THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD Comment on Upcoming Tour

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Dates have been announced for “The Decibel Defiance 2010 Tour” this fall, which will see PROSTHETIC RECORDS’ THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD supporting the legendary SUFFOCATION, along with THE FACELESS, DECREPIT BIRTH and FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. The tour kicks off at the annual “Rock and Shock” Horror and Music Fest in Worcester, MA on October 15th, and concludes on November 13th, in Allentown, PA.

Guitarist Justin Longshore commented on the tour; “’The Decibel Defiance’ tour is a dream come true for any fan of extreme music. I must say we are extremely honored to share the stage with the almighty Suffocation and some of the best up and coming bands in death metal out there. This tour is a huge deal for Through The Eyes Of The Dead as Suffocation has been a big inspiration since the early days and continues to be a huge impact on our music. If the ‘Decibel Defiance’ tour is coming to your area, do not miss the best line up this fall!”

10/15-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (ROCK AND SHOCK)
10/16-New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/17-Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater
10/18-Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
10/19-Jonquiere, QC @ Place Nikitoutagan
10/20-Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/21-Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/22-Detroit, MI @ Harpos
10/23-Chicago, IL @ Clearwater Theatre
10/24-St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/25-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/27-Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/28-Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
10/29-Las Vegas, NV @ The Farm
10/30-Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
10/31-Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
11/01-Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse
11/02-Albuquerque, NM @ Fusion Factory
11/03-Amarillo, TX @ Club Khaos
11/04-Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
11/05-Austin, TX @ Emo’s
11/06-Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
11/08-Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
11/09-Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
11/10-Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
11/11-Philadelphia, PA @ Polaris
11/12-Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
11/13-Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD participated in a portion of this summer’s “Thrash and Burn Tour,” and has spent time on the road this year with OTEP, BURY YOUR DEAD, IMPENDING DOOM, and more, as well as appearing at New England Metal and Hardcore Fest in April. “Skepsis,” the band’s third proper full length, was released on February 2, 2010. The self-produced effort is the first TTEOTD release to feature new vocalist Danny Rodriguez, drummer Mike Ranne and guitarist Chris “Hank” Henckel.  The album was recorded at Geller Cellar Studios in New York and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall), and features cover art by Paul Romano (Mastodon, Trivium).

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September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

Norway’s renowned progressive/psychedelic black metal band ENSLAVED have launched a worldwide fan video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” off their new album, Axioma Ethica Odini, due out in North America on September 28th.

States guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson:

“We wanted to do something else for the album video this time around. The track ‘Ethica Odini’ opens the album and stood out as the choice for making a video.  Earlier, we have done videos more or less by ourselves (“Isa”), semi-professionally (“Path To Vanir,” “Essence”), and all-the-way-glossy-pro (“The Watcher”).  Now we are really curious to see what our listeners can conjure up out there: an entire new angle and blank sheets is always a good thing in the ENSLAVED universe!  This is a way to interact directly with our listeners, which feels very right – as we seem to have the most involved listeners in the first place.  We can’t begin to express the appreciation for the support we have been shown through the run-up to this release!  May the best director win!”

Interested fans can obtain details hereContest ends Thursday, September 30th.


  • Video will be uploaded to ENSLAVED’s YouTube channel and branded as an “official” video for “Ethica Odini.”
  • ENSLAVED will use the video in a live setting.
  • Winner will receive ALL VERSIONS of Axioma Ethica Odini, including the limited edition wooden box, autographed by the band.
  • Two guest list spots + a Meet & Greet session with ENSLAVED at a live concert nearest to the winner’s city of residence.
  • Band merchandise.
  • A special “thank you” video from ENSLAVED sent directly to the winner.


  • Video will be uploaded to ENSLAVED’s YouTube channel and branded as an “official” video for “Ethica Odini.”
  • A special “thank you” video from ENSLAVED sent directly to the winner..
  • Two guest list spots + a Meet & Greet session with ENSLAVED at a live concert nearest to the winner’s city of residence.
  • Band merchandise.


