Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Debut album from The Great Old Ones

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Recorded and mixed by Cyrille Gachet from France ( Year of No Light, ...) and mastered by Alan Douches from New York (Tombs, Dillinger Escape Plan, ...), the French Ambient / Post Black Metal band « THE GREAT OLD ONES » will release his incredible debut album “Al Azif” on 27th April 2012 on Les Acteurs De L’Ombre productions. Expect a ritualistic, slow-paced black metal in the vein of ALTAR OF PLAGUES, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, FEN.

Tracklist : 

01 - Al Azif - 7:56 
02 - Visions of R'lyeh - 6:55
03 - Jonas - 9:29
04 - Rue d'Auseil - 9:20
05 - The Truth - 8:23
06 - My Love for the Stars (Cthulhu Fhtagn) - 10:19

www.thegreatoldonesband.com

Les Discrets posts video clip

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Les Discrets finished their very first video clip! 

It's for the song "Ariettes Oubliées", the title track of their upcoming second album (out February 13)!

Direct link to the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvcgBgb8o0Q

www.lesdiscrets.com
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Bi-Polar Sluts posts video clip

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Bi-Polar Sluts are a contemporary Hard Rock band from Italy/USA and "Out-4-dinner" is their first album produced by Cristiano Santini at Morphing Studios (Bologna - Italy), released by Black Fading Records, published by New Model Label and distributed in Italy by Audioglobe.

A prominent feature is the past musical career of Bi-Polar Slut's drummer Paul Casali, formerly drummer of Raw Power, a powerful Italian Hardcore band, which during the 80's shared the stage in the U.S. with superstars such as: Bad Brains, Agnostic Front, Dead Kennedys, Suicidal Tendencies and many other.

For the first album single "Keep Screaming" a video has been shot and produced by Film Cartel Entertainment and directed by Hollywood producer Peter Dioni in southern California.

Watch it here!

Upcoming dates:
Feb. 4th 2012 - BAR ODISSEA - Borgo Val di Taro (Italy)
Feb. 10th 2012 - UNDERWORLD PUB - Bedonia (Italy)
Feb. 11th 2012 - PUB FUORI PORTA - Casalmaggiore (Italy)
March 3rd 2012 - BANDIT BIKER'S PUB - Parma (Italy)
March 9th 2012- UNDERWORLD PUB - Bedonia (Italy)
May 11th 2012- UNDERWORLD PUB - Bedonia (Italy)
Sept. 29th 2012 - THE RECKLESS ENGINEER - BRISTOL (ENGLAND)
....more dates coming soon...

BI-POLAR SLUTS are:
Mike Molinari (vocals) - Giux Morini (guitars) - Giovanni "Krippo" Cripotos (guitars) - Max Gavina (guitars) - Joe "Forlo" Forlini (Bass) - Paolo "Paul" Casali (Drums)

Tracklist:
1. Out-4-dinner (intro) 
2. Aperiti"ve" 
3. I can't stand it 
4. Keep Screaming 
5. Listen to me 
6. Treat u bad 
7. One Day 
9. Never Trust a Woman 
10. Believe 
11. Prelude to... 
12. Something to kill the pain 
13. Sammy's Backyard 14. 
Back-4-Breakfast (Outro).

Link: http://www.bipolarsluts.com/

Stillborn presents new music video

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Stillborn presents the music video for the song "Stillborn II" from their last album "Los Asesinos del Sur". It was recorded in winter 2011/2012, in conditions described as extreme. The writer and director is ataman Tolovy, the band's bassist, while in the lead role you can see Killer, the band vocalist and guitarist.

Asked about the meaning of the video they say: "This Image is a natural extension of the track's lyrics. Two characters, two symbols, conflict, solution. We spit in faces and say it's raining."


The video can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR_rOf5kfXc




The Sixpounder signs with Universal

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Originating from Wroclaw, Poland's The Sixpounder after the successfull 2011, releasing debut album „Going To Hell? Permission Granted”, reaching final round of national TV talent show (where The Sixpounder's singer Frantic Phil was trained by Nergal, leader of mighty Behemoth), playing Wacken 2010 and touring intensively - has inked a deal with Universal Music. First outcome of this cooperation will be re-release of „Going To Hell? Permission Granted” at the end of February.

Soon after, since March 10th, The Sixpounder will take part in Blitzkrieg VI tour, headlined by VADER. Both bands will be joined by Resistance (BEL), Calm Hatchery and Eris Is My Homegirl.


Here are all dates confirmed:
10.03 Bydgoszcz / Broadway
13.03 Poznań / Blue Note
14.03 Wrocław / Firlej
15.03 Zabrze / Wiatrak
16.03 Kraków / Fabryka
17.03 Rzeszów / Pod Palmą
18.03 Lublin / Graffiti
20.03 Białystok / Hala Węglowa
21.03 Gdańsk / Parlament
22.03 Olsztyn / Andergrant
23.03 Łódź / Dekompresja
24.03 Warszawa / Stodoła
25.03 Toruń / Od Nowa


Recorded last year „Going To Hell? Permission Granted” includes 12 songs of highly addictive alternative groove metal and cover version of Slayer’s “Bloodline”. The Sixpounder call themselves “combination of rock’n’roll ghost with metal specter” – this means highly energetic, modern guitar sound full of Pantera and Lamb Of God dynamics, yet enriched with melodies bringing to mind In Flames. 


