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DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has posted on Facebook that he has left the band.
His post reads as follows:
“I am about to write something I never imagined I’d ever write:
After 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater….the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century.
To many people this will come as a complete shock, and will also likely be misunderstood by some, but please believe me that it is not a hasty decision…it is something I have struggled with for the last year or so.
After having had such amazing experiences playing with HAIL!, TRANSATLANTIC AND AVENGED SEVENFOLD this past year, I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with these other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater.
Please don’t misinterpret me, I love the DT guys dearly and have a long history, friendship and bond that runs incredibly deep with them, it’s just that I think we are in serious need of a little break.
Dream Theater was always my baby and I nurtured that baby every single day and waking moment of my life since 1985 24/7, 365, never taking time off from DT’s never-ending responsibilities (even when the band was “off” between cycles), working overtime and way beyond the call of duty that most sane people ever would do for a band.
But I’ve come to the conclusion that the DT machine was starting to burn me out and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my DT spirit hungry and inspired.
We have been on an endless write/record/tour cycle for almost 20 years now (of which I have overseen EVERY aspect without a break) and while a few months apart from each other here and there over the years has been much needed and helpful, I honestly hoped the band could simply agree with me to taking a bit of a “hiatus” to recharge our batteries and “save me from ourselves.”
Sadly, in discussing this with the guys, they determined they do not share my feelings and have decided to continue without me rather than take a breather. I even offered to do some occasional work throughout 2011 against my initial wishes, but it was not to be.
While it truly hurts for me to even think of a Dream Theater without Mike Portnoy (hell, my father named the band!!), I do not want to stand in their way, so I have decided to sacrifice myself and simply leave the band so as to not hold them back against their wishes.
Strangely enough, I just read an interview that I recently did that asked me about the future of DT and I talked about ‘always following your heart and being true to yourself’ – sadly I must say that at this particular moment, my heart is not with Dream Theater and I would simply be ‘going through the motions’, and would honestly NOT be true to myself if I stayed for the sake of obligation without taking the break I felt I needed.
I wish the guys the best and hope the music and legacy we created together is enjoyed by fans for decades to come. I am proud of every album we made, every song we wrote and every show we played.
I’m sorry to all the disappointed DT fans around the world. I really tried to salvage the situation and make it work. I honestly just wanted a break (not a split) but happiness cannot be forced, it needs to come from within.
You DT fans are the greatest fans in the world and as you all know, I have always busted my ass for you guys and I hope that you will stay with me on my future musical journey, wherever it may lead me….(and as you all know my work ethic, there will surely be no shortage of future MP projects!)
Sadly, your fearless ex-leader and drummer.”
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WITHIN THE RUINS EMBARK ON FULL U.S. TOUR
Massachusetts technical metal outfit WITHIN THE RUINS have just released their sophomore album on Victory Records, entitled Invade. Clocking in at just over 40 minutes of pure unadulterated intensity, Invade has already proven to be one of the most highly-anticipated (and subsequently well-received) technical metal albums of 2010. Immediately following the release of Invade the Western Mass Quintet are proud to announce they will be heading out with Arsonists Get All the Girls, Ion Dissonance, And Hell Followed With, Destruction of a Rose and Struc/tures on a full US tour, presented by Malus Clothing.
Recently, guitarist Joe Cocchi took time to demonstrate the musicianship and extreme skill it takes to play the title-track and single off of last month’s release. Missed the video? Watch it here!
The music video, directed by Eric Richter, gives a taste of just what these tech-metal-masters are capable of! Click here to watch!
Known for sophisticated time signatures, skilled guitar work, choppy rhythms and commanding vocals, this is the live set that you do not want to miss!
WITHIN THE RUINS TOUR DATES
10/15/10 Temacula, California @ The Vault
10/16/10 Canoga Park, California @ San Diego, California
10/17/10 San Diego, California @ Soma
10/18/10 Tucson, Arizona @ Skrappys
10/19/10 Albuquerque, New Mexico @ The Fusion Factory
10/21/10 San Antonio, Texas @ White Rabbit
10/22/10 The Woodlands, Texas @ Shadowplay Lounge
10/24/10 Waco, Texas @ Art Ambush
10/25/10 Metairie, Louisiana @ The High Ground
10/27/10 West Palm Beach, Florida @ Ground Control
10/28/10 Tampa, Florida @ The Brass Mug
10/29/10 Columbus, Georgia @ Gallery 13
10/30/10 Greenville, North Carolina @ Backdoor Skatepark
10/31/10 Springfield, Virginia @ Jaxx
11/1/10 Jermyn, Pennsylvania @ Eleanor Rigby’s
11/2/10 Vineland, New Jersey @ Hanger 84
11/3/10 Howell, New Jersey @ The Dippy Dome
11/4/10 Patchogue, New York @ Club Karma
11/5/10 Albany, New York @ Bogie’s
11/6/10 Manchester, New Hampshire @ Rocko’s
11/7/10 Holyoke, Massachusetts @ Waterfront Tavern
11/8/10 Danbury, Connecticut @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
11/9/10 Buffalo, New York @ Broadway Joe’s
11/10/10 Toledo, Ohio @ Frankie’s
11/11/10 Southgate, Michigan @ The Modern Exchange
11/12/10 Bartlett, Illinois @ Local Noise
11/13/10 Jefferson, South Dakota @ Jefferson Community Center
11/14/10 St. Paul, Minnesota @ The Space
11/15/10 Wichita, Kansas @ Eagles Lodge
11/16/10 Denver, Colorado @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
11/17/10 Boise, Idaho @ The Venue
11/18/10 Seattle, Washington @ Studio Seven
11/20/10 Orangevale, California @ Club Retro
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KATAKLYSM: South African Tour Dates Announced
Montreal based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM are proud to announce their first ever performances in South Africa! Vocalist Maurizio Iacono commented:
“This is truly a highlight in KATAKLYSM‘s career! To be given the chance to go across the world where very few metal bands have had the privilege to play. We are proud to announce our arrival to South Africa for our first time ever and we promise you a journey to remember. See you soon!”
Slaughter Camp Open Air Festival Dates
May 6th – 8th Johannesburg
May 13th – 15th Cape Town
Heaven’s Venom was released on August 13th in Europe and August 24th in North America. The follow-up to 2008’s Prevail, was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, DARK TRANQUILLITY).
KATAKLYSM recently shot a video clip for the song “Push The Venom” with director Ivan Colic (TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED, DEATHSTARS, EX DEO) in Belgrade, Serbia. The clip can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlUNc8vA1Tg.
Order Heaven’s Venom with or without an exclusive shirt design while supplies last at the following location http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Search/kataklysm.
KATAKLYSM recently wrapped up their first ever run of Ozzfest tour dates and are currently on tour with DEVILDRIVER!
DEVILDRIVER, KATAKLYSM, KITTIE, MISERY
09/08/10 Robert’s Off 10 – Mounds View, MN
09/09/10 Nutty’s North – Sioux Falls, SD ç KATAKLYSM HEADLINER
09/10/10 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO ç + KITTIE
09/11/10 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT ç+ KITTIE
09/13/10 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
09/14/10 Berbati’s Pan – Portland, OR
09/15/10 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
09/16/10 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
For more information visit: www.myspace.com/Kataklysm
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The NACHTMYSTIUM horde are packed up, ready to embark on their headlining North American tour tomorrow. Joined by brethren Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle, the tour kicks off in NACHTMYSTIUM’s home state of Illinois and then blasts through the eastern half of North America for over three weeks, in support of their latest blackened, psychedelic opus Addicts: Black Meddle Part II.
Stereogum/Haunting The Chapel Present:
NACHTMYSTIUM w/ Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth, Dark Castle
9/09/2010 Otto’s Nightclub – Dekalb, IL
9/10/2010 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
9/11/2010 Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON
9/12/2010 La Salla Rossa – Montreal, QC
9/13/2010 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
9/15/2010 The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY
9/16/2010 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
9/17/2010 Club Hell – Providence, RI
9/18/2010 Great Scott – Boston, MA
9/19/2010 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
9/21/2010 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/22/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
9/23/2010 Hat Factory – Richmond, VA
9/25/2010 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
9/26/2010 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/27/2010 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
9/28/2010 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
9/29/2010 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/1/2010 Mickey’s Finn Pub – Toledo, OH
10/2/2010 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
This headlining tour follows NACHTMYSTIUM’s 2010 tour schedule, which has included North American tours with Kreator and Voivod, Eyehategod, and a European tour with Jarboe, as well as appearances at high-profile European festivals including Roadburn, Festung Open Air, Oyafestivalen and more. Stay tuned for more updates on NACHTMYSTIUM in the coming weeks.
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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, the fathers of crossover thrash, will embark on a long-anticipated U.S. tour this October! Set to commence on October 15 and roll through late November with additional dates to be announced soon, the trek coincides with the No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family offering released September 7 via the band’s own Suicidal Records. No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family features re-recorded tracks from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES’ second album, Join The Army originally released in 1987, as well as tunes from the second full-length from No Mercy, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES guitarist Mike Clark’s speed metal band (which found ST vocalist Mike Muir on vocals) from 1986. Also included is a new version of the classic ST track, “Possessed To Skate.” A video for the song is also in the works. Get ready for the cyco invasion!
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES U.S. Tour 2010
10/15/2010 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
10/16/2010 Roseland – Portland, OR
10/17/2010 Showbox – Seattle, WA
10/20/2010 Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
10/22/2010 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
10/26/2010 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
10/29/2010 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
10/30/2010 Eagles – Milwaukee, WI
10/31/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/02/2010 Pops – St. Louis, MO
11/04/2010 Meridioen – Houston, TX
11/06/2010 Palladium Showroom – Dallas, TX
11/07/2010 Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
11/09/2010 State Theatre – Tampa, FL
11/10/2010 Firestone – Orlando, FL
11/12/2010 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
11/13/2010 Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/17/2010 Metro – Chicago, IL
11/18/2010 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/20/2010 Summit – Denver, CO
11/21/2010 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
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SUFFOCATION: "Decibel Defiance" Tour Dates Announced
Attention SUFFOCATION fans! Starting today (Wednesday, September 8, 2010) at 3PM local market time, a limited number of pre-sale tickets and VIP bundles will be made available for purchase just prior to the public on sale this weekend. VIP packages will include 1 General Admission ticket, 1 Meet and Greet with SUFFOCATION, 1 Signed SUFFOCATION Tour Poster, 1 SUFFOCATION Tour T-Shirt, 1 Commemorative VIP Laminate. You can access the tickets and bundles here: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/Suffocation/
Decibel Magazine and Extreme Management Group are proud to bring us “The Decibel Defiance Tour 2010”! New York based extreme metal legends SUFFOCATION will tour North America this Fall with prog-deathster THE FACELESS, deathcore merchants THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, tech-death meisters DECREPIT BIRTH, and Italy’s brutal/symphonic/avante garde horde FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. Confirmed dates are as follows:
“The Decibel Defiance Tour 2010”
SUFFOCATION, THE FACELESS, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, DECREPIT BIRTH,FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
10/15-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (ROCK AND SHOCK)
10/16-New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/17-Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater
10/18-Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
10/19-Jonquiere, QC @ Place Nikitoutagan
10/20-Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/21-Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/22-Detroit, MI @ Harpos
10/23-Chicago, IL @ Clearwater Theatre
10/24-St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/25-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/27-Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/28-Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
10/29-Las Vegas, NV @ The Farm
10/30-Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
10/31-Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
11/01-Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse
11/02-Albuquerque, NM @ Fusion Factory
11/03-Amarillo, TX @ Club Khaos
11/04-Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
11/05-Austin, TX @ Emo’s
11/06-Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
11/08-Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
11/09-Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
11/10-Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
11/11-Philadelphia, PA @ Polaris
11/12-Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
11/13-Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
View the video clip for the track “Cataclysmic Purification” at this location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEYSU4XGLpI. The footage was directed by David Brodsky (ARSIS, GOD FORBID, KATAKLYSM, SWASHBUCKLE) with animation by Tim Kellen.
For more info visit: www.myspace.com/Suffocation | www.Suffocation.us
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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Katatonia, Sweden’s premiere progressive metal outfit, has launched two special contest giveaways in celebration of their headlining US tour, the “Night Over North America” tour, which is set to kick off today in Baltimore. Head over to MetalSucks.net and enter for a chance to win a grand prize of a Mayones Guitar played and autographed by Katatonia from their US tour, as well as the tour edition of Night Is The New Day, a Mayones Guitar t-shirt, plus a choice of a t-shirt from Katatonia’s merch store powered by Omerch: http://www.bandstores.co.uk/shop/katatonia/products.php?cat=1135. A runner-up will get the new CD and their choice of t-shirt as well. Check out: http://www.metalsucks.net/2010/09/08/katatonia-kick-off-u-s-tour-stream-idle-blood-win-an-autographed-mayones-guitar-ahhhhhh/ for all the details.
Katatonia is also offering fans that purchase a VIP ticket for an upcoming “Night Over North America” date on EnterTheVault.com at: http://www.enterthevault.com/artist.php?id=216 the chance to win a Peavey Millennium BXP 5-string bass guitar. This contest is open to all VIP ticket buyers, including those who purchased a VIP ticket prior to this announcement. All VIP ticket holders will be admitted into the venue before the doors open for a special meet-and-greet with the band, and everyone who purchases a VIP ticket will be automatically entered to win the bass guitar. It’s a win-win situation; so get your VIP ticket today before it’s too late! \
Swallow The Sun and Orphaned Land will round out the tour’s impressive package, as they accompany Katatonia on their first tour of North America since 2007.
To coincide with the 26-date US and Canadian tour, Peaceville Records has released a special edition of the acclaimed 2009 studio album, Night Is The New Day, in a hardback mediabook, with 20 page booklet, and bonus track, “Ashen”.
The track list for the Night Is The New Day special edition is…
2.) The Longest Year
3.) Idle Blood
4.) Onward Into Battle
6.) The Promise Of Deceit
8.) New Night
10.) Day and Then The Shade
11.) Ashen* (Exclusive Bonus Track)
Night is the New Day is Katatonia’s eighth studio album. It was recorded throughout July 2009 and was co-produced, engineered and mixed by David Castillo. A continuation of the heaviness, depth and atmosphere of their previous album, Night Is the New Day is also a more multi-dimensional effort – waltzing between prog moments, doom, folk and the classic melodic anthems that are the staple of Katatonia’s uncompromising sound.
Katatonia has been relentlessly touring across Europe in support of their 2009 full-length release, Night is the New Day, which sold over 2,000 copies in the US in its first week. The band also released an EP, ‘The Longest Year’, earlier this spring. The latest music video for the EP’s title track can be viewed at: http://www.nightisthenewday.com/. Now the band is set to unleash their brand of melancholy metal on North America, headlining the MetalSucks.net sponsored, “Night Over North America” tour. A teaser trailer for the tour can be seen at: http://www.vimeo.com/12823455.
Stay tuned for more information on Katatonia, Night Is The New Day, and the “Night Over North America” tour.
Sept. 8 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Sept. 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
Sept. 10 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
Sept .11 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Sept. 12 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada @ Petit Campus
Sept. 13 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada @ Opera House
Sept. 14 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
Sept. 15 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie´s
Sept. 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
Sept. 17 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
Sept. 18 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Sept. 21 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Sept. 22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Sept. 23 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Sept. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Parkside
Sept. 25 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Sept. 26 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
Sept. 28 – Mesa, AZ @ U.B.´s Bar
Sept. 29 – Tucson, AZ @ Club DV8
Sept. 30 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct. 1 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Alternative Lounging
Oct. 2 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
Oct. 4 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Oct. 5 – Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
Oct. 6 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Oct. 7 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
For more information…
www.nightisthenewday.com www.katatonia.com www.myspace.com/katatonia www.twitter.com/katatoniaband www.peaceville.comwww.metalsucks.net
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Extreme metal at its very best, plain and simple, is what the Atlanta based quintet DAATH delivers. The group’s highly anticipated third full-length release is going to be self-titled and is set for an Oct. 26th North American release. The disc is a face melting masterpiece that was co-produced by the renowned Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devildriver) and Eyal Levi (guitars). Check out blistering new track, “Destruction Restoration,” now at www.myspace.com/daath.
Emil Werstler (guitars) states: “The track ‘Destruction/Restoration’ was an obvious choice when it came down to which song we wanted to debut. It flexes a little progressive muscle and has a few sharp turns transitionally. It is an aggressive and to the point song that does not expose very much or drop any hints of what to expect from the record. Some of the main ideas of the song are early 90’s Florida death metal influenced while the chorus is much more melodic, which makes the song unique.”
Metal Mark from Skulls ‘N’ Bones recently spent some time in the studio with the band and compiled a video series documenting the recording process, so click on the link below now to check out the fifth installment featuring the synth tracking sessions.
Eyal Levi (guitars) further states: “Never say never. We made a decision in 2008; which was that if we were to ever include synth/keyboards in a major way on a future DAATH record, that it would have to be completely different and far superior, in our opinion, to anything we’ve ever done with the instrument, as well as add a new dimension to the bigger picture. The role of the guitar in the overall sound of the band has grown far past what it used to be and it would be an insult not only to the music itself, but also to our fans to not reintroduce the synth aspect of our sound in an equally evolved way.
“Our friend and collaborator, Eric Guenther (From Exile, Levi/Werstler), contributed all of the synth, piano, and keyboards to the new DAATH album. It was a natural fit. We’ve been friends for years and a good part of that friendship has included musical collaboration. From full albums to late night drunken jams the guy has become part of our circle of crazy musicians. The guy has methods and styles all of his own. He’s managed to find a way to use synthesizers in a way that compliments the overall sound of a raging metal band while remaining musical the entire time.”
Currently the group is more determined, energized and focused than ever before and is continuing to expand upon their unique, uncompromising and dynamic sound. For those previously uninitiated, feel free to head over to www.myspace.com/daath to see what they are all about.
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The biggest defenders of traditional heavy metal, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, have teamed back up with acclaimed director Rick Podd (The Watcher, Hellraiser), who previously shot their “Battles and Brotherhood” video, to shoot a new clip for the track “Silent Killer.” The video has been banned by MTV for its bloody content, so therefore the fine folks at Bloody Disgusting are now set to exclusively debut this clip. Click on the link below to check it out now.
Shane Clark (guitars) states: “The concept of the song is about an assassin, so naturally we first thought of a concept featuring an assassin going around doing what they do, but in a style that is more influenced by movies that we liked. At first we thought about a simple performance style video but we’ve done that a few times and this seemed like a much more entertaining thing for us and our fans. Therefore, we brainstormed a bunch of ideas with Rick Podd and thought of our own killing scenes. I wanted to get poisoned and puke blood and vomit all over the place, and after that it was all in the hands of Rick. I really had a good time with the acting stuff; it was great to work with Chris Valago as well. Some know him as the Heathen from Zimmer’s Hole, he’s the big FX banana in the Vancouver TV & Film industry, more importantly he’s a good friend of mine so we got to sit and plan out the puking at great length, I’m really happy with how that turned out. As for the entire final product, I’m very happy with it, having everyone work together on something and have it turn out great is really satisfying.”
3 INCHES OF BLOOD just wrapped up a very successful run on this summer’s Mayhem Fest and have posted a video online that documents their daily activities as a part of this event. Click on the link below now for a special all access look into the life of a band on a traveling summer festival. Stay tuned to www.myspace.com/3iob for news on a big fall tour announcement to be made soon.
Mayhem Tour Video – http://bit.ly/aIpMH8
The group’s latest album, Here Waits Thy Doom, was also recently reissued as a Mayhem Tour edition with four exclusive new tracks along with a bonus DVD featuring their video for “Battles and Brotherhood,” their performance on Fuel TV and more.
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Silver Lake signs with SG Records
The young Italian band Silver Lake signs with SG Records a deal to publish its debut album, that will be released next autumn.
The 8 tracks album, contains a Skid Row cover and Simone Mularoni (Empyrios, DGM), Gabriele Ravaglia and Michele Luppi (ex Vision Divine, Killing Touch, Mr. Pig) featuring. Michele Luppi wrote and sang one of the album’s song.
1 Before The Storm
2 Help Me To Fight The Rain
4 Life (feat. Michele Luppi)
5 Slave To The Grind (Skid Row cover)
6 Holy Affinity
7 Meet You Again
8 Silver Lake
Silver Lake: http://www.sgrecords.it/en/news/75-silver-lake
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FIREWIND - Days of Defiance
The Greek melodic metal phenomenon FIREWIND, led by the young guitar sensation Gus G., have returned with the scathing new studio album Days of Defiance, which is easily their defining musical moment. The group will celebrate the album’s release with a limited number of special North American headlining shows. The trek, which kicks off on Nov. 4th and runs through Nov. 7th, features Powerglove and The Absence in the support slots. Either see below or visit www.myspace.com/firewind to view all of the dates and these shows are not to be missed.
Gus G. states: “We are very happy to announce four special album release shows in North America this fall in support of our new record, Days of Defiance. It’s been awhile since FIREWIND played North America, as our last tour was Spring/Summer 2008.
“This is a very special run for us, as it will be the first time we’ll play the new songs live. It also might be awhile until we come back for a full North American run, so we REALLY hope to see many of you come out to these shows. We’ll be sure to rock you to the ground and that’s a promise!”
The much anticipated Days of Defiance is set for an October 25th release worldwide. Days of Defiance is a truly ambitious and dynamic opus featuring some of the most brilliant guitar playing the genre has seen in many years.
Click on the link below to view a new trailer featuring a short advance clip of the new “World On Fire” video, shot with acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus / www.revolver.se (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDV3-svl4lg.
FIREWIND Headlining Shows
11/4 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
11/5 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
11/6 The Gramercy – New York, NY
11/7 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, Que
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MACHINE HEAD’S ROBB FLYNN OFFERS REWARD FOR HONEST RETURN OF ITEMS STOLEN DURING HOME INVASION
Guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn of San Francisco Bay Area group MACHINE HEAD suffered a severe invasion of personal property yesterday, September 7th, as thieves broke into his home between 1:15pm and 3:15pm PST. Flynn and his family were not present during the invasion, and many priceless items were stolen from his home. These items include the guitar that Flynn recorded MACHINE HEAD’s first album, Burn My Eyes, with, a gifted guitar from late PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell (pictured above), and Flynn’s son Zander’s mini Flying V; a gift he received from his family for Christmas. Other items stolen include Flynn’s wife’s jewelry, laptops, wakeboards, and cash.
“I am offering a $1,000 reward for the return of the black Ibanez Strat along with many stickers, a ‘Designated Drinker’ sticker,” announces Flynn. “Additionally, I am offering a $2,000 reward for the safe return of the blue Washburn Dimebolt prototype.
“An APB has been put out to every Guitar Center in Northern California and the police were able to get several fingerprints off of the two acoustics that the thieves handled, yet bizarrely left behind. Sightings of two suspicious vehicles have been reported, one a green/teal U.S.-make pickup truck, the other a white full-size work van.
“If anyone sees or hears of anything on Craigslist, eBay, at their guitar shop… anything, anywhere, Please contact us at email@example.com immediately.”
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LEMMY KILMISTER CONFIRMED FOR: MARKY RAMONE’S BENEFIT CONCERT OF RAMONES MUSIC WITH ALL-STAR BAND
BILLY SHEEHAN, MICHALE GRAVES, JEFF DUNCAN, MARKO DESANTIS & ANDY HILFIGER
Friday, October 8th – In Hollywood, CA @ Musicians Institute
HOLLYWOOD, CA (September 7, 2010) – Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) has confirmed to play along with Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth), Michael Graves (The Misfits), Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint), Marko DeSantis (Sugarcult), Andy Hilfiger (bassologist/Fashion Guru) and Marky Ramone himself for a full concert of The Ramones. You will hear the music that defined many generations and inspired many bands. Marky’s set list is comprised of 31 historical Ramones songs such as SEDATED, K.K.K., PSYCHOTHERAPY, BLITZKREIG BOP, PINHEAD and more!
The legendary Rock Hall of Fame drummer for The Ramones is performing a special all-star fund-raising concert on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 8pm in the MI Concert Hall. Doors open at 7:30pm. The concert is in benefit for the newly-created Marky Ramone Drum Scholarship for Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. “I am much honored to be chosen as an artist for the scholarship program. Music for kids is very important to have,” explains Marky. 100% of the event proceeds will fund the newly-created Marky Ramone Drum Scholarship at MI.
ONLINE ADVANCE SALE: General Admission seats (festival seating) are $30, VIP seating is $45 (guaranteed first 3 rows), $99 VIP Backstage (First 3 rows seating guaranteed | Backstage Pass | After-Show Meet & Greet | Special Marky Ramone Gift bag).
click here To Buy MARKY RAMONE Concert Tickets or go to www.Ticketweb.com
WALK-UP (day of show): General Admission seats (festival seating) are $35, VIP seating is $50 (guaranteed first 3 rows), VIP Backstage not available.
Musicians Institute Concert Hall
1655 N. McCadden Place
Hollywood, CA 90028
Marky Ramone is a member of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame, and is best known for the 15 years he spent drumming for The Ramones. The Ramones formed in 1974, and are often cited as the first punk-rock group. Marky is the only living member of the longest running Ramones line-up – which featured Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Marky. He has performed over 1700 shows and more than 15 album releases during his tenure (starting in 1978) as a member of The Ramones.
For more info on Marky Ramone or the concert click www.myspace.com/markyramone, www.mi.edu or http://musiciansfoundation.wordpress.com.
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Don’t miss the Stockholm Rock Out Festival this weekend (September 10-11) at Gamla Tryckeriet in Alvik, Sweden. Bands includes Great White, U.D.O., Lizzy Borden, Kingdom Come and many more.
Tickets can be bought on door for 1 day and for two days, doors open 3.00pm.
Tickets online here: http://www.tickster.com/sv/events/he5zka0fzh56t6r
Venue: Gamla Tryckeriet, Gustavslundsvagen 149C, Alvik. For more information go to:: www.sthlmrockout.com.
Over the past 2 years the Lizzy Borden “Appointment with Death Show” produced spectacular performances in 11 countries (from North America to Europe) and on the main stages of some of biggest festivals like, “Sweden Rock” (Sweden) “Bang Your Head” (Germany) “Kobetasonic” (Spain), and “Rocklahoma” (USA) all to rave reviews, unanimously declaring Lizzy Borden the hit of the festivals, ‘comparing their show to a Kiss concert’.
Upcoming Lizzy Borden Japan Dates:
November 6 – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya Cyclone
November 7 – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya Cyclone
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In a recent interview with Goldmine Magazine journalist Pat Prince, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann discusses the classic ACCEPT sound, working with Andy Sneap, lighting Flying Vs on fire, and the next ACCEPT album. He also discusses bumping into former lead vocalist Udo Dirkschneider at the Masters of Rock festival recently and reminisces about a career-highlight show in 1984 at L’Amour’s in Brooklyn, New York.
Do you feel liberated a little bit with this new lineup, it being so exciting?
Hoffmann: I mean, of course. Especially after the initial criticism of a lot of people saying it could never be done. We feel real vindicated and relieved. That makes us feel good despite all the critics. I’m not making this album as a personal vendetta against anybody. We just want to make good music, you know. At the end of the day, we just wanted to go out and do our stuff because that is what we love to do.
Sneap made the record a good balance. It recaptures the old ACCEPT sound but it’s in-tune with today.
Hoffmann: Yeah, it has a modern sound, so that’s good. He made sure we had that 2010 sound, but we have all the characteristics of the past. All the good riffs and the gang vocals. He also didn’t want it to be too happy or too commercial. He kind of pushed us a little more into the dark side of things, which I think worked out really well. Overall, it was still us writing the songs. But it was a very good collaboration.
And live, you always seems to sound so perfect and crisp. Does that have to do with you guys being tech and sound geeks? Not a lot of bands are able to replicate their sound like that.
Hoffmann: Never heard that comment like that but it’s nice because that’s what we are trying to do. It’s got something to do with the way we place the guitar sounds in the mix, maybe. And we have a certain style with the riffs that we play and a certain sound that we love. And it all comes across in the end.
Read the entire interview here.
Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and will be released in North America on September 14th. Exclusive pre-sale bundles can be purchased at the Nuclear Blast Web Store.
ACCEPT will be co-headlining their upcoming tour with King’s X, kicking-off with an appearance at the eleventh annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Confirmed tour dates are:
09/09/2010 ProgPower USA Kick-Off – Atlanta, GA Center Stage (**No King’s X**)
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*** – 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
10/08/2010 The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/09/2010 The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL
10/12/2010 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/13/2010 House Of Blues – Houston TX
Additional dates for October & November will be announced soon.
ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up includes Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.
View footage of Wolf Hoffman & Mark Tornillo on VH1’s “That Metal Show” here. 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.
Visit ACCEPT online at www.ACCEPTWORLDWIDE.com, www.myspace.com/accepttheband, www.facebook.com/accepttheband, and www.twitter.com/accepttheband.
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