Portland punishers DARKBLACK are preparing for their eight-show West Coast tour Which kicks off this Wednesday, in celebration of their new Midnight Wraith EP, to be released the same day. Several shows have been altered since previous announcements; see the newest dates below. Early reviews of Midnight Wraith are flowing in now from domestic and foreign media outlets, brimming with praise of the band’s primal, slick approach to traditional heavy metal on the newest material from the band. Composed of five unrelenting heavy metal anthems realized in the murky gloom of the band’s hometown of Portland, Oregon and recorded at Revolver Studios by Nalin Silva, Midnight Wraith tells tales of death, betrayal, unholy spirits and fantastic battles. Midnight Wraith will be released via San Jose, California-based Stormspell Records, who also handled the band’s Sellsword album in 2009.
Drummer Dennis Leeflang has joined vocalist Ted Poley’s (Danger Danger) solo touring band. Leeflang most recently toured with Queen of Metal, Lita Ford in the summer and fall of 2009 all over Europe and the United States, playing such prestigious events such as the Bang Your Head Festival, Gods of Metal and The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Dennis joins bassist Doug Odell (Ice Age), guitarist Maz Mazza (40Ft. Ringo, Detroit Cheetah), and guitarist/keyboardist Paul LaPlaca (Chris Caffrey solo, Zandelle) as Poley’s newest line up.
Leeflang expresses his excitement to be playing with Ted: “Ted is a drummer himself and we get a total kick about jamming together. He appreciates my playing in a way I’m not used to and at the same time when Ted has a suggestion, it actually makes sense! I’m really looking forward to going on the road with this band next year.” The band will make its live performance debut at Klubben Fryshuset in Stockholm Sweden on December 3, 2010.
Leeflang, who is most known for his work as the long time drummer for Bumblefoot, aka Ron Thal, guitarist of Guns N Roses, reflects on how busy the last year has been for him, stating “It’s been a pretty hectic year for me, but that’s how I like it. I’m a workaholic. I had just started working on new material with Bumblefoot when we got the call from Lita Ford and jumped on the road with her for 3 months with 36 hours to learn her set. It’s been non-stop from that point on. After we got off the road with Lita, I’ve been locked up in my studio recording for a ton of different projects. Not just playing and recording my own drum tracks, but also engineering a variety of sessions ranging from vocals to strings. Most recently I’ve been recording drums for, as well as engineering and producing the first album in over 20 years by 80’s thrash metal pioneers I.N.C. (Indestructible Noise Command). The album will be mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom (Opeth, Soilwork, Hammerfall, In Flames, Bring Me The Horizon), which is very exciting. Then there are several local NYC bands I work with and I got married this year. My focus for 2011 will definitely be Ted’s band, though. Playing live is what I love the most.”
Besides the INC release, the material Leeflang has been working on with Bumblefoot will also soon be released. Available online only as individual song releases, fans can expect the tracks to be released over the next few months.
Considering that Poley recently signed with ARM Entertainment (management firm of such notable talent as Bret Michaels, L.A.Guns and Dokken), it appears Leeflang’s busy schedule won’t end just yet.
Legendary NOLA sludge collective EYEHATEGOD will kick off another stretch of tour dates in support of absolutely nothing tomorrow in Birmingham, Alabama at the Bottletree. From there the band will pillage their way through 13 more cities before heading back home in time for holiday hedonism. Supporting the band in the pandemonium will be Phobia, as well as Crowbar, Goatwhore and Zoroaster on select dates [see listing below]. Commented vocalist Mike Williams: “EYEHATEGOD are excited to head out on this next USA trek and ready to do damage. EHG tours are one of a kind; each unique with its own abusive, miserable, broken features. Miss them now and maybe miss them forever…” Added drummer Joey LaCaze: “The band is probably the tightest its ever been and different, more obscure songs have been added to the traditional set of all-time favorites. Get in the right frame of mind and vent all of your holiday frustrations.”
