Metal Blade Records set to release OSI’s 2003 release OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE this September!
On September 28, 2010 Metal Blade Records will be releasing the re-issue of super group OSI’s self-titled 2003 release OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE. The album was album, which was recorded in June 2002 and mixed in August 2002 at the Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Connecticut, will contain the following tracks and a Multimedia section:
OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE track listing:
1. The New Math (what he said)
3. When You’re Ready
4. Horseshoes and B-52’s
6. Hello, Helicopter!
8. Dirt from a Holy Place
9. Memory Daydreams Lapses
10. Standby (looks like rain)
*Limited Edition (CD above + extra CD with 3 more tracks and 3 videos)
1. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (08:49)
2. New Mama (02:22)
3. The Thing That Never Was (17:21)
*Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun is a Pink Floyd cover performed by Kevin Moore and Mike Portnoy. New Mama is a Neil Young cover performed by Kevin Moore. The Thing That Never Was is the original Looks Like Rain demo performed by Jim Matheos and Mike Portnoy.
The Multimedia section is approximately 19 minutes long and includes a concept piece directed and edited by Kevin Moore for Horseshoes and B-52’s as well as two separate documentary style clips shot at Carriage House Studios during the recording of the album.
OSI (Office of Strategic Influence) is an American progressive experimental super-group formed by Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos back in 2003 and features the talents of Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, Dream Theater). The band’s name refers to the short-lived US government agency Office of Strategic Influence which was established shortly after 9/11 to manufacture and promote pro-US propaganda in domestic and foreign media. OSI inked a deal with Metal Blade Records back in May and is currently working on their fourth album and Metal Blade debut, which will be out in 2011. The band gained a strong underground following through the release of their 3 full-length records and an EP. Their 2009 album, Blood and includes guests Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) and Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth). Past participants include Mike Portnoy on the first two albums, Sean Malone and Steven Wilson on the debut, and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) on Free.
OSI’s music can’t easily be pigeonholed and is a completely different animal when compared to its founders’ other projects. The music is a combination of dark rock chorus’ with atmospheric, often industrial keys and is an eclectic mix of both Moore’s and Matheos’ influences.
Pomona, California thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD recently shot a new music video for the track “Prototype: Death Machine”, which comes off the band’s new album, EXILED TO EARTH.
The video for “Prototype: Death Machine” was filmed with director DAVE VORHES, and sees BONDED BY BLOOD gearing up as a group of rebels as they fight to reclaim planet Earth from the clutches of an evil alien race called The Crong.
Check out the awesome new video, complete with lasers, explosions and the Death Machine himself:
EXILED TO EARTH is due to be released in the UK on September 6th and is available on limited edition CD with a free mission patch, plus a collector’s edition comic strip signed by the whole band. Pre-order your copy now while supplies last at http://www.townsend-records.co.uk/Bonded+By+Blood
Metal Mind Productions presents a re-release of “Sore”, the second album by one of the most unique and overlooked bands of the US underground – Buzzoven.
Buzzoven (also known as Buzzov•en) was a sludge metal band from North Carolina, formed in 1989 by the remaining members of Sewer Puppet. The band was known for being one of the founders of the sludge genre (right after Eyehategod), and also for their out-of-control and violent live shows. The band in its early days toured heavily around the United States and built up a cult following leading up to the release of their debut 1993 album, “To a Frown”. The album caught the attention of more prominent Roadrunner Records, who decided to release the band’s second album “Sore” in 1994. Yet instead of garnering the type of recognition as some of their label mates (Sepultura or Fear Factory, for example), Buzzov-en remained very much a cult band, continuing to tour heavily but ultimately disintegrating before they could issue a follow-up.
The bands second release “Sore” is a sonic assault to all senses, a devastating punch in the face of brutality and complete hatred towards human kind. It is highly recommended for fans of bands like EyeHateGod and mid-era Neurosis. The new digipak edition of “Sore” includes a bonus CD containing 4 additional tracks. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Limited to 2000 copies. Metal Mind Productions set up the release date for 4th October in Europe and 5th October in USA (via MVD).
“Sore” (remastered + bonus tracks)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1366 DGD
Format: 2CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Live Evil Festival 2010 takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October at The Underworld in Camden. All of the festival’s band selections relate to Fenriz cult ‘Band of the Week’Darkthrone MySpace blog.
Live Evil is a 100% true metal festival, inspired by Darkthrone’s Fenriz and his passion for the metal scene. Using only Fenriz’s selections, Live Evil thus handpicks the truest cutting edge black metal, thrash, speed, death, heavy metal, metal punk and doom for two days of no-bullshit, real metal carnage and other denim and leather treats.
