HALFORD IV – ‘MADE OF METAL’ released on Metal God Records!

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG



Halford announces Canadian dates with Ozzy Osbourne!

Metal God Entertainment and Rob Halford are pleased to announce the release of ‘Halford IV Made Of Metal’ featuring fourteen (14) new Halford studio recordings debuting September 28th in Canada via Fontana / Universal Music Group.

Produced by Roy Z. and recorded during 2009 and 2010, Made Of Metal showcases a bulk of material (words & music) penned exclusively by Rob Halford. Made Of Metal features fourteen (14) new Halford studio tracks including: The Mower, the current radio single Made Of Metal, Fire And Ice, Till The Day I Die, Undisputed, Heartless and Thunder And Lightning.

Halford’s new NASCAR-themed, animated-music video ‘Made Of Metal’ created by London-based Animator Dean Wright made its debut September 13th, 2010, now available at www.robhalford.com/madeofmetal.

The single ‘Made Of Metal’ digital download available at iTunes and www.HalfordMusic.com.

‘It is probably the most personal release of my solo career; in terms of my writing and performances. Halford IV Made Of Metal hits hard on many musical and emotional levels. I’m certain it will be recognized as one of the band’s best releases, and I’m looking forward to performing the new tracks this year, and re-connecting the Halford band with its legions of Metal fans’.

Halford will be supporting the release with a string of dates opening up for another of hard rock/heavy metal’s all-time great singers and frontmen, Ozzy Osbourne.

And now, without further adieu, a word from the Metal God himself. “Hello Canadian Metal Heads: Your Metal God is excited, ready and preparing Metal masterpieces for the Halford band’s first, full-length-concert tour of the Great White North. That’s right, Halford are preparing to roar across Canada during November 2010 as Special Guest for the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne. Double horns way up!! Grab your tickets today, and I will see you all this Fall.” Rob Halford

Track Listing:

1. Undisputed

2. Fire and Ice

3. Made Of Metal

4. Speed Of Sound

5. Like There’s No Tomorrow

6. Till The Day I Die

7. We Own The Night

8. Heartless

9. Hell Razor

10. Thunder and Lightning

11. Twenty-Five Years

12. Matador

13. I Know We Stand A Chance

14. The Mower

Halford’s first live performances in more than seven years has included appearances this year in San Francisco, Montreal’s Heavy Metal Festival and Ozzfest 2010.

Halford have confirmed Headline performances October 15, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan and October 16, 2010 at Tokyo’s Loud Park Festival 10.

Halford have also confirmed South America Headline performances October 20 Lima, Peru; October 22 Santiago, Chile; October 24 Sao Paulo, Brazil; October 26 and October 27, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina.

‘It has been a long wait for the global Halford fan-base, and of course I’m very pleased to return with Halford IV Made Of Metal this September 2010’. comments Rob Halford.

Ozzy Osbourne & Rob Halford 2010 Canadian Tour:

Nov. 12 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre

Nov. 14 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

Nov. 16 – Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome

Nov. 18 – Edmonton, MB – Rexall Place

Nov. 20 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre

Nov. 23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

Nov. 25 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place

Nov. 27 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

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September 28th, 2010
by EvilG

New Jersey/New York’s ILL NIÑO is pleased to announce the release of their highly-anticipated VICTORY RECORDS debut, Dead New World, on October 26th, 2010. The album is self produced with co-production coming from Clint Lowery (Sevendust) and Sahaj Ticotin (RA) and mixed by Eddie Wohl (36 Crazyfists, Anthrax, Smile Empty Soul). Dead New World also serves as the follow up to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2008 release, Enigma.

See above for the newly released album art, illustrated by Tim Butler of XIII Designs (Disturbed, Slipknot, Metallica, Slayer, Michael Jackson). “It was our pleasure to work with Tim Butler, who designed ILL NIÑO’s Dead New World CD cover,” states drummer Dave Chavarri. “We wanted to have a tribal ethnic looking cover, and Tim’s recreation design of a picture of three South American shrunken heads was everything we wanted. The Dead New World cover definitely touches on our ethnic roots and history.”

To date, ILL NIÑO has sold more than 500,000 albums in the United States alone, and over 1 Million albums worldwide. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Disturbed, Guns N’ Roses, and more! The band plans to embark on a full United States tour this fall, and will head into Asia and South America by the end of 2010! Stay tuned for more tour updates on ILL NIÑO!

ILL NIÑO’s Latin roots run bloody and deep. Their original and refreshing sound covers the gamut of musical influences, including melodic vocals, bilingual lyrics, flamenco guitars, tribal drums, Latin percussion, and salsa-infused bass lines, all while providing a pummeling dose of modern hard rock and metal. ILL NIÑO formed in late 1999 and became the epitome of Latin metal in 2001 with their monster debut album, Revolution, Revolucion. Strong airplay for their first single ‘What Comes Around’ and slots on both Ozzfest, and Jägermeister tours in 2002, helped the album sell nearly 430,000 units worldwide.

In 2003 ILL NIÑO returned with their sophomore release Confession and managed to surpass their debut sales, selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. The success of Confession also spawned the top 10 single ‘How Can I Live’, which became the featured single on the Freddy vs. Jason soundtrack and film. Awaiting the arrival of One Nation Underground in 2005, and equipped with the highly-acclaimed single ‘What You Deserve’, ILL NIÑO landed the #1 Most Added track at Active Rock radio, four weeks prior to the album’s release!

ILL NIÑO shows no signs of slowing down with their plans to dominate and epitomize the forefront of true Latin metal. For more information on ILL NIÑO, please visit these websites:



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September 28th, 2010
by EvilG
ARSIS: North American Headlining Tour Announced

ARSIS: North American Headlining Tour Announced

(New York, NY) – Nostalgia metal masters POWERGLOVE are streaming their track “Transformers” to celebrate the release of their new record “Saturday Morning Apocalypse” which is available online and in stores TODAY. Transformers can be heard at [http://bit.ly/bTmHoa]. “Saturday Morning Apocalypse” can be previewed and purchased here [http://bit.ly/95zKvO].

Now that POWERGLOVE has taken the Flintstones from the stone age into the metal age, they will hit the road with FIREWIND this fall followed by ARSIS and CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE this winter.

w/ Firewind

Nov. 04 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11

Nov. 05 – West Springfield, VA – Jaxx

Nov. 06 – New York, NY – The Gramercy

Nov. 07 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques

w/ Arsis and Conducting From The Grave

Dec. 01 – Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ

Dec. 02 – Evening Star Music Hall – Niagara Falls, NY

Dec. 03 – Pirates Cove – Cleveland, OH

Dec. 04 – Harpo’s – Detroit, MI

Dec. 05 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

Dec. 07 – Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO

Dec. 08 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT

Dec. 09 – The Venue – Boise, ID

Dec. 10 – Studio 7 – Seattle, WA

Dec. 11 – Branx (Loveland) – Portland, OR

Dec. 12 – Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA

Dec. 13 – The Whisky – Hollywood, CA

Dec. 14 – The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

Dec. 15 – Club Khaos – Amarillo, TX

Dec. 16 – The Marquee Theatre – Tulsa, OK

Dec. 18 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

TOUR POSTER: http://www.box.net/shared/a61x9uds7b

“We are POWERGLOVE and we are here to f*ck with your childhood!” proclaims the band at the beginning of their live shows. After finding success mining the brains of the A.D.D. driven video game generation with songs like “Tetris,” POWERGLOVE have set their sights on the inner child in all of us. To this end, the band has set its blasters from stun to kill; it’s target: the world!

POWERGLOVE is composed of four battle-hardened rockers out of Boston, MA: Alex Berkson, Bassil Silver-Hajo, Chris Marchiel, and Nick Avila. This band shreds metal renditions of everything from old school 8- bit video game classics to contemporary blockbusters, all with a heavy metal attitude!

For more information on POWERGLOVE visit the links below.





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METALLICA Will “Do Something” To Celebrate 30th Anniversary In 2011

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG
Metallica 1981 - photo from Metallica.com

Metallica 1981 - photo from Metallica.com

Australia’s Video Hits recently interviewed METALLICA’s James Hetfield. During the 22-minute video, which can be seen below, the subject of 2011 marking the band’s 30th anniversary and subsequent celebrations was discussed.

Hetfield commented, “We’ve gotta do something; there’s no doubt about that. There are quite a few bands that have made it 30 years, but these days, I think it’s getting a little harder to survive 30 years. The fact that we made it 30 years is pretty unbelievable.”

Metallica will wrap up their 2010 tour with a string of 15 sold out shows in New Zealand and Australia, running October 13th to November 21st.

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SODOM – “In War And Pieces” Details/Tracklisting

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG
SODOM - In War And Pieces

SODOM - In War And Pieces

SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing SODOM’s new album, In War And Pieces on the following dates:

Germany: November 19th, 2010

Europe: November 22nd, 2010

USA/Canada: January 11th, 2011

The album will be released in four formats:

– Limited Edition Digipak with Bonus Live CD including ten tracks (Wacken, 25th Anniversary show 2007)

– Double Gatefold LP in bloodred vinyl with one bonus track (‘Murder One’)

– Standard Version

– Download

In War And Pieces tracklisting:

‘In War And Pieces’


‘Through Toxic Veins’

‘Nothing Counts More Than Blood’

‘Storm Raging Up’

‘Feigned Death Throes’

‘Soul Contraband’

‘God Bless You’

‘The Art Of Killing Poetry’


‘Styptic Parasite’

A new In War And Pieces press release reads as follows:

For Tom Angelripper, his thrash metal band Sodom is a perfect vehicle to bluntly take a stand. Like few other musicians on this scene, he personifies – along with down-to-earthiness and honesty – a healthily critical position on political authorities and decision-makers from finance and industry. On their latest album, In War And Pieces, Sodom focus on the worst excesses of power: arrogance, greed, spotlight-seeking, fanaticism, corruption, cowardice and oppression. Tom: “I’ve always written about what’s going on in the world, about the injustice and mistakes that happen everywhere. I know that you can’t change anything politically that way, but I would like to at least comment on the situation and generate an awareness of this deplorable state of affairs. Being a singer in a metal band allows me to voice my anger to a large audience.”

This uncompromising attitude marks the eleven songs on Sodom’s latest album which could hardly sound more dynamic and violent. In War And Pieces owes its bloodcurdling energy largely to producer Waldemar Sorychta (GRIP INC, ENEMY OF THE SUN), whose great skill and commitment were instrumental in creating the album’s – as Tom calls it – “phat, brutal and open” sound. With Sorychta’s support, Angelripper (vocals, bass), Bernemann (guitar) and Bobby Schottkowski (drums) succeeded in adding new impulses to their music without watering down the band’s long tradition. “Waldemar is a great musician himself and has done some brilliant work, especially on the guitar sound,” Tom explains. “He knows how to get the absolute maximum out of a speaker.”

As brutal as the production is the diverse songwriting on In War And Pieces, a kind of tour de force through the whole history of thrash metal, featuring harsh arrangements, melodic solos and raging vocal attacks. “I feel that we sound more contemporary and structured than we did on our recent releases,” Tom analyses. “At the same time, there are also references to recordings such as Persecution Mania and Agent Orange. After Venom, Sodom were the world’s first angry band, and nothing has changed that.” Tom lists as examples the impressive title track, as well as ‘The Art Of Killing Poetry’ with its ultra-deep guitar atmospheres and the German-language song, ‘Knarrenheinz’, which holds up the tradition of classics such as ‘Bombenhagel’ and ‘Ausgebombt’.

“Knarrenheinz is the mascot on the album cover, that’s why I felt he deserved his own lyrics,” Tom grins.

Talking of album covers: the artwork was designed by Eliran Kantor, who enjoys an excellent reputation on the scene thanks to his work for renowned acts such as TESTAMENT, GWAR and MEKONG DELTA.

For more on Sodom:

Official Site: www.sodomized.info
MySpace: www.myspace.com/sodom

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EPICA To Release ‘This Is The Time’ Digital Single

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG
EPICA To Release 'This Is The Time' Digital Single

EPICA To Release 'This Is The Time' Digital Single

“This Is The Time”, the new single from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA, will be released digitally on October 15. A video for the song, which was written for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), was filmed in March was in Hilversum, The Netherlands and can be viewed below.

For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

Commented EPICA: “The awareness that we should be more careful with the earth, increases every day. We should also try to live in closer harmony with nature. EPICA is lyric-wise strongly connected to these themes and would like to devote themselves to this cause for a better world!”

Added WWF’s Jörgen van Beem: “WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. A planet where people and nature can thrive together, in a stable environment, now, and for generations to come. For more than 40 years, WWF has been at the forefront in protecting the Amazon and are therefore enthusiastic that EPICA decided to raise funds for the Brazilian forest programs of WWF, which ensure conservation and sustainable development throughout the world’s largest rainforest.”

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Neon Nights – 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL – Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG
Neon Nights - 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL - Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November 2010

Neon Nights - 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL - Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November 2010

Neon Nights: 30 Years of HEAVEN & HELL- Live at Wacken will be released on CD and DVD via Eagle Records in North America on November 16th.

Columbia Music Entertainment Japan will release the set on CD on November 10th. The limited edition first pressing in Japan features cardboard sleeve artwork and the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players).

Neon Nights – 30 Years Of Heaven & Hell; Live At Wacken celebrates the band’s July 30th, 2009 appearance at Germany’s world-famous festival. The band – featuring BLACK SABBATH legends Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinnie Appice (drums) – were supporting their new studio album The Devil You Know. Although nobody knew at the time, it was to be Ronnie James Dio’s last filmed concert appearance before his death in May 2010 from stomach cancer.

Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell- Live at Wacken features the following tracklisting:


‘The Mob Rules’

‘Children Of The Sea’


‘Bible Black’

‘Time Machine’ (with Vinnie Appice drum solo)


‘Falling Off The Edge Of The World’

‘Follow The Tears’

‘Die Young’ (with Tony Iommi guitar solo)

‘Heaven And Hell’


‘Country Girl’ (intro)

‘Neon Knights’

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September 28th, 2010
by EvilG

New solo project & album by charismatic Chilean singer/songwriter

PITCH BLACK RECORDS welcomes ALEXIS into its roster of artists and is pleased to announce their upcoming album, “Birds of Prey”, due for release on November 19th.

One of the founding members of Inquisicion and later on Witchblade, charismatic singer and songwriter Freddy Alexis has been enjoying a large following in his home country of Chile.

With a large number of releases in his background and the thrill of opening shows for such acts as Gamma Ray, Kreator and twice for Iron Maiden, Freddy Alexis is now returning with his new solo project, ALEXIS.

Joined by his old song-writing friend Gabriel Hidalgo, the duo have created an album that marks a new metal beginning for Freddy Alexis and his band mates; an album full of solid, melodic power metal and passionate performances.

The CD version includes an additional three bonus tracks of older compositions remixed and remastered and will be available worldwide through Pitch Black Records and Twilight-Distribution. It will also be available for digital download through several major mp3 stores.

1. Intro
2. Shadows
3. Golden Path
4. Friendly Fire
5. Birds of Prey
6. Breaking the Spell
7. Metalizer II
8. Forest
9. Without You (remix/remaster)
10. The Witchblade (remix/remaster)
11. Killing Truth (remix/remaster)

More information, album cover art and audio samples are available on www.pitchblackrecords.com.

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September 28th, 2010
by EvilG

As Singapore’s underground grind sensations, WORMROT have been steadily touring North America for the first time, they’ve been blogging about their experiences for the seminal extreme music resource, Invisible Oranges. On their 2nd exclusive piece for the site, WORMROT talks about eating pizza every day, their love for Wal-Mart and Denny’s as well as their first encounter with a Texas-sized flood:

“The next morning, we left the place at around 8:30am. Had our usual snappy Starbucks coffee with breakfast from Arby’s and head off to Oklahoma City for a gig at The Conservatory. Another long ass drive! What was supposed to be a 10 hours drive became 12 hours due to some complications on the highway in Amarillo, Texas. For the 1st time in our lives, we experienced real flood!!! The flood was so bad that some cars were covered in water. That totally sucks big time, man! We were damn lucky not to get stuck in the flood coz all the Wormrot boys can’t swim, for goodness sake!! Traffic was slow coz they had to block some parts of the road. And so we arrived late while the 1st band was playing. No bullshit, just load in and fucking play! Another small turnout for us considering the size of the place. LOL… But it was a fun gig. Sound system was good and the crowd was crazy, too. There was no place for us to sleep that night. so Mike h ad to drive to a hotel so that we can all have our beauty sleep. Oh yeah, the promoter did get us some food though. Pizzas.”

Read WORMROT’s 2nd tour blog here: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2010/09/wormrot-us-tour-diary-pt-2/

Stay tuned for more new updates in the coming days.

Catch WORMROT live on their first ever US tour:

Sep 29 – Richmond, Virginia – The Triple

Sep 30 – Silver Spring, Maryland – Corpse Fortress

Oct 01 – Wilmington, Delaware – Mojo 13

Oct 02 – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – The Hardbean Cafe

Oct 03 – Brooklyn, New York – Archeron

Oct 04 – Hartford, Connecticut – The Whitney House

Oct 05 – Philadelphia, PA – JR’s Bar

Get a taste of the ferocity of a live WORMROT show by watching a video from the band’s performance in Denver, CO on the band’s current Abusing America tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gpGQY4-kiA

WORMROT’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 http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_674_733.

ABUSE is also available now on iTunes with 34 (yes, 34!) bonus tracks: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/abuse/id363581828

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

MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/wormrotgrind

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wormrot/237638635639

Twitter – http://twitter.com/Wormrot

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September 28th, 2010
by EvilG


Long Island, NY’s MISERY is fresh off of their United States tour with DevilDriver, Kittie and Kataklysm, and is pleased to announce their upcoming “welcome home” show at Club Loaded @ Karma on October 1st! MISERY will be supported by the bands Machine and Killjoy, and the show begins at 8pm. Club Loaded @ Karma is located at 620 Waverly Avenue, Patchogue, NY.

MISERY recently announced another home state performance at the 2010 Skateboard Marketing & Nova Entertainment Group CMJ Music Marathon showcase! The showcase will take place on October 21st, 2010 at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. The showcase begins at 5:30pm.

MISERY recently wrapped up recording on their gripping, in your face, highly anticipated full length release, Evil is Crowned. The album was recorded at Systems 2 Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY and was mastered at Manhattan’s world-famous Sterling Sound. Production credits on Evil is Crowned go to Joey Z from fellow heavy-hitting New York metal band, Life of Agony. The album is scheduled to be released January 2011 via Super Metal Records, and the title track, ‘Evil is Crowned’ is scheduled to debut on Sirius XM Liquid Metal in the coming months. Currently, two other tracks from Evil is Crowned are spinning on Sirius-XM’s Liquid Metal and have been receiving rave reviews throughout the metal community.

See below for the Evil is Crowned tracklisting:

1. Evil Is Crowned

2. Bullet

3. Gone Tomorrow

4. I Hate Your Face

5. Break the Silence

6. Social Anxiety

7. The Hurt Spell

8. Hangover in Harlem

9. Mind your Business

10. Live Fast Die Slow

11. Head Like A Hole (Nine Inch Nails Cover)

Formed in the early 90’s, MISERY are known for their powerfully aggressive sound, often being compared to the likes of Pantera and Metallica with an eerie Black Sabbath undertone. MISERY are also recognized for their rigorous touring schedule, including support for large acts such as Napalm Death, Buckcherry and Testament. After hearing MISERY’s 2008 full length release, Fifteen Years of Aggression, producer Joey Z took such a liking to the band that he asked MISERY to support Life of Agony on their Winter 2009 tour. Playing with such an eclectic mix of bands has helped to expose MISERY to a world of new fans! In 2009, MISERY reached the #12 position on the FMQB Metal Radio charts, and currently can be heard on cable music outlets such as Music Choice and DMX.

For more information on MISERY, please visit these locations:


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Hexfire Recording Session Is Finished

September 28th, 2010
by EvilG

Hexfire members inform that during last weeks they recorded all the tracks for their forthcoming album and the recording session is finally over.

“It was really a great experience for us. There was a lot of work but everything was very exciting. We recorded our songs in the studio with a legendary Polish engineer Janusz “Yanek” Bryt who is known for his long-term cooperation with great metal bands like Destruction, Vader or Behemoth. That’s so cool. Stay tuned for further information!”
For more info visit: www.myspace.com/hexfireofficial

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STOCKHOLM ROCK OUT -Part II Great White, Keel, Lizzy Borden, U.D.O, Pretty Boy Floyd etc..

September 28th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala



Stockholm Rock Out is a new rock festival in Sweden which is now in its second year. When the first edition of the festival took place on May 1st it was almost disastrous because the giant volcano clouds forced most of the headliners to cancel their appearances but this time all measures worked well without any unexpected problems or last minute changes. By European standards, the band line up in Stockholm Rock Out was somewhat extravagant. The list included many great bands which haven’t been here in ages, like Keel and Tuff, and there were also some unique one off performances like the one with Great White w/ Paul Shortino on vocals and the farewell show of Zinny J. Zan. Like the organizers advertised, this festival is indeed organized for music lovers by music lovers.     


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Guitarist Ron Jarzombek Issues WATCHTOWER, BLOTTED SCIENCE Update

September 27th, 2010
by EvilG

Acclaimed guitarist Ron Jarzombek (BLOTTED SCIENCE, WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK) has issued the following update:

“Basically, what is going on is I have too many things going on right now, and haven’t completed much of anything since the BLOTTED SCIENCE The Machinations Of Dementia CD in late ’07. (Well, I released ‘PHHHP! Plus’ last year but that was previously recorded material). This is what I get for starting up too many things, trying to run everything myself, handling nearly all production work, and I get so overloaded that I lose focus on what I should be working on, what is priority at the time, and nothing gets completed. Hopefully, one of the projects listed below will actually be completed sometime soon, but don’t hold your breath or you will die’

1. Instructional DVDs

I have not touched the DVD material since I posted the Oscillation Cycles video over a year ago. I had so many people asking what the DVDs would be like, so I completed that segment and posted it just to give fans a glimpse of what I’m putting together, but knew that after that I would be getting back with Watchtower in hopes of finishing up Mathematics. There will be three instructional DVDs, the 1st based on common scale use and abuse, the 2nd on timing, and the 3rd on 12 tone uses. I’ve got tons of work done on all three DVDs, but am far from being completed on any of them. They will be completed and released when they are done. How’s that? Believe me folks, I really want to get back to my DVDs, but I usually put bands/projects first when other band/project members are cooperating’

2. Watchtower

Seems like whenever we try to complete Mathematics, we hit a snag, roadblock, or wall. We’ve reworked the material for the third time now (2000, 2004, and now 2010), and I’m just tired of talking about it. It’s really getting old. You guy can keep asking me, but the answer will be the same… I really don’t know when the CD will be done. I really don’t. We need to get the damn thing done sometime, somehow, some way. But we have over an hour of good material sitting around waiting to be recorded and released. If we can just get this vocalist situation worked out, we should be fine. In April ’10 we digitally released ‘The Size Of Matter’ and played the Keep It True Festival in Germany and I thought at that point we would for sure get back on track and get the recordings done (just like I did in 2000 and 2004). So we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

3. Blotted Science EP and new drummer!

When we got together for the Tampa rehearsals in mid ’08, we began talking about plans for a second Blotted Science CD and came up with a wacky concept. Let’s just say there were lots of crazy and interesting ideas floating around. The ‘Laser Lobotomy’ and ‘Oscillation Cycles’ rehearsal videos were posted and talks of gigging were in the air, but nothing materialized. No writing for the second CD really happened after that. Alex continued working heavily with CANNIBAL CORPSE, Charlie with BEHOLD THE ARCTOPUS, and I was working on the DVDs/Watchtower. We just kept in contact and were thinking of how we could pull off this ‘concept’. After a year and a half of focusing on WatchTower, and it coming to a grinding halt, I REALLY wanted to get moving on something. I was getting hounded by fans about a second Blotted Science CD, so I began putting things together for Blotted Science II. Realizing that a full CD would take too long to complete, we decided that an EP would be our best and most realistic move at this point. Alex is heavily involved with Cannibal Corpse and our new drummer Hannes Grossman is writing/recording/touring with OBSCURA. New drummer?! What?!! Yes, folks, please welcome Hannes to Blotted Science! Those of you in the death metal world should be very familiar with his work with NECROPHAGIST and Obscura. Of course Alex and I wish Charlie the very best with his current bands/projects/sessions, and many thanks for doing an absolute brilliant job on Machinations.

The EP will consists of 4 songs totalling 22 minutes (3 of which are already already written), and will be hopefully released in early ’11. But again, but don’t hold your breath.

4. ‘Duodecimal Levorotation’

While Watchtower was in Germany playing the KIT Festival, we stayed over a few days and I got to hang out a bit with Hannes and Chris from Obscura. Chris and I soon starting talking about music theory, 12 tone uses, and thought that it would be cool for us to put something, maybe just a song or two, and have it available digitally. To fill out the recording lineup we fired up Hannes, and I asked my SPASTIC INK bandmate bassist Pete Perez if he was interested, so we all pitched in with a few tunes each, and came up with a 6 ‘ minute song. We haven’t come up with a name for the project yet, but the name of the song will be ‘Duodecimal Levorotation’.


My local RUSH tribute band Exit Stage Left is at it again. We will be playing in the San Antonio area at Clicks (I410 and EVers), the Broadway 5050 Colonnade, and at Hooligan’s in a few weeks. Come out and have a brew while I kill my guitar on ‘Bytor’. Our first gig back is Nov. 6.

6. Ray Riendeau

Congrats to RAY RIENDEAU for completing his fifth solo CD Atmospheres. Ray played on the song Words For Nerds on Spastik Ink’s second CD Ink Compatible. And so my playing on the song ‘A Search For Life Forms’ from ‘Atmospheres’ completes our ‘trade’. Many thanks Ray, a freaking killer CD!

7. Online lessons

I have received quite a few inquiries about online gtr lessons. Right now I am only doing private live-in-person lessons 5 days a week at 3 locations in San Antonio, but am thinking about getting into online lessons. If/when this happens, I will post any info on all of my sites.

8. About my sites, if anyone wants to get a hold of me for anything, do not send anything to either myspaces or facebook. My email is ronjarz@satx.rr.com. I check my email a few times a day, and go to the myspace/facebook emails maybe once every week or two. I hate the setup of MySpace and Facebook emails and don’t care to deal with either of them (and of course on facebook there is so much garbage to sift through). If you send an email to ronjarz@satx.rr.com and I don’t get back to you within a few days, it’s probably because I’m working on a few things.”

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Toronto based band BASTARD CHILD DEATH CULT (BCxDC) announce the dates of their upcoming UK tour

September 27th, 2010
by Celtic Bob

Toronto based band BASTARD CHILD DEATH CULT (BCxDC) have announced the dates of their upcoming October UK tour. This will be the first overseas trip for the band who are touring in support of their debut album “Year Zero” (2009, Stereo Dynamite Recordings). * The entire “Year Zero” album is currently available as a FREE DOWNLOAD at: www.StereoDynamite.com

The band which is made up of x-members of Toronto bands Cancer Bats, Damn 13, and Monster Voodoo Machine have an “amps-on-11” sound that mixes the intensity of Black Flag, Discharge, and early Corrosion Of Conformity with the death n’ roll vibe of bands like Entombed, Disfear and Doomriders.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring our noise to the UK. We’re all huge fans of UK punk and hardcore, and can’t wait to get over there and mix it up with some great current UK bands.” Says BCxDC vocalist Adam (Doom) Sewell.

