STOCKHOLM ROCK OUT -Part II Great White, Keel, Lizzy Borden, U.D.O, Pretty Boy Floyd etc..

September 28th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala



Stockholm Rock Out is a new rock festival in Sweden which is now in its second year. When the first edition of the festival took place on May 1st it was almost disastrous because the giant volcano clouds forced most of the headliners to cancel their appearances but this time all measures worked well without any unexpected problems or last minute changes. By European standards, the band line up in Stockholm Rock Out was somewhat extravagant. The list included many great bands which haven’t been here in ages, like Keel and Tuff, and there were also some unique one off performances like the one with Great White w/ Paul Shortino on vocals and the farewell show of Zinny J. Zan. Like the organizers advertised, this festival is indeed organized for music lovers by music lovers.     


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Guitarist Ron Jarzombek Issues WATCHTOWER, BLOTTED SCIENCE Update

September 27th, 2010
by EvilG

Acclaimed guitarist Ron Jarzombek (BLOTTED SCIENCE, WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK) has issued the following update:

“Basically, what is going on is I have too many things going on right now, and haven’t completed much of anything since the BLOTTED SCIENCE The Machinations Of Dementia CD in late ’07. (Well, I released ‘PHHHP! Plus’ last year but that was previously recorded material). This is what I get for starting up too many things, trying to run everything myself, handling nearly all production work, and I get so overloaded that I lose focus on what I should be working on, what is priority at the time, and nothing gets completed. Hopefully, one of the projects listed below will actually be completed sometime soon, but don’t hold your breath or you will die’

1. Instructional DVDs

I have not touched the DVD material since I posted the Oscillation Cycles video over a year ago. I had so many people asking what the DVDs would be like, so I completed that segment and posted it just to give fans a glimpse of what I’m putting together, but knew that after that I would be getting back with Watchtower in hopes of finishing up Mathematics. There will be three instructional DVDs, the 1st based on common scale use and abuse, the 2nd on timing, and the 3rd on 12 tone uses. I’ve got tons of work done on all three DVDs, but am far from being completed on any of them. They will be completed and released when they are done. How’s that? Believe me folks, I really want to get back to my DVDs, but I usually put bands/projects first when other band/project members are cooperating’

2. Watchtower

Seems like whenever we try to complete Mathematics, we hit a snag, roadblock, or wall. We’ve reworked the material for the third time now (2000, 2004, and now 2010), and I’m just tired of talking about it. It’s really getting old. You guy can keep asking me, but the answer will be the same… I really don’t know when the CD will be done. I really don’t. We need to get the damn thing done sometime, somehow, some way. But we have over an hour of good material sitting around waiting to be recorded and released. If we can just get this vocalist situation worked out, we should be fine. In April ’10 we digitally released ‘The Size Of Matter’ and played the Keep It True Festival in Germany and I thought at that point we would for sure get back on track and get the recordings done (just like I did in 2000 and 2004). So we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

3. Blotted Science EP and new drummer!

When we got together for the Tampa rehearsals in mid ’08, we began talking about plans for a second Blotted Science CD and came up with a wacky concept. Let’s just say there were lots of crazy and interesting ideas floating around. The ‘Laser Lobotomy’ and ‘Oscillation Cycles’ rehearsal videos were posted and talks of gigging were in the air, but nothing materialized. No writing for the second CD really happened after that. Alex continued working heavily with CANNIBAL CORPSE, Charlie with BEHOLD THE ARCTOPUS, and I was working on the DVDs/Watchtower. We just kept in contact and were thinking of how we could pull off this ‘concept’. After a year and a half of focusing on WatchTower, and it coming to a grinding halt, I REALLY wanted to get moving on something. I was getting hounded by fans about a second Blotted Science CD, so I began putting things together for Blotted Science II. Realizing that a full CD would take too long to complete, we decided that an EP would be our best and most realistic move at this point. Alex is heavily involved with Cannibal Corpse and our new drummer Hannes Grossman is writing/recording/touring with OBSCURA. New drummer?! What?!! Yes, folks, please welcome Hannes to Blotted Science! Those of you in the death metal world should be very familiar with his work with NECROPHAGIST and Obscura. Of course Alex and I wish Charlie the very best with his current bands/projects/sessions, and many thanks for doing an absolute brilliant job on Machinations.

The EP will consists of 4 songs totalling 22 minutes (3 of which are already already written), and will be hopefully released in early ’11. But again, but don’t hold your breath.

