GARY HOLT OF EXODUS COMMENTS ON UPCOMING GUEST GUITARIST SLOT WITH SLAYER

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG
EXODUS - GARY HOLT Live Photo by DirtJunior

EXODUS - GARY HOLT Live Photo by DirtJunior

As announced by SLAYER yesterday, Gary Holt of EXODUS will be temporarily filling in for guitarist Jeff Hanneman during SLAYER’s upcoming tour dates.  He will immediately join Slayer members Kerry King, Tom Araya and Dave Lombardo on their five-date Australian Soundwave Festival that begins February 26.

Gary Holt offers the following comments about his upcoming stint as touring guitarist for one of metal’s most venerated bands:

“How can I put into words how excited I am to have been asked to play with SLAYER?  Hard to describe for sure.  Legendary band, check.  Old friends since the birth of thrash metal. Check.  Get to play ‘Angel Of Death’ live, priceless!  I’ll do my best to live up to the standard they’ve set for so many years, while we all wish Jeff a speedy return to health and his rightful place in SLAYER.”

SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman is currently recuperating at home after emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting a serious infection, possibly caused by a spider bite.  He is expected to make a full recovery and will return to the SLAYER line-up as soon as he has fully recovered.

Log onto www.SLAYER.net for all of SLAYER’s tour dates.

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ULCER: Grant Us Death Artwork + Track Listing Revealed

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG

Polish death metallers ULCER, who recently joined Pulverised Records’ crushing roster, are pleased to unveil the track-listing and cover art to their upcoming full-length, Grant Us Death. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Grzegorz Kulawiak at Sinquest Sound Studio in Lublin, Poland, the ten-track full-length features the stark but striking cover art of Bartlomiej Kurzok with a layout conceptualized by ULCER frontman D. (aka Sonneillon). Check it out HERE.

Grant Us Death Track Listing:

01. Grant Us Death
02. Devilspeed
03. Bloodpainted Salvation
04. The Love Song
05. Godcremation
06. Thanatoeuphoria
07. Devitalized
08. The Pact
09. My Lord Has Horns
10. When Horror Comes

Formed in 2006, the young ULCER consists of past and present members from Blaze Of Perdition, Squashed Bowels, Deivos and Abusiveness. The band recorded two demos in 2006 and a debut full-length album entitled Serpent Trinity in 2007.   To check out a preview of “The Love Song,” the fourth track off Grant Us Death,  visit the ULCER‘s official MySpace page at: http://www.myspace.com/ulcerdeathmetal or http://www.myspace.com/pulverisedrecords.    

http://www.myspace.com/ulcerdeathmetal
http://www.pulverised.net

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GOLEM – “ONE BULLET LEFT” Release Details

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG

SOUTHERN BRIGADE RECORDS proudly presents the third album from Italian Metaòl Band GOLEM called “ONE BULLET LEFT”.

The band from Bari comes back on the scene after 6 years from his last and fortunate album“Black Era”. The new album, recorded and mixed at the GOLEM DUNGEON STUDIOS (Capurso, BA – IT) by GIUSEPPE DENTAMARO, is an incredible evolution of both skill and sound that combines melodic keyboards and samples themes and some very extreme aggressive moments.

Vocal melodies and catchy refreains make GoleM’s sound very recognizable and remarkable from people who love modern ad versatile metal swedish style, very well mixed screamin’ and clean vocals, crystal-clear sounds supported by and incredible performance from the musicians involved! The graphic design as every GoleM work was made by CLAUDIO GRILLI’S COOLGRAPHICS.

ONE BULLET LEFT will be released on 30 april 2011 also via digital download and will be available on every major retailer like iTunes, cdbaby.com, Rhapsody, emusic and much more.

Here’s the new and current line-up:

MATTEO DE BELLIS guitars & vocals

OTTAVIO MARZO guitars

DOMENICO BOTTALICO bass

RINO “BIG ROGER” RICCO drums

GoleM will celebrate the release of ONE BULLET LEFT on 11 march with a release-party during the first semifinal of GOLEM DUNGEON CONTEST at the TARGET CLUB in BARI. The new website will be on line soon: www.golemneverdies.it, and two new songs are already available on the new myspace page: www.myspace.com/golemneverdies. The band also has launched his new facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/GoleM/116045821799039

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Lazarus A.D. Posts “The Making of ‘Black Rivers Flow’: Episode 6 – For the Record”

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG

On Tour Now with Death Angel & Bonded By Blood

Wisconsin thrash metallers LAZARUS A.D. and MetalInjection.net have just posted the sixth and final video blog in their series detailing “The Making of Black Rivers Flow”. Check out the new installment at this link (and below). 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. These numbers are only the beginning of an exciting year for LAZARUS A.D..

