Ian McFarland & Mike Pecci of Killswitch Productions have made their video for MESHUGGAH’s “Bleed,” a song off the band’s Billboard Top 200-charting 2008 release, obZen, available for viewing in high-definition. Check it out below:
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The 3rd episode of OCEANO TV has been posted on the band’s YouTube page. In this edition, vocalist, Adam Warren lets fans in on his daily routine. Starting from the time he wakes up at (way past) the crack of noon, Adam shows fans all the steps behind making his vocals on CONTAGION sound so undeniably monstrous. Watch as Adam heats up his special pre-session warmup drink. Learn Adam‘s secret warmup routine. Finally, view just how beastly his vocals will sound on CONTAGION by way of an in-studio camera that filmed his sessions.
Watch OCEANO vocalist, Adam Warren do his thing:
Produced by Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), CONTAGION spreads this fall.
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North Carolina experimental extreme metal troupe GOLLUM are pleased to unleash their latest video for “Blacksmith (Summoning Wrath),” which comes off the band’s critically-acclaimed The Core full-length released via Rotten Records last spring. The video was shot in the summer of 2009 in the band’s hometown of Wilmington. The band performance portion was shot in a studio and later cropped and transformed into abstract CGI while the “movie” portion was filmed in a welding warehouse to capture a blacksmith at work. Commented the band of the video’s concept: “The concept for the ‘Blacksmith (Summoning Wrath)’ video was to have this visually experimental and abstract CGI background during our performance intertwined with a ‘movie’ depicting a blacksmith forging a battle-ready sword. With the limited resources and good dedicated friends that know how to film and use video software helping out, we think we accomplished that vision, even on such a slim budget!”
Check the video out here: http://www.youtube.com/user/EarsplitPR#p/f/12/MOladEcdJ1M
In related news, GOLLUM recently announced their appearance on the August 3rd stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. This marks the second year in a row GOLLUM find themselves on the bill for the prestigious event. “We are thrilled to be invited back a for the second year in a row,” said the band. “Last year, West Palm Beach, Florida was so surreal and unbelievable! We really look forward to playing on the Jager stage at the Mayhem Festival again this year; this time in front of our home state crowd in Raleigh! Thanks to Jagermeister! We are currently planning a fall tour and are in pre-production for the our next record.”
The artwork by Norwegian artist Truls Espedal for Axioma Ethica Odini, the eleventh studio album by Norway’s highly renowned progressive, psychedelic black metal band ENSLAVED, is now up on the band’s MySpace page. The album will be released in Europe via Indie Recordings on September 27th and in North America on September 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.
ENSLAVED bassist & vocalist Grutle Kjellson has this to say about collaborating with the man who has painted every ENSLAVED album cover since 2001’s Monumension:
“On every new album cover, me and [rhythm guitarist/songwriter] Ivar [Bjørnson] come up with the idea of what the cover art shall include in terms of elements, symbolism and so forth. After that, we contact Truls and tell him about our ideas for the cover art. Then we arrange a meeting where we sit down for a couple of hours making sketches. Truls also has the opportunity to come up with his own ideas of how we can transform our original ideas the best possible way. He has made a masterpiece this time as well! The cover art is simply amazing! Amazing…”
Artist/painter Truls Espedal reveals how much black paint was used for the artwork’s creation and shares his thoughts on being back in action with ENSLAVED:
“I’m always excited about working with ENSLAVED, which is the reason I feel that too much time goes by between releases – ha, ha! But once again I sat down with Ivar and Grutle, and their ideas were more complex and interesting than ever. Also, their expectations and confidence that I’m able to come up with something better than before pushes me to set the bar even higher. This time around, we set out to expand further what we have done on earlier works: adding more textures and mixing the figurative paintings with the ‘symbolic’ design even more. By doing this, I feel that we are able to convey a lot more atmosphere, story, and a visually more interesting cover throughout. Hopefully, other people will think the same. It’s really important for me that the artwork is handcrafted and that the printed images on the CD and vinyl versions really show the brush strokes and have that feel to them. That is a big issue! And about the amount of black paint I used – a lot. Good times.”
