ROB HALFORD – My Favorite BLACK SABBATH Album Is…

November 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
Rob Halford

Rob Halford

JUDAS PRIEST singer ROB HALFORD spoke with Steve Newton from Straight.com recently about his upcoming dates opening for BLACK SABBATH singer OZZY OSBOURNE. When asked what his fave Black Sabbath album was, the Metal God chose the band’s scary self-titled debut from 1970.

“It took 24 hours to make,” he says, “believe it or not, but the sound is absolutely mindblowing. If you just listen to the sound, how they were able to do that work in such a short space of time is extraordinary.

“I think a lot of musicians agree that generally your first record is very, very important,” he adds, “because you’re really coming from a very pure, new, uncluttered source. You’ve got nothing to prove because you’ve proved nothing yet; you haven’t really got a massive fanbase, so you’re searching to build that. Your record company’s not interfering with your music as they tend to do when you become successful—same with managers, agents, promoters. You’re really coming into your existence at a different level.

“If you look back at the history of your favourite band, generally the first couple are the ones that really kind of grab you. So that’s why I feel that first Sabbath album for me—much like Sad Wings of Destiny for Judas Priest—is a very important release.”

Halford has performed as the vocalist for Black Sabbath at three shows. He replaced Ronnie James Dio for two nights in November 1992, when Dio elected not to open a show for Ozzy Osbourne. Halford also replaced Osbourne in Black Sabbath on August 25, 2004 (his 53rd birthday) at an Ozzfest show in Camden, New Jersey, since Osbourne could not perform due to bronchitis.

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Scythia – Folk You! We’re Back From Tour!!! Vancouver Nov 7th

November 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
Scythia Announce "Exiled Across Canada" Tour Dates

Scythia Announce "Exiled Across Canada" Tour Dates

Folk metallers Scythia have announced they will be returning home to Vancouver, BC for their home coming show November 7th at Funky Winkerbeans. Over the last six weeks Scythia has been on their “Exiled Across Canada Tour” in promotion of their debut album “…Of War” released October 5th as a “Pay What You Want Album” via http://scythia.bandcamp.com/ .

“We the Fierce Riders of Scythia have crossed through the snow cap mountains of the rockies, through the bad lands of prairies and into the heart of the beast of the Canadian corridor. As we trek back home we like thank all the new riders of Scythial and look forward to the hometown crowd.” comments vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan.

Free download of Fierce Riders of Scythia is now available at the following link – http://scythia.bandcamp.com/

Recent tour video can be found at – www.youtube.com/scythiaband

“Exiled Across Canada” Tour Dates

November 2, 2010 – Kilroy’s, Thunder Bay, ON
November 3, 2010 – Parthenon Pizza, Brandon, MB
November 4, 2010 – Walker’s Night Club, Saskatoon, SK
November 5, 2010 – DV8, Edmonton, AB
November 6, 2010 – The Dirty Jersey, Kamloops, BC
November 7, 2010 – Funky Winkerbeans, Vancouver, BC

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DEMONIC RESURRECTION EXTENDS ‘THE UNRELENTING GUITAR COVER CONTEST’

November 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

On 11th October Indian Metallers Demonic Resurrection announced ‘The Unrelenting Guitar Cover Contest’ inviting fans to upload a guitar cover of the song ‘The Unrelenting Surge Of Vengeance’ from the album ‘The Return To Darkness’ which was released on Demonstealer Records in India and Candlelight Records Worldwide. After many requests from fans the band has extended and expanded the contest.

The cover contest required guitar players to record a video of them covering of the song and upload it on youtube. The prize was a bag of signed Demonic Resurrection goodies and a kickass ESP Guitar T-Shirt. However the band has upped the prize to an additional 1500 INR gift voucher from Furtados Music who are the biggest importers for musical instruments in India as well as have a chain of retail stores for instruments.

The band has also extended the contest to vocalists, bass players and drummers. Backing tracks for all instruments have been uploaded to their reverbnation page (www.reverbnation.com/demonicresurrection) for fans to download and use for their entries.

