Friday, August 26, 2011

Brita For Good

Small changes make a BIG difference. Reduce bottled water waste by refilling a reusable bottle!
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Dave Matthews Band Caravan: Governors Island Update

Ticket holders for Saturday and Sunday are invited to attend the Friday event tomorrow at Governors Island. The Governor of New York has issued a state of emergency, therefore the DMB Caravan events on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th have been postponed. We will announce the new Caravan Governors Island dates as soon as they have been confirmed. We will continue to post updates to the Caravan site as they are confirmed.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dave Matthews Band Caravan: Governors Island Event Update

With hurricane Irene bearing down on the Norhteast, one wonders whether the Dave Matthews Band Caravan will roll thru. The event takes place THIS WEEKEND on Governors Island. The only way to the event is via ferry. The DMB website had this to say about this weekends festivities.

Governors Island Event Update
AUGUST 25, 2011

All single day ticket holders for Sunday’s DMB Caravan Festival are invited to attend either Friday or Saturday’s event on Governors Island. This opportunity is being offered in light of the current weather forecast.

We will be updating this site as more information becomes available. Please continue to check back for updates. We appreciate your understanding.

2012 Calendars

2012 Calendars are in stock now!!!!

A beautiful mosaic of beautiful babies. Perfect for the 2012 Calendar.

Chose a single photo for a single page year long calendar

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Thank you for viewing and ordering a lovely 2012 Calendar.

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Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB have confirmed a final European tour in support of their most recent album, TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE, before the band returns to working on their as-yet untitled new album.

The tour is set to kick off in early October with support from UK thrashers SWORN AMONGST.

GAMA BOMB frontman PHILLY BYRNE comments:

"We've said it a few times in the past, but this time we really mean it: our European tour this October is going to be our final farewell to Tales from the Grave in Space, the album we've been touring for the last two years. In that time we've done a lot of new things and had some amazing adventures as a band, so we're hoping to say goodnight to the album with the help of the European fans who've been supporting us since our first shows on the continent four years ago. We'll see you there for a beer."

SWORN AMONGST added the following statement:

"We're totally fucking wired to be heading back out into Europe again with our good pals Gama Bomb. It's been three years since we both shared the stage together... and if that was anything to go by, expect the overall intensity to have been upped tenfold!!!"

See GAMA BOMB live on tour at the following shows:

Sep. 22 - Maidstone, UK - Babylon Lounge
Sep. 23 - London, UK - The Garage
Sep. 24 - Derby, UK - Redemption
Sep. 25 - Swansea, UK - The Garage
Sep. 26 - Liverpool, UK - The Masque
Sep. 27 - Newcastle, UK - Legends
Sep. 28 - Edinburgh, UK - Studio 24
Sep. 29 - Belfast, UK - Spring & Airbreak
Sep. 30 - Cork, Ireland - An Cruiscin Lan

Oct. 07 - Venlo, Netherlands - Perron 55
Oct. 08 - Sneek, Netherlands - Het Bolwerk
Oct. 09 - Mechelen, Belgium - Club Kamikaze
Oct. 10 - Opwijk, Belgium - Nijdrop
Oct. 11 - Osnabrück, Germany - Bastard Club
Oct. 12 - Berlin, Germany - Jägerklause
Oct. 13 - Wroclaw, Poland - Wagon
Oct. 14 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Tancirna
Oct. 15 - Passau, Germany - Metal Invasion Festival
Oct. 16 - Vienna, Austria - Viper Room
Oct. 17 - Graz, Austria - Explosiv
Oct. 18 - Mestrino, Italy - Tacu Tacu
Oct. 19 - Arese, Italy - Sga
Oct. 20 - Frankfurt, Germany - 11er
Oct. 21 - Oberhausen, Germany - Helvete
Oct. 22 - Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium - CC Zwaneberg

Thames Burial: From the Depths

This is one of the best EP's from a new to you band you can buy this year!!! Go round to Bandcamp and purchase Thames Burial's newest offering From the Depths!! This hard rocking band hails from Colchester. Stu Bridges handles Lead Vocal duties. While the best "boobies" in the UK handle guitar: Sebastian Cowie on Lead Guitar and Dex Jezierski on the other Guitar. The powerful rhythm section is helmed by Billy Brace on Bass and Gav Chinery on Drums. This EP is definitely worth a fiver! Or more if you are so inclined!!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

INSANE Rock Festival - Warsop 2011

Yippie Kai Yeh, Muthafucka!!!! RelicSeed are playing in the UK this September. Check out RelicSeed on and have a listen to their tracks on Headed by the very versatile Edgars Rakovskis - RelicSeed brings to the UK what Riga, Latvia has known for years!! Riga Rox Hard!!! And RelicSeed are proof of that. Catch them:

September 16, 2011
7PM - late

Black Market Warsop
43 High Street
NG20 0AB

If you are very lucky, they will play The Added Value for your hard rocking pleasure!!!! Take a listen to the song and let me know what you think!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Messages from Damien & Jason

Messages from Damien & Jason #wm3

August 19th, 2011
Damien Echols:
To all my friends and family, my attorneys and advocates, and to those of you from every corner of this earth who have stood beside us these long years, please know that I will forever be indebted to all of you for helping me to become a free man. Each and every day I was the beneficiary of acts of kindness and humanity from people of all walks of life, of all ages, nationalities, religions and political persuasions. The enormity of the support Lorri and I received throughout this struggle is humbling.

