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Nevermore announce the departure of Jeff Loomis and Van Williams

April 21st, 2011
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Nevermore - as they were

Nevermore guitar player Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have announced their departure from the group. The two have released a joint statement:

 

“In a mutual decision Jeff Loomis and Van Williams have decided to leave Nevermore. The time has come to pursue our own paths from the group. Due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band, we feel it is our time to move on. We would like to thank all of our fans around the world for their years of love, support and enthusiasm. This was not an easy decision but a very necessary one at this point, may we all meet again someday, somewhere in time.”

 

 

Loomis and Williams had been with Nevermore since the band’s first album, 1995’s self titled, Nevermore.

 

 

NEVERMORE recently announced that they would be cancelling their planned tour with Symphony X. No information regarding additional confirmed tour dates is known at this time.

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Nevermore withdraw from upcoming North American tour

April 11th, 2011

It is with great regret that we notify NEVERMORE fans that the band has withdrawn from their upcoming North American tour. The tour will continue as planned with Symphony X, Powerglove and Blackguard. An official statement from the band will be issued soon. Thanks, as always, for supporting NEVERMORE and Century Media.

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NEVERMORE On Tour With Temporary Replacement For Bassist Jim Sheppard; Live Footage Available

March 3rd, 2011

NEVERMORE bassist Jim Sheppard recently underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Rather than cancel their planned European tour, the band brought in ONE UNDONE’s Dagna Barrera as a temporary replacement. Barrera previously toured as a member of Nevermore frontman Warrel Dane’s solo band.

Footage of Barrera on stage with Nevermore is available below:

Remaining dates on the tour are as follows:

March

3 – Barcelona, Spain – Apollo

4 – Lyon, France – Transbordeur

5 – Florence, Italy – Viper

6 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7

7 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali

8 – Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg – Kulturfabrik

10 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Cvetlicarna

11 – Munich, Germany – Backstage

12 – Wien, Austria – Gasometer

13 – Würzburg, Germany – Posthalle

14 – Budapest, Hungary – Petoefi Hall

16 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle

17 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp

8 – Geiselwind, Germany – Music Hall

19 – Tilburg, The Netherlands – O13

20 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Melkweg

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Best of 2010

January 3rd, 2011

Best of 2010

As always, the top albums are for releases from 2010 that are full albums (no EP’s or demos). They also have to be new studio albums for 2010, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each staff members personal "best of" lists which besides the top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, disappointments of 2010, greatest hopes for 2011, personal metal discovery of 2010, and various other metal-related categories. Enjoy!



The Top 30  Heavy Metal Albums of 2010

(Click the album cover to read our review.

If no review is available the link it to the band’s MySpace page.)

1. Accept – Blood of the Nations

ACCEPT

Wolf Hoffman’s reaction to the band’s #1 placement in our list was:

"Sensational!!! We are so happy about this reaction by the fans. This last year has been nothing short of phenomenal for Accept."

BLOOD OF THE NATIONS is a fantastic album, so fantastic that it very easily came out on top when we compiled our best of 2010 list! In the media, producer Andy Sneap said when he worked with the band he made them go back and listen to the 80’s albums, and it worked. Accept have delivered the album they needed to make. Accept reformed with a vocalist who is just as good as Udo Dirkschneider. Vocalist Mark Tornillo rages through the songs with power and charisma, without being a clone. Accept have proven to the world in 2010 they are still relevant, powerful, uncompromising and most of all entertaining. Welcome back!

2. Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time 

Blind Guardian

Easily the best and strongest Blind Guardian album since NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH with a maximum of variety and everything that has turned these guys from Krefeld into what they are today: one of Germany’s most successful and influential metal bands. With AT THE EDGE OF TIME, Blind Guardian returned to the fold in total triumph. This is an album to be enjoyed for numerous repeat listens. Newer fans should eat it up, and older fans should be appeased with the band’s renewed emphasis on their thrashy roots.

3. Ratt– Infestation

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Ratt is Metal. Always have been and likely always will be. From their appearance on the very first Metal Massacre compilation in 1981 alongside the likes of Metallica, Malice, and Bitch, to the new 2010 album, Ratt have always been among the heaviest of the so-called "hair metal" bands. So despite what the revisionists may think, Ratt have a firm spot in the development and evolution of the Heavy Metal genre and have earned their spot in this year’s list. Sonically the Ratt Pack is back! The band had stated they wanted a real up-tempo record and distinctly aimed for the classic sound. They nailed it. It’s all there, the swagger and slight sneer of Pearcy voice, the fluid and fiery soloing of DeMartini’s axe-work, the complimentary work of Cavazo…it’s a beautiful thing to behold!

4. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones

Triptykon

Thomas Gabriel Fischer (AKA Tom G. Warrior) has nothing to prove to anyone. As the principal architect behind Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, Fischer’s body of work is the reason that many bands exist today. Two years since Celtic Frost’s very public dissolution, Fischer could have easily opted to rest on his laurels and bask in the afterglow of his evil legacy, but nooooo. To the contrary, Fischer has assembled a new band and recorded an album of new material that’s arguably some of the best in his career. Triptykon is the band, EPARISTERA DAIMONES is the album, and yes – it’s as good as Fischer has promised it to be!

5. Melechesh –  The Epigenesis 

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Black/Death/Middle Eastern "Mesopotamian Metal" extremists made a big impact this year. Originally from IsraHELL and now based out of the Netherlands, the band has been around in some form since 1993. That Melechesh are able to maintain the album’s early momentum through to the record’s dying moments makes what they have achieved with THE EPIGENESIS that much more remarkable. Unlike so much of what passes for modern-day extremity, every one of this disc’s eleven tracks bristles with its own identity and design. It will demand a lot of attention – this definitely isn’t the record to whip out at your next kegger – but the rewards far outweigh the investment. Absolutely superb in every way.

6.  Helloween – 7 Sinners

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Helloween are very comfortable right now. They are back on a major label, the line-up has been stable for probably the longest stretch in the bands history, and they have fallen into a great pattern of releasing a studio album every couple of years (right around Halloween naturally). Relaxed, confident and mature the band have nothing to prove but instead of delivering a complacent record, the band have delivered the fastest, heaviest album of their career. It’s their 26th release over and 13th full-length studio album of all-new, original material. Lucky #13 for the band sees a crowning achievement with 13 killer cuts spread across the hour. Helloween have delivered a masterpiece. It will quickly silence all the fans who couldn’t stomach UNARMED from earlier this year.

7. OverKill – Ironbound

OverKill

The veteran New Jersey boys return with a compelling slab of unmistakeably old school thrash that is tinged with a fine mix of groove, progressiveness and melody that separates Overkill from the multitudes of carbon-copy thrashers out there. This is modern thrash the way it should be played: roots in the 80s but with its direction and ambition befitting a metal scene on the cusp of its 30-year anniversary. It’s a beautiful thing to behold: while most of their contemporaries have split up or sold out, Overkill are still doing their thing, updating and improving but never forgetting where they came from.

8.  Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy

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Five years – that’s how long Nevermore made us wait for a sequel to the still awe-inspiring THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOUR. By modern-day standards that’s an absolute eternity, the length of which only the likes of Slayer or Metallica could reasonably be expected to get away with. Regardless of delay, the album is a perfect example of heavy metal in its purest, most intelligent and provocative form. As always the band defies classification with elements of power, thrash, prog, blended together into a mixture that is uniquely Nevermore.

9. Sabaton – Coat of Arms

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Sweden’s war metallers, Sabaton, have been consistently moving to the forefront of the power metal movement in the last few years. COAT OF ARMS continues Sabaton’s fine tradition of power metal with bite. The band is in fine form throughout and do not disappoint. You listen to a Sabaton album for the pounding marches (“Uprising”) the fast assaults (“Midway”, “Screaming Eagles”), and the catchy hooks and choruses (every damn song!) and COAT OF ARMS has it all!

10. Halford – IV – Made of Metal

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Finally! Halford was really overdue. Despite having a skeleton of a catalog, Halford really needed to put some meat on the bones of his solo career. MADE OF METAL is really only the third studio album of all new material in over 10 years. Sure the catalog looks impressive but in reality, live albums, demo albums, EP’s, digital only live albums and novelty Christmas albums are just filler. Halford needed to deliver the goods and we’re pleased to say he is still made of Metal. The album clocks in at a whopping 14 tracks at over an hour it is his longest solo album to date.

