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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Soundtrack to Your Escape from Hurricane Sandy!

With all the hype about Hurricane Sandy, we figured we'd give our East Coast fans something to watch and listen as you prepare for mother natures punch in the face! But before we present to you our "Soundtrack to Hurricane Sandy", this is what you need in order to survive a Hurricane:

- Non-perishable food
- Snacks \m/
- Drinking water
- Beer \m/
- Batteries
- Metallica's "Battery" at full volume \m/
- Medication for all family members
- Smoke \m/
- First aid kit
- Aspirin in case of a hangover \m/
- Flashlights
- A lighter for your Smoke \m/
- Battery-operated radio
- Charged iPod loaded with Heavy Music \m/
- Cash
- Your Pantera Checkbook \m/
- Toiletries
- Slayer condoms \m/
- Clothing
- Band t-shirts \m/

\m/ Extra items for you to kill time & stay sane!

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EXCLUSIVE: VOD's Tim Williams, Mike Kennedy & Matt Baumbach Discuss 'The Cursed Remain Cursed'!

On Friday, October 19th, VISION OF DISORDER presented their brand NEW record 'The Cursed Remain Cursed' (available now via Candlelight Records) to their hometown audience at Club Revolution in Amityville, New York (Review HERE). The event also featured performances by This Life We Live, Doomsday Mourning, Valor, Incendiary, and This Is Hell.

The record release show for 'The Cursed Remain Cursed' was also filmed for inclusion in a video documentary about the Long Island Hardcore community! Before and after the bands performance we had the chance to chat with vocalist/lyricist Tim Williams and with guitarists/co-founders Mike Kennedy and Matt Baumbach about the vision of the band this time around during the production of 'The Cursed Remain Cursed'. We also discussed how growing up in Long Island has shaped up who they are not only as musicians, but as hard working family guys. Without further due, here is our EXCLUSIVE interview with 3/5ths of VISION OF DISORDER!


11/24/2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY w/ Primitive Weapons, Yuppicide

Read our full album review HERE!

Video and photos by: Zulie Alvarez (www.zuliephotographierocks.com/)

Related links:
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Former THE HAUNTED Guitarist Announces NEW Solo Project!

As previously reported, THE HAUNTED's guitarist Patrik Jensen announced that guitarist Anders Björler and drummer Per Møller Jensen have quit the band (Full statements HERE!). Vocalist Peter Dolving had announced his departure from the band earlier this year (Read Dolving's stament HERE).

Recently, Anders Björler announced that he is working on his first solo album. "This is NOT a 'Metal' project", said Björler. "Those of you who are familiar with my soundtrack/movie stuff for THE HAUNTED and AT THE GATES documentaries will know somewhat to expect. It's inspired by Italian film music from the '60 and '70s, post Rock, ambient, progressive, jazz, and Swedish folk music."

So does this mean that AT THE GATES might return in full force? Well, HERE is what Tomas Lindberg had to say about this possibility! Don't forget to sign our petition to get AT THE GATES to headline the 2013 Summer Slaughter Tour:


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Friday, October 26, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Causes MACHINE HEAD Show Cancellation In Orlando, Florida!

According to the web master over at Roadrunner Records, MACHINE HEAD have been forced to cancel their concert tonight at Tinker Field in Orlando, Florida, due to the storm caused by Hurricane Sandy (what a bitch!). The band has confirmed the news:

"Hey guys - due to Hurricane Sandy we're being forced to cancel tonight's show at Tinker Field in Orlando, FL. Apologies, and we'll post more details as they become available."

As previously reported, the band will release 'Machine Fucking Head Live' on November 13. It's Machine Head's second live effort; 'Hellalive' was released in 2003. Nine years have passed and Machine Head still slay and administer a "Bay Area Beatdown" in the live realm.

To celebrate this special release, Metal Hammer have launched Machine Fucking Head Metal Fucking Hammer Mondays, and have an exclusive video of the band performing classic track Imperium in Manchester! Watch it HERE!

Related links:
MACHINE HEAD's Official Site

SUFFOCATION Releases Statement Regarding The Future Of Vocalist Frank Mullen In The Band!

Frank Mullen, front man for New York Death Metal veterans SUFFOCATION, recently gave an interview to Horns Up Rocks that spread very quickly about him no longer performing with the band full time (HERE is the full article). SUFFOCATION, including Frank Mullen, have issued the following statements about the interview.

“I am not leaving SUFFOCATION,” commented Mullen. “Massive one month long touring on my side cannot be done anymore though. When the new album is released next year I will be touring as much as possible to support the album as well as the following year in 2014.

"When I was asked that question in the interview (see below) I was taken off guard and didn’t really know what my schedule was going to look like next year and wanted to try and answer. I haven’t given much thought to what our touring schedule would look like since we’ve been in the studio recording the new release. So I’m going to be getting out there as much as I can to support the album and get out there in front of the ones who have supported Suffocation over the years, the true fans. So we are going to be supporting this record as soon as it comes out”

The rest of the band adds:

“We have respected this decision that Frank has made, but by no means does this mean SUFFOCATION will ‘replace’ him with new singer or stop touring. Death metal has been good to us, and we feel fortunate with the success we have achieved. For shows or tours he can’t be a part of there will be a well respected, talented, fill in singer, so we as a band can continue to prosper and bring SUFFOCATION to the fans. Bill Robinson (DECREPIT BIRTH) is a good friend of ours and came through during the European tours when Frank was unable to make the shows, but he was just filling in those two times. The fill-in singer will be announced soon, and we promise that our fans will not be let down. We have been fortunate to make a great living playing music, and are willing to continue to give our fans what they want.”

