BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman Zakk Wylde has told Classic Rock that he actually went to one Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, after being told to give up booze.
The former OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist had to stop drinking after being put on medication to get rid of three blood clots in my leg.
“Someone suggested that I could benefit from going to AA. So, I thought I’d give it a try. I went along to a meeting, didn’t say a word and listened to all of these fuckers bitching, moaning and whining. I didn’t go back a second time, because I have far too much to do to waste my time like that.”
Black Label Society will release its new album, Order Of The Black, in North America on August 10 via E1 Music. The CD will be made available in Europe through Roadrunner Records and in Australia and New Zealand via Riot! Entertainment.
Order Of The Black will feature four different CD covers: one for each territory: North America, Europe, Australia and South America/Asia.
Order Of The Black tracklisting:
‘Parade Of The Dead’
‘Time Waits For No One’
‘Godspeed Hell Bound’
‘War Of Heaven’
‘Riders Of The Damned’
A limited-edition version of the album featuring the bonus track ‘Can’t Find My Way Home’ will be made available internationally.
Black Label Society will perform live in the studio during its August 9th appearance on the US nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn. Fans are encouraged to speak with the band by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625) beginning at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET.
In advance of the release of The Antique Witcheries the sophomore album by Midwest thrash maniacs VINDICATOR, fans can get a sneak peak at what to expect when the album hits store shelves worldwide on August 10th on Heavy Artillery Records. Preview the track “Strange Aeons” at the band’s Myspace page: www.myspace.com/savindicator
As one of the frontrunners of what has come to be known as the “New Wave Of Thrash”, Ohio based VINDICATOR laidthe framework for the band during Summer of 2005 as long time friends Marshall Law and brothers Vic and Jesse Stown came together with a singular vision, drawing influences ranging from first-wave Bay Area and Teutonic thrash to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Following the self-release of the band’s debut full-length album There Will Be Blood in 2008, VINDICATOR spent the next year gigging nationally in support of the album with such bands as Raven, Overkill, M.O.D., Hirax, Destruction, Exodus, and Kreator, Exmortus and many others. With the addition of lead shredder Mikey B. Lial, VINDICATOR once again hit the studio in late 2008 to record tracks for a split release with 80’s German cult metal legends Metal Witch. In late 2009 VINDICATOR signed to HEAVY ARTILLERY and began work on The Antique Witcheries a masterpiece of modern thrash metal mayhem sure to please fans of Dark Angel, Testament and Exodus.
VINDICATOR just recently wrapped up their “Coastal Catastrophe” tour and will be announcing more US and Canadian tour dates in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR proudly announce additional dates to the first European leg of their co-headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in support of their new studio album, Abrahadabra.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
19 September – HMH, Amsterdam, NE (w/ KORN)
20 September – Bataclan, Paris, FR (DB Headlining Show)
21 September – Forum, London, U.K. (DB Headlining Show)
23 September – Eishalle Seutweg, Winterthur, CH (w/ Korn)
24 September – Zenith, Munich, DE (w/ KORN)
26 September – Gasometer, Vienna, AT (w/ KORN)
27 September – Alcatraz, Milan, IT (DB Headlining Show)
28 September – TBA
30 September – Den Atelier, Luxembourg, LU (DB Headlining Show)
01 October – Ancienne Belgique, BE (w/ KORN)
02 October – Rosengarten, Mannheim, DE (w/ KORN)
03 October – Palladium, Cologne, DE (w/ KORN)
05 October – Haus-Auensee, Leipzig, DE (w/ KORN)
06 October – C-Halle, Berlin, DE (w/ KORN)
07 October – Progresja, Warsaw, PL (DB Headlining Show)
08 October – Studio, Krakow, PL (DB Headlining Show)
09 October – KD Vltavaska, Prague, CZ (DB Headlining Show)
11 October – Vega, Copenhagen, DK (DB Headlining Show)
12 October – Arenan, Stockholm, SE (DB Headlining Show)
14 October – Pakkahoune, Tampere, FI (DB Headlining Show)
15 October – House Of Culture, Helsinki, FI (DB Headlining Show)
17 October – Tragarn, Gothenburg, SE (DB Headlining Show)
18 October – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, NO (DB Headlining Show)
Abrahadabra will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th. View the artwork created by German artist / painter / graphic designer Joachim Luetke (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Sopor Aeternus) on the band’s MySpace page.
