Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wacken Open Air Warm Up Parties in Spain and Belgium

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Also this week we can announce 2 further Warm Up Parties. These will occur in Eernegem (Belgium) and Madrid (Spain). At the last one 3 clubs joined forces to rock the City of Madrid together!

Date: 27.07.2012
Country: Belgium
City: Eernegem
Venue: Club B52

Date: 09.06.2012
City: Madrid
Country: Spanien
Venue: TNT, The Sinner, Gatuperio
(Die Warm Up Party verteilt sich über 3 Clubs)

Further dates and info under WARM UP PARTIES

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Iron Mask posts video clip

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IRON MASK have just released a video clip for their song „God Punishes, I Kill“, taken from their latest album „Black As Death”.

After extensive filming and a quite time-consuming post-production, the clip is available now here.

Fear Factory premiers new sogn

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After the first single „Recharger“, U.S. Industrial Metal pioneers FEAR FACTORY now unveil “New Messiah”, the second new track off the band’s upcoming album “The Industrialist”, which will be released this Friday (June 1st) in Europe.

„The Industrialist“ will be available as CD, ltd. digipak, ltd. vinyl, ltd. special edition & digital download.

Rick Wakeman releasing live CD

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For the last forty years Rick Wakeman has immersed himself in music. Leaving the Royal College of Music Rick has worked with some of the biggest names in rock and pop music playing on some of the biggest hits by artists as diverse as Cat Stevens, Marc Bolan and David Bowie. Likewise he has played with one of the biggest rock bands in the world; As a member of YES Rick played some of the biggest arenas in the world and released massively successful albums including 'Fragile', 'Close To the Edge' and the live album 'Yessongs'. In 1973 he released his first proper solo album 'The Six Wives of Henry the VIII' following that album up in the seventies and eighties with other hugely popular and successful albums. In the eighties Rick also recorded albums in the then popular genre entitled “New Age”, releasing such popular albums as The Aspirant Series of recordings ('Aspirant Sunrise', 'Aspirant Sunset' and 'Aspirant Sunshadows'). 

After leaving YES following a world tour in 2004, Rick concentrated on his solo career and collaborated with Jon Anderson on a number of projects including tours of the UK and US and a studio and live album. The latest release from Rick Wakeman is an archive live album titled 'In The Nick Of Time', which was recorded in 2003. The album was recorded during the tour to promote the then current studio album 'Out There'. Rick performed with the “New English Rock Ensemble” which featured Rick alongside old hands Ashley Holt, Tony Fernandez and new boys Ant Glynne and Lee Pomeroy. Tracks featured include: "Out There", "Catherine Parr", "No Earthly Connection", "White Rock" and "Wurm". The album has been much anticipated by the large and dedicated Rick Wakeman audience and this release will be the first time this album has been commercially released.

Tracks: 1. Catherine Parr 2. Out There 3. No Earthly Connection 4. Dance of a Thousand Lights 5. The Cathedral In The Sky 6. White Rock 7. Wurm

Reverence releasing debut CD

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Reverence, the USA power metal band featuring Todd Michael Hall (vocals), Steve “Doc Killdrums” Wacholz (drums), Bryan Holland (guitar), Ned Meloni (bass) and Pete Rossi (guitar).

Reverence's debut studio album 'When Darkness Calls" will be released worldwide via Razar Ice Records on May 31, 2012  on the band's official online store: as well as Itunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Google Play, Spotify and many others.

Reverence first single off When Darkness Calls -"Too Late" 

The official video for Reverence's first single "Too Late" can be found here -

Another Destiny Project posts video

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Italian metal band Another Destiny Project announced the release of a new promo video-clip of their second single "Once Again" from the album "Tell Me What You See..." out in jannuary 2012.

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More bands confirmed for Beermageddon

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Def Con One confirmed as Sunday Headliners!!
Def Con OneHere's the news you have been waiting for!
Closing the festival with a metal assault of unparalleled proportions Beermageddon are proud to announce our Sunday night headline act as


Described as coming across like a bar fight between Machine Head, Slayer and Pantera, when Def Con One take the stage the gloves are off as they provide an unrelenting high energy performance drawing from influences that cover a wide variation of music from old school rock to modern metal and proper punk music.

A string of scorching live shows, including an appearance at prestigious Bloodstock Open Air Festival in 2011 and the iminent release of the "Warface" album left us in no doubt Def Con One would be perfect to close Britain's newest metal festival, Beermageddon!

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Wretched Soul to appear at Beermageddon!!!

Wretched SoulGiving us Heavy Metal in it's finest Beermageddon welcomes to the ranks

Wretched Soul!

A bubbling cauldron of style and influence combined with a stage show of pure energy and aggression put Wretched Soul in the top echelon of metal.

Already their live performances have secured them a place at Bloodstock this year via the Metal 2 The Masses competition and after playing an amazing set at the UK's inaugural Powermad Fest, Wretched Soul are fast becoming "THE" band to be in front of. Coupled with this they are fresh out of the studios with world renowned metal producer Chris Tsangarides with their debut album release due early 2013!

Without doubt Wretched Soul are a massive, and welcome announcement for Beermageddon!

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Rezinwolf confirmed for Beermageddon!!!

