Earache Records recently announced EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING, a free, essential app for all metalheads, which is coming to the Apple App Store on November 29th for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Play along to a killer soundtrack of thrash, death and heavy metal as you throw a pesky stage diver off a festival stage and as far into the crowd as possible. Throw the stage diver as far as you can to get a high score on the global leader boards while trying to avoid objects such as bottles, merch stands and of course the festival favourite – the portable toilets!
Whereas most apps just include clips of songs, or at most a couple of full tracks, EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING features ten full shredding songs. The full track list is as follows:
Evile – Thrasher
At The Gates – Suicide Nation
Bonded By Blood – Prison Planet
White Wizzard – Over the Top
Oceano – District of Misery
The Haunted – The World Burns
Wormrot – Born Stupid
Decapitated – Spheres of Madness
Deicide – Homage For Satan
Brutal Truth – Walking Corpse
All tracks are included in a fully integrated music player, allowing you to play along to the tunes you want, when you want. There’s also a secret unlockable track which can only be found in this app.
To get your hands on EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING, just search for “extreme stage diving” on the App Store from November 29th.
KINGS X are back and receiving a ton of praise for their latest ‘Live Love in London’ release. The double live album features some of the band’s most lauded hits such as “Pray,” “Over My Head” and “Goldilox”. Now the band is preparing to release the deluxe edition package, which contains 2CDs along with a DVD and will be released on Monday, November 22nd. The 2CD audio version has been out for a few weeks, but now fans can get the package that includes the band’s first ever official live DVD along with the audio version for one low price!
In celebration of this gargantuan package, Amazon.com has named “Alright” from ‘Live Love in London’ it’s Featured MP3 of the Day. That’s right, now you can pick up this live version of the classic KINGS X track completely FREE of charge for today only! Click here to download the track for free: http://www.amazon.com/Alright-Live/dp/B0048W7FGS
Check out the new official video of the guitarist of Brazilian bands ALMAH and KHALLICE Marcelo Barbosa at ExpoMusic 2010. ExpoMusic is one of the biggest exhibitions of musical instruments, equipment and accessories in Latin America and it is one of the most important business events in Sao Paulo (Brazil). 27th Expomusic took place in Sao Paulo on September 22-26th, in Expo Center Norte. As an endorser of the guitars Tagima, the cables Santo Angelo and the pedals NIG Marcelo Barbosa made a few workshops at the stands of these companies.
Official Youtube channel of Santo Angelo has recently revealed the video of “Memories” composition by Marcelo Barbosa performed during the wokshop of the guitarist at the stand of the company. Marcelo Barbosa has been a partner and endorser of Santo Angelo more than five years.
The video is available here:
According to Santo Angelo:
“REVELATION IN THE MIDDLE OF BRAZIL
There are many legends and stories about the supernatural happening in the Brazilian Central Plateau. One of the few that we believe relates to an exceptional guitarist named Marcelo Barbosa, who at 17 years has taught guitar at two schools in Brasilia / DF. Listen and tell us what you think.”
Marcelo Barbosa is a Brazilian guitar player and music professor. He is a founder or participant of a few important Brazilian bands like progressive metal act Khallice and Angra’s members project Almah. He also is a founder and an owner of a large musical institute in his home city Brasilia called GTR, a columnist of the Cover Guitarra, Guitar Class and Guitar Player magazines and a Expo Music (Brazil) and NAMM (USA) musical exhibitions participant.
(New York, NY) —CROWBAR will be hitting the road hard next week along side BLACK TUSK. Dates will span most of the eastern seaboard through the middle of December. All tour dates are below. Tickets info can be found here http://mysp.ac/9MusSf
w/ BLACK TUSK:
Nov. 27 – Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
Nov. 28 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
Nov. 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
Nov. 30 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Dec. 01 – Charleston, SC @ Jimbo’s Rock Lounge
Dec. 02 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall w/
Dec. 03 – VA Beach @ Hangar 09
Dec. 04 – Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar & Grill
Dec. 05 – New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House
Dec. 06 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary Coast
Dec. 07 – Providence, RI @ Club Hell
Dec. 08 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Dec. 09 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Evening Star Music Hall
Dec. 10 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Vista
Dec. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
Dec. 12 – St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Dec. 13 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
Dec. 14 – Little Rock @ Downtown Music
Dec. 15 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
Dec. 16 – Amarillo, TX @ El Cien
Dec. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Dec. 18 – Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse (No Black Tusk)
Newly signed to eOne Music, sludge metal legends CROWBAR recently re-released three influential records, CROWBAR, LIVE +1 and TIME HEALS NOTHING on October 5th, 2010. These three records are the band’s core titles and have influenced many of today’s major metal acts including LAMB OF GOD and HATEBREED. With each title originally being released in the early nineties, this will be the first time all three records will be widely available in stores and online. A new CROWBAR record is planned for early 2011.
Kirk Windstein formed CROWBAR in 1991. Since that time, the band’s sound has profoundly influenced a new generation of metal acts the world over. Weinstein is also a key member of KINGDOM OF SORROW (with HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta) and DOWN.
Canadian heavy metallers CAULDRON have released a brand new track on the band’s revamped MySpace page.
The new track, called “All Or Nothing”, is from the band’s upcoming new album, BURNING FORTUNE, which is due to be released on Earache Records on February 14th, 2011 in Europe and February 15th in North America.
Extreme Management Group and American technical death metal innovators ORIGIN are pleased to announce the band’s worldwide recording contract with Nuclear Blast Records. ORIGIN, who are responsible for such genre-defining classics as Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas (2002) and Antithesis (2008), will enter Chapman Recording Studios in Lenexa, Kansas tomorrow with long-time engineer Robert Rebeck to record their Nuclear Blast debut. Rebeck’s work can be heard on ORIGIN’s Antithesis and Echoes Of Decimation (2005) albumsin addition to the A Coming Into Existence demo (1998).
“It is a great honor to be working with Nuclear Blast,” comments founding member & guitarist Paul Ryan. “We are excited to be working with a label with such an amazing presence in the metal scene. They have some of the best extreme bands in the history of extreme music and we are very honored to be apart of this. We are eager to join the ranks of the Nuclear Blast roster!”
Drummer John Longstreth adds: “We are very excited to begin working on our next album under the guide of Nuclear Blast Records! Being signed to one of the largest and most successful heavy metal labels makes it only natural that you will definitely be seeing a lot more of this band. Plans are already being laid by Extreme Management Group for the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico and pretty much everywhere with a stage and (future) ORIGIN fans. To us, it’s only fitting that after 10 years, it came time to make a few positive changes so that we could continue to create this insane form of music for you. We are very excited to bring album #5 to our fans and we feel confident that our fans will not be let down.”
Ryan Caddell, who directed and filmed the video clip for “Portal” and the bonus video on Echoes Of Decimation, will be joining the guys in the studio once again to document the creative process leading up to the creation of ORIGIN’s fifth album plus capture all the behind-the-scenes mayhem.
View the video for the song “Finite” off the album Antithesis here. The video was directed by David Brodsky (Kataklysm, Arsis, Black Dahlia Murder, SYL) of MyGoodEye.
EX DEO, the ancient Roman-themed arsenal led by KATAKLYSM front man Maurizio Iacono, checks in from the current stop on the “Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II” in Tucson, Arizona with label mates NILE, Tazmanian tech-death masters PSYCROPTIC, and Norwegian extreme metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN.
Vocalist Iacono offers the following update:
“It’s amazing to see a vision I had one day waking up finally become a reality two years ago. We had done a few shows in America with Ensiferum for our debut album Romulus that were fantastic, but to go across the country and really seeing people waiting anxiously for this and screaming their hearts out for it live has been one incredible feeling. I feel EX DEO is changing the game of the underground, bringing a theater to the live stage and bringing a new concept that has never done before. This is a beast of a band and we would like to thank everyone for the great support. With this said, I would like to announce that we will indeed begin pre-production on the next album Caligula – the follow up to the highly-acclaimed debut Romulus – as soon as the world tour for KATAKLYSM will end next year. Expect a revolutionary album that will breathe the word ‘NEW’ into a much stagnant metal industry. It is yet undermined which label will release Caligula as we are looking at many different options.”
View the video for “The Final War (Battle Of Actium)” here. The clip was released on March 15 (The Ides of March) in honor of the Roman god of war, Mars, who – according to myth – fathered Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.
Listen to MetalAssault.com’s audio interview with Maurizio Iacono here, conducted when the band played in Hollywood, California on Tuesday.
Remaining dates on the “Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II” are:
HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS in cooperation with SPIRTUAL BEAST RECORDS Japan are pleased to announce the first ever Japanese dates by Swedish metal powerhouse ENFORCER. ENFORCER will be performing two Japanese dates in support of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Diamonds supported by fellow Swedes Mean Streak and Japanese metal masters Solitude. Summoning the classic metal sounds of IRON MAIDEN and MERCYFUL FATE, ENFORCER delivers melody, hooks and vocal range not heard since the golden days of heavy metal. Listed below are the tour dates.
January 28th 2011 Osaka, Japan @ Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
January 30th 2011 Tokyo, Japan @ Daikanyama UNIT
For more info on these dates including ticket sales visit:
Texas-based, mythological occult metal band, ABSU will join the mighty Immortal on their return to the US for six shows early next year. The dates, announced yesterday, will mark the first live performances for ABSU since the Scion Rock Fest in March of this year; the band completing two headline tours in 2009 to support the release of their sixth studio album, titled Absu.
Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor notes, “We feel extremely privileged to have been invited to participate on Immortal’s All Shall Fall US tour in February 2011. Even though it is only a six-date tour, it’s a colossal one for ABSU to be performing with our former label mates of many years. We had the opportunity to share the stage with Immortal over eight years ago and this will be a very good experience for us.”
ABSU came to international prominence with the release of their debut album, Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L in 1993. After several highly acclaimed albums, the band went on hiatus after the release of their 2001 album, Tara. In 2007, the band announced their return, and released Absu in late February 2009. “Absu is the sound incarnate of a band making the underground amazing again,” said Terrorizer. Kerrang! affirms, “Absu is an album that stuns on impact alone…. absolutely devastating.”
These upcoming performances will mark the first time that ABSU will appear live as a trio. Proscriptor comments, “I am here to announce that guitarist Aethyris McKay has decided to quit ABSU and has recently relocated to Oslo , Norway to join Pantheon I. Working with Aethyris for the past three years has been a prosperous experience and I have the utmost respect for him as my comrade and a superlative musician. He assisted me in resurrecting the band from its hiatus stage and I truly thank him for helping me recast the spell of “mythological occult metal.”
Immortal w/ ABSU U.S. Tour:
2/19/2011 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
2/20/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
2/21/2011 Mr. Small’s Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
2/22/2011 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
2/24/2011 The Summit Theatre – Denver, CO
2/26/2011 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
After completion of the dates with Immortal, ABSU will enter the studio to begin recording their new album, titled Abzu. The recording will be the second of a three-part series. Proscriptor reveals, “this recording will feature our signature sound in maniacal fashion. Now, we’re appending dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion characteristics. Lyrically, it will descend deeper into Enki’s lower world as well the Enochian Magic(k) System. I can tell you this album will definitely not be a “natural progression” from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness.”
Projected track listing of Abzu (in no particular order) is: “Circles Of The Oath,” “A Song For Ea,” “Skrying In The Spirit Vision,” “The Waters – The Denizens,” “Warren Of Imhullu,” “Earth Ripper,” “Ontologically, It Became Time & Space,” “Vita Janua Mortis.”
Costa Rica-based melodic extreme metal band SIGHT OF EMPTINESS will support OBITUARY on Nov 23rd at @ Peppers Club in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Commented SIGHT OF EMPTINESS singer Eduardo Chacón: “Playing with OBITUARY in our home country makes me feel so happy, because John Tardy was one of the first death metal singers who really impressed me when I was a little kid, his style is unique and that did motivate me back in the day to start trying out different techniques. Plus, Ralph Santolla is coming with them, so it can’t go wrong, he adds his own signature and awesome shredding skills.”
This will not be the first time SIGHT OF EMPTINESS was chosen to be the opening act for an international act in Costa Rica. They were previously handpicked by MEGADETH, AMON AMARTH and DARK TRANQUILLITY to open their shows in the country. In addition, they shared stages with such bands as LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT,FIREWIND and SABBAT (featuring Andy Sneap, producer of the latest MEGADETH album, “Endgame”).
“Burning Silence”, the new video from Costa Rica-based melodic extreme metal band SIGHT OF EMPTINESS, can be viewed below. The clip was filmed on May 9, 2010 when SIGHT OF EMPTINESS supported MEGADETH in front of 15,000 metalheads at Autodromo La Guacima in San Jose, Costa Rica.
SIGHT OF EMPTINESS is:
Rafa Castro (Lead Guitar)
Rod Chaverri (Drums)
Eduardo Chacón (Vocals)
Gabriel Arias (Guitar)
Steban Monestel (Bass, Backing Vocals)
“Absolution of Humanity” track listing:
01. Predictable Tragedy
03. Faceless Dream
04. Witness of your Murder
05. Funeral March
06. The Art of Suffering
07. Judge me today…Die Tomorrow
08. Absolution of Humanity
09. Burning Silence
This Friday night, 11/19/2010, from 8-9:30 PM EST, All Hail Hair will welcome Marcie Free, former lead vocalist of King Kobra and currently of Unruly Child, to the show. Co-hosted by Bob Carroll, Francis and special co-host, Diopriest Radio’s Alex Alvarez, the guys will speak to Marcie Free about her time with groups like King Kobra, Signal and the last 20 years with Unruly Child. To talk with Marcie, dial (347) 202-0832 or log onto the Skype option located on the top of the shows page.
Marcie Free and Unruly Child have just recently released their fifth studio album “Worlds Collide” on Frontiers Records. The release features the original line-up of Unruly Child to include Bruce Gowdy, Guy Allison, Marcie Free, Jay Schellen and Larry Antonio, together for the first time in years. We will uncover all of the history of the bands that Marcie has been a part of, what will be happening with Unruly Child in support of the latest release and what lies ahead for Unruly Child. Don’t miss your chance to hear from one of the most definitive voices from the 1980-90’s.
All Hail Hair is broadcast live every Friday night at 8PM EST on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network page on blogtalkradio.com, and is the networks highest rated show. The show will also be available as an archive on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network main page. To take part in the show, dial (347) 202-0832. To hear the show, click here.
MetalSucks contributor Leyla Ford recently spoke with PENTAGRAM frontman Bobby Liebling. Liebling shared some news about the band’s forthcoming album, as well as what he’s been up to nowadays:
ON THE NEW ALBUM:
You’re off to record the Last Ritesalbum soon, I believe?
I leave Wednesday morning and we start recording the album this coming Sunday night [November 21].
I’m sure you’re pretty excited about it. Can you tell me a bit about the new record?
Actually, the songs on Last Ritesare predominantly, I’d say two-thirds [of them are] songs I wrote in 1970, and if you’re familiar with any Pentagram stuff at all… you know each album is usually a sixty-forty split. Sixty percent is stuff that I did in the early ‘70s, and forty percent is collaborations and new stuff. The upcoming album is slated to have thirteen songs, but we don’t know if we’re going to be able to record all of them. We’re going to try to get it all in. It’s going to be a shorter album, but it’ll be part of a double-disc set with an hour-long live DVD from last year’s Maryland Deathfest.
Is there a definite release date for it?
No, not a definite date, but it’s scheduled to be released in early April. I was told by my superiors [laughs], as it were, that I shouldn’t talk about the record label, but I will say that we’ve got a multi-album deal and it’s with a significant, well, let’s say the largest label I’ve ever been on.
That’s great, congratulations!
Thank you, it’s been long enough coming. 2011 marks Pentagram’s fortieth anniversary.
Wow, that’s a good, long run. Hopefully with many more years to come.
We’ll see! That’s why I’m calling it Last Rites, just in case! But there are four songs that are brand-new, and the other nine consist of several I wrote on my own, and a few I wrote with my original drummer, Geof O’Keefe. Those are the ones scheduled to be on there. But one of the old ones might go, as well as a new one. We’re doing a cram course, you might call it. All the other Pentagram albums that have been done were recorded over a three-month period. This album is going to be done in three weeks. We’re rehearsing it five days, that’s it, and these songs have never been played by anyone in the band [currently].
ON HIS LIFE THESE DAYS:
My life has changed in a great deal of ways. I met my wife, and the last three years I’ve had a very, very different life. I’ve been clean for the first time after forty years of drug addiction — that’s a long, long time. Now I have a baby, and a house, and a dog, and a picket fence and backyard and all that stuff! Being straight is a really new awakening for me, and it’s really fantastic. And some people might think it’s corny, but I just tribute it to the guy upstairs nowadays. Pentagram was never a “Satan” band like people think it was, it was always just giving you the layout, like the album says, of your choices, because you have to make a choice, and there are two ways you can go. The songs were sort of like warning,s and people mistook those for us being black metal and all that kind of stuff. Then came the eras of the death metal and black metal bands, a lot of them were influenced [by us] supposedly, and they tell me on tours and stuff, but, you know…
To read the full interview, visit:http://www.metalsucks.net/2010/11/17/pentagrams-bobby-liebling-the-metalsucks-interview/
Within Temptation are currently in the studio finalizing their long awaited fifth studio album with producer Daniel Gibson. Titled “The Unforgiving”, this is the band’s first concept album and is based on a comic book story written by script writer Steven O’Connell (BloodRayne & Dark 48).
The album is set for release in March 2011, via Sony Music to coincide with the band’s European tour.
