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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hank Williams III to Release 4 New Records full of Country, Speed Metal & Doom Rock

Shelton Hank Williams III (A.K.A. Hank3) is known for being a music outlaw who has always blended in Country Music, Hard Rock, and Heavy Metal. Many of you may know him for being the grandson of Country legend Hank Williams and the son of Hank Williams Jr. He was also the bassist of Superjoint Ritual, who also featured Phil Anselmo (Down) on vocals. Today, he is one of the most prolific artists in Neotraditional Country in a Country music market dominated by Pop Country. Hank3 is also an active member of Hardcore Punk Arson Anthem and Punk Metal band Assjack. Here is the Official press release about Hank3's 4 new records:

The unprecedented launch, in a distribution partnership with Megaforce Records (MRI), features a broad range of music that bridges more than one head-thumping genre - a familiar theme that true Hank3 fans have embraced for years. Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown, a double-album set, is a straight-shooting country collection, flavored with Hank3's trademark hellbilly sound, and heavily weighted with Cajun influence (especially on Guttertown) and an ambient, lonesome mood - and a few very special guests.

Two more releases are Attention Deficient Domination and 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin - intensely metal-driven records on which Hank3 plays all instruments. Attention Deficit Domination is a pressure-dropping, doom rock statement that has been anticipated by his hardcore fans for years, and Cattle Callin explores a new mind-bending "Cattle Core" sound, featuring Hank3's speed metal woven in and around actual cattle auctioneering.

All three projects were recorded at The Haunted Ranch, Hank3's home and studio that lies on the outskirts of Nashville - a fitting place since the town has never really known what to do with this grandson of the American icon. He finally parted ways with Curb Records January 1.

"I have musical freedom. I'm able to say 'Here's my record' and I don't have to go through a million different channels just to put out a song," he says. "It's all me now."

Hank3 wrote the lion's share of the songs that appear on the 41-track Ghost to a Ghost. The players are Andy Gibson on steel guitar and banjo, who also aided in its recording, David McElfresh on fiddle and mandolin, Zach Shedd on standup bass, Daniel Mason on banjo, super-picker Johnny Hiland on guitar, Billy Contreras on fiddle, and Rory Hoffman on accordion.

Guest appearances include the mythical Tom Waits on the haunted "Fadin Moon" from Guttertown and on the Ghost to a Ghost title track, Alan King of Hellstomper, Les Claypool of Primus fame and beyond, Dave Sherman, Troy Medlin and Hank3's dog, Trooper.

Cuts such as "Guttertown," "Ridin The Wave," and "The Devil's Movin In" on Ghost to A Ghost, and "Goin to Guttertown," "The Low Line," and "I'll Save My Tears" on Guttertown highlight both the excellent musicianship on the records, and Hank3's unmistakable, confident vocals.

Attention Deficit Domination allows the listener into Hank3's crunching, metal world of the heavy and the slow, complete with his renowned, fundamental percussion. The nine tracks hardly allow you to get up from the floor. With songs such as "I Feel Sacrificed" and the tormented "Livin Beyond Doom," Hank3 works a ground somewhere between devastation and high theatre.

"Both A.D.D. and Cattle Callin are very intense. It's very manic," Hank3 says. "It's hard to follow, even for the guys I play with. I'm playing everything on these two. It's very complex."

There are 23 tracks on Cattle Callin, featuring Hank3's driving, formidable guitar attack, with instrumentation build around the auctioneering and, in some cases, his own higher-register vocal treatment laid over the top. Metal fans will notice some tongue-in-cheek humor with titles such as "Heavy Cattle" and "Angus of Death." Also, fans of bluegrass will love the banjo-driven "Cattle Callin Lonesome Blues," featuring Mason.

"I was raised around it [cattle auctioneering] and it's pretty amazing how fast these guys are," Hank3 says. "Hip-hop has looped auctioneers. Bluegrass has messed around with it a little bit. This has never been done in the heavy metal world."

The September release of all three projects represents a new birth for Hank3, and he's happy to have the chance.

"Megaforce Records has helped me with my vision to do something that's never been done before," he says. "They're handling my distribution, and I wanted to flood the market and do everything different. I wanted to come out of the gate strong.

"I'm opening up the mind a little bit and bringing some different styles together."

