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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Trivium Unleash Teaser for 'Built to Fall' Video!

Florida's Trivium unleashed their fifth studio album titled "In Waves" on August 9th via Roadrunner Records and there promise of it being "the most complete, well thought out, best planned Trivium album" to date, was definitely true! Ever since the release of "In Waves", the band has been crossing into yet another level within the Heavy Music spectrum. In fact, the album sold 22,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release and landed at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart — the highest U.S. chart entry of the band's career.

Without further due, here is the 'teaser' for Trivium's music video for "Built To Fall". The clip was directed by Ramon Boutviseth, who has previously worked with Darkest Hour, Incubus and All That Remains, among others.

Here is all the production information about "In Waves":

- "In Waves" was recorded primarily at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, Florida.

- The drums were tracked at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida.

- Trivium's production/mixing team of Colin Richardson (Machine Head, Bullet For My Valentine, Slipknot, Fear Factory) and Martin "Ginge" Ford, along with engineer Carl Bown.

Trivium tour-dates:

- Oct 22, 2011 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. FL US
- Oct 25, 2011 at Verizon Wireless Theatre in Houston. TX US (with Dream Theater)
- Oct 26, 2011 at Bass Concert Hall in Austin. TX US (with Dream Theater)
- Nov 18, 2011 at Hovet in Stockholm SE
- Nov 19, 2011 at Scandinavium in Gothenburg SE
- Nov 21, 2011 at Arena in Ludwigsburg DE
- Nov 22, 2011 at Stadthalle in Offenbach. HES DE
- Nov 23, 2011 at Zenith in Munich. BAY DE
- Nov 25, 2011 at Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen. NW DE
- Nov 26, 2011 at Sporthalle in Hamburg. HAM DE
- Nov 27, 2011 at AB Club in Brussels BE
- Nov 28, 2011 at Olympia in Paris FR
- Nov 30, 2011 at 013 in Tilburg NL
- Dec 01, 2011 at Guildhall in Southampton UK
- Dec 02, 2011 at Civic Hall in Wolverhampton UK
- Dec 03, 2011 at Academy in Manchester UK
- Dec 04, 2011 at Brixton Academy in London UK
- Dec 06, 2011 at Academy in Glasgow UK
- Dec 07, 2011 at Academy in Newcastle UK
- Dec 08, 2011 at Pavilions in Plymouth UK

Here is the exclusive interview we did with Corey and Paolo Gregoletto from Trivum at these years Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival!

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Belphegor Forced to Stop All Musical Work!

Here is the statement from Belphegor, regarding their decision to stop all musical work for the time being.

"We have to inform all friends and supporters of Death/ Black Metal titans Belphegor that all activities are stopped since the end of September.

"Front-man/ founding member, Helmuth Lehner went through a serious and difficult operation 16 days ago, after the South American tour. As result of this, Belphegor has to cancel all shows until May 2012.

"Thanks for all your support and understanding. We will keep you up to date on his condition in the following weeks."

Belphegor is:

- Helmuth
- Morluch
- Serpenth

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Type O Negative to Release Deluxe Vinyl Box!

After the death of Type O Negative's charismatic front-man Peter Steele on April 14, 2010, the herds of Type O fanatics knew that it was the end of the bands legacy. Lets face it, Peter Steele is to blame for the unique direction that "The Drab Four" (in homage to The Beatles' "Fab Four" moniker) adopted ever since their inception in the late 80s.

Today, it was announced that Roadrunner Records will be releasing a special Type O Negative vinyl box set exclusively via independent retailers on Black Friday, which falls on November 25th this year.

As the first band to achieve platinum status on the Roadrunner roster, Type O Negative didn't rewrite the rules. They simply tore the rule book up, burned what was left of it and did whatever the hell they wanted with the smoldering ash. The result was nothing short of brilliant, as they combined dirge-like doom with head down, gothy grooves, all while retaining the sort of signature melody that made their songs utterly memorable, infesting your brain like a virus.

The vinyl box includes all of Type O Negatives Roadrunner Records releases. Here are all the details:

- Each album will be issued on double green vinyl, with the album art recreated, including the controversial, rarely seen original cover of "The Origin Of The Feces". TYPE O fans know all about that cover and the anatomy which it features.

- Additionally, each album will also have new, branded liner notes documenting the genesis and completion of each album. As well, as an exclusive sticker sheet with six mini bumper stickers will also be included in this "must-own" set for Type O Negative diehards. It's an instant collector's item.

The set includes the following releases:

- Slow, Deep and Hard
- The Origin of the Feces
- Bloody Kisses
- October Rust
- World Coming Down
- Life Is Killing Me

This is what Type O Negative's drummer Johnny Kelly: "This looks great, but we're disappointed that Roadrunner couldn’t get it together to do the scratch-and-sniff cover we wanted for 'The Origin Of The Feces'."

Photography by: Damien Maurer (Almost Famoust Photography) and Misfit
Graphics by: Joseph Hernandez

Related links:
Type O Negative
Roadrunner Records

NYC Heavy Metal Sensation 'Resolution 15' Occupy Wall Street!

Photo by: Javier Samaniego

As we all know, there is a revolutionary peaceful global movement taking place globally because the citizens of the world are fed up with the system! The "Occupy Wall Street" is an ongoing series of demonstrations that are taking place in New York City (based in Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street financial district), and were initiated by Canadian activist group Adbusters. Participants are mainly protesting social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the power and influence of corporations, particularly from the financial service sector, and of lobbyists, over government (Source: Wikipedia).

Right now, similar demonstrations are being held in 70 major cities and over 600 communities in the U.S. Other "Occupy" protests have modeled themselves after "Occupy Wall Street", in over 900 cities worldwide.

Today, NYC Heavy Metal sensations Resolution 15 joined the "Occupy Wall Street" movement and performed a few of their songs in front of the masses. This does not surprise us at all, given that Resolution 15 has a strong political message within their lyrics and their overall message. Actually, Earl Maneein (Violinist) named the band after the Resolution 15, which was issued in January of 1959 by North Vietnam's Central Executive Committee, changing its strategy from “Political struggle” to "armed struggle".

The rest of Resolution 15 is compiled by Nick Serr (Vocals), Joel Lambdin (Violins), Kenny Grohowski (Drums), and Jim Robertson (Bass).

There are several remarkable things about Resolution 15's musical philosophy:

- The most remarkable characteristic is that this band has completely eliminated guitars from their line-up.

- Resolution 15 uses custom made 7-string electric violins to achieve the intensity and heaviness that guitars offer in Heavy Metal.

- Their music is realized on these unique instruments, and because of that they are able to pull away from simply playing guitar driven metal riffs on acoustic instruments.

- They realize this new sound by translating some aspects of Metal guitar playing, and merging these with the inherent strengths of bowed strings, and finally super-charging that sound through guitar heads and cabinets.

The band will be occupying The Studio at Webster Hall on Friday, November 18th, 2011 in New York City for Thanksgiving METAL Feast (Presented by Horns Up Rocks). Click here for ticket information.

Related links:
Check out this video of Earl Maneein talking about Resolution 15 and Violins!
Occupy Wall Street
The Svaha Sessions on Bandcamp
Resolution 15
Resolution 15 on Facebook
Resolution 15 on Twitter

Twisted Sister's Dee Snider to Join 'The Donald' on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice"!

Heavy Music legend Dee Snider, front-man of Twisted Sister is going to make the fifth season of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" ROCK! Snider will be among 18 celebrities that are part of the new season of one of NBC's highest rated show. We all know that Snider is very outspoken and very intelligent, so as far as we are concerned you should all tune in and watch Heavy Music be represented in style!

Joining Snider on the show will be Italian divas Victoria Gotti and Teresa Guidice, former "American Idol" favorite Clay Aiken, race-car driver Marco Andretti, radio and TV personality Adam Carolla, "Wayne's World" muse Tia Carrere, former bodybuilder and "Incredible Hulk" star Lou Ferrigno, "Shake Your Love" chanteuse Debbie Gibson, former late-night host Arsenio Hall, magician/rumor debunker Penn Jillette, "Making The Band" vet Aubrey O'Day, "American Chopper" dad Paul Teutal, models Cheryl Tiegs and Patricia Velasquez, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, foul-mouthed funny lady Lisa Lampanelli and George Takei, known lovingly worldwide as Sulu from "Star Trek".

Last season's live finale saw Poison front-man Bret Michaels win the title of "Celebrity Apprentice", beating out actress Holly Robinson Peete. Lets see if Dee Snider can win the entire show in the name of Heavy Music! \m/

Related links:
Official Site of Dee Snider
Follow Dee Snider on Twitter
The Celebrity Apprentice

Season Finale of VH1 Classic's 'That Metal Show' to Welcome Metallica's Lars Ulrich!

The eighth season of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" has been by far the shows best season yet. Not only did they welcome high profile artists such as Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Scott Ian and Charlie Benante (Anthrax), and Sammy Hagar (Chickenfoot), just to mention a few, but the overall production of the show was absolutely flawless. We commend the "That Metal Show" crew for a job well done! They are making Heavy Music look and sound good!

Tomorrow (Saturday, October 22), the eighth season of the show will come to an end in style! For the first time ever, Metallica's Lars Ulrich will be the special guest and will be sitting in with hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine. The show also features a cameo appearance by Chris Jericho (Fozzy). Here is a sneak peek from the season finale of "That Metal Show".

Related Links:
That Metal Show on VH1
That Metal Show on MySpace
That Metal Show on Twitter

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Testament's Chuck Billy Discusses NEW Album 'The Dark Roots Of Earth'!

Testament have been spending time in the studio recording "The 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. Set to be released in late April/early May via Nuclear Blast Records "The Dark Roots Of Earth" is on of the most anticipated albums of 2012 in Heavy Music. Here is what vocalist and front-man Chuck Billy had to say about the NEW Testament record.

"It's done... I have three songs left to sing. I think it is going to be a very strong record. It's the first record in a long time that we felt really confident before the record was done. On the last few records we knew we had some good songs, but we didn't know how good the record was until we sat down and listened to the record from start to finish. For this record it's a lot different, we know just by doing the demos and hearing the songs on their own... they all have a life for themselves! While before, you had to listen to the record as a whole. I think the beauty of this album is that we didn't have anyone breathing down our necks saying 'hurry!' And we really took our time to make sure that it's right! I think this is the Testament record that's suppose to be right now!" - Chuck Billy (Front-man of Testament)

Due to a "serious injury," Testament's drummer Paul Bostaph was unable to take part of the studio sessions for "The Dark Roots Of Earth"! This undisclosed injury has also kept Bostaph away from the current Testament tour with Anthrax and Death Angel.