The album was produced by Jacek Milaszewski (Acid Drinkers, Hunter) in Chimp Studio.

The Sixpounder are already an experienced live band in their home country. And after winning the Wacken Metal Battle, the band played at last Wacken Open Air 2010 festival. Here you can check the festival report from this memorable visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttC81UNIMuk Here you can also watch live video for “Last True Cowboy Manifesto” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xFKCHaeUUk and brand new ballad “A Heart Beat” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft-6R7gJYEA

www.thesixpounder.com

New Luca Turilli’S RHAPSODY album in June

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The new album of the band Luca Turilli’S RHAPSODY is entitled ASCENDING TO INFINITY and will be released on JUNE 29, 2012 by Nuclear Blast.

The songs included on the new release are:

QUANTUM X
ASCENDING TO INFINITY
DANTE’S INFERNO
EXCALIBUR
TORMENTO E PASSIONE
DARK FATE OF ATLANTIS
FANTASIA GOTICA
CLASH OF THE TITANS
OF MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL AND LUCIFER’S FALL
 I. ALMA MUNDI
 II. FATUM MORTALIS
 III. IGNIS DIVINUS

The length of the album will be around 65 minutes.

The limited edition will include 2 additional bonus tracks for 75 minutes of music plus many exclusive gifts to be revealed very soon.

In autumn 2012 the ASCENDING TO INFINITY worldwide headliner tour will follow.

Please check the official band’s website (WWW.LTRHAPSODY.COM) on FEBRUARY 27, 2012 for more news and the exclusive presentation of the new LT’S RHAPSODY’s outstanding singer!

Luca also wants to update his fans about the production currently happening in Kempten, Germany, at the Backyard Studios of Sebastian Roeder.


“Hi to everybody! The production is proceeding perfectly and my friend Sebastian and I are having a great time while working on the new album here in the cold Kempten, with the snow visiting us from time to time. Nice atmosphere indeed!”
“As you know in December Alex Holzwarth recorded all his drum parts. Right now we just ended the recording of the new singer and all the choirs. In some days it will be time for Dominique and Patrice to face their parts while I will soon go back to Italy. There, in my private home studio, I will record the rest of the rhythmic and lead guitar parts, the keyboard and the piano and will finalize the last orchestral arrangements for the mix”.


“All in all, the entire studio production of the new album ASCENDING TO INFINITY will last around 4 months but this is normal considered the artistic ambition of the release, the rich presence of choirs and orchestra, the people involved and the record company’s unique support”.

“If you ask me which has been one the most exciting moments of the studio production, I can tell you that the recording of the new LT’s RHAPSODY’s singer has been really amazing. I will use the words of my friend Sebastian to define the skill of the new front man: fantastic and with an unlimited potential… If you want to know more then I can tell you that from our band’s website an exclusive news about him will soon be released. 

Stay tuned!”

Watch the new trailer here:!

 
WWW.LTRHAPSODY.COM

New Shinedown album out March 27th

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Head over to shinedown.com/amaryllis to view the final album cover & listen to snippets from the new album!


“I never want people to be able to put their thumb on this band,” declares Shinedown frontman Brent Smith. “I never want anyone to know what we're going to do musically. I want them to be shocked. I want them to be think, ‘They did it again. They surprised me.’ We like that. We like to challenge our audience.”


When Smith laid down the gauntlet, it set the tone for the recording of Shinedown’s fourth full-length album — the bruising, unapologetic, and totally kinetic Amaryllis. With unflinchingly honest, unrepentant songs like first single “Bully” and “I’m Not All Right,” as well as the deeply moving “Miracle” and the soulful love song “I’ll Follow You,” Amaryllis delivers on its mission statement throughout its 12 tracks: “It's not a record for the faint of heart,” Smith admits. “Every single song makes a statement. I was looking for the kind of emotion that made every hair on the back of my neck stand on end. Because of that, I feel in my heart and soul that this album is a game changer for our band.”


With all the success Shinedown has had since Smith and drummer Barry Kerch formed the band in 2001, one could understand if its members just wanted to rest on their laurels. Shinedown is indisputably one of the fastest-rising rock acts of the last 10 years, beginning its assault on rock radio with 2003’s platinum debut Leave A Whisper and the 2005 gold follow-up Us and Them. Together, both albums yielded seven Top 5 radio hits, including “Fly From the Inside,” “45,” a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man,” “Burning Bright,” “Heroes,” “I Dare You,” and the No. 1 blockbuster, “Save Me,” which dominated Active Rock radio for 12 consecutive weeks.


But it was Shinedown’s third album, 2008’s platinum-selling The Sound of Madness that proved to be their mainstream breakthrough, debuting at No. 8 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and remaining on the chart for an astonishing 120 consecutive weeks. The band released six singles, each of which reached No. 1 on the airplay rankings. Among them are the rock radio classics “Devour,” “Sound of Madness,” “The Crow and The Butterfly,” “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom,” the gold-certified “If You Only Knew,” and the double-platinum crossover smash, “Second Chance,” which also went to #1 at Hot AC chart and top 5 at Top 40 – a feat practically unheard of for a rock band. Their popularity led to two and a half years of touring, during which time Shinedown performed nearly 440 shows, and established itself as a premiere live act, opening doors to a wider audience in the process. “With Madness, we did exactly what we set out to do, which was grow our audience,” Smith says. “We had entire families, young kids and their grandparents, coming out to our shows. Madness got us to that point where everything we were striving for finally started to happen.”


