Archive for April, 2012
NEXUS INFERIS encompasses a master design of future extreme metal. Savage yet imaginative guitar riffs and relentless battery churn at the core of this cold dystopian death machine. Surrounded and cursed by devices of sinister orchestration, dynamic textures and digital sound designs. Possessed by a vocal threat spanning both human and non-human spectrums.
The ‘Future Extreme Metal’ and Rock The Nation award winner 2011 released their debut album ‘A Vision of The Final Earth’ end of January and afterwards hit the road with Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, Legion of the Damned and others on the so-called Full of Hate tour, where they let peoples jaws drop to the floor with their intense performance! On the very same tour the first official video for ‘The New Strain’ was shot, watch the clip here:
The band is confirmed to play Metalfest Open Airs, Extremefest as well as Metalcamp this Summer!
MARIONETTE Release “Stand In Line” Music Video; To Perform Live In Studio Next Week: Live Stream Available; Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air
Gothenburg Sweden based metal sextet MARIONETTE recently released the music video for the track “Stand In Line”. The video is the first part in the ‘Rite Of Ascension’ series and was recorded, produced and edited entirely by MARIONETTE. Watch the video at this link: http://youtu.be/dQNdjbDZzv0
In preparation for the band’s Slay The UK tour next month MARIONETTE will perform a 35-minute set containing select material from their Nerve record at Belly of The Whale Studio in Gothenburg Sweden on Wednesday May 2nd beginning at 19:00 local time (12:00pm Eastern Time USA). The entire set will be streamed live and will be followed by a Q&A. The performance and Q&A can be viewed at the link below: (Note: ONLY those interested in participating in the Q&A need to create an account on Justin.tv): http://www.justin.tv/bellyofthewhalestudio
MARIONETTE will hit the road in early May for the “Slay The UK Tour” with support coming from French DJ THE ALGORITHM. The band will return again to the UK this summer for Bloodstock Open Air; dates are as follows:
May 7 – Joiners, Southampton, UK
May 8 – Central Station, Wrexham, UK
May 10 – Borderline, London, UK
Aug 9 – Bloodstock Open Air, Derbyshire, UK (6pm)
Limited copies of the bands live performance at Belly of the Whale will be printed and made available exclusively on the upcoming UK dates.
Nerve, the follow up to MARIONETTE’s 2009 release Enemies, was recorded at Studio Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES); mixed by DEAD BY APRIL songwriter Pontus Hjelm at Studio PH in Gothenburg; and mastered by Erik Broheden (RAMMSTEIN, TURBONEGRO, WITHIN TEMPTATION) at Masters of Audio Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. The album was released digitally by Pivotal Rockordings and limited edition digipak versions of Nerve are available through the bands website and at concerts exclusively.
Links + Tickets:
Official Website: http://www.marionette.se
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/marionettesweden
MARIONETTE YOUTUBE PAGE: http://www.youtube.com/marionettesweden
MARIONETTE TWITTER: http://twitter.com/marionetteswe
Pivotal Alliance: http://www.pivotalalliance.com
UK Press: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOISEART RECORDS presents:
DAWN OF DISEASE – New song online! Album release tomorrow!
German death metallers Dawn Of Disease are about to unleash their second album called ‘Crypts of the Unrotten’ which will be out tomorrow, April 27. It’s coming in a superb and limited digi pack incl. bonus track!
