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 LiveNation.com 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
08. Sad But True
10. Wherever I May Roam
11. The Day That Never Comes
12. Master Of Puppets
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 ConcertConfessions.com ).
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 Billboard.com, 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
07. Hazy Daze
10. Fast As I Can
11. First Kiss On Mars
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 www.myspace.com/stonemountainfreeway.
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."
For more information, visit www.sthlmrockout.com.
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 JanesAddiction.org.
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.
01. The Power That Feeds
02. Planet Crusher
03. Scarlet Witch
04. Spirit Of Vengeance
01. Black River Falls
02. Operation Overlord
03. Power Of A God
01. Speed Kills
02. Stranger In Black
03. Die Glocke
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
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.
MAEL MÓRDHA is:
Roibéard Ó Bogail: Vocals, Whistles
Gerry Clince: Guitars
Anthony Lindsay: Guitars
Dave Murphy: Bass Guitar
Shane Cahill: Drums
For more information, visit www.mael-mordha.com.
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:
"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.
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.
For more information, visit www.streetsymphonies.com.
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
03. The Devil I Know
05. Built To Last
06. Heading For Hell
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 TheSinCitySinners.com 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.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/fasterkatt.
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 www.myspace.com/unearth.
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
04. Venomous Habitations
05. Evil in Disguise
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.
For more information, visit www.diabolic-deathmetal.com.
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
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.
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
11. Rise Like A Phoenix
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.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/mygrain.
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