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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

[HeavyMetalHeaven] Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, UFO, Guns N Roses, Metallica, Rob Zombie, Stone Temple Pilots, 3 Inches of Blood, Stone Mountain Freeway, Onslaught, Stockholm Rock Out, Korn, Jane's Addiction, Fear Factory, Cage, and tons more hard rock and heavy metal news

According to The Pulse of Radio, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry told Reuters that lead singer Steven Tyler is "back and stronger than ever" following a period of several months during which the frontman did a 90-day stint in rehab while his future with the band was in doubt. Despite threats by Perry and the other members of the group last fall to find another vocalist while Tyler pursued an announced solo career, Perry now says that Tyler "didn't really leave the band . . . The press kind of twisted it around to sell papers but you know the bottom line is I just knew things were just going to work themselves out."

Perry added that Tyler "made it very clear" that he had no intention of leaving AEROSMITH while working on a solo project. But that's not how it sounded during the past few months, when Perry actually approached singers like Paul Rodgers, Billy Idol and Chris Cornell about taking over.

The trouble started last August when Tyler fell off a stage and injured himself in South Dakota, forcing the cancellation of a tour and launching rumors that the long-sober vocalist had fallen off the wagon.

A February summit meeting, complete with lawyers, led to a reconciliation between Tyler and the band. South American and European dates have already been announced, along with an already sold-out August 14 gig at Boston's Fenway Park with THE J. GEILS BAND.

Perry did admit, however, that his friendship with Tyler is not what it used to be, saying, "When our kids were younger and . . . growing up together we were a lot closer together. As the kids got older and they started going off their own ways and Steven ended up getting divorced . . . you know, the family get-together, we don't really do that much any more. But it doesn't interfere with the band."

British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have added a date at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta as part of the Canadian Leg of their forthcoming "Final Frontier World Tour". This will take place on Sunday, June 27 and DREAM THEATER will be joining them as very special guests.

The tour takes its name from MAIDEN's forthcoming studio album, "The Final Frontier", due for release late summer.

Following the shows in Canada and the U.S., IRON MAIDEN will travel to Europe for a few selected major festival and stadium shows, with the band planning to continue to many other countries in 2011.

Tickets for the Calgary show will go on sale to the public on Friday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. (local time) through or charge by phone at 403-777-0000.

An exclusive pre-sale allowing members of the IRON MAIDEN fan club first access to the tickets starts today (Tuesday) at 10 a.m. local time — pre-sale codes will be sent to all fan club members shortly.

Hard rock legends UFO have issued the following tour update:

"The band and crew have arrived safely in Oberhausen, after a 32-hour road trip which took us from Greece into Macedonia and then on through Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and finally into Germany. The Oberhausen show will go ahead as planned.

The Nürnberg show has been rescheduled to 21st July. Rock 'n' roll!"

According to RT, GUNS N' ROSES will play in Moscow, Russia for the first time ever their on June 8 at the Olympiysky Stadium.

Ticket prices range from $50 to $270 and can be purchased starting today (Monday, April 19).

Vladimir Zubitsky of SAV Entertainment told RIA Novosti news agency that it will be a real rock and roll gig. "Fans will hear everything they love by the band," he said. "Besides, [Axl] Rose loves playing for a long time, so their performance will last about three hours."

ccording to The Baltic Course, 12,000 fans turned out for Saturday's (April 17) METALLICA concert at Riga Arena in Riga, Latvia, LETA was informed by a spokesman for the concert agency FBI.

The group was visiting Latvia as part of its "World Magnetic Tour 2010", and arrived from Copenhagen by coach and ferry, a 28-hour journey.

METALLICA's setlist was as follows:

01. That Was Just Your Life
02. The End Of The Line
03. For Whom The Bell Tolls
04. Creeping Death
05. Fade To Black
06. Broken, Beat And Scarred
07. Cyanide
08. Sad But True
09. One
10. Wherever I May Roam
11. The Day That Never Comes
12. Master Of Puppets
13. Blackened
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
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16. Stone Cold Crazy
17. Hit The Lights
18. Seek and Destroy

METALLICA will now play a concert in Tallinn today before moving on to Vilnius for two shows there.

According to RIA Novosti, METALLICA will play its two concerts in Moscow this weekend despite the ongoing chaos with air travel across Europe, the concert organizers said.

The eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland, which began on April 14, has paralyzed air traffic throughout central and northern Europe, stranding thousands of travelers and forcing more than 20 European countries to close their airspace.

However, METALLICA was already in Oslo on its World Magnetic Tour when the eruption began.

"Thank God, they managed to fly from America to our continent, and now they are moving either by car or by train, so that they get to Moscow," SAV Entertainment and Russian Show-Centre head Vladimir Zubitskiy said.

The first official photo of ROB ZOMBIE's current touring band — featuring
SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison — can be viewed below.

Jordison made his live debut as a member of ROB ZOMBIE's touring band on April 8 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles.

Video footage of the performance can be viewed below (courtesy of ).

Two songs from the group's live set will air on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Friday, April 23.

Jordison will spend the spring and summer of 2010 pounding the skins for Zombie, who is embarking on a very busy touring schedule. Zombie said, "Joey is an absolutely crushing drummer and I am thrilled to have him as part of the Zombie family. His amazing skills promise to take the live show to a whole new level of insanity."

Jordison also commented, saying, "I am honored, proud and excited to announce that I have joined the ranks as the new touring drummer for Rob Zombie. I've been a fan of Zombie's since the beginning. I've toured with them and have always wanted to play for them. When John 5 called me up to ask if I knew any drummers I could recommend, I said, only half-jokingly, 'Yeah, me!"

Jordison is universally recognized as not only one of the best drummers in hard rock, but as one of the most talented skinsmen in music, period. He will be sitting behind the kit for several appearances and tours throughout the year, namely the "Gruesome Twosome" tour, which features Zombie along with his longtime pal, Alice Cooper, which begins April 26 in Canada and runs through May 4 in Wyoming. Following that historic tour, Jordison will tour alongside Zombie as part of the 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which Zombie is co-headlining with KORN. That tour kicks off July 10 in San Bernardino, California and runs through August 14 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

"This show and setlist is mind-blowing, and what better way to kick things off than the 'Gruesome Twosome' tour with horror-rock legend Alice Cooper," Jordison said.

"I want to thank all the SLIPKNOT fans for their support and the Rob Zombie fans for welcoming me in. The Demonoid Phenomenon is on its way!"

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will be featured on VH1's "Friday Night Alright" concert series on Friday, May 21 at 11:00 p.m. The performance footage was filmed on March 27, 2010 at Chicago's Riviera Theatre.

"Friday Night Alright" is described as a music fan's passport to first-class rock and pop music concerts in HD from around the world.

"'Friday Night Alright' [is] the premiere destination for concerts on television — a different show featuring an A-list artist every week, driven by the excitement of arm-waving, foot-stomping audiences," said Ben Zurier, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy for VH1. "The series literally covers the globe to present the best artists, and the best-produced concerts."

According to, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS has several TV appearances lined up around its new album's release — including NBC-TV's "Late Show With David Letterman" (May 19) and ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (May 25) — and it's scheduled for Howard Stern's Sirius Satellite Radio show May 18.

A deluxe version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' new self-titled album with expanded artwork and two bonus tracks will be available on the May 25 street date. Target will be given a CD/DVD version of the set with exclusive interview content, and Walmart will air an exclusive STP performance in stores and on its Soundcheck web site.

The group's self-titled sixth album, its first all-new effort since 2001's "Shangri-La-Dee-Da", arrives on May 25.

The self-titled effort features the following track listing:

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

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

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

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based metallers 3 INCHES OF BLOOD are preparing for the next big North American touring onslaught, which kicks off with a massive run across Canada on April 28 with GOATWHORE. This leads them directly into the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, where they will perform alongside such major acts as KORN, ROB ZOMBIE, LAMB OF GOD and HATEBREED. The band will also play a series of "off" dates with LAMB OF GOD and HATEBREED.

3 INCHES OF BLOOD recently teamed up with acclaimed director Rick Podd ("The Watcher", "Hellraiser") to film a video for the song "Silent Killer". The track comes off the band's latest album, "Here Waits Thy Doom", which will be reissued on June 29 as a Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival edition with four exclusive new tracks along with a bonus DVD featuring the video for "Battles and Brotherhood", 3 INCHES OF BLOOD's performance on Fuel TV and more.

Rick Podd previously worked with 3 INCHES OF BLOOD on the "Battles and Brotherhood" video, which can be viewed below.

Commented guitarist Shane Clark: "It's that exciting time again when we're making another video. This time around it's for our song 'Silent Killer'. It's going to be a straight-up East Van production once again directed by our friend Rick Podd who directed our barbaric 'Battles and Brotherhood' video. This time, it's going to be about us getting killed by an assassin methodically throughout one fine Vancouver evening.

"I personally am excited because we have one of the industry's finest FX artists around helping us add a nice element of gore and guts which will get your blood boiling. Not to mention babes doin' the killin'."

"Here Waits Thy Doom" sold around 2,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 8 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.

3 INCHES OF BLOOD's previous album, "Fire Up The Blades", opened with 5,300 copies to enter The Billboard 200 chart at No. 147.

"Here Waits Thy Doom" was released on September 8, 2009 via Century Media Records (August 31 in Europe). The CD was recorded at Seattle's London Bridge Studios with renowned producer Jack Endino (HIGH ON FIRE).

STONE MOUNTAIN FREEWAY, the new band featuring former members of ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER and RED RIVER REVIVAL, has announced the addition of bassist Zack Hembree (ex-MUSIC HATES YOU) to the group's ranks.

According to a press release, STONE MOUNTAIN FREEWAY is bringing the riff-laden swagger of yesteryear into a new generation of heavy, ass-stomping rock and roll.

STONE MOUNTAIN FREEWAY formed in February of 2010 and has already begun recording demos for its self-released EP, tentatively due out in late spring.

STONE MOUNTAIN FREEWAY consists of the following musicians:

Dave Slocum - Vocals
Miles Griffin - Guitar
Brad Kemp - Guitar
Joey Robertson - Drums
Zack Hembree - Bass

For more information, visit

U.K. thrashers ONSLAUGHT are currently writing material for the follow-up to 2007's "Killing Peace", tentatively due later this year.

Commented guitarist Nige Rockett: "Yes, we have an album title. Yes, we have a release date. Yes, we have a producer. Yes, we have studio time booked, and yes, we have a new.... Hahahahaha, not telling ya.

"It's certainly not gonna be 'Killing Peace 2', that's for sure. It's old school, it's contemporary, it's ONSLAUGHT. It's gonna be faster at times, definitely heavier with some songs having their more intricate moments, but not too intricate, 'cuz that means compromising the violence which this album is really gonna be all about: pure unadulterated musical violence.

"We're gonna be using several different guitar tunings to add some sonic variety and lots of truly stunning solos coming your way from Mr. [Andy] Rosser-Davies. He's on fire at the moment and being pushed to the limits in terms of creativity and originality.

"No, Andy Sneap will not be producing the new album, but we have found another perfect partner to work with us this time around. He's a huge ONSLAUGHT fan and will definitely deliver the crushing brutality we are looking for on production front.

"Once again ONSLAUGHT will deliver a very different-sounding album to its predecessor. There will not be 11-12 tracks on the record; it's not something ONSLAUGHT do. We have always preferred quality over quantity every time — no fillers, all killers here. But you will more than get VFM (Violence For Money) guaranteed."

ONSLAUGHT recorded its performance at the Damnation Festival on November 22, 2008 in Leeds, U.K. for a live CD, "Live Damnation", which was released on July 20, 2009 through Candlelight Records.

