Due to the overwhelming amount of e-mails received over the past few days, MANOWAR’s management feels it’s necessary to once again announce the band will DEFINITELY NOT APPEAR at the Global East Rock Festival 2010 (September 4, 2010 – Kiev, Ukraine).
The band was looking forward to their very first visit to Ukraine but Global Promotion Concert Agency has failed to meet their commitments, making it impossible for MANOWAR’s concert to happen.
If you bought a ticket to the festival to see MANOWAR, we URGE you to immediately contact the promoter’s office to obtain a full refund: http://www.myspace.com/globaleast
An e-card for the new album can be viewed here. The BLIND GUARDIAN homepage will be re-launched this Friday, July 23rd.
At The Edge Of Time will be released in North America on August 24th and is the long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s A Twist In The Myth, which debuted in North America at #21 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and #288 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart. A deluxe edition digi-pak with a bonus CD (6 songs, 1 video, and a documentary) plus a code for exclusive content at a special fan-only site will also be available. A three-song single, “A Voice In The Dark,” was released in Europe on June 25th.
Artwork for At The Edge Of Time was created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, At Vance, Axel Rudi Pell). The track listing is as follows:
01. Sacred Worlds (9:17)
02. Tanelorn (5:58)
03. Road Of No Release (6:30)
04. Ride Into Obsession (4:46)
05. Curse My Name (5:52)
06. Valkyries (6:38)
07. Control The Divine (5:26)
08. War Of The Thrones (4:55)
09. A Voice In The Dark (5:41)
10. Wheel Of Time (8:55)
Photos from the recording sessions for At The Edge Of Time can be found at Metal-Hammer.de.
On Friday, July 16th, Polish technical deathsters DECAPITATED arrived in Los Angeles to prepare for their headlining run on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour. Guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka, drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner, bassist Filip “Heinrich” Halucha and lead vocalist Rafał Piotrowski all stopped by the Nuclear Blast offices where they were asked questions submitted by fans via MySpace & Facebook. The following three-part question & answer sessions are the result and are available at the following links:
Part 1 (10:21):
Part 2 (09:26):
Part 3 (07:26):
Remaining dates on the Summer Slaughter tour featuring DECAPITATED, The Faceless, All Shall Perish, The Red Chord, Veil Of Maya, Cephalic Carnage, Decrepit Birth, Carnifex, Animals As Leaders and Vital Remains are:
7/23 – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
7/24 – Houston, TX @ Warsaw Ballroom
7/26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
7/27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA (Theatre of Living Arts)
7/30 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
7/31 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/01 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/02 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
8/03 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
8/04 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
8/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
8/06 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
8/07 – Detroit, MI @ Harpos
8/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/09 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
8/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
8/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
8/13 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
8/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
8/16 – Calgary, AB @ Republik
8/17 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
8/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
8/20 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
8/21 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
8/23 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Dream Theater’s JAMES LABRIE Unveils His New Static Impulse Solo Release; Announces Players and Release Info
Dream Theater’s JAMES LABRIE is easily one of the defining, elite and naturally talented vocalists the world has to offer and after selling over a million albums worldwide he further challenges himself with an aggressive and dynamic new solo effort. The much anticipated new full-length offering, Static Impulse, also marks LABRIE’s first solo effort in over five years and is sure to please his legion of diehard fans, as well as win over many new devotees in the process. Be sure to stay tuned to www.jameslabrie.com for new information.
Static Impulse also features the immensely talented longtime songwriting partner and keyboardist Matt Guillory. Another notable performance is Peter Wildoer from metal titans DARKANE on drums and screaming vocals. The group is rounded out by Marco Sfogli on guitars and Ray Riendeau on bass. Static Impulse is set for a September 28th release on InsideOut Music and was mixed and mastered by the renowned Jens Borgen (Opeth, Katatonia).
LABRIE states: “Hi everyone. The release of Static Impulse is one that the whole band is psyched about. This is modern Metal and as heavy and relevant as any other band out there going in a similar musical direction. There are riffs that will blow your head off and melodies both musically and vocally that are hypnotic. Get in the driver’s seat and let the ears bleed. Enjoy and see you out there with a tour to follow up and support this release.”
Guillory further comments: “One year and two months in the making and we’re finally done. I’m really pleased with the way this record came out. James sounds fantastic, as well as the rest of the guys. Without a doubt, it’s our heaviest record thus far yet at the same time, it’s also our most melodic. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
In addition to Dream Theater’s numerous studio and live releases, LABRIE has also appeared on releases by Fates Warning, Redemption, Trent Gardner’s Explorer’s Club, Leonardo The Absolute Man, Frameshift, Ayreon’s TheHuman Equation, as well as tribute albums to Rush, Emerson Lake & Palmer and Queen.
