Friday, April 30, 2010

OZZFEST 2010 LINEUP ANNOUNCED: OZZY OSBOURNE, HALFORD, MOTLEY CRUE ALSO: DEVILDRIVER, GOATWHORE, KATAKLYSM


Promoters have announced the lineup for the 2010 OZZFEST as the festival has returned after a 2009 hiatus. FROM OZZFEST 2010 and BLABBERMOUTH. NET:
More than 15 years after OZZY OSBOURNE debuted Ozzfest, the defining blueprint for hard rock tours and festivals returns this August in six American cities with an explosive bill co-headlined by Ozzy and, in their first-ever Ozzfest appearance, MÖTLEY CRÜE — touring together for the first time with Ozzy since he invited the group on their now-legendary 1984 arena tour. Expect the energy to go way off the charts at the all-day extravaganza of music and deranged merriment.

The 2010 Ozzfest will kick off August 14 in San Bernardino (the birthplace of the first Ozzfest in 1996) and then make stops in Chicago, Illinois; Hartford, Connecticut; Camden, New Jersey; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts.

The main stage will feature full sets from OZZY, MÖTLEY CRÜE and HALFORD (whose frontman Rob Halford last appeared on Ozzfest in 2004 with JUDAS PRIEST), performing songs from Rob Halford's solo career along with material from JUDAS PRIEST and FIGHT. DEVILDRIVER and NONPOINT will round out the main-stage lineup. Second-stage headliners and six-time Ozzfest veterans BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will be joined by DROWNING POOL, KINGDOM OF SORROW, GOATWHORE, SKELETONWITCH, SAVIOURS and KATAKLYSM.

Each Ozzfest date will include 13 bands on two stages with music beginning at 1:00 p.m. In addition, concert-goers can once again visit the Ozzfest "Village of the Damned" featuring a mix of interactive activities, shopping and entertainment throughout the venue concourses.

These Ozzfest dates mark the first concerts in the U.S. in connection with the June 15 release of "Scream" (Epic Records), the Ozzfest founder's first album in three years and 10th studio album overall. Produced by Ozzy and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for Ozzy's 2007 worldwide million-seller "Black Rain", the album will feature the first single "Let Me Hear You Scream".

The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded most of "Scream" at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker, and co-wrote all the songs, primarily with Churko. Notably, the album marks the first appearance of Ozzy's new guitar player, Gus G. (FIREWIND, ex-DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY). Ozzy's band also features bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, drummer Tommy Clufetos (ex-ROB ZOMBIE, ALICE COOPER) and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.

Ozzfest 2010 Main Stage:

OZZY OSBOURNE
MÖTLEY CRÜE
HALFORD
DEVILDRIVER
NONPOINT


Ozzfest 2010 Second Stage:

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
DROWNING POOL
KINGDOM OF SORROW
GOATWHORE
SKELETONWITCH
SAVIOURS
KATAKLYSM


The dates are as follows:

Aug. 14 - San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
Aug. 17 - Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amp.
Aug. 19 - Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 21 - Hartford, CT – Comcast Theater
Aug. 22 - Camden, NJ – Susquehanna
Aug. 24 - Boston, MA – Comcast Center

Ozzfest did not take place in 2009 after Osbourne stated that he did not want to tour until he had a new album in stores. The move was not really surprising, given the festival's scaled-down reconfiguration as a one-day event in 2008 after more than a decade as a full-length summer tour.

In addition to the general slowdown in both the economy and the concert business, Ozzfest began facing competition in 2008 from the Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour and Crüe Fest.

Tour co-organizer Sharon Osbourne experimented in 2007 by making the show admission-free, with fans obtaining tickets through corporate sponsors. But the bands were not paid either, leading to a lack of big names.

The 2008 "destination festival" took place on August 9, 2008 in Dallas and featured METALLICA, SERJ TANKIAN and others along with headliner Ozzy.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Thursday, April 29, 2010

MALEVOLENT CREATION ANNOUNCE TRACKLISTING FOR " INVIDIOUS DOMINION"



Florida death metal veterans MALEVOLENT CREATION have announced the tracklisting for the bands latest release entitled "Invidious Dominion" due out 8/27/2010 on Massacre Records.









Florida's long running death metal machine MALEVOLENT CREATION have finished recording their 11th and most punishing and aggressive full length studio album.

Entitled Invidious Dominion, the record was co-produced, recorded and mixed by Erik Rutan at his Mana Recording Studio in Clearwater, Florida.

Germany's Massacre Records has confirmed an August 27th release date for Invidious Dominon. The label will release it as a regular CD, digipack with bonus material and LP. More details will be revealed soon.

Guitarist Phil Fasciana commented: “Malevolent Creation have found a winning combination working with Erik Rutan, putting together an album filled with every bit of hatred, speed and aggression the band has ever recorded. Invidious Dominion contains 10 full throttle songs from start to finish and will be embarking on a massive world tour upon the album's release in August 2010. See you then!”

Invidious Dominion tracklisting:

'United Hate'
'Conflict Finalized'
'Slaughterhouse'
'Compulsive Face Breaker'
'Lead Spitter'
'Target Rich Environment'
'Antagonized'
'Born Again Hard'
'Corruptor'
'Invidious Dominion'

Tour dates:

July
22 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
23 - The Muse – Nashville, TN
24 - The Canopy Club – Urbana, IL (Central Illinois Metal Fest)
25 - Fubar – St. Louis, MO (with ORIGIN, GIGAN)
26 - Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH (with Gigan)
27 - Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY (with Gigan)
28 - Championships Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ (with Gigan)
29 - Club Europa – Brooklyn, NY (with Gigan)
30 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD (Summer Slaughter)
31 - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC (with Gigan)

August
1 - Brass Mug – Tampa, FL (with Gigan)
28 - Club Polaris – Philadelphia, PA


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

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

MARYLAND DEATH FEST SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED


MARYLAND DEATH FEST promoters have announced the running order of the 2010 MARYLAND DEATH FEST set to take place 5/27 (PRE FEST) thru 30th, 2010 at the SONAR in Baltimore, Maryland.
FROM MDF PROMOTERS:
The schedule for each day of MDF 2010 can be found below.

As you can see, there will be a total of 3 stages in use this year, which includes 2 outside stages and the main room stage inside.

The stages outside will be identical in size, and you'il be quickly acquainted with the arrangement of the stages upon entering the festival.


Thursday, May 27th (pre-fest party)
Doors open at 6:45 PM

MAIN ROOM:
Ex-Dementia - 7:15 - 7:40
XBRAINIAX - 7:55 - 8:20
Swarm of the Lotus - 8:35 - 9:05
Nekromantheon - 9:20 - 9:50
PLF - 10:05 - 10:35
Iron Lung - 10:50 - 11:10
Birdflesh - 11:25 - 12:00
General Surgery - 12:15 - end



Friday, May 28th
Entrance opens at 3 PM

MAIN ROOM:
3:30 - 3:55 - Putrescence
4:10 - 4:35 - Defeatist
4:50 - 5:20 - Tombs
5:35 - 6:05 - Stormcrow
6:20 - 6:50 - Jesus Crost
7:05 - 7:35 - Birds of Prey
9:00 - 9:35 - Trap Them
10:45 - 11:20 - Gride
11:35 - 12:15 - Coffins
12: 30 - end - D.R.I.

