October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

(New York, NY) — In addition to the few dates announced last week, CROWBAR will be hitting the road hard this winter along side BLACK TUSK. Dates will span most of the eastern seaboard through the middle of December. All tour dates are below. Tickets will go on sale this week.

Oct. 18 Austin, TX – Emo’s

Oct. 19 Houston, TX – Numbers

Oct. 21 Lafayette, LA – Sadie’s Downtown

Oct. 22 Shreveport, LA – Riverside Warehouse

Oct. 30 Gulfport MS – The Door

Oct. 31 New Orleans, LA – House Of Shock


Nov 27 Savannah, GA @ The Jinx

Nov 28 Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit

Nov 29 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn

Nov 30 Raleigh, NC  @ Volume 11

Dec 1  Charleston, SC @ Jimbo’s Rock Lounge

Dec 2  Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

Dec 3  Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Dec 4  Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar & Grill

Dec 5  New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House

Dec 6  Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary Coast

Dec 7  Providence, RI @ Club Hell

Dec 8  Cambridge, MA @ Middle East

Dec 9  Niagara Falls, NY @ Evening Star Music Hall

Dec 10  Columbus, OH @ Ravari Room

Dec 11  Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club

Dec 12  St Louis, MO @ Fubar

Dec 13  Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone

Dec 14  Little Rock @ The Village

Dec 15  Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee

Dec 16  Dallas @ Trees

Newly signed to eOne Music, sludge metal legends CROWBAR recently re-released three influential records, CROWBAR, LIVE +1 and TIME HEALS NOTHING on October 5th, 2010. These three records are the band’s core titles and have influenced many of today’s major metal acts including LAMB OF GOD and HATEBREED. With each title originally being released in the early nineties, this will be the first time all three records will be widely available in stores and online. A new CROWBAR record is planned for early 2011.

Kirk Windstein formed CROWBAR in 1991. Since that time, the band’s sound has profoundly influenced a new generation of metal acts the world over. Weinstein is also a key member of KINGDOM OF SORROW (with HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta) and DOWN.

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October 13th, 2010
by EvilG
DIMMU BORGIR - Abrahadabra

DIMMU BORGIR - Abrahadabra

In honor of its North American release date, is offering ABRAHADABRA, the new album by Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR, for purchase in MP3 format for $6.99 at this location.

View’s Taco Tuesday video review of ABRAHADABRA here.

DIMMU BORGIR’s 32-date run across North America launches on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  Support will come from Enslaved and Blood Red Throne, plus Dawn Of Ashes.  Advanced pre-sale tickets & VIP packages for this tour are now on sale via (User Name: dimmuborgir; Password: tickets).  Ticketing widget is available here (same log-in).

The video for the track “Gateways” can be viewed on the Nuclear Blast Europe & DIMMU BORGIR YouTube channels.

The “Gateways” single is available for purchase on iTunes at this location.  Download the DIMMU BORGIR app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad here.

Watch a new video interview by with DIMMU guitarist/songwriter Silenoz here (Part 1), here (Part 2), and here (Part 3).

Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at,,, and

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KHORS: Ukrainian Black Metal Legion To Reissue First Two Full-Lengths

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Paragon Records is proud to announce the reissue of The Flames Of Eternity’s Decline and Cold from Ukrainian black metal legion KHORS. The now classic first two full-lengths — originally released in 2005 and 2006 respectively — will come as a two-CD set with a new layout, nine bonus tracks and a rare early video from the band. Though KHORS have long progressed musically, these early recordings still brim with the unique atmosphere of Pagan black metal that the band was built upon. The Flames Of Eternity’s Decline/Cold will be released via Paragon Records on October 19, 2010. Check out the cover art HERE.

KHORS was formed by former Astrofaes bassist, Khorus, in August 2004, with an aim to create gloomy, atmospheric black metal. Sometime later, guitarist/vocalist Helg (Runes Of Dianceht) and drummer Khaoth (Tessaract, ex-Astrofaes, ex-Hate Forest) joined the fold. The band was later rounded out by guitarist Warth.

In related news, KHORS will unleash a new full-length, Return To Abandoned, to the masses later this year. Details to be revealed in the coming weeks.

