|March 21st, 2009
- MAROON announce album release shows & present “Order”
German panzer MAROON are about to return in full swing with their heaviest,
most diverse and visionary opus to date! Driven by the band’s
steadfast dedication to honest, vigorous and timeless metal sounds,
the new album “Order” marks the culmination of the band’s
most creative and focused song-writing phase.
The album will be released on April 20th, 2009 and to properly celebrate
this event, MAROON have announced several exclusive record release shows
including one in the band’s hometown Nordhausen where you will
be able to buy an exclusive “Order” package only available
at this date! Here are the exact dates:
“Order” release shows!
Presented by Metal Hammer (D), Fuze (D), Slam (A), rockinvasion (D),
Metal.de (D), Peta2.de (D), Allschools.de (D), In-Your-Face.de (D)
April 17, 2009 - Hamburg (D) @ Headcräsh
April 18, 2009 - Nordhausen (D) @ venue tba / Very special release show!
April 24, 2009 - Essen (D) @ Turock
April 25,2009 - Stuttgart (D) @ Landespavillon
May 9, 2009 – Berlin (D) @ Live at Dot
Furthermore, you can now check out the cover artwork of “Order”
at the band’s official MySpace page, so head over to
“Order” was recorded with producer Markus Stock / Klangschmiede
Studio E (Eisregen, The Vision Bleak, Secrets Of The Moon), skilfully
mixed at Studio Fredman in Sweden by Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy,
At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity) and mastered at West West Side Studios
(Mastodon, Unearth, Earth Crisis) in the US. Needless to say, that this
resulted in the best sound MAROON ever had!
While the band spent most of 2008 working on the new album and thus
decided to take a time-out from the stage, in 2009 MAROON will make
sure to defend their reputation as a kick-ass live band!
- IN THIS MOMENT Touring UK & Europe (with Papa Roach & Filter)
in April 2009!
California’s hottest modern hard rock export IN THIS MOMENT is
confirmed to finally hit stages in UK & mainland Europe in April
2009. The band surrounding sexy front lady Maria Brink will first embark
on the “Give It A Name Introduces Tour 2009”, consisting
of several UK dates (incl. the main festival events in London and Manchester),
followed by continental European shows as support of Papa Roach and
Filter. See below for details.
Vocalist Maria Brink comments:
“We are so excited to come back and play the U.K. The last time
we were there was in 2007 when we played summer festivals. Our jaws
dropped when we saw how epic European festivals were. Obviously, we
are counting down the days until we get back to Europe. We are totally
stoked to be part of the Give It A Name lineup, and get to experience
the kick ass European crowds again with a bunch of amazing bands.
As far as the Papa Roach and Filter shows go it’s something we
are looking very forward to. We stood on the side of the stage and watched
Papa Roach play at Rock Am Ring. We were blown away with the entire
show, and the crowd reaction. There was literally a sea of people. We
will be all smiles and ready to have a good time when we get off the
After releasing the much lauded “The Dream” album on Century
Media in autumn 2008, which subsequently entered the US Billboard Top
200 at #70, IN THIS MOMENT started the worldwide touring cycle for the
album in the US as direct support of Five Finger Death Punch and after
wrapping up their current tour with Mudvayne they will soon cross the
ocean to rock out with their European fans. So, do not miss out on this
one & visit http://www.myspace.com/inthismoment
for songs, videos and regular updates!
To give you an idea of what you can expect, watch part #1 of IN THIS
MOMENT’s new tour diary series:
Give It A Name Introduces Tour 2009
IN THIS MOMENT
Whole Wheat Bread
Sponsored by Kerrang (UK)
April 9, London (UK) @ Islington Academy
April 10, Oxford (UK) @ Academy 2
April 11, Sheffield (UK) @ Academy 2
April 12, Glasgow (UK) @ King Tuts
April 14, Newcastle (UK) @ Academy 2
April 16, Birmingham (UK) @ Academy 2
April 17, Cardiff (UK) @ tba
IN THIS MOMENT @ Give It A Name Festival 2009
with Taking Back Sunday, Enter Shikari, Underoath, Thursday, Emery &
Sponsored by Kerrang (UK)
April 18, London (UK) @ Hammersmith Apollo
April 19, Manchester (UK) @ Apollo
IN THIS MOMENT
April 20, Cologne (D) @ Live Music Hall
April 21, Amsterdam (NL) @ Melkweg
April 22, Hamburg (D) @ Docks
April 24, Berlin (D) @ Huxley's
April 25, Vienna (AT) @ Gasometer
April 27, Munich (D) @ New Backstage
April 28, Zurich (CH) @ X-Tra Limmathaus
- DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED premiere new single “Flatline” at
The hard rock world is about to get a nice, swift kick in the ass as
this Seattle-based sonic force titled DUFF MCKAGAN's LOADED has finally
returned after a lengthy hiatus with their much anticipated, new full-length
release “Sick”. The new offering was recorded by Martin
Feveyear (Presidents of the USA, Kings of Leon) and will be released
on March 30th, 2009 (Europe) and April 7th, 2009 (USA).
To hear the first single from “Sick” entitled "Flatline,"
click below and listen to it at Duff McKagan's blog at Playboy.com/blog!
DUFF MCKAGAN’s LOADED was formed in 1999, released two albums
and debuted on Century Media with the extremely well-received “Wasted
Heart EP” in September 2008. The current line-up features drummer
Geoff Reading (New American Shame, Green Apple Quickstep), bassist Jeff
Rouse and guitarist Mike Squires (both formerly of Alien Crime Syndicate).
With the fabulous new album “Sick” these rock n’ roll
brothers will bring their honest and powerful high-energy rock to every
stage to kick out the jams!
- WOLF post another new song, track-by-track comment online & more!
Heavy metal beasts WOLF will unleash their highly anticipated new album
“Ravenous” next week and have now premiered another new
track at their official MySpace site to further wet your appetite for
this metallic delicacy – listen to “Speed On” at www.myspace.com/wolfheavymetal!
The track “Curse You Salem”, which can also be heard on
the band’s MySpace, has lately been played in the famous Bruce
Dickinson Rock Show on BBC 6 Music and this marks a very special compliment
“Ravenous” will be released on the following dates:
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: February 20, 2009.
UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: February 23,
SPAIN / PORTUGAL: February 24, 2009.
SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: February 25, 2009.
USA: March 24, 2009
An in-depth track-by-track feature on “Ravenous” can now
be read at www.metal.de/stories.php4?was=story&id=1548,
Also, do not forget to check out WOLF’s brand-new video for the
song “Voodoo” by clicking
“Ravenous” also features guest appearances by Hank Shermann
(Force of Evil, Mercyful Fate) and Marc Boals (ex-Malmsteen). The fierce
and bloody artwork was once again created by long time cover artist
Thomas Holm (Mercyful Fate).
Topped off by the phenomenal production by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Judas
Priest) real metal is about to return with a vengeance!
Press on “Ravenous”:
“Grunge? Alternative? Nu Metal? Metalcore? Not in the world of
WOLF! Their new slab of smashing metal tracks breathes the spirit of
old Iron Maiden and Mercyful Fate while sounding refreshing and captivating.”
Album Of The Month, HEAVY (D)
“If there is one “new” classic heavy metal band any
headbanger should support then it’s WOLF!”
Soundcheck # 2, ROCK HARD (D)
06.03. SWE – Sundsvall / Club Destroyer
07.03. SWE – Köping / Hantis
14.03. SWE – Karlstad / Metalclub
24.03. FIN –Turku / Klubi
25.03. FIN – Tampere / Hellä
26.03. FIN – Helsinki / Dante's Highlight
24.04. UK – Hammerfest / www.hammerfest.co.uk
13.06. SWE – Muskelrocken Festival / www.myspace.com/tyrolen
Visit WOLF online:
- GOD FORBID new album available now; brand-new album trailer and widget
New Jersey metal titans GOD FORBID are back! Their phenomenal new album
“Earthsblood” has been released all across Europe today
and will be released on February 24th, 2009 in the US.
