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MELECHESH - The Epigenesis
Guitarist/vocalist Ashmedi of Mesopotamian blackened thrash pioneers MELECHESH, has issued the first of several track by track explanations of songs from their forthcoming album. The Epigenesis was released on October 1st in Europe and will be made available on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
3. Sacred Geometry
“The meaning of Sacred Geometry refers to the idea that the cosmos although chaotic has a sense of order and defining geometry i.e. crystalline elements. Even the symbol of chaos is Geometric! Shapes and patterns make existence of the real and surreal possible! Many divine structures or spiritual temples have been built on this principle! Even Pythagoras elaborated on this matter. He discovered that stopping half way through the length of an oscillating string produced an octave relative to the string’s fundamental, basically a higher version of the same note, while a ratio of 2:3 produces a perfect fifth and 3:4 produces a perfect fourth. Pythagoreans believed that these harmonic ratios gave music powers of healing which could ‘harmonize’ an out-of-balance body.
Symbolically, lyrically and musically this song is sacred Geometry. The main riff, which sounds very catchy and serpentine eastern, is based on a physical geometrical pattern but also has octaves and fifths! The lyrics deal with the Annunaki and their message to the sons of Sumer (Humans). I did a line of clean vocals there which seemed expressive and suitable. Plus we formed a choir with the band members a couple of friends. 3 ladies then came to do the female parts abstractly in the background. This song is a perfect circle!”
4. The Magickan and the Drones
“This song has more of a black thrash apporach yet has epic parts such as the intro and outro as well as the middle. The intro, which is a semi acoustic vintage sounding electric guitar, was improvised while I was in a project strudio in Rotterdam. It has a desolate feel that sets the mood. A calm before the storm type of scenario! The explosive riffs set a ritualistic mood and proveribal prologue. Then the song goes on full throtle. The lyrics have a dual meanings. The mythological mystical ones but also another one. This song to me represents the perfection of black/thrash metal and gracefully adds rock elements! The outro layers several elements, guitars that sound like ancient horns (thanks to some vintage amps) while the ritualistc riff goes on. It sounds very apocalyptic . THIS IS YOUR ANECDOTE!”
5. Mystics of the Pillar
“This is one of the songs that we tend to call ritualistic. Deeply rooted in mid eastern sounds. This song is hypnotic and serpent like! It was written on 12 string electric guitar and was also recorded with this guitar. However we also had string in the background to maintain a cohesive sound through out the album. There are two versions of this song, both have entirely different endings. We choose one for the album. We don’t know where and if the other will resurface. I am confident it will though. The title refers to mystics who dedicate their lives to meditation and to reach their spiritual goals they meditate on pillars for isolation and symbolic spiritual elevation. The lyrics are not straight forward and do have subliminal meanings. Very last note while the guitar tone is fading you hear a noise from the guitars. I felt like shouting/coughing on the guitar pickup. It was spontaeous but we wanted to keep it as it had a subtle charm. Middle part has a the Yaleli Tanbour by Cahit Berkay (of the 60’s Anatolian rock band MOGOLLAR; still active). Plus Harun Kolcak is a well known singer in Turkey and did the eastern vocal ornamentaions while I was basically speaking in tongues on that part.“
MELECHESH have made the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” available for streaming on their Myspace page www.myspace.com/Melechesh. The track comes from the bands new album The Epigenesis.
The Epigenesis was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.
The artwork (attached) to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.
Pre-order a copy of The Epigenesis with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Artist/Melechesh/10330.
MELECHESH will be direct support to ROTTING CHRIST on their tour next March/April 2011. Joining them will be Polish death metallers HATE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, and LECHEROUS NOCTURNE.
