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…”
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
Neon Nights - 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL - Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November 2010
New York, NY (October 13, 2010)— On November 16, Eagle Rock will unveil Heaven & Hell: Neon Nights.This DVD and CD release captures the historic four-man army performing at the Wacken Open Air Festival on July 30, 2009. [MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $13.98 for CD, Pre-book Order Date: October 22]
On this hot summer night, vocalist Ronnie James Dio, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Vinny Appice commanded the stage, transcending the mere concept of a heavy metal concert. The strength and veracity of Dio’s delivery, which has inspired three generations of metal vocalists, wrapped itself around each and every audience member. Butler’s declarative bass lines, Iommi’s legendary riffing, and Appice’s unrelenting fills provide the forceful heartbeat behind anthems “Mob Rules,” “Die Young,” “Neon Knights,” and namesake tune “Heaven and Hell.”
The DVD also boasts 30th anniversary interviews with all four band members as a bonus feature. Personal one-on-one’s are conducted with Ronnie, Tony, Geezer, and Vinny as they reflect on the making of theirHeaven And Hell album. Additionally, the Neon Nights DVD has newly recorded personal tributes from Iommi, Appice, and Butler in memory of Dio.
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.
DVD: 1.) E5150
2.) The Mob Rules
3.) Children of the Sea
5.) Bible Black
6.) Time Machine
8.) Falling Off The Edge of the World
9.) Follow The Tears
10.) Die Young
11.) Heaven and Hell
12.) Encore: Country Girl
13.) Neon Knights
CD: 1.) The Mob Rules
2.) Children of the Sea
4.) Bible Black
5.) Time Machine
7.) Falling Off the Edge of the World
8.) Follow The Tears
9.) Die Young
10.) Heaven and Hell
11.) Neon Knights
(New York, NY) — DARKEST HOUR is preparing fans for the “Legacy Tour” by announcing a one of a kind contest. DARKEST HOUR is challenging fans across the country to submit their highest scores for a chance to win a prize pack from Guitar Hero along with the chance to challenge DARKEST HOUR to a “Shred-Off” on the “Legacy Tour” which starts the second week of November.
To enter, fans must submit a video or a screen-shot of their high score from one of the following:
• Guitar Hero 6, “Warriors of Rock”
• Guitar Hero for the Apple iPhone or iPod Touch
• Guitar Hero 5, using Darkest Hour’s track, “Demons”.
• GRAND PRIZE: A chance to challenge DARKEST HOUR to a “Shred-Off” at the concert, early entry to the show, Guitar Hero 6, “Warriors of Rock” game and guitar, the Guitar Hero App for the iPhone/iPod Touch, a Darkest Hour t-shirt, and an autographed poster!
• 2ND PLACE: A ticket to the show of your choice, a Darkest Hour t-shirt, a signed poster from the band and a free download of the Guitar Hero App for the iPhone/iPod!
• 3RD PLACE: A Darkest Hour t-shirt and signed poster from the band!
DARKEST HOUR will be heading out on the road with VEIL OF MAYA and PERIPHERY through November and December. Celebrating their 15-year anniversary as a band they will be playing selections spanning from their debut full length “Mark of the Judas” to their latest release. Included will be the epic instrumental “Veritas, Aequitas” along with other surprises from their catalog. Tickets can be bought here [http://www.darkesthour.cc], dates are below.
11/12-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/13-New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
11/14-Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
11/15-Quebec City, QC @ Dagobert
11/16-Montreal, QC @ Tulipe
11/17-Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
11/18-Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
11/19-Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
11/20-West Dundee, IL @ Clearwater Theatre
11/21-Des Moines, IA @ People’s Court
11/22-Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
11/23-Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
11/24-Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702
11/26-San Diego, CA @ Soma
11/27-Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
11/28-San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
11/29-West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
11/30-Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
12/01-Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
12/02-Lubbock, TX @ Tequila Jungle
12/03-Austin, TX @ Emo’s
12/04-Dallas, TX @ Trees
12/05-Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
12/07-St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
12/08-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
12/09-Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
12/10-Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
12/11-Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
12/12-Richmond, VA @ Hat Factory
DARKEST HOUR have been busy working on their upcoming full length with Peter Wichers (SOILWORK) for their debut eOne Music release due out early next year.
