their good friend Sam Totman of DragonForce (Roadrunner Records). The guitars are razor sharp and precise, but still manage to sound full within the mix. The crisp and clear drums with a thundering underlying bass line fill the atmosphere. They focused heavily on the vocal aspects of the album, experimenting with new techniques, ultimately ending up with what is by far their best vocal performance on record to date. As a final touch, the album features incredible solo guitar work by lead guitarist Francis Ausley, as well as a guest solo by Jeff Potts of Mantic Ritual (Nuclear Blast Records).
RATTLEHEAD are influenced by classic acts such as Testament, Slayer, Metallica and Exodus but focus more on adding unique, fresh aspects, more melodic passages and sing along choruses. This style will quickly set them clearly apart from the rest of today’s “new wave of thrash metal” and open up a wide array of audiences worldwide.
Montreal based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM recently wrapped up their first ever run of Ozzfest tour dates! Vocalist Maurizio Iacono recently commented on the bands experience playing the U.S.’ biggest traveling metal festival:
“We didn’t know what to expect going into Ozzfest . Already being invited was an amazing moment for us but we did our thing and it was monstrous! Kids were going crazy and we couldn’t have been more happy. I don’t know why it took over 15 years for someone to give us a real chance here but I want to give a big thank you to John Fenton, Sharon Osborne and everyone from Ozzfest camp for this opportunity. We stood strong and made loads of new fans! Now we’re going to continue on our quest across the US with DEVILDRIVER and KITTIE for the next three weeks. Hope to see all you fuckers out there! Heaven’s Venom just came out yesterday in America so go get it and come check us out live. The new tracks are shredding!”
A little reminder from the previous press release:
Finland’s best kept secret when talking about intense balls-to-the-wall metal-massacre, ID: Exorcist released it’s new full-lenght album Under a Ton Of Ice in July 2010.
Under a Ton Of Ice presents ID: Exorcist more darker, mature and aggressive than on their previous works. Mix up Sentenced’s chilling melancholy with american-stylish bonebraker riffs á la Sepultura and Machine Head, and there you have it! The album is produced, engineerd and mixed by the band itself, mainman of the process being guitarist Sami Hauru.
All the songs from band’s previous album, Imperiumi.net’s “Album of the week” Flatline are now available at ID: Exorcist myspace www.myspace.com/idexorcist
Diabolical Conquest founder Kunal N. Choksi comments, “Most death metal bands today either shamelessly rip-off old school bands or contribute to brutal redundancy. Having promoted Preludium on our webzine before and being aware of their style, I am pleased to be in a position to sign a band that does neither; Preludium play black metal-tinged fast, raw and vicious death metal with an imperial air. I believe this decade old band has great potential and I wish to give them the support and promotion that they deserve.”
Preludium guitarist and vocalist Łukasz Dziamarski adds, “We’re very proud of the fact that we joined Diabolical Conquest Records. Thanks to Diabolical Conquest’s broad experience in promoting bands around the world, we believe that our third album will reach a wider audience. We have great hopes for our partnership.”
Preludium’s third full length album is called ‘Impending Hostility‘ and will be released worldwide through Diabolical Conquest Records. More information about the album will be revealed soon.
Fresh off their massively successful appearance at last weekend’s Best Friends Day in their hometown of Richmond, VA, MUNICIPAL WASTE are already looking forward to another big event happening November 5-7 in Austin, TX. The 5th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest at Waterloo Park is one of the biggest, most diverse music festivals in all the world, featuring a virtual who’s who of longtime and underground musical favorites. MUNICIPAL WASTE is proud to be playing among them and holding their own. Drummer Dave Witte says;
“Devo, Suicidal, GWAR, Mastodon! Right there makes me so excited to play FFF Fest. We’ve played this fest a few times already and we are always treated so well. The combo of ethic and bands invited is almost unmatchable for me, for real. There’s something for everyone and it’s the closest thing in the states to a well done euro fest. Can’t wait, and oh yeah, Weird AL. When the hell do you get to play with him?”
Oct 29 – The Fest – Gainesville, FL
Nov 5-7 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Waterloo Park – Austin, TX
Taken from the band’s most recent album, MASSIVE AGGRESSIVE, the new music video for “Acid Sentence” centers around a serial killer who bathes his victims in acid. Shot in the style of a classic black and white horror film, video offers all of the aggression and fierce gore that fans have come to love about MUNICIPAL WASTE and FANGORIA.
“Acid Sentence” was directed by David McKendry. To give the fans an extra dose of terrifying bloody gore, David also recruited the effects talents at Dapper Cadaver, whose fine gore craftsmanship has graced TV shows like BONES and DEXTER. All of their hard effort has paid off in a video that stands alone as a pure piece of memorable horror.
Metal Blade Records set to release OSI’s 2003 release OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE this September!
