Modern metallers LYZANXIA have uploaded a special version of ‘Under Lie’ from their latest album LOCUST on their bandpage http://listn.to/lyzanxia and made it available as a free download . This surreal version has been remixed by Frenchcore DJ Psiko www.myspace.com/psikoradiation
British melodic death metallers THE SOULLESS, who recently changed their name from IGNOMINIOUS INCARCERATION, are going into the studio tomorrow, December 15th, to begin recording their new album.
THE SOULLESS are heading into Outhouse Studios in Reading, England with producer JOHN MITCHELL (ARCHITECTS, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, ENTER A SHIKARI) and will be recording until midway through January, 2011.
The as-yet untitled new album is due to be released on Earache Records in April, 2011.
THE SOULLESS frontman ANDY WARDLE comments:
“We are all beyond excited to start this process. The last few weeks we have been relentlessly rehearsing the tracks and are very happy with our creation. We know it is going to sound even better when finished at Outhouse.
“Everything will be heavily documented and regular video updates will be up after each stage of recording. Artwork, an official video, album title, tours and new merch are all in the works, so this is the calm before the storm…”
THE SOULLESS recently released a brand new pre-production track to give fans a taste of what to expect from the new album. Listen to the new track, “Earthbound”, on the band’s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/wearethesoulless
Watch a recent video from THE SOULLESS, in which the band members discuss the name change and preview a clip of some new material:
Indian Metallers Demonic Resurrection have inked a merchandising deal with OMerch, a company set up by Opeth and their management to handle merchandise. The company boasts of an all-star roster including bands like Opeth, Enslaved, Katatonia, Textures and Nevermore, among other big metal bands. The bands international webstore is open at http://www.bandstores.co.uk/shop/demonicresurrection/products.php?cat=1641
“We are extremely delighted to sign up with OMerch as they are a terrific company and make great quality merchandise. We were looking to make it easier for our overseas fans to get access to our merch and when OMerch contacted us saying they were interested we didn’t have to think twice about it.” – Demonstealer (Vocals/Guitars)
2010 has been THE year for Demonic Resurrection, they signed to Candlelight Records earlier this year through which their 3rd album ‘The Return To Darkness’ was released worldwide to rave reviews from the press. The band also picked up the Global Metal award at the Metal Hammer Golden God awards in June following it up with 2 awards at the Rolling Stone India Metal Awards. They also played at the Inferno Festival in Norway and Brutal Assault in Czech Republic.
Northwestern metal horde WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have just announced an upcoming mini-tour to take place this January, following their previously announced performance with Neurosis and labelmates Black Breath in Seattle on December 30th. The ‘Wolves will embark on the newly announced dates just days after the start of 2011, and have stops planned for stateside audiences in Oregon and Washington, as well as first time appearances in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. The mini-tour closes out in Olympia, Washington on January 9th with a benefit show for the Wolftown Wildlife Rehabilitation Project and local victims of the Green Scare. Check out the tour poster and more here.
Confirmed WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Live Appearances:
12/30/2010 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA w/ Neurosis, Black Breath
01/04/2011 Branx – Portland, OR w/ Druden, Wilderness, thee.casualty.company
01/06/2011 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC w/ Ahna, Gyibaaw, Sick, thee.casualty.company
01/07/2011 The Sons of Norway Hall – Victoria, BC w/ Shibboleth, Northern, thee.casualty.company
01/08/2011 Jinx Art Space – Bellingham, WA w/ Druden, Frozen Cloak, thee.casualty.company
01/09/2011 The Loft on Cherry – Olympia, WA w/ Alda, Druden, RVIVR
This new rash of shows follow the band’s recently completed tour through several European countries, which included a date in London with Shrinebuilder as well as the coveted All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in Minehead, United Kingdom where they appeared alongside Neurosis, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and more last week. These will likely be the last live dates WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM will be planning for the coming months, as they are planning to hole up through the Winter months preparing their next full-length release.
Electric Wizard is one of the most revered and influential doom metal-acts of our time. They’re also a band that loves flipping the bird at everybody, themselves included. Since their 1995 debut they have released a total of seven albums packed with drug-romanticism, hedonism, occult symbolism and good old-fashioned horror-motifs. Releases like “Come My Fanatics…” (1997) and “Dopethrone” (2000) have been pronounced classics, though their immediate successors got a slightly more tepid response. However, the band’s previous album “Witchcult Today” (2007) re-ignited the fire. Its successor is the brand new “Black Masses”, and this summer will see the debut at SRF for Jus Oborn & Co. Great news for any doom metal-fan! Read more under Bands 2011
Confirmed bands so far out of a total of around 70:
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Rhapsody of Fire
Jason & the Scorchers
Dan Reed Band
The tickets to Sweden Rock Festival 2011 are now released and you buy them directly online at our homepage.
