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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Slipknot to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of 'IOWA' with Reissue of the Album!

It has been 10 years since Slipknot released their critically acclaimed sophomore album entitled "IOWA". Released in August 28, 2001, "IOWA" has sold over two million copies in the United States alone. In order to celebrate this special anniversary, the band has announced that on November 1, 2011, they will be releasing a reissue of "IOWA" via Roadrunner Records.

The reissue features a 2CD/1DVD set, which includes:

- The original album.
- Previously unreleased live audio from the band's 2002 DVD "Disasterpieces".
- "Goat", an-hour long film capturing the insanity that was "IOWA".

A teaser trailer for the "Iowa" reissue can be found at Iowa.Slipknot1.com (click on the goat's stomach in order to view the clip).

"IOWA" track-listing:

1. "(515)"
2. "People = Shit"
3. "Disasterpiece"
4. "My Plague"
5. "Everything Ends"
6. "The Heretic Anthem"
7. "Gently"
8. "Left Behind"
9. "The Shape"
10. "I Am Hated"
11. "Skin Ticket"
12. "New Abortion"
13. "Metabolic"
14. "Iowa"

Related links:
Iowa.Slipknot1.com (click on the goat's stomach in order to view the clip)

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Project Independent Showcase in New York City to Feature a Series of Events Catered to Music Fans!

The Project Independent Showcase is a worldwide event that is truly making a difference. What sets this showcase apart is that its gathering artists and fans alike from all over the world in one of a kind events. Additionally, they are currently producing a documentary called "Living Loud: The American Metal Underground Exposed".

About Project Independent:

Each year, we coordinate with promoters throughout the world to find the best, independent Metal artists in the area. We then invite these artists to participate in our exclusive artist showcases, where they perform in front of their peers, and in the presence of Project Independent A&R. The best, most professional artist's are then selected to participate in an online voting process where music fans from around the world decide who will be the next Project Independent Featured Artist.

The Project Independent Showcase is coming to New York City for two memorable nights! Headlined by last years showcase winner Aghori from California (Project Independent Featured Artist), and hosted by Heavy Metal icon Metal Sanaz, the Project Independent Showcase New York City takeover is an invitation for all the Heavy Music fans within the tri-state area to come out and be part of history by representing the scene.

The first event will take place on Tuesday, October 4th, at Public Assembly (main room) in Brooklyn. This event will be headlined by Aghori, who will be joined on stage by Lies Beneath, Olom, Scars Of Envy, Ashes Of Your Enemy, and Nostrom! Additionally, the event will be DJed by Jo Schüftan from Horns Up Rocks.

Then on Wednesday, October 5th, their will be a VIP event at The Trash Bar in Brooklyn. The event will be once again headline by Aghori, who will be joined by two surprise unannounced bands! So how do you get into this event? Your ticket for the event at Public Assembly gives you access to the VIP event at The Trash Bar!

The Project Independent Showcase is sponsored by: Peavey, Schechter, Sonor, Paiste, GHS Strings, Rocktron, Regal Tip, RockyMountainHardcore.com & Full Metal Distro!

Related links:
Project Independent Showcase

No Mercy Metal Showcase Presents: Tim No 37 Celebration at Club Europa!

Tomorrow night, Club Europa will end up needing a new rooftop, a new sounds system, and a new dance floor! Not only is the No Mercy Metal Showcase taking place, but the event marks the celebration of New York Heavy Music badass Tim Martinez's (A.K.A. Tim No 37) 10 years of hard work and dedication to the scene, as well as his 32nd birthday. Additionally, it will be the birthday celebration for Alekhine's Gun front-woman Jessica Pimentel.

The brutal lineup is composed by Forever In Terror (New York City return), Alekhine's Gun, Fall Of The Albatross, Brick By Brick, Desolate, Lies Beneath, and No Remission. The event will be hosted by Jose Mangin from Sirius XM "Liquid Metal" and MTV2.com "Headbangers Ball", and Mistress Juliya from Fuse TV. Additionally, Jo Schüftan from Horns Up Rocks will be blasting some Heavy Music in between sets. Here are all the details.

- Date/Time: Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 3:30 PM.
- Location: Club Europa, 98 Meserole Ave. in Brooklyn, New York 11222
- Price: $12.00 (tickets available at the show or at the link below)
- Age: 16+
- Sponsored By: HornsUpRocks.com, ReverbNation, MusicSubmit, 2Legit Bookings, 89.5WSOU,Funkadelic, SkullsNBones.com, MetalInjection.com, and Krank Amps.

What's No Mercy Metal? Check out their NEW promo video to find out!

Related links:
Click here to purchase tickets
No Mercy Metal

Mastodon - Video Premiere for 'Curl Of The Burl'

This Tuesday, September 27, Atlanta's Art Rock masters Mastodon will be releasing their fifth studio album titled "The Hunter" via Reprise/Warner Bros. In anticipation of their new album, the band premiered a video for their song 'Curl Of The Burl' earlier this week. If you haven't seen it, get your eyes ready and crank it up to 11!

Track listing:

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

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

Opeth - Video Premiere for 'The Devil's Orchard'

Swedish progressive Death Metal band Opeth just kicked off a massive North American tour with fellow Swedish countrymen Katatonia. After performing at the legendary Webster Hall (Formerly The Ritz) in New York City for two nights in a row, the band has unleashed a video for their first single 'The Devil's Orchard', taken from their 10th studio album titled "Heritage", which was released on September 20 (via Roadrunner Records).

Directed by the award-winning New York City-based photographer Phil Mucci, who had previously directed KORN's video for 'Oildale', the video will definitely captivate the eyesight of the legions of Opeth fans all over the world.

