February 6th, 2011
by EvilG

Germany’s veteran melodic heavy metal outfit, Deadlock, has released a digital single of the song, “State Of Decay”, downloadable now through iTunes at:  In addition to the track itself, the digital single contains two bonus remixes; “State Of Decay” remix by S.U.N. Project, and “Virus Jones” by TRICKPOP.  “State Of Decay” is the first track to be released from Deadlock’s fifth studio album, Bizarro World, which is due out on March 15th on Lifeforce Records.

In addition to the “State Of Decay” digital single, Deadlock has launched a free downloadable ringtone (MP3 and iPhone format), available on the Lifeforce Records official website at:

Bizarro World album teaser is currently streaming on the official Deadlock MySpace at:

The track list for Bizarro World is…1. Virus Jones2. State Of Decay3. Falling Skywards4. Earthlings5. You Left Me Dead6. Brutal Romance7. Alienation8. Renegade9. Htrae10. Bizarro World11. Paranoia Extravaganza“’Bizarro World’ is a gem of an album” –“DEADLOCK manages to combine elements of all around the musical spectrum into one giant cohesive piece of musical artwork.” SCRATCHtheSurface Webzine Bizarro World was produced by Deadlock guitarist, Sebastian Reichl, at Slaughter’s Palace studios this fall.

On Bizarro World, Deadlock has designed an interpretation of a world built up on extremes and antitheses.  The album is based on the concept of “Bizarro”, which originated in DC Comics in the early 1960s, and represents a weirdly mutilated version of earthly creations.  However, contrary to the concept of a world stigmatizing perfection, sonically, Bizarro World strives for the opposite.

Deadlock’s sound can be described as a combination of opposed elements, such as sharp guitar-assaults, pop and dance quotations, orchestral profundity, gruffly growls, and beautiful clean vocals.  With Bizarro World, the band seeks to improve on what they already did so well in the past, while offering a wider, self-assured view on symphonic and brutal metal, based on a progressive approach.

Over their previous Lifeforce offerings, Earth.Revolt (2005), Wolves (2007) and Manifesto (2008), Deadlock has accentuated the signature of their metal sound, which hovers somewhere in between beauty and darkness, with increasing relevance.  The band has toured in support of such accredited acts as Lacuna Coil, All That Remains, Sonic Syndicate, Dark Tranquillity, Caliban, and Heaven Shall Burn within the past two years.Stay tuned for more information on Deadlock and Bizarro World.

Deadlock is…
Johannes Prem – vocals
Sabine Weniger – vocals
Sebastian Reichl – guitar,
Rymen – guitar
John Gahlert – bass
Tobias Graf – drums

Deadlock online…

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Rock guitarist Gary Moore dies

February 6th, 2011
by EvilG

Gary Moore

Gary Moore


Gary Moore was a guitarist with Thin Lizzy and was also acclaimed for his solo work. The renowned rock guitarist Gary Moore has died, the BBC has learned. Mr Moore, 58, was, originally from Belfast, and was a former member of the legendary Irish group Thin Lizzy.

Adam Parsons, who manages Thin Lizzy, told the BBC that Mr Moore had died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Mr Moore was originally drafted into Thin Lizzy by its singer Phil Lynott. He later gained acclaim for his solo work and was a former member of the Irish group Skid Row.

The Northern Ireland guitarist was only 16 when he moved from Belfast to Dublin in 1969, to join Skid Row, which featured Lynott as lead vocalist.

He was later brought into Thin Lizzy by Lynott to replace the departing Eric Bell, another guitarist from Northern Ireland.

Mr Bell told the BBC on Sunday he was still “in shock” at Mr Moore’s death.

“I still can’t believe it,” he said.

“He was so robust, he wasn’t a rock casualty, he was a healthy guy.

“He was a superb player and a dedicated musician.”

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Rock Legend Carmine Appice Now Offering Digital Downloads

February 6th, 2011
by EvilG

Los Angeles, CA – Rock legend, Realistic Rock author, and Sabian’s World’s Greatest Rock Drummer Carmine Appice is now offering rare tracks and impossible to find, out of production albums available as digital downloads directly from his official web site. Some of Carmine’s best performances new and old are available along with a brand new track from King Kobra titled “Monsters and Heroes”. All proceeds from this track will be donated to the Ronnie James Dio Cancer Fund. Other rare albums include “BBA (Beck, Bogert & Appice) Live in London” recorded in 1973; Carmine’s solo release “Rockers”; “Party Tested”, the 1980 release by DNA (Derringer & Appice); and Mothers Army “Planet Earth” with Joe Lynn Turner,  Jeff Watson and Bob Daisley.