The Flame Of Eternity’s Decline Track Listing

01. Wounds Of The Past

02. Eyes Of Eternal Loneliness

03. Throne Of Antiquity

04. Trees are remembers

05. Breath

06. Moan Of The Grief

07. Spirit Of Fury

08. Flame Of Eternity


09. Wounds Of The Past (wood mix)

10. Spirit Of Fury (moon mix)

11. Moan Of The Grief (live)

12. Trees Are Remembers (demo)

13. Eyes Of Eternal Loneliness (demo)

14. Throne Of Antiquity (demo)

15. Flame Of Eternity (demo)

Cold Track Listing:

01. Cold

02. Ashes

03. Garnet

04. Misery

05. Conscious Burning

06. Whispers

07. In The Depths Of Black Hills

08. The Abyss


09. Cold (art-rock version)

10. Ashes (live)

11. Garnet (video)

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WOE: A Day In The Life Of Chris Grigg Part III; New Record To Be Unleashed Via Candlelight

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

In part three of his ongoing Deciblog adventures, WOE frontman Chris Grigg talks about his latest gear purchases, the anticipation of the band’s upcoming full-length, the importance of band rehearsal and the woes (pun absolutely intended) of being way too busy. To read through Grigg’s latest installment, visit:

WOE‘s Quietly, Undramatically full-length was released in North America on October 12. Recorded at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, New Jersey with additional tracking completed at Grigg’s BS1 in Philadelphia. The album is the first to feature a full band ensemble comprised of members from Absu, Woods Of Ypres, The Green Evening Requiem, Infernal Stronghold and Rumpelstiltskin Grinder.   Check out the Candlelight ecard here:

WOE will celebrate the release with a free performance, along with labelmates KRIEG, at Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Necktie (1248 North Front Street) on October 28. Both bands will also hit Rhode Island and New York City that weekend [confirmed dates below].

10/28/2010 King Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA FREE SHOW w/ KRIEG, Infernal Stronghold
10/29/2010 Machines With Magnets – Pawtucket, RI w/ KRIEG, Sewer Goddess, Dead Times
10/30/2010 The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY w/ KRIEG

For additional live performances visit the band’s recently redesigned site at:

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GOD DETHRONED launch landing page and release first song off new album ‘Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross’!

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

GOD DETHRONED launch landing page and release first song off new album ‘Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross’!

Mighty Dutch Death Metallers GOD DETHRONED have launched a landing page for their upcoming new album 0’Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross’!

Make sure to surf over to to stream the title track off the new album and to find out about the various pre-order deals!

Comments singer/guitarist Henri Sattler on the title track: “The 1905 Schlieffen Plan made by the Prussian Count von Schlieffen after England signed the previous Entente Cordiale in 1904 with France. The plan was based on a battle between Hannibal and the Roman army in 216 B.C. that was later modified and eventually failed when put into practice. It remains uncertain if the changes to the Schlieffen Plan or the plan itself was the reason for not being successful.”

The bands 9th album was recorded at the Soundlodge Studios in Leer, Germany.

Comments singer/guitarist Henri Sattler: “Musically the new album turned out to be one of the most extreme records we ever did. Nevertheless with the very recognizable God Dethroned hooks present in all the songs.Producer Joerg Uken outdid himself this time, because our new album is in my opinion the best produced album we ever had. Extremely raw, heavy, but crystal clear and super dynamic at the same time.”

Track listing ‘Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross’!

1. The Declaration of War

2. Storm of Steel

3. Fire Storm

4. The Killing is Faceless

5. Under the Sign of the Iron Cross

6. Chaos Reigns at Dawn

7. Through Byzantine Hemispheres

8. The Red Baron

9. On Fields of Death & Desolation


Henri “T.S.K.” Sattler – vocals & lead guitars

Henk “Henke” Zinger – bass

Michiel “Mike” vd Plicht – drums

Danny Tunker – guitars

‘Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross’ will be released the 19th/22nd of November 2010 via Metal Blade Records in Europe and the 23rd of November in North America!

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AFTER THE BURIAL Post Striking Cover Art For Their New Album, In Dreams

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Like a freight train of brutality and sheer brute force busting out at the seams comes the highly anticipated new AFTER THE BURIAL album, In Dreams, which is set for a Nov. 23rd release. This offering is quickly going to raise the bar for all others within the metal genre as this group effectively unleashes a barrage of jaw-dropping dual guitar dynamics that is backed by a captivating energy and groove resulting in an overall unrelenting output of punishment. This Minnesota quintet is hell-bent on forging their own unique path within the extreme metal genre and In Dreams proves that they are well on their way to that very goal.