Opeth - "The Devil's Orchard" from Phil Mucci on Vimeo.

Facts about Opeth:

- The album was produced by Opeth vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt, who also mixed the album alongside Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree).

- It was recorded at Atlantis studios (formerly Metronome studios) in Stockholm, Sweden.

- The album's artwork was designed by Travis Smith, with the guidance of Åkerfeldt (see below).

- The album was made available as a standard version, special edition loaded with extras, a box set exclusive to the Roadrunner and the band's own official Omerch webstore, and as a double LP.

Opeth North American Tour with Katatonia:

- 9/23/2011: The Trocadero (Philadelphia, PA)
- 9/26/2011: Newport Music Hall (Columbus, OH)
- 9/27/2011: Expo Five (Louisville, KY)
- 9/28/2011: Cannery Ballroom (Nashville, TN)
- 9/29/2011: Amos' Southend (Charlotte, NC)
- 9/30/2011: Center Stage (Atlanta, GA)
- 10/1/2011: House of Blues (Lake Buena Vista, FL)
- 10/3/2011: Warehouse Live (Houston, TX)
- 10/4/2011: Stubb's Waller Creek (Austin, TX)
- 10/5/2011: Granada Theatre (Dallas, TX)
- 10/6/2011: The Beaumont (Kansas City, MO)
- 10/7/2011: First Avenue (Loop Station, MN)
- 10/8/2011: Burton Cummings Theatre (Winnipeg, MAN)
- 10/10/2011: Edmonton Events Centre (Edmonton, ALB)
- 10/11/2011: MacEwan Hall (Calgary, ALB)
- 10/13/2011: Commodore Ballroom (Vancouver, BC)
- 10/14/2011: Knitting Factory (Spokane, WA)
- 10/15/2011: Showbox SoDo (Seattle, WA)
- 10/16/2011: Roseland Theater (Portland, OR)
- 10/18/2011: The Warfield (San Francisco, CA)
- 10/18/2011: The Mayan Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
- 10/20/2011: House Of Blues (San Diego, CA)
- 10/21/2011: The Fox Theater (Pomona, CA)
- 10/22/2011: Marquee Theatre (Tempe, AZ)
- 10/24/2011: The Complex (Salt Lake City, UT)
- 10/25/2011: Ogden Theatre (Denver, CO)
- 10/27/2011: The Rave (Milwaukee, WI)
- 10/28/2011: Vic Theatre (Chicago, IL)
- 10/29/2011: St. Andrew's Hall (Detroit, MI)
- 10/31/2011: Mr. Smalls (Millvale, PA)
- 11/1/2011: Rams Head Live (Baltimore, MD)

Related links:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Machine Head's Robb Flynn Discusses NEW Album 'Unto The Locust' & Mayhem Fest!

This Tuesday, September 27, 2011, Machine Head will be releasing their seventh studio album entitled "Unto The Locust" via Roadrunner Records. After the success of "The Blackening", Machine Head decided that they were going to close the door on that album, and create something fresh sounding. This is exactly what the band accomplished and the citizens of Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Oakland will be the first ones to experience the new Machine Head album at a series of listening parties hosted by the band (details below).

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

We recently visited the Roadrunner Records headquarters in New York City and had the chance to interview Machine Head's front-man Robb Flynn about 'Unto The Locust'. We also talked to Flynn about the bands recent Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival experience. Check it out!

Here is the track listing for "Unto The Locust":

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

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

DVD: "The Making Of Unto The Locust" documentary

* Bonus Tracks

Machine Head listening parties:

Thursday, September 22nd - Los Angeles, CA - On The Rox (upstairs at The Roxy Theatre), 9009 West Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Presented by Full Metal Jackie - 10:00 PM, 21 & Over.

Saturday, September 24th - New York, NY - Last Rites Tattoo Theatre & Gallery, 511 West 33rd St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001
9:00 PM, All Ages, refreshments will be served.

Sunday, September 25th – Chicago, IL - Exit, 1315 West North Ave, Chicago, Il 60622
Presented by The Chicago Metal Factory - 9:00 PM, 21 & Over.

Tuesday, September 27th – Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd St, Oakland, CA 94607
8:00 PM, All Ages.


South American Tour with Sepultura:

- October 14 - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Citibank Hall
- October 15 - Curitiba, Brazil @ Master Hall
- October 16 - Porto Alegre, Brazil @ Casa de Gaucho
- October 21 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ El Teatro Flores
- October 23 - Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Caupolican

European Tour with DevilDriver and Darkest Hour:

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

Video & Photo credit: Steve Lars from Creative Ventures International & Steve Lars on Facebook

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

Lamb Of God Guitarist Mark Morton Kicks-Off Signature 'Jackson Dominion' Guitar Auction!

Lamb Of God's lead guitarist Mark Morton is auctioning one of his stage guitars played during the band's performance at D-Tox Fest on June 17th in Montebello, Quebec. The guitar, a Mark Morton Signature model Jackson Dominion from Morton's personal collection, is autographed and will come with photographs from the performance and a personal letter of appreciation and authenticity from Morton.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit Victory Junction, a camp for chronically ill children in Randleman, NC. More specifically, the funds generated by the auction will allow a child to experience Victory Junction for the first time.

During a recent visit to the camp, Morton and his family spent time with staff and campers, including 16-year old Brian Walker, a LAMB OF GOD fan, music lover and Victory Junction camper. “Victory Junction is amazing,” explained Morton. “One of the highlights for me was getting to hang out with Brian. Hearing first-hand about how special this camp is to these kids and learning about all the liberating experiences they pack into a week made me that much more thrilled about our auction. Not only will the winning bidder get a beautiful instrument, they will also receive the joy of knowing that their generosity gave a special child, like my buddy Brian, a week at camp that they will surely never forget!”

