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Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR, STARBREAKER, LAST TRIBE) has finished laying down his parts for the forthcoming solo album from Ralf Scheepers of German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR. According to a posting on the PRIMAL FEAR web site, “Magnus delivered his guitar parts on some songs of the album and did a killer job as always. Just some more lead guitars are missing by some other great players and we’re ready to mix the album after the forthcoming [PRIMAL FEAR] European tour!”
As previously reported, powerhouse American vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (HAIL!, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) will make a guest appearance on Scheepers’ forthcoming CD. Owens will be heard dueting with Scheepers in the track “Remission Of Sin”. Other guest musicians expected to appear on the album include Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (DIMMU BORGIR, THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE) on drums, Sander Gommans (AFTER FOREVER, HDK) on guitar and PRIMAL FEAR’s Mat Sinner playing bass on the entire LP and producing. A photo shoot with Alex Kuehr for the CD’s cover took place in early July in Germany.
In a recent interview with the “Metalzone” radio show (web site) with Kostas Purevil Kyriakakis and Helena Mihailidou, Scheepers revealed that his upcoming solo album will include a remake of his song “Saints Of Rock” from Scheepers’ pre-PRIMAL FEAR band TYRAN PACE and a cover version of “Before The Dawn’ from JUDAS PRIEST. “‘Saints Of Rock’ is gonna be, of course, a little bit more modern than it was [when the original version was recorded] in 1986,” he explained. “I mean, right now we have much more possibilities to make songs sound a little bit more modern, starting with the drum sound and the bass sounds — having a much more distorted sound.” He added, “I think ‘Before The Dawn’ pretty much is a [straight] cover — [there’s] just a little more orchestral things going on, I have more strings in the song compared to the JUDAS PRIEST [original]. Back then there wasn’t much strings going on. I think they even have a piano [in the original version], which I don’t have. I have strings and I have this atmosphere stuff going on. Vocal-wise, I just added a harmony at the last bridge before last chorus, I added a harmony which is not on the original, but that’s the basic difference.”
In a June 2010 interview with Metal Assault, Scheepers stated about the musical direction of his forthcoming solo CD, “It’s more diverse [than PRIMAL FEAR], you can say.” He added, “In the beginning I had those ballads that we couldn’t use for PRIMAL FEAR because they might be too mellow, but now we’ve started to write together on it. Basically, it’s my ideas on it, but I have a great team, with Mat and Magnus and some other members — Sander [Gommans], the ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist, helped me a lot. It’s a good variety — from the hardest to the softest tones.”
PRIMAL FEAR recently released a new live DVD, “16.6 – All Over The World” (recorded in various locations between September and November 2009), and a live CD, aptly titled “Live In The USA”.
The brand new Primal Fear European tour is about to kick off:
18.09.2010 POL – Warsaw – Progresja
19.09.2010 CZ – Pardubice – Zluty Pes Pardubice
21.09.2010 D – Aschaffenburg – Colossaal
22.09.2010 D – Munich – Backstage
23.09.2010 D – Cologne – Underground
25.09.2010 IT – Bari Modugno – Demode
26.09.2010 IT – Rome – Black Out
28.09.2010 AUT – Woergl – Komma
29.09.2010 D – Nuernberg – Hirsch
30.09.2010 D – Osnabrueck – Lagerhalle
01.10.2010 D – Burglengenfeld – VA Zentrum
02.10.2010 D – Bad Arolsen – Outback
04.10.2010 SWE – Vaesteras – Sigurdsgatan2
05.10.2010 SWE – Stockholm – Gotokolare
06.10.2010 SWE – Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
08.10.2010 FIN – Tampere – Sputnik
09.10.2010 FIN – Helsinki – Dantes Highlight
11.10.2009 D – Hamburg – New Headbangers Ballroom
12.10.2010 FRA – Paris – La Scene Bastille
13.10.2010 FRA – Lyon – Marche Gare
14.10.2010 FRA – Mulhouse – Noumatrouf
15.10.2010 D – Speyer – Halle 101
04.12.2010 BEL – Kuuren – Hippodrom
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The Summer Rock Festival
16/7 – 2010
Europe – Headline –
Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Guest Contributor: Ulrika Henriksson
Live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
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Tags: Europe, Last Look at Eden, Royal Republic, Svedala, The Summer Rock Festival, We Are The Royals
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In support of their upcoming releases on HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS, label mates EVIL SURVIVES and SPELLCASTER will be hitting the road throughout October for the “Speedkiller” U.S. tour.
