STAR ONE: ‘Victims Of The Modern Age’ Instrumentalists Revealed

August 30th, 2010
by EvilG
"Victims Of The Modern Age", the new album from STAR ONE

"Victims Of The Modern Age", the new album from STAR ONE

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen has released a new video message in which he announces the instrumentalists that perform on “Victims Of The Modern Age”, the new album from his STAR ONE project.

“Victims Of The Modern Age” instrumentalists:

* Peter Vink – Bass
* Joost van den Broek (ex-AFTER FOREVER) – Keyboards Solos
* Gary Wehrkamp (SHADOW GALLERY) – Guitar solos
* Arjen Lucassen – All Other Instruments

The next update will feature the first guessing game. You will hear music from the album and you have to guess the name of the vocalist. Then post your answer at Arjen‘s message board and you will be informed if you have won a copy of the new STAR ONE album.

Lucassen has firmly established himself worldwide as driving force in progressive rock. While best known for his rock opera project AYREON, the multi-talented Dutchman also regularly embarks on musical side projects, which explore different aspects of Lucassen‘s musical personality. As his previous project (GUILT MACHINE‘s “On This Perfect Day”, 2009) was a relatively relaxed and subtle affair, Lucassen‘s muses responded by urging him to record something loud, heavy and anything but subtle for this new release. Thus it was a perfect opportunity to launch his musical spacecraft towards the galaxy of bombastic sci-fi rock by revisiting his STAR ONE project.

“Victims Of The Modern Age” is the follow-up to the STAR ONE debut album, “Space Metal” (2002). Compared to “Space Metal”, the overall sound of “Victims Of The Modern Age” is darker, heavier, more guitar-oriented, and slightly less “spacey”. Arjen has also raised the bar significantly when it comes to the album’s sound. “I think it’s my best sounding album to date; it’s a huge difference compared to the first STAR ONE,” he says. “For the guitars I spent weeks experimenting with different amps and settings in every combination imaginable — and it was worth it. The drums sound fantastic, and the vocalists all outdid themselves, putting in even stronger performances than they did the first time around.”

“Victims Of The Modern Age” will be released on InsideOut Music in North America on October 26 . With its stellar musicianship, strong melodies, meticulous production and compelling concept, STAR ONE “Victims of the Modern Age” is yet another exciting project from one of rock’s great visionaries.

“Victims Of The Modern Age” guest singers:

* Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X)

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August 30th, 2010
by EvilG
Avantasia 2010 covers

Avantasia 2010 covers

Bob Catley (MAGNUS), Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN), Amanda Somerville, Olli Hartmann and Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN) are among the musicians who will tour with AVANTASIA, the project led by EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet, on the group’s upcoming tour.

So far the following dates have been announced:

Nov. 30 – Switzerland – Pratteln, Z7
Dec. 01 – Switzerland – Pratteln, Z7
Dec. 03 – Germany – Lichtenfels, Stadthalle *
Dec. 04 – Germany – Kaufbeuren, All Karthalle *
Dec. 10 – Mexico – Mexico City, Circo Volador
Dec. 15 – Argentina – Buenos Aires, [to be announced]
Dec. 18 – Germany – Fulda, Esperantohalle *
Dec. 19 – Germany – Essen, Grugahalle *

* Due to the fact that this is not a regular or annual tour but an extensive AVANTASIA event and experience, these shows will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets for the German dates are available at

“It’s gonna be a once-in-a-lifetime affair!” said Sammet when the all-star project first set off on a world tour a few years ago. And although it seemed impossible to bring the project onto the stage after an extensive preparatory time, AVANTASIA headlined some of the biggest summer festivals in 2008. To this day, many fans recall the AVANTASIA live shows as magical, once-in-a-lifetime concert experiences.

Commented Sammet: “There has always been the desire to do it again, but, of course, there is always a risk. It requires a huge amount of time and energy; there are no figures based on experience, because I don’t know anybody who has taken an all-star metal opera on the road to play indoor venues. The stage production is abnormally expensive and you must not forget the many people who are involved and who come from different parts of the world. It requires a good timing.

“At some point we sat together and checked if and how we could possibly do it once again and we soon found out that December 2010 would be the right period to do a real tour.

“I admit that four weeks [is] not really a long time frame, but it’s better to do a short tour than no tour at all. And if we hadn’t taken that chance, it would have never happened because we will come with a lot of musicians and vocalists and it’s a nightmare to mind all our individual schedules with our main bands.”

