DarkC3ll Review by DJ Rookilla

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In a world where the ‘Core’ genre of metal seem’s to be taking over the mainstream and everyone starts to sound the same, it is a breath of fresh air to get my hands on the new DARKC3LL album “Haunted Reality”

The Brisbane 4 piece gained local success and landed themselves on the Soundwave circuit with their 2013 release ‘Dark Verses’ also seeing them touring the States the following year.
Keeping to their Ghoulish Industrial Metal sound, “Haunted Reality” would fit in perfect right beside Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson with a heavy Nine Inch Nails influence. Lots of samples and synthesizer compiled with drummer Jay Macabre’s heavy beats, keeps ya foot stompin’ head banging, horn raising the whole way through. The trademark vocals havn’t changed, Jesse Dracman still sounds like he has ton gravel in his throat, screaming out tune after tune.
Stand out tracks would be ‘Toxic Mutant Hero, Creepshow and $how Me The Money” and i can see “Raise Your Horns” being a great crowd sing a long. Overall very catchy tunes and should go off live!!
For fans of Rob Zombie, Nine Inch Nails, Davey Suicide, Wednesday 13

PRETTY MAIDS Release Video For Title Track of New Album “Kingmaker”

Available November 4th via Frontiers Music Srl
“Kingmaker” is PRETTY MAIDS’ highly anticipated follow up to 2013’s critically and commercially successful release “Motherland”, a record that continued the “revitalized” path that the band set out upon with the now classic album “Pandemonium”.  “Kingmaker” is set for release November 4th via Frontiers Music srl.
Today the second video from the album for the title track “Kingmaker” has been released.  Get a first look at the video HERE.
The video for “Face The World” can be seen HERE.
“Kingmaker” can be ordered here: http://radi.al/Kingmakeror at the below links:
All digital pre-orders include instant downloads of “Face The World”, “Humanize Me”, “Heaven’s Little Devil”, and “Kingmaker”.
It’s always difficult to follow a successful and inspired record, but “Kingmaker” shows PRETTY MAIDS are still in the freshest and most vital phase of their career since the early 90’s.
The production is absolutely stellar thanks to Jacob Hansen (Volbeat), who has given the band a sound that not only reinvigorates them, but also incorporates the soundscapes of the past. Modern and classic at the same time, if you will.
What can then be said about Ronnie Atkins and Ken Hammer? One of the best song writing teams in the genre, hands down. Atkins’ voice just gets better and better as the years go by. Menacing and vicious one minute, melodic and soothing the next. Likewise, Hammer is on fire here and lays down some of his heaviest riffs in recent memory.
Every track on this beauty is worthy of attention whether it is an in-your-face melting barn burner such as the one-two starters “When God Took A Day Off” / “King Maker”, “Bullseye”, and “Humanize Me” or timeless melodic metal anthems such as “Face the World” and “Heaven’s Little Devil” or even a superb power ballad like “Last Beauty on Earth”. This record has everything PRETTY MAIDS could possibly ask for!
Don’t miss them when they play live in a city near you – you’ll be blown away by the explosion of Danish dynamite!
Lineup
Ronnie Atkins – vocals
Ken Hammer – guitars
Rene Shades – bass
Allan Tschicaja – drums
Produced by Jacob Hansen
TOUR DATES:
Nov. 24th Gothenburg/Sweden  Venue: Sticky Fingers
Nov. 25th Gävle/Sweden   Venue: Dirty Harry
Nov. 26th Stockholm/Sweden   Venue: Fryshuset
Dec. 9th Esbjerg/Denmark   Venue: Tobakken
Dec. 10th Aalborg/Denmark   Venue: Skraaen
Dec. 16th Horsens/Denmark   Venue: Horsens Ny Teater
TOUR DATES (with Gotthard)
FEB 9   Ravensburg (DE) Oberschwabenklub
FEB 10   Regensburg (DE) Airport Obertraubling
FEB 11   Ulm (DE) Ratiopharm Arena
FEB 13   Frankfurt (DE) Batschkapp
FEB 14  Hamburg (DE) Markthalle
FEB 15  Hannover (DE) Capitol
FEB 17  Osnabrück (DE) Hyde Park
FEB 18  Oberhausen (DE) Turbinenhalle
FEB 19  Freiburg (DE) Zäpfle Club
FEB 22  Milan (ITA) Alcatraz
FEB 24   Bilbao (SPA) Santana 27
FEB 25   Madrid (SPA) La Riviera
FEB 26  Barcelona (SPA) Razzmatazz 2
MAR 2  München (DE) Tonhalle
MAR 6   Wien (A) Gasometer
MAR 7   Nürnberg (DE) Löwensaal
MAR 8   Saarbrücken (DE) Garage
MAR 9  Balingen (DE) Volksbankmesse
For More Info Visit:
facebook.com/prettymaids
twitter.com/pmaids

