KILLING MACHINE Prepare for European Debut

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
Killing Machine June 2010

Killing Machine

KILLING MACHINE – the US metal band featuring ex members of Slayer, Testament ,Startovarius and Temple Of Brutality, recently relocated to Europe and have issued an update on preparations for their upcoming European debut. The band are confirmed to play several high profile shows throughout the summer and launches with two shows in France later this month as support to AC / DC.

Having had a few days to settle in to their new European surroundings, guitarist Peter Scheithauer found time to talk about the move saying “We got to our base in France about a week ago and headed straight in to rehearsals. We had a few small problems at first but it’s going really well now and we can’t wait to get out there and play some shows. Since we made the decision to fully concentrate on Killing Machine, we started getting a lot of interest from around Europe. So it made sense to set up base over here rather than going backwards and forwards across the Atlantic. We’ve got some busy times ahead and we’re really looking forward to spreading our metal around Europe.”

On the subject of their upcoming European debut Scheithauer said: “Well it’s taken two albums but we finally get the chance to show our European fans what we are all about. We’ve had many requests to come over in the past but never got round to it. But we’re finally here and what away to kick it all off – supporting AC/DC!!! We’re all hyped up and looking forward to hanging out with the European metalheads.”

KILLING MACHINE, recently confirmed former Evergrey / Stratovarius bass guitarist Jari Kainulainen as a permanent member of the band, are stirring up a lot of interest in Europe having lined up a number of high profile show and festival appearances. More shows are expected to be confirmed imminently.

The bands’ schedule is shaping up as follows:

15 June – Parc Des Sports Charles Ehrmann, Nice, FRANCE (supporting AC/DC)

18 June – Stade De France, Paris, FRANCE (supporting AC/DC)

26 June – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, BELGIUM

29 July – Headbangers Open Air, Brande-Hörnerkirchen, near Elmshorn, GERMANY

6 August – Rock Nights Festival, Zarasai, LITHUANIA

7 August – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, GERMANY

13 August – Bulldog Bash, Long Marston, UK

15 August – Bloodstock Open Air, Catton Hall, Derbyshire, UK

KILLING MACHINE current line up is Csaba Zvekan (Sardonyx) – Vocals, Peter Scheithauer (Temple of Brutality / Belladonna) – Guitar, Jari Kainulainen (Evergrey / Stratovarius) – Bass Guitar and Jon Dette (Slayer / Testament) – Drums.

KILLING MACHINE have released two albums, the self titled ‘Killing Machine’ in 2000 via Candlelight Records and the critically acclaimed ‘Metalmorphis’ in 2006 via Mausoleum Records which has been hailed by many as one of the all time classic metal albums. The two albums featured a multitude of musicians including James Rivera (HELSTAR, VICIOUS RUMOURS), Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T), Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL), Dave Ellefson (MEGADETH), Stet Howland (WASP), Mike Duda (WASP), Mike Vescara (OBSESSION, LOUDNESS)

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SOILWORK Vocalist Guests on new REVAMP Album

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
REVAMP, former After Forever singer Floor Jansen’s new band

REVAMP, former After Forever singer Floor Jansen’s new band

Björn “Speed” Strid of Swedish modern metallers SOILWORK makes a guest appearance on the debut album by REVAMP, former After Forever singer Floor Jansen’s new band.  REVAMP’s self-titled new album will be released in North America on July 27th.

Strid shares: “Actually, I have never met Floor in real life, but I do remember being impressed when I heard her voice the first time, though.  She’s got balls.  She had a certain song in mind [‘In Sickness ‘Till Death Do Us Part: Disdain’], sent me the music and a lyric sheet while I was in the studio with SOILWORK, and gave me a bit of guidance but also wanted me to improvise a bit.  I spent a day working out my lines in a tower of the house we were renting in Mooresville, North Carolina also known as ‘The Genie Room.”  Perfect. I recorded the vocals sometime in February while drinking some wine.  With the intense verse and the open atmospheric chorus, it felt perfect as a duet!  To me it’s about betrayal and being let down.”

States Jansen: “I am always inspired to write new music, but I must say that the end of After Forever and some personal changes in my life did give extra ingredients. Every song I heard could become a source of inspiration. Stories of others, movies or books, my personal relationships, everything mixed and melted into one and became an album. ‘Speed’ from SOILWORK brings another form of power to the album’s diversity with his screams/growl and clean voice.  He masters so many different vocal sounds, just like me. Again, a lot of power together in one song. He gave ‘Disdain’ the energy and aggression it needed!”