After 2008’s self explanatory “Let The Metal Do The Talking”, Swedish traditional metal exponents OVERDRIVE deliver the most pulsating album of their career with the pedal to the metal bombast of “Angelmaker”. This new album sees Overdrive pummel the listener with their heaviest release yet. Home to 12 tracks all of which will make any self respecting metal fan throw the “horns” in appreciation.
With a history dating back over 20 years the line up has been consistent since their initial formation in 1980, with the exception of vocalist Per “PerilOz” Karlsson who came onboard for the bands reformation in 2003. This lengthy combined experience between the band members makes Overdrive run like a well oiled machine, locked in, loaded and ready to unleash its metallic grit to all generations of metal fans.
Lyrically the album deals with a variety of topics, from catholic priests, vampires and Indians to psychopaths and warnings of our world going down the drain. While the title track tells the gruesome story of the Swedish angelmakers. A group of women who “took care” of illegitimate children through drowning, suffocation or starvation, being paid for their services. The last angelmaker was convicted in the 1920’s, yet still the story is one that shocks.
The work on “Angelmaker” started in late 2008. Janne Stark (Locomotive Breath / Constancia) started writing a couple of tracks, “Thriller” and” Angelmaker”, which set the style and approach. Then Kjelle Jacobsson, Janne, Per Karlsson and Kenth Ericsson started writing, each on their own. Demos were made and finally the band sat down together in February 2010 to select from the 25+ songs that had been written. 18 songs were selected. Rehearsals began and in May recordings started. With no hurry and the aim of simply making this the best Overdrive album ever. The drums were recorded by Johan Blomström at Studio Sound Palace, while the guitars, bass and vocals were recorded at various studios. The mixing, by Pelle Saether (Grand Design/Zello/Zeelion) at Studio Underground in Västerås started in July and in August the album was finished. Next the band drafted 10 people to help evaluate and select the final track listing for the album which proved to be an eye-opening experience for the band. In November 2010 the album was mastered and finished and an extension of the bands deal with Lion Music was signed.
Given their pedigree and reputation it’s no surprise to hear Overdrive enter the third decade of their career hitting new heights with “Angelmaker”; a slice of traditional metal as good as you will hear in 2011.
Danish progressive metallers Infinity Overture return with their second album “The Infinite Overture pt.1”. Led by the superb guitar and compositional skills of Neils Vejlyt, the band have taken a step away from the symphonic metal slant of their debut to mark the start of altogether darker and more distinctive journey with enhanced progressive elements blended with gothic textures.
The listener will also notice the new album being more guitar driven due to the reduction of symphonic elements. The new material also showcases the virtuoso side of the band making great use of dynamically rich music wrapped around irresistible vocal melodies. Vejlyt must be applauded for managing to combine all these elements whilst still ensuring the song remains the main priority and these are 9 compelling compositions.
As a result of the slight change of musical direction Vejlyt saw fit to change the band line-up to best bring out the new music and also ensure the calibre of musicianship was high enough to perform the new material live.
New female vocalist Kimmie Tenna Nielsen is the most major change, with her moving and powerful voice driving on the new compositions, her performance is set to make her an upcoming talent in the metal world. Bassist Bernardo Fesch has brought awesome bass groves to the compositions whilst drummer Jakob Vand has adds his grand technical skills and ideas to the band making for a very exciting rhythm section.
Niels Vejlyt also secured the services of two of his favourite vocalists to perform some guest spots on the new release – namely Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire) and Amanda Somerville (Epica, Kamelot etc). Niels describes this as, “An honour to have such greats on the songs”.
In addition to these two household names are a number of other guest backing vocalists all adding further depth to the compositions.
Production guru Sascha Paeth (Edguy, Rhapsody of Fire, Kamelot) once again oversaw the mix and master with the outcome being another full and rich sounding release from Infinity Overture.
EARACHE RECORDS and SkullsNBones.com are saluting the end of a very metal year with a very metal contest. This is a contest so metal that it can’t even be contained to 1 week — it’s going on for 8! Every Friday for the next eight weeks, SkullsNBones will pick one winner to receive this year’s critically acclaimed AT THE GATES 3 DVD set, THE FLAMES OF THE END along with one of EARACHE‘s other great 2010 releases like WORMROT‘s ABUSE, OCEANO‘s CONTAGION, BONDED BY BLOOD‘s EXILED TO EARTH and more!
-Your post must be at least two sentences to count, so make it good!
-You must live in the continental United States
-You must be over 18
-You may enter as many times as you want, but don’t be annoying!
