September 1st, 2010
by EvilG


Indianapolis, Indiana’s THE CONTORTIONIST’s brand new GOOD FIGHT MUSIC debut, Exoplanet, is in stores today! Also, the band is pleased to announce exciting news about their upcoming fall touring season! 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 recently debuted their album-culminating trifecta, ‘Exoplanet I: Egress’, ‘Exoplanet II: Void’, and ‘Exoplanet III: Light’ at AOL Noisecreep! Make sure to head over to the site to listen to the masterful close to Exoplanet. Also, do not forget to cruise over to fellow esteemed metal blog to listen to the new track ‘Advent’!

Exoplanet album cut ‘Expire’ is now available for streaming on the brand new MySpace page! You can also hear ‘Expire’ on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal, and can request it instantly by tweeting to @JoseMangin and/or @SXMLiquidMetal, or by heading to the Sirius XM Liquid Metal Facebook page! THE CONTORTIONIST’s track ‘Primal Directive’ is included on the new, free FYE/Decibel sampler! The sampler can be found at

Catch THE CONTORTIONIST on the road this fall!


October 8th – Erie, PA @ The Hangout

October 9th – Dayton, OH @ The Attic

October 10th – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys

October 11th – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

October 12th – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

October 14th – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4

October 15th – South Bend, IN @ Church of The Heartland

October 16th – St.Louis, MO @ Fubar

October 19th – Douglasville, GA @ 7 Venue

October 21st – Lynchburg, VA @ Crosspoint Venue

October 22nd – Fredericksburg, VA @ The Refuge

October 29th – Albany, NY @ Northern Lights
October 30th – Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s
October 31st – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
November 1st – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
November 2nd – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 3rd – Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
November 4th – Spartanburg, SC @ GZSC
November 5th – Jacksonville, FL @ Rain
November 6th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Ground Control
November 7th – Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
November 9th – Birmingham, AL @ Zyedeco
November 10th – Nashville TN @ Rocket Town
November 11th – Louisville, KY @ Headliners
November 12th – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
November 13th – Toledo, OH @ Headliners
November 14th – Windsor, ONT @ Blind Dog
November 15th – London, ON @ Music Hall
November 16th – Longeueil, QC @ Salle Kekpart
November 17th – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
November 18th – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
November 19th – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
November 20th – Holyoke, MA @ The Waterfront Tavern – A Benefit for Liberty Skrypek

For more information on THE CONTORTIONIST be sure to visit:

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All Shall Perish Guitarist Francesco Artusato Post New Instructional Video Lesson On Guitar World’s Website; Post New Track On MySpace

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

All Shall Perish’s new guitarist and Berklee College of Music graduate, Francesco Artusato, has partnered up with Guitar World Magazine to present an in-depth instructional video lesson series breaking down how to play some of the most intricate parts from his all instrumental solo endeavor entitled Chaos and The Primordial. The disc is an all out technical shred fest features 10 truly diverse tracks that takes the listener on an all encompassing musical journey and the depth and diversity in which Artusato does so is astonishing. Click on the link below to watch the second lesson now and stay tuned for additional episodes over the coming weeks.
Artusato states: “I just got back from the ‘Summer Slaughter’ tour, which was amazing. What a great collection of great and talented bands. I want to thank all All Shall Perish fans for being so amazing and supportive, you rule! Now it’s time to go to Europe for the ‘Hell On Earth’ tour.

“My second lesson on Guitar World has also just been posted, so go check it out. Its two examples from the song “Typhoeus” and I explain the intro solo and the chorus section. This is probably one of my favorite songs from my new solo album, Chaos and The Primordial, mainly because of its contrasting nature and the intricacy of some of the parts. It’s also very heavy.

“You can also listen to the song, “Chaos and The Primordial,” in its entirety on my MySpace page now. It’s a very technical and intense song that has a progressive vibe with some very open and lyrical parts mixed with very powerful moments of intensity and complexity. There is also going to be a lesson on Guitar World about this song very soon.

“Thanks again to Guitar World for hosting these lessons, and stay tuned for additional episodes over the coming weeks.”

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THE ACACIA STRAIN Announce Fall Headline Tour

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

After seeing their latest album “Wormwood” debut at #67 on Billboard’s Top 200, Western Massachusetts’ freight train of fury, THE ACACIA STRAIN, are proud to announce their first headlining tour since the release of “Wormwood,” last month.

The “To Catch a Predatour” sees THE ACACIA STRAIN heading out along the East Coast and in Canada with support from THE RED CHORD, TERROR, GAZA, and THE CONTORTIONIST. “To Catch a Predatour” is presented by All In Merchandise, Revolver Magazine, and Metal Injection. THE ACACIA STRAIN are extremely excited to head out with some of today’s top metal and hardcore acts out in support of their newest, and already critically acclaimed fourth record on Prosthetic Records. In typical THE ACACIA STRAIN fashion, the guys plan to bring the fun each night by hanging out at their merch table thirty minutes after doors to meet the fans and socialize. There will be a special tee shirt available for purchase only during this time in addition to all their new tour merchandise. If you are in the Holyoke, MA area on the 20th of November, be sure to come out to the Waterfront Tavern as this show will be a benefit for a dear friend of the band who recently passed away due to a decade long battle with cancer.


