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Recently we announced the Southern Lord West Coast mini tour — featuring Eagle Twin, Black Breath, Goatsnake, Righteous Fool (featuring members of Corrosion Of Conformity) and the Animosity-album lineup of Corrosion Of Conformity — set to take place this August 8th through 12th. The short but massive tour will be led off by a festival of monolithic proportions, being dubbed The Power Of The Riff Fest 2010.
‘The Power Of The Riff’ Festival Sunday Aug. 8th 2010 @ The Echo and EchoPlex in Echo Park – Los Angeles, CA
In Association with Scion, Southern Lord and Spaceland Productions
All Ages / Free Admission with RSVP at this location: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2xw020jc34a5d37
Curated by Greg Anderson (Southern Lord) and Sam James Velde (Night Horse) with the intent to blur the lines between Metal, Hardcore, Punk and Rock music. To celebrate and encourage the cross over of genres and to dispel the common homogeny that exists within today’s music cultures. A free event that honors fans and musicians of ‘heavy music’ of all ages. Tapping into a line up that represents the forefathers, milestones and current touring acts such as Repulsion, Corrosion Of Conformity, From Ashes Rise, Trap Them, Coliseum and Goatsnake. Shedding light on ‘up and coming’ acts such as Nails,The Fucking Wrath, Night Horse, Eagle Twin and Black Breath to name a few.
‘The Power Of The Riff’ Festival 2010 Line Up:
Corrosion Of Conformity III Goatsnake From Ashes Rise Repulsion Coliseum Trap Them Black Breath Night Horse Eagle Twin Early Graves Nails Righteous Fool Semen Sundae The Fucking Wrath Rats Eyes Spider Fever
The Power Of The Riff Festival will be an all day, all ages, free music event that also includes a record swap meet of local stores such as Vacation Vinyl, Origami Vinyl, and will also feature pop up stores by Tee Pee Records, Southern Lord Recordings and more. DJ sets throughout the day curated by Pete Majors (Harassor/Vacation Vinyl). In addition, the festival will feature a gourmet food truck court of Los Angeles’ best purveyors of street food dining. There’s something for everyone…from vegan delights by Sweet Vindication, stacked burgers by Grill Em All, head-high sandwiches by the legendary Canters Deli and unforgettable frankfurters by The Greasy Wiener! Southern Lord
West Coast Mini Tour:
8/08/2010 Echo and Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power of the Riff Fest
8/10/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA [buy tickets]
8/12/2010 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA [buy tickets]
More info on both of these events can be found at the following links:
Southern Lord tour press site: http://www.southernlord.com/press/_sltour2010/
The Power Of The Riff Fest official site: http://www.thepoweroftheriff.com/ http://www.southernlord.com
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HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS continues its war on false metal with the release of Powerkiller, the sophomore album from Canadian heavy/speed metal masters EVIL SURVIVES. Powerkiller is scheduled for worldwide release on CD and digitally on October 12th 2010.
Based out Winnipeg, Manitoba EVIL SURVIVES first began spreading their metallic mayhem when the in the summer of 2006 Front man Karl “Axe n’ Smash” Warkentin and guitarist Adrian Riff began the arduous task of recruiting like minded metal heads. Finally after three months the search was complete and EVIL SURVIVES was born. By June 2008 EVIL SURVIVES made its first performance- by no coincidence…but fate! – outside of an Iron Maiden concert in their home town of Winnipeg. Less than a month later, EVIL SURVIVES entered the studio to record their debut full length album Metal Vengeance released exclusively on vinyl on by Canadian ‘War on Music’ label.
On the heels of a growing renown, EVIL SURVIVES were right back in studio by the end of 2009 to record their second full length album, entitled Powerkiller, released by War on Music on vinyl and limited edition cassette. Mixed entirely in analog, the master reels contained over 40 minutes of driving NWOBHM worship, sounding like 1985-2009 never even happened. Powerkiller caught the attention of New York metal merchants HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS who will be releasing the album on CD and digitally on October 12th 2010.
Touring non-stop across Canada and beyond, EVIL SURVIVES quickly gained a reputation as a ripping live act, with piercing croons, guitar heroics, shotgun bass, and wild antics. Taking the torch from those who came before them, EVIL SURVIVES are positioned to become a leading force for the fight for the rightful return of Heavy Metal… and the execution of false metal everywhere.
Listen to EVIL SURVIVES at www.myspace.com/evilsurvives
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July, 2010 – New York and Massachusetts Melodic Rockers VOICES OF EXTREME will release their anticipated new album “Break the Silence” on August 2nd in the USA. “Break the Silence” is the band’s 2nd original studio album and their second full length release within the last five years.