But just because the music has reached more people does not mean Shinedown has gone soft, in fact far from it. “I’m sure people assume we’re going to come with a pop-based record, but Amaryllis is probably the most rock and roll album we’ve ever made,” Smith says. “We’ve always been a rock band, and I didn’t want to lose sight of that. I told everyone the album had to do three things: It had to show sophistication in the songwriting, it had to show musical growth within the band, and I had to push myself to go places lyrically that I had never gone before.”


Re-teaming with The Sound of Madness producer Rob Cavallo — who has also worked with Green Day, My Chemical Romance, and Kid Rock — Shinedown accomplished all of Smith’s goals and more. Six songs on Amaryllis feature a 30-piece orchestra, including “I’m Not All Right” — Shinedown’s first-ever song to incorporate horns, which drive home the manic intensity of its subject matter. “’I’m Not All Right’ is about someone who is basically crazy and kind of losing their mind, but they're completely okay with it,” Smith says. “My point is that you don’t have to always get everyone else’s approval. You have to be happy with who you are.” “Miracle” was written about the day Smith began to see the world through his young son’s eyes. “The day he was born changed my whole life,” he says. “I had forgotten what it felt like to wake up and understand that being given another day on earth is a gift — that you're not promised tomorrow.” “Unity” is an anthem for Shinedown’s legions of devoted fans. “We wanted to write a song that expressed our gratitude to them,” Smith says. “We can always get on stage and look out into the audience and see how much they appreciate what we do. The song is bout how they make us feel and letting them know that we're never going to leave them behind because they wouldn't leave us behind.”



Another highlight is “Bully,” which finds Smith addressing the tormentor in question in the strongest possible terms: “No one’s gonna cry on the very day you die, you’re a bully.” “I was bullied a lot as a kid, but the song is not just about kids, it’s for anyone who’s felt they’ve been pushed to the brink,” he says. “This song is not saying, ‘Hey, in 10 years, I can let bygones be bygones and maybe we can have a beer at T.G.I. Friday's.’ It's saying that if you push me, I'm going to push you back. It’s not condoning violence, it’s condoning survival.”


From a thematic standpoint, Amaryllis is a record about vulnerability. It reveals the bruises and scars, but also their healing. “I took the gloves off,” says Smith, who co-wrote several songs with bassist Eric Bass and guitarist Zach Myers. “The record is unforgiving. The idea was to take the listener on rollercoaster ride. You should be mentally exhausted at the end. Then, from the exhaustion, you get this unbelievable wave of energy that makes you immediately want to listen to it again. That’s what we set out to create. Nothing less.”


Amaryllis is the first album Shinedown has made with Bass and Myers, who co-wrote “Diamond Eyes” with Smith for the movie The Expendables, which became the band’s sixth No. 1 single last year. “That was the first time we looked at each other and knew we’d be able to write together,” Smith says. “They bring an honesty to what the band represents live, and a level of confidence that is unparalleled because they are unbelievable performers. They don't apologize for being as aggressive as they are, and it really pushed Barry and me to up our game.”


Smith sees the convergence of events — the new line-up, the success of The Sound of Madness — as the band’s destiny, which informed the new album’s title. “An amaryllis is a flower that grows in the desert,” he says. “It grows out of nothing in a wasteland of a desert, and at a time of year when nothing else is growing around it. The way I see it, the amaryllis represents our intention. This is the path the four of us are meant to travel down together. A few years ago, people might have thought we were ‘That thing that should not be.’ That we shouldn't have succeeded. But we never went into the mindset of failure. We actually refused to fail on every level. That's why we’ve called it Amaryllis, because it's a record about destiny.”


Amaryllis will be released by Atlantic Records on March 27th, 2012.



The Burning Winter Tour 2012

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French death /black metal band SVART CROWN will hit the road accross Europe this February with ULCERATE on “The burning Winter Tour 2012”.

See the dates below:

THU 02 FRA: Reims / Centre culturel du Crous

FRI 03 HOL: Nijmegen / Merleyn
SAT 04 BEL: Ghent / Frontline
SUN 05 UK: London / Purple Turtle
MON 06 UK: Edinburgh / Bannermans
TUE 07 UK: Liverpool / Lomax
WEN 08 UK: Birmingham / Asylum 2
THU 09 FR: Nancy / T.O.T.E.M
FRI 10 GER: Halle / Marktwirtschaft
SAT 11 GER: Berlin/ K17
SUN 12 POL: Krakow / Kazamaty Club
MON 13 CZ: Praha / Black Pes Club
TUE 14 CZ: Ostrava / Barrak Musik Klub
WEN 15 Slovakia: Kosice / Collosseum Club
THU 16 Slovenia: Ljubjana / Orto Bar
FRI 17 ITA: Padova / Tacu Tacu club
SAT 18 ITA: Cesena / Big Barré
SUN 19 FRA: Montpellier/ Secret Place
MON 20 SWI: Lyss/ Kufa
TUE 21 GER: Trier/ Exhaus
WEN 22 DAN: Copenhagen/Club Loppen
THU 23 GER: Bremen / Romer
FRI 24 GER: Bad Oeynhausen/Black Sabbath
SAT 25 GER: A Sultan's Night/ Ludwigshafen

Liberteer streams new album

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California anarcho-grinders LIBERTEER are currently streaming their entire debut album, 'Better To Die on Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees' via Lambgoat at this location.

