One of metal’s most intriguing, ominous and immensely talented figures, the mighty Devin Townsend, has been holed up undergoing intense rehearsals as he prepares to embark on a headlining tour for the first time in his solo career. This will be a special evening exploring a 15 year musical journey with Townsend performing songs spanning his entire vast catalog. This tour kicks off on Oct. 8th and either see below or visit www.myspace.com/devintownsenddtb to view the tour itinerary.
Progressive Metal act TesseracT, who are one of the most talked about bands among musicians and tech-heads, thanks to the quintet’s time signatures and musical complexity, will be supporting Devin on all shows. Periphery will be main support on the Springfield, VA, and West Chester, PA dates.
Devin Townsend states: “So it looks like I’ll be seeing some of you on the East Coast as well and I’m very excited! The year has been very cool in terms of getting back out and touring my stuff. The reception overall has been really warm, and those who ‘enjoy my current direction’ seem to be very into it. This American run is just a sign-off for the year while I continue making these two new records. I have a feeling the future holds a lot of touring, so if I don’t see you on this run, I hope to see you in the future (keep in mind that bands have little influence over the towns they play, so it’s nothing personal if we miss yours).
“We’re touring with a cool band named Tesseract, and my band and I have been working hard to learn songs from as many parts of the solo catalog as we can to make it worth your time. We’re in shape and we sound great, so we appreciate you coming and spending a few bucks to get into the show in times like these. Feel free to check out any music online, I don’t frown on downloading, but it’s great if you come out after hearing something you like.
“I’m doing some VIP appearances as well and I’ve got some cool things planned for that. I am stoked to talk with you and see where you’re at. All in all, I love to play, and I think a ripping time is in the cards for these shows. No politics or religion, lets rock!”
Devin Townsend w/TesseracT
October 08th Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
October 09th Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
October 10th Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
October 12th San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
October 14th Hollywood, CA – Key Club
October 15th San Diego, CA – Ramona Mainstage
October 16th Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon
October 26th Springfield, VA – Jaxx Nightclub
October 27th West Chester, PA – The Note
October 28th New York, NY – Blender Theater at The Gramercy
October 29th Worcester, MA – The Palladium Upstairs
October 30th Oneonta, NY – Oneonta Theatre
October 31st Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
November 2nd Montreal, QUE – Foufounes Electriques
November 3rd Toronto, ONT – The Mod Club
November 4th London, ONT – London Music Hall
November 5th Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
November 6th Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
November 7th Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
(New York, NY) — The unstoppable POWERGLOVE have released the morphing album cover and video teaser surrounding their next record “Saturday Morning Apocalypse” which is due out September 28th, 2010. Combining power metal style with nostalgic theme songs of popular 1980’s cartoon theme songs, the band has tapped into the minds of generation X and Y with their most interesting release to date.
“Saturday Morning Apocalypse came out brighter and darker, faster and slower than our previous releases,” says drummer Bassil Silver. This is the band’s first record with eOne Music and this time they’re taking their songs in a new direction. The band had previously stuck to 8 bit Nintendo game theme songs. However, this new release is their take on Saturday morning cartoons and movies that anyone who’s grown up in the 80’s will immediately recognize. Silver concludes with, “No matter what we write, we know all the comments will be about how bizarre we look, how ridiculous this track list is, and the fact that we somehow got Tony Kakko to sing the Pokemon theme for us. We would tell you how clown-rapingly awesome it is, but you can decide that for yourself when the album comes out in September.”
A full track listing of their power metal renditions of 80’s cartoon themes can be found below.
2. Gotta Catch Em All
3. The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest
4. This Is Halloween
7. Inspector Gadget
8. Heffalumps and Woozles (Winnie The Pooh)
9. The Simpsons (Feat. Tony Kakko)
10. The Flinstones
11. Gotta Catch Em All (Feat. Tony Kakko)
“We are POWERGLOVE and we are here to f*ck with your childhood!” proclaims the band at the beginning of their live shows. After finding success mining the brains of the A.D.D. driven video game generation with songs like “Tetris,” POWERGLOVE have set their sights on the inner child in all of us. To this end, the band has set its blasters from stun to kill; it’s target: the world! The band has recently completed two separate, successful, tours with HAMMERFALL and SONATAARTICA. Watch for them this summer as they continue to add dates for video game festivals and live performances.
POWERGLOVE is composed of four battle-hardened rockers out of Boston, MA: Alex Berkson, Bassil Silver-Hajo, Chris Marchiel, and Nick Avila. This band shreds metal renditions of everything from old school 8- bit video game classics to contemporary blockbusters, all with a heavy metal attitude – and there’s nothing you can do to stop them!
