Shockwaves Skull Sessions Episode #42: On this episode Skullsessions returning guests Monte Conner (VP of A&R for Roadrunner Records) and legendary Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, along with newcomer to the Skullsessions and thrash-metal drummer extraordinaire Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory/ Deathclock), join Skullsessions host Bob Nalbandian on this astounding and diverse conversation about modern-metal bands, the art of drumming and the use of dynamics, the metal music business of today, modern recording techniques vs. analog, the great John Bonham and much, much more! http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/news/Skull-Sessions-Podcast-42-Drummers-22151.aspx
Shockwaves/HardRadio podcast #47: On this episode host Bob Nalbandian interviews founding guitarist for the classic German heavy metal band ACCEPT, Wolf Hoffman. The two discuss the new ACCEPT album Blood of Nations and some great stories about the past. Also on this episode is a feature interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward. Bill discusses his new projects, the new BLACK SABBATH Paranoid Classic Albums DVD and he also shares some fond memories of Ronnie James Dio.
OCEANO vocalist, Adam Warren lent his formidable talents to Utah’s CHELSEA GRIN during their recent Canadian tour. Warren stepped in for CHELSEA GRIN vocalist Alex Koehler, who was recovering from a jaw fracture. Just after coming back home, Adam gave a statement that describes his excitement over his stint fronting for CHELSEA GRIN and beyond:
“The Grin tour went awesome. It was really fun to get to experience all the Canada has to offer. Even IF it involves paying bigger prices. Everyone (Blind Witness,Chelsea grin, Attila) were all cool and it was just like picking up on a tour that I had already started. It was a good way FOR ME at least to establish some good friendships with CG and Attila as well considering Oceano will be hitting the road with them very soon. So I’m sure there will more partying to ensue when that rolls around.”
Produced by Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), the new album, CONTAGION spreads in North America November 9th. Take one look at the track list and fans will get a brief taste of the destructive tale to be unfolded within:
01. Precursor To Enslavement
02. Viral Re-Animation
03. Regulated Disposal Of Life
05. The Contaminated
06. Exist In Confinement
07. Persuasive Oppression
09. Sadistic Experiments
10. Remnants Aflame
11. Ending Intellect
OCEANO is giving fans the chance to win an iPad. That’s right! A brand-spanking-new iPad is up for grabs. All fans must do is go to http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_698 and pre-order CONTAGION. Pre-order the album on its own, with a hoodie, a shirt or any other configuration that can be conceived. As long as the pre-order is made through the EARACHE US WEBSTORE, fans will automatically be entered into a drawing to win.
While making their CONTAGION pre-orders, fans can listen to the BRAND NEW track, “Precursor To Enslavement,” now available on OCEANO‘s official MySpace page: http://myspace.com/oceano
Catch OCEANO live on the run-up to the release of CONTAGION, as they head out on “The Corruptour” with WHITECHAPEL, IMPENDING DOOM, MISS MAY I and I DECLARE WAR:
Oct 01 – Macon, GA – The 567
Oct 02 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Oct 03 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
Oct 04 – Jacksonville, FL – Rain
Oct 05 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
Oct 06 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Oct 07 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 Tavern
Oct 08 – Norfolk, VA – Norva
Oct 09 – Jermyn, PA – Eleanor Rigby’s
Oct 10 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Oct 12 – Boston, MA – Harper’s Ferry
Oct 13 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
Oct 14 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Oct 15 – Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
Oct 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Oct 17 – Elgin, IL – Mad Maggies
Oct 19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Oct 20 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
Oct 21 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Oct 22 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
Oct 23 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Canada’s tech-death metal magicians DIVINITY are set to embark on their latest in-country tour offensive this week, which is being dubbed the The Singulari-tour 2010, in support of their latest full-length The Singularity. Beginning this Saturday at the Noctis IV Metalfest and Conference — in DIVINITY’s hometown of Calgary, Alberta — DIVINITY will rage the stage alongside Sodom, Ex Deo, The Devil’s Blood and countless more at the festival before hitting the road for the first half of October. They’ll tear their way through the country appearing alongside Beneath The Massacre, Goatwhore, The Black Dahlia Murder and more over the two-week assault, ending the festivities at the Metalfest 10 at Trois-Rivieres alongside Misery Index, Despised Icon and more on October 15th.
DIVINITY Singulari-tour 2010:
9/25/2010 Macewan Hall – Calgary, AB @ Noctis IV Festival
9/30/2010 Le Bunker – Chicoutimi w/ Beneath The Massacre
10/1/2010 Bar le Trash – St-Hyacinthe, QC @ Trash Metalfest w/ Beneath The Massacre
10/2/2010 Salle du Canton – Victoriaville (Warwick), QC w/ Beneath The Massacre
10/3/2010 L’Imperial – Quebec, QC w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, Arkaik
DIVINITY’s latest full-length The Singularity was released by Candlelight Records in North America this past August. The impressive nine-track album flows through all sorts of metal territories, fusing technical death metal with progressive metal elements into an undeniably infectious blend of brilliance and brutality. The Singularity recently won an Alberta Metal Award for album of the year on Pitch Black Magazine’s site: http://pitchblack.ca/2010/08/01/alberta-metal-awards-nominees.
Canadian head bangers EVIL SURVIVES are pleased to premiere the music video for “Resist the Exorcism” from their forthcoming album, Powerkiller on Heavy Artillery Records. Delivering heavy metal in the proud tradition of such bands as Grim Reaper, Iron Maiden and Jag Panzer, Powerkiller hits store shelves worldwide on October 12th. Watch “Resist the Exorcism” at the Official Heavy Artillery YouTube profile:
In 2008 EVIL SURVIVES unleashed their debut full length album Metal Vengeance. After touring in support of their debut and 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. Mixed entirely in analog, Powerkiller delivers over 40 minutes of driving NWOBHM worship and is scheduled for release by Heavy Artillery Records on CD and Digital formats worldwide on October 12th 2010.
Catch EVIL SURVIVES on tour with label mates SPELLCASTER during the “Speedkiller” tour. Dates are as listed below:
October 6th Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
October 7th Portland, OR @ Plan B
October 8th Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman Street
October 9th San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
October 10th Escondido, CA @ Metaphor Café
October 11th TBA
October 13th Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
October 14th Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
October 15th Albuquerque, NM @ Andre’s Underground
Powerhouse American vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) joined German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR on stage on September 18, 2010 at Progresja in Warsaw, Poland to perform the JUDAS PRIEST classic “Metal Gods”.
Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be viewed below.
Owens is being backed by the following musicians during his current European tour:
* Andy Boss (PAUL DI’ANNO, ABSOLUTE STEEL) – Guitar
* Jon Vegard (PAUL DI’ANNO) – Guitar
* Are Gogstad (PAUL DI’ANNO, QUEENSTREET, ABSOLUTE STEEL) – Bass
* Rick Hagan (PAUL DI’ANNO, QUEENSTREET, ABSOLUTE STEEL, 21ST CENTURY ROX) – Drums
“Play My Game”, the first solo album from Owens, landed at position No. 66 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The CD was released via SPV/Steamhammer. The offering consists of around a dozen brand-new tracks that Owens composed himself or together with renowned friends, such as Bob Kulick, Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Mike Callahan (ex-EARSHOT) and John Comprix (BEYOND FEAR, RINGWORM).
PRIMAL FEAR recently released a new live DVD, “16.6 – All Over The World” (recorded in various locations between September and November 2009), and a live CD, aptly titled “Live In The USA”. Frontiers Records issued the two products separately and as a limited-edition combo on June 22 in the USA. The DVD is filled with an abundance of extra materials, such as an entire bootleg section with funny moments on the road, bootleg footage from various festival appearances and other concerts, all of PRIMAL FEAR’s most recent promotional videos, plus the making-of footage for “16.6” and a brand new interview section about the past, present and future of PRIMAL FEAR.
German a capella metal band VAN CANTO have released a video for their track ‘Magic Taborea’, which can be seen below.
The track is lifted from the band’s Tribe Of Force album, which features the following tracklisting:
‘To Sing a Metal Song’
‘One To Ten’ (featuring RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski)
‘I Am Human’
‘Rebellion’ (GRAVE DIGGER cover featuring Chris Boltendahl)
‘Last Night Of The Kings’
‘Tribe Of Force’
‘Water. Fire. Heaven. Earth.’
‘Master of Puppets’ (METALLICA cover)
‘Hearted’ (featuring SONATA ARCTICA vocalist Tony Kakko)
Special pre show meet and greet VIP tickets are onsale now as well , and with this you get a preshow meet and greet , a t-shirt and a customized poster made for the show to be signed by the band and as an ADDED BONUS FOR LOS ANGELES ……….. a VIP ticket will also guarantee you a spot in the pit at the Wiltern show.
MONSTER FEST 2010 – Monster Fest is the biggest one-day annual Rock & Metal Festival to hit Merced County and it is growing every year with 1500 in attendance expected. For the First time since the Monster Fest journey began, we have added an international artist featuring legendary guitar player “George Lynch” (Dokken) and the “Lynch Mob”. Along with “George Lynch” are Damage Inc. (tribute to early Metallica), Izzy Ozborne (salute to Ozzy) plus 30 other bands on 6 stages indoor and outdoor presenting some of the best original cover, tribute, rock and metal bands this side of the Sierra’s. Plus, this year new rock genres have been added such as Punk Rock and Christian Rock. Sponsored by Merced Honda, Budweiser, Clear, Bad Boys Audio, Sfarzo Guitar Strings, Quality Inn and Garza Tire in Winton.
About George Lynch: George Lynch is a hard rock guitarist best known as a member of the band Dokken and his own band Lynch Mob. Lynch was born in Spokane, Washington and raised in the small town of Auburn, California. Great White guitarist Mark Kendall claims George started two-hand tapping before Eddie Van Halen did. George Lynch (born September 28, 1954) is a hard rock guitarist best known as a member of the band Dokken, his own bands Lynch Mob and Souls Of We.
This all age event brings great music, retail and display booths, good food and beverages for all, including those 21 and older plus some fun activities as well. It all begins Saturday October 2nd, 2010 at the Merced County Fairgrounds in Merced Ca.
Gates open at 3:00pm – Show starts at 3:30pm till 12:00am.
For more information:
Merced County Fairgrounds
900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Merced, California 95341 mercedcountyfair.com
$20 pre-sale $25 Door
Blackened death collective VALDUR, who dwell within thesmall town of Mammoth Lakes, California located high within the Sierra Mountain Range and feature current and former members of Plutocracy, Weverin and Endless Blizzard, unleashed their long-awaited full-length Raven God Amongst Us upon unsuspecting masses earlier this summer. Featuring nine tracks of sonic decay, the self-financed long player was recorded at Trench Studios and released via drummer Sxuperion’s own BloodyMountain Records.
Check out the band’s recent video for “Vicious Existence,” by following: http://tinyurl.com/3ypn622. All visuals were taken by Sxuperion within the Mammoth Lakes area (except for the tree photo at beginning, by Scot/Tarna).
In related news, the band will be performing a special release show tonight with fellow black metal horde LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH in Mammoth Lakes.
LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH/VALDUR Friday – September 24, 2010
6201 Minaret Rd # 200
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Check out the show flyer HERE.
Swedish death metal masters NOMINON will be broadcast on Texas Metal Syndicate TV tonight at 11:00 PM Central Standard Time. The show, which will feature footage from NOMINON’s recent North American tour, can be seen throughout the Houston, TX area on the following stations:
Expect nothing but brutality as one of Swedish death metal’s finest invades your living room this weekend. Tomorrow night’s show, which airs at 10:00 PM Central Standard Time, will feature BUTCHERED SAINT. Visit www.TexasMetalSyndicate.com for details.
September 20th sees the release of ‘The Embodiment Of Darkness And Light’ the debut album from Australian progressive death metal heavyweights Aeon of Horus through Harvest Moon Records.
Upon its initial release in 2009 ‘The Embodiment Of Darkness And Light’ receieved widespread critical acclaim due to its showcasing of technicality and rhythmic complexity with a sweeping dynamic, often venturing into symphonic passages and subtle melodic interludes.
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‘The Embodiment Of Darkness And Light’ is available to purchase now from: http://www.harvestmoonrecords.net/store.html
ABOUT THE BAND
Aeon of Horus is:
Andy Annand – Vocals & KeyboardBen Hocking – DrumsScott Carter – BassPeter Meere – Guitar
The four piece combines technicality and rhythmic complexity with a sweeping dynamic, often venturing into symphonic passages and subtle melodic interludes.
Aeon of Horus formed in 2006 and began playing live in early 2007. By late 2007 they had recorded and released a self-titled EP. The band continued to write and in early 2008 they began recording their first full length album, ‘The Embodiment of Darkness and Light’.
While their EP hinted at the intensity and superior musicianship of Aeon of Horus, this full length release showcases the culmination of their efforts in an epic sensory experience. Crushing riffs and technicality combine with epic and dark movements to form a unique brand of progressive metal.
The latter part of 2010 is proving to be a busy time for the band. Peter Meere, formally of melodic death metal outfit Templestowe has taken over guitar duties for the band with Scott Carter, mixer/engineer of the band’s debut album taking over bass duties from the recently departed Chris Pratt.
Drummer Ben Hocking states: “We are very happy to have Pete and Scott in the band. Both are amazing musicians and breathe new life to our sound and vision. Having been friends of Aeon of Horus since its infancy, Pete and Scott were a logical choice and have taken to the band with ease”.
Having been hard at work on new material for a forthcoming release for several months, Aeon of Horus will be hitting the road in December and January around Australia to showcase both new material written with the new members and songs of the band’s acclaimed 2009 release The Embodiment of Darkness and Light.
Check out Aeon of Horus on Myspace at: http://www.myspace.com/aeonofhorus
RONNIE JAMES DIO: 'A Photographic Memoir' Due In November
Rufus Stone Limited Editions has set a November 30 release date for the “Ronnie James Dio – A Photographic Memoir” book.
Ronnie James Dio was one of rock’s most respected and talented frontmen, renowned for his instantly recognizable vocals, lyrics and stagecraft. On May 16, 2010, Ronnie succumbed to cancer and the world of hard rock lost one of its greatest talents.
Renowned music photographer PG Brunelli traveled the world with RonniePG‘s photography and weaves a memoir of Ronnie‘s life starting onstage at Donington Monsters of Rock in 1983. Featuring unique written contributions from Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN), Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Doug Aldrich (DIO, WHITESNAKE) and many of Ronnie‘s peers, colleagues and fellow professionals, this book has been compiled with the knowledge and approval of Dio‘s wife/manager, Wendy.
Available in two limited edition versions, starting at just £40 (plus postage and handling), “Ronnie James Dio – A Photographic Memoir” is released at the end of November 2010. To secure your standard or hardkase version (£150 plus postage and handling) early ordering is essential. £10 from the sale of the standard version and £30 from the sale of the hardkase edition will be donated to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, in honor of Ronnie James Dio.