Finnish melodic metal troupe STRATOVARIUS are readying to unleash their thirteenth studio album, Elysium, this winter. Recorded at 5-by-5 studios in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki, Finland, the nine-track full-length will be released in the US and Canada January 18, 2011 (not January 14 as originally reported) through Armoury Records and features cover art by Gyula Havancsák. Check it out HERE. Elysium Track Listing:
1. Darkest Hours
2. Under Flaming Skies
3. Infernal Maze
4. Fairness Justified
5. The Game Never Ends
6. Lifetime In A Moment
7. Move The Mountain
8. Event Horizon
Elysium will mark the debut of newest addition: 27-year-old Finnish guitarist Matias Kupiainen. Said drummer Jörg Michael of the band’s newest recruit: “In Matias we found a new character who fits perfectly with his way of melodic guitar shredding. He is a killer player, a ‘wunderkind’ from Finland!”
Polaris, STRATOVARIUS’ 2009 “come back” offering and first since the departure or guitarist/main composer Timo Tolkki, was reissued as a two-CD digipak earlier this year via Armoury Records. In addition to the original album, the package includes a bonus disc containing 75 minutes of live material recorded during the Polaris tour spanning the band’s entire history.
Cradle of Filth have just released their new album, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa and Paul Allender from the band will be available to discuss the album in a live web chat on Monday 15th November at 8pm (UK time).
The chat will stream on the Peaceville Records Livestream channel (www.livestream.com/peaceville) and fans will be able to submit questions using their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Metal Hammer have described Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa as:
“Yet another sumptuous and spectacular eruption of gothic melodrama, perverted sonic schlock and balls-out extreme metal bombast… a dazzling and dastardly display of destructive devilry.”
And Rocksound have stated that the album has:
“a masterful control over the multi-faceted Cradle of Filth sound; brutal vocal gymnastics, skull-rattling double-kicks, symphonic flourishes, dramatic narrative and balls-out axe-slinging all make their presence known, but in a manner which routinely serves to bolster the coherency of the greater whole…this fucking slays.” 9/10
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION – the band featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, TRAPEZE), drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN), Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER) and blues rock guitarist JOE BONAMASSA – today confirmed that they will perform two long-awaited UK concerts in December.
Fittingly, the first concert will take place right in the heart of the Black Country at the legendary Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Wednesday, December 29th, followed by a concert at London’s o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Thursday, December 30th.
Planet Rock Radio will launch an exclusive 4-day ticket pre-sale from Monday, November 15th, for full details visit this location. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public from 9 AM on Friday, November 19th, via the National 24 Hour Box Office – 0871 230 1101, SeeTickets.com, Eventim.co.uk.
INCANTATION Gears Up For Decibel's Hall Of Fame Shows
Veteran U.S. death metal act INCANTATION has announced a handful of special shows where it will perform its classic debut album, Onward To Golgotha, in its entirety. The Onward To Golgothadates are presented by Decibel magazine, which inducted the album into the publication’s “Hall Of Fame” in issue #52 (February 2009).
Originally released in 1991, Onward To Golgotha redefined the bounds of brutality and blasphemy for death metal and has long been heralded as one of the heaviest and most uncompromising metal albums in the world. Decibel also named Onward… one of the 20 best death metal albums of all time as well as one of the most important records in the genre.
Relapse Records will release a limited “Hall of Fame” edition vinyl version of Onward To Golgotha to coincide with these dates. The deluxe edition will be strictly limited to one pressing of 1,000 copies on colored vinyl and include an embroidered INCANTATION Onward To Golgotha patch and sticker. Visit the Relapse Records Webstore for details or to order.
INCANTATION Hall Of Fame shows w/ FUNERUS & FATALIST
Nov. 19 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club (w/ CARDIAC ARREST & EZURATE)
Today Metal Blade Records unleashes Anthropocentric, the latest full-length from German atmospheric metal titans THE OCEAN, to North American shores. Anthropocentric serves as part two of the concept explored on the band’s well-received Heliocentric long player, released this past spring.
