CHILDREN OF BODOM Unveils Album Cover, Track Listing To New Record “Relentless Reckless Forever”

December 10th, 2010
by EvilG

Children of Bodom - "Relentless Reckless Forever"

Children of Bodom - "Relentless Reckless Forever"


CHILDREN OF BODOM (also COB), the hard partying Finnish Heavy Metal band that features frontman and modern day guitar hero Alexi Laiho will release its new album Relentless Reckless Forever on March 8, 2011 via Universal Music. Today, COB reveals the album’s cover art, which can be viewed now at this location.

Recorded in Finland’s Petrax Studios with famed rock producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Monster Magnet), Relentless Reckless Forever is the seventh studio album of CHILDREN OF BODOM’s illustrious career and the first new record from the band since 2008’s Blooddrunk, which debuted at #22 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart and scored the quintet its third consecutive #1 debut in Finland. On Relentless Reckless Forever, COB’s high-energy hooks and electric energy forge stadium-sized heavy metal anthems that seethe with both marvelous musicianship and a phenomenal pop prowess. The quintet’s unique union of haunting melodies, rhythmic sensibility, guitar-and-keyboard interplay and king-size solos is supercharged to the maximum, and the resulting record is poised to push the band – already on the brink of breakout success in the U.S. – to an altogether new pinnacle.

“We worked super hard on this album, at least for me it was pretty much no sleep or rest for six weeks,” stated Laiho. “But we were determined to make the best COB album ever, so we were willing to do whatever it took. Of course, having our producer Matt Hyde kicking our asses 24/7 definitely made the results even better, so obviously we’re more than anxious to get this album out there”

The first single and video from Relentless Reckless Forever is “Was it Worth It?”. COB shot a high energy music video for the track, joining forces with two-time X Games gold medalist and two-time Thrasher Magazine “Skater of the Year” Chris Cole as well as noted pro skaters Jamie Thomas, Garrett Hill and Tom Asta (the current #1 Amateur skateboarder in the world). Filmed on location at central Pennsylvania’s residential Action Sports compound Camp Woodward and directed by Dale Resteghini for Raging Nation Films (Pink Floyd, Santana, Mötley Crüe), the video was shot guerrilla style, sans treatment; honing in directly on CHILDREN OF BODOM’s high-spirited fire and the skaters’ eye-opening execution. A high resolution trailer for the clip can be viewed now at

The track listing for CHILDREN OF BODOM’s Relentless Reckless Forever is as follows:

1.) Not My Funeral

2.) Shovel Knockout

3.) Roundtrip to Hell and Back

4.) Pussyfoot Miss Suicide

5.) Relentless Reckless Forever

6.) Ugly

7.) Cry of the Nihilist

8.) Was It Worth It?

9.) Northpole Throwdown

10.) Party All the Time (* Eddie Murphy)

“The single ‘Was It Worth It?’ is a total party song, said Laiho. “It’s not your typical Bodom sound, but it’s one of my favorites and heavy as hell.”

In addition to Laiho, CHILDREN OF BODOM features Roope Latvala (guitar), Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henkka Seppälä (bass) and Janne Warman (keyboards).


CHILDREN OF BODOM’s enthralling mix of modern heavy metal, melodic hooks and the guitar acrobatics of Laiho have solidified the critically acclaimed Finnish band as one of the most revered hard rock acts in the world and one of the leading voices of metal’s new generation. The group’s 2008 studio album Blooddrunk skyrocketed to #22 on Billboard’s Top 200, scored the quintet its third consecutive #1 debut in its native Finland and saw Laiho named “Best Metal Guitarist” by the readers of Guitar World, besting well known players such as Kirk Hammett of Metallica to win the coveted award. CHILDREN OF BODOM has been called “technically dazzling” by the New York Times and “One of the most talented metal bands of our time” by contemporary media conglomerate VICE. COB’s popular song “If You Want Peace…Prepare for War” is currently featured in the smash hit music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The band’s name is derived from the infamous Lake Bodom murders, which took place in Finland in 1960.

