Austria’s BELPHEGOR have revealed the cover art (see right) to their upcoming Blood Magick Necromance release! The piece was designed by renowned Austrian artist Joachim Luetke (DIMMUBORGIR, ARCHENEMY, KREATOR, etc).
Blood Magick Necromance Track Listing:
1. IN BLOOD – DEVOUR THIS SANCTITY
2. RISE TO FALL AND FALL TO RISE
3. BLOOD MAGICK NECROMANCE
4. DISCIPLINE THROUGH PUNISHMENT
5. ANGELI MORTIS DE PROFUNDIS
6. IMPALED UPON THE TONGUE OF SATHAN
7. POSSESSED BURNING EYES
8. SADO MESSIAH BELPHEGOR recently wrapped up work on their new blackened death metal masterpiece Blood Magick Necromance!The albumwas produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) at his Abyss Studios (IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, DARK FUNERAL etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. The album will be released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America!
“This will be the most epic and monumental BELPHEGOR work to date,“ commented frontman and lead shredder Helmuth.
BELPHEGOR will also be direct support to DEICIDE on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour”, which kicks off on Feb. 15th of next year. The trek is being sponsored by Bloody-Disgusting.com and also features BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS and PATHOLOGY. Tickets for the tour are available now via www.enterthevault.com and all other normal ticketing systems.
New Orleans-based, doomed-out, punk/blues/southern rock hardcore freaks, EYEHATEGOD, will head out on another American trek this December in support of absolutely nothing but the glory of hedonism and debauchery. EHG are the originators of a genre now known as “sludge,” a combination of raw, sick vocals and slow, heavy, down-tuned, grooving negative riffs that run together in a live setting in a sometimes volatile mess of guitar feedback, pounding drums, cigarettes, beer, vodka and hurt feelings. See the band in the following cities before they self-destruct: EYEHATEGOD Winter Tour 2010w/ Phobia
11/30/2010 Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
12/01/2010 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
12/02/2010 Tremont – Charlotte, NC w/ Crowbar
12/03/2010 The Oasis – Charleston, SC
12/04/2010 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ Sons Of Tonatiuh
12/05/2010 Hi Tine – Memphis, TN
12/06/2010 Birdy’s – Indianapolis, IN w/ Goatwhore
12/07/2010 Downtown – Little Rock, AR w/ Goatwhore
12/08/2010 Drifter’s – Fayetteville, AR
12/09/2010 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
12/10/2010 Kordova – San Antonio,TX
“Finally we’re hitting the road properly after the summer’s festival season. Going to be great to get out there to meet up with all our fans and friends from before, as well as new, to play some old and new material. Opening for Airbourne is also a good opportunity for us to spread our message in a broader way. Get ready for Diamonds on the road!”
Catch ENFORCER live in Europe with AIRBOURNE at the following shows:
06 Nov – Bochum, Germany – Ruhcongress
07 Nov – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Mainhall
09 Nov – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
10 Nov – Stockholm, Sweden – Tyrol
12 Nov – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahoune
13 Nov – Helsinki, Finland – Cable Factory
16 Nov – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
17 Nov – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Arena
18 Nov – Dresden, Germany – Alter Schlachthof
20 Nov – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
22 Nov – Munich, Germany – Zenith
23 Nov – Basel, Switzerland – St. Jakobshalle Arena
24 Nov – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
26 Nov – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
27 Nov – Lille, France – Aeronef
29 Nov – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
30 Nov – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Mainhall Box
02 Dec – London, UK – Brixton Academy
04 Dec – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
05 Dec – Belfast, UK – Ulster Hall
07 Dec – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
09 Dec – Manchester, UK – Academy
10 Dec – Birmingham, UK – Academy
ENFORCER recently filmed a new music video with PATRIC ULLAEUS (DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE) for the track ‘Midnight Vice’, from the band’s latest album, DIAMONDS. The video will be released in the next few weeks.
Sitra Ahra, the latest album by Sweden’s genre-defying THERION, has debuted at #44 on the Billboard Top New Artists (Heatseekers) chart, #58 on the Current Hard Music Albums, and #122 Independent Current Albums chart following its October 26th release.