Also performing guest vocals on Revamp is Russell Allen from SYMPHONY X and George Oosthoek from ORPHANAGE & PLEURISY.

The track listing for Revamp is:

01. Here’s My Hell featuring George Oosthoek from ORPHANAGE & PLEURISY
02. Head Up High
03. Sweet Curse – featuring Russell Allen from SYMPHONY X
04. Million
05. In Sickness ‘Till Death Do Us Part: All Goodbyes Are Said
06. Break
07. In Sickness ‘Till Death Do Us Part: Disdain – featuring Björn “Speed” Strid from SOILWORK
08. In Sickness ‘Till Death Do Us Part: Disgraced
09. Fast Forward
10. Kill Me With Silence
11. The Trial Of Monsters
12. Under My Skin
13. I Lost Myself
Bonus Track: No Honey For The Damned

The trackHead Up High” – the song from this record Floor Jansen would choose to put into an astronaut’s iPod at the International Space Station to represent all of humanity – is available for free download here (e-mail sign-up required).  “It’s diverse, heavy, new, short and catchy, but still heavy and very metal.”

View Part 1 of an interview with Floor Jansen where she discusses her new band, REVAMP, here. Part 2 is available here.

The REVAMP team includes:

Floor Jansen: songwriter/singer
Joost van den Broek: songwriter/producer/arranger & studio keyboardist
Waldemar Sorychta: songwriter/producer/ studio guitarist and bass player
Koen Herfst: studio drummer
Jaap Melman: Live bass player
Ruben Wijga: Live keyboard player
Jord Otto: Live guitar player
Arjan Rijnen: Live guitar player
Matthias Landes: Live drummer

Visit REVAMP online at,, and on Facebook.

Visit Floor Jansen online at &

In other Soilwork news……

The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK, will release a “Best Of” album entitled The Sledgehammer Files on June 30th via Marquee/Avalon Records in Japan. The band commented on the compilation to be released shortly before their latest full length record of new material, The Panic Broadcast:

“We’re proud and stoked to unleash the first ever official collection of classic SOILWORK tunes! The only way we could imagine our ‘Best Of’ album was as a complete chronological retrospective, and that’s exactly what The Sledgehammer Files is, from the raw ’n relentless Steelbath Suicide days to the modern majesty of Sworn To A Great Divide. We made sure to include the lyrics and cover art for each album, rare promo and live shots from each era, and a bonus DVD with most our official videos. Topped off with re-mastered songs from the first two albums and a new mix of ‘Exile’, this package is 100% SOILWORK!”

The Sledgehammer Files Tracklisting:

1.       Sadistic Lullabye (remastered version)

2.       Steelbath Suicide (remastered version)

3.       The Chainheart Machine (remastered version)

4.       Bulletbeast (remastered version)

5.       Generation Speedkill (remastered version)

6.       Bastard Chain

7.       Needlefeast

8.       Grand Failure Anthem

9.       Follow The Hollow

10.   As We Speak

11.   Black Star Deceiver

12.   Rejection Role

13.   Figure Number Five

14.   Light The Torch

15.   Stabbing The Drama

16.   One With The Flies

17.   Nerve

18.   Sworn To A Great Divide

19.   Exile (Orchestral Mix) – previously unreleased version

Official videos – bonus DVD tracklist:

1.       As We Speak

2.       Rejection Role

3.       Light The Torch

4.       Stabbing The Drama

5.       Nerve

6.       Exile

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DEATH ANGEL: Music Available for Rock Band

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the official launch of its Rockband Network for all Rockband X-Box 360 network users. Go to to purchase and download the song “Dethroned” by San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL for game play.

Watch quality footage of the band playing Hungary Metalfest below:

Hot on the heels of a busy and productive 2009, DEATH ANGEL have been holed up in 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). The band are currently mixing the new record tentatively scheduled for a September of 2010 release.
DEATH ANGEL, have uploaded their 5th video blog as well:

DEATH ANGEL will be direct support to Swedish melodic metallers SOILWORK this Summer. Joining them will be Quebec’s tech-death masters AUGURY, Roadrunner Records recording artists MUTINY WITHIN, and pirate themed thrashers SWASHBUCKLE.


07/07/10  New Oasis – Reno, NV

07/08/10  Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT

07/09/10  Gator’s – Farmington, NM

07/10/10  War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX

07/11/10  Marquee – Tulsa, OK

07/12/10  The Muse – Nashville, TN

07/13/10  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA


07/14/10  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

07/15/10  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

07/16/10  The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

07/17/10  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

07/18/10  FouFounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
07/19/10  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

07/20/10  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

07/21/10  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

07/22/10  Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL

07/23/10  The Rave – Milwaukee, WI ç + THE CRINN

07/24/10  The Rock – Maplewood, MN ç + THE CRINN

07/27/10  El Corazon – Seattle, WA

07/28/10  Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

07/29/10  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

07/30/10  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

07/31/10  The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA

08/01/10  Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA

08/02/10  The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

08/03/10  The Rock – Tucson, AZ

08/05/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

08/06/10  Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX

08/07/10  The Warsaw – Houston, TX

08/08/10 The Parish – New Orleans, LA ç NO SOILWORK

08/09/10  The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL

08/10/10  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

08/11/10  Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY

08/12/10  Gil’s Bar and Grill – Virginia Beach, VA

08/13/10  Sonar – Baltimore, MD

08/14/10  Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA

08/15/10  Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
For more info visit: &

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EXODUS Joins the OZZFEST Bill In San Bernardino

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition

EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition

As first reported by, San Francisco Bay Area thrash pioneers EXODUS will help kick off Ozzfest 2010 with a one-off appearance at the San Bernardino show on Saturday, August 14th!

States guitarist/songwriter Gary Holt:  “We are WAY more than fired up to announce that EXODUS will be playing the SoCal date on Ozzfest!  We will be filling the slot usually occupied on the tour by Kingdom Of Sorrow who can’t make this one show.  We were asked if we wanted to jump in, and we said ‘fuck yes!’  See everybody there!”

Ozzfest 2010 Main Stage Acts

Ozzfest 2010 Second Stage Acts on August 14th

*Rotating set times

EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, hit #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock radio chart and has sold over 4,600 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan, debuting at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #43 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, #19 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, and #12 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart.  The album also debuted at #19 on the Neilsen SoundScan LOUD Chart in Canada.
The band will be headlining the “March Of Brutality” tour through the U.S. and Canada with Malevolent Creation, Holy Grail, and Bonded By Blood.  Tour dates can be viewed here.  Tickets go on sale June 11th.

Exhibit B: The Human Condition record release show dates in June are:

  • Thursday, June 10th – Chico, CA @ The Senator Theater with Lååz Rockit, Anvil Chorus, plus two local openers (tickets on sale now)
  • Friday, June 11th – Los Angeles @ Key Club with Heathen, Bonded By Blood, plus two local openers (tickets on sale now)
  • Saturday, June 12th – San Francisco @ Slim’s with Heathen, Anvil Chorus, and Passive Aggressive (tickets on sale now)


The EXODUS track “Riot Act” is now available for purchase at the RockBand Network’s online store for XBOX 360.  The track comes from the album The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart the week following its October 2007 release.

Add “Riot Act” to your RockBand music library by purchasing the song game track here.  View the video for “Riot Act” – directed by Jon Schnepp of Metalocalypse fame for Schneppzone Inc. – here.

This marks the first round of Nuclear Blast artist songs available for the Rock Band Network.  Other tracks include 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.

Visit EXODUS online at,, &

EXODUS frontman Rob Dukes will be a call-in guest on Dave Navarro’s Dark Matter radio show with Todd Newman tonight, on Wednesday, June 9th, at 11 p.m. PACIFIC.

States Dukes: “I have been friends with Dave for awhile.  I was a guitar tech for his band for a little while before I started singing for EXODUS.  He is a great guitar player and a really cool guy.  I’m looking forward to the new Jane’s Addiction stuff.  I am told it’s really great.”

Listen to the radio show from 10 p.m. – 12 midnight PACIFIC on The show will also be streamed at this location.

Fans are encouraged to call in with questions at (877) 900-1031 or sign up for the DNA chatroom here.

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THE RESURRECTION SORROW: Unholy Divine Tour Part II Confirmed

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
THE RESURRECTION SORROW Unholy Divine Tour Part II: Doom In June Weekend Warpath Style

THE RESURRECTION SORROW Unholy Divine Tour Part II: Doom In June Weekend Warpath Style

Soulful doom metal grungesters THE RESURRECTION SORROW have announced their most recent bout of live shows for the summer throwing a quick one-two punch combo to the upper East Coast this June, on the recently confirmed tour bearing the lengthy tag The Unholy Divine Tour Part II: Doom In June Weekend Warpath Style. The festivities kick off this Friday at the annual Feel Your Boobies Breast Cancer Benefit in State College, Pennsylvania.