Tour dates:
- July 8 at Exit/In in Nashville, TN
- July 15 at Exit/In in Nashville, TN

Related links:
Hank3's Official Site

Rob Zombie's Bassist Piggy D's Skull Face Mask Stolen!

On June 23, 2011, someone stole Rob Zombie's bassist Matt Montgomery (A.K.A. Piggy D) skull face mask right from the stage during the bands performance at the Azkena Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. If you know the whereabouts of the mask, please get in touch with Piggy D. (Click here) and return it to him. Not only is it Piggy D.'s trademark but it is also a vital part of the bands stage show.

"Dear prick who stole my skull mask from the stage in Spain, I hope you get the black plague, and all your teeth fall out of your head. GFYS (go fuck yourself)." - Piggy D.

Piggy D.'s new solo single "God Save the Queen Bee" was released last month via iTunes. The song was produced by Montgomery and David Spreng (Valient Thorr, Damone), who also produced Piggy D.'s debut album titled "The Evacuation Plan," which was released in 2007.

Related links:
If you know the whereabouts of the mask, please get in touch with Piggy D.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Devin Townsend Project reveal NEW Album track listing and announce tour

Canadian genius Devin Townsend is one of the most charismatic and talented musicians in Rock N Roll! Not only is he one of the pioneers of "Progressive Metal", but the music he has created has influenced an entire generation of artists and fans alike. His stage show is always on point, regardless of where or who he is performing for. Apart from his music writing abilities, Devin is a well known producer and his production style has been compared to Frank Zappa and Phil Spector.

Today, the Devin Townsend Project kick off their North American tour in Los Angeles at the House of Blues and the best part is that they will be presenting to the masses their brand new albums “Deconstruction” and “Ghost” via InsideOut Music. Both records were written, engineered, and produced by Devin himself. With these releases the band has completed their remarkable 4-album series. "Deconstruction" features the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Needless to say, these two albums are some of most highly anticipated works of the year and the Devin Townsend Project are now excited to unveil the track listing for each offering below.


1. Praise the Lowered (featuring Paul Kuhr of Novembers Doom)
2. Stand (featuring Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth)
3. Juular (featuring Ihsahn, ex-Emperor)
4. Planet of the Apes (featuring Tommy Rogers of Between the Buried and Me)
5. Sumeria (featuring Joe Duplantier of Gojira and Paul Masvidal of Cynic)
6. The Mighty Masturbator (featuring Greg Puciato of Dillinger Escape Plan)
7. Pandemic (featuring Floor Jansen of After Forever)
8. Deconstruction (featuring Oderus Urungus of Gwar and Fredrik Thordenal of Meshuggah)
9. Poltergeist


1. Fly
2. Heart Baby
3. Feather
4. Kawaii
5. Ghost
6. Blackberry
7. Monsoon
8. Dark Matters
9. Texada
10. Seams
11. Infinite Ocean
12. As You Were

The Devin Townsend Project is set to hit the road in support of the new records as well. His first outing will be a North American tour alongside Children of Bodom, Obscura, and Septicflesh this June, which is surely going to be one of the hottest tickets of the summer.

- June 24: House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA
- June 25: Slim's in San Francisco, CA
- June 26: Roseland in Portland, OR
- June 27: Showbox at the Market in Seattle, WA
- June 28: Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC
- June 30: MacEwan Ballroom in Calgary, AB
- July 2: Edmonton Events Center in Edmonton, AB
- July 3: Odeon in Saskatoon, SK
- July 4: Garrick Center in Winnipeg, MB
- July 5: Station Four in St. Paul, MN
- July 6: House of Blues in Chicago, IL
- July 7: Phoenix Hill Tavern in Louisville, KY (HEADLINING)
- July 8: Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
- July 9: Beacham Theater in Orlando, FL
- July 10: Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- July 12: Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA
- July 13: The Norva in Norfolk, VA
- July 14: Jaxx in Springfield, VA
- July 15: Jaxx in Springfield, VA
- July 16: Best Buy Theatre in New York, NY
- July 17: Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, PA
- July 18: Montage Music Hall in Rochester, NY (HEADLINING)
- July 19: Palladium in Worcester, MA

Related links:
Devin Townsend
Century Media

NEW Anthrax Song Available for Download!

After eight years of forced silence, Anthrax is finally ready to unleash some furious music to their global fan-base. The guys in Anthrax know that the stakes are high and that their new album "Worship Music" (drops on September 13: the day before the band plays The Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium) is the most anticipated record of 2011. "Worship Music" also marks the return of Joey Belladonna on vocals, who is singing with Anhrax for the first time since 1990's "Persistence of Time".

