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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Chris Cornell's New York Times Interview To Be Streamed Tonight!

Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/ex-Audioslave) will be interviewed tonight (January 7) by Jon Pareles of the New York Times. The interview will take place at 6:00 PM ET, and it is part of The New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend. Even though the event is sold out, you can access a live stream at Art & Leisure Weekend.com.

At current time Cornell is recording a NEW album with Soundgarden for the first time in 15 years, while working as a solo artist. Recently, Cornell discussed the differences between performing in a full scale band and as a solo artist. This is what he told Spin.com:

"An acoustic show is all about you, and any little nuance or mistake is amplified. I'm very nervous about it, but I love the intimacy. Once you sit in front of people and start playing songs, it's all on you. No matter what happens, it's entirely your responsibility the entire time. I like that intensity."

Related links:
Chris Cornell's Official Site
Soundgarden's Official Site

Howard Jones Explains His Departure From Killswitch Engage - Official Statement Available!

Earlier this week, Massachusetts Metalcoreheads Killswitch Engage announced that they had parted ways with vocalist Howard Jones. Here is Howard Jones' official statement:

"Well, I guess I will shed a little light without going too deep.

"As some of you may know, I've had a pretty interesting couple of years, to say the least, battling with some personal issues. One of the low points being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes that went unchecked for years. The rest of the band stuck with me through it, and, to be honest, they are the ones that kept me going. The whole experience definitely put a scare in me.

"Recently we've all been in writing mode, but somehow I couldn't get excited about the new album and all the touring that would go with it. The guys saw it before I did. In hindsight, I now realize that my heart wasn't in it.

"I have had an amazing decade with Killswitch Engage. I love Justin, Mike D, Joel and Adam for hanging in there and standing by me no matter how bad it was. I have so many good memories, and those are the ones that I will keep.

"Will I be involved in music again? Sure. I have been in bands for a little over half my life; can't stop now. Until then, get the new Killswitch Engage album; it's going to be good.

"Thanks, everyone, for letting me try to entertain you, and I wish myself well in my future endeavors.

"Gone fishin', Howard."

Related links:
Official Site of Killswitch Engage

Friday, January 6, 2012

Van Halen Reveal Artwork for NEW Single "Tattoo"!

The Van Halen camp has announced that the first single and music video for their NEW album entitled 'A Different Kind of Truth' is called "Tattoo", and it will be available on Tuesday, January 10th. The bands has just revealed the artwork for this single.

In other Van Halen news, the band returned to the musical spectrum last night at a tiny nightclub in New York City called Cafe Wha? The private show welcomed 250 VIP guests and it ended up being as successful as the bands 2007/2008 reunion tour with original singer David Lee Roth. This warm up gig served as the bands promotional campaign kick off for the NEW Van Halen album entitled 'A Different Kind Of Truth'.

Click here to watch some clips of the bands performance last night in New York City

Click here to see if Van Halen will be at a town near you

Related links:
Van Halen

Lacuna Coil Unleash 'Dark Adrenaline' Teaser - Chapter 3: "Carnage Euphoria"!

For more than a decade, Italy's Lacuna Coil has been a fixture in the international Metal scene, gracing the covers of countless hard Rock and Metal publications worldwide. With five full-length albums, two EPs, various singles and a DVD to their credit, the band has sold upwards of 800,000 units in the United States alone and is well-established on Active Rock radio. Melding seductive vocals with a modern, electronica-inspired Metal sound, Lacuna Coil has wowed audiences as headliners the world over, and as featured guests on Ozzfest, as well as on all of the major European festivals such as Download and Graspop. Lacuna Coil, whose moniker translates to "empty spiral' in English, is: Cristina Scabbia (female vocals), Andrea Ferro (male vocals), Cristiano Migliore (guitar), Marco Biazzi (guitar), Marco Coti Zelati (bass) and Cristiano Mozzati (drums/percussion).

The bands NEW album is entitled 'Dark Adrenaline' and is scheduled to be released in North America on January 24th, 2012 via Century Media Records. Produced by the acclaimed Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine), 'Dark Adrenaline' promises to deliver the melodic, sensual, Metallic rush for which the band has come to be known. Fans both old and new will have a variety of options to choose from, as 'Dark Adrenaline' will be released in numerous formats, including:

- Standard edition CD and vinyl.
- Deluxe Edition digipak with a bonus DVD, sticker, poster and guitar pick.
- iTunes LP with expanded packaging, five bonus audio tracks and video.

"Dark Adrenaline" track listing:

01. Trip The Darkness
02. Against You
03. Kill The Light
04. Give Me Something More
05. Upsidedown
06. End Of Time
07. I Don't Believe In Tomorrow
08. Intoxicated
09. The Army Inside
10. Losing My Religion
11. Fire
12. My Spirit

As previously announced, Lacuna Coil will support Megadeth on their critically-acclaimed Gigantour around the release of 'Dark Adrenaline'. Gigantour was founded by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine in 2005; this run will also feature Motörhead and Volbeat. Please see below for tour dates.

"Gigantour" 2012, featuring Megadeth, Motörhead, Volbeat, and Lacuna Coil! Here are the tour dates!

26 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
27 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
28 – Theater at Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
29 – Tsongas Arena – Lowell, MA


1 – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY
2 – Colisee Pepsi – Quebec City, QC
3 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
5 – K-Rock Centre – Kingston, ON
7 – General Motors Centre – Oshawa, ON
8 – Copps Coliseum – Hamilton, ON
9 – Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI
10 – Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
12 – Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
14 – Myth – St. Paul, MN
16 – Prairieland – Saskatoon, SK
17 – Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB
18 – Big 4 Building – Calgary, AB
20 – Abbotsford Ent & Sports Centre – Abbotsford, BC
21 – Showare Center – Kent, WA
23 – Event Center at San Jose State University – San Jose, CA
24 – Gibson Amphitheatre – Universal City, CA
25 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
26 – Tingley Coliseum – Albuquerque, NM
28 – The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO

Related links:
Lacuna Coil
Lacuna Coil on MySpace
Lacuna Coil on Facebook
Empty Spiral
Lacuna Coil on Twitter

Exhumed Announce 'Grind Over Europe Tour' - Rotten Sound & Magrudergrind to Join Them!

Following their first ever trek through Brazil with Aborted, California goregrind ministers Exhumed will spray their blood overseas next month on the 'Grind Over Europe Tour' 2012. Set to kick off on February 24 in Barcelona, Spain, the band will mercilessly tear through 16 cities. Speakers will blow, ears will bleed, villages will crumble. You have been warned. The band will be joined by label-mates Rotten Sound and Magrudergrind.

Comments vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey: "We're fully chuffed to have an opportunity to Grind Over Europe with a couple of our favorite bands: Rotten Sound and Magrudergrind! If you don't like blastbeats, manic energy, beer, stage-diving, rhino charges, swinging thumbjumps or Scott Carlson bass grinds, do yourself a favor and stay the fuck home! This tour, in addition to being a screaming whirlwind holocaust, will single handedly bring the phrase 'play fast or die!' back en vogue. We're psyched to get to hit a few countries for the first time on this tour, as well as dust off some old and particularly short, fast, and loud numbers for the set. Our very first tour in '97 was the Grind Over Europe II tour with Hemdale and Nyctophobic, so whoever said 'you can't go home again' is obviously full of shit! Bring your studded vests, dreadlocks, Agathocles split EPs, and worn out old Napalm Death shirts on down to the show and let's tear some shit apart! Cheers!"

