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MELECHESH - The Epigenesis
Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH will be direct support to ROTTING CHRIST on their tour next March/April 2011. Joining them will be polish death metallers HATE, ABIGAIL
WILLIAMS, and LECHEROUS NOCTURNE. Reduced service charge tickets are now available through EnterTheVault.com. On sale at all other major ticketing services after October 6, 2010. ROTTING CHRIST have added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet ROTTING CHRIST for a special event. Fans will also receive a customized poster to get signed by the band. These special VIP tickets are on sale now at EnterTheVault.com.
ROTTING CHRIST, MELECHESH, HATE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE
03/09/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
03/10/11 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
03/11/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
03/12/11 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
03/13/11 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
03/14/11 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
03/15/11 Petite Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA
03/16/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
03/17/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
03/18/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
03/19/11 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
03/20/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
03/22/11 The Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA
03/23/11 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
03/25/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
03/26/11 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
03/27/11 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
03/28/11 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
03/29/11 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
03/30/11 Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
03/31/11 U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
04/01/11 The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX
04/02/11 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
04/03/11 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
04/04/11 Emo’s – Austin, TX
04/05/11 Walter’s – Houston, TX
04/07/11 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
04/08/11 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
04/09/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
04/10/11 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
MELECHESH have uploaded the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” to their Myspace page www.myspace.com/Melechesh. The track comes from the bands highly anticipated new album The Epigenesis.
The Epigenesis was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.
The artwork to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.
The Epigenesis will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
For more info visit: www.melechesh.com | www.myspace.com/melechesh | www.nuclearblast.de/melechesh
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Southern doomsters KING GIANT have just recently completed and released the first video from their debut full-length Southern Darkness. Filmed on a mountaintop in West Virginia this past Spring, the video was shot and produced by Kevin Barkerand Doublekick Productions [http://www.doublekickproductions.com] and was built around the storyline to their song “13 To 1”, essentially about a lynching after a card game gone awry. Check it out here: http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=1382.
The band self-released Southern Darkness a year ago, and have been supporting the release heavily ever since through regional touring and massive self-promotion. The professionally produced album is a burly, blues-driven collection of ten whiskey-soaked originals, as well as a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Needle And The Spoon”, culminating in a thunderous, gritty, near hour-long monument prime for fans of Corrosion of Conformity, Kyuss, Clutch, Down and other quality, groove-heavy Southern doom rock.
With a new album being brewed now for release in 2011, the band will continue to promote Southern Darkness through the new year with more live shows in the planning stages, as well as two additional performance videos in the works, for the tracks “Solace” and “Hollow” from Southern Darkness. Both will be released in the coming weeks.
Also just announced is a brutal rock blowout in Brooklyn this October 30th when KING GIANT will come rock the Trash Bar with a killer cast of rock brethren:
10/30/2010 The Trash Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Solace, The Resurrection Sorrow, Motheater
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TEXTURES 7-string guitarist Bart Hennephof has uploaded a second instructional video explaining “some of the coolest riffs used in the songs by TEXTURES” for his “Inside The Songs” series. This new video offers an inside look into playing “Laments Of An Icarus” from the band’s third album Silhouettes (2008).
States Hennephof: “It is a mid-tempo song, with some tricky rhythms that I tried to explain as clear as possible. Tune in for some heavy mathematical riffage that will break your strings!”
View the first instructional video for “Stream Of Consciousness” from the band’s second album Drawing Circles (2006) here.
The band’s follow-up to 2008’s Silhouettes is due out in 2011.
Visit TEXTURES online at www.texturesband.com, www.myspace.com/textures, and www.youtube.com/texturestv.
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Accept - Blood Of The Nations
To mark the North American release of their new studio album Blood Of The Nations and in celebration of their first U.S. tour in over 14 years, Germany’s metal legends ACCEPT have scheduled an in-store autograph signing at The Exchange on Friday, October 8th from 6 – 7 p.m. Free pizza and soft drinks will be provided to all fans in attendance. The Exchange is located at 6271 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, Ohio 44130. The band will perform later that evening at The Agora Ballroom in Cleveland.
All fans are invited to participate in the FREE Meet & Greets that will take place after every show throughout ACCEPT’s co-headlining tour with King’s X, which launches next week in Poughkeepsie, New York. The members of ACCEPT have pledged to stay until the very last fan leaves happy, so grab your ACCEPT memorabilia & camera and get ready for a night of autographs and photographs!
Confirmed tour dates are:
09/23/2010 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
09/24/2010 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
09/25/2010 The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
09/26/2010 ***IN-STORE SIGNING AT VINTAGE VINYL, 2 – 4 p.m.*** – Fords, NJ
09/27/2010 B. B. King’s – New York, NY
09/29/2010 Showcase Live – Foxboro, MA
10/01/2010 The Silo – Reading, PA
10/02/2010 The Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI
10/06/2010 Scatz – Middleton, WI
10/08/2010 The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/09/2010 The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL
10/11/2010 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
10/12/2010 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/13/2010 House Of Blues – Houston TX
10/19/2010 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA ***THIS SHOW WILL BE STREAMED LIVE WORLDWIDE***
Pre-sale ticket links are available on the band’s MySpace page.
Blood Of The Nations was released Tuesday in North America and debuted as the #21 Rock Album on iTunes and debuted at #28 with a bullet on the CMJ Loud Chart.
ACCEPT 2010 is: WOLF HOFFMANN, PETER BALTES, MARK TORNILLO, HERMAN FRANK, and STEFAN SCHWARZMANN.
View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41 – here. View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.
View footage of Wolf Hoffman & Mark Tornillo on VH1’s “That Metal Show” here.
Visit ACCEPT online at www.ACCEPTWORLDWIDE.com, www.myspace.com/ACCEPTTHEBAND, www.facebook.com/ACCEPTTHEBAND, and twitter.com/ACCEPTTHEBAND.
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Very few bands can effectively mix intelligence with intensity like Southern California’s INTRONAUT, who essentially walk a fine line between psychedelic brutality, captivating hooks and devastating yet unpredictable time changes. The much anticipated new album, Valley of Smoke, is set for an Oct. 12th release. This is the essence of thinking man’s metal and something so refreshing that it should serve as a vicious wake up call to masses forcing the entire genre to take notice.
INTRONAUT have compiled a comprehensive series of webisodes documenting their entire recording process. This in-depth, five part series was filmed and edited by Daniel Hague and click on the link below now to view the first installment.
Pre-order package deals for Valley of Smoke is now available exclusively through CMDistro.com featuring the CD + Exclusive Shirt=$18 ($20 xxl); LP + Shirt=$18 ($20 xxl). Also, some special bundles combining the band’s debut album, Prehistoricisms, with the new offering are also available: Both CD’s +Shirt=$23 ($25 xxl); Both LP’s + Shirt =$23 ($25 xxl); CD=$10; LP=$10; Both CD’s=$15; Both LP’s=$15. Click the link below to order now.
Valley of Smoke’s stunning artwork was created by David D’Andrea and can be viewed at the band’s official Myspace (www.myspace.com/intronaut) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/Intronaut) pages or in the attached file.
INTRONAUT is currently preparing for a North American fall tour with Helmet, so be sure to either see below or visit www.myspace.com/intronaut to view their tour itinerary. A few special headlining shows have also been added.
INTRONAUT took metal in a new direction with their Century Media debut, Prehistoricisms, but their sophomore offering, Valley of Smoke, will quickly solidify them as genre visionaries. This stellar new album, which Decibel Magazine praises as “One of the most anticipated albums of 2010” is set for a fall release and was once again produced by the acclaimed Josh Newell (Jane’s Addiction).
10/8 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
10/9 Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
10/10 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
10/11 House Of Bricks – Des Moines, IA (Headlining)
10/12 Chicago, IL – Double Door
10/13 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
10/15 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
10/16 Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick
10/17 Toronto, ONT – Lee’s Palace
10/19 Montreal, QUE – Studio
10/20 Boston, MA – The Middle East
10/22 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
10/23 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
10/24 West Chester, PA – The Note
10/25 Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC (Headlining)
10/26 Charlotte, NC – Tremont
10/27 Nashville, TN – 12 and Porter
10/28 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR (Headlining)
10/29 Houston, TX – The Scout Bar
10/30 Austin, TX – Red 7
10/31 Dallas, TX – The Loft
11/2 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
11/3 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
11/04 The Rogue – Scottsdale, AZ (Headlining)
11/5 Los Angeles, CA – The Key Club
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Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
In the fifth 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.
Grutle on “Axioma”:
“A little psychedelic island in the middle of the ocean of great riffs? Heh, heh… I like this little synth/vocal piece. It works out as a nice break right in the middle of the record. Me and Ivar wrote the lyrics together for this one and it deals in general with how one shall ignore everything but mere true sayings, i.e. axioms.”
Ivar on “Axioma”:
“It had simply been too many years since we’ve had any kind of ‘intermezzo,’ one of the classic ‘tricks’ of pompous early-‘90s Norwegian Metal. Axioma Ethica Odini is a quite long album in terms of ENSLAVED’s music being intense and containing so much info in each song; it felt like a smart thing to split it in some way. Also, I got the chance to pay tribute to my synth heroes from the ‘70s: Klaus Schultze, Tangerine Dream, and Brian Eno. I used to handle the keys in ENSLAVED and I am still very much into that kind of keyboard usage: Eerie synths, mellotrons, organs, etc. Sampled orchestras are not my cup of tea, heh heh. The lyrics for the song are surreal and cold – as is the world for someone out to find truth at any cost.”
Click here to read the commentaries on “Ethica Odini,” “Raidho,” “Waruun,” and “The Beacon.”
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 on the band’s official YouTube channel.
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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DIMMU BORGIR - Abrahadabra
“Born Treacherous,” the second track released from the new album ABRAHADABRA by Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR, is now available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page.
A digital puzzle of the next promotional DIMMU BORGIR photo can be found here. (Scroll down. It takes a few seconds to load.)
View a four-part video interview recorded in Europe with DIMMU BORGIR founding member / guitarist / songwriter Silenoz and Norwegian composer and Berklee College of Music summa cum laude alumnus Gaute Storaas at the following links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
ABRAHADABRA will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th. Fans who purchase a physical copy of the new album will find a coupon good for 2€ /$2 off any band merchandise redeemable at any upcoming DIMMU BORGIR show.
DIMMU BORGIR’s co-headlining tour with Korn launches September 19th in Amsterdam. The band’s headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in Europe launches on September 21st in London with fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg as opening acts. Triptykon replaces Enslaved & Sahg at the following three shows: Milan on September 27th, in Zagreb on September 29th, and in Luxembourg on September 30th. Ticket links for European dates are available at www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR.
DIMMU’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 ArtistArena.com (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 and can also be streamed on the band’s MySpace page.
Download the DIMMU BORGIR app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad here.
Visit DIMMU BORGIR online at www.DIMMU-BORGIR.com, www.myspace.com/DIMMUBORGIR, www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR, and www.twitter.com/dimmu_borgir.
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Saturday night, from 5-7 PM EST, All Hail Hair is honored to welcome back original Anthrax and current DEATH RIDERS lead vocalist Neil Turbin to a special Saturday night edition. Turbin was the guest of All Hail Hair on Thursday night, but the guys barely scratched the surface on his history. Hosted by Bob Carroll and Frankie C., the guys will speak to Turbin about how he helped shape the Anthrax sound, his current band DEATH RIDERS and the album they are finishing up. A cut from the upcoming release will also be heard during the show. Listeners are encouraged to take part in the show by calling (347) 202-0832.