V.O.X. is an infectious rising band who has caught the interest from top industry peers like Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) and David Swales (Affinity Management) who co-manage the band.
V.O.X. was created by childhood friends Don Chaffin and Bob Brennan. They started working on the recordings for their second release in late 2009 when Bob Brennan returned to New York and reunited with Don Chaffin and John Macaluso. The second release introduces new musicians Rob Katrikh and Mike Khalilov.
V.O.X. have a powerhouse line-up previously involved with artists like Doro, TNT, Ark, and Yngwie Malmsteen.
V.O.X. is now complete with Don Chaffin on lead vocals, Rob Katrikh on lead guitars, Bob Brennan on bass guitar, Mike Khalilov on keyboards, and John Macaluso on drums.
“Break the Silence”, states Don Chaffin, “Is a culmination of the band’s collective influences and
various individual styles of the band members and a direct outreach to the fans who have come to love and support our music and live performances! ”
V.O.X. debuted in 2005 with the amazing ‘Hypocrite’, a record that was produced by Danny Spitz (Anthrax) in 2005.
Once the debut album was complete, it wasn’t long before the V.O.X. hit the stage opening for Disturbed , Alice in Chains, and Godsmack.
“Break the Silence” will inspire fans of true Melodic Rock ! Don’t miss one of the highlights of the season.
“Break the Silence” track listing includes:
Damned, Tell Me What It Takes, Apocalypse, Break the Silense, Numb, Did It Again, Hollow
Made of Stone, Blown Away, Sorry
Check out VOICES OF EXTREME website for upcoming shows and news.
VOICES OF EXTREME
Don Chaffin- Lead Vocals
Rob Katrikh– Guitar
Bob Brennan- Bass Guitar
Mike Khalilov- Keys
Weblinks: www.voicesofextreme.com /www.myspace.com/VoicesofExtreme
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It’s time to do the Toxic Waltz as Los Angeles thrash titans RATTLEHEAD prepare to embark on a massive headlining North American summer tour, which kicks off with an insane hometown show at The Whisky on July 9th. This is also a huge day for the band as they are also celebrating the much anticipated release of their second, self released, full-length album Tales From The Gutter. The disc is available now exclusively through www.myspace.com/rattlehead, so be sure to head over now to purchase. You can also check out the vicious new track, “Just Stay Down,” now exclusively on their MySpace page, as well as view their complete touring itinerary.
RATTLEHEAD’s new offering, Tales From The Gutter, is a dynamic thrashterpiece that showcases drastic improvements in production quality, improved songwriting and maturity as musicians. The group are some of the most determined musicians you will ever find and have proven this time and time again by self-financing numerous nationwide tours throughout the past years.
Nick Baranov (vocals, guitars) further states: “In just a few short days, RATTLEHEAD will be taking off on another nationwide tour, tearing through 31 shows with a month long blitzkrieg of speed metal, alongside our friends HexeN. We will be supporting our brand new album, Tales From The Gutter, which is available online now through our MySpace page and through iTunes on August 1st.
“If you’ve never seen or heard RATTLEHEAD live before, be sure to catch us in your nearest town, and witness the insanity. We always incite anand alcohol fueled mosh pit so join us for the nonstop party. We will be debuting brand new songs off the album, such as the new single ‘Just Stay Down,’ which you can hear online now. See you insane thrashers very soon.”
For this brand new, 10 track studio effort, RATTLEHEAD teamed up with renowned producer John Ugarte with assistant production help from their good friend Sam Totman of DragonForce (Roadrunner Records). The guitars are razor sharp and precise, but still manage to sound full within the mix. The crisp and clear drums with a thundering underlying bass line fill the atmosphere. They focused heavily on the vocal aspects of the album, experimenting with new techniques, ultimately ending up with what is by far their best vocal performance on record to date. As a final touch, the album features incredible solo guitar work by lead guitarist Francis Ausley, as well as a guest solo by Jeff Potts of Mantic Ritual (Nuclear Blast Records).
RATTLEHEAD are influenced by classic acts such as Testament, Slayer, Metallica and Exodus but focus more on adding unique, fresh aspects, more melodic passages and sing along choruses. This style will quickly set them clearly apart from the rest of today’s “new wave of thrash metal” and open up a wide array of audiences worldwide.
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The ultimate metal festival of Cyprus is back – bigger and better!
