THE ACACIA STRAIN Debut Video For “The Hills Have Eyes”

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Massachusetts’ metal champions, THE ACACIA STRAIN, have launched the brand new video for the track, “The Hills Have Eyes,” exclusively at Check it out now at or below…



The video was filmed by director David Brodsky (Hatebreed, The Black Dahlia Murder, Unearth) and comes from their latest album, “Wormwood,” which debuted at #67 on Billboard’s Top 200, in July.
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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

The year 2010 marks the Twentieth Anniversary of Cathedral and in order to commemorate the occasion the band will perform a one-off show on December 3rd 2010 at the O2 Academy in Islington, North London.

For one night only Cathedral will be performing two sets, including the entirety of their landmark debut album and Doom Metal classic ‘Forest of Equilibrium’ where Lee Dorrian and Garry Jennings will be joined by the recording line up Mark “Griff” Griffiths, Adam Lehan and Mike Smail.

This will be followed by a second set of songs performed by the current line up of Lee Dorian, Garry Jennings, Brian Dixon & Leo Smee.

Vocalist Lee Dorrian elaborates: “Cathedral has come along way since those dirge-ridden smoke-filled, cheap lager and sweat infested early rehearsals back in 1990. To be brutally honest, back then we never imagined that we would have continued on a twenty year journey and still be here to tell the tale”.

“A lot of bands that have been around this long tend to shy away from their roots, in favour of more ‘accessible’ material that they wrote in their “maturing” stages. Well, despite the fact that we may have expanded on our sound and style since those early days, we are certainly not embarrassed by our origins, in fact the opposite is true. To commemorate (Commiserate?) this twenty year marathon, we thought it would be a cool idea to regroup the line up of our first studio album for a special one-off show, and perform it in it’s entirety. Fortunately, everyone from those days agreed. This will mark the beginning of the evening, which will be followed by a set of material ‘post-Forest’ bringing us right up to date with our latest album, ‘The Guessing Game’. We are excited about this event and look forward to seeing you there”.

Friday December 3rd 2010 O2 Academy Islington N1 Centre
16 Parkfield Street London N1 0PS

Tickets available from

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KAMELOT – Behind-The-Scenes Trailer For Stockholm Sessions DVD Available

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

KAMELOT have posted a new video featuring behind-the-scenes footage taken from the bonus section of their forthcoming DVD, Stockholm Sessions. Check it out below.

As previously reported, Kamelot have posted a medley of songs from their upcoming Poetry For The Poisoned album. Check it out at this location.

As part of the band’s headlining Pandemonium Over North America Tour, Kamelot’s record release party for Poetry For The Poisoned, will be held at New York City’s Nokia Theatre Times Square. They will celebrate the record release with special first time previews of the new album, a commemorative Poetry For The Poisoned shot glass available for fans to celebrate the night with and more special events to mark the occasion of Kamelot’s new album. The party is scheduled for Wednesday, September 15th at 8 PM.

A short video trailer for Poetry For The Poisoned can be seen below:

Kamelot “Poetry for the Poisoned” Trailer from Kamelot Official Vimeo on Vimeo.

Kamelot and Knife Fight Media have formed the recording label Kamelot Media Group (KMG Recordings). Teaming up with DisManic Distribution via E1 and the brand marketing and promotions company Knife Fight Media, the premier KMG label release will be the North American debut of Kamelot’s 9th studio album, Poetry For The Poisoned, on September 14th. Poetry For The Poisoned will be released in Europe on September 3rd via earMUSIC.

Poetry For The Poisoned was recorded at Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro and features guest appearances by Simone Simons (EPICA), Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND), Björn “Speed” Strid (SOILWORK) and Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, JON OLIVA’S PAIN).

KAMELOT - Poetry For The Poisoned

KAMELOT - Poetry For The Poisoned

The album will be available in three versions – Regular CD edition, Digipak CD with bonus DVD and 2LP gatefold vinyl edition.

