Metal Blade News
AS I LAY DYING debut on Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #10 with “The Powerless Rise”;
debut on German Media Control Charts at # 22, in Austria at # 21! More Chart entries revealed!
AS I LAY DYING – whose last four albums count combines sales in excess of one million copies – have entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #10 with over 38,000 copies sold of their much anticipated THE POWERLESS RISE album. THE POWERLESS RISE also reached #2 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #3 on Billboard’s Hard Music Albums Chart.
THE POWERLESS RISE also entered the official German Media Control Charts at position 22, they entered the Austrian Charts at 21 and the Swiss Charts at position 39. All three Chart positions mark the highest chart entries AS I LAY DYING ever had in those countries! THE POWERLESS RISE entered the inhouse Charts of the two bigget German chains on even higher positions – # 12 in the Media Markt Charts and # 15 in the Müller Markt Charts.
In Canada, the new album debuted at #11 on the Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Indie Chart and #3 on the Hard Rock Chart. Additionally, the album reached the Top 40 in Japan and position 49 in the official Australian album charts.
Potent and provocative, THE POWERLESS RISE elevates the group well-beyond their previous work, the new album marks their fifth disc and fourth to be released on Metal Blade Records.
The Billboard chart debut comes on the heels of AS I LAY DYING’s acclaimed An Ocean Between Us. “Jordan and I started this band knowing we might be held back by the intensity of our music,” says lead singer TIM LAMBESIS. “Nine years later we’ve released our second record to make it into the Top 10! It’s an amazing testament to our diehard fan base, underground music and the heavy music listeners that truly know what they want despite what’s perceived to be more popular.”
AS I LAY DYING will head over to Europe next week to play a good bunch of festival and club shows. See complete schedule below.
AS I LAY DYING
04-06/06/10 – DE – Nürnberg – Rock im Park Festival
04-06/06/10 – DE – Nürburg – Rock am Ring Festival
07/06/10 – CH – Solothurn – Kofmehl (support: WHITECHAPEL)
08/06/10 – DE – München – Backstage Halle (support: WHITECHAPEL)
09/06/10 – DE – Frankfurt – Batschkapp (support: WHITCHAPEL)
11/06/10 – UK – Derby – Donington Park
13/06/10 – AT – Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock Festival
15/06/10 – HU – Budapest – Durer Kert
16/06/10 – AT – Salzburg – Rockhouse
18/06/10 – CH – Jonschwil – Sonisphere Festival
19/06/10 – FR – Clisson – Hellfest
20/06/10 – NL – Enschede – Atak
22/06/10 – RU – St. Petersburg – Glav Club
23/06/10 – RU – Moscow – Tochka Club
25/06/10 – IT – Torino – Gods Of Metal Festival
27/06/10 – BE – Dessel – Graspop
28/06/10 – DE – Bochum – Matrix (support: JOB FOR A COWBOY + Atreyu)
29/06/10 – DE – Hamburg – Grosse Freiheit 36 (support: JOB FOR A COWBOY + Atreyu)
01/07/10 – NO – Tromov – Hove Festival
02/07/10 – SE – Borlänge – Peace & Love Festival
04/07/10 – DE – Rojtzschjora – With Full Force Festival
Colorado’s ALLEGAEON are giving the metal site StereoKiller.com <http://www.stereokiller.com/Allegaeon> the exclusive premier of the first single and title track off their upcoming Metal Blade debut, Fragments of Form and Function. The track is currently live and streaming HERE <http://www.stereokiller.com/Allegaeon> so be sure to check it out and leave a comment for the band. Fragments of Form and Function marks the band’s first full length release and was produced by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage) and recorded at Flatline Audio in January 2010.
Vocalist Ezra Haynes comments; “We just recently finished our debut album Fragments of Form and Function. Working with Dave Otero again was a blast. He was definitely able to capture the sound we were going for, since we’ve worked together in the past it was extremely comfortable and easy for us just to go in there and hammer it out. We’re glad he’s been a part of our Metal Blade debut and after hearing the end results we couldn’t be more pleased with the final product.”
ALLEGAEON’s Fragments of Form and Function will be available in the UK on July 19, 2010.
Check out the following video of ALLEGAEON in the studio on Metal Blade TV:
Studio Update #1 <http://www.metalblade.tv/tv/interviews/allegaeon-studio-update-1/>
About the band:
ALLEGAEON is an amalgamation of several incredibly talented individuals. This can be said of many, many metal bands, but not as many have the tangible achievements to stake their claims. Greg Burgess is a classically trained guitarist with a degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, he spent five years as the guitar instructor at the Music Institute of Lexington, and was the first instructor at the Denver branch of Paul Green’s School Of Rock. Drummer Jordon Belfast participated in Sick Drummer Magazine’s “Blast Off” competition in March of 2008 and was one of the top placed drummers by the competition’s end. He’s been a featured drummer on the site ever since. The group is rounded out by founding member and killer guitarist in his own right, Ryan Glisan, bassist Corey Archuleta, and vocalist/lyricist, Ezra Haynes.
With a genre stuffed to the brim with countless copy cats and pretenders, ALLEGAEON have come to the table with a dynamic, memorable and focused take on extreme melodic metal. You’ll find just as many slow grooves and hook-laden riffs as you will blast beats. This is a band that focuses on song writing and less on making music into an athletic speed competition. Their music is rounded with an intellectual edge that’s forged by the band’s collective musical prowess and polished by Ezra Haynes’ thought provoking lyrics.
Ezra Haynes, Vocals
Ryan Glisan, Guitar
Greg Burgess, Guitar
Corey Archuleta, Bass
Jordon Belfast, Drums
Without a doubt is HELSTAR one of the originators of American Heavy Metal and pioneers of the so-called Texas Metal scene. HELSTAR is considered a true cult act and a classical Heavy Metal band that is still ruling stages from Texas to Europe!
Metal Blade will now release the Rising From The Grave boxset which includes remastered versions of the A Distant Thunder and Nosferatu albums. The boxset also includes the brand new DVD Twas The Night Of A Hellish Xmas!
The DVD was recorded live at the Backstage Club in Houston, TX on December 25th 1989 and features original HELSTAR members JAMES RIVERA on vocals along with Larry Barragan and Jerry Abarca. It’s the first authorized LIVE VIDEO recording by 80’s Power Metal icons HELSTAR. Mastered by TY TABOR (KING’S X) and JAMES RIVERA.
TRACK LISTING: Swirling Madness, The King is Dead, Evil Reign, Abandon Ship, Baptized in Blood, To Sleep Per Chance to Scream, Harker’s Tale, The Cursed Has Passed Away, Scorcher, Angel of Death.
Recorded live at the Backstage Club in Houston, Texas on December 25th, 1989, the authorized video release of Twas The Night Of A Helish Christmas is the final piece that HELSTAR fans worldwide have been waiting for. Formed in Houston in the early 80’s, HELSTAR cut their teeth playing backyard parties and small club gigs. It soon became apparent that HELSTAR had much more to offer then their contemporaries. COMBAT records snatched up the band and released their debut, Burning Star in 1984. Next came Remnants of War followed by HELSTAR’s breakthrough album, A Distant Thunder in 1988. The success of A Distant Thunder ultimately set up HELSTAR’s most critically acclaimed album, 1989’s Nosferatu. As proud pioneers of American power metal, JAMES RIVERA still carries the torch for Heavy Metal.
The Rising From The Grave boxset will be released the 5th of July 2010 in the UK!
Sweden’s ISTAPP, comprised of three warlords (Mordechai von Renvaktar, C. Ashuck von Renvaktar and Fjalar) who have set out on a campaign to destroy the sun and all of its followers, are giving the metal site StereoKiller.com <http://www.stereokiller.com/Istapp> the exclusive premier of the track I väntan på den Absoluta Nollpunkten off their upcoming Metal Blade debut, Blekinge. The new track I väntan på den Absoluta Nollpunkten is currently live and streaming HERE <http://www.stereokiller.com/Istapp> so be sure to check it out and leave a comment for the band. Blekinge marks the band’s fourth release and first for Metal Blade Records with cover art handled by none other than C. Ashuck von Renvaktar.
Warlord and vocalist Mordechai von Renvaktar comments; “‘I väntan på den Absoluta Nollpunkten’ will be the final warning you’ll hear from us before the unstoppable rage of Blekinge strikes down upon you with its full force. Heed the call and turn your backs to the Evil Star and you may die peacefully.”
ISTAPP’s Blekinge will be available in the UK on June 7, 2010.
Blekinge track listing:
2. Köldens Union
3. 1160 (Miovik)
4. I Väntan På Den Absoluta Nollpunkten
5. Evig Köld Koncentrerad
7. Fjällhöga Nord
8. Bortgång Af Alvrödul, Ljusets Förfall
*track 9 has a – listed for the song title as the band used a symbol to name this track
Mordechai von Renvaktar – Vocals
C. Ashuck von Renvaktar – Bass
Fjalar – Drums, Guitars
Ma det aldrig toa – 2005
Ljusets Forfall – 2006
Koldens Union – 2007
It’s hard to put the PRIMORDIAL experience into words. This Irish band has managed to establish their own territory, away from the cliches of the metal scene in general and the pagan scene in particular. PRIMORDIAL live and breathe the spirit of their ancestors, putting it into captivating creations full of sorrow and pain on the one hand and confidence and strength on the other. Perfectly balanced between slow, dragging anthems and pure metallic fury, they always manage to create a world full of enthralling myths, where mist engulfs wonderful landscapes, only to reveal them in all their glory just at the right time.
After the successful re-issues of ‘Imrama’ and ‘A Journey´s End’ it´s about time to bring on the third album in the PRIMORDIAL re-issue series! ‘Spirit The Earth Aflame’ was originally released in the year 2000 and will again be available as a 2-disc Digipak on the 5th of July 2010!
Tracklisting ‘Spirit The Earth Aflame’:
1. Spirit The Earth Aflame
2. Gods To The Godless
3. The Soul Must Sleep
4. The Burning Season
5. Glorious Dawn
6. The Cruel Sea
7. Children Of The Harvest
Tracklisting bonus disc:
1. The Darkest Flame
2. In Graciousness (live)
3. A Blacker Art (live)
4. Total Destruction (Bathory cover / live)
5. Inside The Eye Of Algond (Rotting Christ cover / live)
6. To Enter Pagan
7. The Calling
8. Among The Lazarae
9. Soul Must Sleep (live)
More information on the packaging will be announced shortly!