SUFFOCATION are currently in the finishing stages of their upcoming new album entitled 'Pinnacle of Bedlam'. The record was produced by the band and tracked at Full Force Studios in New York by longtime collaborator Joe Cincotta. The mixing and mastering of the album is set to be handled this time around by world renowned producer/engineer Zeuss (HATEBREED, ARSIS, SUICIDE SILENCE). 'Pinnacle of Bedlam' will feature 10 genre-defining-bone-crushing tracks and also marks the return of drummer Dave Culross, who played with the band previously on their 'Despise The Sun' EP.

Video and photo by: Zulie Alvarez (www.zuliephotographierocks.com/)

Related links:
Suffocation's Official Site

EXHUMED's New Album IS DONE; Tour With Napalm Death And Municipal Waste Starts Today!

West Coast death gore hooligans, EXHUMED, recently completed recording the follow-up to 2011’s 'All Guts, No Glory' full-length. The as-yet-untitled long player was recorded at Arcane Digital Recording in Chandler, Arizona with Ryan Butler (Misery Index, Landmine Marathon, Phobia). All drums were tracked at Trench Studios in Corona, California with John Haddad (Hirax, Abysmal Dawn, Intronaut). The unholy offering will be unleashed by Relapse Records sometime next year.

In the interim, the West Coast road burners, who recently returned from a short run of Japanese dates with Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse, will embark upon a five-week North American Tour with Napalm Death and Municipal Waste. See all confirmed dates below.

EXHUMED 2012 features the smoldering lineup of vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey alongside bassist Rob “Body Bag” Babcock, drummer Mike Hamilton and guitarist/vocalist Bud Burke, who played bass with the band from 1999 – 2004 and recently rejoined the legion for their live rituals on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour.


- Oct 26: Springfield, VA at Empire
- Oct 27: New York, NY at Gramercy Theater
- Oct 28: New London, CT at El N Gee
- Oct 29: Boston, MA at Middle East
- Oct 31: Montreal, QC at Les Foufounes Electriques
- Nov 1: Toronto, ON at The Opera House
- Nov 2: Austin, TX at Fun Fun Fun Fest**
- Nov 3: Chicago, IL at Reggie's***
- Nov 4: St Paul, MN at Station-4*, with DAYGLO ABORTIONS
- Nov 5: Winnipeg, MB at Osborne Village Inn
- Nov 6: Regina, SK at Riddell Centre
- Nov 7: Edmonton, AB at The Pawn Shop
- Nov 9: Vancouver, BC at Rickshaw Theater, with ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT
- Nov 10: Seattle, WA at Neumo's, with MARTHA SPLATTERHEAD'S REVENGE
- Nov 11: Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theater
- Nov 13: San Francisco, CA at DNA Lounge
- Nov 14: Santa Ana, CA at Observatory, with REPULSION
- Nov 15: Hollywood, CA at House Of Blues, with DWARVES
- Nov 16: Tempe, AZ at Rocky Point
- Nov 17: El Paso, TX at House Of Rock*, with SPEEDWOLF
- Nov 18: Ft Worth, TX at Rail Club***
- Nov 20: Nashville, TN at Exit In
- Nov 23: Richmond, VA at Kingdom
- Nov 24: Charlotte, NC at The Casbah
- Nov 25: Knoxville, TN at The Valarium
- Nov 26: Birmingham, AL at Zydeco
- Nov 27: New Orleans, LA at Siberia
- Nov 30: Atlanta, GA at Terminal West
- Dec 1: Tampa, FL at Orpheum Theater
- Dec 2: Miami, FL at Grand Central, Barge To Hell Pre-Party**
- Dec 3-7: Barge To Hell**


Related links:
Exhumed on Facebook

PIG DESTROYER Unleash NEW Video for "The Diplomat"!

Today PIG DESTROYER is premiering their NEW video for the song "The Diplomat". The video was directed by Phil Mucci (High on Fire, Opeth, Korn) and can be viewed below courtesy of Noisey.

The bands NEW album is entitled 'Book Burner' and it is available right now via Relapse Records. The bands 5th studio album was recorded at guitarist Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound Studios in Alexandria, Virginia.

'Book Burner' track-listing:

1. Sis
2. The American’s Head
3. The Underground Man
4. Eve
5. The Diplomat
6. All Seeing Eye
7. Valley of the Geysers
8. Book Burner
9. Machiavellian
10. Baltimore Strangler
11. White Lady
12. The Bug
13. Iron Drunk
14. Burning Palm
15. Dirty Knife
16. Totaled
17. Kamikaze Heart
18. King of Clubs
19. Permanent Funeral

Nov. 1: Brighton, UK - The Haunt
Nov. 2: London, UK - The Garage
Nov. 3: Leeds, UK - Damnnation Festival   
Jan. 19: Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer with Municipal Waste, Repulsion, Tombs
May 23 - 26:  Baltimore, MD - Maryland Deathfest XI4

Stay tuned more information on PIG DESTROYER!

Related links:
Pig Destroyer on Facebook
Pig Destroyer on MySpace
Pig Destroyer on Twitter

Thursday, October 25, 2012

DOWN Announces Halloween Contest - Details Available!

Share your #Halloween costume with @DownNola this holiday, and win a special prize pack! Click HERE to enter this spooky contest!

HERE is an extensive gallery of DOWN's recent concert in New York City!

Recently, DOWN premiered a music video for their NEW song "Witchtripper". Watch it HERE!