For select dates during this current tour (October 28 through November 13) , "The Atomic Clock", Gene Hoglan (ex-Dark Angel, ex-Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory, Dethklok) will be stepping in for Bostaph. Hoglan was also part of Testament's studio sessions. The remaining dates will see Testament joined by John Tempesta (Exodus, White Zombie, Rob Zombie, Helmet, The Cult).

The band is currently on the road with fellow Thrashers Anthrax and Death Angel! This tour is NOT to be missed!

Testament with Anthrax & Death Angel:

- 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

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

Iron Maiden Unleash 'On Board Flight 666' & Behind The Scenes Footage From London Show!

Considered one of the most successful bands in the history of Heavy Music, Iron Maiden is constantly looking for ways to keep their millions of fans worldwide really happy! Today, the band is unleashing their new pictorial book entitled "On Board Flight 666" (published by Orion Books).

As most Maiden fans know, the bands official photographer John McMurtrie hopped on board the bands Boeing 757 jet named "Ed Force One" (piloted by Bruce Dickinson) from January 2008 all the way until August of 2011. During this time, not only did he capture on camera the five continents visited on the "Somewhere Back In Time World Tour" but also the "Round The World In 66 Days leg of The Final Frontier World Tour".

'On Board Flight 666' features hundreds of stunning photos with explanatory text, giving an exclusive, behind-the-scenes pictorial documentation of both tours. The new Maiden book is now available from book retailers, and from Amazon (who ship internationally) or Play (who ship to Europe).

Check out this killer behind the scenes video of Iron Maiden's last show of this extensive series of tours. The video was produced by Iron Maiden TV (IMTV), who followed the band as they wrapped up "The Final Frontier" world tour with a special show at London, England's O2 Arena on August 5, 2011. This was the first time that the band performed at this venue. The full episode will be available to Maiden fan-club members soon.

Related links:
Official Site of Iron Maiden

Premiere of Hixon Helloween Fest Promo!

The 2011 Hixon Helloween Fest is around the corner! On Saturday, October 29th, Horns Up Rocks is taking over The Trash Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Joining us are:

- The Hixon
- Generation Kill (featuring Rob Dukes from Exodus & Rob Moschetti)
- Ikillya
- Mahavatar
- Trial By Terror
- Hail The Fail

Plus, open bar from 8 - 9 PM (PBR & well liquors), lots of candy and the ladies get a 50% discount before midnight IF they are wearing a costume. We also have a costume party and drinking games. All this and more for only $12 (21+ with ID).

Related links:
Official Facebook Invite
Generation Kill
The Hixon
Hail The Fail
Trial By Terror

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Heavy Music Demolishes the Billboard Charts with Releases by Charred Walls Of The Damned, Skeletonwitch, Five Finger Death Punch & Evanescence!

This week Heavy Music was very well represented on the Billboard Charts. Last week someone asked us if the Billboard Charts are still relevant? Absolutely! Why? Well, it not only helps Record Labels to see where there artists are standing compared to other similar artists/competitors, but it also helps bands to be placed on bigger and better tours. Here are the hard hitters in Heavy Music this week!

1) Evanescence's self-titled third major label album sold 127,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart.

2) "American Capitalist", the third album from Las Vegas, Nevada-based Metallers Five Finger Death Punch, sold 91,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.

3) "Cold Winds On Timeless Days", the sophomore album from Charred Walls Of The Damned — the project led by acclaimed metal drummer Richard Christy (Iced Earth, Death, Leash Law, Control Denied, Burning Inside) — sold around 1,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 14 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

4) "Forever Abomination", the new album from Athens, Ohio's Skeletonwitch, sold 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 153 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Photo credit: Oliver Palomares

Related links:
Billboard Charts

Metallica & Lou Reed Revolutionize Music - Sound Sessions Experience Contest!

The Heavy Music world is in shock after hearing the music that Metallica and Lou Reed have created. "Lulu" is the name of the album, and it is set to be released on October 31, 2011, worldwide, and on November 1 in North America via Warner Bros./Vertigo. The collaboration was born when both Metallica and Lou Reed performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary contest. This is what Lars Ulrich had to say about this collaboration while on VH1's "That Metal Show" (episode airs this weekend).

"Metallica was basically the backing band for Lou Reed. We hope that the Metallica fans dig it."

"We were very interested in working with Lou," says Hetfield. "I had these giant question marks: What's it going to be like? What's going to happen? So it was great when he sent us the lyrics for the 'Lulu' body of work. It was something we could sink our teeth into. I could take off my singer and lyricist hat and concentrate on the music part. These were very potent lyrics, with a soundscape behind them for atmosphere. Lars and I sat there with an acoustic and let this blank canvas take us where it needed to go. It was a great gift, to be asked to stamp 'Tallica on it. And that's what we did."

"We had to bring 'Lulu' to life in a sophisticated way, using rock," Reed says. "And the hardest power rock you could come up with would have to be Metallica. They live on that planet. We played together, and I knew it: dream come true. This is the best thing I ever did. And I did it with the best group I could possibly find. By definition, everybody involved was honest. This has come into the world pure. We pushed as far as we possibly could within the realms of reality."

"It's definitely not a Metallica album, or a Lou Reed album," adds Hammett. "It's something else. It's a new animal, a hybrid."

