Boise, ID’s most intriguing export, the newly-christened WOLVSERPENT have hit the road, and will be kicking off their first-ever full US tour in Denver, CO, supported by the enigmatic Velnias. During the month-long trek, the ghostly duo will will be playing their upcoming opus Blood Seed in its overwhelming entirely, unraveling their haunting gothic tapestries of violin and doom, ambient and pathos, upon an army of strangers. WOLVSERPENT will be joined along their left-hand path by their friends and allies in Locrian, Ehnahre, Oak, Subrosa, and more.
After 4 years of making, Japan’s premier Extreme Metallers, METAL SAFARI is finally releasing their long-awaited sophomore album. Centered around award-winning future guitar heror HIRO (endorsed user of KRANK Amps and Caparison Guitars), emotional screaming beast INA, and young powerhouse drummer YAZU (endorsed user of Mapex Drums and Firce Cymbals), along with their big friend JUN on bass (also endorsed user of Caparison Guitars), they were “proud to be independent”, releasing demo recordings on the internet, shooting music videos on their own, and handing more than 20,000 demo CDs to the fans of national/international metal acts, all without any support from labels. With the release of the debut album “Return To My Blood” in May 2006, METAL SAFARI gained more and more public attentions, resulting in an appearance at the biggest Rock Festival in Taiwan, “FORMOZ FESTIVAL 2006”. The momentum continued, and METAL SAFARI went out on a 6-date headlining Asian tour in 2007, playing in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, where they headlined “MODERN SKY FESTIVAL 2007”. The popular demands also brought them to Europe, where they participated in 12-date tour throughout Poland alongside of such acts as VIRGIN SNATCH, THY DISEASE, and MAHAVATAR. METAL SAFARI earned their place in the history of Japanese metal as the first-ever extreme metal band played in the mainland China, and also as the first metal band ever toured in Poland (after visual-kei rockers DIR EN GREY). These are ALL done independently, without any support from labels. Domestically, METAL SAFARI participated twice in “Ju-Ongaku-Sai” (Heavy Music Fest), the biggest festival of Japanese metal/hardcore bands, first as one of the main stage acts and then as the headliner. METAL SAFARI also supported THY WILL BE DONE and CALIBAN on their Japan tours, and shared the stage with from LOUDNESS to EDGE OF SPIRIT, or to SUNS OWL and BLOOD STAIN CHILD. Not only did these activities put them at #7 of domestic independent bands of all genres, #1 of Metal bands, #1 of Hardcore bands, and #1 of Thrash bands in “Top Artist Chart” on MySpace.com, but METAL SAFARI became the most-awaited Japanese band to play at “LOUD PARK”, the biggest metal festival in Japan. Now, with a new album “Prisoner” and a deal with SPIRITUAL BEAST, they are ready to take the world by storm!! A short video trailer of the album can be seen here: Two songs are currently available for streaming at AirPlayDirect where radio stations can also download them for airplay.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
October 22, 2010: Shinsaibashi Club Drop, Osaka, Japan
October 30, 2010: Shibuya Cyclone, Tokyo, Japan (one-man release party!)
“Divinity” video is now released; with the collaboration of Christos Antoniou (Septic Flesh) in the orchestral arrangements and a team formed by more than 80 people, the third video from the Noctem’s debut album “Divinity” (Noisehead Records.2009) is the last and most epic visual opus from the spanish extreme metal band.
Directed by Miguel Angel Font Bisier (“Across Heracles Towards”) from Ht Prods.
The spanish extreme metal band also announces their signing with “The Flaming Arts”, well-known Booking and Management agency in the international metal scene (Septic Flesh, Hate, Blood Red Throne, Sybreed, Cattle Decapitation and more).
In Noctem’s own words:“We’re really satisfied with this next step in our career; working with a so professional agency like The Flaming Arts is a real honor for us”.
In the words of “The Flaming Arts agency”: “We’ve worked already couple of times together and it was always a pleasure to see such serious and hard working band. I really like the way Noctem is taking care of their career. We are happy to announce them in our roster and help them to achieve new level”.
