Van Canto: Rebellion Video & Gamescom

August 10th, 2010
by EvilG

It’s been a long time coming, but the fan clip to the Grave Digger Cover “Rebellion” is finally available. Rakkatakka-fans may watch the clip HERE! In addition, Van Canto will deliver the perfect soundtrack for Frogster’s (“Runes of Magic”) appearance at this year’s GAMESCOM.


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Monster Magnet: Mastermind Coming This October

August 10th, 2010
by EvilG

It is time to tune in to MONSTERMAGNET.NET for the relaunch of their newly designed website. Focused around the late October worldwide release of their new studio album “Mastermind”, the re-launch will also be the worldwide premiere of the new album’s cover artwork, designed by Invisible Creature (Wolfmother, Chris Cornell, Foo Fighters).

“I’m extremely proud of this new album,” says Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf. “It’s been an amazing process, the songs are exactly what I wanted them to be, and I’m proud to begin presenting this new phase of the band on our new website.”

Monster Magnet make their way to Europe for a short festival run beginning next week and have just put tickets on sale for a string of UK dates in November. European dates to follow. A full list can be found HERE!

The band will be making many more announcements leading up to the release of “Mastermind”. Join the MONSTERMAGNET.NET RSS feed for up-to-date information and updates.


Aug. 10 Saarburcken (D) @ Garage

Aug. 11 Avenches (CH) @ Rock Oz Arenes Festival

Aug. 13 Feldkirch (A) @ Poolbar Festival

Aug. 14 Burgenland (A) @ Picture On Festival

Aug. 15 Budapest (HU) @ Sziget Festival

Aug. 17 Prague (CZ) @ KD Vltavska

Aug. 18 Frankfurt o.M. (D) @ Batschkapp

Aug. 20 Lierop (NL) @ Nirwana Tuinfest

Aug. 21 Ludinghausen (D) @ Area 4 Festival

Aug. 22 Großposna/Leipzig (D) @ Highfield Festival

Nov. 18 Cardiff (UK) @ Millenium Music Hall

Nov. 20 Sheffield (UK) Corporation

Nov. 21 Reading (UK) @ Sub 89

Nov. 22 Southampton (UK) @ University

Nov. 23 Birmingham (UK) @ HMV Insititute

Nov. 25 Manchester (UK) @ Moho Live

Nov. 26 London (UK) @ Electric Ballroom


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August 10th, 2010
by EvilG
MASSIVE SLAVERY "Global Enslavement"

MASSIVE SLAVERY "Global Enslavement"

Canadian death metallers MASSIVE SLAVERY have just released their debut, GLOBAL ENSLAVEMENT; a concept death metal album that explores some of the darkest parts of modern history, that caused the epic failures of our society today.

Global Enslavement was released July 26th via Maple Metal Records, the Canadian label launched by John Belrose, producer of Exciter -‘Heavy Metal Maniac’.

MASSIVE SLAVERY hail from the Abitibi region in Northern Quebec.  This quartet was formed by ex-members of Quebec death metal bands: Paroxysm, Descend Into Nothingness, and Decrepity.

Yannick St-Amand, who is responsible for producing such acts as Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre, and Neuraxis, produced ‘Global Enslavement’. The album was recorded at Northern Studio, Northern Quebec in January, and was mixed and mastered by Pierre Rémillard (Anvil, Kataklysm, Misery Index, Malevolent Creation) at Wild Studio, north of Montreal in February. The collaboration of this musical assault combines a mix of melodic, brutal and technical death metal.


Jon ‘The ProF’ St-Pierre – vocals
Joel St-Amant – guitar
Marc-André Barrette – bass
Pierre-Alexandre Mercier – drums

Track listing:
1. MediAssassiNation
2. Shade of Corruption
3. Global Enslavement
4. The Denial of Man’s Regression
5. Destroy, Rebuild, Repeat
6. A Cold Interlude
7. Wider We Open Our Eyes
8. Pull the Plug on Modern Civilization
9. Humanity’s Last Hope
10. Generalized Cyberphobia

For more info on MASSIVE SLAVERY check out:

For more info on MAPLE METAL RECORDS:

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

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

Deemed one of metal’s most important heritage bands for the lasting – and ongoing – contributions they’ve made to the creation and sustenance of the thrash metal genre, Bay Area thrashers EXODUS teamed up once again with SchneppZone video director Jon Schnepp of Metalocalypse fame for a visually pummeling video… so pummeling, in fact, that you can hurt yourself!


“Downfall” is now available for viewing on Nuclear Blast Europe’s YouTube channel, the EXODUS YouTube Channel, and the band’s MySpace page.  The track comes off the band’s  Billboard Top 200 charting album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition.  The video was shot on April 1st on the old set of the television sitcom Night Court and features animated sequences by Los Angeles-based traditional animator Jeremy Polgar.

About getting to work with EXODUS again, Schnepp stated: “I think their music is incredible and they always give me 100% at the video shoot.  Working with these legends of thrash metal again has been a blast!”

EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, hit #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock radio chart and sold over 4,600 copies in the U.S. the week of its release according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Exhibit B debuted at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #43 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, #19 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, and #12 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart.  The album also debuted at #19 on the Neilsen SoundScan LOUD Chart in Canada.

Before EXODUS launch their headlining “March Of Brutality” tour of North America with Malevolent Creation, Holy Grail, and Bonded By Blood, they’ll make a special one-off appearance at the Ozzfest kick-off show in San Bernardino, California on Saturday, August 14th.

View “March Of Brutality” tour dates here.

Visit EXODUS online at,, &

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Announce Winter 2010 tour Dates

August 9th, 2010
by EvilG

To All Our Friends,

The Winter Tour stage is being built as we speak and the entire band is counting the days till we get to fire up the new show. As always we are determined to take the show to another level. Can’t wait to see you on the road.

Sincerely From New York City (Nocturnal Division),

Paul O’Neill & Everyone in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Click here to visit Trans-Siberian Express, TSO’s Fan Club community site, for the latest updates and access to this year’s exclusive Winter Tour pre-sale.

(All dates and venues are subject to change).

Check out the dates here:

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BEHEMOTH Frontman Releases Statement Regarding Illness, Tour Cancellations

August 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Guitarist/vocalist Adam “Nergal” Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH, who was reportedly rushed to the Gdansk Medical University Hospital over the weekend to receive treatment for an undisclosed illness, has released the following English-language statement regarding his condition:

“I’d like to announce that BEHEMOTH won’t be able to tour for the forseeable future.

“I don’t wanna bore you with details here, but I’m sick and am receiving some serious medical treatment. It’s gonna take another few weeks or more for full recovery, and so we have been forced to cancel all the BEHEMOTH shows in August, planned dates in Russia and Baltic States for September and October and our American tour in November.

“I know how much it sucks, but health comes first.

“I can assure all of you that when we return, I’ll be stronger than death, and we’ll reschedule every tour as soon as logistics allow.

“I feel good and strong, my mind is focused, I’ve got my loving woman by my side, my band mates, friends (never thought there are so many, haha), management, agents and label people are giving me massive support. I can’t ask for more but a little patience now.

“The fact that we won’t be touring for the next few months doesn’t mean we’ll hibernate. BEHEMOTH will be active on several other levels.

“In upcoming days you can expect the premiere of our newest video, ‘Alas, Lord Is Upon Me’, which is by far the sickest fuckin’ thing we’ve ever done! ‘Evangelia Heretika’ DVD is coming out as scheduled in November this year. Also, check out our webstore that opens for international markets in upcoming weeks.

“This is it for now. Stay tuned!”

Jaroslaw Burdek, manager of Darski’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Polish pop singer Doda (real name: Dorota Rabczewska), reportedly told the media in Poland that Nergal had been ill for several days prior to being admitted to the hospital.

It was reported by that Darski was taken to the hematology division of the Gdansk Medical University Hospital, although this has not yet been officially confirmed.

Hematology, also spelled haematology, is the branch of internal medicine, physiology, pathology, clinical laboratory work, and pediatrics that is concerned with the study of blood, the blood-forming organs, and blood diseases.

BEHEMOTH’s second DVD, “Evangelia Heretika”, will be released in the U.S. via Metal Blade Records, in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records, and in Poland via Mystic Records.

BEHEMOTH recently shot a video for the song “Alas The Lord Is Upon Me”, taken from the band’s latest album, “Evangelion”. The clip was produced and directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz and Grupa 13, which previously helmed BEHEMOTH’s videos for “Ov Fire And The Void” and “At The Left Hand Ov God”.

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August 9th, 2010
by EvilG


CARNIVAL DIABLOS, the 2001 album from Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR, has been reissued and is out now in Europe.

Following the recent release of ANNIHILATOR’s critically acclaimed, self-titled new album, Earache Records is reissuing six albums from the band’s illustrious back-catalogue, starting with CARNIVAL DIABLOS.

CARNIVAL DIABLOS features twelve high-energy tracks showcasing legendary guitarist JEFF WATERS’ amazing song writing prowess. The album is available now on CD including a bonus track, bonus ANNIHILATOR guitar techniques video with JEFF WATERS, and a custom slipcase. The album is also available for the first time on limited edition coloured vinyl LP including the bonus track.

The full CARNIVAL DIABLOS track listing is as follows:

01. Denied

02. Battered

03. Hunter Killer

04. Time Bomb

05. Carnival Diablos

06. The Perfect Virus

07. The Rush

08. Insomniac

09. Epic Of War

10. Liquid Oval

11. Shallow Grave

12. Chicken And Corn (bonus track)

The limited edition coloured vinyl LPs are available in the following quantities and colours:

100 – Carnival Splatter

200 – Diabolical Blue

300 – Annihilator Red

400 – Black

Get CARNIVAL DIABLOS now in Europe on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl at

For more ANNIHILATOR news and info, head to

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Pitch Black Records: Ross the Boss – Power of the Night Festival

August 9th, 2010
by EvilG

PITCH BLACK RECORDS and the entire Power of the Night Festival team would like to extend their warmest thanks and congratulations to Ross the Boss and his band as well as Scott Columbus for an outstanding performance at Power of the Night Festival in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Special thanks also for the last-minute addition of an unrehearsed ‘Hail to England’ re-titled ‘Hail to Cyprus’ especially for that evening. A decision which as singer Patrick Fuchs commented was based primarily on the warm hospitality the band experienced during their time in Cyprus as well as the audience’s enthusiastic reaction. Fan-filmed video available below:

Ross the Boss delivered top quality metal and proved again both on stage as well as off stage that good solid heavy metal is also comprised of good character and courtesy and of course a tremendous respect for fans. Ross the Boss is indeed a TRUE metal leader!

Pitch Black Records would like to wish Ross the Boss the best of luck with their new album scheduled for release in November on AFM Records. We are more than confident that it will simply destroy everything in its path!

Ross, Patrick, Carsten, Matze and Scott WE THANK YOU!


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Storm Leaves Dozens Hurt At Sonisphere Finland

August 9th, 2010
by EvilG

Story by AFP, pictures provided by Arto Lehtinen:

A severe thunderstorm hit the Sonisphere heavy metal music festival in southwestern Finland Sunday, injuring dozens and damaging the equipment of several bands including MÖTLEY CRÜE, organisers said.

“A severe thunderstorm hit (the) Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland this afternoon at approximately 4:00 pm (1300 GMT),” the organisers said in a statement.

“Strong freak wind gusts damaged the stages and knocked down tents and fences. Approximately 40 people were injured, two of them seriously,” the statement said, adding that those hurt had been taken to hospital for treatment.

Some 30,000 people were attending the two-day festival, where groups like IRON MAIDEN, ALICE COOPER, Mötley Crüe and IGGY POP had been scheduled to play, and the organisers said they were “doing everything we can to ensure that the show can take place.”

However, one of the stages suffered massive damage and had been closed, and several concerts, including Mötley Crüe’s, were cancelled due to damaged equipment.

Iggy Pop meanwhile opted to play an acoustic set due to the difficulty using electric equipment, while Alice Cooper had borrowed equipment from SLAYER, the organisers said.

Iron Maiden, the highlight of the festival, would also play the finishing concert as planned Sunday evening, although the set had been slightly postponed, they added.

“The show will run so long as it can run safely,” Sonisphere Festival series producer Stuart Galbraith said in the statement.

According to Finnish media, a plane chartered by Iron Maiden had been severely damaged at the local airport, as had a small helicopter.

SLAYER on stage at Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland before the storm struck.

SLAYER on stage at Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland before the storm struck.

Storm aftermath Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland

Storm aftermath Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland

Storm aftermath Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland

Storm aftermath Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland

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MEGADETH – bassist David Ellefson

August 9th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala




Transcription by Antaura Zed

David Ellefson is a co-founder and original bassist for legendary metal band Megadeth. Other than vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine, he was the only constant member of Megadeth from the time of their establishment in 1983 to the group’s hiatus in 2002. During that period Megadeth released nine highly successful albums like: RUST IN PEACE, PEACE SELLS … BUT WHO’S BUYING and YOUTHANASIA which are nowadays a thrash metal classics. Mustaine subsequently reformed Megadeth in 2004 but without David Ellefson and it wasn’t until last February when he finally re-joined in the band. During his off-Megadeth years, Ellefson worked with several different bands and projects including: Soulfly, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Killing Machine, F5, and all-star cover band Hail!. Megadeth are currently on tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of RUST IN PEACE and in July 2010 the band arrived to headline the Tuska Festival in Helsinki. Here’s what Dave had to say about their reunion, the projects, and about the future of Megadeth… read on!

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EXODUS – Guitarist Gary Holt

August 9th, 2010
by Metal Rules


Guitarist Gary Holt

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

Off/onstage pictures by Terhi Pihlaja

Transcription by Martin Heaps (Psychophobe)

Thanks to Silke from Tough Enough Promotion for setting up the interview


Finland is known for its several summer festivals – big or small, but every year some of them do surprise with some interesting band announcements that just cannot be shrugged off totally.

This year, one of the most interesting festivals appeared to be 3-day Myötätuulirock, which has annually been arranged in Vantaa, Finland for 14 years in a row – and is heavily based on some of the hottest Finnish rock/metal names of each ongoing year. The Bay Area veteran thrashers Exodus was announced to be the headliners of the first day of the festival, so that alone made the festival interesting enough to be checked out.

Exodus´ 9th full-length album, EXHIBIT B: THE HUMAN CONDITION was released through Nuclear Blast Records on May this year. There performance surprised many festival attenders by their immensely brutal and heavy load of thrash delivery as the last act on Friday evening. The band confidently churned out both new and old stuff from their well-oiled killing machine over the enthusiastic audience (“The Ballad of Leonard and Charles”, “Blacklist”, “Piranha”, “The Toxic Waltz”, etc.), and was also very well received by a fanatical crowd that seemed to go absolutely berserk in front of their masters, song after song.

Before Exodus went to punish their Finnish fans onstage at Myötätuulirock festival, Gary Holt had a moment to talk to about his memories about the band´s 1st live appearance at Provinssirock festival in Finland in 2003, the ongoing tour, new album, but also reminiscing some blasts from the past.

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Tornado Woes At Finnish Sonisphere Festival

August 8th, 2010
by EvilG

Finnish staffer, Arto Lehtinen, sent in a short text saying that some form of a tornado has hit the Finnish Sonisphere festival in pori, Finland today August 8th, 2010. This has  resulted in collapsed stages, several injured people, damaged properties, and cancellation of Motley Crue. Iggy Pop was forced to do a shortened acoustic set. Alice Cooper’s plane was also affected by the tornado at the airport.

More details as they become available…..

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Demonic Resurrection & Other Indian Bands Pay Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

August 7th, 2010
by EvilG

Demonic Resurrection will be headlining the ‘Cemetery Gates Festival’ being held in Bangalore on 8th AUGUST to pay homage to the late great Ronnie James Dio.

The Cemetery Gates festival is organized by the Kyra Theatre in Bangalore and will be the 1st ever indoor festival of its kind. The festival will begin at 8am and end at midnight and feature 23 bands from India. The festival lineup is

HEAVEN BY DAY (Morning & Afternoon Session)

Lake of Death



Atomic Meltdown

Blind Image

Infernal Wrath

Escher’s Knot






HELL BY NIGHT (Evening & Night Session)

Eccentric Pendulum

Abandoned Agony

Velvet Trap



Undying Inc

Band Aid

Purple Blood


Inner Sanctum

Demonic Resurrection

The festival will also release a special limited edition double CD with songs from all the performing bands.

Kyra Website:
Festival Facebook Page:

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August 7th, 2010
by EvilG

(New York, NY) — Thrash legends OVERKILL will be re-releasing their record “Immortalis” and DVD “Live at Wacken Open Air” on October 5th, 2010 via eOne Music. This will be a CD/DVD combo release with three new unreleased live tracks. Those tracks are:

Within Your Eyes          (from “Relix” CD)

Blood and Iron  (from “Feel The Fire” CD)

Nice Day…For a Funeral (from “Horrorscope” CD)

OVERKILL have also officially announced the second leg of their “Killfest 2010” tour. Killfest will continue in areas the band has not played in many years. Bay area masterminds, FORBIDDEN are set for main support. “It’s going to be a KILLER run, thrash-thrash-thrash!  Having FORBIDDEN along for the ride in November will put this totally over the top, just the way we all like it!  Bite down hard, here we come!” says front man Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth.

Tickets are now on sale here []. There is also a special VIP package available that will allow fans one-hour early access to the venue for a special pre-show meet-and-greet.

OVERKILL released “Ironbound” earlier this year which charted at 168 on the Billboard Top 200, the band’s fastest selling record in 16 years. A video was also filmed a video for “Bring Me The Night”in Brooklyn, NY with director Kevin Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). View the video here [].

Nov. 05 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall

Nov. 06 – Farmingdale, NY – Crazy Donkey

Nov. 07 – Providence, RI – Club Hell

Nov. 08 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar

Nov. 09 – Virginia Beach, VA – Gil’s

Nov. 10 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’

Nov. 11 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11

Nov. 12 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans

Nov. 13 – Orlando, FL – Club Firestone

Nov. 14 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

Nov. 15 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

Nov. 16 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s

Nov. 17 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

Nov. 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel Nightclub

Nov. 19 – Manchester, NH – Rocko’s

Nov. 20 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

For more information on OVERKILL and KILLFEST tickets visit: &

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DELAIN Prepare For ProgPower USA Performance

August 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Dutch epic metallers DELAIN will be performing on North American soil for the first time this September!

DELAIN are one of the main acts set to appear this September 11th at the annual ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, set to perform alongside Kamelot, Nocturnal Rites, Hammerfall, Tarot, Tyr, Leaves’ Eyes and more. See the full lineup and more at: Immediately following the fest, DELAIN have also booked shows in Mexico City and Sao Paulo before returning home. More live appearances will be announced shortly.

DELAIN “Mini World Tour” 2010:

8/07/2010 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

9/11/2010 ProgPower USA – Atlanta, GA

9/13/2010 Circo Volador – Mexico City, Mexico

9/18/2010 Carioca Club – Sao Paulo, Brazil

9/19/2010 ExpoBrasilia – Brasilia, Netherlands

The progressive metal professionals at New Jersey’s Sensory Records — who released the band’s sophomore release April Rain to North American audiences in 2009 (the album released via Roadrunner Records in Europe) — also reissued the band’s debut Lucidity in June, tying perfectly in with this upcoming US appearance of the band. The expanded edition of Lucidity features four full bonus tracks not available on the European version, and was also made available for the first time as a digipak worldwide.

DELAIN was conceived by former Within Temptation keyboard player Martijn Westerholt. Although Within Temptation was a rising star on the European metal scene, Westerholt had to leave the band due to a chronic illness. During his recuperation he wrote the material that would evolve into the Lucidity sessions. For the DELAIN studio project, Westerholt brought together some of the best known names in the European metal scene: Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), Liv Kristine (Leaves’ Eyes), and Ad Sluijter (Epica). He also discovered a young vocalist named Charlotte Wessels. With a voice that matched her stunning looks, she immediately became DELAIN’s front woman.

The instant success of Lucidity in the European market necessitated Westerholt to create a fully active, touring band. DELAIN went on tour in support of Within Temptation and other high profile bands, and appearances at festivals as well as Dutch television elevated the band’s status into headlining performers. The band’s follow up album, April Rain, has further established the band as rising stars in the gothic metal scene.

Review copies of the reissue of Lucidity are available to North American journalists now, as well as interviews with the band any time. Please get in touch with any requests.

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