Where to order DOWN IV online:

Down IV Part I the Purple Ep on cd available at amazon.com. Click here.

Down IV Part I the Purple Ep on cd available at bestbuy.com. Click here.

Down IV Part I the Purple Ep and bundles on sale at down-nola.com. Click here.

Starting Sept 18, the full album and individual songs in mp3 format will be available from Amazon.com for download. Click here.

Down IV Part I the Purple Ep is available for pre-order from iTunes. Click here.

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LAMB OF GOD's Mark Morton Discusses The Upcoming U.S. Presidential Election!

LAMB OF GOD's phenomenal guitarist Mark Morton has given his two cents about the upcoming U.S. presidential election in article written for Spin.com. Here is what Morton had to say regarding the presidential race between Obama and Romney:

“The most interesting part about this year’s election, for me at least, has been watching the Democrats and Republicans and, really, the American political system as a whole, search for a discernible identity and ideological vision. We are facing a new day with respect to how we will balance domestic and international policy, and the manner in which these interests are to be prioritized to serve our overall national interest. Rather than subscribe dogmatically to one or another version of what are essentially the same, watered down political parties, separated (at least in the modern era) by a few “hot button” issues, the savvy voter will choose the candidate that best espouses a focused and organized approach with regard to how we will strategically direct our resources toward the greater good of the country.

“Throughout the last decade, this has been a largely outward directive. The changing economic and political landscape, in my opinion, implores us to refocus toward an inward looking, dare I say, isolationist strategy. Ok, maybe not that far, but certainly [further] than in the past, well, twenty years. Here’s why: To a student of political science in the 1990s, the primary focus of International Relations theory revolved largely around the readjustment of power in the post-Cold War era. How would the international community settle into a new game in which there were more than two primary players? Aside from a few pseudo-humanitarian military campaigns (Bosnia and Somalia come to mind) and an almost comically lopsided war with some pretty “blurry” motivating factors (the first Gulf War), the overriding questions were: Who would emerge as the new world military and economic superpowers? (A question that implies a balanced focus of external and internal issues.) And: What new alliances would result from a surging China, a “new” Russia and an unstable but resource rich Middle East? These concerns, however, shifted seemingly in an instant with the events of September 11, 2001, sending the American political agenda into a tunnel-visioned, single-tracked offensive against “terror,” defined, in this case, as fundamentalist Muslim extremist groups and the nations that harbored and funded them. Our focus became almost entirely outward. This quest, not surprisingly, proved not to be as cut and dried as we would all hope (see: Pakistan), and in time, after thousands of brave young men and women were sent home in flag-draped caskets and a couple cultural icons of “terror” (Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Aulaqi) were killed, we all grew tired of our little wars and began the process of turning them over to awkwardly assembled local forces, ostensibly friendly to our national interests. Our focus begins to turn inward.

“So now we find ourselves at a bit of an ideological crossroads. Anyone confused about how a nation, no matter how “rich” or “powerful” it may have been, is sinking in debt after fighting TWO wars at the same time needs their head checked. It doesn’t take a degree in economics to figure out that that shit is insanely expensive beyond imagination. Yet, oddly enough, in our entire collective finger pointing and blame assigning, there is surprisingly little mention of this. I don’t really get it. Perhaps it would be political suicide to risk being perceived as unpatriotic or disrespectful to our lost soldiers by questioning whether or not these wars were worth the impact they had on us at home. (In an economic sense.) Nonetheless, with the wars drawing to a close, at least in the overt sense, we as a nation, and more specifically the two political parties representing us, will be faced with finding a new collective balance between an international and domestic focus. Of course, both [issues] are still going to be facets of our approach to governance, but it’s the balance between them that will lay the framework of where we will stand in the coming decades. The candidate, and party, with the most organized vision and strategy with regard to that balance is the one that will point us toward recovery.

“To me, that choice is obvious. Hopefully it is to everybody else!”

What do you think about Morton's political views? Let us know at the comments section below.

                                                  Photo by: James Norton

Don't forget that LAMB OF GOD will be touring the United states with IN FLAMES, SYLOSIS, HATEBREED OR HELLYEAH!

30-Oct / Phoenix, AZ / Comerica Theater / Friday September 21 / Buy Phoenix Tickets Here

