Monday, November 30, 2009


Norwegian (all star) black metal project OV HELL have announced the track listing for the bands debut entitled "The Underworld Regime" due out in February 2010. FROM OV HELL: Ov HELL, the new band from Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir) and King (God Seed, I, Sahg, ex-Gorgoroth) has completed work on the band's first studio album. The Underworld Regime is due in early February 2010 via Indie Recordings.

The tracks were recorded at Earshot Studio and feature Shagrath on vocals, King on bass, Frost (Satyricon) on drums, Ice Dale (Enslaved) on guitar and Teloch (Nidingr, God Seed) on guitar.

The Underworld Regime was produced by Herbrand Larsen and mastered in
Livingroom studios by Espen Berg and Shagrath, under the influence of the swine flu and Streptococcus, November 2009.

King has written all of the music for the album, while Shagrath has written all lyrics with contributions from Silenoz and Sarah Owens.

The Underworld Regime track listing is as follows:

01. Devil’s Harlot
02. Post Modern Sadist
03. Invoker
04. Perpetual Night
05. Ghosting
06. Acts of Sin
07. Krigsatte Faner
08. Hill Norge

“The majestic Ov HELL has become a band that reflects our roots, raw, ugly,
--arrogantly blasphemous-- with uncompromising truth from two influential Norwegian musicians needing to express our primitive side, straight out Ov HELL.” - Shagrath

"It's been a little hell to actually see this music form into a band but,
when I`m now listening to the final result, it has been worth the hard work we have put into this album!" - KING

Two rough-mix sample tracks from The Underworld Regime can be heard on the band's MySpace
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-


....:sigh: About fucking time they busted this douche and his buddies, and don't think I don't KNOW. In house corruption as other than cigarettes we're drug free here. Erazo WAS the superintendent in said complex. So these idiots can bitch about my journal all they want, obviously they are in denial, and I'm close enough to the truth. Boo Fucking hoo. This happened two weeks ago, too close to home. Must of been their odor, with all the holes in there nose, they must of reeked of pot and alcohol on DWI'.s I heard about this two weeks ago.

And I hate the people that you know
And I hate the way you can't say no
Too many long lines in a row
I hate the powder on your nose

And now I know who you are
It wasn't that hard
Just to figure you out
And now I know who you are
It wasn't that hard
Just to figure you out -NICKLEBACK
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-


New Jersey thrash metal legends OVERKILL shall embark on a spring North American tour dubbed KILLFEST. Support on the tour will come from VADER, GOD DETHRONED, WARBRINGER, EVILE and WOE OF TYRANTS.

FROM OVERKILL: : "The road never ends, and that's a good thing kids! We've all been tearing this up for over 25 years now and still going strong. April it starts again and this time it's 'Ironbound', live and in your face, let the games begin!!"

"Killfest" tour dates:.

Apr. 01 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
Apr. 02 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Apr. 03 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Hall
Apr. 04 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
Apr. 05 - Montreal, QC @ FouFounes
Apr. 06 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
Apr. 07 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Apr. 08 - Detroit, MI @ Blondies
Apr. 09 - Chicago, IL @ The Metro
Apr. 10 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Apr. 11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
Apr. 13 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Apr. 15 - Vancouver, BC @ Red Room
Apr. 16 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Apr. 17 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Apr. 18 - San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom
Apr. 19 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Apr. 20 - Los Angeles CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 21 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 22 - Phoenix, AZ @ O.K.'s
Apr. 23 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Apr. 24 - Farmington, NM @ Gators
Apr. 25 - Tulsa, OK @ Marquee
Apr. 26 - Austin, TX @ Emu's
Apr. 27 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Apr. 28 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Apr. 29 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
Apr. 30 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 01 - New York City, NY @ Nokia Theater

Exclusive VIP meet-and-greet tickets are also available, enabling you to meet members of OVERKILL, VADER and GOD DETHRONED each night and gain entrance to the venue one hour early.

Tickets are on sale now exclusively through until December 19, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing outlets.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Texas doomsters THE FUNERAL PROCESSION have announced that the band is on indefinite hiatus until the band changes their lineup and adds a new drummer.