All contest details are posted online on the bands Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/notes/demonic-resurrection/the-unrelenting-cover-contest-extended-version-20/449582824810

“The response to the contest has been over whelming, we thought this would primarily be for our Indian fans but we got entries from the USA and even from Nepal. We also had a lot of vocalists and bassists etc who also wanted to cover the song so we decided to expand it and have it for them as well. We’ve got some good versions from the guitar players so far and we can’t wait to see what the vocalists, drummers and bassists come up with.” – Demonstealer (Vocals/Guitars)

Current entries for the guitar contest can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/user/DemonicTube#grid/user/EF670B202C19C0E1

The video for ‘The Unrelenting Surge Of Vengeance’ was released in January on youtube. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1gjrpMF5ak

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SOILWORK: Part 4 of Tour Documentary Now Online

November 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
Soilwork

Soilwork

The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK, have uploaded part 4 of the bands tour documentary to the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIyFJckgGqU. The footage was filmed and edited by Tommy Jones and taken during the bands first North American headlining tour this past Summer in support of The Panic Broadcast. Check out all the exclusive live footage and tour hijinks now!

Check out the video clip for the song “Deliverance Is Mine” on the bands Myspace page http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=105994975. The track comes off SOILWORKs brand new studio album The Panic Broadcast, and was directed by Ivan Colic (EX DEO, TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED) and produced by Stanimir Lucik!
SOILWORK, recently scanned 5,257 copies of their new album The Panic Broadcast in its first week of sales in the United States according to Nielson Soundscan. That makes it the bands highest selling record in its first week ever, with Stabbing the Drama being a close second with 5,204 copies. The Panic Broadcast also came in at #88 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart making it their highest charting record yet!
The Panic Broadcast, was released on July 2 in EUROPE and July 13 in North America via Nuclear Blast.

GUITAR WORLD magazine recently posted an interview and lesson with guitarist Peter Wichers at the following location www.guitarworld.com/soilwork_lesson. In the video Wichers breaks down riffs from their new album The Panic Broadcast and talks about his gear and influences as a guitar player.

The Panic Broadcast is the first album to feature original guitarist, songwriter & producer Peter Wichers since his return to the band in 2008. Produced by Wichers and mixed by Jen Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SYMPHONY X), this is the record long time SOILWORK fans have been waiting for! Order the regular or deluxe edition at the following location http://bit.ly/c6FJeo.

The Panic Broadcast Deluxe Edition Tracklist:

1. Late for the Kill, Early for the Slaughter

2. Two Lives Worth of Reckoning

3. The Thrill

4. Deliverance is Mine

5. Night Comes Clean

6. King of the Threshold

7. Let This River Flow

8. Epitome

9. The Akuma Afterglow

10. Enter Dog Of Pavlov

11. Sweet Demise (Bonus Track)


DVD:

• Extended Studio Footage

• High-Definition Drum Video

• Photo Gallery

Approx. 30 min. running time

For more info visit: www.soilwork.net | www.myspace.com/soilwork | www.nuclearblast.de/soilwork

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ABYSMAL DAWN: Unveil Album Title / Release Date

November 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Los Angeles, CA’s ABYSMAL DAWN has announced the title of their forthcoming album as Leveling The Plane of Existence. Leveling The Plane of Existence, the follow-up 2008’s Programmed To Consume, has been set for a February 1st North American release date (February 7th – UK, February 11th – Germany, Benelux, February 14th – rest of EU). Additional album details including album art and track listing will be posted shortly.

ABYSMAL DAWN began recording Leveling The Plane of Existence in May 2010. The drums were recorded at Trench Studios in Corona, CA with John Haddad (PHOBIA, INTRONAUT, HIRAX) with the rest of the instrumentation being produced and recorded by Mike Bear (ARTISAN, ex-PROTOTYPE) at Artisan Road Studios in Encino, CA. Leveling The Plane of Existence is being mixed and mastered by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, GOATWHORE, HATE ETERNAL) at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, FL.

ABYSMAL DAWN guitarist/vocalist Charles Elliott recently commented on the album; “After a series of set backs, illness, and going through a world of shit in our personal lives, we had no choice but to make this record our revenge and the defining moment for ABYSMAL DAWN. We’ve had the finished mixes for about a week now and everyone that has heard it has been just blown away. We can already tell that this will be the record that the band will become known for. It’s a very varied, extreme, technical, and melodic record and I can promise you that no one will be disappointed.”

ABYSMAL DAWN is available for interviews / studio reports upon request.  To speak with the band, simply contact Betsey Cichoracki at Relapse Records via any of the means listed at the bottom of this message.  Updated ABYSMAL DAWN news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website: www.RELAPSE.com and the ABYSMAL DAWN MySpace: www.MySpace.com/AbysmalDawn.

