SABATON – Interview with Pär Sundström

December 6th, 2010
by UK Team

Interview with Pär Sundström from SABATON

@ Electric Ballroom, Camden London

Interviewer: Danny Draper

Photos: Altercarnated Photography


On a cold October afternoon we made our way in to the back entrance of the Electric Ballroom, Camden London to a meet Sabaton’s Drummer Pär before tonight’s sold out show.

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Dillinger Escape Plan @ Electric Ballroom, London

December 5th, 2010
by UK Team

Dillinger Escape Plan with Support: The Ocean, Rolo Tomassi

Venue: The Electric Ballroom, London

Reviewer: Danny Draper

Photos: Altercarnated Photography

The night was cold and wet with the queues were building to get into tonight’s chao-sphere of metal tonight.


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Introducing a Rockin Sports Eatery… it’s the “Ripper Owens Tap House”

December 4th, 2010
by EvilG
Ripper Owens Tap House

Ripper Owens Tap House

According to Aaron Coleman from, the opening of the Ripper Owens Tap House on Waterloo Road in Akron, Ohio has been two years in the making for singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (HAIL!, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ex-ICED EARTH) and local restauranteur Randy Arehart who wanted to build a “Rockin Sports Eatery” that everyone could enjoy.

To build a Rockin Sports Eatery, you must have two things, great service, and great food to go along with that atmosphere, and the Tap House has both.

“We take great pride in our menu said Arehart, It’s more than typical bar food, You can get anything from a burger, to a steak, and our waiters, waitresses, and bartenders will be sure it gets to you in a timely manner, with a smile, and cooked the way you want it.”

“The Judas Priest memorabila and the various items Tim’s collected over the years add to the decor of the place and it was totally a team effort,” Arehart said.

“Our policy here is to treat everyone like a rock star, and that means great service from our staff here, and make sure your experience is a quality one that will have you coming back,” Ripper said.

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CONTROL DENIED – When Machine And Man Collide To Be Completed

December 4th, 2010
by EvilG
Control Denied

Control Denied

CONTROL DENIED singer Tim Aymar has released the following statement regarding the completion of the band’s second album, When Machine And Man Collide:

“On December 13th, we will once again take at least a few moments of our day to remember the Father Of Death Metal, Chuck Schuldiner. Those who know Chuck’s music from DEATH and Control Denied have faithfully and patiently awaited the announcement of the completion of Chuck’s dying wish which is to get the final Control Denied record out to you, and along with my other band-mates, I am extremely happy to be here to fulfill the promise I made a decade ago.

When I first talked to Chuck about auditioning for a new band he was working on, an extension of his former band Death which he called Control Denied. We first talked over the telephone, and he was not at all like what I had expected him to be. My band-mate, co-writer and dear friend Jimmy Dofka from PSYCHO SCREAM had turned me on to Death a few months before, and the picture I had in my mind of Chuck, judging only by how precise and beautifully violent that music is, was of a brutal tyrant. I mean after-all, just listen to Gene Hoglan’s drumming and the command of Chuck’s blood soaked screaming, and you’ll know what I mean. Well, I was delightfully wrong. The voice on the phone was just a guy like me, an easy going, slow talking hippie with a burning passion for metal. We both understood the seriousness of the business at hand, but neither of made it seem anything but exiting and fun, and that was awesome. That’s just what professionals do.

We talked about our tastes in music and inspirations and our idols. We were definitely on the same page. He said he wanted me to audition because from what he’d heard already from Psycho Scream, my voice had all the qualities he had been looking for since he began his journey into metal. There’s a bit of everyone we both liked in there, a bit of Dio, Halford, Tyler, Gillan, Bonnet, all the best screamers in the biz. With that in mind, we set a date and I flew down to meet him and do the audition. I thought maybe there was a chance he was blowing a bit of smoke up my ass, because that’s just what some people do. But no, as it turns out, he was one of the few people in this biz that didn’t.

I arrived at Orlando International and just grabbed my stuff at the luggage return, when Chuck, Scott, Chris and Shannon came running and screaming through the hallway like pack of wild dogs yelling ‘Tim Scream, Tim Scream’, my new nickname which later, at the house I found inscribed on a half gallon bottle of Jim Beam. They mugged me of my luggage, lifted me up and threw me in the air like a rag doll. I knew this was gonna be a hell of a week already. Surprisingly, we jumped into the car and they had the Psycho Scream tape in the player, and they were singing along like they’d known it forever. We got to the house and there it was… the ominous bottle with the letters J and B scratched out and the rest of the letters sharpied in to spell out Tim Scream. We got to work right away…on the booze, and then we listened to a bunch of stuff from Chuck’s vinyl collection.