To mark the North American release of their twelfth studio album Blood Of The Nations and in celebration of their first U.S. tour in over 14 years, Germany’s metal legends ACCEPT have scheduled an in-store appearance at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey, on Sunday, September 26th from 2 – 4 p.m.
ACCEPT will be co-headlining their upcoming tour with King’s X, kicking-off with an appearance at the eleventh annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Confirmed tour dates are:
09/09/2010 ProgPower USA Kick-Off – Atlanta, GA Center Stage **No King’s X**
09/23/2010 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
09/24/2010 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
09/25/2010 The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
09/26/2010 ***IN-STORE SIGNING AT VINTAGE VINYL*** – Fords, NJ
09/27/2010 B. B. King’s – New York, NY
09/29/2010 Showcase Live – Foxboro, MA
10/01/2010 The Silo – Reading, PA
10/02/2010 The Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI
10/08/2010 The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/09/2010 The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL
10/12/2010 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/13/2010 House Of Blues – Houston TX
Additional dates for October & November will be announced soon.
Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and will be released in North America on September 14th. Exclusive pre-sale bundles can be purchased at the Nuclear Blast Web Store.
ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up includes Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.
View footage of Wolf Hoffman & Mark Tornillo on VH1’s “That Metal Show”here. View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41 – here. View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.
International music critics and rock gourmets agree: King’s X is among the most unusual acts in the history of rock music. Their technical skills are above reproach, and their creativity has impressed fans and media alike. Next to Rush, there is currently no other rock trio capable of producing such a dense and at the same time transparent sound. The much anticipated double CD/DVD set, Live Love in London, showcases prime examples of King’s X’s incredible live show of classic groove rock featuring great melodies with vocal harmonies, driving rhythms and tough guitars. The album is set for an Oct. 26th release through InsideOut Music and will be available as a deluxe DVD+2CD edition in a special embossed package, as well as a 2CD set. A standard DVD-only version will also be available exclusively through CMDistro.com.
Live Love in Londonis the first official DVD release by a band renowned for just such a transcendent rock show! The King’s X trio of Ty Tabor (guitars, vocals), Dug Pinnick (bass, vocals) and Jerry Gaskill (drums, vocals) have spanned continents and decades together, honing their craft, welcoming their fans in to experience inspired performances that come from their hearts.
Live Love in London was shot in January of 2009 at the Electric Ballroom in London, UK, because, as Tabor states, “London was the first place that accepted King’s X. It has always been my favorite place to play.” Pinnick recalls, “We were touring the US, playing for very small crowds, then we went to London; it was the Marquee and it was sold out!” Gaskill agrees, “London was the first place to make me feel like we might actually be a valid band.”
The band are also extremely excited to embark on a co-headlining run with metal legends Accept, which kicks off on Sept. 23rd. Either see below or head over now to http://www.kingsxrocks.com/ or http://www.myspace.com/kingsx to view their touring itinerary. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for samples of new music from Live Love in Londonand pre-order package info.
King’s X w/ Accept 9/23 The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
9/24 Ram’s Head Live , Baltimore, MD
9/25 The Starland Ballroom , Sayreville, NJ
9/27 B B King’s, New York, NY
9/29 Showcase Live, Foxboro, MA
10/1 The Silo, Reading, PA 10/2 The Emerald Theatre, Mount Clemens, MI
10/6 Scatz, Middleton, WI
10/8 The Agora, Cleveland, OH
10/9 The Arcada , Saint Charles, IL
10/12 House of Blues, Dallas, TX
10/13 House of Blues, Houston, TX
MetalSucks premieres “A Treatise On Control,” the fourth track from black metallers WOE‘s upcoming Quietly, Undramatically full-length. Set for a North American release on October 12, Quietly, Undramatically was recorded at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, New Jersey with additional tracking completed at frontman Chris Grigg’s BS1 in Philadelphia. The album is the first to feature a full band ensemble comprised of members from Absu, Woods Of Ypres, The Green Evening Requiem, Infernal Stronghold and Rumpelstiltskin Grinder.
To check out“A Treatise On Control,” visit: http://www.metalsucks.net/2010/08/26/exclusive-premiere-woe-a-treatise-on-control/
WOE will celebrate the release with a free performance, along with labelmates KRIEG, at Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Necktie (1248 North Front Street) on October 28. For additional live performances visit the band’s recently redesigned site at:
Underground legends MANIAC BUTCHER have re-formed after a ten-year hiatus and have recorded a new album, released on August 10th, 2010. The full-length is entitled Masakr and is issued on CD and LP by Negative Existence.
