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Saturday, February 25, 2012

"Evil" Steve Ventura To Be Honored At The Knitting Factory In Brooklyn NY - Purchase Tickets Here!

On Wednesday, February 1st, the New York City Heavy Music scene lost a man that literally bled for the underground music scene! Steve Ventura (A.K.A. Evil Steve), was not only a devoted fan and supporter of all things related to the local music scene (he introduced us to a handful of bands), but he thankfully also captured the essence of this ever-growing scene through the lens of his camera!

On Saturday, March 3rd, the entire New York City Heavy Music scene will pay tribute to "Evil" Steve! The event will take place at The Knitting Factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY. This fundraising event is organized by Dropdown, and all proceeds will go to Steve's family! Here are the 19 bands that will honor the late great Steve Ventura:

Additionally, our founder Jo Schüftan will be co-hosting the show with Tim No 37. We hope to see you all there!

Related links:
Click here to purchase advance tickers
Official Facebook Invite
Click to see some badass pictures taken by Steve Ventura

PANTERA's 'Vulgar Display Of Power' Changed Heavy Music History 20 Years Ago - Listen To The Entire Album Now!

Today, the Heavy Music world is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Pantera's legendary album 'Vulgar Display Of Power'! The world was definitely a safer place before Pantera released "Vulgar Display Of Power" on February 25, 1992 through Atco Records. The bands sixth studio is widely considered one of the most influential Metal albums of the 1990s and to this day one of the most influential albums in Heavy Music history. 'Vulgar Display Of Power' defined Groove Metal, period. Full of adrenaline and with songs that are more dangerous than giving a loaded gun to an inmate at San Quentin State Prison, Pantera changed Heavy Metal forever when they punched the world in the face with this no holds barred ass kicking record!

To celebrate 'Vulgar Display Of Power', Rhino channels the album's relentless blitzkrieg of musical aggression onto a two-disc Deluxe Edition. The CD includes the original album remastered and "Piss", a recently discovered unreleased track from the recording sessions. The DVD contains an unreleased live performance filmed in Italy in September of 1992 plus the three official music videos from the album.

Here are some facts about 'Vulgar Display Of Power':

- Recorded in 1991 at Pantego Sound Studio in Pantego, Texas
- Length: 52:42
- The last album where Darrell Lance Abbott is credited as "Diamond Darrell"
- First Pantera album to be labeled with a Parental Advisory warning
- Vulgar Display of Power peaked at #44 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and spent a total of 77 weeks on the chart, the most weeks any Pantera album spent on the chart
- In support of 'Vulgar Display Of Power' visited Japan for the first time in July of 1992 and performed at the "Monsters of Rock" festival in Italy, which was co-headlined by Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath
- Around this time is when Darrell Abbott dropped the nickname "Diamond Darrell" and assumed "Dimebag Darrell", and Rex Brown dropped the pseudonym "Rexx Rocker"
- Certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2004, after selling more than 2,000,000 units in the U.S. since its February 25, 1992 release

'Vulgar Display Of Power' Tracklisting:

Click here to listen to PANTERA's 'Vulgar Display Of Power' LOUD & PROUD!

- Personnel


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


Produced, Engineered & Mixed by: Terry Date and Vinnie Paul
Co-produced & arranged by: Pantera
Recorded & Mixed at: Pantego Sound Studio, Pantego, Texas
Mastered by: Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk, New York City
Vinyl mastered by: Doug Sax
A&R coordination: Derk Oliver
Cover photo: Brad Guice
Band photography: Joe Giron
Art direction: Bob Defrin
Design: Larry Freemantle

Trivia: Philip Anselmo has a tattoo on the back of his neck which reads "ATR", which is an abbreviation for "Attack the Radical" which is the subtitle of the seventh track on the album.

"Vulgar Display Of Power (Deluxe Edition)" Tracklisting:

- CD

"Mouth For War"
"A New Level"
"Fucking Hostile"
"This Love"
"No Good (Attack The Radical)"
"Live In A Hole"
"Regular People (Conceit)"
"By Demons Be Driven"
"Piss" - Previously Unreleased


"Mouth For War" - Live In Italy
"Domination/Hollow" - Live In Italy
"Rise" - Live In Italy
"This Love" - Live In Italy
"Cowboys From Hell" - Live In Italy
"Mouth For War" - Video
"This Love" - Video
"Walk" - Video

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

Friday, February 24, 2012

Johnny Cash's 80th Birthday, this Sunday, 2/26; Rare Images By Time Magazine Available

This Sunday, February 26, would have been Johnny Cash's 80th birthday!

A year-long celebration of the Man in Black's birthday begins this Sunday with ground-breaking on the restoration of his Dyess, Arkansas boyhood home - The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project.

Time Magazine just posted this beautiful "LightBox" of "rare and unpublished photos of the Country music icon." Enjoy. And Happy Birthday, Johnny!

Click here to check out some VERY rare photos of JOHNNY CASH

GOATWHORE To Demolish Europe With 3 INCHES OF BLOOD - Tourdates Available!

New Orleans, LA natives, GOATWHORE, are continuing their worldwide campaign in support of their ass kicking latest effort, 'Blood for the Master', this May with a tour across Europe. They'll be joining forces with 3 Inches of Blood, Angelus Apatrida and Havok. The tour begins in May and all dates can be seen below.

In other news, the second studio video for GOATWHORE's recording sessions at Mana Recording studios with Erik Rutan has been made available. The video can be seen below and includes some guitar and bass tracking, as well as some of the gear used to record the album.

GOATWHORE debuted on Billboard Magazine's Top 200 Current Albums chart coming in at #171 with their latest release Blood for the Master, which sold over 3,100 copies in its first week. Blood for the Master, which just hit streets on February 14, also debuted on the following Billboard charts: #4 on the Heatseeker (New Artist) chart, #12 on the Current Hard Music chart, #21 on the Hard Music Chart (overall**), and #31 on Top Independent Albums chart and hit iTunes Rock chart at #19*. Blood for the Master also hit charts in Canada coming in at #142 on the Top 200 Current Albums chart, #18 on the Hard Chart, #1 on iTunes Metal*, #17 iTunes Rock*, and #152 iTunes Top 200*. (*iTunes numbers from street date - **chart includes catalog)

GOATWHORE and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD "Long Live Heavy Metal" European Tour (Presented by Rock Hard and Terrorizer) with Angelus Apatrida and Havok:

05.05.12 Germany Essen @ Turock
06.05.12 Holland Rotterdam @ Baroeg
07.05.12 UK Nottingham @ The Rescue Rooms
08.05.12 UK Aberdeen @ The Tunnels
09.05.12 UK Manchester @ Moho
10.05.12 North Ireland Belfast @ Limelight
11.05.12 Ireland Dublin @ The Pint
12.05.12 UK Plymouth @ White Rabbit
13.05.12 UK London @ Underworld
14.05.12 Belgium Antwerp @ Trix
15.05.12 Germany Stuttgart @ 1210
16.05.12 Switzerland Winterthur @ Gaswerk
17.05.12 Germany München @ Feierwerk
18.05.12 Italy Massa @ Swamp Club
19.05.12 Italy Misano Adriatico (RN) @ Boulevard Club
20.05.12 Austria Wien @ Viper Room
21.05.12 Slovenia Ljubljana @ Gala Hala
22.05.12 Czech Rep Prague @ Hoodoo Club
23.05.12 Germany Dresden @ Chemiefabrik
24.05.12 Germany Hamburg @ Markthalle
25.05.12 Denmark Copenhagen @ Pumpehuset
26.05.12 Germany Berlin @ K17

Goatwhore and Hate Eternal Tour with Fallujah, Cerebral Bore:

- 02/18: New Orleans, LA Southport at Music Hall (Hate Eternal ONLY)
- 02/19: Houston, TX at Warehouse Live
- 02/21: Tempe, AZ at Clubhouse
- 02/22: Hollywood, CA at The Whisky
- 02/23: Santa Cruz, CA at The Catalyst Atrium
- 02/24: Portland, OR at Branx
- 02/25: Seattle, WA at Studio Seven
- 02/26: Boise, ID at The Venue
- 02/27: Salt Lake City, UT at In The Venue
- 02/28: Colorado Springs, CO at Black Sheep
- 02/29: Kansas City, MO at Beaumont Club
- 03/01: St Paul, MN at Station 4
- 03/02: Des Moines, IA at House Of Bricks
- 03/03: Chicago, IL at Reggie's Rock Club*
- 03/05: Toronto, ON at Hard Luck**
- 03/06: Ottawa, ON at Maverick's**
- 03/07: Montreal, QC at Les Foufounes Electriques**
- 03/08: Clifton, NJ Dingbatz**
- 03/09: Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus**
*No Goatwhore
**Hate Eternal and Cerebral Bore ONLY

Related links:
Goatwhore on Metal Blade Records
Decibel Magazine
Goatwhore on Facebook

DEICIDE Premieres NEW Video For “Conviction” & Are Ready For 'March Of Death 2012' Tour!

Starting March 1st, Death Metallers DEICIDE will be back on tour in North America for their headlining "March Of Death 2012" trek, presented by SMN News! With JUNGLE ROT, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, and LECHEROUS NOCTURNE also along for the run, DEICIDE will be touring in support of their latest release, 'To Hell With God', and their NEW music video from the album, "Conviction". Directed by David Brodsky and Tim Kellen (Brodsky also handled editing duties while Kellen animated the video) and produced by MyGoodEye LLC, "Conviction" tells the story of front-man Glen Benton and his pursuit of Jesus, claymation-style. Watch their hellish descent into the depths of the underworld right now!

Dates for SMN News presents: "March Of Death 2012" are below, so check to see when DEICIDE will be coming to a city near you!

3/1/12-West Springfield, VA-Jaxx
3/2/12-Reading, PA-Reverb
3/3/12-New York, NY-The Gramercy Theatre
3/4/12-Montreal, QUE-FouFounes
3/5/12-Quebec City, QUE-Imperial de Quebec
3/6/12-Toronto, ONT-Opera House
3/7/12-Rochester, NY-Montage Music Hall
3/8/12-Cleveland, OH-Peabody's
3/9/12-Detroit, MI-Blondie's
3/10/12-Chicago, IL-Reggie's Rock Club
3/12/12-Winnipeg, MB-The Osbourne Village Inn
3/13/12-Regina, SK-The Exchange
3/14/12-Edmonton, AL-Starlite
3/15/12-Calgary, AL-Dickens
3/16/12-Kelowna , BC-Rutland Centennial Hall
3/17/12-Vancouver, BC-Rickshaw Theater
3/18/12-Seattle, WA-El Corazon
3/19/12-Portland, OR-Hawthorne Theatre
3/20/12-San Francisco, CA-The Grand Ballroom
3/21/12-West Hollywood, CA-House of Blues
3/22/12-Tempe, AZ-Clubhouse
3/23/12-Salt Lake City, UT-The Complex
3/24/12-Denver, CO-Bluebird Theater
3/26/12-Dallas, TX-Trees
3/27/12-Austin, TX-Emo's Alternative Lounging
3/28/12-New Orleans, LA-The Hangar
3/29/12-Orlando, FL-The Club at Firestone

Related links:
Listen to the new Deicide album right here
Official Site of DEICIDE
Century Media Records

Listen To NAPALM DEATH's NEW Album 'Utilitarian' In Its Entirety For FREE!

In anticipation of the release of their NEW album, 'Utilitarian', on February 27th in Europe and February 28th in North America, the legendary NAPALM DEATH is now giving fans the chance to listen to their grindcore masterpiece online in its entirety! To join the album listening party, click right HERE.

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:

- 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:
Napalm Death
Century Media

MAX CAVALERA Talks About Soulfly's NEW Album 'Enslaved', His Familia & The Possibility Of A Sepultura Reunion!

Ever since he arrived to the Heavy Music scene in 1984, Max Cavalera has been constantly reinventing mis musical craft. While it was his work with the mighty Sepultura that helped him become an International Metal Superstar, Max has proven through his additional work with Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy that his musical abilities are extremely multidimensional.

Max left Sepultura in 1996, following the murder of Dana Wells (Max's stepson) and the firing of Gloria Bujnowski (Max's wife & Dana's mother) as Sepultura's manager. While many artists would have had a hard time starting a NEW band and making it successful, Max proved with Soulfly that his musical vision is what sets him apart from other artists.

With the release of Soulfly's eighth studio album 'Enslaved', Max has created one of the heaviest records of his career. Thanks to his decision to add NEW members Tony Campos (ex-Static X, Prong Ministry, Posessed, Asesino) and David Kinkade (Borknagar, Arsis), Soulfly has created a contender for album of the year!

Recently, we had the chance to chat with Max about Soulfly's NEW album 'Enslaved', his musical legacy, working with his kids on the NEW album, Soulfly's upcoming touring plans, rejoining forces with his brother Iggor Cavalera (with whom he invented Cavalera Conspiracy), and the possibility of a Sepultura reunion. Check out what Max had to say about all of this!

And hey, there is no question that Max has plenty of musical fire left to burn for years to come and that the Cavalera's reign in Heavy Music will carry on for years to come.

Late lost month, Soulfly revealed the final tracklisting for 'Enslaved'. Today, the band has unleashed a video of the band discussing the production process of their NEW album. You can now watch the video below.

"Enslaved" standard CD features the following 11 tracks:

01. Resistance
02. World Scum
03. Intervention
04. Gladiator
05. Legions
06. American Steel
07. Redemption of Man By God
08. Treachery
09. Plata O Plomo
10. Chains
11. Revengeance

The digital-only edition includes the following three bonus tracks:

12. Slave
13. Bastard
14. Soulfly VIII

Soufly North American Tour With Five Finger Death Punch:

- Mar. 22: San Diego, CA at 4th & B (no Five Finger Death Punch, Soulfly headlining)
- Mar. 23: Las Vegas, NV at The Joint
- Mar. 24: Pomona, CA at The Fox Theater
- Mar. 26: Fresno, CA at Rainbow Ballroom
- Mar. 27: Modesto, CA at Modesto Centre Plaza
- Mar. 28: Redding, CA at Redding Convention Center
- Mar. 29: Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theater (no Five Finger Death Punch, Soulfly headlining, with Incite and Lody Kong)
- Mar. 30: Yakima, WA at Yakima Valley Sun Dome
- Mar. 31: Seattle, WA at Paramount Theater
- Apr. 01: Vancouver, BC at Rickshaw Theatre (no Five Finger Death Punch, Soulfly headlining)
- Apr. 02: Dawson Creek, BC at EnCana Events Centre
- Apr. 04: Calgary, AB at MacEwan Hall
- Apr. 05: Edmonton, AB at Shaw Conference Center
- Apr. 07: Regina, SK at Agribition
- Apr. 09: Winnipeg, MB at Burton Cummings Theatre
- Apr. 11: Rapid City, SD at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
- Apr. 12: Casper, WY at Casper Events Center

Related links:
Soulfly's Official Site!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

GOD FORBID To Perform Hometown Show With Rob Dukes' GENERATION KILL; Video Shoot For 'Equilibrium' To Take Place!

Recently, New Jersey Nu-Metallers God Forbid announced the name of their next sonic assault. Entitled 'Equilibrium', the anticipation of the bands sixth studio album is building by the minute. Set to be released on March 27 via Victory Records, the album was recorded by Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, TRIVIUM), with Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, CHIMAIRA, DEVILDRIVER) tracking the vocals. The mixing portion of the production of 'Equilibrium' was done by Swedish producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with such acts as KATATONIA, OPETH, PARADISE LOST and AMON AMARTH.

Tomorrow (February 24) God Forbid returns to their home state of New Jersey and they promise to destroy Dingbatz (venue were the show will take place at) along with Rob Dukes' Generation Kill! This is what God Forbid's guitarist Doc Coyle had to say about tomorrow's show: "With only one show in 2011 and two months spent in the recording studio, we have been itching to get out and play. We thought it would be a great idea to get into an intimate setting in our home state for the real God Forbid fans. Expect to hear some NEW songs and some old cuts that haven't been played in a while."

- February 24 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz

Last year, we had the chance to chat with God Forbid's guitarist Doc Coyle about the present and future of the band. The interview took place at these years Metalsuckfest in New York City, which was the first time that the band performed live since their New Years show on December of 2010. During the interview, Doc made it clear that even though they are facing many obstacles and starting a new chapter in their musical careers, that the band is focusing on creating the best possible sounding record and not on whatever worked or didn't work in the past. Check out our exclusive interview with God Forbid's Doc Coyle.

Related links:
God Forbid
God Forbid on Facebook
God Forbid on Twitter
God Forbid on MySpace

Scion A/V Set To Release NEW Melvins EP 'The Bulls & The Bees' - U.S. Tour Dates Announced!

Scion A/V has partnered with the Melvins for an EP titled 'Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees', a five-song collection that marks the band's first original material since their 2010 album 'The Bride Screamed Murder'. The release will be available as a FREE download on March 13 via Scion's OFFICIAL page with NEW song "The War On Wisdom" streaming this Friday on Pitchfork.com.

The Melvins formed in 1983, kicking off what would be a seismic shift in Heavy Music and focusing the epicenter of modern music firmly on the Pacific Northwest for the next decade plus. The band blended Punk, Metal, hard Rock to create a NEW subgenre that has been tagged with a variety of labels including sludge, grunge and doom and won a cult of fans that have yet to waiver some twenty-nine years into the band's career. Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover have been the band's constants (Crover joined in 1984) with Big Business' Jared Warren and Coady Willis joining the band in 2006 for '(A) Senile Animal'.

"The Melvins have remained such a consistent presence in Heavy Music," says Jeri Yoshizu, manager of sales promotions for Scion. "It's an honor to have them create an original release for Scion A/V."

Osborne described Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees as "amazing in its noisy calm intensity."

Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees Track Listing:

1. The War on Wisdom
2. We Are Doomed
3. Friends Before Larry
4. A Really Long Wait
5. National Hamster

The EP release will be followed by a 21-date U.S. trek that kicks off on April 11 at The Blank Club in San Jose, California and wraps up exactly a month later on May 11 at The Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana, California. Dates are:

Tour Schedule:

- April 11: San Jose, CA at The Blank Club
- April 12: San Francisco, CA at Great American Music Hall
- April 13: Los Angeles, CA at The Troubadour
- April 14: San Diego, CA at The Casbah
- April 17: El Paso, TX at House of Rock
- April 19: Austin, TX at Mohawk
- April 20: Houston, TX at Warehouse Live
- April 21: New Orleans, LA at One Eyed Jack's
- April 23: Orlando, FL at The Social
- April 24: Gainesville, FL at Double Down Live
- April 25: Atlanta, GA at The Loft at Center Stage
- April 26: Charlotte, NC at Amos Southend
- April 28: West Chester, PA at The Note
- April 29: New York, NY at Webster Hall
- May 1: Milwaukee, WI at Turner Hall Ballroom
- May 2: DeKalb, IL at Otto's Nightclub
- May 3: St. Louis, MO at The Firebird
- May 4: Nashville, TN at Exit Inn
- May 7: Dallas, TX at Trees
- May 9: Santa Fe, NM at Santa Fe Brewing Company
- May 11: Santa Ana, CA at Galaxy Concert Theatre

Related links:
Official Site of The Melvins
The Melvins on Facebook
Scion's Official Site
Scion AV on Facebook
Scion AV Metal on Facebook
Scion on Twitter

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Paul Bostaph's BLACKGATES Announce NEW Bassist

East San Francisco Bay Area/New York Metal outfit BLACKGATES, featuring former ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson, drummer Paul Bostaph ex-TESTAMENT, EXODUS, SLAYER, FORBIDDEN, and guitarist Jeremy Von Epp, have enlisted Luis Barillas as their NEW bass player.

Bostaph says of Barillas, "Luis is a veteran of the Bay Area Metal scene and a welcome addition to the band". Von Epp added, "He's got that Steve Harris/Geezer Butler vibe on the bass which fits perfect with what were doing, not to mention that he's a solid dude". Nelson also added, "Luis is an amazing bassist and a perfect fit for the BLACKGATES sound. He's a true bro who you know from day one will have your back in the trenches."

Bostaph previously stated about BLACKGATES:

"As you can see by our studio blog #1. We're currently hard at work writing the rest of the material to record and release a record this year. we are shopping for a label at this point. The NEW material is friggin' heavy. We can't wait to unleash it on you! The music is definitely maturing and we are honing in on our sound. The first 3 songs we released were literally the first 3 we wrote. They were written musically without a vocalist. Now that we have Dan, the NEW songs are really heavy as hell and have great hooks! That being said. We're looking to play our first show in May and will be playing all our NEW music. Stay posted and we will update you all as we lock the first show in. Hope to see you all on the road Cheers!"

- Paul Bostaph

BLACKGATES earlier in the year finished mastering its first demo, which the band recorded in the San Francisco Bay Area with producer Tim Narducci (SYSTEMATIC, SPIRALARMS).


- Dan Nelson (ex-ANTHRAX): Vocals/guitar
- Jeremy Von Epp: Guitar/Vocals
- Luis Barillas: Bass

standalone player

Related links:
Black Gates on Facebook

KATATONIA Posts Studio Update In Anticipation Of NEW Album!

Sweden’s ultimate progressive Heavy Metal act, Katatonia, has posted a studio update on Facebook to fill fans in on the recording process of the band’s forthcoming full-length record.

Katatonia is currently tracking the follow-up to 2009’s, 'Night Is The New Day', at Ghost Ward Studios in Stockholm, Sweden with producer, David Castillo. The release is due out later this year on Peaceville Records. Stay tuned for more information about Katatonia.

Watch Katatonia's Update on Facebook


\m/ Albums

- Dance of December Souls (1993)
- Brave Murder Day (1996)
- Discouraged Ones (1998)
- Tonight's Decision (1999)
- Last Fair Deal Gone Down (2001)
- Viva Emptiness (2003)
- The Great Cold Distance (2006)
- Night Is the New Day (2009)
- TBD (2012)

Current Katatonia lineup:

- Jonas Renkse: Lead Vocals (since 1991), Drums, Percussion (1991–1999)
- Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström: Lead & Rhythm Guitars, live backing Vocals (since 1991)
- Daniel Liljekvist: Drums, Percussion (since 1999)
- Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson: Live lead & Rhythm guitars (since 2009)
- Niklas "Nille" Sandin: Live Bass (since 2009)

Related links:
Watch Katatonia's Update on Facebook
Katatonia's Official Site
Katatonia on Facebook
Katatonia on Twitter

"Nergal" Talks About The Return Of BEHEMOTH; Band Nominated For Revolver Golden Gods Award!

Behemoth is twelve shows into their European tour now alongside with Cannibal Corpse, Legion Of The Damned, Misery Index, Suicide Silence and Nexus Inferi. Nergal has just sent us his thoughts on shows Behemoth have played so far…

"We are in the middle of this tour and on behalf of the band I must state that's probably the best European run we've done ever! And it's not just courtesy but a fact. Never seen European venues so crowded and enthusiastically reacting to our show. I know, we've been away for a while, the band's future was a big question mark and if you ask me, I have to say I was seriously worried If I can pull it off at all. Now I can finally admit: Fuck yes! I can still get my ass on stage and give my blood, sweat and heart to the people who truly deserve that. These "return" shows have some transcendental touch to it and I can't get rid of the feeling, it's a NEW life injected in band's veins. I am proud. Of my band, myself and all the fans coming to the shows. Thank you. Stay strong and see you soon!"

In other news, Behemoth has been nominated for "Best International Band" at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards, presented by Epiphone. Behemoth is up against Lacuna Coil, Rammstein, Sepultura, Meshuggah and X Japan. The polls are now open and fans can vote for their favorites in each category at GOLDENGODSAWARDS.COM. Tickets are on sale now on Tickermaster.com for the live concert/awards show that will take place on April 11th at Club Nokia in LA. The event will also be broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE!

Behemoth's remaining shows in Europe as well as the upcoming Decibel Magazine tour are listed below.

BEHEMOTH Full Of Full Of Hate Tour 2012 with CANNIBAL CORPSE, Legion Of The Damned, Misery Index and Suicidal Angels:

- 02/23: Prague, CZ at KD Vltavska
- 02/24: Linz, AT at Posthof
- 02/25: Geiselwind, DE at Music Hall
- 02/27: Stockholm, SE at Munchenbryggeriet
- 02/28: Gothenburg, SE at Traedgarn
- 02/29: Aarhus, DK at Voxhall
- 03/01: Berlin, DE at Postbahnhof
- 03/02: Leipzig, DE at Hellraiser
- 03/03: Giessen, DE at Hessenhalle
- 03/04: Tilburg, NL at O13 Neurotic Deathfest
End of tour

Decibel Magazine Tour with Watain, THE DEVILS BLOOD, IN SOLITUDE:

- 04/11: Columbus, OH at The Brewmasters Gate
- 04/12: Millvale, PA at Mr. Smalls Theatre
- 04/13: Chicago, IL at The Bottom Lounge
- 04/14: St Paul, MN at Station 4
- 04/16: Lawrence, KS at Granada Theater
- 04/17: Denver, CO at Summit Music Hall
- 04/18: Salt Lake City, UT at Grand Room @ The Complex
- 04/20: Seattle, WA at El Corazon
- 04/21: Vancouver, BC at Rickshaw Theatre
- 04/22: Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theatre
- 04/23: San Francisco, CA at Slim's
- 04/25: West Hollywood, CA at House Of Blues
- 04/26: Mesa, AZ at Nile Theater
- 04/27: Albuquerque, NM at Sunshine Theater
- 04/28: Oklahoma City, OK at The Diamond Ballroom w/ Cannibal Corpse & Exhumed
- 04/29: San Antonio, TX at White Rabbit
- 05/01: Tampa, FL at Orpheum Theatre
- 05/02: Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade
- 05/04: Charlotte, NC at Amos Southbend
- 05/05: Baltimore, MD at Ram's Head Live
- 05/06: Philadelphia, PA at Trocadero
- 05/08: Toronto, ON at Opera House
- 05/09: Montreal, QC at Club Soda
- 05/10: Quebec City, QC at Imperial De Quebec
- 05/11: Worcester, MA at The Palladium
- 05/12: New York, NY at Irving Plaza

Related links:
Decibel Magazine Tour
Metal Blade Records
Behemoth on Metal Blade Records
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VISION OF DISORDER Inks Deal With Candlelight Records; Band To Begin Recording First Album In Over A Decade!

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Have you been wondering what is up with VOD? Well, we have good news for all the fans of this fantastic band! It has been confirmed that the Long Island Hardcore Metallers have inked a deal with Candlelight Records! It has also been announced that the band will be entering the studio next month with producer Will Putney (SHADOWS FALL, SUICIDE SILENCE, FOUR YEAR STRONG) to record their highly anticipated new album for a late 2012 release. Cameron Webb (MOTÖRHEAD, SOCIAL DISTORTION, IGNITE, PENNYWISE) will mix the CD. Here is the bands official statement:

"Before the word 'Metalcore' existed… VISION OF DISORDER did. We did what we did because we loved it, not because we thought others might. 20 years later, we're once again at work with the same approach.

"After a newly inked deal with Candlelight Records, we are about to begin tracking on our first studio album in a decade. We are bringing all the elements of what made us unique and ferocious to the table.

"Playing reunion shows over the past few years and seeing such positive responses has truly been inspirational.

"This album is absolutely dedicated to our fans that have stuck by us through our ups and downs. Without them, it would not have been.

"We are excited to be a part of the Candlelight roster. They were a perfect choice for us. After numerous record label woes, it was refreshing to partner with people that are passionate about music — not just profit or agenda."

Added Darren Toms, Candlelight's European label manager: "I have been a fan of the band since the first release many years ago on Roadrunner/Supersoul and after hearing the NEW material, I'm very excited to be working with the band and getting them back to where they need to be in today's market."

This is an interview we conducted with vocalist Tim Williams in December of 2010, in which he discusses the NEW record:

Related links:
VOD on MySpace

FEAR FACTORY & SHADOWS FALL Announce U.S. Tourdates!

Today, it was announced that Fear Factory and Shadows Fall will be hitting the road together! The trek, which kicks off on May 1st in San Antonio, Texas, will also feature The Devastated and Legacy of Disorder. You can see the initial list of tourdates below.

Fear Factory, the kings of Industrial Metal, recently finished mixing their NEW studio album entitled 'The Industrialist' (set to be released in late April in the U.S. via Candlelight Records, while the worldwide release will be handled by AFM Records). On the other hand, Shadows Fall are gearing up for the release of their seventh studio album titled 'Fire From The Sky' (set to be released on May 8th via Razor & Tie Records).

