September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

On September 1st Hunter’s Moon Digital is pleased to announce the official launch of its new digital record label Harvest Moon.  Harvest Moon is an imprint of Hunter’s Moon Records and has been set up to focus on exclusively bringing the best in international black metal, death metal, folk and extreme metal.
Harvest Moon has joined forces with Russian label Grailight Productions (http://www.myspace.com/grailight)  to release some of Russia’s top bands in extreme music and we begin the launch of the label with 4 releases from across the Russian scene.

The first releases are:

Astel Oscora: Moscow Symphonic Depressive Black Metal band Astel Oscora present their second album Eridan.  Eridan is an album full of atmosphere, crushing black metal interlaced with subtle keyboards and harmony.
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/asteloscora
Available from: http://asteloscora.bandcamp.com/

Drygva: Son Of Mighty Rod is the debut album from Belarus folk-pagan metal band Drygva.Drygva are deeply proud of their heritage and Son Of Mighty Rod is a celebration of their roots, reviving memories of their ancestors.  The songs are sung in their native tongue and utilise national instruments.
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/drygva
Available from: http://drygva.bandcamp.com/

Neron Kaisar: Magnum Incendium is the debut release from Russian Symphonic Black Metal band Neron Kaisar.    Magnum Incendium displays a lyrical interest in historical characters such as Roman Emperor Nero.  The powerful lyrical content is complimented by harsh black metal, with subtle symphonic elements.
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/neronkaisar
Available from:  http://neronkaisar.bandcamp.com/
Lethargy: Ukranian band Lethargy present their debut album The Burden Of Human Passions.The melancholic album sees a mix of atmospheric death metal and doom metal.Lethargy see their music as a poetry interlaced with the hard and simultaneously beautiful riffs of guitars, the hum of bass notes, sorrowful keys and the transitions between clean melancholic vocals with the reckless screaming of the lost soul.
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/lethargyua
Available from:  http://lethargy.bandcamp.com/

All Harvest Moon releases are available now from Bandcamp and directly from the Harvest Moon webstore found on the official website and will be available on a number of digital platforms including iTunes, Emusic, Amazon and Deezer shortly.

More releases will be announced shortly.

For more information on Harvest Moon and its bands go to the official  website at: http://www.harvestmoonrecords.net


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September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Blind Gaurdian 2010

In a recent interview with Ystejam.com, BLIND GUARDIAN guitarist Marcus Siepen elaborated on the band’s use of a live orchestra on their new album, At The Edge Of Time, which was released in North America on August 24th:

“The big difference on this album is that for the first time in our career, we worked with a real orchestra.  Any orchestration on any previous album has always been done with keyboards. This time we had ninety people playing, which was a giant step for us and added a big element to the album’s sound; a programmed orchestra can sound very good, but nothing beats the real thing. This did bring up some problems for us because when we compose the stuff, we are still using keyboards to arrange for strings, horns, or whatever.  When you work with a real orchestra, you can’t go up to them with some programmed stuff and say, ‘This is what we would like.’  Obviously you have to give them written music and none of us can really do that – turn keyboards into a multi-arrangement for a real orchestra. We had to rely on the help of people who could write down our ideas for a real orchestra so they could play it. Everything worked perfectly in the end, in my opinion.  It’s such a huge a difference from the keyboards.  One of the goals that we wanted to reach with this album was to give it a natural sound.  Nothing sounds more natural than an orchestra. The drums, too, were taken under consideration, because a lot of bands use samples on drums to enhance their sound, but you hear on this album is a naturally recorded drum set with no samples. That was really important for us to have that type of sound on this album and we are really happy with it.”

Read the entire interview with Marcus Siepen here.

View the studio trailer that contains orchestra footage and commentary by vocalist Hansi Kürsch and guitarist André Olbrich here.

The video for the single “A Voice In The Dark” – directed by Ivan Colic and produced by Stanimir “Staca” Lukic – can be viewed here.

Download the free BLIND GUARDIAN iPhone / iTouch app from this link.

Visit BLIND GUARDIAN online at www.BLIND-GUARDIAN.com, www.facebook.com/blindguardian and www.myspace.com/BLINDGUARDIAN.

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HELLBASTARD Embark On Headlining U.S. Tour This Week; Free L.A. Show Announced

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

The legendary U.K thrash/crust/metal warriors HELLBASTARD will play their first show of their massive, headlining U.S. tour in Seattle, Washington this week, and will continue through over 40 gigs, ending on October 22 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The string of dates includes one show in Mexico as well.   In addition, the band will record their set at a free gig in the Los Angeles area for the recording of a live album, this September 13th [show filming takes place at 7580 Garden Grove Blvd. Westminster, CA 92683].   The influential group will be supporting their latest releases, The Need To Kill album and the Eco-War EP, both released in 2009 via Poland’s brutal Selfmadegod Records.

