THE ACACIA STRAIN Unleash New Track and Digital Single, Launch Pre-Order

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG

THE ACACIA STRAIN has unleashed the first monstrous track off of their upcoming full length, “Wormwood,” due July 20th via Prosthetic Records. The track is titled “Jonestown” and is streaming now exclusively, at store.prostheticrecords.com. The track is also now available as a digital single at Itunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jonestown-alternate-version/id376447333

Prosthetic Records has launched the official pre-order for the album, which will be available on CD and LP in six different colors. “Wormwood,” can be ordered on its own, or in a variety of different package combinations with shirts, hooded sweatshirts, in limited collectors’ boxes (featuring an exclusive banner, pin and chip clip!) and more!

“Wormwood” was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering. The cover art was one by acclaimed artist, Justin Kamerer, who has done previous work for Bleeding Through, Guns N Roses, Slayer and many more. The band chronicled the sessions through a series of video blogs which can be viewed at www.prostheticrecords.com.

Front man Vincent Bennett commented; “We worked just as hard if not harder on this album as we did on (2008’s)“Continent.’ We took an entire block of time off of touring and our lives in general to focus 100% on the creation of ‘Wormwood.’ Where we normally write a record with a theme already attached to it; this time around we wrote a record and the theme developed as we went. We wanted to do something that was still Acacia Strain, but broke away from the ‘mold’ that has been struck by all the bands these days that we seem to get grouped in with. All the songs have their own dynamic, instead of writing an album filled with like sounding songs. This is the heaviest record WE have ever written and these are the most personal lyrics I have ever written. Justin Kamerer; who did the artwork for the album, was really great to work with and really brought the songs to life with his imagery. I am really excited for this release, and we are all very proud of what we did with this record. I hope you enjoy.”

THE ACACIA STRAIN played will be participating in “Cool Tour” in July/August with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. They’ll also be in Europe in September and October on the “Hell On Earth Tour” with Terror and more.

Their upcoming dates are:

6/26 Leeds University, Leeds UK. – Ghostfest

7/9 Johnston City, TN- The Hideaway (w/ Cancer Bats)

7/10 Augusta, GA- Sector 7G (w/ Cancer Bats)

7/13 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle %

7/14 N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues %

7/15 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore %

7/16 Baltimore, MD – Sonar %

7/17 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy %

7/18 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre %

7/20 Boston, MA – House of Blues %

7/21 Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom %

7/22 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory %

7/23 Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion %

7/24 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Complex %

7/25 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant %

7/27 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater %

7/28 Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom %

7/30 Mesa, AZ – Marquis Theatre %

7/31 Los Angeles, CA – Palladium %

8/1 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield %

8/2 Las Vegas, NV- The Farm (w/ War of Ages)

8/4 Kansas City, MO- The El Torreon (w/ War of Ages)

9/17 Jena, GER – F Haus $

9/18 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik $

9/19 Reading, UK – Sub 89 $

9/20 Norwich, UK – Waterfront $

9/21 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre $

9/22 Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit $

9/23 Manchester, UK – Moho Live $

9/24 Sheffield, UK – Corperation $

9/25 London, UK – Islington 02 Academy $

9/26 Antwerpen, BE – Hof ter Lo $

9/27 Paris, FR – Glazart $

9/28 Rotterdam, NI – Watt $

9/29 Frankfurt/Main, GER – Batschkapp $

9/30 Klagenfurt, AUT – Volxhaus $

10/1 Munchen, GER – Werk $

10/2 Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet $

10/3 Solothurn, CH – Kofmehl $

10/4 Hannover, GER – Faust $

10/5 Gothenburg, SW – Musikens Hus $

10/6 Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle $

10/7 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle $

10/8 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage $

10/9 Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Stattbahnhof $

10/10 Zaandam, NI – Kade $

10/11 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville TBC $

10/12 Stuttgart, GER – TBA $

10/13 Wien, GER – Arena $

10/14 Praha, CZ – Abaton $

10/15 Leipzig, GER – Werk $

10/16 Berlin, GER – SO 36 $

10/17 Amneville, FR – Tat The Beast $

% “Cool Tour”

$ “Hell On Earth” Tour

THE ACACIA STRAIN’s first DVD, “The Most Known Unknown,” released February 16, debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Top Music Video Sales Chart and 2008’s album, “Continent,” debuted at number 2 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” Chart. The band won the “Myspace Readers’ Choice Award” at 2009’s GOLDEN GODS awards.

