Friday, September 30, 2011

Gyrlz on Tour

By Victoria Anderson in Victoria Anderson Photography

24 pages, published 22 SEP 2011

This is what happens when you give a metal head a camera, a passport, and a toothbrush. Victoria Anderson Photography presents: Gyrlz on Tour! A "how to" guide to following your favourite bands around the world on tour. Stunning original photos are interlaced with tips and tricks for travel, finding food, comfy sleeping arrangements and the best places to see a show. The highlight of the magazine are the photographs. Victoria Anderson Photograph…

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Collapse supporting Gwar on the 'Scumdogs Invasion' tour


The best thing to come out of London since Doctor Who, COLLAPSE, a totally kick ass band, has secured the opening slot on GWAR's 'Scumdogs Invasion' tour. So far, only January dates have been released but guitarist Andrew Ongley promises that this is "...the first of some very big anouncements for us in the next few days."

01/11 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
01/25 Bochum, GER – Matrix
01/26 Bielefeld, GER – Forum
01/27 Copenhagen, DEN – The Rock
01/28 Gothenburg, SWE – Brewhouse
01/29 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
01/30 Stockholm, SWE – Klubben

Collapse's debut EP 'Scar the Silent Sky" has sold out of physical copies, but you can buy online via the band's store: http://www.collapse.co/store/

Visit them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CollapseEngland and stay up to date on all the fantastic things happening in Collapse land.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Browning - BLOODLUST video

Remember when I posted about the Browning needing fresh warm bodies at a club in Texas for a video shoot? Well, here is the official video for BLOODLUST !!! Squeeeeeeeeeee !!!!! Don't forget, the new album BURN THIS WORLD drops next Monday, October 3rd in Europe and the following day in North America. Pick up this disk, it will make your ears bleed!

Pre-order BURN THIS WORLD now:

EUROPE
Earache Webstore - http://bit.ly/pdYjtU
iTunes (with 2 bonus tracks) - http://bit.ly/rexqm9

NORTH AMERICA
Earache Webstore - http://bit.ly/oHcAoB
iTunes (with 2 bonus tracks) - http://bit.ly/mVeAHb

Get more news and information from THE BROWNING at:

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/TheBrowningOfficial
MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/thebrowningproject

Monday, September 26, 2011

RELICSEED

The best of the best videos from this hard driving Latvian band! Make the evil DJ in your brain very happy!









EVILE Five Serpent's Teeth - Cult video


Do you not have this disk yet?? Why not??? You have no excuse! Evile's third release, first with the mega-awesome Joel Graham, is available for your listening pleasure. Make the evil DJ in your brain happy - buy this. BUY IT NOW!!!! To entice you to do the right thing I have included the first video release: CULT, for your evaluation.



Play.com (with free patch) - http://bit.ly/evile-play-preorder
HMV (with free signed band photo) - http://bit.ly/evile-hmv-preorder
Amazon.co.uk - http://amzn.to/pyD8zO
iTunes - http://bit.ly/evile-itunes
Earache Webstore - http://j.mp/c7wbbN

To celebrate the release of FIVE SERPENT'S TEETH, EVILE will be kicking off a headlining UK tour with support from SAVAGE MESSIAH. See them on tour at the following shows:

EVILE
Sep. 29 - London, UK - The Garage
Sep. 30 - Birmingham, UK - The Asylum
Oct. 02 - Holmfirth, UK - Picturedrome (special album release show)

EVILE w/ SAVAGE MESSIAH
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 - Bogiez Rock Bar
Oct. 27 - Reading, UK - Sub 89
Oct. 28 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation

Metallica and Lou Reed: The View


The View is spoken word set to blistering guitar riffs. It's avant garde experimental music for the new millenia. It's heavy and sludgy like early Black Sabbath. It's 50s beat poetry for the metal crowd. The first release is like a tent revival. Lou Reed preaching to convert you interspersed with James Hetfield's in your face singing. The juxtaposition of spoken word and metal vocals is mesmerizing. It flows seamlessly from one to the other until the listener is whipped into a frenzy of devoted belief. The guitar solos are psychotic bordering on psychedelic. This album is not for the faint of heart. It's not for the casual Metallica fan. It will push the listener to the limits. I'm sure many Metallica fans will whinge and complain about it - but I think this disk will show even more musical growth from a band that has been around for thirty years. Metallica has never followed trends no more than Lou Reed has ever followed trends. And I was around when Lou Reed fronted Velvet Underground. Both Lou and Metallica have marched to their own beat and carved out their own unique sound in the music business that has been copied, mostly unsuccessfully, ad nauseam. It will take true music aficionados to appreciate this collaboration.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Japanese Maiden Event Shirt Update

The terrific support from our fans has resulted in over £36,000 being raised in proceeds from the sales of the Japanese event shirt through the Iron Maiden shop and a retail version of the shirt which was sold in the USA. The band have channelled all their profits and royalties into the fund, which has been donated to the Japanese Red Cross charity.

We’d like to thank everyone who took part in this initiative in support of our fellow Maiden fans in Japan and the many others affected by the tsunami.

-From the Iron Maiden website

Friday, September 23, 2011

Pyrrhon to re-release An Excellent Servant but a Terrible Master


It's metal beat poetry. It's Jack Kerouac for the 2011s. Angry. Frenetic. If Gil Scott-Heron was a metal head, he'd write and perform like Doug Moore, lead singer for Pyrron. The lyrics are raw and mind-blowing. Undigested truth. Alex Cohen is a beast on the drums. His style is a conflagration of jazz and metal and punk. You hear subtle nuances in his drumming that seems to defy the man only having two arms. Erik Malave is a perfect complement on bass. Dylan DiLella on guitar creates discord and disjunct. The music mirrors the cacophony of New York City in the 70s and 80s.

The music is free form and dips and soars with pyrotechnic intensity. Without warning the music crashes into thrash / death metal territory. Doug Moore's vocals become evil and menacing. Dylan's guitar work is like nails on a chalk board, screeching and toe curling.

Originally self-released in digital format only in February 2011, the album is getting a new audience via a physical release by Selfmadegod Records. It'll be the best 8 Euro you ever spend!

Track listing:

1. New Parasite
2. Glossolalian
3. Idiot Circles
4. Correcting a Mistake
5. Gamma Knife
6. The Architect Confesses (Spittlestrand Hair)
7. Flesh Isolation Chamber
8. A Terrible Master

http://www.facebook.com/pyrrhonband
http://www.myspace.com/pyrrhonnyc/blog/542106697 To read the lyrics
http://selfmadegod.com/en/shop/item/4027 To purchase the CD

Rwake new album REST


I started out by thinking this would be a simple review of a new album. I put on REST by Rwake and within 2 minutes was in a zone! Whiskey - Tango - Foxtrot! I had to put it on again from the beginning just so I could make coherent sentences. The album is atmospheric. It evokes visuals and colours and moods. From start to finish it's like an apocalyptic soundtrack. Mad Max. Bladerunner. Dune. It's futuristic and baroque all in one. The drums dominate the mix and they are relentless! We can blame the dude named "Jeff" for this sonic bombast! The 11 minute opus It Was Beautiful but Now It's Sour have some guitar playing by "Kiffin" and "Gravy" that is gobsmackly beautiful and scary and moving. Ten minutes into the track it gets eerily scary and I don't recommend listening with late at night with the lights out if you are prone to get creeped out easily. I'm loving it!

I truly can't believe these guys are from Ar-Kansas (or Arkansas for the USA peeps reading this). They actually put out their first full length album 12 years ago. Where have we all been that we've missed this sludgy progressive ear candy?! They played SXSW in 2006 and it's taken four years to get another release from the phenomenal band.

The album goes on to make happy evil DJ in my brain with tracks like An Invisible Thread a more "traditional" progressive metal mosh type song and a 16 minute (that's right sixteen minutes) slaughter horror goth tome entitled The Culling. When I make a movie, I want The Culling on the soundtrack!!

I implore you, save your duckets and pre-order this album! Beg, borrow, steal if you have to - you NEED this album. REST is out September 27th on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records! Pre-order: http://bit.ly/RwakeStore and iTunes: http://bit.ly/RwakeiTunes

Don't forget to check them out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RwakeBand

DIAMOND PLATE "AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS" Video

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE I've loved this band since I got their disk Generation Why? to review. They are frakking awesome! Generation Why? has been on heavy rotation since then! It's perfect shredding ear bleeding metal from start to finish!

DIAMOND PLATE hails from Chicago and have the same intensity as a Chicago winter or the Bear's defensive line. Brutal! They have released an official music video for their track, "At the Mountains of Madness". The track is from the band's recently-released debut album, GENERATION WHY?. Do you not have Generation Why? Why not? GENERATION WHY? is available now on CD in Europe at http://bit.ly/mVHtIi or in North America at http://bit.ly/owOGVS The album is also available on iTunes at http://bit.ly/nRbT14

"At the Mountains of Madness" was recorded with director DAVE VORHES in the band's hometown of Chicago, Illinois.

DIAMOND PLATE lead guitarist KONRAD KUPIEC comments:

"Shooting the 'At the Mountains of Madness' video was an amazing experience. It was an incredible feeling to see how many of our fans came out to be part of a huge moment in Diamond Plate history. We were able to capture the energy of our live show and give people who have never seen us live the chance to experience that energy. There's no special effects, no generic story line, no hired actors - the music and the performance speak for themselves."




October finds Diamond Plate on tour - coming to a town near you. Do yourself a favour and go see this kick ass band live. The evil DJ in your brain will thank you for it!

DIAMOND PLATE w/ WARBRINGER, LAZARUS A.D., LANDMINE MARATHON
Oct. 01 - Escondido, CA - Metaphor Cafe
Oct. 02 - Simi Valley, CA - 118 West Studios
Oct. 03 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Oct. 04 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
Oct. 05 - Las Vegas, NV - Cheyenne Saloon
Oct. 06 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
Oct. 07 - Gallup, NM - The Juggernaut
Oct. 08 - Oklahoma City, OK - Pour House
Oct. 09 - Austin, TX - Emo's
Oct. 10 - New Orleans, LA - The Hangar
Oct. 11 - Tampa, FL - Brass Mug
Oct. 12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Oct. 13 - Charlotte, NC - The Casbah
Oct. 14 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Oct. 15 - Frederick, MD - Krug's Place
Oct. 16 - Kingston, NY - The Basement
Oct. 17 - Trenton, NJ - Championship Bar and Grill
Oct. 18 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Oct. 19 - Albany, NY - Bogie's
Oct. 20 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
Oct. 21 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
Oct. 22 - Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joe's
Oct. 23 - Toronto, ON - Wreck Room
Oct. 24 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Oct. 25 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
Oct. 26 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Oct. 27 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
Oct. 29 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
Oct. 30 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
Oct. 31 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
Nov. 01 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Nov. 02 - Sparks, NV - The Alley
Nov. 04 - Vancouver, BC - Funky Weatherbeans
Nov. 05 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Nov. 06 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Nov. 07 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside

Get more DIAMOND PLATE news and info at:

Official site - http://www.diamondplateband.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/diamondplate1
MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/diamondplate1
Twitter - http://twitter.com/diamondplate1

Latvian Headbangers... Who knew? RELICSEED set to rip the world apart!


Latvian headbangers RELICSEED are chosen to play during legendary METALLICA's 30th Anniversary Birthday Show's fan sponsored pre-party “Metallibash 2011: Three Decades of Damage”. The decision to bring a band almost 9100 kilometers was an easy one. Says a Bash spokesman "They were really eager to come and play. We told them if they could afford to get themselves and their equipment to San Francisco - they have the stage!"

Presenting the song “QUEEN” Latvian thrash metal band RELICSEED introduces their upcoming album (2012), which is planned to be recorded in Burbank, CA, USA in TRANZFORMER STUDIOS. The song can be heard via http://soundcloud.com/relicseed/queen. The new song also represents a start of a new era in the band`s life – their first European concert tour around UK, Germany, Italy, Austria and other countries. All together 100+ gigs in collaboration with DIRTY EARTH RECORDS that will bring Latvian heavy metal to the fans in its most energetic manner. The band just ended a very successful trek around the midlands in the UK.

The end of 2011 RELICSEED are going to play over 2 hour concert in METALLICA`s 30th Anniversary Birthday Show`s pre-party “Metallibash 2011: Three Decades of Damage”. The event will take place in San Francisco at “Kimo`s Bar & Penthouse Lounge” where METALLICA held a secret gig in 2002. This is Relicseed's FIRST ever trek to the USA and consequently, first USA gig. Gigs are still being booked in USA as well as additional shows around London.


The band has a very brief vision about the next year 2012: “If we`re keeping it the way it has started… - we have no idea where, when and whom it is meant to play with on one stage”.

Relicseed released a teaser video thru their YouTube channel to get fans pumped for the new material and upcoming tour dates:



Info: www.relicseed.com
www.facebook.com/relicseed
Ears: www.soundcoud.com/relicseed
Eyes: www.youtube.com/therelicseed

Debut Issue of New "Star Trek" Comic Sells Out!!


Within hours of release, IDW Publishing and CBS Consumer Products announced that STAR TREK #1, the debut issue of a brand new chapter in the new Star Trek universe, is sold out. Guided by Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci, this new series explores the vast implications of the alternate timeline created by the 2009 film, and the first issue is going fast.

“Movies cost money. Lots and lots of money,” said Orci. “But comics give us unlimited budgets to take the crew of the Enterprise farther than they've ever been. Join us!”

Star Trek fans nationwide are encouraged to check with their local comic retailer to get their copy of STAR TREK #1. A second printing of this hot debut issue is being rushed to comic stores and will feature a variant cover.

The adventures of the Starship Enterprise continue with the new cast from the film as they embark on missions that re-imagine select stories from the original television series, along with new threats and characters never seen before.

Under the creative direction of Orci, fan-favorite STAR TREK writer Mike Johnson and artist Stephen Molnar bring this alternate universe to life and begin the countdown to the highly anticipated Star Trek sequel. The series kicks off with a dramatic new envisioning of The Original Series second pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” The conclusion of this reimagined episode will be available in October. In November, the adventures of the new Enterprise crew continue with a new take on the classic episode "The Galileo 7," as Mr. Spock finds himself in command of a stranded shuttle crew fighting for survival.

“Finally, new STAR TREK comics that showcase the new Enterprise crew,” said editor Scott Dunbier. “The only thing more fun than reading them is editing them!”

STAR TREK #1 features covers from Tim Bradstreet and David Messina, plus four rare photo covers. Readers are encouraged to talk to their local retailer about the photo covers, and the super rare STAR TREK #1 signed by Orci and Johnson. This debut issue is also available in the free Star Trek Comics app through the Apple iTunes store.

STAR TREK #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) is now available in comic stores and on iTunes. Diamond order code JUL11 0308.

STAR TREK #1 (2nd printing, $3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in comic stores in October. Diamond order code AUG11 8085.

STAR TREK #2 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in comic stores and on iTunes in October. Diamond order code AUG11 0309.

STAR TREK #3 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in comic stores and on iTunes in October. Diamond order code SEP11 0289.

What? No love for Stan Lee?


Some military personnel are upset that comics legend Stan Lee received the Honorable Order of St. Barbara award in July at Comic-Con International, as the award is “traditionally reserved for career cannon cockers in the Army and Marine Corps who have made their mark on the field artillery or air defense communities.” While the award credited Lee, who served stateside in the Army during World War II, with writing “several training manuals and films for the artillery and all other branches of the service,” the co-creator of the Fantastic Four and other Marvel properties said he didn’t recall ever doing so. A spokesman for Maj. Gen. David Halverson, commander of the Army Field Artillery Center at Fort Sill, Okla., who signed off on the award, said it “was given to a former soldier and WWII veteran whose contributions, both in the Army and beyond, are in keeping with and representative of all the high standards of achievement and selfless service associated with the Honorary Order of Saint Barbara.” Lee actually missed receiving the award, as at the ceremony he also received an Army Certificate of Achievement and left before the second award could be given.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Misantropic "Raise the Gallows"

Misantropic
"Raise the Gallows"
Vinyl only release: Insomnia

This track reminds me of Motorhead and has shades of Anthrax. It's fast paced metal. Misantropic sports some excellent drumming. The vocals are a little thin
but the punk rock metal vibe makes up for it. They remind me of X, but light.
Fek me, I love this track. The guitar solo is blistering. It's another track worthy of some circle pits!

So the album itself was mixed and mastered in Umea, Sweden in May 2010 and remastered in January 2011 for vinyl. Gerda is on vocals. Eken and Rille on guitar. Drums is Zoid (no lie) and Bass guitar is Matte.

You can order the disk directly from the band - but they warn that postage from Sweden is expensive. But it's worth it for such ear bleeding music. Order INSOMNIA here!!! Or in the USA from Southern Lord Records store.

Avalanche - new single from Black Cobra

"Avalanche" by Black Cobra
album: Interval

This track is frenetic. It has so much movement and forward motion. Jason Landrian displays some excellent guitar work. It is literally a wall of sound. For two guys, Jason and Rafael Martinez are very tight and play old school style thrash that evokes circle pits and loads of stage diving. Jason's vocals are delivered with machine gun precision. I look forward to these guys live.

Interval, Black Cobra's fourth album promises to be devastating. It drops in North America on October 11th.

You can pre-order the album here: http://www.blackcobra.net/
And catch them on tour with Kyuss Lives and The Sword: http://www.blackcobra.net/tour.html

Dave Matthews Band Caravan: Randall's Island

OMG!! This was my 7th Dave show this year and of course it was stellar! My favourite part of the day was at 3pm(ish) when Dave and Tim hit the stage for an acoustic set. Sure, they did this in Atlantic City, but that was a month ago! LOL The setlist: 1. Eh Hee 2. So Damn Lucky 3. Where Are You Going 4. Typical Situation 5. Save Me 6. Oh 7. Tim Reynolds Solo 8. Little Red Bird and 9. Dancing Nancies

Of course, Dave and Tim were amazing. When are they not? Two guitar virtuosos sharing a stage is mind blowing. They are deft of hand and strong of wit! Even acoustically, Dave and Tim can bring the house down. It's true musicianship.

Here are some videos I shot of the tunage. Enjoy!!







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

Listening to Thames Burial @SignMeTo. What do you think? The evil DJ in your brain will thank you for this!!

TOXIC HOLOCAUST To Release Benefit 7” for the victims of the Japanese tsunami disaster.


Portland, Oregon's metal-punk warriors TOXIC HOLOCAUST have teamed up with Cleveland, Ohio's Midnight for a split 7” to benefit the victims of the Japanese tsunami disaster.

The 7” is limited to a one-time pressing of 1,000 copies on Japanese-flag colored heavy-weight vinyl, and features tracks from both bands (“A.T.O.M.I.C.” by TOXIC HOLOCAUST, “Destroy Tsunami’s Power” by Midnight) exclusive to this release. The split also features exclusive artwork by Daniel “Sawblade” Shaw (TOXIC HOLOCAUST, Insect Warfare, Coffins). All proceeds will go to the Red Cross relief efforts for victims of the tsunami disaster. The 7” can be ordered HERE.

Additionally, TOXIC HOLOCAUST heads to Europe for a five-week winter tour alongside Kvelertak, Trap Them and Wolves Like Us.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST
w/ Kvelertak, Trap Them, Wolves Like Us:
11/08/2011 Ole Bull Scene - Bergen, Norway
11/09/2011 Stavanger - Folken, Norway
11/10/2011 Rockefeller - Oslo, Norway
11/11/2011 Samfundet - Trondheim, Norway
11/12/2011 Strand - Stockholm, Sweden
11/14/2011 Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
11/15/2011 Pakkahuone - Tampere, Finland
11/17/2011 Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, Sweden
11/18/2011 Logo - Hamburg, Germany
11/19/2011 Underground - Koln, Germany
11/20/2011 Doornroosje - Nijmegen, Holland
11/21/2011 02 Academy 2 - Oxford, UK
11/22/2011 02 Academy 3 - Birmingham, UK
11/23/2011 The Speakeasy at Queens - Belfast, Ireland
11/24/2011 ABC - Glasgow, UK
11/25/2011 Roadhouse - Manchester, UK
11/26/2011 Underworld - London, UK
11/27/2011 Muziekodroom - Hasselt, Belgium
11/28/2011 Le Ferraileur - Nantes, France
11/29/2011 Le Nouveau Casino - Paris, France
11/30/2011 Substage - Karlsruhe, Germany
12/01/2011 Abart - Zurich, Switzerland
12/02/2011 New Age Club - Roncade, Italy
12/03/2011 Szene - Wien, Austria
12/04/2011 Conne Island - Leipzig, Germany
12/05/2011 Exit Chmelnice - Prague, Czech Rep.
12/06/2011 Festsaal Xberg - Berlin, Germany
12/07/2011 Colos Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
12/08/2011 Backstage - Munchen, Germany
12/09/2011 Hirsch - Nurnberg, Germany
12/10/2011 Sputnikhalle - Munster, Germany
12/11/2011 Voxhall - Aarhus, Denmark
12/12/2011 Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
12/13/2011 Kulturbolaget - Malmo, Sweden

http://www.facebook.com/ToxicHolocaust
http://www.myspace.com/toxicholocaust

BLACK COBRA Confirmed To Support Kyuss Lives! And The Sword

San Fran's heaviest duo, BLACK COBRA, have just confirmed their upcoming support slot for Kyuss Lives!, featuring drummer Brant Bjork, vocalist John Garcia and bassists Nick Oliveri (US dates) and Scott Reeder (Canada dates) of legendary stoner rock gods Kyuss! The second leg of Kyuss Lives! dates will kick off mid-November, and in addition to BLACK COBRA, will feature The Sword as direct support. YOB will also join in the festivities on the Portland and Seattle dates of the excursion.

BLACK COBRA Live:
9/22/2011 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - San Francisco, CA

BLACK COBRA w/ Kyuss Lives!, The Sword:
11/17/2011 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
11/19/2011 The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
11/21/2011 Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR w/ YOB
11/22/2011 Showbox SODO - Seattle, WA w/ YOB
11/23/2011 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
11/26/2011 Flames Central - Calgary, AB
11/27/2011 Edmonton Event Centre - Edmonton, AB
11/29/2011 Garrick Centre - Winnipeg, MB
11/30/2011 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
12/01/2011 Turner Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
12/02/2011 Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
12/03/2011 Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
12/05/2011 The Palace Theater - Greensburg, PA
12/06/2011 Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY

BLACK COBRA's sophomore album for Southern Lord Recordings, the thunderous eight-song opus Invernal was recorded in eight days this past July at Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou's God City Studio and mastered by John Golden (Neurosis, Melvins, Weedeater, countless more). Inspired in part by the famed, dangerous treks of English researcher Ernest Shackleton, the theme to the entire record is based on a post-apocalyptic trek to a nuclear infested and mutated Antarctica.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gyrlz on Tour

Gyrlz on Tour

By Victoria Anderson in Victoria Anderson Photography

24 pages, published 22 SEP 2011

This is what happens when you give a metal head a camera, a passport, and a toothbrush. Victoria Anderson Photography presents: Gyrlz on Tour! A "how to" guide to following your favourite bands around the world on tour. Stunning original photos are interlaced with tips and tricks for travel, finding food, comfy sleeping arrangements and the best places to see a show. The highlight of the magazine are the photographs. Victoria Anderson Photograph…

EVILE UK Tour Dates!!


British thrashers SAVAGE MESSIAH have been confirmed for a UK tour supporting fellow thrashers and labelmates EVILE.

SAVAGE MESSIAH will be teaming up with EVILE for the "Five Serpent's Teeth" tour, which kicks off on September 29th in London.

SAVAGE MESSIAH frontman DAVID SILVER comments:

"We're really looking forward to hitting the road with Evile; both bands go way, way back to the unsigned days and it's sure to be a great experience to tour now as label mates and to proudly fly the flag of British Heavy Metal. Be sure to get down and support us and witness the future of English metal!!"

See SAVAGE MESSIAH on tour with EVILE at the following shows:

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 - Bogiez Rock Bar
Oct. 27 - Reading, UK - Sub 89
Oct. 28 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation

Jagermeister Tour with UNEARTH and Chimaira

Since the band’s genre defining release The Oncoming Storm, UNEARTH has continuously crisscrossed the globe, becoming one of the hardest – and most consistent – touring bands in all of hard rock. With Darkness in the Light, their fifth full-length, the quintet have delivered their most honest, powerful, and compelling statement to date, driving a fist into the collective gut of every image-obsessed metal band currently cluttering up the landscape, and setting a new standard when it comes to marrying precision brute force and exhilarating melody.

Earning themselves Top 200 Billboard Chart entries for all four of the band’s Metal Blade releases (The Oncoming Storm, III: In the Eyes of Fire, The March, and Darkness in the Light), UNEARTH is once again prepared to take the world by storm when they hit the road this fall with Cleveland, Ohio’s Chimaira. The tour will be joined by Athens, Ohio’s Skeletonwitch and Las Vegas, Nevada’s Molotov Solution.

Jägermeister, the brand that’s synonymous with music, has a long history of supporting bands, both from a local and basement level to national amphitheater acts. The brand has spent almost two decades developing artists and has seen many go from obscurity to the top of their fields. “Both bands symbolize the attitude that Jägermeister shares with hard rock and metal music,” says Bill Henderson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising at Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. “Chimaira and UNEARTH have both worked with our brand for several years and it’s great that we can continue the relationship with this tour.”

“We are incredibly pleased to announce this fall's Jägermeister tour in North America,” says Trevor Phipps of UNEARTH. “We will be supporting our new album Darkness In the Light and are anxious to play more tracks from that album. Hitting the road with us will be our old friends in Chimaira, Skeletonwitch and soon to be new friends in Molotov Solution. We would like to thank Jägermeister for supporting this tour and we look forward to seeing you all on the road! Let's make this a fall tour to remember!!! Cheers!!!”

Tickets will be on sale to the general public starting September 23 through each venue’s ticketing outlet. Please check local listings or UNEARTH’s website HERE for more details.

Jägermeister presents UNEARTH/CHIMAIRA tour
with Skeletonwitch & Molotov Solution:
11/16/2011 Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT
11/17/2011 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
11/18/2011 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
11/19/2011 Wally’s Pub - Hampton Beach, NH
11/20/2011 JAXX - Springfield, VA
11/21/2011 The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
11/22/2011 Lincoln Theater - Raleigh, NC
11/23/2011 House Of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC
11/25/2011 Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/26/2011 State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
11/27/2011 Freebird Live - Jacksonville, FL
11/29/2011 Emo’s - Austin, TX
11/30/2011 Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
12/01/2011 Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM*
12/02/2011 Mesa Theater & Club - Grand Junction, CO
12/03/2011 The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO*
12/04/2011 Top Deck - Farmington, NM
12/05/2011 The Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ*
12/07/2011 Glass House - Pomona, CA*
12/08/2011 Knitting Factory - Reno, NV
12/09/2011 Knitting Factory - Boise, ID
12/10/2011 Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA*
12/16/2011 Wheelhouse - Cedar Falls, IA
12/17/2011 The Barrymore Theater - Madison, WI
12/18/2011 The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI

* Skeletonwitch will not be appearing on these dates

Sabaton at The Gramercy Theatre in NYC

This was my first SABATON show but it won't be my last. I was gobsmackingly blown away by this band. They have everything you need to have a rocking good time! Joakim Broden had that "Village People Cop" thing happening and it took a lot for me to get over it and remember this is a Swedish band. But the 70s are strong in my midichlorians. He's got an amazing set of pipes and can work a stage. Reminded me of a metal Freddy Mercury. The bass player, Par Sundstrom had a perpetual smile on his face. It was quite infectious and you realize he was happy to be in NYC, happy to be playing on stage, and just generally, .... happy! Oskar and Ricard are responsible for the twin guitar attack. Daniel Myhr on keyboards and Daniel Mullback round out this Swedish Viking Metal Band. The band has been around since 1999! I feel quite late to the SABATON party, but Joakim promised that this stop in NYC (their second ever) won't be the last and a headlining tour of the USA may be on the horizon. Count me there!

Remaining 2011 Tour Dates (current as of date posted)

23.09.11 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
24.09.11 Detroit, MI Blondie's
26.09.11 Chicago, IL Reggie's Rock Club
27.09.11 St. Paul, MN Station 4
28.09.11 Winnipeg, MB The Osbourne Village Inn
29.09.11 Regina, SK Exchange
30.09.11 Edmonton, ALB Starlite Room
02.10.11 Seattle, WA El Corazon
03.10.11 Vancouver, BC The Venue
05.10.11 San Francisco, CA Grand Ballroom at The Regency Center
06.10.11 Hollywood, CA The Key Club
07.10.11 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
08.10.11 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
09.10.11 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
11.10.11 Houston, TX Numbers
12.10.11 Dallas, TX Trees
13.10.11 Austin, TX Emo's Alternative Lounging HEADLINE
14.10.11 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live HEADLINE *FREE SHOW*
16.10.11 Atlanta, GA Masquerade HEADLINE
17.10.11 West Springfield, VA Jaxx HEADLINE
16.12.11 London Koko HEADLINE
18.12.11 Antwerp Trix / Hof Ter Lo Last Battle of the World War Tour!









Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sick of It All ** Shai Hulud ** All For Nothing on Tour!!

October 2011 tour dates for three hardcore bands. If you are out and about this October, totally catch a date!

SICK OF IT ALL (Century Media Records)
http://www.facebook.com/sickofitallny
SHAI HULUD (Metal Blade Records)
http://www.facebook.com/shaihuludofficial
ALL FOR NOTHING (GSR Music)
http://www.facebook.com/allfornothinghc

11.10. Amsterdam – Melkweg (Netherlands) + THE SETUP
12.10. Hamburg – Große Freiheit (Germany)
13.10. Cham – L.A. Cham (Germany)
14.10. Berlin – SO36 (Germany)
15.10. Chemnitz – AJZ (Germany)
16.10. Vienna – Arena (Austria)
18.10. Solothurn – Kofmehl (Switzerland)
19.10. Mezzago (MI) – Bloom Club (Italy)
20.10. Toulon – Le Vox (France)
21.10. Durango – Plateruena (Spain)
22.10. Madrid – Sala Rockkitchen (Spain)
23.10. Badalona – Sala Estraperlo (Spain)
25.10. Paris – La Maroquinerie (France)
26.10. Kassel – Kulturfabrik Salzmann (Germany)
27.10. Dortmund – FZW (Germany)
28.10. Stuttgart – Röhre (Germany)
29.10. Antwerpen – Hof Ter Lo (Belgium)
30.10. Saarbrücken – Garage (Germany) + THE SETUP

Saturday, September 10, 2011

DORO at the Gramercy in NYC 2011

When I was a teen I wanted to grow up and be Siouxsie Sioux, Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Doro Pesch.  Amazing women with style and pure rock power. I can't sing my way out of a paper bag - but I still to this day want to grow up and be them. The ultimate in music coolness. A huge boost to my goal came last year when I met Doro Pesch at Bloodstock. She is an amazingly gracious woman and I was both humbled and inspired. When she gave me a hug, my spirits were renewed and I knew I was on the right path. I still wanna grow up and be just like her. After 25+ years in metal, Doro still looks amazing. She glows! Her voice is just as moving and powerful as it was in 1984 when I first heard her in Warlock. For one of her two USA dates supporting the release of her 2 DVD/CD set for 25 Years in Rock Doro played in New York City at the Gramercy. I, of course, was there walking that fine line between working and rocking out. I struck a healthy balance.

The night brought a very appreciative multi-generational audience "Burning the Witches" and "Night of the Warlord". The giddily exuberant audience sang along. For those who like old school metal and head banging, the night brought some great surprises by way of a duet with Mark Tornillo from Accept singing "When East Meets West" and birthday boy Chris Caffery on guest guitar for a very moving "Deep Inside My Heart". The crowd erupted when the 'Wacken Anthem' "We Are The Metalheads" was played and was sent into a frenzy for "All We Are". The night closed with "Fight For Rock".

"We'll never give up. We'll never do a good-bye tour." - Doro Pesch 2011 September 09













Wednesday, September 7, 2011

DOMAIN - The Chronicals of Love, Hate, and Sorrow

What an amazing listen. This album has some blistering guitar work courtesy of one Axel Ritt. Axel is an amazing and technical guitar player. Axel has the deftness and fierceness of Paganini and the gravitas of Schubert. Unlike the snobbish nose-in-the-air guitar players, Axel is down to earth and quite approachable. So much so, he even offers online master classes to teach YOU how to shred the way he does! He's a true ARTIST! So onto DOMAIN's The Chronicals of Love Hate and Sorrow: The first impression I got was that this was part of the soundtrack to HEAVY MEAL, the 1981 film. The album is very atmospheric, quite solid with amazing vocals. At times, it reminds me of an extremely heavy metal STYX. The drumming is just sick. Thru and thru this album has high quality musicianship!

"Sweeping Scars" is a mixture of epic 70s prog rock, metal, and Wagnerian opus. This music is at home in 2011, 1971 or 1871. The composition is operatic, sweeping, and monumental. The music is complex and has amazing harmonies. This song, as are others, is quite elaborate. "Angel Above" is the perfect 80s big budget, over the top, groove machine. It's totally chunky and danceable. This song is a song to make you drive your Ferrari very fast! "The Circle of Give and Take" is such an uplifting song. It sounds like it would be very comfortable on the RENT soundtrack. I'd love to give this track to Julie Taymor and Twyla Tharp and see what they could make of it. It's so aurally stunning it invites visuals. "He is Back" and "The Last Dance" are awesome metal songs from start to finish. Axel blisters on guitar and the drums are hard driving. These songs are designed to give you a major case of whiplash! "Inner Rage" is for the Judas Priest fans out there. It has shades of "Painkiller" and rumblings of King Diamond. If you are a fan of those bands, you will absolutely LOVE this track! "Haunting Sorrows" is an amazing composition. It has so many layers and textures. It's truly genre defying.

This album is a must buy. Pick it up from http://domain.bandcamp.com/album/the-chronicles-of-love-hate-and-sorrow This is an amazing site because if you buy the album from here, indeed any DOMAIN merch, the money goes to the band directly! And that's a good thing! Check out the band on REVERBNATION.

If you are out and about this month, September 2011, head out to see Axel playing live with Grave Digger.
September 9 LKA Longhorn Stadtteil Wangen, DE
September 10 Posthalle WüRzburg, DE
September 11 Effenaar Grote en Kleine Zaal Eindhoven, NL
September 13 Volkshaus Zuumlrich Zurich, ZH
September 14 Garage Saarbrucken SaarbrüCken, DE
September 15 Markthalle Hamburg Hamburg, DE
September 16 Hellraiser Leipzig, DE
September 17 Turbinenhalle Oberhausen, DE

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

DORO 25 YEARS in Rock - North American Trailer



Doro - 25 Years In Rock 2DVD/CD. Out September 13, 2011 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. You can buy it here at the Nuclear Blast site in the USA or Nuclear Blast Europe. This is a must buy! The music is phenomenal! The DVD includes footage of Doro's 2500th concert! Doro is playing 2 shows in the USA - September 9 in NYC and September 11 in Chicago before hitting the road again in October for shows in Russia, Poland, Czech Republic and more.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Governors Island dates for Dave Matthews Band rescheduled!

Randall’s Island Tickets On Sale Now
SEPTEMBER 3, 2011

Tickets for the new DMB Caravan at Randall’s Island are on sale now for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association at warehouse.davematthewsband.com. Tickets are also on sale for the general public at DMBCaravan.com/tickets and by phone at 1-800-594-TIXX. For information about refunds and exchanges for Governors Island, click here.

The New York DMB Caravan has been rescheduled to September 16th, 17th and 18th and relocated to Randall’s Island just off Manhattan on the East River. In addition to Dave Matthews Band’s nightly headline set, Dispatch will perform on Friday and Saturday, the 16th and 17th. The full line-up for Dave Matthews Band Caravan at Randall’s Island will be announced soon. The Island can be reached easily by foot or bike as well as by public transportation.

Click here for Randalls Island Travel Information.


TICKET POLICY FOR DMB CARAVAN RESCHEDULED FROM GOVERNORS ISLAND AUGUST 26th, 27th, 28th, 2011 TO RANDALLS ISLAND SEPTEMBER 16th, 17th, 18th, 2011


Tickets for the DMB Caravan on August 26th, 27th, 28th, 2011 at Governors Island in New York City, NY will still be valid for the respective rescheduled festival dates on September 16th, 17th, 18th, 2011 at Randall’s Island in New York City . Single festival date tickets will be valid on the same day. Friday, August 26th tickets will bevalid on Friday, September 16th; Saturday, August 27th tickets will be valid on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, August 28th tickets will be valid on Sunday, September 18th. Three-day General Admission tickets will be exchanged at the festival entrance for a wristband. This wristband must be worn at all times and will allow you to access the festival grounds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If the wristband is removed or tampered with, please note that you will not beallowed re-entry.

YOUR PHYSICAL TICKET FROM THE DMB CARAVAN AT GOVERNORS ISLAND IS STILL VALID AND DOES NOT NEED TO BE EXCHANGED TO BE RE-USED ON THE RESCHEDULED DATES.

PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED TICKETS THAT WERE USED AT GOVERNORS ISLAND ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 26TH ARE STILL VALID FOR RANDALLS ISLAND!


Those that wish to exchange tickets for other days can do so by emailing the proper address. For tickets purchased through DMBCaravan.com, (Musictoday) please email dmbcaravantix@musictoday.com. For those that purchased tickets via the Warehouse please email whtix@davematthewsband.com. We will contact you to complete the exchange. To expedite a response,please “DMB Caravan NYC EXCHANGE” in the email subject line.

Exchanges MUST be made by the original ticket purchaser.
Deadline to submit exchange requests is Noon ET on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011.

Full ticket value and service fee refunds are available for those that cannot attend the festival on the rescheduled dates of September 16th, 17th, 18th, 2011 AND who did not use their tickets on August 26th. Three-day GA and 3-day VIP Package holders that attended on Friday, August 26th and cannot attend the rescheduled dates will be issued a 2/3 refund.
For tickets purchased through dmbcaravan.com (Musictoday) please email dmbcaravantix@musictoday.com. For those that purchased tickets via the Warehouse please email whtix@davematthewsband.com. For faster response please include “DMB Caravan NYC REFUND” in the email subject line.

Refund requests must be emailed by 11am ET on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th, 2011.
Refunds will be made to the original ticket purchaser and the credit used for the purchase.
Original ticket purchaser will get an automated email when the refund has been processed.
No shipping refunds will be issued for ticket orders that were shipped.

NOTE REGARDING TICKETS PURCHASED THROUGH THIRD PARTY SELLERS
ANY TICKETS BOUGHT BY 3RD PARTY RESELLERS (CRAIGSLIST, STUB HUB, EBAY, ETC) ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THAT SELLER. Again, we can only issue refunds/exchanges to the original ticket purchaser.

Friday, September 2, 2011

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