EYEHATEGOD Winter Tour 2010:
** New Date Added
11/30/2010 Bottletree – Birmingham, AL w/ Phobia
12/01/2010 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN w/ Phobia
12/02/2010 Tremont – Charlotte, NC w/ Crowbar, Phobia
12/03/2010 The Oasis – Charleston, SC w/ Phobia
12/04/2010 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ Phobia, Sons Of Tonatiuh
12/05/2010 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN w/ Phobia
12/06/2010 Birdy’s – Indianapolis, IN w/ Goatwhore, Phobia
12/07/2010 Downtown – Little Rock, AR w/ Goatwhore, Phobia
12/08/2010 Drifter’s – Fayetteville, AR w/ Phobia, Zoroaster
12/09/2010 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK w/ Phobia, Zoroaster
12/10/2010 Korova – San Antonio,TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster
12/11/2010 Reno’s – Dallas, TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster
12/12/2010 Red Seven – Austin, TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster
12/13/2010 The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX w/ Phobia, Zoroaster ** http://www.myspace.com/eyehategod http://www.myspace.com/extremityretainedbooking
AS THEY SLEEP, THELIVELINE.COM TEAM UP FOR ‘DYNASTY’ CD/T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY‘Dynasty’ out now on Solid State Records
DETROIT, MI – Motor City technical death metal act, As They Sleep, and TheLiveLine.com have teamed up for a special CD/t-shirt giveaway, to celebrate the release of As They Sleep’s Solid State Records debut, Dynasty, which hit stores last week. The site has provided As They Sleep with its own toll free number: (702) 967-9034, for fans to call in and leave a voice message explaining to the band why they deserve to win the prize pack. The most creative, sincere, and more importantly, METAL, message will be selected by the band as the winner. Head over to: http://www.theliveline.com/astheysleep to hear a special voice message from As They Sleep vocalist, Aaron Bridgewater, for all the details.
TheLiveLine.com’s innovative platform serves as a way for fans to phone in and leave voice messages for their favorite artists, and for artists to keep fans informed of what is going on in their world via audio blogs. Fans are also encouraged to create their own TheLiveLine.com profile to keep track of exclusive updates from As They Sleep and other artists around the globe.
As They Sleep will continue to pummel the heavy metal masses on a West Coast run in support of Dynasty, as part of the “Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour”, which is set to kick off tomorrow in El Paso, TX. Living Sacrifice will headline the tour, with label-mates, Becoming the Archetype and To Speak of Wolves, rounding out the lineup. Dynasty – a concept album with a complex focus on the rise and fall of empires throughout history –is available in stores everywhere, and online through the Solid State Records webstore at: http://zambooie.com/details.tpl?sku=SSRCD26491 and iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dynasty/id401374105.
The track list for Dynasty is…1. Oracle of the Dead2. To the Republic3. The Third Reich4. Bedlam at the Nile5. The Darkest Ages6. Ritual7. The Offering8. Attila9. Poseidon10. God of War11. The Unseen
The music video for the first single off Dynasty, “Oracle of the Dead”, will premiere in the coming weeks. A behind the scenes video blog of the “Oracle of the Dead” video shoot can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWhJqkZ6lAA.
Swedish heavy metallers ENFORCER have released their official new music video for the song “Midnight Vice”.
Watch the new video now:
The music video for “Midnight Vice” was shot by famed director PATRIC ULLAEUS (DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE) and sees ENFORCER rocking out in a Swedish bar and around the city of Stockholm.
“Midnight Vice” is taken from the band’s critically acclaimed new album, DIAMONDS.
ENFORCER are currently on the road in Europe with Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE. Catch them live at the following remaining shows:
29 Nov – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
30 Nov – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Mainhall Box
02 Dec – London, UK – Brixton Academy
04 Dec – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
05 Dec – Belfast, UK – Ulster Hall
07 Dec – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
09 Dec – Manchester, UK – Academy
10 Dec – Birmingham, UK – Academy
ENFORCER are also set to appear in-store at Earache Records’ recently announced Christmas pop-up shop in Nottingham, UK on Saturday, 11th December for a signing session, where an ultra-rare ENFORCER/VOLTURE 7″ split vinyl will be exclusively available. ENFORCER are also due to play at Earache’s Xmas Party in Nottingham on the same night. For more information, head to http://www.earache.com/party2010
Andrew Haug drummer from Australia’s CONTRIVE caught up with METALLICA’s Lars Ulrich for a Radio interview on Thursday November 18 in Melbourne. During the chat Haug put to Lars a role reversal challenge with this comical result, enjoy. PLEASE NOTE: Lars was NOT offended in the slightest, so be happy & remember Tallica loves you! \m/
Haug & Lars (2010)
METALLICA LARS ULRICH BEST IMPERSONATION EVER
LISTEN to the new album The Internal Dialogue
Mixed by DEVIN TOWNSEND in full
via CONTRIVE You Tube Channel Download from iTunesor Purchase @ all JB Hi Fi / Indie Stores thru MGM Distribution Australia or Order worldwide via the band’s Webstore below.
