Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas competition @ Season of Mist

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Satan Claus is organising a big Christmas competition on Season of Mist's website, starting this Thursday! 

Each day from the 1st to the 31st of December, one of our 2011 releases will be featured in a question. Make sure to check every day for a new chance to win one of the special prizes: CDs, box sets and various goodies!

Old Silver Key posts video clip

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OLD SILVER KEY, the new band consisting of four DRUDKH members plus French musician Neige (ALCEST, AMESOEURS) on vocals, released their debut album "Tales of Wanderings" this September.

To back up this ethereal collection of songs, the band entrusted another French artist to design a video clip for the song "Burnt Letters". This artist is none other than Fursy Teyssier (LES DISCRETS), who once again created a pure jewel of animation. Watch the video on Season of Mist's YouTube channel.
"Tales of Wanderings" is available on Season of Mist's e-shop in CD Digipak or LP + download card format.

Kylesa touring Europe in 2012

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Still supporting the critically acclaimed "Spiral Shadow", American rockers KYLESA will start 2012 off with a massive European tour, travelling through 16 countries for 6 weeks! 

Here is the list of gigs:
13 Jan 12 Oberhausen (DE) Kraftwerk in der Turbinenhalle
14 Jan 12 Brussels (BE) Magasin 4
15 Jan 12 Paris (FR) Glazart
16 Jan 12 Montpellier (FR) Secret Place
17 Jan 12 Madrid (ES) Ritmo y Compás
18 Jan 12 Porto (PT) Hard Club
19 Jan 12 Lisboa (PT) Santiago Alquimista
20 Jan 12 Bilbao (ES) Sala Azkena
21 Jan 12 Barcelona (ES) Salamandra 1
22 Jan 12 La Rochelle (FR) La Sirene
24 Jan 12 Zürich (CH) Abart
25 Jan 12 München (DE) Feierwerk
26 Jan 12 Wien (AT) Arena
27 Jan 12 Milano (IT) Lo-Fi
28 Jan 12 Schweinfurt (DE) Alter Stattbahnhof
29 Jan 12 Poznan (PL) Blue Note
30 Jan 12 Berlin (DE) Magnet
31 Jan 12 Hamburg (DE) Logo
02 Feb 12 Tampere (FI) Klubi
03 Feb 12 Helsinki (FI) Nosturi
04 Feb 12 Jyväskylä (FI) Lutakko
06 Feb 12 Stockholm (SE) Lava
08 Feb 12 Trondheim (NO) Klubben
09 Feb 12 Oslo (NO) Blå
10 Feb 12 Bergen (NO) Garage
11 Feb 12 Stavanger (NO) Folken
13 Feb 12 Aarhus (DK) Train
14 Feb 12 Copenhagen (DK) Beta

15 Feb 12 Leipzig (DE) Conne Island
16 Feb 12 Karlsruhe (DE) Jubez
17 Feb 12 Reims (FR) La Cartonnerie
18 Feb 12 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
19 Feb 12 Brighton (UK) The Haunt
20 Feb 12 Birmingham (UK) HMV Institute Temple
21 Feb 12 Leeds (UK) The Well
22 Feb 12 Dublin (IE) Button Factory
23 Feb 12 London (UK) O2 Academy Islington
24 Feb 12 Evreux (FR) L'Abordage
25 Feb 12 Quimper (FR) Les Hivernauts
26 Feb 12 Lille (FR) Aeronef
"Spiral Shadow" is available on Season of Mist's e-shop in various CD and vinyl LP editions.

Cynic on European Tour

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Hot on the wheels of new EP "Carbon-Based Anatomy", Progressive legend CYNIC will embark on a headlining European tour for most of December with opening acts CHIMSPANNER and HYPNOSE.