The band are also hammering out the dents on a ten-date tour running from July 22 to August 1st, with the actual routing of this venture and other live excursions to be announced shortly.

After the recent departure of skinsman Louie Gasparro, THE RESURRECTION SORROW have enlisted the help of longtime friend Bill Angelini — also a previous bandmate of TRS bassist Alex Coelho in NYC act Malstrom — rounding out the TRS lineup by vocalist Alex Dementia and guitarist Zak Gross.

Check out the tour poster, recent live footage, video interview and more on THE RESURRECTION SORROW here:

THE RESURRECTION SORROW Unholy Divine Tour Part II: Doom In June Weekend Warpath Style
6/11/2010 The Feel Your Boobies Breast Cancer Benefit @ State College VFW – State College, PA
6/12/2010 Lotsa Metal Club (behind Lotsa Pasta) – Clifton Heights, PA
6/18/2010 Legends Rock Bar – Gales Ferry, CT
6/19/2010 The Electric Company – Utica, NY
6/24/2010 St. Jerome’s Bar – New York, NY (Smell the Glove/Midnight Dreams party, no TRS set)
6/25/2010 Crazy 8’s! – Seaford, DE
6/26/2010 Krug’s Place – Frederick, MD

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Cinderella Guitarist Added To Fat Chick Tribute

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks

WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks

Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar has joined the roster of the upcoming tribute album “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.” Jeff appears as part of Tennessee-based rock outfit Rufus Fontain, featuring original Jackyl vocalist Ronnie Honeycutt, guitarist Tim Lewis, bassist Hayden James and drummer Shawn Hughes (Naked Beggars, John Corabi). The five-piece rips through a high-octane version of the AC/DC concert staple “Whole Lotta Rosie,” showcasing LaBar’s signature guitar tone and Honeycutt’s patented Bon Scott rasp. A sample of the song is now available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.

“Whole Lotta Rosie” tells the true-life tale of an intimate encounter between the late AC/DC singer and a sexual dynamo by the name of Rosie, all 42″-39″-56″ and 250+ lbs. of her. Rosie’s legendary amplitude provided inspiration not only for the song itself, but also for the large inflatable Rosie that was added to the live AC/DC stage show during the Brian Johnson era. As AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young explains in the commentary of the “Live at Donington” DVD (on which the larger-than-life-sized Rosie can be witnessed in all her glory), “We update her every tour now, she comes in new and improved versions. She never gets thinner, she gets bigger! The boobs always get bigger, the butt gets bigger and more tattoos are added. But she still looks sweet and the fans just love her.”

“Having been greatly influenced by AC/DC, I was thrilled to cover ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ for this unique tribute,” remarks Jeff LaBar. “It gave me the chance to arrange, record and mix an entire song from scratch, rather than just contributing as a guitarist. Naturally, I had the help of some friends from my local Nashville pub! All told, this track took a day to rehearse, a day to record and a day to mix… not bad for a bunch of drunks on the edge!”

“Singing this song is right up my alley, and not just because I like to scream like Bon Scott!” adds vocalist Ronnie Honeycutt. “This album is a celebration of real women everywhere.”

As previously reported, “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks” is a musical homage to the big, beautiful women who make the rockin’ world go ’round. The tribute will feature all-new recordings of popular songs praising the fuller female figure, originally made famous by some of the biggest names in rock and pop music. These anthems to abundance will be performed by renowned rock & rollers from yesterday and today, along with a select few rising stars. In direct opposition to the “no fat chicks” mantra espoused by some, “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” will be a star-studded celebration of large and lovely ladies. Songs confirmed so far include Queen’s arena rock classic “Fat Bottomed Girls” by L.A. Guns singer Phil Lewis, with guitarist Paul LaPlaca and drummer John Macaluso. Additional artists and track listings will be announced as they are confirmed. Samples of all tracks are available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.

“WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks” is scheduled for an August 31, 2010 release and is now available for pre-order directly from SplitScreen Entertainment. The first 500 pre-orders will receive a free instant digital download of “Fat Bottomed Girls” and a surprise bonus item upon delivery of the album. Further details can be found at the SplitScreen Entertainment website.

