Texas-based, mythological occult metal band, ABSU will join the mighty Immortal on their return to the US for six shows early next year. The dates, announced yesterday, will mark the first live performances for ABSU since the Scion Rock Fest in March of this year; the band completing two headline tours in 2009 to support the release of their sixth studio album, titled Absu.
Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor notes, “We feel extremely privileged to have been invited to participate on Immortal’s All Shall Fall US tour in February 2011. Even though it is only a six-date tour, it’s a colossal one for ABSU to be performing with our former label mates of many years. We had the opportunity to share the stage with Immortal over eight years ago and this will be a very good experience for us.”
ABSU came to international prominence with the release of their debut album, Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L in 1993. After several highly acclaimed albums, the band went on hiatus after the release of their 2001 album, Tara. In 2007, the band announced their return, and released Absu in late February 2009. “Absu is the sound incarnate of a band making the underground amazing again,” said Terrorizer. Kerrang! affirms, “Absu is an album that stuns on impact alone…. absolutely devastating.”
These upcoming performances will mark the first time that ABSU will appear live as a trio. Proscriptor comments, “I am here to announce that guitarist Aethyris McKay has decided to quit ABSU and has recently relocated to Oslo , Norway to join Pantheon I. Working with Aethyris for the past three years has been a prosperous experience and I have the utmost respect for him as my comrade and a superlative musician. He assisted me in resurrecting the band from its hiatus stage and I truly thank him for helping me recast the spell of “mythological occult metal.”
Immortal w/ ABSU U.S. Tour:
2/19/2011 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
2/20/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
2/21/2011 Mr. Small’s Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
2/22/2011 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
2/24/2011 The Summit Theatre – Denver, CO
2/26/2011 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
After completion of the dates with Immortal, ABSU will enter the studio to begin recording their new album, titled Abzu. The recording will be the second of a three-part series. Proscriptor reveals, “this recording will feature our signature sound in maniacal fashion. Now, we’re appending dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion characteristics. Lyrically, it will descend deeper into Enki’s lower world as well the Enochian Magic(k) System. I can tell you this album will definitely not be a “natural progression” from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness.”
Projected track listing of Abzu (in no particular order) is: “Circles Of The Oath,” “A Song For Ea,” “Skrying In The Spirit Vision,” “The Waters – The Denizens,” “Warren Of Imhullu,” “Earth Ripper,” “Ontologically, It Became Time & Space,” “Vita Janua Mortis.”
Costa Rica-based melodic extreme metal band SIGHT OF EMPTINESS will support OBITUARY on Nov 23rd at @ Peppers Club in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Commented SIGHT OF EMPTINESS singer Eduardo Chacón: “Playing with OBITUARY in our home country makes me feel so happy, because John Tardy was one of the first death metal singers who really impressed me when I was a little kid, his style is unique and that did motivate me back in the day to start trying out different techniques. Plus, Ralph Santolla is coming with them, so it can’t go wrong, he adds his own signature and awesome shredding skills.”
This will not be the first time SIGHT OF EMPTINESS was chosen to be the opening act for an international act in Costa Rica. They were previously handpicked by MEGADETH, AMON AMARTH and DARK TRANQUILLITY to open their shows in the country. In addition, they shared stages with such bands as LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT,FIREWIND and SABBAT (featuring Andy Sneap, producer of the latest MEGADETH album, “Endgame”).
“Burning Silence”, the new video from Costa Rica-based melodic extreme metal band SIGHT OF EMPTINESS, can be viewed below. The clip was filmed on May 9, 2010 when SIGHT OF EMPTINESS supported MEGADETH in front of 15,000 metalheads at Autodromo La Guacima in San Jose, Costa Rica.
