January 29th, 2011
by EvilG
Cauldron - Burning Fortune

Cauldron - Burning Fortune

After a rollicking start to their US mini tour last night in Richmond, Va, Canadian traditional metal stalwarts, CAULDRON continue on their quest to spread their timeless sound throughout America. Supporting Ryan Waste‘s (MUNICIPAL WASTE) traditional metal band, VOLTURE, CAULDRON will be playing new songs from their forthcoming album, BURNING FORTUNE and taking audiences in Philadelphia and New York back to a time when meaningful, melodic, pure heavy metal ruled the landscape.

Catch CAULDRON with VOLTURE this weekend:

Jan. 29 – Millcreek Tavern – Philadelphia, PA
Jan. 30 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY

CAULDRON recently announced an upcoming tour that will see the band trekking across eastern Canada throughout February. The band will be taking their timeless brand of raw, exciting heavy metal to the masses all around the great white north and getting fans stoked for the release of their upcoming album, BURNING FORTUNE. Here are the dates:

FEB. 26 – DARTMOUTH, NS – CD HEAVEN – all ages free in-store early show (6pm)
FEB. 26 – HALIFAX, NS – GUS’ PUB (10pm)

CAULDRON‘s new album, BURNING FORTUNE is due to be released through Earache Records on February 15th in North America. Pre-order the album with special CAULDRON merch packs at

CAULDRON has been making a video series documenting the making of BURNING FORTUNE, featuring interviews, studio footage, the latest inside scoops on the new album and more.

In the latest video of the series, CAULDRON members JASON DECAY and IAN CHAINS give fans a sneak peek into their lives as they show you around their homes and music collections. Watch the video online now at

Watch the previous videos in the series:

Part 1 –
Part 2 –
Part 3 –

A brand new track from BURNING FORTUNE, “All Or Nothing”, is available to listen to now on CAULDRON‘s MySpace page at

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – Beethoven’s Last Night Tour

January 29th, 2011
by EvilG
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven's Last Night

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven's Last Night

This spring, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA will embark on their 2011 Beethoven’s Last Night Tour. Although the routing is primarily in Europe and The United States, TSO has added a second Canadian date to their live itinerary – May 19th in Rama, ON at Casino Rama. The complete schedule is below.

So begins TSO’s live performance of “Beethoven’s Last Night” in its entirety. Come experience the tale of Beethoven’s last night on earth. Combining what happened with what might have happened, the story revolves around the tough choice that the composer must make with what will be his life’s legacy.


16 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion

17 – Munchen, Germany – Zenith

18 – A-Wein, Austria – Stadhalle

19 – Stuttgart, Germany – Scleyerhalle

20 – Mainz, Germany – Phoenixhalle

22 – Berlin, Germany – Tempdrome

23 – Hamburg, Germany – CCH2

24 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Philliphalle

25 – Antwerp, Belgium – Staddsschouwburg

26 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall

28 – London, England – Hammersmith Apollo


2 – Battle Creek, MI – Kellog Arena

3 – Windsor, ON – Caesars Windsors Coliseum

5 – Akron, OH – EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall

6 – Erie, PA – Tulio Arena

7 – Reading, PA – Reading Eagle Theatre / Sovereign Center

8 – Syracuse, NY – On Center

9 – Atlantic City, NJ – Ceasars Circus Maximus

10 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun

13 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theater

14 – Wheeling, WV – Westbanco

15 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner

16 – Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum

17 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Civic Center

19 – Chatanooga, TN – Memorial

20 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Coliseum

21 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum

22 – Tallahassee, FL – Leon County Civic Center

23 – Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Civic Center

24 – Estero, FL – Germain Arena

27 – Pensacola, FL – Pensacola Civic Center

28 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum

29 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center -Concert Hall

30 – Jackson, MS – Mississippi Coliseum


1 – Beaumont, TX – Bueamont Civic

4 – Albuquerque, NM – Santa Ana Star Center

5 – El Paso, TX – County Coliseum

6 – Amarillo, TX – Civic Center

8 – Corpus Christi, TX – Selena Auditorium

11 – Evansville, IN – The Center

12 – Cape Girardeau, MO – Show Me Center

13 – Moline, IL – iWireless Center

14 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino – Showroom

15 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center

17 – Rockford, IL – Coranado Theater

19 – Rama, ON – Casino Rama

20 – Binghamton, NY – Broome County Arena

21 – Poughkeepsie NY – Mid-Hudson Civic Center

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM – ARIZONA Shows in March 2011 featuring ORIGINAL guitar lineup – Michael Gilbert & Edward Carlson

