Agony & Opium — the debut release from Olympia, Washington-based metal act CHRISTIAN MISTRESS — is streaming now in its entirety on Decibel Magazine’s website! Tune in now to check out these six tracks of thunderous, purely infectious, classic heavy metal: http://decibelmagazine.com/Content.aspx?ncid=387320.
Still a fairly brand new act, CHRISTIAN MISTRESS have created a massive stir in recent weeks, building up to and following the recent arrival of Agony & Opium, which was released on August 24th via Olympia’s 20 Buck Spin label. Jacking tons of fresh and unique energy into a classic style, the band are quickly becoming known internationally via incredible media and fan response to the album. CHRISTIAN MISTRESS are also preparing for their massive two-month North American venture alongside Thrones kicking off later this month, which will surely help catapult this band to even higher levels of appreciation from their new and soon-to-be new fans. Get ready! Promos of Agony & Opium as well as interviews with several members of CHRISTIAN MISTRESS are available now via phone and email.
CHRISTIAN MISTRESS and THRONES Tour 2010:
9/27/2010 Tube – Portland, OR w/ DJ Nate C
9/28/2010 Redroom – Boise, ID
9/29/2010 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Dwellers, Bees
9/30/2010 3 Kings Tavern – Denver, CO
10/1/2010 Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE
10/2/2010 Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN
10/3/2010 The Borg Ward – Milwaukee, WI
10/4/2010 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
10/6/2010 Southgate House – Newport, KY
10/7/2010 Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI
10/8/2010 The Shop – Toronto, ON
10/9/2010 Playhouse – Montreal, QC
10/10/2010 Geno’s – Portland, ME
10/11/2010 O’Brien’s – Boston, MA w/ Kintaan
10/12/2010 Machines With Magnets – Providence, RI w/ The Body, Kintaan
10/13/2010 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
10/14/2010 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Serpent Throne
10/15/2010 Golden West – Baltimore, MD
10/16/2010 The Triple – Richmond, VA
10/17/2010 The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
10/18/2010 Caledonia Lounge – Athens, GA
10/19/2010 529 – Atlanta, GA
10/20/2010 Hi-Tone Cafe – Memphis, TN
10/21/2010 Nightmare – Dallas, TX w/ Deadsea
10/22/2010 Red 7 – Austin, TX
10/23/2010 *TBA – San Antonio, TX
10/24/2010 *TBA – El Paso, TX
10/25/2010 Solar Culture – Tucson, AZ
10/26/2010 Spaceland – Los Angeles, CA
10/27/2010 Blue Lagoon – Santa Cruz, CA
10/28/2010 *TBA – Oakland, CA
10/29/2010 The Hemlock – San Francisco, CA
10/30/2010 Alibi – Arcata, CA
10/31/2010 Oak St Speakeasy – Eugene, OR
Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR have announced a series of live chats, with the first scheduled for today, Friday, September 10th.
ANNIHILATOR guitarist and mainman JEFF WATERS, along with ANNIHILATOR vocalist and guitarist DAVE PADDEN, will be appearing on the ANNIHILATOR forums to chat with the fans and answer questions.
