August 20th, 2010
by EvilG

“The Finnish Metal Tour 2” to kick off this winter

HELSINKI, FINLAND – The past year has been a massive success for Finland’s emerging prog/death metal supergroup, Barren Earth. What started out as a mere side project featuring members of Moonsorrow, Swallow The Sun, Kreator, and more, has resulted in the release of an EP, ‘Our Twilight’, a critically acclaimed full-length, Curse of the Red River, and numerous European shows and festivals. Now Barren Earth is set to bring their brand of forward thinking, keyboard soaked metal to North America for their debut US tour, alongside fellow countrymen Finntroll, Ensiferum and Rotten Sound, as part of “The Finnish Metal Tour 2”, set to take place throughout February 2011.

“To be a part of an exciting package of quality Finnish metal (and accomplished beer hounds) in the ‘The Finnish Metal Tour 2’ lineup is certainly a fortunate opportunity for us to embark on our first international tour as Barren Earth,” states guitarist, Janne Perttilä. “We’re eagerly looking forward to spreading the Curse Of The Red River for our overseas friends, old and new!”

Keep checking the band website at for further updates.

Jan. 31 – Orlando, FL – The Club at Firestone

Feb. 01 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

Feb. 02 – Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall

Feb. 03 – Tulsa, OK – Marquee

Feb. 04 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Alternative Lounging

Feb. 05 – Fort Worth, TX – Ridglea Theater

Feb. 06 – Amarillo, TX – The War Legion Underground

Feb. 07 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse

Feb. 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Key Club

Feb. 09 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage

Feb. 10 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge

Feb. 11 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

Feb. 12 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

Feb. 14 – Calgary, AB – The Republik

Feb. 15 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room

Feb. 16 – Regina, SK – The Exchange

Feb. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Station 4

Feb. 19 – Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club

Feb. 20 – Detroit, MI – Blondie’s

Feb. 21 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s

Feb. 22 – Toronto, ON – Opera House

Feb. 23 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial de Quebec

Feb. 24 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis

Feb. 25 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall

Feb. 26 – New York City, NY – The Gramercy Theatre

Feb. 27 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Mar. 01 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero

Mar. 02 – West Springfield, VA – Jaxx

Mar. 03 – Charlotte, NC – The Casbah

Mar. 04 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11

Barren Earth is…

Mikko Kotamäki – Vocals (Swallow The Sun)

Olli-Pekka Laine – Bass (Ex-Amorphis, Mannhai)

Kasper Mårtenson –Keyboards (Ex-Amorphis, Ben Granfelt Band)

Janne Perttilä – Guitar (Rytmihäiriö)

Marko Tarvonen – Drums (Moonsorrow)

Sami Ylisirniö – Guitar (Kreator, Waltari)

For more information on Barren Earth, and Curse of the Red River…

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DEATH ANGEL: Public Listening Party Announced

August 20th, 2010
by EvilG
Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, will hold a public listening party for their new album Relentless Retribution on Thursday, September 2nd at Bender’s Bar and Grill in San Francisco, CA. This 21+ event has no cover charge and will start at 9pm. The members of the band will be present to mingle and sign stuff for the fans, and drummer Will Carroll will be DJing later in the evening as well. DEATH ANGEL promises that there will be door prizes, free stuff, drink specials and good times had by all.

“We are extremely proud and excited to invite our family, friends AND fans to our listening party for the new album,” commented guitarist Rob Cavestany. “Usually

invitations to these events are reserved for industry only but in this case we wanted to do something different and out of the box. We want it to be a true celebration with the people that REALLY matter!  So come one, come all! Have a drink with us at the exact moment that Relentless Retribution is released to the rest of the world!  See ya there!”
Bender’s Bar and Grill
806 South Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110-1911

Phone: 415-824-1800
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August 20th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres

Belgian black metal warlords Enthroned have returned to the U.S. for the first time in nine years, headlining a tour in support of their new album Pentagrammatton alongside Aussie metal titans Destroyer 666. On a sunny summer afternoon I telephoned Enthroned’s tour manager to confirm our scheduled interview. To my surprise, it would seem that I may have a cancellation on my hands. "Nornagest is puking up blood." said the voice on the other end of the phone. "Check back in three hours."