LAMB OF GOD to Release The Duke EP, Featuring Two Never-Before-Heard Songs

Read an Exclusive Interview with Randy Blythe
+ Hear New Track “The Duke” via 

  
The Duke EP out November 18 | Vinyl out November 25
Pre-Order Here | Order via Digital Retailers on Friday
 
Adjoining Charity Campaign Offering LAMB OF GOD Memorabilia to Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
 
 
Internationally-renowned heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD will release a brand new EP, entitled The Duke, on November 18, 2016 via Epic Records. The EP will be released as a vinyl version the following week, on November 25. The Duke EP is titled after the new track “The Duke”, written in honor of the band’s late friend and fan, Wayne Ford, who was named after “The Duke” John Wayne.
 
“A little while ago I became friends with a fan named Wayne Ford – he was terminal – leukemia. I talked with him often, even video chatted him into the studio. He was very calm about his impending death, and we discussed it very openly. I learned a lot from him. This song is for him,” dedicates vocalist Randy Blythe.
 
You can stream the new track “The Duke” and read an in-depth, exclusive interview about The Duke EP with Randy Blythe now via Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/hear-lamb-of-god-honor-late-fan-on-new-song-the-duke-w445283
Exclusive pre-order bundles for The Duke EP, including CD and vinyl versions, are available via http://theduke.lnk.to/merch. Pre-orders on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other digital retailers, plus Spotify streaming of “The Duke” single will begin tomorrow, Friday, October 21.
 
The Duke EP Track List:
1) The Duke
2) Culling
3) Still Echoes – live from Rock am Ring
4) 512 – live from Bonnaroo
5) Engage the Fear Machine – live from Bonnaroo
 
In conjunction with The Duke EP release, LAMB OF GOD will be offering the following items with all proceeds going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (WWW.LLS.ORG):
– Randy Blythe’s Ashes of the Wake gold record plaque
– Signed signature model guitars
– Signed copies of handwritten lyrics
– Signed copies of The Duke EP on CD
– Signed copies of The Duke EP on Vinyl
– Signed copies of Randy Blythe’s book
– Plus more
 
The charity campaign is being hosted via Propeller.la and will launch Friday. For more information, please visit www.lamb-of-god.com.
 
LAMB OF GOD is:
Randy Blythe (vocals)
Mark Morton (guitar)
Willie Adler (guitar)
John Campbell (bass)
Chris Adler (drums)
 
LAMB OF GOD Online:

 

OBITUARY Streaming Ten Thousand Ways To Die Via Clrvynt

 
 
Available Tomorrow via Relapse Records
Death metal legends OBITUARY haveteamed up with Clrvynt for an exclusive stream of their new release Ten Thousand Ways To Die.  Listen to it HERE.
Ten Thousand Ways To Die is a special two-song single containing a pair of brand new studio tracks plus a bonus live set of twelve classics and fan favorites from the band’s storied catalog. Recorded in eleven different cities during the band’s highly successful 2015 Inked In Blood world tour, the live tracks capture the incredible performances of a band that has stood atop the death metal pantheon for almost 30 years. Ten Thousand Ways To Die is sure to satisfy new and die-hard OBITUARY fans alike and will quench the bloodthirst of listeners until the band’s new album drops in Spring 2017.
Ten Thousand Ways To Die is out tomorrow in CD and Digital formats. Physical packages and digital pre-orders are available here.
Additionally, the band is about to embark on a fall European tour, The Battle of the Bays, with support from Exodus, Prong and King Parrot. The tour kicks off next Friday, October 21st in Hannover, Germany and a complete listing of dates is included below.
OBITUARY Live:
***All Dates with Exodus, Prong and King Parrot***
Oct 21 Hannover, DE Capitol
Oct 22 Lille, FR Aeronef
Oct 23 Rennes, FR L’Etage
Oct 24 Paris, FR Elysée Montmartre
Oct 25 London, UK Electric Ballroom
Oct 27 Glasgow, UK Garage
Oct 28 Manchester, UK Academy 2
Oct 29 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy 2
Oct 30 Southampton, UK Engine Rooms
Nov 01 Antwerp, BE Trix
Nov 02 Tilburg, NL O13
Nov 03 Leuuwarden, NL Neushoom
Nov 04 Cologne, DE Live Music Hall
Nov 5 Aarhus, DK Voxhall
Nov 6 Copenhagen, DK Pumpehuset
Nov 08 Dortmund, DE FZW
Nov 09 Berlin, DE Huxley’s
Nov 10 Leipzig, DE Taubchenthal
Nov 11 Warsaw, PL Progresja
Nov 12 Katowice, PL Mega Club
Nov 13 Ostrava, CZ Garaz
Nov 15 Bucharest, RO Arlene Romane
Nov 16 Budapest, HU Durer Kert
Nov 17 Zagreb, HR Tvornica Club
Nov 18 Vienna, AT Arena
Nov 19 Bologna, IT Zona Roveri
Nov 20 Zurich, CH Komplex