In token of their appreciation the band members - Charlie Benante/drums, Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano/guitars, Frank Bello/bass, and vocalist Belladonna - decided to give all their fans a free download of one of the cuts from the record! Click here to Download "Fight'em 'til You Can't."

Related links:
Click here to Download "Fight'em 'til You Can't."
Anthrax Official Site
Anthrax on MySpace
Anthrax on Twitter

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Corey Taylor's "Seven Deadly Sins"

The very outspoken Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Stone Sour decided that instead of writing an autobiography like everyone else does, he would write something very different. This is what he had to say about this:

“I’ve been threatening to write a book for a long time, but since every Tom, Dick and Harry writes an autobiography, I didn’t want to just do that. My approach to writing is the same as my approach to music: I don’t want to do what everybody else is doing.”

Our good friend Jim Florentine from VH1 Classic's That Metal Show, conducted an in depth interview with Taylor about his upcoming book "Seven Deadly Sins", his life and of course, his music." The three part interview premieres on Corey Taylor's official site on July 5th.

According to Roadrunner Records: much like the book itself, it’s a riveting and personal discussion, and we’re airing it in three parts so fans don’t miss a word of it. The three parts of the interview will premiere on three Tuesdays in July (July 5, 12, and 19) on Corey Taylor's official site, each at 5pm eastern time.

“Seven Deadly Sins” is Taylor’s candid, outrageous manifesto reflecting on the subject and nature of sin. The book will be released July 12 in the U.S and July 14 in the U.K.

See a short clip of the interview here:

Related links:
Corey Taylor's official site
Stone Sour

UNEARTH turns Darkness Into Light

Ever since the mighty Unearth surfaced in the Heavy Music scene in 1998, they have kept delivering their global audience passionate music full of crushing riffs, and with highly energetic elements of chaos. With their fifth studio album titled "Darkness In the Light" (to be released July 5th in North America via Metal Blade Records), Unearth has proven once again that they sonically have what it takes to keep flying the Heavy Music flag up high with pride and plenty of adrenaline.

Produced by Adam Dutkiewicz from Killswitch Engage and Times of Grace, who has produced their previous three records, and co-produced by guitarist Ken Susi. "Darkness In the Light" possesses Unearth's signature sound and at first glimpse what stands out the most are the vocals that Trevor Phipps laid down on tape. He sounds better than ever. This is what he had to say about the production of the record:

"We started writing last summer between tours. Buz and Ken write the riffs, then they bring them to practice and all approve or disapprove. We started writing the record with Derek Kerswill, we figured that it wasn't working out since he was looking for something more Rock N Roll friendly, and this band is looking to go even heavier than the last album. More extreme!"

Unearth is considered one of the pioneers of Nu-Metal along with Shadow's Fall and Killswitch Engage, and the three of them together helped to establish the Massachusetts Heavy Music scene! Today they are ready to unleash their beastly new album, and to hit the road. Unearth will be part of these years Rockstar Mayhem Festival, and then they will be heading to Europe. Since Unearth's former drummer Derek Kerswill left the band before the recording of the new album, the band will be joined by drummer Justin Foley from Killswitch Engage, who also recorded the drums on "Darkness In the Light". Here is what Foley had to say about this:

“I’m really looking forward to playing with some old friends, and spending a summer full of beers and breakdowns!"

We had a chance to interview Unearth's vocalist Trevor Phipps about the present and the future of Unearth. Here is what went down:

Tour Dates:

07/05/2011 Jakes - Lubbock, TX w/ Turbid North
07/06/2011 Club 101 - El Paso, TX w/ Turbid North
07/08/2011 Hard Rock Café - Las Vegas, NV w/ Turbid North