BONDED BY BLOOD have announced that MAURO GONZALES from MUTANTS OF WAR will front the band on all 2010 North American tour dates following the departure of JOSE BARRALES, who has left the band to pursue a new career path. The band has given a brief statement on the situation:
“After 5 long years of hard work and dedication our vocalist and friend Jose Barrales has decided to part ways with the band due to personal and financial reasons. We all wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors! We have, however, moved forward and found a great replacement for the upcoming tours. He is a friend, fan and a great singer named Mauro Gonzalez from local band Mutants of War. We have been rehearsing with Mauro non-stop for the upcoming 2010 calendar and can’t wait to hit the road! Refreshed and recharged Bonded By Blood is ready to crush your face in like never before! Be sure to catch us all at our upcoming tour dates with Early Man/Evile and Overkill/Forbidden/Gama Bomb!”
BONDED BY BLOOD‘s North American tour – which starts September 30th in Tulsa, Oklahoma – will go ahead as planned with the newly recruited frontman.
Departing singer JOSE BARRALES comments:
“Since BBB is leaving on tour today, I’ve decided to let you all know that I have left the band. It was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in a very long time and it crushes me to do so, but I just couldn’t continue any longer.
“For the past two to three years, I have been struggling with financial, personal, band and family problems that seemed to get even more chaotic as time went by. I don’t really want to go into detail on my personal reason on why I left the band; what I really want to say in this announcement is thank you – thank you to all the bands, fans and friends that helped me out on the road, thank you for believing in me and BBB, thank you for all the support.
“As for BBB, they will continue without me. For the past couple of weeks they have been rehearsing with a good friend of ours, Mauro Gonzales, from the band Mutants Of War. I only hope you guys treat him with the same respect you treated me.
“As for me, I will be around. I will never leave the music world, but for now, I need to fix some problems of my own. I hope you respect my decision and hope one day I can be on stage once again. One last thank you to everyone at Earache: Dig, Dan, Ali, Talita, Al, Summer, Rich and Ant. Ruben, Jerry, Juan and Alex: you guys will never be forgotten, best five years ever. Give them hell, fuckers!” Read the rest of this entry »
NEW YORK – “Play Yard Blues,” the latest solo album from Europe guitarist John Norum, is now available on Mascot Records.
The long-awaited album takes a different approach than Norum’s past releases, showcasing a more bluesy side of his soulful style. “Play Yard Blues” consists of 10 tracks, recorded in Norum’s hometown of Stockholm, Sweden.
“When I started playing, I only played blues rock,” Norum said. “Now I feel it’s time to go back to my roots.”
The album title was inspired by the studio in which it was recorded – Play Yard Studios. “It’s also the name of a song and it ended up being one of my favorite songs on the album,” he said.
In addition to the Norum originals, the guitarist puts his personal stamp on a few classics: Thin Lizzy’s “It’s Only Money,” Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush’s “Ditch Queen,” and Mountain’s “Travellin’ in the Dark.” “I always loved Thin Lizzy, Mountain, and Frank Marino, so I want to pay tribute to those guys,” Norum said.
As a whole, Norum sees his new album as a tribute to his late wife, Michelle Meldrum of the band Meldrum, who passed away suddenly two years ago at the age of just 39. Photos of Norum and the couple’s young son emphasize the double meaning of the album’s title, with the guitarist and the boy side-by-side, guitars in hand. “It´s a tribute to Michelle and I wanted him to be part of it,” Norum said. “And he is proud of his daddy’s playing.”
“Play Yard Blues,” Norum’s seventh solo album, was mixed and produced by Norum and Peer Stappe. Norum, who sings on the album in addition to playing to guitar, is joined by musicians Tomas Torberg (bass), Thomas Bronman (drums), Peer Stappe (percussion), and Mic Michaeli (keyboards).
Mascot Records is an independent record company based in The Netherlands that specializes in guitar music, from metal to instrumental guitar, hard rock, prog rock and (guitar) fusion.
‘DIARY OF A MAD BAND’ 3 DISC (2 CD/1 DVD) SET HITS STORES ON OCTOBER 5TH 2010, MULTIPLE PRE-ORDER BUNDLES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE NOW!
New Orleans, LA’s DOWN and Crave Online have just released an exclusive, previously unreleased track, ‘Stone the Crow’ (recorded live in Dublin) at the Crave Online website! The track is cut from the audio portion of their upcoming 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD) release, Diary of a Mad Band, hitting stores on October 5th, 2010. See the full track listing below.
DOWN has three Diary of a Mad Bandpre-order bundles available for purchase now! All pre-orders include an instant MP3 download of the recently debuted track, ‘Stone the Crow’ live in Dublin! These packages are a must have for every DOWN fan! Click the links below to be directed to the webstore to purchase your bundle!