In order to celebrate this unique collaboration in style, Metallica and Lou Reed will be holding a VIP listening party that is presented by Bowers & Wilkins Sound Sessions Experience and will take place in New York City on October 24, 2011. There is a contest going on right now (that ends at midnight today), in which fans can enter. Click here for more information.

"Lulu" final track listing:

01. Brandenburg Gate (4:19)
02. The View (5:17)
03. Pumping Blood (7:24)
04. Mistress Dread (6:52)
05. Iced Honey (4:36)
06. Cheat On Me (11:26)
07. Frustration (8:33)
08. Little Dog (8:01)
09. Dragon (11:08)
10. Junior Dad (19:28)

Related links:
Lou Reed

Richard Christy Discusses CWOTD's 'Cold Winds on Timeless Days', Howard Stern Show & Chuck Shuldiner (Death)!

When most people hear the name Richard Christy, they immediately think of the stunt guy from the Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite Radio. For us Metaleros, Richard Christy is synonymous to Heavy Metal drumming. Believe it or not, Richard has been a professional Heavy Metal drummer since 1995. In this time span, he has played in legendary bands like Death and Iced Earth, and in 2009 he formed Charred Walls of the Damned with Tim "Ripper" Owens.

Anyone who has met Richard Christy knows that not only is he very talented, but also a gentleman in every sense of the word. This might be hard to grasp after hearing and seeing his stunts on the Howard Stern Show, but it is all just a show. One thing that is evident, is that the same passion that took Richard to Heavy Metal heaven (or hell), also took him to radio elite. After all, being a drummer in a Heavy Metal band and working on the best radio show in history take a lot of discipline, passion and perseverance.

On Tuesday, October 11, Richard Christy took over Idle Hands Bar in New York City and presented to the world Charred Walls of the Damned's second studio album entitled "Cold Winds on Timeless Days" (out now via Metal Blade Records). During the event we were able to steal Richard away from his fans, to chat about this epic new release, as well as his career in radio. We also discussed his relationship with the late great Chuck Shuldiner from the legendary Heavy Metal band Death. This is what went down!

With 12 songs clocking in at 58 minutes, fans are getting a lot more music this time around. Recording twelve songs in a short amount of time is no easy feat, but one that was accomplished because of the stellar talents in the band. Christy elaborates further; "I wanted to get a natural sound out of this album, I wanted everyone to be well rehearsed, not that I wanted the album to be rushed, but I wanted the spontaneous live feel and not over think anything too much." Richard Christy describes Cold Winds on Timeless Days as a "perfect storm of producing". Audiohammer's Jason Suecof produced and Mark Lewis mixed, while mastering was handled by Alan Douches at West Westside.

Cold Winds On Timeless Days track listing:

1. Timeless Days
2. Ashes Falling Upon Us
3. Zerospan (Listen below)
4. Cold Winds
5. Lead the Way
6. Forever Marching On
7. Guiding Me
8. The Beast Outside My Window
9. On Unclean Ground
10. Bloodworm
11. Admire the Heroes
12. Avoid the Light

Related links:
Charred Walls of the Damned on Metal Blade Records
Charred Walls of the Damned on Facebook
Charred Walls of the Damned on Twitter
Richard Christy's Official Site

Randy Blythe Discusses Music Downloading & Lamb Of God's Rise to Fame!

One of the best features about social media, is how easily people can share useful and unuseful information with herds of people worldwide. Like any technology, some use it for better and some use it for worse. In the music world artists use it to keep their fans on the loop about new releases, tour updates, and to express themselves freely in an instant mode. Randy Blythe, front-man and vocalist of Lamb Of God is an avid Twitter user (@lambvox). Yesterday a student who was writing a paper about music downloading asked him the following question via Twitter:

"Where do you think you would be right now career wise, if illegal downloading failed to exist?"

This is what Randy had to say about this:

"A pointless question. I do not owe my career to downloading of any sort, neither legal nor illegal. Bands existed before internet. Lamb of God did it the old fashioned way: we played out live, anywhere we could, when we could. Our first real following developed in Philly. We were playing Punk Rock warehouse shows until the warehouses couldn't hold us anymore.

"We got a strong regional following, based on our LIVE SHOWS- not on the Internet, and not on a record we didn't have. People from labels first started to notice us in Philly- dudes from Relapse, Nuclear Blast, & other folks knew who we were, because we took it to the hoop each time and EVERYTIME we played. Still no labels were biting- I was told by some people later (label employees) it was because they thought we were too volatile as a group & would break up soon. Too much craziness. No one want to invest in a band that will break up in 6 months, & we WERE WILD.

"So my buddy (Mikey Brosnan, RIP) STARTED a label to put out our records because he believed in us. MORE people started to pay attention to us but we had already BUILT OURSELVES in the first place. The Internet didn't "make us". PUTTING IN THE HARD YARDS DID.

"If the Internet was the way to discover bands, no band would have existed before. And all 1 zillion bands on the Internet now would have it easy. But they don't. The way to "make it" as a band is to DO THE FUCKING WORK. Don't expect the Internet to blow you up, because except in a few isolated instances, IT WON'T. Go play live, learn your chops, and PAY YOUR FUCKING DUES. Then you get respect and real fans. We would not have our fan base now without our early core of fans, which had NOTHING to do w/the Internet. It had to do w/kicking ass & taking names on a shit stage for no pay, all day, EVERYDAY."