More tracks and full albums will be added to the continually expanding catalog each month. All tracks are just 99¢ each and full album downloads offer a reduced price from the single track downloads price. Some of these tracks are not on iTunes or They are only available on the official Carmine Appice web site.

To preview and download tracks, visit:

For more info about Carmine Appice, please visit

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February 4th, 2011
by EvilG



Berkleemusic and Vai Host A Live Online Event for Guitar Players of All Levels Worldwide

Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, along with Grammy®-award winning guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, today announced a call to action for guitarists around the world to join forces and set the Guinness® World Record for the largest online guitar lesson on March 3rd, 2011. This first-of-its-kind initiative will bring together the worldwide community of guitarists in an unprecedented online celebration of music education.

Vai, who is currently recording a new album and preparing for an extensive world tour, is a Berklee alumnus with a devoted fan base in over seventy countries. Although he is not a guitar instructor, Vai is a passionate advocate for music exploration and hopes the event will encourage players to continue to cultivate their own unique style and spirit on the instrument. “This online event, and the larger efforts Berkleemusic is making to teach students around world, is a great example of the collaboration that happens at Berklee,” says Vai. “Whether you’re in Boston, Bombay, or Brussels, we’ll all be together on March 3rd.”

The World’s Largest Online Guitar Lesson is a one-time event that takes place Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 1:30PM EST. Berkleemusic has partnered with Livestream, the pre-eminent live streaming video platform, to host this event in their New York City studio. Participants can learn more about the online lesson at

Vai’s FREE online lesson will last 30 minutes, and will provide a look into Steve’s technique with a focus on how guitarists can develop and gain insight into their own playing. In order to further engage with his fans, Steve is also encouraging participants to submit questions to him online, which he will answer onstage at the conclusion of his online lesson. Interested participants can submit questions to Steve on the event’s web page, located here:

As a gesture of its commitment to music education, Berkleemusic will donate one dollar for every person that joins the online lesson to the Steve Vai Online Scholarship Fund at Berkleemusic, which is designed to reward and assist outstanding students studying in Berkleemusic’s multi-course certificate programs.

“Steve Vai is one of the most popular guitarists on the planet, and deservedly so,” says Dave Kusek, CEO of Berkleemusic. “We’re thrilled and honored to partner with Steve for this unique online guitar lesson, and excited to play a part in exposing a record-setting number of guitarists from around the world to his ‘otherworldly’ techniques.”

Berkleemusic and Steve Vai have also partnered to author a brand new 12-week online course: Steve Vai Guitar Techniques. This online course presents students with the chance to gain a deep understanding of Vai’s death-defying playing styles, repertoire, techniques, and musical concepts from anywhere in the world, and incorporate their learnings into their own playing. The Steve Vai Guitar Techniques online course builds upon the renowned guitar curriculum that Berklee has been providing to students for decades. The course is now open for enrollment for the school’s spring term which begins on April 4th, 2011. For more information regarding the course, registration information, and to sample an online guitar course, visit

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JUDAS PRIEST – Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey Dates Added To Epitaph World Tour

February 4th, 2011
by EvilG
Judas Priest

Judas Priest

British metal gods JUDAS PRIEST have added new live dates in Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey to their upcoming Epitaph World Tour. Check out their itinerary below.

Despite announcing their final world tour, Judas Priest are writing new material! Says the band in a brief update: “All is going really well – more details later!”

A press release on Judas Priest’s final tour reads as follows:

After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:


7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden

11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland

14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway

15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway

17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France

20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France

22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy

23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland

25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium

27 – Zenith – Munich, Germany

28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria


1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia

3 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

8 – Akademik Stadium – Sofia, Bulgaria

10 – Kazlicesme Festival Site – Istanbul, Turkey

10 – Metal Hammer Festival – Katovice, Poland

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK


5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

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February 4th, 2011
by EvilG

One of the most influential names on the Swedish metal scene is Gothenburg’s Evergrey. The band debuted in 1998 and their melodic, dark, political and technical metal increased its fanbase with every new release. Albums like “In Search of Truth” (2001), “Recreation Day” (2003) and “Monday Morning Apocalypse” (2006) are all modern metal classics. In May 2010, fans were shocked to find out that Evergrey had lost three of their five members. Obviously, the band’s future looked bleak. Thankfully, singer/guitarist/band leader Tom S Englund and keyboard player Rikard Zander held their ground. Another strong line-up has made another strong album, called “Glorious Collision”. Evergrey are back with a vengeance, making their return to SRF an event to look forward to for any and all metal fans.