Exhumed with Aborted:

- 02/16/2012: Beco in Porto Alegre, RS
- 02/17/2012: Music Hall in Belo Horizonte, MG
- 02/18/2012: Hangar 110 in São Paulo, SP
- 02/19/2012: Hangar Bar in Curitiba, PR
- 02/20/2012: Bar Opinião in Porto Alegre, RS

Exhumed "Grind Over Tour" In Europe with Rotten Sound and Magrudergrind

- 02/24/2012: Estraperlo Club in Barcelona, Spain
- 02/25/2012: TBA Spain
- 02/26/2012: Sala Jala Jala in Almería, Spain
- 02/27/2012: Revolver Bar in Lisbon, Portugal
- 02/28/2012: Hard Club in Porto, Portugal
- 02/29/2012: Sala Heaven in Santander, Spain
- 03/01/2012: Salle Des Fêtes De Labège in Toulouse, France
- 03/02/2012: Kulturwerk 118 in Sursee, Switzerland
- 03/03/2012: Les Caves Du Manoir in Martigny, Switzerland
- 03/04/2012: Lo Fi Club in Milano, Italy
- 03/05/2012: Mochvara in Zagreb, Croatia
- 03/06/2012: Dürer Kert in Budapest, Hungary
- 03/07/2012: Euphoria Music Hall in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
- 03/08/2012: Nova Pekaren in Nitra, Slovakia
- 03/09/2012: Black Pes in Prague, Czech Rep
- 03/10/2012: Barrak Music Club in Ostrava, Czech Rep

Related links:

HALCYON WAY Announce European Tour With Delain!

HALCYON WAY, Atlanta's premier Metal band is bringing their powerful mixture of heavy, punishing riffs and infectious melodies to Europe this spring when they hit the road for a tour with Delain and Trillium. The tour kicks off April 26th in Hamburg, Germany and winds up May 16th in London.

"We're very excited to be hitting the road again in Europe with Delain & Trillium this spring! It should be an epic tour with a great night of metal for all the fans. To celebrate the new year and the tour, fans new & old can get a special bundle deal on 'Building The Towers' and 'IndoctriNation' for only $20 including shipping, so visit the webshop and pick it up for super cheap!" - Guitarist Jon Bodan

'IndoctriNation' is the sequel to 2010's 'Building The Towers' and continues the sound and theme of that album. It features 5 brand new original tracks; a cover of "Stand Up" by Steel Dragon (from the movie Rock Star - song originally written by Sammy Hagar), a radio edit of "The Age Of Betrayal", and an industrial remix of "The System".

Aurally combining the heaviness of bands like Testament, the technical prowess of Dream Theater, the power Metallic attitude of Evergrey and soaring vocal melodies, HALCYON WAY will leave you awestricken by their punishing riffs and unforgettable hooks.


- April 26 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Gruenspan, in Hamburg, Germany
- April 27 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Lido, in Berlin, Germany
- April 28 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Progresja, in Warzaw, Poland
- April 29 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Masters of Rock Cafe, in Zlin, Czech Republic
- May 02 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Club 202, in Budapest, Hungary
- May 03 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Arena, in Vienna, Austria
- May 04 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Backstage, in Munich, Germany
- May 05 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Rock'n'Roll Arena, in Romagnano Sesia, Italy
- May 06 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Z7, in Pratteln, Switzerland
- May 08 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Gloria, in Cologne, Germany
- May 09 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Biebob, in Vosselaar, Belgium
- May 10 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Substage, in Karlsruhe, Germany
- May 11 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Alhambra, in Paris, France
- May 12 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at HMV Institute, in Birmingham, UK
- May 13 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Corporation, in Sheffield, UK
- May 15 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Academy 20, in Manchester, UK
- May 16 2012: w. Delain and Trillium at Koko, in London, UK

Halcyon Way's Discograpy:

- 2011: Indoctrination (Nightmare Records)
- 2010: Building the Towers (Nightmare Records)
- 2008: A Manifesto for Domination (Nightmare Records)

Halcyon Way's Lineup:

- Steve Braun: Vocals
- Jon Bodan: Guitars
- Zane: Guitars
- Kris Maltenieks: Bass
- Ernie Topran: Drums

Related links:
Halcyon Way's Official Site
Halcyon Way on Twitter
Halcyon Way on Facebook

Suffocation Guitarist Guy Marchais Joins Bangladeafy On Their Song "Burn The Witches" - Audio Available!

Suffocation, the kings of Technical Death Metal, have been in the game for over 20 years. At current time, Suffocation is taking their time in order to see if the music industry will help the band take their career to a whole new level so that they can release some NEW music and go on bigger scale tours. Recently, we spoke with drummer Mike Smith (interview below) and he confirmed to us that they will finally be releasing a new DVD soon, but that the exact release date can't be confirmed yet, since it depends on the support that they get from the industry.

Recently, Suffocation's guitar monster Guy Marchais joined experimental Metal duet Bangladeafy (whose songs usually don't include guitar parts) to lay down some leaks on their song "Burn The Witches". Check it out, and if you live within the tri-state area come check them out tonight at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York (see the flyer below).

Bangladeafy - Burn the Witches feat. Guy Marchais from Suffocation by bangladeafy

+ Hosted & DJed by Jo Schüftan from Horns Up Rocks!


- Date/time: Friday, January 6th at 7 PM.
- Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
- Location: Saint Vitus Bar, 1120 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint, New York
- Click here to RSVP
- Click here to purchase tickets now!

Related links:
Bangladeafy on Bandcamp
Bangladeafy on Facebook
Suffocation's Official Site

'Underground MeTaL Friday's' Series to be Kicked Off in 1 Week - Video Promo Available!

One week from today, the first-ever 'Underground Metal Friday's' will take place at Fontana's Bar in New York Rock City! To kick it off in style we are bringing you a FRIDAY THE 13th bash!

Here is the stellar lineup we put together for your ears to bleed to!

- Generation Kill (Featuring Rob Dukes from Exodus): Thrash Metal/Hardcore
- Death Immortal: Heavy Metal
- Forever Her Nightmare: Melodic Metal/Post-Hardcore
- Arcane Malevolence: Progressive Metal
- Truth In Needless: NYHC/Punk

Here is the official event promo:

- Date/Time: FRIDAY THE 13th of January at 8 PM!
- Location: Fontana's Bar (105 Elridge st), New York City NY - B or D train to Grand St.
- Cost: $10 (21+ with ID)

Official Facebook invite: RSVP NOW

Related links:
Generation Kill
Death Immortal
Forever Her Nightmare
Arcane Malevolence
Truth In Needless

Metallica 3D Movie - Official Statement Available!