The band is currently touring alongside thrash metal legends Death Angel on the North American Retribution Tour. Bonded by Blood will also perform. LAZARUS A.D. and Bonded by Blood have also just released a number of European tour dates that will launch them throughout the continent this March. See below for all current European and U.S. tour dates.
NORTH AMERICAN RETRIBUTION TOUR 2011 w/ DEATH ANGEL, BONDED BY BLOOD
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

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


Lazarus A.D. is
Jeff Paulick –Bass/Lead Vocals
Dan Gapen- Lead Guitar / Vocals
Alex Lackner- Guitar
Ryan Shutler-Drums

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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PAUL WARDINGHAM: Releases Solo Instrumental Metal Album “Assimilate Regenerate”

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG
PAUL WARDINGHAM: Releases Solo Instrumental Metal Album “Assimilate Regenerate”

PAUL WARDINGHAM: Releases Solo Instrumental Metal Album “Assimilate Regenerate”

Australian based guitarist and producer Paul Wardingham, is releasing his debut solo instrumental album, “Assimilate Regenerate”, scheduled for release on February 21st 2011 through Enigmatic Records.

Described as hi-tech melodic metal, Paul’s style combines 7-string mechanical metal grooves, melodic choruses, and otherworldly guitar solos. This album is sure to impress fans of guitar legends like Jeff Loomis and John Petrucci, although musically it shares more in common with artists such as Devin Townsend, Scar Symmetry, Fear Factory, and Meshuggah.

Paul Wardingham was recently featured on Universum’s latest album “Mortuus Machina” contributing a guest guitar solo on the track “Aeon Displacement”. He is also known as one half of the Collins/Wardingham Project, a collaboration with Australian drum phenomenon Grant Collins. Their critically acclaimed progressive metal fusion album “Interactive” was released in 2006 through Enigmatic Records.

“Assimilate Regenerate” track listing:

01. Assimilate Regenerate 02. Futureshock 03. Ghost In The Machine 04. Brain Interactive Construct 05. Fields Of Utopia 06. Enter The Metaverse 07. Mindwarp 08. Clones 09. Cyber Warfare 10. Orbital Decay 11. Black Hole Device

For pre-orders, additional information, videos and soundclips visit: www.paulwardingham.com or www.enigmaticrecords.com

Full preview track “Mindwarp”:

“Studio Teaser: Making of Assimilate Regenerate”

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Death metal all-stars: Necronaut to make one-off appearance at Sweden Rock Festival!

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG

Necronaut is no ordinary project. When the celebrated, eponymous debut album was released this past autumn, Swedish daily paper Expressen wrote: “if Dave Grohl had dared getting his hands dirty, Probot could have turned out as well as former Dismember drummer Fred Estbys solo project”. Death metal veteran Fred Estby has gathered some of Sweden’s hardest, most uncompromising musicians for a unique appearance at Sweden Rock Festival. According to the band leader, this may very well be Necronaut’s only public concert ever. He also promises that the all-star line-up will deliver not only Necronaut material, but also some other brutal surprises.

Musicians confirmed so far:

Fred Estby (ex-Dismember)
Nicke Andersson (Imperial State Electric, ex-Hellacopters, ex-Entombed)
Tomas “Tompa” Lindberg (At The Gates)
Erik Danielsson (Watain)
Tyrant (Nifelheim)
Hellbutcher (Nifelheim)
Janne “JB” Christoffersson (Grand Magus)
Andreas “Drette” Axelsson (Tormented, ex-Edge Of Sanity)
David Blomqvist (Dismember)
Tobias Christiansson (Dismember, Grave)
Robert Pehrsson (Dundertåget, Deathbreath)


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4-day tickets sold out! – Get your 3-day ticket now!