The auction has begun and will last for 10 days ending on Saturday, October 1st. To participate in the auction visit the link below.

Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, the camp is located in Randleman, NC, with a second location opening soon in Kansas City, KS. Victory Junction offers programs for a range of disease groups and maintains strong relationships with more than 30 partner hospitals. Victory Junction's mission is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. As a non-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous individuals, groups and corporations to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. For more information or to donate, visit www.victoryjunction.org.

Related links:
Mark Morton Signature 'Jackson Dominion' Guitar Auction
Victory Junction
Lamb Of God
Lamb Of God of Facebook
Mark Morton on Twitter

Cradle Of Filth Launches “Evermore Darkly…” Trailer, Digital Single & Mini Site!

As previously announced, the UK’s premier extreme Metal antagonist, Cradle Of Filth, will be releasing a CD/DVD mini-album titled “Evermore Darkly…" on October 18th via Nuclear Blast Records. This mini-album is the follow-on to last year’s triumphant, "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa". This is what vocalist Dani Filth had to say about “Evermore Darkly…".

“It is a much-loved musical stop-gap between albums, a pleasure treasure trove of wild and wicked wonders primed especially for fans. Something for them to sink their teeth into this autumn as the Cradle invasion fleet is primed for future contagion.”

In celebration of this upcoming release, Cradle Of Filth has unveiled the "Evermore Darkly…" mini-site (link below), which contains the video for “Lilith Immaculate,” album info, downloads and more.

Here is a video trailer featuring footage from the forthcoming CD/DVD package:

Cradle of Filth - Evermore Darkly (DVD trailer) from Peaceville Records on Vimeo.

Be sure to join Cradle Of Filth’s iconic guitarist, Paul Allender, for a special web-chat at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT on, Wednesday, October 19th to learn more about the new mini-album. The chat will stream on the Peaceville Records Livestream channel, and fans will be able to submit questions using their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The track list for "Evermore Darkly..." is:

1. Transmission From Hell

2. Thank Your Lucky Scars
3. Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned) - Elder Version
4. Lilith Immaculate (Extended Length)
5. The Persecution Song - Elder Version
6. Forgive Me Father (I'm In A Trance)
7. The Spawn Of Love And War - Elder Version
8. Summer Dying Fast ('Midnight in The Labyrinth' breadcrumb trail)

Venus Diversa DVD…:

1. Lilith Immaculate Promo Video
2. ‘You Can't Polish A Turd…But You Can Roll It In Glitter’ Rockumentary
3. Burning Down Graspop, Dessel, Belgium, 25th June 2011 Live Footage

"Evermore Darkly…" will feature the brand new musical beast, “Thank Your Lucky Stars,” a special remix of “Forgive Me Father,” courtesy of Rob C. from Anthrax, an extended rendition of “Lilith Immaculate,” as well as tempered demo versions of three Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa songs. The CD closes with a special taster from Cradle Of Filth’s impending orchestral project, in the form of a haunting, classic reworking of fan-favorite, “Summer Dying Fast.”

The "Evermore Darkly…" DVD contains footage from Summer 2011, when Cradle Of Filth embarked on a rapid spat of tours, accompanied by two eager filmmakers. The resulting documentary, 'You Can't Polish A Turd… But You Can Roll It In Glitter,' combined with performance and interview footage, culminates in a forty five minute film of the not so glamorous reality of life in a touring band at work and play, as they trawl their way across Europe over eight performances. The DVD includes an interview with ghoul-guide, Dani Filth, interspersed and peppered with live footage and backstage shenanigans, culminating in the entire hour long set from this year's highly anticipated Graspop festival appearance.

Artwork comes courtesy of Natalie Shau, whom also contributed the cover art for "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa".

Cradle Of Filth is:

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

Related links:
Cradle Of Filth mini-site for “Evermore Darkly…”
Click here to pre-order Cradle Of Filth's mini-album “Evermore Darkly…”
Click here to download the Cradle Of Filth iPhone app
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

Unearth & Chimaira Team Up with Jägermeister for US Tour!

Having Unearth and Chimaira touring together is like a match made in hell! The two iconic bands have been flying the New American Metal flag up high since they hit the scene almost simultaneously in 1998. Ever since then, both bands have been working hard on their musical craft and have crushed all obstacles in order to keep bringing their fans original hard hitting music. Up until now the two bands had never co-headlined a show together!

We are very stoked to announce that Unearth and Chimaira are joining forces with Jägermeister for a US tour. Joining them will be none other than Skeletonwith and Molotov Solution. This tour will be a total rager from the moment it kicks off on November 16th at the Webster Theatre in Hartford, CT, all the way until the tours finale on December 18th at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI.

“We are incredibly pleased to announce this fall's Jägermeister tour in North America. We will be supporting our new album 'Darkness In the Light' and are anxious to play more tracks from that album. Hitting the road with us will be our old friends in Chimaira, Skeletonwitch and soon to be new friends in Molotov Solution. We would like to thank Jägermeister for supporting this tour and we look forward to seeing you all on the road! Let's make this a fall tour to remember!!! Cheers!!!” - Trevor Phipps (Vocalist of UNEARTH).

"We are extremely excited to hit the road with our old friends in Unearth. Crazy to think that our bands have been playing shows for over 10 years but never headlined together in the states. A lot of fans have been waiting for this line-up and now the wait is over. This is going to be a blast! Our friends at Jägermeister will be supplying the fun, we'll be blasting the tunes, and you guys bring the ruckus! I guarantee you don't want to miss this!" - Mark Hunter (Vocalist of CHIMAIRA)

Tickets will be on sale to the general public starting September 23 through each venue’s ticketing outlet.

Jägermeister presents UNEARTH/CHIMAIRA tour with Skeletonwitch & Molotov Solution:

- 11/16/2011: Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT
- 11/17/2011: The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
- 11/18/2011: Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ (WSOU 25 Years In Metal Show)
- 11/19/2011: Wally’s Pub - Hampton Beach, NH
- 11/20/2011: JAXX - Springfield, VA
- 11/21/2011: The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
- 11/22/2011: Lincoln Theater - Raleigh, NC
- 11/23/2011: House Of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC
- 11/25/2011: Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- 11/26/2011: State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
- 11/27/2011: Freebird Live - Jacksonville, FL
- 11/29/2011: Emo’s - Austin, TX
- 11/30/2011: Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
- 12/01/2011: Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM*
- 12/02/2011: Mesa Theater & Club - Grand Junction, CO
- 12/03/2011: The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO*
- 12/04/2011: Top Deck - Farmington, NM
- 12/05/2011: The Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ*
- 12/07/2011: Glass House - Pomona, CA*
- 12/08/2011: Knitting Factory - Reno, NV
- 12/09/2011: Knitting Factory - Boise, ID
- 12/10/2011: Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA*
- 12/16/2011: Wheelhouse - Cedar Falls, IA
- 12/17/2011: The Barrymore Theater - Madison, WI
- 12/18/2011: The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI

* Skeletonwitch will not be appearing on these dates

Related links:
Molotov Solution
Jägermeister Music

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Anthrax's 'Worship Music' Debuts at #12 on the Billboard Charts!

Legendary Thrash Metal band Anthrax, released their tenth studio entitled 'Worship Music' on Tuesday, September 13 via Megaforce. The very next day the band performed at the 'Big Four' Concert at Yankee Stadium. Today, it was announced that Anthrax's first studio album in eight years and its first with vocalist Joey Belladonna since 1990's Persistence of Time, blasted onto next week's Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #12, the band's highest chart debut in two decades, and second-highest in its career, selling 28,500 copies.

And if that's not enough, 'Worship Music' debuted at #4 on Billboard's Hard Rock Chart, #3 on the Hard Music Core Chart, and #2 at both the Indie and Indie Core Stores charts.

"I am most proud of our fans who came out and gave us the amazing support they did," said Anthrax's Charlie Benante. "To have our record debut at #12 is a great accomplishment."

Added the band's Scott Ian, "I'm absolutely thrilled with the fact that our Anthrax Army came out in force this week to show the world that good music matters. Thank you to all our friends, old and new! It's a privilege to do this for you."

While the recording of 'Worship Music' was challenging and at some times difficult, it was at the core of an extraordinary experience for a band that had questioned its very future. Anthrax's turning point took place in 2009 at a Cleveland hotel bar with Metallica's Lars Ulrich when he first brought up the idea of The Big Four. That led to Anthrax's decision to get Belladonna back in the band on a permanent basis, and to the complete refashioning of the previously-recorded tracks for 'Worship Music' with Belladonna's inimitable vocal stamp. Pre-release reviews of 'Worship Music' hailed the album as not only a career-best for Anthrax, but "the Metal Album of the year," and last week's New York homecoming concert at Yankee Stadium as one of the original architects of speed and Thrash Metal with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth - The Big Four - only added to Anthrax's remarkable renewal.

Anthrax hits the road beginning October 14 on a five-week, coast-to-coast tour with Testament and Death Angel.

- 10/11 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
- 10/15 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
- 10/16 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
- 10/18 Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
- 10/19 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
- 10/21 Las Vegas @ LVCS – No Anthrax
- 10/22 Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Theater
- 10/23 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
- 10/24 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
- 10/26 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
- 10/28 Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall
- 10/29 Austin, TX @ Emo’s East
- 10/30 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
- 11/1 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
- 11/2 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
- 11/4 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
- 11/5 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
- 11/6 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
- 11/8 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
- 11/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
- 11/11 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
- 11/12 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom * NEW
- 11/13 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount * NEW
- 11/15 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
- 11/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
- 11/18 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues * NEW
- 11/19 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave Ballroom

Related links:
Big Four - Horns Up Rocks Video Special
Joey Belladonna at the Big Four
Anthrax Official Site
Anthrax on MySpace
Anthrax on Twitter

Mastodon Announces Official Listening Party for "The Hunter"!

Atlanta's Art Rock masters Mastodon will be releasing their fifth studio album titled "The Hunter" on September 27 via Reprise/Warner Bros. In celebration of one of the most anticipated albums of 2011, the band has announced that the Official listening party will take place tomorrow (September 22nd) at Idle Hands Bar in New York City.

Additionally, there will be Mastodon prizes there, plus a special beer called “The Hunter” from Defiant Brewery just for this night! Everything kicks off at 9pm, so don’t be late.

This event is free of charge and not to be missed!

Track listing:

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

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

Arch Enemy's Michael Amott Discusses 'North American Khaos 2011' Tour & Recording Process of 'Khaos Legions'!

On Friday, September 9, 2011, Swedish extreme Metallers Arch Enemy brought the "North American Khaos 2011" tour to New York City's Best Buy Theater. This kickass tour, which also features Devil Driver, Skeletonwitch, and Chthonic, is a chaotic celebration for the release of Arch Enemy's eight studio album titled "Khaos Legions" (released on May 30th via Century Media).

