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Judas Priest - Announce Farewell Tour

Official press release

After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest - one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph Tour - hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!

Judas Priest will be starting their world tour in Europe - we have just confirmed the following festivals for 2011. Stay tuned as we announce more dates - information will be forthcoming soon - so start getting prepared to rock one final time with the incomparable Judas Priest!

9th June - Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
11th June - Sauna Open Air, Tampere, Finland
17th June - Copenhell Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
19th June - Hellfest Open Air, Nantes, France
22nd June - Gods of Metal, Milan, Italy
25th June - Graspop Metal Meeting, Belgium
23rd July - High Voltage Festival, London, UK
5th August - Wacken Open Air, Germany


Band profile: Judas Priest
Event: Judas Priest: Epitaph World Tour
Posted: 07.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (55)

Graspop Metal Meeting - Headliners Announced

Original news, published on 06.12.2010

Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 24-26, 2011 in Dessel, Belgium has its first confirmed headliner: Slipknot will play the festival on Sunday 26 June!

This will be the band's only Benelux show this summer. Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday December 8. Slipknot earlier confirmed as headliners for Sonisphere UK 2011.

As the banner says, more names will be announced tomorrow, so stay tuned! for the tip!]


The Graspop Metal Meeting organization has released the names of the other two headliners of the festival: Scorpions and Ozzy Osbourne. Scorpions will headline the main stage on Friday June 24, while Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest will play on Saturday. As we announced yesterday, Slipknot will close the open-air festival on Sunday.

More names to be announced tomorrow!


Event: Graspop Metal Meeting
Posted: 07.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (15)

Download Festival - Linkin Park Confirmed As Second Headliner

More good news today! None other than "the incredible" Linkin Park will be the second headliner of the 2011 edition of Download Festival, set to take place June 10-12 at Donington Park. And if that wasn't enough, also Rob Zombie has been added to the line-up today. Earlier this month the organization already confirmed the appearance of "the mighty" Avenged Sevenfold, with System Of A Down as the absolute headliners of the festival.

Here's the accompanying press release:

"With the boards brimming with activity over this evening's news that Linkin Park have been confirmed as the second headliner for Download 2011, we've just added one more artist to the bill that's sent the hype machine in to overdrive!

We're thrilled to announce that Grammy award winning musician/producer and director Rob Zombie will perform at next year's Download - an incredible 16 years since he last played the Donington Park site with his then band White Zombie.

Rob Zombie founded the metal band White Zombie and has since carved a successful career as a horror producer and director, notably for movies House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects. He released his new album Hellbilly Deluxe 2 earlier this year to huge critical acclaim.

Fans have been begging us for years to get Rob on the bill - and we're pleased to finally answer their call."

And here's the comment of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington: "We are very excited to be playing Download again next year. It's one of the best festivals in the world and it's always an honour to play in front of such a great crowd. We can't wait!"

Since forming in 1996, Linkin Park have gone on to win two Grammy awards and sold over 50 million records worldwide, and they recently released their fourth studio album A Thousand Suns.


Event: Download Festival 2011
Posted: 07.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (20)

Sonisphere UK - Second Headliner Announced

Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro has been confirmed as one of the headlining acts at the Sonisphere music festival in Hertfordshire, England. Slipknot has also been confirmed to perform at Sonisphere this summer, including an exclusive UK performance at Knebworth.

Scots rock heroes Biffy "who the fuck is this band anyway?" Clyro will bring their famously energetic live performance, award-winning rock outs and catchy singalong anthems to Sonisphere for the first time, for an exclusive headlining set on the Saturday night.

The announcement comes hot off the heels of a massive arena tour which ended at a sold out Wembley Arena on Saturday night. With latest album Only Revolutions going platinum in the UK and earning a Mercury Prize nomination for Album of The Year, plus their second UK Festival Award in the bag (for the Virtual Festivals Critics Choice Award in honour of their Glastonbury performance), Biffy Clyro are on a massive trajectory that will ensure their headline set on Knebworth's mighty main stage is an iconic one in their career.

In case you want to read more about this band - seriously? - head to this page.


Event: Sonisphere Festival
Posted: 07.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (14)

Falconer - Begins Recording New Album

Swedish metal band Falconer have started the recording process of the new album Armod. Guitarist Stefan Weinerhall has issued the following update:

"Falconer has now begun the recording of its new album Armod at Andy La Rocque's (King Diamond) Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden. Our drummer Karsten Larsson, who is the first one to be recorded, thinks this may be his best session ever. The vibe is really awesome!"