For more information on DARKEST HOUR and their experience in the studio with Peter, visit http://www.darkesthour.cc for updates over the next few months.
OL DRAKE, lead guitarist for British thrashers EVILE, recently bungee jumped next to London’s Tower Bridge along with Metal Hammer editor ALEXANDER MILAS, raising £2000 for charity.
OL DRAKE was dressed as a cowboy for the event, jumping in memory of late EVILE bassist MIKE ALEXANDER and in aid of the British Lung Foundation. ALEXANDER MILAS, who was dressed as Zorro, jumped in memory of Dio and in aid of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.
‘Return To Zero’, the 7th full-length album by SPIRITUAL BEGGARS and their first on InsideOut Music is out now! SPIRTUAL BEGGARS formed in 1994 and is a project from Michael Amott (Carcass/Arch Enemy) that celebrates the classic hard rock sound of the ’70s. This is the band’s first new album in five years and features an even more impressive all-star line-up.
Michael Amott (Guitar, also in Arch Enemy and Carcass)
Apollo Papathanasio (Vocals, also in Firewind)
Per Wiberg (Keys, also in Opeth)
Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass, also in Arch Enemy and Witchery)
Ludwig Witt (Drums, also in Firebird)
‘Return to Zero’ also features the bonus track “Time To Live”, a cover of the Uriah Heep classic. The album is available in-stores and online everywhere! Check out links to buy below:
BAND’s CRITICALLY LAUDED ALBUM “RUINATION” TO BE RELEASED AS SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION 10 INCH VINYL BOX SET
Glendale, AZ heavy metal powerhouse JOB FOR A COWBOY (JFAC) has announced a fall U.S. headlining tour. The trek will launch on December 5 in San Antonio, TX and feature support from Skeletonwitch and Misery Index. The official admat of the JFAC tour can be viewed now at this location.
JOB FOR A COWBOY continues to tour in support of its latest release, Ruination. The album skyrocketed to #42 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart in its first week of release and has met to scads of critical acclaim for its astounding dexterity, scorching attack, sleek arrangement and thundering musical muscle. The itinerary for the JFAC headlining tour is shaping up as follows:
JOB FOR A COWBOY
Winter 2010 North American “Ruination” Tour
December 5 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
December 6 Dallas, TX The Door
December 7 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
December 9 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
December 10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
December 11 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit’s
December 12 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
December 14 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Downunder
December 15 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
December 16 New York, NY Santos Party House
December 17 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
December 18 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
December 19 Richmond, VA Canal Club
December 20 Nashville, TN Rocketown
On November 23, Metal Blade Records will release JOB FOR A COWBOY’s Ruination as a limited edition 3×10″ colored vinyl / CD box set; the collection housing the album as well as both rare and live material from the award winning band. The special set’s track listing is as follows:
a. LP #1: Vinyl color: green
i. SIDE A
1. Unfurling a Darkened Gospel
2. Summon the Hounds
3. Constitutional Masturbation
ii. SIDE B
1. Regurgitated Disinformation
2. March to the Global Enslavement
b. LP #2: Vinyl color: orange
i. SIDE A
1. Butchering the Enlightened
2. Lords of Chaos
3. Psychological Immortality
ii. SIDE B
1. To Detonate and Exterminate
c. LP #3: Vinyl color: red
i. SIDE A
1. The Matter of Splatter (Exhumed cover song
) 2. Embedded (Live @ 2007 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)
3. Altered from Catechization (Live @ 2007 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)
ii. SIDE B
1. Entombment of a Machine (Live @ Unitarian Church, Philadelphia 2009)
2. Unfurling A Darkened Gospel (Live @ Unitarian Church, Philadelphia 2009)
3. Regurgitated Disinformation (Live @ Unitarian Church, Philadelphia 2009)
2.) Bonus CD
1. The Matter of Splatter (Exhumed cover song)
2. Embedded (Live @ 2007 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)
3. Altered from Catechization (Live @ 2007 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)
4. Entombment of a Machine (Live @ Unitarian Church, Philadelphia 2009)
5. Unfurling A Darkened Gospel (Live @ Unitarian Church, Philadelphia 2009)
6. Regurgitated Disinformation (Live @ Unitarian Church, Philadelphia 2009)
Recently, JOB FOR A COWBOY unveiled its new music video, for the track “Ruination”. The engaging clip presents a visual interpretation of JFAC vocalist Jonny Davy’s end-time lyrics via vintage atomic bomb testing and Cold War propaganda films. Check out JFAC’s “Ruination” video now at this location.