OUTSIDE STAGE 1:
5:50 - 6:30 - Nazxul
7:35 - 8:35 - Possessed
9:40 - 10:40 - Gorguts

OUTSIDE STAGE 2:
6:45 - 7:20 - Malignancy
8:35 - 9:35 - Watain




Saturday, May 29th
Entrance opens at 11:30 AM

MAIN ROOM:
11:45 - 12:10 - Howl
12:25 - 12:55 - Sulaco
1:10 - 1:40 - Fuck the Facts
1:55 - 2:25 -Ingrowing
2:40 - 3:10 - Obliteration
3:25 - 3:50- Jucifer
4:10 - 4:45 - Impaled
5:00 - 5:45 - Blood Duster
6:10 - 6:40 - Verbal Abuse
10:45 - 11:20 - Deceased
11:35 - 12:15 - Wolfbrigade
12:30 - end - Portal

OUTSIDE STAGE 1:
2:50 - 3:25 - Total Fucking Destruction
4:10 - 4:55 - Sadistic Intent
5;55 - 6:40 - Melechesh
7:40 - 8:30 - Repulsion
9:40 - 10:40 - Autopsy

OUTSIDE STAGE 2:
2:15 - 2:45 - Fang
3:25 - 4:10 - The Chasm
5:10 - 5:55 - Incantation
6:40 - 7:35 - Asphyx
8:35 - 9:35 - Sodom




Sunday, May 30th
Entrance opens at 11:30 AM

MAIN ROOM:
11:45 - 12:00 - Honkey Kong
12:15 - 12:45 - Rottenness
1:00 - 1:25 - Surroundings
1:40 - 2:10 -Massgrave
2:25 - 3:00 - Rompeprop
3:35 - 4:05 - CODC
4:40 - 5:10 - Gridlink
6:20 - 6:50 - Black Breath
8:00 - 8:30 - Captain Cleanoff
10:00 - 10:25 - Magrudergrind
10:40 - 11:10 - Capitalist Casualties
11:25 - 12:05 - From Ashes Rise
12:20 - end - Converge

OUTSIDE STAGE 1:
3:00 - 3:35 - Gorod
4:20- 5:05 - Necrophobic
6:00 - 6:45 - Pestilence
7:35 - 8:30 - Pentagram
9:40 - 10:40 - Obituary

OUTSIDE STAGE 2:
2:00 - 2:30 - Krallice
3:35 - 4:20 - Sinister
5:10 - 6:00 - Eyehategod
6:55 - 7:30 - N2002
8:35 - 9:35 - Entombed
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

MASTER "THE HUMAN MACHINE" STREAMING IN ITS ENTIRETY









































MASTER: Tenth Studio Album Streaming In Its Entirety Via Revolver Magazine!

Death metal legends MASTER will release their long-anticipated tenth studio album entitled The Human Machine in North America on May 25th... but you can listen to it its entirety now thanks to the fine folks at Revolver Magazine. Check it out here:

http://www.revolvermag.com/music/detail/listen-to-masters-new-album-the-human-machine-in-its-entirety/

The Human Machine is an inexorable train ride of old-fashioned jarring death/thrash riffs and crust-inspired attitude with the leathery gargle of mainman Paul Speckmann leading the charge. Recorded at Shaark Studios (Root, Fleshless, etc) in Bzenec, Czech Republic with Speckmann at the producing healm, The Human Machine heeds to no trends or rules and finds the shamefully unsung outfit at their most devouring. In addition, the disc features stunning cover art by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sigh, Anacrusis et.) and will be available in a standard version and an alternate slipcase version with different artwork. Said Kantor of the decision to do two covers: "The basic idea is to have a continuation of the story told in the real front cover, after the two policemen picked up the criminal from the floor. It's a lot simpler; it's a brand new image that will add value to this limited edition, and at the same time it reacts naturally with the real cover and the overall theme carried throughout the album, as this album has a specific subject matter and the 'arrest' scene is based on Paul's original idea." (Both covers can be viewed via the Revolver link above.)

The Human Machine will be released via Pulverised Records.

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"Dragging its venomous oldschool intent like a caveman with his club, MASTER are proudly living up to their name and taking their place among death metal's founding fathers.” – Terrorizer

“For all those who like their daily dose of death metal raw and without frills - here's your breakfast. Paul Speckmann and his boys deliver once more a good portion of straight forward Death Metal, stripped to the bone, without any fripperies. Well done!” – Rock Hard

“In an era where so much 'death metal' is overproduced, sanitized or mixed with something that ends in 'core,' it's nice to have something as ugly and nasty as MASTER. It'll put hair on your chest. It'll scare all the kiddies in the Suicide Silence shirts.” – Metal Maniacs

MASTER is:
Paul Speckmann - Vocals, Bass
Alex Nejezchleba - Guitars
Zdenek Pradlovsky - Drums

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

GRAVE ANNOUNCE COVER ART AND TRACKLISTING FOR BURIAL GROUND


Swedish old school death metal misanthropes GRAVE recently unveiled the cover art and track-listing for their eagerly-anticipated upcoming studio album entitled Burial Ground. The striking imagery was crated by Costin Chioreanu of Twillight13 Media (Ulver, Absu, Summoning, Goreaphobia etc.) Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/38wkm47

Commented vocalist/guitarist Ola Lindgren: “We are in the very final stages now [of recording the record] and will be finished within a couple of days now.”

Burial Ground Track-Listing:
1. “Liberation”
2. “Semblance In Black”
3. “Dismembered Mind”
4. “Ridden With Belief”
5. “Conquerer”
6. “Outcast”
7. “Sexual Mutilation”
8. “Bloodtrail”
9. “Burial Ground”

Burial Ground is scheduled for release via Regain Records this June. Further details to be revealed shortly. Stay tuned...

http://www.grave.se
http://www.myspace.com/gravespace
http://www.regainrecords.com

US Press Contact: earsplitPR2@aol.com
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

NILE, PSYCROPTIC, EX DEO, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY FALL 2010 TOUR ANNOUNCED


(EDITORS NOTE: I'm not sure if this tour is fully booked, no NYC date, no love for New Yorkers :sniffle: pfft, Lucky Strong Islanders)
South Carolina death metal gods NILE have announced a fall 2010 U.S. tour with EX DEO, PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN and PATHOLOGY in support of their latest release "Those Whom The Gods Detest".

"Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II" dates:

Oct. 31 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
Nov. 01 - Headliner's Music Hall - Louisville, KY
Nov. 02 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD
Nov. 03 - Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
Nov. 04 - Rocko's - Manchester, NH
Nov. 05 - Club Hell - Providence, RI
Nov. 06 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Nov. 07 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
Nov. 08 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Nov. 09 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Nov. 12 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Nov. 13 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
Nov. 14 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
Nov. 15 - Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
Nov. 16 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 17 - U.B.'s Bar - Mesa, AZ
Nov. 18 - The Rock - Tucson, AZ
Nov. 20 - Emo's - Austin, TX
Nov. 21 - The Warsaw - Houston, TX
Nov. 23 - Club Firestone - Orlando, FL
Nov. 24 - Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

924 GILMAN (BERKELEY, CA) NEEDS HELP


Berkeley, California punk rock/hardcore, metal, DIY club 924 GILMAN needs help. The all ages club is in danger of closing with rent and overhead increases. 924 GILMAN encourages the general public to donate to keep this DIY/all ages institution alive.
FROM 924 GILMAN: On July 1, 2010 our rent will increase to nearly $7000.00 a month (as of now it’s approximately $4300.00), jeopardizing the future of 924 Gilman.

A little background…

The club’s rent has been increasing every year for the last twenty three years, and up until now we’ve been able to make the adjustments needed to compensate for those increases, but what we are facing now is the equivalent of having twenty years of rent increases condensed into one, and once it goes into effect the clock will begin to tick away as we struggle to generate the extra $31,000.00 a year needed to cover this massive rent hike.

We need your support!

Please use the donate button below and give whatever you can to help 924 Gilman face this latest challenge to our existence. If you make a donation of $25.00 or more, then we will send you a Gilman t-shirt or tote bag as a token of our appreciation. Please add special instructions when you make a donation indicating your t-shirt size.

