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Gyrlz on Tour By Victoria Anderson in Victoria Anderson Photography24 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…

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:

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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:

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George Takei Reassures Humanity...


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. (with free patch) -
HMV (with free signed band photo) - -
iTunes -
Earache Webstore -

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:

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

Oct. 13 - Southampton, UK - Talking Heads
Oct. 14 - Brighton, UK …

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 Ree…

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

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 S…

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 …


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 or in North America at The album is also available on iTunes at

"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 M…

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.


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 Sa…

Misantropic "Raise the Gallows"

"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:
And catch them on tour with Kyuss Lives and The Sword:

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!!

Eh Hee

So Damn Lucky

Typical Situation

Where Are You Going

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.

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, Nor…

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.

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 Av…

Gyrlz on Tour

Gyrlz on Tour By Victoria Anderson in Victoria Anderson Photography24 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.


"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 - …

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 synonymou…

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…

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)
SHAI HULUD (Metal Blade Records)

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)

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 mult…

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 …

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.

Governors Island dates for Dave Matthews Band rescheduled!

Randall’s Island Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets for the new DMB Caravan at Randall’s Island are on sale now for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association at Tickets are also on sale for the general public at 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.


The Browning - "Ashamed"

Frakking awesome new song by THE BROWNING!! "Ashamed" is from the forthcoming album "Burn This World".