Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR proudly announce fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg as the opening acts on their headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in support of their new studio album, Abrahadabra.
DIMMU BORGIR guitarist/songwriter Silenoz states:
“Parts of the European trek on our Darkness Reborn World Tour will come in support from our friends in Enslaved and Sahg! We’re excited to share the stage with these great bands and finally again be able to perform new material for our fans, old and new alike!”
The members of Enslaved check in about the upcoming trek:
“We are glad to confirm that we have been invited to do direct support on DIMMU BORGIR’s European tour in September and October. We are delighted to announce these dates as the opening of Enslaved’s touring for our new album Axioma Ethica Odini. It will be great to be touring with another Norwegian band. High spirits should be a guaranteed; we’re looking forward to this one!”
“This tour will prove that nothing exceeds Norwegian metal! Sahg is proud to be in this line-up of Norway’s deadliest, with DIMMU BORGIR and Enslaved. We can’t wait to perform the songs from our brand new album, Sahg III, to the European audience for the very first time.”
Confirmed dates are as follows:
19 September – HMH, Amsterdam, NE (w/ KORN)
21 September – Forum, London, U.K. (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)
22 September – Bataclan, Paris, FR (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)
23 September – Eishalle Seutweg, Winterthur, CH (w/ Korn)
24 September – Zenith, Munich, DE (w/ KORN)
26 September – Gasometer, Vienna, AT (w/ KORN)
27 September – Alcatraz, Milan, IT (DB Headlining Show)
28 September – Boogaloo Club, Zagreb, CRO (DB Headlining Show)
30 September – Den Atelier, Luxembourg, LU (DB Headlining Show)
01 October – Ancienne Belgique, BE (w/ KORN)
02 October – Rosengarten, Mannheim, DE (w/ KORN)
03 October – Palladium, Cologne, DE (w/ KORN)
05 October – Haus-Auensee, Leipzig, DE (w/ KORN)
06 October – C-Halle, Berlin, DE (w/ KORN)
07 October – Progresja, Warsaw, PL (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)
08 October – Studio, Krakow, PL (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)
09 October – KD Vltavaska, Prague, CZ (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)
11 October – Vega, Copenhagen, DK (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)
12 October – Arenan, Stockholm, SE (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)
14 October – Pakkahoune, Tampere, FI (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)
15 October – House Of Culture, Helsinki, FI (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)
17 October – Tragarn, Gothenburg, SE (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)
18 October – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, NO (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)
Abrahadabra will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th. View the artwork created by German artist / painter / graphic designer Joachim Luetke (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Sopor Aeternus) on the band’s MySpace page.
Empires Of Eden – Reborn In Fire featuring Sean Peck (Cage) discussing the song “Total Devastation“.
Sean’s song Total Devastation is definitely the heaviest track on the cd and pure, kick in the face screaming heavy metal. The new album from Empires of Eden – “Reborn in Fire” will feature some of the world’s most respected heavy metal voices. With the already announced Mike Vescera, Zak Stevens, Steve Grimmett and Carlos Zema the album also showcases the incredible talents of Aussie singers Louie Gorgievksi, Chris Ninni and Mike Zoias.”
With a 30 piece orchestral score – 8 singers – one album – Empires of Eden – Reborn in Fire.
Christofer Johnsson, the creative force behind Sweden’s genre-defying THERION, has issued the following statement:
“Now that we have posted Nalle(y)’s message to the fans, I’ll give some comments on it myself.
“Naturally, it may sound worrisome that there has been announced two changes in the live line-up in such a short time frame. But the Nalle situation is not something that has happened recently; we have known this could be the case since last year and we have had a replacement ready for months. Nalle told us immediately about his new family situation in the beginning of the year and given the fact he periodically had really tough drinking problems, we thought it was the right thing to do, to stay away from long tours and deal with the problems and be home with the kids instead. The band can always get somebody else to play the bass, but his kids only have one dad. And they need him in good shape. Some things are simply more important in life than heavy metal and beer. We also applaud his bold decision to start studying at his age, so that he will have options other than music for making a living in the future. Kudos!