Rip The Funeral Procession

I just want to extend a thank you to everyone who has sent us messages, left inspiring comments on our pages, came to a show, bought a shirt, or just listened to our songs more than one time.
As of now, regretfully, the band is on indefinite hiatus. Hopefully sometime after the first of the year I will be making a member change or 2 and get this up running.

until then, stay in touch and most importantly keep enjoying the music we made!
If you are a drummer or know of a drummer in the dfw area please dont hesitate to get in contact with me. You can message me on here or my personal myspace.

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

Friday, November 27, 2009


U.S. death metal legends OBITUARY have announced that the bands previously scheduled South American tour has been postponed for dates TBA. FROM OBITUARY MYSPACE:
We have to announce that unfortunately, the dates of our tour "Darkest day South America" have been changed (NOT CANCELED) for January/February 2010 because of some problems with our visas. We will still do the 4 shows scheduled in Brazil and soon we will announce the new official dates for the rest of South America.
It is vital that you know that the tickets bought until the date, are 100% valid for the new shows in 2010 and that neither Obituary or the promoters from Ecuador, Venezuela and Perú, are responsible for this inconvenience.
Our deepest apologies!!

Estimados fans sudamericanos:

Tenemos que anunciar con tristeza que las fechas de nuestro tour sudamericano “Darkest day Southamerica” han sido cambiadas, NO canceladas, para enero/febrero 2010 debido a fuertes problemas con nuestras visas.

Pronto anunciaremos las nuevas fechas oficiales.
Es importante que sepan que los tickets adquiridos hasta la fecha son 100% válidos para los nuevos shows 2010 ,y que Obituary ni los promotores de Ecuador, Venezuela y Perú tienen responsabilidad sobre este inconveniente.

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

SHINING (SWEDEN) COMPLETE "Shining VII - Född Förlorare"

Swedish depressive black metal band SHINING (not to be confused with the Norwegian band of the same name) have issued this update on the bands anticipated new CD.

SHINING shall unleash the bands new effort  "Shining VII - Född Förlorare" (English translation: "Born Loser") MARCH OR APRIL via INDIE RECORDINGS.

"Shining VII - Född Förlorare" track listing:

01. Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel
02. Tiden Läker Inga Sår
03. Människa O'Avskyvärda Människa
04. Tillsammans Är Vi Allt
05. I Nattens Timma
06. FFF

According to frontman Niklas Kvarforth, "Shining VII - Född Förlorare" will see SHINING "tak[ing] a deep dive into the darkest of all musical genres you could imagine."

Making guest appearances on the album are Erik Danielsson (WATAIN), Peter Bjargo (ARCANA) and NORDMAN.

SHINING will tour Europe in December with SATYRICON. They will also appear at the Metalfest Open Air festivals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in May 2010.

The band is currently waiting for the work permit and visa approvals that will enable them to join the U.S. tour with BEHEMOTH in January, and will announce dates as soon as approvals have been confirmed.

Below you can see a video of SHINING performing the song "Plagoande O'Helga Plagoande" from the album "Klagopsalmer VI" at the Infernal Damnation Fest on May 9, 2009 at the Underworld, Camden, London.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-


New Jersey doomsters EVOKEN have announced a Philadelphia, PA show 11/28/09 @ THE BEAUMONT WAREHOUSE. FROM EVOKEN: Just a reminder to those in the Philadelphia and or surrounding area. This Saturday, November 28th. Evoken descends upon Philadelphia, PA. We hope you can attend. Info as follows:

At The Beaumont Warehouse
5027 Beaumont Ave. (West Philly)
Philadelphia, PA

Start time: 7pm sharp!
ends at Midnight
$7 to enter

Serpent Throne

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

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Norwegian black metal legends GORGOROTH have announced a spring 2010 European tour.

April 09 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
April 10 - Rotterdam, Holland - Baroeg
April 11 - Paris, France - Trabendo
April 12 - Hamburg, Germany - Marx
April 13 - Cologne, Germany - Underground
April 14 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
April 15 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali
April 16 - Osnabrück, Germany - N8
April 17 - Glauchau, Germany - Alte Spinnerei
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-


German thrash metal legends KREATOR have announced a March 2010 North American tour (HORDES OF CHAOS TOUR) with a rotating lineup featuring: NACHTMYSTIUM, LAZURUS AD, VOVOID, EVILE, LIGHTING SWORDS OF DEATH, KATAKLYSYM.

