Italy’s STIGMA Unveils The Undertaker Video and Digital-Only EP Now Available

January 17th, 2011
by EvilG

”The Undertaker,” the latest music video from Italian horror merchants STIGMA, has premiered on BlankTV and can be viewed at the link below:

“The Undertaker” was filmed by Salvatore Perrone (SUICIDE SILENCE, DEVILDRIVER, EVERGREEN TERRACE). The track comes off the band’s latest digital-only EP of the same name released this week through Pivotal Rockordings.

The opening track “1,2,3,4 Dead!” is currently being streamed by ( The premiere also features an interview with vocalist and horror afficionado Stefano “Vlad” Ghersi.

The Undertaker EP and can be purchased at the following locations:

The Undertaker EP track listing:

01. 1,2,3,4 Dead!
02. We Are the Deceased
03. It’s Bullet Time! (feat. Brandan Schieppati, BLEEDING THROUGH)
04. The Undertaker

The Undertaker EP was engineered by Italian producer Simone Mularoni and mixed/mastered by the Bombs of Death Productions duo of BLEEDING THROUGH singer Brandan Schieppati and ANAAL NATHRAKH mainman Mick Kenney; with the exception of the title track, The Undertaker”, which was produced at Fear Studio by ex-BLEEDING THROUGH and current BRING ME THE HORIZON guitarist Jona Weinhofen and mixed/mastered by Scott Atkins (BEHEMOTH, CRADLE OF FILTH, SYLOSIS).  Artwork for the EP was created by Daniel McBride (BORN OF OSIRIS, VEIL OF MAYA, VIATROPHY).

STIGMA’s Concerto for the Undead was released in Europe, the UK, North America, Australia/New Zealand and Japan in Spring 2010.  The album featured lyrics centered on the cult-classic comic book series Tales From the Crypt and includes guest vocal appearances by Jamie Hope (ex-THE RED SHORE) and Jon Hunt (ex-DEAD TO FALL).


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Toxic Heart – Online TV Show

January 17th, 2011
by EvilG

After releasing their debut album »Ride Your Life« the guys of Toxic Heart are back with something special. They started their own online show »ToxicHeartTV« feat. the guys from Toxic Heart and everything they do in their lives. It’s not just music! The guys are adrenaline junkies who party hard, travel around the world and never forget how to have an awesome time. Feel free to take a look at the trailer for their upcoming show starting in February.


Stay tuned!

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KORPIUS Ink Deal With Maple Metal Records

January 17th, 2011
by EvilG
KORPIUS - Shades Of Black

KORPIUS - Shades Of Black

Maple Metal Records has inked a deal with Sherbrooke (Canada) death metal band KORPIUS. MMR will release their debut full-length album on April 4th entitled ‘Shades Of Black’.

KORPIUS was formed in 2003 by guitarists Philippe d’Astous and Maxime Berriault, who share the lead vocal duties, and are rounded out by Félix Lampron-Dandonneau on bass and Paul Côté-Bérard on drums. KORPIUS have released 2 EPs in the past: a 6 song self-titled EP, ‘Korpius’ in 2006, and the latter a 4 song EP entitled ‘Apocalyptic Vision’ was released by Cryogenic Records in 2007.

This quartet play a more traditional style of death metal, but combine modern blast-beat brutality and progressive elements, with epic riffs and melodic solos, to produce a fresh sound. The mix of guttural and high-pitched vocals at the same time is one of the distinctive landmarks of the band.

KORPIUS have also carved a name for themselves as being a stellar force and a ‘must see Live act’ on the Quebec metal circuit over their short career, having already played with Despised Icon, Neuraxis, Krisiun, Belphagor, and many more.

‘Shades Of Black’ was self-produced by KORPIUS. The album was recorded and engineered between July and December 2010 by Philippe d’Astous at Cheriborg Studio in picturesque Orford, QC. The album was mixed and mastered by Mat Laperle at Red Dusk Studio, just outside of Montreal, Canada.

Track listing for ‘Shades Of Black’:

1. Shades of Black

2. On the Edge

3. Fury

4. Stigmatized

5. Awaking Terror

6. Disillusion

7. At the point of Death

8. Six Feet Deep

9. The Finale Charge

KORPIUS will be part of the Sherbrooke Assault mini-tour of Quebec with My Fatality and Cold Insanity, in February, where they will feature new material off their upcoming album.

