July 29th, 2010
by EvilG

Having recently made the cover of TERRORIZER magazine, Swedish heavy metal powerhouse ENFORCER have been confirmed to appear at the SONISPHERE FESTIVAL on Saturday July 31st in Knebworth, England, sharing the stage with the likes of  IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER, MOTLEY CRUE and ALICE COOPER amongst many others. To celebrate ENFORCER’s appearance at the festival, HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS is offering a free download of the band’s recently released sophomore album Diamonds for one day only from 5:00pm EST Wednesday, July 28th to 5:00 pm EST Thursday July 29th. Diamonds can be downloaded for free from: http://www.heavyartillery.us/enforcerpromo

Catch ENFORCER live on the following dates:

July 31st Knebworth, United Kingdom @ Sonisphere UK

August 13th Catton Hall, United Kingdom @ Bloodstock Open Air

August 26th Bergen, Norway @ Hole in the Sky

Supporting Blind Guardian
September 24th Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013

September 25th Deinze, Belgium @ Brielport

September 26th London, United Kingdom @ Sheperd’s Bush

September 28th Paris, France @ Elysee Montmartre

October 1st Ludwigsburg, Germany @ Arena

October 2nd Trier, Germany @ Arena

October 3rd Langen, Germany @ Stadhalle

October 5th Bremen, Germany @ Pier 2

October 6th Hamburg, Germany @ Sporthalle

October 8th Bamberg, Germany @ Jako Arena

October 9th Dusseldorf, Germany @ Philippshalle

October 10th Munchen, Germany @ Zenith

October 12th Rome, Italy @ Atlantico

October 13th Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz

October 15th Pratteln, Czech Republic @ 27

October 16th Wien, Austria @ Gasometer

October 17th Brno, Czech Republic @ Fleda

October 19th Warsaw, Poland @ Stodola

October 20th Berlin, Germany @ Huxley’s

October 21st Osnabruck, Germany @ Halle Gartlage

October 22nd Goteborg, Sweden @ Brew House

October 23rd Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben

Listen to ENFORCER at http://www.myspace.com/enforcerswe

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Emperor Magus Caligula To Leave DARK FUNERAL

July 29th, 2010
by EvilG

In an official statement from Emperor Magus Caligula, longtime vocalist of Swedish black metal battalion DARK FUNERAL: “I would like to inform all of our fans that on Saturday, August 21, at the Summer Breeze festival in Germany, I will be doing my last show with the band. Naturally I have mixed feelings about this decision, but it is final! They say that every person will have about 15 minutes of fame during their life. Well, I have had a hell-of-a-ride for 15 years now together with Lord Ahriman and DARK FUNERAL. As some people love to spread weird rumors about others, let me make this clear once and for all. I have not committed suicide, I have not taken an overdose, nor are there any personal issues between me and DARK FUNERAL.

However, my life has taken a new turn lately, and I am also getting married this year, thus my priorities in life lie somewhere else.I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our fans for their amazing support during all the 15 years I’ve been with the band. And I would also like to thank my brothers in DARK FUNERAL for all these years together. Lord Ahriman and I have managed to raise DARK FUNERAL from the deepest abyss, when we have confronted problems before. And there is no doubt in my mind, that DARK FUNERAL, without me, will raise once more, stronger than ever…
Thus I have spoken, thus shalt it be…… — Horns up, Masse Broberg A.K.A Emperor Magus Caligula”   Added guitarist Lord Ahriman: “Ave everyone! Caligula and I have shared some 15 kick ass years together and I would naturally like to thank my brother for the amazing work he has done for DARK FUNERAL over all these years. It’s been a pleasure indeed working together. You will be missed deeply! But as with everything else, I understand when people change course and get new priorities in life. And I fully respect that. Life moves on after all, and so will DARK FUNERAL.   In the meantime, and while we’re searching for a new vocalist, the most logical thing for us to do, is obviously enter writing mood. And that’s exactly what we’ll be doing. From now on and until we have found and installed a new killer vocalist, we begin to work on a new full-length. However, you can rest assured that as soon as we have found a new vocalist, we’ll set full force, and continue to tour the world in usual DARK FUNERAL manner.