03 Dec 11 Dublin (IE) The Village
04 Dec 11 Belfast (UK) Limelight
05 Dec 11 London (UK) Relentless Garage
06 Dec 11 Antwerp (BE) Trix
07 Dec 11 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg
08 Dec 11 Paris (FR) Divan du Monde
09 Dec 11 Aarau (CH) Kiff
10 Dec 11 Romagnano Sesia (Novara) (IT) Rock'n'Roll
11 Dec 11 Ljubljana (SI) Gala Hala
12 Dec 11 Wien (AT) Arena
13 Dec 11 Budapest (HU) Club 202
14 Dec 11 Bratislava (SK) Randall
15 Dec 11 Prague (CZ) KD Kyje
16 Dec 11 Berlin (DE) Cassiopeia
17 Dec 11 Osnabrück (DE) Kleine Freiheit
18 Dec 11 Lyngby (DK) Templet
19 Dec 11 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
20 Dec 11 Amstelveen (NL) P60
21 Dec 11 Aschaffenburg (DE) Colos Saal
"Carbon-Based Anatomy" is available as limited edition digipak, 10" LP and coloured 10" LP on Season of Mist's e-shop.

Mosfet posts teaser

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Mosfet  publish teaser of the upcoming CD „Deathlike Thrash´n´Roll“
Only a few weeks 'till the release of the new CD of the Thrash-Metal-Tank Mosfet. Here the link to their Teaser from „Deathlike Thrash 'n' Roll“

Frontiers Records signs Beyond the Bridge

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Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of BEYOND THE BRIDGE, a new Progressive Metal band from Germany, for the release of their debut album “The Old Man and the Spirit” on January 20th 2012 in Europe and January 24th in North America.

The Old Man and the Spirit” is an ambitious concept album dealing with the polarity of human sensuousness and superhuman awareness. Two main characters interpret the music on this theatrical and challenging record: “the Spirit”, who is the personification of all wisdom and awareness that is unachievable to mankind but that lacks of the ability to feel, and her opponent “the Old Man”: a bon vivant who has lived through all highs and lows of human sensations. These two characters are interpreted by the two band singers: a female Dilenya Mar and a male Herbie Langhans.

But the operatic and cinematic setting of the album was put together by the two bands’ masterminds: guitar player Peter Degenfeld and the classically trained ivory tinkler Christopher Tarnow. “From the beginning it was our intention to do an album presenting one big piece of music” tells Degenfeld. “One of the very first things that came about were the two characters together with the basic content of the story. Basically before the notes were written, we knew what each song had to sound and feel like and what the lyrics had to say. With these restrictions we started the songwriting process. In the end writing songs under these self-imposed limits turned out to be just great”.

While “The Old Man and The Spirit” is undoubtedly a demanding musical statement, Beyond The Bridge are determined to make their steps to bring their music on tour. “We put a lot of effort into the goal of creating the studio sound on stage and we have already rearranged some parts to make them more suitable for live performances”, explains Degenfeld.

Beyond The Bridge line-up is rounded up by bass player Dominik Stotzem, Fabian Maier on drums and Simon Oberender on keyboards and guitar. Simon also took care of the album production at the famed Gate Studios (owned by the famed producer Sascha Paeth, who mastered the album).

While at first listen the album will easily appeal to the Progressive Rock / Metal audience, thanks to the virtuosity displayed in the playing and the compositional design, the album can be easily enjoyed by all who are looking for songs that can excite the listeners. “The music is touching. It will even touch you in a different way each time you listen to the album”, concludes Peter Degenfeld. “The lyrics are inspiring and ambiguous. This encourages to dig deeper into the spiritual journey of the "Old Man".
The Old Man and The Spirit” includes the following songs: The Call
; The Apparition; Triumph Of Irreality; The Spring Of It All; World Of Wonders; The Primal Demand; Doorway To Salvation; The Struggle; The Difference Is Human; Where The Earth And Sky Meet; All A Man Can Do.

The song “The Apparition” can be streamed in full on the Frontiers Records webradio and on the band’s official website.

Herbie Langhans - Vocals
Dilenya Mar - Vocals
Peter Degenfeld - Guitar
Christopher Tarnow - Keyboards
Dominik Stotzem - Bass
Fabian Maier - Drums
Simon Oberender - Keyboards/Guitar

Produced by Simon Oberender at Gate Studio

Monument announces signing

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Led by frontman Peter Ellis (White Wizzard, The More I See), whose passion has always been Classic British Heavy Metal, MONUMENT signifies that the second wave of true British Heavy Metal has arrived and it is more than welcome, as they announce signing to Transcend Music to release their debut album.