The tour name is derived from the upcoming releases from each band, hitting store shelves on September 14th and October 12th respectively; the debut EP from SPELLCASTER entitled Spells of Speed followed by Powerkiller, the second album by EVIL SURVIVES.
Catch the “Speedkiller” tour:
October 6th Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
October 7th Portland, OR @ Plan B
October 8th Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman Street
October 9th San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
October 10th Escondido, CA @ Metaphor Café
October 11th TBA
October 13th Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
October 14th Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
October 15th Albuquerque, NM @ Andre’s Underground
October 16th Lubbock, TX @ Whiskey Dix Bar
October 17th San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
October 18th Austin, TX @ Emo’s
October 19th Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
October 20th Kansas City, MO @ TBA
October 21st St Louis, MO @ Fubar
October 22nd Chicago, IL @ Nite Cap
October 23rd Milwaukee, WI @ Monkey Bar
October 24th Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Listen to EVIL SURVIVES at www.myspace.com/evilsurvives
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MESHUGGAH - ObZen
The MESHUGGAH track “Bleed” is now available for purchase from the RockBand Network’s online store for Playstation 3 & XBOX 360. The track comes off the band’s release ObZen, which debuted at #59 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in March, 2008.
Add “Bleed” to your RockBand music library by purchasing the song game track here.
Other Nuclear Blast artist tracks available on the Rock Band Network include EXODUS’ “Riot Act,” DEATH ANGEL’s “Dethroned,” TESTAMENT’s “Henchmen Ride,” and “We Are The Nightmare” by ARSIS. Metal fans are encouraged to submit artist & song requests for Rock Band here.
View Killswitch Productions’ video for “Bleed” in high definition here.
“Bleed” can also be found on the full in-game soundtrack for Iron Man 2: The Video Game.
MESHUGGAH’s first live DVD, Alive, was released this past February and debuted at #8 on the Nielsen SoundScan Top Music DVD Video chart. View Alive’s official trailer at this location.
Visit MESHUGGAH online at www.MESHUGGAH.net, www.myspace.com/MESHUGGAH, www.facebook.com/MESHUGGAH, and twitter.com/MESHUGGAHBAND.
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Columbus, Ohio’s unique prog/doom/tech/stoner/metal unit DEADSEA are putting the final touches on their upcoming Grand Delugeon US tour. Set to kick off on the first of October, the band will splatter the Midwest, Northwest, West Coast and Southern US states — the band’s first time to tour the West Coast — on a three-week rampage, with the entire tour being centered around this year’s annual Fall Into Darkness Festival in Portland, Oregon.
DEADSEA will be slaying their nightly audience with their totally unclassifiable gargantuan alloy, which is comprised of countless strains of “out there metal.” Fans who venture out to the shows will hear selections from the band’s upcoming album they’re wrapping up now, set for release later in 2010. As with their previous full-lengths — 2005’s Desiderata LP and 2007’s self-titled CD — this new yet-to-be-titled full-length will again be released on the band’s own Chrome Leaf Records, who’ve also been responsible for releases from Prosanctus Inferi, Nekrasov/Aderlating (split), Portal and more in recent years.
DEADSEA Grand Delugeon 2010 US Tour:
10/01/2010 *TBA – Chicago, IL
10/02/2010 Bong Ward – Milwaukee, WI
10/03/2010 Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN
10/04/2010 Memory Lanes – Minneapolis, MN
10/05/2010 Bourbon Theatre- Lincoln, NE
10/06/2010 *TBA – Denver, CO
10/07/2010 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Laughter
10/08/2010 Red Room Tavern – Boise, ID
10/09/2010 Berbati’s Pan – Portland, OR @ Fall Into Darkness Fest
10/11/2010 Alibi- Arcata, CA
10/12/2010 *TBA – Oakland, CA
10/13/2010 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA w/ Grayceon
10/15/2010 *TBA – Los Angeles, CA w/ Landmine Marathon
10/16/2010 *TBA – San Diego, CA w/ Landmine Marathon
10/17/2010 Sound Kontrol – Phoenix, AZ w/ Landmine Marathon
10/18/2010 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Albuquerque, NM
10/19/2010 Pine Box – Midland, TX
10/20/2010 Headhunter’s – Austin, TX
10/21/2010 Nightmare – Dallas, TX w/ Christian Mistress
10/22/2010 *TBA – Nashville, TN
More news on DEADSEA’s upcoming album will be released in mere days, along with more confirmed tour dates.