AFTER THE BURIAL will spend this winter touring relentlessly across North America on the “December Decimation” tour. This group has something for everyone and could be best described as a Meshuggah and Unearth hybrid that pleases the tech nuts while providing an entertaining stage show that is sure to always get the metalcore kids into a violent frenzy. Be sure to visit now to view their entire touring itinerary.

You can access the striking new album’s cover art now at the link below.

AFTER THE BURIAL further comment: “It’s been a long time coming, but we’re excited to announce that our new record In Dreams will be hitting shelves on November 23rd! We’ve spent the last year putting all of our hard work into this album, and we can assure you that the intricate dynamics of In Dreams will satisfy your appetite for the crushing guitars, driving drums and powerful vocals you’ve come to expect from us. Also, be sure to come catch us on the road this November as we hit the road with Winds Of Plague, Carnifex, War Of Ages, and Upon A Burning Body. It’s going to be a rager.”

AFTER THE BURIAL is an 8 string brutal guitar assault and their sophomore album, Rareform, hinted at their true potential, but In Dreams brings all of their combined talents to fruition. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as will exclusively debut a brand new track online. Also, don’t forget to check out all of the band’s pre-production videos on their MySpace page now.

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Japan’s METAL SAFARI has released “How to die.” video, endorsements announced

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Japan’s premier Extreme Metallers, METAL SAFARI, who recently released theirlong-awaited second album “Prisoner” in Japan via SPIRITUAL BEAST, have posted their new video for the song “How to die.” from that album.

On another news, the drummer YAZU has recently inked an endorsement deal with MAPEX Drums. Known for the high quality sound and used by many renowned drummers from around the world, including Chris Adler (Lamb of God), Aquiles Priester (ex-Angra, Hangar), Gregg Bissonette, John Boecklin (DevilDriver) Moe Carlson (Protest The Hero) and Dani (ChthoniC) among others, the MAPEX drum kit will definitely bring the METAL SAFARI groove to the next level.

For more info, visit
(the news of signing with YAZU should be posted shortly)

In the meantime, the guitar player HIRO has also received his own page (where you can listen to one song from their new album) on the KRANK Amps’ website, whom he’s endorsed with. He isn’t actually “nobody”in the guitar players’ world, as he has played the role of demonstrators at various music trade shows including the NAMM Show in the US and the Music Fair in Japan.

The band is currently shopping for labels to release the album in Europe and in North America.


Centered around award-winning future guitar heror HIRO (endorsed user of KRANK Amps and Caparison Guitars), emotional screaming beast INA, and young powerhouse drummer YAZU (endorsed user of Mapex Drums and Firce Cymbals), along with their big friend JUN on bass (also endorsed user of Caparison Guitars), they were “proud to be independent”, releasing demo recordings on the internet, shooting music videos on their own, and handing more than 20,000 demo CDs to the fans of national/international metal acts, all without any support from labels.

With the release of the debut album “Return To My Blood” in May 2006, METAL SAFARI gained more and more public attentions, resulting in an appearance at the biggest Rock Festival in Taiwan, “FORMOZ FESTIVAL 2006”. The momentum continued, and METAL SAFARI went out on a 6-date headlining Asian tour in 2007, playing in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, where they headlined “MODERN SKY FESTIVAL 2007”. The popular demands also brought them to Europe, where they participated in 12-date tour throughout Poland alongside of such
acts as VIRGIN SNATCH, THY DISEASE, and MAHAVATAR. METAL SAFARI earned their place in the history of Japanese metal as the first-ever extreme metal band played in the mainland China, and also as the first metal band ever toured in Poland (after visual-kei rockers DIR EN GREY). These are ALL done independently, without any support from labels.

Domestically, METAL SAFARI participated twice in “Ju-Ongaku-Sai” (Heavy Music Fest), the biggest festival of Japanese metal/hardcore bands, first as one of the main stage acts and then as the headliner. METAL SAFARI also supported THY WILL BE DONE and CALIBAN on their Japan tours, and shared the stage with from LOUDNESS to EDGE OF SPIRIT, or to SUNS OWL and BLOOD STAIN CHILD. Not only did these activities put them at #7 of domestic independent bands of all genres, #1 of Metal bands, #1 of Hardcore bands, and #1 of Thrash bands in “Top Artist Chart” on, but METAL SAFARI has become the most-awaited Japanese band to play at “LOUD PARK”, the biggest metal festival in Japan.