UNEARTH on 2011's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival w/ Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, In Flames, Trivium, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Straight Line Stitch, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Red Fang:
07/09/2011 San Manuel Amphitheatre - San Bernardino, CA
07/10/2011 Shoreline Amphitheatre - San Francisco, CA
07/11/2011 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Parish
07/12/2011 White River Amphitheater - Seattle, WA
07/13/2011 Idaho Center Amphitheatre - Boise, ID
07/15/2011 Cricket Wireless Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
07/16/2011 Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM
07/17/2011 Comfort Dental Amphitheatre - Denver, CO
07/18/2011 Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Parish , Red Fang
07/19/2011 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - St. Louis, MO
07/20/2011 Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
07/22/2011 Comcast Center - Boston, MA
07/23/2011 Parc Jean Drapeau - Montreal, QC
07/24/2011 The Comcast Theatre - Hartford, CT
07/25/2011 Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY *Off Date w/ All Shall Parish
07/26/2011 Club Texas - Auburn, ME *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Parish
07/27/2011 P.N.C. Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
07/29/2011 First Niagara Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA
07/30/2011 Jiffy Lube Live - Washington, DC
07/31/2011 Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
08/02/2011 Verizon Wireless V. Beach Amphitheater - Virginia Beach, VA
08/03/2011 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC
08/04/2011 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Parish
08/05/2011 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL
08/06/2011 DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
08/07/2011 Verizon Wireless Music Center - Indianapolis, IN
08/09/2011 Zoo Amphitheatre - Oklahoma City, OK
08/10/2011 Superpages.com Center - Dallas, TX
08/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre - Memphis, TN *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Parish , Red Fang
08/12/2011 Lakewood Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA
08/13/2011 1-800-Ask-Gary-Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL
08/14/2011 Cruzan Amphitheater - West Palm Beach, FL

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

Worldwide Release Dates:
Darkness In The Light will be released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Norway July 1, the rest of Europe on July 4, North America, Spain and Italy on July 5, Finland and Hungary on July 6, Australia July 8 and Japan on July 27.

Special thanks to Trevor Phipps and Unearth, Earsplit Compound, and Metal Blade Records!

Related links:
Unearth's Landing Page for Darkness In the Light
Unearth on Facebook
Unearth on Twitter
Unearth on MySpace
Metal Blade Records

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Machine Head Announce Album Title, Release Date and European Tour

As we all know, Machine Head is currently working on their seventh studio album and are preparing to embark on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival! After releasing the first cut from their album, "Locust", the Machine Head camp seem to be steering their new album to the right direction both sonically and lyrically. Their new album is set to be released on September 26/27, 2011 via Roadrunner Records and its titled "Unto the Locust". Here is the Official press release:

Off on the distant horizon what appears to be a massive cloud can be seen blackening the sky. As it gets closer it becomes obvious that the "cloud" is no cloud at all, but a massive swarm preparing to descend on the shores of Europe and the U.K.. "The Eighth Plague" tour will make land on November 2nd and rip a swath across the landscape with a magnitude heretofore unseen.

MACHINE HEAD, in support of their newest crushing release "Unto The Locust" (out September 26/27, 2011) will collide with the land and lay waste to every city in their path. Accompanied by very special guests Bring Me The Horizon as well as DevilDriver and Darkest Hour, "The Eighth Plague" tour promises to be the most exciting, hard-hitting tour in recent memory.

"This will no doubt be the heaviest show you're going to see this year" states Machine Head frontman and guitarist Robb Flynn. "A lot of the greatest shows of our last touring cycle were in Europe and the U.K., so the prospect of this lineup combined with these crowds has us extremely stoked to get out there and tear it up! New material, great venues, killer fans... we absolutely cannot wait!"

Adds Bring Me The Horizon vocalist Oliver Sykes, "We're proper excited for these dates with Machine Head! We were listening to them before we even started BMTH, so to be going on tour with them is blowin' our minds! These will be our last U.K./Euro dates before we take a break to record our next album as well, so it's gonna be mental! We honestly can't wait."

Says DevilDriver vocalist Dez Fafara, "We always love touring in packages that offer a diversity of styles of metal. This is yet another one of those packages. I would like to personally thank Robb Flynn for inviting us to the party. See you in the fucking pit."

"We are so excited to announce our upcoming winter European tour with Machine Head, Bring Me the Horizon, and Devildriver" exclaims Darkest Hour vocalist John Henry. "European audiences are true purists when it comes to their love for metal music and great metal concerts, so there's no better place in a world for this tour to go down. It will take us to cities we haven't been to in a decade, as well as a few new ones. Meeting new friends and exploring other cultures has always been something we enjoy as a band, and getting to explore some of these places with this great bill for the first time is both a great privilege and an honor. If you can make it out to one of these shows please do, you won't be let down."

