To mark the North American release of their new studio album Blood Of The Nations and in celebration of their first U.S. tour in over 14 years, Germany’s metal legends ACCEPT have scheduled an in-store autograph signing at The Exchange on Friday, October 8th from 6 – 7 p.m. Free pizza and soft drinks will be provided to all fans in attendance. The Exchange is located at 6271 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, Ohio 44130. The band will perform later that evening at The Agora Ballroom in Cleveland.
All fans are invited to participate in the FREE Meet & Greets that will take place after every show throughout ACCEPT’s co-headlining tour with King’s X, which launches next week in Poughkeepsie, New York. The members of ACCEPT have pledged to stay until the very last fan leaves happy, so grab your ACCEPT memorabilia & camera and get ready for a night of autographs and photographs!
Very few bands can effectively mix intelligence with intensity like Southern California’s INTRONAUT, who essentially walk a fine line between psychedelic brutality, captivating hooks and devastating yet unpredictable time changes. The much anticipated new album, Valley of Smoke, is set for an Oct. 12th release. This is the essence of thinking man’s metal and something so refreshing that it should serve as a vicious wake up call to masses forcing the entire genre to take notice.
INTRONAUT have compiled a comprehensive series of webisodes documenting their entire recording process. This in-depth, five part series was filmed and edited by Daniel Hague and click on the link below now to view the first installment. http://bit.ly/ct2Q6O
Pre-order package deals for Valley of Smoke is now available exclusively through CMDistro.com featuring the CD + Exclusive Shirt=$18 ($20 xxl); LP + Shirt=$18 ($20 xxl). Also, some special bundles combining the band’s debut album, Prehistoricisms, with the new offering are also available: Both CD’s +Shirt=$23 ($25 xxl); Both LP’s + Shirt =$23 ($25 xxl); CD=$10; LP=$10; Both CD’s=$15; Both LP’s=$15. Click the link below to order now. http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/valley_of_smoke
INTRONAUT is currently preparing for a North American fall tour with Helmet, so be sure to either see below or visit www.myspace.com/intronaut to view their tour itinerary. A few special headlining shows have also been added.
INTRONAUT took metal in a new direction with their Century Media debut, Prehistoricisms, but their sophomore offering, Valley of Smoke, will quickly solidify them as genre visionaries. This stellar new album, which Decibel Magazine praises as “One of the most anticipated albums of 2010” is set for a fall release and was once again produced by the acclaimed Josh Newell (Jane’s Addiction).
INTRONAUT w/Helmet 10/8 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
10/9 Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
10/10 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
10/11 House Of Bricks – Des Moines, IA (Headlining)
10/12 Chicago, IL – Double Door
10/13 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
10/15 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
10/16 Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick
10/17 Toronto, ONT – Lee’s Palace
10/19 Montreal, QUE – Studio
10/20 Boston, MA – The Middle East
10/22 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
10/23 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
10/24 West Chester, PA – The Note
10/25 Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC (Headlining)
10/26 Charlotte, NC – Tremont
10/27 Nashville, TN – 12 and Porter
10/28 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR (Headlining)
10/29 Houston, TX – The Scout Bar
10/30 Austin, TX – Red 7
10/31 Dallas, TX – The Loft
11/2 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
11/3 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
11/04 The Rogue – Scottsdale, AZ (Headlining)
In the fifth of nine installments, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the songs that will appear on the band’s new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which is scheduled for release in Europe on September 27th and in North America on September 28th.
Grutle on “Axioma”:
“A little psychedelic island in the middle of the ocean of great riffs? Heh, heh… I like this little synth/vocal piece. It works out as a nice break right in the middle of the record. Me and Ivar wrote the lyrics together for this one and it deals in general with how one shall ignore everything but mere true sayings, i.e. axioms.”
Ivar on “Axioma”:
“It had simply been too many years since we’ve had any kind of ‘intermezzo,’ one of the classic ‘tricks’ of pompous early-‘90s Norwegian Metal. Axioma Ethica Odini is a quite long album in terms of ENSLAVED’s music being intense and containing so much info in each song; it felt like a smart thing to split it in some way. Also, I got the chance to pay tribute to my synth heroes from the ‘70s: Klaus Schultze, Tangerine Dream, and Brian Eno. I used to handle the keys in ENSLAVED and I am still very much into that kind of keyboard usage: Eerie synths, mellotrons, organs, etc. Sampled orchestras are not my cup of tea, heh heh. The lyrics for the song are surreal and cold – as is the world for someone out to find truth at any cost.”