HELLBASTARD Headlining US Tour:

9/02/2010 The Funhouse – Seattle, WA
9/03/2010 The Morgue – Seattle, WA
9/04/2010 Satyricon – Portland, OR
9/05/2010 Wandering Goat Cafe – Eugene, OR w/ Reality Lost
9/06/2010 DIY show – Chico, CA
9/07/2010 Chinatown Youth Center – Fresno, CA W/ Eat The Living, Maggot Colony
9/10/2010 924 Gilman – Berkeley, CA w/ Acephalix, Fix My Head, Psychosomatic, Short Attention Span
9/11/2010 Infest Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
9/12/2010 Infest Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
9/13/2010 Bomb Shelter [free entrance] – Westminster, CA – LIVE ALBUM RECORDING
9/14/2010 The Ruby Room – San Diego, CA
9/15/2010 Divan De Alicia – Tijuana, Mexico w/ Coaccion, Bumbklaatt, Bio Crisis, Anomalia, Omission
9/16/2010 Sound Control – Scottsdale, AZ w/ Landmine Marathon
9/17/2010 DIY show – Flagstaff/Phoenix, AZ
9/18/2010 Andre’s Underground – Albuquerque, NM
9/19/2010 Blast-O-Mat – Denver, CO
9/21/2010 The Mouth – Lawrence, KS
9/22/2010 *TBA – Norman, OK
9/23/2010 Rubber Gloves – Denton, TX
9/24/2010 Broken Neck Warehouse – Austin, TX
9/25/2010 The Vanguard – Houston, TX
9/26/2010 The Saint – New Orleans, LA
9/29/2010 Wayward Council – Gainesville, FL
9/30/2010 PS Warehouse – Atlanta, GA
10/01/2010 Skuds Manor – Augusta, GA
10/02/2010 Wonderland – Richmond, VA
10/03/2010 Manny’s Place (house show) – Lynchburg, VA
10/05/2010 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
10/07/2010 JR’s Bar – Philadelphia, PA
10/08/2010 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
10/09/2010 AS220 – Providence, RI w/ Panzer Bastard, I Destroyer (ex-DropDead), Defeatist
10/10/2010 Great Scott – Boston, MA w/ Panzer Bastard, I Destroyer (ex-DropDead), Defeatist
10/11/2010 *TBA – Buffalo, NY
10/12/2010 *TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
10/14/2010 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI
10/15/2010 Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI w/ Jucifer
10/16/2010 Shaman Records – Chicago, IL
10/17/2010 *TBA – Milwaukee, WI
10/19/2010 *TBA – Madison, WI
10/20/2010 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN w/ War/Plague, Misery
10/22/2010 Roman’s Bar – Rapid City, SD

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DISIPLIN signs with ATMF, new release slated for November

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Today, AETERNITAS TENEBRARUM MUSIC FOUNDATION (ATMF) confirms the signing of infamous Norwegian squadron DISIPLIN, the brainchild of one WeltenFeind, who’s done time in such illustrious names as DISSECTION, SLAVIA, MYRKSKOG, and KOLDBRANN. The band has inked a three-album deal with ATMF, the first release of which will be entitled Radikale Randgruppe, slated for release sometime in November.

DISIPLIN signs with ATMF, new release slated for November

DISIPLIN signs with ATMF, new release slated for November 2010

As the wolf-pack is approaching the new sacrifice, 10 years of history of black metal integrity and daring for DISIPLIN, Radikale Randgruppe will stand as a special anniversary album composed by totally new material, limited to 1000 copies to be released on Digibook format, and with the first 100 copies with a limited T-shirt. DISIPLIN’s martial monument Radikale Randgruppe won’t be re-pressed or re-released but will stay as a unique stone in the band’s legacy.

WeltenFeind comments on the union: “We’re proud to have this sharpened weapon of the pagan gods under our wing, moving from one of the most innovative labels, Moonfog. They’ve been an example of how Norwegian black metal should have been evolved instead of rooting on the memories. DISIPLIN are still there to take forward the idea of black metal as an extreme weapon instead of a un-offensive stereotype.”

A specific release date for DISIPLIN’s Radikale Randgruppe will be announced soon, but preorders will be open in late September. More details to come, but in the meantime, consult www.wolf-axis.com and www.myspace.com/wolfaxis.

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September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Accept - Blood Of The Nations

Accept - Blood Of The Nations

Blood Of The Nations, the comeback album by Germany’s legendary metal band ACCEPT, just entered the German album charts at #4!  This marks the highest German chart entry ever in the band’s career and beats the #5 position of 1986’s Russian Roulette.

ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann shares his thoughts on the news:

“This really swept us off our feet!  Of course, you dream about being on top of the charts, but this was pretty much out of the question.  We tested new waters with our new singer Mark [Tornillo, ex-TT Quick] and emerged as winners!  But even more than that, this is the reward for our unique collaboration with our label Nuclear Blast, Brainstorm Music Marketing, and all the others who gave their everything for ACCEPT.  But most of all, we want to thank our fans without whom we would be nothing!  THANK YOU!”

ACCEPT will be co-headlining their upcoming tour with King’s X, kicking-off with an appearance at the eleventh annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia.  Confirmed tour dates are:

09/09/2010  ProgPower USA Kick-Off – Atlanta, GA Center Stage (**No King’s X**)

09/23/2010  The Chance  – Poughkeepsie, NY

09/24/2010  Ram’s Head Live  – Baltimore, MD

09/25/2010  The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

09/26/2010  ***IN-STORE SIGNING AT VINTAGE VINYL*** – Fords, NJ

09/27/2010  B. B. King’s – New York, NY

09/29/2010  Showcase Live  – Foxboro, MA
10/01/2010  The Silo – Reading, PA
10/02/2010  The Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI

10/08/2010  The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/09/2010  The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL

10/12/2010  House Of Blues – Dallas, TX

10/13/2010  House Of Blues – Houston TX

Additional dates for October & November will be announced soon.

Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and will be released in North America on September 14th.  Exclusive pre-sale bundles can be purchased at the Nuclear Blast Web Store.

ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up includes Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.

View footage of Wolf Hoffman & Mark Tornillo on VH1’s “That Metal Show” here.  View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41here.  View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.

Visit ACCEPT online at www.ACCEPTWORLDWIDE.com, www.myspace.com/accepttheband, www.facebook.com/accepttheband, and www.twitter.com/accepttheband.

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A FOREST OF STARS: “Sorrow’s Impetus” Streaming Now On Stereogum

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

After having received much praise from critics and fans worldwide and following several live appearances on their native soil, the UK psychedelic black metal ensemble A FOREST OF STARS gathered around a few cups of tea to lay down the foundations of what would be their second full-length album. Several séances in Rob Hobson’s Silent City Studio during winter of 2009 led to the recording of the fittingly titled Opportunistic Thieves of Spring, a work of magic and alchemy in the tradition of their Victorian contemporaries.

Released via Transcendental Creations earlier this summer, the now quintuplet — having added drummer John Bishop to the fold — took the elements brought fourth on their dramatic The Corpse Of Rebirth offering, to a whole new level, adding new sound textures with oriental percussion and peculiar string arrangements. Opportunistic Thieves Of Spring will carry the listener through a vast musical landscape; an unearthly journey from the rise of mankind to the Golden Age to its decline in the Kali Yuga.

Check out “Sorrow’s Impetus,” the opening track from Opportunistic Thieves of Spring at Stereogum here: http://stereogum.com/481802/a-forest-of-stars-sorrows-impetus/franchises/haunting-the-chapel/




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Ingraved announce a new deal with Power Pain Records

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

German label Power Pain Records will release Ingraved’s new album “Onryou” on October the 31st. It will be a mix of modern extreme metal and hardcore elements with lyrics based on Japanese culture and folklore.

“Onryou” will be available in many on line stores, ITunes and other digital platforms.


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STIGMA announces digital-only EP, to shoot video for “The Undertaker”

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

Italian horror-inspired extreme metal act STIGMA will shoot a video for the song “The Undertaker” with director Salvatore Perrone (A DAY TO REMEMBER, EVERGREEN TERRACE, SUICIDE SILENCE) to coincide with the release of a special-edition digital-only EP this Winter via PIVOTAL ROCKORDINGS. The band recently wrapped up a successful European tour supporting TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED.

STIGMA’s Concerto for the Undead was produced at Fear Studio by ex-BLEEDING THROUGH and current BRING ME THE HORIZON guitarist Jona Weinhofen and was mixed & mastered by Scott Atkins (BEHEMOTH, CRADLE OF FILTH, SYLOSIS).

This sophomore effort was released on April 30th in Europe, May 3rd in the UK, May 4th in North America, May 7th in Australia/New Zealand and June 30th in Japan.