After over a year hiatus from touring, busy writing, recording and crafting their newest masterpiece, Machine Head cannot wait to be back in Europe and the U.K. on stage before some of the most diehard fans metal has to offer. A relationship forged with years of relentless touring is about to be reignited. Tickets go on sale June 24th. Give yourself Unto The Locust or be left to wander aimlessly in the aftermath.

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

Related links:
Machine Head
Purchase Locust on Amazon
Purchase Locust on Itunes

The Resurrection Sorrow To Release New EP Digitally

We have had the pleasure of working with The Resurrection Sorrow various times within the last year, and they have always delivered great music for everyone to enjoy. The band is lead by Alex Dementia, who wears the Rock N Roll flag with pride and respect! Today they announced that they will release a digital version of their new EP dubbed "The Scorpion Savior Sessions". Here is the Official press release:

The band recorded and the tracks for the new EP over this past Winter. Once again they enlisted hometown NYC engineer Joe Hogan (Nebula, The Atomic Bitchwax), who recorded TRS' 2009 debut album, Hour Of The Wolf, and had the tracks mastered by Fred Kevorkian (Iggy Pop, Willie Nelson). The soulful and explosive tracks on the EP show THE RESURRECTION SORROW progressing in both more dynamic and aggressive directions on their latest material, while solidly showcasing the soulful, doom-influenced metallic crunch the band are popular with their fans for delivering. The release also once again bears cover art by Seldon Hunt (Nachtmystium, Neurosis, Sunn O))), Isis, etc.), who was also responsible for the art on Hour Of The Wolf.

The Scorpion Savior Sessions Track List:
1. Pale Kiss (Endless Storm)
2. Scorpion Savior
3. Burning Halo

TRS on this recording was:
Alex Dementia - Vox | Alex Coelho - Bass | Louie Gasparro - Drums | Jeff Jardine - Guitar

The Scorpion Savior Sessions is a tide-me-over release for fans, while the band solidify info on their upcoming full-length follow-up featuring all-new material, being scheduled for release later in 2011. More info will follow in the coming weeks.

Related links:
The Resurrection Sorrow
The Resurrection Sorrow on Facebook
The Resurrection Sorrow on MySpace

S.O.S. Releases NEW EP "I Owe You Nothing"

What do you get when you put together vocalist Scott Vogel from Terror in the same room with bassist Chris Beattie from Hatebreed, and then add guitarist Matt Henderson, formerly from Agnostic Front and Madball? S.O.S.! Their NEW EP titled "I Owe You Nothing" is out today via Good Fight Music, and its a hard hitting vulgar display of Real American Hardcore! In times when Hardcore music is in the rise, its vital to support a new band full of fire, so make sure you buy the EP because you will not be disappointed. Here is the Official Press Release:

I Owe You Nothing, the new EP by hardcore band S.O.S., is available now at a music distributor near you. The EP dropped today with GOOD FIGHT MUSIC. MetalSucks.net is taking part in today’s release by premiering a brand new track cut from the EP, entitled ‘Never a Brother’.

“‘Never a Brother’. This is the song that got Matt skanking in the studio,” states vocalist Scott Vogel. “This song has a serious hook. Check it out and enjoy.”

You can purchase the EP now at several digital music outlets, such as iTunes. Keep an eye out for the exclusive vinyl coming out through Reaper Records soon. The band recorded the I Owe You Nothing EP this past winter in New York City. At the helm of production was Dean Baltulonis, a producer and engineer who has been involved with some of the genre’s most iconic recordings (Agnostic Front, Madball).

S.O.S. is:
- Scott Vogel - Vocals (Terror)
- Matt Henderson - Guitar (formerly of Agnostic Front and Madball)
- Sam Trapkin - Guitar (Trapped Under Ice)
- Chris Beattie - Bass (Hatebreed)
- Nick Jett - Drums (Terror)

Related links:
SOS on Facebook
SOS on Youtube

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Metal, Arise! Tour featuring Allegaeon, The Devastated, and The Browning

The House of Blues, Decibel Magazine, Metal Blade Records, IndieMerch and Red/'stache Media, have decided to join forces in order to bring you the Metal, Arise! Tour! The tour will feature live performances by Allegaeon, The Devastated, and The Browning. The metallic festivities will kickoff in the Cambridge Room at the House Of Blues in Dallas, Texas, and will conclude in the Delta Room at the House of Blues in San Diego, California. Here is the Official Press Release:

The first ever Metal, Arise! Tour for developing metal artists, it was announced by Kelly Kapp, vice president, House of Blues Entertainment. The debut tour will feature Metal Blade Recording Artists Allegaeon, Earache Recording Artists The Browning and Century Media Recording Artists The Devastated.