Click here to read the commentaries on “Ethica Odini,” “Raidho,” “Waruun,” and “The Beacon.”
Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details here. Contest ends Thursday, September 30th.
ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th and will return to North America in November as the direct support act for DIMMU BORGIR. All upcoming tour dates are available here.
View the four-part in-studio video series of ENSLAVED members answering fan questions on the making of Axioma Ethica Odini on the band’s official YouTube channel.
View Metal Hammer’s video interview here where Ivar Bjørnson & Grutle Kjellson shed some insight on the new album artwork by Norwegian artist Truls Espedal.
“Born Treacherous,” the second track released from the new album ABRAHADABRA by Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR, is now available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page.
A digital puzzle of the next promotional DIMMU BORGIR photo can be found here. (Scroll down. It takes a few seconds to load.)
View a four-part video interview recorded in Europe with DIMMU BORGIR founding member / guitarist / songwriter Silenoz and Norwegian composer and Berklee College of Music summa cum laude alumnus Gaute Storaas at the following links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
ABRAHADABRA will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th. Fans who purchase a physical copy of the new album will find a coupon good for 2€ /$2 off any band merchandise redeemable at any upcoming DIMMU BORGIR show.
DIMMU BORGIR’s co-headlining tour with Korn launches September 19th in Amsterdam. The band’s headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in Europe launches on September 21st in London with fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg as opening acts. Triptykon replaces Enslaved & Sahg at the following three shows: Milan on September 27th, in Zagreb on September 29th, and in Luxembourg on September 30th. Ticket links for European dates are available at www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR.
DIMMU’s 32-date run across North America launches on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Support will come from Enslaved and Blood Red Throne, plus Dawn Of Ashes. Advanced pre-sale tickets & VIP packages for this tour are now on sale via ArtistArena.com (User Name: dimmuborgir; Password: tickets). Ticketing widget is available here (same log-in).
Saturday night, from 5-7 PM EST, All Hail Hair is honored to welcome back original Anthrax and current DEATH RIDERS lead vocalist Neil Turbin to a special Saturday night edition. Turbin was the guest of All Hail Hair on Thursday night, but the guys barely scratched the surface on his history. Hosted by Bob Carroll and Frankie C., the guys will speak to Turbin about how he helped shape the Anthrax sound, his current band DEATH RIDERS and the album they are finishing up. A cut from the upcoming release will also be heard during the show. Listeners are encouraged to take part in the show by calling (347) 202-0832.
From the Death Riders website: DEATH RIDERS singer Neil Turbin is the first powerhouse vocalist of Thrash Metal and original lead singer of Anthrax and the first vocalist on their groundbreaking debut album “Fistful of Metal”. “Fistful Of Metal” along with Metallica “Kill Em All” and Slayer “Haunting The Chapel” signaled the birth of “Thrash Metal”. One of the originators of “Thrash Metal”, Turbin penned such songs as “Metal Thrashing Mad”, “Armed and Dangerous”, “Deathrider” and “Gung Ho” which were on Anthrax’s first 3 releases and many subsequent live and greatest hits albums. Anthrax rose to #8 on the British charts with the release of “Fistful Of Metal” and The band “DEATH RIDERS” is named after one of Turbin’s songs and was formed in 2003 to support Turbin’s solo album “Threatcon Delta”. DEATH RIDERS have been touring in Japan and the US in 2008 and twice in Europe in 2009 in support of their debut album “Back With A Vengeance” which is slated for release in 2010.
At 6:30PM EST, we will be joined by Metal Sanaz, who is hosting the “Metal Revolution for Iran” benefit on Tuesday September 21, starting at 6:30 PM PST, at the Aura Nightclub in Studio City CA. She will be speaking to us about this event and her plans in the future. From the “Metal Revolution for Iran” press release: Millions of Heavy Metal fans in Iran who live their freedom on the internet and within the walls of their short lived concert farms will now scream with their strings and their voices: Free Occupied Iran or Face the Millions! To support this cause, we are putting on a Metal event on Sep 21st, at Aura Night Club at 12215 Ventura Blvd Studio City CA 91604, with amazing Metal bands such as Philm featuring Dave Lombardo of SLAYER, DEATH RIDERS with Neil Turbin, ex of ANTHRAX, and more who are supporting this cause with us and will be performing live sets.