MANIAC BUTCHER are the longest-running true black metal band from the Czech Republic. Since the early ’90s, they have maintained their motto of “No keyboards!! No female vocals!! Only pure black metal storm!!” which forged their straightforward and ruthless sound.
Masakr contains six new tracks of orthodox black metal. Raw and heavy guitars pound out riff after riff of furious evil energized by aggressive drumming and completed with a violent wave of harsh vocals that tell the epic tale of Maniac Butcher. The overall sound on Masakr is monstrous. This album is by far the most professionally produced MANIAC BUTCHER album to date yet still captures the raw and underground feeling of previous albums.
MANIAC BUTCHER recorded their new album between March and May of 2010 at three separate studios. Drums were tracked at Aquarium in March, guitars at Bohemian Hell in April, and vocals at Nhaavah in May. The album was mixed at Bohemian Hell.
2010 sees not only a new MANIAC BUTCHER album but also select live performances at underground black metal festivals across Europe. Original members Barbarud and Blasphemer have recruited Coroner on drums (ex-Solfernus, ex-Despise) for the new album and Infernal on guitar (Zlo) and Lord Obst on bass (Hellocaustor) for live performances.
MANIAC BUTCHER have released six full-length albums, two demos, three splits, three live albums, one DVD, two EPs and two “best of” albums. Their discography follows:
Full-lengths: Epitaph – The Final Onslaught of Maniac Butcher, 2000 Invaze, 1999 Cerna Krev, 1998 Krvestreb, 1997 Lucan-antikrist, 1996 Barbarians, 1995
Demos: The Incapable Carrion, 1994 Immortal Death, 1993
Best of/Compilation: The Beast of / A Tribute to Maniac Butcher, 2002
EP: The Beast / Dva tisice let, 2007
DVD: Dead but Live, 2005
Live albums: Live In Germany, 2003 Live In Open Hell, 1999 Live In Annaberg, 1997
MANIAC BUTCHER / INFERNO / SEZARBIL – Proti vsem, 1999
MANIAC BUTCHER / DARK STORM – Black Horns Of Saaz, 1995
Samples of the band’s previous works can be heard from their webpage http://www.maniacbutcher.com/. Samples of the new album will be uploaded soon.
Canadian heavy metal heroes CAULDRON have entered Rogue Studios in the band’s hometown of Toronto to begin recording their new album.
Titled BURNING FORTUNE, the follow-up to CAULDRON’s critically acclaimed 2009 debut album, CHAINED TO THE NITE, is due to be released on Earache Records in early 2011.
CAULDRON frontman JASON DECAY comments prior to entering the studio:
“We finished up pre-production yesterday at the shit factory and now we’re all packed up and ready to load into the Rogue Studios this morning a few blocks away, where we’ll begin work on ‘Burning Fortune’!
“It’s about time, and the nice thing is that we’re actually rehearsed for this album, so we’re pretty excited to get this thing recorded and out there. We’ll also try to do a studio blog update thing to keep you posted on the album progress.”
A snippet from the band’s first blog posting follows:
“Day 1 of recording: Chris and I rode our chariots over to the stewdio at 11am and waited for Jason to roll up in his car with Chris’ drum set and bud Josh for drum assistance. Jason drove by, but with no drum set. Then he left again and came back 20 minutes later with a drum set. Our album’s being recorded by engineer/producer extraordinaire Jameson Elliot, who you may recognize from recording the first 2 Goat Horn albums.
“Uh anyway, we spent most of the first day getting the drums tuned and miked, plus the guitar and bass sounding good. Took a few breaks to eat shitty food from Tim Hortons and then got back to testing levels. Around this time Steve Demise showed up to check out some tunez. The first song we recorded was ‘All or Nothing’. The whole recording will be live off the floor with doubled guitar/solos/vocals done later. So we did a few takes of ‘All or Nothing’ and then took a break and biked over to shitty Pizza Pizza with Demise to order a couple of the cheap 1 topping large pizzas.”
Pierce County authorities say they’ve busted a three-county marijuana-growing operation they believe was led by a Puyallup man who once played bass in a local heavy metal band.
Investigators recently raided a number of homes, businesses and storage units allegedly tied to the operation, finding guns, homemade explosives, drugs and manufacturing equipment, court records show.
They also confiscated a number of assets owned by Stephen Wesley Ungerbuehler, including a boat, a truck, two cars, a motor home, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and 20 guitars.
Investigators say Ungerbuehler, 41, led the operation from May 2008 until his arrest Monday and used two businesses in Spanaway and Thurston County to sell marijuana.
Prosecutors charged him Wednesday with leading organized crime, unlawfully manufacturing a controlled substance and money laundering. Pleas of not guilty were entered on his behalf.