SIGHT OF EMPTINESS is:
Rafa Castro (Lead Guitar)
Rod Chaverri (Drums)
Eduardo Chacón (Vocals)
Gabriel Arias (Guitar)
Steban Monestel (Bass, Backing Vocals)
“Absolution of Humanity” track listing:
01. Predictable Tragedy
03. Faceless Dream
04. Witness of your Murder
05. Funeral March
06. The Art of Suffering
07. Judge me today…Die Tomorrow
08. Absolution of Humanity
09. Burning Silence
This Friday night, 11/19/2010, from 8-9:30 PM EST, All Hail Hair will welcome Marcie Free, former lead vocalist of King Kobra and currently of Unruly Child, to the show. Co-hosted by Bob Carroll, Francis and special co-host, Diopriest Radio’s Alex Alvarez, the guys will speak to Marcie Free about her time with groups like King Kobra, Signal and the last 20 years with Unruly Child. To talk with Marcie, dial (347) 202-0832 or log onto the Skype option located on the top of the shows page.
Marcie Free and Unruly Child have just recently released their fifth studio album “Worlds Collide” on Frontiers Records. The release features the original line-up of Unruly Child to include Bruce Gowdy, Guy Allison, Marcie Free, Jay Schellen and Larry Antonio, together for the first time in years. We will uncover all of the history of the bands that Marcie has been a part of, what will be happening with Unruly Child in support of the latest release and what lies ahead for Unruly Child. Don’t miss your chance to hear from one of the most definitive voices from the 1980-90’s.
All Hail Hair is broadcast live every Friday night at 8PM EST on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network page on blogtalkradio.com, and is the networks highest rated show. The show will also be available as an archive on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network main page. To take part in the show, dial (347) 202-0832. To hear the show, click here.
MetalSucks contributor Leyla Ford recently spoke with PENTAGRAM frontman Bobby Liebling. Liebling shared some news about the band’s forthcoming album, as well as what he’s been up to nowadays:
ON THE NEW ALBUM:
You’re off to record the Last Ritesalbum soon, I believe?
I leave Wednesday morning and we start recording the album this coming Sunday night [November 21].
I’m sure you’re pretty excited about it. Can you tell me a bit about the new record?
Actually, the songs on Last Ritesare predominantly, I’d say two-thirds [of them are] songs I wrote in 1970, and if you’re familiar with any Pentagram stuff at all… you know each album is usually a sixty-forty split. Sixty percent is stuff that I did in the early ‘70s, and forty percent is collaborations and new stuff. The upcoming album is slated to have thirteen songs, but we don’t know if we’re going to be able to record all of them. We’re going to try to get it all in. It’s going to be a shorter album, but it’ll be part of a double-disc set with an hour-long live DVD from last year’s Maryland Deathfest.
Is there a definite release date for it?
No, not a definite date, but it’s scheduled to be released in early April. I was told by my superiors [laughs], as it were, that I shouldn’t talk about the record label, but I will say that we’ve got a multi-album deal and it’s with a significant, well, let’s say the largest label I’ve ever been on.
That’s great, congratulations!
Thank you, it’s been long enough coming. 2011 marks Pentagram’s fortieth anniversary.
Wow, that’s a good, long run. Hopefully with many more years to come.
We’ll see! That’s why I’m calling it Last Rites, just in case! But there are four songs that are brand-new, and the other nine consist of several I wrote on my own, and a few I wrote with my original drummer, Geof O’Keefe. Those are the ones scheduled to be on there. But one of the old ones might go, as well as a new one. We’re doing a cram course, you might call it. All the other Pentagram albums that have been done were recorded over a three-month period. This album is going to be done in three weeks. We’re rehearsing it five days, that’s it, and these songs have never been played by anyone in the band [currently].