You can now watch a stunning album trailer for “Earthsblood”
at the following link:
Check out the brand-new songs “The Rain” and “War
Of Attrition” at the new GOD FORBID widget, embed it to your MySpace
profile and spread it among your friends:
Also, press is excited about “Earthsblood”:
“Re-energised New Jersey metallers return in epic style.”
KKKK / KKKKK, Kerrang (UK)
“…the strongest GOD FORBID album to date.”
10x dynamite, Rock Hard (D)
“Sophisticated widescreen metal-prog!”
The album was produced by Eric Rachel (Atreyu) with Christian Olde Wolbers
(Fear Factory, Threat Signal) handling all vocal tracking. The mixing
was handled by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Amon Amarth).
“Earthsblood” is available as standard CD as well as limited
edition CD Digipak including the audio part of the “Beneath The
Scars Of Glory And Progression” DVD as bonus CD.
GOD FORBID will be starting their European tour with Ill Nino later
this month and are already confirmed for several prestigious festivals
this summer, see below for the exact dates:
24.02.2009 Haarlem (NL) - Patronaat
25.02.2009 Eindhoven (NL) - Effenaar
26.02.2009 Cologne (D) - Essigfabrik
27.02.2009 Copenhagen (DK) - The Rock
28.02.2009 Hamburg (D) - Knust
01.03.2009 Berlin (D) - K17
03.03.2009 Vienna (AT) - Arena
04.03.2009 Stuttgart (D) - Die Röhre
06.03.2009 Milan (IT) - Zoe Club
07.03.2009 Winterthur (CH) - Salzhaus
08.03.2009 Fribourg (CH) - Fri-Son
10.03.2009 Villa Real (ES) - Salatal
11.03.2009 Granada (ES) - El Tren
12.03.2009 Madrid (ES) - La Sala Live
13.03.2009 Vigo (ES) - Sala A
14.03.2009 Villaba (ES) - Pamplona Totem
15.03.2009 Notre Dame De Gravenchon (F) - Arcade
17.03.2009 Newcastle (UK) - Academy 2
18.03.2009 Liverpool (UK) - Academy 2
19.03.2009 Sheffield (UK) - Academy 2
20.03.2009 London (UK) - Islington Academy
21.03.2009 Birmingham (UK) - Academy 2
22.03.2009 Bristol (UK) - Academy 2
GOD FORBID @ Summer festivals
06.06.2009 Bologna (IT) - Flame Fest
19. – 21.06.2009 Clisson (F) - Hellfest
26. – 28.06.2009 Dessel (BE) – Graspop Metal Meeting
03.07.2009 Münster (D) - Vainstream Rockfest
04.07.2009 Mannheim (D) - Vainstream Beastfest
05.07.2009 Roijtzschora (D) – With Full Force
…more dates to follow soon!
- NAPALM DEATH have finished their new video clip!
Two decades after inventing grindcore, with their latest album “Time
Waits For No Slave” NAPALM DEATH continue to demonstrate that
their work is far from done and that their art is now more relevant
than ever. The band has now finished filming the first video for the
new album, vocalist Barney comments:
“We have shot a new video for “Time Waits For No Slave”
this week and it encompass all the features of a dour, sterile, product-driven
world and the sheer joy of freeing up your mind and appreciating the
simplicity of the world evolving around you rather than flogging yourself
to death all the time to get ahead. It’s being done in Norwich
(Eastern UK) with Tom Blyth, who you might not have heard of. But he
was in a really old UK hardcore band called Goober Patrol. We saw his
work and he really seems to understand the art of protest without the
cheesiness or cliché. We look forward to seeing you all soon.”
“Time Waits For No Slave” was produced by Russ Russell at
Foel Studios / Wales and has been heralded as the band’s most
extreme and devastating opus to date. You should not hesitate a second
and get it immediately: It is available as Limited Edition CD Digipak
(incl. special packaging, two bonus tracks + sticker), standard CD and
LP (incl. the full album on CD and bonus songs) with alternate cover
colourings on all formats (Ltd. CD: silver, CD: sepia, Ltd. LP: green).
Press on “Time Waits For No Slave”:
The album is supported by massive media acclaim seeing the band achieve
more cover features than ever before and countless raving reviews in
the worldwide metal press:
“…"Time Waits For No Slave" is a perfect storm
of furious grinding metal from a band that hasn't sounded this alive
and hungry in their nearly three decades of existence. Extremity retained!”
Blabbermouth.net (US), 9.5/10 points
“…they’re just as brutal and ferocious as ever as
the songs keep improving in structure and intent, ferociousness and
infectiousness, edginess and socio-political irascibility.”
Album of the month!
Rock Hard (D), 9/10 points
Metal Hammer (D), 7/7 points
Check out several tracks from “Time Waits For No Slave”
and detailed track-by-track videos at www.myspace.com/napalmdeath
NAPALM DEATH are currently touring northern Europe, will be heading
out on an extensive US run with Abigail Williams, Trap Them and others
in April, and shall return to European stages during the festival season.
See below for all upcoming dates:
See below for all upcoming dates:
NAPALM DEATH live
17.02. Turku - Klubi (Finland)
18.02. Tampere - Klubi (Finland)
19.02. Jyvaskyle - Lutakko (Finland)
20.02. Oulu - Jalometalli Winterfest / Teatria (Finland)
21.02. Joensuu – Kellari (Finland)
25.06. Copenhagen – The Rock (Denmark)
03.07. Albertville – La Bathie (France)
24.07. Oberf – Eisenhardt (Germany)
NAPALM DEATH @ festivals 2009
23.05. Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest (USA)
21.06. Clisson – Hellfest (France)
18.07. Trutnox – Obscene Extreme (Czech Republic)
31.07. Wacken – Wacken Open Air (Germany)
09.08. Blackpool – Rebellion Festival (Great Britain)
- SILENOZ FROM DIMMU BORGIR ON SHOCKHOUND.com’s “STELLA
“I come from a musical background where you don’t really
have much cash,” states DIMMU BORGIR guitarist/songwriter Silenoz,
“so you have to spend the little you have on cheap stuff.”
Click on the link below to view Silenoz’s preparation of grilled
hot dogs with shrimp salad wrapped in tortillas with show host Stella
(who is a terrible cook).
DIMMU BORGIR’s latest DVD, The Invaluable Darkness, debuted at
#5 on the Nielsen SoundScan “Top DVD Music Videos” chart
in mid-October 2008. Silenoz’s favorite countries to eat in are:
Brazil, México, Japan, and the U.S.
- ANIMALS AS LEADERS SIGN TO PROSTHETIC RECORDS, SET APRIL RELEASE DATE
LOS ANGELES – Animals As Leaders, the Washington, D.C.-based instrumental/progressive
band that features renowned eight-string guitarist Tosin Abasi (ex-Reflux),
has signed with Prosthetic Records. The group's self-titled debut is
slated for an April 28 release, and an advance track, "Tempting
Time," is currently streaming on their MySpace page (www.myspace.com/animalsasleaders).
"Animals As Leaders is a guitar-driven, progressive instrumental
project with ambient and electronic influences," Abasi explains.
"I definitely wanted to make an album that was 'guitar-centric,'
but also interesting from other perspectives.
"'Tempting Time' loosely deals with some of the time-based societal
pressures that come with getting older," he continues. "It's
about reconciling your place in your life with where society feels like
you should be, and understanding the finite amount of time you have
in life to do anything."
Animals As Leaders will perform at the New England Metal & Hardcore
Festival on Apr. 18. Additional tour dates will follow.