RezinwolfBeermageddon Is proud to announce from London, the Thrash Metal TITANS that are


Rezinwolf are an intense thrash force that deliver blisteringly fast songs with musical ingenuity and technicality with a live presence that is second to none, giving an aural assault that plainly and simply demands you bang your head. Poised to release the brand new album 'Corruption Kingdom' the band are cementing themselves as one of the top upcoming names in thrash metal.

Already with many high profile shows and festivals such as Thrash Metal Massacre under their belts you can be sure of a top performance at Britain's newest metal festival, Beermageddon!

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Imperial Vengeance, Evil Scarecrow,Def Con One, Fallen Fate, Bloodshot Dawn, The Furious Horde, Fury, Twilight's Embrace, Fell On Black Days, Sanguine, A Fable For The Curious, Haerken, Diementia, Warlord UK, Wretched Soul, Rezinwolf
More to be announced soon.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2012

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Swedish doomsters KRUX, DJERV the Norwegian band featuring singer Agnete Kjølsrud -, Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY, Austria’s death metal veterans DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and Belgium’s GORATH have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Eindhoven Metal Meeting, set to take place December 14-15, 2012 at the Effenaar in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. There will be 32 bands on 2 stages during 2 days.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

GOSPEL OF THE HORNS - excl. Benelux show
HAEMORRHAGE – excl. NL show in Emetic Cult line-up
MY DYING BRIDE – excl. NL show
SATYRICON - excl. fly-in show, our Friday Headliner
SODOM – excl. NL show, this legendary band will celebrate its 30th anniversary
THYRFING – excl. flown in from Sweden
TOTENMOND – excl. NL show
ZOMBIE INC. -  First & excl. Benelux show

The pre-sale of the regular tickets for the last event of mankind ever has started March 1st.

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Todd La Torre not leaving Crimson Glory

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CRIMSON GLORY vocalist Todd La Torre has released the following statement
regarding today's announcement that he has joined forces with QUEENSRŸCHE
members Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren in a brand new band called RISING WEST:

"Just for the record and for those asking about CRIMSON GLORY, I am NOT leaving CRIMSON GLORY, I am embarking on another musical endeavor with the members of QUEENSRŸCHE. I am proud and honored to be a part of this! CRIMSON GLORY is still writing new material for our record, DO NOT WORRY :) This is going to be an amazing new chapter. \m/ Thank you for all of your support!"

La Torre, who says that QUEENSRŸCHE has been his favorite band since he was 15 years old, first met Wilton at this year's NAMM convention in January in Anaheim, California.

RISING WEST will make its live debut on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 at the Hard Rock Café in Seattle, Washington. The band will perform rare and
classic hits from the first five QUEENSRŸCHE albums — from the 1983 EP to 
1990's "Empire" — and plans on hitting the studio sometime early summer to begin recording its first release.

Todd La Torre joined CRIMSON GLORY in April 2010 and has played a number of shows with the band during the past two years.

La Torre made his first public appearance with CRIMSON GLORY at ProgPower USA X as one of seventeen guest performers paying tribute to Midnight, the band's original singer.

Essentially unknown to the mainstream progressive metal scene, La Torre spent 22 years earning his stripes and solidifying himself as an unquestionable talent behind the drum kit of various hard rock and heavy metal projects in the Tampa Bay, Florida area. However, his vocal aspirations went largely unfulfilled until 2009 when Matt LaPorte (JON OLIVA'S PAIN), who had only heard La Torre sing on a few occasions, casually mentioned to CRIMSON GLORY guitarist Jon Drenning that he might make a nice addition to the already stellar lineup of performers the band had accumulated.  It was only a short time later that La Torre found himself at the band's rehearsal studio, and the pieces began
to fall into place.

Midnight passed away in 2009 due to long-term health complications.

Special guest on new Artizan album

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Former ICED EARTH frontman Matt Barlow will make a very special guest appearance on the title track of "Ancestral Energy", the new album from the melodic power metal band ARTIZAN. The song reveals an intriguing back story for the original ARTIZAN track "Curse Of The Artizan", which was released in 2011. Matt will perform the voice of the Artizan's ancestors.
Commented Barlow: "I'm happy to announce that I will be lending my voice to the forthcoming release of the new ARTIZAN album, 'Ancestral Energy'.  In addition to my own musical project, Ty and the guys of ARTIZAN have given me the opportunity to appear as a guest vocalist on what I believe will be a great
conceptual endeavor.

"If you have followed what the band has recorded previously, you know that they are very much into 'storytelling' and that's something that has always interested me in this genre.  As another benefit, I will get to work with producer Jim Morris again as he puts the guys through their paces at Morrisound Recording.

"I'm looking forward to recording the song that I'll be performing on, and think
that we'll have a great time with it."

Added ARTIZAN founder/drummer Ty Tammeus:"We are proud and honored that Matt will be contributing his talents to the new album. We will be showcasing Matt's full vocal range on the passage that we have created for him.  I am ecstatic that we all get to hear Matt again!"

"Ancestral Energy" will be released in April 2013 via Pure Steel Records.

Whitechapel posts second new song

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Today WHITECHAPEL has released the second single from their self-titled fourth album that is due out June 15th/18th via Metal Blade Records. The song entitled I, Dementia is being exclusively premiere by Loud Wire. Get a first listen to HERE and be sure to pre-order the album HERE.

WHITECHAPEL filmed a series of videos during the recording process of the new album. The first video in the series provides an in depth look at the drum tracking process for the album and can be viewed HERE. The second installment focuses on the recording of the guitar parts for the new album and is available for viewing HERE. The third video focuses on the vocal tracking process and can be viewed HERE.