Lamb Of God is currently working on their seventh studio album, which is expected to be released in early 2012. Additionally, the band has announced that during their 2012 world tour, Lamb of God, in connection with Epic Records and 914 Films, will be shooting a feature film documenting fans and their personal stories of how they use Lamb of God's music to cope with their everyday lives. Lamb of God will be looking for one individual in each specified location to be chosen to participate in this very special event. The person selected will be involved with the full day of Lamb of God activities the day of the show in your hometown! Click here for more information.

Lamb Of God Discography:

Studio albums

- Burn the Priest (1999)
- New American Gospel (2000)
- As the Palaces Burn (2003)
- Ashes of the Wake (2004)
- Sacrament (2006)
- Wrath (2009)

Lamb Of God is:

- Randy Blythe
- John Campbell
- Mark Morton
- Chris Adler
- Willie Adler

Related links:
Follow Randy Blythe
Lamb Of God
Lamb Of God of Facebook

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Haunted - "No Ghost" Live at Wacken Open Air + 1st Ever Chinese Takeover!

Swedish Metal icons The Haunted, have been busy promoting their latest album titled "Unseen" (available now via Century Media). The bands seventh studio album hit the charts at #5 in Sweden as well as #26 in Finland upon release.

After an Australian tour and a busy Summer schedule which saw the band appear at major European open air festival events like Sweden Rock (Sweden), Hellfest (France), Wacken (Germany) and Summer Breeze (Germany), The Haunted recently announced a series of tour-dates that will take place in Sweden. The tour will feature fellow countrymen Entombed as part of the 2011 edition of the "Close-Up Made Us Do It" tour. The band has also announced a couple of headlining shows in Greece, as well as a (re-scheduled) tour of Japan together with Norwegian acts Ihsahn and Leprous. Additionally, The Haunted will be performing three shows in China (in collaboration with XOUNDFORCE) for the first time ever! All tour-dates can be seen below.

Today, The Haunted is happy to launch the first promotional video clip for the "Unseen" album. The song "No Ghost" (in a special live rendition from Wacken Open Air festival 2011) can be right here.

This intense live version of "No Ghost" was filmed by Marcel Schleiff (Record Film) and edited by The Haunted's lead guitarist Anders Björler (At The Gates Production). The live sound recording was engineered by Jacky Lehmann (Audiosound Lehmann) and then mixed by the band's long-term producer Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studio in Denmark.

"A little update from The Haunted camp: We are proud to share the following live video for 'No Ghost' which was filmed this summer at 'Wacken Open Air'. The Wacken crew did a great job filming and Tue Madsen did exceptional work mixing this time around.

We are currently preparing for some club shows in Greece, in Sweden with Entombed, as well as a tour of Japan & China. China will be a first for us and we are very excited about this. We are also looking at some more touring next year, but more info about that soon. 'Til then, keep checking our website & facebook for updates and news."

The Haunted dates for the last quarter of 2011:

- 22.10.2011: Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
- 23.10.2011: Thessaloniki, Greece Block 33
- 24.11.2011: Stockholm, Sweden - Göta Källare + ENTOMBED & WALKING WITH STRANGERS
- 25.11.2011: Göteborg, Sweden - Brew House + ENTOMBED & WALKING WITH STRANGERS
- 26.11.2011: Malmö, Sweden - Kulturbolaget + ENTOMBED & WALKING WITH STRANGERS
- 05.12.2011: Tokyo, Japan - Shibuya O-East + IHSAHN & LEPROUS
- 06.12.2011: Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro + IHSAHN & LEPROUS
- 07.12.2011: Osaka, Japan - Big Cat + IHSAHN & LEPROUS
- 09.12.2011: Hang Zhou, China - Nineball live house
- 10.12.2011: Shang Hai, China - Shan Hai live house
- 11.12.2011: Beijing, China - Mao live house

For gamers, the song "No Ghost" had already been made available earlier this year on the RockBand network. Click here for more information

The Haunted's Discography:

\m/ Studio albums

- The Haunted (1998)
- Made Me Do It (2000)
- One Kill Wonder (2003)
- Revolver (2004)
- The Dead Eye (2006)
- Versus (2008)
- Unseen (2011)[11]

\m/ Live albums

- Live Rounds In Tokyo (2001)
- Road Kill (2010)

\m/ Compilation albums

- Warning Shots (2009)

\m/ EPs

- Tsunami Benefit (2005)

The Haunted is:

- Patrik Jensen: rhythm guitar
- Jonas Björler: bass
- Anders Björler: lead guitar
- Peter Dolving: vocals
- Per Möller Jensen: drums

Related links:
The Haunted
The Haunted on MySpace
The Haunted on YouTube
The Haunted on Facebook
Century Media Records

Cradle Of Filth Unleashes 'Evermore Darkly…' in North America!

Today is a good day in Heavy Music! Extreme Metallers Cradle Of Filth have finally unleashed their CD/DVD mini-album entitled 'Evermore Darkly…', via Nuclear Blast Records. This mini-album is the follow-on to last year’s triumphant, 'Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa', and it features 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.

“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.” - Vocalist, Dani Filth.

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

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

Behemoth Destroys the Citizens of Katowice & Wroclaw!

This past weekend, the citizens of the Polish cities of Katowice and Wroclaw, welcomed extreme blackened Death Metal meisters Behemoth with their Horns Up!

