Ancient Creation – Moonlight Monumemt cover revealed

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

Ancient Creation - Moonlight Monumemt

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

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

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

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February 16th, 2011
by EvilG

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mortiis’ tour with Combichrist will continue through March 12.

Mortiis/Combichrist dates are as follow:

16.02.2011 Helsinki (SF), On the Rocks

18.02.2011 St. Petersburg (RU), Kosmonaut

19.02.2011 Moscow (RU), Tochka Club

20.02.2011 Ekaterinburg (RU), Tele Club

22.02.2011 Riga (LV), Riga Melna

24.02.2011 Gdynia (Gdansk/PL), Ucho

25.02.2011 Berlin, Columbia Club

26.02.2011 Dresden, Reithalle

27.02.2011 Nitra (SK), Novapekaren

01.03.2011 Bukarest (RO), Silver Church Club

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

03.03.2011 Thessaloniki (GR), Mylos Club

03.04.2011 Belgrade (SRB), Dom omladine

05.03.2011 Zagreb (CRO), Boogaloo

06.03.2011 Vienna (A), Szene

07.03.2011 Budapest (HU), A 38

09.03.2011 München, Backstage

10.03.2011 Frankfurt, Batschkapp

11.03.2011 Braunschweig, Meier Music Hall

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February 16th, 2011
by EvilG


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

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

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

KATAKLSYM frontman Maurizio Iacono shares:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit KATAKLYSM online at,,,, and on the band’s official YouTube channel,

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February 16th, 2011
by EvilG

Two new dates have been added to the 2011 Metalliance Tour.

03/28/11 Merriam, KS @ Aftershock (No Helmet)
04/04/11 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick

Headlined by HELMET, ST VITUS and CROWBAR, The 2011 Metalliance Tour will kick off in just about one month. The tour will proudly be supported by metal heavyweights KYLESA, RED FANG, HOWL and ATLAS MOTH on all dates.

The tour is sponsored by Revolver Magazine, Loudtrax, Brooklyn Vegan, Mosh Potatoes Cookbook and Giddy Up! Sauces. “We are glad to be part of this tour; I think it’s a great bill. The bands I have heard so far each have a strong musical identity as opposed to so much of the generic, lowest common denominator music out there,” says HELMET front man Page Hamilton. More info can be found at

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

$50 VIP tickets will be available courtesy of Artist Arena. This very special package will include:

– A General Admission Ticket
– Access to a Meet & Greet with Metalliance lineup
– A Metalliance hot sauce bottle
– A Commemorative VIP Show Laminate
– An Autographed poster
– 1 Issue of Revolver Magazine

One grand prize winner will be randomly selected for a Dinner With The Bands, an autographed Mosh Potatoes Cookbook and one T-shirt from each of the bands.

One second-place winner will randomly be selected for a one-on-one guitar lesson with Kirk Windstein from Crowbar and an autographed Mosh Potatoes Cookbook.

VIP tickets are on sale NOW. Click here for more information on this once in a lifetime experience!

Legendary alternative metal band HELMET will perform their 1992 platinum-selling release of Meantime in its entirety. The Interscope Records release gave the band mainstream attention with songs like “Unsung” and “In The Meantime”.  With the band’s renewed success after getting back together in 2004, this tour will be one of the most anticipated of 2011.

One of the most highly influential Doom Metal bands in America, SAINT VITUS are regarded as one of the first bands of the genre starting out as early as the 1970’s. The band featuring Scott “Wino” Weinrich, bassist Mark Adams, guitarist Dave Chandler and drummer Henry Vasquez have influenced so many bands in Doom and Metal . “Saint Vitus is more than ready to infect The Metalliance Tour! We’ve been wanting to do something like this for some time now…so prepare for destruction!!” says lead guitarist Dave Chandler. The band has done a handful of shows and some European Festivals but this will be their first full US tour in over a decade.