The album features lyrics centered on the cult-classic comic book series Tales From the Crypt and includes guest vocal appearances by Jamie Hope (ex-THE RED SHORE) and Jon Hunt (ex-DEAD TO FALL).

Artwork for the album features stunning comic illustrations of the band’s now-patent horror-themed lyrics and was created by Andrea Berton of Corefolio Design (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WINDS OF PLAGUE).

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September 1st, 2010
by EvilG


Indianapolis, Indiana’s THE CONTORTIONIST’s brand new GOOD FIGHT MUSIC debut, Exoplanet, is in stores today! Also, the band is pleased to announce exciting news about their upcoming fall touring season! THE CONTORTIONIST will hit the road with WAR OF AGES, THE COLOR MORALE, THE GREAT COMMISSION, and LEGEND from October 8th through October 22nd, and will continue across the states with THE ACACIA STRAIN, TERROR, THE RED CHORD, and GAZA from October 29th through November 20th! See below for all current tour dates, and make sure to catch THE CONTORTIONIST ripping up a stage near you!

THE CONTORTIONIST recently debuted their album-culminating trifecta, ‘Exoplanet I: Egress’, ‘Exoplanet II: Void’, and ‘Exoplanet III: Light’ at AOL Noisecreep! Make sure to head over to the site to listen to the masterful close to Exoplanet. Also, do not forget to cruise over to fellow esteemed metal blog MetalSucks.net to listen to the new track ‘Advent’!

Exoplanet album cut ‘Expire’ is now available for streaming on the brand new MySpace page! You can also hear ‘Expire’ on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal, and can request it instantly by tweeting to @JoseMangin and/or @SXMLiquidMetal, or by heading to the Sirius XM Liquid Metal Facebook page! THE CONTORTIONIST’s track ‘Primal Directive’ is included on the new, free FYE/Decibel sampler! The sampler can be found at www.tonesofdeath.com/fye/.

Catch THE CONTORTIONIST on the road this fall!


October 8th – Erie, PA @ The Hangout

October 9th – Dayton, OH @ The Attic

October 10th – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys

October 11th – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

October 12th – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

October 14th – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4

October 15th – South Bend, IN @ Church of The Heartland

October 16th – St.Louis, MO @ Fubar

October 19th – Douglasville, GA @ 7 Venue

October 21st – Lynchburg, VA @ Crosspoint Venue

October 22nd – Fredericksburg, VA @ The Refuge

October 29th – Albany, NY @ Northern Lights
October 30th – Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s
October 31st – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
November 1st – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
November 2nd – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 3rd – Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
November 4th – Spartanburg, SC @ GZSC
November 5th – Jacksonville, FL @ Rain
November 6th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Ground Control
November 7th – Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
November 9th – Birmingham, AL @ Zyedeco
November 10th – Nashville TN @ Rocket Town
November 11th – Louisville, KY @ Headliners
November 12th – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
November 13th – Toledo, OH @ Headliners
November 14th – Windsor, ONT @ Blind Dog
November 15th – London, ON @ Music Hall
November 16th – Longeueil, QC @ Salle Kekpart
November 17th – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
November 18th – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
November 19th – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
November 20th – Holyoke, MA @ The Waterfront Tavern – A Benefit for Liberty Skrypek

For more information on THE CONTORTIONIST be sure to visit:



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All Shall Perish Guitarist Francesco Artusato Post New Instructional Video Lesson On Guitar World’s Website; Post New Track On MySpace

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

All Shall Perish’s new guitarist and Berklee College of Music graduate, Francesco Artusato, has partnered up with Guitar World Magazine to present an in-depth instructional video lesson series breaking down how to play some of the most intricate parts from his all instrumental solo endeavor entitled Chaos and The Primordial. The disc is an all out technical shred fest features 10 truly diverse tracks that takes the listener on an all encompassing musical journey and the depth and diversity in which Artusato does so is astonishing. Click on the link below to watch the second lesson now and stay tuned for additional episodes over the coming weeks.
Artusato states: “I just got back from the ‘Summer Slaughter’ tour, which was amazing. What a great collection of great and talented bands. I want to thank all All Shall Perish fans for being so amazing and supportive, you rule! Now it’s time to go to Europe for the ‘Hell On Earth’ tour.

“My second lesson on Guitar World has also just been posted, so go check it out. Its two examples from the song “Typhoeus” and I explain the intro solo and the chorus section. This is probably one of my favorite songs from my new solo album, Chaos and The Primordial, mainly because of its contrasting nature and the intricacy of some of the parts. It’s also very heavy.