ROTTING CHRIST, MELECHESH, HATE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE
03/09/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
03/10/11 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
03/11/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
03/12/11 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
03/13/11 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
03/14/11 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
03/15/11 Petite Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA
03/16/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
03/17/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
03/18/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
03/19/11 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
03/20/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
03/22/11 The Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA
03/23/11 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
03/25/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
03/26/11 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
03/27/11 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
03/28/11 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
03/29/11 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
03/30/11 Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
03/31/11 U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
04/01/11 The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX
04/02/11 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
04/03/11 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
04/04/11 Emo’s – Austin, TX
04/05/11 Walter’s – Houston, TX
04/07/11 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
04/08/11 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
04/09/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
04/10/11 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
For more info visit: www.melechesh.com | www.myspace.com/melechesh | www.nuclearblast.de/melechesh
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EVILE, the UK’s premiere thrash act have been thrilling crowds in North America for the last several weeks and they’ve been documenting their experiences in a tour blog exclusively on the official website of Hails and Horns magazine. The band has battled sickness, encountered random highway closures and and experienced unfortunate van troubles that temporarily hindered some things but only strengthened the band’s resolve to give their fans a truly world class metal show.
In the latest blog entry, guitarist, Ol Drake speaks about having to improvise a setlist for an impromptu headline show, the band’s adventures at the Canadian border and how to properly wrestle someone while drunk in New York City. Read EVILE’s latest tour blog entry at http://www.hailsandhorns.com/featured/evile-tour-diary-entry-5/
Catch EVILE on tour at these dates:
w/ EARLY MAN and BONDED BY BLOOD
Oct. 22 – Dante’s – Portland OR
Oct. 23 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon (w/GAMA BOMB)
w/ OVERKILL, FORBIDDEN, GAMA BOMB and BONDED BY BLOOD
Oct. 24 – Vancouver, BC – Red Room*
Oct. 27 – Regina SK – Exchange*
Oct. 28 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Royal Albert Arms*
Oct. 29 – Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks*
Oct. 30 – St. Cloud, MN – The Rox Tavern*** (w/ABIGAIL WILLIAMS)
Oct. 31 – Indianapolis, IN – The Dojo*
Nov. 01 – London, ON – Music Hall*
Nov. 02 – Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s*
Nov. 03 – Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar and Grill*
Nov. 04 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx ***
Nov. 05 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall**
Nov. 06 – Farmingdale, NY – Crazy Donkey**
Nov. 07 – Providence, RI – Club Hell**
Nov. 08 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar**
Nov. 09 – Virginia Beach, VA – Gil’s**
Nov. 10 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’**
Nov. 11 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11**
Nov. 12 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans**
Nov. 13 – Orlando, FL – Club Firestone**
Nov. 14 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room**
Nov. 15 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade**
Nov. 16 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s**
Nov. 17 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall**
Nov. 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel Nightclub**
Nov. 19 – Manchester, NH – Rocko’s**
Nov. 20 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom**
Nov. 21 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks***
Nov. 22 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques***
Nov. 23 – Toronto, ON – MOD Club***
Nov. 24 – Detroit, MI – Blondies***
Nov. 25 – Nashville, TN – The Muse***
Nov. 26 – Louisville, KY – Phoenix Hill Tavern***
Nov. 27 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s***
Nov. 28 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave***
Nov. 29 – St Paul, MN – Station 4***
Dec. 01 – San Antonio, TX – Scout Bar***
Dec. 02 – Austin, TX – Emo’s***
Dec. 03 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar***
Dec. 04 – Ft Worth, TX – Trees***
Dec. 05 – Amarillo, TX – The War Legion Underground*
Dec. 06 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock***
Dec. 07 – Mesa, AZ – U.B.’s***
Dec. 08 – West Hollyood , CA – Whiskey a Go Go***
Dec. 09 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage***
Dec. 10 – Sparks, NV – New Oasis***
Dec. 11 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge***
Dec. 12 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction*
Dec. 13 – las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon*
*w/GAMA BOMB and BONDED BY BLOOD
**Killfest II w/OVERKILL, FORBIDDEN, GAMA BOMB and BONDED BY BLOOD
***w/FORBIDDEN, GAMA BOMB and BONDED BY BLOOD
View the tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/evile_northamerica2010.jpg
INFECTED NATIONS, the ripping 2009 album from British thrashers EVILE, has been re-released as a special redux version and is available now in North America.
The follow-up to EVILE’s debut album, ENTER THE GRAVE, INFECTED NATIONS sees the band finding a new level of maturity and song-writing craftsmanship, creating a heavier thrash sound with even more infectious riffs to headbang to.
On top of the nine album tracks, the INFECTED NATIONS Redux also features a bonus disc with EVILE’s popular cover of PANTERA’s “Cemetery Gates”, as well as eight songs recorded at a live rehearsal in the studio and six songs recorded live at Hammerfest in 2009.
Get your copy now in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41
EVILE are one of the first bands to have an artist profile on Ping, the new iTunes social networking service. Follow the band at http://j.mp/cK1koM
For more EVILE news and info, head to http://www.evile.co.uk or check out the band on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/evileuk
Follow EVILE on tour at http://evile.tumblr.com/
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MAGIC KINGDOM - Symphony Of War
“Symphony Of War” is the third album of the Belgian Symphonic Power Metal band around mastermind Dushan Petrossi, after their highly acclaimed releases “The Arrival” (1999) and “Metallic Tragedy” (2004).
Petrossi, who names Malmsteen, the early Symphony X and classical composers as Bach and Händel as his influences, geniously combines several different musical styles and turns them into catchy songs, that feature filigree riffing, big choirs and mighty melodies as well as first-class Metal-attacks and well-balanced heavyness.
“Symphony Of War” is a clear progression of their 2004 release “Metallic Tragedy”, for which MAGIC KINGDOM have received only positive reviews. Fans from Yngwie Malmsteen to Rhapsody Of Fire will love this album.
The great vocal work by Olaf Hayer (Luca Turilli, Dionysus, Symphonity) complements “Symphony Of War” to a high class piece of music.
Mix and Mastering was done by Uwe Lulis (Rebellion, Ex-Grave Digger); for the cover artwork Leo Hao was hired, known for his creating the album covers for bands like Iced Earth and Blind Guardian.
“Symphony Of War” is also available as a limited 2-CD package with slipcase, poster, sticker, two bonus tracks, videoclips and wallpapers.
More on the band: http://www.myspace.com/magickingdommetal
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Giddy Up! Records is pleased to announce the addition of Tennessee doomers PLACE OF SKULLS to their expanding artist roster, which currently includes Moth Eater, Black Water Rising and Demonica. The New York City-based indie imprint will release PLACE OF SKULLS’ fourth full-length, As A Dog Returns, in North American on November 9, 2010.
Said Giddy Up! label head Steve Seabury: “To me, Victor Griffin is a legend in the doom scene. I am like a little kid at the doom store. It’s an absolute honor and privilege to have PLACE OF SKULLS join the Giddy Up! Records family. This record is just amazing. I love it.”
The follow-up to 2006’s The Black Is Never Far was recorded at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville by Travis Wyrick and founding guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin (Pentagram, Death Row etc.) with drums recorded and engineered by Mike Dearing. Audio streams of “The Maker” and the title track are currently available on the band official MySpace page. Check them out HERE.
In related news, the band will kick off a two-week European tour with Eternal Elysium this Saturday. As a special bonus, PLACE OF SKULLS fans in or around Berlin are eligible for a free pass to Hammer Of Doom 4 in Wurzburg and a FREE copy of As A Dog Returns. Contact email@example.com for more info!
PLACE OF SKULLS European Tour 2010
w/ Eternal Elysium
View Tour Poster HERE:
10/23/2010 Posthalle, Hammer Of Doom 4 Festival – Würzburg, GER
10/24/2010 Gebäude 9 – Köln, GER
10/25/2010 Le Klub – Paris, FR
10/26/2010 Little Devil – Tilburg, NL
10/28/2010 Loppen – Kopenhagen, DK
10/29/2010 Rockefeller/ John Dee – Oslo, NOR w/ Orange Goblin
10/30/2010 Tribute Sandnes, Stavanger, NOR w/ Orange Goblin
11/02/2010 Hafenklang – Hamburg, GER
11/03/2010 Mau – Rostock, GER
11/04/2010 White Trash – Berlin, GER
11/05/2010 Falkendom – Bielefeld, GER
11/06/2010 JH De Lochtink – Eeklo, BEL
11/07/2010 Baroeg, Dutch Doom Days 9 – Rotterdam, NL
11/08/2010 Rosenkeller – Jena, GER
Formed in early 2000 by Griffin, bassist Lee Abney and drummer Tim Tomaselli, PLACE OF SKULLS — a biblical reference to Golgotha — carries the torch of prior Griffin and Abney bands such as Death Row and Pentagram in the ever-burgeoning underground scene of doom metal. But as their sound continues to expand beyond those boundaries, they incorporate intricate dynamics in their songs that few bands of the same genre explore and lyrically reflect upon their spiritual beliefs, faith, God, politics, and the search for peace. Having stepped outside the proverbial box of “doom metal,” PLACE OF SKULLS opens the door of accessibility to a whole other cross section of heavy rock enthusiast. But by no means should this be taken lightly. Their sound is as crushing and molten live as ever and no less threatening than any of their musical counterparts in volume.