Produced by Bjørnson, Kjellson, and keyboardist/backing vocalist Herbrand Larsen, the groundwork for Axioma Ethica Odini was recorded at three different studios in Bergen, Norway: 1) Duper Studios; 2) Earshot Studios (belonging to ENSLAVED members Larsen and lead guitarist Ice Dale); and 3) Peersonal Sound (owned by Bjørnson). The album was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Bloodbath, Amon Amarth, Eluveitie) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden and mastered by Chris Sansom (Mortiis) at Propeller Music Division in Oslo, Norway.
Axioma Ethica Odini is the follow-up to 2008’s Vertebrae, which sold over 1,100 copies its first week of release in North America according to Nielsen SoundScan and debuted on the American Billboard Hard Music chart at #11 and on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #49. Vertebrae also won Terrorizer Magazine’s coveted “Album of the Year” award for 2008. In their native Norway, Vertebrae entered the official charts at #20 and earned ENSLAVED their third consecutive Spellemann award (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy).
ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th.
View a recent interview with ENSLAVED guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson here.
WINDS OF CREATION and ORGANIC HALLUCINOSIS, two landmark albums from Polish death metal legends DECAPITATED, are out now in Europe on vinyl LP for the first time ever.
DECAPITATED’s debut album, WINDS OF CREATION was released in 2000 and was immediately hailed as an album responsible for re-igniting a stagnating death metal scene.
ORGANIC HALLUCINOSIS was released in 2006 and was DECAPITATED’s first release with new vocalist COVAN. A hugely forward-thinking and ambitious album, ORGANIC HALLUCINOSIS defined DECAPITATED’s sound and spawned a host of imitators.
Available now on limited edition coloured vinyl, WINDS OF CREATION and ORGANIC HALLUCINOSIS each come housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with a double-sided poster booklet. The albums are the latest releases in the ‘First Time on Vinyl’ campaign, plugging the gaps in the Earache catalogue previously unavailable on wax.
These strictly limited edition vinyls are available in the following colours and quantities:
WINDS OF CREATION
100 – Fire & Brimstone
200 – Tooth White
300 – Burning Red
900 – Black
100 – Crumbling Rust
200 – Stainless Grey
300 – Organic Green
900 – Black
View an image of the vinyls and their available colours at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/decapitated_first_time_on_vinyl.jpg
To get your limited edition vinyl copy of WINDS OF CREATION and ORGANIC HALLUCINOSIS, head to your nearest independent record store, or order online from the Earache Webstore at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_32
Fans in North America can get the European imports now from the Earache Webstore at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_32
NIGHTWISH mainman/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen has issued the following update:
“Almost exactly four years ago we gathered into an idyllic place in the small village of Sävi to rehearse and arrange what would later be called Dark Passion Play. It was such glorious and inspiring times that we decided to do something similar with the upcoming Nightwish album called ………..
So again we are here in the deepest countryside of Finland beginning to create a follower for DPP. It’s just us guys for now, Anette will join the camp a bit later. We arrived yesterday and the reunion was celebrated with some water-skiing, bbq and Quilmes. I foresee the same trinity taking place more or less on a daily basis.
We just got the equipment and PA set up with the help of our legendary engineer / co-producer TeeCee Kinnunen and probably will start working with the songs in a couple of days. This campsite is so amazing we`ll let that sauna of a rehearsal room wait in silence for a while, and just concentrate on chilling out and catching up. And raising the official NW camp – flag high into the pole.
I have 12 songs completed now, but am still working with some lyrics. It’s been an immensely fruitful song-writing process, as well as very consuming and ponderous. But I feel more satisfied with the stuff than ever before. Don’t know if it’s a good sign or bad. To me the album sounds like a roller-coaster ride in a theme park designed by Neil Gaiman, Tim Burton and Salvador Dali. That’s the best way I can put it at this point.
Like before, we will record a demo once the songs are arranged, to listen to and to perfect the material, and to give to Mr. Pip Williams so he can start with the orchestration process. The actual enter-the-studio-date is set for October 15th.Again, the London orchestra and choir will be there, as well as Mr. Troy Donockley playing a slightly bigger part this time. And loads of new elements ‘n’ twists we haven’t tried before!
So things are finally rolling. We’ll keep you posted in written, as well as in visual form. Stay tuned for updates. And thanks for sharing the journey once again!
You can find pictures from our summer camp here!”
