Southern Lord Artists BLACK BREATH And NAILS To Invade Scion Rock Fest

January 20th, 2011
by EvilG

Southern Lord label mates BLACK BREATH and NAILS are both confirmed to take part in the recently announced Scion Rock Fest, scheduled to take place in Pomona, California on March 5th, 2011. NAILS and BLACK BREATH are part of the amazing double-stage lineup also including Morbid Angel, Obituary, Death Angel, Municipal Waste, Agalloch, Integrity, Bastard Noise, Atheist, Floor, Crom, Wormrot, Kvelertak, Necrite, Woe, Fuck The Facts, Bonded By Blood and Christian Mistress!

Scion Rock Fest

March 5th 2011

Pomona, CA @ The Glass House & The Fox Theatre

Check out full fest info and RSVP to this FREE event at:

Seattle’s d-beat crushers BLACK BREATH have been touring the US heavily over the past year, and most recently returned from a month-long European tour in November, followed by an appearance with label mates Wolves In The Throne Room and the mighty Neurosis at the end of December. The band continue to bring the pain on the stage in support of their debut album Heavy Breathing Southern Lord delivered in March 2010, which reared it’s head again in countless year-end lists worldwide. With a new album expected later in 2011 and more tour plans coming together for the coming months, expect more news on BLACK BREATH soon.

One of Southern Lord’s more recent signings, California’s trio NAILS’ insanely brutal 14-minute album Unsilent Death also ranked in endless year-end lists from fans and journalists everywhere. After several regional tours of the US, including a rash of dates with Venomous Concept, NAILS are working on their follow-up to Unsilent Death for Southern Lord, are set to appear on the first night of this year’s Maryland Deathfest, and will continue to unleash hell on audiences throughout the year.

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January 20th, 2011
by EvilG

Singapore grindcore trio WORMROT have just finished a mini-tour of South East Asia, which included the band’s first ever time visiting Thailand and Vietnam – where the band was forced to play two songs for permit officers prior to the show, in order to be approved and allowed to perform.

Following their return home, WORMROT have written a tour blog to detail their unique experience, including being one of the first and only grindcore bands to play in Vietnam.

Some excerpts from the tour blog follow:

14 Jan 2011 – Johor Bahru, Malaysia
“The show in Embrace Hall was fucking awesome.  There were some guys from Penang who took a 12 hours train ride just to see Wormrot!  That was really touching and we really appreciate their support.  Everyone seemed to have fun; moshing, dancing, stage dive, etc…”

15 Jan 2011 – Bangkok, Thailand
“It is our first time in Thailand so we didn’t know what to expect from the crowd… Turns out to be a killer!  Crazy, crazy Thai crowd!!!  There were about 70+ people in total but it seemed like there were 100 people in there.  Stomping the stage and dancing like they’ve been possessed!  It was like a Thai Boxing competition!”

16 Jan 2011 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
“When we reached Ho Chi Minh City Airport at around 9.40am, the Security Police Officers checked our luggage.  They would not let us through as we were carrying merchandise, especially CDs.  One of them told me that he can let us go IF we gave them 3 of our Abuse CDs as there were 3 officers.  We gave them the CDs and that settled everything.  Hope they are into Grind coz I figured they might get heart attack when they listen to it.

“Again we did not expect anything much as it was also our 1st time in Vietnam.  So, when the crowd went crazy during Wormrot’s set, it was really mind-blowing for us as most of them were not Metalheads.  Some even brought their kids for goodness sake!  But all ended well with everyone being so supportive that there’s nothing more we could ask for.”