Naturally, our demands on a new vocalist will be very high, but I/we are fully confident that there are some amazing vocalists out there that would fit us like a hand in glove. So if you do believe that you have what it takes to blow us away with your vocal skills, and to replace Caligula, don’t hesitate to send us some AUDIO/DVD files of your vocal performance! Send to: vocalist@darkfuneral.se. Since the show at the Summer Breeze Festivalwill be the very last show we will do with Caligula behind the mic, you can be sure that we’ll prepare a very special pyro show. See you there!

— Lord Ahriman and DARK FUNERAL

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July 29th, 2010
by EvilG

God Dethroned have been confirmed for the  Total Metal Festival 2010 with Primal Fear, The Haunted, Elvenking and many other interesting bands of Heavy Metal Scene.
The TMF2010 will be done the 25 settembre at the Demodè Club in Bari (IT).

This Is the complete line-up of the festival:

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July 29th, 2010
by EvilG

British death metal act IGNOMINIOUS INCARCERATION are due to kick off a headlining European tour this Sunday, 1st August, with Detroit deathcore destroyers AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH and HONOUR IS DEAD.

IGNOMINIOUS INCARCERATION, who are taking time out from working on a new album to headline the string of shows, are looking forward to teaming up with their labelmates in AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH – for whom this will be their first ever European tour.


“This tour is going to be a heavy one, not only on stage but off!  We have been looking forward to this since the idea was proposed.  With it being AHFW’s first time over here we’re hoping we can show them the enthusiasm European metallers have!  Me and Kyle have been plotting on what will make this tour that little bit more over the top than any other tour!  If everyone is wanting to see what we get up to while we’re away then follow us on our Twitters (not for the faint of hearted).

“We’re also hitting cities/countries we’ve never been to before, this should seem interesting as we know Europe is already awesome!  Still definitely looking forward to UK shows including Bristol which will include our tour buddies from last December, While She Sleeps, and all our friends should be there to show AHFW how the UK party!  See you out there and don’t be afraid to come party with us!”


“Very grateful and stoked to have this lot of tour dates with Ignom.  They seem to be awesome dudes so it should be a real banger from the get go.  Not only will it be fun for us, it will be fun for the fans.  Our first time in Europe will definitely be something to remember!”

Keep up with all of the antics of the tour as they unfold by following the bands on Twitter:

IGNOMINIOUS INCARCERATION – http://twitter.com/official_II
AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH – https://twitter.com/ahfw


01/08/10 Schifflange, Luxembourg – Café Votre
02/08/10 Ieper, Belgium – Vortn’ Vis
03/08/10 La Louviere, Belgium – La Taverne du Theatre
04/08/10 Halle, Belgium – The Romanov
05/08/10 Nancy, France – Soap Box Club
06/08/10 Eisenach, Germany – Alter Schlachthof
07/08/10 Bologna, Italy – Lazzaretto
08/08/10 Gorizia, Italy – The Gammon Club
09/08/10 Vienna, Austria – Escape
10/08/10 Olten, Switzerland – Coq d’Or
11/08/10 Jaromer, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Pre-Party
12/08/10 Barcelona, Spain – TBC
13/08/10 Vigo, Spain – Revoltallo Festival
14/08/10 Porto, Portugal – Metalpoint
15/08/10 Aveiro, Portugal – Terminal Bar, Gafanha da Encarnacao
16/08/10 Coruna, Spain – Discoteca Ola Green
17/08/10 France – TBC
18/08/10 Lille, France – Le Chimère
20/08/10 Kettering, UK – Crispins
21/08/10 Birmingham, UK – Eddie’s
22/08/10 Bristol, UK – The Croft
23/08/10 Hull, UK – The Ringside
24/08/10 London, UK – Purple Turtle