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Death Angel - Relentless Retribution
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, will embark on their first North American headlining tour in support of their new album Relentless Retribution in early 2011! Joining them are some of the best names in the new wave of thrash metal today including LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, and HEXEN. Reduced service charge tickets will go on sale today through www.Enterthevault.com. On sale at all major ticketing services after September 25, 2010. Meet and greet packages will go on sale September 25th as well. Packages will include a concert ticket, meet and greet, photo, autograph, merchandise and more! Details on where to obtain these will be announced shortly.
Vocalist Mark Osegueda commented:
“We are so excited, and proud to finally be doing our first headlining tour of North America since, the now infamous, Act III tour of 1990! We have put together a line up of bands that we feel will give all the fans what they deserve! An all out blow showcasing all the best elements of thrash metal found today! Ending of course with a full headlining set by DEATH ANGEL that we promise will leave everyone feeling relentlessly and sonically ravaged! See you on the road! In the pit! And at the bar!”
“North American Retribution 2011”
DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, HEXEN
01/30/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
01/31/11 The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC
02/01/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
02/02/11 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
02/03/11 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
02/04/11 Club Hell – Providence, RI
02/05/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
02/06/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
02/07/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
02/08/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
02/09/11 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
02/10/11 Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
02/11/11 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
02/12/11 Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
02/13/11 Numbers – Houston, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/14/11 Emo’s – Austin, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/15/11 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/16/11 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
02/18/11 Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
02/19/11 Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
02/20/11 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
02/21/11 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
02/22/11 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
02/23/11 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
02/24/11 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
02/25/11 Lost on Main – Chico, CA
02/26/11 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
DEATH ANGEL will perform on the “70K Tons of Metal” cruise occurring January 24th through 28th, 2011. Check out the band talking about the event at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5ZXJRSJI_8.
Relentless Retribution will be released on September 14th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. Preorder a copy of the album with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Search/death_angel
Relentless Retribution Track Listing:
1. Relentless Revolution
2. Claws In So Deep
4. Into The Arms of Righteous Anger
5. River Of Rapture
6. Absence Of Light
7. This Hate
8. Death Of The Meek
9. Opponents At Sides
10. I Chose The Sky
12. Where They Lay
“Claws In So Deep” features performances by the popular acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. The track “Truce” also features a guest guitar solo by Producer Jason Suecof.
Relentless Retribution was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER). Cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL) is attached.
For more information visit: www.DEATHANGEL.us | www.myspace.com/DEATHANGEL
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Dark Synergy was formed in April 2007 by guitarist/songwriter/producer Col Brown with female vocalist, Nellie Mokbel. During 2007 Col invited the vocalist to participate in an audition for a lead singer. Col was very impressed by her vocals and genuine passion for his music. The natural choice for Col was to make Nellie his lead singer, bringing with her a unique vocal styling to his music.
Nellie posed the question of a band name – Col suggested Dark Synergy, after the song ‘Dark Synergy’ written by him in 2006. Nellie liked the name and believed in it. As she put it, ‘I like it, and it says a lot!’ Thus, Dark Synergy was born. Dark Synergy expands the limits of Rock by blending both metal and heavy rock as well as goth and sc-fi influences into a unique style, described by Col as “Cyber-Goth”. Nellie’s passionate, yet delicate and soulful voice is the icing on the cake. Col’s trademark heavy metal riffs, dark left of center, sci-fi, minimalist lyrics, and searing lead guitar solos complete the musical package.
The Dark Synergy EP titled “You Are The Killer”, released independently June 2009 on Dark Synergy Records (DSR) features Simone White (ex Michael Franti – Disposable Heroes Of Hip Hoprisy) on drums, as well as Stuart J. Spaans on fretless and standard electric bass. ”You Are The Killer” is carefully produced, arranged and timed and has won over both, national and international fans.