Pre-Order Bundle #2 – Diary of a Mad Band 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD) set with limited edition pre-order only T-SHIRT – $30
Pre-Order Bundle #3 – Diary of a Mad Band 3 disc (2 CD/1 DVD), limited edition DOWN 3’x 5’ FLAG, limited edition pre-order only T-SHIRT – $45
Diary of a Mad Band features a 17 track, 2 CD full concert, live in London during DOWN’s very first European tour in 2006! The DVD highlights DOWN in the practice room, as well as six blistering weeks of the same European tour, promoted completely by word of mouth. No label, no publicity, just the band jetting off on a plane and setting across the continent. This is the first time DOWN performed on the road in four years, and marked the practical rebirth of NOLA metal. Raw, unseen and uncut, the DVD also features a bonus behind-the-scenes featurette entitled ‘Tyrades and Shananigans’. Plus, witness some of metal’s greatest icons (including Cronos of Venom, Fenriz of Darkthrone, Witchcraft, Alice in Chains, and Satyr and Frost of Satyricon) come out of the underground and pay homage to DOWN. All in all, the DVD includes a staggering 130 minutes of unreleased footage!
DVD: Diary of a Mad Band
w/ BONUS DVD FEATURETTE ‘Tyrades and Shananigans’
1. Lysergic Funeral Procession
3. Losing All
5. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
6. Ghosts Along The Mississippi
7. Learn From This Mistake
8. Underneath Everything
9. Temptation’s Wings
10. There’s Something On My Side
11. Hail The Leaf
13. The Seed
14. Eyes Of The South
16. Stone The Crows
17. Bury Me In Smoke
2 CD: LIVE IN EUROPE
1. Losing All
3. Lysergic Funeral Procession
5. Temptations Wings
6. Ghosts Along The Mississippi
7. Learn From This Mistake
8. Hail The Leaf
9. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
10. Lies, I Don’t Know What They Say But…
11. Underneath Everything
12. The Seed
13. Eyes Of The South
15. Stone The Crows
16. Bury Me In Smoke
If that isn’t enough for a rabid fan, a 180 Gram triple vinyl version with a bonus DVD will be available on October 26th! DOWN features the all-star line-up of vocalist Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Arson Anthem), guitarist Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity), guitarist Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Kingdom of Sorrow), bassist Rex Brown (Pantera), and drummer Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Crowbar). Based in New Orleans, LA, DOWN boasts an intense domestic and international fan base. Their last album, III: Over and Underhas scanned over 113,000 copies, and internationally, DOWN has seen staggering sales of over 1 million. Regarded as one of the most explosive live acts of our generation, DOWN is constantly touring the globe. Stay tuned for tour dates in the future!
For more information about DOWN and Diary of a Mad Band, please visit these sites:
AMORPHIS "Magic & Mayhem – Tales From The Early Years"
Finnish metallers AMORPHIS have entered Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki to begin recording their tenth studio album, to be released in early 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records.
A short video clip from some of the early studio sessions can be viewed at this location (MP4 file).
On September 17, AMORPHIS celebrated its 20th anniversary by releasing a special retrospective, “Magic & Mayhem – Tales From The Early Years”, featuring newly re-recorded versions of the songs from the band’s first three albums (1992’s “Karelian Isthmus”, 1994’s “Tales From The Thousand Lakes” and 1996’s “Elegy”) with slightly different arrangements, better audio quality and featuring the band’s current lineup. AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen told Petri Silas of Finland’s Soundi magazine in early June that he was especially happy with how “My Kantele” and “Song Of The Troubled One” turned out. The collection also includes such gems as “Vulgar Necrolatry” and the band’s cover of THE DOORS‘ “Light My Fire”. The latter song was previously recorded by the band and was included on the reissue of the “Tales from the Thousand Lakes” LP, but the new collection features an all-new version that was tracked in early 2010.
“Skyforger”, the latest album from AMORPHIS, was certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 15,000 copies. (Note: The sales requirement for albums to reach gold status in Finland was recently lowered to 10,000, but because “Skyforger” was released before this change took effect, the old rules still apply.) The bandmembers were presented with their gold plaques on July 6 at a release party for their first-ever live DVD, “Forging The Land Of Thousand Lakes”, at Cinema Andorra in Helsinki.