 

Number 11 to 20

11. Crazy Lixx – New Religion

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12. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier Iron Maiden
13. Scorpions – Sting In The Tail Scorpions
14. Immolation – Majesty and Decay Immolation
 15. Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony / Angel Of Babylon Avantasia
16. High on Fire – Snakes For The Divine High On Fire
17. Kylesa – Spiral Shadow Kylesa
18. Death Angel – Relentless Retribution Death Angel
19. Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra

Dimmu Borgir
20. Wuthering Heights – Salt Wuthering Heights


 

Number 21 to 30

21. Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Relentless

22. Danzig – Deth Red Sabaoth

23.
Black Label Society – Order of the Black

24. Reckless Love – Reckless Love

25. Hail Of Bullets – On Divine Winds

26. Hardcore Superstar – Split Your Lip

27. Forbidden – Omega Wave

28. Heathen – The Evolution of Chaos

29. Rage – Strings To A Web

30. Circle II Circle – Consequence of Power

 

Individual Staff Lists For 2010

Includes: top 20, best new band, best DVD, discovery of the year, greatest hopes for 2011, and disappointments of 2010.

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NEVERMORE Gear Up For Touring; Confirm Treks with Symphony X and Sepultura

December 14th, 2010
Nevermore

Nevermore

NEVERMORE has landed on several ‘Best of 2010′ lists this month but that seems to be an obvious conclusion from releasing what many view as the best NEVERMORE album yet, ‘The Obsidian Conspiracy’. The band has also seen a huge response from fans after completing their tremendous headlining tour this summer. Now the band is gearing up for 2011 and that means one thing, more touring!

NEVERMORE is excited to announce two spectacular tours already planned for this year. One finds the band alongside Symphony X and Soilwork – a tour that has already turned many hands as one of the standouts of the new year. The second finds these icons of metal joining forces with one of South America’s finest exports, SEPULTURA, on a tour that could easily be called a clash of the titans.

Dates for both treks are below and NEVERMORE is available for press. Contact josh@centurymedia.com to schedule!

NEVERMORE

w/ Symphony X, Soilwork, Powerglove & Blackguard

4/21: Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

4/22: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre

4/23: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

4/25: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

4/26: Quebec City, QC @ Salle Albert Rosseau

4/27: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

4/29: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

4/30: Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s

5/01: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

5/02: St. Paul, MN @ Station 4

5/04: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater

5/06: Seattle, WA @ Showbox

5/07: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

5/08: San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom

5/10: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

5/11: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

5/13: Dallas, TX @ Trees

5/14: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

5/15: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

5/17: Orlando, FL @ The Club at Firestone

5/18: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room

5/19: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

5/20: Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11

5/21: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

5/22: W. Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

w/ Sepultura

5/23: Louisville, KY @ Expo Five

5/24: Milwaukee, WI @ Rave

5/26: Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo

5/27: Regina, SK @ The Exchange

5/28: Calgary, AL @ Dickens

5/29: Edmonton, AL @ Starlite Room

5/30: Prince George, BC @ Third

5/31: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater

Don’t forget to check out NEVERMORE online!

MySpace: www.myspace.com/nevermorefans

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nevermorefans

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BONDED BY BLOOD JOIN SEPULTURA, BELPHEGOR, NEVERMORE AND MORE FOR SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

December 9th, 2010

The road never ends for  BONDED BY BLOOD. Currently on the last week of their tour with labelmates, EVILE and GAMA BOMB, the band will be taking a short holiday break before joining DEATH ANGEL on their North American Retribution 2011 tour then jetting off to Europe for a slew of dates. Continuing the pace of their relentless touring streak, BONDED BY BLOOD have announced new dates in support of SEPULTURA in Spring 2011. The famed Brazilian band’s first North American tour in years will be momentous for all involved. Joining BONDED BY BLOOD and SEPULTURA will be HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN and NEURAXIS along with BELPHEGOR and NEVERMORE on selected dates.

w/SEPULTURA, BELPHEGOR, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS

Apr. 18 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Apr. 19 – Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
Apr. 20 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
Apr. 22 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Apr. 23 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Apr. 24 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 25 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
Apr. 26 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
Apr. 27 – The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
Apr. 28 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Apr. 29 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 01 – Clicks – Tyler, TX
May 02 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
May 03 – Trees – Dallas, TX
May 05 – Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
May 06 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
May 07 – The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
May 08 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
May 09 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
May 10 – The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
May 11 – The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
May 12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
May 13 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
May 14 – The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
May 16 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
May 18 – Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
May 19 – Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
May 20 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
May 21 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
May 22 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

w/SEPULTURA, NEVERMORE, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS

May 23 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
May 24 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
May 26 – The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
May 27 – The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
May 28 – Dickens – Calgary, AB – CANADA
May 29 – Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
May 31 – Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

