Armored Saint will be playing at The Avalon in Santa Clara, CA on Saturday, October 16th! The guys had planned on only playing one show this year but wanted to bring the Saint up to the bay area before the year was through.
Joey Vera adds; “We know we said that our Los Angeles show in May was going to be our only show this year, but some things changed with John Bush’s availability so we decided to play a show for our Bay Area brothers and sisters. Come on out!”
Armored Saint recently shot a video in their hometown on July 1st for the track Left Hook From Right Field off their current release La Raza with director Jeremy Schott of Mental Suplex. Check out the video now on MetalBlade.tv and below:
La Raza debuted on Billboard at #49 on the Hard Music Albums Chart, #18 on the Heatseekers chart, #52 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and #2 on the Hard Music Core Stores chart. ARMORED SAINT’s La Raza also entered the official German album Charts coming in at #96.
“The Saint sound exuberant and fully bonded…a contemporary classic rock feel accessible enough to take on Audioslave or Velvet Revolver on their own terms, and win hard.” Terrorizer Magazine
“La Raza is balls out and brick heavy.” Outburn Magazine
“Simply put, this is the finest record of their career and almost a reaffirmation of the reasons why John and Joey turned down Metallica all those years ago.” Metal Hammer Magazine
“Gateways,” the first single from the new album ABRAHADABRA by Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR, is now available for purchase in North America on iTunes at this location.
Germany’s Metal Hammer Magazine recently conducted a interview with DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath. The video, where Shagrath discusses the new album and upcoming European tour, can be viewed here.
ABRAHADABRA will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th. Fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg will be the opening acts on DIMMU BORGIR’s headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in Europe, which launches on September 21st in London.
Black Sheep frontman Willie Basse has been added to perform as a part of an all-star jam at (Scorpions drummer) James Kottak’s CD release party on Friday August 27th, 2010 in Redondo Beach, CA at Delzano’s By The Sea. Celebrating the new KOTTAK solo album, “Rock & Roll Forever” Basse will be performing at the show alongside members of Armored Saint, Bonham and Stephen Pearcy Band. Willie Basse is currently gearing up for release of his new single “Break Away”, featuring former Dokken/Lynch Mob guitarist, George Lynch and Scorpions drummer, King James Kottak on iTunes and all digital retailers on September 21st, 1010. The track is the lead single from Willie Basse’s upcoming new album, “Which Side R/U On?” which is slated for a January, 2011 release. Basse is best known for his role as bassist/frontman for legendary metalheads Black Sheep, who were mainstays on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip during the ‘80s metal explosion. The band, best known for their technical prowess and precision, has boasted members that include Slash, Paul Gilbert, James Kottak, Randy Castillo and Mitch Perry.
Candlelight Records will release a special digital-only covers EP from Chicago’s THE ATLAS MOTH on September 28. Titled The One Amongst the Weed Fields, it contains very special renditions of “California Dreamin’” (The Mamas & The Papas), “Fearless” (Pink Floyd), “Golden” (Failure), and “Five to One” (The Doors). Guitarist/vocalist Stavros’ explains, “we have been thinking about doing a covers EP for a while. Thirteen-hour drives with only a radio to entertain you eventually takes a toll. But every once in a while we’d hear a song pop up that would strike us as something we all wanted to make into a ‘Moth song. These are the few we came up with from a terribly long list, and we are pretty proud of the outcome. It was a great way to have some fun, produce something new, and do a little pre-production for our new album which we hope to record later this year.”
A limited number of download cards will be available for purchase during the band’s upcoming tour with friends Nachtmystium, Zoroaster, and Dark Castle, a special treat for fans planning to come out to the show. The tour, sponsored by Stereogum, is set to kick off September 9 and will make twenty stops before ending in Chicago on October 2. The band will perform selections from their current album, A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky, voted one of 2009’s best albums by Decibel Magazine.
Sterogum/Haunting The Chapel Presents:
Nachtmystium, Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth, Dark Castle
9/09/2010 Otto’s Nightclub – Dekalb, IL
9/10/2010 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
9/11/2010 Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON
9/12/2010 La Sala Rose – Montreal, QC
9/13/2010 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
9/15/2010 The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY
9/16/2010 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
9/17/2010 Club Hell – Providence, RI
9/18/2010 Great Scott – Boston, MA
9/19/2010 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
9/21/2010 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/22/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
9/23/2010 Hat Factory – Richmond, VA 9/24/2010 Kings – Raleigh, NC
9/25/2010 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
9/26/2010 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/27/2010 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
9/28/2010 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
9/29/2010 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/1/2010 Mickey’s Finn Pub – Toledo, OH
10/2/2010 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
THE ATLAS MOTH has been touring consistently since the release of A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky last fall. The five-piece was a “buzz band” at the South-By-Southwest Festival earlier this year where they made six showcase appearances. Brooklyn Vegan notes, “the juxtaposition of vocalist/guitarist Stavros’s high and low pitched screams against David’s soaring and spot-on clean vocals sounds great against the wall of slight synths and crunchy guitars. I already can’t wait to see them again.” Noisecreeep adds, “their feedback-drenched space jams spiral off into rapturous psychedelia as often as they dredge up the dirtiest dixie-sludge. This is a band to watch, no doubt about it.”
