Thursday, March 29, 2012


To get fans ready for the May 22 release of their fourth album, BENEATH THE SCARS (Executive Music Group label via Fontana/Universal), 12 STONES is hitting the road with Saliva and Royal Bliss starting April 18 in West Springfield, VA.

For BENEATH THE SCARS, the New Orleans band joined forces, once again, with producer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Skillet, Saliva), who had previously worked with 12 STONES on 2007’s ANTHEM FOR THE UNDERDOG. The first single, “Infected,” mixed by Johnny K (3 Doors Down, Disturbed, Staind), is spinning on Active Rock stations nationwide and is available for download on iTunes and Amazon. Fans who pre-order the album from band’s official website ( will have early download access to six songs. The rest of the album will then be made available on May 22.

A lyric video for “Infected” can be seen here: As singer Paul McCoy explains, “The song was written about the messed up state of the world. It speaks about how crazy these times are, and about being fed up with the chaos and hatred.”

Check out 12 STONES at any of the following stops, with more dates being added in the coming days. Fans should check any of the band’s websites for updated information.

With Saliva and Royal Bliss:
Wed 4/18 West Springfield, VA Empire
Fri 4/20 Vienna, WV YellowBeards Tavern
Sat 4/21 Maggie Valley, NC Stingrays
Sun 4/22 North Charleston, NC Market Street Saloon
Thu 4/26 Mt. Clemens, MI Emerald Theatre
Sat 4/28 Flint, MI Machine Shop
Fri 5/11 Broussard, LA The Station Bar and Grill

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA have issued the following statement:

“It is with sadness that we announce that Yves Huts and EPICA have decided to part ways. Yves has been with us from the start and has been of great value to the band. We thank Yves for his contribution to EPICA's success and wish him the very best in his future career, whether musically or in a different direction. We will never forget the good times together on the road!”

Former EPICA bassist Yves Hut shares:

"The 013 in Tilburg is the venue where we did our first show with EPICA and, almost a decade later, also my last. I’m leaving the band because I have another career opportunity that is not combinable with the schedule of a world-touring band. I’ve tried to live these two different lives simultaneously for as long as I could, but in the end I just had to make a choice, one of the most difficult ones in my life. I look back to these 10 years in EPICA satisfied and enriched with life experience. As a founding member, I’m proud of what we’ve achieved so far and I’m sure the future has a lot more great things in store for the band. I would like to thank the band, crew, fans and everybody else involved for the good times and I wish my successor good luck. Those of you that might be interested in any possible future musical plans of mine can visit my artist page on Kind regards."

EPICA members go on to say:

“The silver lining to this cloud is that we can already announce an awesome successor. Fulfilling duties on bass from now on will be none other than Rob van der Loo. You might know Rob from his work with MaYaN or Delain. We are sure that Rob will fit perfectly as a musician and as a person, and we are looking forward to share the stage for the first time next week.”

Current MaYan / new EPICA bassist Rob van der Loo adds:

"A few days ago I spoke to Yves and he brought back a memory from the time when EPICA was still just a support band for one of my former bands. At that time, he would never have guessed that almost ten years later I'd be his successor in EPICA.... Well, neither did I... but I'm damn proud of it! I've been sharing the stage with the people of EPICA for almost ten years now, and becoming a member of MaYaN last year brought us even closer. So making this decision to join EPICA feels pretty good, therefore, I want to show my gratitude to the band members (including Yves) and the crew for allowing me in the EPICA family! See you guys on the road! I won't let you down!"

Visit Rob van der Loo’s artist page at

Requiem For The Indifferent, EPICA’s sixth studio album just released in North America on March 13th, debuted at #104 on the Billboard Top 200. The band will be headlining Day 1 of the ProgPower XIII festival in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, September 14th.

INCOMING CEREBRAL OVERDRIVE Album Teaser Posted; Euro Tour With Ufomammut Nears

Italian riffmanglers INCOMING CEREBRAL OVERDRIVE are organizing to swarm the senses of forward-thinking extreme music fans the world over with their third LP, Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift, this May via Supernatural Cat Records. Showcasing the progressively-charged act's unique methodological bombast with nearly 50 minutes of unclassifiable aggro-technical metallic thunder, even more focused yet equally as potent as their previous releases, Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift is an album that will elevate the band from the cult depths they've roamed over recent years, its laser-induced riffs and neck-snapping time signatures will brand the name INCOMING CEREBRAL OVERDRIVE into the brains of all who endure the journey of the ten tracks on the LP.

