|Ektomorf working on new album||
The next news update from EKTOMORF is here: not only the band will embark on their tour this week, right in time they also signed an exclusive endorsement deal with ESP guitars. But even more: EKTOMORF are working on a very special “acoustic” album which will be released in January probably.
Ektomorf on tour:
10.11.2011 Kempten, Kultbox (D)
11.11.2011 Geiselwind, Eventhalle (D)
12.11.2011 Zizers, Hollywood Club (CH)
13.11.2011 Prag, Club Matrix (CZ)
14.11.2011 Berlin, K17 (D)
15.11.2011 Dresden, Eventhalle (D)
16.11.2011 München, Backstage (D)
17.11.2011 Pirmasens, Quasimodo (D)
18.11.2011 Winistorf, Estrich (CH)
|Alice Cooper confirmed for Bloodstock||
BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR have announced their first headliner for next year’s event. Hot on the heels of his Welcome 2 My Nightmare tour, notorious shock rocker ALICE COOPER comes to CATTON HALL for his only UK festival appearance of 2012.
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand for the last five decades, the godfather of theatrical rock needs no introduction, and needless to say, organisers are delighted to have such a prolific and legendary artist join the BLOODSTOCK line up. Festival booker Vicky Gregory comments:
"As Bloodstock organisers but more importantly Huge fans of Alice Cooper, we are thrilled to have such an iconic artist close proceedings on the Sunday night! We have been after Alice for a number of years and are extremely excited to see him grace the Ronnie James Dio stage and guarantee this will be a performance not to be missed"
An ALICE COOPER concert is always a memorable event, and there are few artists out there capable of putting on such a thrillingly entertaining show. BLOODSTOCK attendees are in for quite a treat if the recent shows are anything to go by. From the moment he takes to the stage as a giant spider your senses are assaulted with fireworks, mock executions, simulated sex (with the dead of course), snakes, monsters and zombies, as ALICE delivers hit after hit from his decades long career.
With a back catalogue that includes timeless classic such as “Schools’s Out”, “No More Mr Nice Guy”, “Welcome To My Nightmare”, “Hey Stoopid”, “Feed My Frankenstein” and recent single “I’ll Bite Your Face Off”, ALICE’s set at BLOODSTOCK will be impossible to not enjoy, and will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the festival’s history for many years to come.
With a world class headliner already in place and two more to be announced - as well as over 100 bands from across the world of hard rock and metal - there is no festival offering better value, with four day weekend camping tickets available at just £90 if booked before 15th December.
|Prong sign with SPV||
Heavy music innovators PRONG have signed a worldwide recording contract with LONG BRANCH RECORDS/SPV. Founded in 1986 PRONG are considered to be pioneers of the American post-hardcore and post-metal scenes whose influence is still being felt today. The as yet untitled album will be released in Spring 2012.
PRONG frontman Tommy Victor commented on signing with SPV:
“I feel like PRONG has come full circle. We have the same energy and excitement about our music that we did at the beginning of our career. With Long Branch SPV we’ve found people to work with who are very supportive of us and what PRONG has accomplished so far in our career.”
SPV A&R representative Maria Ouellette spoke about signing PRONG:
“We’re extremely excited to welcome PRONG into the SPV/Long Branch Records fold! Tommy Victor’s musical innovation and influence is far-reaching and inspirational, and exactly what we’re about. We’re proud that we can be part of their next musical milestone!”
Look for more news on PRONG in the coming weeks.
|Altar of Sin sign with Xtreem Music||
Spanish most infernal Thrash Metal warmachine ALTAR OF SIN, have inked a deal with XTREEM MUSIC for the release of their upcoming 2nd full length album which will be entitled"Tales of Carnage First Class".
After having released two CD's "Praising Evil" (their two EP's in one CD) in 2008 and "The Damned Dogs of Hell" in 2010, the band entered Fireworks Studios in September 2011 for the recording of what's undoubtely their finest work to date.