“Skyforger” was honored in the “Metal Album Of The Year” category at this year’s Emma Gaala (Finnish Grammy
AMORPHIS was nominated in two categories at the Emma Gaala — “Metal Album Of The Year” and “Domestic Artist Of The Year”. equivalent).
Guitar legend Mark Reale from reunited/reactivated Texas metallers RIOT suffered a leg injury recently that has kept him bed-ridden.
Says Reale, “it sucks this happened with me because we are moving forward with Tony Moore (Thundersteel-era) on vocals. He came up and burned the four tracks we had ready for him and there’s a lot more great tones to choose from! I can’t wait to get going again as soon as possible. Tony sounds great! But it looks like the album at this time will most likely see the light of day in 2011.”
Riot’s shows in Japan, Sweden and Spain were filmed so expect some kind of DVD in the future.
DETROIT, MI – Detroit’s rising technical death metal outfit, As They Sleep, has posted a brand new song on MySpace, “Oracle of the Dead”, taken from the band’s Solid State Records debut, Dynasty, which is slated to hit stores on November 23rd. The new track can be streamed now at: www.myspace.com/astheysleep, for a preview of the pulverizing precision that can be expected on the band’s sophomore album.
“One of the darkest, fastest, grittiest songs on the new album, ‘Oracle of the Dead’ is relentless,” explains vocalist, Aaron Bridgewater. “It is sure to satisfy your death metal taste buds!”
Dynasty is a complex record, with a conceptual focus on the rise and fall of empires, and lyrics that touch on ancient Egypt, ancient Rome, and Greek mythology. It was mixed by powerhouse audio wizard, Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Chimaira, Demon Hunter), and delivers a package of brutally heavy and savagely technical death metal of the highest order.
The track list for Dynasty is…
1. Oracle of the Dead
2. To the Republic
3. The Third Reich
4. Bedlam at the Nile
5. The Darkest Ages
7. The Offering
10. God of War
11. The Unseen
Earache Records is proud to announce the signing of North Carolina’s HOUR OF 13 to a worldwide recording deal.
HOUR OF 13 have built up a formidable reputation in underground circles for their potent brand of occult-inspired doom-laden metal. The band recently performed their debut show at the ‘Dublin Doom Day’ Festival in Ireland, to rapturous response.
Their debut US show takes place in New York on October 16.
Guitarist and founder CHAD DAVIS commented on the deal:
“We, Hour Of 13, are proud to have become part of the Earache Records legacy. The support the label has shown to a host of influential bands over the years has been essential to the growth of real, original music, and we could not be more pleased to have become one of those bands. This is a monumental step for Hour Of 13, and we’re glad to have Earache on our side.”
Earache will re-release the band’s last album, ‘THE RITUALIST’, in early 2011, which will be supported by further live appearances throughout the year.
Listen to HOUR OF 13’s track, “Demons All Around Me” below:
DEICIDE Announce "The God Is Dead - To Hell With God" Headlining Tour
Twenty years ago, an underground cult movement surfaced in Tampa, Florida that revolutionized the metal world. The pioneers of this burgeoning scene, DEICIDE, are still striking fear into hearts of the masses to this day. As the world eagerly anticipates their new full-length slab of blasphemy, To Hell With God, the group prepares to embark on a massive North American headlining run appropriately titled “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour.” The Bloody-Disgusting sponsored trek, which kicks off on Feb. 15th also features Belphegor, Blackguard, Neuraxis and Pathology. To Hell With God was produced by the renowned Mark Lewis and is set for an early 2011 release.
Tickets for the tour will be available starting today (Sept. 22nd) via an exclusive internet presale on www.enterthevault.com . VIP tickets will also be available and include early entry and a pre-show meet & greet with DEICIDE. All shows will then go on sale through normal ticketing systems on October 14th, 2010. Either see below or visit Enter The Vault to view the entire tour itinerary.
DEICIDE are one of the founding fathers of death metal and easily one of the most influential and controversial bands ever. With a relentlessly brutal sound and uncompromisingly blasphemous lyrics, DEICIDE helped set the standards for extreme metal and have maintained those standards ever since.