Thank you in advance for all of your help.
LOG ON TO 924 GILMAN Str.WEBSITE to donate: http://www.924gilman.org/blog/?p=116

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

Monday, April 26, 2010

THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER 2010 TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED



North American tour dates for the 2010 edition of THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR (featuring the most brutal, technical death metal and metal core bands) have been announced. The 2010 SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR lineup features DECAPITATED, ALL SHALL PERISH, VITAL REMAINS,THE FACELESS, CARNIFLEX, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, THE RED CHORD, VEIL OF MAYA, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, DECREPIT BIRTH. The 2010 edition of THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR also features Canadian dates.
FROM VOGG OF DECAPITATED: DECAPITATED’S VOGG ON SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR: “WE WILL KICK YOUR ASSES AGAIN!”

Summer Slaughter - North America’s most extreme tour for underground metal - is returning to the U.S. and Canada in July!

The 31-date tour features headliners DECAPITATED from Poland plus The Faceless, All Shall Perish, The Red Chord, Veil Of Maya, Cephalic Carnage, Decrepit Birth, Carnifex, Animals As Leaders, and Vital Remains and launches in San Diego, California on July 17th. Tickets will cost between $18 - $20 in advance almost everywhere with the exception of L.A. and New York City.

States guitarist Vogg of the tour’s headlining act DECAPITATED: "After a couple years of silence, DECAPITATED will return to the U.S. & Canada to headline Summer Slaughter Tour 2010!!! We will kick your asses again together with The Faceless, Cephalic Carnage, Vital Remains, and all those other amazing bands!!! See ya guys soon and be ready for one of the loudest tour of the year!!! Can’t wait!!! "

Confirmed tour dates are below. More information on the tour is available at http://www.myspace.com/summerslaughtertour.
FROM THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR PROMOTERS:
Jul. 17 - San Diego, CA - Soma
Jul. 18 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
(*DATE ADDED) Jul. 19-Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Jul. 20 -(*DATE CHANGE) Las Cruces, New Mexico-Beverly Hills Club
Jul. 21 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Jul. 22 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
Jul. 23 - Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theatre
Jul. 24 - Houston, TX - Warsaw Ballroom
Jul. 26 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
Jul. 27 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
(*DATE ADDED) Jul. 28-Raleigh, NC-Volume 11
Jul. 29 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA (Theatre of Living Arts)
Jul. 30 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Jul. 31 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Aug. 01 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Aug. 02 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial
Aug. 03 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
Aug. 04 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Aug. 05 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
Aug. 06 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
Aug. 07 - Detroit, MI - Harpos
Aug. 08 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Aug. 09 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Aug. 10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
Aug. 11 - Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre
Aug. 13 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
Aug. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound
Aug. 16 - Calgary, AB - Republik
Aug. 17 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite
Aug. 19 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Aug. 20 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Aug. 21 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Aug. 23 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
SUMMER SLAUGHTER 2010 PROMO TRAILER:

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

Saturday, April 24, 2010

METAL AT THE MOVIES: PART 9: RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE


EDITORS NOTE: I posted this journal entry before I wrote it, sowee, hands slipped.
Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen (director and producers of "METAL A HEADBANGERS JOURNEY" and "GLOBAL METAL") have produced a new documentary about the legendary Canadian progressive metal band RUSH. The documentary is entitled RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE and will make its TV debut 6/26/2010 on VH1.
FROM BLABBERMOUTH.NET:
The official trailer for "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage", the long-awaited RUSH documentary produced by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn of Toronto, Ontario, Canada's Banger Films Inc., can be viewed below.

"Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" will make its television debut on June 26 on VH1 and VH1 Classic.

A poster for "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" can be viewed below. The film will receive its Canadian premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, which runs from April 29 to May 9 in Toronto, Ontario.

The film will be shown on the following dates/times:

* Thursday, April 29 at 9:30 p.m. at the Winter Garden Theatre
* Friday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America's largest documentary film festival, conference and market, held annually in Toronto.

"Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" will receive a red-carpet premier tonight (saturday, April 24) at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. All three members of RUSH — singer/bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart — will be on hand for the event.

For more information, go to this location.

Dunn and McFadyen were interviewed last year by Classic Rock magazine's Jerry Ewing about the first-ever feature film documentary on Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart.

"Geddy had been in [Dunn and McFadyen's previous documentary] 'Metal: A Headbanger's Journey' and we were thinking about other bands we could work with," explained McFadyen. "We felt that RUSH had always been overlooked by the critics so we met them on tour and they liked what we said. We started working on it, then IRON MAIDEN came about so we took a break to do that and raised the financing for the RUSH film. We've started on it now and done a load of interviews so now we're editing with a load of archival footage."

"We've been lucky. Not only have we had access to [RUSH management] SRO's archives but also Geddy, Alex and Neil's own personal archives," enthuses director Dunn. "I was just at Geddy's house this week. Going through his personal collection of memorabilia. I dug up some gems I don't think RUSH fans have ever seen so we're hoping to offer something new."

As RUSH fans themselves, Dunn admitted this made him feel like a kid let loose in a candy store.

"Well, Geddy's definitely the premier band archivist," Dunn said. "He has a massive collection of photographs and clippings. We even got our hands on Neil's handwritten lyric sheets from back when they were making 'Fly By Night', '2112' and 'A Farewell To Kings', and I don't think they've ever been seen before."
RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE TRAILER:

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

ITP REVIEW: IMMOLATION: MAJESTY AND DECAY



BAND: IMMOLATION ( NEW YORK YONKERS-USA) GENRE: DEATH METAL LABEL: NUCLEAR BLAST RELEASE DATE: 3/9/2010 (3/8/2010- EUROPE)
PREVIOUS RELEASES (CATALOG): SHADOWS IN THE LIGHT (2007-LISTENABLE RECORDS), HOPE AND HORROR (EP-2007-LISTENABLE RECORDS), HARNESSING RUIN
2005-LISTENABLE RECORDS), BRINGING DOWN THE WORLD (DVD-2004-LISTENABLE RECORDS), UNHOLY CULT (2002-OLYMPIC RECORDINGS), CLOSE TO A WORLD BELOW
(2000-METAL BLADE), FAILURES FOR GODS-(1999-METAL BLADE), HERE IN AFTER- (1996-METAL BLADE), STEPPING ON ANGELS...BEFORE DAWN (BEST OF COMPILATION-1995-REPULSE RECORDS),
DEMO (1994), DAWN OF POSSESSION (1991-ROADRUNNER RECORDS), DEMO (1989), DEMO (1988)

BEST RELEASE(S): FAILURES FOR GODS (1999), HERE IN AFTER (1996), CLOSE TO A WORLD BELOW (2000)

TRACKLISTING: IMMOLATION: MAJESTY AND DECAY: 01. Intro
02. The Purge
03. A Token Of Malice
04. Majesty And Decay
05. Divine Code
06. In Human Form
07. A Glorious Epoch
08. Intro
09.A Thunderous Consequence
10.The Rapture of Ghosts
11. Power And Shame
12. The Comfort of Cowards


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

(VIDEO BELOW: IMMOLATION MAJESTY AND DECAY CD TRAILERS):



IMMOLATION are a legendary New York Death Metal (NYDM) band with an extensive career of raising the bar for death metal. IMMOLATION are an institution of sorts in death metal and as the band nears it's 25th anniversary, MAJESTY AND DECAY is sure to sear itself into the consciousness of the most passionate death metal fans. IMMOLATIONS "Majesty and Decay" feature the two extremes of shorter and longer tunes with IMMOLATION's trademark speed and brutality and also slower tunes with distinct riffing adding variety to IMMOLATION's songwriting arsenal.

IMMOLATION'S "MAJESTY and DECAY" kicks off with an ominous, dark intro, creeping into the abyss of blackness....and then..

"The Purge" blasts into oblivion with progressive riffing, and quality vocals via bassist ROSS DOLAN: “Wipe us all out, it's what we deserve, cleansing this planet from our disease”..All of what makes IMMOLATION great, is still represented in their majestic darkness, and quality, trademark riffing.

