Seattle’s metal titans NEVERMORE are back and truly better than ever with the much anticipated new full-length release, The Obsidian Conspiracy, which could be their most impressive offering of their illustrious, decade plus, heralded career. The group has partnered up with the world’s #1 horror site, Bloody-Disgusting.com, for an exclusive, worldwide debut of their new video clip for the track “Emptiness Unobstructed,” which can be viewed now below and at http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/748
Dane further states: “Working with director Nigel Crane was a great experience. We spent a day walking around the white cliffs in Dover the day before the London show and we couldn’t possibly be happier with the end result. The live part was shot at the O2 Academy Islington in London and we only performed the song twice that night so we had to make these takes count, so we went all out. It was pretty amazing that most of the audience knew all of the words even though we were a number of days away from the album’s release. Thanks for checking this out and we hope you enjoy it.”
North American fans can now rejoice as the band are excited to announce their first headlining Stateside tour in almost three years, which kicks off on Sept. 23rd and runs through Nov. 5th. This stellar bill also features Warbringer, Mutiny Within and Hatesphere in the support slots.
All tickets are on-sale now exclusively through www.Enterthevault.com and will be available there until June 19th when they go on-sale through all normal ticketing systems. There will be a limited number of VIP tickets available which gets fans early entry before doors for a preshow NEVERMORE meet and greet. Either see below or visit www.myspace.com/nevermorefans to view their complete tour itinerary.
“Scream” — OZZY OSBOURNE’s first album in almost three years and 10th studio album overall — is available for streaming in its entirety on the singer’s MySpace page.
The CD will be released on June 22 in North America via Epic Records. It will be issued in Japan on June 23 with the exclusive bonus track “Jump The Moon”. A special iTunes pre-order is available which includes the bonus track, “One More Time”. Once the album is released, the song will be unavailable.
Produced by Ozzy and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for Ozzy’s 2007 worldwide million-seller “Black Rain”, “Scream” track listing:
01. Let It Die
02. Let Me Hear You Scream
03. Soul Sucker
04. Life Won’t Wait
05. Diggin’ Me Down
09. I Want It More
10. Latimer’s Mercy
11. I Love You All
12. Jump The Moon (Japan-edition bonus track)
13. One More Time (iTunes pre-order bonus track)
OZZY OSBOURNE filmed a video for his new single, “Let Me Hear You Scream”, last month with renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund, who has previously worked with METALLICA, SATYRICON, RAMMSTEIN, MADONNA and THE PRODIGY, among others. According to RollingStone.com, fans should expect the clip to be “an over-the-top spectacle . . . replete with fake blood and giant injectable needles.”
“Let Me Hear You Scream” had its world premiere, during a prison riot scene, on “CSI: NY” on April 14 on the CBS television network.
The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded most of “Scream” at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker, and co-wrote all the songs, primarily with Churko. Notably, the album marks the first appearance of Ozzy’s new guitar player, Gus G. (FIREWIND, ex-DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY). Ozzy’s band also features bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson, drummer Tommy Clufetos (ex-ROB ZOMBIE, ALICE COOPER) and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.
Ozzy will embark on an 18-month world tour in support of “Scream”, which will include six Ozzfest dates in August.
OZZY OSBOURNE will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” with host Bob Coburn on Monday, June 21 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with Ozzy by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com.
Avast ye bilge rats! Who says pirates no longer exist? Like a billowing sea breeze, Mercer County, New Jersey’s own SWASHBUCKLE is raising sails to pillage the continent this summer on the Panic Over North America Tour alongside Soilwork and Death Angel.
SWASHBUCKLE has made a name for itself by combining rapier-edged thrash metal with piratical humor, as exemplified on its most recent Nuclear Blast Records release, Back To the Noose. On the upcoming tour, the band plans to introduce some music from its upcoming third full-length of nautical nonsense, Crime Always Pays, which they are currently wrapping in the studio.