"As you know, we generally make it a policy not to comment on gossip or rumors, but we also pride ourselves on being first with 'Tallica news. So, with that said, the more astute of you may have noticed a couple of mentions in trade publications, and most recently in the new issue of Rolling Stone, that a Metallica 3D movie is in the works. We're here to tell you that, yes, there is indeed a 3D project in the very early stages of production! We wish we could tell you more right now, but we don't have all the finer points nailed down just yet. What we can tell you is that we are planning on being in a theater near you sometime in 2013 and as you hear us say ever so often, this will be the space for all the details as we finalize them."

According to Deadline.com, Metallica will be self-financing a 3D feature film, and the band has recruited producer Charlotte Huggins ("Journey To The Center Of The Earth" and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island") to work on the project, for which a director was being sought.

Stay tuned for more information!

Related links:

Napalm Death - Song Premiere Of "Leper Colony"!

The legendary Grindcore band Napalm Death, is now giving fans their first preview of their upcoming NEW album, 'Utilitarian', with the premiere of its first single, "Leper Colony", on Brooklyn Vegan! Set to be released on February 27th in Europe and February 28th in North America, 'Utilitarian' is the four-piece's 14th studio album, and it promises to live up to the bands everlasting legacy as leaders of extreme music-- so prepare yourself for a NEW grind classic! To listen to "Leper Colony", click the link below.

Upon the release of 'Utilitarian', Napalm Death's limited-edition 'Analysis Paralysis 7" EP' will also be available for purchase at CM Distro in black and clear vinyl. Its B-Side includes the exclusive track "Youth Offender", making this 7" a very collectible piece for any diehard Napalm Death fan! Stay tuned for more information about this special release coming soon.

The band is already confirmed to play the 2012 editions of Wacken Open Air (Germany), Hellfest (France), Maryland Deathfest (USA), and several shows from late January onwards, including a special record release show in Birmingham on February 25th. Check the dates below to see when Napalm Death will be coming to a city near you!

Napalm Death live 2012:

- 1/27: Siegen -- Vortex Club (Germany)
- 1/28: Cham - L.A. Cham (Germany)
- 1/29: Koblenz - Circus Maximus (Germany)
- 2/25: Birmingham - Record Release Show @ HMV Institute (Great Britain)
- 3/2: Tilburg - Neurotic Deathfest (Netherlands)
- 3/4: Paris - Maroquinerie (France)
- 3/31: Enschede - Atak (Netherlands)
- 4/4: Blios - Chatodo (France)
- 4/5: Castres - Bolegason (France)
- 4/6: Rambouillet - Usine a Chapeaux (France)
- 4/7: St Brieuc - Citrouille (France)
- 4/27: Lausanne - Les Docks (Switzerland)
- 4/28: Bari - Demode' Club (Italy)
- 4/29: Livorno - The Cage Teather (Italy)
- 5/11: Magdeburg - Factory (Germany)
- 5/12: Essen - Zeche Carl (Germany)
- 5/24-27: Sonar-Baltimore - Maryland Deathfest (USA)
- 6/1: Barcelona - Primavera Sound (Spain)
- 6/15: Clisson - Hellfest (France)
- 7/27: Bertingen - Rock unter den Eichen Open Air (Germany)
- 7/28: Essen - Nord Open Air Festival (Germany)
- 8/2-4: Wacken - Wacken Open Air (Germany)

Related links:
Click here to listen to Napalm Death's NEW song "Leper Colony" (courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan)
Napalm Death
Century Media

Van Halen Announce North American Tour Dates!

Legendary Heavy Music band Van Halen, have revealed a slew of tour dates for what is to be their first North American tour since the reformation of the band. The band is scheduled to kick-off their tour at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky on February 18. The extensive tour will see the band takeover Detroit's the Palace Of Auburn Hills (February 20); Chicago's United Center (February 24); New York City's Madison Square Garden on February 28 and March 1; Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center on March 5, Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on April 27; Denver's Pepsi Center on May 24; Los Angeles at the Staples Center on June 1; Oakland at the Oracle Arena on June 3; San Jose at HP Pavilion on June 5; New Orleans at the New Orleans Arena on June 26, and many more. Here is the partial list of tour dates.

- Feb. 18: Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
- Feb. 20: Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace Of Auburn Hills
- Feb. 22: Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- Feb. 24: Chicago, IL - United Center
- Feb. 28: New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
- Mar. 01: New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
- Mar. 03: Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Arena
- Mar. 05: Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
- Mar. 09: Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center
- Mar. 11: Boston, MA - TD Garden
- Mar. 15: Montreal, QCBell Centre
- Mar. 17: Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
- Mar. 21: Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
- Mar. 24: Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
- Mar. 28: Washington, DC - Verizon Center
- Mar. 30: Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
- Apr. 01: Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
- Apr. 10: Sunrise, FL - BankAtlantic Center
- Apr. 12: Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
- Apr. 14: Orlando, FL - Amway Center
- Apr. 16: Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena
- Apr. 19: Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
- Apr. 21: Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum Complex
- Apr. 25: Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
- Apr. 27: Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
- May 01: Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
- May 05: Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
- May 07: Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
- May 09: Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
- May 11: Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
- May 17: Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
- May 19: Saint Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
- May 22: Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
- May 24: Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
- May 27: Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
- Jun. 01: Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
- Jun. 03: Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
- Jun. 05: San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion At San Jose
- Jun. 12: Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
- Jun. 14: San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
- Jun. 16: Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
- Jun. 20: Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
- Jun. 22: San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
- Jun. 24: Houston, TX - Toyota Center
- Jun. 26: New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena

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

In other Van Halen news, the band returned to the musical spectrum last night at a tiny nightclub in New York City called Cafe Wha? The private show welcomed 250 VIP guests and it ended up being as successful as the bands 2007/2008 reunion tour with original singer David Lee Roth. This warm up gig served as the bands promotional campaign kick off for the NEW Van Halen album entitled 'A Different Kind Of Truth'. The album is set to be released on February 7th via Interscope Records. The CD's first single and video, "Tattoo", will arrive on January 10th. The band has also announced a slew of North American tour dates.

Click here to watch some clips of the bands performance last night in New York City

Related links:
Van Halen

Generation Kill's 'Red, White and Blood' = That Metal Show's "Pick Of The Week"!

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.

This past Saturday (December 31, 2011), That Metal Show's Don Jamieson chose 'Red, White and Blood' as his "Pick Of The Week". Here is what Jamieson had to say about the bands debut album:

"My buddy Rob Dukes who is the singer in Exodus now, has a new album with a band called Generation Kill. It's a great album with a Punk tinged Thrash sound... which is not easy to say on television. And it's very Heavy! Uber Heavy! "

Here is the clip:

On Friday the 13th of January, Generation Kill will be headlining the first-ever "Underground Metal Friday's" at Fontana's Bar in New York City! Here is the official event flier.

Recently, the band premiered the NEW video clip for their song "Red White and Blood". The video clip offers a full concept telling the all too real story of a war veteran turned serial killer through his traumatic experiences at the front. Concept by Rob Dukes (Exodus). Check it out!

Generation Kill is:

- 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

Van Halen Reveal NEW Album Title + Video & Setlist of Bands New York City Reunion Show!

Van Halen returned to the musical spectrum last night at a tiny nightclub in New York City called Cafe Wha? The private show welcomed 250 VIP guests and it ended up being as successful as the bands 2007/2008 reunion tour with original singer David Lee Roth. This warm up gig served as the bands promotional campaign kick off for the NEW Van Halen album entitled 'A Different Kind Of Truth'. The album is set to be released on February 7th via Interscope Records. The CD's first single and video, "Tatoo", will arrive on January 10th.

Related links:
Van Halen

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Soulfly Recruits Director Thomas Mignone For "World Scum" Video!

Max Cavalera's Soulfly, announced today that they will be recruiting director Thomas Mignone for the production of their video for their NEW song entitled "World Scum". The track is part of Soulfly's eighth studio album 'Enslaved' (set to be released on March 13, 2012 via Roadrunner Records), which was recorded at Tallcat Studios in Phoenix, Arizona and was produced by Zeuss, the seasoned knob twiddler behind some of the most notable bands in Metal today, such as Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, The Red Chord and more. Cavalera also shared production duties. This is what director Thomas Mignone had to say about this:

"It's an honor to receive a call from someone you had pictures of on your wall as a kid asking you to be on a NEW album of theirs. I literally had a picture of Max [Cavalera, Soulfly mainman] and Gloria [Max's wife and manager] holding [Gloria's son] Richie in her arms that I ripped out of a copy of Metal Maniacs on my wall when I was 15 or 16. Now they're asking for my artistic hand in one of their creations; [it] just doesn't get much more surreal than that. Very honored and the song is very 'Death Metal-ish' and completely crushes. Happy to be a part of it!"

Over the weekend, it was announced that Cavalera will be hosting an online video chat on Sunday, January 15th. Soulfy is scheduled to release of a brand new album entitled "Enslaved", which will be their eighth overall. While many bands barely make it to a third album, the Max Cavalera-led collective is still going strong two decades deep. 2012 also marks the band's 15th anniversary of making a tribally-influenced Metallic racket and what better way to celebrate than with a NEW record? The album will be released via longtime label Roadrunner Records, which has been Soulfly's home for the course of its career. The label has also been Cavalera's home for the duration of his career, which began in the '80s as a member of Sepultura, who essentially rewrote the rules of Heavy Music when they arrived on the scene; Max continues to do the same today.

The song remains insane for Soulfly, as does the lineup. The powerhouse lineup features Max and guitar dynamo Marc Rizzo, with Static-X's Tony Campos taking up the bass. The lineup is rounded out by drummer David Kinkade, a new school, extreme skinsman whose brutality behind the kit brings a new flavor to the band.

The band tracked 14 songs, 11 of which will be on the record, with the other three being made available for the special edition.

Track titles for 'Enslaved' are as follows:

- Resistance
- World Scum
- Intervention
- Gladiator
- Legions
- American Steel
- Redemption of Man By God
- Treachery
- Plata O Plomo
- Revengeance
- Chains
- Slave
- Bastards
- Soulfly VIII

Please note this is not the final track sequencing. The album is due out in March 13, 2012. It follows 2010's "Omen".

Related links:
Soulfly's Official Site!

Ptahil Streams NEW Album 'For His Satanic Majesty’s Glory'

The latest long player from Indiana Black Metal miscreants PTAHIL is streaming right now thanks to Decibelmagazine.com. Initially unveiled via Cvlt Nation in the Fall, right now you should listen to Ptahil's NEW album entitled 'For His Satanic Majesty’s Glory'. Already released in North America on November 14, 2011, the record will make its European debut on January 16, 2012 via Wraith Productions.

Sit back and summon the forces of darkness. (You'll also get the added bonus of learning some interesting background behind the band's mysterious name). 'For His Satanic Majesty’s Glory' is an imposing assault of Satanic Doom/Punk/Black Metal on the senses, composed and recorded in complete adversarial ritual.

Click here to listen to Ptahil's 'For His Satanic Majesty's Glory'

Words from the converted:

"This ranks right up there with the new Absu as one of the best occult Metal albums of the year!" -- Wormwood Chronicles

"This will scar you mentally as well as aurally... this gives you those moments of when Black Metal was new and a very hidden art form on the world. Well done, PTAHIL." -- AZM

“These two creatures of the dark universe have conjured up nine songs that will sting you like the lash of the whip of your underworld master.” — Cvlt Nation

“PTAHIL appreciate how to disturb the listener to good effect.” — Alternative Matter

“…be prepared for a violently blissful ascension toward their goal of annihilation.” — Forbidden

“Lightly melodic Black Metal which from time to time is reminiscent of Watain… The more you listen to the album the more captivating and stronger it becomes… PTAHIL is a band to keep an eye on.” — Lords of Metal

“…if you like your Metal dirty, with a Punk attitude and aesthetic that often shifts into more traditional metal leanings, and are gung-ho for some “hail satan!” shenanigans, then this record is probably going to satisfy you…” — Music Emissions

Related links:
Official Site of Ptahil
Ptahil on MySpace
Decibel Magazine Online

Sweden's ASTRAL DOORS Streams NEW Song "With A Stranger's Eye"!

Sweden's ASTRAL DOORS upcoming album, 'Jerusalem', shows the band at its very, very best. With world famous producer Daniel Bergstrand behind the mixing board, their classic Rock/Heavy Metal is brought to new dimensions. "Jerusalem" is by far the best album so far from ASTRAL DOORS and the concept of the lyrics is darker, more political and more provocative than ever before in the history of the band. The amazing cover artwork has once again been done by Mattias Eriksson who also did "Of the Son and the Father" and "Testament of Rock".

Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive stream of the track "With A Stranger's Eye" at the link below. The album which will be released on January 31st via Metalville Records can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

Formed in Borlänge in 2002, accomplished the all but accomplishable: delighting Power Metal fans and traditionalists alike. Simultaneously, the sound's unmistakable kinship to Dio-fronted Rainbow and Dio/Martin-fronted Black Sabbath earned ASTRAL DOORS momentum with old-school Metalheads who frowned at the perceived blandness and lack of substance in the Power Metal genre.

The debut 'Of the Son and the Father' arrived in 2003 to immense critical fanfare, although the crucified priests on the cover succumbed to censorship in Japan where the album was also rechristened (!) "Cloudbreaker". In the following years, ASTRAL DOORS shrewdly made it impossible for the audience to forget them by bombarding said audience with new releases, one more breathtaking than the other: 'Evil Is Forever' (2005), 'Raiders of the Ark EP' (2005) and 'Astralism' (2006). The band also performed at the perennial Wacken and Sweden Rock Festivals, and did tours with Grave Digger and Blind Guardian - the latter with particular success.

Sadly, the delightfully Power Metal-laden "New Revelation" (2007) did not lead to ASTRAL DOORS expected big break. The album met with rave reviews, but the band somewhat prematurely ventured their own headline tour, preaching to a still comparatively small choir. Album sales were satisfactory but hardly overwhelming. "Requiem of Time" in January 2010 - introducing new bassist Ulf Lagerström - saw the band gracefully back on track.

ASTRAL DOORS 'Jerusalem' Track listing:

1. Seventh Crusade
2. With A Stranger's Eye
3. Child of Rock'n'roll
4. Pearl Harbor
5. Lost Crucifix
6. Babylon Rise
7. Suicide Rime
8. The Battle of Jacob's Ford
9. Operation Freedom
10. The Day After Yesterday
11. Jerusalem

Line Up:

- Patrik Johansson: Vocals
- Joachim Nordlund: Guitars
- Joakim Roberg: Organ
- Ulf Lagerström: Bass
- Johan Lindstedt: Drums

Related links:
Click here to listen to "With A Stranger's Eye" (courtesy of Noisecreep)
Click here to purchase ASTRAL DOORS' 'Jerusalem'
Astral Doors on Facebook
Metalville Records

Five Finger Death Punch Releases First Update Of 2012!

Five Finger Death Punch made plenty of headlines in 2011, thanks to 'American Capitalist', which is arguably considered one of biggest Rock albums of last year. 'American Capitalist' entered at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 in early October and has already sold over 200,000 copies in just a few months. Fans can purchase the album on iTunes (link below).

Related links:
American Capitalist in iTunes
Official Site of Five Finger Death Punch
Five Finger Death Punch on Facebook
Five Finger Death Punch on Twitter

HYPNO5E Premiere Teaser Video For 'Acid Mist Tomorrow'

French experimental Heavy Metal act, Hypno5e, has released a teaser video in anticipation of the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, 'Acid Mist Tomorrow'. As you can see below, it is a visually stimulating glimpse into the innovative concept album, which is set to release next month.

The track list for 'Acid Mist Tomorrow' is:

1. Acid Mist Tomorrow
2. Six Fingers In One Hand She holds the dawn Part I
3. Six Fingers In One Hand She holds the dawn Part II
4. Story Of The Eye
5. Gehenne Part I
6. Gehenne Part II
7. Gehenne Part III
8. Brume Unique Obscurité Part I
9. Brume Unique Obscurité Part II

Artwork comes courtesy of Hypno5e drummer, Thibault Lamy.

'Acid Mist Tomorrow' was produced, mixed and mastered by Hypno5e and Benoit Pouzol at Studio La Chévre and Belberoad Studio.

The record’s title track can be heard on this video clip:

Commented the band, “‘Acid Mist Tomorrow’ is the opening song of our NEW album, an album which has confirmed our idea of music, our way of considering it and our way of writing it. This song is, for us, the most representative of our style and displays the evolution since 'Des Deux L’une Est L’autre'. Four years of touring, writing and recording has lead us to this most important moment in our band’s history! So much has happened in these past few years, and Hypno5e is now more ready than ever to tour the globe and make this album live!”

Related links:
Official Site of Hypno5e

A Pale Horse Named Death To Stream Brooklyn, New York Show LIVE!

A Pale Horse Named Death are kicking of 2012 with a special hometown show in Brooklyn, NY at The Knitting Factory. The show which will take place tomorrow (Friday, January 6th), will also be streaming in full courtesy of APHND, The Knitting Factory and LiveStream.com. The Live Stream of the concert can be accessed at the link below.

In other APHND news, the band has parted ways with guitarist Bobby Hambel, and has announced a replacement. Frontman Sal Abruscato commented about the lineup change.

"Due to conflicting schedules with Biohazard, Bobby Hambel is unable to tour any further with A Pale Horse Named Death. We wish Bobby and Biohazard all the great success they deserve on their upcoming release in January 2012. Eddie Heedles has been chosen as the new replacement for Bobby. Eddie is a shredding guitarist who has worked with the likes of Corey Glover (Living Colour), T.M. Stevens, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Sekond Skyn and The White Chocolate Experience."

APHND is the brainchild of Brooklyn, NY native Sal Abruscato, and sounds like Alice in Chains mysteriously sneaking up behind Type O Negative with a butcher knife while being filmed for a future episode of "Law & Order".

"And Hell Will Follow Me" is available in three different formats: Digipak CD, 2 LP Set and digital download. The 2 LP Set comes on 180 gram vinyl and also includes a copy of the CD. In addition the 2 LP set features an LP exclusive bonus track: "Pickup Truck". Order the album HERE.

One-off Show:

- January 6, 2012 in Brooklyn, NY at The Knitting Factory.

"Hell Across Europe" 2012 Headlining Tour:

- 11 Jan Vienna, AUSTRIA, Szene Wein
- 12 Jan Munich, GERMANY, Backstage
- 13 Jan Zurich, SWITZERLAND, Werk 21
- 14 Jan Novara, ITALY, Rock N Roll Arena
- 15 Jan Stuttgart, GERMANY, Die Röhre
- 17 Jan Wiesbaden, GERMANY, Schlachthof
- 18 Jan Cologne, GERMANY, Underground
- 20 Jan Dublin, IRELAND, The Pint
- 21 Jan Belfast, N. IRELAND, Spring & Airbrake
- 22 Jan Manchester, ENGLAND, Moho Live
- 24 Jan Wrexham, WALES, Central Station
- 25 Jan Wolverhampton, ENGLAND, Slade Rooms
- 27 Jan London, ENGLAND, The Borderline
- 29 Jan Antwerp, BELGIUM, Trix
- 31 Jan Copenhagen, DENMARK, The Rock
- 01 Feb Hamburg, GERMANY, Logo
- 02 Feb Kerkrade, NETHERLANDS, Rock Temple
- 03 Feb Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS, Melkweg
- 04 Feb Bielefeld, GERMANY, The Forum
- 05 Feb Saarbrucken, GERMANY, Garage Club
- 07 Feb Berlin, GERMANY, White Trash
- 10 Feb Warsaw, POLAND, Progresja
- 11 Feb Wroclaw, POLAND, Firlej
- 12 Feb Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC, Exit-US

LIVE - Line Up:

- Sal Abruscato (Life Of Agony), Guitar & Vocals
- Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Seventh Void), Drums
- Matt Brown (Supermassiv, Seventh Void), Guitar
- Eddie Heedles, Guitar
- Eric Morgan, Bass

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

Related links:
Click here to access APHND's Live Stream of their hometown show in Brooklyn, NY
Click here to purchase tickets for APHND's Brooklyn, NY show
Click here to order A Pale Horse Named Death's "And Hell Follow Me"
Click here to get A Pale Horse Named Death's iPhone app
A Pale Horse Named Death

King's X Announce Sprint Tour in Support of 'Live Love in London' & Latest Studio Release 'XV'!

Legendary rockers King's X will return to the North American tour circuit this spring for their first West Coast run in three years. Aptly named the "First Church of Rock and Roll" tour, King's X will spread their progressive fusion of hard Rock, funk and soul on a 4-week trek starting March 28 in Austin, TX and extending through April 21 in Denver, CO.

It will be the first time the band - bassist/vocalist dUg Pinnick, guitarist/vocalist Ty Tabor and drummer/vocalist Jerry Gaskill - have played most of these cities since 2009, and will mark their first West Coast dates in support of 'Live Love In London', the live CD/DVD follow-up to latest studio release 'XV'.

Live Love In London is the most expansive King's X live offering to date, a career-encompassing package featuring "It's Love," "Over My Head," "Black Flag," "Lost In Germany" and more. Recorded live January 22, 2009 at the Electric Ballroom, the 3-disc CD/DVD package (also available as a 2-CD set) showcases the amazing live performances that King's X have been delivering to fans around the world for the past 25 years. To order your copy of Live Love In London, see the link below.

King's X "First Church of Rock and Roll" Tour:

- 3/28/12: Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, TX
- 3/29/12: Warehouse Live Studio in Houston, TX
- 3/30/12: Trees in Dallas, TX
- 4/1/12: House of Rock in Corpus Christi, TX
- 4/3/12: The Rock in Tucson, AZ
- 4/5/12: Key Club in West Hollywood, CA
- 4/6/12: Brick by Brick in San Diego, CA
- 4/7/12: The Coach House in San Juan, CA
- 4/10/12: Don Quixote's in Felton, CA
- 4/12/12: Cargo in Reno, NV
- 4/13/12: The Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA
- 4/14/12: Pound West Oakland in Oakland, CA
- 4/17/12: Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR
- 4/18/12: El Corazon in Seattle, WA
- 4/21/12: Herman's Hideaway in Denver, CO

Related links:
Click here to order your copy of Live Love In London
Official Site of King's X
King's X on Facebook
King's X on YouTube

Biohazard - Premiere of Lyric Video for 'Reborn'!

The highly anticipated ninth studio album by Biohazard is called "Reborn In Defiance" and it marks the first time in 18 years that the band records an album with their original lineup (Evan Seinfeld, Bobby Hambel, Billy Graziadei & Danny Schuler). Produced Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Metallica), the NEW Biohazard album will be available worldwide January 20th, 2012 vie Nuclear Blast Records.

January also marks the beginning of an 18 month world tour for Biohazard which also includes a co-headline with Suicidal Tendencies on the 'Persistence Tour' in Europe, a short UK tour, several northeast dates with NYHC legends Madball, and the 'Soundwave Festival' in Australia (see below for tourdates).

Today, the band has released the lyric video for their NEW song entitled "Reborn". Check it out and spread the word!

Below are all the upcoming northeast tour dates for the first part of their world tour in support of "Reborn In Defiance".

- 1/15: Albany, NY @ Bogies
- 1/17: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater

With Madball:

- 2/8: Syracuse, NY @ Station 58
- 2/9: Portland, ME @ Asylum
- 2/10: Worcester, MA @ Te Palladium
- 2/11: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
- 2/14: Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
- 2/15: Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
- 2/16: Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
- 2/17: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
- 2/18: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Related links:
Biohazard on Facebook
Biohazard on Twitter

Bandhappy Launches Registration Privileges & Becomes the First LIVE Online and In-Person Music Education Service!

BANDHAPPY, the brand NEW and first LIVE online and in-person music education service, is pleased to announce the launch of registration abilities beginning today (Thursday, January 5th, 2012) at 11am ET. Lessons will begin on Monday, January 9th as students are activated into the system. The site has received thousands of requests from students seeking lessons so far, so be patient as BANDHAPPY is approving students on a rolling basis.

Teachers are still able to apply and can continue to apply at any time! Rules for application are currently on the BANDHAPPY teacher registration page. Hundreds of teachers have already signed on and are ready to teach! Teachers that have already signed on include Chris and Willie Adler (Lamb of God), Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders), Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean Band), Gil Sharone (Stolen Babies), Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan), Mike Mowery (Outerloop MGMT), AJ Minette (The Human Abstract), Evan Brewer (The Faceless), Paul Waggoner (Between the Buried and Me), Rody Walker (Protest the Hero), Peter Wichers (Soilwork), Louis Cato (Marcus Miller Band), Spencer Sotelo (Periphery), and more.

There are two new tutorial videos available below, one for teachers and one for students! The videos assist in walking new students and teachers through the registration process, as well as other important individual points like setting up a lesson, creating your profile, etc. You can view the teacher tutorial here, and the student tutorial here. NEW features will be announced soon, so keep your eyes (and ears) open!

BANDHAPPY is positioned to change the music world. Founded by Periphery drummer Matt Halpern, BANDHAPPY will reshape how music teachers and students connect in a first-of-its-kind music community. BANDHAPPY will offer either in-person lessons or online lessons anywhere on the planet via a custom-built, in-house video chat system.

BANDHAPPY offers access to one-on-one lessons – in person or online -- with the teacher of your choice, chosen from an impressive roster of professionals in every possible genre. BANDHAPPY is not specifically focused on just instrument lessons either; lessons will also include all areas of music business and production, as well. Anyone can apply to teach or take lessons with BANDHAPPY.

Musicians can use BANDHAPPY for instant access to a readily available pool of potential students, so they can teach whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want. BANDHAPPY makes it easy for musicians to manage their teaching schedules effortlessly, while still doing what they love to do and earn income even when they’re out on the road. The touring musicians who created BANDHAPPY have made the entire process hassle-free for both students and teachers. Everything from scheduling to payment is handled seamlessly in one place, on their easy-to-navigate, user-friendly site.

Related links:
BANDHAPPY on Facebook

Alekhnine's Gun Set to Dominate Saint Vitus Bar This Friday - 'Meditations In Wrath' EP Online Now!

Ever since we first had Alekhine's Gun pointed to our heads, we have kept a close watch on this furious New York City band. Hailing from Brooklyn, the band is composed by Jessica Pimentel (voice of steel), Jeff Martinez (shredder), Angel Cotte (skin basher), and Daniel Martinez (groove meister). If music can be used as a weapon, this band is armed to the teeth and extremely dangerous.

The band is set's debut EP entitled 'Meditations In Wrath' is available now at the links below, just beware that your ears will become instantly addicted to their ferocious sounds.

This Friday, January 6th, Alekhine's will be performing at Saint Vitus Bar alongside Jesse Leach's The Empire Shall Fall, East Of The Wall, Bangladeafy, and Fashion Week. Additionally, the event will be hosted and DJed by Jo Schüftan from Horns Up Rocks. Here are all the details you need:

- Date/time: Friday, January 6th at 7 PM.
- Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
- Location: Saint Vitus Bar, 1120 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint, New York
- Click to RSVP!
- Click here to purchase tickets at a discounted rate!

Related links:
Click here to purchase 'Meditation In Wrath' on Bandcamp
Click here to purchase 'Meditations In Wrath' on iTunes
Alekhine's Gun on Facebook
Alekhine's Gun on Twitter

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

LOG's Randy Blythe Announces Presidential Candidacy - Official Statement Available!

Randy Blythe from Lamb Of God is considered one of the top vocalists in Heavy Music today. Recently, Revolver Magazine, included Randy Blythe on their 100th issue as part of their tribute to the '100 Greatest Living Rock Stars'. Additionally, Lamb Of God are gearing for the release of their NEW album entitled 'Resolution' (set to be released on January 24th in the US, and January 31st in Canada. Today, Randy announced that he is running for president. Here is his official statement.

"It’s 2012 now, the year some are saying the Mayan calendar predicts a cataclysmic upheaval across the board for our planet, perhaps even the end of the world as we know it. I don’t know if these doomsday predictions have any validity, but I do know one thing: the potential candidates in the race to decide who will be elected President of the United States look like pure shit.

"I’m not particularly stoked on any of the candidates. In a massive blow to our civil rights, Obama quietly signed the NDAA for the fiscal year 2012 into law while Americans drank in their party hats on New Year’s Eve. The GOP is parading around a bunch of ass-clowns in what has got to be the most embarrassing primary season in the history of their party. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse than Sarah Palin, they bust out that lunatic Michele Bachman. I have no clue what the Libertarians are up to now that Ron Paul is gunning for the Republican nomination. Probably loading their guns and preparing for the worst.

"Don’t even get me started on our current Congress, THE WORST CONGRESS I HAVE EVER SEEN OR HEARD OF IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. It’s a relentless bipartisan pissing contest in Washington where not only is nothing getting done, nothing is ALLOWED to get done. There’s a bunch of squabbling children in Washington in charge of the business of running our country. These baboons are stopping any useful litigation from occurring by engaging in an endless game of “I know you are, but what am I?”. There is very little compromise happening in DC, and there is very little regard for the welfare of the American people. It’s PATHETIC.

"Something has got to change. America is falling to pieces around us and we are sitting back and letting it happen. We need someone to come in and REALLY take charge, someone who can’t be bought by corporate dollars because he doesn’t need or want ‘em. Someone who is not going to bullshit the country or the rest of the world about what’s going to go down when he steps into office, because he LIKES pissing people off and doesn’t give a shit about hurting anyone’s feelings. We need a man who is not afraid to stick his neck out and risk embarrassing himself while doing the right thing, a man, in fact, INCAPABLE of embarrassment anymore PERIOD because he’s ALREADY done almost every stupid WRONG thing you can think of at one time or the other. We need a hard-boiled, no-nonsense, mean son-of-a-bitch with a bad reputation who ain’t afraid to cock-whip the shit out of some randomly selected pussy-ass billionaire on live tv during his annual State of the Union Address just to make a point and let the mega-rich know that NO ONE is above the law here in the land of the free and the home of the brave. In short, we need a man who just DOES NOT GIVE A FUCK.

"America, that man is me.

"Thats right, ME. David Randall Blythe. Ol’ D. Randall. Uncle Randy. Wassisname, that dude from that one band that got drunk and fought in a skirt. I love the USA like a nerd loves D&D, I am thoroughly disgusted with the state of affairs, and I am ready, willing, and able to FUCK SHIT UP without a micro-second’s hesitation in order to fix what ails this country. All you have to do is elect me as the next President of the United States of America and I’ll handle the rest.

"You may be asking yourselves “What does this motherfucker think he’s got that all the other more politically experienced candidates don’t? What makes him think that he should be allowed to run this great country?” Well, let me tell you. I have something that all the other candidates lack, something this nation needs now more than ever: BALLS. And when I take office, I will IMMEDIATELY prove it.

"My first act as President of the United States will to be shot. That’s right, SHOT. With a high-powered assault rifle. Immediately after taking the oath of office, I will be escorted about twenty yards away and be shot publicly in a non-lethal area of my body by a highly trained Navy SEAL sniper. It will hurt like fuck. Why would I do this? Because I will now be commander-in-chief of the armed forces. This means that during my term I will probably have to make some tough decisions affecting the survival of other men. And as commander-in-chief, I shouldn’t expect anyone in our military to do anything I’m not willing to do myself. That includes getting shot. Me being shot will be broadcast live world-wide via satellite, with no bleeping out of the incredible string of curse words I will undoubtably let fly with. I will be required to walk/limp/crawl on my own power a minimum of 50 yards through the mud to an ambulance that will take me away to patch me up. If I can’t make it on my own, I’m not tough enough to be your President. After all the nations in the entire world witness America’s new President, an insane looking heavily tattooed freak, getting shot ON HIS OWN ORDER as soon as he takes office, then crawling all bloody to an ambulance, cussing the whole way and screaming pure hate in a monstrous voice tortured by years of touring and Marlboro Reds, they will think twice before fucking with us. I can promise you that.

"Speaking of military policy, there’s a few other things I will be required to do if I am going to be your commander-in-chief. The first thing I’ll do after recovering from being shot will be to go through the thirteen week Marine Corps basic training boot camp on luxurious Parris Island, South Carolina. I’ll be treated like any other recruit, in fact, probably worse due to my status as the new POTUS.

‘Well, well, well, what do we have here? Isn’t this just PRECIOUS” the drill sergeant will scream in my face “If it isn’t the goddamned President of the United fucking States. Do you think your special, boy? Do you think just because you fooled a bunch of goddamned idiots into voting you into the White House you deserve special treatment? Are you staring at my ass, son? Are you sweet for me? This is the Corps, not Harvey Milk’s San Francisco. Now drop and give me 50, you sub-human piece of shit!

"The physical and mental abuse will be extreme, but I’ve done that to myself for years already, so I’m confident I will pull through ok and be a better man for it.

"After I make it through boot camp and come out a lean, mean, presidential killing machine, I’ll have to immediately assess our military presence world-wide. I’ll take a look at any conflicts we are currently involved in, and if I want to keep our troops there and fighting, I’ll be required to fly there ASAP on Air Force One and kill an enemy prisoner myself. In a UFC-style chain-link octagon. In hand-to-hand combat. With a ka-bar knife. If I don’t have the balls to use my recent Marine Corps training, face off against the enemy, and knife another man TO DEATH, then I have NO BUSINESS sending men and women I’ve never met to fight and maybe die in a strange land in the name of service to our country. Once again, if I don’t have the stones to do this, then I don’t have the stones to be your President.

"In fact, anytime I decide America is going to war with another country, I will be REQUIRED to kill the first of the enemy, on their home turf, face to face in a brutal manner and with a primitive weapon. If I am willing to do that, there’s a pretty good chance I’m not shipping our guys and gals over there just because they have some oil I want or wear funny hats. They need to die in order to keep America safe. I should certainly not mind doing my part to make that happen.

"If you think I’m overreaching a bit here here, take a look at one of my historical precedents - a bad motherfucker named John F. Kennedy. The son of a Congressman, JFK was disqualified from joining the Army in 1941 due to a chronic back problem. JFK was a pretty boy from Boston whose father had a ton of political juice. Had he used that juice to get his disqualification? FUCK NO. He was PISSED about it. Like any child of privilege, he rang Pops up to bitch and cry about how unfair life had treated him, and how he wanted daddy to fix it. And in the manner of connected men everywhere, his big-shot father DID use his old boy network to shut his whining son up. He pulled some strings and got Jack into the Navy instead.

"JFK served as the commander of a torpedo patrol boat in the South Pacific during The Big One (WW2). He and his buddies were cruising around the Solomon Islands searching for the enemy late one night when a Japanese destroyer named Amagiri rammed his little-ass patrol boat and it started to sink. He gathered his posse around him on the flaming wreck of his boat and asked them if they wanted to surrender right there in the water.

"FUCK NO. These guys knew that if JFK, their commander in charge, was willing to fight, then they should be willing to fight. NO SURRENDER. Fuck it. So they took off swimming to an island. JFK had re-injured his back in the crash, and wasn’t feeling so hot. But there was a badly burned man with them unable to swim to safety on his own. So JFK towed the man to safety. He had to tow him by grabbing the life jacket strap of his burned up homey, and once he had it secure, he swam him to safety. Fucked up back and all, he took off swimming in the dark water, pulling that extra weight. He didn’t let his man down, he didn’t let his man sink, he did what he had to do, and he held onto that strap.


"Now THAT is some hard shit right there. And he wasn’t even done yet. In fact, after they got to the island safely, JFK looked around and decided he just wasn’t in love with it. So he towed the man once again, WITH HIS TEETH, to another island, where the atmosphere looked a little more chill. Once his crew were all there, he decided he it was Miller time and took off swimming for a few HOURS, again with his fucked up back, through the night and in water a Japanese DESTROYER was cruising around in in search of brews for his boys. He didn’t find any beer, but he did secure food and aid and the men were rescued off the second island.

"That was just one of the many awesome displays of BALLS Kennedy was known for. He was smart as a whip, too. We need a President with balls AND brains again. I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that I’m as hard, smart, or even as good looking as JFK. But I do have a few brain cells left rolling around in my knotty head, and I promise you that I won’t lead America into any unnecessary conflicts.

"Why should you trust me on this? Because I’ll know what it’s like for our military guys and gals to go through boot camp, and I’ll know what it’s like to get shot then pull myself to safety. Most importantly, I’ll know what it’s like to kill another human being, face to face and with my bloody hands, not by making a fucking phone call. This is the type of bullshit games men behind desks play that get our young men and women killed. Fuck that.

"If I do decide to get us into a war, I’ll untie the hands of our military when I send them off to fight. I’ll remove these ridiculous rules of engagement that say we can’t shoot until we are being shot at. It’s INSANE what our troops are expected to do- sit there like sitting ducks until someone puts a bullet in someone’s head. Only then are they allowed to start busting caps. This bullshit is getting Americans killed everyday. Under the Blythe administration, if we see you, you have a gun, and you come too close to us, you get shot the fuck up. BLAM! We’ll fight by ghetto law- in the hood, do you think a Blood is gonna wait until a gun waving Crip starts shooting at him to put a round in the motherfucker? HELL NO. He wants to live to sell another 50 rock, so he lets him have it! If I get us into a fight, it will be because we HAVE to fight, and once we’ve been FORCED to fight I’ll let our guys and gals do their jobs- KICK SOME FUCKING ASS IN A GODDAMNED HURRY so they can get safely back home, where they belong, drinking beer and getting laid.

"This is the first of my campaign announcements, funded entirely by myself. I refuse to take campaign donations. Let’s let the people, not big money, decide who will be the next El Jefe. In my next announcement, I’ll address some of my ideas for domestic policy, including economic reform.

"Thank you for your support, and God bless America."

David Randall Blythe

Related links:
Randy Blythe's Blog
Lamb Of God
Lamb Of God of Facebook

The Devil's Blood Unleash 'Everlasting Saturnalia' Teaser Video!

Next up in The Devil's Blood 'The Thousandfold Epicentre' teaser series is "Everlasting Saturnalia," track nine from the Dutch collective's forthcoming new long player. Check out the video below.

'The Thousandfold Epicentre' continues to reap critical accolades from critics nationally and abroad for its hauntingly infectious odes of psychedelic unholiness. L.A. Weekly notes: “... The Devil's Blood bring to mind what Jefferson Airplane’s sound would have been if they abandoned their love of psychedelic drugs for good old-fashioned Satanism." Adds Noisecreep: "On their sophomore album, Dutch act The Devil's Blood deliver NWOBHM-kissed riffs and melodic female vocals like it's 1980 all over again," Terrorizer calls The Thousandfold Epicentre "dynamic and luminous," while Blistering boasts in an 8.5/10 rating: "The Devil's Blood are entity onto themselves, and could very well be considered Metal’s most valid Satanic band." Metal Assault crowns the effort "one of the most captivating releases of the year 2012. A superlative effort," in a 9/10 review and Bloody Good Horror opines: "The Thousandfold Epicentre is capable of alluring visions, a veritable siren's song of majesty and grace."

'The Thousandfold Epicentre' is scheduled for North American release on January 17, 2012 via Metal Blade Records.

Related links:
Official Site of The Devil's Blood
The Devil's Blood on Facebook
The Devil's Blood on Metal Blade Records

NITROGOD Reveal Album Artwork & Tracklisting!

NITROGODS, the German Rock N' Roll band featuring guitarist Henny Wolter (Thunderhead, Primal Fear, Sinner), drummer Klaus Sperling (Freedom Call, Primal Fear) and bassist/vocalist Claus "Oimel" Larcher, will release its self-titled debut album via SPV/Steamhammer on the following dates:

- Germany: February 24
- Rest Of Europe: February 27
- USA, Canada: Early March

"Nitrogods" features guest appearances by Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty and ex-Motörhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke in the songs "Whiskey Wonderland" and "Wasted In Berlin".

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Black Car Driving Man
02. Demolition Inc.
03. At Least I'm Drunk
04. Gasoline
05. Whiskey Wonderland (feat. Dan McCafferty)
06. Licence To Play Loud
07. Lipsynch Stars
08. The Devil Dealt The Deck
09. Rifle Down
10. Riptide
11. Wasted In Berlin (feat. Fast Eddie Clarke)
12. Zombietrain

A video for the song "At Least I'm Drunk" was recently completed and will make its online debut later this month. A teaser for the video can be seen below.

No more endless studio fakes, sound samples, artificial drum overdubs and computer-controlled corrections of suboptimal lead vocals. The time has come to return to the true values of rock music, namely honesty, solid craftsmanship and real lifeblood. To cut a long story short: the time has come for NITROGODS! The motto of this spectacular new rock trio: three men, three corners, and down-to-earth no-bullshit Rock N'Roll!

The band may still be unfamiliar to the public at large, but the three members are renowned musicians with illustrious histories to look back on. Guitarist Henny Wolter founded Thunderhead in 1988, played with Primal Fear and Sinner for number of years and was part of the Rock Meets Classic touring band. Drummer KlausSperling (Freedom Call) was also with Primal Fear for a long time. And at the epicenter of the NITROGODS soundquake is a heavyweight who is impressive in every respect: Claus "Oimel" Larcher, a bear of a musician whose bass performance stands for sheer power and whose voice unmistakably reflects countless liters of beer and whiskey.

"I wanted to return to playing the music that I love," says Henny Wolter, "and that only works if you play it with your best friends."

Fast Eddie Clarke comments on his collaboration with the NITROGODS: "I first met Claus from the NITROGODS in 2005 when I did a benefit gig for the victims of the tsunami in Indonesia. So I was happy to say yes when asked to do a solo on their new album on the track 'Wasted In Berlin'. I have to say the tracks they sent me sounded great. The band has great spirit and they all play extremely well together. So if you like fast and furious rock, you should give this a listen. I can assure you you will not be dissapointed..."

Dan McCafferty on NITROGODS: "I have just had the pleasure to record a song with a new band called NITROGODS. Henny and I met and became good friends on the Rock Meets Classic tour 2010. Having heard other material for the album, I think it will be a fine one. Hope you enjoy my contribution on 'Whiskey Wonderland'. I wish the GODS the best of luck. Welcome to the Rock N' Roll world!"

Related links:
Official Site of NITROGOD
Steamhammer SPV