Having spent several years lauded as one of the frontrunners in their genre, in 2012 WHITECHAPEL stand as a defining force in contemporary heavy music. Building dramatically on the trademarked bludgeon of their first three releases, with Whitechapel the Tennessean sextet have inarguably delivered their most intense, dynamic, and downright hostile record to date. Drenched in atmospheric darkness, the record is also rife with gripping melodies that drag the listener in to the tumult, willing or otherwise, and across its ten tracks it is infused with an emotional depth that pointedly separates the band from the plethora of two-dimensional mosh-starters that have sprung up in their wake.

The album was engineered and mixed by Mark Lewis (Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver), who also handled production duties alongside the band. The album artwork was created by Aaron Marsh of Forefathers Group with art direction provided by WHITECHAPEL.

The first single from Whitechapel entitled Hate Creation is available for streaming exclusively HERE. Check it out and be sure to pre-order your copy of the album!

Whitechapel Track listing:
01. Make it Bleed
02. Hate Creation
03. (Cult)uralist
04. I, Dementia
05. Section 8
06. Faces
07. Dead Silence
08. The Night Remains
09. Devoid
10. Possibilities of an Impossible Existence

Returning to their rightful place on the road, the band are enthused to take these new songs to their rabid fan base. They stand confident in their belief that their followers will hungrily devour the latest evolution of their sound, and having dramatically bolstered their fan base through blowing away the unsuspecting crowds on 2010's Warped Tour they are sure to draw in new adherents anywhere they play. (Official Site) (Pre-Order Page) (Facebook) (Twitter)

SFU announces new guitarist

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Death metal ministers SIX FEET UNDER today announce the addition of rhythm guitarist Ola Englund to their legendary ranks. Englund, who will make his first official appearance with the band on the 18 Nights Of Blood tour across North America set to commence next month, takes the place of Rob Arnold.

Comments founding vocalist Chris Barnes of the new recruit: "Ola is an amazing guitarist and was chosen for his superlative technique and style of playing. We believe he will be the perfect complement to Steve Swanson, and the devastating rhythm section that is Talley/Hughell. Steve, Kevin, Jeff and myself are so looking forward to Ola's entrance into the band upon the release of Undead and the commencement of our first tour next month with Dying Fetus and Revocation. We can't wait for you to witness the new killing machine that is SIX FEET UNDER! Ola takes over duties for our good friend and death metal warrior Rob Arnold who will be retiring from touring but will remain a central writing partner and fellow collaborator on future SFU releases. We are all sad to not have Rob on the road with us, but are confidant and 110% psyched that Ola is now within the ranks of the Undead and will be ready to lay waste to every stop along the way! Hails!"

Adds Englund: "When I got the call from Chris, it felt unreal; first thing that popped up in my head was, 'why the hell did he want me -- the total gear nerd from Sweden -- to join his awesome band? To be able to share the stage with one of the biggest icons in death metal and the other killer musicians in SFU is a complete honor and a dream come true for me. I couldn't be happier about the situation! Also the new album blew my mind the first time I heard it, it's intense as hell, but still has the riffs and the grooves that SIX FEET UNDER swears by. Fans are going to love it! I'm looking forward to kick some serious ass together with Chris, Kevin, Steve and Jeff! See you on tour!"

Check out video footage documenting Englund's supreme axe prowess at THIS LOCATION.

Undead was officially released in Europe last week via Metal Blade Records. Called "the best thing SFU have recorded since Maximum Violence," in a recent 8/10 review by Decibel Magazine, the record was produced by Mark Lewis (Deicide, Devildriver), mixed by Jason Suecof (Whitechapel, Job For A Cowboy) and features the recording line up of Barnes alongside guitarist Rob Arnold (ex- Chimaira), longtime guitarist Steve Swanson (ex-Massacre), bassist Jeff Hughell (ex-Brain Drill, ex-Vile), and drummer Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Chimaira).

Please make also sure to check out the SFU landing page at THIS LOCATION featuring the first single Formaldehyde, a video interview with SIX FEET UNDER frontman/death metal veteran Chris Barnes as conducted by Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel and all the bundles available.

In conjunction with the album release SIX FEET UNDER will return to Europe in August to play some exclusive festival gigs as well as selected club shows.

Support comes from SFU labelmates DEW-SCENTED who will release their new album Icarus end of July!

Undead Tour 2012
+ t.b.a.
11/08/12 – CZ – Jaromer – Brutal Assault Festival *
12/08/12 – DE – Berlin – Postbahnhof
13/08/12 – DE – München – Backstage
14/08/12 – CH – Pratteln – Galerie
15/08/12 – DE – Essen – Turock
16/08/12 – NL – Kerkrade – Rock Temple
17/08/12 – DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze *
18/08/12 – DE – Hamburg – Grünspan
*without DEW-SCENTED

Chris Barnes – vocals
Steve Swanson – guitars
Ola Englund – guitars
Jeff Hughell – bass
Kevin Talley – drums

Entrails on live offensive this summer

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Metal Blade´s latest signing, Swedish Death Metal masters ENTRAILS, are preparing for a devastating live offensive in the summer and fall.

The live run includes prestigious appearances at renowned festivals such as Party.San and Summer Breeze as well as support slots for German Death Metal legends Morgoth and a gig at the Berlin cult festival Stromgitarrenfest.