Tickets for this tour are now available here: http://www.enterthevault.com/artist.php?id=645

Having started their long North American journey this past spring, the guys in BONDED BY BLOOD are pumped to return to many of the places and faces that welcomed them in 2010. 2011 will see the band continuing to bring the energy of their new album, EXILED TO EARTH in front of metal-loving audiences all over the world. Here’s what the band had to say about their newly announced tour with SEPULTURA and more:

“What an honor it is to share the stage with Sepultura. Everyone is excited to hit the road with them and all the other great bands on the tour. This is one of the many awesome things BBB has planned for 2011, and we don’t plan on stopping! We hope to make new friends and fans while we are out and about. So come down to one of the many great shows on this North American tour and have a beer with us! We will see you on the killing road.”

Catch BONDED BY BLOOD on tour

w/FORBIDDEN, EVILE, GAMA BOMB

Dec. 07 – Mesa, AZ – U.B.’s***
Dec. 08 – West Hollyood, CA – Whiskey a Go Go***
Dec. 09 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage***
Dec. 10 – Sparks, NV – New Oasis***
Dec. 11 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge***
Dec. 12 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction*
Dec. 13 – las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon*

* w/ EVILE and GAMA BOMB
*** w/ FORBIDDEN, EVILE and GAMA BOMB

North American Retribution 2011 Tour w/DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D; EARLY MAN and HEXEN

Jan. 24 – War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX (No DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D.)
Jan. 26 – The Muse – Nashvile, TN (No DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D.)
Jan. 28 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY (No DEATH ANGEL)
Jan. 29 – Championship bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ (No DEATH ANGEL)
Jan. 30 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Jan. 31 – The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC
Feb. 01 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 – Club Hell – Providence, RI
Feb. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Feb. 07 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 08 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
Feb. 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Feb. 11 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Feb. 12 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 13 – Numbers – Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

BONDED BY BLOOD‘s new album, EXILED TO EARTH, is available now worldwide on limited edition CD with a free patch, as well as special low price CD and limited edition colored vinyl. Get your copy in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_16

For more BONDED BY BLOOD news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/bondedbyblood

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SYMPHONY X ANNOUNCES HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH NEVERMORE & SOILWORK!

November 9th, 2010
SYMPHONY X

SYMPHONY X

New Jersey’s progressive metal masters SYMPHONY X are pleased to announce their headlining North American tour featuring Seattle’s Nevermore, Soilwork from Sweden, Boston‘s Powerglove, and Blackguard from Montreal.  The trek will launch on April 21st in Philadelphia and wrap-up on West Springfield, Virginia on May 22nd.

Exclusive pre-sale tickets are available now at EnterTheVault.com.  V.I.P. tickets/packages are available for select shows and will include early entry and a Meet & Greet.  After December 1st, tickets can be purchased via regular ticketing outlets.

Confirmed dates for SYMPHONY X’s headlining tour are as follows:

04/21/11  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

04/22/11  Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY

04/23/11  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

04/25/11  Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/26/11  Salle Albert Rosseau – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

04/27/11  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/29/11  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

04/30/11  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

05/01/11  Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

05/02/11  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

05/04/11  Ogden Theater – Denver, CO

05/06/11  Showbox – Seattle, WA

05/07/11  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

05/08/11  The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

05/10/11  The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

05/11/11  Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ

05/13/11  Trees – Dallas, TX

05/14/11  Scout Bar – Houston, TX
05/15/11  Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX

05/17/11  The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL

05/18/11  Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

05/19/11  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

05/20/11  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

05/21/11  Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

05/22/11  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA

SYMPHONY X are currently recording their Nuclear Blast debut and follow-up to 2007’s Paradise Lost, which has sold over 60,000 copies in North America.

Visit SYMPHONY X online at www.SYMPHONYX.com, www.myspace.com/OFFICIALSYMPHONYX, www.facebook.com/SYMPHONYX, and twitter.com/SYMPHONYX.

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MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick

October 19th, 2010

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MEGADETH’s CHRIS BRODERICK

Interview by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjälä

Transcription by David Groves

Megadeth headlined the third day at Tuska and offered a great deal of the classic Megadeth tunes as well as newer stuff from the excellent ENDGAME album. Before Megadeth concluded the annual Tuska festival, we had the great opportunity to talk to the band’s guitarist Chris Broderick about the big four tour, the latest studio album, and of course Jag Panzer and Nevermore.

