May 24, 2013
My Kingdom Music has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with DRAGONHAMMER:
“My Kingdom Music is absolutely delighted to announce that they have signed one of the best Italian bands ever: Dragonhammer. The new album titled ‘The X Experiment’ will be released on October 21st, 9 years after the last band’s release.
“The album could be defined an explosive mix of power, epic, and progressive metal in the real Dragonhammer tradition and style, and is based on a great futuristic concept, a modern fantastic story set in a post-nuclear world where the chaos reigns.
“‘The X Experiment,’ recorded by a completely renewed line-up leaded by the talent of Gae Amodio and Max Aguzzi, will have great special guests of international level and we are sure will sign the return to the glorious past of a historical reality of the Italian Metal scene.
“The release will be followed and promoted by a series of live shows in Europe. More details and news soon.
May 24, 2013
Den Headz, DARK TRANQUILLITY has unveiled “Endtime Hearts,” the latest track from their forthcoming album, Construct, to surface online. Check it out HERE.
May 24, 2013
SLAYER held their celebration of life for their late guitarist Jeff Hanneman today, May 23rd. The event was open to the public and took place at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA. Various friends, family, musicians and fans attended the affair which saw Hanneman‘s Slayer bandmate Kerry King, Metal Blade founder Brian Slagel, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, System Of A Down‘s Shavo Odadjian, Dino Paredes (American Recordings,) Nick Bowcott (Marshall Amplification) and more take to the stage to speak and share stories about Hanneman.
Fan-filmed footage from the memorial has begun to surface online with some clips available HERE. Hanneman passed away earlier this month at the age of 49. His official cause of death was listed as ‘alcohol related cirrhosis.’
Source: The PRP
May 24, 2013
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May 23, 2013
EVILE have confirmed a show in London with legendary crossover thrashers SUICIDAL TENDENCIES.
EVILE will be supporting SUICIDAL TENDENCIES at the Electric Ballroom in the UK’s capital on Sunday, 7th July. EVILE’s new album, SKULL, is due to be released on Monday, 27th May in Europe via Earache Records, and on June 11th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records.
EVILE bassist JOEL GRAHAM comments:
“A show with Suicidal Tendencies? Yes please! Really looking forward to this one. We have played a couple of festivals with ST, and watched on as they tear stages apart. Such a great, influential and groundbreaking band. We jumped at the chance to play with them at this only UK show.”
Jun. 14 – Wervik, Belgium – SkullFest
Jun. 28 – Lesmahagow, UK – Les Fest
Jul. 07 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom (w/ SUICIDAL TENDENCIES)
Aug. 24 – Werrington, UK – Scar Fest
Sep. 26 – Cardiff, UK – Cardiff University
Sep. 27 – Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory
Sep. 28 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
Sep. 29 – Glasgow, UK – Audio
Source: The Gauntlet
May 23, 2013
British extreme metal legends CARCASS have signed to Nuclear Blast Records for the world excluding Japan! Surgical Steel, the band’s first studio release since their 1996 LP Swansong, was produced by Colin Richardson (Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus). Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in the band’s current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (Aborted) and guitarist Ben Ash (Pig Iron, Desolation). Expect some guest vocals from original sticksman Ken Owen as well, when Surgical Steel is released this Fall world-wide.
Carcass has released the following statement regarding their new found partners in medical deviancy: “We are pleased to announce that we have found the perfect home for Surgical Steel, the first Carcass album for, what, seventeen years?! We’ve inked a deal with Nuclear Blast for our new baby. We have to thank Markus Staiger for his enthusiasm and belief in what he heard, but mostly his ability to take advantage of Jeff with a bad hangover when he visited the office in Donzdorf to let him be the first to hear the rough mixes. Nuclear Blast has managed to secure this release despite interest from all the main players in what remains of the metal ‘music industry’. We’re also looking forward to working with our pals in the US Office, who have done favors for us behind the scenes over the last few years. On a personal note, Jeff looks forward to his and label manager Gerardo Martinez’ friendship to come crashing down in flames and tears in a few months. As long as we don’t mention ‘The War’ we think we’re going to do just fine with our new Teutonic home!”