Anthrax's Benante Teams up with Disney for "Vinylmation" Figures
LOS ANGELES, CA – October 12, 2010 – A few months ago, Disney Product Developers Holli McHugh and Donald Ferro teamed up with Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante to create an epic new vinyl – “Vinylmation” that is. These new collectible figures are the hottest craze to hit Disney Parks & Resorts. Based on the character Mickey Mouse, the Vinylmation figures take on different looks, urban styles and characters, and often depict different Disney park attractions and icons.
Benante knew at a young age there was art and music in his blood. A Disney fan from the start, it was Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” that led him to get hooked on creating art in all forms, as well as his love for Mickey Mouse and the flawless and seamless animation that only Disney could provide.
Known mainly for his drumming skills, Benante has performed on over fifty tours spanning the globe and has been instrumental in the creation and development of the art and graphic designs seen on numerous band album covers, t-shirts and more.
Now, marching to the beat of another drum, comes Benante’s nine (9) music inspired 9″ Vinylmation figures. Benante has intricately wound gauze-like material reminiscent of sheet music around the Vinylmation, from head to toe, creating an almost mummified appearance with an ear for music and an eye for design, which is clearly a tribute to his love for music and art. Not one to kiss and tell, Benante has also created three additional Vinylmation figures he calls “Kisses.” How can you not love them?
If you want to check out Benante’s rocking’ new Vinylmation figures and meet the man himself, be sure and hit D Street in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort on October 23 from 5-8PM. More details can be accessed at www.DisneyDStreet.com
You can also catch Benante and Anthrax, currently on the Jagermeister Fall Music Tour with Slayer and Megadeth. The band is currently working on their brand new album – with Joey Belladonna on vocals – that will be released in early 2011.
Remaining dates for the Jagermeister tour are as follows:
14 War Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, IN
15 DeltaPlex, Grand Rapids, MI
16 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
18 Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO (headline show)
19 Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT
20 The Pearl, Las Vegas, NV
21 Gibson Amphitheatre, Hollywood, CA
GREAT BRITAIN – Britain’s independent heavy metal powerhouse, Peaceville Records, will begin releasing new editions of classic Darkthrone albums later this month from the recently acquired Moonfog Productions catalogue titles.
The first re-issue, Panzerfaust, – Darkthrone’s fifth album overall – will be released as a double-disc set and individually numbered vinyl (2000) on October 25th. The 2-CD edition includes a bonus disc featuring commentary from Darkthrone’s infamous drummer/lyricist, Fenriz, for a first hand perspective behind the creation of the 1995 Frost-fuelled black metal masterpiece.
Additionally, Peaceville Records will re-issue the rare second Isengard release, Høstmørke(1995), on October 25th. The album, which was performed entirely by Fenriz, also features a special commentary disc conducted by Fenriz, reflecting on the recording process, as well as an insight into the time of the recording.
Slayer’s much anticipated Vinyl Conflict box set is now available via Slayer’s online store.
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 re-mastered 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.
The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK, have uploaded part 1 of the bands tour documentary to the following location (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlduvcFVXIQ). The footage was filmed and edited by Tommy Jones and taken during the bands first North American headlining tour this past Summer in support of The Panic Broadcast. Check out all the exclusive live footage and tour hijinks now!
