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Saturday, April 14, 2012

FEAR FACTORY's Dino Cazares Discusses NEW Lineup, Album & Tour At The 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards!

This past Wednesday April 11th, America’s only Hard Rock and Heavy Metal award show took over downtown Los Angeles! The fourth annual REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARD SHOW presented by Epiphone® rocked out at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the event was broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages.

Prior to the kick off of the awards show, we had the chance to chat with Dino Cazares from FEAR FACTORY about their upcoming North American tour and their NEW album 'The Industrialist' (set to be released on June 5, 2012 via Candlelight Records). We also asked him about Byron Stroud's comments regarding his decision to leave FEAR FACTORY. Here is our interview with FEAR FACTORY's Dino Cazares at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

FEAR FACTORY’s first tour dates since 2011 kick off with four performances in South America, including Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, before starting American dates in San Antonio on May 1. In support will be Shadows Fall, The Browning, The Devasted, and Legacy Of Disorder. The complete list of dates are:

- 5/01/2012: Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
- 5/02/2012: Trees – Dallas, TX
- 5/03/2012: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
- 5/05/2012: State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
- 5/06/2012: Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- 5/07/2012: Masquerade, Atlanta, GA (NEW)
- 5/09/2012: Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC
- 5/10/2012: Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
- 5/11/2012: Wally’s Pub – Hampton Beach, NH
- 5/12/2012: Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
- 5/13/2012: Sonar – Baltimore, MD
- 5/15/2012: McGuffy's House Of Rock – Dayton, OH (NEW)
- 5/16/2012: The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
- 5/17/2012: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL (NEW)
- 5/20/2012: Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
- 5/23/2012: Yost Theater – Santa Ana, CA (NEW)

Related links:
Fear Factory

DaiTribe Premiere NEW Song "False Hopes" - Listen Now!

DaiTribe (pronounced die - tribe) are getting ready to unleash their NEW album 'Epochalypse A.D.' later this Spring. The album was recorded at Farview Audio by Jason "Jay" Walsh and mixed by Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Hatebreed, and Mercyful Fate). The artwork was done by Mark Alano who is also known for his work with Mecca and Grammy Award Winner Jim Peterik. The album is scheduled for an April 17th release date via True Gemini Records.

Right DaiTribe are premiering another NEW song from 'Epochalypse A.D.' This blistering track entitled "False Hopes" is available for streaming courtesy of Noisecreep. Get a first listen HERE.

DaiTribe are giving away a free download of their NEW single "I Hate Me". The track can be accessed by "liking" the band on Facebook. Head to www.facebook.com/daitribe and click "Like", then on the top of the page the DaiTribe app will appear. Once you click on that, you will be prompted to download your free mp3 of "I Hate Me".

Epochalypse A.D. is available now for pre-order HERE

DaiTribe's NEW video for their first single entitled "I Hate Me" is streaming below (courtesy of Metal Injection).  The video was shot in Chicago, IL and directed by Nathaniel E. Bell.
DaiTribe featuring Ricky Riccardo/bass, Rich Collins/vocals, Tristan '1690' Grigsby/guitar, Michael 'Cat' Grigsby/drums} was formed in 1998 by Cat, 1690, & Ricky in Chicago.  Over the next 5 years, the band wrote, recorded, and toured the United States.  In 2005, they released the direct to radio EP 'The Second Coming'.

Epochalypse A.D. Tracklisting:

1.      For The Sins
2.      My Eyes
3.      I Hate Me
4.      Liar Messiahs
5.      Betray
6.      This Hell
7.      Crime Legacy
8.      Redemption
9.      False Hopes
10.  Control
11.  Sanctuary
12.  Loss By Distance

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MINISTRY Talk NEW Album & Tour - Black Carpet Interview (Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2012)

This past Wednesday April 11th, America’s only Hard Rock and Heavy Metal award show took over downtown Los Angeles! The fourth annual REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARD SHOW presented by Epiphone® rocked out at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the event was broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages.

Prior to the kick off of the awards show, members of Industrial Metallers MINISTRY took over the "black carpet" to chat about their upcoming North American tour and their NEW album 'Relapse'. Here is our interview with MINISTRY's Sin Quirin and Aaron John Rossi at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

Tickets for Ministry's 2012 DeFibrillaTouR are on sale now at this location. Check out the official US tour date and venue schedule:

- 6/17/2012: Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO
- 6/21/2012: Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA
- 6/23/2012: Best Buy Theater in New York, NY
- 6/28/2012: The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL
- 6/29/2012: The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL

Related links:
Tickets for Ministry's Relapse Tour
Ministry's Official Site

Two Years Since The Passing Of PETER STEELE - Tribute Available!

It has been two years since we got the terrible news of Peter Steele's passing from our good friend Juliya from Fuse TV. That gloomy night we were one of the first media sources to confirm the passing of Peter Steele. As soon as we posted this very sad news, we immediately got a Twit from former Headbangers Ball host Riki Rachtman. Riki just like all of us, was in complete disbelief about Pete's death. Specially after everyone had witnessed the return of Peter Steele in full force! His last performance in New York City with Type O Negative was absolutely flawless and there was no doubt that he was completely sober the day of his passing.

A day after his passing, we headed over to 3 Of Cups in New York City were there was an unofficial tribute for Peter Steele with some of his close friends and fans. The night was gloomy yet magical. Why magical? Well, the room was full of energy and everyone was embracing each other with respect, while chanting in unison to Carnivore's and Type O Negative's classics. This immediately inspired us to start recoding some sound clips about the legacy and greatness of Peter Steele. This is how our Peter Steele tribute was born.

In order to make our tribute memorable, we decided to contact some close friends of Peter, and ask them to contribute some images of Peter, Type O Negative and Carnivore. Here is what we came up with:

Then at the end of 2010, their was a show that inevitably became a tribute to Peter Steele. Joining forces for a celebration of New York Rock were Life Of Agony, Biohazard, Vision Of Disorder and Seventh Void. The show took place at the Best Buy Theater in New York City, and once again the magic was in the air. This is when we decided to get some clips. Next thing we know, it turned into another tribute to Peter Steele! Here are those video clips:

Finally, here is Biohazard doing their song "Loss" in memory of Peter Steele!

REST IN PEACE Peter, we miss and love you! Thanks for re-igniting the Heavy Music scene! \m/

Friday, April 13, 2012

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN - Black Carpet Interview (Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2012)

This past Wednesday April 11th, America’s only Hard Rock and Heavy Metal award show took over downtown Los Angeles! The fourth annual REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARD SHOW presented by Epiphone® rocked out at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the event was broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages.

Prior to opening the awards show with his infamous rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner", guitar icon Yngwie Malmsteen graced the "black carpet" with his old school Metal vibe and we had the chance to chat with him. Some say that Yngwie comes across as a douche, we beg to differ! What a nice guy! Here is our interview with Yngwie at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

Related links:
Yngwie Malmsteen's Official Site

LEMMY Praised By WWE Fighter Chris Jericho - Black Carpet Interview (Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2012)

This past Wednesday April 11th, America’s only Hard Rock and Heavy Metal award show took over downtown Los Angeles! The fourth annual REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARD SHOW presented by Epiphone® rocked out at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the event was broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages.

