DARKANE – “The Sinister Supremacy” tracklist

May 12th, 2013
by EvilG
Darkane "The Sinister Supremacy"

Darkane “The Sinister Supremacy”

DARKANE have released the artwork as well as the tracklisting of their upcoming, brand new album “The Sinister Supremacy”!

The band’s sixth album, mixed by Daniel Bergstrand, will also be availabe as limited edition digipak and features the following tracks:

1. Sounds Of Pre-Existence
2. The Sinister Supremacy
3. Mechanically Divine
4. Ostracized
5. The Decline
6. Insurrection Is Imminent
7. In The Absence Of Pain
8. Humanity Defiled
9. Hate Repentance State
10. Collapse Of Illusions
11. By Darkness Designed
12. Existence Is Just A State Of Mind
13. I, Author Of Despair (Digipak Bonus Track)
14. Malicious Strain (Digipak Bonus Track)

Carlos Holmberg (ex-Soilwork) is responsible for the amazing cover artwork, which you can enjoy to the right!

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AMERICAN METAL STALWARTS SEVEN WITCHES TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “REBIRTH” JULY 16TH VIA FROSTBYTE MEDIA

May 10th, 2013
by EvilG
Seven Witches 2013 - (Photo credit: Danny Muro)

Seven Witches 2013 – (Photo credit: Danny Muro)

American metal stalwarts Seven Witches are set to release their ninth studio album, the first for new label home FrostByte Media; REBIRTH is due out on July 16th in North America.  REBIRTH is produced by Seven Witches founder/lead guitarist/mainstay Jack Frost and features a gritty, hook-laden sound. It’s a return to basics for the band highlighting Jack Frost‘s signature ax work.  In addition to Frost this time around, Seven Witches is rounded out by Ronnie Parkes (Slippery When Wet, Farcry) on bass, Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Danzig) on drums, and brand new frontman Anthony Cross.  Look for the band to tour the United States this summer near the release of REBIRTH.

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CATHEDRAL’s critically-lauded final album debuts on Billboard charts

May 10th, 2013
by EvilG

CATHEDRAL’s The Last Spire was released last week in North America and serves as the final entry in the band’s vastly influential, decade-spanning career. Lee Dorrian explains that he feels “comfortable leaving The Last Spire as our legacy. The funeral of Cathedral has been a long but gratifying process. Deciding to end the band wasn’t an easy decision to make but we knew deep down in our hearts that it was the right thing to do.”

Fans have responded and The Last Spire debuted on several Billboard charts this week: #24 on the Heatseeker Chart, #44 on the Current Hard Music Chart, and #113 on the Independent Albums Chart. About.com proclaimed that “Cathedral will be missed, but they have left us a lovely monument to weep over” and MetalSucks.net described The Last Spire as “just that right mix of doom n’ groove that makes Cathedral, well, Cathedral”. The Last Spire is a fitting finale to a tremendous career.

Recently, CATHEDRAL launched their final music video, Tower of Silence. The video was inspired by classic cult British film institutions such as “Amicus” and “Hammer House of Horror,” and was shot on location during the British Winter of 2012 at Gunnersbury Park Tower, London. It features a guest appearance from Purson’s Rosalie Cunningham, who places a symbolic black orchid on the tombstone of each member in the clips closing scenes. Directed by UK based Paraffin City Productions, Tower of Silence will be the last full production promo video ever made by this British doom metal institution.

View Tower of Silence and order The Last Spire at metalblade.com/cathedral.

The Last Spire was recorded by:
Lead Vocals – Lee Dorrian
Guitars – Garry Jennings
Bass -  Scott Carlson
Drums – Brian Dixon
Hammond, Mellotron, Moog & Synths – David Moore
Guest Vocals on ‘Cathedral Of The Damned’ – Chris Reifert
Backing Vocals – Rosalie Cunningham

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HELLYEAH ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE ‘BIGGER GOD’ AND EUROPEAN TOUR DATES TICKETS ON SALE NOW

May 10th, 2013
by EvilG

Hard rock supergroup, HELLYEAH, have announced a new single ‘Bigger God’ to be released on June 10th, ahead of their Tour Dates in Europe this spring.

With rolling bass lines, crunching riffs, powerhouse drums and raging vocals, ‘Bigger God’ is taken from the band’s third album ‘Band Of Brothers’ (Eleven Seven Music), which was released in July 2012 in the US, UK and Europe. Metal Hammer proclaimed, “HELLYEAH have finally morphed into the destructive beast they’ve always threatened to be.” ‘Band of Brothers’ debuted as the #4 rock and #15 overall album on iTunes.