PITCH BLACK RECORDS is thrilled to be co-organising this year’s Power of the Night Festival, now in its fifth instalment.
For the first time since its inception, the festival will be held over two days and will include international bands as well. Along with nine local metal acts, the first day will see Greek epic metallers MARAUDER headlining while the second day will have all speakers blown by ROSS THE BOSS with special guest SCOTT COLUMBUS, both legendary of course, well known for their tremendous contribution to MANOWAR.
All the ingredients of a metal festival will be there, from hot dogs and an endless flow of beer to band merchandise and of course good LOUD music, guaranteeing two days of absolute fun and metal mayhem!
The full line-up is as follows:
Friday 23 July:
Arryan Path (CY)
Metal Blade (CY)
Temple of Evil (CY)
Saturday 24 July:
Ross the Boss w/ special guest Scott Columbus (USA)
Winter’s Verge (CY)
Solitary Sabred (CY)
Metal fans from abroad who will be enjoying the Cyprus sun during those days are invited to get in touch with Pitch Black Records for more information and to purchase their tickets through the label’s site.
The festival will take place at the University of Cyprus yard in Nicosia with gates opening at 17:30. Tickets are just 20EUR for both days and all tickets sold will be entered into a draw for an electric guitar.
Like every year the festival is dedicated in memory of those lost in traffic accidents, this year however it’s also dedicated to a special someone else; someone who still lives deep inside every metal fan’s heart…
For more information http://www.pitchblackrecords.com.
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VOYAGER – Daniel Estrin (Lead vocals, Keyboards)
Interview by Hanntu and EvilG
VOYAGER are a great melodic prog/power metal band from Perth, Western Australia. The German-born Daniel Estrin formed the band in 1999. In this interview we talk to Daniel about the band and its formation, his background, their newest album "Ï am the reVolution", and more.
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DIMMU BORGIR - Abrahadabra
The artwork created for the new DIMMU BORGIR album Abrahadabra by German artist / painter / graphic designer Joachim Luetke (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Sopor Aeternus) has been uploaded to the band’s MySpace page.
The word “abrahadabra” (which roughly translates into “I will create as I speak”) first publicly appeared in Chapter III of Liber AL vel Legis (commonly referred to as The Book of the Law) written by Aleister Crowley in Cairo, Egypt in 1904.
DIMMU BORGIR singer/songwriter Shagrath shares the following about the new album:
“After eleven months of total focus, dedication and professional team work, Darkness has been reborn. Some people have expressed their concern about the future of the band since the departure of some members of the clan. Let me assure you that things happen for a reason. The black flame burns brighter than ever before. With the mixture of our different musical preferences and the personalities involved, I will dare to say we have created a BEAST, the most detailed work to date out of our 17 years of existence. I know it’s too much of a cliché to brag when you have a done a new album, but to put it short and simple, it’s a fist in the face to all the doubters out there. Forward – Onward – March… ENTER THE SUPREME UNKNOWN.”
For the second time in the band’s career (i.e. 1996’s Stormblåst), a one-word album title breaks the tradition of a three-word album title for a new studio release dating back to DIMMU BORGIR’s 1994’s debut, For All Tid.
Guitarist/songwriter Silenoz has this to say on the topic:
“We knew there would be some big changes with this album in more than one way and since we’ve had the three word title tradition for many years now, we thought it’d make a lot of sense for us to move on from that. It has served its purpose. We are a band that’s all about change and moving forward. An album title consisting of one word goes hand-in-hand with the new material – it describes both the musical and lyrical content in a more imaginary way, not to mention the unity and the everlasting flame which is DIMMU BORGIR. Expect the unexpected!”
When asked about the central figure in the artwork and who/what he’s supposed to represent, artist Joachim Luetke responds:
“I think that’s obvious. Since the whole ‘setting’ is located in an icy, bleak, winter-y, post-industrial era, we’re pretty close to H.P. Lovecraft’s nameless elder gods. They’re represented by the mask’s tentacles. In short: the mask/face personifies dominion of powers far beyond mankind. The nameless gods witnessed the birth of our universe and they’ll watch it implode. To them, the age of mankind is but a blink of an eye.”
Abrahadabra will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.
For the latest updates, visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com and www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR.
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"Hello Me... Meet The Real Me", will be released in the U.S. on August 3 via HarperCollins
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine‘s long-awaited autobiography, “Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir” (formerly “Hello Me… Meet The Real Me”), will be released in the U.S. on August 3 via HarperCollins‘s It Books imprint (focusing on pop culture, sports, style and content derived from the Internet). The U.K. edition, “Mustaine: A Life In Metal”, will hit bookstores in the U.K. on September 30.