"A Token Of Malice" burns brutal embers played with speed, solid riffing, intensity and quality production. Siiiick. I just wish the tune was longer.

The title track of IMMOLATION'S "Majesty and Decay", creeps in at a mid pace with Robert Vigna's awesome, evil guitar tone. "Majesty and Decay" ups the ante at 1:59 as the tune takes a brutal thrash/death turn and then back to death and roll rifing.
IMMOLATION's "Divine Code" enters with a distinct majestic riff, played tight as the tune morphs into IMMOLATION's trademark speed and brutality.

IMMOLATION's "In Human Form" blasts in with a usual dark atmosphere, catchy riffing, tight playing as the tune slows down to almost mid pace death/doom.
IMMOLATION's "A Glorious Epoch" enters in at an epic mid pace with a bluesy/ groove riff invoking a death doom feel. Ross Dolan's vocals are consolidated with the dark riffing for an epic dark, tune.

Track 8 of IMMOLATION's "Majesty and Decay" is the intro for "A Thunderous Consequence".

"A Thunderous Consequence" sears your brain with a mid pace, and streamlined catchy riffs, less technical than older IMMOLATION tunes focusing on dark, bleak atmospheres.

"The Rapture Of Ghosts" enters in with a catchy riff, repetitively played with Vigna's sick guitar tone. "The Rapture Of Ghosts" picks up the pace with a good a dark atmosphere, good solos, until the tunes conclusion.

"Power and Shame" is classic IMMOLATION, showcasing a consolidation of awesome speed, brutality, dark atmosphere and good, progressive, riffing (1:24) ..Good tune, sick shit.

IMMOLATION's "Majesty and Decay" closes with "The Comfort of Cowards", a brutal, powerful tune, of sick blasting, good riffing and dark, bleak atmospheres. IMMOLATION's "Majesty and Decay" features quality production from Paul Orofino at the Hudson Valley Area New York's very own MILLBROOK STUDIOS enhancing each instrument and also Robert Vigna's awesome guitar tone.

IMMOLATION offer up a variety of quality songwriting, "MAJESTY and DECAY" focusing on doomier atmospheres, good catchy groove based riffs and time changes via Steve Shalaty's quality drumming.

While, some might complain that some tunes on IMMOLATION's latest opus are slower with streamlined "stock" riffs, over all "Majesty and Decay" is crushing, dark, unholy and well worth the listen.

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

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

ITP UPDATE: REVIEWS COMING UP


Sorry about the lapse in reviews, ITP has these reviews on deck: IMMOLATION: MAJESTY and DECAY, new BURZUM, new DARKTHRONE and many more. Three reviews a week on weekends. NOTES FROM THE EXTREME METAL UNDERGROUND, HUMANITY IS DOOMED, DAMNED IN BLACK on deck this week as well.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Thursday, April 22, 2010

EX DEO, BEHEMOTH and DECAPITATED ANNOUNCE JUNE 2010 EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR


EX DEO (Featuring KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono) will be on tour this summer with Polish death metal heroes BEHEMOTH and DECAPITATED.
FROM EX DEO:

June 20 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
June 21 - Bilbao, Spain - Rockstar
June 22 - Lisbon, Portugal - Cine Teatro
June 23 - Sevilla, Spain - La Sala
June 24 - Madrid, Spain - La Sala
June 25 - Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra 1
June 26 - Monza, Italy - Gods Of Metal
June 28 - Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo
June 29 - Marseilles, France - Poste à Galène
June 30 - Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao
July 01 - Paris, France - Trabendo
July 02 - Essen, Germany - Turock
July 03 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Fortarock
July 04 - Lindau, Germany - Club Vaudeville
July 05 - Bruneck, Italy - Ufo
July 08 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metalcamp
July 09 - Novi Sad, Serbia - Exit Fest
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

HEATHEN ANNOUNCE CHAOS IN EUROPE TOUR


Bay Area Thrash band HEATHEN, featuring EXODUS guitarist Lee Altus will embark on a 16 dates European tour.

CHAOS IN EUROPE TOUR 2010

The dates are as follows:

Apr 30 BIEBOB, VOSSELAAR - BE
May 1 TUROCK, ESSEN - DE
May 2 BASTARD CLUB, OSNABRUCK - DE
May 3 LOGO, HAMBURG - DE
May 5 KIFF, AARAU - CH
May 6 PIEFFE FACTORY, GORIZIA - IT
May 7 PALAROCKNESS, GENZANO - IT
May 8 CLUB 71, MILAN - IT
May 9 STUK, MARIBOR - SI
May 10 TINERETULUI HALL, BAIA MARE - RO
May 11 VIPER ROOM, VIENNA - AT
May 12 PARADOX , INGOLSTADT - DE
May 13 VORTEX, SIEGEN - DE
May 14 BAROEG, ROTTERDAM - NL
May 15 BOLWERK, SNEEK - NL
May 16 013 , TILBURG - NL

HEATHEN EVOLUTION OF CHAOS EUROPE TOUR DATES...

HEATHEN: ENTIRE NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING

HEATHEN has posted all 10 tracks from their new album “The Evolution of Chaos” on its Myspace page: www.​myspace.​com/​heathenmetal.

“The Evolution of Chaos” was released in the US February 16th via Mascot Records. The album, which was released in Japan on December 23rd and in Europe on January 25th, has garnered incredible reviews worldwide and recently debuted at #75 on the German charts. “The Evolution of Chaos” can currently be pre-ordered at Amazon.com, CD Universe, The End Records, CM Distro and other online retailers. HEATHEN is currently scheduling a tour of Europe in support of the new album, with dates to be announced soon.

The current HEATHEN lineup includes Dave White (vocals), Lee Altus (guitar; EXODUS), Kragen Lum (guitar; PROTOTYPE), Jon Torres (bass; ANGELWITCH) and Darren Minter (drums).

“The Evolution of Chaos” track listing:
01. Dying Season
02. Control By Chaos
03. No Stone Unturned
04. Arrows Of Agony
05. Fade Away
06. A Hero's Welcome
07. Undone
08. Bloodkult
09. Red Tears Of Disgrace
10. Silent Nothingness
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

ITP WORLD APOCALYPSE: 4/15/2010 ICELANDIC VOLCANO


ONCE OR TWICE IN A LIFETIME: So on this date of 4/15/2010 a beautiful volcano erupted in ICELAND. The wonderful people of ICELAND are handling mother natures blast beautifully, perfect timing for USA's TAX DAY and TEA PARTY's and for the late Peter Steele to reach Vallhalla.
However, most North American celebrities, musicians artists and entertainers would rather worry about their canceled European flights as Iceland refuses to turn off their amazing volcano's until NATO and the IMF cancel their debt.
LOL, I'm only kidding..The USA is in far more debt.
Mother nature and her volcanoes, What a thing of beauty, ICELAND has done an awesome job in evacuating people, to be applauded as the country will not be POMPEII. The volcano in ICELAND was dormant for over 200 years until March of 2010.

This volcano has disrupted airspace and air travel in Europe, many American bands are stuck in Europe until this week. However, the SUMMER is when the European metal festival open air circuit gets busy, so hopefully mother nature will forgive humanity for it's awful deeds.
April 16, 2010 — The fear is that the super volcano close to this one might go off. The whole world is affected by this volcano. Also, it's intensifying. More reports from around the world. Here is a article on the Super Volcano.
FROM YOU TUBE:
The active Iceland volcano has been erupting on and off for the past week. The Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik Airports in the surrounding area has been closed and around 500 people have been evacuated from the surrounding area.

The active volcano is named Eyjafijallajokull and is located approximately 120 km southeast of Reykjavik.

Initially the concern was that the volcano would melt the glacier ice and cause flooding. But now there is concern that the volcano could have cause even bigger eruption from powerful volcano of Katla beneath Mydaljoekull.