4. ‘Duodecimal Levorotation’

While Watchtower was in Germany playing the KIT Festival, we stayed over a few days and I got to hang out a bit with Hannes and Chris from Obscura. Chris and I soon starting talking about music theory, 12 tone uses, and thought that it would be cool for us to put something, maybe just a song or two, and have it available digitally. To fill out the recording lineup we fired up Hannes, and I asked my SPASTIC INK bandmate bassist Pete Perez if he was interested, so we all pitched in with a few tunes each, and came up with a 6 ‘ minute song. We haven’t come up with a name for the project yet, but the name of the song will be ‘Duodecimal Levorotation’.


My local RUSH tribute band Exit Stage Left is at it again. We will be playing in the San Antonio area at Clicks (I410 and EVers), the Broadway 5050 Colonnade, and at Hooligan’s in a few weeks. Come out and have a brew while I kill my guitar on ‘Bytor’. Our first gig back is Nov. 6.

6. Ray Riendeau

Congrats to RAY RIENDEAU for completing his fifth solo CD Atmospheres. Ray played on the song Words For Nerds on Spastik Ink’s second CD Ink Compatible. And so my playing on the song ‘A Search For Life Forms’ from ‘Atmospheres’ completes our ‘trade’. Many thanks Ray, a freaking killer CD!

7. Online lessons

I have received quite a few inquiries about online gtr lessons. Right now I am only doing private live-in-person lessons 5 days a week at 3 locations in San Antonio, but am thinking about getting into online lessons. If/when this happens, I will post any info on all of my sites.

8. About my sites, if anyone wants to get a hold of me for anything, do not send anything to either myspaces or facebook. My email is I check my email a few times a day, and go to the myspace/facebook emails maybe once every week or two. I hate the setup of MySpace and Facebook emails and don’t care to deal with either of them (and of course on facebook there is so much garbage to sift through). If you send an email to and I don’t get back to you within a few days, it’s probably because I’m working on a few things.”

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Toronto based band BASTARD CHILD DEATH CULT (BCxDC) announce the dates of their upcoming UK tour

September 27th, 2010
by Celtic Bob

Toronto based band BASTARD CHILD DEATH CULT (BCxDC) have announced the dates of their upcoming October UK tour. This will be the first overseas trip for the band who are touring in support of their debut album “Year Zero” (2009, Stereo Dynamite Recordings). * The entire “Year Zero” album is currently available as a FREE DOWNLOAD at:

The band which is made up of x-members of Toronto bands Cancer Bats, Damn 13, and Monster Voodoo Machine have an “amps-on-11” sound that mixes the intensity of Black Flag, Discharge, and early Corrosion Of Conformity with the death n’ roll vibe of bands like Entombed, Disfear and Doomriders.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring our noise to the UK. We’re all huge fans of UK punk and hardcore, and can’t wait to get over there and mix it up with some great current UK bands.” Says BCxDC vocalist Adam (Doom) Sewell.

In preparation for their next album, Bastard Child Death Cult have recently posted 3 new demo tracks online:

“Everything Turns Grey”

“From Bone To Dust”

“Grey Skies”

Oct. 22 – Bath, UK @ Green Park Tavern
Oct. 23 – TBA, UK
Oct. 24 – TBA, UK
Oct. 25 – Brighton, UK @ The Prince Albert
Oct. 26 – Bolton, UK @ Soundhouse
Oct. 27 – Edinburgh, UK @ Bannermans
Oct. 28 – York, UK @ Stereo
Oct. 29 – Mansfield, UK @ Nottingham Punk Club
Oct. 30 – Cheltenham, UK @ Frog and Fiddle
Oct. 31 – Peterborough, UK @ The Park
Nov. 1 – London, UK @ The Gafff
Nov. 2 – Coventry, UK @ Kasbash Night Club *Supporting Cancer Bats

Bastard Child Death Cult On The Web:
Twitter: @bcxdc

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September 27th, 2010
by EvilG
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

In the final installment of their track-by-track series, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the final song 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 tomorrow (September 28th).

Grutle on “Lightening”:

“This the last song Ivar came up with, and also the last one I did the lyrics for on this album.  Another ‘love at first sight’ story for me; I enjoyed it straight away and had a really good time working on it.  I really have to mention [lead guitarist] Ice [Dale]’s huge impact on this song, too.  He really does some magic here and the beginning of the song had been remarkably different without his genius!  I remember that I wrote the lyrics while listening to the pre-production on repeat, and the words just came out instantly.  It was just like the words were already there and I was merely a medium… strange but cool.  I won’t say too much about the lyrics other than they describe certain forces inside you, written in mythological metaphors.  The title should provide a pretty good hint.  Enjoy!”

