Axioma Ethica Odini, the new album by Norway’s renowned progressive/psychedelic black metal band ENSLAVED, has sold over 1,400 copies in the U.S. since its release on September 28th and has debuted at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart, #40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and #72 on the Independent Current Albums chart.
ENSLAVED guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson has checked in from the road in Europe with their reaction to the news:
“We received news last week of the great first week sales in the U.S. with accompanying chart positions. Most important is the fact that we out-did our own previous achievements [with 2008’s Vertebrae] in the U.S. market. We’re not competing with anything else than our own ambitions. We want to express our sincere appreciation to the wonderful people at Nuclear Blast U.S. for their relentless efforts in promoting ENSLAVED, as this is also their achievement!”
Axioma Ethica Odini is the follow-up to 2008’s Vertebrae, which sold over 1,100 copies its first week of release in North America according to Nielsen SoundScan and debuted on the American Billboard Hard Music chart at #11 and on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #49. Vertebrae also won Terrorizer Magazine’s coveted “Album of the Year” award for 2008. In their native Norway, Vertebrae entered the official charts at #20 and earned ENSLAVED their third consecutive Spellemann award (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy).
ENSLAVED will be direct support for fellow countrymen DIMMU BORGIR on a 32-date run across North America which launches on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Also on the bill are Blood Red Throne and Dawn Of Ashes.
Advanced pre-sale tickets & VIP packages for the “Darkness Reborn World Tour” are now on sale via ArtistArena.com (User Name: dimmuborgir; Password: tickets). Ticketing widget is available here (same log-in).
Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
11/05/10 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/06/10 Northern Lights – Albany, NY
11/07/10 Recher Theater – Towson, MD
11/08/10 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
11/10/10 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/12/10 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
11/13/10 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
11/14/10 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
11/15/10 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/16/10 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/18/10 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
11/19/10 Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
THE CROWN have long been kings of the underground death metal community. Bringing record after record of monstrous brutality before taking a brief hiatus, the band is back and better than ever with a brand new album being unleashed tomorrow! ‘Doomsday King’ is now available as an exclusive stream to MetalUnderground.com to celebrate it’s release this week.
Head over to MetalUnderground.com to get your first taste of the record and be sure to pick up your copy and support real, underground death metal! Rejoice, THE CROWN are back!
TRIPTYKON are currently ripping through North America, slaying audiences with their first chance to see the monstrous new creation of TOM G. WARRIOR live! The co-headlining trek also features black metal royalty 1349 and support from Bruce Lamont’s YAKUZA. To further promote this incredible journey, TRIPTYKON has created the following promotional video for the tour: http://bit.ly/cNX4Qd
TRIPTYKON is also set to unveil a new release for the end of the month. ‘Shatter’ is an EP comprised of previously unreleased material as well as songs recorded during the band’s set at last year’s ROADBURN FESTIVAL in Holland. ‘Shatter’ will be available on October 25th via CMDistro.com and anywhere digital music is sold!
For those that consider themselves to be true metal heads, the chance to see the iconic TOM G. WARRIOR live is not one to be taken lightly. Make sure you head out to a show near you and support live, underground music! Dates for the tour are available at http://www.myspace.com/triptykonofficial
ROADRUNNER RECORDS Launches SignMeTo Social Network
Roadrunner Records has announced the launch of web property SignMeTo Roadrunner Records, a dynamic new free service that mimics the actual A&R process using social networking tactics.
SignMeTo is a fun and functional way for fans and unsigned bands to participate in the music industry’s A&R process. Users begin by signing up as “scouts,” and unsigned bands create their own profiles, which scouts then rate and tag. The band profiles offer comprehensive functionality, with bands being able to upload photos, video, music and tour dates. For added convenience, artists and managers are able to use one dashboard to control multiple profiles.
Scouts then peruse the site and rate and review bands, which impact SignMeTo charts, which refresh daily or weekly by genre. The more each scout interacts with the site, the more weight their opinions carry. New charts are formed as users spread new tags, with genres expanding from the very simple “Alternative” or “Rock” all the way to more complex genres like “Russian Death Metal.” Besides other chart incentives, bands can also earn badges, some of which are bestowed by real Roadrunner A&R staff. SignMeTo already boasts 6,000+ active band profiles and 10,000+ scouts.
For bands, an added perk is that profile URLs are static, meaning that artists can use their SignMeTo profiles instead of clunkier, existing platforms. Unlike other services that allow bands to host music and content for free, SignMeTo provides an endgame: prevailing as the top-ranked artist in their respective genre or user-generated tag charts. And who knows — maybe a lucky few will end up with a Roadrunner Records deal!