The times for the chats are as follows:
Today – Friday, September 10th – 2pm Eastern Standard Time
Monday, September 13th – 2pm Eastern Standard Time
Wednesday, September 15th – 2pm Eastern Standard Time
Today – Friday, September 10th – 2:30pm Eastern Standard Time
Monday, September 13th – 2:30pm Eastern Standard Time
Wednesday, September 15th – 2:30pm Eastern Standard Time
To take part in the live chats, simply head to the ANNIHILATOR forums at http://j.mp/aPSDFM
ANNIHILATOR have announced a headlining European tour starting in October. Catch the band live at the following shows:
Oct. 05 – Paris, FRA – Divian Du Monde
Oct. 06 – Antwerp, BEL – Trix
Oct. 07 – Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik
Oct. 08 – Luxembourg, LUX – Den Atelier
Oct. 10 – Uden, NETH – Pul
Oct. 11 – Frankfurt, GER – Batchkapp
Oct. 12 – Cologne, GER – Stollwerk
Oct. 14 – Berlin, GER – C-Club
Oct. 15 – Hamburg, GER – Knust
Oct. 16 – Copenhagen, DEN – The Rock
Oct. 18 – Oslo, NOR – John Dee
Oct. 19 – Gothenburg, SWE – Sticky Fingers
Oct. 20 – Stockholm, SWE – Klubben
Oct. 22 – Helsinki, FIN – Tavastia
Oct. 23 – Tallinn, EST – Tapper Club
Oct. 24 – Vilnius, LIT – New York
Oct. 26 – Warsaw, POL – Progresja
Oct. 27 – Krakow, POL – Loch Ness
Oct. 28 – Prague, CZR – Retro Music Hall
Oct. 30 – Wörgl, AUT – Komma
Nov. 01 – Pratteln, SWI – Z7
Nov. 02 – Nuremberg, GER – Hirsch
Nov. 03 – Milan, ITA – Live Club
Nov. 05 – Barcelona, SPA – Mephisto
Nov. 06 – Madrid, SPA – Sala Live
Nov. 07 – Bilbao, SPA – Kafe Antzoki
Nov. 10 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Nov. 11 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Nov. 13 – Newcastle, UK – Legends
Nov. 14 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Nov. 15 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Nov. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Nov. 18 – Bristol, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 19 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 20 – London, UK – Islington Academy
Get tickets to see ANNIHILATOR on their European tour from TicketMaster at http://j.mp/agadFc
ANNIHILATOR’s CARNIVAL DIABLOS and CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW albums have been reissued and are available in Europe now with bonus material, along with the band’s new self-titled album. Get these now and pre-order WAKING THE FURY at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_749
Today,legendary black/death band IMPIETY reveal the title for their seventh full-length album: Worshippers of the Seventh Tyranny. Following from last year’s critically acclaimed Terroreign, the highly anticipated Worshippers of the Seventh Tyranny is currently being recorded in utter depravation and Satanic violence at Music City Studios in Treviso, Italy. The album will have seven blasphemies with a running time close to 40 minutes.
The Barbarian Black Horde IMPIETY now comprises founder Shyaithan (bass, vomit) in command with guitarists Guh Lu and Eskathon and prevailing drummer Andrea Janko. The band rehearsed in early August in the city of Trieste, Italy and commenced recording at Music City, Treviso on August 24th. The recording, mix and mastering will be completed in another 7-8 days, and the band is looking forward to getting this heavy-as-fuck masterpiece unleashed by Agonia Records early next year. More news in the coming weeks ahead. For more info, consult www.mightyimpiety.com and www.myspace.com/impietyofficial. Salve Sathanas Exelsi – Mighty IMPIETY in Satanic Victory!WWW.AGONIARECORDS.COM
Richmond, VA’s own MUNICIPAL WASTE will never tire of being out on the road. Between big festivals like Best Friends Day & Fun Fun Fun Fest, smaller club shows and the European tour they will embark upon in December, the band find themselves as busy as they’ve ever been. Frontman, Tony Foresta has chimed in, letting fans know about all of the band’s latest exploits:
“Greetings from Richmond! A lot of people have been asking what’s been going on with the Waste lately and here is a quick update.
Our summer at home is starting to come to an end and for a great summer ender our Best Friends Day gig was outstanding and probably was my favorite shows of the year. It was so much fun playing such a rowdy and energetic show in our hometown with so many amazing people and bands. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported it.
We are really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things after having the majority of the summer off (which we haven’t had in years). You can see our video for “Acid Sentence” on youtube, myspace and the familiar places. It was produced by the great people at Fangoria. We have some really cool gigs coming up in the near future starting with us Headlining the Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze Fest in Oakland California on OCT 9th with our good friends Ghoul, Direct Control and Vitamin X and tons more. We haven’t been out west in a long time and we are not sure when we will make it back so DONT MISS IT! Then back on the East Coast on Halloween weekend we are heading down to The Fest in Gainesville Florida. Halloween gigs are really special for us because we always dress up for the occasion and our costumes are usually pretty offensive/ridiculous and this year should be no exception. You have been warned.