OBITUARY Share Live Version of “Visions In My Head” via Guitar World

Death metal legends OBITUARY have shared a new live song from their forthcoming new release Ten Thousand Ways To Die. “Visions In My Head” (from the band’s Relapse debut Inked In Blood) was recorded live at Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD and has premiered via music hub Guitar World.
Hear the live version of “Visions In My Head” now at this location or via Soundcloud here.
You can also stream the live version of “Intoxicated” now at this location or via Soundcloud here, and you can listen to the new single “Loathe” now via this location.
Ten Thousand Ways To Die is a special two-song single containing a pair of brand new studio tracks plus a bonus live set of twelve classics and fan favorites from the band’s storied catalog. Recorded in eleven different cities during the band’s highly successful 2015 Inked In Blood world tour, the live tracks capture the incredible performances of a band that has stood atop the death metal pantheon for almost 30 years. Ten Thousand Ways To Die is sure to satisfy new and die-hard OBITUARY fans alike and will quench the bloodthirst of listeners until the band’s new album drops in Spring 2017. Ten Thousand Ways To Die is out this October 21 on CD/Digital. Physical packages and digital pre-orders are available here.
Additionally, the band is about to embark on a fall European tour, The Battle of the Bays, with support from Exodus, Prong and King Parrot. The tour kicks off next Friday, October 21st in Hannover, Germany and a complete listing of dates is included below.
OBITUARY Live:
***All Dates with Exodus, Prong and King Parrot***
Oct 21 Hannover, DE Capitol
Oct 22 Lille, FR Aeronef
Oct 23 Rennes, FR L’Etage
Oct 24 Paris, FR Elysée Montmartre
Oct 25 London, UK Electric Ballroom
Oct 27 Glasgow, UK Garage
Oct 28 Manchester, UK Academy 2
Oct 29 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy 2
Oct 30 Southampton, UK Engine Rooms
Nov 01 Antwerp, BE Trix
Nov 02 Tilburg, NL O13
Nov 03 Leuuwarden, NL Neushoom
Nov 04 Cologne, DE Live Music Hall
Nov 5 Aarhus, DK Voxhall
Nov 6 Copenhagen, DK Pumpehuset
Nov 08 Dortmund, DE FZW
Nov 09 Berlin, DE Huxley’s
Nov 10 Leipzig, DE Taubchenthal
Nov 11 Warsaw, PL Progresja
Nov 12 Katowice, PL Mega Club
Nov 13 Ostrava, CZ Garaz
Nov 15 Bucharest, RO Arlene Romane
Nov 16 Budapest, HU Durer Kert
Nov 17 Zagreb, HR Tvornica Club
Nov 18 Vienna, AT Arena
Nov 19 Bologna, IT Zona Roveri
Nov 20 Zurich, CH Komplex

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM announce headlining tour for November and December

Classic metal band, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, currently on tour in Europe, has announced the first batch of dates for a year-end headliner continuing the “Touring the Forbidden Territories Tour 2016/7”. The band is supporting their critically acclaimed self-titled album, released last May on AFM Records, which is already destined for many as one of the top metal albums of the year. Joining Flotsam on the run will be old and new friends in the form of Texas’ “old-schoolers” HELSTAR (who just released a new album, Vampiro, on EMP) and Bay Area thrash metal upstarts HATCHET.

