Five more acts confirmed for BANG YOUR HEAD!!! fest 2011

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG

LEGION OF THE DAMNED, DESASTER, METAL INQUISITOR, CRYSTAL VIPER and CRIPPER have been confirmed for this year’s edition of Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place July 15-16, 2011 in Balingen, Germany.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ACCEPT
AMORPHIS
ASPHYX
CRASHDIET
CRIMSON GLORY
CRIPPER
CRYSTAL VIPER
D-A-D
DEATH ANGEL
DESASTER
HELLOWEEN
IMMORTAL
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
LORDI
METAL INQUISITOR
OVERKILL
PSYCHOTIC WALTZ
SONATA ARCTICA
STORMWARRIOR

More confirmations to follow soon.

For more information, visit www.bang-your-head.de.

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ONSLAUGHT Unveil First Video In Twenty Years Via Metal Injection Today

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG

A world premiere of the brand new video from UK thrash legends ONSLAUGHT is available via online video juggernaut Metal Injection now!

 

The title track to the band’s brutal new studio album, the video for “Sounds Of Violence” is ONSLAUGHT’s first official video in twenty years, the last being from the band’s 1990 full-length In Search Of Sanity. “The Sound Of Violence,” stated ONSLAUGHT vocalist Sy Keeler “was inspired by the horrendous loss of over 150,000,000 souls throughout the 20th Century, instigated by religious tyranny and dictatorial madness of humankind. The lyrics echo the horrific realities of war and remarkable resistance endured by our fellow men and women which continues to this day. Wake up world; welcome to a land of devastating brutality where conflict is a part of everyday life. This is the Sound Of Violence.” The video was filmed and edited By Lukas Hambach of Bloodwork Entertainment (Destruction, Gamma Ray) and produced by Tommy Morriello and Thosten Lütje.

 

 

ONSLAUGHT’s fifth studio album Sounds Of Violence was released in North American in early February via Germany’s AFM Records. The now critically-acclaimed album falls perfectly in line with their massive 2007 comeback album Killing Peace, yet broadens the classic ONSLAUGHT style once again, helping the band maintain an original edge. Recorded and produced in the renowned Hansen-Studios (Destruction, Heathen, Mercenary), the blazing record boasts ten brand new original tracks, as well as a cover of Motörhead’s classic “Bomber,” featuring guest appearances by Phil Campbell (Motörhead) and Tom Angelripper (Sodom).

 

ONSLAUGHT members Sy Keeler and Nige Rockett are available for interviews to North American journalists via Earsplit anytime via phone or email. Please get in touch for more information, and stay tuned for more ONSLAUGHT updates as the band prepare to assault North America full-on later this year!

 

“…this is as good as metal gets… 10/10” – Ultimate Guitar

 

“…a massive dose of skull-crushing metal with first-rate guitar work and angry lyrics.” – About.com

 

“It’s as violent musically and conceptually as it’s predecessor… put this on your ‘must buy’ list for 2011.” – Hellride Music

 

“…the darkest, meanest sounding and heaviest album in their career. 4/5” – Metal Rules

 

“…Onslaught’s finest effort. Everything comes together here, from the thick buzz saw riffs to the deft songwriting and arrangement. 5/5” – Dangerdog

 

“…easily Onslaught’s best album and a must-have for thrash-heads. 4.5/5” – The New Review

 

“…a collection of songs that not only stand up to their already-impressive legacy, but in fact build on it. 4.5/5” – OneMetal

 

“…a relentless, well-crafted and fresh-sounding metal record… 4.5/5” – The Metal Register

 

http://www.onslaughtfromhell.com
http://www.myspace.com/onslaughtuk
http://www.afm-records.de
http://www.myspace.com/afmrecordsgermany

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WOE: Philadelphia Black Metal Legion Announce West Coast Tour Dates; Band To Ravage Scion Stage…

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG

Philadelphia black metal legion WOE will embark on rare string of live dates this March. The short trek will commence on March 5 at the upcoming Scion Fest in Pamona, California alongside the likes of Morbid Angel, Obituary, Integrity and Nails and ravage its way around the West Coast before drawing to a temporary close in Seattle, Washington at The Highline. The festivities will pick up again on the 31st with a hometonw show at Kung Fu Necktie and a spot on this year’s MACRoCk fest on April 1 in Harrisonburg, Virginia with Cannabis Corpse, Inter Arma, Withered, US Christmas and more. View the tour poster HERE.

Said band mastermind Chris Grigg of the upcoming dates: “WOE is not given to hyperbole so it is with stern, stoic determination that we say we hope those in attendance of our upcoming West Coast performances are ready to have their heads blown the fuck off.”