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WHITE WIZZARD – New Line-up for Download Festival

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
White Wizzard 2010


Los Angeles traditional heavy metal band WHITE WIZZARD have revealed their new line-up ahead of the band’s appearance at Download festival in the UK this weekend.

WHITE WIZZARD are eagerly awaiting their first ever appearance at the legendary Download festival at Donington Park, where founding member JON LEON, guitarist CHAD BRYAN and drummer GIOVANNI DURST will appear live for the first time with newly recruited singer and former CELLADOR frontman MICHAEL GREMIO, along with new lead guitarist and Welsh native LEWIS STEPHENS.

Former members WYATT ANDERSON and ERIK KLUIBER left the group after the band’s UK tour with EDGUY to pursue different paths.

WHITE WIZZARD are set to open the Ronnie James Dio Stage on Sunday, 13th June at 11am.

WHITE WIZZARD’s debut album, OVER THE TOP, is out now worldwide on CD and vinyl.  Get the album in Europe at or in North America at

OVER THE TOP is also available worldwide on iTunes at

For more WHITE WIZZARD news and info, head to

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BLACK RIVER presents new video for “Lucky In Hell”

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG

BLACK RIVER - “Black’n’roll”

BLACK RIVER - “Black’n’roll”

BLACK RIVER, rock band consisting of Orion (Behemoth, Vesania), Daray (Dimmu Borgir), Taff (Rootwater), Kay (ex-Neolithic) and Art (Soulburners) has just recorded first video for the song “Lucky In Hell” which will be promoting the new album. This videoclip features one of the most talented & popular Polish actresses – Magdalena Cielecka – who for the first time in her career appeared in such short illustrative movie form. Magdalena Cielecka won many important awards at cinema festivals in Edinburgh, Geneva, Tokyo and Gdynia among others.

“Black’n’roll” will be released in North America by Armoury Records/Eagle Rock on July 20th. The European premiere took place on February 26th via Mystic Production/Indie Distribution.

The follow-up to 2008’s self-titled debut was recorded in Studio Sonus and Studio Gdansk – engineered by Malta (Behemoth). “Black’n’roll” consists of 11 adrenaline-fuelled songs in the vein of The Cult, Monster Magnet and Danzig.

American tracklist of “Black’n’Roll”:

4 songs from this explosive new stuff are already available on official Myspace site of the band:

As Kay explains the contents of Black River second album: “It has the taste of good whisky, it smells with sweat of girls dancing at the strip bar and with odour of car tires burnt on tarmac”. This is metalized rock’n’roll of XXI century!

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DORO PESCH: First Ever Japanese Tour Dates Announced!

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Legendary German metal queen DORO PESCH, who celebrated her 2,500th concert on March 13th, will make her Japanese debut this fall with three special dates in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka!

DORO PESCH – Japan 2010
10/08/2010 Holiday Shinjuku – Tokyo, Japan
10/10/2010 Holiday Nagoya – Nagoya, Japan
10/11/2010 Holiday Osaka – Osaka, Japan

Said an excited Pesch of the upcoming shows, “I always knew we had a strong fanbase in Japan and I’m so happy to finally be able to play there. I can’t believe it! I’m so excited and so looking forward to meeting everybody, putting on great shows and rocking together with the fans!”

Check out two promo videos for the tour below:

The metal maven and her bandmates are currently gearing up for a run of festival dates including:

6/25/2010 Graspop –  Dessel, Belgium
7/09/2010 Rock Karz – Ballenstedt, Germany
7/17/2010 Bang Your Head – Balingen, Germany
7/18/2010 Masters Of Rock – Vicovize, Czech Republic
7/29/2010 Rock Arena Festival – St. Goarshausen, Germany
8/15/2010 Bloodstock Open Air – Derbyshire, UK

PESCH’s most recent full-length, Fear No Evil, was released in Europe on January 30, 2009 via AFM Records and in North America on June 2, 2009 via AFM/Dismanic/Ryko Distribution.

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June 9th, 2010
by EvilG


Florida extreme metallers, ORDER OF ENNEAD will be joining HATE ETERNAL and CANNABIS CORPSE for a limited run of the east coast this summer. Joining ORDER OF ENNEAD on lead guitar at all dates will be the talented Shannon Hamm (DEATH, CONTROL DENIED). Here are the dates:

8/24 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
8/25 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
8/26 Raleigh, NC Volume 11 Tavern
8/27 W. Springfield, VA Jaxx
8/28 Philadelphia, PA Polaris Hostile City Death Fest (no CANNABIS CORPSE)

AN EXAMINATION OF BEING, the new album from Floridian extreme metal act
ORDER OF ENNEAD, is out now in North America. AN EXAMINATION OF BEING is the second album from ORDER OF ENNEAD, following their self-titled debut release in 2008. AN EXAMINATION OF BEING was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, ALL THAT REMAINS).