On September 28, 2010 Metal Blade Records will be releasing the re-issue of super group OSI’s self-titled 2003 release OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE. The album was album, which was recorded in June 2002 and mixed in August 2002 at the Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Connecticut, will contain the following tracks and a Multimedia section:
OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE track listing:
1. The New Math (what he said)
3. When You’re Ready
4. Horseshoes and B-52’s
6. Hello, Helicopter!
8. Dirt from a Holy Place
9. Memory Daydreams Lapses
10. Standby (looks like rain)
*Limited Edition (CD above + extra CD with 3 more tracks and 3 videos)
1. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (08:49)
2. New Mama (02:22)
3. The Thing That Never Was (17:21)
*Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun is a Pink Floyd cover performed by Kevin Moore and Mike Portnoy. New Mama is a Neil Young cover performed by Kevin Moore. The Thing That Never Was is the original Looks Like Rain demo performed by Jim Matheos and Mike Portnoy.
The Multimedia section is approximately 19 minutes long and includes a concept piece directed and edited by Kevin Moore for Horseshoes and B-52’s as well as two separate documentary style clips shot at Carriage House Studios during the recording of the album.
OSI (Office of Strategic Influence) is an American progressive experimental super-group formed by Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos back in 2003 and features the talents of Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, Dream Theater). The band’s name refers to the short-lived US government agency Office of Strategic Influence which was established shortly after 9/11 to manufacture and promote pro-US propaganda in domestic and foreign media. OSI inked a deal with Metal Blade Records back in May and is currently working on their fourth album and Metal Blade debut, which will be out in 2011. The band gained a strong underground following through the release of their 3 full-length records and an EP. Their 2009 album, Blood and includes guests Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) and Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth). Past participants include Mike Portnoy on the first two albums, Sean Malone and Steven Wilson on the debut, and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) on Free.
OSI’s music can’t easily be pigeonholed and is a completely different animal when compared to its founders’ other projects. The music is a combination of dark rock chorus’ with atmospheric, often industrial keys and is an eclectic mix of both Moore’s and Matheos’ influences.
Pomona, California thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD recently shot a new music video for the track “Prototype: Death Machine”, which comes off the band’s new album, EXILED TO EARTH.
The video for “Prototype: Death Machine” was filmed with director DAVE VORHES, and sees BONDED BY BLOOD gearing up as a group of rebels as they fight to reclaim planet Earth from the clutches of an evil alien race called The Crong.
Check out the awesome new video, complete with lasers, explosions and the Death Machine himself:
EXILED TO EARTH is due to be released in the UK on September 6th and is available on limited edition CD with a free mission patch, plus a collector’s edition comic strip signed by the whole band. Pre-order your copy now while supplies last at http://www.townsend-records.co.uk/Bonded+By+Blood
Metal Mind Productions presents a re-release of “Sore”, the second album by one of the most unique and overlooked bands of the US underground – Buzzoven.
Buzzoven (also known as Buzzov•en) was a sludge metal band from North Carolina, formed in 1989 by the remaining members of Sewer Puppet. The band was known for being one of the founders of the sludge genre (right after Eyehategod), and also for their out-of-control and violent live shows. The band in its early days toured heavily around the United States and built up a cult following leading up to the release of their debut 1993 album, “To a Frown”. The album caught the attention of more prominent Roadrunner Records, who decided to release the band’s second album “Sore” in 1994. Yet instead of garnering the type of recognition as some of their label mates (Sepultura or Fear Factory, for example), Buzzov-en remained very much a cult band, continuing to tour heavily but ultimately disintegrating before they could issue a follow-up.
The bands second release “Sore” is a sonic assault to all senses, a devastating punch in the face of brutality and complete hatred towards human kind. It is highly recommended for fans of bands like EyeHateGod and mid-era Neurosis. The new digipak edition of “Sore” includes a bonus CD containing 4 additional tracks. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Limited to 2000 copies. Metal Mind Productions set up the release date for 4th October in Europe and 5th October in USA (via MVD).
“Sore” (remastered + bonus tracks)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1366 DGD
Format: 2CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Live Evil Festival 2010 takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October at The Underworld in Camden. All of the festival’s band selections relate to Fenriz cult ‘Band of the Week’Darkthrone MySpace blog.
Live Evil is a 100% true metal festival, inspired by Darkthrone’s Fenriz and his passion for the metal scene. Using only Fenriz’s selections, Live Evil thus handpicks the truest cutting edge black metal, thrash, speed, death, heavy metal, metal punk and doom for two days of no-bullshit, real metal carnage and other denim and leather treats.
Recent additions to the line-up include the new Rise Above signing, Swedish masters of occult metal Ghost, Finnish doom legends Hooded Menace (who are forming a live band to play the festival) the respected Norwegian blackened thrash act Nekromantheon, Brazilian black/death metal legends Vulcano and Saturday’s headliners will be re-invigorated NWOBHM legends Angel Witch.
£30 weekend and £20 day tickets are available now here