THE ACACIA STRAIN Unleash New Track and Digital Single, Launch Pre-Order

THE ACACIA STRAIN has unleashed the first monstrous track off of their upcoming full length, “Wormwood,” due July 20th via Prosthetic Records. The track is titled “Jonestown” and is streaming now exclusively, at store.prostheticrecords.com. The track is also now available as a digital single at Itunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jonestown-alternate-version/id376447333

Prosthetic Records has launched the official pre-order for the album, which will be available on CD and LP in six different colors. “Wormwood,” can be ordered on its own, or in a variety of different package combinations with shirts, hooded sweatshirts, in limited collectors’ boxes (featuring an exclusive banner, pin and chip clip!) and more!

“Wormwood” was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering. The cover art was one by acclaimed artist, Justin Kamerer, who has done previous work for Bleeding Through, Guns N Roses, Slayer and many more. The band chronicled the sessions through a series of video blogs which can be viewed at www.prostheticrecords.com

Front man Vincent Bennett commented; “We worked just as hard if not harder on this album as we did on (2008’s)“Continent.’ We took an entire block of time off of touring and our lives in general to focus 100% on the creation of ‘Wormwood.’ Where we normally write a record with a theme already attached to it; this time around we wrote a record and the theme developed as we went. We wanted to do something that was still Acacia Strain, but broke away from the ‘mold’ that has been struck by all the bands these days that we seem to get grouped in with. All the songs have their own dynamic, instead of writing an album filled with like sounding songs. This is the heaviest record WE have ever written and these are the most personal lyrics I have ever written. Justin Kamerer; who did the artwork for the album, was really great to work with and really brought the songs to life with his imagery. I am really excited for this release, and we are all very proud of what we did with this record. I hope you enjoy.”

THE ACACIA STRAIN played will be participating in “Cool Tour” in July/August with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. They’ll also be in Europe in September and October on the “Hell On Earth Tour” with Terror and more.

Their upcoming dates are:
6/26            Leeds University, Leeds UK. – Ghostfest
7/9            Johnston City, TN- The Hideaway (w/ Cancer Bats)
7/10            Augusta, GA- Sector 7G (w/ Cancer Bats)
7/13             Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle %
7/14            N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues %
7/15            Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore %
7/16            Baltimore, MD – Sonar %
7/17            Toronto, ON – Sound Academy %
7/18            Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre %
7/20            Boston, MA – House of Blues %
7/21            Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom %
7/22            Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory %
7/23            Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion %
7/24      Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Complex %
7/25      St. Louis, MO – The Pageant %
7/27      Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater %
7/28      Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom %
7/30      Mesa, AZ – Marquis Theatre %
7/31      Los Angeles, CA – Palladium %
8/1       San Francisco, CA – The Warfield %
8/2            Las Vegas, NV- The Farm (w/ War of Ages)
8/4            Kansas City, MO- The El Torreon (w/ War of Ages)
9/17            Jena, GER – F Haus $
9/18            Koln, GER – Essigfabrik $
9/19            Reading, UK – Sub 89 $
9/20            Norwich, UK – Waterfront $
9/21            Colchester, UK – Arts Centre $
9/22            Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit $
9/23            Manchester, UK – Moho Live $
9/24            Sheffield, UK – Corperation $
9/25            London, UK – Islington 02 Academy $
9/26            Antwerpen, BE – Hof ter Lo $
9/27            Paris, FR – Glazart $
9/28            Rotterdam, NI – Watt $
9/29            Frankfurt/Main, GER – Batschkapp $
9/30            Klagenfurt, AUT – Volxhaus $
10/1            Munchen, GER – Werk $
10/2            Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet $
10/3            Solothurn, CH – Kofmehl $
10/4            Hannover, GER – Faust $
10/5            Gothenburg, SW – Musikens Hus $
10/6            Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle $
10/7            Hamburg, GER – Markthalle $
10/8            Saarbrucken, GER – Garage $
10/9            Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Stattbahnhof $
10/10            Zaandam, NI – Kade $
10/11            Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville TBC $
10/12            Stuttgart, GER – TBA $
10/13            Wien, GER – Arena $
10/14            Praha, CZ – Abaton $
10/15    Leipzig, GER – Werk $
10/16            Berlin, GER – SO 36 $
10/17            Amneville, FR – Tat The Beast $
% “Cool Tour”
$ “Hell On Earth” Tour