Check out the video clip for the song “Deliverance Is Mine” on the bands Myspace page http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=105994975. The track comes off SOILWORKs brand new studio album The Panic Broadcast, and was directed by Ivan Colic (EX DEO, TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED) and produced by Stanimir Lucik! SOILWORK, recently scanned 5,257 copies of their new album The Panic Broadcast in its first week of sales in the United States according to Nielson Soundscan. That makes it the bands highest selling record in its first week ever, with Stabbing the Drama being a close second with 5,204 copies. The Panic Broadcast also came in at #88 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart making it their highest charting record yet! The Panic Broadcast, was released on July 2 in EUROPE and July 13 in North America via Nuclear Blast.
GUITAR WORLD magazine recently posted an interview and lesson with guitarist Peter Wichers at the following location www.guitarworld.com/soilwork_lesson. In the video Wichers breaks down riffs from their new album The Panic Broadcast and talks about his gear and influences as a guitar player.
The Panic Broadcast is the first album to feature original guitarist, songwriter & producer Peter Wichers since his return to the band in 2008. Produced by Wichers and mixed by Jen Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SYMPHONY X), this is the record long time SOILWORK fans have been waiting for! Order the regular or deluxe edition at the following location http://bit.ly/c6FJeo.
Stern Pinball, the only makers of real pinball games on the planet, has teamed up with Nuclear Blast USA to sponsor a worldwide contest for ONE LUCKY METAL FAN to win all of the new CDs & DVDs released in 2010 by Nuclear Blast USA.
Nuclear Blast USA’s 2010 catalog consists of:
ACCEPT – Blood Of The Nations Digi-Pak CD
AMORPHIS – Forging The Land Of Thousand Lakes 2-CD/2-DVD
AMORPHIS – Magic And Mayhem (Tales From The Early Years) CD
ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY – The Reign Of Darkness CD
ARSIS – Starve For The Devil CD
AVANTASIA – The Wicked Symphony CD
BLIND GUARDIAN – At The Edge Of Time Deluxe Edition 2-CD
CANDLEMASS – Ashes To Ashes Live CD/DVD
CATHEDRAL – The Guessing Game CD
CRADLE OF FILTH – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa Deluxe Digi-Pak CD
DEATH ANGEL – Relentless Retribution CD
DECREPIT BIRTH – Polarity CD
DIMMU BORGIR – ABRAHADABRA Digi-Pak CD
ELUVEITIE – Everything Remains As It Never Was CD
ENSLAVED – Axioma Ethica Odini Digi-Pak CD
EXODUS – Exhibit B: The Human Condition CD
EXODUS – Shovel Headed Tour Machine: Live At Wacken And Other Assorted Atrocities DVD/Live CD
FORBIDDEN – Omega Wave CD
IMMOLATION – Majesty And Decay CD
IMMORTAL – The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh: Live At Wacken DVD
KATALYSM – Heaven’s Venom CD
KEEP OF KALESSIN – Reptilian CD
MALEVOLENT CREATION – Invidious Dominion CD
MELECHESH – Epigenesis CD
MESHUGGAH – Alive DVD/Live CD
MNEMIC – Sons Of The System CD
PAIN – Cynic Paradise CD
REVAMP – ReVamp CD
RHAPSODY OF FIRE – The Frozen Tears Of Angels CD
SABATON – Coat Of Arms CD
SOILWORK – The Panic Broadcast CD
TAROT – The Gravity Of Light CD
THE CRINN – Dreaming Saturn CD
THERION – Sitra Ahra CD
UNLEASHED – As Yggdrasil Trembles CD
All interested metal fans can enter here. This contest ends November 15th. Duplicate entries will be disqualified.
Today Stereogum premieres “The Grand Inquisitor II – Roots & Locusts,” the fifth track from Anthropocentric, the upcoming full-length from German progressive/atmospheric metal enigmas THE OCEAN. Set for a North American release on November 9 via Metal Blade Records, Anthropocentric serves as part two of the concept explored on the band’s well-received Heliocentric long player, released this past spring.
The concept at the base of both offerings is a critique of Christianity from varying philosophical and personal perspectives. Both records were recorded in the mountainous isolation of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the highest elevated city in Europe, and recorded and mixed by their house sound engineer Julien Fehlmann.