Unlike AVANTASIA‘s festival tour of 2008, the band’s upcoming dates will be full-fledged headlining performances, with the group performing longer sets than has been the case in the past.

“It was great to play Wacken and Sweden Rock Festival, but playing a festival you only have so much time,” explained Sammet. “You play ten songs and people have a party and everybody’s got fun. But doing our own tour, we can really create an atmosphere, we can play a lot longer and take people on a journey through the history of AVANTASIA. We can actually take people to the world of AVANTASIA itself.

“Fans can expect a bombastic concert experience.

“Many so-called ‘metal operas’ have been released on albums recently, but AVANTASIA will bring it on stage and take fans around the globe with them.

“You can’t compare a normal band to what we are going to do. If all your favourite singers appear on one stage at the same night to take you on a musical journey, then this isn’t just great, it’s über-great!”

AVANTASIA released its new epic masterpiece on April 3 as regular CDs (“The Wicked Symphony” and “Angel Of Babylon”), two separate double picture vinyls, and as a beautiful collector’s edition with an AVANTASIA picture book. The deluxe box set features two CDs in two digibooks with impressive booklets, codes for online content (like bonus tracks, etc.) and the AVANTASIA book “The Wicked Trilogy”, including many never-before-seen photos from the tour and from photo sessions, etc. An exclusive interview, liner notes, and a biography is also included. All the album versions were released simultaneously on April 3, so no one ise forced to buy everything piece by piece; instead everyone is able to choose a version of his/her choice right from the release date.

“Dying For An Angel”, the new video from AVANTASIA, can be viewed below. The clip was shot in late January at the ancient town hall in Hannover, Germany and features a special guest appearance by SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine.

“The Wicked Symphony” and “Angel Of Babylon” are the continuation of the trilogy that began with the 2008 album “The Scarecrow”.

The cover artwork for the two CDs (see below) was created by Thomas Ewerhard, who also worked on EDGUY‘s “Hellfire Club” and AVANTASIA‘s “The Scarecrow” albums.

Regarding his decision to release the new AVANTASIA chapter in two separate CDs, Tobias said, “I have always given my very best, but this new chapter in AVANTASIA‘s history is too much and too ambitious to be just a regular album. I have worked on it for years now, and it has become even more than two albums!

“I knew that story would be spread out over two albums back then when we started working on it in 2006, ’cause we had written a real rock opera of over 20 songs even back then. But since then, we kept composing, and out came even bigger and better material.

“Looking at the music industry today with all the CD burning and downloading, I guess in the near future many of us traditional rock and metal bands won’t be able to spend such a production budget. I am afraid I won’t be able to afford so many guests and such a big production with orchestration and a choir and all that. That’s why this production takes so much time; it may be the last big epic I will be able to afford, and I want it to be the biggest piece I have worked on so far.”

Kiske has appeared on every AVANTASIA album so far, including the first two full-length releases, “The Metal Opera” (2001) and “The Metal Opera Pt. II” (2002).

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August 30th, 2010
by EvilG

DIMMU BORGIR - Abrahadabra

DIMMU BORGIR - Abrahadabra

Demonstealer Records is all set to release the kings of black metal Dimmu Borgir’s latest album Abrahadabra in India on October 15th 2010. The album will be released in jewel case format and will come with a special poster and sticker. DSR will also be releasing an officialDimmu Borgir t-shirt in India as well.

Abrahadabra is the band’s ninth studio album and features an ensemble orchestra (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra), as well as the Schola Cantorum choir.

Abrahadabra“, loosely translated as “I will create as I speak”, was created by author Aleister Crowley in his work, Liber AL vel Legis, or The Book of the Law. This album is the second in the band’s repertoire to deviate from the traditional three-word title. The album cover artwork was designed by Joachim Luetke who previously worked on the bands two albums Death Cult Armageddon and In Sorte Diaboli.