DVD bonus material:

– Kamelot video ‘The Great Pandemonium’

– Exclusive and in depth Interviews with each Kamelot member

– Kamelot “Pick and Play” for the song ‘The Great Pandemonium’

– Poetry For The Poisoned background Images

– Exclusive video footage from Norway Rock Festival 2010

– Bonus song ‘House On A Hill’ (uncut version)

Marquee/Avalon Records will release the album in Japan (date TBC).

Poetry For The Poisoned tracklisting:

‘The Great Pandemonium

‘If Tomorrow Came

‘Dear Editor

‘The Zodiac

‘Hunter’s Season

‘House On A Hill


‘My Train Of Thoughts

‘Seal Of Woven Years

‘Poetry For The Poisoned’:

– Pt. I – ‘Incubus’

– Pt. II – ‘So Long’

– Pt. III – ‘All Is Over’

– Pt. IV – ‘Dissection’

‘Once Upon A Time’

Kamelot will embark on its first North American tour in two years, starting September 8th. Support on the trek will come from LEAVES’ EYES and BLACKGUARD. Dates are as follows:


8 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues

10 – Atlanta, GA – Progpower USA

11 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx Nightclub

14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero

15 – New York, NY – Nokia Theatre

17 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium

18 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda

19 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House

21 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s

22 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

24 – Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium

25 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

27 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre

29 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s


1 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues (Sunset Strip)

2 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues (San Diego)

KAMELOT Confirm AMARANTHE Vocalist For Upcoming North American Tour

KAMELOT have confirmed that Swedish vocalist Elize Ryd from AMARANTHE will be joining the band on the North American Tour. She will also be part of the VIP meet and greets. Ryd toured with Kamelot on their recent Summer Pandemonium Tour and the band’s European tour earlier this spring.

Amaranthe recently signed a deal with Spinefarm/Universal. They are set to being recording their debut album in October, spending two months until December, with Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, MERCENARY, NIGHTRAGE) of Hansen Studio in Ribe, Denmark. The as-of-yet untitled album is scheduled for a spring 2011 release.

Commented guitarist Olof Mörck: “Needless to say, we are very much looking forward to getting all the tracks on tape! There has been quite a stir and hype around Amaranthe lately, and it is funny to think that everything that people have heard so far are demos recorded in a bedroom – it is going to be fantastic to able to show people the true potential of our music, with a killer sound! This whole production is going to be HUGE and spending two months with Jacob Hansen recording the album will ensure that we will have a production second to none! Jacob Hansen is definitely one of the top names in today’s metal recording scene, and when we found out that he was available on quite short notice we where very enthused! Keep your eyes peeled when this baby is unleashed in early spring 2011!”

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September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

On September 1st Hunter’s Moon Digital is pleased to announce the official launch of its new digital record label Harvest Moon.  Harvest Moon is an imprint of Hunter’s Moon Records and has been set up to focus on exclusively bringing the best in international black metal, death metal, folk and extreme metal.
Harvest Moon has joined forces with Russian label Grailight Productions (  to release some of Russia’s top bands in extreme music and we begin the launch of the label with 4 releases from across the Russian scene.

The first releases are:

Astel Oscora: Moscow Symphonic Depressive Black Metal band Astel Oscora present their second album Eridan.  Eridan is an album full of atmosphere, crushing black metal interlaced with subtle keyboards and harmony.
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Drygva: Son Of Mighty Rod is the debut album from Belarus folk-pagan metal band Drygva.Drygva are deeply proud of their heritage and Son Of Mighty Rod is a celebration of their roots, reviving memories of their ancestors.  The songs are sung in their native tongue and utilise national instruments.
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Neron Kaisar: Magnum Incendium is the debut release from Russian Symphonic Black Metal band Neron Kaisar.    Magnum Incendium displays a lyrical interest in historical characters such as Roman Emperor Nero.  The powerful lyrical content is complimented by harsh black metal, with subtle symphonic elements.
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Lethargy: Ukranian band Lethargy present their debut album The Burden Of Human Passions.The melancholic album sees a mix of atmospheric death metal and doom metal.Lethargy see their music as a poetry interlaced with the hard and simultaneously beautiful riffs of guitars, the hum of bass notes, sorrowful keys and the transitions between clean melancholic vocals with the reckless screaming of the lost soul.
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All Harvest Moon releases are available now from Bandcamp and directly from the Harvest Moon webstore found on the official website and will be available on a number of digital platforms including iTunes, Emusic, Amazon and Deezer shortly.

More releases will be announced shortly.

For more information on Harvest Moon and its bands go to the official  website at:!/pages/Harvest-Moon-Record-Label/138066612888279?ref=sgm

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September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Blind Gaurdian 2010

In a recent interview with, BLIND GUARDIAN guitarist Marcus Siepen elaborated on the band’s use of a live orchestra on their new album, At The Edge Of Time, which was released in North America on August 24th:

“The big difference on this album is that for the first time in our career, we worked with a real orchestra.  Any orchestration on any previous album has always been done with keyboards. This time we had ninety people playing, which was a giant step for us and added a big element to the album’s sound; a programmed orchestra can sound very good, but nothing beats the real thing. This did bring up some problems for us because when we compose the stuff, we are still using keyboards to arrange for strings, horns, or whatever.  When you work with a real orchestra, you can’t go up to them with some programmed stuff and say, ‘This is what we would like.’  Obviously you have to give them written music and none of us can really do that – turn keyboards into a multi-arrangement for a real orchestra. We had to rely on the help of people who could write down our ideas for a real orchestra so they could play it. Everything worked perfectly in the end, in my opinion.  It’s such a huge a difference from the keyboards.  One of the goals that we wanted to reach with this album was to give it a natural sound.  Nothing sounds more natural than an orchestra. The drums, too, were taken under consideration, because a lot of bands use samples on drums to enhance their sound, but you hear on this album is a naturally recorded drum set with no samples. That was really important for us to have that type of sound on this album and we are really happy with it.”

Read the entire interview with Marcus Siepen here.

View the studio trailer that contains orchestra footage and commentary by vocalist Hansi Kürsch and guitarist André Olbrich here.

The video for the single “A Voice In The Dark” – directed by Ivan Colic and produced by Stanimir “Staca” Lukic – can be viewed here.

Download the free BLIND GUARDIAN iPhone / iTouch app from this link.

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HELLBASTARD Embark On Headlining U.S. Tour This Week; Free L.A. Show Announced

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

The legendary U.K thrash/crust/metal warriors HELLBASTARD will play their first show of their massive, headlining U.S. tour in Seattle, Washington this week, and will continue through over 40 gigs, ending on October 22 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The string of dates includes one show in Mexico as well.   In addition, the band will record their set at a free gig in the Los Angeles area for the recording of a live album, this September 13th [show filming takes place at 7580 Garden Grove Blvd. Westminster, CA 92683].   The influential group will be supporting their latest releases, The Need To Kill album and the Eco-War EP, both released in 2009 via Poland’s brutal Selfmadegod Records.

HELLBASTARD Headlining US Tour:

9/02/2010 The Funhouse – Seattle, WA
9/03/2010 The Morgue – Seattle, WA
9/04/2010 Satyricon – Portland, OR
9/05/2010 Wandering Goat Cafe – Eugene, OR w/ Reality Lost
9/06/2010 DIY show – Chico, CA
9/07/2010 Chinatown Youth Center – Fresno, CA W/ Eat The Living, Maggot Colony
9/10/2010 924 Gilman – Berkeley, CA w/ Acephalix, Fix My Head, Psychosomatic, Short Attention Span
9/11/2010 Infest Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
9/12/2010 Infest Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
9/13/2010 Bomb Shelter [free entrance] – Westminster, CA – LIVE ALBUM RECORDING
9/14/2010 The Ruby Room – San Diego, CA
9/15/2010 Divan De Alicia – Tijuana, Mexico w/ Coaccion, Bumbklaatt, Bio Crisis, Anomalia, Omission
9/16/2010 Sound Control – Scottsdale, AZ w/ Landmine Marathon
9/17/2010 DIY show – Flagstaff/Phoenix, AZ
9/18/2010 Andre’s Underground – Albuquerque, NM
9/19/2010 Blast-O-Mat – Denver, CO
9/21/2010 The Mouth – Lawrence, KS
9/22/2010 *TBA – Norman, OK
9/23/2010 Rubber Gloves – Denton, TX
9/24/2010 Broken Neck Warehouse – Austin, TX
9/25/2010 The Vanguard – Houston, TX
9/26/2010 The Saint – New Orleans, LA
9/29/2010 Wayward Council – Gainesville, FL
9/30/2010 PS Warehouse – Atlanta, GA
10/01/2010 Skuds Manor – Augusta, GA
10/02/2010 Wonderland – Richmond, VA
10/03/2010 Manny’s Place (house show) – Lynchburg, VA
10/05/2010 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
10/07/2010 JR’s Bar – Philadelphia, PA
10/08/2010 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
10/09/2010 AS220 – Providence, RI w/ Panzer Bastard, I Destroyer (ex-DropDead), Defeatist
10/10/2010 Great Scott – Boston, MA w/ Panzer Bastard, I Destroyer (ex-DropDead), Defeatist
10/11/2010 *TBA – Buffalo, NY
10/12/2010 *TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
10/14/2010 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI
10/15/2010 Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI w/ Jucifer
10/16/2010 Shaman Records – Chicago, IL
10/17/2010 *TBA – Milwaukee, WI
10/19/2010 *TBA – Madison, WI
10/20/2010 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN w/ War/Plague, Misery
10/22/2010 Roman’s Bar – Rapid City, SD

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DISIPLIN signs with ATMF, new release slated for November

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Today, AETERNITAS TENEBRARUM MUSIC FOUNDATION (ATMF) confirms the signing of infamous Norwegian squadron DISIPLIN, the brainchild of one WeltenFeind, who’s done time in such illustrious names as DISSECTION, SLAVIA, MYRKSKOG, and KOLDBRANN. The band has inked a three-album deal with ATMF, the first release of which will be entitled Radikale Randgruppe, slated for release sometime in November.

DISIPLIN signs with ATMF, new release slated for November

DISIPLIN signs with ATMF, new release slated for November 2010

As the wolf-pack is approaching the new sacrifice, 10 years of history of black metal integrity and daring for DISIPLIN, Radikale Randgruppe will stand as a special anniversary album composed by totally new material, limited to 1000 copies to be released on Digibook format, and with the first 100 copies with a limited T-shirt. DISIPLIN’s martial monument Radikale Randgruppe won’t be re-pressed or re-released but will stay as a unique stone in the band’s legacy.

WeltenFeind comments on the union: “We’re proud to have this sharpened weapon of the pagan gods under our wing, moving from one of the most innovative labels, Moonfog. They’ve been an example of how Norwegian black metal should have been evolved instead of rooting on the memories. DISIPLIN are still there to take forward the idea of black metal as an extreme weapon instead of a un-offensive stereotype.”

A specific release date for DISIPLIN’s Radikale Randgruppe will be announced soon, but preorders will be open in late September. More details to come, but in the meantime, consult and

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September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Accept - Blood Of The Nations

Accept - Blood Of The Nations

Blood Of The Nations, the comeback album by Germany’s legendary metal band ACCEPT, just entered the German album charts at #4!  This marks the highest German chart entry ever in the band’s career and beats the #5 position of 1986’s Russian Roulette.

ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann shares his thoughts on the news:

“This really swept us off our feet!  Of course, you dream about being on top of the charts, but this was pretty much out of the question.  We tested new waters with our new singer Mark [Tornillo, ex-TT Quick] and emerged as winners!  But even more than that, this is the reward for our unique collaboration with our label Nuclear Blast, Brainstorm Music Marketing, and all the others who gave their everything for ACCEPT.  But most of all, we want to thank our fans without whom we would be nothing!  THANK YOU!”

