Monday, January 31, 2011

KYLESA, RED FANG, HOWL, ATLAS MOTH Added To "Metalliance Tour"


KYLESA, RED FANG, HOWL and ATLAS MOTH have been confirmed as the support acts for the MARCH 2011 inaugural Metalliance Tour featuring HELMET, SAINT VITUS and CROWBAR.
FROM BLABBERMOUTH.NET:
Legendary alternative metal band HELMET will perform their 1992 platinum-selling release of "Meantime" in its entirety. The Interscope Records release gave the band mainstream attention with songs like "Unsung" and "In The Meantime". With the band's renewed success after getting back together in 2004, this tour will be one of the most anticipated of 2011.

One of the most highly influential doom metal bands in America, SAINT VITUS are regarded as one of the first bands of the genre starting out as early as the 1970s. The band featuring Scott "Wino" Weinrich, bassist Mark Adams, guitarist Dave Chandler and new drummer Henry Vasquez have influenced so many bands in doom and metal .

"SAINT VITUS is more than ready to infect the Metalliance Tour! We've been wanting to do something like this for some time now...so prepare for destruction!!" says lead guitarist Dave Chandler. The band has done a handful of shows and some European festivals but this will be their first full U.S. tour in over a decade.

CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein concludes, "Wow! This tour is gonna rule! I've loved HELMET since the beginning and loved ST. VITUS even longer. With the new CROWBAR record having hit the streets by then, look out! This bill will bring just what we need to crush each city with an avalanche of stylistic thunder!"

Metalliance Tour dates:

Mar. 17 - Dallas, TX - Southside Music Hall
Mar. 18 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog / SXSW
Mar. 19 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
Mar. 20 - St Petersburg, FL - State Theater
Mar. 21 - Orlando, FL - Firestone Live
Mar. 22 - Greensboro, NC - Greene Street
Mar. 23 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Mar. 24 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Mar. 25 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Mar. 26 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Mar. 27 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
Mar. 29 - Denver, CO - The Summit
Mar. 31 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Apr. 01 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Apr. 03 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
Apr. 05 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues

$50 VIP tickets will be available courtesy of Artist Arena. This package will include:

* A general admission ticket.
* Access to a meet-and-greet with the Metalliance lineup.
* A Metalliance hot sauce bottle.
* A commemorative VIP show laminate.
* An autographed poster.

One grand prize winner will be randomly selected for a dinner with the bands, an autographed "Mosh Potatoes Cookbook" and one t-shirt from each of the bands.

One second-place winner will randomly be selected for a one-on-one guitar lesson with CROWBAR guitarist Kirk Windstein and an autographed "Mosh Potatoes Cookbook".
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

OPETH, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, CRADLE OF FILTH , PAIN CONFIRMED FOR GRASPOP METAL MEETING 6/24. 25th and 26th, 2011


OPETH, AVENGED SEVENFOLD along with CRADLE OF FILTH, KORN, DISTURBED, PAIN and many others have been confirmed for the annual GRASPOP METAL MEETING (BELGIUM) set to take place 6/24, 25th and 26th, 2011 METALPLAZA.
FROM OPETH:
Confirmed for Graspop Metal Meeting 2011, we'll be playing on Sunday June 26th... see you there! http://www.graspop.be/2010/en/
FROM GRASPOP METAL MEETING: 28-01-2011 - Just confirmed: OPETH and AVENGED SEVENFOLD
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

AMON AMARTH: Swedish Death Metallers Unveil Surtur Rising Landing Page

Swedish death metal warriors AMON AMARTH have announced a landing page and new website in promotion of the bands new release "Surtur Rising" due out March 29, 2011 via Metal Blade Records." FROM EARSPLIT PR: Today, Swedish death metal legends AMON AMARTH, who earlier this month revealed the track listing and cover art of their upcoming Surtur Rising full-length, unveil the official album landing page. The new website, dedicated exclusively to Surtur Rising, will include album pre-orders for North America and Europe as well as up-to-the-minute news updates, tour announcements, videos and singles leading up to the record’s release. The page currently features a stream of “War Of The Gods,” the opening track off Surtur Rising. Check it out HERE.

U.S. fans will have ten Surtur Rising pre-order options:
Deluxe Box Set
Deluxe Box Set + LP
Deluxe Box Set+ LP + Exclusive Shirt
Deluxe Box Set+ Exclusive Shirt
CD/DVD
CD/DVD + LP
CD/DVD + LP + Exclusive Shirt
CD/DVD + Exclusive Shirt
LP
LP + Exclusive Shirt

The shirt is a Metal Blade U.S. pre-order exclusive and will be unavailable for purchase after street date.

CD/DVD Digipak includes:
10 tracks of brand new music
Multi-panel digipak
28-page full-color booklet
DVD includes over four hours of live concert footage filmed during the Bloodshed Over Bochum concert series in 2008.
Deluxe CD/DVD Package w/ Surtur Action Figurine Includes:
Limited collectible Surtur figure (approx 5.5” tall)
10 tracks of new music
2 Bonus Tracks: Kiss’ “War Machine” and Accept’s “Balls To The Wall”�
28-page full-color booklet
Multi-panel digipak
DVD includes over four hours of live concert footage filmed during the Bloodshed Over Bochum concert series in 2008.
Picture Disc Includes:
2-sided Surtur Rising picture disc
Die-cut gate-fold sleeve

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

Surtur Rising will be released in North America on March 29, 2011 via Metal Blade Records.

“…the Viking war metal Of Amon Amarth is limitless.” — The Village Voice

http://www.surturrising.com
http://www.myspace.com/amonamarth
http://www.amonamarth.com
http://www.facebook.com/AmonAmarthBand
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Konstantin Lühring joins Defeated Sanity

Old line up from left to right Jacob Schmidt, Wolfgang Teske, Jens Staschel, Lille Gruber, Christian Kuehn Konstantin Lühring (ex-)Despondency has joined Willowtip Recording artists and Berlin, Deutschland death metallers DEFEATED SANITY. FROM DEFEATED SANITY: "Defeated Sanity US Tour, last shows with AJ Magana / new permanent vocalist announced



Defeated Sanity US Tour / Last Tour With AJ Magana



We will play a small US tour around Maryland Deathfest in May 2011.
Expect these shows to be the final ones with AJ Magana on vocals. The
dates will be released soon.



We enjoyed working with AJ as he is an awesome musician who inspired us
with his voice but also a great person in general. Though, everyone of
us knows this collaboration is tough to be kept alive over the distance
we're living away from each other, making this decision inevitable.



So props to AJ for his contribution to Defeated Sanity. We wish him all
the best for the future in both his musical and personal activities!
Thank you brother!





As many of you expected our new permanent singer will be Konstantin Lühring from (ex-)Despondency.

During the shows he helped out as a session vocalist, he proved himself as the best choice to replace AJ in Defeated Sanity.

We want to welcome him as a permanent member and can't wait to unleash the new tunes we are already jamming with him!
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

SUIDAKRA ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE, TRACKLISTING FOR "BOOK OF DOWTH"

Book Of Dowth - Release date Germany 25.03.2011
German extreme metal warriors SUIDAKRA have announced the tracklisting and the release date for the bands anticipated release "The Book of Dowth".
FROM SUIDAKRA: Our new album "Book Of Dowth" will be released on March 25th. Shortly after
we will embark on a European tour with label mates Onslaught and
Debauchery. Cover and tracklist of "Book Of Dowth" have been unveiled
now and soon we will also present their video clip for the track "Dowth
2059".




01. Over Nine Waves
02. Dowth 2059
03. Battle-Cairns
...04. Biróg’s Oath
05. Mag Mell
06. The Dark Mound
07. Balor
08. Stone Of The Seven Suns
09. Fury Fomoraigh
10. Otherworlds Collide

Digipak Bonus:

11. Rise Of Taliesin
(classical re-arranged version)
12. When Eternity Echoes
(classical re-arranged version)
13. Official Video Clip “Dowth 2059”
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

ARCH ENEMY – Khaos Legions studio report part 2


Swedish melodic death metal warriors ARCH ENEMY have issued a studio report for the bands new release entitled "Khaos Legions".
FROM ARCH ENEMY: We guess you’ve already seen the first part of ARCH ENEMY’s studio report. The one about Daniel Erlandsson tracking drums at Sweet Spot Studio in the south of Sweden. The band is currently there recording their self-produced new 2011 album “Khaos Legions” with the help of Rickard Bengtsson (who produced 2005's “Doomsday Machine” album). If not, hurry up and click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaCJidBQXIM

Part 2 of the studio report shows bass-player Sharlee D’Angelo scarifying his bleeding fingers for the sake of KHAOS:

“Ladies and gentlemen, the low end is firmly in place! After a long day of ploughing through an absolutely massive array of bass guitars, different amps and cabs, and various other electronic gadgets the choice finally fell on my white custom shop Ibanez Iceman run through an MXR Bass D.I.+ and an Aguilar Tonehammer into an Aguilar DB751 head and a DB810 cab, complimented by a Marshall VBC 412 cab, hidden behind a veritable forest of expensive microphones on serious looking mic stands. And the result? Fucking awesome, people! Our engineer Rickard Bengtsson is an audio nerd with a rock'n'roll backbone who does not give up until he finds what he's looking for - and thank fuck for that. Cause the songs on this album really need to be presented in the best way possible. Having laid down all the bass tracks now I just can't wait for everybody to hear the album, and to play all these songs live for you all! But we're not quite there yet, next up are blistering leads from the depths of hell...”

Click here to watch the KHAOS LEGIONS STUDIO REPORT PART 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hus1cFhHQ8U

If you also can’t wait to hear some new tracks live, better bookmark the following dates. Arch Enemy will be playing North Africa for the first time ever @ Morocco, Casablanca, L’Boulevard Festival, 14 May 2011!

Watch out for “Khaos Legions” to be released in May 2011 via Century Media Records.

ARCH ENEMY – Live 2011:
14-May-2011 – L’Boulevard Festival @ C.O.C. Stadium, Morocco, Casablanca
27-May-2011 - Metalfest Open Air Switzerland, Pratteln
28-May-2011 - Metalfest Open Air Germany, Dessau
29-May-2011 - Metalfest Open Air Austria, Mining
31-May 2011 - Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
04-June-2011 - Metalfest Open Air Hungary
05-June-2011 - Metalfest Open Air Czech Republic
25-June-2011 - Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium
12-July-2011 - Metal Camp, Tolmin, Slovenia
14-July-2011 - Lez' Art Scenique Festival, Selesat, France
22-July-2011 - Tuska, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
30-July-2011 - MetaLmorphosiS 2011, Cyprus
18-August-2011 - Summer Breeze Open Air Dinkelsbühl, Germany
27-August-2011 - Summers End Open Air, Andernach, Germany

Look out for further studio updates and more shows to be confirmed soon…


ARCH ENEMY online
www.archenemy.net
www.facebook.com/archenemyofficial
www.myspace.com/archenemy
www.twitter.com/archenemymetal
http://www.youtube.com/archenemyofficial
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Saturday, January 29, 2011

ITP UPDATE: ITP V.011 "THE ART OF DANCE" PART ONE and NOTES FROM THE EXTREME METAL UNDERGROUND COMING UP


ITP UPDATE: ITP V.011: "THE ART OF DANCE" PART ONE coming up on Monday or Wednesday, ITP V.011: NOTES FROM THE EXTREME METAL UNDERGROUND PART ONE coming up in one week :crosses fingers:.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Friday, January 28, 2011

THE HAUNTED POST COVER ART WORK AND TRACKLISTING FOR "UNSEEN"


Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED have posted the cover art and tracklisting for the bands new release entitled "Unseen" due out in late March via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS.
FROM THE HAUNTED:
Regular CD version will include:

01. Never Better
02. No Ghost
03. Catch 22
04. Disappear
05. Motionless
06. Unseen
07. The Skull
08. Ocean Park
09. The City
10. Them
11. All Ends Well
12. Done

More info about Limited Edition and pre-order soon...
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

ITP UPDATE: ITP V.011 UNCOVERED PART 1, and ITP V.011 THE ART OF DANCE PART 1 EARLY THIS WEEKEND OR EARLY NEXT WEEK


ITP UPDATE: we're doing the best we can at ITP to keep you updated on METAL NEWS ect.
Next week we'll have the first ITP UNCOVERED (V.011) and the first ITP THE ART OF DANCE of 2011 this weekend or early next week..
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

ITP V.011: METAL AT THE MOVIES PART 3: GASLAND























Here we are with ITP V.011 METAL AT THE MOVIES PART 3: GASLAND. "Gasland" is NOT a music or metal documentary, with that said GASLAND is documentary about "hydrofracking" and how it adversely effects drinking water. GASLAND has been nominated in the best documentary category for an OSCAR AWARD. Check out GASLAND.: FROM WIKEPEDIA:
Hydraulic fracturing (called "frac jobs" or "frac'ing" in the industry, with the spelling "fracking" being common in media reports) is a process that results in the creation of fractures in rocks. The most important industrial use is in stimulating oil and gas wells, where hydraulic fracturing has been used for over 60 years in more than one million wells. The fracturing is done from a wellbore drilled into reservoir rock formations to increase the rate and ultimate recovery of oil and natural gas.

Hydraulic fractures may be natural or man-made and are extended by internal fluid pressure which opens the fracture and causes it to extend through the rock. Natural hydraulic fractures include volcanic dikes, sills and fracturing by ice as in frost weathering. Man-made fluid-driven fractures are formed at depth in a borehole and extend into targeted formations. The fracture width is typically maintained after the injection by introducing a proppant into the injected fluid. Proppant is a material, such as grains of sand, ceramic, or other particulates, that prevent the fractures from closing when the injection is stopped.

Considerable controversy surrounds the current implementation of hydraulic fracturing technology in the United States. Environmental safety and health concerns have emerged and are being debated at the state and national levels.
FROM ABC NEWS:
DIMOCK, Pa. (WABC) -- Tucked into the Northeast corner of Pennsylvania is the village of Dimock.

In the past year, the hamlet has grown a skyline of gas drilling rigs. They have brought jobs and landowner royalties, but at a price.

"That's my water since drilling began," said Julie Saunter, who showed as a murky cup of water.

Sautner had clean, good tasting well water before the drilling. Now, her basement looks like a science lab with ten water purification tanks and a methane gas vent in her front yard.

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Sautner: "We've had dirty water for 14 months now, so it's never ever going to go away. Ever"
Hoffer: So all these tanks behind you are part of your life as long as you're here?
Saunter: Yes, yes.

She blames the nearby gas drilling for contaminating her well. The state investigated and found her "water supply had been affected by drilling" and now the company must deliver water to her.

Hoffer: Your water is trucked in here?
Sautner: Every morning they bring a hose

The same type of drilling now taking place in Dimock is headed for towns in upstate New York, including the Catskills. It's called hydraulic fracturing.

Millions of gallons of water mixed with numerous chemicals are blasted deep underground to break up the rock to release the gas. Some of the drilling could take place near the reservoirs and tunnels that provide drinking water to 9 million New Yorkers. In a recently released environmental impact study, the state finds damage due to ''hydraulic fracturing" is "not reasonably anticipated." It also sites an industry study which concludes the risk of contamination to underground aquifers is less than "1 in 50 million wells."

Sautner: " Nobody's going to buy a house with water that looks like that."

Those odds don't hold up in Dimock, where less than a mile from Julie Sautner's house lives Norma Fiorentino.

"My well exploded January 1st," she said.

Methane gas from nearby drilling caused the explosion of Fiorentino's well. Leaking gas is now vented through a stack. A plastic tank substitutes for her contaminated well.

"Everybody in my neighborhood has bad water. Everybody," she said.

Including the Carter's, who have a drilling rig right next door. Like more and more residents, they too have a methane gas vent in their yard, purification systems in their house, and still, well water that's unhealthy to drink:

Hoffer: "Did they say at any time to you, the drilling company, that this process could at some time effect your drinking water?"
Ron Carter: "Oh no. They never said that."

Film maker Josh Fox is making a documentary about the impact of hydraulic gas drilling in Dimock and other towns.

He warns that the lessons learned in Dimock should not go ignored in New York.

"Energy companies coming in where they can take their resources out, but it's up to the citizens to deal with the pollution later," Fox said.

An industry spokesman says the record shows drilling has little long-term impact and once the fracturing is finished, the workers and trucks are gone and all that remains is a well head and a clean source of energy:

Hoffer: "How do you explain the contamination in the wells in Dimock?"
John Conrad (Gas Association of New York): "If there have been incidents like that, they are the rare exception and I think in New York you'll find more precautions have been taken than in other states."

Tight oversight is the same promise made to the people of Dimock, along with the guarantee of money -- lots of money.

"People see money and that's what they want. They think that they can clean the water. You can't clean an aquifer once they dirty it. You can't clean it. There is no going back," Saunter said.

New York City has called on the state to ban gas drilling in the watershed.

The state is looking into new regulations and recently extended a public comment period until the end of the year.

If you have a tip about this or any other issue you'd like investigated, please give our tipline a call at 877-TIP-NEWS. You may also e-mail us at the.investigators@abc.com and follow Jim Hoffer on Twitter at twitter.com/jphoffer.

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

THE OCEAN: Special Museum Show In Berlin Featuring Guest Musicians This Saturday!


German metal warriors THE OCEAN will be featured in a unique performance tomorrow night in BERLIN, GERMANY with a variety of instrumentation.
FROM EARSPLIT PR:

On Saturday, January 29th, THE OCEAN will play a unique performance at the Museum für Musikinstrumente at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin. The band will play amidst a collection of historic cembalo from the 16th century. “We will have our piano player Irakli Mamrikishvili with us, who will play on one of these instruments,” said the band in a collective statement, “as well as our live cello player Dalai Theofilopoulou.” The show will also be filmed for an upcoming DVD. Though THE OCEAN will not be playing anything off Anthropocentric during this particular performance, they will be performing some Precambrian tunes they’ve never played before.

THE SHOW IS FREE OF CHARGE (with a “Lange Nacht der Museen”-ticket, which gives you admission to all Berlin museums for the whole night between 6:00pm and 3:00am). For more info, visit: http://www.mim-berlin.de.

http://www.theoceancollective.com/heliocentric
http://www.metalblade.com/theocean
http://www.facebook.com/theoceancollective
http://www.myspace.com/theoceancollective
http://twitter.com/OceanCollective
http://www.youtube.com/theoceancollective
http://www.metalblade.com
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

DESTRUCTION POST "HATE IS MY FUEL" ON MYSPACE

DESTRUCTION Day Of Reckoning Release date 2011-02-18 German thrash metal legends DESTRUCTION have posted "Hate Is My Fuel" from the bands new release "Day Of Reckoning", due to be unleashed 2/18/2011 on NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS on the bands MYSPACE.
FROM DESTRUCTION:
German thrash metal legends DESTRUCTION just posted another brand new off the upcoming mayhemic masterpiece "Day Of Reckoning" to the bands MySpace profile!

Check out "Hate Is My Fuel" at www.myspace.com/destruction

"Day Of Reckoning" will be out February 18, 2011!

