September 9th, 2013
by EvilG


A week after announcing seventeen U.S. dates for the fall, Slayer comes back today announcing the addition of seven Canadian concerts as well as a date in Seattle. These added shows are part of Slayer’s first North American tour in two years.

Slayer – Tom Araya/bass vocals, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman – will have Gojira and 4ARM support on all dates.

Tickets for these newly-added dates go on sale beginning this Friday, September 13. Log onto for complete on-sale dates and ticketing information.

Slayer’s Fall 2013 North American tour is as follows:

22 Sullivan Sports Arena, Anchorage, AK
25 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
28 Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA
30 Events Center @ San Jose State, San Jose, CA

1WAMU Center, Seattle, WA
3Stampede Corrall, Calgary, AB
4Shaw Center, Edmonton, AB
5Praireland Park Center, Saskatoon, SK
7MTS Center, Winnipeg, MB
8 Myth, Minneapolis, MN
10 FunFunFun Fest, Austin, TX
12 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
13 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
15 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
16 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
17 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
19 The Fillmore, Washington, D.C.
20 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
21Ricoh Colibsum, Toronto, ON
23CEPSUM/University of Montreal, Montreal, QC
24Pavilion de la Jeunesse, Quebec, QC
26 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
27 Theatre @ MSG, New York, NY
29 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
30 Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA


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MOTÖRHEAD to Release New Album “Aftershock” in North America on October 22, 2013

September 9th, 2013
by Celtic Bob


Silence, silence
Silence when you speak to me!
-Lemmy Kilmister

Like the juggernaut you prayed would keep on crushing you, like the friend that still royally pisses off your parents and like a loyal standard of crunchy, greasy, punky, bluesy, gutsy screw-you rock’n’roll, MOTÖRHEAD stride out through their 38th year brandishing more swagger and attitude then your ears could begin to comprehend. Read the rest of this entry »


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CARCASS – Interview with Bill Steer

September 8th, 2013
by Peter Atkinson



Interview with guitarist Bill Steer

By Peter Atkinson

Promo photos from Official Carcass Facebook page
Live photos by Peter Atkinson

With the mid-September release of their brilliant comeback album Surgical Steel, the return of English extremists Carcass that began in earnest with a spate of reunion shows in 2007 is now complete. And 17 years after the band went out with a whimper, issuing the toothless Swansong in 1996 after they’d effectively already split following several years of label and internal turmoil, they are indeed back with a vengeance.

Surgical Steel manages to at once capture the surging riffs and sinister wit of Necroticism and the crunching melodies and robust production of Heartwork; pay occasional homage to the gnashing vitriol of Reek of Putrefaction and Symphonies Of Sickness; and bring the catchiness of Swansong into the mix, though with decidedly more oomph, all while making it sound fresh, new and vital. This is certainly no mere trip down memory lane, Surgical Steel raises the bar for modern metal the way Reek and Symphonies set the mark for gore-grind back in the day and Heartwork paved the way for melodic death metal.

Oddly, founding guitarist Bill Steer (ex-also of Napalm Death) and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker essentially removed themselves from the metal scene altogether after Carcass split, despite having spawned numerous sound-alikes who can still be heard to this day. Steer formed the blues rock band Firebird. Walker recorded an album of tongue-in-cheek country covers – though he did join with Latin narco-grinders Brujeria in 2006. But they obviously never lost the “Carcass spirit,” if you will, and when the time finally came to give a go at crafting new material, they went at it with abandon.

Having walked away from the Carcass reunion in 2010 to focus on Arch Enemy, on again/off again guitarist Michael Amott played no part in Surgical Steel, nor did Arch Enemy’s Daniel Erlandsson, who’d been playing drums. Founding drummer Ken Owen was physically unable to perform, the result of a near-fatal cerebral hemorrhage he suffered in 1999. He did, however, contribute backing vocals on the new album and has lent his full support to Carcass’ reanimation.

But with two new members on board – guitarist Ben Ash, who did not play on the album, and drummer Dan Wilding, who did – the band haven’t missed a beat. Indeed, they’ve got a lot of the life back in them – and then some – that was sucked out during the rather trying final few years of the first go-round.

Via Skype, a chatty Bill Steer offered the following on the life, death and rebirth of one of metal’s most groundbreaking, yet misunderstood bands.

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September 8th, 2013
by EvilG

It has been 4 years since Legions of War released their tremendous & merciless surprise attack entitled “Towards Death”. Highly acclaimed by underground media, who compared the band to such monsters as DESTROYER’666 or GOSPEL OF THE HORNS. Their self-released thunder assault “Riding With The Blitz” (an EP with two new tracks in 2011) – swedish warmongers LEGIONS OF WAR come out from their long retreat with a new arsenal to take the world by storm. 9 new missiles made in the strongest steel with an incredibly precise strike force will soon be unleashed on INFERNO Records under the name “Forced To The Ground”.