THE ACACIA STRAIN’s first  DVD, “The Most Known Unknown,” released February 16, debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Top Music Video Sales Chart and 2008’s album, “Continent,” debuted at number 2 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” Chart. The band won the “Myspace Readers’ Choice Award” at 2009’s GOLDEN GODS awards.

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Jon Schaffer’s SONS OF LIBERTY Post New Video Interview Online

June 18th, 2010
by EvilG

ICED EARTH brainchild, Jon Schaffer, has developed a new project, SONS OF LIBERTY, for the purpose of spreading awareness about the current state of affairs worldwide. Schaffer’s goal for this project is not to sell records, t-shirts or tickets, but rather wake people up and to get them to start researching and talking with each other. Check out the new video below where Schaffer discusses the concept behind the song “Jeckyll Island”, and the book it’s based on – a core principle to the topics covered in the band’s lyrical content. Also, catch a special interview with Schaffer and G. Edward Griffin (author of The Creature From Jekyll Island).

Download the song “Jeckyll Island” here.

The entire album can be heard now at www.sons-of-liberty.net, so head over now to check it out. Schaffer setup the very informative resource website as a think-tank containing lots of interesting web-links, book and movie recommendations, and much more. SONS OF LIBERTY: Brush-Fires of The Mind is set for a July 13th release.

Schaffer handles all vocals and instrumentation for SONS OF LIBERTY, but the effort also features guest solos by legendary producer Jim Morris, ICED EARTH guitarist Troy Seele and world-class bassist, Ruben Drake. Born from Schaffer’s desire to stimulate curiosity about a pattern of global banking corruption that is undermining the independence of people and their countries, SONS OF LIBERTY aims to spearhead a multi-faceted and peaceful resistance of the tyranny being wrought every day on regular people.

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX – The Big Four At Poland’s Sonisphere Festival; Photo Gallery Online

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG
Kerry King, Dave Mustaine, Scott Ian, and James Hetfield

Kerry King, Dave Mustaine, Scott Ian, and James Hetfield

The Big Four of thrash metal – METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX – played together for the first time in their history at the Sonisphere Festival last night (June 16th) at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland in front of 100,000 fans.

Gazeta.pl has posted a gallery of photos from the event. Check it out at this location.

The band’s setlists were as follows:

Metallica:

‘Creeping Death’

‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’

‘Fuel’

‘The Four Horsemen’

‘Fade To Black’

‘That Was Just Your Life’

‘Cyanide’

‘Sad But True’

‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’

‘All Nightmare Long’

‘One’

‘Master Of Puppets’

‘Blackened’

‘Nothing Else Matters’

‘Enter Sandman’

Encore:

‘Stone Cold Crazy’

‘Hit The Lights’

‘Seek and Destroy

Slayer:

‘World Painted Blood’

‘Jihad’

‘War Ensemble’

‘Hate Worldwide’

‘Dead Skin Mask’

‘Angel of Death’

‘Disciple’

‘South of Heaven’

‘Mandatory Suicide’

