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Swedish heavy metallers ENFORCER are currently on the road in Europe with Australian rockers AIRBOURNE, but due to an illness in the AIRBOURNE band, tomorrow night’s (Thursday, December 2nd) show in London, UK has regretfully had to be postponed.
ENFORCER are still up for a night of pure heavy metal fun though, and will instead be playing a headlining show of their own. The new show takes place at the Purple Turtle in London, with support from BLACK SPIDERS and CAVITY SEARCH.
Tickets for the show cost just £2 for those who already have a ticket to the postponed AIRBOURNE show, and just £5 for those who don’t already have a ticket.
View a flyer for the new show at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/enf_bs_thu2dec.jpg
ENFORCER’s regular tour schedule with AIRBOURNE is due to resume for the next show on December 4th. The list of remaining tour dates is as follows:
02 Dec – London, UK – Purple Turtle (without AIRBOURNE)
04 Dec – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
05 Dec – Belfast, UK – Ulster Hall
07 Dec – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
09 Dec – Manchester, UK – Academy
10 Dec – Birmingham, UK – Academy
View the tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/enforcer_airbourne_2010.jpg
ENFORCER are set to appear in-store at Earache Records’ recently announced pop-up Christmas shop in Nottingham, UK on Saturday, December 11th for a signing session, where an ultra-rare ENFORCER/VOLTURE 7″ split vinyl will be exclusively available.
ENFORCER are also due to play at Earache’s free Xmas Party in Nottingham on the same night. For more information, head to http://www.earache.com/party2010
Watch ENFORCER’s new video for the track “Midnight Vice” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=032iifZ_SmA
ENFORCER’s new album, DIAMONDS, is available now in Europe on limited edition digipak CD and limited edition coloured vinyl. Get your copy now at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_751
For more ENFORCER news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/enforcerswe
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Cauldron - Burning Fortune
Canadian heavy metallers CAULDRON recently finished work on their new studio album, BURNING FORTUNE, due to be released on Earache Records on February 14th in Europe and February 15th in North America.
CAULDRON have been making a video series about the making of BURNING FORTUNE, featuring footage and the latest inside scoops on the new album. The latest video – Part 3 in the series – introduces you to BURNING FORTUNE producer JAMESON ELLIOTT, as he shows you around Rogue Studios in CAULDRON’s hometown of Toronto, where the band recorded their eagerly awaited new album.
Watch the new video online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUpGzWOvIRQ
Watch Part 1 of the series at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Lko47_Gzwo
Watch Part 2 of the series at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbCACPMsUvo
A brand new track from BURNING FORTUNE, “All Or Nothing”, is available to listen to now on CAULDRON’s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/cauldronmetal
BURNING FORTUNE is the follow-up to CAULDRON’s critically acclaimed 2009 debut album, CHAINED TO THE NITE. View the BURNING FORTUNE album cover at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/cauldron_burningfortune.jpg
Catch CAULDRON live at the following shows:
03 Dec. 2010 – Toronto, ON – Poor Alex Theater
28 Jan. 2011 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
29 Jan. 2011 – Philadelphia, PA – Millcreek Tavern
30 Jan. 2011 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
Get CAULDRON’s debut album, CHAINED TO THE NITE, now in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_700 or in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_700
For more CAULDRON news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/cauldronmetal or follow the band on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cauldronmetal
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Shockwaves Skull Sessions Episode #44: Rock Legends of Los Angeles! On this episode Skullsessions host Bob Nalbandian is joined by three unsung heros of the Los Angeles hard-rock scene of the late ‘70s/early ‘80s! Original drummer from Snow, Stephen Quadros, along with A La Carte drummer Brian O’Brian and guitar master Greg Leon from the Greg Leon Invasion discuss the early years of the prominent LA music scene sharing great stories from legendary Rock Club the Starwood, Van Halen and early Quiet Riot and some hilarious and bizarre anecdotes ranging from Tracy Lords and Phil Spector to OJ Simpson and a perverted chimpanzee!
Direct Link to Episode: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/news/Skull-Sessions-Podcast-44-Rock-Legends-of-Los-Angeles-22456.aspx
Shockwaves/HardRadio podcast #48: On this episode host Bob Nalbandian interviews renowned vocalist David Reece (Bangalore Choir, Accept, Sircle of Silence). Currently residing in Germany, David recently reformed the great late ‘80s blues-based hard rock band Bangalore Choir who just released their new CD Cadence. Also on this episode is a fantastic interview with guitarist Andy Charters and vocalist Nige Roberts of the legendary and pioneering NWOBHM band Marseille who also recently reformed and recorded their new CD Unfinished Business. www.hardradio.com
Direct Link to All Episodes: http://www.hardradio.com/shockwaves/podcasts/podcast1.xml
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Atreyu guitarists land cameo appearances in heavy metal comic book series Issue #5
London, UK – Eternal Descent comic book Issue #5 featuring guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel of popular metal band Atreyu is now on sale. In the storyline inspired by the Atreyu song “Black Days Begin” from the album “Congregation of the Damned”, the battle of Wayne Static from the previous issue has left the city in smoldering ruins and Lyra Constance burning with a new determination: find Loki and bring his reign of madness to an end once and for all. But in Loki’s lair, nothing is ever as it seems. What looks like a way in could be a perilous trap lying in wait.
Eternal Descent Issue #5 is now available at the following links:
The comic book is now available at comic book stores worldwide through Diamond Distribution. Llexi Leon, creator of the multimedia concept ETERNAL DESCENT, recruits ESP artists for cameo appearances in the Eternal Descent comic which is inspired by a host of iconic metal musicians. The initial launch issue was released on March 31st, 2010 with subsequent issues released every 4-6 weeks, spotlighting God Forbid guitarist Doc Coyle in issue 2, Gus G of Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne in issue 3, and Wayne Static of Static-X in issue 4. Other bands including Shadows Fall, Queensryche, and Soulfly are slated for upcoming cameo appearances in subsequent issues.
Samples of the Eternal Descent Issue #5 comic book artwork are available for viewing at these links:
Issue #5 Cover Image: http://www.eternaldescent.com/phantom/ed5cover.jpg
Issue #5 Artwork Gallery: http://www.eternaldescent.com/comic/issue-5/
The Eternal Descent comic book is also available in the Playstation Portable (PSP) format at the Sony Playstation Portable site (http://tinyurl.com/ygg2yx3).
Llexi Leon began making noise in London, England in 2005. His highly intricate guitar style exhibits the many influences corralled to create his intense sound – from classical, flamenco, electronica, and ambient genres to the more prominent genres of rock and metal. All of these genres infused to one, Leon has built a cinematic metal fantasia with his music which has branched out to a comic book series. His main aspirations are bringing stories to life through escapism. He utilizes everyday events and his vivid imagination to drive him to create more avenues for his multimedia enterprise.
Eternal Descent endorses ESP Guitars. Ovation Guitars, Kahler Tremolos, DiMarzio Pickups Ernie Ball Strings, Marshall Amps, Digitech Pedals, Guitar Grip, Pickboy, and Coffin Case.
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One of the most acclaimed new faces of extreme metal, Sacramento’s CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE, continues with their unrelenting touring schedule as they kick off a North American run with Arsis and Powerglove this week. The trek, “The Tour For The Sick,” is a must see event for any diehard metal fan and presents a great array of talent that spans the entire metal genre.
Jeff Morgan (guitars) states: “We are currently headed across the country to meet up with Arsis and Powerglove in New Jersey to kick off ‘The Tour For The Sick.’ This is going to be a total shred-fest. We’re stoked to be playing with such great bands every night. As for us, we’ve put together a good mix of old and new songs in an attempt to put forth some of our most melodic guitar-driven material. The result is several songs we’ve haven’t played live in a long time. So true CFTG fans will not want to miss this tour. We’ve put together a unique setlist just for you. ‘The Tour For The Sick’ is going to be one hell of a show every night. Be sure to come and hang with us at the merch booth each night as well. See you all soon.”