From the Death Riders website: DEATH RIDERS singer Neil Turbin is the first powerhouse vocalist of Thrash Metal and original lead singer of Anthrax and the first vocalist on their groundbreaking debut album “Fistful of Metal”. “Fistful Of Metal” along with Metallica “Kill Em All” and Slayer “Haunting The Chapel” signaled the birth of “Thrash Metal”. One of the originators of “Thrash Metal”, Turbin penned such songs as “Metal Thrashing Mad”, “Armed and Dangerous”, “Deathrider” and “Gung Ho” which were on Anthrax’s first 3 releases and many subsequent live and greatest hits albums. Anthrax rose to #8 on the British charts with the release of “Fistful Of Metal” and The band “DEATH RIDERS” is named after one of Turbin’s songs and was formed in 2003 to support Turbin’s solo album “Threatcon Delta”. DEATH RIDERS have been touring in Japan and the US in 2008 and twice in Europe in 2009 in support of their debut album “Back With A Vengeance” which is slated for release in 2010.
At 6:30PM EST, we will be joined by Metal Sanaz, who is hosting the “Metal Revolution for Iran” benefit on Tuesday September 21, starting at 6:30 PM PST, at the Aura Nightclub in Studio City CA. She will be speaking to us about this event and her plans in the future. From the “Metal Revolution for Iran” press release: Millions of Heavy Metal fans in Iran who live their freedom on the internet and within the walls of their short lived concert farms will now scream with their strings and their voices: Free Occupied Iran or Face the Millions! To support this cause, we are putting on a Metal event on Sep 21st, at Aura Night Club at 12215 Ventura Blvd Studio City CA 91604, with amazing Metal bands such as Philm featuring Dave Lombardo of SLAYER, DEATH RIDERS with Neil Turbin, ex of ANTHRAX, and more who are supporting this cause with us and will be performing live sets.
All Hail Hair is usually broadcast every Friday Night from 8-9 PM EST on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network and from 8-10 PM EST on hardrockradiolive.com. All Hail Hair is the highest rated show on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network. To take part in Saturday nights show and any other nights show, dial (347) 202-0832.
To hear the show, click here.
The DEATH RIDERS on video:
DEATH RIDERS Armed And Dangerous
DEATH RIDERS Tribute to Ronnie James Dio
DEATH RIDERS Metal Thrashing Mad
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British thrashers EVILE, who recently won a coveted Metal Hammer Golden Gods award, are currently preparing for a huge North American tour, which kicks off at the end of September and runs through until just before Christmas.
For EVILE, this will be their second mammoth North American trek in 2010, after the band spent two months on the road in the USA and Canada earlier this year.
EVILE vocalist and guitarist MATT DRAKE comments:
“For the second time this year, Evile are proud to be able to say we’re coming across the pond to play some more shows throughout America and Canada. Last time we were there for two months, this time we’re staying for three, playing at loads of places we never went to last time, but also revisiting many places we played at with the mighty Overkill and Kreator earlier in the year. We just can’t get enough of it!
“This time we’re joining up with Overkill, Forbidden, Early Man, Gama Bomb and Bonded By Blood for many different tours, also some headline shows of our own, so if you saw us play last time, make sure you come and see us again and bring everyone you know for some metal madness!”
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Triptykon’s ‘Shatter’ EP
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Triptykon, the group formed by former Hellhammer/Celtic Frost singer, guitarist, and main songwriter, Tom Gabriel Warrior, will follow its highly acclaimed debut album, Eparistera Daimones, with the release of ‘Shatter’, an all-new five-track EP, to be released on Century Media Records on October 25th.
Triptykon’s ‘Shatter’ EP will be available through Century Media Records (under license from Prowling Death Records Ltd.) as a CD, digital download, and 12″ vinyl. The EP will further contain the lyrics to all songs as well as detailed liner notes and credits.
The EP’s track listing is…
02. I Am The Twilight
04. Circle Of The Tyrants (live)
05. Dethroned Emperor (live) – Featuring guest lead vocals by Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone/Sarke
‘Shatter’ will consist almost entirely of previously unreleased music, and it will hit stores toward the end of Triptykon’s first ever North American tour, the “Weltenbrand Tour 2010”. Decibel Magazine and Stereogum/Haunting the Chapel have teamed up to present Triptykon’s headlining North American debut, set to kick off in New York City on October 6th. 1349 and Yakuza will round out the bill on what is sure to be this fall’s heaviest tour.