10/29 Albany, NY – Northern Lights

10/30 Jermyn, PA – Elanor Rigby’s

10/31 Providence, RI – Lupo’s

11/1 Pittsburg, PA – Altar Bar

11/2 Springfield, VA – Jaxx

11/ 3 Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox

11/ 4 Spartanburg, SC – GZSC

11/5 Jacksonville, FL – Rain

11/ 6 West Palm Beach, FL – Ground Control

11/7 Tampa, FL – State Theatre

11/9 Birmingham, AL – Zyedeco

11/10 Nashville TN – Rocket Town

11/11 Louisville, KY – Headliners

11/12 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

11/13 Toledo, OH – Headliners

11/14 Windsor, ONT – 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

The band, no strangers to touring, spent a portion of the summer on “Cool Tour,” with AS I LAY DYING, UNDEROATH, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and more, and just returned from select Mexican dates with JOB FOR A COWBOY. They will then spend a month in Europe on the “Hell On Earth Tour,” along with. EVERYTIME I DIE, TERROR, ALL SHALL PERISH, THICK AS BLOOD, DOWN TO NOTHING, and VERA CRUZ, before their headline run.


9/17 Jena, GER – F Haus

9/18 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik

9/19 Reading, UK – Sub 89

9/20 Norwich, UK – Waterfront

9/21 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre

9/22 Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit

9/23 Manchester, UK – Moho Live

9/24 Sheffield, UK – Corperation

9/25 London, UK – Islington 02 Academy

9/26 Antwerpen, BE – Hof ter Lo

9/27 Paris, FR – Glazart

9/28 Rotterdam, NI – Watt

9/29 Frankfurt/Main, GER – Batschkapp

9/30 Klagenfurt, AUT – Volxhaus

10/1 Munchen, GER – Werk

10/2 Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet

10/3 Solothurn, CH – Kofmehl

10/4 Hannover, GER – Faust

10/5 Gothenburg, SW – Musikens Hus

10/6 Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle

10/7 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle

10/8 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage

10/9 Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Stattbahnhof

10/10 Zaandam, NI – Kade

10/11 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville TBC

10/12 Stuttgart, GER – TBA

10/13 Wien, GER – Arena

10/14 Praha, CZ – Abaton

10/15 Leipzig, GER – Werk

10/16 Berlin, GER – SO 36

10/17 Amneville, FR – Tat The Beast

Be sure to check THE ACACIA STRAIN’s MySpace ( for updated dates on all of these tours, and catch the “TO CATCH A PREDATOUR” when it comes into your town.

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AYAT issue studio update, reveal new album title

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Lebanon’s infamous AYAT – whose 2008 MORIBUND-released album, Six Years of Dormant Hatred, strictly polarized critics as either “genius” or “garbage” but forcing an opinion out of everyone – reveal that they’re currently recording their follow-up MORIBUND album, tentatively titled Carry On Carrion. As vocalist Filthy Fuck explains, “So I walked. And the 67 viral winds of the East whistled in my hollow bones, particles of disease sticking on the edges. And William died on me, too. A fever runs through my blood like rivers to the sea. Six years of dormant hatred lay in pieces behind me and thousands of dead motherfuckers are walking around the thousand-times-dead fucking mother-city. And the dead exceed the living and will look after them in their own special way. And there was but one phrase on my tongue like a snake rolled on a shaft – ‘Carry on, carrion… Carry on…’.”

The track listing to Carry On Carrion has already been decided by the band, but AYAT wish it to remain secret until release. Additionally, they promise that the new album shall be longer than 60 minutes and should be finished next month, with a late winter or early spring release through MORIBUND likely. When pressed for further details, Filthy Fuck simply shrugged and said, “Nothing but the fact that it will be longer, more insane, more vicious, and will shy Six Years… to a battered pulp. Not only by force, mind you, but also by sheer acidic caustic erosion. And we’re Lebanese. In case some guy missed it.”

Select press blurbs regarding AYAT’s Six Years of Dormant Hatred are as follows:

With an OTT approach reminiscent of JUDAS PRIEST alongside a good old sense of MAYHEM, the album is invested with a pestilent, rune-cursed allure not unlike IMPALED NAZARENE at their most dangerous” – Zero Tolerance

You can take the battle/war metal foisted upon the masses by bands who live in countries that haven’t seen the devastation war can bring in centuries, fold them into a nice little square and shove ’em up your keister, for all Ayat is concerned…shredding perceptions of what a metal band in the Middle East should ‘be’” – Metal Maniacs