Prior to the awards show, LEMMY graced the "black carpet" with his larger than life personality and we had the chance to chat with him. LEMMY is god, enough said! Here is our interview with LEMMY at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

As previously reported, Motörhead will be appearing at these years ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL!

6/30 – San Bernardino, CA
7/1 – San Francisco, CA
7/3 – Seattle, WA
7/6 – Phoenix, AZ
7/7 – Albuquerque, NM
7/8 – Denver, CO
7/10 – Dallas, TX
7/11 – Houston, TX
7/13 – Tampa, FL
7/14 – Atlanta, GA
7/15 – Indianapolis, IN
7/18 – Oklahoma City, OK
7/20 – St. Louis, MO
7/21 – Chicago, IL
7/22 – Detroit, MI
7/24 – Cincinnati, OH
7/25 – Cleveland, OH
7/27 – Philadelphia, PA
7/28 – Pittsburgh, PA
7/29 – Washington, DC
7/31 – Saratoga, NY
8/1 – Buffalo, NY
8/3 – Boston, MA
8/4 – Scranton, PA
8/5 – Hartford, CT

Related links:
Lemmy on Facebook
Motörhead on Twitter

20 Years Of PANTERA's 'Vulgar Display Of Power' Are Celebrated At The Key Club In Los Angeles, CA - Entire Performance Available!

This year PANTERA is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their landmark album, 'Vulgar Display of Power'! This past Wednesday, April 11, PANTERA presented the world their first music video in 12 years, for the previously unreleased song, “Piss,” from the Vulgar recording sessions. The video was unleashed at the 4th edition of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards!

Last night, PANTERA's vocalist and arguable the best front man in Heavy Music history, joined the "Metal Masters" in celebration of the anniversary of 'Vulgar Display of Power'! Philip Anselmo joined MEGADETH' Dave Ellefson and Chris Broderick, SLAYER's Kerry King and Dave Lombardo, ANTHRAX's Charlie Benante and Frank Bello, and Mike Portnoy, and performed a slew of PANTERA songs from the "vulgar" days. Anselmo also sang SLAYER classic's "Reign In Blood" and "Angel Of death"!

Additionally, BLACK SABBATH's own Geezer Butler joined Anselmo and the "Metal Masters" to perform "Hole In The Sky"!

 You can watch this historic event below.

Philip Anselmo performed the following songs with the "Metal Masters":

- SLAYER's "Reign In Blood" & "Angel Of Death"
- PANTERA's: "Mouth For War", "A New Level", "Walk", "This Love" & "Fucking Hostile"
- BLACK SABBATH's "Hole In The Sky" with Geezer Butler

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AVATAR Unleash Trailer For "Torn Apart" - Video Available!

AVATAR has leaked a portion of their brand NEW video which will debut on Monday April 16th via Fearnet.com!

Related links:
Avatar's Official Site

ROB ZOMBIE's NEW TV Commercial "Death Note" Is Live Now On FEARnet!

Check out "Death Note," Rob Zombie's brand NEW TV commercial for Amdro Ant Bait starring cult icon Clint Howard - very scary!


As previously reported, Rob Zombie has announced that he and his band of maniacs - John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish - will enter the studio on June 1 to begin recording the next chapter in the Zombie musical legacy. This NEW, as yet untitled CD is set for a late 2012 release. Before Lord Zombie and his band begin recording, they will hit the highway on a co-headline tour with Metal legends Megadeth, marking the first time the two bands have toured together since the early 90s.

Confirmed dates for the Rob Zombie/Megadeth U.S. tour are as follows:


- 11 at PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
- 12 at Toyota Pavilion, Scranton, PA
- 13 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD NEW!
- 16 at Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
- 18 at The Deltaplex, Grand Rapids, MI
- 19 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO NEW!
- 20 at Rock On The Range, Columbus, OH
- 22 at La Crosse Center, La Crosse, WI
- 24 at Tyson Center, Sioux City, IA
- 25 at Hartman Arena, Wichita, KS
- 26 at Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK

Related links:
Rob Zombie's Official Site
Rob Zombie on Facebook
Rob Zombie on Twitter
Megadeth's Official Site
Megadeth on Facebook
Megadeth on Twitter
Roadrunner Records

The Winners & The Best Performances Of The 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards!

Heavy Music history was written this past Wednesday night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Not only did the Revolver Golden Gods Awards welcome the elite of the music we all love, but the energy inside the sold out venue was incomparable. Here is a scoop of who won what, and who performed with who.

The Winners:

- Best International Band: X Japan
- Best Guitarist: Jinxx and Jake Pitts of Black Veil Brides
- Best Drummer: Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch
- Best Bassist: Nikki Sixx
- Riff Lord: Slash
- Comeback of the Year: Slipknot
- Best Live Band: Avenged Sevenfold
- Most Dedicated Fans: Avenged Sevenfold
- Best Vocalist: Amy Lee of Evanescence
- Album of the Year: Korn, ‘The Path of Totality’

The Performances (Highlights):

- Marilyn Manson plays ‘The Dope Show’ (with Taylor Momsen); ‘No Reflection’; and ‘Sweet Dreams’ + ‘The Beautiful People’ with Johnny Depp
- Slash Jams on ‘School’s Out’ with Alice Cooper
- Evanescence Perform ‘Made of Stone,’ ‘What You Want,’ and ‘You Never Call Me When You’re Sober’
- Dee Snider Performs ‘I Wanna Rock’ with Black Veil Brides
- Corey Taylor, Robb Flynn and Trivium Play Metallica’s ‘Creeping Death’

Related links:
Revolver Golden Gods Awards

CRADLE OF FILTH & Nuclear Blast Records Launch "Midnight In Labyrinth" Package Deal - Details Available!

British extreme Heavy Metal act, Cradle Of Filth, recently announced its latest inspired work, 'Midnight In The Labyrinth', a two-disc set traversing an ethereal cinematic landscape of classical and symphonic darkness. This strictly limited edition release of delectable magic will contain narrated nightmares, courtesy of Dani Filth, plus additional vocals from Sarah Jezebel Deva, on disc one. Disc two will feature purely orchestral and symphonic recordings.

'Midnight In The Labyrinth' will be available to coincide with Record Store Day on April 21st via Nuclear Blast Records, however the band and label have launched an exclusive pre-order bundle package: http://bit.ly/mitlnbusa featuring a commemorative, limited-edition t-shirt and 2-CD digibook.

Taking the most requested tracks from the first four official releases, Cradle Of Filth has fulfilled audience desire by creating an album based on the most popular older tracks, but one that is delivered orchestrally to create a rich, haunting sonic landscape in the vein of soundtrack composers such as Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer.
The collection will include 10 songs spanning 78-minutes (including the addition of a thirteen-minute exclusive aural séance on CD1), with reworked COF classics like “Funeral In Carpathia” and “The Twisted Nails Of Faith,” as well as “Summer Dying Fast,” which was showcased on last year’s ‘Evermore Darkly…’ EP.
Stay tuned for more information on Cradle Of Filth and Midnight In The Labyrinth.