View the tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/ignom_ahfw_euro2010.jpg

IGNOMINIOUS INCARCERATION’s debut album, OF WINTER BORN, is available now worldwide.  Get the album in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_670_133 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_670_133

AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH’s new album, PROPRIOCEPTION, has just been released worldwide as a limited edition digipak CD with an exclusive bonus track, as well as a special low-priced CD version.  Get your copy in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_748 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_715


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FLESHWROUGHT’s “Dementia/Dyslexia” currently streaming in its entirety

July 29th, 2010
by EvilG

Metal Blade Records has teamed up with MetalSucks.net to give metalers a chance to check out the experimental death metal act FLESHWROUGHT’s debut full-length album, Dementia/Dyslexia, in its entirety before it is even released. Make sure to go to MetalSucks.net starting today to check out Dementia/Dyslexia and if you like what you hear, head over to FLESHWROUGHT’s landing page to get deals on the album before it is released.

Fleshwrought – Dementia/Dyslexia

1. Mental Illness

2. Inner Thoughts

3. Programming the Herds

4. Weeping Hallucinations

5. Conceptual Flesh

6. State of Desolation

7. Dyslexic Interlude

8. Self-Destructive Loathing

9. Relevant Intoxication

10. Final Nausea

Dementia/Dyslexia was finished by June 2009 and was recorded at Navene’s studio, Death Midi Soundlab, in San Francisco. Navene played all of the instruments, did all the tracking, mixing, and editing, with mastering handled by Dustin Miller at Audio Aggregate Recordings in Des Moines Iowa.

About the band:

FLESHWROUGHT was born in 2003 when death/grind drummer Navene Kopperweis (former drummer of San Francisco Bay area grind band Animosity and drummer for Animals as Leaders), paired up with Nic Gauthier and made a demo at their friend’s house. A live lineup formed shortly after the demo was recorded and consisted of Nic, Navene and fellow Animosity band mate Chase Fraser. FLESHWROUGHT played a few local shows in Santa Cruz California (where the band called home), one of which was a New Year’s house party with Decrepit Birth. As time went on, the guys jammed less and less due to Animosity’s high frequency tour schedule and Navene moving an hour and a half away to San Francisco. However, Navene’s writing for FLESHWROUGHT never slowed down and in fact his productivity was increasing exponentially as Navene had acquired amazing musical tools such as 7-string guitars, computers, and recording software; all components necessary to make his own album.

While Animosity was on the “Steers and Beers” tour supporting the band’s Blackmarket Activities debut Empires, the band played a show in Phoenix AZ with a local band called JOB FOR A COWBOY. During JFAC’s set Navene thought to himself “dang! That singer is brutal!” All of the guys became great friends and even went on to tour the United States and Europe together. “I knew Jonny Davy was the only guy for my CD,” comments Navene. So at this point, Navene and Jonny decided to join forces began working hard to perfect the band’s debut full-length album titled Dementia/Dyslexia.

Read more about the band HERE.


Navene Koperweis – guitar, bass, drums, programming

Jonny Davy – vocals





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TRIPTYKON Announce Line-Up For Their First North American Tour

July 29th, 2010
by EvilG



TRIPTYKON Announce Line-Up For Their First North American Tour;
Tom Gabriel Warrior Provides His Thoughts

Decibel Magazine and Stereogum/Haunting the Chapel present the “Weltenbrand Tour 2010” featuring the North American debut of TRIPTYKON with 1349 and Yakuza rounding out the bill. Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/triptykonofficial or see below to view the entire tour itinerary. You don’t want to miss out on this monumental event when it hits your city.