Comments ENTRAILS: "After a busy half year filled with massive rehearsals and some recordings for our upcoming third album, we will leave our filthy rotten rehearsal tomb in the cellar below to join the battlefield once again! ENTRAILS will be doing some great shows and enter a bunch of the biggest festivals this summer and autumn!"

Go and catch ENTRAILS live at:
27-28/07/12 – SE – Malmö – Faceplant Festival
09-11/08/12 – DE – Schlotheim – Party.San Festival
16-18/08/12 – DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Festival
29/09/12 – DK – Esbjerg – t.b.a.
05-06/10/12 – DE – Würzburg – Hell Inside festival
02/11/12 – DE – Berlin – Stromgitarrenfest
03/11/12 – DE – Essen – Turock w/Morgoth

ENTRAILS formed in the 90s, but split up before they were able to release a demo or even an album. It took them until 2008 to come back when guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist rediscovered some old tapes. In a moment of nostalgia he decided that they deserved to be released as they should have been originally. With modern recording technology, the first ENTRAILS demo could finally take shape. After releasing another demo in 2009 ENTRAILS recorded and released their debut album Tales From The Morgue in 2010.

Just a year later The Tomb Awaits was released, an album that gained worldwide attention of music fans of the extreme and was considered by many as the best death metal album of 2011!

Right now ENTRAILS are in the final stages of songwriting for their third studio album to be recorded during the summer! "Our upcoming third opus is filled with old-school and rotten bastards of songs. Groovy and heavy like a pile of flesh that will be like a punch in your face. To us it´s the perfect step from The Tomb Awaits album…beware!"

Joakim Svensson - vocals/bass
Jimmy Lundqvist – guitar
Mathias Nilsson – guitar
Adde Mitroulis - drums

The Cory Smoot Experiment streams song

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Album available June 1st/4th! All Proceeds To Benefit Smoot Family Fund

THE CORY SMOOT EXPERIMENT was recorded in 2010 at CORY's Karma Studios, where GWAR, Municipal Waste, and many others have laid down tracks. The songs were originally meant for a concept album called "Religion is Fiction". CORY was going to lay down all the tracks and then get some of his favorite singers from the internationally-acclaimed Richmond metal scene to do the vocals, including GWAR lead singer Dave Brockie and Lamb of God's Randy Blythe. Unfortunately this didn't happen due to scheduling problems but that didn't mean the end of the project. CORY went ahead and recorded the vocals himself and re-named the project THE CORY SMOOT EXPERIMENT, completing the entire package just before his final tour with GWAR in the fall of 2011.

Today the online home of Guitar World Magazine is hosting an exclusive premiere of a track from When Worlds Collide. Get a first listen to the song Mutilated HERE.

After his passing, GWAR and Metal Blade set up the Smoot Family Fund to help provide for Cory's family. All proceeds from this album will be donated to this fund.

Metal Blade Records Chairman and CEO Brian Slagel commented on the album's release:
"Metal Blade Records is donating all the proceeds of the Cory Smoot solo album to the Smoot family. Please help us by getting the CD and enjoying the immense talent he was."

Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Odrus Urungus, lead singer of GWAR shared his memories of CORY. "CORY SMOOT is one of the great unsung heroes of metal. His musical abilities transformed GWAR from a splatter-thrash phenomena into a top metal act. And though he may have left us way too early, he left us a lifetime of music to listen to. He tore it up like few others, and will always be remembered as the true Flattus Maximus. We really loved the man, and there is not a day that goes by or a GWAR show that is played where he is not sorely missed"

When Worlds Collide Track Listing
1. The Blood Red
2. Fortunate Son
3. Religion is Fiction
4. Rebirth
5. Brainfade
6. Mandatory Purgatory
7. Countdown to Oblivion
8. The Gauntlet
9. When Worlds Collide
10. Mutilation
11. Hollow Tree
12. Sloth Loves Chunk

For More Information and to pre-order the album and donate to the Smoot Family Fund please visit:

Assaulter launches live video

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Livevideo for 'Exalt The Master' launched!

Australian metal commando ASSAULTER will embark on a European tour in July of 2012!

Comments vocalist/bassist S. Berserker: "We will be conquering the ancient continent on our 'European Proselytism Tour' in July/August 2012 in support of our sophomore LP of toxic Speed/Death Metal, 'Boundless'! This will be ASSAULTER's first visit to European shores with our raw live show. You have been warned!"

13/07/12 – DK – Frederica – Metal Magic Festival
20/07/12 – FI – Lieto – Hammer Open Air
21/07/12 – DE – Pössneck – Hell´s Pleasure Festival
03/08/12 – IE – Dublin – The Pint
04/08/12 – UK – London – The Ultimate Australian Battlezone @ The Dome
10/08/12 – DE – Schlotheim – Party.San Open Air

More dates to be confirmed soon!

Check out the live video for Exalt The Master the band just recently posted at THIS location!

Kylesa touring Europe

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Hot on the heels of a successful American tour in the spring, US rockers KYLESA will come back to Europe this summer for a 22-gig tour! 