- BATTLEFIELDS ON TOUR!
Hailing from the depths of Minnesota and Fargo-North Dakota, BATTLEFIELDS
have been touring relentlessly for the last three years and accruing
massive accolades for their brutally honest music and astounding live
performances. BATTLEFIELDS have stepped up to the plate and created
an instant classic in Thresholds of Imbalance that encompasses a new
direction in extreme and epic mind-expansive music. Recorded at The
Devil's Workshop in Minnesota and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New
Alliance Audio, Thresholds of Imbalance is an essential release for
fans of Mastodon, Katatonia, Torche, Khanate, Pelican, Creation is Crucifixion
BATTLEFIELDS are currently preparing for more than a month's worth of
US tour dates with Irepress. The tour will kick off on March 6th at
The Factory in Rochester, MI and wind down April 9th at Washington Street
Art Gallery in Vermillion, SD.
Battlefields US Tour 2009 With Irepress
3/06/2009 The Factory - Rochester, MI w/ The Atlas Moth
3/07/2009 Mac's Bar - Lansing, MI w/ The Plague Years
3/09/2009 Subterranean - Chicago, IL w/ Dark Castle, The Atlas Moth
3/10/2009 Bong Ward - Milwaukee, WI w/ Dark Castle
3/11/2009 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN w/ Vernal Pool
3/12/2009 The Aquarium - Fargo, ND w/ Dark Castle, Vernal Pool
3/13/2009 Nutty's North - Sioux Falls, SD **INIT FEST** w/ Battlefields,
The Blinding Light
3/14/2009 Saddle Creek Bar - Omaha, NE w/ Hammerlord (w/o Irepress)
3/15/2009 Ghost House - Lincoln, NE w/ Mother Pile, Towers
3/16/2009 Eagles Lodge - Wichita, KS w/ polarOppositebear
3/18/2009 Reno's Chop Shop - Dallas, TX w/ Zoroaster
3/19 - 3/21/2009 Austin, TX, as part of SXSW
3/22/2009 Red 7 - Austin TX w/ Pelican, Wolves in the Throne Room, Tombs
3/23/2009 Zepplin’s - El Paso, TX
3/24/2009 The Living Room - Tuscon, AZ w/ Hellas Mounds, North
3/26/2009 Back to the Grind - Riverside, CA w/ Name
3/27/2009 The Knitting Factory (Alter Knit) - Los Angeles, CA w/ Name,
Behol the Monolith
3/28/2009 *TBA - San Francisco, CA
3/29/2009 Paradise Lost - Chico, CA w/ Name
3/30/2009 Samurai Duck - Eugene, OR
3/21/2009 Kelly’s Olympian - Portland, OR w/ Paranaut, Nanda Devi
4/01/2009 The Funhouse - Seattle, WA w/ Sioux City Pete & The Beggars
4/02/2009 Gusto Bar (skate ramps in bar!) - Boise, ID
4/03/2009 Burt’s Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT w/ Nine Worlds
4/04/2009 Three Kings - Denver, CO w/ Mustangs & Madras, Adai
4/05/2009 Jackpot Saloon - Lawrence, KS w/ The Cast Pattern
4/06/2009 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
Battlefields (w/o Irepress)
4/07/2009 Mojo's - Columbia, MO
4/08/2009 *TBA - Iowa City, IA
4/09/2009 Washington Street Art Gallery - Vermillion, SD
- DARK CASTLE tour it up
Dark Castle will be hitting to road during the month of March as a warm
up for the mass amount of touring expected after the release of their
first full-length, Spirited Migration, due out on At A Loss Recordings
in late April/early May 2009 (release date to be confirmed soon).
3/03/2009 112 House - Columbia, SC w/Cough
3/04/2009 The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN w/Cough
3/05/2009 Brooklyn Pizza - Lexington, KY w/Cough
3/06/2009 The Summit - Columbus, OH w/Cough
3/07/2009 Casa Del Kotex - Indianapolis, IN w/Cough
3/09/2009 Subterranean - Chicago, IL w/Battlefields, Irepress
3/10/2009 Borg Ward - Milwaukee, WI w/Battlefields, Irepress
3/12/2009 The Aquarium - Fargo, ND w/Battlefields, Irepress
3/13/2009 The Red Barn - Williston, ND w/Irepress
3/15/2009 The Cretin Hop - Spokane, WA
3/16/2009 The Josephine - Seattle, WA
3/17/2009 The Someday Lounge - Portland, OR
3/18/2009 Samurai Duck - Eugene, OR
3/19/2009 Stillwater - Ashland, OR
3/20/2009 On The Y - Sacramento, CA
3/21/2009 Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, Ca
3/22/2009 Art Factory - San Jose, CA
3/25/2009 Blue Monkey - Hollywood, CA w/Ox vs. Thunderbird
3/26/2009 Bombay - Ventura, CA w/Ox vs. Thunderbird
3/27/2009 *house show - Tempe, AZ
3/28/2009 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Albuquerque, NM
3/30/2009 Emo's (inside) - Austin, TX w/Lion's of Tsavo
3/31/2009 *TBA - Dallas, TX w/Vorvadoss
4/01/2009 Downtown Music - Little Rock, AZ w/Sea Hag, Sports
4/02/2009 The Doom Room - Vicksburg, MS w/Buzzardstein, Face On Mars
4/03/2009 Mia's Pub - Shreveport, LA w/Buzzardstein, Power Pellut
4/04/2009 Saturn Bar - New Orleans, LA w/Buzzardstein
4/05/2009 Doozer's Pub - Jacksonville, FL w/Dead Commuter, Ol Scratch,
- STRATOVARIUS ANNOUNCE THEIR NEW ALBUM "POLARIS"
Helsinki, 25th February 2009 Stratovarius will release their brand new
studio album "Polaris" on May, 21st 2009.
This new album will see a worldwide release by the bands new label partner
edel under the new imprint earMUSIC outside of Asia and the bands long
time label partner for Asia, JVC.
Jens Johansson states "We are very happy to have found strong label
partners for the future of Stratovarius who truly believe in the band
and are as enthusiastic as
we are. I can't wait to hit the road again and meet all fans who supported
us through all our good and bad times."
Max Vaccaro, of earMUSIC / edel adds "We are very honoured to welcome
Stratovarius in our family; 'Polaris' is in fact a special album for
Like for Stratovarius, it's a sort of new start, we are in fact entering
a new exciting chapter in our lives, the launch of a the new label earMUSIC,
to coincide with the release of this fantastic new album with a renewed
line-up and an overwhelming energy.
One thing is for sure, Stratovarius fans will agree with us in welcoming
the extraordinary talent of the new guitar player Matias Kupiainen and
immediately reckon 'Polaris' to be a true Stratovarius classic.
"We are proud of our long and successful history with this great
band and are very excited to be a part of their new beginning."
- Seigo Horiuchi JVC/Victor Entertainment, Inc.
In September 2008 the band found the freedom to go into seclusion for
almost a month in a cottage by the sea in a Finnish forest to relax,
laugh, write songs, be creative together, and record.
And they found themselves being a band reborn. The result is a melodic,
powerful, fresh, tight, and technically elaborate new album.
"Polaris" was recorded in the fall 2008 at Haestholmen and
5by5 studios, Helsinki, Finland. Mixed by the longtime confidant of
the band Mikko Karmila the album became another shining polar star at
the Northern sky.
Powerful melodies mingle with sophisticated arrangements, strong anthems
stand alongside heavy songs. 11 songs full of energy, musicianship,
and a positive outlook.
Vocalist Timo Kotipelto explains "Polaris is a positive, powerful
album that Stratovarius fans all over the world are certain to take
to their hearts."