I have now spent half my life on death row. It is a torturous environment that no human being should have to endure, and it needed to end. I am innocent, as are Jason and Jessie, but I made this decision because I did not want to spend another day of my life behind those bars. I want to live and to continue to fight for our innocence. Sometimes justice is neither pretty nor is it perfect, but it was important to take this opportunity to be free.

I am not alone as there are tens of thousand of men and woman in this country who have been wrongfully convicted, forced into a false confession, sentenced to death or a lifetime in prison. I am hopeful that one day they too will be able stand with their friends and family to declare their innocence.

This whole experience has taught me much about life, human nature, American justice, survival and transcendence.

I will hopefully take those lessons with me as I embark on the next chapter in my journey and along the way look forward to enjoying some of those simple things in life like spending Christmastime, Halloween and my birthday with those I love.

Jason Baldwin:
Good morning, everybody! I want to say that this is the most joyous experience: learning to live, to love, and to soar higher than any past expectations. We live in a world where sometimes living is not about loving. However, all of you have shown me that the parts of the world you inhabit are about loving. What happened to me happened without my consent. What all of you have done, you chose to do. You chose to step in and eliminate some of the darkness in this world. I find you all to be heroes, and I am glad to call you all my friends. These new days have been a blur, full of hard-won and much-deserved fun, revelry and just getting to know one another and ourselves. I've probably said this countless times these past few days, but I've felt like a dandelion seed in the wind--pulled from one friend's arms to the next, to dance to the sweet tune of freedom. It's a beautiful sound.
Love and libre!
Jason Baldwin


Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

The official Facebook page for Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, coming soon on HBO is up and running. The third film in the Paradise Lost series tells the complete story of the newly free West Memphis Three. Follow us on Twitter as @paradiselost3
Directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky and Produced by Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky, and Jonathan Silberberg

Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr and Jason Baldwin were teenagers when they were convicted in 1993 of the murder of three eight-year-old cub scouts in a small Arkansas town. Local police and many residents believe the boys were killed as part of a satanic ritual only because Echols, Misskelly, and Baldwin wore dark clothes and listened to metal music. It is widely believed the so called evidence and confessions were coerced from the three teens. The Arkansas courts have refused to listen to reason and logic during the travesty that was their trials and retrials.

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory is again from the film-making team of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's. Berlinger and Sinofsky introduced us to the "West Memphis Three" in 1996 with Paradise Lost: The Child Murders in Robin Hood Hills and in 2000 with Paradise Lost 2: Revelations. Despite every rational thinking person believing the trio were innocent, the Arkansas supreme-court ruling which freed the men earlier this month did not go quite go so far as to exonerate them. It required the trio to file an Alford plea, which allows them to assert their innocence while accepting that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them.

Like its two predecessors, Purgatory will be shown on the HBO cable channel in the US once it has completed a round of film-festival screenings.

"We've made the decision to let the film play as is in Toronto," Berlinger told Deadline. "We worked on it for a long time and it didn't seem right to rush a new ending. We'll tack on one more scene that changes the ending from a question mark to a joyous triumphant moment, but we'll aim for the New York film festival or for HBO."

The duo criticised the judge's decision not to overturn the original verdict, following which Echols was sentenced to death and Misskelley and Baldwin were ordered to spend the rest of their lives in prison. Instead, Echols, Misskelley and Baldwin were sentenced to time already served and allowed to go free.

"That the state of Arkansas did not have the courage to exonerate them and admit they made a mistake was shameful," Berlinger said. "These guys still have murder convictions hanging over their heads, and that will be there for the rest of their lives. And at the Arkansas press conference, they maintained these guys were guilty, and washed their hands of accountability.

"The real killers are still out there. It was a cover-your-ass deal to make sure there would be no lawsuit for a wrongful conviction. Damien was on death row for 17 years, hasn't seen sunlight in the last seven or eight years and was by all reports terribly treated. To not be able to seek compensation is just wrong."

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Currently in post production, PROMETHEUS is due to be released in 2012. Directed by Ridley Scott (the FIRST Alien) with a screenplay by Damon Lindelof (LOST and Star Trek 2009). It stars Charlize Theron, Idris Elba (whom I remember from an Absolutely Fabulous episode), Guy Pierce (yep THAT Guy Pierce from Home and Away and Neighbours!!!), Noomi Rapace from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - all most excellent movies.

Best yet, not only is Ridley Scott directing it, but Dariusz Wolski is the Cinematographer. YIPPIE!!!!! His look is the vision behind ALL the Pirates of the Carribean movies (where he was director of photography), Sweeny Todd, The Mexican, Dark City, The Fan, and The Crow!! As for editing - Pietro Scalia. For me, it's a hit or miss with him. The Good: American Gangster (with Scott), Memoirs of a Geisha, Black Hawk Down (with Scott), Gladiator (with Scott), Good Will Hunting. The Meh: GI Jane (with Scott) and Kick Ass.

Now, the CURRENT synopsis according to the website is this:
Current Official Synopsis

Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.

What we know so far:

Little is known about Prometheus' plotline as it is still very early in the project's development. But what we can share with you is that the film is set in space for the most part. Similar to that of "ALIEN"; the junping off point to this project. The film's name "Prometheus" is that of the space vessel's, used by a crew of select individuals who set off to explore and investigate fragments of "Alien DNA".

The film itself revolves around the Space Jockey creature; as seen in the original film ALIEN (1979). When the team of scientists embark on this journey, they get stranded on an Alien world which tests their limits; both mental and physical.

The Aliens themselves are said to be much larger than the original "Xenomorphs" we are used to. However, their overall construction will be easily noticable to that of the original Alien canon.

More information on Prometheus' plot will be available later on. Check back for updates.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

'West Memphis Three' Will Be Freed After 18 Years; DNA Evidence Feeds Doubts - ABC News

'West Memphis Three' Will Be Freed After 18 Years; DNA Evidence Feeds Doubts - ABC News

Aug. 19, 2011

The 18-year ordeal of the so-called West Memphis Three ended today in an Arkansas courtroom after a judge accepted a plea deal to set them free.

The three men will be allowed to maintain their innocence while acknowledging that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them, according to the Associated Press.

It is a legal maneuver that would allow the men to leave prison for the first time in more than a dozen years. They have always maintained their innocence.

Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. were convicted in the 1993 deaths of three 8-year-old boys from West Memphis, Ark.

The victims -- Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and James Michael Moore -- were found naked, beaten and hogtied in a drainage ditch. They had been sexually abused and one of the boys had been partially castrated. Echols, who was 19 at the time, was considered the mastermind and given the death penalty.

Baldwin, 16 at the time, and Misskelley, 17, were sentenced to life in prison, plus 40 years. The prosecution had claimed the murders were part of a satanic ritual. Police officers also extracted a confession from Misskelley, which was not admitted at trial. Misskelley, who is mentally challenged, retracted the confession within days.

The stepfather of one of the murdered boys was outside the Jonesboro courthouse today angrily protesting the possible deal, but not for the reason one might expect. He's convinced of the innocence of the West Memphis Three and is passionately arguing that they should not have to make a deal with the state in order to go free.

He is also repeatedly naming the man he believes to be the real killer of the three boys.

Another father, Steve Branch, is angry, too. But he still believes the West Memphis Three are guilty and wonders why, if they pled no contest to the murders, they are being released.

The defense has named Randy Hobbs, who is a stepfather of one of the victims, as a potential new suspect. His DNA was matched to a hair found on the shoelaces used to tie the boys before they were dumped in a ditch. Hobbs, who was questioned early on, denies any involvement and has not been named as a suspect.

The judge had two motions in front of him. One motion alleging juror misconduct in the original case and the other dealing with DNA testing results that allegedly excluded all three men from the crime.

Echols, now 36, Baldwin, 34, and Misskelley, 36, have always maintained their innocence and the case has received considerable publicity, and recently some high-profile financial support.

There was an August rally in Little Rock to raise funds that featured Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines, actor Johnny Depp and singer Eddie Vedder.

Two books and two HBO documentaries have been released about the case. YouTube videos, a support group called \"Arkansas Take Action" and a website,, round out the media blitz.

The third installment of HBO's documentary series about the case, "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" is set to debut at the Toronto and New York film festivals in September. The producers had to rush to get to Arkansas for this hearing, and they are there to film and preparing to change the ending. They had originally been dispatched in 1994 by HBO to the first trial to do a film about how young kids could have gone so wrong to the point of murdering three little boys. Only after observing the trial did they change the theme of the original film.

Echols' attorney, Horgan, said that while it might appear as though celebrity support for the "West Memphis Three" sets the case apart, their story is all too common.

"For every group of defendants like these that ultimately get some attention paid to them, there are 100 who are innocent, who have no legal or financial support," Horgan said.

When the teens were convicted in 1993, he said, they had almost no money to pay for legal help and, as a result, were convicted of a crime they did not commit.

But as the men stood in court today surrounded by a tearful and joyous crowd of family and friends, there was only talk about the future, not the past.

ABC News' Jim Avila and James Hill contributed to this report.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Scott Ian in Season 2 of "The Walking Dead"

As if metalheads need another reason to like zombie stuff, Anthrax's Scott Ian is to appear in season 2 of AMC's "The Walking Dead". He's already posted images of himself all zombified on Twitter.

Scott Ian has also shared the following on his official blog:

"I just did what felt natural, started with a broken ankle which would cause me to lean, let my arm swing like dead weight, head forward, blackened teeth (Black Tooth!) gnashing. I showed my walk to zombie pro Joe (didn’t get his last name) and he approved. He said I looked dead! No walking notes," said Ian. "No zombie faux pas (typical rookie mistake would be arms up like Frankenstein). I guess I am just genetically wired to play the undead."

Robert Kirkman's visual rendition of "The Walking Dead" is set to premier Season 2 on October 16th during AMC's annual Fearfest.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Browning "Burn This World" CD + Any Tshirt + FREE POSTER - PREORDER

The spectacular debut album from US deathcore meets electronica outfit The Browning has finally arrived with 'Burn This World'! The brainchild of Johnny McBee, The Browning's music takes influences from all across the metal spectrum and heavily fuses them with hardstyle, trance and other areas of electronic music in a way that most metal acts would not dare attempt!
Fusing elements of Enter Shikari and Asking Alexandria but with a heavier, deadlier edge they are noted as spearheading a new wave of heavy music coming from the US which will no doubt explode on to the European scene!


01. No Escape
02. Not Alone
03. Bloodlust
04. Standing on the Edge
05. Burn This World
06. Ashamed
07. Living Dead
08. Forgotten
09. Time Will Tell
10. Tragedy of Perfection
11. Dominator
12. I Choose You
13. The Sadist

Order now from the EARACHE US Webstore

Lou Reed and Metallica: Coming Soon

Rival Sons USA Tour Dates!!!!!

This was the best news to wake up to! RIVAL SONS will be tearing it up across the USA With Evanescence. The tour begins October 10 in Oakland, CA and ends in NYC on November 1st.

RIVAL SONS guitarist SCOTT HOLIDAY comments:

"We're stoked to be touring across America and into Canada this October with Evanescence. Very happy to be invited by them. Between Evanescence, Pretty Reckless and us, the bill is pretty well diversified and will definitely give us the chance to play to a new demographic of rock fans, which we're always thriving for. We've also been so busy in Europe for most of this year; this tour will give us the opportunity to bring our rock 'n' roll back to fans we've been missing here in the States.

"We will return to Europe immediately at the end of this tour, so if you want to catch us in the USA, this will probably be your last chance in 2011. Rest assured, we will definitely be back in 2012... Super duper, mega full-force!"

See RIVAL SONS live on tour at the following shows:

Oct. 10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
Oct. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Palladium
Oct. 14 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theater
Oct. 18 - San Antonio, TX - Sunken Gardens
Oct. 19 - Dallas, TX - Palladium
Oct. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
Oct. 22 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theater
Oct. 24 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theater
Oct. 25 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
Oct. 27 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
Oct. 28 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Oct. 30 - Atlantic City, NJ - Showboat, House of Blues
Nov. 01 - New York, NY - Terminal 5

RIVAL SONS recently performed at the UK's High Voltage festival. A 90-minute TV special is due to be shown on Sky Arts 1 this Saturday, August 20th at 10pm UK time, featuring performances from RIVAL SONS and other bands from the festival.

RIVAL SONS' critically acclaimed new album, PRESSURE & TIME, is out now worldwide on CD and limited edition audiophile vinyl, as well as on iTunes with two exclusive bonus tracks. Get the album now at:

Earache Webstore -
iTunes (with 2 bonus tracks) -

HMV (with free pin badge) - (with free signed band photo) -
Earache Webstore -
iTunes (with 2 bonus tracks) -

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Listening to Thames Burial @SignMeTo. What do you think?

Listening to Thames Burial @SignMeTo. What do you think? Another heartful plug for Thames Burial. Thames Burial is an amazing band out of Colchester. Here is a way for you to hear some new music by this awesome band and to allow them to get the recognition they so richly deserve. Thames Burial is Stu Bridges on vocals, Sebastian Cowie on lead guitar, Dex Jezierski on guitar, Billy Brace on bass and Gav Chinery on drums. Have I mentioned they are amazing gobsmacking, ear bleeding metal muthas??!!! Listen to them on Sign Me To.... Roadrunner Records. Vote for them!! Review them! Make them your own!!!

DC Comics - The New 52 Top Talent

Official Press Release

Top talent from DC Comics-The New 52 will be attending this year’s New York Comic Con (NYCC). The annual pop culture extravaganza will include guests Mahmud Asrar, Brian Azzarello, Greg Capullo, Cliff Chiang, Tony Daniel, Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen, Paul Levitz, Francis Manapul, Fabian Nicieza, Joe Prado, Amy Reeder, Ivan Reis, Ardian Syaf, Scott Snyder, Peter Tomasi, and more.

Previously announced Guests of Honor, Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, and Jim Lee, Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment, the creative team for JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (August 31, 2011), will also be in attendance.

DC Entertainment will once again occupy a 3000 square foot booth on the show floor where fans will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with creators and staff. The preeminent publisher will be participating in several panels over the course of the weekend and officials at DC note that “behind-the-scenes” information about DC Entertainment will be revealed over the course of the weekend. The centrally located booth will feature talent signings, free giveaways and early peeks at the newest action figures, statues, busts and other amazing collectibles on display from DC Direct. The official New York Comic Con poster celebrates DC Comic’s JUSTICE LEAGUE in all their glory set against the iconic NYC backdrop of the Statue of Liberty. The poster is designed by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis. The posters are not for sale, but signed copies are included in the NYCC VIP packages.

New York Comic Con, which will occupy the entire Javits Center in New York City, has quickly grown to be an industry leading event, attracting close to 100,000 fans eager to see the latest in comics, movies, TV, games, toys, fashion and a range of other product and trends which define the pop culture universe. New York Comic Con will take place October 13 - 16, 2011.


MAHMUD ASRAR: Mahmud Asrar, an artist hailing from Turkey, has drawn BRIGHTEST DAY: THE ATOM, DYNAMO 5, SHADOWLAND: POWER MAN, and NOVA, among others. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Asrar is drawing SUPERGIRL.

BRIAN AZZARELLO: Brian Azzarello is the Eisner Award winning writer of 100 BULLETS. The New York Times Best Seller’s other notable DC Comics work include JOKER, LUTHOR, HELLBLAZER, FILTHY RICH, DOCTOR 13, SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW, BATMAN: BROKEN CITY, KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE and the upcoming series SPACEMAN to be published by Vertigo. As part of DC Comics- The New 52, Azzarello is writing WONDER WOMAN.

GREG CAPULLO: Greg Capullo is the artist on BATMAN as part of DC Comics-The New 52. He’s best known for his comic book work, as the quintessential penciler of Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN. He has also worked on Robert Kirkman’s HAUNT. Other credits include Marvel’s X-FORCE, QUASAR and his own creation, The CREECH, as well as many other titles. Capullo is a regular contributor to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft and is responsible for designing and painting the wrap around CD cover art for Disturbed’s “Ten Thousand Fists,” and penciling the CD cover art for Korn’s “Follow the Leader.”

TONY DANIEL: Born and raised in the streets of South Chicago, a love for comics, and drawing them, kept young Tony Daniel out of trouble. By the age of 20 he was already a working professional in the comic’s community. His list of penciling credits include such hits as X-FORCE, THE TENTH, TEEN TITANS, and BATMAN. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Daniel is the writer and artist on DETECTIVE COMICS and he’s the writer of THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN.

CLIFF CHIANG: Cliff Chiang’s artwork has been hailed for its “fluid and confident storytelling” and “sweeping linework and nuanced style.” Graduating from Harvard University with a joint degree in English Literature and Visual Arts, he worked in editorial at Disney Adventures Magazine and Vertigo/DC Comics before making the leap into freelance illustration. His work for DC Comics includes GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY, HUMAN TARGET, DOCTOR 13, and the original graphic novel NEIL YOUNG’S GREENDALE published by Vertigo. As part of DC Comics-The New 52 Chiang is illustrating WONDER WOMAN. He lives in New York City.

DAN DIDIO: Dan DiDio is the Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment. He was formerly the VP Executive Editor of DC Comics. DiDio’s writing credits include SUPERBOY and THE OUTSIDERS. As part of DC Comics-The New 52 he is writing OMAC.

KEITH GIFFEN: Keith Giffen is an American comic book artist and writer. His credits include LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, LOBO, JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL, AMBUSH BUG, BLUE BEETLE and DOOM PATROL. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Giffen will be illustrating and co-writing OMAC.

PAUL LEVITZ: Paul Levitz, served as President of DC Comics from 2002 to 2009. He is currently a Senior Advisor and Contributing Editor at DC Entertainment. Levitz has written many DC Comics classic characters and series including the JUSTICE SOCIETY, SUPERMAN (in both comics and the newspaper strip), and an acclaimed run on THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, a series he is returning to as part of DC Comics-The New 52. He is also the author of the Eisner Award nominated 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, published by Taschen.

FRANCIS MANAPUL: Francis Manapul is the artist and co-writer of THE FLASH, which is part of DC Comics-The New 52. His previous work for DC Comics includes books such as ADVENTURE COMICS, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, and THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. His work has been published in various publications from the likes of Aspen Comics, Editions Delcourt, Top Cow Productions, and Devils Due just to name a few. Manapul was a TV Presenter on SyFy’s Beast Legends, in which he and a team of scientists and adventurers traveled the globe in search of scientific data to create mythical beasts. Manapul was born in Manila, Philippines and currently calls Toronto, Canada his home.

FABIAN NICIEZA: Fabian Nicieza is CCO for the FunGoPlay virtual world and Lead Writer for intellectual property managers, Starlight Runner Entertainment, but is best known as a comic book writer whose work includes Marvel titles such as X-MEN, NEW WARRIORS, CABLE & DEADPOOL. His DC Comics writing includes ROBIN, ACTION COMICS, TRINITY and RED
ROBIN. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Nicieza is writing LEGION LOST.

JOE PRADO: Joe Prado is a Brazilian artist whose work for DC Comics includes ACTION COMICS, BIRDS OF PREY, SUPERMAN, TEEN TITANS, BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY. He co-designed this year’s NYCC poster and as part of DC Comics-The New 52 he will be working on AQUAMAN.

AMY REEDER: Amy Reeder got her start at Tokyopop where she wrote and drew the original English language manga FOOL’S GOLD. She went on to become the ongoing series artist on Vertigo’s MADAME XANADU and her other work for DC Comics includes SUPERGIRL covers. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Reeder will be drawing BATWOMAN, beginning with the second arc.

IVAN REIS: Ivan Reis is a Brazilian comic book artist who is best known for his work on GREEN LANTERN: SECRET ORIGIN, which was used as reference for the recent Warner Bros Pictures film Green Lantern. Other credits include GHOST published by Dark Horse, CAPTAIN MARVEL, IRON MAN, DEFENDERS and AVENGERS published by Marvel Comics as well as the DC Comics titles TEEN TITANS, SUPERMAN, INFINITE CRISIS and the mini-series BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY. Reis co-designed this year’s NYCC JUSTICE LEAGUE poster and as part of DC Comics-The New 52 he’s drawing AQUAMAN.

SCOTT SNYDER: Scott Snyder is the writer and co-creator of the New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award winning comic book series AMERICAN VAMPIRE published by Vertigo, which he launched with Stephen King in October 2010. Snyder began his writing career with a collection of stories, VOODOO HEART (Dial Press) and is currently writing DETECTIVE COMICS and GATES OF GOTHAM for DC. Snyder teaches writing at Columbia University, NYU and Sarah Lawrence College and is working on a novel called THE GOODBYE SUIT, to be published by Dial. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Snyder will be writing SWAMP THING and BATMAN. He lives in the New York City area.

ARDIAN SYAF: Ardian Syaf is an Indonesian artist, whose work for DC Comics includes GREEN LANTERN CORPS and BRIGHTEST DAY. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Syaf is drawing BATGIRL. NYCC marks the first time he will be attending an American comic convention.

PETER J. TOMASI: Peter J. Tomasi proudly helped usher in new eras for GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN, and JSA during his tenure as a DC Comics Senior Editor. He is now writing comics and screenplays, with his recent work including such DC titles as BRIGHTEST DAY, GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS, NIGHTWING, THE OUTSIDERS, BATMAN: BLACKEST NIGHT, BLACK ADAM and the critically acclaimed creator-owned projects LIGHT BRIGADE and THE MIGHTY. As part of DC Comics -The New 52 Tomasi will begin anew with BATMAN AND ROBIN and THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS.

Customers interested in signing up for New York Comic Con should contact Larry Settembrini at Tickets for NYCC are now on sale via the website Limited 4-Day tickets are available. For further information about all ReedPOP shows and activity, please visit Lance Fensterman’s blog, Convention organizers note that many more guests will be announced over the next few weeks and months and fans should keep their eyes on NYCC’s website and blog for additional comics, entertainment and anime announcements.

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RelicSeed "Monologue" video

Ya know.. the main idea for us is... to make a dream come true, you know?...
But the thing is - people will never escape the need for positive agression that heavy metal brings in the best possible approach!!! So.... here we are - young, ambitious, insane 4 guys willing to conquer the world with the most powerful and "international" weapon - music!

Wise words from RelicSeed frontman Edgars Rakovskis. Enjoy their video for "Monologue". Look for them on tour in the UK this year.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The RelicSeed

My ears do not deceive me. They are happy on this bright Monday morning. It's the sound of new metal music that puts a spring in my step. The band is called RelicSeed and they hail from Riga, Lativia. Of course, my brain went ???? Latvia ????? Really ????? hhhhmmmmm OK.... But then I started listening to the tracks and by the end resembled a Cheshire cat with a bowl of cream! The band has actually been around for about six years and were even nominated for “The best heavy rock album” in “Latvian metal awards 2010”. Not to damn shabby!

Edgars Rakovskis - is the evil maestro that introduced me to this band. Well done! Especially since he is responsible for all the lyrics, guitar playing (which he began in 2003??!! What the What???!!!), and singing. I tip my hat to you, sir.
Andrejs Upmacis - is the sick individual responsible for the thunderous drum sound. Another accomplished musician, he has a ready steady gig as a session musician due to his high skill level.
Jānis Narbuts - give up some love for the bass player! Janis began playing at the tender age of 12. It definitely shows. He's got some grooves.
Kārlis Šteinmanis - joined the band last year. Karlis is no slouch. This man owns his own recording studio. Huzah!!!!

Take a listen to "The Added Value". Don't forget to LIKE them on Facebook!!! The Relicseed on Facebook and take a gander at their YouTube page for more great videos!

The Added Value by theKaliDiaries

Prequal to Let's Kill Hitler

Steffan Moffat has written a loverly 2 min prequal to Let's Kill Hitler, the mid-season opener to the 32nd season of Doctor Who.

Airing on BBC1 on August 27th, "Let's Kill Hitler": In the desperate search for Melody Pond, the TARDIS crash lands in 1930s Berlin, bringing the Doctor face to face with the greatest war criminal in the Universe. And Hitler. The Doctor must teach his adversaries that time travel has responsibilities - and in so doing, learns a harsh lesson in the cruellest warfare of all...

Doctor Who "Let's Kill Hitler" stars: Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams), Alex Kingston (River Song), Frances Barber (Madame Kovarian), Albert Welling (Adolf Hitler), Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia Pond), Richard Dillane (Carter), Ezekiel Wigglesworth (Young Rory), Nina Toussaint-White (Mels), Philip Rham (Zimmerman), Eva Alexander (Nurse), Maya Glace-Green (Young Mels), Davood Ghadami (Jim), Mark Killeen (German Officer), Paul Bentley (Professor)

Directed by Richard Senior and Produced by Marcus Wilson
Executive Producers Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger and Beth Willis
Doctor Who is a BBC Wales production, co-produced with BBC America

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Message from Jon Lord

A Message from Jon:
August 9, 2011
I would like all my friends, followers, fans and fellow travelers to know that I am fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure.

I shall of course be continuing to write music – in my world it just has to be part of the therapy – and I fully expect to be back in good shape next year.

God bless and see you soon

Thank you.


With heavy heart I read this posted on My prayers and well wishes go out to his family and friends.

In better news Mr. Lord did release a wonderful new album recorded in Bucharest with a full orchestra. The new album is entitled LIVE.

Recorded in Bucharest, Romania in 2009 with a full symphony orchestra, the album includes a glorious selection of orchestral pieces representing Jon Lord’s touring repetoire all over the world in recent years.

From Pictured Within (voted everybody’s no. 1 favourite Jon Lord track on this website) over infectious The Telemann Experiment; the two Sarabande favourites Bouree and Gigue to the female voice delights Wait a While and The Sun Will Shine Again featuring Kasia Łaska.

Steve Balsamo handles male vocals throughout, and the album also includes three completely reworked Deep Purple classics with full orchestral arrangement by Jon Lord; Pictures of Home, Soldier of Fortune and an immense Child in Time.

The Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Nayden Tadorov with Darin Vasilev (guitar), Ivaylo Zvezdomirov (bass) and Venko Poromanski (drums) completing the line-up.

You can hear a clip of the album on his website The music is outstanding!!! Magical even. The CD is sold exclusively via his website.

Mr. Lord was born in 1941 and is an accomplished musician and songwriter. Most have heard his groundbreaking music in Deep Purple and Whitesnake.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

EVILE UK Headlining Tour

Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen!!! EVILE have announced dates for a UK Headlining tour!! That's the best news I've heard all day! Even better? EVILE will be playing at two album release shows in London and Birmingham, plus a special show which will be announced soon. To top it off, EVILE's own OL Drake was voted #36 in today's @KerrangMagazine "Greatest Rockstars in the World Today". It's a well deserved honour as Mr. Drake doth indeed shred!!!!!!!!

EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE comments:

"The time is coming for Evile to take to the road once again. Five Serpent's Teeth is out in September so we thought it'd make sense to start off in our home country. The tour kicks off with release celebration shows in London and Birmingham. Can't wait to get out there and start playing all these new songs for you all; they're so much fun to play and we can't wait for you all to have just as much fun while we play them. See you in the pit!"

My track by track review of FIVE SERPENT'S TEETH can be read here at Metal Assault. And you can hear clips from the new album here on The Kali Diaries.

Get tickets for the up coming tour at
Sep. 29 - London, UK - The Garage
Sep. 30 - Birmingham, UK - TBC
Oct. 02 - Special show to be announced soon
Oct. 13 - Southampton, UK - Talking Heads
Oct. 14 - Brighton, UK - The Hydrant
Oct. 15 - Weymouth, UK - Kings Club
Oct. 16 - Plymouth, UK - White Rabbit
Oct. 17 - Exeter, UK - The Cavern
Oct. 18 - Leicester, UK - Sub 91
Oct. 19 - Wrexham, UK - Central Station
Oct. 20 - Durham, UK - Live Lounge
Oct. 21 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
Oct. 22 - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
Oct. 23 - Dublin, Ireland - The Pint
Oct. 25 - Stoke, UK - The Sugar Mill
Oct. 26 - Cardiff, UK - The Globe
Oct. 27 - Reading, UK - Sub 89
Oct. 28 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Klingon Monopoly

The geek in me fell in love with this the first time I saw it! A limited edition game available in October! How ace is this? Forged from the fires of Kri’stak, MONOPOLY®: Star Trek Klingon Limited Edition unites the universe’s most legendary characters with America’s favorite game. You’ll journey across a custom, bilingual board, battling for 22 planets and territories like Kronos, Andoria, and more. Build enough outposts, capitals, and “military force” along the way and glory shall be yours. It’s a good day to buy! Available October 17. Check out their website for more details.

Diamond Plate talk about GENERATION WHY?

Chicago thrashers DIAMOND PLATE are set to release their debut album, GENERATION WHY?, on August 9th in North America and August 29th in Europe.

The band recently took time out to record a video offering a track-by-track account of the albums lyrical themes and content.

See DIAMOND PLATE on tour in the US with KITTIE and DIRGE WITHIN at the following shows:
Aug. 12 - Waterloo, IA - Spicoli's Rock Garden
Aug. 13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Basement @ The Rave
Aug. 14 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
Aug. 16 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
Aug. 19 - Chicago, IL - Reggies (DIAMOND PLATE only, album release show)
Aug. 20 - Lake Odessa, MI - Carnival Of Chaos
Aug. 24 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Aug. 25 - Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon
Aug. 26 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
Aug. 27 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Aug. 28 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
Aug. 30 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
Aug. 31 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Sep. 01 - Fayetteville, NC - Jester's
Sep. 02 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligan's
Sep. 03 - Spartanburg, NC - Ground Zero
Sep. 04 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Sep. 07 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Sep. 08 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
Sep. 09 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Sep. 10 - Lubbock, TX - Jake's
Sep. 12 - Farmington, NM - Top Deck
Sep. 13 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
Sep. 14 - Los Angeles, CA - Whisky A Go Go
Sep. 15 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
Sep. 16 - Santa Clara, CA - Avalon
Sep. 17 - Orangevale, CA - Boardwalk
Sep. 20 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
Sep. 21 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep

See DIAMOND PLATE on tour in the U.S. with WARBRINGER, LAZARUS A.D. AND LANDMINE MARATHON at the following shows:
Oct 3 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
Oct 4 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
Oct 5 - Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
Oct 6 - Club House - Tempe, AZ
Oct 7 - The Juggernaut - Gallup, NM
Oct 8 - Poor House - Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 9 - Emo's - Austin, TX
Oct 10 - The Hangar - New Orleans, LA
Oct 11 - Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
Oct 12 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Oct 13 - The Casbah - Charlotte, NC
Oct 14 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD
Oct 15 - Krug's Place - Frederick, MD
Oct 16 - The Basement - Kingston, NY
Oct 17 - Championship Bar and Grill - Trenton, NJ
Oct 18 - Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
Oct 19 - Bogie's - Albany, NY
Oct 20 - Webster Underground - Hartford, CT
Oct 21 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
Oct 22 - Broadway Joe - Buffalo, NY
Oct 23 - Wreck Room - Toronto, ONTARIO
Oct 24 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Oct 25 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
Oct 26 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Oct 27 - Reggie's Rockclub - Chicago, IL
Oct 28 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
Oct 29 - The Firebird - St. Louis, MO
Oct 31 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
Nov 01 - The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 02 - The Alley - Reno, NV
Nov 04 - Funky Weatherbeans - Vancouver, BC
Nov 05 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Nov 06 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
Nov 07 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA

The Browning "Time Will Tell"

Simply because more people need to hear this song! It frakking rocks hard!

Calling All Fans of the BROWNING!!!!!

Dudes! Dudettes!! If you are free on August 6, the Browning need you!!! From noon to five on Saturday, the Browning are filming a video and they want fans in it!! The band are filming part of the video at Dad's Venue in Lewisville, Texas. This is for the track "Bloodlust" off of the upcoming album BURN THIS WORLD. For a chance to be in the video, break out your best nightclub rave outfits, get down to Dad's on 788 South Mill Street #200 on August 6. As a special way of saying thanks, fans who turn up for the video shoot will also be treated to an exclusive listening party where they can hear the entire new album, BURN THIS WORLD. BURN THIS WORLD is due to be released on October 3rd in Europe and October 4th in North America.

THE BROWNING frontman JONNY MCBEE comments:

"We are super stoked to be working with Chris Collins on the music video for Bloodlust! Bloodlust is an extremely heavy, hard-hitting, techno metal song! Chris does an awesome job going over the top with effects and will make this video exactly what we are looking for!

"August 6th we will be shooting a scene for the music video at Dad's Venue in Lewisville, Texas. We need some extras, so if you have some extra time, come down! We will also be previewing the entire album that night to everyone that comes! Hope to see you there! Stoked for this video!"

See THE BROWNING live on tour at the following shows:

Aug. 09 - Dallas, TX - Cambridge Room @ House of Blues
Aug. 10 - Houston, TX - The Bronze Peacock @ House of Blues
Aug. 11 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish Room @ House of Blues
Aug. 12 - Jacksonville, FL - Cafe 331
Aug. 13 - West Palm Beach, FL - Propaganda
Aug. 16 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Aug. 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts
Aug. 18 - Cleveland, OH - Cambridge Room @ House of Blues
Aug. 19 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's Front Room
Aug. 20 - Detroit, MI - Shelter
Aug. 21 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Aug. 23 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
Aug. 25 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
Aug. 26 - San Diego, CA - Delta Room @ House of Blues

EVILE's Five Serpent's Teeth

1. Five Serpent's Teeth
2. Dreams of Terror
3. Cult
4. External
5. Xaraya
6. Origin of Oblivion
7. In Memoriam
9. Descent into Madness
10. Long Live New Flesh

Squeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! That's what I think of Evile's September 26 release of their third album FIVE SERPENT'S TEETH. If you are a regular reader of The Kali Diaries, you know I LOVE this band! Live they are a blistering ear bleeding mass of metal and on disk they make you drive just a wee bit faster. The album has shades of Slayer, Testament, and Metallica and even a song reminiscent of Flotsam and Jetsam. FIVE SERPENT'S TEETH is a head banging, circle pit extravaganza. Matt and Ol's guitar work is severely intense. Mr. Drake senior makes an appearance to show that the guitar work is indeed inherited. This is the first album with Joel Graham on bass and personally, it's my fave. Joel's work on this album is stellar! "Decent into Madness" has a groovy walking bass harmony at 3:48 that is righteous!!! "In Memoriam" is an ode to Mike Alexander. If this song doesn't bring a tear to your eye, then you aren't human. The disk closes with "Long Live New Flesh". This is a song that the evil DJ in your brain will love! I've been humming and just outright singing it since I got the disk!!!

You can pre-order FIVE SERPENT'S TEETH from:
HMV (with a free signed band photo) (with free patch) (with free keyring)

Don't take my word for it. Listen to the following fifteen minute preview of the album.

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