Saturday, November 20, 2010

PROBLEM WITH JEHOVAS WITNESS HOUSEMATE IN BOARDING HOUSE


http://www.collegenet.com/elect/app/app?service=external/Forum&sp=23371, http://www.mylawyer.com/legalinfo.asp?level=3&id=266,http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist/2010/03/18/cat-calling-bystander-sexism-and-how-sexual-harassment-hurts-men/, http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/catcalling Unfortunately, as a female, I'm constantly being harassed by a housemate in a boarding house (as I didn't choose him as a housemate, every room is rented separately) Joesph Thurston, some wingnut Jehovas Witness, as he will NOT stop sticking his head out of the window of our boarding house and making cat calls to any female (including myself) walking by, blasting Christian music between 4AM and 6AM, singing loudly and talking to himself, and following me when ever I leave the house, totally BIZARRE, as this behavior is unacceptable specifically in a boarding house. ..Everyone avoids this Jehovah's Witness dude Joesph Thurston like the plague, no one wants to talk to him, neither do I. I don't care what someone looks like in the morning, there is no reason to abuse others. I'm not straight, and I'm a staunch atheist, I can't fathom the many ways all of my friends want to discipline this Jehovah Witness negro, coon as we're all annoyed by this disgusting behavior. We've called the cops on him and one other 7 times in a month.
Not to mention that the landlord has just spent money on water sealing the bathroom, there fore closing the shower for two days because of Joesph Thurston's (room 4) INTENTIONAL abuse of such privileges (putting icky things down the bathroom drain on on the shower stall floor) as no one could shower for two days.
I'm going to press charges against this Jehovah Witness for harassment, perhaps sexual, and bullying and if you see him do that to you, take action, I will support.
I'm also going to sue this landlord for lack of house management, lack of adequate plumbing, multiple power outages (ruining one of my appliances), being locked in my room (first week) as the doorknob was tampered with before I moved in, no blinds in my room, hallway and bathroom and lack of hot water in court. We're also thinking that the basement apartment with the porch may be (not confirmed) an illegal rental. We have him this Jehovah Witness idiot (Joesph Thurston) on tape and on camera harassing, and stalking and menacing others.
Everyone in this house has reacted towards him (J. Thurston), and hates him, ex housemate Sam now gone back to the Czech Republic, put TWO holes in the hallway wall because of this Jehovah Witness wingnut, another housemate ripped this idiot Joesph Thurston a new asshole for stating sex offenders are exonerated from due process of criminal law because of religion, not in the USA dude, we wouldn't be surprised if this Thurston Jehovah Witness dude is an ex con whom doesn't work, has no social activities, hobbies or friends as we're wondering if he had/has any history of drug abuse or involvement with any drug trafficking at Meadobrook, because I'm straight edge, and I resent it, we'll call up URGENT.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-I will upload a pic of him soon, so you can confront that behavior. \m/ -l-

NEURAXIS SPEAK TO "GREAT BLACK NORTH RADIO" ABOUT NEW RELEASE "ASYLON"


Canadian death/grind warriors NEURAXIS recently spoke to GREAT BLACK NORTH RADIO about the details of the bands new release entitled "ASYLON" due out 2/15/2011 on PROSTHETIC RECORDS.
FROM NEURAXIS:
Click this link to get to radio program http://www.greatblacknorth.ca.

In a recent interview with "The Great Black North" Canadian Metal Radio Program, Neuraxis members Rob Milley and Alex Leblanc open up regarding some intimate details of their new album entitled Asylon, set to be released on February 15, 2011 on Prosthetic Records.

"We're
a great team", Rob remarks when asked how the band's dynamic has
changed since the latest lineup shuffle, which has seen the last
original member of the band leaving, with Rob left holding the reins of
the band. "The (new guys) worked really hard".

"This album is a result of what we've been living (in the last few
years)," Rob claims, regarding the atmosphere of the new material. "To be brutally honest, it's really fucking dark,
and really emotional."



"Everyone has said it really is the heaviest Neuraxis album ever." Alex adds.

"For the first time ever, after 10 times listening to my album, I'm not sick of it," Alex continues. "I can't stop listening."
The
guys seem to be very confident in the prowess of this upcoming album,
which sees the band exploring some darker emotions and concepts
throughout the album's lyrics, which in addition to the title track Asylon, will also feature such song titles as Savior and Destroyer, Left To Devour, and V.

The complete interview is available for streaming and downloading via The Great Black North's webblog at http://www.greatblacknorth.ca.

The Great Black North - Canadian Metal Podcast
is an independent, internet-based weekly heavy metal radio program,
featuring a focus on Canadian content. Hosted by DJ Matt Hades, each
show features 2 hours of extreme and underground music from Canadian
and International Metal acts, along with breaking metal news, complete
concert announcements, and pure canuck humour.

The show is syndicated for weekly air beginning Fridays at 11PM EST (9PM PST) on American-based internet station Brutal Existence Radio (with replays airing in off-hours), and Saturdays at 6PM EST (3PM PST) on Canadian-owned Pure Rock Radio.

There is also an extensive back-catalog of episodes available 24/7 at http://www.greatblacknorth.ca, featuring music and interviews from some of Canada's biggest Metal stars.


THE GREAT BLACK NORTH - Canadian Metal Podcast!

online canadian metal radio show on brutal existence radio…


US/Canada tour with Deicide!!!

Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE will embark on the "God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour" in February/March 2011. The Bloody Disgusting-sponsored trek, which is scheduled to kick off on February 15, will feature support from BELPHEGOR, BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS and PATHOLOGY.

The dates are as follows:

Feb. 15 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Feb. 16 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
Feb. 17 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
Feb. 18 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Feb. 19 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
Feb. 20 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Feb. 21 - New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
Feb. 22 - Quebec City, QUE - Imperial de Quebec
Feb. 23 - Montreal, QUE - Cafe Campus
Feb. 24 - London, ONT - Music Hall
Feb. 25 - Toronto, ONT - Opera House
Feb. 26 - Chicago, IL - Reggie Rock Club
Feb. 27 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
Feb. 28 - Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall
Mar. 01 - Tulsa, OK - Marquee
Mar. 02 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
Mar. 04 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Mar. 05 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Mar. 07 - Las Vegas, NV - Cheyenne Saloon
Mar. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Mar. 09 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
Mar. 10 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse

Tickets for the tour are now on sale exclusively via EnterTheVault.com until October 14 at which point they will be made available via all normal ticketing systems. VIP tickets include early entry and a pre-show meet-and-greet with DEICIDE.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

OZZY OSBOURNE, SCORPIONS, OPETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY CONFIRMED FOR HELLFEST June 17-19, 2010 in Clisson, France



Promoters have confirmed OZZY OSBOURNE, SCORPIONS, OPETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and many more for the 2011 HELLFEST set to take place June 17-19, 2010 in Clisson, France.
FROM HELLFEST PROMOTERS:
OZZY OSBOURNE
SCORPIONS
OPETH
ANATHEMA
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
KREATOR
BOLT THROWER
1349
ANCESTORS
ARKONA
ARMA GATHAS
ATHEIST
AUDREY HORNE
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
COMEBACK KID
DAGOBA
ELECTRIC WIZARD
EXHUMED
EYEHATEGOD
FIREWIND
THE GATES OF SLUMBER
HAWKWIND
KRISIUN
KORPIKLAANI
KYLESA
MASTERS OF REALITY
MEKONG DELTA
PAIN OF SALVATION
RED FANG
SATANIC WARMASTER
SKELETONWITCH
SKYFORGER
STREET DOGS
UNLEASHED
VADER


Previously announced:

ANGEL WITCH
BAD BRAINS
BELPHEGOR
CHURCH OF MISERY
CONVERGE
CORONER
DØDHEIMSGARD
DORO
THE EXPLOITED
GRAVE
THE HAUNTED
IN SOLITUDE
KARMA TO BURN
MALEVOLENT CREATION
MAYHEM
THE MELVINS
MORNE
MY SLEEPING KARMA
NASTY
ORPHANED LAND
RAW POWER
SEPTICFLESH
SHAI HULUD
SODOM
TRIPTYKON
VALIENT THORR
THERION
THE YOUNG GODS
YOUR DEMISE

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Friday, November 19, 2010

STRATOVARIUS DRUMMER JORG MICHAEL DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER



From the "GET WELL SOON" files, STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael has been diagnosed with cancer. FROM NOISECREEP: STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson penned an open letter to the Finnish band's fans, revealing some devastating news: drummer Jörg Michael has been diagnosed with cancer and has had his entire thyroid removed. Johansson stated that Michael is a consummate fighter and plans to kick cancer's ass. That's what we like to hear.

"I am afraid we have some quite terrible news," Johansson said in the letter. "News of the worst imaginable kind. It's about our friend and drummer Jörg Michael. Jörg has cancer."

He continued, "He recently discovered a lump on his neck, went to the doctor, they decided to operate and found what they call 'a malignant thyroid neoplasm.' They took out his whole thyroid just to have the best chance to get everything out. He will also have to undergo a regimen of radiotherapy. He is a fighter. We have all talked to him and it's clear that this guy is not down for the count. He and his team of German doctors are pissed off and ready to kick ass, and I would not want to be a little cancer cell on these guys' shit list. Believe me. Jörg and his family (and us guys in the band) found this out only last week, after the operation. Naturally we are all going between a lot of emotions -- sadness, worry, shock, confusion, even anger."

