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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Immolation Announce North American Headlining Tour!

In March of 2010, New York Death Metal outfit Immolation released their eighth studio album titled "Majesty and Decay" via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded in Millbrook Sound Studios in New York and produced by Paul Orofino. Mixing duties were handled by Zack Ohren who has previously worked with Decrepit Birth, Suffocation and All Shall Perish. In its first week "Majesty and Decay" sold 1,400 copies in the US, which landed it position No. 29 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart on Billboard. Now they are ready to hit the road and infect the masses with new music and plenty of classics!

Joining Immolation on tour will be Jungle Rot and Gigan. The tour will kick off at the Wreck Room in Toronto, Canada and will terminate at the Scout Bar in Houston, Texas. Here is a statement from the band regarding their upcoming North American tour:

"We are once again hitting the road here in the U.S. in October and are really excited to have both JUNGLE ROT and GIGAN join us for this tour," commented IMMOLATION bassist/vocalist Ross Dolan. "We have some new material in the works and will be making a more formal announcement about this in the next few weeks. We look forward to seeing everyone again and hope to see some new faces as well as old at these shows."


Oct. 05 - Wreck Room - Toronto, ON
Oct. 07 - The Basement - Kingston, NY
Oct. 08 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester ,NY
Oct. 09 - Broadway Joe's - Buffalo, NY
Oct. 10 - The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
Oct. 11 - Bogie's - Albany, NY
Oct. 12 - Championship Bar and Grill - Trenton, NJ
Oct. 13 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Oct. 14 - Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
Oct. 15 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
Oct. 16 - Reggie Rock Club - Chicago, ILL
Oct. 17 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
Oct. 19 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
Oct. 20 - The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
Oct. 21 - Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 22 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
Oct. 23 - Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
Oct. 25 - Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
Oct. 26 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX

"10 songs [plus two intros] of the strongest material we have ever written. The new material is more violent and aggressive, with fast sections that take us to a new level of speed and intensity, while complementing the dark and sullen heavier moments. There are plenty of miserable and militant movements to please the diehard and new IMMOLATION fans alike." - Immolation

Their new video for their song "A Golorious Epoch" was produced by Tommy Jones from the Studio in New Jersey.

Related links:
Official Site of Immolation
Nuclear Blast

Friday, August 5, 2011


Regardless of what type of beer you like, crack a cold one open and CHEERS! PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY!

Related links:
International Beer Day

Unearth's Trevor Phipps & Buz McGrath Discuss NEW Album & World Tour!

Unearth unleashed their fifth studio album titled "Darkness In the Light" on July 5th in North America via Metal Blade Records, and they proved once again that they sonically have what it takes to keep flying the Heavy Music flag up high with pride and plenty of adrenaline. The band is currently part of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and have had no problem at all delivering their famous blend of hard hitting Hardcore Metal to the masses. With "Darkness In the Light" Unearth made it clear that they are not going to kiss ass to the status quo by compromising their sound, image, and vision of disorder.

Recently, the band performed in Hartford, Connecticut, as part of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, and we had the chance to catch up with Unearth's vocalist Trevor Phipps and axe man Buzz McGrath right before the band took over center stage at the Jägermeister Stage. During the interviews we discussed their new album, life on the road, and their upcoming World Tour.

"I think this one is furthering our sound sine its more dynamic than our last couple of records. Its got a lot to offer... Its heavy! Its got melodic parts and great guitar work. I think the whole band band brought their A game." - Trevor Phipps

"Have a good time, all the time! I guess is our credo... We get up there, and try to convey the feelings that we have on stage of just having a good time to the people that are at the shows." - Buz McGrath

Without further due, here is our dual interview with Trevor and Buz from Unearth!

The Horns Up Rocks Recap of Mayhemfest in Hartford Connecticut

UNEARTH on the European Hell On Earth Tour w/ Evergreen Terrace, Bane, Nasty, Casey Jones and Full Blown Chaos:
08/26/2011 F-Haus - Jena, Germany
08/27/2011 Essigfabrik - Köln, Germany
08/28/2011 Vorstin - Hilversum, Netherlands
08/29/2011 Islington O2 Academy, London, UK
08/30/2011 Fleece - Bristol, UK
08/31/2011 White Rabbit - Plymouth, UK
09/01/2011 Moho Live - Manchester, UK
09/02/2011 Derby - Derby Redemption, UK
09/03/2011 Rock im Loch Festival - Lünen, Germany
09/04/2011 Trix Zaal - Antwerpen, Belgium
09/05/2011 Faust - Hannover, Germany
09/06/2011 Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
09/07/2011 The Rock - Copenhagen, Denmark
09/08/2011 Hot Spot - Kassel, Germany
09/09/2011 Garage - Saarbrücken, Germany
09/10/2011 LKA - Stuttgart, Germany
09/11/2011 Gare de Lion - Wil, Switzerland
09/12/2011 Werk - Munich, Germany
09/13/2011 Explosiv - Graz, Austria
09/14/2011 Statsaal - Spittal an der Drau, Austria
09/15/2011 Abaton - Prague, Czech Republic
09/16/2011 Conne Island - Leipzig, Germany
09/17/2011 SO 36 - Berlin, Germany
09/18/2011 Into The Pit Festival - Vincenza, Italy
09/19/2011 Komma - Wörgl, Austria
09/20/2011 Halle 02 - Heidelberg, Germany

Special thanks to Steve Lars, Paul Sosa, Adrenaline PR, Unearth, and of course Rockstar Energy Drink for organizing this killer event year after year.