Read WORMROT’s full South East Asia tour blog and check out loads of photos from the tour at

If you’ve ever wanted to hear WORMROT slowed down, check out a video of the band having to play two “mellowed” songs from their set list for event permit officers in Vietnam at

WORMROT are due to return to the USA this March for their second ever tour there.  Catch them live on the “Dirge Across America” tour at the following shows:

Mar 03 – San Diego, CA – The Ruby Room
Mar 04 – Los Angeles, CA – The Blvd.
Mar 05 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House (Scion Rock Fest)
Mar 07 – Sacramento, CA – On The Y
Mar 08 – Reno, NV – Ground Zero (House Show)
Mar 11 – Seattle, WA – The Morgue
Mar 12 – Boise, ID – The Shredder
Mar 14 – Cheyenne, WY – Ernie November (In-store)
Mar 15 – Denver, CO – Blast-O-Mat
Mar 29 – Richmond, VA – Gallery 5

More dates to be announced soon.

View the tour flyer at

WORMROT’s forthcoming new album, DIRGE, is due to be released later this year.  Listen to a new track from the album, titled “Manipulation”, at

WORMROT’s debut album, ABUSE, is available now worldwide featuring 23 tracks of pure, world-class grindcore.  Get the album now in North America at or in Europe at

ABUSE is also available worldwide on iTunes with an incredible 34 bonus tracks at

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BORN OF OSIRIS Announce New Album Title and Release Date Info; Co-Headlining The “Atticus Metal Tour” This Spring

January 20th, 2011
by EvilG

BORN OF OSIRIS are mature well beyond their years and this dynamic extreme progressive juggernaut has now perfectly honed all of their collective talents to create what will soon be a pinnacle release for the metal genre. This ground-breaking six-piece group creates an epic mix of intricate and memorable melodies with challenging time signatures that still hold an infectious groove, all while maintaining sheer, tasteful brutality.

Their much anticipated third full-length album, The Discovery, is now set for a March 22nd release and is going to serve the scene the much needed wake-up call it so much needs. The effort was mixed by the acclaimed producer Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Trivium). Be sure to stay tuned to for all info on the new album and samples of new material which will be posted in the coming weeks.

Lee McKinney (guitars) further states: “I should start by saying this new album is heavier than anything the band ever released. We have moved onto seven strings and it couldn’t have complimented our sound any better. We brought back the ‘BOO-bounce’ on this one. It’s definitely a really fun and upbeat album. Also, the addition of our new guitar player Jason Richardson has increased the amount of shred on this album. There are some really incredible guitar solos on this album from the both of us. It takes the band to a whole new level of musicality. This album contains an awesome mix of our most heavy, most technical, most atmospheric and most beautiful melodies ever.”

BORN OF OSIRIS is now currently preparing to co-headline the third annual “Atticus Metal” tour with Darkest Hour. As Blood Runs Black and The Human Abstract round out the stellar bill. Sleeping Giant will be special guests on all westcoast dates and look for other special openers on other shows depending on the region. This monstrous trek, which kicks off on Feb. 25th in Washington, DC at the 930 Club will also serve as Darkest Hour’s record release show.

“Atticus Metal” promises to be one of the most exciting tours for the first half of 2011 and is a must see for all metal fans alike. For additional information and all tourdates feel free to see below head over to

2/25-Washington, DC @ 930 Club (DH CD RELEASE SHOW!)

* 2/26-Virginia Beach, VA @ Skate High

* 2/27-Greensboro, NC @ Greene St

* 2/28-Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel

* 3/01-Joliet (Chicagoland), IL @ Mojoes w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS

* 3/02-St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS

* 3/03-Covington, KY @ The Madhatter w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS

* 3/04-Detroit, MI @ Harpos w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS

* 3/05-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS

* 3/06-St. Paul, MN @ The Station w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS

* 3/07-Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose

* 3/08-Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground

* 3/09-Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre

* 3/10-Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound w/ NORMA JEAN, STICK TO YOUR GUNS

