THE ACACIA STRAIN To Participate in VAN’S WARPED TOUR 2011

February 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

THE ACACIA STRAIN have confirmed they will play this summer’s VAN’S WARPED TOUR, which kicks off in Dallas, Texas on June 24th and ends in Hillsboro, Oregon on August 14th. The band will play songs from their entire catalog, including their latest release, “Wormwood,” which was released in July 2010 and debuted at number 67 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart, their highest chart appearance. This is the band’s first appearance on the VAN’S WARPED TOUR and will definitely bring carnage to every city they play.  Vocalist Vincent Bennett commented: “Warped tour is a notch in the belt of The Acacia Strain that we have been waiting to add to our ‘did it!’ list for a long time. We are proud to finally be able to join the ranks of warped tour alumni. Although music has changed over the years, we won’t forget our roots. See you this summer!”

In the meantime, THE ACACIA STRAIN will be on tour with WHITE CHAPEL and VEIL OF MAYA for the WELCOME TO HELL TOUR across the US and Canada in February into March and on the European leg of the WELCOME TO HELL TOUR with WHITE CHAPEL and IMPENDING DOOM in April.

THE ACACIA STRAIN W/ WHITE CHAPEL & VEIL OF MAYA
Feb. 10 – Knoxville, TN – Valarium
Feb. 11 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Feb. 12 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
Feb. 13 – Richmond, VA – The National
Feb. 14 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx
Feb. 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of the Living Arts
Feb. 16 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
Feb. 17 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
Feb. 18 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Feb. 19 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
Feb. 20 – Williamsville, NY – Club Infinity
Feb. 22 – Montreal, QC – La TuLipe
Feb. 23 – Toronto, ON – Opera House Concert Venue
Feb. 24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
Feb. 25 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues Cleveland
Feb. 26 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrews Hall
Feb. 27 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues Chicago
Feb. 28 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4
Mar. 1 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre

THE ACACIA STRAIN W/ WHITE CHAPEL  IMPENDING DOOM Apr.8 – Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
Apr.9  – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Apr.10 – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
Apr.11 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 3
Apr.12  – London, UK – Islington Academy
Apr.13  – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Apr.14 – Paris, France – Boule Noire
Apr.15  – Köln, Germany – Underground
Apr.17 – Zürich, Switzerland – Dynamo
Apr.18 – München, Germany – Backstage
Apr.19 – Berlin, Germany – C-Club
Apr. 20 – Hamburg, Germany – Logo
Apr. 21 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Apr. 22 – Meerhout, Belgium – Groezrock Festival

THE ACACIA STRAIN ON VAN’S WARPED TOUR 2011
Jun. 24 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavillion
Jun. 25 – Houston, TX – The Showgrounds At Sam Houston Race Park
Jun. 26 – San Antonio, TX – AT Center
Jun. 29 – Las Cruces, NM – NMSU Practice Field
Jun. 30 – Las Vegas, NV – TBA
Jul. 1 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
Jul. 2 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jul. 3 – Ventura, CA – Ventura County Fairground At Seaside Park
Jul. 6 – Bonner Springs, KS – Sandstone Amphitheatre
Jul. 7 – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center
Jul. 8 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
Jul. 9 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Jul. 10 – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
Jul. 12 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lakes Fields
Jul. 13 – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
Jul. 14 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
Jul. 15 – Mississauga, ON – The Flats At Arrow Hall
Jul. 16 – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean-Drapeau
Jul. 17 – Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre
Jul. 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre
Jul. 20 – Cleveland, OH – TBA
Jul. 21 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Jul. 22 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
Jul. 23 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Jul. 24 – Oceanport, NJ – Monmouth Park Raceway
Jul. 26 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavillion
Jul. 27 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul. 28 – Charlotte, NC – V

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NUCLEAR BLAST SIGNS NWOBHM BAND HELL

February 2nd, 2011
by EvilG
Hell

Hell

Hear the sound of distant thunder… the time has come again.

Friday the 13th is universally feared for unleashing the darkest imaginable forces in human history. When the entity about to burst forth has waited hidden, seething and festering for a quarter of a century before unloading its gross assault on the senses, the outcome is potentially spectacular. Such is the case with NWOBHM legends HELL, who on May 13th in Europe will release the first studio album of their career, Human Remains, through Nuclear Blast Records.  The album’s North American release date will be announced soon.

One of the true founding fathers of occult metal and cited as a huge indirect influence to many bands, HELL formed in 1982 from the carcasses of U.K. metal bands Reace Against Time and Paralex, whose White Lightning EP was listed by Metallica as a favorite and was subsequently included on the Lars Ulrich / Geoff Barton  ‘NWOBHM ’79 Revisited’ sampler album.

Despite over five years of constant touring, HELL were cruelly overlooked by the ’80s music press, who just didn’t get it.  The band was just too different, too extreme, too musically intelligent and far too thought-provoking for all but the most enlightened music listener to understand them. The final crushing blow came when their long-awaited 1986 album deal with Mausoleum collapsed as the label went bankrupt, followed by the tragic suicide of singer/guitarist, Dave Halliday, in 1987.  The remaining members drew a line in the sand and stopped playing overnight.

Meanwhile, a teenaged Andy Sneap was a permanent fixture in the front row of almost every show HELL played and was also taught to play guitar by Halliday.  He then went on to form Sabbat and became a world-renowned metal producer. Upon meeting again, the remaining members of HELL – Kev Bower (guitar & keyboards), Tony Speakman (bass) and Tim Bowler (drums) – talked with Andy about re-recording the old material to release in conjunction with the old demos.  With Sneap replacing Halliday on guitar and completed by David Bower on vocals, the band has recorded 10 HELL classics from the ‘80s.

A highly respected European magazine has declared HELL as thee band to watch out for in 2011 and has already described Human Remains as one of the best things they have heard in the last 15 years.

Like a venomous creature preserved in amber, HELL’s legacy becomes reborn – pure and untainted, cast forth screaming.

States Jaap Wagemaker, A&R for Nuclear Blast Germany:  “HELL are one of my all time favorite bands from the NWOBHM era and I am really stoked to get the chance to work with a band I consider so groundbreaking!  Back in the day, I received their demos through tape-trading and now, years later, with the music re-recorded by Andy Sneap, the band sounds even fresher than ever before!  I am very proud that we at Nuclear Blast now have the chance to work with HELL and give you the chance to listen to some timeless music.  It is about time that HELL got the international recognition that they deserve and that so many people who are unaware of this monster band finally get the chance to hear all these classics!”

O wretched souls in mortal cast – know this, and know it well,

The hour has come when it shall be – on Earth as it is in HELL.

HELL’s 2011 line-up:

  • David Bower – Vocals
  • Kev Bower – Guitar & Keyboards
  • Andy Sneap – Guitar
  • Tony Speakman – Bass
  • Tim Bowler – Drums

Visit HELL online at www.HELL-METAL.com & www.myspace.com/HELLUK.

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SABATON: METALIZER RE-ISSUE TRACKLISTING REVEALED

February 2nd, 2011
by EvilG
Sabaton - Metalizer (Re-Armed)

Sabaton - Metalizer (Re-Armed)

Available for the first time in North America as non-imports, SABATON’s first four full-length albums will be re-issued by Nuclear Blast on April 14th, 2011.  2007’s Metalizer (Re-Armed), will include four bonus tracks (one live track, a demo track, and a Judas Priest cover) plus a bonus CD of the complete demo track collection for band’s first recording effort, Fist For Fight.

A Swedish power metal sextet that specializes in military history, SABATON bassist Pär Sundström shares the meaning behind the track title “7734,” discusses the band’s relationship with Judas Priest’s Defenders Of The Faith album, and recalls some memories of the Fist For Fight recording sessions:

“When we recorded Metalizer, we had some songs that were written in the studio.  ‘7734’ was one of them.  The song is basically a hymn about the battle of metalheads which are – in the beginning – few in number and they finally become 7,734.  We saw the number written on a calculator upside down which spelled ‘HELL,’ so we named it that way.  Also during the recording sessions for Metalizer, we were asked to do a few cover songs. We did (amongst a few others) the cover of Judas Priest’s ‘Jawbreaker,’ which was one of the songs we felt we could do well and still keep the original touch of it.  The day before we entered the studio to start recording ‘Fist For Fight,’ I remember sitting at Joakim’s place and having some beers.  That evening, the song ‘Hellrider’ was written simply by chance since it was not intended to be recorded.  ‘Hellrider’ then became a standing song in all the future live sets of SABATON and even today, we play it.”

The track listing for Metalizer (Re-Armed) is as follows:

01  Hellrider
02  Thundergods
03  Metalizer
04  Shadows
05  Burn Your Crosses
06  7734
07  Endless Nights
08  Hail To The King
09  Thunderstorm
10  Speeder
11  Masters Of The World

Bonus Tracks:

12  Jawbreaker (Judas Priest Cover)
13  Dream Destroyer
14  Panzer Batallion (Demo Version)
15  Hellrider (Live In Västeras 2006)

Bonus CD:

01  Introduction (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
02  Hellrider (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
03  Endless Nights (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
04  Metalizer (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
05  Burn Your Crosses (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
06  The Hammer Has Fallen (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
07  Hail To The King (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
08  Shadows (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
09  Thunderstorm (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
10  Masters Of The World (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
11  Birds Of War (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)

SABATON will embark on their first-ever North American tour with German heavy metal legends ACCEPT in early April with several headlining off-dates.  Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

04/09/11     The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL

04/10/11     Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

04/13/11     Jaxx – West Springfield, VA

04/14/11     The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

04/15/11     Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY  (SABATON HEADLINING SHOW; NO ACCEPT)

04/16/11     Best Buy Theater  – New York, NY  *ONE-OFF; OVERKILL HEADLINES*

04/17/11     Club Soda- Montreal, QC – CANADA

04/18/11     Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

04/20/11     Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA

04/21/11     Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

04/22/11     Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

04/24/11     Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

04/26/11     El Corazon – Seattle, WA

04/27/11     Peter’s Room – Portland, OR

04/28/11     The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

04/30/11     House of Blues – San Diego, CA

05/01/11     Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA

05/02/11     Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA

05/03/11     The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ  (SABATON HEADLINING SHOW; NO ACCEPT)

05/04/11     Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT

05/06/11     Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX

05/07/11     Scout Bar – Houston, TX

Pre-sale tickets for this tour are available online at EnterTheVault.com and all normal ticketing outlets.

View a photo gallery of SABATON’s performance on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise here.

SABATON’s fifth studio album and Nuclear Blast debut, Coat Of Arms, debuted at #124 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #87 on the Top Hard Music chart.  Worldwide first-week chart entries were as follows: Sweden #4; Poland #9; Finland #17; Germany #19; Switzerland #33 and Austria #71.

View the video for the track “Uprising” – “a powerful and emotional tribute to those who lost their lives in the Warsaw uprising in 1944” – at this location.  Filmed in Warsaw, Poland, “Uprising” was directed by Jacek Raginis (who is related to decorated WWII hero Wladyslav Raginis), features an appearance by Swedish actor Peter Stormare (“Prison Break,”, “8MM,” “Fargo”) as SS-Obergruppenführer von dem Bach, and was a collaborative work with the Warsaw Rising Museum, the “Radoslaw” Reenactment Group, the Wizna 1939 Association and Polish fans.  It also features archival materials provided by Filmoteka Narodowa.

The “Making Of” video with English subtitles can be viewed here.  Stills from the video shoot can be viewed here.

SABATON features Joakim Brodén on vocals, Oskar Montelius on guitars, Rikard Sundén on guitars, Pär Sundström on bass, Daniel Mullback on drums, and Daniel Mÿhr on keyboards.

Visit SABATON online at www.SABATON.net, www.myspace.com/SABATON, www.facebook.com/SABATON, and twitter.com/SABATON.

Visit the band’s official YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/SABATON.

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CRADLE OF FILTH TO KICKS OFF “CREATURES FROM THE BLACK ABYSS TOUR”

February 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

Cradle Of Filth announces February 2011 headlining North American tour

Cradle Of Filth announces February 2011 headlining North American tour

Enter to win a Cradle Of Filth autographed guitar on FEARnet.com


ENGLAND – Britain’s legendary extreme heavy metal act, Cradle Of Filth, will kick off its first North American tour since 2009 tonight in Houston, as they embark on a headlining run on the “Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour” presented by FEARnet and Decibel Magazine.  The infamous, Cradle Of Filth, will be joined by Nachtmystium, Turisas, and Daniel Lioneye on the 31-city trek in support of their ninth studio album, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, which hit stores in November on Nuclear Blast Records.

Tickets for the “Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour” are on sale now through all major ticket retailers.  A special VIP ticket package is also available exclusively through Artist Arena at: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/cradleoffilth/, and includes one general admission ticket, a meet-and-greet with the band, a signed Cradle Of Filth poster, and a commemorative VIP laminate.  VIP tickets are limited, so fans are encouraged to take advantage of this rare opportunity before it’s too late.

To celebrate Cradle Of Filth’s long-awaited return to North American shores, the band has teamed up with FEARnet.com for the “Cradle Of Filth” sweepstakes.  Fans can enter to win a Cradle Of Filth prize pack, which includes a newly redesigned PRS Paul Allender SE guitar autographed by the band, a copy of Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, a t-shirt, and more.  Head over to: http://www.fearnet.com/cradle-of-filth-sweepstakes/index.html for full details.

The band will also be checking in from the road via an exclusive tour blog on FEARnet.com.  The first post is now live at: http://www.fearnet.com/blogs/cradle_of_filth/index.html, so be sure to tune in for a special video message from Cradle Of Filth frontman, Dani Filth, on the set of the band’s recent music video shoot for the song, “Lilith Immaculate”.

Whether through their wildly elaborate and theatrical live shows (which have incorporated giant lumbering puppets, fire-breathing dancers, freaks and stilt-walkers), provocative merchandise (including the now legendary ‘Jesus Is A C***’ t-shirt), breathtaking artwork, or the weighty subject matter of their albums (their last told the story of a French Lord who fought alongside Joan Of Arc before embarking on a horrific killing spree), Cradle Of Filth is a band whose uncompromising stance has been rewarded with legions of fans around the world, making them the most successful British heavy metal band since Iron Maiden.

Stay tuned to for more information on Cradle Of Filth and the “Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”.
“Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour” presented by FEARnet and Decibel Magazine…

Feb. 2 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
Feb. 4 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Feb. 5 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater
Feb. 6 – Las Vegas, NV@ House of Blues
Feb. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live
Feb. 9 – San Francisco, CA@ Regency Ballroom
Feb. 11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theatre
Feb. 12 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Feb. 13 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Feb. 15 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center
Feb. 16 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Feb. 18 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Feb. 20 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Feb. 21 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Feb. 22 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Feb. 23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
Feb. 25 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
Feb. 26 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
Feb. 27 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Feb. 28 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
Mar. 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Mar. 3 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Mar. 4 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Mar. 5 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Mar. 6 – Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street Ballroom
Mar. 8 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva Theatre
Mar. 9 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Mar. 11 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Mar. 12 – Orlando, FL @ Firestone
Mar. 13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Cradle Of Filth is…
Dani Filth (vocals)
Paul Allender (guitar)
James McIlroy (guitar)
David Pybus (bass)
Martin Skaroupka (drums)
Caroline Campbell (keys)

Cradle Of Filth online…

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CYPHERSEER ANNOUNCES SIGNING TO NIGHTMARE RECORDS

February 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

SOPHOMORE ALBUM “ORIGINS” DUE OUT APRIL 12, 2011

Nightmare Records is pleased to announce the signing of Union, New Jersey’s

CYPHERSEER. CYPHERSEER is a metal band with high emphasis on melody, attitude

and delivery of intense heavy music. Their second album “Origins” will be

released on April 12, 2011. Nightmare Records is based out of St. Paul

Minnesota and is distributed by Sony/Red.

Mixed and edited by well known talent Fredrik Nordstrom (In Flames, Dark

Tranquillity, Dream Evil and many more), “Origins”, is a unified mix of melodic

death metal, power metal and prog-metal, resulting in an intense, fast and

overall outstanding 65+ minutes of original music.

The band is fronted by vocalist Zeno Rodrigo who possesses an impressive mix

of aggressive, clean and sometimes otherworldly vocals. CYPHERSEER brings forth

a fresh mix of musical pleasure sure to please a vast array of metal fans and

enthusiasts alike.

CYPHERSEER’S ultimate goal is to combine diverse influences and styles marking a

new generation with untamed creativity, while striving to provide a sonic link between their predecessors and the future in metal.

“Origins” is a must for fans of bands as In Flames, Evergrey, Iced Earth,

Mercenary and Scar Symmetry – need we say more?

New video debut for their song “DYING FORCE” from the upcoming album

www.cypherseer.com

www.facebook.com/cypherseer

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HAMMERFALL: MORE ONLINE CHATS

February 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

HammerFall

HammerFall

HAMMERFALL: NEXT ONLINE CHAT SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW

Guitarist Oscar Dronjak of the Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will be hosting the band’s next online chat from the studio tomorrow, Thursday, February 3rd, at 9 a.m. PACIFIC / 12 p.m. EASTERN / 6 p.m. (18:00) CET.  The online event will take place at the Nuclear Blast Streaming Room at this location: www.nuclearblast.de/streamingroom

The following previous chats are also available for viewing:

The next chat will be hosted by HAMMERFALL drummer Anders Johansson this Saturday, February 5th at 8:30 a.m. PACIFIC / 11:30 a.m. EASTERN / 5:30 p.m. (17:30) CET.

Read BraveWords.com’s exclusive in-studio report – which includes songs titles scheduled to appear on the new album – here.

In related news, Oscar Dronjak recently launched his weekly blog on the Decibel Magazine website about mixed martial arts & the UFC.  In his first installment, he discusses his jump from being a pro-wresting fan to his introduction to the MMA world, censorship in Sweden, and how the metal underground wasn’t the only scene with a tape-trading community.  Read the full blog here.

HAMMERFALL have begun mixing their new album with producer James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, SIXX:AM, Meat Loaf).  The as-yet-untitled new release is the follow-up to 2009’s No Sacrifice, No Victory (which debuted at #38 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart) and will be available in Europe on May 20th.  A summer release date in North America is expected.

No Sacrifice, No Victory achieved gold status in Sweden for sales in excess of 20,000 copies.  The album registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe: #2 in Sweden, #7 in Germany, #20 in Switzerland, #21 in the U.K. (Indie Albums chart), #25 in Austria, #46 in Norway, and #95 in France.

Visit HAMMERFALL online at www.HAMMERFALL.net, on MySpace, on Facebook, on Twitter and at www.HAMMERFALL.tv.

THIRD IN-STUDIO HAMMERFALL FAN CHAT NOW ONLINE; TWO MORE CHATS SCHEDULED

Guitarist Pontus Norgren and vocalist Joacim Cans of the Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL just finished hosting the third in a series of live, online chats with fans from the studio.  They discussed their upcoming video, Spanish horror movies, Joacim’s vocal beginnings at age 21, and Belgian beer.  Pontus Norgren also played some impromptu acoustic songs for the audience to guess the titles of.  View the recorded chat here.

The fourth chat will be hosted by guitarist Oscar Dronjak this Thursday, February 3rd at 9 a.m. PACIFIC / 12 p.m. EASTERN / 6 p.m. CET.

The fifth chat will be hosted by drummer Anders Johansson this Saturday, February 5th at 8 a.m. PACIFIC / 11 a.m. EASTERN / 5 p.m. CET.

In related news, Oscar Dronjak recently launched his weekly blog on the Decibel Magazine website about mixed martial arts & the UFC.  In his first installment, he discusses his jump from being a pro-wresting fan to his introduction to the MMA world, censorship in Sweden, and how the metal underground wasn’t the only scene with a tape-trading community.  Read the full blog here.

HAMMERFALL are currently finishing up the recording of their new album with producer James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, SIXX:AM, Meat Loaf).  The as-yet-untitled new release is the follow-up to 2009’s No Sacrifice, No Victory (which debuted at #38 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart) and will be available in Europe on May 20th.  A summer release date in North America is expected.

View the band’s latest video blog installment, “Zombified,” here.

No Sacrifice, No Victory achieved gold status in Sweden for sales in excess of 20,000 copies.  The album registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe: #2 in Sweden, #7 in Germany, #20 in Switzerland, #21 in the U.K. (Indie Albums chart), #25 in Austria, #46 in Norway, and #95 in France.

Visit HAMMERFALL online at www.HAMMERFALL.net, on MySpace, on Facebook, on Twitter and at www.HAMMERFALL.tv.

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INCANTATION ADDED TO UNDERGROUND UNLEASHED FESTIVAL IN INDIA

February 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

US death metal pioneers Incantation have been announced for The Underground Unleashed 2011 Festival, which is set to take place September 30th – October 2nd in Darjeeling, India. Incantation founder/guitarist/vocalist, John McEntee had the following to say about the fest –

“The rest of Incantation and I are all excited beyond words about playing this year’s Underground Unleashed Festival. This will be the band’s first trip to India so we’re really looking forward to bringing our brutality to the hordes of fans over there. Heads will bang and skulls will split when Incantation invades India!!”

McEntee’s label, Ibex Moon Records, will be an official sponsor of the festival. Details are as follows:

Defender’s Of Metal Presents: The Underground Unleashed 2011
September 30th,, October 1st & 2nd @ Gymkhana Rink Hall
Darjeeling, India w/

Incantation (USA)

Demonical (Sweden)

Cerebral Bore (U.K)

Nervo Chaos (Brazil)

Dethroned (U.S.) ,

Arsames (Iran)

InnerGuilt (Lebanon)

Perversion (U.A.E)

Morbid Devourment (Indonesia)
In other Incantation news, McEntee recently hooked up with guitarist Alex Bouks (Goreaphobia) and bassist Chuck Sherwood to plant the seeds for what will become the band’s highly-anticipated next album. Drummer Kyle Severn will join the fray in the coming weeks to contribute to the writing process. Though in its earliest stages, the new material promises to be the heaviest and sickest of the band’s storied career.

www.incantation.com

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“New Year, New Guitar” with Eddie Trunk and Alter Bridge

February 2nd, 2011
by EvilG
"New Year, New Guitar" with Eddie Trunk and Alter Bridge

"New Year, New Guitar" with Eddie Trunk and Alter Bridge

New year, new giveaways!  ENTER NOW! You guitar players out there will dig this… You may have seen Myles Kennedy on That Metal Show last month, but he is back & he is bringing his whole band with him!  Eddie Trunk got his awesome friends over at CHUCK LEVIN’S Music Store & the band Alter Bridge to hook you guys up for this latest giveaway…YOU WON’T WANT TO SMASH THIS ONE!

The winner not only gets to smash the s*%t out of their old guitar, but will also get:

  • (1) PRS Tremonti SE Guitar, AUTOGRAPHED by Alter Bridge
  • (1) Deluxe padded PRS gig bag
  • (1) Alter Bridge Tshirt
  • (1) Alter Bridge AUTOGRAPHED copy of AB III, Alter Bridge’s latest CD.


TO ENTER:

This contest ends Monday, February 28th, so hurry up and enter now! You can increase your chances of scoring these killer prizes by entering every day – so what are you waiting for?!

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OMNIUM GATHERUM new album teaser online / European tour!

February 2nd, 2011
by EvilG

Check out the new official album teaser for OMNIUM GATHERUM’s upcoming new opus “New World Shadows” to be released in Europe on February 7th and March 1st in North America via Lifeforce Records.

Omnium Gatherum will be teaming up for a first European tour leg in support of the new album in April/May as a direct support for Greek heroes Rotting Christ. More live action for the international field is in the works also.