THERION founder, songwriter, and composer Christofer Johnsson takes some time off from the band’s current European tour just a few hours before they take the stage in the Czech Republic to comment on this accomplishment in North America:
“The band is thrilled about our Billboard debuts. It also shows that very alternative music styles have a future in the overall somewhat crumbling music market in the USA. Full speed ahead!”
Asked about THERION’s sole North American appearance as headliners at 2011’s ProgPower XII Festival on Saturday, September 17th in Atlanta, Georgia, Johnsson shares:
“We never thought we’d play music on U.S. soil again after the last tour [in 2005]. We were offered a fair fee for last year[‘s ProgPower Festival], but as our costs would be nearly double of that, we had to reject it and never expected to hear back from [the organizer] again. So we were totally surprised by being offered the double for next year. We are very happy for this opportunity and it is great that our fans in the U.S. will be able to catch us on stage again, as touring there again is totally out of question.”
Tickets to ProgPower XII will be available for purchase in March, 2011 via TicketMaster.
Sitra Ahra was produced by Christofer Johnsson and mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. Album artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard (James LaBrie, Avantasia, Darkane, Edguy). Of the material on Sitra Ahra, Johnsson has commented:
“…only a few of the songs [were] written in recent years. The majority of the[m] are from the same pool of songs from which [2004’s] Sirius B and Lemuria were created from, meaning they were written between 2000-2004 (there was even a song from 1999, but we decided not to use it on the album in the end). By no means they are to be regarded as ‘leftovers.’ These were songs equal to those ending up on Lemuria and Sirius B; we just divided the songs we had onto three albums [Sirius B, Lemuria, and 2007’s Gothic Kabalah]. This really created a unique approach to the songs, as I have evolved so much musically since those songs were written. I think of it in terms as a vintage wine that becomes better and better with the years.”
Garden State death metallers GRIMUS recently posted a teaser video documenting the recording process for their latest full-length, Gutter Earth. The video can be viewed HERE.Gutter Earth was recorded and mixed by GRIMUS guitarist Marco Bobadilla and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering. Gutter Earth is available for free download HEREand is also streaming on the band’s official MySpace page.
Gutter Earth Track Listing:
1. In The Gutter
2. Friends For (N)ever
3. The Situation
GRIMUS Live Assaults: 11/13/2010 The Crocodile Rock Cafe – Allentown, PA w/ Suffocation, The Faceless, Decrepit Birth
Bryan Martinez – Vocals
Marco Bobadilla – Guitar
Michael Muñoz – Guitar
Michael Gonçalves – Bass
JP Andrade – Drums
“Grimus are on a mission their bulldozer approach allowing for push ‘n’ pull dynamics and resounding grooves whose commanding presence look to set to lord it over moshpits everywhere” – Metal Hammer Magazine
REMAINS, the 1996 album from Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR, has been reissued and is out now in Europe.
Following the recent release of ANNIHILATOR’s critically acclaimed, self-titled new album, Earache Records announced the “Total Annihilation” campaign, reissuing six albums from the band’s illustrious back-catalogue. REMAINS is the sixth and final release in the series, following CARNIVAL DIABLOS, CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW, WAKING THE FURY, KING OF THE KILL and REFRESH THE DEMON.
REMAINS is available now on CD in a custom slipcase and includes three bonus tracks plus a guitar workshop video with ANNIHILATOR guitarist and mainman JEFF WATERS.
The full track listing for REMAINS is as follows:
01. Tricks And Traps
03. Never Forget
05. Human Remains
06. I Want
07. Dead Wrong
08. No Love
12. Words From Jeff Waters*
13. Back To The Palace (1999 Demo)*
14. Annihilator (1985 Radio Ottawa Demo)*
To celebrate this great series of reissues, Earache Records is offering a free, sturdy bookshelf box to fans as a way of neatly and proudly displaying the six albums. The bookshelf box is available to European fans and features stunning ANNIHILATOR artwork and a personal message to the fans from ANNIHILATOR mastermind JEFF WATERS.