"I am extremely happy to be working with Rob [Ferguson, Transcend Music]!
He has played a very influential part in the development of my career so far and I've always been inspired by his hard work ethic, dedication and enthusiasm,
and I know that he can take Monument where it needs to be.
We thrive on being different than everyone else around us and with Rob Ferguson at the helm, I feel that we have the right team in place to truly bring about the 2nd Wave of British Heavy Metal!"
- Peter Ellis

Earlier this year, the band packed the prestigious CroBar on their thunderous launch night, where they introduced the Industry and expectant fans alike to a taster of what is to come ....and what did we learn?

MONUMENT is bold, brash and British to the core.

Those that were lucky enough to catch the show witnessed an irrepresible celebration of all that is Heavy Metal, with echos of Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford and Ronnie James Dio in Ellis' vocals, and the dual guitar work reminiscent of the sound pioneered by Wishbone Ash in the 70's.

Proudly walking by their side is mascot 'Jack', the British bulldog we're told we'll be seeing alot more of...

Listen, learn and 'like':

MONUMENT on Facebook | MONUMENT on MySpace | MONUMENT on ReverbNation ...and for MONUMENT news.

Hell will open for Accept in Europe

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20 years after their formation, U.K,'s HELL finally issued their highly successful debut album “Human Remains” to high acclaim, having been named album of the month over 20 times by the international music press (Sweden Rock Magazine having just named it the “Album of the Year”!)  Their live performances have generated tremendous euphoria among the fans, the media and many fortunate promoters alike. At the prestigious Bloodstock Festival, HELL were the runaway winners in the public voting for “Best Act Center Stage”.

The next highlight can now been announced. Starting in April 2012, HELL will support Germany’s legendary ACCEPT on their European tour. The following dates have now been confirmed:

Rock Hard, iMusic 1, Blast, Piranha, Musix & Noizeletter present:
06.04.2012 Paris (F), Bataclan
07.04.2012 Mons (BE), PPM Fest
10.04.2012 Kempten , Big Box
11.04.2012 Stuttgart, Pilharmonie
13.04.2012 Straubing, Messehalle
14.04.2012 Geiselwind, Event Center
15.04.2012 Pratteln (CH), Z7
17.04.2012 Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
18.04.2012 Hamburg, Große Freiheit
19.04.2012 Berlin, Huxleys

Win an Einherjer album

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Is there something you would like to ask the legendary Viking metal band Einherjer?

If that's the case you can win a signed album! 
For more info, click here.

Enslaved to tour Europe

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In February and March 2012 Enslaved will tour Europe again. 

Tour dates:

23.02.12 Underground, Cologne. (DE) Tickets
24.02.12 Bibelot, Dordrecht. (NL)
25.02.12 Biebob, Vosselaar. (BE)
26.02.12 Atak, Enschede. (NL)
28.02.12 SO36, Berlin. (DE) Tickets
29.02.12 Backstage, München. (DE) Tickets
01.03.12 Die Rohre, Stuttgart. (DE) Tickets
02.03.12 CCO, Lyon. (FR) 
03.03.12 VIP, St. Nazaire. (FR)
04.03.12 Confart Moderne, Poitiers. (FR)
06.03.12 Divan Du Monde, Paris. (FR)
07.03.12 Academy, Bristol. (GB)
08.03.12 Barrowlands, Glasgow. (GB)
09.03.12 Academy, Manchester. (GB)
10.03.12 Forum, Forum (GB)
11.03.12 Institue, Birmingham (GB) 

Now as the year is coming to an end we can all agree that this as been quite a year for Enslaved. 2011 was kicked off by winning best metal album for Axioma Ethica Odini at the Norwegian Grammys (Spellemannsprisen), and since then Enslaved has been on the road most of the year visiting Europe and North America. They were invited to the Destroyers of the Faith tour with Cannibal Corpse, Triptykon and Job for a Cowboy and received a honorary award from Norwegian Artist and Songwriters Association.

Kvelertak gets its own beer!

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"Made out of honey and hate on Halloween 2011. Alc. Vol. 6,66%. Brewed by Brewmeister Thomas Shellraiser. Enjoy irresponsibly!"

The special Kvelerbier will be sold on their Vienne show on December 3rd! It's limited to 30 bottles only. There will also be a limited amount of fantastic tour posters and a special Vienna tour poster available too.  