Tom Gabriel Warrior (vocals, guitars) describes his emotions on the eve of this new undertaking: “Ever since my earliest days in Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, I have been extremely fortunate to be able to count on the support, fanaticism, and immense loyalty of the North American metal scene. The recognition my work has received there eclipses anything I have ever encountered in my own native country. Of the 125 concerts performed on the final Celtic Frost tour in 2006 and 2007, for example, a full 71 were played in North America. Some of these performances rank among the most memorable ones in my entire career.”

“It is thus an immense honor for me to now bring my new group TRIPTYKON to North America for the first time. TRIPTYKON is further pursuing the path I once began with Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, and I am looking forward to continuing to forge this darkest of musical alliances with all of you. We shall all celebrate masses of unleashed heaviness and morbidity. Only death is real!”

The main purpose of TRIPTYKON is to continue where Celtic Frost left off and to satisfy Warrior’s undying passion for extreme music. Indeed some of the material Fischer was working on post-Monotheist ended up on TRIPTYKON’s debut album, Eparistera Daimones, so it stands to reason, besides the obvious fact that Fischer fronts TRIPTYKON, the two are sonically and spiritually closely connected. As can be expected, Eparistera Daimones is therefore a musical leviathan.

Next to Warrior, TRIPTYKON features V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion) and Vanja Slajh (bass). Eparistera Daimones was produced by Tom Gabriel Warrior and TRIPTYKON guitarist V. Santura. Like Celtic Frost’s universally praised Monotheist album, Eparistera Daimones was mastered by Walter Schmid at Oakland Recording in Winterthur, Switzerland.

Decibel Magazine and Stereogum/Haunting the Chapel present the “Weltenbrand Tour 2010”

10/6     New York City, NY               The Gramercy Theatre

10/7     Boston, MA                            The Middle East

10/8     Baltimore, MD                        Otto Bar

10/9     Philadelphia, PA                     Polaris

10/10   Montreal, QC                          Les Foufounes Electrique

10/11   Toronto, Ont                           The Opera House

10/13   Cleveland, OH                        Grog Shop

10/14   Pittsburgh, PA                        Mr. Smalls Theatre

10/15   Detroit, MI                              The Majestic Theatre

10/16   Chicago, IL                             The Bottom Lounge

10/17   St Paul, MN                            Station 4

10/19   Denver, CO                             The Marquis Theatre

10/21   Seattle, WA                            El Corazon

10/22   Portland, OR                           Hawthorne Theatre

10/23   San Francisco, CA                  Slim’s

10/24   Los Angeles, CA                    El Rey Theatre

10/25   Tucson, AZ                             The Rock

10/27   Tulsa, OK                                The Marquee

10/28   Fort Worth, TX                       Ridglea Theatre

10/29   Austin, TX                              Emo’s Outside

10/30   Houston, TX                           The Warsaw

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Scorpions – San Antonio, Texas

July 29th, 2010
by Robert Williams

Scorpions Logo.jpg

July 23, 2010

The AT&T Center – San Antonio, Texas

Review by Robert Williams


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GAMMA RAY – Just FIVE North American Shows For all of 2011 (none in 2010)

July 28th, 2010
by EvilG
Gamma Ray - To The Metal

Gamma Ray - To The Metal

Gamma Ray will do 5 only shows at the start of 2011 in North America.   These will be the only dates the band play in North America all year.  As a special bonus , the band will offer VIP meet/greet tickets which give the fan entrance to the venue 1 hour before doors and a special meet / greet with Gamma Ray.
Tickets go onsale today through Enterthevault.com TODAY

Dates are below

28      Grammercy Theater               New York City , NY
29      Cafe Campus                     Montreal , QUE
30      Imperial                                        Quebec City , QUE

1       Key Club                                Los Angeles , CA
3       Reggie’s                                Chicago , ILL

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July 28th, 2010
by EvilG





ANGELS OF BABYLON are pleased to announce the release of their Burnhill Union Records debut, Kingdom of Evil, July 27th! The record is now remastered, and features three previously unreleased tracks. Kingdom of Evil was released in Europe by Metal Heaven Records in January of 2010, and in Japan with Hydrant Music in May of 2010. Download Kingdom of Evil for free at the Burnhill Union Records website, today!