For more information, please visit:

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GRAVE DIGGER – “we did it again”

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG
GRAVE DIGGER "The Clans Will Rise Again"

GRAVE DIGGER "The Clans Will Rise Again"

“Dear friends,

It happened once again.

The new GRAVE DIGGER album entered the official German Media Control Charts at #28 and the Top 100 in Switzerland at #86.

Behind “Excalibur” (1999 – #21) this is the second highest entry in band history at a time, where the christmas business is already on the run and selling heavyweights pushing down the rates.

More countries will be analyzed soon.

Thanks for your support and see you on our tour in 2011″

Chris, Axel, Jens, HP and Stefan

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Watch GWAR’s Epic Halloween Night performance LIVE from the Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Watch GWAR’s Epic Halloween Night performance LIVE from the Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Every year on Halloween, GWAR takes to the stage to put on a spectacle that only certain fans in certain cities have gotten to witness. But this year, GWAR is giving human scum across the globe the chance to watch their Halloween show streaming live from The Rave/Eagle’s Club in Milwaukee. The event will be a Pay Per View extravaganza and is scheduled to kick of at 11:00 PM Eastern Halloween night. Make sure to head over to to sign up for the Pay Per View event of a lifetime today! Tickets for this exclusive stream are $2.99 if you order before October 15, $3.99 if you order between October 16-30 and $4.99 the day of the broadcast., is the online entertainment source for The Rave / Eagles Club, well known as one of America’s most haunted live entertainment complexes. most recently streamed live concerts from Shinedown, Underoath, Benny Benassi, DevilDriver, Epica, Vader and others. These webcasts have been seen by over 100,000 people in over one hundred countries.


Contacted at a recent midget-juggling festival, held at an undisclosed (and completely fictitious) location, GWAR lead singer Oderus Urungus screamed what sounded like “Bllllaaauuggh”, before launching himself into a nearby Jagermeister display. Later, when fully conscious, the warty one sounded off about the Internet, inter-species dating, and golf, all in complete gibberish.

When he finally gave us a workable quote, it sounded something like this –

“People don’t understand how much money we are contractually obligated to waste every day. That money has got to come from somewhere so we grind it out of our fans. Now if you are telling me that there is a way to do that without ever having to leave the city of Milwaukee? This Interwebnet fascinates me no end!”

In other GWAR news, the band has announced that they will be performing for the first time on network television on October 28th, when they take to the stage on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”. The shows airs 12:35 Eastern and the band will be tearing through their new single “Zombies, March!”

This past weekend syndicated radio show “Chaos With Full Metal Jackie” premiered the track “Gathering of Ghouls” from GWAR’s upcoming new album. For more information check out premiered the first single from “Bloody Pit of Horror” “Zombies March!” Check it out at:

GWAR’s latest masterpiece “Bloody Pit of Horror” will be in stores on November 9th, but you can pre-order your copy today from the official GWAR page on the Metal Blade Records website at: The landing page includes all current tour dates, GWAR footage from BOTH and, and pre-orders for “Bloody Pit of Horror” on CD, a GWAR t-shirt, or the ultimate “Bloody Pit” package that includes the CD, the GWAR t-shirt, and a 12×12 autographed cover print!

Catch GWAR on the “Bloody Tour Of Horror”, with The Casualties, Infernaeon and Mobile Deathcamp:

10/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

10/13 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

10/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

10/15 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights

10/16 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium – Rock N Shock Festival*

10/17 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Telus

10/19 – Moncton, NB @ Club Oxygen

10/20 – Halifax, NS @ The New Palace

10/22 – Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Imperial

10/23 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House

10/24 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall

10/26 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

10/27 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

10/29 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection

10/30 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s

10/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

11/02 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

11/03 – Little Rock, AR @ The Village

11/04 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

11/05 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

11/06 – Austin, TX @ Waterloo Park*

11/08 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada

11/09 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom

11/10 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater

11/11 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater

11/12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

11/13 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater

11/14 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater

11/15 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

11/16 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

11/17 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater

11/18 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater

11/19 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory

11/20 – Bend, OR @ Midtown Music Hall

11/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

11/22 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House Concert Hall

11/24 – Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air

11/26 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

11/27 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House

11/28 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo

11/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

12/01 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre

12/02 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom

12/03 – Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre

12/04 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre

12/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze

*Denotes Festival Date


12/10 – Auckland, New Zealand @ ASB Showgrounds

12/12 – Perth, Australia @ Arena Joondalup

12/15 – Adelaide, Australia @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre

12/17 – Melbourne, Australia @ Melbourne Showgrounds

12/18 – Sydney, Australia @ The Entertainment Quarter Moore Park

12/19 – Brisbane, New Zealand @ RNA Showgrounds





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Ion Dissonance

October 13th, 2010
by EvilG

Certain Hardcore Elements: Ion Dissonance Do It Their Way

Interview by  Shawn Jam Hill



The metal world can be an overcrowded miasma of no-hit wonder grinders shamelessly thrashing out the same breakdowns and attitude to an audience of audio sheep content with recycled riffology.

Thank Lucifer for Montreal’s Ion Dissonance, an incendiary band for whom jaw-dropping technicality and inhuman brutality coalesce into sheer auditory chaos leaving the listener no choice but to be floored. Their latest slab, Cursed (Century Media), is a whirling dervish of neck-snapping metal as on the blistering “After Everything That’s Happened, What Did You Expect?” (a succinctly pissed-off break-up song if there ever was one) and funerary dirge on the cheekily titled “We Like To Call This One…Fuck Off!” ,a snarling pounder that showcases vocal tiger Kevin McCaughey’s well-honed war cry. Throw in the technical pummeling drummer Jean-Francois Richard metes out to his kit and the twin guitar assault of Antoine Lussier and Sebastien Chaput’s swirling, scratchy style and you’ve got a band that truly stands apart from the horde. recently caught up with the affable vokiller shortly before the band departed for Europe for a string of shows via phoner to talk about the making of Cursed, plans for the future and why writing mind-numbingly acerbic and angry lyrics at work can really get the job done.

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October 12th, 2010
by EvilG

Swedish heavy metal sensations ENFORCER have confirmed a European tour supporting Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE.

ENFORCER are set to kick off the tour on November 6th in Bochum, Germany, and will be on the road until mid-December.

ENFORCER frontman OLOF WIKSTRAND comments:

“Finally we’re hitting the road properly after the summer’s festival season.  Going to be great to get out there to meet up with all our fans and friends from before, as well as new, to play some old and new material.  Opening for Airbourne is also a good opportunity for us to spread our message in a broader way.  Get ready for Diamonds on the road!”

Catch ENFORCER live in Europe with AIRBOURNE at the following shows:

06 Nov – Bochum, Germany – Ruhcongress
07 Nov – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Mainhall
09 Nov – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
10 Nov – Stockholm, Sweden – Tyrol
12 Nov – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahoune
13 Nov – Helsinki, Finland – Cable Factory
16 Nov – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
17 Nov – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Arena
18 Nov – Dresden, Germany – Alter Schlachthof
20 Nov – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
22 Nov – Munich, Germany – Zenith
23 Nov – Basel, Switzerland – St. Jakobshalle Arena
24 Nov – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
26 Nov – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
27 Nov – Lille, France – Aeronef
29 Nov – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
30 Nov – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Mainhall Box
02 Dec – London, UK – Brixton Academy
04 Dec – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
05 Dec – Belfast, UK – Ulster Hall
07 Dec – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
09 Dec – Manchester, UK – Academy
10 Dec – Birmingham, UK – Academy

View the tour flyer at

Enforcer’s new album, DIAMONDS, is available now in Europe on limited edition digipak CD and regular CD.  Get your copy now at

For more ENFORCER news and info, head to

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Metal Blade Records partners with Germany’s Cyclone Empire Records

October 12th, 2010
by EvilG

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce a new partnership with underground German label, Cyclone Empire. Metal Blade will have the pleasure of bringing some of the most intense and cutting edge metal in Europe to North American shores. Cyclone Empire has been leading the underground in Europe with releases from the legendary Evocation, as well as underground acts such as Demonical, The Grotesquery, Black Sun Aeon, Funebrarum, Demiurg, Facebreaker and many more.

Cyclone Empire’s Martin Purr comments: “It’s very exciting to be taking the cooperation between our two labels to the next level. We have been searching for a serious and reliable partner in the North American territory for quite a while and I am particularly glad to have signed this licensing deal with Metal Blade Records, one of the most renowned partners in Metal you could possibly get there and also good old friends. With us licensing and releasing selected Metal Blade catalogue on vinyl, this mutual partnership will become even closer and stronger!”