On Saturday, July 17th HALFORD, featuring JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford, played their first show in more than seven years in San Francisco, CA at the Regency Ballroom. The setlist on the night was as follows:
‘Made Of Metal’
‘Made In Hell’
‘Heart Of A Lion’
‘I Am Alive’
‘Rock The World Forever’
Fan-filmed footage is available below.
CITY OF FIRE, the new band featuring vocalist Burton C. Bell, bassist Byron Stroud, guitarist Terry Murray, guitarist Ian White, and drummer Bob Wagner, made a surprise live appearance last weekend opening for Fear Factory at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. The performance marked the first live appearance for the band this year as they ready themselves for the anticipated release of their self-titled debut album on August 24.
“I pulled double duty for the first time by performing in two bands,” comments Burton C. Bell. “Though CITY OF FIRE was never placed on the poster bills, we were mentioned on CFOX by Danger that we were making a special appearance. When we went on, there were a couple hundred people in front of the stage. And though we only had one hour of rehearsal that day, we played quite well and the audience was very receptive, especially when we played our rendition of The Cult’s ‘Rain.’ We all had a blast on stage, and we are very excited to get on the road this September. The spark has been ignited.”
While still weeks from release, CITY OF FIRE has already amassed early praise from media. Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas calls the record, “absolutely incredible. I can’t say enough about how diverse the record is. It is not a Fear Factory record it is something completely different and unique. It is heavy and beautiful… so, so gorgeous.” Popular metal website SMN News adds, “CITY OF FIRE is a surprisingly organic and melodic album full of great and diverse songs.”
Recorded at renowned Factory Studios in Vancouver in late 2008 with additional material completed in April of this year, the album features fourteen songs, including remakes of The Cult’s “Rain” and T-Rex’s “Children Of The Revolution.” It will also include the band’s video for the song/single ‘Rising.’ Bell, currently on tour with Fear Factory, says, “my friends, I am very excited about CITY OF FIRE. Byron and I are very proud of this recording. It is a fresh sound for this era of music. Literally there is nothing that sounds like this right now, and it is time that a hard rock, groove, psychedelic sound comes to your ears. The music is passionate and soulful. It is a mature record for our time, full of wisdom and soul of the ages. Please check the record out. You will not be disappointed.”
Discussing the album’s two unique remakes and the decision to include them, Stroud recently noted, “‘Rain’ really fits well with the concept of the record and the vibe of Vancouver, which really influenced CITY OF FIRE. I have been wanting to do a version of that song for a long time and once we started writing the record, I knew this was the band to do it.” Murray adds, “aside from being a killer rock song, we chose ‘Children Of The Revolution’ because we felt the title was a relevant commentary on the climate of the world today. Kids have a lot to revolt about these days and hopefully this will be an anthem for it. We knew that Burt’s voice could give this song a modern edge to it, and make it for this generation.”
CITY OF FIRE will tour Australia and New Zealand beginning September 4. Guitarist Jed Simon (Strapping Young Lad/Zimmer’s Hole) will be replacing Ian White who cannot join the band due to prior work commitments. North American dates are now being planned and will be announced shortly.
ZAKK WYLDE Says He Went To One AA Meeting – “I Didn’t Go Back A Second Time, Because I Have Far Too Much To Do To Waste My Time Like That”
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman Zakk Wylde has told Classic Rock that he actually went to one Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, after being told to give up booze.
The former OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist had to stop drinking after being put on medication to get rid of three blood clots in my leg.
“Someone suggested that I could benefit from going to AA. So, I thought I’d give it a try. I went along to a meeting, didn’t say a word and listened to all of these fuckers bitching, moaning and whining. I didn’t go back a second time, because I have far too much to do to waste my time like that.”
Black Label Society will release its new album, Order Of The Black, in North America on August 10 via E1 Music. The CD will be made available in Europe through Roadrunner Records and in Australia and New Zealand via Riot! Entertainment.
Order Of The Black will feature four different CD covers: one for each territory: North America, Europe, Australia and South America/Asia.
Order Of The Black tracklisting:
‘Parade Of The Dead’
‘Time Waits For No One’
‘Godspeed Hell Bound’
‘War Of Heaven’
‘Riders Of The Damned’
A limited-edition version of the album featuring the bonus track ‘Can’t Find My Way Home’ will be made available internationally.