Fear Factory with Shadows Fall, The Devastated and Legacy of Disorder U.S. Tour (Initial Tourdates):

- May 1: Backstage Live in San Antonio TX
- May 2: Trees in Dallas TX
- May 3: Scout Bar in Houston TX
- May 5: State Theater in St. Petersburg FL
- May 6: Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale FL
- May 9: Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem NC
- May 10: Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia PA
- May 11: Wally’s Pub in Hampton Beach NH
- May 12: Gramercy Theatre in New York NY
- May 13: Sonar in Baltimore MD
- May 16: The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac MI
- May 20: Summit Music Hall in Denver CO

Related links:
Fear Factory
Official Site of Shadows Fall
Shadows Fall on MySpace

THE CULT Set To Headline The SXSW Auditorium Shores Stage!

The Cult will make its 2012 concert debut when the band plays the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival next month, headlining the "Auditorium Shores Stage" on Saturday, March 17. The "Auditorium Shores Stage" show will be FREE and open to the public, and The Cult will take the stage at 8:00PM.

"SXSW is thrilled that The Cult is returning to play our biggest stage at Auditorium Shores," said Darin Klein, SXSW Festival Producer. "We're excited to hear their NEW tunes and their classic hits. The show is FREE and open to the public, so everyone in Austin should get fired up for a great night of music."

The Cult - Ian Astbury/vocals, Billy Duffy/guitar, Chris Wyse/bass and John Tempesta/drums - will make the appearance in support of 'Choice of Weapon', the band's first NEW studio album in five years, due out May 22 (Cooking Vinyl). Written by founding members Astbury and Duffy and produced by Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E., Masters of Reality) and Bob Rock (Metallica, Bush and The Cult's Platinum-certified Sonic Temple), the album reveals the band at its rawest and most visceral, and reflects the current discontent and destruction of our eco systems, the search for individual meaning against a tide of rampant materialism, narcissism and disconnected lives.

"The title of the record reflects the fact that here we are, we have a choice to make right now," Astbury recently told Rolling Stone. "In a metaphorical sense, a weapon can be a camera, a weapon can be a pen, a weapon can be a statement, a verbal statement, a weapon can be an article of clothing. I think what needs to be said is that we have to start looking inward. Our spiritual lives are almost bankrupt. The material systems are not going to fix where we are."

'Choice of Weapon', The Cult's first NEW studio album in five years, will be released on May 22 (Cooking Vinyl), and the band - Asbury, Duffy, drummer John Tempesta, and bassist Chris Wyse - will tour extensively in support of it.

Related links:
Official Site of The Cult
The Cult on Facebook

JOHN5 To Release Solo Album 'God Told Me To' Prior To Hitting The Road With Rob Zombie!

JOHN 5 is pleased to announce the NEW release date for his impressive upcoming full-length solo CD/DVD, 'God Told Me To'. The CD/DVD will be released through Rocket Science Ventures and Sony/RED on May 8th, 2012—just days before he heads out to perform with Rob Zombie on their upcoming co-headliner with Megadeth (see below for tour dates). 'God Told Me To' was recorded and produced by JOHN 5, Chris Baseford (Rob Zombie, Tommy Lee) and Bob Marlette (Sebastian Bach, Black Sabbath) in 2011. The cover art for the album is illustrated by none other than Rob Zombie, who is also tapping JOHN 5 to score the entirety of his upcoming film, ‘The Lords of Salem’.
JOHN 5 doesn’t just play the guitar. His guitar is an extension of his soul and through it his music has become the Frankenstein birth penetrating the ear drums of fans and admirers worldwide. For JOHN 5, the music is not just about playing, but living, breathing, feeling and passion. His impressive resume has seen him work with some of the most renowned musicians in the industry (Rob Halford, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie to name a few), and has cemented his name into the annals of Rock history.
The CD portion of the release features ten painstakingly handcrafted pieces transcending multiple styles—an equal combination of acoustic and electronically influenced tracks—each designed to gradually reveal JOHN 5’s innovative interpretation of his instrument. The orchestration of 'God Told Me To' showcases JOHN 5’s ability to master the subtlety of dynamics, thus emphasizing the overall production value of this body of work. 'God Told Me To' stands tall as a stunning, audible cultural experience.
The DVD portion of the release is hosted by retro-style horror-host Mike Odd and takes a look inside the world of JOHN 5 during his terrifying trip into the realm of 'God Told Me To'. The DVD features footage of JOHN 5 in the studio while working on the NEW album, exclusive videos taken on tour, a peek inside the photo shoot for his 2011 remix album 'Remixploitation', and more.
“I'm so proud of this record, I’ve put more time into this release than any other! It's half acoustic and the other half electric with a tribute to Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen with ‘Beat It’,” states JOHN 5. “The DVD shows me actually recording the songs as well as behind the scenes of a "day in the life" of JOHN 5! This album will take you on a musical journey designed to show more diversity in my playing than in the past. Enjoy!”
JOHN 5 continues to branch out, coupling his solo career with his work in Rob Zombie. His five previous solo albums, up to his 2010 release, 'Art of Malice', continue to break NEW molds in solo instrumentalist work. JOHN 5 also continues to work in 2012 with other artists including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rod Stewart, and is currently working on NEW music for Rob Zombie’s upcoming album.

Rob Zombie with Megadeth Tour Dates:


11 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
12 at Toyota Pavilion in Scranton, PA
16 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
18 at The Deltaplex in Grand Rapids, MI
20 at Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH
22 at La Crosse Center in La Crosse, WI
24 at Tyson Center in Sioux City, IA
25 at Hartman Arena in Wichita, KS
26 at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK

More dates to be announced.

Related links:
John5 on Facebook
John5 on Twitter
John5 on YouTube
Rob Zombie's Official Site
Rob Zombie on Facebook
Rob Zombie on Twitter

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

HANK3 To Chat With Fans About Touring, Music & Much More!

This Thursday, February 23rd at 4pm ET/1pm PT, Yowie.com will host a unique, live chatting experience in which Hank3 fans will be provided the opportunity to chat and ask questions live via video with the hellbilly pioneer himself. Make sure to head to Hank3’s Yowie.com chat page on Thursday to chat and ask questions pertaining to his NEW tour, NEW albums, and anything music related! While you’re waiting to chat, check out a brand NEW interview with Hank3 posted today at AOL’s Noisecreep.com.

Known for many years as the only man with the balls to fuse the respective genres of backwoods country and ear-splitting speed Metal together, music legend Hank3 recently conjured up another surprise— presenting four NEW records to fans simultaneously on September 6th, 2011. These titles include 'Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown', 'Attention Deficit Domination' and '3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin'. The records were released through his own record label, Hank3 Records, in distribution partnership with Megaforce Records (MRI). To commemorate these NEW albums, Hank3 will head out on a three week U.S. trek through several Eastern states in March. Hank3 kicks off the tour in Chattanooga, TN on March 2nd, and continues through March 21st in St. Louis, MO. Make sure to come out and witness a candid, brazen, and extended whirlwind of a set; this is Hank3, 100%, full tilt boogie—a show fans surely do not want to miss. See below for a full listing of dates.

