I AM I – New Drummer Announced

July 19th, 2012
by EvilG


We are very pleased to announce that I AM I can now confirm that the exceptionally talented Phil Martini (Down & Outz with Joe Elliott, Tokyo Dragons, Quireboys) is their new drummer.


With things really starting to build momentum after the release of their debut album ‘Event Horizon’, I AM I found themselves in need of a professional, talented drummer with the same desire, humour and passion for their music as they had, and it didn’t take long before they found themselves the ideal man.


Following a chance meeting at a Claytown Troupe gig, ZP and Phil found they got along famously and once Phil had heard the album, he was in!


ZP Theart:

“We hadn’t even started to look for a drummer yet but the first time I saw Phil playing, I knew he was the man for us. He’s a great guy, really easy to work with and fitted straight into the band at first practice, & we’re stoked he’s now part of the I AM I team”





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MANOWAR Confirm New Movie Project With ‘The Expendables 2’ Star Jean-Claude Van Damme

July 19th, 2012
by EvilG
Manowar (Photo by GUIDO KARP May 2012)

Manowar (Photo by GUIDO KARP May 2012)

Following their recent movie debut with the title song for the action-western EL GRINGO, MANOWAR have confirmed their next soundtrack project, ‘Soldiers’, starring action icon Jean Claude Van Damme.


Van Damme, who is Sylvester Stallone’s co star as an arch villain in ‘The Expendables 2’ said about the collaboration: “I met with Joey DeMaio and explained my vision for the entire soundtrack, he will be writing original score as well as bringing MANOWAR songs to the movie.”


Produced by Hollywood veteran and long-term Van Damme collaborator, action specialist Moshe Diamant (‘The Black Dahlia’, ‘Hard Target’, ‘Sudden Death’), ‘Soldiers’ follows Van Damme on an action packed quest for righteousness, retribution and resurrection.


“Joey DeMaio has the musical ability to write fighting hymns, soulful ballads and deeply emotional scores”, said producer Moshe Diamant.


“We’ve always had a passion for movies, especially those that celebrate the values that matter for us: righteousness, honor, bravery. Contributing musically to such stories, and working with some of the greatest action heroes in cinema history is an honor and a pleasure. We are ready to deliver a powerful soundtrack to this really great movie”, said Joey DeMaio.


‘Soldiers’ is scheduled for release in spring 2013.

Jean-Claude Van Damme, Joey DeMaio, Moshe Diamant

Jean-Claude Van Damme, Joey DeMaio, Moshe Diamant


MANOWAR have recently premiered their twelfth studio album ‘The Lord Of Steel’ that has been called by the press “A brutal and unstoppable force of molten metal”. The Lord Of Steel is currently available as a limited Hammer Edition in collaboration with Metal Hammer (UK).

An entirely different version of The Lord Of Steel, loaded with surprises, will be released into international retail in September as CD, Vinyl and as a digital album.

MANOWAR will kick off The Lord Of Steel World Tour with first shows in October, across Europe.


+ + + MANOWAR Confirm German Date In October For The Lord Of Steel World Tour + + +

German MANOWARRIORS have demanded MANOWAR return to Germany for another show this year, and their call was heard! MANOWAR will bring a date of The Lord Of Steel World Tour to Germany in 2012!


“There were so many fans who couldn’t come to Dortmund, so we have adjusted our travel schedule to add a date to this first leg of our world tour so they will not have to wait until next year”, said Joey DeMaio. “We found a great gig in the heart of Germany that will allow fans from all over the country to face The Lord Of Steel”, he continued.


The show will take place on Saturday, October 20 in Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt and tickets go on sale on Friday, July 20!


The Lord Of Steel World Tour – Leg 1 – Confirmed Dates:


Tue, Oct 09, 2012 – Zaragoza, Spain – Interpeñas

Thu, Oct 11, 2012 – La Coruña, Spain – Coliseum

Sat, Oct 13, 2012 – Barcelona, Spain – St Jordi Club

Sun, Oct 14, 2012 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera

Tue, Oct 16, 2012 – Paris, France – Trabendo

Fri, Oct 19, 2012 – Kerkrade, Holland – Rodahal

Sat, Oct 20, 2012 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle – NEW

Tue, Oct 23, 2012 – Prague, Czech Republic – Mala Sportovni Hala

Wed, Oct 24, 2012 – Pardubice, Czech Republic – CEZ Arena

Fri, Oct 26, 2012 – Zlin, Czech Republic – Euronics

Fri, Nov 23, 2012 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Sat, Nov 24, 2012 – Long Island, NY – The Paramount