-If you don’t want to comment your entry here, you may email them at contests(at)skullsnbones.com
-Winners will be announced every Friday for the next eight weeks beginning on Dec. 17th
Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have uploaded the fifth video installment of a series featuring behind-the-scenes footage from their recent South American tour. Watch the video clip here or below:
SONATA ARCTICA’s February 27, 2011 concert in Milan, Italy will be filmed for the band’s second live DVD, to be released in late 2011. According to a recent statement, “[SONATA ARCTICA] will perform a pretty unique show of at least 120 minutes. Next to songs of their latest albums, The Days Of Grays and Unia, they also will perform some of the older songs from previous albums plus some very rare songs they didn’t play live during the last years. For sure this will be an unforgettable event and a journey from the beginning of their career as one of the most popular Finnish metal bands until now — you definitely shouldn’t miss it.
“The DVD will be released through Nuclear Blast Records and Marquee Inc. in Japan and will, next to the show in Milan, contain another show, recorded 2009 during the SONATA ARCTICA Open Air Festival in their hometown Kemi, Finland. And of course, there will be massive bonus material such as the ‘making-of,’ interviews, and plenty of video footage the band recorded the last few years during their career on tour.”
The Days Of Grays, SONATA ARCTICA’s latest album, debuted on the Billboard Top New Artist “Heatseekers” chart at #19 the week following its release. The album track “Flag In The Ground” can be purchased for Playstation 3 & XBOX 360 gaming systemsvia the RockBand music library by clicking here.
View SONATA ARCTICA’s video for “Flag In The Ground” here.
ImageFM.ca announced their 2010 annual awards winners! CONFLICTED walk away with the following three awards:
CONFLICTED’s Song Victor Victoria – WINS Best Progressive Metal Single of the Year
CONFLICTED’s Lead Vocalist Jason Orton – WINS Best Male Vocalist of the Year
CONFLICTED’s Guitarist Mark Owen – WINS Best Guitarist of the Year
ImageFM.ca 2010 Awards will be presented during an online party on January 8, 2011 starting at 7:30 p.m.
CONFLICTED were also named “Best Metal Band” at the 2010 The Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMAs).
CONFLICTED have risen to become one of the most revered and “must see” live acts in their region, having headlined many of their own shows, plus having opened for international touring artists, all to stellar audience reception. The responses from music insiders have been emphatically and overwhelmingly positive.
Fronted by the gifted and talented Jason Orton — a professionally trained, 4-octave range vocalist — he brings what one would consider a Halford-esque tonality, intensity, and vibrancy to CONFLICTED, with vocal and stage performances that have been widely critically acclaimed.
Orton, in the opinion of many, is poised to become the next metallic singing superstar hailing from Toronto to achieve world recognition, in league with Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) and James LaBrie (Dream Theatre), the latter of which Orton is often favourably compared to.
CONFLICTED’s epically orchestrated and powerful, theatre/arena rock — one that expertly blends modern and classic elements to create a musicality distinctively their own — is skillfully and dynamically delivered by ROBERT MARK OWEN (guitar), JOHN KOLODZIEJ (bass), COREY STOLL (drums), and RON DE COSTE (keys), all of whom themselves are skilled virtuosos with years of experience which resonates both live and in the studio.
CONFLICTED are currently playing live shows in support the forthcoming release entitled “Never Be Tamed”.
Eternal Terror’s Roy Kristensen met up with Ivar Bjørnson in Enslaved’s rehearsal room during 2010’s Hole In The Sky festival, since the new album had just been made. They talked about “Axioma Ethica Odhinn “, creating the music, touring with Dimmu Borgir, Hole In The Sky, and Cato Bækkevold’s way of torturing the rest of the band.
Live material is filmed in Drammen (Union Scene) 01.10.10. The photos from Eternal Terror by Unn Marit Forrestad & Lise Mette Eidet in September 2010. Produced by Imhotep Productions.
Can Iced Earth fans handle nearly six hours of their favorite metal band?
They’ll soon find out.
An intense two-minute trailer from the long-awaited live DVD extravaganza Festivals of the Wicked has just been posted to the Iced Earth web site (http://www.icedearth.com).
The DVD cover art – featuring Iced Earth “mascot” Set Abominae emerging from the fires of Hell, riffing on a Les Paul – has also been revealed.
Festivals of the Wicked boasts nearly six hours of Iced Earth – three full headliner shows (over 40 live tracks!), a photo gallery shot by famed rock photographer Ross Halfin, plus a 90-minute documentary. It will be released early in 2011.
“The last part of the DVD to be completed is the documentary,” said Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer. “Thousands of hours were shot and edited down to 90 minutes. It’s very close to done. I have to say the footage of the band on stage is mind blowing. Those who have already seen us will love it. Those who haven’t yet seen Iced Earth will be amazed by what this band can do on stage.”
Drummer Brent Smedley concurs: “The three festivals featured on the DVD were all extremely remarkable and each one memorable in its own way,” he said. “All three were amazing nights where the Metal and the Magic were fully flowing. I think the release of this DVD truly proves my mantra and favorite saying: METAL LIVES!”
Indeed it does.
Festivals of the Wicked shows Iced Earth in its favorite element – facing tens of thousands of screaming fans – and playing songs that demonstrate why Iced Earth fans are some of the most loyal in metal.
The three soon-to-be-released festivals are:
Wacken Open Air (2007) with Tim Owens on lead vocals. The blistering 13-song set begins with a jaw-dropping rendition of “Burning Times” and closes with the band’s signature track, “Iced Earth.”
Rock Hard Festival (2008) with Matt Barlow on lead vocals. This festival, the first to feature Matt’s return, storms through 15 songs, with “Dark Saga” leading the charge.
Metal Camp (2008) with Matt Barlow on lead vocals. A not-to-be-missed 16-song face melter of a concert that proves why some say Iced Earth is one of the top live bands in the world.
“I’m very proud of this DVD, and I’m grateful to fans for their patience,” said Schaffer. “Getting this ready for release has been an enormous job, but a true labor of love. It will be worth the wait. I promise.”
Schaffer formed Iced Earth in Tampa, Florida, in 1984. Since then, he has released 10 studio albums, one live album, two compilations, and three boxed sets. With worldwide sales in the millions, Iced Earth has earned a seat in the pantheon of America’s most successful heavy-metal bands.
Iced Earth was recently confirmed to appear at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium, on June 24th, 2011. Additional festival dates will be announced soon on the band’s official web site, Facebook, and MySpace.
With two exciting announcements already made, Sonisphere Knebworth 2011 – which takes place July 8th – 10th – can now reveal the remaining headliner for next summer’s festival, who will appear alongside Saturday night headliner BIFFY CLYRO and Sunday Festival closer SLIPKNOT.
Sonisphere will be bringing together METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX in the UK for the first time in history to headline the Friday night.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich explains: “As soon as the Big 4 gigs started rolling across Sonisphere Festivals in Eastern Europe last summer, we all felt we were part of something special. The vibe within the bands was more than anyone had anticipated and the vibe with the fans was so next level, it completely blew our minds . . . there was no way this should not happen again!!! So I am beyond psyched that the first Big 4 show in Western Europe will take place on the hallowed grounds of Knebworth, where so many unique and special gigs have happened over the years.”
Last summer saw the live debut of The Big 4 – as this collective of thrash legends are commonly known – marking what was possibly the most significant event in the history of metal. Fans all over Europe could barely contain their excitement, as over 500,000 metalheads bore witness to the show they thought they’d never see.
The Big 4 fever did not stop at Europe, as fans the world over eagerly anticipated the possibility of seeing the historical show for themselves in their own countries. Such was the demand that a live cinecast of the Bulgarian show saw over 130,000 people turn out to local cinemas, with reports of mosh pits breaking out in movie theatres across the globe. The recently released DVD of the event, which features all four bands collaborating on a cover of Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil” as well as their individual sets, has only added fuel to the Big 4 fire, with a frenzied demand for more performances in the countries not fortunate enough to play host last summer.
Now, Sonisphere brings the titanic combo of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax to the UK for the very first time, at this exclusive performance at Knebworth.
The legends themselves declare their delight at taking the greatest metal show on earth back out on the road:
“There is simply no better venue for a European round two of the Big 4!!”, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich begins. “Put your dancing shoes on, this is gonna be fun!”
“Always excited to do Big 4 shows”, says SLAYER’s Kerry King. “Now England is in line to be devastated by this heavy metal powerhouse! Can’t Fucking wait!!!”
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine states; “The Big Four Concerts are the most important, most exciting event to happen in the history of live concerts in our genre, and perhaps the entire music industry. I am glad to be a part of this enormous celebration of thrash, speed, and good ole heavy metal!”
“OH YEAH!!!” proclaims Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante. “Here we come England! The Big 4 BABY! Can’t wait to Get Metal Thrashing Mad for you thrashers!”
Anthrax bandmate, guitarist Scott Ian concurs, “Merry early Xmas present for us… more Big 4 shows!!! The shows we did together with our brothers in Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth were not only the high point of 2010, but also some of the best shows Anthrax have ever played. Getting to share this with our friends in the UK will be amazing.”
Given that 2010’s event had sold out before IRON MAIDEN took to the stage, and the hugely exciting headliners set for next year, Sonisphere can not guarantee that day tickets will be available for 2011, so fans are advised to get their tickets early to ensure they don’t miss out on what is already shaping up to be Sonisphere’s most exciting year yet.
Tickets for Sonisphere Knebworth 2011 are now on sale. Beat the VAT increase – and get your application in to become a Sonisphere Tourist with your free ticket for Poland and Czech Republic or Austria (subject to availability) – by snapping your ticket up quickly.
Sonisphere Knebworth takes place July 8th – 10th, 2011 at Knebworth House. For tickets and more info go to this location.