The band expected it would take some time to return to form, but so far, they are ahead of schedule. As we all know, Behemoth had to take a forced musical break when Adam Michał Darski (A.K.A. Nergal) was diagnosed with Leukemia in August of 2010. Here is an update from Nergal after the bands first few performances since he was able to rejoin the musical spectrum.

"Things are going better than expected. I was really thinking it’d take more time for us to adjust to live circumstances after such a long break. Surprisingly, we are catching up real fast. Shows in Katowice and Wroclaw belong to the best ones we’ve ever played in Poland! Both venues we completely sold out. I already can’t wait next round this coming weekend. Warsaw, be warned!"

Behemoth has one show left on their "Phoenix Rising" tour in Poland. The show is October 21st in Warsaw, Poland. Many more tour dates are being booked in addition to the "Full Of Hate" tour with Cannibal Corpse across continental Europe February-March 2012.

In other Behemoth news; the new music video for the track 'Lucifer' off the bands 2009 release "Evangelion" was recently presented to the masses. The video was shot in Wroclaw, Poland and stars the song's guest vocalist, Maciej Malenczuk.

Back in print and newly repackaged, "Demonica" chronicles the earliest recordings of Polish blackened Death Metal legends Behemoth! "Demonica" will include two booklets; a 28 page booklet and a 16 page booklet with rare photos and lyrics that were not included with the original release. Here is an mp3 for the track 'Summoning of the Ancient Gods' off the upcoming reissue.

Behemoth "Summoning of the Ancient Gods" by Metal Blade Records

Stay tuned for more Behemoth news!

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

Chickenfoot - Video Premiere of "Three and a Half Letters (I Need A Job)"

Arguably considered one of the best new bands in Heavy Music, Chickenfoot has been making plenty of noise since the release of "CHICKENFOOT III" (out now via eOne Music/Edel/EarMusic). This supergroup features guitarist Joe Satriani, drummer Kenny Aronoff, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and frontman Sammy Hagar. No, don't wipe your eyes, they are not deceiving you.

Today, the band is premiering their music video for "Three and a Half Letters (I Need A Job)". It has also been announced, that the band will perform the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live on the evening of November 3rd.

The song is motivated by the dismal job economy and features letters that were sent to Hagar as pleas for help. Chickenfoot is partnering with Feeding America to encourage fans to help alleviate some of the effects of the job economy. This is what he had to say about this.

"I received a lot of letters from people over the years who were looking for help or work and recently I received one from an Afghan War Veteran that ended with 'Can you help? I need a job’... that just really hit me and the song came together. We really want to encourage anyone to help where they can and I think one of the easiest ways is by making contributions to their local food banks so I hope we get that message across in this video and while we are on tour."

"I Need a Job," directed by Arthur Rosato (Springsteen, Bonnaroo), features the real life letters received by Hagar and closes with a call to action in partnership with Feeding America. Beginning today, the band is inviting fans to post their own letters and stories to their website in hopes it will help them find employment and continue to shed light on the critical condition in America. The band is also planning on additional outreach to bring more awareness to the issue in each city on their upcoming “Road Test Tour.” While those who are better off may not be able to offer actual jobs, Chickenfoot believes that contributions to food banks in their hometowns is one simple way, among many others, that fans can help firsthand on a local level.

The band is set to embark on the recently announced “2011 Road Test Tour,” beginning November 1st at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco. The tour will take the band (Satriani, Anthony, Hagar and touring drummer Kenny Aronoff) through five US and five European cities in support of their most recent release "Chickenfoot III", which debuted on the Billboard album chart at #9.

"Chickenfoot III" features 10 tracks with so many moments of epiphany that one can barely take them all in on first listen. Colossal, stadium-shaking riffs abound on earth-movers such as “Alright, Alright,” “Last Temptation” and “Lighten Up.” Tradition meets innovation on the Nashville pop-tinged “Different Devil,” the Delta-blues flavored “Something Going Wrong” and the aching Rock ballad “Come Closer.”

Chickenfoot III follows the band’s 2009 debut album, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 100 and was certified gold for sales of over 500,000 units by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Related links:
Feeding America
eOne Music

Rob Dukes (Exodus) & Rob Moschetti (ex-Pro Pain, M.O.D) Discuss Generation Kill's NEW Album 'Red, White and Blood'!

In times when music has become somewhat stale and predictable, Generation Kill has delivered the Heavy Music community a fresh sounding, hard hitting crushing display of adrenaline, via their new album entitled "Red, White and Blood". The band is fronted by Exodus' vocalist Rob Dukes, who joined forces with his good friend Rob Moschetti (ex-Pro Pain & M.O.D.) in order to create music without an agenda.

Ever since their inception, the original concept of the band was to break away from a predictable formula of music. They consciously decided to blend in elements of Thrash Metal, Hardcore, and various other musical styles, in order to embrace their roots. Prove of this sonic crossover of music can be found on their new album "Red, White and Blood", in which each song has its own identity and mood, which gives the band a signature sound without ever abandoning their influences.

The band recently took over the "Heavy Metal Mecca", Duff's Brooklyn, to celebrate the release of "Red, White and Blood" (out now via Season Of Mist). During the Metallic event, we had the chance to chat with members of the band about the formation of Generation Kill, the creation of "Red, White and Blood", and their future plans.

