PROVIDENCE – ASIA TOUR DIARY

July 21st, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

PROVIDENCE ASIA TOUR DIARY

 Text and pictures by Petri da Costa

For those unfamiliar with Providence, this French heavy hardcore band was formed in 2005 in Paris and during these 8 years has been working hard and playing amongst legendary names such as Agnostic Front, Madball, Cro-Mags and many others, having also toured in United States, Brazil and Europe. The band recently signed a deal with Eulogy Recordings, the first European band on the label, and embarked for a little over 2 weeks on a 13 gigs tour in Asia, playing in South Korea, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan. This wasn’t the longest tour the band has been on, but without a doubt the most memorable so far. So with open minds and a lot of curiosity the band entered this tour.

26th – 27th April: Seoul – SOUTH KOREA

The tour would start on the 27th of April in Seoul, South Korea, but the band arrived on the 26th in order to get to know a bit of the town and get ready for the rest of the tour. After a long train ride from the airport to the city, the gig promoter, Kim Ssako, was kind enough to show the band a bit of the town. Even though most were still jetlagged, nobody wanted to miss the opportunity to check the town and have a bit of fun before the gig marathon would start. Next day in the afternoon the band would start something that is the normal routine for any band: go to the club, which luckily was close to the hostel, set up the gears, do a soundcheck, and then set up the merch table and wait and wait before show time. The venue, GoGos 2, was really good and had enough space for the crowd. Playing with Providence that night would be 7 other bands, which made the gig look a like a “mini fest”, especially considering the fact that the bands opening for Providence played different styles, from a screamo to metallic hardcore. Providence hit the stage quiet early, about 21.30 o’clock, and even with some small technical problems with vocals and guitar, the band was on top form, and part of the crowd seemed familiar with the band’s songs, singing a long and moshing hard. The crowd wasn’t very different from what they are used to play in Europe, maybe the only difference was those who didn’t know the band’s songs that well watched the band but nevertheless seemed to enjoy the gig.

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After an intense 45min set, which included mainly material from their “Far Beyond Our Depth” cd, and covers from Agnostic Front, “Friend or Foe”, Throwdown, “Unite” and Shatter Realm’s “All Will Suffer”, the first gig was over. Even though the gig ended sort of early, the night for the band didn’t end after their set. The band talked with some local fans, taking pictures and signing their cds, and then headed over to eat with some of the other bands in a restaurant and finally got to sleep for 2 hours before getting up to go to the airport and flying to China.

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28th April – 1st May:  Beijing, Wuhan, Shandong, Guangzhou – CHINA

From the countries the band was going to play, China was the one that had a certain mystery to it. Not many hardcore bands have played in China, and although there’s a scene there (whether is hardcore or metal or punk), it’s very likely that most people haven’t heard or seen any bands from China. The first gig in China would be in Beijing, where the band arrived early morning. The tour manager Paul would be also the band’s tour guide and right when he arrived, he took the band to visit the Great Wall of China in Mutianyu, near Beijing. Luckily the band had still time for some sightseeing on the same day, checking a bit of the part of the town near the gig venue, which was located in a very quiet and small part of the town. It was interesting to hear that one fan had drove 500km just to see them, this was a story that we’d hear quiet often during this tour. It’s a true sign of devotion from fans, something that you hardly see nowadays in Europe and many parts of the world, since they are used to seeing so many gigs every week or month. After another killer performance, the band signed some cds and took pictures with fans, and finally got some rest back in the hotel.

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The next days the band would be going through China by train, going to Wuhan and playing in a very famous gig club in China called Vox. The club was very big, and part of the wall was filled with small wood pieces that had the name of all the bands that had played in the club. Another interesting aspect, which repeated in the following gigs in China, was the fact that there were people, mainly couples or group of friends, sitting far away from the stage and just having a meal while the band was playing. No matter if there weren’t so many who actually wanted to see the band, Providence showed a lot of energy on stage.

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The two following days and gigs in China weren’t so different. It was the usual routine of few hours of sleep, followed by travelling a lot, doing a bit of sightseeing, sound check, setting the merch and then playing. Luckily all this tiredness didn’t affect their performance on stage and the band was getting a lot of positive feedback from those who came to see them and even from those who didn’t even knew them.  It was the end of the 4 days in China, and everybody was already talking about coming back some time next year and playing more cities. Although there was a certain uncertainty at first about the 4 days, not knowing if there would be problems with local authorities, everything ended up going so well for the band.