Ivar on “Lightening”:

“[Keyboard player and clean vocalist] Herbrand was a little bit concerned with the opening riffs on this song, as they seem to skip a lot between scales, bars, and time signatures.  Then he and Ice Dale sat down to work out a collaboration between the lead guitar and the clean vocals.  And WHAT a result!  I dare say this is Herbrand’s most impressing vocal efforts to date, and it shows that Ice Dale is a guitar legend in the sense that he can feel the notes, not only shred them.  Then Grutle takes over in the second part of the song, again showcasing very impressive timing and his best aggressive vocals so far in my ears.  These lyrics by Grutle definitely gives off a sense of lightening, of brightening up – but to me it is more the bright light of an explosion than any kind of meek light of forgiveness.  A perfect end to the album.”

Read the commentaries on “Ethica Odini,” “Raidho,” “Waruun,” “The Beacon,” “Axioma,” “Giants,” “Singular,” and “Nightsight” at this location.

Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details hereContest ends Thursday, September 30th.

Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop is now taking pre-orders for ENSLAVED’s exclusive North American Axioma Ethica Odini pre-order bundle, which includes the new album plus an ENSLAVED t-shirt for $20.00.

ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th and will return to North America in November as the direct support act for DIMMU BORGIR.  All upcoming tour dates are available here.

View the four-part in-studio video series of ENSLAVED members answering fan questions on the making of Axioma Ethica Odini on the band’s official YouTube channel.

View Metal Hammer’s video interview here where Ivar Bjørnson & Grutle Kjellson shed some insight on the new album artwork by Norwegian artist Truls Espedal.

Visit ENSLAVED online at,,,, and

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ACCEPT – Announce European Tour!

September 27th, 2010
by EvilG


It’s a rarity that a band manages to surprise so many in such a short time. Their new album Blood Of The Nations has not only received endless accolades and reviews across the globe, it has easily become a candidate for top hard rock album of the year 2010. ACCEPT have also become a hot topic of discussion among the metal cognoscenti with their amazing return to the metal stage. The “Big Bang” in the international charts was a logical conclusion!

Blood of the Nations earned the band their highest chart debuts in their history. This is not just another rock band, this is the German metal pioneers ACCEPT we are talking about, a band that has achieved world wide acclaim throughout their long history and has long become a leader in the German metal scene. This is a band that started out in the small town of Solingen and conquered the world! Their endless tours have crossed the planet, playing sold-out shows alongside such hard rock luminaries as AC/DC, Kiss, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Dio and Iron Maiden.

Let’s jump to the present:

Sensational success stories are arriving almost daily from all over the world over the last few months. ACCEPT was the main support for AC/DC in Germany, they headlined the Sonisphere Festival in Istanbul and Bucharest, achieved #1 at the MySpace “All Genre” Video Charts, reached the Top 25 in the US iTunes charts, #12 in the European Billboard and #35 worldwide. ACCEPT managed to crash Twitter and received press coverage in the pages of Financial Times, BBC World, CNN, NY Times, Spiegel… this incredible list can go on for pages!

Now that ACCEPT have completed their highly successful European warm-up tour and are finishing up a warm-up US Tour, they are ready for the next hammer announcement. After their October appearance at the prestigious 45,000 seat Loudpark Festival in Japan, ACCEPT can now confirm their extensive European Tour to start in early 2011!

The 28 announced dates in support of Blood of the Nations will span Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, France, Belgium, plus some planned shows for Russia and UK as well. ACCEPT is back and on the prowl!

Here are the dates:

01/14/2011 Osnabruck (GER), Halle Gartlage

01/15/2011 Kassel (GER), Outback

01/16/2011 Antwerp (B), Hof ter Lo

01/18/2011 Paris (F), Elysee Montmartre

01/19/2011 Biarritz (F), L`attabal

01/21/2011 Madrid (E), La Rivera

01/22/2011 Pamplona (E), Totem

01/23/2011 Barcelona (E), Apollo

01/25/2011 Pratteln (CH), Z7

01/27/2011 Milan (I), Magazzini

01/28/2011 Tuttlingen (GER), Stadthalle

01/29/2011 Geiselwind (GER), Eventcentrum Strohofer

01/31/2011 Stuttgart (GER), LKA

02/01/2011 Vienna (A), Arena

02/02/2011 Budapest (HUN), Diesel

02/04/2011 Katowice (PL), tba

02/05/2011 Warsaw (PL), tba

02/06/2011 Gdansk (PL), tba

02/08/2011 Hamburg (GER), Große Freiheit

02/09/2011 Cologne (GER), Live Music Hall

02/10/2011 Munich (GER), Tonhalle

02/12/2011 Zlin (CZ), Masters of Rock Cafe

02/13/2011 Athens (GR), Fuzz Club

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FORBIDDEN: New Track Online

September 27th, 2010
by EvilG
Forbidden - Omega Wave

Forbidden - Omega Wave

Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN have uploaded the track “Forsaken At The Gates” to their official MySpace page.