Before the band's crushing performance, which kept the entire crowd moving out of control from start to finish, we had the chance to interview Arch Enemy's founder and guitar extraordinaire Michael Amott. During the interview we discussed the bands latest album 'Khaos Legions' (out now via Nuclear Blast Records), as well as the 'North American Khaos 2011' Tour. Thia video interview also includes live footage of the band's performance and lots of pictures! So check it out and put your Horns Up!

North American Khaos 2011:

- Sept. 22 – Vancouver, BC at ommodore Ballroom
- Sept. 23 – Seattle, WA at Showbox
- Sept. 24 – Spokane, WA at Knitting Factory
- Sept. 26 – San Francisco, CA at Regency Center
- Sept. 27 – Los Angeles, CA at Nokia Theatre
- Sept. 29 – Phoenix, AZ at The Marquee
- Sept. 30 – Albuquerque, NM at The Sunshine Theater
- Oct. 01 – Denver, CO at The Gothic Theatre
- Oct. 03 – Minneapolis, MN at First Avenue
- Oct. 04 – Chicago, IL at House of Blues

Special thanks to Arch Enemy, Century Media Records, Brian Rocha, Steve Lars, Best Buy Theater and all the fans!

Video and Photo credit: Steve Lars from Creative Ventures International & Steve Lars on Facebook

Related links:
Landing Page for Khaos Legions
Arch Enemy's Official Site
Arch Enemy on Facebook
Arch Enemy on MySpace
Arch Enemy on Twitter
Arch Enemy on YouTube

R.E.M. Runs Out Of Time & Say: "It's The End of the Band as We Know It"!

After 31 years together, 15 Studio Albums, 3 Grammy Awards, and thousands of concerts worldwide. American Rock band R.E.M has called it a day. Here is the bands Official statement:

"As lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished."

\m/ R.E.M. discography:

- Murmur (1983)
- Reckoning (1984)
- Fables of the Reconstruction (1985)
- Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)
- Document (1987)
- Green (1988)
- Out of Time (1991)
- Automatic for the People (1992)
- Monster (1994)
- New Adventures in Hi-Fi (1996)
- Up (1998)
- Reveal (2001)
- Around the Sun (2004)
- Accelerate (2008)
- Collapse into Now (2011)

\m/ Facts about R.E.M.:

- Origin: Athens, Georgia, United States

- Genres: Alternative Rock, College Rock, Jangle Pop

- Years active: 1980–2011

- At the 1992 Grammy Awards, R.E.M. received seven Grammy Nominations, the most nominations of any artist that year. That same year the band won three awards for Best Alternative Music Album for 'Out Of Time', Best Short Form Music Video and for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, both for "Losing My Religion".

- R.E.M. did not tour to promote 'Out of Time'; instead the group played a series of one-off shows, including an appearance taped for an episode of MTV Unplugged.

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Winds Of Plague Announce Tourdates for "Thrash & Burn Tour 2011"!

This November, California's Winds Of Plague will be hitting the road once again for the "Thrash & Burn Tour 2011". Joining WOP will be Chelsea Grin, As Blood Runs Black, For The Fallen Dreams, Upon A Burning Body, In The Midst Of Lions, Like Moths To Flames, and Volumes. This is what Winds Of Plague's Johnny Plague (vocals) had to say about this upcoming trek.

"We are very excited that our first US headlining tour in support of our new record 'Against The World' will carry the Thrash & Burn brand. In my opinion, this year's lineup is one of the heaviest lineups I've seen in a while. Each band will deliver their unique brand of crushing Metal, and it will prove to be one hell of an evening for fans of Heavy Music. Our set will consist of an even balance of songs between our three records. We are pulling out all the stops for this tour - if you have seen us before, you've never seen us like how we will be on this tour."


- 11/10: San Diego, CA @ Soma (no FTFD)
- 11/11: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
- 11/12: Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
- 11/13: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
- 11/15: St Paul, MN @ Station 4
- 11/16: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
- 11/17: Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
- 11/18: Detroit, MI @ Harpos
- 11/19: Dayton, OH @ The Attic
- 11/20: Louisville, KY @ TBA
- 11/21: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
- 11/22: St Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
- 11/23: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ TBA
- 11/25: Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
- 11/26: Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
- 11/27: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
- 11/28: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
- 11/29: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
- 11/30: Portland, ME @ TBA
- 12/01: Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights w/ HATEBREED (WOP, CG, ABRB only)
- 12/02: Montreal, QC @ Tulipe
- 12/03: Toronto, ON @ Opera House
- 12/04: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
- 12/05: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
- 12/07: St. Louis, MO @ TBA
- 12/08: Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
- 12/09: San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
- 12/10: Dallas, TX @ Unsilent Night Fest
- 12/11: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
- 12/12: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
- 12/13: Austin, TX @ Emo's East
- 12/14: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls

Related links:
Winds Of Plague
Century Media Records

Brutal Truth Streaming 'End Time' (NEW Album) & Announce Tourdates!

As Brutal Truth arm themselves in anticipation of their sixth studio album entitled 'End Time', set for North American release via Relapse Records on September 27th. The band decided that today all of your ears should bleed to the sounds of their brand new album at the link below.

'End Time' was recorded with Doug White at Watchman Studios in Lockport, NY and shows Brutal Truth continuing to reign as one of Grindcore's most influential bands. The album is set for a September 27th North American release date. Beyond the normal CD, LP, and digital offerings, 'End Time' will also be available in a limited edition box set that includes the CD with six bonus tracks, a 20-page booklet, six custom art flats, a marijuana-scented disc card, and more. Pre-orders for this limited to 500 edition are available now at the link below.