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The hardcore scene is relatively new and young in China, but those involved in the hardcore scene, whether they were fans, musicians or organizers, were full of enthusiasm and left a very positive impression on the band.

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2nd – 3rd of May: Bangkok, THAILAND

Arriving afternoon in Bangkok under a very hot temperature of 36 degrees, Providence would have one of their final “days off” during the whole tour. But rather than just resting, the band was eager to get to know the town and enjoy this day off.  On the next day there was no rush either, so there was enough time to calmly visit a Buddhist temple and check around the town under an even higher temperature than the previous day. Around late afternoon Providence went to Immortal Bar, where they’d be playing, and it was very noticeable that the scene in Bangkok is bigger than any of the previous towns in China.

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On the same day, Providence played with local hardcore bands, all of them having a very strong fan base and seeing how crazy the fans were reacting on the opening bands it seemed that this was going to be the most brutal gig for the band so far on this tour. The inside of the club was kind of small and extremely hot, and once Providence started it seemed that there was no controlling the chaos that erupted. However, by the middle of the set it seemed that initial mayhem from the fans was slowing down. It was understandable since Providence was the 6th band on the bill, and the place was burning hot, so some kids weren’t as crazy as they were before. During this tour the band was also playing the beginning of Slayer’s “Raining Blood” and this night they dedicated that and Shatter Realm’s “All Will Suffer” to the late Jeff Hanneman.

The gig ended up late and there were just a couple of hours before heading to the airport, so there was no time to actually rest. Around 2 o’clock in the morning the band left to the airport and waited for the next destination: Malaysia.

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4th of May: Kuala Lumpur – MALAYSIA

Providence arrived early afternoon in Kuala Lumpur and the local promoter came to pick the band and took them to the hotel. Since everybody was extremely tired, there would be no time for sightseeing this time around and after almost of 4 hours of sleep, we headed to the gig venue. The commercial center of Kuala Lumpur is very modern, filled with huge stores and the venue was in the most unusual places that they have ever played: inside a shopping mall. The venue itself was in a secluded area of this huge shopping mall, and this particular gig they’d be playing was part of the Malaysia Beatdown Fest, which had several talented hardcore bands playing also.

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The venue was packed and as soon as the band put their merch to sell, loads of kids turned up to buy either t-shirts or cds. This left the band with a small problem: it was mid tour and there wasn’t enough t-shirts or cds to sell for rest of this tour. But this was an issue that was going to be taken care of later.

The Bangkok gig had impressed the band, especially the reaction from the fans, and once Providence hit the stage playing “Carrying this Torch” all hell broke loose. It was one of the most intense and violent pits I have personally witnessed. The band had been advertising before online a “Best Mosher” contest that would be held in Kuala Lumpur and the crowd didn’t disappoint. The level of excitement and intensity didn’t stop through the gig and this would be, for most of the band members, the most intense gig of the whole tour. After sleeping for just a couple of hours the band would embark on a 5-day tour through Indonesia, a certain “madness” that nobody could predict.

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 5th – 9th of May: Jakarta, Bogor, Purwakarta, Tegal, Mageland – INDONESIA     

For the next 5 days Providence would be touring in Indonesia and the local bands Striker, Sabertooth and Reason To Die would be accompanying them on these dates. The first stop in was in the capital of the country, Jakarta, where Providence arrived early morning. The tour promoter, Farid came to pick the band at the airport with the bus that would be transporting all the bands through the country. Luckily there was some short time to rest before actually heading to the venue, and this little rest would have to be enough to endure the excitement that the band would encounter already at the first gig. Couples of the band members went to set the merch table and were already greeted by enthusiastic fans, who little by little wanted to take pictures with the band members. People would come to check the merch table, but they mostly wanted to take pictures and try to talk to the band.  The most impressive thing was the fact that a total of 36 bands (!!) would be playing this gig. This means usually a festival of 2 or 3 days in Europe, but here in Indonesia they managed to get all these bands, including Providence, in one day. However, some bands played only about 15 minutes, so no wonder why they got so many bands.

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The band managed to wait a long time until they finally played their set under a heavy heat inside the venue. You’d think that after so many bands and this high temperature in the club would affect the reaction from the fans, but it didn’t. The crowd was definitely in top form, as intense as we had all heard and made the band feel welcome. After the gig we drove to a town next to where the band would play the following day. It was the first time in a long time that there was enough time to sleep.