31-Oct / Los Angeles, CA / Palladium / Friday September 21 / Buy Los Angeles Tickets Here
1-Nov / Las Vegas, NV / House of Blues / Friday September 21 / Buy Las Vegas Tickets Here
3-Nov / Lubbock, TX / Lonestar Pavilion / Friday September 21 / Buy Lubbock Tickets Here
4-Nov / San Antonio, TX / Sunken Garden / Friday September 21 / Buy San Antonio Tickets Here
5-Nov / Oklahoma City, OK   / Diamond Ballroom / Friday September 21 / Buy Oklahoma City Tickets Here
7-Nov / St. Louis, MO / Pageant / Friday September 21 / Buy St. Louis Tickets Here
8-Nov / Indianapolis, IN / Egyptian Room / Friday September 21 / Buy Indianapolis Tickets Here
9-Nov / Milwaukee, WI / Eagles Ballroom / Friday September 21 / Buy Milwaukee Tickets Here
10-Nov / St. Paul, MN / Myth / Friday September 21 / Buy St. Paul Tickets Here
12-Nov / Louisville, KY / Expo Five / Saturday September 22 / Buy Louisville Tickets Here
14-Nov / Stroudsburg, PA / Sherman Theater / Friday September 21 / Buy Stroudsburg Tickets Here
15-Nov / Glens Falls, NY / Glens Falls Civic Center / Friday September 21 / Buy Glens Falls Tickets Here
16-Nov / New York, NY / Roseland Ballroom / Friday September 21 / Buy NYC Tickets Here
17-Nov / Silver Spring, MD / Fillmore / Friday September 21 / Buy Silver Spring Tickets Here
19-Nov / Orlando, FL / House of Blues/ Saturday September 22 / Buy Orlando Tickets Here
20-Nov /Atlanta, GA / Tabernacle / Friday September 28 / Buy Atlanta Tickets Here
21-Nov / Charlotte, NC / Fillmore / Friday September 21 / Buy Charlotte Tickets Here
23-Nov / Wallingford, CT / Oakdale Theater / Friday September 21 / Buy Wallingford Tickets Here
24-Nov / Philadelphia, PA / Electric Factory / Saturday September 22 / Buy Philadelphia Tickets Here
25-Nov / Boston, MA / House of Blues / Friday September 21 / Buy Boston Tickets Here
26-Nov / Niagara Falls, NY / Rapids Theater / Saturday September 22 / Buy Niagara Falls Tickets Here
27-Nov / Pittsburgh, PA / Stage AE / Saturday September 22 / Buy Pittsburgh Tickets Here
28-Nov / Richmond, VA / The National / Friday September 21 / Buy Richmond Tickets Here
30-Nov / Chicago, IL / Congress Ballroom / Friday September 21 / Buy Chicago Tickets Here
1-Dec / Detroit, MI  / Fillmore / Friday September 21 / Buy Detroit Tickets Here
2-Dec / Columbus, OH / LC Pavilion / Saturday September 22 / Buy Columbus Tickets Here
3-Dec / Grand Rapids, MI / Orbit Room / Friday September 21 / Buy Grand Rapids Tickets Here
4-Dec / Des Moines, IA / Val Air Ballroom / Friday September 21 / Buy Des Moines Tickets Here
6-Dec / Houston, TX / Bayou Music Center / Friday September 21 / Buy Houston Tickets Here
7-Dec / Dallas, TX / Palladium Ballroom / Friday September 21 / Buy Dallas Tickets Here
8-Dec / Kansas City, MO / Uptown Theater / Saturday September 29 / Buy Kansas City Tickets Here
9-Dec / Denver, CO / Fillmore / Saturday September 22 / Buy Denver Tickets Here
11-Dec / Farmington, NM / McGhee Park / Friday September 21 / Buy Farmington Tickets Here
13-Dec / San Francisco, CA / Warfield / Friday September 21 / Buy San Francisco Tickets Here
14-Dec / Medford, OR / Medford Armory / Friday September 21 / Buy Medford Tickets Here
15-Dec / Spokane, WA / Knitting Factory / Friday September 21 / Buy Spokane Tickets Here
16-Dec / Seattle, WA / Showbox SoDo / Friday September 21 / Buy Seattle Tickets Here

Click here for the link to the LAMB OF GOD Memorabilia site and here for the link to the Justice Now site.

Related links:
Lamb Of God's Official Site

FEAR FACTORY Premieres Music Video For "The Industrialist" & We Have It!

Industrial Metal Kings FEAR FACTORY have unleashed a music video for the title track of their NEW album, 'The Industrialist'. The video, which contains footage from this past June's Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium, was helmed by James Zahn, the man responsible for creating the "The Industrialist" trailer. Watch the video now (courtesy of Metal Injection)!

'The Industrialist' sold 9,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, 'Mechanize', opened with 10,000 units back in February 2010 to land at No. 72.

Stay tuned for more FEAR FACTORY news!

Related links:
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Watch "Louder Education" (Starring: Alex Skolnick, Oderus Urungus, John Gallagher, Richard Christy, Gene Hoglan & More)

Recently, our friends over at Metal Injection joined forces with Peavey Electronics to present: "Louder Education". "Louder Education" is a NEW collaborative show starring TESTAMENT's Alex Skolnick, Sound Of Urchin's Chris "Tomato" Harfenist, and the students of T.H.O.R. (Tomato's House of Rock).

The concept behind this series is to have various successful members of the Heavy Music world discuss their journey in the music business, provide educational tips for the growing artists, and round off the show with a kick-ass jam with the kids. Pretty cool ah?

Watch the first 5 episodes here:

Related links:
Metal Injection
Peavey Electronics

"TURN THE PAGE" (News & Tour Updates - 10/25/2012 Edition) LIVE From Cooper Square In New York City!

We recently premiered a brand NEW series called "TURN THE PAGE". The concept is very simple, we want to bring you guys the most relevant up to date Heavy Music news and tour information in a video format. While we select what we believe is the most important information and post it here on a daily basis, keep in mind that our main platform (www.HornsUpRocks.com) is the place where you can get the majority of the information you need.

Without further due, here is the seventh installment of "TURN THE PAGE", this is the 10/25/2012 edition. Filmed at Cooper Square in New York City! We hope you enjoy it!

Full details on the news stories and tours mentioned on the video above, can be seen on our archive (located on the right hand side column) ----------------------------------------------------------->

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GIBSON's Top 10 Halloween Songs of All Time - Crank Em' Loud!

