Thursday, July 26, 2012

MARY TAMM R.I.P 22 March 1950 - 26 July 2012

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I report the passing of Mary Tamm. She lost her battle with cancer and has died in her South London home at the age of 62. She was best known to this uber geek for her role in Doctor Who as Romana, a companion of the Doctor and Princess Strella from 1978 to 1979. She also appeared in such mainstays as Coronation Street, The Bill, an episode of Casualty and even my all time favourite EastEnders.

Agent Barry Langford, who confirmed the news today, said she had a "zest for life".
"She was a darling companion and wonderfully witty and kind," said Tom Baker, who played the fourth Doctor alongside Tamm. "I'm so sorry to hear of her death."

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

SWORN TO OATH to tour UK in September

 One of my happy finds from last year, SWORN TO OATH are heading out on the road come September. Formed in 2009 they have been gaining a steady fallowing from some kick ass live shows and the Leave You For Dead EP. You can download a new track: Stand Alone from their website:


8th - Green Rooms - TREFOREST
13th - Edge of the Wedge - PORTSMOUTH*
14th - The Sugarmill - STOKE*
15th - The Vault- RUGBY
20th - Dove & Rainbow - SHEFFIELD
21st - Gasworks - BRADFORD
22nd - Stereo - YORK**
27th - TP's - BROMLEY
28th - The George - ANDOVER
29th - Melbourne Rock Club - CAMBRIDGE*


*S2O Only
**theFALLEN Only

Keep up to date with them here:

They've also decided to do something totally radical in terms of recording their debut album. Sworn II Oath are on Pledge Music where your donation makes the new album possible. Depending on the amount you donate, Sworn To Oath will bequeath to you some very cool swag ranging from a signed set list, a t-shirt, a signed drum head to your name in the album inlay, to an acoustic set in your home to spending the day with the lads at Alton Towers. Wicked cool, n'est ce pas? Head on over to: Sworn to Oath on Pledge Music and give a donation. Leave You For Dead was one of the most bitchin' albums on 2011. Their new release will definitely be groovalicious!


Saturday, July 21, 2012

To Hell You Ride by Lance Henricksen

July 16, SAN DIEGO, CA—Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce To Hell You Ride, written by horror movie mainstay Lance Henriksen (Millennium, Aliens, Near Dark)!

Teased during a thrilling “Drawing on Your Nightmares” panel at San Diego Comic-Con, this new horror six issue mini-series is written by Lance Henriksen and Joseph Maddrey (Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film), with art by Tom Mandrake. To Hell You Ride marks Lance Henriksen’s comics debut!

A deadly curse plagues the small town of Telluride, melting the flesh from its victims—it’s the violent revenge four warriors set in motion when their sacred burial grounds were disturbed for the sake of gold miners’ greed!

Henricksen spoke to Comic Book Resources and had this to say about his newest venture:
"I went to Telluride, Colorado, at one point, almost twenty years ago," Henriksen told CBR. "When I got there, it wasn't the ski resort it is now -- it had skiing, but not to the degree that it does now. I'm sitting in a bar there and I'm thinking, this is a box canyon, it's sort of the end of the world in terms of travel, and I looked around me and saw all these people and thought they were reincarnated miners and hookers. They didn't even know why they were there, but they were there. 

"What leaped into my mind was a line of a Dylan Thomas poem: 'The ball I threw while playing in the park has not yet reached the ground.' Which gave me almost the whole form of the prologue of our story."

"I remember when I was sixteen, there was a Urok Indian that I met. At sixteen, I was kind of a wild kid, and this guy took me under his wing," Henriksen said, elaborating on the additional influences on the story he wrote as a screenplay in his hotel room, drawing both on the scene in the bar and his own life experiences. "His father had been an elder, a medicine man. He told me this story about something his grandfather had done. The cops came to this guy and said, 'A girl's gone missing, we can't find her -- we need your help.' And the guy walked out of his house backwards, down the road and through the town, and people were following him. He never turned around, he walked the whole thing backwards, and he ended up deep in the woods. He turned around and there was a flat rock there, and he said, 'She's here.' They flipped the rock over, and the girl was there, dead. That resonated with me and joined in with my thoughts about Telluride while I was there. This was a mining town, and it had all the old derricks and all that crap, and all the old mine tunnels, a lot of mercury in the ground at the edge of town toward the mountains. I thought, oh man, this is some story."

To Hell You Ride #1 is on sale December 12, 2012!

WORMROT NOT breaking up: Just taking a break from touring.

Singaporean grindcore trio WORMROT have just wrapped up a mammoth six-week tour of Europe, which culminated in an unforgettable performance at Obscene Extreme festival in the Czech Republic.

Following the tour, the band have revealed that they will be taking a break from touring for a few years to attend to personal commitments.  Contrary to rumours however, WORMROT are not disbanding and will return with a new album in 2013 or 2014, with plans to tour again in 2015.

WORMROT vocalist ARIF ROF has issued the following statement:

"In regards to our post about taking a break on Facebook, some people misunderstood that we have broken up right after the recent tour.  But that is definitely false information.  We are taking a break from TOURING as we have other personal commitments to attend this time around.  It's definitely not because of what happened to us during the tour (ripped off, abandoned etc.).  That was part and parcel of touring.  No big deal and it's probably a dead fucking issue now anyway.  NONE of these relate to why we are taking a break.

"We played a couple of new songs on the tour from the next album.  And still writing as we speak.  So calm down, get your facts straight.  All you need to know is that we are still very much alive and still writing new material for the upcoming album.  We have been touring four years straight, every year.  So we need a breather before we rage again across the globe.  I said it before and I will say it again: WORMROT IS NOT DEAD.  PERIOD."