Video and Photo credit: Steve Lars from Creative Ventures International

This is our previous interview with Trevor Phipps about the Unearth NEW album "Darkness In The Light":

Related links:
The Horns Up Rocks Recap of Mayhemfest in Hartford Connecticut
Unearth's Landing Page for Darkness In the Light
Unearth on Facebook
Unearth on Twitter
Unearth on MySpace
Metal Blade Records

Behemoth's Nergal Featured on the Summer Issue of Terrorizer Magazine!

As we all know, Behemoth had to take a forced break when their vocalist/guitar Adam "Nergal" Darski was diagnosed with Leukemia early last year. In order for Nergal to get the treatment he needed, his fans united in order to find him a match that could donate some bone marrow in order for Nergal to be able to get a bone marrow transplant. Following the chemo therapy, and the bone marrow transplant, Nergal is cancer free!

In order to honor Poland's Heavy Metal ambassador, Terrorizer Magazine (The World's Most Dangerous Magazine) decided to make put Nergal on the cover of their Summer issue, along with in depth article about the Behemoth frontman! Here it is.

"I'm honored to be once again featured on the cover of most elite extreme Metal magazine! It’s a very well written, in depth story I couldn’t be more proud of. Read and enjoy!" - Nergal

Related links:
Terrorizer Magazine
Behemoth on Metal Blade Records
Behemoth on Facebook
Behemoth on Twitter

Coheed and Cambria Dismiss Bassist Michael Todd

On July 10th, Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd was arrested by Attleboro, MA Police, after showing a Walgreens pharmacist a note on his cell phone which said he had a bomb and that he wanted some Oxycontin. Oxycontin! Really? Then to make matters worse, he fled the scene via taxi with six bottles of pain pills. Police arrested him without any incidents outside of the Comcast Theater where Coheed and Cambria were scheduled to open up for Soundgarden (the band performed without him). He was charged with armed robbery and unlawful possession of prescription narcotics. He was released on July 25th after posting a $25,000 bail. Here is the Official statement from the band.

"After a lot of thought, introspection and discussion, Coheed and Cambria will be continuing our journey without bassist Michael Todd. We have spoken to him and this is a mutual decision between both parties. Michael was a great contributor; our hearts go out to his family and to all those who appreciate his talents. We wish him nothing but the very best.

"We are currently writing and recording songs for a new album, as well as a couple compilations this fall. We are very excited about how the songs are shaping up and can’t wait to share them with you.

"We'd like to thank Wes Styles for filling in for the live gigs in the interim, including the upcoming South America and Mexico shows. A belated thanks to Rob Gill for covering in Boston; and the biggest thank you to all of you for your unwavering support.

"A new chapter awaits." - Coheed and Cambria

Related links:
Coheed and Cambria

Official Promo of the Queens Metal Meltdown Featuring The Judas Syndrome, Slam One Down, Raza Odiada & More!

The Queens Metal Meltdown is almost a week away! In case you haven't heard, we have teamed up with Rock Sur Productions and are bringing the Heaviness to Jackson Heights (A.K.A. Little Colombia)! For the first time ever Horns Up Rocks is throwing a show in Queens and we have some spectacular things in store!

1) Stellar Lineup: The Judas Syndrome, Slam One Down, Raza Odiada, Scars Of Envy, Viruzy and Black Tears

2) SEXY Gogo Dancers

3) Hosted by Jo Schüftan from Horns Up Rocks

4) DJed by Alissa Shimansky from Brutal Bitches Productions

5) We are saving you money: Click to purchase Advanced Tickets!

All this and more, next Saturday August 13th at D'Antigua Lounge in Queens! We want to thank our Official Sponsor: Brutal Bitches Productions.

Without further due, here is the Official event promo for the Queens Metal Meltdown:

Related links:
Click to purchase Advanced Tickets!
The Queens Metal Meltdown
Official Facebook Invite
The Judas Syndrome
Raza Odiada
Slam One Down
Scars Of Envy
Black Tears
Brutal Bitches Productions
Rock Sur

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Machine Head "Unto The Locust" Cover Art, Track Listing & Metal Hammer Special Edition!

After the success of "The Blackening", Machine Head decided that they were going to close the door on that album, and create something fresh sounding. With the current lineup (Robb Flynn: Vocals/Guitars, Phil Demmel: Guitars, Adam Duce: Bass, Dave McClain: Drums), Machine Head has finally found the stability needed for their music to grow like a monster. After the results of their two previous album (Through Ashes of Empires & The Blackening) the band has definitely proved that they the know exactly how to combine different sonic elements that can ensure them that the headbangers of the world lose their minds to their powerful music.

Machine Head have finished mixing their seventh studio album titled "Unto the Locust" (to be released on September 26/27, 2011 via Roadrunner Records), and are currently destroying stages at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival were we had the chance to chat with Phil Demmel and Dave McClain about the new album (see below). The band will also be touring Australia and South America before the end of the year (tour-dates below).