 FROM KREATOR: German thrash metal veterans KREATOR will embark on a North American headlining tour, dubbed "Hordes Of Chaos Part II", in March 2010.

"Hordes Of Chaos Part II" will feature the following acts:

** March 3-12:


** March 13:


** March 14:


** March 16:


** March 18-31:


"Hordes Of Chaos Part II" tour dates:

March 03 - Jaxx, West Springfield, VA
March 04 - The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
March 05 - The Palladium (MA), Worcester, MA
March 06 - Nokia Theater, New York, NY
March 07 - Club Soda, Montreal, QUE
March 08 - Imperial de Quebec, Quebec City, QUE
March 09 - Opera House, Toronto, ONT
March 10 - Peabody's Cleveland, OH
March 11 - Blondie's, Detroit, MI
March 12 - The Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
March 13 - Rave, Milwaukee, WI
March 14 - Block Station 4, St Paul, MN
March 16 - Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
March 18 - Corazon, Seattle, WA
March 19 - Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, BC
March 20 - Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
March 21 - Slim's, San Francisco, CA
March 23 - House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA
March 24 - House of Blues, San Diego, CA
March 25 - The Rock, Tucson, AZ
March 27 - Emo's Alternative Lounging, Austin, TX
March 28 - Meridian, Houston, TX
March 30 - The Club at Firestone, Orlando, FL
March 31 - The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-


DARK FUNERAL have announced that the bands new release ANGELUS EXURO PRO ETERNUS will see its North American release January 26th, 2010 and no later than 11/27/09 (EUROPE) if your local retailer has not received distribution. .

"Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus", the new album from Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL, will be released in North America on January 26 via Regain Records. The CD, which is being made available in most European countries between November 18 and November 27, was recorded at Abyss Studio in Grangärde, Sweden with famed engineer and legendary producer Peter Tägtgren (PAIN, HYPOCRISY). Nine songs are featured on the effort, which is being described in a press release as "the band's most technical and varied album to date. And while still being true to their roots, they have taken a great step forward in the evolution of their brand of fine Swedish black metal. 'Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus' is, from the very beginning to the end, a hell ride you simply don't want to miss!"

The "Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus" cover artwork was created by Morbid (Daniel Valeriani).

"Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus" is being released in a couple of different formats, including a two-disc limited edition containing one CD and one live DVD. The bonus live DVD features approximately 55 minutes of previously unreleased material professionally filmed with six cameras during the band's 15th anniversary show at the Peace & Love festival on June 28, 2008 in Borlänge, Sweden. The album will also include two versions (soft and hardcore) of the band's brand new video, "My Funeral".

"Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus" CD track listing:

01. The End Of Human Race [4:43]
02. The Birth Of The Vampiir [4:50]
03. Stigmata [5:06]
04. My Funeral [5:30]
05. Angelus Exuro pro Eternus [5:04]
06. Demons of Five [4:48]
07. Declaration of Hate [5:24]
08. In My Dreams [6:30]
09. My Latex Queen [5:21]

* Video clip: "My Funeral" [2 versions]

Bonus DVD (limited edition only)

Live at Peace & Love festival on June 28, 2008 in Borlänge, Sweden:

01. Intro
02. King Antichrist
03. Diabolis Interium
04. The Secrets of The Black Arts
05. The Arrival of Satan's Empire
06. Goddess of Sodomy
07. 666 Voices Inside
08. Vobiscum Satanas
09. Hail Murder
10. Atrum Regina
11. An Apprentice of Satan

DVD credits:

* Film production by Year Zero
* Professionally filmed with six cameras
* Sound engineering by Henrik Wenngren
* Sound recording by Erik Sjölander
* Mixed by Erik Sjölander at Studio Wasteland [Uppsala, Sweden]
* Pyro by Unique Pyrotechnic AB
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Monday, November 23, 2009


PAGAN FEST Europe organizers have announced the winter EUROPEAN edition of said fest featuring FINNTROLLELUVEITIEDORNENREICHVARG and ARKONA


