Monthly Archives April 2010
WITCHERY’s line-up reads like the who’s who of Swedish Metal: Jensen (guitars) plays with The Haunted; solo-guitarist Rickard Rimfält for Séance; bass player Sharlee D’Angelo is in charge of the deep end of Arch Enemy and Spiritual Beggars; while drummer Martin Axe hits the skins of Opeth and Bloodbath. The upcoming album Witchkrieg, set for a June 29th North American release, features the debut of new vocalist Legion (ex-Marduk, ex-Devian) and an army of the best metal guitarists. The fretboard wizardry of Kerry King crowns “Witchkrieg,” the opener and title track.
Guitar player Jensen had met Kerry in 1999 on the first U.S. tour of his band in Los Angeles after the WITCHERY show at The Whiskey. “He came on our bus and we partied all night long...Read More
American heavy metal band FEAR FACTORY has confirmed an additional week of dates to the recently announced second leg of their American Fear Campaign tour. Set to begin May 14 in Tucson, initial weeks will feature FEAR FACTORY with Prong, Thy Will Be Done and Silent Civilian with the final week finding All That Remains replacing Prong for the northern run of dates. Continuing to tour in support of their latest release, Mechanize, the tour introduces the album’s third single, the controversial album closer “Final Exit.”
“Final Exit” is expected to follow the success of earlier metal radio singles “Powershifter” and “Fear Campaign.” Already playing via three of AOL Radio’s online music channels, the single is planned to impact on May 17...Read More
American thrash metal band WARBRINGER will be spending part of this summer writing new music. The band has also confirmed their Asian touring plans. Here are the confirmed dates:
With Municipal Waste and Toxic Holocaust:
May 12th Osaka, JAP – Club Quattro
May 13th Nagoya, JAP – Club Quattro
May 14th Tokyo, JAP – Club Quattro
May 16th Bangkok, THA – Overtone RCA
May 18th Bandung, IND – Fame Station
May 19th Singapore – Substation Theatre
May 21st Kuala Lumpur, MAL – Number One Café
May 22nd Manilla, PHL – Center for Arts
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Den Headz, this year’s Bled Fest will be going down again at the Hartland Performing Arts Center in Howell, Michigan on May 29th. Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door). Here are the confirmed bands:
Polar Bear Club
In Fear And Faith
Of Mice & Men
The Color Morale
Before Their Eyes
Within The Ruins
Balance & Composure
The Felix Culpa
This Town Needs Guns
Siren The Escape
Your Best Friend
The Yellow Sign
Failed Attempt 52
Good Weather For Airstrikes
So Save Me
Versus The Ocean
As Bound With...Read More
Canada’s own BISON B.C. released their latest album with Metal Blade Records last week, Dark Ages. The critically acclaimed album received the highest charting numbers to date from Soundscan Canada, charting #144 on the Current Top 200, #21 on the Independent Chart and #21 on the Hard Chart!
Guitarist/vocalist James Farwell had this to comment: “So, the country buffet in Mesa, Arizona gave us the charts as well, but seriously, can I quit my job and get a guitar shaped pool yet? Thanks Canada, for liking french horn!”
Dark Ages also charted on Billboard Heatseeker (New Artist Chart) @ #99 in the USA.
Tour w/ High On Fire, Priestess, Black Cobra
4/27 Fresno, CA Audies Olympic/Club Fred
4/28 Santa Cruz, CA Blue Lagoon
4/30 Boise, ID Neurolux Inc
5/01 Spokane, WA The Boulevar...Read More
The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality, NILE, will return to North America with their second tour in support of their new album Those Whom The Gods Detest. Joining them will be the ancient Roman themed arsenal EX DEO, Tazmanian tech-death masters PSYCROPTIC, Norwegian extreme metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN, and brutal death grinders PATHOLGY.
“Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II”
NILE, EX DEO, PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY
10/31/10 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
11/01/10 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
11/02/10 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
11/03/10 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
11/04.10 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
11/05/10 Club Hell – Providence, RI
11/06/10 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/07/10 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
11/08/10 R...Read More
Long running American death metal act CANNIBAL CORPSE are slated to film two shows of their present “Evisceration Plague Tour” for a future live DVD release. The shoot will be handled by director Denise Korycki, who also did the band’s “Centuries Of Torment” DVD.
Here are the shoot dates:
May 3rd Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
May 8th Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
An official release date for the DVD has not been announced.
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There is no better way for Century Media Records to celebrate their 20th Anniversary in North America than by having the band that propelled them to success return home. ICED EARTH, one of the most groundbreaking metal bands of all time is extremely excited to announce a return to their roots by partnering back up with Century Media. This new worldwide deal sees the band rejoin the label that released the legendary albums The Dark Saga and Something Wicked This Way Comes, as well as all of the early Iced Earth albums. In addition to Iced Earth, Century Media will also release Jon Schaffer’s Sons Of Liberty project.
Antje Lange, managing director of Century Media Records Europe, comments: “We are extremely happy and proud to welcome Jon Schaffer and his bands Sons Of Liberty and Iced E...Read More
German metal veterans PRIMAL FEAR completed the work on a brand new live DVD named “16.6- All Over The World” recorded in various locations between September and November 2009 and on a live CD aptly titled “Live in the USA”. Frontiers Records will release the two products separately and in a limited edition combo version on June 2nd in Europe and June 22nd in the USA.
“The main part of the DVD was recorded in Switzerland at the Z7, but there is more footage from a headlining show held at the ProgPower festival in Atlanta, USA plus footage from Brazil/Sao Paulo, Tokyo & Osaka/Japan and more places” explains bassist and producer Mat Sinner. “That’s why the DVD is named “16...Read More
TMD turns the clock all the way back to MÖTLEY CRÜE’s earliest known gig at The Starwood Club in Hollywood, California on April 24, 1981… believe it or not: twenty nine years ago!
Mötley Crüe was founded on January 17, 1981 when bass player Nikki Sixx quit the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist/guitarist Greg Leon. Lee had worked before with Greg Leon in Hollywood glam metal act Suite. The three jammed together for some time with Leon ultimately deciding to leave the fold. The bassist and drummer then began a search for new members. Sixx and Lee soon met guitarist Bob “Mick Mars” Deal through an ad in “The Recycler”. Mars was immediately auditioned and then hired to join the lineup. The group was still in dire need of a lead vocalist...Read More