KHORS: Ukrainian Black Metal Horde Unleash New Full-Length

December 18th, 2010
by EvilG

Paragon Records is proud to announce the release of Return To Abandoned, the long-awaited new full-length from Ukrainian black metal horde KHORS. On Return To Abandoned KHORS yield harsher, brooding sounds of their earlier work whilst  mixing in the melancholy and spacious atmosphere of 2008’s unsung dark black gem Mysticism. Inarguably the most majestic journey the band has taken its listeners on thus far, Return To Abandoned will appeal to old and new fans alike. View the cover art HERE.

KHORS was formed by former Astrofaes bassist, Khorus, in August 2004, with an aim to create gloomy, powerful, atmospheric black metal. Sometime later, guitarist/vocalist Helg (Runes Of Dianceht) and drummer Khaoth (Tessaract, ex-Astrofaes, ex-Hate Forest) joined the fold. The band was later rounded out by guitarist Warth. Contrary to rumors, KHORS is not attached to any politically motivated groups or extremists. For fans of  Kampfar, Moonsorrow, Borknagar, etc.
Return To Abandoned Track Listing:

1. The Arrival (Intro)
2. Lost Threads
3. Asgard’s Shining
4. Song of the Void
5. The Fog (…and Grief Still Moans)
6. Mysteries Cosmos
7. The Seas Burn of Omnipotence
8. Sacrament of Buyan

Earlier this Fall, Paragon reissued The Flames Of Eternity’s Decline and Cold, KHORS now classic first two full-lengths — originally released in 2005 and 2006 respectively as a two-CD set with new layout, nine bonus tracks and a rare early video from the band. Though KHORS have long progressed musically, these early recordings still brim with the unique atmosphere of pagan black metal the band was built upon.

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JUDAS PRIEST Frontman Rob Halford – “…It’s The Farewell Tour, And It’ll Probably Last Into 2012”

December 18th, 2010
by EvilG
Judas Priest

Judas Priest

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford recently spoke with Sign On San Diego about the band’s recently announced decision to spilt up following one final tour, due to take place next year. An excerpt from the interview is available below.

Halford: “If you get in the ring too often, the whole thing can become really sad to look at and listen to. You have to ensure that doesn’t happen. We’re getting to a point where we’re trying to do things we did 30 years ago, and it isn’t so easy. You have to face mortality. Some bands keep going, some bands ease off a bit and some bands stop altogether. It happens to all bands eventually, and now this is something we’re facing in Judas Priest. We want to leave on respectable terms, musically.

My intention, no matter where I go or what I do, is to keep making metal. We do have a few more things we want to say – but what we’d rather do for the time being is let the information settle. It’s very big news for a lot of fans and we want to let the firestorm settle down. So for all intents and purposes, it’s the farewell tour, and it’ll probably last into 2012.”

Click here for the complete interview.

A press release on Judas Priest’s final tour reads as follows:

After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden
11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland
17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark
19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France
22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy
25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium
28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

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Los Angeles To Host First Annual Heavy Metal Film Festival

December 17th, 2010
by EvilG
Heavy Metal Film Fest

Heavy Metal Film Fest

Los Angeles, California and the Downtown Independent Cinema have been selected as the hosts for the First Annual Heavy Metal Film Festival, to take place this coming March 31st through April 3rd, 2011.

This inaugural event is the brainchild of Samuel Douek, a metalhead since the age of six and director of the Hola México Film Festival.

States Douek: “After the success of films like Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, Heavy Metal In Baghdad, Anvil: The Story Of Anvil, Lemmy, Until The Light Takes Us, and many others in recent years, the idea is to bring the best films in metal together and give them one home. The primary objective is to bring the metal community together to watch our music on the big screen. There’s a bright future for metal films, and I want to have a platform to launch them, promote them, and support them. I also want to have some great Q & A sessions with directors and maybe even some surprise guests. I’m very happy to have the support of Decibel Magazine and Nuclear Blast Records for this event. See you at the cinema and keep it metal!”

There is still an open call for submissions, which can include full-length features, documentaries, shorts, “making-of”s and live concerts. The only required theme is that the footage focus on heavy metal music. Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 4th, 2011.

The program for the Heavy Metal Film Festival will be finalized on Friday, February 18th, 2011.