Formed in early 2007, THE ATLAS MOTH has carefully perfected their bone-shaking heaviness. An awesome metal hybrid, the quintet unites sludge, doom, psychedelia and more into a musical adventure few bands can deliver. “This is heavy music for heavy thinkers,” says Stavros. A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky is the band’s full length debut. It follows 2008’s highly regarded EP, Pray for Tide. Punknews says, THE ATLAS MOTH “gives me shivers… a band to watch.” Spinner.com notes, “THE ATLAS MOTH’s combination of bluesy, psychedelia, and metal makes for a pretty awesomely grim sonic blend.” The band has performed alongside Pentagram, Saviours, Intronaut, Wolves in the Throne Room, Coalesce, and Harvey Milk, among others.
Florida death metallers, ORDER OF ENNEAD are very excited to soon be hitting the road with HATE ETERNAL, CANNABIS CORPSE, WORMROT and others in support of their latest release, AN EXAMINATION OF BEING. The band’s existential style and highly technical musicianship are best experienced in a live setting where the true spirit of their material is best felt. Guitarist/vocalist, Kevin Quirion had this to say about the tour: “We’re glad to be back on the road and can’t wait to play these songs from the new album. It’s a killer set and by the end you’ll be questioning your existence.”
Catch ORDER OF ENNEAD on tour at these dates:
with Cannabis Corpse and Hate Eternal
with Cannabis Corpse and Hate Eternal
Volume 11 Tavern
with Cannabis Corpse and Hate Eternal
with Cannabis Corpse and Hate Eternal
Rhode Island-based THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL, featuring former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse David Leach, are currently donating all proceeds from the sale of their latest T-shirt by Matt Yezuita to the Gulf Oil Disaster. Said bassist Nick Sollecito: “We wanted to help make a difference, even if it’s a very small difference. We decided to donate 100% of the proceeds of this shirt to Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue (gcwr.org), a small organization in Texas, along the Gulf Coast. The devastation will take years to clean up. Hopefully, the money we raise can help out a few animals.This is something we consider to be very important, so if there was ever a time to buy a TESF shirt, now would be that time.”
To place your order, visit: http://anglesideside.bigcartel.com/product/oil-spill-relief-t-shirt-tesf. Orders can be placed until Sunday, August 29 at midnight. THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL recently announced October 12 as the North American release date for Awaken, the band’s full-length debut. Recorded in 2009, Awaken was originally available for physical purchase via direct band merchandise outlets. Through the new cooperation with Restricted Records, in cooperation with Angle Side Side, the album will now be accessible via proper retail outlets throughout North America.
Formed in 2008, THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL‘s eclectic sound is rooted in metal/hardcore with the band citing luminaries At The Gates, Meshuggah and Edge of Sanity as major inspiration. The band, featuring Leach and Sollecito alongside guitarists Jake Davenport and De Lisle and drummer Jeff Pitts, also draw heavily from their combined interests in jazz, punk, and experimental music. The band’s lyrics are fueled by political outrage; a passion that forms the backbone of the band and sets them apart from their peers.
Long running Maryland biker doom masters EARTHRIDE recently unleashed their third full-length entitled Something Wicked. The nine-track offering was recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Kozlowski (Blue Cheer, Pentagram, Melvins, Trouble et al) at the Polar Bear Lair and features a guest appearances by Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus, Shrinebuilder, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan) on the track “Supernatural Illusion.” In addition, the inside booklet includes actual X-rays and MRIs from various injuries sustained by all four EARTHRIDE members over the years. Something Wicked is available via the band’s own Earth Brain Records. Check out the Stephen Clay cover art here: http://tinyurl.com/29v3hrd
Something Wicked Track Listing:
1. Something Wicked
2. Hacksaw Eyeball
3. Make Up Your Mind
4. Destruction Song
6. Watch The Children Play
7. Grip The Wheel
8. Supernatural Illusion
9. Force Fed Fear
“Something Wicked is definitely an Earthride album; all the elements are there. You’ve got the Clutch inspired waves of orange amplified riffage, the deep, grooving counterpoints of the rhythm section, and of course Sherman’s over-the-top vocal deliveries, which mix equal parts Lee Dorrian and Lemmy. And naturally, it’s heavy as fuck.” — Riffrock.com
Dave Sherman – vocals
Kyle Van Steinburg – guitar
Eric Little – Drums
Rob Hampshire – Bass
SIN CITY SINNERS second installment of their Webisode series “The Sinners” can be viewed now:
“The Sinners” is a monthly comedic series featuring a “rocumentary” look at the lives of Las Vegas’ favorite band Sin City Sinners.
In this Webisode, the band become worried when Sinners lead singer Todd Kerns leaves for a tour with Slash of Guns N Roses. The remaining band members are forced to contemplate their future, while considering day jobs.
The Sinners is written and directed by Jason Green. He describes the series as a cross between “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Spinal Tap”
Sin City Sinners can be seen LIVE in Las Vegas every Friday Night @ Club Madrid (inside Sunset Station @ 10pm and it is FREE!
TARJA TURUNEN: Debuts New Video For "Until My Last Breath"
Sophomore Release, What Lies Beneath, Due Out September 14 via The End Records.
Finnish superstar Tarja Turunen revealed the brand new video for “Until My Last Breath” today. The song is the first international single from her sophomore effort, What Lies Beneath, which is now being released on September 14, 2010 in the US on The End Records.
The video was filmed earlier this summer in Iceland and can be viewed below.
Featuring US exclusive artwork and bonus track, What Lies Beneathwas recorded and produced by Tarja and mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, The Cure, Robert Plant), Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Bullet For My Valentine) and Slamm Andrews (Scores of Angels & Demon, Pirates of The Caribbean, Gladiator).
Special guests on What Lies Beneath include Phil Labonte (All That Remains), Joe Satriani, Jason Hook (5 Finger Death Punch), Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and Choir and more. A Deluxe Edition will be released simultaneously and features and additional three tracks.
Tarja, best known as the original vocalist of Nightwish, is the most successful female singer ever to come out of Finland, effortlessly fusing metal, classical and pop-rock. What Lies Beneath is the follow up to her debut album My Winter Storm that was released in 2008 and was certified platinum in Finland.
What Lies Beneath Track list:
1) Anteroom of Death (featuring Van Canto with friendly permission of Napalm Records Handels GmbH)
2) Until My Last Breath
3) Dark Star (featuring Phil Labonte courtesy of Razor & Tie Entertainment)
5) Little Lies
6) Rivers of Lust
7) In For A Kill
8) Montañas de Silencio (exclusive US track)
9) Falling Awake (featuring Joe Satriani courtesy of Epic Records)
SYSTEM DIVIDE premiers video for ‘The Apex Doctrine’ on Blank TV today!
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – August 23, 2010 – SYSTEM DIVIDE, the extreme modern metal act featuring Sven De Caluwe (Aborted), Miri Milman, Michael Wilson (ex-Abigail Williams), Cole Martinez (ex-Years of Fire, Antenora), Andrew Lenthe (Antenora), and Mike Heller (Malignancy), has recently completed their first music video for the single The Apex Doctrine, which is being debuted today exclusively on Blank TV! Be sure to head over to Blank TV, the net’s biggest punk and indie music channel, to check out the brand new video for The Apex Doctrine, which was shot by Kevin Custer (Hatebreed, Testament, Dope, Dying Fetus, Suffocation), and leave a comment.
In conjunction with the upcoming release The Conscious Sedation, Metal Blade Records has launched a landing page where fans can preorder the album by itself or bundled with a t-shirt.
The Conscious Sedation CD only $10.99*
The Conscious Sedation CD & Logo T-shirt $19.99*
The Conscious Sedation CD & Red Skull T-shirt $19.99*
*price does not include s/h
The Conscious Sedation track listing is as follows:
1. Vagaries Of Perception
2. An Intoxicating Affair
4. The Apex Doctrine
8. Purity In Imperfection
10. The Conscious Sedation
11. Stagnant Progression
About the band:
Founded in the summer of 2008, SYSTEM DIVIDE quickly became a transnational project. The band set out to revolutionize the conventions of the over-saturated melodic death metal genre, proving that extreme metal can have more depth than blast beats, while female vocals do not have to conform to the precepts of the “Goth” genre. In mixing many styles, The Collapse, the band’s debut EP, breaks all the rules of extreme metal and is a landmark release for the new band.
As opposed to interjecting simple, predictable clean choruses into contrived song structures, SYSTEM DIVIDE unites serene female vocals and extreme vocals driven by lyrical themes that confront and seek to break everyday themes of disillusionment, societal materialism, and individual apathy. Musically, the band delivers myriad styles of riffing and grooves, while augmenting the entrancing soundscapes with hard-hitting drums and intricate bass lines. These elements together define the unique, spell binding, hypnotic sound of SYSTEM DIVIDE.
In order to achieve this complex calculus of sounds on The Collapse, Cole Martinez handled tracking duties at Conquistador Recordings. Mixing and mastering duties were handled by Jacob Hansen (Aborted, HateSphere, Volbeat) at Hansen Studios in Denmark in April and May 2009. Artwork for The Collapse was completed by Colin Marks (Strapping Young Lad, Aborted, Nevermore). The result is a sonic and visual masterpiece that metal has eagerly been waiting for.
The band recruited Michael Wilson (ex-Abigail Williams) as a second guitarist after the release of The Collapse EP and continued writing material for its first full length, The Conscious Sedation, which will be available online and in stores everywhere September 14, 2010. Following the philosophy of ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,’ the band once again recorded with producer/engineer Cole Martinez. Mixing and mastering for The Conscious Sedation was handled by the infamous James Murphy (Aborted, SWWAATS, Lazarus AD, Sigh, Arsis).
Greek Metal Gods NIGHTFALL have launched the first video clip for their upcoming new album Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants on their landing page. Click HERE to check out the video for the song “Ambassador Of Mass”!
NIGHTFALL singer Efthimis Karadimas comments the clip: “The story depicted is inspired by the Greco-Persian wars in the 5th century BC. The video is purely based on the ancient technique of Shadow Puppet Theatre evolved and widely used in different areas of the world eons ago. Every character, ship, map, etc you see in it has been built from scratch especially for that motion clip. The video has been directed by Achilleas Gatsopoulos, a prominent master of visual arts, based in the city of Berlin. I am sure you haven’t seen anything similar around!”
Comments director Achilleas Gatsopoulos: “After our initial talks and meetings with Efthimis, we decided to approach the video in a challenging and unconventional way. We chose to use shadow puppetry and push its boundaries through modern technology in order to create something really unique; something that could best convey the epic scale of our story. Considerable research ensued, and the storyline was constructed according to the structure and lyrics of the song, sprinkled with a touch of mythology, while staying true to the actual historical facts. The design and construction of the puppets were done in collaboration with fine artist Hara Kolaiti, referencing on the one hand the Ancient Greek vases’ depictions of greek warriors of the time, and on the other, the numerous detailed reliefs of Xerxes and his warriors in Persepolis. In total, more than thirty meticulously detailed puppets and backgrounds were created for the video. These were shot one by one and then composited into scenes digitally. The aim was to take Shadow Puppetry as a traditional medium, and explore its cinematic potential. Thus, scenes were created both in two dimensional space, as well as in three dimensional epic camera shots. The result is a truly original and unconventional music video that best complements Efthimis’ musical vision.”
The band claims Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants is the best NIGHTFALL album so far, raising expectations to the maximum. “We have worked hard and we’ve put lots energy and effort in the details of the production. The outcome is massive and believe can attract any metal fan’s attention.”
The powerful Athenian act is now running on an ingenious combustible engine made of Greek, American and German blend and is aiming high. Dare to join!
The album’s artwork has been created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Death, Nevermore, Katatonia a.o.). It is unique and beyond Mr. Smith’s typical patterns.
‘Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants’ was recorded in various places with Soundlodge (Germany) being the main studio. It has been produced by Efthimis Karadimas (‘Athenian Echoes’) and co produced by Jorg Uken (known from his work with God Dethroned, Dew Scented, and Sinister).
Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants track listing:
2. Astron Black
3. Astronomica / Saturnian Moon
4. Astra Planeta / We Chose The Sun
5. Ambassador Of Mass
6. The Criterion
9. Archon Basileus
10. Proxima Centauri / Dead Bodies
11. The Thirty Tyrants
12. Epsilon Lyrae
Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants will be released on August 31 in North America. Pre-order the CD now on metalblade.com/nightfall!
Cradle of Filth reveals artwork for 'Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa'
ENGLAND – Cradle of Filth, one of Britain’s most notorious and infamous names in heavy metal, has unveiled the album art for their forthcoming ninth studio album, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, which is due out on November 9th on Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork for the record frontman Dani Filth calls, “without doubt the fastest and most brutal album we’ve created to date,” comes courtesy of Natalie Shau.
“This album is Cradle at our most sinister and darkened fairytale,” continues Dani. “A gothic horror themed slay-ride of fervour and perversion; yet amidst the orchestral melodrama and lush, cinematic production, there sits stalwart a ravening beast of furious riffing, flesh ripping vocals and monstrous, unstoppable percussion.” The Grammy-nominated, Cradle Of Filth, has been a pioneer of extreme music since their 1994 debut, and has continued to evolve with each subsequent release. The band has continually refused to bow to convention, or conform to prevalent trends and fads, and has constantly sought to push the boundaries of their art. This rings true once more on Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa.
A loyal stalwart to the satanic horror ethos, Cradle Of Filth has again created a concept album, this time based on Adam’s first wife, the lascivious demoness Lilith. Throwing medieval nuns, Knights, Templars, Greek mythology, lashings of sex, occult lore, and violent bloodshed together into a creative milieu, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is a dark erotic nightmare set to Cradle Of Filth’s unique scope of supreme vampyric metal. Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa was recorded last month at Monkey Puzzle Studios near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England. It is the follow-up to 2008’s Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder.
Whether through their wildly elaborate & theatrical live shows (which incorporate giant lumbering puppets, fire-breathing dancers, freaks and stilt-walkers), provocative merchandise (including the now legendary ‘Jesus Is A C***’ t-shirt), breathtaking artwork, or the weighty subject matter of their albums (their latest told the story of a French Lord who fought alongside Joan Of Arc before embarking on a horrific killing spree), this is a band whose uncompromising stance has been rewarded with legions of fans around the world, making them the most successful British heavy metal band since Iron Maiden.
The seventh studio album 7th Symphony from rock Finnish cello-quartet Apocalyptica just debuted. Apocalyptica’s nationwide tour supporting the release kicks off tonight at the Nokia Theatre in New York City, and will wrap up September 13th at the Roseland Theatre in Portland. The band will play an eclectic mix of favorites from past albums as well as brand new tracks including the explosive “End of Me”, which has been steadily climbing the Billboard Active Rock Chart’s Top 20. Cosmos Gaming calls Apocalyptica’s latest “Hands-down one of the best albums of the year” and the Examiner.com raves, “Apocalyptica has an energy and stage presence that makes it hard to turn away from.”
7th Symphony was produced by Joe Barresi (Coheed and Cambria, Queens of the Stone Age, Bad Religion). The album features eight instrumentals plus four headbangers with guest vocals, including the first single and video “End Of Me” with lead vocals by Bush’s Gavin Rossdale. Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Lacey (Flyleaf), Joe Duplantier (Gojira) and Brent Smith (Shinedown) also make cameos on the album. In addition, producer Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, Creed, My Chemical Romance) returns for production duties on two tracks.
The conservatory-trained musicians of Apocalyptica (three of whom are graduates of the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki) started playing Metallica covers in 1993 and in 1996 they released their critically acclaimed debut Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos. But it was 2007’s Worlds Collide that broke the band into an international phenomenon. The disc sold over 300k albums in the US, one million digital tracks and featured numerous guest stars including Three Days Grace singer Adam Gontier, whose resounding vocals on “I Don’t Care” blasted Apocalyptica through the stratosphere, and to #1 on the Billboard rock chart.
After months of speculation, WHITESNAKE is thrilled to announce their new bass player/singer… MICHAEL DEVIN.
Recently DEVIN has been playing with LYNCH MOB along with new WHITESNAKE drummer, BRIAN TICHY. This union completes the new WHITESNAKE line-up alongside guitarists DOUG ALDRICH, REB BEACH and keyboardist TIMOTHY DRURY for the new album in the works.
“It’s an honour to be welcomed into the WHITESNAKE family. I’m a big fan,” explains DEVIN. WHITESNAKE is notorious for exciting musicianship, David’s history is rich, and I’m very proud to be here.”
The album is currently being recorded for release on Frontiers Records in early 2011. The band will be also returning to touring in support of the new album’s release.
Helstar “Nosferatu” design t-shirt size Large
Helstar “Rising From the Grave” box set
Helstar’s Larry Barragan’s black ESP Baritone Guitar
Helstar’s Rob Trevino’s original Remnants of War t-shirt
Helstar’s Rob Trevino’s autographed Ozzy Osbourne picture disc
WolfeBlitzer’s autographed bottle of Geoff Tate’s Insania red wine
Don La Fon of Six Minute Century is auctioning 2 Guitar lessons