1st Pressing Strictly Ltd.Ed Numbered Digi Pack
500 copies only!
CONTRIVE Live Saturday Dec 4th @ SONIC FORGE FESTIVAL.
On stage front bar – 6:40pm The Espy Hotel, Melbourne.
Anselmo, McNaughton to Dissect True Crime Films at 2011 SXSW Film Festival
November 29, 2010/ Reel Crime Press Release
AUSTIN, Texas, November 29, 2010
International best-selling true crime author and MetalSucks contributor Corey Mitchell is proud to announce the esteemed speakers for his “Reel Murder: From Crime Scene to Big Screen” panel for the 2011 SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival, scheduled for March 15, 2011.
Mitchell has gathered together some of the biggest, brightest, and most controversial names in true crime filmmaking including (in alphabetical order):
PHILIP H. ANSELMO – former lead singer of Pantera/frontman for Down. Anselmo is a huge supporter of true crime-based films and composer of the underground cult classic, The Manson Family;
HART D. FISHER – the “most dangerous man in America” and notorious director of the indie serial killer feature, The Garbage Man. Fisher is the publisher of Boneyard Press comics and creator of the infamous Jeffrey Dahmer comic book;
AMI CANAAN MANN – daughter of Manhunt director, Michael Mann, and a rising new director with her upcoming true crime-based film, The Fields, about several unsolved serial killings along I-45 in Texas, featuring Sam Worthington, Chloe Moretz, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan;
JOHN McNAUGHTON – acclaimed director of Mad Dog and Glory and Wild Things. Creator of one of the most revered true crime-based films of all time, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer;
COREY MITCHELL, moderator – Los Angeles Times best-selling true crime author of several books including Pure Murder and Savage Son. Founder of Reel Crime and In Cold Blog, and former Hollywood crime blogger for the Discovery Channel. Mitchell also blogs for MetalSucks and Bloody Disgusting.
CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC have reached an agreement with Pennsylvania’s ARGUS for the release of their new album entitled Boldly Strides The Doomed.
ARGUS was formed in 2007 and features Bruce Balich of Penance fame on vocals. They released their self-titled debut album on Shadow Kingdom records in 2009, which was greeted warmly by the metal press immediately, Decibel Magazine describing them as “…a chest-thumping display of epic heavy metal as performed by a bunch of staunch doom metal fans. Indeed, ARGUS are all about big riffs, galloping anthems, dark melodies and tube amps.”
The recordings of Boldly Stride The Doomed will take place at Soundscape Studios in Pittsburgh. The initial tracking sessions are set to begin this week and will continue throughout December and January. The master of heavy metal wizardry Dave Watson (Icarus Witch, Mantic Ritual, Crown The Lost) will be at the engineering and production helm once again. The album is set to contain approximately eight or nine songs, including track titles such as “A Curse On The World,” “The Ladder,” “42-7-29” and “Durendal.” As Metalreview.com said, “…strangers to the band who prefer their metal melodic, galloping and built on a classic doom foundation, consider ARGUS your call to arms…”
ARGUS will perform on the 16th of April 2011 at the Hammer Of Doom V Festival, the annual doom and epic metal appointment in Würzburg, Germany, where they’ll have the chance to perform with a cast of incredible bands such as Pentagram, While Heaven Wept, Atlantean Kodex, Solstice and many more.
Boldly Strides The Doomed will be released by CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC simultaneously on CD, vinyl and digital form on the 3rd of May 2011.
WITHIN TEMPTATION ANNOUNCE NEW LP; THE UNFORGIVING OUT MARCH 2011
New York, NY:Roadrunner Records’Within Temptationis currently in the studio finalizing long awaited fifth studio album, The Unforgiving. This is the band’s first concept album, and is based on a comic book by writer Steven O’Connell (BloodRayne & Dark 48). The release is set for March, 2011.
Within Temptation guitarist Robert Westerholt comments, “On this album, we’ve taken a totally different approach. Each song on “The Unforgiving” was written along Steven’s narrative. The main characters of the comic are reflected in our songs. The concept pushed us and gave us the inspiration to come up with a new approach to our sound. It resulted in writing our best songs so far.
Renowned for their visual presentation, Within Temptation have asked Romano Molenaar(Witchblade, Darkness and X-men) to draw the characters and scenery for The Unforgiving.