* 3/11-Reno, NV @ The Alley

* 3/12-Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

* 3/13-Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

* 3/14-Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

* 3/15-Boise, ID @ The Venue

* 3/17-Santa Clara, @ The Avalon w/ SLEEPING GIANT

* 3/18-Modesto, CA @ Seasons Hall w/ SLEEPING GIANT


* 3/20-Tucson, AZ @ The Rock

* 3/22-Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre

* 3/23-Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre

* 3/24-Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre

* 3/25-Dayton, OH @ The Attic w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS

* 3/26-Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club w/ THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE

* 3/27-Albany, NY @ Northern Lights w/ THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE

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LED ZEPPELIN 2, Featuring Yakuza’s Bruce Lamont U.S. Tour Update

January 20th, 2011
by EvilG

LED ZEPPELIN 2, the tribute band featuring bassist Chris Klein, drummer Ian Lee, guitarist Paul Kamp and vocalist Bruce Lamont, rang in the new year with a North American tour which commenced with two dates at the House Of Blues in Chicago on January 7 and 8. The flashbacks continue as the band winds through nearly a month’s worth of dates before drawing to a close on February 12 in Denver at The Gothic Theatre. LED ZEPPELIN 2 brings you the excitement of Led Zeppelin “In Concert” by re-enacting the live improvisation and onstage interaction that earned Led Zeppelin their legendary status for performing. Rather than a “greatest hits” show, you get to experience Zeppelin as Zeppelin would have played live in front of an audience. LZ2 sold out venues across the U.S. in 2010 and have drawn rave reviews for a “spot-on” Zeppelin show, playing deep cuts and classic tracks from the entire catalog, and occasionally entire Led Zeppelin performances from specific dates.

LED ZEPPELIN 2 is by far and away the next best thing,” says “The music excels and the chemistry is unmatchable. What LED ZEPPELIN 2 did was take a song that Led Zeppelin was known for and duplicate its sheer amazingness… Everything was right about it… They’re bringing Zeppelin to the stage for a whole new generation of people.”

“Bruce Lamont and Paul Kamp (of Yakuza and Busker Soundcheck fame, respectively) and the killer rhythm section of Ian Lee and Chris Klein bill themselves as LED ZEPPELIN 2, and they do as good a Zep as Zep ever did back in the day,” hails the Chicago Sun Times.

Timeout New York proclaims, “LED ZEPPELIN 2 is the best Zep band around,” and The Dallas Review reports that LED ZEPPELIN 2‘s performance is “…the closest thing to seeing the real Led Zeppelin in concert.” “Who cares if the real Led Zeppelin reunited? This strong tribute act paraded through Page and Plant hits for a sold-out House of Blues…” says Timeout Chicago.

Most widely recognized for his saxophone and vocal work fronting Chicago’s Yakuza, Bruce Lamont has contributed to a plethora of other projects including Bloodiest (featuring members of 90 Day Men, Sterling), Circle of Animals (with Sanford Parker, Minsk/The High Confessions) and Sick Gazelle (with Eric Block and Sanford Parker). He’s also recorded with Sigh, East West Blast Test, Minsk, Nachtmystium, Rabid Rabbit, Brutal Truth, Cephalic Carnage, Sweet Cobra, Locrian, Hex Machine and more.   Commented Lamont of the shows so far: “The shows have been amazing. Really enthusiastic crowds and the age range of folks coming out has really been insane…from teenagers to folks in their ’70s. Amazing!”

LED ZEPPELIN 2 – 2011 North American Tour Dates:

1/21/2011 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1/22/2011 Club Downunder – Tallahassee, FL
1/24/2011 The Lyric Oxford – Oxford, MA
1/25/2011 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
1/26/2011 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
1/27/2011 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX 1/28/2011 Brewster Street Ice House – Corpus Christi, TX 1/29/2011 LaZona Rosa – Austin, TX
1/31/2011 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
2/01/2011 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
2/02/2011 Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
2/04/2011 The Key Club – West Hollywood, CA
2/05/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
2/07/2011 Aladdin – Portland, OR
2/08/2011 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA
2/10/2011 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
2/11/2011 Belly Up – Aspen, CO
2/12/2011 Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO

To purchase tickets, visit: (for individual venue links) or visit Live Nation at:
To follow the band on Facebook, search for ledzeppelin2 or goto

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MANOWAR Return To Sweden in March

January 20th, 2011
by EvilG

The demands from the Swedish fans have been answered and MANOWAR will be heading to Gothenburg to bring TRUE metal to Sweden on March 29, 2011 at Trädgårn!

In addition to performing MANOWAR classics, the band will perform the entire Battle Hymns record in celebration of the release of Battle Hymns 2011.

Tickets go on sale soon!

Make sure you follow MANOWAR on Facebook for the latest updates:

The time to strike is now! Skål!

Upcoming MANOWAR tour dates worldwide:

Saturday March 05, 2011 @ The Palladium in Worcester, MA – USA

Friday March 11, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH – USA

Saturday March 12, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH – USA (SOLD OUT)

Friday March 18, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki – Greece

Friday March 25, 2011 @ St. Jakobshalle in Basel – Switzerland

Sunday March 27, 2011 @ O2 Academy in Birmingham – UK (SOLD OUT)

Tuesday March 29, 2011 @ Trädgårn in Gothenburg – Sweden

Saturday April 02, 2011 @ Campo Pequeno in Lisbon – Portugal

Friday April 08, 2011 @ Rodahal in Kerkrade – The Netherland

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Billy Childs Of Britny Fox To Guest On All Hail Hair Friday Night!

January 20th, 2011
by EvilG

This Friday night (1/21) at 8PM EST, All Hail Hair will welcome Billy Childs, the bassist and original member of Britny Fox! Hosted by Bob Carroll and Francis, the guys will speak to Childs about the history of Britny Fox, the Philadelphia metal scene and what he is up to today. The show always welcomes listener participation, so call in at (347) 202-0832.

Britny Fox burst onto the music scene in 1987 with the release of their self titled debut, on Columbia Records. The band saw success through heavy rotation on MTV with both “Headbangers Ball” and regular rotation. The band released their sophomore release “Boys in Heat” in 1989, but vocalist “Dizzy” Dean Davidson left the band shortly after. The band pushed on, replacing Davidson with Tommy Paris (aka Don Jillson of the band Jillson) and released a 1991 album, “Bite Down Hard” The album was praised by critics as the bands return to its original sound, but timing was ill fated as the Seattle sound started to take hold of the music world and pushed the 80’s metal scene to the back. The band stayed together through numerous personnel changes, Childs staying as the only constant member. The band released a strong album, “Springhead Motorshark” in 2003 and toured through 2010. Childs will bring the listeners up to date on the Britny Fox story, what the band is up to today and also speak about his involvement in “Get The Led Out”.

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.–britny-fox-bassistfounding-member-billy-childs

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LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH: Black Metal Legion Prepare For Upcoming North American Tour; Scion Footage Posted

January 20th, 2011
by EvilG

California lords of auditory torture, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH, are currently preparing for an upcoming North American tour in support of Czech Republic-by-way-of-Chicago death metal legends Master. The long-anticipated trek, which will include Ohio thrashers Mobile Deathcamp, is set to take place this month and run through approximately a month’s worth of dates. Stay tuned for further details.

In the meantime, check out quality footage and an interview with the band at last year’s Scion Rock Fest HERE.

LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH will be touring in support of The Extra Dimensional Wound, their second full-length, released via Metal Blade Records last year. Their record continues to reap critical acclaim for its inherently evil atmosphere and infernal crushingness. called it: “one of the label’s best releases in recent memory. What makes this album work so well is that LSOD haven’t lost their powerful low end, their penchant for blasphemy [or] their H.P. Lovecraft tinged-lyrics…..” while Stereogum commended the band saying The Extra Dimensional Wound is, “brutal, icy hot, super heavy, [and] full of lurching ‘grooves,’” Added Invisible Oranges adamantly: “…perhaps the first American black metal band who can go toe-to-toe with Europe’s heavy-hitters in terms of force.” Sea Of Tranquility called it “a solid old school sounding release the ups the ante as far as the brutality goes,” and The Gauntlet put it simply: “LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH evoke unforgiving torture and terror with every note.”