‘Chemical Warfare’

‘Raining Blood’

Megadeth:

‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due’

‘Hangar 18′

‘Take No Prisoners’

‘Five Magics’

‘Poison Was The Cure’

‘Lucretia’

‘Tornado Of Souls’

‘Dawn Patrol’

‘Rust in Peace… Polaris’

‘Headcrusher’

‘Sweating Bullets’

‘Symphony Of Destruction’

‘Peace Sells’

Anthrax:

‘Caught In A Mosh’

‘Got the Time’

‘Indians’

‘Antisocial’

‘Madhouse’

‘Only’ (video below!)

‘N.F.L’

‘I Am The Law’

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Former HELLOWEEN Singer Michael Kiske – “I Have Been Quite Harsh On The Metal Scene Over Time And Was Pretty Pissed About It”

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

After 17 years, former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske has returned to the stage with UNISONIC – the band also featuring Dennis Ward (bass) and Kosta Zafiriou (drums) of Germany’s PINK CREAM 69 and Swiss guitarist Mandy Meyer (ASIA, GOTTHARD, KROKUS) – performing select dates throughout Europe and Russia.

Kiske checks in from the road:

“Having done my first live shows after almost 17 years I’d like to say that I was really thrilled about still having many friends out there after such a long time. Some people even came from Russia just for our freaking warm up shows, another guy came from Turkey! That’s unbelievable. I am deeply honoured and moved by this and don’t take any of it for granted. My voice was not half way where I want it to be in terms of condition for live situations, this always needs some time, especially after so many years, but on most songs I did well and the audience was great. It was very important for me to do this and to have new face to face contact with you people again after isolating myself for a long time. In Sweden it was extremely cool to see how welcome Unisonic was and how many autographs we had to give afterwards. And it was not only Keeper or Place Vendome CDs I had to sign; every second CD seemed to be one of my solo CDs. I didn’t expect that.

I have been quite harsh on the metal-scene over some time and was pretty pissed about it, because I can’t deal with certain things in it, and that might have made me be a bit unfair occasionally, but that wasn’t for very long. And meeting many of you fans now again has helped me to adjust even more now. I don’t hate all metal, I just hate morally wrong ideologies which are circulating within the metal-scene and I don’t accept any sort of art-slavery. But I still like rock music, yes, even some of my favourite metal-records of my youth, because most of them are simply great rock records. In many ways the music wasn’t really the problem. My problem was, is and will always be the satanic sickness that is so common in the scene. I have NO understanding for inhumanity and heartlessness glorifying people and fascistic mentalities. I believe in good-hearted humans, love and understanding, and that free and honest music is the only law for a healthy and true music-culture. What I have criticized about the metal-scene was and is very just, but to each its own of course. I will always speak my mind. My spiritual, moral and artistic convictions haven’t changed a bit, but I am a lot more relaxed now and if I went too far sometimes in the past, I am sorry, I don’t want to be unfair at all. Not all metal fans are ignorant or Satanists, I never really thought that anyway. I have actually met only cool, good-hearted and intelligent metal and rock-fans on this very short ‘tour’. Some even seem to understand my way of thinking, when we talked. They were much more open minded and friendly than I thought, and if that would be representative for the majority, I’d be very happy. I wanted to get these words out to you guys while all is still fresh.”

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TERROR Announce New Album Release Info; Worldwide Touring Itinerary

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

The tireless and tour-hungry hardcore loyalists in LA’s TERROR, spearheaded by the endless enthusiasm of frontman Scott Vogel, have returned with a vicious new chapter to their storied career. The much anticipated new album, Keepers of The Faith, is a worldwide call to the community and an attempt to hear back from the faithful on the front lines.