The great folks over at GIBSON had their writer Anne Erickson come up with the top 10 Halloween songs of all time! Her list comprises of some tunes by Helloween (duh), King Diamond, Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie, obviously, and also tunes by Pantera, Slayer, Tool, and even The Ramones. Here are GIBSON's top 10 Halloween songs of all time:

10) King Diamond, “Halloween”:

9) The Misfits, “Halloween”:

8) The Ramones, “Pet Sematary”:

7) Helloween, “Halloween”:

6) Iron Maiden, “Fear of the Dark”:

5) Tool, “Sober”:

4) Rob Zombie, “Living Dead Girl”

Click HERE to view the remaining top 3 songs!

Related links:
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GUNS N' ROSES: Watch Video Footage Of Axl Rose's Appearance On "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Last night (Wednesday, October 24), Axl Rose from GUNS N' ROSES took part in his first sit-down, live television broadcast interview in more than 20 on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!". Keep in mind that his first broadcast interview in years aired on November 11, 2011 via VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show". That interview took place at 5:30 AM following GNR's performance on October 29, 2011 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

This appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" is another in a series of firsts for the celebrated GUNS N' ROSES frontman, who will spend this fall at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for a 12-night run of shows. The historic "Appetite For Democracy" residency will run October 31 through November 24.

You can now watch Rose's appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" here:

"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs weeknights at 12 AM PT/11 PM CT on ABC.

Related links:
Jimmy Kimmel Live

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CONVERGE Suffer A Road Accident, But The Show Must Go On - Statement Available!

This just in: CONVERGE was involved in a road accident earlier today (Wednesday, October 24) when the group's van hit a patch of black ice on its way to the CONVERGE's Seattle gig. Jacob Bannon (vocalist) posted the following statement online:

"Yesterday, after ten hours of driving, we hit black ice in the Oregon mountains. We were forced to crash into a highway divider in order to keep from sliding under 18 wheelers. Though we were all alright, we were precariously stuck facing the wrong direction on the highway for a few hours. With a little ingenuity and the help of a highway worker with some tow chains, we managed to pry our bumper off our front wheels. A few hours later, we were back on the road. Never take anything for granted. Just got to Seattle, time for a positive show. Thanks people."

We are glad to hear that everyone within the CONVERGE camp are safe and sound!

Converge "All We Love We Leave Behind" U.S. Tour (remaining tour dates):

10/24: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon w/ Torche, Kvelertak, Nails, and more
10/25: Portland, OR @ Branx w/ Torche, Kvelertak, Nails, and more
10/26: San Francisco, CA @ Slim's w/ Torche, Kvelertak, Nails, and more
10/27: Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse w/ Torche, Kvelertak, Nails, and more
10/28: Los Angeles, CA @ EchoPlex w/ Torche, Kvelertak, Nails, and more
10/30: Mesa, AZ @ The Nile w/ Torche, Kvelertak, Nails, and more
11/01: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Torche, Kvelertak, and more
11/02: Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Festival w/ Torche, Kvelertak, and more
11/03: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's w/ Torche, Kvelertak, and more
11/04: Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music w/ Torche, Kvelertak, and more
11/05: Birmingham, AL @ Zydece w/ Torche, Kvelertak, and more
11/06: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In w/ Torche, Kvelertak, Whips/Chains, and more
11/07: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade w/ Torche, Kvelertak, Whips/Chains, and more
11/08: Durham, NC @ Motoroco Music Hall w/ Torche, Kvelertak, Whips/Chains, and more
11/09: Philly, PA @ Union Transfer w/ Torche, Kvelertak, Whips/Chains, and more
11/10: Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony w/ Torche, Kvelertak, & Whips/Chains
11/11: NYC, NY @ Highline Ballroom w/ Torche, Kvelertak, Whips/Chains, and more
11/12: Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair w/ Torche, Kvelertak, Whips/Chains, and more

As previously reported, CONVERGE have a NEW full-length album entitled 'All We Love We Leave Behind' available now via Epitaph Records. Right now, you can listen to the entire album (courtesy of Lambgoat.com)

'All We Love We Leave Behind' track listing:

01. Aimless Arrow
02. Trespasses
03. Tender Abuse
04. Sadness Comes Home
05. Empty on the Inside
06. Sparrow's Fall
07. Glacial Pace
08. No Light Escapes (bonus)
09. Vicious Muse
10. Veins and Vails
11. Coral Blue
12. Shame in the Way
13. On My Shield (bonus)
14. Precipice
15. All We Love We Leave Behind
16. Runaway (bonus)
17. Predatory Glow

Related links:
Official Site of Converge
Converge on Facebook
Converge on Twitter
Converge on YouTube

A Ton Of TESTAMENT Updates, Including More European Tour Dates & Gene Hoglan's Temporary Replacement!

Bay area thrash legend’s TESTAMENT have announced several European tour dates planned for this November/December. The appearances include re-booked shows that had to be rescheduled due to drummer Gene Hoglan’s commitments with his other band DETHKLOK. “The LAMB OF GOD and DETHKLOK U.S. tour had to be canceled and DETHKLOK re-booked some shows. This has caused some conflicts with a few previously scheduled TESTAMENT dates since Gene couldn’t participate in them,” said the band. “Mark Hernandez (ex-FORBIDDEN) will be helping us out but he wasn’t available until November the 25th. So various shows will be staying the same but others may be moved to 2013.”

All refunds for cancelled shows are available at point of purchase. Confirmed appearances as of now are as follows:

11/27: Garage – Glasgow, Scotland
11/28: Wulfrun Hall – Wolverhampton, UK
11/29: Ritz – Manchester, UK
11/30: Koko – London, UK
12/1: Hard Rock Hell Festival – Prestatyn, Wales
12/3: Dynamo – Eindhoven, Netherlands (original tickets purchased remain valid)
12/5: KKZ – Moscow, Russia
12/6: Za Ozhidaniya – St.  Petersburg, Russia

Stay tuned for more European performances in 2013 to be announced soon.