The prog titans have a lengthy tour planned with Helloween, which the skinsman will be unable to participate in, as he will be immersed in his recovery process. The shows will go on, which is something that Michael himself advocated.

The Stratovarius letter to fans finished on a note of positivity: "So it turns out that Stratovarius will do the first leg of the Helloween 'Seven Sinner' tour just as planned, only without Jörg behind the kit, but with Jörg very much as a motivator to us being there. Not one single date will be canceled or changed. Jörg wants to be back on the road with us again as soon as possible, depending on the therapy, but we are not making any promises. That one is up to powers even higher than Jörg Michael and his doctors. We will try to keep you somewhat updated.

Anyway, the most important thing is that they think they got all the bad stuff out and that the end result is that we just fix that sentence I wrote above. We will then say, 'Jörg had cancer. But he beat it."
FROM STRATOVARIUS:

Some bad news...

Dear Stratovarius fans, I am afraid we have some quite terrible news. News of the worst imaginable kind. It's about our friend and drummer Jörg Michael.

Jörg has cancer.

He recently discovered a lump on his neck, went to the doctor, they decided to operate, and found what they call "a malignant thyroid neoplasm". They took out his whole thyroid just to have the best chance to get everything out. He will also have to undergo a regimen of radiotherapy. He is a fighter. We have all talked to him and it's clear that this guy is not down for the count. He and his team of German doctors are pissed off and ready to kick ass, and I would not want to be a little cancer cell on these guys' shit list.. believe me.

Jörg and his family (and us guys in the band) found this out only last week, after the operation. Naturally we are all going between a lot of emotions, sadness, worry, shock, confusion, even anger.

As for Stratovarius, as you perhaps know there is a long tour coming up with Helloween, and with the surgery and therapy that will now follow there is no way Jörg can do the first part of the tour. For me personally (it's Jens writing this if you didn't figure it out) I at first felt quite hopeless about the tour, because I was so upset about all this news. But Jörg himself has been extremely clear that he does not want the band to cancel a single show because of this. In the end this is what made at least me feel better about going back hitting the road next week.

So, we have debated what to do for many days now. Jörg first suggested my brother Anders to do this November-December 2010 leg, but it turns out Anders will unfortunately be busy recording some record or other with that little indie cellar band of his called HammerFall. :o) After a lot of searching we found a guy that both can do it and didn't have other commitments: Alex Landenburg. He plays well, Jörg says he is a great guy (very important!) and he even started learning the set already before we even had decided what to do, which to me shows a lot of dedication. You can google Alex' name if you are curious.

So it turns out that Stratovarius will do the first leg of the Helloween Seven Sinner tour, just as planned, only not with Jörg behind the kit, but with Jörg very much as a motivator to us being there. Not one single date will be cancelled or changed. Jörg wants to be back on the road with us again as soon as possible depending on the thearapy, but we are not making any promises, that one is up to powers even higher than Jörg Michael and his doctors. We will try to keep you somewhat updated.


Anyway, the most important thing is that they think they got all the bad stuff out and that the end result is that we just fix that sentence I wrote above. We will then say:

Jörg cancer. But he beat it.

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

CROWBAR ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES


New Orleans, Louisiana sludge warriors CROWBAR have announced MORE U.S. tour dates with support from BLACK TUSK.

FROM CROWBAR:
CROWBAR US TOUR DATES
w/ BLACK TUSK:
Nov. 26 - Panama City Beach @ Newby's Too - NEW DATE
Nov. 27 - Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
Nov. 28 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
Nov. 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
Nov. 30 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Dec. 01 - Charleston, SC @ Jimbo's Rock Lounge
Dec. 02 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall w/ EYEHATEGOD
Dec. 03 - VA Beach @ Hangar 09
Dec. 04 - Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar & Grill
Dec. 05 - New York, NY @ Santo's Party House
Dec. 06 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary Coast
Dec. 07 - Providence, RI @ Club Hell
Dec. 08 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Dec. 09 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Evening Star Music Hall
Dec. 10 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa - NEW VENUE
Dec. 11 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
Dec. 12 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Dec. 13 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
Dec. 14 - Little Rock @ The Downtown Music - NEW VENUE
Dec. 15 - Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
Dec. 16 - Amarillo, TX @ El Cien
Dec. 17 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Dec. 18 - Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse (No Black Tusk)

Get some CROWBAR shirts http://www.stillbornstore.com

Follow Kirk on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/crowbarrules
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

MARYLAND DEATH FEST (5/26-29, 2011-SONAR, Baltimore, MD)- LINEUP FINALIZED


MARYLAND DEATH FEST organizers have confirmed crust/core legends TRAGEDY, there fore the lineup is complete for the 2011 MARYLAND DEATH FEST set to take place 5/26-29, 2011 @ THE SONAR, BALTIMORE, Maryland.

FROM MDF PROMOTERS:

Thursday, May 26th:
CATHEDRAL
TRAGEDY
BUZZOV*EN
EXTORTION
LACK OF INTEREST
FLESH PARADE
MIASMAL
WITCHAVEN
NOISEAR
SHITSTORM

Friday, May 27th:
NEUROSIS
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
EXHUMED
AURA NOIR
MARDUK
GOATSNAKE
KYLESA
MACHETAZO
FUNEBRARUM
NOCTURNAL
HATRED SURGE
NAILS
PULLING TEETH

Saturday, May 28th:
VOIVOD
EXHORDER
DOOM
IMPALED NAZARENE
DESTROYER 666
HAIL OF BULLETS
INQUISITION
HOODED MENACE
DROPDEAD
CIANIDE
ACID WITCH
AVULSED
BLOOD FREAK
DEVOURMENT
THE KILL
CRETIN
DEFEATED SANITY
MAMMOTH GRINDER
CREATIVE WASTE
INNUMERABLE FORMS
MASAKARI

Sunday, May 29th:
CORONER
NUCLEAR ASSAULT
DEATH BREATH
LOCK UP
ORANGE GOBLIN
REPUGNANT
CITIZENS ARREST
DEAD CONGREGATION
REGURGITATE
LAST DAYS OF HUMANITY
WORMED
CRIPPLE BASTARDS
MALIGNANT TUMOUR
NOKTURNEL
GRAVEHILL
NIGHTBRINGER
BAD ACID TRIP
OAK
VISVERAL DISGORGE

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

RE UNITED WINTER CONFIRMED FOR ROADBURN 2011




GREAT NEWS: New York re- reunited doom masters WINTER are confirmed for ROADBURN 2011.
FROM BLABBERMOUTH.NET:
19 years after the band split in 1992, New York's cult doom band WINTER has reformed and will play at the Roadburn festival in Tilburg, Holland next April. The band will perform on Friday, April 15 at the 013 vnue as part of SUNN O)))'s curated day along with EARTH, SCORN, BEAVER, ALUK TODOLO, MENACE RUINE, HOODED MENACE, THE SECRET and Atilla Csihar's VOID OV VOICES.

As curator, SUNN O))) (Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley) are personally selecting the bands that will play during their special event, as well as performing a headlining show. SUNN O))) is Roadburn's fourth curator, following David Tibet in 2008, NEUROSIS in 2009 and TRIPTYKON's Tom Gabriel Warrior at this year's festival in April.

SUNN O))) comments: "SUNN O))) is honored to present the first part of our guests for the curated day at Roadburn, April 15, 2011. They represent a broad range of bands we are fans of, and in many cases some of our closest friends and collaborators. We hope you appreciate the selection, and look forward to announcing more of our selection and allies..."

Also newly confirmed for Roadburn festival 2011 are BLACK MATH HORSEMAN and Steve Austin's TODAY IS THE DAY.

Tickets for Roadburn 2011, including the Afterburner, will go on sale Saturday, November 27 online through Ticketmaster.nl and at the 013 venue box office.

Sponsored by Terrorizer and Germany's Rock Hard, the 2011 edition of the Roadburn festival will include GODFLESH's performance of its seminal debut full-length album, 1989's "Streetcleaner", in its entirety, SUNN O)))'s special event, headliner SWANS, CANDLEMASS celebrating 25 years of doom (including a performance of the "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" album in its entirety; featuring original vocalist Johan Längquist), WOVENHAND and WARDRUNA (the dark ambient folk project led by former GORGOROTH drummer Kvitrafn).
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-DOOOOOOM OOOOON \m/ -l-

Thursday, November 18, 2010

ORIGIN SIGN TO NUCLEAR BLAST


Topeka, Kansas technical death metal warriors ORIGIN have inked a deal with NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS.
FROM EXTREME MANAGEMENT:
Extreme Management Group and American technical death metal innovators ORIGIN have announced the band's worldwide recording contract with Nuclear Blast Records. ORIGIN, which is responsible for such genre-defining classics as "Informis Infinitas", "Inhumanitas" (2002) and "Antithesis" (2008), will enter Chapman Recording Studios in Lenexa, Kansas tomorrow with long-time engineer Robert Rebeck to record its Nuclear Blast debut. Rebeck's work can be heard on ORIGIN's "Antithesis" and "Echoes Of Decimation" (2005) albums in addition to the "A Coming Into Existence" demo (1998).