“After ‘Legends Of Brutality’ we are proud to present its successor to all of you! ‘Crypts Of The Unrotten’ is in many ways more mature and we have put much more time and effort into both production and songwriting and are more than happy with the final outcome! Our new death metal hammer will break your neck!” Lukas/DAWN OF DISEASE
Listen here to the brand new song ‘Alone With The Dead’ in its entirety. The track will rip your head off so prepare yourselves for a full blown death metal assault: www.soundcloud.com/noiseartrecords/dawn_of_disease-alone_with_the_dead
Watch the first official album trailer here:
Metal Hammer GER 5/7
Rock Hard GER 8/10
Legacy GER 13/15
Order the album here:
EMP (Shirt & Digi Pack – exclusive): http://www.emp.de/dawn-of-disease-crypts-of-the-unrotten-cd-t-shirt/art_231523/
EMP (Digi Pack): http://www.emp.de/dawn-of-disease-crypts-of-the-unrotten-cd/art_230792/ Napalm Records: http://tiny.cc/95nf2b
Nuclear Blast (Digi Pack & Patch – exclusive) http://www.nuclearblast.de/de/produkte/tontraeger/cd/cd-digi/dawn-of-disease-crytps-of-the-unrotten.html
Dawn of Disease are confirmed to play Metal Bash Open Air as well as Extremefest 2012!
SLAYER TO PERFORM REIGN IN BLOOD AT ONLY UK SHOW OF 2012
WEEKEND TICKETS SOLD OUT, ONLY DAY TICKETS LEFT
On the weekend of the 25th-27th May 2012 at Alexandra Palace, London, All Tomorrow’s Parties present the second UK I’ll Be Your Mirror festival.
Tickets are on sale now via this link .
Kicking off on Friday 25th May, the incomparable Slayer present their classic Reign In Blood LP live in it’s entirety during their headline set to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary. They’re joined by a diverse bill of heavy music highlighted by the legendary Sleep and Melvins, black metal heroes Wolves In The Throne Room, Oregon doom metallers Yoband Death Grips – one of the most acclaimed new hip hop acts of the last year and an amazing live act, with more to be confirmed. Friday day tickets are available for 39 pounds.
Here is the current run-down of the line-up with far more to be confirmed, see below for more details on the event…
Friday 25th May – curated by ATP
SLAYER performing Reign In Blood
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM
+ more tbc
Acting as sister events to the world famous ATP Festivals which usually take place in holiday resorts, and named after the b-side to The Velvet Underground’s original All Tomorrow’s Parties 7″ single, I’ll Be Your Mirror is a series of artist curated music, film and art events taking place in cities worldwide. Last year’s debut London event was curated by Portishead & ATP, featured amazing performances from acts including PJ Harvey, Grinderman, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Company Flow, and was widely acclaimed:
“As an attempt to recolonise the space with the spirit of rock and roll, the inaugural “I’ll Be Your Mirror” festival can be considered a resounding success.” – Sunday Telegraph
“I’ll Be Your Mirror was a pure triumph.” – Stool Pigeon
“Like a cooler Meltdown festival.” – Evening Standard
“The UK festival season may be sated but there is room for a new addition as rich as this.” – The Guardian
Alexandra Palace has played host to a history of special acts and events – Led Zeppelin in 1972, New Order, the Stone Roses, The White Stripes, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Pixies, the Grateful Dead and the epic 1967 kaleidoscopic rave ‘The Technicolour Dream’ which featured Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things & The Move, and now it’s the turn ofI’ll Be Your Mirror to be added to the venue’s list of historical moments, in what promises to be an unparalleled weekend of the best music, art and film in the Capital.
Across the weekend ATP are bringing to the venue a cinema, food vendors, adding extra bars (including some cash bars) and toilets. Friday runs from 4pm-1am. For a constant stream of music, interviews, videos and more from artists playing the event, make sure to follow the I’ll Be Your Mirror London 2012 Tumblr blog!
For any I’ll Be Your Mirror (London) press or event enquiries please contact:
“Perfect 10…indisputably the defining symbol of alternative sonic culture in the UK.” – The Independent
All Tomorrow’s Parties has been promoting festivals and concerts throughout the world for the last ten years. It was founded in the wake of Belle and Sebastian’s Bowlie Weekender, with Mogwai curating in the unusual setting of Pontins Holiday Camp, Camber Sands. Since then the festival has appeared every year and has expanded across the globe continuing to set itself apart from large scale corporate festivals by staying intimate and fan-friendly. The line-ups are chosen by significant bands or artists which results in eclectic events that combine performances by legendary and influential acts with appearances by the latest crop of experimental artists from any (and every) musical genre. The festival has become more successful with every passing year, and ATP events have taken place in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia, with past curators including Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Mike Patton, My Bloody Valentine, Portishead, Sonic Youth, Slint, and Tortoise. In 2011 ATP launched a new series of curated city-based events called I’ll Be Your Mirror, starting in Tokyo in February, London in July and Asbury Park, New Jersey in September.
For ten years ATP has set itself apart from other festivals by embracing seemingly disparate artistic genres, with events featuring art exhibitions, cinema programmes, spoken word performances and stand up comedy. It’s been called ‘Unforgettable’ by Spin and ‘the most enjoyable festival experience of our reporter’s life’ by Pitchfork. It has spawned an acclaimed concert series (Don’t Look Back), a record label (ATP Recordings), and the release of a feature length documentary about the festivals from Warp X, titled All Tomorrow’s Parties, out now on DVD. For more information and the trailer visit www.ourtrueintent.com
THE GREAT BRITISH INVASION 2012
England Rocks Hands across the Water
In the footsteps of Robert Leroy Parker & Harry Alonzo Longbaugh……
Aka Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid !
On 8/7/12, ChildLine Rocks is organising its second ultimate Harley Davidson charity motorcycle ride-and you are cordially invited! We will fly into Calgary to be driven down to Cranbrook in Southern British Columbia, home of Harley Davidson of the Kootenays. We are looking for 25 riders on 25 hogs: you can either ride solo, bring your squeeze or bring your friend. You can buy a seat, raise the money or both – we are looking to raise a minimum of £1000 per bike.
8 July: Depart London
Arrive in Calgary early afternoon and transfer to Cranbrook, meet the bikes, have dinner and overnight.
RIDE DAY 1 : 9 July
Cranbrook, Canada, to Whitefish, Montana 227 miles
Ride south and cross the border at Roosville to enter Montana. At Eureka, head west to join Highway 37 and the â€œBetter than Sex Highwayâ€ . This famed ride is 69 miles long, and you need to keep your pants on- there are mountains, sharp corners and curves as we ride the edges of the Kootenai Forest along the shores of Lake Kookanusa down to Libby in the heart of Kootenai Valley. East to overnight in Whitefish. Dinner and chirpup, with grace to be said by Cowboy Ron – Chaplain to The Sons of Royalty.
RIDE DAY 2 : 10 July
Let the wheels roll and blow the cobwebs outâ€¦..
Whitefish to Bozeman, Montana 340 miles
Leave Whitefish and head southeast to Bozeman MT, passing through Flathead National Forest on the way. A full dayâ€™s ride to prepare us for something very special indeed. Dinner and chirpup.
RIDE DAY 3 : 11 July
Here we go
Bozeman to Cooke City, Montana 233 miles
Ride southeast from Bozeman to Red Lodge in southern Montana. Wrap up warm and depart Red Lodge west to join what is acclaimed to be the Greatest Ride in the USA-theBeartooth Highway ! Called â€œThe most Beautiful drive in Americaâ€ by the late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt, this section runs between Red Lodge and Cooke City Montana. It traces a series of steep zigzags and switchbacks along the Montana/ Wyoming border to the 10,947 ft Beartooth Pass. The highest parts of the Beartooth level off to a wide plateau near the top of the pass, and then descend to where the Beartooth joins the Chief Joseph Highway near Cooke City which forms the northeast gateway to Yellowstone National Park. We ride through the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness. Overnight, dinner and chirpup in Cooke City.
RIDE DAY 4 : 12 July
Take from the rich, give to the poor
Cooke City to Dubois, Wyoming 190 miles
Cross the border into Wyoming we head for Dubois, in the foothills of the Wind River Range. This ride will take us through the west side of Yellowstone National Park, the worldâ€™s first National Park signed into being by President Ulysses S Grant in 1872. From there we continue south past the spectacular Teton Mountains near Jackson, before heading southeast for Dubois in the foothills of the Wind River range. In 1890 Butch Cassidy made off with $21000 from a robbery in Colorado and used the proceeds to purchase a ranch in Dubois. Legend has it that the ranch was used for more clandestine operations, and in 1894 Butch was arrested for horse stealing in Lander. According to local lore, Butch was much loved in Lander and maintained a reputation for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Throughout his wanderings, the Wind River mountains remained a sanctuary for him and other members of the Hole in the Wall Gang. Hereâ€™s a reason why: The Wind River Range is the highest section of the Rocky Mountains in America, sporting 40 peaks over 13,000 ft and home to the headquarters of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). Absolutely stunning. Maybe time to get your hiking boots on for supper? Dinner and chirpup.
RIDE DAY 5: 13 July
Our destiny lies south
Dubois to Vernal, Utah 298 miles
We follow the trails of the Hole in the Wall Gang. Cross over the border into Utah, via the spectacular Ashley National Forest and the Flaming Gorge. This is one of the most breathtaking rides in Utah, and we are riding into Dinosaur country. We ride through Aspen forested hills, red rock canyons and beautiful overlooks of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. This is where the Dinosaur National Monument is based, and where major prehistoric finds have been made. As we ride these roads, the landscape will turn from green to orange and yellow. Expect heat. Dinner and chirpup.
RIDE DAY 6: 14 July
Keep your nose in the wind, your eyes on the horizon
Vernal to Park City, Utah 145 miles
It just gets better. Today we ride west to connect with the Wolfcreek Pass Loop and the Alpine Scenic Highway. In 1969 a little known actor caught his big break, and used the proceeds to reinvest into a showcase for his craft-in the location of where the film was shot. To quote the man himself: “This place in the mountains, amid natureâ€™s casualness towards death and birth, is the perfect host for the inspiration of ideas: harsh at times, life threatening in winters of destruction, but tender to the details of every petal of every wildflower in the spring”€ , Robert Redford, owner of the Sundance Resort and aka The Sundance Kid. To finish the day, we ride into Park City-home of the Sundance Festival. More dinner and chirpup.
15 July : Day at Leisure
Free time and England Rocks-Hands across the Water Concert.
16 July : Homeward bound
Coach to Salt Lake City airport for overnight flight to London.
17 July : Arrive in London
Route to be recced, the itinerary is subject to change.
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BRUTAL BRUMMIE LEGENDS AND ZT THEART’s NEW BAND CONFIRM BOA APPEARANCES
BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR can reveal another two names for the main RONNIE JAMES DIO stage this summer’s festival that encapsulates the range of talent on offer, from legendary acts to the hottest new stars of the future.
Marking their third appearance at BLOODSTOCK, Birmingham Death Metallers BENEDICTION return to CATTON HALL , bringing with them a British Extreme Metal Institution. Over 23 years and nine albums, the ferocious five piece have been flying the flag high for UK death metal across the world, but seemingly there’s no place like home. Says the band:
‘To be invited back to play Bloodstock for the third time is truly an honour for Benediction. Bloodstock was the first festival to give us (and our genre of music) any exposure on the big stage in the UK and gained Benediction a lot of new supporters because of their faith in us. We are really looking forward to playing our racket for the Bloodstock crowd who have been very loud and supportive of us each time we have played .The best UK festival, the best crowd, the best atmosphere. See you all at the bar after the carnage !’
Since parting ways with Dragonforce, former frontman ZP THEART has been quiet – until now. Last week the first new track from I AM I went online, and this week BLOODSTOCK is proud to reveal that they will host ZP’s festival comeback with new band I AM I, giving UK festivalgoers their first chance to see the new project.
‘We are delighted to be appearing at this year’s Bloodstock, the UK’s premier Metal festival and we can’t wait to see you all there. It’s going to be a very special show and we are completely stoked for it. Bring it on!’
Boasting exclusive headline sets from ALICE COOPER, BEHEMOTH and one more very special set to be announced at 6pm on 6th June, even more exclusive appearances from the likes of TESTAMENT, DIMMU BORGIR, HATEBREED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, NILE, CROWBAR and countless others, BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR is an essential date in any self-respecting metalheads calendar.
BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2012 takes place at Catton Hall August 9th – 12th.
Line Up So Far:
RONNIE JAMES DIO STAGE
MYSTERY HEADLINER REVEALED 6/6/6pm
ANVIL – WATAIN – PARADISE LOST – DIMMU BORGIR – HATEBREED – CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – SANCTUARY – GRAND MAGUS – THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – DEICIDE – NILE – MAYHEM – LOCK UP – SEPULTURA – ICED EARTH – TESTAMENT – CHTHONIC – DIO DISCIPLES – CROWBAR – BENEDICTION – I AM I
SOPHIE LANCASTER STAGE in association with Last.FM
ALCEST – ORANGE GOBLIN – ANAAL NATHRAKH
EVILE – MARIONETTE – FURYON – DEMONIC RESURRECTION – HEADCHARGER – WINTERFYLLETH – ANCIENT ASCENDANT – EASTERN FRONT – PYTHIA – PRIMITAI – CRIMES OF PASSION – DERISION – BLOODSHOT DAWN – RE ARMED – SATURNIAN
NEW BLOOD STAGE
GONE TIL WINTER – HURON – FALLEN FATE – REIGN OF FURY – DREAMCATCHER – REFLECTIONS IN EXILE – INFERNAL CREATION
London based Symphonic metallers PYTHIA have revealed details of their latest single, a double A Side featuring tracks ‘The Circle’ and ‘Just A Lie’. The single will be released via the band’s own Golden Axe Recordings on April 30th.
A stunning video has been made to accompany ‘The Circle’, which vocalist Emily Ovenden discusses here:
“The Circle is the song that sums up many of the ideas behind ‘The Serpent’s Curse.’ It has strong imagery in the lyrics and we felt very motivated to make a video to accompany it. Luckily director Graham Trott was also inspired and we’ve made a video that we are very proud of. It was difficult to decide on one song as our next single so we’ve produced a double A side with a surprising bonus B side track. Just A Lie has been a stand out song since we started writing the album and we think The Circle and Just A Lie perfectly represent PYTHIA’s uncompromising approach to making inspiring music.”
Check out the video for The Circle here: http://youtu.be/tThW8JY9GMc
PYTHIA will appear at BLOODSTOCK festival August 9th – 12th 2012
Swedish epic power metal superstars SABATON have made an exclusive SongPier app – check it out here!
The SongPier includes the title track of the upcoming album “Carolus Rex” , song lyrics, info on the band, pictures and lots more – all for free!
Simultaneously to the release of “Carolus Rex”, out via Nuclear Blast on May 28, the entire album will be made available on Spotify!
TO THE SKY – SEE CAROLUS RISE!
London extreme metallers Mortad have released their latest music video. The single The Voice is a song from the Myth of Purity album honouring the memory of Neda Agha Soltan, a young Iranian woman who was killed during the pro-democracy up risings in Iran in on 20th of June 2009.
Mortad will be releasing a follow up video explaining about the song, the making of the video, Neda’s life and the Iranian freedom movements on June 20th.
Mortad’s front woman Somi Arian said, “Lyrically, The Voice is the most important song in The Myth of Purity album also the only song that contains some Persian lyrics. I felt that I had something to say, I want to be The Voice of the voiceless and to honour the memory of thousands of men and women who lost their lives in a battle to revive the basic human rights for others”.
Catch Mortad on tour in the UK
April 20th Swansea, The Garage
May 11th Abertillery The Arena
May 12th Bristol, The Croft
May13th Reading, Face Bar
May 19th Bradford, Rios
May 20th Birmingham, Asylum 2
June 8th Vainstream Germany – (Opening for Hatebreed)
June 16th Glasgow, Venue TBC
June 17th Aberdeen, Venue TBC
June 23th Liverpool, Venue TBC
June 24th Manchester, Venue TBC
June 30th London, Borderline
July 7th Norwich, Waterfront
Presented by Metal Hammer, Noizeletter, Legacy, Musix, Metalnews.de, Metal.de, Coolibri, Earshot.at, BLAST!
Hailing from Las Vegas, GUTTURAL SECRETE will play their first EVER European shows at EXTREMEFEST, an exclusive visit in the year 2012! They offer insane music with impossible guitar riffs, and low, non effect vocals with a truly ferocious drumming straight out of hell, fast and pounding as f*ck! Their 2006 release „Reek of Pubescent Despoilment“, a jaw-dropping album, left the brutal scene speechless and devastated, the record was and still is regarded as the new hope in brutal death and highly praised. A serious highlight for all those who like their death metal brutal and the first time ever GUTTURAL SECRETE is gonna play shows on European territory! Be there and don´t miss the chance to see this overwhelming combo!
They are quite the prototype of a multicultural band: ARAFEL were founded in 1997 in Tel-Aviv by immigrants from the former Sovjet Union, and in 2009 German singer Helge Stang (ex-EQUILIBRIUM) joined their ranks! The fivepiece started out as a rather traditional black metal act which evolved quickly soundwise: they christened their sound epic war metal and had quite a breakthrough with their third album „For Battles Once Fought“ in 2011! Their mixture of folk, black metal and death metal moments is gloomy, heavy, melodic – and absolutely exciting! ARAFEL gained a huge following during 2011’s PAGANFEST tour, and those folks will be happy that their faves will play the 2012 edition of the EXTREMEFEST too! Watch the official album trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCkakuQuIMg
DEADBORN (EF Germany only)
Since they released their debut EP „Decades Of Decapitation“ in 2004, DEADBORN have become a household name in terms of German death metal! The brutal yet groovy and varied songwriting of the Swabian act reached new heights on their first full-length album “Stigma Eternal” in 2007 and the guys embarked on tour with prolific names such as DYING FETUS, CEPHALIC CARNAGE or GRAVEWORM. Finally, DEADBORN will return with their brand new oeuvre “Mayhem Machine Maniac” in 2012 – and with a tough-ass show at the German edition of the EXTREMEFEST this summer!
I CHAOS (EF Germany only)
I CHAOS is a death metal band from The Netherlands and their unanimous desire to thrash has resulted in a concept of sheer musical brutality. Last year the band has established itself as one of the top death metal acts of Holland with their debutalbum “The Human Repellent”, which got some killer reviews and quotes from some of Europe´s leading metal magazines, so you had better make sure to check them out at EXTREMEFEST Germany!
“One of the best recent brutal death metal releases” 85/100 (AARDSCHOK Magazine NL)
“I CHAOS have made a beast of an album” 93/100 (LORDS OF METAL NL)
RESURRECTED (EF Germany only)
RESURRECTED were already founded in 1993 with only one goal: to play brutal f*cking death metal! The first two albums of those German maniacs were highly acclaimed by fans and press and not only took them on a European tour but also overseas to play the infamous „Milwaukee Metal Fest“ as well as a small club tour. Punchy death metal straight out of the so-called „Ruhrpott“ at EXTREMEFEST Hünxe/Germany. And with their new EP called „Morbus“ they´ll surely kick your asses!
So far these bands have been confirmed to play EXTREMEFEST 2012:
Belphegor *the return of BELPHEGOR*
All Shall Perish
Dornenreich – exclusive Metal-Set!
Desaster (Germany only)
Milking The Goatmachine
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult
Internal Suffering *comeback shows*
Forgotten Tomb *AT & DE only*
Ultrawurscht *AT only*
Dawn of Disease
Hour of Penance
+ many more!
EXTREMEFEST FOR EXTREME PEOPLE!
EXTREMEFEST 2012 will take place in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on the following dates:
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 CH – Pratteln, ExtremeFest Switzerland
3 days, 2 stages, 70 bands!
Ticket price: € 49,00 (Festivalpass)
Extreme Pack – Only € 59,00 incl. Festivalpass, limited edition t-shirt + NoiseArt CD of your choice!