  • Video will be uploaded to ENSLAVED’s YouTube channel and branded as an “official” video for “Ethica Odini.”
  • A special “thank you” video from ENSLAVED sent directly to the winner..
  • Band merchandise.

Axioma Ethica Odini is the follow-up to 2008’s Vertebrae, which sold over 1,100 copies its first week of release in North America according to Nielsen SoundScan and debuted on the American Billboard Hard Music chart at #11 and on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #49Vertebrae also won Terrorizer Magazine’s coveted “Album of the Year” award for 2008.  In their native Norway, Vertebrae entered the official charts at #20 and earned  ENSLAVED their third consecutive Spellemann award (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy).

ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th.

View Metal Hammer’s video interview here with ENSLAVED guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson & bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson where they shed some insight on the album artwork by  Norwegian artist Truls Espedal.

Visit ENSLAVED online at,,,, and

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September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG


Indianapolis, Indiana’s THE CONTORTIONIST have just made changes to their upcoming fall touring season, so make sure to see below for any new shows or venue updates in your market! These dates are confirmed, and fans should refer to this list for correct dates! Please disregard all previously announced dates.

This fall, THE CONTORTIONIST will hit the road with WAR OF AGES, THE COLOR MORALE, THE GREAT COMMISSION, and LEGEND from October 8th through October 22nd, and will continue across the states with THE ACACIA STRAIN, TERROR, THE RED CHORD, and GAZA from October 29th through November 20th! See below for all current tour dates, and make sure to catch THE CONTORTIONIST ripping up a stage near you!

THE CONTORTIONIST’s brand new GOOD FIGHT MUSIC debut, Exoplanet, is in stores now! Catch THE CONTORTIONIST on the road this fall!


10/08 – Edinboro, PA @ The Hangout

10/09 – Kettering, OH @ The Attic

10/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys

10/11 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

10/12 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

10/13 – La Crosse, WI @ WAREHOUSE

10/14 – St Paul, MN @ Station 4

10/15 – South Bend, IN @ Church of The Heartland

10/16 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar

10/17 – Little Rock, AR @ The Village

10/19 – Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue

10/20 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G

10/21 – Lynchburg, VA @ Crosspoint Venue

10/22 – Fredericksburg, VA @ The Refuge


10/23 – Crofton, MD @ MACC

10/24 – Holyoke, MA @ Water Front Tavern

10/25 – Manchester, NH @ Rocko’s

10/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Europa

10/27 – Vineland, NJ @ Hangar 84

10/28 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock


10/29 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
10/30 – Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s
10/31 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
11/1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
11/2 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
11/3 – Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
11/4 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
11/5 – Jacksonville, FL @ Rain (Plush Complex)
11/6 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Ground Control
11/7 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
11/8 – Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theatre

11/9 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
11/10 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
11/11– Louisville, KY@ Headliners
11/12 – Milwaukee, WI @The Rave (Basement)
11/13 – Toledo, OH @ Headliner’s
11/14 – Windsor, ON @ Blind Dog
11/15 – London, ON @ Music Hall
11/16 – Longeueil, QC @ Salle Kekpart
11/17 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
11/18 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
11/19 – Poughkeepsie, NY @The Chance
11/20 – Holyoke, MA @The Waterfront Tavern – A Benefit for Liberty Skrypek
For more information on THE CONTORTIONIST be sure to visit:

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DAATH Exclusive Track Debut; Post New Webisode Online

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Extreme metal at its very best, plain and simple, is what the Atlanta based quintet DAATH delivers. The group’s highly anticipated third full-length release is going to be self-titled and is set for an Oct. 26th North American release. The disc is a face melting masterpiece that was co-produced by the renowned Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devildriver) and Eyal Levi (guitars). Check out the exclusive debut on MetalSucks of the blistering new track, “Destruction Restoration,” now at the link below.

Sean Z. (vocals) states: “This song is about reinventing yourself, like we’ve done with our sound. Destruction and manipulation allow poisons to seep in easily. Listen to it once, clear your head and listen again.”

