San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, have uploaded a video tour diary containing footage from their US tour with SOILWORK this past Summer. Watch all the mayhem at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI-G2_bHQOA.
DEATH ANGEL will embark on their first North American headlining tour in support of their new album Relentless Retribution in early 2011! Joining them are some of the best names in the new wave of thrash metal today including LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, and HEXEN. Reduced service charge tickets are now available through www.Enterthevault.com. On sale at all other major ticketing services after September 25, 2010. Meet and greet packages will go on sale September 25th as well. Packages will include a concert ticket, meet and greet, photo, autograph, merchandise and more! Details on where to obtain these will be announced shortly. “North American Retribution 2011” DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, HEXEN
01/30/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
01/31/11 The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC
02/01/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
02/02/11 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
02/03/11 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
02/04/11 Club Hell – Providence, RI
02/05/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
02/06/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
02/07/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
02/08/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
02/09/11 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
02/10/11 Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
02/11/11 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
02/12/11 Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
02/13/11 Numbers – Houston, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/14/11 Emo’s – Austin, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/15/11 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (+ D.R.I.)
Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH have uploaded the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” to their Myspace page www.myspace.com/Melechesh. The track comes from the bands highly anticipated new album The Epigenesis.
Guitarist/Vocalist Ashmedi commented: “For all the nomadic souls out there, we realize that the anticipation for the release of The Epigenesis is building up. Here you have it, ‘Grand Gathas of Baal Sin’! A song which represent but one aspect of the album since the album itself is diverse and comprehensive. About this track well, it is extreme, it is tribal, it is Sumerian Sonic Magick” 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 will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
After five demos and six years of anticipation, Bay Area black metal tyrants NECRITE have finally unleashed their debut curse upon us… The Flenser is proud to present NECRITE’S brooding full-length Sic Transit Gloria Mundi. Seamlessly fusing elements of droning doom, funeral ambience, and thrashing black metal, Sic Transit Gloria Mundi is a monument in the legacy of West Coast black metal along with the likes of Weakling’s Dead As Dreams and Leviathan’s Tenth Sublevel of Suicide. NECRITE has created something very special and very creepy on Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, brandishing over 66 minutes of horrifying, ambient black metal of the most oppressive and bleak type.
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi Track Listing:
1. A Mass for the Harvest of Death 16:04
2. Bereft of Hope (11:33)
3. Bathing Open Wounds with Shards of Glass (7:55)
4. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (27:07)
5. Worship the Sunn ((O)) (7:33)
NECRITE is a three-piece: Thrull (vocals, guitars, studio bass), Tenspyr (guitar, live bass), and Malick (drums, vocals). Thrull himself recorded Sic Transit Gloria Mundi in a basement hole over the course of two and a half years, Thrull along with Eric Medina mixed and mastered the album. Since their debut, NECRITE have shared the stage with acts such as Watain, Destroyer 666, Enthroned and more, and has become a well-kept secret in the San Francisco black metal community. NECRITE has managed to craft some of the most visceral and demonic audio terror around, forgoing traditional song structure and predictability in lieu of a pure unflinching devotion to creating the aural essence of death bathed in a drone of tingly creepiness. The Flenser is most pleased to unleash this aural vomit into the ears of the unsuspecting… Sic Transit Gloria Mundi will be unleashed on November 2nd, 2010, but promos are available now for journalists seeking vile, anti-human music.
CALIFORNIA – San Francisco Bay Area gore titan, Autopsy, has posted a stream of the brand new track, “The Tomb Within”, on their recently launched mini-site at: http://www.peaceville.com/autopsy/. The new song is the title track for the band’s forthcoming EP, which is due out on October 5th on Peaceville Records.
Along with the song stream, the new mini-site also features audio samples of each of the EP’s four other gut-wrenching tracks, as well as an in studio video trailer for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the forthcoming musical bloodbath. ‘The Tomb Within’ EP is the band’s first collection of newly recorded tracks in over a decade.
The highly anticipated, ‘The Tomb Within’, was recorded in mid-July 2010 at Fantasy Studios with Adam Munoz, and unites the original trio of Chris Reifert, Danny Coralles, and Eric Cutler, joined on bass by Joe Trevisano (ex-Abscess). Cover art is supplied by renowned fantasy/horror artist, Matt Cavotta.
The track list for ‘The Tomb Within’ is…
1. The Tomb Within
2. My Corpse Shall Rise
3. Seven Skulls
4. Human Genocide
5. Mutant Village
Autopsy decided to make an official comeback after working together on two songs for the special 20th anniversary edition of their debut album, Severed Survival, in late 2008. The band had originally decided to split before the release of their 4th album, Shitfun, in 1995.
Autopsy emerged in 1987, and had an almost immediate impact on the global underground heavy metal scene. Frontman Chris Reifert was already known due to his work as drummer with Florida’s highly respected extreme metal combo, Death, along with Chuck Schuldiner. Autopsy’s debut album, Severed Survival, was unleashed in 1989 on Peaceville Records, and the band went on to become true legends in the death metal scene, recording four studio albums in total, before splitting up in the mid 90’s.
Head to www.peaceville.com for more information on Autopsy, and ‘The Tomb Within’. Autopsy is…Chris Reifert – drums/vocalsDanny Coralles – guitarEric Cutler – guitarJoe Trevisano – bass
In the third of nine installments, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the songs 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 on September 28th.
Grutle on “Waruun”:
“This was one of the songs that took the longest time to get into. It also turned out to be the biggest surprise and among the songs I enjoy the most on this album. This was among me and [keyboard player and clean vocalist] Herbrand’s biggest difficulties when figuring out what to sing over things, and one of the last we recorded. It became quite experimental on all layers, but at the same time weirdly catchy! The best of those two worlds, one might say! A killer song, in my maybe not too humble, opinion.”
Ivar on “Waruun”:
“This is one of the first songs written for the album. The way the songwriting process starts is that I go away somewhere with my mobile recording rig. This time I didn’t go far, but far enough out of Bergen [Norway] to start forgetting some of the mundane distractions that can block creativity (rock-blocking?). The title is a construction of mine, and people can put whatever they want into it; I know vocalists Grutle and Herbrand have made their own interpretations. It is one of our heaviest song openers and shows how focused ENSLAVED’s musical energy can be, contrasting the more floating, ‘spacey’ parts that follow the opening. This is one of the songs that really benefitted from our heavy focus on working out arrangements in the rehearsal room rather than in the pre-production studio. The dynamics vary a lot and ‘solving’ the song requires finding the transitions between these dynamics. To be able to do that requires working in a ‘real’ environment, i.e. rehearsal room. Studio work only reveals so much of the inner life of the song.”
Click here to read the commentaries on “Ethica Odini”and “Raidho.”
Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details here. Contest ends Thursday, September 30th.
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.
Progressive Metal act TesseracT will release their Concealing Fate EP on Oct. 12th. This EP will be available online with a limited edition digipack sold exclusively at CM Distro. Pre-order packages are available now at the link below. The band’s much anticipated debut full- length, One, will be released early 2011 and will feature the songs from Concealing Fate along with 5 additional tracks plus some soon to be announced bonus features.
A new video trailer is now available at the link below featuring audio snippets of all the songs on the EP, so head over now to check it out. http://bit.ly/aW6ePb
TesseracT will make their North American debut this fall as direct support to Devin Townsend, so be sure to either see below or visit www.myspace.com/tesseract to view their entire tour itinerary.
TesseracT are one of the most talked about bands among musicians and tech-heads, thanks to the quintet’s time signatures and musical complexity. TesseracT fully embraces their experimental, prog sensibility without excessive indulgence or pretentiousness, delivering atmospheric, metallic songs that stir strong emotions and evoke powerful mental images.
Devin Townsend w/TesseracT
October 08th Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
October 09th Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
October 10th Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
October 12th San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
October 14th Hollywood, CA – Key Club
October 15th San Diego, CA – Ramona Mainstage
October 16th Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon
October 26th Springfield, VA – Jaxx Nightclub
October 27th West Chester, PA – The Note
October 28th New York, NY – Blender Theater at The Gramercy
October 29th Worcester, MA – The Palladium Upstairs
October 30th Oneonta, NY – Oneonta Theatre
October 31st Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
November 2nd Montreal, QUE – Foufounes Electriques
November 3rd Toronto, ONT – The Mod Club
November 4th London, ONT – London Music Hall
November 5th Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
QUIET RIOT BACK IN BUSINESS WITH NEW SINGER AND UPCOMING TOUR
After the tragic passing of co-founding Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow in 2007, many figured that the band was over. But while going through the vaults of vintage video material for an upcoming documentary of the band’s history, the spark was reignited once more for drummer Frankie Banali to kick QR back in gear. The easy part was filling the guitar and bass slots – as former members Chuck Wright (bass) and Alex Grossi (guitar) promptly signed on. However, having to fill DuBrow’s large shoes was no small task.
A longtime fan of heavy metal, singer Mark Huff came to Banali’s attention while fronting a California-based Van Halen tribute band (that focused on the “Sammy Hagar era”). A true Cinderella story, Huff auditioned via a cattle call audition, promptly blew Banali away, and got the gig. After getting the blessing from DuBrow’s mother to carry on with Quiet Riot (and to celebrate her son’s music), the group was ready to rock once more.
Quiet Riot hit mega-success with their first-ever US release in 1983, the classic ‘Metal Health.’ Spawning two hit singles that have gone on to become synonymous with heavy metal – “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health” – the ‘Metal Health’ album went on to become the first-ever metal US debut to hit the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts, and resulted in a solid year of sold-out arena shows and non-stop MTV video airplay. However, it was the DuBrow-Banali-Wright-Grossi line-up that proved to be DuBrow’s favorite touring line-up (and also, most stable).
Quiet Riot is currently firming up plans for a full U.S. tour – their first in three years. And with the aforementioned documentary on the horizon, and the band’s music being used in hit films (‘The Wrestler,’ ‘Tropic Thunder’), video games (‘Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s’), and even musicals (‘Rock of Ages’) – as well as QR being name-checked in songs by Weezer and Ben Folds – Quiet Riot remains a major force in heavy metal. And soon, you will get a chance to bang your head once more to Quiet Riot, at a concert venue near you!
(New York, NY) — POWERGLOVE are pleased to announce their participation in a short run of tour dates with power metal titans FIREWIND led by the young guitar sensation Gus G (OZZY OSBOURNE) and THEABSENCE. Dates are scattered through out the northeast and Canada. “We’re very excited to go out on this run. We’re all big fans of Firewind, and the blazing guitar work of Gus G. And with a powerful band like The Absence on board, this should be a diverse and fun lineup. It will be our first time on the road after the release of our new album Saturday Morning Apocalypse, and we have some new shit in store for you!”says drummer Bassil Silver.
November 4th – Volume 11 Raleigh, NC
November 5th – Jaxx West Springfield, VA
November 6th – The Gramercy New York, NY
November 7th – Les Foufounes Electriques Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
The band recently released the morphing album cover and video teaser surrounding their next record “Saturday Morning Apocalypse” which is due out September 28th, 2010 via eOne Music. Combining power metal style with nostalgic theme songs of popular 80’s and 90’s cartoon and television theme songs, the band has tapped into the minds of generation X and Y with their most interesting release to date.
“Saturday Morning Apocalypse came out brighter and darker, faster and slower than our previous releases,” says Silver. This is the band’s first record with eOne Music and this time they’re taking their songs in a new direction. The band had previously stuck to 8 bit Nintendo game theme songs. However, this new release is their take on Saturday morning cartoons and movies that anyone who’s grown up in the 80’s will immediately recognize. Silver concludes with, “No matter what we write, we know all the comments will be about how bizarre we look, how ridiculous this track list is, and the fact that we somehow got Tony Kakko to sing the Pokemon theme for us. We would tell you how clown-rapingly awesome it is, but you can decide that for yourself when the album comes out in September.”