SISTER SIN‘s fist-pumping new single, “Outrage” will be the FREE Song of the Day on AmazonMP3 tomorrow, Saturday, July 17th. Offering a taste of their sophomore release, True Sound of the Underground, this single showcases what real Heavy Metal is all about. Fans of Judas Priest, The Scorpions, and Motley Crue are guaranteed to find one of their new favorite bands in Sister Sin.
In addition, SISTER SIN is out to prove that their brand of loaded metal is the most precious Swedish import. Starting this Sunday, the band heads back to the States to embark on a US tour with Michael Schenker Group (MSG) and Lynch Mob. As if that wasn’t enough, SISTER SIN will be out for a block of dates in support of the legendary Black Label Society in the early Fall. A full list of dates can be found below.
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – July 16, 2010 – Metal Blade Records has just launched a landing page for experimental death metal act FLESHWROUGHT’s upcoming album Dementia/Dyslexia. The landing page provides metalers with music, specially low-priced offers available for preorder. The first single, Mental Illness, is currently streaming with more tracks to come before the album is released on August 3rd.
Preorder packages available for Dementia/Dyslexia:
Pomona, California thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD have finished shooting a new music video in the lead-up to the release of their ripping new album, EXILED TO EARTH.
The video for the new track, “Prototype: Death Machine”, sees BONDED BY BLOOD gearing up as a group of rebels as they fight to reclaim planet Earth from the grasp of an alien race called The Crong. The video was filmed with director DAVE VORHES.
BONDED BY BLOOD frontman JOSE BARRALES discusses the video shoot:
“Working with Dave Vorhes was a great experience. Coming into this shoot we didn’t know what to expect, but I’m glad it turned out the way it did. First day we did a performance shoot, 2pm till 9pm straight, of Prototype: Death Machine. After listening so much I’m still not tired of the song.
“Second day was the storyline shoot, this was so fun. Dressing up in costumes and shooting aliens, what’s not to love? This day was a long one, 6am to 11pm, but well worth it. Can’t wait to see the final product, I’m sure it will be epic.”
EXILED TO EARTH will be released on limited edition CD with a free patch, limited edition coloured vinyl LP, and a special, low-priced CD version. The limited edition coloured vinyls are available in the following colours:
Lazer Explosion Purple – 100 copies
Crong Green – 200 copies
Revolution Red – 300 copies
Black – 900 copies
Fans in the UK can also pre-order EXILED TO EARTH at Townsend Records with a free patch, as well as an exclusive printed version of an EXILED TO EARTH comic strip, signed by the band. Pre-order this limited edition collector’s version, while stocks last, at http://www.townsend-records.co.uk/Bonded+By+Blood
Earache Records is continuing its popular low-priced CD campaign with the addition of two new releases – Californian thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD’s new album, EXILED TO EARTH, and Detroit deathcore destroyers AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH’s upcoming album, PROPRIOCEPTION.
During the current age of recessions and economic crises, where music sales are declining as fans demand better value for their money, many record labels and retailers continue to sell CDs at high prices. To combat this, Earache Records has started the low-priced CD campaign, offering fans who are on a tight budget a selection of new releases at an incredibly affordable price.
While the CDs in the low-priced campaign are nearly half the cost of most regular CDs, each and every one is the full and complete version, and includes the booklet, jewel case and everything you would expect from a CD – except for the high cost!
Earache’s two newest additions to the low-priced CD campaign, BONDED BY BLOOD’s EXILED TO EARTH and AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH’s PROPRIOCEPTION, are available to pre-order now throughout Europe from Play.com for the astounding price of just £4.99 or €6.99 EUR.
Noisecreep today premieres a special Internet-only video for the song “Powershifter,” taken from FEAR FACTORY‘s latest album Mechanize. Filmed in England earlier this year, the video was created by noted English videographer Myles Dyer with assistance from producer Tom Bacon and cameraman David Bass. Presented in high definition, it captures the band on stage in front of an enthusiastic audience.