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Philip Anselmo’s Housecore™ Horror Film Festival Releases Even More Films

September 8th, 2013
by EvilG

Four World Premieres, Complete Heavy Metal Hysteria, UFOs Unleashed, and more gore…

Having already released horror heavy details including live scores from Goblin and Attila Csihar of Mayhem; appearances by underground horror directing legends Jim VanBebber, Jorg Buttgereit, and Jose Mojica Marins (AKA Coffin Joe); the North American Premiere of THE PROFANE EXHIBIT – the most highly anticipated horror anthology film since TRILOGY OF TERROR; and screening the greatest slate of grindhouse flicks ever on 35mm (EVIL DEAD, THE BEYOND, et al.), Philip Anselmo and Corey Mitchell now unveil their latest tricks of cinematic terror.

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KRAMPUS Releases New Track For Free, Breaks With Industry Conventions

September 8th, 2013
by EvilG

The Italian Folk Metal prodigies of KRAMPUS have released their much anticipated new track, “Paralysis”. The song was produced mere weeks ago with legendary producer Tommy Vetterli (Eluveitie, Coroner) and features guest musicians Merlin Sutter and Chrigel Glanzmann of ELUVEITIE on drums and uilleann pipes. KRAMPUS have searched for and found their sound with the new material, perfecting modern influences and keeping their unique folk instrumentation alive at the same time – one of only a handful of bands succeeding in what many have tried in recent years.

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RON KEEL Announces Details Of New Album And Book

September 7th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

Ron Keel has announced details about the release of his new solo album, “Metal Cowboy,” launching a 60 day PledgeMusic campaign that gives fans access to downloads, updates, and exclusive music/merchandise/memorabilia packages:

“The music sounds just like the title – Metal Cowboy,” Ron declares, “hard & heavy with a southern side. Kind of like if AC/DC made a Skynyrd album – gritty screaming vocals, powerful rock riffs, but with some classic southern rock elements like Frank Hannon’s slide guitar.” All drum tracks were performed by Y&T’s Mike Vanderhule; other special guests include Oz Fox (Stryper), Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat), Geno Arce & Bryan Jay from KEEL, Stacey Blades from L.A. Guns, and a “live in-studio” recording with the Sin City Sinners. Read the rest of this entry »


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Feedback on new Canadian regulations for international touring bands: Is it as bad as we all feared?

September 7th, 2013
by Metal Rules

Introduction By

Article compiled by EvilG and Celtic Bob

UPDATE June 27, 2014: The CDN Govt are canning this silly program! More here.

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September 6th, 2013
by EvilG



Rock Scribes On The Rock Press, Rock Music & Rock Stars…

“In this book, Neil Daniels turns the tables and asks us some searching questions for once. Not because we are failed rock stars, but because we are successful rock journalists. So is the pen actually mightier than the guitar? Possibly not.”
- Mick Wall from his foreword

Rock ‘N’ Roll Sinners is the second chapter in a trilogy of books featuring insightful and highly entertaining interviews with some of the world’s most successful and respected rock and metal scribes. Ever wondered what it takes to be a rock journalist? In this extensive collection of interviews, seasoned rock author Neil Daniels has interviewed 68 rock and metal journalists from around the world. With a foreword by the revered British author and journalist Mick Wall, Rock ‘N’ Roll Sinners – Volume II is a worthy historical document for the serious enthusiast and can be used as a handy reference guide for the aspiring rock and metal writer. This hefty collection, which was previously published as the critically acclaimed All Pens Blazing – Volume II, makes essential reading for rock and metal heads the world over. Volume II features interviews with Phil Alexander, Mick Wall, Dave Thompson, Jaan Uhelszki and Bernard Doe et al. Volume I features interviews with Dave Ling, Malcolme Dome, Dave Reynolds, Derek Oliver, Mark Day, Geoff Barton and Dave Dickson et al. This book is 632 pages and available from Amazon. Volume II will be the final book in the series and feature previously unpublished interviews thus completing the trilogy with almost 200 interviews in total.

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CARCASS: Entire “Surgical Steel” Album Available for Streaming

September 6th, 2013
by EvilG
CARCASS: North American Tour Dates Announced

CARCASS: North American Tour Dates Announced

Disinterred British extreme metal legends CARCASS, have made their entire upcoming album Surgical Steel available for streaming via Click on the following link to listen to debatably the most anticipated metal release of the decade: Surgical Steel will be released on September 16 (UK), September 13 (Rest of Europe) and September 17 (North America). The long-awaited sixth full-length album by CARCASS, will be made available on several collectible formats and can now be ordered with or without an exclusive t-shirt design here

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DREAM THEATER’s ‘Live At Luna Park’ ; Blu-ray, 2DVD, Digital Video, and Deluxe Editions Out Nov. 5th, 2013

September 5th, 2013
by Celtic Bob


On November 5, 2013, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Dream Theater: Live At Luna Park on 2DVD, Blu-ray, Visual Digital Formats and a Deluxe Edition. The deluxe edition is an 11.5” square 60 page hardback photobook containing the Blu-ray, 2 DVDs and 3 CDs presenting all the key physical formats in one release; the CDs are only available in this Deluxe Edition. [Pre-book Order Date October 11, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $17.98 2DVD, $44.98 2DVD/3CD, $49.98 Blu-ray/3CD, $109.98 Blu-ray, 2DVD, 3CD].

These releases boast the 160 minute main show – accompanied by a wealth of bonus material – and feature many of the band’s classic tracks including: “Metropolis Pt. 1,” “The Silent Man,” “Pull Me Under,” “The Root Of All Evil,” “The Test That Stumped Them All,” “The Spirit Carries On,” and the recent “On The Backs Of Angels.”

Dream Theater began their mammoth “A Dramatic Tour Of Events” world trek in July 2011 with the final leg in South America taking place in August 2012. It was here at the Luna Park Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that they decided to film the two nights that make up this DVD release.

The Live At Luna Park band line-up for this show is James LaBrie (vocals); John Petrucci (guitar); Jordan Rudess (keyboards); John Myung (bass); and Mike Mangini (drums) – this was Dream Theater’s first tour and album with their new drummer and all the tracks from that album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, are included in either the main show or the bonus performances.

The bonus features offer live versions of six great tracks: “These Walls”; “Build Me Up, Break Me Down”; “Caught In A Web”; “Wait For Sleep”; “Far From Heaven”; and “Pull Me Under”. Also on Live At Luna Park is a documentary, the trailer for the cinema release of the film, a “Behind The Scenes” feature and the cartoon intro that ran on big screens prior to the band taking to the stage in Buenos Aires.  The Blu-ray additionally features 6 multi angle options on “Outcry.”

Dream Theater has carved a legacy as rock’s supreme virtuosos, having gained awards and worldwide fame for their epic anthems and musical dexterity. Here in concert, they bring all the power and drama of their music to life with breathtaking performances of classic tracks from across their career.

Furthermore, DREAM THEATER – the first self-titled collection in the GRAMMY®-nominated band’s nearly three decade career – arrives at last on September 24th.  The album is now available for pre-order in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180 Gram Vinyl Double LP, and a Limited Edition Box Set. Fans who pre-order the album via the iTunes Store will receive an instant free MP3 download of the Dream Theater’s new single, “The Enemy Inside.” Preorders are also available at Dream Theater’s Webstore as well as at the Roadrunner Records Webstore.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

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2) 6:00
3) The Dark Eternal Night
4) This Is The Life
5) The Root Of All Evil
6) Lost Not Forgotten
7) Drum Solo
8) A Fortune In Lies
9) The Silent Man
10) Beneath The Surface
11) Outcry
12) Piano Solo
13) Surrounded
14) On The Backs Of Angels
15) War Inside My Head
16) The Test That Stumped Them All
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19) Breaking All Illusions
20) Metropolis Pt. 1


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Festival organizer Jason McMaster comments on Iron Fist Fest

September 5th, 2013
by EvilG
Iron Fist Fest

Iron Fist Fest

The inaugural installment of Iron Fist Fest will take place September 28th at the Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, Texas (505 E 6th St)

Featuring a colossal, studded iron fistful of true underground American heavy metal in a one night only, all-star billing; Iron Fist Fest will showcase scorching performances by Austin’s own heavy-hitting traditional metal supergroup Ignitor, the blackened, grimy gutter thrash of The Blood Royale, the “Bringers Of Heavy Metal Death” Witches Mark, the long awaited return of San Antonio 80′s metal veterans Wicked Angel, the misanthropic, hate-fueled black metal of NW demons Panzergod and the earth shaking rumblings of up and coming, fantasy/epic metal titans Eternal Champion.

Ignitor vocalist and festival organizer Jason McMaster elaborates:

“Bringing metal bands together for shows has been a passion for me personally since my earliest days in Austin. I can remember there only being a few metal bands at all to do shows with, as early as 1982, and dating myself that far back is not an embarrassment, it is an honor. Nowadays, Austin has more metal than ever and more metal map to the rest if the world. The bands we hav playing Iron Fist Fest are either on tour, or are celebrating metal glory in Austin.”