January 29th, 2011
by EvilG
Flotsam and Jetsam

Flotsam and Jetsam

For the first time in nearly 15 years, guitarists Michael Gilbert and Ed Carlson will be performing with legendary Arizona thrashers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM for a pair of exclusive Arizona shows. The dates include:

FLAGSTAFF: Friday, March 25, 2011

Orpheum Theater
15 W. Aspen St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

TUCSON: Saturday, March 26, 2011

5851 E. Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712

Eric ‘AK’ Knutson
Michael Gilbert
Jason Ward
Edward Carlson
Craig Nielsen

Official Site:

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January 28th, 2011
by EvilG



In Fall of 2010, vocalist, Mauro Gonzalez stepped in at the last minute to front Pomona, CA thrash act, BONDED BY BLOOD through a long stretch of touring that only convened towards the end of the year. Because of the tremendous job he did in fronting the band on short notice with little rehearsal through a seemingly never-ending schedule of dates, BONDED BY BLOOD is proud to announce Mauro Gonzalez as a permanent member.

BONDED BY BLOOD bassist, Jerry Garcia states: “We would like to formally announce that Mauro Gonzalez is now officially the new frontman for Bonded By Blood. He has shown great promise and dedication in the past few months and we have received great reviews from many old fans, new fans, and well-established musicians throughout our recent North American trek. We are very excited about our decision and we hope that you guys welcome him into the BBB family like we have! See you guys on the killing road real soon.”

Officially inducted frontman, Mauro and the rest of BONDED BY BLOOD will tear up the road once again starting today on the North American Retribution Tour with DEATH ANGEL and LAZARUS A.D.

North American Retribution 2011 Tour w/DEATH ANGEL and LAZARUS A.D

Jan. 28 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY (No DEATH ANGEL)
Jan. 29 – Championship bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ (No DEATH ANGEL)
Jan. 30 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Jan. 31 – The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC
Feb. 01 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 – Club Hell – Providence, RI
Feb. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Feb. 07 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 08 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
Feb. 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Feb. 11 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Feb. 12 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 13 – Numbers – Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

Catch BONDED BY BLOOD on tour worldwide:

Mar. 05 – The Glass House – Pomona, CA (Scion Rock Fest)


Mar. 09 – Academy 2 – London, UK
Mar. 10 – The Croft – Bristol, UK
Mar. 11 – Crauford Arms – Milton Keynes, UK
Mar. 12 – Well, Leeds – UK
Mar. 13 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow – UK
Mar. 14 – The Maze, Nottingham – UK
Mar. 15 – Joiners, Southampton – UK
Mar. 16 – Metal Lust @ Brickmakers, Norwich – UK
Mar. 17 – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden – Germany
Mar. 18 – Dynamo, Zürich – Switzerland
Mar. 19 – Modra Vopice, Prague – Czech Republic
Mar. 20 – Orto Bar, Ljubljana – Slovenia
Mar. 21 – 3Raum /Arena, Vienna – Austria
Mar. 22 – Lazzaretto, Bologna – Italy
Mar. 23 – Mephisto, Barcelona – Spain
Mar. 24 – Hebe, Madrid – Spain
Mar. 25 – Paris Extreme, Paris – France
Mar. 26 – Santana 27 Black, Bilbao – Spain
Mar. 27 – Porto Rio, Porto – Portugal
Mar. 29 –  Headcrush, Hamburg – Germany
Mar. 30 –  Merleyn, Nijmegen – The Netherlands
Mar. 31 –  The Rock, Copenhagen – Denmark
Apr. 02 – JH Comma, Bruges – Belgium