The band will support the release of their new studio album with live
shows around the globe. The world tour will start in the UK, followed
by a variety of European dates:
15.05.2009 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton [UK]
16.05.2009 Rock City Nottingham [UK]
17.05.2009 Cathouse Glasgow [UK]
18.05.2009 Islington O2 Academy (ka Carling Academy) London [UK]
19.05.2009 Academy 2 Manchester [UK]
20.05.2009 Button Factory Dublin [IE]
22.05.2009 Wacken Rocks Aurich [DE]
23.05.2009 Wacken Rocks Kreuth [DE]
24.05.2009 Progresja Warsaw [PL]
29.05.2009 CDK MAI Moscow [RU]
30.05.2009 Glavclub St Petersburg [RU]
05.06.2009 - 07.06.2009 Sauna Open Air Tampere [FI]
21.06.2009 Hellfest Clisson [FR]
11.07.2009 Masters of Rock, Destillery Rudolf Jelinek Vizovice [CZ]
19.07.2009 Pro Rock Festival, Aerodrome "Chajka", Kiev [UA]
25.07.2009 Zwarte Cross Festival, Lichtenvoorde [NL]
September will see Stratovarius playing live shows in Asia, followed
by a full North and South American tour in September/October.
A European headliner tour is scheduled for January 2010.
Timo Kotipelto - vocals
Matias Kupiainen - guitars
Lauri Porra - bass
Joerg Michael - drums
Jens Johansson - keyboards
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- CANDLELIGHT RECORDS SIGNS ANAAL NATHRAKH
Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of England’s
Anaal Nathrakh. The popular extreme metal duo are currently in the studio
working on their label debut titled In The Constellation Of The Black
Widow. The album is expected for a summertime release. Vocalist V.I.T.R.I.O.L.
says, “Candlelight have shown a strong belief in Anaal Nathrakh
and looking at some of the acts on their roster both past and present
it seems they are capable of backing up their good intentions. With
their help we hope we can finally get the planet cracked in half.”
Formed in 1998, Anaal Nathrakh have recorded five full-length albums,
their most recent Hell Is Empty and All The Devils Are Here released
in 2007 via Feto Records (co-owned by member Mick Kenney and Napalm
Death’s Shane Embury). Based in Birmingham, the band sonically
fuse traditional black metal with elements of industrial, grindcore,
and early-day death metal resulting in a one-of-a-kind soundscape that
has earned them high acclaim from media and fans around the globe. Reviewing
2005’s album Eschaton Blabbermouth called the band, “the
best at marrying drum machine grind, speed riffing death, and bombastic
black metal grandeur to a depraved, filthy and overdriven musical framework.
Malevolence oozes from every note, brooding insanity in every scream,
and a mastery of just what makes extreme metal such a dark and difficult
pleasure. Sick, ugly, essential.”
Commenting on the new album, V.I.T.R.I.O.L. reveals, “Constellation
will be faster, more insidious, more ominous, more musically dextrous
and wilder than ever before. The album will feature a curve ball guest
appearance from Zeitgeist Memento of Mexican extremists Republika.”
According to the band’s official website, Anaal Nathrakh was created
for one purpose - to be the soundtrack for Armageddon and the true spirit
of necro taken to its musical extremes. The band have collaborated with
such legendary figures as Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Shane Embury and Danny
Herrera (Napalm Death), Nick Barker (Testament, Dimmu Borgir), Joe Horvath
(Circle of Dead Children), Sethlans Teitan (Watain) and more. The band
have appeared on BBC’s Radio 1 (per the behest of icon John Peel),
headlined a stage at the annual Inferno Festival in Norway, and have
found themselves included among countless ‘Best Album of the Year’
polls around the world. Anaal Nathrakh’s status as one of the
leading lights in extreme metal is undeniable.
- BLOODBOUND New Album Artwork Unveiled
BLOODBOUND, the Swedish melodic, heavy metal band featuring members
from TAD MOROSE, MORGANA LEFAY, PYRAMAZE and STREET TALK has unveiled
the cover art for their upcoming third full-length album, "Tabula
“Tabula Rasa” will be released by BLISTERING RECORDS in
Europe on April 26 and in North America on April 21. MARQUEE/AVALON
has set a March 25 street date for the Japanese market.
"Tabula Rasa" track listing:
01. Sweet Dreams Of Madness
02. Dominion 5
03. Take One
04. Tabula Rasa
05. Night Touches You
06. Tabula Rasa Pt.II (Nothing At All)
07. Plague Doctor
08. Master Of My Dreams
09. Twisted Kind Of Fate
10. All Rights Reserved
11. A Year With Bloodbound (bonus video – ltd. Digipak)
During April BLOODBOUND will embark on a European tour with fellow Swede’s
Confirmed dates are:
28.02.09 Zaragon Rock Club, Jönköping, Sweden
14.03.09 Pre List. Party + Unplugged, Tranan, Bollnäs, Sweden
21.03.09 Sport In , Bollnäs, Sweden
03.04.09 Klub Ucho, Gdynia, Poland
04.04.09 Eskulap, Poznan, Poland
05.04.09 WZ, Wroclaw, Poland
07.04.09 Stuk, Maribor, Slovenia
08.04.09 Boogaloo, Zagreb, Croatia
10.04.09 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
11.04.09 SKC, Belgrad, Serbia
12.04.09 Petöfi Hall, Budapest, Hungary
14.04.09 Gasometer, Wien, Austria
15.04.09 Hala Folimanka, Prague, Czech Republic
17.04.09 Bratislava, Slovakia
18.04.09 Sports hall Rates, Zvolen, Slovakia
19.04.09 Cassosport Hall, Kosice, Slovakia
20.04.09 Novesta hall, Zlin, Czech Republic
29.05.09 Metal Mayhem Festival, Arenan, Falun, Sweden
- ALL THAT REMAINS ANNOUNCE METALFEST "WARM-UP" SHOWS
The Massachusetts quintet ALL THAT REMAINS, whose current single "Two
Weeks" is climbing the charts at active rock radio, have confirmed
two warm-up concerts prior to their headlining appearance at the New
England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Mass. on Apr. 17.
The dates are as follows:
4/14 Higher Ground - Burlington, Vt. w/ August Burns Red
4/15 Lost Horizon - Syracuse, N.Y. w/ August Burns Red, Unholy
These three shows mark the group's first American concerts in five months.
The band will play additional dates throughout the spring, including
the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio in mid-May alongside
Motley Crue, Slipknot and three dozen others. They will also perform
live at the inaugural Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia
in Los Angeles on April 7.
ALL THAT REMAINS just completed a successful European co-headlining
tour with The Haunted and is currently touring Australia as part of
the Soundwave Festival, which also features Nine Inch Nails, Alice In
Chains and Lamb of God, among others. From there, the band will head
to Japan to support Dragonforce.
"Australia is fucking awesome," says vocalist Phil Labonte.
"Everyone has told us over and over, 'Wait 'till you get to Australia.
It's amazing – you're gonna love it!' They were right –
it's amazing down here. The first show we played was in Brisbane, and
as soon as I walked backstage to get ready, I heard people starting
to chant 'ATR! ATR!' When you've never even played in a country and
people are chanting for you before you play, there's no better feeling
in the world."
For a complete list of upcoming ALL THAT REMAINS tour dates, visit www.myspace.com/allthatremains.
|March 20th, 2009
- SONIC SYNDICATE 'POWERSHIFT' VIDEO DEBUT EXCLUSIVELY ON MYSPACE.COM
Swedish youngsters SONIC SYNDICATE have their new video clip ready!
"Powershift," which comes off their latest successful record
Love And Other Disasters will have its premiere Wednesday, February
18th exclusively on the band´s MySpace
"Powershift" is one of two videos (along with "Contradiction")
that SONIC SYNDICATE recently shot with director Marius Böttcher
of Quent Film. Check out photos from the video shoot at Metal-Hammer.de.
