HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS is pleased to announce the signing of Portland, OR based extreme thrash purveyors EXCRUCIATOR.
Unsatisfied with current trends and the overdone “core” music that was being heard throughout Portland, EXCRUCIATOR was formed to help revive the spirit and values of true heavy metal, long-since lost in the Pacific Northwest. Initially starting as a side project, the concept was hatched when guitarist/vocalist Chris Birkle proposed the idea of starting a faster, heavier, traditional metal band to long-time friend and fellow guitarist Josh Kay. The two agreed and during the winter of 2008 convinced the destroyer of strings, Craig Bridenbeck, to join on bass. Not content to sit idle while searching for a drummer, the trio began writing original material and recorded a rough one song demo using a drum machine. The demo reached the ears of drummer Marcus Hartford who quickly convinced the band with his thunderous beats that he was the right man for the job. The four found instantaneous cohesion and continued writing new material while rehearsing frequently.
Within a few months EXCRUCIATOR had built a solid repertoire of original songs and by the summer of 2009 the band entered the studio to record their first proper demo. The eight-track demo quickly gained favor amongst the Portland metal crowd and this growing notoriety allowed the four to acquire gigs with national acts such acts as Forbidden, Cauldron, Enforcer, and Witchaven amongst others. Eventually, the band’s hard work and networking allowed for them to be heard and ultimately signed by New York-based HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS, who upon hearing the band, were immediately convinced that what EXCRUCIATOR had to offer was a cut above the throng of young traditional metal acts whose demos flood the label’s mail box.
Eager to prove their mettle to the masses, EXCRUCIATOR is currently writing all new material for their full-length debut album, tentatively scheduled for release during spring 2011. Forging a path of unrelenting sonic destruction, EXCRUCIATOR will be breaking the ice with an extremely limited vinyl release of their demo to coincide with their US tour. Stay tuned for details.
It’s been a long time coming, but the fan clip to the Grave Digger Cover “Rebellion” is finally available. Rakkatakka-fans may watch the clip HERE! In addition, Van Canto will deliver the perfect soundtrack for Frogster’s (“Runes of Magic”) appearance at this year’s GAMESCOM.
It is time to tune in to MONSTERMAGNET.NET for the relaunch of their newly designed website. Focused around the late October worldwide release of their new studio album “Mastermind”, the re-launch will also be the worldwide premiere of the new album’s cover artwork, designed by Invisible Creature (Wolfmother, Chris Cornell, Foo Fighters).
“I’m extremely proud of this new album,” says Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf. “It’s been an amazing process, the songs are exactly what I wanted them to be, and I’m proud to begin presenting this new phase of the band on our new website.”
Monster Magnet make their way to Europe for a short festival run beginning next week and have just put tickets on sale for a string of UK dates in November. European dates to follow. A full list can be found HERE!
The band will be making many more announcements leading up to the release of “Mastermind”. Join the MONSTERMAGNET.NET RSS feed for up-to-date information and updates.
MONSTER MAGNET ON TOUR:
Aug. 10 Saarburcken (D) @ Garage
Aug. 11 Avenches (CH) @ Rock Oz Arenes Festival
Aug. 13 Feldkirch (A) @ Poolbar Festival
Aug. 14 Burgenland (A) @ Picture On Festival
Aug. 15 Budapest (HU) @ Sziget Festival
Aug. 17 Prague (CZ) @ KD Vltavska
Aug. 18 Frankfurt o.M. (D) @ Batschkapp
Aug. 20 Lierop (NL) @ Nirwana Tuinfest
Aug. 21 Ludinghausen (D) @ Area 4 Festival
Aug. 22 Großposna/Leipzig (D) @ Highfield Festival
Canadian death metallers MASSIVE SLAVERY have just released their debut, GLOBAL ENSLAVEMENT; a concept death metal album that explores some of the darkest parts of modern history, that caused the epic failures of our society today.
Global Enslavement was released July 26th via Maple Metal Records, the Canadian label launched by John Belrose, producer of Exciter -‘Heavy Metal Maniac’.
MASSIVE SLAVERY hail from the Abitibi region in Northern Quebec. This quartet was formed by ex-members of Quebec death metal bands: Paroxysm, Descend Into Nothingness, and Decrepity.