There are few things as inherently black metal as puking up blood in my book. Toughing it out through thick and thin, Nornagest eventually mustered up enough strength to follow through with the interview despite feeling green, with bassist Phorgath delegated to assist answering some of the questions. Be sure to catch this unholy assault when this black metal plague infests a city near you.

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New WITCHES MARK Song To Appear On Texas Metal: Independent Attitude Compilation; Audio Available

August 19th, 2010
by EvilG
New WITCHES MARK Song To Appear On Texas Metal: Independent Attitude Compilation

New WITCHES MARK Song To Appear On Texas Metal: Independent Attitude Compilation

Austin, Texas-based traditional metallers WITCHES MARK have completed recording, mixing and mastering duties for their new song, ‘Slaves To Their Own Sin’, their first new material since the release of their debut EP, A Grim Apparition, last fall.

Witches Mark will debut ‘Slaves To Their Own Sin’ as part of LoneStar Metal Magazine’s forthcoming compilation, Texas Metal: Independent Attitude.

Lone Star Metal is an online magazine dedicated to the Texas Metal scene. Other acts confirmed to appear on Texas Metal: Independent Attitude currently include: DIE AMONG HEROES, WELLBORN ROAD, CARRY THE STORM, MERCENARY X, SNAKE SKIN PRISON, OFF THE ZODIAC and DEADPOOL.

Check out ‘Slaves To Their Own Sin’ in the YouTube clip below. More on Witches Mark at this location.

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TANK returns with a brand new album

August 19th, 2010
by EvilG

Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce the release of a brand new studio album of the legendary TANK – “War Machine”.

Tank – featuring Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on guitar alongside three new recruits, ex-Rainbow/Yngwie Malmsteen frontman Doogie White, ex-Bruce Dickinson bassist Chris Dale and ex-Zodiac Mindwarp drummer Dave ‘Grav’ Cavill – are back in action and ready to establish themselves once more as one of Britain’s finest rock bands. The band’s seventh studio album is currently in the pre-production stage and, as the band claims: “we think it’s going to be our best album so far”.

The production was handled by Pedro Ferreira (known from his previous work with The Darkness, Therapy?, Meatloaf) and the recording was done at Steve Harris’ (Iron Maiden) Barnyard Studios. A demo version of one of their new songs, “Judgement Day”, is still available to stream on Tank’s official website on Myspace:
Due to the changed line-up, “War Machine” will combine all the influences and experience of individual band members. Cliff Evans: “We intend to make this a classic British rock/metal album that every fan should have in their collection”.

Full details on the artwork and tracklist to be announced soon.   Metal Mind Productions set up the release date of “War Machine” for  25th October in Europe and 7th December in US (via MVD).
Tank on-line:

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August 19th, 2010
by EvilG

Florida death metallers, ORDER OF ENNEAD are very excited to soon be hitting the road with HATE ETERNAL, CANNABIS CORPSE, WORMROT and others in support of their latest release, AN EXAMINATION OF BEING. The band’s existential style and highly technical musicianship are best experienced in a live setting where the true spirit of their material is best felt. Guitarist/vocalist, Kevin Quirion had this to say about the tour: “We’re glad to be back on the road and can’t wait to play these songs from the new album. It’s a killer set and by the end you’ll be questioning your existence.”