Apr. 17 – Bradway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY (w/HATE)


Apr. 18 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Apr. 19 – Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
Apr. 20 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
Apr. 22 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Apr. 23 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Apr. 24 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 25 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
Apr. 26 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
Apr. 27 – The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
Apr. 28 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Apr. 29 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 01 – Clicks – Tyler, TX
May 02 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
May 03 – Trees – Dallas, TX
May 05 – Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
May 06 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
May 07 – The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
May 08 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
May 09 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
May 10 – The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
May 11 – The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
May 12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
May 13 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
May 14 – The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
May 16 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
May 18 – Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
May 19 – Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
May 20 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
May 21 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
May 22 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH


May 23 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
May 24 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
May 26 – The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
May 27 – The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
May 28 – Dickens – Calgary, AB – CANADA
May 29 – Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
May 31 – Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

Tickets for this tour are now available here:

BONDED BY BLOOD‘s new album, EXILED TO EARTH, is available now worldwide on limited edition CD with a free patch, as well as special low price CD and limited edition colored vinyl. Get your copy in North America at

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THE OCEAN: Special Museum Show In Berlin Featuring Guest Musicians This Saturday

January 28th, 2011
by EvilG

On Saturday, January 29th, THE OCEAN will play a unique performance at the Museum für Musikinstrumente at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin. The band will play amidst a collection of historic cembalo from the 16th century. “We will have our piano player Irakli Mamrikishvili with us, who will play on one of these instruments,” said the band in a collective statement, “as well as our live cello player Dalai Theofilopoulou.” The show will also be filmed for an upcoming  DVD. Though THE OCEAN will not be playing anything off Anthropocentric during this particular performance, they will be performing some Precambrian tunes they’ve never played before.

THE SHOW IS FREE OF CHARGE (with a “Lange Nacht der Museen”-ticket, which gives you admission to all Berlin museums for the whole night between 6:00pm and 3:00am). For more info, visit:

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January 28th, 2011
by EvilG


Once they were regarded as a glam band, actually somewhat suspicious for “real” metalheads. Today Hardcore Superstar is one of the most successful and respected bands on the Swedish metal hard-rock scene. The turning-point was the band’s eponymous, eventually classic album from 2005. It was succeded by three more highly successful albums, most recently last year’s “Split Your Lip”. The band who descibes their music as a synergy between thrash and sleaze is also a standing favorite of the SRF-crowd’s. In other words, prepare for a crowd gone wild when the band will round off wednesday june 8 and classics like “We Don’t Celebrate Sundays”, “Dreamin’ in a Casket” and “Wild Boys” join forces with fresh faves as “Sadistic Girls” in one great party-mix.
Picture by: Michael Johansson

Read more under Bands 2011

It’s now less than 1000 4-day tickets left!

Confirmed bands so far out of a total of around 70:

Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest –
last show ever in Sweden
Whitesnake –
with very special guests
Rob Zombie
The Cult
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Morbid Angel
Mr Big
Molly Hatchet
Rhapsody of Fire
Hardcore Superstar
The Haunted
The Damned
Jason & the Scorchers
Electric Wizard
Doc Holliday
Agent Steel
Dan Reed Band
Walter Trout
Mason Ruffner
Fläsket Brinner
Rage (Acoustic)

The tickets to Sweden Rock Festival 2011 are now released and you buy them directly online at our homepage.

More information at:

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WOLF – New album update! Soon finished!

January 28th, 2011
by EvilG


Swedish metallers WOLF have issued the following update:

“This coming weekend will be the end of the recording session of the new WOLF album ‘Legions Of Bastards’. The final lead vocals will be immortalized by Niklas ‘Razorthroat’ Viper and that means we’re done recording.

“We’re VERY excited and fired up to unleash this new album upon the metal community. Preparations for the upcoming [European] tour with ACCEPT and rehearsals are next on the roster so all of us is pulling their weight and we can’t wait to hit the road.”