“This album will definitely be the most real thing this band has put out to date. It’s on a level everyone can relate to. The lyrics have taken a brand new direction and the music compliments the insanity creating a fucking masterpiece of a way different kind.”

Metal Mark from Skulls ‘N’ Bones recently spent some time in the studio with the band and compiled a video series documenting the recording process, so click on the link below now to check out the fifth installment featuring the synth tracking sessions.

Currently the group is more determined, energized and focused than ever before and is continuing to expand upon their unique, uncompromising and dynamic sound. For those previously uninitiated, feel free to head over to to see what they are all about.

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DIMMU BORGIR iPHONE APP! (Allows fans to call Satan directly?)

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
DIMMU BORGIR - Abrahadabra

DIMMU BORGIR - Abrahadabra

Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR proudly announce the launch of their first and FREE iPhone app.

View photos, watch videos, get access to sound samples from the new album ABRAHADABRA, share tweets, chat with other die-hards and more.  This app syncs up with your Facebook and Twitter accounts, so connect directly with DIMMU BORGIR to get the latest news, music and information.

This DIMMU BORGIR iPhone app is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.  It requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later and is available to fans in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Download the DIMMU BORGIR app here.

DIMMU BORGIR’s latest offering, ABRAHADABRA, will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.  The single “Gateways” is now available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page.

Fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg will be the opening acts on DIMMU BORGIR’s headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in Europe, which launches on September 21st in London.

View tour dates and visit DIMMU BORGIR online at,,, and

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September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG


Alternative Press is set to premiere a brand new song from Chicago deathcore heavyweights OCEANO.

The website of influential music magazine Alternative Press will be hosting the exclusive world premiere of the new track, “Precursor to Enslavement”, on Friday, September 3rd.  Be amongst the first to hear the crushing new track by heading to

“Precursor to Enslavement” is taken from OCEANO’s long-awaited new album, CONTAGION.  The follow-up to the band’s Billboard-charting 2009 debut, DEPTHS, CONTAGION features eleven brutal new tracks and is due to be released in North America on November 9th.  The album will be released in Europe on January 17th, 2011.

Catch OCEANO live on the run-up to the release of CONTAGION, as they head out on “The Corruptour” with WHITECHAPEL, IMPENDING DOOM, MISS MAY I and I DECLARE WAR:

Oct 01 – Macon, GA – The 567
Oct 02 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Oct 03 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
Oct 04 – Jacksonville, FL – Rain
Oct 05 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
Oct 06 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Oct 07 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 Tavern
Oct 08 – Norfolk, VA – Norva
Oct 09 – Jermyn, PA – Eleanor Rigby’s
Oct 10 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Oct 12 – Boston, MA – Harper’s Ferry
Oct 13 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
Oct 14 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Oct 15 – Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
Oct 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Oct 17 – Elgin, IL – Mad Maggies
Oct 19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Oct 20 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
Oct 21 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Oct 22 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Oct 23 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown

View the Corruptour flyer at

CONTAGION is available to pre-order now in North America, along with t-shirt and hoodie combo packs.  Pre-order the album and get DEPTHS at

Get DEPTHS in Europe at

For more OCEANO news and info, head to or join the band on Facebook at

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September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG


Singapore grindcore trio WORMROT have regretfully had to delay the start of their US tour by a few days.

The band, which was due to perform with labelmates ORDER OF ENNEAD at Santos Party House in New York City on September 2nd, have been forced to postpone the start of the “Abusing US” tour due to visa delays.  WORMROT will now be arriving in the USA on September 4th and will be kicking off the tour on September 6th in Cleveland, Ohio.  The band apologizes to their fans, but will be rescheduling the New York show for a new date towards the end of the tour.

WORMROT frontman ARIF ROT comments:

“I’m off to the airport this Friday night to catch our early as fuck flight to the States the next day.  Everything has been prepared and we are pumped as fuck to start abusing the USA.  LET’S FUCKING GO!”

