Monday, October 31, 2011


What better way to start the new year than with a double-dose of quality U.S. metal?

New Jersey’s progressive metal juggernauts SYMPHONY X will be returning to North America for a co-headlining tour with heavy metal stalwarts Iced Earth. Opening each night will be L.A. thrashers Warbringer. The 32-show trek will launch in Hartford, Connecticut on January 31st, weave through the Great White North, then blow out the lights in Clifton Park, New York on March 11th.

SYMPHONY X guitarist Michael Romeo checks in from the band’s current European tour: “We are very excited about the upcoming North American Tour with Iced Earth. We first met Jon & the guys a few years back and they were really cool. When the idea of a Co-Headline tour surfaced, we thought it would be awesome. The fans can expect a night of great music from both bands. We look forward to seeing you all real soon!”

SYMPHONY X’s innovative mixture of heavy metal and progressive rock have made them a favored staple among prog metal fans for almost 20 years. Iconoclast, the band’s eighth studio album, debuted at #76 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in the U.S. and at #105 on the Canadian Soundscan Top 200 chart in June.

"I'm excited to tour with SYMPHONY X," shares ICED EARTH founder Jon Schaffer. "They're phenomenal musicians and very cool guys. This co-headliner tour will be a great experience for the fans. It is also way overdue for us to play a proper tour of North America. Get ready!"

Schaffer formed ICED EARTH in Tampa, Florida, in 1984. Since then, he has released 10 studio albums, the newest being the highly-acclaimed Dystopia (October, 2011) – which debuted at #67 on the Billboard Top 200 – one live album, two compilations, three boxed sets, and several DVDs. Thanks to massive worldwide sales -- and rabidly loyal fans – ICED EARTH has earned a seat in the pantheon of America's most successful heavy metal bands.

Confirmed dates for the co-headlining 2012 tour are:

01/31/12 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT

02/01/12 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

02/03/12 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

02/04/12 Albert Rousseau – Quebec City, QC CANADA

02/05/12 Metropolis – Montreal, QC CANADA

02/06/12 Phoenix – Toronto, ON CANADA

02/09/12 Garrick – Winnipeg, MB CANADA

02/10/12 Louis Pub – Saskatoon, SK CANADA

02/11/12 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB CANADA

02/12/12 Flames Central – Calgary, AB CANADA

02/14/12 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, B.C. CANADA

02/15/12 Showbox Market – Seattle, WA

02/16/12 Hawthorne – Portland, OR

02/17/12 Regency – San Francisco, CA

02/18/12 Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA

02/20/12 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

02/21/12 The Grove – Anaheim, CA

02/22/12 House of Blues – San Diego

02/24/12 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

02/25/12 Summit – Denver, CO

02/26/12 Midland Theater – Kansas City, MO

02/27/12 Trees – Dallas, TX

02/28/12 Emo’s East – Austin, TX

02/29/12 House of Blues – Houston, TX

03/02/12 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL

03/03/12 House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL

03/05/12 Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC

03/06/12 The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC

03/07/12 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

03/09/12 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

03/10/12 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY

03/11/12 Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY

Exclusive pre-sale tickets are now available online at and

View the official fan-created video for the SYMPHONY X track “Electric Messiah” – off the new album Iconoclast - on YouTube.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

IN FLAMES to Release Digital Single of "Where The Dead Ships Dwell" featuring Remixes by Casper, The Qemists and Kristof Bathory (Dawn Of Ashes)

Sweden's IN FLAMES has never been scared of taking chances or pushing boundaries. With over 2.5 million records sold over the past years, their fans wait in fascination and (in some cases) fear of what's coming next. On November 15th, IN FLAMES will unleash their 2nd digital single "Where The Dead Ships Dwell" off their new album Sounds Of A Playground Fading which was released in June 2011. Sounds Of A Playground Fading has been a new chapter of IN FLAMES' lore, as well as another example of their unique formula for success. The album not only debuted at #27 on the Top 200 Billboard Charts, but landed the #1 spot on the German album charts, as well as debuting in the Top Ten results in Sweden, Finland, Austria and Norway.

IN FLAMES was not shy of taking a new approach to their song "Where The Dead Ships Dwell" and went to extremes with the diverse partners that turned in three completely different remixes. With versions by German rapper CASPER, drum and bass act THE QEMISTS and KRISTOF BATHORY, vocalist of the black metal band DAWN OF ASHES, there should be something everyone can enjoy. "The songs have already been made and the originals are as good as they can be, but what if I give them to an artist from a whole different genre, what would be there take on it?" Says IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Fridén. "I love collaborations like this and all the artists we worked with have done an awesome job. It's not meant to be taken dead serious and it's not how In Flames is gonna sound next, but I love it and I hope you'll enjoy a twist to the formula."

The track listing for the single is as follows:

1. Where The Dead Ships Dwell
2. Where The Dead Ships Dwell (Casper Remix)
3. Where The Dead Ships Dwell (The Qemists Remix)
4. Where The Dead Ships Dwell (Kristof Bathory - Dawn of Ashes Remix) (iTunes exclusive track)

The re-mixers had this to say about the collaborations:

"Since I have been a huge In Flames fan since I was a teenager, I was honored to even be considered for a remix of one of their songs from their new chart-topping album. When I used to play in metal bands, it was all about having riffs comparable to these guys and to now, as a rapper (!!!), be a part of the new single is mindblowing. We didn't really know how to approach the material, since it is my first remix job ever, so we went the dancy French house route. I really deeply do hope that people enjoy it. Feeling blessed."

The Qemists:
"From the first listen we were blown away by the whole album, so we jumped at the chance to remix one of our favorite tracks from 'Playground. We wanted to create something for the clubs which still embodied the spirit of this album. Going back to the original recordings rather than just having a vocal accapella allowed us to do something with the vocals which would not normally be possible on a remix, and In Flames are a band who obviously like to push the boundaries, so we thought they would probably like our ideas!"

Kristof Bathory from Dawn of Ashes:
"It was quite an honor to work on this remix & add an Industrial vibe to an In Flames track. I feel that my evil ways definitely comes out in this remix. So for In Flames fans, enjoy my Devilry!"

Rammstein Single, "Mein Land," Available Nov. 11

Rammstein release "Mein Land," the first single from the Rammstein retrospective Made In Germany 1995-2011, on Nov. 11 through Universal Germany's marketing and distribution deal in the US with Vagrant Records.

The "Mein Land" single will be available as a four-track release via iTunes with an unreleased song, "Vergiss Uns Nicht," as well as remixes from BossHoss and Mogwai accompanied by the Jonas Akerlund directed video for "Mein Land" and a digital booklet. The Amazon version will be "Mein Land" and the two remixes. 

The video for "Mein Land" will premiere on on Nov. 11.

A release date for Made in Germany 1995-2011 will be announced shortly.

Rammstein's most recent release, Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da, debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 200 in October 2009.

TESSERACT Releases New Music Video For "EDEN"

After releasing audio snippets, behind the scenes photos and additional online teasers, TESSERACT has finally revealed the long awaited new music video for the track "Eden". Though "Eden" was originally on the band's debut album One , this rendition is a newly re-recorded version with vocalist Elliot Coleman. Directed by Ganesh Rao (EMPYREAN), the video flows perfectly with the calming yet complex progressive metal arrangement.
TESSERACT begins "The Saints and Sinners" Tour today with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and ANIMALS AS LEADERS.
10/27/2011 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/28/2011 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
10/30/2011 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/1/2011 - Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
11/2/2011 - N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
11/3/2011 - Ybor City, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
11/4/2011 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
11/5/2011 - Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
11/6/2011 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
11/8/2011 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room @ Old
11/9/2011 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
11/10/2011 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
11/11/2011 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11/12/2011 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
11/13/2011 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/15/2011 - Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall
11/16/2011 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/17/2011 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
11/18/2011 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
11/19/2011 - Austin, TX @ Emo's Outside
11/20/2011 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
11/22/2011 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
11/23/2011 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
11/25/2011 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
11/26/2011 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/27/2011 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
11/29/2011 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert
11/30/2011 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert
12/1/2011 - Calgary, AB, Canada @ The Republik
12/2/2011 - Edmonton, AB, Canada @ Starlite Room
12/3/2011 - Saskatoon, SK, Canada @ Louis' Pub
12/4/2011 - Winnipeg, MB, Canada @ Garrick Centre
12/6/2011 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar Bar
12/7/2011 - Toronto, ON, Canada @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
12/8/2011 - Montreal, QC, Canada @ Club Soda
12/9/2011 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
12/10/2011 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
12/11/2011 - New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Type O Negative Vinyl Box Set To Be Released On Black Friday

What better way to celebrate Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the calendar year, than with the black-humored, doom 'n' gloom goth of Type O Negative? Fans can inject a little fun into the drudgery that is holiday shopping, courtesy of Type O!

Roadrunner Records will release a special vinyl box set exclusively via independent retailers on Black Friday, which lands on November 25th this year. Go here for more information on who is selling this incredibly limited piece.

As the first band to achieve platinum status on the Roadrunner Records roster, Type O Negative didn't rewrite the rules. They simply tore the rule book up, burned what was left of it and did whatever the hell they wanted with the smoldering ash. The result was nothing short of brilliant, as they combined dirge-like doom with head down, gothy grooves, all the while retaining the sort of signature melody that made their songs utterly memorable, infesting your brain like a virus.

Of the box set, Type O’s Johnny Kelly said, “This looks great but we’re disappointed that Roadrunner couldn’t get it together to do the scratch ‘n’ sniff cover we wanted for The Origin of the Feces.”

The vinyl box includes all Roadrunner released Type O Negative material contained within one collector's box. Each album will be issued on double green vinyl, with the album art recreated, including the controversial, rarely seen original cover of The Origin of the Feces. Type O fans know all about that cover and the anatomy which it features.

Each album will also have new, branded liner notes documenting the genesis and completion of each album.

An exclusive sticker sheet with six mini bumper stickers will also be included in this "must own" set for Type O Negative diehards. It's an instant collector's item.

This set includes the following releases:

Slow, Deep and Hard
The Origin of the Feces
Bloody Kisses
October Rust
World Coming Down
Life Is Killing Me

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH "OCCUPY" THE TOP OF THE CHARTS: New Album 'American Capitalist' Debuts at #3 on the Billboard Top 200

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s new album, American Capitalist, has charted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, topping new debuts from artists such as Lauren Alaina, Ryan Adams, Martina McBride, Joe Jonas, and more. The album sold a staggering 90,509 copies in its first week, making it the band’s strongest debut yet. American Capitalist is an impressive continuance of the band’s success, building upon the already concrete triumph of their last two albums, both of which are RIAA Certified Gold. American Capitalist also charted at #1 on the Independent Current Albums chart, #3 on the Top Current Albums chart, #2 on the Top Current Rock Albums chart, Current Hard Music Albums chart, Top Hard Music Albums chart, and the Overall Digital Albums chart. The album also charted at #4 on the Physical Albums chart.

More impressively, American Capitalist is a completely independent release with no major label backing, making a #3 charting position a genuinely amazing achievement. Prospect Park is a new independent production and management company founded by Jeff Kwatinetz. Kwatinetz is known for starting former management powerhouse, The Firm, a company once known for managing chart-topping artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Linkin Park, and Snoop Dogg. Prospect Park’s music division has a stellar track record of tremendous success with acts that not only include 5FDP, but Jane’s Addiction, Ice Cube and Korn, just to name a few. Prospect Park’s project spectrum is leading them into the world of television in January; the company plans to kick off an internet-based online network beginning with the airing of soap operas, including the classics ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘All My Children’.

Deb Klein, the GM for Prospect Park Label states, “This is our first number 1 on the Billboard chart and it's an incredible testament to the partnership we have with the band and EMI label services. By being independent we are able to take chances and do things quickly and efficiently in this digital age.”

Maria Ferrero, President and CEO of Adrenaline PR adds,“ These days, it makes a statement for any band to sell more than 90,000 in its first week, but it is a phenomenon for a Heavy Metal band on an independent label to scan more than 90,000 records.”

American Capitalist is now available for purchase everywhere music is sold: Best Buy, Amazon, Newbury Comics, iTunes (Deluxe, Explicit or Edited) and many more. 5FDP just kicked off their headlining Fall trek- the SHARE THE WELT TOUR with All That Remains, Hatebreed, and Rains as support. Tickets are still on sale to the general public and VIP packages are available at and now. All currently booked dates are now available, so see below for all current tour dates.