Once we got rolling in the studio, the work went smooth as buttermilk. We knocked out three songs in 2 1/2 days rather than the 5 we expected, so Chuck mixed down the tunes and when he was finished he called me into the kitchen. He poured us each a shot of Tim Scream, handed me one and said “we’re all very happy about this, and if you want the job, I won’t even call Halford back.” I could not believe what I had just heard. He not only wanted a voice like one of my all time greatest idols, he had planned on auditioning him after me. But that’s how he said it. That’s just what bosses do.

The police showed up at our first practice as a band. Chuck was polite, but firm in his conviction when he said ‘you might think you know who you came here to hassle, but you don’t know I’m probably the only person on this street who’s house is paid for and my taxes are paid as well, I’ve been all over the world with my band and that’s how I bought this place and not how these people who called you tell their children who say shit to my nephew at school and send him home crying. I just paid like 10 grand to sound proof my home so these people would not hear us, and now you’re telling me it’s too loud? what is the law? I’ll abide it.’ He wanted to know because that’s just what good neighbours do.

So at the end of the week it was time to say goodbye and I waited for the call from Chuck to find out the progress on his soliciting the demos. I waited, and worked my engineering job at Soundscape, and my management job at a home improvement company sales office. Several family members had passed away, including my mom and I was layed off from work, and Chuck did find a record deal with Nuclear Blast America, but it was for Death. I wasn’t sure why he didn’t contact me, but finally I got an email from Liz at NB and she told me Chuck lost my number and needed to talk with me about Control Denied. Then a friend brought over a copy of The Sound Of Perseverance and showed me the liner notes. Chuck had written to me through the liner notes that he lost my number. This is immortalized. Then when I went to pick up the phone to call him, it rang, I answered and it was him. It wasn’t the first time it happened; it happened before and several times after this. It happens with other friends too. That’s just what spiritual connections do.

I met up with the whole Death line-up when they finally hit Pittsburgh, and hung out with them for the rest of the night. This was my first time meeting Richard Christy, our drummer. Chris had already decided to move on, and that was ok because we all knew how much he loved Control Denied, but he just couldn’t hang around waiting and he joined up with another project. Richard, I had already heard with his previous band Burning Inside, because they are on the same compilation CD as Psycho Scream, so technically we were already on the same record together, although in separate bands. Well, Richard and I couldn’t have hit it off any better. We’re both practical jokers. Richard devised a plan to mess with the tour manager. He took a candy circus peanut, stuffed it into the neck of a Heineken bottle and popped the lid back on, and handed it to me. He said, put this in the cooler and when I tell you, grab it and give it to this guy. So the tour manager jumps on the bus and says ‘somebody get me a beer’ and I handed him the Heiney. He popped off the top and tried to take a swig. Upon further inspection, he noticed something odd and that was my cue. ‘oh my god, there’s a fucking mouse in it, holy shit, it’s a fucking mouse.’ He just about vomited when we let him in on the joke. I showed them down the street to THE “O” to get some greasy but good greasy pizza and we joked and talked some more and later, Richard said to me “you got a lot of balls fucking with the tour manager the first time we’ve met” I waited for the punch line…’so you’re gonna fit right in with this bunch.’ Yep, I already knew it.

So I went back home again, and a month or so later , I packed my bags for Orlando. This time, it was to demo some new tunes since a few of the one’s on the Control Denied tapes had been ‘Deathized’ and recorded on TSOP. We demoed and wrote and re-demoed and re-wrote and we rehearsed with the band and.. barbecued. AAAAAAh yeah, carnivores, all of us. We love carnage, and Chuck was our master chef. Being a former chef by trade, I was impressed. He loved coffee and bagels too, so it became our morning ritual. Gourmet coffee, bagels and cream cheese, Jerry Springer and Southern Rock. To get fired up before we hit the studio, we had our breakfast watching Jerry Springer to laugh at the stupidity, and we ordered up MOLLY HATCHET from the local radio station. When Hatchet came on, we’d crank it up and sing along at the top of our lungs like complete idiots. It was such a blast, so… not what you’d expect from such a prominent figure in the music business, yet that’s why it all worked. How could anyone in the world have an ego tantrum or a pissing contest after behaving in such a manner. Impossible.