Jon Satterley, Senior Vice President of New Media and Global Business Development and chief architect of SignMeTo, said, “Roadrunner Records is one of the few record labels left with a recognizable brand — one that stands for the very best in rock, metal and alternative music. We wanted to create a fun place for the thousands of bands and fans who are part of our world… but perhaps not yet on the artist roster. To immerse themselves in the culture of the label — a culture they themselves created and keep creating. SignMeTo is a place to discover new music, engage in real musical critiquing, and (as an artist) test yourself against the thousands of other musicians hoping to get discovered.”
Launched in 2010, SignMeTo Roadrunner Records is Roadrunner’s unique take on the world of A&R, music discovery and social networking. Dedicated to providing a quality experience to a vibrant community of fans and artists, SignMeTo is fast proving to be the destination site for unsigned rock, alternative and metal music.
Originally founded in 1980 in the Netherlands, Roadrunner Records has earned its place as one of the most prominent international independent record labels. Established primarily as a hard rock label, Roadrunner now boasts depth and variety in its artists. The label has recently experienced unprecedented success with multi-platinum artists NICKELBACK and SLIPKNOT, near-platinum THEORY OF A DEADMAN, gold-certified STONE SOUR and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, as well as modern heavy hitters KORN, DREAM THEATER, MEGADETH, TRIVIUM and OPETH. Roadrunner’s current roster also includes such diverse acts such as THE PARLOR MOB, plus up-and-comers like YOUNG THE GIANT, BLACK STONE CHERRY and AIRBOURNE. Loud & Proud Records, a label joint-venture with Roadrunner, is home to established heritage rock acts including ROB ZOMBIE, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, RATT, MEAT LOAF (North America) and KISS (Europe and select territories). Roadrunner catalog includes now-classic albums from seminal artists such as TYPE O NEGATIVE, SEPULTURA and KING DIAMOND. Still headquartered in the Netherlands, Roadrunner occupies offices in New York, now the A&R hub for the label, as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Japan and Australia.
Denmark’s sludge metal three-piece RISING has just posted two new tracks on their Myspace-site. These are the first pieces of music from the band since 2009’s critically acclaimed self titled debut EP, and the two tracks are from a forthcoming 7-inch vinyl to be released on Red Tape on November 29th. The two tracks “Legacy of Wolves” and “Daughter of The Sun” displays an even fiercer and aggressive side of the band than heard on their debut EP.
RISING’s debut EP will finally be released as a vinyl, also on November 29th and hereby mark a simultaneous release of the 7” and the EP. The German based metal/punk-label Pain of Mind will be the label for the EP vinyl edition, which will be a 12” in a limited edition of 500 ex, of which 150 are white vinyl. Both vinyl releases will be available through RISING’s Myspace, the labels and various mail orders and record dealers throughout the world.
RISING have since the release of their self titled debut EP had a high level of activity: A nomination at the Danish Metal Awards 2009 as “Best New Talent”, two European tours and one Irish tour in 2010 as well as shows in Sweden and their native homeland of Denmark including a performance at this year’s Roskilde Festival. Apart from releasing the forthcoming new 7” vinyl and the 12” EP vinyl edition, RISING is hard at work writing their debut album to be recorded in March/April next year and released on a yet undisclosed German label in September 2011. www.myspace.com/risingdk
INFECTED NATIONS, the ripping 2009 album from British thrashers EVILE, has been re-released as a special redux version and is available now in Europe.
The follow-up to EVILE’s debut album, ENTER THE GRAVE, INFECTED NATIONS sees the band finding a new level of maturity and song-writing craftsmanship, creating a heavier thrash sound with even more infectious riffs to headbang to.
On top of the nine album tracks, the INFECTED NATIONS Redux also features a bonus disc with EVILE’s popular cover of PANTERA’s “Cemetery Gates”, as well as eight songs recorded at a live rehearsal in the studio and six songs recorded live at Hammerfest in 2009. The album also includes a free INFECTED NATIONS album cover woven patch and an EVILE sticker sheet, as well as the chance to win frontman MATT DRAKE’s very own guitar.
ANTHRAX performed a new song, “Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t”, with singer Joey Belladonna for the first time during last night’s (Friday, October 8th) concert at at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York as part of the Jägermeister Music Tour with SLAYER and MEGADETH. Watch fan-filmed video footage of the performance below.