There is a history pattern that has the Eyjafjallajokull setting off the larger Katla volcano. The large eruption could release a large amount of sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere. The last time that the Katla had a major eruption was in 1918. The Katla volcano erupts around every 50 80 years. This eruption could cause major flooding from the melting of glacier ice.

There are 33 Holocene volcanoes and 2 Pleistocene volcanoes with thermal activity in the Iceland and Atlantic ocean surrounding the area. The island of Iceland is is built from lava, much like the Hawaiin islands.
ITP will be back with reviews, NOTES FROM THE EXTREME METAL UNDERGROUND, HUMANITY IS DOOMED and DAMNED IN BLACK next.

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

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-
ICELAND IS THE MOST beautiful country on earth.

ULCERATE SEND NEW RELEASE UPDATE


New Zealand death metal heroes ULCERATE have issued this band update.
FROM ULCERATE:
Since the start of this year we've been hard at work writing material for the next album, finally feels like it's time to start talking about it. So far we've got 5 fully complete tracks, with an aim to have the writing completed by July/August, when we'll step into the studio for real. We will be continuing with Willowtip Records / Candlelight for this release yet again, as they've done a superb job with Everything is Fire.

The writing process is once again being handled by guitarist Michael and myself, with vocalist/bassist Paul handling all lyrical and vocal contributions. We have no working titles as yet, but in the coming weeks everything will start falling into place.

The new material is an expansion on the Everything is Fire sound with a far greater dynamic range. There's really no surprises or annoying experimentations, just the next step forward in evolving what we've established so far. There will however be a lot more of the bleak and blackened atmosphere and mood, perhaps a little less pace overall - with an emphasis on a very very large sound. We're certainly not a band that wants to repeat itself, but at the same time, we're extremely driven to create the sonic assault that we've had in our heads for a number of years. Make of that what you will!

Pre-production sessions have been taking place and we've got a number of ideas that we'll be experimenting with in the very near future in terms of instrument tones and production values. The production will once again be handled within the band, and there may or may not be outside contributors. What you can expect yet again is a (hopefully) very natural sound, with little or no reliance on modern production gimmicks / techniques.

Beyond this, we will be looking to tour locally and internationally early 2011 in support of the release.

More updates as they come to pass.
Cheers / Jamie
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

DIABOLIC ADDED TO CANNIBAL CORPSE TOUR, 1349 CAN NOT MAKE FIRST FEW SHOWS OF CANNIBAL CORPSE TOUR




Florida death metal masters DIABOLIC have been added to the APRIL CANNIBAL CORPSE U.S. tour on these dates:
Apr 21 -Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr 22 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Apr 23 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Apr 25 - Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
Due to VISA issues, Norwegian black metal warriors 1349 can not make the first few shows of the CANNIBAL CORPSE tour.
FROM 1349:
"Unfortunately, we will have to let all our fans know that we will not be able to make it to the first shows of the tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE. First of all, our visas, which we have applied for months ago, are still not being cleared, and secondly, air traffic in Europe is being a major problem in the last couple of days and still will be in the next days.

"We are trying our best to join this tour. However, right now we are not able to tell anybody when and if this is going to happen. As soon as we have any news on the situation we will let you know."
4/24/2010 UPDATE: Norwegian black metallers 1349 have announced that they are finally on the way to meet up with CANNIBAL CORPSE's Evisceration Plague Tour. Says the band: "Frost is further delayed due to additional paperwork, but Tony Laureano (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, ANGEL CORPSE, NILE) will step in until Frost arrives. At the moment it looks like the first show will be at Crazy Donkey, Long Island on April 25th. The 26th will be spent at Duffs in Brooklyn.

While waiting for their visas to clear, 1349 were replaced by DIABOLIC. SKELETONWITCH and LECHEROUS NOCTURNE are also on the bill.

The complete tour schedule can be found at this location.

Demonoir, due out April 27th in North America via Prosthetic Records, was recorded at Studio Nyhagen, deep in the woods in Norway with Tom G. Warrior (TRIPTYKON, ex-CELTIC FROST, HELLHAMMER), who showed the greatest respect for the task and played a key role as motivator and catalyst. His technical role of the recording was that of a co-producer, but far more important was his presence and understanding of what a challenging project Demonoir was.

Ravn Comments: "In hindsight, it is our belief that Tom was the missing piece of the puzzle, adding that element of heritage we needed. He represented the direct link to the Creators! We also need to mention three other contributors; Ronnie leTekrö - one of the most acclaimed guitarists on the globe, wrenched his soul inside out as he recorded one of the leads for 'Psalm 7:77'; a truly breathtaking experience. We had some excellent, wicked grand piano play carried out by Canadian pianist Tony Caputo. And then there was Thorbjørn Benjaminsen of HORNORKESTERET that recorded some spine chilling themes with his stringed reindeer horns, adding a touch of natural grimness to the electric inferno."

Prosthetic Records has launched the pre-order for the North American versions of the album; a digipack CD and a limited edition (only 666 made) 12" picture disc LP. The CD and LP can be purchased individually or together, or in a bundle with a t-shirt. Pre-order yours now at the Prosthetic Records webstore.

Check out the artwork below:

North American edition / European ltd digipack edition which contains bonus disc:
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

ITP EDITORIAL: GRIEF: DEATH, DYING IN A GENERATION


Seems three years - though maybe four
someone drops dead - whom i adore
you love someone - there will be grief
the kiss of death - lips of a thief - goddammit

A dusty stack of photographs
of times i cried - but mostly laughed
commit the past - into blue flame
acrid smoke - cowardly shame - goddammit

At times i'm truly terrified
cause dope and booze - don't help to hide
they're used to mask - a weakling's hurt
it's just like painting - over dirt-TYPE O NEGATIVE-"Everyone I Love is Dead"-

Ahh, it's an APRIL ETHEREAL: ITP's author reminds you NOT to remind her that's she's 40 now.
BTW, ITP's author barely went to half of the funerals of dead friends and family members.
I feel OLD now. April is a controversial month in music and metal. April 1994 was the month of Kurt Cobain's (NIRVANA guitarist/vocalist) suicide, as that took me hours to believe vs. the pranks we played on each other at our college radio station. April of 2002, ALICE IN CHAINS vocalist LAYNE STALEY died of a speed ball overdose after years of heroin abuse. In fact, I was just re searching those issues, looking back at those tragedies earlier this month.
Now, the recent wave of music icon deaths. Honestly, ITP author does NOT pay attention to celebrities and the wave of recent death's as their excessive, indulgences are catching up to them. However, it is disheartening to hear when great artists, or any interesting person on any level die so young.
The last time I experienced this awful wave of deaths in metal and amongst personal friends and acquaintances was 2006 through 2007. First with Jared Anderson (Hate Eternal/Morbid Angel, Internecine) then Jon Nödtveidt (Dissection), In Battle, Napalm Death's Jesse Pintado (all in two months). A few community members passed (Ed Brandes, Dennis O' Keefe). Also, two friends of mine committed suicide  (J Bone, Jay Lavalle). Earlier on last decade, my freind Shmoo passed to a heart attack in his early 30's (obesity), another freind Jay Bean passed in a car crash. September 11th, 2001 happened, and a family freind of mine passed to an aneurysm the next year and he was barely 30. My foster mom, whom hung in there through multiple heart attacks and eventually passed in 2006..We had to put my family cat SPAKYLE to rest after a battle with feline cancer. Of course, James Brown, my man, whom NEVER canceled out of that New Years Eve (BB KINGS) 2006 gig in NYC, he really was going to play, if only he had lived.
CHUCK SCHULDINER's passing from cancer hit the metal scene hard as he died the day AFTER he was discharged from a hospital, BATHORY mastermind Quorthon passed from a genuine heart attack earlier on this decade, and of course the tragic death of DIMEBAG ABBOTT during a show in Columbus, Ohio. Of course, metal horns to Polish death metal masters DECAPITATED on the decision to come back after the terrible tour van accident that claimed VITEK's life and left COVAN disabled.
Many other musicians bodies were ravaged from YEARS of drug and alcohol abuse as internal organs were damaged causing death.
The 90's were 20 years ago as that musical generational shift was recognized in the mainstream, (grunge/rap) but one would have to recognize the influence of the second wave of Scandinavian black metal scene in it's bleak and beautiful dysfunction and also the U.S. and European death metal scenes. All those dudes in the Norwegian black metal scene are out of prison and getting acclimated with the real world now after the tragedy of suicides, murderers and church burnings in their scene.
Funny, the 90's alternative scene railed against the excesses of the 80's "cock rock" drug, sex and rock and roll culture, when in reality many in the Seattle scene were on heroin as others in the metal scene were raging alcoholics.
Now we lose PETER STEELE, GURU (GANG STARR),LEE ALTOMARE and also DEVON CLIFFORD a young musician in a good Canadian band YOU SAY PARTY!, WE SAY DIE! whom died of an aneurysm onstage: (http://www.smnnews.com/2010/04/20/devon-clifford-1979-2010-you-say-party-we-say-die/)ALL in one week.
This all reminds me with the American medias obsession with death ect, I would never really make a good newspaper reporter, I'm shy and sensitive to issues of death, so confirming if someone is deceased is something that doesn't sit well with me, Unless, it's someone I know, as I would have to know.
Even writing obituaries can be a sensitive issue, although by then death's are confirmed.