Commented Nuclear Blast owner and founderMarkus Staiger: “One of my all-time favorite UK Metal Bands signed recently to Nuclear Blast – it feels like a dream come true. When Jeff Walker let me listen to the new record I knew immediately that Carcass made one of their best albums ever! It is a perfect mixture of »Heartwork« and »Necroticism«with a massive production to boot. The album is without a doubt just as perfect and lethal as surgical steel itself, and exactly what both old and new fans have waited for eagerly all of these years! I am very proud to say, Carcass – welcome to the Nuclear family. It is an honor to work with this legendary metal band.”
Adds North American label manager Gerardo Martinez: “First of all, apologies to the many that were wondering where that signing statement was the other day. Well, we didn’t anticipate the prenuptial agreement to take this long but here we are, and about to release to the world what many people said would never happen: a new Carcass record! All joking aside, this is a dream come true. All I can say is that even the biggest critic, Señor Walker himself included, will find this to be one of the best Carcassalbums. It already sounds like a classic and I can’t wait for people to hear it. ‘Time to die, die in pain’!!!”
May 23, 2013
Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of the legendary Seattle metal band SANCTUARY. In 2010, four of the founding members, Warrel Dane, Jim Sheppard, Lenny Rutledge and Dave Budbill, came together for a few select reunion performances. At first, it was just going to be a handful of shows, but the response and chemistry on stage was so overwhelming that the guys changed their minds. Now, some 20 years after they left off, SANCTUARY will continue with their unique mix of US power metal, hard rock and progressive elements and begin work on a new LP. To complete the line-up, Brad Hull (FORCED ENTRY) will be filling in for former guitar player Sean Blosi. A late 2013 release is planned.
The band comments:
Warrel Dane: “Having been with Century Media since 1995 with NEVERMORE, it was a very comfortable decision for SANCTUARY to sign with them. Century Media has a great team that always delivers for all of their bands. I’ve known most of them on a first name basis for many years and I look forward to this new chapter in history.”
Lenny Rutledge: “I can speak for every member of SANCTUARY when I say we are all excited to join the Century Media family. We now have the opportunity to work with the best metal record label on the planet. We are looking forward to creating great music with an awesome team behind us.”
SANCTUARY released the classic albums Refuge Denied and Into The Mirror Black during their short existence between 1985 and 1992. Following the band’s dissolve, singer Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard formed NEVERMORE.
SANCTUARY line-up 2013:
Warrel Dane – Vocals
Lenny Rutledge – Guitars
Jim Sheppard – Bass
Dave Budbill – Drums
Brad Hull – Guitars
July 6–El Corazon–Seattle, WA
Source: Metal Rules
May 23, 2013
German thrashers EXUMER have confirmed a New York City show on September 21, 2013. The show will be the only U.S. appearance in 2013 for EXUMER and the band’s second visit to the United States. Main support for the evening will be Florida death metal act MALEVELONT CREATION. The show will be at The Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY.
Vocalist Mem V. Stein comments: “We are beyond thrilled to be finally playing in NYC. We haven’t played on North American soils since the THRASHO DE MAYO festival in L.A., four years ago. New York is close to mine and our bassist’s hearts, since both of us live here and we have never brought the band to play in front our home crowd.”
Upcoming Tour Date:
The Paper Box – Brooklyn, NY
Sep 21, 2013
Source: The Gauntlet
May 23, 2013
SLAYER has commented on Westboro Baptist Church’s plan to picket the public memorial celebration for the band’s late guitarist Jeff Hanneman, which will be held May 23 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
The event — which will run from from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m — will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-in basis (subject to venue capacity, which is listed at around 4,000 people). All ages are welcome, and paid parking will be available around the venue.
A new message on SLAYER’s official Facebook page states: “Message to fans: Want to really piss off the Westboro Baptist Church at Jeff’s memorial celebration? Do exactly what SLAYER members and family are going to do — totally ignore them. They don’t exist. And then come inside and celebrate Jeff’s life with us.”
In a “news release” announcing its plans to picket Hanneman’s memorial celebration, Westboro Baptist Church said: “Jeff Hanneman received his ‘talent’ from God. Indeed, his very breath of life was from God… Instead of being thankful and using his talents to glorify God, and warn the generation into which he was born to fear and obey God, Hanneman used this resource to encourage sin.
May 22, 2013
Indian thrash metal band, SKRYPT, is now offering their 2010 EP “Discord” for free download at this link.
The EP runs over 20 minutes and features 4 original tracks; listing as follows:
4. Constructing The Absolute