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Saturday, December 1, 2012


Following a successful takeover of Australia, Louisiana’s favorite Hardcore, blues-based, post-amplificated dirgesmiths, EYEHATEGOD, brought their sonic debauchery to Brooklyn, New York for two very special concerts. The shows furious show took place on Monday, November 27 and Tuesday, November 28 at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn.

Right after EYEHATEGOD stepped off the stage, we chatted with the bands guitarist Jimmy Bower, who is also the drummer of DOWN. During the conversation we discussed the present and future of EYEHATEGOD, and about the NEW DOWN EP 'Down IV: Part 1 (The Purple EP)'! We also chatted about the differences between touring with two bands that are of complete different calibers. Bower also discussed the NOLA music scene, and how bands like haarp and WARBEAST are worth for everyone to listen to.

Without further due, here is our exclusive interview with Jimmy Bower! We also added an extra bonus interview with haarp's drummer Keith Sierra Jr, right after the bands New York City show with DOWN! Sit back, grab a cold one, and enjoy!

Related links:
Eyehategod's Official Site
Down's Official Site
Haarp's Official Site

89.5 FM WSOU Surpass Monetary Goal On Their Hurricane Sandy RadioThon!

As we all know, New Jersey was heavily hit by Hurricane Sandy. Yesterday we announced that the Starland Ballroom will be shut down until Spring of 2013 due to the amount of damage that the venue suffered (details HERE). Thankfully, the people of New Jersey are coming together and helping each other out.

Yesterday (November 30), 89.5FM WSOU joined the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and hosted a radio-thon in order to collect donations. The station has announced that they have surpassed their monetary goal:


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SUICIDE SILENCE Release Poster For Mitch Lucker Memorial Show!

As previously announced, the surviving members of SUICIDE SILENCE will play a special show on December 21 at the Fox theater in Pomona, California as a tribute to their late singer, Mitch Lucker. All proceeds from the event will go towards the education of Mitch's five-year-old daughter, Kenadee Lucker. The concert announcement was made last night (Saturday, November 24) during the sixth annual California Metalfest at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California. Here is the official event poster:

The Heavy Music world was struck by the very sad news that Mitchell Adam Lucker passed away at the young age of 28 (More information HERE). According to the Los Angeles Times, Lucker struck a light pole near the intersection of Main and 13th streets and was thrown from his 2013 Harley Davidson. The motorcycle continued sliding south on Main Street and struck a northbound 2007 Nissan Titan pickup.

Speaking to the audience, SUICIDE SILENCE guitarist Mark Heylmun said (see video HERE), "We fucking lost our brother; I'm sure you all know that. We all miss him more than anything in the fucking world."

The remaining members of the band have set up a memorial fund for Mitch Lucker’s family following the singer’s tragic death last week. Here is their statement regarding this matter:

Fans who wish to donate can do so via the link below, with donations of $20 of more receiving a commemorative t-shirt as a token of thanks. All proceeds will go towards the educational fund of Mitch’s five-year-old daughter, Kenadee.

Donate to the Mitch Lucker Memorial Fund here: http://www.suicidesilence.net/

Here is the link to the auction launched by the organizers of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: http://hornsuprocks.blogspot.com/2012/11/suicide-silence-mitch-lucker-memorial.html
HERE are reactions from the Heavy Music community!

Related links:
Official Site of Suicide Silence

Lineup Announced For PAGANFEST AMERICA!

Are you ready for the 2013 edition of PAGANFEST? The organizers have released the following press release regarding the lineup:

Rock the Nation America is very proud to bring you the 4th edition of Paganfest America!

One of the strongest line-up assembled so far, with none other than Finland's melodic folk masters ENSIFERUM! Our fellow vikings will assure a strong support with the return of TYR (Faroe Islands), and introducing HEIDEVOLK (The Netherlands) for the first time in North America. Als

o for the first time on our lands, a warm welcome to Norway's TROLLFEST! Opening the festival will be Los Angeles' own pagan lords HELSÓTT.

The tour is scheduled to kick off late March 2013 and will cover both the United States and Canada. Ensiferum comments:

“So finally, Ensiferum will to return to North America. It's been way too long since we shared wild Paganfest nights with our brothers and sisters across the ocean. We will not come to pillage your cities alone; it's a great honor to join forces with
Tyr, Heidevolk and Trollfest for this once in a life time tour. See you soon folks!“ - Ensiferum

Tour dates coming soon… Mead, beer & wine - let the festivities begin!!

Related links:
Pagan Fest America

Friday, November 30, 2012

Music History: Johnny Depp Jams With Alice Cooper - Video Available!

Last night, actor/musician/badass Johnny Depp stepped onstage during Alice Coopers concert at Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California and performed the Doors' "Break On Through (To the Other Side)," the first of several classic rock covers, and he remained for the rest of the show as just one of four guitarists supporting Cooper, who stood amid grave markers for late icons Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison and John Lennon. During a cover of the Beatles' "Revolution," Depp leaned into the riff Keith Richards-style as Cooper offered the peace sign, singing, "Don't you know it's gonna be all right!" Depp also joined Cooper during the classic song "School's Out"

Here is some video footage of this awesome moment in music:

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.

Related links:
Alice Cooper
Johnny Depp

SOILWORK Reveal NEW Album Artwork & Track Listing!

'The Living Infinite', the ninth studio album and first dual-disc release by Swedish melodic Metal maestros SOILWORK, will be unleashed on February 27th in Asia (via license to Marquee Records), in Europe on March 1st, and in North America on March 5th.

Produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH), 'The Living Infinite' features artwork by MNEMIC’s Mircea Eftemie Gabriel who shares:

"Seven years ago, I created the artwork for the Stabbing The Drama album and I can’t believe how time flies!  Here we are, with sexy gray hairs, working with my friends in SOILWORK again. This time, we built the cover around a maritime concept, aiming for something direct and symbolic.  I believe we achieved that quite well.  From my creative deck, I salute you and say: ‘Long Live The Living Infinite.’"

SOILWORK states:

“After commissioning some pretty elaborate covers for the last couple of records, we decided to try something more sober and design-oriented for The Living Infinite.  Who better to call than the man who created the iconic Stabbing The Drama cover?  Mircea Gabriel Eftemie is not only a close friend but also an incredible graphic designer.  We’re all stoked about his work which is different from anything SOILWORK has ever done and perfectly suits the elegant oceanic concept of The Living Infinite.  Enjoy folks!”