ACCEPT will be co-headlining their upcoming tour with King’s X, kicking-off with an appearance at the eleventh annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia.  Confirmed tour dates are:

09/09/2010  ProgPower USA Kick-Off – Atlanta, GA Center Stage (**No King’s X**)

09/23/2010  The Chance  – Poughkeepsie, NY

09/24/2010  Ram’s Head Live  – Baltimore, MD

09/25/2010  The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

09/26/2010  ***IN-STORE SIGNING AT VINTAGE VINYL*** – Fords, NJ

09/27/2010  B. B. King’s – New York, NY

09/29/2010  Showcase Live  – Foxboro, MA
10/01/2010  The Silo – Reading, PA
10/02/2010  The Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI

10/08/2010  The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/09/2010  The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL

10/12/2010  House Of Blues – Dallas, TX

10/13/2010  House Of Blues – Houston TX

Additional dates for October & November will be announced soon.

Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and will be released in North America on September 14th.  Exclusive pre-sale bundles can be purchased at the Nuclear Blast Web Store.

ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up includes Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.

View footage of Wolf Hoffman & Mark Tornillo on VH1’s “That Metal Show” here.  View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41here.  View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.

Visit ACCEPT online at,,, and

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A FOREST OF STARS: “Sorrow’s Impetus” Streaming Now On Stereogum

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

After having received much praise from critics and fans worldwide and following several live appearances on their native soil, the UK psychedelic black metal ensemble A FOREST OF STARS gathered around a few cups of tea to lay down the foundations of what would be their second full-length album. Several séances in Rob Hobson’s Silent City Studio during winter of 2009 led to the recording of the fittingly titled Opportunistic Thieves of Spring, a work of magic and alchemy in the tradition of their Victorian contemporaries.

Released via Transcendental Creations earlier this summer, the now quintuplet — having added drummer John Bishop to the fold — took the elements brought fourth on their dramatic The Corpse Of Rebirth offering, to a whole new level, adding new sound textures with oriental percussion and peculiar string arrangements. Opportunistic Thieves Of Spring will carry the listener through a vast musical landscape; an unearthly journey from the rise of mankind to the Golden Age to its decline in the Kali Yuga.

Check out “Sorrow’s Impetus,” the opening track from Opportunistic Thieves of Spring at Stereogum here:

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Ingraved announce a new deal with Power Pain Records

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

German label Power Pain Records will release Ingraved’s new album “Onryou” on October the 31st. It will be a mix of modern extreme metal and hardcore elements with lyrics based on Japanese culture and folklore.

“Onryou” will be available in many on line stores, ITunes and other digital platforms.


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STIGMA announces digital-only EP, to shoot video for “The Undertaker”

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Italian horror-inspired extreme metal act STIGMA will shoot a video for the song “The Undertaker” with director Salvatore Perrone (A DAY TO REMEMBER, EVERGREEN TERRACE, SUICIDE SILENCE) to coincide with the release of a special-edition digital-only EP this Winter via PIVOTAL ROCKORDINGS. The band recently wrapped up a successful European tour supporting TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED.

STIGMA’s Concerto for the Undead was produced at Fear Studio by ex-BLEEDING THROUGH and current BRING ME THE HORIZON guitarist Jona Weinhofen and was mixed & mastered by Scott Atkins (BEHEMOTH, CRADLE OF FILTH, SYLOSIS).

This sophomore effort was released on April 30th in Europe, May 3rd in the UK, May 4th in North America, May 7th in Australia/New Zealand and June 30th in Japan.

The album features 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).

Artwork for the album features stunning comic illustrations of the band’s now-patent horror-themed lyrics and was created by Andrea Berton of Corefolio Design (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WINDS OF PLAGUE).