“The reason we waited with announcing this was that we wanted to play these Mexican shows and European festivals with Nalle and avoid the funeral atmosphere of everyone knowing someone is about to leave (or take a break, as in this case).
“What about Nalle in the future? We have had discussions in the band if we should get another bass player, but we have decided to keep him as a member of the band and wait and see. It is possible that we will have him playing on the albums and have a live bass player for touring. One thing is sure, though, I’ve never been more happy with the bass on an album than with Nalle’s work on Sitra Ahra and it would be awesome to continue to work with him.
“So who’s gonna play bass on the tour? It will be Waldemar Sorychta, an artist mainly known for his skills as a guitarist and songwriter with his own bands Grip Inc., Enemies of the Sun, Eyes Of Eden, and Despair. He also created a big name as a producer, working with bands like Lacuna Coil, Moonspell, The Gathering, Samael, Tiamat, etc.
“I got in contact with Waldemar when I made the Vovin album back in 1997. He did some additional guitar on “Draconian Trilogy” and also recorded some stuff that would not make it to the album (it was later released on [1999’s] Crowning of Atlantis instead). I was impressed with his skills, so when me and drummer Sami [Karppinen] went down to Germany to record the song “The Crowning Of Atlantis” one year later, and I got stuck not getting the right groove in the rhythm guitars of that song (it’s a pretty difficult type of tempo), we gave him a call. He showed up and I explained what I thought was missing. He grabbed the guitar and a couple of takes later, it was nailed to tape exactly like I wanted it.
“Fast forward and many years later, I’m looking to find a replacement for [lead guitarist] Kristian Niemann. Waldemar was on my list of interesting guitarists, but he was already engaged with other bands at the time, and I was also still trying to persuade the amazing Lori Linstruth that THERION was the band where she belonged (an idea that Kristian Niemann heavily supported as well ,actually). In the end, I ended up working with Waldemar as a session guitarist doing most of the rhythm guitars (new talent Christian Vidal was brought into the band just in time to record the solos). I recalled Waldemar saying he did a lot of jobs as a bass player as well, so when the need of a live bass player occurred, he was naturally one of the top names on our list.
“He’s gonna do a fantastic job on the tour and being a very nice guy as well, I think we’re all gonna have a really good time on tour together.”
The artwork to the new THERION album, Sitra Ahra, is posted on their homepage & MySpace page. Mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, the new albumwill be available in North America on October 26th.
The track listing for Sitra Ahra is as follows:
01. Sitra Ahra
02. Kings Of Edom
03. Unguentum Sabbati
04. Land Of Canaan
07. Cu Chulain
08. Kali Yoga III
09. The Shells Are Open
11. After The Inquisition: Children
View THERION tour dates here (Mozilla Firefox browser).
Before the release of the 7th studio masterpiece AQUA, and the start of the new World Tour supporting the album, Edu Falaschi with ANGRA finished the Back To Life Tour 2009-2010 with a great performance on stage of Anime Friends Festival in São Paulo (Brazil).
This show became the biggest highlight of the final part of the tour. One of the most important rock/metal media in Brazil, “Whiplash!” Webzine highly appreciated the latest performance of Angra and Edu Falaschi on the festival.
Anime Friends Festival took place in Mart Center, São Paulo (Brazil) on the last week and it was dedicated to the famous Japanese art of Anime. It included shows of several Brazilian rock and metal bands and various events for anime fans. Angra played on Friday, 16th of July. The band presented the set-list of Back To Life Tour 2010 and, specially for this event, Pegasus Fantasy – a song from the soundtrack of anime series Knights of the Zodiac (Cavaleiros do Zodiaco) or Saint Seyia which is very popular in Brazil.
As Whiplash! Webzine reports, despite the diversity of people who attended the show (besides metal fans, for sure there were a lot of anime and manga’s fans) the band really rocked.
