Pulverised Records is proud to announce the addition of MEMORAIN to their growing roster of brutality. The thrash metal supergroup, founded by guitarist Ilias Papadakis, formed in 1999 and currently features: Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, Strapping Young lad, Zimmers Hole, ex-Dark Angel et al), Steve Digiorgio (Sadus, ex-Death, ex-Testament et al), Ralph Santolla (Obituary, ex-Deicide, ex-Iced Earth et al) and Chris Valagao (Zimmers Hole, Mechanism et al). Guest musicians on previous offerings have included Nick Menza (ex-Megadeth) and James Murphy (ex-Death, ex-Testament et al).
The band recently completed work on the fourth full-length, Evolution. Further details and artwork to be revealed soon.
Commented Papadakis of the signing: “I’m really happy with the way things are going! Pulverised Records is the new home of MEMORAIN and I’m sure that with their experience they will do an amazing job with our new album! On Evolution, we have succeeded to combine oldschool thrash metal, with a modern touch. Fast and aggressive, but at the same time, melodic with powerful. I’m sure that Evolution will satisfy the appetite of the diehard fans of thrash metal! I can’t wait to perform this material live!”
Added Pulverised Records A&R Manager Calvin Chiang: “We were approached by Ilias some time ago and honestly, there was no way you would not pay attention with all the well-respected musicians who continue to make such a strong impact and influence on so many metal fans worldwide involved. We are very excited and definitely looking forward to hearing how the new album will sound!”
Ilias Papadakis – Guitars
Gene Hoglan – Drums
Chris Valagao – Vocals
Steve DiGiorgio – Bass
Ralph Santolla – Guitars
Toronto native James LaBrie is regarded as one of the most influential prog metal vocalists of the last 20 years. His significance as the commanding front man of progressive giants Dream Theater, is without question. He joined the trailblazing fivesome in 1992 and has since recorded eleven studio albums with the band.
Besides being in the spotlight for the prog rock force from New York, LaBrie has launched an impressive solo career. Static Impulse is his first solo effort in over five years, and this latest masterpiece is by far his heaviest to date, revealing astonishing new facets of LaBrie’s music and sure to please his legion of die-hard fans while winning over many new devotees in the process.
LaBrie’s musical inspiration comes from many different genres, including such artists as Sebastian Bach, Metallica, Ludwig van Beethoven, Nat King Cole, Queen, Sting, and Muse. One listen to Static Impulse and it becomes quickly apparent that LaBrie’s influences run far and wide and that he’ll be entertaining us all for years to come.
1. One More Time
2. Jekyll Or Hyde
5. Over The Edge
6. I Need You
7. Who You Think I Am
8. I Tried
9. Just Watch Me
10. This Is War
12. Coming Home
Paragon Records will unleash the third album from DIMENTIANON, New York’s masters of chaotic metal, on October 19th, 2010. Entitled Collapse The Void, the album epitomizes the turbulent mixture of black, death and doom metal that has become the band’s trademark style.
DIMENTIANON have been a force in New York City’s extreme metal scene since their formation in 1995, the band then known as The Forgotten. With countless regional concerts under their belts, and backed with a solid resume of releases including the band’s fist two full-lengths, multiple demos and a split release with funeral doom merchants Rigor Sardonicous, the DIMENTIANON of 2010 is by far the most powerful expression of the band’s chaotic nature to date. Founding member vocalist Mike Zanchelli has led the unit through many lineup changes, currently rounded out by returning bassist Maureen Murphy, drummer Pete Christopher and guitarist Zoltan Valter (Sectioned).
Collapse The Void was recorded and produced by producer Pete Rutcho (Revocation, Graveheart, Frozen, Ravage) and features five massive tracks;, the shortest being just over three minutes, yet with the two longer tracks running closer to nine minutes. A maniacal yet well-orchestrated display of crushing haunting black/death metal with plenty of unexpected twists throughout, the album will surely arouse interest in any diehard fan of underground extreme metal.
Collapse The Void track listing:
2. Breathe Deep
3. Fragmented Nostalgia
4. The Forgotten
5. All Good Things End
Stay tuned for more news on DIMENTIANON activities to be posted throughout the year and well into 2011. View the cover art for the new album, live footage of the band opening for Marduk and more at this location.
HALFORD CONFIRMS OZZY OSBOURNE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Halford announces Canadian dates with Ozzy Osbourne!
Metal God Entertainment and Rob Halford are pleased to announce the release of ‘Halford IV Made Of Metal’ featuring fourteen (14) new Halford studio recordings debuting September 28th in Canada via Fontana / Universal Music Group.
Produced by Roy Z. and recorded during 2009 and 2010, Made Of Metal showcases a bulk of material (words & music) penned exclusively by Rob Halford. Made Of Metal features fourteen (14) new Halford studio tracks including: The Mower, the current radio single Made Of Metal, Fire And Ice, Till The Day I Die, Undisputed, Heartless and Thunder And Lightning.
Halford’s new NASCAR-themed, animated-music video ‘Made Of Metal’ created by London-based Animator Dean Wright made its debut September 13th, 2010, now available at www.robhalford.com/madeofmetal.
‘It is probably the most personal release of my solo career; in terms of my writing and performances. Halford IV Made Of Metal hits hard on many musical and emotional levels. I’m certain it will be recognized as one of the band’s best releases, and I’m looking forward to performing the new tracks this year, and re-connecting the Halford band with its legions of Metal fans’.
Halford will be supporting the release with a string of dates opening up for another of hard rock/heavy metal’s all-time great singers and frontmen, Ozzy Osbourne.
And now, without further adieu, a word from the Metal God himself. “Hello Canadian Metal Heads: Your Metal God is excited, ready and preparing Metal masterpieces for the Halford band’s first, full-length-concert tour of the Great White North. That’s right, Halford are preparing to roar across Canada during November 2010 as Special Guest for the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne. Double horns way up!! Grab your tickets today, and I will see you all this Fall.” Rob Halford
2. Fire and Ice
3. Made Of Metal
4. Speed Of Sound
5. Like There’s No Tomorrow
6. Till The Day I Die
7. We Own The Night
9. Hell Razor
10. Thunder and Lightning
11. Twenty-Five Years
13. I Know We Stand A Chance
14. The Mower
Halford’s first live performances in more than seven years has included appearances this year in San Francisco, Montreal’s Heavy Metal Festival and Ozzfest 2010.
Halford have confirmed Headline performances October 15, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan and October 16, 2010 at Tokyo’s Loud Park Festival 10.
Halford have also confirmed South America Headline performances October 20 Lima, Peru; October 22 Santiago, Chile; October 24 Sao Paulo, Brazil; October 26 and October 27, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina.
‘It has been a long wait for the global Halford fan-base, and of course I’m very pleased to return with Halford IV Made Of Metal this September 2010’. comments Rob Halford.
Ozzy Osbourne & Rob Halford 2010 Canadian Tour:
Nov. 12 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre
New Jersey/New York’s ILL NIÑO is pleased to announce the release of their highly-anticipated VICTORY RECORDS debut, Dead New World, on October 26th, 2010. The album is self produced with co-production coming from Clint Lowery (Sevendust) and Sahaj Ticotin (RA) and mixed by Eddie Wohl (36 Crazyfists, Anthrax, Smile Empty Soul). Dead New World also serves as the follow up to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2008 release, Enigma.
See above for the newly released album art, illustrated by Tim Butler of XIII Designs (Disturbed, Slipknot, Metallica, Slayer, Michael Jackson). “It was our pleasure to work with Tim Butler, who designed ILL NIÑO’s Dead New World CD cover,” states drummer Dave Chavarri. “We wanted to have a tribal ethnic looking cover, and Tim’s recreation design of a picture of three South American shrunken heads was everything we wanted. The Dead New World cover definitely touches on our ethnic roots and history.”
To date, ILL NIÑO has sold more than 500,000 albums in the United States alone, and over 1 Million albums worldwide. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Disturbed, Guns N’ Roses, and more! The band plans to embark on a full United States tour this fall, and will head into Asia and South America by the end of 2010! Stay tuned for more tour updates on ILL NIÑO!
ILL NIÑO’s Latin roots run bloody and deep. Their original and refreshing sound covers the gamut of musical influences, including melodic vocals, bilingual lyrics, flamenco guitars, tribal drums, Latin percussion, and salsa-infused bass lines, all while providing a pummeling dose of modern hard rock and metal. ILL NIÑO formed in late 1999 and became the epitome of Latin metal in 2001 with their monster debut album, Revolution, Revolucion. Strong airplay for their first single ‘What Comes Around’ and slots on both Ozzfest, and Jägermeister tours in 2002, helped the album sell nearly 430,000 units worldwide.