An infectious yet caustic black metal album…drifts back and forth between bludgeoning black ‘n’ roll, blast-‘til-we’re-dead black metal ditties, and the hit-or-miss mesmerizing drone riffs. The fact that they combine these three very different styles together seamlessly and with some of the best samples ever immeasurably ups the ante for Six Years’ sheer sonic menace” – [9.2/10 rating]

In just under an hour, Ayat wreaks more havoc than a bus full of suicide bombers with psychotically nuclear-blasting, sado-sonic tunes…ultimately AYAT defines their own sound” – [8.5/10 rating]

It sounds berzerk and fierce unlike any band that I can think of. Ayat take elements from so many influences in and out of metal and punk that they’ve conceived something that is one of the most original metal releases I’ve heard in the better part of a decade” – [9.1/10 rating]

The Middle East’s answer to MINISTRY?” –

The whole effort comes across as more than a little deranged and wide eyed with psychotic instability that’s ready to strap on a bomb and march right into your skull and blow it to bits” –

The power, passion and feeling I felt as this played gave me goosebumps” – Metalcore Fanzine

Ayat are literally taking their lives into their hands by releasing such blasphemy and billing themselves as the first anti-Islamic black metal band. Such zeal gives great weight and legitimacy to Ayat’s form of black metal, perhaps even more so than the original Norwegian scene…just absolutely drips with power” –

Imagine ATARI TEENAGE RIOT and THE BOREDOMS working with MAYHEM and BEHERIT” – Absolute Zero Media webzine

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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Album streaming in its entirety on

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal’s exterminating death metal battalion, The Last Felony, has unleashed their dark cloud of technical extremity, Too Many Humans, out today on Lifeforce Records. And according to bassist/lyricist, Seb Painchaud, Too Many Humans might just be a means to an end for civilization as we know it.

“Too Many Humans is FINALLY available in North America. No longer will you have to fight for a seat in the subway or endure another human’s flesh coming in contact with yours; the decimation of the North American population begins NOW!”

The new record is currently streaming in its entirety this week on at:

The Last Felony has set up a special Too Many Humans package deal at, which includes a copy of the new record and the official Too Many Humans tee shirt for $20. Head over to: to take advantage of this special offer today!

Too Many Humans was recorded, engineered, and mixed at Montreal’s Garage Studio by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Neuraxis), and mastered by Pierre Remillard (Misery Index, Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance, Beneath the Massacre). Artwork comes courtesy of Felix Rancourt (Despised Icon, Beneath the Massacre).

The track list for Too Many Humans is…

1. We Are Future Housing Developements For Maggots
2. Too Many Humans
3. No One Would Notice If You Died
4. Do Not Defend Me
5. Quandary
6. Most Unclean
7. Overrated Existence
8. Televisionary
9. Water Cooler Suicide

Combining the speed and catchiness of new school death, the grooves and brutality of old school death, the dark atmosphere of black metal, with a dose of deathcore to complete their signature sound, The Last Felony has stepped up the intensity level on Too Many Humans. The quintet’s craft of morbid melodies, intricate guitar work, and extreme drumming will surely rank The Last Felony as one of Canada’s elite metal outfits.

The Last Felony will support Too Many Humans on two brutal-rific Canadian runs with the likes of Despised Icon, Misery Index, Ion Dissonance, and more. The first slew of dates with Ion Dissonance kicked off on August 6th, followed by a supporting run on Despised Icon’s final tour in October.

The Last Felony w/ Ion Dissonance…

8/19 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
8/20 – Toronto, ON – The Rockpile
8/21 – Windsor, ON – The Chubby Pickle
8/22 – London, ON – Call The Office
8/23 – Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe
8/24 – Guelph, ON – Club Vinyl

The Last Felony w/ Despised Icon and Misery Index…

10/06 – Calgary, AB – The New Black Center
10/07 – Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre
10/08 – Saskatoon, SK – Cosmos Center
10/09 – Regina, SK – Districkt
10/12 – Sudbury, ON – Jubilee Hall
10/13 – Windsor, ON – The Blind Dog
10/14 – Ottawa, ON – Ritual
10/16 – Rouyn-Noranda, QC – Petit Theatre

The Last Felony is…

Joss Fredette – Vocals
Dom Grimard – Guitar
Felix Roberge – Guitar
Vince Menard – Drums
Seb Painchaud – Bass

For more information on The Last Felony…

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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Twisted Sister close Bloodstock Open Air 2010 (credit: Enda Madden)

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR solidified its position as the UK’s only true outdoor Metal Festival, enjoying its most successful year so far. As well as celebrating its 10th anniversary, BLOODSTOCK reached yet another milestone achieving its first five figure turn out. Over 10,300 metalheads descended upon Catton Hall in Derbyshire to see nearly 80 acts, including headliners OPETH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, FEAR FACTORY and TWISTED SISTER, as well as a plethora of other top names in the world of metal.

