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Saturday, March 2, 2013

PANTERA's "Walk" - The GOAT Version!

PANTERA's "Walk" is one of the most recognizable songs in Heavy Music history. But up until now, the chorus was sang by Philip Anselmo, Dimebag Darrell Abbott (RIP) and Rex Brown, NOT by goats! What are we talking about? Find out here:

Click here to listen to PANTERA's 'Vulgar Display Of Power' with NO goats!

- Personnel


Philip Anselmo: Lead vocals
Diamond Darrell: Guitar, backing vocals
Rex: Bass, backing vocals
Vinnie Paul: Drums

Related links:

Pantera's Official Site
Pantera on Facebook
Pantera on Twitter

TRIVIUM: Studio Update Available For # 6

After a successful European tour with AS I LAY DYING, CALIBAN and UPON A BURNING BODY at the end of last year, at the beginning of 2013 Florida's TRIVIUM locked themselves up to record the follow up for 2011's 'In Waves' (available now via Roadrunner Records). For their sixth studio album, the band recruited DISTURBED's frontman David Draiman as head of the project.

The band has just announced that they are D O N E tracking their NEW sonic assault! The next order of business is for the band to mix and master the record (they haven't announced who will take care of this yet), and then to start teasing your ears with the next generation of TRIVIUM music! It is safe to assume that the band will release their NEW record before the Summer festival season begins. So get stoked!

 Photo credit: Paolo Gregoletto

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Friday, March 1, 2013

SLAYER Drama: Kerry King Breaks His Silence About Dave Lombardo & Updates Fans On NEW Record!

As we all know, there is a lot going on within the SLAYER camp as of late that has nothing to do with their music. Not only did Dave Lombardo not make the trip to Australia for the bands appearance at SOUNDWAVE Festival (Jon Dette is his temporary replacement), but Jeff Hanneman hasn't performed with the band since the BIG FOUR concert in Indio, California in April of 2011 (EXODUS' Gary Holt is his temporary replacement).  

While the band is working on some NEW music, nothing concrete has been announced regarding the future of the band until now. Here is what Kerry King had to say to Soundwave Festival TV regarding the bands future:

Asked whether he saw the dispute coming, King tells Soundwave TV: "Tom did. Tom’s been on the fence about Dave for a while and I was pretty much the one that said, ‘Nah, I’m not comfortable moving on.’

"Then it got thrust in our face, and I took action immediately.

"It’s unfortunate that Dave couldn’t be with us. I planned on him being here up until the Monday before I left – then I saw trouble in paradise. Since I’m the mastermind on making decisions like this, I was like, ‘Alright, I’ve got a backup plan.’ I did what I thought was best and we pulled it off.

"I’m like, ‘How are we going to get a visa for whoever goes with us?’ I went, ‘Jon’s with Anthrax, Jon knows our stuff. If he couldn’t do it I don’t think I could have taught it to anybody in time.

"We rehearsed three times and the first show was Brisbane. He’s doing really good. He was completely out of playing for a while, he told me. To just be at the level of playing he is, it’s really awesome."

According to King he has put together 11 tracks for SLAYER's NEW album – but there are no concrete plans as in when and who will record the NEW batch of music.

"I would like to do it between Australia and Europe in June. It could get mixed while I’m out on tour and be out in September or October.

"I’ve been working on the new material a lot – I worked on it a lot with Dave. So I haven’t decided."

It seems that SLAYER's future is opaque and very uncertain. Lets hope that once the band is back home that they will settle the differences. The Metal world can't afford to lose SLAYER over some paperwork.

SLAYER in Australia:

03.01.13 Melbourne, Australia Soundwave Festival 2013
03.02.13 Adelaide, Australia Soundwave Festival 2013
03.04.13 Perth, Australia Soundwave Festival 2013

Photo by: Zulie Alvarez

Related links:
Slayer's official site

Listen To ANTHRAX's Cover Of THIN LIZZY's "Jailbreak"!

Anthems', Anthrax's long-awaited, eight-track EP that pays tribute to the classic songs by some of Anthrax's favorite bands from the 1970s, will be released in North America on March 19 (MRI/Megaforce), and on March 22 in Europe (Nuclear Blast). The track listing for 'Anthems' features Rush's "Anthem," Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak," "TNT" by AC/DC, Boston's "Smokin'," "Big Eyes" by Cheap Trick, Journey's "Keep on Runnin," as well as the album version and a special remix of Anthrax's "Crawl" from the band's critically-acclaimed 2011 album 'Worship Music'. 