"We are really proud and excited to team up with Decibel, Metal Blade, IndieMerch & RED," Kapp said. "This is a tour that will pair developing metal bands and great local artists. We feel we can create a circuit that benefits metal artists throughout the country. We hope to grow Metal, Arise! into a quarterly tour so we can continue to cultivate great heavy metal talent."

Kelli Malella, vice president, publicity & advertising, Metal Blade Records, said, "When Kelly first brought up the idea of a tour to help develop new metal bands in the states, I immediately wanted to be involved. And not just for the sake of my own bands trying to launch their careers, but for all the bands out there just trying to get a break and land a U.S. tour. The Metal, Arise! Tour has been created by people who truly love our scene and want to give new bands the chance to tour the U.S. and prove themselves to metalheads across the states. The Metal, Arise! Tour also gives local bands the chance to showcase their talents while giving them a shot at getting noticed by labels who are constantly keeping an ear to the ground for up-and-coming local acts to sign. We're keeping ticket costs as low as possible in hopes that you, the fans, will give these bands a chance and check them out."

Here's what the bands have to say about their involvement on the inaugural Metal, Arise! Tour:

"We're all really excited for the announcement of the Metal, Arise! Tour. The majority of the dates are in cities we haven't yet had the pleasure of playing. With all the venues being as reputable as they are and it being a tour with companies such as Live Nation, IndieMerchCo and the labels backing it, there couldn't be a better tour for us to be a part of at the moment." Allegaeon

"I think a lot of kids are going to be excited about seeing us and the other bands on the tour. We're three new bands who all bring something to the table that's going to make for a killer show. It's going to be the sort of tour where kids can discover new bands and proudly say: 'I saw them back then!'" The Devastated

"It's a pleasure and an honor for The Browning to be featured on The Metal, Arise! Tour! What a great opportunity for us to be performing alongside such amazing talent and working with some awesome companies in the industry. We can't wait to get out there and show the metal community what we're made of, meet some new people, and broaden our fan base. We're coming for you!" The Browning

The Metal, Arise! Tour Dates:
- Tuesday: 8/09 Dallas, TX Cambridge Room @ House of Blues
- Wednesday: 8/10 Houston, TX Bronze Peacock @ House of Blues
- Thursday: 8/11 New Orleans, LA The Parish @ House of Blues
- Friday: 8/12 Jacksonville, FL Unit Six
- Saturday: 8/13 West Palm Beach, FL Propaganda
- Tuesday: 8/16 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
- Wednesday: 8/17 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
- Thursday: 8/18 Cleveland, OH Cambridge Room @ House of Blues
- Friday: 8/19 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's Front Room
- Saturday: 8/20 Detroit, MI Shelter
- Sunday: 8/21 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
- Tuesday: 8/23 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
- Thursday: 8/25 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues
- Friday: 8/26 San Diego, CA Delta Room @ House of Blues

Related links:
The Devastated
The Browning
Metal Blade Records
Decibel Magazine
Indie Merch Store
RED/'stache Media

The Black Dahilia Murder Celebrate the Release of "Ritual" with a FREE Download

The Black Dahilia Murder are ready to crush all your senses with their brand new studio album titled "Ritual", which is out today! Their fifth studio album will most likely top all their previous releases, because the band is sounding heavier and tighter than ever ever before. The album was once again produced by Mark Lewis (Trivium, Bury Your Dead, Deicide), who also worked on 2009's "Deflorate".

"Ritual" track listing:

01. A Shrine To Madness
02. Moonlight Equilibrium
03. On Stirring Seas Of Salted Blood
04. Conspiring With The Damned
05. The Window
06. Carbonized In Cruciform
07. Den Of The Picquerist
08. Malenchanments Of The Necrosphere
09. The Grave Robber's Work
10. The Raven
11. Great Burning Nullifier
12. Blood In The Ink

Album cover:

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Jeremy Wagner's Armageddon Chord

Jeremy Wagner has been dubbed as the creator of a new genre of fiction: "Heavy Metal Thriller"! With the release of his brand new novel titled "The Armageddon Chord" (August 22, 2011 via kNight Romance Publishing), Jeremy is reinventing himself once again and he is ready for a new challenge. The inspiration behind "The Armageddon Chord" came from his two passions: playing guitar and writing novels. So what is the Armageddon Chord?