“You can also listen to the song, “Chaos and The Primordial,” in its entirety on my MySpace page now. www.myspace.com/francescoartusatomusic It’s a very technical and intense song that has a progressive vibe with some very open and lyrical parts mixed with very powerful moments of intensity and complexity. There is also going to be a lesson on Guitar World about this song very soon.

“Thanks again to Guitar World for hosting these lessons, and stay tuned for additional episodes over the coming weeks.”

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THE ACACIA STRAIN Announce Fall Headline Tour

September 1st, 2010
by EvilG

After seeing their latest album “Wormwood” debut at #67 on Billboard’s Top 200, Western Massachusetts’ freight train of fury, THE ACACIA STRAIN, are proud to announce their first headlining tour since the release of “Wormwood,” last month.

The “To Catch a Predatour” sees THE ACACIA STRAIN heading out along the East Coast and in Canada with support from THE RED CHORD, TERROR, GAZA, and THE CONTORTIONIST. “To Catch a Predatour” is presented by All In Merchandise, Revolver Magazine, and Metal Injection. THE ACACIA STRAIN are extremely excited to head out with some of today’s top metal and hardcore acts out in support of their newest, and already critically acclaimed fourth record on Prosthetic Records. In typical THE ACACIA STRAIN fashion, the guys plan to bring the fun each night by hanging out at their merch table thirty minutes after doors to meet the fans and socialize. There will be a special tee shirt available for purchase only during this time in addition to all their new tour merchandise. If you are in the Holyoke, MA area on the 20th of November, be sure to come out to the Waterfront Tavern as this show will be a benefit for a dear friend of the band who recently passed away due to a decade long battle with cancer.


10/29 Albany, NY – Northern Lights

10/30 Jermyn, PA – Elanor Rigby’s

10/31 Providence, RI – Lupo’s

11/1 Pittsburg, PA – Altar Bar

11/2 Springfield, VA – Jaxx

11/ 3 Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox

11/ 4 Spartanburg, SC – GZSC

11/5 Jacksonville, FL – Rain

11/ 6 West Palm Beach, FL – Ground Control

11/7 Tampa, FL – State Theatre

11/9 Birmingham, AL – Zyedeco

11/10 Nashville TN – Rocket Town

11/11 Louisville, KY – Headliners

11/12 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

11/13 Toledo, OH – Headliners

11/14 Windsor, ONT – Blind Dog

11/15 London, ON – Music Hall

11/16 Longeueil, QC – Salle Kekpart

11/17 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground

11/18 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place

11/19 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance

11/20 Holyoke, MA – The Waterfront Tavern

The band, no strangers to touring, spent a portion of the summer on “Cool Tour,” with AS I LAY DYING, UNDEROATH, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and more, and just returned from select Mexican dates with JOB FOR A COWBOY. They will then spend a month in Europe on the “Hell On Earth Tour,” along with. EVERYTIME I DIE, TERROR, ALL SHALL PERISH, THICK AS BLOOD, DOWN TO NOTHING, and VERA CRUZ, before their headline run.


9/17 Jena, GER – F Haus

9/18 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik

9/19 Reading, UK – Sub 89

9/20 Norwich, UK – Waterfront

9/21 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre

9/22 Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit

9/23 Manchester, UK – Moho Live

9/24 Sheffield, UK – Corperation

9/25 London, UK – Islington 02 Academy

9/26 Antwerpen, BE – Hof ter Lo

9/27 Paris, FR – Glazart

9/28 Rotterdam, NI – Watt

9/29 Frankfurt/Main, GER – Batschkapp

9/30 Klagenfurt, AUT – Volxhaus

10/1 Munchen, GER – Werk

10/2 Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet

10/3 Solothurn, CH – Kofmehl

10/4 Hannover, GER – Faust

10/5 Gothenburg, SW – Musikens Hus

10/6 Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle

10/7 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle

10/8 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage

10/9 Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Stattbahnhof

10/10 Zaandam, NI – Kade

10/11 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville TBC

10/12 Stuttgart, GER – TBA

10/13 Wien, GER – Arena

10/14 Praha, CZ – Abaton

10/15 Leipzig, GER – Werk

10/16 Berlin, GER – SO 36

10/17 Amneville, FR – Tat The Beast

Be sure to check THE ACACIA STRAIN’s MySpace (www.myspace.com/theacaciastrain) for updated dates on all of these tours, and catch the “TO CATCH A PREDATOUR” when it comes into your town.