Right now, you can crank Anthrax's cover of THIN LIZZY's song "Jailbreak":

The EP will be available on CD as well as digitally via iTunes and other online retailers. In addition to the cover art for 'Anthems', Benante and artist Stephen Thompson have subtly redesigned each track's original album cover art to "Anthrax" it. The 'Anthems' EP will first be housed in one of the "re-imagined" digipak covers, and then inserted inside the main CD cover sleeve. The main cover sleeve has been designed in such a way so fans will be able to see which one of the six "re-imagined" covers is inside.

'Anthems' was produced by Anthrax, Jay Ruston and the bands former guitarist Rob Caggiano, and recorded for the most part throughout 2012 literally all over the world: at Benante's home studio, in Ruston's New York studio, on the band's tour bus while on last summer's Mayhem Tour, in hotel rooms, and backstage at their Berlin show last December.

Don't forget that ANTHRAX - Belladonna/vocals, Benante/drums, Scott Ian/guitar and Frank Bello/bass - will hit the road in support 'Anthems' on February 16 with dates in India and Australia, and then return to North America to headline the Metal Alliance Tour that kicks off March 22 in California. For all of these dates, Anthrax will be joined by Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais.

Once again, ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante is sitting out during his bands live performances. It has been confirmed that Benante did not travel with the band due to personal issues, Jon Dette (former SLAYER drummer) is replacing Benante during ANTHRAX's Australian tour. "Charlie is dealing with personal issues right now and can't leave the country", commented Scott Ian. "He's really bummed about not being able to head down there."

Additionally, the band will not be performing with guitarist Rob Caggiano, who left the band to join VOLBEAT (More info HERE)! He was temporarily replaced by Jon Donais from SHADOWS FALL.

Benante is expected to be back with ANTHRAX during this year's Metal Alliance tour, which they will be headlining (tour dates below). 

ANTHRAX in Australia:

Fri 1 Mar Melbourne, AUSTRALIA Flemington Racecourse

Sat 2 Mar Adelaide, AUSTRALIA Bonython Park

Mon 4 Mar Perth, AUSTRALIA Claremont Showground

The dates for the Metal Alliance tour are as follows (General-admission tickets are available now at this link):

Mar. 23 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
Mar. 24 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
Mar. 25 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
Mar. 27 - House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
Mar. 28 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
Mar. 29 - The Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
Mar. 30 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
Mar. 31 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
Apr. 02 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
Apr. 04 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
Apr. 05 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Apr. 06 - The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI
Apr. 07 - Bogarts - Cincinnati, OH
Apr. 09 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX
Apr. 10 - House of Blues - Houston, TX
Apr. 12 - House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
Apr. 13 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
Apr. 14 - The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD
Apr. 16 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
Apr. 18 - Theatre of the Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 20 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Apr. 21 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY

Related links:
ANTHRAX's Official Site

Second Date Added For The Black N Blue Bowl 2013 - Tickets Available Now!

The second date of the bowl will take place at Webster Hall (formerly known as The Ritz), in New York City on Sunday, May 19, 2013 1:30 PM EDT (1:30 PM Doors). The second show was added as a result of the original date (Saturday, May 17) sold out in record time!

This is no surprise whatsoever as Black N Blue Productions never ceases to impress year after year, with a roster of the most beloved Hardcore bands in existence, along with great young opening bands, plus special guests.

The bowls will take place once again at Webster Hall (formerly known as The Ritz), in New York City on Saturday, May 18 AND Sunday May 19 2013 1:30 PM EDT (1:30 PM Doors).



- Breakdown 
- Bane 
- Black Train Jack 
- Strife 
- District 9 
- Take Offense
- Altercation 

- Old Firm Casuals 
- Fire & Ice 
- Arrabio 
- Downpresser 
- No One Rules

Tickets available online at PitchforkNY.com here: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3443124&pl=webhall

Generation Records
210 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 254-1100

NYHC Tattoo
127 Stanton Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 979-0350

Lotus Tattoo
291 W Main Street
Sayville, NY 11782
(631) 244-8288

Related links:
Official Site Of Black N Blue Productions
Access Black N Blue Radio Takeover

FIREWIND's GUS G On Touring With Other Types Of Bands, Performing With OZZY & The Music Business!