http://www.placeofskulls.com http://www.myspace.com/placeofskullsdoom http://www.giddyuprecords.com/
Tags: PLACE OF SKULLS
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Tour poster: NILE, EX DEO, PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY
Fresh on the heels of PSYCROPTIC‘s successful first ever Co-Headlining tour of Europe with CEPHALIC CARNAGE on the ‘Initiation of the Misled’ tour, the band are set to embark on a comprehensive North American tour supporting Death Metal legends NILE on their upcoming tour. Along with PATHOLOGY and fellow Nuclear Blast Label Mates, EX DEO & KEEP OF KALESSIN, the US tour will cover cities from Coast to Coast throughout October, November and December.
After whats been a mammoth touring schedule for 2010, that has also included China,Inner Mongolia, Australia and New Zealand, the band will head into the studio at the beginning of 2011 to record the highly anticipated follow up to 2008’s critically acclaimed ‘(Ob)Servant’. Songwriting for the new album is well under way and will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that PSYCROPTIC really are
Australia’s premier extreme metal band.
NILE, EX DEO, PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY
10/31/10 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
11/01/10 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
11/02/10 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
11/03/10 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
11/04/10 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
11/05/10 Club Hell – Providence, RI
11/06/10 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/07/10 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
11/08/10 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
11/09/10 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/12/10 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
11/13/10 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
11/14/10 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
11/15/10 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
11/16/10 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
11/17/10 U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
11/18/10 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
11/19/10 The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX ç NO Nile, Ex Deo
11/20/10 Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/21/10 Numbers – Houston, TX
11/23/10 Club Firestone – Orlando, FL
11/24/10 Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY
11/26/10 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
11/27/10 The Muse – Nashville, TN
11/28/10 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
11/29/10 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
11/30/10 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
12/01/10 Petit Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12/02/10 Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON – CANADA
12/03/10 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
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Winter Metal Symphony
Vocalist Mark Osegueda of Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, will be one of many contributing artists at this years Winter Metal Symphony (formerly the Christmas Metal Symphony), taking place on January 22, 2011 in Tilburg, Netherlands. Confirmed artist so far include Nils K. Rue (PAGAN MIND), Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-THE GATHERING), Anna Phoebe (TSO). Tickets are on sale now and cost € 28,00 (presale) or € 32,50 (show day). Tickets ordered before November 15. 2010 will receive a free gift the night of the show. For information and to purchase tickets visit http://goo.gl/gILU.
Tags: Death Angel, Winter Metal Symphony
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Stratovarius - DARKEST HOUS (Single)
Stratovarius are putting the finishing touches on their thirteenth full-length studio album “Elysium” in 5-by-5 studios, Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki, Finland. The album will be released on January 12th, 2011 by JVC in Asia and worldwide on January 14th, 2011 by Edel/EarMusic.
A single with two new songs of “Elysium” will be released on 26 November this year, coinciding with the start date of the “7 sinners world tour” on which Stratovarius will join Helloween as very special guests – kicking off the same day in the Szene, Vienna.
The single also contains a demo track, and two unreleased live tracks recorded earlier this year on Stratovarius’ wildly successful 2009/2010 “Polaris” world tour.