Catch WORMROT live on their first ever US tour at the following shows:

Sep 06 – Cleveland, Ohio – Now That’s Class
Sep 07 – Valparaiso, Indiana – Gauchos
Sep 08 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 31st Street Pub
Sep 09 – Lansing, Michigan – Macs
Sep 10 – Mishawaka, Indian – Wander Inn
Sep 11 – Indianapolis, Indiana – The Dojo
Sep 12 – St. Louis, Missouri – Fubar
Sep 13 – Des Moines, Iowa – Vaudeville Mews
Sep 14 – Denver, Colorado – Blast-O-Mat
Sep 15 – Albuquerque, New Mexico – Andres Underground
Sep 16 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The Conservatory
Sep 17 – San Antonio, Texas – 1011
Sep 18 – Dallas, Texas – Phoenix Project
Sep 19 – Houston, Texas – Vanguard Warehouse
Sep 20 – New Orleans, Louisiana – 86’d Productions
Sep 21 – Tallahassee, Florida – Big Daddy’s
Sep 22 – Tampa, Florida – Brass Mug
Sep 23 – Miami, Florida – Churchill’s Pub
Sep 24 – Gainsville, Florida – The Atlantic
Sep 25 – Atlanta, Georgia – Eyedrum
Sep 26 – Chatanooga, Tennessee – Ziggy’s
Sep 27 – Lexington, Kentucky – Cosmic Charlie’s
Sep 29 – Richmond, Virginia – The Triple
Sep 30 – Silver Spring, Maryland – Corpse Fortress
Oct 01 – Wilmington, Delaware – Mojo 13
Oct 02 – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – The Hardbean Cafe
Oct 04 – Hartford, Connecticut – The Whitney House

Get a taste of the ferocity of a live WORMROT show by watching a video from the band’s performance in Torello, Spain on their recent European tour at

WORMROT’s debut album, ABUSE, is available now worldwide featuring 23 tracks of pure grindcore, plus a bonus disc with an additional 34 tracks of demos, EPs and splits.  Get the album now in North America at or in Europe at

Keep up-to-date with all WORMROT news and info at:
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IPSISSIMUS signs worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

East coast based black metalers Ipsissimus to enter the studio to record debut full-length album

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of New Haven, CT black metal band IPSISSIMUS. The band inked a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records and will be entering Sonic Environments studio in Bloomfield, CT to record their first full-length album and Metal Blade debut. Longtime friend of His Emissary, Jeff Weed, is not only the owner of Sonic Environments studio but has also stepped in as the band’s “sonic alchemist” (aka engineer/producer). IPSISSIMUS began recording in June 2010 and are taking a short break before returning to Sonic Environments studio in early September to finish the record. Their feature full-length will include the band’s EP Three Secrets of Fatima along with three new songs.

IPSISSIMUS drummer Haimatokharmes comments; “Metal Blade is a label that has been home to artists brutal, technical, filthy, blasting, wildly successful, and, most importantly, unique. Ipsissimus is very proud to join this family, and looks forward to adoring the Goat with them by producing ritual black metal that is truly ipsissima!”

“A 3 piece black metal symphony that is at the forefront of the American Black Metal movement… IPSISSIMUS is technical yet punishing, perfect for Metal Blade Records and fans of our brand of metal,” adds Michael Faley, President of Metal Blade Records.

IPSISSIMUS has a handful of upcoming one-off shows that sees the band sharing the stage with the likes of The Absence, Skeletonwitch, Withered, Landmine Marathon, Unearthly Trance, Black Pyramid, Suma, and more. See dates below.

Sept 28th is the Black Anvil CD release at the Studio @ Webster Hall in NYC with The Absence

Sept 30th is “Metal Thursday CV” @ Ralph’s Chadwick Square Rock Diner in Worcester with Unearthly Trance, Suma (from Sweden) and Black Pyramid

Oct 21st, “Born of Fire” presents Ipsissimus and Nachzehrer along with a screening of the cult classic “Alucarda” @ O’Brien’s in Allston, MA

October 30th @ Club Oasis in Worcester with Scaphism, Despoilment, Wreckoning, Sarcomancy and Deconformity

November 28th @ Lilly’s Pad (Toad’s Place upstairs) in New Haven with Skeletonwitch, Withered and Landmine Marathon


