Now about that video? It was directed by Ville Juurikkala and it is wild and vibrant, and features the band running amok and partying hard, much to the dismay of their long-suffering manager. So in other words, SANTA CRUZ do it just like any hard rock band worth its salt should!
Since this video, shit got real and the band has put down the whiskey, swallowed a couple of headache pills and marched into the studio to record its second album, to be released via Spinefarm Records. It’s the follow up to 2013’s Screaming for Adrenaline, also released through Spinefarm.
Expect skillfully-crafted, party-minded, rocket-powered rock from this quartet of young turks from Finland, who pledge allegiance to an era of devil-may-care rock that’s long gone. SANTA CRUZ aren’t so much bringing a classic sound and style back as they are bringing their own, modernized version of a beloved style to the masses. SANTA CRUZ will “cruise” on over to the States on December 12, playing a gig at Webster Hall in NYC.
Death metal legends OBITUARY released their Relapse debut Inked In Blood, their 9th full length LP today. Almost three decades in, Inked In Blood stands out as one of the finest moments in OBITUARY’s already godlike discography. Inked in Blood is available for now from Relapse Records HERE and via iTunes HERE. The album is available as CD/Deluxe CD/2xLP/Digital/Deluxe Digital. The limited edition, one time press deluxe CD includes two exclusive bonus songs and is packaged in a 3D embossed digipak along with a die-cut album cover sticker. The bonus songs, available on the deluxe CD and digital verisons, are two classic tracks (“Intoxicated” and “Bloodsoaked”), from Slowly We Rot, re-recorded this year live out of Morrisound Studios in Tampa, FL and engineered by legendary death metal producer Jim Morris. A special vinyl color will be available exclusively via each of the following means: North American Indie Stores, Florida record stores, Relapse.com and for Kickstarter backers.
Inked in Blood is available for streaming in its entirety via bandcamp and Sound Cloud.
In support of their new album the band will be touring extensively through North America and Europe throughout 2014 and 2015. Their dates with Carcass and Exhumed begin tomorrow night October 28th in Tucson, AZ followed by a North American run with Death (DTA) and Massacre from November 14th through December 7th. Then the band heads to Europe for a two week headlining tour in January. A complete list of dates is available below.
OBITUARY are giving fans the opportunity to “Ink Themselves in Blood” with an interactive web page where fans can upload their own head to the gruesome torso from the Inked in Blood cover art. Check out the unique experience HERE.
Guitar World is giving away an autographed ESP guitar signed by the entire band at this location. OBITUARY have also partnered with Metal Injection for a vocal cover contest for the song “Violence”. Details can be seen HERE.
OBITUARY Tour Dates:
***Oct 28 to Nov 09 with Carcass, Exhumed and Noisem***
Oct 28 Tucson, AZ The Rock
Oct 29 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
Oct 31 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
Nov 01 Lawrence, KS Granada
Nov 02 Sauget, IL Pops
Nov 04 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theater
Nov 05 Richmond, VA The Broadberry
Nov 06 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Nov 07 Nashville, TN Exit/In
Nov 08 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub & Billiards
Nov 09 Cincinnati, OH The Madison Theater
Nov 11 Fort Worth, TX The Rail Club w/ Massacre and Rivers of Nihil
Nov 13 Las Vegas, NV LVCS w/ Massacre and Rivers of Nihil
***All Dates Nov 14 – Dec 07 w/ Death DTA, Massacre, Rivers of Nihil***
Nov 14 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
Nov 15 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
Nov 16 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Nov 18 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Nov 19 Vancouver, BC The Rickshaw Theatre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 21 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 22 Regina, SK Riddell Centre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 23 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 24 Minneapolis, MN Amsterdam Bar & Hall w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 25 Chicago, IL Metro
Nov 26 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre and Ballroom
Nov 27 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Hall
Nov 28 Montreal, QC Le National
Nov 29 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Nov 30 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
Dec 03 Springfield, VA Empire
Dec 04 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Dec 05 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Dec 06 Tampa, FL Orpheum
Dec 07 Miami, FL Grand Central
***Inked In Blood Euro Tour 2015 w/ Empire of Evil and Dustbolt***
Jan 15 Essen, Germany Turock
Jan 16 Alkmar, Holland Victory
Jan 17 Bremen, Germany Tivoli
Jan 18 Praha, Czech Republic Futurum
Jan 19 Krakow, Poland Fabryka
Jan 21 Budapest, Hungary Durer Kurt
Jan 22 Vienna, Austria Szene
Jan 23 Innsbruck, Austria Weekender Club
Jan 24 Romagnano, Italy R&R Area
Jan 25 Luzern, Switzerland Schuur
Jan 27 Barcelona, Spain Salamandra
Jan 28 Toulouse, France Metronum
Jan 29 Paris, France Divan du Monde
Jan 30 Enschede, Holland Atak
Jan 31 Antwerp, Belgium Zaal de Kuup/Horror Festival
Feb 01 London, England Underworld
May 22 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015) @ Edison Lot
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Bay Area thrash titans EXODUS are celebrating Blood In, Blood Out’s stellar Top 40 Billboard debut with the release of their brand new music video for the title track ‘Blood In, Blood Out’, directed by Shan Dan Horan of the Shadow Born Group (Buckcherry, Carnifex, Winds of Plague). The video features hundreds of dedicated Bay Area fans that came out in droves to perform as extras in the video after a wide casting call. Check out the video now, exclusively via Revolver Magazine: http://smarturl.it/exodus-bibo-premiere
“‘Blood In, Blood Out’ was exactly the kind of video we wanted and needed to make… unbridled energy, violence, blood and our Bay Area friends and family at the center of attention! Just as they should be,” states EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. “I hate making videos and this one was so much fun, I actually caught myself saying things I never would say before! ‘Let’s run through it again!’”