The following tracks will be part of the single:
Darkest Hours (from the upcoming album “Elysium”)
Infernal Maze (from the upcoming album “Elysium”)
Darkest Hours (demo version)
Against the Wind (live recording, Sofia, Bulgaria)
Black Diamond (live recording, Göteborg, Sweden)
Preliminary tracklist of “Elysium”: (order of songs and working titles are subject to change)
Elysium, part I, II and III
Under Flaming Skies
Move the Mountain
Castaway (Japan Bonus Track)
Stratovarius - Elysium
Cover artwork by Gyula Havancsák. Band photo by Kimmo Syväri.
See information about upcoming live dates here, or below.
“Seven Sinners” tour together with Helloween
November 26, 2010: Szene, Vienna, Austria
November 27, 2010: Winter Masters of Rock, Zlin, Czech Republic
November 28, 2010: Petöfi Hall, budapest, Hungary
December 1, 2010: Neue Stadthalle, Langen, Germany
December 2, 2010: Hof Ter Lo, Antwerp, Belgium
December 4, 2010: Hardrock Hell Festival, Prestatyn, UK
December 5, 2010: The HMV Forum, London, UK
December 6, 2010: Effenaar, Eindhoven, Holland
December 8, 2010: Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden
December 9, 2010: Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
December 10, 2010: Lisebergshallen, Gothenburg, Sweden
December 11, 2010: Arenan, Stockholm, Sweden
December 13, 2010: Rock Cafe, Tallinn, Estonia
December 14, 2010: Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
December 15, 2010: House Of Culture, Helsinki, Finland
December 17, 2010: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
December 18, 2010: Studio, Cracow, Poland
December 19, 2010: Mala Sportovni Hala, Prague, Czech Republic
January 11, 2011 – Elysee Montmatre, Paris, France
January 12, 2011 – Le Transbordeur, Lyon, France
January 14, 2011 – Rockstar Live, Bilbao, Spain
January 15, 2011 – La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
January 16, 2011 – Razzmatazz I, Barcelona, Spain
January 18, 2011 – Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
January 19, 2011 – Altantico, Rome, Italy
January 21, 2011 – Fuzz Live Music Club, Athen, Greece
January 22, 2011 – Principal Club Theatre, Thessaloniki, Greece
January 23, 2011 – Hristo Botev Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
January 24, 2011 – Hristo Botev Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
January 26, 2011 – Boogaloo Club, Zagreb, Croatia
January 27, 2011 – Kino Siska Club, Ljubljana, Slovenia
January 28, 2011 – Sports Hall, Hlohovec, Slovakia
January 29, 2011 – Sports Hall, Presov, Slovakia
January 31, 2011 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
February 01, 2011 – Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany
February 02, 2011 – Brückenforum, Bonn, Germany
February 04, 2011 – Capitol, Hannover, Germany
February 05, 2011 – Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
February 06, 2011 – Halle Gartlage, Osnabrück, Germany
February 09, 2011 – Docks, Hamburg, Germany
February 10, 2011 – Jako Arena, Bamberg, Germany
February 11, 2011 – All-Kart-Halle, Kaufbeuren, Germany
February 12, 2011 – Volksbankmesse, Balingen, Germany
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'METAL SURVIVAL KIT'
Earache Records is due to release METAL SURVIVAL KIT, the ultimate box set for all metal fans, on November 22nd for the incredible price of just a single CD.
METAL SURVIVAL KIT celebrates the diversity and comradeship of metal, offering over 80 tracks spread across three CDs and one DVD.
The three audio discs, “Festival Faves”, “Future Classics” and “Under the Radar”, offer an indispensable mixture of established classic hits, the best of metal’s new breed and more underground artists deserving of recognition.
Included are tracks from such greats as NAPALM DEATH, WHITE WIZZARD, ANNIHILATOR, AT THE GATES, EVILE, CARCASS, MUNICIPAL WASTE, CLUTCH, MORBID ANGEL, GODFLESH, ENFORCER, GAMA BOMB, DEICIDE, OCEANO, BONDED BY BLOOD and many, many more.
The DVD includes classic videos as well as previously unreleased videos from EVILE, MUNICIPAL WASTE, AT THE GATES, WHITE WIZZARD, BONDED BY BLOOD, AKERCOCKE and more.