 

WOE West Coast Tour 2011:

3/05/2011 Scion fest – Pomona, CA

3/06/2011 The Hamat – Oakland, CA

3/07/2011 On The Y – Sacramento, CA

3/08/2011 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA

3/09/2011 Ol Hawk Eyes Art Shackle – Chico, CA

3/10/2011 Empire Squared – Eureka, CA

3/11/2011 Plan B – Portland, OR

3/12/2011 The Highline – Seattle, WA

3/31/2011 King Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA

4/01/2011 MACRoCk – Harrisonburg, VA

 

WOE’s critically acclaimed Quietly, Undramatically was released in North America on October 12 via Candlelight Records. The full-length was recorded at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, New Jersey with additional tracking completed at frontman Chris Grigg’s BS1 in Philadelphia. The album is the first to feature a full band ensemble comprised of members from Absu, Woods Of Ypres, The Green Evening Requiem, Infernal Stronghold and Rumpelstiltskin Grinder and continues to reap praise from fans and critics alike.

 

Said the Washington Times of the record: “Woe’s artistry cuts so deep as the band understands the depths of desperation. Their music at times wallows in its own hatred while at others displays optimism that life will improve. It is a satisfying bait and switch because the band knows when to sacrifice betterment at the altar of the bleak.” Added MetalSucks, “Woe’s punk spirit goes beyond bouts with d-beats and energy to spare. They don’t give a fuck about convention, just about stretching what they love to the point where it may not be what it originally was anymore…Undramatic my ass. This is the sound of black metal to come.” Metal Underground commended the band saying: “The album has a huge amount of variation, and tacks on enough unforeseen twists to keep even the most jaded metal fan listening for the whole run time. Fans of U.S. black metal need to make a point of keeping up with Woe,” while About.com noted, “After the brilliant A Spell For The Death Of Man, Woe puts out another sharp, dynamic black metal album that shows major growth and maturity.” Popdose kept it short and sweet: “The USBM scene needs more bands like Woe to take charge and push the genre forward.”

 

http://quietly.WOEunholy.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Woe/258733479982?ref=ts

http://www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa

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TRAP THEM To Premiere New Track A Day This Week; Second Pressing of Darker Handcraft LP Announced

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG

TRAP THEM are premiering a track a day from their Prosthetic Records’ debut, “Darker Handcraft,” this week on various sites. Today, the song, “Slumcult and Gather,” can be heard exclusively on Decibel’s website, here: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/streaming-trap-them-slumcult-and-gather/ Be sure to check the band’s (http://twitter.com/trapthem) and label’s (http://twitter.com/prostheticrcds) Twitter pages every day to find the rest!

 

“Darker Handcraft’” will be released in North America tomorrow, March 1st on vinyl, and March 15th on CD and digital. Due to popular demand, the vinyl is currently being repressed on black, a transparent green and on a red and yellow mixed wax; the green and red/yellow mix are limited to 100 copies each. Pre-order is up now and LPs will be shipping in mid-March. Be sure to order now, as the first pressing went quickly! CDs and exclusive TRAP THEM T shirts are also available, all at the official Prosthetic Webshop: http://store.prostheticrecords.com/index.php/bands/trap-them?p=1

 

TRAP THEM recorded “Darker Handcraft” at Godcity Studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Disfear, Black Breath). The album artwork and layout was done by Justin Bartlett (Sunn 0))), The Funeral Pyre).

 

Brooklyn Vegan commented on the album: “Trap Them have crafted the first must-hear record of 2011, and possibly their best LP to date. Highly, highly recommended.”

 

TRAP THEM will be touring down to South By Southwet starting next week with The Red Chord and Gaza, and will then be heading to Europe in April with Rotten Sound, Gaza, the Kandidate and Haust.

 