Brutal Truth have also confirmed their first live shows supporting 'End Time', including several Japan tour dates with Lock-Up, a main spot at Calgary, Alberta's Noctis 4.20 Festival alongside Acid King, Martyr, Sons Of Otis and more, and a headlining slot at San Antonio, Texas' Goregrowlers Ball alongside Exhumed, Suffocation, Hirax, Goatwhore, Impiety and countless others. Here is a list of upcoming shows:

- 10/01/2011: The Distillery - Calgary, AB @ Noctis 4.20 Festival
- 10/31/2011: The Loft - Tokyo, Japan
- 11/01/2011 Club Quattro - Nagoya, Japan (w/ Lock-Up)
- 11/02/2011 Akaso - Osaka, Japan (w/ Lock-Up)
- 11/04/2011 O-East - Tokyo, Japan (w/ Lock-Up)
- 11/19/2011 Korova Ballroom - San Antonio, TX @ Goregrowlers Ball

Related links:
Click here to listen to Brutal Truth's NEW album entitled 'End Time'
Click here to pre-order Brutal Truth's 'End Game' - Special Edition package
Brutal Truth
Brutal Truth on Facebook
Brutal Truth on MySpace
Brutal Truth on Twitter
Relapse Records
Relapse Records on Facebook

89.5 FM WSOU Announces '25 Years Of Metal' Concert!

89.5 FM WSOU "Seton Hall Pirate Radio", is synonymous to quality radio thanks to their dedication and commitment to the music industry. Their philosophy is to make sure that they offer artists a professional 'College Radio' source to promote their music and a variety of Heavy Music for their listeners to enjoy. For 25 years they have been a reliable source for all things Heavy!

In order to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a bang, WSOU is throwing a crushing concert at the Starland Ballroom in Slayerville, New Jersey. The event will take place on Friday, November 18 and it will feature live performances by Unearth, Chimaira, Skeletonwitch and Molotov Solution. Tickets are only $17 and will be available this Friday, September 23 at the Starland Ballroom box office and at the link below. Additionally, WSOU will have plenty giveaways in the weeks leading up to the show.

Related links:
Starland Ballroom Website - Click to purchase tickets
Molotov Solution

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Long Island's "Crazy Donkey" Shuts its Doors for Good!

It saddens us to inform you that the legendary Farmingdale, Long Island venue the "Crazy Donkey" has been shutdown due to lack of business. Here is a statement from Rick Eberle, spokesman for the Crazy Donkey.

“Times are tough and they had to close the doors. Certain shows sometimes do well and sometimes don’t do well. It’s a complicated business plan, there was more stuff going on at the Donkey besides the Rock shows. There were dance nights and that sort of thing, so I guess everyone is a little bit to blame for not enough profit coming in to warrant them keeping the doors open.”

Five shows booked at the Crazy Donkey next month and beyond are canceled. RIP to "The Crazy Donkey"! Here is the last show we covered, it includes an interview we did after the show with Suffocation's own Mike Smith!

Related links:
The Crazy Donkey

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Discusses Potential "Gigantour" Lineup!

In a recent interview with 'Street Date', Megadeth's frontman discussed Megadeth's future tour plans for when the band returns from South America (tour-dates below). While no dates have been announced yet, this is what Mustaine had to say about this matter:

"This year coming up we're going to be having us, MOTÖRHEAD, a great band that's coming up called Volbeat and Lacuna Coil."

While it hasn't been confirmed if this will be the lineup for this years "Gigantour", it only makes sense since Mustaine is the creator of "Gigantour". Additionally, Mustaine mentioned during the interview that unless the band gets to tour with Metallica, then Megadeth will only do headlining shows with a solid tour package. Stay tuned for more details.

Don't forget that on November 1st, 2011, Thrash Metal titans Megadeth are releasing their 13th studio album appropriately titled TH1RT3EN via Roadrunner Records.

Facts about TH1RT3EN:

- TH1RT3EN follows up 2009's Endgame, which was one of the most celebrated albums of the pioneering band's storied career.

- Anticipation is high and fans are anxious for a taste of new music from the legends, who have sold over 25 million albums globally throughout the course of their career, and they will get it imminently.

- TH1RT3EN also marks the recorded return of bassist Dave Ellefson who was part of the band's classic lineup from 1983 to 2002. In a move that delighted the band's legion of diehards, Ellefson returned to performing live with Megadeth in early 2010 and has remained a fixture on the stage ever since. This is the first time Ellefson has played on a Megadeth record since 2002's Rude Awakening.

Latin American tour:

11/9 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Estadio Cubierto Malvinas
11/10 - Estadio Cubierto Malvinas - Buenos Aires, Argentina
11/12 - Maquinaria Festival, Club Hipico - Santiago, Chile
11/14 - SWU Music & Arts Festival - Sao Paulo, Brazil
11/16 - Jose Cuervo Salon - Mexico City, Mexico
11/17 - Jose Cuervo Salon - Mexico City, Mexico
11/19 - H&H Metal Fest, Calle 2 - Guadalajara, Mexico
11/20 - Banamex Auditorium - Monterrey, Mexico

Photo: Steve Lars from Creative Ventures International & Steve Lars on Facebook

Related links:
Big Four at Yankee Stadium - Horns Up Rocks Video Special
Dave Mustaine at the Big Four Concert at Yankee Stadium

"I'm Dr. Ozzy: Advice From Rock's Ultimate Survivor" - Book Details & Signings!

Would you trust Dr. Ozzy Osbourne or take his medical advise seriously? Of course not! But how serious is Osbourne about his medical "career"?