 

“After a few missed attempts this year due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we can finally announce some dates around the country,” states drummer Jason Bittner. “We are very excited to get out with this package and THRASH through the United States, playing material from our new album, fan favorites, as well as celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the Doomsday For The Deceiver album.”

The tour runs Nov. 4 – Dec. 9 with dates still being booked. Here is the first batch of confirmed shows, watch for more to be announced soon.

 

Nov 04 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Expo Center

Nov 05 – Hollywood, CA – The Whisky (*Hatchet joins the tour)

Nov 06 – Las Vegas, NV – LVCS (*Helstar joins the tour)

Nov 07 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre

Nov 09 – Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge

Nov 10 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s

Nov 12 – Cudahy, WI – The Metal Grill

Nov 13 – Indianapolis, IN – The Headquarters

Nov 15 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club

Nov 16 – Chesterfield, MI – Club Diesel

Nov 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel

Nov 18 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance

Nov 19 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Club

Nov 20 – Baltimore, MD – Holiday House

Nov 22 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus

Dec 02 – Ft Worth, TX – Tomcats West

Dec 03 – San Leon, TX – 18th St. Pier

Dec 04 – Austin, TX – Dirty Dog

Dec 09 – Phoenix – Club Red

 

Check out the band’s latest promo video, “Life’s a Mess” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI8rWo2osaU

www.flotsam-and-jetsam.com

www.facebook.com/flotsamandjetsam.official

Opeth’s Sorceress CD Review by CrazyIvan

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CrazyIvan choose to review Opeth’s latest CD: Sorceress. The album is full of progressive rock tracks and a few of them having a heavy sound like earlier Opeth CDs. The bulk of the tracks are softer then normal metalheads are used to when it comes to Opeth. The two tracks that have a strong presence are “Chrysalis” and “Era”. Even without the growling vocals, they still are good hard tracks. They kind of make up the softness of the rest of the album. 9 of the 11 tracks are more progressive rock tracks then metal. One of the softer tracks that stand out is “Will O The Wisp”. It has a well balanced sound instead of a lack of the normal predominance of most of the tracks on the CD. This album would be a good buy for those who are more into progressive rock CDs then a metal CD.

The album rating by CrazyIvan is a 4 out of 5 stars. I would have given the album a 3 out of 5 except for the two harder tracks.

ALESTORM To Kick Off US Tour This Sunday October 2nd

It was recently announced that the pirates from ALESTORM has re-signed with Napalm Records, and when they signed, they signed in rum, rather than blood or the usual ink!
Before they get to work on their next pirate opus, these swashbucklers are returning to tour the United States once again.  And don’t worry there will be plenty of rum to be drank and partying to be had.  The tour kicks off October 2nd in Greensboro, NC and wraps up November 1st in Spartanburg, SC.  A complete list of dates can be found below.
Front man Christopher Bowes on the upcoming tour:
“Ahoy pirates of the USA! We can’t wait to get back on the road for our most extensive tour EVER of your big ol’ freedom lovin’ country! We’ve got Nekrogoblikon and Aether Realm along with us for the ride, so it’s gonna be a crazy 3-way brawl between pirates, goblins, and Thomas the Tank Engine. Prepare your livers for party time!”
Don’t miss your chance to drink and party the night away with ALESTORM.
ALESTORM W/ Nekrogoblikon and Aether Realm:
10/2: Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s
10/3: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
10/4: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
10/5: Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
10/6: Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
10/7: Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
10/8: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
10/9: Dayton, OH @ Rockstar Pro Arena
10/10: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
10/11: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
10/12: Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
10/13: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
10/14: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
10/15: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
10/16: Twin Falls, ID @ TBC
10/17: Spokane, WA @ The Pin!
10/18: Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
10/19: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/20: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/21: Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
10/22: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
10/23: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/24: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
10/25: Phoenix, AZ @ Joes Grotto
10/27: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
10/28: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
10/29: New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
10/30: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
10/31: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

11/1: Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero

 

OPETH DEBUTS “THE WILDE FLOWERS”; NEW ALBUM, ‘SORCERESS’ OUT ON SEP 30TH

 
New Album, Sorceress, Out September 30th On Moderbolaget Records/Nuclear Blast Entertainment
September 21, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA – Sweden’s musical alchemists, OPETH, have premiered a new song called “The Wilde Flowers” today. The track is featured on the band’s highly anticipated, 12th studio album, Sorceress, which is scheduled for release on September 30th via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Stream “The Wilde Flowers” now at www.OPETH.com
Speaking with Metal Hammer, vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt says “This was the first song I wrote for this album. It’s kind of an OPETH standard, in a way, like from the last two albums. It’s very dynamic. It has a chorus, I guess. Then there’s a big Queen-sounding bit in the middle just before this massive solo… oh, and harps! They’re hidden in the mix but they’re there. The title comes from the band Caravan – they were originally called Wilde Flowers. I always liked those weird spellings.”
In addition to the psychedelic, progressive masterpiece “The Wilde Flowers,” OPETH’s monumental new record also features the critically heralded new songs “Will O The Wisp” and “Sorceress.” Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes and Amazon Music will receive an instant download of “The Wilde Flowers,” “Will O The Wisp” and “Sorceress.” Links to pre-orders can be found below.
Pre-order Sorceress:
Nuclear Blast Store: http://opeth.com/stores
OPETH will arrive in North America in only a few short days for a performance at Ozzfest/Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA, which will kick off their worldwide tour in support of Sorceress. Tickets are available for the tour now at http://opeth.com/.
OPETH Tour Dates:
Sep 24 – San Bernardino, CA – Ozzfest/Knotfest @ San Manuel Amphitheater
Sep 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Sep 30 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
Oct 1 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Oct 2 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Oct 4 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Oct 5 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Oct 7 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
Oct 8 – Akron, OH – Good Year Theater at East End
Oct 9 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Oct 10 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
Oct 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Oct 13 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Oct 14 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Oct 15 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
Oct 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Oct 19 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
Oct 21 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct 22 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
Oct 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct 25 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theater
Oct 26 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum
For More Information:

CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED’s New Album Creatures Watching Over the Dead Streaming In Full

 
Charred Walls Of The Damned – the brainchild of former Death/Iced Earth drummer Richard Christy – will release their third full-length, Creatures Watching Over The Dead, on September 23rd via Metal Blade Records.  In addition to Richard’s storied career as a drummer, he has been a staple on The Howard Stern Show for his diaper wearing and crank calling antics. Today both of his worlds come together as the Charred Walls of the Damned album Creatures Watching Over The Dead is available as an exclusive album stream in advance of the release on HowardStern.com.  Check out the new album in its entirety HERE.
A drum play-through for the track, “My Eyes”, can be viewed below:

Creatures Watching Over The Dead, is available for pre-order in various formats at: metalblade.com/cwotd.

With five years having elapsed since the quartet dropped Cold Winds On Timeless Days, it’s understandable that fans have been yearning for more, but Charred Walls Of The Damned has not exactly been sitting around, kicking their heels. Christy – who has previously played with Iced Earth, Death, Control Denied, Burning Inside and Leash Law – played drums on Monte Pittman‘s Inverted Grasp Of Balance, wrote music for New York State’s “The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze” event, and co-wrote a heavy metal comedy Viking rock opera with guitarist Jason Suecof and Titmouse Animation, titled “Majestic Loincloth”. Suecof is of course one of the most in demand producers in contemporary metal. Then there’s legendary bassist Steve DiGiorgio, who made a name for himself in the ranks of Death, Testament, Vintersorg, Dragonlord and a myriad of other great metal bands; in recent years, he has laid down his inimitable style on records from Ephel Duath, Soen, Memorain and others. Which just leaves vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens, who for a time fronted Judas Priest, before lending his formidable pipes to Iced Earth and Yngwie Malmsteen‘s mighty compositions, touring relentlessly under his own name, and starting a new band (Project Rock).

When it was time to lay the songs down, Charred Walls Of The Damned convened at Suecof’s Audiohammer Studio, outside Orlando, FL. The nine resulting tracks are heavy, catchy, anthemic and downright killer music to wreck your neck to. See below for the official track-listing!

Creatures Watching Over the Dead track-listing
1. My Eyes
2. The Soulless
3. Afterlife
4. As I Catch My Breath
5. Lies
6. Reach into the Light
7. Tear Me Down
8. Living in the Shadow of Yesterday
9. Time Has Passed

Charred Walls Of The Damned line-up:
Richard Christy – Drums
Jason Suecof – Guitar, Producer
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
Steve Digiorgio – Bass

Charred Walls Of The Damned online:
http://www.richardchristy.com
https://www.facebook.com/charredwallsofthedamned
https://twitter.com/cwotd

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