The band is currently touring Europe alongside label mates DEATHSTARS!
Love And Other Disasters landed on position no. 36 at the official German
album charts back in September 2008!
Syndicate - Powershift - Video Debut
Syndicate MySpace Page
- CARCASS - EXHUMED TO CONSUME TOUR: PART 2
Reunited U.K. melo-death/gore-grind legends, CARCASS, will return to
the United States this March for the “Exhumed to Consume II”
tour. The follow up to last years highly successful “Exhume to
Consume” tour will feature SUICIDE SILENCE, SAMAEL,
plus a few special guests on select dates.
Vocalist/bassist and all around optimistic person Jeff Walker commented:
"Well, I'm pleased to announce that CARCASS is gonna settle it's
unresolved scores in the U.S.! There was some slight whimpers of discontent
that we didn't hit some cities such as Chicago and Denver last time
round - places that were always hot spots of enthusiasm for us. So we're
coming back in March to finish off our unsettled business!
We seemed to have had a profound influence on your economy and gas prices
have gotten cheaper haha! That's doesn't mean we’re not gonna
come through and provide some value for your buck with some old (and
new) school friends and comrades such as SUFFOCATION,
BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, EXODUS,
SUICIDE SILENCE etc. - check out locally as for who is on the bill where!
And hey...I couldn't think of anywhere better to be on my 40th birthday
than the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico! We promise this
will be the last time we darken your shores (I said that with my fingers
crossed behind my back)!"
Purchase your tickets to the shows by clicking
03/13/09 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
03/14/09 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
(w/ ABIGAIL WILLIAMS)
03/15/09 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
(w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER)
03/16/09 Majestic Theater – Detroit, MI
(w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER)
03/17/09 Headliner’s - Louisville, KY
03/21/09 Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
03/22/09 Meridian – Houston, TX
03/24/09 Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
03/25/09 Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
03/26/09 The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
(THE FACELESS, TOXIC HOLOCAUST)
03/27/09 The Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
03/28/09 The Grove - Anaheim, CA
(California Metal Fest w/ SUFFOCATION, EXODUS + more!)
In February of 1999, CARCASS drummer Ken Owen suffered a near-fatal
brain hemorrhage, leaving him in a coma for over 10 months. As a result,
he is not taking part in CARCASS' current reunion run (ARCH ENEMY skinsman
Daniel Erlandsson is filling in), but will reportedly be traveling with
the band whenever possible and making brief appearances at select shows.
CARCASS' reunion lineup:
Bill Steer (FIREBIRD) - Vocals, Guitar
Jeff Walker (BRUJERIA) - Vocals, Bass
Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY) - Guitar
Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY) – Drums
Blast USA MySpace Page
- SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY – NEW SONG AVAILABLE
Tampa Florida's SUCCESS
WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY have debuted the track "10,000
Sermons, 1 Solution" on the band's MySpace
page, a track from their upcoming album, The Grand Partition and
the Abrogation of Idolatry, due for European release on April 3rd, and
American release in early May via Nuclear Blast Records.
The album was produced, mixed and mastered by James Murphy (Death, Testament,
Obituary) and contains 13 tracks of what James considers to be his "best
production to date."
"10,000 Sermons, 1 Solution" was featured on Nuclear Blast's
Newcomer Assault compilation, as well as the January '09 Metal Maniacs
compilation. Guitarist/co-vocalist Ian Sturgill comments on the track:
"10k tells the story of verbal diarrhea surrounding the simplest
of concepts. Personal responsibilities lending themselves to dissolution
by means of relinquishing one's power and money to organizations that
masquerade in your best interest, all the while leaving you powerless
to help yourself in the most elementary of ways. The song's sound reflects
the story: It's a straightfoward ass-kicker with a twist. Enjoy!"
SWWAATS, described by Frank Watkins of OBITUARY as "a powerful
reinforcing psychostimulant that delivers an intensity of brutality
beyond the bounds of normal human experience," has been confirmed
for the Thrash and Burn Euro Tour.
- SAMAEL - POST ANOTHER NEW TRACK ONLINE + LAUNCH RE-DESIGNED MYSPACE
Swiss black metal legends SAMAEL have uploaded another new song to their
"Black Hole" was taken from the groups upcoming Above album,
which can only be described as a complete and utter return to their
highly influential black metal roots! The track can be heard in its
entirety at www.myspace.com/samael.
Above will be released in Europe on March 6, 2009 (Europe) and on April
7, 2009 (North America)!
SAMAEL will return to North America in March supporting the reunited
CARCASS. For tour dates, please visit the bands MySpace
- ECHOES OF ETERNITY - COMPLETES WORK ON NEW ALBUM
California-based, female-fronted progressive metallers ECHOES OF ETERNITY
have completed work on their second album, tentatively titled As Shadows
Burn, for an April release via Nuclear Blast Records.
The follow-up to 2007's The Forgotten Goddess was produced and mixed
by former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, who has previously
worked with GOJIRA, DIVINE HERESY, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and CAVALERA
Commented the band:
"It was an amazing recording experience, and Logan Mader really
brought out the best in the band and gave us an incredible production.
If you liked The Forgotten Goddess, you certainly won't be disappointed.
It's a far more dark and aggressive album overall, with some new elements
being brought into our sound."
ECHOES OF ETERNITY's Olle Carlsson-directed video for the song "Voices
in a Dream" can be viewed
The track, which was chosen by the fans via a poll conducted at the
band's official MySpace page, comes off the group's debut album, The
Forgotten Goddess, which was released in the U.S. on February 20, 2007
via Nuclear Blast Records (February 2 in Germany). The CD was recorded
over a six-month period in Venice, California at RavensWork Studios
and produced, engineered, and mastered by Eric Ryan.
of Eternity MySpace Page
of Eternity Facebook Page
- MANTIC RITUAL HIT THE ROAD HARD TO SUPPORT DEBUT ALBUM
Fresh from celebrating their beloved Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super
Bowl XLIII victory, Pennsylvania’s own MANTIC RITUAL are hitting
the road in support of their upcoming debut album Executioner –
due out in North America on March and will be teaming up with Germany’s
Destruction & Brazil’s Krisiun to play 30 shows throughout
March/April and later with Propain & Sworn Enemy for 38 dates in
Advanced tickets for BOTH tours are now on sale exclusively on www.Enterthevault.com
and on the bands MySpace
Obviously inspired by the early works of thrash veterans Slayer, Metallica,
Megadeth, and Exodus, MANTIC RITUAL are the rising leaders in the new
school of metal. All the essential elements of what made the metal genre
immortal are there: undiluted angst, blind aggression, smoldering speed,
adrenaline-inducing drum beats and guitar riffs, barking & tormented
lead vocals, backing gang vocals, and best of all, the manic, sweat-drenched,
passionately delivered live shows.
View MANTIC RITUAL’s video for “One By One” on YouTube.
Stream three tracks off the debut album - “Panic,” “Murdered
To Death,” and “Next Attack” - online at www.myspace.com/MANTICRITUAL
Ritual MySpace Page
- Pure Steel Records News
Unfortunatly the release of RAZOR FIST has been moved to the 2nd quarter
2009. Due to this reason we will release the selftitled CD-debut of
IN SOLITUDE earlier. Like the new album of DESERT SIN "The Edge
of Horizon" the official releasedate will be the 6th March.
Recently our Vinylversion of the first selftitled SEASONS OF THE WOLF
album + 2 Bonustracks arrived. The LP's(as usual heavy 180gr Vinyl)
are limited to 525 handnumbered copies total. The first 100 copies are
brown, the rest good old black. The whole edition consists of a completly
new coverartwork, Gatefold, complete lyrics and Liner Notes written
by Arno Hofmann(german Heavy Magazine). Additionally the 100 brown Vinyls
got a patch. The patches are still in work and will arrive within the
next weeks, but of course you can preorder now.