Cradle Of Filth is:

- Dani Filth (Vocals)
- Paul Allender (Guitar)
- James McIlroy (Guitar)
- David Pybus (Bass)
- Martin Skaroupka (Drums)
- Caroline Campbell (Keys)

Related links:
Click here to purchase Cradle Of Filth's "Evermore Darkly..." via Nuclear Blast Records
Click here to purchase Cradle Of Filth's "Evermore Darkly..." via iTunes
Cradle Of Filth
The Order Of The Dragon
Cradle Of Filth on Facebook
Cradle Of Filth on You Tube
Cradle Of Filth on Twitter
Cradle Of Filth on Peaceville

The "Metal Masters" Are Joined By Geezer Butler & Phil Anselmo To Perform Black Sabbath, Pantera & Slayer Classics - Full Show Available!

Heavy Metal history was made last night (April 12), when Philip Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA, ARSON ANTHEM, SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and legendary bassist Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN & HELL) made special guest appearances at the third installment of Samson's "Metal Masters" series, which was held at the Key Club on the famed Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California.

Anselmo and Butler were joined by Megadeth's Dave Ellefson and Chris Broderick, Slayer's Kerry King and Dave Lombardo, and Anthrax's Charlie Benante and Frank Bello.

Phil Anselmo performed the following songs with the "Metal Masters":

- SLAYER's "Reign In Blood" & "Angel Of Death"
- PANTERA's: "Mouth For War", "A New Level", "Walk", "This Love" & "Fucking Hostile"
- BLACK SABBATH's "Hole In The Sky" with Geezer Butler

Video streaming by Ustream

VAN HALEN Premiere Music Video For "She's The Woman"!

Good Friday headbangers, below Van Halen are premiering the second single off their NEW album, 'A Different Kind of Truth', rolling out the single and video for “She’s The Woman.”

A fun and nasty rocker with a synchronized guitar/bass intro that nearly knocks you cold, “She’s The Woman” is an instant reminder that Van Halen can still work the heavy bag. This tune is one of six NEW songs that originated from older material from the seventies and is one of the most prototypical VH songs on the album. The driving riff is a cross between “Mean Street” and “Outta Love Again” and could have easily found a comfortable home on any early DLR-era material.

“A Different Kind of Truth,” (released Feb. 7th), marks the first original Van Halen studio album with Roth on the mic since “1984.” Read our review here. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are on tour through the end of June. Gear up for the show with great Van Halen apparel at www.VanHalenStore.com.

VAN HALEN With Kool and the Gang (Remaining tour dates):

- Apr. 14: Orlando, FL - Amway Center
- Apr. 16: Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena
- Apr. 19: Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
- Apr. 21: Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum Complex
- Apr. 25: Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
- Apr. 27: Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
- May 01: Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
- May 05: Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
- May 07: Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
- May 09: Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
- May 11: Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
- May 17: Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
- May 19: Saint Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
- May 22: Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
- May 24: Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
- May 27: Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
- Jun. 01: Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
- Jun. 03: Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
- Jun. 05: San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion At San Jose
- Jun. 12: Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
- Jun. 14: San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
- Jun. 16: Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
- Jun. 20: Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
- Jun. 22: San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
- Jun. 24: Houston, TX - Toyota Center
- Jun. 26: New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena

Support on select dates will come from Kool & The Gang. VIP packages will be handled by VIPNation.com.

SLASH - Black Carpet Interview (Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2012)

Yesterday, America’s only Hard Rock and Heavy Metal award show took over downtown Los Angeles! The fourth annual REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARD SHOW presented by Epiphone® rocked out at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the event was broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages.

Prior to his performance at the awards show, SLASH graced the "black carpet" with his enormous carisma and we had the chance to chat with him. SLASH is SLASH, enough said! Here is our interview with SLASH at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

SLASH's North American Tour:

- May 03: Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD
- May 05: Rockingham Speedway - Carolina Rebellion in Rockingham, NC
- May 07: Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL Tickets
- May 10: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, MS
- May 13: Central Iowa Expo - LazerFest Boone, IA
- May 14: The Brick in Minneapolis, MN
- May 16: Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI
- May 17: Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, MI
- May 19: Columbus Crew Stadium - Rock on the Range in Columbus, OH
- May 20: Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ
- May 25: Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK
- May 26: Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, NM
- Jun 08: Donington Park - Download Festival in England, United Kingdom
- Jun 11: Hockey Park in Monchengladbach, Germany
- Jun 12: Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany
- Jun 20: Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany
- Jun 23: Arena Fiera Milano - GODS OF METAL in Milan, Italy

Related links:
Slash's Official Site

Thursday, April 12, 2012

X Japan Wins "Best International Band" At The Revolver Golden Gods Awards!

X Japan took home the award for Best International Band Wednesday night at the fourth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. With the members of Anthrax presenting the award, X Japan triumphed over internationally-acclaimed Rammstein (Germany), Lacuna Coil (Italy), Sepultura (Brazil), Behemoth (Poland), and Meshuggah (Sweden).  X Japan was the first Asian band to ever receive a Golden Gods nomination, and joined this year's other winners that included Avenged Sevenfold, Slash, Korn, Nikki Sixx, Slipknot, Gene Simmons and Evanescence.

"Thank you Revolver, thank you so much for recognizing us," said Yoshiki, leader of X Japan who was present at the ceremony to accept the award.

"Some people might have heard of us, we're from Japan. We toured North America in 2010, and did our first world tour last year.  Now we are finishing our first English album that will be released worldwide, and are planning another world tour soon. And to our beloved fans, thank you so much for your support, we are going to keep on rocking."

X Japan is one of the most successful Rock bands in Japanese history, having sold more than 30-million albums, singles and videos, and filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times. The popularity of the band in Japan has made them a cultural phenomenon in music, fashion and business. X Japan made its North American debut at the 2010 Lollapalooza festival, and sold out their New York City debut at the famed Roseland Ballroom as part of their first American tour that same year. In 2011, they kicked off the European portion of their world tour by selling out Shepherd's Bush Empire in London within 30 minutes, and continued their sold-out tour by performing in Latin America and Southeast Asia. 

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PANTERA Hits The World With Their NEW Video For Previously Unreleased Song "Piss" - Listen Loud!

As previously reported, PANTERA released a B-Side out of 'Vulgar Display Of Power' last night at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles, California.  The song "Piss" was released in celebration of the 20th anniversary reissue of "Vulgar Display Of Power", drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott made an astounding discovery: "Piss", an incendiary blast of vintage PANTERA from the original recording sessions that had long been forgotten. When the newly created video for the song premiered at the Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles, which was broadcast live on Xbox Live, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages. The song was then released to radio outlets and all digital music retailers. PANTERA is also the subject of a Revolver special issue, which hits newsstands everywhere on April 15.

For the "Piss" video, PANTERA, put out a call through their Facebook page for fans to submit home videos of them rocking out to the band or attend a video shoot in Los Angeles. The resulting video is an amazing collection of fans of all ages, from around the world, moshing, jumping, punching, kicking, and just plain rocking out to PANTERA. The video, directed by Zach Merck, also features some amazing slow-motion shots that recreate the face punch from the iconic cover of 'Vulgar Display Of Power'. Grab a cold one and check out PANTERA's NEW video for "Piss"!