“Powershifter” was the first song fans heard from Mechanize when album release details were announced late last fall. Within days the song was heard by over 100,000 fans as they quickly logged on to the YouTube page that premiered the first new material to include the revamped FEAR FACTORY lineup of vocalist Burton C. Bell, guitarist Dino Cazares, bassist Byron Stroud and drummer Gene Hoglan. The song would top college radio charts prior to Mechanize hitting stores on February 9. The album dominated the chart for six weeks at the number one position and maintained top ten status for another ten weeks as programmers threw their support behind the record.
Commenting about the video, Burton C. Bell says, “I am very curious to see the reaction to this video. It was filmed by a good friend of ours, Myles Dyer. He has been a great supporter of FEAR FACTORY for a long time, and now he has become a prominent videographer. He traveled with us for about a week during the UK portion of the Fear Campaign tour earlier this year. Although ‘Powershifter’ was leaked in the early stages of release, we wanted to produce an online only video for FEAR FACTORY fans everywhere. We hope the fans take the video and spread the FEAR FACTORY word like wildfire.” FEAR FACTORY returns to American stages this weekend as part of their on-going Fear Campaign 2010 tour, performing tomorrow night at The Rock in Maplewood, Minnesota. All four members will take part in a meet-and-greet prior to the performance at Best Buy (located at 1643 West County Rode B2 in Roseville) beginning at 3pm. FEAR FACTORY, with 36 Crazyfists, Divine Heresy (featuring FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares), and After the Burial, will performance in Des Moines, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, New York City, and Towson (Baltimore) before concluding this current North American tour in Allentown on July 27. The band returns to Europe beginning July 31 for festivals and headline performances in England, Ireland, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria and their appearance at the massive Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. Mechanize has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide since release earlier this year. Media have praised the record; Decibel Magazine calls it the “greatest FEAR FACTORY full-length in more than a decade.” Revolver says, “the record marks a clear return to the classic FEAR FACTORY sound. The result rings familiar but also fresh; even in the very futuristic year of 2010.” And Blabbermouth notes “FEAR FACTORY 2010 is a fiery and evolved rebirth of the band that changed metal in the ’90s…Mechanize is the album I have been waiting for.” Remaining dates on the current North American tour are noted below.
7/17/2010 The Rock – Maplewood, MN
7/19/2010 People’s Court – Des Moines, IA
7/20/2010 Metro – Chicago, IL
7/21/2010 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
7/23/2010 Opera House – Toronto, ON
7/24/2010 Parterre Parc Jean Drapeau – Montreal, QC
7/25/2010 Fillmore/Irving Plaza – New York, NY
7/26/2010 Recher Theatre – Towson, MD
7/27/2010 Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA
Montreal masters of tech death brutality, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, have announced they will be releasing an EP, featuring five brand new tracks, in the coming months. This will be the band’s first release since 2008’s “Dystopia.” Since recording “Dystopia,” the band has toured extensively: five full North American tours (including Summer Slaughter Canada 2008 and Sumer Slaughter 2009) and four full European tours (including Thrash and Burn Europe the past two years) BENEATH THE MASSACRE were nominated in 2009 for Metal Hammer’s Golden God Award for “Best Underground Band.” More details regarding the EP will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Vocalist Elliot Desgagnes commented on the new release:
“It’s going to be two years since our last album and we had the idea of a short release while we keep writing for the next full length. We picked five songs to go on the EP and I feel like these are by far the best songs we’ve ever written. Nothing that different from our other releases but we’re always getting a little closer to the sound we want. So we’re all satisfied with the result and are looking forward to share it.”
BENEATH THE MASSACRE will appear at the Heavy MTL festival later month alongside Slayer, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Despised Icon, Mastodon and more. The band has also announced a Canadian tour beginning in late August and wrapping up in early October, sponsored by JagerMusic Canada. They will be playing with Neuraxis, Ion Dissonance and others along the trek.