CROWBAR front man Kirk Windstein concludes, “Wow! This tour is gonna rule! I’ve loved Helmet since the beginning and loved St. Vitus even longer. With the new Crowbar record having hit the streets by then, look out! This bill will bring just what we need to crush each city with an avalanche of stylistic thunder!”

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Veteran Hard Rockers King Kobra are back with a venomous new album

February 16th, 2011
by EvilG
King Kobra (2010)

King Kobra (2010)

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the Self-Titled come back album from KING KOBRA on April 15th in Europe and May 5th in North America.

Formed in 1984 by legendary drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne), Los Angeles heavy metal outfit King Kobra recorded two critically acclaimed albums for Capitol Records – the 1985 release ‘Ready to Strike’ and 1986’s ‘Thrill of a Lifetime’.

Along with Carmine, the band featured four relatively unknown musicians at the time – David Michael-Philips and Mick Sweda on guitar, Johnny Rod on bass and Mark Free on lead vocals. King Kobra toured the U.S., Canada, Europe and Mexico playing shows with Kiss, Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, Ted Nugent, Queensryche and Autograph.

The band was featured regularly on MTV and performed the theme song for the #1 1986 motion picture “Iron Eagle”. After disbanding in 1988, each member continued his career in other successful major-label groups – Carmine to Blue Murder (Geffen), Mark Free to Unruly Child (Interscope), Mick Sweda to the BulletBoys (Warner Bros.), Johnny Rod to W.A.S.P. (Capitol/EMI) and David Michael-Philips to Lizzy Borden (Metal Blade).

The year 2010 saw the band reunite the original classic ’85 lineup, replacing original singer Mark Free (now Marcie Free) with veteran lead vocalist Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot). “This album captures all the great points we had in the 80’s, but better” says Carmine Appice “The music is more traditional King Kobra music. Great lyrics, kick ass songs with cool hooks and really good playing. A really great hard rock/metal record with lots of energy”. David Michael-Phillips adds “It truly is an all-star album. Paul Shortino is amazing! I can honestly say he is one of the best vocalists in the business along with being one of the nicest and most generous people I have ever met”.

The band is planning to get on some targeted American and European summer festivals this year. Watch out: King Kobra is smokin’ hot, back stronger than ever and “Ready to Strike” once again!

The new album “King Kobra” will include the following tracks: Rock This House, Turn Up The Good (Times), Live Forever, Tear Down The Walls, This Is How We Roll, Midnight Woman, We Got A Fever, Tope Of The World, You Make It Easy, Cryin’ Turns To Rain, Screamin’ For More, Fade Away.

Weblinks: /

* Paul Shortino – vocals
* David Michael-Philips – Guitar
* Mick Sweda – Guitar
* Johnny Rod – Bass Guitar
* Carmine Appice – drums


Live Forever (Sample)

Tear Down The Walls (Sample)

This Is How We Roll

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CHROME DIVISION Reveal New Album Title

February 15th, 2011
by EvilG

CHROME DIVISION, the Norwegian act featuring DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath (aka Stian Thoresen) on guitar, has announced “3rd Round Knockout” as the title of their forthcoming third album, to be released in April via Nuclear Blast Records. The band recorded the new material at Marius Strand Studio in Oslo. Track titles to appear on the release include: ‘Bulldogs Unleashed’, ‘Zombies & Monsters’, ‘Fight’, ‘Join The Ride’ and ‘Unholy Roller’.

CHROME DIVISION - 3rd Round Knockout

CHROME DIVISION - 3rd Round Knockout

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Chrome Division are confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Kings Of Black Metal Festival, scheduled for April 16th in Giessen, Germany at the Hessenhallen. Acts scheduled for the festival currently now include: ALCEST, CORPUS CHRISTII, CHROME DIVISION, DORNENREICH, ENDSTILLE, INQUISITION, TAAKE, TROLL, WATAIN. Further festival details at this location.

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CANNIBAL CORPSE: 2nd teaser clip from “Global Evisceration” DVD now live on BlankTV!