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AVANTASIA “THE MYSTERY OF TIME” DEBUTS AT #9 ON BILLBOARD “HEAT SEEKERS” CHART, #33 ON “HARD ROCK”

May 10th, 2013
by EvilG

New masterpiece from Tobias Sammet out now on Nuclear Blast

 

GERMANY – The Mystery of Time, the latest release from German composer and vocalist Tobias Sammet’s, Avantasia, released last week in North America, selling nearly 2,000 copies and checking in at #9 on the Billboard “Heat Seekers” chart. The record also debuted at #33 on the “Hard Rock” chart.

The Mystery of Time can be purchased online through the Nuclear Blast web-store: http://smarturl.it/AvaMysTi and Amazon.com: http://smarturl.it/avmytiamz, or digitally via iTunes: http://bit.ly/avamotit.

 

 

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Mark ”M.E.” Edwards (of Overlorde)- First NAMM video posted

May 10th, 2013
by EvilG

Filmed over the four days of NAMM in January 2013, M.E. performed at the SONIC CORE GMBH exhibit to demo their SCOPE EXITE audio interface. He was also utilizing Steinberg’s CUBASE, which is playing back his rhythm tracks and also serving as his guitar processor and amplifier simulator.  Known as the VST AMP RACK, all of the guitar sounds except for the Wah are being generated by this Cubase VST plugin. When Cubase V7 was released a month earlier, Steinberg had included a set of custom VST Amp Rack presets that Mark had designed. He utilized those presets here.

Watch the video HERE.

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada-Winner: Round 1 Montreal Qualifying: Dissension

May 10th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce that Dissension have moved forward from their qualifying round and will be performing in the Montreal semi final taking place on June 7th at Katcombes to battle for a spot in the national finals in Toronto on June 22nd at the Opera House.

The next qualifying rounds are scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th with Round 2 of qualifying in Montreal at Katcombes with Trainwreck Architect, Venomenon, Demise of The Crown, Fallstaf and Round 3 of qualifying in Toronto at the Hard Luck Bar with Warmachine, Mastery, The Unborn Dead, Cecile Monique, Laugh At The Fakes.

Scene Magazine – Battle Chart - http://www.thescenemagazine.ca/wacken-metal-battle-canada-2013-results/

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Slayer – “there will be a celebration of Jeff Hanneman’s life sometime later this month”; official cause of Jeff’s death announced

May 9th, 2013
by EvilG
Jeff Hanneman

Jeff Hanneman

While the details are being worked out now, Slayer wants its fans to know that there will be a celebration of Jeff Hanneman’s life sometime later this month, along with Jeff’s family and friends, the public will be invited to attend. More information will be posted here soon.

Kerry King and Tom Araya are trying to deal with the loss of their brother by remembering some the good times they shared.

KERRY: “I had so many great times with Jeff…in the early days when we were out on the road, he and I were the night owls, we would stay up all night on the bus, just hanging out, talking, watching movies…World War II movies, horror movies, we watched “Full Metal Jacket” so many times, we could practically recite all of the dialogue.”

TOM: “When we first formed Slayer, we used to rehearse all the time, religiously, 24/7. Jeff and I spent a lot of time hanging out together, he lived in my father’s garage which was also our rehearsal space. When he got his own apartment, he had an 8-track and I would go there to record songs I’d written, not Slayer songs, other stuff I’d written. At a certain point, you still have the band but you start your own lives outside of the band, so that 24/7 falls to the side, you don’t spend as much time together as you once did. I miss those early days.”

KERRY: “He was a gigantic World War II buff, his father served in that war, so when Slayer played Russia for the first time – I think it was 1998 – Jeff and I went to one of Moscow’s military museums. I’ll never forget him walking around that place, looking at all of the tanks, weapons and other exhibits. He was like a kid on Christmas morning. But that was Jeff’s thing, he knew so much about WW II history, he could have taught it in school.”

TOM: “We were in New York recording South of Heaven. Jeff and I were at the hotel and we had to get to the studio – I think it was called Chung King, a real rundown place. So we left the hotel and decided to walk, but then it started raining. We walked maybe five blocks, and it was raining so hard, we were totally soaked, so we decided to get a cab. Here we are, two dudes with long hair and leather jackets, absolutely soaked, thumbing to the studio. No one would stop. We had to walk the entire way.”

TOM: “Jeff was a lifeline of Slayer, he wrote so many of the songs that the band will always be known for. He had a good heart, he was a good guy.”

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Taake, Helheim, and Black Crucifixion: Nosturi Helsinki Finland, April 26 2013

May 9th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

Taake

with Helheim and Black Crucixion

The 26th of April
Nosturi Helsinki Finland

Taake visited the Steelfest Open Air festival last summer and unleashed their diabolical Norwegian black metal under the bright light of day. That environment didn’t create much of an evil atmosphere as Taake’s grim black metal required. Taake is celebrating their 20th anniversary and have been crisscrossing Europe and landed to have a gig in Helsinki with Helheim and Finland’s own Black Crucifixion as supporters.

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Slayer confirms the European tour

May 9th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

NOTE FROM TOM AND KERRY TO UK/EURO FANS:

“We know that our fans everywhere are hurting for the loss of Jeff just as we are.
We want to let you all know that when we come to Europe this summer in June, July and August, we’ll ALL be making noise together for our brother and dear friend Jeff… We’ll See you then!”

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Halford’s METAL MIKE Unleashes THE METALWORKER

May 9th, 2013
by EvilG
Halford's METAL MIKE Unleashes THE METALWORKER

Halford’s METAL MIKE Unleashes THE METALWORKER

Halford guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak and C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC are proud to announce the worldwide release of Metal Mike’s new album “The Metalworker.”

Metal Mike enthuses, “Foremost, I want to say thank to you for following my metal journey and sharing the passion with me for the only style of music that simply can not be challenged as far as the presence it bestows upon a fan’s life. I believe one thing as we all have in common here is that we love heavy metal – loud, pure, unbending, cranking – the voice of the gods.

It is with these thoughts that I try to approach making an album or participating in a tour. Metal for me is bigger than a CD in my collection or what’s playing on the iPod while I do a task. In reality, there is no separation for me at all. It owns me and I own it. It’s bigger than all of us, yet we are an integral part of keeping it strong and preserved for the next generation of metalheads.

Today is an important day for me as I’m letting you know about my new album, “The Metalworker.” When you do things as a solo artist it’s an immense undertaking to make a record. And, since I’m a perfectionist …. well, you can put that together.

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DAVE LOMBARDO Remembers JEFF HANNEMAN

May 8th, 2013
by EvilG
DAVE LOMBARDO and JEFF HANNEMAN ~1982

DAVE LOMBDAVE LOMBARDO and JEFF HANNEMAN ~1982

SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo has just issued the following statement regarding the tragic death of bandmate Jeff Hanneman who passed away suddenly on May 2nd.

“This picture was taken at the Troubadour in Hollywood around 1982. Jeff was the guy that shaved his head and shared the music he was so inspired by. I enjoyed DEAD KENNEDY’S, CIRCLE JERKS, BLACK FLAG and THE GERMS with him. My drumming was getting faster and Jeff was writing original songs with a punk attitude. The fusion of heavy metal and punk took over Slayer’s early mediocre style, hence a new force was born. Thank you Jeff for your inspiring discovery of punk rock that has continued to shape my personal drumming style.”

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Diabolical release lyric video for track “Into Oblivion”

May 8th, 2013
by EvilG

Swedish death metal masters Diabolical have released a lyric video for the track “Into Oblivion”, which is taken from the upcoming album “Neogenesis”.

Bassist Dan Darforth comments: “We are thrilled to finally be able to share this track with the world. We have put several years of hard work into the creation of ‘Neogenesis’ and it is with great pride and enthusiasm that we now put this first part of ‘Neogenesis’ out for people to enjoy. The video is created by Sovka Ivanov, a great video artist that deserves a lot of respect and recognition. We are excited that he made this video for ‘Into Oblivion’ and I hope people will like it.”

Diabolical has just launched a minisite for Neogenesis. The video can be viewed there:
http://diabolical.se/neogenesis

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SIRENIA: First Studio Trailer for “Perils Of The Deep Blue” Released

May 8th, 2013
by EvilG
Sirenia - Perils Of The Deep Blue

Sirenia – Perils Of The Deep Blue

Norwegian symphonic gothic metallers SIRENIA have released the first studio trailer for their upcoming sixth studio recording entitled, Perils Of The Deep Blue, here http://youtu.be/leAT0_KMsxQ. The album will be released on June 28th (Europe) and July 9th (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Perils Of The Deep Blue ltd. digipak edition track list:
01. Ducere Me In Lucem
02. Seven Widows Weep
03. My Destiny Coming To Pass
04. Ditt Endelikt
05. Cold Caress
06. Darkling
07. Decadence
08. Stille Kom Døden
09. The Funeral March
10. Profound Scars
11. A Blizzard Is Storming

Bonus:
12. Chains
13. Blue Colleen

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Sacred Oath release lyrics video for new album “Fallen” due May 28th

May 8th, 2013
by EvilG

The four original members of cult US metal band Sacred Oath are together again for the first time in more than 6 years and have released a video single “Snake Eyes” from the brand new full length album “Fallen” due on May 28th.

The band is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut release “A Crystal Vision”, an album that somehow managed to become a cult classic despite going out of print almost immediately after its release in 1988.  Singer Rob Thorne reformed the band in 2007 and has since released several albums with Sacred Oath, but “Fallen” is the first full length album since ‘88 to feature Pete Altieri (bass), Glen Cruciani (guitar), Rob Thorne (vocals/guitar) and Kenny Evans (drums) throughout.  In a letter to fans posted on their website, Pete Altieri describes the album as “pure magic. I knew this was special, but until I sat down today to listen to Fallen mastered and complete, I didn’t realize how much. This is truly a gift from the metal gods to all of us!”

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