"It's not a serious thing, I mean, I'm the last person to ask advice about health. It's just, it's not fit to be taken seriously. I mean — and I'm not doing it, I'm not writing the column personally, I've got a guy coming around, the guy who did my book, Chris Ayres, is doing the column. He brings me the column things and I just joke about it, you know. 'Cause if you believe me, you'll end up in the lunatic asylum." - Ozzy Osbourne

"Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy" is Ozzy Osbourne's new book, and it offers the reader Ozzy's comical health stories, and his advice for others to become superhuman just like him. The 'Iron Man' will be releasing "I'm Dr. Ozzy: Advice From Rock's Ultimate Survivor" on October 11th via Grand Central Publishing.

This will be Ozzy's second book, his first book "I Am Ozzy" was a New York Times bestseller, which landed at #2 and #3 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal non-fiction charts, respectively. Here is the Official book description:

"Wondering if science could explain how he survived his 40-year avalanche of drugs and alcohol, Ozzy Osbourne became one of a handful of people in the world to have his entire DNA mapped in 2010. It was a highly complex, $65,000 process, but the results were conclusive: Ozzy is a genetic anomaly. The 'Full Ozzy Genome' contained variants that scientists had never before encountered and the findings were presented at the prestigious TEDMED conference in San Diego-making headlines around the world. The procedure was in part sponsored by The Sunday Times of London, which had already caused an international fururoe by appointing Ozzy Osbourne its star health advice columnist. The newspaper argued that Ozzy's multiple near-death experiences, 40-year history of drug abuse, and extreme hypochondria qualified him more than any other for the job. The column was an overnight hit, being quickly picked up by Rolling Stone to give it a global audience of millions. In 'Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy', Ozzy answers reader's questions with his outrageous wit and surprising wisdom, digging deep into his past to tell the memoir-style survival stories never published before-and offer guidance that no sane human being should follow. Part humor, part memoir, and part bad advice, 'Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy' will include some of the best material from his published columns, answers to celebrities' medical questions, charts, sidebars, and more."

Facts about "Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy":

- The book is based on his ongoing Rolling Stone (U.S.) Sunday Times (U.K.) columns, "Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy".

- It will include some of the best material from the columns, as well as survival stories not found in Ozzy's memoir, his answers to celebrities' medical questions, charts and sidebars, and much more.

- Book description: 100% Ozzy — part memoir and part advice column, delivered with Ozzy's famous wit and humor. It's comprised of reader-submitted medical and lifestyle questions, Ozzy digs deep into his murky past, searching for pearls of "wisdom."

- The genesis of the Dr. Ozzy columns began last year, when Ozzy decided to have his DNA mapped to determine if science could perhaps explain how he survived his nearly four decade avalanche of drugs and alcohol. The "Full Ozzy Genome" contained variants that scientists had never before encountered. In fact, the findings made headlines around the world and even led to Ozzy hosting a prestigious TED conference.

"Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy" book signings:

Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
7881 Edinger Avenue
Huntington, CA

Thursday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
10775 Westview Parkway
San Diego, CA

Friday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
3490 Tyler Street
Riverside, CA

Saturday, October 15, 3:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
1306 West Davis
Conroe, TX

Wednesday October 19, 6:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
5130 East Broadway
Tucson, AZ

Thursday October 20, 6:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
2191 North Rainbow Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV

Friday October 21, 7:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
1725 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA

Saturday October 22, 3:00 p.m.
Booksmith with Amoeba Music
1644 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA

Related links:
Ozzy Osbourne

Testament VIP/Meet & Greet Packs for Co-Headlining Tour with Anthrax!

In case you've been living under a rock, Bay Area Thrash Metal kings Testament will be touring with Anthrax and Death Angel this October and November. This furious tour will kickoff on October 11 at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and will conclude on November 19 at the Rave Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A complete list of tour-dates can be found below.

Testament are pleased to announce that they will again be offering special VIP/Meet & Greet Packs. This is your chance to spend intimate, quality time with Testament-- up close and personal! Testament offered these packs on last year’s monumental American Carnage Tour also featuring Megadeth and Slayer, which presented fans with a unique and exclusive chance to spend time with the band before doors opened, take photos and get autographs, throw up the horns, and chat. This year with the VIP/Meet & Greet Packs, fans will have another chance to hang out, sign autographs and take photos with the band, as well as have access to a ticket to their performance, special merchandise hand-picked by the band, and a collectible Testament laminate to commemorate this ultimate fan experience!

Testament Meet & Greet Package Includes:

\m/ One General Admission ticket
\m/ Meet & Greet with select members of Testament
\m/ Photo with select members of Testament
\m/ Autograph opportunity with select members of Testament
\m/ Testament merchandise items:
- T-shirt of your choice from the merch booth (before doors open)
- Opportunity to purchase a second item at half off from the merch booth (before doors open)
- Assorted guitar picks
- Wristband
- Rare, out of print “Live At The Filmore” cassette
- Original printing of “Demonic” CD
- Collectible Testament laminate

“We love connecting with our fans and showing them same the respect and admiration they show us year after year. Hanging out and talking to the fans was a phenomenal experience for everyone last year. It was a first for us as well as the fans. It’s a great way to join us at the shows in celebration of all that is Heavy Metal and to make a personal connection with us, so come hang out and commemorate this great tour!” - Chuck Billy

Testament have recently been spending time in the studio recording "Dark Roots Of Earth", the follow up to their 2008 Golden God 'Album of the Year' award winning album, "The Formation of Damnation", released on Nuclear Blast Records to critical acclaim. The album was named SiriusXM Liquid Metal's 'Album of the Year' in 2008, and debuted at #59 on the Billboard Top 200. "The Formation of Damnation" is Testament's highest charting release in their 24-year history.