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February 4th, 2011
by EvilG

Canadian blackened doom metal act, WOODS OF YPRES, has released a brand new music video for the song “I Was Buried In Mount Pleasant Cemetery.” Hosted exclusively on the Deciblog, this video is a visual compliment to the melancholy track off of WOODS IV: THE GREEN ALBUM which vividly looks at loss in its many forms. Richly colored and drenched with scenes of mourning, regret and memories of better times, the video perfectly primes fans for the March 22 reissue of WOODS IV: THE GREEN ALBUM, as well as the impending release of WOODS V later this year.

Watch the Deciblog exclusive video for WOODS OF YPRES“I Was Buried In Mount Pleasant Cemetery” here:

will be reissued by EARACHE RECORDS in North America on March 22nd. For more info, go to

The entire WOODS OF YPRES catalogue is now available on iTunes: and

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February 4th, 2011
by EvilG



DEICIDE still stand strong to this day, as one of the most influential and controversial metal bands ever. With a relentlessly brutal sound and uncompromisingly blasphemous lyrics, DEICIDE was an original pioneer of the brutal sound and imagery associated with death metal. In 1987, Glen Benton and Steve Asheim teamed to launch one of the most talked about, controversial and venomous crusades in metal history and have since risen to international notoriety and released two of the highest selling death metal albums of all time.  In 2011 DEICIDE have unleashed ‘To Hell With God’! The title shines light on exactly what fans can expect – a blasphemous hell ride with their favourite death metal veterans.

Joining the ‘TO HELL WITH GOD, GOD IS DEAD’ 2011 European Tour are Austrian death/ black metal maniacs BELPHEGOR, the Italian brutal death machine HOUR OF PENANCE, and Australian industrial death masters THE AMENTA.

DEICIDE with Belphegor, Hour Of Penance and The Amenta performing at:

17 June – Copenhagen / Denmark @ Copenhell Festival*

18 June – Gothenburg / Sweden @ Metal Town*

23 June – Rotterdam /Holland @ Baroeg

24 June – Drachten/ Holland @ Iduna

25 June – London / UK @ London Deathfest at the Underworld

26 June – Plymouth / UK @ The White Rabbit

27 June – Liverpool / UK @ The Masque

28 June – Nottingham / UK @ Rescue Rooms

29 June – Namur / Belgium @ Cinex

30 June – Lyon / France @ Ninkasi Kao

01 July – Winterhur / Switzerland @ Gaswerk

02 July – Kassel / Germany @ Salzmann Factory

03 July – Prague / Czech Republic @ Exit Chmelnice

04 July – Katowize / Poland @ Mega Club^

05 July – Poznan / Poland @ Eskulap Club or Blue Note tba

06 July – Bremen / Germany @ Tivoli

07 July  – Koeln / Germany @ Essigfabrik

08 July – Torgau / Germany @ In Flammen Festival

*Deicide only

^No Belphegor


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Agonia Records proudly announce signing of Legendary Czechish Dark/Black Metal band ROOT

February 3rd, 2011
by EvilG

ROOT‘s new, 9th full-lenght album will be released in autumn as a CD and a noble vinyl. It is being currently recorded. You can expect more epic, slower compositions as well as some more agressive and faster parts. More information about the new album will follow soon.
At the same time the band announces appearance on a handful of shows this spring, summer and autumn:
18.03. Praha Exit Chmelnice
08.04. Hořovice klub Labe
09.04. České Budějovice Velbloud
15.04. Litomyšl MC Kotelna
16.04. Kropáčova Vrutice RC
01.05. Athens (GR) An Club
11.06. Vyšní Lhoty – KAMENITÉ OPEN AIR
18.06. Blatno u Hlinska v Čechách BLATNO ROCK METAL
24.06. Třinec NOC PLNÁ HVĚZD
25.06. Karlovy Vary DENNIS HOPPER PARTY
01.07. Spálené Poříčí BASINFIREFEST
02.07. Orlová ROCK THERAPY
22.07. Pößneck (D) HELLS PLEASURE
08.10. Pardubice CZECH METAL LEGENDS
15.10. Třebíč Béčko
21.10. Aš Klubíčko
22.10. Klatovy RC
18.11. Uherské Hradiště Mír
19.11. Brno Melodka