For more information about submitting to the film festival or volunteering for the event, please write in to

Visit the Heavy Metal Film Festival online at the following locations:


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‘UNIVERSUM’ are announcing the world wide web launch of their new album MORTUUS MACHINA

December 17th, 2010
by EvilG


Today Australia’s melodic death metal heavyweights ‘UNIVERSUM’ are announcing the world wide web launch of their new album MORTUUS MACHINA.

A nitro fuelled collection of crushing riffs, heavy rhythms, catchy melodies and decimating vocals, the album also features a swag of guest appearances including that of vocalist Christian Älvestam (ex Scar Symmetry, Solution .45), guitarist Ola Frenning (ex Soilwork), and Nightrage axe men Marios Iliopoulos and Olof Mörck.

Guitarist and producer for UNIVERSUM, Stephen Murphy comments: “The band is very pleased with MORTUUS MACHINA. We believe this album accurately quantifies the inter-dimensional progression the band has made since last album. From composition and performance to production we are satisfied that the album represents a significant step up for us. We are also tremendously pleased to have worked with the awesome guest musicians that have appeared on this album, the performances are exceptional!”

In the 12 months since the release of their debut album ‘LETO DESTINATUS’, UNIVERSUM have made a major impact both in Australia and internationally, receiving widespread acclaim from the media and their ever growing legion of fans. The success of the debut album together with live performances alongside international big guns ‘Dragonforce’ (Australian national tour), ‘Soilwork’ and ‘Cradle of Filth’, a string of endorsements and a very well received video clip has seen UNIVERSUM quickly become regarded as one of Australia’s premier melodic death metal acts.

‘MORTUUS MACHINA’ will feature guest appearances by the following musicians:

* Christian Älvestam (SCAR SYMMETRY, SOLUTION .45)
* Marios Iliopoulos (NIGHTRAGE)
* Ola Frenning (SOILWORK)
* Tuomas “Tommy” Tuovinen (MYGRAIN)
* Paul Wardingham

‘MORTUUS MACHINA’ track listing:

01. Fractured Archetype (feat. Älvestam)
02. Morte Noir
03. Sum of The Universe (feat. Älvestam, Iliopoulos, Mörck)
04. Genetic Sequence Distortion
05. Asymmetric Dimensional State (feat. Frenning, Tuovinen)
06. Slaves to The New Order
07. Aeon Displacement (feat. Wardingham)
08. Transcendence 0.0
09. 2.0 (feat. Älvestam)
10. Take Another
11. Blank Infinity

We are now streaming the album via our MySpace and Youtube sites for you all to check out! Enjoy!


Physical copies of ‘Mortuus Machina’ can now be purchased from our official site at:

Digital copies of ‘Mortuus Machina’ can now be purchased from iTunes at:

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December 17th, 2010
by EvilG

The critically acclaimed grind act, WORMROT will be heading into Singapore’s TNT Music Productions this January to record a brand new album entitled DIRGE. With this being the full-length followup to ABUSE, the band promises to bring their breakneck grind tones to grim new lows. Frontman, Arif Rot is highly excited about the band’s new material and wants the world to know about it:

“We are definitely stoked to get this album out. We are working extra hard on this one. EXTRA FUCKING HARDER THAN ABUSE. We are currently in the rehearsal studio still writing songs and making some minor adjustments and what not. If you are digging Abuse and also from our latest split with I ABHOR, then u might dig the new album. We’ll be in the studio for “DIRGE” first week of January. NEW YEAR WITH A NEW DOSAGE OF GRIND!”

WORMROT‘s new album, DIRGE is due out in Spring 2011.

Axl Rosenberg called ABUSE one of his top 15 metal albums of 2010. “There were other awesome grind albums this year which easily could have made this list” says Axl, “but nothing felt quite as furious as Abuse.”