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Members Of SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD & TRIVIUM Pay Tribute To METALLICA At The Revolver Golden Gods Awards - Watch Now!

Last night, the Heavy Music world witnessed one of the best awards show ever! The fourth edition of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards took over Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles and nobody left disappointed. The night was full of highlights and the awards show proved that Heavy Music is stronger than all!

Another highlight of the night was when Corey Taylor from SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR and Robb Flynn from MACHINE HEAD, joined Floridan Metallers TRIVIUM to pay tribute to METALLICA! Taylor grabbed the mic and took care of the main vocals, Flynn grabbed his flying V and shredded in unison with the TRIVIUM boys. Together, they all performed METALLICA's "Creeping Death". Watch it now!

Related links:
Machine Head

JOHNNY DEPP Joins MARILYN MANSON At The Revolver Golden Gods Awards - Video Available!

Heavy Music history was written last night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Not only did the Revolver Golden Gods Awards welcome the elite of the music we all love, but the energy inside the sold out venue was incomparable. While there were many highlights at this successful event, it was actor Johnny Depp who added that extra flavor to the biggest Heavy Music award show in all of the America's.

Depp joined the "antichrist superstar", Marilyn Manson, on stage and with guitar in hand performed Manson's rendition of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" and Manson's groundbreaking hit "The Beautiful People". While Manson seems to have lived his best years as a performer, Johnny Depp showed another one of his talents. That man can shred on guitar! Here is the evidence.

MARILYN MANSON is ready to once again infect the world with yet another NEW album. Entitled 'Born Villain, Manson's next musical conquest is set to be released on May 1 (one day earlier internationally) via Cooking Vinyl and Manson's own label Hell, Etc. 'Born Villain' is Manson's ninth studio album!

Related links:
Marilyn Manson

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

MINISTRY Keeping The Charts On Check! Band Nominated for Golden Gods Award

MINISTRY's thirteenth album properly named 'Relapse', has been going to war with sales and radio numbers since its worldwide release via frontman Al Jourgensen's own Thirteenth Planet Records and AFM Records on March 26th. Having landed at #154 on the US Billboard's Top 200, #32 on Billboard's Independent Record Chart and #19 on Billboard's Top Hard Music Chart, Relapse currently stands at #6 on CMJ's Loud Rock Charts.

MINISTRY are also in the running for the Comeback Of The Year award at Revolver's annual Golden Gods Awards, being presented tonight in Los Angeles. Fans can actually watch the awards show live this year via Xbox Live or via Revolver's Facebook page.

In support of Relapse, MINISTRY will perform five major North American concerts this June -- Denver, Los Angeles, New York and two shows in Chicago -- as part of the DeFibRiLlaTouR 2012 World Tour. The band's touring lineup includes Al Jourgensen (Frontman/vox/guitars), Mike Scaccia (Ministry/Rigor Mortis) guitars, Casey Orr (Rigor Mortis) bass, John Bechdel (Ministry/Killing Joke/Fear Factory) keyboards, Aaron Rossi (Ministry/RevCo) drums and Sin Quirin (Ministry/RevCo) guitars. Soulfly bassist Tony Campos will not performing due to scheduling conflicts. Tickets for these first five shows are on sale now; check out the official MINISTRY  Facebook for more info on tickets and VIP packages HERE.

MINISTRY 2012 DeFibRilLaTouR US Dates:
6/17/2012 Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO [tickets]
6/21/2012 Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
6/23/2012 Best Buy Theater - New York, NY [tickets]
6/28/2012 The Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL [tickets]
6/29/2012 The Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL [tickets]

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The 4th Edition Of The Revolver Golden Gods Awards To Take Place Tonight In Downtown Los Angeles!

Today (April 11), America’s only Hard Rock and Heavy Metal award show will take over downtown Los Angeles! The fourth annual REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARD SHOW presented by Epiphone® will take at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the event will be broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages.

Right before the official start of the show, PANTERA will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark album, Vulgar Display of Power, with the worldwide debut of their first music video in 12 years, for the previously unreleased song, “Piss,” from the Vulgar recording sessions. PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul commented, “‘Piss’ is the only unheard complete Pantera track in existence. It was recorded at the same time as Vulgar Display of Power and it’s 100 percent Pantera with attitude and our signature groove! After mixing it, I can’t believe it didn’t make the record! So it’s 2012 and 20 years later and new Pantera music has been delivered. Cheers!”

Adding to the celebration, The 2012 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS SHOW will feature one-of-a-kind special performances and collaborations that honor both the past, present and future of Heavy Music. The night’s hard-rocking musical performances will include sets by:

- MARILYN MANSON (in his first U.S. performance in nearly three years)
- Iconic GRAMMY-winning guitarist SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
- SIXX:A.M. featuring Nikki Sixx of MÖTLEY CRÜE, James Michael, acclaimed rock producer and songwriter, and DJ Ashba of GUNS N’ ROSES (in their first performance in almost four years)
- 2011 Best New Band Golden God Award winner BLACK VEIL BRIDES, who will perform their only U.S. show of 2012 so far. Joining them will be Twisted Sister's own Dee Snider.

For the first time ever,  America’s only Hard Rock awards show will be streamed live. The fourth annual REVOLVER Golden Gods Awards show will take place Wednesday, April 11, at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. The Black Carpet starts at 6 P.M. Pacific / 9 P.M. Eastern and the awards show kicks off at 8 P.M. PST / 11 P.M. EST. All Xbox LIVE members have a front-row ticket to the show.

Watch it live on Xbox LIVE on your Xbox 360 or on the Xbox Facebook page. The show will rerun for 24 hours, so don’t miss it!

Related links:
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BLACK SABBATH To Return To The United States - Details Available!

As previously reported, legendary Heavy Metal band BLACK SABBATH will be performing one show in the United States this summer. It has just been confirmed that Black Sabbath will play this year’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, US, alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence And The Machine, Jack White from White Stripes, Die Antwoord, and Yellow Ostrich. Lollapalooza will take place on August 3 - 5 at the Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.

This is the first show confirmed since it was announced that Tony Iommi is currently fighting cancer.
The only other confirmed BLACK SABBATH will take place at this year’s Download festival. Download Festival will take place on June 8 - 10 at Donington Park, England

As of yet the situation surrounding drummer Bill Ward seems to remain unresolved.

Click here to purchase tickets for Lollapalooza

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HUNG and Guitar World team up for the world premiere of "Progeny" off the upcoming self-titled debut out May 8th 2012 courtesy of The End Records and Chris Adler from Lamb of God’s label ReThink Records.  The debut album features 10 punishing and sonically aesthetic tracks engineered and produced by Andy Abel and Lyris Hung at Abel Studios in Connecticut, with vocals tracked and produced by Ryan Kelly at MSR Studios and Nova Studios in New York City. Listen to "Progeny" below, courtesy of Guitar World.

HUNG violinist Lyris Hung says about "Progeny": “The song 'Progeny' is one of HUNG's most sonically diverse pieces, and one that shows off some of our most lyrical material. It's one of my personal favorites because it travels through many different musical landscapes… My approach to the violin lines are more traditional in a 'violinistic' way, allowing the instrument to take a lot of sweeping parts above the rest of the band and even the rhythm violin parts tend to be integrated with melody.”