EXODUS vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza adds, “Typical and sheer violence, straight up aggressive and in your fucking face! Watching this video kind of reminds me of Fight Club, but awesome action and awesome violence, perfect for the title track of the new EXODUS album ‘Blood In, Blood Out’!”
“Directing this music video has been a pleasure. Having the task to find hundreds of metal heads to fill up a dark room with very limited time seemed like a tough task,” begins director Shan Dan Horan. “What I found however, was an overwhelming response from some of the most positive and energetic fans I’ve ever met. I feel honored to have played a small role in that. Old metalheads, young ones, to even a guy that showed up in his wheelchair. The fact of the matter is everyone was accepted and everyone picked up their brethren when they would fall in the pit. To me that’s what ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ is about. While we all come from different backgrounds – once a metal head, always a metal head. That’s something that stays in your blood.”
Blood In, Blood Out was released on October 14th via Nuclear Blast and debuted at #38 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week. That’s a staggering 76 charting spots higher and nearly double the sales above the band’s last release in 2010! This concretes Blood In, Blood Out’s status as the band’s highest-charting album to date.
Blood In, Blood Out also debuted at #2 on the Hard Rock/Metal charts and #6 on the Independent charts, as well as at #29 in Germany, #30 in Finland, #30 in Switzerland, #38 in Austria, #38 in the Czech Republic, #72 in the UK, #75 in France, #85 in the Netherlands, and #101 overall and #6 on Hard Music charts in Canada. This includes some territories that EXODUS has never charted in before!
Blood In, Blood Out can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats. The album can also be purchased via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Or, pick up a copy of the album at your local music retailers.
EXODUS will hit the road with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies in just under three weeks, so your tickets via the official EXODUS Facebook page now! Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS VIP Experience packages are available for the entire tour via SLOtix.com. All EXODUS VIP Experience attendees will be included in a giveaway for either an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or an EXODUS guitar. At the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won!
EXODUS in North America with SLAYER & SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
11/11 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/12 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA – SOLD OUT
11/14 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA
11/15 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
11/17 – Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter – Oklahoma City, OK
11/18 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX
11/19 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX
11/21 – Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
11/22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
11/23 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
11/24 – Empire – North Springfield, VA (EXODUS ONLY)
11/25 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
11/26 – Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
11/28 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/29 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ – SOLD OUT
11/30 – Tower Theater – Upper Darby (Philadelphia), PA
12/02 – Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
12/03 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY (EXODUS ONLY)
12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
12/06 – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino – Hammond, IN
12/07 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS (EXODUS ONLY)
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO (EXODUS ONLY)
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT (EXODUS ONLY)
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (EXODUS ONLY)
12/13 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater (EXODUS ONLY)
12/14 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers (EXODUS ONLY)
Check out what other critics have to say about Blood In, Blood Out!
Yahoo Music calls Blood In, Blood Out, “one of the most anticipated heavy metal records of the year”, and Rolling Stone calls the band “among the first and best” of thrash metal and touts the album as “recommended”.
“Pared down to a simple sentence, this album is fucking sick,” chimed the first web review for the record, penned by Blabbermouth’s Ray Van Horn, Jr. Shortly after, Decibel Magazine’s Kevin Stewart Panko gave great praise to both returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza and guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, saying tracks on the record feature, “Sousa spitting forth from a venomous thesaurus and some of the most adventurous lead work that Holt and Altus have ever recorded.” The EXODUS rhythm section receives equal praise from About.com Heavy Metal’s Dave Schalek, who states, “[Tom] Hunting shows no signs of slowing down and bassist Jack Gibson anchors down the album’s bottom heavy sound.”