The dates are:
7/25 Montreal, QC- Heavy MTL
JagerMusic Canada Presents:
8/26: Rimouski, QC- Petit Pavillon Agricole #
8/27: Moncton, NB- Manhattan #
8/28: Halifax, NS- Gus’ Pub #
8/29: St John, NB- Nickolaj’s #
8/30: Fredericton, NB – Kinsmen Center #
9/3 Ottawa, ON- Mavericks
9/4 Sudbury, ON- The Serbian Hall (w/ Neuraxis)
9/5 Rouyn-Noranda, QC- Petit Theatre du Vieux-Noranda (FME Festival)
9/10 Brantford, ON Rehab – Sick Fest metal festival % 9/11 Toronto, ON- The Rockpile % 9/12 Kingston, ON- The Mansion (Wine Cellar Room) % 9/16 Trois Rivieres, QC – Rock Cafe le Stage
9/17 Quebec, QC- L’Agitee
9/18 Sherbrooke, QC- bar le Magog
9/23 St. Catharines, ON – Mikado * 9/24 Windsor, ON – Chubby Pickle * 9/25 London, ON – Moon Over Marin * 9/26 Oshawa, ON- EP Taylors * 9/30 Chicoutimi, QC- Le Bunker ^
10/1 St-Hyacinthe, QC- Bar le Trash – Trash Metalfest
10/2 Victoriaville/Warwick, QC- Salle du Canton ^
# w/ Ion Dissonance
% w/ Aeternam
* w/ Kraken
^ w/ Divinity
Shred Guitar Master PAUL GILBERT To Release 3rd Guitar Instrumental CD FUZZ UNIVERSE on SHRAPNEL RECORDS out AUGUST 3RD
Paul Gilbert is regarded internationally as one of the greatest players in the industry. Starting his recording career with Shrapnel Records as a teenager in the late 80’s, Gilbert remains one of the most active guitarists from the original shred guitar scene. His rise to Platinum success includes a number one song with Mister Big, and cult status as founding member of the legendary and highly successful underground progressive metal band Racer X.
Florida based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION have uploaded the song “Slaughterhouse” to the bands Myspace page (www.myspace.com/MalevolentCreation). The track comes from their upcoming 11th studio outing entitled Invidious Dominion, which will be released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast.
Invidious Dominion was produced and recorded by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, KRISIUN, GOATWHORE) at Mana Studios in Florida. The cover art was brought to life this time around by renownedartist Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN).
***THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN*** – GRAVE DIGGER RELEASE ALBUM TITLE AND TRACKLIST
THE DEED IS DONE! The new Grave Digger album has been recorded and mixed! Together with new member Axel Ritt on guitars, the band entrenched themselves from mid-Mai to mid-July at the MEADOW STUDIOS of Axel Ritt and the PRINCIPAL STUDIOS, the place all albums have been recordet since “Heart Of Darkness” in 1995. Mixed by Jörg Umbreit and produced by Chris Boltendahl, THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN will lead the listeners back to the scotish highlands.
Chris Boltendahl, Jens Becker, Stefan Arnold, HP Katzenburg and Axel Ritt offer an explosive mixture of the typical GRAVE DIGGER riff metal, combined with awesome epic chorus hooks, which will fascinate the fans from the very first note. THE CLANS ARE BACK FOR ATTACK!
THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN is a loose sequel of the TUNES OF WAR album, but this time not a concept album about the scotish history, rather a work about scotland, it’s mysticism and it’s people.
THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN will be released in Europe by Napalm Records Oct. 1st 2010.
1. DAYS OF REVENGE
2. PAID IN BLOOD
3. HAMMER OF THE SCOTS
4. HIGHLAND FAREWELL
5. THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN
7. VALLEY OF TEARS
9. WHOM THE GODS LOVE DIE YOUNG
11. THE PIPER McLEOD
12. COMING HOME
13. WHEN RAIN TURNS TO BLOOD
WhitechapelBand.com includes re-design of the fan club THE DISEASED built directly into the site
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – July 19, 2010 – Knoxville, TN’s WHITECHAPEL, who are currently crushing audiences across North America as a part of the successful Vans Warped Tour Twenty Ten, have just launched their brand-new official website WhitechapelBand.com.