Anthropocentric‘s focus is on man and his place in the universe: At the center, as many fundamental Christians still claim today, or more likely a dust particle in its periphery? All lyrics are circle around this question and continue THE OCEAN‘s critique of Christianity.
At the base of the album are three songs with the titles “The Grand Inquisitor I, II and III.” These songs have been inspired by the chapter of the same title in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamasov: A conversation between the brothers Ivan, an atheist, and Alyoscha, a monk. Ivan tells Alyoscha the story of a Second Coming of Christ in 16th century Sevilla. According to this parable, Jesus is arrested by the Catholic inquisition. The grand inquisitor who interrogates Jesus casts a new light on the legend of the temptation of Christ: He reproaches Jesus with having betrayed humanity and having deprived man of salvation by offering him freedom. The conversation between Ivan and Alyoscha mirrors, to some degree, the conversation between the grand inquisitor and Christ and raises more questions than it answers.
Commented guitarist Robin Staps: “We’re looking forward to our new album Anthropocentric being released in North America. Anthropocentric gets by without the big orchestrations of Heliocentric — the focus is on the core of this band: drums, bass, guitars, vocals. It is the most ‘integrated’ album we’ve done so far and everybody has been much more involved than ever before. This album is an effort that really represents this band as of where we stand right now, fall of 2010, and we are more satisfied with it than with any other album we’ve done. Lyrically, Anthropocentric is continuing the critique of Christianity that we begun with Heliocentric.”
In related news, the band kicks off another European tour today supporting legendary UK doom/atmospheric rockers Anathema. Confirmed dates include:
11/09/2010 Rocking Chair – Vevey, Switzerland
11/10/2010 Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
11/11/2010 Estragon – Bologna, Italy
11/12/2010 Alpheus – Rome, Italy
11/13/2010 New Age – Treviso, Italy
11/14/2010 Magazzini Generali – Milan, Italy
11/15/2010 Boogaloo Club – Zagreb, Croatia
11/16/2010 Listhalle – Graz, Austria
11/17/2010 Viper Room – Vienna, Austria
11/18/2010 Diesel Club – Budapest, Hungary
11/21/2010 Akademija – Belgrade, Serbia (THE OCEAN headlining show)
11/22/2010 Randall – Bratislava, Slovakia
11/23/2010 Rock Café – Prague, Czech
While the ship is steaming North through the St George’s Channel into the Irish Sea, they received more news from their North American scouting party: After they were released from custody they went to Montréal, Canada. How could they not pick up VOIVOD before proceeding South again? 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival: 35 out of 40 bands are known. Who will be the last ones allowed on board? You shall know soon!
The 35 out of 40 confirmed bands are:
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
DAATH Announce Special Series of Headlining Shows, Featured On RevolverMag.com and
Prepare For Plethora of Worldwide Touring This Fall/Winter
Extreme metal at its very best, plain and simple, is what the Atlanta based quintet DAATH delivers. The band will embark on a special series of headlining shows with Deliver Us From Evil supporting beginning on Friday, Nov. 19th. This will essentially serve as a warm up for the plethora of worldwide touring that lies ahead of them, 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 www.myspace.com/daath to view their complete touring itinerary.
Levi (guitars) states: “We’re going to be doing some headlining shows on our way to meeting up with Chimaira and Impending Doom. If you’re wondering why you should come out to that well, if you want to hear us play a longer than usual set which touches on our entire catalogue then come out. Otherwise I don’t recommend it.”
DAATH has partnered up with Revolver Magazine to present an exclusive track debut for the scathing new cut, “Double Tap Suicide,” which can be streamed now at the link below. This piece also features a candid, in-depth chat with Sean Z. (vocals) and Levi (guitars) who comes clean on his near death experience last year and what inspired him to write such an aggressive offering. http://www.revolvermag.com/music/detail/daath/
The group’s highly anticipated third full-length, self-titled release is now available everywhere 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 their MySpace page now to hear new tracks and see what they are all about.