ANGELS OF BABYLON features former MANOWAR drummer Rhino, Arizona based power-metal vocalist David Fefolt, guitarist Ethan Brosh and MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. With this intense line-up of heavy metal greats and sharp musicians, ANGELS OF BABYLON is sure to see success in this evolving industry and genre. Forging ahead with the sounds of classic metal, while bringing fusion of new technique and prowess, the band is a new force to be reckoned with. With the launch of Kingdom of Evil worldwide, Earth will soon know the excellence that is ANGELS OF BABYLON.

“At a point in metal history when the best music moving forward is really drawing from our pasts, ANGELS OF BABYLON has become a unique and eclectic composition of music and styles, encompassing many from across the entire genre,” states bassist David Ellefson. “Power, melody, and hooks stand the test of time regardless of what category the ‘experts’ put it in.”

ANGELS OF BABYLON drummer and Nashville, TN native Rhino began compiling tracks featured on Kingdom of Evil many years ago, but was patiently waiting for the optimum lineup to record and release an album. Rhino is well known for his amazing work with MANOWAR. In 1991, Rhino appeared on The Triumph of Steel; one of MANOWAR’s best selling album to date. Rhino continued on with MANOWAR, touring Europe multiple times and cruising through Japan between 1992-1995. Rhino left MANOWAR in 1995 to pursue personal interest. In the coming years, Rhino was soon introduced to Fefolt, Ellefson and Brosh, and they provided the key to his inspiration to forge ahead and complete the album.

Vocalist David Fefolt feels this album will surprise a lot of people due to its classic metal sound, but with an accent of majestic arrangements throughout. Fefolt was a member of the epic metal band, VALHALLA, and their debut album is still considered one of the staples of metal vinyl collectors worldwide.

Bassist David Ellefson is well known for his time with thrash icons MEGADETH. From1983 to 2002, Ellefson held his place as the co-founder and original bassist in the band. In February of 2010, Ellefson rejoined the ranks of MEGADETH, just in time for the much anticipated “Rust In Peace” 20th Anniversary tour of North America, aside fellow thrash legends TESTAMENT and EXODUS.

Guitarist Ethan Brosh graduated from Berklee in 2004 with honors and a major in songwriting before returning to the school in 2008 to teach. Brosh is currently an instructor in the guitar sessions program. His debut instrumental album Out of Oblivion, was released on March 24th 2009 by Magna Carta Records, and features impressive guest appearances and production credits.

Learn more about ANGELS OF BABYLON here:




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July 28th, 2010
by EvilG
DIMMU BORGIR - Darkness Reborn tour 2010

DIMMU BORGIR - Darkness Reborn tour 2010

Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR proudly announce fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg as the opening acts on their headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in support of their new studio album, Abrahadabra.

DIMMU BORGIR guitarist/songwriter Silenoz states:

“Parts of the European trek on our Darkness Reborn World Tour will come in support from our friends in Enslaved and Sahg!  We’re excited to share the stage with these great bands and finally again be able to perform new material for our fans, old and new alike!”

The members of Enslaved check in about the upcoming trek:

“We are glad to confirm that we have been invited to do direct support on DIMMU BORGIR’s European tour in September and October. We are delighted to announce these dates as the opening of Enslaved’s touring for our new album Axioma Ethica Odini.  It will be great to be touring with another Norwegian band.  High spirits should be a guaranteed; we’re looking forward to this one!”

Sahg adds:

“This tour will prove that nothing exceeds Norwegian metal!  Sahg is proud to be in this line-up of Norway’s deadliest, with DIMMU BORGIR and Enslaved. We can’t wait to perform the songs from our brand new album, Sahg III, to the European audience for the very first time.”

