Upcoming October Tide Shows

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG

Swedish doomers OCTOBER TIDE (featuring ex-Katatonia guitarist Fredrik Norrman) have lined-up the following shows in order to support their highly anticipated “comeback” album “A Thin Shell”.

22.10 2010 SWE – Gävle – Club Monster

05.11 2010 SWE – Västerås – Sigurdsgatan 25 << NEW !!

07.11 2010 ROM – Bucharest – The Silver Church Club

11.12 2010 SWE – Söderhamn – Julslakten

15.01 2011 NL – Arnhem – Willemeen << NEW !!

More shows to be announced soon.

Formed in 1995 by then KATATONIA guitarist Fredrik Norrman and KATATONIA/BLOODBATH vocalist Jonas Renkse OCTOBER TIDE quickly made a mark with two albums recorded and released during the years 1997 and 1999.

Their new album “A Thin Shell” is out now through Candlelight Records.

Recorded at Black Lounge studios with producer Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY) and featuring artwork by Travis Smith (OPETH, TESTAMENT etc) “A Thin Shell” delivers what fans have anxiously awaited from this treasured band. Seven doom-laden and emotive songs that are every bit as heavy as they are catchy fill the impressive recording that officially closes the band’s self-imposed, decade-long hiatus.

OCTOBER TIDE line-up :

Fredrik Norrman – guitars (ex-KATATONIA)
Tobias Netzell – vocals (IN MOURNING)
Robin Bergh – drums (AMARAN)
Emil Alstermark – guitars (MANDYLON)
Pierre Stam – bass (IN MOURNING)

October Tide @ the net : www.octobertide.net
October Tide @ MySpace : www.myspace.com/octobertideband
October Tide @ Facebook : www.facebook.com/pages/October-Tide/6123636025

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OCEANO: PRE-ORDER ‘CONTAGION’ ON ITUNES WITH EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACK

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG

CONTAGION, the new album from Chicago deathcore heavyweights OCEANO, is available to pre-order now on iTunes in the USA and Canada.

Due to be released in North America on November 9th, CONTAGION is the long awaited follow-up to OCEANO’s 2009 Billboard-charting debut album, DEPTHS, and features eleven brutal new tracks.  Get the album on iTunes and you’ll also receive an exclusive bonus demo track not available anywhere else.

Pre-order CONTAGION now on iTunes with the exclusive bonus track at http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/contagion/id395337546

View an image for the iTunes exclusive version at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/oceano_contagion_itunes.jpg

CONTAGION is also available to pre-order on CD from the Earache Webstore along with new t-shirt and hoodie combo packs.  Everyone who pre-orders any version of the new CD from the Webstore will also be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a free iPad.

Pre-order CONTAGION in North America from the Earache Webstore at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_698

You can also pre-order CONTAGION directly from the band at their merch stall at any of their current shows.
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MELECHESH: Track by Track Commentary Part 1

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG

Guitarist/vocalist Ashmedi of Mesopotamian blackened thrash pioneers MELECHESH, has issued the first of several track by track explanations of songs from their forthcoming album. The Epigenesis will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

1. Ghouls Of Nineveh

“This song is a statement on how one riff can be effective and devastating!  It is very powerful and live it is neck breaking. The song itself revolved around a singular riff, very non cliché to extreme metal. Some people expected a conformist start for the album, i.e. a faster song and we rejected the idea. This song sets the mood for a multi faceted album. This song is almost like a hymn. ‘Ghouls of Nineveh’ revolves around Assyrian/Mesopotamian deities, who are the Annunaki. Some of the brass bells you hear are a result of a pestle and mortar I found in my childhood house in Jerusalem when I went for a visit. The brass pestle and mortar was in my house as far as I can recall, yet this time when I was there in 2009,  I experimented with it and the sound was bright. Better than any bell I know of. So I confiscated it and used it on the album as a percussive instrument! The final guitar lead was improvised on the spot and the piano cosmetic lead was split between Reuben the engineer and myself. This Fazioli Grand piano cost as much as a house in some parts of the USA ($120,000), so I was slightly careful with it!”
2. Grand Gathas of Baal Sin

“Gathas are the sacred writings of Zarathustra. However I liked to integrate themes and made Gathas for Lord Sin (Baal is not only a deity but actually the word means Lord). Sin is the name of the Mesopotamian moon deity so it is a play on words. Musically this song is meant to resemble a stampede or a whirlwind of chaos with frantic riffing tones, which breaks with epic middle eastern scaling and beats. The drum toms on this song represent war drums or ritualistic drums. With the set of right speakers the drum toms are explosive and bombastic. The group Chanting ‘Sin Baal Sin Baal’ remind me with Sufi rituals. There is a little part in the end like a jam with non distorted guitars. This was purely by chance the tape was rolling and I could only hear drum tracks so I jammed on the drums on a couple of channels. Eventually we thought ok lets use it. The very final note on the song is the Persian Santur.”