3/9 Boston, MA- Great Scott %

3/10 Providence, RI- Club Hell %

3/11 Hackensack, NJ- School of Rock %

3/12 Baltimore, MD- Talking Head %

3/13 West Springfield, VA- Jaxx %

3/14 Greensboro, NC- Greene St. Club %

3/15 Johnson City, TN- The Hideaway %

3/16 Nashville, TN- Exit/In %

3/17 Austin, TX- Emo’s, Full Metal Texas

3/18 Austin, TX- Emo’s Annex, NE Metal and Hardcore Fest Invades Austin Pt2 %

3/18 Austin, TX- ND at 501 Studios, Power of the Riff

3/19 Austin, TX- Scoot Inn, Thrasher Deathmatch

3/20 Little Rock, AR- Downtown Music %

4/1 Karlsruhe, Germany – Stadtmitte #

4/2 Koln, Germany – Underground #

4/3 Rosswein, Germany – Juha #

4/4 Prague, Czech Rep. – Exit Chmelnice #

4/5 Bratislava, Slovakia – Randal #

4/6 Munchen, Germany – Feierwerk Kranhalle #

4/7 Salzburg, Austria – Rockhouse #

4/8 Mezzago, Italy – Bloom #

4/9 Rome, Italy – Init #

4/10 Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo Werk 21 #

4/11 Paris, France – Glazart #

4/12 London, UK – Underworld #

4/13 Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit #

4/14 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre #

4/15 Tilburg, Holland – Roadburn Festival

4/15 Antwerpen, Belgium – Trix #

4/16 Sneek, Holland – Bolwerk #

4/17 Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang #

4/18 Lyngby, Denmark – Templet #

4/19 Gothenburg, Sweden – Henriksberg #

4/21 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Slussen #

4/22 Turku, Finland – Klubi #

4/23 Jyvaskyla, Finland – Lutakko #

4/24 Helsinki, Finland – Nosturi #

# w/ Rotten Sound, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust

% w/ The Red Chord, Gaza

 

TRAP THEM’s sound combines elements of old school Swedish death metal, punk, and d-beat and take influence from bands such as Entombed, Black Flag, Nasum and Tragedy. The band has toured with the likes of Napalm Death, Disfear, Skeletonwitch, Victims, Rotten Sound, Toxic Holocaust and Every Time I Die, among others, and played the Scion Rock Fest, Maryland Deathfest and the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. The band has previously released two full-lengths and several 7-inches and EPs between Southern Lord, Deathwish Inc and Trash Art.

 

 

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Lazarus A.D. Posts Exclusive ‘The Ultimate Sacrifice’ Video Shoot Photos

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG
LAZARUS AD - Black Rivers Flow

LAZARUS AD - Black Rivers Flow

Wisconsin thrash metallers LAZARUS A.D. have just posted four exclusive photos taken on set during their music video shoot for ‘The Ultimate Sacrifice’. Head to the band’s official Facebook page to view the photos, and make sure to tune into MetalSucks.net next Monday, March 7th to witness the unveiling of the new video.

 

MetalInjection.net recently finished posting a series of video blogs chronicling “The Making of Black Rivers Flow”. Check out the final installment at this link. The behind the scenes footage for the series was filmed by the band and produced/edited by Clay Cook at Dirty Cheese Design & Development. Check out all of the previous installments at MetalInjection.net.

Black Rivers Flow was released on February 1st on Metal Blade Records and is already seeing some amazing numbers on the charts. The album landed at #35 on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums chart, and #86 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums chart. Black Rivers Flow also charted at #90 in Canada on the Hard Music charts. LAZARUS A.D. and Bonded by Blood are touring in Europe this spring. See below for all current European and U.S. tour dates.

 

 

EUROPEAN TOUR w/ BONDED BY BLOOD

Mar. 09 – London, UK – O2 Academy 2
Mar. 10 – Bristol, UK – Area 81
Mar. 11 – Milton Keynes, UK – Crauford Arms
Mar. 12 – Leeds, UK – The Well
Mar. 13 – Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks
Mar. 14 – Nottingham, UK – The Maze
Mar. 15 – Southampton, UK – Joiners
Mar. 16 – Norwich, UK – Metal Lust @ The Brickmakers
Mar. 17 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
Mar. 18 – Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo
Mar. 19 – Prague, Czech Republic – Modra Vopice
Mar. 20 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Orto Bar
Mar. 21 – Vienna, Austria – 3Raum/Arena
Mar. 22 – Bologna, Italy – Blogs Club
Mar. 23 – Barcelona, Spain – Mephisto
Mar. 24 – Madrid, Spain – Hebe
Mar. 25 – Paris, France – Paris Extreme Festival
Mar. 26 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27 Black
Mar. 27 – Porto, Portugal – Porto Rio
Mar. 29 – Hamburg, Germany – Headcrash
Mar. 30 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Merleyn
Mar. 31 – Copenhagen, Denmark – The Rock

Apr. 01 – Cologne, Germany – The Underground
Apr. 02 – Bruges, Belgium – JH Comma

Here’s what critics are already saying about Black Rivers Flow:

 

LAZARUS A.D.’s Black Rivers Flow is meticulously perfect. The guitar solos are reminiscent of Slayer, the riffs remind me of Coroner, Atheist and Testament, and the precision of the guitar work brings to mind Metallica and Megadeth.” Altsounds.com

“This band is in no danger of suffering from a sophomore slump (the title track is especially wicked).” MetalSucks.net

“Grade-A modern American thrash metal.” Blabbermouth.net

“The album wraps up with the seven-minute ‘Eternal Vengeance’, which builds from a mellow vocal introduction reminiscent of James Hetfield’s (Metallica) somber moments to the crunching heaviness that defines the rest of the album. It too is a strong and, in a different way, expansive cut. LAZARUS A.D. have taken a big step forward with Black Rivers Flow and kept the killer instinct intact. No flash in the pan, this is a band to watch in 2011 and beyond.” Blabbermouth.net