Tichondrius: Bass / Vocals

Haimatokharmes: Drums

His Emissary: Guitar

About the band:

IPSISSIMUS was founded when His Emissary (guitars) and Haimatokharmes (drums) met by providence on 6/6/06 in New Haven, CT, and found in one another worthy vessels of channeling the occult philosophies into ritual Black Metal. In November of that year, Tichondrius (bass/vocals) completed the trinity. Within a month they were playing concerts and released the demo Trampling the Host, a potent exercise in raw, blasting Black Metal. Over the following years, they established a reputation across New England for technical yet raw live performances, sharing the stage with both local and established Black Metal groups, such as Nachtmystium, Enslaved, Dark Funeral, Krallice, and Watain. In February 2008, IPSISSIMUS independently released the Three Secrets of Fatima EP, a complex and melodic triptych that thrust them to the forefront of the burgeoning American Black Metal scene. In June, IPSISSIMUS played the Three Secrets of Fatima EP start to finish to a very enthusiastic crowd when the band opened up for legendary EYEHATEGOD and Nachtmystium. Matching their music to orations of black piety that draw from esoteric traditions antique and modern, often composed in the dead tongues of the ancients themselves, IPSISSIMUS initiates the listener to a Left-Hand Gnosis with a unique and irrefutable statement of American Black Metal.

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DESULTORY: Counting Our Scars Final Track Listing Revealed

September 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Reactivated legendary Swedish death metallers DESULTORY recently completed work on their long-anticipated upcoming new album, Counting Our Scars. The full-length — their first since 1996’s Swallow The Snake — was recorded, mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Unanimated, Deströyer 666 etc) in Alvik, Sweden.  

Counting Our Scars Final Track Listing:

1. In A Cage
2. Counting Our Scars
3. Ready To Bleed
4. This Broken Halo
5. The Moment Is Gone
6. Uneven Numbers
7. Dead Ends
8. Leeching Life
9. A Crippling Heritage

Counting Our Scars will be released via Pulverised Records later this year. Official street date TBA.


Klas Morberg – Vocals, Guitars
Håkan Morberg – Guitars
Johan Bolin – Bass
Thomas Johnson – Drums

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The remastered edition of “Witchcraft” by Stormwitch to be released in October

September 2nd, 2010
by EvilG
The remastered edition of "Witchcraft" by Stormwitch to be released in October

The remastered edition of "Witchcraft" by Stormwitch to be released in October 2010

Stormwitch are next to Helloween the biggest German heavy metal legend ever to walk this planet. Their career started in the 80’s with a string of successful albums and lasted until 1994, when the group disbanded due to personal differences. Fortunately, Stormwitch returned in 2002 with a new line-up and a new album, “Dance with the Witches”. Two years later the band released “Witchcraft” – one of their finest works yet. Metal Mind Productions presents the exclusive reissue of “Witchcraft” which brings the ultimate version of a true heavy metal masterpiece…

The group was originally formed in 1979 in Heidenheim, Baden Württemberg, Germany by vocalist Andy Mück and guitarists Harald Spencer (aka Lee Tarot) and Stefan Kaufmann (Steve Merchant). Bassist Ronny “Pearson” Gleisberg and drummer Peter “Lancer” Langer joined the band in 1983. The band officially debuted in 1984 on the “1. Rock-Fabrik Festival ‘84” live compilation album (where they played along Restless, Tyran’s Pace and Cacumen). In the same year Stormwitch managed to release their stellar debut LP – “Walpurgis Night” – which became an instant success and gathered great opinions from both critics and fans. The following years brought more great albums, all considered today as metal classics: “Tales of Terror” (1985), “Stronger Than Heaven” (1986), “The Beauty and the Beast” (1987) and “Eye of the Storm” (1989). The 1990’s brought some significant line-up changes, as both original guitarists decided to quit the band. The group carried on with new musicians and recorded two more LPs – “War of the Wizards” (1992) and “Shogun” (1994) – until finally disbanding by the end of 1994.