Updated CHILDREN OF BODOM news and tour information will be made available via COB online: / / /

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KATAKLYSM: Webisode #7 Now Online

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG
KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

Montreal based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have uploaded their seventh webisode to the following location (and can be viewed below). In it the band gives an update on all things KATAKLYSM, including an upcoming DVD and their world tour. Make sure you check out the bands newly launched website ( on a regular basis to hear about exclusive offers surrounding the tour.

KATAKLYSM recently announced, in cooperation with Decibel Magazine and, the North American leg of their “Spread the Venom 2010 – 2011 World Tour“! Joining them will be groove ladden death shredders ALL SHALL PERISH, technical/progressive death masters DECREPIT BIRTH, Sumerian Records‘ touring juggernaut CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE, and Relapse Records‘ modern death metal merchants ABYSMAL DAWN.
This will be just a part of a massive worldwide tour, that is rumored to be the bands last before a much needed break from the bands extensive performance schedule. Don’t miss out!

More dates to be announced soon. Confirmed shows so far are as follows:



12/03/10 Petit Theatre – Rouyn, QC. CAN

12/04/10 Serbian Hall – Sudbury, ON. CAN

12/05/10 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON. CAN

12/06/10 Place Nikitoutagan – Jonquiere, QC. CAN

12/07/10 L’ Imperial – Quebec, QC. CAN

12/10/10 Le Magog – Sherbrooke, QC. CAN

12/11/10 Salle Gaston-Mandeville – Drummondville, QC. CAN



01/14/11Music Hall  – Geiselwind, DE

01/15/11 Hellraiser – Leipzig, DE

01/16/11 K 17 – Berlin, DE

01/17/11 Vox Hall – Aarhus, DK

01/18/11 Markthalle – Hamburg, DE

01/19/11 Musikzentrum – Hannover, DE

01/20/11 Alter Schlachthof – Lingen, DE

01/21/11 Matrix – Bochum, DE

01/22/11 LKA Longhorn – Stuttgart, DE

01/23/11 Patronaat – Haarlen, NL

01/24/11 02 Islington Academy – Paris, FR

01/25/11 Antipode – Lyon, FR

01/26/11 Z7 – Pratteln, CH

01/27/11 Hafen – Innsbruck, AT

01/28/11 Gasometer – Wien, AT

01/29/11 Posthof – Linz, AT

01/30/11 Majectic Music Club – Bratislava, SK

01/31/11 PPC – Graz, AT

02/01/11 Batschkapp – Frankfurt, DE

02/02/11 Outback – Bad Arolsen, DE

02/03/11 Garage – Saarbrücken, DE

02/04/11 Backstage – Munich, DE

02/05/11 Hof Ter Loo – Antwerpen, BE

02/06/11 013 – Tilburg, NL


2/24 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/25 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
2/26 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
2/27 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/28 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – Canada
3/02 Starlite – Edmonton, AB – Canada
3/03 Lake City Bowl – Kelowna, BC – Canada
3/04 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – Canada
3/05 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
3/06 Branx – Portland, OR
3/07 Slim’s –  San Francisco, CA (No ABYSMAL DAWN)
3/08 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
3/09 Soma – San Diego, CA
3/10 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
3/11 El Cien – Amarillo, TX
3/12 Ridglea Theatre – Ft. Worth, TX
3/13 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
3/15 State Theater – St Petersburg, FL
3/16 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
3/17 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
3/18 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
3/19 Evening Star Music Hall – Niagara Falls, NY
3/20 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – Canada


04/06/11Circo Volador – Mexico City, MEXICO

04/07/11 Pepper’s Club – San Jose, COSTA RICA

04/09/11 Teatro Metro – Bogota, COLOMBIA

04/10/11 Teatro Comfamiliar – Pereira, COLOMBIA

04/17/11 Carioca Club – Sao Paulo, BRAZIL

Slaughter Camp Open Air Festival

05/06/11 – Praetoria, S. AFRICA

05/07/11 – Johannesburg, S. AFRICA

05/13/11 – Durban, S. AFRICA

05/14/11 – Cape Town, S. AFRICA

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Midwest Tour Update

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

American power metal kings CIRCLE II CIRCLE — featuring vocalist Zak Stevens of Savatage fame — are currently rocking through the Midwest US on the newest leg of their ongoing world tour in support of their latest album Consequence Of Power. Additional shows have been added to the routing since previous announcements, including the Chicago-area of Illinois as well as Detroit [updated routing listed below].