AN EXAMINATION OF BEING can be found alongside some exclusive ORDER OF ENNEAD deluxe merch packs at

AN EXAMINATION OF BEING can also be bought at FYE and iTunes.

Get more ORDER OF ENNEAD news and info, and listen to the new track “The
Concept Of Our Extinction”

Follow ORDER OF ENNEAD on Twitter:

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New RAGE Album To See North American Release Via Sonic Unyon Metal

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Rage - Strings To A Web

Rage - Strings To A Web

The new RAGE album, Strings To A Web, was released in Europe on February 5th via Nuclear Blast Records, immediately entering the German pop charts at number 27, and has been receiving rave reviews from all major European press. The brilliant album will now see official North American release and distribution via Canada’s Sonic Unyon Metal on June 22nd, 2010.

The North American version of the album will be released in a special two-disc set that includes a high quality bonus DVD bearing 15 live RAGE clips and more. The main part is the “Best Of” show RAGE played at the Wacken Open Air festival 2009, including guest performances by Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Schmier (Destruction) and Jen Majura (Black Thunder Ladies). The DVD also includes four more live clips taken from Masters Of Rock 2009 Festival and a 2009 concert in Sofia, Hungary. View the full track listing for the combo and more below.

Since 1985, German metal trio RAGE have brought their crafted style of classic heavy metal with class. Their new album Strings To A Web is a varied release, showcasing the different faces of the band; pure heavy metal thunder, classical and progressive landscapes, and powerful thrash anthems. Recorded at Twilight Hall Studio (Blind Guardian, Saxon) and produced by Victor Smolski and their long term friend Charlie Bauerfeind (Hammerfall, Helloween and more), Strings To A Web is like a journey through the history of the band, who celebrated their 25th anniversary this year. Over the past quarter century, RAGE went through many changes, but always kept to their roots and developed their incomparable style, and there is no doubt that their current lineup is the strongest yet. Peavy Wagner’s voice is the main trademark, along with the guitar wizard Victor Smolski and power drummer André Hilgers, who round out the magical trio.

Strings To A Web Track Listing:


01. ‘The Edge Of Darkness’

02. ‘Hunter And Prey’

03. ‘Into The Light’

04. ‘The Beggar´s Last Dime’

05. ‘Empty Hollow’

06. ‘Strings To A Web’

07. ‘Fatal Grace’

08. ‘Connected’

09. ‘Empty Hollow (Reprise)’

10. ‘Saviour Of The Dead’

11. ‘Hellgirl’

12. ‘Purified’

13. ‘Through Ages’

14. ‘Tomorrow Never Comes’

‘Carved In Stone’

‘Higher Than The Sky’

‘Set This World On Fire’ (featuring Hansi Kürsch)

‘All I Want’ (featuring Hansi Kürsch)

‘Invisible Horizons’ (featuring Hansi Kürsch)

‘Lord Of The Flies’ (featuring Jen Majura)

‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ (featuring Jen Majura)

‘Prayers Of Steel’ (featuring Schmier)

‘Suicide’ (featuring Schmier)

‘Down’ (featuring Schmier)


‘Set This World On Fire’ (Live at the Masters of Rock 2009)

‘All I Want’ (Live at the Masters of Rock 2009)

‘Carved In Stone’ (Live in Sofia 2009)

‘Never Give Up’ (Rage Race Special)

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Legendary Extreme Metal Drummer GENE HOGLAN Releases “The Atomic Clock”

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG


Legendary extreme metal drummer Gene Hoglan brings forth his long awaited instructional DVD “The Atomic Clock”. Available on Hoglan Industries in the US and on Reversed Records in Canada, Hoglan showcases his three decades of experience of performing and recording with the world’s most well known metal bands such as Devin Townsend, Dark Angel, Death, Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Zimmer’s Hole and most recently Fear Factory along with many others on his resume.

Offering two hours of pure metal drumming fury, Gene shells out his pounding arsenal to drummers and music fans intrigued to understand what makes “The Clock” tick. Featuring 9 full songs from various projects (5 from the mighty MECHANISM), plus different improvised solos, in addition to tons of tips and tricks from his personal cache. Watch the Gene fill the screen, sharing his knowledge and putting it to the test.

