00:05 - Maco If he wasn't a spambot or a prick, then why would you ban him? :p
00:05 - Opethian So this idiot missed out on Fallujah. Didnt know they were touring with Black Dahlia and I decided not to go. Serves me right I suppose :/
23:51 - psykometal Totalban doesn't do it automagically because not everybody we ban are spambots, and not everybody we ban was always a prick or whatever, so we don't feel it necessary to delete all of their comments from all over the site.
Later this month, Iced Earth will be doing a four city mini-tour in the US. The show is promised to be a special night with a fan-selected Iced Earth set list, and the live debut of Sons Of Libery, the brainchild of Jon Schaffer featuring Schaffer on lead vocals. Here's the official press release:
"When Jon Schaffer does something, he does it right. Like creating an eclectic, fan-favorite set list for Iced Earth's upcoming limited-engagement U.S. tour.
"I wanted to give fans something really special," Schaffer said. "So I put together songs that include some we've rarely played live before, and at least one that reaches back to our first album. Even long-time fans of Iced Earth are going to be surprised."
In the "didn't see this one coming" department, Mike Portnoy has just announced he is quitting Dream Theater. Portnoy issued the following statement on his Facebook fan page he administers himself:
"I am about to write something I never imagined I'd ever write: after 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater... the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century.
To many people this will come as a complete shock, and will also likely be misunderstood by some, but please believe me that it is not a hasty decision... it is something I have struggled with for the last year or so....
After having had such amazing experiences playing with Hail!, Transatlantic and Avenged Sevenfold this past year, I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with these other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater...
Death doom metallers De Profundis will be touring India this coming October.
The band wrote: "We are really excited to announce to all our fans in India, that De Profundis will be touring there this coming October. As of now we can confirm the following 2 shows. More dates to follow so stay tuned."
22nd October - Chennai - YMCA Ground (Chennai Open Festival)
24th October - Bangalore - Royal Place Ground (The Great Indian October Fest)
San Francisco Bay Area thrash metallers Death Angel have announced the dates for the band's first-ever headlining tour across North America early next year. The band will be touring in support of their latest studio effort Relentless Retribution, released only a couple of days ago. Support on the trek will come from Lazarus A.D., Early Man, Bonded By Blood, and Hexen. Tour dates are as follows:
Jan. 30 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
Jan. 31 - The Casbah - Charlotte, NC
Feb. 01 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 - Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 - Rocko's - Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 - Club Hell - Providence, RI
Feb. 05 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON - CANADA
Finnish progressive/melodic death metal band Crystalic are offering a free download of their sophomore release Persistence. Go to this location and get your free copy.
The band explained as follows: "So this is the way that music business works these days... We have patiently contacted record labels for over a year now and have not managed to get a single deal offered, that was nothing more than a total rip-off on the artist's expence. You really think that this material is not worth a decent release?!
We want to progress and evolve as a band and concentrate on playing live and composing new songs. This is not possible if we have an album's worth of material recorded and ready for release. Just waiting and waiting endlessly for a possible collaborator. We have waited enough and this is the only choice.
Suicidal Tendencies just released a new compilation album, called No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family. The record features re-recorded tracks from Suicidal Tendencies' second album Join The Army, as well as tunes from the second full-length from No Mercy - the speed metal band of guitarist guitarist Mike Clark and vocalist Mike Muir. Now, the first bunch of dates of the next Suicidal Tendencies US tour has been confirmed and can be viewed below. More dates will be announced soon.
Oct. 15 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
Oct. 16 - Portland, OR - Roseland
Oct. 17 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
Oct. 20 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
Oct. 22 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Oct. 26 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
In November the all-star ensemble Avantasia will embark on their first worldwide indoor arena tour ever, writing "a new chapter in Heavy Metal history". Kicking off in Pratteln, Switzerland on November 30th the all-star project will set off on a three-week-journey to bring the prestigious Metal Opera event to three different continents around the planet.
Featuring some of Hard Rock and Metal's best vocalists of all times, such as Jorn Lande (Masterplan), Bob Catley (Magnum), Amanda Somerville (Aina), Oliver Hartmann (At Vance) and former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske, another star has now been confirmed to be part of the traveling "Metal Opera"; a semi-god in Asia, Mister German Metal, formerly Helloween, now Gamma Ray: the one and only Mr. Kai Hansen!
Bloody Disgusting and Century Media Records have teamed up to bring you the exclusive look at the new 3 Inches Of Blood video for "Silent Killer", off their Here Awaits Thy Doom album. The video has been banned by MTV for being too graphic. Check it out at this location.
Guitarist Shane Clark checks in about the video: "The concept of the song is about an assassin, so naturally we first thought of a concept featuring an assassin going around doing what they do, but in a style that is more influenced by movies that we liked. At first we thought about a simple performance style video but we've done that a few times and this seemed like a much more entertaining thing for us and our fans. Therefore, we brainstormed a bunch of ideas with Rick Podd and thought of our own killing scenes. I wanted to get poisoned and puke blood and vomit all over the place, and after that it was all in the hands of Rick.
Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Forbidden have debuted the artwork to their new studio album, Omega Wave. Omega Wave will be released in Europe on October 22 and in North America on October 26 via Nuclear Blast Records. Album details are available here.
Forbidden guitarist/songwriter Craig Locicero checks in about his collaborative process with artist Kent Mathieu, the visual elements that can be found in the album's artwork, and his concern for the future of the human race:
"As soon as Forbidden committed to writing a new record, I wondered where Kent Mathieu was. I'd always felt like Forbidden Evil and Twisted Into Form were pretty iconic album covers... when things like that actually seemed to matter; Then, the good people at Nuclear Blast actually located Kent! I got pretty excited and reached out to him immediately. He was equally excited to hear from us, too. The only real direction I gave Kent was to somehow tie the past into the future. Find a way to make the two skulls Forbidden Evil's artwork] vital again. He had worked up about 12 sketches all kinds of variously cool stuff. Out of all of the pictures he sent me, I liked the way one of them was laid out because of it's simplicity. After thinking about it for a long while, I had a concept for Kent to work with. The Omega Wave concept. The title wasn't decided until I had a good idea for the cover.
Blind Guardian has released the following press statement:
"Triumphantly returning to North American shores in support of the Billboard-charting new album At The Edge Of Time, we are pleased to announce the western hemisphere's portion of the Sacred Worlds And Songs Divine 2010 World Tour, commencing on November 19th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and concluding on December 22nd in West Springfield, Virginia. Support acts are California's Holy Grail and Florida's Seven Kingdoms.
Hansi checks in from the secret Blind Guardian bunker about the upcoming trek: "Christmas will be a little earlier this year, 'cause The Guardian is coming to town in November and December! The band is really excited to announce this upcoming tour. Finally, we will get the chance to preach our Sacred Words and play our Songs Divine somewhere near your neighborhood. We have prepared a nice package of music and bands for our Northern American followers. Our friends from Holy Grail and Seven Kingdoms will join us on this glorious mission and will have their part in these magical nights to come. Both bands are underground now, but I can feel that the future is theirs. They really carry the spirit of a new American Power Metal generation. Touring the U.S. and Canada does always means a tremendous amount of fun, so we are really anxious to see if the people in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Albuquerque - where we have not played before - can scream as loud as their brothers and sisters in New York, Quebec, Toronto, or Hollywood. We'll soon find out when we meet you at the edge of time."
Italian doom/gothic metal band The Foreshadowing have found a new bassist, after Davide Pesola's (Klimt 1918) departure earlier this year. Here's the word from the band:
"After a long selection for the vacant role through the last year, The Foreshadowing are thrilled to announce Francesco Giulianelli from Endaemona as their new official bass player! Francesco joined us for our last two gigs at Summer Breeze and Nihil Fest and showed his great musical skills and personality. He will take part of the future studio activities too."
Swedish metallers Evocation will release their third album, Apocalyptic, on October 29 via Cyclone Empire Records. Also, a brand new song, "Sweet Obsession", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
The band commented: "We are exhausted and we are grumpy but we are very happy as well... This means that we are finally done with our 3rd full length album which we entitled Apocalyptic. We are very, very satisfied with the final result and we are proud to say that - fucking hell, we did it even a third time! As we speak the album is already in our record company's hands, still the one and only Cyclone Empire. Now we are breathing some air to gain new power and strength to conquer the world even more, we are aiming at Tours, Festivals and Club Shows. For the cover art this time we naturally found that Xaay (Behemoth, Nile, Vader etc.) would fit both the title Apocalyptic and our musical achievements just perfect. And it did, we can assure you we are blown away by the effort and feeling he gave it. See for your selves! We will of course not leave you starving until the release of this master piece which is announced to be in European stores the 29th of October. Therefore we decided to give you a bite of the tasty cookie, so ladies and gents we give you - "Sweet Obsession"."
Turns out that Dark Funeral is more like a sinking ship than a thriving black metal band these days. After vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula (his mommy calls him Magnus Bromberg) announced his departure in July, followed by bassist B-Force only a month later, also drummer Nils Fjellström is now leaving the group. You may remember Nils Fjellström from the Monday news report where he announced his split from his other band Aeon.
Here's the official word from founding member Lord Ahriman (his driver's licence says Micke Svanberg): "Recently, you could read about Nils "Dominator" Fjellstrom's departure from Aeon due to personal/private reasons. Today we can confirm that he'll no longer be part of Dark Funeral either. And just like Aeon, we won't comment on this subject any further.
Danzig are once again hosting the Blackest Of The Black tour taking place in October and November. On the 2010 edition, Danzig are taking Possessed, Marduk, Toxic Holocaust and Withered with them on their North American trek.
Blackest Of The Black tour dates:
Oct 25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Oct 27 - Little Rock, AR @ The Village
Oct 29 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Oct 30 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Oct 31 - Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Showroom
Nov 02 - Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
Nov 03 - Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
Nov 04 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Nov 05 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa (No Danzig)
Nov 06 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater
Nov 07 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater