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Thursday, February 25, 2010



FOLLOWING ON from ‘The New Dark Age’, their Finnish Top 10 album released in 2008, epic metallers KIUAS (pronounced ‘Key-wass’) have confirmed that latest outing ‘Lustdriven’ will be made available through Spinefarm Records UK as of April 26th 2010.

A 10-track affair produced by Janne Joutsenniemi (Ensiferum, Suburban Tribe and Stone) and mixed by Mikko Karmila (Children Of Bodom, Nightwish), ‘Lustdriven’ sees the Finnish five-piece – from the town of Espoo, near Helsinki – further creating a signature style that draws from a broad range of influences; these include both power metal & prog, with death, symphonic & folk metal also playing a part, the whole thing topped off with a healthy sprinkling of myth & legend, plus the soul-stirring vocals of high-energy frontman Ilja Jalkanen.

As well as lead track ‘The Quickening’, the album features songs such as ‘Cry Little Angel’, ‘Of Love, Lust And Human Nature’ & ‘Lights Are Many’ – ambitious compositions displaying the development that has taken place in the band’s 10-year history.

“On this new album, we’ve kept the most aggressive elements of KIUAS,” says guitarist Mikko Salovaara, “everything is very raw and in your face. At the same time, however, we’ve pushed the epic, orchestral side to new heights, and although you’ll find some of our fastest and heaviest songs here, we’ve tried to maintain a real sense of melody throughout.”

At the moment, UK shows are being lined up for later in the year, and of course KIUAS are no strangers to these shores, having played here with both Children Of Bodom & Firewind; they also appeared at the Hard Rock Hell festival in Prestatyn, Wales, back in 2009.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

MADBALL – sign with Nuclear Blast!

New York Hardcore veterans MADBALL just inked an European deal with Nuclear Blast Records.

The bands debut for the new label is planned to be released sometime in 2010 – more info to be announced soon!

Commented bandleader Freddy Cricien: “I'm very proud to announce that we have signed with Nuclear Blast, for Europe and it's various territories. We are entering a new and very important chapter in our lives/career, and I know this is the right home for us in Europe…without a doubt! I feel that all the folks at NB genuinely understand and respect our history, longevity, legacy, etc. I also know they believe in our future, in what we still have to offer.. Which will manifest itself in our new album coming out this year! Not to mention, it is an honor and privilege to be label mates with the legendary Agnostic Front. We have not shared a label together since our first release on In Effect/Relativity in 1989. Not only are they family, literally, but they are also an inspiration to all of us in the Hardcore world and beyond! Looking forward to a new year, new label, and new record! See you on tour!“

Nuclear Blast A&R representative Jaap Wagemaker states: “Today it is with great honor to announce the signing of NY Hardcore legends MADBALL to the Nuclear Blast roster. They started out as one of the most innovative bands of the scene, became one of the most influential ones and easily stood the test of time. Just like AGNOSTIC FRONT, MADBALL always were and ever will be nothing but a legend and an unstoppable force! We are excited and extremely proud to be working with and for Freddy and the boys in Europe! Be aware, the new album will strike – the knife will get deeper again!“

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

BEHEMOTH – nominated for the “Fryderyki 2010” awards!

We are proud to announce that polish death/black tank BEHEMOTH has been nominated for prestigious Polish Music Awards – Fryderyki! The band is nominated in 5 categories!

– Production of the year
Adam (Nergal) Darski, Daniel Bergstrand, Sławomir Wiesławski, Wojciech Wiesławski, Colin Richardson (production) and Arkadiusz Malczewski, Janusz Bryt, Kuba Mankowski (realisation) for the BEHEMOTH – “Evangelion” album

– The best album artwork
BEHEMOTH – “Evangelion”, Design: Tomasz Daniłowicz

– The album of the year (Heavy Metal)
BEHEMOTH – “Evangelion”

The band of the year

Video of the year
BEHEMOTH – “Ov Fire And The Void”; Director: Dariusz Szermanowicz, Paweł Krawczyk
The awards will be presented in Warsaw on April 19th. | |

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Legendary British thrashers ONSLAUGHT have confirmed that their first ever UK festival appearance will take place at the 10th anniversary BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR. After forming in 1983, ONSLAUGHT burst onto the burgeoning Thrash Metal scene, releasing 3 albums before disbanding in 1990 – but not before securing their place as one of the forefathers of British Thrash. Reforming in 2005 after seeing a huge resurgence of interest on the reissuing of their back catalogue, the band returned with a new album in 2007, rapturously received across the metal world.

Now, as they prepare for album number five, the band will take time out for their only UK show of the year. States founding member and drummer Steve Grice:

“We are very excited and to be playing Bloodstock 2010. Not only will it be the ONLY UK show Onslaught play this year, but the very first outdoor show we have played in the UK. We look forward to bringing some real Flesh Melting -Thrash Metal to the Guys and Gals of BLOODSTOCK. See you all there!”

Joining them will be METAL 2 THE MASSES winners SNAKEBITE. The four piece heavy metal band from South-East London won over BLOODSTOCK’s M2TM judges with their heart-stopping cocktail of classic rock groove, hell-for-leather thrash and a seemingly endless torrent of gargantuan riffs, earning them a slot on the bill of this prestigious festival.

“Metal 2 The Masses has been the ultimate experience for us” says the band. “To be sitting here now, knowing that we're set to play the Wacken alongside having played (and about to play AGAIN) the only true Metal Festival in England just doesn’t feel real! We appreciate this opportunity loads, and want to work our balls off to make the effects of all this last, as this is the easily the best chance an unsigned band could ever be given…..”

The BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL 2010 will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from 13th – 15th August.

Weekend tickets are on sale now at


Sponsored by Metal Hammer and Scuzz TV

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

MNEMIC – to shoot video for “Diesel Uterus”!

Danish modern metal heroes MNEMIC will soon team up with Patric Ullaeus to shoot the video for the single “Diesel Uterus” from their brand new album “Sons Of The System”.

“Once again we will be working with our long time friend and film director Patric Ullaeus. He has been there for us, each and every time, and its been almost 3 years since we have worked together. This time around we are bringing the robots, and all the stage props in order to make a cool and crazy video. I can’t say how excited we are to be hanging out with Patric again – he is a creative force, that has stood behind Mnemic for a long time, and together we will make an ass-kicking video! Watch this space…” – Mircea Gabriel Eftemie | |

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Heaven’s Basement – Search For Singer Is On

Heaven’s Basement have prepared this statement on the departure of former frontman Richie Heavennz:

“Hi guys, writing stuff like this is never easy so we'll just come right out with it.

Unfortunately, Richie has decided to leave Heaven's Basement. This will probably come as a surprise to most of you (as it did us) but to be honest we've seen signs in Richie over the last few months that suggested there was something wrong. He first told us about how he felt when we regrouped for some writing sessions in the studio last month. Richie was upfront with us all about his doubts in continuing. He feels he can no longer keep up with everything that goes along with being part of Heaven's Basement. He's written a message for you all, so here it is.

“After 18 months of amazing highs and amazing experiences, I feel that the lifestyle and constant touring has taken its toll and its time for me to move on to different pastures! In short guys, I'm afraid I will be stepping down as the lead singer of Heaven's Basement.

I want to thank everyone who has supported me through this amazing time in my life. I also want to thank my brothers in HB for their understanding and friendship! I would like to thank all the fans of Heavens Basement for all their love and support over the last 2 years! You've all made my life a brighter place!

I wish the guys all the luck in the world for their future.
Love ya!!”

It goes without saying that we'll miss him, Richie will always be an important part of the band's history as one of the founding members. It's not even two years yet since the first Heaven's Basement show but during that time we've had some amazing times together which we'll never forget. We've all become great friends over the past few years and he was a very important part of what makes the band chemistry work. We wish him all the best for the future, we're sure he will go on to do well in what ever path he chooses.

I guess you will all be wondering about what we're going to do about the upcoming tour dates we have. While we initially thought that Richie would come out and play these tours with us until we found ourselves a new frontman, that's not going to be the case anymore. As you know, we're not the kind of guys to let a small thing like not having a singer get in the way, so we're happy to say that they will all be going ahead as planned! Us guys thrive of being on the road, it's what HB is about. We pride ourselves on being a live band. We've been through our fair share of sticky situations in the past and always managed to pull through, obviously losing your singer a couple of weeks before a two month tour is a new thing for us but if there's a way to make it work, we'll find that way. We're lucky to have met and played alongside some great musicians over the past few years which have fused some great friendships, this has led to our saviour for these dates, our good friend Johnny Fallen. Johnny's been working hard with us for the past few days on our set, he's doing a great job at learning the stuff at such sort notice. Learning an hour long headline set in a week is no easy task! Lucky for us his own band theFALLEN have a break in their schedule so he's able to stand in for us on the upcoming dates. Massive thanks to all the guys in his band….we're very grateful for this and we owe ya's one!!

Johnny’s really excited about coming out on tour. We've told him all good stuff about you guys and we know you will all give him a warm welcome when he takes to the stage with us!
Aside from all this, the search is now on for our future full time singer. Obviously we're keen to get someone in as soon as we can, as we already have a lot more tours and festivals booked and this year will be our busiest yet. We're lining up auditions as soon as we return from the Theory Of A Deadman tour. Anyone interested should email us at with the subject title “singer”, some samples of them singing (either a myspace link or attachment), photos and a bio that covers basic info such as age, location etc..

So, as clichéd as it is, a new chapter begins in our history, one thing you all should know is that us four guys are as fired up as ever, we know people naturally become concerned whenever a band loses a member but we're not going anywhere! We're so glad that we're able to keep on the road despite this situation and we have no doubt that we'll look back on this in the future as another obstacle that we turned into a positive!

Anyway, its time for us to get back in the rehearsal room with Johnny! We hope you lot have all got our lyrics down to give him a hand over the coming weeks if he needs it! 😉

We'll see you on tour

Jonny, Sid, Chris, Rob”

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Big Four At Sonisphere – Greece Show Confirmed




All the Greek sites, blogs and forums have been flooded for the last months by rumours about the possible appearance of “BIG FOUR”.

Now Didi Music / Big Star Promotion can officially confirm that on Thursday, 24th June 2010 at Terra Vibe Park, with the addition of SONISPHERE GREECE.

For the first time in Greece, Sonisphere Festival will present a line up, which will be unforgettable.

“BIG FOUR” – METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX – will play alongside Stone Sour, Mastodon and Bullet For My Valentine, in a move that will have even the most demanding audience frenzied with excitement.

Says LARS ULRICH/METALLICA of this BIG FOUR announcement:

“Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal's big 4 would not only still be around and more popular than ever, but will now play together for the first time…what a mindfuck! Bring it on!”

“It's about fucking time this happened,” said SLAYER’s KERRY KING. “and about time the fans finally get what they want. This is fucking awesome.”

ANTHRAX guitarist, SCOTT IAN agrees, commenting on the enormity of the announcement.
“People have been talking about these four bands playing together since 1984. That's twenty-six years of expectation!!! And the thing is, I believe not only will we live up to the expectations, we will shatter them!! No other four bands as influential as the four of us have ever done this. Imagine if The Beatles, Stones, The Who and Zeppelin had done shows? Or Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, Motorhead? Well, I may be getting into some rarified air here but as a fan, that's how big I feel this is.”

These four legendary acts broke out of the underground thrash movement to dominate the metal world in the 1980s, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. The metal giants have never before all shared the same stage, despite huge demand. But on 24th June 2010, METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX will take to the Terra Vibe Park stage, to make the dreams of headbangers of Greece become a reality.

“This is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity for Heavy Metal “Fans” to see the four greatest Heavy Metal “Bands” in American History back together on one stage” concludes MEGADETH mainman DAVE MUSTAINE. “If there are any heads left at the end of this Festival that haven’t banged, they don’t belong there.”

Having established itself as the “Best New Festival” at the 2009 UK Festival Awards, SONISPHERE FESTIVAL moves forward proudly with the announcement of their line up in Greece in 2010.

Last year’s SONISPHERE saw 300,000 music fans attend six festivals across the continent, taking in The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Finland, and the UK. Boasting a line-up covering a truly broad spectrum of the rock scene, headliners Metallica led a diverse collection of acts from country to country including Slipknot, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Linkin Park, The Prodigy, The Hives and many more, to make the inaugural tour a huge success.

In 2010 SONISPHERE expands to Greece and to ten more countries.
With an extremely impressive line up, this groundbreaking travelling rock circus is set to be an even bigger success, as it solidifies its position as the world’s leading rock festival series.

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The tickets will go on sale!
Monday, 22nd February, time: 10.30 a.m.

Ticket Prices
The General Admission ticket price for the Early Buyers is 85€

After the exhaustion of these, the General Admission ticket price will be 95€

The VIP ticket price is 150€



Ticket House, 42 Panepistimiou Avenue

Telephone number: +30 210 3608366

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Monday – Wednesday: 10.30 a.m. – 18.30 p.m.

Tuesday – Thursday- Friday: 10.30 a.m. – 21.00 p.m.

Saturday: 10.30 a.m. – 16.00 p.m.

Ticket House, 102 Mitropoleos str.

Telephone number: +30 2310 264880

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Monday – Friday: 10.30 a.m. – 14.00 p.m. & 17.30 p.m. – 20.30 p.m.

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FRONTED BY former Crashdiet singer H. Olliver Twisted, Reckless Love first came together in 2001 as a hugely energetic live act with a thirst for the brighter things in life.

Now, with line-up changes, demo recordings and a healthy gigging history to their name, the Helsinki-based outfit are finally ready to release their debut album. Titled simply ‘Reckless Love’ and featuring 11 brand new tracks matching the swagger of ‘80s hard rock with the drive of prime heavy metal, the record shows just what can be achieved when old school values are allowed to stand proud alongside more contemporary influences.

Showcasing tracks such as ‘Bad Ass’, ‘Born To Rock’ & ‘Love Machine’, plus first two singles/videos ‘Beautiful Bomb’ & ‘One More Time’, this highly infectious first-time outing will be released on March 22nd via Spinefarm Records UK.
The party does indeed start here!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

IMMOLATION – new song posted online!

New York death metal icons IMMOLATION just posted a brand new song to their MySpace page ( ). “A Glorious Epoch” comes off the bands new album “Majesty And Decay” due on March 8, 2010 via Nuclear Blast.

Commented Robert Vigna: “”A Glorious Epoch” is one of the heaviest songs on the record. Being that we debuted the intense paced “The Purge” first…we wanted to give everyone a taste of the heavier aspects of “Majesty and Decay”. “A Glorious Epoch” is dark, heavy and powerful…but still has some pretty intense parts! We hope everyone enjoys it!”

The band also announced an exclusive UK show in support of “Majesty And Decay” recently:

02.05. UK Leeds Deathfest | |

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

IMMOLATION – announce exclusive UK Show At Deathfest

New York based death metal icons IMMOLATION just announced an exclusive UK show in support of their long awaited new album “Majesty And Decay” due on March 8, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

02.05. UK Leeds Deathfest | |

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