These are the remaining tour dates:
30.11.11 Germany Karlsruhe Substage  
01.12.11 Switzerland Zürich Abart  
02.12.11 Italy Roncade New Age Club  
03.12.11 Austria Wien Szene   
04.12.11 Germany Leipzig Conne Island  
05.12.11 Czech Rep Prague Matrix 
06.12.11 Germany Berlin Festsaal Xberg  
07.12.11 Germany Aschaffenburg Colos Saal  
08.12.11 Germany München Backstage  
09.12.11 Germany Nürnberg Hirsch  
10.12.11 Germany Münster Sputnikhalle   
11.12.11 Denmark Aarhus Voxhall   
12.12.11 Denmark Copenhagen Vega  
13.12.11 Sweden Malmo Kulturbolaget

New releasedate on God Seed live album

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We all thought we'd heard the last from GOD SEED, luckily we were wrong, and January 27th (EU) and 31st (US) sees the release of their infamous live show from Wacken 2008 where they headlined the main stage in front of 75,000 Screaming fans.

The concert featured sheep heads on stakes, "crucified" nude models, satanic symbols, and gallons of sheep's blood. This spectacular show is made available as a Live CD, including the film of the show on a bonus DVD. The album is only available in a deluxe digipack edition and holds special liner notes from the band about the process of recreating this special show.

King: “GOD SEED represents a more spiritual side to us. GOD SEED represents the will to grow; the will to be the super man, so to speak. I think it's a suitable name for what we will represent in the future. It will challenge the weak minded, but it's all about the same themes we are known from in the past. The God within man, and the God within nature."

God Seed “Live at Wacken 2008” is in the stores January 27th (EU) and 31st (US).

Madrid Is The Dark III Running Order

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With just 10 days left to go before the 3rd edition of Madrid Is The Dark, all is ready and available to offer you 2 days of dark and obscure music in the centre of Madrid!
Remember that the tickets are still on sale in the usual points of purchase and there will also be on sale at the ticket office on the day of the festival.
Here you have all the necessary info with the running order and timetables for both days.
09 & 10  DECEMBER
(C/Julian Romea, 4, Metro Islas Filipinas, Guzman el Bueno)
Friday 09
Saturday 10
Doors Open
Doors Open


SUN RECORDS, (Plaza Santo Domingo, 8)
VIAJES CARREFOUR (Principe de Vergara, 103)
PUB HELLRAISER (Avda de Oporto, 42, Bajos de Opañel)
PUB RAGANROCK (Bajos de Arguelles)

CANDEM SHOP (Tallers, 35)


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wacken 2012 SOLD OUT!

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For the seventh time in a row Wacken Open Air is SOLD OUT and never before in such a short time! All 75.000 tickets are sold. THANX FOR YOUR SUPPORT, METALHEADS!

A huge part of the billing is already announced including several special and exclusive shows as well as high-class acts. As every year we have made every effort to provide a terrific billing! And the announcements don't stop. Via our online advent calendar at least one band will be announced every day during December. Together we will turn the 23. Wacken Open Air into a mega party!


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Efter Ymers sønner Odin, Vile og Ve slagtede deres far og skabte jorden, så de, at menneskene var splittede og kedsomme. Vile og Ve kunne ikke forstå hvorfor, men Odin kunne se, hvad menneskene manglede. Odin samlede al sin styrke og kastede med alverdens kraft en flok brave vikinger ned til Midgaard. Disse brave svende og møer kaldte sig VANIR. Og de besluttede sig for at samle menneskene ved hjælp af mjød, kød, hor og metal!

Tidligere på året udsendte VANIR debutalbummet ”Særimners Kød”, et soundtrack til enhver fest, der skal gå over gevind og til et hvert togt, der skal ende i sejr. Det danske publikum er i stor stil taget med på VANIR’s sejrstogt. Bl.a. beviste bandet sit værd på årets Copenhell Festival, hvor de tog talentscenen med storm.

Nu er vikingerne imidlertid aktuelle med deres helt egen julesingle ”Midvinterfest”. Bandets forsanger Andreas Bigom: ”Her er en bastard af en julesang/midvintervise som er et resultat af for meget snaps og juleøl! Vi undskylder på forhånd!!! Ha´ en fantastisk midvinterfest!!! Husk rigelige mængder af kød, mjød og mædl!!!! Og fuck nu af med alle de nisser! Julen er vores!” 