WOMROT‘s own Arif Rot also created his own 2010 best-of list for MetalSucks. Read it here:

The Metal Injection crew braved the tight spaces and absolutely insane pits of WORMROT‘s October show at Archeron in Brooklyn, NY to deliver raw, up close footage of the band grinding it out at what they said was one of their favorite shows of the tour. Start by watching “Intro” here:

‘s debut album, ABUSE, is available now worldwide featuring 23 tracks of pure grindcore. Get the album now in North America along with several exclusive mercy and vinyl combos at

is also available now on iTunes with 34 (yes, 34!) bonus tracks:

Keep up-to-date with all WORMROT news and info at:


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HEAVENWOOD – New Album Artwork Unveiled

December 17th, 2010
by EvilG
Heavenwood - Abyss Masterpiece

Heavenwood - Abyss Masterpiece

Oporto, Portugal-based metal outfit HEAVENWOOD recently announced the release of their forthcoming fourth album, ‘ Abyss Masterpiece ‘,via LISTENABLE RECORDS on February 28th, 2011.  It was mixed and mastered by Kristian ” Kohle ” Kohlmannslehner at Kohlekeller Studios ( ).

Abyss Masterpiece’s artwork was developed and realized by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art ( ) and the numerous bands he has worked with include Cradle Of Filth, My Dying Bride, Godflesh, Carcass, Mendeed, Cathedral, Abigail Williams, The Haunted, Soil and Deicide, to name but a few.

According Bruno Silva, HEAVENWOOD’s guitar-player “ the band is very delighted with the work done by Matthew Vickerstaff. He managed to illustrate in the perfection the essence and feeling contained on ‘Abyss Masterpiece ‘. Matthew experience was a great plus for the whole graphic production and for everybody truly into HEAVENWOOD’s world. “
Song titles set to appear on the Abyss Masterpiece CD include:

‘The Arcadia Order’
‘Fading Sun’
‘Like Yesterday’
‘Winter Slave’
‘September Blood’
‘Sudden Scars’
‘A Poem For Matilde’
‘Once A Burden’
‘Goddess Presiding Over Solitude’
‘Morning Glory Clouds’
‘Her Lament’

More info at or

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December 17th, 2010
by EvilG

NORWAY – Norway’s legendary black metal duo, Darkthrone, and Britain’s independent heavy metal powerhouse, Peaceville Records, will continue to re-release new editions of classic Darkthrone albums, from the recently acquired Moonfog Productions catalogue titles.  To celebrate the release of the next two titles to be reissued, Goatlord and Ravishing Grimness, the band and label are calling on fans to create new artwork for the now-classic albums.            Darkthrone guitarist/vocalist, Nocturno Culto, issued the following statement…

“We are pleased to announce that Peaceville/Snapper has bought the entire Moonfog catalogue of Darkthrone, that is seven albums in total.  The plan is to release these albums within the next year, with new distro network and fresh thinking around these albums.  There are two albums that will have entirely new cover artwork: Ravishing Grimness and Goatlord.  This is a decision that is made by Fenriz and myself.  And the idea now is that we are making a competition out of this.  If you now feel the urge to contribute to this competition, you are most welcome to send in your art to Peaceville.  Only serious contributions will reach Fenriz and me to decide upon. Thank you in advance, we’re looking forward to this.”

Submissions should be emailed to: before January 31st.  Head over to: for full terms and conditions.

The Goatlord and Ravishing Grimness re-releases will be available later next year.

Stay tuned for more information on Darkthrone and the Goatlord and Ravishing Grimness design competitions.

For more information on Peaceville Records…

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My Inner Burning – drummer Nik Kahl

December 17th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall



Drummer Nik Kahl – My Inner Burning

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tobias Duhlmeyer at CMM Marketing for setting up this interview.

Thanks to CMM Marketing for the promo pictures of the band

Additional promo pictures from the bands MySpace page.


Nik Kahl is the drummer for the German modern metal act My Inner Burning. He and I sat down for a chat where we talked about the band and their debut album and if there was any fear of being categorized as being another one of “those goth band with female vocals” and much more.