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September 1st, 2010
by EvilG


Indianapolis, Indiana’s THE CONTORTIONIST’s brand new GOOD FIGHT MUSIC debut, Exoplanet, is in stores today! Also, the band is pleased to announce exciting news about their upcoming fall touring season! THE CONTORTIONIST will hit the road with WAR OF AGES, THE COLOR MORALE, THE GREAT COMMISSION, and LEGEND from October 8th through October 22nd, and will continue across the states with THE ACACIA STRAIN, TERROR, THE RED CHORD, and GAZA from October 29th through November 20th! See below for all current tour dates, and make sure to catch THE CONTORTIONIST ripping up a stage near you!

THE CONTORTIONIST recently debuted their album-culminating trifecta, ‘Exoplanet I: Egress’, ‘Exoplanet II: Void’, and ‘Exoplanet III: Light’ at AOL Noisecreep! Make sure to head over to the site to listen to the masterful close to Exoplanet. Also, do not forget to cruise over to fellow esteemed metal blog to listen to the new track ‘Advent’!

Exoplanet album cut ‘Expire’ is now available for streaming on the brand new MySpace page! You can also hear ‘Expire’ on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal, and can request it instantly by tweeting to @JoseMangin and/or @SXMLiquidMetal, or by heading to the Sirius XM Liquid Metal Facebook page! THE CONTORTIONIST’s track ‘Primal Directive’ is included on the new, free FYE/Decibel sampler! The sampler can be found at

Catch THE CONTORTIONIST on the road this fall!


October 8th – Erie, PA @ The Hangout

October 9th – Dayton, OH @ The Attic

October 10th – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys

October 11th – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

October 12th – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

October 14th – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4

October 15th – South Bend, IN @ Church of The Heartland

October 16th – St.Louis, MO @ Fubar

October 19th – Douglasville, GA @ 7 Venue

October 21st – Lynchburg, VA @ Crosspoint Venue

October 22nd – Fredericksburg, VA @ The Refuge

October 29th – Albany, NY @ Northern Lights
October 30th – Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s
October 31st – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
November 1st – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
November 2nd – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 3rd – Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
November 4th – Spartanburg, SC @ GZSC
November 5th – Jacksonville, FL @ Rain
November 6th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Ground Control
November 7th – Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
November 9th – Birmingham, AL @ Zyedeco
November 10th – Nashville TN @ Rocket Town
November 11th – Louisville, KY @ Headliners
November 12th – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
November 13th – Toledo, OH @ Headliners
November 14th – Windsor, ONT @ Blind Dog
November 15th – London, ON @ Music Hall
November 16th – Longeueil, QC @ Salle Kekpart
November 17th – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
November 18th – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
November 19th – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
November 20th – Holyoke, MA @ The Waterfront Tavern – A Benefit for Liberty Skrypek

For more information on THE CONTORTIONIST be sure to visit:

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All Shall Perish Guitarist Francesco Artusato Post New Instructional Video Lesson On Guitar World’s Website; Post New Track On MySpace

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

All Shall Perish’s new guitarist and Berklee College of Music graduate, Francesco Artusato, has partnered up with Guitar World Magazine to present an in-depth instructional video lesson series breaking down how to play some of the most intricate parts from his all instrumental solo endeavor entitled Chaos and The Primordial. The disc is an all out technical shred fest features 10 truly diverse tracks that takes the listener on an all encompassing musical journey and the depth and diversity in which Artusato does so is astonishing. Click on the link below to watch the second lesson now and stay tuned for additional episodes over the coming weeks.
Artusato states: “I just got back from the ‘Summer Slaughter’ tour, which was amazing. What a great collection of great and talented bands. I want to thank all All Shall Perish fans for being so amazing and supportive, you rule! Now it’s time to go to Europe for the ‘Hell On Earth’ tour.

“My second lesson on Guitar World has also just been posted, so go check it out. Its two examples from the song “Typhoeus” and I explain the intro solo and the chorus section. This is probably one of my favorite songs from my new solo album, Chaos and The Primordial, mainly because of its contrasting nature and the intricacy of some of the parts. It’s also very heavy.