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CANDLELIGHT RECORDS Label Update – February 2011

February 3rd, 2011
by EvilG

CANDLELIGHT TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY – Candlelight’s American office turns 10 in 2011! In celebration we will be having sales via our official webstore all year long. Visit the store regularly for details. Also in celebration, Candlelight has partnered with Decibel Magazine to present special monthly profiles and interviews with some of our biggest artists. You can read these monthly installments by regularly checking out their very informative site at

THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL – Metal Hammer Magazine says, “elusive, eccentric, and very, very English, The Meads of Asphodel have been warping the boundaries of black metal since their inception.” Live4Metal says, “their quirky Englishness, mixed with their flirtation with black metal and of course their crusty punk underbelly never fails to both amuse and impress.” Released January 11, The Murder of Jesus The Jew is now finally available for North American fans. This musical documentary is unlike any other you will hear this year. Definitely worth checking out!

HAVOK – The Denver-based thrashers are now readying to return to action. Time Is Up, HAVOK’s second album, is set for release March 29. A special pre-order promotion launched this week for the record via Candlelight’s official webstore, and next week the band kicks off their first tour in support of the new record. The tour, alongside Malevolent Creation, will have HAVOK performing across the US. The band hopes to see you at one of the shows. Dates for the tour are:

2/12/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
2/13/11 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
2/14/11 Buddha’s Place – Virginia Beach, VA
2/15/11 Warehouse 66 – Stamford, CT
2/16/11 Bogie’s – Albany, NY
2/17/11 Championships – Trenton, NJ
2/18/11 Evening Star – Buffalo, NY
2/19/11 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
2/20/11 Another Hole in the Wall – Steger, IL
2/22/11 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
2/23/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/24/11 The Annex – Madison, WI
2/25/11 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
2/26/11 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
2/27/11 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
2/28/11 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT
3/01/11 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
3/02/11 Branx – Portland, OR
3/04/11 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
3/05/11 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
3/06/11 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
3/08/11 Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX
3/09/11 Emo’s – Austin, TX
3/10/11 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA

– The career-spanning 3-CD set, Storm Manifesto, is now in North American stores. Over the course of their three solid recordings, Norway’s ZYKLON impressed metal fans worldwide. Formed in 1998 by then-Emperor guitarist Samoth and drummer Trym Torsten (the duo teaming with Secthdamon and Destructor of Myrskog; Daemon from Limbonic Art appeared on one album), ZYKLON quickly and permanently made a lasting mark on extreme metal. Storm Manifesto features previously unavailable material.

KRYOBURN – New Mexico’s KRYOBURN finally make their return with their second album, Three Years Eclipsed. Five years separate this and their debut, Enigmatic Existence. Vocalist/guitarist Todd Brashear shares, “it took us a while to get this done. With all the changes we’ve had going on in the past couple of years, we had to find our legs again.” Produced by Tue Madsen (Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell), Three Years Eclipsed finds the band expanding their musical base, now adding progressive flairs to their intense metal sound. It is sure to peak the curiosity of new listeners. Three Years Eclipsed is available in stores now.

ABSU – Announced late last year, ABSU will share the stage with Immortal on six select American shows in mid-February. Band leader/drummer Proscriptor recently conducted an interview with Noisecreep and made comment regarding the band’s forthcoming album, Abzu. “We are working on the final touches. It’s composed and arranged. It’s the most maniacal collection of songs. It will include the standard topics I’ve discussed but we’re test driving a new kind of musical theme.” The band plan to enter the studio shortly after the completion of dates with Immortal and look for an autumn release. Dates with Immortal are:

2/19/11 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
2/20/11 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
2/21/11 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
2/22/11 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
2/24/11 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
2/26/11 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS – The Los Angeles-based band returns to the road in March alongside Rotten Christ and Melechesh for a massive North American tour. The band will be performing selections from their latest album In the Absence of Light. The Gauntlet notes, “In the Absence of Light is Abigail Williams’ best work to date.  It’s mercilessly honest, and timelessly critical, in an era where so much metal should be forgotten.” Prior to their dates with Rotting Christ, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS will travel to Mexico for the first time. Dates are:

3/04/11 Discoteque Organic – Guadalajara, Mexico
3/05/11 Circo Volador – Mexico City, Mexico
3/06/11 Ibex Bar – Monterray, Mexico
3/08/11 Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
3/09/11 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
3/10/11 Champions Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
3/11/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
3/12/11 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
3/13/11 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
3/14/11 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
3/15/11 Petit Campus – Montreal, QC
3/16/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
3/17/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
3/18/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
3/19/11 Reggi’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
3/20/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
3/22/11 The Republik – Calgary, AB
3/23/11 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
3/25/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/26/11 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
3/27/11 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
3/28/11 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
3/29/11 Key Club – Los Angeles, CA
3/30/11 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
3/31/11 UB’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
4/01/11 The Nat Ballroom – Amarillo, TX
4/02/11 Marquee – Tulsa, OK
4/03/11 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
4/04/11 Emo’s – Austin, TX
4/05/11 Walter’s – Houston, TX
4/07/11 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
4/08/11 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/09/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
4/10/11 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC

BURZUM Fallen will see North American release via Candlelight on April 5. The album is the second since Varg Vikernes’ release from prison. The album features seven new compositions, each adding another storied journey to the celebrated BURZUM legacy. The album’s musical focus joins sounds of BURZUM’s early releases with key elements of 2010’s Belus. The striking and classical nature of the album’s cover art is new for BURZUM. A special pre-order promotion will launch via Candlelight’s official webstore on February 15.

CRUACHAN – Ireland’s CRUACHAN are set to reignite the Pagan metal flame with the release of their new album, Blood on the Black Robe. Set for release April 19, it is the band’s first new album in nearly four years. Founder/vocalist Keith Fay noted, “we are reborn,” on signing with Candlelight early August of 2010. “Returning to our musical roots, we hope to stamp our mark on what we started but also spearhead its revival.” Blood on the Black Robe is a more urgent and darker recording. It features eleven new songs that both old and new fans can embrace. It features guest performance from former vocalist Karen Gilligan.

SCION ROCK FEST – Candlelight is again proud to have performers at the upcoming Scion Rock Fest. Philadelphia’s WOE will make their west coast live debut alongside Morbid Angel, Obituary, Agalloch, Atheist, Municipal Waste and more. WOE is expected to play selections from their acclaimed second album Quietly, Undramatically that was released late last year. England’s ANAAL NATHRAKH were just confirmed as an additional performer, marking only the second time the band will perform on US soil. No word yet if the band will perform selections from their forthcoming album Passion, now confirmed for North American release on May 17th. Tickets for the festival are already sold out but there is a waitlist if you’d like to try your luck. Visit

NOW AVAILABLE – Current new releases from Candlelight include label debuts from DEMONIC RESURRECTION, EASTERN FRONT, OBSIDIAN and HORNED ALMIGHTY. All were released January 25 in North America and are available now via our official webstore. Also available is the debut from THE WRETCHED END (featuring Samoth/Emperor-Zyklon), WINTERFYLLETH, KRIEG and OCTOBER TIDE (featuring Fredrik Norrman/Katatonia).

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Abysmal Dawn – New Interview Online

February 3rd, 2011
by EvilG

Relapse Records death metal band Abysmal Dawn released their third album “Levelling the Plane of Existence”  on Feb. 1, 2011. had the opportunity to interview guitarist / vocalist Charles Elliott.
Once again, is proud to offer the lowest price online($6.66) for another great metal album.
excerpts from Charles Elliot interview:

We aren’t afraid to experiment a little especially if the song calls for it. We listen to a lot of different styles of music but we’re primarily an extreme metal band of course.

“Having great artwork is important to me though and I feel like it affects the vibe of a whole record. ”

Regarding the song “The Sleeper Awakens”…….”It’s actually Erik Rutan’s favorite song and it’s sort of ironic that one of the brutalist people on the planet would be into the mellowest song on the record. ”

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Duff McKagan’s Loaded Releases New Studio Album ‘The Taking’ – April 19, 2011

February 3rd, 2011
by EvilG

Prepare Yourself For THE TAKING. The Brand New Album From DUFF MCKAGAN’S LOADED: ~April 19, 2011~

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release The Taking, a brand new studio album from Duff McKagan’s Loaded on vinyl (April 12) and CD (April 19). [MSRP $13.98].