21.03.2009 Metal Night Neuss, Haus der Jugend, Neuss
28.03.2009 Queens of Metal Contest, Jugendhaus Schweinfurt
04.04.2009 Headbangers Live, SJZ Siegburg
Support for the upcoming CAGE-Tour:
19.05.2009 The Frontline, Gent, (BE)
20.05.2009 De Rots, Antwerpen (BE)
21.05.2009 Helvete, Oberhausen (GER)
22.05.2009 Rock Temple, Kerkrade (NL)
23.05.2009 Dragonsfire Rocks Dresden, Heavy Duty
17.07.2009 Ragnarock Open Air Festival, Langendorf
25.07.2009 Rock im Wingert, Bad Dürkheim
10.10.2009 Heavy Metal's Calling, Hammerhalle im Citiydome, Rosenheim
17.10.2009 A Chance For Metal Festival III
24.10.2009 Power of Metal IV, Multikult, Paderborn
PURE STEEL RECORDS
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- SCALE THE SUMMIT'S PROSTHETIC DEBUT, CARVING DESERT CANYONS, NOW AVAILABLE;
FINAL BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO RELEASED
Houston based band earning high praise from critics for their prog-instrumentalism
LOS ANGELES, – Houston's Scale The Summit released their Prosthetic
Records debut, Carving Desert Canyons, this week. The band is currently
featured in the current issues of Guitar World, Revolver, Rock Sound,
Metal Edge and a wide range of other magazines and online outlets.
Guitar World described the album as "full of tightly woven guitar
interplay, irregular time signatures and tasteful licks." Other
early reviews point to the inventiveness theyoung band has brought to
not only progressive hard rock, but to instrumental music in general.
MetalSucks said *Carving Desert Canyons* "will elevate Scale the
Summit to the level of serious prog-metal contenders."
Over the past three months, the band has released behind-the-scenes
videos from their recording sessions with producer Tom Beaujour at New
Jersey's Nuthouse Recording. The fourth and final video from the recording
sessions can be seen here: http://vimeo.com/3257876.
- SKELETONWITCH VIDEO TO PREMIERE FRIDAY
Band preps for Scion Rock Fest and SXSW appearances, tours with Amon
Amarth and Kylesa
Midwestern metal warriors SKELETONWITCH will premiere their debut music
video, "Sacrifice For The Slaughtergod," on Friday (Feb. 20),
exclusively on MySpace Metal. The track comes from the group's acclaimed
Prosthetic Records debut, Beyond The Permafrost.
"It's killer that the video is finally going to see the light of
day," says guitarist Scott Hedrick. "It's also good to know
that Mullet Chad, our drummer, and I didn't spend an entire day covered
in guts all for naught! We shot that thing months ago and just finally
got rid of the gut-stink! I hope everyone enjoys the video. We had a
great time shooting it and are proud of the final product."
Even after playing more than 250 shows over the past two years –
highlighted by a slot on Danzig's Blackest of the Black North American
tour last fall – SKELETONWITCH won't take time off any time soon.
Soon after playing the inaugural Scion Rock Fest in Atlanta on Feb.
28, the group will team with labelmates Kylesa for the two-week "Southern
Discomfort" tour, which includes a stop at South By Southwest (SXSW).
From there, the group will team with Swedish viking cult heroes Amon
Amarth for a month-long tour.
"We're fucking excited, as we've wanted to tour with Amon Amarth
for a long time," says guitarist Nate Garnette. "Now that
it's happening, we've taken to drinking our beer from horns and are
concentrating on beard growth!"
SKELETONWITCH on tour:
2/28 Scion Rock Fest - Atlanta, GA w/ Mastodon, Neurosis, etc.
3/12 Bulldog Cafe - Louisville, KY w/ Misery Index, Tony Danza Tapdance
3/13 Milestone - Charlotte, NC*
3/14 Hideaway - Johnson City, TN*
3/15 Muse - Nashville, TN*
3/16 Downtown Music - Little Rock, AR*
3/17 Hi-Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN*
3/18 Club Dada - Dallas, TX*
3/19 Rock Bottom - San Antonio, TX*
3/20 Red 7 - Austin, TX (SXSW)*
3/21 Numbers - Houston, TX*
3/22 Candle Factory - New Orleans, LA*
3/24 Orpheum - Tampa, FL*
3/25 The Jinx - Savannah, GA*
3/26 Lucky's Pub - Wilmington, NC*
3/27 Rocket Club - Asheville, NC*
3/28 The Nick - Birmingham, AL
4/10 Marquee – Tempe, AZ**
4/11 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM**
4/12 Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO**
4/14 Pop's – St. Louis, MO**
4/15 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK**
4/16 Granada Theater – Dallas, TX**
4/17 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX**
4/18 Meridian – Houston, TX**
4/20 Headliners – Louisville, KY**
4/21 Peabody's – Cleveland, OH**
4/22 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY**
4/23 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA**
4/24 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ**
4/25 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT**
4/26 Sonar – Baltimore, MD**
4/27 Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA**
4/28 Norva – Norfolk, VA**
4/29 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC**
4/30 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA**
5/1 Club Firestone – Orlando, FL**
5/2 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL**
* w/ Kylesa
** w/ Amon Amarth
- CENTURY ANNOUNCES LINEUP CHANGES, PLOTS NEXT ALBUM
The Lancaster, Penn.-based post-metal act CENTURY – whose 2008
Prosthetic debut, Black Ocean, was named one of Revolver Magazine's
Top 20 albums of 2008 – were recently rejoined by original drummer
Grant McFarland and bassist Ricky Armellino, the respective drummer
and vocalist of fellow Lancaster act This Or The Apocalypse. Additionally,
the group has announced the addition of guitarist Todd Mogle to its
ranks. A photo of the new lineup appears above.
CENTURY has also started work on the follow-up to Black Ocean, and promises
both "an exercise in futuristic sonic annihilation" and a
"bold step forward stylistically." The as-yet-untitled release
is tentatively scheduled for a fall release. In the meantime, the band
will play select regional dates – including an appearance at April's
New England Metal and Hardcore Festival – and continue working
on the video for Black Ocean track "Monolith," a continuation
of the clip for the album's title track, which garnered extensive airplay
on MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" last year. The band also plans
to record a cover of Seal's “Kiss From A Rose” for an upcoming
anniversary compilation to be released by Tribunal Records, the label
that issued CENTURY's 2006 debut Faith and Failure.
“I'm extremely excited to play Metalfest,” says CENTURY
front man Carson Slovak, “and I hope people walk away from the
experience thinking I'm really, really cool.”
In addition, Slovak – also an accomplished graphic artist who
has designed recent album covers and layouts for All That Remains, Testament
and Antagonist, among others – will participate in an artwork-related
panel discussion at the inaugural Launch Music Conference in Lancaster
on April 17, the day before CENTURY takes the stage in Worcester. For
more information, visit LaunchMusicConference.com.
2/21 Union Ramp Skate Park - West Chester, PA
2/27 Ad Lib Cafe - Lancaster, PA
4/18 Palladium - Worcester, MA (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)
- DARKANE’S DEMONIC ART DEBUTS AT #104 ON BILLBOARD’S HEATSEEKERS
DARKANE’s fifth studio album, Demonic Art, has sold over 640 copies
according to Nielsen Soundscan in the first week of release and landed
at #104 on the Billboard Heatseekers (Top New Artist) chart, which lists
the best-selling albums by new and developing artists who have never
appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. With over 240 digital
sales of Demonic Art, the total number of albums sold during the first
week of release registers over 880 copies.
Checking in from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while on their current North
American tour with Soilwork, Warbringer, and Swallow The Sun, DARKANE
guitarist Christofer Malmström responds to the positive news:
“We are very happy to have landed on the Billboard charts for
the first time in our career! Thanks to everybody who has bought the
album so far. This feels great and hopefully the huge North American
tour that we are doing right now will make more people know about us.
