MelodicRock Records Announce Release for Italian symphonic melodic metal band – VIOLET SUN

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG
Violet Sun -  “Loneliness In Supremacy”released November 19, 2010

Violet Sun - “Loneliness In Supremacy”released November 19, 2010

MelodicRock Records is proud to announce the release of the next title in the fledgling label’s line-up – Italian symphonic melodic metal band VIOLET SUN.

Their debut album “Loneliness In Supremacy” will be released November 19, with pre-orders shipping November 12.

Violet Sun’s core goes back to 2005, when Dario Grillo (Platens, Thy Majesty) heard the voice of Alessandra Amata, a singer of great talent of Catania, well known in the Sicilian musical circle. Dario had some interesting unpublished work that proposed to her. Alessandra immediately showed herself to be very enthusiastic about the project and so in a few months they began to work to the drawing up and the realization of the songs contained in the debut album.
Loneliness In Supremacy is not a normal Metal album, but a real blended work in which the styles such as classic and opera music, heavy metal, oriental, progressive and AOR blend perfectly together to create powerful and memorable melodies. This record places itself midway between a real Metal Opera (Avantasia, Aina, Nostradamus) and bands as Nightwish, Epica, Kamelot.

MelodicRock Records owner Andrew McNeice: “There is nothing harder in this scene than breaking in a new name, but just as my other signings have impressed, so to did Violet Sun. One listen and I called upon Dario to sign up. I wasn’t looking for a heavier project to add to the label, but taking each release on its merits, this just screamed out for attention. The production is simply world class. Intense themes, immense arrangements and the power and emotion of the material appealed to me instantly. I am very happy to have such a strong group of artists involved in the label and Violet Sun only enhances that.”

The album comes with 12 powerful tracks and a deluxe 16 page booklet featuring the outstanding artwork of Ciao Caldas (Degreed).

Audio samples can be heard at: Pre-orders are open now.

Track Listing 01) Dust In The Wind 02) Inside Out 03) Midnight [Instrumental] 04) When The Lights Go Down 05) Cross The Line 06) Falling In Love 07) Where Is My Way Home 08) My Flame Still Burns 09) Pray On The Grave 10) Break Your Chains
11) Synthetic Pleasures 12) Loneliness In Supremacy [Instrumental]

WebLinks: / /

Violet Sun joins three other acts on MelodicRock Records, all introducing their debut albums – Degreed (Sweden), Fenrik Lane (Finland) and All I Know (Belgium).
All albums can be ordered now via: and all good melodic music outlets.

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BELPHEGOR: New Album Title Revealed

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG

Austria’s BELPHEGOR recently wrapped up work on their new blackened death metal masterpiece! Blood Magick Necromance was produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) at his Abyss Studios (IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, DARK FUNERAL etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. The album will be released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America!

“This will be the most epic and monumental BELPHEGOR work to date,“ commented frontman and lead shredder Helmuth.

DEICIDE Announce "The God Is Dead - To Hell With God" Headlining Tour

DEICIDE Announce "The God Is Dead - To Hell With God" Headlining Tour

BELPHEGOR will also be direct support to DEICIDE on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour”, which kicks off on Feb. 15th of next year. The trek is being sponsored by and also features BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS and PATHOLOGY. Tickets for the tour are available now via and all other normal ticketing systems.


02/15/11  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

02/16/11  Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

02/17/11  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

02/18/11  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

02/19/11  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

02/20/11  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

02/21/11  The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

02/22/11  Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

02/23/11  Cafe Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA

02/24/11  Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA

02/25/11  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

02/26/11  Reggie Rock Club – Chicago, IL

02/27/11  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

02/28/11  Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY

03/01/11  The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

03/02/11  Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

03/04/11  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

03/05/11  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

03/07/11  Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV

03/08/11  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

03/09/11  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

03/10/11  The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

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October 25th, 2010
by EvilG

Hot off the heels of Metallica’s breaking news for their “Live at Grimey’s” CD/10″ comes the news of releases from Anthrax and The Damned Things (the band formed by Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano of Anthrax, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy and Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die).  Both bands, in addition to Metallica, will be releasing Metal Club exclusive items which can be found at participating stores on Black Friday (11/26).

Anthrax will be releasing Live at the Sonisphere 10″, a picture disc featuring the tracks “Medusa” and “Only” which are live recordings from the Big 4 DVD (a DVD of the day Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth shared a stage in Sofia, Bulgaria).  These recordings will be the first with Joey Belladonna as singer of Anthrax in more than 20 years.  Meanwhile, The Damned Things will be releasing a 7″ and CD single for their debut single “We’ve Got A Situation Here” including the track “Ironiclast.”  The full length debut from The Damned Things, Ironiclast will hit shelves December 14.

Charlie Benante of Anthrax had the following to say about independent record stores, “Indie stores are our only hope!  People should cherish these wonderful treasures.  Go, get lost in an indie record store, you may discover a band or record that could blow your mind.”

Metal Club is a group of record stores throughout the US and Canada that work to connect the vibrant metal community with their local record store.  Fans will be able to visit their local Metal Club store for special metal promotional pieces, exciting in-store events, and a series of exclusive Metal Club releases.

These and other special metal releases are available at Metal Club stores across the country, please visit for store locations, news and information on other Metal Club releases.

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October 25th, 2010
by EvilG

AUSTIN, TX – BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA is gearing up for a three-week supporting slot that will include dates in 10 European countries . They kick off the tour in Winterthur, Switzerland on Nov. 10, 2010 and close the tour with Napalm Death in Aachen, Germany on Dec 5, 2010.  They will be supporting various bands including Wehrmacht, ProPain and Sick of it All (Persistence Tour). Also on the different bills are Immolation, Macabre, Waking the Cadaver, The Ghost Inside, DRI, Blood for Blood, Evergreen Terrace and more.

Given that the band is not signed to a major label and relatively unknown, MAD Tourbooking undertook this endeavor with the belief that they will soon explode onto the European scene with full force.

Every musical genre has its icons, the musicians who helped define the sound and create the blueprint for every band that came after. Former D.R.I. drummer Felix Griffin has long been cited as an influence by everyone from Anthrax/S.O.D.’s Charlie Benante to Slayer’s Dave Lombardo, and he’s still maintaining his position as the premier crossover drummer, only now he’s doing it as a member of Austin, Texas’s punk-metal stalwarts Blunt Force Trauma.

Though Blunt Force Trauma began a decade ago, founded by vocalist Bobby Fuentes and guitarist Slaytoven, the band became the force to be reckoned with that it is today when Griffin joined in 2007 and bassist Alex “Rager” Loughborough was enlisted a year later. This is the lineup that recorded the Hatred for the State CD, the quartet’s latest furious—in every sense of the word—musical assault for Shattered World Records, the band’s own label. December 2009 saw the departure of Alex Rager and made way for bassist Craig Holloway to rumble onto the BFT scene. Coincidentally, Holloway, an icon in his own right, was the artist responsible for producing the brutal cover art for Hatred for the State. Previously, Holloway has designed CD/DVD artwork for the likes of Agnostic Front, The Meatmen, Negative Approach and countless others. “His portfolio is literally a snapshot of American hardcore” Fuentes muses. “Craig is like the Pushead of the new millennium, we knew his maniacal style would portray the mood of Hatred perfectly” he adds.

As a lyricist, Fuentes doesn’t mince words in viciously addressing his beefs with the current political climate in America on songs like “Modes of Control,” “Revolution” and the title track. “Hatred for the State is definitely a raging tirade about what’s wrong with the country,” he says. “I get so fed up listening to the news every morning that I sometimes think we should just start over like 1776: list our grievances, declare independence and start executing motherfuckers for treason.”

Musically, Blunt Force Trauma are equally unflinching. Powered by Griffin’s unrelenting and precise attack, the band has evolved dramatically from its more punk-leaning roots to a full-on crossover machine. Though Hatred is the band’s third CD, it’s the first to feature Griffin and the progression is obvious. “Hatred for the State is the melding of the new and old Blunt Force Trauma,” says Slaytoven. “Felix’s presence fits perfectly. This CD is more focused and mature, both musically and lyrically, and has a lot more of the metallic edge.”

The three bonus tracks on Hatred for the State—covers of Bad Brains, D.R.I. and Minor Threat songs—provide a glimpse of the various influences on Blunt Force Trauma’s sound. Add Slayer and S.O.D. to that list and you have a more complete picture of the damage these guys are dealing. It’s not surprising then that a crossover drumming legend like Griffin—who recorded the genre-defining album Dealing With It with D.R.I. when he was still a teenager—finds himself pounding away in Blunt Force Trauma. He’s responsible for helping to create crossover and with Blunt Force Trauma he’s proudly and passionately carrying on the tradition.

Blunt Force Trauma is Bob-O, Slaytoven, Felix Griffin & Craig Holloway

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Re-release of four Primal Fear albums

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG

Not many bands can boast such accomplishments as Primal Fear can. In over twelve years, the group managed to release eight LPs and become one of the most important members of the contemporary power metal scene. This year, Metal Mind Productions is proud to bring back four classic Primal Fear albums – the self-titled debut (1998), “Jaws of Death” (1999), “Nuclear Fire” (2001) and “Devil’s Ground” (2004) – each of them proving that true metal is still alive and kicking!

The history of Primal Fear began in late 1997, when vocalist Ralf Scheepers (Tyran Pace, Gamma Ray) and bassist Mat Sinner (Sinner) decided to join forces and form a band that would fully stand up to their musical tastes. Together with drummer Klaus Sperling and guitarist Tom Neumann they recorded their first songs for the Japan-based label JVC Records. After securing a deal in Japan, Primal Fear was noticed by European labels and finally in 1998 they signed to Nuclear Blast. The group’s self-titled debut release hit the stores in February 1998. “Primal Fear” delivered a raw, heavy material, full of rage and unbound energy. The opening track “Chainbreaker” says it all – razor-sharp guitars, fast double-bass drumming and top notch vocals introduce the listener to a true power metal paradise. Other highlights on the album include the mid-tempo stomp “Dollars”, the beautiful ballad “Tears of Rage” and a cover version of Deep Purple’s “Speedking”. “Jaws of Death”, Primal Fear’s second album, was released in July, 1999, delivering a much more intense material than the one on the debut LP. With the addition of second guitarist Stefan Leibing the band ventured into a heavier territory, focusing their efforts on catchy yet relentless riffs. Also, Ralf Scheepers’ vocals have improved, still resembling the style of the Metal God himself – Rob Halford. After the “Jaws of Death” tour, Primal Fear recruited guitarist Henny Wolter and began working on their next album. “Nuclear Fire” was finally released in January 2001, once again proving the group’s extraordinary talent. The album starts off with “Angel In Black”, which continues the tradition of phenomenal Primal Fear’s openers. Other highlights are the ultra heavy, thrash-driven “Fight the Fire” and “Iron Fist in a Metal Glove”, which sound much like a Metal Church track. “Nuclear Fire” became Primal Fear’s most successful album to date, charting at #37 in Germany and #23 in Japan. The band’s next album was “Black Sun”, released in 2002. It was followed by one of Primal Fear’s most spectacular tours ever – the famous Metal Gods tour with such acts as Halford, Testament and Immortal. During that time the group also began working with a new drummer, Randy Black (ex-Annihilator). His studio skills were tested with the recording of Primal Fear’s fifth LP, “Devil’s Ground”. The album included yet another classic opener – “Metal is Forever”, a true metalhead anthem. As for other highlights, there is the dark, apocalyptic “Visions of Fate” and the brilliant ballad called “The Healer”. The following years brought three more studio albums by Primal Fear: “Seven Seals” (2005), “New Religion” (2007) and “16.6. (Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead)” (2009), each of them showing the band’s undying devotion to power metal. With this year’s reissues of their classic material, Primal Fear once again remind all their fans that they’re still one of the most talented metal groups out there!

Primal Fear’s albums will be available in new digipak editions, each limited to 2000 copies. All albums include bonus tracks. The material was remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions set up the release date for November, 22nd in Europe and January, 11th 2011 in USA (via MVD).

Primal Fear – “Primal Fear” (remastered + bonus track)

Primal Fear - Primal Fear

Primal Fear - “Primal Fear” (remastered + bonus track)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1406 DG

Barcode: 5907785036451

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: Power metal

Release date: 22.11.2010 Europe / 11.01.2011 USA


1. Primal Fear

2. Chainbreaker

3. Silver & Gold

4. Promise Land

5. Formula One

6. Dollars

7. Nine Lives

8. Tears Of Rage

9. Speedking

10. Battalions Of Hate

11. Running In The Dust

12. Thunderdome

Bonus Track:

13. Breaker

Primal Fear – “Jaws Of Death” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Primal Fear - “Primal Fear” (remastered + bonus track)

Primal Fear - “Primal Fear” (remastered + bonus track)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1407 DG

Barcode: 5907785036468

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: Power metal

Release date: 22.11.2010 Europe / 11.01.2011 USA


1. Jaws Of Death

2. Final Embrace

3. Save A Prayer

4. Church Of Blood

5. Into The Future

6. Under Your Spell

7. Play To Kill

8. Nation In Fear

9. When The Night Comes

10. Fight To Survive

11. Hatred In My Soul

Bonus tracks:

12. Kill The King

13. Horrorscope

Primal Fear – “Nuclear Fire” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Primal Fear - “Nuclear Fire” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Primal Fear - “Nuclear Fire” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1408 DG

Barcode: 5907785036475

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: Power metal

Release date: 22.11.2010 Europe / 11.01.2011 USA


1. Angel In Black

2. Kiss Of Death

3. Back From Hell

4. Now Or Never

5. Fight The Fire

6. Eye Of An Eagle

7. Bleed For Me

8. Nuclear Fire

9. Red Rain

10. Iron Fist In A Velvet Glove (Bonus track)

11. Fire On The Horizon

12. Living For Metal

Bonus tracks:

13. Angel In Black (Videoclip) (Bonus track)

14. Out In The Fields (Bonus track)

Primal Fear – “Devil’s Ground” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Primal Fear - “Devil's Ground” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Primal Fear - “Devil's Ground” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records

Cat. No.: MASS CD 1409 DG

Barcode: 5907785036482

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)

Genre: Power metal

Release date: 22.11.2010 Europe / 11.01.2011 USA


1. Metal Is Forever

2. Suicide And Mania

3. Visions Of Fate

4. Sea Of Flames

5. The Healer

6. Sacred Illusion

7. In Metal

8. Soulchaser

9. Colony 13

10. Wings Of Desire

11. Heart Of A Brave

12. Devil’s Ground

Bonus tracks:

13. Die Young

14. Metal Is Forever (5.1 Mix)

15. The Healer (5.1 Mix)

16. The Rover


In light of this announcement Mat Sinner told the following: “I know NOTHING about the re-releases (from) Metal Mind. No one informed the band or management about these re-releases. What I can read now on the net is that they even want to change the sound of the albums and want to re-master the albums. Without the producer and overall the band isn’t involved? This sounds very strange to me, but this business is getting weirder…”

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Ozzy Osbourne confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival

October 25th, 2010
by EvilG


Ozzy Osbourne

There are famous artists, there are legendary ones – and there is Ozzy Osbourne. Not only is “the Prince of Darkness” one of hard rock’s most iconic characters, he has also remained at the very top of his career for longer than any of his peers. We are proud to announce that Ozzy Osbourne will make his only Swedish appearance in 2011 at Sweden Rock Festival!

His career took off on Friday the 13th of February 1970, with the release of Black Sabbath’s eponymous debut – the Big bang in heavy music history. Until 1978 the band would release another seven albums featuring Ozzy’s uniquely scornful voice over ominous Doomsday riffs, in countless immortal tracks like “Paranoid”, “Iron man” and “Sabbath bloody sabbath”. 1980 saw the arrival of the singer’s solo debut “Blizzard of Ozz”, another landmark release establishing the characteristic Ozzy sound with tough riffs combined with strong melodies. In the following years Ozzy’s status has grown to Olympic proportions. Events like the reunion of the original Black Sabbath and the controversial reality show “The Osbournes” have been commercial triumphs.

However, his prime achievements remain the albums themselves. In 2010, “Scream” materialized as Ozzy’s tenth studio release, featuring the single “Let me hear you scream”. The latter is the newest addition to an array of classic songs including “Crazy train”, “Mr. Crowley”, “Bark at the moon” and “No more tears”. To name but a few. His recent show at the Stockholm Globe Arena sold out completely soon after the tickets were released and was unanimously hailed by the press, proving Ozzy is as pivotal as ever to the world’s rock and metal scene.