“You can also listen to the song, “Chaos and The Primordial,” in its entirety on my MySpace page now. It’s a very technical and intense song that has a progressive vibe with some very open and lyrical parts mixed with very powerful moments of intensity and complexity. There is also going to be a lesson on Guitar World about this song very soon.

“Thanks again to Guitar World for hosting these lessons, and stay tuned for additional episodes over the coming weeks.”

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THE ACACIA STRAIN Announce Fall Headline Tour

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

After seeing their latest album “Wormwood” debut at #67 on Billboard’s Top 200, Western Massachusetts’ freight train of fury, THE ACACIA STRAIN, are proud to announce their first headlining tour since the release of “Wormwood,” last month.

The “To Catch a Predatour” sees THE ACACIA STRAIN heading out along the East Coast and in Canada with support from THE RED CHORD, TERROR, GAZA, and THE CONTORTIONIST. “To Catch a Predatour” is presented by All In Merchandise, Revolver Magazine, and Metal Injection. THE ACACIA STRAIN are extremely excited to head out with some of today’s top metal and hardcore acts out in support of their newest, and already critically acclaimed fourth record on Prosthetic Records. In typical THE ACACIA STRAIN fashion, the guys plan to bring the fun each night by hanging out at their merch table thirty minutes after doors to meet the fans and socialize. There will be a special tee shirt available for purchase only during this time in addition to all their new tour merchandise. If you are in the Holyoke, MA area on the 20th of November, be sure to come out to the Waterfront Tavern as this show will be a benefit for a dear friend of the band who recently passed away due to a decade long battle with cancer.


10/29 Albany, NY – Northern Lights

10/30 Jermyn, PA – Elanor Rigby’s

10/31 Providence, RI – Lupo’s

11/1 Pittsburg, PA – Altar Bar

11/2 Springfield, VA – Jaxx

11/ 3 Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox

11/ 4 Spartanburg, SC – GZSC

11/5 Jacksonville, FL – Rain

11/ 6 West Palm Beach, FL – Ground Control

11/7 Tampa, FL – State Theatre

11/9 Birmingham, AL – Zyedeco

11/10 Nashville TN – Rocket Town

11/11 Louisville, KY – Headliners

11/12 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

11/13 Toledo, OH – Headliners

11/14 Windsor, ONT – Blind Dog

11/15 London, ON – Music Hall

11/16 Longeueil, QC – Salle Kekpart

11/17 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground

11/18 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place

11/19 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance

11/20 Holyoke, MA – The Waterfront Tavern

The band, no strangers to touring, spent a portion of the summer on “Cool Tour,” with AS I LAY DYING, UNDEROATH, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and more, and just returned from select Mexican dates with JOB FOR A COWBOY. They will then spend a month in Europe on the “Hell On Earth Tour,” along with. EVERYTIME I DIE, TERROR, ALL SHALL PERISH, THICK AS BLOOD, DOWN TO NOTHING, and VERA CRUZ, before their headline run.


9/17 Jena, GER – F Haus

9/18 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik

9/19 Reading, UK – Sub 89

9/20 Norwich, UK – Waterfront

9/21 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre

9/22 Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit

9/23 Manchester, UK – Moho Live

9/24 Sheffield, UK – Corperation

9/25 London, UK – Islington 02 Academy

9/26 Antwerpen, BE – Hof ter Lo

9/27 Paris, FR – Glazart

9/28 Rotterdam, NI – Watt

9/29 Frankfurt/Main, GER – Batschkapp

9/30 Klagenfurt, AUT – Volxhaus

10/1 Munchen, GER – Werk

10/2 Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet

10/3 Solothurn, CH – Kofmehl

10/4 Hannover, GER – Faust

10/5 Gothenburg, SW – Musikens Hus

10/6 Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle

10/7 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle

10/8 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage

10/9 Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Stattbahnhof

10/10 Zaandam, NI – Kade

10/11 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville TBC

10/12 Stuttgart, GER – TBA

10/13 Wien, GER – Arena

10/14 Praha, CZ – Abaton

10/15 Leipzig, GER – Werk

10/16 Berlin, GER – SO 36

10/17 Amneville, FR – Tat The Beast

Be sure to check THE ACACIA STRAIN’s MySpace ( for updated dates on all of these tours, and catch the “TO CATCH A PREDATOUR” when it comes into your town.