”Midvinterfest” udsendes digitalt mandag d. 5. december via Mighty Music/Target Distribution. Singlen vil have officiel snigpremiere i den kommende søndags udgave af Sort Søndag på DR/P6 Beat.

NEW DISCOLOUR er et progressivt og hårdtslående band, der kompromisløst udfordrer og udforsker metalgenrens grundlæggende lydbillede. Tidligere på året udsendte bandet debutalbummet ”Short Of Ink” - et progressivt, tungt og hårdtslående bekendtskab præget af et episk lydbillede, genkendelige toner samt et bevidst fokus på detaljen.

Det samme kan med rette siges om bandets spritnye video til ”Hexagon”, der er blevet til i samarbejde med instruktør og fotograf René Hansen. NEW DISCOLOUR’s trommeslager Lasse Mikkelsen om videoen: ”Tematikken er fælles for videoen og sangen HEXAGON! Den er mørk, grum, provokerende og i modsætningen til de fleste andre videoer - ER der noget overladt til fantasien. Den blev til i september, langt ude på landet, for at kunne få en fornemmelse af det industrielle og dystre samt øde touch, som videoen bære præg af.” 

De europæiske anmeldere har sagt følgende om ”Short Of Ink”:
Legacy (DE) – 12 ud af 15: ”Ihr wuchtiger, grooviger Metal-Sound ist ganzheitlich und speist sich fast immer aus mehreren Quellen.” 
Metal Hammer (UK) – 7 ud af 10: ”… with this level of technical proficiency and progressive attitude it’s unsurprising that the bandmembers have been friends for years.” (DK) – 4 ud af 5: Fascinerende farver og penselstrøg…Debutalbummet fra de danske fusions-metallere er et stemningsmættet og til tider blændende udspil.” (DK) – 4 ud af 6: ”Det er altid skønt at høre et album, hvor tingene bare fungerer. Ingen svinkeærinder, ingen identitetsforvirring, og hvor der tydeligvis er tænkt på detaljerne.” 
Scream Magazine (NO) – 4 ud af 6: “Låtene er tunge, groovy og svært fengende, vokalstilen variert og riffingen konsis.” (NO) – 8 ud af 10: ”Umiddelbart på første riffet visste jeg at dette ble en bra tur.” 

Videon til ”Hexagon” kan ses her.

2011 har været et fantastisk år for det danske metalband THE INTERBEING. Udgivelsen af deres debut album ”Edge of the Obscure” har genereret en masse presseomtale og top anmeldelser fra hele Europa. Nu har bandet lanceret en ny video til ”Tongue of the Soiled”. Videoen er skabt af den talentfulde koreanske kunstner Ihsu Yoon. Det er en animationsvideo med udviklende objekter, som symboliserer tanker og erindringer. Forsanger Dara Toibin udtaler følgende om videoen: "Vi fandt den koreanske kunstner Ihsu Yoon tilfældigvis på nettet, da vi søgte efter de bedste animationsdesignere. Vi fandt flere af hans værker, og vi blev enige om at samarbejde om en video til sangen Tongue of the Soiled. Jeg syntes denne sang ville passe perfekt, fordi teksterne beskriver udviklingen af tanker og fortabte minder. Hans materiale viste udviklingen af noget minimalistisk til noget omfattende og komplekst, og det var inspirerende. Videoen viser en sfære, som udfolder sig og når sit klimaks og derefter vender tilbage sin oprindelige tilstand. Vi er meget tilfredse med resultatet." 

Videoen til ”Tongue of the Soiled” kan ses her.

For lidt siden offentliggjorde et video-interview med forsanger Dara og guitarist Torben, der bl.a. indeholder nye uudgivet riffs her.