LAZARUS A.D. gets a lot of things right on Black Rivers Flow, namely the classic thrash feel, the headbangability and the incorporation of a second, very different vocal presence. Just be careful listening to this while driving. This album might make you a little reckless. RIYL: Metallica, Lamb of God, Pantera, Five Finger Death Punch, Goatwhore.” TheNewReview.net

 

 

For more information on LAZARUS A.D. visit the following locations:
http://lazarusad.com/
http://www.facebook.com/lazarusad
http://twitter.com/LAZARUSAD
http://www.myspace.com/lazarus1
http://www.metalblade.com/LazarusAD/
http://www.thirddegreemerch.com/lazarusad

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SIX FEET UNDER release update on new line up; Chimaira Guitarist Joins SFU!

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG

Tampa, FL Death metallers, SIX FEET UNDER, has delivered the following update regarding the bands line up:

 

We would like to announce and welcome the addition of guitarist Rob Arnold (Chimaira) to the SIX FEET UNDER family! Just wanted to give you a SIX FEET UNDER band update and let you all know that we would like to announce our good friend Rob Arnold will be joining SFU as 2nd rhythm guitarist for upcoming touring duties, as well as collaborating on the new CD.

 

Chris Barnes comments; “I couldn’t be happier about the new songs and line up! Rob and myself have been collaborating on new songs along with the bands new drummer, Kevin Talley (www.drummerkevintalley.com) for the past few months. We are all feeling really excited about the bands future, and the raw intensity of the songs that we have created together so far. THIS IS THE HEAVIEST MOST EXCITING MATERIAL THAT IVE WORKED ON SINCE THE BLEEDING, AND IM STOKED THAT ROB WILL BE HELPING OUT CREATING THIS CD WITH US! We’ve all known each other for a while and we’re really looking forward to continue writing the new CD and future tours. We are committed to taking SIX FEET UNDER to the next level of brutality!!!”

 

Rob Arnold comments; “It’s been an amazing honor and opportunity to have been called upon by one of my biggest idols, Chris Barnes!! SIX FEET UNDER and the Barnes era Cannibal stuff had enormous effects on me as a young musician, and still do to this day. In 1996, I was a kid in the front row screaming my head off to ‘Lycanthropy’ and ‘Torn to the Bone’…and now here I am, being asked to play the songs on stage with the band! Dreams do come true!!! And the stuff we’ve been writing absolutely RIPS! Watch out!!”

 

http://www.sfu420.com/

http://www.facebook.com/sixfeetunder

http://www.myspace.com/sixfeetunder

 

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Montreal’s Derelict Streaming New Music Online

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG

Montreal technical death metallers Derelict are streaming a new track online as a preview of their next album. Listen to it here:

 


 

“Perpetuation is about our current social system, which has humanity pitted against itself in endless competition and misery,” explains vocalist Eric Burnet. “We can choose to perpetuate this system until we burn ourselves out, or we can choose to do something more sustainable and perpetuate our species.”

 

This is the first of three songs to be released this month as part of Derelict’s new promotional demo.

 

“Although we’re labeling this as a demo, the production is full album quality,” says Burnet. “We went with Chris Donaldson (Beneath The Massacre, The Agonist, etc) again for the mix and master, and we got Sébastien Pittet (ex-Augury touring bassist) on fretless bass duties. All in all we’re pretty psyched and we hope this gets people excited for our next album.”

Check out more work from Seb Pittet at http://www.myspace.com/wanubass

 

Over the next few months Derelict will be putting the finishing touches on their next release, playing select shows around Quebec, Ontario, and the East Coast, and looking at expanding their reach to the US and Europe.

 

Derelict’s 2009 release ‘Unspoken Words’ is available in stores across Canada through Year Of The Sun Records, in the US and online through Relapse Records, as well as on iTunes.

 

For more info visit:

http://www.derelictmetal.com

http://www.myspace.com/derelictmetal

http://www.facebook.com/derelictmetal

http://www.twitter.com/derelictmetal

http://www.youtube.com/derelictmetal

http://www.indiemerch.com/derelict

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MARIONETTE “Adding The Final Touches” to Third Full Length Album, Tour Diary Available

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG

Gothenburg Sweden based metal sextet MARIONETTE is currently in the process of mastering its yet to be titled third full length album at Masters of Audio Studio in Stockholm with Erik Broheden (RAMMSTEIN, TURBONEGRO, WITHIN TEMPTATION). Song titles set to appear on the CD include “Something Forgotten”, “Remember Your Name”, “Stand In Line” and “Lights Out”. Guitarist and backing vocalist Aron Parmerud commented:

 

“Our third album is currently being mastered at Masters of Audio Studio in Stockholm. These guys really know what they are doing, having worked with acts like RAMMSTEIN, TURBONEGRO, WITHIN TEMPTATION, and THE HELLACOPTERS among many others. We’re currently adding the final touches and making some final tweaks, but the light at the end of the tunnel is drawing very near! We worked really hard on all the compositions and we feel this is by far the most unique, dynamic, and mature record we’ve made. Here is a photo we took recently after completing the mixing at Pontus Hjelm’s PH Studio (Dead By April) in Gothenburg.”

 

MARIONETTE also recently completed European dates with the MURDERDOLLS – the band consisting of Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT, ROB ZOMBIE) and Wednesday 13 – on the “Women and Children Last Tour”. Aron Parmerud commented:

 

“We recently completed our European dates with the MURDERDOLLS on their “Women And Children Last Tour.” It was great to get back down to play in Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Italy again. We want to give a special thanks to all of our new fans in France as well. We’ll be back to see you soon! Big thanks to the MURDERDOLLS and their crew for helping us make this the best tour MARIONETTE has ever done. We have confirmed a date in Copenhagen on March 19th; we look forward to playing some new songs from our upcoming record that we haven’t tried yet live!”

 

MARIONETTE’s tour diary from the “Women and Children Last Tour” can be viewed at the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8_OaZ8MMno

Photographs from Jan 23rd concert in Milan courtesy of MetalItalia Webzine can be viewed at the link below:

http://www.metalitalia.com/concerts/view.php?&concert_pk=614

Links:

Marionette Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/marionettesweden

Marionette Official Website: http://www.marionette.se

Marionette Youtube Page: http://www.youtube.com/marionettesweden

Marionette on Twitter: http://twitter.com/marionetteswe

Marionette Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marionette/54644928790

Warner/Chappell Scandinavia: http://www.warnerchappell.com

Pivotal Management: http://www.PivotalAlliance.com

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CANNIBAL CORPSE: 4th and final teaser clip from “Global Evisceration” DVD now live

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG
CANNIBAL CORPSE: "Global Evisceration"

CANNIBAL CORPSE: "Global Evisceration"

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – February 28, 2011 – In conjunction with the release of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s 4th DVD Global Evisceration on March 15, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with AUX.TV to debut the final teaser clip featuring the band in Malta. Check it out beow. Global Evisceration was shot and edited by director Denise Korycki (Wild Wind Productions) who also shot and directed Centuries of Torment – The First 20 Years (entered the Billboard Music Video Charts at #8 in its 1st week of release!) in addition to DVD’s for bands like As I Lay Dying, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, and Super Joint Ritual.

 

Global Evisceration contains one disc and is approximately 3 hours long with artwork by the infamous Vince Locke. The main program includes full live-song performances from two live shows: the Gothic Theater in Englewood, CO shot on 5/3/10 and Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM shot on 5/8/10. Global Evisceration also includes bonus performances and extra segments including behind the scenes footage covering Evisceration Plague era tours.

 

Head over to the CANNIBAL CORPSE landing page HERE to check out the first video – an excerpt that didn’t make the final cut featuring Jesse Jackson – the second video featuring part of a live performance of Stripped, Raped and Strangled – the third video that is part of a live performance of the track Scalding Hail, and to check out preorder options for Global Evisceration.

 

Package #1: Global Evisceration DVD

Package #2: Global Evisceration DVD + Comic Book/CD Version (while supplies last)

Order at metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse

 

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SCAR OF THE SUN To Open For PARADISE LOST On 1st Date of “Draconian Times” Tour

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG
Greek atmospheric metal band SCAR OF THE SUN will be opening for British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST on Friday, March 18, at the Fuzz Club in Athens. That will be PARADISE LOST‘s first Greek date out of three and the first date of the band’s upcoming “Draconian Times” tour.
PARADISE LOST‘s “Draconian Times” Tour:

Mar. 18 – Fuzz – Athens, Greece
Mar. 19 – Fuzz – Athens, Greece
Mar. 20 – Principal – Thessaloniki, Greece
Mar. 29 – Tivoli – Utrecht, Holland
Mar. 30 – Bataclan – Paris, France
Mar. 31 – Zeche – Bochum, Germany
Apr. 01 – The Forum – London, UK
SCAR OF THE SUN‘s debut album, “A Series of Unfortunate Concurrencies”, will be released worldwide this May through a well respected & historic record label in Italy, the name of which shall be announced shortly as the band has just signed the contract. The album was mixed and mastered by acclaimed sound engineers Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, PARADISE LOST, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY) and Greg Reely (PARADISE LOST, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY,SKINNY PUPPY) and features guest appearances by Mikael Stanne (DARK TRANQUILLITY), Bob Katsionis (FIREWIND, OUTLOUD), Marios Iliopoulos (NIGHTRAGE), Chris Antoniou (SEPTICFLESH) and Leah Randi (CONJURE ONE).
In the past SCAR OF THE SUN has supported such acts as PAIN OF SALVATION, AGUA DE ANIQUE, DISILLUSION and LAKE OF TEARS in Greece and also DARK TRANQUILLITY on two dates of the “Where Death Is Most Alive Tour 2010” in Slovenia and Austria. The band has also performed at 2009’s Rockwave Festival (Greece) alongside names such as SLIPKNOT, DOWN, MASTODON, SAXON and others.
SCAR OF THE SUN on MySpace: myspace.com/scarofthesun
SCAR OF THE SUN on Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Scar-Of-The-Sun/32562963954
SCAR OF THE SUN on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ScarofTheSun
Official Website: http://www.scarofthesun.com

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ALTARS OF DESTRUCTION – past, present and future

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG

One of the earliest metal-bands in Finland was ALTARS OF DESTRUCTION. They entered the scene along STONE, AIRDASH, A.R.G. and NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE in the second half of the 1980s.

However, due to some twists of fate and a record deal that after all did not happen, the band went into hibernation. They might have already been considered history, but fortunately reformed several years ago and set their energy towards recording that one debut album they did not had the chance to deliver earlier. “Gallery Of Pain” was released in April 2010 through Violent Journey Records. Autumn of 2010 saw the first video, “Cross The Line (Of No Return)” by Jani “ViSKi” Viskari.

A new Interview by fireangel / Night Elves is the first AOD-interview in English and also the first one to cover AOD’s story extensively. Interviewees were Kimmo Osmo (Guitar), Pasi Osmo (Bass) and Mika Luoma (Vocals).

 

Some excerpts:

Anja Fireangel: When the band was formed in 1986, you were between 16 and 18 years old. When and how did you learn to play an instrument or to do vocals? Which were your heroes that motivated you so much to start a band yourself? How did the band members get into contact with each other?

Pasi Osmo: I was 17 when I started to play seriously. First playing guitar for a few months and singing for my own band. My brother Kimmo had a band of his own with some school buddies, playing bass and [doing] vocals, but wanted to change over to guitar. He convinced me into joining his band and taking the bassist role. This was a good decision, because the bass works better for me, and Kimmo is more talented with guitar than I could ever be.

Back then in the mid 80’s we listened to old heavy, BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEPPELIN etc., gradually bands like VENOM, SLAYER, METALLICA etc., stepped into the picture. All of these bands have made an impression on our music. There were no famous thrash bands in Finland yet at that point, but metal-wise we had great names like ZERO NINE, TAROT and OZ.”

 

[..]

 

“Anja Fireangel: In Kimmo’s photoalbum on Myspace is a newspaper-scan about AOD playing a gig with STONE and added comments about how at a similar gig with them the police came because stage diving was not permitted. Could you please tell of that gig and also in general how the atmosphere at your concerts was?

Kimmo Osmo: The atmosphere back then at shows was real intense and sometimes brutal, and our audience sure knew how to put on a show of their own… We played joint gigs with STONE, AIRDASH, and PRESTIGE. One of the gigs with STONE was definitely the most memorable, when the crowd started stage diving and the cops stopped their show…then hell broke loose.

 

 

The complete interview can be found from this link:

http://us.myspace.com/nightelvesforest/blog/542238827

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THE OCEAN Announce North American Tour With Between The Buried And Me

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG

German atmospheric progressive metal collective and Metal Blade Recording artists, THE OCEAN, are pleased to announce a near month-long North American tour this April! Presented by Peter Says Denim, In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net, “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek”will begin in Farmingdale, New York at The Crazy Donkey, include a stop at this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore fest in Worcester, Massachusetts and wind its way through 20 cities before making a final stop in Ashville, North Carolina at The Orange Peel. The band will be joined by headliners (and recent Metal Blade signees) Between The Buried And Me, Job For A Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage on select dates. View tour poster HERE.

 

Said guitarist Robin Staps of the upcoming live assaults: “THE OCEAN will be touring the US and Canada with Between The Buried And Me! We’re excited to get back over there finally, and are particularly excited about our appearance at New England Metal Fest at the beginning of the tour!”