It is this heavy metal titan that in June 2011 makes his very first appearance at Sweden Rock Festival. And his mind is setting on putting on a stellar show. As Ozzy himself puts it in an upcoming Sweden Rock Magazine cover story: “I would pay to see my fans. I love meeting them and making sure they have a good time.”

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MÖTLEY CRÜE – Rare 1981 “Live Wire” Audience Recording

October 24th, 2010
by EvilG

Motley Crue - old promo photo 1981/82

Motley Crue - old promo photo 1981/82

TMD has obtained one of the earliest known live audience recordings of legendary MÖTLEY CRÜE performing “Live Wire” at the Whisky A-Go-Go in West Hollywood, California on December 11, 1981.

Mötley Crüe was founded on January 17, 1981 when bass player Nikki Sixx quit the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist/guitarist Greg Leon. Lee had worked before with Greg Leon in Hollywood glam metal act Suite. The three jammed together for some time with Leon ultimately deciding to leave the fold. The bassist and drummer then began a search for new members. Sixx and Lee soon met guitarist Bob “Mick Mars” Deal through an ad in “The Recycler”. Mars was immediately auditioned and then hired to join the lineup. The group was still in dire need of a lead vocalist. Tommy Lee had known Vince Neil from back in their high school years. Upon seeing him perform with the group Rock Candy at the Starwood in Hollywood, Mars suggested Mötley Crüe hire Vince.

The act’s debut single was “Stick to Your Guns/Toast of the Town,” which they put out on their own label, Leathür Records, which had a pressing & distribution deal with Greenworld Distribution in Torrance, CA. It is also known that the single was distributed at concerts they performed at.

During November 1981, their debut album Too Fast for Love was self-produced and released on Leathür, selling 20,000 copies. This soon led to interest from Electra records.

It’s a rare glimpse nearly three decades back in time at the Crue rocking it out in their blazing Hollywood club days. Strap yourselves in for some heavy metal history!

Listen to the extremely rare recording below!

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D.A.D at Green Concert 2010 in Valby Parken Copenhagen Denmark

October 24th, 2010
by Anders Sandvall



Green Concert


Valby Parken



25/7 – 2010


Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Guest Contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

Pictures: Anders Sandvall


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Scorpions: Toronto, Canada June 27, 2010

October 23rd, 2010
by Celtic Bob



June 27, 2010

Molson Ampitheater, Toronto, Ont.

Review and photos by Celtic Bob



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Anoxia – Claus. S Nielsen guitarist

October 23rd, 2010
by Anders Sandvall


Anoxia – Claus. S Nielsen guitarist




Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Target Distribution for providing the promotional pictures of the band.


I had the pleasure to have a chat with Claus Nielsen guitarist in the thrashy heavy metal band Anoxia from Denmark. What we talked about can be read down below but I can say that we talked a lot about their brand new debut album A LAPDANCE FOR THE DEVIL. Anoxia is definitely worth checking out if you’re into heavy metal.

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MOTORHEAD – Lemmy Documentary To Be Screened In Cinemas Across The UK On December 7th

October 22nd, 2010
by EvilG
Lemmy - Movie Poster

Lemmy - Movie Poster

Classic Rock is reporting that Lemmy, the highly-anticipated film exploring the life and career of rock icon and MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister, is be screened at cinemas across the UK on December 7th.

A list of all the cinemas where you can see the film can be found at Classic Rock.

Lemmy will receive its official UK premiere on Saturday, October 23rd at 9 PM at the London Film Festival at NFT1 BFI South Bank. Additional screenings will be held that following week in London.

Lemmy directors/producers Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski will also be taking part in the panel discussion, I’m With The Band on October 24th from 8:30-10PM in the Delegate Centre at BFI South Bank.

Lemmy will be released on DVD by Entertainment One on January 24, 2011.

Lemmy made its world premier in March 2010 during South by Southwest (SXSW) Film and Music Festival in Austin, TX.