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AYAT issue studio update, reveal new album title

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Lebanon’s infamous AYAT – whose 2008 MORIBUND-released album, Six Years of Dormant Hatred, strictly polarized critics as either “genius” or “garbage” but forcing an opinion out of everyone – reveal that they’re currently recording their follow-up MORIBUND album, tentatively titled Carry On Carrion. As vocalist Filthy Fuck explains, “So I walked. And the 67 viral winds of the East whistled in my hollow bones, particles of disease sticking on the edges. And William died on me, too. A fever runs through my blood like rivers to the sea. Six years of dormant hatred lay in pieces behind me and thousands of dead motherfuckers are walking around the thousand-times-dead fucking mother-city. And the dead exceed the living and will look after them in their own special way. And there was but one phrase on my tongue like a snake rolled on a shaft – ‘Carry on, carrion… Carry on…’.”

The track listing to Carry On Carrion has already been decided by the band, but AYAT wish it to remain secret until release. Additionally, they promise that the new album shall be longer than 60 minutes and should be finished next month, with a late winter or early spring release through MORIBUND likely. When pressed for further details, Filthy Fuck simply shrugged and said, “Nothing but the fact that it will be longer, more insane, more vicious, and will shy Six Years… to a battered pulp. Not only by force, mind you, but also by sheer acidic caustic erosion. And we’re Lebanese. In case some guy missed it.”

Select press blurbs regarding AYAT’s Six Years of Dormant Hatred are as follows:

With an OTT approach reminiscent of JUDAS PRIEST alongside a good old sense of MAYHEM, the album is invested with a pestilent, rune-cursed allure not unlike IMPALED NAZARENE at their most dangerous” – Zero Tolerance

You can take the battle/war metal foisted upon the masses by bands who live in countries that haven’t seen the devastation war can bring in centuries, fold them into a nice little square and shove ’em up your keister, for all Ayat is concerned…shredding perceptions of what a metal band in the Middle East should ‘be’” – Metal Maniacs

An infectious yet caustic black metal album…drifts back and forth between bludgeoning black ‘n’ roll, blast-‘til-we’re-dead black metal ditties, and the hit-or-miss mesmerizing drone riffs. The fact that they combine these three very different styles together seamlessly and with some of the best samples ever immeasurably ups the ante for Six Years’ sheer sonic menace” – MetalReview.com [9.2/10 rating]

In just under an hour, Ayat wreaks more havoc than a bus full of suicide bombers with psychotically nuclear-blasting, sado-sonic tunes…ultimately AYAT defines their own sound” – Blabbermouth.net [8.5/10 rating]

It sounds berzerk and fierce unlike any band that I can think of. Ayat take elements from so many influences in and out of metal and punk that they’ve conceived something that is one of the most original metal releases I’ve heard in the better part of a decade” – Gravemusic.com [9.1/10 rating]

The Middle East’s answer to MINISTRY?” – Metal-Archives.com

The whole effort comes across as more than a little deranged and wide eyed with psychotic instability that’s ready to strap on a bomb and march right into your skull and blow it to bits” – TeethofheDivine.com

The power, passion and feeling I felt as this played gave me goosebumps” – Metalcore Fanzine

Ayat are literally taking their lives into their hands by releasing such blasphemy and billing themselves as the first anti-Islamic black metal band. Such zeal gives great weight and legitimacy to Ayat’s form of black metal, perhaps even more so than the original Norwegian scene…just absolutely drips with power” – Live4Metal.com

Imagine ATARI TEENAGE RIOT and THE BOREDOMS working with MAYHEM and BEHERIT” – Absolute Zero Media webzine

For more info, consult www.moribundcult.com

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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Album streaming in its entirety on AOL.com

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal’s exterminating death metal battalion, The Last Felony, has unleashed their dark cloud of technical extremity, Too Many Humans, out today on Lifeforce Records. And according to bassist/lyricist, Seb Painchaud, Too Many Humans might just be a means to an end for civilization as we know it.

“Too Many Humans is FINALLY available in North America. No longer will you have to fight for a seat in the subway or endure another human’s flesh coming in contact with yours; the decimation of the North American population begins NOW!”

The new record is currently streaming in its entirety this week on AOL.com at: http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/18.

The Last Felony has set up a special Too Many Humans package deal at indiemerch.com, which includes a copy of the new record and the official Too Many Humans tee shirt for $20. Head over to: http://www.indiemerchstore.com/thelastfelony to take advantage of this special offer today!

Too Many Humans was recorded, engineered, and mixed at Montreal’s Garage Studio by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Neuraxis), and mastered by Pierre Remillard (Misery Index, Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance, Beneath the Massacre). Artwork comes courtesy of Felix Rancourt (Despised Icon, Beneath the Massacre).