February 15th, 2011
by EvilG
CANNIBAL CORPSE: "Global Evisceration"

CANNIBAL CORPSE: "Global Evisceration"

In conjunction with the release of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s 4th DVD, Global Evisceration, on March 15, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with BlankTV to debut the next teaser clip featuring part of a live performance of the track Stripped, Raped, and Strangled. Check it out at Global Evisceration was shot and edited by director Denise Korycki (Wild Wind Productions) who also shot and directed Centuries of Torment – The First 20 Years (entered the Billboard Music Video Charts at #8 in its 1st week of release!) in addition to DVD’s for bands like As I Lay Dying, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, and Super Joint Ritual.

Global Evisceration contains one disc and is approximately 3 hours long with artwork by the infamous Vince Locke. The main program includes full live-song performances from two live shows: the Gothic Theater in Englewood, CO shot on 5/3/10 and Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM shot on 5/8/10. Global Evisceration also includes bonus performances and extra segments including behind the scenes footage covering Evisceration Plague era tours.

Head over to the CANNIBAL CORPSE landing page to  check out the first video – an excerpt that didn’t make the final cut featuring Jesse Jackson – and to check out preorder options for Global Evisceration.

Package #1: Global Evisceration DVD
Package #2: Global Evisceration DVD + Comic Book/Evisceration Plague CD (while supplies last)

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February 15th, 2011
by EvilG
GRAVEYARD - Hisingen Blues

GRAVEYARD - Hisingen Blues

Psychedelic doom rock band GRAVEYARD from Gothenburg, Sweden have unveiled the artwork for their second full-length studio release, Hisingen Blues.  The album was produced, recorded, and mixed in 100% analog by Don Alsterberg (JOSÉ GONZALES, JUNIP, SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES, THE INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY) at Don Pierre Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.  It will be out in Europe on March 25 and in North America on April 19th.

The band shares details about the album artist, Ulf Lundén:
“We wanted a cover that wasn’t your average rock/metal cover, and our friend Ulf Lundén was just the right guy to do it.  We had seen his work for his own band, Bombus, and we knew he had a wild imagination.  So we just let him loose.  He put us up against the green screen, took his photos and that was that.  A couple of weeks later, he showed us what he had done. We were astonished by his work, a perfectionist indeed.  We got what we asked for, a cover that isn’t average.  Rich with details, swamp/jungle feeling, weirdness and a lurking evil feel to it.”

Listen to a preview of the album’s title track, “Hisingen Blues,” here.

A limited edition 7” picture disc of the title track “Hisingen Blues” backed with the exclusive vinyl track “Granny And Davis” and featuring different artwork will be available through Nuclear Blast Germany’s mail-order on February 25th and Nuclear Blast USA’s webstore on March 15th.  This release is limited to 500 copies worldwide, so keep an eye on when it goes on sale in your territory because they’ll go fast!


  • Joakim Nilsson – Guitar & Vocals
  • Jonathan Ramm – Guitar & Vocals
  • Rikard Edlund – Bass
  • Axel Sjöberg – Drums

Stream GRAVEYARD’s entire, self-titled debut album here.

Visit GRAVEYARD online at

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February 15th, 2011
by EvilG


In celebration of the release of their debut album, AOL MUSIC is hosting a full album listening party for CLANDESTINE’s debut release “The Invalid”. The album is released via Nightmare Records. Over the past few weeks, the band has debuted new tracks from the album as well as the video for their first single “Disappear in You”. Starting today you can preview the album in its entirety at:


Heavy metal video website METAL INJECTION debuted the new video clip for “Disappear in You” You can be one of the first to see this breathtaking video below:

CLANDESTINE and Nightmare Records have also confirmed that they will be offering the digital version of the album at a fan friendly price of $4.99. “The Invalid” will be available at this special price at ITunes, Amazon, Nightmare and all other major digital retailers.