In preparation for their next album, Bastard Child Death Cult have recently posted 3 new demo tracks online:

“Everything Turns Grey”

“From Bone To Dust”

“Grey Skies”

Oct. 22 – Bath, UK @ Green Park Tavern
Oct. 23 – TBA, UK
Oct. 24 – TBA, UK
Oct. 25 – Brighton, UK @ The Prince Albert
Oct. 26 – Bolton, UK @ Soundhouse
Oct. 27 – Edinburgh, UK @ Bannermans
Oct. 28 – York, UK @ Stereo
Oct. 29 – Mansfield, UK @ Nottingham Punk Club
Oct. 30 – Cheltenham, UK @ Frog and Fiddle
Oct. 31 – Peterborough, UK @ The Park
Nov. 1 – London, UK @ The Gafff
Nov. 2 – Coventry, UK @ Kasbash Night Club *Supporting Cancer Bats

Bastard Child Death Cult On The Web:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bastardchilddeathcult
Myspace: www.myspace.com/bastardchilddeathcult
Twitter: @bcxdc

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September 27th, 2010
by EvilG
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

In the final installment of their track-by-track series, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the final song that will appear on the band’s new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which is scheduled for release in Europe on September 27th and in North America tomorrow (September 28th).

Grutle on “Lightening”:

“This the last song Ivar came up with, and also the last one I did the lyrics for on this album.  Another ‘love at first sight’ story for me; I enjoyed it straight away and had a really good time working on it.  I really have to mention [lead guitarist] Ice [Dale]’s huge impact on this song, too.  He really does some magic here and the beginning of the song had been remarkably different without his genius!  I remember that I wrote the lyrics while listening to the pre-production on repeat, and the words just came out instantly.  It was just like the words were already there and I was merely a medium… strange but cool.  I won’t say too much about the lyrics other than they describe certain forces inside you, written in mythological metaphors.  The title should provide a pretty good hint.  Enjoy!”

Ivar on “Lightening”:

“[Keyboard player and clean vocalist] Herbrand was a little bit concerned with the opening riffs on this song, as they seem to skip a lot between scales, bars, and time signatures.  Then he and Ice Dale sat down to work out a collaboration between the lead guitar and the clean vocals.  And WHAT a result!  I dare say this is Herbrand’s most impressing vocal efforts to date, and it shows that Ice Dale is a guitar legend in the sense that he can feel the notes, not only shred them.  Then Grutle takes over in the second part of the song, again showcasing very impressive timing and his best aggressive vocals so far in my ears.  These lyrics by Grutle definitely gives off a sense of lightening, of brightening up – but to me it is more the bright light of an explosion than any kind of meek light of forgiveness.  A perfect end to the album.”

Read the commentaries on “Ethica Odini,” “Raidho,” “Waruun,” “The Beacon,” “Axioma,” “Giants,” “Singular,” and “Nightsight” at this location.

Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details hereContest ends Thursday, September 30th.

Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop is now taking pre-orders for ENSLAVED’s exclusive North American Axioma Ethica Odini pre-order bundle, which includes the new album plus an ENSLAVED t-shirt for $20.00.

ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th and will return to North America in November as the direct support act for DIMMU BORGIR.  All upcoming tour dates are available here.

View the four-part in-studio video series of ENSLAVED members answering fan questions on the making of Axioma Ethica Odini on the band’s official YouTube channel.

View Metal Hammer’s video interview here where Ivar Bjørnson & Grutle Kjellson shed some insight on the new album artwork by Norwegian artist Truls Espedal.

Visit ENSLAVED online at www.ENSLAVED.no, www.myspace.com/ENSLAVED, www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED, www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial, and twitter.com/ENSLAVEDBAND.

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