The band released their 1st single from the album titled ‘Gateways’ on their Myspace page (

Dimmu Borgir recently revealed the tracklist & coverart for the album.
1. Xibir (2:50)
2. Born Treacherous (5:02)
3. Gateways (5:10)
4. Chess With The Abyss (4:08)
5. Dimmu Borgir (5:35)
6. Ritualist (5:13)
7. The Demiurge Molecule (5:29)
8. A Jewel Traced Through Coal (5:16)
9. Renewal (4:11)
10. Endings And Continuations (5:58)

The album and t-shirt can be pre-ordered from the Demonstealer Records webstore located

*Demonstealer Records had previously released Behemoth’s Evangelion in 2009 in a special black box edition*

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LEAVES EYES full North American tour dates confirmed

August 30th, 2010
by EvilG
LEAVES EYES full North American tour dates confirmed

LEAVES EYES full North American tour dates confirmed

The news everyone’s been waiting for: Napalm recording artists LEAVES’ EYES will return to North American soil this September and October, their first tour dates in support of latest album Njord. Fronted by the alluring Liv Kristine, LEAVES’ EYES will be joined on this tour by KAMELOT and BLACKGUARD. Here are the CONFIRMED dates/venues:

9.8.2010 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
9.10.2010 – Atlana, GA @ Center Stage
9.11.2010 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
9.12.2010 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 9.13.2010 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Gil’s Bar and Grill
9.14.2010 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
9.15.2010 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
9.17.2010 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
9.18.2010 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
9.19.2010 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
9.20.2010 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
9.21.2010 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
9.22.2010 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
9.24.2010 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
9.25.2010 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
9.27.2010 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
9.29.2010 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10.1.2010 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
10.2.2010 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10.3.2010 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon 10.4.2010 – Mesa, AZ @ U.B.’s Bar 10.5.2010 – Tuscon, AZ @ The Rock 10.6.2010 – Amarillo, TX @ The War Legion Underground 10.7.2010 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit 10.8.2010 – Houston, TX @ Meridian

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VIKING SKULL’s Heavy Metal Thunder To Be Released October 26

August 30th, 2010
by EvilG
VIKING SKULL’s Heavy Metal Thunder To Be Released October 26

VIKING SKULL’s Heavy Metal Thunder To Be Released October 26 2010

Restricted Release today confirms October 26 as the North American release date for Heavy Metal Thunder, a special reissue package from England’s VIKING SKULL. Remastered and featuring all new artwork, Heavy Metal Thunder combines the band’s popular debut album, Born In Hell, and the Chapter One EP, both previously unavailable through proper American and Canadian retail outlets. The album also includes five bonus songs and will precede a new, still untitled EP planned for release in early 2011.

VIKING SKULL, featuring vocalist/guitarist Roddy Stone, guitarists Dom Wallace and Frank Regan, bassist Kevin Waldie, with sole-American drummer Jess Margera (CKY, The Company Band), found initial American interest when the song “Skull Heaven” appeared on volume one of Bam Margera’s Viva La Bands compilation series in 2005.  A second song, “Blackened Sunrise” would follow on volume two in 2007. Early fans would have to wait until the winter of 2008, however, to witness their first Skull show; the band finally landing on US shores to share the stage on a short east coast tour with Clutch.

Stone recalls,“our tour with Clutch was the first time for us playing the states. It quickly became quite clear to us that America loves big riffs through big amps and that’s what we’re about. No fancy hair cuts, eye liner, or spooky clothes, just balls out, meat and potatoes heavy rock. That tour was one of the best we’ve done in terms of crowd reaction, and on top of that we got to see Clutch every night.”

Heavy Metal Thunder comes nearly two years to the day after the release of Doom, Gloom, Heartache & Whiskey (Powerage); an album that was embraced by international media on its release in 2008. “Genuinely fantastic rock ‘n roll,” asserts Kerrang! “Whiskey-swigging, bar-room-brawling, southern-baked hard rock and metal,” said Blabbermouth. It was MetalSucks that most aptly described the band’s sound noting, “if you take a foundation built on Black Sabbath, add the support structure of Thin Lizzy, wall it up with a thick layer of Motorhead, and retrofit the whole package with the likes of Orange Goblin, this is the house VIKING SKULL has built.”

“We tend to think, if it ain’t broke don’t try and fix it,” notes Stone about the band’s straight-forward heavy metal anthems. “We like to think back to the day when men were men, and amps where amps. The time when having a good riff/song was important and had nothing to do with posing, we’re a proper band with proper tunes..”