After The Fest the Waste will hook up for a weeks worth of shows with none other than High on Fire and Kylesa (Suicidal Tendencies will be on a few of these gigs as well!). Those shows will be leading to the mighty Fun Fun Fun fest in Austin Texas which features one of the most over the top lineups I’ve seen in a while (Mastadon, Gwar, Suicidal, Devo, Floor, Weird Al and a ton more!). Then in December, we are headed back to Europe for a bunch of shows and see are amazing European fans!!!!
We are really looking forward to all these amazing gigs and have more good stuff in the works so just keep checking our myspace for updates. I swear one day we will actually have a website! (burp) Once again thanks for all the support over the years and see you in the mosh!”
Catch MUNICIPAL WASTE on the following dates:
Sept 29 – Great Scott – Boston, MA
Sept 30 – Club Soda – Montreal, Canada
Oct 1 – Noerthern Lights – Clifton Park, NY
Oct 8 – Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze Fest – Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
Oct 29 – The Fest – The Venue – Gainesville, FL
Nov 5 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Waterloo Park – Austin, TX
Nov 9 – The End – Nashville, TN
Nov 10 – V CLub – Huntington, WV
Taken from the band’s most recent album, MASSIVE AGGRESSIVE, the new music video for “Acid Sentence” centers around a serial killer who bathes his victims in acid. Shot in the style of a classic black and white horror film, video offers all of the aggression and fierce gore that fans have come to love about MUNICIPAL WASTE and FANGORIA.
“Acid Sentence” was directed by David McKendry. To give the fans an extra dose of terrifying bloody gore, David also recruited the effects talents at Dapper Cadaver, whose fine gore craftsmanship has graced TV shows like BONES and DEXTER. All of their hard effort has paid off in a video that stands alone as a pure piece of memorable horror.
German heavy metal legends HELLOWEEN are set to release their 13th studio album, 7 Sinners, on November 9th in North America via The End Records.
If there is a golden thread throughout the more than 25 years of Helloween’s history, 13 studio albums, countless headliner tours around the globe and more than 5 million records sold, then it is their special kind of attitude: don’t take yourself too seriously and simply live statements like: “just have fun with the shit you’re doing.” Maybe it is exactly this easiness that allows Helloween to be one of the most constant bands of the genre while simultaneously being the one band who dares to experiment more than their musical peers. While some copycats would rather stick with the same old patterns, Andi Deris, Michael Weikath, Sascha Gerstner, Markus Großkopf and Dani Löble aren’t afraid of taking risks – and are rightfully rewarded with success.
7 Sinners is definitively one of the fastest and hardest albums in the Helloween’s history and it bursts with vitality. That might partly be due to the versatility of the various songwriters within the band, who over time have become so homogenous, that the 13 songs formed a unity on their own in the studio , but it may also be due to the fact that the album was recorded completely without a click track, which, considering the extreme speed of the songs is an impressive feat. Especially drummer Löble, who proves that his technique is at a world-class-level. Following his excellent inner clock, bass and drums drive tracks like ‘Are You Metal?’, ‘Long Live The King’ and ‘Who Is Mr. Madman?’ to dizzying tempos. 7 Sinners with its typically strong melodies and the tangible joy of playing, is a true metal album whose range reaches astonishing dimensions.
It has become a cliche for metal band’s to tout their newest opus as their “fastest” or “heaviest” album ever made, but in Helloween’s case, 7 Sinners is truly a return to form and is indeed their fastest and heaviest release in years. Helloween bass player Markus Grosskopf stated about the band’s new material: “For all those out there who found our special best-of [CD] Unarmed to be too smooth and calm, I have great news: The new album will hit you right in the face! It’s gonna be very heavy and contain all [the classic] Helloween trademarks! Some songs are very powerful and hymnic, others contain the fastest bass-drum patterns our drummer Dani [Löble] ever played, and this means a lot!” 7 Sinners track-listing:
Disbelief is known for being one of the most significant members of the German metal scene. Their bold combination of death metal, thrash, hardcore and psychedelic sounds brought them a faithful fan base and proved that there’s still room for innovators in heavy music. And now Metal Mind Productions presents the exclusive reissues of two of the most prominent works by Disbelief – “Infected” and “66Sick” – which deliver a powerful dose of pure metal annihilation.