ANTHRAX debuted “Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t” on May 28, 2008 at Double Door in Chicago, Illinois during the band’s first-ever gig with then-singer Dan Nelson. The song was also recorded with Dan for what was supposed to be the next ANTHRAX album, “Worship Music”, but ended up getting shelved — along with the rest of the CD — following the departure of Nelson and return of Belladonna.
Following seven historic shows as part of the “Big Four” European festival dates with METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH, ANTHRAX has joined SLAYER and MEGADETH on the Jägermeister Fall Music Tour, which kicked off September 24 at Superpages in Dallas, Texas. The 20-date concert trek marks the first U.S. tour ANTHRAX has done since Belladonna rejoined the band earlier this year, and the first time the three bands have shared an American stage since the classic 1991 “Clash of the Titans” tour.
For this tour, ANTHRAX has teamed up with Artist Arena to offer fans the ultimate ANTHRAX VIP Package, which consists of a meet-and-greet pass to meet ANTHRAX, an autographed commemorative poster, a commemorative tour laminate, and an exclusive VIP-only ANTHRAX T-shirt.
Since returning from the European tour, the members of ANTHRAX have begun writing and rehearsing for their new album which is expected out in early 2011.
“Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t” with Joey Belladonna – October 8, 2010:
The singer of ANGRA and ALMAH, Edu Falaschi presents his new official gallery of photos at the official website www.edufalaschi.com.br.
More than 600 photos demonstrate various eras and aspects of the entire career and life of the musician and producer. ANGRA and ALMAH official and live photos, Edu Falaschi official and offstage pictures, special guest appearances and workshops, studio work, photos with friends, partners and fans, many old photos and the most recent ones – everything you can find here: http://edufalaschi.com.br/eng/gallery/
Edu Falaschi’s team thanks all the photographers, fans and friends who helped to create the biggest online collection of photos of the musician.
Earth Sick Mind, the thunderous debut full-length from Santa Cruz doom rockers DUSTED ANGEL, is finally upon us and set for release on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. The crushing 7-track attack of Earth Sick Mind was captured in San Francisco by sludgemonger Billy Anderson (High on Fire, Neurosis, Sleep) in April, and will be released next week by Mankind Records, a division of Revelation Records. A solid year and a half of touring and west coast gigs have the members of DUSTED ANGEL conditioned to jam tighter than ever, building upon the rocking hardcore-meets-stoner/doom dynamics fans of the band already love, and taking these songs to massive new levels of crushing groove.
In celebration, DUSTED ANGEL will perform at a pair of Bay Area record release shows this month. The first show takes place in San Francisco on October 15th just days after the album’s release, where DA will be playing alongside Dischord Records hardcore legends Scream! The following week the band hit their hometown Santa Cruz legions hard, playing alongside Christian Mistress and Thrones who are currently touring the US together.
DUSTED ANGEL Record Release Shows:
10/15/2010 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA w/ Scream, Dead Meat
10/27/2010 Blue Lagoon – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Christian Mistress, Thrones
DUSTED ANGEL contains members of skatecore legends Bl’ast, metal experimentalists Spaceboy, corrosive sludge metal act Gargantula and more. All longtime friends from time spent in previous bands, or just from growing up in the Santa Cruz skate/surf/slam scene together for the past 20 years, brought DUSTED ANGEL together in 2008. They’ve done nothing but rock your face off ever since…
The DIO Tribute at the Sweden Rock Cruise was an incredible night. LION’S SHARE really wanna thank all the guests for their great performances, Sweden Rock Magazine and of course the audience: what a great crowd!
Finally we want to thank Ronnie James Dio for the awesome music he gave us and pay our respects to Wendy Dio and the rest of his family.
Here’s the setlist with some comments:
1. “E5150”, (intro)
2. “Mob Rules”, (Lion’s Share)
3. “Stand Up And Shout”, (Lion’s Share)
4. “Holy Diver”, (Lion’s Share)
Comment: the response from the crowd really blew us away. Epic!
….and here we start picking up the different guests to perform with us:
5. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)”, together with Johan Edlund from Tiamat on vocals.
Comment: Johan really did his own version of this great song and it was brilliant.
6. “Man On The Silver Mountain”, together with Johan Hegg on vocals.
Comment: A smoking performance from Mr. Amon Amarth himself. A classic!
7. “Don’t Talk To Strangers”, together with Charles Rytkönen on vocals.
Comment: Awesome performance from the front man of Morgana Lefay. Thumbs up:)
Here we had a little changeover and Martin Forssman from Sweden Rock Magazine entered the stage and reminded the audience to support the “Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund”.