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BLOOD TRIBE – “Repulse” release in November 2010 through Dark Harvest Records

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG

Indiana Brutal thrash band BLOOD TRIBE will release their second album, “Repulse”, in November 2010 through Dark Harvest Records. The CD was recorded at Kill Co. Audio in Evansville , Indiana), with producer Ryan Key who also recorded their debut release. The Cd is being mastered by Jamie King (Graves of Valor, Between the Buried and Me, Through the Eyes of the Dead).
With the addition of new vocalist Jonathon Drew, guitarist Danny Wade and Bassist Matt Courtney, the band has finally solidified a powerful line up.

Repulse takes on a more death metal feel than the previous album. The new video “In Fair Verona” will also be available on the cd as bonus material.
“Repulse” track listing:

01. Reflections
02. Manipulated Sexuality
03. A Scar for every Sin
04. Force fed Suffering
05. In Fair Verona
Bonus In Fair Verona Video

Blood Tribe will hold a CD-release party in Evansville, Indiana at a later date to be determined.

You can keep up with the news of the release by checking out these sites:
www.reverbnation.com/bloodtribeofficial
www.myspace.com/bloodtribe
Dark Harvest Records
www.darkharvestrecords.com
www.myspace.com/darkharvestrecords

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TRIPTYKON – Tom Gabriel Warrior Checks In From The Road

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG
TRIPTYKON

TRIPTYKON

Current TRIPTYKON and former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Warrior has posted the following message on his official blog:

“On tour again in North America… In April of 2008, when I departed CELTIC FROST and began to lay the foundation for TRIPTYKON, this was but a mere intention, the fulfillment of which was anything but certain. The utter dedication of the audiences we are playing to here, their loyalty, and their feedback thus means even more to me that it ordinarily would.

“On October 10, in Montreal, I was finally able to witness an entire concert by our esteemed special guests on this tour, YAKUZA. I had previously only seen a couple of songs or so each night. In my eyes, they are truly extraordinary, both on a personal level as well as musically. Their songs are full of emotions, variety, energy, beauty, and agitation. Their performance requires perhaps a tad more open-mindedness than must ordinarily be mustered, but they are one of the rare contemporary heavy rock acts with the courage to pursue their own, very unique path. Even that fact alone commands respect and makes them as perfect for a tour with TRIPTYKON as they would have been in a pairing with CELTIC FROST. We in TRIPTYKON have all become fans.

“The combination of the three bands on this tour, 1349, YAKUZA, and TRIPTYKON, could not be any more unique and, in my humble (and biased) opinion, effective. It is a tour unlike any other.”

TRIPTYKON will follow its highly acclaimed debut album, “Eparistera Daimones”, with the release of “Shatter”, an all-new five-track EP, on October 25 (Europe) and October 26 (North America).

At a playing time of approximately 28 minutes, “Shatter” will consist almost entirely of previously unreleased music.

The EP’s track listing is as follows:

01. Shatter

02. I Am The Twilight

03. Crucifixus

(Recorded during the “Eparistera Daimones” album sessions in 2009. “Crucifixus” appears in a newly mixed and mastered version.)

04. Circle Of The Tyrants (live)

05. Dethroned Emperor (live)

(Cover versions of CELTIC FROST songs, recorded live during TRIPTYKON’s headliner performance at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands, on April 16, 2010. “Dethroned Emperor” features guest lead vocals by Nocturno Culto of DARKTHRONE/SARKE.)

TRIPTYKON’s “Shatter” EP will be available through Century Media Records (under license from Prowling Death Records Ltd.) as CD, digital download, and 12″ vinyl (at 33 rpm). The EP will further contain the lyrics to all songs as well as detailed liner notes and credits.

TRIPTYKON consists of V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion), Vanja Slajh (bass), and Tom Gabriel Warrior (voice, guitars). The group has unambiguously stated that it pursues the continuation and further development of the path Warrior began in HELLHAMMER and CELTIC FROST.

For further information, visit www.triptykon.net.

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PAUL GILBERT To Warm Up For European Tour With Show In Hollywood

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG
Paul Gilbert - Live

Paul Gilbert - Live

Guitarist extraordinaire Paul Gilbert (MR. BIG, RACER X) will play a warm-up show for his European tour on Monday, November 1 at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California. Gilbert will debut a brand new set featuring material from his third instrumental album, “Fuzz Universe”.