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The second day started very calmly, without any rush to head to the venue at Bogor. By the middle of the afternoon we start to hear that there might be problems with the local cops, that they couldn’t know that a band would be playing there. Finally, late afternoon, we got there and after a lot of speculation, the band heard that the gig would have to be cancelled due to possible problems that could happen. It was unfortunate for Providence to cancel the gig, but that gave some time for everybody to enjoy the night and relax.

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Luckily the third gig was still on and it was one of the most interesting ones from the tour. The band arrived in Purwakarta afternoon and went straight to the venue. The venue was actually a huge gymnasium in a part far from the town itself, it seemed to be located in a small village which just had some houses and that gymnasium. Once the band members started to walk towards the gymnasium, a lot of people (mostly young kids) were just staring at the band and then they started to come in groups of 8-10 and take pictures with the band members. Everybody seemed to be in awe of Providence, you could really see that these young kids don’t have much contact with bands (and people) from outside of Indonesia. Inside the gymnasium there were even some military guards doing the security for the gig, which was actually a festival, and there were so many kids watching the bands that at one point, in one the local band’s gig, there were 3 different pits.

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Once the band hit the stage there was the usual chaos among the kids, most didn’t seem to know their songs but their stage presence and energy kept the crowd going on and on. The military guards who before were just circling around the venue, actually ended being on stage, one in each side of the stage, checking that the there would be no problems. It was definitely something unusual and the weirdest part was at the end of the set, the guards just started to take pictures of the band with their phones (!!).

Once the gig was over we went back to the bus and drove couple of hours until we reached the place where all would be staying. There was a plan for the next day to go swim somewhere before the gig in Tegal, but unfortunately the distance and traffic to get there was so terrible (about 6 hours) that we went straight to the venue.

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It was already early night when the bus arrived near the venue, another area where nobody would think there was gigs going on since it was literally in the middle of nowhere, and just like the previous gigs, this was also a festival with loads of bands. Unfortunately it was impossible to check in peace the other bands play since everybody wanted to take pictures with Providence. It seemed that the excitement just to see the band members of Providence grew bigger and bigger by each gig.

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The venue was actually very big and it was completely packed, about 500 kids or more were inside. The moment Providence had to walk towards the stage was a surreal moment for the band: everybody shouting the band’s name and trying to get close. Once the band intro started to play and singer Tonr greeted the fans, everybody there started to shout the band’s name again and again. The intensity and excitement was so contagious, it made the band feel even more welcome. Unfortunately it was so hot inside the venue, causing the drummer Damns to feel a bit sick, therefore cutting a bit short the set.

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Right after the gig we’d have to drive already to the last stop of the tour in Indonesia, so everybody faced another long drive to reach Mageland. Arriving around 5 o’clock in the morning, the band would just sleep a bit since everybody wanted to visit the famous Borobudur temple. The fun fact about this gig in Mageland was that the venue was actually at the back of this hotel where actually the band stayed. Another place where you’d never think you’d see bands playing, and obviously this was also a festival with Providence headlining. Before Providence started their gig, guitarist Djamel, who has a side hiphop project called Djamhellvice, sang 2 songs, one alongside bassist Mikael and guitarist Regie and the last with a local rapper. This was a nice way of getting the crowd, this time about 1.000 people, more anxious to see Providence live. The level of intensity was as expected and the band was in their usual form, but by the last songs some of the kids couldn’t keep up with the same energy. However, it was a great show to finish this Indonesian tour and people kept asking when the band would return again.

As usual there would be not enough time to actually rest before heading to the airport, and unfortunately once at the airport the band faced some issues with the amount of luggage. Luckily everything was solved and we went on our way to Singapore.

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10th of May: Singapore – SINGAPORE       

After the intensity, which was Indonesia, the band arrived morning in Singapore and went straight to the resort area where they’d be sleeping. It was interesting seeing how different Singapore was from the other cities we had been, almost no people in the streets, it was very calm and quiet.  Taking advantage of this calm environment, the band got some rest before heading to The Substation, where they’d be playing later in the evening. It was one of those few times that there’s no rush to get somewhere.

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Playing alongside Providence there would be 4 local hardcore/punk bands and one French metal band who was supposed to play at the same club the next day, but due to some problems with local authorities had to be added to the same night as Providence. Luckily there were no other problems and about 100 people showed to support the bands playing. All the bands did extremely well and it seems that the local hardcore scene is still young but with a lot of potential.