Brutally unrelenting, savagely intense and downright uncompromising should be CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE’s mission statement as this band aims straight for the jugular with a barrage of frenetic riffs and a bottom end that will make your heart sink to your feet. Their vicious new offering, Revenants, is bound to create an undeniable buzz within the metal scene and you don’t want to miss them if they come through your area. Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/conductingfromthegrave now to view the entire tour schedule.
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Cradle Of Filth announces February 2011 headlining North American tour
ENGLAND – A special VIP ticket package is now on sale for Cradle Of Filth’s first US tour since 2009, a headlining run on the “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”. The VIP ticket package is 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.
The “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour” will kick off in Houston on February 1st. Nachtmystium, Turisas, and Daniel Lioneye will round out the tour’s impressive package on Cradle Of Filth’s long-awaited return to North American shores. General admission tickets are on sale through all major ticket retailers.
Cradle Of Filth is gearing up to hit the road in support of their recently released ninth studio album, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, which hit stores on November 9th on Nuclear Blast Records.
The sinister concept album about Adam’s first wife, the lavish demoness Lilith, entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #99, selling nearly 6,000 copies in its first week. The record also debuted at #10 on the Independent chart and #7 on Hard Music.
Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is available in a multitude of formats and versions, and can be purchased online through the Nuclear Blast webstore at: http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Artist/Cradle_Of_Filth/10533 or on iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/darkly-darkly-venus-aversa/id398728607. An iTunes exclusive limited edition version, featuring bonus tracks and artwork, can be downloaded at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/darkly-darkly-venus-aversa/id398857303, while special Cradle Of Filth bundle packs, including a CD/t-shirt combo, a deluxe 2CD Digipak/t-shirt combo, and an LP/t-shirt combo, are available exclusively through the Nuclear Blast webstore. A special 2LP version is also now available.
The track list for Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is…
1.) The Cult Of Venus Aversa
2.) One Foul Step From The Abyss
3.) The Nun With The Astral Habit
4.) Retreat Of The Sacred Heart
5.) The Persecution Song
6.) Deceiving Eyes
7.) Lilith Immaculate
8.) The Spawn Of Love And War
9.) Harlot On A Pedestal
10.) Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)
11.) Beyond Eleventh Hour
The Grammy nominated, Cradle Of Filth, continues to shock, excite, disgust, and inspire in equal measures. A loyal stalwart to the satanic horror ethos, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa was recorded at Monkey Puzzle Studios, near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England, and is the follow-up to 2008’s Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder. Artwork comes courtesy of Natalie Shau.
Whether through their wildly elaborate & theatrical live shows (which incorporate giant lumbering puppets, fire-breathing dancers, freaks and stilt-walkers), provocative merchandise (including the now legendary ‘Jesus Is A Cunt’ 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.
Be sure to check out the Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa mini-site at: http://www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth for exclusive Cradle Of Filth media, including song previews, video blogs, an iPhone app, and more.
Stay tuned to for more information on Cradle Of Filth, the “FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”, and Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa.
“FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour”…
Feb. 1 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
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. 23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
Feb. 25 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
Feb. 26 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
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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(HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA)- Hard rock foursome Fireball Ministry is releasing the 180 gram white vinyl pressing of their March 2010 self-titled album FIREBALL MINISTRY (Restricted Release) on December 22, 2010 also via Restricted Release. Known by fans and critics alike as an uncompromising, unpretentious and entirely authentic hard rock force, Fireball Ministry’s REV. JAMES A. ROTA II (guitar, vocals), EMILY J. BURTON (guitar), JOHN ORESHNICK (drums) and JOHNY CHOW (bass) re-teamed with renowned producer/engineer Andrew Alekel (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters), The Second Great Awakening (Nuclear Blast) for the self-titled album. “We are very excited to have a release on vinyl—it’s the way nature intended music to be heard,” says front-man Rev. James A. Rota II. Recorded at Grandmaster in Hollywood, with additional vocals tracked at Dave Grohl’s 606 Studio, Fireball Ministry’s ten-track, collector’s edition LP has a limited run of 1,000 copies and is the band’s second release without a traditional label. The FIREBALL MINISTRY vinyl pressing is currently available for pre-order at www.FireballMinistry.com and includes the full album digital download and bonus video for “Butcher, Faker, Policy Maker.”