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ARIA – Legendary Russian metal band

September 5th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen



Interview by Arto Lehtinen

Pics by Toni Salminen /

How many bands from Russia have been interviewed in Not so many. Well, Aria is one of the most known and respected heavy metal bands coming from Russia. The band has been around since the mid 80′s and have gone through several periods in their long career. The Russian metallers have put out a lot of outstanding albums during these years. Aria has gained an ultimate cult reputation amongst die hard metalheads. Aria finally made to Finland for the first time ever, therefore was at present to find out what’s up with Aria. Read the rest of this entry »


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METAL ON ICE – Canada’s Hard Rock & Metal Heroes To Record Together

September 4th, 2013
by Celtic Bob


Inspired by the soon-to-be-released book by Billboard-charting guitarist Sean Kelly – Metal on Ice: Tales from Canada’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes (publication date: Sept. 14/2013, Dundurn Press), the Metal on Ice: Tunes from Canada’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes companion EP features legendary artists singing new versions of their chart-topping heavy metal hits from the 1980s.  Slated for release in October 2013, the album will include new recordings of original hit songs by celebrated Canadian artists Brian Vollmer (Helix), Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch), Darby Mills (Headpins), Lee Aaron, Nick Walsh (Slik Toxik) and Russ Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs).

On September 22, Kelly and these six vocalists will enter the Coalition Music Studios in Toronto to record the EP, which includes “Metal on Ice”, a brand new original song featuring all the artists that will be released exclusively as a digital download.  An extensive PledgeMusic campaign in support of the project offers fans the ultimate in-studio experience: an opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes access to the entire recording process that day!  Pledging fans get to bring a friend along to the studio for an inside look at the making of the Metal on Ice EP as the singers are recording, and they will be the very first people to hear some of the new music and even jump in on some gang vocals for the “Metal on Ice” track.  In addition, they will get their name in the liner notes of the album, experience an exclusive Q&A session with the Metal on Ice artists conducted by Christopher Ward (former MuchMusic VJ), have lunch with the artists and receive an autographed free copy of the Metal on Ice book and EP.  Check out Sean Kelly and Carl Dixon talking about the September 22 in-studio experience here:

Pledging fans also have access to many other experiences and memorabilia at all price points, including: advance copies of the EP, guest list to the live show, Skype guitar lessons with Sean Kelly, access to a pre-show cocktail reception, a signed Kramer guitar and autographed Sennheiser microphones.

“The Metal on Ice project is a chance for fans to hear the stories behind the songs while reconnecting with the songs that helped shape the Canadian music landscape,” said Kelly. “It also presents an opportunity for lovers of Canadian hard rock and heavy metal to come together in support of the genre and recognize the importance of celebrating its successes. We wanted to give true fans access to incredible experiences and believe we have done just that with the exclusive opportunities available through our PledgeMusic campaign.”

The official Metal on Ice CD release party will take place on Saturday, October 26 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto.  The live show will feature all the album’s participating artists along with host Christopher Ward and the author/musical director of the night, Sean Kelly. Tickets are on sale now for $19.85 at

With the support of the book, EP and live show, there is no question that the Metal on Ice project will bring the stories of Canadian hard rock and heavy metal to life.  Fans are encouraged to stay tuned for updates as the project unfolds via and Facebook.

About Metal on Ice: Tunes from Canada’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes and the Metal on Ice Project
To be published on September 14, 2013 by Dundurn Press and written by Billboard-charting guitarist Sean Kelly, Metal on Ice draws on interviews with original artists such as Helix, Anvil, Coney Hatch, Killer Dwarfs, Harem Scarem and Honeymoon Suite, as well as prominent journalists, VJs and industry insiders. Reliving the lives of those striving to land the coveted record deal, Metal on Ice presents a new perspective on the dreams of musicians shooting for an American ideal of success and discovering a uniquely Canadian voice in the process. Supporting the book, the Metal on Ice Project sees author Sean Kelly partnering with Coalition Music to provide fans of Canadian hard rock and heavy metal an insider’s look into the creation of an album and the celebration of its release through the excitement of a live show.

About Sean Kelly
Sean Kelly is a Billboard-charting guitarist of his own band, Crash Kelly. He has released several classical guitar albums and tours as lead guitarist for Grammy Award-winning superstar Nelly Furtado. Kelly has also performed with Helix, Carl Dixon, Gilby Clarke and Carole Pope, among many others. He lives in Toronto.


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ENTOMBED announces worldwide deal with Century Media Records; new album due out October 2013

September 3rd, 2013
by EvilG


Together with MORBID, TREBLINKA/TIAMAT, GRAVE and DISMEMBER, ENTOMBED belongs to the earliest group of bands that forged the trademark Swedish death metal sound. Formed under the name NIHILIST in 1987, ENTOMBED was influenced by such diverse acts as AUTOPSY, MOTORHEAD, DISCHARGE, KISS and others, resulting in the band’s unique “death ‘n’ roll” style. After inspiring thousands of artists with their signature brand of metal over the years, the legends have now returned with their 10th studio album, Back To The Front, which promises to be a new ENTOMBED classic! Read the rest of this entry »


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