CLANDESTINE’S ultimate goal is combining diverse influences and styles that mark a new generation with an unnamed creation while striving to provide a sonic link from the past to the future. Their fierce and melodic style creates a bi-polarity of music that is its own enigma…

CLANDESTINE is a truly unique band, combining progressive rock with female fronted metal, a touch of electronic music that enhances the futuristic timbre, and some smooth huge pop melodies. “The Invalid” is a must for fans of bands as diverse as Evanescence, Dream Theater, Fair to Midland, Rush, Lacuna Coil, Tool and Between the Buried & Me. What more can you ask for?

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Mortal Music to Release Withering Soul’s “No Closure” March 8th

February 15th, 2011
by EvilG

Mortal Music to Release Withering Soul’s No Closure March 8th

Mortal Music will release No Closure from Chicago’s WITHERING SOUL on March 8. MVD Entertainment Group will handle distribution.

The band’s full-length debut is a combination of symphonic black metal and melodic death metal with some gothic overtones thrown in as well. As an added treat, guest backing vocals have been provided by Melissa Ferlaak. Inclusive of quality Scandinavian influences, but now with mature competency, they have carved their own path that is destined to generate a buzz in the underground and capture fans across the board. No Closure was recorded and mixed by Chris Wisco (Novembers Doom, Michael Angelo Batio, Soil, Lazarus A.D.) at Belle City Sound (Racine, WI), and mastered at The Cutting Room (Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir) in Sweden.

01. Night of the Revenant

02. Phantasmal Chaos Divinity

03. The Sequitor

04. Tides of the Accursed

05. Possession of Deception – Part II

06. Sadistic Redress

07. Manifest Transparency

08. Lifeless they Lie

09. Unquiet

10. Requiem of Sorrow

Withering Soul Bio:

Today’s metal market may be saturated with melodic black/extreme metal from all corners of the world, but Chicago’s Withering Soul promises to deliver on all fronts. If you want sinister screams as well as bone-chilling cleans, you’ll get them. If you want interesting time changes and climactic phrasings, you will find them here too. Add some creepy atmosphere and dueling guitars for good measure and you have No Closure, the band’s debut full length offering.

Withering Soul was founded by brothers Mykil (Vocals) and Krystofer (Guitars / Synths), and what originally started as a side project, eventually developed into a full band. The group first recruited Matt “Xaphar” Block (ex-Nachtmystium) on drums to complete their EP release, Apparitions of the Surreal (2004).

The band later added some new musicians; Marek who replaced Matt on drums, and also William on bass to complete an endless assault of live shows, sharing the stage with the legendary acts such as Enslaved, Dark Funeral, Finntroll, Satyricon, Absu and Hanzel und Gretyl to name a few. In recent news, the band was featured on ReUnation – A Tribute to Running Wild with their cover of “Firebreather.” The album was released worldwide by Germany’s Remedy Records and received positive reviews including a “Best Song on Album” by WeRock (SWE).

In keeping with their diligent work ethic, the Withering Soul is also currently writing new material for their follow up album, which will be yet another step towards their ultimate goal to leave a lasting impression on the metal world with its own brand of music.  |

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February 15th, 2011
by EvilG
The Famine

The Famine

‘The Architects of Guilt’ out on Solid State Records

TEXAS – North Texas technical death metal quartet, The Famine, has posted its final behind-the-scenes video blog on the Solid State Records YouTube channel, chronicling the recording process of the forthcoming album, The Architects of Guilt. The sixth installment of the series focuses on The Famine’s new vocalist – and former bassist – Nick Nowell, as he works to compliment The Famine’s brutally hostile music with a range of vocal stylings. The new frontman also discusses the lyrical writing process, some strategies for keeping his throat as fresh as possible, the album title, and more.

View the informative behind-the-scenes video, as the band preps to release The Architects of Guilt tomorrow on Solid State Records.

The track list for The Architects of Guilt is…

1. The New Hell

2. Ad Mortem

3. We Are The Wolves

4. Turner Classic Diaries

5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!