ON HIS LIFE THESE DAYS:
My life has changed in a great deal of ways. I met my wife, and the last three years I’ve had a very, very different life. I’ve been clean for the first time after forty years of drug addiction — that’s a long, long time. Now I have a baby, and a house, and a dog, and a picket fence and backyard and all that stuff! Being straight is a really new awakening for me, and it’s really fantastic. And some people might think it’s corny, but I just tribute it to the guy upstairs nowadays. Pentagram was never a “Satan” band like people think it was, it was always just giving you the layout, like the album says, of your choices, because you have to make a choice, and there are two ways you can go. The songs were sort of like warning,s and people mistook those for us being black metal and all that kind of stuff. Then came the eras of the death metal and black metal bands, a lot of them were influenced [by us] supposedly, and they tell me on tours and stuff, but, you know…
To read the full interview, visit:http://www.metalsucks.net/2010/11/17/pentagrams-bobby-liebling-the-metalsucks-interview/
Within Temptation are currently in the studio finalizing their long awaited fifth studio album with producer Daniel Gibson. Titled “The Unforgiving”, this is the band’s first concept album and is based on a comic book story written by script writer Steven O’Connell (BloodRayne & Dark 48).
The album is set for release in March 2011, via Sony Music to coincide with the band’s European tour.
Within Temptation guitarist Robert Westerholt comments, “On this album, we’ve taken a totally different approach. Each song on “The Unforgiving” was written along Steven’s narrative. The main characters of the comic are reflecting the characters of our songs. The concept pushed us and gave inspiration to come up with a new approach in our sound. It resulted in writing our best songs so far.
Renowned for their visual presentation, Within Temptation have asked comic artist Romano Molenaar (Witchblade,Darkness and X-men) to draw the characters and scenery of “The Unforgiving”.
Sharon den Adel, Within Temptation’s stunning vocalist, continues, “We have been big comic fans since our childhood. With this album we felt the time was there to take a new step in our creative development, take it further and broaden our horizon. Next to the concept form of the album, the songs are more divers than ever before. In addition, the music of the late 80ies, that’s when we started to read comic books, certainly has left a mark on our new sound”.
As a starting point for the new album, Within Temptation have re-launched their website www.within-temptation.com.The site will be the prime source for their worldwide fan base to discover clues about and the first images for “The Unforgiving”. The character of the new homepage is unique, having more in common with a news channel or a community than a static band website. One of the chief functions of the re-launched site is to be fully interactive with the band’s fans – they can become official reporters for their country, writing news stories in relation to Within Temptation but also about other lifestyle or entertainment topics. A very popular new section is WT TV, where the band updates their fans through filmed interviews or documentaries, such as the recent Fan Club Day footage which fans from around the world attended.
Within Temptation’s symphonic rock, crowned by the crystalline voice of Sharon Den Adel, has brought the remarkable band a decade-long international career and seen them become one of the most popular bands of their genre.
Within Temptation career facts:
More than 3 million albums and DVDs sold world-wide
Best international selling Dutch artist four consecutive times
Worldwide releases in more than 48 countries (incl. Europe, US, and Japan)
Platinum status in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany
Gold status in Spain, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg, Portugal, and Russia
International awards including a World Music Award, Golden God Award, and an MTV Europe Music Award, as well as many national awards such as Export Prices, TMF Awards, Edisons, a Gold and Silver Harp, and 3FM Awards
Numerous worldwide sold out headline tours
Multiple magazine front covers & international TV appearances
Several #1 radio singles throughout their career
Performances at major festivals such as Loud Park (JP), Download (UK), Pinkpop (NL), Lowlands (NL), Rock Werchter (BE), Rock Am Ring (DE), Bilboa BBK Live (SP), Sweden Rock (SW), Ruisrock (FI), Aerodrome (AT), Gurtenfest (CH), Roskilde (DK) and many more
Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR escaped a large fire on Wednesday night, shortly after playing to a packed house in Nottingham, England whilst on their European headlining tour.
ANNIHILATOR were packing up their gear from the Rescue Rooms venue in Nottingham city centre at around 1:00am when a large fire broke out next door. 1,400 people were evacuated from the venue as well as others from surrounding buildings. No one was injured in the incident.