Friday Nov. 19th
Daath / DELIVER US FROM EVIL
local support – Dead chain, Down Slave, Piranah
201 Woodland Street
Saturday Nov. 20th
Daath / DELIVER US FROM EVIL
local support – Blood Tribe, Worse Case Scenario
The Duck Inn
4100 Pollack Ave
Monday Nov. 22nd
Daath / Deliver us from evil
local support – Seven Year Existence, Deliver the Fallen
Friends and Co.
Tuesday Nov. 23rd
Daath / Deliver Us From Evil
local support- Seven Year Existence
C n D’s Silver dollar lounge
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
Gwar "Bloody Pit of Horror" - NEW ALBUM IN STORES NOW ON METAL BLADE RECORDS
GWAR’s remorseless 25th Anniversary rolls towards it’s bitter conclusion as perhaps its most significant milestone is reached–the release of the band’s self-proclaimed “heaviest yet” album, GWAR’s “Bloody Pit of Horror”, out today on Metal Blade records. After a full on media onslaught for the past four months, and now in the midst of a three-month tour, your Lords and Masters are finally allowing us to experience “The Bloody Pit of Horror” in its full form.
“This album is the follow-up to last year’s “Lust in Space”, and the capper of our 25th Anniversary Slay-a-Bration…which I am pretty sure everybody is sick of hearing about,” said GWAR lead singer and still FOX correspondent, Oderus Urungus. “This record is a throwback to an age when bands actually gave a shit about their fans and released albums pretty much once a year. When a “new album” was actually a series of original compositions instead of a bunch of regurgitated re-mixes. And the title, though stolen, is an homage to a time when horror films were made with style and care, not driven by corporation whoredom and CG trickery. It is a hateful attack upon all things alive. It is the new GWAR album.”
“Finally the day has come…and we shall see if the human slaves of GWAR are truly worthy of that title. For this is much more than a mere album, this is a chance for the human race to break the bloody chains of bondage and join their masters, GWAR, in our quest to subject the entire universe to complete degradation. Our new album has finally been let loose upon the world and all you have to do to join our zombie army is buy the record, get your ass to a GWAR show, and join us in the “Bloody Pit of Horror”!
Want to listen to “Bloody Pit of Horror” first and then go buy it? Want to listen to the record online after you bought it already? Go to http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/ and listen to a streaming version of the album as part of AOL Music’s Full Album Listening Party.
Recently GWAR took to the stage on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC. The band performed their new single “Zombies, March”. Check out the performance for yourself at: http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com
Fangoria.com premiered the brand new video from Intergalactic Shock Rockers GWAR. The video is for the song “Zombies, March!” which comes off of GWAR’s new album “Bloody Pit of Horror” which is slated for a November 9th release on Metal Blade Records. The video was shot on location at The National in Richmond, VA by acclaimed Fangoria Director Dave McKendry. Check out the video at FANGORIA.com.
GWAR’s latest masterpiece “Bloody Pit of Horror” is in stores on now and you can also purchase it on the official GWAR page on the Metal Blade Records website at: http://www.metalblade.com/gwar. The landing page includes all current tour dates, GWAR footage from BOTH Gwar.tv and MetalBlade.tv, and pre-orders for “Bloody Pit of Horror” on CD, a GWAR t-shirt, or the ultimate “Bloody Pit” package that includes the CD, the GWAR t-shirt, and a 12×12 autographed cover print! (While supplies last or until GWAR decides to start using the prints as rolling papers…whichever comes first)
Tour w/ The Casualties, Infernaeon, Mobile Deathcamp
NACHTMYSTIUM Release Video for “Every Last Drop”; Available Now Via Stereogum Banned by Major Outlets – View the Eerie, Uncensored Clip Now!