Tom Gabriel Warrior (vocals, guitars) describes his emotions of anticipation on this new undertaking:
“Ever since my earliest days in Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, I have been extremely fortunate to be able to count on the support, fanaticism, and immense loyalty of the North American metal scene. The recognition my work has received there eclipses anything I have ever encountered in my own native country. Of the 125 concerts performed on the final Celtic Frost tour in 2006 and 2007, for example, a full 71 were played in North America. Some of these performances rank among the most memorable ones in my entire career.”
“It is thus an immense honor for me to now bring my new group Triptykon to North America for the first time. Triptykon is further pursuing the path I once began with Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, and I am looking forward to continuing to forge this darkest of musical alliances with all of you. We shall all celebrate masses of unleashed heaviness and morbidity. Only death is real!”
The main purpose of Triptykon is to continue where Celtic Frost left off and to satisfy Warrior’s undying passion for extreme music. Next to Warrior, Triptykon features V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion) and Vanja Slajh (bass).
Stay tuned to www.myspace.com/triptykonofficial for more info regarding Triptykon and the “Weltenbrand Tour 2010”.
Decibel Magazine and Stereogum/Haunting the Chapel present the “Weltenbrand Tour 2010”:
10/6-New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
10/7-Boston, MA @ The Middle East
10/8-Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar
10/9-Philadelphia, PA @ Polaris
10/10-Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electrique
10/11-Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
10/13-Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
10/14-Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
10/15-Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre
10/16-Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
10/17-St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/19-Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
10/21-Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/22-Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/23-San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10/24-Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
10/25-Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
10/27-Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
10/28-Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
10/29-Austin, TX @ Emo’s Outside
10/30-Houston, TX @ The Warsaw
For more information…
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Symphorce - UNRESTRICTED
Some bands just don´t allow limitations or restrictions. Experiments are necessary for them to discover the depth of their visions. SYMPHORCE are one of those bands. The hard working group around singer Andy B. Franck (also Brainstorm) and guitarist Cede Dupont is known for only releasing first-class material as well as breaking stylistic borders and playing the hottest up-to-date Power Metal that one has heard in the last 10 years.
What better title could have been found for the new SYMPHORCE album than “Unrestricted”? It sums up the band´s attitude perfectly and is underlined by a scenario of breaking chains on the cover artwork. “Unrestricted” comes at you like a hammerfist wrapped into a velvet glove. Powerful, modern, melodic, traditional, angry and sensitive, all at the same time. Undoubtedly it is the most “catchy” piece of work that the band has ever created – and it´s all hits! This album is highlight-filled from start to finish, delivering a strong dose of gutsy Power Metal that whether lacks balls nor melody. Cleverly integrated electronic elements and the forceful executed and creative guitar work make SYMPHORCE something special amongst the Metal scene. “Unrestricted” was recorded in the Studio 22 (Ludwigsburg, Germany), mixed and mastered by Axel Heckert.
Already with their debut “Truth To Promises” (1999 – Noise Records) Andy and his band delivered a strong piece of work which immediately gained the band a lot of attention and fantastic reviews. Andy, guitarist Cédric “Cede” Dupont and bassist Dennis Wohlbold became the creative core of the band, producing razor-sharp riffs and catchy melodies as if there was no tomorrow. Following a tour supporting MERCYFUL FATE, the band released their sophomore album “Sinctuary” (2000 – Noise Records), which managed to spread the name SYMPHORCE even further. Both fans and press hailed SYMPHORCE as one of the most promising and hopeful bands of the future, and they were right… The last few line-up problems were solved when guitarist/songwriter Markus Pohl and drummer Sascha Sauer joined the band. After playing a number of shows and festivals, the band devoted itself to the creation of new songs.
Now working with Metal Blade as their new partner, SYMPHORCE recorded their following two albums, “phorcefulAhead” (2002) and “Twice Second” (2004) at the House of Music Studios with Achim Köhler (BRAINSTORM, PRIMAL FEAR etc.) producing. “Energetic”, “modern”, “with real bite” are just some of the descriptions that the worldwide press gave the band. Through tours supporting the likes of KAMELOT and GRAVE DIGGER, as well as several festival shows, SYMPHORCE established themselves as a first-class international live act. Despite the difficulty of following up the press’ and fans’ favorite “Twice Second”, SYMPHORCE delivered once again. Everybody, from the last few skeptics to the true “phorceheads”, was equally surprised: “GodSpeed” showcased a band that had become a staple in the music world of 2005. Working with producer Dennis Ward (ANGRA, PINK CREAM 69) at the House of Music Studios, the band created a modern yet timeless album, far beyond the confines of so called power metal. A tour with SONATA ARCTICA and SYMPHORCE’s US live debut followed, making the band a worldwide name. February 2007 was set for the release of “Become Death”, the sixth album, featuring new drummer Steffen Theurer. Produced by Dennis Ward and mastered by Achim Köhler once again, “Become Death” was a true and unexpected progression for the band. In 2009 SYMPHORCE then signed a new deal with AFM Records. With “Unrestricted” the band now ultimately climbs the metal Olympus!
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Arielle Castillo from Miaminewtimes.com spoke with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian recently about a number of topics. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
On Metallica’s Lars Ulrich telling an Australian radio station there were more Big Four shows planned for 2011 and 2012:
Ian: “Of course we’re down, so I hope to keep repeating that publicly so that a bunch of people put out positive thought bullets and it finally happens.”
Has Joey Belladonna rejoined the band for the longer term?
Ian: “I don’t know. I think if I’ve learned anything is that I’m just gonna go with it. Joey’s kicking ass, the shows in Europe were great, and that’s about as far as I can go with ansewring that question. I don’t know what’s gonna happen next week.”
Read the entire interview here.
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Montreal based death metallers NEURAXIS has announced “Asylon” as the title of their sixth studio album, second for Prosthetic Records. The album will be released in North America on February 15th, 2011. “Asylon” was recorded at Wildsound Studio with producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Last Felony, The Agonist). A major tour announcement is coming next week, in the mean time; the band is playing Metalfest at Batisse Industrielle in Trois-Rivieres Quebec on Saturday, October 16th.
The technical death metal outfit was founded in 1994 and has done time on the road with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Despised Icon, The Faceless and took part in the 2008 Canadian Summer Slaughter Tour, with Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Beneath the Massacre and more.
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Norman McCann from Tomb Of The Opinionated spoke to OBITUARY singer John Tardy this week about the rumours long-time bassist of 21 years Frank Watkins has left the band.
”Frank is no longer in the band and Terry Butler (SIX FEET UNDER) will be doing all the shows that he can with us. Right now we are happy with that and if Terry’s schedule does not allow him to play with us we can always lean on Stever DiGiorgio (SADUS) or Kenny Andrews.”
As for an update on their new album Tardy added: “We have been doing so much traveling that is has been hard to get much done but, we have managed to get some songs started. We now have some time set aside to get some writing done so we will know more in the next couple of months. We are in no hurry and are going to take our time and enjoy the writing and recording process!”
The follow-up to 2009’s Darkest Day will be the first Obituary album not to be recorded with longtime bassist Frank Watkins since their 1989 debut Slowly We Rot.
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Chicago deathcore heavyweights, OCEANO are unleashing a brand new album on November 9th entitled CONTAGTION. Unmerciful in its utter viciousness, CONTAGION takes the band’s signature sound to new levels of backbreaking heaviness. However, underneath the chunky breakdowns and terrifying growls lies a story about absolute power, absolute corruption and the evil that exists when everything is put together. “Contagion surrounds the listener in a story of a highly contagious epidemic purposely spread upon the population by corrupt positions of power” says vocalist, Adam Warren. “Contagion’s concept further unfolds as the agenda of these actions are exposed and the real chaos ensues.”
Take one look at the track list and fans will get a brief taste of the destructive tale to be unfolded on CONTAGION:
01. Precursor To Enslavement
02. Viral Re-Animation
03. Regulated Disposal Of Life
05. The Contaminated
06. Exist In Confinement
07. Persuasive Oppression
09. Sadistic Experiments
10. Remnants Aflame
11. Ending Intellect
Produced by Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), the new album, CONTAGION spreads in North America November 9th.
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