CONFIRMED DATES FOR SOME OF THE BANDS:

Wednesday june 8
Hardcore Superstar – Five Horse Johnson – Crashdïet – Seventribe

Thursday june 9
Judas Priest – The Cult – Thin Lizzy – Joan Jett – Morbid Angel – Buckcherry – Clutch – FM – Moonspell – The Damned – Dan Reed – Groundhogs

Friday june 10
Whitesnake – Rob Zombie – Helloween – Mr Big – Down – Iced Earth – Overkill – Jason & The Scorchers – The Brew

Saturday june 11
Ozzy Osbourne – Saxon – Styx – Kansas – Molly Hatchet – Hawkwind – Lee Aaron – Walter Trout – Electric Wizard – Rage (Acoustic)


Confirmed bands so far out of a total of around 70:

Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest –
last show ever in Sweden
Whitesnake –
with very special guests
Rob Zombie
The Cult
Saxon
Down
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Thin Lizzy
Helloween
Kansas
Morbid Angel
Styx
Iced Earth
Mr Big
Hawkwind
Necronaut
Molly Hatchet
Rhapsody of Fire
Hardcore Superstar
Stryper
Clutch
Mustasch
Destruction
Overkill
The Haunted
Buckcherry
The Damned
Lee Aaron
Jason & the Scorchers
Five Horse Johnson
Evergrey
FM
Electric Wizard
Doc Holliday
Crashdïet
Moonspell
Agent Steel
Ghost
Dan Reed Band
Walter Trout
Raubtier
Groundhogs
Houston
Mason Ruffner
The Brew
Fläsket Brinner
Rage (Acoustic)

The tickets to Sweden Rock Festival 2011 are now released and you buy them directly online at our homepage.

More information at:
www.swedenrock.com

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DEVIN TOWNSEND Releases Free Five Song EP; Issues Update on ‘Deconstruction’

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG
DEVIN TOWNSEND

DEVIN TOWNSEND

DEVIN TOWNSEND has been one of the leaders of the progressive moment since he first picked up a guitar. He is held in the highest regards of metal fans around the world, as has been seen by the incredible fan fare that surrounded last year’s ‘Addicted’ and the touring that surrounded it. Now Devin has multiple albums and touring in the works for 2011 and is ready to kick things off.

First of all, a free five-song acoustic EP has been made available for download online. Featuring the tracks “Supercrush,” “Kingdom,” “Truth,” “Om,” and “By Your Command,” the EP can be downloaded at the following location:

http://www.insideoutmusic.com/specials/DTP/

DEVIN TOWNSEND is also hard at work on two albums that are slated for 2011 releases, ‘Deconstruction‘ and ‘Ghost‘. Below you will find a video update from Devin himself as he workd on the orchestral recording for ‘Deconstruction’. Check it out and be sure to catch DEVIN TOWNSEND on his upcoming European tour.

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SATAN’S HOST: release date set for new album, plus artwork + track listing revealed

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG

MORIBUND RECORDS has confirmed May 3rd as the release date for SATAN’S HOST’s brand-new album, By the Hands of the Devil. A hugely anticipated release, By the Hands of the Devil sees the return of original SATAN’S HOST vocalist Leviathan Thisiren (AKA Harry Conklin of JAG PANZER/TITAN FORCE fame) back into the SATAN’S HOST grotto.

Satan's Host (2011)

Satan's Host (2011)

Recorded at Flatline Audio with in-demand producer Dave Otero (CEPHALIC CARNAGE, COBALT),  this new opus has taken the band to new heights in every aspect: lyrical content, musicianship, power, melody, and pure infernal magick. Prepare for Satanic power metal majesty!   Fittingly, By the Hands of the Devil once again features artwork by the legendary Joe Petagno (MOTORHEAD, MARDUK, KRISIUN), which can be viewed here:

Satan's Host - By the Hands of the Devil

Satan's Host - By the Hands of the Devil

Lastly, SATAN’S HOST have revealed the track listing for By the Hands of the Devil as thus:

1. By the Hands of the Devil
2. Shades of the Unlight
3. Demontia
4. Before the Flame
5. Bleeding Hearts of the Damned
6. Black Hilted Knife
7. Revival
8. Fallen Angel
9. Inferior Worlds
10. Norwegian Wood*

*bonus track
For more information, consult www.satanshost.com and www.moribundcult.com.