Mustaine is the first to admit that he has bottomed out a few times in his dark and twisted speed-metal version of a Dickensonian life. In “Mustaine”, he reveals the many highs and lows of this life, including:
* The formation of METALLICA and the key contributions he made for which he was never given full credit.
* The formation and rise of MEGADETH, and his history with David Ellefson, Marty Friedman and Nick Menza.
* The story of his departure from MEGADETH in 2002 and his eventual return.
* His multiple battles with alcohol and drugs, and how Alice Cooper played a role in one of his recoveries.
* The injury that nearly ended his career.
* After years of rejecting religion, how embracing Christianity helped repair his relationship with his family and maintain his sobriety.
* His tumultuous childhood which included several moves from city to city, all in an attempt to avoid his alcoholic father.
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield once observed that Mustaine must have been born with a horseshoe up his ass. That’s how lucky he has been and how fortunate he is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. In “Mustaine”, he tells a story that will inspire, stun and terrify.
“Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir” was co-written by New York Times journalist Joe Layden who also authored “The Last Great Fight” about what is considered by many to be the biggest upset in the history of boxing: James “Buster” Douglas‘ tenth-round knockout win over Mike Tyson in 1990.
Mustaine was recently asked by Metal Hammer magazine whether his conversion to Christianity has turned his autobiography into a somewhat tame account of his life, with the scowling, venomous rage of the past replaced with placatory serenity and good will to all men. “It’s still a little bit edgy,” he replied. “You’ve got to take into consideration that we live in a very litigious time now and people will try you and they sue because they spill coffee on their crotch, you know? So the publisher took a look at the book and took out everything they thought would be controversial to the point where I’d get sued over it, but it still definitely has teeth. It’s a funny book. It’s got great moments and there’s still a lot of sadness in it, too. It’s all factual. It’s a story of my life and my life isn’t about name-calling and mud-slinging.”
Mustaine told AOL‘s Noisecreep about his upcoming autobiography, “It’s easy to hate somebody that you don’t like. But you know what? People don’t know who I am. Who they think I am is not really who I am, because they guy that they’ve continued to vilify in the press, that guy’s been gone a long time. And I think anyone who reads this book will see that.”
“Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir” is not simply a tell-all story of decadence and debauchery.
“That stuff is mundane,” Mustaine told Noisecreep. “We come to expect that from rock stars, so why would I talk about it? Everybody knows it happened. I want to talk about things that are way more important. There’s stuff in there about how the band was formed, why I chose to sing, how the different band members came and went, how different songs were written, stuff that happened through the addictions and rehabs. And when I got done reading it for the first time, when I closed the last page I actually had tears in my eyes because somebody had finally gotten who I am as a person in print.”
According to Mustaine, part of the book reveals how he practiced black magic as a teenager, and how the experience — which inspired the 1986 song “The Conjuring” — affected his life for years after.
“I put two hexes on people, and they both worked and the result was just what I was asking for,” he explained. “Now, it took forever to get that Satanic depression off of me because it’s just like playing with a Ouija board. You open the doorway to the dark side, and spirits come through. It took almost 20 years to get rid of that Satanic depression. I did it when I was 15, and I don’t think I got free of it until I was in my mid-30s.You ask yourself, ‘How is it possible that this is happening to me?’ Well, because you flirted with the devil and you put a hex on somebody and you put another hex on somebody, and, well, you owe him. And that’s why I have a problem playing ‘The Conjuring’ today.”
Dave Mustaine will sign copies of “Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir” on Monday, August 23 between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112. Mustaine will meet fans and he will autograph copies of his books purchased from Rainy Day Books on the Rainy Day web site and/or at the event that are accompanied by a stamped ticket.
Each person must have a Rainy Day Books ticket to be admitted to this book-signing event.
Mustaine will only sign copies of his books purchased from Rainy Day Books for this event. Photos, memorabilia and other items are prohibited in the book-signing line.
Norway’s Lydverket blog conducted an interview with Mustaine on August 7, 2009 at the Langham Hotel in London, England. The first clip from the chat, in which he discusses his upcoming autobiography, can be viewed below.
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UNSUN to tour Europe with TRISTANIA
UNSUN, band led by ex-Vader guitar player will join Tristania on Rubicon Tour scheduled in Europe for October 2010.