ABYSMAL DAWN 2010 photo (credit: Shootie HG):

http://www.relapse.com/proofs/ADAWN_PromoFinal.jpg

ABYSMAL DAWN tour dates:

Nov. 18       Canoga Park, CA           Cobalt Café (w/ RECIPROCAL, ARKAIK)

Nov. 20       Tempe, AZ                       U.B.’s Bar (w/ VEHEMENCE)

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ORPHANED LAND Announce DVD Shows in Israel with Special Guest STEPHEN WILSON of PORCUPINE TREE

November 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

ORPHANED LAND recently completed an extremely successful run across North America in support of their opus ‘The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR’. Now the band is set to celebrate their 20th anniversary in their homeland of Israel, revealing two very special performances on December 9th and 10th at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv. ORPHANED LAND will feature special guests on both shows and their will be film crews on hand to document this incredible experience for an upcoming DVD release.

Performing with the band at both shows will be none other than the legendary STEPHEN WILSON (Porcupine Tree). He will be joined on December 9th by PARADISE LOST’s Greg Mackintosh and December 10th by iconic Israeli singer Yehuda Poliker. The pioneers of Middle Eastern Heavy Metal have certainly pulled out all of the stops for these upcoming shows. Stay tuned for more info on ORPHANED LAND coming soon!

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GrooveZoo Announces “Go Wild” Band Competition, Winners to Perform at ROCK THE BLOCK, NYE VEGAS

November 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Winning Band To Open For Major Headlining Act Performing

On The Las Vegas Strip

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – November 2, 2010 – GrooveZoo, Corp., the music website connecting songwriters, musicians, and producers to enable them to share and cross-pollinate their ideas and projects, announced today the launch of the GrooveZoo “Go Wild” Band Competition. The winning band will open for a major headlining act on a main stage during ROCK THE BLOCK, NYE VEGAS.

GrooveZoo (http://www.groovezoo.com) recently launched its online forum to enable musicians of all skill levels to connect and leverage each other’s musical strengths. To celebrate the forum’s opening – and in anticipation of the company’s full-scale launch on December 15 – GrooveZoo is announcing the “Go Wild” Band Competition.

“The ‘Go Wild’ Band Contest is an extraordinarily compelling and memorable way to announce the arrival of GrooveZoo on the world stage. It’s massive!” said Jeremy Korn, Founder and CEO of GrooveZoo. “We’re eager to unleash our full suite of tools to the masses on December 15 and enable musicians worldwide to connect and share ideas with each other. GrooveZoo will change the way music is created by musicians and change the way it’s viewed and heard by consumers. You’ll have to see it to believe it.”

To enter the GrooveZoo “Go Wild”  Band Competition, bands can visit the Facebook contest page at http://apps.facebook.com/groovezoocontest. The contest begins November 2 at 12:00am and ends December 10 at 11:59pm. After filling in some basic information, bands simply upload a video – or merge an audio demo with a band picture in a .mov or .wmv format – and invite their friends to vote for them. The winning act will be announced on December 10, 2010 and be invited to perform live at ROCK THE BLOCK, NYE VEGAS.

“ROCK THE BLOCK, NYE VEGAS is the perfect stage for the GrooveZoo ‘Go Wild’ Band Competition,” said Kimberly Michele, Executive Producer of ROCK THE BLOCK, NYE VEGAS. “With the eyes of the nation watching both on television and from the Las Vegas Strip, this massive New Year’s Eve extravaganza will provide the winning band with the ultimate venue to showcase their talents.”

ROCK THE BLOCK, NYE VEGAS will be the focal point of national media attention starting at 8pm PST, on December 31, 2010. Over 250,000 partygoers will enjoy constant entertainment from the world’s top DJ’s, recording artists, and A-list celebrities. The entire event will be broadcast live on HDNet to millions of viewers watching across the country. The exhilarating party will serve as the supreme backdrop for the GrooveZoo “Go Wild” Band Competition.