- 3/2: Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm & Brews
- 3/3: Montgomery, AL @ Rock Bottom
- 3/4: Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
- 3/6: Orlando, FL @ Plaza Theatre
- 3/7: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
- 3/9: Melbourne, FL @ Levelz
- 3/10: Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
- 3/11: Jacksonville, FL @ Brewsters
- 3/13: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
- 3/14: Norfolk, VA @ Norva
- 3/15: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 3/16: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
- 3/19: Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St
- 3/20: Indianapolis, IN @ Vouge
- 3/21: St. Louis, MO (Sauget, IL) @ Pop's

You will not want to miss these performances featuring songs from Hank3’s new albums, and make sure to get an early peek at what’s going on in the world of Hank3 by joining Thursday’s Yowie.com chat!

Related links:
Hank3's Official Site

DARK TRANQUILLITY Premieres Video For "In My Absence"

DARK TRANQUILLITY is proud to present their NEW music video, "In My Absence"! Taken from their latest release, 'We Are The Void' (2010), "In My Absence" is the band's fifth promo clip for the album, and it was filmed by the band themselves on the road, with guitarist Niklas Sundin taking care of the editing/post production duties. Additional live footage was provided by Anders Björler (THE HAUNTED, AT THE GATES) and Nikolas Pegler. Watch the NEW video below.

In regards to this video, Niklas Sundin comments: "I wanted to create a live video that would capture the energy of our show both from the audience's perspective as well as from the stage. To accomplish this, we headed out on our recent Europe/Russia tours equipped with a GoPro HD camera, which was mounted on various objects (guitar necks, vocal microphone, member's bodies etc.) on most of the shows. Despite probably looking pretty weird for those in the crowd that noticed the little device, we arrived home with a lot of interesting footage, and after a lot of editing we're happy to present the final result: A clip for 'In My Absence', filled with an energy and closeness out of the ordinary. Enjoy!"

DARK TRANQUILLITY, the unstoppable Metal machine from Gothenburg, Sweden, has already played over 160 shows all over the world in support of 'We Are The Void', and the band continues to tour, heading to exotic locations such as China, Japan, South Korea, Israel, and Turkey, as well as appearing at European summer festivals in the upcoming months. In fall 2012, they will take a break to focus on a NEW album.

All upcoming tour dates for DARK TRANQUILLITY are below, so check to see when they'll be coming to a city near you!

- 08.03.2012: Close-Up Båten (Metal cruise), Sweden & Finland
- 23.03.2012: Beijing, China
- 24.03.2012: Shanghai, China
- 27.03.2012: Tokyo, Japan
- 28.03.2012: Osaka, Japan
- 31.03.2012: Seoul, South Korea
- 05.05.2012: Tel Aviv, Israel
- 06.05.2012: Istanbul, Turkey
- 31.05.2012: Metalfest, Austria
- 02.06.2012: Metalfest Dessau, Germany
- 03.06.2012: Metalfest Poland
- 05.06.2012: Metalfest Croatia
- 06.06.2012: Metalfest Italy
- 08.06.2012: Metalfest Loreley, Germany
- 10.06.2012: Metalfest Switzerland
- 15.06.2012: Metal Gate, Czech
- 28.o7.2012: Faceplant Metalfest, Sweden
- 16.08.2012: Summer Breeze, Germany
- 17.08.2012: Motocultor festival, France
- 13.10.2012: Metal Invasion Festival, Germany

Related links:
Official Site of Dark Tranquillity
Dark Tranquillity on MySpace
Dark Tranquillity on Twitter
Dark Tranquillity on Facebook
Cabin Fever Media
Aduro Labs

MUNICIPAL WASTE's Lyric Video For "The Fatal Feast"!

Richmond, Virginia hasn't be the same since Municipal Waste surfaced in 2001. While the Thrash Metallers are known for their stage antics, its really their furious music and attitude that sets them apart from other bands. With four studio albums under their belts and thousands of live performances, Municipal Waste is a force to be reckoned with! 'The Fatal Feast' will be released on April 10th in North America and April 13th in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Justin Osbourn of Slasher Design!

Today, the band released a lyric video for their NEW song entitled "The Fatal Feast"!

If you are subscribed to Decibel Magazine will soon receive a badass limited-edition flexi-disc that includes a NEW song by Municipal Waste called "Religion Proof". This song was recorded during the sessions for the group's forthcoming fifth studio album, 'The Fatal Feast', but will not be featured on the CD!

'The Fatal Feast' track listing:

01. Waste In Space
02. Repossession
03. New Dead Masters
04. Unholy Abductor
05. Idiot Check
06. Covered In Sick/The Barfer
07. You're Cut Off
08. Authority Complex
09. Standards And Practices
10. Crushing Chest Wound
11. The Monster With 21 Faces
12. Jesus Freaks
13. The Fatal Feast
14. 12 Step Program
15. Death Tax
16. Residential Disaster

Both the digipack and vinyl editions will include the bonus track "Eviction Party".

Related links:
Municipal Waste

CATTLE DECAPITATION Is Done With NEW Album; "Occupation Domination" US Tour Announced With Origin, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn & BATTLECROSS!

Cattle Decapitation wrapped up recording their NEW album last week and have returned home for a couple weeks before heading out for their European tour with Suffocation! The album was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero of Denver's Flatline Audio. The humans of earth can expect a much more updated production, complete with some surprising guest appearances and the kind of musical exploration that garnered the band droves of NEW fans with 2009's 'The Harvest Floor'. Once again, Cattle Decapitation gives us more extravagantly intense artwork from artist Wes Benscoter and the CD/LP layout are as over the top as the album's concept itself.

Some of the track titles on the NEW album include: Forced Gender Reassignment, A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat, and The Carbon Stampede. All of the details from the NEW album such as, cover art, track list, guest appearances, and pre-order info will be revealed in the coming months.

Cattle Decapitation is also pleased to announce their participation in the "Occupation Domination 2012 US Tour" with Origin. Vocalist Travis Ryan has posted the following update: "We're fresh out of the recording studio and are very much looking forward to dissecting the auditory canals of all who bear witness to our set on the upcoming US tour with our friends Origin! We're hitting up some areas that we haven't in a while and those who we are missing this time, not to worry… you will be seeing us back out on the road over the coming months as we support our upcoming album. We will also be focusing a lot on international touring on this NEW album, which will keep us away from the states for a bit, so we urge our USA fans who want to see us to be sure to mark when we're coming through their town on their calendars. We are very excited to show the world our NEW material and are looking forward to sharing information regarding our NEW album in the coming month! Stay tuned… stay GORE!"

CATTLE DECAPITATION :Occupation Domination Tour" with Origin, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn, BATTLECROSS:

- 04/20: Baltimore, MD Sonar
- 04/21: Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
- 04/22: Trenton, NJ BackStage at Champs
- 04/23: Keene, NH Railroad Tavern
- 04/24: Brooklyn, NY Europa
- 04/26: Peoria, IL Brass Rail
- 04/27: Joliet, IL Mojoe's
- 04/28: Portage, IN Camelot Arena
- 04/29: St Louis, MO Fubar
- 05/02: Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
- 05/04: San Diego, CA Ruby Room
- 05/05: Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
- 05/06: Hollywood, CA The Whisky A Go-Go
- 05/07: Fullerton, CA Slidebar
- 05/08: San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
- 05/09: Stockton, CA Plea For Peace
- 05/10: Sparks, NV The Alley
- 05/11: Portland, OR Branx
- 05/12: Seattle, WA Studio Seven
- 05/13: Boise, ID The Venue
- 05/14: Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
- 05/15: Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
- 05/18: Lawrence, KS Granada Theater

Related links:
Official Site of Cattle Decapitation
Cattle Decapitation on Facebook
Follow Cattle Decapitation on Twitter
Cattle Decapitation on Facebook

NAPALM DEATH Unleashes Final Video Of Mark "Barney" Greenway Describing 'Utilitarian'!

