Sunday, February 28, 2010

[HeavyMetalHeaven] The Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Saxon, tons of festival news and tons more hard rock and heavy metal news

They took so many drugs in the 60s and 70s it's perhaps not surprising they mislaid some of their recordings.

Nearly 40 years after making their legendary album Exile on Main St., the Rolling Stones have found four tracks originally planned for the record.

The songs - which have never been aired and were unknown to Stones aficionados - were discovered after Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards listened again to the original master copies of the sessions for the 1972 rock and roll classic.

The newly-discovered tracks are called Plundered My Soul, Dancing In The Light, Following The River and Pass The Win.

An insider who has heard two of the tracks said: 'Plunder My Soul is a classic authentic blues riff with an unmistakable Keith lick and abstract lyrics from Mick, while Following The River is a classic ballad in the tradition of Wild Horses.'

Jagger and Richards found the songs when they were asked by their record company, Universal Music Group, to listen to the tapes again because of plans to reissue the record.

Initially, the two stars believed they had used all the songs on the album. But when they went back into the basement of the band's offices in London, they discovered the four songs.

Sir Mick, 66, revealed: 'I went back in the archives and dug out a load of things. I added some percussion and some vocals. Keith put guitar on one or two.'

Richards, 66, added: 'I really wanted to leave them pretty much as they were. I didn't want to interfere with the Bible, you know.

'They still had that great basement sound.'

The band recorded some of the songs in an improvised studio beneath Nellcote, Richards' chateau on the French Riviera, as well as in Los Angeles and London-The length of the recording period - from 1968 to 1972 - and the various locations is also believed to be one of the reasons why the tracks disappeared.

Ironically, on its release, the album initially received a lukewarm response from critics, but it still went to number one on both sides of the Atlantic. It is now regarded as a masterpiece.

The Stones are to re-release the album with ten bonus tracks - of which four are the newly discovered songs.

It will come out on May 17 and will coincide with a documentary, Stones In Exile, which has used archive footage to chronicle the making of the record.

According to the New York Post, a Manhattan federal judge ruled yesterday (Thursday, February 25) that Ozzy Osbourne can proceed with his lawsuit against guitarist Tony Iommi over use of the BLACK SABBATH name.

Ozzy filed a lawsuit against Iommi in May 2009, claiming that Iommi illegally took sole ownership of the band's name in a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Osbourne is suing Iommi for a 50 percent interest in the "Black Sabbath" trademark, along with a portion of Iommi's profits from use of the name.

The Manhattan federal court suit also charges that Osbourne's "signature lead vocals" are largely responsible for the band's "extraordinary success," noting that its popularity plummeted during his absence from 1980 through 1996.

Lawyer Andrew DeVore argued yesterday that Osbourne signed away all his rights to the BLACK SABBATH trademark after he quit the band in 1979.

Osbourne's lawyer, Howard Shire, called that agreement a "red herring" that was "repudiated" when the singer rejoined in 1997 and took over "quality control" of the band's merchandise, tours and recordings.

In a statement released on May 29, 2009, Ozzy said about his decision to sue Iommi, "It is with great regret that I had to resort to legal action against my long-term partner Tony Iommi, but after three years of trying to resolve this issue amicably, I feel I have no other recourse.

"As of the mid-1990s, after constant and numerous changes in band members, the brand of 'BLACK SABBATH' was literally in the toilet and Tony Iommi (touring under the name BLACK SABBATH) was reduced to performing in clubs. Since 1997, when Geezer [Butler, bass], Bill [Ward, drums] and myself rejoined the band, BLACK SABBATH has returned to its former glory as we headlined sold-out arenas and amphitheatres playing to upwards of 50,000 people at each show around the world. We worked collectively to restore credibility and bring dignity back to the name 'BLACK SABBATH,' which led to the band being inducted into the U.K. and U.S. Rock And Roll Hall of Fames in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

"Throughout the last 12 years, it was my management representatives who oversaw the marketing and quality control of the 'BLACK SABBATH' brand through Ozzfest, touring, merchandising and album reissues. The name 'BLACK SABBATH' now has a worldwide prestige and merchandising value that it would not have had by continuing on the road it was on prior to the 1997 reunion tour.

"Tony, I am so sorry it's had to get to this point by me having to take this action against you. I don't have the right to speak for Geezer and Bill, but I feel that morally and ethically the trademark should be owned by the four of us equally. I hope that by me taking this first step that it will ultimately end up that way. We've all worked too hard and long in our careers to allow you to sell merchandise that features all our faces, old BLACK SABBATH album covers and band logos, and then you tell us that you own the copyright.

"We're all in our 60s now. The BLACK SABBATH legacy should live on long after we have all gone.

"Please do the right thing."

Osbourne added in a separate online post, "I am very saddened that I've had to take legal action against Tony. This is something that I've tried to avoid for years. I am not Geezer or Bill's voice. However, 'till the day I die I will not change my mind on this issue. The BLACK SABBATH trademark should be equally owned by Geezer, Bill, Tony and I as the true BLACK SABBATH lineup is Tony, Geezer, Bill and I. We've all been mates since school. I've always said there is an invisible thread that holds us together.

"Tony, let's get this ridiculous issue sorted and move on with our lives. You're 61, I'm 60. I hope that we've got a good 20 years left in us. But if not, God forbid something happens to you. What's going to happen to the BLACK SABBATH trademark? Who's going to oversee it? Don't you think after we're long gone the rights should stay in your family, my family, Bill's family and Geezer's family?"

Ozzy's suit follows one filed by Iommi in December 2008 against Live Nation. In that filing, Iommi claims the concert giant sold merchandise bearing the band's logo, despite the 2006 expiration of a merchandising deal, reportedly worth nearly $80 million. Soon after that agreement concluded, Iommi reclaimed the band's trademark.

Iommi's suit argues Live Nation continued to sell more than 100 items of merchandise featuring the band's likeness, name and logo, despite the receipt of cease-and-desist orders from the guitarist's camp. Iommi's suit seeks damages in the amount of three times the profits from the merchandise sales, plus a halt to the BLACK SABBATH product sales.

Iommi and SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler both said some less than kind things about working with Osbourne in a spring 2009 interview with Decibel magazine. The pair released a new studio album as HEAVEN & HELL, the post-Ozzy version of SABBATH featuring vocalist Ronnie James Dio, and Butler said that working with Dio was much easier than Osbourne. He explained, "Ronnie's a songwriter in his own right — he's got tons of ideas. Whereas Ozzy . . . in the old days, he'd come up with a vocal line and I'd write the lyrics. Ronnie is 100 percent involved in both the musical side and the vocal side, and he writes his own lyrics as well."

Butler added that Osbourne didn't take him seriously as a songwriter, saying, "If we were with Ozzy and I came in with the killer riff of all time, Ozzy wouldn't even think of doing it because I'm not the guitarist and that's the way he thinks . . . That's why it was so bloody hard to write anything."

Butler said about HEAVEN & HELL's debut CD, "The Devil You Know", "If we'd written this album with Ozzy, we'd still be working on the first track."

Iommi added that there was a sharp difference between the singers live as well, saying, "It was great being with Ozzy on the road . . . but with Ronnie it's a lot different, because we go out and we know exactly what we're gonna be doing. With Ozzy, we didn't really know. It was touch and go sometimes on some of those early shows, whether he was gonna turn up, if he'd be able to sing, if his voice was gone, or what. We'd have to cancel shows, which Geezer and myself really hated. But with Ronnie, we've never canceled a show."

A QUADRIPLEGIC AC/DC fan suffered serious facial injuries when a mate accidentally hit the joystick of his motorised wheelchair and catapulted him into the mosh pit during a concert at the Queensland Sport and Athletic Centre on Saturday night.

Witnesses said a metal pin used by the 31-year-old Morningside man to manoeuvre objects became a spear and imbedded in his eye as his chair crashed more than a metre to the centre's floor.

QSAC faces criticism for not placing a proper barrier in front of the special wheelchair podium that would have prevented the accident.

Photos obtained by The Courier-Mail show while the podium had side and rear barriers, the only front barrier was a strip of floor timber and plastic caution tape.,23816,5065693-5007115,00.html

The incident happened about 10pm as more than 45,000 fans danced to the legendary Aussie rockers during the second of their two sold-out Brisbane shows.

The man's friend moved his left hand when it struck the joystick and the wheelchair shot forward and fell end over end.

"He was shattered, just devastated by what happened," a person said of the distraught mate.

Paramedics immediately attended the quadriplegic, a former truck driver who became paralysed after an accident.

A Princess Alexandra Hospital official said the man was out of intensive care yesterday but was still in a serious, but stable condition. He had no information on whether the man had lost an eye.

QSAC venue manager Patrick Oxley had no comment and referred questions to an official for Stadiums Queensland. It issued a statement saying it was aware of the incident and was investigating.

According to, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson's Friday-night "Rock Show" may go off the air if digital radio station BBC 6 Music gets axed as part of BBC's overhaul of its digital services.

BBC's web output could be cut in half, with online staff numbers and budgets to be slashed by 25% following director general Mark Thompson's strategic review of the corporation's scope and activities.

Dickinson has been BBC 6 Music since the station's launch.

Bruce's Friday-night "Rock Show" features the IRON MAIDEN singer introducing the best metal and hard tunes to hit the airwaves, and providing a worthy successor to the "Tommy Vance Rock Show".

Bruce has interviewed the biggest names in the rock world today, including Lemmy from MOTÖRHEAD, all four members of METALLICA and former IRON MAIDEN singer Blaze Bayley.

British heavy metal legends SAXON have been confirmed for the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which is set to sail from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico on January 24, 2011 and return four days later. SAXON will play two unique shows. One night they will perform the "Wheels Of Steel" LP in its entirety and on a different night, for the second show, they will play "Strong Arm Of The Law" from start to finish.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


70000 Tons Of Metal will sail Monday, January 24 , 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean "Majesty of the Seas" from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000 Tons Of Metal is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all-ship heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass and you might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals and non-alcoholic and non-carbonated drinks at the on-board restaurants and 24-hour room service!

AEROSMITH, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, MASTODON and FEAR FACTORY have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 25-27, 2010 in Dessel, Belgium.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


The last two headliners will be announced in the next two weeks.

The following bands have been added to this year's installment of the Hellfest, set to take place June 18-20, 2010 in Clisson, France:


For a complete list of artists performing at this year's event, visit

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, DEFTONES , ALICE IN CHAINS, STONE SOUR, AS I LAY DYING and DEVILDRIVER are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's Nova Rock festival, set to take place June 11-13, 2010 on the Pannonia Fields in Burgenland, the easternmost federal state of Austria (near Nickelsdorf and the Hungarian and Slovak borders).

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


More acts will be announced soon.

According to Crain's New York Business, VELVET REVOLVER /ex-GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan's autobiography was up for auction last week.

Based on the 40-page proposal that made the rounds of publishing houses, McKagan's book would begin on the day in 1994 when his pancreas burst from alcohol abuse. It would recount his rise through the music scene , his fall into drug abuse and his recovery, which included two years of celibacy and a degree in finance from Seattle University.

Bidding last week topped $250,000, according to an industry source cited by Crain's New York Business.

McKagan's wife, model and swimwear designer Susan Holmes, revealed via Twitter that Duff on Febraury 19 that Duff had just returned from New York City where "he met and was wooed [by] 13 of the best book publishers" regarding the U.S. release of his upcoming book.

In a May 2009 interview with TimesRecordNews, McKagan said that his book will be about his life's adventures and experiences.

"I just started writing," he said at the time. "We'll see how it goes, maybe up to 10,000 words and then I'll actually sit down and read it and see if it's going in the right direction. I like writing, and I don't take myself too seriously, so it should be interesting."

A sample of Duff's writing which may, or may not, end up in the forthcoming book can be found at

Duff's VELVET REVOLVER/GUNS N' ROSES bandmate Slash has already published his own book, while ex-GUNS drummer Steven Adler will publish his life story, "My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N' Roses", in June.

***UPDATE*** A spokesperson for Softdrive Records has informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET that details of Scott Weiland's live album have not yet been officially confirmed and will be announced as soon as they are available. The information below was taken from Best Buy's web site and should be treated as a rumor only.***

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS/ex-VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland will release a solo live album, entitled "Live In Los Angeles", via his own record label, Softdrive Records.

The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Paralysis
02. Killing Me Sweetly
03. Mockingbird Girl
04. Big Black Monster
05. Blind Confusion
06. Mountain Song
07. Do It For the Kids
08. Interstate Love Song
09. Missing Cleveland
10. Barbarella

The CD artwork can be viewed below.

A release date for the effort has not yet been announced.

In other news, Weiland is scheduled to appear on Carlos Santana's forthcoming album, a collection of cover versions of iconic rock songs. Weiland will be featured on Santana's rendition of THE ROLLING STONES' "Can't You Hear Me Knocking".

Weiland's second solo album, "Happy In Galoshes", was released in November 2008 via Softdrive Records and distributed by New West Records/ RED/Sony. The CD, produced by Scott Weiland and Doug Grean (VELVET REVOLVER, SHERYL CROW, CRYSTAL METHOD), with select tracks recorded by Steve Albini, features a collection of songs that bring a revitalizing sound to Weiland's highly praised and unique musical style. The album also features several guest appearances including Adrian Young, Tony Kanal and Tom Dumont of NO DOUBT, who, along with Grean and Weiland, penned "Paralysis", which features Young on drums. "She's so Cold" was co-written by Gary Beers from INXS.

"Happy In Galoshes" sold 10,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 96 on The Billboard 200 chart.

ADLER'S APPETITE, the band led original GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler, has been in the studio all week putting together new original music for a spring/summer release. "The songs sound great," says Adler, "It feels so good to finally be moving forward and doing this with this lineup. It's been a long time coming, but will be worth the wait."

ADLER'S APPETITE is planning on debuting some of the new songs at the Key Club on April 10. They are also in the process of approving dates for a European tour set to start mid-May.

ADLER'S APPETITE's current lineup is rounded out by vocalist Rick Stitch (of the Los Angeles-based group LADYJACK), guitarists Alex Grossi (HOOKERS 'N' BLOW, ex-QUIET RIOT) and Michael Thomas (FASTER PUSSYCAT) along with bassist Chip Z'nuff (ENUFF Z'NUFF).

ADLER'S APPETITE played its first show with Stitch on April 17, 2009 at the The Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, California.

Singer Sheldon Tarsha announced his departure from ADLER'S APPETITE in April 2009, saying it was "time now for me to follow my heart and continue working with my original band."

According to, Steven Adler has set "My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N' Roses" as the title of his tell-all biography, which is presently scheduled for a June 22 release. The 304-page hardcover book is available for pre-order for $25.99 at this location.

Adler was featured in "Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House", an eight-episode, one hour series that premiered in January 2009 on VH1.

The other members of GUNS N' ROSES band threw Adler out in 1989, saying his drug use was harming his performance. In 1993, the band agreed to pay him $2.3 million to settle Adler's lawsuit claiming a 1990 agreement by which he gave up his interest in the band was read to him and signed without his attorney present.

According to Haaretz, METALLICA will perform at Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 22, the event's promoter confirmed Saturday.

This will be METALLICA's third visit to the country; they appeared at the Amphi Park in Rishon Letzion in 1999 and Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park six years earlier.

At the end of January, METALLICA was presented with a gold plaque signifying Brazilian sales in excess of 45,000 copies of the band's 2008 album, "Death Magnetic". The band also received a platinum award recognizing sales in Brazil of more than 60,000 copies of the group's "Orgullo, Pasión Y Gloria - Tres Noches En La Ciudad De México" (Pride, Passion And Glory Three Nights In Mexico City) DVD — which was recorded on June 4, 6 and 7 of last year at Foro Sol in Mexico City. The award presentation was held in the afternoon of January 30, just hours before the band's performance at the Morumbi stadium in São Paulo.

A policeman was injured and 120 people arrested when rioting broke out outside METALLICA's January 26, 2010 concert in Santiago, Chile, according to the Latin American Herald Tribune. Authorities said that most of the arrests were made when hundreds of fans who did not have tickets attempted to force their way into the Club Hipico horse-racing grounds to see the show, which was attended by a crowd of more than 50,000. Police colonel Miguel Angel Castro said, "A group of people tried to enter without tickets and Carabineros (militarized police) had to act, launching water."

Charges against those arrested included disorderly conduct, drug possession and drinking in public.

The gig was the sixth on METALLICA's South American trek, which began on January 19 with the band's first-ever appearance in Lima, Peru. The crowd of 55,000 at that show was the biggest for a musical event in Peruvian history.

The group wrapped the first leg of the jaunt at the end of January in Brazil, resuming in early March with stops in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Panama and Colombia.

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson will take part in an online chat on Saturday, February 27 at the MegaFanClub at 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

This is a fan-club-members-only chat. You must be a member of the MegaFanClub to participate. Click here to join.

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine revealed in his latest TheLiveLine "audioblog" that the band has commenced filming a video for the song "The Right To Go Insane".

"The Right To Go Insane" comes off MEGADETH's latest album, "Endgame", which was recorded at Vic's Garage, the band's brand new, self-built studio in San Marcos, California. The CD was helmed by Mustaine and British producer Andy Sneap (EXODUS, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY, MACHINE HEAD).

MEGADETH will join forces with TESTAMENT and EXODUS for a month-long jaunt that will find these thrash titans crisscrossing the nation on the "Rust in Peace" twentieth anniversary tour. These will be incredibly special shows that will delight MEGADETH fans, as the band will be playing its landmark, genre-defining album, 1990's "Rust in Peace", in its entirety, in addition to other MEGADETH setlist favorites.

The tour will kick off on March 1 in Spokane, Washington and will run through the end of the month.

Former KISS and current GRAND FUNK RAILROAD guitarist Bruce Kulick will guest on "Eddie Trunk Live" on Monday, March 1 on Sirius (channel 19) / XM Radio (channel 53). The program airs from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. EST.

Kulick's third solo album, "BK3", sold around 1,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 12 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"BK3" was released in Europe on January 29 via Frontiers Records and in North America on February 2 through Twenty 4 Records/Rocket Science Ventures. The first single from the album was released on January 12. The track "Hand Of The King", featuring Nick Simmons (son of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons), is a digital-only release available at all online music stores, including iTunes.

If you ever play Six Degrees of Bruce Kulick, the guitarist's résumé will keep you happily busy for hours. Having been tapped by artists as diverse as Meat Loaf and Kanye West, the veteran axeman's boundless creative energy permeates his third solo LP, "BK3". In the works for nearly six years and produced by Jeremy Rubolino, "BK3" delivers explosive hard rock arrangements and addictive pop melodies that honor both Kulick's singular past and bright future. And then there's the jaw-dropping guest list, boasting members of KISS, THE KNACK, TOTO, MÖTLEY CRÜE and more.

"BK3" track listing:

01. Fate
02. Ain't Gonna Die (featuring Gene Simmons )
03. No Friend Of Mine (featuring John Corabi)
04. Hand of the King (featuring Nick Simmons)
05. I'll Survive
06. Dirty Girl (featuring Doug Fieger)
07. Final Mile
08. I'm The Animal (featuring Tobias Sammet & Eric Singer)
09. And I Know
10. Between The Lines (featuring Steve Lukather)
11. Life

BANG TANGO, BULLETBOYS and original W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes will perform at "Darryl Kunkle's Kick Cancer's Ass" benefit show on Tuesday, March 9 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Hard Rock Café at Station Square. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a special spiritual tribute to local '80s metal fan Darryl Kunkle, who was diagnosed with a form of cancer called mesothelioma.

The "Darryl Kunkle's Kick Cancer's Ass" benefit concert is being produced by Lawless Entertainment and will be filmed by local TV show "GlamSLAM28 Presents…The Music Asylum" for future airing.

BANG TANGO's lineup for the performance will include original lead singer Joe Leste alongside Alex Grossi (QUIET RIOT, ADLER'S APPETITE) on guitar, Anthony Focx (BEAUTIFUL CREATURES) on guitar, Trent Anderson (DOGS DIVINE, D'MOLLS) on drums and Lance Eric (LUNCHBOX) on bass.

Holmes will play a special "W.A.S.P.-plus" set with members of BANG TANGO and guest lead singers.

Kunkle underwent a 14.5-hour surgery earlier this month to remove a giant tumor from his abdomen to the crust of his diaphragm. While in the I.C.U., Kunkle awoke to greet his wife, Dianne, with a "Hi, sweet pea" and later alerted the doctors that in no way shape or form would he be staying in the hospital any longer than needed because he "had a show that he was NOT going to miss." The doctors feel that they got 99% of the cancer out, but Kunkle will be undergoing additional chemotherapy.

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is believed to be attributed to exposure to asbestos.

Kunkle was enlisted in the Air Force stationed in Panama and was trained to work on brake linings that may have been lined with asbestos. He was also employed by the Nabisco company for six years in which the building he worked was closed for asbestos removal.

This show will benefit Kunkle's additional medical and prescription costs.

Get tickets at or by contacting the Hard Rock Café by phone at 412-481-ROCK. Tickets are only $13 in advance and $15 at the door.

At Guitar Center in Robinson Township , guitarists Chris Holmes and Alex Grossi will make an in-store appearance from 5 to 6 p.m. BANG TANGO and Chris Holmes will take a private tour of Heinz Field, soaking in the Pittsburgh culture earlier in the day as well.

DOWN/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo has signed a contract with writer and acclaimed true crime author Corey Mitchell to help pen the singer's autobiography. An official press release on the matter is expected next week.

Anselmo was recently interviewed for the 200th issue of U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine, which coincided with the five-year anniversary of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) passing. When asked if he feels he's been portrayed fairly in the wake of PANTERA's break-up, Anselmo said, "If someone's formed an opinion about me, it's a vicarious opinion and they don't know me personally, so I always say that you can't form an opinion about somebody through the black-and-white words in glossy, overpriced magazines.

"I think that anyone who knows me or has spent time with me wil llet you know that they got my back. They know I'm a good man. I know I'm a good man and life can be cruel and life can be hard, but it shows character, so I think with that character, everything's been just OK."

Regarding how he has changed in the five years since Dimebag's tragic passing, Anselmo said, "I guess back surgery would be one of the big things.

"Once you have titanium in your body, especially the way I do, a triple fusion... I destroyed three discs, jumping all over the stage, into the crowd, off PA speakers, off Vinnie Paul's [PANTERA] drum set...

"I crushed my back for the cause, for the music. I bled every night for the music.

"I was very young. I didn't know what else to do.

"I definitely have an addictive personality but it's apparent that painkillers and drugs and whatnot are addictive. You take a look around at today's youth and you take a look... it's a plague, especially in America. It's a fucking plague. People of all ages, man, not just the youth. So I fell into that trap. Either way, I came out of that trap.

"Once you have hardware in your body, you have to respect every moment. Every morning I wake up, there's regimens. There is no time for me to get smashed drunk anymore. I can't afford hangovers. I can't afford my muscles to be dehydrated. I hurts. It only makes my day worse.

"I have to do a 30-minute stretch-out regimen every morning before I do anything. So there's a lot of discipline in my life.

"I've... I guess it's a common thing for people who have truly overcome in their minds, to reach out and help other people who are struggling.

"I gave a talk at a local college last year... or when I was rehabbing... it was earlier this year [2009], maybe March, something like that. Anyway, I did a talk at Loyola University to about 300 music majors [see first of seven video clips below]. They had had a classmate overdose and die and it had affected everybody in the class. I was asked to come and talk to these people and I did and it was a great experience.

"Other than that, I've reached out and I've helped several motherfuckers with battling addictions. I've fought tooth and nail for their lives...

"Put it this way, I guess I got about a 80/20 success ratio as far as that goes. Some people are just not ready. Some people need to learn for themselves. They need to hit rock bottom. As much as we all try to help... and I remember clearly, people telling me, 'Phil! Phil! There's something wrong,' and 'You've got to do this, you've got to do that,' and I was sitting there thinking I was the most important fucking person on Earth because my back was hurting and I'd be like, 'There's no fucking way I'm quitting drugs...' It's a very common thread among motherfuckers. Denial and anger and resentment at people fighting for your life, so I've been going through a lot of that lately, helping motherfuckers out.

"You know, my house is open to those people who really want to succeed. I've had people come out to my woods and get their heads on straight. And when you help someone else out, it only reinforces your strength. It really does. It really does."

EXODUS, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DARK TRANQUILLITY, JORN, GRAND MAGUS, THERAPY?, ADEPT, SWITCH OPENS, DEGRADEAD, CRESCENDOLLS and SURVIVING THE CHARAD have been confirmed for this year's Getaway Rock festival, set to take place July 8-10 in Gävle, Sweden.

Comments festival manager Tomas Jernberg: "When we in the fall of '09 initiated the thought of doing a festival we decided to focus on booking real good bands and to keep with our concept. We aimed for a broad line-up and our ambition has always been to offer the visitors high quality acts. When we now can announce EXODUS and CANNIBAL CORPSE, whom has been frequently requested through our forums, website, as well as DARK TRANQULLITY and the U.K. legends THERAPY?, on top of the acts we previously announced, it feels like we are getting there."

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


The festival will host three stages and over 60 bands.

For more information, visit

The Triton Power Cruise — which was set to sail April 30 - May 3 on the Carnival Imagination from Miami, Florida — has been cancelled. The organizers have issued the following statement on the matter:

"Due to an extreme medical crisis within the promoter's family, it is with a heavy soul we report the cancellation of the Triton Power Cruise. This cancellation does not represent a failure on behalf of any individual, band, sponsor, ticket sales, or the cruise line. Any speculation otherwise would be categorically erroneous.

"All tickets purchased may be honored to cruise on the Carnival Imagination without the event and a partial refund will be credited to those exercising this option. Purchasers who would prefer a full refund will receive 100% of their purchase paid."

The Triton Power Cruise was scheduled to feature performances by the following acts:


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Guitarist Herman Li of British extreme epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE will embark on an Ibanez -sponsored guitar workshop tour of Europe. Apart from showcasing his unique playing style, Herman will answer questions from the audience and talk about everything from performance techniques, to the business side of the music industry.

"I really want to encourage people to come to these workshops not just to sit and watch, but to participate and ask questions to get as much as they can from this experience," said Herman. "I'm looking forward to connecting with the fans on a more personal level and being able to share some knowledge with them first hand."

Here are the confirmed dates so far, with more to be added:

Mar. 09 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Feedback
Mar. 10 - Saint-Nicolas, Belgium - Key Music
Mar. 11 - Niederlenz, Switzerland - Musik Produktiv Schweiz AG
Mar. 12 - Pfaeffikon, Switzerland - Seedamm Music Store
Mar. 13 - Morges, Switzerland - Boullard Musique SA
Mar. 14 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Musik Shop
Mar. 16 - Nancy, France - Music Academy International
Mar. 17 - Toulon, France - Le Vox – Steel Music – La Garde
Mar. 18 - Trento, Italy - La Pietra Music Planet
Mar. 19 - Modena, Italy - Lenzotti Strumenti Musicali
Mar. 20 - Barcelona, Spain - Rock and Classics S.L
Mar. 22 - Seville, Spain - MAT Guitar & Bass
Mar. 23 - Lisbon, Portugal - Music Factory
Apr. 27 - Guildford, United Kingdom - ACM
Apr. 28 - Birmingham, United Kingdom - PMT

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Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD have cancelled the remaining shows on their Norwegian tour because vocalist Steve Lee was taken ill. According to the Norwegian newspaper Haugesunds Avis, Lee was forced to leave the stage 35 minutes into GOTTHARD's February 25 performance in Bergen and was rushed to a medical center, where he was diagnosed with high fever and a damaged voice. He is not allowed to speak for ten days in order to insure full recovery.

Ticket refunds for the cancelled GOTTHARD shows are available at points of purchase.

GOTTHARD's latest album, "Need To Believe", was recently certified platinum in the band's home country for sales in excess of 30,000 copies.

The group was presented with the platinum-award plaques on January 9 at the "Swiss Awards 2009", which also included the TV premiere of GOTTHARD's new radio single, "Don't Let Me Down".

GOTTHARD's "Unconditional Faith" video can be viewed below. The clip was shot in Zagreb, Croatia last summer and it features performance footage filmed inside the boxing ring that was used in an upcoming movie in which boxing champion Henry Maske plays the title role of Max Schmeling.

"Need To Believe" was released on September 4, 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Touting eleven No. 1 albums and six Top 10 singles in their career, GOTTHARD has opened for such renowned artists as AC/DC , DEEP PURPLE, BRYAN ADAMS and BON JOVI throughout Europe. The band has also had the honor of performing at the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival, is two-time winner of its native country's Prix Walo Award, recipient of Monaco's International Music Award, and has had its music featured on the soundtrack to the European television series "Frankie".

According to a posting on KITTIE's official Twitter profile, the Canadian all-girl metal band just got confirmed for its first support tour in 10 years." The group states, "Finally a band with enough balls to take us on tour! Stay tuned for big tour news!"

In a recent interview with, KITTIE guitarist/vocalist Morgan Lander stated about the band's touring plans, "We have some stuff that's coming down the pipe right now. But nothing is 100% confirmed, so I really can't give you any guarantee. But expect to see us out on a touring, festival kind of tour in July and August. And there's some other things as well, that hopefully will be happening in September. But with this industry, you don't really know if it's actually going to happen or not, until you are standing on the stage. It's crazy."

KITTIE's latest album, "In The Black", sold around 3,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 132 on The Billboard 200 chart.

KITTIE's previous CD, "Funeral for Yesterday", opened with 9,000 units back in February 2007 to land at No. 101.

"In The Black" was made available in Europe on October 23, 2009 via Germany's Massacre Records.

Regarding KITTIE's new video, "Sorrow I Know", Morgan Lander recently told AOL's Noisecreep, "We are a metal band, but as women, we wanted to do a role-playing, dress-up video. All of our videos have always been us in the live setting, with some storyline. We wanted more costume-y video, with a little more movie feel. . . We had the idea for the 1920s, with a speakeasy concept. We thought about it for quite some time and brought it to Dave Brodsky, who directed it, so the search began for some authentic-looking speakeasy. We found a place in New York called The Back Room, which is a 'members-only' place, and we got to rent it out for the day. They still serve all of their drinks in tea cups, prohibition style, and we did a casting call for the extras and our fans and kids from message board came out. People flew from Florida and all kinds of places to be in it. The makeup and hair took a long time, since the styles of the day were complicated."

Berlin, Germany's PitCam Production conducted an interview with KITTIE when the group played in Berlin on January 6, 2010. Watch the chat below.

FEAR FACTORY and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES have been confirmed for this year's FortaRock festival, set to take place July 3, 2010 at Park Brakkestein in Nijmegen, Holland.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


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Eulogy Recordings has announced the signing of New Jersey's ENDER. The band's debut album, "This Is Revenge", was recorded at Treehouse Studios in Jersey City with producer Weston Kleinknecht for a spring release.

Commented drummer Danny Lavarco: "We are very excited to announce that we have signed with Eulogy Recordings. We join the ranks of such great bands they have put out over the years and are stoked to be a part of the Eulogy family.

"We wanted a label that would absolutely love our band, and Eulogy definitely was the right route to take.

"We will be announcing a release date for our album soon, and as well as a bunch of tours we are currently working on right now. We will also have a bunch of new merch to go along with it.

"We are excited to work with John and the rest of the staff over at Eulogy!

"We thank everyone for their support over the one year we have been a band and it's all because of you guys that this is all happening for us. We can't wait to get the album out and see everyone on the road!"

Eulogy owner John Wylie added, "ENDER is relentless and determined to be heard. From the first time I heard this band I knew that they were something special. They combine a number of different elements of heavy music to create a band that demands your attention. We are very excited to have them as part of Eulogy."

ENDER is a hardcore/metal band from New Jersey. Formed in May 2009, the group wasted no time, writing and recording a handful of songs and hitting the road for a self-booked three-week tour July 24-August 17, 2009.


Danny Lavarco - Drums
Casey Conlon - Guitar
Sal Latrenta - Guitar
Mark Costa - Bass
Joe Benducci - Vocals

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After spending two "intense" months at Necromorbus Studio (NOMINON, AVERSE SEFIRA, FUNERAL MIST, NEX, ONDSKAPT, MORK GRYNING, ADORIOR) in Alvik, Sweden, Swedish black metallers WATAIN have finally completed work on their as-yet-untitled fourth album, to be released by Season Of Mist on June 7.

Commented WATAIN frontman Erik "E" Danielsson: "I am now holding in my hand the final master tape of what might be the most dynamic and charged WATAIN release ever recorded. May the gods unto which it is written be pleased!

"We are very much looking forward to share this rich feast with our followers, whom we know have been hungering for a very long time. All I can say is that it will be worth the wait.

"We raise our cups unto all of you whose patience and support have been constant during the three fiery years since the release of 'Sworn to the Dark' and look forward to set the night aflame with you again soon!"

After announcing their special BATHORY tribute set on June 12 as part of this year's Sweden Rock Festival, WATAIN were approached by Sweden Rock Magazine to record a BATHORY cover for a special CD. In collaboration with Sweden Rock Magazine and Season Of Mist, WATAIN has put together a special CD that all subscribers of the magazine will get with issue #70 (out April 6). The CD consists of a cover of BATHORY's "The Return of Darkness and Evil" as well as the brand new track "Reaping Death", from WATAIN's asupcoming CD.

"The cool thing about Sweden Rock Magazine is that it covers metal's traditions and history and what metalhead head isn't aware of the genre's history?" says WATAIN frontman Erik "E" Danielsson. "It felt like the right forum for a tribute to BATHORY, one of extreme metal's forefathers, especially the Scandinavian side of it. All the pieces fell into place."

WATAIN didn't go for the obvious. Instead the band decided to do a cover of the early version of BATHORY's "The Return of Darkness and Evil", found on the cult 1984 compilation album "Scandinavian Metal Attack".

"It was the first recording BATHORY ever did and to me it feels like that song, in that version, sums up BATHORY: a Satanic MOTÖRHEAD, a pitchblack G.B.H. It's rooted in what was heaviest at the time, but took it one step further," says E.

BATHORY founder Quorthon died on June 3, 2004 from heart failure. What would he think of WATAIN covering his early work?

"I hope and think that our love of BATHORY is very apparent and I think he would've been very proud," says E. "We've rarely agreed to do a tribute, except in the case of DISSECTION. Our version is a pure tribute. We're not trying to make it into a WATAIN song, we're just pointing a big fucking spotlight at BATHORY. Hail the hordes!"

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Last but not least, WATAIN will release a single entitled "Reaping Death". It will be made available as a picture seven-inch EP on Walpurgisnacht. This single will feature the track "Reaping Death" along with a special B-side.

U.K. extreme metallers ANAAL NATHRAKH have commenced work on material for a new album, tentatively due before the end of the year.

ANAAL NATHRAKH's latest LP, "In The Constellation Of The Black Widow", was released in June 2009 via Candlelight Records. A limited-edition gatefold colored vinyl version of the effort was made available at the same time via Feto Records (the label run by NAPALM DEATH's Shane Embury and ANAAL NATHRAKH's Mick Kenney).