Here is the track listing for "Unto The Locust" (Cover Art below):

\m/ Unto The Locust (Standard)
1. I Am Hell (Sonata In C#)
I) Sangre Sani
II) I Am Hell
III) Ashes To The Sky
2. Be Still And Know
3. Locust
4. This Is The End
5. Darkness Within
6. Pearls Before The Swine
7. Who We Are

\m/ Unto The Locust (Special Edition)
1. I Am Hell (Sonata In C#)
I) Sangre Sani
II) I Am Hell
III) Ashes To The Sky
2. Be Still And Know
3. Locust
4. This Is The End
5. Darkness Within
6. Pearls Before The Swine
7. Who We Are
8. The Sentinel * (Judas Priest cover)
9. Witch Hunt * (Rush cover)
10. Darkness Within [Acoustic] *

DVD: "The Making Of Unto The Locust" documentary

* Bonus Tracks

Additionally, Metal Hammer are set to release Machine Head's next album "Unto The Locust" in the UK with a special edition album fan-pack! Complete with 132-page special issue with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the making of the new album, extensive interviews with every member, never-before-seen historic shots from the band's personal collections, a guide to their custom rigs, and a diary of their massive Mayhem tour happening this summer, this is the ultimate companion to the long-awaited follow-up to The Blackening, Metal Hammer's album of the decade. And that's not all! This exclusive fanpack also includes a 100% official patch, sticker sheet and poster. This is your chance to be part of Machine Head history!

"This is gonna be fucking awesome! It's ridiculous," says Robb Flynn of the venture. "I can't believe that there's going to be a magazine about us with a special edition of our new album. It's pretty mind-blowing, really. It's something really fucking cool for the fans, and it's something incredible for us too. We're all really stoked on this new record and we can't wait for everyone to hear what we've been doing in the studio. Releasing it this way on newsstands (not just record stores) makes it way cooler! You guys know how to make magazines, man! People over here in the US need to look at the UK and how you make magazines. You guys make people care about this stuff and you're real music fans. Get your niche and fuckin' ride it! People want cool shit and cool interviews. We're pumped about the whole idea!"

Cover Art of "Unto The Locust":

"It is a different record then 'The Blackening', but we feel like we stepped our game up again." - Phil Demmel

"We are super proud of this record. In the last three albums, including this one, we've had complete musical freedom to do what we want to do. It is the first time we have the same lineup for more than two records. We feel that as much as we love 'The Blackening', we feel really proud of this one and are certain that people will feel the same way about this record as they did with 'Through the Ashes of Empires' and 'The Blackening". - Dave McClain

Click here to read The Horns Up Rocks Recap of Mayhemfest in Hartford Connecticut


7/27 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
7/29 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh, PA)
7/30 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA (Washington DC)
7/31 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
8/2 – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach - Virginia Beach, VA
8/3 - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC
8/5 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL (Chicago IL)
8/6 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI (Detroit, MI)
8/7 - Verizon Wireless Music Center - Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis, IN)
8/9 - Zoo Amphitheatre - Oklahoma City, OK
8/10 – Gexa Energy Pavilion - Dallas, TX
8/12 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood - Atlanta, GA
8/13 - 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL
8/14 - Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL

09.24 - Brisbane, QLD - RNA Showgrounds
09.25 - Sydney, NSW - Old Kings Oval, Parramatta Park
09.30 - Melbourne, VIC - Tabcorp Park, Melton
10.01 - Adelaide, SA - Showgrounds
10.03 - Perth, WA - Arena, Joondalup

South American Tour-Dates with Sepultura:
10/14 - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Citibank Hall
10/15 - Curitiba, Brazil @ Master Hall
10/16 - Porto Alegre, Brazil @ Casa de Gaucho
10/21 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ El Teatro Flores
10/23 - Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Caupolican

European Tour Dates:
- 02-Nov Wed: Norway, Oslo - Sentrum
- 03-Nov Thu: Sweden, Stockholm - Aren
- 05-Nov Sat: Finland, Tampere - Sorsapuisto-Sali
- 06-Nov Sun: Finland, Helsinki - Circus
- 08-Nov Tue: Denmark, Copenhagen - KB Halle
- 09-Nov Wed: Germany, Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit 36
- 10-Nov Thu: Germany, Dresden - Alter Schlachthof
- 12-Nov Sat: Austria, Vienna - Gasomter
- 13-Nov Sun: Italy, Milan - Alcatraz
- 15-Nov Tue: Spain, Barcelona - Razzmatazz
- 16-Nov Wed: Spain, Madrid - Riviera
- 17-Nov Thu: Portugal, Lisbon - Coliseum
- 18-Nov Fri: Portugal, Oporto - Coliseum
- 19-Nov Sat: Spain, Bilbao - Rockitar
- 21-Nov Mon: Switzerland, Zurich - Volkshaus
- 23-Nov Wed: France, Paris - Zenith
- 24-Nov Thu: Germany, Neu-Isenburg - Hugenottenhalle
- 25-Nov Fri: Germany, Munich - Tonhalle
- 26-Nov Sat: Germany, Ludwigsburg - Arena
- 28-Nov Mon: Holland, Eindhoven - Klokgebown
- 29-Nov Tue: Belgium, Brussels - Forest
- 30-Nov Wed: Germany, Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
- 01-Dec Thu: Luxembourg - Rockhal
- 03-Dec Sat: UK, London - Wembley Arena
- 04-Dec Sun: UK, Birmingham - NIA
- 05-Dec Mon: UK, Glasgow - SECC
- 06-Dec Tue: UK, Manchester - Central

Here is a video of Machine Head performing "Locust" at these years Mayhem Fest:

Video and Photo credit: Steve Lars from Creative Ventures International

Related links:
The Horns Up Rocks Recap of Mayhemfest in Hartford Connecticut
Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival
Machine Head
Purchase Locust on Amazon
Purchase Locust on Itunes

Mastodon Reveals Track Listing of their NEW Album "The Hunter"

It has been confirmed that Atlanta's Art Rock masters Mastodon will be releasing their fifth studio album titled "The Hunter" on September 27 via Reprise/Warner Bros. The majority of the album was recorded at Doppler Studios in Atlanta, Georgia with producer Mike Elizondo. The drums were tracked at Sound City Studios, which is were Nirvana recorded their hit album "Nevermind".

Track listing:

01. Black Tongue
02. Curl Of The Burl
03. Blasteroid
04. Stargasm
05. Octopus Has No Friends
06. All The Heavy Lifting
07. The Hunter
08. Dry Bone Valley
09. Thickening
10. Creature Lives
11. Spectrelight
12. Bedazzled Fingernails
13. The Sparrow
14. The Ruiner (limited-edition bonus track)
15. Deathbound (limited-edition bonus track)

"When you listen to the songs, they don't sound as 'fun' as we perceive them to be, I guess; it's still pretty extremely heavy material. We had a few songs that were kind of, not left over from 'Crack The Skye', but just stuff that we wanted to be on that album, but that album kind of took on a whole different thing of its own and there were a few stragglers that were super-heavy and crazy that didn't make it, and we finally got to put them on this record. And then we wrote a whole bunch of brand new stuff. There's, like, 14 songs that we recorded. And it's sort all over the place — a lot of different sounds. Some straight-up classic-rock-sounding songs, straight-up death metal-sounding songs and some completely bizarre, weirdo rock songs that we're not really sure what they are, but we love them." - Brann Dailor (On Metal Hammer)

You can pre-order a limited-edition package of "The Hunter" at MastodonRocks.com. It includes:

- A CD/DVD housed in a digipack with an exclusive alternative artwork cover!
- A 20" x 30" lenticular poster featuring the album cover of the standard CD!
- An Augmented Reality Experience by Total Immersion that will contain exclusive content only available to this package!
- Plus an instant download of the band's first new album track, "Black Tongue" (available for sale through all participating digital music retailers).

Related links:
Mastodon's Official Site
Crack the Skye
Mastodon on MySpace
Mastodon on YouTube
Mastodon on Twitter
Adult Swim Singles Program

Kirk Windstein Discusses his Musical Career with Down, Crowbar & Kingdom of Sorrow!

In the past year we've had the privilege of interviewing Kirk Windstein (Down, Crowbar, and Kingdom of Sorrow) three different times, and he is always a real cool guy to talk to. He is honest, humble, and is always in a good mood because he appreciates the support from the fans of all the bands that he is part of. Not only is Kirk part of three bands that have influenced thousands of musicians all over the world, but he is also an ambassador of the NOLA Heavy Music scene. Oh, and he also happens to write some of the best riffs in Heavy Music today!

But how does Kirk find time to write music for three bands, be a daddy, a soon to be husband, and take care of himself?

"There's more "down" time, no pun intended, then you think sometimes. All you really need is like an eight week span of nothing going on and you can can get a lot done. Once you get home and get settled in, get your house in order, your yard in order... Get back in that little normal groove of going to the gym and all that kind of shit. You find that you have more time then you think, and its time to start writing riffs." - Kirk Windstein on the interview below

Recently, Kirk performed a killer set with Kingdom Of Sorrow in Hartford, Connecticut at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. It was real cool to finally see Jamey Jasta and Kirk Windstein together on stage, which is a rarity since both men are in various bands and have very hectic schedules. Before the band took center stage at the Jägermeister stage, we had the chance to chat with Kirk about his musical career with Down, Crowbar, and Kingdom Of Sorrow. He also talked in detail about Down's future plans. This interview is not to be missed, so check it out!

The Horns Up Rocks Recap of Mayhemfest in Hartford Connecticut

Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival:

8/5 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL (Chicago IL)
8/6 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI (Detroit, MI)
8/7 - Verizon Wireless Music Center - Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis, IN)
8/9 - Zoo Amphitheatre - Oklahoma City, OK
8/10 – Gexa Energy Pavilion - Dallas, TX
8/12 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood - Atlanta, GA
8/13 - 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL
8/14 - Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL

DOWN tour-dates:

North America:
- 9/01/2011: San Antonio, TX at Backstage Live
- 9/02/2011: Fort Worth, TX at The Rail Club
- 9/03/2011: Fort Worth, TX at The Rail Club
- 9/05/2011: Albuquerque, NM at Sunshine Theater
- 9/06/2011: Denver, CO at The Summit Music Hall
- 9/07/2011: Salt Lake City, UT at The Depot
- 9/09/2011: San Francisco, CA at Regency Ballroom
- 9/10/2011: Anaheim, CA at City National Grove of Anaheim
- 9/11/2011: Scottsdale, AZ at Venue of Scottsdale
- 9/14/2011: Oklahoma, OK at Diamond Ballroom
- 9/16/2011: Libertyville, KY at Austin's Fuel Room
- 9/17/2011: Sauget, IL at Pop's
- 9/19/2011: Lousville, KY at Expo Five
- 9/20/2011: Grand Rapids, MI at The Orbit Room
- 9/21/2011: Flint, MI at The Machine Shop
- 9/23/2011: Atlanta, GA at Masquerade

South America:
- 11/11/2011: Buenos Aires, Argentina at El Teatro
- 11/12/2011: Santiago, Chile at Maquinaria Festival
- 11/14/2011: Sao Paulo, Brazil at Starts With You - Music & Arts Festival
- 11/16/2011: Porto Alegre, Brazil at Opinao
- 11/17/2011: Curitiba, Brazil at Master hall
- 11/19/2011: Mexico City, Mexico at Vivo Cuervo

Special thanks to Steve Lars, Paul Sosa, Adrenaline PR, Kingdom Of Sorrow, and of course Rockstar Energy Drink for organizing this killer event year after year.