NACHTMYSTIUM has become one of the most notorious, shocking artists to come along in quite some time. The band has rocketed to the forefront of the metal scene since they inked with Century Media a few years ago and since released two of the genre’s most respected albums of all time. Now NACHTMYSTIUM is back with a new video for their song “Every Last Drop” which is sure to keep the controversy coming.
NACHTMYSTIUM has now teamed with Stereogum/Haunting the Chapel to unveil this eerie clip. Directed by Seldon Hunt and Jimmy Hubbard and starring NACHTMYSTIUM main man Blake Judd, Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and Aubrey Smith, the clip takes you through a psychotic spiral of drug addiction, death and despair. The clip was shot in Brooklyn, NY this past summer with edits by Alan Dubin (Khanate, Gnaw), make up by Brandy McDonald and Chris Polinski acting as Director of Photography.
Check out the eerie clip now at Stereogum but be forewarned, the video is graphic. Also, be sure to pick up a copy of ‘Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II’, out now via Century Media.
Very rarely does a band come along that just defies the boundaries of conventionality, but the experimental, progressive metal outfit PERIPHERY have done just that and have blazed a trail of originality that has sent a shockwave throughout the metal world. This Maryland based six-piece are one of the few who actually feature three guitar players and are led by the virtuoso Misha Mansoor, whose unique ability and style has him quickly being mentioned as one of the most gifted new players to come along in years. The group’s highly acclaimed debut, self-titled album is a work of sheer precision packaged with a propulsive blend of melody, intensity and undeniable songwriting prowess.
PERIPHERY will be embarking on a massive North American tour alongside Darkest Hour, labelmates Veil of Maya and Revocation this week, so be sure to either see below or head over now to www.myspace.com/periphery to view their entire tour schedule. We have an open guestlist to all of these shows, so if you are interested in checking it out let me know asap and I can put you down for a +1. These are two of our most promising up and coming bands so hopefully you can make it out to see them. In person interviews with both bands are also available if you are interested.
Mansoor checks in with his thoughts on the upcoming tour and future plans: “Hey everyone, it’s been an amazing whirlwind of a year for PERIPHERY and there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We are currently preparing for a long tour with Darkest Hour, Veil of Maya and Revocation, which is going to be a blast and we can’t wait to get back out there to play for everyone. Also, we encourage everyone to come and meet us at our merch booth after each and every show to come and hang with us. We love hearing feedback from our fans and getting a chance to meet new people.
“We also will have a fresh new, longer setlist with a BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW SONG and a few fun surprises just for this tour. We are also giving lessons on our respective instruments (a lot of days are already booked!), so please come out early to see us and jam with us. Contact us on myspace or facebook if you are interested in lessons.
11/12/10 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium w/ Darkest Hour
11/13/10 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre w/ Darkest Hour
11/14/10 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock w/ Darkest Hour
11/15/10 Quebec City, Canada @ Dagobert w/ Darkest Hour
11/16/10 Montreal, Canada @ Tulipe w/ Darkest Hour
11/17/10 Toronto, Canada @ Mod Club w/ Darkest Hour
11/19/10 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Darkest Hour
11/20/10 West Dundee, IL @ Clearwater Theatre w/ Darkest Hour
11/21/10 Des Moines, IA @ People’s Court w/ Darkest Hour
11/22/10 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre w/ Darkest Hour
11/23/10 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue w/ Darkest Hour
11/24/10 Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702 w/ Darkest Hour
11/26/10 San Diego, CA @ Soma w/ Darkest Hour
11/27/10 Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse w/ Darkest Hour
11/28/10 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge w/ Darkest Hour
11/29/10 West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky w/ Darkest Hour
11/30/10 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre w/ Darkest Hour
12/01/10 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad w/ Darkest Hour
12/02/10 Lubbock, TX @ Tequila Jungle
12/03/10 Austin, TX @ Emo’s w/ Darkest Hour
12/04/10 Dallas, TX @ Trees w/ Darkest Hour
12/05/10 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live w/ Darkest Hour
12/07/10 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre w/ Darkest Hour
12/08/10 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade w/ Darkest Hour
12/09/10 Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox w/ Darkest Hour
12/10/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom w/ Darkest Hour
12/11/10 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Darkest Hour
12/12/10 Richmond, VA @ Hat Factory w/ Darkest Hour
After several months of hibernation and plotting, Cascadian metal horde WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM are back on the hunt this autumn season, with live appearances booked on two continents over the next two months.