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This time around Providence played second last and were able to actually check the other bands. We headed back to resort since very early in the morning we’d be leaving for the last stop of the tour.

11th of May – Taipei – TAIWAN

Just like during the whole tour, there was not much rest and Providence arrived early in a rainy day in Taiwan. The local promoter Mike and Gina, both who play in Human Brutality, came to pick the band and take us to the hostel.

It took a long time to get to the hostel from the airport and since the weather wasn’t so good, the plan was just to go eat and then head to the club. This would be the last gig in this club so it was somehow fitting that the Asian tour would end here. The club was very small, a bit like a bunker, and about 60 people came up to check the bands. The cool thing about the club was that there wasn’t actually a stage, the band were just playing basically face to face to the crowd, but that meant that the band couldn’t move that much because of this limited space.

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Both crowd and band were enthusiastic, the small space brought a very close and friendly ambience for this night, and it was a very good way of finishing this long tour. It was definitely bittersweet to realize that the tour was over, but nevertheless everybody had a good feeling about the whole tour.

During this Asian tour it seemed that sometimes it wasn’t easy for the local promoters to set up and handle these gigs so it’s very admirable that even facing all kinds of problems these guys still organize gigs and help bands, foreign or local. Underground bands know the problems that they might face during a long tour, whether is lack of money, tight schedule, tiredness, but they also know the reward that, for example, comes from playing in places like these countries in Asia. This experience was one of a kind and I believe it gave even more strength to Providence to continue their career.

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ALICE COOPER – Star Plaza, Merrillville, IN, July 11, 2013

July 20th, 2013
by EvilG

ALICE COOPER

Star Plaza, Merrillville, IN
July 11, 2013

Review and pics by Tim Shockley

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There was a time I’d never miss an Alice Cooper show. That time was roughly 1972 to 1998. As I started to drift towards faster, louder, and rawer music, I began to miss a tour here and there, usually regretting it! Well, no more! Time to start all over again!

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ANVIL – Steve “Lipps” Kudlow

July 19th, 2013
by Celtic Bob


Steve “Lipps” Kudlow
Questions by Celtic Bob & EvilG
Live Photos by Marko Syrjala

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TURISAS release “Into The Free” from new album ‘Turisas2013′

July 18th, 2013
by EvilG
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With the September 3 release of their new album ‘Turisas2013′ rapidly approaching, TURISAS are proud to unveil a second track from the album, the adrenalized anthem “Into The Free” – click here to listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-FQCokApVE.

 

Says TURISAS violinist Olli Vanska of the track: “‘Into The Free’ shows a completely different side of the new album: it’s fast, uplifting, raw and contains some super catchy sing-along parts. We already played this ‘freedom anthem’ on a couple of summer festivals and the reception was really good right from the start. As an instant crowd mover, I believe the song has already earned its place in the setlist of the upcoming tours.”

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VATTNET VISKAR premiere “Fog of Apathy” from upcoming full length album Sky Swallower

July 18th, 2013
by EvilG

Vattnet Viskar picOriginally formed in Plaistow, New Hampshire in the summer of 2010, the band started small and worked smart, cultivating a strong presence within their local DIY scene and online. On the strength of their first EP’s three ambitious, sprawling blackened doom epics, the band that Pitchfork called “the future of black metal in the United States” and Stereogum lauded as “propulsive and brutal, yet ambient and expansive” signed a deal with Century Media.

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DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT reveals first glimpse of forthcoming ‘Retinal Circus’ CD/DVD

July 18th, 2013
by EvilG

        

After releasing Epicloud last year to critical acclaim, the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT is now ready to give fans the first preview of their next release: the Retinal Circus CD/DVD set! In regards to the Retinal Circus, Devin Townsend comments:

“So closing in on 8 months of work, we’re almost finished with the ‘Retinal Circus’! It’s been a huge amount of work for everyone, from the show, down to DVD & Blu-ray authoring, artwork, logistics…(not to mention the show itself!) but we’re almost there, and when watched in its entirety, it’s really a heck of an experience!

To tie you over until it’s out, here’s a clip of the song ‘Grace’…It’s out of context obviously, but hopefully gives you a vague idea of what’s about to come out.

It’s been a ton of work for everybody and we’re really quite proud of it…When the final products have been produced, we’ll let you know!