The Extra Dimensional Wound sawits vinyl release last month via Canonical Hours Records. The wax version is available as a deluxe gatefold LP featuring two 200-gram discs with a 12-page booklet and expanded artwork in a limited edition of 500 copies.

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RISING Signs With Exile On Mainstream

January 20th, 2011
by EvilG

German label Exile On Mainstream is thrilled to announce the signing of Danish metallers RISING! The band will enter the studio to record the forthcoming debut album with producer Jacob Reichert Nielsen at the end of March, and we will release RISING’s debut album in Europe and North America in late October 2011.

Since the release of the band’s debut EP in 2010 it has been both great and hectic for the band, with much time invested in writing and playing new material, and touring heavily. When Exile On Mainstream’s staff first met the band in Copenhagen, supporting Celan, they were instantly blown away. RISING were invited to play the label’s massive South Of Mainstream Festival 2010, and on the spot they agreed to EoM’s offer to release the band’s debut album.

A Copenhagen-based three-piece, RISING create their own brand of heavy, aggressive, atmospheric, yet melodic metal. Since forming in 2008, the band has sought to incorporate all virtues of good music: passion, vibe, energy, atmosphere and yes, firm musicianship and song writing. Stylistically, the band incorporates metal, ’70s hard rock, progressive and psychedelic rock, punk, sludge and more, creating music for the sake of MUSIC rather than submerging to any stylistic dogma, scene or specific genre.

The trio have been busy, having received a nomination at the Danish Metal Awards 2009 as “Best Metal Talent,” a performance at Roskilde Festival 2010, two full European tours in March and September 2010 (both with EOM stalwarts Beehoover) covering a good part of the continent, as well as many tour dates in Ireland, Sweden and their homeland Denmark.

Stay tuned for more updates on RISING through 2011.

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Fates Warning guitarist JIM MATHEOS and original vocalist JOHN ARCH team up for new project!

January 20th, 2011
by EvilG

Arch / Matheos currently tracking in the studio

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – January 19, 2011 – Jim Matheos (current member of the progressive metal powerhouse Fates Warning and OSI) and John Arch (former vocalist of Fates Warning) are currently working together on a new full-length album that will be released in late spring/early summer via Metal Blade Records. The band, called ARCH / MATHEOS, began tracking the drums on January 12 and will continue to record through mid February with both John Arch and Jim Matheos producing the album. ARCH / MATHEOS features an all-star lineup including the talents of Joey Vera on bass (Armored Saint, Anthrax, Fates Warning, Seven Witches), Bobby Jarzombek on drums (Halford, Fates Warning, Sebastian Bach, Riot), and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar (Fates Warning). More details will be released over the coming months so be sure to stay tuned to &

John Arch – vocals
Jim Matheos – guitars
Joey Vera – bass
Bobby Jarzombek – drums
Frank Aresti – additional lead guitar

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January 20th, 2011
by EvilG

It’s been five years since Immortal Dominion has issued a full-length studio album. But the wait is nearly over, metalheads.  March 22nd, 2011 will see the release of the group’s third full-length overall, ‘Primortal’ (on 427 Records), and the album will surely take the group to the next level, as it was overseen by renowned metal producer Sterling Winfield (who has previously worked with the likes of Mercyful Fate, Pantera, Damageplan, and Hellyeah).
As Winfield explains, “I really enjoyed the studio experience with Immortal Dominion, not only for the band and what they brought to the table as far as their material, and their professional attitude, but the facility, Backbone Studios, in Loveland Colorado, is unbelievable! A killer place that was made just for the creative person in all of us. The staff is there to help you with your vision, and never said no to ANY of our crazy ideas. Don’t even get me started on the gear available to us. The best!”