To check out “The Grand Inquisitor II – Roots & Locusts,” point your browser HERE. In addition, the LANDING PAGE for Anthropocentric is now live as well, offering fans in the US, UK, Canada, and Europe a chance to pre-order the album. “She Was The Universe,” the third track off Anthropocentric, is streaming now. Metal Blade Records will continue to update the LANDING PAGE leading up to and throughout the release of Anthropocentric with news, tours, dates, video footage, and more so be sure to check back frequently.
More on Anthropocentric:
Despite the fact that Darwin inaugurated a paradigm shift in modern natural science, his thoughts were not the last nail in Christianity’s coffin. There are still people who believe that the teachings in Genesis are to be taken verbatim. These people are at the crosslines of Anthropocentric. The album challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who still believe that the earth is at the center of the universe and no more than 5,000 years old. Where Heliocentric covered a large range of dynamics and styles from calm, soulful songs based on piano and vocals to moments of eclectic heaviness, Anthropocentric is more straight forward, technical and soul-searingly heavy, whilst still tapping into the band’s signature range of dynamics.
A new video blog from Cradle Of Filth is now streaming on the mini-site for the band’s forthcoming album, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, at www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth.
In the new video Dani and the rest of the band discuss how they work, their history, their plans for the future and some of the controversy that has followed them through their career.
In addition to this video the mini-site features also info about the album, a gallery featuring new band pics and elements from the album artwork, a link to download a MP3 of the track Lilith Immaculate, downloads and more. The site is being updated on a weekly basis with new video blogs, fan competitions, promo videos, new downloads and more.
A preview of Deceiving Eyes, a new track from the album, is also streaming on the mini-site. The track is also playing on the band’s iPhone app. A different track from the album is added to the site every Wednesday in the lead up to release on November 1st (November 9th in USA).
Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, released on the band’s own AbraCadaver imprint through Peaceville Records and through Nuclear Blast in the USA, is the band’s ninth studio album and has been described by Rocksound as displaying:
“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)
Details of the special fan’s edition are also now online. The limited boxset is available exclusively from the Peaceville site. Dani has already stated, this is will be, ‘the best Cradle Of Filth release that we have ever created, the ultimate version of our ultimate album. For you, our loyal mortal appreciators.’
The fans’ edition comes packaged in a deluxe hard box containing:
2CDs – the album plus a disc of bonus tracks and demos (including Adest Rosa Secreta Eros, an exclusive track that will not be available on any other edition of the album)
DVD – the promo video for Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned) plus a documentary on the making of the video
A LP sized 64 page hard-back book. The book features hi-quality artwork and photos and a short story based around the album written by Dani. A sneak preview of some of the pages from the book, which will also house the 2CDs and DVD included in the set, is now on the band’s mini-site.
· An exclusive t-shirt available only in this box
· A stunning limited edition lenticular 3D image of the album cover art , ready for framing
· Five 8” x 6”photographic prints of members of the band.
· An official certificate of authenticity from the band
WHITE WIZZARD’s cover of WE ROCK is also due to be included as the second track on the band’s new single, SHOOTING STAR – a brand new, original track which was written as a tribute to RONNIE JAMES DIO. The two tracks are the first to be recorded with new WHITE WIZZARD vocalist PETER ELLIS.
The SHOOTING STAR single, along with WE ROCK, is due to be released on iTunes on October 18th and will also be available on limited edition 7″ vinyl exclusively on WHITE WIZZARD’s upcoming UK headlining tour. All profits will go to the Children Of The Night charity.
Catch WHITE WIZZARD live in the UK and get your hands on one of the limited edition SHOOTING STAR 7″ vinyls at the following shows:
05 November 2010 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms
06 November 2010 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy 2
07 November 2010 – Belfast, UK – Auntie Annie’s Porterhouse
08 November 2010 – Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
10 November 2010 – Sheffield, UK – The Corporation
11 November 2010 – Manchester, UK – Satan’s Hollow
13 November 2010 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
14 November 2010 – London, UK – The Underworld