Feb. 19 - CH - Pratteln Z7
Feb. 20 - AT - Linz Posthof
Feb. 21 - DE - Berlin Postbahnhof
Feb. 23 - DE - Hamburg Markthalle
Feb. 25 - DE - Nürnberg Hirsch
Feb. 26 - DE - München Backstage
Feb. 27 - AT - Wien Gasometer
Feb. 28 - SK - Bratislava [to be announced]
Mar. 01 - AT - Graz Seifenfabrik
Mar. 04 - DE - Frankfurt Batschkapp
Mar. 05 - DE - Leipzig Hellraiser
Mar. 06 - DE - Stuttgart LKA Longhorn (w/ EQUILIBRIUM, ALESTORM)
Mar. 07 - NL - Tilburg 013 (w/ EQUILIBRIUM, ALESTORM)
Mar. 09 - FR - Rennes Antipode
Mar. 10 - FR - Paris Elysee Montmartre
Mar. 11 - FR - Lyon Ninkasi Kao
Mar. 12 - DE - Bochum Ruhrcongress (w/ EQUILIBRIUM, ALESTORM)
Mar. 13 - NL - Amsterdam Melkweg
Mar. 14 - BE - Antwerpen Hof Ter Loo (w/ EQUILIBRIUM, ALESTORM)
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Saturday, November 21, 2009


BURZUM mastermind VARG VIKERNES spoke about his anticipated new release "White God"(due out in March/April 2010) through BURZUM.ORG.
When I speak through I always imagine that I speak only to Burzum fans. If not a Burzum fan, why would You visit this site? Judging from the response to the A Burzum Story: Part X - "The White God", this is not the case. Or maybe it is, in which case I have a whole lot of fans in the media.

When these apparent Burzum fans in the media report the news that Burzum will release another album, the reaction is kind of weird. Most of them have been honourable enough to both print the whole article, or at least most of it, and tell their readers where they got the news from. This is correct and lawful journalism, when dealing with copyrighted material. "Hurray" to You for that.

Apparently my comparing of black metallers with the stereotypical Negro and homosexuals is not taken lightly in "the real world". Because of my thoughtless remarks I am, according to them or their readers, both a vile racist and homophobic, and should ideally be stone to death for being intolerant. Naturally.

The problem is that my remarks aren't really homophobic. What I do is simply point at the obvious facts; some black metallers dress, walk, talk, look and act like stereotypical homosexuals. Both the black metallers in question and the stereotypical homosexuals obviously buy their clothes, their make-up and jewellery from the same "laces & leather" shops. They wear the same clothes, the same make-up and the same jewellery. So they do dress and look like the stereotypical homosexual. End of discussion.

The funny thing is that I never really stated if this was a bad thing or not. Maybe I in fact think dressing and looking "gay" is okay, but perhaps not for black metallers, who think of themselves and try to present themselves as some sort of "dark warriors"? Who can tell? I surely never said anything about that in my article. So, when readers of my words react so strongly it is because they are homophobic: they obviously think that dressing and looking like homosexuals is a bad thing. Maybe they should take a look in the mirror and think for a minute before they start attacking me for being homophobic?

When it comes to the "racist remark" I can only apologize to You all. I obviously live in a different world, where one can discuss ones perception of reality without any fear of harassment; a world of tolerance and respect, a world of intellectual debate and honesty. Some of You apparently don't, so when I speak I must be careful. I must say, though, that if You don't like what I say to my fans on, then please don't read or refer to my articles. It's a free world, and You are free not to read my articles. I want to point out that my so called "racist remark" was actually not intended to be racist or to offend anyone but the black metallers in question, whom I happen to know have indeed some strong views and opinions. It was purely meant to draw attention to how some black metal artists are more and more acting and living a lifestyle like the individuals they at least in private claim to despise.

When it comes to the title of the next album, "The White God", this has nothing to do with "race" or "skin colour" or anything like that. Please stop this nonsense about "The White God" being a racist album. This album is about Baldr, known as "The White God", because he is a solar deity and because he is pale after spending time in the realm of the dead. I don't use the Baldr name because I want to speak to all the different cultures of Europe, and we all happen to have our own name for this deity. The British/Picts/Gaulls called him Belenus, the Greeks called him Apollon, the Romans Apollo, the Scytho-Slavs Byelobog, and so forth, and before that we all called him Belus. However, we all know him as the White God, and therefore I use this as the title for my album.

The next album is a description of a part of our culture that most of us have forgotten all about. I know this interest many of You, or at least many of the Burzum fans (as surely not all the readers of this are Burzum fans). Maybe You should wait and see for Yourselves, before You start "burning books", like some certain ignorant predecessors in history.

Thank You for the attention, and for being able to bring some colour to Your lives. :-)
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Varg Vikernes

Friday, November 20, 2009


Yes, it's been a little slow this month with ITP REVIEWS. MORE reviews coming up, perhaps 4 or 5 a week until the end of the year. ITP (up and coming) REVIEWS: SWALLOW THE SUN-(NEW MOON), OM-(GOD IS GOOD), new CANDLEMASS, DARK FUNERAL, KRALICE, WADRUNA, COR SCORPII, ASPHYX, CHASM, INSOMNIUM-(ACROSS THE DARK), URFAUST, LIVIDITY,
..AND, the best of EXTREME METAL 1999-2009 in either DECEMBER or JANUARY.
Of course, and re rate of certain reviews by the end of the year, new a layout and some editing of this journal by years end and ITP BEST of 2009 in late December early January. All depending on time.


TOM G. WARRIOR curator of the 2010 ROAD BURN FESTIVAL have announced more bands due to perform at next years festival set to take place 4/16/2010, TILBURG, NETHERLANDS @ 013.


Tom Gabriel Warrior, the founder of Swiss pioneers HELLHAMMER, CELTIC FROST and now TRIPTYKON, has announced more bands that will appear at his curated event, titled Only Death Is Real, during Roadburn Festival 2010 in Tilburg, Netherlands on Friday, April 16.

Following is a list of the newly confirmed artists (along with THORR'S HAMMER, TRINACRIA and NWOBHM legends WITCHFYNDE), each of which were handpicked by Tom:


Comments from bands regarding their participation in Only Death Is Real:

JESU: "Of course, it is an honour for JESU to be personally invited by Tom G. Warrior to perform at his individually curated 'Only Death Is Real' event at Roadburn 2010. It goes without saying, that the music of Tom G. Warrior has had an immense impact on the music, I, Justin K Broadrick, have been producing since 1985, in all of my guises, be it NAPALM DEATH in the Eighties, GODFLESH in the Eighties and Nineties, and JESU currently…"

EVOKEN: "It's truly an honor to be invited to play at Tom Gabriel Warrior's 'Only Death is Real' at Roadburn 2010. Tom G Warrior's playing, as well as his work in CELTIC FROST and HELLHAMMER, are not only a staple in the metal world, but one of our main influences and reasons why EVOKEN exists today. When we started EVOKEN, never in our dark imaginations would we have thought this day would EVER come. To be invited by our main influence in metal, who all will agree is one of the most well-respected and talented individuals... Tom Gabriel Warrior. We accept this dark gift in complete honor. We shall deliver nothing less than uncompromising, soul-crushing heaviness that EVOKEN can only bring forth... Be warned!"

PAGAN ALTAR: "The call from Tom G Warrior to join him at Roadburn came as a complete and utter surprise to Al and I as we had not the slightest inclination we would be asked. Recognition from one musician to another to us is one of the highest accolades we can think of and so would like to say thanks to Tom for asking us. PAGAN ALTAR as a band are really up for it and looking forward to playing at Tom's 'Only Death Is Real' show and are indeed proud to share a stage with these guys!"

VALBORG: "We met Tom and TRYPTIKON bass player Vanja in Switzerland before a VALBORG concert and had some really great conversations. So it was indeed a very special honour that we got invited by Tom to play at the Roadburn 2010. In the midst of irrelevance, Tom G. Warrior gave us more confidence to go ahead on the path we chose. We are still fans and he is the master of extreme metal. So, we will slay the world to pieces at the Roadburn Festival to honour his almighty work. Be prepared motherfuckers! Feel the aggression rise."