Filling in for ORDER OF ENNEAD guitarist, John Li on all dates will be Shannon Hamm, formerly of DEATH and CONTROL DENIED. Wanting these appearances truly special for the fans, the band has rehearsed a number of DEATH songs that they will be performing throughout the tour. One such song  would be the highly skilled and outright brutal track, “Symbolic” which was performed by the band (with both John Li and Shannon Hamm on guitars) this past June. Watch the performance here:

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DAATH Post Bass Tracking Session Video Online; Announce New Album’s Track Listing

August 19th, 2010
by EvilG

Extreme metal at its very best, plain and simple, is what the Atlanta based quintet DAATH delivers. The group’s highly anticipated third full-length release is going to be self-titled and is set for an Oct. 26th North American release.

DAATH are currently putting the finishing touches on the new disc, which is being co-produced by the renowned Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devildriver) and Eyal Levi (guitars). Metal Mark from Skulls N Bones recently spent some time in the studio with the band and compiled a video series documenting the recording process, so click on the link below now to check out the third installment featuring bass tracking sessions.

The official track listing is below
1. Genocidal Maniac

2. Destruction/Restoration

3. Indestructible Overdose

4. Double Tap Suicide

5. The Decider

6. Exit Plan

7. Oxygen Burn

8. Accelerant

9. Arch {Enemy} Misanthrope

10. Manufactured Insomnia

11. A Cold Devotion

12. N.A.T.G.O.D.

13. Terminal now
Currently the group is more determined, energized, and focused than ever before and is continuing to expand upon their unique, uncompromising and dynamic sound. For those previously uninitiated, feel free to head over to to see what they are all about.

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KRIEG: Track From Upcoming Album Streaming Now

August 19th, 2010
by EvilG

As the release of the long-anticipated new KRIEG album draws near, today we proudly unveil a track from the tumultuous full-length to the public via Stereogum’s “Haunting The Chapel.” Check out the premiere for the track “All Paths To God” now at:

“All Paths To God” is the third song on the upcoming sixth full-length The Isolationist, set for release on October 26th. This is KRIEG’s first release via international juggernaut Candlelight Records, and the first official KRIEG full-length since the acclaimed Blue Miasma album, released in 2006. Recorded and produced by Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Pelican, Yakuza), The Isolationist showcases some of the most varied and complex material to date, while still retaining the rabid, primal tendencies KRIEG never fails to unleash.   KRIEG is conceptualized by one N. Imperial, who since 1996 has formulated and released literally dozens of demos, splits, albums and collaborations related to KRIEG and his other related musical ventures, which also include N.i.l., Apothecary.Sound.Lodge and March Into the Sea. Imperial is also a member of Twilight which bears members of Nachtmystium, Leviathan, The Atlas Moth, Isis, Minsk and more. Joining Imperial on The Isolationist is a cast of heathens including guitarist Joseph Van Fossen (Noctuary), bassist Wrest (Leviathan), and drummer Chris Grigg (Woe).  

The Isolationist Track Listing:
1. No Future
2. Photographs from an Asylum
3. All Paths to God
4. Ambergeist
5. Depakote
6. Religion III
7. Blue of Noon
8. Decaying Inhalations
9. An the Stars Fell On
10. Remission
11. Dead Windows

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Züül’s Out of Time – Trad-Metal Album of the Year

August 19th, 2010
by EvilG
Züül - Out of Time

Züül - Out of Time

How can we be so bold? Because we love this album, that’s why! Out of Time by Carbondale, IL’s Züül will renew your faith in the power of traditional heavy metal. Great riffs, killer solos, melodic twin leads, and catchy choruses collectively define every single one of these nine tracks. Taking influence from a variety of classic acts, such as TYGERS OF PAN TANG, VIRTUE, RIOT, and BLITZKRIEG, yet without sounding exactly like any one of them, Züül write the highest quality heavy metal and Out of Time is all the proof you’ll need.