The first two releases that fans will be able to get their hands on in North America are Evocation’s third full-length album, Apocalyptic, and Facebreaker’s latest slab of death metal, Infected.

Apocalyptic, the new album from the influential Swedes, Evocation, is the latest in the band’s come back since their re-incarnation in 2005. The band was active between 1991 and 1993 and recorded two demos that become some of the most sought after recordings in underground metal. Their cult status never waned and the band is recording some of their best material to date. In early 2010, Evocation started to record Apocalyptic. For the production of the new album, the band has been working in their own Evocation Studios. Drums were produced with Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Hardcore Superstar). Mastering duties were handled by the excellent crew at Studio Mega (Sonic Syndicate, Katatonia). Cover artwork and layout were done by the Polish artist Xaay (Behemoth, Nile). After having established themselves as one of Sweden’s most important Death Metal acts, this album sees Evocation take death metal to another level both as musicians and also as songwriters. No one will be left untouched by Apocalyptic. The album will be promoted by the band with massive touring and festival shows. The European release is scheduled for the 29th of October through CYCLONE EMPIRE RECORDS. Apocalyptic will also be licensed in the US & Canada by METAL BLADE RECORDS and will be releases on November 9th.

Listen to Sweet Obsession, watch music videos and order Apocalyptic now at

Facebreaker has been developing their aggressive style of death metal since 1999. They are set to release their third full length album, Infected, this fall. The album was recorded with some of the most renowned minds in metal, Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge Studios and Peter Tägtgren in Abyss studios. The combination of the band’s collective recording, touring and songwriting experience with the talents of Kjellgren and Tägtgren lends itself to what will sure to become Facebreaker’s most brutal and accomplished album to date. Infected will be available in North America on November 9th.

Listen to Bloodthirst, watch live videos and order Infected at

For more information about Cyclone Empire Records, Evocation and Facebreaker, visit these links:

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October 12th, 2010
by EvilG




MINNEAPOLIS ? Voyageur Press has joined forces with renowned rock journalist Phil Sutcliffe for the brand new book, AC/DC – HIGH-VOLTAGE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: The Ultimate Illustrated History. This lovingly assembled tome — the first complete illustrated history published about this legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee — arrives October 15th, 2010 to celebrate four decades of simply ass-kicking rock n’ roll, perfectly mixing expertly researched text and many never-before-seen photos. This heavy duty 224-page volume follows AC/DC’s long-and-winding career, from the early days as a bar band in Australia, through the tragic passing of singer Bon Scott, and of course, their massive comeback success with one of rock’s all-time classic (and best-selling) albums, Back in Black.

AC/DC is currently comprised of Brian Johnson (vocals), Angus Young (lead guitar), Malcolm Young (rhythm guitar), Cliff Williams (bass), and Phil Rudd (drums). Formed in Australia during the early 1970s, the group — then lead by hard-living frontman Bon Scott — became a regional sensation with a brand of tough, bluesy hard rock, that soon translated globally, on the strength of such classics as “T.N.T.,” “Dirty Deeds,” “Whole Lotta Rosie,” “Sin City,” and “Highway to Hell.” But on the eve of becoming a worldwide arena headliner, Scott died in 1980 after a hard night of drinking. Replaced by Johnson, the group issued Back in Black just a few months later, and has been rightfully considered one of rock’s all-time great recording and live acts.

Featuring over 400 illustrations (including handbills, posters, backstage passes, and vinyl from around the globe, as well as rare candid and performance photography), and a special “spinner” cover image of Angus Young, AC/DC – HIGH-VOLTAGE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: The Ultimate Illustrated History is sure to appeal to both the longtime fan and the newcomer. Sidebars by rock’s finest journalists weighing in on various eras of the AC/DC are included throughout the book, as well as an album-by-album analysis, and info on the guitar gear championed by the Young brothers. While many AC/DC fans have heard and experienced the group live on stage numerous times over the years, there has simply never been a book which has chronicled the group’s entire history as vividly as AC/DC – HIGH-VOLTAGE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: The Ultimate Illustrated History.