Wait, I haven’t even mentioned catfish sandwiches or Bethanne yet. This story gets better. I met Chuck’s sister at the country club she worked at. I had mentioned that I loved catfish, so they highly recommended the catfish sandwich. OH MY God! Good catfish, but I mean Bethanne. It took maybe 5 minutes to realize how awesome a gal she is. Not only is she a sight for sore eyes, she’s sharp as a whip, funny as hell, a practical joker as well, and did I mention whip? Later on I saw another side of Bethanne I admire even more. DO NOT TRY TO HURT HER. I swear to that thing people swear to, if you try to hurt Bethanne, we’re all gonna step aside and let her loose on you. I mean I’d rather go toe to toe with Chuck Norris than piss her off. But seriously, when it comes down to it, she’s the best sister in the world. OK, back to the barbecuing.

So, it was Valentine’s Day. Chuck and I are two bachelors spending the day together because we’re two weeks into rehearsals and still wrapping up the demos. Chuck bought chickens and steaks and I bought prawns and lobster tails and we’re preparing a feast for ourselves and the rest of the cast of carnivores who were en route. Just as they rolled in for dinner and practice, Chuck brought me the phone. ‘It’s your dad,’ he said. I almost swallowed my tongue. ‘huh?’ my dad only calls me when bad things happen like when someone dies. ‘You have to come home,” my dad said, “little Danny died.’ My youngest brother was Chuck’s age, this could NOT be real. The guys heard what just happened and they huddled around me and kept me from falling apart; that’s just what brothers do. Chuck yelled ‘what bag do you want to take?’ oh fuck, this IS real. “Don’t worry, Bethanne and Mom are gonna book you a flight and I’ll get you to the airport right away.” It seemed like maybe three seconds but it must have been an hour or so, that she had the flight booked. That’s just what a sisters do. Chuck got me to the airport, and explained the story of his brother Frank, and why he named his band Death in order to turn such a horrible, negative feeling into something positive. “Take your time, as long as you need, and when you get back, I want you to put everything you’re feeling right now into this record, for yourself, for your brother and for mine, and from now on we have each other, we are brothers in pain, and it’s our obligation to the fans to give them what we honestly feel.” I did, because that’s just what singers do.

Mid-way through recording, Chuck started having a problem with severe headaches and neck pain. Well, he’d been a guitarist for half his life and a headbanger at that, and he’d just come home a month before from a long ass tour and had been spending more time than I would want to screaming at the record company about how they planned on launching this band. So, I recommended he see a chiropractor to adjust his neck and get the blood flowing and that should have taken care of the headaches too. Well, it would have, if the problem hadn’t been a malignant brain-stem tumor that took his life two years later. That’s just what cancers do. I know survivors, but I’m sure their survival were inevitable and were not recovery or a cure from any sort of treatment. These are people who had so much money that the doctors tried to kill them slower in order to get all their money, and the ‘treatments’ weren’t strong enough to kill them, so their cancers probably went away on their own. That is also just what cancers do. And don’t try to tell me otherwise, because I’m sure you don’t know how to fucking cure cancer.

So here comes the fun part. Before Chuck passed away, shortly after his first surgery he was well enough to write and track his parts, Richard’s drums, Shannon’s solo’s and a vocal template for me to go by for each of the songs. He called me shortly after he’d worked on getting the band off of Nuclear Blast because they did not execute several key factors of the contract such as advertising, and small things like FORGETTING TO PUT A FUCKING BARCODE ON THE FIRST 10,000 UNITS??? I doubt that it was a mistake. They were ripping Chuck off from the get go. There was a war of words between myself, the new label Hammerheart, who was not financially stable enough to back any promises they had made, and Chuck tried to get that bogus deal settled, and get off that suicide rig, but he died first. leaving his grieving family to contend with the legal battle for 9 gruelling years. The company was finally forced to admit the deal was fraudulent, but they took the Schuldiners through hell first. That’s just what record companies do. A lot of them anyway, but I think we’ve finally found a home that Chuck would be very proud of at Relapse.

Enter Eric Greif. He is formerly Chuck’s attorney, and considered a brother just like we brothers in the band, and like all brother’s sometimes it meant arguments and fighting, and sometimes it meant making up and being best friends again. That’s just what brother do, too. Well, Eric has been around the block, so to speak as far as representing musicians, and he has made great progress on behalf of Control Denied, Death and the Schuldiner legacy. He’s now the President of Perseverance Holdings LTD and Mutilation Music (BMI) which means basically that he is on-board in Chuck’s stead, to make sure his intellectual property is managed and his wishes are carried out. He’s really kicking some ass since he’s come on board. Both Death and Control Denied are now signed with Relapse, one of metal’s most respected record companies. There are reissues of several Death records and is working to get most of Death’s records reassigned to Relapse. The Control Denied CD The Fragile Art Of Existence’ is re-released as a three-CD set, and a two-CD set, both with loads of special tracks and pictures and notes from the band (see review here). It just gets better and better every time I talk with him. That is just what good attorneys do!