Black Label Society will perform live in the studio during its August 9th appearance on the US nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn. Fans are encouraged to speak with the band by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625) beginning at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET.
In advance of the release of The Antique Witcheries the sophomore album by Midwest thrash maniacs VINDICATOR, fans can get a sneak peak at what to expect when the album hits store shelves worldwide on August 10th on Heavy Artillery Records. Preview the track “Strange Aeons” at the band’s Myspace page: www.myspace.com/savindicator
As one of the frontrunners of what has come to be known as the “New Wave Of Thrash”, Ohio based VINDICATOR laid the framework for the band during Summer of 2005 as long time friends Marshall Law and brothers Vic and Jesse Stown came together with a singular vision, drawing influences ranging from first-wave Bay Area and Teutonic thrash to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Following the self-release of the band’s debut full-length album There Will Be Blood in 2008, VINDICATOR spent the next year gigging nationally in support of the album with such bands as Raven, Overkill, M.O.D., Hirax, Destruction, Exodus, and Kreator, Exmortus and many others. With the addition of lead shredder Mikey B. Lial, VINDICATOR once again hit the studio in late 2008 to record tracks for a split release with 80’s German cult metal legends Metal Witch. In late 2009 VINDICATOR signed to HEAVY ARTILLERY and began work on The Antique Witcheries a masterpiece of modern thrash metal mayhem sure to please fans of Dark Angel, Testament and Exodus.
VINDICATOR just recently wrapped up their “Coastal Catastrophe” tour and will be announcing more US and Canadian tour dates in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
Listen to VINDICATOR at www.myspace.com/savindicator
Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR proudly announce additional dates to the first European leg of their co-headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in support of their new studio album, Abrahadabra.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
19 September – HMH, Amsterdam, NE (w/ KORN)
20 September – Bataclan, Paris, FR (DB Headlining Show)
21 September – Forum, London, U.K. (DB Headlining Show)
23 September – Eishalle Seutweg, Winterthur, CH (w/ Korn)
24 September – Zenith, Munich, DE (w/ KORN)
26 September – Gasometer, Vienna, AT (w/ KORN)
27 September – Alcatraz, Milan, IT (DB Headlining Show)
28 September – TBA
30 September – Den Atelier, Luxembourg, LU (DB Headlining Show)
01 October – Ancienne Belgique, BE (w/ KORN)
02 October – Rosengarten, Mannheim, DE (w/ KORN)
03 October – Palladium, Cologne, DE (w/ KORN)
05 October – Haus-Auensee, Leipzig, DE (w/ KORN)
06 October – C-Halle, Berlin, DE (w/ KORN)
07 October – Progresja, Warsaw, PL (DB Headlining Show)
08 October – Studio, Krakow, PL (DB Headlining Show)
09 October – KD Vltavaska, Prague, CZ (DB Headlining Show)
11 October – Vega, Copenhagen, DK (DB Headlining Show)
12 October – Arenan, Stockholm, SE (DB Headlining Show)
14 October – Pakkahoune, Tampere, FI (DB Headlining Show)
15 October – House Of Culture, Helsinki, FI (DB Headlining Show)
17 October – Tragarn, Gothenburg, SE (DB Headlining Show)
18 October – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, NO (DB Headlining Show)
Abrahadabra will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th. View the artwork created by German artist / painter / graphic designer Joachim Luetke (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Sopor Aeternus) on the band’s MySpace page.
SISTER SIN‘s fist-pumping new single, “Outrage” will be the FREE Song of the Day on AmazonMP3 tomorrow, Saturday, July 17th. Offering a taste of their sophomore release, True Sound of the Underground, this single showcases what real Heavy Metal is all about. Fans of Judas Priest, The Scorpions, and Motley Crue are guaranteed to find one of their new favorite bands in Sister Sin.
The song is available free of charge for one day only. Start your weekend off right with a daily dose of metal. Download “Outrage” directly at: http://www.amazon.com/Outrage/dp/B003MZ537U/ref=sr_shvl_album_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1279296598&sr=301-3
The video for “Outrage” can be seen below
In addition, SISTER SIN is out to prove that their brand of loaded metal is the most precious Swedish import. Starting this Sunday, the band heads back to the States to embark on a US tour with Michael Schenker Group (MSG) and Lynch Mob. As if that wasn’t enough, SISTER SIN will be out for a block of dates in support of the legendary Black Label Society in the early Fall. A full list of dates can be found below.