Speaking of the bands future plans, they will be performing at the 2011 "Hixon Helloween Fest" on Saturday, October 29 at The Trash Bar in Brooklyn. Click here for more details.

Without further due, here is our interview with Generation Kill! Sit back, relax, crank it up, and spread the word!


- Rob Dukes: Vocals
- Rob Moschetti: Bass/Backing Vocals
- Lou Lehman: Lead Guitar
- Jason Trenczer: Lead Guitar
- James DeMaria: Drums

Related links:
Generation Kill on Big Cartel
Generation Kill on Facebook

Monday, October 17, 2011

Stream of Hammers of Misfortune NEW Album '17th Street'!

With a newly-rejuvenated line-up and their signature sound intact, San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune have returned with "17th Street", a brash and heartfelt song cycle, blending the best elements of NWOBHM, Thrash, doom Metal, and American folk music while somehow sounding unlike any of these. "17th Street" takes the band's inimitable sound to a new level, creating an emotional gravity that only further accentuates the band's formidable songwriting chops. This is what John Cobbett (guitarist & producer of the band) had to say about this.

"I can see how someone could find it an upbeat record at first glance. If you listen carefully, you'll find that each song has its own point of view. You might find hope, or something very different, very dark."

Photo by: Craig McGillvray

"17th Street" track listing:

1. 317
2. 17th Street
3. The Grain
4. Staring (The 31st Floor)
5. The Day the City Died
6. Romance Valley
7. Summer Tears
8. Grey Wednesday
9. Going Somewhere

Here is the first single titled "The Grain", taken from Hammer Of Misfortune's NEW album "17th Street".

Hammers of Misfortune "The Grain" by Metal Blade Records

Hammers of Misfortune is:

- John Cobbett: Guitar
- Chewy Marzolo: Drums
- Sigrid Sheie: Organ, Piano, Vocals, Flute
- Leila Abdul-Rauf: Guitar, Vocals
- Joe Hutton: Vocals
- Max Barnett: Bass

Starting today, NPR.org will be streaming San Francisco, CA Hammers of Misfortune's brand new album, "17th Street", in its entirety.

Related links:
Hammers of Misfortune Stream NEW Album '17th Street' via NPR
Official Site of Hammers Of Misfortune
Hammers Of Misfortune on MySpace
Hammers Of Misfortune on Metal Blade Records
Follow John Cobbett on Twitter

'Destroyers Of The Faith' Tour to Feature Cannibal Corpse, Job For A Cowboy, Triptykon & Enslaved!

Death Metal's most successful band in history, Cannibal Corpse, will be headlining the first edition of Metal Hammer's 'Destroyers Of The Faith' tour. Joining them for a series of events that will take place in March of 2012 in the UK, will be Arizona's Job For A Cowboy, plus Norway's Enslaved and Triptykon (featuring Tom G. Warrior of Celtic Frost and Hellhammer). This is what members of Cannibal Corpse and Job For A Cowboy had to say about this crushing event.

"Just being a part of such a killer package and having these bands on there... it's gonna be an exciting time and a great tour for the U.K. I hope all the fans are really pumped for this one, because we definitely are! This is the first time that this is happening in the U.K., and it's very exciting." - Paul Mazurkiewicz (Drummer of Cannibal Corpse)

"It's the perfect tour! We still feel like we have a lot to prove, and this is the perfect tour to get in everyone's faces." - Jonny Davy (Frontman of Job For A Cowboy)

'Destroyers Of The Faith' Tour:

- March 07: Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
- March 08: Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
- March 09: Manchester, UK - Academy
- March 10: London, UK - HMV Forum
- March 11: Birmingham, UK - HMV Institute

Related links:
Metal Hammer Magazine
Cannibal Corpse
Job For A Cowboy

Megadeth Premiere NEW song 'Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)' + FREE Download!

On November 1st, 2011, Thrash Metal titans Megadeth are releasing their 13th studio album appropriately titled TH1RT3EN via Roadrunner Records. Here is the track-listing of one of the most anticipated records of 2011.

CD track listing:

01. Sudden Death
02. Public Enemy No. 1
03. Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)
04. We The People
05. Guns, Drugs & Money
06. Never Dead
07. New World Order
08. Fast Lane
09. Black Swan
10. Wrecker
11. Millennium Of The Blind
12. Deadly Nightshade
13. 13

Here is a brand NEW song entitled "Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)", which fans can download FREE for the next 24 hours (link below).

Vinyl track listing:

Side A:

01. Sudden Death
02. Public Enemy No. 1
03. Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)
04. We The People

Side B:

01. Guns, Drugs & Money
02. Never Dead
03. New World Order

Side C:

01. Fast Lane
02. Black Swan
03. Wrecker

Side D:

01. Millennium Of the Blind
02. Deadly Nightshade
03. 13

Here is an interview we conducted with drummer Shawn Drover, in which we discuss the bands new album, the Big 4 and more!

Here is our Big Four 4 special, featuring Megadeth!


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

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

Related links:
Click to download "Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)" FREE for the next 24 hours via Megadeth's Facebook page

Krisiun Give Fans a Taste of 'The Great Execution'!

Arguably one of the most extreme bands in Death Metal today, Krisiun are ready to unleash their newest monument of brutality, "The Great Execution", set for release on November 1st in North America vie Century Media Records! Today, the band is offering their maniacal fans a taste of their new album via their Facebook page (link below).