Confirmed dates are as follows:

19 September – HMH, Amsterdam, NE  (w/ KORN)

21 September – Forum, London, U.K.  (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)

22 September – Bataclan, Paris, FR  (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)

23 September – Eishalle Seutweg, Winterthur,  CH (w/ Korn)

24 September – Zenith, Munich, DE (w/ KORN)

26 September – Gasometer, Vienna, AT (w/ KORN)

27 September – Alcatraz, Milan, IT  (DB Headlining Show)

28 September –  Boogaloo Club, Zagreb, CRO (DB Headlining Show)

30 September – Den Atelier, Luxembourg, LU (DB Headlining Show)

01 October – Ancienne Belgique, BE  (w/ KORN)

02 October – Rosengarten, Mannheim, DE (w/ KORN)

03 October – Palladium, Cologne, DE (w/ KORN)

05 October – Haus-Auensee, Leipzig, DE (w/ KORN)

06 October – C-Halle, Berlin, DE (w/ KORN)

07 October – Progresja, Warsaw, PL (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)

08 October – Studio, Krakow, PL (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)

09 October – KD Vltavaska, Prague, CZ (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)

11 October – Vega, Copenhagen, DK  (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)

12 October – Arenan, Stockholm, SE  (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)
14 October – Pakkahoune, Tampere, FI  (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)

15 October – House Of Culture, Helsinki, FI  (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)

17 October – Tragarn, Gothenburg, SE  (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)

18 October – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, NO  (DB Headlining Show with Enslaved and Sahg)

Abrahadabra will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.  View the artwork created by German artist / painter / graphic designer Joachim Luetke (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Sopor Aeternus) on the band’s MySpace page.

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com, www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR.

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July 26th, 2010
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Devil Sold His Soul

Album launch @ The Old Blue Last

12th July 2010

Reviewer: Ben Spencer

Photos: Altercarnated Photography

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New Empires Of Eden Video featuring Sean Peck

July 24th, 2010
by EvilG

Empires Of Eden – Reborn In Fire featuring Sean Peck (Cage) discussing the song “Total Devastation“.

New Video:

Sean’s song Total Devastation is definitely the heaviest track on the cd and pure, kick in the face screaming heavy metal. The new album from Empires of Eden – “Reborn in Fire” will feature some of the world’s most respected heavy metal voices. With the already announced Mike Vescera, Zak Stevens, Steve Grimmett and Carlos Zema the album also showcases the incredible talents of Aussie singers Louie Gorgievksi, Chris Ninni and Mike Zoias.”

With a 30 piece orchestral score – 8 singers – one album – Empires of Eden – Reborn in Fire.

For all news and pre release information check www.empiresofeden.comwww.7hart.de

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July 23rd, 2010
by EvilG

Christofer Johnsson, the creative force behind Sweden’s genre-defying THERION, has issued the following statement:

“Now that we have posted Nalle(y)’s message to the fans, I’ll give some comments on it myself.

“Naturally, it may sound worrisome that there has been announced two changes in the live line-up in such a short time frame.  But the Nalle situation is not something that has happened recently; we have known this could be the case since last year and we have had a replacement ready for months.  Nalle told us immediately about his new family situation in the beginning of the year and given the fact he periodically had really tough drinking problems, we thought it was the right thing to do, to stay away from long tours and deal with the problems and be home with the kids instead. The band can always get somebody else to play the bass, but his kids only have one dad.  And they need him in good shape.  Some things are simply more important in life than heavy metal and beer. We also applaud his bold decision to start studying at his age, so that he will have options other than music for making a living in the future.  Kudos!

“The reason we waited with announcing this was that we wanted to play these Mexican shows and European festivals with Nalle and avoid the funeral atmosphere of everyone knowing someone is about to leave (or take a break, as in this case).

“What about Nalle in the future?  We have had discussions in the band if we should get another bass player, but we have decided to keep him as a member of the band and wait and see.  It is possible that we will have him playing on the albums and have a live bass player for touring.  One thing is sure, though, I’ve never been more happy with the bass on an album than with Nalle’s work on Sitra Ahra and it would be awesome to continue to work with him.