"The Armageddon Chord in my novel, is the final chord that is played from this ancient evil song that was written in hieroglyphics. It was transcribed thousands of years later by this guitar player who is duped into making this song a reality." - Jeremy Wagner

Wagner has had quiet a journey through his career that has kept him happy and very busy. Not only has he written more than 70 published songs, recorded more albums, and has had two MTV videos, but he has also toured 16 countries with his bands Broken Hope and Lupara. And has been published in RIP Magazine, Terrorizer, Metal Edge, Microhorror and also on short fiction published works through Perseus Books, St. Martin’s Press, and Ravenous Romance Publishers.

Here are some of Wagner's other works:
- Romance Ain’t Dead, short story that appears as the first story in the zombie-romance anthology: Hungry For Your Love (St. Martin’s Press).
- The Creatures From Craigslist in the anthology, Fangbangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love (Ravenous Romance Publishing).

He has already written two brand new novels, which are being revised as we speak! We had the priviledge of interviewing Jeremy about his upcoming novel "The Armageddon Chord" (August 22, 2011 via kNight Romance Publishing), as well as his musical career. Here is what went down:

OFFICIAL trailer:

Related links:
Jeremy Wagner's Official Site
The Armageddon Chord
Order The Armageddon Chord

Sindependence Metal Bash Promo!

What? The Sindependence Metal Bash

When? On Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 7 PM

Where? Fontana's Bar, 105 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

Who? Lies Beneath, Alekhine's Gun, No Remission, Ashes of Your Enemy and Eyes Like Cyanide.

Special guest: Cassandra Soto

Hosts: Horns Up Rocks founder Jo Schüftan and Tim Martinez (DJ Tim No 37) of No Mercy Metal.

DJ: Alissa Shimansky of Brutal Bitches Productions.

Presented by: Horns Up Rocks and Brutal Bitches Productions.

Cost: $10 ($12 at the door)

Age restriction: 21+ with ID!


Related links:
Official Facebook Invite
Brutal Bitches Productions
Lies Beneath
Alekhine's Gun
No Remission
Ashes of Your Enemy
Eyes Like Cyanide
Cassandra Soto

Monday, June 20, 2011

Chimaira's NEW Album Details

Heavy Metal badasses Chimaira have a new album coming out on August 16, 2011, via eOne Music and it is called "The Age Of Hell". "Words can't express what it took to create this album. We hope you love it as much as we do. Turn it up loud, this is Chimaira at it's finest." says frontman Mark Hunter.

Track listing:
1. The Age Of Hell
2. Clockwork
3. Losing My Mind
4. Time Is Running Out
5. Year Of The Snake
6. Beyond The Grave
7. Born In Blood
8. Stoma
9. Powerless
10. Trigger Finger
11. Scapegoat
12. Samsara

Here are some new Chimaira songs:

- "Trigger Finger" exclusively at Revolvermag.com!

- "Born in Blood" (Feat. Phil Bozeman) exclusively at Metalsucks.net!

Chimaira is:
- Mark Hunter - Vocals
- Rob Arnold - Lead Guitar
- Matt DeVries - Guitar
- Emil Werstler - Bass
- Sean Z - Keys
- Austin D'Amond – Drums

The record will be released with a DVD containing an intimate in depth interview with the band as well. "The Age Of Hell" will be the band's newest release since "The Infection" which was released in 2009.

Related links:
Chimaira's Official Site
Chimaira on Facebook
Chimaira on Twitter

The New York City Heavy Music Coallition

On Saturday, June 18, 2011, history was written at Webster Hall (The Ritz) at the No Remission "Through Blackened Skies" record release show. When we arrived at the venue at 4 o'clock to conduct interviews for an upcoming DVD that showcases the state of the New York City Heavy Music scene, the sun was shining and everyone was really pumped about this very special night for the entire community. After chatting with some of the bands and with some key figures from the scene, it was time for Left In Ruins to do what they do best: deliver a crushing display of brutal Metal filled of very technical guitar parts and positive energy!

After grabbing a few beers and greeting the crowd, the surprise of the night took center stage. Arcane Malevolence performed a highly energetic set and got the pit initiated for the storm that was about to unravel at Webster Hall. After a few minutes of peace inside the pit, Alekhine's Gun melted everyone's faces with their furious flavor of Heavy Metal! Goddamn, these guys are getting good and sounding tighter and tighter. The sense of unity that this band possesses is a message that is transmitted to the pit army that stands strong whenever they step on a stage.

Closing this historical night was No Remission who presented New York City with their brand new album titled "Through Blackened Skies" (Click to read our album review), we had personally seen this band live and they impressed the hell out of our ears. The band not only possesses great stage presence and highly technical songs, but they play each song with balls and make the pit army lose their minds!

At the end of the night the dance floor had a lot of blood, sweat and tears, and a lot of happy people! What is going in New York City right now with Heavy Music is blood rushing and extremely exciting. We can't wait to see the DVD which will include every bands performance and plenty of interviews! Stay tuned horns up throwers!

Related links:
No Remission
Alekhine's Gun
Left In Ruins
Arcane Malevolence

Jackass Star Ryan Dunn dead at 34

According to MTV news, Ryan Dunn from MTV's "Jackass", was involved in a fatal car crash that took his life on Sunday night (June 19) in Pennsylvania. According to various sources, Dunn had been drinking right before the accident and what started as a fun night ended up turning into a tragedy for all of his family, friends, and fans. Rest In Peace Ryan!

Here is the OFFICIAL press release:

"According to TMZ, the accident occurred at 3 a.m. on Route 322 and New Street in West Goshen Township. While it's unknown who was driving at the time, an unidentified passenger also died in the crash. April Margera, the mother of Dunn's "Jackass" co-star Bam, broke the news to WMMR 93.3's "Preston and Steve" radio show.

In the last photo Dunn posted to Twitter, he and two friends are seen drinking what may be alcoholic beverages. TMZ also reported that the car caught fire in the crash. A tow truck was later sent to the scene to remove the car. A photo obtained by an NBC affiliate in Pennsylvania, showed the wrecked car on the side of the road. As of press time, no further information was known about the accident.

Dunn kicked off his career doing crazy stunts and skateboard tricks in a series of online videos, which eventually led to his part in MTV's "Jackass" in 2000. The daredevil was a key member of the crew, appearing in "Jackass" spin-offs like "Viva La Bam" and "Bam's Unholy Union," as Bam's sidekick and often acting as the voice of reason within the zany crew. Dunn's new show "Proving Ground," in which he and co-host Jessica Choban test out action sequences from TV, games and movies, premiered on G4 last Tuesday.

When MTV News sat down with the "Jackass" crew last year, they named Dunn's first stunt for the show as one of their favorites in 10 years of the TV show and movies. "I loved when [Bam Margera] made Ryan jump into the poo factory, the 'Poo Dive' I think we called it," creator Jeff Tremaine said. " 'Cause that was horrible, but the best part was ... revealing his tattoos that we didn't know about. That was the first time we ever met Ryan."

He appeared in all three "Jackass" flicks and even took a stab at Hollywood, with a role in non-"Jackass" projects like the Jessica Simpson flick "Blonde Ambition" and on the NBC procedural staple "Law & Oder: SVU."

This is what those who were close to Ryan Dunn had to say about this sad news:

"Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie. RIP Ryan , I love you buddy." - Johnny Knoxville

"I feel like I lost a brother, Ryan Dunn was family and we are all deeply devastated." - Jeff Tremaine (Jackass Director)

"I have not been able to talk with Bam as he is in Arizona, but I cannot believe that his friend is dead. Ryan was a wonderful person he really was the sweetest and nicest guy - he was like my extra son, everybody loved him. He had a long-term girlfriend and she will be absolutely devastated - she has turned off her phone just now… I'm too upset to say anything else just now." - April Margera (Ban Margera's mother)

"I just lost my best friend, I have been crying hysterical for a full day. Millions of people are crying right now!" - Bam Margera

See also

"I'm very Sad and Shocked to hear about Ryan Dunn. My thoughts&Prayers are with his Family." - Benji Madden tweeted (Good Charlotte guitarist)

"Just heard the news that my friend and die-hard Life Of Agony fan, Ryan Dunn of Jackass died this morning. The world is a less funny place right now. This completely sucks." - Alan Robert (Life Of Agony)

Please, whenever you drink leave the car at home or give the keys to somebody else!

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