“EXODUS deliver the definite lesson in violence,” adds Rue Morgue’s Aaron Lupton, while Outburn Magazine offered positive remarks in both review and feature form. “A vintage thrash metal voice placed on top of an EXODUS sound again harnessed to perfection by Andy Sneap has resulted in an album that batters the eardrums as effectively as it boils the blood,” remarks Scott Alisoglu. The most recent stellar-rating review comes from New Noise Magazine, in which Brandon Ringo states, “Once again, EXODUS has proven exactly why they have attained such a legendary stature over the years and are considered one of the greatest bands in thrash metal even 30 years later!”
Sabaton have announced details for Rockstad: Falun – Sabaton open Air 2015:
Welcome to our hometown Falun and the eight edition of our festival. We can now announce the dates for our festival next summer. It will be August 13,14, 15. For all of you Sabaton fans who travels from near and far we do not need to introduce our festival any closer. But for anyone else we can just say that this is THE show you shall not miss if you want a very unique Sabaton experience.
Over the years bands like Helloween, Testament, Crimson Glory and D:A:D have done great shows here. The coming weeks we will start to announce other bands, more details and such. For now we think that all that was necessary was the date, and the fact that the early bird tickets will be out from 2.00 PM on the 29th of October @ www.rockstadfalun.se
Fromer Enuff Z’nuff singer/songwriter DONNIE VIE will release his brand new solo album “The White Album“, on 1st December 2014 via Cargo Records. The doulbe CD album contains 17 all new classic Vie cuts as well as versions of the Chicago classic ‘25 or 6 to 4‘ and John Lennon‘s ‘Imagine‘.
‘The White Album‘ features some of Donnie‘s finest songs to date including the stunning ‘My Love‘, ‘Haunted‘ and the exceptional ‘Unforsaken‘. This release is absolutely essential for all Enuff Z’nuff and Power Pop fan’s, this may be Vie‘s last release for some time… who knows?
01. I Wanna Do It to You
02. Handy Dandy
03. For Your Pleasure
04. Happy Days
05. Crash and Burn
06. Light Shine On
07. Better Love Next Time
08. My Love
09. When Will You Love Me Again
01. 25 or 6 to 4 (Live)
02. You’re My Favourite Thing To Do
03. Almost Home
05. Angel Eyes (Outtake)
06. Without You (Outtake)
07. Big Brother
08. Freaky Deaky
All songs (except ‘Imagine‘ and ‘25 or 6 to 4‘) written, produced, performed, engineered and even a bit of mixing by DONNIE VIE. The album was mixed by Lewis K John and mastered by Andy Pierce.
DONNIE VIE is best known as the main song writer and voice of ’90s pop sensations Enuff Z’nuff and one of the most gifted yet underrated songwriters of our generation.
Following their originally scheduled support slot on the recently cancelled Machine Head tour, Detroit, Michigan’s BATTLECROSS will be heading back out on the road next month for more than two dozen headlining dates through North America. Dubbed the Winter Warriors tour, the trek will kick off on November 26th in Grand Rapids, Michigan and conclude on December 30th in Worcester, Massachusetts. Support will come from Wretched and War Of Ages.
In honor of the US Armed Forces, this Veterans Day BATTLECROSS will make a limited number of tickets available to VET TIX so that local members of the military may attend a show in their city at no cost. The band will also be donating a portion of the funds generated from sales of a limited edition tour shirt to a local veteran’s charity, and choose a veteran in each market for a VIP experience. On Veteran’s Day (November 11th) fans can nominate a friend or family member who has served our country and share their story and photo, with a member of the military being chosen to win a guitar and more at the end of the tour. On the same day, the band will also bring back merchandise from their first Metal Blade album, Pursuit Of Honor, in their official merch store, with a portion of the proceeds being set aside to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, a veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events to wounded veterans of the military following the events of September 11th, 2001.
To learn more about honoring a veteran through the tour or to help underwrite tickets for veterans, click HERE. Members of the military can inquire about free admission to the tour at www.vettix.org.
Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala adds: “We won’t let a cancelled tour stop BATTLECROSS from performing for our fans and the Winter Warriors Tour with Wretched and War Of Ages is the perfect way to remind our fans that you keep moving forward when challenges come up in life. Who knows perseverance more than those who bravely serve our country and we are honored to dedicate this tour to them. We are a band that stands for ideals such as loyalty, honor, sacrifice and perseverance through our lyrics and how we conduct ourselves, and hope the tour will be a fitting tribute to every service member who attends. We look forward to raging with our fans who serve or have served in the US Armed Forces and thank them again for their service.”
w/ Wretched, War Of Ages
11/26/2014 The Stache @ The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
11/28/2014 BT Theater – Erie, PA
11/29/2014 Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
11/30/2014 The Firebird – St. Louis, MO
12/02/2014 The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
12/03/2014 Warehouse Live Studio – Houston, TX
12/04/2014 Gas Monkey Bar N Grill – Dallas, TX
12/05/2014 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
12/06/2014 Backstage – Lubbock, TX
12/07/2014 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
12/08/2014 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
12/09/2014 Whisky A Go-Go – West Hollywood, CA
12/10/2014 DNA Lounge – San Fancisco, CA
12/11/2014 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
12/12/2014 Adrenaline Sports Lounge – Las Vegas, NV
12/13/2014 The Alley – Sparks, NV
12/15/2014 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
12/16/2014 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
12/17/2014 The Nether Bar – Minneapolis, MN
12/18/2014 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
12/19/2014 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
12/20/2014 The Token Lounge – Westland, MI
12/26/2014 Opera House – Toronto, ON
12/27/2014 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
12/28/2014 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
12/29/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
BATTLECROSS‘ latest album, War Of Will, debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release in July of 2013. This was 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. Watch the music video for “Never Coming Back” now at THIS LOCATION.
A lyric video for “Livestock Marketplace,” a track off the upcoming Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel 5-song EP release due out in North America on November 10th, is now available for streaming on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:
Through the following statement we want to thank Giancarlo Farjat (vocals) and Pablo Ollervides (bass) for their dedication and professionalism during the time they were part of Split Heaven. Without you, among other things, the release of the third album “The Devil’s Bandit” and the third successful European Tour would not have been possible; certainly, you guys are part of our history. Carlo, Armand and Tomas, are composing the 4th Split Heaven album and we keep the door open for new members who want to be part of the tough but always gratifying, road of heavy metal. From this moment we are receiving demos for bassists and vocalists who might be interested on joining us, please send your email to: email@example.com
German metal legends Accept are no strangers in Metal-Rules.com. We’ve always been extremely supportive for the band and we’ve had numerous articles and interviews released during the past years and here’s another one for you to read. The band released their latest opus BLIND RAGE in August. The critically acclaimed album debuted at number one on the German charts, making it the band’s first number one debut in their career and it’s seen great success all around the world. Accept opened the “Blind Rage” tour in Sweden in late September. A few days later I met the band’s founding member and guitarist Wolf Hoffmann in Tornio prior their second show in Finland. It’s time to talk, again, with Wolf about current things and dig into the past a bit as well. Read on!
Finnish melodic metal band Arkadia will release their debut album “Unrelenting” worldwide on November 7th, 2014 via Inverse Records. The album, which was recorded during winter 2014 and produced by Samu Oittinen at Fantom Studio, Ylöjärvi, Finland, is a manifestation of Arkadia’s relentless attitude since its foundation in 2003 and the journey to ever-larger stages.
SPIRAL MOTION, the new solo album by Andy Martongelli, will be released on 5th November. Andy unveiled some amazing guest musicians that played some killer solos on his new record.
Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro)
Dave Reffet (Guitar World Magazine)
Alex Stornello (Angels & Demons)
Dave Martone played a great solo on the song “Bite The Bullet” while the other three guests are featured on the song “Cyber-Hammer of the Gods“, a fiery-guitar-shredding-celebration of Metal guitar! Read the rest of this entry »
London metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH are due to kick off the first show of their UK tour today – Saturday, 25th October.
The tour starts off at The Cellars in Oxford, before continuing with more shows around the UK in November. SAVAGE MESSIAH will be supported by label mates THE MORE I SEE on select UK dates, before taking a break for the holidays and then heading out on a European trek in the new year with Swedish melodic death metallers AMON AMARTH.
The band comments:“This is definitely a dream come true for us, because, since day one, Dimension Zero has been one of our major influences, as well as “old” In Flames. So, have the privilege and opportunity to jam and get to know the guy who wrote so many great songs, riffs and iconic albums is unbelievable. We had so much fun! What a great artist and down to earth person he is. Skål för fan!”
San Diego, California based blues-metal rockers SEVENTRAIN, which features former members of CAGE, 24-7 SPYZ and TOURNIQUET, have officially started pre-production on their second album.
The bands drummer, Joel Maitoza, states that they currently have the music written for six new songs and are hoping to include twelve tracks on the new full length disk. The band is also planning to record a couple of cover tunes which they will release as singles just after the first of the year. The band is shooting for a release date in late spring of 2015.