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NEVERMORE Frontman to Guest on Full Metal Jackie’s Radio Show This Weekend

October 15th, 2010

The enigmatic, cult-of-personality WARREL DANE will be a guest on Full Metal Jackie’s syndicated metal radio show this wekend. To find a radio station near you airing the show, go to fullmetaljackieradio.com or visit twitter.com/fullmetaljackie and facebook.com/fullmetaljackie666.

NEVERMORE is currently on tour across North America in support of their latest effort, ‘The Obsidian Conspiracy’, out now on Century Media Records!

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Singer Warrel Dane Talks About SANCTUARY Reunion – “We’re Gonna Do Another Record”

October 8th, 2010

NEVERMORE/SANCTUARY singer Warrel Dane spoke with Jay Nanda Thesilvertongueonline.com recently about a number of topics. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

The Silver Tongue: Why have you chosen to reform Sanctuary after 20 years, especially with Nevermore doing so well?

Dane: “Well, I said years ago that it would never, ever, ever fuckin’ happen, but that was at a time when we weren’t really friendly with each other. But we are now. “Water under the bridge” would be the best way to describe our relationship, and I’ve heard some of the new material Lenny (Rutledge) the guitar player has been working on, and it’s fuckin’ killer. So I had to re-evaluate the situation. It’s kinda weird, because Nevermore has been doing so well.”

The Silver Tongue: So was the grunge factor of the early ’90s the reason for Sanctuary’s casualty after Refuge Denied and Into The Mirror Black, or was there something more to it?

Dane: “You know, I’m pretty sure that did affect the break-up in some way. The songwriting got a little weird toward the end, and at that time, there was a lot of pressure, especially from record company people saying, ‘Well, I expected something a little grungier.’ Ugh! ‘We’re not a grunge band!’ When you have a major label telling you that, it just goes to show that they’re so fuckin’ clueless.”

The Silver Tongue: What did you guys learn early in your career from (MEGADETH’s) Dave Mustaine as he produced the first Sanctuary record?

Dane: “Oh boy, that whole period is kind of a drunken blur (laughs). I think every band gets a break somewhere, and to make it in the music business, you get your foot in the door. We were fuckin’ lucky that Mustaine paid attention to us. Had it not been for him, I probably would not be talking to you right now, so I have to give much respect to him for that. We were at a KING DIAMOND/Megadeth show, and Lenny gave somebody a demo, and he heard it, and we were told he said, ‘I’d like to produce you guys.’ And we were like, ‘Yeah, right.’ But he must’ve been serious, because we got the call, and the rest is just crazy history.”

The Silver Tongue: Will Sanctuary be working on another album, or is the cruise a one-off reunion thing? Will every original member be part of it?

Dane: “We’re gonna do another record, but I’m not sure when we’re going to have time because the touring cycle for Nevermore just started, and it’s going to get crazy. (Guitarist) Sean (Blosl) didn’t really want to do it basically, so Jeff (Loomis), who was actually a member of Sanctuary at the end, is going to do it live. I’m not sure he’ll be recording, though. That band was about Lenny, and Nevermore was more about Jeff, so we try to keep both of those separate.

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NEVERMORE and SANCTUARY confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL!

September 23rd, 2010
70000 TONS OF METAL

70000 TONS OF METAL

From the Faroe Islands to Seattle in less then two weeks! Thanks to climate change you can now sail the Northwest Passage! Please welcome NEVERMORE and for the very first time in 20 years live on stage we will find our very own SANCTUARY on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival!!!
The confirmed 30 out of 40 bands are:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Cripper
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth
Korpiklaani
Marduk
Moonspell
Nevermore

Obituary
Rage
Raven
Sanctuary

Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Týr
Uli Jon Roth
Unleashed
Witchburner

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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NEVERMORE Celebrate Highest Billboard Chart Entry of Their Career; Prepare For Extensive World Tour

June 17th, 2010
Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy

Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy

Seattle’s metal titans NEVERMORE are back and truly better than ever with the much anticipated new full-length release, The Obsidian Conspiracy, which could be their most impressive offering of their illustrious, decade plus, heralded career. The release also marks a very impressive milestone as it debuted at #125 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. This is their highest charting debut ever and just further proves the band’s massive influence and stature within the metal genre. The disc also debuted at #88 on the Canadian Billboard chart.