A full track listing of their power metal renditions can be found below.
2. Gotta Catch Em All
3. The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest
4. This Is Halloween
7. Inspector Gadget
8. Heffalumps and Woozles (Winnie The Pooh)
9. The Simpsons (Feat. Tony Kakko)
10. The Flinstones 11. Gotta Catch Em All (Feat. Tony Kakko)
“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! The band has recently completed two separate, successful, tours with HAMMERFALL and SONATAARTICA. Watch for them this summer as they continue to add dates for video game festivals and live performances.
POWERGLOVE is composed of four battle-hardened rockers out of Boston, MA: Alex Berkson, Bassil Silver, 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 – and there’s nothing you can do to stop them!
25 Years In Rock, the long-awaited new 2DVD/CD set from German metal queen DORO PESCH, will be released in Europe via Nuclear Blast on November 26, 2010 and in the rest of the world in 2011.
PESCH celebrated her 25-year career as the reigning queen of German heavy metal by performing a three-hour set on December 13, 2008 at the ISS Dome in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany. Holy Moses, Leaves Eyes’ and Arch Enemy opened the proceedings followed by a full DORO set. The performance included guest appearances by Overkill’s Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, Grave Digger’s Chris Boltendahl, former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen, Scorpions’ Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker, a host of female vocalists such as Liv Kristine (Leaves’ Eyes), Floor Jansen (After Forever), Liv (Sister Sin) and many others.
25 Years In Rock includes this special once-in-a-lifetime event in its entirety, as well as a China tour special, out takes from her 2500th concert and much more.
In related news, PESCH is preparing for her return to the U.S. later this month for four special dates in New Hampshire, New Jersey, Virginia and New York as part of the on-going Fear No Evil world tour. Said Pesch of the upcoming shows, “I’m so excited to return to U.S. soil and see my American fans again! They will definitely be great shows as the band is doing all these summer festivals and we are on fire! I can’t wait!” The US dates will serve as virtual warm up shows for the band’s Japanese debut this October [check out the Japanese teaser video here: http://www.youtube.com/user/EarsplitPR#p/u/0/HLG_9UCkbdo]
DORO PESCH U.S./Japanese Tour Dates:
09/30/2010 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
10/01/2010 The Pennant – Brooklawn, NJ
10/02/2010 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
10/03/2010 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
10/08/2010 Holiday Shinjuku – Tokyo, Japan
10/10/2010 Holiday Nagoya – Nagoya, Japan
10/11/2010 Holiday Osaka – Osaka, Japan
Guitarist Henny Wolter has quit German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR because — in his words — “it just didn’t feel like a band anymore.” Wolter, who is also no longer a member of SINNER (led by PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner), is focusing on his new band NITROGODS, also featuring ex-PRIMAL FEAR drummer Klaus Sperling and vocalist Oimel Larcher. The group’s self-titled debut album is expected in early 2011.
KISSIN’ DYNAMITE, ELVENKING and CIRCLE II CIRCLE will support PRIMAL FEAR on their upcoming European headlining tour, which is scheduled to kick off on September 18 in Warsaw, Poland.
PRIMAL FEAR recently released a new live DVD, “16.6 – All Over The World” (recorded in various locations between September and November 2009), and a live CD, aptly titled “Live In The USA”. Frontiers Records issued the two products separately and as a limited-edition combo on June 22 in the USA. The DVD is filled with an abundance of extra materials, such as an entire bootleg section with funny moments on the road, bootleg footage from various festival appearances and other concerts, all of PRIMAL FEAR’s most recent promotional videos, plus the making-of footage for “16.6” and a brand new interview section about the past, present and future of PRIMAL FEAR.
SG Records and Gianluca Ferro are proud to announce the deal to publish the secondo solo album by Gianluca Ferro: “Unheimlich”.