Last year, FIREWIND unleashed their seventh studio album 'Few Against Many' via Century Media Records and they did not disappoint their global audience. The band's leader Gus G definitely brought with him to the recording sessions a full bag of tricks that he learned from OZZY and his "big brother" Zakk Wylde.

Right now, FIREWIND are trekking all over North American tour with the awesome Turisas and Stolen Babies. On Wednesday, February 6th the tour arrived to New York's Gramercy Theatre. Prior to the bands warmup ritual, Gus G sat down with us to talk about 'Few Against Many' and how influential working with OZZY has been to his overall career. Gus also talked about the rise of the Greek Metal scene and even shared with some music business tips. This is a must watch, so hit the PLAY button now!

Remaining tour dates:

- Fri/Mar-01: San Antonio, TX at White Rabbit*
- Sat/Mar-02: Houston, TX at Warehouse Live
- Mon/Mar-04: Orlando, FL at The Social*
- Tue/Mar-05: Ft. Lauderdale, FL at Culture Room*
- Wed/Mar-06: Tampa, FL at State Theatre*


Related links:
Firewind's Official Siteiteit''
Firewind on Facebook on Facebook

Firewind on MySpace
Firewind on Twitter

Want To Be In The NEW IN FLAMES Video For "Ropes"?


Ever wanted to be a part of an In Flames music video? Now is your chance! In Flames invites all fans worldwide to be a part of the upcoming video for “Ropes”. By simply uploading your very own video clip of ANYTHING In Flames related, you have the chance to be in the actual video!

The video clips must contain In Flames related content, it could be live filmed, you rocking out to an In Flames song, or simply you showing your tribute to In Flames. Last date for contributing is April 15th, 2013.
You decide.

Contribute HERE!

IN FLAMES is currently touring with DEMON HUNTER, ALL SHALL PERISH and BATTLECROSS! Here are the remaining tour dates for "Another Year Another Tour":

- 03/01: Moncton, NB at Casino NB
- 03/02: Halifax, NS at Cunard Centre
- 03/04: New Haven, CT at Toad’s Place
- 03/05: Clifton Park, NY at Upstage Concert Hall
- 03/06: Allentown, PA at Crocodile Rock
- 03/07: Norfolk, VA at The Norva

Video by: Zulie Alvarez (www.zuliephotographierocks.com/)

Related links:
Official Site of In Flames
In Flames on MySpace
In Flames on Twitter

Trailer For "OFFICIAL TRUTH, 101 PROOF: The Inside Story of Pantera" Available Now!

Former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown has joined forces with De Capo Press to release a memoir entitled "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera". The "starkly honest and revealing" book is scheduled to be released this March 12! Here is the official trailer:

As we all know, Pantera saved Heavy Music in the early 90's thanks to their vulgar display of crushing Metal. Their phenomenal 9 studio albums, were only topped by their amazing stage show. When Pantera came to town, nobody was safe and their explosive live show left many Panteraheads scarred for life! They say that glory always has a very high prize to pay, in the case of the Kings Of Metal this is an understatement.

OFFICIAL TRUTH 101 PROOF – THE INSIDE STORY OF PANTERA will be officially released on March 12, but is available for pre-order NOW at Amazon! CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY!

Stay tuned for further information.

Related links:
Official site of Pantera

Thursday, February 28, 2013

MOTÖRHEAD Begin Recording Their 22nd Studio Album!

Rock N' Roll meisters MOTÖRHEAD, have entered the studio with longtime producer Cameron Webb to begin recording their next studio album for a late summer release. Song titles set to appear on the CD include "Outsider" and "Silence When You Speak to Me".

In other MOTÖRHEAD news, last year the band has unleashed 'The Wörld Is Ours - Vol 2 - Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else', the follow-up to 2011’s 'The Wörld Is Ours - Vol 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else'.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Related links:
Motorhead's Official Page

DEEP PURPLE Announce NEW Album Title & Details - Trailer Available!