Drummer Joakim Antonsson has left Swedish melodic death metallers THE COLD EXISTENCE in order to focus on his other band NOX AUREA. The remaining members of THE COLD EXISTENCE say in a statement, "There is no hard feelings between the band and Joakim for this and we wish him good luck with his other bands."

The band adds, "We are in the middle of the writings for our new album that will be released on Pulverised Records later this year and PTR Derenius from Swedish band MALEFICIO will contribute with his drumming on this album. Bassist Peter Laustsen played together with PTR several years before and can promise that his skills will give the band the little extra we are looking for."

THE COLD EXISTENCE's third album will be recorded at Andy La Rocque's (KING DIAMOND guitarist) Sonic Train studios in Varberg, Sweden with Peter Laustsen at the helm. According to the label, THE COLD EXISTENCE's new material is "very fast and brutal and will be the best album by this band yet."

THE COLD EXISTENCE's latest album, "Sombre Gates", was released in March 2009 through Kolony Records. According to a press release, "bearing the legacy of DISSECTION, [THE COLD EXISTENCE's] blackened/death metal non-compromising sound is also reminiscent of such seminal bands as BEHEMOTH, NILE, AT THE GATES and HYPOCRISY. Willing to tour steadily through Europe, the band now relies on the super heavy and ultra-fast sound of an Andy La Rocque-mastered (KING DIAMOND) release. Black/death metal at its finest!"

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Friday, February 26, 2010

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

[HeavyMetalHeaven] Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, KIss, Dave Evans, Motorhead, Guns N Roses, The Kinks, Metallica, Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Stone Sour, Hellyeah, Megadeth, The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, Cinderella, Black Label Society, SIXX AM, The Misfits, Dokken and tons more hard rock and heavy metal news

HEAVEN & HELL â€" the band featuring BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar),
Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums) â€"
will support British metal legends IRON MAIDEN on August 11 at Bergenhus
Festning-Koengen in Bergen, Norway.

HEAVEN & HELL singer Ronnie James Dio was recently diagnosed with the early
stages of stomach cancer while the band's guitarist, Tony Iommi, underwent
stem-cell treatment on an injured hand.

HEAVEN & HELL drummer Vinny Appice underwent surgery on his right shoulder on
November 30, 2009 for an injury sustained during the band's last tour.

The surgeon expects Vinny to be back behind the kit this spring.

HEAVEN & HELL's debut album, "The Devil You Know", entered The Billboard 200
chart at position No. 8 with first-week sales of 30,000 units.

The band's June 16, 2009 concert at Museumsmeile in Bonn, Germany was
professionally filmed by WDR's (German public TV) series "Rockpalast" and was
premiered on July 13. Watch the "Follow The Tears" performance below.

In a recent online posting, Ronnie James Dio's wife/manager Wendy Dio revealed
that there are plans to release a 30th-anniversary BLACK SABBATH "Heaven And
Hell" DVD sometime this year. The package is expected to include brand new
interviews that Ronnie, Geezer and Appice gave to Eddie Trunk â€" co-host of the
VH1 Classic television program "That Metal Show" â€" on January 22, 2010 in Los
Angeles, as well other extras.

According to concert promoter Live Nation, AEROSMITH will perform at Palau Sant Jordi in Bareclona, Spain on June 27.

In addition to their recently announced appearance at this June's Download Festival in the U.K., AEROSMITH has now revealed that it will also perform on June 10 at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden and in early July at the Heineken Jammin' Festival in Venice, Italy.

AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry had been the most vocal in his criticism of Steven Tyler after the singer injured himself in a fall from the stage last August, forcing the band to cancel the remaining dates on its summer tour.

Tyler subsequently announced his intention to take a two-year break from AEROSMITH and focus on a solo project, which in turn led Perry and the rest of the band to publicly discuss getting a new frontman.

Although Tyler entered rehab in December for an addiction to painkillers, plans continued for AEROSMITH to recruit a new temporary vocalist, with Perry reportedly approaching Paul Rodgers, Chris Cornell and Billy Idol.

Tyler's management and attorneys threatened legal action if the band went forward with that agenda. There was no public response from the group but the festival dates were confirmed shortly thereafter. It was reported that Download organizers would only offer the gig if Tyler were to appear.

AEROSMITH will embark on the "Cocked, Loaded And Ready To Rock Tour" this

The group's schedule is as follows:

Jun. 10 - Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 13 - UK - Download Festival
Jun. 15 - UK - London 02 Arena
Jun. 18 - Romania - Bucharest
Jun. 20 - Greece - Athens Olympic Stadium
Jun. 23 - Holland - Nijmegen Goeffert Park
Jun. 25 - Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun. 27 - Spain - Barcelona St Jordi Arena
Jun. 29 - France - Paris Bercy Arena
Jul. 01 - Czech Republic - Prague 02 Arena
Jul. 03 - Italy - Venice Festival

The various AEROSMITH members offered the following comments about the trek in
an official press release:

Steven Tyler (vocals): "Back by popular demand with more spit and fire than ever
before, we're coming across the pond and parting the waters as we go."

Joe Perry (guitar): "AEROSMITH is going to be rocking in the UK and Europe this
summer. Enough BS, we're coming and everything is going to be set at 11."

Joey Kramer (drums): "AEROSMITH is back! Bigger, better and stronger than ever!
So look out Europe 'cos we're comin' to getcha."

Brad Whitford (guitar): "I'm not sure who is happier, the band or the fans.
Can't wait to get started. Will see you this summer."

A video message from the band announcing the tour can be viewed below.

Tyler injured himself in a fall from the stage on that tour last August, forcing
the band to cancel the remaining dates. Tyler subsequently announced his
intention to take a two-year break from AEROSMITH and focus on a solo project,
which in turn led the rest of the band to publicly discuss getting a new

Tyler entered rehab in December for an addiction to painkillers, and his
management and attorneys threatened legal action if AEROSMITH went forward with
finding a new singer.

According to Classic Rock magazine, KISS will perform at the the 800-capacity O2 Academy Islington club in London, England on Tuesday, March 2. This will mark the band's "most intimate" performance in the U.K. since the opening of the Marquee Club in Charing Cross Road more than two decades back.

Tickets for this special event will go on sale at noon (GMT) on Wednesday, February 24 and you may get them ONLY from this location.

You must use the promo code "sonic."

As previously reported, KISS' new album, "Sonic Boom ", album will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl in five colors — purple, red, green, blue and black. The LP will be packaged in a full-color gatefold jacket and it iwll include lyrics on the inner sleeve and an exclusive 22" x 33" color poster.

Only 1,000 of each color will be pressed!!

Because of the limited quantities, is now taking pre-orders and expect the albums to ship in 6-8 weeks.

"Sonic Boom" entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 2. This marked the band's highest-charting LP ever.

KISS has notched eight Top 10 albums, according to Its previous highest-charting set was 1998's "Psycho Circus", which debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 110,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group's other high-charting sets include 1975's "Alive!" (No. 9), 1977's "Love Gun" (No. 4) and 1992's "Revenge" (No. 6).

Original AC/DC singer Dave Evans has scheduled the following U.K. dates:

May 20 - Trillians Rock Bar - Newcastle
May 21 - The Brickyard - Carlisle
May 22 - Revolver - Birkenhead
May 23 - Moho Live - Manchester
May 25 - SNO!Bar - Milton Keynes
May 26 - The Gaff - London
May 27 - Yardbirds Rock Club - Grimsby
May 28 - The 12 Bar - Swindon
May 29 - Rock City - Nottingham
May 30 - "Let There Be Rock" AC/DC Convention - Blackpool

Dave Evans recently signed a deal with Rocksector Records for the U.K. release
of his latest solo album, "Judgement Day". Due on April 12, the CD was made
available in Australia in July 2008 through MGM. The follow-up to 2003's
"Sinner" was recorded in Brisbane, Australia with producer Mark Tinson and
features 10 tracks, including a cover of "House of the Rising Sun" (listen to
the audio below). The first single was "We Don't Dance to Your Song".

Evans was a member of AC/DC from the band's inception in 1973 until 1974.
Following his departure from AC/DC, Dave Evans formed the wild hedonistic rock
band RABBIT, Melbourne '80s rock outfit DAVE EVANS AND THUNDER DOWN UNDER, and
lastly DAVE EVANS AND HOT COCKEREL. Dave Evans has also toured as a solo act,
and in 2004 released his current album, "Sinner", on Germany's Cultural Minority
record label. In 2005, Dave Evans toured across Holland, Germany and Switzerland
with the renowned southern rock band MOLLY HATCHET.

According to, MOTÖRHEAD has been confirmed for this year's Rock in Rio Madrid festival, which will take place over two six days — June 4-5, June 10-12 and June 14 — at Rock City, a 200,000-square-meter (50-acre) area in Arganda del Rel, 17 km (10 miles) from Madrid, Spain. The band will join METALLICA on the festival's final day, June 14.

Tickets went on sale on February 23 at the central Madrid El Corte Ingles department store, which is one of the festival sponsors. Many fans slept outside the store in the street before it opened at 10 a.m., and by 4 p.m. more than 32,000 tickets had been sold at €69 ($93).

Rock in Rio was founded in Rio de Janeiro in January 1985, and subsequent events in Lisbon and Madrid have been arranged by Brazilian founder Medina. This will be the second Rock in Rio Madrid. The first, in 2008, was attended by 290,000 fans.

According to Andina, GUNS N' ROSES will be accompanied by "the largest technical staff ever" — including sound, light, video and fireworks technicians — when it performs in Lima, Peru on March 25. In addition, the band has requested "a large number of officers" to provide security for the group for a 24-period while GUNS N' ROSES is in town for the concert. Frontman Axl Rose has also reportedly asked for "wines, beers, vodka, red and white roses, and a 'square melon.'"

As previously reported, Rose recently revealed in an online post that GUNS N' ROSES is now managed by Doc McGhee, who has handled the careers of BON JOVI , MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS throughout the years. GN'R recently parted ways with powerhouse manager Irving Azoff, who helped to get the band's 2008 album, "Chinese Democracy", finally released after a 15-year wait.

THE KINKS leader Ray Davies has cited a possible collaboration with METALLICA for his upcoming collection of new versions of old songs, which will include duets with Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. "I might talk to [METALLICA] about doing a song," he told the Republican newspaper in November. "I listen to their music and I think we could do a quite interesting collaboration." He added, "I want it to be diverse and interesting, not the obvious things and hopefully stretch the artists and get them to do things that either that they wouldn't have thought of or in some case that I wouldn't have thought of. I'd like it to be truly collaborative."

GODSMACK , ROB ZOMBIE, STONE SOUR and HELLYEAH have been confirmed for this year's Lazerfest, set to take place Sunday, May 16 at Indianola Balloon Grounds in Indianola, Iowa.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


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MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:

"Five more days and I will be standing in a hotel room getting ready to start my day again on the 2010 MEGADETH world tour.

"I know that I have said that there was not much gas left in the tank over the years, and I know I have a reputation for changing my mind, but we all do tha; it's just my choices are more public than most of y'all's.

"I can't tell you how rewarding it has been to make a new start with [returning MEGADETH bassist] David Ellefson, and I can't tell you all of the other people that I have come across that are happy for me, for us, for MEGADETH, and for heavy metal.

"This changing of my mind was not so much 'me' changing my mind, as it was the spiritual renewal of my mind, and having a new outlook on life for the past few years that has really never had a chance to be publicly displayed.

"This is not about me or my growth, it is about the powerful healing of forgiveness. I am really more grateful for David forgiving me for whatever I had done that harmed him or his family.

"I am very grateful for everything that has led up to us being reunited in the studio and soon to be on the stage. From Southern gentleman James MacDonough [ex-MEGADETH bassist], with his edgy bass playing, unstoppable energy, and his upbeat disposition to James Lomenzo [who was dismissed from MEGADETH earlier this month], who also had a unique style of holding down the bottom end, while teaching us all how to continue through the mundane touring life and maintaining class, dignity, and respect for everyone.