Gilbert’s “Fuzz Universe” European tour which kicks off on November 5 in London, England.

“Fuzz Universe” came out on August 3 via Shrapnel Records.

“Being a fan of pop music and rock bands, I am a reluctant convert into the art of instrumental rock music,” explains Gilbert. “But after touring with Joe Satriani’s G3, I witnessed firsthand the power of the electric guitar to take center stage and rock the audience. Playing my guitar-driven songs live was a blast! This discovery led to a huge increase in my touring as a solo artist. In the last couple of years, I’ve played nearly 150 shows all over the world, with my guitar leading the way.”

The “Fuzz Universe” title is inspired by Gilbert being so immersed in the world of guitar that it made him realize that he lives in a “fuzz universe.”

“Every generation of guitar players has their own terminology for the rock guitar sound: distortion, overdrive, gain, crunch, saturation, drive, etc.” Gilbert explains. “For me, the word is ‘fuzz.'”

Regarding the musical direction of the new CD, Gilbert states, “On ‘Fuzz Universe’, I think I’ve taken a giant step closer to the ultimate rock guitar sound and playing of my dreams. I’ve used many of my signature techniques from RACER X and MR. BIG, but twisted them into new chords, grooves, and emotions.

“As always, my influences are diverse and not what you might expect from a ‘heavy metal’ artist.

“While I was writing the songs for ‘Fuzz Universe’, I was immersing myself in Bulgarian female choir music, baroque lute and violin pieces, Johnny Cash songs about trains, cows, mules, and mining coal, the BEE GEES, and Ronnie James Dio. I mix all this into my head, and out came endless new ideas for my guitar to chew on.

“After several months of being locked in my writing room, I gathered my touring band together and headed to the studio. Jeff Bowders played drums. Craig Martini played bass. Emi Gilbert (my wife) played keyboards. And I bent the guitar strings until I couldn’t play anymore.

“As usual, there are no dramatic stories here. No heroin overdoses, motorcycle accidents, celebrity divorces, or bandmember boxing matches. The emotion, drama, and power are all in the music. That is the universe that I want to live in.”

Paul Gilbert is regarded internationally as one of the greatest players in the industry. Having started his recording career with Shrapnel Records as a teenager in the late ’80s, he remains one of the most active guitarists from the original shred guitar scene. His rise to platinum success includes a No. 1 song with MR. BIG, and cult status as founding member of the legendary and highly successful underground shred  metal band RACER X.

For more information, visit www.paulgilbert.com.

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The exclusive re-issue of two albums by One Man Army and the Undead Quartet

October 14th, 2010
by EvilG

With a name like One Man Army and the Undead Quartet you shouldn’t expect anything less than pure sonic Armageddon and this is exactly what this band delivers. Under the command of Johan Lindstrand (ex-vocalist of the legendary death metal act The Crown), this metal monstrosity proves that old-school thrash and melodic death metal can easily be combined into a perfect blend of sheer aggression and top notch musicianship. Metal Mind Productions presents the exclusive reissues of “21st Century Killing Machine” (2006) and “Error in Evolution” (2007) – the band’s first two LPs – which are all the proof you need to get sucked into the world of ultimate metal annihilation!

The group’s formation was a direct result of the disbandment of Lindstrand’s previous act – The Crown. The band’s debut demo entitled “When Hatred Comes To Life” was released in early 2005, granting Lindstrand’s and his crew a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Under this flag the band recorded their stunning debut album called “21st Century Killing Machine”, which landed in stores on January 6th, 2006. The group’s debut offering proved to be a big success on the European metal scene, receiving great reviews and top scores in the press. The band soon found themselves on tour supporting Children of Bodom and later playing shows with such renown acts as Soilwork, Hypocrisy and Amorphis. They celebrated the end of the year with releasing the bizarre yet brilliant anti-Christmas single called “Christmas for the Lobotomizer”. The year 2007 brought One Man Army and The Undead Quartet’s second LP entitled “Error in Evolution” (the album was released on March 7th). This time it was more of a group effort rather than Lindstrand’s solo work. As he summed it up in an interview for Heavymetal.about.com: “Now the band has been together for two years and everyone was involved in the songwriting process. We have much wider influences coming from all directions. The songs have more melody and catchiness.” Indeed, the material on “Error in Evolution” proved to be more melodic and experimental than that on the debut record. It also included a surprising cover of “He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)” by… Alice Cooper! The album was very well received by the fans, who strongly appreciated the group’s musical progress. “Error in Evolution” was promoted in Europe with an extensive tour alongside Gorefest. In 2008 One Man Army and the Undead Quartet returned with their third album called “Grim Tales”, released by Massacre Records.