Fun! Whew!!!” Read the rest of this entry »

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EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT TO KICK OFF SD BLU-RAY SERIES Including THE SCORPIONS THIS SUMMER

July 18th, 2013
by EvilG

This summer, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a number of Standard Definition Blu-rays including Scorpions Moment Of Glory. Originally released on standard definition DVDs, it has been upscaled from the original material, with uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound.

Scorpions Moment Of Glory [MSRP $17.98], will be released July 30. Moment of Glory, originally released in 2001, captures the Scorpions backed by the world famous Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra. The Blu-ray includes not only this 2000 concert, which was part of Berlin’s millennium celebrations, but bonus band interviews and director’s cuts of “Hurricane 2000,” “Moment Of Glory,” and “Here In My Heart.”

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INCANTATION: “Will of Vengeance” Tour Starts Tonight

July 18th, 2013
by EvilG

USDM pioneers INCANTATION kicks off the “Will of Vengeance” in support of last year’s phenomenally-received Vanquish in Vengeance tonight at The Khyber in Philadelphia, PA.

The first string of dates sees INCANTATION out with Listenable Records label-mates ACHERON (featuring INCANTATION drummer Kyle Severn), with Midwest dates alongside the likes of EMBALMBER, CARDIAC ARREST and more coming the following week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Former HELLION Bassist Teddy Days’ Memorial Service To Be Held July 27th In Yucca Valley, California

July 18th, 2013
by EvilG

HELLION singer Ann Boleyn has issued the following update in regards to former Hellion bassist, Teddy Days, who passed away on July 10th at 48 years of age.

“Thanks go out to everybody for their comments concerning former Hellion bass player, Teddy Days, who died last week.

I had not been in contact with Teddy for many years, but tried to track him down about six months ago. Teddy had been going by a different name and had changed his appearance which made finding him difficult.

Ironically, he sent a FB friend request to my “Ann Boleyn III” personal page with the name “Slade Sin”, which I accepted. Pat Kelley PK, who spoke to Teddy (aka Slade Sin) almost daily, said that Teddy told him I was a FB friend and that he was going to see how long it took me to figure out who he was. (Teddy was always a practical joker.) Pat Kelley has more details about what happened.

Memorial services will be held July 27th at 2 PM at Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel – 57373 Joshua Ln., Yucca Valley, CA. All are invited.”

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Martin Walkyier’s Viking Funeral – Legendary Vocalist To Perform SKYCLAD Material For The Last Time

July 18th, 2013
by EvilG
Martin Walkyier's Viking Funeral - Legendary Vocalist To Perform SKYCLAD Material For The Last Time

Martin Walkyier’s Viking Funeral – Legendary Vocalist To Perform SKYCLAD Material For The Last Time

This September brings Martin Walkyier’s Viking Funeral; a string of shows that marks the final time Walkyier will perform classic SKYCLAD material live in the UK. Intended as a swansong that will allow the legendary vocalist to close the book on Skyclad and focus his attention on THE CLAN DESTINED, Martin Walkyier’s Viking Funeral will consist of three shows in London, Birmingham and Dublin.

Italian melodic folk metallers ELVENKING will back the singer up on stage as well as make their live UK debut on the tour. Direct support will come from DEVILMENT, the new project featuring CRADLE OF FILTH vocalist Dani Filth. Portugal’s premier melodic death metal band WE ARE KILLING OURSELVES (WAKO) join the bill as they start to develop their fanbase in Europe. The opening slot will be filled by Devil’s Clause Records newest signing HELGRIND.

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VARG VIKERNES And Wife Released From Custody In France – “He Had No Terrorist Plans”

July 18th, 2013
by EvilG
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French prosecutors have confirmed to Norway’s NRK that Varg Vikernes (BURZUM’s Count Grishnackh) and his pregnant wife Marie Cachet were released at 19:00 Thursday night (July 18th). Police were unable to identify specific terrorist plans or terrorist target and Vikernes would not be prosecuted for this. Prosecution to Vikernes, Julien Freyssinet, told NRK yesterday that his client will cooperate with the police, but denied that he had terrorist plans.

There will still be trial when Vikernes is accused of racism provocations by Jews and Muslims on the internet. It is not yet clear when the trial comes up, says Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre, judge and spokeswoman for prosecutors in France.