 

Peter Says Denim Presents Between The Buried And Me

In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net

With Job For A Cowboy, The Ocean & Cephalic Carnage (*on select dates)

 

4/15/2011 The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

4/16/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)

4/17/2011 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA

4/18/2011 Atlar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

4/19/2011 Club Infinity – Williamsville, NY

4/20/2011 Le National – Montreal, QC

4/21/2011 Opera House – Toronto, ON

4/22/2011 Headliner’s – Toledo, OH

4/23/2011 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI

4/25/2011 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI

4/26/2011 Granada – Lawrence, KS

4/27/2011 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO *

4/29/2011 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

4/30/2011 El Corazon – Seattle, WA *

5/01/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR *

5/03/2011 Ace Of Clubs – Sacramento, CA *

5/04/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA *

5/05/2011 Glasshouse Music Hall – Pomona, CA *

5/06/2011 Soma – San Diego, CA *

5/07/2011 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ *

5/09/2011 The Door – Dallas, TX

5/10/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

5/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN

5/12/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

5/13/2011 Rockettown – Nashville, TN

5/14/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

 

Check out a live clip of “Firmament” filmed during THE OCEAN’s Heliocentric record release show on March 26th, 2010 HERE.

 

THE OCEAN will be touring in support of their 2010 separately-issued double album: Heliocentric and Anthropocentric (released in April and November 2010 respectively). This mammoth conceptual effort took almost two years to complete. From a lyrical and artistic point of view, the albums represent a fundamental and philosophical critique of Christianity. Both albums scored rave reviews worldwide, including Album Of The Month in Metal Hammer Germany, Italy and Greece, and a cover feature in the December issue of Metal Hammer UK’s/Subterranea (their extreme metal supplement). Said AMG Magazine: “This is the most forward-thinking statement by THE OCEAN yet, and stands as the most seamlessly integrated and consistent recording they’ve issued to date.” Added Rock Sound (UK): “Luxurious, tectonic, ingenious, calculated, charismatic, enterprising, dexterous, inventive, unrestrained, fascinating and poignant. If all this doesn’t convince you to at least check them out, then seriously, fuck off.”

 

 

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HOLY GRAIL ANNOUNCE U.S./CANADA TOUR WITH CAULDRON

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG

Fresh off a month long run with Eluveitie, Los Angeles’ Holy Grail will be teaming up with Canadian band Cauldron for a North American tour April 15th through May 12th. Holy Grail will close all U.S shows and Cauldron will close all Canadian dates. Local bands chosen by Holy Grail, Cauldron, and the tour’s promoters will fill out the bills in each market.

 

Holy Grail has been touring in support of their fall 2010 release, “Crisis in Utopia”, and has supported Exodus, Blind Guardian, and Eluveitie so far in the touring cycle. Prior to this tour, Holy Grail will be going to the UK for a co-headline tour with Roadrunner Records band Revoker.

 

Only assembled a few years ago, Holy Grail is already at the forefront of the new wave of metal that pays homage to such legends as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Dio. The band’s debut EP IMPROPER BURIAL (released in late 2009), featuring just two original tracks and two covers, earned Holy Grail significant press accolades including a 2-page feature in hometown paper LA Weekly, a spot on Decibel’s “25 Most Anticipated Releases Of 2010” list and inclusion on Metal Hammer’s “Guide To The Best In The Upcoming New Wave Of Trad Metal”. Holy Grail was also recognized with a nomination for Metal Hammer’s 2010 Golden God Awards in the “Best New Band’ category – quite an honor since they hadn’t even released a full-length album yet! Metal Hammer sums it up best: “With a killer name, awesome logo and a sound that is more metal than metal itself, Holy Grail are one of the most promising traditionally inclined metal bands to emerge from the US in the past decade…This is metal played with conviction and belief and you’re going to love it.”

 

Holy Grail on tour:

 

APRIL

15 West Hollywood, CA Viper Room

16 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro Opera House

17 Portland, OR Dante’s

18 Seattle, WA El Corazon

19 Vancouver, BC Media Club

21 Calgary, AB Republik

22 Edmonton, AB Brixx Bar & Grill

25 Winnipeg, MB Royal Albert

26 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks

28 Toronto, ON The Wreck Room

29 Quebec, QC L’Agitee

30 Montreal, QC Il Motore

MAY

1 Allston, MA Great Scott

2 Hartford, CT Webster Underground

3 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero

4 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool

5 Washington, DC Red Palace

6 Columbus, OH The Summit

7 Chicago, IL Subterranean

8 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club

9 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room

10 Denver, CO Three Kings Tavern

11 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas

12 Mesa, AZ Nile Theatre

 

 

 

For more information, please visit:

www.myspace.com/holygrail

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SCALE THE SUMMIT Streaming New Album Now; “The Collective” in Stores

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG

Progressive instrumental act, SCALE THE SUMMIT, is streaming their new record, “The Collective,” exclusively at the website of their hometown paper, The Houston Chronicle. Check out the record, now. The band will kick off a tour with Fair to Midland and Periphery in Houston on Thursday.