“After the last Deep Purple record came seven years of blissful touring.  Then the phone rang… NOW What ?!” (Ian Gillan) 
- NOW What ?! has been produced by Bob Ezrin, one of the most important rock producers of all time (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss and many others)
- NOW What ?! features 11 new songs.
- NOW What ?! was recorded with no musical rules… and it shows a modern and fresh production… to the point that Deep Purple have never sounded so close to the spirit of the 70s in the last 20 years as they do NOW.
- NOW What ?! has the excellence and elegance of 'Perfect Strangers' and the wild freedom of 'Made in Japan'. 
- NOW What ?! will also be released as a limited edition with a bonus DVD featuring Deep Purple discussing the NEW album and one bonus studio cover version.
- NOW What ?! will be released as double vinyl LP.
- NOW What ?! is also the name of the World Tour to be announced shortly.
- NOW What ?! will be released in Germany on April 26th. Worldwide release dates can be found at www.deeppurple-nowwhat.com which will be updated daily with news, lyrics, photos & more.

The first taste of NOW What ?! will be the release of a double A-side single on March 29th (as a limited and numbered vinyl 7“, CD single and digital download). 7“ VINYL (limited to 1000 numbered copies):

- Side A: “Hell To Pay“ (radio edit)
- Side B: “All The Time in The World“ (radio mix – edit)


1) “All The Time in The World“ (radio mix – edit)
2) “Hell To Pay“ (radio edit)
3) Perfect Strangers (bonus track live)
4) Rapture Of The Deep (bonus track live)

Stay tuned for more DEEP PURPLE news!

Related links:
Deep Purple

"TURN THE PAGE" (News & Tour Updates - Special Edition) Live With Our Mascot!

"Turn The Page" brings you (our audience) the most relevant up to date Heavy Music news and tour information in a video format. While we select what we believe is the most important information and produce this video segment on a weekly basis, keep in mind that our main platform (www.HornsUpRocks.com) is the place where you can get the majority of the information you need.

Without further due, here is a special edition of "TURN THE PAGE". Filmed with our mascot in Brooklyn, New York.

Artists mentioned (in order of appearance):

- Slayer
- Anthrax
- Lamb Of God
- Metallica
- Deftones
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- The Dillinger Escape Plan
- Battlecross
- Nine Inch Nails
- Overkill
- Resolution 15
- No Remission
- Bangladeafy
- Vise Massacre

Full details on the news stories and tours mentioned on the video above, can be seen on our archive (located on the left hand side column)


Related links:
Horns Up Rocks

Heavy Metal's Replacement For Pope Benedict XVI Has Been Unleashed In Rome!

As Pope Benedict XVI steps down because he is not Metal enough. For real, what a quitter! We smell some conspiracy lined up by the Catholic church, but lets not even go there. Rome, Italy, is ready to welcome the NEW Pope. While Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister from Motörhead would be a great candidate, Lemmy is god so he wasn't considered for the Vatican's unholiest position. Then we got Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford from Judas Priest, but Halford is the Metal God. And while John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne would make the Vatican go "fucking crazy", Ozzy is the Prince Of Darkness and that might be too controversial for the super sacred Catholic church (note our sarcasm).

So after many hours of deliberating a group of Metallic Cardinals that wear leather and spikes instead of some wacked uniform, have announced that the NEW Pope is:

Kim Bendix Petersen, also known as our holiness King Diamond! Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 14, 1956, he is at the perfect age to become the 267th Pope and with his heart fixed he is ready to reign in blood for many years (not like the quitter dude who just retired). Please welcome Kim Bendix I to the Vatican. His first order of business as the NEW leader of the Catholic Church is to headline a massive live concert at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran at the ecclesiastical Province of Rome! His special guests: Motörhead, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath WITH Bill Ward, Slayer, and Testament. Oh, and we can't forget Metal Church. Now get off your knees and start headbanging!

He has also announced that from now on priests and nuns can have as much sex as they want and the NEW testament will be rewritten by Kim Bendix I! About bloody time! Get it?

As previously reported, KING DIAMOND, BOLT THROWER, TESTAMENT and CHILDREN OF BODOM have all been confirmed for this year's Tuska festival! Finland's Heavy Metal fest will take place between June 28-30 in Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland. It has also been announced that "The King" will be Friday night's closing performance at Bloodstock Open Air 2013! This memorable event marks not only their first-ever U.K. festival appearance, but their first U.K. show of any kind in many years and will be their only U.K. date in 2013!