“Legions Of Bastards” is scheduled for release in April via Century Media Records. The CD was previously described in a press release as “heavy” and “metal.” Nothing more, nothing less. Producer Pelle Saether of Studio Underground in Sweden has given the album a heavy and raw sound that these excellent new tracks deserve. Fans of WOLF’s previous efforts such as “Evil Star”, “The Black Flame” and “Ravenous” will not be disappointed, as the band kept true to its vision of what good ol’ in-your-face heavy metal is about.
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ACROSS THE SUN confirmed to take part in Atticus Clothing’s “The Young and Restless” Tour presented by Dungeons

January 28th, 2011
by EvilG

Portland, Oregon’s Across The Sun is set to release their Metal Blade Records debut album, Before the Night Takes Us on March 15th, 2011. In support of the release, Across The Sun will be joining Atticus Clothing’s The Young and Restless Tour presented by Dungeons®. The tour features some of the best up and coming acts in metal; Our Last Night, Attila, Arsonists Get All the Girls, Armor For The Broken and Vanna. Across The Sun will also be performing at eXtreme Thing on March 26th in Las Vegas, NV. The fest is the region’s premiere sport and music festival. Across The Sun will be performing alongside Attack Attack, Asking Alexandria, Evergreen Terrace and more on second stage while Hollywood Undead, Suicide Silence, Sum 41 and more perform on the main stage. The entire lineup can be seen at

Across The Sun’s first single from Before The Night Takes Us, Song for the Hopeless, is up now on

Atticus Clothing’s The Young and Restless Tour is being presented by the game Dungeons®, which is available for order now for PC from Kalypso. For more info and to order, head to


03/18 Austin, TX SXSW

Atticus Clothing “The Young and Restless” Tour Presented by Dungeons®

Tour w/ Our Last Night, Attila, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Armor For The Broken

03/19 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory

03/20 Shreveport, LA Media Star Entertainment

03/21 Fort Worth, TX The Aardvark

03/24 Tempe, AZ The Club House Music Venue

03/25 Las Vegas, NV Area 702

03/26 Las Vegas, NV Desert Breeze Skatepark – eXtreme Thing Sports/Music Festival *Across The Sun ONLY – not part of tour

Tour w/ Our Last Night, Attila, Arsonists Get All The Girls , A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Armor For The Broken

03/27 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction

03/28 Victorville, CA VVEC

03/30 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades

03/31 Portland, OR Branx

04/02 Seattle, WA Studio Seven

04/05 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep

04/06 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews

04/07 Minneapolis, MN Beat Coffee House

04/08 Michigan City, IN The Pearl Theater

04/09 Madison, WI The Loft

04/10 Joliet, IL Mojoes

04/11 My. Clemens, MI Hayloft

Tour w/ Our Last Night, Vanna, Arsonists Get All The Girls , A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Armor For The Broken

04/12 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Downunder

04/13 Buffalo, NY Xtreme Wheelz

04/14 Worcester, MA The Palladium – New England Metal and Hardcore Festival

Tour w/ Our Last Night, Vanna, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Armor For The Broken

04/15 South Hackensack, NJ School of Rock

04/16 Brooklyn, NY Club Europa

04/17 Allentown, PA Cafe Under at Crocodile Rock

04/18 Crofton, MD MACC

04/19 Richmond, VA Canal Club

04/21 Jacksonville, FL The Pit

04/22 Pompano Beach, FL Rocketown

04/23 Orlando, FL H2O Live!

04/24 Douglasville, GA The 7 Venue

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Vocalist Brad Slitt & Bassist David Brooks Of Priscilla To Guest On All Hail Hair Friday Night!

January 28th, 2011
by EvilG

This Friday night (1/28) at 8PM EST, All Hail Hair will welcome vocalist Brad Slitt and bassist David Brooks, of the band Priscilla! Hosted by Bob Carroll and Francis, the guys will speak to them about the history of Priscilla, the diverse musical experience they both bring to the band, the latest release by Priscilla and what we can expect from the band in the near future. We will also be giving away two copies of the latest release to listeners and we encourage caller participation, so call in at(347) 202-0832.