The creation of Matthew Widener (CRETIN, CITIZEN), LIBERTEER is a manifestation of total chaos, driven by an incendiary lyrical message designed to burn the system down! The band’s debut album will see its on January 31st in North America and February 13th in Europe via Relapse Records. The album artwork and pre-orders are available now via Relapse here and iTunes here . Additionally, Stereogum is currently offering a free download of the track “Revolution’s Wick Burning Quick” at this location.

http://www.facebook.com/Liberteer

“Equal parts fast and furious, this record is a blasting procession of anachro-grind.” - Invisible Oranges

“Bottom line, Better To Die On Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees is unlike anything I’ve ever heard....this album is pure unadulterated anarchy.” - Unhallowed Nations

“With a sound that is part buzz-saw, part heavy metal worship...Liberteer have much to offer grindcore fans who may felt hey have seen and heard it all before.” - Sonic Abuse

Exclusive 1349 shows in Norway

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1349 goes west in April and performs at Hulen in Bergen on the 27th of April and at Folken in Stavanger on the 28th. 

We had a splendid evening last time we visited Hulen; there was a fiery connection between the band and the audience, and the natural ambience inside the cavern fits 1349 perfectly. So we look forward to returning, and this time we will pull out some special songs from the hat - both old and new songs that we haven't performed live in a very long time or not at all. This is going to be a feast! Our encounter with the Stavanger audience on April 28th is going to be 1349's very first, and that's an event now in the band's 11th year of existence. Both 1349 and the metal scene of the Stavanger/Jæren-area has a strong and characteristic national identity - let's see what happens when we meet for a hellish burn-out this Saturday evening! 

-The Hellfire Legion

27.04.12 Hulen, Bergen Buy tickets here

28.04.12 Folken, Stavanger Buy tickets here

Enslaved on European tour

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Don’t forget the Enslaved Tour in Europe in February and March!
 

These are the tourdates:
23.02.12 Underground, Cologne. (DE)

24.02.12 Bibelot, Dordrecht. (NL)
25.02.12 Biebob, Vosselaar. (BE)
26.02.12 Atak, Enschede. (NL)
28.02.12 SO36, Berlin. (DE)
29.02.12 Backstage, München. (DE)
01.03.12 Die Rohre, Stuttgart. (DE)
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)

2011 was quite a year for Enslaved. The year 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 an honorary award from Norwegian Artist and Songwriters Association.

Jeff Loomis reveals album details

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Former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis has set "Plains Of Oblivion" as the title of his sophomore solo album, to be released on April 10 in North America (one day earlier in Europe) via Century Media Records. 

The CD was produced by Aaron Smith (7 HORNS 7 EYES) and features cover artwork by Colin Marks of Rain Song Design, who has previously worked with ALL SHALL PERISH, THE END and XERATH.

"Plains Of Oblivion" track listing:
01. Mercurial (feat. Marty Friedman)
02. The Ultimatum (feat. Tony MacAlpine)
03. Escape Velocity
04. Tragedy And Harmony (feat. Christine Rhoades)
05. Requiem For The Living (feat. Attila Voros)
06. Continuum Drift (feat. Chris Poland)
07. Surrender (feat. Ihsahn)
08. Chosen Time (feat. Christine Rhoades)
09. Rapture
10. Sibylline Origin

Massacre artists on tour

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69 CHAMBERS
25.05.2012 UK Lydney - Fused Festival

ARVEN
23.03.2012 DE Frankfurt - Elfer
12.05.2012 DE Groß-Gerau - Kulturcafé
19.05.2012 DE Katholisch-Willenroth - Watzstock Festival
26.05.2012 DE Göbelnrod - Feiern Mit Freunden Festival

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24.02.3012 DE Arnsberg - Schützenhalle (Winternachtstraum Festival 2012)
30.03.2012 CH Uster - Rock City
31.03.2012 CH Herisau - Metalvetia Metalclub
27.04.2012 DE Paderborn - Kulturwerkstatt (Metal Inferno Festival)
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11/02/2012 FI Oulu - Hevimesta
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28.-29.05.2012 DE Leipzig - Wave Gotik Treffen

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21.03.2012 SE Gotheburg - Parken
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11.05.2012 DE Rehling - Bavarian Metalheadz Open Air
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10.03.2012 DE Lünen - German Swordbrothers Festival

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09.03.2012 GR Thessaloniki - Block 33 (Theater Of Goddess Fest)

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17.02.2012 CH Uster - Rock City
18.02.2012 CH Herisau - Metalvetia
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31.03.2012 DE Wuppertal - Pavillon
05.05.2012 DE Neu Wulmstorf - Metal Bash
28.07.2012 DE Bad Wünneberg - Stonerock Open Air

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06.04.2012 NO Kristiansand - Kick Scene
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04.05.2012 DE Oberhausen - Helvete
22-24.06.2012 DE Neuruppin - Protzen Open Air