The title track from the EP, “You Are The Killer” was in rotation on radarradio.com.au, Australia Top 50 for 4 months and won Ugly Phil’s unsigned band competition 2 December 2009 on Triple M FM Australia. Both the tracks “You Are The Killer” and “No Illusions” have been played on internet radio stations in the USA, and “No Illusions” was included on the USA Gothic compilation CD “The Funeral Vol 4”.
With a rapidly growing fan base in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, Dark Synergy is looking to record their highly anticipated debut album.
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Cradle of Filth - 'Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa'
ENGLAND – One of the most infamous and notorious names in metal, Cradle Of Filth, continue to shock, excite, disgust and inspire in equal measures. Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, the latest chapter of the band’s dark history, is to be released through Nuclear Blast Records on November 9th, but fans can get a preview of the album at the new Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa mini-site, which is live now at: www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth.
The mini-site features info about the album, a gallery of new band pics and elements from the album artwork, a link to download a MP3 of the track “Lilith Immaculate”, downloads and more. The site will be updated on a weekly basis with video blogs, fan competitions, promo videos, an iPhone app, new downloads and more. Previews of different tracks from the album will be added every Wednesday starting September 22nd.
Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is the band’s ninth studio album, and in the words of Cradle’s infamous frontman, Dani Filth, is “without doubt the fastest and most brutal album we’ve created to date. As an acquaintance of the band so aptly noted, this is like ‘Iron Maiden on crack in a graveyard of angels!’”
“This album is Cradle at our most sinister and darkened fairytale,” continues Dani. “A gothic horror themed slay-ride of fervour and perversion; yet amidst the orchestral melodrama and lush, cinematic production, there sits stalwart a ravening beast of furious riffing, flesh ripping vocals and monstrous, unstoppable percussion.”
Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa was recorded at Monkey Puzzle Studios near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England. It is the follow-up to 2008’s Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder. Artwork comes courtesy of Natalie Shau.
The Grammy-nominated, Cradle Of Filth, has been a pioneer of extreme music since their 1994 debut, and has continued to evolve with each subsequent release. The band has continually refused to bow to convention, or conform to prevalent trends and fads, and has constantly sought to push the boundaries of their art. This rings true once more onDarkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa.
A loyal stalwart to the satanic horror ethos, Cradle Of Filth has again created a concept album, this time based on Adam’s first wife, the lascivious demoness Lilith. Throwing medieval nuns, Knights, Templars, Greek mythology, lashings of sex, occult lore, and violent bloodshed together into a creative milieu, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is a dark erotic nightmare set to Cradle Of Filth’s unique scope of supreme vampyric metal.
Whether through their wildly elaborate & theatrical live shows (which incorporate giant lumbering puppets, fire-breathing dancers, freaks and stilt-walkers), provocative merchandise (including the now legendary ‘Jesus Is A C***’ t-shirt), breathtaking artwork, or the weighty subject matter of their albums (their latest told the story of a French Lord who fought alongside Joan Of Arc before embarking on a horrific killing spree), this is a band whose uncompromising stance has been rewarded with legions of fans around the world, making them the most successful British heavy metal band since Iron Maiden.
Stay tuned to www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth for more info.
Cradle Of Filth is…
Dani Filth (vocals)Paul Allender (guitar)
James McIlroy (guitar)
David Pybus (bass)
Martin Skaroupka (drums)
Ashley Ellyllon (keys)
Cradle Of Filth online…
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AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – September 07, 2010 – Metal Blade Records has teamed up with premier horror site Bloody Disgusting to exclusively stream the extreme horror metal act DAWN OF ASHES’ new album, titled Genocide Chapters, in its entirety starting today! Be sure to head over to BLOODYDISGUSTING.com, a leader in the online horror community delivering sought after content such as horror movie reviews, trailers, interviews, news, and now music content, to check out the new album Genocide Chapters before it even hits stores and be sure to leave a comment. If you like what you hear head over to the band’s landing page and pre-order the album while there is still time to take advantage of the discounted prices. Genocide Chapters is available by itself or bundled with a t-shirt (two designs available!) and can now also be pre-ordered on iTunes.