HUNG is also proud to announce May 3rd as the date for the record release show and party at The Trash Bar in Brooklyn NY. Tickets are $15 at the door and include a free CD and T-Shirt. Doors open at 7:00pm with an open bar from 7:30 to 8:30pm.

HUNG is a five piece Metal band from New York City featuring Lyris Hung (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Bryan Adams) on violin, ‘Evil’ Jon Clark on guitar, bassist Sam Roon, drummer Kenny Grohowski and singer Dmitry Kostitsyn.  The band is gearing up for the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival as a main stage performer this year.

Related links:
CLICK HERE! to pre-order the self-title debut album from HUNG along with a bundled t-shirt!
HUNG's Official Site
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HUNG On MySpace

Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal Debuts Today At The GRAMMY Museum®!

                                    Photo by: Jose Mangin


Today (April 11, 2012), the GRAMMY Museum® in cooperation with Revolver Magazine, will debut a major NEW exhibition, Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal.  Through rare artifacts from iconic Metal bands and interactive experiences, the exhibit will teach visitors about the origins of Heavy Metal, its many sub-genres, the bands that made Heavy Metal famous and offer a look into the controversy that has surrounded the genre for the past four decades.

Launching on the same day as the REVOLVER Golden Gods Award Show taking place next door at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE, this will be the first major museum exhibition to explore Heavy Metal in America, and the genre’s impact across the globe.  Visitors will enjoy a wide-array of items, including:

\m/ Handwritten lyrics and sketches from Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister;
\m/ Several wardrobe pieces, from acts like Black Sabbath and Gwar;
\m/ Stage props from bands such as Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Slayer and more;
\m/ An interactive “scream booth,” designed to introduce Metal vocal technique;
\m/  Several famous guitars including Chuck Schuldiner’s (DEATH) B.C. Rich Stealth;
\m/ Concert posters,  tour books and fan memorabilia


- Bob Santelli, Executive Director, The GRAMMY Museum
- Ali Stuebner, Registrar, The GRAMMY Museum
- Kait Stuebner, Co-curator, Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal
- Andie Cox, Co-curator, Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal


Exhibit runs April 11, 2012 to February, 2013


The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE
800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245
Los Angeles, CA 90015

(Near the corner of Figueroa Street and Olympic Boulevard, one block from STAPLES Center)

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Previously Unreleased "Golden Gods" Interview With FOZZY's Chris Jericho (Host Of The Golden Gods)!!

Last year we debuted at the "black carpet" of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in downtown Los Angeles, California. This Wednesday, we'll be back bringing you all the "black carpet" action! In celebration of the sold out Revolver Golden Gods Awards, we decided to bring you some previously unreleased interviews from last years kick ass event. Here is one with Chris Jericho from FOZZY, who is also aWWE fighter, and the host of the fourth edition of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards!

In January 2012, Fozzy signed a record deal with Century Media Records, and plan to release a NEW album and DVD later in the summer. Not soon after that Jericho hinted the NEW album on his Twitter saying 'New @FOZZYROCK album in August?!'. Jericho made a full-time return to the WWE on January 2nd, 2012, but despite this Fozzy were announced to be a part of the Download Festival in the UK in the summer.

Related links:
Fozzy's Official Site'

Decibel Magazine Tour Cover Issue Is Out Now! Tour Begins Tomorrow!

Decibel Magazine's tour issue (May 2012) is available on newsstands now. The cover story features in-depth interviews with members of Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude. The interviews cover everything from playing shows in the US to twisted and amusing anecdotes from the bands' past tour experiences. The issue also features an Extreme MLB preview, Decibel Hall of Fame: the making of Megadeth's Rust In Peace, and much more. Needless to say, this is one of the must have issues of 2012. Order/subscribe at DecibelMagazine.com.

Tickets for the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour are still available on-line HERE. They're also available at your venue's local box office. The near month-long run, presented by Metal Blade Records, IndieMerchStore.com, FYE, ESP Guitars and Good Fight Entertainment, will commence on April 11 in Columbus, Ohio and level 23 cities before coming to a ceremonial close on May 12 in New York City.

04/11 Columbus, OH – The Bluestone
04/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
04/13 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
04/14 St. Paul, MN – Station Four
04/16 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
04/17 Denver, CO – Summit Theatre
04/18 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
04/20 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
04/21 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw
04/22 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
04/23 San Francisco, CA – Slims
04/25 Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
04/26 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
04/27 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
04/29 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
05/01 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
05/02 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
05/04 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
05/05 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head
05/06 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre
05/08 Toronto, ON – Opera House
05/09 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
05/10 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
05/11 Worcester, MA – Palladium
05/12 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

Related links:
Decibel Magazine Tour
Metal Blade Records
Behemoth on Metal Blade Records
Behemoth on Facebook
Behemoth on Twitter

JOB FOR A COWBOY's 'Demonocracy' Out TODAY; NEW Behind-The-Scenes Video Available!

JOB FOR A COWBOY's long-anticipated NEW full-length 'Demonocracy' is out TODAY through Metal Blade Records. Produced by Jason Suecof (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium) at Audiohammer Studios, the complex Death Metal opus, tackles a host of political and economic themes and has already reaped the praise of fans and critics nationally. In a 4/5 rating, Alternative Press calls 'Demonocracy' "an ass-kicking, skull-cracking record," Hellbound commends the band for managing to “bend the ol’ familiar Death Metal formula their way and come up with something that is both invigorating and original,” while Stereokiller notes: “…a solid slab of some really heavy technical Death M etal. JOB FOR A COWBOY has separated themselves from former peers such as All Shall Perish and Whitechapel, and has now firmly fitted themselves with the likes of Suffocation and Dying Fetus." Metal Army America opines in an A+ review: "History was made with this album," while Craveonline agrees:  "JOB FOR A COWBOY…produce ugly music for an ugly world. If art is a reflection of humanity, then JOB FOR A COWBOY are showing us a part of ourselves we don't want to see. The band's latest opus of ugly is 'Demonocracy' and once again they come out of the gate firing on all pistons."

In celebration of the release, the band today posted the first of a series of in-studio video clips. Watch it now!

JOB FOR A COWBOY are currently molesting ears across North America on the Metal Alliance Tour. Joined by The Faceless, Dying Fetus, 3 Inches Of Blood, Impending Doom, Wretched, and headliners, Devildriver the remaining dates are below.

- 4/10: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
- 4/11: Des Moines, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center
- 4/13: Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theater
- 4/15: Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
- 4/16: Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
- 4/19: Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
- 4/20: Austin, TX @ Emo's East
- 4/21: Houston, TX @ House Of

Stay tuned for more JOB FOR A COWBOY news including the upcoming video premiere of "Imperium Wolves."

Related links:
Click here to listen to a NEW album by Job For A Cowboy
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Official Landing Page Of Job For A Cowboy
Job For A Cowboy's Official Site
Job For A Cowboy on Twitter
Metalliance Tour

Previously Unreleased "Golden Gods" Interview With TONY CAMPOS!