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23.02.2012 AT Gleisdorf - Kulturkeller
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24.02.2012 DE Goslar - JUZB6
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08.09.2012 DE Andernach - SwordBrothers Festival
06.10.2012 DE Rüsselsheim - A Chance for Metal Festival
27.10.2012 DE Wuppertal - Börsencrash Festival

KING DIAMOND
09.06.2012 SE Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
15.06.2012 FR Clisson - Hellfest

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09.02.12 DE Hamburg - Markthalle
10.02.12 DE Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
11.02.12 DE Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
12.02.12 NL Enschede - Atak
13.02.12 FR Paris - Bataclan
14.02.12 DE Saarbrücken - Garage
15.02.12 CH Pratteln - Z7
16.02.12 IT Milan - Alcartraz
17.02.12 AT Wien - Arena
18.02.12 DE München - Backstage
19.02.12 BE Antwerpen - Trix
21.02.12 IT Bologna - Estragon
22.02.12 SK Bratislava - Majestic Club Music
23.02.12 CZ Prague - Posthof
25.02.12 DE Geiselwind - MusicHall
27.02.12 SE Stockholm - Munchenbryggeriet
28.02.12 SE Gothenburg - Traedgarn
29.02.12 DK Aarhus - Voxhall, DK
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03.03.12 DE Giessen - Hessenhalle
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31.01 2012 DE Rostock - Alte Zuckerfabrik
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10.02.2012 NL Groningen - Vera
11.02.2012 NL Rotterdam - Baroeg
12.02.2012 BE Vosselaar - Biebob
13.02.2012 UK Manchester - Moho
14.02.2012 IE Dublin - The Pint
15.02.2012 UK London - Underworld
16.02.2012 FR Paris - Glazart
17.02.2012 DE Bad Oeynhausen - Druckerei
18.02.2012 DE Essen - Turock
19.02.2012 FR Limoges - CC John Lennon
22.02.2012 FR Montpellier - Secret Place
23.02.2012 IT Torino - Spazio 211
24.02.2012 IT Rome - Init
25.02.2012 IT Massa Carrara - Swamp
26.02.2012 SI Ljubljana - Gala Hala
28.02.2012 RS Beograd - Gun Club
29.02.2012 MK Skopje - Youth Cultural Center
01.03.2012 GR Thessaloniki - 8Ball
02.03.2012 BG Sofia - Mixtape5
03.03.2012 RO Bucarest - Fabrica

MESSENGER
18-19.05.2012 DE Bexbach - Saarbangers Metal Festival
06.10.2012 DE Rüsselsheim - A Chance for Metal Festival

MY BLACK LIGHT
24.02.2012 IT Vigliano Biellese (BI) - Ned Kelly Australian Pub
05.05.2012 IT Romagnano Sesia (NO) - Rock n Roll Arena

MYSTIC PROPHECY
30.03.2012 DE Lindau - Club Vaudeville
31.03.2012 AT Wörgl - Komma
01.04.2012 DE Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
05.04.2012 DE Hannover - Musikzentrum
06.04.2012 NL Kerkrade - The Rock Temple
07.04.2012 CH Zizers - Eventstage
08.04.2012 BE Mons - PPM Festival
09.04.2012 DE Augsburg - Spectrum
13.04.2012 DE Langen - Stadthalle
14.04.2012 DE Berlin - C-Club
21.04.2012 CY Limassol - Kingston Rock City
27.04.2012 DE Speyer - Halle 101
28.04.2012 DE Geiselwind - MusicHall
29.04.2012 DE Hamburg - Markthalle
30.04.2012 DE Bochum - Matrix

NACHTGESCHREI
29.03.2012 DE Frankfurt - Nachtleben
30.03.2012 DE Ulm - Roxy
31.03.2012DE München - Spectaculum Mundi

NECRONOMICON
05.05.2012 BE Oostrozebeke - Sküll Session Fest

NIGHTQUEEN
24.03.2012 NL Kerkrade - Rocktemple
07.04.2012 BE Mons/Bergen - PPM Fest
19.05.2012 BE Tongeren - Slamrock
26.05.2012 BE Genk - tba. CD Release Show

PARAGON
14.04.2012 CZ Plzeň - Dragons Of Real Metal
05.05.2012 DE Neu Wulmstorf - Metal Bash

RE-ARMED
18.02.2012 FI Porvoo - Bar Soho
09.03.2012 FI Kouvola - Rytmikatti
28.04.2012 FI Järvenpää - Black Pool
29.03.2012 BE Antwerp – Trix
30.03.2012 NL Amsterdam – Melkweg
31.03.2012 DE Köln - Underground
01.04.2012 DE Hamburg - Logo
02.04.2012 DE Berlin - Magnet
03.04.2012 DE München - Backstage

RETALIATORY MEASURES
17.02.2012 FI Oulu - Hevimesta
18.02.2012 FI Pori - Baarikaappi

SACRED STEEL
10.03.2012 AT Wien - Escape
31.03.2012 DE Dresden - Skull Crusher
11.05.2012 AT Schäding - Club Nebraska
12.05.2012 DE Rehling - Bavarian Metalheadz Open Air