All Hail Hair is usually broadcast every Friday Night from 8-9 PM EST on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network and from 8-10 PM EST on hardrockradiolive.com. All Hail Hair is the highest rated show on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network. To take part in Saturday nights show and any other nights show, dial (347) 202-0832.
British thrashers EVILE, who recently won a coveted Metal Hammer Golden Gods award, are currently preparing for a huge North American tour, which kicks off at the end of September and runs through until just before Christmas.
For EVILE, this will be their second mammoth North American trek in 2010, after the band spent two months on the road in the USA and Canada earlier this year.
EVILE vocalist and guitarist MATT DRAKE comments:
“For the second time this year, Evile are proud to be able to say we’re coming across the pond to play some more shows throughout America and Canada. Last time we were there for two months, this time we’re staying for three, playing at loads of places we never went to last time, but also revisiting many places we played at with the mighty Overkill and Kreator earlier in the year. We just can’t get enough of it!
“This time we’re joining up with Overkill, Forbidden, Early Man, Gama Bomb and Bonded By Blood for many different tours, also some headline shows of our own, so if you saw us play last time, make sure you come and see us again and bring everyone you know for some metal madness!” Read the rest of this entry »
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Triptykon, the group formed by former Hellhammer/Celtic Frost singer, guitarist, and main songwriter, Tom Gabriel Warrior, will follow its highly acclaimed debut album, Eparistera Daimones, with the release of ‘Shatter’, an all-new five-track EP, to be released on Century Media Records on October 25th.
Triptykon’s ‘Shatter’ EP will be available through Century Media Records (under license from Prowling Death Records Ltd.) as a CD, digital download, and 12″ vinyl. The EP will further contain the lyrics to all songs as well as detailed liner notes and credits.
The EP’s track listing is…
02. I Am The Twilight
04. Circle Of The Tyrants (live)
05. Dethroned Emperor (live) – Featuring guest lead vocals by Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone/Sarke
‘Shatter’ will consist almost entirely of previously unreleased music, and it will hit stores toward the end of Triptykon’s first ever North American tour, the “Weltenbrand Tour 2010”. Decibel Magazine and Stereogum/Haunting the Chapel have teamed up to present Triptykon’s headlining North American debut, set to kick off in New York City on October 6th. 1349 and Yakuza will round out the bill on what is sure to be this fall’s heaviest tour.
Tom Gabriel Warrior (vocals, guitars) describes his emotions of anticipation on this new undertaking:
“Ever since my earliest days in Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, I have been extremely fortunate to be able to count on the support, fanaticism, and immense loyalty of the North American metal scene. The recognition my work has received there eclipses anything I have ever encountered in my own native country. Of the 125 concerts performed on the final Celtic Frost tour in 2006 and 2007, for example, a full 71 were played in North America. Some of these performances rank among the most memorable ones in my entire career.”
“It is thus an immense honor for me to now bring my new group Triptykon to North America for the first time. Triptykon is further pursuing the path I once began with Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, and I am looking forward to continuing to forge this darkest of musical alliances with all of you. We shall all celebrate masses of unleashed heaviness and morbidity. Only death is real!”
The main purpose of Triptykon is to continue where Celtic Frost left off and to satisfy Warrior’s undying passion for extreme music. Next to Warrior, Triptykon features V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion) and Vanja Slajh (bass).
Some bands just don´t allow limitations or restrictions. Experiments are necessary for them to discover the depth of their visions. SYMPHORCE are one of those bands. The hard working group around singer Andy B. Franck (also Brainstorm) and guitarist Cede Dupont is known for only releasing first-class material as well as breaking stylistic borders and playing the hottest up-to-date Power Metal that one has heard in the last 10 years.
What better title could have been found for the new SYMPHORCE album than “Unrestricted”? It sums up the band´s attitude perfectly and is underlined by a scenario of breaking chains on the cover artwork. “Unrestricted” comes at you like a hammerfist wrapped into a velvet glove. Powerful, modern, melodic, traditional, angry and sensitive, all at the same time. Undoubtedly it is the most “catchy” piece of work that the band has ever created – and it´s all hits! This album is highlight-filled from start to finish, delivering a strong dose of gutsy Power Metal that whether lacks balls nor melody. Cleverly integrated electronic elements and the forceful executed and creative guitar work make SYMPHORCE something special amongst the Metal scene. “Unrestricted” was recorded in the Studio 22 (Ludwigsburg, Germany), mixed and mastered by Axel Heckert.