To get your free ANNIHILATOR bookshelf box, simply e-mail your full name and postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Annihilator box”.
“Grapes Of Wrath” the long-awaited new video from Boston MA area traditional heavy metal / thrashers Ravage is available for free streaming download on the irreverent video game blog D-Pad D-bags located at http://www.dpaddbags.com. The clip was filmed back in the summer of 2009, but had to be sent back for a number of re-edits due to some controversial parodic subject matter, violent content and special effects issues.
Ravage singer Al Ravage commented, “I’m proud of what we were able to put together with this video despite a non-existent budget. I think we were able to get our message across in a very entertaining way. The song itself speaks to the personal struggles of the people of our generation as we try to wade through the turbulent waters of this rough economic and social climate. Everyone our age knows someone who has lost his or her job, been burdened by ever increasing credit card or student loan debt and dually had to deal with the fallout of two on-going foreign wars. The song basically is a wake-up call to the brain-dead media personalities and political figures who sit idly by as the world tears itself apart and try to blame music or art for the problems of today’s youth. As for the video, as usual, we threw quite a bit in the blender for you all to keep it interesting – including some comedy, some gore, some parody, and a not-so subtle homage to one of
our favorite Judas Priest videos. Working with Egan from LAWSON: WHITE HEAT was a blast ‘in particular’ and I’m sure all members of the Society For World Wide Ravage will get a kick out of this video.”
The video was directed by John Koziol who last worked on the feature-length action comedy film LAWSON: WHITE HEAT and has previously worked on video projects for such diverse artists as AGNOSTIC FRONT and THE WU-TANG CLAN.
Ravage’s latest album “The End Of Tomorrow” was released by Metal Blade Records.
Behemoth frontman, Nergal, reports in from the hospital to give us an update on his Leukemia treatments thus far.
“Hello, everyone! I’m still in the hospital but in quite a good shape so I write to let you know about my health and the further stages of treatment. I’ve been through four planned chemotherapies and have stayed in hospital for over 3 months now. I’ve gone through the whole therapy smoothly, though I also had a couple of difficult moments. All this means I have finished the stage of pharmacological treatment and I am about to start the irradiation and then the marrow transplant. Yes, we’ve found a donor! Having searched for months, the foundation has found a person whose genotype is identical to mine. It would have been difficult to achieve if it wasn’t for the support of so many people. Most of all, I want to express my admiration for Dorota – my wonderful and devoted fiancée. She did everything she could to help me and many other people, regardless of adversities and comments which were often unfair. Your help is invaluable! Thank you! I love you. On behalf of me and all other people ill I thank everyone who registered in the bone marrow bank regardless of origin, skin colour or religion. The concerts for charity have been organized all over the world and people of show business, bands and, most of all, the fans got deeply involved. You are beyond great! One of you made my transplant possible, but remember, your attitude may save many others in need. So I appeal to everyone: don’t stop the madness! The march for victory continues! Horns up!’
Nergal was diagnosed with Leukemia this past July and has been undergoing treatment in Poland since then.
In Behemoth news:
The third and final teaser for Evangelia Heretika, the forthcoming DVD from Behemoth, can be viewed now on MetalBlade.tv HERE. The DVD includes 3 discs featuring: 2 full shows (live in Paris 2008 and Live in Warsaw 2009), every BEHEMOTH music video ever made, Evangelion tour documentary featuring band interviews plus tons of backstage footage; a total of over 5 hours of material plus a bonus Live in Warsaw Audio CD. Evangelia Heretika becomes available this Friday, November 5th on Nuclear Blast in Europe and Mystic in Poland. In North America, it will be released under Metal Blade banner on November 9th! Get your copy now! ENJOY!
Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography Of RONNIE JAMES DIO, the revealing memoir of the heavy metal master, was sold at auction to Jacob Hoye, Senior Director of Publishing at MTV Books, by Shawna Morey, in her first deal at Folio Literary Management, LLC.
Renowned for his powerful, hard-driving vocals, Dio, lends that unique voice to recount his extraordinary journey from early pioneer in a burgeoning music movement to his undisputed reign atop the heavy metal landscape. He was born in a time and to a family so far removed from the hard-rocking world he would dominate for nearly five decades, but his unbounded passion and peerless talent broke barriers and legitimized heavy metal as an alternative art form. His creative genius made him a legend.