Tracklisting for The Living Infinite is as follows:

- CD 1

01. Spectrum Of Eternity
02. Memories Confined
03. This Momentary Bliss
04. Tongue
05. The Living Infinite I
06. Let The First Wave Rise
07. Vesta
08. Realm Of The Wasted
09. The Windswept Mercy
10. Whispers And Lights

- CD 2

01. Entering Aeons
02. Long Live The Misanthrope
03. Drowning With Silence
04. Antidotes In Passing
05. Leech
06. The Living Infinite II
07. Loyal Shadow
08. Rise Above The Sentiment
09. Parasite Blues
10. Owls Predict, Oracles Stand Guard

'The Living Infinite' hosts Justin Sullivan - lead singer of the English band New Model Army - as guest vocalist on the track "The Windswept Mercy" and also marks the recording debut of long-time touring guitarist David Andersson (NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).

SOILWORK’s world tour launches with a 55-show headlining trek through the U.S. and Canada this March.  Support comes from Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, The Browning, and Wretched.

North American headlining tour dates for SOILWORK are:
03/12/13:  Empire – West Springfield, VA
03/13/13:  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
03/14/13:  Bogie’s – Albany, NY
03/15/13:  The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
03/16/13:  Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
03/17/13:  Petit Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA
03/18/13:  Union Commerciale – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
03/19/13:  Mavericks – Ottawa, ON – CANADA
03/20/13:  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
03/21/13:  Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
03/22/13:  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
03/23/13:  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
03/24/13:  The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
03/25/13:  Mojoes – Joliet, IL
03/26/13:  Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
03/27/13:  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
03/28/13:  Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
03/29/13:  The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
03/30/13:  The Distillery – Calgary, AB – CANADA
03/31/13:  Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
04/01/13:  The Generator – Prince George, B.C. – CANADA
04/02/13:  Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
04/03/13:  El Corazon – Seattle, WA
04/04/13:  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
04/05/13:  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
04/06/13:  House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
04/07/13:  Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ
04/08/13:  The Rock – Tucson, AZ
04/09/13:  Las Vegas Country Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
04/11/13:  In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
04/12/13:  Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
04/13/13:  The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
04/14/13:  The Firebird – St. Louis, MO
04/15/13:  Trees – Dallas, TX
04/16/13:  Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
04/17/13:  Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
04/18/13:  Lucky Mule – Abilene, TX
04/19/13:  Dos Amigos – Odessa, TX
04/20/13:  Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
04/22/13:  House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
04/23/13:  Geo’s – McAllen, TX
04/24/13:  Scout Bar – Houston, TX
04/26/13:  State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
04/27/13:  Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL
04/28/13:  The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
04/29/13:  Kingdom – Richmond, VA
04/30/13:  Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
05/01/13:  Mexicali Live – Teaneck, NJ
05/02/13:  The Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY
05/03/13:  Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
05/04/13:  Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
05/05/13:  Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA
05/06/13:  Station 58 – Syracuse, NY
05/07/13:  The Palladium – Worcester, MA
SOILWORK have been toiling away and burning many a midnight oil in the studio with producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH) recording The Living Infinite, the follow-up to their 2010 release The Panic Broadcast. The Soilworkers are planning not just one CD of amazing music, but two: that’s right, The Living Infinite will be a double album and will mark the recording debut of long-time touring guitarist David Andersson (NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).

'The Panic Broadcast' debuted on U.S. Billboard charts at #88 in July 2010.

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ARCH ENEMY's Chaotic Concert In Peru Loses Electrical Power, But The Show Must Go On!

South and Latin America are quickly becoming one of the most powerful markets in the world when it comes to Heavy Music! ARCH ENEMY is currently spreading their destructive furious Heavy Metal to 1000s of hungry Latinos. Last night (October 29), they performed at the Centro De Convenciones Scencia De La Molina, in Lima, Peru. Here is what the band had to say about a very chaotic, yet awesome show!

"Lima, Peru was INSANE!!! Total punk rock show, power went out, amps went down, LED video screens died early in the set.. It all went wrong and yet it was the perfect show. We had so much fun! Thank you for the bottle of Pisco appearing out of nowhere onto stage during one of the power cuts.. haha. Genius! We emptied that bottle of course.

"We are off to Costa Rica, we just heard more than 2.000 tickets are sold.. This show is going to be crazy!"

Due to popular demand, ARCH ENEMY have added a second show in Mexico City. They have also announced that they will be performing their epic album 'Wages Of Sin' in its entirety.

ARCH ENEMY Latin American Tour (remaining tour dates):

- 01/12/12: Club Peppers, San José in Costa Rica
- 04/12/12: Circo Volador, Mexico City in Mexico
- 06/14/12: Circo Volador, Mexico City in Mexico

As previously reported, ARCH ENEMY's badass vocalist Angela Gossow has announced that the band will be taking a temporary hiatus. Read her statement HERE!

Related links:
Arch Enemy's Official Site

Here Is SUFFOCATION's Demonic Album Cover For 'Pinnacle of Bedlam'!

New York Death Metal veterans SUFFOCATION have revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming album, 'Pinnacle of Bedlam'. Artwork was handled this time around by artist Raymond Swanland (DEEDS OF FLESH, PSYCROPTIC).

“This artwork is a perfect portrayal of our music,” commented bassist Derek Boyer. “The cover depicts lyrical content like ‘scales tip in degradation’ and ‘hooded messenger of death is now set forth, punishment for all.’ Raymond is an absolute BEAST of an artist!”

Added guitarist Guy Marchais:

“The artwork for Pinnacle brings another element to an already brutal album.  Raymond knew exactly what we were looking for and delivered!”

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 was 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.

'Pinnacle of Bedlam' is tentatively scheduled for a February 2013 via Nuclear Blast in North America.

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:

We also spoke with bands bassist Derek Boyer about the bands NEW album:

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

Related links:
Suffocation's Official Site

"TURN THE PAGE" (News & Tour Updates - 11/30/2012 Edition) LIVE From SLAYER Themed Empire State Building!

The concept behind "Turn The Page" 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 eleventh installment of "TURN THE PAGE", this is the 11/30/2012 edition. Filmed right outside the SLAYER themed Empire State Building 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) ----------------------------------------------------------->

Related links:
Horns Up Rocks

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH Announce Sophomore Album!

A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH, have confirmed a late spring 2013 release for the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut And Hell Will Follow Me via SPV Records. The band has once again commissioned famed artist Sam Shearon AKA Mister-Sam (Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, Rammstein) to create the artwork for the as yet untitled album.   