It is uncertain exactly when the trial of Vikernes will be scheduled. When NRK talked to spokeswoman later Tuesday night she suggested that the matter would be scheduled towards the end of the year.
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SLASH To Release ‘NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR’ Soundtrack For His First Ever Motion Picture On Oct. 4th

July 18th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

SLASH–the iconic, Grammy-winning guitarist–will release the soundtrack album for the first-ever motion picture he has co-produced, NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR, on October 4, the same day the film opens in select theaters. The NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was written and produced by SLASH and Nick O’Toole. It includes the film score plus two original songs: “Nothing Left To Fear” which features vocalist Myles Kennedy and the instrumental “Welcome To Stull.”

The album will be released exclusively at www.PledgeMusic.com/slash , giving fans access to interviews, song streams, first looks at film art, clips and more.  When fans pledge and pre-order the album, they will gain access to one-of-a-kind experiences with SLASH, as well as merchandise for the film. For more information on all packages available, click www.pledgemusic.com/slash.

Due in select theaters Friday, October 4 and available on Blu-ray Combo-pack, DVD and On Demand starting Tuesday, October 8. NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR is a harrowing tale in the spirit of the terrifying horror films of the 1970s. The movie is inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas, which is surrounded by Internet folklore proclaiming the town to be one of the Seven Gateways to Hell. Wendy (Anne Heche), her husband Dan (James Tupper of “Revenge”) and their kids have just moved to the small town of Stull, Kansas, where Dan is the new pastor. But in this sleepy community of friendly neighbors, a horrific series of occurrences awaits them: Their teenage daughter (Rebekah Brandes of “Bellflower”) is being tormented by grisly visions. Her younger sister (Jennifer Stone of “Wizards Of Waverly Place”) has been marked for a depraved ritual. And deep within the heartland darkness, one of The Seven Gates Of Hell demands the blood of the innocent to unleash the creatures of the damned. Ethan Peck (“10 Things I Hate About You”) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) co-star in this demonic shocker featuring original music by producer SLASH and inspired by the real-life paranormal legacy of Stull.  NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR is the first film from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Slash’s production company, Slasher Films, and was written by Jonathon W.C. Mills and directed by Anthony Leonardi III.

“As a long-time fan of the Horror genre, I want to produce films that are in an older tradition of the genre,” relates SLASH. “That is to say, films that leave more to one’s imagination, that are psychologically scary and character-driven, and what scares you is more cerebral than superficial. Slasher Films is my vehicle to realize that aim, and NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR is the first film with more to come.”

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/nothinglefttofearmovie.

Following is the full tracklisting for the soundtrack for the new film NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR:

1) The Road to Stull
2) Cold Welcome
3) Lamb’s Blood
4) One Choice, Two Fates
5) A Prayer
6) Dark Dreams
7) Sermon
8) The Tooth
9)  Retrieval
10)  Silent Secrets
11)  Pain and Premonition Part 1
12)  Pain and Premonition Part 2
13)  Observations
14)  The Secret Tower
15)  Do Your Part
16)  Don’t Forget
17)  A Flash and a Feeling
18)  Abduction
19)  Bleeding In
20)  Urgency
21)  Have Faith
22)  The Decline
23)  Trauma
24)  The Blood Lust
25)  Our Broken Home
26)  Revelations
27)  No Safety in Numbers
28)  Childhood’s End
29)  The Fear
30)  The Perfect Circle
31)  Nothing Left to Fear (featuring vocalist Myles Kennedy)
32)  Welcome to Stull

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NUCLEAR BLAST JOINS FORCES WITH GLOBAL MERCHANDISING SERVICES TO OFFER EXCLUSIVE SLAYER AND MASTODON LITHOGRAPHS AT COMIC-CON 2013

July 18th, 2013
by EvilG
NUCLEAR BLAST JOINS FORCES WITH GLOBAL MERCHANDISING SERVICES TO OFFER EXCLUSIVE SLAYER AND MASTODON LITHOGRAPHS AT COMIC-CON 2013

EXCLUSIVE SLAYER AND MASTODON LITHOGRAPHS AT COMIC-CON 2013

Nuclear Blast is proud to announce they’ll be the first to sell these limited edition 17” x 22” lithographs from metal gods SLAYER and rockers MASTODON at this year’s Comic-Con taking place July 18th – 21st in San Diego, California.

SLAYER’s “Enthroned” lithograph features full-color artwork by Tim Butler; MASTODON’s “Roupucha” lithograph features work by artist Raf the Might.  Only a handful of these awesome pieces of art are for sale and the Nuclear Blast booth (#503) is the only location at the convention where these items will be available!