An e-card for the album can be accessed at this location.

"Killing Peace" was released in March 2007 via Candlelight Records. The CD was recorded at Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE).

Quality video footage of ONSLAUGHT performing at last year's Paranoid Open Air festival — which was held August 13-15, 2009 at Autopoligon Ljubecna, near Celje, Slovenia — can be viewed below (courtesy of "gokizoki").

Chris LeMon, organizer of the Stockholm Rock Out festival — which was scheduled to take place April 30 - May 1, 2010 at Gamla Tryckeriet in Alvik, Sweden — has released the following statement:

"Due to the volcano and flight situation over Europe, today we have together with our artists decided to postpone the two-day Stockholm Rock Out to September 10 and September 11.

"We are truly sorry for this but this is out of our control. We can't wait 'till the day before the show and then find out that some of the bands and visitors can't make it here.

"Already confirmed for September 10-11 are GREAT WHITE, KEEL and PRETTY BOY FLOYD and more will come soon (KIX will come to Sweden in October; more info to follow).

"But a volcano cant stop a Rock Out, so on May 1 we will have a one-day Rock Out with TIGERTAILZ, XYZ, CRASHDIET, VAINS OF JENNA, NASTY IDOLS, CHRIS LANEY, FATAL SMILE plus more that will be announced soon. (XYZ and TIGERTAILZ, of course, depends on the flight conditions).

"For all of you that have bought a ticket, whether it's a one-day or two-day ticket, these are valid for the September show and you are also welcome to the show on May 1st for FREE if you bring your ticket. So three nights instead of two. If you come for the September dates, you will also get a special limited t-shirt for free at the entrance on September 10th but, of course, if you can't make it in September you will get a refund until April 30. Just contact Tickster support and they will assist you. We will also release a new ticket for the show on May 1. These will on pre-sale cost 260 SEK + service fee and at the door 350 SEK and for May 1. The age limit is changed to 13+.

"So once again, our apologies for this situation, but please support us and come and Rock Out with us on May 1 and September 10-11.

"The pre-show is still on for the 29th of April, but change of venue to Harry B. James, and release party and show by Chris Laney."

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According to HardDrive Radio, KORN's new album, "Korn III - Remember Who You Are", will be released on July 13. The first single from the CD, "Oildale (Leave Me Alone)", will go for radio adds on May 3-4.

KORN's ninth offering, "Korn III - Remember Who You Are", is the band's first effort for brand new label home, Roadrunner Records, and it bursts at the seams with that very feeling that defined the band from the get-go. Each song unleashes an uneasiness reminiscent of KORN's earliest and most unbridled material, but there's also a modern refinement that's epic in its execution.

KORN bleed with unsettling and unpredictable aggression on "Remember Who You Are"'s 10 tracks. "Oildale (Leave Me Alone)" buzzes with an eerie clean guitar that slowly gives way to a steamrolling bass and riff assault. "Move On" morphs from a myriad of creaking tones into an explosive vocal freak-out that's impossible not to connect with it on a visceral level. Then there's the neck-snapping "Fear Is A Place to Live" tempering deadly guitar dissonance with an unforgettable chorus.

"This album is a reflection of us being a band since 1993," says vocalist Jonathan Davis. "We worked hard on the previous records, and we experimented a lot. For 'Remember Who You Are', the four of us got together in a small room with the intention of writing an old-school KORN record. This album is a perfect mixture of everything we've done, and this version of the band is the best ever."

In order to tap into the chaos that made their self-titled debut a modern classic, the band enlisted the help of the man who helmed "Korn" and "Life is Peachy" — producer Ross Robinson, whose goal was to bring KORN back to square one. He undoubtedly succeeded. Davis had an intense and invigorating recording session. "Ross helped us remember what we used to do this for," the singer says. "It was more psychological than anything. Ross was right there pushing me and he drove me insane. I sing about a lot of things that hit really close to my heart and he knew how to trigger that. I nearly fucking broke down at the end of almost every song, but I got it all out."

For guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer, the experience was no different. He elaborates, "Teaming up with Ross has brought that raw, emotional feeling back to the music. Ross is the only person in the world that's ever been able to draw us to that place. He reminds us why we're here, why these songs are important to our fans and why what we do as a band relates. He made us remember how our music saves lives, and he came into the picture at the perfect time. We had no record label and just wanted to make a great album. Ross stepped in at the right moment to hit the reset button."

Hitting that "reset button" involved stripping down the process. There would be no Pro Tools, no tracking separately and no heavy post editing. In order to conjure "Remember Who You Are"'s claustrophobic yet wholly organic chaos, KORN recorded on two-inch tape and locked themselves inside a 10x10 room buried within their Los Angeles studio, nicknamed "The Cat Box." Being in such close proximity to one another stirred up a torrent of explosive music. Bassist Reggie "Fieldy" Arvizu remembers, "In that room, even if I turned my bass head, it would hit somebody. Getting back in there was like a family reunion. We felt like brothers again. Being older and setting egos aside, we were able to focus on making the best record we could."

Davis dug deep for cuts like "The Past" and "Never Around". About "The Past", the singer says, "A lot of people dwell on the past, and they feel guilt. There's nothing you can do about the past because it's gone and it's blown up. We're here now." On "Korn III - Remember Who You Are", Davis is fully present and at his most vitriolic, violent and vibrant on the likes of "Move On" and "Are You Ready to Live?"

He goes on, "I let everything flow, while I was coming up with lyrics. They're about me living my life for others when I shouldn't, people-pleasing all of the time, stress, guilt and all kinds of emotions we live with everyday that destroy us and tear us down. I write about all of the fake people around us and how I always try to fix other people's problems. I write what I feel, and it comes out naturally. I've got a lot of shit built up inside me; that doesn't go away."

Even though KORN went back to square one, they continue to break new ground. In a career marked by innovation, they still smash boundaries. Munky even fingerpicks certain instrumental passages, while trying out new tones on echo-y soundscapes. "The heavier I play, the more you can hear the aggression. The lighter I pick, the lighter the mood is," he says. "I used vintage guitars, echos, long delays and reverbs. When we did the first two records, we broke the music down to a completely emotional beast. Through the years, we started to experiment with vocal harmonies and more orchestrated pieces. Recording this album, we brought that knowledge into the raw emotion of what we already knew. You hear the melodies and layers, but it still comes from a very primitive KORN."

That primitive KORN includes drummer Ray Luzier, who became KORN's touring drummer in late 2007 and was made an official member in 2009. On cuts like the deadly "Cheech and Chong", he propels the aggression. Fieldy says, "Ray is like the missing KORN member we never had. He just fits so well. When we found him, it just clicked because his playing sounds like KORN. He plays with me, and the way that he plays is exactly what I needed. We know what we're doing on stage with each other, and everybody's on the same page. I've waited my whole career for KORN to sound like we do now."

For Davis, the album name covers it all. "It comes down to one question: 'Who the fuck am I?' It's about remembering where we came from. The title sums up everything I'm talking about lyrically. During the first two records, we were kids, and we didn't have anything. We were making music, having fun and not worrying. I went back to that place where I wasn't worried. I wanted to be completely honest with my feelings, express myself and let them out. People get so wrapped up in social communities, the Internet and technology that they forget who they are and what life's really about. I fucking forgot who I was until I did this record. This album is just a bass, a guitar, drums and my vocals. I look at the records we've done as slots in time, and I believe 'Remember Who You Are' is very special."

The album captures the band's legendary performance style that's ignited crowds worldwide on stages ranging from Ozzfest and Projekt Revolution to Woodstock and Download. It's the same spirit that gave pop culture hits such as "Blind", "A.D.I.D.A.S.", "Got the Life", "Falling Away from Me" and "Twisted Transistor". It's clear, however, that "Korn III - Remember Who You Are" is another thrilling chapter being etched into KORN's already impressive history.

"There's that timeless space that we enter where nothing else matters on stage," says Munky. "It's us, the crowd and the music. We lose track of where we are and who we are, and it's just a timeless shared space between us and the audience. We lose ourselves in the music. I want fans to lose themselves in the new music by forgetting about any problems or anything going on in their minds and let their hearts hear it. It's the same experience that I get when I'm on stage."

The process brought them back to the beginning, but it also encouraged serious growth. Everyone is locked in like never before. Fieldy adds, "We want to take you on a rollercoaster with this record. There are spacey and weird parts where the bass can breathe and there are some heavy moments. On 'Remember Who You Are', I'm doing what I really wanted to do on our first record."

In the end, this is for the people that made KORN — the millions of kids worldwide that buy every record, wear every shirt and never miss a show. Davis concludes, "I love doing what I do. I love helping kids. I love hearing fans say, 'You got me through this or that.' It makes me feel like I've done something positive. I want kids to feel what I'm saying and really hear it. I'd love for the new songs to provoke them to think about what goes on around them. We're very fortunate to keep doing what we're doing, still be relevant and create music that invokes feelings from people."

The new lineup of JANE'S ADDICTION — featuring the band's latest addition, bassist Duff McKagan (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES, DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED) — has announced the following dates:

June 09 - Arnhem, NL @ GelreDome
June 11 - Madrid, ES @ Rock in Rio Madrid

When asked by a fan on guitarist Dave Navarro's official web site why JANE'S ADDICTION isn't continuing under a different name now that teh band's original bassist, Eric Avery — who was such a huge part of the band's sound and songwriting on 1988's "Nothing's Shocking" and 1990's "Ritual de lo Habitual" — is no longer a member of the group, Dave replied, "Eric was and remains a huge part of JANE'S. He has decided to leave for his own reasons.

"The three [remaining members of JANE'S ADDICTION] have spent the majority of our careers in this band and have had several lineup changes over the years. Changing the name wouldn't make sense for us. It would be another situation entirely had Eric been asked to leave or if we didn't intend on playing music from 'XXX', 'Nothing's Shocking' and 'Ritual'. Had that been the case, I would totally agree.

"I have had experience being the 'new guy' in an already existing band that had only two founding members. Never in a million years would I have expected them to change their name."

Regarding McKagan's addition to JANE'S, Navarro said, "We have been going over back catalogue and writing with Duff several days a week. However, the process of introducing a new member requires more than that. There is a musical and personal education that must take place. Learning dynamics, sensibilities, personalities and many other details is essential. We have been having a great time with all of this and have been expanding on what we can do individually and as a group. It's deeper than just learning some songs for Duff. He has to learn about us and we have to learn about him. Playing the older stuff is like a crash course on JANE'S while writing is an accelerated class for all of us. It's pretty great to be in both classes at once, something we have really never done in the past with a new member."

The new lineup of JANE'S ADDICTION made its live debut on March 30 at singer Perry Farrell's 51st birthday celebration at Les Deux in Los Angeles, California. The band's set included a cover version of LED ZEPPELIN's "Whole Lotta Love", fan-filmed video footage of which can be viewed below.

McKagan stepped in when Avery dropped out of the group for a second time earlier this year.

Several photos of JANE'S ADDICTION working in the studio with McKagan can be viewed at

After JANE'S reunited for a third time in late 2008 — with bassist Eric Avery on board for the first time since the band originally broke up in 1991 — and toured last spring with NINE INCH NAILS, the group began feuding once again as it tried to record new music.

Avery did not participate in the 1997 and 2001 reunions, but was replaced at different points by Flea, Martyn LeNoble and Chris Chaney.

JANE'S ADDICTION completed its participation in Australia's Soundwave Festival on March 1 in Perth.