8. “One Night In The City”, performed by Gothenburg Allstars: Björn Gelotte (In Flames) – Guitar, Peter Iwers (In Flames) – Bass, Jocke Berg (Hardcore Superstar) – Vocals, Magnus “Adde” Andreasson (Hardcore Superstar) – Drums, Rikard Zander (Evergrey) – Keyboards
9. “Rock’n’roll Children”, (Gothenburg Allstars)
10. “Stargazer”, (Gothenburg Allstars)
Comment: These guys delivered a classy show. Quality and passion.
Another little changeover and Lion’s Share entered the stage again.
11. “Children Of The Sea”, together with Messiah Marcolin (ex-Candlemass) on vocals and Mike Wead from King Diamond on lead guitar.
12. “Sign Of The Southern Cross”, together with Messiah and Mike.
Comment: Superior performances from Mike and Messiah. Felt great to see Messiah back where he belongs: on stage. One of the best frontmen of all times!
13. “Tarot Woman”, together with Jens Johansson (ex-DIO, Yngwie, Stratovarius) on keyboards and Mats Levén (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Treat, Therion, At Vance) on vocals.
Comment: Two of Sweden’s most talented musicians ever kicked ass in this Rainbow classic. Mats sang like a God!
14. “Rainbow In The Dark”, Lion’s Share singer Patrik took the stage again and Jens stayed to play this DIO hit song like he did so many times with the original.
15. “Heaven And Hell”, (Lion’s Share)
Comment: This song is probably the reason to why Patrik became a singer. And the audience….WOW!
Comment: Time for the great final; all artists above together on stage to perform DIO’s Live Aid-song “Stars”. Special guests Jim Jidhed from Alien and Janne “JB” Christoffersson from Grand Magus. We had no chance to rehearse this song, so it turned out to be pretty much a jam session. Chaotic….but fun:)
Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers, FORBIDDEN, will hold a free public listening party for their first record since reforming on Friday October 22, 2010 at Soundwave Studios in Oakland CA. The event will start at 9 pm and is located at 2200 Wood St. Fans will have a chance to get free swag, win a Fernandes bass guitar, and purchase the CD before it hits the streets. Members of FORBIDDEN will also be in attendance to sign autographs and meet the fans.
“We are all very excited about our new release, Omega Wave,” commented vocalist Russ Anderson. “Everyone involved with creating the record worked extremely hard. Now, we want to share it with our fans and friends! So anybody who wants to come out and celebrate with us is officially invited! We will also have plenty of Nuclear Blast and FORBIDDEN swag on hand for giveaways. Be a part of our special night and you may just win some free shit too!” Omega Wave,FORBIDDEN’s fifth studio album after a 13-year recording hiatus,will be released in Europe on October 22nd and on October 26th in North America. It wasrecorded at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California, produced by FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero with Tim Narducci, and mixed by Sean Beavan (Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails). FORBIDDEN have uploaded the track “Forsaken At The Gates” to their official MySpace page.
FORBIDDEN 2010 features Russ Anderson on vocals, Craig Locicero on guitar, Steve Smyth on guitar, Matt Camacho on bass and Mark Hernandez on drums.
Read all the studio blog entries on the making of Omega Wavehere. Song titles on Omega Wave include:
Forsaken At The Gates
Adapt Or Die
Behind The Mask
Dragging My Casket
FORBIDDEN are confirmed for January 2011’s 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise and will tour the U.S. this November supporting Overkill with Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood.
FORBIDDEN will go on to headline their own tour with Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood from November 22nd – December 11th. VIP tickets for pre-show Meet & Greet sessions with the band are now on sale at EnterTheVault.com. VIP ticket buyers will also receive a customized poster signed by the band.
“7 Sinners” is definitely in sight now and news tickers about HELLOWEEN, the new album, and the first single “Are You Metal?” are running hot. Therefore, here’s the newest info and announcements for the weekend – so you won’t miss anything:
Video premiere “Are You Metal?” – reloaded.
We were almost ahead of ourselves: the German clip premiere will be on Monday, October 11th at MySpace – right here: http://www.myspace.com/music/videos – and not, as announced earlier, on October 8th. Fans worldwide can check out the video simultaneously at www.helloween.org, of course. Let the servers work overtime; this film keeps the title’s promise!
Trick or Treat? – HELLOWEEN in Berlin.
You have to prove first if you are Metal. And the best occasion for that is the Halloween-Party at the Hard Rock Café, Berlin at October 30th 2010. Because the guys from HELLOWEEN want to celebrate the “7 Sinners” release in Berlin and more importantly together with you. Trust us: it’s going to be a real ‘hard’ night and maybe there’ll also be a ‘live-ly’ surprise… – more info soon in this newsletter.