For additional information on the band, please visit: www.myspace.com/sisterssin
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – July 16, 2010 – Metal Blade Records has just launched a landing page for experimental death metal act FLESHWROUGHT’s upcoming album Dementia/Dyslexia. The landing page provides metalers with music, specially low-priced offers available for preorder. The first single, Mental Illness, is currently streaming with more tracks to come before the album is released on August 3rd.
Preorder packages available for Dementia/Dyslexia:
CD/T-Shirt Bundle: $22.99
Fleshwrought – Dementia/Dyslexia
1. Mental Illness
2. Inner Thoughts
3. Programming the Herds
4. Weeping Hallucinations
5. Conceptual Flesh
6. State of Desolation
7. Dyslexic Interlude
8. Self-Destructive Loathing
9. Relevant Intoxication
10. Final Nausea
Pomona, California thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD have finished shooting a new music video in the lead-up to the release of their ripping new album, EXILED TO EARTH.
The video for the new track, “Prototype: Death Machine”, sees BONDED BY BLOOD gearing up as a group of rebels as they fight to reclaim planet Earth from the grasp of an alien race called The Crong. The video was filmed with director DAVE VORHES.
BONDED BY BLOOD frontman JOSE BARRALES discusses the video shoot:
“Working with Dave Vorhes was a great experience. Coming into this shoot we didn’t know what to expect, but I’m glad it turned out the way it did. First day we did a performance shoot, 2pm till 9pm straight, of Prototype: Death Machine. After listening so much I’m still not tired of the song.
“Second day was the storyline shoot, this was so fun. Dressing up in costumes and shooting aliens, what’s not to love? This day was a long one, 6am to 11pm, but well worth it. Can’t wait to see the final product, I’m sure it will be epic.”
Check out some photos from the shoot:
EXILED TO EARTH will be released on limited edition CD with a free patch, limited edition coloured vinyl LP, and a special, low-priced CD version. The limited edition coloured vinyls are available in the following colours:
Lazer Explosion Purple – 100 copies
Crong Green – 200 copies
Revolution Red – 300 copies
Black – 900 copies
Pre-order EXILED TO EARTH now in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_16 or in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_16
Fans in the UK can also pre-order EXILED TO EARTH at Townsend Records with a free patch, as well as an exclusive printed version of an EXILED TO EARTH comic strip, signed by the band. Pre-order this limited edition collector’s version, while stocks last, at http://www.townsend-records.co.uk/Bonded+By+Blood
View the EXILED TO EARTH comic strip online at http://www.earache.com/exiledtoearth
Earache Records is continuing its popular low-priced CD campaign with the addition of two new releases – Californian thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD’s new album, EXILED TO EARTH, and Detroit deathcore destroyers AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH’s upcoming album, PROPRIOCEPTION.
During the current age of recessions and economic crises, where music sales are declining as fans demand better value for their money, many record labels and retailers continue to sell CDs at high prices. To combat this, Earache Records has started the low-priced CD campaign, offering fans who are on a tight budget a selection of new releases at an incredibly affordable price.
While the CDs in the low-priced campaign are nearly half the cost of most regular CDs, each and every one is the full and complete version, and includes the booklet, jewel case and everything you would expect from a CD – except for the high cost!
Earache’s two newest additions to the low-priced CD campaign, BONDED BY BLOOD’s EXILED TO EARTH and AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH’s PROPRIOCEPTION, are available to pre-order now throughout Europe from Play.com for the astounding price of just £4.99 or €6.99 EUR.
AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH’s PROPRIOCEPTION is due to be released in Europe on July 26th. Pre-order the album now from Play.com at http://www.play.com/Music/CD/4-/15175064/Proprioception/Product.html
BONDED BY BLOOD’s EXILED TO EARTH is due to be released in Europe on August 16th. Pre-order the album now from Play.com at http://www.play.com/Music/CD/4-/15525502/Exiled-To-Earth/Product.html
View the low-priced CD campaign flyer for EXILED TO EARTH and PROPRIOCEPTION at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/lowprice_bbb_ahfw.jpg