In addition to the lithographs, Nuclear Blast will have exclusive music titles available for purchase and will offer a variety of free promotional items including CD samplers – just like every year! Read the rest of this entry »

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BATTLECROSS “War of Will” debuts on the Billboard Top 200 at #134!

July 18th, 2013
by EvilG

BATTLECROSS’ latest album, “War of Will,” has debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the top current albums chart, #2 on the heatseeker chart, #15 on the current hard music chart, #16 on the hard music overall chart, and #32 on the independent albums chart. It didn’t stop here though, as the band also debuted in Canada’s Soundscan charts coming in at #178 Top 200 Current and #25 Hard Music Charts while also landing on the iTunes charts for release date at #103 Top 200, #10 on Rock, and #2 on Metal! This marks the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut! “War of Will” also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release.

BATTLECROSS comments on the chart debut: “This is just amazing! We are really grateful and honored that fans like our record enough to pick it up when there are so many great releases out this summer. We’re truly humbled by this outpouring of support and we are very proud that War of Will is getting such great reviews from around the world. We share this achievement with Co-Producers Eyal Levi and Mark Lewis from Audiohammer Studio, our management, and Metal Blade Records, as they’ve been a huge part of this record. Thank you to everyone!” Read the rest of this entry »

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VARG VIKERNES’ former defense attorney says that there is very little legal basis for the BURZUM leader’s arrest in France on suspicion of planning “a large terrorist act”

July 18th, 2013
by EvilG
Varg Vikernes

Varg Vikernes

On Tuesday, July 16th 2013, it was revealed that VARG VIKERNES had been arrested In France “For Allegedly Planning A ‘Massacre’“. Varg Vikernes’ former defense attorney says that there is very little legal basis for the BURZUM leader’s arrest in France on suspicion of planning “a large terrorist act.”

Vikerenes, 40, who has been living in France for the past three years, was taken into custody Tuesday morning (July 16), along with his French wife, Marie Cachet, as a preventive measure after Vikernes posted aggressive racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic comments on Internet forums. The couple’s home was searched and five guns were found, including four rifles legally purchased by Varg’s wife as a member of a rifle club.

Vikernes’ former lawyer in Norway, John Christian Elden, said the musician “has expressed extreme views on race mixing for several years, built on Norse teachings.”

According to the French news bureau AFP, Vikernes had been under police surveillance for many years, but it was only when his wife acquired weapons that police started a formal investigation.

Elden, who said that Vikernes has not contacted him since being detained by French police on Tuesday, stated that the musician’s arrest appears to have been carried out in part because Vikernes was one 530 supporters to have received the manifesto of Anders Breivik, the man responsible for the July 2011 bomb attack in central Oslo, Norway and shooting rampage in Utøya island that resulted in the deaths of 77 people. In addition, Vikernes’ blogs, which include extreme expressions of opinion, and the fact that his wife had bought weapons contributed to the police’s decision to arrest the pair. “It’s less than what Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) tend to have every time they arrest Islamists in Norway and release them a short time later,” Elden said.

“Having received the manifesto before [Breivik] committed his crimes and having been sentenced in Norway in the past for murder, this individual, who was close to a neo-Nazi movement, was likely to prepare a large terrorist act,” French Interior Minister Manuel Valls told reporters.

“The investigation will notably establish the conditions in which these [rifles] were acquired and their real objective,” Valls added.

However, Varg has previously condemned the killer’s 2011 actions on his official website.

French police can hold suspects in terrorism cases for up to 96 hours before bringing preliminary charges.

In 2011, Vikernes called for the French to vote for the National Front (FN), writing on his official web site that doing so would be the only way to avoid the scourge of mass immigration.

In the open letter, entitled “Dear France,” he said: “Your parents may induce you into a vote other than for the FN, but do not listen. They are responsible for the plight of today’s France, because they were too ignorant and too loose, or too brainwashed, to do as they should. They have already proved to the world that they have failed and betrayed France.”

Varg was convicted in 1994 and sentenced to Norway’s longest prison term of 21 years for the August 1993 murder of MAYHEM guitarist Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous) and for burning down three churches, including the original Holmenkollen Chapel next to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo. He was released from prison in 2009 after serving 16 years of that sentence.

Vikernes wrote on his blog that he was “forced out of Norway by greedy lawyers” who claimed he owed their clients money.

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