Gianluca Ferro is a guitarist from exemplary curriculum, involved from years in collaborations with artists as Andrè Matos (Angra, Shaman), Kiko Loureiro (Angra), Rafael Bittencourt (Angra) and Scott McGill (Michael Manring, Vic Stevens). At the present he’s a guitar teacher in a Attualmente insegna chitarra in a known musical accademy.
The 15 tracks of the album were composed by Gianluca Ferro and recorded with the collaboration of famous musicians. The album will be released in November.
1. Olympia’s strangely mechanical actions (3.43)
2. Accelerating future (6.26)
3. Moroccan dilemma (2.44)
4. Crimson Robotron (1.56)
5. Solaris (5.36)
6. Metanfenasia (6.08)
7. Life in a raindrop (1.59)
8. Cyclopic overtone (5.34)
9. Overture 1089 X 9 (2.24)
10. Bipolar zombie (6.35)
11. Black lydian (1.58)
12. On a day like today (4.45)
13. Ulam spiral dysphoria (5.23)
14. City rises (5.05)
15. The bunraku puppet (7.15)
HEAVENWOOD - Live Date Announced For Oporto's HARD CLUB w/ MOONSPELL (19.09.2010)
HARD CLUB (www.hard-club.com), one of the most important rock clubs in Portugal is back and ready to receive the best Metal/Rock bands around the world in Oporto City.
The official return of HARD CLUB will happen with HEAVENWOOD on the spot together with MOONSPELL for a very special and great celebration on September the 19th, 2010 – 21:00 PM (Lisbon hour).
In other news, HEAVENWOOD are giving the final touches to their as-yet-untitled 4th album in Braga, Portugal, the follow up of 2008’s highly acclaimed Redemption record, which had guest appearances of some of biggest metal celebrities such as Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR) and Gus G (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE). Recording sessions will finish very shortly and continue in Germany where the album will be mixed and mastered.
Twelve songs will appear on the record and there are plans for some bonus material.
Song titles set to appear on the CD include:
The Arcadia Order
A Poem For Mathilde
Goddess Presiding Over Solitude
Morning Glory Clouds
For diehard fans of traditional heavy metal, German outfit ATLANTEAN KODEX’s upcoming album The Golden Bough is one of the most anticipated releases of 2010. To see release via Italian metal label Cruz Del Sur Music this October, the powerful album boasts nine tracks of pure heavy metal packed with raging solos, plenty of melody but with a serious underlying heaviness, all fueled by soaring, triumphant vocals.
Since their inception in 2006, this tight German band has built a strong and devoted fanbase over a series of limited edition releases, as well as participation in some of the most important European metal festivals including Keep It True, Hammer of Doom, Up the Hammers and more.
Taking their next leap forward on The Golden Bough, the magic of ATLANTEAN KODEX’s heavy metal is more bold and apparent than ever, before, already being praised by Rock Hard Germany as, “Maybe one of the best metal albums from Germany ever” and MusikReviews as “One of the best albums by a German Metal Band ever… Album of the Year: 15/15.” With references to early Manowar, Hammerheart-era Bathory and Solstice, The Golden Bough should not leave any fan of epic heavy metal unmoved.
The Golden Bough Track Listing:
1. Fountain of Nepenthe
3. The White Goddess
4. Temple of Katholic Magick
5. Disciples of the Iron Crown
6. Vesperal Hymn
7. The Atlantean Kodex
8. A Prophet in the Forest
9. The Golden Bough
It has been a busy year for the Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus who took part in the high profile "Rust In Peace:Twentieth Anniversary" tour alongside Testament and headliners Megadeth playing to sold out venues all spring before releasing their latest album "Exhibit B: The Human Condition" this past May through Nuclear Blast Records. Guitarist Gary Holt recently spoke to Metal-Rules.com about the new album, re-recording the classic "Bonded By Blood" album with the band’s current lineup for the "Let There Be Blood" release, cheering onstage for Kreator and Gary remembers his friend Toby Rage dubbed "The Original Headwalker" who tragically passed away recently. Be sure to catch Exodus on tour with Holy Grail, Malevolent Creation and Bonded By Blood when they hit a thrashzone near you.