"I never encountered a single second where either of these guys were not the most kind and considerate of men, so it was hard when the times came to move on, and this all brings me back to where it all started; with my best friend of almost 30 years, David Ellefson, 'the bassist' of MEGADETH.

"While we were apart, these two fine men sat on the throne for the bassist in MEGADETH and served us all, band and fans alike, very well. I will always be eternally thankful to the two James.

"We start rehearsals up again today.

"All of the sound crew was in Vic's Garage [MEGADETH's recording/rehearsal studio in San Marcos, California] yesterday, and started setting up the PA for us to start vocal rehearsals. This should be interesting, because this is going to be the real telling on how long it will take me to learn how to sing and play this record at the same time.

"Let's face it, while everyone's gig is extremely challenging for this next ['Rust In Peace'] Anni Tour, I believe I am going to have the hardest job of us all, and I doubt I would feel as confident going into this if it wasn't for my band mates. I am sure that Chris [Broderick, guitar] has a huge workload too, but I am telling you, this guy is from another universe. See for yourself, or maybe not, because the shows are selling out and the ['Rust In Peace'] record is not going to be part of our repertoire going forward. So this is it.

"By the way, I heard from Shawn [Drover, MEGADETH] that while doing an interview to India, the interviewer had the audacity to ask Shawn — the drummer — 'if [former MEGADETH members] Nick Menza [drums] and Marty Friedman [guitar] were coming back.'

"The answer (besides, get some manners) is a resounding NO! Stop asking!!!

"Next! We finally finished the top-secret project I have been working on and let's just say that I have no doubt that it will be in just about every heavy metal music fans' hands, one way or another, within the next year.

"I am so thankful for the turnaround of events and for MEGADETH being able to be a part of your music life for so many, many years.

"From the moment we started working on this new track until just Monday, it was a nail-biting experience, but also from day one until its completion we were being challenged by the excitement of the project, keeping it up to the quality that they expect from us and that they deserve, all while trying to contain all of this good that has been happening for me and for MEGS.

"I really hope to see you all and thank you in person on this next tour for sticking with me while I sorted out my life and while David and I were not playing together. I especially want to thank you for giving David such a warm Droogies welcome home!"

MEGADETH's setlist for the "Rust In Peace 20th Anniversary Tour"] will include the entire 1990 album plus the following MEGADETH classics:

* Set The World Afire
* Wake Up Dead
* In My Darkest Hour
* Sweating Bullets
* Skin O' My Teeth
* Head Crusher
* A Tout Le Monde
* Symphony Of Destruction
* Trust
* Peace Sells, But Who's Buying?

Veteran rockers THE CULT have finished recording four new songs at a Los
Angeles-area studio with producer Chris Goss (MASTERS OF REALITY, KYUSS, QUEENS
OF THE STONE AGE) for a brand new EP, to be released this summer. More details
will be revealed soon.

Affliction Clothing's web channel "Affliction Vision" sent OZZY OSBOURNE/ex-ROB
ZOMBIE bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson to this year's Musink tattoo convention
and music festival at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. His
interview with THE CULT drummer John Tempesta (also ex-WHITE ZOMBIE, TESTAMENT,
EXODUS, HELMET) can be viewed below.

THE CULT's setlist for the band's February 19, 2010 performance at Musink was as

01. L'il Devil
02. Electric Ocean
03. Rain
04. Sweet Soul Sister
05. Revolution
06. The Witch
07. I Assassin
08. Spiritwalker
09. Edie
10. Nirvana
11. Fire Woman
12. Rise
13. The Phoenix
14. Dirty Little Rockstar
15. Wildflower
16. Love Removal Machine
17. She Sells Sanctuary

According to The Pulse of Radio, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS unveiled their first new album in nine years at a private listening party on Tuesday night (February 23) in New York City. The entire band was in attendance at the event, with The Pulse of Radio's reporter on the scene saying that singer Scott Weiland "looked the best he's looked in a long time." All 12 tracks from the album were aired, with The Pulse of Radio reporter calling the record "a natural, melodic progression for STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, with BEATLES-esque harmonies, a lot of in-your-face, hard-rocking tracks, plenty of guitar solos and some astounding singing from Weiland."

The yet-to-be-titled album, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS 's sixth, will be out June 1.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS reunited in 2008 after a six-year layoff. The band's last album, "Shangri-La-Dee-Da", came out in 2001.

The PILOTS will also tour throughout the spring and summer, with Weiland hinting in a recent interview that the band might mount its own festival.

The disc will be issued through Atlantic Records, although Weiland told The Pulse of Radio at the time of the band's 2008 reunion tour that he was interested in exploring other options outside the traditional music industry. "When we first talked about putting STP back together, it was do this tour and then see about doing a creative deal with another company, like an all-in deal," he said. "And, you know, if you look at even like RADIOHEAD and a handful of other bands, they make more money doing things in an unconventional fashion as opposed to doing it, you know, with the major labels."

Bassist Robert DeLeo said about the new disc, "Fans are going get a great STP record . . . a really cohesive record with songs that are going to be lasting."

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' first new album in nine years will now be released on May
25 via Atlantic Records. The self-titled effort features the following track

01. Between The Lines
02. Take A Load Off
03. Huckleberry Crumble
04. Hickory Dichotomy
05. Dare If You Dare
06. Cinnamon
07. Hazy Daze
08. Bagman
09. Peacoat
10. Fast As I Can
11. First Kiss On Mars
12. Maver

According to The Pulse of Radio, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS unveiled the new CD at a
private listening party on Tuesday night (February 23) in New York City. The
entire band was in attendance at the event, with The Pulse of Radio's reporter
on the scene saying that singer Scott Weiland "looked the best he's looked in a
long time." All 12 tracks from the album were aired, with The Pulse of Radio
reporter calling the record "a natural, melodic progression for STONE TEMPLE
PILOTS, with BEATLES-esque harmonies, a lot of in-your-face, hard-rocking
tracks, plenty of guitar solos and some astounding singing from Weiland."

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS reunited in 2008 after a six-year layoff. The band's last
album, "Shangri-La-Dee-Da", came out in 2001.

The PILOTS will also tour throughout the spring and summer, with Weiland hinting
in a recent interview that the band might mount its own festival.

The disc will be issued through Atlantic Records, although Weiland told The
Pulse of Radio at the time of the band's 2008 reunion tour that he was
interested in exploring other options outside the traditional music industry.
"When we first talked about putting STP back together, it was do this tour and
then see about doing a creative deal with another company, like an all-in deal,"
he said. "And, you know, if you look at even like RADIOHEAD and a handful of
other bands, they make more money doing things in an unconventional fashion as
opposed to doing it, you know, with the major labels."

Bassist Robert DeLeo said about the new disc, "Fans are going get a great STP
record . . . a really cohesive record with songs that are going to be lasting."

CINDERELLA has been confirmed for this year's Sweden Rock Festival festival, set to take place June 9-12, 2010 in Sölvesborg in southern Sweden.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

D-A-D (DK)
U.D.O. (D)
W.A.S.P. (US)
Y&T (US)

Last year's festival was attended by 35,200 people, but in 2010 the maximum number of visitors will be limited to 33,000.

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman Zakk Wylde spoke to U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine
about the recent departure of the band's longtime drummer, Craig Nunenmacher,
and addition of veteran rock skinsman Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE, STATIC-X, DARK NEW

"Craig's left on good terms," says Wylde. "He wants to try some other music
ideas, but I've told him that he's welcome back any time. That's the thing with
this band. People come in, drink as much as they can, throw up, make some cash
and then move on â€" but everyone's told they can return when they want.

"I know a load of drummers, but it was Jerry Cantrell [ALICE IN CHAINS] who
recommended Will. The plan is for him to do the album and then tour with us.
He's already said that he has commitments coming up with EVANESCENCE â€" but
I've told him that's no problem, as long as he finds us someone else!"

Wylde also revealed to Classic Rock that, while he's no longer working with Ozzy
Osbourne, his relationship with The Prince Of Darkness remains strong and

"I met up with The Boss when we were both in New York recently," Zakk said. "The
two of us, and mom (Ozzy's wife/manager Sharon Osbourne) and Barbaranne (Wylde's
wife/manager) went out for dinner. That was such a blast!"

Nunenmacher left BLACK LABEL SOCIETY after spending nearly 10 years with the

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's as-yet-untitled studio album is due for release this
summer via Roadrunner Records in Europe and E1 Music in North America.

With the new flexibility of having a studio literally outside his home, Wylde
expects to deliver his best material yet.

"With the home studio I have this flexibility when inspiration hits to lay down
new ideas at anytime â€" day or night â€" for re-recording later," he said.
"This freshness should prove inspiring â€" and some of these first takes might
even make it on the album," he enthused.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's last studio album, "Shot to Hell" (2006), sold just under
32,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release â€" less
than the 45,000 copies shifted by BLS's "Mafia" (Artemis) back in March 2005 â€"
to land at position No. 21 on The Billboard 200 chart.

SIXX: A.M. â€" the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÃœE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside
James Michael (vocals) and DJ Ashba (guitar) â€" is continuing to write and
record material for its second album, tentatively due before the end of the

SIXX: A.M. is the project Sixx started a couple of years ago whose debut disc
acted as a "soundtrack" to Nikki's memoir, "The Heroin Diaries".

Commented Sixx: "Creating new music is like a rollercoaster ride marked by the
highest highs and the lowest lows. This dose of high highs and low lows doubles
while writing a book that requires me to uncover things from my past I have
either forgotten about or chosen to keep hidden away. Finally, flushing these
waves of emotional honesty through the lens of photography whilst meshing the
words and music together is exhausting, almost to the point of becoming

"The last few weeks in the studio with SIXX: A.M. has been intense and
exhilarating... (not to mention a fucking blast ).

"We finished two more new tunes yesterday. One will rip your heart out and leave
it torn to pieces on the floor... and one is gonna rip your face off... Either
way, you're pretty much fucked... I know I am.

"I don't see this project as just another 'rock' record. This is a very
important album to us as we are constantly struggling for greatness and trying
to push the envelope. It's not only musically, but also lyrically condensed into
these very potent little potions that I feel are open to interpretation.

"When the whole project unfolds, I hope people will be blindsided by the big

"I feel we're pushing ourselves further beyond what we, as a band, ever

In a summer 2009 interview with Road Crew Magazine, James Michael stated about
the forthcoming SIXX: A.M. CD, "The new SIXX: A.M. record, it's kind of gonna be
a long time coming, just like the first one was. . . What I can tell you is that
it's gonna be more than just a record full of songs; it is gonna be attached to
some other things, and they are things that are really inspiring to all of us.
And that's really all I can say at this point."

On whether the forthcoming CD will be more about all three members of the band
as opposed to focusing primarily on Nikki, James said, "Yeah. In fact, I think
that the last record ended up being about all three of us in different ways. A
lot of the songs even were written before 'The Heroin Diaries' book came about,
but they all just fit in so well, and we kind of adjusted them to work. I think
that's why 'The Heroin Diaries' soundtrack so well â€" we were all sharing our
personal experiences with it, and we found a universal theme that kind of
worked. Nikki's book happened to be the catalyst for that and happened to be the
guiding force, and I think that's kind of what we're doing on this one. Because
for three songwriters to be in a room writing, it can't just be about one of
those songwriters; I think that it has to be about shared experiences."

Although SIXX: A.M. was initially just a studio project, a touring lineup did go
on the road in 2008 as part of the first Crüe Fest package,

SIXX A.M.'s debut featured the hit "Life Is Beautiful".

