Monthly Archives November 2013



Worcester, Massachusetts-based concert promotions company, MassConcerts, is proud to, once again, host the annual NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL in April 2014.

Slated for April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the 2014 installment of the massive NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL gathering will mark its sixteenth year. Since 1999, the multiple-day festival has been attracting dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the historic Worcester Palladium, that houses two stages full of music for three full days.. While the final lineup for this year’s fest is still being organized, today the first wave of bands confirmed to be taking part in the three-day massacre has come in hard.

Highlights of the three dozen NEMHF 2014 confirmations as of this week include: All That Remains, Iced Earth,...

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GUS G. – Signs Worldwide Deal With CENTURY MEDIA


Guitar virtuoso GUS G. has signed a worldwide solo deal with Century Media Records. Well known in rock and metal circles for his work as OZZY OSBOURNE’s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, Gus G. will make his solo debut with the release of I Am The Fire in spring 2014.

Says Gus G. of the signing: “Loyalty is a very important thing in the music business, and for me it just felt natural to trust my first solo effort to the hands of the record company that has been loyal, supportive, and has helped build my career for more than 11 years now – a label that I truly feel as a family...

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PRONG – Working On New Album


PRONG has issued the following update via Facebook: “Tommy is hard at work on the new album “Ruining Lives”, coming out in 2014!

Watch this space for more updates and other exciting PRONG news!”

Source: The PRP

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BATTLEAXE – Release “Heavy Metal Sanctuary” Music Video


SPV/Steamhammer will release the new BATTLEAXE album, Heavy Metal Sanctuary, next February. The band has released a video for the title track and can be seen HERE.

Heavy Metal Sanctuary was recorded at Trinity Heights/Pillarbox/Sound Inc Studios in Newcastle upon Tyne England and was mixed and mastered by Fred Purser (ex-TYGERS OF PAN TANG).

The current line-up consists of the original members Dave King (vocals) and Brian Smith (bass) as well as Mick Percy (guitar) and Paul AT Kinson (drums).

In other news, Battleaxe’s Burn This Town album was rereleased on November 22nd in Germany, November 25th in Europe, and will be rereleased on January 21st in North America.

Source: BW&BK

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Just a few weeks after the announcement of the first confirmed bands, the organizers of the TOTAL METAL OPEN AIR FESTIVAL spread another wonderful news to the Italian metal audience! In fact, in addition to the already announced and warmly welcomed MOONSPELL, the famous Apulian event will also feature the stainless thrash metal band ANNIHILATOR!

Since their smashing debut in 1989, that Technical Thrash Metal masterpiece called “Alice In Hell“, Annihilator came overwhelmingly among the big names of global metal scene, standing out for their unique style which today is a source of inspiration for many other big band and, at the same time, inimitable! After more than 20 years of career, the band led by virtuoso and brilliant guitarist Jeff Waters is still an amazing war machine and it sho...

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CARCASS – Announces “Reek Of Putrefaction” Re-Issue


This coming Black Friday – November 29th – a special “vomit-inducing” LP re-issue of CARCASS’ debut album, “Reek of Putrefaction,” will be available at participating retailers in the USA.

Featuring the original banned artwork of autopsy photographs collected from medical journals, this “Reek of Putrefaction” LP comes tastefully wrapped in “black body bag” shrink-wrap with an assortment of bonus material waiting to be exhumed, including a 24″x36″ fold-out color poster of the album art, a hand-numbered toe tag, and puke-splattered vinyl.

Limited to 1500 copies, the track listing is as follows:

Side A
1. Genital Grinder
2. Regurgitation of Giblets
3. Maggot Colony
4. Pyosisified (Rotten to the Gore)
5. Carbonized Eyesockets
6. Frenzied Detruncation
7. Vomited Anal Tract
8. Festerday

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM – 2014 European Tour Dates


American Thrashers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will be heading over to Europe in February to support SEPULTURA and LEGION OF THE DAMNED!

Ugly Noise is the band’s eleventh full-length album, their first release on Metal Blade since 2001, and the follow up to their 2010 album, The Cold. The record also heralds the return of original members Michael Gilbert on guitar and Kelly David Smith on drums, who haven’t recorded with Flotsam and Jetsam since High in 1997. Preview and order Ugly Noise at

07/02/14 DE – Bochum, Matrix
08/02/14 DE – München, Backstage
09/02/14 DE – Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
10/02/14 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
11/02/14 DK – Esbjerg, Tobakken
12/02/14 DE – Osnabrück, Rosen...

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VALDUR – Premiere New Song


Sierra Mountains blackened death cultists, VALDUR, are pleased to disclose another new paean of perversion from their impending new long player, At War With, via Clt Nation. Recorded at Earhammer Studio with Greg Wilkinson at the helm and mastered by Michael Z. (Secrets of the Moon, Ascension) at Source Studios, At War With douses its listeners with ten diseased hymns of audio abhorrence. A grotesque outpouring of war march blasts, harrowing riff torrents, possessed vocal tirades and an all-consuming atmosphere of chaos, apprehension and maniacal discontent, VALDUR spew their bestial discontent with imperial conviction.

Proclaims Cvlt Nation, “VALDUR creates black metal that evokes the chill of a mountaintop, where only your cabin walls protect you from the harsh world outside...

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THE KENNEDY VEIL – New Track Premiere


Sacramento, California modern death metal juggernaut, THE KENNEDY VEIL, has unleashed a brand new track entitled “In The Ashes Of Humanity.” A penetrating barrage of blasting animosity and vicious musical dexterity, the tune comes by way of the band’s forthcoming new full-length, Trinity Of Falsehood, and serves as the official debut of new vocalist, Taylor Wientjes. Said Wientjes of the new material: “As the new vocalist for THE KENNEDY VEIL, I am super stoked with how Trinity Of Falsehood turned out. We all hit the studio hard and it shows throughout the album. Particularly with ‘In The Ashes Of Humanity.’ It’s an ideal blend of raw aggression and refreshing riffs and really portrays some of our diversities.” Delve face-first into “In The Ashes Of Humanity,” now playing at at THIS LO...

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ANTHRAX – Scott Ian’s ‘I’m The Man’ Memoir Details


Scott Ian, co-founder of thrash metal band ANTHRAX, sold his memoir, I’m The Man, to Ben Schafer at Perseus’s Da Capo Press.

Anthrax is known as one of the “Big Four” thrash bands (along with METALLICA, SLAYER, and MEGADETH), and the book will offer a complete history of the group. Ian will be cowriting with Jon Wiederhorn, and will also, Da Capo said, get into into his upbringing “in a dysfunctional home, and his escapism through the turbulent world of heavy metal”.

The book will feature “full-color autobiographical comic book inserts”. Jim Fitzgerald, who has eponymous agency, brokered the world rights deal with Schafer.

Updates to follow.

Source: BW&BK

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