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SLAYER Recruits EXODUS Guitarist GARY HOLT For Upcoming Tour

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG
EXODUS' Gary Holt to Appear at NAMM

EXODUS' Gary Holt

SLAYER has recruited Gary Holt from veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS to be SLAYER’s guest guitarist, temporary filling in for Jeff Hanneman who is currently recovering from surgery. Holt will immediately join Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar) and Dave Lombardo (drums) for their five-date Australian Soundwave Festival tour that begins February 26.

Hanneman underwent emergency surgery on his right arm late last month after contracting a serious infection, possibly caused by a spider bite. He is now recuperating at home and is expected to make a full recovery. He will return to the SLAYER lineup as soon as he has fully recovered.

While Hanneman’s doctors were not able to definitively identify the infection’s origin, they diagnosed necrotizing fasciitis, an infection caused by bacteria. According to WebMD, necrotizing fasciitis can destroy skin, fat, and the tissue covering the muscles. The disease sometimes is called “flesh-eating” bacteria.

“Jeff is our brother, we’ve all been friends and together as a band for almost 30 years,” said Araya, “so we just want him to completely recover as soon as possible.”

“After everything that happened last year,” King added, “we all agreed that we just can’t let our fans down again,” referring to Araya’s severe back and neck pain that prompted his January 2010 surgery, unfortunately leading to the band’s postponement or cancellation of numerous shows in 2009 and 2010. “Jeff is totally on board with this decision, so we will tour as planned. At this point, we can’t pinpoint exactly what day he’ll be back, but he’ll be back as soon as he possibly can. And we can’t wait for Jeff to get better and get his ass back on the road.”

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CROWBAR SETS CAREER FIRST WEEK SALES RECORD IN THE US

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG

(New York, NY) — CROWBAR’s new album SEVER THE WICKED HAND sold 3.7k copies in its first week in stores making it the biggest first week of sales in their twenty year career.
The record fared well on Billboards various charts as well:

#4 Heatseekers
#22 Independent

# 16 on Hard Rock Chart
#58 on Canadian Soundscan Indie Chart
#59 on Canadian Soundscan Hard Music Chart

Kirk Windstein offers his comment.
“A huge thanks to all of the CROWBAR fans who bought SEVER THE WICKED HAND this week! This was by far the biggest first week we’ve ever had! Equally big thanks to all at eOne, Jamey Jasta and Steve Ross for believing in us. Let’s keep it up, spread the word and stay HEAVY!”

The band is getting ready to kick off the inaugural “Metalliance Tour” along side HELMET and ST VITUS. Pegged to be the most talked about metal tour this spring, dates below span coast to coast with a spotlight on this years SXSW festival in Austin, TX. Visit http://metalliancetour.com for more info.

03/17/11        Dallas, TX @ Southside Music Hall
03/18/11        Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog / SXSW
03/19/11        New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03/20/11        St Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
03/21/11        Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
03/22/11        Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
03/23/11        Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
03/24/11        Worcester, MA @ Palladium
03/25/11        New York, NY @ Irving Plaza **VIP TICKETS SOLD OUT**
03/26/11        Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
03/27/11        Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
03/28/11        Merriam, KS @ Aftershock (No Helmet)
03/29/11        Denver, CO @ The Summit
03/31/11        Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
04/01/11        Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
04/03/11        San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
04/04/11        San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
04/05/11        Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues

For more information on CROWBAR, please visit:

http://www.crowbarrules.com/
http://www.twitter.com/crowbarrules
http://www.myspace.com/crowbar
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crowbar-Band/65626548376

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BELPHEGOR: Forced to Miss Shows on Upcoming Tour

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG
Belphegor - Blood Magick Necromance

Belphegor - Blood Magick Necromance

Kings of supreme death/black metal art, BELPHEGOR, have issued that following statement in regards to their upcoming tour with DEICIDE:

“Due to circumstances beyond the band’s control we are being forced to cancel eleven shows, since we were initially not given the green light to enter the country. We were promised that we would be fine two weeks ago, but still all the members were not got their stuff. We all tried everything to make it happen, so it’s a terrible situation. We were waiting, sharp and ready to rumble and kick serious ass, but couldn’t do anything.

The USA immigration forms are approved so now we have new visa interviews at the USA embassy in Vienna at the beginning of next week. Now we have re-schedule the flights to make it happen.  We will now start the tour in Chicago, IL at Reggie’s on the 26th. We want to apologize to the demons and everyone who’s bought a ticket to see us tear the stage with Deicide. See you in Chicago!”