View the “The Atomic Clock” Video Trailer:

Gene Hoglan – The Atomic Clock – DVD (Instructional) 2010

GENE HOGLAN Releases "The Atomic Clock" (Instructional DVD)

GENE HOGLAN Releases "The Atomic Clock" (Instructional DVD)

“Hoglan has one of the most impressive resumes in heavy metal dating back to the early 1980’s including DARK ANGEL, TESTAMENT, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD.” – Sick Drummer Magazine

“Gene fucking Hoglan is being Gene fucking Hoglan on the drums.” –

“Gene is well known for his very impressive double kick drum rhythms, and his amazingly creative drum arrangements including the use of some unusual objects for percussive effect. His playing is highly technical, accurate, and extremely fast earning the nickname “The Atomic Clock”.”–

“This man has one of the heaviest sounding drum sounds of all time… some of the most intense piece of drumming I’ve ever heard. –

“The intensity of Hoglan’s drumming is buttressed by the constancy and accuracy of his ferocious double kick rhythms, executed to blistering tempos.” –

“Gene Hoglan’s kick drums blast through in furious, amazingly accurate 32nd-note flurries.” – Modern Drummer – (SYL Interview 2005)

“Known for his incredibly tight, rapid-fire playing, Hoglan remarkably always maintains a Zen-like composure behind his kit.” –

“Drummer extraordinaire!” –

“Drumming maestro” – Metal Hammer (UK)

“Mesmerizing skin work” –


Gene Hoglan Industries (US)
Reversed Records (Canada)

Gene Hoglan Industries (US)
Reversed Records (Canada)

DVD Credits:
Directed by:  Marcus Rogers (Cinestir Films)
Edited by: Marcus Rogers
Produced by: Gene Hoglan
Executive Producer by: Byron Stroud
Recorded by: Shaun Thingvold
Engineering & Editing by: Rob ‘Chicken’ Shallcross
Photographer Credit by: Gemini Visuals

At long last, legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok, plus a coffee break in just about every other metal band on the planet!) has released his very first DVD, “The Atomic Clock”! Hooray! Is it instructional? Who Knows? Is it educational? Who cares, it’s GEEEEEEEEENE, so it’s bound to be entertaining as hell!!!

On this disc, Hoglan will break down what makes ‘The Clock’ tick, his style, his philosophies, especially his quirks and cheats. Will he break down your favourite ‘Gene Patterns’? Hell no! Will he clog your brain with countless dull rudiments? No way! Will he blow your mind with 9 complete songs from his upcoming projects? Hell yes he will! You’ll see an-hour-and-a-half of wicked Gene-playing, plus the disc is chock full of ‘extras’! What other instructional discs have ‘EXTRAS’, we ask? None that we know of! That’s why this is no mere ‘instructional’ disc, it’s way more than that! Yippee!

Filmed in magnificent ‘Enormo-Vision’, the big man will fill the screen with knowledge put to the test from his 3 decades of drumming. Do you need to be a schooled drummer to appreciate it? What are ya, nuts? You don’t even have to be a DRUMMER to enjoy this DVD! All you need is two hours of couch time, armed with your sense of fun!

Quick Fact: Hoglan was nominated in the “Best Drummer” category at the second annual 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

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SABATON Enter The Swedish Album Chart at #4

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
Sabaton - Coat of Arms

Sabaton - Coat of Arms

Swedish epic power metal sextet SABATON have just entered the Swedish Album charts at #4 with their brand new album Coat Of Arms, due out in North America on June 29th, 2010.  The album is available for streaming in its entirety on the band’s MySpace page.

Coat Of Arms is currently on the European Billboard Top 100 Albums chart at #34.  Worldwide chart entries are as follows:

Sweden #4

Poland #9

Finland #17

Germany #19

Switzerland #33

Austria #71

The Coat Of Arms track listing is:

01.  Coat of Arms

02.  Midway

03.  Uprising

04.  Screaming Eagles

05.  The Final Solution

06.  Aces In Exile

07.  Saboteurs

08.  Wehrmacht

09.  White Death

10.  Metal Ripper

SABATON recently shot a video in Poland for the track “Uprising” with director Jacek Raginis and producer Bogna Janiec of Studio Filmowe N.  The video includes actors Peter Stormare [Sweden, U.S.] and Mateusz Damięcki [Poland], Monika Buchowiec, and a special appearance by General Waldemar Skrzypczak of the Polish army.  View photos from the “Uprising” video shoot here.  View a video trailer here.  View the “Making Of” video here.