Keepers of The Faith is 13 new tracks produced by Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory (A Day To Remember, H2O) at Buzzbomb Studios in Orange County, CA. It was engineered by Paul Miner (Death By Stereo, Adamantium) and mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Hatebreed). Keepers of The Faith is set for an August 30th release throughout Europe and a September 14th throughout North America. Doom Patrol will also be issuing the album in Japan on September 1st. Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/terror to view their complete worldwide touring itinerary.
Vogel sums it all up, “This is the record we put everything we have into, from the music to the lyrics, the layout to the title and to the direct hand to hand street marketing approach, we are putting it all on the line. We took all the rules of what’s going on in the industry today and washed them from our minds. We wanted to capture those early days of hardcore. This is the record we were destined to make. This is TERROR at its best and I’m so excited to get this out and start touring surrounding its energy and passion.”

TERROR earned quite a reputation since forming at the turn of the millennium. Their melding of no-frills, breakneck hardcore and the fervor of new generation metal bridges the gap between young and old, and it makes for one hell of a pit no matter what city or stage the band leaves in ruins. Vogel has been a key figure in the scene’s survival, having given up a normal home life to slug it out on the road despite broken limbs, slipped discs and everything else that comes with hosting a TERROR show.

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EVILE: ‘INFECTED NATION’ LIVE ON ROCK BAND NETWORK

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

British thrashers EVILE, who are known in gamer circles as the band with the most complex and hard-to-beat song on popular video game Rock Band, now have another new song available for fans to try to master.

EVILE’s song, “Infected Nation”, which comes from the band’s latest album, is now live and available on the Rock Band Network store.  The band’s headbanging anthem “Thrasher” was previously released on Rock Band and became an instant hit with fans and gamers who wanted one of the fastest, most challenging and complex tracks available.

Now, EVILE returns to Rock Band 2 with “Infected Nation”, which proves to be equally as hard – if not harder – to master.  “Infected Nation” is available to download now from the Rock Band Network store (not the main Rock Band store) for Xbox 360.

For more information and to buy the track from the Rock Band Network, head to http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5002844

EVILE recently marked another triumphant milestone in the band’s short history, as they were honoured with the “Metal As Fuck” award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods.  View a photo of the band with their award at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/evile_goldengod.jpg

Catch EVILE live on tour this Summer at the following festivals:

18.06.10 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
31.07.10 – Knebworth, UK – Sonisphere
06.08.10 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
07.08.10 – Deinze, Belgium – Alcatraz Metal Festival
14.08.10 – Derby, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
26.08.10 – Bergen, Norway – Hole In The Sky Festival

EVILE’s latest album, INFECTED NATIONS, is available now worldwide.  Get your copy in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41

For more EVILE news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/evileuk

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ACCEPT confirmed for headliner slots for the mega events SONISPHERE

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG
ACCEPT 2010

ACCEPT 2010

After a 15 year break Germany`s hard rock legend ACCEPT is back in the game and success stories are coming daily.

Short overview:  ACCEPT killed Twitter – ACCEPT main support for AC/DC stadium shows – ACCEPT`s video “Teutonic Terror” worldwide on no. 1 on the MYSPACE Video Charts – ACCEPT sold out the first European warm up tour.

Now ACCEPT are announcing the next highlight. The band got just confirmed for the headliner slots for the SONISPHERE festivals in Bucharest (Romania) and Istanbul (Turkey). On the three days now the following acts are headlining: Metallica, Rammstein and ACCEPT.

The ACCEPT Headliner Shows are on the following dates:

25th of June Bucharest

26th of June Istanbul

ACCEPT`s new album „BLOOD OF THE NATIONS“ will be released via NUCLEAR BLAST as follow:

Release Europe: 20th of August 2010
Release US: 14th of September 2010

Confirmed Tourdates and Ticketorder

JUNE 25th – ROMANIA, Bucharest – SONISPHERE Festival – HEADLINER SHOW

JUNE 26th – Turkey, ISTANBUL – SONISPHERE Festival – HEADLINER SHOW

JULY 18th – CZECH REPUBLIC, MASTERS OF ROCK Festival order Tickets here

JULY 25th – BULGARIA, KAVARNA ROCK Festival order Tickets here

For more information:

http://www.sonispherefestivals.com/

http://www.acceptworldwide.com/

http://www.myspace.com/accepttheband

Watch their newest video below:

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HERMAN ZE GERMAN RAREBELL RETURNS WITH ‘TAKE IT AS IT COMES’

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

Few metal drummers have a name as recognizable as Herman ze German Rarebell.