"Tales of Carnage First Class" is a true merciless massacre which combines both old school Thrash Metal and first-shape Death Metal blending influences from bands like SLAYER, POSSESSED, SODOM, SARCOFAGO, KREATOR... but with a relentless intensity that has crushes the listener ears til making them bleed!!
Cover artwork for this album has been created by Namtaru Creations and although there's not a fixed release date for this new opus, it's expected to show up during the first months of 2012 and will definitely become one the most furious and intense Thrash Metal releases of the year!!
|Marduk to collaborate with Century Media||
One of the most important and legendary Black Metal bands and Century Media Records are joining forces to continue MARDUK’s own label Blooddawn Productions to spread the disease for the next decades.
Morgan Håkansson (owner of Blooddawn Productions, guitar player and founding member of Marduk, as well as bass player in Death Wolf) comments: “It’s with great pleasure that I can announce the cooperation between Marduk and Century Media as we enter into a long-term deal. After over 20 years as a band and the last 10 years on Regain Records we decided to march on. We have received an enormous amount of offers. But in the end we see Century Media as the best partner and best platform for us to operate from. Century Media has a strong foundation and the vision that we have been looking for. So from this November day Marduk as well as my label Blooddawn Productions including the band Death Wolf are in league with Century Media.”
Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R Century Media Records Europe: “We always had a soft spot for bands with a history: legendary bands like Celtic Frost, Napalm Death, Paradise Lost, Sick Of It All, etc. Bands that helped to define a whole genre and who haven’t been afraid to follow their own vision – with all consequences. Therefore I feel honored to announce the new worldwide cooperation between Century Media Records and Blooddawn Production. MARDUK released their groundbreaking demo 20 years ago and laid the foundation of Swedish Black Metal – so 2011 marks a historic anniversary to start with a new team to continue their path.”
MARDUK’s last album “Wormwood” was released in 2009 followed by extensive touring through North America (including the Blackest Of The Black tour with Danzig), Europe, Asia and South America . In December 2011 MARDUK will join the Hatefest Festival with Kataklysm and new labelmates Triptykon – including a stop-over at the X-Mas Metal Festival and Eindhoven Metal Meeting. Right after the tour MARDUK will begin the recording of their 12th studio album set for a spring 2012 release through Blooddawn/ Century Media.
Hell no longer awaits!
MARDUK live at the Hatefest Festival tour with Kataklysm, Triptykon and more:
December 2, 2011 Oberhausen, Germany (Turbinenhalle - Metalfest Winter Edition)
December 3, 2011 Giessen, Germany (Hessenhalle - Metalfest Winter Edition)
December 4, 2011 Paris , France ( Alhambra )
December 5, 2011 Pratteln , Switzerland (Z7)
December 6, 2011 Innsbruck , Austria (Hafen)
December 7, 2011 Vienna , Austria (Arena)
December 8, 2011 Zlin , Czech Republic (Masters Of Rock Café)
December 9, 2011 Leipzig , Germany (Hellraiser)
December 10, 2011 Geiselwind , Germany (Event Hall - X-Mas Metal Festival)
December 11, 2011 Antwerp , Belgium (Trix)
December 12, 2011 Saarbrücken , Germany (Garage)
December 13, 2011 Hanover , Germany (Musikzentrum)
December 14, 2011 Hamburg , Germany (Markthalle)
December 15, 2011 Berlin , Germany (C-Club)
December 16, 2011 Munich , Germany (Backstage)
December 17, 2011 Eindhoven , The Netherlands (Effenaar - Eindhoven Metal Meeting)
December 18, 2011 Ludwigsburg , Germany (Rockfabrik)
|As We Fight say goodbye||
The band states:
”After 10 years we have decided to end As We Fight. It has been one hell of a ride with many memorable experiences, but it is time for new adventures for all of us. A huge thank you goes out to all the bands, labels, venues, festivals and partners crossing our road and not least all the people, who came out to our shows making it a time to remember! We are looking forward to go out with a bang with our upcoming tour with The Psyke Project, and we hope to see you all.”