Frontman Sal Abruscato gave an update on the album:

"The sound has evolved and become a bit more orchestrated.   More harmony work has been done on this album, including new elements such as a Hammond B3 organ and piano. To me the album has an even darker sound and feel than the first one." He continued, "The new album is a natural progression in song writing and vocals yet keeping continuity with the first album musically and artistically. Fans of our first album will find all the traits they love melded with even bigger production and mastering. Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound will be mastering the album."

More information will be released in the coming weeks.


Sal Abruscato - Lead Vocals and Guitar
Matt Brown - Guitars and Backing Vocals
Johnny Kelly - Drums
Eric Morgan - Bass
Eddie Heedles - Guitar

Related links:
A Pale Horse Named Death
A Pale Horse Named Death on Facebook
A Pale Horse Named on Twitter

Do You Want A Custom Tony Iommi Signature Electric Guitar?

Tony Iommi has donated a guitar to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund Guitar Auction and the online bidding has begun.

The Fund: Formed in honor of the legendary singer who lost his life to stomach cancer, The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable fund dedicated to support cancer prevention research, raise awareness and educate the public with the focus that early detection and prevention is of vital importance when dealing with this deadly disease that robs families of it’s loved ones.After a star studded awards gala on Halloween night, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is participating in a celebrity guitar auction.

The Icons & Idols Rock N’ Roll Auction will be held at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Dec. 1 and 2. As part of the auction, nearly100 guitars signed by various celebrities and musicians will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the fund’s mission of cancer prevention, research and education.

The guitar: A Gibson custom Tony Iommi signature electric guitar signed in silver marker on the black body "Tony Iommi." The guitar features inlaid mother of pearl crosses on the neck that are typical of Iommi's other personal guitars. Serial number 135600617.

Click HERE to bid on Tony Iommi's guitar!

Proceeds from the sale of this item will benefit The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Related links:
Van Halen
DIO's Cancer Fund

WSOU To Host Radio-thon Tomorrow For The Victims Of Hurricane Sandy!

As we all know, New Jersey was heavily hit by Hurricane Sandy. Recently, we announced that the Starland Ballroom (located in Sayreville, New Jersey) will be shut down until Spring of 2013 due to the amount of damage that the venue suffered (details HERE). Thankfully, the people of New Jersey are coming together and helping each other out.

Joining the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts is 89.5FM WSOU, who will be hosting a radio-thon in order to collect donations. The radio-thon will take place TOMORROW (Friday, November 30th). It will kick off at 6AM and will run until midnight. They will be DJing regular rotation music and will be taking breaks to ask for donations. Listeners will be able to call up and pledge various amounts of money. If a listener pledges $25+, he/she will be mailed a WSOU prize pack (contains WSOU stickers, pens, bottle openers and a random CD). If the pledge amount is $50+ the listener will receive a special Hurricane Sandy relief t-shift they are making specifically for the occasion and the prize pack as well.

If the donation is $100+ the listener will receive a WSOU Hoodie, the shirt, and the prize pack. They will also be running raffles all day. Raffle tickets can be purchased separately at $25 each. Some of the prizes being raffled are a signed Slipknot poster (includes Paul Gray), a 3 Inches of Blood snowboard and a framed drum head signed by all members of Five Finger Death Punch. There are also many other signed pieces of memorabilia to be given away. Their goal is to raise $8950 by the end of the day. They will also have a slew of guest DJs throughout the day.

Save the date: Friday, November 30th on WSOU 89.5 FM!

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Last night (Wednesday, November 28th), Alice Cooper performed on the Conan show on TBS. Cooper and company performed their song "I'll Bite Your Face Off". The song comes from Alice's latest album 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare'. Here is footage of the bands performance:

In other Alice Cooper news, 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!

Don't forget to chat Mr. Cooper live and loud all across North America! 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!

Related links:
Alice Cooper

MOTÖRHEAD's "Complete Early Years Box Set" To Be Sold For $600??? Lemmy Is Not Happy!

Wow! The company who owns the rights to MOTÖRHEAD's early recordings will be releasing a NEW box set this December that is appropriately titled "Complete Early Years Box Set". While the box set is pretty kick ass, the price sucks! $600 for the damn thing?! Lemmy and the rest of the band are not happy!

Earlier this year, the band was able to stop the release of the box set because of the insane price. But as mentioned above the box set will be released this December since MOTÖRHEAD have no control over what's done with these early songs, and they want to make sure fans are completely aware that they have no involvement whatsoever in releasing such an expensive box set.

Before the initial release was blocked, MOTÖRHEAD's iconic frontman Lemmy said:

"Unfortunately, greed once again rears its yapping head. I would advise against it even for the most rabid completists!"

He now adds: "It really bothers me that these people would put this out at these prices especially in this day and age, when money is tight. There you go again labels, trying to squeeze out every last dime you can from our fans.

"But they reap what they sow, don't they? Look what's going on with the music business. These are fine examples of corporate greed: reissuing the same stuff over and over again, overcharging the customers with outrageous pricing, basically trying to rape our fan base.

"Although we still make money from record sales, this is not the way I ever intended it. I don't like to see fans getting ripped off or taken advantage of. And that's what's happening here."

"If fans do want to gift a loved one with some new MOTÖRHEAD product this holiday, by all means, please pick up the band's most recent "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!

To order the "Complete Early Years Box Set", go to this location.

Via Blabbermouth

As previously reported, 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.

Related links:
Motorhead's Official Page

Ozzy Osbourne Talks About The NEW BLACK SABBATH Album & The Bands Legacy!

It has been announced that BLACK SABBATH's NEW album is tentatively scheduled for release in April 2013 via Vertigo/Universal Republic in the U.S. and Vertigo in all other territories.

According to Blabbermouth, Scott Kara of The New Zealand Herald chatted with "the prince of darkness": BLACK SABBATH's very own Ozzy Osbourne. Here are a few parts of the interview.

On how BLACK SABBATH came to be such a respected band:

Osbourne: "It's a really weird thing, because what we did, we just did. We didn't go, 'Oh, we're going to write this way, and we're going to record that way, and it's going to come out like this'. And 45 years up the road who would have thought it's still going to be current and people were going to look upon it as the foundations of heavy metal? I mean, you don't realize that sort of thing, you just do it."