The band was formed in 1990 by Karsten “Jagger” Jäger (vocals), Oliver Lenz (guitar) and Markus Gnap (drums). After adding guitarist/bassist Denis Musiol to the fold, the group released their first demo in 1992. The following years brought two more demos and a promo tape, which eventually caught the attention of Grind Syndicate Media. With a new line-up, consisting of Jagger, Lenz and three new members – Tommy Fritsch (guitar), Jochen Trunk (bass) and Kai Bergerin (drums), Disbelief released their debut self-titled album in May 1997. Thanks to brilliant guitar work, intense drumming and Jagger’s harsh and powerful vocals, the LP instantly became a great success and the band grew strong on the international scene, gaining numerous positive reviews from all over the globe. “Infected” (1998), their sophomore offering, brought an even more intense material, with a crisp production courtesy of Andy Classen (ex-guitarist of Holy Moses and producer of albums by such acclaimed artists as Tankard, Graveworm, Krisiun and Belphegor). After their second LP was out, Disbelief went on tour, playing alongside Six Feet Under and Bolt Thrower. Once the touring was done, they moved to and after replacing Fritsch with Jan-Dirk Löffler, began working on a follow-up. “Worst Enemy” was released in April 2001 by Massacre Records, again proving the band’s impressive talent. In the following years Disbelief recorded two more albums – “Shine” (2002) and “Spreading the Rage” (2003) – before signing to Nuclear Blast. The first effect of this collaboration was “66Sick”, released in 2005. The album, produced by the acclaimed Tue Madsens (The Haunted, Born From Pain, Moonspell, Dark Tranquility), was a natural continuation of Disbelief’s dense and claustrophobic style. The bonus tracks for this album are all brilliant cover versions of highly acclaimed acts – Slayer (“Spill the Blood”), Scorpions (“Coast to Coast”), Accept (“Dogs on Leads”) and Iron Maiden (“Stranger in a Strange Land”). After “66Sick” Disbelief moved back to Massacre Records, where they released three more albums – “Navigator” (2007), “Protected Hell” (2009) and “Heal” (2010), celebrating the group’s 20th anniversary.
“Infected” and “66Sick” showcase a different time for the band but the same intensity and power. These exclusive re-releases bring back true classics of heavy music, brutal and uncompromising in every way. Both albums will be available in new digipak editions, each limited to 2000 copies. The material was remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Re-issue of “66Sick” includes 6 bonus tracks. Metal Mind Productions set up the release date for 11th October in Europe and 7th December in USA (via MVD).
Disbelief: “Infected” (remastered)
Disbelief - Infected
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1401 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: Death metal
Release date: 11.10.2010 Europe / 07.12.2010 USA
4. Fetish’ 97
8. Without a Kiss
Disbelief: “66 Sick” (remastered + bonus tracks)
Disbelief - 66-Sick
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1400 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Metalodic is really proud to announce the signing of Instanzia. Power Metal band from CANADA.
Instanzia is a new band from Canada, some fresh metal blood from Montreal, Québec. Formed between 2004 and 2008, they are in the vein of the best European progressive-power metal bands like Secret Sphere, Vision Divine and Pagan’s Mind but with a personal touch and original voice. Along with original lyrics that lie deep in the thoughts of its singer-guitarist, they are ready to conquer the world of music with passion. Recorded between 2008 and 2010, their debut album ”Ghosts” was produced by Alexis Woodbury and Francis Gagné, mastered by Peter In de Betou (Dragonland, Steel Attack, Firewind, Meshuggah and a lot more) and has an artwork painted by none other than Jean-Pascal Fournier (Edguy, Avantasia, Dragonforce and more). It contains mostly fast stuff with melodic riffs and themes, orchestrations and big catchy choruses that sure will please fans of bands like Edguy, Power Quest, Secret Sphere and more! They’ve had the participation of Hibria’s guitarist Diego Kasper who contributed a solo on the last piece of the album, three guest singers singing choirs on every chorus and Mathieu Fiset who helped with keyboard arrangements and also contributed two solos. In the end, ”Ghosts” is a very ambitious debut album!