6. The Crown and The Holy See

7. VII The Fraudulent

8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions

9. A Fragile Peace

10. Pyrithion House

11. To The Teeth

The Famine also debuted a music video for the album’s first single, “Ad Mortem”, last week. The new video can be viewed online.

The first five in-studio video blogs can still be seen online at:, while four brand new songs from The Architects of Guilt, “A Fragile Peace”, “The New Hell”, “VII The Fraudulent”, and “Ad Mortem”, are currently streaming on the band’s official MySpace page at:

A video trailer for the forthcoming album can be seen below:

The Architects of Guilt can be pre-ordered through the Solid State Records webstore, while a special CD/t-shirt combo pre-order is also available.

“Ad Mortem” is available for download on iTunes, or on

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

The Famine is…

Nick Nowell – vocals

Andrew Godwin – guitar

Mark Garza – drums

Jon Richardson – bass

The Famine online…

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BEFORE THE DAWN: 3rd Album Trailer Now Online

February 15th, 2011
by EvilG

Finnish dark metallers BEFORE THE DAWN have posted the third video trailer for their upcoming album Deathstar Rising! Check it out:

Deathstar Rising combines the heaviness of melodic death metal, the gloom of dark metal, the frostbitten cold of the Finnish winters and epic harmonies like no other. With this their sixth album, they pick up right where their highly successful 2007 effort Deadlight left off, delivering emotive melodies with a devastating intensity. Deathstar Rising will be unleashed on February 25 (Europe) and May 3 (North America) via Nuclear Blast!

BEFORE THE DAWN have previously hit both single and album charts in the bands home country of Finland and played shows in more than 16 countries supporting bands like KATATONIA, MOONSPELL, SWALLOW THE SUN, SCAR SYMMETRY and AMORPHIS.

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MÖTLEY CRÜE – 1981 Too Fast For Love Pro-Shot Tour Footage Surfaces

February 14th, 2011
by EvilG

Motley Crue - old promo photo 1981/82

Motley Crue - old promo photo 1981/82

30-year old footage of MÖTLEY CRÜE performing live at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA has surfaced to promote a series of rock/metal themed auctions from eBay seller EliteWorks.

The Mötley Crüe segment, which also includes a brief interview with a 22-year old Nikki Sixx, was shot on November 12th, 1981, just prior to the independent release of the band’s debut album, Too Fast For Love.

Several one-of-a-kind Mötley Crüe collectables are featured in the auctions, including a June 1981 promotional Umatic master videotape of the band’s first two music videos (‘Take Me To The Top’ and ‘Public Enemy#1′), a test pressing 12” single from Theatre Of Pain, a 24-year old stage used items from the Girls, Girls, Girls Tour as well as guitar picks, early press kits, import singles, t-shirts and much more.

Vintage memorabilia from KISS, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER, VAN HALEN, SCORPIONS, DIO, THE CULT, GUNS N’ ROSES, TESLA, QUIET RIOT, RATT, W.A.S.P., MR. BIG, FASTER PUSSYCAT, KING DIAMOND and even lesser known cult acts such as WARLOCK, FATE’S WARNING, PRETTY BOY FLOYD, DIRTY LOOK, TORA TORA, SACRED REICH and OLIVER MAGNUM are also featured among this week’s 84 auctions which may be viewed here.

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February 14th, 2011
by EvilG

Polish technical death metal band DECAPITATED are currently at Radio Gdańsk Studio in Poland recording their follow-up to 2006’s Organic Hallucinosis.  Guitarist & founding member Wacek Kiełtyka offers the following first report from the studio:

“Hi there,

We’ve just started the recording session of the new album at the studio of Radio Gdansk which is brilliantly equipped and has some wicked recording space. This time ‘round, we are working with Malta (Arek Malczewski) and Daniel Bergstrand who have been with us to set up the drums sound… and so far everything has been going surprisingly well.