It was 2002 when assorted members of England’s Raging Speedhorn and crew faced the very sobering notion that their daily offering of free booze would dry up whilst not on tour. So for founding members Stone, Waldie, and Regan, the lure of a free pint was enough to encourage them to form a band. In quick time, VIKING SKULL was recording and enjoying non-stop touring (European runs with HIM, Dio, CKY and others) when one memorable evening things came to an abrupt halt. In what can only be recalled as a drop-down, all out battle (fueled by lots, and lots of absinthe unfortunately supplied by then simply friend Jess Margera) the ‘Skull’s outer edges fried and the Northamptonshire-based band broke up. Later finding out what had happened Margera offered up his services and within short time wounds healed and VIKING SKULL was back.

Heavy Metal Thunder Tracklisting:

1. Beers, Drugs And Bitches

2. Wizard’s Sleeve

3. Frostbite

4. Rape Pillage And Burn

5. Crazy Trucker

6. Skull Heaven

7. Born In Hell

8. Crank The Volume

9. Red Hot Woman

10. Seedealer

11. Heavy Metal Thunder

12. Saddle Up

13. Double Or Quits (Demo Version)

14. Rock And Roll Suicide

15. Conquer The World

16. Baby Let Me Know

17. Skulls & Whiskey

18. Dirty Dirty Hole,

19. Inject My Woman (With Love)

20. You Can’t Kill Rock & Roll

VIKING SKULL are set to announce new tour dates for the UK late autumn/early winter and are in discussions for their return to US shores.

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DARK FUNERAL Play Their Final Show With Emperor Magus Caligula; B-Force Announces Departure

August 30th, 2010
by EvilG

In an official message from DARK FUNERAL guitarist Lord Ahriman: “Ave! The dawn of a new dark era has risen, and a new hellish chapter has begun. Despite the circumstances, I must say that the band and I are extremely motivated and excited to start a new chapter in the saga that is DARK FUNERAL. We already have some killer plans for the future. And all I can say at this point is that we’ll be moving forward with full force and without mercy.

Those of you who’ve followed DARK FUNERAL since the beginning in 1993, surely know that this is not the first time we’ve undergone a major lineup change. And whatever some people may have thought or whined about, no one can deny the fact that I/we’ve always succeeded in recruiting new and amazing musicians to move forward and reach new heights with the band. There is absolutely no doubt in our mind that this will again be the case.

On August 21st we performed our last show with Emperor Magus Caligula at the Summer Breeze Festival in Germany. Since this was a very special performance in many ways, we not only put on our biggest pyro show ever, we also captured this gig with 10 cameras (including one crane). So you can be sure to expect a DVD release from this killer show in the near future. More info regarding the DVD will come in due time…

Since parting ways with E.M. Caligula, it come as no surprise to the rest of us, that B-Force would follow the same path and throw in his towel too. So I wish to thank him for the six fantastic years he’d been with us on bass. It’s been a pleasure indeed working together.

Said B-Force of his decision to leave the band: ‘After six awesome and crazy years with DARK FUNERAL, I have decided to leave the band. It’s my own decision to leave one of the best bands/friends in the world, but I feel that I need to move forward in life and do something else music-wise. There are absolutely NO hard feelings between DARK FUNERAL and myself. We are and will continue to be good friends! I want to thank the band and all the fans all over the world. You kick ass everywhere I’ve been playing with the band. I thank you all. May the dark forces be with you.’

We have already found a new and totally amazing bassist; a bassist who lives and breathes DARK FUNERAL in its purest form. And we couldn’t be more honored to have him onboard. We will however wait until everything is settled before we present him to all of you, so please be patient.

Since announcing the departure of Caligula, we’ve been overwhelmed with vocal applicants. Among them are a couple of very strong candidates. However, since we feel no hurry to fill the position, we’ll continue the search to make sure that when we eventually hire someone, it be someone who totally blows away everything in his path.

If you do believe that you have what it takes for the job, we are still accepting vocal applications. Send us a brief introduction and some AUDIO/VIDEO files/links of your vocal performance to:

From now until we have found and installed a new vocalist, we will keep ourselves busy rehearsing and working on material for a new full-length. Rest assured that as soon as the new lineup is complete, we’ll continue to tour the world in usual DARK FUNERAL manner. More news to come… — Lord Ahriman and DARK FUNERAL”

Check out fan-filmed footage of the band at Summer Breeze with Emperor Magus Caligula here:

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MELECHESH: Second Video Trailer Posted

August 30th, 2010
by EvilG
MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH have issued the second video in a series of album trailers for the bands highly anticipated new album The Epigenesis here (or watch is below)

The Epigenesis
was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey. The artwork to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.The record will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

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August 30th, 2010
by EvilG


Renowned British indie record label, Earache Records, has unveiled a brand new video website, Earache.TV.