Emergency services were called to the scene and were still putting the fire out on Thursday afternoon, causing significant disruption to the city’s transport services. Some of ANNIHILATOR’s equipment was still in the venue at the time of the fire and the band and its crew were unable to retrieve it until Thursday.
Edu Falaschi has recently participated in the recording of a song that is to be a part of a new animal protection campaign, fighting against social violence and destruction of the environment. The action is inspired by ANDA – The News Agency of Animal Rights – Brazilian organization established by the journalist and animal defence activist, Silvana Andrade. Edu Falaschi recorded a song together with such renowned national artists as Lucinha Lins, Elba Ramalho, Cláudio Lins, Carlinhos Brown, Patrícia Marx, Tetê Espíndola among others.
According to the vocalist, he is always very happy to take part in such kind of projects and that the environmental protection & animal defence awareness should always be promoted. If everyone does what he can, even any little effort will give the humanity more chances to change the actual situation, believes Edu.
The song will be released soon in Brazil by the initiators of the project. To learn more about ANDA organization in Portuguese: http://www.anda.jor.br/
At the moment Edu Falaschi is touring with ANGRA supporting the brand new studio album of the band “Aqua”, released in Europe and North America on 27 Sept./12 Oct. through SPV/Steamhammer. The band recently performed in Japan (2 shows at Loud Park Festival) and Taiwan (1 headlining show in Taipei). Until the end of 2010 Angra will continue making shows in Brazil, and on 13-14th of January the band will play in USA together with another legendary Brazilian-based metal act, Sepultura. The headlining European Tour is planned for February, 2011. Angra has been recently confirmed as a participant of Rock In Rio 2011 Festival.
We are pleased to announce that OCTOBER TIDE will support KATATONIA on Saturday December 4th at Göta Källare in Stockholm, Sweden. The ties between KATATONIA and OCTOBER TIDE are too obvious to even explain, so we leave it as a unique opportunity to catch both bands performing together for one evening.
Here’s a list with all upcoming OCTOBER TIDE shows:
04.12 2010 SWE – Stockholm – Göta Källare << NEW !! 11.12 2010 SWE – Söderhamn – Julslakten 15.01 2011 NL – Arnhem – Willemeen
21.01 2011 FIN – Turku – Klubi
22.01 2011 FIN – Jyväskylä – Lutakko
More shows to be announced soon.
Formed in 1995 by then KATATONIA guitarist Fredrik Norrman and KATATONIA/BLOODBATH vocalist Jonas Renkse OCTOBER TIDE quickly made a mark with two albums recorded and released during the years 1997 and 1999.
Their new album “A Thin Shell” is out now through Candlelight Records.
Recorded at Black Lounge studios with producer Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY) and featuring artwork by Travis Smith (OPETH, TESTAMENT etc) “A Thin Shell” delivers what fans have anxiously awaited from this treasured band. Seven doom-laden and emotive songs that are every bit as heavy as they are catchy fill the impressive recording that officially closes the band’s self-imposed, decade-long hiatus.
OCTOBER TIDE line-up :
Fredrik Norrman – guitars (ex-KATATONIA)
Tobias Netzell – vocals (IN MOURNING)
Robin Bergh – drums (AMARAN)
Emil Alstermark – guitars (MANDYLON)
Pierre Stam – bass (IN MOURNING)
Previously unreleased footage shot by the late Baird Bryant (Gimme Shelter, Easy Rider) of the recording of DÉTENTE Recognize No Authority. The video was shot at Baby O studio Hollywood in 1985 and features a young Caleb Quinn recording “Vultures in The Sky”.
DETENTE – Recognize No Authority
Detente - Recognize No Authority
“A true cult classic of the ’80s underground thrash scene, this is the one and only Detente album, featuring the late Dawn Crosby (Fear Of God) on vocals and future nu-metal production guru Ross Robinson on guitar. Vicious speed, memorable riffs and great vocals make this 1986 album truly worthy of reissue status.” – The Omega Order
Dear Stratovarius fans, I am afraid we have some quite terrible news. News of the worst imaginable kind. It’s about our friend and drummer Jörg Michael.