THERION bass player Nalley Påhlsson has issued the following message to fans:
“Hi Everyone out there!
First of all I want to thank all you fans who watched us in Mexico, Germany and Belgium this summer! THERION have a wonderful, fantastic and enthusiastic audience and I enjoyed every second of the concerts!
I´m also very glad, pleased and satisfied about my playing on the forthcoming album Sitra Ahra that will be released in [Europe on] September 2010. I really think this album will be well-received by all of you fans. It´s absolutely great!!
I´m writing here to announce that I am not gonna be part of the [European] tour that will start in October 2010. And the reasons are:
1. I´m alone with my two children and it´s not possible for me to be away for over two months.
2. I´m right now studying and I have to complete my education this autumn.
3. I have lately had a drinking-problem, and to be on tour is not the best thing for me right now.
I´m doing well at home, feeling good and everything is under control and that´s the way I´m gonna keep it!
If everything goes as planned, I´m gonna stay a member of THERION playing on the forthcoming albums and hopefully I will also be able to show up and play live in the future.
We´ll see what the future holds. (?)
I Salute You All!! Thanks!
The artwork to the new THERION album, Sitra Ahra, is posted on their homepage. Mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, the new albumwill be available in North America on October 26th.
The track listing for Sitra Ahra is as follows:
01. Sitra Ahra
02. Kings Of Edom
03. Unguentum Sabbati
04. Land Of Canaan
07. Cu Chulain
08. Kali Yoga III
09. The Shells Are Open
11. After The Inquisition: Children
View THERION tour dates here (Mozilla Firefox browser).
ELVENKING “RED SILENT TIDES”. Cover artwork by Samuel Araya.
Italian metallers ELVENKING have revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their forthcoming new album, Red Silent Tides.
Red Silent Tides (artwork at right) will feature the following tracklisting:
‘The Last Hour’
‘Silence de Mort’
‘Your Heroes Are Dead’
‘This Nightmare Will Never End’
‘What’s Left Of Me’
‘The Play Of The Leaves’
Produced and mixed by Dennis Ward (ANGRA, PINK CREAM 69, PRIMAL FEAR), the successor to 2007’s The Scythe will show once again Elvenking’s songwriting abilities, a high taste for great melodies and the will to break the boundaries and push the band to the next level.
The release date (as well as different edition details of the album) will be announced soon.
In other news, Elvenking will promote the new album supporting metal commandos PRIMAL FEAR in the first leg of their European tour, together with German band KISSIN’ DYNAMITE.
Here are the dates confirmed:
21 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos Saal
23 – Koeln, Germany – Underground
25 – Bari , Italy – Demode
26 – Rome, Italy – Black Out
28 – Woergl, Austria – Komma
29 – Nurnberg, Germany – Hirsch
30 – Osnabrueck, Germany – Lagerhalle
1 – Burglengenfeld, Germany – VA Zentrum
2 – Bad Arolsen, Germany – Outback
Elvenking’s brand new track, ‘The Cabal’, is currently streaming on the band’s MySpace page.
Ohio progressive black/death metallers LOCUSTA, who regrettably had to skip the entire first week of their US tour with Tennessee black/doom titans Argentinum Astrum due to vehicular trouble, today issued the following update from the road:
Said guitarist Dru Silver: “Unfortunately, due to van trouble we had to scrap the first week of our tour; we had the (dis)pleasure of breaking down in a dry county in Kentucky for three days, and with the added financial stress of automotive repairs it was next to impossible to go on as planned. Fortunately for us they were mostly regional dates, however we apologize to anyone that was planning on attending any of those shows on either band’s behalf. We shall return…
“In other news, we’ve been immensely enjoying the natural wonders that the western frontier has to offer– particularly Massacre Rocks/Craters of the moon in Idaho — and have been getting along great with the folks in Argentinum… practically peas in a pod. The reception has been good so far, and we can’t wait for what else this side of the country has to offer! Many thanks to those that have aided us in our journey so far.”