“So who’s gonna play bass on the tour?  It will be Waldemar Sorychta, an artist mainly known for his skills as a guitarist and songwriter with his own bands Grip Inc., Enemies of the Sun, Eyes Of Eden, and Despair.  He also created a big name as a producer, working with bands like Lacuna Coil, Moonspell, The Gathering, Samael, Tiamat, etc.

“I got in contact with Waldemar when I made the Vovin album back in 1997.  He did some additional guitar on “Draconian Trilogy” and also recorded some stuff that would not make it to the album (it was later released on [1999’s] Crowning of Atlantis instead).  I was impressed with his skills, so when me and drummer Sami [Karppinen] went down to Germany to record the song “The Crowning Of Atlantis” one year later, and I got stuck not getting the right groove in the rhythm guitars of that song (it’s a pretty difficult type of tempo), we gave him a call.  He showed up and I explained what I thought was missing.  He grabbed the guitar and a couple of takes later, it was nailed to tape exactly like I wanted it.

“Fast forward and many years later, I’m looking to find a replacement for [lead guitarist] Kristian Niemann.  Waldemar was on my list of interesting guitarists, but he was already engaged with other bands at the time, and I was also still trying to persuade the amazing Lori Linstruth that THERION was the band where she belonged (an idea that Kristian Niemann heavily supported as well ,actually).  In the end, I ended up working with Waldemar as a session guitarist doing most of the rhythm guitars (new talent Christian Vidal was brought into the band just in time to record the solos).  I recalled Waldemar saying he did a lot of jobs as a bass player as well, so when the need of a live bass player occurred, he was naturally one of the top names on our list.

“He’s gonna do a fantastic job on the tour and being a very nice guy as well, I think we’re all gonna have a really good time on tour together.”

The artwork to the new THERION album, Sitra Ahra, is posted on their homepage & MySpace page.  Mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, the new album will be available in North America on October 26th.

The track listing for Sitra Ahra is as follows:

01. Sitra Ahra
02. Kings Of Edom
03. Unguentum Sabbati
04. Land Of Canaan
05. Hellequin
06. 2012
07. Cu Chulain
08. Kali Yoga III
09. The Shells Are Open
10. Din
11. After The Inquisition: Children

View THERION tour dates here (Mozilla Firefox browser).

Visit THERION online at www.MEGATHERION.com (Mozilla Firefox browser) and www.myspace.com/THERION.

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ANGRA/Edu Falaschi – Back To Life Tour 2009-2010

July 23rd, 2010
by EvilG


Before the release of the 7th studio masterpiece AQUA, and the start of the new World Tour supporting the album, Edu Falaschi with ANGRA finished the Back To Life Tour 2009-2010 with a great performance on stage of Anime Friends Festival in São Paulo (Brazil).

This show became the biggest highlight of the final part of the tour. One of the most important rock/metal media in Brazil, “Whiplash!” Webzine highly appreciated the latest performance of Angra and Edu Falaschi on the festival.

Anime Friends Festival took place in Mart Center, São Paulo (Brazil) on the last week and it was dedicated to the famous Japanese art of Anime. It included shows of several Brazilian rock and metal bands and various events for anime fans. Angra played on Friday, 16th of July. The band presented the set-list of Back To Life Tour 2010 and, specially for this event, Pegasus Fantasy – a song from the soundtrack of anime series Knights of the Zodiac (Cavaleiros do Zodiaco) or Saint Seyia which is very popular in Brazil.

As Whiplash! Webzine reports, despite the diversity of people who attended the show (besides metal fans, for sure there were a lot of anime and manga’s fans) the band really rocked.