“21st Century Killing Machine” and “Error in Evolution” will be available in new digipak editions, each limited to 2000 copies. Both albums include bonus tracks. The material was remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions set up the release date for November, 22nd in Europe and January, 11th 2011 in USA (via MVD).

One Man Army And The Undead Quartet

“21st Century Killing Machine” (remastered + bonus tracks)

“21st Century Killing Machine” (remastered + bonus tracks)

“21st Century Killing Machine” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1404 DG

Barcode: 5907785036437

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: death / thrash metal

Release date: 22.11.2010 Europe / 11.01.2011 USA

Tracklist:

1. Killing Machine

2. Devil On The Red Carpet

3. Public Enemy No 1

4. No Apparent Motive

5. Hell Is For Heroes

6. When Hatred Comes To Life

7. So Grim So True So Real

8. Behind The Church

9. Branded By Iron

10. Bulldozer Frenzy

Bonus Tracks:

11. The Sweetness Of Black

12. Mary’s Raising The Dead

13. So Grim So True So Real (Videoclip)

One Man Army And The Undead Quartet

“Error In Evolution” (remastered + bonus tracks)

“Error In Evolution” (remastered + bonus tracks)

“Error In Evolution” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1405 DG

Barcode: 5907785036444

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: Death / thrash metal

Release date: 22.11.2010 Europe / 11.01.2011 USA

Tracklist:

1. Mine For The Taking

2. Knights In Satan’s Service

3. Such A Sick Boy

4. The Supreme Butcher

5. The Sun Never Shines

6. See Them Burn

7. Nightmare In Ashes And Blood

8. He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask) – (A. Cooper Cover)

9. Heaven Knows No Pain

10. Hail The King

Bonus tracks:

11. Killing Machine (Live In Stuttgart – Lka – Longhorn, 18.04.06)

12. Public Enemy No 1 (Live In Stuttgart -Lka – Longhorn, 18.04.06)

13. So Grim So True So Real (Live In Stuttgart -Lka – Longhorn, 18.04.06)

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BLACKGUARD ANNOUNCE VICTORY SIGNING AND THEIR 2011 PLANS!

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Earlier this week, Montreal’s BLACKGUARD announced their pairing with VICTORY RECORDS.

The band has released this statement regarding the signing, the departure of a member, and their non-stop touring plans well into 2011.

We are very pleased to announce our signing to Victory Records!

At first (and second) glance this might seem like an odd pairing, but Victory is a very hard working label that we are all 100% behind. The Victory Staff has welcomed us with open arms and is committed to pushing our next release to its full potential. It’s no secret that we’ve been touring extensively this past year and a half, and it’s comforting to know we have a label backing us that is willing to work and put in as much effort as we have for the release of our 3rd record (2nd under the name BLACKGUARD).

That being said we are hard at work completing our next record which has a tentative release date for April . The release will coincide with a North American tour that isn’t announced yet, but when it does it’s going to turn heads.

Now for a bit of sad news…

For those of you who have seen us play recently with Leaves Eyes and on the Nevermore tour, you have no doubt noticed the absence of our Keyboardist Jo. We’re sad to say that Jo has officially left the band to pursue other endeavors.

There’s no drama here, and we’re all still good friends. Jo simply felt his time with the band had come to an end and we have amicably parted ways.

BLACKGUARD will remain a 5 piece for the foreseeable future.

We’re currently having a blast on the Nevermore tour! There have been some great shows and sharing the stage with so many great bands has been a pleasure thus far. Hatesphere , Warbringer and Nevermore are bringing it every night so this is not a tour you want to miss.

Our run on this tour goes all the way to Nov 5th so check our tour dates and come out.

After this we go right back at it again with our good friends EPICA, Scar Symmetry and The Agonist all the way to mid Dec.

Then we get to kick off the New Year with Deicide, Belphegor, Neuraxis and Pathology from Feburary 15th to March 10th.

Take care everyone, and we’ll see you on the road!

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DARK TRANQUILLITY confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL!

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG
70000 TONS OF METAL

70000 TONS OF METAL

After leaving another scouting party on the North American West Coast, they sailed in DARK TRANQUILLITY once more via the Northwest Passage all the way to Gothenburg. Skål! Welcome back to Sweden! 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival! 31 out of 40 band on board and counting…

The confirmed 31 out of 40 bands are:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Cripper
Dark Tranquillity
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth
Korpiklaani
Marduk
Moonspell
Nevermore

Obituary
Rage
Raven
Sanctuary

Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Týr
Uli Jon Roth
Unleashed
Witchburner

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!