Recent additions to the line-up include the new Rise Above signing, Swedish masters of occult metal Ghost, Finnish doom legends Hooded Menace (who are forming a live band to play the festival) the respected Norwegian blackened thrash act Nekromantheon, Brazilian black/death metal legends Vulcano and Saturday’s headliners will be re-invigorated NWOBHM legends Angel Witch.
£30 weekend and £20 day tickets are available now here
PlayThisRiff.com is proud to announce that they will be featuring NEW guitar and bass lessons from DEATH ANGEL with riffs from their upcoming Relentless Retribution album. Following the schedule below, you will get to hear an audio sample of the new DEATH ANGEL record, and then one of the members will teach you the new riff you just heard. Check out these dates for new sounds from DEATH ANGEL:
August 19th – “WHERE THEY LAY” (Guitar Lesson)
August 25th – “RELENTLESS REVOLUTION” Intro (Bass Lesson)
August 26th – “RELENTLESS REVOLUTION” Chorus (Bass Lesson)
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, will hold a public listening party for their new album Relentless Retribution on Thursday, September 2nd at Bender’s Bar and Grill in San Francisco, CA. This 21+ event has no cover charge and will start at 9pm. The members of the band will be present to mingle and sign stuff for the fans, and drummer Will Carroll will be DJing later in the evening as well. DEATH ANGEL promises that there will be door prizes, free stuff, drink specials and good times had by all.
Bender’s Bar and Grill
806 South Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110-1911
Relentless Retribution isset for release on September 3rd in Europe and the 14th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. Preorder a copy of the album with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Search/death_angel
Relentless Retribution Track Listing:
1. Relentless Revolution
2. Claws In So Deep
4. Into The Arms of Righteous Anger
5. River Of Rapture
6. Absence Of Light
7. This Hate
8. Death Of The Meek
9. Opponents At Sides
10. I Chose The Sky
12. Where They Lay
“Claws In So Deep” features performances by the popular acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. The track “Truce” also features a guest guitar solo by Producer Jason Suecof.
Relentless Retribution was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER). Cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL) is attached.
Armored Saint will be playing at The Avalon in Santa Clara, CA on Saturday, October 16th! The guys had planned on only playing one show this year but wanted to bring the Saint up to the bay area before the year was through.
Joey Vera adds; “We know we said that our Los Angeles show in May was going to be our only show this year, but some things changed with John Bush’s availability so we decided to play a show for our Bay Area brothers and sisters. Come on out!”
Armored Saint recently shot a video in their hometown on July 1st for the track Left Hook From Right Field off their current release La Raza with director Jeremy Schott of Mental Suplex. Check out the video now on MetalBlade.tv and below:
La Raza debuted on Billboard at #49 on the Hard Music Albums Chart, #18 on the Heatseekers chart, #52 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and #2 on the Hard Music Core Stores chart. ARMORED SAINT’s La Raza also entered the official German album Charts coming in at #96.
“The Saint sound exuberant and fully bonded…a contemporary classic rock feel accessible enough to take on Audioslave or Velvet Revolver on their own terms, and win hard.” Terrorizer Magazine
“La Raza is balls out and brick heavy.” Outburn Magazine
“Simply put, this is the finest record of their career and almost a reaffirmation of the reasons why John and Joey turned down Metallica all those years ago.” Metal Hammer Magazine
“Gateways,” the first single from the new album ABRAHADABRA by Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR, is now available for purchase in North America on iTunes at this location.
Germany’s Metal Hammer Magazine recently conducted a interview with DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath. The video, where Shagrath discusses the new album and upcoming European tour, can be viewed here.
ABRAHADABRA will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th. Fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg will be the opening acts on DIMMU BORGIR’s headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in Europe, which launches on September 21st in London.
Black Sheep frontman Willie Basse has been added to perform as a part of an all-star jam at (Scorpions drummer) James Kottak’s CD release party on Friday August 27th, 2010 in Redondo Beach, CA at Delzano’s By The Sea. Celebrating the new KOTTAK solo album, “Rock & Roll Forever” Basse will be performing at the show alongside members of Armored Saint, Bonham and Stephen Pearcy Band. Willie Basse is currently gearing up for release of his new single “Break Away”, featuring former Dokken/Lynch Mob guitarist, George Lynch and Scorpions drummer, King James Kottak on iTunes and all digital retailers on September 21st, 1010. The track is the lead single from Willie Basse’s upcoming new album, “Which Side R/U On?” which is slated for a January, 2011 release. Basse is best known for his role as bassist/frontman for legendary metalheads Black Sheep, who were mainstays on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip during the ‘80s metal explosion. The band, best known for their technical prowess and precision, has boasted members that include Slash, Paul Gilbert, James Kottak, Randy Castillo and Mitch Perry.