Right now, [drummer] Kerimh [Lechner] is finishing the last two tunes. I must say the drums sound really cool. Daniel has surprised us with his approach towards recording using millions of – often weird – solutions, e.g. a piano or using the corridor of Radio Gdansk. 🙂

We are recording fully live drums – no triggers or plastic sounding stuff whatsoever, which, especially for Kerimh, renders the session more demanding than he had expected; but because of this, in my opinion, the sound will be original and will help us to avoid the so-called ‘machine gun effect.’  We are going to record eight songs altogether and the album will be about forty minutes long. It looks like this time, our recording style is pretty ‘old-school’- with live drums and no recording of double guitar tracks, which means one guitar per side.

Daniel is just on his way back to Sweden now and we are starting to record the skins for the last two songs so I gotta be going now.

Check out the pics and till the next time, Yo.”

Drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner checks-in about drums:

“Hi Guys!

I just wanted to tell you what is going on in the studio.  Today is the second day of actual drum recording and it’s going really well!   We probably could finish about four songs today.  We will see how the next days will look like, but I think we could finish drums earlier.   We do not have any bigger problems so it feels good to record in this place.  The acoustics of this room sound great so I enjoy playing all these songs a lot.  Today is also the last day with Daniel Bergstrand, who prepared the drum sound for us – and he definitely knows what he’s doing!!

When I listen to the songs right now, I believe that this album will be strong.  Different in some ways, but I feel confident about the new material.  Being part of the new line-up and recording the first album after the long break is definitely a big thing for me.  After all those shows we played together, this is our new challenge.  It’s not easy but I like challenges!

So that’s it for today. Stay tuned for more news coming up!  Cheers!”
Preliminary song titles used for the recording sessions (excerpted from the studio photos) include:

-Riff 1 Clean
-Fast One (Need More!!!)
-7 Idea
-Witer Idea
-Chilis Assasin
-Clean Song

DECAPITATED’s fifth studio album is being produced by Wacek Kiełtyka and sound engineered by Malta Arkadiusz Malczewski.  Drums are being recorded with Daniel Bergstrand (BEHEMOTH, MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, KEEP OF KALESSIN, DEFLESHED), who is also handle mixing duties.

DECAPITATED’s as-yet-untitled new album appeared on “The Top 25 Most Anticipated Albums of 2011” list in Decibel magazine’s February 2011 issue, available now at newsstands.

DECAPITATED’s line-up includes: Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka on guitar, Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Thorns Of Ivy, Tone Intimacy) on drums, Rafał Piotrowski (Ketha, Forgotten Souls) on lead vocals, and Filip “Heinrich” Hałucha (Vesenia, Rootwater, Unsun, Masachist) on bass.

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PENTAGRAM: ‘Last Rites’ album artwork and tracklisting revealed!

February 14th, 2011
by EvilG
PENTAGRAM: 'Last Rites'

PENTAGRAM: 'Last Rites'

PENTAGRAM, the band that has been churning out widely admired hard rock/doom metal for over four decades, has just revealed the track listing and artwork to the band’s highly anticipated full-length album Last Rites. Last Rites, out on April 12th via Metal Blade Records, contains 11 new tracks of behemoth tunes that fans have been clamoring for since the last Liebling/Griffin masterpiece was released in 1994 (Be Forewarned).

Last Rites track listing:

1. Treat Me Right

2. Call the Man

3. Into the Ground

4. 8

5. Everything’s Turning to Night

6. Windmills and Chimes

7. American Dream

8. Walk in Blue Light

9. Horseman

10. Death in 1st Person

11. Nothing Left

Cover art for Last Rites was handled by Mo Moussa ( who is best known for his work with Marvel & DC Comics. Mo Moussa’s other credentials include New Line Cinema, Nickelodeon as well as the four major TV networks. A Philly native and a huge fan of underground music, his work also graces the covers of several of his favorite local bands including Total Fucking Destruction.

Stay tuned to for more info on Last Rites including preorder options, show dates, singles, and more!

Follow PENTAGRAM at the following location: (Official Pentagram Facebook & Twitter pages coming soon!)

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