Here is the list of dates:
27 Jul 12 Paaren/Glien (DE) Greenville Festival
28 Jul 12 Torrelavega (ES) Takio Festival
30 Jul 12 Bern (CH) ICS
31 Jul 12 Esslingen (DE) Komma
01 Aug 12 Caramagna (IT) Campo Sportivo
02 Aug 12 München (DE) Free and Easy @ Backstage
03 Aug 12 Nürnberg (DE) K4
04 Aug 12 Wacken (DE) Wacken Open Air
05 Aug 12 Saarbrücken (DE) Kleiner Club Garage
06 Aug 12 Bristol (UK) Thekla
07 Aug 12 Manchester (UK) Moho
08 Aug 12 Glasgow (UK) Stairway
09 Aug 12 Southampton (UK) Joiners
10 Aug 12 Ieper (BE) Ieper Festival
11 Aug 12 Jaromer (CZ) Brutal Assault Festival
12 Aug 12 Dresden (DE) Beatpol
14 Aug 12 TBA (DE) TBA
15 Aug 12 Roskilde (DK) Gimle
16 Aug 12 Motala (SE) Bryggeriet
17 Aug 12 Trondheim (NO) Pstereo Festival
18 Aug 12 Gothenburg (SE) Truckstop Alaska
19 Aug 12 Lüdinghausen (DE) Area 4 Festival
KYLESA’s latest album "Spiral Shadow" is available on Season of Mist’s e-shop as CD+DVD Digipak, CD jewel case and various merch items.

Morbid Angel & Kreator on tour

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Extreme Metal legend MORBID ANGEL have just been announced to join forces on a co-headlining tour with German powerhouse KREATOR in next November and December! As if this gathering of cult acts was not exciting enough, Death Metal kings NILE and Californian thrashers FUELED BY FIRE have been added to the bill as opening acts.
For further info, news and tickets you can pay Rock The Nation a visit!
As previously announced, "Nevermore" and "Existo Vulgoré" (from MORBID ANGEL’s latest album "Illud Divinum Insanus"), were released for the Xbox 360 version of Rock Band 3. Season of Mist and developing company Harmonix will offer free download codes for both song to 10 of the people who correctly answer the following questions:

-Which band did the remix of MORBID ANGEL’s "Destructos VS The Earth" which appears on the B-side of the "Nevermore" 7" single?

-Who directed the video clip of "Existo Vulgoré"?

Please send your answers to with "MORBID ANGEL Rock Band" as subject. The 10 winners will be randomly picked and announced on Season of Mist’s Facebook page on June 12th.

All formats of "Illud Divinum Insanus", including the foldout wooden triptych box at special price, are available on Season of Mist’s e-shop.

Season of Mist signs The Casualties

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Following a long-lasting policy of openness to various musical genres, Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of infamous New York City street punks THE CASUALTIES!

The band combine influences from the classic punk sound of GBH, THE EXPLOITED, ENGLISH DOGS, DISCHARGE, UK SUBS with modern extreme sounds and a thrash/crossover edge.

"We are joining the dark forces of Season of Mist!", the band comments. "We're more than honored to bring our blend of hardcore-street-thrash-punk to the battle to keep heavy music alive! We have a new album ready and we will see you all on the road everywhere in the world soon!"
THE CASUALTIES recently completed recording their Season of Mist debut album at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts, USA with producer Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, MADBALL, HATEBREED). Full album details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

THE CASUALTIES will co-headline this summer’s "Tonight We Unite!" tour alongside NEKROMANTIX, DOWN BY LAW, LOWER CLASS BRATS, FLATFOOT 56 and THE SHEDS.

Judas Priest films final show for DVD

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British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST played the final show of their "Epitaph" word tour this past Saturday, May 26 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, England. The sold-out concert was professionally filmed for a 2013 DVD release.

The band's setlist was as follows:
01. Rapid Fire
02. Metal Gods
03. Heading Out To The Highway
04. Judas Rising
05. Starbreaker
06. Victim Of Changes
07. Never Satisfied
08. Diamonds & Rust (JOAN BAEZ cover)
09. Prophecy
10. Night Crawler
11. Turbo Lover
12. Beyond The Realms Of Death
13. The Sentinel
14. Blood Red Skies
15. The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) (FLEETWOOD MAC cover)
16. Breaking The Law
17. Drum Solo
18. Painkiller

19. The Hellion (taped intro) / Electric Eye

Encore 2:
20. Hell Bent For Leather
21. You've Got Another Thing Comin'

Encore 3:
22. Living After Midnight
Regarding JUDAS PRIEST's farewell world tour, singer Rob Halford previously
said, "We're pulling out all the stops. We've built a brand new stage set, we've got all the effects that people love us for — the lasers, the fire, the bombs, the smoke, new costumes, and the bike. It's just a full-on metal extravaganza."
As for whether this is really the end of JUDAS PRIEST's touring days, guitarist
Glenn Tipton said, "We don't plan on retiring. We've said that this is our last
world tour. It takes a chunk out of your life — 18 months. We won't be doing any more world tours as such and in many parts of the world, it will be the last time people will get a chance to see us. But we're not gonna stop. We've got an album in the can now, we will start to write with [new guitarist] Richie [Faulkner], there will be more albums, and who knows?! There might be a string of dates that we can manage to do. We're just not gonna do another major world tour. We've been doing it for 40 years and it's time to let the younger bands have the chance."

Ultra-Violence completes recordings

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The Italian Trash Metallers from Ultra-Violence have just finished with the mixing of their debut EP “Wildcrash”. The new CD will be released this year via Punishment 18 Records.