BELPHEGOR
will be direct support to DEICIDE on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour” this February.  The trek is sponsored by Bloody-Disgusting.com and also features BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS and PATHOLOGY.  Tour dates are as follows:

02/26/11  Reggie Rock Club – Chicago, IL

02/27/11  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

02/28/11  Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY

03/01/11  The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

03/02/11  Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

03/04/11  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

03/05/11  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

03/06/11  Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA

03/07/11  Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV

03/08/11  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

03/09/11  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

03/10/11  The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

03/11/11  The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX

03/12/11  Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX

03/13/11  Numbers – Houston, TX

03/15/11  Brass Mug – Tampa, FL

Blood Magick Necromance, BELPHEGOR’s ninth studio album, was released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America.  The album was 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.  Album artwork was designed by renowned Austrian artist Joachim Luetke (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, KREATOR).

Bloody-Disgusting.com recently hosted the exclusive video premiere for “Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan.” Stated BELPHEGOR bass player Serpenth: We decided to anchor the clip on Bloody-Disgusting.com to avoid censorship troubles with moral persecutors.” The song can be heard in its entirety on BELPHEGOR’s Facebook player and on their MySpace page.

A trailer of the recording process of Blood Magick Necromance can be viewed here.

The track listing for Blood Magick Necromance is as follows:

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 will be direct support to the legendary SEPULTURA this April/May along with HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS, and BONDED BY BLOOD.  The band will also take part in a handful of special headlining shows in the midst of the tour.  Tour dates are:

04/18/11  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/19/11  Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/20/11  Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/21/11  Mavericks – Ottawa, ON – CANADA *** BELPHEGOR HEADLINING SHOW – NO SEPULTURA***
04/22/11  The Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/23/11  Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/24/11  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/25/11  The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
04/26/11  Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
04/27/11  The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
04/28/11  Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/29/11  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
05/01/11  Clicks – Tyler, TX
05/02/11  Scout Bar – Houston, TX
05/03/11  Trees – Dallas, TX
05/04/11  Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK *** BELPHEGOR HEADLINING SHOW – NO SEPULTURA***
05/05/11  Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
05/06/11  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
05/07/11  The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ  (w/ D.R.I.)
05/08/11  Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ  (w/ D.R.I.)
05/09/11  House of Blues – San Diego, CA
05/10/11  The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
05/11/11  The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
05/12/11  Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
05/13/11  El Corazon – Seattle, WA
05/14/11  The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
05/16/11  Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
05/17/11  The Oz Café – Wichita, KS *** BELPHEGOR HEADLINING SHOW – NO SEPULTURA***
05/18/11  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
05/19/11  Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
05/20/11  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
05/21/11  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
05/22/11  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

Tickets for VIP packages are on sale now at Enterthevault.com.

Visit BELPHEGOR online at www.belphegor.at, on Facebook, www.myspace.com/BELPHEGOR, and on Twitter.com/_BELPHEGOR.

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THE FAMINE’S CONVICTIONS TESTED ON NEW RECORD;‘The Architects of Guilt’ out today on Solid State Records

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG
TEXAS – The last year has been a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs for the North Texas technical death metal group, The Famine.  The band endured a devastating studio fire, which destroyed everything in sight, including (but not limited to) musical equipment, computers, and recorded material, followed by the departure of the band’s former vocalist, Kris McCaddon.  However, as the old saying goes, what could not kill The Famine has undoubtedly made the band and its members stronger.  Now armed with a fresh lineup, which includes new bassist, Jon Richardson, and the band’s former bassist, Nick Nowell, on vocals, The Famine is ready wrap up this extended chapter of its career, and forge on behind with the release of the long-awaited, The Architects of Guilt, out today on Solid State Records.

“We sacrificed so much more than time and energy to make this album,” explained Nowell.  “This record cost us relationships and ended up being an accidental test of our convictions.  I hope that we were able to create something indicative of those circumstances, something larger than the sum of our parts.

“Now that this album is out, we are all eying a lucrative career as the house band on a Carnival cruise ship.  You only work four nights a week and you get all the shrimp cocktail you can eat.  If that doesn’t work out, we’ll keep writing death metal and we’ll see you on the road.”