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MALEVOLENT CREATION: US Headlining Tour Announced

December 16th, 2010
by EvilG

Florida based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION, have announced the lineup for their 2011 US headlining run dubbed the “United Hate Across America Tour”! Joining them are champions of NYHC FULL BLOWN CHAOS, Florida based melodic deathsters THE ABSENCE, Colorado thrashers HAVOK, and Austrailian death-grinders BEYOND TERROR BEYOND GRACE. Confirmed dates as of now are as follows:

Feb 11 Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug (MALEVOLENT CREATION / THE ABSENCE only )
Feb 12 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Feb 13 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Feb 14 Virginia Beach, VA @ Buddha’s Place
Feb 15 Stamford, CT @ Warehouse 66
Feb 16 Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
Feb 17 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar & Grill
Feb 18 Buffalo, NY @ Evening Star
Feb 19 Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
Feb 20 Steger, IL @ Hole In The Wall
Feb 22 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
Feb 23 St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Feb 24 Madison, WI @ The Annex
Feb 25 St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Feb 26 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Feb 27 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Feb 28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
March 1 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
March 2 Portland, OR @ Branx
March 4 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
March 5 Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
March 6 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
March 8 Dallas, TX @ Reno’s Chop Shop
March 9 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
March 10 Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse

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Rock Stars Unite for New Year’s Eve Cancer Benefit Concert In Benefit For Bassist PHIL KENNEMORE Of Y&T

December 16th, 2010
by EvilG



HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 16, 2010) – A parade of Rockstars are coming together to support beloved bassist, Phil Kennemore, founding member of Northern California’s legendary rockers Y&T,

Kennemore was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer while on tour this last summer. Having recorded and toured the world relentlessly since 1974, Kennemore has dedicated his life to making millions of people happy with his music. Now, he needs your help.

Due to the overwhelming medical bills, Y&T’s lead singer and best mate, Dave Meniketti, started the “Phil Kennemore Fund” to help Phil with his bills. This New Year’s concert is the ultimate fund-raiser for a friend who has made such a positive impact on the music scene.

This concert is an allstar line up of many of Kennemore’s friends from bands such as Queensryche, Dokken, RATT, Black Sabbath, DIO, Alice Cooper, Testament, and Y&T all donating their time to perform on New Year’s Eve. This is a must-see concert and is going to rock!

The lineup for the all star extravaganza is as follows:

  • · Geoff Tate (Queensryche)
  • · Don Dokken (Dokken)
  • · Bobby Blotzer (RATT)
  • · Vinny Appice (DIO, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell)
  • · Sean McNabb (Dokken, Montrose)
  • · Loren Gold (Roger Daltrey)
  • · Chuck Billy (Testament)
  • · Paul Bostaph (Testament, Slayer)
  • · Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper)
  • · Joey Alves
  • · Leonard Haze
  • · Ron Keel
  • · Greg Kihn
  • · …and more (see for updates)

The show will take place at the Avalon (777 Lawrence Expressway. Santa Clara, CA), a 1000+ capacity venue which Y&T has performed at several times on New Year’s Eve over the past five years. The club, like the performers, has generously volunteered to donate 100% of the ticket proceeds directly to Phil.

The doors open at 8:00PM. Tickets are $75. For further information, call the Avalon at 408.241.0777 or visit

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BLACK SABBATH – Dehumanizer Special Edition Details

December 16th, 2010
by EvilG
BLACK SABBATH - Dehumanizer

BLACK SABBATH - Dehumanizer

According to BLACK SABBATH News, Universal/Sanctuary has set a February 7th release date for the Deluxe Edition of Black Sabbath’s Dehumanizer. Originally released in 1992, the album to feature the vocals of the late, great Ronnie James Dio since 1981’s Mob Rules. With a line-up completed by founder members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, and drumming duties carried out by Vinny Appice, Dehumanizer is arguably one of Sabbath’s heaviest albums.

This edition is expanded with the single edit of ‘Master Of Insanity’, an alternate version of ‘Letters From Earth’ that originally appeared as the b-side to the ‘TV Crimes’ single, and a version of ‘Time Machine’ originally recorded for the soundtrack to the movie Wayne’s World. In addition, the set also includes five rare live tracks from Florida’s Sundome recorded at the beginning of the Dehumanizer tour in July 1992, including a previously unreleased live version of ‘Master Of Insanity’.

The set includes liner notes from Metal Hammer/BW&BK’s Dom Lawson, based on new interviews with Tony Iommi.


Disc One (Original Album 1992)
‘Computer God’
‘After All (The Dead)’
‘TV Crimes’
‘Letters From Earth’
‘Master of Insanity’
‘Time Machine’
‘Sins of the Father’
‘Too Late’
‘Buried Alive’

Disc Two (Bonus Tracks)
‘Master Of Insanity’ (Single Edit)
‘Letters From Earth’ (B-Side Version)
‘Time Machine’ (Wayne’s World Version)

Live at The Sundome in ampa, Florida; July 25th, 1992:
‘Children Of The Sea’
‘Die Young’
‘TV Crimes’
‘Master Of Insanity’
‘Neon Knights’

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Pompei Nights unveil “Midnight Mistress” single artwork

December 16th, 2010
by EvilG
Pompei Nights

Pompei Nights

Pompei Nights have unveiled the artwork for the promo single “Midnight Mistress” from their upcoming debut album. The single contain two tracks, recorded and mixed by Martin Sweet (Crashdïet): “Midnight Mistress” and “I Want It”.

The artwork can be seen below and the two songs can be listened on Street Symphonies Records YouTube Channel.

Pompei Nights’s debut album is gonna be released in the beginning of next year through Street Symphonies Records.

“Midnight Mistress”:

“I Want It”:

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December 16th, 2010
by EvilG
Glorious Times

Glorious Times

Glorious Times revised edition now in print!

After MUCH tenuous effort, we are extremely proud to announce that our revised and extended edition of ‘Glorious Times’ is AVAILABLE NOW!

This is not a history book, not a book like any other music book. These are the memories from those involved in the early days of the scene in their own words. The memories THEY chose to tell.

Bigger and better than before! 160 pages of massively rare and mostly unseen photographs, tied together with sentiment and reflections from the very people who lived the era – the GLORIOUS TIMES. We refused to conform to the publishers who wanted every band’s story (written in THEIR words) rewritten by a third party. We refused to take out our rare pics and insert promo line-up shots as the publishers wanted. Instead we sought out other photographers from the old days and found even more never before seen pictures. At the same time we also sought out a few more bands to make this version even better. We now have added 11 bands with stories from such legends as Ron Sumners (Slaughter), Scott Peterson (Cryptic Slaughter), Eric Meyer and Jim Durkin (Dark Angel), Joe Caper (Righteous Pigs), Brian Lehfeldt and Shann Mortimer (Wehrmacht), Ross Dolan (Immolation) and also Rob Urbinati and Scott Watts (Sacrifice) among others. Included too are pictures from the personal collections of Ron Sumners, Scott Peterson, Brian Lehfeldt, Ross Dolan and a bunch of others.

In addition to the new bands every old layout has been redone using industry standard software and formats so this time there are no skewed pics, no typos, etc. Many of the original layouts that were redone also include additional never before seen pictures. The Hellwitch section also includes a new story from Jim Nickles and the Unseen Terror section includes a new story from Mick Harris.

Bands featured : Acheron, Autopsy, Baphomet, Brutality, Cannibal Corpse, Cryptic Slaughter, Dark Angel, Death, Deceased, Deicide, Derketa, Disharmonic Orchestra, Exmortis, Groovy Aardvark, Hellwitch, Hideous Mangleus, Immolation, Impetigo, Incantation, Incubus, Insanity, Lethal Aggression, Malevolent Creation, Massacre,Massappeal, Master, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Nocturnus, Nokturnel,Nuclear Death, Overthrow, Paineater, Possessed, Prime Evil, Revenant, Righteous Pigs, Ripping Corpse, Sacrifice, Sepultura, Slaughter, Soothsayer,Terrorain, Tirant Sin, Unseen Terror, Vomit, Wehrmacht and Where’s ThePope?

Glorious Times can be purchased directly through us, for ordering info send an email to and/or check out any of our sites:

Glorious Times can also be purchased through any of these fine distributors:

Bowel Of Noise Records – Greece
CM Distro   – USA
FOAD Records – Italy
Goodlife Records – Belgium
Hells Headbangers – USA
Horror Records – Denmark
Missing Link – Australia
Nekrogoat Heresy Productions – Portugal
Nokturnel Eclipse – USA
Nuclear Winter Records – Greece
Record Boy – Japan
The End Records – USA
20 Buck Spin – USA
Witches’ Tone Records – Germany

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December 16th, 2010
by EvilG
Deadlock - Bizarro World

Deadlock - Bizarro World

New full-length to hit stores this March on Lifeforce Records

GERMANY – Germany’s melodic heavy metal outfit, Deadlock, has revealed the track list and cover art for the forthcoming full-length, Bizarro World. The veteran metal act’s fifth studio album, and fourth Lifeforce Records release, will hit stores on March 15th.

The track list for Bizarro World is…

1. Virus Jones

2. State Of Decay

3. Falling Skywards

4. Earthlings

5. You Left Me Dead

6. Brutal Romance

7. Alienation

8. Renegade

9. Htrae

10. Bizarro World

11. Paranoia Extravaganza

Bizarro World was produced by Deadlock guitarist, Sebastian Reichl, at Slaughter’s Palace studios this fall.

The limited edition (digipak) and digital version of the album will contain two remixes as bonus tracks.

On Bizarro World, Deadlock has designed an interpretation of a world built up on extremes and antitheses. The album is based on the concept of “Bizarro”, which originated in DC Comics in the early 1960s, and represents a weirdly mutilated version of anything. However, contrary to the concept of a world stigmatizing perfection, sonically, Bizarro World strives for the opposite.

Deadlock’s sound can be described as a combination of opposed elements, such as sharp guitar-assaults, pop and dance quotations, orchestral profundity, gruffly growls, and beautiful clean vocals. With Bizarro World, the band seeks to improve on what they already did so well in the past, while and offering a wider, self-assured view on symphonic and brutal metal, based on a progressive approach.

Over their previous Lifeforce offerings, Earth.Revolt (2005), Wolves (2007) and Manifesto (2008), Deadlock has accentuated the signature of their metal sound, which hovers somewhere in between beauty and darkness, with increasing relevance. The band has toured in support of such accredited acts as Lacuna Coil, All That Remains, Sonic Syndicate, Dark Tranquillity, Caliban, and Heaven Shall Burn within the past two years.

Stay tuned for more information on Deadlock and Bizarro World.

Deadlock is…

Johannes Prem – vocals

Sabine Weniger – vocals

Sebastian Reichl – guitar, keyboards

Gert Rymen – guitar

John Gahlert – bass

Tobias Graf – drums

Deadlock online…

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December 16th, 2010
by EvilG

HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS in conjunction with APOCH’S METAL REVIEW are pleased to offer an exclusive stream of VOLTURE’s Shocking Its Prey, the six track debut which will be unleashed worldwide on CD January 25th 2011 and on limited edition Mini-LP February 15th.

Listen to the full exclusive stream of VOLTURE Shocking It’s Prey here:

With the humblest beginnings the seeds for VOLTURE were first laid in November 2008. Inspired by a mutual interest in obscure NWOBHM and early European heavy metal VOLTURE was born when friends Ryan Waste (of MUNICIPAL WASTE) and Nick Poulos over a few beers agreed to channel those mutual interests into a fully realized project. With Ryan and Nick, respectively, on bass and guitar they were soon joined by vocalist Brent Hubbard and drummer Barry Cover, who had previously worked with Ryan in 2003 in a band called IMMORTAL AVENGER. Throughout 2009, a demanding tour schedule with their other bands left the members of VOLTURE with minimal time to practice. In January 2010 the four piece entered a small studio in Ryan’s neighborhood to lay down the tracks for Shocking Its Prey, sans any modern studio trickery solely relying on capturing VOLTURE’s natural ability to unleash raw, unedited heavy metal fury.

Upon putting the finishing touches on Shocking Its Prey, VOLTURE welcomed to its ranks guitarist Dave Boyd, known for his work with heavy metal stalwarts TWISTED TOWER DIRE. With the line up in place and forthcoming mini lp, work on creating its own iconography begun by envisioning VOLTURE as an electric bird made of steel, shocking its prey to an untimely demise came into focus.  This vision was brought to life by artist Sean McGrath and perfected in paint by the great Andrei Bouzikov, all under the direction of Ryan. With all of the creative pieces in place VOLTURE came to the attention of New York’s purveyors of steel, HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS, whom will release Shocking Its Prey in all of its glory world wide on January 25th, 2011.

With tour plans and a full length album on the horizon, the future is bright for VOLTURE as they shock the music world back to life with their brand of true heavy metal!

Listen to VOLTURE at

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