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have locked down a quick but pungent string of European tour dates, kicking off November 24th with a handful of dates throughout Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, including a date in London with Shrinebuilder, all building up to their scheduled appearance at the highly anticipated All Tomorrow’s Parties “Nightmare Before Christmas Festival” on December 3rd, alongside Neurosis, Throbbing Gristle, Deerhoof, event curators Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and more. The pack have also been confirmed as opening support for one of the newly scheduled Seattle Neurosis shows; WITTR and labelmates Black Breath will kick off the show at Neumo’s on December 30th.
12/03/2010 ATP Nightmare Before Christmas Fest – Minehead, UK w/ Neurosis, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, more
12/30/2010 Neumos – Seattle, WA w/ Neurosis, Black Breath
Stateside tour actions from WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM are in the planning stages now for the coming months, so stay tuned for more updates as more details are unveiled.
Behemoth is proud to announce that their brand new DVD, Evangelia Heretika, has already gone platinum in their home country of Poland! The DVD was released in Europe on Friday, November 5th, and is available TODAY, November 9th in North America! Fans can order NOW at the following locations: metalblade.com/behemoth, Amazon.com, iTunes.com (live audio only) and your local record store.
Abyss Records is proud to announce signing Norwegian nihilists HINSIDES. The band’s recently self released Universe Aspire In Mysticism (limited to 500 copies) is now available exclusively through Abyss Records. HINSIDES has signed to Abyss Records with plans to release their 3rd, as-of-yet-untitled album in late 2011. In the meantime check out the new release while they last for only $10 plus shipping & handling.
Dark Matter Dawn
666 to Nero
Black Witchery Ritual
Within Infinite Mysteries
Moonlights Path to Darkness
Hinsides was started up in the late winter of 2005. Hinsides is about the ancient myths and the search for the universe of all times, the mysteries of the universe, and the parallels to the nature forces that surround us.
We stress the false and lying ways of Christianity throughout time, which are also used today to suppress knowledge and wisdom.
Hinsides performs anti-christian misanthropic Black metal. We also use dark gloomy atmospheric elements to manifest our dark visions in our music.
Oakland, California extreme metal band ALL SHALL PERISH has begun working on their fourth album and follow up to their 2008 release Awaken the Dreamers. Guitarist Ben Orum had this to say about the bands new material:
“After two very successful tours at home and abroad, we are now home writing the new ALL SHALL PERISH record! The writing process is flowing very naturally, and so far the material itself is very impressive. It is safe to say this will be one of the most aggressive, epic, groovy records we have ever written. I can not wait to start playing this material live”
ALL SHALL PERISH recently parted ways with original drummer Matt Kuykendall. The group stated at the time, “It’s always tough to part ways with a long-time member and friend, but it was absolutely necessary in order to maintain forward progress.” A four-minute video message introducing new drummer Adam Pierce can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuPW0B_1K5w.
The new album will also mark the recording debut of guitar virtuoso Francesco Artusato from Treviso, Italy. Examples of his playing may be found here http://www.myspace.com/francescoartusatomusic
Awaken The Dreamers, the third full-length album from Oakland, California-based extreme metallers ALL SHALL PERISH, sold just under 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 126. The follow-up to “The Price of Existence” was recorded once again at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland with producer Zack Ohren (LIGHT THIS CITY, DECREPIT BIRTH).