A traditional SWASHBUCKLE stage show usually includes period costumes, palm trees, parrots, and foam swords that are often tossed into the crowd to enact mosh-pit duels! As vocalist/bassist Admiral Nobeard prophesizes, “It’s gonna be a fierce summer tour of retardation, fun, and metal! So ye best be coming out, for we’ll be punchin’ yar eardrums in with a oneshot blast of piratical metal mayhem. Hollar for a dollar, let’s thrash!”
SWASHBUCKLE will then end the summer with a romp across Europe on the pagan/folk metal-driven Heidenfest 2010 tour. And then, on January 24, the band embarks on a tailor-made concert experience, the 70.000 Tons of Metal cruise which sails from Miami, FL to Cozumel, Mexico, and returns to Miami on January 28. More info on the cruise can be found at: www.70000tons.com
A much-needed kick-to-the-backside to the music industry, SWASHBUCKLE adds tankards of rum-soaked mirth and mayhem in an otherwise deadpan metal scene!
Tour dates include:
July 14 at Jaxx in Springfield, VA
July 15 at The Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA
July 16 at The Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY
July 17 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA
July 18 at FouFounes Electriques in Montreal, QC, Can.
July 19 at The Opera House in Toronto, ON, Can.
July 20 at Peabody’s in Cleveland, OH
July 21 at Blondie’s in Detroit, MI
July 22 at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago, IL
July 23 at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI
July 24 at The Rock in Maplewood, MN
July 27 at El Corazon in Seattle, WA
July 28 at Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, BC, Can.
July 29 at Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR
July 30 at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA
July 31 at The Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, CA
Aug 1 at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, CA
Aug 2 at The Clubhouse in Tempe, AZ
Aug 3 at The Rock in Tucson, AZ
Aug 5 at Emo’s in Austin, TX
Aug 6 at Ridglea Theater in Ft. Worth, TX
Aug 7 at The Warsaw in Houston, TX
Aug 8 at The Parish in New Orleans, LA
Aug 9 at The Club at Firestone in Orlando, FL
Aug 10 at Volume 11 in Raleigh, NC
Aug 11 at Headliner’s Music Hall in Louisville, KY
Aug 12 at Canal Club in Richmond, VA
Aug 13 at Sonar in Baltimore, MD
Aug 14 at Diesel Nightclub in Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 15 at Webster Theater in Hartford, CT
Aug 16 at Rocko’s in Manchester, NH (w/Augury)
Aug 17 at Club Hell in Providence, RI (w/Augury)
Jan 24 2011 at Port of Miami / Dodge Island in Miami, FL
The Swedish metal monsters THE HAUNTED have been confirmed for the Italian TOTAL METAL FESTIVAL 2010. The Haunted will share the stage of the best Metal Festival in Southern Italy with already confirmed PRIMAL FEAR and a few more brilliant metal bands next 25th september at the Demodè Club in the city of Bari.
The Haunted are one of the most worldwide popular Swedish metal bands. Their sound is influenced by many metal styles. The TMF performance will be their first show ever in southern Italy!
Some more bands have been confirmed too for the italian Festival:Methedras, which already played the TMF2008, Sawthis, powerful death/thrash italian metal band, The Prowlers, Classic Metal with power and prog influences and Insidexile, a very young experimental extreme metal band from southern Italy. More bands will be confirmed soon!
GWAR FAILS TO NASALLY VIOLATE DAVE MATTHEWS OR JAY-Z, HAS TO SETTLE FOR MARGARET CHO AS THE SCUMDOGS OF THE UNIVERSE DECIMATE BONNAROO!
As the 25th Anniversary of the world’s most dangerous band plunges onwards towards it’s halfway point, GWAR is continuing it’s assault on humanity with relentless aplomb. This past weekendsaw GWAR descend upon the traditionally hippy–fied Bonnaroo music festival to play a late-night Saturday set in front of 15,000 screaming fans. It was good enough to garner the band SPIN Online’s award for both best and worst act on the third day of the popular, drug-soaked music and art spectacle.
“A lot of people were very surprised to see us on the Bonnaroo stage”, said lead front-thing Oderus Urungus. “But the more traditionally heavy festivals, such as Ozzfest or Warped, who claim to support underground and heavy music, have consistently denied GWAR, the heaviest underground band EVER! And what’s even more ironic is that it took a bunch of tree-hugging hippies to give GWAR their biggest and best gig to date in the U.S. And that’s after years of killing them onstage. Thank you, hippies!”
The band had publicly pledged to nasally violate the entire Dave Matthews Band, then had expanded the threat to include Jay-Z, because “his nostrils are bigger”. But it was actually comedian Margaret Cho who became the sexual play-thing to the band. To the chant of “Cho is a ho,” the miniature Asian person took the stage during the bands encore and allowed Oderus to “fuck her face off”.
See exclusive footage of this disgusting event at GWAR’s webtv station, gwar.tv!
After the show, GWAR led a procession of blood-soaked fans to the “Mushroom Fountain”, where they had promised to make the waters “run red with blood”. The spectacle was met with mixed results.
“We didn’t kill enough babies,” said Oderus. “It came out kinda pink.”
GWAR is continuing on the road this summer with a slew of tour dates with Dirge Within and Mobile Deathcamp. See below for all U.S. and foreign tour dates.
Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice to be joined by Glenn Hughes and Jorn Lande for a special tribute to the legendary Ronnie James Dio. Get your High Voltage tickets here!
Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice will play a very special tribute to one of the greatest voices of all time at this year’s first ever High Voltage festival on July 24th at Victoria Park in London.
Playing the songs that made three generations of metal fans worship the ground Ronnie walked upon, the H&H members will be joined by legendary former Deep Purple and Black Sabbath man Glenn Hughes and Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande, who sings for power metallers Masterplan and has also released his own tribute to Ronnie in the past.
Geezer Butler: “It’s going to be a very emotional occasion. Ronnie loved his fans like no-one else I know – and they loved him. It will be a privilege doing a gig in honour of his memory, and to help towards his charity. Above all, I hope it encourages people to have regular check-ups for this disease. Early detection is vital, and greatly improves the chance of a cure. I know everyone has heard that a million times before, but seeing one of your best friends die because we all think we’re immune from this disease, really brings it home. Do it for yourself, your family, your friends. Ronnie would be proud of you.”
Tony Iommi: “Ronnie’s passing has left a huge hole, we hadn’t anywhere near finished what we set out to do as a band together. He was so looking forward to the European tour and we hope this appearance will go some way to fulfilling that.”
Video commentary from Iommi is below:
Proceeds from this performance will go to The Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund. For further information on the Fund and to make a donation please visit www.ronniejamesdio.com
The first ever High Voltage festival will be headlined by classic rock giants ZZ Top and the reformed Emerson, Lake and Palmer with the Metal Hammer stage featuring Down, Black Label Society, Saxon, Cathedral, Clutch, Opeth and many other metal heavyweights!
Tickets cost £75 per day or £135 for the full action-packed weekend and all regular ticket holders can now upgrade their tickets to VIP or VIP Packages. The VIP packages will include hotel and transport packages and bespoke merchandise. Get your High Voltage tickets here!
Like a kick in the teeth, SNEW has hit the world with its latest release called WE DO WHAT WE WANT. With their brand of hard rockin, blues and southern rock influenced metal SNEW have what it takes to be the next big thing. Metal-Rules.com recently had the opportunity to speak to veteran vocalist Curtis Don Vito about all things SNEW.
Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have unveiled the artwork (attached) for their new album Heaven’s Venom, which will be released on August 20th 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).
Some tentative song titles appearing on the album include “Soul Made of Shrapnel”, “Blind Savior”, “Hail the Renegade” and “Push the Venom”.
Ozzfest 2010 will kick off on August 14 in San Bernardino (Ozzfest’s birthplace in 1996) and travel to Chicago, Illinois; Hartford, Connecticut; Camden, New Jersey; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts. Playing the Second Stage will be none other than Canada’s kings of northern hyperblast, KATAKLYSM.
Ozzfest 2010 Main Stage Acts
Ozzfest 2010 Second Stage Acts
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
KINGDOM OF SORROW
Ozzfest 2010 Dates
08/14/10 San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA
08/17/10 First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Tinley Park (Chicago), IL
08/19/10 First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown (Pittsburgh), PA
(New York, NY) – Sludge Metal legends CROWBAR have signed a worldwide deal with E1 Music. The band will be releasing a new full-length album later this fall. “CROWBAR is very excited to have landed this deal with E1 Music! We have always been very proud of what we do and the new record will not disappoint and of our die hard fans.” says front man and guitar player Kirk Windstein.
The forth coming album will be the follow up to the band’s last album, “Lifesblood for the Downtrodden” which was released out in 2005. Windstein continues. “Big thanks to Jamey Jasta, Steve Ross and the legal team at E1 Music. Get ready, with a real label behind us we will crush!”
E1 Music Vice President of Metal Scott Givens adds, “CROWBAR have influenced a generation of great bands and E1 is fully committed to making this the band’s biggest selling record of its long and storied career.”
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 front man Jamey Jasta) and DOWN.
‘The Powerless Rise’ in Billboard’s Top 200 Charts for 4th week in a row!
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – June 14, 2010 – San Diego’s Grammy®-nominated group AS I LAY DYING are pleased to release their first production video from the band’s latest release The Powerless Rise, which just hit streets on May 11. AS I LAY DYING chose the song “Parallels” for the band’s first music video off their new album, which was shot in Pittsburgh, PA on May 18 with director David Brodsky of MyGoodEye with animation handled by Mike Milyavsky & David Brodsky. Fans can view the video below:
In other news: AS I LAY DYING’s The Powerless Rise, which debuted at #10, has now spent the last 4 weeks in Billboard Magazine’s Top 200 Charts coming in at #67! This achievement marks yet another major feat for the metal band that refuses to compromise their sound to conform to the mainstream as they continue to deliver heavy and melodic music to their fans around the world.
On July 12, AS I LAY DYING will launch the “Cool Tour” with Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Blessthefall, The Acacia Strain, Architects, Cancer Bats, and War of Ages. The nationwide trek will launch this summer on July 12 in Orlando and wrap up in San Francisco on August 1. For pre-sale tickets and more information, visit: www.cooltour10.com.
“Magic – A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio” will be available for the first time ever at the following Sonisphere Festivals:
June 23 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Sonisphere Festival Bulgaria
June 25 – Bucharest, Romania – Sonisphere Festival Romania
June 26 – Istanbul, Turkey – Sonisphere Festival Turkey
“Magic – A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio” is a tribute CD, commandeered by MANOWAR and Magic Circle Music, that honors the legacy of Ronnie James Dio. “Heavy Metal has lost a great artist and a true gentleman. I had the privilege of being his friend and, along with other friends and admirers, I wish to honor him,” says MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.
In addition to MANOWAR, the musical salute to the man who inspired legions of headbangers the world over features performances by HolyHell, Metalforce, Awaken, Avigal, Crosswind, Dean Cascione, Harlet, and more.
The CD, part one of a two part tribute, will feature new interpretations of classics like ‘Holy Diver,’ ‘Heaven And Hell,’ ‘I Speed At Night’ and ‘Catch The Rainbow’ among others.
So, head on over to the MANOWAR merch booth and be the first to get a copy of “Magic – A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio.”
The CD will also be available at the merchandise booth at ‘Magic Circle Festival IV @ Metalcamp 2010’ on July 11, 2010 and at ‘Masters Of Rock’ on July 16, 2010.
As the world eagerly awaits the release of “Magic – A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio,” MANOWAR have posted a sample of their contribution to this one-of-a-kind tribute CD online. A snippet of “Heaven And Hell,” their powerful rendition of this Black Sabbath classic, is available for streaming by clicking HERE.
“Magic – A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio” will be available for sale as mp3 on The Kingdom Of Steel Online Store VERY soon.