Related links:
Official Site of King Diamond
King Diamond on Facebook

GREEN DAY's Billy Joe Opens Up About The Addictions That Nearly Took His Life

Last year, GREEN DAY were performing at the IHeartRadio music awards and allegedly, the promoter cut the bands set in half in order to give USHER some extra time during his set. As a result, Billie Joe Armstrong had an onstage melt down when the band is prompted that they have 1 minute left during their hit song "Basket Case".

Following this incident, Billy Joe checked himself into rehab due to substance abuse. As a result, the bands was forced to postpone their North American tour. The good news is that Billy Joe is out of rehab and ready to hit the road in support of the bands NEW music trilogy: '¡Uno!', ¡'Dos!' and '¡Tré!' (available now via Reprise Records). The bad news is that they did had to cancel a bunch of tour dates due to scheduling conflicts.

On the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone magazine (in stands this Friday), Billie Joe Armstrong talks about his years of alcohol and prescription drug abuse and his stint in rehab following his onstage meltdown.

"I couldn't predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night," he tells Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke. "I'd wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn't remember how. It was a complete blackout." He finally confronted his problem after the Vegas radio festival, where the frontman smashed his guitar onstage and shouted, "I'm not fucking Justin Bieber, you motherfuckers."

"I remember tiny things," Armstrong says of the Vegas incident. "The next morning, I woke up. I asked [my wife] Adrienne, 'How bad was it?' She said, 'It's bad.' I called my manager. He said, 'You're getting on a plane, going back to Oakland and going into rehab immediately.'"

Read the full story tomorrow, Friday, March 1st.

The postponed tour dates are as follows:

- 3/28 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
- 3/29 - Moline, IL - Wireless Center
- 3/31 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
- 4/1 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
- 4/3 - Philadelphia, PA - Liacourias Center
- 4/4 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
- 4/6 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
- 4/7 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
- 4/9 - Providence, RI - Dunkin Donuts Center
- 4/11 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
- 4/12 - Quebec City, QC - Quebec Colisee

Related links:
GREEN DAY's Official Site

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

HYPOCRISY Announce North American Tour With KRISIUN, ABORTED, ARSIS & More - Full Agenda Available!

Swedish Death Metal legends HYPOCRISY, will return to North America once again this May for a headlining tour in support of their upcoming album, 'End Of Disclosure'! Joining them are Brazilian brothers in death KRISIUN, Belgian gore-grinders ABORTED, and technical-melodic-death-masters ARSIS! AUTUMN’S END and STARKILL will also support them on their Metal crusade across the continent on select shows.

“Hi freaks! I’m proud we can finally announce the North American part of the ‘End of Disclosure World Tour’,” commented Peter Tägtgren. “It’s going to be great to come back again! Don’t worry it won’t be any visa problems this time either as I stayed in NYC this Summer. We’re looking forward to bringing our stage set from Europe, plus playing a lot of NEW songs and old songs that we’ve either never played, or haven’t played for years. Enjoy the NEW video here for now and see you soon!”

5/01:  Gramercy – New York, NY*
:  Palace – Stafford, CT*
:  Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC*
:  WreckRoom – Toronto, ON*
:  Reggie’s – Chicago, IL*
:  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN*
:  The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB*
:  The Exchange – Regina, SK*
:  Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB*
:  Republik – Calgary, AB*
:  Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC*
:  Studio Seven – Seattle, WA**
:  The Vex – Los Angeles, CA**
:  910 Live – Tempe, AZ**
:  Trees – Dallas, TX**
:  Korova – San Antonio, TX**


'End Of Disclosure' will be released on March 22 (Europe) and April 2, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

End Of Disclosure track listing:

01. End Of Disclosure
02. Tales Of Thy Spineless
03. The Eye
04. United We Fall
05. 44 Double Zero
06. Hell Is Where I Stay
07. Soldier Of Fortune
08. When Death Calls
09. The Return

Related Links:
HYPOCRISY's Official Site
HYPOCRISY on Facebook
HYPOCRISY on Nuclear Blast

Another Sexy Katastrophic Fashion To Take Place This Saturday At March Metal Beatdown III!

This Saturday, March 2 its time to celebrate the most Metal month of them all at “March Metal Beatdown III” in a very fashionable way! Once again, Miz Katastrophe will be hosting another edition of the Katastrophic Fashion Show at The Trash Bar in Brooklyn, New York. This is what Miz had to say about placing the F in Fashion and the S in Sexy:

Psyched for my next showing of brand new KAT LTD. designs! Katastrophic Productions Fashion Show at the March Metal Beatdown III. Photographers, this is going to be hot - come one, come all. Never been to a rocking fashion/Metal show? THIS SATURDAY will be unforgettable, come on out to The Trash Bar! #mysmartercommerce"

The festivities kick off at 7PM ET with an open bar (PBR & Well Drinks). There will be five bands performing live and loud, and we will also have a very special guitar shredding session by BIG ROB! Here is the event flyer:

Here are some of the chicas that will be rocking the stage!


Come celebrate the beginning of Spring at yet another Horns Up Rocks Metal show/party! The “March Metal Beatdown III” will be hosted by our founder Jo Schüftan and DJed by our Director of Design, Javier Samaniego!

Get your dancing shoes and see you THIS Saturday in Brooklyn, NY! RSVP HERE!


This Spring, ASKING ALEXANDRIA will be touring the United States Of Metal! The tour has been dubbed as the "Don't Pray For Us Tour" and will also feature Whitechapel, Motionless In White, Chimaira, and I Killed The Prom Queen. Tour dates will be announced later this week, but here is the tour poster for now:

Related links:

Asking Alexandria
Motionless In White
I Killed The Prom Queen 

AT THE GATES Announce The "Worldwide Suicidal Legacy Tour"

The Heavy Music gods do exist! Swedish Metal pioneers AT THE GATES have announced the "Worldwide Suicidal Legacy Tour". The band has confirmed the following tour dates thus far:

- May 24: Metallsvenskan Örebro, Sweden
- Jun 07: Sweden Rock Festival Norje, Sweden
- Jun 21: Hellfest Clisson, France
- Jul 05:Ruis Rock Turku, Finland
- Jul 13: Bang Your Head Festival Balingen, Germany
- Jul 28: Zwarte Cross Festival Delft, Netherlands
- Aug 09: Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Canada

No U.S. dates have been confirmed yet. But we believe that if the fans DEMAND for At The Gates to headline the 2013 Summer Slaughter Tour, the entire nation can experience AT THE GATES' musical power in a live intimate setting! SPREAD THE WORD!

HERE is the petition to get AT THE GATES to headline the 2013 Summer Slaughter Tour!

Related links:
At The Gates

China's Government Against Heavy Music? TESTAMENT & CRADLE OF FILTH Concerts Cancelled!

Mainland China is one of those territories in which all media is heavily controlled by the government. The rigid censorship laws have definitely affected the growth of our music, even though there are thousands of Heavy Music fans in all of China's territories.

Yesterday (February 26), CRADLE OF FILTH were forced to cancel their upcoming tour because of "The Cultural Section of the Chinese Government have decided that COF are unsuitable to play in Mainland China", stated the band. "We are currently banned from playing there. Therefore the show on Tue 30 April in Shang Hai, China - MAO Live House has had to be moved to Hong Kong. The new venue is Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre (KITEC) in Hong Kong on April 30th 2013." 
It has just been announced by TESTAMENT that they won't be able to perform in China and Taiwan after their Visa's were denied. A statement from the band follows:

"To all our friends in China and Taiwan:

"It is with regret that we must inform you of the cancellation of our performances in Shanghai and Taipei until further notice due to visa issues beyond the control of the band or promoter. Fans in the Asian Pacific region are encouraged to come visit us at our shows in Japan. As we had a terrific experience performing in China and Taiwan in 2007, we eagerly await the resolution of the visa issues and hope to visit again very soon.

"Thanks for your understanding and your undying support."

It is pretty sad when the government dictates the type of entertainment the citizens can or cannot have access to.

Related links:
Cradle Of Filth

Scott Weiland Responds To His Supposed "Termination" From STONE TEMPLE PILOTS!

Earlier today, this message took over the Internet: "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland - no further information is available at this time."

Scott Weiland made the following statement after this piece of news surfaced:

"I learned of my supposed 'termination' from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that's something for the lawyers to figure out. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday."

Weiland will be performing songs from the first two STONE TEMPLE PILOTS albums, 1992's 'Core' and 1994's 'Purple', during his solo tour.