"It is a great honor to be working with Nuclear Blast," comments founding member and guitarist Paul Ryan. "We are excited to be working with a label with such an amazing presence in the metal scene. They have some of the best extreme bands in the history of extreme music and we are very honored to be apart of this. We are eager to join the ranks of the Nuclear Blast roster!"

Drummer John Longstreth adds: "We are very excited to begin working on our next album under the guide of Nuclear Blast Records! Being signed to one of the largest and most successful heavy metal labels makes it only natural that you will definitely be seeing a lot more of this band. Plans are already being laid by Extreme Management Group for the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico and pretty much everywhere with a stage and (future) ORIGIN fans. To us, it's only fitting that after 10 years, it came time to make a few positive changes so that we could continue to create this insane form of music for you. We are very excited to bring album #5 to our fans and we feel confident that our fans will not be let down."

Ryan Caddell, who directed and filmed the video clip for "Portal" and the bonus video on "Echoes Of Decimation", will be joining the guys in the studio once again to document the creative process leading up to the creation of ORIGIN's fifth album plus capture all the behind-the-scenes mayhem.

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

GOROD ENTITLES NEW EP "Transcendence"


French technical death metal warriors GOROD have sent this update as the band has entitled their next EP "Transcendence" and have announced lineup changes.
FROM GOROD:
Here are some Gorod great news !

Gorod new EP !
French Death Tech virtuosi Gorod are to the point to finish their forthcoming EP named "Transcendence"!
This
surprising sound, that shows Gorod's universe in a new way of it's
musical approach, mark the end of the SF story that started with 1st
album "Neurotripsick".
This EP will consist of two parts:
-
Audio part : a re recorded and new version of "Earth Pus", 2 surprising
acoustics versions of "Earth Pus (Salvation)" and "Blackout (Renewed
Souls)", a cover of stellar Cynic's "Textures" and an outstanding epic
15" song (Transcendence) including guest vocals of NY legends
Immolation's singer Ross Dolan.
- DVD Part: an entire video show
recorded live in their hometown's Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux (FR); a
superb photo gallery of photographer David Sanchez that relate Gorod US
2010 trek, Gorod performance in Joao Onofre's "Box Sized DIE", and few
more events, with a soundtrack of Gorod live performance at WFMU radio
show (Jersey City, NJ, USA), recorded May 27, 2010.

The artwork, as usual, done by Gorod's guitar player and mastermind Mat, will be unveiled soon.

Gorod new line up !
Gorod
have maintained Julien "Nutz" Deyres as singer... Julien standed in for
last summer European tour with Cattle Decapitation, after Guillaume's
decision to leave the band.
The band recently recruited young and
talented guitar player Nicolas Alberny as replacement of Arnaud who left
the band due to health problems.

Gorod is now ready to hit the stage !
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

BOGOTA GRIND DEATH FEST IX NOV 26 2010-BOGOTA, COLOMBIA


Promoters have announced the 2010 BOGOTA GRIND DEATH FEST IX NOV 26 SATORM BAR CRA 13
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA.
FROM BOGOTA GRIND DEATH FEST IX PROMOTERS:
HORARIO DE BANDAS BOGOTA GRIND DEATH FEST IX Nov 26 STORM BAR

BURDEN OF HATE

SAVAGES TORMENT

NONSENSE PREMONITION

SUPPURATION

MALIGNANCY

ANCIENT NECROPSY

PHALOGORE

BACTEREMIA

GORETRADE
BOGOTA GRIND DEATH FEST IX NOV 26 desde New York MALIGNANCY NONSENSE PREMONITION SUPPURATION ANCIENT NECROPSY Medellin PHALOGORE BACTEREMIA Medellin SAVAGES TORMENT BURDEN OF HATE Bucaramanga BOLETERIA DISPONIBLE EN BLASTING RECORDS PRECIO DE PREVENTA $30.000 DIA DEL FEST $40.000 BOGOTA GRIND DEATH FEST IX NOV 26 desde New York MALIGNANCY BOGOTA GRIND DEATH FEST IX NOV 26 desde New York MALIGNANCY
CLINICA DE BATERIA con MIKE HELLER (BATERISTA DE MALIGNANCY Y SYSTEM DIVIDE) SOLO 25 CUPOS DISPONIBLES. VALOR: $50.000. DURACIN: 2 HORAS. SEPARA T CUPO EN: BLASTING RECORDS (2817828) 4 CUARTOS (4006971)
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

IRON MAIDEN ANNOUNCE SPRING 2011 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES


British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have announced a spring 2011 European leg of dates.
FROM IRON MAIDEN:
"The Final Frontier World Tour 2011":

May 28 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Festhalle
May 29 - Oberhausen, Germany @ Kopi Arena
May 31 - Munich, Germany @ Olympiahalle
Jun. 02 - Hamburg, Germany @ O2 World
Jun. 03 - Berlin, Germany @ O2 World
Jun. 07 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Schleyerhalle
Jun. 08 - Arnhem, The Netherlands @ Gerledome
Jun. 27 - Paris, France @ Bercy
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

ELUVEITIE ANNOUNCES 2011 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL and SYSTEM DIVIDE.


Swiss folk-death-metallers ELUVEITIE have announced a February/March 2011 North American tour with 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL, SYSTEM DIVIDE.
FROM ELUVEITIE:
Swiss melodic-folk-death-metallers ELUVEITIE will return to North America next February, in support of their new latest masterpiece Everything Remains As It Never Was. Joining them will be 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL, SYSTEM DIVIDE.

Vocalist and mastermind Chrigel Glanzmann had this to say about the bands much anticipated return to our continent:

"Since we joined AMON AMARTH to support them on their tour in the US last April, we only got to play a shorter set there. So, after touring all over Europe and the UK for several months now, it's definitely high time we came back to America with an full set list. We're really happy and looking forward to finally visiting the US again to rock the living shit out of our fans! We plan on spoiling you with an extended set, an extended stage performance and some surprises!

Also, we're proud to present you an absolute killer package, totally under the banner of pure fucking metal! We will return with no less than the Canadian berzerkers of 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, our Californian true metal buddies from HOLY GRAIL, along with SYSTEM DIVIDE, an amazingly talented young melodic death metal band!

Well, there's not much left to say - horns up for a pure fucking metal massacre! See you there!"
Feb. 01 - Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Feb. 02 - The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
Feb. 03 - The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Feb. 04 - Cercle – Quebec City, QC
Feb. 05 - Le National – Montreal, QC
Feb. 06 - The Opera House – Toronto, ON
Feb. 08 - The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Feb. 09 - Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN
Feb. 10 - Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
Feb. 11 - Maquis Theater – Denver, CO
Feb. 12 - Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT
Feb. 14 - El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Feb. 15 - Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
Feb. 16 - Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Feb. 17 - Slims – San Francisco, CA
Feb. 18 - The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 19 - Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
Feb. 21 - Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
Feb. 22 - Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
Feb. 24 - State Theatre – Saint Petersburg, FL
Feb. 25 - Firestone Live – Orlando, FL
Feb. 26 - The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Thanks-Stay metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

ANGELWITCH and LAWNMOWER DETH CONFIRMED FOR BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 8/12-14, 2011 DERBY, UK




BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR set to take place 8/12-14, 2011 Derby, UK (ENGLAND) have confirmed the addition of ANGELWITCH and LAWNMOWER DETH..
FROM BOA PROMOTERS:

With the cold dark weather around us and the festive season around the corner, August 2011 may seem like a long way off, but BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR have just announced another two exclusive festival appearances in addition to the five already on offer. NWOBHM heroes ANGEL WITCH make their BLOODSTOCK debut on the SOPHIE this year. A name synonymous with the British metal scene in the 1980’s, ANGEL WITCH achieved legendary cult status that decade, with their legacy continuing long after their demise, having become highly influential, with Metallica even citing them as a major influence.

With interest in the band revived after the release of 2000’s “Resurrection” compilation, ANGELWITCH are now back on the scene, and continue to make waves with high profile support slots, and their eponymous song “Angel Witch” being featured on the Brutal Legend videogame. Now BLOODSTOCK can capture the magic of the NWOBHM scene with the appearance of one of it’s top names at BOA 2011.


Another blast from the past - although perhaps not as far back - and also making their BLOODSTOCK debut, comedy Thrashers LAWNMOWER DETH will join ANGELWITCH on the SOPHIE LANCASTER stage. Frontman/loon Qualcast Mutilator expresses his happiness at joining the BOA 2011 line up:

"How chuffed are we to be playing Bloodstock! The forums have been predicting this for several years, who says we don't listen. Well frankly we don't, I thought we were playing Woodstock, but hey, it’s a field, its full of metal, good enough for us. Bring on the party."

With classic such as “Weeble’s Wobble But They Don’t Fall Down”, “Can I Cultivate Your Groinal Garden” and “Satan’s Trampoline”, festival goers are in for a hilariously heavy treat, and possibly the first KIM WILDE cover in the festival’s history should they decide to unleash their only single “Kids In America”.

With MORBID ANGEL, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, TRIPTYKON, THERION and headliners IMMORTAL already confirmed for the main stage, BOA 2011 is set to be an unmissable event. What's more, early bird tickets are on sale now at the price of just 90 - rolled back from 99.95 - up to 15th December 2010 and are available from http://www.bloodstock.uk.com - get yours before this special offer runs out!

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2011 12th - 14th AUGUST 2011

BAND LINE UP SO FAR:
IMMORTAL : RHAPSODY OF FIRE : TRIPTYKON : MORBID ANGEL : THERION : LAWNMOWER DEATH : ANGELWITCH :
FROM BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR PROMOTERS AND REVIEWERS:
METAL 2 THE MASSES

A unique initiative that sees the festival working in conjunction with local venues up and the down the country, taking to the grass roots of gigging in order to discover their finest local bands and giving one from each the chance of an esteemed slot at the festival.

Contact Simon Hall for more information

BLOODSTOCK UNSIGNED

As well as taking to the streets, we also love hearing from bands interested in playing the festival and actively encourage Unsigned bands to get in touch, send in their promo packs etc and we do listen to each and every one but of course only so many can play each year!

Contact Lee Heydon for more information

SOPHIE LANCASTER STAGE

Bloodstock's 3rd Stage was renamed "The Sophie Lancaster Stage" in 2009 and will continue to be so for 2010, this is due to the huge support shown by the Bloodstock fans and the message this represents. It is a fitting tribute to a young girl who was brutally attacked along with her boyfriend in 2007 while walking through her local park in Bacup, Lancashire. Sophie and her boyfriend were singled out not for anything they had said or done, but because they looked and dressed differently. Unfortunately Sophie later died in hospital following the injuries from this vicious and unprovoked attack.

Bloodstock organiser Paul Gregory said "It is our hope that renaming the stage will help to keep Sophie's memory alive and raise awareness to our society that this kind of brutal behaviour will not be tolerated".

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2011 TRAILER: IMMORTAL CONFIRMED FOR 2011:
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

THE WAY OF PURITY,GORGOROTH, BELPHEGOR and IMPIETY CONFIRMED FOR BLACK FEST OVER XMAS 2010 TOUR


Promoters have announced the dates for the previously announced BLACK FEST OVER XMAS 2010 European tour featuring GORGOROTH, BELPHEGOR, IMPIETY and THE WAY OF PURITY.
FROM THE WAY OF PURITY:
The Way Of Purity confirmed at BLACKFEST OVER X-MASS 2010 with: GORGOROTH, BELPHEGOR and IMPIETY
26.12.2010 ESSEN (D) Turock
27.12.2010 BERLIN (D) C-Club
28.12.2010 LEIPZIG (D) Theater Fabrik Sachsen
29.12.2010 WIEN (AT) Szene
30.12.2010 AUGSBURG (AT) Kantine
01.01.2011 PINARELLA DI CERVIA (IT) Rock Planet

http://www.godownbelieving.com



http://www.myspace.com/gorgoroth

http://www.myspace.com/belphegor
http://www.myspace.com/impietyofficial
http://www.myspace.com/thewayofpurity
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

IMMORTAL ANNOUNCES WINTER 2011 U.S. MINI TOUR


Norwegian black metal legends IMMORTAL have announced a February 2011 U.S. mini tour with support from ABSU.

Feb. 19 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Feb. 20 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Feb. 21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre
Feb. 22 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
Feb. 24 - Denver, CO - Summit Theatre
Feb. 26 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

AMORPHIS CONFIRMED FOR ROCKHARZ OPEN AIR 7/7-9 2011 Ballenstedt, Germany


ROCKHARZ OPEN AIR set to take place 7/7-9,2011 Ballenstedt, Germany have confirmed Finnish death/ doomsters AMORPHIS.
FROM ROCKHARZ OPEN AIR 2011 PROMOTERS:
AMORPHIS confirmed!
Long we have been waiting for and this year it finally worked! The Finnish AMORPHIS finally come to our festival! In their home country to the most successful acts in this country all bows are just one of the versatility and outstanding musical talent of the band. ...
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

URFAUST PREPARE FOR NEW RELEASE


Netherlands based ambient/black metal project URFAUST has issued this statement on the bands new release due out later this month.
FROM VAN RECORDS and URFAUST:
The Bettler is coming!
Just less than 2 weeks left until VAN Records will release our new Opus of Intoxication!
pre-orders are taken now:
http://www.van-records.de



For those who care, we still have a few Urfaust shirts available with the artwork of our split 7" with Joyless:

http://www.urfaust.bigcartel.com

Last copies and they will NEVER be re-pressed again, the same goes for the stickers, cd's and tapes: we are running out of them, so this is a good chance to obtain them!!!
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

EVILE ANNOUNCES WINTER 2011 UK TOUR


UK thrashers EVILE have announced a February 2011 UK tour.
FROM EVILE:
Feb. 09 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
Feb. 10 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
Feb. 11 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
Feb. 12 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
Feb. 13 - London, UK - Underworld
Mar. 18-20 - Prestatyn, UK - Hammerfest
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

DIABOLIC SEEKING NEW BASSIST/VOCALIST




Florida death metal warriors DIABOLIC have issued the following statement, following their appearance at “Goregrowler’s Ball IV”:
FROM DIABOLIC:
DIABOLIC original member, Bassist/Vocalist Paul Ouellette has been ousted from the band, due to his drunken and unprofessional behavior, and walking offstage mid-song during the band’s recent performance Fri, Nov 12 at “Goregrowler’s Ball IV” in San Antonio, TX. Many of our friends and fans know that this is not our first episode dealing with Paul’s drunken, often violent, destructive, and unprofessional behavior at shows. For DIABOLIC’s frontman to behave in this way is inexcusable and after several warnings, we have no choice; Paul has been removed permanently from the lineup, and is no longer a member of DIABOLIC.



DIABOLIC continued to play our next several songs and finished our set without vocals, and we would like to thank all of our friends and fans who stayed to show your support, during and after our set! Many of you have said how much you enjoyed our set even without vocals, and that you respect us for finishing our set, in spite of what happened. For that we say THANK YOU!! And thank you to “Goregrowler’s Ball” promoter, Aaron Mendiola (also vocalist of ENGAGED IN MUTILATING) for having us, and we look forward to the day when we can return to San Antonio, TX and bring you all DIABOLIC they way it was meant to be!!



Effective immediately, DIABOLIC are seeking a replacement Bassist/Vocalist. We are looking for pro gear, stage presence, and most importantly sick vocals and bass skills. We have a European Tour offer for 2011, so ability to tour is a must! Qualified applicants will live in or near the Tampa, FL area or willing to relocate. If you are interested and have what it takes, email aantar@diabolic-deathmetal.com



For more info about DIABOLIC:

www.diabolic-deathmetal.com

www.myspace.com/diabolic666

www.facebook.com/diabolic.metal
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES POSTPONE FALL U.S. TOUR


The BROOKLYN VEGAN reports that legendary crossover hardcore/thrash act SUICIDAL TENDENCIES have postponed the rest of the bands (last 5 shows) fall 2010 U.S. tour. SUICIDAL TENDENCIES have confirmed the postponement of the bands fall 2010 U.S. tour on the bands primary website.

FROM SUICIDAL TENDENCIES:
Sunday Night ST played NYC to 2000 Old and New School Cycos!
It's always great to hit the East Coast and catch up with alot of our friends/ bands/ family.
Unfortunately the NYC show will be the last show of this tour.
Sadly, one of the band members had a parent pass away suddenly and needed to fly home to be with his family in this difficult time and handle all the funeral arrangements, etc.
With heavy hearts, the band decided it would be best to postpone the remaining ST shows and make them up sometime next year. We appreciate your understanding, your thoughts and your prayers.
Please give us a few days and we will try and let those who already have tickets, how to get refunds, etc.
Again, we are so sorry to have to postpone these shows, but hope that everyone will be able to understand, and we'll do our best to make the dates up.

The cancelled dates include 11/17 in Chicago, 11/18 in Minneapolis, 11/20 in Denver, and 11/21 in Albequerque, NM.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

CHRISTIANS TRY TO STOP BLACK MASS FESTIVAL (11/27/2010- Sydney, Australia, Newtown, RSL)


TERRORIZER MAGAZINE and NUCLEAR WAR NOW PRODUCTIONS report that Christians are trying to stop the previously planned BLACK MASS FESTIVAL scheduled for 11/27/2010 Sydney, Australia, Newtown, RSL.
FROM TERRORIZER MAGAZINE:
On 27th November Sydney is playing host to it's own Black Mass Festival with Naxzul and a host of Australian black metal bands delivering their satanic sermons. But it seems that this has riled some of the local christians who are trying to stop the whole thing going ahead. So far the moral crusaders have contacted the venue - Shush at the Newtown RSL - and the booking agent directly with regards to stoping the show, but the venue and booking agent are not backing down and are happy to back the gig. Strike one for Satan. One of the ticket outlets , Le Cabinet des Curiosities, has also been subjected to phone calls asking questions such as will there be a real black mass and will there be sacrifices? No group has put their hand up to reveal where they are from or who they are but have always stated that "we are offended", strike two to Satan.
It's not only the venue and ticket outlet that have been targeted, Both Nazxul and Drowning the Light have received death threats along the lines of "what you are doing is wrong" and "if you play this show you will pay for it" and the straight out "you are as good as dead that night" and the anonymous do-gooders have apparently been monitoring metal forums on the internet to get information. There may well even be a righteous protest outside the gig on the night.
The last word on this is from the promoter, "Tickets have been flying out the door so I am sure it will be a great night and perhaps even better if the Christians come haha." Third and final strike to Satan.
FROM BLACK MASS PROMOTERS:
Séance Records Presents
BLACK MASS

BLACK METAL FESTIVAL
SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

NAZXUL (NSW)
ASTRIAAL (QLD)
DROWNING THE LIGHT (NSW)
SANGUINARY MISANTHROPIA (VIC)
WARDAEMONIC (WA)
EREBUS ENTHRONED (NSW)
MOON (QLD)
SPIRE (QLD)

Séance Records presents the diabolical union of eight of Australia’s black metal elite for this once in a lifetime live ritual & special black mass performance to take place on November 27th 2010. The unholy spell to be cast upon the city of Sydney will be headlined by Nazxul performing their last show for the ‘Iconoclast’ album before returning into the black abyss to record their next album. Joined in darkness they are accompanied by Astriaal returning to Sydney after a seven year hiatus with their new album, ‘Anatomy of the Infinite’ along with Drowning The Light who will divulge the ultimate opus of evil in this truly rare & cult performance by one of underground black metal’s most enigmatic & fascinating purveyors.
Sanguinary Misanthropia & Erebus Enthroned will reveal the ultimate in aural soul possessing occult revelations. Whilst Wardeamonic will conquer the great divide of distance to partake in the unbridled blasphemy. Moon & Spire are not to be missed as their misanthropic, avant-garde ambience & atmospheres begin all rituals as they perform for the first time in Sydney.
From all corners of Terra Australis they congregate in a union of all things unholy, united under the banner of black metal, darkness & arcane ideology. Join them, Join the ancient evil…. Join The Ultimate Black Mass……..

NOVEMBER 27TH 2010
SHUSH – NEWTOWN RSL – Level 2 (Theatre)
52 – 60 Enmore Rd, Newtown, Sydney, Australia.

$30 Pre Sale / $35 Door
Doors 5PM – LATE
18+ Only

STALLS – GIVE AWAYS – DJS
Be not discouraged – only the darkest of sounds played from eve ‘til dawn.
Between riotous Goatworship & musical appreciation peruse the wares available from the numerous stalls. Vinyl, Cds, Shirts & more.

Tickets available Soon From –
Le Cabinet des Curiosities, 97 Enmore Rd, Enmore, Sydney
PH: 02 95174598 – www.curiosities.com.au
www.myspace.com/blackmassfestival
www.myspace.com/seancerecords
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

MONTREAL IS DOOMED FESTIVAL 12/4/ 2010 MONTREAL, QB (CANADA) @ LES KATACOMBES


Promoters have announced the MONTREAL IS DOOMED FEST, set to take place 12/4/2010 Montreal, Quebec (CANADA) @ LES KATACOMBES.
FROM MONTREAL IS DOOMED PROMOTERS:
Montreal is Doomed! is the first doom metal mini-festival in Quebec, Canada. This edition features an exclusive show by NWOBHM/Trad Doom legends PAGAN ALTAR - which also happens to be their long awaited first visit on American territory! Opening are Blood Ceremony (Rise Above Records), Revelation (Shadow Kingdom Records) and Cauchemar (Nuclear War Now! Prods).

PAGAN ALTAR
NWOBHM/Trad Doom legends
Exclusive first show outside Europe!
http://www.myspace.com/paganaltar

and

BLOOD CEREMONY
Rise Above Records
(Doomy heavy rock)
http://www.myspace.com/bloodceremony


REVELATION
Shadow Kingdom Records
(Pure doom from Maryland)
http://www.myspace.com/revelationdoom


CAUCHEMAR
Nuclear War Now! Productions
(Doomy heavy metal)
http://www.myspace.com/cauchemarmetal


Saturday December 4th
@ Katacombes
8:00 PM – 3AM / 18+ / 25 $
1635, St-Laurent Blvd
Montréal, QC Canada

Tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118471
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Monday, November 15, 2010

DREAM THEATER INDUCTED INTO LONG ISLAND MUSIC HALL OF FAME: GUITARIST JOHN PETRUCCI COMMENTS ON INDUCTION


Long Island, New Yorkers DREAM THEATER have been inducted into the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame, guitarist JOHN PETRUCCI commented to ROADRUNNER RECORDS on the bands induction as ceremonies shall take place 11/16/2010.
FROM ROADRUNNER RECORDS and DREAM THEATER:
Dream Theater's John Petrucci: "It is a Tremendous Honor For Us To Be Inducted Into The Long Island Music Hall of Fame"
On Tuesday, November 16th, The Long Island Music Hall of Fame will hold it's official ceremony to induct this year's crop of talented musicians and industry insiders alike into it's hallowed halls. And standing alongside rock icon Lou Reed and hip-hop legends Eric B & Rakim are none other than Long Island, NY-born prog masters Dream Theater.

To explore what this honor bestowed upon the band means to them, especially in light of the celebration of their 25th anniversary, we checked in with DT's revered guitarist John Petrucci.

John tells Roadrunner, "It is a tremendous honor for us to be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Having grown up on LI and having lived here for most of my life, it has a very special meaning to me. The roots of DT stem all the way back to my home town of King Park where John Myung and I spent countless hours writing and playing music together.

"Being part of a band with a 25 year history who went from playing the local Long Island clubs to headlining at the iconic Jones Beach Theater has been an amazing experience and the induction on Tuesday night is a great testament to that journey."
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

KATAKLYSM ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES WITH DECREPIT BIRTH, ALL SHALL PERISH, CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE and ABYSMAL DAWN


Canadian extreme metal legends KATAKLYSM have announced the dates for the previously announced MARCH 2011 North American tour with DECREPIT BIRTH, ALL SHALL PERISH, CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE and ABYSMAL DAWN:
FROM
KATAKLYSM:
Feb. 24 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Feb. 25 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Feb. 26 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
Feb. 27 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Feb. 28 - Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB - Canada
Mar. 02 - Starlite - Edmonton, AB - Canada
Mar. 03 - Lake City Bowl - Kelowna, BC - Canada
Mar. 04 - Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC - Canada
Mar. 05 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
Mar. 06 - Branx - Portland, OR
Mar. 07 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA (No ABYSMAL DAWN)
Mar. 08 - The Whisky - Hollywood, CA
Mar. 09 - Soma - San Diego, CA
Mar. 10 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
Mar. 11 - El Cien - Amarillo, TX
Mar. 12 - Ridglea Theatre - Ft. Worth, TX
Mar. 13 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
Mar. 15 - State Theater - St Petersburg, FL
Mar. 16 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
Mar. 17 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Mar. 18 - Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
Mar. 19 - Evening Star Music Hall - Niagara Falls, NY
Mar. 20 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC - Canada
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

OCEANO PREMIER NEW VIDEO "Weaponized" ON MTV


Earache recording artists and Chicago area death/grind warriors OCEANO will debut the bands video for "Weaponized" (off of the bands latest release "CONTAGION") tonight on MTV.
Tonight's MTV HEADBANGERS BALL will be hosted by members of GWAR:
Mutant metal-masters GWAR will continue their media domination with yet another TV appearance later this evening. The band that has taken over NBC and Fox News is now taking over MTV2. Tonight your Lords and Masters will be hosting "Headbangers Ball" at 3 a.m. (early Tuesday morning). Lead singer Oderus Urungus and bass player Beefcake the Mighty will be sharing some of their favorite metal videos in addition to premiering their new video, "Zombies, March!", from their just-released album "Bloody Pit of Horror". Check out a preview clip below.

When reached for comment, lead singer Oderus Urungus politely screamed: "I am not going to waste time telling you the why's and where's of a bunch of crap concerning our massive show of supremacy on 'Headbangers Ball' — I am just telling you to watch it or I will rip your fucking head off!"

FROM EARACHE RECORDS:
Tune in to Headbangers Ball at 3am tonight

The brand new video from Oceano for the song "Weaponized" will debut along with videos from Megadeth, Slayer, Behemoth and Municipal Waste.

Buy the album "CONTAGION" in stores now: http://earache.tumblr.com/post/1518192830/get-a-free-oceanometal-creating-the-contagion

Buy the album "CONTAGION" from iTunes now: http://earache.tumblr.com/post/1582256846/oceanos-devastating-new-album-contagion-is-out

Watch the video on Youtube now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlsdx_IDhwQ
FROM OCEANO:

OCEANO DEBUTS NEW VIDEO FOR "WEAPONIZED"

..OCEANO DEBUTS NEW VIDEO FOR "WEAPONIZED"

OCEANO have debuted their newest video for the CONTAGION track, "..Weaponized." This is the band's first video from their upcoming November 9th release and it was directed by Kevin J. Custer (TESTAMENT, HATEBREED, TOMBS, JUSTIN BIEBER). The video features explosive performance footage of the Chicago deathcore heavyweights acting as a counterpoint to a high tension situation that builds throughout the video.

Everyone involved in the making of the video put a lot of hard work into it. OCEANO frontman, Adam Warren recalls the shoot and is excited about how everything came together. "It was a very good shoot. It was put together quickly and efficiently. We had a very professional group of people working with us and they really did a good job of creating a visual experience to tie in with the story and overall themes for both the song as well as the album."

Watch the new video for OCEANO's "Weaponized" ..here: http://www.youtube.com/..watch?v=Mlsdx_IDhwQ

This Tuesday, November 9th is the release date for OCEANO's exceptional sophomore album, CONTAGION. That means that the chance to pre-order the album and win a brand new iPad is almost at an end. All fans must do is go to http://earache.com/..uswebstore/index.php/cPath/..667_672_698 and pre-order CONTAGION. Pre-order the album on its own, with a hoodie, a shirt or any other configuration that can be conceived. As long as the pre-order is made through the EARACHE US WEBSTORE, fans will automatically be entered into a drawing to win. The contest ends at 12:00 AM EST on November 9th so fans must make sure that their pre-orders are in before then or else they will be ineligible.

View the contest flyer here: http://earacherecords...com/myspace/ipad.jpg

Due to be released in North America on November 9th, CONTAGION is the long awaited follow-up to OCEANO's 2009 Billboard-charting debut album, DEPTHS, and features eleven brutal new tracks. Get the album on iTunes and you'll also receive an exclusive bonus demo track not available anywhere else.
VIDEO: OCEANO "Weaponized":

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

EINDHOVEN METAL MEETING 12/17th, 18th, 2010 Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands (*Saturday and combi Tickets SOLD OUT)





Promoters have announced the lineup and running order of the 2010 EINDHOVEN METAL MEETING set to take place 12/17th and 18th, 2010 Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
FROM EINDHOVEN METAL MEETING PROMOTERS: TIME SCHEDULE/RUNNING ORDER:
The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is one of Europe’s largest independent organized metal events.
This sequel of the legendary Arnhem Metal Meeting is held every December and pulls an international fan crowd to the modern Effenaar venue which is located in the city center of Eindhoven – The Netherlands.
This year our event takes place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th of December 2010.
During that weekend 34 bands or more will perform on 2 stages. There will be stallholders as well as representatives of the music industry. Guest for this will receive an invitation from the organization.

Friday 17 December @ Effenaar
Doors 17:00
Ticket: 38 Euro

LARGE STAGE:
18:00-18:30 VARG
18:50-19:30 THE VISION BLEAK
20:00-20:50 SAINT VITUS
21:10-22:00 PESTILENCE
22:30-23:30 MOONSPELL
24:00-00:50 MAYHEM

JÄGER STAGE:
17:30-18:00 MORTAL FORM
18:20-18:50 VICTIMIZER
19:10-19:50 HELSTAR
20:10-20:50 ENDSTILLE
21:10-21:50 THE 11TH HOUR
22:10-22:50 REPUGNANT
23:10-23:50 MAEL MORDHA
00:10-00:50 ALCEST

Saturday 18 December @ Effenaar
Doors 15:00
Ticket: Sold Out

LARGE STAGE:
15:30-16:10 SEVERE TORTURE
16:40-17:30 DEATH ANGEL
18:00-18:50 EXODUS
19:20-20:10 FINNTROLL
20:40-21:40 KREATOR
22:20-23:30 IMMORTAL
24:00-00:50 SAMAEL
01:10-01:50 SUICIDAL ANGELS

JÄGER STAGE:
16:10-16:40 IZEGRIM
17:00-17:30 NOTHNEGAL
17:50-18:20 METSATOLL
18:40-19:10 SCENARIO II
19:30-20:00 GORATH
20:20-21:00 CARACH ANGREN
21:20-22:00 INHUME
22:20-23:00 CHIRAW
23:20-24:00 TRAIL OF TEARS
00:20-01:00 TRIDENT
01:20-02:00 ROTTING CHRIST

Schedule subject to changes


Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

CHILDREN OF BODOM ANNOUNCE MARCH 2011 EUROPEAN TOUR WITH ENSIFERUM and MACHINAE SUPREMACY


Finnish extreme metal warriors CHILDREN OF BODOM have announced a March 2011 European tour with ENSIFERUM and MACHINAE SUPREMACY dubbed "The Ugly World Tour 2011".
FROM CHILDREN OF BODOM:
Finland's most successful Metal-Export CHILDREN OF BODOM announce “The Ugly World Tour 2011”

Beyond doubt, CHILDREN OF BODOM belong to the hardest working live-acts worldwide! Not only the energetic live-shows of the extraordinaire Guitarist Alexi Laiho and his bandmates Roope Latvala, Jaska Raatikainen, Janne Viljami „Warman“ Wirman, Henkka „T. Blacksmith“ Sepp�l� provide a hype, but also the unbelievable tour plan.

The band spent virtually their entire youth in the tour bus. After the end of the 2008 European tour with Slipknot and Machine Head, C.O.B. jumped by one nightliner into the next.

With the release of their very successful album „Blooddrunk“ CHILDREN OF BODOM reached the highest Chart positions in band-history! As with their previous albums „Blooddrunk“ achieved #1 on the Finnish album-charts and Top 10 positions in almost all European countries! “Blooddrunk” also reached a Top 25 position on US-Billboard-Charts the first time and Top 10 in Japan! The virus called “CHILDREN OF BODOM” makes no borders!

In 2011, the CHILDREN OF BODOM battle ship will see again in sting! The band has just announced a two-month long tour through 23 European countries. Here are the dates:


Mar. 19 - Teatria - Oulu, Finland
Mar. 20 - Pakkahuone - Tampere, Finland
Mar. 22 - Ice Hall - Helsinki, Finland
Mar. 24 - Arenan - Stockholm, Sweden
Mar. 25 - Trädgårn - Gothenburg, Sweden
Mar. 26 - Rockefeller - Oslo, Norway
Mar. 27 - Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
Mar. 29 - Grosse Freiheit 36 - Hamburg, Germany
Mar. 30 - O13 - Tilburg, Netherlands
Apr. 01 - UEA - Norwich, UK *
Apr. 02 - Academy 1 - Manchester, UK *
Apr. 03 - ABC - Glasgow, UK *
Apr. 05 - Vicar Street - Dublin, Ireland *
Apr. 07 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK *
Apr. 08 - Academy - Birmingham, UK *
Apr. 09 - Forum - London, UK *
Apr. 11 - Turbinenhalle - Oberhausen, Germany
Apr. 12 - Z7, Pratteln - Switzerland
Apr. 13 - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy
Apr. 16 - Gagarin 205 - Athens, Greece
Apr. 18 - Kucukciftilik Park - Istanbul, Turkey
Apr. 19 - Universiada Hall - Sofia, Bulgaria
Apr. 20 - Arenele Romane - Bucharest, Romania
Apr. 22 - Petöfi Csarnok - Budapest, Hungary
Apr. 23 - Backstage - Munich, Germany
Apr. 24 - Stadthalle - Langen, Germany
Apr. 26 - Stodola - Warsaw, Poland
Apr. 27 - KD Vltavska - Prague, Czech Republic
Apr. 28 - Arena - Vienna, Austria
Apr. 29 - Posthof - Linz, Austria
Apr. 30 - Werk 2 - Leipzig, Germany
May 02 - Elysee Montmatre - Paris, France
May 03 - Krakatoa - Bordeauz, France
May 05 - Club Hard - Porto, Portugal
May 06 - La Riviera - Madrid, Spain
May 07 - Razzmatazz 1 - Barcelona, Spain
May 08 - Rock Star Live - Bilbao, Spain
May 09 - Le Bikini - Toulouse, FRance
May 11 - LKA Longhorn - Stuttgart, Germany
May 12 - Rockhal - Esch / Alzette, Luxembourg
May 13 - Atak - Enschede, Netherlands
May 14 - Halle Gartlage - Osnabruck, Germany
May 15 - Hof Ter Lo - Antwerp, Belgium
CHILDREN OF BODOM WITH AMON AMARTH APRIL 2011:
Apr. 01 - UEA - Norwich, UK
Apr. 02 - Academy 1 - Manchester, UK
Apr. 03 - ABC - Glasgow, UK
Apr. 05 - Vicar Street - Dublin, Ireland
Apr. 07 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
Apr. 08 - Academy - Birmingham, UK
Apr. 09 - Forum - London, UK
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

NUCLEAR BLAST SIGNS WHILE HEAVEN WEPT


Virginia doomsters WHILE HEAVEN WEPT have inked a deal with NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS.
FROM WHILE HEAVEN WEPT:
Virginia's epic doom metal unit WHILE HEAVEN WEPT has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band is currently in the studio recording its new album, "Fear of Infinity", for an April 2011 release. The group is also mapping out tour plans and has already confirmed several festival appearances.

Commented WHILE HEAVEN WEPT mainman Tom Phillips: "For the past 21 years, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT has been committed to two things: performing music that is sincerely from the heart, without any other boundary, and secondly, we have always strived to deliver the absolute best sounding albums that we could create at any given time, regardless of the changing landscape of the industry; insuring each release has the greatest production possible is paramount for us in terms of the clarity of expression, and additionally, we hope to offer the very best experience for those who take the time to listen. With this in mind, it made perfect sense for us to align with Nuclear Blast, who also have been committed to offering only the very best in the world of heavy metal. Through this partnership, we will surely be able to continue delivering the best productions possible while presenting our musical vision in a different arena, betraying neither our past nor our ideals.

"Nuclear Blast's support of our musical identity is truly an honor, and everyone who has stood by us all along these years need not worry; WHILE HEAVEN WEPT is what it is, and cannot be anything else. That said, we'll also never release the same album twice...everything stems from where we are in the moment emotionally and spiritually, so while the core elements/influences of the band have remained the same since our inception, we will continue to express ourselves in whatever way feels natural at the time. Expect the unexpected."

Added Nuclear Blast A&R representative Jaap Wagemaker: "Last year we were totally blown away by the release of the album 'Vast Oceans Lachrymose' (out on Cruz del Sur Music) from the U.S. genre-defining and genre-defying metal band WHILE HEAVEN WEPT! This album was for sure the surprise of the year and not only for us, but for every major metal publication in the world as well as their longtime fans too!

"Earlier this year the band played an amazing show at the Hammer Of Doom festival which has been captured on DVD / CD and will be released as 'Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence' (again on Cruz del Sur Music). In the meantime, after months of talking with mastermind Tom Phillips, we are very happy to announce that WHILE HEAVEN WEPT has joined the Nuclear family!!

"WHILE HEAVEN WEPT — who have been an insider tip for many years — are taking the next step in their career and we can't wait to bring them to the next level!"
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

GORATH RELEASE LIVE FOOTAGE OF WEREWOLF FEST 10/31/2010


Belgium black metal warriors GORATH have released live footage of the bands appearance during the Werewolf Fest 10/31/2010 Havelanges, Belgique 5370 BELGIUM.
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REMAINING 2010 GORATH LIVE RITUALS:
Dec 3 2010 8:00P
Helvete Oberhausen, NRW, GERMANY
Dec 4 2010 8:00P
From Hell Erfurt, Thuringia, GERMANY
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

NUCLEAR WAR NOW! FEST 11/19-20th, 2010- 2010 C-Halle, Berlin-Tempelhof, Germany


Promoters have announced the lineup and after party for the NUCLEAR WAR NOW! FEST set to take place 11/19-20th, 2010 C-Halle, Berlin-Tempelhof, Germany.
FROM NUCLEAR WAR NOW! FEST PROMOTERS:

EMBRACE OF THORNS WILL OPEN THE FEST WHILE MIASMAL
SWITCH TO THE SECOND POSITION

NWN! Fest Vol.II: Running Order:




FRIDAY:

GET IN: 03:30pm

EMBRACE OF THORNS: 5:00pm - 5:35pm
MIASMAL: 5:55pm - 6:30pm
BONE AWL: 6:55pm - 7:40pm
BLASPHEMOPHAGHER: 8:00pm - 8:45pm
XIBALBA: 9:15pm - 10:00pm
MYSTIFIER: 10:30pm - 11:15pm
ORDER FROM CHAOS: 11:45pm - 1:00am

SATURDAY:

GET IN: 2:00pm

VANHELGD: 3:00pm - 3:30pm
FAUSTCOVEN: 3:50pm - 4:35pm
VON GOAT: 4:55pm - 5:55pm
BLACK WITCHERY: 6:15pm - 7:15pm
PROCLAMATION: 7:35pm - 8:35pm
DEAD CONGREGATION: 9:00pm - 10:00pm
ARES KINGDOM: 10:20pm - 11:20pm
BLASPHEMY: 11:50pm - 1:20am


For The Ones Who Still Don´t Bought A Ticket:

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR BOTH DAYS.

REGULAR FEE 45,00 EURO.

THERE WILL BE NO DAY TICKETS AVAILABLE!!!




Hotels & Hostels Information
Mercure Hotel Tempelhof Airport: http://www.mercure.com/de/hotel-1894-mercure-berlin-tempelhof-airport/index.shtml

Hotel Columbia: http://www.hotelcolumbia.de

Sunshine House Hostel: http://www.sunshinehouse-berlin.de

Hotel Alt Tempelhof: http://www.alt-tempelhof.com

Hotel Berliner Bär: http://www.hotel-berliner-baer.de

A&O Hostel Ostbahnhof: http://www.aohostels.com/de/berlin/hostel-mitte

Metropol Hostel: http://www.metropolhostel.de

Pension Bolle: http://www.berlin-pension-bolle.de/

Hotel Transit: www.hotel-transit.de

City Pension Sanader: http://www.city-pension-sanader.de

Berlin Lodge: http://www.berlin-lodge.de
AFTER SHOW PARTYS WILL TOOK PLACE AT:

Friday & Saturday

BLACKLAND CLUB
Lilli-Henoch-Str. 1
10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
www.blackland666.de

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Saturday

KILL EM ALL CLUB
at LAST CATHEDRAL
Schoenhauser Alle 5
10119 Berlin-Mitte
www.killemallclub.com
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

DECIBAL MAGAZINE FEATURES WOLFHAMMER TOUR DIARY


Extreme metal magazine DECIBEL are featuring the recent tour diary of Minnesota black metal warriors WOLFHAMMER.
FROM DECIBEL:

Wolhammer Tour diary Part 4! A.K.A. An Encounter with Chewie
These guys just keep rolling them out! One of the best Tour diaries we have and more importantly one of the most bad ass bands in existence! Wolvhammer star in another tour diary, part 4! Including a close encounter with Chewie A.K.A. being stuck in an elevator with an extremely intoxicated chick. Read the full story over at the deciblog!
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Sunday, November 14, 2010

EMBRYONIC DEPRAVITY DISBAND


Permeated Records recording artists and British death metal warriors EMBRYONIC DEPRAVITY have after an indefinite hiatus, officially disbanded.

FROM EMBRYONIC DEPRAVITY:
It's probably about time we confirm some of the rumors that have been going
around and announce that we're not an active band anymore.

This
doesn't necessarily mean that the band will never surface again but we
definitely have no plans to continue working on it in the near future.

There
are a few reasons for this decision. We all have busy lives with jobs,
other musical projects, relationships and various other commitments. On
top of this we all have musical differences and the band is no longer
the cohesive unit it once was, and we don't want to push the music in a
direction that isn't true to the nature of Embryonic Depravity.

We've
had some great experiences with this band and want to thank everyone
who ever came to a show, bought CDs and merch, put us on gigs, tours
and festivals or generally had any contact with us over the last few
years.

As a kind of farewell, we've decided to stick another
song up on the page. But please check out our other various projects
(listed below).

We do still have some merch in stock so anybody
who's interested in ordering should still be able to get what they
want, but it may be a good idea to email us first to check quantities.
embryonicdepravity@gmail.com

Once again, cheers!

Embryonic Depravity
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

EXODUS ADD IRISH SHOWS ON NOVEMBER UK TOUR


Bay area thrash legends EXODUS have added a few Irish shows to the bands November UK tour.
FROM EXODUS:

Exodus have added six headlining shows in UK and Ireland before teaming up with KREATOR, DEATH ANGEL and openers SUICIDAL ANGELS For 'Thrashfest 2010' European Tour.



Nov 18 Central Station, Wrexham - WALES

Nov 19 G2, Glasgow - SCOTLAND

Nov 20 The Village, Dublin - IRELAND

Nov 21 Spring and Airbrake, Belfast - IRELAND

Nov 22 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham - UNITED KINGDOM

Nov 23 O2 Islington Academy, London - UNITED KINGDOM
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

NEW DREAM THEATER INTERVIEW WITH SAN ANTONIO EXAMINER


JAMES LABRIE, vocalist of legendary progressive metal band DREAM THEATER has been interviewed by the San Antonio Examiner.
FROM THE SAN ANTONIO EXAMINER:
Q&A: Dream Theater shakeup, solo tour's cancellation can't dent singer LaBrie


No matter how often outside forces attempt to disrupt the good things in James LaBrie's life, the lead singer of Dream Theater knows only one response -- staying positive.
LaBrie and his solo band were set to launch a tour Nov. 26 that was to conclude with three Texas dates -- including Dec. 18 at Backstage Live -- in support of Static Impulse, which was released Sept. 28. But LaBrie and his melting pot of musicians are no longer coming, having had to scrap the entire tour before it began (the cancellation is not yet reflected on Backstage Live's website, but tickets should be refunded at point of purchase). Then of course there's the major blow that was handed down by Dream Theater leader and drummer Mike Portnoy, who announced three days prior to playing with Avenged Sevenfold at the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival stop in Corpus Christi this past Sept. 11 that he was leaving the band he had founded 25 years earlier. And speaking of 9/11 -- there's the more serious turn of events that hit home for LaBrie on a day he should have been celebrating the release of not one, but two, albums.

Static Impulse, which follows in the footsteps of LaBrie's earlier solo efforts under the moniker Mullmuzzler, is a crushing display of fashionably crafted metal that should rate among the top five metal releases of the year. It's that damn good. The 12-song effort molded by LaBrie and Matt Guillory (keyboards/vocals), Marco Sfogli (guitars), Ray Riendeau (bass) and Peter Wildoer (drums/screams), however, is likely to go down as one of the best records you've never heard (at least in San Antonio), given the tour's cancellation and the fact that LaBrie's -- and Dream Theater's -- music goes untouched by local radio stations.

Perhaps the biggest testament to Static Impulse's strength is that you don't have to be a Dream Theater fan to enjoy this -- dare we say? -- masterpiece. From the crunching salvos of opening number "One More Time" and the fury of "Mislead" and "This Is War," to the divine melodic chorus in "Just Watch Me" and the hauntingly soothing closer of lone ballad "Coming Home," fans of pure metal will appreciate this album whole-heartedly.

Kevin James LaBrie, 47, phoned me Monday from his native Canada:

Q: We were looking forward to having your solo tour end here in Texas. What happened?
A: It's real simple what happened, Jay. We were trying to process two work visas for people who live in Europe. Peter Wildoer, our drummer, in Sweden and Marco Sfogli our guitar player, who lives in Italy. Unfortunately, since post-9/11, it's quite the process. There's a lot of loopholes to jump through, and it took a little bit longer. There were some unforeseen complications along the way. Both guys, there's no record or anything like that. They're outstanding citizens, so it was nothing like that. But the window of opportunity seemed to close real quickly. We investigated to see if there were ways around it. The tour was going to start Nov. 26 (in Charlotte, N.C.), but rehearsals were going to start Nov. 18 or 19, and there was no way of getting it through. That's what it comes down to, me telling the long version of it. We didn't see it happening this way. I've been through this with Dream Theater, but we usually know six months ahead of time where everyone's at.

Q: So do you have any idea when the tour will be made up, because I'd heard Dream Theater was going to reconvene in January?
A: What's really unfortunate, Jay, is that like everyone in Dream Theater, our priority is Dream Theater. So the window of opportunity to go out and promote Static Impulse is closed because I go back into the studio with Dream Theater from January through May, and we'll probably start a world tour in June. I'm not quite sure about the release of the new Dream Theater album. It could be June, July or August. But I try to be real optimistic. I try to let someone know three, four, five months ahead of time. That's the only way I can see it happening within the relatively foreseeable future.

Q: When did you and the guys have time to make Static Impulse, because it seems as if you're always on tour with Dream Theater?
A: Actually, Matt and I started writing it June 2009. The way that we write, it's the simple process of sending several, several audio files back and forth to one another. Those are how we plant the seeds, and from there, we embellish upon the ideas and arrange them and come to a conclusion with every song. It becomes more and more prolific as we go along because the relationship becomes stronger every time. I think the music speaks well to that, as far as I'm concerned.

Q: How do you feel Static Impulse differs from your Mullmuzzler and Elements of Persuasion records?
A: Well, I mean obviously, it's much heavier. I look at Static Impulse as a classic metal album, with songs such as "Euphoric" and "Over the Edge," or even "I Tried," or getting more atmospheric with a song like "Coming Home." Static Impulse is a showing of where Matt Guillory and I are when it comes to bands we appreciate like Meshuggah or Soilwork, then the classic metal bands like Dark Tranquility and spawning off into In Flames. There are a lot of great bands with great musicianship, and Matt and I have been inspired by them. It's a real sincere appreciation that led us to this particular point in time.

Q: Can you talk about the thrash singing/screaming style of Peter's on "One More Time" to start the album, and on some of the other songs, and what that adds to the record?
A: Yeah, it was a bit more daring and risky just because of the title and that it's viewed as my solo album. The first track you hear is this death metal voice rather than mine. But we planned it that way. We wanted to hit them over the head like a sledgehammer. Then you hear me come in 30 seconds later, and you're on the ride. But nothing's random. It's something we can hold our heads high whether it's received well or criticized, and fortunately, the album has been very well received.

Q: What did Marco, Matt and the other guys bring to the writing and recording process that you don't normally get from your Dream Theater mates?
A: Matt and I pretty wrote much all of it. An example is him refining the riffs in "Over the Edge" to a harder hitting and more potent level, adding a little more spice to what it was originally. But aside from that, it was a 50-50 writing process between Matt and I. We're both involved in the writing of the music and lyrics and the creating of the vocal melodies. We both produced the album. In a true sense, it was an equal partnership. With Peter, Ray and Marco, just the fact that they're such incredibly talented musicians allows us to bring the songs to a whole new level. They're able to interpret it and bring their own personalities to it and make it much better than you originally envisioned it. Everyone's an integral part of the pie.

Q: "Coming Home" is the lone departure from the rest of the album, a mostly acoustic and piano song for your wife and family. Did anything beyond your family inspire it?
A: Well, you know, Matt came to me with this beautiful piano melody, and I said to myself, "Oh, my God." He said, "Can you do something with this?" And I said, "Oh, yes, absolutely!" I started fooling around with some vocal melodies, and the music went even further into something very somber and dark and emotionally moving. Matt kind of went with that and wrote a bit more of that musically. He added some synth pads that added that isolated, misunderstood emotion. I kind of fed off those vibes, and the lyrics came quickly. The idea, the subject matter was actually inspired by a show called "Dexter." I took the character's humanism -- he's a vigilante serial killer and has come to terms with who he is. He has a family, and I created my own episode. It's at the point where he is caught. He is incarcerated and discloses to his family who he is and is asking them for forgiveness. But at the same time, he's realizing what he is and that he's still a human being.

Q: When you're making a solo record, is it refreshing not having to sing songs that are 10-20 minutes long?
A: Well, you know, we approach the music the way we do. There are songs that immediately grab your attention. If there were times where we were aware of the length of time, there would be a reason for it. With us (solo band), it's more of a concise statement that most of the songs are between three and four minutes long.

Q: What's the concept behind the album cover?
A: My concept was that I wanted introspective and observatory lyrics. The lyrics are dealing with people looking for acceptance. The imagery on that is that we still feel that we're isolated, and there's still a lot of ignorance as to how people think or feel. There's still a lot of evolving that needs to be done as a race, as a species, before there's an acceptance of what we stand for as an entity. That's why you have the different kinds of people. You can see they're all in their own little world.

Q: Your MullMuzzler 2 CD was released on 9/11, as was Dream Theater's Live Scenes From New York. How surreal was that for you, especially playing in a New York band?
A: It was, I don't know, overwhelming, numbing, extremely painful and shocking. We had Live Scenes From New York with the burning towers (originally) on the cover, which was bizarre. The second Mullmuzzler album came out the same day. When I got in touch with my parents back home to let them know I was OK, and my wife, it took me two hours to get through because the cell phones were completely useless. To add insult to injury, my father had a stroke on the phone. He was OK and fully recovered, but it was enough to put him in the hospital. That's what inspired me to write "Sacrificed Sons" and things like that, just sitting in my hotel room and watching and wondering, "What the hell is going on here?" It was very surreal.
Q: Were you in New York at the time?
A: I flew into New York the night before. I got close to Canal St. -- anyone out there from New York might know where that is. I was still probably a quarter of a mile away. Just huge plumes of smoke and constant sirens. I was walking down the middle of 5th Ave. for quite awhile, just because everything had been brought to a standstill.

Q: You were in San Antonio on June 12 as Dream Theater kicked off the Iron Maiden tour in Texas. Slightly less than three months later, Mike announces he's leaving the band, which came as a shock to most in the public eye. For a group that's been around for 25 years, how did it come to that?
A: Well, you know, none of us saw it happening or becoming reality. It was not expected in any shape or form. But you know, according to Mike, he'd been thinking about it for quite some time. We don't really want to talk much about it because it's a very sensitive subject for us and for him. We have to respect where he's gone. Our priority is what's best for the other four guys. That's what we've been doing every night since that night happened in late August. I think everything will be fine. I don't think -- we're quite confident. Everything that could be said has been said. There have been moments where things were said that could be misinterpreted, so we don't want to say too much. We have taken the situation under control. We're doing what we've always done.

Q: The next obvious question on most people's minds is, who are other drummers you're looking at to replace him -- especially since Mike did a lot of the writing and other things besides drumming?
A: Well, you know what Jay, unfortunately, I can't shed any light on that. I think soon we will be able to. There are a lot of incredible drummers out there, but to be honest with you, I don't think it's a priority that who we're looking for has to be a composer as well. There's gotta be a chemistry, an interpretation to the style, we have to gel with this person as a human being -- and obviously, he has to be a phenomenal drummer. I just can't be too specific right now. It'll definitely be a new chapter with the departure of Mike. I think it'll prove to be very positive.

Q: Does it feel as if it's been 25 years of Dream Theater?
A: I've been in the band just over 20 of those years, but yeah, I can't believe 20 years has gone by. It's been a challenging ride, a great ride. It's not unlike any corporation out there that you need to make sure you stay relevant or flavorful (laughs), so to speak. I personally think it's going to continue for quite some time. There's still a lot we want to accomplish.

Q: Is there anything you can say about the direction of the next album?
A: We are actively having those conversations, as far as how we want to go about it and know what we have to achieve with the next album. It's just a matter of waiting for January to go into the studio.

James, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me and for answering all my questions graciously. Best of luck to you and the rest of the guys in Dream Theater, and whatever form we see you back in San Antonio again, we hope it's soon. Continued success with the album.
Thanks, Jay, those words mean a lot. Thanks for the support. We have some phenomenal fans in Texas and San Antonio, and we'll hopefully see you soon.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-