The track list for The Architects of Guilt is…
1. The New Hell
2. Ad Mortem
3. We Are The Wolves
4. Turner Classic Diaries
5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!
6. The Crown and The Holy See
7. VII The Fraudulent
8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions
9. A Fragile Peace
10. Pyrithion House
11. To The Teeth

The Architects of Guilt, The Famine’s sophomore Solid State Records release, and follow up to 2008’s, The Raven and the Reaping, was recorded last summer in Dallas with engineer, D. Braxton Henry (ex-Devourment).

The band then handed over the tracks to renowned audio mastermind, Jason Suecof (Trivium, The Black Dahlia Murder), for mixing.
A series of behing-the-scenes video blogs, chronicling The Architects of Guilt recording process, can be seen on the official Solid State Records YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/solidstaterecords.

The newly revealed music video for the album’s first single, “Ad Mortem” can also be viewed online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqhmokiuoFc&feature=channel.
Head over to: http://www.bandsonfire.com/hearts-on-fire/lyrics-database/article/the-famine-the-architects-of-guilt-3997 for a track-by-track lyrical breakdown of each song on the record, for even more insight into The Architects of Guilt.

Stay tuned for more information on The Famine and The Architects of Guilt.


The Famine is…
Nick Nowell – vocals
Andrew Godwin – guitar
Mark Garza – drums
Jon Richardson – bass

The Famine online…

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Ancient Creation – Moonlight Monumemt cover revealed

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG
Ancient Creation - Moonlight Monumemt

Ancient Creation - Moonlight Monumemt

First look at cover art for Ancient Creation “Moonlight Monument” coming from Heaven and Hell Records. The piece was created by Thomas J. Barber at TeaJay Art and Illustration who also did the highly praised cover for Witches Mark “Grim Apparition”.

Look for an early spring 2011 release of Ancient Creation “Moonlight Monument” from Heaven and Hell Records. Recorded at Studio City in Kansas City, Missouri and mixed & produced by Adam Lichtengaur and Ancient Creation. Mastering was provided by Gary Long (King Diamond, Solitude Aeturnus) at Nomad Recording Studio in Texas.

“Moonlight Monument” is sure to please those waiting for a second release from Ancient Creation as well to capture new fans seeking the finest in U.S. power metal.

For more details please visit:

http://www.reverbnation.com/ancientcreation

www.facebook.com/heavenandhellrecords

www.heavenandhellrecords.com

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MORTIIS REPORTS IN FROM EUROPEAN TOUR

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG

OSLO, Norway – With nearly four weeks of their European tour under their collective belt, Mortiis is primed and ready to take on the next three weeks of the trek.

Fans are reacting enthusiastically to Mortiis’ latest incarnation – one which differs greatly from the Mortiis of the past. “It’s nothing like what Mortiis used to be a couple of years ago,” says band namesake Mortiis. “We pulled back and totally reinvented our sound, both off and on stage. Even the old er stuff we play sounds new and fresh.”

The metamorphosis of Mortiis has been continual throughout Mortiis (the artist) and Mortiis (the band)’s careers. In its current form, Mortiis shows a more aggressive side that still works cohesively with the likes of electro-evil tour-mates Combichrist. “I really think the fans are picking up on the common energy between the two bands,” Mortiis adds.

Mortiis’ set focuses material from their latest release, “Perfectly Defect,” and their upcoming release, “The Great Deceiver,” two sonically diverse records that work in unison live. “We open and close the set with ‘TGD’ songs,” Mortiis explains. “The ‘PD’ songs are in the middle of the set and, I think, visually as well as sonically, it works very well. The ‘PD’ stuff has some really dynamic moments that I know work very well visually. The ‘TGD’ songs we play are just hard and in-your-face, so there’s a lot of energy to feed from there.”

The tour has also already had the requisite mishaps that make a tour memorable.

“I think I broke (guitarist) Levi’s rib on the first show,” Mortiis says. “He slipped and went down and I stomped him pretty good. Didn’t really mean to but sometimes the adrenaline gets the better of me and it just happened. I also knocked chip out of my tooth a few days ago, which kinda sucks, but what can you do? It’s just all part of the game, I guess.”

Mortiis’ tour with Combichrist will continue through March 12.