MISFITS book author and veteran punk drummer Joel Gausten (PIGFACE, THE UNDEAD,
ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN) has posted an unreleased MISFITS rehearsal demo of "Who
Killed Marilyn?" at this location. The site also includes an in-depth blog
(entitled "15 Years Ago Today…") detailing the recording of this and the other
featured MISFITS demos.

Like Gausten's previously-posted demos ("London Dungeon", "Astro Zombies",
"Hatebreeders", "Angelfuck", "She", "Nike A Go Go" and "I Turned Into A
Martian"), "Who Killed Marilyn?" was recorded on February 25, 1995 â€" exactly
15 years ago â€" at the MISFITS' rehearsal compound in New Jersey. The recording
features Jerry Only on bass, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein on guitar, Eric
Weiss on vocals and a 17-year-old Gausten on drums. The song was part of an
11-song demo recording engineered by MISFITS drummer-to-be, Dr. Chud. These
tracks were recorded several months prior to Michale Graves becoming the band's
official singer.

"Earlier this week, I realized that it would soon be 15 years since this
recording session took place, and I wanted to do something special to celebrate
that date," explains Gausten. "'Who Killed Marilyn?' remains a favorite MISFITS
song of mine, and it was a blast to dig out this recording, go down memory lane
and hear a 17-year-old me make noise with Jerry and Doyle!"

At the time of the recording, Gausten had been serving as one of the band's
fill-in rehearsal drummers while the group was auditioning vocalists. Gausten
detailed his experiences with the MISFITS in his out-of-print 2006 book, "Tales
of Horror: The History of The Misfits & The Undead", which will be re-released
this summer as a deluxe edition with a new cover by artist Shannon
Gardner-Gausten, updated/expanded information on both the MISFITS and THE UNDEAD
and a brand-new interview with former MISFITS drummer "Mr. Jim" Catania.

Legendary guitarist George Lynch (LYNCH MOB, SOULS OF WE, DOKKEN) is in
damage-control mode these days and wants to retract any of his earlier
statements concerning a possible reunion of the classic lineup of DOKKEN.
According to an official press release, Lynch "apologizes for being preemptive
and [claims that he] just simply misspoke in his excitement." He says, "We are
TALKING about a possible reunion for 2011, but it's still in early stages!"

All the members of DOKKEN's classic 1980s lineup reunited on stage for the first
time in more than a decade on November 29, 2009 at the House of Blues in
Anaheim, California. According to Andrew Youssef of the OC Weekly, Don Dokken
appeared on stage and said he had some friends he wanted to introduce. Jeff
Pilson (bass) and George Lynch (guitar) joined Mick Brown (drums) for a two-song
encore of "When Heaven Comes Down" and "In My Dreams".

HAIL! â€" the supergroup featuring David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Mike Portnoy
(DREAM THEATER), Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS
PRIEST, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ICED EARTH) â€" will perform at this year's Rock In
Rio Lisbon festival on Saturday, May 29 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Commented Kisser: "Rock In Rio is an enormous event that started in Brazil but
has blossomed all over the world and we are immensely proud to be playing it!

"Although David Ellefson will not be with us for these dates [due to his
commitments with MEGADETH], we will use this as an opportunity to invite a new
brother (or sister) into the family and as always we've got some surprises lined
up. Also, we have a bunch of European and Asian tour dates planned for this time
and we will be announcing them soon so please stay tuned."

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based traditional metallers 3 INCHES OF
BLOOD have been confirmed for the Dokk'em open-air festival, set to take place
June 11-12, 2010 in Raard (near Leeuwarden), Netherlands.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


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Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE have reportedly cancelled their shows in
Bilbao, Spain on Friday (February 26) and Barcelona, Spain on Sunday (February
27) after frontman Joel O'Keefe came down with pharyngitis (an inflammation of
the throat or pharynx). The concerts have since been rescheduled for April 17
and April 18, respectively.

"No Way But The Hard Way", the new video from AIRBOURNE, can be viewed below.
The clip was filmed with director (and SUM 41 drummer) Stephen Martin "Steve"
Jocz (BOWLING FOR SOUP). The song comes off the band's sophomore album, "No
Guts. No Glory.", which is scheduled for release on April 20 via Roadrunner
Records. The special-edition digipack version of the CD will include five bonus
tracks and a bottle opener.

"No Guts. No Glory." special-edition digipack track listing:

01. Born To Kill
02. No Way But The Hard Way
03. Blonde, Bad and Beautiful
04. Raise The Flag
05. Bottom Of The Well
06. White Line Fever
07. It Ain't Over Till It's Over
08. Steel Town
09. Chewin' The Fat
10. Get Busy Livin'
11. Armed And Dangerous
12. Overdrive
13. Back On The Bottle
14. Loaded Gun (bonus track)
15. My Dynamite Will Blow You Sky High (And Get Ya Moanin' After Midnight)
(bonus track)
16. Rattle Your Bones (bonus track)
17. Kickin' It Old School (bonus track)
18. Devil's Child (bonus track)

AIRBOURNE traveled to the Windy City to record "No Guts. No Glory." with
producer Johnny K, live and straight to analog tape. Like debut album "Runnin'
Wild", "No Guts. No Glory." continues that good time vibe, but ultimately,
according to Ryan, the record is about "standing up and going for it, and being
a man. There's a tougher element to the album, so to speak." Instead of sleeping
every night in a comfortable hotel room bed on the label's dime, the band
actually slept in the studio, taking inspiration from Bruce Springsteen and his
E STREET BAND, who were known to live in the studio until an album was

British thrashers ONSLAUGHT have been confirmed for the 10th-anniversary edition of the Bloodstock festival, set to take place August 13-15, 2010 at Catton Hall, Derbyshire, United Kingdom.

Commented drummer Steve Grice: "We are very excited and to be playing Bloodstock 2010. Not only will it be the ONLY U.K. show ONSLAUGHT play this year, but the very first outdoor show we have played in the U.K.

"We look forward to bringing some real flesh-melting thrash metal to the guys and gals of Bloodstock. See you all there!"

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


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Reunited Oakland, California thrashers DEFIANCE have scheduled the following

Mar. 12 - Rasputin Records - Mountain View, CA (free in-store performance +
signing session)
Mar. 18 - Whisky A Go Go - Hollywood CA (w/ WARBRINGER)
Apr. 10 - Te Blank Club - San Jose, CA (w/ DESECRATER)

DEFIANCE recently announced the addition of drummer Burton Ortega (KAOS) to the
group's ranks. The band states, "We were looking for that fifth finger to fill
the glove, which was something that we felt was essential for a long-term fit.

"We are very excited about Burton joining DEFIANCE and have had so much fun
jamming the old and new tunes and can't wait to unleash the new monster that is

DEFIANCE played its first show since 1994 on December 19, 2009 at Blake's on
Telegraph in Berkeley, California.

DEFIANCE's current lineup includes Shawn Bozarth on guitar and Keven Albert
(formerly with KAOS) on vocals.

Mark Hernandez (drums) and Steev Esquivel (vocals) left DEFIANCE last year to
concentrate on their primary bands, FORBIDDEN and SKINLAB, respectively.

DEFIANCE's new album, "The Prophecy", was released on October 19, 2009 via
Candlelight Records. The first collection of new music from DEFIANCE in over 15
years was recorded at Trident Studios and Greendot Studios in East Bay,

Irish rockers GLYDER will release their third album, "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow", on April 26 via SPV/Steamhammer. The CD features stunning Mark Wilkinson artwork and a guest solo on the title track by one of rock's finest guitarists, Dave Menketti from Y&T.

"Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" track listing:

01. That Line
02. Knockout
03. Jack Strong
04. Innocent Eyes
05. Make A Change
06. Back To The Water
07. The Bitter End
08. One Of Us
09. Always The Loser
10. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Bonus tracks:

11. Time To Fly
12. All You've Done
13. Elverstown (instrumental)

GLYDER began its musical journey in 2004 at the annual Phil Lynott tribute gig "Vibe for Philo" in Dublin. Three albums and two EPs later, GLYDER has developed a very distinguishableand unique sound, blending its classic rock influences with a fresh and modern sound.

Over the past five years, GLYDER has toured Europe with some of the finest names in rock, including THIN LIZZY , WISHBONE ASH, DIO, W.A.S.P., THUNDER, FISH, Y&T, MICHAEL SCHENKER, HAWKWIND, GOTTHARD, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT and THE ANSWER. In 2007 they played at Gods of Metal in Italy with MÖTLEY CRÜE and VELVET REVOLVER, Sweden Rock Festival in 2008 with DEF LEPPARD and WHITESNAKE, Raismes festival in France 2008 with SAXON and ULI JOHN ROTH and Hard Rock Hell 2 in Wales 2008 with THIN LIZZY. GLYDER played its first headline tour in Spain in 2008 and headlined to 10,000 rock fans in India in October 2008 proving that it can win over any audience in any live situation.

In August 2009 GLYDER opened for METALLICA in Marlay Park Dublin.


Tony Cullen - Vocals and Bass
Bat Kinane - Guitars and Backing Vocals
Pete Fisher - Guitars
Davy Ryan - Drums

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WOLFTRAP, the brand new Finnish "old-school hard rock boogie" band featuring members of OMNIUM GATHERUM, MANITOU, MALPRACTICE and KAIHORO, has posted a new song, "Done Deal My Dear", on its MySpace page.

According to a press release, "WOLFTRAP was born during the autumn of 2009 rising from the ashes of the traditional heavy metal band called MANITOU, featuring four old MANITOU members and some of the members are also familiar from Finnish metal bands OMNIUM GATHERUM, MALPRACTICE, KAIHORO, TOTAL DEVASTATION...

"WOLFTRAP will take on the world step by step and piece by piece starting from now on when this crew gets some of their stuff recorded, ready an' willing and also debuting live on stage at Dark Winter Festival in Kotka, Finland 27th of February!

"If you're into the real things like old VAN HALEN , AC/DC, WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY, ALICE IN CHAINS, DEEP PURPLE, IRON MAIDEN, etc., then this might be something for ya!


Jukka Serengil - vocals
Ismo Laukkanen (ex-MANITOU) - Bass
Antti Laurén (ex-MANITOU) - Guitar
Mikko Reinamo (KAIHORO) - Organ, Keys

WARBEAST (formerly TEXAS METAL ALLIANCE), the band featuring RIGOR MORTIS vocalist Bruce Corbitt, GAMMACIDE guitarists Rick Perry and Scott Shelby, GAMMACIDE/DEVILFIST bassist Alan Bovee and DEMONSEED drummer Joe Gonzalez, will release its debut album, "Krush The Enemy", in late April via Philip Anselmo's (DOWN, PANTERA) Housecore Records. A CD-release show will take place on May 8 at Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, Texas. WARBEAST will be joined by a "surprise special guest" during the concert, which will also include additional appearances by HELL GOAT, MITRA, BLOOD STAIN CARPET and TURBID NORTH.

Anselmo previously stated about WARBEAST, "For myself, WARBEAST epitomizes 'the DFW [Dallas/Ft. Worth] thrash metal' sound to its maximum.

"Having grown up seeing RIGOR MORTIS and GAMMACIDE live, collecting their demos and knowing the guys in these bands during my younger, more impressionable years left a resounding imprint on me.

"People know that I was born in New Orleans, but I moved to the DFW area to join PANTERA when I was 17, so I had the privilege of being a part of, and living somewhat vicariously through both local scenes. And the magic of that was how different sounding both scenes were, and how absolutely awesome it was to watch the emergence of the two of them. Having the best of those two extreme worlds not only influenced me as a musician, but it made me fan of both scenes, for life!

"When I listen to modern-day thrash, after two or three songs, I pretty much know what I'm getting thereafter. There's no way in hell ANYONE can say that about WARBEAST. No fucking way. Without bowing down to the doldrums of an obvious 'technical metal' band nor to today's EXODUS worship, every song is its own SONG; riff-delirium, thunderous cadences and classic thrash vocals delivered in TRUE, classic thrash style.

"WARBEAST are a great band… and will prove to be major players in the very near future…you can bet your ass on that."

RED RIVER REVIVAL, the band featuring former members of SUPERJOINT RITUAL and ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER, entered Philip Anselmo's (DOWN, PANTERA, SUPERJOINT RITUAL) recording studio in Louisiana last year to begin laying down tracks for its debut album for release via Anselmo's Housecore Records. The group has since issued the following update:

"Through writing and recording this album together, artistic differences started to pop up along the way.

"It's been a blast, but RED RIVER REVIVAL are splitting ways due to the differences.

"There is absolutely no bad blood between any of us. We respect the hell out of each other as musicians and as good, honest people.

"For fans of the music, no fear! Side projects and demos are already rolling and we will be leaving [our MySpace] page up to keep everyone updated on those!

"Thanks to everyone involved and everyone who came out to the shows! Be patient, the new projects will be well worth the wait!"

In a 2008 interview with Nonelouder, vocalist Dave Slocum stated about the band's sound, "RED RIVER REVIVAL is boogie rock! Lots of melody and soul, preachin' and hollerin'. Heavy blues is what I think best describes us. Kevin Bond [ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL] has written some really cool stuff, very ZZ TOP. Kevin didn't write any of the SUPERJOINT stuff, so I think people will be surprised to hear what style he actually represents. People are already saying that RED RIVER REVIVAL is better than ARTIMUS."


Dave Slocum - Vocals
Kevin Bond - Guitar
Miles Griffin - Guitar
Brad Kemp - Bass
Joey Robertson – Drums

Lancaster, Pennsylvania's THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE recently entered Spin Studios
in New York with Josh Wilbur (ATREYU, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) and Chris Adler (of
LAMB OF GOD) to begin recording the follow-up to the band's 2008 album,
"Monuments". A spring release via Good Fight Music is expected.

Commented Adler: "I've been wanting to produce a band other than my own for a
while now, but never found one that inspired me quite enough to jump in. It's an
exhaustive process to commit your creativity and focus to someone else.

"Most bands that are noticed today do one thing really well, or are known for a
particular direction. Few combine as many elements as seamlessly as THIS OR THE

"This record is intense, to say the least. It feels like a landmark music
moment. Time will tell, but I'm obviously pretty f'n psyched."

Added THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE vocalist Ricky Armellino: "Normally when you meet
people in Adler's position, the last thing on their mind is finding new music or
even listening to it. Chris still finds the time. He's full of music and got a
ton of energy.

"I feel like getting him into the writing/recording process for the new album
was an incredible circumstance for us. From day one we've been shooting back and
forth demos, lyric sheets, home recordings of WHITE LION songs and developing a
lot of ideas together.

"Josh Wilbur's an incredible vocal producer and his recordings are organic,
huge, and a cut above anything you hear in the genre, so getting him in the mix
was a huge blessing for the project. These guys are family to us now and we
can't wait to get this monster on the shelves."

Consisting of Armellino, Jack Esbenshade (guitar), Rodney Phillips (guitars),
Grant McFarland (drums) and Sean Hennessey (bass), THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE
encompasses a sound that melds the fine Pennsylvania traditions that have
while taking their musical direction to a new and uncharted height. Exhibiting a
veteran-like display of confidence and focus, THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE's
accelerated evolution redefines how bands come into their own. THIS OR THE
APOCALYPSE tightrope walks between masterfully crafted time signatures, dense
rock grooves and melodic atmosphere. Their music combines the precision and
technical prowess of MESHUGGAH with the raw, emotive urgency of SHAI HULUD and
MISERY SIGNALS: A sound that is loud, compelling, and unique.

Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen recently entered Petrax Studios in Hollola, Finland to begin recording her new solo album, "What Lies Beneath", for a late 2010 release. She writes on her blog, "I recorded my first-ever piano tracks!

"The grand piano in the studio is Bechstein, which sound I truly love. Bechstein is a very moody piano in general. I have the same brand at home as well.

"In these songs you will easily 'recognize' me playing the piano parts instead of a professional pianist. So if I don't consider myself as a piano player, you shouldn't do that either.

"The feeling in these songs is the most important matter and I think I captured it."

Turunen previously stated about "What Lies Beneath ", "The process for my second album started back in June 2008. Among the first songs that my friends and I composed at that time, a character called Naiad was born. The fantasy story of Naiad gave me the idea for the album title and for the whole album concept: 'What Lies Beneath'.

"It has been wonderful to be able to brainstorm again and decide the direction the album is going to take. I hope that you will be surprised again by my work; because that's the way I like it."

Turunen will perform a special "Classic and Divine" opera rock show with a symphonic orchestra and choir on June 12, 2010 at the Miskolc International Opera Festival at at the Miskolc Ice Hall in Miskolc, Hungary. Tarja's two-hour set will include a selection of the best-loved songs from her "My Winter Storm " solo album, classical gems, unpredictable rock covers, tracks from her career with NIGHTWISH, and songs from her upcoming album, "What Lies Beneath". She will be accompanied by her own band, a symphonic orchestra and a choir.

Turunen recently recorded three songs for a Finnish Christmas album, produced by Olli Ahvenlahti. According to Turunen, this was "a charity project for missionary workers in Finland."

Tarja's last album, "My Winter Storm", was re-released in January 2009. This double CD "extended special edition" was packed with 32 tracks, including the CD "My Winter Storm" with the addition of the song "The Seer" in its original version. The bonus disc presented several new tracks, remixes and live recordings. Among them, the new song "Enough" and "The Seer", this time featuring a duet with German rock star Doro Pesch.

NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon has scrapped her previously announced plans to release a solo album. She writes on her official blog, "The factors [that contributed to my decision] are mainly that I want to focus on my family during this break from NIGHTWISH. I am sure I will do a solo some other time, but at this time it doesn't fit into my life and then it's better to not do it than to do it and it just won't feel good. But I hope you all will follow me and the boys in NIGHTWISH from the summer when we start to work with the new album. It will be fun!!"

Olzon spent time last fall in Stockholm, Sweden creating songs for what was supposed to be her solo CD with Swedish producers Stefan Örn and Johan Glössner. The album was slated to be co-produced by Swedish producer/songwriter Anders Bagge, who has previously worked with MADONNA, CELINE DION, JANET JACKSON and JESSICA SIMPSON, among others. He is also one of judges on the Swedish TV talent competition "Idol" and a producer of the TV series "Made in Sweden".

Olzon and MUSTASCH performed a medley of five songs which were nominated in the "Song Of The Year" category during the January 19 "P3 Guld" (Swedish radio's annual music awards) live awards ceremony broadcast from the Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden. The singer also appeared on August 13, 2009 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at a special concert in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the Stockholms Kulturfestival (Stockholm's Culture Festival). Video footage of that performance can be viewed below.

NIGHTWISH played a special homecoming show in September 2009 at the sold-out, 11,000-capacity Hartwall Arena in Helsinki to mark the end of the band's colossal "Dark Passion Play" two-year world tour. Support at the gig came from APOCALYPTICA.

NIGHTWISH is not expected to play any more shows until the release of the band's next studio album in September 2011.

German/Greek metal band MYSTIC PROPHECY has parted ways with temporary drummer
Matt C., who played with the group during its recent tour with STRATOVARIUS.
Because of "occupational and personal reasons," it's not possible for Matt to
remain with the band permanently.

MYSTIC PROPHECY is seeking a drummer "who feels confident to play their material
and is seriously interested in becoming their new member," according to a press
release. Interested parties can contact the band at or

"Fireangel", the sixth album from the MYSTIC PROPHECY, entered the German Media
Control chart at position No. 77. Released on May 22, 2009 via Massacre Records,
the follow-up to 2007's "Satanic Curses" was recorded at Prophecy Studios and
was mixed in Sweden under the direction of Fredrik Nordström (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH

"Fireangel" track listing:

01. Across The Gates Of Hell
02. Demons Blood
03. We Kill You Die
04. Father Save Me
05. To The Devil I Pray
06. Fireangel
07. Fight Back The Light
08. Death Under Control
09. Revolution Evil
10. Gods Of War
11. Forever Betrayed

German melodic folk/death metallers SUIDAKRA have added three headlining shows in California to their North American itinerary. The group's schedule is now as follows:

March 08 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill *
March 10 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques *
March 13 - Toronto, ON - Wreck Room *
March 14 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge *
March 15 - San Fransisco, CA - Thee Parkside (headlining)
March 17 - Austin, TX - Red 7 / SXSW *
March 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Ultra Violet (headlining)
March 20 - Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage (headlining)

* Supporting ORPHANED LAND

SUIDAKRA's ninth album, "Crógacht", was released in the U.S. in March 2009 through Wacken Records/SPV.

Over its 16-year history, SUIDAKRA has stayed true to its roots and the sound that it has become known for. Combining fast melodic death metal, Irish folk music , and a torrent of harmonies, SUIDAKRA proves yet again that it possesses the ability to blend several different influences into its unique sound. To put a spin on things, new elements have been introduced, like traditional instruments (bagpipes, banjo, tin whistles), a sixteen member choir and epic orchestral arrangements.

Recorded at Gernart Studios with producer Martin Muchwalter, "Crógacht" delivers an aural assault. In addition to that, the eyes and mind of the listener will also be pleased, as famous Belgian graphic artists Kris Verwimp is responsible not only for the magnificent artwork in the digipack and 16-page booklet, but also for the lyrics of this fascinating concept album. "Crógacht", meaning bravery, is based on one of the most dramatic tales in Irish mythology. It tells the story of the hero Cuchulainn's epic journey to the Isle of Skye, where he seeks to learn the arts of war from the Scythian warrior woman Scathach. The decisions he then has to make set the events in motion that will lead up to his son Conlaoch's tragic fate…

With overwhelming reactions to their 2006 release, "Caledonia", and their November 2008 DVD/Best of CD, "13 Years of Celtic Wartunes", SUIDAKRA has performed over 200 live shows (including the Wacken Open Air festival five times), and successfully completed several tours in Europe, Russia, and a first-ever American tour.

Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY will embark on a European headlining tour, dubbed "Where Death Is Most Alive Part II 2010", in September. Support on the trek will come from INSOMNIUM.

