AMORPHIS – Reveal Cover + Album Details!


AMORPHIS – reveal cover + album details! - 2011-03-01 08:00

Kalevala Day news from AMORPHIS!

In honour of Kalevala Day, AMORPHIS has announced the name and track listing of the upcoming album, due for release on May 25, 2011. In April, the band will offer a first glimpse of the new material by releasing the single „You I Need“.

The central character of the new songs is the iconic hero of Finnish mythology, Väinämöinen, whose tale has been masterfully retold by lyricist Pekka Kainulainen. Titled „The Beginning Of Times“, the new album is AMORPHIS’ most challenging release so far in terms of both music and lyrics. It comprises 12 songs with a total length of 54 minutes. In addition, the first edition digipack will include the bonus track „Heart’s Song“.

„The Beginning Of Times“ was produced by the band; vocals were recorded under the guidance of Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT) in his home studio in Kuopio. Like its predecessors, the album was mixed by Mikko Karmila. Its cover artwork shows Travis Smith’s magnificent interpretation of the mythological birth of the world from a goldeneye’s egg.

In June, Amorphis will embark on the extensive „The Beginning Of Times“ tour, which is scheduled to continue through 2012.


1. Battle For Light
2. Mermaid
3. My Enemy
4. You I Need
5. Song of the Sage
6. Three Words
7. Reformation
8. Soothsayer
9. On a Stranded Shore
10. Escape
11. Crack in a Stone
12. Beginning of Time
13. Heart’s Song (digipack bonus)

HELL – Single Release + Show in Sweden!

HELL – single release + show in Sweden! - 2011-03-04 08:00

HELL’s Human Remains is without doubt one of the most interesting and important hard rock/metal releases in 2011.

The band formed in 1982 from the carcasses of UK metal bands RACE AGAINST TIME and PARALEX, whose ‘White Lightning’ EP was listed by Metallica as a favourite and which was subsequently included on the Lars Ulrich, Geoff Barton ‘NWOBHM ’79 Revisited’ sampler album.

Despite over five years of constant touring, the band were cruelly overlooked, HELL were too different, too extreme, too musically intelligent and far too thought-provoking for the more commercial mid 80’s metal mindset.
The final crushing blow came when their long-awaited 1986 album deal with Mausoleum collapsed as the label went bankrupt, followed by the tragic suicide of singer/guitarist, Dave Halliday in 1987. The remaining members drew a line in the sand and stopped playing overnight.
Fast forward to 2011 and the UK cult metallers are back…

Producer Andy Sneap, a lifelong friend of the band who was also was taught guitar by original singer/guitarist Halliday has painstakingly rerecord 10 Hell classics with the three surviving members.
Now with Sneap on Guitar, original founding members Kev Bower (Guitar/Keys) , Tony Speakman (Bass), Tim Bowler (Drums) and David Bower now taking over Vocal duties, the band are back with a vengeance.

Tomorrow, March 4th 2011 sees Nuclear Blast release the first single “Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us“ worldwide digitally and on vinyl. The band has also shot a video for “On Earth as It Is In Hell” the single B Side which shall be released shortly.

Hell are now also confirmed for SWEDENS ROCKSTADF: FALUN FESTIVAL in Falun, Sweden on June 4th

The debut album HUMAN REMAINS, which is already gaining mass appraisal from international media will be release on the 13th of May 2011 worldwide via Nuclear Blast.

The quotations speak for themselves.

A New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. If you want the blueprint of finest true metal….this is it”
This will be one of the landmark metal albums of the second decade of the 21st century. It is true metal and stunning.

Theatrical vocals to die for, timeless heavy metal riffs to kill for and a production to swear by. A guarantee that HUMAN REMAINS will end up on a ridiculous of “Best of 2011” lists

A Metal masterpiece! I expected a good album from what i had heard before – but not such a metal masterpiece! it sits perfectly between its instantly identifiable NWOBHM roots and more modern, but always classic heavy metal. goosebumps all over!

“Human Remains” is the essence of Metal – the perfect mix of Mercyful Fate, Rush and Judas Priest. One of the best debuts of the last 25 years!

“Human Remains” is probably one of the best British Metal albums, since “The Number Of The Beast”. This is the album, which you will surely hear… in hell.

DECEASED Announce Plans to Record New Album

Virginian death/thrash metal veterans metal Deceased will be heading back into the studio this year to record ‘Surreal Overdose’, their first full-length of all-new material since 2005’s ‘As The Weird Travel On’. The long-running metal maestros have kept the faith since 1985, summoning a slew of cult releases and building up an immensely dedicated fanbase that has followed the band merrily into hell and back. Now, at the dawn of 2011, King Fowley and his band of ‘bangers have returned.

King Fowley will return to the drum kit for this recording, handling both drums and vocals. The band will welcome in longtime live member Shane Fuegel on guitar (replacing long time band member Mark Adams who retired from music in 2007), while Mike Smith continues on studio guitar alongside longtime bassist Les Snyder.