Genocide Chapters track listing is as follows:
1. Conjuration of the Maskim’s Black Blood
2. Nyarlathotep’s Children of the Void
3. Seething the Flesh in the River of Phlegethon
4. Transformation within Fictional Mutation
5. The Ancient Draining Room
6. Reanimation of the Dark Ages
7. London’s Anthem for the Pleasure of Mutilation
8. Sacrilegious Reflection
9. God-Like Demon
10. Carnal Consummation in the Empty Space
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Power metal rockers ROSS THE BOSS — featuring Ross The Boss of Manowar and Dictators fame — have several American shows happening this week! The band will be headlining the Midweek Mayhem show this Wednesday, which is the pre-party for the annual Progpower USA Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. This special concert will also feature Scott Columbus also of Manowar fame performing with RTB! The band then heads to upstate New York the following day to headline a shows at Fusion, and the following day in Allston, Massachusetts. The festivities come to a culmination this Sunday with a headlining ROSS THE BOSS performance at the Duff’s Bar sponsored Thunderfest 2010 in New York City.
ROSS THE BOSS East Coast USA September 2010 Concerts:
9/08/2010 The Loft – Atlanta, GA @ Progpower USA Pre-Party w/ Vangough, Seven Kingdoms
9/09/2010 Fusion – Syracuse, NY w/ Seventh Calling, Titanium Black, Trial By Fire
9/10/2010 O’brien’s Pub – Allston, MA
9/12/2010 Bowery Electric – New York, NY w/ Magus Beast, Ravage, Martyrd, Horrifier. Seventh Calling, Made Again
Ross has been captivating rock and metal fans since the early 70’s. Originally as a member of The Dictators, he is best known for his work as co-founder of Manowar. As the band’s main songwriter and guitarist, his work can be found on Manowar’s first six albums. After releasing the first official ROSS THE BOSS album New Metal Leader in 2009, AFM Records will release the second full-length from RTB stateside on November 9th. More info on the album’s unveiling will be announced in mere days.
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EXILED TO EARTH, the long-awaited new album from Pomona, California thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD, is out now in the UK. The album is already available in the rest of the world.
Watch BONDED BY BLOOD’s awesome new video for “Prototype: Death Machine” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShtuB1rq6Tk
Set 600 years in the future, EXILED TO EARTH tells the tale of the Crong, an alien race sent to Earth with one goal – global domination. A skilled group of warriors must now face the impossible and overthrow the Crong to take back our planet. View a photo of BONDED BY BLOOD frontman JOSE BARRALES holding a signed comic strip, illustrating some of the story, at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/bbb_josecomicstrip.jpg
Recently named as of the “New Big Four” of thrash by The Guardian, one of the UK’s most widely read newspapers, BONDED BY BLOOD’s follow-up to their 2008 debut, FEED THE BEAST, sees the band leading the charge in the new generation of thrash with even tighter riffs and more shredding solos.
The full EXILED TO EARTH track listing is as follows:
01. 600 A.B. (After The Bomb)
02. Episodes Of Aggression
03. Prototype: Death Machine
04. Prison Planet
05. Genetic Encryption
06. Blood Spilled Offerings
07. Exiled To Earth
08. Parasitic Infection
09. Desolate Future
10. Sector 87
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Ravage, the heavy metal band from Boston MA who released their most recent full-length album “The End Of Tomorrow” on Metal Blade Records, has announced the completion of a music video for the song “Grapes Of Wrath”. The video was shot in an industrial area near the band’s home town of Malden, MA and was directed by local movie producer John Koziol – who most recently worked on the action comedy LAWSON: WHITE HEAT. The video’s dramatic story serves as both a commentary on the current state of the American economy and media. Singer Al Ravage commented, “The video has some little surprises and homages to stuff like the early 80’s JUDAS PRIEST videos and David Croneberg movies. It is crazy and outrageous and fun – everything you’d expect from a Ravage video”
The video will debut on the irreverent video game review site s www.dpaddbags.com with a date to be announced soon.
Screen caps from the video are now available on the band’s myspace and facebook sites. They can be viewed at this location http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4871647&fbid=435061997021&id=59130002021&ref=nf#!/album.php?aid=237790&id=59130002021
RAVAGE recently announced a date in support of ROSS THE BOSS in New York City at The Bowery Electric on Sunday September 12th
CONTACT – www.myspace.com/swwr
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70000 TONS OF METAL
70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival made a brief stop in Stockholm, Sweden to greet UNLEASHED, The Chief Vikings of Swedish Death Metal on board!