Supernatural Cat have prepared a teaser for Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift to give some brief insight into what the album beholds as it nears official release, now officially confirmed for worldwide release on May 7th. Get your first audio/visual sampling of the record AT THIS LOCATION.

INCOMING CEREBRAL OVERDRIVE have will undertake a live excursion in preparation of the album's release through the second half of April, as direct support for Ufomammut, who are releasing Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift on their own Supernatural Cat Records, as with ICO's previous LP Controverso.


4/18/2012 Etnoblog - Trieste, Italy w/ Ufomammut

4/19/2012 Kapu - Linz, Austria w/ Ufomammut

4/20/2012 Feierwerk - Munich, Germany w/ Ufomammut

4/21/2012 Desertfest - Berlin, Germany w/ Ufomammut

4/22/2012 Burgerweeshuis - Deventer, Netherlands w/ Ufomammut

4/24/2012 The Garage - London, England w/ Ufomammut

4/26/2012 Magasin 4 - Brussels, Belgium w/ Ufomammut

4/27/2012 TBA

4/28/2012 Haus der Jugend - Freiburg, Germany w/ Ufomammut

4/29/2012 TBA

4/30/2012 Lochness Pub - Riva del Garda, Italy

SIX FEET UNDER Announce 18 Nights Of Blood Tour 2012

Death metal miscreants SIX FEET UNDER today announce a bout of U.S. live rituals this June. Dubbed the 18 Nights Of Blood Tour, the bestial invasion will begin in Atlanta, Georgia on June 8 and ravage its way across the country before coming to a close on June 29 in Tampa, Florida. Support will be provided by Dying Fetus and Revocation. The band will be touring in support of their upcoming ninth full-length, Undead, scheduled for North American release this Spring.

Comments vocalist/death metal high priest Chris Barnes of the tour: “I'm proud and honored to be kicking off our first U.S. tour for the release of our new album, Undead with our good friends Dying Fetus and new killers Revocation! This tour is gonna be SICK! June will be murdered! 18 Nights Of Blood! Do not miss this tour!”

SIX FEET UNDER 18 Nights Of Blood Tour 2012
w/ Dying Fetus, Revocation

6/08/2012 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
6/09/2012 Empire - Springfield, VA
6/10/2012 Palladium - Worcester, MA
6/11/2012 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
6/12/2012 Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
6/13/2012 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
6/14/2012 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
6/15/2012 Harpo's - Detroit, MI
6/16/2012 People's Court - Des Moines, IA*
6/18/2012 The Gothic Theater - Denver, CO*
6/20/2012 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
6/21/2012 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
6/23/2012 The Metro - Oakland, CA
6/24/2012 The Whisky - Los Angeles, CA
6/25/2012 TBA – Tempe, AZ
6/26/2012 House Of Rock - El Paso, TX
6/27/2012 Scout Bar - Houston, TX
6/29/2012 Brass Mug - Tampa, FL*
* - No Dying Fetus

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM Taking His Solo Act On The Road Starting May 3 In Solana Beach, CA

Legendary guitarist, singer/songwriter/producer, Grammy® Award winner and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM is gearing up for a new round of tour dates beginning May 3 in Solana Beach, CA and concluding Monday, May 21 in Spokane, WA. More shows throughout the U.S. will be announced in the coming weeks.

In his intimate-one-man show, Lindsey will showcase his distinctive guitar picking style and instantly recognizable voice in his usual awe inspiring form, captivating his audience with songs from his recent album, Seeds We Sow as well as performing a combination of favorites from his previous solo albums, along with a variety of Fleetwood Mac classics.

Regarding the new tour Buckingham says, "As I've grown as an artist, I've gotten more and more in touch with my center, and that center is voice and guitar. Over time it has become increasingly vital to express more with less; that is my touchstone now, and the embodiment of that philosophy is what will be largely represented in the new show. I've been thinking of doing this kind of tour for a while, and am quite excited to be doing something new, something outside my comfort zone."

Check out Lindsey Buckingham at any of the following tour stops:


Thur 5/3 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
Fri 5/4 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Sat 5/5 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Sun 5/6 Thousand Oaks, CA Fred Kavli Theatre/Thousand Oaks Civic Arts
Tues 5/8 San Luis Obispo. CA Fremont Theatre
Wed 5/9 Fresno, CA Tower Theatre
Thur 5/10 Carmel, CA Sunset Central Center
Fri 5/11 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
Sun 5/13 Sacramento, CA Crest Theatre
Mon 5/14 San Francisco. CA The Fillmore
Tues 5/15 Redding, CA The Cascade Theatre
Thur 5/17 Bend, OR Tower Theatre
Fri 5/18 Portland, OR Aladdin Theatre
Sat 5/19 Seattle, WA The Neptune
Mon 5/21 Spokane, WA Bing Crosby Theatre

Carridale Release New Lyric Video For New Single “Your Shoes Don’t Match Your Skeletons”

Check out Carridale’s new lyric video for the band’s single ““Your Shoes Don’t Match Your Skeletons” here.

The single will be available on iTunes April 3rd.

Information regarding the band’s forthcoming EP, to be released this spring, will be revealed shortly.

For upcoming tour dates visit:

"PaganFest: America Part III" featuring TURISAS begins this week; three special PaganFest contests launched

Battle metal titans TURISAS will be heading back to North America on March 29th for "PaganFest: America Part III" presented by Guitar World, Full Metal Jackie, and Metal Injection-- the band's first-ever US headlining run! Joining the Finnish sextet on their triumphant return to the States is a gathering of bands from across the world: Scotland's ALESTORM, Russia's ARKONA, and the US's very own HUNTRESS.

To coincide with the tour beginning this week, three special PaganFest contests have been launched: one from Decibel, one from Metal, and one from tour sponsor Full Metal Jackie (all three contests feature autographed CD and t-shirt packs from all of the bands on the bill). Follow the links below to submit your entry to win:

Decibel Magazine:
Metal Sucks:
Full Metal Jackie:

In anticipation of this upcoming trek, TURISAS recently released a
tour trailer for anxious fans that want to see the band at PaganFest. Check the dates below to see when they'll be coming to a city near you!

Guitar World, Full Metal Jackie, and Metal Injection present: "PaganFest: America Part III" tour dates feat. TURISAS with ALESTORM, ARKONA, HUNTRESS
3/29 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
3/30 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/31 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4/1 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda **PaganFest with EX DEO**
4/2 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House **PaganFest with EX DEO**
4/3 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
4/4 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
4/5 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
4/6 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/7 - Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
4/8 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
4/9 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/11 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/12 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake's
4/13 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis
4/15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/16 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/17 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/18 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
4/19 - Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live

TURISAS' latest release, Stand Up And Fight, is available for purchase at CM Distro


The wait is over, Zombie lovers! Rob Zombie has announced that he and his band of maniacs - John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish - will enter the studio on June 1 to begin recording the next chapter in the Zombie musical legacy. This new, as yet untitled CD is set for a late 2012 release.

"It has been way, and I mean way too long without any new music. I am dying to get back to it," said Zombie. "I have not felt this much excitement within the band since recording the first Hellbilly Deluxe record almost 15 years ago. We have been working on tons of songs for quite some time and I can safely say this will definitely be our best record yet."

Before Lord Zombie and his band begin recording, they will hit the highway on a co-headline tour with metal legends Megadeth, marking the first time the two bands have toured together since the early '90s.

"This tour should be a blast," said Zombie. "I haven't shared a bill with Megadeth since way back in the early days of White Zombie, so this trek is long overdue."

Two new dates have been added to the U.S. trek - May 13 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, and May 19 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO. The tour, which kicks off Friday, May 11 in Holmdel, NJ will encompass high-profile appearances at several rock festivals, including Rock On The Range (May 20) that Zombie will co-headline with Incubus, and Rocklahoma (May 26) that Zombie will headline. Zombie will bring his full, explosive stage show out in full force on these dates, and audiences will get what they expect - a true rock and roll spectacle at its finest. Zombie will close all shows on the Megadeth dates.

For these Zombie/Megadeth dates, Rob Zombie has teamed up with The One and Only to make available special VIP Golden Tickets. Two packages have been created to help insure that fans have an unforgettable experience at the show.

Package One includes a GA ticket to the show, priority early entry to help guarantee a great spot for the show, a customized Zombie Bag, limited edition poster, an exclusive-to-the-tour T-shirt, a commemorative VIP laminate, and Golden Ticket Rep Concierge Service. Package Two includes everything in Package One, PLUS a meet'n'greet with Rob Zombie, a high-quality photograph with Rob, and a Rob Zombie autograph. For more information on the Rob Zombie One and Only VIP Golden Tickets - OR - if you've already purchased a ticket for the show and would like to upgrade to one of these VIP packages, log onto

Zombie's latest film, "The Lords of Salem," is currently in the final stages of post-production and promises to be Zombie's most insane film yet. "I am enjoying taking my time finishing this film. I hate rushing things at this stage of the process, so it is a luxury to take it slow and really fine-tune every part of the production," stated Zombie. No release date is set yet for the film.

Confirmed dates for the Rob Zombie/Megadeth U.S. tour are as follows:

11 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
12 Toyota Pavilion, Scranton, PA
13 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD NEW!
16 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
18 The Deltaplex, Grand Rapids, MI
19 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO NEW!
20 Rock On The Range, Columbus, OH
22 La Crosse Center, La Crosse, WI
24 Tyson Center, Sioux City, IA
25 Hartman Arena, Wichita, KS
26 Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS: German Sludge Outfit's Third LP Oozes Towards Release

Hailing from the German city of Mannheim, sludge devastators BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS, having recently signed with Exile On Mainstream, are preparing for the release of their upcoming third full-length Negative Black.

Recorded in the Winter of 2011 and twisted into shape at the mighty Tonmeisterei Studio, Negative Black -- an album four years in the making -- marks a new step for BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS, carving a path into their foreseeable future. The album has been eagerly awaited by BSON's diehard cult fanbase and underground doom/sludge aficionados since the release of their bruising 2008-released Microbarome Meetings 2xLP. While the outfit already bears the reputation for unfurling some of the most destructive but still coherently-flowing sludge metal available, incorporating outside elements of crust, black metal and ambient/soundscape persuasion at times, Negative Black surges to even deeper caverns of auditory obliteration, pummeling you with painfully slow doom and finishing you off with acrid, harsh drones, and giving down-tempo a whole new meaning.

BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS shall release Negative Black in North America on June 5th Anno Domini, the beast surging with nearly eighty minutes of material over seven supremely suffocating hymns. It will be made available to fans on CD in a matte-varnished 6-panel digifile, a 2xLP format with inside/out printed gatefold cover, and deluxe digital download. Check out the cover art HERE.

Negative Black CD Track Listing:

1. Illinois

2. 400H

3. 60 WV

4. 10000 µF

5. 14d

6. RMS

7. Neg. Black

Negative Black 2xLP Track Listing:

Side A

1. Illinois

2. 400H

3. 60 WV

Side B

1. 10000 µF

Side C

1. 14d

2. RMS

Side D

1. Neg. Black

BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS have been utilizing the D.I.Y. methods the members adopted from their various punk/hardcore backgrounds, and have toured throughout Europe since their 2005 inception, including appearances at Roadburn, Trashfest, South Of Mainstream, Dawn Of Doom, Doom Shall Rise and other renowned festivals. With a German tour confirmed for the month of April in support of Negative Black, many more live actions for the band will be announced sporadically over the coming months.

BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS German Tour April 2012:

4/14/2012 Immerhin - Würzburg, Germany w/ Conan, Obelyskkh

4/15/2012 Kult41 - Bonn, Germany w/ Wall

4/16/2012 Jubez - Karlsruh, Germany

4/17/2012 KV - Nürnberg, Germany

4/18/2012 UT Connewitz - Leipzig, Germany

4/19/2012 Red Rooster - Berlin, Germany

4/20/2012 Chemiefabrik - Dresden, Germany

4/21/2012 Nexus - Braunschweig, Germany w/ Beehoover

WARBRINGER announces North American tour with DESTRUCTION; launches rehearsal video online

WARBRINGER have just successfully completed a 7-week (!) North America tour supporting metal titans ICED EARTH and SYMPHONY X, but they are ready to be back on the road again soon! For their next North American tour, the band will join DESTRUCTION, VITAL REMAINS, and PATHOLOGY from May 8th to June 3rd, and after that, they'll appear at various high-profile Summer festival appearances in Europe. Vocalist John Kevill checked in to comment about these upcoming shows:

"Hey all! Checking in at the end of the ICED EARTH and SYMPHONY X tour. We had a great time with those guys, there was a slew of incredible shows with awesome heavy metal fans in abundance, and a bunch of good times with both of those fine bands! Shame to say goodbye to them, but we're on our way home now to recuperate before beginning out next tour with German thrash metal legends DESTRUCTION, on their 30th anniversary tour! We never rest long, the war rages on! We'll see you guys out on the road again in May, prepare to be annihilated!

We're also very excited about the way our summer is shaping up. We have about a dozen European festivals confirmed and we look forward to sharing some amazing experiences ravaging the large crowds, big stages and all the fun times to be had with all the other great bands also performing."

5/8 - Casselman's - Denver, CO
5/9 - Beaumont Theatre - Kansas City, MO **with KITTIE, BLACKGUARD, THE AGONIST, BONDED BY BLOOD, PATHOLOGY**
5/10 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL
5/11 - Blue Pig - Milwaukee, WI **WARBRINGER headlining with PATHOLOGY**
5/12 - Blackend Moon - Lansing, MI
5/13 - Music Hall - London, ON **WARBRINGER headlining with PATHOLOGY**
5/14 - Foufounes Electrique - Montreal, QU
5/15 - Imperial - Ancienne-Lorette, QU
5/16 - B.B. King's - New York, NY
5/17 - The Met - Pawtucket, RI
5/18 - Maverick's - Ottawa, ON
5/19 - The Rock Pile - Toronto, ON
5/22 - Kim's Pixie Inn - Pueblo, CO
5/24 - Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
5/25 - Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA
5/26 - Metro - Oakland, CA
5/27 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
5/28 - Venue - Vancouver, BC
5/30 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
6/1 - Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
6/2 - Avalon - Santa Clara, CA
6/3 - Whisky - W. Hollywood, CA

In addition to these newly announced dates, WARBRINGER have now also launched a special, professionally filmed rehearsal-room video of the sessions from their latest album release, Worlds Torn Asunder . The clip showcases former longtime guitarist Adam Carroll, who left the group earlier this year and has since been replaced by Andrew Bennett. Watch the video of the band performing the merciless track "Future Ages Gone" here.

This exclusive footage is available on a USB drive that the band sells on tour, so be sure to pick up yours when you see WARBRINGER live! In addition to featuring this video, the USB also includes all three studio albums and a four-song rehearsal video, making it the ultimate collector's piece for every WARBRINGER fan.

WARBRINGER released their latest effort, Worlds Torn Asunder, in September 2011 to rave reviews, peaking at #3 on the Metal charts and debuting at #11 on Billboard's Heatseekers. To purchase Worlds Torn Asunder, head over to
iTunes or CM Distro for various album formats.

3 INCHES OF BLOOD's New Album Available; Band Reveals 3rd Studio Webisode

Keeping traditional metal alive, Canada's 3 INCHES OF BLOOD's new album Long Live Heavy Metal is available today. Produced by Terry "Sho" Murray [City of Fire, Exhibitionists], the astounding twelve-track achievement offers an explosion of sound, setting new standards for the genre. 3 INCHES OF BLOOD has also revealed their 3rd webisode. Taken while in the studio recording Long Live Heavy Metal, this video focuses on the vocal work of the album. The studio update can be seen here.

Long Live Heavy Metal is available through iTunes, and all other major outlets.
CM Distro


"Metal Alliance Tour 2012"
3/26/2012 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
3/27/2012 - St. Paul, MN @ Station-4
3/28/2012 - Winnipeg, MB, Canada @ Garrick Centre
3/29/2012 - Regina, SK, Canada @ Riddell Centre
3/30/2012 - Edmonton, AB, Canada @ Edmonton Events Centre
3/31/2012 - Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Rickshaw Theater
4/1/2012 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/2/2012 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
4/5/2012 - Oakland, CA @ The Pound
4/6/2012 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
4/7/2012 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
4/8/2012 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
4/9/2012 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
4/10/2012 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
4/11/2012 - Des Moines, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center
4/13/2012 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theater
4/15/2012 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
4/16/2012 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
4/19/2012 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
4/20/2012 - Austin, TX @ Emo's East
4/21/2012 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues

Iron Maiden release 'En Vivo!'

Iron Maiden have just released 'En Vivo!', a new live Blu-Ray, 2DVD set, and Double Soundtrack Album. 'En Vivo!' was filmed on 10th April 2011 in front of over 50,000 ecstatic fans at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago during the Round the World in 66 Days leg of The Final Frontier World Tour, and captures a magnificent performance by the band, ardently embraced by the legendary latino passion and energy of their Chilean fans.

DVD Disc Two is a bonus disc containing an 88-minute documentary, BEHIND THE BEAST. A fascinating high quality “home movie”, produced entirely in-house by Maiden’s own Krew led by Andy Matthews, it reveals how to put on an Iron Maiden tour and what goes on behind the scenes at a show.

The band have also just released "The Wicker Man" performance from 'En Vivo!' which can be seen here:

"The Wicker Man" URL:

Steelbook order:
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2 DVD set order:
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ARCHITECTS (UK) Release New Song and Lyric Video

ARCHITECTS (UK) is preparing for the release of their highly anticipated, crushing new album, Daybreaker, on June 5. To give fans a taste of what to expect, the band has just released a lyric video for a new song off Daybreaker, "These Colours Don't Run".
"We wanted a video that captures the madness that is America, be it good or bad. It's an overload of information that matches the intensity of the song. Hopefully it gets people thinking and talking", explains guitarist Tom Searle, "And in the land of the free - you know nothing is for free!"

Witness the madness of this amazing song and video by heading over to the band's official YouTube channel.
Check out the new song, "These Colours Don`t Run" here.

BORKNAGAR releases new album, "Urd"

BORKNAGAR's highly anticipated new album, Urd , is out now in Europe and North America! Having recently been voted "album of the month" in the current issues of Germany's Metal Hammer Magazine as well as Norway's Scream Magazine, the band would like to celebrate Urd's release by presenting another new song off the album, "Frostrite". To listen to "Frostrite", featuring the returned ICS Vortex (ARCTURUS, ex-DIMMU BORGIR) on main vocals, please visit the band's official Facebook profile and "like" to reveal this new track:

"Roots", BORKNAGAR's first single off their new album, can be heard
here. The album's artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco (, who has not only already worked on the band's previous Universal release, but also with artists such as SOULFLY, BELPHEGOR, EINHERJER, and KEEP OF KALESSIN. Jens Bogren handled mixing duties for Urd at Sweden's Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KATATONIA), and the track-listing for the album is below.

BORKNAGAR Urd track-listing:
1. Epochalypse
2. Roots
3. The Beauty Of Dead Cities
4. The Earthling
5. The Plains Of Memories
6. Mount Regency
7. Frostrite
8. The Winter Eclipse
9. In A Deeper World

Urd can be purchased at
CM Distro in a few different formats, including as a bundle with the CD and an exclusive shirt, so reserve your copy now!

BORKNAGAR Line-Up 2012:
Øystein G. Brun - clean & electric guitars (CRONIAN, ex-MOLESTED)
ICS Vortex - bass, clean vocals & choirs (ARCTURUS, ICS VORTEX, ex-DIMMU BORGIR)
Vintersorg - grim vocals, clean vocals & choirs (VINTERSORG, FISSION)
Jens F. Ryland - lead guitars (ICS VORTEX)
Lars A. Nedland - keys, clean vocals & choirs (SOLEFALD, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST)
Baard Kolstad - drums
*Drums and percussion on Urd were performed by David Kinkade (SOULFLY, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION).

NAGLFAR releases new album, "Teras"

Swedish melodic black metallers NAGLFAR have now released their new album, Téras, in North America and Europe! Featuring artwork by Niklas Sundin (DARK TRANQUILLITY), who has already designed artwork for bands such as IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, and many others, Téras is the band's first studio release since 2007. The album's first single, "Pale Horse", can be heard here, and the second single, "An Extension Of His Arm And Will", can be heard here.

The complete track-listing for Téras is below.

Téras track-listing
1. Téras
2. Pale Horse
3. III: Death Dimension Phantasma
4. The Monolith
5. An Extension Of His Arm And Will
6. Bring Out Your Dead
7. Come Perdition
8. Invoc(H)ate
9. The Dying Flame Of Existence

To purchase Téras, head over to
iTunes or CM Distro for a variety of formats.

Stone Sour Enter Studio

Stone Sour, the Gold-certified, Grammy-nominated rock band, are proud to announce that they have begun recording their fourth album for longtime label Roadrunner Records. With most of the new record already written, the band has headed into Sound Farm Studios just outside of their native Des Moines, Iowa with producer David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, Staind). The album is expected in the Fall of 2012, two years after the band's most recent longplayer Audio Secrecy, which debuted at position No. 6 on the Billboard chart and No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Rock Album chart. It scored the highest international debuts of the band’s career, including Top 5 charts in Germany, Japan and Austria, and Top 10 in the U.K. and Australia.

Audio Secrecy also yielded the worldwide No. 1 smash single "Say You'll Haunt Me," which sat atop the Active Rock chart for eight straight weeks, and was the No.1 Mainstream Rock Song of the Year in 2010 and a top 10 Active Rock song. Stone Sour released Audio Secrecy to much acclaim, including magazine cover features for Revolver and Guitar Edge along with placements in Vice, Inked, Huffington Post, SPIN and more. The band also performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! during the album cycle.

Now, they are preparing to make their much-anticipated return and the table is being set for another breakthrough performance from Stone Sour.

"This album will be another progression for the band," stated guitarist Josh Rand. "Musically, we have always challenged one another to push things to our limits, and this record is no exception." Rand also shared some details about the album's lyrical and storytelling narrative, saying, "Lyrically, the album follows one character to that complex moment in his life, when he finally has to decide which path to take. It's a spiritual and moral power play for control of what this man will be for the rest of his life. Each song will tell the story from different sides of the character's personality, with the listener ultimately deciding how the story ends."

To get fans excited for the next chapter of Stone Sour, Roadrunner will be giving away a digital copy of "The Pessimist," which appeared on the Transformers 3 soundtrack via iTunes. You can go here to grab the song.

Friday, March 23, 2012

INSOMNIUM launches new video for "Regain The Fire"

INSOMNIUM's fifth album, One For Sorrow , was one of the metal highlights of 2011: a perfect blend of melancholy and melody. Now "Finland's finest miserablists" (as described by Terrorizer) present their second video from the album, "Regain The Fire"! Like their first video for "Through The Shadows", this clip was produced by their Finnish friends Obscure Entertainment from Tampere.

In regards to the video and their upcoming tour with label-mates PARADISE LOST, the band comments: "Our new video 'Regain the Fire' was shot already in last July so it still features our old guitarist Ville Vänni. The video is done by Obscure Entertainment who is responsible for all our videos since 2006. This time we also have a story line amidst the moshing so this is a bit different than previous works. Go and watch the video and judge it yourself! We are really excited to hit the UK together with PARADISE LOST. They are one of those bands which we liked already as teens so it really feels strange that we are getting in a same tour bus with them. We haven't toured UK properly since 2009 so it's high time to deliver some goodies for the Britons. So remember, there is no excuse for not showing up!"

To watch the video, click here.

HEADSPACE signs worldwide deal with InsideOut Music; debut album "I Am Anonymous" to be released in spring

InsideOut Music is proud to announce the worldwide signing of the progressive metal band HEADSPACE.

HEADSPACE keyboardist Adam Wakeman (also of OZZY OSBOURNE, and son of YES' Rick Wakeman) comments about the signing: "We are so pleased to be joining forces with InsideOut. We have spent a long time making sure that this album is exactly how we want it; and to have a label behind us that fully understands where the band is coming from and what we're about is incredibly important to us. It's a perfect match."

The band began as a way for Wakeman and a close circle of his musician friends to reconnect. There were no preconceptions of launching a progressive metal band, and certainly no visions of grandeur-- they just played music that they loved. "We're quite open about our influences because that's the music that we love," the band comments. "There's RUSH, YES, GENESIS, a lot of bands. We even give a tip of the hat to DREAM THEATER in a few sections. That's all a part of what we are."

This impromptu collaboration amongst friends quickly turned into something more serious, leading to the official formation of HEADSPACE and the completion of their debut album, I Am Anonymous, which will soon be released through InsideOut Music. In regards to I Am Anonymous, the band comments: "Indeed, with players like keyboardist Adam Wakeman, vocalist Damian Wilson (THRESHOLD, ARJEN LUCASSEN), bassist Lee Pomeroy (Rick Wakeman's ERE, IT BITES), HEADSPACE is destined to go in an 'unashamedly prog' direction. People may be surprised to find, however, that for a band led by a keyboardist and vocalist---at least on paper---'I Am Anonymous' is a heavily guitar-oriented record."

Guitarist Pete Rinaldi and drummer Richard Brook round-out the band's line-up, making HEADSPACE a progressive metal powerhouse in the music world. Look out for their debut, I Am Anonymous, coming this spring!

HEADSPACE line-up:
Adam Wakeman - keyboards
Damian Wilson - vocals
Pete Rinaldi - guitars
Lee Pomeroy - bass
Richard Brook - drums

MISS MAY I Joins the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Main Stage Line-Up

Troy, Ohio melodic metal band MISS MAY I has just been confirmed for a slot on one of the Kia main stages at this year’s 2012 Vans Warped Tour! View the full announcement at and stay tuned for more updates and MISS MAY I exclusives coming in the next few weeks.

“We are more than excited to play the Vans Warped Tour this year, especially main stage with the bands that got us into music in the first place,” comments frontman Levi Benton. “Summer will be a hell of a ride and all we can say is.... CIRCLE PIT!”

MISS MAY I recently announced details about their new album entitled At Heart, now being released with Rise Records on its new release date of June 12th, 2012. At Heart was produced by famed record producer Machine (Lamb of God, Every Time I Die, Suicide Silence) this past winter at Machine Shop in Belleville, New Jersey. The newly released album artwork was created by graphic artist Zac Schwiet.

MISS MAY I is currently on tour with Whitechapel, After The Bruial, The Plot In You, and Structures. The tour will travel through the United States until March 30th, taking a month long break while MISS MAY I heads to Europe to tour with Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, and Confession, and kicks back up again on May 3rd in Louisville, KY. The tour closes with two east coast shows, including the 2012 Bamboozle Festival in Asbury Park, NJ.

The band’s first album, Apologies Are for the Weak, reached #29 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Their 2010 sophomore release, Monument, charted on the Billboard Top 200 and hit #10 on the U.S. Hard Rock chart. Churning out over 450 performances since 2009, the band is regarded as one of the hardest working young bands in the metal genre.



3/22 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre

3/23 - Fresno, CA @ Club Retro

3/24 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre

3/25 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Café – Vegas Strip

3/26 - Farmington, NM @ Top Deck

3/28 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit

3/29 - McAllen, TX @ El Rey Theatre

3/30 - Corpus Christi, TX @ House Of Rock


4/6 - Amsterdam, Holland @ Melkweg

4/7 - London, UK @ Indigo2

4/8 - Birmingham, UK @ HMV Institute

4/9 - Glassgow, UK @ ABC

4/10 - Manchester, UK @ Academy

4/11 - Cardiff, UK @ Uni Great Hall

4/12 - Obergausen, Germany @ Turbinenhalle

4/13 - Paris, France @ Bataclan

4/14 - Lyon, France @ Transbordeur, Rockstorm Fest

4/15 - Madrid, Spain @ Sala Heineken

4/16 - Barcelona, Spain @ Sala Razzamatazz

4/17 - Toulon, France @ Le Vox

4/18 - Milano, Italy @ Alcatraz

4/19 - München, Germany @ Tonhalle

4/20 - Wien, Austria @ Gasometer

4/21 - Leipzig, Germany @ Agra, Impericon Fest

4/22 - Wurzburg, Germany @ Posthalle

4/23 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset

4/24 - Gothenburg, Sweden @ Trädgårn

4/25 - Oslo, Norway @ John Dee

4/26 - Stockholm, Sweden @ klubben

4/27 - Hamburg, Germany @ Große Freiheit 36

4/28 - Meerhout, Belgium @ Groezrock Fest


5/3 - Louisville, KY @ Expo Five

5/4 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

5/5 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco

5/8 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues

5/9 - Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live

5/10 - Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm

5/12 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall Indoor Stage

5/13 - Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Supercenter Grand

5/15 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights

5/16 - S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

5/17 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre

5/18 - Asbury Park, NJ @ North Beach (Bamboozle 2012)

5/19 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon (NO Whitechapel)


6/16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark

6/17 Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High

6/20 Las Vegas, NV @ Luxor Festival Lot

6/21 Irvine, CA @ Orange County Great Park

6/22 Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex

6/23 San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park

6/24 Ventura, CA @ Seaside Park

6/27 Chula Vista, CA (San Diego) @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

6/29 Las Cruces, NM @ N.M.S.U. Practice Field

6/30 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center

7/1 Houston, TX @ Reliant Park - Main Street Lot

7/3 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion

7/5 Maryland Heights, MO (St. Louis) @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

7/6 Auburn Hills, MI (Detroit) @ The Palace of Auburn Hills

7/7 Tinley Park, IL (Chicago) @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

7/8 Shakopee, MN (Minneapolis) @ Canterbury Park

7/9 Bonner Springs, KS (Kansas City) @ Sandstone Amphitheater

7/10 Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) @ Klipsch Music Center

7/11 Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Cleveland) @ Blossom Music Center

7/12 Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh) @ First Niagara Pavilion

7/13 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

7/14 Montréal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau

7/15 Mississauga, ON (Toronto) @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

7/17 Darien Center, NY (Buffalo) @ Darien Lake PAC

7/18 Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion

7/19 Mansfield, MA (Boston) @ Comcast Center

7/20 Camden, NJ (Philadelphia, PA) @ Susquehanna Bank Center

7/21 Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

7/22 Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre

7/24 Columbia, MD (Washington, D.C.) @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

7/25 Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live

7/26 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood

7/27 Orlando, FL @ Central Florida Fairgrounds

7/28 West Palm Beach, FL (Miami) @ Cruzan Amphitheatre

7/29 St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa) @ Vinoy Park

7/30 Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

7/31 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

8/1 Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre

8/4 Redmond, WA (Seattle) @ Marymoor Park

8/5 Portland, OR @ Rose Quarter Riverfront