SEVEN ENDS
26.02.2012 NL Kerkrade - The Rock Temple

SILVERDOLLAR
04.02.2012 SE Nyköping - Rockbaren
29.03.2012 SE Stockholm Pub Anchor
30.03.2012 SE Stockholm Pub Anchor
31.03.2012 SE Stockholm Pub Anchor
05.04.2012 SE Stockholm - Harry B James

SINISTER
19.02.2012 NL Drachten - Poppodium Iduna
29.06.2012 NL Dokkum - Dokk’em Open Air
03.06.2012 IT Bari - RocKcult Festival

SIX REASONS TO KILL
28.04.2012 DE Oschersleben - Mess Around With The Barn Fest

STORMWARRIOR
10.02.2012 DE Braunschweig - Firefield Festival
30.03.2012 DE Lindau - Club Vaudeville
31.03.2012 AT Wörgl - Komma
01.04.2012 DE Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
05.04.2012 DE Hannover - Musikzentrum
06.04.2012 NL Kerkrade - The Rock Temple
07.04.2012 CH Zizers - Eventstage
08.04.2012 BE Mons - PPM Festival
09.04.2012 DE Augsburg - Spectrum
13.04.2012 DE Langen - Stadthalle
14.04.2012 DE Berlin - C-Club
27.04.2012 DE Speyer - Halle 101
28.04.2012 DE Geiselwind - MusicHall
29.04.2012 DE Hamburg - Markthalle
30.04.2012 DE Bochum - Matrix
19.05.2012 DE Aalen - Maniacs Of Rock Festival

SUPREME PAIN
28.06.2012 NL Steenwijk - Stonehenge Festival

TOTENMOND
11.02.2012 DE Leipzig - Bandhaus
13.-14.07.2012 DE Wolfsegg am Hausruck - Darkness Over Paradise Festival

UNHERZ
09.03.2012 DE Lautern - Havanna/ mit Viva la Tia und AGF
24.03.2012 DE Paderborn - Deutschrock- Nacht
14.04.2012 DE Halberstadt - Harzer Deutschrocknacht
20.04.2012 DE Berlin - K17
21.04.2012 DE Glauchau - Alte Spinnerei
28.04.2012 DE Marburg - tba.
07.06.2012 DE Seeland - O.F.T- Festival
15.06.2012 DE Teuchern - 8 Jahre Glorreiche Halunken
29.06.2012 CH Oschwand - Schweizer Onkelznacht
30.06.2012 DE Offenbach - Böhses Heimspiel Festival
11.08.2012 DE Kist - Kister Rock Openair
25.08.2012 CH Büren - Schweizer Onkelznacht
01.09.2012 DE Lichterfeld - Wir rocken die F60
27.10.2012 DE Adelsheim - Feuer & Eis Festival

VENDETTA
25.08.2012 ES Lugones (Asturias) - Vaques Fest III

WIZARD
16.03.2012 UK Pontin's Resort (Prestatyn Sands) - Hammerfest
14.04.2012 CZ Plzeň - Dragons Of Real Meta
18.05.2012 US Joliet, IL - Ragnarökkr Metal Fest

WOLFCHANT
25.02.2012 DE München - Heavy Winterstorm Festival
13.04.2012 DE Lichtenfels - Ragnarök Festival
22-24.06.2012 LT Varniai - Kilkim Zaibu Festival
17.08.2012 DE Barth - Barther Metal Open Air

ZERO DEGREE
25.02.2012 DE Magdeburg - Hot Alte Bude

ZOMBIE INC.
17.03.2012 AT Wien - Fluc Wanne
27.04.2012 DE Hauzenberg - Walpurgis Metal Days XII


Monday, January 30, 2012

Pitch Black signs Hard Riot

Metalnews Power of Metal.dk
PITCH BLACK RECORDS announces the addition of German hard rock outfit HARD RIOT into its roster with the band’s debut album, “Living on a Fast Lane”, due for release on April 10th, 2012.

HARD RIOT were formed in 2006 in the city of Heilbronn, Germany and the band consists of four young friends who share the same passion – hard rockin’ music.


Their powerful stage presence and performance has landed them with numerous live shows over the past few years and many devoted fans. In 2009 HARD RIOT released a self-financed 5-track EP (“The Hidden Truth”) and in 2011 they entered Maranis Studios in Backnang, Germany, relying on the excellent skills of producer Vagelis Maranis who oversaw the entire recording and production of their debut album.

HARD RIOT is Michael Gildner on vocals, Andreas Rockrohr on guitars, Mario Kleindienst on bass and Carmine Jaucci on drums. Their influences include AC/DC, Metallica and the Scorpions among others but their influences don’t stop here. These and many more are clearly evident throughout their music. The band’s main style is hard rock but one can also find a good dose of heavy/speed metal in their music. One thing is certain when listening to HARD RIOT perform, they are enjoying every moment of their music and that’s something that is undisputedly conveyed to the listener!


“Living on a Fast Lane” will be available worldwide on April 10th, 2012, through Pitch Black Records and its distribution partners as well as through all major mp3 stores.


Subscribers to the Pitch Black Records mailing list were already treated to an exclusive preview of a track taken off the album and that track is now available as a free download at www.pitchblackrecords.com.

Track listing:

01. Get Ready
02. Hellfire Rock
03. Don’t Need You
04. No Surrender
05. Tears in the Rain
06. Turn on the Lights
07. Nothing but You
08. Take me Down
09. Hard Way Down
10. Black Widow
11. Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw

More information at www.pitchblackrecords.com.