METAL SURVIVAL KIT also includes a selection of exclusive, free essential goodies, including earplugs in a handy holder, a woven patch, a keyring and stickers. Everything comes housed in a rigid, deluxe box.
Watch a video revealing the box and its contents at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr9l87LNyXQ
Pre-order your essential METAL SURVIVAL KIT now for just £7.99/€11.49 from Play.com at http://www.play.com/Music/CD/4-/16298807/Metal-Survival-Kit/Product.html
METAL SURVIVAL KIT is also available to pre-order in Europe from the Earache Webstore at http://www.earache.com/webstore/product_info.php/products_id/2520
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Minneapolis, MN’s WOLVHAMMER have announced a string of live actions in support of their critically acclaimed slab of raw power, Black Marketeers
of WWIII, which was unleashed by Init Records on July 13th. This two-week onslaught will take them from their native Northern climes down through the Dirty South and back up to their stomping grounds of Chicago, IL,
where the illustrious Sanford Parker did a bang-up job bringing their latest opus into ugly, screaming life. Along the way, they’ll be desecrating stages with the likes of Swan King, Hunters, and the mighty Inquisition – don’t miss out!
Wolvhammer Fall Tour Dates
Oct. 28th Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
Oct. 29th Sioux Falls, SD – Nutty’s North
Oct. 31st Denver, CO – Three Kings Tavern – Paul Romano Art Show/Halloween Bash
Nov. 1st Kansas City, MO -The Riot Room
Nov. 2nd Wichita, KS – Rock Island Live
Nov. 3rd Austin, TX – Red Seven
Nov. 4th San Antonio, TX – The Ten Eleven
Nov. 5th Baton Rouge, LA – House
Nov. 7th New Orleans, LA – Te Te’s Bar w/ Inquisition
Nov. 8th Columbia, MO – TBA
Nov. 9th Chicago – The Empty Bottle w/ Swan King and Hunters
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Singaporean underground grind act, WORMROT recently completed their 1st tour of North America. If you want to relive it or weren’t able to see the band’s absolutely killer live show at your closest club, performance space or abandoned party supply store, Metal Injection has exactly what you’re looking for.
The Metal Injection crew braved the tight spaces and absolutely insane pits of WORMROT‘s show at Archeron in Brooklyn, NY last month to deliver raw, up close footage of the band grinding it out at what they said was one of their favorite shows of the tour. Start by watching “Intro” here: http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/5857/wormrot-intro-live-15
In addition, Metal Injection has an exclusive audio stream of the FULL show available for your listening pleasure. Check it out here: http://www.metalinjection.net/av/wormrot-exclusive-free-download-entire-set-brooklyn-show
As Mike Hill of TOMBS tour managed WORMROT on their North American tour, he collected his thoughts and wrote about moments that give an inside look on the rigors of having to lead a band new to the country through unexpected and often difficult circumstances. With Invisible Oranges calling Mike “one of the finest bloggers today” it is only natural that he share his thoughts with the world. Read them here: http://everythingwentblack.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/135/
As Singapore’s underground grind sensations, WORMROT were steadily touring North America for the first time, they blogged about their experiences for the seminal extreme music resource, Invisible Oranges. Read WORMROT‘s 3rd tour blog here: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2010/10/wormrot-us-tour-diary-pt-3/
WORMROT‘s debut album, ABUSE, is available now worldwide featuring 23 tracks of pure grindcore. Get the album now in North America along with several exclusive mercy and vinyl combos at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_674_733.
ABUSE is also available now on iTunes with 34 (yes, 34!) bonus tracks: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/abuse/id363581828
Keep up-to-date with all WORMROT news and info at:
MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/wormrotgrind
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wormrot/237638635639
Twitter – http://twitter.com/Wormrot
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Sweden’s NARNIA have issued the following statement from C.J. Grimmark (guitars/keyboards):
“We are pleased to announce that we will do, not only one but TWO final appearances before the band will finally be put to sleep.
These two occations have been carefully chosen among the many wonderful audiences and fantastic concert promoters that we have met during the years.
