Sonisphere storms the BT Digital Music Awards nominations

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Having asserted its position as the world’s largest touring rock festival and achieved sell-out status for the UK leg at Knebworth in just its second year, Sonisphere is now gaining high recognition in the digital realm. As an exceptional case, Sonisphere is the only brand to have gained two shortlisted entries among the final six in a single category – Best Event – in this year’s BT Digital Music Awards, the Oscars of the online world. It is also up for the People’s Choice category of Best Official Website.

Its two successful entries in the Best Event category are for:

1) The groundbreaking live ‘Cinecast’ broadcast of the Bulgarian leg of the festival tour which was watched by over 100,000 cinema-goers in the UK and beyond and famously had fans forming circle pits and stage invasions in the Leicester Square Odeon back in June.

2) The integrated digital strategy that helped propel the Knebworth event in its second year to become “the UK’s premier metal festival” (The Guardian) – one of the most spectacular festival success stories in recent years.

Other contenders for the award include Glastonbury Festival, Pendulum’s album preview live stream, Nokia presents Rhianna Live and The Ukulele Prom.

Fans can vote for Sonisphere in the Best Official Website category at:

Underlining the phenomenal growth of the Sonisphere brand in the UK and further afield has been an intensive focus on digital communication as a means to attract, engage with and reward what has already become a loyal, colossal audience of rock fans.

The last eight months have seen Sonisphere amass a staggering 7.7 Million unique visitors to its official website with 27 Million page impressions, 10 Million views on its online Sonisphere TV video player and 209,000 Facebook fans across Europe. It undertook the largest ever deployment of official festival mobile apps, releasing 33 properties including separate iPhone, Android and Java versions for each event on the tour. The Knebworth iPhone app was ranked Number 4 in the official iTunes UK Music App Chart in August and boasts a four star customer rating.

Stuart Galbraith, Series Producer for Sonisphere Festival comments: “I can’t emphasise too much the importance of digital to Sonisphere. We are very proud to produce what has become one of the most visited rock websites in the world right now and to have laid new ground that is already re-defining the way all music festivals communicate and build affinity with their audiences.”

Over 700,000 fans visited the 11 Sonisphere Festivals across Europe this year, which means more than one million festival goers have attended some of the best rock festivals in Europe over the last two years. The festival survived mud baths in Switzerland and Sweden, a sandstorm in Spain and a freak tornado in Finland. The Poland, Turkey, Sweden and Switzerland shows were the largest rock festivals ever to be staged in those countries.

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Live Evil Festival 2010 (London October 23/24th)‏

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

“Something CAN actually come out of pure uncorrupt underground idealism if one does it long enough.” Fenriz (Darkthrone)

Tails of Beasts & Skill Wizard in Association with Terrorizer Magazine Presents LIVE EVIL FESTIVAL 2010

Live Evil Festival 2010 takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October at The Underworld in Camden. All of the festival’s band selections relate to Fenriz cult ‘Band of the Week’ Darkthrone MySpace blog.

Live Evil is a 100% true metal festival, inspired by Darkthrone’s Fenriz and his passion for the metal scene. Using only Fenriz’s selections, Live Evil thus handpicks the truest cutting edge black metal, thrash, speed, death, heavy metal, metal punk and doom for two days of no-bullshit, real metal carnage and other denim and leather treats.

Recent additions to the line-up include the new Rise Above signing, Swedish masters of occult metal Ghost, Finnish doom legends Hooded Menace (who are forming a live band to play the festival) the respected Norwegian blackened thrash act Nekromantheon, Brazilian black/death metal legends Vulcano and Saturday’s headliners will be re-invigorated NWOBHM legends Angel Witch.

£30 weekend and £20 day tickets are available now here


Tickets include entry to an after show at The Hobgoblin in Camden until 4am on Saturday 23rd. And an after party on Sunday 24th at the Black Heart in Camden.

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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu


‘Blood In The Gears’ out now on Solid State Records

NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville’s hog riding heavy metal outfit, The Showdown, has teamed up with for the premiere of the band’s latest music video for the song, “The Man Named Hell”. The full-throttle video for the opening track off the recently released full-length, Blood In The Gears, is up now on at:

Blood In The Gears hit stores yesterday on Solid State Records. The new record from Nashville’s veteran of head-bangin’, riff-heavy metal is available in stores everywhere, and online through iTunes at: A special deluxe edition is also available on iTunes at:, which includes two bonus tracks and a digital booklet. Fans can listen to the brand new album in its entirety this week on at:

Blood In The Gears was recorded and produced by The Showdown’s own Jeremiah Scott (bass) at his home studio, Anthem Productions, in Nashville. The album was mixed by Steve Blackmon (Living Sacrifice, Project 86), with Troy Glessener at Spectre handling the mastering. Artwork comes courtesy of Ryan Clark at Invisible Creature Inc. Blood In The Gears, The Showdown’s sophomore Solid State Records release, is the follow-up to 2008’s Back Breaker.

The track list for Blood In The Gears is…

1.) The Man Named Hell
2.) Heavy Lies The Crown
3.) Bring It Down
4.) Take Me Home
5.) Blood In The Gears
6.) Dogma Enthroned
7.) No Escape
8.) The Crooked Path
9.) Graveyard Of Empires
10.) Diggin’ My Own Grave

A video trailer, as well as a four-part behind-the-scenes look at the Blood In The Gears recording session, can be seen on The Showdown’s YouTube channel at:

Stay tuned for more information on The Showdown and Blood In The Gears.

The Showdown on tour…

8/27 – Chattanooga, TN – The Warehouse
8/28 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
8/29 – Hammond, LA – Fuze @ BCM
8/31 – Clermont, FL – The Room
9/01 – Kissimmee, FL – SS Showcase
9/02 – Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue
9/03 – Charleston, SC – Oasis
9/04 – Jacksonville, FL – Murray Hill Theatre
9/05 – Augusta, GA – Sector 7 G
9/06 – Lynchburg, VA – Crosspoint Venue
9/07 – Johnson City, TN – The Hideaway
9/08 – Newark, OH – Refuel
9/09 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hoosier Dome
9/11 – Corbin, KY – Corbin Tech Center
9/12 – Danville, IL – The Edge

The Showdown is…

David Bunton – vocals
Josh Childers – guitar
Patrick Judge – guitar
Jeremiah Scott – bass

The Showdown online…

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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

For Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB, file-sharing has proved to be an important and recurring topic of discussion.

Having released their 2009 album, TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE, online as a completely free download, GAMA BOMB’s strong feelings about file-sharing largely oppose the views of many other musicians and artists. TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE – which remains free to download to this day – has sold just as many physical copies of the album in the short time since its release as the band’s previous album has to date, indicating that the open availability of the album as a free download hasn’t in fact harmed the band’s sales.

PAUL McGUINNESS, manager for fellow Irish rockers U2, recently posted a lengthy article for GQ Magazine in which he discusses his views on the problems of file-sharing.

GAMA BOMB frontman PHILLY BYRNE has written an open letter to PAUL McGUINNESS in response to his article. An excerpt follows:

“U2’s manager Paul McGuinness’ recent article is well-reasoned, well-informed and commendable in its aims – though it’s crazily short-sighted. It falls at the last hurdle when envisioning future solutions to the problems file sharing causes for the music industry, and is filled with logical blind-spots on the current state of the business. He’s got the numbers right, but the headspace is all wrong.

“To his credit, Mr McGuinness is here wading into an argument that, as he notes, often involves untold abuse for those willing to stick their oar in. Furthermore, it’s one that doesn’t affect his untouchably profitable bread-and-butter, U2. So who am I to gainsay him?

“Last year my band Gama Bomb released their third album free of cost as a download with the permission of our record company, Earache Records. This, to my knowledge, makes us the first signed band ever to do so.

“We took this step because we personally consume music in this way and were aware our previous albums were largely being consumed as shared files. To release another CD in the traditional way seemed futile. Also, as a band playing a niche form of music on a small budget, we were aware of the potential PR power of such a move. The label agreed, we did it, and that’s why I feel qualified to dust off my soap box on this one.”

Read the full letter on GAMA BOMB’s official blog.

TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE is still available to download for free at

Catch GAMA BOMB live in Europe with CROCELL at the following shows:

Sep 16 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Merleyn
Sep 17 – Frankfurt, Germany – Effer Music Club
Sep 18 – Milan, Italy – Metal Disorder Festival
Sep 19 – Bologna, Italy – Rock Hard Festival
Sep 20 – Marseille, France – O’Bundless
Sep 21 – Bordeaux, France – Heretic Club
Sep 22 – Monzon, Spain – Serjos
Sep 23 – Benavente, Spain – Side B
Sep 24 – Madrid, Spain – Live
Sep 25 – Badalona, Spain – Estraperlo

Catch GAMA BOMB live on their first ever North American tour:


Oct 22 – Dante’s – Portland, OR
Oct 23 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Oct 24 – Red Room – Vancouver, BC
Oct 25 – Third – Prince George, BC
Oct 26 – The Mead Hall – Edmonton, AL
Oct 27 – Exchange – Regina, SK
Oct 28 – Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB
Oct 29 – Crocks 16 South Cumberland St – Thunder Bay, ON
Oct 30 – The Rox Tavern – St Cloud, MN
Oct 31 – The Dojo – Indianapolis, IN
Nov 01 – Music Hall – London, ON
Nov 02 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
Nov 03 – Championship Bar and Grill – Trenton, NJ


Nov 04 – Jaxx – West Springfield, VA


Nov 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Nov 06 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Nov 07 – Cub Hell – Providence, RI
Nov 08 – Sonar – Baltimore, MD
Nov 09 – Canal Club – Richmond, VA
Nov 10 – Amos – Charlotte, NC
Nov 11 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Nov 12 – Hooligan – Jacksonville, NC
Nov 13 – Club Firestone – Orlando, FL
Nov 14 – Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nov 15 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Nov 16 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Nov 17 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
Nov 18 – Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 19 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Nov 20 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ


Nov 22 – Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
Nov 23 – MOD Club – Toronto, ON
Nov 24 – Blondies – Detroit, MI
Nov 26 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Nov 27 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Nov 28 – Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Nov 29 – Station 4 – St Paul, MN
Dec 01 – Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
Dec 02 – Emo’s Alternative Lounging – Austin, TX
Dec 03 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Dec 04 – Trees – Ft. Worth, TX
Dec 06 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Dec 07 – U.B.’s – Mesa, AZ
Dec 08 – Whiskey a Go Go – West Hollyood, CA
Dec 09 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
Dec 10 – New Oasis – Sparks, NV
Dec 11 – DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA


Nov 21 – Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
Nov 25 – The Muse – Nashville, TN
Dec 05 – The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX
Dec 12 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Dec 13 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV


Dec 15 – Gator’s – Farmington, NM
Dec 16 – Club 21 – Pueblo, CO
Dec 17 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
Dec 18 – Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT

TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE is also available worldwide on limited edition CD with a bonus 5-track EP, as well as limited edition vinyl and a special low price CD. Get your copy in Europe at or in North America at

For more GAMA BOMB news and info, head to

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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Headlining tour to kick off this September

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Sweden’s leader in progressive metal, Katatonia, has teamed up with heavy metal’s leading lady, Full Metal Jackie, to give fans a chance to win a Mayones Guitar played and autographed by Katatonia from their US tour. The grand prize winner will win the guitar, 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: A runner up will get the new CD and their choice of t-shirt as well. Head over to: for your chance to win!

Katatonia, will kick off their North American tour – the “Night Over North America” tour – on September 8th in Baltimore. 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 special edition Night Is The New Day hit stores on August 24th.

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.

Cover art once again comes courtesy of Travis Smith (Katatonia, Opeth, Novembre) who continues the stylistic identity established so effectively since The Great Cold Distance.

The track list for the Night Is The New Day special edition is…

1.) Forsaker
2.) The Longest Year
3.) Idle Blood
4.) Onward Into Battle
5.) Liberation
6.) The Promise Of Deceit
7.) Nephilim
8.) New Night
9.) Inheritance
10.) Day and Then The Shade
11.) Ashen* (Exclusive Bonus Track)
12.) Departer

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:

Now the band is set to unleash their brand of melancholy metal on North America, headlining the sponsored, “Night Over North America” tour, alongside Swallow The Sun and Orphaned Land. A teaser trailer for the forthcoming headlining US tour can be seen at:

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 @ The Rock
Sept. 30 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct. 1 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Alternative Lounging
Oct. 2 – Houston, TX @ The Warsaw
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…

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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW, the 1999 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. CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW is the second reissue in the series, with CARNIVAL DIABLOS also available now.

CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW featured the reunited original ANNIHILATOR line-up, including vocalist RANDY RAMPAGE. The album is available now on CD featuring two bonus tracks and a bonus guitar workshop video with JEFF WATERS, and comes housed in a custom slipcase. The album is also available for the first time on limited edition coloured vinyl LP.

The full CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW track listing is as follows:

01. Bloodbath
02. Back To The Palace
03. Nothing Left
04. Schizos (Are Never Alone) Part III
05. Criteria For A Black Widow
06. Punctured
07. Loving The Sinner
08. Double Dare
09. Sonic Homicide
10. Mending
11. Rampage Jam*
12. Jeff Waters Speaks*

(* bonus tracks)

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

100 – Black Widow
200 – Brain Mush
300 – Haunted Courtyard
400 – Black

CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW and CARNIVAL DIABLOS are currently available at a reduced price until September 20th, along with the WAKING THE FURY pre-order. Get the albums, along with the new self-titled album, in Europe now at

Catch ANNIHILATOR on tour in Europe at the following shows:

Oct. 06 – Antwerp, BEL – Trix
Oct. 07 – Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik
Oct. 08 – Luxembourg, LUX – Den Atelier
Oct. 10 – Uden, NETH – Pul
Oct. 11 – Frankfurt, GER – Batchkapp
Oct. 12 – Cologne, GER – Stollwerk
Oct. 14 – Berlin, GER – C-Club
Oct. 15 – Hamburg, GER – Knust
Oct. 16 – Copenhagen, DEN – The Rock
Oct. 18 – Oslo, NOR – John Dee
Oct. 19 – Gothenburg, SWE – Sticky Fingers
Oct. 20 – Stockholm, SWE – Klubben
Oct. 22 – Helsinki, FIN – Tavastia
Oct. 23 – Tallinn, EST – Tapper Club
Oct. 24 – Vilnius, LIT – New York
Oct. 26 – Warsaw, POL – Progresja
Oct. 27 – Krakow, POL – Loch Ness
Oct. 28 – Prague, CZR – Retro Music Hall
Oct. 30 – Wörgl, AUT – Komma
Nov. 01 – Pratteln, SWI – Z7
Nov. 02 – Nuremberg, GER – Hirsch
Nov. 03 – Milan, ITA – Live Club
Nov. 05 – Barcelona, SPA – Mephisto
Nov. 06 – Madrid, SPA – Sala Live
Nov. 07 – Bilbao, SPA – Kafe Antzoki
Nov. 10 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Nov. 11 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Nov. 13 – Newcastle, UK – Legends
Nov. 14 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Nov. 15 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Nov. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Nov. 18 – Bristol, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 19 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
Nov. 20 – London, UK – Islington Academy

For more ANNIHILATOR news and info, head to

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SABATON – to re-release previous albums!

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Do you wonder what SABATON did in the studio about one month ago?

Do you wonder why Primo Victoria, Attero Dominatus, Metalizer and Art of War is so hard to get these days?

This is why…

To be able to continue to do what we all love, meaning to continue to play music and to tour the world, we have now purchased the rights to the SABATON music.

And to celebrate this we want to make them available again to all of you in a unique cooperation between SABATON, Nuclear Blast and Black Lodge.

Now what does this mean??

Well, first it means that when you buy a SABATON album, more of the money spent on the albums will actually go to SABATON and second it means that we want to celebrate this by making the first four albums available again, but in really cool new versions!

We give you… The SABATON RE-ARMED Editions and here is a sample of one bonus track!

The 4 first original albums of Sabaton, complete with new artwork, new booklets, posters and of course: New music!

We have dug deep into the treasury of SABATON to find unique, strange, funny and unexpected songs.

Every album on the RE-ARMED editions will feature new tracks and they will include some old demos, some coversongs, some live versions of songs, some really old and unheard songs and some completely new songs recorded in Studio Abyss.

They will all be re-released on the 27th September 2010 & can from today be pre-ordered right here! | |

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September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

British crossover thrashers SSS have recently returned home after completing their “Wreck and Annoy” headlining European tour and have posted a tour debrief on their blog page.

SSS frontman FOXY looks back on the tour:

“Wreck and Annoy tour has had its share of ups and downs, the good and the bad and great we have digested and relished. Tour is what it is, we love it.”

SSS have been keeping track of all of the fun and antics of life on the road on their new tour diary blog page. Read the band’s tour debrief and look back at their recent adventures at

The name of SSS’s “Wreck and Annoy” tour also wasn’t without irony, as the band’s frontman, FOXY, broke his foot while skateboarding in Pinkafeld, Austria. That didn’t slow down the frontman, however, as he soldiered on for the remaining shows of the tour, performing each night on crutches.

Check out a hilarious video of FOXY making the most of his broken foot as he spends a day out using a mobility scooter at

Catch SSS live at the following shows:

Oct. 30 – Liverpool, UK – Night of the Living Dead 8
Nov. 06 – Leeds, UK – Damnation Festival

Get SSS’s self-titled debut album and 2008 album, THE DIVIDING LINE, in Europe at or in North America at

For more SSS news and info, head to

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SWASHBUCKLE – New Song/Online Game/Video

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Yarrrrrr scallywags, finally New Jersey pirate thrash armada SWASHBUCKLE just uploaded a brand new song from their highly anticipated upcoming album ‘Crime Always Pays…’ to the bands MySpace profile ( “At the Bottom of a Glass” will give you a first impression of what you can expect on the Heidenfest tour, starting next week.

Commented Commodore Redrum: “Alright fuckers, here’s the calm before the storm… you’ll find this album’s touch of class “At the Bottom of a Glass”. Next week, we redecorate our pirate ship with brain matter as we thrash all your faces into a wall. Ye be warned… But for now, GO DRINK YOURSELF STUPID!”

You heard the man – be aware – on Monday, September 6, another song will be unleashed set to thrash your brain into your butthole! ARRR!

Also for those of you who loved last years SWASHBUCKLE online game – stage 2 has just been uploaded to the Nuclear Blast games channel (! The one leading the highscore on September 24, 2010 will receive a really cool and rare BUCKLE item – a original Admiral Nobeard pirate hat that’s been worn on Paganfest Europe, Paganfest USA and in the “Cruise Ship Terror” video as well!

Last but not least, the pirates three have also uploaded another video trailer in support of “Crime Always Pays…” – prepare for some hilarious shit and check it out at

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Locrian to Release “The Crystal World” a 2x Disc Album on Utech Records

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Artist: Locrian
Album: “The Crystal World”
Label: Utech Records
Catalog Number: URCD 56/57
Format: 2xCD/LP
Art: Justin Bartlett
Release Date: November 27, 2010

Release Description:

‘The Crystal World’, the third studio album from Locrian, is an epic journey. Titled after JG Ballard’s 1964 novel that tells the story of a physician who specializes in leprosy sent to a remote African outpost to discover a jungle that is slowly crystallizing and encroaching upon everything it touches. Disc one comprises six tracks while disc two consists of one extended piece, ‘Extinction’, that picks up on the intensity of disc one and sustains it for close to an hour. On ‘The Crystal World’, Terence Hannum, and André Foisy, are joined by Steven Hess (On, Pan American, Ural Umbo) on percussion and electronics.

Hess’ contribution pushes Locrian deeper into the abyss of despair rendering a sound that is darker, bleaker, and engulfing than any of the group’s previous releases. Locrian continue the conceptual trajectory of blackened drone that the group initially embarked on during their first studio album ‘Drenched Lands’ (2009). Masters of layering, ‘The Crystal World’ finds the group manipulating tones and textures that transport the listener to an apocalyptic wasteland. At times, the layers are serene and somber, at other times they are chaotic.

Of Locrian’s three studio albums, ‘The Crystal World’ is the essential release, finding the band creating a sound all of their own. A sound that evades simplistic analogies to black metal, power-electronics, noise, or other categories. This is the album that will stun fans of the bands previous works with how far the group has come from their early releases. Vinyl edition out on Utech Records in 2011.

The group will be debuting material from this album at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC on Thursday, Septebmer 9th. The group will share a stage with Burning Star Core and The Ocean.

For more information, please visit the Land of Decay website.

Locrian Biography:

The links between heavy metal, harsh noise and dark electronic drone should come as no surprise. Some of the best black metal records, after all, feel like half-still sonic smears, and the control of or chaos in feedback has inspired legions in every form. Even if the means are distinct, each of those genres revels in musical viscosity—who can be the heaviest, the meanest, the most exhausting with their sound? But few artists have exploited those intersections as vividly and explicitly as the aggressive, interstitial Chicago duo Locrian.

As Locrian, André Foisy and Terrence Hannum—and a constant flux of peers and friends—have been prolific for about four years, releasing a deluge of proper albums, CD-Rs, 7” records, cassettes and even an 8-track. But Locrian’s two 2010 LPs—Territories, a split release by four different labels, and The Crystal World, due in November on Utech Records—have pushed the band from the upstart experimental fringes into the domain of must-hears. Alternately eerie and irascible, Territories gets didactic in its exploration of those divides. On an 11-minute storm with the appropriately daunting name “Procession of Ancestral Brutalism,” Locrian gathers black metal ringleader Blake Judd of Nachtmystium, heavy metal saxophonist Bruce Lamont and power electronics legend Bruce Solotroff for one destructive trip. An exploration of clashing tones and structures, it’s one of the year’s most vivid, ponderous pieces of music, proclaiming possibilities for exploration rather than suggesting them. The Crystal World softens the focus a bit, scattering ghastly howls and relentless drums beneath walls of sound that seem to suffocate and swirl without ever really doing either. During closer “Elevators and Depths,” Locrian even adds circular acoustic guitar and violin. They wrap those layers around howls and noise that suggest an exorcism. It’s the sound of suspect redemption.

—Grayson Currin

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DISIPLIN signs with ATMF, new release slated for November!!!

September 1st, 2010
by Hanntu

Today, AETERNITAS TENEBRARUM MUSIC FOUNDATION (ATMF) confirms the signing of infamous Norwegian squadron DISIPLIN, the brainchild of one WeltenFeind, who’s done time in such illustrious names as DISSECTION, SLAVIA, MYRKSKOG, and KOLDBRANN. The band has inked a three-album deal with ATMF, the first release of which will be entitled Radikale Randgruppe, slated for release sometime in November.

As the wolf-pack is approaching the new sacrifice, 10 years of history of black metal integrity and daring for DISIPLIN, Radikale Randgruppe will stand as a special anniversary album composed by totally new material, limited to 1000 copies to be released on Digibook format, and with the first 100 copies with a limited T-shirt. DISIPLIN’s martial monument Radikale Randgruppe won’t be re-pressed or re-released but will stay as a unique stone in the band’s legacy.

WeltenFeind comments on the union: “We’re proud to have this sharpened weapon of the pagan gods under our wing, moving from one of the most innovative labels, Moonfog. They’ve been an example of how Norwegian black metal should have been evolved instead of rooting on the memories. DISIPLIN are still there to take forward the idea of black metal as an extreme weapon instead of a un-offensive stereotype.”

A specific release date for DISIPLIN’s Radikale Randgruppe will be announced soon, but preorders will be open in late September. More details to come, but in the meantime, consult and

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE:’The Cold Embrace Of Fear’ Mini CD Tracklist Unveiled

August 31st, 2010

The Italian symphonic heavy metal masters RHAPSODY OF FIRE have revealed the tracklist of the upcoming Mini CD “The Cold Embrace Of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony” to be released on October 15 via Nuclear Blast Records. 

‘The Cold Embrace Of Fear’ tracklisting is the following:

Act I: The Pass Of Nair-Kaan
Act II: Dark Mystic Vision
Act III: The Ancient Fires Of Har-Kuun
Act IV: The Betrayal
Act V: Neve Rosso Sangue
Act VI: Erians Lost Secrets
Act VII: The Angels Dark Revelation

Comments RHAPSODY OF FIRE guitarist Luca Turilli: “For this special CD we composed a unique song of around 35 minutes divided in 7 “acts“. Looking at the title you can easily imagine that such long and epic song will show the most cinematic and orchestral side of our band, all our passion for the world of cinema we love so much and that always represented our main influence while composing Rhapsody’s music“, says Luca Turilli and adds: “Essentially it is a long huge song, sounding very symphonic, full of orchestral sections very soundtrack oriented, narrations and spoken parts. More than in other cases we tried to create a real movie atmosphere with very dynamic musical results, also thanks to the help of the English actors that gave voice to different charachters. You will just need to close your eyes and explore those new emotional dimensions we wrote the music for.“

The lyrics of this monumental, epic symphony is based on the “dark secret saga“ and represents a new chapter, directly connected with The Frozen Tears Of Angels.

Luca explains: “After the long journey to the icy frozen northlands at the borders of the known world, while facing concrete natural obstacles and the inner demons lying in the depths of their conscience, the five main charachters reach the ancient gothic fortress of Har-Kuun, a real monument of evil trapped between ice and snow, the mystic place where the Erian’s book could be finally found. ‘The Cold Embrace Of Fear’ tells about the entrance of those bravehearts in the ancestral world of Har-Kuun and the dramatic search for the holy book of the angels, only possible way to understand something more about the dark secret threatening the whole known world. Also in this case I liked to create particular “bridges“ connecting the new chapter of the saga with our modern life on the basis of symbolism, ancient wisdom and spiritual evolution. To someone who knows something about modern psychology and the study of the different “self“, the hidden geometries and gothic labyrinths of Har-Kuun will reveal themselves very clearly.“

Once again Christopher Lee was chosen for the spoken parts as a main narrator.

“We couldn’t imagine to release something like this without his fundamental partecipation. Sir Lee is one member of Rhapsody Of Fire‘s family since a lot of time and we love him not only as an actor but also as man. Because of his great and majestic personality he has surely the aura of a king of the ancient times.

This extraordinary release, will hit the stores on October15th for a special price.

The band previous studio album “The Frozen Tears Of Angels” (2010) debuted at #16 on the Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Top Hard Music Albums chart and at #129 on the Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Top 200 Albums chart.

Produced by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli, The Frozen Tears Of Angels was mixed and mastered by Sascha Paeth (EDGUY, AVANTASIA, EPICA) and debuted at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #60 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #132 on the Top Independent Albums chart.

Other international chart entries are as follows: Greece #11; Italy #31; Germany #33; Finland #35; Switzerland #39; Japan #41; France #51; Austria #58; South Korea #69; Spain #81; and Belgium #96.


View the video for ‘Sea Of Fate’ below:

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BEHEMOTH’s Nergal answers back to the overwhelming response of those offering to set up benefits in the vocalists honor

August 31st, 2010
by EvilG


Singer’s main goal is to raise awareness and get people involved by registering to be a bone marrow donor

Since news on Nergal’s recent health issues has been released, the band, management, and label has received an overwhelming response from fans and bands all over the world asking how they can directly help Nergal. In response to everyone offering his or her help in terms of setting up benefits and shows to raise money for the frontman of the Polish blackened death metal band BEHEMOTH, Nergal has issued the following statement:

“I haven’t intended to manifest myself in any way and, especially at this stage, to share my feelings or any other news with the world for obvious reasons. It is simply too early for it. But it was YOU who provoked me to say a few words. Regarding my personal low opinion of humankind, I’m shocked by the reaction to my illness. I actually expected NOTHING yet received feedback which surpassed all expectations. I want to ensure you I read EACH mail I receive, although I’m unable to reply to all of them. The power of your words is pure magic and I thank you all for it. You are a gigantic indestructible army that truly inspires me in this difficult time. The fact is that a fight with this illness is going to last for many months. Most of this time I will spend in hospital and I will go through various psychophysical states. If you know the history of Behemoth you also know we achieved everything by hard work and a steely determination. The same goes for my private life. I happen to be a strong son of a bitch. I have no faith but rely on a 100% victory and I am sure I will get out of it stronger than ever. Sun Tzu in his ‘Art of War’ said that if you know your enemy and yourself the result of a thousand battles will not surprise you… I enter the ring with this Nietzschean attitude and I will leave it as a winner, as usual. Just watch and see!

So I want to emphasize that Behemoth will by no means goes through any hibernation state. Obviously all concert plans must be postponed until some unknown point in the future, but things are happening! Lately our newest video for ‘…Alas, Lord is Upon Me’ has premiered and stirred up quite a storm in mass media, which fills us with utter pride. Plus we’ve just finished the project of our new DVD; Evangelia Heretika is a three disc release, a real encyclopedia of Behemoth with nearly 5 hours of material and a bonus audio CD that will be out in November (Metal Blade US – Nuclear Blast Europe). Expect an experience of visual madness as we went to hell and back to make it! Our official Webstore has been functional for a couple of days and official merchandise and some very exclusive stuff can be bought there. At the beginning of 2011, Peaceville in Europe and Metal Blade in US will reissue the EPs with new artwork, bonuses, liner notes, and more. As you can see, despite a complicated situation and difficult circumstances we’re remaining active wherever we can.

Finally, I want to comment on some opinions which, provoked by religious circles, lead to far-fetched and inaccurate interpretations. I was surprised to hear my illness became a pretext for some people to embark on their own crusade. Opinions suggesting I might come closer to God or abandon my ideals and grovel to the only correct world view in this country not only surprised but also frightened me. This is a typical example of supporting one’s own views by preying on someone’s misfortune. ‘He fell ill so he will convert to Christianity, he will discover the religion he fought against is actually close to him.’ Halt! Why should the illness change my point of view? It is true this is a difficult time for me and the thoughts of ultimate matters are hard to chase away. But the idea that I will change my opinions, priorities, and values as a consequence of my illness sounds as if someone regards my head, and not my body, ill. Suggesting I might convert are ridiculous. To what would I convert? After all, I know Christian mythology pretty well, not only in its literary version, and I find nothing good, creative or beautiful in it. I read books better and wiser than the Bible. War, blood, blackmail, rapes, incest, pedophilia, zoophilia, collaboration and treachery – each page emanates with evil. Some may say I don’t understand the message of the Bible. I’d rather say the Christianity is nothing more than a rusty and archaic structure that is going to fall down any moment. It lasts only because of the gullible that follow the shepherd blindly; without any questions, without any consideration, not to any promised land, but to an intellectual slaughter. So, I say to those, who see some chances to break my rules, and myself because of the illness: over my dead body!”

Nergal’s official view on benefit concerts, fund raisers, etc. is focused on marrow donations as a whole issue, not his specific situation. If you want to help Nergal the best thing you can do is set up a marrow drive or register to be a bone marrow donor. Every person that registers to be a donor increases the chances of survival for Nergal and every other person out there suffering from the same illness.

To learn more about how you can register to donate marrow check out:

Fans wanting to help out, register for the marrow program, or have questions on running a marrow drive may contact the organization Music Saves Lives by email at or visit Music Saves Lives at

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THE ABSENCE premier new track off upcoming album ‘Enemy Unbound’

August 31st, 2010
by EvilG


THE ABSENCE premier new track off upcoming album ‘Enemy Unbound’ exclusively on Metal!

Florida thrashers The Absence debut the track Maelstrom; music video for title track Enemy Unbound almost complete

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – August 31, 2010 – In conjunction with the upcoming full-length release from Tampa Florida’s THE ABSENCE titled Enemy Unbound, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with to premier the melodic death metal act’s single Maelstrom. Be sure to head over to, a metal site that provides fans with comprehensive metal news coverage, reviews, interviews, band info, live concert reports, photos, and is updated daily by a dedicated staff of die-hard metalheads, to check out the single Maelstrom. If you like what you hear head over to the band’s landing page and pre-order the album while there is still time to take advantage of the discounted prices. Enemy Unbound is available by itself or bundled with a t-shirt.

Track-listing for Enemy Unbound:

1. Vertigo

2. Erased

3. Deepest Wound

4. Maelstrom

5. Enemy Unbound

6. Solace

7. The Bridge

8. Wartorn

9. Hidden in White

10. Vengeance and Victory

11. Triumph

THE ABSENCE recently completed shooting a music video for the title track Enemy Unbound with director Luke Leonard, which will also be premiering on Details on when the video will drop will be released shortly so stay tuned to for further information.

About the band: Tampa, FL area natives THE ABSENCE laid waste to an unsuspecting metal community with their debut Metal Blade Records album, From Your Grave, and after nearly two years of touring the guys returned in 2007 with their fan and critic acclaimed release Riders of the Plague. Riders of the Plague was recorded at Erik Rutan’s Mana Studios in February / March 2007 with Swedish producer Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge). THE ABSENCE has returned to the metal scene heavier than ever with their third full-length album, Enemy Unbound; a metal masterpiece full of the band’s brand of high flying guitar histrionics and melodies fans and critics alike have grown to love.

Vocalist Jamie Stewart continues to push himself vocally, spewing forth his grim lyrics with more force and violence than ever before. Guitarists Peter Joseph and Patrick Pintavalle deliver blistering solos, harmony-filled leads, and a level of technicality that is off the charts, growing as musicians with every album they deliver. Original drummer, and one of the founding members of THE ABSENCE, Jeramie Kling is back behind the kit and will be joining the band on the road as they tour in support of Enemy Unbound. Jeramie will undoubtedly continue where he left off, acting as the tight backbone needed to hold together the band’s speedy melodic onslaught. With their latest offering, Enemy Unbound, THE ABSENCE deliver a stylish and flavored melodic death/thrash metal album that is sure to please both fans and critics alike.

Enemy Unbound was once again recorded at the famed, Erik Rutan-owned, Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, FL in November 2009 with Brian Elliott engineering and Peter Joseph and Patrick Pintavalle producing the album. Going along with the saying ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,’ the band went to Sweden’s Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge) of Black Lounge Studios who handled both mixing and mastering on Enemy Unbound. Guest musicians on the album include Tom Englund of Evergrey and Andy Wood.

The Absence have toured with the likes Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Vital Remains, Goatwhore, The Red Chord, Vader, Kataklysm, Grave, Nuclear Assault, Destruction, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Entombed, Dismember, Vivisec, Unmerciful, Dead to Fall, and Ion Dissonance just to name a few. Each stop on every tour has earned THE ABSENCE legions of new fans, which is something that will surely continue through the release of Enemy Unbound as the band tours through the states, Canada, and Europe in support of their highly anticipated release.

The Absence is:

Jamie Stewart – vocals

Peter Joseph – guitar

Patrick Pintavalle – guitar

Jeramie Kling – drums

Mike Leon – bass

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August 31st, 2010
by EvilG


Since they formed in 1993, Finnish orchestral rock band Apocalyptica has released six studio albums featuring numerous cello-based instrumentals along with some vocal-based songs. Whatever styles they’ve explored – from atmospheric interludes to fast, battering rhythms — their music has been gripping, dynamic and full of melody.

For their 7th album, 7th Symphony, the band has composed an album that’s not just symphonic, it’s practically a symphony. This time, the instrumental tracks are pure instrumentals with long, progressive passages. At the same time, 7th Symphony contains songs that rock harder than anything they’ve done since 2001 when they released the epic, transfixing album Cult, their first album to contain mostly originals. In the same way that Cult caused fans to view Apocalyptica from a different perspective, 7th Symphony is the next forward step in the group’s creative evolution. Most of the songs on the disc were produced by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool) and two of the four vocal numbers were produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach).

iClips is pleased to announce the LIVE broadcast of Apocalyptica on August 31st from The Pageant in St. Louis, MO. The show will start at 9 PM EDT. For more information on the live broadcast go to

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