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AYAT issue studio update, reveal new album title

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Lebanon’s infamous AYAT – whose 2008 MORIBUND-released album, Six Years of Dormant Hatred, strictly polarized critics as either “genius” or “garbage” but forcing an opinion out of everyone – reveal that they’re currently recording their follow-up MORIBUND album, tentatively titled Carry On Carrion. As vocalist Filthy Fuck explains, “So I walked. And the 67 viral winds of the East whistled in my hollow bones, particles of disease sticking on the edges. And William died on me, too. A fever runs through my blood like rivers to the sea. Six years of dormant hatred lay in pieces behind me and thousands of dead motherfuckers are walking around the thousand-times-dead fucking mother-city. And the dead exceed the living and will look after them in their own special way. And there was but one phrase on my tongue like a snake rolled on a shaft – ‘Carry on, carrion… Carry on…’.”

The track listing to Carry On Carrion has already been decided by the band, but AYAT wish it to remain secret until release. Additionally, they promise that the new album shall be longer than 60 minutes and should be finished next month, with a late winter or early spring release through MORIBUND likely. When pressed for further details, Filthy Fuck simply shrugged and said, “Nothing but the fact that it will be longer, more insane, more vicious, and will shy Six Years… to a battered pulp. Not only by force, mind you, but also by sheer acidic caustic erosion. And we’re Lebanese. In case some guy missed it.”

Select press blurbs regarding AYAT’s Six Years of Dormant Hatred are as follows:

With an OTT approach reminiscent of JUDAS PRIEST alongside a good old sense of MAYHEM, the album is invested with a pestilent, rune-cursed allure not unlike IMPALED NAZARENE at their most dangerous” – Zero Tolerance

You can take the battle/war metal foisted upon the masses by bands who live in countries that haven’t seen the devastation war can bring in centuries, fold them into a nice little square and shove ’em up your keister, for all Ayat is concerned…shredding perceptions of what a metal band in the Middle East should ‘be’” – Metal Maniacs

An infectious yet caustic black metal album…drifts back and forth between bludgeoning black ‘n’ roll, blast-‘til-we’re-dead black metal ditties, and the hit-or-miss mesmerizing drone riffs. The fact that they combine these three very different styles together seamlessly and with some of the best samples ever immeasurably ups the ante for Six Years’ sheer sonic menace” – [9.2/10 rating]

In just under an hour, Ayat wreaks more havoc than a bus full of suicide bombers with psychotically nuclear-blasting, sado-sonic tunes…ultimately AYAT defines their own sound” – [8.5/10 rating]

It sounds berzerk and fierce unlike any band that I can think of. Ayat take elements from so many influences in and out of metal and punk that they’ve conceived something that is one of the most original metal releases I’ve heard in the better part of a decade” – [9.1/10 rating]

The Middle East’s answer to MINISTRY?” –

The whole effort comes across as more than a little deranged and wide eyed with psychotic instability that’s ready to strap on a bomb and march right into your skull and blow it to bits” –

The power, passion and feeling I felt as this played gave me goosebumps” – Metalcore Fanzine

Ayat are literally taking their lives into their hands by releasing such blasphemy and billing themselves as the first anti-Islamic black metal band. Such zeal gives great weight and legitimacy to Ayat’s form of black metal, perhaps even more so than the original Norwegian scene…just absolutely drips with power” –

Imagine ATARI TEENAGE RIOT and THE BOREDOMS working with MAYHEM and BEHERIT” – Absolute Zero Media webzine

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