Edu Falaschi was very inspired and his performance that memorable night was incredible, as he sang both the old and the more recent classics of Angra. In particular, the reporter mentions such classical song as Silence and Distance performed with great feeling and vibration that excited and united the public. And the great interpretation of Lisbon made by Edu Falaschi, as well as his recent version of Nothing To Say where he got its highest notes were accepted with great enthusiasm of the audience. And, of course, the hits from the “nova era” of Angra like Rebirth, The Voice Commanding You, The Course Of Nature, Spread Your Fire and others.
“Thus, if you have had any doubt regarding Angra, you can forget it! – tells Whiplah! – The band made a brilliant show on the stage of Anime Friends with a lot of respect to the fans, fascinating everyone with its professional performance, real team-work and great frontmanship of Edu Falaschi. It was a perfect aperitif before the things that should happen soon, and those who have been to there, will never forget”.
Robert Bolger, creator/producer of the up and coming heavy metal recording industry documentary Behind The Suit And Tie is scheduled to be interviewed on The Metal Asylum hosted by DJ Rob on Friday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. PST.
For more info visit Metalheadradio.ning.com.
A new trailer from Behind The Suit And Tie can be viewed below. The six minute clip features segments from Eddie Trunk (VH1 Classic, Q104.3, Sirius XM), Carl Severson (Ferret Music), Paul Conroy (Ferret Music), David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records), Al Dawson (Earache Records) to discuss piracy, corruption issues and the future of a record label.
Through a series of interviews with players from both indie and major labels, Behind the Suit And Tie “will showcase the truth of how the music industry is being affected by the downward spiral of CD sales and how new and up-and-coming artists must learn to adjust to changing times,” according to a press release.
The film will contain insight from:
Ed Rivadavia (RCA Music Group)
Jason Lekberg (Epic Records)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Carl Severson (Good Fight Entertainment)
Paul Conroy (Good Fight Entertainment)
Daniel Heerdmann (Tiefdruck Musik)
Doug Keogh (Roadrunner Records)
Missi Callazzo (MegaForce Records)
Doug Keogh (Roadrunner Records)
Ray Harkins (Century Media Records)
Al Dawson (Earache Records)
Alan Becker (Red Distribution)
Burt Goldstein (Big Daddy Distribution)
Eddie Trunk (VHI Classic, Q104.3, Sirius XM)
Pat Egan (Relapse Records)
Ralph Graupner (Indevent Music)
Gary Susalis (Music Choice)
Ged Cook (Demolition Records)
Bryan Mechutan (Demolition Records)
Lee Barrett (Ascendance Records)
Adam Watson (Plastic Head Distribution)
David Ellefson (Megadeth)
Erik Rogers (Dangerous New Machine)
Tairrie B Murphy, Mick Murphy (MY RUIN)
Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Mercenary Management)/(OZZY OSBOURNE)
Rayny Forster (Moshpit Tragedy Records)
Commented creator/producer Robert Bolger: “Unlike most music documentaries’ more musician-focused approach, ‘Behind The Suit And Tie’ will spend more time with the people behind the labels.”
Due later this year, Behind the Suit And Tie “pulls no punches and features some of the prime movers in the heavy metal industry drawing back the veil of mystique surrounding the music business and addressing tough questions about the industry itself, how it’s run and where labels see their role in a digital future,” according to a press release.
Swedish heavy metal sensations ENFORCER have been confirmed for this year’s Sonisphere festival in the UK, which is set to take place from Friday, 30th July to Sunday, 1st August.
Terrorizer magazine cover stars ENFORCER are among the latest bands to be added to the bill for the UK’s edition of Sonisphere, joining such legendary acts as ANTHRAX, SLAYER, ALICE IN CHAINS and IRON MAIDEN. ENFORCER will be playing on Saturday, July 31st at 11:30am on the Bohemia Stage.
ENFORCER frontman OLOF WIKSTRAND comments:
“We’re really excited to go on stage on the Sonisphere Festival and show the whole of UK what heavy metal’s all about again. We’re gonna put on a hell of a show over there and leave no one untouched by our message of evil. It is also huge for us to share the stage with such influential bands for us such as Iron Maiden and Mötley Crüe. See you all in the front row at 11:30 on Saturday!”