10/19 Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

10/21 Kansas City, MO Freakers Ball @ Independence Events Center

10/22 Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

10/24 Missoula, MT @ Adams Center WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

10/25 Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

10/26 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

10/28 El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment *FREE SHOW

10/29 San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

10/31 St. Charles, MO @ Family Arena WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/01 Little Rock, AR @ Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/02 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/04 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/05 Grand Rapids, MI @ Delta Plex Arena Conference Center WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/06 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room/ Old National Centre WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/08 Houston, TX @ House of Blues WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/09 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Pavilion at Concrete Street WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/11 Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pavilion WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/12 Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/14 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/15 Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/16 Greenville, SC @ Bi-Lo Center - Pepsi Pavilion WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/18 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live! WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/19 Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/21 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/22 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/23 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/25 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/26 Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/27 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/29 Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

11/30 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

12/02 Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theater WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

12/03 Lewiston, ME @ The Colisee WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

12/04 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

12/06 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

12/07 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

12/09 Waterloo, IA @ McElroy Auditorium WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

12/10 Council Bluffs, IA @ Mid American Center WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

12/11 Springfield, MO @ Shrine Mosque WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

12/13 Fargo, ND @ The Venue WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

12/14 St. Paul, MN @ Myth WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

12/16 Plymouth, MI @ Compuware Sports Arena WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

12/17 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM

12/18 Chicago, IL @ WWW.FFDPTICKETS.COM Hosting Jane's Addiction Signed Guitar Giveaway

Paragon is hosting yet another giveaway contest.  This time it's for a Paul Reed Smith SE Custom 24 guitar signed by the entire band, in celebration of their new album The Great Escape Artist!  Click here to enter for your chance to win.

THE HAUNTED launches “No Ghost” vid eo clip online; announces first-ever gigs in China

Sweden's THE HAUNTED continues to promote their newest album release Unseen , which hit the charts at #5 in Sweden as well as #26 in Finland upon release. After an Australian tour and a busy Summer schedule which saw the band appear at major European open air festival events like Sweden Rock (Sweden), Hellfest (France), Wacken (Germany) and Summer Breeze (Germany), THE HAUNTED has most recently announced a run of dates in Sweden with ENTOMBED as part of the 2011 edition of the "Close-Up Made Us Do It" tour, a couple of headlining shows in Greece, as well as a (re-scheduled) tour of Japan together with Norwegian acts IHSAHN and LEPROUS.

Now, THE HAUNTED is happy to launch the first promotional video clip for the Unseen album. The song "No Ghost" (in a special live rendition from Wacken Open Air festival 2011) can be viewed online here:

This intense live version of "No Ghost" was filmed at Germany's famous Wacken Open Air Festival 2011 by Marcel Schleiff / Record Film and edited by Anders Björler / At The Gates Production. The live sound recording was engineered by Jacky Lehmann / Audiosound Lehmann and then mixed by the band's longterm producer Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studio in Denmark.

For gamers, the song "No Ghost" had already been made available earlier this year on the RockBand network. Check out more here:

THE HAUNTED has also just confirmed three shows in China (in collaboration with XOUNDFORCE) as part of their upcoming Asian tour in December. The band has checked in with a message about these shows and the video clip's debut:

"A little update from THE HAUNTED camp: We are proud to share the following live video for 'No Ghost' which was filmed this summer at Wacken Open Air. The Wacken crew did a great job filming and Tue Madsen did exceptional work mixing this time around.

We are currently preparing for some club shows in Greece, in Sweden with ENTOMBED, as well as a tour of Japan & China. China will be a first for us and we are very excited about this. We are also looking at some more touring next year, but more info about that soon. 'Til then, keep checking our website & facebook for updates and news."

THE HAUNTED dates for the last quarter of 2011:

22.10.2011 Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
23.10.2011 Thessaloniki, Greece Block 33
24.11.2011 Stockholm, Sweden - Göta Källare + ENTOMBED & WALKING WITH STRANGERS
25.11.2011 Göteborg, Sweden - Brew House + ENTOMBED & WALKING WITH STRANGERS
26.11.2011 Malmö, Sweden - Kulturbolaget + ENTOMBED & WALKING WITH STRANGERS
05.12.2011 Tokyo, Japan - Shibuya O-East + IHSAHN & LEPROUS
06.12.2011 Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro + IHSAHN & LEPROUS
07.12.2011 Osaka, Japan - Big Cat + IHSAHN & LEPROUS
09.12.2011 Hang Zhou, China - Nineball live house
10.12.2011 Shang Hai, China - Shan Hai live house
11.12.2011 Beijing, China - Mao live house

Redlight King Tour with Everlast

Fresh off a summer tour with AWOLNATION, REDLIGHT KING is ready to head back on the road in support of their current single "Bullet In My Hand," a ferocious blend of rock with rhythmic undertones that has anthem written all over it. The band will tour with GRAMMY Award-winner Everlast whose 1998 breakthrough, the multi-platinum Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, topped the Billboard charts and sold more than 3 million copies. Redlight King will join the tour November 4th in Boston, MA.

Redlight King recently released an official video for, "Bullet In My Hand," which is available to watch now. Lead singer, Kaz, talked a little about the meaning behind the video and the theme of the song stating:

"I grew up around the Hamilton Airport and when I was a little kid, my Dad would take us to the airshow to watch the old planes. My grandfather was squadron leader of the 305 Polish Bomb Squadron in the Air force and flew the DeHavilland Mosquito and The Lancaster Bomber, most notably, so I've always been infatuated with WW2. There are only two flying Lancaster bombers in the world right now and one is located in my hometown of Hamilton, ON. I thought it would be cool to tie the spirit of the bomber and the hardships my grandfather went through with the band and the song ‘Bullet In My Hand’. The song represents a time in my life where I was lost, I was down and out. It’s about fighting your demons and having the strength to make a decision to move on. Instead of using the last bullet on yourself, you can get up, wipe the dirt off and start again."

For more information on Redlight King, check out their official site,, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. Be sure to pick up a copy of Something For The Pain, available on iTunes now!

11/4 Boston, MA Middle East
11/5 New York, NY Webster Hall
11/6 Syracuse, NY Westcott Theatre
11/8 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
11/9 Towson, MD Recher Theatre
11/11 Pontiac, MI iLounge
11/12 Indianapolis, IN Amber Room/Old National Ctr
11/13 Lincolnshire, IL Cubby Bear
11/15 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
11/16 Denver, CO Bluebird
11/18 Tucson, AZ The Rock
11/19 Scottsdale, AZ The Roxy
11/23 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

HULL To Play CMJ Showcase This Friday; U.S. Takeover Begins This Week

Brooklyn three-guitar led sludge rock collective HULL will play the Tee Pee Records CMJ showcase this Friday, October 21 at Union Pool in Brooklyn. Also appearing on the show will be Naam, The Fucking Wrath, ELKS, Mirror Queen and Unstoppable Death Machines. More info available at THIS LOCATION.

HULL will kick off a long-awaited, near month-long U.S. tour on Wednesday in support of their monolithic Beyond The Lightless Sky full-length released via The End Records last week. The band will be joined by The F*cking Wrath on select dates. See updated tour routing below.

Called "...a concept album for the ages, " by Metal Army America Beyond The Lightless Sky features guest appearances by vocalist Jarboe, keys/ambiance by Fade Kainer (Batillus/Jarboe/Inswarm ) and is raising the eye brows of fans and critics alike for its delicate balance of staggering heaviness and poetic grace. Exclaim hailed the band saying: "HULL have made something immense and nimble, ponderous and powerful," while CMJ noted
of the guitar sound in particular, "They're downright elegant at times, a fantastic contrast to the otherwise intense soundscape." The Obelisk called the band "crushingly heavy in a cerebral sense," adding that "HULL have come into their own and not only join the ranks of forward-thinking American metallers, but position themselves at the front of the pack with a few moments of unabashed, unashamed modern metal," and The Village Voice (NYC) commended the band's seamless versatility: "[Beyond The Lightless Sky] veers between motorcycle-revving D-beat, bog-trawling doom, sinister black metal, Neurosis drum-offs and hypnotic passages that gnash like a venom-dripping cousin to the final Isis album."

In related news, HULL will release a video for "Beyond The Lightless Sky" later this Fall. Check out some behind-the-scenes footage of the shoot HERE.

HULL Fall 2011 Tour:10/19/2011 Valentines Downstairs – Albany, NY*
10/21/2011 Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY (HULL at 11:00pm!)
10/22/2011 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
10/23/2011 Golden West Cafe – Baltimore, MD *
10/24/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA *
10/25/2011 Milestone – Charlotte, NC *
10/26/2011 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA *
10/27/2011 Wormhole – Savannah, GA *
10/28/2011 The Snooze – West Palm Beach, FL *
11/01/2011 Siberia – New Orleans, LA *
11/02/2011 Brian Street Tavern – Dallas, TX *
11/03/2011 Red 7 FFF Kickoff Party – Austin, TX *
11/04/2011 Bash Riprocks – Lubbock, TX *
11/05/2011 The Open Source Project – Phoenix, AZ *
11/06/2011 Que Sara – Long Beach, CA *
11/07/2011 Vacation Vinyl (early show) – Los Angeles, CA
11/07/2011 Mountain Bar (late show) – Los Angeles, CA
11/08/2011 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA
11/10/2011 Highline – Seattle, WA
11/11/2011 Plan B – Portland, OR
11/14/2011 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
11/15/2011 Old Curtis Street – Denver, CO
11/17/2011 Downtown – Little Rock, AR
11/19/2011 Nightlight – Chapel Hill, NC
11/20/2011 Johhny Brendas – Philadelphia, PA
* w/ The F*cking Wrath

HEARTLESS Premiere New Track Via Metalsucks; U.S. Tour Announced

HEARTLESS today release another new track from their forthcoming debut full-length, Hell Is Other People, set for release via Southern Lord on November 8th. Today the mosh-friendly staff at MetalSucks have posted a stream of "Late," the fourth track from the upcoming release, RIGHT HERE.

The band also recently released the track "Resuscitate/Suffocate" via Stereokiller.

HEARTLESS have also confirmed the details for their upcoming assault on the country in support of Hell Is Other People, now confirmed to begin on November 25th and raiding twenty-five cities through mid-December. Bringing their energetic, ultra-aggressive hardcore noise to the masses, HEARTLESS will be touring alongside Maryland-based assassins Full Of Hell for the entire trip, ensuring it to be a severely demolishing underground tour not to be missed.

HEARTLESS U.S. Tour w/ Full of Hell:

11/25/2011 Rt. 47 Building - Parkersburg, WV

11/26/2011 Tower 2012 - Cleveland, OH

11/27/2011 Roboto Project - Pittsburgh, PA

11/28/2011 Carabar - Columbus, OH

11/29/2011 TBA - Chicago, IL

11/30/2011 Scheme City - Milwaukee, WI

12/01/2011 1108 House - Cedar Falls, IA

12/02/2011 Blast O Mat - Denver, CO

12/03/2011 Raunch Records - Salt Lake City, UT

12/04/2011 The Shredder - Boise, ID

12/05/2011 TBA - Seattle, WA

12/06/2011 The Know - Portland, OR

12/07/2011 Axewave Manor - Sacramento, CA

12/08/2011 105 Pioneer - Santa Cruz, CA

12/09/2011 Vacation Vinyl - Los Angeles, CA

12/09/2011 *house party - Los Angeles, CA (secret late show)

12/10/2011 Aladdin Jr. - Pomona, CA

12/11/2011 Revolver Records - Phoenix, AZ

12/12/2011 The Trainyard - Las Cruces, NM

12/13/2011 1919 Hemphill - Fort Worth, TX

12/14/2011 The Korova - San Antonio, TX

12/15/2011 Mudlark Theatre - New Orleans, LA

12/16/2011 The Firehouse - Birmingham, AL

12/17/2011 TBA - Atlanta, GA

12/18/2011 Sewercide Mansion - Charlotte, NC

12/19/2011 Galaxy Hut - Arlington, VA


Animal rights organization peta2 has joined forces with industrial music legends SKINNY PUPPY to offer a free download of a new SKINNY PUPPY song. The song "Wavy" comes from their new release "hanDover" which is being released October 25th via SPV/Synthetic Symphony. Get your free download of "Wavy" courtesy of peta2 HERE
Industrial Veterans SKINNY PUPPY, will be releasing their 14th studio album hanDover on October 25th in North America via SPV/Synthetic Symphony. The album can be pre-ordered HERE
hanDover, centers not only on the unbridled greed of the world's financial organizations and the governments that enable them, but the climate of political impotence which makes people resign their fate, no matter how insidious the situation gets. In typical PUPPY form, hanDover finds the duo moving forward while still maintaining that sense of aural discovery that has been a hallmark of their 26-year career.
"It's definitely the overarching feel of 'bend over and take it,'" offers Ogre, only half-kidding about the album's theme. "I recently listened to the record and it's making even more sense to me. We're certainly experiencing the rape of mankind as the world's economies slide even further and the inability of people to look around them and see what's going on. You're starting to see a neo-feudalistic empire on the rise. People are getting so pissed off, they're turning on each other."
"I didn't want to write the record the same way as the previous ones," says Key about his m.o. on the first new PUPPY music since 2008's Mythmaker. "I wanted there to be fresh angles, both in the songwriting and the programming platforms. I was changing the whole element of myself just to see what would happen. In the end, I made something different, but it was still coming from me. I'm not interested in looking at my accomplishments and myself. Like any electronic music fan, I look at the big question: Where is it all going?"
Aided by longtime associates Ken "Hiwatt" Marshall and Mark Walk, Ogre and Key have delivered an album that mirrors today's cultural uncertainty. At its most jarring, hanDover feels like digital epilepsy, exchanging the band's predilection for opaque menace for a trembling, near spasmodic discomfort. The amphetamine glitch-worship on "Gambatte," and the mechanized percolating of "Icktums" (with the refrain of "Worship money, worship nothing") further emulates a societal framework that's got its foot on the gas pedal on the road toward extinction. Ogre's twisted fable, "Brownstone" is shored up with twitching synthetics reminiscent of an orgy of hospital equipment. "Village" is an indictment of financial institutions through the prism of the ignorant populace that let them get away with the ruin. ("We're all made to participate in it, so we're all in collusion," explains the singer. "It's your typical Ogre paranoid ditty, complete with tinfoil hat.") The seven-minute "NoiseX" weaves layers of programmed breakbeats into phase-shifted psychedelic vistas to simulate a supercomputer's ascension into purgatory. Ambience or attack-mode, you make the call.
When considering the amount of factors contributing to today's artist-hostile environment, one wonders why some people even bother to continue to make music. It seems Ogre and Key have far too many ideas ricocheting in their individual skulls to ever succumb to ennui or the entitlement groupthink of many of their colleagues. One of their albums was titled Ain't It Dead Yet: But after nearly three decades of service, 14 studio albums, a plethora of remixes and all the cartwheeling through a whole lot of psychic minefields, the answer is a resounding hell, no. Because SKINNY PUPPY is one beast that cannot be tethered.
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Their goal is to equip young people with all the information, literature, advice, and, most importantly, stickersthat they need to get active for animals. They accomplish this goal in two ways: on the Web and on the street.

KRISIUN posts new song, “Rise and Con front”, online!

Only two weeks away from the release of their highly anticipated new offering The Great Execution (which will be released via Century Media Records on October 31st in Europe and November 1st in the US), the death metal trio KRISIUN is now unleashing a second song upon the masses. "Rise and Confront" is a relentless track that will blow your brains out-- check it out here:

And for those who cannot wait to see the brothers perform the new breed of brutality live onstage, there's more good news along the way. The gang of three will be playing a full blown European tour in January and February 2012 (exact dates to be announced very shortly).

The Great Execution, produced once again by Andy Classen at Stage One Studio, is the band's 8th studio album and musically expands KRISIUN's trademark high speed death metal violence with a heavily increased amount of diversity, ranging from extreme tempo variations over distinct rhythm patterns to clean guitars---and even Flamenco parts!

KRISIUN only used analogue gear and instruments while recording in order to avoid the compressed sound that so many musicians produce today. This wise decision resulted in a more organic sound, with the songs on The Great Execution possessing both a warmth and rawness that are so often lost through digital production.

ABORTED releases horrific teaser trailer for new album, “Global Flatline”; announces album release date

Belgian death metal lunatics ABORTED recently finished recording their upcoming seventh studio album, Global Flatline, due out January 23rd in Europe and January 24th in North America. In anticipation of the album's release, the band is now giving fans a horrific preview of Global Flatline in their new teaser trailer---to get your first bloodied taste of the new ABORTED, click the link below:

Global Flatline was recorded, mixed, and mastered by the renowned Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, PESTILENCE, HATESPHERE) at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark, and it features several guest vocalists, including Trevor Strnad (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER), Julien Truchan (BENIGHTED), Jason Netherton (MISERY INDEX), and Keiijo Niinima (ROTTEN SOUND).

ABORTED will release a digital single of the title track "Global Flatline" on October 24th in Europe and October 25th in North America, so stay tuned for even more new material from the band coming soon!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

SKELETONWITCH's "Forever Abomination" Out Now, New Studio Video Posted

SKELETONWITCH's new album, Forever Abomination, is out today in North America; the album is also available now in Europe and will see a release in Japan on October 19th.
Guitar World is streaming the record, in its entirety;
listen now! The band has posted a fourth behind the scenes studio video at

Many independent retailers are offering special incentives with the purchase of Forever Abomination. For a list of retailers offering a free poster (while supplies last!) go here. Newbury Comics is offering signed CD booklets with order through their online shop, as well. It can also be ordered at The band is on the cover this month's Decibel.

The band concluded a run supporting Arch Enemy and Devildriver and is now headlining select shows before joining forces with Kvelertak for a short run of dates. They will be participating in the Jaegermeister Music Tour, alongside Chimaira and Unearth later this fall. The group will kick off 2012 by supporting The Black Dahlia Murder in the UK and France.

Forever Abomination was recorded in Los Angeles over the summer with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Hatebreed, Children of Bodom). It will be issued in three formats: digital download; a six-panel, plastic-free digipak; and a triple-gatefold LP (which in turn will be available in several color variants). More details and pre-order are available at The album features artwork by Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Holy Grail, Cannabis Corpse), who also contributed the cover art for the band's 2009 release, Breathing The Fire. The track "Reduced to the Failure of Prayer" is now in rotation at Sirius/XM's Liquid Metal and can be requested at their Facebook page.

Over the last four years, SKELETONWITCH has performed alongside a who's who of modern heavy metal, including Amon Amarth, Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Mastodon, High On Fire and many more, in addition to participating in high-profile festival tours (Ozzfest, Danzig's Blackest of the Black). The group's last album, Breathing The Fire, cracked the Billboard Top 200 and peaked at #2 on the magazine's Heatseekers Chart.

10/11 Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Café
10/13 Newport, KY - The Historic Southgate House
10/14 Columbus, OH - Ravari Room
10/15 Athens, OH - The Union
10/19 Atlanta, GA - The Earl @
10/20 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall @
10/21 Brooklyn, NY - Europa / CMJ
10/22 New York, NY - Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Jewel / CMJ
10/23 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas @
10/24 Columbus, OH - The Summit @
10/25 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's @
10/26 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle @
10/27 Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme @
10/28 Pittsburgh, PA - Belvedere's @
11/13 The Opera House - Toronto, ON*
11/14 Club Soda - Montreal, QC*
11/16 Hartford, CT- Webster Theatre *
11/17 Poughkeepsie, NY -The Chance *
11/18 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom *
11/19 Hampton Beach, NH - Wally's Pub *
11/20 Springfield, VA - JAXX *
11/21 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel *
11/22 Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater *
11/23 Myrtle Beach, SC- House of Blues *
11/25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution *
11/26 St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre *
11/27 Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live *
11/29 Austin, TX - Emo's *
11/30 Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom *
12/01 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater*
12/02 Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater & Club *
12/03 Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep*
12/04 Farmington, NM- Top Deck *
12/05 Tempe, AZ - The Marquee Theatre*
12/07 Pomona, CA - Glass House*
12/08 Reno, NV - Knitting Factory *
12/09 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory *
12/10 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory*
12/11 The Republik - Calgary, AB
12/12 Starlite - Edmonton, AB
12/14 Pyramid Cabaret - Winnipeg, MB
12/16 Cedar Falls, IA - Wheelhouse *
12/17 Madison, WI - The Barrymore Theater *
12/18 Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection *
1/11 London, UK - Underworld &
1/12 London, UK - Underworld &
1/13 Colchester, UK - Arts Centre &
1/14 Norwich, UK - Waterfront &
1/15 Northampton, UK - Roadmender &
1/16 Birmingham, UK - Academy 2 &
1/17 Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms &
1/18 Manchester, UK - Moho Live &
1/19 Sheffield, UK - Corporation &
1/20 Newcastle, UK - Academy 2 &
1/21 Aberdeen, UK - Tunnels &
1/22 Glasgow, UK - Cathouse &
1/23 Dundee, UK - Beat Generator &
1/24 Leeds, UK - Cockpit &
1/25 Wrexham, UK - Central Station &
1/26 Stoke, UK - Sugarmill &
1/27 Plymouth, UK - White Rabbit &
1/28 Bristol, UK - Fleece &
1/29 Southampton, UK - Joiners &
1/30 Reading, UK - Sub 89 &
1/31 Margate, UK - West Coast Bar &
2/1 Lille, France - St. Sauveur &
2/2 Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie &
2/3 Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao &
2/4 Nantes, France - Ferrailleur &
2/5 Paris, France - Nouveau Casino &
@ w/ Kvelertak
* w/ Chimaira, Unearth, Molotov Solution
& w/ Black Dahlia Murder