"The Great Execution" is the band's 8th studio album and musically expands Krisiun's trademark high speed Death Metal violence with a heavily increased amount of diversity, ranging from extreme tempo variations over distinct rhythm patterns to clean guitars and even Flamenco parts!

Krisiun only used analog gear and instruments while recording this album to avoid the compressed sound that so many musicians produce today. This wise decision resulted in a more organic sound, with the songs on "The Great Execution" possessing both a warmth and a rawness that is so often lost through digital production. The low end is deeper, with drums that pound instead of bounce and guitar tones that sear rather than hiss.

"With our new record we managed to capture the sound and the vibe that we were always looking for. Going back to Stage One Studio in Germany and working with Andy Classen again was the right choice. The album came out with a very distinctive and natural sound, shattering the boundaries of the style once more." Alex Camargo (Vocalist/Bassist)

"The Great Execution" will be available as a limited edition digipak including a re-recorded version of the classic Krisiun song "Black Force Domain" as a bonus track, plus as a180g gatefold vinyl and as a digital download.

Krisiun is:

- Alex Camargo [Vocal/Bass]
- Moyses Kolesne [Guitar]
- Max Kolesne [Drums]

Related links:
A Taste of 'The Great Execution' on Krisiun's Facebook page
Krisiun on MySpace
Century Media Records

DOWN - Progress Report on Down IV, Part 1!

It has been over 4 years since Down released their critically acclaimed album titled "Down III: Over the Under". Since the band knows that the fans are hungry for new Down music and that they don't want to wait 4+ years between albums, the Down boys decided to release four EP's within the next few years. This is what Pepper Keenan had to say about this.

"We're going to do four EPs, and they'll all be different. We have many elements to our sound, so each one will have its own characteristics. Like, for example, this one we're writing right now and are about to start recording will be really hard, with heavy Down stuff. Then we'll have a mellow one, then a doom one — you know, slower and doomy stuff. A little bit of everything."

Down recently entered "Nodfaratu's Lair" (Philip Anselmo's home studio) and began work on Down IV, Part 1. Here is a progress report from riffmeister Kirk Windstein!

- Friday, December 16, 2011 at 11:30 PM:


- Friday, December 16, 2011 at 2:00 AM:


- Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM:


- Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 11:10 AM:


- Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM:


- Friday, November 4, 2011 at 12:00 AM:


- Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 12:30 AM:


- Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 10:32 AM:


- Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 2:00 AM:


- Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM:


- Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9:39 AM:


- Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 3:57 PM:


- Monday, October 17, 2011 at 11:07 AM:


- Friday, October 14, 2011 at 8:22 PM:


- Monday, October 10, 2011 at 10:02 AM:


- Friday, October 7, 2011 at 9:03 AM:


- Tuesday, October 4 at 11:12 AM:


If you live in the New Orleans area, don't forger that Down will be playing two shows during Halloween weekend. The events are scheduled to happen at the Southport Music Hall on October 29th and October 30th in New Orleans, Louisiana.

During a recent interview we conducted with Kirk Windstein, he told us that Down is scheduled to release the first EP in early 2012.


- NOLA, released on September 19, 1995.
- Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow, released on March 26, 2002.
- Down III: Over the Under, released on September 24, 2007.

Down is:

- Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint Ritual): Vocals
- Kirk Windstein (Crowbar): Guitars
- Pepper Keenan (Corrosion Of Conformity): Guitars/Vocals
- Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Superjoint Ritual): Drums
- Patrick Bruders (Crowbar): Bass

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Swedish Death Metallers Dismember Call it Quits!

In 1988, Stockholm, Sweden was taken by storm when Death Metal maniacs Dismember formed one of the most crushing Heavy Metal bands to ever come from Skandinavia. For over 20 years, the band made sure that thousands of fans worldwide felt the impact of their powerful hard hitting music. Today, the band announced that they are calling it quits. This is what Dismember's bassist Tobias Cristiansson had to say about this.

"After 23 years, Dismember have now decided to quit. We wish to thank all our fans for your support."

Here is some footage of one of the bands last performances ever! This concert took place at the "Death Feast Open Air festival" on June 23, 2011 in Hünxe, Germany.


\m/ Demos:

- Dismembered (1988)
- Last Blasphemies (1989)
- Rehearsal (1989)
- Reborn in Blasphemy (1990)

\m/ Full-lengths:

- Like an Ever Flowing Stream (1991)
- Indecent & Obscene (1993)
- Massive Killing Capacity (1995)
- Death Metal (1997)
- Hate Campaign (2000)
- Where Ironcrosses Grow (2004)
- The God That Never Was (2006)
- Dismember (2008)

\m/ Singles and EPs:

- Skin Her Alive (Single, 1991)
- Pieces (EP, 1992)
- Casket Garden (EP, 1995)
- Misanthropic (EP, 1997)

\m/ DVDs and videos:

- Under Bloodred Skies (DVD, 2009)
- Live Blasphemies (DVD, 2004)
- Soon to Be Dead (promo)
- Skinfather (promo)
- Dreaming in Red (promo)
- Casket Garden (promo)
- Trail of the Dead (promo)

\m/ Final line-up:

- Matti Kärki - Vocals
- David Blomqvist - Guitars
- Martin Persson - Guitars
- Tobias Cristiansson - Bass
- Thomas Daun - Drums

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