The Native American Film Institute will be holding the 37th annual American Indian Film Festival this November 2 – 10 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA. The event will include a screening of TESTAMENT’s “Native Blood” music video. Attendees can catch the showing on Friday, November 9, 2012  at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased HERE for the event.

The American Indian Film Festival recognizes outstanding Indian cinematic accomplishments, and will recognize Native media makers and talent via its American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show. The Festival also provides an opportunity for filmmakers, tribes, media and public audiences to come together and share in the creative experience and celebrate cinematic accomplishment. For more information visit http://aifisf.com.

“Native Blood”, whose lyrics are about vocalist Chuck Billy’s Native American heritage, was filmed at the Hopland Indian Reservation in Hopland, CA. The clip was directed by Mike Sloat (MACHINE HEAD, STAIND).

TESTAMENT recently wrapped up a co-headlining North American tour with fellow American thrash metal greats, ANTHRAX, and label mates DEATH ANGEL.

TESTAMENT scanned 20,720 copies of their NEW album 'Dark Roots of Earth' in its first week of sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album debuted at No. 12 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart, making it their highest first week sales since the inception of SoundScan. This also marks the highest first week sales for a Nuclear Blast artist yet.

'Dark Roots of Earth' was produced, mixed and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TED NUGENT, NIGHT RANGER) at his Trident Studios. Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others, provided the cover artwork.

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DEEP PURPLE Have A Slew Of Songs Ready For NEW Album - Update By Roger Glover Available!

        Photo by: Romanio

According to TheHighwayStar.com, members of DEEP PURPLE joined forces in a Russian studio to rehearse for their upcoming tour (Tour dates & tickets HERE). Bassist Roger Glover spoke to ITAR-TASS. Here are the highlights of this conversation:

- There are 14 tracks ready for the new album, probably 11 or 12 of them will pass the final selection and end up being released.
- Release date being considered is somewhere in mid-February 2013.
- There are several album titles being considered, but for now they shall remain secret.
- Regarding connection with Bob Ezrin: Steve Morse met him back when he was in Kansas.
- The band wanted to perform new tracks on this tour, but its management and the record company opposed due to fear of reduced record sales.

As previously reported, DEEP PURPLE is among 15 finalists for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's Class Of 2013.

For the first time, the public gets to vote alongside the artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 5, fans can vote on RollingStone.com for the nominees they'd like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a "fan's ballot" that will count as one of the more than 600 ballots that determine the Class Of 2013. The results will be announced in mid-December.

The April 18, 2013 event is set for Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, marking the first time the ceremony will be held in the city since 1993. HBO will tape the show for broadcast at a later date.

Stay tuned for more DEEP PURPLE news!

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MOTÖRHEAD Announces NEW Album!

Rock N' Roll meisters MOTÖRHEAD, have announced that they will be entering the studio in January with longtime producer Cameron Webb to begin recording their next studio album for a mid-2013 release. "We'll go into the rehearsal room about a month before the album and just bang stuff out," MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister tells Billboard.com.

In a recent interview with Artisan News, MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee stated about the band's plans for a new CD, "We have a lot of songs done already. It's not finished. We're gonna keep writing and we'll record it next year, and it will come out next year."

In other MOTÖRHEAD news, the band has unleashed 'The Wörld Is Ours - Vol 2 - Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else', the follow-up to 2011’s 'The Wörld Is Ours - Vol 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else'. Right now, we are giving away 4 copies of the VINYL version of this awesome release. Click HERE to enter our contest!

Photo by: Zulie Alvarez (www.zuliephotographierocks.com/)

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BIOHAZARD Enter The Studio Without Evan Seinfeld; Band To Record Follow Up To 'Reborn In Defiance'!

NYHC legends BIOHAZARD have enter the studio to begin writing and demoing the follow-up to this year's 'Reborn In Defiance'. The band decided to start working on NEW music, since there were a lot of uncontrollable situations that kept the bands latest album 'Reborn In Defiance' (released ONLY in Europe on January 20 via Nuclear Blast Records). Two situations that really affected the progress of the band were:

- The departure of singer/bassist Evan Seinfeld from the band right after the completion of 'Reborn In Defiance'

- Not being able to release the record in the United States and other territories for reasons beyond the bands control.

As soon as Seinfeld left the band, the remaining members of BIOHAZARD - Billy Graziadei, Bobby Hambel and Danny Schuler - recruited Scott Robers to take Seinfeld's place. Roberts, who played on the band's 2005 "Means To An End" album and has been part of the BIOHAZARD extended family ever since.

Stay tuned for more BIOHAZARD news!

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Watch This Hilarious Video Of GWAR Trick-or-Treating In New Jersey!

This video is a must watch! The great folks over at FUSE TV, violently forced our favorite "scum dogs" from GWAR to go trick-or-treating in New Jersey.

Dressed in a variety of ever-changing costumes—including cowboy, "pretty princess," even President Obama—the Metal band meet everyone from a woman handing out cheese to a rich fellow they incorrectly assume is a "vagina-cologist." More importantly, the Metal monsters learn the true meaning of the holiday: candy. And stomach pain. Watch the video now!