Yannick St-Amand, who is responsible for producing such acts as Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre, and Neuraxis, produced ‘Global Enslavement’. The album was recorded at Northern Studio, Northern Quebec in January, and was mixed and mastered by Pierre Rémillard (Anvil, Kataklysm, Misery Index, Malevolent Creation) at Wild Studio, north of Montreal in February. The collaboration of this musical assault combines a mix of melodic, brutal and technical death metal.
MASSIVE SLAVERY is:
Jon ‘The ProF’ St-Pierre – vocals
Joel St-Amant – guitar
Marc-André Barrette – bass
Pierre-Alexandre Mercier – drums
2. Shade of Corruption
3. Global Enslavement
4. The Denial of Man’s Regression
5. Destroy, Rebuild, Repeat
6. A Cold Interlude
7. Wider We Open Our Eyes
8. Pull the Plug on Modern Civilization
9. Humanity’s Last Hope
10. Generalized Cyberphobia
EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition
Deemed one of metal’s most important heritage bands for the lasting – and ongoing – contributions they’ve made to the creation and sustenance of the thrash metal genre, Bay Area thrashers EXODUS teamed up once again with SchneppZone video director Jon Schnepp of Metalocalypse fame for a visually pummeling video… so pummeling, in fact, that you can hurt yourself!
***VIEWERS WHO ARE EPILEPTIC OR PRONE TO SEIZURESARE ASKED NOT TO VIEW THIS VIDEO DUE TO ITS STROBING EFFECT.***
About getting to work with EXODUS again, Schnepp stated: “I think their music is incredible and they always give me 100% at the video shoot. Working with these legends of thrash metal again has been a blast!”
EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, hit #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock radio chart and sold over 4,600 copies in the U.S. the week of its release according to Nielsen SoundScan. Exhibit B debuted at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #43 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, #19 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, and #12 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart. The album alsodebuted at #19 on the Neilsen SoundScan LOUD Chart in Canada.
Before EXODUS launch their headlining “March Of Brutality” tour of North America with Malevolent Creation, Holy Grail, and Bonded By Blood, they’ll make a special one-off appearance at the Ozzfest kick-off show in San Bernardino, California on Saturday, August 14th.
The Winter Tour stage is being built as we speak and the entire band is counting the days till we get to fire up the new show. As always we are determined to take the show to another level. Can’t wait to see you on the road.
Sincerely From New York City (Nocturnal Division),
Paul O’Neill & Everyone in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Click here to visit Trans-Siberian Express, TSO’s Fan Club community site, for the latest updates and access to this year’s exclusive Winter Tour pre-sale.
Guitarist/vocalist Adam “Nergal” Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH, who was reportedly rushed to the Gdansk Medical University Hospital over the weekend to receive treatment for an undisclosed illness, has released the following English-language statement regarding his condition:
“I’d like to announce that BEHEMOTH won’t be able to tour for the forseeable future.
“I don’t wanna bore you with details here, but I’m sick and am receiving some serious medical treatment. It’s gonna take another few weeks or more for full recovery, and so we have been forced to cancel all the BEHEMOTH shows in August, planned dates in Russia and Baltic States for September and October and our American tour in November.
“I know how much it sucks, but health comes first.
“I can assure all of you that when we return, I’ll be stronger than death, and we’ll reschedule every tour as soon as logistics allow.
“I feel good and strong, my mind is focused, I’ve got my loving woman by my side, my band mates, friends (never thought there are so many, haha), management, agents and label people are giving me massive support. I can’t ask for more but a little patience now.
“The fact that we won’t be touring for the next few months doesn’t mean we’ll hibernate. BEHEMOTH will be active on several other levels.
“In upcoming days you can expect the premiere of our newest video, ‘Alas, Lord Is Upon Me’, which is by far the sickest fuckin’ thing we’ve ever done! ‘Evangelia Heretika’ DVD is coming out as scheduled in November this year. Also, check out our webstore that opens for international markets in upcoming weeks.
“This is it for now. Stay tuned!”
Jaroslaw Burdek, manager of Darski’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Polish pop singer Doda (real name: Dorota Rabczewska), reportedly told the media in Poland that Nergal had been ill for several days prior to being admitted to the hospital.
It was reported by Se.pl that Darski was taken to the hematology division of the Gdansk Medical University Hospital, although this has not yet been officially confirmed.