Los Angeles cyber metallers FEAR FACTORY are set to kick off the second leg of their American "Fear Campaign" tour on May 14 at The Rialto Theater in Tucson, Arizona. The trek, also featuring PRONG and THY WILL BE DONE, will visit twenty cities before it concludes at The Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia.

After a successful performance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles on April 8, scheduled for television broadcast via VH1 on May 22, FEAR FACTORY flew to Oslo, Norway for a eight-show run with METALLICA. The band, like many others, is resorting to travel by land and sea, with more than 20,000 flights cancelled on the European continent last week due to the volcanic activity happening in Iceland. Guitarist Dino Cazares notes, "It took us over 24 hours to get from Oslo to Riga in Latvia with METALLICA and their crew of 50-plus people on a charter bus and ferry. All flights were cancelled because of the volcanic ash in the air." Vocalist Burton C. Bell adds, "We took a ferry from Oslo to get to Latvia. It was the METALLICA party boat; good times. We are basically taking buses and trains everywhere so if you can catch us, catch us."

FEAR FACTORY's new single, "Final Exit", follows the success of earlier metal radio singles "Powershifter" and "Fear Campaign". Two special edits of the eight-minute song are now playing via three of AOL Radio's online music channels. Rhys Fulber with Cazares and Bell realized the edits while the band was touring the U.S. in late March. The song has already received specialty airplay via Active Rock stations KUPD in Phoenix, Arizona and KEYJ in Abilene, Texas.

Lyrically, "Final Exit" draws attention to the much criticized and sensitive issue of self-deliverance as introduced in the 1992 book by Derek Humphry, founder of the Hemlock Society and past president of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies. Bell explains, "Dino and I have created the edits to condense the song into a time specific for radio. We are very happy fans are loving the song for it is one that touches upon the importance of the freedom of choice and personal liberty that all human beings should be allowed. The song hopefully will create awareness for the support group Final Exit Network," the song's namesake. Passionately Bell continues, "The right to life extends beyond life itself. If the medical community cannot, and will not find a cure due to cost effectiveness, then humanity needs the choice of a dignified, self-deliverance from continual, painful treatments from debilitating disease. We have been contacted by many fans who
connect with this song on many levels, and with 'Final Exit' being played on the radio, we hope others will also become aware, understand, and enjoy this song."

FEAR FACTORY's new album, "Mechanize", was released in the U.S. on February 9, 2010 via Candlelight Records. The CD, which was co-produced by the band with Rhys Fulber (FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, PARADISE LOST), was mixed by Greg Reely (PARADISE LOST, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, SKINNY PUPPY).

FEAR FACTORY's current lineup — featuring original FF members Dino Cazares (guitar) and Burton C. Bell (vocals) alongside bassist Byron Stroud (who was credited on the last two FEAR FACTORY albums in addition to touring and recording with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and ZIMMERS HOLE) and legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (DETHKLOK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DEATH, TESTAMENT) — made its live debut on December 4, 2009 at Espaço Lux in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Founding bassist Mike Giordano and lead guitarist Anthony Wayne McGinnis recently left the San Diego metal band CAGE after many years of true metal madness, with Mike departing due to medical reasons and Anthony for family reasons.

Replacing Mike is monster bassist Steve Brogden, who is the lead guitarist/vocalist for the aggressive power thrash metal band HOWLER.

Replacing Anthony is shredding lead guitarist Garrett Peters of the melodic death metal band CLIMHAZZARD and punk metal band SAYAKA.

Comments CAGE vocalist Sean Peck: "All of us in CAGE would like to sincerely thank Mike G. and Anthony for the years of dedication and devotion to the band. There are lots of great memories that we shared as we rocked around the world together. They will always be a part of who we are as a band and they both will be sorely missed.

"As we move forward with Steve Brogden and Garrett Peters, there is a killer level of excitement and enthusiasm as with anything new and fresh. We have already been writing together with the new lineup and cannot wait to get to Largo, Florida on April 30 to unleash the beast at Swordfest."

Pure Steel Records from Germany has just released CAGE's 2009 CD "Science Of Annihilation" as a double gatefold vinyl LP.

The LPs are pressed on 180-gram vinyl and come in a double gatefold sleeve. It is a limited edition pressing of only 525 hand-numbered copies available worldwide, split up into 100 color and 425 black lps.

Side A:

01. The Power That Feeds
02. Planet Crusher
03. Scarlet Witch
04. Spirit Of Vengeance

Side B:

01. Black River Falls
02. Operation Overlord
03. Power Of A God

Side C:

01. Speed Kills
02. Stranger In Black
03. Die Glocke

Side D:

01. Spectre Of War
02. Science Of Annihilation
03. At The Edge Of The Infinite

CAGE has already entered into an agreement with Pure Steel Records to release the 2003 album, "Darker Than Black", and the 2007 punishing concept CD, "Hell Destroyer", on vinyl in late 2010.

MAEL MÓRDHA — the world's only "Gaelic doom metal" band — will release its long-awaited third album, "Manannán", on May 14 via Grau Records. The CD was recorded at Apollo Studios in Dublin's world-famous cultural quarter, Temple Bar, and produced by MAEL MÓRDHA and Anders Bomberg.

"Manannán" track listing:

01. Through the Lungs of the Dead
02. The Summoning
03. The Doom of the Races of Éire
04. Our Ancestors Dwell Here
05. Manannán
06. A Nation in Ruins
07. The Gaelic Twilight
08. Back To Éire

A selection of audio clips from "Manannán" can be heard in the YouTube clip below.

MAEL MORDHA has been confirmed for the Doom Over Vienna 5 festival, which will take place in Vienna, Austria on November 6.


Roibéard Ó Bogail: Vocals, Whistles
Gerry Clince: Guitars
Anthony Lindsay: Guitars
Dave Murphy: Bass Guitar
Shane Cahill: Drums

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POISON singer Bret Michaels has posted the following message on his Fancast blog regarding the emergency surgery he underwent last week to remove his appendix:
"Hey guys!

"Sorry I couldn't blog about 'Celebrity Apprentice' this week. But as I'm sure you have read, I've been in the hospital. Here's what happened…

"I was at Sea World in San Antonio, Texas because we were doing a sold-out concert. For a few days I had not really been feeling 100%, but we were out doing the concerts and nothing was really alarming. I just felt a little off through the morning of April 11.

"I was throwing up all day and really thought I had just got a severe case of the flu. About 10 minutes before show time doctors got on the bus and said, 'Bret we really don't think this is the flu' and told me that I WAS GOING TO THE HOSPITAL. After a CAT scan, they determined it was acute appendicitis and they performed emergency surgery right there in the middle of the night. After the fact, they told me that if I had gone onstage like I wanted to, it likely would have ruptured and I could have died. Not good.

"I have played concerts with broken bones, extremely low blood sugars, the flu, colds, and all kinds of things before. I tend to try to perform at all costs. But, I knew I was really sick this time when I started throwing up that morning and didn't stop all day. I just didn't realize how bad it was. The real red flag was when the doctors came on my bus and told me in no uncertain terms that I was going to the hospital. That's a pretty clear sign that something is seriously wrong.

"As I write this, I'm feeling pretty bad… to tell you the truth. When you're not planning on having a body part ripped out of you, it can be a shock to the system. While the doctors are amazing in San Antonio, there is just no way around the fact that getting your appendix out HURTS. I have a pretty good threshold for pain, but this one hurts.

"I don't know how much longer I will be under medical supervision. I've spoken to several doctors and they all seem to be impressed with the condition I have been able to keep myself in as a juvenile diabetic. But a lot of extra care needs to be taken to make sure my body heals correctly. It's no secret I love my kids, my life, and being on the road, so I want to make sure I do everything I can now to make sure I can continue that later. They say it can take four to six weeks to recover, but maybe longer for a diabetic.

"And yes, there are hot nurses taking care of me, in case you were curious. I mean, come on, every man has the nurse fantasy, don't they? Actually, again, the staff has been amazing and wonderful people.

"I've been spending my time in the hospital watching 'Modern Family'. It is the best new comedy out there. I have the episodes downloaded onto my iPhone. On TV, I've been watching baseball. We all know that I am an avid sports fan. And, I've received tons of phone calls. Holly [Robinson Peete] called, and all of the 'Celebrity Apprentice' producers, and a lot of the other staff. The amount of support has been overwhelming. I am still not 100%, so I am sure I have missed some names and messages.

"And, I want to set the record straight on two things: One, contrary to reports on the Internet, my daughter Raine is alive and well. And, second, none of my concerts will be canceled. We will reschedule all the dates and come back in the summer and fall.

"I also just want to say thanks to everyone for their support and well wishes. My staff has been making sure I get the messages and have told me about the outpouring of e-mails, cards, and get-well gifts, which has been amazing. So, once again, thank you.

"I didn't get a chance to watch last Sunday's 'Celebrity Apprentice' because, obviously, I was a bit busy being under the knife and all. But, I certainly will be back next week provided I feel up to it.

"Until then…"

BLACKRAIN, SISTER and MIDNIGHT COWBOYS have been added to the list of bands who will contribute to "Reborn In Sleaze: A Tribute To Dave Lepard", a special re-recording of CRASHDIET's "Rest In Sleaze" LP to pay tribute to singer David Hellman (a.k.a. Dave Lepard), who committed suicide in January 2006 at the age of 25.

"Reborn In Sleaze: A Tribute To Dave Lepard" track listing:

01. Knokk 'Em Down - KILLER KLOWN
02. Riot In Everyone - JOHNNY BURNING
03. Queen Obscene / 69 Shots - SKULL DAZE
04. Breakin' The Chainz - PEEP SHOW
05. Needle In Your Eye - PRETTY WILD
06. Tikket - SEX SLAVES
07. Out Of Line - CYANIDE 4
08. It's A Miracle - BULLETRAIN
09. Straight Outta Hell - SISTER
10. Back On Trakk - MIDNIGHT COWBOYS
11. Lost Horizons - BLACKRAIN (bonus track)

The tribute album will be released sometime January 2011 via Street Symphonies Records.

Street Symphonies Records is the only Italian record label dedicated exclusively to glam/sleaze/hard rock.

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Reactivated '80s metallers HADES have issued the following update:

"It is with great regret and sadness that we must tell you that our bassist, Jimmy Schulman, is currently in the hospital and will not be able to partake in our reunion shows as planned.

"Jimmy came to rehearsal last Thursday and said he felt very sick. Things worsened after that and he missed our next three rehearsals because he was simply too sick to get out of bed.

"Alan [Tecchio, vocals] called NON-FICTION bassist Kevin Bolembach last Saturday and 30 minutes later we were jamming the set with Kevin. By last night we sounded as good as the band has ever sounded.

"Kevin is a true professional and we can't thank him enough for stepping up and helping us in this unfortunate situation.

"We WILL be performing at Dingbatz [in Clifton, New Jersey] at 10 p.m. tomorrow night [Wednesday, April 21] as planned.

"The Keep It True festival [in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany on Saturday, April 24] looks impossible at this time.

"As far as what is wrong with Jimmy, we do not know right now. He has a very high fever and has been vomiting for days.

"Please say a prayer for our friend and bandmate.

"We are so sorry to disappoint our fans. We have been planning these shows for over a year.

"Again... tomorrow's show at Dingbatz IS on."

The Dingbatz show will mark the first live appearance with most of HADES' "Resisting Success" lineup (Tecchio, Dan Lorenzo, Scott LePage and T. Coombs) since 1986.

At the end of January, the "Resisting Success" lineup of HADES had its first rehearsal since 1986.

"Revolution, Baby", the new single from Swedish/British modern metallers SONIC SYNDICATE, will receive its world premiere on Sweden's Bandit Rock radio on May 5. The track will also be available to download via iTunes on May 7.

The European release date for "We Rule The Night", the new album from SONIC SYNDICATE, has once again been pushed back — this time to August 27 (via Nuclear Blast Records). The CD was recorded at Bohus Sound studios in Kungälv, Sweden and was mixed at Paramount Studios in North Hollywood, California by producer Toby Wright, who has previously worked with KORN, SLAYER, MÖTLEY CRÜE, KISS, FEAR FACTORY, IN FLAMES, STONE SOUR and OZZY OSBOURNE, among others.

Commented the band: "'We Rule the Night' is a result of everything that SONIC SYNDICATE has been and has become.

"When [British singer] Nathan [James Biggs; formerly of THE HOLLOW EARTH THEORY] joined the band in 2009, a fire ignited and everything just felt truly natural for the first time in many ways.

"We're having more fun than ever, the music started flowing like water, and 'We Rule the Night' is the most exciting album we've recorded to date!"

"We Rule The Night" track listing:

01. Beauty And The Freak
02. Revolution, Baby
03. Turn It Up
04. My Own Life
05. Burn This City
06. Black And Blue
07. Miles Apart
08. Plans Are For People
09. Leave Me Alone
10. Break Of Day
11. We Rule The Night

In addition to the album's standard version, "We Rule The Night" will be made available in a limited-edition digipack featuring two bonus songs and a DVD.

The cover artwork for "We Rule The Night" was created by Gustavo Sazes (ARCH ENEMY, SONIC SYNDICATE, GOD FORBID) of Abstrata Art and can be viewed below.

Commented the band: "We asked Gustavo to create a bright cover that was also very dark to fit with the title of out new album.

"After countless hours of frustration and adjustments, an e-mail arrive[d] with what has now become the brightest yet darkest cover we could possibly hope for."

SONIC SYNDICATE's "Burn This City" video was shot with director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL) of Revolver Film Company.

"Burn This City", which marked the recording debut of the band's latest addition, British singer Nathan James Biggs (formerly of THE HOLLOW EARTH THEORY), was one of two tracks that were laid down at Abyss studios in Pärlby, outside Ludvika, Sweden. Both cuts appeared on a new EP, "The Rebellion Pack", which was released on November 9, 2009 as part of an all-in-one-package with the group's latest album, "Love And Other Disasters".

Swedish female-fronted heavy rock band SISTER SIN will release its sophomore album, "True Sound Of The Underground", on June 8 via Victory Records in North America and on July 23 through Metal Heaven Records in Europe. The CD was produced by Henrik Edenhed (DEAD BY APRIL, ROBYN, LAMBRETTA, TEDDYBEARS, CHRISTIAN WALTZ, THE SOUNDS) in Stockholm at Studio 301 and Cosmos Studios.

"True Sound Of The Underground" track listing:

01. Sound Of The Underground
02. Nailbiter
03. The Devil I Know
04. 24/7
05. Built To Last
06. Heading For Hell
07. Outrage
08. I Stand Alone
09. Better Than Them
10. Times Aren't A-Changing
11. Beat 'Em Down

On April 24, Las Vegas' hottest band SIN CITY SINNERS will welcome special guests Pete Loran of TRIXTER and Jimmy Crespo, formerly of AEROSMITH.

The show will take place at Ovation (inside Green Valley Ranch Hotel & Casino.) Doors will open at 10 p.m. and this show is FREE!

About Pete Loran: As lead singer for the band TRIXTER, Pete is a gold-record recording artist and has sold over three million records worldwide. He has toured with such acts as KISS, POISON, SCORPIONS and WARRANT. The band had three #1 videos on MTV and two top 100 Billboard singles. In 1991 TRIXTER was voted best new band by Hit Parader magazine. In 2000 they were voted #29 on VH1's Top 40 hair-band countdown.

About Jimmy Crespo: Jimmy is best known as the man who replaced Joe Perry in AEROSMITH from 1979 to 1984. Crespo co-wrote the majority of the "Rock In A Hard Place" album with Steven Tyler and played all of the guitar. Jimmy later toured with Rod Stewart and has also recorded or performed with Meat Loaf, Billy Squier and Stevie Nicks.

SIN CITY SINNERS' debut CD, "Exile On Fremont Street", is available now at or on iTunes.

SIN CITY SINNERS features Todd Kerns (AGE OF ELECTRIC, SLASH), Brent Muscat (FASTER PUSSYCAT), Rob Cournoyer (RAGING SLAB) and Dr. Michael Ellis.

Former BURST guitarist Jonas Rydberg has joined the Gothenburg, Sweden-based band FASTER KATT on bass. The group recently finished recording four new songs, including a cover of MIKAEL WIEHE's "Flickan Och Kråkan", re-titled "The Girl And The Crow".

FASTER KATT's lineup includes Mattias Engström (MEMFIS), who also plays bass.

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French metallers DAGOBA have signed with the French label XIII Bis Records for the release of the band's fourth album, "Poseidon". Due in late summer, the CD is being recorded at Hyperion Studio in Marseille, France with "Brew" Varea. The CD will be mixed by Dave Chang at Philia Studio in the U.K.

"Face the Colossus", the third album from DAGOBA, was released in October 2008 via Season Of Mist. The CD was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, HATESPHERE, MNEMIC) at Antfarm studios in Århus, Denmark.

Tue Madsen previously worked with DAGOBA on the band's sophomore album, "What Hell Is About…", which was released in February 2006 via Season of Mist. That CD featured a guest appearance on two songs by DIMMU BORGIR bassist/ARCTURUS frontman Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, ex-BORKNAGAR, LAMENTED SOULS).

After wrapping up their headlining run with the hugely successful Atticus Metal Tour II, Massachusetts metallers UNEARTH are taking their show overseas. First, they'll conquer Japan, Australia and New Zealand with Metal Blade labelmates THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. Once that run is over, the guys are taking what will be one of the longest flights ever to the United Kingdom for a European tour with 36 CRAZYFISTS.

Commented UNEARTH vocalist Trevor Phipps: "What better way to spend our May and June than touring Japan, Australia and New Zealand with our buds in THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and also hitting up much of Europe and the summer festivals with our boys in 36 CRAZYFISTS?

"I don't really see a point in trying to answer that question because there isn't a better answer.

"If you live in any of the places I mentioned, come on out, bang your heads, hit the pit, drink some beer and do some stupid shit.

"This is our last go around the world until 2011, so let's make this a rager for the ages."

For a list of upcoming shows, visit

Vocalist John Tardy of Florida death metallers OBITUARY has issued the following update:

"We are enjoying some time off and it has given us a chance to finally work on some new music. Trevor [Peres; guitar] was in town and we got some new OBITUARY songs down. Heavy as balls! Donald [Tardy; drums] and I also have been working on some new TARDY BROTHERS 'Bloodline' material... Just having a blast jamming!!!!

"We are getting closer and closer to the start of our U.S. tour! It starts off in Orlando and the Club Firestone! This place is awesome and we have not played in Orlando in a long, long time, so we are hoping for a killer show!!"

A two-camera shoot of OBITUARY performing the songs "Chopped in Half" and "Turned Inside Out" on March 12, 2010 at the Academy in Sheffield, England can be viewed below.

SIX FEET UNDER/ex-MASSACRE bassist Terry Butler filled in for OBITUARY's Frank Watkins on the recent trek.

OBITUARY's new concert DVD, "Live Xecution - Party.San 2008", was filmed at 2008's Party.San Open Air festival, which was held in Bad Berka, Germany.

Night Of The Vinyl Dead Records recently released a limited-edition vinyl version of OBITUARY's "Left To Die" EP. Only 500 hand-numbered copies were made available on hand-splattered bloody vinyl, including an insert.

"Left to Die" contains four songs: two new originals ("Forces Realign" and "Left To Die"), a 2008 studio recording of "Slowly We Rot", and a cover of "Dethroned Emperor" by CELTIC FROST.

For more information, go to this location.

"Darkest Day", the latest album from OBITUARY, landed at position No. 32 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.

Tampa, Florida's DIABOLIC has been added to several dates of CANNIBAL CORPSE's "Evisceration Plague Tour" that is scheduled to kick off today (April 20) in Orlando, Florida.

DIABOLIC is confirmed for the following dates:

Apr 21 -Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr 22 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Apr 23 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Apr 25 - Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey

Commented DIABOLIC in a statement, "This is our first U.S. tour since 2002 when we were out with DIMMU BORGIR, CRYPTOPSY and KRISIUN, and we look forward to seeing our fans again, and to playing new songs from our upcoming CD, 'Excisions of Exorcisms', upon the metal masses live for the first time ever!"

DIABOLIC will release its fifth full-length album, "Excisions of Exorcisms", on June 8 via Deathgasm Records. The CD was recorded at D.O.W. Studios in Seffner, Florida with producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL, TERRORIZER, UNHOLY GHOST, live sound for NILE). The cover artwork was created by Joe Petagno (MOTÖRHEAD, MARDUK, KRISIUN, ANGELCORPSE) and can be viewed below.

"Excisions of Exorcisms" will be released in jewel case and digipack CD formats.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

01. Excisions of Exorcisms
02. Hellish World
03. Entombed
04. Venomous Habitations
05. Evil in Disguise
06. Bloodwashed
07. False Belief
08. Fragmented Kreations

DIABOLIC's current lineup includes founding members Aantar Coates (drums), Paul Ouellette (bass, vocals), and guitarists Kelly McLauchlin (UNHOLY GHOST, PESSIMIST) and Jeff Parrish (BLASTMASTERS).

DIABOLIC is scheduled to appear at the 20th-aniversary edition of the Michigan Deathfest on July 16-17, 2010 alongside DECEASED, NATRON, GODHATE, ACHERON, GODLESS RISING and more.

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Norwegian black metallers 1349 will be unable to make the first few shows on CANNIBAL CORPSE's "Evisceration Plague Tour" that is scheduled to kick off today (April 20) in Orlando, Florida.

Commented 1349 in a statement: "Unfortunately, we will have to let all our fans know that we will not be able to make it to the first shows of the tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE. First of all, our visas, which we have applied for months ago, are still not being cleared, and secondly, air traffic in Europe is being a major problem in the last couple of days and still will be in the next days.

"We are trying our best to join this tour. However, right now we are not able to tell anybody when and if this is going to happen. As soon as we have any news on the situation we will let you know."

1349 will release its fifth full-length album, "Demonoir", on April 26 in Europe via Indie Recordings and one day later in North America through Prosthetic Records. The CD was recorded at Studio Nyhagen, deep in the woods in Norway with Tom G. Warrior (HELLHAMMER, CELTIC FROST), who showed the greatest respect for the task and played a key role as motivator and catalyst. His technical role of the recording was that of a co-producer, but far more important was his presence and understanding of what a challenging project "Demonoir" was.

Commented 1349 vocalist Ravn: "In hindsight, it is our belief that Tom was the missing piece of the puzzle, adding that element of heritage we needed. He represented the direct link to the Creators! We also need to mention three other contributors; Ronnie LeTekrö — one of the most acclaimed guitarists on the globe, wrenched his soul inside out as he recorded one of the leads for 'Psalm 7:77'; a truly breathtaking experience. We had some excellent, wicked grand piano play carried out by Canadian pianist Tony Caputo. And then there was Thorbjørn Benjaminsen of Hornorkesteret that recorded some spine chilling themes with his stringed reindeer horns, adding a touch of natural grimness to the electric inferno."

Prosthetic Records has launched the pre-order for the North American versions of the album; a digipack CD and a limited edition (only 666 made) 12" picture-disc LP. The CD and LP can be purchased individually or together, or in a bundle with a T shirt.

Pre-order yours now at the Prosthetic webstore.

"Demonoir" track listing:

01. Tunnel of Set - I
02. Atomic Chapel
03. Tunnel II
04. When I Was Flesh
05. Tunnel III
06. Psalm 7:77
07. Tunnel IV
08. Pandemonium War Bells
09. Tunnel V
10. The Devil of the Deserts
11. Tunnel VI
12. Demonoir
13. Tunnel VII

"Atomic Chapel" is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.

Check out the cover artwork for the U.S. edition / European limited digipack edition and the European standard edition below.

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

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

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

1349 is:

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

U.S. edition / European limited digipack edition:

German melodic death/thrash metallers BURDEN OF GRIEF have completed work on their new album, "Follow The Flames", for a summer release via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2007's "Death End Road" will contain 10 new songs. The limited-edition version of the CD will include a bonus disc featuring cover versions of eight metal classics. The album was mixed and mastered by Swedish producer/multi-instrumentalist Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, OPETH, DISSECTION, BLOODBATH). The cover artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes (ARCH ENEMY, SONIC SYNDICATE, GOD FORBID).

"Follow The Flames" track listing:

01. Ignition (intro)
02. Follow The Flames
03. Born In Fire
04. The Arms Of Death
05. Disruption Of A Confused Mind
06. Doomed To Fail
07. No Way Out
08. Mirror Of Truth
09. Burning Red Eyes
10. Fallen
11. Rise Like A Phoenix

Bonus CD:

01. Aces High (IRON MAIDEN)
02. The Four Horsemen (METALLICA)
03. Break On Through (THE DOORS) (feat. Dan Swanö)
04. Mouth For War (PANTERA)
05. Fool For Your Loving (WHITESNAKE)
06. Refuse/ Resist (SEPULTURA) (feat. Sabina Classen)
07. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be (AC/DC)
08. Valhalla (BLIND GUARDIAN) (feat. Gerre)

In July 2009, BURDEN OF GRIEF's debut album, "Haunting Requiems", was re-released by the Polish label Metal Mind Productions. This remastered re-release comes in a limited, hand-numbered digipack with a new 16-page booklet and four previously unreleased bonus tracks from the band's 1996 demo tape, "My Blood".

BURDEN OF GRIEF released its fourth full-length album, "Death End Road", in March 2007 via Remedy Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Fields of Salvation" was recorded at Krachgarten Tonstudio in Kassel, Germany and was mixed at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS, HATESPHERE).

Belgian black metallers ENTHRONED have issued the following update:

"Finally after nine years, ENTHRONED will come back to the United States this summer! Dates will come soon and we will reveal the support acts in the meantime. Also, ENTHRONED will team up with Norway's GORGOROTH for the South American portion of their world tour this September. The tour will be around Brazil. Soon dates will be posted."

ENTHRONED will embark on a European tour with SHINING between October 20 and November 7. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

ENTHRONED released its eighth album, "Pentagrammaton", on March 22 via Regain Records.

Commented the band: "We are very satisfied of how 'Pentagrammaton' turned out; the final result of the album is exactly what we wanted to achieve: an album which can be best situated between our last offering 'Tetra Karcist' and ENTHRONED cult album 'Towards The Skullthrone Of Satan', yet adding some new elements as usual.

"The whole concept of 'Pentagrammaton' deals with direct approach: the sound is warmer than 'Tetra Karcist', natural drums, heavy guitars for a lyrical concept based on lived experiences and facts, somehow something very personal, let's say!"

ENTHRONED recently parted ways with Nguaroth (guitar) and Ahephaim (drums) and replaced them with Neraath and Garghuf (ex-GORGOROTH), respectively.

Finnish melodic death metallers MYGRAIN will enter Seawolf Studios in Helsinki in early June with producer Janne Joutsenniemi (SUBURBAN TRIBE, STONE) to begin recording their third album for an early 2011 release via Spinefarm Records.

A medley of four new MYGRAIN songs can be heard in the YouTube clip below (clip shot by Toni Salminen of Metalscope).

Commented the band: "These versions ARE NOT final and they have been recorded at once but we're sure you'll have something out of them. Hopefully this will ease the long wait for the upcoming album."


Tommy (CYNTAX TERROR) - Vocals
Resistor (CYNTAX TERRO) - Rhythm Guitar
Mr. Downhill - Lead Guitar
Eve - Synths
Jonas - Bass
DJ Locomotive - Drums

MYGRAIN's second album, "Signs of Existence", entered the Finnish national chart at position No. 32. The CD was released in February 2008 via Spinefarm Records.

MYGRAIN's debut album, "Orbit Dance", came out in 2006. The CD was recorded and mixed in November 2005 and January 2006 at Sound Supreme studio by Janne Saksa. It was mastered in February 2006 at Finnvox studios by Mika Jussila.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

[HeavyMetalHeaven] New INNER TERROR CD released

The new INNER TERROR CD "Behold the Inner Terror" has been released! It's available as a limited edition, a small number of copies are being pressed initially which will make this a very rare item. The disc contains 12 songs of metal at it's best and features professional sound and graphics. The cost is only $10 plus shipping and handling. Payments can be made through Paypal, check, or money order. For more details, interested parties can contact us at To hear a sample of rough mixes from the disc, you can go to

Promo copies of the CD are still available for review. Requests are always welcome!

We would like to give an extra special thanks to Dilyana Delcheva who did a great job on the artwork of the CD. You can contact her at

Other places that support INNER TERROR........
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Saturday, April 10, 2010

[HeavyMetalHeaven] Swarm - Beyond The End

Swarm - Beyond The End
Country: USA
Year: 2003
Style: Heavy/Speed Metal
Format: Full Length
Bitrate: 256 kbps
01 - Heaven's Cage
02 - Bleed
03 - Never Forget
04 - Karma
05 - Dark Western
06 - Sengir Vampire
07 - Sufferahs
08 - Beyond The End
09 - Diamond
10 - My Eyes Have Seen You


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Friday, April 9, 2010

[HeavyMetalHeaven] Armored Saint - La Raza (2010)

Armored Saint - La Raza

Full-length, Metal Blade Records
March 16th, 2010
1. Loose Cannon 05:46
2. Head On 05:06
3. Left Hook From Right Field 05:31
4. Get Off The Fence 04:48
5. Chilled 05:02
6. La Raza 06:41
7. Black Feet 05:07
8. Little Monkey 04:45
9. Blues 03:32
10. Bandit Country 05:16
Total playing time 51:55
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[HeavyMetalHeaven] Seventh Force - Resurrection (USA)

Seventh Force - Resurrection
Country: USA
Year: 2000
Style: Heavy Metal
Format: Full Length
Bitrate: 128 kbps
01 - By Your Side
02 - Standing In The Light
03 - Out Of Control
04 - On A Star
05 - Sweet Revenge
06 - Dancing In The Night
07 - Dangerous Livin´
08 - Burning Steel
09 - Feelin´ All Right
10 - Come And Gone
11 - Lock Up Your Daughter


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[HeavyMetalHeaven] Heaven and Hell, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Jon Lord, Guns N ROses, Metallica, New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Stone Temple Pilots, Dimebag Darrell, The Sword, Hail, Cinderella, Salem, Vince Neil, and tons more hard rock and heavy metal news

British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN will open the European leg of their "Final Frontier World Tour" on Friday, July 30 at the O2 in Dublin, ireland, with very special guests HEAVEN & HELL.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 16 at 9:00 a.m, with a special pre-sale for members of the IRON MAIDEN fan club starting on Tuesday, April 13 at 9:00 a.m.

The tour takes its name from IRON MAIDEN's forthcoming studio album, "The Final Frontier", which is expected be released in the late summer of this year.

Following shows in USA and Canada, the "Final Frontier World Tour" will travel to Europe for a few selected major festival and stadium shows, with the band planning to continue to many other countries in 2011.

"The Final Frontier" was recorded at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas with Kevin Shirley at the helm.

Shirley previously worked on the last three MAIDEN albums — 2000's "Brave New World", 2003's "Dance of Death" and 2006's "A Matter of Life and Death".

The next IRON MAIDEN album will be the band's fifteenth studio record, and they face a challenge to follow up "A Matter of Life and Death", which was received well critically and saw the group play the whole album on tour.

IRON MAIDEN will kick off a North American tour with very special guests DREAM THEATER in Dallas, Texas, on June 9 and finish in Washington D.C. on July 20, making it MAIDEN's most extensive North American tour in many years.

Following these shows in USA and Canada, "The Final Frontier World Tour" will travel back to Europe for a few selected major festival and stadium shows with the band planning to continue to many other countries in 2011.

IRON MAIDEN will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Monday, June 7 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with IRON MAIDEN by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).

AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton spoke to the Boston Herald about the band's near-break-up and eventual reconciliation with singer Steven Tyler.

AEROSMITH's U.S. trek with ZZ TOP was scrapped midway through last summer when Tyler injured himself in a fall from the stage, which began a troubled six-month period for the group.

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

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

"There was a lot of sort of reconciling and processing feelings and stuff," bassist Tom Hamilton told the Boston Herald. "Everyone said how they wanted things to be in the future and it became clear that, for everybody, the coolest thing to do would be to resolve things with the band."

Hamilton joked that he and bandmates Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer came to the February sit-down in their rehearsal studio "all lawyered up."

"There was management there," he said, adding that "it took a while" to get everybody to realize that the best thing for everyone was for AEROSMITH to be AEROSMITH.

Former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord released his latest album, "To Notice Such Things", on March 29 through Avie Records. The CD has entered the U.K.'s official classical chart at No. 4.

An interview with Lord about the CD can be found at his official web site. Also available is a track-by-track breakdown of the album.

Titled after the main work — a six movement suite for solo flute, piano and string orchestra — the album was inspired by, and is dedicated to the memory of Jon's dear friend Sir John Mortimer, the English barrister, dramatist, screenwriter, author and creator of British television series "Rumpole of The Bailey", who died in January 2009.

"He was a great friend and a great inspiration to me and I hope my love and respect for him comes out in the music," says Jon.

"A few weeks after he passed away, I was offered a commission to write a piece for solo flute and strings — a flute concerto in essence. At first I turned it down because I thought there wasn't enough time, but after a couple of days of thought, I realized that I had these three little pieces for flute and piano that I had written for the theater shows that I used to do with Sir John, and I thought that they might provide the basis for this 'flute concerto' and that I could write in his memory.

"John and I became friends about 12 years ago. A couple of years later he asked if I would be interested in playing the piano and writing a bit of music for him, for his theater shows — Mortimer's Miscellany — during which he sat on the stage and, accompanied by two actresses, a pianist and a flute player, he read poetry and prose, told stories and jokes and related hilarious legal anecdotes, giving his wonderfully wise and witty take on life, love and the law."

The music written for those shows has now evolved into Jon's new album, "To Notice Such Things".

"There was a total of about six minutes of music which has now grown into a 27-minute suite for solo flute, piano and string orchestra," Lord says. "I wrote it during March, April and May, and it was an emotional yet fascinating experience to work on it when John's presence was still so very strong. In fact it still is, but back then he had only just passed away.

"I think he's pretty much in every note of the piece and I'm really pleased with it, because I think he would be happy with what my thoughts about him are."

The suite ends with a movement called Afterwards, named after the Thomas Hardy poem that John Mortimer used to read at the end of his show.

Both the Suite itself and the album are called "To Notice Such Things" because the last line of the Hardy poem are "He was a man who used to notice such things."

The all-instrumental album was recorded at the end of last September with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Clark Rundell with Cormac Henry on flute, and also features three additional pieces.

"To Notice Such Things" track listing:

01. To Notice Such Things
a. As I Walked Out One Evening
b. At Court
c. Turville Heath
d. The Stick Dance
e. The Winter of a Doormouse
f. Afterwards
02. Evening Song
03. For Example
04. Air on the Blue String

Tonight's (Friday, April 9) GUNS N' ROSES concert at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San Jose, Costa Rica has reportedly been cancelled. According to local media reports, the show was called off because part of the stage collapsed from the weight of the screen which the band has been using as part of its live performances.

Outside the stadium, fans of GUNS N' ROSES have been lining up to obtain refunds for tickets which cost between ¢ 16,000 (approximately $29) and ¢ 63,000 ($113).

A four-minute video report on the GUNS N' ROSES concert cancellation from the Costa Rican news channel NR6 can be viewed below.

As previously reported, GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose is being sued by his former manager for nearly $2 million dollars in unpaid commissions, according to the Associated Press. Front Line Management, led by music industry powerhouse Irving Azoff, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on March 25, claiming that Rose owes the company $1.9 million, or 15 percent of the more than $12 million that Rose has earned from performances in Europe, Canada and South America, based on an oral agreement.

Azoff, considered one of the most powerful men in music, has managed the careers of artists such as the EAGLES and VAN HALEN, and at one point handled the affairs of Rose's former GUNS bandmates in VELVET REVOLVER.

He is widely credited with pushing Rose to finally complete and release the 2008 GUNS album "Chinese Democracy" after a 15-year delay.

Rose parted ways with Azoff at some point in the last year and claims he is now handled by Doc McGhee, a veteran rock manager whose clients over the years have included KISS, BON JOVI and MÖTLEY CRÜE. However, KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently told Classic Rock magazine that McGhee is in fact not managing Rose nor GUNS N' ROSES.

The eccentric singer has not yet commented publicly on the lawsuit.

According to, METALLICA and GUNS N' ROSES have taken the top two positions of this week's Hot Tours ranking based on box office totals from Brazil and Argentina reported by concert promoter T4F. Continuing its "World Magnetic Tour", METALLICA is No. 1 with over $10 million in gross sales from three performances in Brazil. One concert at Parque Condor in Porto Alegre (Jan. 28) and two nights at São Paulo's 80,000-seat stadium, Estádio do Morumbi (Jan. 30-31) take the veteran rock band over the $100 million mark in ticket sales since the tour began in October 2008.

GUNS N' ROSES ranks No. 2 for the week based on ticket sales from four concerts in Brazil and one in Argentina. Top-grosser was Estádio Palestra Italia in São Paulo (March 13) with $3 million earned at the box office and 34,872 in attendance. Another stadium date, Estadio Vélez Sársfield in Buenos Aires on March 22 drew over 35,000 fans. The five reported March dates on the band's "Chinese Democracy World Tour" grossed a combined total of $8.4 million.

The NEW YORK DOLLS have paid tribute to former SEX PISTOLS manager Malcolm McLaren, who suddenly passed away from his fight with cancer on April 8.

The legendary rock band from New York City says that it will dedicate its classic song "Jet Boy" to McLaren when the group plays its only U.K. concert at London Koko on Monday, April 19.

"Malcolm McLaren was such a marvelous amalgam of exuberation, sensuality, culture and literacy," says NEW YORK DOLLS lead singer David Johansen. "All of this was salted with the essential recognition of his own rascality. He was the perfect preservation against stuffiness and a lack of humanity. We are going to miss him terribly."

"Malcolm opened up the doors for punk music around the world," adds Sylvain Sylvain, the DOLLS' original founding guitarist. "He was a visionary and took what was going on in New York City and made it global. He was a massive influence on everyone who ever had a punk shop or a punk band. His passing represents the final chapter in an era when music was exciting."

SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones has issued the following statement regarding the passing of the band's former manager Malcolm McLaren:

"I was upset when I heard the news, as I've always had a soft spot for Malcolm. I knew him since I was 17 before the PISTOLS formed — I used to drive him around in Vivienne Westwood's car to the tailors in London in the days of the 'Let It Rock' clothing store.

"Malcolm was definitely the Brian Epstein of punk — without him it wouldn't have happened the way it did. I stayed friends with him throughout the years despite some of our differences. He came on 'Jonesy's Jukebox' [Steve's radio show] a couple of years ago, and that's a good memory. But my fondest memory of Malcolm, and I loved the guy, was his birthday gift to me when I turned 21 — he got me a hooker and some heroin."

Despite early reports that he had died in New York, McLaren's girlfriend of many years, Young Kim, 37, confirmed the impresario died of mesothelioma at a hospital in Switzerland. He was 64 years old. reports that Universal Music Publishing Group has signed a worldwide, deal encompassing the entire STONE TEMPLE PILOTS song catalog, including the group's upcoming self-titled, sixth-studio album coming out on May 25.

The deal consists of signing up the group's frontman Scott Weiland to a worldwide publishing administration and a renewed/extended exclusive administration agreement with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' brothers Robert DeLeo (bass guitar, vocals) and Dean DeLeo (guitar), and Eric Kretz (drums, percussion).

This month's issue of U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine comes packaged with a previously unheard track that was recorded by the late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, who produced the song, tells the magazine, "I got the track and put it into Pro Tools and trimmed the edges and made it shine a bit but the true producer and engineer was Dime. The sounds you hear are the ones he recorded, I just cleaned it up.

"I've never done anything like this and it was an honor to work on something that no one has ever heard and to be one of the first to listen to it.

"[Dime's former girlfriend] Rita [Haney] told me about the song, about Zakk [Wylde] and the whole the story about them getting together and ending up drunk. It's really cool.

"Rita fills me in and all the stories are so great. They had such a nice life.

"I've come know more about him and his impact later in life than I did at the time. You really appreciate his art and what he contributes to metal."


"Dimebag" Darrell was co-founder and lead guitarist for PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, Dimebag and his brother Vinnie Paul formed DAMAGEPLAN. On Dec. 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.

Austin, Texas' THE SWORD has completed work on its third album for a late 2010 release via Kemado Records. The CD was recorded with producer Matt Bayles, who has previously worked with MASTODON, ISIS and MINUS THE BEAR, among others.

In a recent interview with Decibel magazine, THE SWORD guitarist/vocalist John "J. D." Cronise stated about the forthcoming effort, "This is what you'd technically call a 'concept album,' though I'd describe it as more of a soundtrack to a story I came up with. All the songs are about aspects of the story, but they don't cover every detail from beginning to end. It's a science fiction story, and it deals heavily with themes of light and dark and perceptions of time. One of the main settings is a planet, which has experienced tidal locking, creating a side of perpetual day and a side of perpetual night. The reason for creating a narrative to base the songs around was essentially to provide interesting and varied lyrical subject matter with a core theme to tie it all together."

Cronise previously told AOL's Noisecreep that the as-yet-untitled record will have a broader hard rock sound but stressed that the band's aim isn't to broaden its appeal outside of the heavy metal market. "If more people listen that's great, but we're not doing it for that reason," he said. "We are just more interested in expanding our sound for ourselves. If we wanted to expand our audience we should just remake the second album over again, rather than challenge people with something new."

THE SWORD's last album, "Gods of the Earth", was released on April 1, 2008 via Kemado Records.

HAIL!, the supergroup featuring mainstays Tim Ripper Owens (BEYOND FEAR, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ex-JUDAS PRIEST), David Ellefson (MEGADETH) and Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) have confirmed their performance at the Sauna Open Air Festival in Tampere, Finland on Saturday, June 12th. Hail! will also be playing the following dates in Finland/Estonia:

8 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
9 - Tallin, Estonia - Rock Cafe
11 - Kouvala, Finland - House Of Rock
12 - Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air Festival

One of the more talented bands to emerge out of the 1980s was Cinderella. Their blues based hard rock sound garnered them major respectability among critics and their peers. They have been around for 24 years and will be gearing up for a major tour his summer with the Scorpions. We were able to chat with lead singer Tom Keifer about the tour, how his voice is holding up, and the very latest about his future solo album. Let's "Push, Push" to the interview…

Gus: Tom... first of all, I want to thank you for taking the time to talk with us at We know the band is revving up for some dates this weekend, so we appreciate you taking the time.
Tom: Sure! No problem.
Gus: The question everybody wants to know, how's your voice holding up?
Tom: Great! It feels really great! We just did our first shows in Denver and Salt Lake City. My voice felt really good and I really feel I got the problems behind me. I've been working with some really great coaches and think I have it worked out.
Gus: Can you explain to our readers what exactly happened to your voice.. and how did you rehabilitate it?
Tom: I've had voice problems going back to the early 1990s. That's why there was such a big period of time between the 3rd and 4th records 'Heartbreak Station and Still Climbing.' It was a kind of a mystery at the time. It's a long story, but I will try to condense it. My voice went kind of crazy and haywire towards the end of the Heartbreak Station tour. I just couldn't control the notes and stuff. I went to a bunch of different doctors and had a lot of frustration of not being able to figure out what was going on. I was diagnosed with paresis of my left vocal cord. Paresis is like a partial paralysis. The left vocal cord doesn't move the same as the right one. It can be a sudden thing. It's usually not caused by how you sing or anything like that. It's caused from the nerve being degenerated by viruses like a cold virus that embodies into the nerve or something like that. They don't exactly know what the cause of it was. It's
something that usually can be career ending for a lot of people because there isn't any kind of surgery or medicine to fix it. You have to retrain the vocal cord to do what it is supposed to do. I had to work real hard for 3 or 4 years there, to get enough strength back to make the 4th record. We toured shortly on that one, had to do some more work and the band broke up for a while. Got back together in 1998. My voice was doing pretty well and we have done a bunch of tours since we got back together and in 2006, I got hit with it again. It kinda of came back tenfold. We were well into rehearsals for that tour and the boat was ready to roll. I didn't have a whole lot of choice. It was our 20 year anniversary and we were with Poison. I made the decision to go, even with my voice being somewhat less than expected. The beginning of the tour started off fairly well. I was able to hit most of the notes. As the tour went on, my voice got worse and worse
to the point that by the end of the tour, I was probably talking through a lot of songs and changing melodies. Things I never had to do on tour. Because of the stress of that, I put some wear and tear on the vocal cords. I had to have some surgery to repair some tissue damage from straining and that kind of thing. I had that after the 2006 tour. I have pretty much been rehabbing and retraining it since. I had been working with 4-to-5 different voice teachers and finally found someone who helped teach me techniques to get around it and make my voice work again. I'm just thankful I got it to that place. For the shows we did back in Denver and Salt Lake a couple of weekends ago, my voice felt better than it has in years!
Gus: I'm sure you were very nervous before the show in Denver.
Tom: Oh Yeah (laughs)!
Gus: When you completed the show, how did it feel?
Tom: It felt good throughout both shows, particularly the first one. I felt I sang well, but not quite as well as I did in rehearsals and stuff, but I was just nervous. Particularly at the beginning of the set, I was a deer caught in the headlights. Towards the end of the set, I feel I loosened up and opened up more both nights. For both of our shows this weekend (Verona, NY and Philadelphia, PA), I will be more relaxed.
Gus: You have a couple of shows this weekend in Verona, NY (which isn't too far way from where I am in Buffalo, NY) and Philadelphia, PA, your hometown, which I'm sure your really looking forward in playing.
Tom: For sure. We haven't played there in years!
Gus: Frontier Records released 'Live at the Mohegan Sun' in November of 2009. The show was recorded in 2005 on the Rock that Never Stops tour. Why was this show used as a recording and not something more recent?
Tom: It was one of the few that we recorded. I don't think we really did any recording in 2006. On the 2005 tour, we recorded a couple of shows. We liked that performance and we have a couple of other things recorded from that tour. That record was originally released by Sony here in the States. They had a five year license. When that license was up, Frontier decided to license it to release overseas.
Gus: What is going on with your solo record?
Tom: It's pretty much finished. I'm booking a mastering date, probably in May sometime, before we hit the road for the summer. Then I will be looking for a label for it.
Gus: When can we expect a possible release?
Tom: It's hard to say. I kind of predicted that in the past and have been wrong. I didn't really want to do that again.
Gus: When the CD is released, will you be doing a tour in support of that?
Tom: Yeah, I definitely would want to support it and that's one of the reasons why I'm kind of putting it on the back burner... because of the voice situation. I didn't want to sign a deal for it and not be able to support it when the record came out.
Gus: Compare this record to a Cinderella record. Are there similarities? Are there differences?
Tom: There are differences, but a lot of similarities because I was the songwriter who did a lot of guitar work and was the lead singer in Cinderella. It has a lot of my sound in it. If I had to describe it, I would say it's somewhere between Long Cold Winter and Heartbreak Station. Hopefully with a newer twist too.
Gus: Cinderella's last studio record 'Still Climbing' was released in 1994. When can the fans expect a new studio album?
Tom: Right now it's been so long since we've just been a band and on the road and that's what we are looking forward to. To just get out there and play and see where that takes us.
Gus: you are a very talented musician where in concert you not only play the guitar, but the piano and saxophone as well. How did you become so diverse in playing multiple musical instruments?
Tom: Well, I don't know. There were a lot of different kinds of music growing up. Guitars have been always my main instrument. I also liked a lot of bands that had piano. I was big Skynyrd fan and Fleetwood Mac and Aerosmith. A lot of stuff from the 70s that utilized a lot of others, other than guitars, so that's where a lot of the interest came from.
Gus: Tom, you pretty much stay out of the public eye when you're not out on tour. What are some of your other enjoyments away from music?
Tom: I really just enjoy being home with my family. I became a father 6 years ago. It has been really great to be home with him during some really important moments. Sometimes I think the voice problems... well there is never just some ill wind without bringing some good. Of course, as much of a struggle that was and I didn't like it, it kept me home. I had no choice. I got to see him in his first baseball league. That's been really great! You always try to look at the positive of things!
Gus: You talk about living in Nashville now and its one of the heartbeats of the music scene in America. Have you ever thought about producing other musicians' music?
Tom: Yeah, and I do from time to time. I worked with Andy Griggs and produced some stuff for him. I produced some stuff for Bo Bice a couple of years back.
Gus: Any other acts you may be working with in the future?
Tom: Not that I have planned, but those things just kind of fall out of the sky. I get things presented to me all of the time and it just has to be something I really love. Then I will get involved in that.
Gus: You're going out on tour with the Scorpions this summer. What other dates can we expect from the band that haven't already been announced?
Tom: To be honest, I'm not sure exactly if everything has been announced, so I probably need to step carefully here. We do have some dates with the Scorpions. We are going overseas to do some festivals like Download and Sweden Rock. We have some other various festivals here in the states this summer.
Gus: So the touring will lead you to just the end of summer then? When you can concentrate on the release of your solo record?
Tom: Yeah! I want to get the mastering and editing all finished up before we leave and then I will start to look for a label when I'm out on the road.
Gus: In wrapping up, what can the fans expect from the band going forward?
Tom: Well, I'm going to get my record out and we are going to tour this summer. Then we will see where that all leads for the band. Possibly, a record down the road? I don't know when or if that will happen. We are certainly opened to the idea. If it's the right place at the right time, and it feels right, and a label that's interested in doing the right thing by the band. It's certainly a possibility in the future. Right now, we are just really focused in being a band, getting comfortable on stage again, and getting out there and just having some fun!
Gus: You guys are definitely a great band to see live and I want to wish you luck with your tour with the Scorpions and your festivals and what not.
Tom: Thanks!

We would like to thank Sky Nicholas of Union Entertainment Group for setting up the interview. For more information on Tom and the current Cinderella tour, you can go to:

NWOBHM legends SALEM have signed to Pure Steel Records.

The upcoming release, In The Beginning..., will contain remastered material from the band's 3 demos, and their singles from 1981-1983.

The material was remastered by Rocco Stellmacher, and the release will be available in the second quarter of 2010.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Frontiers Records has set a June 4 European release date for MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil's new solo album, "Tattoos & Tequila". The digital-only release of the title track will precede the full-length effort on April 16.

Neil recorded "Tattoos & Tequila" in the winter of 2009 with The CD was recorded with bassist Dana Strum and Jeff Blando (both of SLAUGHTER) and drummer Zoltan Chaney. The album will include two new songs — "Tattoos and Tequila" and "Another Bad Day", both produced by Marti Frederiksen (AEROSMITH, OZZY OSBOURNE, DEF LEPPARD) —plus a selection of classic cuts from some of the rock giants that have influenced Vince Neil throughout his musical career. The cover songs were produced by Vince and Jack Blades (DAMN YANKEES, NIGHT RANGER).

"Tattoos & Tequila" track listing:

01. Tattoos & Tequila (album version)
02. He's A Whore (CHEAP TRICK)
04. Nobody's Fault (AEROSMITH)
05. Another Bad Day
06. No Feelings (SEX PISTOLS)
07. Long Cool Woman (THE HOLLIES)
08. Another Piece Of Meat (SCORPIONS)
10. Viva Las Vegas (ELVIS PRESLEY)
11. Bitch Is Back (ELTON JOHN)
12. Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers (ZZ TOP) *

* Bonus track available on first pressing in digipak

In a recent interview with The News Tribune, Vince stated about the upcoming CD's title, "It's rock 'n' roll. That's it. It has nothing to do with MÖTLEY CRÜE. Tattoos and tequila is basically my life."

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Neil is also writing a book akin to MÖTLEY's autobiography, "The Dirt", with Esquire writer Mike Sage
LYNCH MOB vocalist Oni Logan has announced that the band will play the following US dates in May in support of the band's latest album, Smoke And Mirrors:

6 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theater
7 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
8 - West Hollywood, CA - Key Club

The band recently announced a string of European tour dates, which include:

30/31 - Firefest - Nottingham, UK

3 - A38 Ship - Budapest, Hungary
6 - De Bosuil - Weert, Holland
10 - Atelier - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
11 - Szene - Vienna, Austria
12 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
14 - Matrioska Club - Modena, Italy
18 - Sticky Fingers - Gothenborg, Sweden
19 - Sigurdsgatan - Vasteras, Sweden
20 - Smuget - Oslo, Norway

More shows will be announced soon.

Danish metal rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT will celebrate the completion of their brand new studio album with high-profile shows alongside two of rock's most legendary names — METALLICA and AC/DC.

Between May 11 and May 23, the four-piece will be main support to METALLICA in Belfast (Ireland), Budapest (Hungary), Zagreb (Croatia), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lyon (France). Then the following month, on June 20 and June 22, VOLBEAT will support AC/DC in the German towns of Dresden and Berlin.

VOLBEAT will return to the U.K.'s Download festival this June, an event they first participated in last year. Just prior to the band's Download appearance, VOLBEAT will open for German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN at the 10-Oren venue in the group's hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark.

VOLBEAT has set "Beyond Hell/Above Heaven" as the title of its fourth studio album, tentatively due in Europe in September. The CD is once again being recorded at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen.

Commented guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulsen: "The title refers to the overall theme of the album, and it continues the storyline from where [the last VOLBEAT CD] 'Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood' left off…

VOLBEAT is "very excited about the writing process, carrying the songs into both extreme metallic territory, punk variations and some very catchy stuff at the same time," according to a posting on the band's web site. In addition, fans can expect to hear various guest musicians on the CD.

Added Poulsen: "We have fast, slow and mid-tempo songs. We still blend different styles of punk, rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, metal, heavy metal, thrash metal, country — we still keep it very open, it's just music! I cannot say too much about it right now, but we're really excited about it and it's going to be very, very cool. Again, we're going to give people something they haven't heard before. We always try to do something special and different on each and every album."

A video message from VOLBEAT regarding the new album title and the songwriting process for the new CD can be viewed at this location .

"Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood", the third studio album from VOLBEAT, received a U.S. release in March 2009 via Mascot Records. The follow-up to "Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil" featured 14 tracks, including a SOCIAL DISTORTION cover as a bonus cut on all editions.

"Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood" was certified gold in Denmark for sales in excess of 20,000 copies less than a month after its release. The CD entered the Danish chart at No. 1, and was beaten only by METALLICA's "Death Magnetic" in its second week of release.

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers DEATH ANGEL are the latest act confirmed for the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, sailing from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico on January 24th, 2011 and returning four days later.


70,000 Tons Of Metal will sail Monday, January 24 , 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty Of The Seas from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000 Tons Of Metal is not your Grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is 100% Heavy Fucking Metal! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? Since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass.

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

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SOULFLY has been confirmed for this year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-7, 2010 in Wacken, Germany.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


ENSIFERUM, EQUILIBRIUM, SWASHBUCKLE and HEIDEVOLK will join forces for the Heidenfest 2010 European tour, which will take place in September/October. An as-yet-announced "special guest" will also take part in the trek.

EQUILIBRIUM's René Berthiaume comments: "Heidenfest tour 2008 was our first real European tour and it was a killer time back then. We can't wait to kick off this tour in Fall with all those other fantastic bands! This time around we will come to some cities we've never been to before — a great chance for the fans who haven't seen us live till now! Furthermore it's a great opportunity to present our new album, 'Rekreatur', which will be out in June 2010!"

SWASHBUCKLE's Admiral Nobeard adds: "Aye, once again Europe has seemed to grace us with a killer tour and excellent adventures across some of yar finest lands. We pirates be proud to partake in this year's Heidenfest. It'll be a bitchin' good time chock-full of metal and the utmost fun. Europe prepare yourselves to get caught in a mosh. Stay classy!"

The dates are as follows:

Sep. 10 - München, Germany - Backstage
Sep. 11 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
Sep. 12 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
Sep. 13 - Aarhus, Germany - Voxhall
Sep. 14 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Sep. 15 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
Sep. 16 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
Sep. 17 - Geiselwind, Germany - Music Hall (with EISREGEN)
Sep. 18 - Bochum, Germany - Ruhrcongress (with Eisregen)
Sep. 19 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
Sep. 20 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
Sep. 21 - Rennes, France - Antipode
Sep. 22 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
Sep. 23 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Sep. 24 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn (with Eisregen)
Sep. 25 - Wien, Austria - Gasometer (with Eisregen)
Sep. 26 - Prague, Czech Republic - Abaton
Sep. 27 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Majestic Music Club
Sep. 28 - Budapest, Hungary - WigWam
Sep. 29 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Cvetlicarna Mediapark
Sep. 30 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
Oct. 01 - Innsbruck, Austria - Hafen
Oct. 02 - Linz, Austria - Posthof

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WATAIN, SUFFOCATION, IHSAHN and ROTTING CHRIST are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's edition of the Hole In The Sky festival (a.k.a. Bergen Metal Fest XI), set to take place August 25-28 in Bergen, Norway.

Commented the festival organizers: "Welcome to Hell, or should we say, welcome to Hole In The Sky 2010.

"This particular introduction is of course chosen carefully as we all know what happened back in 1981, when three lads by the name of VENOM decided to put out their debut album with that heartfelt title. Metal music has never been the same afterwards. VENOM has influenced everything from METALLICA and SLAYER to the vast majority of all black metal bands we know today, even coining the genre name with their second album, 'Black Metal'.

"But Hole In The Sky isn't all about the legends; it's about drawing the lines from the roots to the present. Lately there's been a great resurrection of underground talent and a growing interest in the underground in general, something that we find healthy and inspiring. Lately a lot of smaller specialized festivals has surfaced around in Scandinavia and on the continent and these gatherings plays a major role in keeping the music scene alive and exciting.

"This year all four days has been put together with a loose theme for each day that all together is intended to be the ultimate celebration of death, doom and black metal, from the pioneers VENOM, OBITUARY and CATHEDRAL, via underground heroes such as GRAVE MIASMA, ENFORCER, and DEAD CONGREGATION, to rising stars SECRETS OF THE MOON, THE DEVIL'S BLOOD and WATAIN. In-between, you'll find legends in new outfits such as IHSAHN and Tom G. Warrior's TRIPTYKON and a whole bunch of other fantastic bands that makes the world a better place.

In addition to usual four days of metal mayhem, there is also a few other occasion ideal for some serious hellraising. On the Sunday before the festival kicks off Bergen Live in cooperation with Hole In The Sky is presenting the absolutely brilliant French metal act, GOJIRA, which did their first gig in Norway during the Hole in the Sky festival in 2006. In addition we have the 'Incoming' day on Tuesday, featuring some mighty fine acts from Oslo and Bergen."

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


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Guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk of the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band REDEMPTION has issued the following update:

"I am sorry to say that we are faced with the reality of having to cancel REDEMPTION's intended European shows the summer.

"Part of our unique sound comes from our vocalist, Ray Alder of FATES WARNING.

"As a longtime fan of FATES myself, I have always maintained that REDEMPTION would not interfere with Ray's commitment to FATES, and we have worked very carefully and diligently since Ray joined REDEMPTION in 2005 to ensure that both bands would be able to record and perform without conflict.

"We intended to play several shows in several countries this summer in support of our new CD, 'Snowfall On Judgement Day'. Our management and local promoters in Europe worked hard to line up some great shows that we were very much looking forward to playing. Originally, there was no conflict, even when FATES announced some special shows and festivals to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their fantastic 'Parallels' CD. However, some additional shows were then added on FATES' schedule. We intended to carry on and simply reschedule some of our dates, shortening the tour to ensure that there would not be a conflict. Again, our management and local promoters worked hard to ensure we'd be able to do this. It became economically more difficult, but REDEMPTION was prepared to accept that since we really wanted to play for our fans in Europe.

"As of a week ago, we still intended to move forward. However, after considering it, Ray determined that the schedule — which would have involved him performing headline sets with us, then taking a very long flight, having only a brief time to recover before performing headline sets with FATES, then having to fly back to Europe and perform again — is simply too much to take on. There's just no way to do it while performing at the level that I know Ray wants to.

"So I'm left with the unfortunate reality that we're not going to be able to play Europe this summer.

"Please understand we've done everything we can to find a solution — but none were available to us.

"We look forward to coming to Europe at another time, and thank you for your interest and support."

on February 4, REDEMPTION WAS interviewed for an episode of "Hard" on the AUX music channel out of Canada. The six-minute segment, which includes performance footage, can be viewed below.

REDEMPTION released its fourth CD, "Snowfall on Judgment Day", on October 6, 2009 through Inside Out Music. The album was mixed and mastered by Tommy Newton, who produced the group's last two CDs, at Area 51 Studios in Celle, Germany. The artwork was once again created by Travis Smith.


Ray Alder - Vocals
Nick van Dyk - Guitar, Keyboards
Bernie Versailles - Guitar
Sean Andrews - Bass
Chris Quirarte - Drums
Greg Hosharian - Keyboards

REDEMPTION released a concert DVD, "Frozen in the Moment: Live in Atlanta", in late February/early March 2009. The disc contains a five-camera, high-definition shoot of the band's ProgPower USA VIII festival appearance in Atlanta, Georgia in October 2007. In addition, there is a 12-minute video and photo tour diary set to the band's previously unreleased instrumental from the DREAM THEATER songwriting contest that REDEMPTION wrote back in 2003.
Sweden's PAIN OF SALVATION will release its 11th album, "Road Salt One", in the U.S. on June 8.

In a world governed by increasingly rigid rules and conformist conceptions of art, PAIN OF SALVATION has created its own niche in the international music scene. The band's new album, "Road Salt One" is the first installment of a double album project which showcases the band's outstanding emotion and intensity while leaning a little more towards modern rock with a colourful '70s flare.

Since the band's inception in 1984 (originally called REALITY then renamed PAIN OF SALVATION in 1991), frontman Daniel Gildenlöw has followed his own musical path mixing elements of metal, pop, funk, disco, blues, goth, folk, Arabian and Asian influences and, of course, prog.

"Skills and complexity should be part of the machinery, not the functionality or design," says Gildenlöw, "so I try to hide it away where the engine is supposed to be — under the hood of a machine built mainly to process ideas and emotions."

PAIN OF SALVATION's 2009 EP release, "Linoleum", was a preview of the new double album concept. The band supported its release with a string of headlining shows throughout Europe and Russia as well as on tour with DREAM THEATER in Australia.

PAIN OF SALVATION recently took part in the national Swedish competition for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen, with the band's very atmospheric rendition of the song "Road Salt". Although they didn't win the competition, the exposure helped catapult the digital version of "Road Salt" to No. 12 on the Swedish chart.

In addition to the title cut, "Road Salt One" includes the previous EP single/title track "Linoleum" (which was accompanied by a great energetic video). Other highlights include the captivating opening track, "No Way", the awe-inspiring "Sisters" (which will be the second single) and the acute "Where It Hurts" (which will also be put in video form).

"'Road Salt One' is twelve tracks of sweaty gravel, asphalt butterflies, untrodden paths and brave decisions," says Gildenlöw. "It will not beg for your liking, it will not make excuses, it will not carry you safely across the dangerous waters. If you don't pick up its pace, it will leave you stranded at the curb of the road. Yes, 'Road Salt One' might indeed be a harsh lover, but if you have the guts to follow it whole-heartedly and dare to surrender to its voice, it will take you places you need to visit."

Finnish atmospheric rock/metal band EMBASSY OF SILENCE will release its debut album, "Euphorialight", on May 12 through the Swedish label Supernova Records.

Supernova is the new sublabel of Bonnier Amigo Music Group focusing on rock and metal genres. The publisher for the digital single is IODA Nordic, which is the global distributor for Supernova Records. The single "Soul-Broken" will be released in digital form on April 12, and samples from the album can be heard at the band's MySpace page.

According to a press release, "Euphorialight" is a "many-splendored album, with the dark gloominess of KATATONIA and ANATHEMA, or the progressive touches of PINK FLOYD and OPETH. The common denominator in the songs are Ines' spine-chillingly beautiful voice and the catchy melodies of the choruses."

"Euphorialight" features several guest artists, such as Aapo Romu, the cellist of VANGUARD, and on backing vocals Andy Koski Semmens (EREPIA, 0 X I S T; ex-ESOTERIC, ex-PANTHEIST), Juhani Palomäki (COLOSSEUM) and Teppo Tirkkonen (THE PURIFICATION). The CD was recorded at D-Studios, Finland with Jarno Hänninen, and mastered at Sweden's Cutting Room with Björn Engelmann.

"Euphorialight" track listing:

01. Soul-Broken
02. I Ride Alone
03. Passion and Savagery
04. Baron Samedi
05. Absinthe Eyes, Opium Words
06. Deadline Playtime
07. Catherine and Heathcliff
08. Maneater
09. Void
10. The Mercury Lamp
11. Euphorialight


Ines Lukkanen - Vocals
Tero Kalliomäki - Guitars
Jarno Suodenjoki - Guitars
Samu Lahtinen - Bass
Harri Koskela - Keyboards
Jaakko Hauru - Drums

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada-based metallers BLINDED BY FAITH have announced the addition of bassist Michaël Beaudoin is to the group's ranks. The group's new lineup will make its live debut on Saturday, April 17 in Drummondville.

BLINDED BY FAITH recently entered the studio to record three new songs ("The Pace Of The Race", "Dead End" and "Drastic Medicine"), to be used to procure a new record deal. During the process, the band was working with Antoine Baril (ex-AUGURY drummer), Yannick St-Amand (DESPISED ICON, BENEATH THE MASSACRE) and Pierre Rémillard (ANONYMUS, MISERY INDEX, MARTYR).

BLINDED BY FAITH's sophomore album, "Weapons Of Mass Distraction", was released in May 2007.


Tommy Demers (vocals)
Danny Émond (keyboards and sampling)
Michaël Beaudoin (bass)
Julien Marcotte (drums)
Daric Grenier (guitar)
Pascal Côté (guitar)

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Melbourne, Australia's dark rockers THE ETERNAL have scheduled the following dates in their home countryL

July 02 - Byron Bay, AUS - The Buddha Bar
July 03 - Brisbane, AUS - The Jubilee Hotel (Dead Of Winter Festival)

THE ETERNAL recently made a new DVD, "Kartika World Tour 2009", available exclusively via the band's web site. The disc contains the "Kartika World Tour" and "The Making Of Kartika" documentaries as well at two promotional videos and plenty of photos.

A trailer for the DVD can be viewed below.

THE ETERNAL entered 301 Studios in Byron Bay on December 4, 2009 with acclaimed producer and multi-platinum recording artist Jeff Martin (THE AMARDA, THE TEA PARTY) to begin recording the band's fourth full-length album, "Under A New Sun", due later in the year. Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 2008's "Kartika" include "Control", "Under A New Sun", "A Thousand Shades of You", "Collapse" and "Cast In Stone".

Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY will embark on a tour of Mexico and South America in June.

Commented the band, "We're very excited to finally return and perform for some of the most devoted DARK TRANQUILLITY fans on earth and are looking forward to visiting no less than three new countries for the first time: Peru, Uruguay and Brazil."

The dates are as follows:

June 03 - Mexico city, Mexico - Circo Volador
June 04 - Puebla, Mexico - Salon JP de Puebla
June 05 - Bogota, Colombia - Teatro Metropol (with HIRAX)
June 06 - Caracas, Venezuela - CECIM (with CYNIC)
June 08 - Lima, Peru - Voce
June 09 - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Novedades
June 10 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Flores
June 11 - Monte Video, Uruguay - Complejo Troya
June 12 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - [to be announced]
June 13 - Curitiba, Brazil - [to be announced]

THREAT SIGNAL and MUTINY WITHIN have been confirmed as the support acts on DARK TRANQUILLITY's upcoming North American headlining tour.

"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.

"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.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based death/thrash metallers NERVECELL will open for DEICIDE on May 28 at Arabian Winds in Istanbul, Turkey. Also scheduled to appear are Turkish bands MORIBUND OBLIVION and HECATOMB.

This will be NERVECELL's first performance since the band's just-completed tour of Europe with SUFFOCATION.

NERVECELL last year inked a deal with Lifeforce Records. The band's "Preaching Venom" album was released in Europe on October 26, 2009.

"Preaching Venom" was released in April 2008 in the Middle East (via Spellbind Records) and features PSYCROPTIC's David Haley (also of THE AMENTA, RUINS) on drums. The CD was mixed at Hertz Studio (VADER, DECAPITATED, HATE) in Poland by Wieslawscy Bros. and was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (SEPULTURA, SUFFOCATION, UNEARTH) in New Windsor, New York.

San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB have been confirme for the California Metalfest IV, set to take place May 15-16 at The Fox Theatre and The Glasshouse in Pomona, California.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

May 15:


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