SERPENTCULT: "We were speechless, but extremely honoured and humbled when we got the invitation by Tom to perform at the next edition of Roadburn. CELTIC FROST and HELLHAMMER had such an important impact on us that it inspired us to pick up our guitars many years ago. Now we find ourselves being invited to Roadburn, by the very creator of this music himself. We can't wait to head back to the stages of the 013 venue! Our appearance at the festival will also give us the opportunity to present our new album 'Raised By Wolves' to the world."

SHEVER: "Tom always supported us to continue in our chosen musical way. We feel very honored and happy about his invitation to Roadburn 2010, and having the possibility to contribute some evil witch doom to this unique event — a dream came true, and we're ready to give all we have for this show!"

NONEUCLID: "We are very honored to be part of this festival, and this special night. I have been into CELTIC FROST since I was 13. I had just started playing guitar, and they were my first contact with non-tonal music — a fact that had far-reaching consequences, since life took me to become a contemporary composer. CELTIC FROST's approach to their lyrics also made a mark on us all; their taking the listener into rotten evil worlds while maintaining a high level of dignity made 90% of metal bands look like embarrassing adolescents in my young eyes, and they set the bar high in the black sonic arts for everyone who came after. When V Santura joined them as touring guitarist, that was the biggest thing ever to happen in the music scene of our home town... it seems unreal that now, so many years after, the mighty Tom G. Warrior tells us he's into our little band. So when The Warrior calls, there can only be one answer from us and that's 'Yes, sir, with pleasure!'"
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-


Norway's SHINING, whom just signed a deal with INDIE RECORDS have announced the track listing for the bands new release entitled "BLACKJAZZ" due to be unleashed 1/25/2010 via INDIE RECORDINGS.

Norwegian act SHINING (not to be confused with the Swedish black metal band of the same name) will release its new album, "Blackjazz", on January 25 via Indie Recordings.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. The Madness And The Damage Done
02. Fisheye
03. Exit Sun
04. Exit Sun
05. Healter Skelter
06. The Madness And The Damage Done
07. Blackjazz Deathtrance
08. Omen
09. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Over the course of its impressive 10-year career, SHINING has created its own unique and bizarre hybrid of jazz and extreme metal, which is easily distinguishable from the musical world of their Swedish labelmates sharing the same band name.

Commented Indie in a statement: "With their one-of-a kind-sound and extreme approach to music, [SHINING] are the perfect match for Indie Recordings. SHINING adds the experimentalism, variety and boldness we have been wanting to add to our roster for a long time, and we are confident SHINING will continue to push the borders of what is happening in the scene!"

SHINING's Jørgen Munkeby comments: "After 10 merciless years and four ground-breaking and critically acclaimed albums, our sound is more punishing and extreme than ever before, and our fan-base bigger than ever. For 'Blackjazz', we needed a label that would match our aggressiveness, along with our taste for catchiness. We needed people who shared our dedication to music and art, along with our ambitions of reaching a vast number of people, a label that would match our constantly growing numbers of fans worldwide and the ever expanding interest for our musical mission. Indie Recordings is the perfect match for SHINING's 'Blackjazz'! Their knowledge of the music industry is as immense as their love for good music. It will be a great pleasure to be working with this marvelous and ambitious label in the future!"
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Show No Mercy (1983-Metal Blade)
Haunting The Chapel EP (1984-Metal Blade)
Hell Awaits (1985 -Metal Blade)
Live Undead EP (1985-Metal Blade)
Reign In Blood (1986-American)
South Of Heaven (1988-American)
Seasons In The Abyss (1990-American)
Decade Of Aggression (live) (1993-American)
Divine Intervention (1994-American)
Undisputed Attitude (1996-Warner Bros)
Diabolus In Musica (1998-American)
God Hates Us All (2001-American)
Christ Illusion (2006-American)
World Painted Blood (2009-Columbia/American)


TRACKLISTING : SLAYER: WORLD PAINTED BLOOD:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                01. World Painted Blood
02. Unit 731
03. Snuff
04. Beauty Through Order
05. Hate Worldwide
06. Public Display Of Dismemberment
07. Human Strain
08. Americon
09. Psychopathy Red
10. Playing With Dolls
11. Not Of This God