LOCUSTA Summer Assault 2010 [remaining dates]
7/22/2010 A House at 10128 N.E. Pacific St. – Portland, OR w/ Argentinum Astrum
7/24/2010 924 Gilman St. – Berkeley, CA w/ Argentinum Astrum, Black America, Zero Progress, Vietnam Hardcore, Dun Bin Had
7/25/2010 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA w/ Argentinum Astrum, Nihlotep, Pale Chalice
7/26/2010 The Rhythm Lounge – Long Beach, CA w/ Argentinum Astrum, TBA
7/28/2010 Taala Hooghan Infoshop – Flagstaff, AZ W/ Argentinum Astrum
7/29/2010 The Trainyard – Las Cruces, NM w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/01/2010 The Ten Eleven – San Antonio, TX w/ Argentinum Astrum, Hod(Ibex Moon), TBA
8/02/2010 The White Swan – Houston, TX w/ Argentinum Astrum, Anal Punishment, Nibiru, Paranoidfreakout
8/03/2010 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Thrift Store – 10240 Burbank Drive – Baton Rouge, LA w/ Argentinum Astrum, Barghest
8/04/2010 The Farside Collective – Tallahassee, FL w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/05/2010 The Pony Pen – Savannah, GA w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/06/2010 Playground – Atlanta, GA w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/07/2010 The Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN w/ Argentinum Astrum
LOCUSTA released their debut full-length via Kentucky-based Pragmatic Records upon an unsuspecting underground earlier this year. The 10-track, self-titled offering was recorded/engineered by Brian Simakis at Capital City Studios, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering and features strikingly stark cover art by local artist Stefan Hoza. Formed in the fall of 2006, the band take their name from a female chemist from Ancient Rome regarded as the first documented serial killer. It was rumored that in A.D. 54, she may have been hired by Agrippina The Younger to kill the Emperor Claudius, possibly with a poisoned dish of mushrooms.
After decimating the crowd at this year’s Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic, Chilean brutalists THORNAFIRE continue to spread their vicious brand of death metal across the European countryside in ongoing support of their 2009 Ibex Moon Records release, Vorex Deconstrucción. Guitarist Victor MacNamara had the following to say about the tour thus far…
“Today is Wednesday, July 21st and we’re going to Krakow. We just finished two festivals and a show in Slovakia. The response to our performances has been fabulous and we also learned a lot from the scene in Europe in this our first tour.
Here, the shows and the fans are very similar to what I have seen in Chile and other parts of South America. At festivals and shows in clubs the fans all want to have a good time and listen to music and here you are with tons of musicians, public and press, suggesting that this kind of music never ends. Very cool if you chose this lifestyle 😉
Soon, we’ll gather with friends and see the remaining dates.
With our music we hope to leave a nasty groove on this continent and in the future anywhere.”
Edu Falaschi (ANGRA) is producing the new EP “Crystal Night” of Angels Holocaust (Brazil). The CD will include three songs and the first video of the band as a multimedia section.
According to the vocalist Rodrigo Cafundó: “This is a great opportunity for Angels Holocaust! Our motivation is getting even stronger due to our work with Edu. We count on the experience that he has got during his international career and believe that he will bring a lot of improvements into the sound of the band. He is a great producer and all out team has the highest expectations possible regarding the quality of the upcoming EP”.
“Crystal Night” should be released in the 2nd half of 2010 in Brazil. Angels Holocaust is going to publish video reports from the studio through its official sources.
Southern California’s ANTAGONIST have posted the second video from their studio sessions in which they recorded their forthcoming album, “World In Decline,” due August 17th on Prosthetic Records. Check out the video at www.prostheticrecords.com The band posted the track, “Sasha Grey” on their Myspace, last week. (http://www.myspace.com/antagonist)
“World In Decline,” Track Listing:
1. The Bane of Existence
2. Sasha Grey
3. Disguised In White
4. God On Fire
5. Wake Up And Smell The Lies
6. New Human
7. A Voice Unspoken
8. Already Dead (Featuring John Strachan of The Funeral Pyre)
9. Darkest Darkness (Featuring Jared Monette of Arsonists Get All The Girls)
10. World In Decline (Featuring Jared Monette of Arsonists Get All The Girls)
“World In Decline” is the follow up to, “Exist,” to ANTAGONIST’s 2008 Prosthetic debut. They also have two previous full lengths and several EPs.
THE ABSENCE: Track-listing, cover art, first single, and pre-order packages for ‘Enemy Unbound’ now available!
Original drummer Jeramie Kling officially back in the band
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – July 21, 2010 – In conjunction with the upcoming release Enemy Unbound from Tampa, FL area natives THE ABSENCE, Metal Blade Records is pleased to release the track-listing, cover art, pre-order packages, and the first single from Enemy Unbound. The title track can be heard on metalblade.com/theabsence.