Earache Records has long been an innovator in the world of extreme music, and its latest project, powered by MUZU.TV, aims to make all of its videos available to be watched online, completely free.

Check out the new website with its huge selection of videos and watch them all for free at

Earache.TV contains not only the usual selection of promotional music videos from all of its bands, but also, for the first time ever, a huge selection of full live shows from many of the artists.

Also included on the new website are a number of interviews with band members, as well as numerous documentaries and clips from the label’s various DVD releases.

Earache aims to make every single video and concert that the label has ever recorded available for fans to view for free, all in one easy-to-find location.

Keep checking back at as the site is updated with more new videos.

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SKELETONWITCH Premiere New Video, Comment on Ozzfest

August 30th, 2010
by EvilG

Blackened thrash tyrants, SKELETONWITCH, have premiered the video for the track, “Submit To The Suffering,” exclusively as Check it out NOW! The video was shot by director Don Tyler (Mastodon, Ringworm) before the band hit the road for the summer, which included a Canadian tour supporting HIGH ON FIRE, a stop at Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal, QC, Ozzfest and off dates with the likes of DEVILDRIVER, KINGDOM OF SORROW and more.

Guitarist Nate Garnette provided some insight into the new video: “”We filmed out in the woods at Mullet Chad’s house….15 friends +15 30-packs of beer= new Skeletonwitch video!”

Guitarist Scott Hedrick commented on the conclusion of Ozzfest: “Ozzfest was fucking killer! The protestors, the rain, your Grandma……no one could stop the metal! The only downside was that there were only 6 shows. We would’ve loved about 660 more! Thanks to everyone who came out and the entire Ozzfest crew for making that shit happen.”

The band’s upcoming dates are as follows:
8/29              Saarbrucken, GER – Garage $$
8/30              Luzem, SZ – Schuur $$
9/01              Ljubljana, SI – Orto Bar $$
9/02              Vienna, AU- Arena $$
9/03              Bischofswerda, GER- Eastclub $$
9/04              München, GER- Feierwerk $$
9/05              Prague, EZ- Exit Chemlnice $$
9/06              Berlin, GER- Magnet $$
9/07              Copenhagen, DA- The Rock $$
9/08              Hamburg, GER- Hafenklang $$
9/09              Antwerpen, BE- Trix $$
9/10              Essen, GER- Turock Fest $$
9/11              Birmingham, UK- O2 Academy $$
9/12              Colchester, UK- Arts Centre $$
9/13              Bristol, UK- The Croft $$
9/14              Glasgow, UK- Ivory Blacks $$
9/15              Newcastle upon Tyne, UK- O2 Academy $$
9/16              London, UK- Underworld $$
9/17              Plymouth, UK- White Rabbit $$
9/18              Tilburg, NL- Extase, Incubate Festival $$

$$ European Bangover w/ Warbringer, Angelus Apatrida

SKELETONWITCH are supporting “Breathing the Fire” which was recorded in Seattle, WA with legendary producer, Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, Soundgarden). The album was released by PROSTHETIC RECORDS on October 13, 2009 and debuted at number 151 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and number 2 on the magazine’s “Heatseekers’ Chart.” Get the album now from the Prosthetic Webstore for $8.99! (

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August 30th, 2010
by EvilG

In advance of the release of the sophomore album by Midwest thrash maniacs VINDICATOR, Heavy Artillery Records are making the entire album available for streaming at the label’s Bandcamp profile as of today. Entitled, The Antique Witcheries, the new album hits store shelves worldwide August 31st.
Preview The Antique Witcheries at:

In support of The Antique Witcheries VINDICATOR will be hitting the road with their “Recipe for Anarchy Tour”. Listed below are the tour dates and stay tuned for additional dates.