What can one say about the legendary California thrash act SLAYER that hasn't been said before? Cult, controversial, the sound on the battlefield or the sound of the apocalypse, and an institution in metal. SLAYER are perhaps the band with the honer of thrash and extreme metals ultimate anthem "Raining Blood". SLAYER inspire some of the most rabid fan worship, and I mean, intense and loyal.Requesting SLAYER during other band/artists shows is as popular as screaming out go for "Freebird". Of course there's the dude who carved the SLAYER logo into his arm (scarification) as the photo of such is featured inside the SLAYER release "DIVINE INTERVENTION". SLAYER have a cult, riotous, violent, dark, energy, screaming SLAYER out of no where seems righteous, and the fans KNOW. With no further introduction.......SLAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYEEEEEEERRRRR!!!!!! (:breaks shit:) SLAYER's "World Painted Blood" kicks off with the title track entering in with an ominous intro, and Dave Lombardo's snare fills, as the intro segues into a good riff, until Tom Araya starts singing. It's SLAYER alright with enough sociopathic lyrics to keep horror movie fans interested: "Killing is my future, murder is my future". However, the guitars on "World Painted Blood" sound thin, not powerful or heavy enough, as TOM ARAYA's vocal phrasings are the only thing truly recognizable and trademark SLAYER in this track. The fact that "riff" kicking off the title track of "World Painted Blood" is buried beneath all this tripe is a shame. Sounds like SLAYER has softened and gone alternative on us..At 4:12 "World Painted Blood" features this awful spoken word piece, until SLAYER picks up the pace. "Unit 731" is classic SLAYER, if not recycled riffs from the bands past, with no dynamics, not much in songwriting, no substance. SLAYER's "Snuff" seems to self plagiarize "Raining Blood" perhaps back wards, but IS listenable with a Seasons Of The Abyss feel. "Beauty Through Order" invokes SLAYER's mid tempo moments, dark in atmosphere as the song would benefit from a wall of sound production. At 2:09 "Beauty Through Order" picks up the pace, thrash core, as at 2:39 a lead riff is invoked as the band ups the ante on the tempo and play with stronger conviction sounding good and tight by the tunes end. "Hate World Wide" is a good tune, if somewhat melodic, not of the dark atmosphere of older SLAYER and kind of a lyrical self parody. I mean. SLAYER's music has never been about love and happiness, entitling the song "Hate World Wide" is kind of, redundant. "Public Display Of Dismemberment" is good, aggressive thrash, with a good breakdown thrown in there, something to mosh too. "Human Strain" is mid paced, dark, and mediocre, uninspired with your typical dark, bleak social political SLAYER lyrical themes. "Americon" is another mid paced, uninspired track of hard rock track. :Yawn: This all leaves me wondering when SLAYER are going to show up with their battle gear on this release. However, "Psychopathy Red" is a mucho better track, with Araya's bass solo audibly clear, played with adrenaline, speed, and intensity, psychopathic music to kill someone to. "Playing With Dolls" features Tom Araya's clean vocals for starters as the track progresses to mid paced hard rock/thrash. Damn boring. SLAYER's "World Painted Blood" closes with "Not Of This God", a slightly up beat SLAYER track for what this release is worth as the song segues into a mid paced tribal beat and then uping the ante to some vicious, classic SLAYER thrash at 3:16..... I don't KNOW why I wasted my time even reviewing SLAYER's "World Painted Blood". Oh, yeh, this IS SLAYER and one would have to give the metal gods the benefit of the doubt despite the bands slow decline since the first five releases. In fact, other than SLAYER's brutal live shows, SLAYER nearly lost me after Diabolus In Musica.                                   However, SLAYER restored my faith with the 2001 release of "God Hates Us All", a post 9/11 classic, and an unlikely soundtrack through the 9/11/2001 crisis. SLAYER's "World Painted Blood" is an uninspired, weak release in this legendary thrash bands catalog as the inconsistency of this release is proof that SLAYER didn't show up with their game face. There is some speed, and variety on SLAYER's "World Painted Blood" but without the 30 minute substance of "Reign in Blood", dark, bleak battle cry of "Seasons Of the Abyss" and the genuine, fore bearing apocalyptic terror/war theme of even "God Hates Us All". I would prefer a punchier production, better songwriting, and stronger riffs. I hope age hasn't caught up with these thrash metal gods, and I know there is a nu thrash revival, and some awesome progressive thrash out there. I just want the Kerry King god bashing lyrics and sicks riffs, and an Araya scream fest and I'm happy. Ultimately, I'm disappointed... STILL, I feel sorry for any band without it's own cult following that would have to open up for SLAYER, as the cult is still alive to the chant of SLLLLLLAAAAAAYEEEEERRRR!