Comprised of band members Ray Smith (vocals), Brian Villers (guitars/vocals), Louis Micciullo (guitars), Bryan “Ed” Schmidt (bass), and Casey Glass (drums), Immortal Dominion has assembled a strong album that easily measures up to other releases by modern metal acts. As Villers explains, “I think the current metal scene has come around full circle, with guitar solos and great drumming being prevalent again. And our new sound fits in with that perfectly.” Or as Schmidt describes Immortal Dominion’s sound, “Somewhere between Cannibal Corpse…and Elton John!” And after hearing such standout tracks as “Reanimated” and “Retroactive,” you’ll discover that Schmidt’s description is not that far off.

Immortal Dominion will be supporting the release of ‘Primortal’ with live dates throughout 2011, and as Smith describes, “Fans can expect an exciting performance that will blow them away. The guitar solos and drum beats take it to a new level of listening entertainment, while the vocals are great and easy to sing along with.” Adds Micciullo, “We are a very high energy band, so they should expect lots of head banging!”

And lastly, just what does the future hold in store for Immortal Dominion? “I see Immortal Dominion growing every day in the music industry,” explains Glass. “With the new band line-up, live performances and new songs, we will continue to bring something new to the table. Working with industry leaders and top bands will make Immortal Dominion a force to be reckoned with.”


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OMNIUM GATHERUM announces Finnish tour & With Full Force Open Air

January 20th, 2011
by EvilG

Finnish adult oriented melodeathsters OMNIUM GATHERUM announces the Finnish release tour for the album “New World Shadows” which will be out in February in Europe (March in US) via Lifeforce Records. Also first summer festival announced, With Full Force Open Air in Germany!

NEW LIVE SHADOWS in Finland 2011:

09.02. Jyväskylä, Lutakko
10.02. Kuopio, Henry’s Pub
11.02. Oulu, Nuclear Nightclub
12.02. Karhula, Sam’s Pub
23.02. Helsinki, Tavastia
10.03. Jyväskylä, Lutakko  (w/ Evergrey)
11.03. Oulu, Club Teatria  (w/ Evergrey)
12.03. Helsinki, Nosturi  (w/ Evergrey)
18.03. Kouvola, Rytmikatti
25.03. Turku, S-Osis
09.04. Hamina, Jack Up
01.07. With Full Force Open Air, Germany

The new video “Soul Journeys” coming from the album “New World Shadows” available here:

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HURTSMILE: The latest from Gary Cherone and his band of “brothers” to release their debut album

January 20th, 2011
by EvilG

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of HURTSMILE self-titled debut album on February 8, 2011 in the US.

HURTSMILE is a new band featuring singer Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen) who has teamed up with his brother Mark to write his most succinct record to date. The self-titled, HURTSMILE is a raw sonic sucker punch in the face! From the opening buzz saw riff of “Just War Theory” to the epic finale of ”Slave” and “Beyond The Garden/Kicking Against the Goads”, Gary continues to push and poke you in the ear with his lyrically provocative themes.

Hurtsmile was a long time coming… I always wanted to write a record with my brother,” says Gary. “I’m a big fan of Mark’s song writing and his snarling guitar riffs.” The timing was right as Extreme was in-between their touring and record cycle, leaving Gary the freedom. They recruited Joe Pessia (bass) an alumnus of Nuno Bettencourt’s Dramagods as well as the guitar player for Tantric. Joe also engineered, and co-produced the record with Gary. To round off the lineup they enlisted heavy hitter Dana Spellman on drums “It’s an east coast-Boston thing,” states Gary. “Mark, my brother, was in a band with Nuno’s brother… Joe was in Nuno’s band and Dana was a friend, and student of Mike Mangini (former Extreme drummer) … we like to keep it in the family.”