With nearly five decades of worldwide success and album sales in the tens of millions as the front man of ELF, RAINBOW, DIO, BLACK SABBATH, and, most recently, HEAVEN & HELL, Ronnie James Dio grabbed the mic, took the stage, and led a movement whose influence resonates to this day. In Rainbow In The Dark, Dio himself will introduce the reader to this incredible life and the over 50 photographs included will provide readers with an unprecedented all-access pass to the rock concert of a lifetime.
During his life, Dio drew on the energy and devotion of millions of fans from around the world for the strength to create, entertain, and give back. In his death, he leaves us with his own voice and his own story to edify and inspire. He also leaves us perhaps his most important legacy, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, a non-profit founded by Dio’s widow and manager, Wendy Dio, to fund and advocate for cancer research and screenings for society’s underprivileged.
On May 16th, 2010, the day Dio finally succumbed after a lengthy battle with cancer, the music stopped and the curtains were drawn. Rainbow In The Dark will open those curtains and reignite the band. A spring 2012 publication date is planned.
As previously reported…
You know how hard it is to find the right card to send to your metal buddies, right? Now you can send them a Ronnie James Dio Christmas card!
When you open the card, Ronnie pops out and the card plays his version of ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’!
Ronnie James Dio – A Photographic Memoir will be released on November 30th via Rufus Stone Limited Editions.
Ronnie James Dio was one of rocks most respected and talented frontmen, renowned for his instantly recognisable vocals, lyrics and stagecraft. On May 16th, 2010 Ronnie succumbed to cancer and the world of hard rock lost one of it’s greatest talents.
Renowned music photographer PG Brunelli travelled the world with Ronnie from 1983, photographing him onstage, backstage, at home and in the recording studio. This special, large format hardback book takes the best of PG’s photography and weaves a memoir of Ronnie’s life starting onstage at Donington Monsters of Rock in 1983.
Together with unique written contributions from BRUCE DICKINSON, ROB HALFORD, DOUG ALDRICH and many of his peers, colleagues and fellow professionals. This photographic memoir has been compiled with the knowledge and approval of Ronnies wife, Wendy.
Available in two limited edition versions, starting at just £40 (plus p+p) Ronnie James Dio – A Photographic Memoir is released at the end of November 2010.
To secure your standard or Hardkase version early ordering is essential. £10 from the sale of the standard version and £30 from the sale of the Hardkase edition will be donated to the Stand Up and Shout Cancer fund.
The dates for OZZY OSBOURNE’s anxiously-anticipated return to Canada are quickly approaching as the BLACK SABBATH singer will bring his crazy train first to Victoria, BC this Friday, November 12th.
These shows – in support of his album Scream (Epic Records) and latest single ‘Life Won’t Wait’ – are part the of the Ozzy’s in-progress 18-month world tour and will feature opening act HALFORD, featuring legendary JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. The first leg of arena dates will mark Ozzy’s first headlining North American tour since 2007’s trek for his Black Rain album.
The fall dates will coincide with the release of an expanded two-CD version of the Scream album. This Tour Edition package will feature seven bonus songs: a mix of previously unreleased tracks and live recordings. Epic will also issue a four-sided vinyl edition that includes five bonus tracks: the three aforementioned songs from the Scream sessions and the live version of ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’, along with the single version of ‘Life Won’t Wait’ (the second single from Scream).
None of these musicians need an introduction. They are all legends among the melodic metal community. By sheer coincidence, they all found themselves living on the same continent, in Scandinavia. They decided to join forces and express their talents in the form of a new melodic metal project: SYMFONIA.
Honoring the heritage of their previous bands Stratovarius, Helloween, Angra and Sonata Arctica, SYMFONIA continues their superb melodic metal tradition with an incredible musicianship that is a match made in heaven. This is a force that no serious melodic metal fan will be able to ignore.
SYMFONIA will make its World Premiere 18.2 at the Finnish Metal Expo, an International Metal Meeting, where they will take the stage at 11PM in the evening.