Lemmy was directed and produced by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski, who spent three years shooting the long-awaited documentary. Lemmy captures the 64-year-old embodiment of the sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle as he travels the globe, relaxes at home and plays to sold-out audiences from Seattle to Moscow, among several other surprises. It finds Kilmister candidly opening up about his life and career, and features appearances by such friends/admirers as METALLICA, DAVE GROHL, SLASH, OZZY OSBOURNE, Billy Bob Thornton and professional wrestler Triple H.

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October 22nd, 2010
by EvilG
Andy La Rocque

Andy La Rocque

KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque (pictured) has confirmed to that he has joined forces with past and present members of HAMMERFALL and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN to form and as-yet-unnamed supergroup.

Says Andy, “We are recording just a few songs to start with, just to see if there is interest in this thing.”

The lineup is as follow:

Magnus Rosén (bass – ex-Hammerfall)

Andy La Rocque (guitar – King Diamond)

Anders Johansson (drums – Hammerfall, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen)

Mats Olausson (keyboards, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen)

Mikael Ågren (vocals/guitar – ex-NOSTRADAMEUS)

The group will be working on the new songs at La Rocque’s Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden. Stay tuned for further updates.

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MOTORHEAD – Re-Recorded ‘Ace Of Spades’ Featured In UK Beer Commercial; Video Available

October 22nd, 2010
by EvilG
Motorhead - Ace of Spades

Motorhead - Ace of Spades

MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister has re-recorded the band’s legendary ‘Ace Of Spades’ at half the tempo as a blues number for use in an advertising campaign for Kronenbourg 1664 titled Slow Down The Pace. Check out the commercial, as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the recordings below. recently received the following press release regarding the campaign:

Heineken UK is bringing Kronenbourg 1664 back to the small screens with the first TV support for the premium lager band since 2006 with the launch of ‘Slow The Pace’, a new integrated advertising campaign which breaks this week.

The first execution in the new campaign shows iconic rock band Motörhead performing a slowed down version of their classic track, ‘Ace Of Spades’.

30 years to the month since it was first written, the track has been specially re-written by the band for a Kronenbourg 1664 campaign that will encompass TV, press and digital advertising, a short-film documentary and a social media activity..

‘Slow the Pace’ is rooted in the idea that Kronenbourg 1664 is a beer with a lingering complexity that deserves to be savoured slowly. The concept will be brought to life over the next year in a series of executions based on unique musical collaborations with leading artists commissioned to re-write and record a slowed down, chilled out version of one of their most famous fast tracks.

The campaign begins with a reworked version of Motörhead’s fast and furious, ‘Ace of Spades’.

The ad, which will launch as a 60-second TV execution, was shot in a French bar and shows patrons relaxing and chatting while Motörhead play the new version of the song, with founder member and lead singer Lemmy on harmonica rather than his familiar electric bass guitar.

The film documentary charts the process of the band re-writing the track in the studio through to the ad shoot. All film assets will be housed on The track will be available for download at

Lucas Bergmans, Senior Brand Manager – Kronenbourg 1664 at Heineken UK said, “Showing Motörhead performing a memorably different version of their legendary ‘Ace Of Spades’ track as they enjoy Kronenbourg 1664 is a powerful and innovative way to deliver the consumer message that Kronenbourg 1664 is a beer that is brewed to be enjoyed slowly – in any circumstances.”

The TV campaign will be supplemented by a series of product -focused national newspaper advertisements which will reinforce Kronenbourg 1664’s positioning as a premium French beer with a rich flavour and provenance that is fully appreciated when savoured slowly.

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SLAYER’s Kerry King Performs With MEGADETH For The First Time In 26 Years

October 22nd, 2010
by EvilG

As a grand finale to the Jägermeister Fall Music Tour, SLAYER guitarist Kerry King joined MEGADETH on stage last night (October 21) at the Gibson Amphitheater in Hollywood, California to perform Megadeth’s classic ‘Rattlehead’. This is the first time in 26 years that Kerry King has shared the stage with Megadeth since he played with the band during Megadeth’s very first shows in 1984.

Check out fan-filmed footage below:

Kerry King played Megadeth’s first three gigs: February 15th, 18th, and 19th, of 1984 in San Fransisco, CA.