The tour has been very successful so far and we still have about 5 weeks
left. If you haven’t bought the album yet, please go get it. DARKANE
is here to stay!”
According to Metal Edge’s March 2009 interview with Malmström,
inspiration for his lyrical contributions to the album “came from
a variety of sources. ‘Execution 44’ was inspired by a book
about a woman living in a Polish concentration camp and what her life
was like before she was executed. ‘Wrath Connection’ was
inspired by a Dean R. Koontz novel in which a sane person and a serial
killer can see into each other’s realities. ‘Still In Progress’
acknowledges that the band remembers its fans and is continuing its
To catch DARKANE on tour as they trek through the U.S. and Canada, view
current tour dates online at www.myspace.com/DARKANE
- Platinum Danish Band VOLBEAT On Tour with NIGHTWISH
Guitar Gangsters & C adillac Blood on Mascot Records U.S.A March
HOLLYWOOD, CA – VOLBEAT unleashes their 2nd U.S. album, Guitar
Gangsters & Cadillac Blood, March 17th on Mascot Records U.S.A.
This new rock-a-billy metal masterpiece arrives on the tail end of their
successful 2008 release Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil. They will support
this release with a month long tour with Multi-platinum Finish band
Nightwish in May 2009. Tour dates below~
The title Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood refers to a story that
connects seven of the thirteen (official) songs on the album: Guitar
Gangsters & Cadillac Blood, Find That Soul, Maybellene I Hofteholder,
Still Counting, Back To Prom, Light A Way and A Broken Man And The Dawn.
It’s a tale about a travelling band whose leader is a man that
once got shot in the desert and left for dead. During the bands tour
he went on a mission to find the mysterious killer that put seven bullets
in his body. While travelling from city to city the band ends up in
a small town called Ten House City performing for just a handful of
people in the local bar. The songs offer observations of the people
in the rundown venue, made by the bandleader. This storyline will continue
to be a connecting theme and developed as VOLBEAT writes future albums.
VOLBEAT is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist
Thomas Bredahl, bassist Anders Kjølholm and drummer Jon Larsen.
VOLBEAT US TOUR DATES 2009
1-May - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
2-May - Nokia Theater - NYC
3-May - Crocodile Rock Café - Allentown, PA
5-May - Sonar - Baltimore, MD
6-May - Club Oasis - Louisville, KY
8-May - Pop's - Sauget, IL
9-May - Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
10-May - Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX
11-May - Pavillion @ Concrete Street - Corpus Christi, TX
12-May - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
14-May - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
For more information visit www.volbeat.dk
- MAN MADE MOUNTAINS Releases Self-Titled U.S. Debut Album
HOLLYWOOD, CA – Man Made Mountains will release their self-titled
debut album in the U.S. on March 24th on Reversed Records.
Genre jumping is nothing new and Man Made Mountains shows their imagination
with their new album. The band blends heavy riffs, crunchy vocal, dialogue
samples all the while layering keyboards and ambient noise that will
grasp your imagination as each song enters to cortex of your mind.
Man Made Mountains, like many bands from Canada, have humble rural roots.
Hailing from the remote west coast island of Quadra, a community with
a population comprised of mostly, loggers, fishermen and draft-dodgers.
The four members: Christian Carmen (Vocals/guitar/synth/samples), Lawrence
Butler (Drums), Adrien Doering (Guitar) and Brynne Ewart-Armstrong (Bass/vocals),
formed in 2004 following the disbanding of a group with fellow Quadrite,
Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother, Last Gang Rec) and were drawn to the
urban metropolis of Vancouver, B.C. where they spent their first years
there trying different formulas and different names.
The self titled album gives its listeners a full spread of MMM’s
musical pantheon. Heavy in nature, they dip in and out of the sound
that might typically be labeled “heavy metal”, but have
much more to offer than just fist-pounding anthems. With thundering
distorted pulses morphing into dreamy lulls, Man Made Mountains’
sound is not unlike a mountain range itself.
Rippage – 7:51
Ensnarlment – 5:13
Nothing To Right Home About – 3:07
Vulpine – 3:38
Sleep Drowning (On Your Chinterlude) – 3:33
Tribes Of Mular – 8:18
- New RAM track online
Our new album "Lightbringer" is mastered and ready for release.
To celebrate this we have decided to make the track "Awakening
the Chimaera" available for all you manic Old school headbangers
here on our Myspace profile,
The track features guest vocals of E from blackest metal band Watain.
The album was mastered at Studio Bohus Mastering by Dragan Tanaskovic.
- HEAVY ARTILLERY SIGNS THE SEVEN GATES
Marching into the new year with guns blazing, HEAVY ARTILLERY is pleased
to announce the addition of French death metal masters THE SEVEN GATES
to its roster of exclusive artists. Following the release of two critically
acclaimed demos, THE SEVEN GATES prepare to unleash their debut album
Angel of Suffering in the United States on May 12th and in Europe on
June 2nd 2009.
Born from the ashes of revered French underground metal acts Daemonium,
Akhenaton and late 80’s French death metal pioneers Mutilated,
THE SEVEN GATES began their assault in 2006 with the release of their
“All is In All” demo. In 2007 the band followed up with
a self-released EP entitled Ghenna’s Sword, gaining THE SEVEN
GATES praise from the European metal press and earning them a spot on
several “Best of 2007” lists in many of the Europe’s
leading metal publications. That same year, the bands’ first tour
evoked frenzied interest from fans and further praise from the press,
rousing the attention of New York’s HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS who
quickly offered the band a place on their roster.
Mastered by renown French engineer Jean-Pierre Bouquet, Angel of Suffering
delivers 10 tracks of old-school death metal with an endless supply
of hooks, masterful musicianship and a sufficient dose of pure fucking
evil, sure to please fans of early Deicide, Morbid Angel and Entombed.
Listen to THE SEVEN GATES at http://www.myspace.com/thesevengates
- Mastic ScumnNew line-up! New demo-track!
There is a new shouter in Mastic Scum, we welcome "Maggo"
in the band! We know us since years in a good frienship and are happy
to work together now, he is the perfect match for Mastic Scum! "Maggo"
is also active in Inzest (Deathcore), Tristwood (Industrial Metal) and
Watch Me Bleed (Trash/Hardcore).
Mastic Scum had to part ways with shouter "Will" due musical
differences. Harry comments: "It was a hard decision for us but
the best for the band. We thought about this fact a long period of time
and this change was the only right step for Mastic Scum." We wish
him all the best for the future.
Check out the new demo-track "Regression" from the pre-production
of our upcoming album! Mastic Scum will enter studio in march 2009 to
record 12 tracks for the forthcoming CD. Find the track at the "downloads"
section or at our MySpace page.
- LANDMINE MARATHON SIGNS WITH PROSTHETIC RECORDS
Phoenix quintet set to play New England Metal and Hardcore Festival,
The Phoenix-based death/grind quintet LANDMINE MARATHON, whose late
2008 release Rusted Eyes Awake continues to earn critical acclaim, has
officially signed with Prosthetic Records. The band, whose three-release
Level Plane Records discography has drawn frequent comparisons to Napalm
Death, Carcass and Bolt Thrower, will tour throughout the spring and
perform at both the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and the
Los Angeles Murderfest in the coming weeks.
"We're extremely excited about signing with Prosthetic and can't
wait to forge new friendships and relationships with them," says
guitarist Ryan Butler. "They've been nothing but a blast to work
with through the signing process, and we can't wait to see what the
future holds for this partnership."