A Grammy and American Music Award-winning songwriter/recording artist who has sold over 100 million records, Duff McKagan helped shape the music of an entire generation. He was a founding member of Guns ‘N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, and formed Loaded in 1999. Though most widely know as rock’s premiere bassist, McKagan once again takes front and center on lead vocals and guitars. Long time Loaded members Jeff Rouse (bassist) and Mike Squires (guitar) return along with drummer Isaac Carpenter who joined in late 2009.

Recorded by Terry Date  (Soundgarden, Avenged Sevenfold), the album follows the band’s 2009 debut Sick. A feature-length film, The Taking (in the style of A Hard Day’s Night crossed with The Song Remains The Same), is due this summer.

“This record really sort of took a life of its’ own, and the songs really revealed themselves to us as we went along,” says Duff. ”Terry Date came into the picture at a time when his genius ear helped to capture a sonic theme for the record. You can’t underestimate what a guy like TD brings to the table. The Taking is the closest thing to a ‘concept’ record that I have ever been involved with. Pain, loss, triumph, and redemption. Life. Bring it.”

Fans have already been warmed up with tracks “We Win” and “Fight On,” (currently available on all digital service providers). “We Win” was played at Qwest Field, the home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, McKagan’s hometown. It was also heard during the World Series on the MLB Network. Proceeds from downloads of “Fight On,” a song inspired by America’s military veterans, were donated to the Puget Sound Healthcare System veterans administration.

For more information, visit

Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, & Paris.

For more information regarding this and other Eagle Rock Entertainment releases, contact Carol Kaye at, or follow us on Facebook at!/pages/Kayos-Productions/102922656447240 . To access photos and/or cover art, please visit , and click the photo tab.

Track Listing:
1.)   Lords of Abaddon
2.)  Executioner’s Song
3.)  Dead Skin
4.)  We Win
5.)  Easier Lying
6.)  She’s An Anchor
7.)  Wrecking Ball
8.)  King Of The World
9.)  Cocaine
10.) Your Name
11.) Follow Me To Hell

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SCALE THE SUMMIT Premiere New Track, “Whales”

February 3rd, 2011
by EvilG

Houston-based progressive instrumetalists, SCALE THE SUMMIT, have premiered a track from their upcoming album, “The Collective,” exclusively at METAL SUCKS. The track, entitled, “Whales,” can be heard here now:

Guitarist Chris Letchford commented:
“We’re all very proud to be releasing a new song and not only just any but our personal favorite from the record, ‘Whales.’ This song was already all of ours personal favorite during the final stages of writing ‘The Collective.’ We felt this song was a great first release since it has a little of everything; melodic, aggression, great solos, clean jazzy vibe, and a very chill outro.

Hope a lot of you out there really enjoy it and that it gets you guys even more excited for the release of “The Collective!”   “The Collective” was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, FL with producer Mark Lewis (Devildriver, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder). The standard CD is available now for pre-order, as is a signed booklet version bundled with a high quality, limited edition, American Apparel shirt.

Order it now at:

The track listing of “The Collective,” is as follows:
1.     Colossal
2.     Whales
3.     Emersion
4.     The Levitated
5.     Secret Earth
6.     Gallows
7.     Origin of Species
8.     Alpenglow
9.     Black Hills
10.   Balkan
11.   Drifting Figures

SCALE THE SUMMIT will be on tour in March and April with Fair to Midland and Periphery. The dates are:
3/3        Houston, TX- Warehouse Live
3/4        Dallas, TX- Trees
3/5        Austin, TX- Emo’s Inside
3/6        Lubbock, TX- Jake’s Sports Café
3/8        Mesa, AZ- The Underground
3/9        Victorville, CA- VVEC
3/11      West Hollywood, CA- Whisky A Go-Go
3/12      Bakersfield, CA- Jerry’s Pizza
3/13      Sacramento, CA- Ace Of Spades
3/15      Portland, OR- Hawthorne Theatre
3/16      Seattle, WA- Studio Seven
3/17      Spokane, WA- The A Club
3/18      Boise, ID- The Venue
3/20      Colorado Springs, CO- The Black Sheep
3/21      Denver, CO- Marquis Theatre
3/23      Cedar Falls, IA- The Wheelhouse
3/24      St. Paul, MN- Station 4
3/25      Flint, MI- The Machine Shop
3/26      Madison, WI- The Annex
3/28      Chicago, IL- Bottom Lounge
3/29      Toronto, ON- Mod Club
3/30      Pittsburgh, PA- Smiling Moose
4/1        Hartford, CT- Webster Underground
4/2        Worcester, MA-The Palladium
4/3        Philadelphia, PA- The Barbary
4/6        New York, NY- Santo’s Party House
4/7        Springfield, VA- Jaxx
4/8        Knoxville, TN- The Cider House
4/9        Asheville, NC- The Orange Peel
4/10      Atlanta, GA- The Masquerade
4/12      New Orleans, LA- The Parish @ House of Blues
4/13      Little Rock, AR- Juanita’s
4/14      Tulsa, OK- The Marquee
4/15      Oklahoma City, OK- Conservatory