The track list for Too Many Humans is…

1. We Are Future Housing Developements For Maggots
2. Too Many Humans
3. No One Would Notice If You Died
4. Do Not Defend Me
5. Quandary
6. Most Unclean
7. Overrated Existence
8. Televisionary
9. Water Cooler Suicide

Combining the speed and catchiness of new school death, the grooves and brutality of old school death, the dark atmosphere of black metal, with a dose of deathcore to complete their signature sound, The Last Felony has stepped up the intensity level on Too Many Humans. The quintet’s craft of morbid melodies, intricate guitar work, and extreme drumming will surely rank The Last Felony as one of Canada’s elite metal outfits.

The Last Felony will support Too Many Humans on two brutal-rific Canadian runs with the likes of Despised Icon, Misery Index, Ion Dissonance, and more. The first slew of dates with Ion Dissonance kicked off on August 6th, followed by a supporting run on Despised Icon’s final tour in October.

The Last Felony w/ Ion Dissonance…

8/19 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
8/20 – Toronto, ON – The Rockpile
8/21 – Windsor, ON – The Chubby Pickle
8/22 – London, ON – Call The Office
8/23 – Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe
8/24 – Guelph, ON – Club Vinyl

The Last Felony w/ Despised Icon and Misery Index…

10/06 – Calgary, AB – The New Black Center
10/07 – Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre
10/08 – Saskatoon, SK – Cosmos Center
10/09 – Regina, SK – Districkt
10/12 – Sudbury, ON – Jubilee Hall
10/13 – Windsor, ON – The Blind Dog
10/14 – Ottawa, ON – Ritual
10/16 – Rouyn-Noranda, QC – Petit Theatre

The Last Felony is…

Joss Fredette – Vocals
Dom Grimard – Guitar
Felix Roberge – Guitar
Vince Menard – Drums
Seb Painchaud – Bass

For more information on The Last Felony…


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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Twisted Sister close Bloodstock Open Air 2010 (credit: Enda Madden)

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR solidified its position as the UK’s only true outdoor Metal Festival, enjoying its most successful year so far. As well as celebrating its 10th anniversary, BLOODSTOCK reached yet another milestone achieving its first five figure turn out. Over 10,300 metalheads descended upon Catton Hall in Derbyshire to see nearly 80 acts, including headliners OPETH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, FEAR FACTORY and TWISTED SISTER, as well as a plethora of other top names in the world of metal.

Highlights included a one minute tribute to the legendary RONNIE JAMES DIO – 60 seconds of cheering and horn raising – to christen the main stage, and a very rare performance from Swedish tech-metal heroes MESHUGGAH on Friday, a highly memorable set from DEVIN TOWNSEND on Saturday, who after contending with having his band’s equipment held up in customs, turned the disaster around to put on an extremely entertaining show, pulling in one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. Sunday saw the first ever UK performance of death metal supergroup BLOODBATH, who took the stage covered in bruises, cuts and an assortment of other injuries, as well as GOJIRA’s only UK show of 2010.

After BLOODBATH’s set, GWAR frontman ODERUS URUNGUS took the stage to draw the winner for BLOODSTOCK’s exclusive car raffle. The holder of ticket number 12281 is yet to claim their prize of a brand new Toyota Aygo, and must claim their prize within the next seven days. If you purchased your ticket from HMV in Canterbury, check your ticket stub, as you may well be the proud owner of a brand new car! The second prize winner is also yet to claim their prize of a WHITE BC RICH GUITAR courtesy of ROSETTI, plus a pair of VIP Tix for 2011, as well as a goody bag. This second prize winner is exceptionally lucky, as the holder of ticket number 05547 attended the festival after winning a competition via media partner ROCK RADIO. The third prize of 2 x VIP tickets for next year’s BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR went to Joe Macriner, who was the holder of ticket number 07508.

But the real surprise treat came following death metal legend’s CANNIBAL CORPSE’s punishingly heavy set, when BLOODSTOCK revealed the first headliner for 2011. The news of IMMORTAL’s only UK show of 2011 via a two-minute trailer on the main stage video screen was welcomed with huge cheers from the BLOODSTOCK crowd, leaving no doubt that the Norwegian Black Metallers’s first ever UK festival performance will be a highly anticipated one.

Closed by a monumental set from TWISTED SISTER, who ploughed their way through classics such as “You Can’t Stop Rock’n’Roll”, “I Am (I’m Me)”, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”, the atmosphere at Catton Hall right was electric, with all present enjoying not only BLOODSTOCK’s most successful year yet, but also the excitement of the first announcement for 2011, tickets for which are on sale now for the roll back price of £90 – fixed until December 2010 to beat the VAT increase.