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DAATH Prepare For Plethora of Worldwide Touring This Fall/Winter; New Album Set For Oct. 25th Release

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Extreme metal at its very best, plain and simple, is what the Atlanta based quintet DAATH delivers. The group’s highly anticipated third full-length release is going to be self-titled and is set for an Oct. 25th release through Century Media Records. The disc is a face-melting masterpiece that was co-produced by the renowned Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devildriver) and Eyal Levi (guitars). The group is now more determined, energized and focused than ever before and expanded upon their unique, uncompromising and dynamic sound. For those previously uninitiated, feel free to head over to www.myspace.com/daath to see what they are all about.

DAATH is currently preparing for a plethora of worldwide touring, which kicks off on Nov. 24th in North America as the group heads out on a trek with Chimaira and Impending Doom. This will lead them immediately into a lengthy European run with Fear Factory, so be sure to either see below or visit the band’s MySpace page to view their complete touring itinerary.

Levi states: “Last time we toured with Chimaira was the fall of 2009 in Europe. That tour was downright destructive. The only bummer was that we wished we could have toured together with Chimaira on American soil. Well here it is! The first tour supporting our upcoming album will be in North America with Chimaira and Impending Doom this November. All I can say past that is those of you who make it out will get to experience DAATH in a whole new way.

“This past summer we kept getting asked why we stayed in Europe for such a short time during the festival season. Our only answer was, ‘we’ll be back soon.’ Well, we’re very excited to announce that we are returning to Europe for our second time in 2010 with the legendary Fear Factory and the hypnotic High On Fire. The excitement to bring our European fans some new DAATH as part of such an incredible tour package is almost overwhelming. Europe, we will see you in December!”

Levi further comments: “Our third album is the most unrestrained and over the top collection of songs we’ve ever captured. We went in with the intent of creating a freak show of a record and we achieved it. People looking for a wrecking ball of an album will be happy. People looking for an album they’ll still hear new things in one year down the road will be happy. People going in with any preconceived notions of who we are and what we sound like are in for a surprise.”

A specially priced pre-order package featuring an exclusive shirt and new CD is available now at the link below for only $20, so click below to purchase now as this is a very limited offer.
http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/Daath_-_-Daath-_CD_+_Shirt_-PRE-ORDER-/PKG000489

Uniting the aggressiveness of classic American death metal with a modern metal twist, unrivaled musicianship and catchiness to equal parts, DAATH are well prepared to gather legions of new fans worldwide – with sharpened blades at hand this band is destined to become the genre’s most efficient sonic killing machine!

DAATH w/Chimaria, Impending Doom

Wed/Nov-24 –  Chicago IL

Fri/Nov-26 –  Columbus OH

Sat/Nov-27 –  Detroit MI

Sun/Nov-28 –  Pittsburgh PA

Mon/Nov-29 –  Toronto ON

Tue/Nov-30 –  Montreal QC

Wed/Dec-01 –  Poughkeepsie NY

Thu/Dec-02 – West Springfield VA

Fri/Dec-03 –  Allentown PA

Sat/Dec-04 –  Lancaster PA

DAATH w/Fear Factory, High On Fire

06.12. LUX Luxembourg, Den Atelier

07.12. BEL Antwerp, Trix

08.12. GER Saarbrucken, Garage

09.12. AUT Wien, Arena

11.12. SWI Zurich, Dynamo

12.12. ITA Bologna, Estragon

13.12. GER Köln, Essigfabrik

14.12. FRA Paris, Elysee Montmartre

15.12. GBR Nottingham, Rock City

16.12. SCO Glasgow, QMU

18.12. GBR Manchester, O2 Academy

19.12. GBR London, Forum

20.12. GBR Bristol, O2 Academy

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Queensryche’s EMPIRE: 11/9 release, new art, tour dates

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

QUEENSRŸCHE’S TRIPLE-PLATINUM ‘EMPIRE’ REMASTERED AND EXPANDED FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 9 2010 BY CAPITOL/EMI

QUEENSRŸCHE’S TRIPLE-PLATINUM ‘EMPIRE’ REMASTERED AND EXPANDED FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 9 2010 BY CAPITOL/EMI

QUEENSRŸCHE’S TRIPLE-PLATINUM ‘EMPIRE’ REMASTERED AND EXPANDED FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 9 BY CAPITOL/EMI

Deluxe 2CD and Digital Packages Feature Remastered Original Album Plus 13 Bonus Tracks, Including 10 Previously Unreleased Live Recordings

Hollywood, California – Queensrÿche has partnered with Capitol/EMI for the November 9 release of an expanded 20th Anniversary Edition of the band’s triple platinum-certified breakout album, Empire. The new 2-CD and digital packages both include the remastered album, featuring six hit singles, including the #1 smash “Silent Lucidity,” as well as 13 bonus tracks, among them 10 previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1990 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The 2-CD package is presented in a lift-top box with five postcards, a fold-out poster and a booklet featuring photos from the band’s personal archive.