September 17th Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt

September 18th Worchester, MA @ The Raven

September 21st Richmond, VA @ TBA

September 22nd Newport News, VA @ Buddah’s Place

September 23rd Raleigh, NC @ The Dive Bar
September 25th St Petersburg, FL @ Fubar

September 29th Atlanta, GA @ Lenny’s Bar

September 30th Asheville, NC @ Stella Blue

October 1st Charleston, WV @ The Blue Parrot

October 2nd Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose

October 3rd Akron, OH @ Sadie Rene’s

October 5th Columbus, OH @ Carabar

October 6th Toledo, OH @ Ramalama Records

October 8th Chicago, IL @ Nite Cap

October 9th Lincoln, NE @ The Gallow’s

October 10th Denver, CO @ TBA

October 13th Boise, ID @ The Redroom

October 15th Seattle, WA @ Galway Arms Pub

October 17th Portland, OR @ The Red Room

October 18th Medford, OR @ Skate Shop

October 19th San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside

October 21st Las Vegas, NV @ Aruba Hotel

October 22nd Escondido, CA @ The Metaphor Café

October 23rd Riverside, CA @ The Common Ground

October 24th Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room

October 26th San Antonio, TX @ Ten Eleven

Check out VINDICATOR at

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August 30th, 2010
by EvilG

Band To Play U.S. Dates With Today Is The Day And Sleep; European Tour To Commence This October

Brooklyn kings of atmospheric doom, A STORM OF LIGHT, are gearing up for a short stint of U.S. tour dates next week that include performances with experimental metal/noise exhibitionists Today Is The Day and reunited stoner metallers Sleep before heading to Europe for a month’s worth of shows in October. Said guitarist/vocalist John Graham of the upcoming shows: “The next couple of months are going to be a lot of fun for us. We’re lucky enough to share the stage with the legendary Sleep, brutalists Today Is the Day, and then embark on our fourth European tour. Awesome!”

A STORM OF LIGHT U.S./Euro Tour Dates 2010

08/31/10 32st St Pub – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Today Is the Day

09/01/10 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Today Is the Day

09/03/10 Santos Party House – New York, NY w/ Today Is the Day

09/04/10 AS220 – Providence, RI w/ Today Is the Day

09/07/10 Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA w/ Sleep

09/08/10 Brooklyn Masonic Temple – Brooklyn, NY w/ Sleep, Lichens

10/01/10 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK

10/02/10 Whelans – Dublin, Irelandw/ Stand Up Guy

10/03/10 The Spring And Airbrake – Belfast, Ireland w/ Stand Up Guy

10/04/10 Captain’s Rest – Glasgow, Scotland

10/05/10 The Croft – Bristol, UK

10/06/10 The Underworld – London, UK w/ Sedula, Sons Of Alpha Centauri

10/07/10 Nouveau Casino – Paris, France

10/08/10 Simplon – Groningen, Netherlands

10/09/10 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands

10/10/10 Juha West Matinee Show – Stuttgart, Germany

10/12/10 Rhiz – Vienna, Austria

10/13/10 Kset – Zagreb, Croatia

10/14/10 Randall – Bratislava, Slovakia

10/16/10 Firlej – Wroclaw, Poland

10/17/10 Powiekszenie – Warsaw, Poland

10/20/10 Nabaklab – Riga, Latvia

10/21/10 Nosturi – Helsinki, Finland

10/23/10 Garage – Oslo, Norway

10/24/10 Debaser – Stockholm, Sweden

10/25/10 Loppen – Copenhagen, Denmark

10/26/10 Hafenklang – Hamburg, Germany

10/27/10 Feierwerk – Munich, Germany

10/28/10 Spazio – Turin, Italy

10/29/10 Urban – Perugia, Italy

10/30/10 Init Club – Rome, Italy

A STORM OF LIGHT — guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Josh Graham (Neurosis visuals, Blood And Time, Battle Of Mice), bassist/vocalist Domenic Seita (formerly of Tombs and Asea) and guitarist/keyboardist Joel Hamilton (Book Of Knots, Battle Of Mice) — released their second full-length, entitled Forgive Us Our Trespasses via Neurot last October.

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WATAIN: Swedish Black Metal Squadron To Wage War On North America

August 30th, 2010
by EvilG

Swedish black metal overlords WATAIN, who unleashed their Lawless Darkness full-length earlier this summer, will shower their blasphemy upon North American soil later this fall. Presented by Decibel Magazine and sponsored in part by Fangoria, Metal Injection and Killer Tours, the unholy trek will commence on November 6 at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh and bludgeon its way through over two dozen cities before coming to close on December 4 at the Opera House in Toronto. Support will come from Goatwhore and Black Anvil.