“There are no frills, gimmicks or trends to be heard on Out of Time – it’s a raw clump of coal housing an unpolished gem deep within, and it’s damn near flawless. Züül’s Out of Time will be a worthy competitor for album of the year.” – Teeth of the Divine

“Out of Time is a fitting tribute to…the best period of heavy metal history, hands down. It’s classic, simple metal that catches both your attention and the brilliance of that wonderful period.Züül is the band to watch!” – Metal Psalter

“Out of Time bulls forward, mixing the likes of Diamond Head or Angel Witch with punk. This music needs to be meant, and Züül more than mean it. They tear it from their guts and hurl it with bravado, snot, and piss.” – Invisible Oranges

“An album that takes us to the golden age of Heavy Metal and that will delight fans of such music.” – Queens of Steel

“Zuul is pure fast metal in the mold of early Maiden and especially Tygers of Pan Tang, with a little bit of Diamondhead and Thin Lizzy at their hardest thrown in. Great driving metal tunes with LOUD guitars coming at you from everywhere!” – Wormwood Chronicles

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August 19th, 2010
by EvilG

One week after the North American release of their new album, EXILED TO EARTH, Pomona, CA’s own BONDED BY BLOOD will be kicking off the first of several tours that keep them out on the road until deep into December. The first part of their trek, which started at The Rickshaw Theater in Vancouver, BC sees BONDED BY BLOOD team up with thrash legends EXODUS and HOLY GRAIL (as well as MALEVOLENT CREATION on all US dates of this leg) for the March of Brutality Tour. BONDED BY BLOOD looks forward to seeing all of their great fans and picking up many new ones along the way at this and each of their shows over the next few months. Here are the dates:


Aug. 17 – Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
Aug. 18 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Aug. 19 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
Aug. 20 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 21 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
Aug. 23 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Aug. 24 – The Mod Club – Toronto, ON
Aug. 25 – Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
Aug. 27 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Aug. 28 – The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
Aug. 29 – Polaris – Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 31 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Sep. 01 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Sep. 02 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Sep. 03 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Sep. 04 – The Social – Orlando, FL
Sep. 05 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Sep. 07 – The Door – Dallas, TX
Sep. 08 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
Sep. 09 – The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX (No EXODUS, MALEVOLENT CREATION or HOLY GRAIL)
Sep. 10 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Sep. 11 – Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
Sep. 12 – The Avalon – Santa Clara, CA
Sep. 13 – New Oasis – Sparks, NV
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August 19th, 2010
by EvilG

Bringing the ultimate set list to furious finger-fretting rockaholics around the world this September, Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) revealed today the entire Guitar Hero®: Warriors of Rock on-disc lineup.  With more than 90 tracks focusing on guitar shredding hits, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is headlined by some of the largests bands in rock and features original tracks written and composed by AAA talent, special re-records by famous artists, and bands that are making their Guitar Hero® debut.

“We engaged our fans to find out what they really wanted and then hand-picked over 90 tracks that deliver the ultimate rock experience,” said Tim Riley, Vice President of Music Affairs for Guitar Hero.  “From the new guitar controller to the gameplay to the on-disc set list, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is truly a return to rock.”

When Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock ships on September 28, gamers will join the quest to save rock and strive to keep up with the blistering solo’s and intense rifts as they shred their way through the largest Guitar Hero set list to date.  The full track list includes:

  • A Perfect Circle – “The Outsider”
  • Aerosmith – “Cryin’”
  • AFI – “Dancing Through Sunday”
  • Alice Cooper – “No More Mr. Nice Guy”
  • Alter Bridge – “Ties That Bind”
  • Anberlin – “The Feel Good Drag”
  • Anthrax – “Indians”
  • Arch Enemy – “Nemesis”
  • Atreyu            – “Ravenous”
  • Avenged Sevenfold – “Bat Country”
  • Bad Brains – “Re-Ignition (Live)”
  • Band Of Skulls – “I Know What I Am”
  • Black Sabbath – “Children Of The Grave”
  • Blind Melon – “Tones Of Home”
  • Blue Öyster Cult – “Burnin’ For You”
  • Bush – “Machinehead”
  • Buzzcocks – “What Do I Get?”
  • Children Of Bodom – “If You Want Peace… Prepare For War”
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Fortunate Son”
  • The Cure – “Fascination Street”
  • Deep Purple – “Burn”
  • Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me (Live)”
  • Dethklok – “Bloodlines”
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Setting Fire To Sleeping Giants”
  • Dire Straits – “Money For Nothing”
  • DragonForce – “Fury of the Storm”
  • Drowning Pool – “Bodies”
  • Edgar Winter– “Free Ride”
  • Fall Out Boy – “Dance, Dance”
  • Five Finger Death Punch – “Hard To See”
  • Flyleaf – “Again”
  • Foo Fighters – “No Way Back”
  • Foreigner – “Feels Like The First Time”
  • George Thorogood and The Destroyers – “Move It On Over (Live)”
  • The Hives – “Tick Tick Boom”
  • Interpol – “Slow Hands”
  • Jane’s Addiction – “Been Caught Stealing”
  • Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”
  • John 5 – “Black Widow Of La Porte”
  • KISS – “Love Gun”
  • Linkin Park – “Bleed It Out”
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Call Me The Breeze (Live)”
  • Megadeth – “Sudden Death”
  • Megadeth – “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due”
  • Megadeth – “This Day We Fight!”
  • Metallica & Ozzy Osbourne – “Paranoid (Live)”
  • Muse – “Uprising”
  • My Chemical Romance – “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”
  • Neil Young – “Rockin’ In The Free World”
  • Nickelback – “How You Remind Me”
  • Night Ranger – “(You Can Still) Rock In America”
  • Nine Inch Nails – “Wish”
  • The Offspring – “Self Esteem”
  • Orianthi – “Suffocated”
  • Pantera – “I’m Broken”
  • Phoenix – “Lasso”
  • Poison – “Unskinny Bop”
  • Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Queensrÿche – “Jet City Woman”
  • Rammstein – “Waidmanns Heil”
  • The Ramones – “Theme From Spiderman”
  • Red Rider – “Lunatic Fringe”
  • R.E.M. – “Losing My Religion”
  • Rise Against – “Savior”
  • The Rolling Stones – “Stray Cat Blues”
  • The Runaways – “Cherry Bomb”
  • Rush – “2112 Pt. 1 – Overture”
  • Rush – “2112 Pt. 2 – The Temples Of Syrinx”
  • Rush – “2112 Pt. 3 – Discovery”
  • Rush – “2112 Pt. 4 – Presentation”
  • Rush – “2112 Pt. 5 – Oracle: The Dream”
  • Rush – “2112 Pt. 6 – Soliloquy”
  • Rush – “2112 Pt. 7 – Grand Finale”
  • RX Bandits – “It’s Only Another Parsec…”
  • Silversun Pickups – “There’s No Secrets This Year”
  • Slash featuring Ian Astbury – “Ghost”
  • Slayer – “Chemical Warfare”
  • Slipknot – “Psychosocial”
  • Snot – “Deadfall”
  • Soundgarden – “Black Rain”
  • Steve Vai – “Speeding” (Vault Version)
  • Stone Temple Pilots – “Interstate Love Song”
  • Strung Out – “Calling”
  • Styx – “Renegade”
  • Sum 41 – “Motivation”
  • Tesla – “Modern Day Cowboy”
  • Them Crooked Vultures – “Scumbag Blues”
  • Third Eye Blind – “Graduate”
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Listen To Her Heart”
  • Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
  • The Vines – “Get Free”
  • The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
  • ZZ Top – “Sharp Dressed Man (Live)”

In Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, join with friends on an epic rock journey to save rock.  Featuring an impressive 90+ track set list and a host of all-new gameplay features, living room legends and their friends can strum, drum and wail in the most immersive music videogame experience to date.  Delivering the quintessential rock music collection that focuses on guitar shredding hits from bands such as Black Sabbath, Slipknot and Megadeth and larger-than-life band anthems from Queen, Muse and KISS, players can unleash more rewards and unlockable content than ever before in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock’s Quest Mode, the franchise’s first ever story-based mode, and Quickplay+, which invites challenge-starved fanatics to test their rock skills.  Running on the powerful Guitar Hero engine that has been expanded and refined and with encores from the critically-acclaimed and fan favorite gameplay features that made Guitar Hero one of the most popular franchises of all-time – such as Party Play, Competitive modes and any combination of up to four instruments – the game offers a complete interactive and connected experience bringing friends and foes to the stage in the ultimate rock music experience.

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is being developed by Neversoft Entertainment for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and by Vicarious Visions for the Wii™ system from Nintendo.  The game is rated “T” (Teen – Lyrics, Mild Fantasy Violence and Mild Suggestive Themes) by the ESRB.  For more information about Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, please visit

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MELECHESH: Win An Autographed Jackson Guitar

August 19th, 2010
by EvilG
MELECHESH: Win An Autographed Jackson Guitar

MELECHESH: Win An Autographed Jackson Guitar

Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH, Nuclear Blast Records and Jackson Guitars have teamed up to give away an original Jackson King V! The guitar is exactly like the one MELECHESH guitarist/frontman Ashmedi plays and is signed by the man himself. Check out the video of Ashmedi showing off and talking about the guitar at and then surf to to for a chance to win!

MELECHESH recently issued the first of a series of video trailers for the bands highly anticipated new album The Epigenesis here

The Epigenesis
was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey. The artwork to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.The record will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Twisted Sister, Tuff, W.A.S.P. Members Cover Nugent for Fat Chick Tribute Album

August 17th, 2010
by EvilG
WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks

WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks

Three additional musicians have been confirmed for the upcoming tribute album “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.” Founding Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, Tuff vocalist Stevie Rachelle and drummer Stet Howland (Lita Ford, W.A.S.P.) have collaborated on a new recording of the Ted Nugent cult favorite “Thunder Thighs,” a track from his 1986 “Penetrator” album. As Ted himself reveals in its liner notes, “‘Thunder Thighs’ is a career highpoint, as far as I and many others are concerned.” The story of a lusty young lady with a healthy appetite (and healthy curves to match), the new version is delivered with equal gusto and enthusiasm by the talented trio above. The track was arranged and produced by Paul LaPlaca (Chris Caffrey, The Great Kat, Zandelle), who also contributes bass and rhythm guitar. A sample of the song is now available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.

“I am the voice of this lost Nugent nugget,” says Stevie Rachelle, “and it sure was a fun one to sing! Uncle Ted does indeed rock. Always has, always will.”

“I recorded my guitar parts fresh out of seeing ‘Avatar’ by James Cameron,” comments Jay Jay French. “So even though I was laying down tracks for a song about some girl with meaty legs, all I kept picturing were those elongated blue aliens with their 3% body fat!”

“Ironically, I found myself working on ‘Thunder Thighs’ during a thunderstorm,” reveals Stet Howland, “and a lightning strike fried my system! To say that the files got corrupted would be an understatement! Long story short, after buying a new computer, reloading and upgrading my Pro Tools and shouting a lot of random curse words, my drum tracks were done!”
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ABIGAIL WILLIAMS Premiere New Song From Forthcoming Album

August 17th, 2010
by EvilG

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS have posted the song “Final Destiny of the Gods,” the first new song from their anticipated second album In the Absence of Light to their official MySpace page. Fans can have their first listen by visiting:

Recorded at Conquistador Studios in Cleveland, Ohio, In the Absence of Light was mixed by Peter Tagtgren (Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Celtic Frost) and features artwork by Farron Kerzner (Nachtmystium, Lightning Swords of Death). The album presents new band members, guitarist Ian Jekelis and drummer Ken Bedene, alongside vocalist/guitarist Sorceron.