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

NOMAD SON, IRON VOID, MORTALICUM & KTHON SHOW -2/13/2011-TUFNELL PARK, N19 BQQ- LONDON


ZERO TOLERANCE magazine are promoting a night of doom with NOMAD SON, IRON VOID, MORTALICUM & KTHON SHOW set to take place-2/13/2011-TUFNELL PARK, N19 BQQ- LONDON.
FLYER ABOVE.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

EVOCATION, ARCH ENEMY, ENTOMBED CONFIRMED FOR METAL FEST IN GERMANY, AUSTRIA and SWITZERLAND

Logo by Kristian Wåhlin Swedish death metal warriors EVOCATION have confirmed the bands appearances at METALFEST in Germany, Austria and Switzerland set to take place 5,27- (GERMANY), 5/28-(AUSTRIA) and 5/29-(SWITZERLAND) 2011. FROM EVOCATION: EVOCATION confirmed for METALFEST 2011 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Among the confirmed acts are Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Entombed etc.

Dates are as follows:

27.05.2011 (D) DESSAU / Metalfest Germany
28.05.2011 (A) MINING / Metalfest Austria
29.05.2011 (CH) PRATTELN / Metalfest Switzerland
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Thursday, January 27, 2011

MACABRE Celebrate 25 Years With Anticipated Album; New Track Available Via Noiscreep



Chicago murder metal masters MACABRE are set to unleash the bands first release in eight years entitled "Grim Scary, Tales" 1/31/2011 on HAMMERHEART in EUROPE and 2/8/2011 on WILLOWTIP in North America.
FROM EARSPLIT PR: Earsplit PR is incredibly proud to join forces with Chicago’s infamous murder metal trio MACABRE, as the fiends prepare to eviscerate the public with their first album in eight long years!
Recorded over the course of the band’s 25th anniversary, the highly anticipated 14-track platter of splatter Grim Scary Tales presents the classic MACABRE style fans have come to bloodthirstily expect, cleverly combining nursery rhyme sing-along quirkiness with ultra-tight, high-speed, gore/grind/death ingenuity. Their first full length since 2003’s blistering Murder Metal, this time MACABRE have cleverly devised a “story book of murder,” as Grim Scary Tales traces some of the most infamous serial killers and mass murderers. From the beginning or recorded mass killers, the album progresses through the annals of the world’s creepiest ghouls, including Locusta, Vlad Tepes, Gilles Garnier, Elizabeth Bathory, Mary Ann Cotton, the Bender Family, Lizzie Borden, Karl Grossmann and more. Recorded and mixed at The Ensomberoom by Geoff Montgomery (The Chasm, Coffinworm, Shub Niggurath, Couldron), this crushing album also bears original artwork and layout crafted by Scott Jackson of Monsterman Graphics and Rock N Roll Comics notoriety, perfectly visualizing the album’s gory nature.

Today, Noisecreep.com is hosting a premiere of the track “The Big Bad Wolf” from Grim Scary Tales. Check it out here.

Keeping a band together for 25 years is a monumental thing for any group of musicians, but to keep a trio together without a lineup change in a quarter of a century as MACABRE have is nearly unheard of. Yet as time goes on, MACABRE remain in their initial lineup, as always consisting of Corporate Death (lead vocals, guitar), Dennis The Menace (drums) and Nefarious (bass, vocals).

To be released on the band’s own Decomposed Records as always, Grim Scary Tales is directly licensed for North American release on February 8th via Willowtip Records, and in Europe January 31st on Hammerheart Records.

Grim Scary Tales Track Listing:

1. Locusta
2. Nero’s Inferno
3. The Black Knight
4. Dracula
5. The Big Bad Wolf
6. Countess Bathory (Venom cover)
7. Burke and Hare
8. Mary Ann
9. The Bloody Benders
10. Lizzie Borden
11. The Ripper Tramp From France
12. Bella the Butcher
13. The Kiss of Death
14. The Sweet Tender Meat Vendor
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

FEAR FACTORY ANNOUNCE SUMMER 2011 U.S. TOUR DATES


California industrial metal legends FEAR FACTORY have announced an early summer 2011
U.S. tour as west coast dates have been announced.
FROM FEAR FACTORY FACEBOOK:
Jun 1 The ClubHouse Tempe, AZ
Jun 02 Club 101 El Paso, TX
Jun 03 The Rail Club Fort Worth, TX
Jun 04 Marquee Theater Tulsa, OK
Jun 05 The Sorority House Amarillo, TX
Jun 07 Top Deck Farmington, NM
Jun 08 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
Jun 09 DV8 Tucson, AZ
Jun 10 Whisky A Go Go West Hollywood, CA
Jun 11 Brick By Brick San Diego, CA
Jun 12 Stingers San Bernardino, CA
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

DECIBEL MAGAZINE PRESENTS: COVER ART: The Making of Abysmal Dawn’s “Leveling the Plane of Existence”


Copyright 2011 Pär Olofsson




Extreme metal magazine DECIBEL is presenting the making of album cover art with Pär Olofsson: Abysmal Dawn Cover Making Of “Leveling the Plane of Existence”.
FROM DECIBEL MAGAZINE and Pär Olofsson:

Abysmal Dawn Cover Making Of

By Pär Olofsson

When Charles [Elliott; vocals/guitar] contacted me the only lyrics that was written was Leveling the Plane of Existence. It makes reference to us crawling out from the primordial ooze and is basically about wiping us from the planet so that everything starts from zero again. It had great potential as a cover piece since the concept included fossils and things crawling out from ooze. So I made a quick sketch of a fossilized human hand with never before seen bugs crawling around it, a lake of ooze and some city ruins in the background.
Abysmal Dawn Cover Making Of



Charles kind of liked it but wanted more focus on the new evolution, if I remember correctly. We talked a lot about how these new life forms should look like. There should be a sense of primal beings but with elements in there that you wouldn’t recognize such as lights. Drew a pencil sketch with a pile of bugs climbing on each other to rise from the ooze, like a birth scene. The event takes place in a pit surrounded by fossilized human remains.
Abysmal Dawn Cover Making Of



Got a positive response from the band on this one so I scanned it and started giving it some color.
Abysmal Dawn Cover Making Of


Still feels gray and boring but this is often the case in the early stages of the process. At this point I think everybody including myself was pretty happy with the progress. Charles suggested having a couple of bigger bugs walking along the edge of the pit. The image needed some background elements to create more depth.
Abysmal Dawn Cover Making Of



At this point, after working with the piece for many hours I started to question the composition. It looked crammed and the message “our world is gone, a new one is coming” was a bit fuzzy. But mainly I felt the image looked a bit flat. Also if we were to add the trademarked eclipsed sun and a logo the whole thing would be a complete mess.
Abysmal Dawn Cover Making Of


So we made some radical changes and removed the background (it always feels like a punch in the gut to throw away so many hours of work). Someone (from the band) had the great idea of bringing back the ‘thing’ in the sky that ate the world in the previous album. Also added some structures in the foreground for more depth.
Abysmal Dawn Cover Making Of



Work was easy after that. Everything fell into place with the new composition. The ruins in the background gave more sense of a post apocalyptic world than the skulls in the previous version ever did.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

IMPIETY: Blackened Death Metallers To Release Three-Song EP Via Pulverised Records


Blackened death metal warriors IMPEITY will unleash a new three song EP via PULVERIZED RECORDS.
FROM EARSPLIT PR:
Blackened death metal emperors IMPIETY, who feature within their ranks bassist/vocalist Shyaithan, guitarists Guh Lu (Xeper, Divine Codex,) and Eskathon and drummer Atum (Malfeitor, Divine Codex), will release a three-song EP via Singapore’s Pulverised Records later this winter. Entitled Advent Of…, the EP was recorded, mixed and mastered at Music City Studios in Montebelluna, Italy earlier this month and features cover art by renowned Thai artist Lord Sickness. Check it out HERE. All songs were written and arranged once again by Shyaithan.

Advent Of… Track Listing:
1. Advent Of The Nuclear Baphomet
2. Ave Satanas
3. Blood Ritual Defamation

Contact Pulverised Records for pre-order info.

http://www.mightyimpiety.com
http://www.facebook.com/impietyofficial
http://www.pulverised.net
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Flenser To Release Debut From Animate Metal Sorcerers SEIDR


Avant Garde metal merchants THE FLENSER have signed SEIDR to the labels roster.
FROM EARSPLIT PR:
The avant-garde metal craftsmen at The Flenser are proud to announce the signing of the unique entity SEIDR to the label’s growing roster. SEIDR’s debut full-length release For Winter Fire is in its final stages of completion for the label and will be unveiled to the public in late Spring 2011.

With only a handful of self-released demos and EP’s to their credit since their 2009 inception, the unit known as SEIDR are brand new to widespread metal legions as of now, but their organic postrock-influenced black/death/doom output is sure to fascinate forward-thinking fans of the contemporary bastardization of extreme metal. With the bulk of the band’s lyrical content mainly centered on spirituality, nature and the cosmos, musical comparisons to the SEIDR sound can be traced to acts ranging from Asunder to Katatonia to Fauna and well beyond, with dramatic progressions raging from the beautiful elements of Alcest to the hallowing funeral crush of Disembowelment within the same hymn at times!

Formed in the open-minded music haven of Louisville, Kentucky, one of SEIDR’s most notable aspects may be that one of the two main songwriters is Austin Lunn, the solo artist behind anarcho-black metal solo act Panopticon, with recent releases also a part of the Flenser family. Together Lunn (guitar, vocals, recorded drumming) and his songwriting counterpart Wesley Crow (guitar, vocals, recorded bass) wrote all of For Winter Fire, and recently revamped the band’s full-time lineup to include live vocalist Jack Hannert and bassist Adam Nicholson. SEIDR completed several mini-tours of the East Coast and Midwest US in 2010, and already in 2011 completed a mini-tour with Falls of Rauros and Lake of Blood.

Expect sporadic touring from SEIDR throughout 2011 in support of the upcoming debut full-length, and expect the final details for this intriguing album to be released in the coming weeks.

http://www.myspace.com/seidrdoom
http://theflenser.com
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

REVOCATION ANNOUNCE MINI TOUR WITH ATHEIST, A LIFE ONCE LOST, AND LAST CHANCE.

dont fuck with the kiss army Boston, Massachusetts death metal warriors REVOCATION have announced the bands MARCH 2011 mini tour with ATHEIST, ALIFE ONCE LOST, AND LAST CHANCE. FROM REVOCATION: COME SEE US ON A SMALL TOUR RUN WITH ATHEIST, ALIFE ONCE LOST, AND LAST CHANCE..

3-8-11 Montreal, QUE, Canada @ Peitit Campus
3-9-11 New York, NY @ Santos Party House
3-10-11 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
3-12-11 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

METALLICA's LARS ULRICH EXPLAINS DECISION TO PLAY "BIG FOUR" U.S. SHOW


Yesterday, California USA thrash legends METALLICA announced the bands plans to play a U.S. leg (Indigo, California show already announced) featuring "The Big Four" (METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX). METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich explained the bands decision to play the "BIG FOUR" one off show...
FROM BLABBERMOUTH.NET:
As first reported on Tuesday (January 25), METALLICA has announced the details of the U.S. leg of the "Big Four" tour, which unites Eighties thrash metal legends METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX on stage for the first time. Disappointingly, however, there will only be a single North American gig for now, on Saturday, April 23 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California — the same location where the Coachella festival takes place every year.

During an appearance on yesterday's edition of "The Kevin & Bean Show" on the Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM (106.7), METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich explained the decision to play only one U.S. show, stating, "Let's take baby steps here. We did seven or eight ['Big Four' dates] last year, we're doing one show in England and one show in France [this year]."

He added, "Listen, we don't wanna cram this down people's throats. We don't wanna sort of overstay the welcome, and we don't know what kind of response there's gonna be to this in America, so we're starting, obviously, without being disrespectful to the rest of the wonderful country...

"We have a history in Southern California, SLAYER has a history in Southern California, [MEGADETH mainman and former METALLICA member Dave] Mustaine has a history in Southern California, so there's a lot of history in California. And we picked, obviously, the Coachella site where this is going down the week after the Coachella, [which] is probably — along with Bonnaroo — the favorite festival site to go to in North America.

"I went and saw RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE a couple of years ago out there at Coachella and just thought it was a brilliant, brilliant place, so when the Coachella organizers asked us if we would come and play there the week after and they would leave the scaffolding up and all that business, it just seemed like a great way to kick this off in North America.

"If there is enough demand for it, obviously there's a very strong possibility that there'll be more shows, but we don't wanna overextend the welcome and we also don't wanna turn it into something that becomes this whole nostalgia trip that's gonna sort of be, 'Okay, now it's just gonna be this for the next few years,' and 'Celebrate the past.' So it's a balancing act, you know."

VIDEO BELOW: "BIG FOUR" in U.S. TRAILER:


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

METAL AT THE MOVIES V.011: PART TWO: "LIVING THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE"


Producers have announced the pre order (http://livingtheamericannightmarethemovie.com/) for the documentary "LIVING THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE" featuring interviews with these notable artists:

Myke Hideous: Vocalist/Songwriter/Visual Artist
(The Empire Hideous/The Misfits/The Bronx Casket Co./SpySociety99)
MykeHideous.com/bio.htm

Peter Steele: Vocalist/Bassist/Songwriter
(Fall Out/Carnivore/Type O Negative)
typeonegative.net/

Bill Ward: Drummer
(Black Sabbath)
www.billward.com
www.black-sabbath.com/

Steve Zing: Drummer/Bassist/Vocalist/Songwriter
(Danzig/Samhain/Mourning Noise/The Undead/Son of Sam)
marrasdrug.com
danzig-verotik.com

Michael Alago: A & R Executive/Photographer
(Elektra Records/Geffen Records)
roughgods.com

Athan Maroulis: Vocalist/Songwriter
(Fahrenheit 451/Executive Slacks/Spahn Ranch)
spahn-ranch.com/

Aturo Vega: Art Director/Photographer/Lighting Designer
(Ramones/The Misfits/Bouncing Souls)
official-john-nikolai.com/ArturoVega.html

Johnny Kelly: Drummer
(Type O Negative/Danzig/Seventh Void)
typeonegative.net/

Kenny Hickey: Guitarist/Vocalist/Songwriter
(Type O Negative/Danzig/Seventh Void)
typeonegative.net/

Joey Z: Guitarist
(Life of Agony/Carnivore)
lifeofagony.com

Paul Bento: Guitarist/Sitarist
(Carnivore/Metal Health Association)
myspace.com/paulbentomusic

DD Verni: Bassist/Vocalist
(Overkill/The Bronx Casket Company)
wreckingcrew.com/

Ron Lipncki: Drummer
(Hades/Overkill)
wreckingcrew.com/

Merle Allin: Bassist
(G.G. Allin & The Murder Junkies)
ggallin.com/

Todd Youth: Guitarist
(Agnostic Front/Murphy’s Law/D Generation/Son of Sam/Danzig/the Chelsea Smiles/Glenn Campbell/Cheap Trick)
misfitscentral.com/bios/todd-youth.php

Bobby Steele: Guitarist/Vocalist/Songwriter
(The Misfits/the Undead)
misfitscentral.com/bios/bobby-steele.php

Franche’ Coma: Guitarist
(The Misfits)
franchecoma.net/

Mr. Jim: Drummer
(The Misfits/Continental Crawler)
mrjimshouseofvideo.com

Kenny Caiafa: Tour Manager
(The Misfits)
imdb.com/name/nm3764704/bio

John “Tank” Grimm: Tour Manager/Road Crew/Actor
(The Misfits)
grimmsmisfitsauction.com/page-stage/

Bryan Kienlen; Bassist
Pete Steinkopt: Guitarist
(The Bouncing Souls)
bouncingsouls.com

Argyle Goolsby: Vocalist/Bassist/Songwriter
(Blitzkid/X-Ward/Gorgeous Frankenstein)
blitzkid.com/main/

Quincy C. Kirk: Drummer
(Michale Graves/Murphy’s Law)
michalegraves.net/

J-Sin Trioxin: Guitarist/Vocalist/Bassist/Drummer/Songwriter
(Mister Monster/the Serpenteens/the Undead/SpySociety99/The Empire Hideous/Michale Graves/Wednesday 13)
boowop.com

J.V. Bastard: Bassist/Guitarist
(Mister Monster/Gotham Road/Michale Graves)
gothamrd.com/

Loki: Guitarist/Songwriter
(Mister Monster/SpySociety99/Gotham Road/Michale Graves)
gothamrd.com/

Mar Rio: Guitarist
(The Empire Hideous/Mister Monster)

Jeff Austin: Guitarist
(The Empire Hideous)

Eve LeStrange: Bassist/Author
(The Empire Hideous)

Nelson Pla: Drummer/Songwriter
(The Empire Hideous/Clueless)

Joe Pla: Guitar/Songwriter
(Erotomechanics/Sweet Convolutions/SpySociety99/Clueless)

Johnny Nickel: Guitarist
(The Empire Hideous)

Don Faratu: Guitarist
(The Empire Hideous)

Doktor Jon: Manager/Artist
(The Empire Hideous)
DoktorJohn.com

Danny “Frankenstein” Canzonieri: Bassist
(the Empire Hideous/Christian Death/Electric Frankenstein)
electricfrankenstein.com

Sal Canzonieri: Guitarist/Songwriter
(The Thing/Electric Frankenstein)
electricfrankenstein.com

Paul of the Living Dead: Vocalist/Guitarist/Bassist/Songwriter
(The Bad Whoremoans/the Undead/Paul of the Living Dead)
badwhoremoans.com

Fred Dingo: Promoter/Venue Owner
(Dingbatz)
dingbatznj.com

Raven Young: Artist/Radio Show Host/Model
(The House of Pain Radio Program)
etsy.com/people/ravenofskys

Chris Uhl: Writer
(The Aquarian Weekly)

Bobby Lisi: Record Store Owner
(Stomp & Soundz)

Ryan Switzer: Vocalist/Guitarist
(The Stun Gunz/The Disconnects)
FROM "LIVING THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE" PRODUCERS:

“Living the American Nightmare” is an independent HD documentary directed by PawL BaZiLe, releasing in early 2011. LTAN is an exploration of the cost to working-class people who live the rock star lifestyle and of the pitfalls to achieving fame without a payday.

In 1998, visual artist and singer, Myke Hideous was asked to tour as lead vocalist for the legendary punk band, The Misfits. Before the dream could take flight and after only two quick tours, Myke was ousted. LTAN documents the aftermath, rebuilding and rediscovery of what it is to live the life of an artist in America.

Featuring interviews with Peter Steele (Type O Negative), Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), Arturo Vega (Artistic Director, The Ramones), Bobby Steele (Misfits, The Undead) and Merle Allin (GG Allin and the Murder Junkies), as well as interviews with members of Samhain, Danzig, Modern English, The Bouncing Souls, Murphy’s Law, Overkill, Spahn Ranch, Mister Monster, Blitzkid and more.
FROM LIVING THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE PRODUCERS:
So tomorrow night at The Delancey in NYC, We will be showing a sneek preview (including several minutes of the film) at THE UNDEAD 30th Anniversary Show. The reel will feature a lot ofThe Misfits & Bobby Steele and the show is going to be amazing. Round up some friends and meet us there... It's going to be a memorable night!!!!

VIDEO BELOW: TRAILER FOR "LIVING THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE":

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

HAVOK Video Teaser Posted


Denver thrash warriors HAVOK have posted a new video teaser as the band will support MALEVOLENT CREATION on the UNITED HATE ACROSS AMERICA TOUR.
FROM EARSPLIT PR:
Time Is Up is the upcoming new full-length from denver thrashers HAVOK. The record is slated for a March 29th release via Candlelight Records. The follow-up to the ravaging Burn long-player was mastered by James Murphy and features ten tracks of flawlessly executed thrash anthems. Said Metal Assault in an advance review: “HAVOK’s Time Is Up will turn out to be one of the thrash releases of the year. A furiously energetic effort, presenting thrash metal exactly the way it should be.”

Check out a Time Is Up video teaser:

In related news, HAVOK will kick off the first tour in support of, Time Is Up, next month as support for Florida death metallers Malevolent Creation on the United Hate Across America Tour. Also joining the tour will be Full Blown Chaos, The Absence and Beyond Terror Beyond Grace. Dates are as follows:

United Hate Across America Tour 2011:
2/09/2011 Lizard Lounge – Wichita, KS
2/10/2011 Fubar – St Louis, MO
2/12/2011 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
2/13/2011 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
2/14/2011 Buddha’s Place – Virginia Beach, VA
2/15/2011 Warehouse 6 – Stamford, CT
2/16/2011 Bogie’s – Albany, NY
2/17/2011 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
2/18/2011 Broadway Joey’s – Buffalo, NY
2/19/2011 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
2/20/2011 Hole In The Wall – Steger, IL
2/21/2011 Birdy’s - Indianapolis, IN
2/22/2011 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
2/23/2011 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/24/2011 The Annex – Madison, WI
2/25/2011 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
2/26/2011 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
2/27/2011 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
2/28/2011 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT
3/01/2011 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
3/02/2011 Branx – Portland, OR
3/04/2011 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
3/05/2011 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
3/06/2011 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
3/07/2011 EBGB’s – Amarillo, TX
3/08/2011 Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX
3/09/2011 Emo’s – Austin, TX
3/10/2011 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA

http://www.myspace.com/havok
http://www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS To Support Rotting Christ On MARCH 2011 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR


Arizona, USA blackened metal warriors ABIGAIL WILLIAMS will support Greek extreme metal veterans ROTTING CHRIST on a MARCH 2011 North American tour.
FROM EARSPLIT PR:
American metal horde ABIGAIL WILLIAMS have been confirmed as support, alongside Melechesh, Hate and Lecherous Nocturne, for Rotting Christ’s massive thirty-date North American tour beginning this March. Though it is the first major tour of 2011 for the band, more tour actions will be announced in the coming weeks. Interviews with ABIGAIL WILLIAMS are available at all shows, or in advance of the tour upon request.

The members of ABIGAIL WILLIAMS will also host a live podcast tonight on TheGauntlet.com’s infamous The Dungeon show from 6pm – 9pm PST. Tune in for brutal metal, raw humor, special guests and all sorts of chaos.

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, On Tour With Rotting Christ, Melechesh, Hate, Lecherous Nocturne:

3/09/2011 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
3/10/2011 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
3/11/2011 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
3/12/2011 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
3/13/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
3/14/2011 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
3/15/2011 Petite Campus – Montreal, QC
3/16/2011 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
3/17/2011 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
3/18/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
3/19/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
3/20/2011 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
3/22/2011 The Republik – Calgary, AB
3/23/2011 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
3/25/2011 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/26/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
3/27/2011 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
3/28/2011 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
3/29/2011 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
3/30/2011 Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
3/31/2011 U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
4/01/2011 The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX
4/02/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
4/03/2011 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
4/04/2011 Emo’s – Austin, TX
4/05/2011 Walter’s – Houston, TX
4/07/2011 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
4/08/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/09/2011 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
4/10/2011 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS’ latest album In The Absence Of Light was released in September via Candlelight Records. Recorded at Conquistador Studios in Cleveland and mixed by Peter Tagtgren (Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Celtic Frost) at Black Lounge Studios in Sweden, the album presents founder/vocalist/guitarist Sorceron with new guitarist Ian Jekelis and drummer Ken Bedene. The album’s eight songs, written exclusively by Sorceron, contain far more urgency then the band’s previous material, cutting down on snyth and keyboards without depleting their crushing atmospheric capabilities, while adding a more brutal, sinister edge to their attack.

“…robust and vicious black metal compositions infused with an abundance of melodicism and harmony – not unlike early Dissection and Dimmu Borgir. 9/10″ – Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles

“…gothic, Scandinavian-goosed and slickly-produced black metal… Uncle Sam’s answer to Dimmu Borgir.” – Decibel

“Whether the band are playing at breakneck speed or reducing to a slower sonic atmospheric soundstage, the band never fails to impress, including some rather excellent melodic guitar breaks. 4.5/5″ – Sea of Tranquility

“…a guitar-driven symphonic/melodic black metal attack unlike any other band in North America has ever done before. 90/100″ – Infernal Masquerade

“…one of the best black metal albums I’ve heard in a long time. 93/100″ – Metal Reviews

http://www.myspace.com/abigailwilliams
http://www.purevolume.com/abigailwilliams
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com
http://www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

AMORPHIS ABLUM UPDATE

Gold for Skyforger, 6.7.2010 Finnish atmospheric death/doom metal warriors AMORPHIS have sent this new release update.
FROM AMORPHIS:
a little update on what’s happening in camp Amorphis. The album
recordings are advancing straight and smoothly (whatever that means…).
We are now working on the vocals and again we have Marco Hietala
producing Tomi. This time everything else has been done at Sonic Pump
Studios except for the vocals, which are currently in the works at
Marco’s home studio in Kuopio.


We are emerging with roughly 15 new songs and on the album there’s
most likely going to be 10-11 tracks. It’s again a great feeling to
start realizing that the songs and ideas which have been in our heads
are finally going to see the light of day.


Pekka Kainulainen has worked really hard on the lyrics. The album is
going to tell the story of the most important character of Finnish
mythology and folklore. He is Finnish god Väinämöinen, who was described
to be an extremely powerful, wise old man who had a magical voice. Some
believe that Väinämöinen was the creator of the world, an ancient hero
and a very influential shaman.


Having a subject as strong as this, it was pretty obvious that making
music for the album was going to be a challenge. There are lots of
musical elements that have been heard on previous albums, but there is
also much more. Needless to say, we are keen to hand all the material
over to Mikko Karmila, who is going to start the mixing at the end of
this month.


Travis Smith is currently working on the album cover and the coming artwork so far looks no less than amazing.


Stay tuned folks!!
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

BEFORE THE DAWN – title track of new album available online,

Finnish dark metal warriors BEFORE THE DAWN have just released the title track of the bands forth coming release "Death Star Rising" on the bands MYSPACE. BEFORE THE DAWN just inked a deal with NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS.
FROM NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS:
Long time singe the last blog entry and a lot have happened since that. Beside touring in Europe we have had the honor to also perform to Asian and Russian audiences and we are very proud to announce that Atte is finally a solid 100% member of the band after 2 years and over 100 gigs in 19 countries of session drumming.

We are also very happy to announce that BTD is now under the wings of Nuclear Blast and that the new album Deathstar Rising will be out 25.2.
http://www.nuclearblast.de/en/label/music/band/discography/details/194385.193151.deathstar-rising.html

check out the album teasers, gig dates, promo pics, pre-order special packages etc ect at:
http://www.beforethedawn.com/
Finnish dark metal masters BEFORE THE DAWN just released the title track of their upcoming masterpiece „Deathstar Rising“ on the bands MySpace profile!

Commented mainman and multiinstrumentalist Tuomas Saukkonen: „The song is a combination of the strengths of BTD: it's groovy, catchy, melodic but still crushingly heavy. Can't wait to play it (and of course the other new songs!!) live“!!“

Check out the track and the newly designed profile at www.myspace.com/btdofficial

www.beforethedawn.com | www.myspace.com/btdofficial | www.nuclearblast.de/beforethedawn
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

AGNOSTIC FRONT – reveal cover artwork & tracklist!


New York hardcore legends AGNOSTIC FRONT have revealed the cover art work and track listing of the bands new release entitled "My Life, My Way" due out 3/4/2011 on
NUCLEAR BLAST.
FROM NUCLEAR BLAST AND AGNOSTIC FRONT:

The Godfathers of New York Hardcore, AGNOSTIC FRONT, have revealed the cover art and track listing to their upcoming record entitled „My Life My Way“.

Cover artwork was brought to life this time by artist Todd Hubber, who also works with vocalist Roger Miret on designing his street wear clothing line American Made Kustom (www.americanmadekustom.com).



“The concept was to capture the D.I.Y. ethic and crude themed artistry of the early punk flyers, with a nod to the era of crime and pulp comic themes of the early 50's. Society deemed those materials as having no social redeeming values, and as a contributor to youth delinquency. Similarly outcasted were punk and hardcore in the early day for its aggressive, anti-authority message, and dangerous aura. „My Life My Way“ is a throwback to the early days, and AGNOSTIC FRONT has proven that what society deems unredeeming, has been, still is, and will continue to be relevant.”



„My Life My Way“ will be released on March 4, 2011

„My Life My Way“ Track Listing:

1. City Street
2. More Than a Memory
3. Us Against the World
4. My Life My Way
5. That’s Life
6. Self Pride
7. Until the Day I Die
8. Now and Forever
9. The Sacrifice
10. A Mi Manera
11. Your Worst Enemy
12. Empty Dreams
13. Time Has Come

www.agnosticfront.com | www.myspace.com/agnosticfront | www.nuclearblast.de/agnosticfront
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

GORATH RELEASE NEW ABLUM TRAILER

MXCII promo 2009 Belgium based melodic black metal warriors GORATH have released a new trailer for the bands fifth studio release, title TBA.
FROM GORATH:
Gorath have started the recordings for their upcoming album to be released in the first part of 2011 through Twilight Vertrieb. Album number 5 will again be a concept album of which more information will be released during the coming months. Recordings and mix are set for January at Gorath's home based Crestfallen Studio and the Shumcot Studio. Tore Stjerna (Necromorbus Studio) will take care of the final mastering. Invert the triangle and cross your fingers for what it might be worth!
GORATH WINTER/SPRING 2011 TOUR DATES:


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Jan 29
JH De Korre

Oostende, West-Vlaan, BELGIUM
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Feb 19
JC Gryphus

Vierlingsbeek, Noord-Brab, NETHERLANDS
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Mar 19
Kaj Stal

Beringen, Limburg, BELGIUM
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Apr 23
Dynamo

Eindhoven, Noord-Brab, NETHERLANDS

VIDEO BELOW: PRE PRODUCTION TRAILER FOR GORATH's 5th STUDIO RELEASE:

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

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SUIDAKRA sign with AFM Records!

German extreme metal warriors SUIDAKRA have inked a dea; with AFM RECORDS. FROM SUIDAKRA: "We are happy to announce that one of the most innovative German metal
bands has signed with AFM Records: SUIDAKRA are now part of the family!
With
their unique mixture of folk, heavy- & death metal the band amazes fans
and critics alike since many years. A new studio album (“Book Of
Dowth”) will be released in late March, right in time for SUIDAKRA`s tour with Onslaught and Debauchery."
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

URFAUST ANNOUNCE WINTER/SPRING 2011 RITUALS



Netherlands based ambient/post black metal warriors have announced a few winter/spring 2011 rituals.
FROM URFAUST:
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Mar 11
FINLAND - Dog's Home, Tampere

Tampere, FINLAND
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Mar 12
FINLAND - Club PRKL, Helsinki

Helsinki, FINLAND
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Apr 15
GERMANY - KÖLN

Köln, GERMANY
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May 14
BELGIUM - OMIT FEST

Aarschot, -, BELGIUM
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May 21
THE NETHERLANDS - Wolfsbane festival, Hoogeveen

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

Monday, January 24, 2011

NOISECREEP INTERVIEWS AMON AMARTH ON THE MEANING OF "SURTUR RISING"

NOISECREEP took some time to interview Swedish Viking death metal warriors AMON AMARTH on the meaning of the bands new release "Surtur Rising" due out 3/29/2011 on METAL BLADE RECORDS.
FROM NOISECREEP:

The sword-wielding, iron-fisted Amon Amarth are one of the key Swedish bands to put Viking metal on the map. Their new album, 'Surtur Rising' -- due out via longtime label Metal Blade on March 29 -- will continue the tradition of raping and pillaging, metaphorically speaking. The title refers to a particularly nasty god in Viking mythology who rears his dastardly head multiple times on the album.

"He is the one that is responsible for the end of the world," guitarist Olavi Mikkonen told Noisecreep about Surtur. "He was fighting against some of the other gods, but in the end, he makes the whole world gone. It's him and a few others, but he is one of the meanest and baddest." Needless to say, listening to 'Surtur Rising' will be a veritable smorgasbord of Norse mythology.

With 'Surtur Rising,' Mikkonen said that Amon Amarth haven't taken any drastic stylistic left turns on the album's 10 tracks. They follow the old credo that if it ain't broke, you don't fix it. That's not to suggest Amon Amarth haven't flexed new creative muscles on the album, though.

"We have found our sound and our style in our small corner in this metal scene, so we don't make too many changes, but there are some new elements," Mikkonen admitted. "But still, we sound like us. This time, we tried to make some more epic sounds, but to be not so obvious. We wanted to make it darker and have a more epic album. But of course, we have the traditional Amon Amarth songs, too."

The god Surtur figures prominently in the lyrics from multiple perspectives, as well. "There are two songs about him," Mikkonen said. "He is in 'Destroyer of the Universe.' During the end of the world, he is fighting other gods; and another song, 'The Last Stand of Frej,' which is about that same fight, only from [Norse god] Frej's perspective.

"It's the total opposite song, and is about how Frej saw the fight. 'Destroyer of the Universe' is really brutal, and Surtur is a brutal character. And 'The Last Stand of Frej' is very epic. It's our most epic song ever, and those two songs are about this one fight."

Amon Amarth and Mikkonen have a real appreciation for metal fans that goes deeper than affinity for heaviness or riffs. "They are dangerous," Mikkonen said about them. "It's the long hair. To me, a Viking is a metalhead -- so the music we play is perfect for Viking metalheads."

Amon Amarth are currently taking to the sea in true Viking fashion on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. They will return to crush American skulls under their feet this spring while on tour.

'Surtur Rising' track list
01. 'War of the Gods'
02. 'Töck's Taunt - Loke's Treachery Part II'
03. 'Destroyer of the Universe'
04. 'Slaves of Fear'
05. 'Live Without Regrets'
06. 'The Last Stand of Frej'
07. 'For Victory or Death'
08. 'Wrath of the Norsemen'
09. 'A Beast Am I'
10. 'Doom Over Dead Man'
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

SABATON PRIMO VICTORIA RE-ISSUE TRACK LISTING REVEALED, 10 NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED


Swedish extreme metal warriors SABATON have announced the RE-ISSUE of PRIMO VICTORIA as the track listing has been revealed as 10 NEW SHOWS have been announced for SABATON's ap and coming spring 2011 U.S. tour.
FROM SABATON:
Available for the first time in North America as non-imports, SABATON’s first four full-length albums will be re-issued by Nuclear Blast on April 14th, 2011. 2005’s Primo Victoria (Re-Armed) will include six bonus tracks, two live songs, and a cover of Twisted Sister’s “The Beast.”

A Swedish power metal sextet that specializes in military history, SABATON bassist Pär Sundström shares the following memories of the Primo Victoria recording sessions, why the Twisted Sister cover was selected, and why the live show in Falun was such a special show for the band:

“When we entered the studio to start the recording, we had no idea how SABATON was meant to sound. I remember sitting behind the mixing desk when we first listened to all the harmonies in the chorus of the title track; that was one of the best memories from a studio session ever. During our studio sessions, we sometimes recorded songs that were never on any albums, this includes the song ‘The Beast’ by Twisted Sister. Twisted Sister is a Top 5 Bands for all members of SABATON and there are so many memories for us all in their music. For the re-releases, we also included some live songs and on this one, there are a couple of tracks recorded in our hometown of Falun, Sweden. Falun has become a annual show where people from all around the world come because this is where SABATON always gives a unique and special show.”

The track listing for Primo Victoria (Re-Armed) is as follows:
01 Primo Victoria
02 Reign Of Terror
03 Panzer Battalion
04 Wolfpack
05 Counterstrike
06 Stalingrad
07 Into The Fire
08 Purple Heart
09 Metal Machine

Bonus Tracks:
10 The March To War
11 Shotgun
12 Into The Fire (Live In Falun, 2008)
13 Rise Of Evil (Live In Falun, 2008)
14 The Beast (Twisted Sister cover)
15 Dead Soldier's Waltz

SABATON will embark on their first-ever North American tour with German heavy metal legends ACCEPT in early April with several headlining off-dates. Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

04/09/11 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
04/10/11 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/13/11 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
04/14/11 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/15/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY (SABATON HEADLINING SHOW; NO ACCEPT)
04/16/11 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY *ONE-OFF; OVERKILL HEADLINES*
04/17/11 Club Soda- Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/18/11 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/20/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/21/11 Blondie's – Detroit, MI
04/22/11 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
04/24/11 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
04/26/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
04/27/11 Peter's Room – Portland, OR
04/28/11 The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
04/30/11 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
05/01/11 Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
05/02/11 Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA
05/03/11 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (SABATON HEADLINING SHOW; NO ACCEPT)
05/04/11 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT
05/06/11 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
05/07/11 Scout Bar – Houston, TX

Pre-sale tickets for this tour are available online at EnterTheVault.com and all normal ticketing outlets.

SABATON are also confirmed for the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise January 24 – 28th, 2011. Visit the cruise’s official You Tube Channel here.

SABATON's fifth studio album and Nuclear Blast debut, Coat Of Arms, debuted at #124 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #87 on the Top Hard Music chart. Worldwide first-week chart entries were as follows: Sweden #4; Poland #9; Finland #17; Germany #19; Switzerland #33 and Austria #71.

View the video for the track “Uprising” - "a powerful and emotional tribute to those who lost their lives in the Warsaw uprising in 1944" - at this location. Filmed in Warsaw, Poland, “Uprising” was directed by Jacek Raginis (who is related to decorated WWII hero Wladyslav Raginis), features an appearance by Swedish actor Peter Stormare ("Prison Break,", "8MM," “Fargo”) as SS-Obergruppenführer von dem Bach, and was a collaborative work with the Warsaw Rising Museum, the “Radoslaw” Reenactment Group, the Wizna 1939 Association and Polish fans. It also features archival materials provided by Filmoteka Narodowa.

The “Making Of” video with English subtitles can be viewed here. Stills from the video shoot can be viewed here.

SABATON features Joakim Brodén on vocals, Oskar Montelius on guitars, Rikard Sundén on guitars, Pär Sundström on bass, Daniel Mullback on drums, and Daniel Mÿhr on keyboards.

Visit SABATON online at www.SABATON.net, www.myspace.com/SABATON, www.facebook.com/SABATON, and twitter.com/SABATON.

Visit the band’s official YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/SABATON.
Also, 10 new shows have been added to SABATONS's up and coming spring 2011 U.S. tour:
http://artistdata.sonicbids.com/sabaton/shows/ FROM BLABBERMOUTH.NET:
Available for the first time in North America as non-imports, SABATON's first four full-length albums will be re-issued by Nuclear Blast on April 14, 2011. 2006's "Attero Dominatus (Re-Armed)" will include five bonus cuts, a demo track plus two cover songs.

A Swedish power metal sextet that specializes in military history, SABATON bassist Pär Sundström shares the following memories of the "Attero Dominatus" recording sessions, the decision to cover DORO's "Für Immer" ("For All Time"), the identity of SVENNE RUBINS, plus some additional information about the bonus tracks:

"For SABATON's second release, we decided once again to work with Tommy Tägtgren. This time we came more prepared and knew more of the sound we were looking for. We were in a rush since we were going on a big European tour right after the recordings — and it was really right after. We left the studio with the final master only one hour before departing to the airport!

"For the bonus material, we chose two of the cover tracks we had already done.

"We were asked by our old friend (and booking agent for Europe) if we wanted to participate on his tribute album to Doro. Of course we wanted to, and we wanted to do a song which nobody would expect us to do, so we made 'Für Immer'. Another cover song is the 'Långa Bollar På Bengt'. It’s a famous Swedish song by the band SVENNE RUBINS. They are from our region in Sweden and we did this song actually before we had enough of our own songs. Later it became requested by fans worldwide."

"Attero Dominatus (Re-Armed)" is as follows:

01. Attero Dominatus
02. Nuclear Attack
03. Rise Of Evil
04. In The Name Of God
05. We Burn
06. Angels Calling
07. Back In Control
08. Light In The Black
09. Metal Crüe

Bonus tracks:

10. Für Immer (DORO cover)
11. Långa Bollar På Bengt (SVENNE RUBINS cover)
12. Metal Medley (live in Falun 2008)
13. Nightchild
14. Primo Victoria (demo version)

As previously reported, SABATON has recruited DRAGONFORCE bassist Frédéric Leclercq to play guitar on the band's upcoming European tour. He will be filling in for regular SABATON guitarist Rikard Sundén, who "has decided to multiply himself and will have his first kid at this time," according to a statement released by the band.

The group adds, "Of course, it's the highest wish of SABATON to tour with all six members, but this time Rikard wanted to pass and to ensure that the fans that come to these shows will get a good show we wanted to bring in a person with both great musical talent as well as a great stage act together with a chemistry that we know fits in SABATON. We are sure that Frédéric is that person. This is, of course, a temporary situation, Frédéric is still a full member of DRAGONFORCE and Rikard is still the guitar player of SABATON. For the American tour that starts in April, Rikard will be on stage again, ready to rock and a hopefully a bit richer in life."

SABATON's "World War Tour 2011" of Europe is scheduled to kick off on March 3 in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.

The band's fifth album, "Coat Of Arms", sold around 450 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 124 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"Coat Of Arms" was released in Europe on May 21, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.


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

OBSCENE EXTREME FEST CONFIRMS VON BLOOM, ANOTHER WAY and JACK 7/15th, 16th, 17th, 2011 Trutnov, Czech Republic


The annual OBSCENE EXTREME FEST set to take place 7/15th, 16th, 17th, 2011 Trutnov, Czech Republic have confirmed VON BLOOM, ANOTHER WAY and JACK for the death/grind fest.
FROM OBSCENE EXTREME PROMOTERS:
The French have always been proudly different and their metal is no
exception. While Gojira upset death metal meatheads by stealing from
Strapping Young Lad and singing about space whales(!?), the dark and
eclectic ZUBROWSKA are baffling fans of hardcore with a death-driven,
atmospheric assault.



Fittingly for a band named after arguably the king of bison grass
vodka, Zubrowska offer an undiluted shot of insanity that hits the
bloodstream almost instantly – best sampled on last year's third
full-length 'ZUBROWSKA ARE DEAD'. Perhaps not an obvious band for
OBSCENE EXTREME 2O11, it's their uncompromising vision and energetic
live show that makes them perfect for the most uncompromising and
energetic festival on earth.






VON BOOM


The swedish crust clan VON BÖÖM sucks your brains and terrorises your
ears since 1984. Don't ask me how is this possible! Anyway,
crust/d-beat fans can wait for Swedish power once again!!!






ANOTHER WAY


ANOTHER WAY is deputizing a new way of grindcore/punk in Hungary. We
call this "Fastcore". But what it means? Maybe punky, grindcore riffs in
higher speed or faster blastbeats. Their upcoming stuff will be out in
springtime what it's called "Az idõ rövid története". More melodies,
faster, complex rhytms and deep, dark lyrics what you'll definitely get
from the band.This gig is going to demonstrate that would be better if
you watch the Hungarian scene!!!






JACK


Jack is the member of the Hungarian extreme hardcore family, mixing
HC/grindcore and punk. They played many gigs accross Europe and shared
the stage with ENT and RDP for example. JACK released 3 full-lenghts and
3 splits (with Step On It,Agathocles, Yattai) so far and waiting for
very first OEF experience this summer!!!

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

JASON KOCAL (IMPALED) GUITAR STOLEN

Dr. Kocol and his [now stolen] self-made fretless guitar Jason Kocal of U.S. grinders IMPALED has reported his guitar stolen.
FROM IMPALED:
On January 2nd, 2011 at approximately 10:40 PM, Dr. Jason Kocol's
self-made fretless guitar was stolen from a storage unit at Extra Space
Storage in El Sobrante, CA. The theft included other items, but none
of them are as irreplaceable as the guitar he built with his own hands
back in 1993. Here is a photo for reference and a description of the
guitar's features:


- Fretless maple neck & rosewood fretboard with side markers painted over
- Orange Fender Strat style body with black pickguard
- EMG active pickup
- 9 volt battery cable protruding from unused front jack cavity
- black side 1/4" jack

If
you are in possession or know the whereabouts of this guitar, please
contact us via the Impaled MySpace page. Dr. Kocol just wants his
guitar back, no questions asked.

Thanks for reading, and we wish all of you a hearty STAY FUCK! (Except the thieves; you can go fuck yourselves.)

Stolen: Dr. Kocol's self-made fretless guitar by IMPALED on Myspace
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

BELPHEGOR CRACKS THE CHARTS IN FINLAND!


Extreme Death / Black Metal artists BELPHEGOR have entered the album charts in Finland. The brand new monolith, entitled "BLOOD MAGICK NECROMANCE" landed at position
#17 !
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Friday, January 21, 2011

BONDED BY BLOOD TEAM UP WITH LAZARUS AD FOR WINTER 2011 EUROPEAN TOUR


BONDED BY BLOOD have teamed up with LAZARUS AD for a winter (MARCH) 2011 European tour.
FROM BONDED BY BLOOD MYSPACE:
Pomona, California thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD are teaming up with fellow US thrashers LAZARUS A.D. for a co-headlining European tour, which kicks off on March 9th in London, UK.

BONDED BY BLOOD have been touring relentlessly in support of their new album, EXILED TO EARTH, having already played shows all across North America with the likes of OVERKILL, FORBIDDEN, EVILE and GAMA BOMB.

2011 sees BONDED BY BLOOD kicking off the new year with another North American trek, this time supporting Bay Area thrashers DEATH ANGEL. The band will then be heading to Europe for its co-headlining tour, before returning to the USA and Canada with the likes of SEPULTURA and NEVERMORE.

BONDED BY BLOOD bassist JERRY GARCIA comments:

"We're excited by the announcement of our much anticipated and requested co-headlining European tour with Lazarus A.D. in March. We love touring Europe and we hope to see many old and new faces this time around."

Catch BONDED BY BLOOD live in Europe with LAZARUS A.D. at the following shows:


Mar. 09 - London, UK - Academy 2
Mar. 10 - Bristol, UK - The Croft
Mar. 11 - Milton Keynes, UK - Crauford Arms
Mar. 12 - Leeds, UK - The Well
Mar. 13 - Glasgow, UK - Ivory Blacks
Mar. 14 - Nottingham, UK - The Maze
Mar. 15 - Southampton, UK - Joiners
Mar. 16 - Norwich, UK - Metal Lust @ The Brickmakers
Mar. 17 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
Mar. 18 - Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo
Mar. 19 - Prague, Czech Republic - Modra Vopice
Mar. 20 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Orto Bar
Mar. 21 - Vienna, Austria - 3Raum/Arena
Mar. 22 - Bologna, Italy - Lazzaretto
Mar. 23 - Barcelona, Spain - Mephisto
Mar. 24 - Madrid, Spain - Hebe
Mar. 25 - Paris, France - Paris Extreme
Mar. 26 - Bilbao, Spain - Santana 27 Black
Mar. 27 - Porto, Portugal - Porto Rio
Mar. 29 - Hamburg, Germany - Headcrush
Mar. 30 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Merleyn
Mar. 31 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
Apr. 02 - Bruges, Belgium - JH Comma
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

MARDUK ANNOUNCE "7 Bowls Of Wrath" MINI TOUR with BLACK ANVIL, AURA NOIR, PANZERFAUST, HOD


Marduk MMVIII Swedish black metal warriors MARDUK have announced a one week spring mini tour dubbed the "7 Bowls Of Wrath" tour with BLACK ANVIL, AURA NOIR, PANZERFAUST, HOD:
FROM BLABBERMOUTH.NET: May 27 - Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest

With BLACK ANVIL, AURA NOIR, PANZERFAUST, HOD:

May 29 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques
May 30 - Toronto, ON - Wreck Room
May 31 - Chicago, IL - Reggie’s Rock Club
Jun. 01 - Detroit, MI - I-Rock Nightclub
Jun. 02 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
Jun. 03 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Music Hall
FROM MARDUK AND EARSPLIT PR:
Following a successful North American run of dates on the Blackest Of The Black tour alongside Danzig and Possessed (among many others) as well as a march through Asia to close 2010 , Swedish black metal battalion MARDUK are set to return to the U.S. for another round of live performances! The evil will commence on May 27 at the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore and run through a week’s worth of dates, closing on June 3 at the Williamsburg Music Hall in Brooklyn, New York. Support will be provided by Aura Noir, Black Anvil, Panzerfaust and HOD.

Commented guitarist Morgan Håkansson of the latest round of dates: “Seven cities, seven shows,seven bowls of wrath to be unleashed upon mankind! It is with great delight I can announce that MARDUK return to the U.S. and Canada for a handful of select appearances. The calm before the storm!”

MARDUK North American Tour 2011:
w/ Aura Noir, Black Anvil, Panzerfaust, HOD
5/27/2011 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD (MARDUK, Aura Noir only)
5/29/2011 Cafe Campus – Montreal, QC @ Cafe Campus
5/30/2011 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
5/31/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
6/01/2011 I-Rock Nightclub – Detroit, MI @ I-Rock Nightclub
6/02/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
6/03/2011 Williamsburg Music Hall – Brooklyn, NY

In related news, Regain Records will commemorate MARDUK’s 20th anniversary with a limited edition box set to be released later this year. The box will document the first two decades of blood and iron since. Further details to be revealed soon.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

ITP SPORTS: THIS IS NEW YORK: GO JETS

Have you ever seen men and women with their arms outstretched running around trying to imitate a JET flying?
Those are the NY FOOTBALL JETS fans flying high as the football team are in the AFC championship game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday in Pittsburgh. Although ITP's author is a GIANTS FAN, the GIANTS did NOT make the NFL playoffs this year. This, however, is NEW YORK. GO JETS, J-E-T-S , JETS, JETS, JETS.
FROM ESPNSPORTS:


Bart Scott made quite an impression on millions of startled viewers with his postgame rant to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio after Scott's New York Jets defeated the New England Patriots in their divisional playoff game.

Scott's childhood hero, Hulk Hogan, was among them.

"I knew when Bart looked down the barrel of the camera he believed in himself and in what he was saying," Hogan told ESPNNewYork.com by phone. "And that makes him a real dangerous man."

[+] EnlargeHulk Hogan
AP Photo/Charles SykesHulk Hogan on those talkative Jets: Let's hear more!

Arguably the most popular pro wrestler of all time, Hogan was the audacious figure who inspired the Jets linebacker to become one of the NFL's leading trash talkers. Scott's interview with Paolantonio, punctuated by the Jets' new mantra, "Can't Wait," became an Internet sensation and caught the attention of the wrestling legend whose style and moves Scott studied through his childhood in Detroit.

"It was like one of my mid-'80s promos, and all that was missing were a few 'What are you gonna dos?' and some lightning bolts in there," said the 57-year-old Hogan, who now appears with TNA Wrestling on Spike TV. "It was right on the money. I think it's cool that [Scott] is stepping up and showboating it a bit, because it's about personality and entertaining people, too.

"I could tell Bart had been watching wrestling, and it's pretty cool because a lot of these guys are afraid to step outside the box. ... Sometimes when you say stuff you believe it and it happens."

Hogan said he knew Scott had to be a wrestling fan when he watched the video "just by his mannerisms. He had the cadence down, his eyes were real wide, and he wasn't looking at the interviewer but right down the barrel of that camera."

Scott lived by Hogan's articles of faith -- doing your training, saying your prayers and taking your vitamins. Does the Jets linebacker have a potential second career in the ring?

"Oh yeah," Hogan said. "When his career's over and he wants to make some real money, tell him to give me a call and we'll break him in the right way."

Scott is hardly the first professional athlete struck by the magnitude of Hogan's presence. When he first met Wayne Gretzky, Hogan said, "Gretzky asked me to autograph his hockey stick."

Hogan described himself as a casual pro football fan, but Scott has given him a not-so-casual rooting interest in the AFC Championship Game in Pittsburgh.

"I'm going with the Jets," Hogan said. "I love the Steelers, but if my boys with the Jets keep talking smack over there, they're going to go all the way."

PARTY.SAN Open Air 2011 Update: Triptykon, Gorguts, Enslaved, Exhumed + Cliteater Added To The Bill!


Promoters for the 2011 PARTY SAN OPEN AIR FEST set to take place 8/11-13, 2011 at
Schlotheim, Thüringen, Denmark.
FROM EARSPLIT PR:

TRIPTYKON – Raised from the ashes of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, by mastermind Tom Gabriel Fischer himself, PARTY.SAN 2011 is proud and honored to announce the addition of TRIPTYKON to its expanding bill of bands. Hell literally broke loose with the release of the band’s Eparistera Daimone debut. Pitch black and truly evil music for devoted fans of extreme metal.
http://www.myspace.com/triptykonofficial

GORGUTS from Canada recently joined the PARTY.SAN bill. A death metal dinosaur of sorts, the band formed in 1989 and, having survived a host of trends, tragedies and breakups, are still going strong today. GORGUTS will present to you a technical and extremely furious death metal show you will never forget. http://ww.myspace.com/gorgutsofficial

ENSLAVED are easily among Norway’s finest bands. The progressive black/Viking metal ensamble has remained dark and innovative for their two-decade-long existence and will bring their monolithic blackness to the PARTY.SAN 2011 stage. http://www.myspace.com/enslaved

EXHUMED – Excreting their malignant essence onto an unsuspecting metal scene back in 1998 with their confrontational debut, Gore Metal, EXHUMED have since become synonymous with the genre they helped brand. Their signature sound, a savage blend of snarling, grinding, down-tuned guitars, alternately abrasively screeched and grotesquely gurgled vocals, and pummeling, straightforward drumming, have become universally recognized as the hallmarks of the style now known as gore metal. To be more precise: EXHUMED are essentially the bastard Californian children of the great Carcass. See them live at PARTY.SAN! http://www.myspace.com/exhumed

CLITEATER – We are happy to announce the participation of dutch grinders CLITEATER at PARTY.SAN 2011. If you are a fan of Dead Infection, Necrony or Mortician, this band is for you. Expect a wave of grinding madness! These guys don’t exit the sateg without leaving a bloody mess. Grind deluxe!
http://www.myspace.com/cliteater

Also on the PARTY.SAN 2011 bill:
AT THE GATES
BELPHEGOR
ENSIFERUM
HAIL OF BULLETS
MELECHESH
MORBID ANGEL
MORGOTH
NACHTMYSTIUM
NEGURA BUNGET
PANZER CHRIST
TAAKE

Save now on your ticket to PARTY.SAN METAL OPEN AIR 2011 which includes various limited t-shirt or P.S:O:A DVD combos. For more info, visit: http://www.cudgel.de:

- Ticket PSOA 2011 w/ out Shirt: 49,90€ + delivery
- Ticket PSOA 2011 + limited to 666pieces shirt in S,M,L,Xl,XXL: 49,90€ + delivery
- Ticket PSOA 2011 + DVD 2009: 65,00€ + delivery
- Ticket PSOA 2011 + DVD 05, 07 or 08: 54,00€ + delivery
- DVD 2009: 19,99€ + delivery

PARTY.SAN is an annual metal festival founded in 1996 as an open air birthday party with several local bands. Due to troubles with the public order office the official open air, called Endsommer-Festival, had to be delayed from August to September. Nevertheless the first festival took place unofficially in August, thus there were two open air festivals that year. In the years to follow, festival was held the second weekend in August and has grown to accommodate more than 10,000 visitors and prides itself on showcasing extreme metal’s finest acts. PARTY.SAN 2011 will run from August 11 – 13, 2011 at Flugplatz Obermehler in Schlotheim, Germany.

http://www.party-san.de
http://www.cudgel.de
VIDEO BELOW PART SAN OPEN AIR 2010 TRAILER:

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

ITP SOCIAL JUSTICE: Yet ANOTHER Teen Suicide This Week: Anti-Gay Bullying Blamed/Sup. Court Rejects Anti–Gay Marriage Vote


Banner It has been reported that yet another teen suicide has happened, locally in the Hudson valley region of NY due to anti gay bullying. We at ITP wish Kameron Jacobsen of Monroe Woodbury High School in Orange County and Justin Dimino, a junior who was on the football team R.I.P.In good news, the U.S. Supreme Court reject gay marriage ban.

FROM NEW CIVIL
RIGHTS MOVEMENT:



Fourteen year old Kameron Jacobsen of Monroe Woodbury High School in Orange County, NY, committed suicide after suffering taunts and harassment via Facebook. Two weeks earlier, another teen, Justin Dimino, a junior who was on the football team, also committed suicide.

Via MyFox New York:

Sources said that Kameron Jacobsen of Monroe Woodbury High School was tormented by Facebook bullies who taunted him about what they thought was his sexual orientation.

Principal David Bernsley said the sense of loss is excruciating and that they are doing their best to cope.

“Our hearts go out to the families,” Bernsley said. “We’re devastated as a community.”

For Jacobsen’s family, the grief is beyond measure. Even with his death, online entries still sting. His older sister, Kierten, pleaded that people stop writing “rest in peace” entries and posting personal information about her baby brother.

There are at least four Facebook pages devoted to remembering Kameron Jacobsen.

Jacobsen’s anti-gay bullying suicide, along with the tragic suicide of openly-gay, Miltona, Minnesota eighteen-year old Lance Lundsten this past weekend, are but just two of who knows how many anti-gay bullying suicides that appear to increase in number at the beginning of school semesters. You’ll remember the more than ten anti-gay bullying suicides that we reported last September, at the start of the back-to-school season.

School and the federal government must begin to do a better job addressing this, and we al need to remember that the American people believe, as do I, that ultimately, the seed of hate comes from our churches.
FROM THE ADVOCATE THANKS TO NOH8:
Sup. Court Rejects Anti–Gay Marriage Vote
By Michelle Garcia
SUPREME COURT JUSTICES 201010 X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday rejected an appeal from antigay advocates seeking to overturn Washington, D.C.'s marriage equality law, enacted in 2009, the Associated Press reports.

The court rejected the challenge led by Beltsville, Md., minister Harry Jackson, who sued the District's Board of Elections and Ethics when that board rejected his push to allow voters to decide whether Washington should sanction marriage equality. The board ruled that putting such a question on the ballot would violate its own antidiscrimination policies.

The Supreme Court held a private conference Friday to discuss the case, Jackson v. The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.



Thanks-Stay metal, Stay Brutal-GAY PRIDE-\m/ -l-