The band comments; “We are excited to announce the release of our brand new official website. Here you will be able to find tons of info and media and it will also be the home of our new fan club, THE DISEASED. We are offering tons of awesome packages varying in different levels for the fan club so be sure to go check it out and pick yours up today! This is our way of saying thank you and to give a special place for our fans to gather and form a community.”
Once on WhitechapelBand.com, fans will be able to easily navigate the site to check out WHITECHAPEL’s tour dates, music videos, live videos, video interviews and updates from the road, news, photo galleries and more. Fans can also select the “Community” tab to enter the fan club THE DISEASED, where members can access the band’s blog, fan forum, sign up for contests, or select the campaign tab to become a part of the WHITECHAPEL street team or enter contests that require users to submit content.
THE DISEASED fan club packages breakdown:
Level One – The Possessed Package: 8.99
-1 year interactive membership
Level Two – The Exiled Package: 22.99
-1 year interactive membership
– Dog tag
– THE DISEASED laminate
– Picks (3)
Level Three – The Ultimate Corruption Package: 44.99
Today we are proud to announce NACHTMYSTIUM’s next step in global intoxication, as the psychedelically lethal horde will headline the most cerebrally brutal underground tours of the year. Be sure to head over to http://www.myspace.com/nachtmystium to acclimate yourself with this phenomenon.
Set to kick off in early September, NACHTMYSTIUM will be joined by brethren Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle. Presented by Stereogum and Haunting The Chapel, the nearly month-long trek will weave it’s twisted path through sections of the Eastern and Midwest U.S. and into Canada for several dates, before coming to a halt in NACHTMYSTIUM’s Chicago stomping grounds, surely leaving a trail of smoldering cerebrums in its wake. Still heavily supporting their latest black-mangled-rock fantasy album Addicts: Addicts: Black Meddle Part II, which was released in North America in early June via Century Media, the other groove, space, doom, thunder and noise elements culminated by openers Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle should prove this tour to be the most mind-melting of them all.
This headlining tour follows NACHTMYSTIUM’s meaty 2010 tour schedule, which has already included massive North American tours with Kreator and Voivod, Eyehategod, a European tour with Jarboe, appearances at several massive festivals including Roadburn, Festung Open Air and much more. The band will also be headed to Oslo, Norway to slay Oyafestivalen (Oya Festival) alongside Iggy Pop & The Stooges, The Flaming Lips and more on August 12th.
British crossover thrashers SSS have confirmed dates for a European tour, which starts at the end of July.
SSS, who have been taking a break and working on new material since a recent Irish tour in April with labelmates GAMA BOMB, will kick off the ‘Wreck and Annoy’ tour on July 30th in their hometown of Liverpool, before heading off to mainland Europe a few days later.
SSS vocalist FOXY comments:
“That’s right… Our ‘Wreck and Annoy’ Euro tour kicks off this August. We can’t wait to get out into Europe and make some noise. Always mega to see the sights and sounds of new cities, play with some mega bands, eat new food, catch up with old friends and make new ones. Plus rattle some brand new songs for our third LP, ‘Problems To The Answer’.
“We will have an über-limited run of our new SSShred SSSleds decks, ideal for shralping the many skate parks, gutters and scalps en route. Time you lot, and ourselves, got some sun – see you then.”
Catch SSS live in Europe at the following shows:
30.07.10 Liverpool, England – Mello Mello
05.08.10 Hanover, Germany – Musikzentrum (w/ SLAPSHOT)
06.08.10 Leisnig, Germany – Sucks’n’Summer Open Air Festival
07.08.10 Pinkafeld, Austria – Alte Gerberei
08.08.10 Vienna, Austria – Tüwi
09.08.10 Bratislava, Slovakia – Obluda Club
10.08.10 Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia
11.08.10 Chemnitz, Germany – Subway To Peter
12.08.10 Jaromer, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Festival
13.08.10 Ieper, Belgium – Ieper Festival
14.08.10 Newport, Wales – Le Pub