The lineup is not the only thing familiar with the band. In true Cherone fashion, the record is chock full of swaggering guitar, soaring vocals and the trademark Cherone eclecticism on tracks such as “Jesus Would You Meet Me”, the reggae-tinged “Just War Reprise” and the Dylanesq “The Murder of Daniel Faulkner (4699)”. “Hurtsmile was about returning to my roots, writing a record in my basement, a straight up rock ‘n’ roll record… but it turned out to be more diverse and ambitious than I expected.”

Gary is no stranger to taking on intense topics, and Hurtsmile is no exception. The first half of the record is a group of more loosely knit songs such as the cynically inquisitive “Just War Theory“, the limit’s of free speech “Tolerance Song (edit)” and the disturbingly mesmerizing “Kaffur (Infidel)”, inspired by the beheading of Daniel Pearl.

The 2nd half of the record is more conceptually cohesive; an introspective look at the nature of man and the condition of the human heart. “Stillborn” introduced earlier, and “Set Me Free” both touch on mans inclination toward darkness, culminating with an epic journey from sin to salvation… “Slave” to “Beyond the Garden/Kicking Against the Goads“.

For the most part both themes are represented as 2 sides of a record. A concept familiar to Extreme fans but make no mistake, whether reading between the lines or just moved by the visceral power of the music, this is a completely different type of record. Gary adds, “All the boys in the band have brought something new to the table, and you’ll never know what hit you!”

“Hurtsmile” tracklisting includes:

Just War Theory; Stillborn; Love Thy Neighbor; Kaffur (Infidel); Painter Paint; Tolerance Song (Edit); Set Me Free; Jesus Would You Meet Me; Slave; Beyond The Garden / Kicking Against The Goads; Just War Reprise; The Murder Of Daniel Faulkner (4699).

The songs “Just War Theory” and “Love Thy Neighbor” can exclusively be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web radio. Tune in at:


Gary Cherone – Vocals

Mark Cherone – Guitars

Joe Pessia  – Bass, Mandolin

Dana Spellman – Drums, Percussion

Produced by Gary Cherone, Joe Pessia

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SACRED MOTHER TONGUE, Johnny Can’t Dance, Envy Assured and Elimination @ The Purple Turtle, London

January 20th, 2011
by UK Team


Support: Johnny Can’t Dance, Envy Assured and Elimination

Venue: The Purple Turtle, London

7th Jan 2011

Words By Danny Draper

Photos by Altercarnated Photography



To the Purple Turtle I say! For tonight, the metal is here!

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Nergal (BEHEMOTH) Released From Hospital!

January 19th, 2011
by EvilG


We are happy and relieved to inform you, that Nergal left the hematology division of Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) in Gdansk on Monday, January 17th, four weeks after he underwent a bone marrow transplant procedure. Below you can find his comment:

“Hey! What’s up! At last – one could say. After almost half a year of treatment in various hospitals, several cycles of chemotherapy, irradiation and a bone marrow transplant, I have been finally released home in a pretty fuckin’ good condition. I’m feeling ok, taking the intensity of treatment under consideration. That was not an easy period of my life, but, as I envisioned, I left the hospital victorious. I never considered any other options, but anyway, there were rough moments too… At this point I must express my thanks to the people who made all of those downs fairly bearable. My parents – thank you. You deserve a monument for all your love and patience. Dorotka, thank you for your heroic attitude, love and support. I can’t forget Doda’s fans, who made a gigantic effort for me and other ill people. You rule! Absolutely fantastic Behemoth fans from all over the world were organizing various events to make people aware of what leukemia is. To all of you out there – my deepest respect! Thank you – the real heroes – Prof. Hellmann, Dr. Piekarska, Dr. Knopinska, Doc. Giebel, Prof. Hołowiecki and all the nurses of the hematology division of the Medical Academy in Gdansk and the Oncology Clinic in Gliwice for all the professionalism and great hearts. My band mates for all the friendship and never-ending support. All my friends for sticking to me throughout the whole period of my illness. The list is too long to mention you all, but remember, you have special place in my heart.”