CIRCLE II CIRCLE would also like to let fans know that a recent lineup change shows the recent departure of guitarist Andy Lee, and the introduction of their newest member Rollie Feldmann (Kickhunter, X-13) Rollie joined CIIC two weeks ago and is debuting in all shows on this current tour with the band.

Stated Zak Stevens from the road this week: “We’re still cruising along playing shows in the Midwest in Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota in November and December to finish off our initial world tour in support of our new CD Consequence Of Power. We’ll be touring out across the U.S. supporting the new album throughout 2011. We’re looking forward to seeing all our fans across the country in the coming year and we’re very excited about the worldwide response to the new record.”

CIRCLE II CIRCLE Remaining Midwest US Shows:

12/10/2010 Nitecap Chicago – Chicago, IL
12/16/2010 The Phantasy Nite Club – Cleveland, OH
12/17/2010 Cruiser’s – Zion, IL
12/18/2010 I-Rock Nite Club – Detroit, MI

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December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

OCEANO are pleased to announce the first dates of their upcoming Contaminating The Coast tour. Sponsored by AMP magazine and running throughout the month of January, the Contaminating The Coast tour will see the year’s heaviest Billboard charting act get in front of their rabid western fans who have been waiting a long time for the band’s return. Trekking along with OCEANO will be their friends, FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS, UPON A BURNING BODY, THE GREAT COMMISSION and I THE BREATHER.

Here are the currently announced dates:

1/7 Albuquerque, NM @ Fusion Factory
1/8 Las Cruces, NM @ Mikey’s Place
1/9 Mesa, AZ @ Underground
1/10 Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy’s
1/11 Lancaster, CA @ Cedar Center
1/13 Ogden, UT @ The Basement
1/14 Boise, ID @ Mardi Gras
1/15 Reno, NV @ The Alley
1/17 San Francisco, CA @ Sub-Mission Art Space
1/18 Sacramento, CA @ Luigi’s
1/19 Ventura, CA @ Knights of Columbus

More Contaminating The Coast dates will be announced soon at and

View the Contaminating The Coast tour flyer here:

OCEANO‘s new album, CONTAGION landed the Chicago deathcore heavyweights at number 163 on the Billboard Current Artist Chart in its first week of release. The band also debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at number 3.

CONTAGION is now out in North America. Buy CONTAGION along with several special mercy packs at the EARACHE US WEBSTORE:

Purchase CONTAGION now on iTunes with an exclusive bonus track at

View an image for the iTunes exclusive version at

‘s CREATING THE CONTAGION “making-of” bonus DVD can be found EXCLUSIVELY at all Transworld stores (which include FYE, Coconuts, Saturday Matinee, Spin Street and more) with purchase of the new album, CONTAGION. Order the limited CD/DVD edition of CONTAGION at

For a taste of the CREATING THE CONTAGION DVD, watch the trailer here:

have debuted their newest video for the CONTAGION track, “Weaponized.” Watch it here:

Follow OCEANO on Twitter:

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MELECHESH: To Shoot Video in Istanbul

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG
MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH are currently headed for Istanbul, Turkey to shoot the music video for the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin”. The song comes from the bands brand new masterpiece The Epigenesis and will be shot by Canadian director Rouzbeh Heydari. Director of cinematography and producer are Emin Murat Kılıç and Tumay Irgas.

Commented mainman Ashmedi: “We decided to film in Istanbul in order to capitalize on the suitable and real scenery and avoid a greenscreen, the location is surreal. Choosing to film in Istanbul  also keeps us in line with The Epigenesis photo shoot and recording which were both done here. Rouzbeh, the director, flew in from Canada today and the whole band will arrive tonight. Friday we will do some pre production, Saturday and Sunday we will be shooting in two different locations. We chose ‘Grand Gathas of Baal Sin’ because it has all of the desired elements; speed, thrashiness, aggression,  mysticism and middle eastern ritualistic beats and parts.”