Video and Photo credit: Steve Lars from Creative Ventures International

Our previous interviews with Kirk Windstein:

Related links:
The Horns Up Rocks Recap of Mayhemfest in Hartford Connecticut
Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival
E1 Music
Kingdom of Sorrow

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

DECAPITATED North American Headlining Tour!

Polish Extreme Metallers Decapitated are ready to come back to North America in support of their new album, "Carnival Is Forever" and destroy everyone's necks! This fall they will be headlining one of the most insane tours of the year. Joining Decapitated on the road will be Decrepit Birth, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Rings of Saturn and the Haarp Machine!

"I'm here to tell everybody that the tour starts the 30th of September and we will play the biggest cities through the 30th of October. This tour is together with death metal beasts Decrepit Birth, new death metal visionaries from Italy Fleshgod Apocalypse, and two new acts Rings of Saturn and The Haarp MAchine. It will be a great Death Metal party for sure!!! DO NOT MISS THIS!!!!!!!! On this tour we will play every song from the new album, 'Carnival Is Forever', together with old classics." - Decapitated guitarist Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka:


- Sep. 30: Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
- Oct. 01: Kingdom - Richmond, VA
- Oct. 02: The Acheron - Atlanta, GA
- Oct. 03: State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
- Oct. 05: White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
- Oct. 07: Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
- Oct. 08: SOMA - San Diego, CA
- Oct. 09: Foro Alicia - Mexico City, Mexico
- Oct. 10: The Whisky - Hollywood, CA
- Oct. 11: DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
- Oct. 12: Branx - Portland, OR
- Oct. 14: Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
- Oct. 15: Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC
- Oct. 16: Republik - Calgary, AB
- Oct. 17: The Exchange - Regina, SK
- Oct. 18: Park Theater - Winnipeg, MB
- Oct. 20: Miramar Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
- Oct. 21: Mojoe's - Joliet, IL
- Oct. 22: Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
- Oct. 23: Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
- Oct. 24: Opera House - Toronto, ON
- Oct. 26: Club Soda - Montreal, QC
- Oct. 27: Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
- Oct. 28: The Reverb - Reading, PA
- Oct. 29: Saints & Sinners Fest - Asbury Park, NJ
- Oct. 30: Jaxx - Springfield, VA

"Carnival Is Forever" was released in North America on July 12 via Nuclear Blast Records and it has sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 11 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

Decapitated is:

- Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka on guitar
- Kerim "Krimh" Lechner (THORNS OF IVY, TONE INTIMACY) on drums
- Rafal Piotrowski (KETHA, FORGOTTEN SOULS) on lead vocals
- Filip "Heinrich" Halucha (VESENIA, ROOTWATER, UNSUN, MASACHIST) on bass.

The Official Poster:

Related links:
Decrepit Birth
Fleshgod Apocaypse
Rings Of Saturn
The Haarp Machine

In Flames Discuss Evolution of Latest Album & Perseverance!

For over 20 years the members of In Flames have been on a constant musical evolution, in which they have pushed the boundaries of the Gothenburg Swedish Melodic Death Metal scene to the limit. While some may say that the band has experimented way too much with their sound, the reality is that In Flames have always stood out for making sure that every record they release is a different chapter of the In Flames book. With the release of their 10th studio album titled "Sounds of a Playground Fading" on June 15 via Century Media, the band once again is proving that they do not like playing it safe.

As most of you probably know, In Flames had to pull out from their current run at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival due to a family emergency (click here for the Official Press Release). Luckily, we were able to see the band perform at the Mayhem Festival in Hartford, Connecticut, and to interview bassist Peter Iwers about their new album and how they have managed to persevere for so many years. We wish In Flames the best of luck!

"We always try to create music from a fans point of view. By fans, I mean us. We like to step out of the music as if somebody else wrote it. And when we do that, and when we like it... that's the key. We have tons of influences! A lot of artists in bands stay within their own genre to try to find influences, but we get it from everywhere! We incorporate that into our own music with no limits and try to do something fresh every time." - Peter Iwers (In Flames)

The Horns Up Rocks Recap of Mayhemfest in Hartford Connecticut


- Lunar Strain (1994)
- The Jester Race (1996)
- Whoracle (1997)
- Colony (1999)
- Clayman (2000)
- Reroute to Remain (2002)
- Soundtrack to Your Escape (2004)
- Come Clarity (2006)
- A Sense of Purpose (2008)
- Sounds of a Playground Fading (2011)

Special thanks to Steve Lars, Paul Sosa, Adrenaline PR, In Flames, and of course Rockstar Energy Drink for organizing this killer event year after year.