Priscilla hails from the Cleveland, Ohio area and has been making plenty of noise in the music world. Described as an “underground sleaze” band, they have just released their latest album, “Eight Lives Gone”, on FNA Records. Described in an FNA Records Press release as:

“While digging through the trash, and scoping out the gutters, FnA Records has uncovered its dirtiest, sleaziest, trashiest band to date – Priscilla.  Now don’t get us wrong, Priscilla is quite comfortable with these descriptions and even embrace them.  They love what they do with a passion and often compare themselves to organized harmonic chaos.

The organized, harmonic chaos that is PRISCILLA will put a bullet into the head of mainstream, commercial music once and for all. As far from the other side of conservative as one can possibly imagine, Priscilla is sweaty, hard, x-rated, pornographic rock n’ roll; destructive, yet, melodic, and always rebellious and cocky.

Priscilla combines forces spawned from the ashes of such luminaries as THE MARKY RAMONE BAND and ST.JAMES (Jaime St.James of Black N’ Blue), PRISCILLA presents a well-oiled and cohesive brand of sleaze rock that is all its own. This band is no corporate-sponsored, family friendly house of cards…this iscode blue suicide played at an eardrum-shattering peak volume and comes to you from the back alleys of the slums. Their sound has been compared to an all night orgy fueled with quaaludes and cocaine, and their look crawls straight from the glam rock gutter.

Lead vocalist BRAD SLITT, looking like a Beverly Hills male prostitute that just spent the last 24 hours on a heroin bender, is akin to an angel with wings that the devil painted black, just as the title track from EIGHT LIVES GONE suggests. A junkie’s wet dream. He is the embodiment of the self-destructive movement of a generation hell bent on conquering the universe with their own backstreet religion, and his vocal delivery is controlled destruction, backed by an all out, high decibel six string assault. Slitt is as much an artist and a visionary as he is a musician. The new messiah of the sleaze generation has arrived.

Having already toured the entire United States and now bent on world domination, PRISCILLA isn’t going away anytime soon. Each and every song on EIGHT LIVES GONE is just as melodic and memorable as it is merciless and methodical with its intent to deconstruct the boundaries of the ordinary rock world and set conventions on their head. Give it just one listen and you’ll be forever infected. These songs are, indeed, 13 anthems for a degenerate world. Toss it down, alter your perception, and throw it back up…PRISCILLA isn’t preaching to the herd…they’re creating an altogether new one.”

Join us as we speak with the guys and get a chance to win a copy of “Eight Lives Gone” by calling in with a great question for the guys at (347) 202-0832

All Hail Hair is broadcast every Friday night at 8 PM EST on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network and is the networks highest rated show. To take part in the show, dial (347) 202-0832. To listen in to the show live and in archive, click here.–priscillas-brad-slitt-and-david-bro

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DIRTY LOOKS Frontman Henrik Ostergaard Passes Away

January 28th, 2011
by EvilG
Henrik Ostergaard R.I.P.

Henrik Ostergaard R.I.P.

Henrik Ostergaard, lead singer for Pennsylvania-based rockers DIRTY LOOKS and current FnA Recording Artist, passed away this morning, Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 9:18 AM.

The cause of death at this time is unknown and the results of an autopsy are pending.

The rock world will sadly mourn the loss of this 80s hard rocker. Ostergaard, who was of Danish descent, lived in Erie, PA. In 1985, Henrik started the band Dirty Looks. Three independent albums and an EP would soon follow, which led to Dirty Looks getting signed by Atlantic Records. Later in Henrik’s career, he would be signed to Sony Records and most recently FnA Records, where he released a new album, I.C.U., in 2010.