GrooveZoo “Go Wild” Band Competition winners will bask in the glory of:

  • Opening for the major headlining act around 9pm PST
  • Performing on the Las Vegas Strip to over 250,000 partygoers
  • $1,500 cash prize
  • Free airline transportation, ground transportation and hotel accommodations
  • Fine dining experience on December 30 and 31 with GrooveZoo

GrooveZoo is also giving away prizes for second- and third-place winners. For a complete list of rules and how to enter your band into the GrooveZoo “Go Wild” Band Competition, please visit http://www.facebook.com/GrooveZoo.

About GrooveZoo, Corp.
GrooveZoo enables songwriters, musicians, and producers to come together to share and cross-pollinate their ideas and projects. The company is on a mission to increase the ease of creativity for musicians by helping them connect and leverage each other’s strengths. GrooveZoo is privately held and headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA. For more information, please visit http://www.groovezoo.com.

About Hindsight Entertainment Group

Hindsight Entertainment Group is an entertainment and marketing production agency. A collective efforts of visionaries, using hindsight of twenty years of experience to produce invigorating, timely and new events with seamless execution. Currently producing ROCK THE BLOCK, NYE VEGAS, Hindsight Entertainment Group looks to create an ongoing tradition for The Las Vegas Strip.

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AS THEY SLEEP – “BEDLAM AT THE NILE”‘Dynasty’ out this month

November 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

DETROIT, MI – Detroit technical death metal act, As They Sleep, has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to premiere a brand new track from the band’s forthcoming Solid State Records debut, Dynasty, entitled “Bedlam at the Nile”.  The third track to be unleashed from Dynasty – a concept album about the rise and fall of empires throughout history – “Bedlam at the Nile” focuses on the plights that hindered and eventually fell ancient Egypt.  Head over to: http://www.noisecreep.com/2010/11/02/as-they-sleep-bedlam-at-the-nile-song-premiere/ to hear the new track today.

Dynasty is slated to hit stores on November 22nd, and delivers a package of brutally heavy and savagely technical death metal tied together with the help of powerhouse audio wizard, Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Chimaira, Demon Hunter).

Two other songs from Dynasty, “Oracle of the Dead” and “To the Republic”, are currently streaming on the band’s official MySpace and Facebook pages at: http://www.myspace.com/astheysleep and: http://www.facebook.com/pages/As-They-Sleep/36666539944.

As They Sleep will support their sophomore effort on the road this December on the “Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour”, alongside label-mates Living Sacrifice, The Showdown, Becoming the Archetype, and To Speak of Wolves.

The track list for Dynasty is…

1. Oracle of the Dead

2. To the Republic

3. The Third Reich

4. Bedlam at the Nile

5. The Darkest Ages

6. Ritual

7. The Offering

8. Attila

9. Poseidon

10. God of War

11. The Unseen

Dynasty can be pre-ordered at: http://www.zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCD26491&cart=128534586119100, while a special Dynasty CD/t-shirt combo can be pre-ordered at: http://www.zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCOMBO26491&.

Be sure to check out vocalist, Aaron Bridgewater’s, written blog at: http://www.solidstaterecords.com/artists/287/As_They_Sleep/blog/271/, for even more details about Dynasty.

Stay tuned for more information on As They Sleep, Dynasty, and the “Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour”.

“Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour”…

Dec 2 – Yucca Valley, CA @ Joshua Springs Chapel

Dec 3 – Ventura, CA @ Paradigm

Dec 4 – Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater

Dec 5 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

Dec 6 – Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe

Dec 7 – Mesa, AZ @ The Underground

Dec 8 – Albuquerque, NM @ Tramway Community

Dec 10 – Dallas, TX @ The Door

Dec 11 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

Dec 12 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music

As They Sleep online…

www.myspace.com/astheysleep
www.facebook.com/pages/As-They-Sleep/36666539944
www.solidstaterecords.com

As They Sleep is…
Aaron Bridgewater – Vocals
Nick Morris – Guitar
Barry Gomez – Guitar
Derek Kosiba – Bass
Tony Lukitsh – Drums