Within Temptation guitarist Robert Westerholt comments, “On this album, we’ve taken a totally different approach. Each song on “The Unforgiving” was written along Steven’s narrative. The main characters of the comic are reflecting the characters of our songs. The concept pushed us and gave inspiration to come up with a new approach in our sound. It resulted in writing our best songs so far.
Renowned for their visual presentation, Within Temptation have asked comic artist Romano Molenaar (Witchblade,Darkness and X-men) to draw the characters and scenery of “The Unforgiving”.
Sharon den Adel, Within Temptation’s stunning vocalist, continues, “We have been big comic fans since our childhood. With this album we felt the time was there to take a new step in our creative development, take it further and broaden our horizon. Next to the concept form of the album, the songs are more divers than ever before. In addition, the music of the late 80ies, that’s when we started to read comic books, certainly has left a mark on our new sound”.
As a starting point for the new album, Within Temptation have re-launched their website www.within-temptation.com.The site will be the prime source for their worldwide fan base to discover clues about and the first images for “The Unforgiving”. The character of the new homepage is unique, having more in common with a news channel or a community than a static band website. One of the chief functions of the re-launched site is to be fully interactive with the band’s fans – they can become official reporters for their country, writing news stories in relation to Within Temptation but also about other lifestyle or entertainment topics. A very popular new section is WT TV, where the band updates their fans through filmed interviews or documentaries, such as the recent Fan Club Day footage which fans from around the world attended.
Within Temptation’s symphonic rock, crowned by the crystalline voice of Sharon Den Adel, has brought the remarkable band a decade-long international career and seen them become one of the most popular bands of their genre.
Within Temptation career facts:
More than 3 million albums and DVDs sold world-wide
Best international selling Dutch artist four consecutive times
Worldwide releases in more than 48 countries (incl. Europe, US, and Japan)
Platinum status in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany
Gold status in Spain, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg, Portugal, and Russia
International awards including a World Music Award, Golden God Award, and an MTV Europe Music Award, as well as many national awards such as Export Prices, TMF Awards, Edisons, a Gold and Silver Harp, and 3FM Awards
Numerous worldwide sold out headline tours
Multiple magazine front covers & international TV appearances
Several #1 radio singles throughout their career
Performances at major festivals such as Loud Park (JP), Download (UK), Pinkpop (NL), Lowlands (NL), Rock Werchter (BE), Rock Am Ring (DE), Bilboa BBK Live (SP), Sweden Rock (SW), Ruisrock (FI), Aerodrome (AT), Gurtenfest (CH), Roskilde (DK) and many more
Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR escaped a large fire on Wednesday night, shortly after playing to a packed house in Nottingham, England whilst on their European headlining tour.
ANNIHILATOR were packing up their gear from the Rescue Rooms venue in Nottingham city centre at around 1:00am when a large fire broke out next door. 1,400 people were evacuated from the venue as well as others from surrounding buildings. No one was injured in the incident.
Emergency services were called to the scene and were still putting the fire out on Thursday afternoon, causing significant disruption to the city’s transport services. Some of ANNIHILATOR’s equipment was still in the venue at the time of the fire and the band and its crew were unable to retrieve it until Thursday.
Edu Falaschi has recently participated in the recording of a song that is to be a part of a new animal protection campaign, fighting against social violence and destruction of the environment. The action is inspired by ANDA – The News Agency of Animal Rights – Brazilian organization established by the journalist and animal defence activist, Silvana Andrade. Edu Falaschi recorded a song together with such renowned national artists as Lucinha Lins, Elba Ramalho, Cláudio Lins, Carlinhos Brown, Patrícia Marx, Tetê Espíndola among others.
According to the vocalist, he is always very happy to take part in such kind of projects and that the environmental protection & animal defence awareness should always be promoted. If everyone does what he can, even any little effort will give the humanity more chances to change the actual situation, believes Edu.
The song will be released soon in Brazil by the initiators of the project. To learn more about ANDA organization in Portuguese: http://www.anda.jor.br/
At the moment Edu Falaschi is touring with ANGRA supporting the brand new studio album of the band “Aqua”, released in Europe and North America on 27 Sept./12 Oct. through SPV/Steamhammer. The band recently performed in Japan (2 shows at Loud Park Festival) and Taiwan (1 headlining show in Taipei). Until the end of 2010 Angra will continue making shows in Brazil, and on 13-14th of January the band will play in USA together with another legendary Brazilian-based metal act, Sepultura. The headlining European Tour is planned for February, 2011. Angra has been recently confirmed as a participant of Rock In Rio 2011 Festival.