1. Wildcrash (4:20)
2. Infernal Trip (5:26)
3. Frustration Of Soul (3:52)
4. Inhuman Slaves (5:52)
5. Herpes (2:02)

Phobos Corp streams new EP

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PHOBOS CORP. have just announced that they will celebrate their first release on Facebook with a full streaming of the entire debut-EP "FELICITY".

This Online Release Party on Facebook for "FELICITY" has been scheduled for May 31 from 11:00am CET till 23:00pm CET through 
PHOBOS CORP. will release the debut EP "FELICITY" on June 01, 2012 via sites as Bandcamp, Vibedeck and Fixt Store and of course through all popular download platforms, which is handled by CdBaby.

Track List "FELICITY":
One Eternal (Felicitity's Song)
Conceived Fate
This Divine Tragedy
Angels In Despair (Instr.)

All music and lyrics are written by Spyros Papadakis, he is the man behind the one-man mastermind Sympho Metal project PHOBOS CORP. The mixing and mastering was in the hands of the legendary producer DAVE CHANG ( Orange Goblin and Stampin' Ground  a.o.).

Everybody can check out "One Eternal (Felicity's Song)" as it's been uploaded in full at : ( ) , as well as samples of the other songs.

You can check out all guest-musicians here :

The idea behind the mastermind Sympho Metal project PHOBOS CORP.
started when Spyros Papadakis was 15 years old. New bands and new sounds were discovered through the traditional heavy metal bands and of being an avid fan of film soundtracks from Hans Zimmer (his biggest influence), Vangelis, Danny Elfman and Basil Poledouris, but admiring also more contemporary artists such as Yanni, Brian Eno and Kitaro, the idea was slowly growing for a personal project that combined different musical elements together - a sort of amalgamation of various genres and styles.
Spyros Papadakis about the idea behind this project: "Phobos Corp.
is without a doubt a project and that's because, I want to have complete artistic and creative freedom in terms of the music I compose. Having said that, it doesn't mean that I wouldn't like to complete a default line-up for recording and, mainly, touring purposes, because I would like to take this project on the road as much as possible.

I am very confident for the future, having already completed more than a few song demos - so I do have a large pool of songs to choose from regarding future releases. Then again, the important thing for me, is to continue composing more and more songs and to try and become better as a composer, as a musician and as a lyricist. I have started writing for a new EP, which if all goes well, will be released by the end of the year. This time, I will be "flirting" more with darker melodies. "

Spyros has uploaded 3 YouTube-clips where he talks about the history of the project, background info, the recording proces, guest musicians, the next EP, the vision he has for this project and more !

Mantas premiers song

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MANTAS premiere song from demo collection

A song from the upcoming MANTAS Death By Metal collection has been released online at this location. The track “Evil Dead” is taken from the band’s first ever 1984 demo, recorded in the basement of death metal legend, pioneer and groundbreaker Chuck Schuldiner. Death By Metal is the next chapter in Relapse's DEATH reissue campaign, compiling Chuck Schuldiner’s pre-DEATH material from his first band MANTAS into one deluxe collection containing the group’s first two demos and a rehearsal. 
This marks the first time these recordings have ever been officially collected into one fully authorized compilation and legitimately available since their original release as the Death By Metal demo tape (1984)! A trailer for this face-ripping collection is available for viewing at this location
MANTAS’ Death By Metal is set for a June 19th North American release date, June 22nd in Benelux / Germany, and June 25th in the UK and rest of Europe. The collection will be released as a CD, Limited Edition Deluxe 2CD, LP, Digital Download and a limited collector's edition containing the Deluxe 2CD, LP on an exclusive color, exclusive Demo cover T-Shirt, and a reproduction of the original Death By Metal demo cassette! Pre-order options, including a new line of exclusive MANTAS & DEATH merch plus additional release information can be found here.
Death By Metal follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of DEATH’s Vivus!, Individual Though Patterns, The Sound of Perseverance and Human. Like those reissues, this collection will contain extensive liner notes, this time featuring renowned metal biographer Ian Christe and former MANTAS guitarist Rick Rozz in addition to never-before-seen photos of the band. The complete tracklisting for both discs can be found below.
Death By Metal Tracklisting:
Disc 1
Death By Metal (1st Version) Demo
1. Legion Of Doom
2. Evil Dead
3. Mantas
4. Death By Metal
5. Power Of Darkness
Death By Metal (2nd Version) Demo
6. Legion Of Doom
7. Power Of Darkness
8. Death By Metal
9. Evil Dead
Rehearsal Early 1984 - Rehearsal
10. Legion Of Doom
11. Mantas
12. Death By Metal
13. Evil Dead
14. Rise Of Satan
Disc 2 (Deluxe Edition Only)
Emotional Rehearsal Demo 1984 - Rehearsal
1. Legion Of Doom - Take 1
2. Legion Of Doom - Take 2
3. Legion Of Doom - Take 3
4. Evil Dead - Take 1
5. Evil Dead - Take 2
6. Mantas - Take 1
7. Mantas - Take 2
Live at Knights Of Columbus Hall, Orlando, FL 09/01/1984
8. Legion Of Doom
9. Zombie
10. Demon Flight
11. Death By Metal
12. Evil Dead
13. Power Of Darkness
14. Black Magic
15. Evil Chuck Solo
16. Beyond The Unholy Grave
17. Poison

Weapon completes new album

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WEAPON complete recording new album Embers And Revelations