"We're more than halfway done recording the new album, Dark Roots of Earth. It's coming along as well or better than any album this band has done. It just seems to have a focus, clarity and definition on a level that I don't remember at this point in the process. Of course, you can never truly sum up an album until all the tracks are recorded, the mixes are done and the entire collection is mastered. But from where things stand right now, it's looking like we may have a winner." - Alex Skolnick

The band has spent the last three years touring the world in support of "The Formation of Damnation", and now brings its original, classic lineup back home to the United States with Anthrax and Death Angel.

Testament with Anthrax & Death Angel:

- 10/11 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
- 10/15 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
- 10/16 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
- 10/18 Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
- 10/19 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
- 10/21 Las Vegas @ LVCS – No Anthrax
- 10/22 Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Theater
- 10/23 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
- 10/24 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
- 10/26 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
- 10/28 Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall
- 10/29 Austin, TX @ Emo’s East
- 10/30 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
- 11/1 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
- 11/2 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
- 11/4 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
- 11/5 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
- 11/6 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
- 11/8 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
- 11/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
- 11/11 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
- 11/12 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom * NEW
- 11/13 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount * NEW
- 11/15 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
- 11/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
- 11/18 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues * NEW
- 11/19 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave Ballroom

Photo credit: Mitchell Damien Maurer

Related links:
For more information on how to obtain your special VIP/Meet & Greet Pack, click here now!
Death Angel

Mastodon Stream Entire New Album "The Hunter"!

Atlanta's Art Rock masters Mastodon will be releasing their fifth studio album titled "The Hunter" on September 27 via Reprise/Warner Bros. The majority of the album was recorded at Doppler Studios in Atlanta, Georgia with producer Mike Elizondo. The drums were tracked at Sound City Studios, which is were Nirvana recorded their hit album "Nevermind". Today, the band is streaming their entire NEW album "The Hunter" and you can listen to it below!

Track listing:

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

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

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

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

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

The Blackout America Tour Unleashes NYC Video Promo!

This Sunday (September 25th) New York City welcomes "The Blackout America Tour"! Co-headlined by California badasses Rattlehead and Kaustik, this concert is not to be missed. Local support will come from Edge Of Existence, Kimura and Hypoxia. Additionally, Jo Schüftan from Horns Up Rocks will be hosting and DJing the event. So get rid of your Sunday blues by headbanging until your head falls off! \m/

The Blackout America Tour:

- Sep 20 at Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA
- Sep 21 at McGann's Irish Pub in Boston, MA
- Sep 22 at The Blue Room in Secaucus, NJ
- Sep 23 at Popeye's in Cortlandt Manor, NY
- Sep 24 at Sinclair's in West Babylon, NY
- Sep 25 at Fontana's in New York, NY
- Sep 26 at JR's in Philadelphia, PA
- Sep 29 at Ralph's in Worcester, MA
- Sep 30 at Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh, PA
- Oct 01 at New York, New York in Detroit, MI
- Oct 02 at The Vollrath in Indianapolis, IN
- Oct 03 at Now That's Class in Cleveland, OH
- Oct 04 at Reggie's in Chicago, IL
- Oct 06 at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, IA
- Oct 07 at The Muse Ballroom in Salina, KS
- Oct 08 at Triple Nickle Tavern in Colorado Springs, CO
- Oct 10 at Bushwacker's in Denver, CO
- Oct 11 at Club Vegas in Salt Lake City, UT
- Oct 12 at The Shredde in Boise, ID
- Oct 13 at Darkhorse Bar in Missoula, MT
- Oct 14 at Galway Arms in Seattle, WA
- Oct 15 at Plan B in Portland, OR
- Oct 18 at Bottling Works Mall in Yreka, CA

Related links:
Edge Of Existence
Official Facebook Invite

Monday, September 19, 2011

Big Four Concert At Yankee Stadium - Horns Up Rocks Video Special!

Heavy Metal history was written when the Big Four of Heavy Metal: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, took over the legendary field of dreams known as Yankee Stadium. Horns Up Rocks was there to capture the madness! Check out our extensive video special featuring live footage of the concert, interviews, Anthrax's press conference, amazing pictures and more!

Special thanks to Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, Jose Mangin, Josh Bernstein, Roadrunner Records, Yankee Stadium, Steve Lars, and all the fans!

Video and Photo credit: Steve Lars from Creative Ventures International & Steve Lars on Facebook

Related links:
The Big 4
The Big Four Festival

New Zealand's Dakota Scream Premieres Video for "Primal Justice"

Dakota Scream, one of New Zealand's premiere Metal bands, have recently released their first single/video from their upcoming debut album (see below).

- Vital Statistics:


- Sam Ammundsen - Guitar and Vocals
- Jono Gibson - Drums
- Vaun Evans - Bass Guitar
- Brock Colville - Lead Guitar


\m/ ORIGIN: Auckland, New Zealand

\m/ MISSION: To create a brand of explosive, exciting, and meaningful Metal that will stand the test of time.


Formed in the spring of 2008 Dakota Scream has evolved over the past few years with the ambition of becoming a world class act to be enjoyed by everyone with open ears. The power of this band can solely be attributed to the drive, passion, direction and attitude of the four like minded musicians within it. This is a band that sets no limitations for musical creation, and that always plays for pure passion and the love of it.

Their music features a wicked mix of captivating riffs, immense rhythm and hard-hitting drum beats, along with catchy lyrics that will have you singing along in no time. It's the mix of professionalism and plain old fun that gives this band their real unique flavor, and sees their gigs being tight yet unrestricted. With their sole aim being to have a damn good time spreading the word on their sound, Dakota Scream is definitely a band not to be missed. Check them out at a show near you.

Related links:
Dakota Scream