Unearth introduces new drummer

Metalnews Power of Metal.dk
Fans that have seen UNEARTH live on their recent trips to Alaska, Japan and on their US and Canadian tour with Chimaira, may have noticed a new face on stage. The guy behind the kit has been none other than up-and-coming drummer, Nick Pierce.

Nick Pierce is a self-taught drummer who's been playing since age 10. He grew up playing for local bands in the Seattle/Tacoma area (Culling the Weak, Eterna Nocturna, Embalmed) as well as LA based band The Faceless. Nick first sat in behind the kit for UNEARTH in May of 2011 during their two show trip to Alaska. UNEARTH discovered Pierce on YouTube where he had been covering Unearth songs, among many other bands, on a series of videos on his YouTube channel.

Vocalist Trevor Phipps adds: "Nick is a beast of a drummer and a great guy to hang with. I look forward to jamming with him around the world for years to come." Guitarist Buz McGrath compliments Pierce and says he has a "Great attitude, energy and the knowledge that we can throw the most insane riffs at him and he can create and adequately perform next level beats for said riffs makes it a little easier to sleep at night."

Nick Pierce shares his excitement about joining UNEARTH: "I've been a fan of Unearth for many years and I'm excited to shred with a great group of guys and support our fans."

A live video of Pierce performing "Watch It Burn" live on tour has been made available on Metal Blade TV HERE. Drum aficionados and fans should subscribe to Pierce's youtube channel for more drum videos, as well as a new eight-minute extended drum solo, which can be seen HERE.

UNEARTH have also just confirmed a number of summer festivals, don´t miss their energetic live shows at these fine festivals:
29/04/12 – BE – Meerhout – Groezrock
16/06/12 – FR – Clisson – Hellfest
17/06/12 – DE – Sulingen – Reload Festival
22/06/12 – BE – Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
01/07/12 – DE – Rojtzschjora – With Full Force
02/08/12 – DE – Wacken – Wacken Open Air
17/08/12 – DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze

I spring UNEARTH will be touring as direct support of mighty HEAVEN SHALL BURN!

PROGRESSION TOUR 2012
presented by Impercion.com, Metal Hammer, Fuze, Slam,in-your-face.de
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
+ UNEARTH
+ RISE TO REMAIN
+ NEAERA
+ special guest
20/03/12 – FR – Paris – Petit Brain
21/03/12 – DE – Köln – Live Music Hall
22/03/12 – DE – Hamburg – Markthalle
23/03/12 – DE – Dresden – Alter Schlachthof
24/03/12 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
25/03/12 – DE – Würzburg – Posthalle
26/03/12 – DE – Hannover – Musikcentrum
27/03/12 – PL – Posen – Blue Note
28/03/12 – DE – Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
29/03/12 – IT – Romagnano Sesia – RNR Arena
30/03/12 – AT – Graz – Orpheum
31/03/12 – DE – München - Theaterfabrik

Darkness In The Light, the latest studio album from Massachusetts metal heavyweights, UNEARTH, landed at #72 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #14 on the Billboard Top Independent Album chart, and #7 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums chart. In addition, Darkness In The Light came in at #42 on Canada's Top 200 chart, #5 on the Hard chart and #44 on the Digital Albums chart.

Chart entries don't stop here though; Darkness In The Light hit the official German Album charts coming in at position #99 and also entered the Media Markt/Saturn charts in Germany coming in at position #68!

Pilgrim premiers new song

Metalnews Power of Metal.dk
PILGRIM will be launching the title track from their debut album, Misery Wizard, today on the popular music destination, Pitchfork.com. Fans can preview the 10 minute + doom epic HERE. Rhode Island's PILGRIM are the latest addition to the Metal Blade roster via Alan Nemtheanga's imprint, Poison Tongue Records. The doom trio consists of: Krolg Splinterfist, Slayer of Men on drums, Count Elric the Soothsayer on bass guitar and The Wizard on guitar and vocals.

Misery Wizard is available for pre-order on www.metalblade.com/pilgrim now and will be released in Europe on January 27th/30th, 2012.

In other news PILGRIM are confirmed to play the Heavy Days in Doom Town Festival, which takes place between May 3rd and May 6th, 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark. PILGRIM also confirmed to play a club show in Oslo on the 2nd of May!

PILGRIM
02/05/12 – NO – Oslo – Klubbscenen Chateau Neuf
03-06/05/12 – DK – Copenhagen – Heavy Days in Doom Town festival

King Diamond @ Sweden Rock & Hellfest

Metalnews Power of Metal.dk
Legendary Heavy Metal band KING DIAMOND has now been confirmed for this year´s editions of Sweden Rock and Hellfest, two of the most prestigious summer festivals in Europe!

A video message from KING DIAMOND himself in which he announces his band´s appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival can be seen HERE!

KING DIAMOND
09/06/12 – SE – Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
15/06/12 – FR – Clisson – Hellfest

KING DIAMOND underwent open-heart triple-bypass surgery in November 2010. He made his long-anticipated return to the stage with his MERCYFUL FATE bandmates Hank Shermann, Timi Hansen and Michael Denner on December 7, 2011 at the second of four intimate shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of METALLICA's week-long celebration of its 30th anniversary as a band for fan club members only.