Video and Photo credit: Steve Lars from Creative Ventures International

Related links:
click here for the Official Press Release about In Flames Pulling Out from Mayhem Fest
The Horns Up Rocks Recap of Mayhemfest in Hartford Connecticut
Official Site of In Flames
In Flames on MySpace
In Flames on Twitter

Episode One of the Horns Up Rocks Showcase Series!

We are extremely proud to announce that we have teamed up with Fontana's Bar in New York City to bring you a monthly showcase full of talented bands, in which our goal is to keep you entertained with a Heavy eclectic mix of music! Our goal since day one has always been to be multidimensional, and we truly believe that for episode one of the Horns Up Rocks Showcase Series all that attend will be very satisfied with this unique lineup.

On Thursday, September 1st, Horns Up Rocks and Fontana's Bar will host episode one of the Horns Up Rocks Showcase! Joining us that night will be Trial By Terror, Thinning The Herd, Fin'amor and Deathalizer. Additionally, our founder Jo Schüftan will be hosting and DJing the event, and the show will be recorded. Jo will also be interviewing every band. Here is some information about the bands:

- TRIAL BY TERROR: While many bands these days are labeling themselves as a Thrash Metal band, Trial By Terror didn't label themselves, they simply decided it was time to take the New York City Heavy Music scene by the balls through uncompromising music that possesses elements of Thrash Metal. Their objective is to breath new life back into the weakening Metal scene with lightning speed riffs and lyrics that are intelligible and powerful. BEHOLD the resurrection of HEAVY METAL!

- THINNING THE HERD: Thinning the Herd was formed in a cloud of smoke, within a recessed canyon deep inside your mind. They make music to sooth beasts souls - rendering them sensitive and comfortable people. Stoner Doom Rock at its best!

- FIN'AMOR: Brooklyn Based Symphonic Metal Band. Expressing emotions of depression, love, and loss through beautifully sculpted pieces. The name Fin'amor comes from a 12th century literary theme centered on the existence and prevalence of "pure" or "true" love. Too often on earth and in music is beauty lost because of our unwillingness to deviate from the complacency of our conformity, true love lost because of our inability to allow this abundance of beauty to encompass us when already surrounded by the hatred, violence, and tragedy that exist in our world.

- DEATHALIZER: This band starts right were Metallica and Pantera left off, mixing the best elements of groove and thrash Metal into an elegant and melodic speed Metal experience. Like their predecessors, Deathalizer is meant to be experienced live and pride themselves on putting an all out show. “We see a lot of bands that are too worried about their hardcore image” says Enmanuel Vanderlinder, lead singer of Deathalizer. “That’s fine by us, but we prefer to let the music do the talking. We want you to feel the guitars in your face, the drums in your guts and the bass in your nuts. We are confident that we will succeed at that.”

- Date/Time: Thursday, September 1st at 8 PM
- Location: Fontana's Bar, 105 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002-4482 (Subway: B or D trains to Grand St)
- Cost: $10
- Age Restrictions: 21+ with ID

Official event flier:

Related links:
Facebook Invite
Trial By Terror
Thinning the Herd

TERROR Film Music VIdeo for "You're Caught"

Arguably considered one of the best Hardcore bands today, Terror decided to go against the grain and to film a video full of graphic violence and gore during and off day from their latest summer festival run in Europe. While this is uncharacteristic for a Hardcore band, Terror wanted to try something different and not film yet another live music video like almost every other Hardcore band. "You're Caught" will be posted online soon, so stay tuned for the band's horrific music video!

"You're Caught" will also be available on Terror's new DVD "Defining The Faith", which will be included in their CD/DVD reissue of their latest album, "Keepers Of The Faith". Due out November 1st via Century Media, this special reissue is a must-have for all hardcore TERROR fans! Stay tuned for more info regarding "Defining The Faith" in the coming weeks.

Terror tour dates:

- 10/12: Fucking Awesome Fest-@ The Magic Stick (Detroit, MI)
- 10/13: This is Hardcore Fest-@ The Starlight Ballroom (Philadelphia, PA)

Related links:
Terror on Facebook

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Between The Buried And Me Announces Fall North American Headlining Tour!

Are you a Between The Buried And Me (A.K.A. BTBAM) fan? Well, the band has just announced a fall North American headlining tour in support of their new LP titled "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues" (info about tickets below). The award winning band will headline the 2011 "Saints & Sinners" Tour and launch the six week trek on October 27th in Charlotte, North Caroline. Supporting the band on this tour will be Animals as Leaders and TesseracT!

"It will be so exciting to get back out on the road and play some tunes for all our wonderful fans," said BTBAM guitarist Paul Waggoner. "Our anticipation for this tour is massive and I hope that sentiment is shared by all the Metal geeks out there. The bill is loaded with some of the most forward-thinking, virtuosic musicians in the genre and the audience can expect to hear all 12 notes in every humanly audible octave many times during the course of the evening!"

Released on April 12 via Metal Blade Records, "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues" is a three-song strong, 30 minute tour de force of modern Heavy Music. Produced and engineered by the Grammy award winning David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, King Crimson, Dream Theater, etc.) with BTBAM, the record soared to #54 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in its first week of release while landing the #5 spot on the Hard Music chart, and #8 on the Independent Albums chart in its first week of release. "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues" also debuted in Canada charting at #62 on the Top 200 Current chart, #6 on the Hard chart, and #14 on the Independent chart.