The recordings for the debut album of SYMFONIA will start in November at Studio Mega in Sweden, for a Spring 2011 release.
A brand new interview with Timo Tolkki can be read in BW&BK here.
““Everything with Symfonia has been very fast,” Tolkki reveals. “I don’t want to use the word ‘pre-destined’, but after Revolution Renaissance I said, ‘That’s it, I’m opening the flower store…’ (laughs). It’s a weird story. It all started with Andre Matos because someone told me that he’s living in Sweden now, in a village of something like 2,000 people. He comes from Sao Paulo, a city of 25 million people. I began thinking about it, that I had one of the best power metal vocalists practically living next to me. I know the guy very well, and I had nothing to do. I gave him a call and asked if he wanted to write some music, and Andre came to visit me in Helsinki. He spent the week here, went to sauna – where I showed the Brazilian what ‘hot’ really means (laughs) – and we worked on some music.”
Great White, the Los Angeles based hard rock band, formed in late 70’s. The band gained its popularity during the mid 1980s and early 1990s. The band released several successful albums including platinum sellers: ONCE BITTEN.., …TWICE SHY and HOOKED and they gained great airplay on MTV with hit songs like “Rock Me” and "Once Bitten, Twice Shy”". Although band has since then lost its platinum status they have continued to release albums and toured successfully across the world. The latest release RISING came out in 2009 and since its release the band has been almost constantly on tour. In the late summer of 2010 band announced that its lead singer and founding member Jack Russell was forced to sit out from bands activities for serious health reasons. Although Jack is very important part of the Great White sound, the band decided to carry on with other singers. Terry Ilous from XYZ did several shows with the band and the former Warrant Singer Jani Lane is booked to fill Jack’s shoes for several near future shows. In September, the band came to Sweden to headline Stockholm Rockout festival with another singer, Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), handling the lead vocalist duties. It was time to sit down with the band’s nother founding member, guitarist Mark Kendall, and try to find out what’s really going on in the world of Great White!
HELIX mainman Brian Vollmer has issued the following update:
“Cameraman Pat Portelance has been following me around a lot lately, as we’re filming for the pilot for our reality show Vagabond Bones. I’m really excited as to where this could lead if we get a network to carry it. I know what you’re thinking-not another reality show! I really think our story is unique however. A clear distinction between us and the other shows out there is the personalities in the band. That’s always been our strongest point and one that we plan on focusing on when we film. Pat is going to spend a day with everyone at their homes to capture the ‘essence’ of what we’re all about, as well as the shows we have coming up, including our four date/three-day stint in Alberta at the end of November. We plan on getting the behind the scenes ‘stuff’ that’s involved with putting dates together. Unlike the American reality shows which focus on lavish lifestyles, ours is a blue collar story of a Canadian band traveling the vast expanses of the country. Along the way we’ll visit old haunts, interview and talk to fellow Canadian musicians, and dispense some of the wisdom that hopefully we’ve learned over the years. I said hopefully…LOL. Just the fact that we’re touring across Canada will give the show an entirely different look.”
Helix’ new acoustic album, Smash Hits Unplugged, will be released before the end of the year.
Smash Hits Unplugged tracklisting:
‘Heavy Metal Love’
‘Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’’
‘Make Me Do (Anything You Want)’
‘Wild In The Streets’/’No Rest For The Wicked’
‘Deep Cuts The Knife’
‘The Kids Are All Shakin’’
‘That Day Is Gonna Come’
‘Good To The Last Drop’
Check out audio samples of ‘Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’’, ‘The Kids Are All Shakin’’ and ‘That Day Is Gonna Come’ at this location (player top-left).
The long running Canadian thrash metal veteran Annihilator have visited Finland a couple of times before. Their first visit happened back in 1991 as support for Judas Priest and Pantera, who were largely still an unknown act at that time. Their second visit was a couple of years ago when the band supported Trivium at the sold out The House of Culture. Therefore, it was about time for Jeff Waters and company to have a headlining show of their own. The timing was nothing but perfect when over 600 metalheads crawled to the show on a Friday night.