He’s being held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Ungerbuehler was known as Steve Unger when he played bass for Metal Church from 2004 to 2009. The group, which formed in 1980 under the name Shrapnel, disbanded last year.
Ungerbuehler’s attorney, Jay Berneburg, said his client “adamantly denies” the allegations against him. Berneburg said Ungerbuehler is a professional musician who travels and has earned his money legitimately through record sales, concerts and other contracts.
“This is another case of the war on drugs run amok,” Berneburg said.
Prosecutors also have charged three others – Barry Louis Goodwin, Zachary James Saiz and Jason Blaine Christopherson. The men were arraigned Wednesday on charges of unlawfully manufacturing a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Court documents provide the following information:
Drug-unit deputies were tipped several months ago that Ungerbuehler was operating or financing several marijuana grow operations in homes in Pierce, Thurston and Lewis counties.
They set up surveillance of the homes, storage units and businesses allegedly tied to the operation, including The Detail Shop in Thurston County and Kamel Toe Bar and Grill in Spanaway. Investigators also used a GPS device to track Ungerbuehler’s activities.
Deputies learned Ungerbuehler operated or set up marijuana grow operations for five people. Two of them later told investigators they had been having money trouble, so they agreed to go into business with Ungerbuehler, court records show.
Goodwin, 41, and Saiz, 25, are corporate officers of The Detail Shop. Investigators allege Ungerbuehler provided them with marijuana to sell at the business.
Investigators recently served a search warrant on Goodwin’s and Saiz’s home in Olympia and found 10 pounds of drying marijuana, scales and packaged marijuana ready to be sold, court records show. Three marijuana plants were in the backyard and a cargo trailer – registered to Ungerbuehler and parked on the property – contained 76 knee-high marijuana plants.
At a Spanaway home, investigators located a gun, a half pound of marijuana and a room set up to grow the drug. A woman who lives at the home told deputies she let Ungerbuehler set up a marijuana grow operation in her house. The woman has not been charged in the case.
“He taught her how to tend it, and then he would harvest it and give her money,” charging documents state. “She felt that he wasn’t giving her enough money, so she had him remove the grow.”
Investigators searched a Lewis County home and found rooms in the basement had been set up for a grow operation. The power had been diverted to the basement, and venting and electrical equipment for a large operation was still in place. They found no marijuana.
The tracking device on Ungerbuehler showed he visited the home on a regular basis, court records show, and detectives determined he had been paying rent on the house for about two years.
Deputies searched a second home in Olympia and found more than 100 recently harvested marijuana plants. Christopherson, 25, lived at the home and told investigators he helped Goodwin and Saiz harvest the plants, according to court records.
Investigators recently served warrants at storage units associated with Ungerbuehler.
At one in Rochester, they found homemade explosives “as dangerous as a half stick of dynamite” and equipment for grow operations. Deputies also confiscated seven handguns, nine rifles and six shotguns, court records show.
Deputies who arrested Ungerbuehler at his Puyallup home allegedly found $1,700 cash on him, a gun under his mattress and a small amount of marijuana.
In addition to a number of vehicles, they seized $4,000 cash and assorted electronics worth $10,000, court documents state.
The Sheriff’s Department checked Ungerbuehler’s income record with the Washington State Employment Security Department. The agency said Ungerbuehler reported no wages from the first quarter of 2006 until the first quarter of 2010. The IRS reported that Ungerbuehler had not filed an income tax statement from his business since 1997, according to charging documents.
Joe Stump is one of the most accomplished and revered names in neo-classical shred and metal guitar circles. From his work as a gifted solo artist to handling fret scorching duties for Magic Circle Music recording artists HolyHell, Joe has long since established himself at the forefront of today’s top guitar players. Metal-Rules.com recently caught up with Joe to discuss his latest touring activities, his new custom signature "Demonwing" guitar, his thoughts on the untimely passing of the legendary Ronnie James Dio, the return of Reign of Terror and his plans for future recording activities and instructional DVD releases. Those unfamiliar with this six-string ninja are encouraged to pick up his latest career spanning retrospective "The Essential Shred Guitar Collection"out now on Magic Circle Music.
It’s no secret that North America’s most metal city is festooned with amazing talent be it the technical death vehemence of Cryptopsy or the bruising deathcore pioneers in Despised Icon, the city is getting rocked off its foundations on a daily basis. Underground heroes Beneath The Massacre are no strangers to the world of heavy. Churning out a decidedly brutal mix of neck-snapping hardcore and blast beat-soaked chaos, brothers Christopher and Dennis Bradley (guitar and bass) tub thumper Justin Rouselle and glass-packed larynx crusher Elliot Desgagnes have been slaughtering the masses since 2004. With Maree Noir (Prosthetic), the boys have sharpened their songwriting craft into a laser-like lance meant to shed blood with maximum efficiency. Metal-rules.com recently caught up with affable frontman Desgagnes to discuss Beneath The Massacre’s ravaging sound, the kindness of the Montreal community and what it’s like jamming next to a blues bar famous for smoked meat.