"The response to the new album has been absolutely amazing!", commented BTBAM's Tommy Rogers. "It's always a rewarding experience to hear excitement about the music we create. These days it's hard to judge what people think of new music, and the feedback on tour and the Internet has really motivated us to create an even more bad ass record for the second part of 'The Parallax'. See you all on tour!"

The 2011 "Saints & Sinners" Tour featuring BTBAM with Animals as Leaders and TesseracT!

Brought to you by Live Nation, Metal Blade Records, Prosthetic Records, Century Media Records, Good Fight Entertainment and ACTION! PR

10/27 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
10/28 Silver Springs, MD The Fillmore Silver Springs
10/29 Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony (* Saints & Sinners Festival)
10/30 Boston, MA House of Blues (* Dillinger Escape Plan & Dredg support)
11/01 Richmond, VA The Hat Factory
11/02 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
11/03 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
11/04 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
11/05 Orlando, FL The Beacham
11/06 Birmingham, AB Zydeco
11/08 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
11/09 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
11/10 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
11/11 Chicago, IL House of Blues
11/12 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
11/13 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
11/15 Little Rock, AR Juanita's
11/16 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
11/17 Houston, TX House of Blues
11/18 Dallas, TX House of Blues
11/19 Austin, TX Emo's (outside)
11/20 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
11/22 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
11/23 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
11/25 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
11/26 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues (* Saints & Sinners Festival)
11/27 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
11/29 Boise, ID The Knitting Factory
11/30 Spokane, WA The Knitting Factory
12/01 Calgary, AB The Republik
12/02 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
12/03 Saskatoon, SK Louis' Pub
12/04 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Center
12/07 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
12/08 Montreal, QC Club Soda
12/09 Clifton Park, NJ Northern Lights
12/10 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts

Related links:
Between The Buried On Me
Tickets for the Saints & Sinners Tour available at this location

Rose Funeral Announce Album Title, Artwork & First Single is now Live!

Ohio's Rose Funeral have never been a one dimensional band, which is why their music mixes elements of Death Metal, Deathcore and even Melodic Tones! The band has just announced that their new album will be titled "Gates of Punishment". Here is the Official press release:

"Gates of Punishment" is a fitting progression of the band's dark and foreboding sound. Guest vocal appearances from Kate Alexander and Steve Tucker (Morbid Angel) add to the dark atmosphere that is created throughout the album. Seven string guitars tuned to drop A, haunting melodies, insane blasts and enough groove to keep heads banging will make this one of the heaviest releases of 2011.

Vocalist/guitarist Ryan Gardner adds, "We had the greatest time recording "Gates of Punishment". It is definitely a HUGE step for Rose Funeral. I can honestly say this album just crushes any release we have done. We are looking to turn heads and drop jaws with this album. "Gates of Punishment" is filled with intense blasts, fast paced solos, melodic harmonies, dark chords, pissed off vocals, and harsh breakdowns. This is the sound I have been searching for with Rose Funeral, and I couldn't be happier. All I can say is that with the guys I have, it will be a huge climb in sound every album from now on."

Track listing:

1. Legions of Ruination
2. Grotesque Mutilation
3. Beyond the Entombed
4. False Divine (feat. Steve Tucker)
5. Arise Infernal Existence
6. Malignant Amour (feat. Kate Alexander)
7. A Recreant Canticle
8. The Desolate Form
9. Entercism
10. Amidst Gehenna
11. Gates of Punishment

NEW song "Beyond the Entombed":

Related links:
Rose Funeral on Metal Blade Records
Rose Funeral on MySpace
Rose Funeral on Facebook
Rose Funeral on Twitter
Preorder Gates of Punishment on I-Tunes

Hatebreed Confirm Tour with Five Finger Death Punch & All That Remains!

Connecticut's Heavy Music kings Hatebreed, have confirmed that they will be supporting Five Finger Death Punch and All That Remains on the upcoming "Share the Welt Tour". Tickets will go on sale this weekend to the general public, but VIP packages with pre-sale tickets will be available at 5FDP.com tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10 AM CT. More tour-dates to be announced soon!

10/16 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
10/17 Medford, OR @ Medford Armory
10/19 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Slat Air
10/22 Denver, CO @ First Bank Center
10/25 Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
10/26 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
10/28 El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center (not SHARE THE WELT)
10/29 San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden
11/1 Little Rock, AR @ Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center
11/2 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom

Hatebreed released their self titled record in 2009 to plenty of critical accolades. Most notably, Revolver Magazine declared the band "The Biggest Band in Hardcore" on their Special Edition cover story of the band. The band also released a few music videos supporting this album, which we are going to share with you right now!

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Biohazard Reveal NEW Album Title & Artwork

It has been six years since New York City Hardcore legends Biohazard released their eighth studio album titled "Means to an End". After beating up many obstacles, including the sudden departure of singer/bassist Evan Seinfeld in June, Biohazard are set to unleash their new album titled "Reborn In Defiance" on September 23rd via Nuclear Blast Records.

"We had a great time recording this album and we're psyched about it. We're really looking forward to having everyone hear it and to get back on the road to rip it up!" - Billy Graziadei

"I think it's one of the best albums we've ever done, so we're ready to see what the future holds." - Danny Schuler

The album features the original Biohazard lineup which consists of Evan Seinfeld (vocals, bass), Billy Graziadei (guitar, vocals), Danny Schuler (drums) and Bobby Hambel (guitar). The album was produced by the very talented Toby Wright, who is known for his past work with Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Fear Factory, Korn, Mötley Crüe, Kiss, In Flames and Stone Stour, just to mention a few.