SABATON features Joakim Brodén on vocals, Oskar Montelius on guitars, Rikard Sundén on guitars, Pär Sundström on bass, Daniel Mullback on drums, and Daniel Mÿhr on keyboards.

Visit SABATON online at &

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Sean Peck to feature on the next Empires of Eden CD – “Reborn in Fire”

June 8th, 2010
by EvilG
Sean Peck of Cage

Sean Peck of Cage

Empires of Eden is very happy to announce Sean Peck as one of the feature artists on the upcoming album “Reborn in Fire”. The screamer from San Francisco is lead vocalist for US based power metal band Cage.

 From guitarist Stu Marshall: “Sean was one of the guys I approached for the album after being a huge fan of his band Cage. His vocal range is something to really hear as the guy has one of the most intense and expressive voices in metal music today. The other great thing was his ability to compose material. I sent him a song that was really aggressive and he was able to rearrange the parts as he saw a best fit. Sean’s song Total Devastation is definitely the heaviest track on the cd and pure, kick in the face screaming heavy metal. The new album from Empires of Eden – “Reborn in Fire” will feature some of the world’s most respected heavy metal voices. With the already announced Mike Vescera, Zak Stevens, Steve Grimmett and Carlos Zema the album also showcases the incredible talents of Aussie singers Louie Gorgievksi, Chris Ninni and Mike Zoias.”

 Studio videos are now online and free Iphone content is available at the bands page.

Released by 7Hard and also available on Itunes, the album is set for release globally on July 16.

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

Empires of Eden - Reborn in Fire

Empires of Eden - Reborn in Fire

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THE ACACIA STRAIN Unveil New Album Title, Cover And Track Listing

June 8th, 2010
by EvilG


THE ACACIA STRAIN have revealed the title, cover art and track listing which will be released July 20th in North American and August 2nd in Europe. The album is titled “Wormwood,” and features cover art by acclaimed artist, Justin Kamerer, who has done previous work for Bleeding Through, Guns N Roses, Slayer and many more.

Check out a video of front man Vincent Bennett announcing the title and cover, as well as the previous “Guess The Album Title” contest, HERE. Bennett also commented on the album:

“We worked just as hard if not harder on this album as we did on (2008’s)“Continent.’ We took an entire block of time off of touring and our lives in general to focus 100% on the creation of wormwood. Where we normally write a record with a theme already attached to it; this time around we wrote a record and the theme developed as we went. we wanted to do something that was still acacia strain, but broke away from the ‘mold’ that has been struck by all the bands these days that we seem to get grouped in with. all the songs have their own dynamic, instead of writing an album filled with like sounding songs. This is the heaviest record WE have ever written and these are the most personal lyrics I have ever written. Justin Kamerer; who did the artwork for the album, was really great to work with and really brought the songs to life with his imagery. I am really excited for this release, and we are all very proud of what we did with this record. i hope you enjoy.”

The track listing of “Wordwood,” is as follows:

The Hills Have Eyes
The Impaler
Bay Of Pigs
The Carpathian
Tactical Nuke

THE ACACIA STRAIN played will be participating in “Cool Tour” in July/August with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. They’ll also be in Europe in September and October on the “Hell On Earth Tour” with Terror and more.

6/26 Leeds University, Leeds UK. – Ghostfest
7/13 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle %
7/14 N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues %
7/15 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore %
7/16 Baltimore, MD – Sonar %
7/17 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy %
7/18 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre %
7/20 Boston, MA – House of Blues %
7/21 Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom %
7/22 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory %
7/23 Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion %
7/24 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Complex %
7/25 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant %
7/27 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater %
7/28 Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom %
7/30 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre %
7/31 Los Angeles, CA – Palladium %
8/1 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield %
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 $
% “Cool Tour”
$ “Hell On Earth” Tour

“Wormwood” was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering. The band chronicled the sessions through a series of video blogs which can be viewed at THE ACACIA STRAIN’s first DVD, “The Most Known Unknown,” released February 16, debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Top Music Video Sales Chart and 2008’s album, “Continent,” debuted at number 2 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” Chart. The band won the “Myspace Readers’ Choice Award” at 2009’s GOLDEN GODS awards.

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