Last year we debuted at the "black carpet" of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in downtown Los Angeles, California. This Wednesday, we'll be back bringing you all the "black carpet" action! In celebration of the sold out Revolver Golden Gods Awards, we decided to bring you some previously unreleased interviews from last years kick ass event. Here is one with Tony Campos formerly from Static X, who is or has been part of Prong, Soulfly, Asesino, Possessed, Ministry, and even Otep!

Tony Campos is currently touring with Soulfly in support of 'Enslaved' (out now via Roadrunner Records), for which he recorded bass. Tony also recorded bass on Prong's NEW album 'Carved Into Stone', which is coming your way on April 24th via Long Branch Records. Prong is currently on tour with Crowbar. Tour dates available below.

Soufly North American Tour With Five Finger Death Punch:

- Apr. 11: Rapid City, SD at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center- Apr. 12: Casper, WY at Casper Events Center

Soufly North American Tour With INCITE (featuring SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera's stepson Ritchie), Century Media recording artists MANNTIS, and Victory Records' A PERFECT MURDER.

- Apr. 21: Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
- Apr. 22: West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go-Go
- Apr. 23: San Francisco, CA @ The Filmore
- Apr. 25: Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
- Apr. 26: Bend, OR @ Midtown
- Apr. 27: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
- Apr. 28: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
- Apr. 29: Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
- Apr. 30: Boise, ID @ Big Easy
- May 01: Billings, MT @ 12th Planet
- May 03: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
- May 04: Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
- May 05: Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
- May 06: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
- May 08: Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
- May 09: Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe

PRONG with Crowbar and Witchburn (Tony Campos will not be performing with Prong):

4/5: Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/6: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
4/7: San Antonio, TX @ Green Room
4/8: El Paso, TX @ House of Rock
4/11: Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
4/12: Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
4/13: Gallup, NM @ Slopshot Billiards
4/14: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
4/16: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
4/17: St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/18: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
4/19: Louisville, KY @ Phoenix Hill Tavern
4/20: Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
4/21: Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
4/22: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
4/23: Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall
4/24: Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse

Related links:
Soulfly's Official Site!
Click here to Listen to PRONG's NEW Song "Eternal Heat"
Prong's Official Site

CATTLE DECAPITATION Release Second Single "Lifestalker" Via Metal Hammer Germany!

Today California progressive grind conquerors CATTLE DECAPITATION release "Lifestalker", the second single of their NEW album 'Monolith Of Inhumanity'!

Set for release on May, 8th, 2012, the record was produced by Dave Otero of Denver's Flatline Audio and sees the band exploring innovative NEW techniques in song writing without abandoning their signature formula of confrontational audio wreckage and self-loathing lyrical content.

Vocalist Travis Ryan adds: "We just returned from a great European tour where we played a ton of NEW songs which were received extremely well by everyone over there! So much so that we decided to premiere the second sample track of our NEW album 'Monolith of Inhumanity' on a European website for all our fans and the NEW fans we just made during this last tour! We had a blast and we hope you all get a kick out of the NEW track "Lifestalker". This NEW album is light years ahead of the rest of our albums and we look forward to coming back to Europe to decapitate you all with it!"

Check out Lifestalker at THIS LOCATION.

'Monolith Of Inhumanity' is an achievement that stands out as one of the most volatile, ambitious, and impossible to aptly categorize records you will hear in 2012. Dragging their ever-evolving deathgrind sound kicking and screaming into the epic territory inhabited by the likes of Dimmu Borgir and Anaal Nathrakh, the quartet redefine all perceptions of what CATTLE DECAPITATION is. With their seventh full-length, the band have never sounded more focused, aggressive, or manically determined to get in the faces of those who erroneously believe they've already experienced the band at their extreme best.

The 11-track 'Monolith Of Inhumanity' features a host of guests including Mike Majewski of Devourment (guest vocals on "Projectile Ovulation"), Lenard Leal of Cephalic Carnage (backing vocals by on "A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat"), The Cephalic Carnage Community Men's Choir, consisting of all current Cephalic members and alumni Jawsh Mullen and Zac Joe (gang choir vocals on "The Carbon Stampede"), and ambient and noise interludes by Los Angeles' most extreme decimator of sound, John Wiese, as well as another strikingly brutal cover by Wes Benscoter.

CATTLE DECAPITATION :Occupation Domination Tour" with Origin, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn, BATTLECROSS:

- 04/20: Baltimore, MD Sonar
- 04/21: Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
- 04/22: Trenton, NJ BackStage at Champs
- 04/23: Keene, NH Railroad Tavern
- 04/24: Brooklyn, NY Europa
- 04/26: Peoria, IL Brass Rail
- 04/27: Joliet, IL Mojoe's
- 04/28: Portage, IN Camelot Arena
- 04/29: St Louis, MO Fubar
- 05/02: Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
- 05/04: San Diego, CA Ruby Room
- 05/05: Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
- 05/06: Hollywood, CA The Whisky A Go-Go
- 05/07: Fullerton, CA Slidebar
- 05/08: San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
- 05/09: Stockton, CA Plea For Peace
- 05/10: Sparks, NV The Alley
- 05/11: Portland, OR Branx
- 05/12: Seattle, WA Studio Seven
- 05/13: Boise, ID The Venue
- 05/14: Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
- 05/15: Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
- 05/18: Lawrence, KS Granada Theater

Related links:
Official Site of Cattle Decapitation
Cattle Decapitation on Facebook
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THE AGONIST Premiere NEW Single “Ideomotor”; North American Tour With KITTIE Starts Today!

After spending many months in the studio, melodic Death Metallers THE AGONIST will finally be unleashing their long-awaited third studio album, 'Prisoners', on June 4th in Europe and June 5th in North America via Century Media Records. The band is now ready to give fans their first preview of this upcoming release with the premiere of their NEW single, "Ideomotor"!

Head over to Guitar World.com to hear "Ideomotor"

Produced by Christian Donaldson (CRYPTOPSY) and mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY, SUICIDE SILENCE), 'Prisoners' picks right up where 2009's 'Lullabies for the Dormant Mind' left off, with soaring melodies over complex Metal passages that fans of thinking-man's Metal can appreciate. Throughout their North American tour with KITTIE (which kicks-off today!), THE AGONIST will be selling digital download cards that feature two tracks from 'Prisoners': "Ideomotor" and the previously limited edition EP-only track "The Escape". These tracks will be available for immediate download, with the remainder of the album available on release date, so be sure to catch the band on the road with the Heavy Metal maidens in KITTIE. Dates for this trek are below, so check to see when they'll be coming to a city near you!

'Prisoners' is out June 5 in North America and June 4 in Europe via Century Media.