Nergal will now go through a recovery which will last for several months. During this time he will stay in his flat in one of the Gdansk’s districts.

“Although the whole treatment went really good, as well as the bone marrow transplant and the post-transplant period, the next several months is the time when I must really take care of myself. Of course I will have plenty of time to recover, think about the strategy and my return to the stage – which approaches imminently (laughs). First of all however I must rebuild my physical condition… apart from that, I hunger for playing, I haven’t been playing the guitar for a half of year now! Really much to catch up, but also a huge motivation and a desire to work again at the same time. This year will be a really important one for me and the band!”

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PARTY.SAN Open Air 2011 Update

January 19th, 2011
by EvilG

PARTY.SAN Open Air 2011 Update Triptykon, Gorguts, Enslaved, Exhumed + Cliteater Added To The Bill! TRIPTYKON – Raised from the ashes of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, by mastermind Tom Gabriel Fischer himself, PARTY.SAN 2011 is proud and honored  to announce the addition of TRIPTYKON to its expanding bill of bands. Hell literally broke loose with the release of the band’s Eparistera Daimone debut. Pitch black and truly evil music for devoted fans of extreme metal.

GORGUTS from Canada recently joined the PARTY.SAN bill. A death metal dinosaur of sorts, the band formed in 1989 and, having survived a host of trends, tragedies and breakups, are still going strong today. GORGUTS will present to you a technical and extremely furious death metal show you will never forget.

ENSLAVED are easily among Norway’s finest bands. The progressive black/Viking metal ensamble has remained dark and innovative for their two-decade-long existence and will bring their monolithic blackness to the PARTY.SAN 2011 stage.

EXHUMED – Excreting their malignant essence onto an unsuspecting metal scene back in 1998 with their confrontational debut, Gore Metal, EXHUMED have since become synonymous with the genre they helped brand. Their signature sound, a savage blend of snarling, grinding, down-tuned guitars, alternately abrasively screeched and grotesquely gurgled vocals, and pummeling, straightforward drumming, have become universally recognized as the hallmarks of the style now known as gore metal. To be more precise: EXHUMED are essentially the bastard Californian children of the great Carcass. See them live at PARTY.SAN!

CLITEATER – We are happy to announce the participation of dutch grinders CLITEATER at PARTY.SAN 2011. If you are a fan of Dead Infection, Necrony or Mortician, this band is  for you. Expect a wave of grinding madness! These guys don’t exit the sateg without leaving a bloody mess. Grind deluxe!

Also on the PARTY.SAN 2011 bill:

Save now on your ticket to PARTY.SAN METAL OPEN AIR 2011 which includes various limited t-shirt or P.S:O:A DVD combos. For more info, visit:   – Ticket PSOA 2011 w/ out Shirt: 49,90€ + delivery
– Ticket PSOA 2011 + limited to 666pieces shirt in S,M,L,Xl,XXL: 49,90€ + delivery
– Ticket PSOA 2011 + DVD 2009: 65,00€ + delivery
– Ticket PSOA 2011 + DVD 05, 07 or 08: 54,00€ + delivery
– DVD 2009: 19,99€ + delivery  

PARTY.SAN is an annual metal festival founded in 1996 as an open air birthday party with several local bands. Due to troubles with the public order office the official open air, called Endsommer-Festival, had to be delayed from August to September. Nevertheless the first festival took place unofficially in August, thus there  were two open air festivals that year. In the years to follow, festival was held the second weekend in August and has grown to accommodate  more than 10,000 visitors and prides itself on showcasing extreme metal’s finest acts. PARTY.SAN 2011 will run from August 11 – 13, 2011 at Flugplatz Obermehler in Schlotheim, Germany.
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