De europæiske anmeldere har sagt følgende om ”Edge of the Obscure”:
Metal Hammer (UK) – 8 ud af 10: “… an album with refined character and a compelling undercurrent of dark sci-fi drama.” 
Legacy (DE) – 13 ud af 15: “Ein weiteres kapitel des "Danish Dynamite" öffnet sich.” 
Gaffa (DK) – 5 ud af 6: ”Edge Of The Obscure er uden tvivl det bedste danske metalalbum, jeg har hørt i år.” 
Heavy (DE) – 9 ud af 12: “…frisch und unverbraucht zu klingen.” 
Aarhus Stiftstidende (DK) – 5 ud af 6: ” En futuristisk-metallisk kraftpræstation, der vidner om uhyggelig høj klasse...” (NO) – 5 ud af 6: “[The Interbeing] spur on word of mouth appeal simply due to strong songwriting, obvious talent in their performances and a killer sound.” – 9 ud af 10: “… powerful sound and great vocals, which do not allow listener to get bored for a single second.” 
Gamereactor (DK) – 8 ud af 10: ”Interbeing spiller metal med et format, der rækker til langt mere end lille Danmark. Det er de færreste bands der tør drømme om at debutere så stærkt.” (DK) – 5 ud af 6: ”Det her er absolut et album, du bare må høre, hvis du er til bands som danske Raunchy og svenske Soilwork.” (DK) – 8 ud af 10: ”…undoubtedly one of the most original and esteemed albums to come out of Denmark in recent years." 
All Scandinavian (DK )– ”…one of the best Scandinavian metal releases in 2011. Fans of Meshuggah, Fear Factory et cetera will certainly be in for a treat.” 

Årets sidste THE INTERBEING koncert finder sted på Von Hatten i Randers d. 10. december i selskab med label-mates BOIL.

Jon Oliva's Pain working on new album

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JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the band led by SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, is currently
working on material for its fifth album for a 2012 release.

Commented JON OLIVA'S PAIN drummer Christopher Kinder: "We received a bunch of emails asking about the demo phase of each record and how the songs are put together. We hope this shines an interesting light on the process...

"Jon and I record each and every idea whether it is a riff or entire parts of
songs. We record as many instruments as possible. Guitars, bass, strings, and
finger drums on the keyboard. Then I make a mix of those ideas and CDs are

"So far we have dozens of CDs to review and we will begin seaming some of those ideas together as working templates. From there he/I take them home and then we get together again and add or subtract from those ideas....and on and on.

"Jon plays all the instruments on the demos.

"We rarely, if ever, rehearse live to put these songs together. Everything can
be done quickly in Pro Tools and then for further review.

"To address the band player situation...

"As for the 'band,' we have made no decisions on anything at this point. The
first objective right now is the songs. So we will continue the process as we
have done since 'Maniacal Renderings', which is basically Jon's ideas and me
crafting them into working songs and then we will worry about the rest of the
details. Everything and everyone else involved with work itself out in the very
near future."

JON OLIVA'S PAIN guitarist Matt Laporte passed away at his home in Florida on
April 20. A memorial concert was held on July 23 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

JON OLIVA'S PAIN's fourth album, "Festival", was released in North America on
April 12, 2010. The CD, which was issued in Europe on February 19, 2010 via AFM Records, entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 87.

JON OLIVA'S PAIN's third album, "Global Warning", came out in the U.S. in May
2008 via Locomotive Records. The CD featured a guest appearance by guitarist
Ralph Santolla (OBITUARY, DEICIDE, DEATH, ICED EARTH) on two songs: "Adding The Cost" and "You'll Never Know".

Jacob Hansen joing Pyramaze

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Danish/American metallers PYRAMAZE have recruited "longtime producer and very good friend" Jacob Hansen (INVOCATOR, ANUBIS GATE, BEYOND TWILIGHT) as the band's new guitarist.

Commented the group: "It seemed so natural to us to bring Jacob on board, given that he has always felt like an extra member of the band anyways. He has been with us since the beginning, producing, mixing and mastering 'Melancholy Beast' and 'Legend Of The Bonecarver', and mixing and mastering 'Immortal'.

"It's no secret that Michael [Kammeyer] was the main songwriter in PYRAMAZE, as well as the backbone of the band in every conceivable way. However, with our new lineup that also consists of original members Morten Gade (WUTHERING HEIGHTS) and Jonah Weingarten (STRUCTURE OF INHUMANITY, ECHOTERRA), longtime lead guitarist Toke Skjønnemand and new vocalist Urban Breed (TAD MOROSE), we have split up the songwriting duties, and pledge to put our hearts and souls into this new album and the future of PYRAMAZE.