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Canadian blackened death metal blasphemers WEAPON have completed the recording of their long-awaited Relapse debut entitled Embers And Revelations. The band entered the studio on March 18th to self-record the new album along with producer Terry Paholek at The Physics Lab in their hometown of Edmonton, Canada. Continuing on the same scathing path as their previous works, the upcoming release is planned for the Fall of 2012.
Guitarist / Vocalist Vetis Monarch commented on the upcoming album: "Weapon loyalists can expect no-holds barred, satanic death metal that the band displayed on it's previous work, but further refined and sharpened to ferocious perfection. Embers And Revelations will be the apex of malice via music."
“It’s vicious, convincing and not to mention one of the finest Canadian metal albums to surface in ages.” – Decibel magazine
“WEAPON will not and cannot be ignored.” –
“it’s hard not to get excited about these guys.” –

Hardline posts new video clip

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Chainfist posts new song

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10.000 Days“, a brand new song from the Denmark-based groove metal band CHAINFIST, can be streamed below. The track was recorded at Six String Studios with Søren Jensen and was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios.
Jackie has this to say: “It’s time yet another new song from Chainfist. This time we’ll give a badass heavy song called “10K”. It shows the more melodic side of Chainfist, and like “Mass Frustration” we went for a more old-school sound like the good old 90’s. This song got it all, from body bouncing, neck breaking riffs too more melodic and slow breakdowns, you will love this for sure. The song will be featured on the yet no named 2nd cd from Chainfist, due to be recorded this fall 2012. So ladies and gents, we present to you: “10K” aka “10.000 Days” – Play it loud, share it and most of all, break your neck!!

Katana streams new album

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Sweden-based traditional heavy metallers KATANA are having their album “Storms of War ” exclusively streamed on TERRORIZER website
2011 was a busy year for Sweden-based traditional heavy metallers KATANA. Since the release of their debut album "Heads Will Roll" last spring, KATANA not only found time to tour with both the likes of WHERE ANGELS SUFFER, featuring Chris Holmes and Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P.) and American metal legends LIZZY BORDEN. They also entered the studio to record their second album, entitled "Storms of War". Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, KATANA has been around for several years and has already made a great name for themselves in the underground metal scene of Sweden and Europe. In 2010, the band won the prestigious Wacken Metal Battle which earned them a slot at the Wacken Open Air, as well as the Sweden Rock Festival. Their debut album has been critically acclaimed all over the world, and Malcolm Dome of Classic Rock Magazine wrote: "This quintet will make a significant mark. This debut is only the beginning of what should be a thrilling march".
With the new album, "Storms of War", produced by KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque, KATANA means to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that classic heavy metal in the veins of early IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST and SAXON is here to stay !
“Storms of War” available on Listenable eshop:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Matt Skiba posts new video clip

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MATT SKIBA AND THE SEKRETS has teamed up with AOL Spinner to premiere the music video for "Voices." Directed by ZFCL (who also directed "Sextape" by the Deftones), this intriguing, eerie video is for the lead track from Babylon.   Released on May 8th, Babylon is the debut from MATT SKIBA AND THE SEKRETS and charted #1 on the Billboard's "Heatseekers" Chart in the US. The band will also be headlining their first-ever tour in the US this June. Stay tuned for European tour dates!
Watch the music video for "Voices" here:

Released through Superball Music, this will be the album debut from ALKALINE TRIO founding member Matt Skiba’s solo venture.  With a large variety of musical influences contributing to the impeccable album, similarities to Alkaline Trio’s trademark sound are highlighted and combined with 80s post punk elements.  Babylon was produced by Cameron Webb [30 Seconds To Mars, Social Distortion, Pennywise] and offers ten tracks of addictively dancy rock and sing along melodies.

Babylon is available for pre-order now as limited edition CD and 180g vinyl LP (incl. album on CD) through the InsideOut Webshop,
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New Joe Stump album August 17th

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Metal Guitar Master Joe Stump will release his 9th solo album entitled "Revenge Of The Shredlord" through Lion Music on 17th August 2012.

The album was engineered and mixed by Grammy award winning engineer Ducky Carlise (Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter) and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Armored Saint, Angra, Sepultura) at Appelbaum mastering .

Joe comments:
"The new record's heavy, very dark and classically influenced, with the usual mix of strong melodies and fierce metal riffage that are a constant on all my previous releases. This is without a doubt my best effort both sonically and guitar playing wise . I can't wait til it's unleashed".

"Revenge Of The Shredlord" contains the following track listing.

01. The Ritual Begins.
02. Man Your Battlestations.
03. Pistoleros.
04. Shredlord's Sonata.
05. Master's Prelude.
06. In The Master's House.
07. The Black Knight's Castle.
08. Enter The Coven.
09. Evil Beasts Below.
10. Strat Outa Hell.
11. White Knuckle Mayhem.
12. The End Approaches.

Daniele Liverani to embark on solo adventure

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Perhaps better known as the keyboardist and musical mastermind behind Twinspirits, Genius Rock Opera, Cosmics and Khymera; the multi-talented Daniele Liverani is also a guitarist of considerable skill as his new instrumental album "Eleven Mysteries" will testify on 20th July 2012 (Lion Music).

While “Eleven Mysteries” is basically a guitar oriented album, the overall vibe of all the songs is definitely more like a “conceptual instrumental album” where guitar has the role of a “virtual singer”.