Sun, Nov 25, 2012 – Long Island, NY – The Paramount


LINK: www.facebook.com/manowar

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HATE ETERNAL announce South and Central American tour dates

July 19th, 2012
by EvilG

Death metal titans HATE ETERNAL have announced a week-long tour that will take them through Central America and into South America. The band’s first-ever trip to these countries begins with a September 1st show in Mexico City, Mexico as part of the UltraMetal festival and concludes with a Sept. 8 stop in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

HATE ETERNAL is touring in support of its latest full-length, the critically-acclaimed Phoenix Amongst the Ashes. ‘Phoenix…’ was a staple in 2011 years’ end metal “Best-of” lists and is arguably the finest album in the band’s long and storied career.

“a stop-starting, tempo-shifting, weird-riff-unleashing example of death metal at its most dynamic. Far from a dead end, this is a whole new path.” Decibel Magazine, #6 on Decibel’s Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2011

“Hate Eternal is one of the most important, vital ‘true’ death metal bands in existence.” Lambgoat.com

“‘Phoenix Amongst the Ashes’ is an explosive and chaotic cacophony of guttural barks, complex, discordant riffs and detonating blastbeats…Hate Eternal have solidified into an unstoppable isosceles war triangle of death, with General Rutan bulldozing his way through enemy lines, reinforced by drummer Jade Simonetto and bassists JJ Hrubovcak.” Terrorizer Magazine

Phoenix showcases a far more dynamic band. Guitar passages range from weedly to art-y to textured…juxtaposing break-neck verses with near-mid-tempo groove sections…Simonetto takes the gold for endurance.” DRUM! Magazine

Updated HATE ETERNAL news and tour information will be made available on metalblade.com and the HATE ETERNAL website and facebook pages.

Phoenix Amongst the Ashes South & Central American Tour Dates
Sept. 1 Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador (as part of Ultra Metal w/ Absu, Malevolent Creation)
Sept. 2 Medellin, Colombia @ Cero Radical
Sept. 4 Bogota, Colombia @ Club Cadillac
Sept. 6 San Jose, Costa Rica @ Club Peppers (w/ Symphony X, Kamelot, Fractal Reality)
Sept. 7 Managua, Nicaragua @ Casa Del Obrero (CST)
Sept. 8 San Pedro Sula, Honduras @ 15 Brigada de Infanteria


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Hell United new album premiere to come!

July 19th, 2012
by EvilG

Polish death metal band Hell United announced the premiere of their new album Aura Damage is to come on September 11th, 2012. It was produced by a dynamically developing label Hellthrasher Productions.

The album has been recorded in spring this year in Roslyn Studio under the supervision of Krzysztof Godycki in band’s strongest and original composition with Dügy on drums and returning on guitar vacancy Rzulty (Stillborn, ex-Deception). Aura Damage is composed of 9 murderous compositions covered with nihilistic somnambulism. It is a mix of a band new approach to a black death metal brutality with tested for years dingy patents known from previous albums HornoKracy and Applause: JHVH Elohim Met. In opinion of those who had a chance to get to know the inside of new record current face of Hell United can be described with a meaningful term of Sadistic Intent meets Arkhon Infaustus. You can judge the heaviness of this words by referring to reveled preview of a single Deathlike Cold. (Link: http://soundcloud.com/hellthrasher-productions/hell-united)

Here is how Bartek Kosiński, chief of Hellthrasher Productions comments the fact of signing a pledge with Polish quartet:

We’ve decided to cooperate with the band because Hell United has a huge unbridled potential and amounts of evil energy, not completely presented over the early vale of tears. The negotiations weren’t the easiest. It took quite some time but finally we’ve managed to convince the team to work with us which we are damn happy about. After hearing the first few sounds of Aura Damage we are more than sure that the Polish fans of metal will be battered. I truly believe that the album will be heard about abroad too especially that a limited vinyl version will come up next year to help that happen.