Highlights included a one minute tribute to the legendary RONNIE JAMES DIO – 60 seconds of cheering and horn raising – to christen the main stage, and a very rare performance from Swedish tech-metal heroes MESHUGGAH on Friday, a highly memorable set from DEVIN TOWNSEND on Saturday, who after contending with having his band’s equipment held up in customs, turned the disaster around to put on an extremely entertaining show, pulling in one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. Sunday saw the first ever UK performance of death metal supergroup BLOODBATH, who took the stage covered in bruises, cuts and an assortment of other injuries, as well as GOJIRA’s only UK show of 2010.

After BLOODBATH’s set, GWAR frontman ODERUS URUNGUS took the stage to draw the winner for BLOODSTOCK’s exclusive car raffle. The holder of ticket number 12281 is yet to claim their prize of a brand new Toyota Aygo, and must claim their prize within the next seven days. If you purchased your ticket from HMV in Canterbury, check your ticket stub, as you may well be the proud owner of a brand new car! The second prize winner is also yet to claim their prize of a WHITE BC RICH GUITAR courtesy of ROSETTI, plus a pair of VIP Tix for 2011, as well as a goody bag. This second prize winner is exceptionally lucky, as the holder of ticket number 05547 attended the festival after winning a competition via media partner ROCK RADIO. The third prize of 2 x VIP tickets for next year’s BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR went to Joe Macriner, who was the holder of ticket number 07508.

But the real surprise treat came following death metal legend’s CANNIBAL CORPSE’s punishingly heavy set, when BLOODSTOCK revealed the first headliner for 2011. The news of IMMORTAL’s only UK show of 2011 via a two-minute trailer on the main stage video screen was welcomed with huge cheers from the BLOODSTOCK crowd, leaving no doubt that the Norwegian Black Metallers’s first ever UK festival performance will be a highly anticipated one.

Closed by a monumental set from TWISTED SISTER, who ploughed their way through classics such as “You Can’t Stop Rock’n’Roll”, “I Am (I’m Me)”, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”, the atmosphere at Catton Hall right was electric, with all present enjoying not only BLOODSTOCK’s most successful year yet, but also the excitement of the first announcement for 2011, tickets for which are on sale now for the roll back price of £90 – fixed until December 2010 to beat the VAT increase.

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2011 12th – 14th AUGUST 2011


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Horned Almighty Album Release Details

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Track list

1 – Necro Spirituals
2 – Fountain of a Thousand Plagues
3 – Sworn Divine Vengeance
4 – Age of Scorn
5 – In Jubilation and Disgust
6 – Blessing the World in Pestilence
7 – The Illuminated Void
8 – Blasphemous Burden
9 – Absolved in the Sight of God

With three acclaimed albums and a live album etc. behind them, Danish Black Metallers HORNED ALMIGHTY have now finished their new studio album entitled “NECRO SPIRITUALS”. Recorded in May-June 2010. Mixed and Mastered by Jacob Bredahl (Hatesphere, Koldborn etc) at Dead Rat Studios.

An album comprised of the strongest and most fierce material written in the bands 8 year existence. Yet again, crushing all doctrines and rules with their “Don’t give a shit” take on black metal, as a testament to all that is extreme.

Out on Candlelight Records 25th of October 2010

New track for your necro pleasure here

Originally formed in early 2002 by S. and Hellpig, both active in the extreme metal underground since the early nineties, the filthy ugly beast that is Horned Almighty was puked from the gutters of Hell initially as a duo. First intended as a side project, Horned Almighty quickly became first priority and shortly after the first primitive demo had been recorded, the drum-throne was seized by Harm. Rehearsing began for yet another demo, which in late 2003 ended up in the recording of four hellish songs in the bands own recording studio,”Vomit”, a true shithole.

Before releasing the demo, some labels were approached with the material and Infernus Rex from the Netherlands released the material as a 7” ep, called “In the year of our horned lord” April 2004. At the same time, the bastard cult of Horned Almighty had their first live performance, featuring a session bass player, and sharing the stage with prominent names such as Dismember and Carpathian Forest.

In the summer of 2004 four filthy new songs were puked onto tape and released as the split Lp ”To The Lord Our Lives” by Hearse Recs. Moribund Records from the US did the cd version shortly thereafter.

At the same time rehearsing began for what was to become the first full length album and the ”Black Metal Jesus” album was recorded in the autumn 2004, once again in ”Vomit”. Infernus Rex released the album in November 2004 and the underground seemed to embrace Horned Almighty’s, at the time, quite different take on the Black Metal phenomenon. A video for the song Satanic fatherland were plotted and the recording took place at a local gig, which also featured new member Aries from french act Black Dementia on strings.

After a minitour with Danish Death Metal veterans Exmortem, a new video for the song ”Terror Soul” was shot and chopped by fellow fanatics.

Late 2005, rehearsals for a new album began and it was recorded, once again, in Vomit February 2006. In April 2006 the second album”The Devils Music – Songs of Death and Damnation” was released, again by Infernus Rex, receiving overwhelming reviews from the underground and metal media, both because of the well crafted songs, energetic production and the highly provocative and blasphemous cover artwork. The album sold quite well and got Horned Almighty playing several festivals in germany, sharing the stage with the likes of DHG, Lord Belial, Azaghal and many more…

The band’s performance on the United Metal Maniacs festival in Germany in 2007 was incidentally recorded and the true ferocity of the concert resulted in the ”Live Exsanguination” 10” live lp.