Candlelight Records will release a special digital-only covers EP from Chicago’s THE ATLAS MOTH on September 28. Titled The One Amongst the Weed Fields, it contains very special renditions of “California Dreamin’” (The Mamas & The Papas), “Fearless” (Pink Floyd), “Golden” (Failure), and “Five to One” (The Doors). Guitarist/vocalist Stavros’ explains, “we have been thinking about doing a covers EP for a while. Thirteen-hour drives with only a radio to entertain you eventually takes a toll. But every once in a while we’d hear a song pop up that would strike us as something we all wanted to make into a ‘Moth song. These are the few we came up with from a terribly long list, and we are pretty proud of the outcome. It was a great way to have some fun, produce something new, and do a little pre-production for our new album which we hope to record later this year.”
A limited number of download cards will be available for purchase during the band’s upcoming tour with friends Nachtmystium, Zoroaster, and Dark Castle, a special treat for fans planning to come out to the show. The tour, sponsored by Stereogum, is set to kick off September 9 and will make twenty stops before ending in Chicago on October 2. The band will perform selections from their current album, A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky, voted one of 2009’s best albums by Decibel Magazine.
Sterogum/Haunting The Chapel Presents:
Nachtmystium, Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth, Dark Castle
9/09/2010 Otto’s Nightclub – Dekalb, IL
9/10/2010 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
9/11/2010 Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON
9/12/2010 La Sala Rose – Montreal, QC
9/13/2010 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
9/15/2010 The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY
9/16/2010 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
9/17/2010 Club Hell – Providence, RI
9/18/2010 Great Scott – Boston, MA
9/19/2010 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
9/21/2010 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/22/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
9/23/2010 Hat Factory – Richmond, VA 9/24/2010 Kings – Raleigh, NC
9/25/2010 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
9/26/2010 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/27/2010 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
9/28/2010 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
9/29/2010 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/1/2010 Mickey’s Finn Pub – Toledo, OH
10/2/2010 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
THE ATLAS MOTH has been touring consistently since the release of A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky last fall. The five-piece was a “buzz band” at the South-By-Southwest Festival earlier this year where they made six showcase appearances. Brooklyn Vegan notes, “the juxtaposition of vocalist/guitarist Stavros’s high and low pitched screams against David’s soaring and spot-on clean vocals sounds great against the wall of slight synths and crunchy guitars. I already can’t wait to see them again.” Noisecreeep adds, “their feedback-drenched space jams spiral off into rapturous psychedelia as often as they dredge up the dirtiest dixie-sludge. This is a band to watch, no doubt about it.”
Formed in early 2007, THE ATLAS MOTH has carefully perfected their bone-shaking heaviness. An awesome metal hybrid, the quintet unites sludge, doom, psychedelia and more into a musical adventure few bands can deliver. “This is heavy music for heavy thinkers,” says Stavros. A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky is the band’s full length debut. It follows 2008’s highly regarded EP, Pray for Tide. Punknews says, THE ATLAS MOTH “gives me shivers… a band to watch.” Spinner.com notes, “THE ATLAS MOTH’s combination of bluesy, psychedelia, and metal makes for a pretty awesomely grim sonic blend.” The band has performed alongside Pentagram, Saviours, Intronaut, Wolves in the Throne Room, Coalesce, and Harvey Milk, among others.
Florida death metallers, ORDER OF ENNEAD are very excited to soon be hitting the road with HATE ETERNAL, CANNABIS CORPSE, WORMROT and others in support of their latest release, AN EXAMINATION OF BEING. The band’s existential style and highly technical musicianship are best experienced in a live setting where the true spirit of their material is best felt. Guitarist/vocalist, Kevin Quirion had this to say about the tour: “We’re glad to be back on the road and can’t wait to play these songs from the new album. It’s a killer set and by the end you’ll be questioning your existence.”
Catch ORDER OF ENNEAD on tour at these dates:
with Cannabis Corpse and Hate Eternal
with Cannabis Corpse and Hate Eternal
Volume 11 Tavern
with Cannabis Corpse and Hate Eternal
with Cannabis Corpse and Hate Eternal
Rhode Island-based THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL, featuring former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse David Leach, are currently donating all proceeds from the sale of their latest T-shirt by Matt Yezuita to the Gulf Oil Disaster. Said bassist Nick Sollecito: “We wanted to help make a difference, even if it’s a very small difference. We decided to donate 100% of the proceeds of this shirt to Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue (gcwr.org), a small organization in Texas, along the Gulf Coast. The devastation will take years to clean up. Hopefully, the money we raise can help out a few animals.This is something we consider to be very important, so if there was ever a time to buy a TESF shirt, now would be that time.”