Even though Stormwitch officially ceased to exist, their name was still present on the metal scene. Cover versions of their songs were included on albums by White Skull (“Tears by the Firelight” from “The Beauty and the Beast”) and Hammerfall (“Ravenlord” from “Stronger Than Heaven”), and a compilation album of Stormwitch’s best songs from their first three LPs was released in 1998, bearing the title “Priest of Evil”. In 2002 Andy Mück decided to reform the band after he wrote the song “Dance with the Witches” for a faithful fan. Stormwitch officially returned to the metal world on August 5th with the release of their eighth album which was named after the track that brought the group back to life – “Dance with the Witches”. In November 2004 Stormwitch released their ninth LP entitled “Witchcraft”. The album delivered twelve amazing tracks capturing all the best elements of heavy metal, power metal and even hard rock. “Witchcraft” offered a lot of diversity, introducing some faster, almost speed-metal tracks like “Puppets in a Play” and “At the Break of this Day”, straight-forward rockers such as “Frankenstein’s Brothers” and “Kiss of Death”, and even an impressive power metal ballad – “Sleeping Beauty”. Two songs on the album (“Moonfleet” and “Fallen From God”) featured additional female vocals, which only strengthened the gloomy, disturbing atmosphere of the LP. The mood was also built by the lyrics, which mixed gothic horror stories with sinister love tales and even some religious themes (like in the opener “Sinister Child” which portrays the birth of Jesus) and, of course – witches! This is an absolute must-have for all fans of true, powerful heavy metal!

The new digipak edition of “Witchcraft” includes a bonus track and is limited to 2000 copies. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. The release date is set up for 11th October in Europe and 7th December in USA (via MVD).


“Witchcraft” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1398 DG

Barcode: 5907785036352

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: Heavy metal

Release date: 11.10.2010 Europe / 07.12.2010 USA


1. The Sinister Child

2. At the Break of This Day

3. Fallen from God

4. Frankenstein’s Brothers

5. Until the War Will End

6. Witchcraft

7. Sleeping Beauty

8. Puppet in A Play

9. The Kiss of Death

10. Moonfleet

11. Salome

12. The Drinking Song

Bonus track:

13. Blood Lies in My Hand

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September 2nd, 2010
by EvilG
EXODUS - GARY HOLT Live Photo by DirtJunior

EXODUS - GARY HOLT Live Photo by DirtJunior

In a recent interview with Jay Nanda of the San Antonio Examiner, EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt discussed being in EXODUS for 28 years, the band’s 1989 cover version of War’s “Lowrider” on the Fabulous Disaster album, and an idea for a questionably profitable souvenir from the band’s upcoming participation on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise.

Read the entire interview here.

EXODUS are currently on their headlining “March Of Brutality Tour” with Malevolent Creation, Holy Grail, and Bonded By Blood.  Remaining tour dates are:

09/02/10  Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY

09/03/10  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

09/04/10  The Social – Orlando, FL

09/05/10  Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

09/07/10  The Door – Dallas, TX

09/08/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

09/10/10  The Rock – Tucson, AZ

09/11/10  The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA

09/12/10  The Avalon – Santa Clara, CA

09/13/10  New Oasis – Sparks, NV is currently hosting an exclusive online contest to win an autographed EXODUS ESP Viper-200FM guitar.

EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, hit #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock radio chart and debuted at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #43 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, #19 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, and #12 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart.

Visit EXODUS online at,,, and

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VALDUR: New Track From Blackened Death Horde Available

September 2nd, 2010
by EvilG

California blackened death horde VALDUR unleashed their long-awaited new full-length Raven God Amongst Us upon unsuspecting masses earlier this summer. Featuring nine tracks of sonic decay, the self-financed long player was recorded at Trench Studios and released via drummer Sxuperion’s own BloodyMountain Records.

Check out “Berserrker,” taken from Raven God Amongst Us, at Stereogum here:

“Berserrker” is also available in wax form via the “Demon Wisdom”/”Berserrker” 7″ on Satan’s Might/Cult Of The Horns and the three-way split with Killgasm and Shitestrom, Burning Your Churches To Ash, Fucking Your God Up Her Ass on ChristHammer.

