Wednesday, March 31, 2010

[HeavyMetalHeaven] Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Kiss, Taking Dawn, Metallica, and tons more hard rock and heavy metal news

Legendary guitarist Tony Iommi tells Andy Coleman how the past few months have been hellishly heavenly.
It can be heaven and it can be hell being in heavy metal band Heaven and Hell.
The group has experienced the highs and lows of life in recent times, reveals guitarist and Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi.
The line-up of Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice, had previously recorded and toured as Black Sabbath in 1980 – 82 and 1991 – 92. They reformed for just one tour in 2007, taking their name from the outfit's first album. But things went so well they stayed together and released an album of new material, The Devil You Know, last year.
Everything was heavenly but then came the 'hell' part of the equation. Last November Iommi was forced to take a break for an operation on his hand so 67-year-old Ronnie James Dio arranged a tour with his band, Dio. However, it was suddenly cancelled when the singer was diagnosed with stomach cancer.
Meanwhile, Vinny Appice was forced to have surgery on his shoulder, injured while touring, putting him out of action for five months.
''It sounds like Emergency Ward 10,'' says Aston-born Tony, who now lives in Lapworth. ''Geezer is the only healthy one at the moment.''
He has good news on all three casualties, however.
''Ronnie's doing better, he's been responding well to treatment,'' reports 62-year-old Tony. ''He's very positive and has been in the studio in LA this week doing a bit of singing. He has to fly to Dallas (from his Los Angeles home) for chemotherapy every two weeks and has injections daily in his stomach.''
Tony says the diagnosis of cancer came as a surprise. ''On the last week of our tour he was saying he'd got pains in his stomach. We just thought it was indigestion or something like that. It was a real shock when we heard what it was.''
Tony's hand is also healing well. The operation, involving stem-cell treatment, was something he'd put off for some time.
''The cartilage between the thumb joints of my right hand, my fret hand, was rubbing, bone to bone. They've cured that but the bone's been pushed back and I've been told I may need another operation to pull the bone up. I don't particularly want to go there because I have a friend, also a guitar player, who had that operation and it all went pear shaped which put me off a bit.''
As long as he can carry on playing he can cope with a bit of pain, he admits.
''I haven't taken any anti-inflammatories, which I had to before, all the time, and it's never going to be like it was but it's fine for playing.''
And the news on 50-year-old Vinny?
''He's doing alright, he's doing all his exercises. I don't know if he's started playing yet but he soon will be. I had the same operation on my arm four or five years ago.''
This has all cast a cloud over what should be a landmark year for Tony. It's the 30th anniversary of the release of the Heaven and Hell album and the 40th anniversary of Black Sabbath's debut album. Deluxe editions of Heaven and Hell, Mob Rules and Live Evil are being released in April and the band are set to perform at the European Sonisphere festivals as well as Bloodstock in Derbyshire and High Voltage in London.
But what if any of the members, particularly Ronnie, are not well enough to take part?
Says Tony: ''We're keeping our fingers crossed. If it got to that stage, Ronnie's the kind of person who would say, look, I can't do them. But he's a very determined chap and if he can do it, he'll be there.
''We're mixing a live DVD of one of our shows from the last tour and Ronnie's been going into the studio to sing along with it just to loosen his voice up. He's not been able to do that for a while and he was worried. But he's sounding really good now and he's a lot happier.
''In his mind he has to keep on, he wants to get out and do it. He's a real professional.''
Tony's been thinking a lot about the past recently because he's striving to complete his autobiography, Iron Man.
''I've been working on it for a long time. We've been so busy for the last couple of years it's been difficult finding the time to do it. But it's coming on and hopefully it will be out at the end of the year.
" I'm not going out to blast at everybody, that's for sure. That's for the next book!''
Singers and drummers have come and gone in Black Sabbath but the classic line-up is Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward, alongside Tony and Geezer.
After Ozzy was thrown out of the band in 1979, there were brief reunions in 1985 for Live Aid and 1992, with a full reunion in 1997 which resulted in the live album, Reunion, recorded at Birmingham NEC.
''Ozzy's still a great friend and I don't think we'll ever fall out,'' says Tony. ''Whether we'll work together again is another thing. There are no plans but it's in the lap of the gods.''
• Heaven and Hell headline Bloodstock at Catton Hall, Walton on Trent, Derbyshire, on Sunday August 15. They play the High Voltage Festival at Victoria Park, London, over the weekend of July 24 and 25.

According to the Italian concert promoter Live, HEAVEN & HELL — the band featuring BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar), Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums) — will play three shows in Italy in early July:

July 01 - Ippodromo Capannelle (Rock In Roma festival) - Rome, Italy
July 03 - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy
July 04 - Pordenone Fair's Summer Garden - Pordenone, Italy

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 — co-host of the VH1 Classic television program "That Metal Show" — on January 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, as well other extras.

Back On Black, which specializes in vinyl editions of classic metal albums and is dedicated to providing top-quality releases for record collectors and metal fans worldwide, will issue the JUDAS PRIEST classic "British Steel" on 180gm vinyl on April 19 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of this metal milestone. "British Steel" will also be released in picture-disc format.

JUDAS PRIEST will be IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson's guests on Friday, April 9 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio program, dubbed "The Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show". Listen to the broadcast live via the Internet between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight) U.K. time at

Sony Music has set a May 11 release date (one day earlier internationally) for "British Steel: Legacy Edition", the limited deluxe expanded edition of JUDAS PRIEST's classic 1980 album "British Steel".

"British Steel" was the sixth studio album by JUDAS PRIEST. Released on April 14, 1980 and produced by Tom Allom, "British Steel" was recorded at Tittenhurst Park in England — a mansion owned at the time by former THE BEATLES member Ringo Starr, and previously owned by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

"British Steel" has long been considered one of metals all-time classics. It was with this release that PRIEST truly broke through to the masses, with a pair of tracks that have become fixtures on rock radio — the enduring anthems "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight". But like all classic albums, there is not a single weak track detected on "British Steel", as evidenced by such standouts as the perennial concert highlight "Metal Gods", as well as "Rapid Fire", "Grinder", "United" and "The Rage", among others.

In 2009 JUDAS PRIEST performed the "British Steel" album in its entirety for the first time ever as part of their 30th anniversary USA tour. A filmed recording of the show on the August 17, 2009 at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida will be included in both the limited-edition deluxe and deluxe releases. The show was captured in front of a vibrant American audience and in full 5.1 surround and stereo sound. Known for their high-energy and spectacular stage shows the band played the entire "British Steel" album in sequence as well as a number of other well-know tracks from their catalog.

The live concert was mixed in stereo and 5.1 by the original "British Steel" producer Tom Allom. In addition, the DVD will include the bonus content of "The Making Of British Steel", a 30-minute doc featuring the four original band members. This new DVD brings the live PRIEST experience like no other live recording.

German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS have announced the dates for the North American leg of their "Get Your Sting And Blackout" world tour in support of the new album. The legendary rockers will be celebrating 40-plus years in music on this final outing — set to kick off June 18 in Holmdel, NJ — that will take them around the globe through 2012, with special guests supporting along the way, including CINDERELLA who will help jump-start the tour, and heavy metal/hard rock band DOKKEN.

"The SCORPIONS is a live band," asserts vocalist Klaus Meine. "Totally, 200%, this band was always about live concerts. We always wanted to go on stage and play in front of our fans. From the very beginning, from the smallest clubs to the biggest arenas and stadiums around the world, the passion to be a live band has never changed."

And when asked why the band decided to retire after all these years together, guitarist Rudolf Schenker stated, "We want to celebrate [with] a big party around the world. We've had a really great career, coming out from Germany and showing people that rock can come out of Germany. I think we started as a gang built by friendship and musicality, and going and showing that the Germans can rock."

With over 30 North American shows planned, the two-month summer tour will take the band, known worldwide for their mega, arena hard rock and over 100 million records sold, to such cities as Baltimore, MD; Jones Beach, NY; Toronto and Milwaukee. As they make their way west, they'll stop in Albuquerque before hitting the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles July 29. (See dates below with more to be announced)

The SCORPIONS have partnered with I Love All Access to offer a variety of VIP ticket packages, some of which include the chance to meet band members at their shows. For more details, go to

SCORPIONS' "Get Your Sting And Blackout Tour" North American dates (more to be announced):

Jun. 18 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun. 19 - Baltimore, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Jun. 22 - Jones Beach, NY - Jones Beach Theater
Jun. 25 - Quebec City, QC - Pavillion de la Juenesse
Jun. 26 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Jun. 27 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
Jul. 02 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest - TBA via Ticketmaster
Jul. 24 - Oklahoma City, OK - Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre
Jul. 26 - Albuquerque, NM - The Pavilion
Jul. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
Jul. 31 - Ontario, CA - Citizen's Business Bank Arena
Aug. 06 - Roseburg, OR - Douglas County Fairgrounds
Aug. 07 - Ridgefield, WA - Amphitheatre at Clark County

"Sting In The Tail", the new album from German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS, sold 18,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marks the band's highest chart debut in over 20 years. The CD also landed at No. 6 on the Rock Albums chart.

SCORPIONS' last record, "Humanity - Hour 1", opened with 10,500 units back in September 2007 to enter The Billboard 200 chart at No. 63.

"Sting In The Tail" was released in North America on March 23 via Universal Music Enterprises. The CD was recorded at a studio in Hannover, Germany with Swedish producers Mikael "Nord" Andersson and Martin Hansen (the team behind THE RASMUS' "Dead Letters" CD).

SCORPIONS — known worldwide for their mega, arena hard rock and over 100 million records sold — will travel the globe one last time on the "Get Your Sting And Blackout" tour. Kicking off the North American leg in June, the tour will take the band across the U.S. all summer and continue on around the world with special guests supporting along the way.

As previously reported, former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen performed the song "The Good Die Young" with SCORPIONS on Germany's talk show "Wetten, Dass..?" on Saturday, March 27. The song was written "about people who stand up for peace and freedom," according to singer Klaus Meine. "In a world that gets out of balance more and more every day, we try to put this feeling into music."

TAKING DAWN will support legendary rockers KISS on their forthcoming U.K. arena tour this May. The Las Vegas four-piece, which is currently tearing up the boards with Roadrunner labelmates AIRBOURNE on their tour across Europe, will release its debut album, "Time To Burn", on April 12. The effort is already available digitally via iTunes and all good digital stores.

TAKING DAWN frontman and guitarist Chris Babbitt is super-excited at the prospect of the KISS tour, enthusing: "I still think my guys are fucking with me. Isn't Ashton Kutcher supposed to punk only famous people? Not even in 100,000 years did I think we'd really be opening for KISS...especially after the third farewell tour! We've got our Love Gun locked and loaded, and can't wait to strut the same stage as our heroes. This is such an honor it's almost too overwhelming for words."

The dates are as follows:

May 01 - Sheffield, UK @ Arena
May 02 - Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
May 04 - Liverpool, UK @ Arena
May 05 - Birmingham, UK @ Lg Arena
May 07 - Dublin, IRE @ O2 Arena
May 09 - Glasgow, UK @ Secc
May 10 - Manchester, UK @ Men Arena
May 12 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
May 13 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena

According to a posting on METALLICA's official web site, FEAR FACTORY and GOJIRA "have graciously agreed to hang" with METALLICA for the band's European shows in April, while "Lars' [Ulrich] Danish buddies VOLBEAT have signed up for the May shows (with the exception of May 22 in Tel Aviv, where local band ORPHANED LAND will take the stage)."