Eric gave me a call yesterday to let me know the time has come. Did you hear that? No you probably can’t believe I just said it. THE TIME HAS COME!!! Our Producer, Jim Morris at Morrisound in Tampa, Florida who have brought to life notable albums by Death, Control Denied, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, SAVATAGE, ICED EARTH, SEVEN MARY THREE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE, MORBID ANGEL, DEMONS AND WIZARDS, END-TIME ILLUSION and OBITUARY, just to name a fraction of the killer artists on their roster, has contacted Eric Greif, informing the members of Control Denied that he is ready to begin laying out the planning and scheduling to complete Chuck Schuldiner’s legacy When Machine And Man Collide. You heard it right, and you heard it straight from the horses (hey wait a minute) mouth. This record will see the light of day and be in your hands sometime in 2011 and Jim will make certain it’s every bit as awesome as Chuck ever wanted and then some!!!”

(Thanks Empty Words)

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INVASION Announce New Guitarist

December 4th, 2010
by EvilG

Indiana war-metallers INVASION have grabbed the metal community by its collective cajones with their pummeling Rotting Corpse Records debut, Orchestrated Kill Maneuver. Since the summer of 2010, INVASION has been praised by critics and fans alike for their relentless assault of old-school infused death/thrash. Feeding off the momentum they’ve created for themselves, INVASION are promising bigger and better things for 2011 as the band proudly announces the addition of new guitarist, Stabhoth to their ranks. Guitarist/vocalist Phlegm comments on the recent line-up change and the band’s forthcoming follow up to Orchestrated Kill Maneuver.

“As the juggernaut of INVASION rolls steadily forward it appears we have suffered another casualty along the path of war & debris. Our guitarist ‘Nifelhenious’ has decided to abandon the cause of sonic decapitation & fury and relegate himself to a studio-only musician/producer. ‘Nifelhenious’ currently owns/runs his own studio in the Elkhart, Indiana area and pressing issues have lead to our mutual decision. We have since found our new guitarist from the mayhemic killzone of Indiana’s Nocturnal Torment & have added ‘Stabhoth’ in his place. He is an excellent guitarist and has already contributed material to our forth coming release which will be in the vein of Orchestrated Kill Maneuver on Rotting Corpse Records. As of this time talks are in the works for several live appearances in 2011 but these are merely rumours as we have been offered shows in the Chicago area. In the meantime will continue working on the fourth album (currently untitled) so be prepared for total war!!!!”

Hear more from Phlegm on this podcast interview with Jason Coldiron.


Phlegm – Guitar Assault/Vocal Razors

Crusader – Percussive Explosions

Warbastard – Blower Bass

Stabhoth – Flaming Leads of Destruction

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TALANAS Interview

December 4th, 2010
by UK Team

TALANAS Interview

Interviewer: Danny Draper

Photos: Altercarnated Photography

On a cold winter night in London we managed to meet up with new Metal Band members ‘Talanas’.

Hal Sinden – vocals, guitar

Ewan Parry – guitar

Mark Duffy – bass

Joe Butterworth – drums

Formed by two previous members of the successful band ‘Interlock’ (anticulture records), one of the UK’s more innovative metal acts to date, these guys are now ready with their new project ‘Talanas’. 

Recruiting Ewan Parry of Sredni Vashtar on guitar, Mark Duffy on bass and Rick of Akrylic Spike Project on samples & keyboards, the band are writing at central London’s Berry Street Studios.

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Confirmations for the Hammerslag Festival Vinterblot 2011

December 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Taake, Urgehal, Svarttjern, Arvas, Framferd, Cutthroat, Zareptha, Concrete, Svikt and Kirkebrann are confirmed for the Hammerslag Festival Vinterblot 2011!

Hammerslag Festival Vinterblot is an extreme metal festival held in the city of  Tønsberg in Norway at the 18th and 19th of February.

For more information about tickets and so on, visit

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SLAYER’s Tom Araya Comments On Band’s Grammy Awards Nomination

December 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
SLAYER – 'World Painted Blood'

SLAYER – 'World Painted Blood'

A harrowing “end of the world” song, ‘World Painted Blood’, the title track from SLAYER’s most recent release, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of “Best Metal Performance”. This is the band’s fifth Grammy nod, having taken home the prize twice, first for ‘Eyes Of The Insane’ in 2006, and then again with ‘Final Six’ in 2007, both in the “Best Metal Performance” category.