The big question that all Biohazard fans have is: what happened with Evan Seinfeld? This is what singer/guitarist Billy Graziadei had to say about this matter.

"It dropped like a bombshell. It kind of came up from left field. We finished tracking the record in late February and really didn't have much contact with him that much. Everything was through management and I was working on the mix with Toby and some additional overdubs and different ideas and some piano and keyboard stuff. Then a couple of weeks ago he calls up and says, 'I can't do it anymore!' He's got a bunch of personal stuff and it's mostly secret. But it's personal between… it's what's going on in his life, but he made a decision and we weren't happy about it, but we made our decision to continue and keep going. It would be great if he was here and I know he's proud of the record and as happy as it came out as we are. We were all there and made it together and focused equally on it, but rather to let it die out, we said, 'You know what? Fuck it! We're all psyched and happy and even though things are different it doesn't mean much has changed!' The heart and soul of the band is still intact and we're gonna continue."

Ever since Seinfeld left the band, Scott Roberts became his temporary replacement. The band is actively looking for a permanent replacement, but rest assured that the band is ready to put on the fight of their lives!

Click to listen to a NEW Biohazard song titled "Reborn"!


- Demos

Demo 1 (1988)
Demo 2 (1989)

- Studio albums

Biohazard (1990)
Urban Discipline (1992)
State of the World Address (1994)
Mata Leão (1996)
New World Disorder (1999)
Uncivilization (2001)
Kill or Be Killed (2003)
Means to an End (2005)
Reborn In Defiance (2011)

- Live albums

No Holds Barred (1997)
Live in San Francisco (2007)

- Compilation

Tales from the B-Side (2001)

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Jamey Jasta is Streaming his Debut Solo Album "Jasta"!

Jamey Jasta released his debut record simply titled "Jasta" last week on July 26th, 2011 via eOne Music. A record many years in the making, and a very different project for Jasta. On this new musical adventure Jasta joined forces with various top notch Heavy Music musicians and presented to the masses his first solo album. When we first talked to Jasta about this new project, he made it very clear that it all came to life when he realized that he had written a ton of good songs that didn't fit with the sounds of Hatebreed and/or Kingdom Of Sorrow.

Listen to the NEW Jasta Album

Click here to read the Horns Up Rocks Album Review for "Jasta"

- Track-listing:

01. Walk That Path Alone
02. Mourn The Illusion
03. Screams From The Sanctuary
04. Nothing They Say
05. Anthem Of The Freedom Fighter
06. Something You Should Know (Ft. Phil Labonte of All That Remains)
07. Set You Adrift
08. Enslaved, Dead or Depraved (Ft. Randy Blythe of Lamb of God)
09. With A Resounding Voice (Ft. Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying)
10. The Fearless Must Endure (Ft. Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society)
11. Heart Of A Warrior (Ft. Mike Vallely)
12. Death Bestowed (Ft. Mark Morton of Lamb Of God)

Related links:
Listen to the NEW Jasta Album
Click here to read the Horns Up Rocks Album Review for "Jasta"
Click here to purchase JASTA in I-Tunes

Mahavatar Exclusive Song Premiere

A unique act on the Alternative Metal scene due to its leading female lineup, Mahavatar's strains reveal a singular ability to deliver tense and anguished themes, pulled by tumultuous guitars and ponderous Rock features. The band's mission is also defined by the meaning of their designation. The word itself, Mahavatar, has an Indian origin significance of immortality, but the New York crew adjoined it with their very own particular signification: Mind Hypnotic Vision Towards Revolution.

- Vital Statistics:


- Lizza Hason Demauro (Vocals)
- Shahar Mintz (Guitar)
- Richard Almady (Guitar)
- Szymon Rapacz (Bass)
- Glenn Grossman (Drums)


\m/ ORIGIN: New York, New York

\m/ MISSION: To take their listeners into a musical joyride that will help them expand their minds!

\m/ BIOGRAPHY: Magazine reviews from all over the world have all come back with much praise and the desire to hear more. The common theme that runs through all is that the sound of Mahavatar is beyond anything heard before. Many bands have been attributed as influences, but all agree that Mahavatar represent a unique force in the music world. Mahavatar have also been featured on radio stations in the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Belgium, Norway, The Netherlands and the USA. One of the many stations that help spread the message of Mahavatar in the USA is 89.5 FM WSOU, Seton Hall's Pirate Radio, where Mahavatar's "The E Song" was chosen as the Street Patrol Show Cut. WSOU is a NJ based college radio station that averages 100, 000+ listeners a day and is the most popular radio station on the East Coast for hard-edged music. Mahavatar also maintains a strong presence on MP3.com, where "The Time Has Come" was #1 on the Doom/Stoner Metal charts for 10 weeks and attained a top 40 position in the overall metal charts. All other songs have been in the top 100 of their respective genres. Mahavatar's worldwide fan base is growing steadily every day as the masses receive increased exposure to their message... a cult following in the making.

Here is a song that is part of their new album titled "Rise From Betrayal", which they will be releasing this Saturday August 6th at the Mercury Lounge in New York City. The name of the song "Resist"! Enjoy! \m/

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