In 2003 ILL NIÑO returned with their sophomore release Confession and managed to surpass their debut sales, selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. The success of Confession also spawned the top 10 single ‘How Can I Live’, which became the featured single on the Freddy vs. Jason soundtrack and film. Awaiting the arrival of One Nation Underground in 2005, and equipped with the highly-acclaimed single ‘What You Deserve’, ILL NIÑO landed the #1 Most Added track at Active Rock radio, four weeks prior to the album’s release!
ILL NIÑO shows no signs of slowing down with their plans to dominate and epitomize the forefront of true Latin metal. For more information on ILL NIÑO, please visit these websites:
(New York, NY) – Nostalgia metal masters POWERGLOVE are streaming their track “Transformers” to celebrate the release of their new record “Saturday Morning Apocalypse” which is available online and in stores TODAY. Transformers can be heard at [http://bit.ly/bTmHoa]. “Saturday Morning Apocalypse” can be previewed and purchased here [http://bit.ly/95zKvO].
Now that POWERGLOVE has taken the Flintstones from the stone age into the metal age, they will hit the road with FIREWIND this fall followed by ARSIS and CONDUCTINGFROMTHEGRAVE this winter.
Nov. 04 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
Nov. 05 – West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
Nov. 06 – New York, NY – The Gramercy
Nov. 07 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
w/ Arsis and Conducting From The Grave
Dec. 01 – Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
Dec. 02 – Evening Star Music Hall – Niagara Falls, NY
“We are POWERGLOVE and we are here to f*ck with your childhood!” proclaims the band at the beginning of their live shows. After finding success mining the brains of the A.D.D. driven video game generation with songs like “Tetris,” POWERGLOVE have set their sights on the inner child in all of us. To this end, the band has set its blasters from stun to kill; it’s target: the world!
POWERGLOVE is composed of four battle-hardened rockers out of Boston, MA: Alex Berkson, Bassil Silver-Hajo, Chris Marchiel, and Nick Avila. This band shreds metal renditions of everything from old school 8- bit video game classics to contemporary blockbusters, all with a heavy metal attitude!
For more information on POWERGLOVE visit the links below.
Australia’s Video Hits recently interviewed METALLICA’s James Hetfield. During the 22-minute video, which can be seen below, the subject of 2011 marking the band’s 30th anniversary and subsequent celebrations was discussed.
Hetfield commented, “We’ve gotta do something; there’s no doubt about that. There are quite a few bands that have made it 30 years, but these days, I think it’s getting a little harder to survive 30 years. The fact that we made it 30 years is pretty unbelievable.”
Metallica will wrap up their 2010 tour with a string of 15 sold out shows in New Zealand and Australia, running October 13th to November 21st.
SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing SODOM’s new album, In War And Pieces on the following dates:
Germany: November 19th, 2010
Europe: November 22nd, 2010
USA/Canada: January 11th, 2011
The album will be released in four formats:
– Limited Edition Digipak with Bonus Live CD including ten tracks (Wacken, 25th Anniversary show 2007)
– Double Gatefold LP in bloodred vinyl with one bonus track (‘Murder One’)
– Standard Version
In War And Pieces tracklisting:
‘In War And Pieces’
‘Through Toxic Veins’
‘Nothing Counts More Than Blood’
‘Storm Raging Up’
‘Feigned Death Throes’
‘God Bless You’
‘The Art Of Killing Poetry’
A new In War And Pieces press release reads as follows:
For Tom Angelripper, his thrash metal band Sodom is a perfect vehicle to bluntly take a stand. Like few other musicians on this scene, he personifies – along with down-to-earthiness and honesty – a healthily critical position on political authorities and decision-makers from finance and industry. On their latest album, In War And Pieces, Sodom focus on the worst excesses of power: arrogance, greed, spotlight-seeking, fanaticism, corruption, cowardice and oppression. Tom: “I’ve always written about what’s going on in the world, about the injustice and mistakes that happen everywhere. I know that you can’t change anything politically that way, but I would like to at least comment on the situation and generate an awareness of this deplorable state of affairs. Being a singer in a metal band allows me to voice my anger to a large audience.”
This uncompromising attitude marks the eleven songs on Sodom’s latest album which could hardly sound more dynamic and violent. In War And Pieces owes its bloodcurdling energy largely to producer Waldemar Sorychta (GRIP INC, ENEMY OF THE SUN), whose great skill and commitment were instrumental in creating the album’s – as Tom calls it – “phat, brutal and open” sound. With Sorychta’s support, Angelripper (vocals, bass), Bernemann (guitar) and Bobby Schottkowski (drums) succeeded in adding new impulses to their music without watering down the band’s long tradition. “Waldemar is a great musician himself and has done some brilliant work, especially on the guitar sound,” Tom explains. “He knows how to get the absolute maximum out of a speaker.”