The third and latest album”Contaminating the Divine” took quite a bit longer to write than the previous albums. A lot more energy and time were put into crafting this ugly abomination and the effort paid off. Nine brutal and diverse hymns were recorded for the album and for the first time, the band recorded outside their shithole ”Vomit” and spent time in several studios tracking the album. Outside help was acquired for the mixing and mastering, which was handled by Jacob Bredahl (ex-Hatesphere) in his Smart’n’hard studio and the result was astonishing. Mixing the primitivism of Celtic Frost with the aggression of Discharge and the ugliness of Autopsy, all drenched in the eerie and disturbing rot of early nineties Black Metal. As one fan noted: ”This sounds like a fucking Missouri-class canon shot at the Vatican!”.

”Contaminating the Divine” was released in February 2009 as a joint effort by the two German labels Obscure Abhorrence and Art of Propaganda and received even more praise than its predecessor and got top reviews all around.

Horned Almighty Anno MMX

The cult:

S -Vokills & Preaching
Aries – Guitar & Deathsaw
Hellpig – Bass & Hellfire
Harm – Drums & Skullpounding


Hellhordes Demo, 2003
In the Year of Our Horned Lord EP, 2004
In Ruin & Despair / To the Lord of Our Lives Split, 2004
Black Metal Jesus, 2004
The Devil’s Music – Songs of Death and Damnation, 2006
Live Exsanguination Live album, 2007
Contaminating the Divine, 2009

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Sonisphere storms the BT Digital Music Awards nominations

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Having asserted its position as the world’s largest touring rock festival and achieved sell-out status for the UK leg at Knebworth in just its second year, Sonisphere is now gaining high recognition in the digital realm. As an exceptional case, Sonisphere is the only brand to have gained two shortlisted entries among the final six in a single category – Best Event – in this year’s BT Digital Music Awards, the Oscars of the online world. It is also up for the People’s Choice category of Best Official Website.

Its two successful entries in the Best Event category are for:

1) The groundbreaking live ‘Cinecast’ broadcast of the Bulgarian leg of the festival tour which was watched by over 100,000 cinema-goers in the UK and beyond and famously had fans forming circle pits and stage invasions in the Leicester Square Odeon back in June.

2) The integrated digital strategy that helped propel the Knebworth event in its second year to become “the UK’s premier metal festival” (The Guardian) – one of the most spectacular festival success stories in recent years.

Other contenders for the award include Glastonbury Festival, Pendulum’s album preview live stream, Nokia presents Rhianna Live and The Ukulele Prom.

Fans can vote for Sonisphere in the Best Official Website category at:

Underlining the phenomenal growth of the Sonisphere brand in the UK and further afield has been an intensive focus on digital communication as a means to attract, engage with and reward what has already become a loyal, colossal audience of rock fans.

The last eight months have seen Sonisphere amass a staggering 7.7 Million unique visitors to its official website with 27 Million page impressions, 10 Million views on its online Sonisphere TV video player and 209,000 Facebook fans across Europe. It undertook the largest ever deployment of official festival mobile apps, releasing 33 properties including separate iPhone, Android and Java versions for each event on the tour. The Knebworth iPhone app was ranked Number 4 in the official iTunes UK Music App Chart in August and boasts a four star customer rating.

Stuart Galbraith, Series Producer for Sonisphere Festival comments: “I can’t emphasise too much the importance of digital to Sonisphere. We are very proud to produce what has become one of the most visited rock websites in the world right now and to have laid new ground that is already re-defining the way all music festivals communicate and build affinity with their audiences.”

Over 700,000 fans visited the 11 Sonisphere Festivals across Europe this year, which means more than one million festival goers have attended some of the best rock festivals in Europe over the last two years. The festival survived mud baths in Switzerland and Sweden, a sandstorm in Spain and a freak tornado in Finland. The Poland, Turkey, Sweden and Switzerland shows were the largest rock festivals ever to be staged in those countries.

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Live Evil Festival 2010 (London October 23/24th)‏

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

“Something CAN actually come out of pure uncorrupt underground idealism if one does it long enough.” Fenriz (Darkthrone)

Tails of Beasts & Skill Wizard in Association with Terrorizer Magazine Presents LIVE EVIL FESTIVAL 2010

Live Evil Festival 2010 takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October at The Underworld in Camden. All of the festival’s band selections relate to Fenriz cult ‘Band of the Week’ Darkthrone MySpace blog.

Live Evil is a 100% true metal festival, inspired by Darkthrone’s Fenriz and his passion for the metal scene. Using only Fenriz’s selections, Live Evil thus handpicks the truest cutting edge black metal, thrash, speed, death, heavy metal, metal punk and doom for two days of no-bullshit, real metal carnage and other denim and leather treats.

