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Meshuggah - DVD Live Stream Today

Reminder: Today, Monday, January 17th, 2011 at 12 noon Pacific / 3 pm Eastern / 9 pm CET, Meshuggah members Tomas Haake and Jens Kidman will host a live stream of the band's first DVD Alive, which debuted at #8 on the Nielsen SoundScan Top Music DVD Video chart in North America the week following its February 2010 release.

The event will begin with a live Q&A video session via uStream with Haake and Kidman, who will answer questions submitted by fans via Meshuggah's Twitter and Facebook pages.

Alive will stream at the Nuclear Blast Streaming Room following the fan Q&A at this location.

A second stream of the live DVD will take place at 4 pm Pacific / 7 pm Eastern / 1 am CET.

Shot by director/producer Ian McFarland of Killswitch Productions during Meshuggah's 2009 North American tour and at their 2008 performance at the Loudpark Festival in Tokyo, Japan, Alive contains concert footage of selections from the band's Billboard Top 200-charting 2008 release, obZen, in addition to their time-tested career staples.

More info on this release and a trailer are available over here.


Band profile: Meshuggah
Posted: 17.01.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (3)

Within Temptation - Album Trailer Online

The Unforgiving, the upcoming concept album of Within Temptation, will be released worldwide in March 2011.

The Unforgiving will be based on a comic book series, written by Steven O'Connell (BloodRayne & Dark 48), while comic artist Romano Molenaar (Witchblade, Darkness and X-men) has been asked to draw the characters and scenery. The main characters of the comic will be reflecting the characters of the songs.

Today, the band revealed another piece of the puzzle in the form of a short trailer... and is seems there will also be a movie for The Unforgiving. Start believing the hype!

More album details were previously reported here.


Band profile: Within Temptation
Posted: 17.01.2011 by Justicelust | Comments (16)

Days Of The Doomed Fest - Line-Up Finalized

Days Of The Doomed Fest is set to take place June 17th and June 18th in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA at the P.L.A.V. More info and tickets available here.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Friday June 17th: Kin Of Ettins, Sleestak, Admiral Browning, Backwoods Payback, Zebulon Pike, Sinister Realm, and Pale Divine.

Saturday June 18th: Carbellion, Retro Grave (featuring Jeff "Oly" Olson formerly of Trouble), Pallbearer, Apostle Of Solitude, Argus, Black Pyramid, Orodruin, Revelation, Las Cruces, Earthen Grave (featuring Ron Holzner formerly of Trouble and Place Of Skulls), Blackfinger (featuring Eric Wagner formerly of Trouble), and Iron Man.


Event: Days Of The Doomed Fest
Posted: 17.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Epica - Keyboardist To Sit Out Upcoming Shows

Epica keyboard player Coen Janssen will not be joining the band on the upcoming 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise and the Latin American dates in early February.

Janssen explains: "As you might know, Linda, my wife, and I are expecting our first child. The due date happens to be around the same time as the cruise. As you might understand, I will stay at home since I don't want to miss the birth of my first child."

Joining Epica on keyboards for these show will be Oliver Palotai (Kamelot, Sons Of Seasons), friend of the band and the right man for the job because of his amazing talent.


Band profile: Epica
Posted: 17.01.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (16)

Rudra - New Album Tracklisting Revealed

Singapore-based blackened death metal band Rudra have revealed the tracklist for the final chapter to the Brahmavidya trilogy, entitled Brahmavidya: Immortal I.

The final release date and cover artwork will be announced in the next coming days, so stay tuned for updates.

Brahmavidya: Immortal I tracklist:

01. Now, Therefore...
02. Illusory Enlightenment
03. Ravenous Theories Of Deception
04. Vultures Of Slavery
05. Incredulous Void
06. Sinister Devotion
07. Harrowing Carrions Of Syllogism
08. Embryonic Theologies
09. Supposed Sages Of Sensuality
10. Hymns Of The Immortal Self
11. Advaita Samrajya


Band profile: Rudra
Posted: 17.01.2011 by ArtiA | Comments (0)

Rex Devs - Two New Songs Online

"El Nuevo Designio" and "Las Tres Tendencias: Sattva Sacrum Fieri", two new tracks from Spanish melodic black metal band Rex Devs, has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.

"El Nuevo Designio" and "Las Tres Tendencias: Sattva Sacrum Fieri" come off the band's latest album Nosce Te Ipsum, which they self-released in September last year.


Posted: 17.01.2011 by ArtiA | Comments (1)

Trent Reznor - Wins Golden Globe For Best Original Score

Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor and frequent NIN collaborator Atticus Ross (also How To Destroy Angels) have won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for their compositions on The Social Network, the 2010 film about Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.

The Golden Globes were presented last night. The Social Network was nominated six times and won four Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

The Social Network soundtrack album was released in October by The Null Corporation, Reznor's own independent record label. A five track sampler EP is available for download at the whopping price of your e-mail address at this location.

According to Billboard, while accepting the award, Reznor said, "A year ago I had no idea I'd have the opportunity to score a film. The idea of standing up here to accept this award is surreal."

Shortly after winning, Reznor Tweeted, "Holy shit!"

Earlier this year, Reznor announced the duo would once again be collaborating with The Social Network director David Fincher by composing the score to the US film adaptation of the bestselling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, set for release in late 2011.


Band profile: Nine Inch Nails
Posted: 17.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (19)

Omen - New Demo Song Online

A rough-mix version of "Epitaph", a brand-new track from US Power metal band Omen, has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.

"Epitaph" comes off the band's upcoming new album Hammer Damage, tentatively due later this year.


Band profile: Omen
Posted: 16.01.2011 by ArtiA | Comments (1)

Rotting Christ - North American Tour Dates

Rotting Christ are headlining the Apostles Of Darkness Over The Americas Tour in March and April. Support on the trek will come from Melechesh, Hate, Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne.

Apostles Of Darkness Over The Americas Tour Dates:

Mar. 09 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
Mar. 10 - Championship Bar & Grill - Trenton, NJ
Mar. 11 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
Mar. 12 - Rocko's - Manchester, NH
Mar. 13 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
Mar. 14 - Karma - Patchouge, NY
Mar. 15 - Petite Campus - Montreal, QC
Mar. 16 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON
Mar. 17 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
Mar. 18 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Mar. 19 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Mar. 20 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Mar. 22 - The Republik - Calgary, AB
Mar. 23 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
Mar. 25 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Mar. 26 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
Mar. 27 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
Mar. 28 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
Mar. 29 - The Key Club - Hollywood, CA
Mar. 30 - Brick by Brick - San Diego, CA
Mar. 31 - U.B's Bar - Mesa, AZ
Apr. 01 - The War Legion Underground - Amarillo, TX
Apr. 02 - The Marquee - Tulsa, OK
Apr. 03 - Rail Club - Ft. Worth, TX
Apr. 04 - Emo's - Austin, TX
Apr. 05 - Walter's - Houston, TX
Apr. 07 - Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
Apr. 08 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Apr. 09 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
Apr. 10 - The Casbah - Charlotte, NC


Band profile: Rotting Christ
Event: Rotting Christ: Apostles Of Darkness Over The Americas
Posted: 16.01.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (5)

Insision - New Song Online

"Beckoning", a brand-new track from Swedish death metal band Insision, has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.

"Beckoning" comes off the band's upcoming new EP End Of All, which will be released later this year through Sevared Records. The EP was recorded at Off Beat Studio in Stockholm with engineer Anders Erikssonand.

End Of All tracklist:

01. Expire
02. Curvature
03. Descend
04. Beckoning
05. Ex Oblivione


Posted: 16.01.2011 by ArtiA | Comments (0)

Onslaught - European Tour With Suidakra, Debauchery

UK thrashers Onslaught will embark on the Scream For Violence Tour, taking place in March and April. The band will be touring through Europe in support of the new album, Sounds Of Violence, which will be released later this month. Support on the trek will come from Suidakra and Debauchery.

Scream Of Violence Tour Dates:

Mar. 31 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Apr. 01 - Arhus, Denmark - Voxhall
Apr. 02 - Göteborg, Sweden - Parken
Apr. 03 - Stockholm, Sweden - Huset
Apr. 06 - Turku, Finland - Klubi
Apr. 07 - Helsinki, Finland - DOM
Apr. 08 - Tampere, Finland - tba
Apr. 09 - Tallin, Estonia - Tapper
Apr. 10 - Riga, Latvia - Melna Piektdiena
Apr. 11 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Club New York
Apr. 16 - München, Germany - Backstage
Apr. 17 - Prattlen, Switzerland - Z7
Apr. 19 - Darmstadt, Germany - Steinbruch Theater
Apr. 20 - Osnabrück, Germany - Bastard Club
Apr. 21 - Essen, Germany - Turock
Apr. 22 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob


Band profile: Onslaught
Event: Onslaught + Suidakra: Scream For Violence Tour
Posted: 16.01.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (3)

Leaves' Eyes - New Album Due In April

Meredead, the new album from Leaves' Eyes, will be released on April 22nd in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (with more streetdates to follow soon).

Leaves' Eyes vocalist and producer Alexander Krull is doing the final mix of Meredead at Mastersound Studio.

Cover artwork by Stefan Heilemann.

Singer Liv Kristine comments: "As we began composing the first song ideas for our fourth full-length album, all of us were very eager to take another step in strengthening both the individual sound and concept of Leaves' Eyes, like we have done album by album.

Along with the song-writing process, I made up my mind about the songs' themes, and drowned myself in different sources of literature. Some songs clearly needed lyrics rooted in northern history and culture, as well as having mystical themes. Being an Old-English fan, I decided to write some of the lyrics in Old-English, which of course included further studies of grammatical and phonetic knowledge, which I really enjoyed doing. Next to modern English and Old-English, some songs are sung in traditional Norwegian, to keep their strong individuality and focus on certain themes from special genres in Norwegian traditional singing.

The album is given the title Meredead, as one of the songs on the album. It is my own word-creation (at least I haven't found it in a dictionary yet), and it may mean both "dead by/in the sea", or "the mortal or killing sea". In my lyrics you will find traditional themes from Viking literature and Norwegian song tradition, moreover, tales from the Irish isles, some from already existing sources, some made up myself. Sometimes you will hear about men going on adventures, some ending up drowing in the sea, their wives, evil witches, three-headed trolls, or spell-bound princesses, as well as marble halls and blood-thirsty creatures. I allowed myself more freedom for the concept of Meredead, telling a number of different stories, real, mystical or sometimes maybe even both."

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Band profile: Leaves' Eyes
Posted: 16.01.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (15)

70000 Tons Of Metal - Line-Up Completed

Circle II Circle, Arsis and The Absence are the latest confirmed acts for 70000 Tons Of Metal, the world's biggest floating heavy metal festival.

70000 Tons Of Metal will sail Monday, January 24th aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas luxury cruise ship from Miami, FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will return four days later on Friday, January 28th.

The complete festival billing looks as follows:

Agent Steel, Amon Amarth, Arsis, Blackguard, Blind Guardian, Circle II Circle, Cripper, Dark Tranquillity, Death Angel, Destruction, DuskMachine, Ensiferum, Epica, Exodus, Fear Factory, Finntroll, Forbidden, Gamma Ray, Iced Earth, Korpiklaani, Malevolent Creation, Marduk, Moonspell, Nevermore, Obituary, Rage, Raven, Sabaton, Sanctuary, Saxon, Sodom, Sonata Arctica, Swashbuckle, Testament, The Absence, Trouble, Twilight Of The Gods (performing Bathory masterpieces), Týr, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Voivod and Witchburner

Saxon will play two unique shows. One night they will perform the Wheels Of Steel LP in its entirety and on a different night, for the second show, they will play Strong Arm Of The Law from start to finish. Also Testament will play two very unique shows on board. At the first show they will prove their titan trash status by playing The Legacy album in its entirety; at the second show they will play The New Order album in full.

Ticket prices start at US$ 666 plus US$ 249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals and non-alcoholic and non-carbonated drinks at the on-board restaurants and 24-hour room service.


Event: 70000 Tons Of Metal 2011
Posted: 15.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (34)

Dwail - New Album And More

French band Dwail is about to release their first album Helter Skelter in Digipack format on April 9th by Klonosphere Propagande / Seasons Of Mist. The record is mixed and mastered by Logan Mader (Machine Head, Soulfly, Gojira).

The band also offers eager fans a bit of a nice deal if they decide to pre-order Helter Skelter. If you decide to pre-order, not only do you get the album 2 weeks before it is released, you also receive a nice pack of goodies along with it. This pack includes:
- The exclusive Beatles cover « Helter Skelter » (not on the record) received by email in Mp3 format.
- Dwail pin badge
- Participation to a contest (suscribers only) to win tickets for the upcoming Dwail’s concerts in France.
- Stickers

Go to this page if you're interested.


Posted: 15.01.2011 by jupitreas | Comments (0)

Earth - New Song Online

"Father Midnight", a brand-new track from US drone band Earth, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at National Public Radio.

"Father Midnight" comes off the band's upcoming new album Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I, which will be released on February 7th through Southern Lord Records. Further album details are available here.


Band profile: Earth
Posted: 15.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (0)