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KATAKLYSM: “Heaven’s Venom” Chart Positions Revealed

September 2nd, 2010
by EvilG

KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

Heaven’s Venom, the new album from Montreal based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM, sold around 2,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 7 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart and #196 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, making it the bands highest charting album and their biggest first week sales to date. Heatseekers lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

“On behalf of KATAKLYSM thank you for buying the album and keeping the support strong,” commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono. “We are close to  two decades now since we started this band and now we are charting our highest positions ever, and in the US finally as well! Again, a sincere thank you!”

KATAKLYSM Heaven’s Venom Chart Positions:




USA # 196

Heaven’s Venom was released on August 13th in Europe and August 24th in North America. The follow-up to 2008’s Prevail, was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F  Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, DARK TRANQUILLITY).

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TesseracT Announce The Concealing Fate EP Details; Prepare For Devin Townsend North American Tour

September 2nd, 2010
by EvilG

Progressive Metal act TesseracT will release their Concealing Fate EP on Oct. 12th. This EP will be available online with a limited edition digipack sold exclusively at CM Distro. Pre-order packages are available now at the link below. The band’s much anticipated debut full- length, One, will be released early 2011 and will feature the songs from Concealing Fate along with 5 additional tracks plus some soon to be announced bonus features.

Preorder Concealing Fate here:–PRE-ORDER-/35644
TesseracT states: “Deciding to put out just the Concealing Fate EP was a bitter pill to swallow, but we soon saw it as the only logical thing to do given the circumstances. The upside is, that this is allowing us make the album really special, and gives us the time to add some extra content. The EP will be special, too. Not only is it a limited edition, but it will come with a new shirt as well. We’re looking forward to seeing you all out on the road in the U.S. and on our UK warm up gigs. We hope you guys can understand the situation we’re in, and really appreciate your patience and continued support.”

TesseracT will make their North American debut this fall as direct support to Devin Townsend, so be sure to either see below or visit to view their entire tour itinerary.

TesseracT are one of the most talked about bands among musicians and tech-heads, thanks to the quintet’s time signatures and musical complexity. TesseracT fully embraces their experimental, prog sensibility without excessive indulgence or pretentiousness, delivering atmospheric, metallic songs that stir strong emotions and evoke powerful mental images.

Devin Townsend w/TesseracT

October 08th Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
October 09th Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
October 10th Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
October 12th San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
October 14th Hollywood, CA – Key Club
October 15th San Diego, CA – Ramona Mainstage
October 16th Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon
October 26th Springfield, VA – Jaxx Nightclub
October 27th West Chester, PA – The Note
October 28th New York, NY – Blender Theater at The Gramercy
October 29th Worcester, MA – The Palladium Upstairs
October 30th Oneonta, NY – Oneonta Theatre
October 31st Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
November 2nd Montreal, QUE – Foufounes Electriques
November 3rd Toronto, ONT – The Mod Club
November 4th London, ONT – London Music Hall
November 5th Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder

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September 2nd, 2010
by EvilG

Vinyl maniacs rejoice! Heavy Artillery Records is proud to announce the launch of the new WAX MANIAX VINYL DEMO SERIES. Limited to only 200 numbered 12″ MLPs and 200 CDs, the series will feature demos and live tracks from the best up and coming metal bands and will be available exclusively at

The first installment in the series is the Spells of Speed MLP by Portland, OR heavy/speed metal merchants SPELLCASTER. Featuring three studio and two live tracks, this two-fisted heavy metal debut is packaged in a hand-screened jacket with a full color lyric insert. A must-have for fans of Jag Panzer, early Iron Maiden, Metal Church etc..

Wax Maniax Demo Series releases on deck:

SPELLCASTER Spells of Speed MLP (September 14th/ Pre-sale begins Friday September 3rd)

EXCRUCIATOR By the Gates of Flesh MLP (October 12th)

ENFORCER Live at Bang Your Head Festival (November 23rd)

Listen to SPELLCASTER at

For more info visit

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