Lawless Darkness was released via Season Of Mist on June 7. Recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt et al) in Alvik, Sweden with cover art by Zbigniew M. Bielak, the record continues to reap critical accolades from press nationwide and abroad. In addition to scoring cover spots in some of metal’s most esteemed publications including Decibel, Terrorizer, and Subterranea (Metal Hammer’s extreme metal supplement), “Reaping Death,” the latest single off Lawless Darkness, was certified gold in Sweden for sales in excess of 10,000 copies.

There Is No Escape; They Are Coming.

WATAIN: Lawless Darkness North American Tour 2010

w/ Goatwhore, Black Anvil

11/06/2010 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA

11/07/2010 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

11/08/2010 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

11/10/2010 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO

11/11/2010 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT

11/12/2010 Branx (Loveland) – Portland, OR

11/13/2010 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

11/16/2010 Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA

11/17/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

11/18/2010 The Ruby Room – San Diego, CA

11/19/2010 The Whiskey – Hollywood, CA

11/20/2010 Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

11/21/2010 Club 101 – El Paso, TX

11/22/2010 The Loft – Dallas, TX

11/23/2010 Emo’s – Austin, TX

11/24/2010 Numbers – Houston, TX

11/27/2010 Back Booth – Orlando, FL

11/29/2010 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

11/30/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD

12/01/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

12/02/2010 Santo’s New York, NY [No Goatwhore]

12/03/2010 Le Fou Founes – Montreal, QC [No Goatwhore]

12/04/2010 Opera House – Toronto, ON [No Goatwhore]

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KAMELOT Record Release Party Confirmed At NYC Date Of Headlining Tour

August 30th, 2010
by EvilG
KAMELOT - Poetry For The Poisoned

KAMELOT - Poetry For The Poisoned

KAMELOT will embark on its first North American tour in two years, headlining the Pandemonium Over North America Tour, which kicks off September 8th in support of the band’s upcoming ninth studio album Poetry for the Poisoned. Support on the trek will come from Leaves’ Eyes and Blackguard.

As part of the tour, the New York City date at premiere concert and events venue NOKIA Theatre Times Square had been dubbed as the official release party for the album. To celebrate the release, the band and venue will present fans with special first time previews of the new album, a commemorative Poetry for the Poisoned shot glass, and more special events to mark the occasion of their amazing new album.

KAMELOT North American Fall 2010 Tour:

9/08/2010 House Of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
9/10/2010 Progpower USA Festival – Atlanta, GA
9/11/2010 Jaxx Nightclub – Springfield, VA
9/14/2010 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
9/15/2010 Nokia Theatre – New York, NY – RECORD RELEASE SHOW
9/17/2010 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
9/18/2010 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
9/19/2010 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
9/21/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
9/22/2010 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
9/24/2010 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL
9/25/2010 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
9/27/2010 Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
9/29/2010 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
10/01/2010 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
10/02/2010 House of Blues – San Diego, CA

One of metal’s most unique, influential and prestigious current acts, KAMELOT are set to release their most insightful and ambitious project to date, Poetry for the Poisoned on September 14th, 2010. On their ninth studio album, founding guitarist Thomas Youngblood and vocalist Roy Khan are joined by drummer Casey Grillo, keyboardist Oliver Palotai, and new bassist Sean Tibbetts to blend the trademark KAMELOT sound with new elements making it the band’s most diverse release to date.

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SAVATAGE LEGENDS REUNITE TO HELP KIDS: Classic line-up performs together for the first time in 10 years!

August 29th, 2010
by EvilG
Rockstar Superstar Project -  “Serenity”

Rockstar Superstar Project - “Serenity”

Chicago, IL- August 28, 2010 – Metal giants Zak Stevens, Jon Olivia and Chris Caffery appear together on a track called “Claws,” off the upcoming “Serenity” CD by Rockstar Superstar Project. “Serenity,” which is the first ever music CD recommended by Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, has taken nearly two years to complete and is almost here, just in time to kick off National Recovery Month 2010.

“My brother and I were and still are HUGE Savatage fans and we thought it was a no-brainer to invite them to participate on this project. “Savatage is one of those bands that will live on forever in the hearts of metal fans all over the world and what better of a band to perform the heaviest track on the CD?” says Super Star

“Our goal with the CD is to send a strong message that living a life without drugs and alcohol is the only way to achieve your dreams,” said Rock Star. “Since we know there are kids who would rather listen to music than read a book, we are using music to reach them in the language they understand.”