Edu Falaschi was very inspired and his performance that memorable night was incredible, as he sang both the old and the more recent classics of Angra. In particular, the reporter mentions such classical song as Silence and Distance performed with great feeling and vibration that excited and united the public. And the great interpretation of Lisbon made by Edu Falaschi, as well as his recent version of Nothing To Say where he got its highest notes were accepted with great enthusiasm of the audience. And, of course, the hits from the “nova era” of Angra like Rebirth, The Voice Commanding You, The Course Of Nature, Spread Your Fire and others.

“Thus, if you have had any doubt regarding Angra, you can forget it! – tells Whiplah! – The band made a brilliant show on the stage of Anime Friends with a lot of respect to the fans, fascinating everyone with its professional performance, real team-work and great frontmanship of Edu Falaschi. It was a perfect aperitif before the things that should happen soon, and those who have been to there, will never forget”.

Picture gallery of Angra at Anime Friends by Danilo Palange:

Fan Video Angra – Pegasus Fantasy Ao vivo Anime Friends 2010

Set List

– Unfinished Allegro

– Carry On

– Nova Era

– Waiting Silence

– Silence and Distance

– Angels Cry

– Lisbon

– The Course of Nature

– Acid Rain

– The Voice Commanding You

– Rebirth

– Nothing to Say

– Deus le Volt!

– Spread of Fire

– Pegasus Fantasy

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Exclusive Interview With Behind The Suit And Tie Documentary Creator/Producer Today

July 23rd, 2010
by EvilG
Behind The Suit And Tie

Behind The Suit And Tie

Robert Bolger, creator/producer of the up and coming heavy metal recording industry documentary Behind The Suit And Tie is scheduled to be interviewed on The Metal Asylum hosted by DJ Rob on Friday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. PST.
For more info visit Metalheadradio.ning.com.

A new trailer from Behind The Suit And Tie can be viewed below. The six minute clip features segments from Eddie Trunk (VH1 Classic, Q104.3, Sirius XM), Carl Severson (Ferret Music), Paul Conroy (Ferret Music), David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records), Al Dawson (Earache Records) to discuss piracy, corruption issues and the future of a record label.

Through a series of interviews with players from both indie and major labels, Behind the Suit And Tie “will showcase the truth of how the music industry is being affected by the downward spiral of CD sales and how new and up-and-coming artists must learn to adjust to changing times,” according to a press release.

The film will contain insight from:

Ed Rivadavia (RCA Music Group)
Jason Lekberg (Epic Records)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Carl Severson (Good Fight Entertainment)
Paul Conroy (Good Fight Entertainment)
Daniel Heerdmann (Tiefdruck Musik)
Doug Keogh (Roadrunner Records)
Missi Callazzo (MegaForce Records)
Doug Keogh (Roadrunner Records)
Ray Harkins (Century Media Records)
Al Dawson (Earache Records)
Alan Becker (Red Distribution)
Burt Goldstein (Big Daddy Distribution)
Eddie Trunk (VHI Classic, Q104.3, Sirius XM)
Pat Egan (Relapse Records)
Ralph Graupner (Indevent Music)
Gary Susalis (Music Choice)
Ged Cook (Demolition Records)
Bryan Mechutan (Demolition Records)
Lee Barrett (Ascendance Records)
Adam Watson (Plastic Head Distribution)
David Ellefson (Megadeth)
Erik Rogers (Dangerous New Machine)
Tairrie B Murphy, Mick Murphy (MY RUIN)
Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Mercenary Management)/(OZZY OSBOURNE)
Rayny Forster (Moshpit Tragedy Records)

Commented creator/producer Robert Bolger: “Unlike most music documentaries’ more musician-focused approach, ‘Behind The Suit And Tie’ will spend more time with the people behind the labels.”

Due later this year, Behind the Suit And Tie “pulls no punches and features some of the prime movers in the heavy metal industry drawing back the veil of mystique surrounding the music business and addressing tough questions about the industry itself, how it’s run and where labels see their role in a digital future,” according to a press release.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/behindthesuitandtie.

Check out an interview with Robert Bolger here.

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