GWAR Live With DevilDriver, Cancer Bats and Legacy of Disorder (remaining tour dates):

10/24: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues - Tickets 
10/25: Austin, TX @ Emo's - Tickets 
10/26: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues - Tickets 
10/27: Houston, TX @ House of Blues - Tickets 
10/28: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room - Tickets 
10/29: Little Rock, AR @ The Rev Room - Tickets (NO DD or Cancer Bats)
10/30: Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Music Hall - Tickets (No DD or Cancer Bats)
10/31: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall - Tickets 
11/1: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater - Tickets 
11/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee - Tickets 
11/3: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory - Tickets 
11/4: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues - Tickets 
11/5: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst - Tickets 
11/6: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades - Tickets 
11/8: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory - Tickets 
11/9: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater - Tickets 
11/10: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO - Tickets 
11/11: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory - Tickets 
11/12: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater - Tickets 
11/14: Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre - Tickets 
11/15: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom - Tickets 
11/16: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Events Centre - Tickets 
11/17: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Center - Tickets 
11/18: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue - Tickets 
11/19: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes - Tickets 
11/20: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection - Tickets 
11/21: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave - Tickets 
11/23: Detroit, MI @ Harpo's - Tickets 
11/24: Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy - Tickets 
11/26: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater - Tickets 

With Kepone and Iron Reagan         
12/20: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club - Tickets 
12/21: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva - On Sale 9/15 - Tickets

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The SOULFLY Tribe Nearly Suffers Devastating Plane Crash - Statement From The Bands Manager Available!

Wow, we are very glad to hear that the members of the SOULFLY tribe are fine, following a very scary situation while flying back from Japan to the United States via airplane. The band wrapped up their Asian tour last night (October 23) at the Hollywood Awards in Bangkok, Thailand, which served as drummer David Kinkade's (formerly of BORKNAGAR, ARSIS and MALEVOLENT CREATION) final show as a member of SOULFLY. Kinkade announced last week that he is retiring from music. Read his statement HERE!  

Here is a statement from the bands manager Gloria Cavalera (Max's wife) regarding this near death experience:

"I just want to say thank you God for keeping us on this blessed Earth!! As we were leaving Tokyo's Narita Airport this afternoon, the auxiliary engine, which does many things... one of them is send the air into the aircraft's engines to keep them running, overheated and shut off. If it would have happened 20 minutes later, we would most likely be at the bottom of the ocean, with divers looking for the black box!! Luckily, it shut down before we lifted off, and here we all are, in a hotel fbing (Facebooking)!!! Thanks God, for sparing us all and not letting the Grim Reaper collect his debt!!!"

We are very happy to hear that the members of the SOULFLY tribe are OK! Please don't forget to count your blessings! \m/

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ALICE COOPER Gets 'Cemented' At London's Wembley Arena - Image Available!

                                                   Picture courtesy of: AliceCooper.com

Did you know that Alice Cooper is the only international artist to play on the grounds of Wembley five decades in a row? In commemoration of such an amazing achievement, Wembley Arena hosted a small private ceremony this morning and Cooper got to unveil his very own "hands in cement" at the entrance of the Madison Square Garden of Europe: Wembley Arena.

On Tuesday night (10/23), Cooper and his band rocked BBC's television show "Later... With Jools Holland". They performed live on the 30-minute show, playing the classic "School's Out" and the single from 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare', "I'll Bite Your Face Off". Taped versions of the performances will air on Friday with "Under My Wheels" joining the ranks of "I'll Bite Your Face Off" and "School's Out". Video footage is available below.

The performance promoted Cooper's "Halloween Night Of Fear" shows in the U.K., particularly his third annual London Halloween bash, taking place this year at legendary Wembley on October 28. Tour dates and ticket information can be found HERE!

It has been confirmed that actor and musician Johnny Depp will be jamming with the King Of Shock Rock Alice Cooper on December 8 at Comerica Theater in Phoenix, Arizona at the legendary rocker's 12th annual Christmas Pudding. Johnny will join Alice and his band, along with other scheduled performers Don Felder and L.A. GUNS, and special guest host John O'Hurley for a night of music, dance, and mayhem. More info HERE!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

COREY TAYLOR Thinks That "Technology Is So Badly Ruining Music"

The wait it over! STONE SOUR's NEW album entitled 'House Of Gold & Bones - Part 1' is available now via Roadrunner Records. Right now, you can feed your ears some NEW music from the band that Corey Taylor and Jim Root created before joining SLIPKNOT, thanks to AOL Music. Click HERE to listen to the NEW Stone Sour album!

In celebration of the release of STONE SOUR's latest batch of music, Jonathan Barkan of Bloody Disgusting recently conducted an interview with vocalist Corey Taylor. Here are a few parts of the interview:

Bloody Disgusting: What's your take on the musical styles of today versus the styles 5 years ago, 10 years ago, maybe even further than that?

Corey: It's kind of depressing, man. [laughs] It really is. There's so much that's just glossed over these days. It's almost like this weird cross between the '60s and the '80s. It's like singles were very big in the '60s. And then all the really weird, crappy, forced-upon pop music of the '80s. So now you've got people who don't really have the skills, because technology hides it, going out and putting these crappy singles out, and because that's all there really is, people basically eat it like hamburgers. It's become very, very commercialized. Which wouldn't bother me as much if people actually had talent. When I listen to something and the first thing I notice is that it's been turned into crap, I shut it off and throw it out the window of my car. Like it's the most offensive thing to me. I was just having this conversation last night because the Grammys were on, and I would say 3 out of 4 people nominated were all Auto-Tune artists. At that point, you shouldn't be allowed to be nominated in anything that has a vocal category. You should be nominated in an instrumental category because the computer did all the work for you. If you sound more like a keyboard than a human being, you shouldn't be allowed to walk away with one of those trophies. Of course I'm in the minority when it comes to that, which pisses me off even further.