Look for a video from Black Fawn Films (Massive Slavery, Baptized In Blood, Blue Felix) to coincide with the release of this album.

For the Tour dates:

For more info on KORPIUS click here:

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OZZY OSBOURNE / FIREWIND Guitarist Gus G.’s Rock House Method Instructional DVD Takes Top Honours At NAMM 2011

January 16th, 2011
by EvilG
Gus G.'s Rock House Method Instructional DVD

Gus G.'s Rock House Method Instructional DVD

The latest release from Rock House Method, one of the music industry’s leaders in innovative music tutorial DVD’s comes in the form of a 2 DVD set with instructor Gus G (Firewind, Dream Evil, Ozzy Osbourne). For fans of Gus G’s flashy brand of guitar pyrotechnics and his “take no prisoners” approach to soloing, this DVD set has been a long time coming. (Review here.)

According to an update from OZZY OSBOURNE / FIREWIND Guitarist Gus G., his Rock House Method instructional DVD, Lead & Rhythm Techniques, was awarded as the Best Instructional Video / Book of 2010 at NAMM 2011 this weekend. Go to this location to check out the package.

According to a press release for the DVD, which was released in October 2010, Gus reveals the secrets that have propelled him into the guitar stratosphere and shows you how to incorporate them into your playing. Learn the natural minor and Phrygian major scales, patterns, scale sequences and full neck runs he uses to take control of the fret board to form soulful leads that rip into shred masterpieces. Learn diminished sweep and chromatic arpeggios, emotional bending techniques and how to create a minor 3rd harmony lead. Gus reveals the chords, voicings, syncopated, pivoting staccato, interval, and clean picked rhythms that form the foundation of his style. He analyses many of his Firewind leads and song structures complete with full band backing tracks that you can use the apply what you learn.

DVD includes:

– More than 40 lessons
– 46-page interactive tab book you print from DVD
– Free life-time web membership for online support
– Behind-the-scenes photos and video
– Interview, live performances and more
– iPod-ready video

Language: English
Length: 120 minutes
Zones: The DVD is zoned to play anywhere in the world

Gus G.’s Lead & Rhythm Techniques is available for pre-order at this location.

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EPICA – Coen Janssen sits out metal cruise and Latin American dates

January 16th, 2011
by EvilG

Coen will not be joining Epica on the 70.000 tons of Metal cruise and the latin-american dates early February.

“As you might know. Linda, my wife, and I are expecting our first child. The due date happens to be around the same time as the cruise. As you might understand, I will stay at home since I don’t want to miss the birth of my first child.”

Joining Epica on keyboards for these show is Oliver Palotai (Kamelot/Sons of Seasons), friend of the band and the right man for the job because of his amazing talent.

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LEAVES’ EYES – album title, cover artwork and release date!

January 16th, 2011
by EvilG
LEAVES' EYES "Meredead"

LEAVES' EYES "Meredead"

Great news for LEAVES’ EYES fans!

The new LEAVES’ EYES record is called “Meredead”.

Producer Alexander Krull is doing the final mix of “Meredead” at Mastersound Studio.

The artwork was done by Stefan Heilemann.

“Meredead” will be released on the 22nd of April 2011 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland! More streetdates will follow soon!

Singer Liv Kristine comments: “As we began composing the first song ideas for our fourth full-length album, all of us were very eager to take another step in strengthening both the individual sound and concept of Leaves’ Eyes, like we have done album by album. Along with the song-writing process, I made up my mind about the songs’ themes, and drowned myself in different sources of literature. Some songs clearly needed lyrics rooted in northern history and culture, as well as having mystical themes. Being an Old-English fan, I decided to write some of the lyrics in Old-English, which of course included further studies of grammatical and phonetic knowledge, which I really enjoyed doing. Next to modern English and Old-English, some songs are sung in traditional Norwegian, to keep their strong individuality and focus on certain themes from special genres in Norwegian traditional singing. The album is given the title “Meredead”, as one of the songs on the album. It is my own word-creation (at least I haven’t found it in a dictionary yet), and it may mean both “dead by/in the sea”, or “the mortal or killing sea”. In my lyrics you will find traditional themes from Viking literature and Norwegian song tradition, moreover, tales from the Irish isles, some from already existing sources, some made up myself. Sometimes you will hear about men going on adventures, some ending up drowing in the sea, their wives, evil witches, three-headed trolls, or spell-bound princesses, as well as marble halls and blood-thirsty creatures. I allowed myself more freedom for the concept of “Meredead”, telling a number of different stories, real, mystical or sometimes maybe even both.”