ITP's author was going to write a special feature ITP: WORLD APOCALYPSE 1999-2009 but I find the last decade so depressing,(metal being the high point) even from a metal heads standpoint, that I have a writers block on that one. I'm not looking back.
Me included, as my 2009 hospital visit, unconscious and bloody brings back the worst and scariest memories as I apologize for waking up in a hospital ER, bloody with no recollection of how I got to the hospital.I specifically apologize to the nurses, whom I bugged the hell out of them with the "How did I get here" question a cazzilion times, as I figured they must of put me on anesthesia, or "medically induced coma" because I don't remember if I was in a ambulance nor the stitches.
Also, time for me to quit smoking cigarettes and eat better. Being in a hospital room with someone whom was going through heart surgery put things in perspective.
The biggest tragedies in music are the ones whom died of cancer, genuine heart attacks, murders, bus accidents and related injuries. My heart goes out to VITEK, COVAN (DECAPITATED), DIMEBAG DARRELL, MIKE ALEXANDER (EVILE), CHUCK SCHULDINER ,GURU and DEVON CLIFFORD, EXODUS original vocalist (Paul Baloff),also the Georgian Olympian Luger whom died in a accident during practice last February. All of whom battled illness and extenuating circumstances to perform and create great music, art and talent for us.
My heart also goes out to the addicts whom battle addiction LAYNE STALEY, KURT COBAIN and also mental illness. Metal horns to the ones who over came their addictions (James Hetfield, Chris Cornell,Dave Mustaine and the best of luck to Mike Starr). Otherwise, I have some how formed an aversion to drug addicts whom have sociopathic tendencies.
BTW, some of these deaths are of genuine natural causes as these deaths bring up the question of health care for Americans and musicians.
Do Americans have a shorter life span compared to our European counterparts, as not all "deaths" are due to drug indulgences. Do we take care of our own people with health insurance or kick them to the curb with lack of health care?
Otherwise it's best we take care of our selves as or as as Layne Staley said "We die Young".
I bet ya PETER STEELE is on some cloud in Vahalla with DIMEBAG laughing at the tributes, drinking black tooth and wine yelling "Ya never loved me".
..As toilet paper shall rain from the sky.
ENJOY YOUR FUNERAL and HAVE A GREAT JOURNEY TO VAHALLA, SEE YOU THERE-\m/
-l-


Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-RIP TO YOU ALL-now STOP DYING-\m/ -l-

RIP LEE ALTOMARE (GUITARIST- THE COMMUNION) AND GURU OF GANG STARR





DEATH COMES IN THREE's: In a VERY tragic week for New York metal and music lovers, LEE ALTOMARE,NYC metal promoter and guitarist of the Bethpage, New York metal band THE COMMUNION passed away last week from complications of eye surgery.Also, GURU of legendary rap ensemble GANG STARR has passed to cancer at 43. GURU of GANG STARR's
vision of consolidating jazz with rap on his JAZZMATAZZ releases was very progressive for it's time, GURU will be missed.
FROM THE COMMUNION (THANKS TO SMNNEWS.COM FORUM and THE BROOKLYN VEGAN-http://www.smnnews.com/board/showthread.php?t=234173):


Lee Altomare of The Communion: 1976 - 2010
Lee Communion

on April 16th 2010, Lee Altomare passed away due to complications from eye surgery.

We are all deeply wounded, white and shaking with shock, by this sudden loss of our great friend. He brought us all together. He brought out the best in us, enabled and encouraged us to be at our absolute best in music and life. I personally cannot imagine being where i am today without all Lee put together.

I say all this with zero hyperbole, and those who knew him best no doubt feel the same way we do at this moment. Our hearts go out to his amazing family and all his friends, as well as anyone whose supported us in the last 6 years. Know that Lee loved, appreciated, and cared about all of you very much, as do we.

we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and condolences from everyone. We all truly appreciate it.

like already said, we're going to miss him greatly. there's really nothing more i can say than that. he was our best friend, and we'll miss making music with him, but more than that we're going to miss just chilling with him, complaining about the state of everything, ogling young ladies, and making fun of people with him.

we'll'll be sure to keep everyone updated on everything that happens. anything that we decide to do will be with Lee in mind, and probably always will be.

take care everyone.

Lee, We'll miss you forever.
- Nick, Billy, Jimmy, Joe - The Communion. - The Communion

So tragic. R.I.P. Lee.
FROM UNEARTHLY TRANCE: Lee was a guy that Jay and I both knew since the 1990's Long Island Hardcore days. I considered him an ally as we always were the ones who were at the sludge,underground metal,grind,doom etc. shows in the late 90s/early 2000 up until the present. Whenever I was at a killer show Lee wouldnt be far away enjoying the same band I was there to see. One of the first UT shows ever was in Lees back yard and just as we set up with full stacks ready to blaze, the cops came. But my best memory was getting the opportunity to jam with him last year. We were going to do a sludgey hardcore band called "nøwhere". Well the project kinda went nowhere due to all of us being busy, but it was a great fun time. It was like jamming with no worries and just for the joy of it all. Ill miss you bro. - R

I posted a jam from that day on our page for people to hear as I feel its best to honor with with a document of a shared moment.
*ALSO, New York City Rap legend GURU (Keith Elam) of GANG STARR has passed away to cancer at 43. GANG STARR are a legendary groundbreaking rap ensemble who often consolidated jazz with rap. Check out GURU's JAZZMATAZZ and GANG STARR's "Daily Operation".
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/04/20/gang-starr-rapper-guru-dead/
FROM GURU (GANG STARR)reported from MTV: "I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world," it begins. "I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options.

"I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

"My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody's feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf [of] myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own."

Guru very pointedly distanced himself from Premier in the letter, saying he didn't want his former musical collaborator to be able to participate in any tributes or events surrounding his death.

"I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events, tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this," wrote Guru. "I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ.

"As the sole founder of Gang Starr, I am very proud of what Gang Starr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low. Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with Gang Starr or Jazzmatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now.

"The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small-mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life."

At press time, Guru's family — from whom he was reportedly estranged, along with other past associates — had not commented on his death, and last month his nephew Justin Nicholas-Elam Ruff posted several emotional videos on YouTube saying that Solar was preventing them from seeing the MC during his illness.