Several weeks ago the band announced the first tour in support of the album. Kicking of September 29, the band will perform alongside Immolation, Vader with Lecherous Nocturne and Pathology for four weeks. Confirmed dates are below. Tickets are on sale now.

Formed in 2005, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS have been called “a buzz band,” and “a band to watch.” They have endured more than their fair share of opposition, including revolving door member changes and in 2007 altogether disbanding. But through it all, the core of the band has kept a level head, a steady eye, and an unbridled passion for what they do. The band’s 2006 Legend EP and 2008 debut, In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns (produced by James Murphy and featuring Emperor drummer Trym Torson) have now sold a combined 35,000 in the US. The band has toured exhaustively including their most recent West Coast headlining dates.
ABIGAIL WILLIAMS w/ Immolation, Vader, Lecherous Nocturne, Pathology:
09/29/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
09/30/2010 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
10/01/2010 Club Hell – Providence, RI
10/02/2010 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
10/03/2010 FouFounes – Montreal, QC
10/04/2010 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
10/05/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
10/06/2010 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
10/07/2010 Rave – Milwaukee, WI
10/08/2010 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
10/10/2010 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
10/11/2010 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
10/12/2010 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
10/13/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/14/2010 Whiskey A Go Go – W. Hollywood, CA
10/15/2010 Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
10/16/2010 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
10/17/2010 UB’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
10/18/2010 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
10/20/2010 Emo’s – Austin, TX
10/21/2010 The Warsaw – Houston, TX
10/22/2010 Marquee – Tulsa, OK
10/23/2010 Uncle Pleasant’s – Louisville, KY
10/24/2010 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
10/25/2010 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
10/26/2010 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
10/27/2010 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
10/28/2010 Reggie Rock Club – Chicago, IL

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VOIVOD Members Contribute to ‘MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal’

August 17th, 2010
by EvilG
VOIVOD Members Contribute to 'MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal'

VOIVOD Members Contribute to 'MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal'

Bazillion Points Books is proud to announce the late 2010 release of ‘MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal’, by Jeff Wagner-a former editor of Metal Maniacs magazine and veteran supporter of metal’s most risk-taking bands. Wagner analyzes the heady side of metal in this exhaustive history of a relentlessly ambitious musical subculture. The book features extensive original artwork throughout by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin, including the lavish front cover which can be viewed at this location:

The book’s foreword was penned by PORCUPINE TREE founder Steven Wilson. Revered in progressive rock circles, the multi-talented Wilson is also highly respected by metalheads as producer of three landmark Opeth albums. As he writes: “In Jeff Wagner’s MEAN DEVIATION, we now have a definitive book on the relationship between metal and progressive music, and the myriad variation of styles that it has given rise to…In the meantime, metal continues to mutate and evolve, sometimes in the most unexpected ways, demonstrating that it is far from spent and is, in fact, the most flexible of musical forms.”

Beginning with 1970s progressive rock acts Rush and King Crimson, MEAN DEVIATION unfurls a colorful tapestry of sounds and styles, from the “Big Three” of 1980s prog metal-Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, and Dream Theater-to extreme pioneers Voivod, Watchtower, and Arcturus. As sparks of inspiration spread to obscure outposts in Scandinavia, Florida, and Japan, progressive metal burst into full creative flame with the successes of prog metal overlords Opeth, Meshuggah, Tool, Between the Buried and Me, and many others.

“One thing prog metal certainly is, is metal,” Wagner continues. “Hard and bold and brash, but refined, adulterated, and mutated. Progressive metal is heavy metal taken somewhere illuminating and sometimes bizarre.”

Weighing in at 400 pages, the heavily-illustrated book includes a 16-page color photo insert, a constellation of appendixes, and a full index. For more information, and to preorder, visit:

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