 

“The Collective” was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, FL with producer Mark Lewis (Devildriver, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder). The standard CD is available now, as is a signed booklet version bundled with a high quality, limited edition, American Apparel shirt. Order it now at: http://ht.ly/3GM6T

 

The track listing of “The Collective,” is as follows:

 

1. Colossal

 

2. Whales

 

3. Emersion

 

4. The Levitated

 

5. Secret Earth

 

6. Gallows

 

7. Origin of Species

 

8. Alpenglow

 

9. Black Hills

 

10. Balkan

 

11. Drifting Figures

 

 

See the band live:

 

3/3 Houston, TX- Warehouse Live

 

3/4 Dallas, TX- Trees

 

3/5 Austin, TX- Emo’s Inside

 

3/6 Lubbock, TX- Jake’s Sports Café

3/7 Tucson, AZ- The Noise #

 

3/8 Mesa, AZ- The Underground

 

3/9 Victorville, CA- VVEC

 

3/10 San Diego, CA- Epicenter w/ Periphery only

 

3/11 West Hollywood, CA- Whisky A Go-Go

 

3/12 Bakersfield, CA- Jerry’s Pizza

 

3/13 Sacramento, CA- Ace Of Spades

 

3/15 Portland, OR- Hawthorne Theatre

 

3/16 Seattle, WA- Studio Seven

 

3/17 Spokane, WA- The A Club

 

3/18 Boise, ID- The Venue

 

3/20 Colorado Springs, CO- The Black Sheep

 

3/21 Denver, CO- Marquis Theatre

 

3/22 Kansas City, MO- Scion Lab #

 

3/23 Cedar Falls, IA- The Wheelhouse

 

3/24 St. Paul, MN- Station 4

 

3/25 Flint, MI- The Machine Shop

 

3/26 Madison, WI- The Annex

 

3/28 Chicago, IL- Bottom Lounge

 

3/29 Toronto, ON- Mod Club

 

3/30 Pittsburgh, PA- Smiling Moose

 

4/1 Hartford, CT- Webster Underground

 

4/2 Worcester, MA-The Palladium

 

4/3 Philadelphia, PA- The Barbary

 

4/4 Portland, ME- Deering Grange #

 

4/5 Burlington, VT- Monkey House #

 

4/6 New York, NY- Santo’s Party House

 

4/7 Springfield, VA- Jaxx

 

4/8 Knoxville, TN- The Cider House

 

4/9 Asheville, NC- The Orange Peel

 

4/10 Atlanta, GA- The Masquerade

 

4/12 New Orleans, LA- The Parish @ House of Blues

 

4/13 Little Rock, AR- Juanita’s

 

4/14 Tulsa, OK- The Marquee

 

4/15 Oklahoma City, OK- Conservatory

 

# Headline dates

 

SCALE THE SUMMIT formed in 2005 while attending the Musicians’ Institute in Los Angeles. The band relocated to Texas in 2006, where they recorded their first, self-released album. After signing with Prosthetic, they released “Carving Desert Canyons”, which Revolver called, “a cinematic blast of intricately melodic fretwork and pummeling percussion,” in 2009.

 

The band, who received praise from Guitar World for their “tightly-woven guitar interplay, irregular time signatures and tasteful licks,” has toured with the likes of PROTEST THE HERO, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, CYNIC, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and were handpicked by DREAM THEATER to participate in the 2009 installment of their famed “Progressive Nation” festival tour. SCALE THE SUMMIT has also been featured prominently in Guitar Player magazine, and has tracks available for the Rock Band video game through the Rock Band Network.

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Zombiefication’s Midnight Stench Gets the Vinyl Treatment

March 1st, 2011
by EvilG

In 2010 Mexico’s legendary ZOMBIEFICATION crawled out the grave with disgust and finally released their long awaited debut album Midnight Stench on CD through Asphyxiate Recordings. Playing a rotten style of death metal that crosses the early Stockholm sound with Mexico’s own proud tradition of ancient cult death metal, you can now experience Midnight Stench on vinyl, the way it was always meant to be experienced. Chaos Records recently made available two vinyl editions of this already classic album. Inclusive of an exclusive bonus track, “Blood & Disgorge,” the LP is available in limited edition (200 copies) 350 gram vinyl with gatefold jacket and 180 gram silver vinyl. The regular LP edition is available in 350 gram black vinyl with gatefold jacket.

 

Midnight Stench LP Track List

Side A:

 

The Shining

 

Cryptic Broadcast

 

Anthem to the Deathmarch

 

Last Resting Place

 

Jacko’s Funeral Pyre

 

Sleepless Mutter

 

 

 

Side B:

 

Broken Gravestone

 

Necrolumbatory

 

Hitchcock Screaming in Phobia

 

The Early Years

 

Blood & Disgorge (exclusive bonus track)

 

 

 

 

www.chaos-records.com

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