METALLICA's April/May itinerary:

Apr. 13 - Oslo, Norway - Telenor Arena
Apr. 14 - Oslo, Norway - Telenor Arena
Apr. 17 - Riga, Latvia - Riga Arena
Apr. 18 - Tallinn, Estonia - Saku Suurhal
Apr. 20 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Siemens Arena
Apr. 21 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Siemens Arena
Apr. 24 - Moscow, Russia - SK Olimpiisky
Apr. 25 - Moscow, Russia - SK Olimpiisky
May 11 - Belfast, N. Ireland - Odyssey Arena
May 12 - Belfast, N. Ireland - Odyssey Arena
May 14 - Budapest, Hungary - Puskas Ferenc Stadium
May 16 - Zagreb, Croatia - Hippodrome
May 18 - Lisbon, Portugal - Pavilhao Atlantico
May 19 - Lisbon, Portugal - Pavilhao Atlantico
May 22 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Ramat Gan Stadium
May 23 - Lyon, France - Halle Tony Garnier

Israeli progressive folk metal masters ORPHANED LAND will support METALLICA on May 22, 2010 at the Ramat Gan stadium in Tel Aviv.

Israeli fans of METALLICA recently reached an agreement with the promoter of the band's upcoming show in Tel Aviv to get ticket prices for the gig significantly dropped. A growing number of fans were planning to boycott the concert after learning that the cheapest tickets for the show were going for 600 shekel, or around $159 U.S. According to the creators of a Facebook page dedicated to the boycott, tickets for METALLICA shows around the world were much less, while top tickets by other acts coming to Israel went for around $66.

As of March 3, an agreement was apparently reached between fans and the promoter, with a proposal on the table that tickets should range from a low of $80 to a high of $160.

Fans Tomer Mussman and Rotem Horovitz wrote, "After a four-day campaign, tons of news items about us worldwide, over 6,000 supporters and numerous media interviews, we can say that we did it! We won! This afternoon, (we) met with Mr. Gad Oron, the promoter's representative, and reached an agreement about a significant drop in ticket prices."

Mussman and Horovitz added, "We would like to personally thank METALLICA and their management for directly helping us with reaching our goal and reducing the prices . . . We are officially asking each and every one of you to stop the boycott, and come and enjoy METALLICA's concert with us on May 22."

The show in Tel Aviv will mark METALLICA's third visit to Israel, with its last one coming in 1999.

Goreripper of Australia's recently conducted an interview with ARMORED SAINT/ANTHRAX singer John Bush. An excerpt from the chat follows below. I spoke to [ARMORED SAINT bassist] Joey [Vera] before the tour here last year and he said there was an album planned, but nothing had really been completed. How long did it take to get all the material together for [the new ARMORED SAINT album] "La Raza"?

John Bush: I don't know. I can't remember when the whole thing started coming together. I want to say that from when Joey gave me the first idea for "Blues", which was the first song we wrote... I was probably about 18 months or two years. We kind of had to fit it in with all the other things going on in our lives. It wasn't a situation where we had all this pressure and a timeline where we had a deadline to get a record out. We kind've worked at our leisure and did things that felt right. So whenever he'd give me stuff, I'd work on it and when I had lyrics completed I'd go to his house and we'd put it down in demo form, which we actually kept a lot of those vocals — I'd say we probably kept about 50% of those vocals which I sang at Joey's house on the demos, which is cool. We just took our time with it. It wasn't like the label was saying, "Hurry up guys! Get your record out!" It was none of that, which is nice. It must have been good being able to just take your time.

John Bush: It was fun. You know, I'm still real proud of all the records I've done with both bands I've been in. There's some that are stronger than others in my opinion of course, but this record was different because it wasn't a normal process of making a record. The normal process is there's money and time and you need to connect it with going out on tour, and that goes back to the first ARMORED SAINT album I did. You get concerned with being over budget and all the bullshit basically! But this wasn't about that. We wrote these songs, and once we had ten it was like, "OK, they're good! Let's record on them." And we got in the studio and recorded with real drums and Joey re-recorded the guitars and bass... we kept a lot of the demo stuff, guitar nuances and acoustic stuff. And Phil [Sandoval] and Jeff [Duncan] laid down leads, and it was a smooth and nice process because it was in our own timeline. That was neat. It's been a real pleasurable record
from that perspective and I'm getting a lot of satisifaction out of people connecting to it. It makes me happy because as much as we really try to do a lot, we didn't really try that hard! Sometimes there's something to be said for not thinking too much and using instincts. Instincts man, instincts! Can I also ask you about ANTHRAX. Are you working with [Scott] Ian and Charlie [Benante] on the new ANTHRAX album?

John Bush: Well obviously, those guys have a finished record that they're sitting on, and... and... I'm not sure what's gonna happen yet. At one point they wanted me to re-record it all, and I wasn't really up to that task. And then the game changed a little bit and we came up with the idea of an EP in conjunction with these shows in the summer. But there's been some business issues with that. So, I don't know. I don't know what's going to happen yet. Obviously the guys in the band would like to have something out to correlate with these "Big Four" shows [featuring METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX] and I totally understand that. It's just a matter of making something feel right. Because obviously there's been so much involved in making this one record... Dan Nelson singing on it, then Dan Nelson not being in the band, but his vocals being on it, and then me to go re-record everything and I didn't really have a hand in creating anything... I don't
feel really comfortable just going in and re-recording everything as is. I want to make it my baby a little bit. And they're trying to do something with that... contrary to ARMORED SAINT, they would like to have something out by June for these shows. So I don't know. Worst-case scenario is that ANTHRAX will play the shows anyway, record or not. They were asked to participate and that was based on the band's history more than anything, so we'll see. Those "Big Four" shows will be a truly amazing event, don't you think?

John Bush: Yeah! It's gonna be awesome. It's total metal history. Neither of these bands have ever totally played together — I don't think they ever have. It'll be cool, really fun, some metal history goin' down and I look forward to it!

The charismatic and complex singer/songwriter Glenn Danzig is set to unleash his first new DANZIG studio album in six years. "Deth Red Sabaoth", produced by Glenn and recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2009, will be released on June 22, 2010 (Evilive/The End Records).

The 11-track collection, penned by Danzig, is laced with Glenn's lycanthropic growls and blues-infected wailing. Tracks including "Black Candy", "The Revengeful" and "On A Wicked Night" emit a spectral glow to rival the highest points in Danzig's colossal discography. Part I of the exquisite two-part "Pyre of Souls" opens with acoustic guitar, haunting piano, Glenn's plainsong vocal, and an almost dirge-like feel; Part II explodes with electric guitars and a driving, mesmerizing cadence.

"I think that fans will really dig this new album," said Glenn. "I've been told several times that the album has a cool vitality to it, that it sounds energized, and I got that feeling when I was recording it. I wanted to have an organic sound, bigger and thicker, so I went out and bought some 1970's Kustom tuck 'n roll bass amps to play some of the guitar parts through. You'll hear real reverb, real tremolo on this album, which sounds completely different than the stuff that's done with computer chips."

Joining Glenn in the studio for the recording of "Deth Red Sabaoth" were guitarist Tommy Victor (PRONG, MINISTRY), a Danzig cohort on and off since 1996, and drummer Johnny Kelly (TYPE O NEGATIVE, SEVENTH VOID). While Kelly has toured with Glenn intermittently since 2002, this is the first time he has recorded with the band. Glenn handled the bass chores for most the album, and played drums on "Black Candy".

As with all of Danzig's releases, the CD cover artwork for "Deth Red Sabaoth" (see below) is provocative and ominous. The cover is an original piece created specifically for the CD by the award-winning artist Joe Chiodo, whose work has graced not only Danzig's Verotik publishing line, but also the covers of numerous graphic novels and comic books, including X-Men Unlimited. "Deth Red Sabaoth" isn't the first time one of Chiodo's paintings has been part of a Danzig package — one of his erotic "good girl" pinups was part of 2007's "The Lost Tracks of Danzig".

DANZIG — Glenn, guitarist Tommy Victor, drummer Johnny Kelly and bassist Steve Zing (also an original member of SAMHAIN with Glenn) — plan to tour extensively to support "Deth Red Sabaoth"; dates will be announced shortly.

According to The Pulse of Radio, Sammy Hagar is happy with the direction that his current band CHICKENFOOT is going, but couldn't help speaking out about the lack of VAN HALEN's progress. He spoke to The San Gabriel Valley Tribune and seemed amazed that VAN HALEN hasn't released a new studio album in nearly 20 years, explaining, "The band broke up in 1995. The last record was in '93. 17 years and they haven't made any new music. That's crazy . . . if it changed and it was like it used to be when I was in the band, I could do a reunion and an album, but not under these circumstances."

Hagar recalled that back in 2004 when he and current CHICKENFOOT bandmate Michael Anthony recorded three new songs for VAN HALEN's "Best Of Both Worlds" compilation, the pace that the band was working at was far to slow for him. "We tried to make a record, but, y'know, it just was taking so long we only got three songs done, and not 'cause of me, I'll tell ya straight up," he said. "If anyone ever says anything like that I was the problem on that record, they're crazy. I had my stuff totally together. I went in, I knocked my stuff out, and then Eddie [Van Halen] would take months to do a guitar solo or something. It was just way too drawn out. I can't work like that."

HALFORD guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak has scheduled another U.S. solo date on May 22 at Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey. This will mark Mike's first headline show in support of his forthcoming album, "The Metalworker".

In other news, Mike has revealed the lineup of musicians that will join him for the upcoming dates:

* "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH) - Guitar
* Carlos Zema (OUTWORLD) - Vocals
* Clint Arent (PAINMUSEUM, AUTUMN HOUR) - Bass

Commented Mike: "Metalheads worldwide, I feel very lucky to announce that some absolutely awesome players and friends are with me to deliver the metal.

"On the drums, no other then John Macaluso. What can I say about Johnny Mac — he's a fantastic drummer! I made a point to get to know John after I heard his drumming on records from YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and his incredible band ARK. It turns out he's a super guy in addition to being a monstrous drummer! On bass, a friend and a player who is one of the most dedicated and solid rumble manipulators in the universe — Clint Arent. On vocals — Carlos Zema. We know who the true heavy metal singers are — the voices that will live in our hearts forever. Dying breed? I wondered myself. My faith is restored by the talent, good nature and charisma of Carlos. I became aware of this vocal annihilator through checking out his previous band OUTWORLD, and what can I say — he is the real deal, my friends.

"I hope to see many of you at the May shows and please come help us celebrate the beginning of an exciting time."

Mike will support German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR on May 21 at Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia. This will be Mike's first show of 2010 and the debut live appearance by Chlasciak's new touring band. Chlasciak will also join PRIMAL FEAR for a "jam" on May 20 at the Blender Theatre in New York City.

Mike's live schedule is as follows:

May 20 - Blender Theater - New York, NY (Mike jam with PRIMAL FEAR)
May 21 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA (w/ PRIMAL FEAR)
May 22 - Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ (Metal Mike headline show)

Swedish progressive metallers OPETH have been confirmed for High Voltage, the U.K.'s new rock festival, which is scheduled to take place July 24-25, 2010 at Victoria Park in London, U.K.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows :

Main Stage:


Prog Stage:


Metal Stage:


High Voltage is the must-see rock event of 2010 — a two-day festival featuring the very best in classic rock, progressive rock and metal. Custom-built by rock fans for rock fans.

First of all, there's the music: two amazing headliners AND three unique stages specially curated to cater for different sides of the rock audience, and a brilliant supporting cast playing special must-see sets. Then there's the festival itself. The facilities will be second to none: great food, proper beer, clean toilets, deluxe hospitality packages, designated hotels, free shuttle transport. This is somewhere you take the whole family.

High Voltage offers a new and unique festival experience for rock fans of all ages. Only High Voltage gives ticket buyers the freedom to design their own bespoke festival package — which can include accommodation, transport, parking and VIP bar access.

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Rocklahoma has announced new additions to its Memorial Day Weekend lineup of top rock artists from the past three decades. SEVENDUST, FUEL (featuring original lead singer Brett Scallions), LACUNA COIL, THE LAST VEGAS, GYPSY PISTOLEROS, THE NIGEL DUPREE BAND, O'DETTE, PROBLEM CHILD, BLACK TORA, MAD MAX and BAD THINGS will join a previously announced all-star roster including ZZ TOP, GODSMACK, TESLA, BUCKCHERRY, CINDERELLA, CHEVELLE, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, SALIVA, SAVING ABEL and more (see below for the full lineup). Unfortunately, due to conflicts with a European tour, STONE SOUR will no longer be appearing at Rocklahoma. The multi-day destination camping rock festival takes place May 28-30, 2010 at Catch the Fever Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma.

Following the overwhelming success of the Miss Rocklahoma competition in 2009, the contest returns in 2010. Starting Monday, April 3 at noon CST, ladies who feel they "exude rock and roll" can enter at for a chance to be crowned the "Miss Rocklahoma."

The top ten women who best possess the spirit of Rocklahoma will be announced at on April 29. Rock fans from around the world can then vote online for their favorite choice for "Miss Rocklahoma." The top five finalists will be announced on May 20 and then introduced onstage at Rocklahoma on Friday, May 28 and one lucky contestant will be crowned the winner and ambassador for Rocklahoma 2010.

Rocklahoma organizers continue to offer fan-friendly ticket prices for the three-day weekend rock event which features over 35 artists on three stages. Three-day general admission tickets are still available for only $97 and three-day VIP tickets can be purchased for as low as $267 through Thursday, April 8.

Beginning Friday, April 9 at 10 a.m. CST, three-day general admission ticket prices will increase to $112 and three-day VIP tickets will start at $292.

Established in 2007 as a classic rock destination festival with the motto "life, liberty and the pursuit of rock," Rocklahoma organizers teamed with AEG Live to revamp the 2010 event to encompass a much broader mix of classic, current and up-and-coming rock artists.

The current lineup for Rocklahoma 2010 is as follows:


And a very special guest to be announced soon!

Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, Oklahoma. The Catch the Fever Festival Grounds is a premiere destination for a multi-day festival, and includes on-site camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.

SOUL SIGN, the Los Angeles-based band featuring Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, QUIET RIOT) on bass, Michael Olivieri (LEATHERWOLF) on vocals, Michael Taylor on drums and Rob Math (SEAL, MACY GRAY) on guitar, just completed a short tour of Sweden in support of its upcoming album, "Life In The Dark", due out in May.

According to the band's official bio, "SOUL SIGN was founded with the intention to deliver honest, original, strong modern rock through world-class musicianship.

All of the members are the most extraordinaire musicians and personalities, who have had their craft perfected through many years of extensive world wide touring and recording."

Video footage of the band's recent performance of "Sign Of Your Soul" on Swedish radio can be viewed below.

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Bradford Skelley of Mega Metal Magazine last month conducted an interview with bassist Zakk Sandler of Miami, Florida metallers BLACK TIDE. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Mega Metal Magazine: What's going on? What is the band up to right now?

Zakk Sandler: Right now, we're just wrapping up a session in New York City, where we've been working on demos, and writing songs, and doing some early pre-production for our next record. Just pushing through it. It's going pretty good. The label's lovin' it, and we're lovin' it. So we're hoping to have the record done, I think around June 2010. That's our goal right now, we're probably going to jump right back into the studio in April 2010, and just get it done. We've waited too fucking long to follow up the last record – 2007's "Light From Above".

Mega Metal Magazine: Do you guys have a working title for the new record yet?

Zakk: Not sure yet, I kept joking that we should call the album "Light From Above II" but everybody hates that idea. Guess we're not going to get it. [laughter] We'll see, we're still not sure how we feel about this direction. You know? What CAN we call this record? What would describe it the right way? I think it shows that we've grown as people. We could even go as far as calling it self-titled — "Black Tide". If anything this could be the album that ultimately shows who we are. The second album, for most band's is that point, where you hear, "Oh, this is what they're about."

Mega Metal Magazine: You guys played three new songs on December 6, 2009 on the show that you opened for THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS and TAKING BACK SUNDAY. Are those three new songs going to be on the record as well?

Zakk: I think all three of them are. It might only be two of them. We played the new song "Redefine" all summer. As it stands now, I'm not sure if it's going on the record. I haven't even listened to that song in awhile. At the same time, I think it's kind of cool, because there is all these videos of us playing it on YouTube, and all the kids are like, "I fucking hate them now, see what they've turned into." But when they hear what we've got going on now. They're going to be like, "Holy shit!" Our goal is to make the best rock record we can.

Mega Metal Magazine: Who is producing, and is it the same person you had when you were out here in Kansas? How is the second part of the record coming along since then?

Zakk: We're still working with Josh Wilbur [who previously worked with LAMB OF GOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, LIMP BIZKIT] like we were before. I don't know if I can say the other guy that we're working with, but just trust that he's a well-known guy.

Mega Metal Magazine: How is the album sounding so far. Is it similar to the last album? Or is it going to be completely different and blow us all away?

Zakk: I think it's got a bunch of elements from the last record. I think it's obvious that we've grown as players, and as writers, in pretty much every way we can. There's definitely a different sense of direction with this. In some way's it's a lot heavier, and at the same time it's a lot more melodic, and prettier.

Mega Metal Magazine: So a lot of guitar work and solos?

Zakk: There is A LOT of guitar work. Especially from what we thought it was going to sound like, it's a lot riffier, and a lot more diverse. In a weird way, I think it's more — kind of like our last album. More of an '80s rock vibe & elements of a early '90s rock vibe. It's all over the place.

Guitarist Ruud Jolie (WITHIN TEMPTATION) will join AGUA DE ANNIQUE — the band led by former THE GATHERING singer Anneke van Giersbergen — for several shows this spring/summer, starting with the group's April 30 appearance at Rock'n Dark festival in Istanbul, Turkey. Jolie will be filling in for regular AGUA DE ANNIQUE axeman Joris Dirks, who is unable to make the dates because he and his wife are expecting twins. Anneke says, "I'm very excited to go out and play with Ruud, who is both a great guitar player and a very nice guy."

Anneke van Giersbergen and AGUA DE ANNIQUE performed on Monday, March 29 on the Dutch radio station 3FM during the "Giel Beelen" show. Watch video footage of their appearance below.

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN & AGUA DE ANNIQUE's third album, "In Your Room", was released on October 30, 2009. The 12-song effort was written entirely by Anneke except for two tracks: "Just Fine" was co-written with Devin Townsend and "Adore" was composed by AGUA DE ANNIQUE bassist Jacques de Haard and Cyril Crutz.

The "Hey Okay!" single was made available on October 6.

AGUA DE ANNIQUE has released three albums so far: "Air" (2007), "Pure Air" (2009) and "In Your Room" (2009).

South German melancholists END OF GREEN have entered Munich's Weltraumstudios with producer Corni Bartels to begin recording their seventh album, "High Hopes In Low Places", for an August reelase via Silverdust Records.

END OF GREEN's previous CD, "The Sick's Sense", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 21. The record was made available in two different formats: a regular jewelcase; and the premium digibook double-CD featuring a bonus CD with a five-song END OF GREEN acoustic session recorded live.

Knoxville, Tennessee death metallers WHITECHAPEL have set "A New Era Of Corruption" as the title of their third album, due on June 8 via Metal Blade Records. A song from the CD will make its online debut on April 12,

"A New Era Of Corruption" was recorded at Audiohammer studios in Sanford, Florida with acclaimed producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, CHIMAIRA, DEVILDRIVER).

"The album is finally 100% complete and we couldn't be more excited. I think this record truly represents where we are as musicians at this point in our career," comments guitarist and founding member Alex Wade.

"'A New Era of Corruption' is the heaviest and most aggressive material we have written to date.

"Some of you may notice that the title of the new record, 'A New Era of Corruption', is a line from the song 'Possession' off our last album, 'This Is Exile'.

"We wanted to name the CD this to bring a little flavor from 'This Is Exile' into the new CD, as well as I think the name represents this new age of extreme metal that we are currently rising in.

"The album is not a concept record like 'This Is Exile' was. It just has its own general theme and each song deals with its own topic track by track."

"A New Era of Corruption" track listing:

01. Devolver
02. Breeding Violence
03. The Darkest Day of Man
04. Reprogrammed to Hate
05. End of Flesh
06. Unnerving
07. A Future Corrupt
08. Prayer of Mockery
09. Murder Sermon
10. Nercomechanical
11. Single File to Dehumanization
12. Animus (digital and vinyl bonus track)

Handling artwork for "A New Era Of Corruption" was Brent Elliot White, who previously worked with JOB FOR A COWBOY and CARNIFEX. "Brent absolutely nailed it," states Alex. "The dark and ominous vibe he portrayed with his art fits the mood of the CD perfectly."

"A New Era Of Corruption" features guest vocals from Vincent of THE ACACIA STRAIN on the track "Murder Sermon" and Chino from the DEFTONES on the track "Reprogrammed to Hate". Alex explains: "Vincent has been a longtime friend of the band and we have always talked about him doing guest vocals on one of our records, so, naturally, his style of vocals fits our music perfectly and sounds great.

"We're honored to have DEFTONES vocalist Chino Moreno on our record. All of us are huge DEFTONES fans so it's pretty surreal for us.

"He absolutely killed his part on the album and it's everything I envisioned it would be. Plus it's cool that Chino was so opened-minded to do vocals on something so extreme; I think that it sounds fantastic."

In support of the upcoming release, WHITECHAPEL is hitting the road to play about 30 dates, most of which are with labelmates JOB FOR A COWBOY and CATTLE DECAPITATION, including stops at the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival and the California Metalfest. Then come the summer, WHITECHAPEL will be on the road as a part of the Vans Warped Tour.

"We have some killer tours coming up in support of the new record, the first one being with JOB FOR A COWBOY and the second one being Vans Warped Tour," states Alex. "The JOB FOR A COWBOY tour will be cool as it will be in smaller rooms with a more intimate setting with the fans. This is something we haven't done in a very long time so it will be awesome to go back and do some shows like that. Then we will be doing the complete opposite and playing to thousands of people a day on the Vans Warped Tour so we are very excited and honored to be a part of that."

Last but certainly not least, WHITECHAPEL is set to film its first music video for the track "The Darkest Day of Man" off "A New Era of Corruption". The band will once again work with metal video director David Brodsky of MyGoodEye.

In a recent interview with, Alex Wade stated about the band's forthcoming LP, "The new album will have its own concept and will not be based off 'This Is Exile'. Though there will still be some slight themes from 'Exile', they'll still be present on the new album just to, kind of allow the fans of 'Exile' to connect with the new album and stuff like that. But it kind of has a theme of its own. It is not going to be so much a concept album it just kind of will have its own theme. And the art work kind of ties in with it, but it won't really tell a story. The theme is going to be about the downfall of man and where man is forced to become a machine. And the album artwork will explain all of that in a physical sense."

Regarding the band's decision to work with Suecof on the new album, Wade said, "We chose Jason Suecof because in our eyes he definitely puts some of the cleanest, as well as, the heaviest recordings out. A lot of producers can't really grasp that concept of making something extremely heavy while at the same time making everything really clear and audible, like with the guitars and stuff like that. We're really excited to be going into the studio with him and for him to be taking our sound and kind of meshing it with his production."


Phil Bozeman - Vocals
Ben Savage - Guitar/Leads
Alex Wade - Guitar
Zach Householder - Guitar
Gabe Crisp - Bass
Kevin Lane – Drums

Marco Martell (AGAINST THE PLAGUES, MALEVOLENT CREATION) will play second guitarist for Polish death metallers VADER during the band's "Killfest 2010" North American tour, which kicks off tomorrow night (Thursday, April 1) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Headlining the trek are veteran New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL, with additional support coming from GOD DETHRONED, WARBRINGER, EVILE and WOE OF TYRANTS.

For a list of upcoming shows, see the poster below.

VADER's new album, "Necropolis", sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD landed at position No. 19 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.

"Necropolis" was recorded at Hertz studios in Bialystok, Poland with the Wieslawski Bros.. Tue Madsen, who previously worked with such bands as MOONSPELL, CATARACT, HEAVEN SHALL BURN and many more, mixed the CD at his Antfarm Studios in Denmark.

"Never Say My Name", the new video from VADER, was inspired by Patrick Graham's bestselling book "L'Évangile Selon Satan" (translation: "The Gospel According to Satan"). The clip tells an alternate story of the death of a messiah who curses humanity before his death on the cross and chooses life in Hell instead of Heaven. Perhaps because of its "controversial" title and content, this book is not available in the U.S. in English, but a French version can be ordered from Canada.

German death metallers DEAD EMOTIONS have announced plans to go their separate ways after 14 "successful years," citing increasing scheduling problems and family responsibilities which ultimately led to the exit of guitarist Markus Uhl and "growl boss" Mosh. The band's official farewell show will take place on April 9 at the Black Zone Bavaria Pt. III festival in Freisinger Lindenkeller.

DEAD EMOTIONS's third album, "Pathways to Catharsis", was released in February 2008 via Bad Land Records/Twilight Vertrieb.

A video for the "Pathways" track "There is no Dawn" can be viewed below.

DEAD EMOTIONS' previous release was the "The Genesis Behind" album, which came out in 2003 via Medusa Distributions.

Finnish extreme metallers IMPALED NAZARENE have issued the following update:

"We have decided to re-sign with Osmose Productions once again. It was actually very easy decision to make: We are celebrating 20 years of IMPALED NAZARENE on November 2010. All our full-length albums have come out on Osmose and basically we felt no other label should have our anniversary album.

"We will enter Hellhole Studio (Helsinki) in late summer to record our 11th full-length album. Album title [to be announced].

"We have been busy working on new songs, we have four ready.

"We have two shows left (April 10th in Helsinki, Finland and May 1st in Switzerland) and after them we stop playing shows till new album is out. We will fully concentrate on making our strongest album to date.

"Not only we will have new album out on November 2010.

"We will play our 20th anniversary show in Kuopio, the most metal city in Finland. This show will be on 20th of November at Henry's Pub club. We will FINALLY record live DVD there.

"We chose Kuopio and Henry's Pub simply because Kuopio has the best audience in Finland and Henry's Pub is the best club in Finland. Yes it is small but perfect for live DVD recording. Ticket price (and how and when to obtain them) and more info will be announced later."

IMPALED NAZARENE's latest album, "Manifest", was released in October 2007. The CD was recorded and mixed at Sonic Pump studio by Tapio Pennanen, and was mastered at Finnvox studio by Mika Jussila. The cover artwork and layout was handlded by Ritual. The album was made available in the following formats: jewel case, digipack (limited to 5,000 copies) and double 10" vinyl (limited to 500 copies).

Relapse Records has announced the signing of North Carolina's HORSEBACK.

HORSEBACK, the brainchild of Jenks Miller, has released two full-length albums since forming in 2007. The band's second CD, "The Invisible Mountain", will be re-released through Relapse later this summer.

Commented Miller: "HORSEBACK is an ever-evolving project which will explore a variety of sounds and approaches in its lifetime.

"I am glad to have the opportunity to work with Relapse, and have long admired their commitment to new and challenging music."

HORSEBACK is currently writing material for the follow-up release to "The Invisible Mountain", a companion album that is tentatively titled "Half Blood".

HORSEBACK will take part in the Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina this September. Presented by Raleigh's Independent Weekly, this year's event will also include PUBLIC ENEMY, PANDA BEAR, LUCERO, HARVEY MILK, OCEAN, and many more.

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[HeavyMetalHeaven] Complex Engineering Terms Explained

Thanx c hamilton... enjoy!!

7 & thick

How do you distinguish
Sinusoidal  from
Harmonic  Motion?

This is a quick  physics refresher for all my engineer

friends.  This  information should be passed on to
non-engineers who may  wonder about these important issues.

For  Engineers:


For  non-Engineers:

This  is Sinusoidal Motion

this  is Harmonic Motion

this  is a classic combination of
Sinusoidal  & Harmonic Motion.


It helps to keep  abreast of these complex mathematical and engineering terms.  


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

[HeavyMetalHeaven] Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Blaze Bayley, and tons more hard rock and heavy metal news

Planet Rock reports that legendary rocker Alice Cooper has revealed that he has
started work on a brand new studio album â€" the follow-up to 2008's "Along Came
A Spider".

Speaking on his radio show, "Nights With Alice Cooper", Alice said, "(Our new
album) hasn't been recorded yet but we've got ten demos done already on it. I
think it's gonna be called 'The Night Shift'."

For the first time ever, the Gruesome Twosome â€" ALICE COOPER and ROB ZOMBIE
â€" will play an exclusive limited run of North American tour dates in April and

Alice is playing in North America until July when he heads to Europe to play a
few Sonisphere festivals, including the U.K. leg, which takes place on the
weekend of 30 July 30 - August 2.

British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN will headline this year's Pukkelpop
festival, set to take place August 19-21, 2010 in Hasselt-Kiewit, Belgium.

2010 is the 25th anniversary of Pukkelpop which has grown in popularity over the
years to become one of the biggest alternative open-air festivals in Belgium.
Located approximately 70 kilometers from Brussels, this friendly festival prides
itself on its progressive musical programme; eight stages featuring 200 acts
encompassing not just metal bands but also contemporary, alternative and local
bands attracting an audience from across Europe and beyond.

Festival tickets go on sale on April 20.

For more information, visit

Due to illness, drummer Lawrence "Larry" Paterson will be unable to make the
South American leg of BLAZE BAYLEY's "Promise and Terror Tour", which kicks off
on April 1 in Teresina, Brazil. The band will go ahead and play the dates with a
replacement drummer.

For more information, visit

Blaze's new album, "Promise and Terror", was released on February 1.

The singer's double live album and live DVD, "The Night That Will Not Die" â€"
recorded on December 13, 2008 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland â€" were released
on Blaze Bayley Recordings; the concert was filmed by director Kris McManus and
all audio mixed and mastered by producer Jase Edwards.

Mark Eglinton of The Quietus recently conducted an interview with guitarist Gary
Holt of San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS. A couple of excerpts from the
chat follow below.

The Quietus: Have the big labels killed music?

Gary Holt: Maybe they have something to do with it, but technology is more to
blame. At the same time as technology has made it easier to make really high
quality albums for a lot less money, it's that same technology that allows
everybody to take it for free and put it on a little MP3 player and walk away.

The Quietus: Something of a double-edged sword, then?

Gary Holt: Exactly. I'm a fan of high-speed Internet as much as anybody, but to
me the MP3 player and the CD burner are what's killing things. Without those
two, even if you downloaded a record, it's confined to your computer. So if you
wanted to throw it in your car you still had to buy the fuckin' CD. Now you buy
it, burn it, take it and soon CDs will be a thing of the past anyway, and it
will all be MP3 downloads.

The Quietus: We're all doomed...

Gary Holt: I think within the next 10 years there will be no albums and that
will be a crime. I think back to when I was a kid and I couldn't wait to get
that vinyl and tear into it, and just listen to it and read the lyrics along
with the song until I had all that shit memorised. And then there was the
artwork and it was all part of the experience, and all you might get now is some
little picture that pops up on your iPod. They'll miss out on what I consider an
integral part of the record-buying experience. Personally I don't like listening
to albums on little ear buds, I like listening to this shit with good hard watts
of fuckin' power behind it...sub-woofers, you know? I want to feel it. I
remember when I'd bring home one of my favourite albums in the middle of the
afternoon, and nobody's home and I'd be just CRANKING this shit. I'd sit in that
one spot on the couch where I've got maximum bass response. Who wants to have
this shit pumped into your
ears through some tiny microscopic speakers?

The Quietus: All of this must add emphasis to the need to tour?

Gary Holt: Oh sure, I mean now we depend on it. I look back to, like, the '80s
and I always thought that we didn't tour enough back then. Now you have to stay
out on the road as much as possible and try to generate enough income that way.
Then when you're done touring an album you've got to get your ass back in the
studio as soon as possible for the next one.

The Quietus: Do you actually make money?

Gary Holt: You know, we manage to do it...I make a living at this, but sometimes
it's feast or famine; one minute you're doing those really profitable tours and
then you're doing tours where you just try and increase your audience, but
you're not making anything. I can only imagine how hard it is for younger bands.

The Quietus: The "Big Four" tour this you think it's all too late?

Gary Holt: I don't think it's too late, but my whole take on this whole thing is
that I don't get pissed off with it but look: we were there before anybody but
METALLICA. I guess if you're basing it all on sales then Dave [Mustaine] and
METALLICA should be there certainly, you know. SLAYER were right there. Maybe
I'm biased but I think we had as big a hand in it as anybody. I think it's good
for the fans that want to see it, and it's cool that METALLICA are open to such
a thing now.

The Quietus: Are they open to it because they have made so much money, though?

Gary Holt: Yeah, maybe. People ask me what it's like to play with metallica but
we haven't played with them since 1986. There are lots of bands who have played
with them way more than us. We were there together in the beginning so people
always want to hear all the tales and how it all started. I'm that guy to call
on when you want to hear about the old Bay Area days.

The Quietus: Tell us your most outrageous Paul Baloff story.

Gary Holt: Oh gosh, I think there are more outrageous Paul Baloff tall tales
than there are stories. Paul has a million of them. People would come up to me,
right after his passing, with these great stories and I'm like, "Man, that shit
never happened." There was a big rumour going around that at one of the old
Ruthie's Inn shows where Paul said "Kill a poser," that somebody slashed some
poser's throat outside. There is no way I would not know about that, you know...

The Quietus: Presumably the police would know about it too!?

Gary Holt: Exactly. I should just let everyone believe that one, though.

While funding for music and arts programs are being cut across the country,
notably in New York City, Little Kids Rock, a leading nonprofit provider of free
musical instruments and free lessons in the United States, is teaming with
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation and rock stars to put music education
back into public schools.

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has revealed in his latest TheLiveLine
"audioblog" that the band will play its classic 1990 album "Rust In Peace" in
its entirety on the group's upcoming tour of Mexico and South America.

"We are so excited to be heading down to South America," he said.

"We're gonna keep playing the 'Rust In Peace' record on our way down there.

"We haven't decided what we're gonna do in Europe yet [on the upcoming tour that
kicks off May 30 in Lisbon, Portugal] because we feel that if we continue to
[keep playing 'Rust In Peace' on its entirety], we're gonna distract ourselves
from [the latest MEGADETH album] 'Endgame', and also we're not gonna be able to
play anything else BUT ['Rust In Peace'] in some situations if [our allotted set
time at various festivals] is only 45 minutes. But we love you, we love the way
the way you've been responding to this record, to the 'Rust In Peace' tour, the
combination of 'Endgame' and 'Rust In Peace', and it's been a great year so

MEGADETH Mexico/South America tour dates:

Apr. 17 - Mexico City, Mexico - Sports Palace
Apr. 22 - Brasilia, Brasil - Ginasio Nilson Nelson
Apr. 24 - Sao Paulo, Brasil - Credicard Hall
Apr. 26 - Porto Alegre, Brasil - Pepsi on Stage
Apr. 30 - Santiago, Chile - Movistar Arena
May 02 - Lima, Peru - Explanada del Monumental
May 06 - Caracas, Venezuela - CIEC Metropolitan University
May 13 - Guatemala City, Guatemala - Mundo e Pavillion

On Friday, March 26, ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello donated Fender electric basses
and amps to 15 New York City public city schools to complement the Little Kids
Rock guitar classes that are already thriving.

"We are so proud to have Mr. Bello as a champion of our cause," said David Wish,
Little Kids Rock founder and executive director. "With his help, and the
continued support of our longtime partner Fender, we will be able to reach even
more children in New York City.

In addition to delivering a free Fender electric bass and amp to the students of
P.S. 11 Highbridge School, Mr. Bello answered all of the kids' questions and
jammed with them on some of their favorite songs.

Little Kids Rock launched in New York City in 2002 and has delivered nearly a
million dollars-worth of free instruments, curriculum and resources that
currently reach thousands of New York City public school children.

Frank Bello is the powerhouse bassist for the groundbreaking New York City-based
speed-thrash metal institution ANTHRAX. Born and raised in the Bronx, Bello
started playing when he was 12, learning bass parts on guitar; idolizing bass
heroes such as Geddy Lee, Steve Harris and Geezer Butler; and frequently jamming
with his uncle, ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante. Bello joined ANTHRAX in time
for 1985's "Spreading the Disease", and fans loved his high-energy stage
presence and deftly inventive bass style. Since that time, ANTHRAX quickly
reached the upper echelons of metal stardom with a series of classic punk/speed
metal albums fueled by Bello's ferociously riffing bass work. On stage and off,
Frank Bello is a veritable bass ambassador who doesn't pull any musical punches.
Bello continues to play with a ferocity and finesse that has won him acclaim far
and wide.

MetalSucks' Axl Rosenberg recently conducted an interview with Philip Anselmo
about the DOWN/ex-PANTERA frontman's record label, Housecore Records, ARSON
ANTHEM's first full-length release, and his upcoming autobiography, which will
be co-authored by MetalSucks' own Corey Mitchell. An excerpt from the chat
follows below.

MetalSucks: I know you're going to start working on your autobiography soon with
a writer that we work with, Corey Mitchell... I was just wondering if you could
tell us anything about that and what you have in store for the book.

Anselmo: Well, as opposed to what most people may figure or think or imagine
that I'm going to write about, this is not a book that's in any way, shape or
form really like your average rock book. It's not a pissing contest when it
comes to the death of my guitar player. [correcting himself] The murder of my
guitar player. Honestly, it's coming from my perspective of being a guy that has
fought through chronic pain his entire career, and what it's like to be in my
situation with all the pitfalls, all the crooked fucking doctors out there, all
the things that can go wrong. It's well documented how many things have gone
wrong in my career. So, it's kind of my take on that, and a lot of the lessons
I've learned from pain - chronic pain itself. You can win or lose, straight-up.
Anyone who deals with chronic pain can attest that it fucking creeps into the
mind, y'know?

MetalSucks: So do you think that you'll not be concentrating on your music
career at all? Is it going to be more about the chronic pain and less about the

Anselmo: There is going to be some [discussion of my music]. If I didn't talk
about some of the music career, I think it would be a little bit of a fucking
gyp for the fans. People want to know certain things. Of course, yeah it's going
to be about it, but then again, I've been carrying pain around with me since I
was 24. I've been through major back surgery. I've had knee surgery. I broke
both my wrists. I've broken my ribs twice. All of my fucking fingers, two of my
toes, I've had a hernia. Man, you name it. I'm like a fucking football player.
Once again, pain comes with every step of my fucking life - chronic pain. There
are ways to fight it, and there are ways to submit to it. I'm going to show both
sides of that, and hopefully shed some light on the drug world, the evils of the
drug world, the helpful drugs, certain doctors, and hopefully shed some light on
how you can cope with chronic pain through a regimen and through will power -
undivided motherfucking will power. There's a strength there that needs to be
untapped. I'm going to give a couple of keys, and it's up to people to find
their own locks and unlock that motherfucker.

Riot! Entertainment has announced the signing of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY for
Australia and New Zealand.

Commented Riot! Entertainment owner/CEO John Howarth: "Riot's and my history
with Zakk Wylde and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY goes way back to the beginning of BLACK
LABEL SOCIETY's career. We have released every BLS album down here ever since,
except for one.

"Zakk is like family and it's an honor to work with BLS again.

"We are really excited about the reports we are receiving and can't wait to hear
the finished product.

"We are getting ready to fire up the machine and really push the new album over
the top here in Australia. Zakk knows we will get down and dirty again to push
this album.

"We are really looking forward to Zakk and the boys touring again here in 2011!"

Zakk Wylde added, "John and the Riot team have done the BLS camp proud Down

"We're glad to be back with our Aussie brothers and sisters and look forward to
tearing it up in Australia in early 2011."

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's longtime drummer Craig Nunenmacher recently left the band
and was replaced by veteran rock skinsman Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE, STATIC-X, DARK

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.

Jesse Capps of Rock Confidential recently conducted an interview with vocalist
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL. An excerpt
from the chat follows below..

Rock Confidential: I'm gonna jump in and say you must be pleased with the
promotion for "Ironbound".

Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth: I am. It's fuckin' huge, man. We've never taken this
lightly. Love us or hate us or if you think one record is better than the other,
that's just normal. When you put everything into a record and then hand it over
to someone who takes it lightly, it's not a good working relationship. With E1
in North America and Nuclear Blast for the rest of the world, we're just
overwhelmed with the response we're getting for this record. That's due to the
fact of the record's strength and both of those labels are heavy hitters when it
comes to getting the word out. It's a good relationship, here. It's a weird
world now. I've been in the business for so long now that I can look at it
objectively from a distance. I know how it was pre-Al Gore's Internet. I
remember putting fliers on windshields to promote yourself and even using faxes.
It's quite a different time. Promotion was much different then. The modern
technology has changed the industry
but it's also positively changed the promotion, too. You can get the word out
through your website and any of the social networking tools that are out there.
Any label that wants to stay current has got to use that stuff.

Rock Confidential: What about doing interviews. Does it ever get old or
redundant to you or do you relish every bit of it?

Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth: Obviously it's repetitive. A lot of questions fall into
certain categories. There is opportunity in this. I think that's one of the
reasons OVERKILL has attained longevity. We recognize opportunity, no matter how
big or small. That's what keeps us grounded to understanding those
opportunities. They're all necessary regardless of size. You have to look at
each opportunity as a chance of broadening your metal horizons. I look back and
count the years now and not the days. It's kinda cool.

Rock Confidential: How long has "Ironbound" been finished?

Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth: We finished it in September. I was still dropping a few
vocal things in. You're never really finished until there is a final mix done.
We were finished September 15 but I still recorded bits and pieces here and
there up until the first week of October. It was mixed in about 2 1/2 weeks. It
was delivered prior to November 1.

Rock Confidential: Was anything done differently in the studio this time around
or have you guys pretty much got your formula nailed down?

Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth: We're always open to new ideas. In regards to
technology you don't have to work together. There's always a point where we
choose to work together. You need everybody there when drum tracks are being
done, for instance. Maybe someone will disappear after that. There is that
old-school recording principle of being in the room with each other. There's
also a cool thing of not being there in the day but getting a rough mix that
night of what they've done in the studio. I could pop into a studio I use that's
40 minutes from here because what they've done is awesome and I could change
what I'm doing. We adapt as time goes on. We keep the principle that makes metal
what metal is, what makes rock and roll what rock and roll is. That being in the
same room and creating it together, especially in the beginning. Then we really
embrace the technological end of it and can have privacy to ourselves. Our
formula is ever-changing.

Rock Confidential: Was there anything you decided upfront that you wanted to
change before you entered the studio? Maybe a certain sound you wanted to work
with as far as guitar tones or drums go?

Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth: You want a certain cohesive feel between guitars and
drums. That's what you want in metal. I know it's weird coming out of the
singer's mouth. Whenever I mix it's really about the drum sound and building
from that point up. When it comes to production you have to start with the best
sounding drums that you have. Yes, there's a conscious effort. Our initial
vision was changed when it got to Peter (Tägtgren, producer). He could hear it
for the first time. He turned some of our original visions and got us on board.
You hire a guy for a reason. The reason he hired him is because of his ears and
what he's been doing in the industry for the last 10 years or so. Sure, there's
an initial vision. It changes as the recording develops. The initial as compared
to the final can be two totally different things.

Rock Confidential: I've read countless pieces recently where the writer will say
something about OVERKILL sounding more and more old-school with each release.
I'm pretty sure that's just what comes out. There may be obvious hints here or
there but I think you guys sound just as contemporary as ever. What some people
call old-school is simply just OVERKILL. What do you think?

Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth: That's a cool take on it. A person's definition of
old-school is different to everybody. One of the things OVERKILL is â€" first
and foremost â€" is OVERKILL. That's what makes it unique. Sure, it's within a
genre. Maybe even pigeonholed to some degree. With us it's about progress and
evolution. That evolution is about reinventing yourself. If you've read
interviews with me recently that "reinvent" word always comes up. It's really
about taking a step. If you can really establish the fact that this is your vibe
and your style but present it differently without rehashing it, there's your
contemporary value. It's really a combination of both. It's rooted in old-school
and us knowing who we are. We are what we are. Let the evolution happen.

Duff McKagan, has issued the following update:

"We are still ass deep in writing songs for the next record. We have a ton of
stuff and more just keeps pouring out. Like we have said before, we can't wait
for all of you to hear it. More so, we can't wait to rock, sweat and laugh with
all of you soon! Along with with writing new songs, we here in LOADED don't fuck
around! Whether it's writing much-anticipated novels, playing music or just
hanging with Mickey Mouse, none of us are just sitting around getting massages
and eating grapes? I guess you just never know when and where one of us is gonna
pop up?"
DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED recently parted ways with Century Media Records after
releasing one EP (2008's "Wasted Heart") and one full-length album (2009's
"Sick") through the label.

Drummer Isaac Carpenter (LOUDERMILK, GOSLING, OURS, THE EXIES) joined DUFF
MCKAGAN'S LOADED as the replacement for Geoff Reading, who left the band last

"Sick" sold around 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of
release. The CD landed at position No. 43 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.

"Sick" was released in North America on April 7, 2009 via Century Media Records.
An e-card for the CD, which was produced by Martin Feveyear (PRESIDENTS OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, KINGS OF LEON), is available at this location.

In addition to McKagan and Carpenter, LOADED features bassist Jeff Rouse

LOADED released "Live Episode" (1999) and "Dark Days" (2001), before other
commitments meant LOADED were put on the back burner to some extent, although
they never split up.

DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED's five-song EP, "Wasted Heart", was released in September
2008 via Century Media Records.

MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars has revealed via Twitter that he is working on
his first solo album at his home studio. No further details are currently

Mick Mars' signature guitar sound has become a staple of American music and Mars
has been deemed one of the world's greatest guitar players from critics around
the globe to many recording artists and musicians who credit Mars as an
influence, which include such notables as Slash, Joe Perry from AEROSMITH,
Carmine Apice, Alice Cooper, BUCKCHERRY, and Marilyn Manson, just to name a few.

In August 2008, Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. published "Hooks That
Kill - The Best Of Mick Mars & Mötley Crüe", a collection of Mick Mars-approved
notes and guitar tabs for 15 songs from the legendary guitarist of MÖTLEY CRÜE.
It includes:

* Dr. Feelgood
* Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
* Girls, Girls, Girls
* Kick Start My Heart
* Hell on High Heels
* Looks That Kill
* Primal Scream
* Smokin' in the Boys Room
* Wild Side

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has been added to the following GUNS N' ROSES shows:

Mar. 30 - Bogota, Columbia - Parque Jaime Duque
Apr. 01 - Quito, Pichincha Ecuador - Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa
Apr. 04 - Rio De Janeiro, Brasil - Apoteose (rescheduled show)
Apr. 07 - Panama City, Panama - Estadio Fifali

Bach has issued the following update from the road:

"Something fascinating is going on in rock. Just as rock is ceasing to exist in cetain formats, i.e. the CD, rock video, rock radio and magazines all but disappearing, rock n' roll itself is growing exponentially in other areas; for this band, playing live concerts is becoming an overwhelming, incredible, mind-blowing situation that is making all of our dreams come true.

"I am talking about the tour we are on right now, with GUNS N' ROSES in South America. In all my 25 years of touring, this tour ranks right up there with the biggest and best tours I have ever been a part of, or seen other bands do. The amount of people we are playing to each night is simply staggering. No show has had less than 35,000 people in attendance, and we have played to crowds of over 60,000 people a night in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Lima as well. The other shows have averaged around 45,000 tickets sold each night. The reception of the crowds has been the most insane, loud, passionate display of love for rock n' roll I have been a part of in my whole life.

"Ever since I posted about the Sao Paulo show, it seems like each subsequent crowd has been out to prove that they are the most kick-ass rock crowd on the planet! Porto Alegre was the next show after Sao Paulo and was off the chain. It was the last show in Brazil and about 40,000 of you in Porto Alegre let us know we better be coming back to Brasil real soon! We have already got offers to come back to South America soon, so hey, we're on the case!

"Montevideo, Uruguay was next and after we were greeted at the airport and hotel by hundreds of fans, we were honoured to play the biggest ever rock concert in the history of the country of Uruguay. The promoter told us that VAN HALEN played here in the early Eighties to around 10,000 people and were the first-ever rock band to play Uruguay. Thanks to them, 30 years later we get to pack out the stadium for around 50,000 people and the show was incredible!

"Had a great time running on the beach in Uruguay and we can't wait to come back there!

"Next up was Santiago Chile and we filmed this show with five cameras, pro-shot, for future release. The feeling of energy from the city that was just pummeled by the biggest earthquake in the history of all time was palpable. You just can't imagine 40,000 people going more nuts or jamming into an arena so packed. The show was complete mayhem from the opening chords of 'Slave To The Grind'.

"This show will be coming out someday and I can't wait for the world to see how the country of Chile kicks total ass and how rock n' roll means so much to a country ravaged by natural disaster. I said in Spanish on the stage, 'Tonight the only earthquake in the this town is called ROCK 'N' ROLL' and I swear the reaction from the crowd registered on the Richter scale, for sure.

"Bach in Chile, comin' your way to Blu-Ray ASAP!

"CHILE ROCKS !!! We can't wait to get Bach to Chile as soon as possible!!!

"Next up was Buenos Aires Argentina, a country where we had played more than once with the old band, but never to more than 5,000 people a show. This year, we played to around 60,000 people in Buenos Aires and when we went on stage it looked like the whole town was in the stadium. We tore it up with an 1.5-hour full headline set and without a doubt kicked the ass of Argentina like never before. Went out with Axl Rose and GUNS N' ROSES to some clubs after the gig, then ended up staggering out of Axl's hotel the next day around 12 noon! Good times had by all! 'Till the next day that is, ouch!!

"On to Lima, Peru! Had an insanely georgeous beach run on the shores of Lima, trailed by security the whole way, no matter how hard I tried to lose 'em! These guys were good! Felt totally safe and protected the whole time we were in Peru due to these huge guys in combat gear surrounding us at all times, it was hard not to! Then we played the biggest rock concert EVER in the history of the country of Peru. Around 60,000+ people jammed the stadium and again it was like playing to the whole city. I've played this-size crowd a couple of times before, but NEVER to this reception. Every word of every song, every hand in the air, 'Angel Down' songs standing their ground next to the old classics, it's all good in 2010.

"The Internet is not all bad. It is quite obvious countries like Peru and Chile are getting into this music from the Internet... and absolutely hilarious that major label record companies take bands like mine for granted while we pack out stadiums every night!! Their loss for sure!

"We are going into the studio in April to start on our next CD, and we have the awesome knowledge that millions of fans around the world are waiting to crank the CD as soon as we put it out.

"This tour from November 'till now has meant so much to us.

"Next show is Bogota and we can't wait to play Colombia for the first time.

"We were asked to play Venezuela but unfortunately could not procure government visas in time. So we have had four days off in Bogota, which has been interesting! We tried to go out for dinner at the Hard Rock Bogota, but around 1000 fans were told we were gonna be there, which made eating dinner impossible! So we went to an authentic Colombian restaurant that was a great experience.

"Been running in Bogota and hope to see some historical sites today & tomorrow. Then we play the biggest venue in Bogota on Tuesday, see at Parque Jamie Duque!

"We have now been added to the Ecuador, Panama, and rescheduled Rio De Janeiro shows!!! Awesome!!

"Thanks Europe Canada USA and South America for the greatest tour of our careers, we cannot thank you enough!

"See ya Tuesday night Bogota!!!!"

U.S. metallers KILLING MACHINE 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.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


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Veteran Massachusetts metallers MELIAH RAGE have 14 new songs "ready to go" for
a possible late 2010 release. In addition, the band will likely embark on a
European tour in 2011. The group states, "It's been a long time since we've been
overseas and we're very excited about this."

"Masquerade", the new album from MELIAH RAGE, was released in September 2009 via
Screaming Ferret/Metro City Records. The CD was recorded at The Outpost in
Stoughton, Massachusetts and was mastered in November 2008 by producer Rich
Spillberg (WARGASM), who has worked with everyone from STEEL ASSASSIN to JOSH
GROBAN. According to the group, "The music on the record is much faster and
heavier than the past few records and features a guest appearance by METAL
CHURCH frontman Ronny Munroe."

After singer Paul Souza exited the band in late 2007, a six-month search for a
suitable replacement began, which led to a dead end. That is, until producer
Rich Spillberg suggested that they contact Munro and get back to their roots.

Having left MELIAH RAGE over a decade ago, Munro is back for more, joining
bandmates Anthony Nichols (guitar), Jim Koury (guitar), Darren Lourie (bass),
and Stu Dowie (drums).

Originally formed in 1985, MELIAH RAGE was often associated with the
then-burgeoning thrash metal scene, which resulted in a major label contract and
their 1988 metal classic, "Kill to Survive". In the ensuing years, the group
played with some of metal's most renowned names â€" SLAYER, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT,
included GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna in their ranks (as a drummer) during the
early '90s.

POWERMAD, TORCH, MELIAH RAGE and EVIL ONE have been confirmed for next year's
edition of the Headbanger's Open Air festival, set to take place July 28-30,
2011 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany.

More acts will be announced soon.

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artists for Bulgaria's now-traditional Kavarna Rock Fest, which will take place
June 23-25 at the Black Sea coast's town stadium.

According to, the lineup of bands has not yet been finalized, as
the organizers expect more groups to confirm their participation.

In another first for Bulgaria, Kavarna will have its own festival rock radio,
broadcasting interviews and sounds from backstage. There will also be festival
fun events, such as bungee jumping.

Tickets for the event are available from Tuesday, and are being distributed by
Ticketstream. A single-day pass will cost BGN 40, and a three-day ticket BGN 90.

Kavarna Rock Fest billing:

Friday, July 23:


Saturday, July 24:


Sunday, July 25:


Chicago progressive metal band MINDWARP CHAMBER, has inked a deal with Dark Star
Records. According to a press release, Scott Huffman (TWELFTH GATE, SYRIS, LORDS
OF MEAT), Ed "Shreddy" Bethishou (SCEPTER, DAVID SHANKLE GROUP), Paul Kilkenny
Marc Malitz (IMPERIAL RAGE, THE HEART ATTACK) "have all joined forces, blending
their unique styles to create a very heavy and progressive style of music that
comes from the very depths of their souls."

MINDWARP CHAMBER will release its new album, "Supernova", this summer. A
CD-release party will be held on June 4 at Chicago City Limits in Schaumburg,

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Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY will play their first-ever show on
the Faroe Islands at the 2010 edition of the G! Festival. ARCH ENEMY will
headline the event on July 16.

Nestled in the heart of the North Atlantic, the solitary and spellbinding Faroe
Islands lie midway between Iceland, Norway and Scotland. G! Festival is situated
in the picturesque seaside village of Göta and has redefined the whole musical
landscape of the Faroe Islands with its international scale and visionary scope.

Comments ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott: "Over the last couple of years we
have been fortunate enough to play a lot of new exciting territories for the
band and we're extremely pleased to add the Faroe Islands to that ever-growing

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Long-running U.K. glam rockers TIGERTAILZ will perform their classic 1990 album
"Bezerk" in its entirety on Friday, July 2 at Legends in Newcastle, England.
Support at the gig will come from NEW GENERATION SUPERSTARS and BONE IDLE.

TIGERTAILZ will make its live debut with new bassist Sarah Firebrand on
Saturday, April 17 at the rock club Fuel in Cardiff. The concert will pay
tribute to band co-founder Pepsi Tate, with all proceeds going to Amser Justin
Time, the cancer charity set up in the bassist's memory. As if that wasn't
enough, the show is also set to be recorded for inclusion on a forthcoming
TIGERTAILZ live album. Due for release later in 2010, the CD will mark 20 years
since the legendary "Bezerk", the band performing all of its classic tracks
while naturally adding its own modern and constantly evolving twist.

Frontman Kim Hooker comments: "This is gonna be massive. It's a chance for all
you TAILZ maniacs to scream yourself hoarse and be a real part of our new
record. It's gonna be an emotional hometown show and we need you all there â€"

Guitarist Jay Pepper, who started the band with Tate back in 1986, says: "We
always wanted to do a special show for Amser Justin Time, the charity started by
Pepsi's wife Shân Cothi, which does such great work in raising both awareness
and funds to tackle pancreatic cancer. This is the perfect opportunity.
Hopefully our fans, who've already proven how generous they are with their own
'Boys Night Out' event last year, will help the charity by buying tickets and
help us by singing their hearts out."

As the U.K.'s answer to POISON and MÖTLEY CRÜE, TIGERTAILZ was the only
U.K.-based band of this ilk to dominate the U.K. charts at the end of the '80s
with "Bezerk" hitting the U.K. Top 40 and a U.K. Top 5 live video release filmed
in their hometown Cardiff, "Bezerk Live" and "Video Frenzy". With songs that
became Top 40 hits and were so catchy you couldn't stop singing them for days,
"Love Bomb Baby", "Noize Level Critical", "Heaven" and "Living Without You" all
became good time party anthems of a generation, and have influenced some of the
contemporary acts of today.

Columbus, Ohio-based band AMERICAN DOG, featuring former SALTY DOG bassist Michael Hannon, has issued the following update:

"On Wednesday [March 31] we are going in to Sonic Lounge Studios (in Ohio) to record a cover of AC/DC's 'Givin' The Dog A Bone' for Classic Rock magazine's tribute CD to 'Back In Black'. There will be a different band doing each song, and will come with the May issue. While we're in there, we're going to record a new original we've written as well. It's about getting laid in the ladies room at a bar!!! Tentative title? 'Good Time'!!!"

AMERICAN DOG's fifth full-length studio LP, entitled "Mean", came out late last year. The CD features ten all-new original tracks along with a cover of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT's "This Ain't The Summer Of Love".

01. Just One More
02. Cat Has Got You By The Tongue
03. Drivin' Down The Sidewalk
04. Mean
05. Boozehound
06. Gonna Stop Drinkin' Tomorrow
07. Mine All Mine
08. This Ain't The Summer Of Love
09. Sunshine/Moonshine
10. Ain't Dead Yet
11. Motherfucker

Legendary Finnish thrashers ALTARS OF DESTRUCTION have inked a deal with Violent
Journey Records. The band's new album, "Gallery Of Pain", will be released on
April 28.

The "Gallery Of Pain" artwork (see below) was created by Juha Vuorma, who also
designed covers for the first three KALMAH albums and for USURPER and METUJA,
among others.

"Gallery Of Pain" track listing:

01. Altars Of Destruction
02. Aggression
03. Children Of Misfortune
04. Guilty Or Not
05. Cross The Line (Of No Return)
06. Heroes Of The New World
07. Suicide…Are You Fucking Insane?
08. Gallery Of Pain
09. Day Of Judgement

Check out audio samples on the band's MySpace page.


Mika Luoma: Vocals
Kimmo Osmo: Guitars
Pasi Osmo: Bass
Jussi Samppala (TYRANT DISCIPLE): Drums

Formed in 1986 by the brothers Kimmo and Pasi Osmo, along with Jukka Sandberg,
ALTARS OF DESTRUCTION went through several lineup changes before releasing an
EP, "Painful Awakening", in 1989. Due to personal issues, the band split up a
short time later. In 2005, ALTARS OF DESTRUCTION regrouped and started writing
new songs and reworking old material. Their intention was to "make a couple of
new songs and pick out our favourites from the past and make a record that cuts
through two decades of metal the way we lived and loved it." Jussi Samppala from
TYRANT DISCIPLE also stepped in as the band's new drummer.

INTERNAL NIGHTMARE has inked a deal with the Australian record label High Voltage Records (BLOODDUSTER, EARTH, SIN CITY)

Workhorses of the Australian metal scene, INTERNAL NIGHTMARE have generated impressive local and international interest since their inception, and are currently terrorizing metropolitan and regional Victoria in preparation for their upcoming EP's release.

INTERNAL NIGHTMARE's 2009 promotional disc exceeded all expectations and lead single "The Term is Frustration?" was featured in compilations such as Blunt magazine's "Loud Noises" and Welkin Entertainment's "Euphony Fusion 3" and will also feature in Stop Time Media's upcoming "Melbourne Metal Unleashed" DVD, along with the accompanying debut film clip.

The promotional disc substantially raised public interest (along with an appearance on the ABC's national TV show "Spicks And Specks"), with its unique blend of extreme genres and groove orientated thrash metal proudly displaying the band's roots, while also providing a clear indication of the band's direction.

INTERNAL NIGHTMARE's upcoming debut EP, "Segregation", is a testament to the band's ability to combine dirty-yet-technical riffs, thunderous drums and aggressive vocals with a sense of musicality that has been missing since the heyday of bands like PANTERA, SEPULTURA, DEATH and CATARACT (among many others)!

The five-track EP includes a re-recorded version of "The Term is Frustration" and new live favorite "Annexation".

"Segregation" is due for release late May/early June.

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ORGY, the "death pop" band from Bakersfield, California, is planning to reunite later this year for a possible tour. The news was revealed earlier today via a video message from the group's guitarist Ryan Shuck, who is also a member of DEAD BY SUNRISE and JULIEN-K.

"I probably shouldn't say a lot of about this, but I've kind of got a stick up my ass about doing something with ORGY," Ryan can be heard saying in the clip, which is available for viewing below. "We're gonna be doing a tour — JULIEN-K — most likely, I'd say, in June, maybe after, in Europe, and if we do something with ORGY, that means we will have played a full tour with three different bands in one year. Pretty awesome. All original bands, all original content. It's starting to become a sort of a challenge and something I really wanna do."

ORGY — drummer Bobby Hewitt, singer Jay Gordon, guitarists Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh, and bassist Paige Haley — were shot out of the hard-rock cannon in 1998 with their platinum album "Candyass". Its ear-candy hooks, crushing riffs and razor-edge electronic sonics laid the scorched-earth groundwork for 2000's gold "Vapor Transmission" and 2004's "Punk Statik Paranoia". The videos for "Blue Monday", "Stitches" and "Fiction (Dreams in Digital)", meanwhile, created an indelible visual impression of post-punk artifice; the hair, the makeup, the costumes — all conspired to shroud the band in a cloak of dark menace.

After the release of 2000's "Vapor Transmission", ORGY left Reprise Records and had already severed ties with KORN's Elementree Records, which issued ORGY's first two albums. Gordon then started his own independent record label, D1 Music, which released the band's third album, "Punk Statik Paranoia", in 2004.

ALTER BRIDGE has issued the following update:

"We are pleased to inform you that the recording of our third album has been
completed. It was an amazing journey and we believe that the songs that we have
created are our most inspired and dynamic work to date.

"We all worked very hard on these songs, over a long period of time, and we are
all fiercely proud of what we have recorded.

"We have played some of the rough mixes of the songs to a few of our 'trusted
ears' and they are telling us that we have absolutely topped the 'Blackbird'
album. The true test will come when we get to hear what all you fans think and
we are very much looking forward to that day.

"The next step in the process will be mixing, which will begin in mid-April, in
New York. The mixing will probably take a few weeks and once that is finished,
we will begin the difficult task of deciding which songs will make the album.
The goal is to release the album in September, before our planned October tour
in Europe that will start in the U.K."

ALTER BRIDGE's sophomore effort, "Blackbird", sold 47,000 copies in the United
States in its first week of release in October 2007 to debut at No. 13 on The
Billboard 200 chart.

ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott
Phillips all play in CREED, which announced its reunion in 2009 after a
five-year hiatus.

ALTER BRIDGE also features singer Myles Kennedy, who is a member of legendary
VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash's new touring band.

SICK OF IT ALL, EARTH CRISIS and H20 are among the confirmed bands for the East Coast Tsunami Fest, set to take place June 11-12, 2010 in Phoenixville and MOnte Clare, Pennsylvania.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Friday, June 11 - 328 High Street in Phoenixville, PA:


Saturday, June 12 - St Mikes Park - Jacob Street - Monte Clare, PA:


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Danish extreme metallers PANZERCHRIST have issued the following update:

"The recording and mixing of our next album is now complete and we are currently in the process of finding the right label for this release. We have also begun rehearsal sessions with live shows in mind. These will be the first in more than a decade."

One of the new tracks, "For The Iron Cross", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.


Magnus Jørgensen: Vocals
Panzergeneral: Bass
Lasse Bak: Guitars
Rasmus Henriksen: Guitars
Mads Lauridsen: Drums

PANZERCHRIST's last full-length album, "Battalion Beast", was released in August 2006 via Neurotic Records. The band recorded the drums, guitars and bass for "Battalion Beast" at Smart N' Hard studio with Jacob Bredahl (HATESPHERE) during February/March 2006. Vocals and keyboard were recorded by Ziggy at Zigsound. The latter was also responsible for mixing and mastering the album.

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers WITHIN TEMPTATION have issued the following update:

"We are sorry to announce that [drummer] Stephen [van Haestregt] and WITHIN TEMPTATION will go their separate ways after the upcoming theatre tour.

"It isn't easy to say goodbye after all we've been through together. In this period of time many dreams have become reality for all of us and exceeded our highest expectations. Through the good and bad it has created a bond; we've had a wedding, a funeral and have seen each others kids being born and growing up. Everything passed in a flash and we are looking back on it with a smile.

"We would like to thank him and Veroniek for all the great moments, passion and devotion.

"We wish you the best for the future!

"You can still see Stephen on stage with the upcoming theatre tour and in the future with his band MY FAVORITE SCAR."

Stephen's statement regarding his decision to leave the band reads as follows:

"This may come as a surprise, but after ten great years the time has come for me and WITHIN TEMPTATION to go our separate ways.

"WITHIN TEMPTATION was an unstoppable train.

"I remember well the time that I got involved with WITHIN TEMPTATION as a studio technician. 'Mother Earth' marked the beginning of a successful era. I couldn't have imagined that I would be their drummer in two years' time.

"WITHIN TEMPTATION developed from an underground band to Holland's best selling musical export product. A childhood dream came true: I toured over 40 countries, shared the same stage with heroes like IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA and RAMMSTEIN and performed in a sold out Ahoy with the Metropole Orchestra. In short, it's been an incredible time. The things we experienced will stay with me forever.

"But on April 29 in Antwerp, Belgium, I'll be on stage with WITHIN TEMPTATION for the last time.

"From the start of our sabbatical year (end of 2008) I started producing, recording and mixing other bands again. I found a great working spot at the Swamp Studio in Raamsdonk (NL). Very close to where I live, so I can spend more time with my family.

"As a musician, you have not seen the last of me though! On the contrary. As some of you may have read in our fan magazine a while ago, I have been involved with another project for quite a while now, MY FAVORITE SCAR. In this band I feel right at home, musically as well as personally. I believe this band is at the beginning of a bright future, yet all depends on the support of the fans, as always. Hopefully you'll love and support MY FAVORITE SCAR as much as you do WITHIN TEMPTATION!

"In July 2010 MY FAVORITE SCAR will release its debut album. In March 2010 we will release our first single, 'Waste', as a free download and we'll be starting a Dutch tour in March too. We will be playing as many Dutch and foreign shows as we possibly can. Hopefully I'll see you guys again somewhere at a festival or a clubshow!

"I've always found it hard to say goodbye and this time it's no different. I've enjoyed a great time with our crew and the band. So thanks to Debbie, Pim, Guus, Bennie, Arwin, Marco, Rob, Guido, Rene, Paul and all other crew members who worked with us in the past, Raymond, Martijn, Iris and everyone at AT, Sharon, Robert, Jeroen, Ruud and my roommate Martijn and last but not least, the fans all over the world.

"Thank you all for an unforgettable time. Hopefully our paths will cross again soon."

"An Acoustic Night At The Theatre", the new live album from WITHIN TEMPTATION, was released in North America on December 15, 2009 via Roadrunner Records. The release was made available via all digital music providers, while physical copies were made available exclusively at the newly launched Roadrunner Records web store.