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CREATION’S END: Visual Evidence First Live Performance + New Contest Launched

January 15th, 2011
by EvilG

Progressive metal unit CREATION’S END have posted several pieces of visual evidence from their recent debut live appearance in Manhattan last month. A stellar series of live photos from the show on the band’s Facebook page, as well as live videos of the songs Disassociate,” “Relic” and “Hollow.”

Further American and European tour dates for CREATION’S END are being planned for the coming year, with a special appearance at Atlanta, Georgia’s annual ProgPower USA in September 2011 already confirmed, where they’ll perform alongside Therion, Sanctuary, Dream Evil, Arcturus and more.

The band have also arranged The CREATION’S END “Spread the Word” Contest which just began today! To take part in the contest simply sign up at the official CREATION’S END homepage now!

CREATION’S END features guitarist Rudy Albert (ex-Zandelle), drummer Dario Rodriguez, Mike DiMeo, (ex-Masterplan, ex-Riot), Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie Band), and Joe Black (Chris Caffery, ex-Zandelle). The stunning eight tracks these powerhouse musicians have formed on A New Beginning culminate their melodic, progressive, groove-laden, dark and crushing displays of incredible heavy metal into a simply incredible album, produced by John Macaluso (James Labrie Band, Fool’s Game, ex-Ark, ex-TNT, ex-Yngwie Malsmteen).

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January 15th, 2011
by EvilG

Poland’s extreme metal band VADER has announced the following via the band’s official website:

“The band is about to prepare for recording of their newest studio album Welcome To The Morbid Reich.  Recording will take place in Hertz Studio again (Bialystok – Polska) from March 15th to April 10th, 2011.  Mix[ing] and mastering in May, 2011.  As Peter W. has announced, he plans to record 10-11 tracks plus 2 bonuses for special editions of the album. As usual, you will have a chance to track the process of recording the album in a special studio report on the band’s website.  The new album will be followed by a new photo session and a video clip.  The band will make the decision on whom to work with at the end of March.

“Draft titles of a few tracks: ‘Lords of Thorns,’ ‘I Am Who Feast Upon Your Souls,’ ‘Only Hell Knows,’ ‘Return to the Morbid Reich,’ and ‘I Had A Dream.’  Fans will have a chance to listen to 1 or 2 new tracks at VADER concerts and summer festivals.  This year’s Blitzkrieg will start a bit later, probably in October and VADER will play a completely new set!”

Guitarist, vocalist, and founding member Peter W. also stated in today’s post:

“For a long time I’ve been thinking about new tracks and the album concept; more and more things start to be clear.  For the most part, I’d like Spider (Marek Pajak – guitars) to take part in the process of album creation.  I also have in mind – relating to the good old times – a new layout for the album.  I met with Zbyszek Bielak, a very talented artist, who will design the new layout, merchandise and scenic elements.  Zbyszek has already worked with such bands as Watain, Absu, Behemoth.  The new album will mainly focus on the Morbid Reich feeling combined with brutal riffs and tempo of the previous albums.  We also have a surprise for our devoted fans: We’re going to come back to our old logo.’”

VADER’s 2009 album, Necropolis, debuted at #19 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart the week after its release.  It was recorded at Hertz Studios in Bialystok, Poland with the Wieslawski Bros., mixed by Tue Madsen (Halford, Kataklysm, Behemoth) at Antfarm Studios in Denmark, and featured cover artwork by Jacek Wisniewski.

View the video for the Necropolis track “Never Say My Name”:

Visit VADER online at, on Facebook, at, and

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SEPULTURA: New Video Blog Posted

January 15th, 2011
by EvilG

Legendary Brazilian/American thrashers SEPULTURA, have posted the first of several video updates regarding their new album and plans for 2011. View the clip here:

SEPULTURA will return to the US for a massive headlining tour next April/May in support of their upcoming Nuclear Blast Records debut! Joining them will be a veritable united nations on metal in the form of Austria’s BELPHEGOR, Norway’s KEEP OF KALESSIN, Poland’s HATE, Montreal Canada’s NEURAXIS, and California based thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD. Starting May 23 Seattle Washington’s own insanely heavy, melodic metal kings NEVERMORE, will replace bondage obsessed blackened death metallers BELPHEGOR to finish out the tour.