- 4/10/12 Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft
- 4/11/12 Albany, NY Bogie's
- 4/12/12 Reading, PA Reverb
- 4/13/12 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
- 4/14/12 Portage, IN Camelot Hall
- 4/15/12 Waterloo, IA Spicoli's Grill
- 4/16/12 Peoria IL Brass Rail
- 4/17/12 Milwaukee, WI Rave
- 4/18/12 St Paul, MN Station 4
- 4/19/12 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre
- 4/20/12 Regina, SK The Exchange
- 4/21/12 Edmonton, AL Pawn Shop
- 4/22/12 Prince George, BC The Generator
- 4/23/12 Vancouver, BC Red Room
- 4/24/12 Seattle WA El Corazon
- 4/25/12 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
- 4/26/12 San Francisco, CA The Grand Ballroom
- 4/27/12 Anaheim, CA The Grove
- 4/28/12 Bakersfield, CA Jerry's
- 4/29/12 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Saloon
- 4/30/12 Salt Lake City, UT Vertigo
- 5/1/12 Englewood, CO Moe's
- 5/2/12 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
- 5/3/12 Odessa, TX Dos Amigos
- 5/4/12 Dallas, TX Trees
- 5/5/12 Houston, TX Scout Bar
- 5/7/12 Oklahoma City, OK The Roxy
- 5/8/12 Tulsa, OK Marquee
- 5/9/12 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont Club
- 5/10/12 St Louis, MO The Firebird
- 5/11/12 Joliet, Il Mojoes
- 5/12/12 Detroit, MI Blondie's
- 5/13/12 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
- 5/14/12 West Springfield, VA Jaxx
- 5/15/12 Baltimore, MD Soundstage
- 5/16/12 New York, NY The Gramercy Theatre
- 5/17/12 Hampton Beach, NH Wallys Pub
- 5/18/12 Worcester, MA Tammany Hall
- 5/19/12 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs
- 5/20/12 Auburn, ME Club Texas
- 5/21/12 Montreal, QUE FouFounes
- 5/22/12 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
- 5/23/12 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
- 5/24/12 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar and Grill
- 5/25/12 Providence, RI The Ruins at Coliseum

Related links:
The Agonist on Facebook
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The Agonist on Twitter
Kittie's Official Site
Century Media Records

CLUTCH & HELLYEAH Kick Off North American Tour Tonight - Complete List Of Tour Dates Available!

Maryland rockers CLUTCH are kicking off their North American tour tonight in Norfolk, VA at The Norva. CLUTCH's upcoming tour features headlining shows, co-headlining dates with HELLYEAH and a radio festival appearance. A complete list of dates can be found below.

CLUTCH is hitting the road in support of their double vinyl edition of 'Blast Tyrant' which is available via Weathermaker Music. This 180+ gram expanded vinyl contains 16 songs and includes six mini-posters taken straight from Blast Tyrant's "Atlas of the Invisible World". Each illustrated poster is sized (8.5" x 11") and depicts one of the various characters featured within the Blast Tyrant storyline. CLUTCH will also be releasing a picture disc single of the NEW track "Pigtown Blues" on June 19th. This is the first NEW studio material from CLUTCH since 2009's Strange Cousins From the West.

CLUTCH will also be returning to Europe this festival season. The band has been confirmed for the Sonisphere Festival in Madrid Spain on May 26th and the Peace and Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden on June 29th. Additional festival appearances are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.


4/10: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva (Clutch only)
4/11: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club (Clutch only)
4/12: Albany, NY @ Northern Lights Ground (Clutch only)
4/13: Providence, RI @ Lupos
4/14: Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
4/15: Long Island, NY @ Paramount Theater
4/17: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
4/18: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
4/20: Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero
4/21: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre's
4/22: Toledo, OH @ Headliner's
4/23: Dayton, OH @ McGuffy's House of Rock (Clutch only)
4/24: Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
4/25: Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
4/27 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
4/28: Lincoln, NE @ Box Awesome's Bourbon Lounge
4/29: Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
5/1: Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater
5/2: Wichita, KS @ Cotillion
5/3: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom (Clutch only)
5/4: Sauget, IL @ Pops
5/5: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
5/6: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater (Clutch only)
5/6: Atlanta, GA @ WLKS Project Cinco Party (Hellyeah only)
5/8: Libertyville, IL @ Austins
5/09 Sioux Falls, SD @ WH LYON Fairgrounds - "Krrofest" (Clutch only)
5/10: Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewery (Clutch only)
5/11: Joilet, IL @ Mojoes
5/12: Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall (Clutch only)
5/13: Flint, MI @ Machine Shop (Clutch only)
5/19: Hartford, CT @ WCCC Big Gig (Hellyeah only)
5/27: Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma (Hellyeah only)

Related links:
Clutch's Official Site
Weather Music
Official Site Of Hellyeah
Hellyeah on Facebook

Monday, April 9, 2012

Learn To Pummel The Drums Like LAMB OF GOD's Chris Adler; “The Faded Line” Lesson Available!

 DRUMmagazine.com has posted the latest article in its ongoing series that documents the skyrocketing career of LAMB OF GOD drummer CHRIS ADLER. In this installment, CHRIS ADLER offers professional drumming tips to help his fans navigate their way through “The Faded Line,” from LAMB OF GOD’s 2004 breakout release Ashes Of The Wake.

“It’s super easy for me to just go in there and do the straight 4/4 beat or whatever,” ADLER describes his role in the songwriting process. “But I try to get them to loop whatever it is, or record it for me, so I can take a minute and think about it, ’What else can I do with this? What’s interesting? What’s going to be fun for me to play for the next 18 months?’”

In addition to ADLER’s expert technical advice, the article includes a full note-for-note transcription of his ferocious drum part from “The Faded Line,” as well as streaming music, and a 3-D diagram of the drum kit he used to record Ashes Of The Wake.

Stay tuned for more updates on the features and future news about LAMB OF GOD!

Related links:
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Metal Blade Records Celebrate 30th Anniversary! Watch Band Greetings & NEW Company History Released!

Metal Blade Records is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, marking 1982 as the official beginning with the release of the first Metal Massacre compilation. In a fitting tribute, writer Dan Slessor (Kerrang, Outburn, Alternative Press) has penned a NEW company history, which includes quotes, anecdotes, and praise from members of Metallica, Slayer, GWAR, and more. The NEW history can be read in its entirety below.

Metal Blade Records has been celebrating in various ways in 2012, including a showcase at SXSW that featured Job for a Cowboy, Cancer Bats, Battlecross, Pilgrim, Early Graves, and Gypsyhawk. Also, 30 different albums are on sale EACH MONTH throughout 2012 on iTunes, Amazon, and in stores with participating retailers. The current list of releases with buy links, as well as a NEW video featuring greetings from Metal Blade artists, can be seen at MetalBlade.com/30thanniversary. That is not all, though, as more plans are in the works for 2012, so stay tuned to MetalBlade.com for updates.

Metal Blade Records history by Dan Slessor: Founded upon owner Brian Slagel's enduring drive to find great bands and get their music out to as many people as possible, since 1982 Metal Blade has brought wave after wave of powerful, innovative, and often genre-defining music to the ever-hungry Metal masses. It is this ethos that has seen Metal Blade build up a stunning and diverse catalogue, weather the various storms facing any independent label, and in an age of declining record sales boast the most successful years of its existence as it strides into its fourth decade.

