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Fell Voices - Live Performance And New Album Updates

American droning black metallers Fell Voices have released the following information in regards to a new album and live appearance:

"In April 2012, Fell Voices will be performing alongside Ash Borer, Sleepwalker, Thou, and many others as part of the Gilead Media Music Festival in Oskosh, WI. Specifics regarding the full line-up, ticketing, lodging, set times, etc. can be found here. As of now, this the only Fell Voices appearance planned for 2012.

Fell Voices has also begun recording a new LP. All information regarding release dates, labels, etc. will be posted here when they have been decided."

And for those of us who can't wait that long to listen to some Fell Voices...


Event: Gilead Media Music Festival 2012
Posted: 26.12.2011 by Troy Killjoy | Comments (2)

Wacken Open Air 2012 - Sold Out

Looking to attend Wacken 2012? "No soup for you! One year!"

That's right, Wacken 2012 is sold out for the seventh time in a row. All 75,000 tickets. Sort of. There are still two ways you can make the trip.

"For those who haven't bought a ticket yet there are two options: Our official tour operators still have remaining contingents but of course only in combination with the travel. If you are interested please contact the particular contact person in our bus tours worldwide section.

Furthermore you have the chance to offer or buy a ticket at our ticket exchange. (This is the part where they tell you to follow the rules strictly, else face potential betrayal.)

The ticket exchange works as follows:
1. The agreement regarding buying or selling is made by you (we only check the price which can't be higher than the original pre-sales price).
2. If you made an agreement it's important that there is no payment to be made yet.
3. The seller sends us the tickets and we check if they are valid.
4. When the check-up is made the buyer gets a note from us that received the tickets and they are valid. We then let you know that you can transfer the money to the seller's bank account.
5. When the seller receives the money they let us know. Then we send out the tickets."

And of course, here is the dramatis personæ thus far:
Amon Amarth, Axel Rudi Pell, Broilers, Circle II Circle (feat. Chris Caffery, performing Savatage's The Wake Of Magellan), Coroner, Cradle Of Filth, Danko Jones (a spoken word special), Dark Funeral, Dimmu Borgir (orchestral performance), Endstille, Forbidden, Gamma Ray, Hammerfall (special anniversary show), Henry Rollins (another spoken word special), In Extremo, In Flames, Machine Head, Ministry, Moonspell (an orchestral acoustic special), Napalm Death, Opeth, Paradise Lost, Saturnian, Scorpions, Sick Of It All, Six Feet Under, Suicide Silence, U.D.O. (special anniversary show), Volbeat, Watain, Winterfylleth


Event: Wacken Open Air 2012
Posted: 01.12.2011 by Troy Killjoy | Comments (9)

Pensées Nocturnes - To Release New Album

The next Pensees Nocturnes album, called Ceci est de la Musique, will be released on the 11th of June. It consists of a unique 55-minute song (aptly titled "Ceci est de la Musique") going with a 48-page booklet developing the artistic approach of the opus.

Says Vaerohn of the independent release: "In order not to contribute to the degrading consumerist system that prevails in the current scene, this release will be an auto-production sold at cost price and therefore won't benefit by any promotion and distribution. The edition will also be quite limited."

It is to be said that this decision doesn't result from a disagreement with the former label Ladlo Productions and that the collaboration may continue for future releases. Grotesque is also still available through the label's website.

In addition to Vaerohn's work as composer/recorder/mixer/master/conqueror of worlds, the album will also feature other talent. Elisa Rodesky loans her soprano voice, while Laurence Olivier and Marc Dubrouin deliver their best alto and tenor approach. Vestale is responsible for the big change in cover art.

Consider yourself warned.


Posted: 26.05.2011 by Troy Gallant | Comments (8)

Interment - Album Release Dates & Video Teaser Available

That obscenely familiar chainsaw guitar tone is back! The undisputed kings of putrid death metal, Interment, return with the much-anticipated and long overdue full-length effort Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy. The album will be released on August 2nd (Europe) and August 31st (North America) respectively. Featuring members of Demonical and the now-defunct Centinex, Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy is not just a nostalgia trip of retro-death but also a lesson in Swedish violence!

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Crypt Of Kerberos/Tyrant axeman Peter Bjärgö and also showcasing the artistic talents of Polish extreme graphic artist Rafal Kruszyk (Nunslaughter, Machetazo, Hooded Menace, etc.) handling the album artwork cover, with the album layout created by Greek artist Anestis Goudas of Derz.Oth Design (Rotting Christ, Shagrath, Den Saakaldte, etc.).

Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy cover art] tracklist:

01. Eternal Darkness
02. Torn From The Grave
03. Dreaming In Dead
04. Stench Of Flesh
05. Where Death Will Increase
06. Sacrificial Torment
07. Night Of The Undead
08. Morbid Death
09. The Pestilence


Posted: 14.07.2010 by Troy Gallant | Comments (1)

Enforcer - Sign To Earache Records For New Album

Swedish heavy metal band Enforcer have announced their partnership with Earache Records in the UK and Europe for their forthcoming album Diamonds, out May 24th.

Enforcer's charismatic singer Olof Wikstrand states: "After the great success of Into the Night we now take things a few steps further with the next album. This time it feels great to have a European dedicated and hard-working label on board. I'm really excited to see what this ends up like and I'm also proud of being a part of Earache."

Dan Tobin, Earache label manager, comments: "Earache is proud to welcome one of the most exciting new bands on the scene onto the label's roster. Enforcer's brand of streetwise heavy metal is as exciting as anything I've heard from a young band, and we look forward to helping them take steps towards the big league. Diamonds is a superb way to start their march to the top."

With 2008's Into the Night earning a deserved entry in Terrorizer Magazine's Top 100 Albums of the Decade, Enforcer return with their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Diamonds, to be released in Europe by Earache Records on May 24th and the rest of the world on Heavy Artillery Records on May 25th. The album will be produced by renowned Swedish producer Rikard Lofgren.


Band profile: Enforcer
Posted: 06.03.2010 by Troy Killjoy | Comments (1)

Killswitch Engage - Streaming New Track

In anticipation of the God Of War 3 soundtrack - entitled God Of War: Blood And Metal - to be released today, March 2nd, Roadrunner Records is streaming Killswitch Engage's contribution, "My Obsession", on their official website.

"I have played the previous God of War releases,'" Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones says of the upcoming game. "To be a part of this game in any fashion is amazing! Let the rivers flow red with blood; there is vengeance to bestow! Bring me more new finishing blows to my enemies!"

Gamers interested in picking up a copy of this digital-only exclusive EP can do so for just $2 for a limited time here.



Band profile: Killswitch Engage
Posted: 02.03.2010 by Troy Killjoy | Comments (0)

Tombs - Announce US Live Dates

New York metallers Tombs have announced a string of spring tour dates taking them to and from Austin, TX for South By Southwest. The band will kick things off in Richmond, VA, teaming up with label-mates Howl, Black Tusk and Graves Of Valor on select dates.

Tombs are touring in support of their new album Winter Hours, which is currently streaming in its entirety at this location. The band's first video from Winter Hours, "Gossamer", is available on the same site.

13.03.2010 - Richmond, VA - Plaza Bowl (with Howl, Javelina)
14.03.2010 - Nashville, TN - Little Hamilton
15.03.2010 - Birmingham, AL - Magic City Wholesale (with Graves Of Valor)
16.03.2010 - Houston, TX - Walter's On Washington (with Graves Of Valor)
17.03.2010 - Austin, TX - Red 7 (Relapse 2010 Showcase - with Voivod, Brian Posehn, Graves Of Valor, Howl, Kill The Client, Mammoth Grinder)
18.03.2010 - New Orleans, LA - Bank Street Bar (with Black Tusk, Graves Of Valor)
19.03.2010 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn (with Graves Of Valor)
20.03.2010 - Florence, SC - Irby's (with Graves Of Valor)
18.04.2010 - Burlington, VT - 242 Main (with Gods & Queens


Band profile: Tombs
Event: Tombs
Posted: 27.02.2010 by Troy Killjoy | Comments (0)

Salem - New Song Online

Israeli extreme metallers Salem have officially released the brand new track opener "Drums Of The Dead Part 1" on the band's official MySpace page, taken from the upcoming new album entitled Playing God And Other Short Stories.

"Drums Of The Dead Part I" is also now available for streaming on the official Pulverised Records Pulverised Records MySpace page.

The release dates for Playing God And Other Short Stories will be announced at a later date. More album info can be found here.


Band profile: Salem
Posted: 23.02.2010 by Troy Killjoy | Comments (0)

Mastodon - USA Tour With Baroness, BTBAM

Mastodon have announced their spring headline tour of North America which will begin April 16, 2010. The tour, presented by Volcom, will feature support from special guests Between The Buried And Me, Baroness and Valient Thorr. This tour will bring the band to the fans in American cities that have yet to experience the Crack The Skye live event.

Apr. 16 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
Apr. 17 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
Apr. 18 - Richmond, VA - The National
Apr. 20 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head
Apr. 21 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Apr. 22 - Hartford, CT - Webster
Apr. 23 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Apr. 24 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Apr. 26 - Pittsburgh, PA - Palace Theater
Apr. 27 - Rochester, NY - Water Street
Apr. 29 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
Apr. 30 - Indianapolis, IN - Vogue
May 01 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note -
May 03 - Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
May 04 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto
May 05 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
May 07 - Pomona, CA - Fox
May 08 - Oakland, CA -
May 09 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
May 10 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater
May 11 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
May 13 - Billings, MT - The Shrine
May 14 - Fargo, ND - The Venue
May 15 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Hall
May 16 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
May 18 - Madison, WI - Orpheum
May 19 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club
May 20 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood
May 21 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium
May 22 - Lexington, KY - Busters


Band profile: Mastodon
Posted: 14.02.2010 by Troy Killjoy | Comments (12)

Napalm Records - To Celebrate 15-Year Anniversary At Metalfest Austria

Napalm Records will be celebrating the company's 15th anniversary in May.

To mark this special occasion, a Napalm Records label night will be held in cooperation with Metalfest Austria. On 12 May a colorful selection of Napalm bands from the medieval chartbreakers Saltatio Mortis to the combative Vikings of Týr, and the unique group Van Canto, to name but a few will transform the festival grounds into an unrivaled musical extravaganza! For those of you who want even more excitement, be sure to come by our exclusive Napalm stand, offering a wide selection of 15 years of metal history.

Metalfest, Mining am Inn, Austria

12 May: Napalm Records Label Night with Saltatio Mortis, Týr, Van Canto, Schelmish, Edenbridge, Svartsot, Artas
14 May: Alestorm, Leaves' Eyes, Schelmish, Serenity, Visions Of Atlantis
15 May: Heidevolk, Hellsaw


Event: Metalfest Open Air Austria
Posted: 12.02.2010 by Troy Killjoy | Comments (1)

The Ocean - Album Details Revealed

The Ocean's upcoming albums are going to be entitled Heliocentric and Anthropocentric. They are due for April and October 2010. The concept at the base of both albums is a critique of Christianity from different philosophical and personal angles.

While the songs, art and lyrics of Heliocentric tell the story of the rise of the heliocentric world view and its effects on Christian belief from medieval times to Darwin and Dawkins, Anthropocentric challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who still believe that the Earth is at the center of the universe.

Heliocentric cover art] tracklist:

01. Shamayim
02. Firmament
03. The First Commandment Of The Luminaries
04. Ptolemy Was Wrong
05. Metaphysics Of The Hangman
06. Catharsis Of A Heretic
07. Swallowed By The Earth
08. Epiphany
09. The Origin Of Species
10. The Origin Of God

Musically, Heliocentric covers the largest range of dynamics and styles to date: "There are a few really calm songs with mainly piano and vocals, as well as some crushing heavy tunes. There is a very special atmosphere to it that pervades the album," comments guitarist Jonathan Nido.

"Our new vocalist Loic Rossetti has immensely widened the musical spectrum of this band and there are some songs on the album that even those people who have conceived of this band as being unpredictable and daring would have never imagined," adds Robin Staps. "But this is exactly what makes it a 150% The Ocean album."

Heliocentric continues where the Proterozoic half of the Precambrian album left off, with dense, epic songs and big orchestrations. Anthropocentric is going to be a bit more straight forward rocking and technical, whilst tapping the full dynamic range from acoustic pieces to eclectic heaviness as well.

The albums were mainly recorded in the mountainous isolation of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the highest city of Europe. The band decided to record and mix the album with the band's house sound engineer Julien Fehlmann: "We wanted to be in control of every single detail, and we have an amazing studio at hand here. Sound-wise this is by far the best-sounding album we have done to date."

The lyrics and snippets of every song of the album can be previewed here and here.

(Also thanks to BudDa)


Band profile: The Ocean
Posted: 12.02.2010 by Troy Killjoy | Comments (2)

Shadows Fall - Canadian Tour With Bison B.C., Goatwhore

Shadows Fall are pleased to announce their first ever headlining tour of Canada. The tour starts on Wednesday February 24th in Calgary, Alberta. Support on the tour will come from Bison B.C. and Baptized In Blood. Special guest Goatwhore will be on the first six west coast dates only. Shadows Fall have also announced a headlining show before they cross the border to the great white North. The show is in Spokane, WA at The Knitting Factory and support will come from Bison B.C., Baptized In Blood and Goatwhore.

Shadows Fall frontman Brian Fair had the following to say about Shadows Fall's Canadian headlining tour: "All of us in Shadows Fall are very excited to finally be heading to Canada for a full headlining tour! We look forward to rocking with all the metalheads in the great white North and sharing a few extra strong beers with you all!"

Shadows Fall, Bison B.C., Goatwhore, Baptized In Blood

02/23 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
02/24 Calgary, AB - Republik
02/25 Edmonton, AB - Starlite
02/26 TBA
02/27 Regina, SK - The District
03/01 Winnipeg, MB - WECC
03/02 Thunder Bay, ON - The Roxy

Shadows Fall, Bison B.C., Baptized In Blood

03/04 Toronto, ON - Opera House
03/05 London, ON - Music Hall
03/06 TBA
03/07 Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
03/08 Montreal, QC - National
03/09 Quebec City, QC - Imperial


Band profile: Shadows Fall
Event: Shadows Fall + Bison B.C.
Posted: 29.01.2010 by Troy Killjoy | Comments (5)