Exclusive tickets – not Metal, but ‘hard’.
The aficionados and collectors amongst you will be excited: for the upcoming German tour there will be a number of limited original tickets for every town in “7 Sinners”-design. You can secure yourself those precious items at http://tickets.helloween.org/ at absolutely fair shipping costs (1,50 Euro per ticket, max. 4,50 Euro per order).
Doesn’t all have to be digital nowadays…
…also not pixilated, but LIVE and kicking for sure:
HELLOWEEN – tour dates worldwide. (More dates to follow until the end of 2011)
26.11.2010 Szene – Vienna, AUSTRIA
27.11.2010 ?Winter Masters of Rock’ – Zlin, CZECH REPUBLIC
28.11.2010 Petöfi Hall – Budapest, HUNGARY
01.12.2010 Neue Stadthalle – Langen, GERMANY
02.12.2010 Hof Ter Lo – Antwerp, BELGIUM
04.12.2010 Hardrock Hell Festival – Prestatyn, UNITED KINGDOM
05.12.2010 The HMV Forum – London, UNITED KINGDOM
06.12.2010 Effenaar – Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS
08.12.2010 Mejeriet – Lund, SWEDEN
09.12.2010 Rockefeller – Oslo, NORWAY
10.12.2010 Lisebergshallen – Gothenburg, SWEDEN
11.12.2010 Arenan – Stockholm, SWEDEN
13.12.2010 Rock Cafe – Tallin, ESTONIA
14.12.2010 Pakkahuone – Tampere, FINLAND
15.12.2010 House Of Culture – Helsinki, FINLAND
17.12.2010 Stodola – Stodola, POLAND
18.12.2010 Studio – Cracow, POLAND
19.12.2010 Mala Sportovni Hala – Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
02.01.2011 Brückenforum – Bonn, GERMANY
11.01.2011 Elysee Montmatre – Paris, FRANCE
12.01.2011 Le Transbordeur – Lyon, FRANCE
14.01.2011 Rockstar Live – Bilbao, SPAIN
16.01.2011 Razzmatazz I – Barcelona, SPAIN
18.01.2011 Alcatraz – Milan, Lombardy, ITALY
19.01.2011 Atlantico Live – Roma, Lazio, ITALY
21.01.2011 Fuzz Live Music Club – Athens, GREECE
22.01.2011 Principal Club Theatre – Thessaloniki, GREECE
23.01.2011 Hristo Botev Hall – Sofia, BULGARIA
24.01.2011 Hristo Botev Hall – Sofia, BULGARIA
26.01.2011 Boogaloo Club – Zagreb, CROATIA
27.01.2011 Kino Siska Club – Ljubljana, SLOVENIA
28.01.2011 Sports Hall – Hlohovec, SLOVAKIA
29.11.2011 Sports Hall – Presov, SLOVAKIA
31.01.2011 Z7 – Pratteln, SWITZERLAND
01.02.2011 Garage – Saarbrücken, GERMANY
04.02.2011 Capitol – Hannover, GERMANY
05.02.2011 Turbinenhalle – Oberhausen, GERMANY
06.02.2011 Halle Gartlage – Osnabrück, GERMANY
09.02.2011 Docks – Hamburg, GERMANY
10.02.2011 Jako Arena – Bamberg, GERMANY
11.02.2011 All-Kart-Halle – Kaufbeuren, GERMANY
12.02.2011 Volksbankmesse – Balingen, GERMANY
German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update:
“R.I.P. Steve Lee (GOTTHARD) – on of the greatest singers in our world and a friend is gone…
After 15 shows we’ve arrived in Finland after a rough ferry ride through the night. We’re looking forward to the final 6 shows of the tour and the tour in Spain is just around the corner. Had a great time so far on the road and the band is in a fantastic mood. The vibe on and off stage is great – all support bands are doing a killer job.
Thx to ELVENKING and KISSIN’ DYNAMITE for a energetic time and we hope to see you soon again! Now we’re preparing for the final six shows starting tonight in Tampere, Finland.
Aside of being a member of the just released new HALFORD album, Made Of Metal, guitarist Metal Mike Chlasziak delivered two outstanding crushing guitar tracks for Ralf’s forthcoming solo album and the songs ‘Locked In The Dungeon’ and ‘Dynasty’.
Great job Mike and all the best for your tour in Japan!”
Primal Fear’s complete live itinerary can be found the band’s official website www.primalfear.de