Check out the brand new webisode from Montreal based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM below! The clip features the band answering questions by fans, playing live in front of 15,000 people at Heavy Montreal festival, playing Ozzfest, Maurizio`s birthday and much, much more!
LONG ISLAND, NY’S MISERY ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCE AT THE 2010 SKATEBOARD MARKETING & NOVA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP CMJ SHOWCASE
SHOWCASE BEGINS AT 5:30PM ON OCTOBER 21ST AT THE BOWERY POETRY CLUB IN NEW YORK CITY
MISERY’S UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH, ‘EVIL IS CROWNED’, SLATED FOR RELEASE IN JANUARY 2011
Long Island, NY’s MISERY is pleased to announce their upcoming home state performance at the 2010 Skateboard Marketing & Nova Entertainment Group CMJ Music Marathon showcase! The showcase will take place on October 21st, 2010 at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. The showcase begins at 5:30pm.
MISERY recently wrapped up recording on their gripping, in your face, highly anticipated full length release, Evil is Crowned. The album was recorded at Systems 2 Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY and was mastered at Manhattan’s world-famous Sterling Sound. Production credits on Evil is Crowned go to Joey Z from fellow heavy-hitting New York metal band, Life of Agony. The album is scheduled to be released January 2011 via Super Metal Records, and the title track, ‘Evil is Crowned’ is scheduled to debut on Sirius XM Liquid Metal in the coming months. Currently, two other tracks from Evil is Crowned are spinning on Sirius-XM’s Liquid Metal and have been receiving rave reviews throughout the metal community.
See below for the Evil is Crowned tracklisting:
Evil Is Crowned
I Hate Your Face
Break the Silence
The Hurt Spell
Hangover in Harlem
Mind your Business
Live Fast Die Slow
Head Like A Hole (Nine Inch Nails Cover)
Formed in the early 90’s, MISERY are known for their powerfully aggressive sound, often being compared to the likes of Pantera and Metallica with an eerie Black Sabbath undertone. MISERY are also recognized for their rigorous touring schedule, including support for large acts such as Napalm Death, Buckcherry and Testament. After hearing MISERY’s 2008 full length release, Fifteen Years of Aggression, producer Joey Z took such a liking to the band that he asked MISERY to support Life of Agony on their Winter 2009 tour. Playing with such an eclectic mix of bands has helped to expose MISERY to a world of new fans! In 2009, MISERY reached the #12 position on the FMQB Metal Radio charts, and currently can be heard on cable music outlets such as Music Choice and DMX.
MISERY is currently touring with metal greats DEVILDRIVER, and fellow supporting acts KITTIE and KATAKLYSM. See below for all current tour dates, and make sure to head to the MISERY MySpace now to learn more about the tour!
DAWN OF ASHES set to hit the road with Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, and Blood Red Throne this November
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – September 09, 2010 – Extreme horror metal act DAWN OF ASHES will be hitting the road this November with Norway’s infamous symphonic black metalers Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, and Blood Red Throne on a 32-date run across North America. The “Darkness Reborn Tour” kicks off on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and finishes up on Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Canada. Advanced tickets will go on sale online on Wednesday, September 15th.
The vile creatures that make up DAWN OF ASHES comment on hitting the road this fall in support of GENOCIDE CHAPTERS; “We are ready to contaminate the blood of the mortals… be prepared!”
Be sure to catch this unholy quartet live as they decimate the masses with a new form of dark, heavy and demonically devastating music sure to strike fear into the hearts of the bravest of men and bring the weakest to their knees.
Confirmed tour dates are:
11/05/10 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/06/10 Northern Lights – Albany, NY
11/07/10 Recher Theater – Towson, MD
11/08/10 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
11/10/10 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/12/10 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
11/13/10 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
11/14/10 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
11/15/10 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/16/10 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/18/10 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
11/19/10 Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH have issued the fourth video in a series of album trailers for the bands highly anticipated new album The Epigenesis here:
The Epigenesis was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.
The artwork (attached) to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.
The Epigenesis will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
CALIFORNIA – San Francisco Bay Area gore legend, Autopsy, has launched a mini-site at: http://www.peaceville.com/autopsy/ in anticipation of their first EP of newly recorded tracks since officially reforming last year, titled, ‘The Tomb Within’. The new mini-site features audio samples of each of the EP’s five gut-wrenching tracks, as well as an in studio video trailer for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the forthcoming musical bloodbath, to be released on October 5th on Peaceville Records.
‘The Tomb Within’ EP was recorded in mid-July 2010 at Fantasy Studios with Adam Munoz, and unites the original trio of Chris Reifert, Danny Coralles, and Eric Cutler, joined on bass by Joe Trevisano (ex-Abscess). It is the band’s first album of newly recorded tracks in over a decade. Cover art is supplied by renowned fantasy/horror artist Matt Cavotta.
The track list for ‘The Tomb Within’ is…
1. The Tomb Within
2. My Corpse Shall Rise
3. Seven Skulls
4. Human Genocide
5. Mutant Village
Autopsy decided to make an official comeback after working together on two songs for the special 20th anniversary edition of their debut album, Severed Survival, in late 2008. The band had originally decided to split before the release of their 4th album, Shitfun, in 1995.
Autopsy emerged in 1987, and had an almost immediate impact on the global underground heavy metal scene. Frontman Chris Reifert was already known due to his work as drummer with Florida’s highly respected extreme metal combo, Death, along with Chuck Schuldiner. Autopsy’s debut album, Severed Survival, was unleashed in 1989 on Peaceville Records, and the band went on to become true legends in the death metal scene, recording four studio albums in total, before splitting up in the mid 90’s.
Autopsy issued the following statement about their reformation and the forthcoming EP…
“As many of you know, for years it has been repeatedly stated that Autopsy was over with and done for good. While that was indeed true for a long span of time, it is no longer the case. Autopsy has come to the solid realization that the time is now right to resume their mission of gore soaked death metal brutality and to fulfill this mission with maximum intensity. Make no mistake about it, Autopsy is not about reliving the past, basking in nostalgia or riding on efforts from years long gone. The band is hungry to devour fresh minds and souls and has been amassing an arsenal of new and deathly material to unleash upon those who also hunger for such brutality. The surgical instruments are being sharpened and a pure death metal assault of the most horrific order is underway as you read these very words. On behalf of the band, thanks goes out to all who relented and simply would not allow this beast to remain in the grave. Your persistence will be met with unspeakable and unapologetic sonic atrocities. Let the blood flow….”
The members of Dutch extreme progressive technical metal band TEXTURES are proud to announce the addition of new keyboard and sample-maestro Uri Dijk to their line-up.
According to the band, “This past summer Uri helped out by filling in on keyboards [our] festival appearances. During the rehearsals and live shows, there was a strong personal and musical connection between Uri and the members of TEXTURES, which made [us] decide to ask Uri to join TEXTURES as a full member. Uri gladly accepted, which means TEXTURES is a 6-piece again after a small period being without a keyboard player.”
Uri comments about joining TEXTURES:
“First of all, I am honored to have been asked to join TEXTURES. This is an opportunity that doesn’t come along every day, and let’s be honest, how could I refuse? Getting to know the guys in the past few weeks has shown me that the spirit of TEXTURES is as much alive as ever and that this is just an amazing group of friends who have worked very hard to bring mind-blowing music to the world. I feel privileged to be able to become a part of this and I am happy the band is now complete again. I hope I can bring as much atmosphere and musicality to the band and its music as [former keyboard player] Richard [Rietdijk] did. We are back in business!”
TEXTURES adds the following about Uri joining the band:
“To see Richard leave shortly after the departure of [lead singer] Eric [Kalsbeek], was quite a blow for us. Richard was a part of the band from the beginning, so it would feel pretty weird to fit a new person in that role. But after Uri joined us to help us out for the live shows, it felt really good to have a well-skilled person on keys again. It was such a good experience with Uri that we couldn’t see ourselves moving on without him. Uri is more than a well-skilled synth-maestro and besides, he’s an amazing guy to be around. We are very glad that Uri accepted the position and we are working very hard to write new material. We are working on taking it to the next level, so be ready!!”
The band’s follow-up to 2008’s Silhouettes is due out in 2011.
In the second of nine installments, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the songs that will appear on the band’s new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which is scheduled for release in Europe on September 27th and in North America on September 28th.
Grutle on “Raidho”:
“A signature Ivar-song. Full of cool riffs, both straight forward and a little bit weird, too! A bit complex, still a very enjoyable song to arrange vocals on. This was the first song me and Herbrand [Larsen, keyboard player and clean vocalist] did the vocal arrangements for on Axioma Ethica Odini and one of the first we recorded (I remember ‘Giants’ being the very first). This song turned out to be one of the most brutal songs on the album, and probably the one containing the most harsh vocals. Love this one, and am really looking forward to playing it live.”
Ivar on “Raidho”:
“’Raidho’ is a song where the song title and the song itself are very closely linked. The title itself is the name of a rune that translated to travel, vehicle and so on. My ambition was to make a song that would convey the feeling of travel; try to depict a ‘moving wheel’ through riffing. It turned out that quite a lot of ENSLAVED’s music had this feeling. If that is a coincidence or not sounds too much like quack-speculation, but I do come from a family of travelers, sailors, and even whalers (‘ey, don’t go Greenpeace on me now!). Perhaps this ‘nomadic’ feeling is our connection to Motörhead… one of Metal’s hardest touring bands? Anyways, when I separated the rhythmic guitar voice (there’s one ‘straight-ahead-guitar’ with the chords, and one ‘drone’ with a rhythmic pattern) and had the drums follow that, I discovered we had what I would almost call a Motörhead-part – which turned out to be the middle-section. I am not a fan of ‘explaining’ lyrics as it limits the reader’s potential for exploration and self-reflection. This one, however, is quite easy to decipher on the surface at least – then again, there are so many ways to travel…”
Click here to read Part 1 of the commentary on “Ethica Odini.”
Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details here. Contest ends Thursday, September 30th.Read the rest of this entry »
New York death metal legends, IMMOLATION, recently played its first club show in seven years at New York City’s Webster Hall as part of the Blackened Music Series sponsored. Stream or download the concert at the following location http://culture.wnyc.org/articles/music-hub/2010/sep/08/no-cover-immolation. This link was brought to us courtesy of WNYC an NPR (National Public Radio) station. IMMOLATION willheadline a US tour this Fall in support of their Nuclear Blast debut, Majesty and Decay.Joining them will be the Polish death metal tank and label matesVADER, along withABIGAIL WILLIAMS, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE, andPATHOLOGY:
IMMOLATION, VADER, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE, PATHOLOGY
9/29 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
9/30 Farmingdale , NY – Crazy Donkey
10/1 Providence, RI – Club Hell
10/2 Manchester , NH – Rocko’s
10/3 Montreal, ON – Foufounes Electriques
10/4 Toronto, ON – MOD Club
10/5 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
10/6 Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
10/7 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/8 St Paul , MN – Station4
10/10 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/11 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
10/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
10/13 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
10/14 West Hollywood, CA – The Whiskey
10/15 Santa Ana ,CA – The Galaxy
10/16 Ramona , CA – Ramona Mainstage
10/17 Mesa, AZ – U.B.’s
10/18 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
10/20 Austin, TX – Emo’s
10/21 Houston, TX – The Warsaw
10/22 Tulsa, OK – Marquee
10/23 Louisville, KY – Uncle Pleasants
10/24 Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
10/25 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
10/26 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
10/27 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
10/28 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
Reduced service charge tickets will go on sale today through www.Enterthevault.com. On sale at all major ticketing services after June 4, 2010.
IMMOLATION’s latest release Majesty and Decay was recorded atSound Studios in New York with longtime producer Paul Orofino. Mixing duties were handled this time by Zack Ohren (DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION, ALL SHALL PERISH). Cover art was created by Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN). IMMOLATION recently wrapped the “Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour” as direct support to NILE.