In the second of nine installments, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the songs that will appear on the band’s new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which is scheduled for release in Europe on September 27th and in North America on September 28th.
Grutle on “Raidho”:
“A signature Ivar-song. Full of cool riffs, both straight forward and a little bit weird, too! A bit complex, still a very enjoyable song to arrange vocals on. This was the first song me and Herbrand [Larsen, keyboard player and clean vocalist] did the vocal arrangements for on Axioma Ethica Odini and one of the first we recorded (I remember ‘Giants’ being the very first). This song turned out to be one of the most brutal songs on the album, and probably the one containing the most harsh vocals. Love this one, and am really looking forward to playing it live.”
Ivar on “Raidho”:
“’Raidho’ is a song where the song title and the song itself are very closely linked. The title itself is the name of a rune that translated to travel, vehicle and so on. My ambition was to make a song that would convey the feeling of travel; try to depict a ‘moving wheel’ through riffing. It turned out that quite a lot of ENSLAVED’s music had this feeling. If that is a coincidence or not sounds too much like quack-speculation, but I do come from a family of travelers, sailors, and even whalers (‘ey, don’t go Greenpeace on me now!). Perhaps this ‘nomadic’ feeling is our connection to Motörhead… one of Metal’s hardest touring bands? Anyways, when I separated the rhythmic guitar voice (there’s one ‘straight-ahead-guitar’ with the chords, and one ‘drone’ with a rhythmic pattern) and had the drums follow that, I discovered we had what I would almost call a Motörhead-part – which turned out to be the middle-section. I am not a fan of ‘explaining’ lyrics as it limits the reader’s potential for exploration and self-reflection. This one, however, is quite easy to decipher on the surface at least – then again, there are so many ways to travel…”
Click here to read Part 1 of the commentary on “Ethica Odini.”
Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details here. Contest ends Thursday, September 30th.Read the rest of this entry »
New York death metal legends, IMMOLATION, recently played its first club show in seven years at New York City’s Webster Hall as part of the Blackened Music Series sponsored. Stream or download the concert at the following location http://culture.wnyc.org/articles/music-hub/2010/sep/08/no-cover-immolation. This link was brought to us courtesy of WNYC an NPR (National Public Radio) station. IMMOLATION willheadline a US tour this Fall in support of their Nuclear Blast debut, Majesty and Decay.Joining them will be the Polish death metal tank and label matesVADER, along withABIGAIL WILLIAMS, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE, andPATHOLOGY:
IMMOLATION, VADER, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE, PATHOLOGY
9/29 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
9/30 Farmingdale , NY – Crazy Donkey
10/1 Providence, RI – Club Hell
10/2 Manchester , NH – Rocko’s
10/3 Montreal, ON – Foufounes Electriques
10/4 Toronto, ON – MOD Club
10/5 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
10/6 Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
10/7 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/8 St Paul , MN – Station4
10/10 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/11 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
10/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
10/13 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
10/14 West Hollywood, CA – The Whiskey
10/15 Santa Ana ,CA – The Galaxy
10/16 Ramona , CA – Ramona Mainstage
10/17 Mesa, AZ – U.B.’s
10/18 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
10/20 Austin, TX – Emo’s
10/21 Houston, TX – The Warsaw
10/22 Tulsa, OK – Marquee
10/23 Louisville, KY – Uncle Pleasants
10/24 Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
10/25 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
10/26 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
10/27 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
10/28 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
Reduced service charge tickets will go on sale today through www.Enterthevault.com. On sale at all major ticketing services after June 4, 2010.
IMMOLATION’s latest release Majesty and Decay was recorded atSound Studios in New York with longtime producer Paul Orofino. Mixing duties were handled this time by Zack Ohren (DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION, ALL SHALL PERISH). Cover art was created by Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN). IMMOLATION recently wrapped the “Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour” as direct support to NILE.
THE BOY WILL DROWN drummer ED discusses the band’s recent activities and the upcoming tour:
“Unfortunately we’ve had to cancel the start of our tour due to lack of money. Our earnings were drastically cut and we couldn’t afford to do it, what with the renting of a van etc. So our tour is kicking off with Wreck Of The Minotaur in London on September 30th!
“Liam has been, and still is, on holiday at the moment, so the rest of us have been practising at home and trying to get ourselves ready for our longest tour to date. I think we’re all gonna be spending some of our earnings on new/more equipment. I know I’m looking forward to playing on NON-BROKEN cymbals!
“A week going up and down the country with The Bridal Procession should be ace, we’re all really looking forward to playing with those guys and Heights. Galleons are on a few of the shows as well, and we’ve got some more tours lined up with them for next year already. I’ve been chatting to a few of them and they seem safe boys. Heavy drinkers and smokers by all accounts, so I suppose we’ll have to be out partying every night… Oh it’s a hard life ain’t it, haha.
“After that, it’s back over to Europe again which we always enjoy so much! We’re spending three days in Italy so we’re hoping to get some sight-seeing in too. Soak up the culture. I think we have one or two days rest after Europe and then it’s back on the road with Eradication for a week. It’s gonna be hard, but we always end up loving every minute of it… Apart from the van getting gased out with farts, haha!”
Catch THE BOY WILL DROWN live throughout the UK and Europe at the following shows:
THE BOY WILL DROWN w/ WRECK OF THE MINOTAUR
30 Sep 2010 London, UK – The Purple Turtle
THE BOY WILL DROWN w/ THE BRIDAL PROCESSION
1 Oct 2010 Bournemouth, UK – iBar
2 Oct 2010 Birmingham, UK – Eddie’s
4 Oct 2010 Glasgow, UK – The Classic Grand
5 Oct 2010 Aberdeen, UK – The Tunnels
6 Oct 2010 Grimsby, UK – Matrix
7 Oct 2010 Reading, UK – The Facebar
THE BOY WILL DROWN w/ FORGET TO FORGIVE
08 Oct 2010 Hasselt, Belgium – TBC
09 Oct 2010 Alpen aan den Rijn, Netherlands – Making Moshkings Festival
13 Oct 2010 Ravenna, Italy – C.C Lughe
15 Oct 2010 Vienna, Austria – Escape Metalcorner
16 Oct 2010 Paderborn, Germany – Kulturwerkstatt
17 Oct 2010 Mechelen, Belgium – JC Metteko
THE BOY WILL DROWN w/ ERADICATION
20 Oct 2010 Stoke, UK – The Sugarmill
21 Oct 2010 Bridgend, UK – Hobos
22 Oct 2010 Northampton, UK – Roadmender
23 Oct 2010 High Wycombe, UK – The White Horse
24 Oct 2010 Leeds, UK – Cockpit
25 Oct 2010 Newcastle, UK – Trillians
26 Oct 2010 Leicester, UK – Sumo Bar
Brooklyn, NY’s most vicious new death squad, MUTANT SUPREMACY, have teamed up with Hails & Horns Magazine to stream their entire new album. Featuring almost an hour of grave-robbing old-school death metal brutality, Infinite Suffering was recorded atFull Force Studio in in January 2010 with Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding). The band will be celebrating the CD release at NYC’s Cake Shop tonight, desecrating the stage alongside fellow Brooklyn heshers Natur.
The album is now available on CD and 12″ vinyl, and features cover art by New York tattoo and visual artist John Clue. The vinyl version comes with 16×24″ poster of entire cover art (what is on the cover is a detail of the full painting), hand written lyrics and band photo (on inner sleeve), green/black/yellow splatter pattern vinyl and limited to 500 copies.
“Morbid Dismemberment” is to be featured on the soundtrack to the Namco/Bandai video game Splatterhouse, scheduled for release fall 2010, appearing along side Goatwhore, Terrorizer, The Haunted, Municipal Waste, High on Fire and Mastodon. A portion of the song is featured in the games current trailer, and is viewable on the game’s website, http://www.splatterhousegame.com, or here:
Calgary, Alta. Canada: (September 8, 2010) Scarab Metal Productions is putting the final touches on the Noctis IV MetalFest and Conference. The festival is taking place over two days at the University of Calgary’s MacEwan Hall Ballroom. Headlining the event, are German thrash gods, SODOM in arare North American appearance. Sub headliners include grinders ROTTEN SOUND from Finland, and legendary death metallers INCANTATION (USA). Making a first Canadian appearance will be the pagan/war metal act METSATOLL from Estonia, and giving folk metal fans something to rejoice will be Swedish folk metal band, MANEGARM. Lending the festival an evil twist will be the up and coming black rock occultists THE DEVIL’SBLOOD from the Netherlands; reclusive black metallers ROOT from the Czech Republic; and brutal death/war metal act MARTIAL BARRAGE from Manitoba. Completing the international line-up are MIDNIGHT, speed metal hellionsfrom the USA. Other Canadian acts on the bill include tech/prog metal act DIVINITY, from Calgary, whose recent release The Singularity has met with outstanding international reviews, and STRIKER, aspeed metal act from Edmonton, recently recruited for the 2011 Headbangers Open Air Festival in Germany. Also appearing from Calgary are death/thrashers MARK OF CAIN, prog/power act VIATHYN, and new death/doomers, OMINOSITY, all with recent CD releases.
Napalm recording artists STREAM OF PASSION are thrilled to announce their upcoming Canadian tour dates! For the first time in its history, the band will cross the ocean to bring their energetic live performance to the Québec and Ontario regions. STREAM OF PASSION will be performing together with Canadian bands Unexpect and Manahil. Here are the CONFIRMED dates + venues:
October 12 @ Bar Le Cactus (Rimouski)
October 13 @ Le Zaricot (Saint-Hyacinthe)
October 14 @ L’Impérial (Québec)
October 15 @ Côté-Cour (Jonquière)
October 16 @ Petit-Théatre (Rouyn-Noranda)
October 17 @ Bar Le Magog (Sherbrooke)
October 19 @ Sneaky Dee’s (Toronto)
October 20 @ Café Campus (Montréal)
In the words of lead singer Marcela Bovio: “We’re incredibly excited to play in Canada for the first time and share our passion and energy with the Canadian people. We’re truly in our element when we’re performing live, so you can be sure we’ll be giving everything we’ve got on stage! À tout à l’heure!” PRESS + RADIO: Please get in touch ASAP for guest-list spots!!!
In other STREAM OF PASSION news, the band has filmed an exclusive Vlog in anticipation of their Canadian tour where they bake a special Canada-themed cake! This STREAM OF PASSION Vlog can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNRLHc5qDJ8
WE WISH YOU A METAL XMAS AND A HEADBANGING NEW YEAR
~Complete With A Bonus Disc!~
~Stuffing Your Stocking September 21, 2010~
New York, NY (September 9, 2010)—Imagine this: It’s December and you hear the knock of Christmas carolers at your door. You go to your front stoop to be greeted by members of ZZ Top, Motörhead, Anvil, Whitesnake, Them Crooked Vultures, and Alice Cooper. Is that how you prefer your holiday cheer delivered? Then consider yourself on Eagle Rock’s Christmas list! We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year Special Edition will be released as a 2CD set on September 21. [MSRP $15.98] We Wish You A Metal Xmas is a headbanging holiday treat, with hard rock and heavy metal-charged versions of your favorite joyful tunes. This revved up 2010 version is completed with four new tracks from the companion EP released in 2009.
The late great Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper, Billy F Gibbons (ZZ Top), Geoff Tate (Queensryche), and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures), in addition to many others, crank out some fierce and festive merriment on classics like “Run Rudolph Run,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “Silver Bells.” The four bonus tracks include “O Christmas Tree,” featuring Doro Pesch and Michael Schenker, “Auld Lang Syne,” performed by Girlschool, “Frosty The Snowman,” featuring Steve “Lips” Kudlow (Anvil) and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” featuring Dez Fafara (DevilDriver) and Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake).
Deck the halls with boughs of rocking!
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Track Listing: Disc 1: 1.) We Wish You A Merry Christmas
(Jeff Scott Soto / Bruce Kulick / Bob Kulick / Chris Wyse / Ray Luzier)
2.) Run Rudolph Run
(Lemmy / Billy F Gibbons / Dave Grohl)
3.) Santa Claws Is Coming To Town
(Alice Cooper / John 5 / Billy Sheehan / Vinny Appice)
4.) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
(Ronnie James Dio / Tony Iommi / Rudy Sarzo / Simon Wright)
5.) Silver Bells
(Geoff Tate / Carlos Cavazo / James Lomenzo / Ray Luzier)
6.) Little Drummer Boy
(Dug Pinnick / George Lynch / Billy Sheehan / Simon Phillips)
7.) Santa Claus Is Back In Town
(Tim Ripper Owens / Steve Morse / Juan Garcia / Marco Mendoza / Vinny Appice)
8.) Silent Night
(Chuck Billy / Scott Ian / Jon Donais / Chris Wyse / John Tempesta)
9.) Deck The Halls
(Oni Logan / Craig Goldy / Tony Franklin / John Tempesta)
10.) Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer
(Stephen Pearcy / Tracii Guns / Bob Kulick / Billy Sheehan / Greg Bissonette)
11.) Rocking Round The Xmas Tree
(Joe Lynn Turner / Bruce Kulick / Bob Kulick / Rudy Sarzo / Simon Wright)
12.) Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
(Tommy Shaw / Steve Lukather / Marco Mendoza / Kenny Aronoff)
Disc 2: 13.) O Christmas Tree
(Doro Pesch / Michael Schenker / Tony Franklin / Frankie Banali)
14.) Auld Lang Syne
15.) Frosty The Snowman
(Steve “Lips” Kudlow / Bumblefoot / Chris Chaney / Kenny Aronoff)
16.) Rudolph The Red Noised Reindeer
(Dez Fafara / Doug Aldrich / Blasko / John Tempesta)
Norwegian death metal tyrants BLOOD RED THRONE have confirmed two shows in Mexico this weekend.
The band will be making their first ever appearance in the country and will be performing on Saturday, September 11th in Mexico City, and on Sunday, September 12th in Guadalajara.
BLOOD RED THRONE guitarist DØD comments:
“Blood Red Throne is very excited to announce that we will play in Mexico for the very first time on September 11th and 12th. Mr Hustler, our old singer, will join us for these two gigs as well, so it will be a special event for all of us!”
BLOOD RED THRONE have also confirmed a North American tour supporting DIMMU BORGIR. The band will be joining their fellow countrymen in DIMMU BORGIR and ENSLAVED on the “Darkness Reborn Tour”, which kicks off on November 5th and runs through to mid-December. Also appearing on the tour will be DAWN OF ASHES from Los Angeles.
BLOOD RED THRONE guitarist DØD adds:
“Finally, Blood Red Throne is making it to the US! November 5th will be the first out of 32 gigs across the US and Canada supporting Dimmu Borgir and Enslaved. Be prepared for this supreme Nordic metal attack this winter 2010!!!”
Catch BLOOD RED THRONE live on tour at the following shows:
BLOOD RED THRONE
Sep. 11 – Circo Volador – Mexico City, Mexico
Sep. 12 – Organic Bar – Guadalajara, Mexico
BLOOD RED THRONE w/ DIMMU BORGIR, ENSLAVED, DAWN OF ASHES
Nov. 05 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Nov. 06 – Northern Lights – Albany, NY
Nov. 07 – Recher Theater – Towson, MD
Nov. 08 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
Nov. 10 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Nov. 12 – Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 13 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
Nov. 14 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Nov. 15 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 16 – Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 18 – MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
Nov. 19 – Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
Nov. 21 – Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
Nov. 22 – The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
Nov. 23 – Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
Nov. 24 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
Nov. 26 – The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
Nov. 27 – The Fox Theater – Pomona, CA
Nov. 28 – The Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Nov. 30 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
Dec. 01 – Rialto Theater – Tucson, AZ
Dec. 02 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
Dec. 03 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
Dec. 04 – Gothic Theater – Englewood (Denver), CO
Dec. 06 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Dec. 07 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Dec. 09 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
Dec. 10 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Dec. 11 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
Dec. 12 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – Canada
Dec. 13 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC – Canada
Dec. 14 – Imperial – Quebec City, QC – Canada
Alien “Ready To Fly” will be released on the 10th of Oct (10.10.10) by Manora Records.
The platinum selling Swedish AOR phenomena is back after some 22 years. “Ready To Fly” is an up to date production by Mårten Eriksson and Mats Lindfors, catching the classic Alien sound. Melodic rock at it’s best!!
“Swedens best AOR band ever are back with original line-up playing songs from their self titled 1988 debut album… probably a 9,5 out of 10… Encore of this gig is a new song called Ready To Fly, a really good power ballad that fits well with the old material and according to me it shoul get some airplay since it’s that good.”
The Vikings are taking over! Welcome to the beautiful Faroe Islands and welcome TÝR on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. With 26 out of 40 bands on board they sail on. Where are they off to this time? You shall know soon!
The confirmed 26 out of 40 bands are:
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
LISTENABLE RECORDS is proud to announce the signing of French death/black metal band SVART CROWN!
Following their first effort, 2008’s Ages of Decay,SVART CROWN is back with a work of absolute blackness. Spawned in France by guitarist/vocalist J.B Le bail, SVART CROWN was born in 2005 with the idea to push the boundaries of extreme music and create a new dimension of brutality and blackness. Following numerous tours in its native land, SVART CROWN released its first album, Ages of Decay, in early 2008. The band has been promoting this first effort since then, with countless shows and two European runs.
Around J.B lebail, completing the lineup are guitarist C.Frandrois, bassist L.Veyssière and drummer G.Barthélemy (also known for his works with Diabolic, Drowning, Balrog or Antaeus). SVART CROWN has now finished the new album Witnessing The Fall, which marks a new and significant step in the history of the band. The sulphurous and oppressive atmosphere are emphasized by an organic sound crafted by Francis Caste (Kickback, Arkhon Infaustus, Phazm) at St Marthe studio.
SVART CROWN has successfully mixed an old-school feeling with various modern influences. Witnessing the Fall is simply the new face of the band: a black beast, full of anger, a symbol of humanity in perdition. It will be released early next year in North America on LISTENABLE RECORDS.
The band is embarking on a tour with the notorious SHINING in Oct/Nov 2010.
LIVE DATES :
Oct 09 – St Dizier, France -Evenning Metal Fest + Nightmare .
SVART CROWN ON TOUR THIS FALL WITH SHINING AND ENTHRONED
Oct 20 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
Oct 21 – Osnabr, Germany – TBA
Oct 22 – Ahrnem, Netherlands – Willemeen
Oct 23 – Best, The Netherlands – JC Todo
Oct 24 – Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebob
Oct 25 – London, England – Underworld
Oct 26 – Paris, France – Glasart
Oct 27 – Frankfurt, Germany – Nachtleben
Oct 28 – Essen, Germany – Turok
Oct 29 – Berlin, Germany – K17
Oct 30 – Bitterfeld, Germany – Festung
Oct 31 – Ng, Germany – Z-bau
Nov 01 – Laibach, Slovenia – Gala Hala
Nov 02 – Salzburg, Austria – Rockhouse
Nov 03 – Wien, Austria – Scene
Nov 04 – Brno, Czech Republic – Faval
Nov 05 – Bischofswerda, Germany – East Club
Nov 06 – Munchen, Germany – Backstage club
Nov 20 – Nancy, France – Metal Ride Fest + Devildriver + Loudblast.
Pomona, CA’s own BONDED BY BLOOD were recently announced as part of the stellar lineup for the North American Retribution 2011 Tour. Headlined by metal pioneers, DEATH ANGEL, BONDED BY BLOOD will also see themselves touring alongside such talented acts as LAZARUS A.D; EARLY MAN and HEXEN. “Next year should definitely be a great tour;” says BONDED BY BLOOD guitarist, Juan Juarez. “We’re really looking forward to be playing alongside Death Angel, as they are a well-respected band in the thrash scene. I saw Lazarus AD with Kreator and they know how to tear shit up. And we’ve played with Hexen a few times before and they are a bunch of good dudes who definitely put on kick-ass shows. Be ready for us to be in your town and tear shit apart!”
Catch BONDED BY BLOOD with DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D; EARLY MAN and HEXEN on the North American Retribution 2011 Tour:
Jan. 24 – War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX (No DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D.)
Jan. 26 – The Muse – Nashvile, TN (No DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D.)
Jan. 28 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY (No DEATH ANGEL)
Jan. 29 – Championship bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ (No DEATH ANGEL)
Jan. 30 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Jan. 31 – The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC
Feb. 01 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 – Club Hell – Providence, RI
Feb. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Feb. 07 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 08 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
Feb. 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Feb. 11 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Feb. 12 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 13 – Numbers – Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
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NOCTURNAL FEAR, Detroit’s war-thrash death-squad, have discharged longtime drummer Aggressor. New drummer Witchhammer is already learning the band’s set, and the band is rehearsing tracks for forthcoming new album Excessive Cruelty, to be released next year on MORIBUND RECORDS. Says founding guitarist Rev. Chris Slavehunter PhD., “It’s not easy being in Detroit’s and arguably the USA’s fastest and most face-ripping thrash band. Witchhammer has the devotion and drive to become a true NF shock trooper! Our new album and shows will bear this out. Heed my words, posers – the knock on your door in the middle of the night may be us! Death to false metal!”
As previously reported, NOCTURNAL FEAR recently added new member Warmonger on bass. The band is rounded out by Slavehunter on all guitars and Devastator on vocals. A release date for NOCTURNAL FEAR’s Excessive Cruelty will be announced later this year. In the meantime, consult www.myspace.com/nocturnalfear and www.moribundcult.com.
NIJI ENTERTAINMENT GROUP TO ISSUE DIO AT DONINGTON UK THIS NOVEMBER
NIJI ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC. TO ISSUE FIRST RELEASE – ‘DIO AT DONINGTON UK: LIVE 1983 AND 1987’ 2 CD SET ON NOVEMBER 9TH, 2010
2010 will go down as the year that we lost one of hard rock/heavy metal’s all-time great vocalists, Ronnie James Dio (after a valiant battle with cancer). Throughout a career that saw Ronnie pen or co-pen classics with such legendary acts as Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and with his solo group, Dio, there are simply not enough words to describe the singer’s contribution to rock music worldwide. And to celebrate the life of the man that has become synonymous with metal, several new releases will soon be arriving, that are certain to please Dio’s large and loyal fanbase.
On November 9th, the double disc set, ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987’ will be released. The first disc was recorded at the first-ever UK performance by Dio’s solo group, while on tour supporting their classic debut, ‘Holy Diver.’ And the set-list does a superb job reflecting Dio’s debut (featuring such classics as “Rainbow in the Dark,” “Stand Up And Shout,” etc.), as well as classics from both Rainbow and Black Sabbath (“Man on the Silver Mountain,” “Heaven and Hell,” etc.) – resulting in a thoroughretrospective of Dio’s career, from Rainbow to Black Sabbath to solo hits.
The second disc of ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987’ features guitarist Craig Goldy’s debut – recorded in 1987, in support of the ‘Dream Evil’ album, and contains highlights from Dio’s career. ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987’ will be the very first release from the Niji Entertainment Group (which was formed by Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager, Wendy Dio, in early 2010). The set will be released as a deluxe digipak including a booklet filled with rare photographs and liner notes, and original replica all access laminates from both shows.
Ronnie was the executive producer on the Donington project, and was very much looking forward to the release. The Niji Entertainment Group is a full service record label, and will be releasing rare and unreleased recordings from Dio and other artists.
November 23rd will see two additional releases from the Niji Entertainment Group – a deluxe limited edition picture disc of Dio’s classic solo debut, ‘Holy Diver,’ and ‘Bitten By The Beast’ from David “Rock” Feinstein. “Rock” is Ronnie’s cousin, and was a member of Elf, and the leader of the legendary NY band The Rods. ‘Bitten By The Beast,’ features the single “Metal Will Never Die,” with lead vocals by Ronnie James Dio. This single will be heavily worked to active rock and metal radio this fall.
In 2011, the Niji Entertainment Group has many other Dio-related projects planned, including an extensive vinyl box set (an idea that Ronnie himself came up with), ‘For The Record: The Complete Dio Vinyl Collection,’ which will feature 16 LP’s in a deluxe carrying case, with “all access tour laminates” from every tour. All of the LP’s will be on 180 gram colored vinyl. Also, being released for the first time on DVD will be ‘Super Rock Japan 1985’ (which was only ever released in Japan on VHS). Another forthcoming DVD release will be a collection of every Dio MTV promotional video, plus live concert footage including bonus features, including interviews with Ronnie, his band, and crew.
A Dio bootleg box set is on the horizon as well, featuring never-before-released sound board recordings and audience recordings. Other releases from the Niji Entertainment Group in 2011 will include all four Rainbow Dio-era LP’s in their original gatefold sleeves on 180 gram colored vinyl, and all three Elf LP’s will be issued on 180 gram colored vinyl. 2011 will also see deluxe reissues from Tim “Ripper” Owens, a fantastic new CD from Oni Logan (Lynch Mob vocalist), and Rowan Robertson (Dio guitarist), as well as live Elf.
Between Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, the Dio social media followers now numbers over one million. The Niji Entertainment Group is in the process of starting the official Dio webstore, which will give fans worldwide opportunity to purchase t-shirts, limited edition items, and CD’s/DVD’s that fans have been requesting.
While Ronnie was alive, he always wanted to have his own action figure/statue.
And now, this has become a reality – KnuckleBonz has created the Ronnie James Dio rock iconz statue, which will be available in late fall 2010.
These statues are only produced in limited edition runs of 3000, which make them highly collectible and sought after from fans. A portion from the sales of the Dio statue will go to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, in honor of Ronnie James Dio. Preorders available by visiting knucklebonz.com.
DREAM THEATER have issued the following statement in the wake of the earth-shattering news that drummer Mike Portnoy has elected to leave the band:
“To all of our loyal fans and friends: It is with profound sadness – regret – we announce that Mike Portnoy, our lifelong drummer and friend, has decided to leave Dream Theater. Mike’s stature in the band has meant the world to all of us professionally, musically, and personally over the years. There is no dispute: Mike has been a major force within this band.
While it is true that Mike is choosing to pursue other ventures and challenges, we can assure you that Dream Theater will continue to move forward with the same intensity, and in the same musical tradition, that you have all helped make so successful, and which is truly gratifying to us. Fans and friends: File this episode under ‘Black Clouds and Silver Linings.’
As planned, we begin recording our newest album in January 2011, and we’ll follow that with a full-on world tour. ‘The Spirit Carries On.’
All of us in Dream Theater wholeheartedly wish Mike the best on his musical journey. We have had a long and meaningful career together. It is our true hope that he finds all he is looking for, and that he achieves the happiness he deserves. He will be missed.” Read the rest of this entry »