“I admit, I’m excited and kind of surprised,” said Slayer’s bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, who co-wrote (with guitarist Jeff Hanneman) ‘World Painted Blood’. “To have Slayer’s music recognized by an organization as traditional as the Grammys – five times now – is like that gold star that someone puts up by your name. It’s unexpected, but it’s cool.”

The ‘World Painted Blood’ nomination caps off one of the band’s most challenging yet successful years of its career. Beginning with Araya’s successful neck surgery that now has him pain-free, Slayer went on to co-headline (with MEGADETH) the Canadian and American Carnage tours, a UK/European headline dates, the historic summer series of Big Four Sonisphere European concerts with METALLICA, Megadeth and ANTHRAX, and the recently completed Jagermeister Fall Music Tour that Slayer co-headlined with Megadeth and featured Anthrax.

Slayer’s 2011 will launch with a slew of major Australian festivals, with more North American news to be announced.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles at Staples Center on Sunday, February 13th, 2011, and will air live on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 PM (ET/PT). As a result of last year’s earlier show and Awards process dates, this year the eligibility dates for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are September 1st, 2009, through September 30th, 2010. (This year will mark a 13-month eligibility period.)

Following are the nominations in the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance categories:

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

ERIC CLAPTON – ‘Run Back To Your Side’

JOHN MAYER – ‘Crossroads’

PAUL MCCARTNEY – ‘Helter Skelter’

ROBERT PLANT – ‘Silver Rider’

NEIL YOUNG – ‘Angry World’

Best Hard Rock Performance

ALICE IN CHAINS – ‘A Looking In View’

OZZY OSBOURNE – ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’

SOUNDGARDEN – ‘Black Rain’

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – ‘Between The Lines’


Best Metal Performance

IRON MAIDEN – ‘El Dorado’

KORN – ‘Let The Guilt Go’

LAMB OF GOD – ‘In Your Words’

MEGADETH – ‘Sudden Death’

SLAYER – ‘World Painted Blood’

Best Long Form Music Video

BLUR – No Distance Left To Run (Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern & Giorgio Testi, video directors; Thomas Benski, Laura Collins & Lucas Ochoa, video producers)

THE DOORS – When You’re Strange (Tom Dicillo, video director; John Beug, Jeff Jampol, Peter Jankowski & Dick Wolf, video producers)

ARIF MARDIN – The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story (Doug Biro & Joe Mardin, video directors; Doug Biro & Joe Mardin, video RUSH – Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen, video directors; Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen, video producers)

THE WHITE STRIPES – Under Great White Northern Lights (Emmett Malloy, video director; Ian Montone & Mike Sarkissian, video producers).

A complete list of nominees can be found at this location.

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BELPHEGOR: In-Studio Video and Sepultura Tour Announced

December 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Austria’s dangerously perverted kings of blackend death metal, BELPHEGOR, have made a trailer available of the recording process of their latest  masterpiece, Blood Magick Necromance. Check out the clip at the following location for a sneak peek of the new material

BELPHEGOR will be direct support to the legendary SEPULTURA this April/May soon after their tour with DEICIDE! The band will also take part in a handful of speacial headlining shows in the midst of the tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

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

04/21/11  Mavericks – Ottawa, ON – CANADA ç NO SEPULTURA – BELPHEGOR HEADLINER

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

05/04/11  Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK ç NO SEPULTURA – BELPHEGOR HEADLINER

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

05/17/11  The Oz Café – Wichita, KS ç NO SEPULTURA – BELPHEGOR HEADLINER

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
VIP and reduced service charge tickets on sale now exclusively through until December 28, at which time they go on sale through all other normal ticketing systems.
BELPHEGOR will be direct support to DEICIDE on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour”, which kicks off on Feb. 15th of next year. The trek is being sponsored by and also features BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS and PATHOLOGY. For more dates and info visit and

Blood Magick Necromance was produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) at his Abyss Studios (IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, DARK FUNERAL etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. The album will be released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America!

The cover art (attached) was designed by renowned Austrian artist Joachim Luetke (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, KREATOR, etc).

Blood Magick Necromance
Track Listing:








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Frontiers Records announces the new North American distributor

December 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing of a new Distribution Agreement for its label products with EMI Music Distribution in North America.

The new Agreement will be effective from January 1st 2011 and marks a “huge step forward in the label’s expansion strategy” – as stated by Frontiers President, Serafino Perugino.

EMI Music will distribute physical product from Frontiers Records in the United States of America and Canada. Plans are already underway to expand the territorial areas of partnership.