Following is the track listing for FIREBALL MINISTRY (Restricted Release):
1) Hard Lines
2) Fallen Believers
3) Thought It Out
4) Followed By a Fall
5) Kick Back
6) Butcher, Faker, Policy Maker
7) End of Story
8) Common Enemy
9) Sleeping With Angels
10) In Their Own Right
FIREBALL MINISTRY discography: Ou Est La Rock? (Bong Load, 1999)
FMEP (Small Stone, 2001)
The Second Great Awakening (Nuclear Blast, 2003)
Their Rock Is Not Our Rock (Liquor & Poker, 2005)
Fireball Ministry (Restricted Release, 2010)
ABOUT THE BAND Since forming in 1999, FIREBALL MINISTRY’s REV. JAMES A. ROTA II (guitar, vocals), EMILY J. BURTON (guitar), JOHN ORESHNICK (drums) and JOHNY CHOW (bass) have produced an arsenal of heavy-hitting albums including: Ou Est La Rock? (Bongload Custom Records, 1999); FMEP (Small Stone Recordings, 2001);The Second Great Awakening (Nuclear Blast, 2003); Their Rock is Not Our Rock (Liquor & Poker Music, 2005); and Fireball Ministry (Restricted Release, 2010). Proving the legitimacy of their hard rock and metal roots, Fireball Ministry has been invited to share the stages of legendary music icons across the globe; among them: Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Dio, Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heap, Motorhead, and Slayer. FIREBALL MINISTRY’s songs have appeared on numerous TV shows and films including most recently three songs “Kick Back,” “End of Story,” and “Fallen Believers,” on the highly-acclaimed FX Network show “Sons of Anarchy.” “Choker” was featured on the award-winning HBO series “The Sopranos” while “Daughter of the Damned” was in the Christian Slater feature film Alone In The Dark. In addition to having six songs appear on MTV’s “Viva La Bam” series, FIREBALL’s music has also appeared extensively in the world of extreme action sports and gaming, “King” and “Flatline” were featured in the Billabong “Odyssey” movie and “The Broken” in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) video game “WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW.” www.FireballMinistry.com
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LAMB OF GOD 'HOURGLASS' PACKAGE
LAMB OF GOD and Epic Records are pleased to announce a special holiday discount on the popular Super Deluxe Hourglass set, available now at 20% off of the original price. Fans can receive the 20% discount by using purchase code “LAMBOFGOD20” at this link. Act now to obtain this unique deal!
LAMB OF GOD is offering multiple attractive Hourglass gift packages and anthologies available for your gift-giving needs. The Hourglass gift packages and anthologies come in multiple varieties and sizes, making them easy to purchase at any price range. Whether you are frugal or you like to splurge, the Hourglass gift packages and anthologies are a perfect gift for any LAMB OF GOD fan.
LAMB OF GOD and Epic Records have multiple gift options available now for purchase at www.lamb-of-god.com and Amazon.com, including the Vinyl Box Set, USB Box Set, Deluxe Set and Super Deluxe Set (as seen above)! The 3 CD Anthology can be purchased at your local record store. See below for all available Hourglass package and anthology varieties!
Available Hourglass packages include:
Hourglass: Vol 1 – The Underground Years – Available in stores only!
13 of the most choice Lamb of God songs from their early years. Culled from their first album Burn The Priest, their debut as Lamb of God, New American Gospel, and the album that put them on the map, As The Palaces Burn.
Hourglass: Vol 2 – The Epic Years – Available in stores only!
13 of the most choice Lamb of God songs from their career on Epic Records to this point. Both Grammy nominated songs “Redneck” and “Set To Fail” are surrounded by fan favorite anthems and crushing riffs from Ashes Of The Wake to Sacrament to 2009’s #2 debut Wrath.
Hourglass: The 3 CD Anthology – Available in stores only!
The ultimate Lamb of God retrospective: 44 tracks on 3 CDs. Volumes 1 and 2 join Volume 3 containing 18 rare or never heard before songs. Included are Japanese issued bonus tracks, multiple rehearsal demos, along side the 8 songs recorded prior to Burn The Priest.
Hourglass: The Vinyl Box Set
All 6 Lamb of God Studio albums for the first time on 180 Gram vinyl in a Linen-wrapped collectors box. Includes Burn The Priest, New American Gospel, As The Palaces Burn, Ashes of the Wake, Sacrament, and Wrath.
Hourglass: The USB Box Set
All 6 Lamb of God studio albums on individual USB drives in a cigarette box shaped collectors package. Includes Burn The Priest, New American Gospel, As The Palaces Burn, Ashes of the Wake, Sacrament, and Wrath.
Hourglass: The Deluxe Set
The collectors set including The 3 CD Anthology, The Vinyl Box set, The USB Box Set, and a Linen bound 144 page book of the art of Lamb of God as created by K3n Adams including designs for tour passes, albums, t-shirts, and his commentary on them.
Hourglass: The Super Deluxe Set
The limited edition definitive collectors set including a Mark Morton Signature Series Jackson Dominion D2, A 4’x6’ Pure American metal Flag, The 3 CD Anthology, The Vinyl Box Set, The USB set, the Book, an Hourglass sticker, and a signed 8×10 in a personalized Lamb of God Coffin Case. Only 300 will ever be made!
To order your Hourglass packages and to learn more about LAMB OF GOD, please visit www.lamb-of-god.com
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Finally they’re on their way one more time….THE CLANS WILL RETURN TO GREECE!!!
Together with their mates of RAGE, GRAVE DIGGER will celebrate a German metal party at it’s best on April 29th 2011 in Athens.
The holy ground of the “Fuzz Live Music Club” will find it’s final earthquake while these two godfathers of German metal strike up to the show.
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INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
George Lynch is one of the most popular and influential guitarists to emerge from the ’80s-era heavy metal/hard rock scene. Lynch is best known for his work with platinum sellers Dokken whose albums UNDER LOCK AND KEY and BACK FOR THE ATTACK went to platinum in the mid 80’s. In 1988 Don Dokken and Lynch found it impossible to continue in the same band together and as a result the band broke up. Don Dokken decided to start his solo career whereas Lynch decided to form a new band called Lynch Mob. Joining Lynch in the new outfit was singer Oni Logan, bassist Anthony Esposito, and former Dokken colleague Mick Brown. The band issued their debut album, WICKED SENSATION, in 1990. WICKED SENSATION became another milestone in Lynch’s career and it did went gold in States with over 500 000 copies sold. The sophomore album LYNCH MOB presented a new lead singer Robert Mason and it was released in 1992. The second album failed to reach its predecessors success and soon band was disbanded. Lynch released a solo album called SACRED GROOVE in 1993 with various famous guests including Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Mandy Lion before rejoining Dokken in 1994. The reunited band released two studio albums: DYSFUNCTIONAL and SHADOWLIFE before Lynch decided to leave again. The late ’90s/early 21st century saw Lynch alternate between issuing albums with the Lynch Mob (with varying members) and as a solo artist resulting in such further titles as 1999’s SMOKE THIS, 2003’s WICKED UNDERGROUND and FURIOUS GEORGE in 2004. In 2010 it was officially announced that Oni Logan and Lynch will rejoin their forces again and as a result SMOKE AND MIRRORS was released in 2009. The world followed and in late 2010 the renewed band; Lynch, Logan, bassist Robbie Crane and drummer Brian Tichy finally arrived in Scandinavia. In Gothenburg in Sweden I had chance to sit down Mr. Lynch himself and talk about various topics including the reunion with Logan, Souls of We, the past as well as a possible Dokken reunion… read on…
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Armando Acosta, legendary drummer with SAINT VITUS, has passed away at the age of 58. He passed away on Thanksgiving day at 2am, he was 58 years old. Armando was one of the original Saint Vitus members joining the band in 1979 when they were known as Tyrant. Armando’s drumming was crucial element to the Vitus sound. He was replaced by Henry Vasquez in 2009,
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Band Announces NYC Meet And Greet; Lawless Darkness Earns The #2 Spot On Decibel Magazine’s Top 40 Albums of 2010!