With 25 out of 40 bands on board they set sail again. Where may thier next port call be…?
The confirmed 25 out of 40 bands are:
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
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French metal band KAIZEN is glad to announce the official recruitment of a new guitarist, called Clément Delam. He succeeds to Julien Maurel who left the band in November 2009 to pursue other projects.
Clément is working hard with us since last May. Durind this period, we took our time to determine if it could work together. It does. We already know him pretty well for years. You will see him for the first time on stage with Kaizen, December, 4th in Lyon at the Sounds like hell festival. It’s been awhile we’re working in the shadow, but we did not lose our time, writing and pre-producing arond 80 demos. We need to sort out in this vast collection, change parts, re-arrange… We think it’s going to be a bit surprising, we hope so. We also decided to redesign a little bit our myspace page to coincide with the arrival of Clément. Please be indulgent, we’re not professional css coder.
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Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
In the first of nine installments, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the songs that will appear on the band’s new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which is scheduled for release in Europe on September 27th and in North America on September 28th.
Kjellson on “Ethica Odini”:
“When I first heard Ivar’s sketches for this song, the first thing that struck me was: ‘Wow! Master’s Hammer!’ It does not necessarily sound like our old Czech heroes, but the nerve and the atmosphere reminded me of them for some reason straight away. It has got only three riffs/themes really, and it is perhaps our most repetitive song in 15 years, but still I think there is something really strong and outstanding about it. I enjoyed it instantly and I still do after listening to it 1,018 times! The title and lyrics of this song are actually something I have had in mind for several years, and they turned out to be very fitting and suitable for this album. As the title strongly indicates, it deals with the ethics of Odin, at least the way I see them. The first Latin translation of the Norse poem ‘Haavamaal’ (the tale of Odin in his hall, Haavahall) was actually called ‘Ethica Odini.’ The lyrics are inspired by some of the verses in this poem. Feel free to find out which ones… heh, heh.”
Bjørnson on “Ethica Odini”:
“This is one of my favorite ENSLAVED album openers so far. During the making of this album, I felt an urgent need to hear something that made me really react like the albums of the early ‘90s did, when we were a young band. This really made me aware of how absolutely fearless these bands were – the pioneers of early Death, Black and Extreme Metal. A band that was a particularly important for me and Grutle were Czech legends Master’s Hammer, and even though it might not be totally obvious, we have put a little nod to them in this song. I really like the way the vocals contrast each other here; this first song is really getting out of the speakers to let the listener know that ‘We’ve made some giant steps ahead here, let’s show you!’ Heh, heh. The clean vocals in the end part is showcasing [keyboard player and clean vocalist] Herbrand’s exquisite nose for melody while the opening shows a snarly Grutle in top form. The structure of the song is quite ‘simple,’ even though the parts themselves hold a lot of complexity and depth. The idea for the intro came from Grutle – we knew it needed to be an intro for both the song and the album. Not an easy task. Grutle told me he wanted the intro to contain the sound of a ship creaking against a wooden pier. I started working on the intro with all kinds of keys and sound on top the creaking ship, but ended up using basically a processed sample of the ship. It simply fits the concept and the feeling of the album: If the ship is about to leave, arrive, or lie there forever, that is up to the listeners own fantasy. To me, it is perfect to set up the mood for Axioma Ethica Odini.”
Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details here. Contest ends Thursday, September 30th.
Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop is now taking pre-orders for ENSLAVED’s exclusive North American Axioma Ethica Odini pre-order bundle, which includes the new album plus an ENSLAVED t-shirt for $20.00.
ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th and will return to North America in November as the direct support act for DIMMU BORGIR. All upcoming tour dates are available here.
View the four-part in-studio video series of ENSLAVED members answering fan questions on the making of Axioma Ethica Odini here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
View Metal Hammer’s video interview here where Ivar Bjørnson & Grutle Kjellson shed some insight on the new album artwork by Norwegian artist Truls Espedal.
Visit ENSLAVED online at www.ENSLAVED.no, www.myspace.com/ENSLAVED, www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED, www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial, and twitter.com/ENSLAVEDBAND.
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