In addition to the AC/DC book, Voyageur Press will be issuing another major rock title this fall, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot’s THE BEATLES VS. THE ROLLING STONES: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock n’ Roll Rivalry. These titles join Voyageur Press’ other most recent “Illustrated History” releases, Dan Durchholz’s and Gary Graff’s NEIL YOUNG: Long May You Run,Jon Bream’s NEIL DIAMOND IS FOREVER: The Illustrated Story of the Man and His Music , Phil Sutcliffe’s QUEEN: The Crown Kings of Rock, and Jim DeRogatis’ THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: An Illustrated History of A Walk on the Wild Side. All are jam-packed with photos, artifacts, and comprehensive histories of each artist.


Since 1972, Voyageur Press has published high-quality books and calendars in a variety of subjects, including nature and science, regional interest and travel, American heritage and country life, crafts, sports, and more.


London-based freelance journalist Phil Sutcliffe has been writing about rock since 1974 and has interviewed greats like Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Radiohead, Nirvana, Nick Cave, and Queen. His work has appeared in myriad publications, including Mojo, Q, the Los Angeles Times, Blender, Sounds, and more. Phil’s back catalog is mostly available on the world’s best archive of music writing: Phil is also the author of Voyageur Press’ Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock.

For more information on these and other Voyageur titles, go to

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October 12th, 2010
by EvilG

Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

Axioma Ethica Odini, the new album by Norway’s renowned progressive/psychedelic black metal band ENSLAVED, has sold over 1,400 copies in the U.S. since its release on September 28th and has debuted at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart, #40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and #72 on the Independent Current Albums chart.

ENSLAVED guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson has checked in from the road in Europe with their reaction to the news:

“We received news last week of the great first week sales in the U.S. with accompanying chart positions.  Most important is the fact that we out-did our own previous achievements [with 2008’s Vertebrae] in the U.S. market.  We’re not competing with anything else than our own ambitions.  We want to express our sincere appreciation to the wonderful people at Nuclear Blast U.S. for their relentless efforts in promoting ENSLAVED, as this is also their achievement!”

Axioma Ethica Odini is the follow-up to 2008’s Vertebrae, which sold over 1,100 copies its first week of release in North America according to Nielsen SoundScan and debuted on the American Billboard Hard Music chart at #11 and on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #49Vertebrae also won Terrorizer Magazine’s coveted “Album of the Year” award for 2008.  In their native Norway, Vertebrae entered the official charts at #20 and earned  ENSLAVED their third consecutive Spellemann award (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy).

ENSLAVED will be direct support for fellow countrymen DIMMU BORGIR on a 32-date run across North America which launches on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  Also on the bill are Blood Red Throne and Dawn Of Ashes.

Advanced pre-sale tickets & VIP packages for the “Darkness Reborn World Tour” are now on sale via (User Name: dimmuborgir; Password: tickets).  Ticketing widget is available here (same log-in).

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

11/05/10  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

11/06/10  Northern Lights – Albany, NY

11/07/10  Recher Theater – Towson, MD

11/08/10  Terminal 5 – New York, NY

11/10/10  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

11/12/10  Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA

11/13/10  Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI

11/14/10  House of Blues – Chicago, IL

11/15/10  The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

11/16/10  Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN

11/18/10  MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA

11/19/10  Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

11/21/10  Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA

11/22/10  The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA

11/23/10  Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR

11/24/10  Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA

11/26/10  The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV

11/27/10  The Fox Theater – Pomona, CA

11/28/10  The Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

11/30/10  House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

12/01/10  Rialto Theater – Tucson, AZ

12/02/10  Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ

12/03/10  Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM

12/04/10  Gothic Theater – Englewood (Denver), CO

12/06/10  House of Blues – Dallas, TX

12/07/10  House of Blues – Houston, TX

12/09/10  Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

12/10/10  Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA

12/11/10  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY

12/12/10  Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA

12/13/10  Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA

12/14/10  Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

Click here to read the first four of nine insightful commentaries on the new tracks that make up Axioma Ethica Odini.

Visit ENSLAVED online at,,,, and

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THE CROWN Premiere ‘Doomsday King’

October 12th, 2010
by EvilG

THE CROWN have long been kings of the underground death metal community. Bringing record after record of monstrous brutality before taking a brief hiatus, the band is back and better than ever with a brand new album being unleashed tomorrow! ‘Doomsday King’ is now available as an exclusive stream to to celebrate it’s release this week.

Head over to to get your first taste of the record and be sure to pick up your copy and support real, underground death metal! Rejoice, THE CROWN are back!

(Stream available here:

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