AS WE FIGHT/THE PSYKE PROJECT TOUR
04.11 Aalborg Metal Festival, Aalborg - DK
05.11 Harders, Svendborg - DK
11.11 The Rock, Copenhagen - DK
18.11 Kulturellen, Herning - DK
19.11 Templet, Lyngby - DK
25.11 Bygningen, Vejle - DK
26.11 Konfus, Esbjerg - DK
02.12 Kulisselageret, Horsens - DK
03.12 Studenterhuset, Aarhus - DK
|Nervecell to tour with Morbid Angel||
As promised after completing our European festival run earlier this year, UAE death metallers NERVECELL will be heading back to Europe and the UK in November/December 2011 supporting the extreme metal legends MORBID ANGEL! The tour starts November 19th in the UK and continues into Europe until December 18th (See complete dates below). Joining us on this tour our friends Benighted (France) and Necrophobic (Sweden).
MORBID ANGEL is one of the first death metal bands that got us into this genre, and definitely influenced our style and sound in Nervecell. To get to tour along with them across Europe & UK is a complete honor!
Nervecell recently opened for METALLICA in the UAE (October 25th, 2011), to end our touring cycle for 2011 along side MORBID ANGEL is an absolute treat!
We look forward wait to playing to our European and UK fans again!
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19.11.11 - UK, Weymouth @ Pavilion
20.11.11 - UK, Wolverhampton @ The Slade Rooms
21.11.11 - UK, Sheffield @ Corporation
22.11.11 - UK, London @ 02 Academy Islington
23.11.11 - Holland, Rotterdam @ Baroeg *
24.11.11 - Germany, Hannover @ Musikzentrum
25.11.11 - Germany, Glauchau @ Alte Spinnerei
26.11.11 - Czech Republic, Zlin @ Winter Masters Of Rock Festival
27.11.11 - Hungary, Budapest @ Club 202
29.11.11 - Coratia, Zagreb @ Močvara
30.11.11 - Italy, Treviso @ New Age Club
01.12.11 - Italy, Milan @ Magazzini Generali
02.12.11 - France, Marseille @ Cabaret Aléatoire
03.12.11 - Switzerland, Vevey @ Rocking Chair
04.12.11 - Germany, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
06.12.11 - Slovakia, Bratislava @ Majestic Music Club
07.12.11 - Poland, Krakow @ Kwadrat
08.12.11 - Poland, Warsaw @ Progresja
10.12.11 - Germany, Bamberg @ Geiselwind Christmas Metal Festival
11.12.11 - Switzerland, Pratteln @ Z7
12.12.11 - Germany, Munich @ Backstage
14.12.11 - Germany, Bochum @ Matrix
15.12.11 - Belgium, Antwerp @ Trix
16.12.11 - France, Paris @ La Machine du Moulin Rouge
17.12.11 - Holland, Eindhoven @ Eindhoven Metal Meeting Festival
18.12.11 - Germany, Saarbrucken @ Garage
*without Morbid Angel
NERVECELL's latest album "Psychogenocide" is now out in Europe via Lifeforce Records and the Middle East via Spellbind Records
|Napalm Death release date revealed||
Leaders of the extreme, genre founders and one of the hardest working/touring bands out there, legendary NAPALM DEATH, are currently giving the final touch to their 14th studio album (excluding the cover album “Leaders Not Followers). The new piece of brutality is named “Utilitarian” and hits stores on February 27th ( USA February 28th) 2012, via the bands long time partner Century Media Records. The cover artwork perfectly fits the album theme and was done by the Danish artist Frode Sylthe, who also signed responsible for The Haunted`s amazing “Revolver” artwork.