Mark "Barney" Greenway, the frontman of the legendary Grindcore band Napalm Death, is now giving fans the forth and final preview of his bands upcoming NEW album entitled 'Utilitarian'. Below you can watch the premiere of the last of four video clips. The band's shouter, guides you through the next four songs on the album: "Nom De Guerre", "Analysis Paralysis", "Opposites Repellent", and "A Gag Reflex". In addition to featuring an explanation of the meaning behind each song, this track-by-track is also spiced-up with audio samples of all the NEW album songs that Barney refers to. You can watch this video below.

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!

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:

- 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

OVERKILL Unleash More Behind The Scenes Footage Of The Making Of 'The Electric Age'

OVERKILL have released a second behind the scenes episode giving fans an inside look into the studio during the making of their new record 'The Electric Age'. This NEW episode focuses on what mindset the band was in when they entered the studio and overall theme they wanted to capture. The band explains their theory on why they've been together so long and bassist DD Verni showcases how big of a NY Giant fan he really is.

OVERKILL will release their 16th full length studio album entitled 'The Electric Age' on March 27, 2012. The record will be released in Europe on Nuclear Blast Records on March 30, 2012. You can now pre-order and preview the record on iTunes. 
The band recently announced NEW details around their upcoming "ELECTRIC AGE TOUR." Supporting will be GOD FORBID, DIAMOND PLATE and SUDIKARA. Dates will stretch coast to coast and run through April and May.
The band is also featured in the latest issue of Decibel Magazine, the band's legendary record "Years Of Decay" has been inducted into the Decibel Magazine Hall Of Fame.

OVERKILL leaked the first behind the scenes episode a few weeks ago. The first episode outlines the recording process they used for their upcoming NEW record. Recorded at GEAR Studios, owned and operated by bassist D.D. Verni, the video outlines specific gear and techniques used and how it had shaped the bands raw unfiltered sound over the last few releases.

Related links:
Overkill's Official Site
Official Site of EONE Metal

THY WILL BE DONE Release Video Teaser For NEW EP (Starring Robb Flynn & Jamey Jasta)!!

American Heavy Metal juggernauts THY WILL BE DONE have posted an exclusive video teaser for their anticipated upcoming EP via their recently launched YouTube channel. The video features a sampling of NEW music from their forthcoming release combined with live footage and some familiar faces.

"We, as a band and as individuals, went through a lot during the writing process of this EP.", comments rhythm guitarist Kurt Fraunfelter who also engineered the forthcoming release. "You can hear so many emotions and feelings throughout whether it be in the vocals, the guitar solos, or whatever."

The forthcoming release was mixed by acclaimed Metal producer Zeuss (WHITE CHAPEL, SUICIDE SILENCE, CHIMAIRA, SOULFLY) at Planet Z in Hadley, MA and features six brand NEW studio tracks, including 'You, The Apathy Divine', which the band debuted live on the Stillborn Fest tour with HATEBREED.

"Musically, it is still very much a THY WILL BE DONE release," Kurt elaborates. "However, I think when this NEW EP is played from start to finish you will definitely hear a darker and far more 'moody' vibe than throughout our entire last album. Lyrically, I can assure you there is not one word on this EP that isn't straight from (vocalist) J's heart."

We recently had the chance to talk with J. Costa, vocalist of Thy Will Be Done, about the bands NEW EP, as well as the bands past, present, and future. Check it out!

Horns Up Rocks - Interview With J. Costa from Thy Will Be Done (11.14.2011)! by hornsuprocks

Related links:
Thy Will Be Done on MySpace
Thy Will Be Done on Twitter

Max Cavalera Is Suffering From Bell's Palsy - Official Statement Available!

Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera is recovering from a bout with Bell's Palsy, a temporary condition that is a form of facial paralysis resulting from a dysfunction of the cranial nerve VII (the facial nerve) that results in the inability to control facial muscles on the affected side.

Cavalera was diagnosed with a case of Bell's Palsy last week upon his return from Australia. He consulted a doctor and was put on a course of antibiotics and is improving greatly and is expected to make a full recovery imminently. He thanks fans for their concern and well wishes and wanted his supporters to know that he is okay, since the condition manifests in the face and he ultimately didn't want fans to worry.

Of his recent illness, Max said, “I woke up one morning after coming home from Australia and the whole room was spinning. I looked at Gloria and said, 'There's something wrong here.'  She said, 'Your face looks weird.'  I went to the mirror and couldn't move half of my face.  We thought I was having a stroke, so we rushed to the hospital.  I learned my condition was called Bell’s Palsy but  I'd never heard of that.  It's a f---ng weird disease.  My right eye won't blink, and half of my face feels like I've been punched by Mike Tyson!  It hurts like hell.  Anyway, I am leaving for Brazil. The show must go on and this Bell's Palsy ain't gonna stop a Metalhead from his duties.  I hope I'll be ok and thanks to all the fans concerned with me.  Stay Metal."

We wish Max a prompt healthy recovery!

Soulfly's NEW album entitled 'Enslaved' will be released on March 13, 2012 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.

Late lost month, Soulfly revealed the final tracklisting for 'Enslaved'. Today, the band has unleashed a video of the band discussing the production process of their NEW album. You can now watch the video below.

"Enslaved" standard CD features the following 11 tracks:

01. Resistance
02. World Scum
03. Intervention
04. Gladiator
05. Legions
06. American Steel
07. Redemption of Man By God
08. Treachery
09. Plata O Plomo
10. Chains
11. Revengeance

The digital-only edition includes the following three bonus tracks:

12. Slave
13. Bastard
14. Soulfly VIII

Soufly North American Tour With Five Finger Death Punch:

- Mar. 22: San Diego, CA at 4th & B (no Five Finger Death Punch, Soulfly headlining)
- Mar. 23: Las Vegas, NV at The Joint
- Mar. 24: Pomona, CA at The Fox Theater
- Mar. 26: Fresno, CA at Rainbow Ballroom
- Mar. 27: Modesto, CA at Modesto Centre Plaza
- Mar. 28: Redding, CA at Redding Convention Center
- Mar. 29: Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theater (no Five Finger Death Punch, Soulfly headlining, with Incite and Lody Kong)
- Mar. 30: Yakima, WA at Yakima Valley Sun Dome
- Mar. 31: Seattle, WA at Paramount Theater
- Apr. 01: Vancouver, BC at Rickshaw Theatre (no Five Finger Death Punch, Soulfly headlining)
- Apr. 02: Dawson Creek, BC at EnCana Events Centre
- Apr. 04: Calgary, AB at MacEwan Hall
- Apr. 05: Edmonton, AB at Shaw Conference Center
- Apr. 07: Regina, SK at Agribition
- Apr. 09: Winnipeg, MB at Burton Cummings Theatre
- Apr. 11: Rapid City, SD at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
- Apr. 12: Casper, WY at Casper Events Center

Related links:
Soulfly's Official Site!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

German Thrashers EXUMER Release NEW Song & Announce Pre-order Details For 'Fire & Damnation'

Legendary German Thrashers EXUMER are all set for the release of their long anticipated comeback album 'Fire & Damnation', to be released April 6th/10th via Metal Blade Records in Europe (April 10th in North America)!

Comments EXUMER singer Mem V. Stein: "With "Fire & Damnation", we tried to create the most punishing and dominant Thrash Metal album of our career. No lackluster songs, no fillers, no lazy performance and no compromises. It moves straight forward from the the very first song to the last, delivering a vibrant mix of skilled musicianship with the urgency of the classic Thrash records from the 1980s!"

EXUMER recorded their first NEW album in 25 years with renowned producer Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc., Therion, Sodom, Moonspell, etc.) at the helm. The 10-track strong, hard-hitting CD 'Fire & Damnation' combines a punishing production with aggressive song writing. EXUMER manages to capture the intensity and feel of the 1980s Thrash Metal gems and yet sound up to date on their latest output.

'Fire & Damnation' will catapult EXUMER back in the forefront of the international music markets and the following live assaults in 2012; will only further cement the band's cult status among the ranks of classic Thrash Metal acts in the world!

'Fire & Damnation' track listing:

1. Fire & Damnation
2. Vermin Of The Sky
3. The Weakest Limb
4. A New Morality
5. Waking The Fire
6. Fallen Saint
7. Crushing Point
8. Devil Chaser
9. I Dare You
10. Tribal Furies


- Mem V. Stein: Vocals
- Ray Mensh: Guitars
- T. Schiavo: Bass
- H.K.: Guitars
- Matthias Kassner: Drums

Metal Blade has now launched a landing page that includes pre-order links as well as the brand new song Fire & Damnation! Surf over to Metal Blade.com/exumer to check it out!

Related links:
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NYC Metallers HUNG To Release Self-Titled Debut - Cover Art & Tracklisting Available!

HUNG's debut self-titled record will be released May 8th 2012 by ReThink Records, the NEW label founded by Chris Adler (Lamb of God) and The End Records. The album features 10 tracks engineered and produced by Andy Abel and Lyris Hung at Abel Studios in Connecticut, with vocals tracked and produced by Ryan Kelly at MSR Studios and Nova Studios in New York City.

About the band: World-renowned violinist Lyris Hung (Bryan Adams, Indigo Girls, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), the band’s namesake, had known for a long time that she wanted to start a band focused on heavy music. The tattoo clad, classically trained violinist (Juilliard / Columbia University) decided to bring this to fruition in early 2005. A Craigslist ad and one fateful meeting later, HUNG was born.

Jon Clark and Sam Roon (founder, Skulls N Bones.com) had been playing together for many years, searching for musicians (including violinists) to play a unique style of progressive music. Naturally when the call came in to play with Lyris, the decision was easy.

Finding a singer took less than a year when Moscow native Dmitry Kostitsyn came in to front the band. HUNG went through several drummers before adding the final piece to the puzzle with renowned Jazz / World Powerhouse Kenny Grohowski (Richie Ray, Bobby Cruz. Cassandra Wilson, Lonnie Plaxico).

HUNG’s unique sound is due, in part, to their unusual writing style. The songs are created in layers allowing each member to add their individual affect one at a time before bringing it to the rehearsal studio to be molded together. This creative process is very intensive and meticulous but invites each band member to push the limits of their own boundaries.

The lyrical content of HUNG’s music often comes from religious or historical material and is heavily researched before being finalized. Dmitry Kostitsyn will sometimes spend months becoming knowledgeable on a subject before creating a story based on it and then finally turns the story into lyrics.

HUNG prides itself on being a phenomenal live band. From the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, to the Milwaukee Metalfest, HUNG lives and breathes for the stage.

“In the beginning we set a goal to blend dynamic qualities and technical complexity with the sort of musical elements that can appeal to a wide audience. More than anything we wanted to make sure that we were making music that didn't sound like anything we'd already heard before. This isn't always something easily done with metal because it can be a very niche genre but, given the diverse backgrounds and influences of HUNG's line-up, we always end up with music that blends pieces of each of us. Staying away from formulas in our writing process has allowed us to produce songs that are not only unique within the progressive and metal genres, but distinct among one another as well.” -Jon Clark

“There’s no better place in the world than on the stage, under the lights, banging our heads with a room full of enthusiastic listeners. We challenged ourselves to bring the intensity of our live shows to the recording studio so our fans could appreciate it at home. The debut full-length is the first time we’ve successfully been able to capture that live feeling on a recording.” – Sam Roon


1. Eos
2. Desert of Sad
3. Progeny
4. Maria
5. Left for the New Life
6. Evil Tsar
7. Inertia
8. Infernal Redeemer
9. Matter of the Blood
10. Sediment of War

Related links:
Hung's Official Site
Hung on MySpace
Hung on Facebook
Hung on Twitter

CHICKENFOOT To Tour North America This Spring - Tourdates Available!

CHICKENFOOT, the super group featuring guitarist Joe Satriani, drummer Kenny Aronoff, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and frontman Sammy Hagar have announced "A DIFFERENT DEVIL TOUR" in continued support of their newest record 'Chickenfoot III' (eOne Music/earMUSIC/Edel). "The Foot are road tested and ready to roll and can’t wait to play the NEW songs for the fans!" says front man Sammy Hagar. The tour will kick off May 4th in Lake Tahoe, NV and BLACK STONE CHERRY has been tapped to support.

The band's second hit single, "Different Devil" has hit #13 with a bullet on the Mediabase Mainstream Rock Chart and #5 on the Mediabase Classic Rock Chart. This will be the bands first full US run since 2009.

In November CHICKENFOOT completed a sold out "Road Test Tour" that took them through San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Chicago and New York with a stop for a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

- 5/4/12 in Lake Tahoe, NV at Harrah's Hotel & Casino
- 5/5/12 in Lake Tahoe, NV at Harrah's Hotel & Casino
- 5/9/12 in Denver, CO at The Fillmore Aud.
- 5/11/12 in Minneapolis, MN at The Brick
- 5/12/12 in Chicago, IL at Chicago Theater
- 5/14/12 in Detroit, MI at The Fillmore
- 5/16/12 in Boston, MA at Orpheum Theater
- 5/18/12 in Atlantic City, NJ at House Of Blues
- 5/19/12 in Uncasville, CT at Mohegan Sun
- 5/21/12 in New York, NY at Beacon Theater
- 5/23/12 in St. Louis, MO at Fox Theater
- 5/25/12 in Thackerville, OK at Winstar Casino
- 5/27/12 in Pryor, OK at Catch the Fever Festival Grounds (Rocklahoma)
- 5/29/12 in Houston, TX at Bayou Music Center
- 5/31/12 in Tucson, AZ at Anselmo Valencia Amphetheater
- 6/1/12 in Las Vegas, NV at The Joint
- 6/3/12 in Portland, OR at Schnitzer Hall
- 6/5/12 in Vancouver, BC at Queen Elizabeth Theater
- 6/6/12 in Seattle, WA at WaMu Theater
- 6/10/12 in Los Angeles, CA at Greek Theater

Related links:
Feeding America
eOne Music