On November 20th we’re excited and blessed to once again travel to Mexico City and headline the Together For The Revolution festival along with the great bands ROB ROCK, BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE and DEBORAH.
The great Grand Finale will take place at the Christmas Rocknight festival in Ennepetal, Germany. We have had the pleasure and honour to enter the stage of Haus Ennepetal several times before since the late 90s on the festivals Christmas Rocknight, Fishcore and Legends Of Rock. We value the loyalty of the audience and the promoter Detlev Westermann highly and we are happy to end our journey at this particular event.
We really hope to see each and everyone of you who is able to make it to these two VERY special concerts.”
More on Narnia at this location.
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VH1 CLASSIC’S original HIT SERIES “THAT METAL SHOW” IS BACK for A SIXTH season COMPLETE WITH A HEAVY ROSTER OF ROck ICONS
“That Metal Show” Premieres With a Tribute to Ronnie James Dio
Saturday, October 16 at 11PM *
New Episodes of “Behind The Music Remastered” Air Saturday, October 16 at 9PM*
New York, NY— October 04, 2010 – VH1 Classic, the ultimate destination for rock and metal, is giving fans the opportunity to catch their favorite musicians every Saturday night during “ROCKTOBER” beginning Saturday, October 16 at 9 PM* with all new episodes of “Behind The Music: Remasterd” and the new sixth season of “That Metal Show.”
“Behind the Music Remastered” premieres Saturday, October 16 at 9PM*
VH1’s Emmy Award-nominated and critically acclaimed series “Behind The Music,” returns to continue some of the rock world’s most iconic stories. Starting October 16 at 9 PM*, VH1 Classic will air nine new one-hour episodes of “Behind the Music Remastered” featuring some of classic rocks’ seminal artists and bands. Picking up where the original “Behind the Music” episode left off, VH1 Classic will air brand new interviews, footage, and video clips that update the stories of several classic artists over the last 10 to 15 years. Each episode premieres at 9PM*. Complete lineup below.
10/16 – Poison
10/23 – Leif Garrett
10/30 – Alice Cooper
11/06 – Boy George
11/13 – Hall & Oates
11/20 – Duran Duran
11/27 – Lynyrd Skynyrd
12/04 – Fleetwood Mac
12/11 – Green Day
“That Metal Show” Season Six Premieres Saturday, October 16 at 11PM*
Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine are back and ready to rock out on season six of the VH1 Classic hit original series “That Metal Show” on Saturday, October 16 at 11PM*. “That Metal Show” is bigger and badder than ever, with a new one-hour format, giving viewers more time to get up close and personal with their favorite metal artists. The season kicks off with a special episode tribute to Ronnie James Dio; his family and friends will stop by to share great memories about the rock legend’s life and music. The season continues with a stellar line-up of metal guests. Each episode premieres at 11PM*. Complete lineup below.
10/16 – Ronnie Dio Tribute (featuring Geezer Butler, Tom Morello, Vinny Appice, Simon Wright, Wendy Dio, and 3rd time guest Rob Halford)
10/23 – Michael Anthony (Van Halen / Chickenfoot), Carrie Keagan and Kip Winger
10/30 – Philip Anselmo (Pantera / Down) and Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth Band, Mr. Big)
11/06 – Phil Collen (Def Leppard) and Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)
11/13 – Tesla (Jeff Keith and Frank Hannon) and Testament (Chuck Billy)
11/20 – Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) and Danzig
11/27 – Jason Bonham and Rikki Rockett (Poison)
12/04 – Slash and Myles Kennedy (Slash’s singer)
12/11 – Scrap Metal
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Denver, Colorado thrash titans HAVOK will kick off their fall US tour today at the White Rabbit in San Antonio, Texas. The band’s latest jaunt will wind through over two weeks worth of dates before drawing to a close in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The band will be joined by Wretched and Armed For The Apocalypse. View tour poster HERE.