After building a devoted fan base with album and EP releases throughout the 1980s, including 1988’s critically acclaimed Operation: Mindcrime, Queensrÿche broke into the mainstream across North America and abroad with the 1990 release of Empire.  In the U.S., the album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and its hit ballad “Silent Lucidity” quickly became a heavy rotation staple at rock radio and on MTV, topping Billboard’s Modern Rock singles chart and earning Queensrÿche the coveted MTV Viewers Choice Award for the song’s music video. Empire also made the U.K.’s Top 10, and the album’s international success led to Queensrÿche’s 18-month headlining “Building Empires” world tour, the band’s longest trek to date.

Empire also features the Billboard Top 10 Modern Rock hits “Jet City Woman” and “Another Rainy Night,” the Top 20 single, “Anybody Listening?,” and the Top 30 singles “Best I Can” and Empire.”  In addition to the aforementioned live recordings, Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)’s bonus tracks include “Last Time in Paris” from the Ford Forlaine soundtrack, “Dirty Lil’ Secret,” and the band’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair.”

Since forming in Bellevue, Washington in 1981, Queensrÿche has sold more than twenty million albums around the world. For more information, visit Queensrÿche’s official web site: www.queensryche.com

QUEENSRŸCHE
EMPIRE
(20th Anniversary Edition)
[2CD, digital]

DISC 1

  1. Best I Can
  2. The Thin Line
  3. Jet City Woman
  4. Della Brown
  5. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
  6. Empire
  7. Resistance
  8. Silent Lucidity
  9. Hand On Heart
  10. One And Only
  11. Anybody Listening?
  12. Last Time In Paris [Bonus Track]
  13. Scarborough Fair [Bonus Track]
  14. Dirty Lil’ Secret [Bonus Track]

DISC 2 (previously unreleased: all tracks recorded live 11/15/90 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon)

  1. Resistance
  2. Walk in the Shadows
  3. Best I Can
  4. Empire
  5. The Thin Line
  6. Jet City Woman
  7. Roads To Madness
  8. Silent Lucidity
  9. Hand On Heart
  10. Take Hold Of The Flame

TOUR DATES:

The Queensrÿche Cabaret
Oct 28     VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino, Kansas City, MO
Oct 29     House of Blues, Chicago, IL
Oct 30     Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mount Pleasant, MI

The “Best of” Tour
Oct 31    Buffalo Wild Wings, Mesa, AZ
Nov 13   Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, NV
Dec 30   D&R Theatre, Aberdeen, WA
Jan 22    Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover, NV

AMAZON PRE-ORDER (EMPIRE 20TH)
http://www.amazon.com/Empire-20th-Anniversary-Queensryche/dp/B003XFV7W4

VIDEOS
Another Rainy Night (Without You) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcMVZ-aRWYQ
Anybody Listening – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UlEIQUWKTQ
Best I Can – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg7ZRZyQJ5U
Empire – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN9qdgdFrZY
Jet City Woman – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JykN5eCkvnM
Resistance (Live) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTDtUph_ibc
Silent Lucidity – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3QSkux3vcQ
The Thin Line – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odlzH7OI1CU

ONLINE
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/Queensryche
My Space – http://www.myspace.com/queensryche
Twitter – http://twitter.com/queensryche
Official – http://www.queensryche.com

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KERRY KING TO CHAT WITH ESPN SPORTSNATION

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Slayer - The Vinyl Conflict - Product Shot

Slayer - The Vinyl Conflict - Product Shot

KERRY KING TO CHAT WITH ESPN SPORTSNATION THIS THURSDAY 3:30 PM ET

SLAYER’S VINYL CONFLICT BOX SET AVAILABLE NOW

This Thursday (10/14) at 3:30 PM ET Slayer guitarist Kerry King will be stopping by ESPN Sportsnation to chat with fans about his love of Raider Nation, his life in Slayer, and the recent release of the Vinyl Conflict box set. Fans can start submitting their questions for Kerry here: http://es.pn/c66vMR

For nearly 30 years, Slayer has been the single most distinctive and radical thrash metal band anywhere. Graphic lyrics, saturated in controversy and disturbing imagery…the frenzied guitar playing, powerful vocals, and unrelenting pounding drums at breakneck speed…the unparalleled concert performances…the shocking and blood-fueled albums all have kept their rabid, head-banging fans enthralled in mayhem.