“We are happy that Frontiers Records have chosen us to partner with to release some of the greatest rock bands of all time – on their label you will find greats such as Whitesnake, Asia and Yes” said EMI’s Executive VP / General Manager Mike Harris. “True classic rock artists that have sold millions of records worldwide. We look forward to a very rewarding relationship and know we will see true success in 2011.”

Frontiers has recently announced the new partnership with Derek Shulman and 2Plus Music Entertainment who will oversee the label development and marketing over the North American market in conjunction with the EMI team in New York. Shulman said: “Our friends at EMI are all real music enthusiasts and we are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them. The North American Frontiers team is gearing up for the first quarter release, which includes new music from Mr. Big, Nelson and Whitesnake”.

The first releases which will be distributed with the new set up in January 2011 will be the recent YOSO debut “Elements”, the ALLEN LANDE hit album “The Showdown”, along with NELSON’s recent comeback “Lightning Strikes Twice” and MR. BIG forthcoming “What If…”. The first quarter release plan shall be officially announced shortly.

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December 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Richmond, Virginia’s MUNICIPAL WASTE have returned to Europe to kick off a headlining tour tonight tonight in Belfast, UK.

The UK has been hit with widespread snow this week, but despite having to sleep in the airport overnight, MUNICIPAL WASTE have not allowed the weather to stop them from bringing their famously energetic live show back to Europe and have safely arrived in Belfast for the start of the tour.

MUNICIPAL WASTE frontman TONY FORESTA recently commented:

“I’m really looking forward to getting back over there.  It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve been.  It seems like each time we come back the crowds get bigger and crazier.  It’s always good to come back year after year to see the same familiar faces as well as hordes of new ones getting rowdy to our music.  I can’t wait.  This time we’re taking Ramming Speed and Saviours.  Both bands we’ve known for a while and dig them as friends as well as musicians, so I’m assuming that every night will be entertaining onstage as well as everywhere else this rowdy crew goes.  It should be a fun one.”

Catch MUNICIPAL WASTE on tour in Europe, with support from SAVIOURS and RAMMING SPEED, at the following shows:

03 Dec – Belfast, UK – Spring & Airbrake
04 Dec – Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
05 Dec – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
07 Dec – Paris, France – Glazart
08 Dec – Koln, Germany – Underground
09 Dec – Gent, Belgium – Minus One
10 Dec – Essen, Germany – Cafe Nova
11 Dec – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Speedfest (no support)
13 Dec – Bristol, UK – Fleece & Firkin
14 Dec – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
15 Dec – Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks
17 Dec – London, UK – Academy 2
18 Dec – Helsinki, Finland – Nosturi (no support)

View the UK flyer at

Watch MUNICIPAL WASTE’s new video for the song “Wolves Of Chernobyl” at

MUNICIPAL WASTE’s latest album, MASSIVE AGGRESSIVE, is available now worldwide.  Get the album in Europe at or in North America at

For more MUNICIPAL WASTE news and info, head to

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DEATH ANGEL: Eastern European Tour Announced

December 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL have announced tour dates in Eastern Europe in support of their latest release, Relentless Retribution. Joining them are Greek thrashers SUICIDAL ANGELS. Confirmed dates are as follows:

+ guests on selected shows:
13.03.2011 (HUN) Budapest / Durer Kert
15.03.2011 (ROM) Cluj Napoca / tbc
16.03.2011 (ROM) Bucarest / Silverchurch
17.03.2011 (BUL) Sofia / Blue Box
18.03.2011 (TUR) Istanbul / Oldschool
19.03.2011 (GRE) Thessaloniki / 8ball
20.03.2011 (GRE) Atheens / 7 Sins
22.03.2011 (B&H) Sarajevo / Cinemas Sloga
23.03.2011 (CRO)  Zagreb / Mochvara
24.03.2011 (SLO) Ljubljana / Menza
25.03.2011 (ITA) Romagnano Sesia (Novara) / Rock’N’Roll Arena
26.03.2011 (ITA) Pinarella Di Cervia / Rockplanet
27.03.2011 (ITA) Roma / Blackout
29.03.2011 (A) Graz / Explosiv
30.03.2011 (CZ) Cheb / Kas
31.03.2011 (POL) Wrocław / Firlej
01.04.2011 (POL) Warszawa / Progresja
02.04.2011 (POL) Katowice / Mega Club

For a complete list of tour dates visit the bands newly redesigned website at

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December 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

Legendary Brazilian/American thrashers 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.

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 December 4 exclusively through Tickets ONSALE NOW!!!!