AS THEY SLEEP, NOISECREEP.COM DEBUT “BEDLAM AT THE NILE”
‘Dynasty’ out this month on Solid State Records
DETROIT, MI – Detroit technical death metal act, As They Sleep, has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to premiere a brand new track from the band’s forthcoming Solid State Records debut, Dynasty, entitled “Bedlam at the Nile”.  The third track to be unleashed from Dynasty – a concept album about the rise and fall of empires throughout history – “Bedlam at the Nile” focuses on the plights that hindered and eventually fell ancient Egypt.  Head over to: http://www.noisecreep.com/2010/11/02/as-they-sleep-bedlam-at-the-nile-song-premiere/ to hear the new track today.
Dynasty is slated to hit stores on November 22nd, and delivers a package of brutally heavy and savagely technical death metal tied together with the help of powerhouse audio wizard, Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Chimaira, Demon Hunter).
Two other songs from Dynasty, “Oracle of the Dead” and “To the Republic”, are currently streaming on the band’s official MySpace and Facebook pages at: http://www.myspace.com/astheysleep and: http://www.facebook.com/pages/As-They-Sleep/36666539944.
As They Sleep will support their sophomore effort on the road this December on the “Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour”, alongside label-mates Living Sacrifice, The Showdown, Becoming the Archetype, and To Speak of Wolves.
The track list for Dynasty is…
1. Oracle of the Dead
2. To the Republic
3. The Third Reich
4. Bedlam at the Nile
5. The Darkest Ages
6. Ritual
7. The Offering
8. Attila
9. Poseidon
10. God of War
11. The Unseen
Dynasty can be pre-ordered at: http://www.zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCD26491&cart=128534586119100, while a special Dynasty CD/t-shirt combo can be pre-ordered at: http://www.zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCOMBO26491&.
Be sure to check out vocalist, Aaron Bridgewater’s, written blog at: http://www.solidstaterecords.com/artists/287/As_They_Sleep/blog/271/, for even more details about Dynasty.
Stay tuned for more information on As They Sleep, Dynasty, and the “Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour”.
“Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour”…
Dec 2 – Yucca Valley, CA @ Joshua Springs Chapel
Dec 3 – Ventura, CA @ Paradigm
Dec 4 – Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
Dec 5 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Dec 6 – Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe
Dec 7 – Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
Dec 8 – Albuquerque, NM @ Tramway Community
Dec 10 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
Dec 11 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
Dec 12 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
As They Sleep online…
As They Sleep is…
Aaron Bridgewater – Vocals
Nick Morris – Guitar
Barry Gomez – Guitar
Derek Kosiba – Bass
Tony Lukitsh – Drums

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Derelict Announce New Guitarist & Release Video Guitar Solo Online

November 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Montreal technical death metallers Derelict have announced the addition of guitarist George Lago to their ranks. The band has posted a video of Lago playing his re-worked version of the solo from the track ‘Summoning the Firestorm’ online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReKOXak7pWk.

“We’re quite excited to have a full lineup again,” commented vocalist Eric Burnet. “We’ve been full-tilt in writing mode but now we can go rip it up on the live scene again too. George can really shred so we’re looking forward to showing him off to our fans!”

Derelict is also happy to announce a special discount code for their online merch store. “From now until the end of 2010, our fans can enter the code DERETENLIC at www.indiemerch.com/derelict for 10% off on all our merch,” says Burnet. “We’re keeping it in effect right into the holidays for people who like to give metal gifts.”

Derelict are hard at work on the follow-up to 2009’s “Unspoken Words”. Derelict’s ‘Unspoken Words’ is in stores across Canada through Year Of The Sun Records, and is available online through Relapse Records at http://shop.relapse.com/store/product.aspx?ProductID=40263.

Derelict Online:
www.myspace.com/derelictmetal
www.facebook.com/derelictmetal
www.youtube.com/derelictmetal

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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Issue Video Update From The Road

November 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Cross over thrash kings SUICIDAL TENDENCIES are currently making their way through the U.S. on their long-anticipated Join The Army/ Deja Vu Tour 2010. Check out the recently issued video update from the band HERE.   Said Hellbound of the band’s stop in Seattle: “…this show was not about recreating the past. It was about proving that the fighting spirit of Suicidal lives on. Their drive, their energy, their relentless positivity comes through in every single performance, every single song.” Added Oregon Music News of their performance in Portland: “When the set ended there were blood, sweat and tears shed, and in some cases all three. And that’s a sign of an epic metal show.”
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES U.S. Tour 2010 Remaining Dates
Join The Army/ Deja Vu Tour