Hematology, also spelled haematology, is the branch of internal medicine, physiology, pathology, clinical laboratory work, and pediatrics that is concerned with the study of blood, the blood-forming organs, and blood diseases.
BEHEMOTH’s second DVD, “Evangelia Heretika”, will be released in the U.S. via Metal Blade Records, in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records, and in Poland via Mystic Records.
BEHEMOTH recently shot a video for the song “Alas The Lord Is Upon Me”, taken from the band’s latest album, “Evangelion”. The clip was produced and directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz and Grupa 13, which previously helmed BEHEMOTH’s videos for “Ov Fire And The Void” and “At The Left Hand Ov God”.
CARNIVAL DIABLOS, the 2001 album from Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR, has been reissued and is out now in Europe.
Following the recent release of ANNIHILATOR’s critically acclaimed, self-titled new album, Earache Records is reissuing six albums from the band’s illustrious back-catalogue, starting with CARNIVAL DIABLOS.
CARNIVAL DIABLOS features twelve high-energy tracks showcasing legendary guitarist JEFF WATERS’ amazing song writing prowess. The album is available now on CD including a bonus track, bonus ANNIHILATOR guitar techniques video with JEFF WATERS, and a custom slipcase. The album is also available for the first time on limited edition coloured vinyl LP including the bonus track.
The full CARNIVAL DIABLOS track listing is as follows:
03. Hunter Killer
04. Time Bomb
05. Carnival Diablos
06. The Perfect Virus
07. The Rush
09. Epic Of War
10. Liquid Oval
11. Shallow Grave
12. Chicken And Corn (bonus track)
The limited edition coloured vinyl LPs are available in the following quantities and colours:
PITCH BLACK RECORDS and the entire Power of the Night Festival team would like to extend their warmest thanks and congratulations to Ross the Boss and his band as well as Scott Columbus for an outstanding performance at Power of the Night Festival in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Special thanks also for the last-minute addition of an unrehearsed ‘Hail to England’ re-titled ‘Hail to Cyprus’ especially for that evening. A decision which as singer Patrick Fuchs commented was based primarily on the warm hospitality the band experienced during their time in Cyprus as well as the audience’s enthusiastic reaction. Fan-filmed video available below:
Ross the Boss delivered top quality metal and proved again both on stage as well as off stage that good solid heavy metal is also comprised of good character and courtesy and of course a tremendous respect for fans. Ross the Boss is indeed a TRUE metal leader!
Pitch Black Records would like to wish Ross the Boss the best of luck with their new album scheduled for release in November on AFM Records. We are more than confident that it will simply destroy everything in its path!
Ross, Patrick, Carsten, Matze and Scott WE THANK YOU!
A severe thunderstorm hit the Sonisphere heavy metal music festival in southwestern Finland Sunday, injuring dozens and damaging the equipment of several bands including MÖTLEY CRÜE, organisers said.
“A severe thunderstorm hit (the) Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland this afternoon at approximately 4:00 pm (1300 GMT),” the organisers said in a statement.
“Strong freak wind gusts damaged the stages and knocked down tents and fences. Approximately 40 people were injured, two of them seriously,” the statement said, adding that those hurt had been taken to hospital for treatment.
Some 30,000 people were attending the two-day festival, where groups like IRON MAIDEN, ALICE COOPER, Mötley Crüe and IGGY POP had been scheduled to play, and the organisers said they were “doing everything we can to ensure that the show can take place.”
However, one of the stages suffered massive damage and had been closed, and several concerts, including Mötley Crüe’s, were cancelled due to damaged equipment.
Iggy Pop meanwhile opted to play an acoustic set due to the difficulty using electric equipment, while Alice Cooper had borrowed equipment from SLAYER, the organisers said.
Iron Maiden, the highlight of the festival, would also play the finishing concert as planned Sunday evening, although the set had been slightly postponed, they added.
“The show will run so long as it can run safely,” Sonisphere Festival series producer Stuart Galbraith said in the statement.
According to Finnish media, a plane chartered by Iron Maiden had been severely damaged at the local airport, as had a small helicopter.
SLAYER on stage at Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland before the storm struck.