Jörg has cancer.
He recently discovered a lump on his neck, went to the doctor, they decided to operate, and found what they call “a malignant thyroid neoplasm”. They took out his whole thyroid just to have the best chance to get everything out. He will also have to undergo a regimen of radiotherapy. He is a fighter. We have all talked to him and it’s clear that this guy is not down for the count. He and his team of German doctors are pissed off and ready to kick ass, and I would not want to be a little cancer cell on these guys’ shit list.. believe me.
Jörg and his family (and us guys in the band) found this out only last week, after the operation. Naturally we are all going between a lot of emotions, sadness, worry, shock, confusion, even anger.
As for Stratovarius, as you perhaps know there is a long tour coming up with Helloween, and with the surgery and therapy that will now follow there is no way Jörg can do the first part of the tour. For me personally (it’s Jens writing this if you didn’t figure it out) I at first felt quite hopeless about the tour, because I was so upset about all this news. But Jörg himself has been extremely clear that he does not want the band to cancel a single show because of this. In the end this is what made at least me feel better about going back hitting the road next week.
So, we have debated what to do for many days now. Jörg first suggested my brother Anders to do this November-December 2010 leg, but it turns out Anders will unfortunately be busy recording some record or other with that little indie cellar band of his called HammerFall. :o) After a lot of searching we found a guy that both can do it and didn’t have other commitments: Alex Landenburg. He plays well, Jörg says he is a great guy (very important!) and he even started learning the set already before we even had decided what to do, which to me shows a lot of dedication. You can google Alex’ name if you are curious.
So it turns out that Stratovarius will do the first leg of the Helloween Seven Sinner tour, just as planned, only not with Jörg behind the kit, but with Jörg very much as a motivator to us being there. Not one single date will be cancelled or changed. Jörg wants to be back on the road with us again as soon as possible depending on the thearapy, but we are not making any promises, that one is up to powers even higher than Jörg Michael and his doctors. We will try to keep you somewhat updated.
Anyway, the most important thing is that they think they got all the bad stuff out and that the end result is that we just fix that sentence I wrote above. We will then say:
CRADLE OF FILTH FIRST WEEK SALES NUMBERS: ‘DARKLY, DARKLY, VENUS AVERSA’ CRACKS US BILLBOARD TOP 100‘Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa’ in stores now
ENGLAND – The first week US sales numbers are in for Cradle Of Filth’s highly anticipated ninth studio album, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa. The infamous extreme metal group entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #99, selling nearly 6,000 copies in its first week. The November 9th, Nuclear Blast Records release also debuted at #10 on the Independent chart and #7 on Hard Music.
The track list for Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is…
1.) The Cult Of Venus Aversa
2.) One Foul Step From The Abyss
3.) The Nun With The Astral Habit
4.) Retreat Of The Sacred Heart
5.) The Persecution Song
6.) Deceiving Eyes
7.) Lilith Immaculate
8.) The Spawn Of Love And War
9.) Harlot On A Pedestal
10.) Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)
11.) Beyond Eleventh Hour
“devilishly catchy” – Decibel Magazine
“Awesome!” – Metromix.com
“a tightly constructed horror-movie-as-music tale.” – Washington Post Express
The Grammy nominated, Cradle Of Filth, continues to shock, excite, disgust, and inspire in equal measures. A loyal stalwart to the satanic horror ethos, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa was recorded at Monkey Puzzle Studios, near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England, and is the follow-up to 2008’s Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder. Artwork comes courtesy of Natalie Shau.
Cradle Of Filth will support Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa on a headlining North American tour early next year, the “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”. Nachtmystium, Turisas, and Daniel Lioneye will round out the tour’s impressive package on Cradle Of Filth’s long-awaited return to North American shores.