11/02/2010 Pops – St. Louis, MO
11/04/2010 Meridioen – Houston, TX
11/06/2010 Palladium Showroom – Dallas, TX
11/07/2010 Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
11/09/2010 State Theatre – Tampa, FL
11/10/2010 Firestone – Orlando, FL
11/12/2010 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
11/13/2010 Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/14/2010 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
11/15/2010 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/17/2010 Metro – Chicago, IL
11/18/2010 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/20/2010 Summit – Denver, CO
11/21/2010 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
The ST tour coincides with the No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family record released in September via the band’s own Suicidal Records. The record features re-recorded tracks from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES’ second album, Join The Army originally released in 1987, as well as tunes from the second full-length from No Mercy, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES guitarist Mike Clark’s speed metal band (which found ST vocalist Mike Muir on vocals) from 1986. Also included is a new version of the classic ST track, “Possessed To Skate.”

http://www.suicidaltendencies.com

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Denim and Leather 30th anniversary show! Saxon to Sweden Rock Festival!

November 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
Saxon

Saxon

Saxon to Sweden Rock once again. Not only are they one of the biggest, most classic bands from the perennial New Wave of British Heavy Metal – they are also one of the bands the audience at SRF never get tired of seeing. Now they come to celebrate the fact that their classic album “Denim & Leather turns 30 years old and they will perform the whole album at next years Sweden Rock, of course spiced with allot of other immortal Saxon classics and yes, they will bring the eagle!

We can also present another 3 confirmed bands. American countrypunk in the shape of classic JASON AND THE SCORCHERS, melodic speed metal or call it US-power metal from AGENT STEEL and Swedish progg from legendary FLÄSKET BRINNER (The pork is burning).

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Another 4 bands are to be announced today so stay tuned!

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DIMMU BORGIR, Enslaved, Sahg @ The Forum UK 2010

November 3rd, 2010
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Dimmu Borgir

With Sahg & Enslaved

Darkness Reborn tour @  HMV Forum, London.

Date: 21.09.2010

Reviewer Nick Mendivil

Photos: Altercarnated Photography


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GALDER – Dimmu Borgir [Guitarist] Interview

November 3rd, 2010
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Dimmu Borgir Guitarist – Galder

Interview Sept 2010 @ The Forum, London UK

Interviewer: Steve Sedit

Photos: Altercarnated Photography


On sunny afternoon waiting at London’ Forum for Dimmu Borgir’s gig we managed to interview Galder – Dimmu Borgir’s Guitarist!

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IRON MAIDEN – AROUND THE WORLD IN 66 DAYS!! Ed Force One Back In Action For 2011

November 2nd, 2010
by EvilG
IRON MAIDEN - the final frontier

IRON MAIDEN - the final frontier

IRON MAIDEN, with their crew and many tons of equipment, will once again be boarding Ed Force One in February 2011 to fly 50,000 miles round the globe on their continuing mammoth Final Frontier World Tour, playing 29 shows and visiting 26 cities in thirteen countries across 5 continents with Bruce again in the pilot’s seat, and heading into more new Frontiers of uncharted Maiden territory!!!

The first show will be on Feb 11th in Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, after which the Boeing 757, which will have new designs to tie in with the new album and tour, will fly the band to Singapore and Indonesia for Maiden’s first ever shows there, before arriving in Australia to headline two arena dates and five Soundwave Festivals. Ed Force One then turns its attention briefly to the Northern Hemisphere with a first show ever in South Korea and two shows in Tokyo, before heading all the way across the Pacific, a journey which (believe it or not!) is 6660 miles for two shows in Mexico. An extensive series of stadium shows through five South American countries follows, including a first visit to Belem, Northern Brazil, and, via Puerto Rico, the band will play the final show on this leg of the tour in Tampa, Florida, USA on April 17th, exactly 66 days after Moscow! (full dates below)

Says Bruce, “We were taken aback by the fantastic reaction from everyone to Ed Force One during the 2008/09 World Tour. As our fans all know from the “Flight 666” film, which documented the trials and tribulations we underwent in order to get the whole project literally off the ground, the end result was well worth all the effort and complex logistics we had to deal with! The band and crew enjoyed themselves so much travelling that way, it seemed only logical to set up this part of The Final Frontier tour in the same way so we could get to see as many fans as possible all over the World, only this time we’re pushing the boundaries even further and going to more places Maiden has never been before… in true Frontier style!! We very much look forward to playing in Singapore, Indonesia and South Korea for the first time, as well as revisiting our fans everywhere else.