The dates are as follows:

Sep. 23 - Hamburg, Gruenspan, Germany
Sep. 24 - Leipzig, Conne Island, Germany
Sep. 25 - Munster, Sputnikhalle, Germany
Sep. 26 - Köln, Essigfabrik, Germany
Sep. 27 - Tilburg, 013, Netherlands
Sep. 28 - London, Underworld, UK
Sep. 29 - Vosselaar, Biebob, Belgium
Sep. 30 - Paris, Trabendo, France
Oct. 01 - Montpellier, Salle Victoire 2, France
Oct. 02 - Bilbao, Rockstar, Spain
Oct. 03 - Porto, Teatro Sá da Bandeira, Portugal
Oct. 04 - Lissabon, Incrível Almadense, Portugal
Oct. 06 - Madrid, Sala Heineken, Spain
Oct. 07 - Barcelona, Razz 2, Spain
Oct. 08 - Lyon, CCO, France
Oct. 09 - Lausanne, Les Dock, Switzerland
Oct. 10 - Bologna, Estragon, Italy
Oct. 11 - Rom, Alpheus, Italy
Oct. 12 - Milano, Magazini Generali, Italy
Oct. 13 - Zagreb, Boogaloo, Croatia
Oct. 14 - Budapest, Duerer Kert, Hungary
Oct. 15 - Wien, Szene, Austria
Oct. 16 - Ljujana, Gala Hala/Media Park, Slovenia
Oct. 17 - Graz, Orpheum, Austria
Oct. 19 - Stuttgart, Röhre, Germany
Oct. 20 - Luzern, Schuur, Switzerland
Oct. 21 - Frankfurt aM, Batschkapp, Germany
Oct. 22 - München, Backstage, Germany
Oct. 24 - Berlin, Lido, Germany
Oct. 25 - Malmö, KB, Sweden
Oct. 28 - Jyväskylä, Lutakko, Finland *
Oct. 29 - Oulu, Teatria, Finland *
Oct. 30 - Seinäjoki, Rytmikorjamoo, Finland *
Oct. 31 - Tampere, Klubi, Finland *
Nov. 01 - Helsinki, Nosturi, Finland *
Nov. 02 - Turku, Klubi, Finland *
Nov. 04 - Stockholm, Medis, Sweden *
Nov. 05 - Örebro, 700, Sweden *
Nov. 06 - Oslo, John Dee, Norway *
Nov. 07 - Göteborg, Trädgån, Sweden *

* without INSOMNIUM

"We Are The Void", the ninth album from DARK TRANQUILLITY, will be released via Century Media Records on the following dates:

* Sweden: February 24
* Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy, Australia: February 26
* Spain, Portugal: March 2
* Finland, Hungary: March 3
* U.K., France, Greece, Denmark, Norway, Rest Of Europe: March 1
* North America: March 9

"We Are The Void" will be available as a CD, digital download and strictly limited-edition die-cut digipak featuring two bonus songs ("Stars Of Nothingness" and "To Where Fires Cannot Feed") and a bonus DVD that contains the following material:

01. Studio Report - The Making of The Void (produced by Anders Björler of THE HAUNTED)
02. Making Of "Shadow In Our Blood" video
03. ThereIn (Live In Milan)
04. Final Resistance (Live In Milan)
05. "Where Death Is Most Alive" DVD trailer

The drums for "We Are The Void" were recorded at bassist Daniel Antonsson's studio, while the remaining instruments were tracked at Martin Brändström's (electronics) newly renovated Rogue music facility. The mixing duties were once again handled by Tue Madsen (HALFORD, BEHEMOTH, KATAKLYSM, THE HAUNTED) at his Antfarm studio in Århus, Denmark.

"We Are The Void" track listing:

01. Shadow In Our Blood
02. Dream Oblivion
03. The Fatalist
04. In My Absence
05. The Grandest Accusation
06. At The Point Of Ignition
07. Her Silent Language
08. Arkhangelsk
09. I Am The Void
10. Surface The Infinite
11. Iridium

"Shadow In Our Blood", the new video from DARK TRANQUILLITY, can be viewed below. The clip was created by Vasara Films (TURISAS, DRAGONFORCE) who also filmed and edited DARK TRANQUILLITY's live DVD, "Where Death Is Most Alive".

DARK TRANQUILLITY is currently on the road in the U.S. with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA.

Relapse Records has announced the signing of the newly formed THE HIGH CONFESSIONS. The band features in its ranks Chris Connelly (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, KILLING JOKE), Steve Shelley (SONIC YOUTH), Sanford Parker (MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, BURIED AT SEA), and noted recording engineer Jeremy Lemos (SMOG, STEREOLAB, JIM O'ROURKE).

THE HIGH CONFESSIONS will release its Relapse debut, "Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions", this summer. Audio samples will be made available shortly, with more information to be announced soon.

Selfmadegod Records will release of the "Peel Sessions" CD by Belgium's cult grind band AGATHOCLES. Due in March, the collection includes 15 previously unreleased songs recorded at BBC Radio in London, England by none other than legendary John Peel back in 1997!

There are many classic AGATHOCLES songs featured on this release, like "Theatric Symbolisation Of Life", "Mutilated Regurgitator", "Consuming Endoderme Pus" and "Kill Your Fucking Idols".

The music is simply AGATHOCLES: raw, minimalist grindpunk with political lyrics.

The booklet includes lyrics and liner notes about how this material was recorded.

For more information, visit

Bassist Simon Holzknecht has left the Austrian female-fronted symphonic metal band EDENBRIDGE "due to personal reasons." The group is now seeking a replacement who possesses "passion, personality, live experience and, of course, playing technique." Interested parties can contact the band at

EDENBRIDGE has set "Solitaire" as the title of its seventh album, due in May.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Entree Unique
02. Solitaire
03. Higher
04. Skyline's End
05. Bon Voyage Vagabond
06. Come Undone
07. Out Of This World
08. Further Afield
09. A Virtual Dream?
10. Brothers On Diamir
11. Exit Unique

The limited-edition version of the album will include two additional songs: "Eternity" and "Inward Passage".

Regarding the new material's direction, EDENBRIDGE previously said, "Of course, we have followed the symphonic way of our last album, 'MyEarthDream' [2008]. Nevertheless, there are more atmospheric and melancholic vibes on the new one."

The band added, "We have two absolutely smashing hit songs, both perfect for a video clip ."

EDENBRIDGE's live album, "LiveEarthDream", was released in May 2009. The disc was recorded at various concerts in 2008 and can only and exclusively be ordered through the band's fanshop. The album is limited to 1,000 copies and will not be available anywhere else.

Swedish progressive/experimental metallers THERION will embark on a European tour in October/November. Support on the trek will come from LEPROUS and LOCH VOSTOK.

Confirmed tour dates so far, according to Intromental Management, are as follows:

Oct. 29 - 013 - Tilburg, Holland
Oct. 30 - Oosterpoort - Groningen, Holland
Oct. 31 - Shepherds Bush Empire - London, UK
Nov. 01 - Hof Ter Lo - Antwerp, Belgium
Nov. 02 - Aeronef - Lille, France
Nov. 03 - Elysee Montmartre - Paris, France
Nov. 04 - Batschkapp - Frankfurt, Germany
Nov. 05 - Masters Of Rock Cafe - Zlin, Czech Republic
Nov. 06 - Szene - Vienna, Austria
Nov. 07 - Boogallo Club - Zagreb, Croatia
Nov. 08 - Kino Siska Club - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nov. 09 - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy
Nov. 10 - [to be announced]
Nov. 11 - [to be announced]
Nov. 12 - Razzmatazz 1 - Barcelona, Spain
Nov. 13 - La Riviera - Madrid, Spain
Nov. 14 - CC John Lennon - Limoges, France
Nov. 15 - La Laiterie - Strasburg, France
Nov. 17 - Odeon - Belgrade, Serbia
Nov. 18 - Hr. Botev Sports Hall - Sofia, Bulgaria
Nov. 19 - [to be announced]
Nov. 20 - [to be announced]
Nov. 21 - [to be announced]
Nov. 24 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
Nov. 25 - Backstage - Munich, Germany
Nov. 26 - DK Vitavska - Prague, Czech Republic
Nov. 27 - Almassy Ter - Budapest, Hungary
Nov. 28 - Club Studio - Krakow, Poland
Nov. 29 - Stodola - Warsaw, Poland

THERION is putting the finishing touches on its new album, "Sitra Ahra", which will be mixed at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm. 13 songs are being recorded for the CD, although it is presently unclear if all of the tracks will end up on the final record.

THERION mainman Christofer Johnsson previously stated about the upcoming CD, "Expect something spectacular, even by THERION's standards!"

Christofer Johnsson announced in May 2009 that vocalist Thomas Vikström (ex-CANDLEMASS) had become a permanent member of THERION.

THERION's new rhythm section is comprised of Johan Koleberg (ANIMAL, ZAN CLAN, LION'S SHARE) on drums and Nalle "Grizzly" Påhlsson (TREAT, ZAN CLAN, VINDICTIV) on bass guitar .

THERION's latest CD/DVD, "The Miskolc Experience", was released in June via Nuclear Blast Records.

The set's description reads as follows: "After the phenomenal last studio album 'Gothic Kabbalah' (2007), easily THERION's most stunning effort since 'Theli', and the follow-up live CD 'Live Gothic' (2008), THERION mastermind and only remaining founding member Christofer Johnsson decided to go for a rather special project: the band's appearance at the remarkable and renowned International Opera Festival in Miskolc, Hungary in 2007 was taped on and off stage to preserve a truly unique classic metal event for the THERION fanbase! The first part — dubbed 'Classical Adventures' — features some of Christofer's favourite composers (especially his all-time fave, Wagner) and does completely without guitars or any metal instrumentation whatsoever. Just orchestra and choir. Part two, 'Therion Songs', delivers exactly that: finest THERION material performed by the band, a huge orchestra and choir. Rounding off 'The Miskolc Experience' is an entertaining
documentary which gives insight in the complicated organisation and the no less complicated execution with all ups and downs for the involved crew and musicians.

"'The Miskolc Experience' is the testimony of the brilliant Johnsson/Niemann/Niemann/Karlsson THERION lineup which Christofer Johnsson decided to dissolve in late 2008. This chapter of THERION is closed, a new era is about to begin — and THERION will soon open the book once again!"

Vocalist Jonathan "Joller" Albrechtsen has quit Danish thrashers HATESPHERE. His temporary replacement is Morten "Kruge" Madsen of the Danish metal band MEVADIO.

Despite Jonathan's exit, HATESPHERE has no intention of calling it a day and will hit the American shores as planned on February 24 as part of a month-long tour with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, OBSCURA and AUGURY.

Commented HATESPHERE bassist Mixen Lindberg: "Today is one of those strange days where two equally strong feelings are tossing my insides around in a ponderous fistfight. One is gloomy and leaving me with a sensation that we're stuck knee-deep in a twitch. The other one is relieved, proud and stronger than ever.

"Today we part ways with Joller. Having a hard time combining full-time work, two bands and a general lack of excitement on his part, Joller came to the conclusion that his time in HATESPHERE was up. We debated for a couple of days there, but saw it fitting that we let him go because you can't be in this band if your heart is not in place. So, as sad as it may be, we're happy to send him on his way so we can all on move on towards bigger and better things, fully focused.

"Now, we've endured hardship before so I am not worried one bit. Also, the energy in the band is at an all-time high, especially since Mike [Park, drums] joined us last year, and at this point, we're already in contact with several possible singers (with some really interesting people in the mix, might I add!). Tryouts will commence immediately upon arrival from our forthcoming U.S. tour, and shortly after that we will hit the studio to record something new and fresh."

In other news, HATESPHERE has acquired a new U.K. agent in the shape of Ian Shaw from Factory Music (CHILDREN OF BODOM, EXODUS, etc.). Touring activities for the U.K. and rest of Europe are already in the works.

HATESPHERE's latest album, "To The Nines " entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 36. The CD was recorded over a nine-day period at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MOONSPELL, DARK TRANQUILLITY, GOREFEST).

Norwegian black metallers 1349 will release their new album, "Demonoir", on April 26 in Europe via Indie Recordings and one day later in North America through Prosthetic Records.

According to a press release, "Demonoir" is "without a shadow of a doubt 1349's darkest, most sinister and brutal work to date, and in this case it comes to mean that the band has gone from the utterly extreme to the genre-expanding and mindboggling. Black metal cannot, and will never be the same.

"For the band's fifth full-length release, 1349 decided to suck out the fiercest and most potent energies from every single member and surroundings, channeling it into songs that are pulsating with uncanny atmospheres, rawness and nerve-shattering intensity. The whole process of getting the material on record was like one long, exhausting black magic summoning that could not be allowed to go wrong."

"Demonoir" will be available in three different versions:

* Regular CD
* Limited digipack version with special artwork, including a bonus CD with cover versions.
* Double 180-gram vinyl in gatefold sleeve. Includes cover versions.

1349 will embark on a North American tour in April and May as the support act for CANNIBAL CORPSE (alongside SKELETONWITCH and LECHEROUS NOCTURNE). (Note, 1349 will not appear on the last week of the tour.)

1349 rose from the ashes of ALVHEIM in 1997, and in 2003 they released their debut album, "Liberation". Since then, 1349 has added three more albums to its critically acclaimed catalog.

1349 is:

Ravn - Vocals
Archaon - Guitar
Seidemann - Bass
Frost – Drums


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