LANDMINE MARATHON was founded in 2004 by bassist Matt Martinez, drummer
Mike Pohlmeier and vocalist Grace Perry, the latter of whom periodically
blogs for the website of Revolver magazine. Butler joined in 2006, soon
after the release of the band's debut album Wounded. The following year,
the group released a praised split CD/LP with Scarecrow; in its review,
All Music Guide wrote that “LANDMINE MARATHON's three tracks have
more good ideas than most bands' albums.”
In 2008, the group welcomed guitarist Dylan Thomas and returned to the
studio to record Rusted Eyes Awake. Revolver called the album "a
gnarling and gnashing blood-caked throwback to 1990, when Napalm Death
couldn't decide if they were going to be grindcore or death metal,"
while Lambgoat praises the band's "pure urgency and grit,"
calling the release a blend of "the ferociously thick riffs of
Bolt Thrower's death metal (and) Napalm Death's blistering grind mentality."
LANDMINE MARATHON has toured extensively and played locally alongside
numerous national acts; the group will support Vital Remains in Tempe
next week and perform with Misery Index the following weekend. The band
will continue to tour periodically throughout the year while writing
their Prosthetic debut, which they plan to begin recording before year's
end. A complete list of upcoming tour dates is below.
Earlier this week, The Phoenix New Times published an extensive profile
on the band. It can be viewed at this link: Click
LANDMINE MARATHON on tour:
2/23 The Sets – Tempe, AZ w/ Vital Remains
3/5 The Phix – Phoenix, AZ w/ Misery Index
3/6 Living Room – Tucson, AZ
3/7 Blvd Cafe – Boyle Heights, CA w/ The Funeral Pyre, Graf Orlock
3/13 Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ w/ Autumn's End
4/10 TBA – Chicago, IL
4/11 Last House on the Left – Columbus, OH
4/12 Mr. Roboto Project – Wilkinsburg, PA
4/13 Precious Metal at Lit Lounge – New York, NY
4/14 Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C. w/ Misery Index
4/15 Nara Sushi – Richmond, VA
4/16 MMAC – Bloomfield, NJ
4/17 The Charleston – Brooklyn, NY
4/18 Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal and Hardcore
5/9 Knitting Factory – Los Angeles, CA (L.A. Murderfest)
- STATIC-X & SALIVA Join Forces On SNO-CORE 2009
Burn Halo and The Flood Join In Support
CULT OF STATIC to be released March 17th on REPRISE RECORDS
HOLLYWOOD, CA - Static-X and Saliva co-headline on Sno-Core, as it returns
for its 13th year hitting the road April 1, 2009 in Albuquerque, NM.
The touring festival is the original winter lifestyle traveling fair
featuring live music, and an integrated marketing experience.
Static-X will be hammering out their heaviest, most flammable work to
date at Sno-Core 2009 in support of their new release CULT OF STATIC,
on Reprise Records. The album marries the band's aggressive driving
force with disarming experimentation, a performance you do not want
Keeping the integral tones, Static-X encompasses shredding guitars with
solos that have brought the band to a level of playing to be reckoned
with. The cybernetic stomp of "Hypure" and "You Am I"
bludgeon, bruise and break with precise grooves. Elsewhere, the staccato
riffs on "Terminal" crush through an unmistakable guitar tone.
Guitarist Koichi Fukuda blazes through incendiary solos, while Tony
Campos bolts down demonic bass lines and Nick Oshiro pounds out deadly
rhythms. Front-man Wayne Static riffs pure violence and screams out
his soul. “Over the years my voice has been destroyed from excessive
touring... and I love it,” exclaims Static. “The vocals
on the new record are raw and brutal.” The fiery raw quality of
CULT OF STATIC is blatant as the first single “Stingwray”
now on the airwaves is climbing to the top.
TOUR DATES – Tickets ON SALE 2/21/2009:
Wed 4/1/2009 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine
Thu 4/2/2009 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
Fri 4/3/2009 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
Sat 4/4/2009 - San Antonio, TX - Hemisfair Park
Sun 4/5/2009 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Pavilion
Tue 4/7/2009 - Dallas, TX - The Palladium
Wed 4/8/2009 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Fri 4/10/2009 - *St. Petersburg, FL - XTB Rockfest @ Times Forum
Sat 4/11/2009 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
Mon 4/13/2009 - Augusta, GA - Country Club - Tue 4/14/2009 - Goose Creek,
SC - The Dive
Wed 4/15/2009 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligan's Music Hall
Fri 4/17/2009 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland
Sat 4/18/2009 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
Sun 4/19/2009 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head
Tue 4/21/2009 - Long Island, NY - Mulcahy's
Wed 4/22/2009 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Thu 4/23/2009 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Fri 4/24/2009 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Sat 4/25/2009 - *Orlando, FL - Tinker Field/WJRR Radio show
Mon 4/27/2009 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Tue 4/28/2009 - St. Louis, MO - Pop's
Wed 4/29/2009 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont
Thu 4/30/2009 - Denver, CO - Gothic
Sat 5/2/2009 - *Phoenix, AZ - The Farm/KUPD Show
Sun 5/3/2009 - Las Vegas, NV - HOB
Mon 5/4/2009 - Los Angeles, CA - HOB
Wed 5/6/2009 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom
Thu 5/7/2009 - Chico, CA - Senator
Fri 5/8/2009 - Medford, OR - Medford Armory
Sat 5/9/2009 - Reno, NV - The New Oasis
* Non Sno-Core Shows – Static-X radio shows
For More information go to www.myspace.com/staticx
- EX DEO: Studio Blog Posted!
EX DEO, the new band featuring KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, is
currently heavily at work on their debut album with producer/guitarist
J-F Dagenais. Iacono recently started a weekly studio blog on the EX
DEO MySpace (www.myspace.com/exdeo)
which will last until mid-March. Every week the blog will also include
a section called "do you know Rome?", that will give an historic
fact about the Roman Empire. Iacono offered the following update:
"The album is musically complete and tracking has been in the works
for the last few weeks. Drums are almost done and on Monday I fly to
Montreal to lay down the Roman law and track some vocals!
I’ve been a fan of history all of my life but the last few years
I’ve really been studying ancient Rome's rise and fall. I have
to say it’s by far the most impressive subject I’ve ever
studied. I'm totally addicted to it and its glory, its power, its weaknesses
and its passion. I wanted to do this project for many years, but was
never ready and the timing was all wrong. I never thought I could do
it justice either but I'm ready now. The urge finally took over and
I feel its power calling me and almost driving me crazy.
Now that I hear these symphonies created by my boys I’m so very
proud of what they have created. Now it’s my turn to do them justice!
I’ll be in the studio for the next two weeks tracking vocals and
working on the arrangements. This is much more complex then anything
we have done with KATAKLYSM. It’s super challenging and it has
opened new doors for us as songwriters. I will give everyone an update
on how things are progressing shortly."
EX DEO’s debut album “Romulus” is scheduled for release
June 19th (Europe) and June 30th(North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
- UZIEL NEWS
Polish death / black metal band UZIEL has added their version of SATYRICON's
"K.I.N.G." to their profile on myspace. You can listen to
the song on www.myspace.com/uzielband
Now the band is working on their album which is scheduled to be out
at the end of the year.
- Gaia Epicus 5th album coming in the fall of 2009
5th Studio Album from Gaia Epicus ...
It has only been a few months since the release of "Damnation"
but the plans for album number 5 is already in progress. Thomas has
already written around 7-8 songs for the next album and a few song titles
are "Beyond the universe", "The Raven", "Lost
Forever" and "Behind these walls".
The album will be called "Dark Secrets" and is scheduled for
a release in the fall. Cover painting will once again be done by J.P
Satrap, 2003 (to be re-released in 2009)
Symphony of Glory, 2005 (to be re-released in 2009)
Dark Secrets, 2009 (coming fall of 2009)
Best Metal Regards
- my band
- my label
- my personal