As brutal as the production is the diverse songwriting on In War And Pieces, a kind of tour de force through the whole history of thrash metal, featuring harsh arrangements, melodic solos and raging vocal attacks. “I feel that we sound more contemporary and structured than we did on our recent releases,” Tom analyses. “At the same time, there are also references to recordings such as Persecution Mania and Agent Orange. After Venom, Sodom were the world’s first angry band, and nothing has changed that.” Tom lists as examples the impressive title track, as well as ‘The Art Of Killing Poetry’ with its ultra-deep guitar atmospheres and the German-language song, ‘Knarrenheinz’, which holds up the tradition of classics such as ‘Bombenhagel’ and ‘Ausgebombt’.
“Knarrenheinz is the mascot on the album cover, that’s why I felt he deserved his own lyrics,” Tom grins.
Talking of album covers: the artwork was designed by Eliran Kantor, who enjoys an excellent reputation on the scene thanks to his work for renowned acts such as TESTAMENT, GWAR and MEKONG DELTA.
EPICA To Release 'This Is The Time' Digital Single
“This Is The Time”, the new single from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA, will be released digitally on October 15. A video for the song, which was written for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), was filmed in March was in Hilversum, The Netherlands and can be viewed below.
For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
Commented EPICA: “The awareness that we should be more careful with the earth, increases every day. We should also try to live in closer harmony with nature. EPICA is lyric-wise strongly connected to these themes and would like to devote themselves to this cause for a better world!”
Added WWF’s Jörgen van Beem: “WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. A planet where people and nature can thrive together, in a stable environment, now, and for generations to come. For more than 40 years, WWF has been at the forefront in protecting the Amazon and are therefore enthusiastic that EPICA decided to raise funds for the Brazilian forest programs of WWF, which ensure conservation and sustainable development throughout the world’s largest rainforest.”
Neon Nights - 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL - Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November 2010
Neon Nights: 30 Years of HEAVEN & HELL- Live at Wacken will be released on CD and DVD via Eagle Records in North America on November 16th.
Columbia Music Entertainment Japan will release the set on CD on November 10th. The limited edition first pressing in Japan features cardboard sleeve artwork and the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players).
Neon Nights – 30 Years Of Heaven & Hell; Live At Wacken celebrates the band’s July 30th, 2009 appearance at Germany’s world-famous festival. The band – featuring BLACK SABBATH legends Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinnie Appice (drums) – were supporting their new studio album The Devil You Know. Although nobody knew at the time, it was to be Ronnie James Dio’s last filmed concert appearance before his death in May 2010 from stomach cancer.
Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell- Live at Wacken features the following tracklisting:
New solo project & album by charismatic Chilean singer/songwriter
PITCH BLACK RECORDS welcomes ALEXIS into its roster of artists and is pleased to announce their upcoming album, “Birds of Prey”, due for release on November 19th.
One of the founding members of Inquisicion and later on Witchblade, charismatic singer and songwriter Freddy Alexis has been enjoying a large following in his home country of Chile.
With a large number of releases in his background and the thrill of opening shows for such acts as Gamma Ray, Kreator and twice for Iron Maiden, Freddy Alexis is now returning with his new solo project, ALEXIS.
Joined by his old song-writing friend Gabriel Hidalgo, the duo have created an album that marks a new metal beginning for Freddy Alexis and his band mates; an album full of solid, melodic power metal and passionate performances.
The CD version includes an additional three bonus tracks of older compositions remixed and remastered and will be available worldwide through Pitch Black Records and Twilight-Distribution. It will also be available for digital download through several major mp3 stores.