“’Forsaken At The Gates’ is FORBIDDEN‘s new thrash anthem for the 2010’s and beyond,” commented guitarist Craig Locicero. “If we could go back in a time machine to when we called it a day in 1997, there still would have been no way that we could have written ‘Forsaken…” back then. We needed the distance and hind-site to write this record and had to get a grip on what the hell FORBIDDEN was all about when we started. Our vision is clear.  We are a Thrash Metal band! ‘Forsaken At The Gates’ says it all.

If I were to compare ‘Forsaken At The Gates’ to any of our old songs, it would be ‘March Into Fire’, which was one of the first songs that I’d ever written in my life. Ironically, ‘Forsaken…’ was the last song we’d written for Omega Wave. Funny how things work.

As far as the song itself, Mark was a fucking beast when we tracked it! I knew we had a monster on the first take, great energy and sense of urgency in his performance. It made one hell of a spine to connect all of the other moving parts to. Everyone blasted through their tracks with the same sense of urgency too. Playing those riffs, my blood pumps harder then in any other song I’ve played on. It was an intense session to track and Matt cruises through the entire thing like a bulldozer! The solo section brings me back to the good ‘ol days when trade-offs were all over the classic metal records we all love. I really love playing and writing with Steve, he makes me so much better and I think we make a great team.

After that, it’s Russ that’s next fucking level! Tim and I got him fired up and locked him behind the glass until he sounded as crazed as they lyrics are intended to convey. The song itself is about turning away the masses from the numerous underground shelters around the planet that will try to seek protection from any natural or unnatural disaster that would effect all of us on the surface.

The main line of the song says ‘Corpses laid out for the Rapture, New World Order buried in it’s tomb.’ In other words, if the surface isn’t worth living on and the powers that be decide who lives in a canned air bunker for future generations to come…let them rot down there, that’s not a world worth living in!”
Vocalist Russ Anderson added:
“Looking back on recording our first album Forbidden Evil and recording Omega Wave, there really is no comparison. During the recording of Forbidden Evil, we were in a time crunch and I sang the whole album in about one and a half days, impossible some could say, but  true. I was happy with the results because that gave the album it’s rawness, that in my opinion goes down in history as true as a thrash album gets.

Omega Wave was a slower recording process.  I worked with Craig and Tim as my right hand men and they know me. At times I think they were trying to ‘slap me around’ a little before the heavy songs like ‘Forsaken At The Gates’ to get me to approach the song with true aggression. You really should not be feeling love and flowers approaching a song like this, not to say that was what I was thinking, but it helps to bring out the aggression of the song through the vocals. ’Forsaken At The Gates’ was easier for me than some of the others, only because it was the last song I recorded and was done in one session.

By the time I was on the last of the songs I had a lot of fire to breathe and did not want to stop. ‘I love to record!’  As far as my voice being deeper or better, I don’t know,  I tried to compliment each song and be one with it, and to do that, you must be one with your voice. That is something I have strived for over the years and hope it comes across.

I think that vocals can change or get better over time, like a fine wine, for instance if you listen back to James Hetfield when he did Kill ‘Em All he most defiantly has a more adolescent voice than, on say …And Justice For All.  Vocals are touchy things and definitely unpredictable from day to day . The only way I have found to have any control over it is to approach every song with its intended emotion which is also the key to a good performance no matter how your voice is holding up that day.  Point being, it’s a human instrument that mirrors the soul .

I truly gave it my all on Omega Wave and I hope everyone will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed recording it . Hope to see you all on our United States tour that kicks off on the East Coast November 4th, ending on the West Coast on December 11th, 2010.

Thank you in advance to those that support FORBIDDEN and buy the album.”

Omega Wave, FORBIDDEN’s fifth studio album after a 13-year recording hiatus, will be released in Europe on October 22nd and on October 26th in North America.  It was recorded at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California, produced by FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero with Tim Narducci, and mixed by Sean Beavan (Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails).

FORBIDDEN 2010 features Russ Anderson on vocals, Craig Locicero on guitar, Steve Smyth on guitar, Matt Camacho on bass and Mark Hernandez on drums.

Pre-order Omega Wave with or without an exclusive shirt design from the following location while supplies last

Read all the studio blog entries on the making of Omega Wave here.  Song titles on Omega Wave include:

  • Alpha Century
  • Forsaken At The Gates
  • Swine
  • Immortal Wounds
  • Hopenosis
  • Adapt Or Die
  • Inhuman Race
  • Behind The Mask
  • Dragging My Casket
  • Overthrow
  • Omega Wave

FORBIDDEN are confirmed for January 2011’s 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise and will tour the U.S. this November supporting Overkill with Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood.