"Michael's shoes are big ones to fill, (literally) and in doing so we feel that
we are honoring his legacy to the best of our abilities.

"Before Michael and Niels (bass) had announced their departures from the band, we had already arranged to have Jacob mix the new album, so the transition has gone smoothly to say the least.

"We want to thank our fans for standing by us through all of our hardships, and we promise to deliver the best album we can. We love you all!"

PYRAMAZE parted ways with guitarist Michael Kammeyer and bassist Niels Kvist in February. In a statement, Kammeyer blamed his departure on his inability "to find the mental surplus as well as the sheer time to put into the large endeavor that PYRAMAZE has become."
He added, "It has become increasingly taxing on me to find the energy that is
needed to do all the stuff that I have to do. In fact, it has become difficult to the point where it's not justifiable anymore."

Vocalist Urban Breed joined PYRAMAZE in July 2008 following the departure of
ex-ICED EARTH singer Matt Barlow.

Barlow handled the vocals on PYRAMAZE's last album, "Immortal", which was
released in the U.S. on June 24, 2008 via Locomotive Records.

"Immortal"'s vocal sessions were helmed by producer Jim Morris, who has worked with ICED EARTH on the group's last few releases. The CD was mixed by Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, INVOCATOR, MERCENARY).

Barlow originally joined PYRAMAZE as the replacement for Lance King who left the band in November 2006.

Watch Echoes of Eternity video

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Anal C**t streams collection

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A.C. stream ‘The Old Testament’ collection

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ANAL C*#T’s (A.C.) posthumous 2CD collection of rare and early material, 'The Old Testament' can currently be streaming via Crustcake at this location.  The album was released today by Relapse Records on 2CD and digital formats and can be ordered via Relapse here and on iTunes here.

'The Old Testament' is the last completely authorized A.C. release and showcases the band’s earliest and most forceful work. In addition to the infamous '5,643 Song' EP and the bands early split releases, 'The Old Testament' also includes A.C.’s first demo (from April 1988) and last session in 1991, neither of which have been heard by anyone outside the band. 'The Old Testament' includes liners penned by charismatic founder and songwriter Seth Putman shortly before his death, as well as an epilogue from original A.C. drummer Tim Morse, tons of never-before-seen early photos, and much more.
A.C. courted controversy and melted minds with their unique brand of noise for over twenty years. Love them or hate them, the outrageous outfit built a cult following worldwide and became one of the most talked about underground bands of our time.  Decibel Magazine has compiled a remembrance to Seth from Phil Anselmo, Scott Hull, Mike Williams, Steve Austin and numerous other artists in the extreme music scene. Their recollections can be viewed here.

Decibel magazine's Album Of The Year

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TOMBS 'Path Of Totality' named Decibel magazine's Album Of The Year

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Brooklyn, New York’s TOMBS have received the coveted of Album of the Year Award from Decibel Magazine for their sophomore release 'Path of Totality'. Vocalist and guitarst Mike Hill commented on the honor:
“We're fortunate to have received so much support. A lot of hard work goes into what we do and it means a lot to us knowing that our music is being enjoyed by someone outside of our rehearsal space”
TOMBS recently played as part of the Rocks Off Boat Cruise Series with Kvelertak and Skeleton Witch. Live footage of their performance on the Hudson River can be viewed here. The footage was shot by Torsten Meyer.
'Path of Totality' is currently available on CD / 2xLP via Relapse Records here and via iTunes here.
TOMBS will be playing at the 2012 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

The Commander In Chief posts video

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Norwegian female 7 string guitarist/singer/songwriter in Metal "The Commander In Chief" has released her first official music video trailer last night, on her Youtube channel!

The video was shot in May 2011. 

Guitar: prototype Falchion 7 by Ibanez, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Ernie Ball strings and Jim Dunlop guitar picks
Amp: Ibanez Thermion

Location: Alari Park Studios, Milan, Italy
Video producer: Elia Turra
Make up: Chiara Giuzetti
Hair: Annalisa Massari

The song was mixed by Sterling Winfield
Mastering by Stephen Marsh

The Commander In Chief will record the first five songs for her debut album, with legendary Pantera engineer/producer Sterling Winfield from tomorrow, November 30th, at The Chairworks studios in the UK.