"An Acoustic Night At The Theatre" contained the brand new song "Utopia", written during the rehearsals for the theatre tour. A duet with U.K. singer-songwriter Chris Jones (whom Sharon met while working with world-famous DJ Armin van Buuren on his track "In And Out Of Love"), "Utopia" is about two lovers who can't be together because they are separated by their contrasting dreams of the ideal life.

An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for "An Acoustic Night At The Theatre" can be viewed below.

Sharon den Adel and WITHIN TEMPTATION guitarist Robert Westerholt welcomed their second child, Robin Aiden Westerholt, on June 1, 2009. The couple also has a four-year old daughter named Eva Luna den Adel.

WITHIN TEMPTATION released a double-DVD, titled "Black Symphony", on September 22, 2008. It is also available as a double-CD.

Danish industrial metal band THE INTERBEING recently entered the studio to begin recording its debut album, "Edge Of The Obscure", for a late 2010 release. The CD will be mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen, who has previously worked with VOLBEAT, MERCENARY, NIGHTRAGE, HATESPHERE and RAUNCHY, among others.

Faroese melodic death/metalcore band SYNARCHY is putting the finishing touches on its debut album, "Scars of Gratitude", due in early April through Tutl Records.

SYNARCHY features in its ranks members of Heri Joensen's (TÝR) progressive metal side-project HELJAREYGA, whose debut album was released on February 12.

The CD artwork was designed by Fernando Ruiz Garcia, who has previously worked with the Finnish power metal band EXCALION and spanish doom masters WARCHETYPE.

"Scars of Gratitude" features 12 songs with a running time of just over 57 minutes:

01. Mirror Miles (5:01)
02. Turning Memory (4:03)
03. Beyond My Wreckage (4:50)
04. Fair and Rights (4:15)
05. Keep Me Safe (4:55)
06. Collecting Sense (4:12)
07. Descending (4:11)
08. Scars of Gratitude (4:43)
09. The Perfect Enemy (5:26)
10. Breaking a Dream (5:29)
11. Confinement (4:48)
12. Place of Liberation (5:35)

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MAYHEM, ALL ENDS, SPARZANZA, MARIONETTE and TAYLOR HAWKINS AND THE COATTAIL RIDERS have been confirmed for this year's Getaway Rock festival, set to take place July 8-10 in Gävle, Sweden.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


The festival will host three stages and over 60 bands.

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After a five-year absence, the mighty and legendary mega-beast CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN has re-emerged from the sewers of Pittsburgh with its new full-length album, "Psalm Of The Grand Destroyer".

According to a press release, CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN "bring with them a more focused and refined approach on their signature crusty, blackened, inhuman grindcore sound while still keeping their brutality and violence at the forefront. No triggers or drum samples. No guitar re-amping. No vocal processing, inhaling or microphone manipulations. None needed. Their thunderous music is as sincere and urgent as it ever was, but with a solid and complete line-up in tow, and with production from the masterful Scott Hull, CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN have never sounded or played better than this."

"Psalm of the Grand Destroyer" — which marks the first appearance of drummer Matt Francis alongside bassist Drew Haritan and founding members Jason Andrews (guitar) and Joe Horvath (vocals) — features 14 new tracks and one remake off the band's initial release from 1998.

CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN represent the audio end-times; a psychotic fast-forward nightmare into the sonic ash-heaps of humanity. CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN are the ultimate anti-everything band; anti-life, anti-death, anti-world, anti-music and anti-you. Critically acclaimed for lyrical concept and prose as much for their hyper-extreme approach to sound, CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN possess the ability to both wretch and annihilate the listener as well rouse and intrigue. Never has this been the case more so than with "Psalm of the Grand Destroyer".

Commented Joe Horvath: "After what seemed to be an endless amount of setbacks over the past several years, it feels great to not only have this release finally becoming a reality, but for it to be in our opinions, the best overall release we've done to date. We're proud to continue our work with Willowtip Records and look forward to dropping this nasty bomb on the world soon."

"Psalm of the Grand Destroyer" is due out in stores June 8, 2010 in North America and June 7 in Europe via Candlelight/Willowtip.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Avatar Of Innocence
02. Ursa Major (1998 revisited)
03. When Human Compost Stains all Earth and Repels the Messengers of Love
04. Chaos Crawls Back
05. Earth and Lye
06. We Who Move with the Graven Worms
07. Bury the Ill Flock
08. Refuse to Kill the Same Way Twice
09. Obsidian Flakes
10. Last Words and Warning Signs
11. Jaracaca
12. Torches
13. Night of Morbid Psycho
14. Germinate the Reaper Seed
15. Starve, Beg & Die a.k.a. Fuck You Kill Me

German extreme metal outfit NEAERA has issued the following update:

"The songwriting process [for the next NEAERA album] is going fluently; we're focused and very close to wrapping this thing up! We are very confident about the song material; this one is going to be a beast.

"We will enter the studio in June to work on this next record which will be released in the fall of this year via Metal Blade Records. In compliance with the back-to-the-roots approach to this record, we will record the drums at Stage One Studio with the Mr. Myiagi among metal producers, Andy Classen, who already produced our first record, 'The Rising Tide of Oblivion'. Of course, we will also work again with our good friend Alexander Dietz, the self-proclaimed Brad Pitt among metal producers, on this one. The mixing/mastering will be done by none other than Tue Madsen."

NEAERA's "Prey to Anguish" video can be viewed below. The clip was filmed in May 2009 at the band's CD-release show at Sputnikhalle in Münster, Germany. The song comes off the band's fourth album, "Omnicide - Creation Unleashed", which entered the Media Control chart in the band's home country at position at No. 51. The CD was recorded at the Rape Of Harmonies studio with producer Alexander Dietz. The mixing and mastering was handled by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, WHITECHAPEL).

Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY will return to North America in May for headlining tour. So far the following dates have been announced:

May 11 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11 Tavern
May 12 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
May 13 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero

"We Are The Void", the ninth album from DARK TRANQUILLITY, sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 15 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.

A track-by-track breakdown of "We Are The Void" by Mikael Stanne can be found on the MSN Music metal blog Headbäng. Stanne reveals that there are "several" fans of U.K. goth-rock band SISTERS OF MERCY among the members of DARK TRANQUILLITY, and owns up to being a major admirer of synth-pop band DEPECHE MODE. "Since I was 10 or so, I have been listening to them," he said. "Just saw them a couple of weeks ago and I am still amazed."

"We Are The Void" was released in North America on March 9 via Century Media Records. The LP was made available in Europe 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.

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

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.

Montreal death metal quartet BENEATH THE MASSACRE is currently recording a new EP for a fall release.

The band will take part in the European edition of the "Thrash And Burn Tour", which is scheduled to kick off on April 9 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Also scheduled to appear are DYING FETUS, ORIGIN, MAN MUST DIE and REVOCATION.

A short video message from BENEATH THE MASSACRE regarding the upcoming tour can be viewed below.

"Dystopia" (2008), the latest album from BENEATH THE MASSACRE, debuted at position No. 22 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.

Recorded again with St-Amand (DESPISED ICON, ION DISSONANCE, NEURAXIS) and featuring artwork from Felix Rancourt, "Dystopia" was the follow-up to 2007's "Mechanics of Dysfunction", which was supported by tours with NECROPHAGIST, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and ION DISSONANCE. The band also took part in 2007's inaugural Summer Slaughter tour and last year's Radio Rebellion Tour alongside BEHEMOTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY, and GOJIRA, among others.

Swedish death metallers SPASMODIC have inked a deal with Emrinc. The band's new four-track EP will be released later this year. The CD will be based on songs from SPASMODIC's 2009 self-released demo "Carve Perfection", and it will be mixed and mastered by Lawrence Mackrory (F.K.Ü., SCARVE, ENEMY IS US).

The track listing is as follows:

01. Carve Perfection
02. Cutting Room
03. Snip Snip Sweetheart
04. Self Starvation


Vocals - Alexander Högbom
Guitar - Johan Haglund
Guitar - Johan Kvastegård
Bass - Tommy Haglund
Drums - Jimmy Holmgren

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Former BLOODSIMPLE bassist Kyle Sanders has joined forces with ex-BLOODSIMPLE drummer Bevan Davies, ex-TORCHE guitarist Juan Montoya and guitarist/vocalist Charlie Suarez in a new band called MONSTRO. Two songs from the group — "Anchors Up!" and "April" — are available for streaming on the MONSTRO MySpace page.


Bevan Davies - Drums
Juan Montoya - Guitar
Charlie Suarez - Guitar and Vocals
Kyle Sanders – Bass

Four years sine the release of "Madre, Protégenos", Duncan Patterson (ANTIMATTER, ANATHEMA), returns, leading the entity known as ÍON. On "Immaculada", the lone travelling musician has again collected instrumental and vocal souvenirs from his numerous destinations to illustrate the memoirs of his quest.

"'Immaculada' was written in a period I was travelling back and forth between Ireland and Greece," he says. "The album documents personal experiences of that time, set to introspective and reflective ballads."

Hypnotic and alluring, the album balances both the freshness of Irish landscapes and the warmth of Mediterranean sunbathed seashores, as its haunting Celtic vibe thrives and builds upon tribal rhythmic patterns. Much like its predecessor, the straightforward and minimalistic overall tone of the album is misleading, as its layered complexity and resonant harmonies reveal themselves at each listen, one mystery at a time, and one step closer to the end of this spiritual quest.

ÍON has gathered around it an enormous amount of talent, both in the many musicians that have taken part in "Immaculada" and in the group of singers that bring words to life, this time lead by the Irish Lisa Cuthbert. Her heartfelt performances are occasionally accompanied by her sister Aoife Cuthbert, with Mark Kelson (of THE ETERNAL) and gothic/alternative muse Vic Anselmo, providing additional outstanding contributions to the album, among other voices from Argentina, Mexico, Romania or Brazil.

Mostly recorded in the Portuguese countryside and in Dublin city, the intricate instrumental backbone is mainly constructed out of traditional instruments. With the mandolin family taking center stage, the tracks have been arranged to incorporate ethnic instrumentation (flutes, uillean pipes) which contrast with the sparse orchestration supplied by cello, violin, acoustic guitars, keyboard pads and piano, supported by the earthbound pulse of the percussion.

Due in May in deluxe digipak CD on Equilibrium Music, "Immaculada" is a collection of slow motion mysterious ballads, balancing light and shade, salvation and loss, beautifully crafted by gifted artists scattered over the world.

"Immaculada" track listing:

01. Immaculada (4:43)
02. Temptation (5:26)
03. Adoration (5:24)
04. Damhsa Na Gceithre Ghaoth (6:18)
05. Invidia (4:37)
06. Cetatea Cisnadioara (10:06)
07. The Silent Stars (7:42)
08. Return To Spirit (6:11)

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Stand and Deliver Records has announced the signing of the Lexington, Kentucky metal band SOCIETY'S PLAGUE. The group is currently recording its debut album, "The Human, The Canvas", at Spider Studios with Ben Schigel and Tony Gammalo, best known for their work with CHIMAIRA, IT DIES TODAY, WALLS OF JERICHO and many more.

According to a press release, SOCIETY'S PLAGUE "has been dropping jaws and moving bodies on the East Coast since early 2006. Since then they have been able to build a massive following with their unique blend of heavy breakdowns, fast metal riffs, powerful vocals, and symphonic keyboards. "

SOCIETY'S PLAGUE's debut EP, "The Mercy Untold", was released in 2008.


Matt Newton: Lead Vocals
Roger Clem: Guitar/Backing Vocals
Joe Royer: Guitar
Mike Smith: Guitar/Backing Vocals
Kate Latham: Keyboard
James Doyle: Drums

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