Monthly Archives April 2009

DARKEST HOUR – Completes Recording

Darkest Hour

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The effort was tracked with producer/engineer Brian McTernan (Thrice) in Maryland and will hit stores on June 23rd via Victory Records.

Guitarist Mike Schleibaum comments: "To put it simply, this is a metal record made by dudes who have dedicated half of our lives to aggressive, unrelenting music. I am very proud of the hard work and passion that both the band and producer Brian McTernan poured into this. After 14 years, we've decided there's no reason to put out Darkest Hour records other then for ourselves and for the people that love this band. This record has no hidden agenda, no pop hit, or stylistic departure to broaden the fan base...

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VOIVOD – Final Album Details


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The record is due in North America on June 16 via The End Records and Germany on June 12 through Nuclear Blast (the rest of Europe is expected to receive the CD on June 15).

Regarding the album title, VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin said, "There were many titles thrown around, but I thought of 'Infini' and everybody liked it. Also, it looks great in sci-fi fonts."

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. God Phones
02. From The Cave
03. Earthache
04. Global Warning
05. A Room With A View
06. Destroy After Reading
07. Treasure Chase
08. Krap Radio
09. In Orbit
10. Deathproof
11. Pyramidome
12. Morpheus
13. Volcano

Total running time: 57:57

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Read Rocket's 2006 CD review of Voivod's "Katorz" HERE.


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WARPATH – Drops Off EVILE Tour


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"We have terrible news, Pete (Hawthorne – lead guitarist) has been indirectly involved with a motorbike accident, burning his left hand, which has forced us to pull out of the up-coming EVILE / MUTANT tour.

To all our fans who were coming to watch us, we're extremely sorry that we won't be playing and will make up for it when Pete's hand has healed. We hope Evile and Mutant have a great tour, go support them! From all at Warpath."

Evile are currently seeking a replacement band for the main support slot.

Here are the upcoming dates on the trek:

15 – Birmingham, UK – Barfly
16 – Newcastle, UK – Academy
17 – Manchester, UK – Academy
18 – Dublin, IRE – Fibber Magees
19 – Cork, IRE – An Cruiscin Lan
20 – Glasgow, UK – Barfly
21 – Edinburgh, UK – Studio 24
22 – Sheffield, UK – Corp...

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KATAKLYSM – Summer Dates In Europe With DEATH ANGEL


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Here are the confirmed dates:

06/21 Hellfest – Clisson, France
06/22 Totem – Pamplona, Spain
06/23 Cinema Batalha – Porto, Portugal
06/24 Sala A – Vigo, Spain
06/25 Albeniz – Gijon, Spain
06/27 Graspop – Dessel, Belgium
06/28 Underworld – London, United Kingdom
06/29 Rios – Leeds, United Kingdom
06/30 Seven – Nothingham, United Kingdom
07/01 Turock – Essen, Germany
07/02 Backstage – München, Germany
07/03 Metalcamp – Tolmin, Slovenia
07/05 Stadio Comunale – Genzano di Roma, Italy
07/06 Colonia Sonora Festival – Collegno (Torino), Italy
07/09 Exit Fest – Novi Sad, Serbia
07/10 Masters Of Rock – Vizovice, Czech Republic
07/11 Fortarock – Nijmegen, The Netherlands
07/12 Meier Music Hall – Braunschweig, Germany
07/14 Klub Progresja – Warsaw, Poland
07/15 Hegyalja Festival – Tokaj, Hungary


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CHIMAIRA – Remaining Dates On Tour


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04.13.09 Charlotte, NC – Cricket Arena
04.14.09 Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena
04.15.09 Lowell, MA – Tsongas Arena
04.17.09 State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
04.18.09 Portland, ME – Cumberland County Civic Center
04.19.09 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground (Chimaira Headline, Suicide Silence)
04.20.09 Erie, PA – Erie Civic Center
04.21.09 Bridgeport, CT – Arena at Harbor Yard
04.22.09 East Rutherford, NJ – IZOD Center
04.24.09 Fayetteville, NC – Crown Coliseum
04.25.09 Reading, PA – Sovereign Center
04.26.09 Richmond, VA – The National (KSE Offdate)
04.27.09 Glens Falls, NY – Glens Falls Civic Center
04.28.09 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Center
04.30.09 Battle Creek, MI – Kellogg Arena
05.01.09 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s (KSE Offdate)
05.02.09 Detroit, MI – Cobo Arena

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HATEBREED – Releases Second Digital Single


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The band’s re-working of Suicidal Tendencies’ “Suicidal Maniac” is now available for purchase.

Please click here for more:

As previously announced, each digital track purchased will count toward iTunes' "complete my album" initiative. The more you buy, the less you pay for the full album on 5/5/09.

“Thirsty & Miserable” (Black Flag) is also available now. Click here for more:

Additional forthcoming digital singles from FOR THE LIONS will be available on iTunes as follows:

4/14 – "Shut Me Out” (Sick Of It All)

4/21 – "Ghosts of War” (Slayer)

4/28 – "Escape" (Metallica)

In video news, HATEBREED’s new video for Slayer’s “Ghosts Of War” is slated to world premiere on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball vlog on Thursday, April 9th and on air on Saturday, April 11th...

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They have a history of almost 25 years of releasing death metal highlights and have built up a reputation of being one of the hardest touring bands in the scene.

This summer Vader will release their new album "Necropolis," which will not only be their debut for Nuclear Blast, but also another chapter in the history of the band with a totally renewed line-up. A sample of the new album can already be heard here.

Comments Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek (guitar, vocals): "This is absolutely amazing that Vader is now a part of Nuclear Blast family! Can't find words how proud we are! Only great things may happen when traditions meet together. I so much believe that Vader will give one more blast to this Nuclear history of Metal!"

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Black Label Society

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Ozzy Osbourne is putting his annual Ozzfest festival on hold for 2009 while he completes work on a new album. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2007's "Black Rain" is due around Thanksgiving and will be co-produced by Osbourne with Kevin Churko.

Listen to Mistress Carrie's phone conversation from yesterday with Zakk Wylde HERE.

Goddamn Electric!

Read Rocket's 2007 CD review of Black Label Society's Shot To Hell HERE.


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STEEL PANTHER – Death To All But Metal Video Available Online

 Steel Panther 

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Steel Panther has released their new video "Death to All But Metal – UNCENSORED" off their new album "FEEL THE STEEL" available everywhere 6.9.2009. Check it out HERE. Visit the boys on the net:

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CATALEPSY – Issue Recording Update


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The group adds:

"Expect a very different album than the last. We're done with the whole 'deathcore' genre. The music will still be heavy yet beautiful at the same time."


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Commented Jasta: "It's great adding yet another young and hungry band to our new and improved roster. CATALEPSY crushes and I'm glad to have them on board. Plus they are from Florida — that state fucking rules and has produced so many great extreme bands!"

The as-of-yet untitled album will hit streets this fall via Stillborn Records.

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