The band comments on the upcoming tour and new album: “We have just finished recording our second album which will be sent to manufacturing in the nearest days. We have returned yesterday from fantastic photo session after almost 24 hours of hard work with Hi-res Studio. Final effect will be extraordinary and we can’t wait to share it with you. This time photo shoots differ much from those promoting “The End Of Life”. Prepare for new unexpected image – we are sure you will be surprised but delighted. The similar image will be presented during upcoming shows. A lot of new ideas are on the way! See you on tour!”
UNSUN tour dates with TRISTANIA (+ ASRAI):
8.10.2010 – Underworld, London (England)
9.10.2010 – Metropool, Hengelo (Holland)
10.10.2010 – Melkweg , Amsterdam (Holland)
11.10.2010 – Glazart, Paris (France)
12.10.2010 – Die Rohre, Stuttgart (France)
13.10.2010 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt (Germany)
14.10.2010 – Markthalle, Hamburg (Germany)
15.10.2010 – Alte spinnerei , Glauchau (Germany)
16.10.2010 – Loch Ness , Cracow (Poland)
17.10.2010 – Randal, Bratislava (Slovakia)
19.10.2010 – Exit Chmelnice, Praha (Czech Republic)
20.10.2010 – K 17, Berlin (Germany)
21.10.2010 – Backstage, München (Germany)
22.10.2010 – Z 7, Pratteln (Switzerland)
UNSUN has recently signed a worldwide deal with Mystic Production (home label of Behemoth and Riverside, among others). The band, who released their debut album, “The End Of Life” in September 2008 via Century Media Records, has entered studio this spring to record sophomore album. Vocal tracks were recorded in Studio X in Olsztyn and soon after Unsun moved to Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated) to record all instruments.
The band has uploaded first studio report which can be checked at Mystic Production YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/mysticprodtv#p/u/0/uZJ7Mh8l-As
Unsun’s new album was given “Clinic For Dolls” as working title. This album will feature 10 new songs (and a bonus track for Japanese edition) and will be released on 11th October via Mystic Production in Europe. American release date will be announced soon.
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Minnesota’s face-breaking grindcore trio AMBASSADOR GUN have announced a hot-ass Summer assault through the Midwest and Western US for the later half of July. The band have been writing and recording loads of new material recently, for a limited edition EP entitled Fear & Coercion which will be available on this tour only, as well as for an upcoming full-length. Some of this new material will be played live for the first time on the upcoming tour.
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Attention European rock fans. TUFF/SHAMELESS are ready to embark on 3 week tour in August-September 2010.
The group will be fronted by legendary Sunset Strip veteran – TUFF vocalist Stevie Rachelle. The SHAMELESS bookends on bass & guitar will be Alexx Michael and his partner in crime BC. Also on board will be TUFF member Jimi “Gunz” Lord who played drums for the band during the “Religious Fix” years. The set will be filled with fan favorites from the TUFF Glam Rock classic debut “What Comes Around…Goes Around”. Tracks included will be “The All New Generation”, “I Hate Kissing You Goodbye” and “So Many Seasons”. Along with the new millenniums global mega smash “American Hair Band”. The SHAMELESS tunes to be featured are “Non Stop City”, “Steal The Girlz” & the Munich based bands most downloaded track, “Queen For A Day”.
The groups past tours have featured Bruce Kulick of KISS (2000), Steve Summers of Pretty Boy Floyd (2007) and Davy Vain (VAIN) showed up and jammed with the group in Germany (2009). This year will be no different, as the tour welcomes special guest guitarist Germany’s very own Andy Brings (The Traceelords/Sodom/Powergod). This tour is not the first for TUFF/SHAMELESS in Europe, but it will be the first ever Scandinavian appearance for the guys when the tour wraps up at Sweden’s “Stockholm Rockout Festival” on Saturday September 11th.
“There is a reason for us doing these European tours” says the TUFF singer. “The fans love it. They came to see us in the past, and they will be back again this year. The fans ultimately get two bands in one and really appreciate the vast amount of great pop glam rock songs.” TUFF and SHAMELESS combined have released over a dozen discs of music, and have a catalog of over 20 releases (including DVDs) in the last 20 years.
“We are beyond excited to play for our European fans, but Sweden & Belgium will be new stops and we cannot wait.” adds Alexx Michael “We have friends and fans on every continent and we vow that South America and Japan are next!” The tour currently has shows slated for Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland & Belgium. Stay tuned for exact dates, venues and developments in the near future!
Note: TUFF will play the following US warm up gigs in July!