Recent additions to the line-up include the new Rise Above signing, Swedish masters of occult metal Ghost, Finnish doom legends Hooded Menace (who are forming a live band to play the festival) the respected Norwegian blackened thrash act Nekromantheon, Brazilian black/death metal legends Vulcano and Saturday’s headliners will be re-invigorated NWOBHM legends Angel Witch.

£30 weekend and £20 day tickets are available now here


Tickets include entry to an after show at The Hobgoblin in Camden until 4am on Saturday 23rd. And an after party on Sunday 24th at the Black Heart in Camden.

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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu


‘Blood In The Gears’ out now on Solid State Records

NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville’s hog riding heavy metal outfit, The Showdown, has teamed up with for the premiere of the band’s latest music video for the song, “The Man Named Hell”. The full-throttle video for the opening track off the recently released full-length, Blood In The Gears, is up now on at:

Blood In The Gears hit stores yesterday on Solid State Records. The new record from Nashville’s veteran of head-bangin’, riff-heavy metal is available in stores everywhere, and online through iTunes at: A special deluxe edition is also available on iTunes at:, which includes two bonus tracks and a digital booklet. Fans can listen to the brand new album in its entirety this week on at:

Blood In The Gears was recorded and produced by The Showdown’s own Jeremiah Scott (bass) at his home studio, Anthem Productions, in Nashville. The album was mixed by Steve Blackmon (Living Sacrifice, Project 86), with Troy Glessener at Spectre handling the mastering. Artwork comes courtesy of Ryan Clark at Invisible Creature Inc. Blood In The Gears, The Showdown’s sophomore Solid State Records release, is the follow-up to 2008’s Back Breaker.

The track list for Blood In The Gears is…

1.) The Man Named Hell
2.) Heavy Lies The Crown
3.) Bring It Down
4.) Take Me Home
5.) Blood In The Gears
6.) Dogma Enthroned
7.) No Escape
8.) The Crooked Path
9.) Graveyard Of Empires
10.) Diggin’ My Own Grave

A video trailer, as well as a four-part behind-the-scenes look at the Blood In The Gears recording session, can be seen on The Showdown’s YouTube channel at:

Stay tuned for more information on The Showdown and Blood In The Gears.

The Showdown on tour…

8/27 – Chattanooga, TN – The Warehouse
8/28 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
8/29 – Hammond, LA – Fuze @ BCM
8/31 – Clermont, FL – The Room
9/01 – Kissimmee, FL – SS Showcase
9/02 – Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue
9/03 – Charleston, SC – Oasis
9/04 – Jacksonville, FL – Murray Hill Theatre
9/05 – Augusta, GA – Sector 7 G
9/06 – Lynchburg, VA – Crosspoint Venue
9/07 – Johnson City, TN – The Hideaway
9/08 – Newark, OH – Refuel
9/09 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hoosier Dome
9/11 – Corbin, KY – Corbin Tech Center
9/12 – Danville, IL – The Edge

The Showdown is…

David Bunton – vocals
Josh Childers – guitar
Patrick Judge – guitar
Jeremiah Scott – bass

The Showdown online…

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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

For Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB, file-sharing has proved to be an important and recurring topic of discussion.

Having released their 2009 album, TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE, online as a completely free download, GAMA BOMB’s strong feelings about file-sharing largely oppose the views of many other musicians and artists. TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE – which remains free to download to this day – has sold just as many physical copies of the album in the short time since its release as the band’s previous album has to date, indicating that the open availability of the album as a free download hasn’t in fact harmed the band’s sales.

PAUL McGUINNESS, manager for fellow Irish rockers U2, recently posted a lengthy article for GQ Magazine in which he discusses his views on the problems of file-sharing.

GAMA BOMB frontman PHILLY BYRNE has written an open letter to PAUL McGUINNESS in response to his article. An excerpt follows:

“U2’s manager Paul McGuinness’ recent article is well-reasoned, well-informed and commendable in its aims – though it’s crazily short-sighted. It falls at the last hurdle when envisioning future solutions to the problems file sharing causes for the music industry, and is filled with logical blind-spots on the current state of the business. He’s got the numbers right, but the headspace is all wrong.

“To his credit, Mr McGuinness is here wading into an argument that, as he notes, often involves untold abuse for those willing to stick their oar in. Furthermore, it’s one that doesn’t affect his untouchably profitable bread-and-butter, U2. So who am I to gainsay him?

“Last year my band Gama Bomb released their third album free of cost as a download with the permission of our record company, Earache Records. This, to my knowledge, makes us the first signed band ever to do so.

“We took this step because we personally consume music in this way and were aware our previous albums were largely being consumed as shared files. To release another CD in the traditional way seemed futile. Also, as a band playing a niche form of music on a small budget, we were aware of the potential PR power of such a move. The label agreed, we did it, and that’s why I feel qualified to dust off my soap box on this one.”

Read the full letter on GAMA BOMB’s official blog.

TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE is still available to download for free at

Catch GAMA BOMB live in Europe with CROCELL at the following shows:

Sep 16 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Merleyn
Sep 17 – Frankfurt, Germany – Effer Music Club
Sep 18 – Milan, Italy – Metal Disorder Festival
Sep 19 – Bologna, Italy – Rock Hard Festival
Sep 20 – Marseille, France – O’Bundless
Sep 21 – Bordeaux, France – Heretic Club
Sep 22 – Monzon, Spain – Serjos
Sep 23 – Benavente, Spain – Side B
Sep 24 – Madrid, Spain – Live
Sep 25 – Badalona, Spain – Estraperlo

Catch GAMA BOMB live on their first ever North American tour:


Oct 22 – Dante’s – Portland, OR
Oct 23 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Oct 24 – Red Room – Vancouver, BC
Oct 25 – Third – Prince George, BC
Oct 26 – The Mead Hall – Edmonton, AL
Oct 27 – Exchange – Regina, SK
Oct 28 – Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB
Oct 29 – Crocks 16 South Cumberland St – Thunder Bay, ON
Oct 30 – The Rox Tavern – St Cloud, MN
Oct 31 – The Dojo – Indianapolis, IN
Nov 01 – Music Hall – London, ON
Nov 02 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
Nov 03 – Championship Bar and Grill – Trenton, NJ


Nov 04 – Jaxx – West Springfield, VA


Nov 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Nov 06 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Nov 07 – Cub Hell – Providence, RI
Nov 08 – Sonar – Baltimore, MD
Nov 09 – Canal Club – Richmond, VA
Nov 10 – Amos – Charlotte, NC
Nov 11 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Nov 12 – Hooligan – Jacksonville, NC
Nov 13 – Club Firestone – Orlando, FL
Nov 14 – Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nov 15 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Nov 16 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Nov 17 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
Nov 18 – Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 19 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Nov 20 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ


Nov 22 – Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
Nov 23 – MOD Club – Toronto, ON
Nov 24 – Blondies – Detroit, MI
Nov 26 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Nov 27 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Nov 28 – Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Nov 29 – Station 4 – St Paul, MN
Dec 01 – Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
Dec 02 – Emo’s Alternative Lounging – Austin, TX
Dec 03 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Dec 04 – Trees – Ft. Worth, TX
Dec 06 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Dec 07 – U.B.’s – Mesa, AZ
Dec 08 – Whiskey a Go Go – West Hollyood, CA
Dec 09 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
Dec 10 – New Oasis – Sparks, NV
Dec 11 – DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA


Nov 21 – Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
Nov 25 – The Muse – Nashville, TN
Dec 05 – The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX
Dec 12 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Dec 13 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV


Dec 15 – Gator’s – Farmington, NM
Dec 16 – Club 21 – Pueblo, CO
Dec 17 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
Dec 18 – Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT

TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE is also available worldwide on limited edition CD with a bonus 5-track EP, as well as limited edition vinyl and a special low price CD. Get your copy in Europe at or in North America at

For more GAMA BOMB news and info, head to

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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Headlining tour to kick off this September

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Sweden’s leader in progressive metal, Katatonia, has teamed up with heavy metal’s leading lady, Full Metal Jackie, to give fans a chance to win a Mayones Guitar played and autographed by Katatonia from their US tour. The grand prize winner will win the guitar, the tour edition of Night Is The New Day, a Mayones Guitar t-shirt, plus a choice of a t-shirt from Katatonia’s merch store powered by Omerch: A runner up will get the new CD and their choice of t-shirt as well. Head over to: for your chance to win!

Katatonia, will kick off their North American tour – the “Night Over North America” tour – on September 8th in Baltimore. To coincide with the 26-date US and Canadian tour, Peaceville Records has released a special edition of the acclaimed 2009 studio album, Night Is The New Day, in a hardback mediabook, with 20 page booklet, and bonus track, “Ashen”. The special edition Night Is The New Day hit stores on August 24th.

Night is the New Day is Katatonia’s eighth studio album. It was recorded throughout July 2009 and was co-produced, engineered and mixed by David Castillo. A continuation of the heaviness, depth and atmosphere of their previous album, Night Is the New Day is also a more multi-dimensional effort – waltzing between prog moments, doom, folk and the classic melodic anthems that are the staple of Katatonia’s uncompromising sound.

Cover art once again comes courtesy of Travis Smith (Katatonia, Opeth, Novembre) who continues the stylistic identity established so effectively since The Great Cold Distance.

The track list for the Night Is The New Day special edition is…

1.) Forsaker
2.) The Longest Year
3.) Idle Blood
4.) Onward Into Battle
5.) Liberation
6.) The Promise Of Deceit
7.) Nephilim
8.) New Night
9.) Inheritance
10.) Day and Then The Shade
11.) Ashen* (Exclusive Bonus Track)
12.) Departer

Katatonia has been relentlessly touring across Europe in support of their 2009 full-length release, Night is the New Day, which sold over 2,000 copies in the US in its first week. The band also released an EP, ‘The Longest Year’, earlier this spring. The latest music video for the EP’s title track can be viewed at:

Now the band is set to unleash their brand of melancholy metal on North America, headlining the sponsored, “Night Over North America” tour, alongside Swallow The Sun and Orphaned Land. A teaser trailer for the forthcoming headlining US tour can be seen at:

Stay tuned for more information on Katatonia, Night Is The New Day, and the “Night Over North America” tour.