Storm aftermath Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland
Storm aftermath Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland
David Ellefson is a co-founder and original bassist for legendary metal band Megadeth. Other than vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine, he was the only constant member of Megadeth from the time of their establishment in 1983 to the group’s hiatus in 2002. During that period Megadeth released nine highly successful albums like: RUST IN PEACE, PEACE SELLS … BUT WHO’S BUYING and YOUTHANASIA which are nowadays a thrash metal classics. Mustaine subsequently reformed Megadeth in 2004 but without David Ellefson and it wasn’t until last February when he finally re-joined in the band. During his off-Megadeth years, Ellefson worked with several different bands and projects including: Soulfly, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Killing Machine, F5, and all-star cover band Hail!. Megadeth are currently on tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of RUST IN PEACE and in July 2010 the band arrived to headline the Tuska Festival in Helsinki. Here’s what Dave had to say about their reunion, the projects, and about the future of Megadeth… read on!
Finland is known for its several summer festivals – big or small, but every year some of them do surprise with some interesting band announcements that just cannot be shrugged off totally.
This year, one of the most interesting festivals appeared to be 3-day Myötätuulirock, which has annually been arranged in Vantaa, Finland for 14 years in a row – and is heavily based on some of the hottest Finnish rock/metal names of each ongoing year. The Bay Area veteran thrashers Exodus was announced to be the headliners of the first day of the festival, so that alone made the festival interesting enough to be checked out.
Exodus´ 9th full-length album, EXHIBIT B: THE HUMAN CONDITION was released through Nuclear Blast Records on May this year. There performance surprised many festival attenders by their immensely brutal and heavy load of thrash delivery as the last act on Friday evening. The band confidently churned out both new and old stuff from their well-oiled killing machine over the enthusiastic audience (“The Ballad of Leonard and Charles”, “Blacklist”, “Piranha”, “The Toxic Waltz”, etc.), and was also very well received by a fanatical crowd that seemed to go absolutely berserk in front of their masters, song after song.
Before Exodus went to punish their Finnish fans onstage at Myötätuulirock festival, Gary Holt had a moment to talk to Metal-Rules.com about his memories about the band´s 1st live appearance at Provinssirock festival in Finland in 2003, the ongoing tour, new album, but also reminiscing some blasts from the past.
Finnish Metal-Rules.com staffer, Arto Lehtinen, sent in a short text saying that some form of a tornado has hit the Finnish Sonisphere festival in pori, Finland today August 8th, 2010. This has resulted in collapsed stages, several injured people, damaged properties, and cancellation of Motley Crue. Iggy Pop was forced to do a shortened acoustic set. Alice Cooper’s plane was also affected by the tornado at the airport.
Demonic Resurrection will be headlining the ‘Cemetery Gates Festival’ being held in Bangalore on 8th AUGUST to pay homage to the late great Ronnie James Dio.
The Cemetery Gates festival is organized by the Kyra Theatre in Bangalore and will be the 1st ever indoor festival of its kind. The festival will begin at 8am and end at midnight and feature 23 bands from India. The festival lineup is
HEAVEN BY DAY (Morning & Afternoon Session)
Lake of Death
HELL BY NIGHT (Evening & Night Session)
The festival will also release a special limited edition double CD with songs from all the performing bands.
(New York, NY) — Thrash legends OVERKILL will be re-releasing their record “Immortalis” and DVD “Live at Wacken Open Air” on October 5th, 2010 via eOne Music. This will be a CD/DVD combo release with three new unreleased live tracks. Those tracks are:
Within Your Eyes (from “Relix” CD)
Blood and Iron (from “Feel The Fire” CD)
Nice Day…For a Funeral (from “Horrorscope” CD)
OVERKILL have also officially announced the second leg of their “Killfest 2010” tour. Killfest will continue in areas the band has not played in many years. Bay area masterminds, FORBIDDEN are set for main support. “It’s going to be a KILLER run, thrash-thrash-thrash! Having FORBIDDEN along for the ride in November will put this totally over the top, just the way we all like it! Bite down hard, here we come!” says front man Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth.
Tickets are now on sale here [http://bit.ly/dzweV2]. There is also a special VIP package available that will allow fans one-hour early access to the venue for a special pre-show meet-and-greet.
OVERKILL released “Ironbound” earlier this year which charted at 168 on the Billboard Top 200, the band’s fastest selling record in 16 years. A video was also filmed a video for “Bring Me The Night”in Brooklyn, NY with director Kevin Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). View the video here [http://bit.ly/b2apDP].