Ostergaard is survived by his 2 children, Henrik Jr. and Elliot. Condolences may be sent to, or

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Heleno Vale – Soulspell Metal Opera

January 28th, 2011
by EvilG

Heleno Vale – Soulspell Metal Opera

Interviewed by JP

Heleno Vale – Soulspell Metal Opera

Soulspell Metal Opera is a Brazilian Heavy Metal project led by drummer Heleno Vale. The project’s first album A LEGACY OF HONOR was released in 2008 followed by the second album THE LABYRINTH OF TRUTHS in 2010. The project has appearances from from metal heavyweights such as Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween and Masterplan), Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage), Jon Oliva (TSO, ex-Savatage), Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth, etc.) and some great Brazilian names like Edu Falaschi (Angra) and Nando Fernandes (Hangar).  We recently spoke to Heleno Vale, the mastermind behind this interesting and ambitious project.
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AMORPHIS: Studio Update

January 27th, 2011
by EvilG

Finnish melancholy rockers AMORPHIS are currently hard at work recording their as-of-yet-untitled follow up to 2009`s Skyforger release. Expect a May 27th release in Europe! Guitarist Esa Holopainen offered the following update:

“Dear Fans,

A little updating on what’s happening in camp Amorphis. The album recordings are running smoothly (whatever that means). We are now working with vocals and again we have Marco Hietala producing Tomi. This time everything else has been done at Sonic Pump Studios except vocals which are currently under work at Marco’s home studio in Kuopio.

We are coming out with roughly 15 new songs and for the album there’s most likely going to be 10-11 tracks. Again it’s a great feeling to start to realize that the songs and ideas which have been in our heads are finally going to see the daylight.

Pekka Kainulainen has worked really hard with lyrics. The album is going to tell the story of the most important character of Finnish mythology and folklore.  He is the Finnish god Väinämöinen who was described to be an extremely powerful old wise man who had a magical voice. Some believe that Väinämöinen was creator of the world; an ancient hero and very influential shaman.

Having a subject as strong as this it was pretty obvious that making music for the album was going to be a challenge. There are lots of musical elements which have been heard on previous albums but there are much more. Needless to say that we are keen to give all the material over to Mikko Karmila who is going to start the mixing at the end of this month.

Travis Smith is currently working with the album cover and the coming art looks so far no less than amazing.

Stay tuned folks!”

Check out a studio video here:

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Aurora Borealis – 11 Minute preview of the new album “Timeline: The Beginning and End Of Everything”

January 27th, 2011
by EvilG

After tons of long hard work we are proud to share an 11 Minute preview of the new Aurora Borealis cd Timeline: The Beginning and End Of Everything.

It will be released in Mid Feb and will only be available through the band by pay pal or by sending check or money order to Ron Vento 3432 Rockefeller CT Waldorf MD 20602

It has a 12 page full color booklet with artwork by Ron Miller (production designer for the movie Dune) There will only be one pressing so pre orders are being taken now.

The cd was recorded at Nightsky Studios.

“Timeline: The Beginning And End Of Everything”, which was produced by the band’s guitarist/vocalist Ron Vento, marks the recording debut of drummer Mark Green. It will consist of nine tracks and two narratives. The album is a conceptual effort that starts from the beginning of all existence and continues through until the very end of universe and the eventual retraction and rebirth of it all.

“Timeline: The Beginning And End Of Everything” track listing:

01. Our Legacy

02. Crucible Of Creation

03. Formation

04. Stygian Depths

05. A Creature Called Human (Among Other Things)

06. The Evolution After Evolution

07. The Only Space Race That Matters

08. Beyond The Oort Cloud

09. Tearing Holes In The Fabric Of Time

10. Prelude To Cessation

11. The Rebirth

Now on facebook.

The cd will also be available as a free download at mid feb Courtesy of Nightsky Prod and Aurora Borealis.

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LEKAMEN ILLUSIONEN KALLET Returns With “The Second Wind”

January 27th, 2011
by EvilG

Welcoming the rebirth of Sweden ‘s LEKAMEN ILLUSIONEN KALLET (LIK), Nordvis Produktion is pleased to announce that the occult black rock project of multi-instrumentalist/composer Graav had completed work on a new masterpiece entitled The Second Wind. Last summer it was announced that LIK was resurrected and had started working on the follow up to 2007’s self-titled album. The recording was recently finished and everyone is stunned with the results. More details forthcoming. Stay tuned!