And with good reason – after all, it was Rarebell’s drumming that helped propel the Scorpions into one of the 1980’s most successful rock bands (as well as co-penning the all-time classic, “Rock You Like A Hurricane”). And Herman is back once more with his latest album, ‘Take It As it Comes,’ which was recently released via Dark Star Records.

A kick-ass, rockin’ good time, the album is available as a standard version, as well as a limited edition box set, which comes with two discs and a card autographed by ze German himself. The album can also be purchased via Amazon.com.

The new single from ‘Take It As it Comes,’ is the appropriately-titled “Let Me Rock You,” which has an add date at radio of June 3rd. Herman will also be in the U.S. starting July 12th in NYC, until July 30th ending in L.A., visiting radio and press nationwide supporting the new radio single. This will also tie in with a July 24th special appearance with the Michael Schenker Group, at this years Rock N’ America Festival, at the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre (in Oklahoma City, OK).

Herman enthuses, “I guess most of you guys know me as the former drummer of the SCORPIONS – ‘Herman Rarebell.’ Together with my friends RUDOLF, MATTHIAS, and KLAUS, I enjoyed twenty truly awesome years of exhilarating rock n’ roll. We went through thick and thin, toured the world a couple times, and were awarded over 70 gold and 30 platinum records in addition to a bunch of other awards and prizes. It is my pleasure to tell you that my new solo CD, ‘Take It As It Comes,’ is now available on DARK STAR RECORDS.”

Get ready to be pounded into submission once more by one of rock’s greatest drummers…Herman ze German Rarebell!

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FAUST – “From Glory To Infinity” On July 1

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

FAUST, Evolutionary Death Metal band, announce PICTURE DISC release of their first album “From Glory To Infinity” by Negativity Records on July 1st, 2010. This will be a limited edition of 666 copies with exclusive artwork, after the CD (released on 9/9/9) and the DIGIPACK format (released on 10/31/2009).

FAUST: www.deathmetal.itwww.myspace.com/faustband2

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Crystal Tears song sampler “Heroes” online

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

7HARD & CRYSTAL TEARS are very proud to present “Heroes” song sampler, taken from the forthcoming album “Generation X” just a day prior to the release (the 18th June 2010)!

Check the song sampler at: www.myspace.com/crystaltearsgr

Axel from 7HARD: This is a pure heavy metal/hard rock anthem. Catchy harmonies and easy to remember tunes, one of the most melodic CRYSTAL TEARS numbers! Lyrically it talks about second chances in life. Play it loud and simply enjoy!

CRYSTAL TEARS line-up includes Ian Parry on vocals (ELEGY, VENGEANCE, AYREON guest etc.), Dimitris Goutziamanis on guitars, Stratos Dionisopoulos on bass and Chrisafis Tantanozis on drums. The album was produced by R. D. Liapakis (MYSTIC PROPHECY, SUICIDAL ANGELS, ORDEN OGAN, etc.). Cover artwork and booklet design by Meran “Darkmouth” Karanitant (SIX FEET UNDER, HATEBREED, SODOM, LEAVE’S EYES, DIMMU BORGIR etc.). Videoclip and promotional album trailer by Jim Evgenidis.

Chrisafis Tantanozis: I’m so glad – throughout this shit our music industry is going through – there is a label and what is more, a serious label that trusts in us and has chosen CRYSTAL TEARS to be their metal comrades on the difficult path of rock. While Ian Parry is one of the most unique and flexible metal voices out there and R. D. Liapakis one of the very few producers who knows exactly what he wants to do and how to do it, we can feel nothing but secure about the quality of our work regardless the subjective factor of each one’s personal taste. Being honest, we really worked our asses off; we got our shit together, we listened and gave more than we could give. I truly hope you enjoy every little second of “Generation X” album, because it’s a sincere, straightforward effort indeed, well, at the end of the day… this is what rock is all about! Thank you very much for your time reading this! Hope to meet you all one day somewhere on the road!