Sept. 8 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Sept. 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
Sept. 10 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
Sept .11 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Sept. 12 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada @ Petit Campus
Sept. 13 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada @ Opera House
Sept. 14 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
Sept. 15 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie´s
Sept. 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
Sept. 17 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
Sept. 18 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Sept. 21 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Sept. 22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Sept. 23 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Sept. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Parkside
Sept. 25 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Sept. 26 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
Sept. 28 – Mesa, AZ @ U.B.´s Bar
Sept. 29 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Sept. 30 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct. 1 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Alternative Lounging
Oct. 2 – Houston, TX @ The Warsaw
Oct. 4 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Oct. 5 – Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
Oct. 6 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Oct. 7 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

For more information…

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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW, the 1999 album from Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR, has been reissued and is out now in Europe.

Following the recent release of ANNIHILATOR’s critically acclaimed, self-titled new album, Earache Records is reissuing six albums from the band’s illustrious back-catalogue. CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW is the second reissue in the series, with CARNIVAL DIABLOS also available now.

CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW featured the reunited original ANNIHILATOR line-up, including vocalist RANDY RAMPAGE. The album is available now on CD featuring two bonus tracks and a bonus guitar workshop video with JEFF WATERS, and comes housed in a custom slipcase. The album is also available for the first time on limited edition coloured vinyl LP.

The full CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW track listing is as follows:

01. Bloodbath
02. Back To The Palace
03. Nothing Left
04. Schizos (Are Never Alone) Part III
05. Criteria For A Black Widow
06. Punctured
07. Loving The Sinner
08. Double Dare
09. Sonic Homicide
10. Mending
11. Rampage Jam*
12. Jeff Waters Speaks*

(* bonus tracks)

The limited edition coloured vinyl LPs are available in the following quantities and colours:

100 – Black Widow
200 – Brain Mush
300 – Haunted Courtyard
400 – Black

CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW and CARNIVAL DIABLOS are currently available at a reduced price until September 20th, along with the WAKING THE FURY pre-order. Get the albums, along with the new self-titled album, in Europe now at

Catch ANNIHILATOR on tour in Europe at the following shows:

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

For more ANNIHILATOR news and info, head to

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SABATON – to re-release previous albums!

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Do you wonder what SABATON did in the studio about one month ago?

Do you wonder why Primo Victoria, Attero Dominatus, Metalizer and Art of War is so hard to get these days?

This is why…

To be able to continue to do what we all love, meaning to continue to play music and to tour the world, we have now purchased the rights to the SABATON music.

And to celebrate this we want to make them available again to all of you in a unique cooperation between SABATON, Nuclear Blast and Black Lodge.

Now what does this mean??

Well, first it means that when you buy a SABATON album, more of the money spent on the albums will actually go to SABATON and second it means that we want to celebrate this by making the first four albums available again, but in really cool new versions!

We give you… The SABATON RE-ARMED Editions and here is a sample of one bonus track!

The 4 first original albums of Sabaton, complete with new artwork, new booklets, posters and of course: New music!

We have dug deep into the treasury of SABATON to find unique, strange, funny and unexpected songs.

Every album on the RE-ARMED editions will feature new tracks and they will include some old demos, some coversongs, some live versions of songs, some really old and unheard songs and some completely new songs recorded in Studio Abyss.

They will all be re-released on the 27th September 2010 & can from today be pre-ordered right here! | |

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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

British crossover thrashers SSS have recently returned home after completing their “Wreck and Annoy” headlining European tour and have posted a tour debrief on their blog page.

SSS frontman FOXY looks back on the tour:

“Wreck and Annoy tour has had its share of ups and downs, the good and the bad and great we have digested and relished. Tour is what it is, we love it.”

SSS have been keeping track of all of the fun and antics of life on the road on their new tour diary blog page. Read the band’s tour debrief and look back at their recent adventures at

The name of SSS’s “Wreck and Annoy” tour also wasn’t without irony, as the band’s frontman, FOXY, broke his foot while skateboarding in Pinkafeld, Austria. That didn’t slow down the frontman, however, as he soldiered on for the remaining shows of the tour, performing each night on crutches.

Check out a hilarious video of FOXY making the most of his broken foot as he spends a day out using a mobility scooter at

Catch SSS live at the following shows:

Oct. 30 – Liverpool, UK – Night of the Living Dead 8
Nov. 06 – Leeds, UK – Damnation Festival

Get SSS’s self-titled debut album and 2008 album, THE DIVIDING LINE, in Europe at or in North America at

For more SSS news and info, head to

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