Mortiis/Combichrist dates are as follow:

16.02.2011 Helsinki (SF), On the Rocks

18.02.2011 St. Petersburg (RU), Kosmonaut

19.02.2011 Moscow (RU), Tochka Club

20.02.2011 Ekaterinburg (RU), Tele Club

22.02.2011 Riga (LV), Riga Melna

24.02.2011 Gdynia (Gdansk/PL), Ucho

25.02.2011 Berlin, Columbia Club

26.02.2011 Dresden, Reithalle

27.02.2011 Nitra (SK), Novapekaren

01.03.2011 Bukarest (RO), Silver Church Club

02.03.2011 Sofia (BG), R.b.f. Club

03.03.2011 Thessaloniki (GR), Mylos Club

03.04.2011 Belgrade (SRB), Dom omladine

05.03.2011 Zagreb (CRO), Boogaloo

06.03.2011 Vienna (A), Szene

07.03.2011 Budapest (HU), A 38

09.03.2011 München, Backstage

10.03.2011 Frankfurt, Batschkapp

11.03.2011 Braunschweig, Meier Music Hall

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KATAKLYSM ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF NEW DVD

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG
KATAKLYSM

KATAKLYSM

KATAKLYSM have begun the long process of putting together elements for their upcoming 20th anniversary DVD.  Titled THE IRON WILL: 20 Years Determined, this documentary will begin with the band’s inception in 1991 and tell the lasting story behind of one of the most important extreme musical exports in Canada’s short 143-year history.  Director & producer Tommy Jones (Lamb Of God, Soilwork, Death Angel) will catch the band’s heartbeat on the road and to put the memories together.  Expected release date is Spring 2011.

The DVD will also include interviews with a wide range of characters, including the band’s infamous first frontman Sylvain Houde, who sang on the first three KATAKLYSM albums: The Mystical Gate Of Reincarnation (1993), Sorcery (1996), and Temple Of Knowledge (1999).

A single and a video clip for the title track “The Iron Will” will be recorded this summer.  The massive content of the DVD will include KATAKLYSM’s upcoming headlining show at Summer Breeze Open Air in Germany where the band will perform classics from all of its eleven releases.

KATAKLSYM frontman Maurizio Iacono shares:

“This is something that we are doing first for ourselves to look back at the long and hard road traveled and to be grateful that twenty years later, this band is stronger than ever and still means something in the music world.  It’s an accomplishment to exist this long and this DVD is dedicated to our fans who solely kept us alive in this destructive and turbulent scene.  I decided to scrap my book idea (it was taking way too long and time is of the essence) and instead tell our story on THE IRON WILL in detail to get things off my chest once and for all.  We’ve been the underdogs for so long and looking back, this is a good a place to be.”

In North America, 2010’s Heaven’s Venom debuted at #7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and at #196 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, making it the highest charting album of KATAKLYSM’s career.  In Europe, Heaven’s Venom debuted at #32 in Germany, #35 in Austria, and #53 in Switzerland.

KATAKLYSM also holds the honor of being the first band to have their songs feature Rock Band’s new double bass drum pedal application, available now on Rock Band versions 2 and 3.  Click on the following song titles to purchase them from the RockBand Network:

“At The Edge Of The World” – double bass version
“Determined (Vows Of Vengeance)” – double bass version
“Numb & Intoxicated” – double bass version

Watch the “Push The Venom” video by director Ivan Colic:

North American tour dates for KATAKLYSM’s headlining “Spread The Venom 2010-2011 World Tour“ with All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth, Conducting From The Grave, and Abysmal Dawn are as follows:


2/24  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/25  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
2/26  Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
2/27  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/28  Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
3/02  Starlite – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
3/03  Lake City Bowl – Kelowna, B.C. – CANADA
3/04  Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
3/05  Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
3/06  Branx – Portland, OR
3/07  Slim’s –  San Francisco, CA
3/08  The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
3/09  Soma – San Diego, CA
3/10  Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
3/11  El Cien – Amarillo, TX
3/12  Ridglea Theatre – Ft. Worth, TX
3/13  White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
3/15  State Theater – St Petersburg, FL
3/16  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
3/17  Jaxx – Springfield, VA
3/18  Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
3/19  Evening Star Music Hall – Niagara Falls, NY
3/20  Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA

Visit KATAKLYSM online at www.SPREADTHEVENOM.com, www.facebook.com/KATAKLYSM, www.myspace.com/KATAKLYSM, Twitter.com/KATAKLYSMBAND, and on the band’s official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/kataklysmrocks.

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