"Solar has completely cut us off. My family has no way of knowing what is going on with Guru's situation," he said in the video. "Solar has complete control over the flow of information given from the hospital and will not disclose any information to us. The doctors and the hospital staff will not discuss any info with Guru's family." Ruff said in one of the videos that no one in Guru's family had not seen him since February 28, and that he was prevented from seeing Guru when he visited the hospital last month.
FROM ICE T:
woke up today to hear that one of closets friends pasted away.. I'm paralyzed with sorrow. "Guru..Rest In Peace OG..I miss you." Ice T
-Ice-T, Actor ("New Jack City," "Law & Order: SVU")

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-RIP LEE and GURU-\m/ -l-

Monday, April 19, 2010

PYREXIA REVEAL COVER ART FOR "FEAST OF THE UNHOLY SACREMENT"


New York death metal band PYREXIA have revealed the cover art (ABOVE) for the bands anticipated release entitled "Feast Of the Unholy Sacrament" due out soon on UNIQUE LEADER RECORDS.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Saturday, April 17, 2010

ROADBURN CANCELATIONS (*NO FLIGHTS TO NORTHERN EUROPE BECAUSE OF ICELAND VOLCANO)






Unfortunate news for metal fans and bands touring Northern Europe this week. Flights in and out of Northern Europe are canceled because "mother nature" has reared her head (ICELANDIC VOLCANO). Many bands whom are scheduled for this years ROADBURN FESTIVAL are pulling out due to lack of flights as a cloud of ash has blanketed EUROPE adversely effecting flight visibility.. Expect any tour dates scheduled for this week from incoming Northern European tours to be postponed.
ROADBURN CANCELLATIONS (However, the FEST continues on this weekend) 4/15-18, 2010-013- TILBURG, HOLLAND:
*CANDELMASS
*THE GATES OF SLUMBER (** TGOS have canceled the bands ENTIRE (mainland) EUROPEAN TOUR)
*SYRACH
*SHRINEBUILDER
*SERPENTCULT
*YAKUZA
*EVOKEN
Also, British Goth metal band PARADISE LOST have canceled out the bands appearance at Mediterranean Metal Gathering 2010 at Montekristo Wine Vaults (Club Renaissance) on the Mediterranean island of Malta
FROM PARADISE LOST: "It is with huge regret that we have to postpone the gig in Malta this weekend until a later date which will be announced soon.

"Due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, and subsequent ban on planes entering U.K. airspace we have no option but to wait until this is over and try again.

"Despite both the pope initially and now mother nature doing their best to prevent us playing we are determined to make this happen."
FROM EVOKEN:
Just want to pass along our apologies to those who were looking forward to seeing Evoken at Roadburn. We attempted several ways during several hours to find a flight into Europe but, the only excuse for us not being at Roadburn was a VERY doomy volcano.

We hope to make it up sometime soon or find ourselves being part of another festival in the coming months....one never knows.

We just would like to thank Walter, the Roadburn production staff, and Tom G Warrior for bestowing us the honor of even being invited. This will not be our only attempt to play this festival!

Ashy regards
Evoken


FROM CANDLEMASS:
"I wanted this soo much!! Been preparing it for months!! Then a bloody volcano on Iceland ruins everything!

"I want you to know that we really tried to see if it was possible to get down by car. If it was 12 hours in a car to Tilburg, we would have done it. But all calculations pointed to 18-20 hrs instead. And that is just too much. Our driver refused after thinking about it, and another guy we talked just laughed at us…. insanity! We would have arrived in terrible condition to Tilburg sat morning 06:00-08:00….and nobody gains on that. The show would have been so-so.

"I hope you understand. And we have to make it up to you somehow. Maybe Roadburn next year?

"Again, I feel totally crap about not being in Tilburg right now!! There's not a place on Earth I'd rather be, than at Roadburn today to give all you doom fanatics a great show!! But the gods of wrath were against us! Not much you can do about angry volcanos, I'm afraid!"
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Friday, April 16, 2010

SHRINEBUILDER ANNOUNCE SPECIAL SHOW IN BROOKLYN, NY CLUB EUROPA 4/16/2010


California experimental doom project SHRINEBUILDER have announced a special show at Brooklyn, New York's EUROPA as SHRINEBUILDER had to cancel out of 2010's ROADBURN due to the ICELANDIC volcanic eruption. FROM SHRINEBUILDER: Because of canceled flights across the world — due to the eruption near Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier this week — SHRINEBUILDER were unable to make it to their scheduled appearance at the Roadburn Fest in Holland. So, NYC gets a special, last-minute-as-hell evening with the band…. yes, tonight!

Shrinebuilder will play Club Europa in Brooklyn tonight, April 16th, at 9 PM (doors at 8 PM) for a slim $10. Full directions/info are available at this location.

More updates on Shrinebuilder actions will be announced as they surface.

Shrinebuilder is comprised of Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Al Cisneros (OM, SLEEP), Scott “Wino” Weinrich” (SAINT VITUS, THE OBSESSED, SPIRIT CARAVAN) and Dale Crover (MELVINS, ALTAMONT).
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

Thursday, April 15, 2010

ITP EDITORIAL: PETER STEELE /TYPE O NEGATIVE MEMORIES: The Misinterpretation Of Silence And It's Disastrous Consequences



"You went to L'amour Saturday night Red nails and lipstick dressed two sizes two tight His tongue down your throat His hand up your skirt Yeah I'm a man But it still hurts"-TYPE O NEGATIVE-Unsuccessfully Coping With The Natural Beauty Of Infidelity

 The surviving members of TYPE O NEGATIVE have issued this official statement.





FROM TYPE O NEGATIVE: Josh Silver (keyboards), Kenny Hickey (guitar) and Johnny Kelly (drums): "It is with great sadness that we inform you that TYPE O NEGATIVE front man, bassist, and our band mate, Peter Steele, passed away last night of what appears to be heart failure. "Ironically Peter had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music for our follow-up to 'Dead Again', released in 2007. "The official cause of death has yet to be determined pending autopsy results. "The funeral services will be private and memorial services will be announced at a future date. "We'd like to share our thoughts and those of Peter's family below. "We are truly saddened to lose our friend and appreciate the tremendous outpouring today from around the world. Josh Silver: "Peter, my endless source of frustration, (as I'm yours), you have really done it this time. You have changed and touched countless lives through music, comedy and often brutal honesty. You've made life both interesting and irritating and I could not imagine not having known you for 37 years. "It still isn't true in my mind, but in time I will miss you and the creating that we all endured together. We certainly disagreed constantly and I believe (and hope) we all learned from each other. "Should I call you my brother, friend or neighbor? I can only call you Peter (and usually after 2 p.m). "We laughed at ourselves more times then I can count. Knowing humans are preposterous creatures and I know we reveled in that fact. "I will miss you in time, but at this moment your premature departure seems surreal and has pissed me off to no end. "Though I never told you that I harbor a deep respect for you, I do. "Goodbye my friend." Kenny Hickey: "Peter Steele was one of the most brilliant and funny personalities in music and it was all for real. Half the time people thought he was joking, but he was actually telling the truth. Part of me died with him." Johnny Kelly: "It's impossible for me to put into a few sentences what I am feeling at the moment, Peter. "I'm not sure if I should eulogize or roast you. "Both good and bad, we went on one hell of a ride together and sadly, the ride has come to an end. "You truly were a unique person. Your music touched many people. Myself included. Whether it was talking about THE BEATLES, power tools, how Pluto was no longer considered a planet or calling me at 3 a.m. asking me to drive to your house to have a fistfight with you, you always kept it interesting. "It was a privilege to have been your bandmate. It's something that I will always cherish." A statement issued today by Steele's family: "Legendary goth/heavy metal musician Peter Steele died suddenly Wednesday, April 14, 2010, after a short illness at the age of 48. He wrote and orchestrated the music for the Brooklyn-based band TYPE O NEGATIVE, a groundbreaking group known for its dramatic lyrical emphasis on the themes of romance, depression, and death. Steele, renowned as much for his striking physical appearance as his musical talent, was the creative force behind the bands 20-year success writing most of the material for the their albums. "TYPE O NEGATIVE and Steele have been lauded as a major influence by numerous alternative and metal bands. The band gained a worldwide following through touring and recording seven studio albums, two best-of compilations, concert DVDs and music videos. Their 1993 album, 'Bloody Kisses', went platinum, and the 1996 follow-up, 'October Rust', went gold. "The music world has lost a great talent, and music fans worldwide are mourning, but for our family we are mourning a beloved brother, uncle, cousin, friend and funny man. "Peter Steele was a complex man, known for his brooding looks, his self-deprecating sense of humor, unique view of the world, and most of all his loyalty to his fans, friends and family. Survived by five sisters, the eldest living sister notes that he was more than our brother, he was our son. His untimely death is tragic — a great loss to us and to music. "The official cause of death has yet to be determined pending autopsy results, and funeral plans at present remain unknown. "The family thanks fans for their loyalty to Peter and band members, but request that fans and media respect their wishes for privacy. "In addition to his success in music, Peter Steele also tried his hand at acting, appearing in HBO's 'Oz' and the cult classic film 'Bad Acid'. He also composed music for the film soundtracks 'Freddy vs. Jason' and 'Mortal Combat', the television movie 'Nosferatu: The First Vampire', and the soon-to-be released 'Living the American Nightmare'."





FROM ITP EDITOR: We at ITP are completely gutted of the devastating news of PETER STEELE's (TYPE O NEGATIVE) death. I'm not going to judge, and I don't know PETER STEELE personally, but it is common knowledge that PETER STEELE has had his up and downs. PETER STEELE was forced into rehab a few years back on an intervention from family, and also spent some time in jail, psychiatric centers and probation for kicking the shit out of some dude hitting on his girlfriend. I had heard rumors about someone dying yesterday ironically enough on my birthday, as I spent the whole day quietly walking on egg shells, hoping for some personal psychic peace, while worried about my own personal life. Knowing now what I didn't know back then, ugh, people yelling out of their car windows that someone died, people shrugging expecting me to "know first" the atmosphere was surreal. First reaction to STEELE's death, why on my birthday, I kind of take it personally, fucking sick joke. Then, the finality of it. Currently, TYPE O NEGATIVE keyboardist JOSH SILVER is in school to be a paramedic, and the band SEVENTH VOID features two members of TYPE O NEGATIVE (Johnny and Kenny), Johnny and Kenny also perform with DANZIG.. . As gutted as we are on the news of PETER STEELE's death, I remember PETER STEELE bringing the LOL's (ROTFLMAO) as he would want to to remembered for the great artist and stand up comedian that he was. * PETER STEELE's chain bass guitar strap, just a chain, yeh a chain strapped to his bass instead of a guitar strap.

** Infamous toilet paper fights between TYPE O NEGATIVE and the fans right after the bands last song of the set. PETER STEELE (with New Yawk accent) YELLING TO THE FANS WITH SELF DEPRECATING HUMOR: "You think we suck, well wipe your asses with this:" As hundreds of rolls of toilet paper are brought via a roadie to the stage as TYPE O NEGATIVE and the fans spent 10 minutes throwing toilet paper at each other. PETER STEELE has a quarterbacks arm, as he threw the toilet paper straight up to the balcony as my friend explained "This toilet paper is so SOFT, let's take this home".

*** The fall 2001 tour after 9/11/2001 when STEELE walked out on stage in military fatigues (Russian music on the PA) stating "Hi we're from Afghanistan". However, before hand, the Chance Theater's curtain got stuck as PETER's hands could be seen from underneath the curtain making magicians gestures.

**** Any TYPE O NEGATIVE gig at the old LAMOUR's in Brooklyn was just pandemonium, specifically on New Years Eve.

***** TYPE O NEGATIVE/PANTERA '95 tour, 'nuff said, RIP to DIME and PETER, they will meet again.

****** TYPE O NEGATIVE/DANZIG TOUR, Oh my gawth, awesome, too muscular men, playing some heavy tunes.



***** PETER STEELE's humorous commentary towards me in the mosh pit and a chick crowd surfing "Don't drop her".

******* PETER STEELE likes red wine, lots of it, the beverage of choice.

 ******** PETER STEELE on the Ricki Lake show, lmao. ********* 2003 TYPE O NEGATIVE JAILBREAK TOUR also with CRADLE OF FILTH (pun of STEELE's legal issues): PETER STEELE's interaction with his roadie and stand up comedy in 2003, as he pretended not to remember the lyrics to his songs and had a roadie set up lyric sheet and then waved him off. STEELE's roadie and good friend passed in 2004.



*********** Goth chicks that identified with the TYPE O NEGATIVE tune BLACK #1 not realizing the joke is on them :wink:





*********** CARNIVORE's (PETER's pre TYPE O NEGATIVE band) UN- PC, nihilistic humor. Good times... Lots of memories....Yes, TYPE O NEGATIVE wrote some beautiful music and this ones for PETER STEELE, HALLOWEEN won't be the same without MR. STEELE \m/ \m/ FAVORITE TYPE O NEGATIVE RELEASES: OCTOBER RUST (1996) BLOODY KISSES (1993) WORLD COMING DOWN (1999) ORIGIN OF THE FECES (1992) Thanks for the memories-it made life more tolerable-Thanks-RIP PETER STEELE- \m/ -l- "Am I good enough for you"

TYPE O NEGATIVE:







RIP. PETER-LOVE YOU TO DEATH \m/ -l-

2010 SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR LINEUP CONFIRMED





The 2010 SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR lineup is confirmed as the tour will be sponsored in part by METAL SUCKS.
FROM BLABBERMOUTH.NET:
According to MetalSucks, this year's Summer Slaughter tour will feature the following "100% confirmed, official lineup":

DECAPITATED
THE FACELESS
ALL SHALL PERISH
THE RED CHORD
VEIL OF MAYA
CEPHALIC CARNAGE
DECREPIT BIRTH
CARNIFEX
ANIMALS AS LEADERS
VITAL REMAINS

Comments tour founder and booking agent Ash Avildsen on how Summer Slaughter fits in (or doesn't) with this summer's other metal tours: "I don't think those tours really compete for many of the same fans as Summer Slaughter. This is focused on underground extreme metal rather than mainstream metal. All of our shows also have air conditioning."

He adds, "It's a much younger lineup this year rather than a lot of older bands in the headlining positions. Tickets will be much cheaper for this same reason, coming in at under $20 in advance almost everywhere with the exception of L.A. and NYC. Most will be $18."
FROM SST MYSPACE:
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Stay tune metal heads! something big is coming!


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IMMORTAL POSTPONE SHOW IN RUSSIA, THE GATES OF SLUMBER CANCEL OUT OF ROADBURN


Norways "Sons Of Northern Darkness" IMMORTAL have set this message stating that the bands RUSSIAN tour is postponed to an volcanic eruption is ICELAND. IMMORTAL plans on re scheduling the bands Russian tour for October. Also, Indiana USA doomsters THE GATES OF SLUMBER have canceled out of THE ROADBURN FESTIVAL due to again, the volcanic eruption in ICELAND.
FROM THE GATES OF SLUMBER:
The Gates of Slumber With an extremely heavy heart, it saddens me to report that TGoS will not be able to make it to Roadburn on Saturday due to the Volcano Eruption in Iceland. We tried everything in our powers to try and make a flight that would get us there in time, even looking at flights to Poland, Czeck Republic, France and Germany but nothing was a go in time.

FROM IMMORTAL MYSPACE:
To all Immortal fans in Russia:

Due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, all flights out of Norway have been canceled, and we have no other option but to postpone the Moscow concert.

This has already been cleared this with our promoter, and I can
confirm that Immortal are coming back to Moscow on October 30th.

Already purchased tickets will keep their validity, and the venue will be the same, DK Gorbunova.

See you all then!

Håkon Grav
Photograve Management
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-