Already with their debut “Truth To Promises” (1999 – Noise Records) Andy and his band delivered a strong piece of work which immediately gained the band a lot of attention and fantastic reviews. Andy, guitarist Cédric “Cede” Dupont and bassist Dennis Wohlbold became the creative core of the band, producing razor-sharp riffs and catchy melodies as if there was no tomorrow. Following a tour supporting MERCYFUL FATE, the band released their sophomore album “Sinctuary” (2000 – Noise Records), which managed to spread the name SYMPHORCE even further. Both fans and press hailed SYMPHORCE as one of the most promising and hopeful bands of the future, and they were right… The last few line-up problems were solved when guitarist/songwriter Markus Pohl and drummer Sascha Sauer joined the band. After playing a number of shows and festivals, the band devoted itself to the creation of new songs.
Now working with Metal Blade as their new partner, SYMPHORCE recorded their following two albums, “phorcefulAhead” (2002) and “Twice Second” (2004) at the House of Music Studios with Achim Köhler (BRAINSTORM, PRIMAL FEAR etc.) producing. “Energetic”, “modern”, “with real bite” are just some of the descriptions that the worldwide press gave the band. Through tours supporting the likes of KAMELOT and GRAVE DIGGER, as well as several festival shows, SYMPHORCE established themselves as a first-class international live act. Despite the difficulty of following up the press’ and fans’ favorite “Twice Second”, SYMPHORCE delivered once again. Everybody, from the last few skeptics to the true “phorceheads”, was equally surprised: “GodSpeed” showcased a band that had become a staple in the music world of 2005. Working with producer Dennis Ward (ANGRA, PINK CREAM 69) at the House of Music Studios, the band created a modern yet timeless album, far beyond the confines of so called power metal. A tour with SONATA ARCTICA and SYMPHORCE’s US live debut followed, making the band a worldwide name. February 2007 was set for the release of “Become Death”, the sixth album, featuring new drummer Steffen Theurer. Produced by Dennis Ward and mastered by Achim Köhler once again, “Become Death” was a true and unexpected progression for the band. In 2009 SYMPHORCE then signed a new deal with AFM Records. With “Unrestricted” the band now ultimately climbs the metal Olympus!
Arielle Castillo from Miaminewtimes.com spoke with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian recently about a number of topics. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
On Metallica’s Lars Ulrich telling an Australian radio station there were more Big Four shows planned for 2011 and 2012:
Ian: “Of course we’re down, so I hope to keep repeating that publicly so that a bunch of people put out positive thought bullets and it finally happens.”
Has Joey Belladonna rejoined the band for the longer term?
Ian: “I don’t know. I think if I’ve learned anything is that I’m just gonna go with it. Joey’s kicking ass, the shows in Europe were great, and that’s about as far as I can go with ansewring that question. I don’t know what’s gonna happen next week.”
Montreal based death metallers NEURAXIS has announced “Asylon” as the title of their sixth studio album, second for Prosthetic Records. The album will be released in North America on February 15th, 2011. “Asylon” was recorded at Wildsound Studio with producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Last Felony, The Agonist). A major tour announcement is coming next week, in the mean time; the band is playing Metalfest at Batisse Industrielle in Trois-Rivieres Quebec on Saturday, October 16th.
The technical death metal outfit was founded in 1994 and has done time on the road with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Despised Icon, The Faceless and took part in the 2008 Canadian Summer Slaughter Tour, with Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Beneath the Massacre and more.
Norman McCann from Tomb Of The Opinionated spoke to OBITUARY singer John Tardy this week about the rumours long-time bassist of 21 years Frank Watkins has left the band.
”Frank is no longer in the band and Terry Butler (SIX FEET UNDER) will be doing all the shows that he can with us. Right now we are happy with that and if Terry’s schedule does not allow him to play with us we can always lean on Stever DiGiorgio (SADUS) or Kenny Andrews.”