Confirmed North American shows for 2011 are as follows:


1/14/11 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA

04/18/11  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

04/19/11  Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

04/20/11  Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA

04/22/11  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

04/23/11  Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

04/24/11  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

04/25/11  The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

04/26/11  Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

04/27/11  The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL

04/28/11  Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

04/29/11  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

05/01/11  Clicks – Tyler, TX

05/02/11  Scout Bar – Houston, TX

05/03/11  Trees – Dallas, TX

05/05/11  Jake’s – Lubbock, TX

05/06/11  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

05/07/11  The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ  (w/ D.R.I.)

05/08/11  Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ  (w/ D.R.I.)

05/09/11  House of Blues – San Diego, CA

05/10/11  The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV

05/11/11  The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center – San Francisco, CA

05/12/11  Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

05/13/11  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

05/14/11  The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA

05/16/11  Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO

05/18/11  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

05/19/11  Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL

05/20/11  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

05/21/11  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

05/22/11  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
05/23/11  Expo Five – Louisville, KY

05/24/11  The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

05/26/11  The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA

05/27/11  The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA

05/28/11  Dickens – Calgary, AB – CANADA

05/29/11  Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

05/31/11  Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
SEPULTURA have now added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet SEPULTURA. VIP and reduced service charge tickets on sale now exclusively through Tickets also on sale through all other normal ticketing systems.
SEPULTURA recently inked a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band will enter the studio before the end of the year to begin work on a new studio album for a 2011 release.

For more info visit: |

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Lord Volture plan recordings second album

January 15th, 2011
by EvilG

Beast Of Thunder, the debut album of Dutch heavy metal band Lord Volture, has only been released in June 2010 and the band will already be heading into the studio in March and April 2011 to record their second full-length. The title of this new album will be Never Cry Wolf. It is not known yet when and how the album will be released. But for those impatient to the hear the new material the band already uploaded two instrumental demo samples to their website and MySpace.

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ULCER: Polish Death Metallers Join The Pulverised Roster

January 15th, 2011
by EvilG

Polish death metallers ULCER are the latest inductees to the expanding Pulverised Records roster. Formed in 2006, the young ULCER consists of past and present members from Blaze Of Perdition, Squashed Bowels, Deivos and Abusiveness. The band recorded two demos in 2006 and a debut full-length album entitled Serpent Trinity in 2007.

ULCER‘s Pulverised debut, entitled Grant Us Death, is currently underway with an expected release date later this year. Artwork and track listing to be unveiled soon.

Comments ULCER frontman D. (aka Sonneillon) of the signing: “We are proud to join the ranks of the well-known and respected label Pulverised Records. When we were searching for a label to release our new material, we wanted to find someone who not only can offer decent conditions, but also knows what death metal is about. We’ve never had an urgent need to release anything anywhere. We just needed a label that understands what we do, and to put it simply: Pulverised is perfect for us – nothing more, nothing less. It’s a privilege to praise death along with such great names as Desultory, Impiety, Interment, Master, Nominon and Tribulation, who are all  ravenous as hell. We’ll do our best to prove that we are worthy to be a part of this great label with our album Grant Us Death. Expect nothing but raging death metal inferno in its pure and classic form. ONLY DEATH IS HOLY!”

Added Pulverised Records A&R manager Calvin Chiang : “When we first heard two recently-recorded tracks from ULCER, it was very clear to us that these guys mean serious business! The raw essence of ugly-as-fuck, in-your-face ’90s death metal yet with thought-out [song] structures are all very much evident; but ULCER emits a certain darkness and morbidity that sets them apart. The band sent their raw mixes from the upcoming album Grant Us Death and just judging from these raw tracks, the new album will be an unbridled mix of violent and macabre old school death metal!”  

D. (aka Sonneillon) – Vocals
Angelfuck – Vocals
LucaSS – Guitar
Mscislaw (aka Revenger) – Guitar
Kamil “Szwed” – Bass
Wizun – Drums

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January 15th, 2011
by EvilG

For a year they were circling the high seas and their scouts were circling the continents… circle, circle, circle: CIRCLE II CIRCLE! And as an extra bonus, please welcome ARSIS and THE ABSENCE on board! Ten more days and they are making history ladies and gentlemen! 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Don’t miss the boat! Reservations end Thursday January 20, 2011 at 12PM PST. Only very few cabins remain! BOOK NOW!