FORBIDDEN will go on to headline their own tour with Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood from November 22nd – December 11th.  VIP tickets for pre-show Meet & Greet sessions with the band are now on sale at  VIP ticket buyers will also receive a customized poster signed by the band.

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September 27th, 2010
by EvilG

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen


“Shred guitar” and “neo classical metal” are two phrases that have been commonplace in the world of heavy metal for decades by this point, but both can be attributed to the unmistakable work by Yngwie Malmsteen.

Ever since the early 1980’s, Yngwie has been pushing the limits of guitar, and influencing countless other players in the process.
And he continues to impress to this day, as evidenced by his forthcoming album, ‘Relentless,’ the highly anticipated follow-up to 2008’s critically acclaimed ‘Perpetual Flame’ (Yngwie’s first album for Rising Force Records).

The album is the second to feature ex-Judas Priest and ex-Iced Earth singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, and features over 60 minutes of incredibly complex, kick ass arrangements.

“This title truly is the right one for this album, explains Yngwie. “I mean, after all these years, some kind of force is driving me to create something that totally surpasses everything I’ve done before. I tried to capture the raw energy of a live performance, yet push myself to the most demanding level of playing and composing to harness that elusive magic that can’t just be switched on. All the way out, caution to the wind, but disciplined performances was what I went for. Maybe I did it too, check it out!”
Confirmed song titles for ‘Relentless’ include “Relentless,” “Look At You Now,” “Shot Across the Bow,” “Adagio B Minor Variation,” “Caged Animal,” “Critical Mass,” “Into Valhalla,” “Enemy Within,” and “Caprici Di Inferno.”

Bursting onto the scene with such classic releases as 1984’s ‘Rising Force,’ 1985’s ‘Marching Out,’ and 1986’s ‘Trilogy,’ Yngwie instantly made a name for himself, by recreating the spirit of celebrated composer/musician Niccolò Paganini, but within the realm of heavy metal guitar.
Soon, countless other guitarists were copying Yngwie’s style…but there is simply only one Yngwie. Yngwie’s career continued to thrive throughout the world, including such additional triumphs as his totally classical work for orchestra and solo electric guitar, ‘Concerto Suite,’ which proved once and for all that his classical credentials were genuine.
Yngwie continues to receive accolades worldwide, such as recently being selected as one Time Magazine’s “Top Ten Greatest Electric Guitar Players” (amongst the stellar company of Les Paul, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix).

A respected musician among both his peers and his fans, Yngwie continues to play and compose at a level of mastery that many career musicians only dream of. ‘Relentless’ is a must-have, which will appeal to all Yngwie fans and rock music fans alike. Prepare yourself for a ‘Relentless’ classical metal attack!


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Monument to Ronnie James Dio to be built in Black-sea town of Kavarna

September 27th, 2010
by EvilG
RONNIE JAMES DIO Statue To Be Erected In Kavarna

RONNIE JAMES DIO Statue To Be Erected In Kavarna

As reported by to Radio Bulgaria: The rock legend Ronnie James Dio will have a monument dedicated to him in the Bulgarian Black-sea coastal town of Kavarna. The decision to erect this monument was taken by the municipal administration, with the most active proponents being Kavarna Mayor Tsonko Tsonkov as well as leading journalists, musicians and singers. The monument is to be built in the town park and will mark the creation of the so-called Walk of Rock. The model of the monument is ready and was displayed during the three-day Kavarna Rock Fest last week. Ronnie James Dio died on May 16 this year. In the past few years, he came to Bulgaria five times to give concerts and took an active part in the campaign for liberating the Bulgarian nurses held in prison in Libya for eight years.

According to Standart News, the mayor of Kavarna, Tzonko Tzonev, has managed to turn his life-long hobby — rock music — into a successful and profitable project and thus pours funds into the treasury of Kavarna Municipality. Thanks to Tzonev’s efforts, some of the greatest rock musicians of all time have come and performed in the small coastal town of Kavarna.

Newly created plaster model of Ronnie James Dio statue (photos courtesy of Tzonko Tzonev‘s official web site)

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OZZY OSBOURNE Dedicates ‘Road To Nowhere’ To His ‘Old Friend’ RONNIE JAMES DIO

September 26th, 2010
by EvilG


Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne dedicated the song “Road To Nowhere” to his “old friend” Ronnie James Dio during Ozzy‘s September 22, 2010 concert at the Palasharp Arena in Milan, Italy.

“I’d like to dedicate this to my old friend Ronnie James Dio,” Osbourne said from the stage. “God bless you, man. It’s a song called ‘Road To Nowhere’. I love you, Ronnie.”