On not being completely comfortable with BLACK SABBATH being considered originators of the "Heavy Metal" genre:

Osbourne: "Not everything BLACK SABBATH did was about the devil, or about Heavy Metal because 'Changes' was a beautiful song. But all they ever remember is that I sing about the devil and 'Iron Man', you know."

On how the members of BLACK SABBATH — with the exception of drummer Bill Ward, who is sitting out the band's reunion due to a contractual dispute — are getting along nowadays:

Osbourne: "What's different now is that none of us get drunk or stoned or any of that stuff. We're all clean, and all in control of ourselves, we're not intimidated by each other, there are no arguments, and it's the way it should be. But when we were kids we had egos. When you're 21 and you get some success it takes a while to get your head around. You have an ego, you have the spoils of success, the cars, the houses, the money, the alcohol, the drugs, the groupies, and all the rest of it, and if you go through all of that and you are lucky enough to survive you get married, you get divorced, you get married again, and it's a journey. But we've done it all so what it boils down to now is the music - and that's what got us where we are in the first place. We have come through the other side, we're still able to work together, and that's where the enjoyment comes from. It's been a lot of fun making this record."

On the recording sessions for the new BLACK SABBATH album, which were interrupted by guitarist Tony Iommi's diagnosis with lymphoma at the beginning of this year:

Osbourne: "[The treatment] has been a bit rough on him but he still manages to come up with those great riffs. It's been more than 30 years since I really seriously worked with the guys. We had a try a few years back but nothing came of it. But for some reason the timing is right and we've done about 15 songs. BLACK SABBATH is very unique in the respect that nothing is formulated. It's very unpredictable. I just hope the people who have waited all these years aren't disappointed."

Entire interview available HERE!




My Live Nation pre-sale runs from 9am Friday Nov 2 until 5pm Monday Nov 5*
MyTicketek pre-sale runs from 10am Nov 6 until 5pm Wednesday Nov 7*

*or until allocation is exhausted

For complete tour and ticketing information, visit: www.livenation.com.au

As previously reported, the Ozzfest clan announced that Ozzy Osbourne's traveling festival will take place on May 11-12, 2013 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City (outside Tokyo), Japan. Not only will be BLACK SABBATH be performing, but joining them will be: find out HERE

Related links:
Black Sabbath

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yngwie Malmsteen: Full Stream Of NEW Album 'Spellbound' Available Now!

As previously reported, Swedish guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen will release his NEW album entitled 'Spellbound' on December 5 via Rising Force Records. You can now listen to a stream of the entire album HERE (courtesy of Amazon)!

Track listing for 'Spellbound':

01. Spellbound
02. High Compression Figure
03. Let's Sleeping Dog Lie
04. Repent
05. Majestic 12 Suite 1,2 & 3
06. Electric Duet
07. Nasca Lines
08. Poisoned Mind
09. God Of War
10. Iron Blues
11. Turbo Amadeus
12. From A Thousand Cuts
13. Requiem For The Lost

Acclaimed heavy metal singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH), who has been fronting Yngwie Malmsteen's band both live and in the studio since February 2008, does not appear on "Spellbound".

Related links:
Yngwie Malmsteen's Official Site

EXODUS Joins Barge To Hell Tour!

Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have become the 36th band to confirm their appearance on this year’s Barge To Hell cruise, which is ready to set sail from Miami to the island of Nassau in the Bahamas on December 3rd.

View the entire line-up on BargeToHell.com

EXODUS will also be performing at 2013’s Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore on May 23rd.

Related links:
EXODUS on Facebook

EXODUS on YouTube

EXODUS on Twitter


The HATEBREED dudes are pleased to announce that they will be hitting the road again in the United States next year on "The Divinity Of Purpose Tour"!

Joining them on tour are Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus, and The Contortionist. VIP meet n’ greet packages and pre-sale tickets will be available Thursday, November 29th (tomorrow) at 10 AM PST at http://www.hatebreed.com/vip

Here is the complete list of tour dates:

Jan 26 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
Jan 27 - Joilet, IL - Mojoes
Jan 28 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
Jan 30 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater
Jan 31 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater
Feb 1 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy
Feb 2 –Chico, CA–Senator Theater
Feb 3 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
Feb 5 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
Feb 6 - Wichita, KS - Cotillion
Feb 7 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
Feb 8 - Lexington, KY - Busters
Feb 9 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
Feb 11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
Feb 12 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live
Feb 13 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
Feb 14 - West Springfield, VA - Empire
Feb 15 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Feb 16 - Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theater
Feb 17 - Amityville, NY - Revolution

As previously announced, HATEBREED are releasing their NEW studio album, 'The Divinity Of Purpose' on January 23, 2013 via Razor & Tie in North America/Canada and on January 25, 2013 via Nuclear Blast in Europe and various additional international territories. 'The Divinity Of Purpose', will be the band’s 6th official album to date, and the follow up to HATEBREED’s self-titled album and also their covers album, 'For The Lions' (both released in 2009). Track Listing HERE

'The Divinity Of Purpose' was co-produced by HATEBREED, Chris "Zeuss" Harris (SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL THAT REMAINS, SHADOWS FALL) and Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), with Wilbur also handling mixing duties. The cover artwork was created and illustrated by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS, GWAR) and can be seen below.

Listen to the NEW HATEBREED single HERE!

'The Divinity Of Purpose' will be supported by extensive global touring that will stretch well into 2014.

HATEBREED is currently on tour with Lamb of God, In Flames and Sylosis. In January 2013, HATEBREED will also headline the EMP presents Persistence Tour 2013 in Europe (all tour dates below).

- 12/26: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
- 12/27: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

HATEBREED will be headlining the EMP presents Persistence Tour 2013 in Europe in January 2013. For more information, check out www.persistencetour.de.


- Jan-10: Berlin @ Astra (Germany)
- Jan-11: Lint @ Eurocam Media Center (Belgium)
- Jan-12: Oberhausen @ Turbinenhalle (Germany)
- Jan-13: Paris @ Bataclan (France)
- Jan-14: Saarbrücken @ Garage (Germany)
- Jan-15: Wiesbaden @ Schlachthof (Germany)
- Jan-16: Hamburg @ Docks (Germany)
- Jan-17: Stuttgart @ Schleyerhalle (Germany)
- Jan-18: Lichtenfels @ Stadthalle (Germany)
- Jan-19: Dresden @ Event Werk (Germany)
- Jan-20: Tilburg @ O13 (Netherlands)

Related links:
Hatebreed on Twitter

KREATOR Unleash NEW Music Video For "Civilization Collapse"

German Thrash Metal titans KREATOR recently unleashed a NEW 7 inch entitled 'Civilization Collapse' (retail version: black; Nuclear Blast mailorder-only version: red, yellow, white) and as a digital download.