SCALE THE SUMMIT formed in 2005 while attending the Musicians’ Institute in Los Angeles. The band relocated to Texas in 2006, where they recorded their first, self-released album. After signing with Prosthetic, they released “Carving Desert Canyons”, which Revolver called, “a cinematic blast of intricately melodic fretwork and pummeling percussion,” in 2009.   The band, who received praise from Guitar World for their “tightly-woven guitar interplay, irregular time signatures and tasteful licks,” has toured with the likes of PROTEST THE HERO, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, CYNIC, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and were handpicked by DREAM THEATER to participate in the 2009 installment of their famed “Progressive Nation” festival tour. SCALE THE SUMMIT has also been featured prominently in Guitar Player magazine, and has tracks available for the Rock Band video game through the Rock Band Network.

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Shockwaves/HardRadio Podcast featuring recent interviews with MARTY FRIEDMAN, DAVID FEINSTEIN & TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION

February 3rd, 2011
by EvilG

Shockwaves/HardRadio podcast #49: On this episode host Bob Nalbandian interviews legendary guitarist Marty Friedman, discussing his several musical projects in Japan and his upcoming US summer tour, as well as world renown guitarist/vocalist David “Rock” Feinstein of The Rods & Elf. David shares some fond memories about his cousin Ronnie James Dio, who recorded his final vocal session on Rock’s latest solo album Bitten By The Beast. Also on this episode is an interview with Texas Hippie Coalition frontman Big Dad Ritch who discusses the band’s latest release Rollin.
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BELIEVER issues update on upcoming full-length album

February 3rd, 2011
by EvilG

Believer completes mixing and mastering for upcoming album

“We’re pleased to announce that mixing and mastering for the upcoming album is complete. We decided early on in project that we wanted an outside person to mix the record so we could spend more time writing and recording. Kevin Leaman (BELIEVER guitarist) recommended Kevin Gutierrez from Assembly Line Studios for mixing this record. Leaman had worked with Gutierrez previously and said that he was really easy to work with. From the first telephone conversation it was clear that Gutierrez understood exactly what we were looking for sonically and he seemed really interested in helping us achieve that.

We let Kevin know we wanted this album to sound very musical; not just be heavy. We wanted to use the whole frequency range and not have all the mids scooped out so that everything going on in the tunes was audible. Most importantly, we wanted to keep the dynamics. We were a little nervous about not being there physically for the mix, but we spent so much time tweaking in the sounds for tracking that we were confident he had good stuff to work with. The rough mixes we made for ourselves already sounded pretty decent.

Kevin was fast and efficient. He’d send us reference mixes as he completed each song and we’d be emailing/texting comments back and forth at all hours of the day and night. He was very responsive to our change requests and was really helpful in setting up the mastering session and communicating what we wanted to Maor Appelbaum of Maor Appelbaum Mastering.

Maor also understood what we were trying to achieve with the dynamics and the overall listening experience we wanted to create on this album.

Sonically we’re extremely happy with this album and can’t wait for other people to hear it. We feel like this is a really strong and unique album in the BELIEVER catalog and it’s something we’re definitely proud of.

So what will you hear? As we mentioned, we focused more on the overall musicality which included more instrumental layers than we used before. The vocals were also more of a focus as we have had much feedback throughout the years, specifically to get out of the one dimensional realm. Kurt wanted the vocals to be more complimentary to the overall tune feel, so he used many facets of his vocal abilities. As with all Believer albums, this one is definitely unique.”

Stay tuned to for more information on Believer’s upcoming album including album title & artwork, tracklisting, pre-orders, music, and videos.

Believer is:

Kurt Bachman – guitars/vocals

Joey Daub – drums

Jeff King – keyboards/guitars

Kevin Leaman – guitars

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