The complete festival billing:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Blind Guardian
Circle II Circle
Dark Tranquillity
Death Angel
Fear Factory
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth
Malevolent Creation
Sonata Arctica
The Absence
Twilight Of The Gods (performing BATHORY masterpieces)
Uli Jon Roth

SAXON will play two unique shows. One night they will perform the Wheels Of Steel LP in its entirety and on a different night, for the second show, they will play Strong Arm Of The Law from start to finish.

TESTAMENT will also play two very unique shows on board. At the first show they will prove their Titan trash status by playing The Legacy album in it’s entirety. At the second show they will play another iconic masterpiece: The New Order album.

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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January 15th, 2011
by EvilG

Nuclear Blast Records proudly announces the signing of ‘70s-style psychedelic rock band & disciples of analog sound GRAVEYARD from Gothenburg, Sweden.  Their new label debut, Hisingen Blues, is slated for a release in early Spring.

GRAVEYARD have issued the following statement about the their new recording contract:

“It feels great to work with such experienced and dedicated people as the Nuclear Blast crew.  Awesome!!  It’s a label that’s founded by old school tape traders that obviously are good at what they do, since NB is one of the few big independent labels that manages not only to survive, but to expand in today’s difficult music climate. Peace, love & chemical warfare!”

Andy Siry, Head of A&R at Nuclear Blast HQ in Germany states: “We are honored to be working with GRAVEYARD!  These guys are the most unique and amazing band the so-called retro rock scene has to offer, although GRAVEYARD are MUCH more than this.  Keep your ears peeled – GRAVEYARD is upon us and 2011 will be the year of the ‘YARD!”

Listen to the songs “Thin Line,” “As The Years Pass By, The Hours Bend,” and “Evil Ways” on the band’s MySpace page.

Stream GRAVEYARD’s entire, self-titled debut album here.


  • Joakim Nilsson – Guitar & Vocals
  • Jonathan Ramm – Guitar & Vocals
  • Rikard Edlund – Bass
  • Axel Sjöberg – Drums

Visit GRAVEYARD online at

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AOSOTH to tour Europe with Watain & Shining

January 14th, 2011
by EvilG

Death Holy Death Tour 2011

25.02.2011 DE – Adelsheim, Eventhall

26.02.2011 CH – Lausanne, Docks

27.02.2011 FR – Montpellier, Secret Place

28.02.2011 ES – Barcelona, Mephisto

01.03.2011 ES – Madrid, Caracol

02.03.2011 PT – Lisboa, Revolver

03.03.2011 PT – Porto, Hard Club

04.03.2011 FR – Angouleme, Nef

05.03.2011 FR – Savigny le temple, Empreinte

06.03.2011 UK – London, Relentless Garage

07.03.2011 UK – Reading, Sub 89

08.03.2011 UK – Glasgow, Ivory Blacks

09.03.2011 UK – Liverpool, Masque

10.03.2011 UK – Birmingham, Library

11.03.2011 FR – Notre Dame de Gravenchon, Arcade

12.03.2011 BE – Vosselaar, Biebob

13.03.2011 NL – Zaandam, De Kade

Spread The Plague!

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DIE HARD on tour with SODOM !

January 14th, 2011
by EvilG

Europe awakes! Die Hard on tour with Sodom.

Sodomize Europe Tour 2011

04.02.2011 (B) VOSSELAAR / Biebob

05.02.2011 (NL) EINDHOVEN / Dynamo

06.02.2011 (UK) LONDON / Underworld

07.02.2011 (D) SAARBRÜCKEN / Garage

09.02.2011 (CH) PRATTELN / Z7

10.02.2011 (I) MILAN / Live Club

11.02.2011 (SLO) MARIBOR / Stuk

12.02.2011 (A) VIENNA / Szene

13.02.2011 (H) BUDAPEST / Diesel

15.02.2011 (D) ASCHAFFENBURG / Colos Saal

16.02.2011 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle

17.02.2011 (D) BOCHUM / Zeche

18.02.2011 (D) ERFURT / Centrum

19.02.2011 (D) HERFORD / X

20.02.2011 (D) LUDWIGSBURG / Rockfabrik

The sadistic pleasure begins.





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