MELECHESH will be direct support to ROTTING CHRIST on their tour next March/April 2011. Joining them will be polish death metallers HATE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, and LECHEROUS NOCTURNE. Reduced service charge tickets are now available through

03/09/11  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

03/10/11  Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ

03/11/11  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

03/12/11  Rocko’s – Manchester, NH

03/13/11  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

03/14/11  Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

03/15/11  Petite Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA

03/16/11  Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA

03/17/11  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

03/18/11  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

03/19/11  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

03/20/11  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

03/22/11  The Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA

03/23/11  Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

03/25/11  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

03/26/11  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

03/27/11  DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

03/28/11  Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA

03/29/11  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

03/30/11  Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA

03/31/11  U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ

04/01/11  The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX

04/02/11  The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

04/03/11  Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX

04/04/11  Emo’s – Austin, TX

04/05/11  Walter’s – Houston, TX

04/07/11  Brass Mug – Tampa, FL

04/08/11  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

04/09/11  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

04/10/11  The Casbah – Charlotte, NC

MELECHESH have uploaded the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” to their Myspace page

The Epigenesis was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.

The artwork (attached) to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.

The Epigenesis was released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

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MEGADETH – Early ’84 “Rattlehead” Live Recording

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

TMD has obtained an extremely rare audience recording from one of the earliest known MEGADETH shows at The Stone in San Francisco, California on February 19, 1984. The lineup features a young, foul-mouthed Dave Mustaine on guitar and vocals, along with future SLAYER member Kerry King on guitar, David “Junior” Ellefson on bass guitar, and Lee Rausch on Drums.

Live for Metal...Die for Megadeth!

Live for Metal...Die for Megadeth!

After having got the boot from METALLICA, Mustaine was definitely out to prove himself and you can hear all the truly over-the-top arrogance and then some from a baby Dave on this historic cut.

Read more HERE

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BELPHEGOR: New Track Posted Online

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Austria’s dangerously perverted kings of blackend death metal, BELPHEGOR, have uploaded a brand new song for streaming to their Facebook and Myspace pages. “Impaled Upon the Tongue of Satan“ comes off their upcoming Blood Magick Necromance release and can be heard at the following locations and

A trailer of the recording process of Blood Magick Necromance can be viewed here

BELPHEGOR will be direct support to the legendary SEPULTURA this April/May soon after their tour with DEICIDE! The band will also take part in a handful of speacial headlining shows in the midst of the tour.

BELPHEGOR will be direct support to DEICIDE on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour”, which kicks off on Feb. 15th of next year. The trek is being sponsored by and also features BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS and PATHOLOGY. For more dates and info visit and

Blood Magick Necromance was produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) at his Abyss Studios (IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, DARK FUNERAL etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. The album will be released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America!

The cover art (attached) was designed by renowned Austrian artist Joachim Luetke (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, KREATOR, etc).

Blood Magick Necromance
Track Listing:








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THE WRETCHED END: New Track Stream Available Via Stereokiller

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Today Stereokiller premieres “Zoo Human Syndrome,” from blackthrash trio THE WRETCHED END.

THE WRETCHED END features ex-Emperor/ex-Zyklon guitarist Samoth, Mindgrinder/ex-Scum guitarist Cosmo and ex-Dark Funeral/ex-Aeon drummer Nils Fjellström. “Zoo Human Syndrome” comes off the band’s recently released Candlelight debut entitled Ominous.

Said Samoth of the track: “‘Zoo Human Syndrome’ is the last song on the album, and it’s one of my favorites actually. It’s quite melodic and atmospheric with a more epic feel. This one definitely has some black metal influences and I feel at this point that we’ll be working more within this territory for newer material. Conceptually, it deals with nature deficit disorder. Basically, it’s the soundtrack to zoo-like humans trapped in the digital chaos of the modern world. In today’s society we are stuck in small boxes, be it offices, shopping malls, etc. where we get hit by insane amounts of flickering lights of all kinds of so called ‘important’ information. We are removed from nature.”

Check out the track HERE.

THE WRETCHED END formed in 2008 as a creative collaboration between Samoth and Cosmo, who previously worked together in deathpunk project Scum. In addition, Cosmo played bass with Zyklon when the band toured Europe 2001 with Morbid Angel. The two have long spoken about an extreme metal project and thus, THE WRETCHED END was born.

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December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Triptykon, the highly acclaimed extreme metal group, fronted by former Hellhammer/Celtic Frost singer/guitarist, Tom Gabriel Warrior, has concluded its highly successful 2010 campaign by being granted end of the year honors from and

“Goetia”, the opening song of Triptykon’s debut album, Eparistera Daimones, has been selected to be number one on’s “Top 10 Songs Of 2010”.  “Goetia” tops the list of songs by bands such as Fear Factory, Nachtmystium, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Deftones, and others.  The full list can be seen at:

Eparistera Daimones itself, meanwhile, captured second place in’s list of the “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 2010”, right behind Enslaved’s “Axioma Ethica Odini”.  The list was completed by groups and artists such as Iron Maiden, Watain, Ihshan, Immolation, Nachtmystium, Dark Funeral, 1349, and others, and can be seen at:

Other than the release of Eparistera Daimones in March, 2010 also saw the release of Triptykon’s debut EP, ‘Shatter’, and the band’s first ever US tour, a headlining run on the “Weltenbrand Tour 2010”.

Stay tuned to for more info regarding Triptykon.

Triptykon is…

Tom Gabriel Warrior – guitar/vocals

V. Santura – guitar, vocals

Norman Lonhard – drums, percussion

Vanja Slajh – bass

For more information…

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Warrant Vocalist Robert Mason To Guest On All Hail Hair Friday Night!

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

This Friday night (12/10) at 8PM EST, All Hail Hair will welcome Robert Mason, the lead vocalist of Warrant! Hosted by Bob Carroll and Francis, the guys will speak to Mason about his history in the music world and now his time with Warrant. Also joining the guys will be special co-host, Diopriest Radio’s Alex Alvarez. The show always welcomes listener participation, so call in at (347) 202-0832.

Warrant first broke onto the music scene with the 1989 album “Dirty, Rotten, Flithy, Stinking Rich” an album that spawned three hits, “Down Boys”, “Sometimes She Cries” and the 80’s top power ballad “Heaven”. They followed that album up with another strongly performing album, “Cherry Pie” which contained the title track, their biggest selling hit. Also included on that album were the hits “I Saw Red” and Bob’s favorite Warrant song “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. The early 90’s brought a change to the music scene and with it, the music of bands like Warrant was affected, yet the band still produced another incredible effort in the 1992 release “Dog Eat Dog”. Two more albums were recorded after this, 1995’s “Ultraphonic” and 1996’s “Belly To Belly” before the band splintered apart. The band re-grouped in 2000 and released the album “Under the Influence” in 2001. That would be the last album with vocalist Jani Lane as he left in 2004 to pursue solo projects. Lane was replaced by Jamie St. James, lead vocalist of the very underrated “Black N Blue”, from 2004-2008, releasing “Born Again”. In 2008 Warrant re-grouped the line-up from its most popular days, to include Jani Lane and set out on tour. That reunion was not to last long as Lane once again departed from Warrant. The band went on a search for a new vocalist and decided on former Lynch Mob front man Robert Mason to lead Warrant into 2009 and beyond. Sounding as strong as ever, the band is currently touring and rumor has it, putting together a brand new album. We will catch up the listeners on all of the news of Warrant, the touring schedule and what to expect from Warrant in 2011.

All Hail Hair is broadcast every Friday night at 8 PM EST on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network and is the networks highest rated show. To take part in the show, dial (347) 202-0832. To listen in to the show live and in archive, click here.–warrants-lead-vocalist-robert-mason

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TERROR Unveil Part 5 of Their ‘Keepers of the Faith’ Documentary

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

It is undeniable that TERROR has created one of the most impressive pieces of hardcore reality of the 2000s with their impressive fifth full length effort ‘Keepers of the Faith’. The Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory) produced album has proven to be a huge crowd pleaser with diehard followers and has captured plenty of new ones along the way.

Now, the band is releasing Part 5 of their documentary series exclusively at MetalInjection. ‘Keeper of the Faith’ is the story of Scott Vogel. Showing Vogel’s past within the scene, his beginnings in Buffalo and his tenures in SLUGFEST, DESPAIR, BURIED ALIVE and ultimately TERROR, this series proves that Scott Vogel truly is the Keeper of the Faith!