View the ENFORCER Sonisphere flyer to the right.
Catch ENFORCER live at the following shows:
31.07.10 Knebworth, UK – Sonisphere Festival
13.08.10 Derby, UK – Bloodstock Festival
26.08.10 Bergen, Norway – Hole In The Sky Festival
OCEANO‘s Over The Limit Tour – Almost Famous contest came to a close earlier today and drew a major fan response that put the spotlight on some majorly talented and creative people all over the nation. As the band takes some time to go through the videos to determine the grand prize winner, there has already been one stand out video that’s received many positive reviews for combining OCEANO‘s brutality with sheer good humor and fan enthusiasm.
In this riotous video by YouTube user, MantisInMyPants702, he shows us how he “gets pumped” for OCEANO. Watch the video here:
“Familiar Taste of Poison” on last night’s episode of
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The band recently wrapped up a tour overseas, and will continue to tour in support of their self-titled debut album, which made a top 5 debut on SoundScan’s “Hard Music” chart upon its release. After an amazing performance at this year’s Rock on the Range, Halestorm was included in SPIN’s “Best Moments at Rock on the Range 2010,” where they noted, “If any band deserves a bigger stage (and an even bigger production) for an outing at ROTR next year, it’s these alt-rockers.”
Current single “Familiar Taste of Poison” impacted Active Rock radio earlier this month, and the band will be shooting the companion video shortly. After wrapping up their July headlining dates, Halestorm will take part in the Uproar Tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed.
Hot on the heels of the buzz caused by the launch of the release of ISSA’s debut album “Sign of Angels”, Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital only release of the single track “I’m Alive” on August 20th 2010.
The song was written especially for Issa by a dream team of Swedish songwriters from Örebro, including Tim Larsson, Johan Fransson, Tobias Lundgren (of Play Production, responsible of penning songs for the likes of Susan Boyle, Martin Stenmarck, Ashley Tisdale, Alcazar, Place Vendome, Saint Deamon, Primal Fear among others) , Ronny Milanowicz (the album producer and also drummer of Saint Deamon) and Joacim Cans (of Hammerfall).
Issa says “We had the best of times recording this song and it was actually the first track we recorded, the foundation for the rest of the album. It is a special song and to me it represents strength, independence and the courage to stand for yourself. Also I’m Alive makes you get that ”I can do anything” feeling, no matter what! It has the all elements of Rock ‘n Roll plus catchy melody-lines all wrapped up into one song – one listen and you’re hooked”.
The videoclip of “I’m Alive” can be watched on youtube now:
Watch out for ISSA debut album “Sign of Angels” to be released in Europe on September 24th and USA on October 12th 2010 on Frontiers Records.
HEAVY METAL TITANS TESTAMENT JOIN SLAYER & MEGADETH TO KICK OFF OF THE ‘AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR’
– THE HISTORY-MAKING METAL TOUR TO BEGIN IN QUEBEC ON JULY 23RD!
The Bay Area’s premier thrash kings TESTAMENT are geared up and ready to tear apart North America with fellow heavy metal heavyweights Slayer and Megadeth on the highly anticipated AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR! The thrash trifecta will be joining forces for the first time in 20 years since the Clash of the Titans Tour in 1990! Don’t miss this renowned event in heavy metal history!
“We’re gearing up to start what will be known as the heaviest thrash event ever,” states TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson. “Slayer, Megadeth and Testament haven’t shared the stage since the original and first tour in 1990 of Clash of the Titans in Europe. New thrash fans that only heard rumors and never were able to witness Clash of the Titans will be delighted because all three bands are just as heavy and lethal as ever, if not more. Old school thrash fans, if you missed the line-up before, you don’t want to miss this!” Peterson added, “We’ve had great success during the two and a half year The Formation of Damnation campaign, and feel honored and excited to end the campaign with a tour like this. After the AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR, we head straight into the studio to work on new material for our forthcoming record, releasing mid 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records.”