For the first time in the band’s storied history, The Vinyl Conflict collects all 10 original Slayer albums from American Recordings and puts them together in this limited edition box set. Each album has been remastered from the original flat master tapes and is pressed on the highest quality 180-gram audiophile vinyl.  Also included are reproductions of the original LP artwork, including inner sleeve art, all in heavyweight, litho-wrapped chip jackets.  From 1986’s Reign In Blood to 1994’s Divine Intervention to 2009’s World Painted Blood, it’s all here, it’s all on vinyl and it’s all original Slayer.

www.slayer.net

Sportsnation chat page: http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/34948/slayer-kerry-king

Vinyl conflict buy link: http://www.sonymusicdigital.com/slayer/features/5604536

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BEHEMOTH: SECOND “EVANGELIA HERETIKA” DVD TEASER POSTED ONLINE!

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG
BEHEMOTH "EVANGELIA HERETIKA" (DVD)

BEHEMOTH "EVANGELIA HERETIKA" (DVD)

Evangelia Heretika landing page contains pre-orders, bundle offers & first sneak peak at the DVD!

Another teaser for Evangelia Heretika, the forthcoming DVD from BEHEMOTH, can be viewed HERE (scroll down to second item in player: Behemoth “Evangelia Heretika” Trailer 2).

Evangelia Heretika will include 3 Discs featuring 2 full shows (live in Paris 2008 and Live in Warsaw 2009), every BEHEMOTH music video ever made, Evangelion tour documentary featuring band interviews plus tons of backstage footage; a total of over 5 hours of material plus a bonus Live in Warsaw Audio CD.

Fans can preorder the newest Behemoth DVD Evangelia Heretika HERE.

Evangelia Heretika available in the US on November 9th

http://www.behemoth.pl

http://www.myspace.com/behemoth

http://www.facebook.com/behemoth

http://www.youtube.com/user/Behemothofficial

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MARDUK: Blackest Of The Black Tour Update

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Swedish black metallers MARDUK are currently readying for their triumphant return to the U.S. later this month as part of the coveted Blackest Of The Black tour, founded by Danzig frontman/legend Glenn Danzig in 2003 as a way to promote extreme bands of his choosing from around the globe. The 2010 edition will officially kick off on October 25 and wind its way through over a dozen cities before making its last stop in mid November. Additional support will be provided by Possessed, Toxic Holocaust and Withered. MARDUK will also be doing a handful of headlining shows throughout the tour in Arizona, Oklahoma, Ohio, Iowa, South Dakota, Utah, Nevada and California. Via the latest tour dates below:

MARDUK on Blackest Of The Black Tour 2010
w/ Danzig, Possessed, Toxic Holocaust, Withered
* New date added
10/24/2010 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date] *
10/25/2010 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
10/26/2010 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date] *
10/27/2010  The Village – Little Rock, AR
10/29/2010  Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
10/30/2010  Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
10/31/2010  The Palladium Showroom – Dallas, TX
11/02/2010  Valarium – Knoxville, TN
11/03/2010  Expo Five – Louisville, KY
11/04/2010  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
11/05/2010  Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date]
11/06/2010  Royal Oak Music Theater – Royal Oak, MI
11/07/2010  Congress Theater – Chicago, IL  *
11/08/2010  Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date]
11/09/2010  The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/10/2010  The Venue  – Fargo, ND
11/11/2010 Sports Rock – Rapid City, SD [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date] *
11/12/2010  Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
11/13/2010 Vertigo at  The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date] *
11/14/2010  Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
11/15/2010  Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
11/16/2010 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
11/17/2010 Senator Theatre – Chico, CA *
11/18/2010 New Oasis – Sparks, NV [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date] *
11/19/2010 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date] *
11/20/2010 The Grove Of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA *

MARDUK have been touring the globe in support of Wormwood, their eleventh studio album released last October via Regain Records. Wormwood found its way to  the top of year end lists both domestically and abroad and continues to reap praise among listeners nearly a year after its release . Decibel Magazine gave it a 9/10 review saying, “Wormwood…drives home grim nails of varying shapes and sizes – all black ones of course…repeated listens reveal deeper abysses.” Blabbermouth commended the band for, “…an atmosphere that continues to be cold and uncomfortably morose, made even more sinister by a bass tone that is not only thick and audible, but also value-additive,” while KNAC.com noted, “along with Mortuus’ obtuse lyrics and guttural, phlegmy vocals, MARDUK‘s surprisingly crafty compositions…and deft use of effects — as opposed to rote orchestration — give them an air of sophistication and guile you don’t often find in black metal.” Added Kerrang in a review of their New York City performance last year: “…grim as fuck, they knuckle down and pound out barrage after barrage of searing, slicing black metal evil…”

http://blackestoftheblack.com

http://www.marduk.nu

http://www.regainrecords.com

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Prepare For “The Decibel Defiance Tour”, Commence Work On New Album and Debut New Track On Fall Tour

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Los Angeles based progressive death metal titans, THE FACELESS, have been extremely busy as of late preparing to embark on a massive North American fall tour as direct support to Suffocation while completing work on their much anticipated third full-length release. These genre visionaries truly burn the candle at both ends working diligently on new material all summer long in the midst of co-headlining the annual Summer Slaughter tour.

Now with the writing process for the new album in full force the group prepares to spend the fall on the road as part of Decibel Magazine’s “The Decibel Defiance Tour” featuring Suffocation, Through The Eyes of The Dead, Decrepit Birth and Fleshgod Apocalypse. If you missed them this summer, then catching this next tour is a must. It all kicks off in Worcester, MA on Oct. 15th at the annual Rock and Shock Festival. This is one of the best extreme metal packages you will find this fall, so either see below or visit www.myspace.com/thefaceless now to view their complete touring itinerary.

Michael Keene (guitars) checks in with the following report in regards to their new album and upcoming touring schedule: “After the ‘Summer Slaughter’ tour wrapped up, we were left with a very refreshing sense of energy and change. It was great to get out and play such killer shows with all of those talented bands and the experience has super charged the excitement of writing new material and pushing ourselves to new musical boundaries as a group and individual musicians/performers.

“The writing process for our upcoming third record is in full swing and it’s a very exciting, fulfilling musical journey so far. We’ll be debuting a new song on our upcoming tour with Suffocation, which I feel is a great example of the direction in which the new material is headed. Expect a very progressive and vibey record, that maintains the high-energy that you would expect of THE FACELESS and even more thought provoking lyrical content than ever before.

“We’ll be hitting the road in just a few days to wrap-up the touring cycle for Planetary Duality. We’ll be locked up in my recording studio in Los Angeles once we get home. You can expect lots of studio updates and blogs along the way. This will be the last tour we’ll be doing until we complete the recording of our new record. With that said, we want to make this a special tour for fans who may have seen us on the ‘Summer Slaughter’ tour. Therefore, we’ll be playing more old songs than usual and debuting a brand new song for you! Come and meet us at a merch table and we hope to see you all soon.”

THE FACELESS set the bar for progressive metal this decade and their latest offering, Planetary Duality, is a face melting barrage of off-time intensity that will leave you breathless.
10/15/10     Worcester, MA     @ The Palladium (ROCK AND SHOCK)
10/16/10     New York, NY     @ Gramercy Theatre
10/17/10     Quebec City, Canada     @ Imperial Theater
10/18/10     Montreal, Canada     @ Foufounes
10/19/10     La Baie, Canada     @ Vieux Theatre
10/20/10     Toronto, Canada     @ Opera House
10/21/10     Poughkeepsie, Canada     @ The Chance
10/22/10     Detroit, MI     @ Harpos
10/23/10     Chicago, IL    @ The Clearwater Theater
10/24/10     St. Paul, MN     @ Station 4
10/25/10     Milwaukee, WI     @ The Rave
10/27/10     Denver, CO     @ Summit Music Hall
10/28/10     Salt Lake City, UT     @ The Complex
10/29/10     Las Vegas, NV     @ The Farm
10/30/10     Pomona, CA     @ The Glasshouse
10/31/10     Los Angeles, CA     @ The Whisky
11/01/10     Phoenix, AZ     @ The Clubhouse
11/02/10     Albuquerque, NM     @ Fusion Factory
11/03/10     Amarillo, TX     @ Club Khaos
11/04/10     Tulsa, OK     @ Marquee Theatre
11/05/10     Austin, TX     @ Emo’s
11/06/10     Ft. Worth, TX     @ Ridglea Theatre
11/08/10     Tampa, FL     @ Brass Mug
11/09/10     Jacksonville, FL     @ The Pit
11/10/10     Raleigh, NC     @ Volume 11
11/11/10     Philadelphia, PA     @ Starlight Ballroom
11/12/10     Springfield, VA     @ Jaxx
11/13/10     Allentown, PA     @ Crocodile Rock

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