DEICIDE stormed ahead into the future, releasing numerous albums engulfed by waves of controversy, as their popularity continued to ferment within the scene. However, it was the 2006 release The Stench of Redemption that put the band back on the map as the leaders of the genre. This was their first album to showcase the more melodic leads of guitarists Owen and Santolla which only added to their riotous and enigmatic success. DEICIDE looks forward to taking things to the next level in 2011, promising to deliver the album of their already heralded career.
DEICIDE Headlining 0 2 / 1 5 / 1 1 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
0 2 / 1 6 / 1 1 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
0 2 / 1 7 / 1 1 Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
0 2 / 1 8 / 1 1 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
0 2 / 1 9 / 1 1 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
0 2 / 2 0 / 1 1 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
0 2 / 2 1 / 1 1 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
0 2 / 2 2 / 1 1 Quebec City, QUE – Imperial de Quebec
0 2 / 2 3 / 1 1 Montreal, QUE – Cafe Campus
0 2 / 2 4 / 1 1 London, ONT – Music Hall
0 2 / 2 5 / 1 1 Toronto, ONT – Opera House
0 2 / 2 6 / 1 1 Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club
0 2 / 2 7 / 1 1 Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
0 2 / 2 8 / 1 1 Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall
0 3 / 0 1 / 1 1 Tulsa, OK – Marquee
0 3 / 0 2 / 1 1 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
0 3 / 0 4 / 1 1 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
0 3 / 0 5 / 1 1 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
0 3 / 0 7 / 1 1 Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon
0 3 / 0 8 / 1 1 Los Angeles, CA – Key Club
0 3 / 0 9 / 1 1 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
0 3 / 1 0 / 1 1 Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB have just wrapped up their “Graveyard Disturbance” headlining European tour, and are now gearing up for their first ever North American tour.
The band will be kicking off the massive North American trek on October 22nd and will be teaming up with the likes of OVERKILL, FORBIDDEN, EVILE, BONDED BY BLOOD and DRI.
GAMA BOMB frontman PHILLY BYRNE looks ahead to their first American tour:
“Touring in America is one of those things that every band, every musician or bedroom rockstar dreams about. Even bands from America don’t get to tour America. We’re lucky enough to get the chance and are really excited about it. If any tour we’ve ever undertaken can be described as a great adventure, this is it. It’s going to be hard, but we’re hard men. It’s going to be girthy, but so are we. We’ll wear the appropriate hats and drink the right liquors. You get the picture.
“We’ve toured with Overkill before and really look up to Blitz and the guys as friends and mentors, so it’s going to be great to spend more time with them gigging, drinking and talking. The Overkill guys embody that American idea of ‘shooting the shit’ when they’re backstage, so we’re looking forward to shooting some shits with them. Forbidden we’ve never met, but are looking forward to hearing them do some of their classics and getting to know them.
“Evile and Bonded By Blood are, of course, good friends of ours. We’ve already been to some weird and wonderful places with those guys, and this is going to be the biggest adventure we’ve all had yet. Everyone will be sick of us within about an hour of the tour bus rolling out, but that goes with the territory I suppose. We’re looking forward to seeing America, meeting cool people and sampling the many local moonshines the country has to offer. I head most of them won’t even render you blind, which is great. Also, we will do good gigs while we are out there.”