The single contains the title cut backed by the non-album track "Wolfchild", which was featured on the "Dark Symphonies - A Tribute To John Sinclair" album, released this past September in Germany via Lübbe-Audio. The band also made a video for the song "Civilization Collapse", which is said to be "mainly about the riots that took place in Greece most recently."

While researching the above-mentioned riots, the KREATOR art direction team became aware of Marios Lolos, president of the Greek union of journalistic photographers. In the past, Greek photographers have become victims of police brutality and Marios himself barely got out alive when he was subjected to one of these extreme attacks.

When KREATOR showed Marios the song and the lyrics, he immediately agreed participate by offering parts of his huge photographic archives.

Today, the great folks over at Metal Hammer are premiering the bands music video for "Civilization Collapse":


- Miland 'Mille' Petrozza: Vocals, guitar
- Sami Yli-Sirniö: Guitar
- Christian 'Speesy' Giesler: Bass
- Jürgen 'Ventor' Reil: Drums

Via Blabbermouth

Related links:
KREATOR's Official Site

Randy Blythe: "They lost their son and that's about as bad as it gets for a human being, to lose a child"

While LAMB OF GOD is currently destroying the United States in support of their latest album 'Resolution' (available now via Epic Records & Roadrunner Records), Randy Blythe's legal nightmare is not over yet.

As previously reported, Blythe was arrested on June 28 this year at the Prague Airport on charges of causing, “bodily harm of the fourth degree, resulting in the death of a fan:” an event that allegedly took place during a Lamb Of God concert on May 24, 2010. Blythe was detained in a Czech Republic prison for thirty seven days before he was released on bail.

Blythe recently spoke to U.K.'s Metal Hammer about his legal affairs and how he is killing time while he waits to hear from the Czech Republic to see if he heas to to return to Prague in order to face trial. Here are a few excerpts of the interview, which you can read in its entirety on the October 2012 issue of the magazine.

Metal Hammer: The statement you put out was very respectful to the family involved and obviously that was important to you.

Blythe: "It was hugely important. That's the worst thing about this. Going to prison sucks, and being in prison is not fun, but what I went through and the uncertainty I face now is absolutely nothing compared to what this family is going through. They lost their son and that's about as bad as it gets for a human being, to lose a child. That's not supposed to happen. I can't claim responsibility for this because I am innocent, I believe that in my heart of hearts; if I thought I was guilty, then I wouldn't even have accepted bail. I was raised by very moral parents who said you have to face up and take responsibility for your actions. But I believe I'm innocent… I know I'm innocent."

Metal Hammer: Do you even remember the gig or was it just another show?

Blythe: "It was the first time we'd ever played in Prague so I remember that. I remember I read during the day, and I remember that gig and a lot of people being onstage. Then as soon as I got off stage, my publicist called, and told me Paul Gray [SLIPKNOT] was dead. This was right after we got off stage. All of that makes that show memorable."

Metal Hammer: You weren't aware of anyone getting hurt?

Blythe: "No, there's people that get hurt at every metal show, but it's not like we ran away after the show. We were there until late in the morning, the crew was unloading and I was sitting out in the alleyway calling people because people were blowing up my phone like, 'Is it true that Paul Gray is dead?' I was very sad and I spent a lot of time talking, but the show itself, I just remember a ton of people being onstage who should not have been onstage. We had no knowledge that anyone was hurt. But, like I said about the parents, my feelings about the justice or injustice of this has nothing to do with the reality that they are totally suffering through this. They need some answers and I feel ethically obliged, if I'm called to trial, to at least give my side of the story and explain to the best of my knowledge what happened so they can get some closure. I don't have guilt over this because I am innocent, but it feels awful inside to me, terrible. A fan of the band is dead and his family suffering. It's a very unfortunate situation and one I'd rather not have to deal with, but if you're a good human being, an adult and a responsible, compassionate human being, then you show up and do the right thing, and that's going and giving these people some answers."

Metal Hammer: What does this mean, not just for LAMB OF GOD, but for future metal shows? Clearly there wasn't enough security, but at the same time people do stage dive and it is dangerous.

Blythe: "Yeah, I had 44 stitches right in my head from a BRUTAL TRUTH show. I left the stage at Milwaukee Metalfest and split my skull open and had to go to the hospital. When you crowd surf or go into a moshpit, or somehow make it to the stage, you have to realize you can get hurt. I have the scars and the broken bones to prove it because I've been going to shows since I was a kid. If anything good comes out of this, it would be the need for trained security who are aware of what goes on at a show and the type of energy and dancing, so they're not only there to keep the band safe, but to keep the audience safe. We've seen kids coming over the barrier and we've often yelled at security. I can't put on a good show if I'm worried about my fans getting hurt. There needs to be adequate security because this stuff is dangerous! There's an inherent danger in jumping off a stage and I've done it again and again and again."

Metal Hammer: Does it make you more wary of inviting contact with the audience?

Blythe: "Well, we're at a point where, long before this show, people don't need to be getting on stage, because they run into you and can knock you off or run into the equipment and you can't play. But the whole stagediving thing is a real touchy thing and it's hard to explain to people who aren't in this. Someone will come whipping past me who's made it past security and got onstage, they run and jump, clear the barricade and I'm often like, 'Good job! That was badass!' What am I gonna do, get mad? I did the same when I was a kid! But at the same time, if you're gonna do that, you have to accept the fact that you might break your fucking neck, or someone else's. I've stagedived a lot in our career and I always back way up and make sure people see I'm coming, because I don't want to break someone's neck. This has definitely made me more wary about stagediving myself, not for my security but for everybody's. I skateboard and I've busted myself up. I could have broken my neck or killed myself, and that's a risk I take and I accept that risk because it's something I like to do. If people do this stuff, they need to realize that."

Metal Hammer: Obviously you can't plan too far ahead since you don't know if you'll be facing trial. what's next for you?

Blythe: "I don't know if I'll have to go back or not. I'm assuming I will. I'm assuming it will be in December or January, but we'll tour the States starting in October for a month or so. We have to make some money because the legal bills are exorbitant. We had to borrow that bail money and it's almost half a million dollars. None of us make the kind of money to be able to pay that off no worries. And the way we make money is by playing shows, but we can't play shows if I'm in prison. One tour already got cancelled and we had a meeting today talking about the mechanics of keeping the business running when money is just bleeding out. It's difficult, but it's better than being in prison. And I will go back. I'm a man of my word and I told the judge I would go back. As I've previously expressed, I think it's the ethical thing to do."