NEW LIVE SHADOWS in Finland 2011:

09.02. Jyväskylä, Lutakko
10.02. Kuopio, Henry’s Pub
11.02. Oulu, Nuclear Nightclub
12.02. Karhula, Sam’s Pub
22.02. Helsinki, Tavastia
10.03. Jyväskylä, Lutakko
11.03. Oulu, Club Teatria
12.03. Helsinki, Nosturi
18.03. Kouvola, Rytmikatti
25.03. Turku, S-Osis
09.04. Hamina, Jack Up

European tournee 2011 w/ Rotting Christ28.04. (POL) Zabrze / Wiatrak
29.04. (CZ) Brno / Melodka
30.04. (SK) Kosice / Colloseum
01.05. (HUN) Budapest / Club 202
02.05. (ROM) Cluj Napoca / Gambrinus
03.05. ROM) Iasi / Dublin
04.05. (ROM) Bucarest / Silverchurch
05.05. (BUL) Sofia / RBF Club
06.05. (B&H)  Sarajevo / Cinemas Sloga
07.05. (CRO) Osijek / MMC Slavija
08.05. (SLO)  Ljubljana / Gala Hala
09.05. (A) Vienna / Escape
10.05. (A) Worgl / Kulturfabrik Kufstein
11.05. (ITA) Gorizia / Pieffe Factory
12.05. (ITA) Parma / Arci Onirica
13.05. (CH) Zug / Industrie 45
14.05. (ITA) Novara / RnR Arena
15.05. (ITA) Roma / Init Club

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‘Mean Deviation’ Author Jeff Wagner Names 2010’s Top Ten in Prog Metal (and Beyond!)

February 1st, 2011
by EvilG
VOIVOD Members Contribute to 'MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal'

'MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal'

Jeff Wagner, author of the acclaimed Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal, explains his list of 2010’s best prog metal releases (and more!) online at the Bazillion Points Blog [http://blog.bazillionpoints.com].

Recapping a banner year for progressive metal, Wagner’s picks include releases by Enslaved, Cynic, Atheist, Solefald, Deathspell Omega, along with… Dax Riggs?

As for his top pick, by veteran metal act Anathema, Wagner says: “I didn’t think they still had this kind of album in them, but they do.”

“When I’m nestled in the dark of my music room,” he explains, “inescapably tuned into a particular album, that’s exactly what I feel like I’m doing: comprehending infinity. Or getting close. It doesn’t happen often, but the albums listed here helped me almost get there… The Anathema actually landed me right on Planet Infinity a few times.”

In the meantime, Wagner’s book Mean Deviation earned year-end kudos of its own from AOL’s Noisecreep and Metal-Rules.com, and has been hailed by members of Cynic, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, Voivod, Porcupine Tree, and others.

For more information, chapter sample, complete index, or to buy the book, visit this location: http://www.mean-deviation.com

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DAWN OF ASHES launch font & video contests!

February 1st, 2011
by EvilG

The ghoulish immortals that comprise the extreme horror metal outfit known as DAWN OF ASHES (DoA) have launched a contest giving fans the chance to design the band’s new font or create their next music video. Think you have what it takes to create the best new font or new music video for the band? Then submit your ideas to info@dawnofashes.com and be sure to follow the details listed below. All contestants will have a chance to win a signed prop from the music video Transformation Within Fictional Mutation, which was produced by Robert Kurtzman’s (KNB EFX founder, special effects legend, director) PRECINCT 13, who also handled the special effects, with directing duties wielded by David H. Greathouse (special effects master, film director, and music video director behind Mushroomhead’s videos) . Please read below for more details and submit all ideas to:

Font details:

** The only letters that should be capitalized are the “D” in Dawn, the “O” in of, and the “A” in Ashes.

** The font must have an ancient / occult appearance, with a touch of “Horror” to it.

** Must be very detailed and unique.

Music video:

** Must relate to the title of the track.

** Must be off the album Genocide Chapters.

** Must fall under these categories: Dark, Morbid, Disturbing, Evil, Sacrilegious, and Horror.

The band will meticulously go through all entries and pick the winner themselves. The deadline for this contest ends by February 28 2011 so be sure to get your ideas in now!

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SIX FEET UNDER offer statement regarding recent lineup change – new album in the works!

February 1st, 2011
by EvilG
Chris Barnes - Six Feet Under

Chris Barnes - Six Feet Under

The king of Death Metal, CHRIS BARNES, has just released the following statement to SIX FEET UNDER fans in regard to the recent lineup changes in the band:

To the loyal fans of Six Feet Under –

Our long time friends and band mates, Terry Butler (bass) and Greg Gall (drums), have decided to move on and depart from SFU. Steve Swanson (guitar) and I are grateful for all the fun times we’ve shared together through the years, and wish them the best of luck in their musical endeavors.

Just to fill you all in, Steve and I are very excited about the future of the SFU. I have been working hard on writing the new SFU material for the past 4 months with a new writing partner. More updates on that later…

I will make this guarantee and promise to all the fans of Six Feet Under; the new lineup will be a DEATH METAL force to be dealt with, with the long awaited addition of a brutal as fuck drummer and riffs that will rip your face off, vocals ala 1993-1995…

Thank you all for your continued support and devotion, see you soon!

-Barnes

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TESSERACT Reveal “Nascent” Single Details; Post Indian Tour Footage Online

February 1st, 2011
by EvilG
TESSERACT "Nascent"

TESSERACT "Nascent"

TESSERACT has continued to make waves across the industry since releasing their incredible ‘Concealing Fate’ EP last year. First, the band won over audiences across North America with a highly acclaimed tour. Then they unleashed an impressive live studio video for “The Impossible – Concealing Fate Pt. III” ( http://met.al/gcs) . Now, TESSERACT is getting ready to release another taste of new music from the upcoming full length debut ‘One’ (out March 22nd). On February 4th-6th, TESSERACT will premiere their new single “Nascent” on Full Metal Jackie Radio with the track going up for sale on iTunes the following Tuesday, February 8th. The single will also contain the instrumental version of “Nascent” as well.

Check out the incredible single artwork to the right.

TESSERACT just returned from their 2nd trip to India this year where they played for thousands at Springfest. Check out the awesome footage from the trip here ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDCP-GLm9og). The band is also preparing to return stateside in support of ‘One’, recently announcing a mammoth tour alongside Protest the Hero and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. Check out the dates for the trek below.

‘One’ follows last year’s heralded ‘Concealing Fate’ EP and also includes a bonus DVD that features ‘Concealing Fate’ being performed live in the studio in a 5.1 mix and it is sure to blow fans’ minds! The DVD also features interviews and footage from the band’s recent US tour with Devin Townsend. Please contact josh@centurymedia.com for more info and press opportunities.

March 23 – Kingston, ON @ Stages

March 24 – Ottawa, ON @Capital Music Hall

March 25 – Montreal, PQ @ Le National

March 26 – Oshawa, ON @ The Green Bottle

March 27 – Barrie, ON @ The Mansion

March 29 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks

March 30 – Winnipeg, MB @ WECC

March 31 – Yorkton, SK @ Agri Pavillion

April 1 – Edmonton, AB @ Avenue

April 2 – Calgary, AB @ The Gate / SAIT

April 4 – Abbotsford, BC @ Abby Arts Centre

April 5 – Seattle, WA @ Corazon

April 6 – Portland, OR @ Branx

April 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

April 9 – San Diego, CA @ Soma Side Stage

April 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour

April 11 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

April 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theatre

April 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702

April 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon

April 16 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre

April 18 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Outside

April 19 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live

April 20 – Dallas, TX @ The Door

April 22 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

April 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Downstairs

April 24 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club

April 26 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

April 27 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

April 29 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

April 30 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

May 1 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs

May 3 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater

May 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

May 6 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy

May 7 – London, ON @ London Music Hall

May 8 – Chatham, ON @ Encore Bar

May 9 – Kitchener. ON @ Wax Nightclub

May 11- Hamilton, ON @ Studio Theatre

May 12 – St. Catharines, ON @ L3 Nightclub

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HOUR OF PENANCE sign to Prosthetic Records Band announces European tour with DEICIDE

February 1st, 2011
by EvilG

Prosthetic Records is pleased to announce the signing of Italian death metal leaders HOUR OF PENANCE to the label.

Forged in the dark shadows of “The Holy Capital”, this most unholy of quartets have steadily been making a name for themselves as one of the most intense, talented and impressive, both in the studio & live onstage, modern death metal bands around. And to hear the evidence, you just need to blast last year’s ‘Paradogma’ album on Unique Leader and you will know exactly what we mean.

Currently writing their Prosthetic debut , HOUR OF PENANCE will again spread their plague of destruction across the clubs and festivals of Europe as part of a major tour throughout June and July with DEICIDE, BELPHEGOR and THE AMENTA (See tour dates below).

In the meantime, HOUR OF PENANCE commented on the signing, “This is a very important opportunity for Hour of Penance and a big reward for almost 10 years of activity of this band. We’re very proud to be part of the Prosthetic records family and we’re eager to start working with such a great label. A new label, a new line up and of course a new album which is obviously in the works and will be recorded soon… expect a new HOUR OF PENANCE album this year and of course be prepared! We will tour as much as we can in 2011!”

Unleashing a likely tour de force in maniacal death metal brutality, a celebration of music in it’s darkest and most inhuman form and with a brand new worldwide signing to Prosthetic Records, HOUR OF PENANCE have ascended to an even greater height of precision and savagery. Every population has its cancer, every movement its enemies. Be the wolf amongst the flock. Embrace the barbarity!