Formed in 2004, HAVOK released their debut full-length, Burn, via Candlelight Records last year. Said MetalSucks of the 12-track long player, “A little more technical, a little proggier, a little more epic, and a helluva lot catchier than the stuff their peers are playing…while every song on the album is guaranteed to give you roadburn, the songs are also dynamic, giving the album excellent replay value.” Added MetalReview: “It’s pretty simple. HAVOK‘s chops are top-notch, and their creative-within-borders style of songwriting sidesteps the beer-bonged and bong-toked dufus thrash metal. That stuff gets cranked out at an alarming rate. This stuff right here doesn’t get cranked out enough.” Blabbermouth gave the record an 8/10 rating saying, “..add it to your list of ‘Essential Thrash Albums of 2009,'” while AngryMetalGuy.com noted bluntly: “The riffing on Burn is fucking killer.“
HAVOK Fall 2010 Tour w/ Wretched, Armed For The Apocalypse
10/20/2010 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
10/21/2010 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
10/22/2010 The Compound – Albuquerque, NM
10/23/2010 Dv8 – Tucson, AZ
10/25/2010 The Farm – Las Vegas, NV
10/27/2010 Knickerbockers – Lincoln, NE
10/28/2010 Nestor Tavern – Fargo, ND
10/29/2010 Rocks Bar – St. Cloud, MN
10/30/2010 Warehouse – La Crosse, WI
11/02/2010 The Space – St. Paul, MN
11/03/2010 Bar 3 – Rockford, IL
11/04/2010 The Vault – Bay City, MI
11/05/2010 Carriage House – Louisville, OH
11/06/2010 Underground – Sandusky, OH
11/07/2010 The Silo – Reading, PA
11/10/2010 Championships – Trenton, NJ
11/11/2010 Bourbon St. – Baltimore, MD
11/12/2010 Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC
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DETROIT, MI – Aaron Bridgewater, vocalist for Detroit’s emerging technical death metal act, As They Sleep, has posted a blog update explaining the concept behind the band’s forthcoming full-length, and Solid State Records debut, Dynasty. The blog post can be viewed on Solid State’s official website at: http://www.solidstaterecords.com/artists/287/As_They_Sleep/blog/271/, providing insight behind the complex record’s focus on the rise and fall of various empires throughout history.
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).
The new record can be pre-ordered now at: http://www.zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCD26491&cart=128534586119100. A special Dynasty CD/t-shirt combo can also be pre-ordered at: http://www.zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCOMBO26491&.
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
7. The Offering
10. God of War
11. The Unseen
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.
A new song from Dynasty, “Oracle of the Dead” is currently streaming on the band’s official MySpace page at: www.myspace.com/astheysleep.
“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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Hailed as ‘The Best New Band in Death Metal’ by Kerrang!, Topeka’s death dealers DISKREET return with their full-length debut, Engage The Mechanicality. To see North American release this October 26th on Siege Of Amida Records via Candlelight USA, the eagerly anticipated 11-track assault is arguably one of the most technically brutal albums to emerge this year. Engage The Mechanicality takes every pulverizing aspect of the band’s 2007 Infernal Rise EP to a higher level of intensity. From face-melting drumming, to furious fretwork, and inhuman barks and bellows, this is an album that shows no mercy. Produced by the band, Engage the Mechanicalty was mixed by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage), and bears album artwork is courtesy of Par Ollofsson (Cult Of Luna, Psycroptic, Severed Savior).
Engage The Mechanicality Track Listing:
01. Engage (Intro)
02. Valley Of Kings
03. Serpents Tongue
04. Spinal Cord Collection
05. Bishop of War
06. The Fall of Mankind
07. We Are Legion
08. Human Harvest
09. Pawning the Sanctuary
11. Haunt Of Fear
To celebrate the release of Engage The Mechanicality, DISKREET have dubbed their appearance at the Hammerween 2010 costume and metal gathering at the massive Beaumont Club in Kansas City, Missouri on October 30th as the official release party for the album. The band will throw down in the 1200-capacity club alongside several other heavy-hitters including the headlining Hammerlord (features ex/current members of The Esoteric, Nodes of Ranvier, The Blinding Light).
DISKREET Record Release Show:
10/30/2010 The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO w/ Hammerlord, Troglodyte, more
Check out the album art, record release flyer, live footage and more at this location. More updates on DISKREET activities will be announced through the new year.
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