3. Golden Path
4. Friendly Fire
5. Birds of Prey
6. Breaking the Spell
7. Metalizer II
9. Without You (remix/remaster)
10. The Witchblade (remix/remaster)
11. Killing Truth (remix/remaster)
As Singapore’s underground grind sensations, WORMROT have been steadily touring North America for the first time, they’ve been blogging about their experiences for the seminal extreme music resource, Invisible Oranges. On their 2nd exclusive piece for the site, WORMROT talks about eating pizza every day, their love for Wal-Mart and Denny’s as well as their first encounter with a Texas-sized flood:
“The next morning, we left the place at around 8:30am. Had our usual snappy Starbucks coffee with breakfast from Arby’s and head off to Oklahoma City for a gig at The Conservatory. Another long ass drive! What was supposed to be a 10 hours drive became 12 hours due to some complications on the highway in Amarillo, Texas. For the 1st time in our lives, we experienced real flood!!! The flood was so bad that some cars were covered in water. That totally sucks big time, man! We were damn lucky not to get stuck in the flood coz all the Wormrot boys can’t swim, for goodness sake!! Traffic was slow coz they had to block some parts of the road. And so we arrived late while the 1st band was playing. No bullshit, just load in and fucking play! Another small turnout for us considering the size of the place. LOL… But it was a fun gig. Sound system was good and the crowd was crazy, too. There was no place for us to sleep that night. so Mike h ad to drive to a hotel so that we can all have our beauty sleep. Oh yeah, the promoter did get us some food though. Pizzas.”
MISERY TO PERFORM “WELCOME HOME” SHOW ON OCTOBER 1st, 2010 IN PATCHOGUE, NY; PERFORMING AT THE 2010 SKATEBOARD MARKETING & NOVA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP CMJ SHOWCASE
Long Island, NY’s MISERY is fresh off of their United States tour with DevilDriver, Kittie and Kataklysm, and is pleased to announce their upcoming “welcome home” show at Club Loaded @ Karma on October 1st! MISERY will be supported by the bands Machine and Killjoy, and the show begins at 8pm. Club Loaded @ Karma is located at 620 Waverly Avenue, Patchogue, NY.
MISERY recently announced another home state performance at the 2010 Skateboard Marketing & Nova Entertainment Group CMJ Music Marathon showcase! The showcase will take place on October 21st, 2010 at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. The showcase begins at 5:30pm.
MISERY recently wrapped up recording on their gripping, in your face, highly anticipated full length release, Evil is Crowned. The album was recorded at Systems 2 Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY and was mastered at Manhattan’s world-famous Sterling Sound. Production credits on Evil is Crowned go to Joey Z from fellow heavy-hitting New York metal band, Life of Agony. The album is scheduled to be released January 2011 via Super Metal Records, and the title track, ‘Evil is Crowned’ is scheduled to debut on Sirius XM Liquid Metal in the coming months. Currently, two other tracks from Evil is Crowned are spinning on Sirius-XM’s Liquid Metal and have been receiving rave reviews throughout the metal community.
See below for the Evil is Crowned tracklisting:
1. Evil Is Crowned
3. Gone Tomorrow
4. I Hate Your Face
5. Break the Silence
6. Social Anxiety
7. The Hurt Spell
8. Hangover in Harlem
9. Mind your Business
10. Live Fast Die Slow
11. Head Like A Hole (Nine Inch Nails Cover)
Formed in the early 90’s, MISERY are known for their powerfully aggressive sound, often being compared to the likes of Pantera and Metallica with an eerie Black Sabbath undertone. MISERY are also recognized for their rigorous touring schedule, including support for large acts such as Napalm Death, Buckcherry and Testament. After hearing MISERY’s 2008 full length release, Fifteen Years of Aggression, producer Joey Z took such a liking to the band that he asked MISERY to support Life of Agony on their Winter 2009 tour. Playing with such an eclectic mix of bands has helped to expose MISERY to a world of new fans! In 2009, MISERY reached the #12 position on the FMQB Metal Radio charts, and currently can be heard on cable music outlets such as Music Choice and DMX.
For more information on MISERY, please visit these locations:
Hexfire members inform that during last weeks they recorded all the tracks for their forthcoming album and the recording session is finally over.
“It was really a great experience for us. There was a lot of work but everything was very exciting. We recorded our songs in the studio with a legendary Polish engineer Janusz “Yanek” Bryt who is known for his long-term cooperation with great metal bands like Destruction, Vader or Behemoth. That’s so cool. Stay tuned for further information!”
For more info visit: www.myspace.com/hexfireofficial
Stockholm Rock Out is a new rock festival in Sweden which is now in its second year. When the first edition of the festival took place on May 1st it was almost disastrous because the giant volcano clouds forced most of the headliners to cancel their appearances but this time all measures worked well without any unexpected problems or last minute changes. By European standards, the band line up in Stockholm Rock Out was somewhat extravagant. The list included many great bands which haven’t been here in ages, like Keel and Tuff, and there were also some unique one off performances like the one with Great White w/ Paul Shortino on vocals and the farewell show of Zinny J. Zan. Like the organizers advertised, this festival is indeed organized for music lovers by music lovers.