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HOUR OF PENANCE on tour with DEICIDE, BELPHEGOR and THE AMENTA

June 23, 2011 – Rotterdam/Holland @ Baroeg
June 24, 2011 – Drachten/Holland @ Iduna
June 25, 2011 – London/UK @ London Deathfest at the Underworld
June 26, 2011 – Plymouth/UK @ The White Rabbit
June 27, 2011 – Liverpool/UK @ The Masque
June 28, 2011 – Nottingham/UK @ Rescue Rooms
June 29, 2011 – Namur/Belgium @ Cinex
June 30, 2011 – Lyon/France @ Ninkasi Kao
July 1, 2011 – Winterhur/Swiss @ Gaswerk
July 2, 2011 – Kassel/Germany @ Salzmann Factory
July 3, 2011 – Prague/Czech Rep. @ Exit Chmelnice
July 4, 2011 – Katowize/Poland @ Mega Club
July 5, 2011 – Poznan/Poland @ Eskulap Club or Blue Note tba
July 6, 2011 – Bremen/Germany @ Tivoli
July 7, 2011 – Koeln/Germany @ Essigfabrik
July 8, 2011 – Torgau/Germany @ In Flammen Festival

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Lamb of God’s Chris Adler and Mapex Drums Announce “A Throne with a View” Tour

February 1st, 2011
by EvilG

Lamb of God’s Chris Adler

Lamb of God’s Chris Adler

Lamb of God’s Chris Adler and Mapex Drums Announce “A Throne with a View” Tour

New Book Published
The Making of New American Gospel, Drum Tablature,
Short Stories and Reflections

Written by Chris Adler

New Website www.Chris-Adler.com is Live Now!

LAMB OF GOD’s CHRIS ADLER is pleased to announce his upcoming Mapex Drum tour, “A Throne with a View” which will take him through the country this winter, beginning February 28th and ending on March 16th, 2011. ADLER appeared at the prestigious Modern Drummer Festival in 2005 and performed a “Battle” clinic tour with his brother Willie Adler across Europe in 2008. “A Throne with a View” will be his first and only U.S. clinic tour in 2011.

ADLER’s limited appearances are different from many drum clinics. “My goal is to share my experiences on and off my drum kit through interaction with those in attendance. Of course, I will be playing and giving tips, but I will be far more focused on the story that got me where I am than the notion of impressing anyone,” comments ADLER. He adds, “I’ve found that most fans and young players want to know how I got to where I am, not the tech specs.”

See below for all current clinic tour dates, and watch an example of one of ADLER’s aforementioned drum clinics here. The tour is sponsored by MAPEX DRUMS, AQUARIAN, PRO MARK, GIBRALTAR, MEINL, and ZOOM (SAMSON).

On this tour, ADLER will be playing on Mapex’s newly released Black Panther “Blaster” drum set. Mapex introduced the Black Panther Drum Collection in January at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA and this will be the first opportunity for many fans to see and hear it. The Blaster kit features a unique maple and walnut shell design and is the first in a series of new drum sets based on Mapex’s popular series of Black Panther Snare Drums.

CHRIS ADLER MAPEX DRUM CLINIC TOUR DATES

2/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Backbeats Drum Shop

3/2 Bellevue, WA @ Donn Bennett Drum Studio

3/3 Fresno, CA @ Bentley’s Drum Shop

3/6 San Antonio, TX @ Jeff Ryder Drum Shop

3/7 Nashville, TN @ Forks Drum Closet

3/8 Kansas City, MO @ Explorers Percussion

3/9 Memphis, TN @ Memphis Drum Shop

3/10 Kenner, LA @ Ray Fransen Drum Shop

3/14 Plainview, NY @ Original Long Island Drum Center

3/15 Portland, ME @ Drum Shop

3/16 Hollywood, FL @ Resurrection Drums

CHRIS ADLER is also pleased to announce the release of a comprehensive behind the scenes narrative book, detailing the early days of the band through the writing and recording of the LAMB OF GOD album, New American Gospel. This is the first and only book chronicling the history of the making of this classic album. Known for not pulling any punches, ADLER tells the real story, warts and all.

Over 100 oversized pages personally written by CHRIS ADLER, the book also includes drum tablature, transcribed and verified by ADLER himself. Along with refreshingly accurate drum tabs per song, ADLER precedes each song on the album with pages of written detail on how and why New American Gospel came to be, and his view of how it worked, or didn’t, in the band’s live set. As many players know, many tablature books contain incorrect information due to publishers not verifying with the artists. By self-publishing, writing and transcribing, ADLER has made sure that the common mistakes do not exist. The tablatures are all transcribed and verified by master technician Travis Orbin (www.travis-orbin.com) and ADLER himself, and are designed to provide accurate insight into the drumming on the album as well as a convenient learning and teaching tool to teachers and drummers alike. The production of the book is completely self-financed, written (no ghost writers), and published by ADLER to have total product quality control.

The book is a must-have for any fans of LAMB OF GOD or ADLER’s drumming, as well as fans looking for ‘fly-on-the-wall’ access to how and why critical choices and decisions were made in the process of creating New American Gospel. Throughout the narrative, ADLER speaks frankly of his drumming, the successes, the failures, and obstacles that ultimately led to him contemplating leaving the band years ago. To purchase the book, head to this link, or www.chris-adler.com.

Fans should be sure to head to CHRIS ADLER’s brand new website, www.chris-adler.com, to catch up on first-hand information, endorsements, and appearances. The site also includes a small store of exclusive items used by ADLER and special giveaways throughout the year.

For more information on the tour, the book, and more, head to www.chris-adler.com and www.mapexdrums.com.

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