July 15th “The Brixton” Redondo Beach, CA w/ MSG & Pretty Boy Floyd
July 17th “Key Club” Hollywood, CA w/ Lynch Mob & Dizzy Reed (Gn’R)
July 31st “910 Live” Tempe, AZ w/ RATT
For more information please visit the bands official sites.
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INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
TRANSCRPTION BY MARKO, PATRICK CLEMENT, EVILG and RICK
XYZ is a U.S based hard rock band formed in late 80’s. The original members were Terry Ilous (vocals), Bobby Pieper (guitars), Pat Fontaine (bass) and Joey Pafumi (drums). The band released its self titled debut in 1989 which included the band’s hit singles "Inside Out" and "What Keeps Me Loving You" which both got airplay on MTV and other Medias outlets at that time. The band’s sophomore album HUNGRY was released in 1991 but unfortunately it failed to reach its predecessor’s success and some changes followed. Tony Burnett and Joey Shapiro replaced Pieper and Pafumi and the band then carried on touring until they split some time later in 1992. Since then the band has done some brief reunions with various incarnations and there was an album LETTER TO GOD released in 2003. Another XYZ reunion took its place in Rocklahoma 2009 and since then the band has been doing shows sporadically with a line-up which now consist of original members Terry Ilous and Patrick Fontaine along with longtime members Joey Shapiro and guitarist Tony Marcus. XYZ came to appear in Stockholm’s Rockout -festival last May and here are the results of our interesting conversation which includes various topics…
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ANGRA (Single) Arising Thunder
ANGRA has officially announced the date for releasing the new single from their seventh studio album, “Aqua”. The song is “Arising Thunder” which will be uploaded on the official MySpace in the night from Friday July, 9th to Saturday 10th.
According to the guitarist Rafael Bittencourt, “’Arising Thunder’ is a strong, fast and captivating song. We didn’t want to choose the most commercial track. Our fans will certainly be impressed with its fury and speed that end up in one of the strongest refrains of our entire career. It describes clearly the water element cycles showing the tenuous line from the tempest to the calm”.
The vocalist Edu Falaschi, who created the initial concept of the track, says: “This song was originally composed to be a ballad but along the process I realized that it would be better to change for a Power Metal style. Fortunately I was right and this new direction is the most correct to represent the heart of the Shakespeare story! It is violent, dramatic and vigorous in the first lines of “The Tempest”! “Arising Thunder” sounds perfect to an epic start connected to the lyric by a vibrant way showing all the Prospero fury and vengeance wishes. I am sure that our fans will enjoy it and sing with us in our next tour”.
The “Arising Thunder” artwork concept, as well as the “Aqua” one, were developed by the renowned Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes supervised by the guitarists Rafael Bittencourt e Kiko Loureiro.
After “Aqua” is officially released, ANGRA will start a new world tour. Contact Base2 Management by phone (+55.11.3673-2758) or e-mail (email@example.com) to book a concert in your city.
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70000 TONS OF METAL
When 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival set sail again in California their headcount wasn’t right. After further investigation they discovered that they have secret agents on board! Please welcome AGENT STEEL, who were recently rejoined by original singer John Cyriis, to the line up of 70000TONS OF METAL! 20 out of 40 on board and full steam ahead. Where are they off to this time?
The confirmed 20 out of 40 bands are:
Uli Jon Roth
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 http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
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AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH has a very close relationship with their fans. They feed off their energy, their passion and creativity. As a way of giving back to the fans who have been their since the beginning, the Detroit deathcore destroyers are inviting fans to create the first music video from their newly released Billboard Heatseekers-charting EARACHE debut, PROPRIOCEPTION. “We’re so stoked to have this set up;” says guitarist, Kyle McIlmurray. “We have the greatest fans on earth and this is just a SMALL slice of repayment to their loyalty.””
Using the epic lead single, “This Night Is the Coroner’s,” fans are encouraged to make as creative a music video as they can. The fan who follows the contest guidelines and gets the greatest amount of video views by August 31st, 2010 will win $500, a signed digipak copy of PROPRIOCEPTION and a meet and greet with the band at an upcoming show closest to the winner’s home.
Here are the guidelines:
1. Download the track “This Night Is the Coroner’s” for FREE at http://earache.com/ahfwvideocomp.
2. Upload your video to YouTube.
3. Title and tag it as “And Hell Followed With Video Competition”
4. Add the band’s MySpace link to the info section of the video – http://myspace.com/andhellfollowedwith.
5. Promote your vid around the net and take it viral!
The winner of the contest will be contacted directly through their YouTube account by Earache Records.
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