ITP RATING: ***                                                                                                                                                                  PRODUCTION: *** 1/2

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


Finnish progressive metal band SONATA ARCTICA have sent this update re scheduling European dates that were postponed due to Tony Kakko's vocal infection. FROM NUCLEAR BLAST: Sonata Arctica have issued the following statement:

"Due to an infection of his vocal cords, singer Tony Kakko had to see a doctor in Budapest. The singer´s infection has forced the band to cancel today´s show in Graz (18.11.), as well as the show in Vienna (19.11.) and Munich (20.11.).

SONATA ARCTICA deeply regret to disappoint their fans but will be back to these cities in February 2010, dates as follows. Tickets already purchased will be still valid then:


04.02. A Vienna - Gasometer
05.02. A Graz - Seifenfabrik
06.02. D München - Backstage

We do hope the infection will be gone asap, so we can continue our tour in Pratteln/Z7 on Nov 22."
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-


I'm not sure if this has already been announced. New York death metal legends SUFFOCATION have announced a European tour with ANNOTATIONS OF AUTOPSY, NERVECELL, FLESH GOD APOCALYPSE and BURNING THE MASSES for March through April of 2010.
Mar 12 2010 6:00P
Tivoli w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Holland, Utrecht
Mar 13 2010 6:00P
Substage w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Karlsruhe
Mar 14 2010 6:00P
Markthalle w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Hamburg, Hamburg
Mar 15 2010 6:00P
Voxhall w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Aarhus
Mar 16 2010 6:00P
Columbia Club w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Berlin, Berlin
Mar 17 2010 6:00P
Klub Progresja w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Warsaw
Mar 18 2010 6:00P
Randal w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Bratislava
Mar 19 2010 6:00P
Chmelnice w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Prague
Mar 20 2010 6:00P
Conne Island w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Leipzig
Mar 21 2010 6:00P
Seifenfabrik w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Graz
Mar 22 2010 6:00P
Arena w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Wien
Mar 23 2010 6:00P
Kino Siska w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Ljubljana
Mar 24 2010 6:00P
Feierwerk w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse München
Mar 25 2010 6:00P
Soundtrack Club w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Arcene
Mar 26 2010 6:00P
Blackout Club w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Rome
Mar 27 2010 6:00P
Rock Planet w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Pinarella di Cervia
Mar 28 2010 6:00P
Transilvania Live Club w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Erstfeld
Mar 29 2010 6:00P
Glazart w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Paris
Mar 30 2010 6:00P
Underworld w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse London
Mar 31 2010 6:00P
Whelans w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Dublin, Dublin
Apr 1 2010 6:00P
Rios w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Leeds
Apr 2 2010 6:00P
O2 Academy 2 w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse Birmingham
Apr 3 2010 2:00P
Turock /Death Feast Open Air Warm Up Essen
Apr 4 2010 6:00P
Trix w/ Suffocation, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Nervecell & Fleshgod Apocalypse

ALSO, New York death metal legends SUFFOCATION have announced a January 2010 U.S.
tour with DEVILDRIVER (headlining), GOATWHORE and THY WILL BE DONE.
First 10 dates are as follows, more dates TBA:                                                                                             FROM SUFFOCATION: "SUFFOCATION is very excited to be touring with DEVILDRIVER. We know this will be an incredible tour, and encourage the fans to come out and see this amazing lineup!"

Jan. 07 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Jan. 08 - San Francisco, CA @ Slims
Jan. 09 - Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
Jan. 11 - Portland, OR @ Peter's Room at Roseland Theater
Jan. 12 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Jan. 13 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
Jan. 15 - Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
Jan. 16 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Jan. 18 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
Jan. 19 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-