As for an update on their new album Tardy added: “We have been doing so much traveling that is has been hard to get much done but, we have managed to get some songs started. We now have some time set aside to get some writing done so we will know more in the next couple of months. We are in no hurry and are going to take our time and enjoy the writing and recording process!”
The follow-up to 2009’s Darkest Day will be the first Obituary album not to be recorded with longtime bassist Frank Watkins since their 1989 debut Slowly We Rot.
Chicago deathcore heavyweights, OCEANO are unleashing a brand new album on November 9th entitled CONTAGTION. Unmerciful in its utter viciousness, CONTAGION takes the band’s signature sound to new levels of backbreaking heaviness. However, underneath the chunky breakdowns and terrifying growls lies a story about absolute power, absolute corruption and the evil that exists when everything is put together. “Contagion surrounds the listener in a story of a highly contagious epidemic purposely spread upon the population by corrupt positions of power” says vocalist, Adam Warren. “Contagion’s concept further unfolds as the agenda of these actions are exposed and the real chaos ensues.”
Take one look at the track list and fans will get a brief taste of the destructive tale to be unfolded on CONTAGION:
01. Precursor To Enslavement
02. Viral Re-Animation
03. Regulated Disposal Of Life
05. The Contaminated
06. Exist In Confinement
07. Persuasive Oppression
09. Sadistic Experiments
10. Remnants Aflame
11. Ending Intellect
Produced by Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), the new album, CONTAGION spreads in North America November 9th. Read the rest of this entry »
ON TOUR NOW WITH BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE AND ESCAPE THE FATE
Metal group Black Tide have just unveiled a new song on their Official Site called “Bury Me” which will be released as a split digital single with another new song, “Honest Eyes”, on 9/21.
The band recently spent time in the studio with renowned producers GGGarth and Josh Wilbur recording the follow up to their 2008 critically acclaimed debut, Light From Above. Webisodes from these sessions can be seen on the bands Official VEVO channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/BlackTideVEVO.
The band will be teaming up with Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate on tour through till the end of October. Tour dates can be seen on the bands Myspace page.
Join the Southern California heavy metal community’s Bone Marrow Donor Drive for Nergal of BEHEMOTH.
This event is fully supported by Be The Match, a non-profit organization that specializes in Bone Marrow donations. They will be the ones explaining the process to people, doing all the swab testing, and the ones providing all the kits.
The event will be held at Dark Realm Records in Downey, California.
Here’s a link to the event on the Be The Match website:
Alice In Chains is proud to introduce an interactive music video experience for “Acid Bubble”! Produced by Spy Films (http://www.spyfilms.com/), director Nick Goso created an interactive space where users manipulate their perspective and experience 360-degree environments. Check it out now at: http://www.aliceinchains.com/acidbubble
There is also a non-interactive version available on YouTube (see below).
The video celebrates today’s kick-off of BLACKDIAMONDSKYE, featuring Alice In Chains, Deftones, and Mastodon. The tour will be hitting 19 cities in the US and Canada (http://www.blackdiamondskye.com). Dates are as follows:
Sep 16 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sep 17 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep 18 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sep 20 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Sep 22 Boston, MA Agannis Arena
Sep 24 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Sep 25 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Theatre
Sep 26 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center
Sep 28 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Oct 1 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Oct 2 Kansas City, MO Sandstone Amphitheatre
Oct 4 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Oct 7 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Oct 8 Seattle, WA Key Arena
Oct 9 Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum
Oct 11 San Jose, CA SJSU Event Center
Oct 12 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
Oct 15 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
Oct 16 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
BLACKDIAMONDSKYE will surprise one lucky fan at each stop of the tour, with a chance to win BIG! Each stop of the tour will play host to a contest series. Hidden at every venue will be a very special BLACKDIAMONDSKYE envelope… The lucky fan who comes across this envelope will find its contents to be a VIP laminate for that evening’s show, along with information on how to redeem SIGNED setlists from Alice In Chains, Deftones, and Mastodon. Additionally, this fan will be automatically entered into a drawing for the ULTIMATE BLACKDIAMONDSKYE PRIZE PACK which includes a custom BDS-artwork Gibson guitar, signed by each band, and a Marshall amplifier half stack! More details can be found here: http://www.blackdiamondskye.com/alice-in-chains/the-briefcase-has-been-opened-3/
Fans can follow @blckdmndskye on Twitter for clues on where to find the hidden envelope each day.