Warrel Dane (vocals) further states: “We are so lucky to have such amazing and diehard fans and we can’t thank them all enough for going out the first week of release to support us while helping us achieve the highest Billboard chart entry of our career. It’s an amazing feeling to see such impressive sales in this ever changing retail climate and this is just the beginning for us as we’re planning on touring the world extensively to support this release. We are taking off to Europe tomorrow but will be travelling around all of North America this fall playing our most extensive headlining set ever, so be sure to come out and hang with us. We promise that it will be a night you will never forget. Thanks again for all of the support and see you all soon.

NEVERMORE has also partnered up with the world’s #1 horror site, Bloody-Disgusting.com, for an exclusive, worldwide debut of their new video clip for the track “Emptiness Unobstructed,” which can be viewed now at the link below.
http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/748

North American fans can now rejoice as the band are excited to announce their first headlining Stateside tour in almost three years, which kicks off on Sept. 23rd and runs through Nov. 5th. This stellar bill also features Warbringer, Mutiny Within and Hatesphere in the support slots.
All tickets are on-sale now exclusively through www.Enterthevault.com and will be available there until June 19th when they go on-sale through all normal ticketing systems. There will be a limited number of VIP tickets available which gets fans early entry before doors for a preshow NEVERMORE meet and greet. Either see below or visit www.myspace.com/nevermorefans to view their complete tour itinerary.

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NEVERMORE Debut of The New “Emptiness Unobstructed” Video

June 15th, 2010
Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy

Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy

Seattle’s metal titans NEVERMORE are back and truly better than ever with the much anticipated new full-length release, The Obsidian Conspiracy, which could be their most impressive offering of their illustrious, decade plus, heralded career. The group has partnered up with the world’s #1 horror site, Bloody-Disgusting.com, for an exclusive, worldwide debut of their new video clip for the track “Emptiness Unobstructed,” which can be viewed now below and at http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/748

Dane further states: “Working with director Nigel Crane was a great experience. We spent a day walking around the white cliffs in Dover the day before the London show and we couldn’t possibly be happier with the end result. The live part was shot at the O2 Academy Islington in London and we only performed the song twice that night so we had to make these takes count, so we went all out. It was pretty amazing that most of the audience knew all of the words even though we were a number of days away from the album’s release. Thanks for checking this out and we hope you enjoy it.”

North American fans can now rejoice as the band are excited to announce their first headlining Stateside tour in almost three years, which kicks off on Sept. 23rd and runs through Nov. 5th. This stellar bill also features Warbringer, Mutiny Within and Hatesphere in the support slots.

All tickets are on-sale now exclusively through www.Enterthevault.com and will be available there until June 19th when they go on-sale through all normal ticketing systems. There will be a limited number of VIP tickets available which gets fans early entry before doors for a preshow NEVERMORE meet and greet. Either see below or visit www.myspace.com/nevermorefans to view their complete tour itinerary.

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NEVERMORE/Death Angel/Cauldron @ O2 Islington Academy May 18, 2010

June 15th, 2010

NEVERMORE

With Death Angel/Cauldron

Live @ London 02 Islington Academy
18th May 2010

Reviewer: Steve Sedit
Photography: James G 

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Warrel Dane – Nevermore Vocalist

September 27th, 2006

Warrel Dane of Nevermore

Interview, live + interview pictures by Luxi Lahtinen & Kapa Kilgast

Transcription by Wyatt Marshall

 

Nevermore?s latest studio album, THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOR, has been gaining rave reviews from critics all around the world so it shouldn?t come as a surprise to anyone that they are considered  one of the biggest and most important bands for their own label, Century Media Records nowadays. The band?s journey through the years has been victorious for them since the day Nevermore was started from the remains of another short-lived, but successful group, Sanctuary.

Nevermore?s journey continued victoriously to Finland where the band played a special headline show at the Tavastia Club, Helsinki on 8th of September 2006, right before their tour with Disturbed and the DVD recording show in Bochum, Germany (which was unfortunately cancelled due to an infection of the band?s vocalist, Darrel Wane).

We met Warrel at the Restaurant Ilves in the downtown of Helsinki just a few hours before their first ever show in Finland, and had 20 minutes on our hands to inquire briefly from Warrel about the ongoing tour in general, the Sanctuary years, his solo project together with Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork) – amongst other things, too…

 


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