The classic german metal band Helloween have issued an update regarding their upcoming studio album and following tour:
“As many of you thought while reading the last news, the band named it´s new studio effort: 7 Sinners. It is not 100% clear who the remaining two sinners are, be sure that you´ll find out the day of the release!
At the moment, the guys are busy laying down the last tracks for the album, before long time producer Charlie Bauerfeind goes on with the mix. The guys are very enthusiastic about their “new baby”, stating there is a great Helloween album to come!”
Along with the album title, here’s an updated list of European tour dates, with support of Stratovarius.
The 7 Sinners World Tour 2010/11 – Europe Part I and II – feat. Helloween and special guest Stratovarius:
26. Nov 2010 – A – Wien, Szene
27. Nov 2010 – CZ – Zlin, Winter MOR
28. Nov 2010 – HU – Budapest, Petöfi Hall
01. Dec 2010 – D – Langen, Neue Stadthalle
02. Dec 2010 – B – Antwerp, Hof Ter Lo
04. Dec 2010 – UK – Prestatyn, Hardrock Hell Festival
05. Dec 2010 – UK – London, The HMV Forum
06. Dec 2010 – NL – Eindhoven, Effenaar
08. Dec 2010 – SWE – Lund, Mejeriet
09. Dec 2010 – NOR – Oslo, Rockefeller
10. Dec 2010 – SWE – Gothenburg, Lisebergshallen
11. Dec 2010 – SWE – Stockholm, Arenan
13. Dec 2010 – EST – Tallinn, Rock Cafe
14. Dec 2010 – FIN – Tampere, Pakkahuone
15. Dec 2010 – FIN – Helsinki, House Of Culture
17. Dec 2010 – PL – Warsaw, Stodola
18. Dec 2010 – PL – Cracov, Studio
19. Dec 2010 – CZ – Prague, Mala Sportovni Hala
11. Jan 2011 – F – Paris, Elysee Montmatre
12. Jan 2011 – F – Lyon, Le Transbordeur
14. Jan 2011 – ES – Madrid, La Riviera
15. Jan 2011 – ES – Bilbao, Rockstar Live
16. Jan 2011 – ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz I
18. Jan 2011 – I – Milan, Alcatraz
19. Jan 2011 – I – Rome, Altantico
21. Jan 2011 – GR – Athen, Fuzz Live Music Club
22. Jan 2011 – GR – Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theatre
23. Jan 2011 – BG – Sofia, Hristo Botev Hall
24. Jan 2011 – BG – Sofia, Hristo Botev Hall
26. Jan 2011 – HR – Zagreb, Boogaloo Club
27. Jan 2011 – SLO – Ljubljana, Kino Siska Club
28. Jan 2011 – SK – Hlohovec, Sports Hall
29. Jan 2011 – SK – Presov, Sports Hall
31. Jan 2011 – CH – Pratteln, Z7
01. Feb 2011 – D – Saarbrücken, Garage
02. Feb 2011 – D – Bonn, Brückenforum
04. Feb 2011 – D Hannover, Capitol
05. Feb 2011 – D Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
06. Feb 2011 – D Osnabrück, Halle Gartlage
09. Feb 2011 – D Hamburg, Docks
10. Feb 2011 – D Bamberg, Jako Arena
11. Feb 2011 – D Kaufbeuren, All-Kart-Halle
12. Feb 2011 – D Balingen Volksbankmesse
After extensive excursions on the North American West Coast, 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival sailed back South, crossed the Panama Canal once more and headed back to Tampa, Florida where it is hot like everywhere else these days. It seems what they need to find is an ICED EARTH! 21 out of 40 bands on board… who will be next?
The confirmed 21 out of 40 bands are:
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
Legendary metal group Iron Maiden have a new song and a new single, ‘Satellite 15…The Final Frontier,’.
With its heavy rock attack guitar riffs and a sci-fi music video (produced by Darkside Animation Films), it’s clear that the group is going in a new direction (much of it since the last albums). And for a metal band that’s achieved pretty much everything possible in this world, it makes perfect sense that Iron Maiden would begin pursuing the kinds of new galactic frontiers most other bands can only dream of.
‘Satellite 15…The Final Frontier’ is the first single off of Iron Maiden’s new album, ‘The Final Frontier,’ due to hit stores Aug. 16 (Aug. 17 in US). The album will also be released in a limited edition, collectors ‘Mission Edition’ CD case, and will come with extra features like the director’s cut of the ‘Frontier’ music video, interviews with the band, photos, wallpaper and the exclusive game ‘Mission II: Rescue & Revenge.’