Fan-filmed video footage of the Dio dedication and “Road To Nowhere” performance can be viewed below.

Photos of the ahow are available on the news blog Musica Metal.

Ozzy‘s setlist was as follows:

01. Bark At The Moon
02. Let Me Hear You Scream
03. Mr Crowley
04. I Don’t Know
05. Fairies Wear Boots
06. Suicide Solution
07. Road To Nowhere
08. Shot In The Dark
09. [Band Jam / Solos]
10. Rat Salad
11. Iron Man
12. Killer Of Giants
13. I Don’t Want To Change The World
14. Crazy Train
15. Mama, I’m Coming Home
16. Paranoid
17. War Pigs

Ozzy Osbourne told QMI Agency in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on in May that Ronnie James Dio‘s ultimately fatal battle with stomach cancer hit close to home.

“As soon as I heard I heard he had been diagnosed with cancer, I sent him some encouragement,” Osbourne said. “Having been through that situation myself with (my wife) Sharon when we were doing (the reality TV show) ‘The Osbournes’, it’s always somebody over there. When it lands at your doorstep you’re like, ‘What do you do? How do you get round this?’ When Sharon got (colon) cancer, I’d never known anyone who survived. I thought it was bullshit when they told you, ‘They can survive.’ I just thought they were trying to smooth me over. And she got over it.”

Osbourne added that he ran into BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN & HELL drummer Vinny Appice at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show in early April and inquired about Dio‘s health.

“I didn’t get a chance to see him but I was talking to the drummer Vinny, and I said, ‘Did he get my message?’ ‘I don’t know,’ he said.’ And I said, ‘Well, tell him to keep up the fight.’ Then on the weekend, we heard he had passed away, which is sad. He had a great voice. People thought that me and him were at war. At first, I suppose a bit of theatrics would be involved, but I mean it’s been 30 years.”

The deaths of Dio and SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray are the latest that have stunned the heavy rock world in the last few months. AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer James “The Rev” Sullivan died last December, while TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele passed away in April.

Ozzy, who knew or had a passing acquaintance with all four artists, told The Pulse of Radio it’s sad to see so many musicians pass away in such a short period of time. “I mean, of late everyone’s dropping dead,” he said. “This happens every so often, you know. I’m only hoping my number don’t come up soon. It’s what happens, you know. You hear me talking, I’m lucky I’m not one of the dead ones, ’cause I used to — I mean, Ronnie James Dio didn’t have any problems, but when there’s drugs involved or alcohol…I should have died a thousand times.”

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AZEROTH releases its third studio album

September 26th, 2010
by EvilG

The Argentinian band AZEROTH will release its third studio album “Historias y Leyendas” – “Stories and Legends” on July 20th. This album has been recorded at the Virtual Studios in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and it presents a new formation: Fernando Ricciardulli (founder member and composer of the band) on the bass, the participation of Christian Bertoncelli (Renacer, Imperio) as vocalist, and the new members: Mario Dorantes on the guitar, Angel Montagner also playing the guitar, Alfredo Mondragón on the drums and Luigi Mondragón on the keyboards.

The new CD, totally produced and composed by Fernando Ricciardulli, has been mixed and masterized by Emiliano Obregon of Virtual Studios. The cover was designed by the Swedish artist Rudolf Hergzog.
“I think that the work done by Rudolf is amazing. At last we could have total control when taking decisions, and I believe that collaborating with this great Swedish artist has been a wise choice.”

“Historias y Leyendas” will be available in digital format on July 20th by Duskwood Records. In Argentina , it will be released already in CD format by Hurling Metal Records on August, and its release in Mexico , Spain and Japan (among others) is being discussed.
Besides, AZEROTH has recorded a promotional video clip (an unprecedented fact for the band until now) of the song “La promesa” – “The promise”.

01. Cámara de reflexión (Reflection chamber)
02. La promesa (The promise)
03. Sombras del terror (Horror shadows)
04. Al final te alcanzaré (In the end I will reach you)
05. The old ways
06. Leyenda negra (Black legend)
07. Sólo una chance (Just one chance)
08. El fin de los tiempos (The end of time)
09. Mensajero (Messenger)

About the subjects dealt with in the new CD, Fernando Ricciardulli says: “in this album, the lyrics  found their basis in some historical facts, particularly as the Holocaust (“Sombras del terror” – “Horror shadows”) or the Inquisition (“Leyenda negra” – “Black legend”), as well as stories or legends of everyday life. “Cámara de reflexión” – “Reflection Chamber” talks about a person deprived of his freedom; “La promesa” – “The promise” is a very personal story about a moment on which I had to be far away from my daughter…”

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DEATH ANGEL: More S. American Shows & New Website Launched