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2011 12th – 14th AUGUST 2011



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Horned Almighty Album Release Details

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Track list

1 – Necro Spirituals
2 – Fountain of a Thousand Plagues
3 – Sworn Divine Vengeance
4 – Age of Scorn
5 – In Jubilation and Disgust
6 – Blessing the World in Pestilence
7 – The Illuminated Void
8 – Blasphemous Burden
9 – Absolved in the Sight of God

With three acclaimed albums and a live album etc. behind them, Danish Black Metallers HORNED ALMIGHTY have now finished their new studio album entitled “NECRO SPIRITUALS”. Recorded in May-June 2010. Mixed and Mastered by Jacob Bredahl (Hatesphere, Koldborn etc) at Dead Rat Studios.

An album comprised of the strongest and most fierce material written in the bands 8 year existence. Yet again, crushing all doctrines and rules with their “Don’t give a shit” take on black metal, as a testament to all that is extreme.

Out on Candlelight Records 25th of October 2010

New track for your necro pleasure here


Originally formed in early 2002 by S. and Hellpig, both active in the extreme metal underground since the early nineties, the filthy ugly beast that is Horned Almighty was puked from the gutters of Hell initially as a duo. First intended as a side project, Horned Almighty quickly became first priority and shortly after the first primitive demo had been recorded, the drum-throne was seized by Harm. Rehearsing began for yet another demo, which in late 2003 ended up in the recording of four hellish songs in the bands own recording studio,”Vomit”, a true shithole.

Before releasing the demo, some labels were approached with the material and Infernus Rex from the Netherlands released the material as a 7” ep, called “In the year of our horned lord” April 2004. At the same time, the bastard cult of Horned Almighty had their first live performance, featuring a session bass player, and sharing the stage with prominent names such as Dismember and Carpathian Forest.

In the summer of 2004 four filthy new songs were puked onto tape and released as the split Lp ”To The Lord Our Lives” by Hearse Recs. Moribund Records from the US did the cd version shortly thereafter.

At the same time rehearsing began for what was to become the first full length album and the ”Black Metal Jesus” album was recorded in the autumn 2004, once again in ”Vomit”. Infernus Rex released the album in November 2004 and the underground seemed to embrace Horned Almighty’s, at the time, quite different take on the Black Metal phenomenon. A video for the song Satanic fatherland were plotted and the recording took place at a local gig, which also featured new member Aries from french act Black Dementia on strings.

After a minitour with Danish Death Metal veterans Exmortem, a new video for the song ”Terror Soul” was shot and chopped by fellow fanatics.

Late 2005, rehearsals for a new album began and it was recorded, once again, in Vomit February 2006. In April 2006 the second album”The Devils Music – Songs of Death and Damnation” was released, again by Infernus Rex, receiving overwhelming reviews from the underground and metal media, both because of the well crafted songs, energetic production and the highly provocative and blasphemous cover artwork. The album sold quite well and got Horned Almighty playing several festivals in germany, sharing the stage with the likes of DHG, Lord Belial, Azaghal and many more…

The band’s performance on the United Metal Maniacs festival in Germany in 2007 was incidentally recorded and the true ferocity of the concert resulted in the ”Live Exsanguination” 10” live lp.

The third and latest album”Contaminating the Divine” took quite a bit longer to write than the previous albums. A lot more energy and time were put into crafting this ugly abomination and the effort paid off. Nine brutal and diverse hymns were recorded for the album and for the first time, the band recorded outside their shithole ”Vomit” and spent time in several studios tracking the album. Outside help was acquired for the mixing and mastering, which was handled by Jacob Bredahl (ex-Hatesphere) in his Smart’n’hard studio and the result was astonishing. Mixing the primitivism of Celtic Frost with the aggression of Discharge and the ugliness of Autopsy, all drenched in the eerie and disturbing rot of early nineties Black Metal. As one fan noted: ”This sounds like a fucking Missouri-class canon shot at the Vatican!”.

”Contaminating the Divine” was released in February 2009 as a joint effort by the two German labels Obscure Abhorrence and Art of Propaganda and received even more praise than its predecessor and got top reviews all around.

Horned Almighty Anno MMX

The cult:

S -Vokills & Preaching
Aries – Guitar & Deathsaw
Hellpig – Bass & Hellfire
Harm – Drums & Skullpounding


Hellhordes Demo, 2003
In the Year of Our Horned Lord EP, 2004
In Ruin & Despair / To the Lord of Our Lives Split, 2004
Black Metal Jesus, 2004
The Devil’s Music – Songs of Death and Damnation, 2006
Live Exsanguination Live album, 2007
Contaminating the Divine, 2009

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