Joining the fight via guest appearances on the CD are music icons including Cherie Currie (RUNAWAYS), Stevie Rachelle, (TUFF), George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Carlos Cavazo (QUIET RIOT, RATT), Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER), Zak Stevens (SAVATAGE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE), Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Bruce Kulick (KISS, UNION), Howard Leese (HEART), Bob Kulick (MEAT LOAF), Lorraine Lewis (ex-FEMME FATALE, ROKTOPUSS), David Schultz (GOO GOO DOLLS, BERLIN), Veronica Freeman (BENEDICTUM), Ted Poley (DANGER DANGER), Todd La Torre (CRIMSON GLORY),and of course Rock Star aka Marc Kancler (Guitars) and Super Star aka Kris Kancler (Drums) and many more.

Check out “Claws” here

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX – The Big Four: Live From Sonisphere 2010 DVD Now Available For Pre-Order

August 27th, 2010
by EvilG
The Big Four: Live From Sonisphere 2010 DVD Now Available For Pre-Order

The Big Four: Live From Sonisphere 2010 DVD Now Available For Pre-Order

METALLICA have issued the following update:

“You may have heard us say something about a DVD at the end of the satellite broadcast or read it in the internet rumor mill . . . it’s true, there will be a DVD Release of the Big 4 show from Sofia, Bulgaria!! We had such an awesome time hanging with ANTHRAX, MEGADETH and SLAYER and the cameras were already rolling, so why not?

Here’s the scoop: The DVD hits the streets on October 15 in Northern Europe, October 18 in most of the rest of the world, October 19 in North America and the full shows from all four bands will be included in the two disc set along with behind the scenes and interview footage. In addition to the two DVD set and the corresponding Blu-ray, there will be a limited edition ‘super deluxe’ box set including the DVD set, five CD’s with ALL the music, a 24 page booklet, a poster, photos of each band, and a Big 4 guitar pick.

The clever title of the DVD is The Big 4 Live From Sofia, Bulgaria (yes, that’s really it!!) and you if you’re interested in the box set, it is currently available in the Metallica Store for pre-order. It is also available for pre-order for Met Club Members over at

All DVD orders placed at the Metallica Store and at, including the pre-order of the deluxe box set, will ALSO receive one limited edition, exclusive RED Big 4 guitar pick with one of four different print colors (white, black, silver or gold). This red guitar pick is not available in stores!

To pre-order the deluxe set, click here. It will start shipping on October 15, 2010. To our friends outside of North America, this special box set will be available at your favorite local stores and online retailers as well, should you choose to avoid international shipping charges.”

According to sources, the Deluxe edition DVD Box set includes five CDs featuring each band’s entire live set:

ANTHRAX – one disc
SLAYER – one disc
MEGADETH – one disc
Metallica – two discs

The Deluxe Edition also features an event poster, posters from each band (four posters) and guitar pick (subject to change). The Box size: 20.5 x 15 x 4cm (subject to change).

The package documents the landmark event where Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax played together for the first time in their history at the Sonisphere Festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland in front of 100,000 fans this past June 16th. The night also featured the legendary jam cover of the DIAMOND HEAD classic ‘Am I Evil?’ by all bands.

The band’s setlists were as follows:


‘Creeping Death’
‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’
‘Harvester Of Sorrow’
‘Fade To Black’
‘That Was Just Your Life’
‘Sad But True’
‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’
‘All Nightmare Long’
‘Master Of Puppets’
‘Nothing Else Matters’
‘Enter Sandman’

‘Am I Evil? (with the Big Four)
‘Hit The Lights’
‘Seek and Destroy


‘World Painted Blood’
‘War Ensemble’
‘Hate Worldwide’
‘Dead Skin Mask’
‘Angel of Death’
‘South of Heaven’
‘Mandatory Suicide’
‘Chemical Warfare’
‘Raining Blood’


‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due’
‘Hangar 18’
‘Take No Prisoners’
‘Five Magics’
‘Poison Was The Cure’
‘Tornado Of Souls’
‘Dawn Patrol’
‘Rust in Peace… Polaris’
‘Sweating Bullets’
‘Symphony Of Destruction’
‘Peace Sells’


‘Caught In A Mosh’
‘Got the Time’
‘Only’ (video below!)
‘I Am The Law’

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