Metal Hammer: What's the worst-case scenario?

Blythe: "Ten years with no time off for good behavior. For my particular charge — we're saying manslaughter, but it's assault in the fourth degree with intent, resulting in the death of this young man — the sentence for that is five to 10 years with no time off. So the worst-case scenario is that get out when I'm 51, 52 years old. It's not something I really try to dwell on too much, because it's scary. I don't want to go to prison, I don't want that to happen, but the fact of the matter is it could happen. I will deal with it as it comes, that's all! can do. If you have one foot in the past and one foot in the future, you're pissing on the present. And right now, all! have is the present so I prepare myself the best I can. My band is behind me and my family's behind me and we're gonna do our best to prove my innocence. But worrying about a nebulous uncertain future, or being super-bummed out that l went to prison for 37 days does me no good."

Order the October 2012 issue of Metal Hammer, which can be ordered at this location.

For now, Blythe will continue to destroy ear drums all over the U.S.! Here are the remaining tour dates:

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.

Via Blabbermouth.net

Related links:
Lamb Of God's Official Site

Win Eddie Van Halen's Guitar & Help Out Dio's Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund

Edward Van Halen has donated a guitar to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund Guitar Auction and the online bidding has begun.

The Fund: Formed in honor of the legendary singer who lost his life to stomach cancer, The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable fund dedicated to support cancer prevention research, raise awareness and educate the public with the focus that early detection and prevention is of vital importance when dealing with this deadly disease that robs families of it’s loved ones.After a star studded awards gala on Halloween night, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is participating in a celebrity guitar auction.

The Icons & Idols Rock N’ Roll Auction will be held at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Dec. 1 and 2. As part of the auction, nearly 100 guitars signed by various celebrities and musicians will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the fund’s mission of cancer prevention, research and education.

The guitar: An EVH Wolfgang electric guitar signed on the black body in gold marker “Eddie Van Halen 2011.” The guitar is a prototype guitar that was custom made for Van Halen, no serial number.

Edward Van Halen was on the top 10 list of Rolling Stone’s list of top 100 guitarists last year, and this year, Guitar World’s poll named him “The Greatest Guitarist of All-Time”. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Bidding: You can bid on Eddie’s signed guitar HERE. It’s great cause and great charity.

As previously reported, Eddie Van Halen underwent an emergency surgery for a severe bout of diverticulitis. No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is expected within four - six months. The long hospital stay of 3 weeks was required because surgery to remove the infected intestine resulted in another infection when Van Halen popped a few stitches.

Related links:
Van Halen
DIO's Cancer Fund

SEVENDUST Announce Release Date For 'Black Out The Son'; Band To Tour With LACUNA COIL!

March 26, 2013 is going to be a very good day for SEVENDUST fans. That day brings the highly anticipated release of the band’s brand NEW album, their ninth studio effort, 'BLACK OUT THE SUN', on their 7Bros. Records label (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group). The first single, “Decay,” will be released to radio and available for download at online retail outlets January 22, 2013.

Anxious to share the scorching NEW sounds, SEVENDUST will set out on a headlining tour with Lacuna Coil starting February 2, 2013 in Winston-Salem, NC at Ziggy’s. Tickets for the shows listed below will go on-sale Friday, November 30, 2012. Fans should check their local ticket outlets for purchase info. More shows for SEVENDUST are currently in the works and will be announced in the coming months.

In a recent interview with Revolver, guitarist John Connolly described the new music as having “a darker vibe… but there’s still plenty of melody. It fits right in with 'ANIMOSITY', 'ALPHA' and our self-titled album. Lots of heavy stuff and some more mellow moody songs as well.” As guitarist Clint Lowery proclaims in Guitar World, “There’s a dark turn to the whole thing… in a lot of ways, it’s your typical SEVENDUST record.” The magazine goes on to declare that 'BLACK OUT THE SUN' “will eclipse its predecessors with its southern-rock brutality and bursts of industrial and reggae.”

For 'BLACK OUT THE SUN', the band--Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals) and John Connolly (guitar/vocals)—decided to self-produce and record the NEW album at The Architekt Studios in Butler, NJ with the help of mixer/engineer Mike Ferretti (who also worked with Lowery and Rose on CALL ME NO ONE’s debut album, 'LAST PARADE', which was released June 5 on 7Bros Records).

'BLACK OUT THE SUN' is the follow-up to 'COLD DAY MEMORY', which was released April 20, 2010 and debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, the highest debut of the bands' storied 8 studio album, 15 year career. Along with it being SEVENDUST's highest charting debut ever, the album's first single, "Unraveling,” set a debut milestone as well. It entered the BDS Active Rock radio chart higher than any other SEVENDUST track. It surpassed 2003's "Enemy," which wound up peaking at #6 and is currently their highest charting song to date. At radio, "Unraveling" is the most well received SEVENDUST song ever.

Tour Dates:

02/02/13 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
02/03/13 - Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
02/05/13 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
02/06/13 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
02/07/13 - Portland, ME @ The Asylum
02/08/13 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
02/09/13 - Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
02/10/13 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
02/12/13 - Fayetteville, AR @ George's Majestic Lounge
02/14/13 - Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
02/15/13 - Broussard, LA @ The Station
02/16/13 - Beaumont, TX @ Dixie Dance Hall
02/17/13 - Little Rock, AR @ Revolution! Music Room
02/19/13 - Springfield, IL @ Boondocks
02/21/13 - Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
02/22/13 - South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
02/23/13 - Cedar Falls, IA @ Pepsi Pavilion

Related links:

LACUNA COIL Announce 2013 US Tour With SEVENDUST - Tour Dates Available!

Italy's LACUNA COIL is proud to announce that they will visit the US in early 2013 in their first tour of the New Year. The band will head out with SEVENDUST on a 17-date run throughout the month of February. The tour kicks off on February 2, 2013 in Winston-Salem, NC and tickets for the tour go on-sale Friday, November 30, 2012. Fans should check their local ticketing outlets for information on how to purchase tickets.

LACUNA COIL has spent the past year touring the world in support of their NEW album, 'DARK ADRENALINE'. Released earlier this year via Century Media Records, the album debuted at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, selling nearly 20,000 units in its first week, and spawned the crushing first single "Trip The Darkness." The band has sold upwards of 800,000 units in the US alone and with six full-length albums, two EPs, various singles and a DVD under their belt; LACUNA COIL maintains their prominent role in the modern Rock and Metal scene.

Tour Dates:

02/02/13 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
02/03/13 - Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
02/05/13 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
02/06/13 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
02/07/13 - Portland, ME @ The Asylum
02/08/13 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
02/09/13 - Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
02/10/13 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
02/12/13 - Fayetteville, AR @ George's Majestic Lounge
02/14/13 - Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
02/15/13 - Broussard, LA @ The Station
02/16/13 - Beaumont, TX @ Dixie Dance Hall
02/17/13 - Little Rock, AR @ Revolution! Music Room
02/19/13 - Springfield, IL @ Boondocks
02/21/13 - Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
02/22/13 - South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
02/23/13 - Cedar Falls, IA @ Pepsi Pavilion

Related links:
Lacuna Coil
Century Media Records

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

THE ACACIA STRAIN Forced To Drop Off From US Tour Due To A Serious Van Accident - Statement Available!

This past weekend, two of the rising acts within our Heavy Music world, VEIL OF MAYA and THE ACACIA STRAIN, kicked off their co-headlining tour, which also features UPON A BURNING BODY, VOLUMES and TWITCHING TONGUES.

Unfortunately, THE ACACIA STRAIN have been forced to drop off from the tour after getting into a serious van accident. Here's the band's official statement:

"It comes with heavy hearts and sadness to announce that The Acacia Strain will be leaving their Co-Headlining tour with Veil Of Maya due to a serious van accident. Members of the band and crew are being treated for minor injuries, nothing serious."

Here is what the bands frontman, Vincent Bennett had to say about the incident: “Canceling tour dates is something we hate doing but we will make it up to all of you. We are all very grateful to be alive and will see you in the New Year.”

Remaining tour dates:

- 11/27: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
- 11/29: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
- 11/30: Lubbock, TX @ Jake's
- 12/01: Dallas, TX @ Unsilent Night Festival
- 12/02: McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey Theater
- 12/04: Metairie, LA @ The Cypress
- 12/05: Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar
- 12/06: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
- 12/07: Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
- 12/08: Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
- 12/09: Springfield, VA @ Empire
- 12/11: Pittsburgh, PA @ Ironworks
- 12/12: Toledo, OH @ The Omni
- 12/14: Chicago, IL @ Mojoes
- 12/16: St. Paul, MN @ Station 4

Related links:
The Acacia Strain on Facebook

EYEHATEGOD To Perform In Brooklyn NY Tonight & Tomorrow Night!

Following a successful takeover of Australia, Louisiana’s favorite Hardcore, blues-based, post-amplificated dirgesmiths, EYEHATEGOD, will bring their sonic debauchery to Brooklyn, New York for two very special concerts. The shows are expected to take place tonight (November 27) and tomorrow night (November 28) at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn.

EYEHATEGOD in Brooklyn, NY:

- 11/27/2012: Brooklyn, NY at Saint Vitus Bar
- 11/28/2012: Brooklyn, NY at Saint Vitus Bar

In related news, new track “New Orleans Is The New Vietnam” will make its recorded debut in 7” form via A389 Recordings later this summer. For further info visit: http://www.a389records.com.

Related links:
Eyehategod's Official Site
Eyehategod on Facebook
Mike Williams' Official Site

VOIVOD Premieres Title Track For 'Target Earth' - Listen Now!

Recently, Canadian progressive Metal pioneers VOIVOD released the first single from their upcoming 13th studio album, 'Target Earth' (due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America via Century Media Records). "Mechanical Mind" is now available on all digital platforms; to download the track on iTunes, please click HERE. You can listen to the song below.

Today, the band is premiering the title track from 'Target Earth'! Click HERE to listen!

To get the latest VOIVOD updates, be sure to download the band's new free app for mobile smart phones here:







Stay tuned for more news about 'Target Earth' and VOIVOD coming soon!

Related links:
Voivod's Official Site

GYPSYHAWK Premiere Music Video For "State Lines"; Band To Perform At Metal Blade's 30th Anniversary Show This Friday!

Pasadena, CA's Gypsyhawk recently filmed a video for their song "State Lines" from their latest release: 'Revelry & Resilience'. The video was filmed, in true DIY fashion, on their headlining tour in August at a house party in South Lake Tahoe, CA. The video, as well their tour dates with The Sword, can be seen HERE:

Additionally, Gypsyhawk will be performing at the Metal Blade Records 30th anniversary show with Armored Saint and Sacred Reich on November 30th, at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA. Additional special guests confirmed for the show include: Amon's Amarth's Johan Hegg, Ray Alder of Fates Warning/Redemption, as well as dUg Pinnick of King's X. The guest musicians will join Armored Saint on stage throughout their set to perform a variety of cover songs. That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson are confirmed to host the event. Tickets are currently on sale HERE.

Gypsyhawk's 'Revelry & Resilience' is available now in stores and on-line. Fans can preview and purchase the album now on iTunes and Amazon, as well as pick up the CD and LP at record stores nationwide. For a list of stores, head to Metalblade.com/gypsyhawk, where you'll also find guitar demonstration and song concept description videos!

GYPSYHAWK with Armored Saint (Metal Blade 30th Anniversary Show):

- 11/30: West Hollywood, CA at House of Blues w/ The Sword, American Sharks
- 12/02: Tulsa, OK at Eclipse
- 12/03: Kansas City, MO at Record Bar
- 12/04: Denver, CO at Bluebird
- 12/05: Salt Lake City, UT at Urban Lounge
- 12/06: Boise, ID at Neurolux
- 12/07: Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theater
- 12/08: Seattle, WA at Neumos
- 12/10: Sacramento, CA at Harlows
- 12/11: San Francisco, CA at Independent
- 12/12: Los Angeles, CA at El Rey Theater
- 12/13: San Diego, CA at Brick By Brick
- 12/14: Phoenix, AZ at Club Red
- 12/15: Tucson, AZ at Clug Congress
- 12/17: Dallas, TX at Trees
- 12/18: Houston, TX at Fitzgerald's
- 12/19: Austin, TX at Emo's East

Related links:
Gypsyhawk on Facebook
Gypsyhawk on Twitter
Gypsyhawk on YouTube

MESHUGGAH Announce 2013 North American Tour - Full Agenda Available!