Bloody Disgusting: So, do you feel that today's teenage generation is lazy or easily persuaded and how to do you think that bodes for the future of the industry and the future of music itself?

Corey: I think you're always gonna have half the generation that's lazy. But I think it makes the other half work that much harder. I think this generation that's growing up really enjoying this pop music is gonna be the same as the people who grew up really liking Rick Astley. It's passing fancy, as far as music goes. But I think because technology is so badly ruining music, it just breeds a generation that's going to be completely 180 [degrees] from that. I think the hungrier generation is just going to completely destroy any thought of trying that. I think we're gonna have a lot more home grown rock 'n' roll coming out soon. I'm hoping. Between the Auto-Tune pop and all these fucking hipster indie bands who are on every commercial, it's kind of depressing in music right now. But, I think it's kind of like me. When I was growing up in the '80s, a lot of that pop shit was just like, "What is this?" And then I found my music in the thrash scene, in the hardcore punk scene, so I had that background and that made me want to make the sort of music I make today. So I think that half of the generation is going to come to the surface in the next five years.

Bloody Disgusting: So how has the work that you've done with SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR reflected what music means to you?

Corey: I guess it's reflected in the fact that I can still do it. If I hit a flat note, you're gonna hear it. I'm really proud of the fact that anywhere, at any time, I can make music. A lot of people can't do that. I just did a tour where it was basically just me and a guitar, and if I fucked up, I totally knew. And I let the audience know. I think the human side is reflected in the music I make, both with SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR. You have to have that. For all the machines out there, you have to have a soul. You have to have some place to come back. And I know there's a lot of metal bands that use technology to hide shit because 9 times out of 10 you can't tell one band from another because of how it's mixed, because of how the drums are being portrayed, because of how stock the guitars sound. So I know it's a problem that really infects every facet of the industry. But for every 9 of those bands, there's a band like SLIPKNOT or STONE SOUR that really tries to stand apart. If it works, it works, if it doesn't, it doesn't. So, for me, the way I make music is just a reflection of how I think music should be made. Where you sit in a studio, and you make music, and you use technology to your advantage, not to hide all the glaring mistakes.

Read the rest of the interview HERE!

'House Of Gold & Bones - Part 1'  is being released two years after the band's most recent longplayer 'Audio Secrecy', which debuted at position No. 6 on the Billboard chart and No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Rock Album chart. It scored the highest international debuts of the band’s career, including Top 5 charts in Germany, Japan and Austria, and Top 10 in the U.K. and Australia.

'House of Gold & Bones - Part 1' track listing:

01. Gone Sovereign
02. Absolute Zero
03. A Rumor Of Skin
04. The Travellers Part 1
05. Tired
06. RU486
07. My Name Is Allen
08. Taciturn
09. Influence Of A Drowsy God
10. The Travellers Part 2
11. Last Of The Real

Stone Sour recently announced two intimate hometown shows October 28 and 29th, both of which sold out in minutes. The band has also confirmed the first leg of a massive global tour push to support House of Gold & Bones, playing shows on five continents so far, with many more to come.  

Stone Sour tour dates are as follows:

Nov 02 – MEXICO, MX - Maquinaria Festival
Nov 04 – GUADALAJARA, MX - Maquinaria Festival
Nov 06 – ASUNCION, PY - Maquinaria Festival
Nov 08 – BUENOS AIRES, AR - Maquinaria Festival
Sat Nov 10 – SANTIAGO, CHILE – Las Vizcachas
Sun 25th Nov – PARIS, FR– Bataclan
Mon 26th Nov – MILAN, IT – Alcatraz (with special guests Papa Roach)
Thu 29th Nov – LUDWIGSBURG, DE – Arena (with special guests Papa Roach)
Fri 30th Nov – VIENNA, AU – Gasometer (with special guests Papa Roach)
Sun 2nd Dec – MUNICH, DE – Zenith (with special guests Papa Roach)
Mon 3rd Dec – OFFENBACH, DE – Stadthalle (with special guests Papa Roach)
Tue 4th Dec – BERLIN, DE – Huxleys (with special guests Papa Roach)
Thu 6th Dec – OBERHAUSEN, DE – Turbinenhalle (with special guests Papa Roach)
Fri 7th Dec – AMSTERDAM, NE – Melkweg (with special guests Papa Roach)
Sat 8th Dec – TORHOUT, BE – De Mast (with special guests Papa Roach)
Mon 10th Dec – LONDON, UK – O2 Brixton Academy (with special guests Papa Roach)
Mon 11th Dec – LONDON, UK – O2 Brixton Academy (with special guests Papa Roach)
Thu 13th Dec – MANCHESTER, UK – Apollo
Fri 14th Dec – WOLVERHAMPTON, UK – Civic Hall
Sat 15th Dec – BOURNEMOUTH, UK – O2 Academy
Mon 17th Dec – COPENHAGEN, DK – Vega
Tue 18th Dec – OSLO, NO – Rockefeller
Wed 19th Dec – STOCKHOLM, SE – Annexet
Sat February 23, 2013 – BRISBANE, AUS (Soundwave)
Sun February 24 – SYDNEY, AUS (Soundwave)
Fri March 1 – MELBOURNE, AUS (Soundwave)
Sat March 2 – ADELAIDE, AUS (Soundwave)
Mon March 4 – PERTH, AUS (Soundwave)

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