In Solitude touring with Amon Amarth

Metalnews Power of Metal.dk
IN SOLITUDE will join AMON AMARTH and Grand Magus on their spring tour that kicks off in Glasgow on March 13, 2012.

The Swedish outfit return after destroying at their debut UK show at Live Evil in October 2011 and catching the eye of labelmates AMON AMARTH who were looking to bring an intense package to the UK and Ireland.

IN SOLITUDE has been declared "one of the hottest new metal acts around" by Decibel Magazine while Metal Hammer described the band as "Structurally and melodically complex, densely layered yet dynamic and fluid, often enthralling, always engaging, this is a metallic Feast."

The band's Metal Blade debut, The World.The Flesh.The Devil was released in May 2011 and stands as a "trad-metal charge of Iron Maiden with doom metal's ironclad grey" according to Kerrang! Magazine.

Additionally, Terrorizer heralded The World.The Flesh.The Devil as their "album of the month" in issue #210.

AMON AMARTH
+ GRAND MAGUS
+ IN SOLITUDE
13/03/12 – UK – Glasgow – ABC
14/03/12 – UK – Beflast – Mandella Hall
15/03/12 – IE – Dublin – Vicar Street
16/03/12 – UK – Wolverhampton – Civic
17/03/12 – UK – Prestatyn – Hammerfest (only Amon Amarth)
18/03/12 – UK – Cardiff – Solus

IN SOLITUDE will play on the 17th of March as support of ANGEL WITCH and GRAND MAGUS at the Relentless Garage in London!

Tickets available at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/

After these dates IN SOLITUDE will head to the USA where they join Behemoth, Watain and The Devil's Blood on the Decibel Magazine tour in April.

IN SOLITUDE are:
Hornper: Vocals
Niklas Lindström: Guitar
Henrik Palm: Guitar
Gottfrid Åhman: Bass
Uno Bruniusson: Drums

Darkest Era posts video clip

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UK/Ireland tour with Alestorm to start this week!

DARKEST ERA have launched their first ever video clip for An Ancient Fire Burns taken off their Metal Blade debut The Last Caress of Light exclusively via Bloody-Disgusting.com. Surf over HERE to check out the clip!

Comments guitarist Ade Mulgrew: "An Ancient Fire Burns is a song about primal instincts and desire; and in this video we used a narrative that we really hope will grip people. It´s an old school buried-alive-in-coffin concept that compliments the themes in the song. We also shot the band's performance by torchlight in a 1000 year old monastery, once plundered by Vikings. It was a great setting and really adds to the atmosphere in the video."

DARKEST ERA will support ALESTORM on their Useless Drunken Bastards UK and Ireland tour in February 2012!

The tour kicks off in Plymouth this Saturday and zigzags all over the country before finishing up in Norwich's Waterfront two weeks later. Catch them here:

ALESTORM
+ CLAIM THE THRONE
+ DARKEST ERA
04/02/12 – UK – Plymoth- White Rabbit
05/02/12 – UK – Stoke On Trent- Green Star
06/02/12 – UK - Sheffield - Corporation
07/02/12 – UK – Bristol - The Fleece
08/02/12 – UK – Southampton – The Cellar
09/02/12 – UK – Manchester – Moho Live
12/02/12 – IE – Dublin – The Pint
13/02/12 – UK – Leicester – The O2 Academy
14/02/12 – UK – Brighton – The Haunt
15/02/12 – UK – Wrexham – Central Station
16/02/12 – UK – Leeds – The Well
18/02/12 – UK – London - Islington Academy
19/02/12 – UK – Norwich – Waterfront

DARKEST ERA
+ MAEL MORDHA
27/04/12 – IE – Dublin – The Pint
28/04/12 - UK – Belfast – The Limelight

The Last Caress of Light was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales and released early 2011. The result are eight tracks of dark, stormy, epic Celtic Metal with which mix the melancholy and atmosphere of Irish Folk with the epic might of heavy metal bands such as Warlord, Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy. The album stands out from all else as a record of intense emotional power and honesty; holding the listener within a dark heavy metal storm and not letting go until the last chords have rung out.

DARKEST ERA is:
Krum - Vocals
Ade Mulgrew - Guitar
Sarah Wieghell - Guitar
David Lindsay - Bass
Lisa Howe - Drums

Amon Amarth celebrating anniversary

Metalnews Power of Metal.dk
Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH will celebrate their 20th anniversary with five special shows which will take place this August in Germany, Poland and Holland.

The band states, "We will perform two whole sets containing songs from our entire career and we will also arrange a meet-and-greet on all shows."

"An Evening With – 20th Anniversary Shows" will include the following dates:

05/08/12 – DE – Chemnitz – Südbahnhof
07/08/12 – PL – Warsaw – Progresja Club
14/08/12 – DE – Saarbrücken – Garage
16/08/12 – NL – Utrecht - Tivoli
17/08/12 – DE – Hamburg – Markthalle

Released in March 2011 via Metal Blade Records, Surtur Rising is AMON AMARTH's eighth studio offering in a winding discography that's helped shape the very face of epic, Viking-inspired death metal. Named in tribute to Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim ("flame land") and the oldest being in the nine worlds of Norse mythology, the record was recorded, mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren and bears the striking cover art by Tom Thiel.