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

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INCANTATION Members Comment On Decibel Hall Of Fame Shows

December 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

After a string of successful shows commemorating the recent induction of their 1991 classic, Onward To Golgotha into Decibel’s Hall Of Fame, members of INCANTATION have made the following statements thanking fans and friends for their continued support.

“Hi, yes we would like to thank everyone for the support. We had a great time! Incantation fans are the best and we look forward to seeing you guys next time on tour”. – John (McEntee, guitar/vocals)

“Hello friends and metallers. I would like to personally thank all my friends and everybody that came out this past weekend to support Incantation. We traveled some serious miles to bring all of you the best live Incantation shows to date. It was an honor to play for you the album that helped create the path for what Incantation is today. Playing the Onward To Golgotha songs were a pleasure and from the crowd response, I’m glad you liked it as well as we did playing it. And for those of you who got to hear our new unreleased material for the up and coming movie soundtrack for After Party Massacre it was again a great feeling to hear you tell us that it’s some of the best Incantation you’ve ever heard. Amazing response, THANK YOU!!! I would like to thank Albert and all of the Decibel Magazine metal crew, Dan from Pantheon Agency, the local promoters in Chicago, NYC and Cleveland, Funerus, Fatalist, Cardiac Arrest, Mortician, Embalmer, Soulless, the best Incantation working crew their ever could be, ‘My Neighbors’ Driver John, Evl, Kristoff, and Anderson, most importantly John McEntee, Alex Bouks, Chuck Sherwood, Jill McEntee, Sam Inzerra and everybody else that was involved to make this happen!! As you may have heard we recorded this weekend audio and video, so look for this amazing blasphemous metal weekend to be available on DVD so it can be remembered forever!!!! Hail Fuckin’ Metal!!!”

– Kyle Severn (drums)

“Just got home from a great few days and very tiring time. I want to thank all the fans and Albert and Decibel for making this all happen; especially everyone from NY who stuck around to make that show happen. Cheers” – Alex (Bouks, guitar)

“Many killer memories and also some real insane moments that’ll forever be carved into our memories from this Onward to Golgotha trifecta of metal assault! The first show took place at the Reggie’s Rock Club after merging with Funerus and Fatalist we were welcomed by the hellish maniacs who attended that night. Cardiac Arrest was a true sight to behold with their unrelenting rage and force. Great to share a stage with those grinding, churning, malevolent purveyors of metal yet again. The staff and everyone at the Reggie’s Rock Club were brilliant. Re-introducing or reuniting with friends from Cult of Daath, Ezurate, Cyanide and our other friends and comrades who made the trek to come and show their support. It was great to share a stage and or see you all again! Our new mage of the stage, sound guy namely a John “Evl” Sustar was great at providing his talents to make for a killer show. Also his expertise came through with his amazing recording of the three shows which is sure to surface. Through the set of the first release which is the whole intent of these shows we also played some other tracks from the lengthy career of the project which were hopefully taken as we intended. With nothing but torturous metal energy!! From there we left for the long journey to NY’s own Europa club. Aside from the new found camaraderie of our plethora of ‘Johns.’ Merch guy, number 2 of 4, John ‘Mr.’ Anderson keep our sprits high with his technique of cutting off impatient commuters in ‘The City.’ The 15+ hours on the road there (with little to no sleep) made my mind wonder to a scene in In the Mouth of Madness where the very road beneath the car would disappear to storm clouds and lightning. All of us persevered to a very rushed but successful show with the mighty Mortician sharing a stage with us for total of a little over an hour. Fatalist however who traveled from California wasn’t so fortunate when they were notified they wouldn’t be playing that night due to time constraints of an early end and a ‘double dipping’ situation having both a show and dance club on the same night. Our sympathies go out to them for although the events that transpired were out of our hands, long travels and miscommunication reigned indefinitely. The metal merchants which included Jim and Craig of the original Golgothaline up, Richard Christy, and many others who came out to support were a standing tribute to the dedication and ardent nature of metal. We salute you all, and thank you for making the night memorable. After a frenzy of equipment and merch whirlwinded from the Europa, we found ourselves back in the vans making miles yet again back to Cleveland. With our John 3 of 4, ‘Driver John’ Williams put forth an effort that shamed most, by hauling us and the gear for eleven-hour stints and just pushing himself to the limit. We finally arrive in Cleveland to a great start when Embalmer took the stage followed by thrash masters Soulless who after their 2nd song were abruptly stopped by a power outage that lasted what seemed like forever. After almost two hours of darkness the mood had turned from boredom to rage when Fatalist hit the stage crushing the audience before their immediate departure back home. Funerus was to follow pulverizing the audience yet again. With the whole of the show and the entire weekend for that matter Kristoff who took time from his busy schedule of shooting After Party Massacre, not to mention his business. He and his camera were to follow documenting the trip, the insanity, and the violent barrage of metal that took place. Also to mention Kristoff’s footage will be an official Onward to Golgotha: Weekend With Incantation DVD set, for next years release. Many hails to his flurry of paparazzi moments and all of the hard work he put into each show. In conclusion, the first album personally speaking was a mind altering experience back in the early 90’s when I was a foot shorter and much more a novice to legendary death metal acts such as the one I’m now proud to be a part of. With a line-up of such insane musicianship and talent that made the Onward to Golgotha album I could only hope that the past three shows paid homage to them and kept the flames of their legacy burning bright. A strange situation in a way to find this said album being herald into a hall of fame when it was only such, to the minds of those whom came into contact with it. Amongst the 15-18 year-olds back then (myself included) who treated this album as a time honored piece, never could imagine such a thing. Hails to everyone who was involved and whom we’ve met while out for the three show run this past weekend. Till our next meeting.”

– Chuck (Sherwood, bass)

Originally released in 1991, Onward To Golgotha redefined the bounds of brutality and blasphemy for death metal and has long been heralded as one of the heaviest and most uncompromising metal albums in the world. Decibel also named Onward… one of the 20 best death metal albums of all time as well as one of the most important records in the genre.

Relapse Records will release a limited “Hall of Fame” edition vinyl version of Onward To Golgotha to coincide with these dates. The deluxe edition will be strictly limited to one pressing of 1,000 copies on colored vinyl and include an embroidered INCANTATION Onward To Golgotha patch and sticker. Visit the Relapse Records Webstore for details or to order.

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ABYSMAL DAWN: Post In-Studio Footage

December 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

ABYSMAL DAWN has posted a brief video clip taped during the recording of their brand new album Leveling The Plane of Existence online now at this location. The first of the in-studio videos includes an interview with ABYSMAL DAWN drummer Scott Fuller, insight on the band’s writing process, and a run-down of Fuller’s recording set-up. Additional studio footage will be posted shortly.

ABYSMAL DAWN recently unveiled the new Par Olofsson (EXODUS, THE FACELESS, BRAINDRILL) artwork to adorn Leveling The Plane of Existence online now at this location. Leveling The Plane of Existence, the follow-up 2008’s Programmed To Consume, has been set for a February 1st North American release date (February 7th – UK, February 11th – Germany, Benelux, February 14th – rest of EU) and is available for pre-order here. Leveling The Plane of Existence’s track listing is as follows:

1. The Age of Ruin

2. Pixilated Ignorance

3. In Service of Time

4. Rapture Renowned

5. Our Primitive Nature

6. Perpetual Dormancy

7. Leveling the Plane of Existence

8. Manufactured Humanity

9. My Own Savior

10. The Sleeper Awakens

ABYSMAL DAWN has announced the first North American tour in support of Leveling The Plane of Existence for early next year. ABYSMAL DAWN will be teaming up with KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH and more for this four-week tour that will kick-off on February 24th in Cleveland, OH. ABYSMAL DAWN will also be headlining a show on December 10th in Simi Valley, CA where they will be playing a host of new material and taping the performance. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cites can be found below with more to be announced soon.

Updated ABYSMAL DAWN news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website:, the ABYSMAL DAWN MySpace: and Facebook page.

ABYSMAL DAWN tour dates:

Dec. 10       Simi Valley, CA             118 West

***All dates from February 24 thru March w/ KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, more***

Feb. 24       Cleveland, OH                Peabody’s

Feb. 25       Chicago, IL                    Reggie’s Rock Club

Feb. 26       Detroit, MI                     Harpo’s

Feb. 27       St. Paul, MN                 Station 4

Feb. 28       Winnipeg, MB                Park Theatre

March 2      Edmonton, AB               Starlite

March 3      Kelowna, BC                 Lake City Bowl

March 4      Vancouver, BC               Rickshaw Theatre

March 5      Seattle, WA                  Studio Seven

March 6      Portland, OR                 Branx

March 8      Hollywood, CA               The Whisky

March 9      San Diego, CA               Soma

March 11    Amarillo, TX                   El Cien

March 12    Ft. Worth, TX                 Ridglea Theatre

March 13    San Antonio, TX             White Rabbit

March 15    St. Petersburg, FL         State Theatre

March 16    Raleigh, NC                   Volume 11

March 17    Springfield, VA               Jaxx

March 18    Columbus, OH               Alrosa Villa

March 19    Niagara Falls, NY           Evening Star Music Hall

March 20    Montreal, QC                 Club Soda

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