"Originally, it was an idea I came up with for STP for the anniversary of 'Core' to do the 'Core' album in its entirety," Weiland told MLive. "The rest of the guys didn't want to do it. So, it was still something that there was a lot of public interest in. Having that said, the idea was brought up to me through management. I talked to the guys in my solo band, THE WILDABOUTS, and they were totally into it, as were the promoters. It worked out."

It's unclear if STONE TEMPLE PILOTS plan on carrying on with a new vocalist. Stay tuned for more news.

Related links:
Stone Temple Pilots

CARCASS Reveal NEW Album Title & Song Names!

Last year, CARCASS announced that are reuniting and bringing the Heavy Music world a NEW batch of music. The bands next sonic assault will be called 'Surgical Steel' and it will be the bands first studio album in 17 years. This highly anticipated release will see the light of day later this year via an as-yet-undetermined record label. 

The band’s first studio outing since 1996′s 'Swansong' will be the first to feature NEW drummer Dan Wilding (ABORTED, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED) and also features guest vocals from original sticksman Ken Owen. The CD was produced by Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD, NAPALM DEATH, SLIPKNOT and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE).

The bands guitarist Bill Steer told U.K.’s Terrorizer magazine: “I found myself playing riffs that sounded like CARCASS. This was after the band had finished the whole reunion cycle of shows and festivals. So, officially, I would have been playing with other bands and stuff, but for some reason whenever I picked up a guitar at home I was coming up with riffs that sounded like CARCASS. I got on the phone to Jeff [Walker, bass/vocals] and said, ‘We could have a crack at writing a couple of tunes and seeing if they’re strong enough and take it from there.’ We also agreed if it didn’t sound like carcass or have that kind of vibe to it, we would just drop it. So that was the thing, we got together and started working on some stuff and just immediately got the excitement back very quickly.

“It definitely sounds like CARCASS. I think we just generally by accident captured the flavor of past music that we have done and you can’t help but push it forward. We have really been creative and when you are looking at things like guitar harmonies, it’s way more adventurous on this record. It’s not just parallel harmony like we did in the past, things branch off in different directions.

“A lot of what is happening now is based on rhythms rather than actual riffs. We were discussing this a lot during record sessions about how the riff is almost dying or dead already. People spend a lot of time chugging on the bottom string [but] that’s a rhythm, it’s not a riff. We can’t write a song, never mind an album, without it being choc-full of riffs.”

To this Jeff Walker added: “I’d like to feel like we are giving CARCASS fans what they want again. I’m a realist and I think Bill has realized and Dan know what people like about CARCASS. We’re definitely delivering.”

Here are the songs that the band record:

* The Master Butcher’s Apron
* The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills
* A Congealed Clot Of Blood
* A Wraith In The Apparatus
* 316l Grade Surgical Steel
* Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System
* Captive Bolt Pistol
* Intensive Battery Brooding
* None Compliance To Astm F899-12 Standard
* Mount Of Execution
* 1985/Thrasher’s Abattoir
* Unfit For Human Consumption
* Zochrot
* Livestock Marketplace

Guitarist Michael Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, who have been touring with CARCASS since the band’s reunion was announced in 2007, are no longer involved with the group due to scheduling conflicts with their main band, ARCH ENEMY. “For live, we’ll obviously add another guitarist — we have someone in mind but we are not interested in a ‘name’ player,” Walker told Decibel magazine in December.

Related links:
CARCASS on MySpace

DEATH TO ALL Tour Singer/Guitarist Announced!

The "Death To All Tour" (presented by Perseverance Holdings Ltd.) is returning this year in benefit of Sweet Relief. Once again, the short tour will feature a handful of DEATH All-Starts, as well as various special guests. This tour is to celebrate the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner, as well as to raise awareness of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund — a charity that provides financial assistance to career musicians faced with illness, disability or age-related problems. 

Today, the singer for the DEATH TO ALL TOUR has been reveled. As you probably know, Matt Harvey is on tour with Exhumed, Charles Elliott has a heavy workload at that time, and Steffen Kummerer has commitments keeping him in Europe. This is why Max Phelps was an easy decision - because he is a huge DEATH fan and he is a killer guitar player & vocalist. Nuff said.