Check out Part 5 NOW!

Next up for TERROR is Europe. Just after the holidays, the band will tour across Europe, with stops also in Australia and Southeast Asia before heading home to tour the US in what will be one of the best hardcore tours of 2011! Stay tuned for more details.

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Earache retail shop opens tomorrow in Nottingham!

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

The time has come – Earache is proud to be opening its first ever retail shop TOMORROW!

The pop-up Christmas shop opens tomorrow (Friday, 10th December) in the West End Arcade in Nottingham, England and will be open from 10:00am until 6:00pm each day until the end of Tuesday, 14th December.

Earache will be selling a killer range of metal goodies, perfect to buy for that special someone (or yourself!) for Christmas.  The great selection includes metal CDs, LPs, t-shirts, merch and rarities.  As a special offer for visitors to the shop, there will also be an ultra-rare Enforcer/Volture 7″ split vinyl on sale.  This collector’s item is ONLY available in the Earache shop and is strictly limited to just 200 numbered copies!  If you want one of these must-have vinyls, get down to the shop early and grab a copy while you can!

On Saturday, 11th December, Swedish heavy metallers Enforcer themselves will be visiting the Earache shop to meet fans and take part in a signing session.  Make sure you head down at 5:00pm to meet them!

The very same Saturday night, Earache is also hosting a FREE Christmas party at Doghouse Studios in Nottingham, and you’re invited!

Entry to the Earache Xmas Party is completely free and it’s open to everyone of all ages (ID required for bar wristband), so bring all of your friends and celebrate in style at the most extreme Christmas party around!

The party will feature live performances from Earache’s very own Enforcer and Savage Messiah, along with special guests Annotations Of An Autopsy and Cerebral Bore.  There will also be guest DJs, guest comperes Jason Rouse and Bob Slayer, plus live entertainment from The Sirens!

Tickets for the party are going FAST, so to ensure you get in on the night, you need to reserve your places now!  Get your free tickets while they last at

You can also stay up-to-date with news and chat to fellow party-goers on the official Facebook event page at

See you at the shop and party!

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December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

The SONATA ARCTICA track “Flag In The Ground” is now available for purchase from the RockBand Network’s online store for Playstation 3 & XBOX 360.  The track comes off the band’s 2009 release The Days Of Grays, which debuted on the Billboard Top New Artist “Heatseeker’s” chart at #19 the week following its release.

Add “Flag In The Ground” to your RockBand music library by purchasing the song game track here.  Click here to purchase other Nuclear Blast artist tunes for Rock Band.

Metal fans are encouraged to submit artist & song requests for Rock Band here.

View SONATA ARCTICA’s video for “Flag In The Ground” here.

Watch the band’s tour documentaries on SONATATELEVISION here:

Visit SONATA ARCTICA online at,,, and

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HURTSMILE – new band featuring singer Gary Cherone (Extreme, ex-Van Halen)

December 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of HURTSMILE self-titled debut album on January 21st 2011 in Europe, with US release to follow.

HURTSMILE is the new band featuring singer Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen) who has teamed up with his brother Mark to write his most succinct record to date. The self-titled, HURTSMILE is a raw sonic sucker punch in the face! From the opening buzz saw riff of “Just War Theory” to the epic finale of ”Slave” and “Beyond The Garden/Kicking Against the Goads”, Gary continues to push and poke you in the ear with his lyrically provocative themes.

“Hurtsmile was a long time coming… I always wanted to write a record with my brother,” says Gary. “I’m a big fan of Mark’s song writing and his snarling guitar riffs.” The timing was right as Extreme was in-between their touring and record cycle, leaving Gary the freedom. They recruited Joe Pessia (bass) an alumnus of Nuno Bettencourt’s Dramagods as well as the guitar player for Tantric. Joe also engineered, and co-produced the record with Gary. To round off the lineup they enlisted heavy hitter Dana Spellman on drums “It’s an east coast-Boston thing,” states Gary. “Mark, my brother, was in a band with Nuno’s brother… Joe was in Nuno’s band and Dana was a friend, and student of Mike Mangini (former Extreme drummer) … we like to keep it in the family.”