Sharon den Adel, Within Temptation’s stunning vocalist, continues, “We have been big comic fans since our childhood. With this album, we felt the time was there to take a new step in our creative development, to take it further and broaden our horizon. Because of the concept, the songs are more diverse than ever before. It was the late 80’s when we started to read comic books, and that sound has certainly has left a mark on The Unforgiving.
The band has also redesigned its website, www.within-temptation.com.The new site will give fans the chance to discover clues about The Unforgiving, as well as uncover unreleased images from the album. The new homepage is a community for the Within Temptation family, and has been engineered to be fully interactive. Fans can become official ‘reporters’ for their country, writing news stories about Within Temptation or about other lifestyle and entertainment topics. A very popular new section is WT TV, where the band will provide video updates, like the recent Fan Club Day footage, an event fans from around the world attended.
Within Temptation’s symphonic rock, crowned by the crystalline voice of Sharon Den Adel, has brought the remarkable band a decade-long international career. The band has sold more than 3 million albums and DVDs world-wide, has attained Platinum status in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and Gold status in Spain, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg, Portugal, and Russia. Within Temptation has won a host of international awards, including a World Music Award, Golden God Award, and an MTV Europe Music Award. Numerous sold-out headline tours have seen Within Temptation through performances at major festivals like Loud Park (JP), Download (UK), Pinkpop (NL), Lowlands (NL), Rock Werchter (BE), Rock Am Ring (DE), Bilboa BBK Live (SP), Sweden Rock (SW), Ruisrock (FI), Aerodrome (AT), Gurtenfest (CH), Roskilde (DK) and many more
Originally founded in 1980 in the Netherlands, Roadrunner Records earned its place as one of the most prominent international independent record labels. Established primarily as a hard rock label, Roadrunner now boasts depth and variety in its artists. The label has recently experienced unprecedented success with multi-platinum artists Nickelback and Slipknot, near-platinum Theory of a Deadman, gold-certified Stone Sour and Killswitch Engage, as well as modern heavy hitters Korn, Dream Theater, Megadeth, Trivium and Opeth. Roadrunner’s current roster also includes such diverse acts such as The Parlor Mob, plus up and comers like Young The Giant, Black Stone Cherry and Airbourne. Loud & Proud Records, a label joint-venture with Roadrunner, is home to established heritage rock acts including Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ratt, Meat Loaf (North America) and KISS (Europe and select territories). Roadrunner catalog includes now-classic albums from seminal artists such as Type O Negative, Sepultura and King Diamond. For more information about Roadrunner, visit: www.roadrunnerrecords.com.
We are overly excited to announce that cult U.S. metal band Blacksmith will be the fifth release in the Heaven and Hell Records’ Lost Relics series. Blacksmith was number one on our wish list to work with and it is now coming true. Working closely with guitarist and main man David Smith on the project it is sure to please fan and collectors alike.
The release titled ‘Strike While the Iron’s Hot’ will contain both the Blacksmith self titled EP from ’86, as well as the full length ‘Fire from Within’ from 1989. Enhanced CD material will include photo gallery of never before seen rare photos, lyric sheets, and an extensive history and bio.
Formed in New York City by guitarist David Smith and vocalist Heidi Black in the early 80s, Blacksmith would quickly become widely known throughout the metal underground worldwide. Through demo tapes and underground metal fanzines the bands reputation spread quickly. They were also featured in many of the day’s most notable metal and hard rock magazines nationally and internationally, notably Kerrang.
The band toured up and down the east coast throughout much of 1985 headlining and supporting many of the times best known metal acts. In 1986 they would release their debut self titled EP. Europe immediately embraced the band (most notably England and Germany). More touring, radio airplay and media coverage followed. But just as quickly as they arrived, so too did they divide and fall.By the spring of 1987 the original line-up was over. However main-man David Smith was not ready to lay Blacksmith to rest and quickly recruited new players and picked up where the first version of the group left off. Several gigs and demos later Blacksmith signed with Tropical Records in late 1988. Tropical Records released “Fire from Within” in early 1989. The band would hit the road to support the new release and played everywhere they possibly could. Once again Blacksmith caught worldwide press attention along with appearances on MTV and many regional cable access programs. The group would even have some of their music featured in several Fox syndicated television programs. With so much exposure, attention, and product endorsements it seemed Blacksmith were on a roll. But as the decade drew to a close so did interest in heavy metal or so it seemed. As the 90s began Dave would put Blacksmith to rest.
Over the next 20 years as the interest in true heavy metal began to rise again, mostly due to European collectors, so did the interest in Blacksmith’s rise. Fan requests, interviews, and festival offers steadily poured in for the New York metallers. All the while Smith was waiting for the right time strike and now in 2010 the iron is hot. Heaven and Hell Records [ Label ]
Party metal, when played with vim, vigor and bona fide talent, can be extremely enjoyable. Whether it’s Municipal Waste giving shout outs to excessive beer consumption or A Life Once Lost’s less cerebral excursions, party metal definitely conjures up the notion of good times and, in those of us with slightly less fortitude, the urge to crack a coupla PBRs becomes unbearably necessary. London, Ontario’s Baptized In Blood are storming the scene with their self titled major label debut (Roadrunner Records) and, if you don’t crack a cold one while banging yer head to one of many metallic anthems on this glossy disc, you may not actually be a metalhead. Metal-Rules.com recently caught up with guitarist Josh Torrance to get a glimpse into what it’s like to go from jamming with your buddies for fun to being courted by the one and only Dave Mustaine. Remember that cheesy flick RockStar from a few years back? Mark Wahlberg ain’t got nothing on Baptized In Blood.
The third Black Mass Ritual festival was arranged in the famous rock club in the heart of Helsinki called Dante’s. The three day festival offered a great dissection of the most brutal death/black bands emerging from the extreme scene. Each night had a known band from the underground headlining the event and several other bands literally slayed. Here is the brief article of the Black Mass Ritual III.
FIREWIND recently made waves across the US once again with their stellar new disc ‘Days of Defiance’ and the ensuing headline tour that rocked the states alongside Powerglove and The Absence. Now, as GUS G treks across North America playing with the icon OZZY OSBOURNE, he will take a break from his busy schedule and host tonight’s edition of Headbangers Ball on MTV2.
We are Kaotoxin records, from France and we would like to introduce you to our litlle monster baby: the Lille GrindFest !
The first edition, the “Lille Winter GrindFest #1” which will feature 13 of the most renewed Grindcore, Goregrind and Brutal Death Metal bands from around the planet, namely:
– Last Days Of Humanity (NL)
– The Monolith DeathCult (NL)
– Jesus Crøst (NL)
– Sylvester Staline (FR)
– Mindflair (DE)
– Anal Penetration (NL)
– Pulmonary Fibrosis (FR)
– The Atrocity Exhibit (UK)
– A Den Of Robbers (BE)
– Trepan’Dead (FR)
– The Afternoon Gentlemen (UK)
– Unsu (FR)
– Butcher Instinct (FR)
will take place in Roubaix (near Lille, France), at the Hôtel de la musique, on December 17th and 18th, 2010 and will be filmed by Metaluna Productions and photographed by Take A Sip for a DVD release.
There will be many events around the fest, like a listening party at the Black Night bar (Lille) on Nov. 30rd, a free showcase of Unsu and A Den Of Robbers on Dec. 10th at the Bar Live (in Roubaix) and a photo exposition on the first 2011 quarter… and a part of the benefit will be given out to a care organisation, the Centre Paul Corteville (guide dog breeders for blind people).
We’re already working on the GrindFest #2, the “Lille Spring GrindFest #2”, which will take place on late April, early May 2011.
The official web site is located here: http://www.grindfest.org and you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org as well. The Web site is the place to grab tickets at the low price of 7.50 € for the day #1, 18.50 € for day #2 and 25.00 € for the whole festival (and merch’, too !).
Heaven and Hell Records are happy to announce the addition of New Jersey’s best kept secret Core Device. The high energy progressive power metal outfit formed in the late 90s and released their first demo ‘Raped’ in 1997. The following year the self released ‘God and Man’ EP was met with great response and word began to spread quickly amongst the metal community worldwide. A second three song demo would be released in 2004. By this time a good buzz was heard all throughout the metal underground. In 2004 Core Device self released their debut full length ‘Our Fellowship Eternal’, produced by Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo. The release was met with overwhelming response by fans and label interest began to peak. To support the release extensive gigging through the U.S., Canada, and even a self financed tour in Japan followed. An amazing number of units sold for an independent metal band. Over the next couple of years Core Device would prove they would do whatever took to achieve their desired outcome. As anticipation for a follow up began to build, mainly in Europe and Japan the band returned home to begin recording their long awaited sophomore effort ‘What I’ve Become’.
In early 2011 Heaven and Hell Records will release CD version of Core Device ‘What I’ve Become’.