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Toxik Society recording of our debut album and next shows

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

Hails to all!!!!
We are proud to can tell you the next things:

-At first, Our drummer Jose is completely healed of him latest operation, in fact, a few days ago we returned to have rehearsals so our next gigs will continue without any new (we´ll do 2 gigs in Germany, see it down); the only thing is that we had to delay the recording dates, but we hope that it doesn´t affect to the release date . A lot of you asked us about him, maybe through internet or too in the last fest (PMF in Madrid), so we are very grateful to your support.

-On the other hand, we have now available more merchandising, we have new patches and new badges, so if you want to buy something the only thing that you must do is send us an email to toxiksociety@gmail.com , asking about it.

-We have to say too that our mexican fans can be congratulated because the labels Old Skull Recs and Teyerizer Recs made a release in tape with some songs from our demos (Living Thrashers and Living Kufeso) with a different cover. The track list is:

1-Human War (LK)
2-Morbid Crypt (LK)
3-Toxik Invasion (LK)
4-Infected Brain (LT)
5-Alien Threat (LT)

And remaining in Mexico, just to say too that we appear too in the double compilation “Forged in Metal” released by Blower Recs with bands such Sentinel Beast, Cage, At War, etc… (for people that want to buy some of this 2 releases, you must put in contact with the labels; Old Skull: www.myspace.com/oldskullpatches , Blower Recs: www.blower-records.com/ . We DON´T sell this stuff).

And about the album, soon we´ll inform with some surprises, you´ll love it ;).
www.myspace.com/toxiksociety

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NEVERMORE Celebrate Highest Billboard Chart Entry of Their Career; Prepare For Extensive World Tour

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG
Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy

Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy

Seattle’s metal titans NEVERMORE are back and truly better than ever with the much anticipated new full-length release, The Obsidian Conspiracy, which could be their most impressive offering of their illustrious, decade plus, heralded career. The release also marks a very impressive milestone as it debuted at #125 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. This is their highest charting debut ever and just further proves the band’s massive influence and stature within the metal genre. The disc also debuted at #88 on the Canadian Billboard chart.

Warrel Dane (vocals) further states: “We are so lucky to have such amazing and diehard fans and we can’t thank them all enough for going out the first week of release to support us while helping us achieve the highest Billboard chart entry of our career. It’s an amazing feeling to see such impressive sales in this ever changing retail climate and this is just the beginning for us as we’re planning on touring the world extensively to support this release. We are taking off to Europe tomorrow but will be travelling around all of North America this fall playing our most extensive headlining set ever, so be sure to come out and hang with us. We promise that it will be a night you will never forget. Thanks again for all of the support and see you all soon.

NEVERMORE has also partnered up with the world’s #1 horror site, Bloody-Disgusting.com, for an exclusive, worldwide debut of their new video clip for the track “Emptiness Unobstructed,” which can be viewed now at the link below.
http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/748

North American fans can now rejoice as the band are excited to announce their first headlining Stateside tour in almost three years, which kicks off on Sept. 23rd and runs through Nov. 5th. This stellar bill also features Warbringer, Mutiny Within and Hatesphere in the support slots.
All tickets are on-sale now exclusively through www.Enterthevault.com and will be available there until June 19th when they go on-sale through all normal ticketing systems. There will be a limited number of VIP tickets available which gets fans early entry before doors for a preshow NEVERMORE meet and greet. Either see below or visit www.myspace.com/nevermorefans to view their complete tour itinerary.