To read an earlier post about this album, go to this location.


Band profile: Falconer
Posted: 07.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (9)

Rhapsody Of Fire - Reveal New Album Title

From Chaos To Eternity is the title of the new Rhapsody Of Fire full length album, that will be released in Spring 2011 through Nuclear Blast at a worldwide level.

Here's the official Italian-cheese press release:

The 10th studio album of the Italian power metal act will be a new musical masterpiece. Described by the band as the natural evolution of the monumental chartbreaker of 2010 The Frozen Tears Of Angels, the new album will represent an important goal in the history of Rhapsody Of Fire, as it will be the last one based in the fantasy saga started in 1997 with the debut album Legendary Tales.

As usual Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli will be the producers of the new work. But for the first time, part of such a production (vocals and guitar recordings) was and will be mostly based in Trieste, the Italian hometown of the two founders. The recordings of bass and drums already took place in Wolfsburg at "The Gate Studio" under the wise supervision of their longtime friend Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Angra and more).

Luca says: "We are really proud to reveal to the whole world that the production of our new full length album is at a very good point already. Lyrically it has a particular meaning for all of us, as with the 5th and final chapter of the "Dark Secret Saga" our band will close its fantasy cycle started 13 years ago. The dark secret will finally reveal itself and for the last time Sir Christopher Lee will give his unique and fundamental contribution to our work.

Musically expect something really special out of the ten album titles. A song like "Ghosts Of Forgotten Worlds" with its rageous and hypnotic guitar riff, will make you breath the dusty atmospheres of the southern ghostlands. "Aeons Of Raging Darkness" is pure melodic chaos translated into music, "Tornado" the greatest technical challenge for each single bandmember and "Tempesta Di Fuoco", the first speed track completely sung in Italian language. For my song "Fantasia Gotica" I wrote and finalized the cinematic orchestral arrangements inspired by the visionary genius of Tim Burton, while "The Splendour Of Angels's Glory (A Final Revelation)" is Alex's choral and majestic track for the perfect finale of the dark secret saga. Our bass player Patrice Guers and our drummer Alex Holzwarth did their best job so far in a Rhapsody Of Fire album. One more word is needed to underline the excellent performance of our singer: in this new release, Fabio Lione will present himself definitely as one of the best and most versatile singers, being able to pass with unique ability and talent from the most aggressive vocals, to clean angelic voices and powerful operatic parts. Once more you are going to be really surprised."


Band profile: Rhapsody Of Fire
Posted: 06.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (21)

At The Gates - More Live Shows Planned For 2011

Good news everyone! At The fucking Gates will do a limited run of select shows in 2011.

Commented the band: "Simply put, we had the time of our lives during the 2008 reunion and have decided to do a couple of more shows. Although we won't be touring extensively, and we stick to the initial promise of not making anymore music. Please check our homepage and MySpace for updates."

The first confirmed show in 2011 is the Metaltown Festival, set to take place June 17-18, 2011 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Other confirmed acts on that billing include: System Of A Down, Cradle Of Filth, Parkway Drive and Raubtier.


At The Gates also confirmed for Tuska Open Air, taking place in Helsinki, Finland on July 22, 2011.


At The Gates also confirmed for Neurotic Deathfest, taking place in Tilburg, The Netherlands on April 29-30, 2011.


At The Gates also confirmed for Party.San Open Air, taking place in Schlotheim, Germany on August 11-13, 2011.


At The Gates also confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air, taking place in Catton Hall, UK on August 12-14, 2011.


Band profile: At The Gates
Posted: 06.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (10)

Motörhead - New Album Samples Online

Short audio samples of all the tracks on the upcoming new Motörhead album The Wörld Is Yours can now be streamed at

Motörhead will be releasing The Wörld Is Yours via an exclusive publishing deal with Classic Rock magazine on December 14. The standard CD release of The Wörld Is Yours will go on sale on January 17, 2011, through Motörhead's own label, Motörhead Music, distributed via EMI Label Services.

The Wörld Is Yours cover art] tracklist:

01. Born To Lose
02. I Know How To Die
03. Get Back In Line
04. Devils In My Head
05. Rock 'N' Roll Music
06. Waiting For The Snake
07. Brotherhood Of Man
08. Outlaw
09. I Know What You Need
10. Bye Bye Bitch Bye Bye

A promo video has been made for the song "Get Back In Line".


Band profile: Motörhead
Posted: 06.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (5)

Belphegor - Studio Trailer Online

Waiting for January 14th and the release of the new Belphegor opus Blood Magick Necromance is too hard? Then this studio trailer will help and give you a first glimpse of what's to come. Check out the trailer below, and leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Blood Magick Necromance album details were previously reported here.


Band profile: Belphegor
Posted: 06.12.2010 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (6)

Crimfall - New Song Posted Online

Finnish symphonic folk metallers Crimfall have uploaded a brand-new track , called "Frost Upon Their Graves", on their MySpace page.

Added the band: "To celebrate the independence day of Finland, we want to give our loyal fans an early xmas present. The new album is basically one long song divided to a shorter sections. This song, "Frost Upon Their Graves" is the 3rd one. This time we will take you to the cold and merciless North!"


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Posted: 06.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (4)

Rush - To Film Cleveland Performance

As a tribute to the US city that first played their music, Rush confirms that the Cleveland performance of their Time Machine Tour show on April 15th at the Quicken Loans Arena will be filmed for a full-length release.

Cleveland is remarkable for being one of the very first US cities where the band performed, in addition to being the first city to provide American airplay. This will be a must-see event for Rush fans in Cleveland - and for everyone able to make the road trip as it is will also mark the first live full-length filming on US soil. Tickets for Cleveland go on sale on Saturday, December 11th with pre-sales for Rush fan-club and CITI cardmembers beginning December 7th.

On the Time Machine Tour - An Evening With Rush the band will perform their 1981 Moving Pictures in its entirety for the first time, as well as material from the band's upcoming studio album Clockwork Angels.

The US leg of the Time Machine Tour looks as follows:

March 30, 2011 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - BankAtlantic Center
April 01, 2011 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
April 03, 2011 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
April 05, 2011 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
April 06, 2011 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center
April 08, 2011 - Hershey, PA - Giant Center
April 10, 2011 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
April 12, 2011 - Chicago, IL - United Center
April 15, 2011 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
April 17, 2011 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
April 19, 2011 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
April 20, 2011 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
April 22, 2011 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena


Band profile: Rush
Event: Time Machine Tour - An Evening With Rush
Posted: 06.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (2)

Impiety - Part Ways With Drummer, Find Replacement

Singapore-based black/death thrashers Impiety have changed drummers again.

The band's previous drummer, Andrea Janko, had to leave the fold due to a severe illness. The band already found a new drummer in Atum, known from his work in Divine Codex, Tundra, Malfeitor and as live drummer for Setherial.

Atum has been part of Impiety for a month now, with his successful live debut in Vicenza on December 4th. Next weekend the band will play at the Rites of Darkness Festival in Texas. This will mark the band's first-ever USA appearance. More info about the festival can be found at this location.


Band profile: Impiety
Posted: 06.12.2010 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Universum - Demo Track Feat. Ex-Scar Symmetry Singer Online

Australian melodic death metal act Universum have finally uploaded a new track to be featured on the upcoming Mortuus Machina.

"We have uploaded the first mix of the Mortuus Machina song "Sum Of The Universe". It features guest vocals from Christian Alvestam (ex-Scar Symmetry, Solution .45) along with lead solos from both Nightrage axemen Olof Morck and Marios Iliopoulos. It's one of the album's more melodic tracks and will be even more ballsy once producer Jens Bogren is finished with it!"

Check out "Sum Of The Universe" over at MySpace.

For more details about the new Universum release, Mortuus Machina, and a complete list of guest musicians, visit this page.


Band profile: Universum
Posted: 06.12.2010 by BudDa | Comments (1)

Dark Tranquillity - To Perform In India For The First Time

Dark Tranquillity will perform in India for the first time on February 12, 2011. The band commented as follows:

"We're very proud and excited to announce that we'll play in India for the first time. On February 12, 2011, we'll perform at the BITS Pilani in Hyderabad, India. Support will come from local metallers Kryptos."

The show will be part of the national annual music festival Pearl, set to take place February 10-13. More info about the festival will be revealed on December 10 at this location.


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Event: Dark Tranquillity
Posted: 06.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (5)

Visions Of Atlantis - New Album Ready

Delta, the fourth studio album of Visions Of Atlantis, will be released on February 25, 2011 via Napalm Records.

The album was recorded at Dreamscape Studios in Munich, Germany and will mark the debut of Maxi Nil, the new vocalist who joined the band last year.

Songtitles announced so far include: "Aeon", "Memento", "Reflections", "Gravitate Towards Fatality", "New Dawn" and "Beyond Horizon - The Poem Pt. II".


Band profile: Visions Of Atlantis
Posted: 05.12.2010 by DarkSymphony500 | Comments (9)