The new record will be recorded at Assembly Line Studios in Virginia with Kevin Gutierrez engineering and King Fowley producing. The CD will be handled in the states by the band’s own label, Shrieks from the Hearse Records, alongside PATAC Records. Hell’s Headbangers will handle the vinyl edition, while overseas distribution will be announced shortly.

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by: Spencer Matulaitis – Pure Grain Audio

RIVAL SONS Confirmed For Belgium’s Rock Werchter Festival

Californian blues-rockers RIVAL SONS have been confirmed for this year’s Rock Werchter festival, which takes place June 30 – July 3 in Werchter, Belgium.

RIVAL SONS will be performing on Saturday, July 2 on the main stage of Rock Werchter, which is one of Europe’s biggest annual rock festivals.  The band will be sharing the stage with the likes of COLDPLAY, PORTISHEAD, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM and more.

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RIVAL SONS recently confirmed a full UK tour with legendary heavy metal acts JUDAS PRIEST and QUEENSRŸCHE.

RIVAL SONS drummer MICHAEL MILEY commented:

“Holy shit!!  Judas Priest?  Rock royalty!!  Of course we’re excited to support them.  Especially in the UK, our new favourite place!!”

Don’t miss RIVAL SONS on tour in the UK with JUDAS PRIEST and QUEENSRŸCHE at the following shows:

July 15 – Newport, UK – Newport Centre
July 16 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
July 17 – Doncaster, UK – The Dome
July 19 – Glasgow, UK – SECC
July 20 – Newcastle, UK – Metro Arena
July 21 – Wolverhampton, UK – Civic Hall
July 24 – Bournemouth, UK – BIC

RIVAL SONS recently released a new, self-titled digital EP, featuring six tracks of raucous, blues-infused rock.  Get the EP now on iTunes at

Listen to the band’s incredible track, “Torture”, at httpv://

The RIVAL SONS official app is also available now for iPhone, completely free.  The essential app is the best way to stay up-to-date with everything RIVAL SONS, and includes two free listenable tracks from the new EP, along with the latest news, photos, videos and more.  There’s also an exclusive secret teaser trailer for the band’s forthcoming new album, PRESSURE AND TIME, which is due to be released in May on Earache Records.

Get the official free RIVAL SONS app now at

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Budapest Date Added to EPITAPH World Tour

11th August        Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary


After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, JUDAS PRIEST – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

However, the mighty PRIEST will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive

EPITAPH tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name JUDAS PRIEST synonymous with heavy metal!

Motley Crue to Tour South America in 2011

Legendary rockers Motley Crue will tour South America in May 2011 with support act Buckcherry

Motley Crue to Tour South America in 2011 Motley Crue has confirmed that it will tour South America in May 2011 with supporting act Buckcherry as part of its 30th Anniversary world tour. The trek includes stops in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a 2 night stand in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Motley Crue’s first ever performance in Santiago de Chile. The tour’s promoter Gabe Reed commented, “we are very excited to bring Motley Crue to South America this year. They are a legendary band that all South American rock fans are excited to experience for the 1st time ever.”

The dates are as follows:
May 14, 2011 Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena
May 17, 2011 Sao Paulo – Venue TBA
May 19, 2011 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Estadio Cubierto Malvinas Argentinas
May 20, 2011 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Estadio Cubierto Malvinas Argentinas

BLUT AUS NORD: Two New Song Excerpts Available For Streaming

Two two-minute excerpts from the new BLUT AUS NORD songs “Epitome II” and “Epitome IV” are available for streaming on the label’s website. The tracks come off the band’s first part of the “777” trilogy, “777 – Sect(s)” which is scheduled for release on April 18th (April 19th in North America) via Debemur Morti Productions.

Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Epitome 1

2. Epitome 2

3. Epitome 3

4. Epitome 4

5. Epitome 5

6. Epitome 6

The album will be available in a 6-panel digipack CD and noble 12″ LP on April 18th (April 19th in North America). The CD can be pre-ordered now via the label’s webshop at . Customers who take advantage of the pre-order option will qualify for free postage worldwide.



Theoricians of Insane Aestheticism

The faceless Entity. Originating in 1994 from the ashes of VLAD (who released two demos), BLUT AUS NORD are undisputable French Black Metal pioneers, always managing to progress and move forward, evolving in perpetual mutation, developing their own vision of Black Metal. Choosing, from the start, the total opposite path of regressive bands (who copy what others have done ten years earlier and ten times better), BLUT AUS NORD eschews all the inherent clichés belonging to the genre. BLUT AUS NORD’s Black Metal approach is a fist in the face of mainstream mediocrity, becoming more macabre and sinister through a blend of innovative musical research, subliminal mental manipulation, and an incredible haunted, nightmarish feeling based on disharmony. BLUT AUS NORD are creators of a hallucinogenic universe, erasing all preconceived ideas of Black Metal – and extreme music in general.

They redefine the rules…

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