1. The Other Realm

2. Death Breeder

3. Ed Ånger

4. The Delusionist

5. Insjunken

6. A Filthy Ride

7. Kallad till Bortgång

8. The Second Wind

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January 27th, 2011
by EvilG

X Japan - Left to Right: Sugizo, Toshi, Yoshiki, Heath, Pata

X Japan - Left to Right: Sugizo, Toshi, Yoshiki, Heath, Pata

Band In The Studio Recording American Debut
Set for a Late Summer 2011 Release

LOS ANGELES, CA – THURSDAY, January 27, 2011 — X JAPAN, the most successful rock band in Japanese history, and EMI Music have signed an exclusive three-year manufacturing and distribution agreement that will have EMI Label Services handle the band’s releases in North America.  The first release will be the track “Jade” on March 15, followed by the band’s as yet untitled American debut set for a late Summer 2011 release.

“We are so honored to have X Japan as part of the EMI Label Services/Caroline family,” commented Mike Harris, Executive Vice President/General Manager, EMI Label Services & Caroline Distribution.  “After the highly successful North American tour last fall, the timing is perfect for the upcoming X Japan release.”

Added Dominic Pandiscia, Executive Vice President EMI Music Services North America, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with X Japan.  They have cultivated a strong following in the U.S. and we look forward to working with them, helping to reach even more fans.”

X Japan – Yoshiki/band leader/producer/songwriter/drums and piano, Toshi/vocals, Pata/guitar, Sugizo/guitar and violin, and Heath/bass – is in the studio putting the finishing touches on the album, the band’s first new studio album since 1996 and fifth overall.  Half of the songs will be culled from some of the band’s Gold and Platinum Japanese singles; the other half are brand-new songs, and an estimated 95% of the lyrics are being sung in English.

“Some of the songs on this new album were originally written with Japanese lyrics,” Yoshiki explained, “so translating them into English has been challenging.  For some reason, English needs more words, so I ended up re-writing many of the lyrics but kept the same message.”

Most of the album has been recorded in Los Angeles at Yoshiki’s own studio.  It’s the same studio where Metallica recorded its classic “Black” album, and artists from Van Halen to Michael Jackson to KISS also recorded there before Yoshiki bought it and turned it into a private facility.  Yoshiki, who lives in Los Angeles, traveled to Japan a handful of times to record with the rest of the band there.  In addition, some of the album has been recorded live over the Internet, with Yoshiki in L.A. and the band’s other members at their studio in Japan.

Added Yoshiki, “X Japan’s music is everything from fast, super-heavy rock to ballads with classical piano – all of those elements are what makes X Japan’s music.  We don’t play just one kind of music – we want to take people on a journey.”

The X Japan/EMI agreement comes on the heels of X Japan’s U.S. concert debut last August at Lollapalooza, and the band’s first-ever North American tour that wrapped up on October 10 with a sold out show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom.  Many of the new album’s tracks were introduced to western fans when they were performed on the tour, including “Rusty Nail,” “Kurenai,” “I.V.,” “Born To Be Free,” “Endless Rain,” and the album’s first single, “Jade.”

Over the course of the tour’s seven dates, all played in theatre-sized venues, X Japan easily demonstrated why they’ve sold more than 30-million units and filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record-setting 18 times.  X Japan hadn’t played venues that small in more than 15 years, so they tailored their “stadium-mindset” production to the theaters, making every effort to bring their take-no-prisoners theatrics and spectacular visuals to America.  As the SF Weekly put it, “All it took was one show to make it very clear why X Japan is such a phenomenon in its homeland.”

Distribution agreements outside of North America, including Japan, will be announced shortly.

To support the new album, X Japan plans to tour extensively in 2011.

Check out some song teasers from the new album here:

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