In celebration of this heralded event, TESTAMENT is offering an amazing opportunity with their VIP package. This is the fan’s chance to meet the band and get exclusive limited addition merchandise on this epic tour before Testament head into the studio to record the follow up to their Golden Gods “Album of the Year”, The Formation Of Damnation! Now, the Testament VIP package offers some great additions, including an exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction T-shirt!
Front man Chuck Billy reflected on the VIP experience that TESTAMENT fans can expect this summer:
“If there is one thing true about us, we love our fans so much that we want to hang out with them, give them special shit and then throw them INTO THE PIT! This tour is huge, with three of the greatest bands in metal reuniting after 20 years. We want to make you a part of this special event. So hook yourself up with a TESTAMENT AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP Pack today.”
The band is offering a limited number of VIP Packages for every United States date on the tour. Act now and make sure to take hold of this great opportunity to be a part of METAL HISTORY with TESTAMENT this summer!
The exclusive AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP package includes:
– One general admission ticket with early entry (where available)
– Exclusive Meet & Greet with the members of TESTAMENT
– Personal photograph with the band
– Autograph session (includes 8X10 photo)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction Shirt
– Collectible Tour Poster (limited, numbered)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Music Skin
– Official VIP Meet and Greet Laminate
– Official set of TESTAMENT Guitar Picks
See below for all AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR dates, as well as more recently announced international dates:
CATCH TESTAMENT ON THE 2010 AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR
7/23 Quebec City, QC @ Pavillon de la Jenuesse
7/24 Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL @ Parc Jean Drapeau
7/26 Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre
7/27 Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum
7/29 Toronto, ONT @ Molson Amphitheatre
7/30 London, ONT @ John Labatte Center
8/11 Albany, NY @ Glen Falls Civic Center
8/12 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
8/14 Boston, MA @ Tsongas Center at UMASS Lowell
8/15 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/16 Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theater
8/18 Cleveland, OH @ Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
8/19 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
8/20 Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
8/21 Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
8/23 Kansas City, @ Cap Fed Park @ Sandstone Arena
8/24 Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
8/25 Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
8/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
8/29 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
8/30 Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena
8/31 San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace
9/1 Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena
9/3 Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theatre
9/4 Portland, OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds
SEE TESTAMENT ON THEIR INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES!
8/6 Melbourne, AUS @ Billboard
8/7 Sydney, AUS @ The Manning Venue
8/8 Brisbane, AUS @ HiFi
TESTAMENT’S highly successful and award-winning album The Formation of Damnation was recently reissued in a deluxe tour edition in celebration of ‘Rust in Peace’ and AMERICAN CARNAGE. See below for information on the album!
The Formation of Damnation (Deluxe Tour Edition)
2-disc deluxe tour edition of the band’s comeback album! Includes bonus
footage of classic tracks + more:
1. The Persecuted Won’t Forget
2. Killing Season
4. The Evil Has Landed
5. The Formation Of Damnation
6. Henchmen Ride
7. More Than Meets The Eye
8. Dangers Of The Faithless
9. False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.)
10. Leave Me Forever
• The New Order *Audio and Video
• Practice What You Preach *Audio and Video
• Souls Of Black *Audio and Video
*Recorded in Alcatraz for their MTV “52/52” special
Due to the overwhelming amount of e-mails received over the past few days, MANOWAR’s management feels it’s necessary to once again announce the band will DEFINITELY NOT APPEAR at the Global East Rock Festival 2010 (September 4, 2010 – Kiev, Ukraine).
The band was looking forward to their very first visit to Ukraine but Global Promotion Concert Agency has failed to meet their commitments, making it impossible for MANOWAR’s concert to happen.
If you bought a ticket to the festival to see MANOWAR, we URGE you to immediately contact the promoter’s office to obtain a full refund: http://www.myspace.com/globaleast
An e-card for the new album can be viewed here. The BLIND GUARDIAN homepage will be re-launched this Friday, July 23rd.
At The Edge Of Time will be released in North America on August 24th and is the long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s A Twist In The Myth, which debuted in North America at #21 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and #288 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart. A deluxe edition digi-pak with a bonus CD (6 songs, 1 video, and a documentary) plus a code for exclusive content at a special fan-only site will also be available. A three-song single, “A Voice In The Dark,” was released in Europe on June 25th.
Artwork for At The Edge Of Time was created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, At Vance, Axel Rudi Pell). The track listing is as follows:
01. Sacred Worlds (9:17)
02. Tanelorn (5:58)
03. Road Of No Release (6:30)
04. Ride Into Obsession (4:46)
05. Curse My Name (5:52)
06. Valkyries (6:38)
07. Control The Divine (5:26)
08. War Of The Thrones (4:55)
09. A Voice In The Dark (5:41)
10. Wheel Of Time (8:55)
Photos from the recording sessions for At The Edge Of Time can be found at Metal-Hammer.de.
On Friday, July 16th, Polish technical deathsters DECAPITATED arrived in Los Angeles to prepare for their headlining run on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour. Guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka, drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner, bassist Filip “Heinrich” Halucha and lead vocalist Rafał Piotrowski all stopped by the Nuclear Blast offices where they were asked questions submitted by fans via MySpace & Facebook. The following three-part question & answer sessions are the result and are available at the following links:
Part 1 (10:21):
Part 2 (09:26):
Part 3 (07:26):
Remaining dates on the Summer Slaughter tour featuring DECAPITATED, The Faceless, All Shall Perish, The Red Chord, Veil Of Maya, Cephalic Carnage, Decrepit Birth, Carnifex, Animals As Leaders and Vital Remains are:
7/23 – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
7/24 – Houston, TX @ Warsaw Ballroom
7/26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
7/27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA (Theatre of Living Arts)
7/30 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
7/31 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/01 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/02 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
8/03 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
8/04 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
8/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
8/06 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
8/07 – Detroit, MI @ Harpos
8/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/09 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
8/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
8/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
8/13 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
8/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
8/16 – Calgary, AB @ Republik
8/17 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
8/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
8/20 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
8/21 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
8/23 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Dream Theater’s JAMES LABRIE Unveils His New Static Impulse Solo Release; Announces Players and Release Info
Dream Theater’s JAMES LABRIE is easily one of the defining, elite and naturally talented vocalists the world has to offer and after selling over a million albums worldwide he further challenges himself with an aggressive and dynamic new solo effort. The much anticipated new full-length offering, Static Impulse, also marks LABRIE’s first solo effort in over five years and is sure to please his legion of diehard fans, as well as win over many new devotees in the process. Be sure to stay tuned to www.jameslabrie.com for new information.
Static Impulse also features the immensely talented longtime songwriting partner and keyboardist Matt Guillory. Another notable performance is Peter Wildoer from metal titans DARKANE on drums and screaming vocals. The group is rounded out by Marco Sfogli on guitars and Ray Riendeau on bass. Static Impulse is set for a September 28th release on InsideOut Music and was mixed and mastered by the renowned Jens Borgen (Opeth, Katatonia).
LABRIE states: “Hi everyone. The release of Static Impulse is one that the whole band is psyched about. This is modern Metal and as heavy and relevant as any other band out there going in a similar musical direction. There are riffs that will blow your head off and melodies both musically and vocally that are hypnotic. Get in the driver’s seat and let the ears bleed. Enjoy and see you out there with a tour to follow up and support this release.”
Guillory further comments: “One year and two months in the making and we’re finally done. I’m really pleased with the way this record came out. James sounds fantastic, as well as the rest of the guys. Without a doubt, it’s our heaviest record thus far yet at the same time, it’s also our most melodic. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
In addition to Dream Theater’s numerous studio and live releases, LABRIE has also appeared on releases by Fates Warning, Redemption, Trent Gardner’s Explorer’s Club, Leonardo The Absolute Man, Frameshift, Ayreon’s TheHuman Equation, as well as tribute albums to Rush, Emerson Lake & Palmer and Queen.