To place your order, visit: http://anglesideside.bigcartel.com/product/oil-spill-relief-t-shirt-tesf. Orders can be placed until Sunday, August 29 at midnight. THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL recently announced October 12 as the North American release date for Awaken, the band’s full-length debut. Recorded in 2009, Awaken was originally available for physical purchase via direct band merchandise outlets. Through the new cooperation with Restricted Records, in cooperation with Angle Side Side, the album will now be accessible via proper retail outlets throughout North America.
Formed in 2008, THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL‘s eclectic sound is rooted in metal/hardcore with the band citing luminaries At The Gates, Meshuggah and Edge of Sanity as major inspiration. The band, featuring Leach and Sollecito alongside guitarists Jake Davenport and De Lisle and drummer Jeff Pitts, also draw heavily from their combined interests in jazz, punk, and experimental music. The band’s lyrics are fueled by political outrage; a passion that forms the backbone of the band and sets them apart from their peers.
Long running Maryland biker doom masters EARTHRIDE recently unleashed their third full-length entitled Something Wicked. The nine-track offering was recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Kozlowski (Blue Cheer, Pentagram, Melvins, Trouble et al) at the Polar Bear Lair and features a guest appearances by Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus, Shrinebuilder, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan) on the track “Supernatural Illusion.” In addition, the inside booklet includes actual X-rays and MRIs from various injuries sustained by all four EARTHRIDE members over the years. Something Wicked is available via the band’s own Earth Brain Records. Check out the Stephen Clay cover art here: http://tinyurl.com/29v3hrd
Something Wicked Track Listing:
1. Something Wicked
2. Hacksaw Eyeball
3. Make Up Your Mind
4. Destruction Song
6. Watch The Children Play
7. Grip The Wheel
8. Supernatural Illusion
9. Force Fed Fear
“Something Wicked is definitely an Earthride album; all the elements are there. You’ve got the Clutch inspired waves of orange amplified riffage, the deep, grooving counterpoints of the rhythm section, and of course Sherman’s over-the-top vocal deliveries, which mix equal parts Lee Dorrian and Lemmy. And naturally, it’s heavy as fuck.” — Riffrock.com
Dave Sherman – vocals
Kyle Van Steinburg – guitar
Eric Little – Drums
Rob Hampshire – Bass
SIN CITY SINNERS second installment of their Webisode series “The Sinners” can be viewed now:
“The Sinners” is a monthly comedic series featuring a “rocumentary” look at the lives of Las Vegas’ favorite band Sin City Sinners.
In this Webisode, the band become worried when Sinners lead singer Todd Kerns leaves for a tour with Slash of Guns N Roses. The remaining band members are forced to contemplate their future, while considering day jobs.
The Sinners is written and directed by Jason Green. He describes the series as a cross between “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Spinal Tap”
Sin City Sinners can be seen LIVE in Las Vegas every Friday Night @ Club Madrid (inside Sunset Station @ 10pm and it is FREE!
TARJA TURUNEN: Debuts New Video For "Until My Last Breath"
Sophomore Release, What Lies Beneath, Due Out September 14 via The End Records.
Finnish superstar Tarja Turunen revealed the brand new video for “Until My Last Breath” today. The song is the first international single from her sophomore effort, What Lies Beneath, which is now being released on September 14, 2010 in the US on The End Records.
The video was filmed earlier this summer in Iceland and can be viewed below.
Featuring US exclusive artwork and bonus track, What Lies Beneathwas recorded and produced by Tarja and mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, The Cure, Robert Plant), Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Bullet For My Valentine) and Slamm Andrews (Scores of Angels & Demon, Pirates of The Caribbean, Gladiator).
Special guests on What Lies Beneath include Phil Labonte (All That Remains), Joe Satriani, Jason Hook (5 Finger Death Punch), Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and Choir and more. A Deluxe Edition will be released simultaneously and features and additional three tracks.
Tarja, best known as the original vocalist of Nightwish, is the most successful female singer ever to come out of Finland, effortlessly fusing metal, classical and pop-rock. What Lies Beneath is the follow up to her debut album My Winter Storm that was released in 2008 and was certified platinum in Finland.
What Lies Beneath Track list:
1) Anteroom of Death (featuring Van Canto with friendly permission of Napalm Records Handels GmbH)
2) Until My Last Breath
3) Dark Star (featuring Phil Labonte courtesy of Razor & Tie Entertainment)
5) Little Lies
6) Rivers of Lust
7) In For A Kill
8) Montañas de Silencio (exclusive US track)
9) Falling Awake (featuring Joe Satriani courtesy of Epic Records)