“The set list will be different to this year’s tour. Of course we will play more songs from the new album and some other recent material, but we will include a healthy dose of older fan favourites as we will be playing to so many new faces who we know will want to hear those songs live for the first time. We will cram into the plane as much of the production we used this year as is physically possible, including of course Eddie, and intend to replicate the spectacular light show in as many places as we are able. All in all it promises to be a fantastic trip for everyone!! So see you all soon”.

Since its release in August on EMI (UME in the US), “The Final Frontier” — the band’s 15th studio album – has proved their most successful chart album to date, registering the #1 sales chart slot in 28 countries around the globe; from Lebanon, Arabia and India in the East, to Canada in the West, New Zealand down South, throughout UK and Europe and across Latin America, as well as reaching No.1 in Billboard’s European, Tastemaker and Rock Charts, and No.4 in the USA, which is the band’s highest position ever there.

Having already played an extensive 25 date North American Tour and some selected European shows this year, Maiden will undertake a full European Tour in the summer of 2011. Some dates (as below) have already been announced but keep an eye on this site over the next few weeks and months for many more announcements.

As always we hope to facilitate ‘First to the Barrier’ for our fan club members at as many shows as possible, and exclusive ticket pre-sales in some countries (such as the USA), and details of these will be announced nearer the time here on IronMaiden.com.

There is also a Fan Club trip planned for the Florida shows! Details to be revealed shortly here.

UK fans – don’t worry, we most certainly haven’t forgotten you… you’re next!!

The dates for IRON MAIDEN’S Round The World Trip on Ed Force One and current European dates for The Final Frontier World Tour are:

February
11 – Moscow, Russia – Olympiski
15 – Singapore – Singapore Indoor Stadium
17 – Jakarta, Indonesia – Stadium Utama Gelaro Bung Karno Senayan
20 – Bali, Indonesia – Garuda Wisnu Kencana
23 – Melbourne, Australia – Hisense Arena
24 – Sydney, Australia – Entertainment Centre
26 – Brisbane, Australia – Showgrounds (Soundwave Festival)
27 – Sydney, Australia – Eastern Creek Raceway (Soundwave Festival)

March
4 – Melbourne, Australia – Showgrounds (Soundwave Festival)
5 – Adelaide, Australia – Bonython Park (Soundwave Festival)
7 – Perth, Australia – Steel Blue Oval (Soundwave Festival)
10 – Seoul, Korea – Chamsil Gymnasium
12 – Tokyo, Japan – Super Arena
13 – Tokyo, Japan – Super Arena
17 – Monterrey, Mexico – Banamex Theatre
18 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol
20 – Bogota, Columbia – CC Sapo
23 – Lima, Peru – Estadio San Marcos
26 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Morumbi Stadium
27 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – HSBC Arena
30 – Brasilia, Brazil – Nilson Nelson Parking Lot

April
1 – Belem, Brazil – Parque De Exposicoes
3 – Recife, Brazil – Parque De Exposicoes
5 – Curitiba, Brazil – Expotrade
8 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Velez Sarsfield
10 – Santiago, Chile – Estadio Nacional
14 – San Juan, Puerto Rico – Coliseo De Puerto Rico
16 – Sunrise, Florida – Bank Atlantic Center
17 – Tampa, Florida – St Pete Times Forum

July
June 30 – July 3 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
1 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi Stadium
6 – Oslo, Norway – Telenor
8 – Helsinki, Finland – Olympic Stadium
10 – St Petersburg, Russia – SKK Peterburgskiy

Continue to IronMaiden.com

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PERIPHERY Prepare For Massive North American Tour With Darkest Hour

November 2nd, 2010
by EvilG

Very rarely does a band come along that just defies the boundaries of conventionality, but the experimental, progressive metal outfit PERIPHERY have done just that and have blazed a trail of originality that has sent a shockwave throughout the metal world. This Maryland based six-piece are one of the few who actually feature three guitar players and are led by the virtuoso Misha Mansoor, whose unique ability and style has him quickly being mentioned as one of the most gifted new players to come along in years. The group’s highly acclaimed debut, self-titled album is a work of sheer precision packaged with a propulsive blend of melody, intensity and undeniable songwriting prowess.

PERIPHERY will be embarking on a massive North American tour alongside Darkest Hour, labelmates Veil of Maya and Revocation this Nov/Dec, so be sure to either see below or head over now to www.myspace.com/periphery to view their entire tour schedule. Also, be sure to check out their new eye-popping video clip for the track “Icarus Lives!” shot by acclaimed directors Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci of Killswitch Productions.