September 26th, 2010
by EvilG
Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, have added more dates (*) for their first ever South American tour! The following dates have been confirmed:
10/16  Arequipa, Peru – La Boveda

10/17  Lima, Peru – Barranco Bar

10/19 Valparaiso, Chile – El Huevo
10/20 Santiago, Chile – Teatro Caupolican

10/21  Buenos Aires, Argentina – The Roxy Live
10/22 Curitiba, Brazil – John Bull Music Hall
10/23  São Paulo, Brazil – Clash Club

10/24 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Rio Rock and Blues Club*
10/27 Goiania, Brazil – Bolshoi Pub (Gomosh 3 Festival)*
10/28 Brasilia, Brazil – Blackout Bar*
10/29 Sao Luis, Brazil – Espaco Cultural

10/30 Recife, Brazil – Armazem 14
10/31 Catanduva, Brasil @ Armazém do Café

Visit the bands newly redesigned website at for more info.

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Shockwaves Skullsessions Podcast features discussion w/ BILL WARD, GENE HOGLAN & MONTE CONNER! Also BILL WARD & ACCEPT on new Shockwaves/HardRadio Podcast

September 26th, 2010
by EvilG

Shockwaves Skull Sessions Episode #42: On this episode Skullsessions returning guests Monte Conner (VP of A&R for Roadrunner Records) and legendary Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, along with newcomer to the Skullsessions and thrash-metal drummer extraordinaire Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory/ Deathclock), join Skullsessions host Bob Nalbandian on this astounding and diverse conversation about modern-metal bands, the art of drumming and the use of dynamics, the metal music business of today, modern recording techniques vs. analog, the great John Bonham and much, much more!

Shockwaves/HardRadio podcast #47:  On this episode host Bob Nalbandian interviews founding guitarist for the classic German heavy metal band ACCEPT, Wolf Hoffman. The two discuss the new ACCEPT album Blood of Nations and some great stories about the past. Also on this episode is a feature interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward. Bill discusses his new projects, the new BLACK SABBATH Paranoid Classic Albums DVD and he also shares some fond memories of Ronnie James Dio.

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September 26th, 2010
by EvilG

OCEANO vocalist, Adam Warren lent his formidable talents to Utah’s CHELSEA GRIN during their recent Canadian tour. Warren stepped in for CHELSEA GRIN vocalist Alex Koehler, who was recovering from a jaw fracture. Just after coming back home, Adam gave a statement that describes his excitement over his stint fronting for CHELSEA GRIN and beyond:

“The Grin tour went awesome. It was really fun to get to experience all the Canada has to offer. Even IF it involves paying bigger prices. Everyone (Blind Witness,Chelsea grin, Attila) were all cool and it was just like picking up on a tour that I had already started. It was a good way FOR ME at least to establish some good friendships with CG and Attila as well considering Oceano will be hitting the road with them very soon. So I’m sure there will more partying to ensue when that rolls around.”

Produced by Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), the new album,  CONTAGION spreads in North America November 9th. Take one look at the track list and fans will get a brief taste of the destructive tale to be unfolded within:

01. Precursor To Enslavement
02. Viral Re-Animation
03. Regulated Disposal Of Life
04. Quarantine
05. The Contaminated
06. Exist In Confinement
07. Persuasive Oppression
08. Weaponized
09. Sadistic Experiments
10. Remnants Aflame
11. Ending Intellect

OCEANO is giving fans the chance to win an iPad. That’s right! A brand-spanking-new iPad is up for grabs. All fans must do is go to and pre-order CONTAGION. Pre-order the album on its own, with a hoodie, a shirt or any other configuration that can be conceived. As long as the pre-order is made through the EARACHE US WEBSTORE, fans will automatically be entered into a drawing to win.

View the contest flyer here:

While making their CONTAGION pre-orders, fans can listen to the BRAND NEW track, “Precursor To Enslavement,” now available on OCEANO‘s official MySpace page:

Catch OCEANO live on the run-up to the release of CONTAGION, as they head out on “The Corruptour” with WHITECHAPEL, IMPENDING DOOM, MISS MAY I and I DECLARE WAR:

Oct 01 – Macon, GA – The 567
Oct 02 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Oct 03 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
Oct 04 – Jacksonville, FL – Rain
Oct 05 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
Oct 06 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Oct 07 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 Tavern
Oct 08 – Norfolk, VA – Norva
Oct 09 – Jermyn, PA – Eleanor Rigby’s
Oct 10 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Oct 12 – Boston, MA – Harper’s Ferry
Oct 13 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
Oct 14 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Oct 15 – Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
Oct 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Oct 17 – Elgin, IL – Mad Maggies
Oct 19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Oct 20 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
Oct 21 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Oct 22 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
Oct 23 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco

View the Corruptour flyer at

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DIVINITY To Slaughter Noctis IV Metalfest And Embark On Singulari-tour This Week

September 26th, 2010
by EvilG

Canada’s tech-death metal magicians DIVINITY are set to embark on their latest in-country tour offensive this week, which is being dubbed the The Singulari-tour 2010, in support of their latest full-length The Singularity. Beginning this Saturday at the Noctis IV Metalfest and Conference — in DIVINITY’s hometown of Calgary, Alberta — DIVINITY will rage the stage alongside Sodom, Ex Deo, The Devil’s Blood and countless more at the festival before hitting the road for the first half of October. They’ll tear their way through the country appearing alongside Beneath The Massacre, Goatwhore, The Black Dahlia Murder and more over the two-week assault, ending the festivities at the Metalfest 10 at Trois-Rivieres alongside Misery Index, Despised Icon and more on October 15th.  

DIVINITY Singulari-tour 2010:

9/25/2010 Macewan Hall – Calgary, AB @ Noctis IV Festival

9/30/2010 Le Bunker – Chicoutimi w/ Beneath The Massacre

10/1/2010 Bar le Trash – St-Hyacinthe, QC @ Trash Metalfest w/ Beneath The Massacre

10/2/2010 Salle du Canton – Victoriaville (Warwick), QC w/ Beneath The Massacre

10/3/2010 L’Imperial – Quebec, QC w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, Arkaik

10/4/2010 L’Apres-Match – Rimouski, QC w/ Dischord

10/6/2010 Sunstar Lounge – Saint John, NB w/ Panic and War

10/7/2010 Bar Le Magog – Sherbrooke, QC w/ Deciet’s Embrace

10/8/2010 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC w/ Endast

10/9/2010 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON w/ Hallows Die

10/10/2010 Coach and Horses – Windor, ON w/ Goliath, Reasons Lost

10/11/2010 Moon Over Marin – London, ON w/ Darkness Rites

10/12/2010 Club Vinyl – Guelph, ON w/ Terrorhorse, Darkness Rites

10/13/2010 The Ford Plant – Brantford, ON w/ Terrorhorse, Darkness Rites

10/14/2010 515 Bar & Grill – Cambridge, ON w/ Terrorhorse, Darkness Rites

10/15/2010 Batisse Industrielle – Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Metalfest 10 w/ Despised Icon, Misery Index

DIVINITY’s latest full-length The Singularity was released by Candlelight Records in North America this past August. The impressive nine-track album flows through all sorts of metal territories, fusing technical death metal with progressive metal elements into an undeniably infectious blend of brilliance and brutality. The Singularity recently won an Alberta Metal Award for album of the year on Pitch Black Magazine’s site:

Check out the recent video the band made for the Ernie Ball Musicman Youtube video series and more here:

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September 26th, 2010
by EvilG

Canadian head bangers EVIL SURVIVES are pleased to premiere the music video for “Resist the Exorcism” from their forthcoming album, Powerkiller on Heavy Artillery Records. Delivering heavy metal in the proud tradition of such bands as Grim Reaper, Iron Maiden and Jag Panzer, Powerkiller hits store shelves worldwide on October 12th. Watch “Resist the Exorcism” at the Official Heavy Artillery YouTube profile:

In 2008 EVIL SURVIVES unleashed their debut full length album Metal Vengeance. After touring in support of their debut and on the heels of a growing renown, EVIL SURVIVES were right back in studio by the end of 2009 to record their second full length album, entitled Powerkiller. Mixed entirely in analog, Powerkiller delivers over 40 minutes of driving NWOBHM worship and is scheduled for release by Heavy Artillery Records on CD and Digital formats worldwide on October 12th 2010.

Catch EVIL SURVIVES on tour with label mates SPELLCASTER during the “Speedkiller” tour. Dates are as listed below:

October 6th Seattle, WA @ Funhouse

October 7th Portland, OR @ Plan B

October 8th Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman Street

October 9th San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern

October 10th Escondido, CA @ Metaphor Café

October 11th TBA

October 13th Phoenix, AZ @ TBA

October 14th Tucson, AZ @ The Rock

October 15th Albuquerque, NM @ Andre’s Underground

October 16th Lubbock, TX @ Whiskey Dix Bar

October 17th San Antonio, TX @ The Korova

October 18th Austin, TX @ Emo’s

October 19th Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

October 20th Kansas City, MO @ TBA

October 21st St Louis, MO @ Fubar

October 22nd Chicago, IL @ Nite Cap

October 23rd Milwaukee, WI @ Monkey Bar

October 24th Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock

Listen to EVIL SURVIVES at

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