Musically there's some intense shred, but also some very melodic moments, and the musicianship and arrangements of the talented line up involved helped to create a wide variety of atmospheres and different musical moments; due to the skills and different influences of the various musicians
- drummer Paco Barilla’, bassist Tony Dickinson and keyboardist Marco Zago.

However, this not only an album for guitar lovers, but for anyone that appreciates musical composition on a more general level with lots to discover in and each and every track along with a first class production.


Eleven Mysteries Track Listing
01. Mysterious Impulse.
02. Inspiration.
03. Nervous Forces.
04. Supreme Gladness.
05. All Is Pure.
06. Giving.
07. Humiliation.
08. Regeneration.
09. Freedom.
10. Survive.
11. Eternal

Messiah releasing Best of digitally

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Only a few days to go until MESSIAH's digital compilation "Extreme Hymns And Ballads Of A Rotten Psycho Underground Horror Cult" is going to be released!
The album will feature 19 songs and will be available for a special price on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Musicload and other digital music stores only!

Here's the complete track list:
01. Messiah (Extra Version)
02. The Dentist
03. Extreme Cold Weather 
04. Enjoy Yourself
05. Thrashing Madness
06. Psychomorphia
07. Choir Of Horrors (Re-mastered)
08. Cautio Criminalis (Re-mastered)
09. Indecent Assault Of The Tribe (Pre-production 1991)
10. Condemned Cell (Re-mastered)
11. Raped Bodies (Re-mastered)
12. The Ballad Of Jesus (Metal Dance Mix)
13. Underground
14. Dark Lust
15. Line Of Thought Of A Convicted Man (Re-mastered)
16. Total Maniac
17. Johannes Paul Der Letzte
18. Birth Of A Second Individual
19. Right For Unright    

"Extreme Hymns And Ballads Of A Rotten Psycho Underground Horror Cult" will be released on June 1, 2012!

The Outside posts new video

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A church in Valparaiso and a metal-band standing in front of it, shouting out into the Chilean night: Where is your damn god? Child molestation is an uncomfortable and sensitive topic. THE OUTSIDE directly adress the issue in the music video of “The Stench”. About two weeks before the release of “The Outside” via SAOL / H’Art / Zebralution on June 15th the video is supposed to wake people up and bring attention to a subject that is pushed into the background way too often.
“When we showed the video to a couple of people after it was finished, the reactions were pretty much all the same”, the band says. “People were shocked and/or affected, but always supported the idea. ‘Intense but right’, ‘hard-core but true’, or just ‘intense’ were some of the opinions. We see how the catholic church celebrates it’s position as a moral authority. At the same time it tries to cover up and belittle the terrible things it’s representatives have done.”

Cryptex posts new video

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After they finished touring with PAIN OF SALVATION, CRYPTEX now have a special treat for you. Everybody who missed their shows can now just watch CRYPTEX on Youtube. They filmed their entire set in Weert (NL) with multiple cameras, and here is the first part of the result:

Metalfest Croatia - four days to go

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ZADAR, 02.- 05. JUNE 2012.

Megadeth, Fear Factory, W.A.S.P., Kreator, Blind Guardian, Hypocrisy, Symphony X, Behemoth, Vader, In Extremo, Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell, Ensiferum, Death Angel, and many others.

JUST FOUR MORE DAYS AND – START !!Only four days are left until Metalfest Croatia 2012, the festival which will be special in many ways. In addition to being the first Open Air metal festival in Croatian history, the festival will be held at the unique peninsula Puntamika in Zadar in the stunning Mediterranean atmosphere of the Adriatic coast.

A professionally equipped camp (holder of the international recognition of 'Blue Flag') close to bus stations, hotels, hostels, apartments, beaches, ATM machines, car parks, petrol stations, shops, and additional facilities such as Zadar Dark Ride or Aftershow Adventure are it’s trump cards.

And one of the lowest ticket prices; up til June 1st only EUR 64 for all three festival days. Therefore, use these seven days to get a ticket for the festival and be part of the spectacle that will be talked about long after.

A demonic atmosphere, brutal riffs, melodic guitars and fast double drums. That in short describes the music of the young German group Bleeding Red, which was founded five years ago. A performance at Metalfest Croatia will be one of the most important moments in their carrer so far. Their debut album "Evolution's Crown" was released in March of this year and got great reviews.

BLEEDING RED - Frequencies


One-day ticket price ( is 42 euros, festival ticket to 1st of June is 64 euro (plus comission), and at the festival 89 euros.


Croatias Metalfest will take place on the peninsula Puntamika which is an integral part of Zadar. It is surrounded by the Adriatic Sea on three sides, which makes it unique and the most beautiful festival in Europe. The festival area will be appointed near the sea, with its rocky and pebbled beaches.

ACCOMODATION IN ZADAR - Special offers for Metalheads:

The Metalfest Croatia partners have agreed to offer the most favorable accommodations in Zadar - in apartments, hotels, hostels or camps. Book your accommodation directly from the websites of our partners below.


- Terra Travel Agency (apartments, airport transfers, day trips) -
- Autokamp Borik (festival camp) -
- Falkeinsteiner (hotel accommodations) (only) -
- Hostel ferijalnog saveza Hrvatske (youth hostel) -

ARRIVAL - Special offers for Metalheads:

Cheap flights: Ryan air departing from Germany, Sweden, France, Uk, Norway....