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SKELETONWITCH Canadian tour next month

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

“Breathing the Fire is a burning, fucking beast!” says guitarist Scott Hedrick. “The drums are monstrous; Chance’s sickening vocals sound inhuman and somehow retain amazing clarity; Evan’s bass sounds like Steve Harris, Lemmy and D.D. Verni in a blender; and the guitars sound like jousting chainsaws. A lot of people said that on Beyond the Permafrost, we married black and thrash metal. With Breathing the Fire, they banged and had a kid – and that baby’s a burner!”

SKELETONWITCH’s vicious live show and fierce blue-collar ethic have helped to establish the band as torchbearers of today’s metal scene. They have logged countless miles on the road crisscrossing the nation with the likes of Municipal Waste, Job For A Cowboy, Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir, Children of Bodom, The Black Dahlia Murder and more!

SKELETONWITCH brings together the old and sacred elements of true heavy metal, melts them down, and forges them into a brand new monolith of riffage. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll come out and bang your head when SKELETONWITCH comes to your town. Worship the ‘WITCH!

SKELETONWITCH will be touring in Canada next month!

TOUR DATES:

7/8 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre w/ Russian Circles

7/10 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room w/ Russian Circles

7/11 Calgary, AB @ The Republik w/ Russian Circles

7/13 Winnipeg, ON @ Royal Albert Arms w/ Russian Circles

7/14 Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks

7/16 Toronto, ON @ Opera House

7/17 London, ON @ London Music Hall

7/18 Windsor, ON @ The Blind Dog

7/20 Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah

7/21 Kingston, ON @ Time To Laugh

7/22 Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle

7/23 Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall

7/24 Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau

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BISON b.c. Announce CND WEST Run

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG

BISON B.C. Will be playing a string of dates this summer in western Canada!

This summer, Bison b.c. Will be playing the following dates in support of their critically acclaimed album DARK AGES!

TOUR DATES:

06.30 Edmonton, AB@ New City

07.01 Calgary, AB @ Ship and Anchor – SLED FEST

07.02 Calgary, AB @ Broken City – SLED FEST

07.03 Kamloops, AB @ Pogue Mahone

07.16 Tofino, BC @ Tofino Legion

07.17 Victoria, BC @ Sugar

07.23 Vancouver, BC @ Bitmore

Check out a video clip from SXSW this spring, Goatwhore and Bison b.c. Ask “either or”:

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KATAKLYSM: “Heaven’s Venom” Track Listing Revealed

June 17th, 2010
by EvilG
KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have revealed the track listing for their new album Heaven’s Venom, which will be released on August 20th in Europe and August 24th in North America. The follow-up to 2008’s Prevail, was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F Dagenais (Malevolent Creation, Misery Index) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Mnemic, Dark Tranquillity).

Heaven’s Venom track listing:

1. A Soulless God

2. Determined (Vows of Vengeance)

3. Faith Made of Shrapnel

4. Push the Venom

5. Hail the Renegade

6. As the Walls Collapse

7. Numb & Intoxicated

8. At the Edge of the World

9. Suicide River

10. Blind Savior

Ozzfest 2010 will kick off on August 14 in San Bernardino (Ozzfest’s birthplace in 1996) and travel to Chicago, Illinois; Hartford, Connecticut; Camden, New Jersey; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts. Playing the Second Stage will be none other than Canada’s kings of northern hyperblast, KATAKLYSM.

Ozzfest 2010 Main Stage Acts

OZZY OSBOURNE

MÖTLEY CRÜE

HALFORD

DEVILDRIVER

NONPOINT

Ozzfest 2010 Second Stage Acts

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

DROWNING POOL

KINGDOM OF SORROW

KATAKLYSM

GOATWHORE

SKELETONWITCH

SAVIOURS

Ozzfest 2010 Dates

08/14/10 San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA

08/17/10 First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Tinley Park (Chicago), IL

08/19/10 First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown (Pittsburgh), PA

08/21/10 Comcast Theater – Hartford, CT

08/22/10 Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ

08/24/10 Comcast Center – Mansfield (Boston), MA

For more information visit: www.myspace.com/Kataklysm

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