Here are the confirmed tour dates, as you can see here there are no plans to have the DEATH tribute event featured at Orion Music + More:

April 13 - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
April 15 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
April 18 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall
April 19 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
April 20 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
April 21 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
April 23 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
April 24 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
April 25 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater Of Living Arts
April 26 - Silver Springs, MD - The Fillmore
April 27 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
April 28 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 29 - Mexico City, MEX - Circo Volador

Tickets are available HERE.

The first leg of the trek will feature the three surviving members of DEATH's "Human" lineup (guitarist Paul Masvidal, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Sean Reinert) performing material from the group's first four albums. A vocalist for the shows has yet to be announced.

Related links:
Death' Official Site 
Death To All Tour on Facebook

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Wave Good Bye To Scott Weiland!

So how relevant is STONE TEMPLE PILOTS in today's music world? Good question ah? After trying to return to the musical spectrum various times, they were never able to pick were they left off. Many point the finger at Scott Weiland's erratic behavior throuhgout the years due to his drug addiction. The band hit rock bottom at their last show in the Fall of 2002 when vocalist Scott Weiland and guitarist Dean De Leo had an altercation. The band would never be the same. STP last reformed in 2008 after a five year hiatus and toured heavily through last year.

They lost a lot of respect from their fans, when the band's claim of putting together a fall tour in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of 'Core' was nothing but a false promise. Then at a show in Abbotsford, British Columbia, STP took the stage nearly two hours after their scheduled time, and cut their set 30 minutes short, angering many fans. The following day, the band released a brief statement announcing that that night's show in Lethbridge, Alberta was cancelled due to Scott Weiland being ordered to go on "48 hours complete vocal rest due to strained vocal cords."

By apparent coincidence, Rolling Stone spoke with Scott Weiland late yesterday (February 26) and he denied all rumors that he had been fired from the band. "STP has not broken up," he said.  "I haven't quit. I haven't been fired." The rumors began a couple of months ago when Slash said in an interview that STP had fired Weiland.

"Slash doesn't know anything about STP," Weiland countered yesterday. "We're talking right now about when we want to tour next."

Well, apparently SLASH was right. The band just posted the following statement:

"Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland - no further information is available at this time."

It's unclear if they plan on carrying on with a new vocalist. Stay tuned for more news.

UPDATE: Scott Weiland responds to this piece of news!

Related links:
Stone Temple Pilots

NINE INCH NAILS Announce Their First Few Comeback Concerts!

In case you missed it, earlier this week Trent Reznor posted this message regarding the future of NINE INCH NAILS:
"Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.
"I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked - which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.
"The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.

"Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon."

- Trent Reznor
Trent has already booked the following gigs:
Fuji Rocks Festival, which takes place from July 26 to 28 in Niigata, Japan, and Rock ‘n’ Heim Festival, which takes place July 16 to 18 in Hockenheim, Germany. We are pretty sure more tour dates will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

Related links:
Trent Reznor on Facebook
Nine Inch Nails' Official Site

SOILWORK's Dirk Verbeuren: 'The Living Infinite', Upcoming Tour, Drumming Techniques & The Music Industry!

As previously announced, 'The Living Infinite', the ninth studio album and first dual-disc release by Swedish melodic Metal maestros SOILWORK, will be unleashed on February 27th in Asia (via license to Marquee Records), in Europe on March 1st, and in North America on March 5th (via Nuclear Blast Records). Peep the album cover and track listing HERE!
Earlier this week, we tapped into Dirk Verbeuren's phone line and questioned him about the bands NEW record. During our chat with SOILWORK's drumming machine, we discussed why the band decided to have the balls to produce a dual disc in a time in which most bands are sticking to releasing "short" format releases since the music industry is an all time low and record sales are compromised as a result. We also chatted with him about his drumming techniques both on and off stage, and what producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, God Forbid) brought to the table. Verbeuren also offered us some insight on the music business and how this recently affected the future of Dave Lombardo in SLAYER! Check the interview out and spread the word!

The tracks “Spectrum Of Eternity” (http://bit.ly/swsoeitun) and “This Momentary Bliss” (http://bit.ly/swtmbitun) are now available for purchase; in two weeks, two more songs will be made available.  Pre-order the album on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/swtlitune

In celebration of their highly anticipated album, SOILWORK will kick off their world tour with a 55-show headlining trek through the U.S. and Canada this March. Support comes from Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, The Browning, and Wretched.

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