Catch GAMA BOMB live in North America at the following shows:
GAMA BOMB w/ EVILE, BONDED BY BLOOD
Oct 22 – Dante’s – Portland, OR
Oct 23 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Oct 24 – Red Room – Vancouver, BC
Oct 25 – Third – Prince George, BC
Oct 26 – The Mead Hall – Edmonton, AL
Oct 27 – Exchange – Regina, SK
Oct 28 – Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB
Oct 29 – Crocks 16 South Cumberland St – Thunder Bay, ON
Oct 30 – The Rox Tavern – St Cloud, MN
Oct 31 – The Dojo – Indianapolis, IN
Nov 01 – Music Hall – London, ON
Nov 02 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
Nov 03 – Championship Bar and Grill – Trenton, NJ
GAMA BOMB w/ FORBIDDEN, EVILE, BONDED BY BLOOD
Nov 04 – Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
GAMA BOMB w/ OVERKILL, FORBIDDEN, EVILE, BONDED BY BLOOD
Nov 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Nov 06 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Nov 07 – Cub Hell – Providence, RI
Nov 08 – Sonar – Baltimore, MD
Nov 09 – Canal Club – Richmond, VA
Nov 10 – Amos – Charlotte, NC
Nov 11 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Nov 12 – Hooligan – Jacksonville, NC
Nov 13 – Club Firestone – Orlando, FL
Nov 14 – Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nov 15 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Nov 16 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Nov 17 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
Nov 18 – Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 19 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Nov 20 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
GAMA BOMB w/ FORBIDDEN, EVILE, BONDED BY BLOOD
Nov 21 – Mavericks – Ottawa, ON ***
Nov 22 – Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
Nov 23 – MOD Club – Toronto, ON
Nov 24 – Blondies – Detroit, MI
Nov 25 – The Muse – Nashville, TN ***
Nov 26 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Nov 27 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Nov 28 – Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Nov 29 – Station 4 – St Paul, MN
Dec 01 – Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
Dec 02 – Emo’s Alternative Lounging – Austin, TX
Dec 03 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Dec 04 – Trees – Ft. Worth, TX
Dec 05 – The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX ***
Dec 06 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Dec 07 – U.B.’s – Mesa, AZ
Dec 08 – Whiskey a Go Go – West Hollyood, CA
Dec 09 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
Dec 10 – New Oasis – Sparks, NV
Dec 11 – DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
Dec 12 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA ***
Dec 13 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV ***
*** Without FORBIDDEN
GAMA BOMB w/ DRI, EVILE
Dec 15 – Gator’s – Farmington, NM
Dec 16 – Club 21 – Pueblo, CO
Dec 17 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
Dec 18 – Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT
(New York, NY) — Taking a small break from recording their next record, CROWBAR have announced a small handful of dates this fall.
Oct. 18 Austin, TX – Emo’s
Oct. 19 Houston, TX – Numbers
Oct. 21 Lafayette, LA – Sadie’s Downtown
Oct. 22 Shreveport, LA – Riverside Warehouse
Newly signed to eOne Music, sludge metal legends CROWBAR will re-release three influential records, CROWBAR, LIVE +1 and TIME HEALS NOTHING on October 5th, 2010. These three records are the band’s core titles and have influenced many of today’s major metal acts including LAMB OF GOD and HATEBREED. With each title originally being released in the early nineties, this will be the first time all three records will be widely available in stores and online. A new CROWBAR record is planned for early 2011.
Kirk Windstein formed CROWBAR in 1991. Since that time, the band’s sound has profoundly influenced a new generation of metal acts the world over. Weinstein is also a key member of KINGDOM OF SORROW (with HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta) and DOWN.
Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen has issued the following update:
“Rainy and chilly day in Warsaw, Poland. After being under the sun and enjoying lovely springtime in Buenos Aires, the weather in Europe came as a shock to me. It’s really damn cold already!
Today was the first day of the rehearsals with the band. We went through almost all the new songs already, but few are still missing. I am sure tomorrow we ‘kill’ them all. The band sounds tight and it’s great fun to see the guys enjoying my music again.
We have a new bass player with us: Mr. Kevin Chown.
Always when there is a change in the line up, the overall sound changes and the atmosphere among us as well. I am sure you’ll like what you’ll hear. I see many smiling faces around, so I am happy. My guys and me are going to hit the road together again!”
Tarja announced the names of the bands that will support her on her upcoming European tour: the French band MARKIZE will support Tarja for the whole tour; Poland’s AT THE LAKE will play in Krakow, Poland on October 2nd; France’s WHYZDOM will play in Paris, France on October 10th; and the UK based band SOLSIKK will play in London, England on October 13th.
BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, IRON MAIDEN Members Recording New Song For Charity
In 1989, BLACK SABBATH’s Tony Iommi and DEEP PURPLE’s Ian Gillan were just a few names in a long list of talent involved in the re-recording of the classic Deep Purple track ‘Smoke On The Water’. This song was re-recorded to raise money for those affected by the Leninakan earthquake that struck Armenia in 1988. In October of last year, both Iommi and Gillan travelled to Armenia to see how the funds raised had helped the local community. On their trip they visited a music school only to find it being run out of temporary accommodation, it was only location not to have been rebuilt 20 years after the earthquake had struck.
Next week Iommi and Gillan will be heading back into the studio, joined by keyboardist Jon Lord (ex-Deep Purple, WHITESNAKE) and drummer Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN) to record a new track to raise money to rebuild the Armenian music school. More information about the charity single ‘Out Of My Mind’ and behind the scenes photos will follow soon.
‘Smoke On The Water’ Rock Aid Armenia video can be viewed below: