MEGADETH – bassist David Ellefson

August 9th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala




Transcription by Antaura Zed

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

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EXODUS – Guitarist Gary Holt

August 9th, 2010
by Metal Rules


Guitarist Gary Holt

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

Off/onstage pictures by Terhi Pihlaja

Transcription by Martin Heaps (Psychophobe)

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


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

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

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

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

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Tornado Woes At Finnish Sonisphere Festival

August 8th, 2010
by EvilG

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

More details as they become available…..

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

August 7th, 2010
by EvilG

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

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

HEAVEN BY DAY (Morning & Afternoon Session)

Lake of Death



Atomic Meltdown

Blind Image

Infernal Wrath

Escher’s Knot






HELL BY NIGHT (Evening & Night Session)

Eccentric Pendulum

Abandoned Agony

Velvet Trap



Undying Inc

Band Aid

Purple Blood


Inner Sanctum

Demonic Resurrection

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

Kyra Website:
Festival Facebook Page:

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August 7th, 2010
by EvilG

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

Within Your Eyes          (from “Relix” CD)

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

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

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

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

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

Nov. 05 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall

Nov. 06 – Farmingdale, NY – Crazy Donkey

Nov. 07 – Providence, RI – Club Hell

Nov. 08 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar

Nov. 09 – Virginia Beach, VA – Gil’s

Nov. 10 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’

Nov. 11 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11

Nov. 12 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans

Nov. 13 – Orlando, FL – Club Firestone

Nov. 14 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

Nov. 15 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

Nov. 16 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s

Nov. 17 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

Nov. 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel Nightclub

Nov. 19 – Manchester, NH – Rocko’s

Nov. 20 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

For more information on OVERKILL and KILLFEST tickets visit: &

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DELAIN Prepare For ProgPower USA Performance

August 6th, 2010
by EvilG

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

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

DELAIN “Mini World Tour” 2010:

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

9/11/2010 ProgPower USA – Atlanta, GA

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

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

9/19/2010 ExpoBrasilia – Brasilia, Netherlands

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

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

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

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

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FIREWIND Triumphantly Returns With Days of Defiance On Oct. 26th

August 6th, 2010
by EvilG

FIREWIND Triumphantly Returns With Days of Defiance On Oct. 26th,
Release New Digital Single On 8/17 and Post New Video Trailer Online

The Greek metal phenomenon FIREWIND, led by the young guitar sensation Gus G. has returned with the scathing new effort Days of Defiance, which is easily their defining moment. The much anticipated disc is set for an Oct. 26th North American release (Oct. 25th throughout Europe) and it’s a truly ambitious and dynamic opus featuring some of the most brilliant guitar playing the genre has seen in many years. Click on the link below to view a new trailer featuring a clip of the new “World On Fire” single. Be sure to stay tuned to in the coming weeks for the new album’s cover art and track listing.

The “World On Fire” single will be available for purchase on digital platforms starting on 8/17, so keep an eye out for that.

Gus G. further states: “Usually when we write an album we let the music come to us and go with the flow. Maybe that’s why our albums have variety and you can hear everything from super heavy songs, to speed metal shredding, to rock anthems and ballads. Days of Defiance wasn’t much different in the making, but this time we recorded almost all of it in our home studios, which allowed us to be more relaxed. That’s why I feel the new album features the best performances by all of us. One of our main goals though was to get a bit more of an ‘unpolished’ sound and be more raw. I think we achieved it and that gives an extra heaviness to the overall sound. We mixed the album in Helsinki, Finland at Sonic Pump Studios. Nino Laurenne (Thunderstone) and Tapio Pennanen mixed it and they did a killer job. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”

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AS I LAY DYING North American Tour dates announced

August 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Grammy®-nominated metal group AS I LAY DYING has just announced a new set of fall tour dates in North America and Europe.  In support of their latest release THE POWERLESS RISE, the band will kick off the run September 14 in El Paso, TX with support from All That Remains, Unearth, and Carnifex. The tour will take the band down south, through the northeast, before making its way west through Canada, wrapping up October 11 in Chico, CA. AS I LAY DYING will then end the year with shows throughout Europe (see below for full tour dates).

AS I LAY DYING–NICK HIPA (guitar), TIM LAMBESIS (vocals), JORDAN MANCINO (drums), PHIL SGROSSO (guitar) and JOSH GILBERT (bass)–just wrapped the “Cool Tour” with Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Blessthefall, The Acacia Strain, Architects, Cancer Bats, and War of Ages in San Francisco August 1.  In a live review from the 7/31 Los Angeles date, Louie Bones of said, “As I Lay Dying hit the stage to an intro song that reminded me of an epic war scene from a movie, it set the tone for what was to come. The 4000 maximum capacity crowd howled in excitement as the 5 members of As I Lay Dying broke into the set opener ‘94 Hours.’ The bone shattering bass drum was felt by all across the floor and up into the Palladium’s balconies. It was similar to an earthquake set to musical rhythm and growled along to…Fans had waited all day for this and they were not let down by any means as As I Lay Dying tore through the Palladium relentlessly late into the night.”

Prior to the fall tour, AS I LAY DYING will be performing this Saturday, August 7 as part of the Maloof Money Cup presented by Vans which airs live on FUEL TV.  The MMC–the world’s premiere showcase for amateur and professional skateboarding–returns to Orange County for a third straight year August 4-8 (during the 2010 OC Fair) and will award nearly $450,000 in cash and prizes in four professional U.S. championship competitions: the VOLCOM Street Pro, Women’s Pro Street, Carl’s Jr. Pro Vert Championships and the World Industries Amateur Championships. More than 25 bands will perform including Lil’ Jon, Ludacris, YelaWolf and others. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations or at the OC Fair & Event Center Box Office at the Pacific Amphitheatre. For more information go to <> .

In other exciting news, the San Diego-based band has been nominated for a San Diego Music Award for Best Hard Rock Album with THE POWERLESS RISE.  Also nominated in this category are: A City Serene, All Leather, Bitter Frost, Burning the Masses, Canobliss, Carnifex and Mower. The winners will be announced on Sunday, September 12.

Catch AS I LAY DYING on the road in the following cities:

Tickets available for all shows at

DATE                          CITY                                        VENUE
Maloof Money Cup
Sat       8/7                   Costa Mesa, CA                     Orange County Fairgrounds
w/ All That Remains, Unearth, and Carnifex (Note dates w/o ATR)
Tue      9/14                 El Paso, TX                             Club 101
Wed     9/15                 Odessa, TX                            Dos Amigos
Thu      9/16                 Abilene, TX                              Midnight Rodeo
^ Fri     9/17                 Little Rock, AR                        The Village
Sat       9/18                 Memphis, TN                          New Daisy Theatre
Sun      9/19                 Knoxville, TN                           Valarium
Mon     9/20                 Cincinnati, OH                         The Madison Theater
Tue      9/21                 Grand Rapids, MI                   Orbit Room
^ Wed  9/22                 Cleveland, OH                                    Peabody’s
Thu      9/23                 Buffalo, NY                              Town Ballroom
Fri        9/24                 Albany, NY                              Northern Lights
^ Sat    9/25                 Hartford, CT                            Webster Theatre
Sun      9/26                 Quebec City, QC                    Imperial
Mon     9/27                 Montreal, QC                          Metropolis
Tue      9/28                 Ottawa, ON                             Capital Music Hall
Wed     9/29                 London, ON                            Cowboys
Fri        10/1                 Winnipeg, MB                          Garrick Center
Sun      10/3                 Saskatoon, SK                        Odeon
Mon     10/4                 Calgary, AB                             MacEwan Hall
Tue      10/5                 Edmonton, AB                         Edmonton Events Center
Thu      10/7                 Vancouver, BC                       Vogue Theatre
Fri        10/8                 Seattle, WA                             El Corazon
Sun      10/10               Portland, OR                           Roseland Theater
^ Mon  10/11               Chico, CA                                Senator Theatre
^ without All That Remains
European Headline Tour w/Heaven Shall Burn and Suicide Silence
*Thu    11/4                 Switzerland                             Volkhaus
Fri        11/5                 Viale Tritone, Italy                   Rock Planet
*Sat     11/6                 Vienna, Austria                        Gassometer
*Sun    11/7                 Nuremburg, Germany                        Lowensaal
Mon     11/8                 Strasbourgh, France              Le Iaiterie
Tue      11/9                 Paris, France                          La Trabendo
*Wed   11/10               Luxembourg                            Kulturfabrik
*Thu    11/11               Munich, Germany                   Tonhalle
*Fri      11/12               Cologne, Germany                 Ewerk Koln
*Sat     11/13               Stuttgart, Germany                 Longhorn LKA
*Sun    11/14               Munster, Germany                 Skaters Place
*Mon    11/15               Berlin, Germany                      Columbia Club
Tue      11/16               Gotenburg, Sweden                Brewhouse
Wed     11/17               Stockholmd, Sweden              Klubben
Fri        11/19               Helsinki, Finland                      Nosturi
Sun      11/21               Malmo, Sweden                      KB
*Mon    11/22               Hamburg, Germany                Grosse Freheit
*Tue    11/23               Leipzig, Germany                   Werk II
Wed     11/24               Antwerp, Belgium                    Trix
#Thu    11/25               Norwich                                   Waterfront Hall
#Fri      11/26               London, UK                             Koko
#Sat     11/27               Wolverhampton, UK                Wolfrun North St
#Sun    11/28               Manchester, UK                      Manchester Academy
#Mon   11/29               Glasgow                                  Garage
#Tue    11/30               Sheffield                                  Corporation

* Indicates co-headlining shows with Heaven Shall Burn
# Indicates Suicide Silence as main support <> <> <> <> <>

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August 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Frontiers Records announces the re-release in limited edition of some of long out of print classic releases of its catalogue on August 27th. Subject to the campaign will be four albums.

WETTON / DOWNES “Icon”, the album that marked the reunion between Geoff Downes and John Wetton. Originally released in 2005, this is the album that re-sparkled the flame between the two artists and brought later two more albums and the original ASIA line-up reunion. This edition will see the addition of 5 bonus tracks: Heat of the Moment 05; Paradox/ Let Me Go (different version); The Smile Has Left Your Eyes 05; In The End (different version); There In Your Bed (which originally appeared on the “Heat of the Moment 05” EP). Details and samples available on

HURRICANE “Liquifury”, the third album from the amazing US Hard Rock band featuring singer Kelly Hansen (who later went on to join Foreigner) and drummer Jay Schellen (who will shortly appear on the Unruly Child reunion album). This reissue will include two bonus tracks: Push, Promises (both have originally appeared on the Japanese edition of the album). Details and samples available on

SEVENTH KEY “Seventh Key”, the debut album from the collaboration between KANSAS bassist Billy Greer and former CITY BOY guitar player Mike Slamer. Both have played together in STREETS, the band formed by Steve Walsh in his brief hiatus from Kansas from 1983 to 1986. This album includes some songs which were originally demoed for the KANSAS “Power” album and feature performances from Steve Morse, Phil Ehart, Steve Walsh and Rich Williams among others. This reissue adds two bonus tracks The Storm Rages On (original Japanese bonus track) and Remember You Well (US bonus track which was written by the other ex KANSAS, Kerry Livgren). Details and samples available on

SEVENTH KEY “The Raging Fire”, the band’s second album. From a studio project SEVENTH KEY evolved in a more stable unit which saw Greer and Slamer joined by Terry Brock and Jamie Thompson. Defined as “A brilliant album!” by at the time of the release, this reissue comes with one bonus track “Love Train”. Details and samples available on


Singer Lars Sarfsund is currently completing the vocal track recordings for the highly anticipated second album from WORK OF ART, the Swedish Melodic Rock band that took the scene by storm with the release of the self / titled debut in February 2008. The working title of the new album will be “In Progress” and Frontiers looks to release in before the end of 2010. Melodic Rock fans can expect a real step forward and the guys will deliver nothing else than a stunning release !


Frontiers Records informs that the release of ALLEN / LANDE third album “The Showdown”, originally planned for September, is postponed to November 2010. We apologize with the fans for the unexpected delay.


Some very positive press results are blessing the return of ex HAREM SCAREM singer Harry Hess fronting FIRST SIGNAL, the new project produced by Dennis Ward of PINK CREAM 69. Some of the most remarkable ones include:

“FIRST SIGNAL is a well-constructed and melodic-as-hell album that welcomes Harry Hess and melodic rock fans with open arms.” Rockeyez
“If you dig Melodic Rock and the old Harem Scarem stuff then this album is something you will enjoy.”
“For die hard fans of Harem Scarem is First Signal featuring Harry Hess a good news show, its finger liking good”
“Simply put, First Signal is one of the contenders for being one of the best melodic rock albums of 2010”.

Enjoy again the videoclip for the awesome album’s opener “This City”:


The US-Greek Hard Rock unit OUTLOUD is working already on the follow up to their successful self titled debut release. RockpagesTV “invaded” Basement Studios were the band is working and talked with drummer Mark Cross and guitarist Bob Katsionis about the recording of their sophomore album, the differences with the first and Outloud’s characteristics. You can read the entire interview at or enjoy the interview clicking here:


The very well known Japanese actor/singer Anna Tsuchiya will use the original THE MURDER OF MY SWEET song “Follow The Rain” (titled “Shout In The Rain” in her version) as the lead off single from her third album released in Japan on Avex. The song in this new version can be enjoyed in this attractive videoclip

It’s very rare that a Japanese artist decides to cut a single with an already available song – but Avex and Anna T loved the track very much and the band feels honoured by their choice. THE MURDER OF MY SWEET are scheduled to appear live at the forthcoming Raismes Festival in France on September 11th.


Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of MELODIC ROCK FANZINE. The 39th release of our successful magazine is available for free all over the world through record shops, mailorders and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases.

This new issue includes reviews and interviews of First Signal, Terry Brock, Terra Nova, Sister Sin Wheels Of Fire, Joey Summer, Kickhunter, Tony Harnell & The Mercury Train, Yoso, Jorn… and more!… and more!

Electronic readable version of the magazine is available on the Frontiers official site and here:

Get ready for a MAJOR new signing on Frontiers to be announced in September

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August 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Sick has uploaded live drum camera footage of Tommy McKinnon of Canada’s progressive death metal juggernauts AUGURY performing “… Ever Know Peace Again” from AUGURY’s 2004 debut release, Concealed on July 30, 2010 at Slim’s in San Francisco, California. The video is available for viewing here.  View high-quality photos of AUGURY’s July 31st performance at The Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, California here.

Called “one of the most astonishing prog-death bands on the planet” by, AUGURY are currently on the “Panic Over North America” tour with the godfathers of Swedish modern metal SOILWORK, Bay Area thrashers DEATH ANGEL, Mutiny Within, and New Jersey’s pirate thrash armada SWASHBUCKLE.   Remaining dates on the tour are:

08/05/10  Emo’s – Austin, TX

08/06/10  Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX

08/07/10  Meridian – Houston, TX

08/09/10  The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL

08/10/10  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

08/11/10  Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY

08/12/10  Gil’s Bar and Grill – Virginia Beach, VA

08/13/10  Sonar – Baltimore, MD

08/14/10  Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA

08/15/10  Webster Theater – Hartford, CT

AUGURY’s Nuclear Blast debut, Fragmentary Evidence, was released in North America in August, 2009 and is available for purchase at the Nuclear Blast USA Webstore.

Visit AUGURY online at,, and

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Metal Blade Records teams up with Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ of Primordial for distribution of his label POISON TONGUE RECORDS

August 6th, 2010
by EvilG
Alan Averill 'Nemtheanga'

Alan Averill 'Nemtheanga'

Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ works with Metal Blade Records’ A&R department; first bands signed are Sweden’s PORTRAIT and Ireland’s DARKEST ERA!

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce it has inked an imprint deal with Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ of Primordial to handle distribution of his label POISON TONGUE RECORDS. Alan’s POISON TONGUE RECORDS has already begun to gain notice as a promising label in the underground scene in Europe and now with distribution being handled by Metal Blade Records in North America, the label will be able to further expand its reach into States.

Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ elaborates; “so after twenty years experience in the music industry I am starting my own imprint label called Poison Tongue Records through Metal Blade Records, working in conjunction with Darragh at Invictus Productions and Cyclone Empire. The reasons are many fold and despite the confused state the industry itself is in I felt it was time to step up and make a few things happen. Poison Tongue will be underground, make no bones about it and will concentrate on a couple of releases a year together with Invictus dealing with the underground traders, Cyclone hitting the middle ground and Metal Blade taking care of the shops, main mail-orders and bigger advertisements. Attack on all fronts!

The first release is the BLOOD REVOLT Indoctrine album. Poison Tongue is responsible for the limited digi version available right now through Metal Blade (listen to the track ‘Year Zero’ on the website) in conjunction with Profound Lore in the States and Invictus here in Europe taking care of the jewel edition.

Next up is a joint collaboration on a new DESTRÖYER 666 7″ together with Invictus Productions. Something I’m very proud to be connected with having long connections with the DESTRÖYER 666 boys, this should be out to coincide with their tour with Watain in the fall. Then we are going to begin working with fellow Aussies, and one-time DESTRÖYER 666 members, Berserker and ASSAULTER on their new album, having recruited new members this is going to crush, plain and simple. A demo track is now up on the Poison Tongue site so be sure to check it out. More news will follow about releases to follow.”

In other news; Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ works with Metal Blade Records’ A&R department and has already picked up two new bands. The first is PORTRAIT from Sweden and the second is DARKEST ERA hailing from Ireland. Metal Blade Records chairmen and CEO, Brian Slagel, comments on teaming up with Alan to assist the label in finding new metal acts: “We are very excited to work with Alan on this project. He has great ears and is really embedded in the underground.”

Alan adds; “I’ll be working A&R for Metal Blade, bringing some new angles and ideas. The first of which is Swedish old school contenders PORTRAIT. When this NWOBHM 80’s magma finally spews to the surface these guys are going to be there. The second is young Irish band DARKEST ERA who will release their debut later in the year. A heady and vibrant mix of sweeping Irish melancholy imbued with Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Omen and Slough Feg. Earth pagan power? Sound about right?

There will be more to follow believe me! If you are interested in getting in touch because your band might be what I’m looking for, email:”

“We take pride in signing to a label with a legacy like that of Metal Blade,” comments Portrait guitarist Richard Lagergren. “And in a way I’d like to say this will be our first ‘real’ album… You ain’t seen nothing yet! Hell awaits!”

Ade Mulgrew, guitarist of Darkest Era, comments; “this is a big step for us and gives us a great opportunity to get our music out to a lot more people. We’ve got a new album written that we are really excited about and can’t wait to get it recorded. Metal Blade has put out some of our favorite records over the years and we’re looking forward to working with them as we embark on this journey of conquest!”

Check them both at www.myspace.corm/darkestera and

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August 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Nuclear Blast USA’s webshop is now taking pre-orders for IMMORTAL’s first official DVD & live CD release, The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh, a visual documentation of the band’s headlining reunion show at the prestigious Wacken Open Air festival in Germany in 2007.

The $20.00 pre-order bundle includes an IMMORTAL “All Shall Fall” t-shirt and can be ordered here.

The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh will be released in Europe on August 6th and in North America on September 14th.  The track listing for both the DVD and the live CD is as follows:

01. Intro

02. The Sun No Longer Rises (from Pure Holocaust)

03. Withstand The Fall Of Time (from At The Heart Of Winter)

04. Sons Of Northern Darkness (from Sons Of Northern Darkness)

05. Tyrants (from Sons Of Northern Darkness)

06. One By One (from Sons Of Northern Darkness)

07. Wrath From Above (from Damned In Black)

08. Unholy Forces Of Evil (from Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism)

09. Unsilent Storms In The North Abyss (from Pure Holocaust)

10. At The Heart Of Winter (from At The Heart Of Winter)

11. Battles In The North (from Battles In The North)

12. Blashyrk (Mighty Ravendark) (from Battles In The North)

View the trailer for The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh:

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KATAKLYSM: New Album Available For Streaming

August 6th, 2010
by EvilG
KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

KATAKLYSM: "Heaven's Venom"

Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have made their new album Heaven’s Venom available for streaming in it’s entirety on their Myspace page Heaven’s Venom will be released on August 13th in Europe and August 24th in North America. The follow-up to 2008’s Prevail, was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F  Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, DARK TRANQUILLITY).

KATAKLYSM recently shot a video clip for the song “Push The Venom” with director Ivan Colic (TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED, DEATHSTARS, EX DEO)  in Belgrade, Serbia.

Pre-order Heaven’s Venom with or without an exclusive shirt design while supplies last at the following location

Heaven’s Venom
track listing:
1. A Soulless God
2. Determined (Vows of Vengeance)
3. Faith Made of Shrapnel
4. Push the Venom
5. Hail the Renegade
6. As the Walls Collapse
7. Numb & Intoxicated
8. At the Edge of the World
9. Suicide River
10. Blind Savior

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August 6th, 2010
by EvilG

British crossover thrashers SSS are kicking off a European tour tonight (5th August) in Hanover, Germany.

SSS are headlining the “Wreck and Annoy” tour, and have created a brand new tour diary to track the antics of the band as they thrash and destroy their way around Europe.  Check out the tour diary at

SSS frontman FOXY comments:

“SSS has grasped the nettle and are doing a tour diary for our European tour.  Follow events live as they unfurl abroad.  Daily updates by the best semi-professional crossover thrash metal band from the UK.  Be the first to witness the sights, the sounds and the smells all in glorious 2D.  That’s the plan anyway.  See how long it lasts.  See you on the dark side of the channel.”

Catch SSS live in Europe at the following shows:

05.08.10 Hanover, Germany – Musikzentrum (w/ SLAPSHOT)
06.08.10 Leisnig, Germany – Sucks’n’Summer Open Air Festival
07.08.10 Pinkafeld, Austria – Alte Gerberei
08.08.10 Vienna, Austria – Tüwi
09.08.10 Bratislava, Slovakia – Obluda Club
10.08.10 Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia
11.08.10 Chemnitz, Germany – Subway To Peter
12.08.10 Jaromer, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Festival
13.08.10 Ieper, Belgium – Ieper Festival
14.08.10 Newport, Wales – Le Pub

View the tour flyer at

Check out the strictly limited edition SSShred SSSleds skateboard decks, which will be available to buy at the shows, at

SSS’s 2008 album, THE DIVIDING LINE, is available worldwide.  Get your copy in Europe at or in North America

For more SSS news and info, head to

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Manticora guitarists Martin Arendal and Kristian Larsen record guitar solos for Hexfire’s debut

August 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Martin Arendal and Kristian Larsen of the Danish power metal band

Manticora have recently recorded storming guest guitar solos that will

appear on the debut album from Hexfire.

As previously reported, also Kasper Gram of Manticora laid down a

guest bass solo for one of the tracks from Hexfire forthcoming album

last week.

Jacob Liszko says: “First we got an excellent bass solo from Kasper of

Manticora, now we have storming guitar solos from Martin and Kristian!

If I were to describe them as guitarists, I would call them real

shredders! They’re so fast that it’s even hard to hear all the notes

they play, ha ha. Moreover, all the harmonic guitar tracks they record

are amazing. I’m really impressed.”

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