The lineup is not the only thing familiar with the band. In true Cherone fashion, the record is chock full of swaggering guitar, soaring vocals and the trademark Cherone eclecticism on tracks such as “Jesus Would You Meet Me”, the reggae-tinged “Just War Reprise” and the Dylanesq “The Murder of Daniel Faulkner (4699)”. “Hurtsmile was about returning to my roots, writing a record in my basement, a straight up rock ‘n’ roll record… but it turned out to be more diverse and ambitious than I expected.”

Gary is no stranger to taking on intense topics, and Hurtsmile is no exception. The first half of the record is a group of more loosely knit songs such as the cynically inquisitive “Just War Theory”, the limit’s of free speech “Tolerance Song (edit)” and the disturbingly mesmerizing “Kaffur (Infidel)”, inspired by the beheading of Daniel Pearl.

The 2nd half of the record is more conceptually cohesive; an introspective look at the nature of man and the condition of the human heart. “Stillborn” introduced earlier, and “Set Me Free” both touch on mans inclination toward darkness, culminating with an epic journey from sin to salvation… “Slave” to “Beyond the Garden/Kicking Against the Goads”.

For the most part both themes are represented as 2 sides of a record. A concept familiar to Extreme fans but make no mistake, whether reading between the lines or just moved by the visceral power of the music, this is a completely different type of record. Gary adds, “All the boys in the band have brought something new to the table, and you’ll never know what hit you!”

“Hurtsmile” tracklisting includes:
Just War Theory; Stillborn; Love Thy Neighbor; Kaffur (Infidel); Painter Paint; Tolerance Song (Edit); Set Me Free; Jesus Would You Meet Me; Slave; Beyond The Garden / Kicking Against The Goads; Just War Reprise; The Murder Of Daniel Faulkner (4699).

The songs “Just War Theory” and “Love Thy Neighbor” can exclusively be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web radio. Tune in at:

Gary Cherone – Vocals
Mark Cherone – Guitars
Joe Pessia – Bass, Mandolin
Dana Spellman – Drums, Percussion

Produced by Gary Cherone, Joe Pessia


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December 9th, 2010
by EvilG


British crossover thrashers SSS are spreading some festive metal cheer by offering you a free song, titled “Merry ChristmaSSS”.

It’s that time of the year again and the Liverpool thrashers have taken time out of their schedule to think of others and give you all a special treat with a free song to see you through the holiday period.

Download “Merry ChristmaSSS” now for free at

SSS frontman FOXY discusses all things Christmas:

Q: Why have you done a free Christmas song?

FOXY: “We are following in the footsteps of some of the greatest Christmas songs ever written from yesteryear – Slade, Wizzard, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Shakin’ Stevens, FEAR and Band Aid.  They have all placed themselves firmly in our hearts and on cheap Christmas compilation CDs at this time of year.  Now here’s our meagre festive rattler that will be played for years to come at family discos.”

Q: Are you a bit of a scrooge?

FOXY: “I enjoy this time of year as the winter season, the freezing cold, the early nights and to bring some light in the darkest time of the year, reflecting on the year and looking forward to the forthcoming one.  I’m up for that.

“I just don’t like or enjoy the way that it’s been turned into an obligation, a pious deception, an ugly time of over-consumption, bickering and waste.  The materials to make and deliver 10 million Christmas cards is off the scale.  7.75 million trees to be cut down to prop up fairies for two weeks, 10 million turkeys will roast into oblivion, wasting 3,000 tons of foil in the cooking process.  In excess of 20 billion will be used on credit cards with many families turning to high interest and “doorstep lenders” to cover any shortfall.  135,000 tons of waste plastic alone, waste wrapping paper (82km^2) to wrap up Guernsey in, with a high proportion ending in a landfill as opposed to being recycled.  What’s worse than this type of Christmas?  On some levels Scrooge was right.”

Red the full interview with FOXY on SSS’ official blog at

Get SSS’ self-titled debut album and 2008 follow-up, THE DIVIDING LINE, in Europe at or in North America at

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