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Absolve - Debut EP In June

Absolve - the Montreal thrash/death metal band that recently signed to Panoptic Records - has unveiled the artwork and tracklisting for their first EP, Sadistic Crown.

The EP which is set to be released on June 8th 2010, was produced by Kim Gosselin (Blackguard) at Silver Wings Studios. Two songs , the title track and "My Wrath Will Follow You" are streaming on MySpace.

Sadistic Crown cover art] tracklist:

01. My Wrath Will Follow You
02. Sadistic Crown
03. Rot and Decay
04. Burn a Blind Eye
05. Helldust Impulse


Posted: 20.05.2010 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Grave - New Album Details, New Song Online

After months of silence from the Grave camp due to hard work writing and recording, the Swedish death metal trio of Ola, Ronnie and Fredrik is proud to present a track from the upcoming album Burial Ground, titled "Liberation". The track is available for streaming on Grave's MySpace page. Burial Ground is scheduled for release on June 14 through Regain Records.

Burial Ground cover art] tracklist:

01. Liberation
02. Semblance in Black
03. Dismembered Mind
04. Ridden With Belief
05. Conquerer
06. Outcast
07. Sexual Mutilation
08. Bloodtrail
09. Burial Ground


Band profile: Grave
Posted: 20.05.2010 by BudDa | Comments (1)

Charon - To Release Compilation Album

All bands have their greatest hits and misses, Charon has A-sides, B-sides & Suicides. Charon will release their first ever compilation album A-sides, B-sides & Suicides on 23 June 2010.

The double album includes almost 40 songs and two and a half hours of music from the first demo tape to the latest studio sessions. In addition to the album cuts, there will be unreleased songs from recording sessions, cover songs and demos.

Charon will put out a teaser video every week in their official YouTube channel here. Videos will feature moments from the 17 year long history of Charon. The first teaser video is available below, and more details coming very soon.


Band profile: Charon
Posted: 20.05.2010 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Forbidden - US Tour Dates Announced

Forbidden have announced headlining shows just prior and after their tour with Overkill this November. Support will come from fellow thrashers Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Forbidden, Evile, Gamma Bomb, Bonded By Blood:

11/04/10 Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA

KillFest Tour: Overkill, Forbidden, Evile, Gamma Bomb, Bonded By Blood:

11/05/10 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
11/06/10 Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
11/07/10 Club Hell - Providence, RI
11/08/10 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
11/09/10 Gil's - Virginia Beach, VA
11/10/10 Amos - Charlotte, NC
11/11/10 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
11/12/10 Hooligans - Jacksonville, NC
11/13/10 Club Firestone - Orlando, FL
11/14/10 Culture Room - Ft Lauderdale, FL
11/15/10 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
11/16/10 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
11/17/10 Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
11/18/10 Diesel Nightclub - Pittsburgh, PA
11/19/10 Rocko's - Manchester, NH
11/20/10 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ

Forbidden, Evile, Gamma Bomb, Bonded By Blood

11/22/10 Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC
11/23/10 MOD Club - Toronto, ON
11/24/10 Blondies - Detroit, MI
11/26/10 Phoenix Hill Tavern - Louisville, KY
11/27/10 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
11/28/10 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
11/29/10 Station 4 - St Paul, MN
12/01/10 Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX
12/02/10 Emo's - Austin, TX
12/03/10 Scout Bar - Houston, TX
12/04/10 Trees - Ft Worth, TX
12/06/10 The Rock - Tucson, AZ
12/07/10 U.B.'s - Mesa, AZ
12/08/10 Whiskey a Go Go - Hollywood, CA
12/09/10 Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
12/10/10 New Oasis - Sparks, NV
12/11/10 DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA


Band profile: Forbidden
Event: Forbidden + Evile + Gama Bomb + Bonded By Blood
Posted: 20.05.2010 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Agent Steel - Working On New Songs

At the beginning of the month it was announced that original Agent Steel vocalist John Cyriis had returned to the band. Now the following update has been issued:

"Just checking in to let everyone know that we will begin rehearsals with vocalist J. Cyriis in the coming weeks here in Los Angeles. We're all very excited to fire up the engines and getting the gears turning to the Agent Steel machine! We will be revisiting the classic catalog of course, but most importantly; we look forward to begin work on new songs for future release.

As some of you know we have material already written in demo format that we look forward to reworking with J. Cyriis. We also have our first working title that Cyriis has been writing lyrics to that we can reveal at this time; "Behold... The Great Race". We're also in the middle of confirming South American live appearances for late August, and also European "exclusive shows" for late October, 2010."

Stay tuned for more details as they surface.


Band profile: Agent Steel
Posted: 20.05.2010 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Dio - Public Memorial Service; Tribute Stages On Sweden Rock And Bloodstock

According to Dio's website there will be a public memorial service for the late legend in Los Angeles.

"There will be a Public Memorial Service for Ronnie James Dio on Sunday, May 30th at 2:00 PM at The Hall Of Liberty located at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068. This will be a celebration of the life and music of Ronnie James Dio and is open to all of his friends and fans from around the world.

For those of you that will be flying in from out of town or out of the country, we are working with various local hotels to arrange discount rates. As soon as we have more information, we will make it available. "

In related news, organizers of Bloodstock Open Air in Catton Hall, UK and Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, have announced there will be a Ronnie James Dio stage as a tribute to the fallen metal icon.

Statement from Bloodstock: "We'd like to pay tribute to one of metal's leading and legendary lights, with the announcement of the renaming of Bloodstock's Main Stage as the Ronnie James Dio stage." A comment by Bloodstock founder Paul Gregory - responsible for the cover artwork for Dio's Angry Machines and Inferno - Last In Live albums - can be read here.

Statement from Sweden Rock: "Ronnie James Dio made five appearances at Sweden Rock Festival: three times with his own band Dio, and twice with Heaven And Hell - most recently just last summer. Ronnie always had a keen eye towards Sweden and Sweden Rock, and over the years we developed a good relationship to both him and his wife/manager Wendy... To honour his memory, we have decided to rename the Zeppelin Stage: this year it will be called Dio Stage. We are also planning a tribute ceremony on one of the main stages. More info on this will follow shortly."

In October, most prominent Swedish metal musicians will do a tribute concert on the Sweden Rock Cruise.


Band profile: Dio
Posted: 20.05.2010 by Zhao | Comments (11)

Soilwork - New Song Online

Soilwork just uploaded a brand new track called "Two Lives Worth Of Reckoning" to the band's official MySpace. The track comes off the bands highly anticipated new album The Panic Broadcast which is due on July 2, 2010 via Nuclear Blast!

Commented vocalist Björn Strid: ""Two Lives Worth Of Reckoning" is definitely a great teaser for the new album. We feel it has everything, a verse made for mosh, an atmopheric chorus and a jawdropping solopart, but wait, there's way more than that, check it out, enjoy guys and gals!"

The song can also be downloaded for free from this location (free e-mail sign-up required).


Band profile: Soilwork
Posted: 20.05.2010 by Yura. | Comments (4)

Mayhem - Sorts Out Australian Tour

After announcing an Australian Tour in 2009, then postponing it, then cancelling it altogether, the show will go on as Mayhem have annouced new 2010 dates. The Black Metal band will tour both Australia and New Zealand in September, playing five dates. Tickets went on sale last Thursday, so you can already book your spot at your town's show. Ticket purchasing information can be found on Mayhem's myspace page.

Here are all the dates of the tour:

September 21st, 2010 - Kings Arms, Auckland
September 23rd, 2010 - The Hifi, Melbourne
September 24th, 2010 - The Factory, Sydney
September 25th, 2010 - The Hifi, Brisbane
September 26th, 2010 - Capitol, Perth

Band profile: Mayhem
Event: Mayhem - Australia/New Zealand Tour September 2010
Posted: 20.05.2010 by Raiden | Comments (3)

Isis - Call It Quits

It's official, May is definitely "metal massacre month" as the bad news continues to pile up. Just this morning atmospheric sludge/post-metallers Isis have called it a day. In a lengthy "good night!" message on their MySpace, the band writes:

"Isis has reached an end. It's hard to try to say it in any delicate way, and it is a truth that is best spoken plainly. This end isn't something that occurred over night and it hasn't been brought about by a single cataclysmic fracture in the band. Simply put, Isis has done everything we wanted to do, said everything we wanted to say. In the interest of preserving the love we have of this band, for each other, for the music made and for all the people who have continually supported us, it is time to bring it to a close.

We've seen too many bands push past the point of a dignified death and we all promised one another early on in the life of the band that we would do our best to ensure Isis would never fall victim to that syndrome. We've had a much longer run than we ever expected we would and accomplished a great deal more than we ever imagined possible. We never set any specific goals when the band was founded other than to make the music we wanted to hear and to play (and to stay true to that ideal), so everything else that has come along the long and winding path has been an absolute gift.

As with any momentous life-changing decision (which this certainly is for the 5 of us), we feel a very dynamic range of emotions about this and cannot express all of it within the space of a few sentences, and perhaps it's best to do what we've always done in and let our music speak for us. It is and has been the truest expression of who we are as a collective and in some ways who we are as individuals for the 13 years in which we've been together.

The last and perhaps most important thing we might say in relation to all this is how grateful we are for the people that have supported us over the years. It is a lengthy list that would include those who put out our records, those that played on them and put them to tape, the many bands with whom we shared the stage, all of our family, friends and companions who supported us in our individual lives and thus made it possible for us to continue on in the band, and most importantly those who truly listened to our music whether in recorded form or by coming to out to our shows (or both). It is quite true that we would never have done what we have without those people, that is many of you who are reading this. Our words can never fully express what we feel, but we hope that our music and the efforts made to bring it into being can serve as a more proper expression of gratitude for this life and for everyone in it. Thank you.


Band profile: Isis
Event: Isis
Posted: 19.05.2010 by BudDa | Comments (29)

Kamelot - Gus G. To Guest On New Kamelot CD

Guitar phenom Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) has added his signature style and soloing to one of Kamelot's new songs that will appear on the band's upcoming CD.

Kamelot guitarist Youngblood comments: "Gus and I have been talking about working together for a few years now, I first met Gus when Dream Evil played with us on the Japanese Tour in a few years back. Since then Gus' band Firewind has toured with us in Europe and Japan and we have become great friends. I have always thought Gus' style was very special and very unique, its really great to have him on the new album!"

Gus G. adds: "Kamelot is a very unique band with a sound of their own and I've always liked them. To be invited to play on their new album is an honor and jamming on their track was a lot of fun. During the time our bands toured Japan and all over Europe together, Thomas and I became good friends. I have great memories from being on the road with the guys and I'm glad I contributed to their new album."

Kamelot is coming off of a hugely successful European Tour and will be playing several major Festivals this Summer before kicking off their North American Tour. More news about the new Kamelot CD coming soon, including more special guests, video news and more.


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 19.05.2010 by BudDa | Comments (12)

Grand Magus - New Video Online

"Hammer Of The North", Grand Magus's new video is now available for viewing at this location. The song comes off the band's fifth and upcoming effort titled Hammer Of The North


Band profile: Grand Magus
Posted: 19.05.2010 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Noctiferia - New Video Online

Slovenian metallers Noctiferia has revealed a new video for "Demoncracy". The track comes off the group's latest album Death Culture, which was released in March earlier this year.


Band profile: Noctiferia
Posted: 19.05.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

Meshuggah - Guitarist Recording New Solo Album

Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal recently began recording material for his second album (the first as Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects in 1997). The effort will likely be available later this year.

Among those contributing to the album is Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who has issued the followed regarding his participation: "What a dream come true! Fredrik has been very supportive of my career for many years in many ways, and I respect him immensely both as a musician and songwriter. It was huge for Scarve to be asked to open for Meshuggah and we've been in touch ever since. When Fredrik asked me to be a part of the second Special Defects record, I just couldn't believe it! Now that I have the Soilwork album under my belt, it's exciting to dive into a completely different challenge where my drum parts will be based on improvisation more than anything else."


Band profile: Meshuggah
Posted: 19.05.2010 by Thryce | Comments (9)

The Seven Gates - Tour Dates Announced

French death metal act The Seven Gates will be heading to Canada for their first North American tour supported by Canadian death thrashers Auroch. Born from the ashes of revered French underground metal acts Daemonium, Akhenaton and late 80's French death metal pioneers Mutilated, The Seven Gates built upon the cult success surrounding their All is in All demo and Ghenna's Sword EP to release their 2009 full length debut Angel of Suffering on Heavy Artillery Records.

Angel of Suffering features ten tracks of old-school death metal with an endless supply of hooks, masterful musicianship and a sufficient dose of pure fucking evil, sure to please fans of early Deicide, Morbid Angel and Entombed. Below are the tour dates:

July 02. Victoria, BC - Pub 340
July 03. Vancouver, BC - Funky Winkerbeans
July 04. Kamloops, BC - The Dirty Jersey
July 05. Calgary, AB - Dickens Pub
July 06. Red Deer, AB - Cheers North
July 07. Rocky Mountain House, AB - Arena Youth Center
July 08. Deadmonton, SK - New City Suburbs
July 09. TBA
July 10. Saskatoon, SK - The Roxy on Broadway
July 11. Regina, SK - The Exchange
July 12. Brandon, MB - Parthenon Pizza
July 13. Thunder Bay, ON - Killroy's
July 15. Sudbury, ON - The Frood Hotel
July 16. Toronto, ON - Hard Luck Bar
July 17. Ottawa, ON - Café Dekcuf
July 18. Montreal, QB - Club Saphir
July 19. Quebec City, QB - L'Agitee
July 21. St John, NB. - Sunstar Lounge
July 22. Halifax, NS - Gus's Pub


Band profile: The Seven Gates
Event: The Seven Gates: Burning Canada Tour
Posted: 19.05.2010 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Cephalic Carnage - Working On New Album

Cephalic Carnage has begun work on their follow-up album to 2007's Xenosapien. The still untitled full-length is being recorded at the band's own recording studio with longtime engineer/producer Dave Otero. An autumn 2010 release through Relapse Records is expected. More details to be announced soon.


Band profile: Cephalic Carnage
Posted: 19.05.2010 by BudDa | Comments (2)