Hell United was coming into existence in 1997 – then named Eclypse – in the composition of – Void – guitars, vocals, Rzulty – guitars, Bartollo – bass and Dügy – drums. In 1999 the band recorded the never released album The Human Abstract, from which two songs in 2000 came to light as a demo Omen. After the change in composition in 2004 the formation due to seems Redrum666 issue the album Applause: JHVH Elohim Met with a brand new tracks, very well-received by fans and the press The following years, in addition to numerous concerts bring a lot of personal problems, resulting in the reorganization and change the name to Hell United. Reborn from the ashes the band is working on new material, resulting in 2007 in the circulation occurs demo Extra-Strength Of The Obscure (Gorification Musix), and a year later full-length HornoKracy (Lilith Prod.). Hell United promotes album, among two others  editions of United Death Armageddon tour in 2008 and 2009 in the company MasseMord, Blaze Of Perdition or Mord’A’Stigmata and record material for their mini album, which is published in two editions: a cassette as The Third Sigil of Destruction (Maltkross Prod., 2009) and record under the title Abhorrence Majesty (Butchered Rec., 2011). The first half of 2012, is marked by concerts at the side of Ulcerate, Furia and Intestinal and work on newest album Aura Damage.

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SIX FEET UNDER Announce Dean Markley Endorsement; Additional Dates Added To European Summer Tour

July 19th, 2012
by EvilG

Bassist Jeff Hughell and guitarist Steve Swanson of American death metal giants SIX FEET UNDER are pleased to announce their recent endorsement with Dean Markley strings!

Comments Hughell: “Dean Markley are the only strings that can handle my finger domination! I’ve been using Dean Markley strings for almost 20 years and they are the only strings that have the brightness to cut through especially in metal!”

Adds Swanson: “I would like to thank all at Dean Markley for representing us with strings, as they are awesome! I’m happy to be part of the Dean Markley family!”

In related news, SIX FEET UNDER recently added additional show to their upcoming European tour where the band will play some exclusive festival gigs as well as selected club shows.

SIX FEET UNDER Undead Euro Tour 2012:
8/05/2012 Alte Zuckerfabrik – Rostock, DE
8/06/2012 Progresja – Warschau, PL
8/08/2012 Posthalle – Würzburg, DE
8/09/2012 Baroeg – Rotterdam, NL
8/10/2012 Buze – Steenwijk, NL
8/11/2012 Brutal Assault Festival – Jaromer, CZ
8/12/2012 Postbahnhof  – Berlin, DE ***
8/13/2012 Backstage – München, DE ***
8/14/2012 Galerie – Pratteln, CH ***
8/15/2012 Turock – Essen, DE ***
8/16/2012 Rock Temple – Kerkrade, NL ***
8/17/2012– Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE
8/18/2012 Grünspan – Hamburg, DE ***

*** w/ Dew-Scented, Deadborn

SIX FEET UNDER will be touring in support of Undead, their latest platter of merciless extremity. Crowned “the best thing SFU have recorded since Maximum Violence,” by Decibel, “an album on which this new level of musicianship adds value without tarnishing SIX FEET UNDER‘s legacy of brutality,” by Outburn and simply a “kickass SIX FEET UNDER record,” by Revolver, Undead entered the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #5 upon its first week of release! In addition, Undead landed at at #30 on the Billboard Top Independent Album Chart, #22 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums Chart, #14 Billboard Top Current Albums Chart and #183 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.




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July 19th, 2012
by EvilG

Tour dates have been announced for THE GERMAN METAL ATTACK 2013 feat. GRAVE DIGGER – WIZARD – MAJESTY – GUN BARREL


2013-01-11 Germany Andernach – Live Club

2013-01-12 Germany Halle 101

2013-01-13 Germany Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik

2013-01-16 Germany Köln – Live Music Hall

2013-01-17 Germany Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal

2013-01-18 Germany Geiselwind – Musichall

2013-01-18 Germany München – Backstage Halle

2013-01-20 Switzerland Pratteln – Z7

2013-01-25 Germany Hamburg – Markthalle

2013-01-26 Germany Berlin – C-Club

2013-01-27 Germany Bochum – Zeche

2013-02-01 Germany Braunschweig – Meier Music Hall

2013-02-02 Germany Glauchau – Alte Spinnerei

2013-02-03 Czech Republik Prague – Club Matrix

2013-02-08 Germany Regensburg – Uni Mensa

2013-02-09 Austria Vienna – Szene

to be continued

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TESTAMENT Release Fourth “In-Studio” Video!

July 18th, 2012
by EvilG


Bay Area thrash metal legends, TESTAMENT, have released part 4 in a series of videos chronicling the making of their new album, Dark Roots of Earth. Check out bassist Greg Christian discussing the recording process and what it’s like working with producer Andy Sneap here:

In-studio video Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VDEzxQ2uiM
In-studio video Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fjdhnWLwew

In-studio video Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kT8OK4aQ2k

TESTAMENT recently released part one of two ‘behind the scenes’ clips for “Native Blood” music video. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jGitAOIOqg.

Listen to the “Native Blood” track and pre-order Dark Roots of Earth by visiting http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Artist/Testament/10177.

Fans can also use the following splash page to spread the word about the contest to their friends http://media.nuclearblast.de/bands/Splash/testament/droe/radiocontest.html.

Dark Roots Of Earth, the band’s highly anticipated 10th studio album, is due out on July 31st in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. It’s the group’s first release in over four years following 2008’s critically acclaimed, The Formation Of Damnation.

The CD was produced, mixed and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TED NUGENT, NIGHT RANGER) at his Trident Studios. Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others, provided the cover artwork.

Dark Roots Of Earth
CD/DVD track listing:
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD

Dark Roots Of Earth
vinyl track listing:
Side A:
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth

Side B:
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace

Side C:
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

Side D (Bonus):
10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)

TESTAMENT recently wrapped up filming a music video for “Native Blood” with director, Mike Sloat. The song, whose lyrics are about vocalist Chuck Billy’s Native American heritage, was filmed at the Hopland Indian Reservation in Hopland, Calif. last weekend. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151823567205332.866192.23598655331&type=1.

TESTAMENT has also revealed several co-headlining tour-dates with fellow American thrash metal greats, ANTHRAX, in support of the summer release. The September run will feature DEATH ANGEL in support, and is slated to kick off on Sept. 14thin Sacramento, Calif. A list of all confirmed dates can be seen below.


9/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

9/15 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre

9/16 – Kennewick, WA @ Toyota Center (Kennewick)

9/17 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
9/19 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox at The Market
9/20 – Vancouver, BC – CANADA @ Vogue Theater

9/21 – Calgary, AB – CANADA @ MacEwan Hall

9/22 – Edmonton, AB – CANADA @ Edmonton Event Centre

9/24 – Saskatoon, SK – CANADA @ Odeon Event Center

9/25 – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA @ Burton Cummings Theatre

9/29 – Toronto, ON – CANADA @ Danforth Music Hall

9/30 – Quebec City, QC – CANADA @ Capitole du Quebec

10/02 – Montreal, QC – CANADA @ Metropolis

10/03 – Portland, ME @ State Theater

10/05 – Montclair, NJ@ Wellmont Theatre


Chuck Billy – Vocals
Eric Peterson – Guitar
Alex Skolnick – Guitar
Greg Christian – Bass

Gene Hoglan – Drums

For more info visit: http://www.testamentlegions.com | http://www.facebook.com/testamentlegions | http://www.youtube.com/testamentofficial | http://www.twitter.com/testamentlegion | http://www.twitter.com/testamentband | http://web.stagram.com/n/alexskolnick/ | http://www.myspace.com/testamentlegions

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New FOZZY Single “Sandpaper” Now Available;Band Releases ‘Evolution of Fozzy’ Video

July 17th, 2012
by EvilG

July 17, 2012 — “Sandpaper,” the fist-pumping lead single from FOZZY‘s highly-anticipated forthcoming album SIN AND BONES, is now available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and Google PlaySIN AND BONES will be out on August 14 and the single, which features guest vocals by M Shadows, can be heard here: http://youtu.be/G1ltJ60u-w0


In anticipation of the release, FOZZY has released a video called “Evolution Of Fozzy” in which frontman Chris Jericho divulges everything from the inception of the band, to how they were signed to their first label, and how they ended up where they are today with Century Media Records.  The video can be seen here: http://youtu.be/-LWWW10x1uA


Exclusive pre-order packages for SIN AND BONES are available now at CM Distro and can be purchased here. The brainchild of WWE superstar Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo mastermind Rich Ward, SIN AND BONES delivers 10 hard-hitting tracks:


Fozzy - Sin And Bones Cover


Track Listing:

01. Spider In My Mouth

02. Sandpaper

03. Blood Happens

04. Inside My Head

05. Sin And Bones

06. A Passed Life

07. She’s My Addiction

08. Shine Forever

09. Dark Passenger

10. Storm The Beaches


After years of non-stop touring in Europe, the band will embark on the first U.S. tour of their 12-year career, joining fellow heavyweights Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Papa Roach on this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival and FOZZY headlining dates are listed below.

For the latest FOZZY news, be sure to join the band on Facebook, where they post daily updates and frequent exclusive video content: www.facebook.com/fozzyrock. For information on FOZZY VIP packages for all of their upcoming shows, visit www.FozzyRock.com, and for a full list of Uproar dates as well as more information on the festival, meet and greets, etc., visit www.RockstarUPROAR.com.

“Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival” Tour Dates: 
Friday, 8/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
Saturday, 8/18 – Little Rock, AR @ Arkansas State Fairgrounds (KDJE Radio Show)
Tuesday, 8/21 – St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s (FOZZY HEADLINING SHOW)

Wednesday, 8/22 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Friday, 8/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sunday, 8/26 – Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
Tuesday, 8/28 – Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Thursday, 8/30 – New York City, NY @ Gramercy Theater (FOZZY HEADLINING SHOW)
Friday, 8/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
Saturday, 9/1 – Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sunday, 9/2 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Wednesday, 9/5 – Simpsonville, SC @ Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park

Thursday, 9/6 – Louisville, KY @ The Vernon Club
Friday, 9/7 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Saturday, 9/8 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
Sunday, 9/9 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Tuesday, 9/11 – Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Wednesday, 9/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Thursday, 9/13 – Tampa, FL @ 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater
Saturday, 9/15 – Houston, TX @ Woodlands Pavilion
Sunday, 9/16 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Wednesday, 9/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
Friday, 9/21 – Spokane, WA @ Greyhound Park and Events Center
Saturday, 9/22 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
Sunday, 9/23 – Portland, OR @ Sleep Country Amphitheater
Tuesday, 9/25 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
Thursday, 9/27 – West Hollywood, CA @ Roxy Theatre (FOZZY HEADLINING SHOW)
Saturday, 9/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
Sunday, 9/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion

For more information on FOZZY, please visit:

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US Department Of State Says No Comment On Jailed LAMB OF GOD Singer

July 16th, 2012
by EvilG


WTVR.com’s Alix Bryan reports:

More than two weeks have passed since LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic on manslaughter charges.The case, involving a four-time Grammy nominated band, has become high profile for numerous reasons, especially as questions go unanswered and Blythe remains jailed despite putting up almost $200,000 US dollars in bail.

On Wednesday, on Facebook, the US Embassy released a very brief, non-committal statement regarding Blythe: “The US Embassy provides standard consular services to American citizens in need of assistance. We cannot discuss specific cases due to privacy concerns.”

Today CBS 6 reached out to several contacts; a Prague reporter who has been covering the case since the beginning, the US State Department, the manager for Lamb Of God, the Czech defense attorney, the US Embassy in the Czech Republic, and the US defense attorney that represents Lamb of God.

We had little luck with any Czech contacts—due to time zones and language barriers. We have left messages with both the Czech defense lawyer and the US defense attorney who will remain overseas until Saturday. No confirmation yet if that means Blythe could be released by then. Blythe’s wife is also in the Czech Republic with the attorney.

Noel Clay, spokesperson with the US Department of State, could not answer the specific question, “Were US authorities contacted by Czech police?” The question looms in the air as to how the band never knew that a fan had died and that the death was under investigation, with the band as suspects.

Czech police have said, at least to the Czech tabloid, Blesk.cz, that they contacted US police about 18 months after the 2010 incident at Prague’s Club Abaton. According to Jonathan Crane, with the Prague Post, police confirmed they started investigating the death in 2010.

Read more and see more video footage at this location.

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Amorphis and Morgana Lefay confirmed for the Sweden Rock Double Cruise!

July 16th, 2012
by EvilG

Morgana Lefay, who have been inactive since 2007, have been confirmed for an exclusive show at the Sweden Rock Double Cruise in early October. Also confirmed for the Sweden Rock Double Cruise is the legendary Finnish metal band Amorphis.

The line-up so far:

Melodic cruise, 4-5 October




RAGE (melodic set)

Two more bands to be announced!


Hard cruise, 5-6 Oktober



RAGE (hard set)


Two more bands to be announced!


Rates: Tickets including cabin from 595 SEK (approx. 66 Euro) per cruise. Book tickets for both cruises and get a free T-shirt!

Check-in first cruise: at the Silja terminal in Värtahamnen, Stockholm, October 4th no later than 18.15.

Check in second cruise: at the Silja terminal in Värtahamnen, Stockholm, October 5th no later than 18.15.

Ship departs: 19.15.

Age limit: 18 years.


For more info, check out the Sweden Rock Cruise website: www.swedenrockcruise.com

For booking and info about tickets etc, call Tallink Silja customer service at +46 8 666 3333.  Tickets and also be booked at the shipping company website, but it is completely in Swedish, so if you don´t know Swedish we recommend you call instead. Ticket website in Swedish can be found here: http://www.tallinksilja.com/sv/cruises/special/galaxy/SwedenRock.htm

Sweden Rock Cruise on Facebook: www.facebook.com/swedenrockcruise

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RIP Former Deep Purple member Jon Lord

July 16th, 2012
by EvilG
Jon Lord RIP

Jon Lord RIP

As posted to: JonLord.org.

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.

Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including Smoke On The Water and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.

Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto for Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.

Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.

Jon passes from Darkness to Light.

Jon Lord 9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012.

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INCANTATION Announces European Dates

July 16th, 2012
by EvilG

THE MASTERS OF DEATH ARE BACK! Europe prepares for the return of one of North America’s most blasphemous and unholy death metal bands as INCANTATION will once again invade European territory this August for a series of festival dates.
8/10 – Brutal Assault (Czech)
8/11 – Party.San (Germany)
8/12 – Ieper Fest (Belgium)
8/13 -Tilburg (Holland) “Little Devil”
8/14 – Essen (Germany) “Turock”
8/17 – Motocultor Fest (France)
8/18 – SummerBreeze (Germany)

The band comments – “As we are still in the mists of the recording process for our 8th and latest studio full length, which will be released through Listenable Records, we will make the short run to play some of Europe’s most brutal festivals. We are honored to have been asked to play these amazing fests this year, we will be playing some new tracks from the upcoming new release later this year, as well as our classics. We just toured Brazil and the response for the new material was horns held high and an outbreak of death metal overload!!!

It has been brought to our attention [that there has been] interest in INCANTATION playing additional shows/fests in August, but unfortunately were not able to play any more Euro festivals at this time. The aforementioned shows are all we have agreed to play. Of course, we are disappointed not to be able to play every show asked , but extremely happy to be playing the shows we are. Due to recording obligations and ( lack of) booking details, time restraints [will prevent] us from being able to play all of them. I would personally like to apologize to any organizers that might have been mislead into thinking we were playing, and thank all of you for the continues support of INCANTATION!!!!”


Incantation on Facebook


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DIABOLICAL Comments On Upcoming Album; Title and Track Listing Revealed

July 16th, 2012
by EvilG

Swedish apocalyptic death metallers DIABOLICAL have started the recording sessions for their fifth album – entitled Neogenesis.

Guitarist Carl Stjärnlöv explains the album title: “Apart from being a physiological term, the title ‘Neogenesis’ translates to ‘new beginning’. The word originates from Greek and Latin and it marks a new beginning for DIABOLICAL in many ways. Furthermore the title has a much more profound significance to the theme and concept of this album. The drum tracks laid down are amazing, and we are all very excited about continuing to work on ‘Neogenesis.’ There are definitely some new flavors to our sound, and most importantly,
the song material of ‘Neogenesis’ is by far the greatest we’ve done.

The band entered Necromorbus Studio in June to begin the recording process for Neogenesis. Guitarist/vocalist Sverker Widgren, who produced the band’s 2008 release The Gallery Of Bleeding Art, is once again handling production duties. DIABOLICAL has been chronicling the album’s progress with an online studio diary. Episode two is posted at this location.

Diabolical - Studio Diary 2012 - Episode 2
Diabolical – Studio Diary 2012 – Episode 2

Neogenesis Track Listing:
1. Into Oblivion
2. Metamorphosis
3. Oracle
4. Ex
5. World in Silence
6. Reincarnation of the Damned
7. Fields of Nihil
8. Dialogue with the Dead
9. Wolves’ Choir
10. The Age to Come
11. Humanitas

This album will follow up DIABOLICAL’s 2011 release Ars Vitae, which featured nine live songs which chronicled the band’s career, four new studio tracks and a remastered version of their sold-out debut EP Deserts of Desolation. Ars Vitae was released in North America by Abyss Records and is still available at www.officialabyssrecords.com.

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SHATTERED DESTINY: Official ‘Epilogue’ video released

July 16th, 2012
by EvilG
Shattered Destiny

Shattered Destiny

The official video for “Epilogue”, a track from international progressive/power metallers SHATTERED DESTINY, can be seen below. The track comes off the band’s EP, “Fragments”, which was released worldwide in March.

When asked about the ‘Epilogue’ video, JJ had this to say:

“We wanted to release a video that helped capture the essence of the band and the songs subject matter. We feel that the video for ‘Epilogue’ truly captures the emotional and visual impact that is what SHATTERED DESTINY represents. We wanted something that would bridge the gap between the EP and the full length release next year. We love the video and find it simply stunning and hope everyone else does as well.”

‘Epilogue’ Official Video:

 Formed in early 2011, Shattered Destiny is a progressive power/thrash band created by lead singer/songwriter JJ. With long-time friend and Lead Guitarist Roman Guryev the foundation of the band was formed. Both come from a long history or musical education in many different styles. In mid-2012, Andrey Ischenko joined the band as their permanent drummer. The five-piece outfit combines many influences in order to create a new distinct sound. The unique blend of musical influences forms a niche within the metal world.

The band’s initial demo “Fragments” was recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden in early 2012 and received many acclaims. The band has been features on BBC in several countries. Tracks from “Fragments” have received national radio play in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom, Australia, Hungary and Austria in additional to a large amount of internet based radio play.

Shattered Destiny is planning to enter the studio this winter to record their full-length follow up and is seeking a label home.


“Fragments” track listing:

01. Welcome

02. Deceitful Heart

03. Oblivion

04. Epilogue

Shattered Destiny - “Fragments”

Shattered Destiny – “Fragments”

Band lineup:

* JJ – Vocals and Keys

* Roman Guryev – Lead Guitar

* Steve S. – Rhythm Guitar

* Lena H. – Bass

* Andrey Ischenko – Drums

For more information, visit www.ShatteredDestiny.net.

Check out a recent interview with JJ from Shattered Destiny here.

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EDEN’s CURSE signed a new Worldwide record deal with AFM Records

July 16th, 2012
by EvilG

Multinational Melodic Metallers EDEN’S CURSE are thrilled to announce that they have signed a new Worldwide record deal with AFM Records.

The group, who are currently nearing the final stages of the writing phase for their as-yet-untitled fourth album, the first to feature new vocalist Marco Sandron (Pathosray / Fairyland) at the microphone, couldn’t hide their delight. “Signing a new deal with AFM was one of the easiest decisions we have made as band” quipped Bassist Paul Logue. “AFM have been our long term partners since 2007 and have always done a great job for us. We recently sat down together and discussed our future plans and where we saw the band headed and they made it known that they are firmly behind us” he added further.

And what of the bands first ever world wide deal?

“Consolidating everything under one roof, as opposed to having several separate deals, made great business sense to us and our management. I’m sure it means less paper work for all involved! We will however still be working with our long term Japanese partners, Spiritual Beast. Why fix what ain’t broke?” enthused Logue.

And how is writing progressing with the new album?

“It’s going! We are really into the home straight of the writing phase now. We are taking our time to make sure we have the song ideas that does the Eden’s Curse name proud and exactly what our fan base would expect from us. We are very excited by the new tunes”.

Timo Hoffmann of AFM Records stated: “Working with EDEN’S CURSE always was a delight. These guys are really dedicated to what they do and their ambitions, positive attitude and high standards always result in great quality. Since signing with us in 2007, the band has released three fantastic albums. No signs of slowing down – in fact it’s quite the contrary. But also beside the creative part, we found reliable partners in EDEN’S CURSE. That’s why we are very happy that the previous deal with the band (which was for the European territory only) now has become enhanced to a worldwide deal. We are looking forward to a great fourth album next year, and many more to come hopefully…”

AFM Records have penciled in a Spring 2013 release date for the new album.


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