Singer Mark “Barney” Greenway explains about the album title and concept: "After some deliberation, we have decided on “Utilitarian” as the album title. We generally try to avoid generic titles, and this seemed to have a lot of scope to it. I won't explain the full meaning of Utilitarianism here because it's an ethical theory, and as ethical theories go, the depth and debate around it is quite heavy at times. It has a certain 'morality' aspect to it and that isn't something that drives me, so I also certainly have issues with it. So, rather than just nail that straight to the mast, of course we wanted to put our own spin on it by suggesting that those (i.e. the utilitarian in us, perhaps) who try to challenge everything, or fight against conventions, well, we go through periods of real self-doubt where we wonder if we're really making a difference. I suppose the conclusion is that, for the sake of all our freedoms, you should never stop, as even the feeling of resistance is at least a signal to those who would like to entirely control and dominate us – meaning everything from our instinctive behavior to our human entitlement to walk the earth unprovoked. Regarding the album overall, the final creases should be ironed out fairly soon, and immediately after that we thought it would be good to top it off with a few UK dates. We’ve been playing one new song (“Quarantined”) out on a tour of Canada and it’s been well received, so we hope to perhaps throw in another one for now. Either way, we’ll be bouncing off the walls again near you very soon. Cheers all.”
NAPALM DEATH are already confirmed for the 2012 Wacken Open Air, Hellfest , Maryland Deathfest and many more. If you are an UK citizen, make sure to catch them on their year closing run in November/December and witness some of the new material live!
NAPALM DEATH UK Tour 2011:
25.11. York – Fibbers ( Great Britain )
26.11. Dundee – Beat Generator Live ( Great Britain )
27.11. Manchester – Moho Live ( Great Britain )
30.11. Bournemouth – Old Fire Station ( Great Britain )
01.12. Milton Keynes – Craufurd Arms ( Great Britain )
02.12. Sheerness – Ivy Leaf ( Great Britain )
03.12. Liverpool – Masque ( Great Britain )
04.12. Belfast – Stiff Kitten ( Great Britain )
05.12. Dublin – t.b.a. ( Ireland )
07.12. Bristol – Fleece ( Great Britain )
08.12. Birmingham – HMV Instiitute ( Great Britain )
09.12. Braga – Bracara Extreme Fest (Portugal)
11.12. Glasgow – Ivory Blacks ( Great Britain )
12.12. Newcastle – Trillians ( Great Britain )
13.12. Sheffield – 02 Academy 2 ( Great Britain )
15.12. Weymouth – Pavillion ( Great Britain )
16.12. London – Underworld ( Great Britain )
17.12. Plymouth – White Rabbit ( Great Britain )
18.12. Norwich – Waterfront ( Great Britain )
NAPALM DEATH Festivals 2012:
02.03. Tilburg – Neurotic Deathfest 2012 ( Netherlands )
27.04. Lausanne – Les Docks ( Switzerland )
24.-27.05. Sonar-Baltimore – Maryland Deathfest ( USA )
15.06. Clisson – Hellfest (France)
02.-04.08. Wacken – Wacken Open Air ( Germany )
|Unleashed recording new album||
The legendary Swedish Viking Death Metal band UNLEASHED have started the recordings of their 11th studio album.
The album name is still a secret - but you'd better get ready for another classic album.
With their blend of melody and brutality UNLEASHED includes to the founder of the viking death metal.
Their riffs are pure shrapnel, but their choruses are epic, melting uncompromising brutality with anthemic odes to the Odin.
The new album will be out in spring 2012 via Nuclear Blast.
|Decapitated forced to cancel festival shows||
Due to unforeseen circumstances that are out of the band's control, the polish death metal outfit DECAPITATED have to cancel their shows in Aalborg (November 04, 2011 - Aalborg Metal Festival) and Leeds (November 05, 2011 - Damnation Festival).
Thank you for understanding.
Don´t miss DECAPITATED on tour with FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, ABORTED, CYANIDE SERENITY and ARCHSPIRE in November/December:
The Decimation Of Europe Tour 2011:
Thursday 17th November – Germany / Essen @ Turock
Friday 18th November – Netherland / Arnhem @ Willemeen
Saturday 19th November - Netherland / Rotterdam @ Baroeg
Sunday 20th November - Belgium @ Mass Deathtruction Festival
Monday 21st November – Germany / Flensburg @ Roxy Concerts
Tuesday 22nd November – Denmark / Copenhagen @ The Rock
Wednesday 23rd November – Germany / Berlin @ K17
Thursday 24th November – Poland / Warszawa @ Progresja
Friday 25th November – Poland / Poznan @ U Bazyla
Saturday 26th November – Poland / Krakow @ Rotunda
Sunday 27th November – Czech / Prague @ Black Pes
Monday 28th November – Slovenia, Ljubljana @ Menza Pri Koritu
Tuesday 29th November – Italy / Lucinico - Gorizia @ Pieffe Factory
Wednesday 30th November - Vienna / Austria @ Escape Metalcorner
Thursday 01st December – Germany / Muenchen @ Feierwerk
Friday 02nd December – Slovakia / Banska Bystrica @ Tirish Club
Saturday 03rd December – Germany / Dessau @ Beatclub
Sunday 04th December – Germany / Darmstadt @ Steinbruch Theater
Monday 05th December - France / Lyon @ Ninkasi Kao
Tuesday 06th December - France / Toulon @ Vox
Wednesday 07th December - France / Montpellier @ Secret Place
Thursday 08th December - Spain / Barcelona @ Mephisto
Friday 09th December - Spain / Durango - Bizkaia @ Plateruenea
Saturday 10th December - Portugal @ Bracara Extreme Fest
Sunday 11th December - Spain / Madrid @ Caracol
Tuesday 13th December – France / Toulose @ tba
Wednesday 14th December – France / Nantes @ Ferailleur
Thursday 15th December – France / Paris @ Glazart
Friday 16th December – Switzerland / Fribourg @ Fri – Son
Saturday 17th December – Switzerland / Winterthur @ Gaswerk
|Bethroned post new video||
Croatian black metal act Bethroned has finished first official video from upcoming album "Tragedy of War...". Video for song "Maybe Tomorrow Never Arrives" tells a story about Nazi general responsible for killing people in concentration camps and a brave men that escaped his cruel hand. Also, this general represents all war criminals and men that escaped death camp represent all people that suffered in WWII. A lot of footage you see in this video is actual footage from war.
Credits goes to Jonathan Wagner from WagnerMedia.
Also, band has finished working on a third full length conceptual album entitled "Tragedy of War..." that will follow the story of a man from the beginning of his journey 1942. till the end 1945. Every song on this album will be a war poem, it will show the horrors of one man in war, the loss, despair and inability to change certain things... It will show the struggle of a man surrounded with death, failure and sadness.For the first time ever, band uses real orchestra sounds for recording to create epic effect of battlefield and more. Album will be out in january of 2012.
|Cirith Ungol to release double album||
Ventura, CA's Cirith Ungol, one of the most underrated bands from the early 80s metal scene, released four albums between 1980 and 1991. Cirith Ungol's catalogue is being celebrated through the release of a collection of rare and live tracks on the 2 CD/1 DVD album, Servants of Chaos. Servants was originally released exclusively in Europe back in 2001 and has finally been pressed in North America and a DVD has been added to augment the already stellar collection of music. The DVD contains an entire, rarely seen live show, shot on November 9th, 1984 at the storied, and now defunct, Wolf & Rissmiller's Country Club in Reseda, CA. The CD/DVD will be available on January 31st, 2012 in North America and on triple vinyl in Europe on November 7th, 2011.
The name Cirith Ungol is pronounced "kirith ungol" and is an Elvish phrase meaning "pass of the spider", which is something that Lord of the Rings fans will surely recognize. The name is, of course, indicative of the band's fantasy-oriented lyrics, themes and beautiful album artwork.
The track listing for Servants of Chaos is massive and is a great introduction to the band's music. The release contains:
1. Hype Performance
2. Last Laugh
3. Frost and Fire
5. Better Off Dead
6. 100 MPH
7. I'm Alive
8. Bite of the Worm
9. The Twitch
10. Maybe That's Why
11. Ill Met in Lankhmar
12. Return to Lankhmar
13. Darkness Weaves
15. Feeding the Ants
CD 2 1. Death of the Sun
3. Fallen Idols
4. Chaos Rising
5. Fallen Idols
6. Paradise Lost
7. Join the Legion
8. Before the Lash
9. Atom Smasher
10. Master of the Pit
11. King of the Dead
12. Last Laugh
13. Cirith Ungol
14. Secret Agent Man
15. Ferrari 308QV
Live at Wolf & Rissmiller's Country Club
November 9, 1984
1. I'm Alive
2. The Black Machine
3. Master of the Pit
4. King of the Dead!
5. Death of the Sun
6. Finger of Scorn
7. Frost & Fire
8. Cirith Ungol
|Arkona make North American debut||
Today, NAPALM RECORDS confirms that ARKONA will be touring North America for the first time, first as headliners and then as direct support to Nuclear Blast recording artists Korpiklaani. Supporting their brand-new (and critically acclaimed) NAPALM album "Slovo," the renowned Russian pagan/folk metallers will begin a string of headlining Canadian dates on November 11th and then join up with Korpiklaani on the 25th, as they enter the United States, and then finally conclude back in Canada on December 18th. Here are the CONFIRMED dates/venues thus far:
November 11 - Montreal, QC @ Théatre Plaza*
November 12 - Toronto, ON @ WreckRoom*
November 13 - London, ON @ Music Hall*
November 14 - Ottawa, ON @ Maverick*
November 16 - Quebec City, QC @ Bar l'agité*
NOvember 17 - Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar le Magog*
November 18 - Drummonville, QC @ Salle Gaston Mandeville*
November 19 - Saint-Hyacinthe, QC @ Bar le Thrash*
November 25 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
November 26 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
November 27 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
November 29 - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
November 30 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
December 01 - Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
December 02 - Calgary, AB @ The Distillery
December 03 - Vancouver, BC @ TBA
December 04 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
December 05 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
December 06 - Oakland, CA @ The Pound
December 07 - Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
December 08 - Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
December 10 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
December 11 - New Orleans, LA @ The Hangar
December 12 - Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
December 13 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
December 14 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
December 15 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
December 16 - Reading, PA @ The Reverb
December 17 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
December 18 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater
* = ARKONA headlining
|Nuclear perform on national TV||
A professional video of the Chilean metallers NUCLEAR performing live this past Oct 25, at "Rockaxis TV" in Santiago, Chile, can be seen below.
The band performed material from its three albums "Heaven Denied (2006)", "Ten Broken Codes (2008)", "Jehovirus (2010)". The band recently was the supporting act for TESTAMENT in Santiago, Chile playing in front of more than 2000 attendees at Teatro Caupolican on August 16th, 2011.
The band is currently working on a new album expected by late 2012.
The list of songs the NUCLEAR performed live it was the following:
3) Heaven Denied
4) Sadistic Method For Crime
5) Eleventh Block
7) Criminal Solicitation
8) Acts Of Depravity
10) The Pain That You Asked For
11) Violence That Burns
13) Brutal Yet Precise
14) Fake Messiah
15) Mindfucked C.S.
|Bolt Thrower vinyl reissues are here||
On Janaury 17th, 2012, Metal Blade will re-issue the three BOLT THROWER albums Mercenary, Honour Valour Pride and Those Once Loyal on vinyl. All three albums are Gatefold LPs in coloured vinyl! Make sure to pre-order your copies ASAP since orders are going fast: http://www.metalblade.com/boltthrower. Metal Blade Records Europe released their versions on October 21st/24th, and can be ordered now!
BOLT THROWER comments on their 25th Anniversary: "Anniversaries are kind of easy to achieve. For a band, just don't split up and you'll reach one, whether it's 10, 20 or 35 years. And this year we've reached '25 years of not splitting up'!
We managed to stop others from making a big fuss about it, and didn't give in to the numerous offers and suggestions on how we should cash in on it! But it has made us appreciate the opportunities we've been given since 1986, and that we've been able to do everything we wanted to do without compromising in any way. We've been lucky enough to have played a lot of killer shows with great bands and met a lot of very cool people over the years, and we think that's the stuff that deserves some kind of celebration.
So, we want to organize a Bolty Birthday Bash, where we can reunite with some of these bands and invite you, the people who have supported us over the last 25 years. We were hoping to have everything worked out by now, but it turns out organizing a free show comes with its own unique problems, but we'll get there in the end! Well, that's all we can say for now, there will be more news to come soon, so keep checking back."
|Loincloth sign with Southern Lord||
Riff-mangling instrumental/progressive act LOINCLOTH have inked a deal with Southern Lord Recordings for the release of their debut full-length, aptly dubbed Iron Balls of Steel on January 17th, 2012. Brooklyn Vegan are helping us spread the word like the plague this week by streaming two tracks from Iron Balls of Steel.
Formed following the demise of Raleigh, North Carolina-based death/doom act Confessor at the turn of the century, drummer Steve Shelton and guitarist Cary Rowells were recruited by Richmond, Virginia-area guitarists Tannon Penland (Kenmores, Koszonom) and Pen Rollings (Breadwinner, Honor Role, Butterglove). The LOINCLOTH lineup was now fully realized, and the madness began to unfold.
The idea behind the formation of LOINCLOTH was to create a band that focused only on the things that made the members' favorite form of music inspiring and powerful, steering clear of cliché formulas, and choosing instead to carve its name out sheer force of will. Punishing riffs and a mean rhythm section were all they were interested in; no acoustic parts, no pointless leads, no repetition and no vocals! To them, metal was getting punched in the face by sinister riffs while a tight rhythm section kicked them with counter-beats to the gut!
LOINCLOTH released their first four-song demo in 2003, which was met with immediate interest from Southern Lord Recordings. The 'Lord used two of the tracks from the demo, and with another track added, released the tracks as part of the 7" Of Doom series. Another track from the demo was included on a Swami Records Swami Sound System Vol 1 compilation that year as well.
With the current band lineup now a simplified power trio comprised of Penland, Shelton and Rowells, the first output from LOINCLOTH since 2003 will hit the streets in January, in the form of their first full-length, Iron Balls of Steel. Representing years of sifting through ideas, constantly crafting and reshaping riffs into no-nonsense metal brutality, the album serves as an offering to all who feel that metal allows for more freedom of expression than other forms of music. Metal accepts extremes. In fact, metal is nothing without extremes! To create pure metal you have to push yourself, and Loincloth meant to do just that. Iron Balls of Steel is about metal's promise to kick your ass, and LOINCLOTH is keeping that promise!
Stay tuned for further updates on LOINCLOTH and the final, confirmed release info for Iron Balls of Steel in the weeks ahead.
|Arch Enemy team up with Amnesty once more||
Swedish Metal legend ARCH ENEMY have teamed up with the non-governmental Human Rights organisation Amnesty International for their upcoming “Khaos Over Europe” tour. The tour will kick off in Sweden on November 8th and brings the band back to the European clubs after playing many high profile festivals this summer as well as an extensive North American tour and a blistering show at the Loudpark Festival in Japan . Following up on the successful collaboration on the band’s recent North American tour, both parties are looking forward to spread the word about Amnesty International’s campaign “Expression Of Freedom”.
Amnesty International will be attending selected shows during the tour and will offer additional information for interested fans at the venues.
Angela Gossow comments: “We have Amnesty International with us again on the European leg of our ‘World Khaos’ tour to support their ‘Expression Of Freedom’ campaign and raise awareness. Many people sacrifice their lives to fight against terror, crime and oppression. They are being brutally murdered or imprisoned for simply communicating the truth. In honour of their outstanding courage and to bring justice to them (and the generations to come) it is important to support the cause and keep fighting for freedom! Each one of us can do something: Spread the word amongst your social network (sites), sign petitions, donate money, join peaceful demonstrations - pick your activism of choice! End repression. Allow expression!”
Jo Metcalf (Head of Art For Amnesty): “We’re thrilled that ARCH ENEMY are supporting our work on freedom of expression. We’re lucky to have the support of musicians and other artists who fully appreciate the value of being able to express their creativity without fear of arrest or worse. In some parts of the world, pursuing a creative goal - or just speaking freely - can lead to harassment, loss of freedom and even torture. I hope that everyone who comes to an ARCH ENEMY gig - not least to witness Arch Enemy’s amazing show - gets involved in supporting Amnesty’s work in this area.”
|Essenza sign with Red Cat Promotion||
The activity of the Essenza starts in 1993 to continue uninterrupted till today.
The band's first stable line-up consisted of three brothers Rizzello: Alessandro (bass), Carlo (Voice, guitar), Luca (drums).
In the following years, a lot of radio and televisions (local and national) focused on the band, as well as major magazines (Chitarre, Hard Rock IT Fireworks UK).
Their music, that was a compromise between hard rock, melodic rock, heavy metal and the seventies sound, met with the first work "Essenza" (1996) and later with "Algoritmo60" (1998), very good reviews from the experts .
"Suggestioni" (2000) collected the final version of the songs contained in the first two demo.
“Contrasto” is the studio album of 2002, a clearly-heavy rock and melodic inspiration.
In November 2004, drummer Paul Colazzo replacing in the band.
In 2006 the band distributes "XIII Anniversary Live", a live recording of a concert in Bari .
In 2007 the band released the EP "Dance of liars" veering towards a style heavy metal with thrash grain, leaving Italian to English.
Essenza sign with Red cat Promotion on October of this year to promote their latest CD, "Devil's Breath", published by the independent label BIGMUD Records , in which the band consolidates heavy style of the
EP " Dance of Liars. "
|Iced Earth hit the charts||
ICED EARTH are proud to announce the first-week chart positions for “Dystopia” – their highly acclaimed new album – which includes the band’s highest-ever debut on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart:
United States – 67
Germany - 23
Austria - 51
Switzerland - 53
UK (Rock Chart) - 18
Holland - 85
Belgium - 96
“I’m pleased with how well ‘Dystopia’ has been received by fans and critics alike,” said ICED EARTH leader Jon Schaffer. “We knew it was a special album while we were making it. But it’s always gratifying to know that others also appreciate the time and effort we put into it. We owe our fans a big Thank You for helping the album chart so highly around the world.”
|Blotted Science sign with Basick Records||
BASICK RECORDS is more than a little bit excited to announce that the legendary BLOTTED SCIENCE have joined their ever growing family of forward thinking and progressive metal acts!
Featuring the talents of guitarist/mastermind Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, TERRESTRIAL EXILED, SPASTIC INK), bassist Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE, HATE ETERNAL), and new arrival, drummer Hannes Grossmann (OBSCURA, TERRESTRIAL EXILED), BLOTTED SCIENCE produce some of the most extreme technical music known to man.
Ron Jarzombek, guitarist and evil genius behind BLOTTED SCIENCE commented:
“I'm really excited to be partnering with Barley and the Basick Records crew on the new BLOTTED SCIENCE record, ‘The Animation of Entomology’. They are a young, exciting company on the cutting edge, whose roster is very much compatible with what BLOTTED SCIENCE is all about, so I feel like this will be a great home for us. Feeding 'The Animation Of Entomology' into their distribution channels should noticeably improve our retail visibility and availability compared to 'The Machinations Of Dementia'. I'm looking forward to working with BASICK and maximizing our potential to the fullest in Europe!"
BASICK label owner Barley, also comments:
“Having been a huge admirer of Ron’s output for a number of years, it gives me great pleasure to welcome BLOTTED SCIENCE to the family! I can’t wait to get this record out to all our dedicated fans in Europe!”
Set for release via BASICK on November 28th 2011, BLOTTED SCIENCE’S EP - 'The Animation Of Entomology' (the follow-up to the band's highly acclaimed 2007 'The Machinations Of Dementia') will once again raise the bar for extreme, instrumental progressive metal.