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MELECHESH: Track by Track Commentary Part 2

October 22nd, 2010
by EvilG
MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

MELECHESH - The Epigenesis

Guitarist/vocalist Ashmedi of Mesopotamian blackened thrash pioneers MELECHESH, has issued the first of several track by track explanations of songs from their forthcoming album. The Epigenesis was released on October 1st in Europe and will be made available on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

3. Sacred Geometry

“The meaning of Sacred Geometry refers to the idea that the cosmos although chaotic  has a sense of order and defining geometry i.e. crystalline elements. Even the symbol of chaos is Geometric! Shapes and patterns make existence of the real and surreal possible! Many divine structures or spiritual temples have been built on this principle! Even Pythagoras elaborated on this matter. He discovered  that stopping half way through the length of an oscillating string produced  an octave relative to the string’s fundamental, basically a higher version of the same note, while a ratio of 2:3 produces a perfect fifth and 3:4 produces a perfect fourth. Pythagoreans believed that these harmonic ratios gave music powers of healing which could ‘harmonize’ an out-of-balance body.

Symbolically, lyrically and musically this song is sacred Geometry.  The main riff, which sounds  very catchy and serpentine eastern, is based on a physical geometrical pattern but also has octaves and fifths!  The lyrics deal with the Annunaki and their message to the sons of Sumer (Humans). I did a line of clean vocals there which seemed expressive and suitable. Plus we formed a choir with the band members a couple of friends. 3 ladies then came to do the female parts abstractly in the background. This song is a perfect circle!”

4. The Magickan and the Drones

“This song has more of a black thrash apporach yet has epic parts such as the intro and outro as well as the middle. The intro, which is a semi acoustic vintage sounding electric guitar, was improvised while I was in a project strudio in Rotterdam. It has a desolate feel that sets the mood. A calm before the storm type of scenario! The explosive riffs set a ritualistic mood and proveribal prologue. Then the song goes on full throtle. The lyrics have a dual meanings. The mythological mystical ones but also another one. This song to me represents the perfection of black/thrash metal and  gracefully adds rock elements! The outro layers several elements, guitars that sound like ancient horns (thanks to some vintage amps) while the ritualistc riff goes on. It sounds very apocalyptic . THIS IS YOUR ANECDOTE!”

5. Mystics of the Pillar

“This is one of the songs that we tend to call ritualistic.  Deeply rooted in mid eastern sounds. This song is hypnotic and serpent like! It was written on 12 string electric guitar and was also recorded with this guitar. However we also had string in the background to maintain a cohesive sound through out the album. There are two versions of this song, both have entirely different endings. We choose one for the album. We don’t know where and if the other will resurface. I am confident it will though.  The title refers to mystics who dedicate their lives to meditation and to reach their spiritual goals they meditate on pillars for isolation and symbolic spiritual elevation. The lyrics are not straight forward and do have subliminal meanings. Very last note while the guitar tone is fading  you hear a noise from the guitars. I felt like shouting/coughing on the guitar pickup. It was spontaeous but we wanted to keep it as it had a subtle charm. Middle part has a the Yaleli Tanbour by Cahit Berkay (of the 60’s Anatolian rock band MOGOLLAR; still active). Plus Harun Kolcak is a well known singer in Turkey and did the eastern vocal ornamentaions while I was basically speaking in tongues on that part.“

have made the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” available for streaming on their Myspace page The track comes from the bands new album The Epigenesis.

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.

Pre-order a copy of The Epigenesis with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location

will be direct support to ROTTING CHRIST on their tour next March/April 2011. Joining them will be Polish death metallers HATE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, and LECHEROUS NOCTURNE.
03/09/11  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

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

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

03/12/11  Rocko’s – Manchester, NH

03/13/11  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

03/14/11  Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

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

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

03/17/11  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

03/18/11  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

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

03/20/11  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

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

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

03/25/11  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

03/26/11  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

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

03/28/11  Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA

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

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

03/31/11  U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ

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

04/02/11  The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

04/03/11  Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX

04/04/11  Emo’s – Austin, TX

04/05/11  Walter’s – Houston, TX

04/07/11  Brass Mug – Tampa, FL

04/08/11  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

04/09/11  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

04/10/11  The Casbah – Charlotte, NC

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