Swedish black metal titans WATAIN have been setting North America ablaze with a sound and stage show that is a true assault to the senses. Touring in support of their Lawless Darkness full-length released via Season Of Mist earlier this year, the wild ride commenced in Pittsburgh on November 6 and has been sweeping its way across the country with relentless fury. Support bands, Goatwhore and Black Anvil, have helped make the tour package one of the most pummeling (and talked about) of the year.
Said WATAIN in a collective statement: “The Lawless Darkness Tour marches on relentlessly across the States. Greetings to the legions of hungry fiends that have come out so far, and to all of you who have brought us gifts and artifacts for the stage, you will not be forgotten! It has been a wild ride, yet it is far from over… Denial of the flesh; Denial of the cunt; we are the cold seed of Satanas!”
Check out footage from the band’s Seattle performance HERE.
WATAIN‘s final U.S. performance of the tour will happen this Thursday at Santos Party House in New York City. Following the show is a scheduled meet and greet at Duff’s in Brooklyn. Check out the flyer HERE:
168 Marcy Avenue (between S. 5th & Broadway)
Williamsburg, New York
Lawless Darkness was released via Season Of Mist on June 7. Recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt, etc.) in Alvik, Sweden with cover art by Zbigniew M. Bielak, the record continues to reap critical accolades from press nationwide and abroad. The band scored cover spots in some of metal’s most esteemed publications including Decibel, Terrorizer, and Subterranea (Metal Hammer’s extreme metal supplement) and the “Reaping Death,” single was certified gold in Sweden for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. In addition, Lawless Darkness recently earned the #2 position in Decibel Magazine’s Top 40 Albums Of 2010 [January 2011 issue]. View the feature HERE.
WATAIN: Lawless Darkness North American Tour 2010 [remaining dates]
w/ Goatwhore, Black Anvil
11/30/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
12/01/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
12/02/2010 Santo’s Party House – New York, NY
12/03/2010 Le Fou Founes – Montreal, QC
12/04/2010 Opera House – Toronto, ON
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AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – November 30, 2010 – Kings of Swedish death metal AMON AMARTH have just announced the title of the band’s forthcoming album as Surtur Rising. Due out in the spring of 2011, Surtur Rising marks the group’s 8th full-length studio release and undoubtedly one of 2011’s most anticipated releases by fans and critics alike. Surtur Rising is the follow up to the highly acclaimed, 2008 release, Twilight of the Thunder God, which landed the #7 spot in Revolver Magazine’s Top 20 Albums of 2008 and what Metal Sucks called “[a] bottomless gauntlet of riffs that the band endlessly takes gargantuan swigs from, sounding both lush and emotive as well as skull crushingly heavy… every goddamn one is a chest-beating anthem.” Outburn declared how Twilight of the Thunder God “will render you nothing short of ecstatic” and Time Out New York noted that “Amon Amarth plays some of the most unabashedly epic metal you’re likely to find these days.” Be sure to stay tuned to MetalBlade.com for more details on Surtur Rising.
AMON AMARTH is:
Johan Hegg: Vocals
Olavi Mikkonen: Guitar
Johan Söderberg: Guitar
Ted Lundström: Bass
Fredrik Andersson: Drums
Follow AMON AMARTH at the following locations:
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Portland punishers DARKBLACK are preparing for their eight-show West Coast tour Which kicks off this Wednesday, in celebration of their new Midnight Wraith EP, to be released the same day. Several shows have been altered since previous announcements; see the newest dates below. Early reviews of Midnight Wraith are flowing in now from domestic and foreign media outlets, brimming with praise of the band’s primal, slick approach to traditional heavy metal on the newest material from the band. Composed of five unrelenting heavy metal anthems realized in the murky gloom of the band’s hometown of Portland, Oregon and recorded at Revolver Studios by Nalin Silva, Midnight Wraith tells tales of death, betrayal, unholy spirits and fantastic battles. Midnight Wraith will be released via San Jose, California-based Stormspell Records, who also handled the band’s Sellsword album in 2009.
Check out Midnight Wraith‘s opening track “Doom Herald” at DARKBLACK’s Myspace page now!
DARKBLACK Midnight Wraith Tour:
12/1/2010 The Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ Skelator, Emeralds, Elk’s Blood
12/2/2010 *house show – Seattle, WA w/ Throne of Bone
12/3/2010 Kelly’s Olympian – Portland, OR [CD release show] w/ Spellcaster, Dead By Dawn
12/4/2010 Bender’s – San Francisco, CA w/ Huntress, Walken
12/5/2010 The Hazmat (Your Hause) – Oakland, CA w/ Dodsfalla, Bruxers, Infernal Graves, Drunken Hardcore
12/6/2010 Cinespace – Los Angeles, CA w/ Huntress, Gypsyhawk
12/8/2010 The Gup – Eugene, OR w/ Excruciator
12/9/2010 The Know – Portland, OR w/ Nux Vomica
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Drummer Dennis Leeflang has joined vocalist Ted Poley’s (Danger Danger) solo touring band. Leeflang most recently toured with Queen of Metal, Lita Ford in the summer and fall of 2009 all over Europe and the United States, playing such prestigious events such as the Bang Your Head Festival, Gods of Metal and The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Dennis joins bassist Doug Odell (Ice Age), guitarist Maz Mazza (40Ft. Ringo, Detroit Cheetah), and guitarist/keyboardist Paul LaPlaca (Chris Caffrey solo, Zandelle) as Poley’s newest line up.
Leeflang expresses his excitement to be playing with Ted: “Ted is a drummer himself and we get a total kick about jamming together. He appreciates my playing in a way I’m not used to and at the same time when Ted has a suggestion, it actually makes sense! I’m really looking forward to going on the road with this band next year.” The band will make its live performance debut at Klubben Fryshuset in Stockholm Sweden on December 3, 2010.
Leeflang, who is most known for his work as the long time drummer for Bumblefoot, aka Ron Thal, guitarist of Guns N Roses, reflects on how busy the last year has been for him, stating “It’s been a pretty hectic year for me, but that’s how I like it. I’m a workaholic. I had just started working on new material with Bumblefoot when we got the call from Lita Ford and jumped on the road with her for 3 months with 36 hours to learn her set. It’s been non-stop from that point on. After we got off the road with Lita, I’ve been locked up in my studio recording for a ton of different projects. Not just playing and recording my own drum tracks, but also engineering a variety of sessions ranging from vocals to strings. Most recently I’ve been recording drums for, as well as engineering and producing the first album in over 20 years by 80’s thrash metal pioneers I.N.C. (Indestructible Noise Command). The album will be mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom (Opeth, Soilwork, Hammerfall, In Flames, Bring Me The Horizon), which is very exciting. Then there are several local NYC bands I work with and I got married this year. My focus for 2011 will definitely be Ted’s band, though. Playing live is what I love the most.”
Besides the INC release, the material Leeflang has been working on with Bumblefoot will also soon be released. Available online only as individual song releases, fans can expect the tracks to be released over the next few months.
Considering that Poley recently signed with ARM Entertainment (management firm of such notable talent as Bret Michaels, L.A.Guns and Dokken), it appears Leeflang’s busy schedule won’t end just yet.
Tags: Danger Danger, Ted Poley
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