If that’s not fucking metal, I really don’t know anything anymore…
Sonisphere festival landed for the second time in Finland. Even though Sonisphere was once again the biggest metal event here with over 60 000 visitors, it made more headlines for other reasons other than it’s brilliant artists. A huge storm hit the festival area and winds ripped apart one of the main stage’s support scaffolding and sent it flying into the crowd. Altogether around 40 people were injured, with three requiring hospitalization. The accident delayed the concert for a few hours and all scheduled performances on the second stage were cancelled. Iggy Pop managed to play a short acoustic set on the main stage but Motley Crue was forced to cancel its entirely show because bands instruments were completely destroyed by the storm.
We released the first song from our upcoming album “THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN” via youtube. HAMMER OF THE SCOTS is the official album version … the photo gallery is done the last days during the video shoot for another song from the album call HIGHLAND FAREWELL. It was a great experience to shoot a video about a scottish topic in the UK. The video people were so nice and productive that we are sure That this video will be killer … nothing more to say … in around 14 days you will see the result !!!
Have fun with this song and stay tune for the 1st of October …. Another legendary Grave Digger record will find its way to the stores.
HAIL OF BULLETS launch first song of upcoming new album ‘On Divine Winds’ exclusively on MySpace!
Dutch Death Metal Masters HAIL OF BULLETS have launched the first song of their upcoming new album
‘On Divine Winds’ exclusively on MySpace. Surf to the bands site (http://www.myspace.com/hailoffuckenbullets)
to check out the album opener Operation Z!Drummer Ed Warby comments on Operation Z:“On December 7th of 1941 Japan
launched Operation Z, a bold surprise attack on the United States which came as such a shock that Roosevelt referred to it as “a date which will live in infamy”. It is no coincidence then that we chose to cover this event in the crushing opening track
of our upcoming album “On Divine Winds”. Experience the carnage as hundreds of planes descend from the sky to bring death and
destruction, and revel in the aural massacre we unleash upon your ears and necks! Banzai!”
Comments singer Martin van Drunen on the concept of ‘On Divine Winds’: “This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets
and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees.”
The album title ‘On Divine Winds’ refers to the translation for the Japanese word Kamikaze, as kami stands for “God” and kaze means “wind”.
‘On Divine Winds’ track listing:
1. The Eve Of Battle
2. Operation Z
3. The Mukden Incident
4. Strategy Of Attrition
5. Full Scale War
7. On Coral Shores
8. Unsung Heroes
9. Tokyo Napalm Holocaust
10. Sugar Loaf Hill (bonus track on ltd. 1st Digibook edition!)
12. To Bear The Unbearable
‘On Divine Winds’ was produced by Ed Warby and like before the monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr Dan Swanö.
‘On Divine Winds’ features 12 tracks on the limited first Digibook edtion and 11 tracks
on the regular jewelcase version.
The album will be released October 8/11 via Metal Blade Records in Europe as a limited digibook (including a bonus track and a bonus-DVD) and as a limited gatefold 2-LP!http://www.hailofbullets.com
The original Rigor Mortis lineup “Re-Animates” once again in September for 4 shows around Texas. This will be our first shows since we played at the “Keep It True Fest” in Germany back in April 2009 and our first shows in the USA since we played at Ozzfest back in August 2008. The show dates are listed below…
Sept 10 at Trees in Dallas
Sept 11 at The Warsaw in Houston
Sept 12 at Dirty Dog Bar in Austin
Sept 17 at Joe’s Garage Tribute Weekend 2 at The Rail Club in Ft. Worth
Metal legends Iron Maiden released their 15th studio album “The Final Frontier” on August 16/17 and reached new heights by attaining the No. 1 sales chart position in several countries including Canada and the UK. Trax like “The Final Frontier”, “The Talisman”, “Isle of Avalon” display why Maiden remains Metal’s leading act.
While they were in Montreal in July, LoudTrax.com had the great pleasure of doing video interviews with Maiden’s legendary manager Rod Smallwood and guitarist Janick Gers.
Both interviews were done moments before they took the stage and prior to the release of the Final Frontier album. The interviews were done for the metal news site Bravewords.com and were originally posted in their “Brave Videos” section.