Sweden’s masters of extreme technical Metal MESHUGGAH are pleased to announce their 2013 headlining return to North America with Animals As Leaders as direct support and Intronaut opening each evening.

This continent-shifting, sonically devastating tour will launch in Orlando, Florida on February 11th and will run through March 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Guitarist Mårten Hagström shares the following about the upcoming trek: “Finally we're getting our asses back over the pond to deliver a second helping of the Ophidian trek across North America. We are excited. We WILL see you there!”

Confirmed tour dates are:

- 02/11/13:  Beacham Theatre in Orlando, FL
- 02/12/13:  Center Stage in Atlanta, GA
- 02/13/13:  The Fillmore Charlotte in Charlotte, NC
- 02/14/13:  Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA
- 02/15/13:  Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY
- 02/16/13:  The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, MD
- 02/17/13:  House of Blues in Boston, MA
- 02/19/13:  Sound Academy in Toronto, ON - CANADA
- 02/20/13:  House of Blues in Cleveland, OH
- 02/21/13:  Bogart’s in Cincinnati, OH
- 02/22/13:  House of Blues in Chicago, IL
- 02/23/13:  Pop’s in Sauget, IL
- 02/24/13:  Mill City Nights in Minneapolis, MN
- 02/26/13:  Union Hall in Edmonton, AB - CANADA
- 02/27/13:  MacEwan Hall Ballroom in Calgary, AB - CANADA
- 03/01/13:  Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
- 03/02/13:  Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, CA
- 03/03/13:  House of Blues @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV

Advanced presale tickets & V.I.P bundles are available via Artist Arena: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/meshuggah/  Login: meshuggah ; Password: tickets

Tickets will go on sale through normal ticketing outlets on Friday, November 30th.

Released in late March, 'KOLOSS' has sold over 42,300 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.  The album debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in April, #24 on the Canadian Top 200 chart, #31 in the World Sales chart, and #48 on the German Media Control chart.

MESSHUGAH recently debuted their NEW music video for "Demiurge" (Watch it HERE!). The video combines extreme camera angles with adrenaline-inducing performance footage from the band’s sold-out show at Terminal 5 in New York City this past May, “Demiurge” was filmed and directed by Anthony Dubois (click HERE to see our picture gallery of this concert).

Related links:
MESHUGGAH on Twitter

Why On Earth Did NEUROSIS Decide To Get Rid Of Their Awesome On Stage Visuals?

Today, NEUROSIS has made an official band statement regarding their decision to pull the plug on their on stage visuals.

“As of today, after much thought and discussion, visual projections as we have presented them over the last 20 years will no longer be part of Neurosis live shows.

“We are going to begin the process of reinventing our live presentation. This process will begin at zero, allowing the music to speak for itself and lead us where it may. Whatever form or however long this may take is unknown.

“This also signals a parting of the ways with our visual artist of the last twelve years, Josh Graham. Josh’s tireless work and talent came at a time when we really needed it and carried us gracefully into the video age with original content we couldn’t have dreamed of when we were just starting out. Our parting comes from a place of mutual respect, friendship and understanding. We all agree that this is a step Neurosis has to take and are open to working together on specific projects in the future. We wish him success and the best of luck with all of his own musical endeavors and artistic passions.

In the spirit of sound,

-Steve, Dave, Jason, Noah, and Scott”

In conjunction with this release, Josh Graham issued the following statement:

“For us all, time for change has come. The friendships and body of work that have spawned from our time together will live on as we move forward. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Neurosis over the last 12 years.

“As the crossroads are upon us, and we feel that the pinnacle of our collaborative efforts have been reached; we now look toward our individual futures with support and encouragement. Constant reinvention is at the heart and soul of us all, and we will all continue to persevere.

“Despite the larger picture winding down as we move on in our own directions, we will continue to work together on specific legacy projects including reissues and possibly more if/when the right projects come up. Onward.”

-Josh Graham

Following the recent delivery of their monumental tenth studio album 'Honor Found In Decay' – released at the end of October worldwide via the band’s own Neurot Recordings – NEUROSIS recently returned to their point of inception in Oakland, California to perform a massive album release show, with support from Voivod and YOB. The event brought in fans from all across the country and beyond, packing the massive, historic Fox Theater with a legion of diehard supporters of the band. View new live footage of NEUROSIS performing material from Honor Found In Decay and more from the release show AT THIS LOCATION..

This week, NEUROSIS will cross the Atlantic to perform at two special UK concerts; first at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas as hosted by Steve Albini’s band Shellac, followed by a concert in London with the mighty Godflesh. Additional live performances will continue to be announced in the coming weeks.

NEUROSIS Live Performances:

- 11/30-12/02/2012: ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas – Camber Sands Holiday Camp, England
- 12/02/2012: HMV Forum – London, England w/ Godflesh

Related links:
Official Site of Neurosis
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The Architect Of The Electric Guitar: Jimi Hendrix Would Have Celebrated His 70th Birthday Today!

Johnny Allen Hendrix, yes that is Jimi Hendrix' real name, was born on in Seattle, Washington on November 27, 1942. Hendrix is widely considered the greatest electric guitarist in the history of music, he single-handily revolutionized the art of amplified guitars and pushed the envelope of music to the threshold. He was musically influenced by American Rock N' Roll and Electric Blues There is no question that Hendrix is one of the most important musicians of the 20th century.

In mid-1959, his father bought him his first electric guitar: a white Supro Ozark. Legend says that there was no amplifiers available. Hendrix, who was left handed, was forced to turn the guitar upside down and restring the guitar so he could play it. Back then guitars were only made for right handed players.

According to Hendrix's Seattle band mates, he learned most of his acrobatic stage moves, including playing with his teeth and behind his back, as well as Chuck Berry's trademark "duck walk", from a fellow young musician, Raleigh "Butch" Snipes.

Law enforcement authorities twice caught Hendrix riding in stolen cars. Given a choice between spending two years in prison or joining the Army, Hendrix chose the latter and enlisted on May 31, 1961. After he had served only one year, Captain Gilbert Batchman granted Private Hendrix an honourable discharge on the basis of unsuitability on June 29, 1962

During his short career of seven years, he made the Jimi Hendrix Experience widely known in Europe. He also achieved fame in the United States after his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969, and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.

Hendrix died from drug-related asphyxia at the age of 27 in London, England.

Today we salute Mr. Jimi Hendrix! And thank him for his contributions to Heavy Music! Check this awesome documentary out:

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