WORMROT recently released their NOISE EP on iTunes, including a unique cover of Texan indie-rockers EISLEY's "Many Funerals".  Get the EP now at

WORMROT's latest album, DIRGE, is available now on limited edition CD with an exclusive bonus DVD.  Get the album in Europe at or in North America at

DIRGE is also available on iTunes with 10 exclusive bonus tracks at

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Southern Train Gypsy

Texas rockers Southern Train Gypsy are keeping mondo busy. August 3rd they've got a show at LaGrange in Dallas. They have a FREE SHOW on August 4th at the Crowbar Saloon in Ft. Worth. Southern Train Gypsy are also part of this years Rock-A-Tron Festival on September 29th. In between all the bitchin live dates, they are writing new material to follow up Hallelujah in the Fire which you can find here:
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Ensiferum: Video and Tour Dates

SQUEEEEEEEEE It is with much delight I can report on some new stuff from

They are currently working on a video from the upcoming album Unsung Heroes. The album drops August 24th.  Here's what hey have to say about that:
Hi Folks!
Here is a short making of clip of our “In My Sword I Trust” music video shooting session with Grupa13 in Poland. The shoot took place in a really nice medieval castle and it went really well, even though it rained a lot. It was great to work with such a professional team and we were lucky to get such great actors to help us out. Thank you once again!

The video tells about how ordinary town people rise up and rebel against a greedy and cruel king and the upper class. There will be swords, corpses and drinking; pretty much all you need for a great video! We are looking forward to presenting this new Ensiferum anthem to our fans around the world with the best music video we have ever made. Folk on!

You can pre-order UNSUNG HEROES from the Ensiferum shop:
01. Symbols
02. In My Sword I Trust
03. Unsung Heroes
04. Burning Leaves
05. Celestial Bond
06. Retribution Shall Be Mine
07. Star Queen (Celestial Bond part II)
08. Pohjola
09. Last Breath
10. Passion Proof Power




Here you can see a making of video from the single: In My Sword I Trust:



04.08.2012FinlandVantaa / Myötätuuli Rock, MTR.FI
31.08.2012NorwayHard Anger Open Air Metal Festival, Official Page
01.09.2012GermanyCrispendorf / Wolfszeit Festival

Unsung Heroes Finland -tour

Support: A.R.G.
05.09.2012FinlandNosturi, Helsinki, Lisätietoja
06.09.2012FinlandKlubi Tampere
07.09.2012FinlandLutakko Jyväskylä
08.09.2012FinlandFinlandia-Klubi Lahti
09.09.2012FinlandKlubi Turku

Bearers Of The Sword Tour 2012

Supports. Profane Omen and Amoral
14.09.2012GermanyGarage Saarbrücken, Buy Ticket Here
15.09.2012BelgiumTrix Antwerpen
16.09.2012NetherlandsMetropool Hengelo, Buy Ticket Here
18.09.2012UKO2 Academy Islington London
19.09.2012UKMoho Manchester
20.09.2012IrelandButton Factory Dublin
21.09.2012UKRescue Rooms Nottingham
23.09.2012FranceLa Machine Paris, Buy Ticket Here
24.09.2012FranceFerrailleur Nantes
25.09.2012FranceLe Bikini Toulouse, Buy Ticket Here
26.09.2012SpainRazzmatazz2 Barcelona, Buy Ticket Here
27.09.2012SpainCaracol / Arena Madrid, Buy Ticket Here
28.09.2012SpainTotem Pamplona, Buy Ticket Here
30.09.2012SwitzerlandZ7 Pratteln
01.10.2012ItalyRocknRoll Club Romagnano (Novara)
02.10.2012GermanyBastard Club Osnabrück, Buy Ticket Here
03.10.2012GermanyLido Berlin, Buy Ticket Here
04.10.2012AustriaSzene Wien, Buy Ticket Here
05.10.2012CroatiaBoogalo Small Zagreb
06.10.2012Czech RepublicMORC Zlin
07.10.2012Hungary202 Budapest, Buy Ticket Here
09.10.2012SloveniaGala Hall Ljubljana
11.10.2012PolandMega Club Katowice
12.10.2012GermanyMessehalle Straubing, More Info Here
13.10.2012GermanyAlte Spinnerei Glauchau, Buy Ticket Here
14.10.2012GermanyZeche Bochum, Buy Ticket Here
16.10.2012SwedenBrewhouse Gothenburg, Buy Ticket Here
17.10.2012NorwayJohn Dee Oslo
18.10.2012SwedenGöta Källere Stockholm, Buy Ticket Here
28.01.2013 - 01.02.2013
70000 Tons Of Metal -cruise, Official Site


Diamond Plate to play Hometown CHICAGO show JULY 27th

Earache is known for signing some very kick ass bands and Diamond Plate are no exception. 2011 saw the release of Generation Why? which in my opinion was the best new album of that year. They've toured incessantly across the USA and UK since then. July brings them back to Chicago to play a hometown show. Reggie's Rockclub on State Street is hosting Diamond Plate with Morbid Saint and three other bands. Ticket prices are a respectable 10$ in advance 12$ at the door. Really 12$ to see Diamond Plate! That's a steal! Make it a date July 27th, Reggie's Rockclub, Chicago! DIAMOND PLATE!!
Get your tickets now!!

Steve Harris of Iron Maiden to release solo album: British Lions

According to the Iron Maiden website, Steve Harris is to release a solo album in September. I guess he didn't want to be outdone by his guitar player, Adrian Smith and his Primal Rock Rebellion release Awoken Broken.

'Arry's solo album is releasing thru EMI Music and is called British Lion. The songs have been floating around and coalescing and just coming together for the past few years in between Maiden albums and tours.

The official Iron Maiden websites says it's a decidedly heavy rock-vibe this roaring debut paints with a full palette of sounds; brooding, melancholic, righteously indignant and exuberantly heavy. With Kevin Shirley at the mixing helm – whose credits include Iron Maiden as well as Led Zeppelin, Journey and Rush among many others – this is an album to sink your teeth into.From the growling riffage of opening salvo This Is My God to the heavy forlorn balladry of follow-up Lost Worlds which showcases Richard Taylor’s soaring vocals, it’s clear that ‘British Lion’ is an altogether different beast from Maiden. Karma Killer, with its dirge-like muscularity, and Us Against The World, with its massive chorus, demonstrates just how far ‘British Lion’ has flexed Steve Harris’ considerable musical muscle. Dovetailed with guitarist David Hawkins’ positively gargantuan lyrical guitar melodies, it’s a mere hors d'oeuvre ahead of the epic, riffing-feast of The Chosen Ones, with its swaggering bravado. A World Without Heaven, at a breathtaking seven minutes and infused with progressive elements without ever teetering into self-indulgence illustrates perfectly these songsmiths’ colossal abilities to create a mood and stay there. Supercharged by Steve Harris’ inimitable style, there’s an un-cynical vibe here that’s as refreshing as it is out of place in today’s all-too-categorised music industry.

And as far as the name ‘British Lion’; “I’ve always been proud to be British,” explains Steve, “I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t be. It’s a massive part of being me. It’s not like I’m flag-waving or trying to preach, this is not a political statement at all. It’s like supporting your football team, where you come from. I just think it lends itself to some really strong imagery too, and to me it fits in with the sound.”

With Iron Maiden, Steve Harris has become one of the most recognised and successful ambassadors for British music on the world stage. Having released 15 studio albums, sold over 85 million records worldwide and played more than two thousand gigs in 58 countries in the band’s thirty-five year career, his appeal is truly global.

And now with ‘British Lion’, Steve steps out from Iron Maiden’s illustrious shadow to present a different side of his musical visions.

The tracklisting for ‘British Lion’ is as follows:
1.This Is My God
2.Lost Worlds
3.Karma Killer
4.Us Against The World
5.The Chosen Ones
6.A World Without Heaven
8.Eyes Of The Young
9.These Are The Hands
10.The Lesson

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Calisus - Skeleton Key

Now here is something I stumbled upon. It was a happy find. Maryland band Calisus have released a new EP entitled Skeleton Key. The cool thing about this band, you can down load the album for free. That's right... FREE. The adage "you get what you pay for" does NOT apply here. Skeleton Key, the first single is hooky and catchy and has you singing along before the end of the song. It's one of those disks you put in to play and you end up playing it over and over and over again. You just don't get tired of listening to the album. Give these guys a listen and if you like what you hear, and I believe you will, share it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


According to Earache News, Britain's most awesomest metal record label Earache Records has acquired US label Heavy Artillery Records.

Currently celebrating 25 years as a record company powerhouse,  Earache Records has been the home to some of the biggest names in metal, and continues to push forwards with some of the best new and up-and-coming talents.

Heavy Artillery was founded in New York and has consistently stood for quality thrash and heavy metal, with releases from the likes of MERCILESS DEATH, ENFORCER, EXMORTUS, VEKTOR, SPELLCASTER and more.

Earache Records Label Manager Dan Tobin comments:

"Heavy Artillery's policy of signing and supporting fresh new talent was something I personally bought into very early on - raw, energetic, passionate early releases like Merciless Death, Enforcer and Exmortus really stood out as genuinely exciting new bands pursuing their visions of what heavy metal should be, not just jumping on a bandwagon and hoping for a quick route to success. The label's roster stood out as the work of people with music in mind, and with bands like Vektor creating serious buzz, it seemed that Heavy Artillery would enjoy the success its early creativity and chance-taking deserved.

"Now that Earache is charged with upholding an impressive legacy of releases, as well as embracing the future output of these fantastic bands, I feel like it's a really exciting time to be involved with young, hungry bands who have the potential to become the leading lights of the next few years. We aim to ensure that the seeds sown by Heavy Artillery grow and produce fertile metal music for years to come."

Earache intends to continue Heavy Artillery's vision, beginning with re-issues of Swedish heavy metallers ENFORCER's 2008 debut album, INTO THE NIGHT, followed by the two studio albums from Arizona thrashers VEKTOR - 2009's BLACK FUTURE and 2011's OUTER ISOLATION. Earache will also re-issue ENFORCER's 2010 album, DIAMONDS, in the USA.

For a taste of what's to come, listen to VEKTOR's "Tetrastructural Minds" from OUTER ISOLATION at

Friday, July 13, 2012

DREDD: Judegment is Coming 3D Clip

Never mind that I am massively in love with Karl Urban. I have been ever since his portrayal of Ceasar in Xena. Don't laugh off Xena. Watch the episodes in which Urban plays Ceasar and he will quickly become your favourite characterization of the famed leader. He oozed a sexy corruptness that just dripped wicked from the get go. I've done my best to watch every movie he's been in since.  From the very popular and high profile Lord of the Rings Trilogy to the cheesy Ghost Ship "horror" movie to The Bourne Supremacy to Pathfinder (yes, I own this movie and watch it often) to his spot on Dr. Leonard McCoy in Star Trek to RED (where he had "pretty hair") to The Chronicles of Riddick (the latest installment is in post production to be released some time in 2013). ***lesigh***

So yeah, bring on September 7 (if in the UK) and September 21 (USA) for the DREDD reboot? retool? Dredd 2 Electric Boogaloo! The point of redoing yet another iconic movie? The first Dredd came out almost twenty years ago with Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane, and Rob Schneider. Technology and film making are much better now. Special effects that looked cheesy and bland can really "pop" in the right hands. A bulk of the visual effects were done by The Mill (Snow White and the Huntsman, Season 5 of Doctor Who, Chronicles of Narnia),  and Prime Focus who do both effects and 3D conversion (Men in Black 3, Star Wars: Phantom Menace, Final Destination 5, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows). To top it off, the cinematography is done by none other than award winner Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire, Last King of Scotland, 28 Days Later).

Only from the truly twisted minds of  Alex Garland and director Pete Travis (who previously worked together on 28 Days later) could you hope to bring DREDD back to the movie screen as a futuristic neo-noir action film. Filmed in 3D with gobsmackingly amazing slow motion photography sequences, the film returns Dredd to the dark, menacing character from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's comic.

Here's yet another amazing trailer from the upcoming movie. 

Earache Records Celebrating 25 years with "Download Festival" sale on iTunes

Earache Records is celebrating 25 years of bringing extreme music to the masses with a month-long "Download Festival" sale on iTunes - no mud, just cheap albums!

The sale features a killer line-up of new and classic bands, including the likes of RIVAL SONS, EVILE, BONDED BY BLOOD, RIVAL SONS, and more.

The sale is running now until August 7th, with all albums on offer for just £3.99 GBP / 4,49 EUR / $4.99 USD.  View the sale on iTunes and grab yourself a bargain at

Avoid the rain and hole yourself up inside with these stomping albums:

Rival Sons - Pressure & Time
Evile - Five Serpent's Teeth
Carcass - Heartwork
Entombed - Wolverine Blues
Decapitated - Winds Of Creation
Municipal Waste - Hazardous Mutation
Morbid Angel - Domination
Cult Of Luna - Somewhere Along The Highway
The Haunted - One Kill Wonder
White Wizzard - Flying Tigers
Bonded By Blood - Feed The Beast
Deicide - Scars Of The Crucifix
Cathedral - The Carnival Bizarre
Wormrot - Abuse
Napalm Death - Harmony Corruption
Hour Of 13 - The Ritualist
Godflesh - Pure
Hate Eternal - King Of All Kings
Brutal Truth - Need To Control
Cauldron - Chained To The Nite
The Browning - Burn This World

Don't forget, these albums are only discounted until August 7th, so don't miss out!

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Hellboy In Hell #1

Coming December 5, 2012 from Dark Horse Comics and yes, Mike Mignola! How sweet! It's been years since Mignola did more than just a cover, and December marks his return to full artwork for the mini: Hellboy in Hell. Not much more has been revealed other than this sweet image. Last year, Mignola had this to say to i09: It's a personal story about him, but with huge ramifications for the structure of Hell. I'm trying to get Hellboy free of the giant, 'Beast-of-the-Apocalypse' storyline. That story has to get bigger before it can be put away," he explained. "This first arc is the culmination of all the prophecy crap I've been trotting out throughout the years. We put a lot of things to bed."
Watch this space for more news.

Red Vs Blue Released on Blue Ray

How freaking unbelievable! Red vs Blue! If you've not seen it, you've missed out. It's classic. It's epic. It's a laugh riot! And it's been ten freaking years! Can you believe it?



            Based on the Blockbuster Xbox Video Game HALO®

Flatiron Film Company will release Season 10 and a complete 14-disc boxed set of the award-winning web series, RED VS. BLUE, for the first time on Blu-ray on November 6. Elijah Wood (Lord Of The Rings Trilogy) joins the cast of RED VS. BLUE SEASON 10 as the voice of the artificial intelligence program, “Sigma.”

Project Freelancer casts a mighty long shadow. In nine seasons of RED VS. BLUE, the top-secret military operation has affected the lives of the Blood Gulch crew in more ways than they even know. Now in the climactic tenth season, we experience the conclusion of the Project Freelancer story by watching how it all began and how it all went wrong. Witness the birth of series villains and heroes, betrayals and alliances, all while the Reds and Blues embark on a hunt for answers from the one man that started it all — with a few diversions along the way of course.

RED VS. BLUE SEASON 10 is the gripping and hilarious finale to the Project Freelancer saga, complete with newly animated battle sequences, a quest for revenge, and last but not least — your favorite inept space marines. Set in the universe of the enormously popular video game franchise Halo®, RED VS. BLUE combines innovative machinima and animated sequences that have made it the world's longest running web series of all time.

RVBX: TEN YEARS OF RED VS. BLUE is the definitive collection of the hilarious first decade of the Blood Gulch crew and a landmark release on Blu-ray. This 14-disc boxed set collects the full first ten seasons of RED VS. BLUE episodes with newly remastered surround sound audio, plus additional videos and miniseries, hours of special features, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage. 

Job For A Cowboy Bassist to Sit Out Part of Summer Slaughter Trek

JOB FOR A COWBOY are currently readying for their month-long Summer Slaughter trek, set to commence next week in Los Angeles. Bassist Nick Schendzielos will be forced to sit out part of the run due to a family emergency. The band will be joined temporarily by The Red Chord guitarist Mike "Gunface" McKenzie.

Comments Schendzielos: "Hey friends: On June 28, immediately after landing in Boston to rehearse for Puerto Rico/Summer Slaughter, my girlfriend was in a head-on collision on her scooter. She sustained very serious head and bodily injuries. I flew right home, and we've been in the ICU for a week and are still in the hospital to make sure everything is okay. She needs 24/7 supervision for at least two weeks once we get out of here, so I'm very grateful to announce that Gunface from The Red Chord is going to help me out filling in on Summer Slaughter until I can meet back up with it. We love the dude very much and it's going to be really cool for both JFAC and TRC fans to see. Enormous thanks for understanding this difficult situation and I'll be back as soon as possible!"

Adds McKenzie: "I'm excited to be playing with JFAC on this tour. Great dudes in this band as well as in the bands on Summer Slaughter. Playing bass is a little different for me but definitely an interesting challenge. I'm definitely looking forward to getting out on the road again. Nick's bass work is incredible and I'm working hard to get all of his parts down. Sending positive vibes out to him and his lady."

JOB FOR A COWBOY is touring in support of Demonocracy, released earlier this spring through Metal Blade Records.You can read an interview I did earlier this year with Jonny Davy at Metal As Fuck: Jonny Davy "I Don't Know" and my review of Demonocracy at This Is Not a Scene.

JOB FOR A COWBOY – Summer Slaughter Festival 2012
w/ Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried and Me, The Faceless, Periphery, Veil of Maya, Goatwhore, Exhumed, Cerebral Bore
7/20/2012 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
7/21/2012 SOMA – San Diego, CA
7/22/2012 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
7/25/2012 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
7/26/2012 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
7/27/2012 Pharr Events Center – Mission, TX
7/28/2012 House of Blues – Houston, TX
7/30/2012 The Ritz – Tampa, FL
7/31/2012 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
8/01/2012 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
8/02/2012 The Valarium – Knoxville, TN
8/03/2012 Amos – Southend Charlotte, NC
8/04/2012 The National – Richmond, VA
8/05/2012 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
8/07/2012 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
8/08/2012 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
8/09/2012 Northern Lights – Albany, NY
8/10/2012 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/11/2012 Heavy Montreal – Montreal, QC
8/12/2012 Heavy Toronto – Toronto, ON
8/14/2012 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
8/15/2012 St. Andrew’s – Detroit, MI
8/16/2012 House Blues – Chicago, IL
8/17/2012 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
8/18/2012 Expo Five – Louisville, KY * No Cannibal Corpse
8/20/2012 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
8/22/2012 The Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA
8/23/2012 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
8/24/2012 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
8/25/2012 The Grove – Anaheim, CA

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Diamond Plate to play Hometown show July 27

If you are in Chicago or can get to Chicago on Friday July 27th, this is what you should spend your Friday night doing. A DIAMOND PLATE show! Squeeeee Diamond Plate headline at Reggies Rockclub on State Street. Diamond Plate sport Jon Macak on vocals and bass - he's the dude with the way pretty hair! Konrad Kupiec on guitar - he's the one that's better than a zombie.  Commando Mario Cianci - hey, he likes to be comfortable. And drummer Jim Nicademus - he's the one that just had a birthday this month. Together they compromise one of the best frakking bands on the scene today. Their 2011 release Generation Why? was the best album of that year. Live, they kill it! Each and every time. If for some reason you don't already have Generation Why? Run over to Earache Records and pick it up. Do it now!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fear Factory Cancel Appearance at Shockwave Tour

Due to reasons well beyond the band’s control, FEAR FACTORY will not be taking part in this Summer’s Shockwave Tour, slated to commence July 6 in Seattle.

Commented the band in a collective statement: “We are truly disappointed not to be part of the Shockwave tour. We send our sincerest apologies to all our North American fans planning to come out this Summer, but we will be back. Please look for FEAR FACTORY headlining dates in August.”

FEAR FACTORY recently unleashed their latest full-length, The Industrialist, Stateside on June 5 via Candlelight Records. The Industrialist is the second album written by vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares since reuniting in 2009 after a seven-year split.

I caught up with Dino Cazares at their show in Philadelphia earlier this year. This is what he had to say about life, the universe, and well... everything: Skynet is Coming - so says Dino

10 Reasons Why You Are Better Than a Zombie

You can buy this hilarious new magazine by TheKaliDiaries right here: 10 Reasons You Are Better Than a Zombie   You've seen excerpts in interviews with Ben Carter from Evile, Jon and Thomas from Volbeat and the 68Zombie winners. Now read the full magazine chock full of reasons why certain homo sapien sapiens are better than their mostly dead or dying brethren. It's a laugh out loud read. Get yours today!

          10 Reasons You Are Better Than a Zombie       

                      10 Reasons You Are Better Than a Zombie                 

  By Victoria Anderson                    in Gyrlz on Tour                 
          24 pages, published 7/6/2012        
        2012 is the end of the world, so sayeth those who misread and misunderstand the Mayan calander. But what fun if the Zombie Apocalypse was really upon us! I asked several noted rock stars to tell me why they and their bands are better than Zombies. The answers will surprise and delight you. 10 Reasons Why You Are Better Than a Zombie features the members of Goatwhore, Hate Squad, Countless Thousands, Volbeat, Suicidal Tendencies, Relicseed,…     
                  Find out more on MagCloud             

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Night Dance Party July 2012

Hello my little droogies! It's Friday again, the first Friday that is. And you know what that means? It means it's our sixth Friday Night Dance Party of the year. So much good music has been released this year it's hard to narrow down just a handful of songs for your aural enjoyment. But I've done just that. Far from being a stock "best of 2012" video dance party; I bring you the most gobsmacking electric boogaloo dance fever "Make the Evil DJ in Your Brain Very Happy" TM  music. So what indeed are you doing on your butt? You should very much be dancing!

Orange Goblin have been on the music scene for a very long time. If you haven't felt some Goblin love, their release A Eulogy For the Damned is a good place to start feeling it. The album will blow you away every time you hear it! Ben Ward is just a super sexy singer and an all around great guy!
Orange Goblin - Acid Trial

Adrian Smith and I have this almost but not quite totally unlike artificial social relationship. I have adored him from both afar and on the rail. We had a "moment" in Dublin. I have witnesses!! Then there was the "incident" at MSG during Heaven Can Wait. I was rewarded the next night in Camden, NJ when Adrian gave me his plectrum. **lesigh** His latest venture Primal Rock Rebellion is full of metal and fusion and jazz and psychedelic and all manner of good rock. It's light years better than Maiden's Final Frontier; which Adrian mostly wrote. I guess he was saving the good stuff for himself.
 Primal Rock Rebellion - No Friendly Neighbour

I flat out love this song. It's like Motorhead's Ace of Spades kicked up to 11. Goatwhore from New Orleans is just fast and furious! They put on one hell of a live show and are on tour once again! Their newest album Blood For the Master is definitely one of the top 10 albums of 2011.
Goatwhore - When Steel and Bone Meet

My infinite love for Bonded By Blood knows no bounds. And it's not just because I consider them friends. They really are a killer band! Live they rip it up and their newest album The Aftermath is an instant thrash classic that the punters will talk about for decades to come. 
Bonded By Blood - I Can't Hear You

 Who knew you could find a melodic death viking metal band in Chicago? Well now you know. And knowing is half the battle. Headbang or raid a neighbouring village with the blokes from Fall of Eden.
Fall of EdenTill Valhall

I'm loving this album. It's a cross between 90s Hair Band and 00s Metal. It's the perfect blend of harmony and blistering guitar solos. Plague of Conscience is just a killer album by Savage Messiah.
Savage Messiah - Six Feet Under the Gun

Dude, I actually got to see Biohazard in Brooklyn at L'Amours back in the day. What a kick ass experience. They are back with an equally kick ass album, Reborn in Defiance. It's a totally bitchin metal punk rap hip hop album. It's got everything!
Biohazard - Vengeance is Mine

Want something truly wicked and a bit scary? Try Moonspell's new album Alpha Noir on for size. It's metal but with that something that makes your hair stand on edge, that niggling feeling at the back of your neck. After twenty some years, Moonspell still has the power to mesmerize.
Moonspell - Lickanthrope

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Top 13 Songs of 2012

Time flies when you are having fun. So much good music has been released it's burning thru my iPod. After six months, this is what has kept my interest and the interest of those sitting next to me on the bus. Hey, when the music is this good, you've got to play it loud!

1. Primal Rock Rebellion - Tortured Tone
2. Primal Rock Rebellion - Search For Bliss
3. Rival Sons - Face of Light
4. Volbeat - Fallen
5. Trivium - Built to Fall
6. The Browning - Bloodlust
7. Bonded By Blood - Crawling in the Shadows
8. Sworn to Oath - False Promises
9. Mars Volta - Televators
10. Bear McCreary - All Along The Watchtower
11. Selena Gomez and the Scene - I Love You Like A Love Song
12. Relicseed - Trigonometry
13. Orange Goblin - Death of Aquarius

Moonspell - Aura Noir Pure Wickedness

I've always been a Moonspell fan. I was introduced to them in 1999, some seven years after they began, with the album The Butterfly Effect. They have a brand of dark angst that speaks to my soul. Their newest release, Alpha Noir, is molten. They retain the darkness and intensity but add an element of "metal" to their already impressive arsenal. This album has the feel of Sisters of Mercy and Fields of the Nephilim kicked up a few notches.

Axis Mundi opens the album and is just gobsmackingly awesome. Everything about this song is perfect from Ricardo Amorim and Pedro Paixao's guitar playing to Aires Pereira on bass and Miguel Gaspar on drums. They are all in perfect harmony. As usual, Fernando Ribeiro on vocals makes your heart alternately ache and bleed. Lickanthrope is a speed metal frenzy; darn near thrash song. Another amazing composition is Versus. It has the pacing of some of Henry Rollins' later band work, a groove that you can't get out of your head. Aires Pereira's bass is prominent in the mix and it's he that propels the song forward. Not to be outdone, Ricardo and Pedro contribute some awesome guitar riffage.

Alpha Noir may be the most widely accessible Moonspell album to date. The title track is wicked, just pure wickedness. It's heavy and putrid and then gets chunky and all Rammstein and Ministry like. Woven through out are these killer heavy metal guitar riffs. Love is Blasphemy and Em Nome Do Medo are just wicked blistering tracks. Have I mention this album is just full of wickedness? Let me reiterate how wicked and heavy Moonspell's Alpha Noir is. Miguel kills it on drums. He's a beast. Opera Caine has more awesome riffage from Ricardo and Pedro. The song has a bit of a Euro Metal tinge to it while Love is Blasphemy is the perfect heavy metal song. Grandstand is just a wall of sound. Moonspell definitely blow away the competition and the listener with this album. Aires on bass is just amazing in Grandstand. The beginning is just Aires and Fernando, spine tingling it is.
Moonspell do get a bit spacey and trippy with Sine Missione. It's a nice nod to Ridley Scott. The song is atmospheric and foreboding. Miguel creates some ominous tribal sounds on drums. At 2:16 the metal kicks in via Ricardo and Pedro on guitars an that over lays the IMAX larger than life Alien / Prometheus vibe. Sine Missione is a killer way to end an album.

Moonspell have come up with yet another kick ass album sure to please long time Moonspell fans and garner new ones around the world. Alpha Noir is a cracking album from start to finish. This is a must buy!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Damnation Festival 2012

IRISH pagan metal masters PRIMORDIAL will return to UK soil for an exclusive appearance at Damnation Festival.

They will be joined at the three-stage metal behemoth in Leeds by the much anticipated return of BOSSK and Dutch tech purveyors TEXTURES.

The latest additions bolster a bill which already boasts Electric Wizard, My Dying Bride, Pig Destroyer, Aura Noir, Gama Bomb and 40 Watt Sun for the eighth annual event, taking place at Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 3, 2012.

Commenting on their return to England, Primordial vocalist Alan Averill said: "Finally we are confirmed for Damnation Festival this year.
"After several years in the wilderness and not playing in the UK it really feels over the last few years we have reconnected with playing in the UK.
"This is the place we cut our teeth after all, way back in the mists of time. It feels like payback. See you all at Damnation!"

Textures' Jochem Jacobs added: "We are really excited to play at Damnation Festival - and since it's not open air the roof will come down with a million tons of metal!"

And post-sludge stalwarts Bossk are looking forward to riff-filled day of Damnation.
The band said: "All of us are very excited to be part of this years Damnation Festival!
"It's been a long time since we played in Leeds, and this will be the first time we play there since reforming.
"We are gonna rent more lights, bring more smoke, and more riffs for this show.
"It will be the first time we play the new track Pick Up Artist live. Watch Electric Wizard and follow the smoke to the riff filled land."

Tickets priced £32 are available from and via the official Damnation Festival site and Facebook through Ticketscript: and at Crash and Jumbo store in Leeds.

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Another Reason to Love EARACHE RECORDS in July

Earache Records is celebrating 25 years of extreme music by offering 25 brain-crushing metal albums at unbeatable prices for the first 25 days in July.

All items in the sale will be discounted on the official Earache Webstore, as well as iTunes, and all will be less than £5 GBP/$7 USD.  The albums will each be discounted for one day only however, so don't forget to check back daily for more killer classics!

The incredible albums on offer are:

July 01: Napalm Death - Scum
July 02: Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
July 03: Entombed - Left Hand Path
July 04: Carcass - Heartwork
July 05: At The Gates - Slaughter of the Soul
July 06: Decapitated - Nihility
July 07: Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying
July 08: Deicide - The Stench of Redemption
July 09: Evile - Enter the Grave
July 10: Terrorizer - World Downfall
July 11: Godflesh - Streetcleaner
July 12: Hate Eternal - I, Monarch
July 13: White Wizzard - Over the Top
July 14: Cauldron - Burning Fortune
July 15: Brutal Truth - Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses
July 16: Oceano - Depths
July 17: Cathedral - Forest of Equilibrium
July 18: Iron Monkey - Our Problem
July 19: Cult of Luna - Salvation
July 20: Cerebral Bore - Maniacal Miscreation
July 21: Bolt Thrower - Realm of Chaos
July 22: Bonded By Blood - Exiled to Earth
July 23: Sleep - Sleep's Holy Mountain
July 24: The Haunted - The Haunted Made Me Do It
July 25: Massacre - From Beyond

To grab these brutal bargains, head to the Earache Webstore in Europe at or in North America at

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Candlemass - "Psalms For The Dead" Get Ready to be Biotch Slapped by Awesome Guitars

If you've got evil in your mind; it will not be purged with this album. Candlemass's Psalms For The Dead will only enhance your evil, set it aflame. Like your metal with loud guitars, hard driving drum beats, and plenty of opportunities for headbanging? Then Candlemass's Psalms For The Dead is for you. It's wickedly heavy.

Prophet is very heavy metal. It has great guitar work by Mats Bjorkman and Lars Johansson. There are Eruo prog metal overtones via Per Wiberg on keyboards. Prophet is richly layered and full of bitchin' guitar solos and interludes. Jan Lindh on drums pounds your sense to oblivion. The song end with 74 seconds of pure sludgy dirge-like evilness.

The Sound of Dying Demons just oozes atmosphere. Robert Lowe's voice whispers of evil doings. The song is slow, painfully heavily slow. You ache and labour to get thru it. Candlemass has put the heavy back into heavy metal! At 3:01 you get biotch slapped by the guitar solo. The sped up pace doesn't detract from the molt lava slowness of the song. As abruptly as it starts, it's over only to be replaced by a moment of tribal drums and eery guitar work.

Dancing In The Temple (Of The Mad Queen Bee) is a freaking mouthful for a title. The lyrics are quite ace. The story is epic. To be sure, it's a lyric poem set to music; very medieval in tone and feel.

Any song that artfully utilizes a wah pedal is tops in my book. Therefor, Waterwitch is tops. The song is wicked and bone crushingly heavy. I love Robert Lowe's voice on this track. It's creepy and gives me the chills. It's not a song you want to listen to alone in the dark. It's the stuff of nightmares. Well done Candlemass! Definite two thumbs up!

The Lights of Thebe is another song that has amazing atmosphere. The song opens with 44 seconds of ominous keyboards provided by Per Wiberg. The lyrics are as ominous as the music. Magic. Dragons. Evil. All of it is wrapped together in unholy heaviness. "I am the son of god. My madness is my own." Sweet mother of pearl! That's just fuckin' awesome. At times the song has shades of Deep Purple's Perfect Strangers. That just adds to the awesomeness of the song.

The title track Psalms For The Dead is a mind frak. At one point you have the drums, keyboards and guitars very prominent. But it's disjointed. They weren't working together, but instead were three separate and distinct tracks. Each was very much in your face vying for attention. It's a bit unnerving. After a while they coalesce and mix 'like they are supposed to'. I don't know if this was done on purpose for effect, if it was a quirk of mixing, or my crappy iPod earbuds failed me; but the effect was odd and weird but lent very well to the song.

The Killing of the Sun has some chunky guitar riffage happening and sweet pounding drums. Siren Song has a keyboard solo and interlude that sounds like an old Moog. Both songs remind me of the over the top prog rock songs of the 70s; very bombastic and grandiose.

Black As Time has a 1:36 spoken word opener that introduces this blistering track. The song show cases more solid guitar work by Mats and Lars. It has some slow dirge-like passages and even a wicked bass interlude before a headbanging guitar solo. Black As Time then segues into a trippy spacey keyboard solo before returning to the prog metal tempo.

Psalms For The Dead is a fantastic follow up to 2009's Death Magic Doom. The three years between studio albums was worth the wait as Psalms is a killer collection of sludgy, wicked, progressive, heavy metal. It's a shame that Robert Lowe won't be singing any of this music live. I am open minded enough to hear if Mats Leven can carry the intensity and wickedness of vocal duty on tour.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

FREE Bonded By Blood show AND new album - THE AFTERMATH

BONDED BY BLOOD will celebrate the release of their brand new studio album next week with a free show in Fullerton, California.
THE AFTERMATH will be released on July 2nd in Europe and July 3rd in North America. To celebrate, BONDED BY BLOOD are inviting fans to join them for a completely free show on Monday, July 2nd at the Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen.  Joining BONDED BY BLOOD are EXMORTUS, ENROT and MONOLITH.

For more information about the free show, join the official Facebook event page at
I've had the album for some time having done the review for TINAS: The Aftermath review and had the pleasure of interviewing drummer Carlos Regalado: Carlos Regalado talks.  Needless to say, I'm now a Bonded By Blood junkie. The Aftermath is the most intense album ever and I know come July 2nd and 3rd, you'll feel the love too.

Do yourself a favour and pre-order THE AFTERMATH now on CD in North America at or in Europe at

THE AFTERMATH is also available to pre-order on iTunes at

A new song from the album, titled "Restless Mind", is available to download for free (e-mail address required) at
See BONDED BY BLOOD live at the following shows:
Jul. 02 - Fullerton, CA - The Slidebar (FREE SHOW)
Jul. 21 - Victorville, CA - House Show
Jul. 27 - North Hollywood, CA - Universal Bar & Grill
Jul. 28 - Boyle Heights, CA - Salon de la Plaza (Matinee)
Jul. 28 - Indio, CA - The Date Shed
Aug. 03 - Ocean Beach, CA - Electric Ladyland
Aug. 18 - Mexico City, Mexico - Rock and Road

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Orange Goblin's Acid Trial Video

Ok, so you know my intimate love for all things Orange Goblin! I wrote about it earlier in the year here: Why I Love Orange Goblin   I think Ben Ward has a dead sexy voice and he's a nice guy to boot. Orange Goblin's Eulogy For the Damned is on constant rotation on the ol' iPod and is definitely the Top 3 Albums for this year. They've released a video for Acid Trial which is from their seventh album Eulogy For the Damned. If you haven't picked up a copy, you're just weird. It's a killer album full of blistering riffage,  oozing with sexy swagger, and pure wickedness! Check out the video!


Evile have announced a one-off London show on July 3rd to celebrate the recent release of the 'In Memoriam' single. Joining Evile at the Old Blue Last, Shoreditch will be label mates Savage Messiah. 'In Memoriam' - taken from Evile’s latest album, 'Five Serpent's Teeth' - premiered on VEVO earlier this month, and is also available on iTunes including an acoustic version of the track, a radio edit, and the official music video. The show on July 3rd will be free entry, with donations being taken for the British Lung Foundation.

Guitarist Ol Drake comments:
"With the release of the "In Memoriam" video & single, we're pleased to announce a FREE show for you all at the Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, London to celebrate it's release. It's no secret why the song exists, and who it's for, so as well as the show being free entry we'll also be taking optional donations on the door for the British Lung Foundation in memory of Mike Alexander, so give as much as you can to support them in their tireless efforts. Come one, come all! I guarantee it will be a great night! See you all there!"

EVILE moved to Ronnie James Dio stage at Bloodstock 2012

EVILE have been moved to the main stage for this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, which takes place from 9th to 12th August in Walton-On-Trent, UK. They played the main stage in 2010 but this year were set to play on the Sophie Lancaster stage on Sunday, 12th August, but have now returned to their rightful place at to the Ronnie James Dio (main) stage, where they will play alongside the likes of DIMMU BORGIR, ANVIL, ALICE COOPER, NILE and more.

EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE comments:
"We're pleased to announce we'll be appearing on the Ronnie James Dio stage at Bloodstock on Sunday - Bloodstock has always been like a home to us and we can't wait to return and hit you with a few surprises in the set!"

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EVILE have also announced a free charity show at the Old Blue Last in London on July 3rd, with donations being taken for the British Lung Foundation. 

Jul. 03 - London, UK - Old Blue Last (FREE CHARITY SHOW)
Jul. 20 - Luarca, Spain - Luarca Metal Fest
Aug. 12 - Walton-On-Trent, UK - Bloodstock Open Air Festival
Aug. 24 - Wörrstadt, Germany - Neuborn Open Air Festival
Oct. 18 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC 2
Oct. 19 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
Oct. 20 - Belfast, UK - The Limelight
Oct. 21 - Dublin, Ireland - The Pint
Oct. 23 - Newcastle, UK - Academy 2
Oct. 24 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
Oct. 25 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 3
Oct. 26 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy 2
Oct. 27 - Norwich, UK - Open
Oct. 28 - London, UK - Garage
Nov. 03 - Holmfirth, UK - Picturedrome

And if you've been living in a cave and missed this, EVILE released a brand new music video for the track "In Memoriam", a highlight from the band's latest album, FIVE SERPENT'S TEETH.  Watch the video now at

"In Memoriam" is also available now as a digital single on iTunes, including an acoustic version of the track, the radio edit and the official music video.  Get the single now at
FIVE SERPENT'S TEETH is available now worldwide on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl, and is also available from the Earache Webstore in a range of exclusive "Serpent Cult" fan packs.
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