What perhaps makes this achievement all the more notable is the fact that Slagel never even intended to start a label. Working in an LA record store and writing for various publications, Slagel was acutely aware that many great bands in the local Metal scene were being ignored, and he decided to release a compilation of tracks drawn from these ranks. "There were a lot of really good bands and I was just bummed out that nobody could hear them. It just seemed like I could help them out and have some fun at the same time, and that compilation was the first Metal Massacre," he states. Collating tracks from then unknown bands including Ratt, Bitch, Cirith Ungol, and Metallica amongst others, the compilation sold out immediately. "How important is Metal Blade to our career? They're only the reason we are enjoying the worldwide success we have today," states Metallica's James Hetfield. "Without Brian's openness to some raunchy teens with a crap sounding cassette tape we would be who knows where, and playing who knows what!" With the popularity of the tape spurring Slagel on, the first seeds of Metal Blade were sown. "After the success of those compilations I just started putting out records of bands that I was friends with, but without ever really intending it to be a label at all," he explains. "After I put out four or five releases I started to feel like something was happening, and I decided to quit the record store and quit college and see where it went."

Battling through the first few lean years, when the label consisted solely of Slagel working out of his mom's poorly ventilated garage in the San Fernando Valley, it gradually grew in both revenue and stature. Within a few years Metal Blade would go on to release the debuts of Slayer, Armored Saint, Trouble, and Corrosion Of Conformity amongst others, fanning the flames of the burgeoning Metal scene and launching careers of bands that would go onto reap global success. "Without Metal Blade, there is a damn good chance we never would've made it out of L.A," says Slayer's Kerry King. "That was the one bit of luck we needed. You can be the most awesome band on the scene, and if no one notices you, you don't catch on. And Brian Slagel is still one of the biggest Metalheads I know!" This genuine love and devotion to Metal is central to the relationship many of the artists have with Metal Blade, and King Diamond credits much of its relevance and strength to this passion. "I refer to it as having 'boots on the ground'," the mighty Dane states. "It's not like a major label where some people might be into what you're doing but a lot of them just see it as a job there's a genuine love for Metal there. Through staying true to that and doing their own thing they've carved out a very specific niche that they control, and as an artist it's wonderful to be a part of that."

Integral to the label's strength and longevity is Slagel's open-mindedness when it comes to Heavy Music, and his refusal to work to any kind of criteria as to what makes a 'Metal Blade band'. Albert Mudrian, editor-in-chief of Decibel magazine admires this about the company. "Rare is the label that can discover the cornerstone of a subgenre. Between Slayer (Thrash), Cannibal Corpse (Death Metal) and GWAR (whatever cosmic plane they occupy), Metal Blade has accomplished that feat multiple times. And with the likes In Solitude and Ghost on their current roster, the label is poised to do it again and again." This capacity for staying ahead of the game is one of the cornerstones of Metal Blade's success, though Slagel asserts that there is really no science to it. "To this day if I really like a band and if the staff really like it then no matter what they sound like we want to work with them," Slagel explains. "I've always liked a wide variety of sounds in Metal, which I think is reflected in our roster, and I've never gotten into trying to sign a lot of bands that sound the same. I would personally rather find something that nobody else has heard of before, something that's really different from what's going on, and put that out."

Equally, the label has built a strong reputation for nurturing and developing the artists they sign, embracing a mentality common to the music industry in the 1970s but sorely absent in recent years. For As I Lay Dying, who have been with the label since 2003's crushing 'Frail Words Collapse', this kind of support and the belief Metal Blade have in their bands based upon the sounds they build themselves has been invaluable. "For years Metal Blade have helped guide us in our career, building us up as a band while never once forcing their hand on us creatively, as some labels do in the hope of selling a few more records," states drummer Jordan Mancino. Alex Wade, guitarist for Knoxville bruisers Whitechapel, concurs, appreciating the integrity of the label and the down-to-earth approach the staff bring to bear. "I admire how even though they are a huge label and have signed some of the biggest names in Metal that they are still all very humble human beings, and they care about seeing the development and growth of their artists, which makes such a difference." While both of these bands signed to the label in the 00's and have since reaped great success, Cannibal Corpse, who have been one of the torchbearers for Death Metal since the late-1980s, have released all twelve of their full-lengths through Metal Blade. Their enduring relationship with the label typifies the kind of bond Slagel wants to build with all his signings, and bassist Alex Webster is proud of the alliance his band have with the label. "It's nice being with a label that lets you do what you want to do. They've always given us free reign whether it's artistically, musically or whatever, they have never tried to restrict us in any way, and they have been hugely supportive of us. The enthusiasm of everyone there for the bands they work with counts for a lot, because you really do feel this united effort behind you." Oderus Urungus (also occasionally known as Dave Brockie) of the truly inimitable Gwar, who have also had a longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship with the company, is equally enthused when it comes to the steadfast support they show their artists, placing integrity first and foremost. "At one time Warner Bros was doing Metal Blade's distribution, and there was a lot of talk about Gwar and WB hooking up. The trouble was that we had written a song called "Baby Dick Fuck", and WB said they wouldn't release the record if we wanted it on the album. We stood to lose a lot if we didn't cave, so I was in a tough spot. I asked Brian Slagel what he thought, and he didn't blink, he told us to do what we wanted to do, and he would back us no matter what. That took guts, and we ended up flushing our Warner Bros deal over a song about having sex with children before they are born."

Now a truly worldwide force with offices in the US, Germany, Canada, the UK, and Japan, Metal Blade remains fiercely independent and continues to adapt to the constantly evolving music industry. This adaptability is a primary factor in why the label is currently thriving while others struggle to keep their heads above water. "We have a lot of things on our side," Slagel says. "That there's no board of governors definitely works to our benefit we can literally make a decision and have something happen in fifteen or twenty minutes. We can react quickly to changes in the business, and we've also really embraced those changes while a lot of people have been really resistant. You can't do that, the industry is changing, things are different, and you're selling records much differently now than you did before. I think if people are willing to make the necessary changes, and utilize the NEW technology to their benefit it will work, and clearly for us knock on wood the last few years doing so have been good."

Looking back on the achievements of the last thirty years Slagel is proud of the body of work they have assembled, though he remains humble when it comes to the contribution the label has made to Heavy Metal. "There are so many people out there who do so much for the music, and we play our own little part in there. That's really cool, and what makes me really proud is seeing the bands we worked with having nice long careers, and that these guys are able to buy houses and have families solely through making music." Metallica's Lars Ulrich has nothing but admiration for everything the label has done, not only in helping launch his own band but in remaining so vital over three decades. "The fact that Brian and Metal Blade have maintained their integrity over thirty years is obviously very admirable," he enthuses. "Even today I'll call him up and ask him what bands I should be checking out, who is going to blow me away and who should we be thinking about taking on tour with us, because he knows. He's so connected with what's going on out there in a way the rest of us mere mortals can't quite compete with! I also love that not that much has changed over the years when we get together we're still those enthusiastic Metalhead outcasts who got all pumped listening to all these amazing bands. Maybe we have a little less hair, and what we do have is a little grayer, but it's the same shit it's always been, and I love that." Aware that it is only through the support of fans who share this passion that the label has been able to flourish, Slagel is equally grateful for the devotion of Metalheads everywhere. "At the end of the day I just want to thank everybody out there who has supported the label and all the bands over the years. Clearly without those people we couldn't do what we do, and to everyone out there who has helped us along by being a fan we are so very grateful to you."

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