Tickets for the “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour” are on sale now. Special VIP meet-and-greet ticket packages are available exclusively through Artist Arena at: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/cradleoffilth/. Meet-and-greet packages are limited, so fans are encouraged to seize this rare opportunity before it’s too late.
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 last told the story of a French Lord who fought alongside Joan Of Arc before embarking on a horrific killing spree), Cradle Of Filth 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.
Be sure to check out the Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa mini-site at: http://www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth for exclusive Cradle Of Filth media, including song previews, video blogs, an iPhone app, and more.
Stay tuned to for more information on Cradle Of Filth, the “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”, and Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa.
“FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”…
OCEANO‘s new album, CONTAGION sold 2,955 copies in its first week of release, landing the Chicago deathcore heavyweights at number 163 on the Billboard Top 200. The band also debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at number 3. This is a tremendous achievement for the young band and only cements their role as a legitimate force in the metal world. “We’re excited to have made the charts;” says OCEANO‘s formidable frontman, Adam Warren. “We also know that this or any other success we’ve faced would have been possible without the support of our loyal fans and listeners. Thanks a lot and we’ll catch you on tour.”
OCEANO‘s highly anticipated sophomore release, CONTAGION is now out in North America. Produced by Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), the new album is about a government-born virus that becomes an epidemic and spreads chaos amongst the population. CONTAGION is a major step forward for OCEANO. Their signature breakdowns and inhuman heaviness is still intact, but the band’s traditional death metal influence now shines through more than ever, leading to a stronger melding of old school and modern extremities.
OCEANO‘s brand new sophomore album CONTAGION is making huge strides just over a week into release. Due to a combination of fan fervor, a $7.99 value price point and a bonus demo track that can’t be found anywhere else, the album has risen through the ranks on iTunes‘ overall rock chart. Fans who get the album on iTunes will receive an exclusive bonus demo track not available anywhere else. Purchase CONTAGION now on iTunes with the exclusive bonus track at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/contagion/id395335661
Catch OCEANO live on their “Contagion Across the Nation” tour with CHELSEA GRIN, ATTILA, IN THE MIDST OF LIONS and MONSTERS (with MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE on select dates):
Nov 17 – Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music Hall
Nov 19 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
Nov 20 – Dallas, TX – Rail Club
Nov 22 – Wichita, KS – Oz Cafe
Nov 23 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground
Nov 24 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4
Nov 27 – West Dundee, IL – Clearwater Theater
OCEANO have debuted their newest video for the CONTAGION track, “Weaponized.” This is the band’s first video from their new, Billboard charting release and it was directed by Kevin J. Custer (TESTAMENT, HATEBREED, TOMBS). The video features explosive performance footage of the Chicago deathcore heavyweights acting as a counterpoint to a high tension situation that builds throughout the video. Watch the new video for OCEANO‘s “Weaponized” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlsdx_IDhwQ
Vancouver folk metallers Scythia recently completed their Exiled Across Canada Tour in promotion of their debut release “… Of War”, have posted new tour video blogs while stopping in cities across Canada. To view them please click the following links.
Giant Bear Celebrity Interview:
Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL have announced the following 2nd leg of North American tour dates in support of their latest release,Relentless Retribution. These come in addition to their upcoming headlining run next January/February with LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, and HEXEN. Visit the bands newly redesigned website at www.DeathAngel.us for more info and a complete list of tour dates.
Vocalist Mark Osegueda commented:
“We are pleased to announce some additional dates to the North American Relentless Retribution tour! We added some key west coast cities that we hit on the SOILWORK tour and as promised, we are coming back to destroy them with our headlining set. Also included are certain territories of Canada that we haven’t played on since the Act III tour in 1990. I said before that this is going to be the most extensive tour of this band’s career and here is more proof! So, come out and witness the energy that is DEATH ANGEL live! Look forward to seeing some long lost friends and some brand new ones as well! See you on the road!” DEATH ANGEL
04/08/11 Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa, CA
04/09/11 Dante’s – Portland, OR
04/10/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
04/11/11 Biltmore – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
04/12/11 Dickens – Calgary, AB – CANADA
04/13/11 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
04/14/11 The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
04/15/11 The Osbourne Village Inn – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
04/16/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
04/18/11 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
04/19/11 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT
04/22/11 Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
04/23/11 Avalon Theater – Santa Clara, CA
Meet and greet VIP packages for the tour are now available on Ticketmaster.com and Slotix.com. The ticket packages include the following:
– General Admission ticket
– Early entry to venue (where available)
– Meet & Greet with select members of the band
– Individual photo with select members of the band
– Autograph opportunity with select band members
– Commemorative Meet & Greet laminate
– Collectible Death Angel guitar pick
– Limited edition poster
– Death Angel patch
The video clip for the song “Truce” was shot by director Robert Sexton (SOULFLY, THE DWARVES, MONDO GENERATOR, AMEN) and can be viewed here (www.Fangoria.com). Sexton previously worked with DEATH ANGEL on the clip for the track “Dethroned” off the band’s 2008 effort “Killing Season”. Photos from the video shoot can also be viewed at the following location http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=193298&id=9938175758.
Relentless Retribution was released on September 14 in North America and sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 10 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The record also came in at #188 on Billboards Top Current Albums chart, making it DEATH ANGEL’s highest charting record since the bands reformation in 2004.
DEATH ANGEL have been included in a free online digital sampler brought to us by Adult Swim and Scion. Visit the following location to download the song “Truce” by DEATH ANGEL and 15 other tracks from some of the heaviest bands in existence today http://www.adultswim.com/promos/201009_scion/index.html.
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 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). Cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL) is attached.
Frontiers Records is proud to announce the highly anticipated European release of MR. BIG’s new studio album entitled « What If… » on January 21st 2011. The North American release, also on Frontiers records, shall follow in February with more exciting details to be announced!
«What If… » is MR. BIG’s first “all original” album since the reunion of the four original members, Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early 2009. Sixteen years after the release of « Hey Man », the new recording is set to bring back MR. BIG on the height of the current Hard Rock scene.
Guitarist Paul Gilbert said: “This is the first MR. BIG album I have been a part of, since fourteen years and it was done in a snap. It was fun and we had really a good time in making this one”. Continues Billy Sheehan “It’s so great to be back with Paul, Eric and Pat too. We wrote this record like we did in the old days for the first 2 records. Jamming together in the same room to write songs”. Pat Torpey adds ““Some of the recording process is different now from what we were used to in the old times. But I think this record really managed to capture the performances of the band, not of the individual musicians”.
Eric Martin concludes: “I like to compare this to the first album, when we just got to know each other in a reharsal studio and cut it in 8 or 9 days. This is like chapter 2. We had so many years, so many records and so many things behind us. Now this feels like a beautiful brand new chapter starting for all of us”.
« What If… » was produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Rush, Iron Maiden) and the release will be followed by a World Tour which will kick off in South America in March and will hit Europe in early summer.
Formed in 1988, Mr. Big forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark “shredding” musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original line-up – vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey. Mr. Big produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres – be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock.
Their hits included “To Be With You” (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), “Wild World”, Green-Tinted sixties Mind”, “Just Take My Heart”, and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy”, “Addicted to that Rush”, “Colorado Bulldog”, and “Take Cover”.
“What If…” will be released in a special edition CD + DVD in digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia.
“What If…” tracklisting includes: Undertow; American Beauty; Stranger In My Life; Nobody Takes the Blame; Still Ain’t Enough for Me; Once Upon a Time; As Far As I Can See; All The Way Up; I Won’t Get In My Way; Around The World; I Get The Feeling; Unforgiven (exclusive bonus track for Europe / North America – not on vinyl edition).
The DVD will include the videoclips of “Undertow” and “All the Way Up” plus a documentary “Making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind the scenes features of the four members.
The first single “Undertow” will have an official promotional launch on November 27th.