Mansoor checks in with his thoughts on the upcoming tour and future plans: “Hey everyone, it’s been an amazing whirlwind of a year for PERIPHERY and there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We are currently preparing for a long tour with Darkest Hour, Veil of Maya and Revocation, which is going to be a blast and we can’t wait to get back out there to play for everyone. Also, we encourage everyone to come and meet us at our merch booth after each and every show to come and hang with us. We love hearing feedback from our fans and getting a chance to meet new people.

“We also will have a fresh new, longer setlist with a BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW SONG and a few fun surprises just for this tour. We are also giving lessons on our respective instruments (a lot of days are already booked!), so please come out early to see us and jam with us. Contact us on myspace or facebook if you are interested in lessons.

“I am also really happy to announce that PERIPHERY is well into the writing process for our upcoming EP. We have tracked most of the instrumentation and vocals and are making final tweaks on everything but you guys are in for a treat. There will be some re-tweaked material, some rare material and some brand new material on it so there will be something for everyone.

“We have also been working on material for our second full-length now, so that we can have as much time to refine it before we record the final product. Be sure to check our MySpace and Facebook pages regularly for our updates. Our goal with our music is to cover as much ground as possible while staying true to our sound, and hopefully evolve from previous work all at once. It’s a tall order but a fun challenge nonetheless, and we are doing our best to ensure that the new material will fulfill that goal.

“We want to thank all of our fans for their love and support. We would be nowhere without you and we want to be able to meet you all and thank you in person, so be sure to come out to the shows and hang out with us. We also want to thank Darkest Hour for giving us the opportunity to be on this very special tour with them and it is such an honor for us. You guys are in for a treat. See you there.”

In 2011, PERIPHERY will further expand upon the unique path they are carving out within the metal genre and deliver an offering of epic proportion.
11/12/10     Worcester, MA     @ The Palladium w/ Darkest Hour
11/13/10     New York, NY     @ Gramercy Theatre w/ Darkest Hour
11/14/10     Allentown, PA     @ Crocodile Rock w/ Darkest Hour
11/15/10     Quebec City, Canada     @ Dagobert w/ Darkest Hour
11/16/10     Montreal, Canada     @ Tulipe w/ Darkest Hour
11/17/10     Toronto, Canada     @ Mod Club w/ Darkest Hour
11/19/10     Cleveland, OH     @ Peabody’s w/ Darkest Hour
11/20/10     West Dundee, IL     @ Clearwater Theatre w/ Darkest Hour
11/21/10     Des Moines, IA     @ People’s Court w/ Darkest Hour
11/22/10     Denver, CO     @ Marquis Theatre w/ Darkest Hour
11/23/10     Salt Lake City, UT     @ In The Venue w/ Darkest Hour
11/24/10     Las Vegas, NV     @ Area 702 w/ Darkest Hour
11/26/10     San Diego, CA     @ Soma w/ Darkest Hour
11/27/10     Pomona, CA     @ The Glasshouse w/ Darkest Hour
11/28/10     San Francisco, CA     @ DNA Lounge w/ Darkest Hour
11/29/10     West Hollywood, CA     @ The Whisky w/ Darkest Hour
11/30/10     Mesa, AZ     @ Nile Theatre w/ Darkest Hour
12/01/10     Albuquerque, NM     @ The Launchpad w/ Darkest Hour
12/02/10     Lubbock, TX     @ Tequila Jungle
12/03/10     Austin, TX     @ Emo’s w/ Darkest Hour
12/04/10     Dallas, TX     @ Trees w/ Darkest Hour
12/05/10     Houston, TX     @ Warehouse Live w/ Darkest Hour
12/07/10     St. Petersburg, FL     @ State Theatre w/ Darkest Hour
12/08/10     Atlanta, GA     @ The Masquerade w/ Darkest Hour
12/09/10     Wilmington, NC     @ The Soapbox w/ Darkest Hour
12/10/10     Philadelphia, PA     @ Starlight Ballroom w/ Darkest Hour
12/11/10     Baltimore, MD     @ Ottobar w/ Darkest Hour
12/12/10     Richmond, VA     @ Hat Factory w/ Darkest Hour

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