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The Most Metal Xmas Present You Can Give Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore

“Essential reading for metalheads.”
– Billboard

“The definitive account of extreme metal’s origins.”
– Noisey

“If you are a fan of death metal and grindcore, you need this book in your life!”

Looking to deck the halls with Death Metal and Grindcore this holiday season? If so you need to pick up a copy of the fully redesigned version of Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore. Written by Decibel Magazine Editor in chief Albert Mudrian.

Originally released on Feral House in 2004, Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore, is widely recognized as the definitive history of its titular extreme music subgenres. For its (more or less) 10-year anniversary, author Albert Mudrian-editor-in-chief of Decibel Magazine-has chosen life after death in the form of an expanded and revised edition, which flaunts a whopping 100 additional pages of new content.

This fully redesigned hardcover version is the inaugural release of brand-new imprint Decibel Books, and is limited to 3,000 hand-numbered copies. It boasts three new chapters (with new material interspersed among the original 10 chapters), over 50 new interviews (for a total of 200) and a new cover painting by legendary death metal artist Dan Seagrave, recalling elements of his classic Entombed and Morbid Angel album covers. Well over half of the 3000 copies printed have already been sold, so don’t miss your chance to grab one of the remaining copies before it’s too late.

Now out of print, the original Choosing Death has been translated into seven different languages around the world. This exciting history, featuring an introduction by famed DJ John Peel, tells the two-decade-long history of grindcore and death metal through the eyes and ringing ears of the artists, producers and label owners who propelled them. Phil Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera) called it “something special. This is a must-read for anyone who wants a comprehensive ‘who-did-what-when’ book. Thumbs up.”

“Choosing Death is one of the first – and most insightful – documentations about the underground music scene. I still go back to this book to indulge in the stories, the anecdotes and the overall history of a scene that was, and still is a big part of my life. I’m glad that another revised edition sees the light of day, and look forward to more hours to spend with this gem,” says At The Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg

Reign Eternal Announce ‘Premonitions’ EP

UK based metalcore band Reign Eternal has announced their debut EP “Premonitions, set to release December 4th.” The six track album, produced by Ash Scott features singles like “Bloodwater” and “The Amendment”, setting the band apart in Exeter scene. The band has recently released their new single, “Fighting Blind” from the forthcoming album which features Matt Stuart from The Dreamer Within.

“Being trapped in a hateful relationship, ‘Premonitions’ is the voice from some of the lowest points in our lives,” says Ryan Simmons, guitarist.

Watch Reign Eternal’s “Fighting Blind” music video below and make sure to pre-order a physical copy of Premonitions on the band’s online store.

Premonitions Track Listing
1. Intro

2. Fighting Blind

3. Bloodwater

4. The Amendment

5. Oxygen

6. Sins Of Epitah

SHATTERED SUN Announces Fundraiser Shows + Sirius XM Liquid Metal Takeover Happening Now!

Modern metal trailblazers SHATTERED SUN will never stop moving – the band just announced local fundraiser dates and an impending GoFundMe campaign to support the purchase of a new touring van to bring SHATTERED SUN to your town! So far, the band have confirmed two dates, including an acoustic show in Alice, Texas. See below and stay tuned for more dates and the GoFundMe page coming soon.

Confirmed SHATTERED SUN Fundraiser Dates:
12/11 – Alice, TX @ Revo Alice (acoustic) – 8:00pm, $10, special guests TBA
12/12 – Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock – 8:00pm, $10

This week, SHATTERED SUN is officially taking over Sirius XM Liquid Metal! The takeover has begun and runs throughout the remainder of this week. You can hear the band over the airwaves at these upcoming dates and times:

SHATTERED SUN Sirius XM Liquid Metal Takeover Times:
Tuesday November 17 – 8:00p ET
Wednesday November 18 – 4:00p ET
Thursday November 19 – 7:00p ET

SHATTERED SUN recently released their live-action packed video for the track “Waging War”.

The “Waging War” video was directed and filmed by Victory Records and Steven Garcia, and features a collection of footage from the “Dark Roots of Thrash II” tour, this past summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the band’s recent hometown show in Corpus Christi, TX, and the recent first leg of the “We Sold Our Souls to Metal” tour.

SHATTERED SUN’s recently released Victory Records debut, Hope Within Hatred, is available now in-stores, online at iTunes, Amazon Music, FYE, Hastings, and wherever digital music is sold. Hope Within Hatred debuted at #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock charts, as well as within the Top 20 on the iTunes Metal chart and Top 50 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

Marcos Leal – Vocals
Twitter: @marcos_ssun

Daniel Trejo – Guitar
Twitter: @daniel_ssun
Instagram: shattereddaniel

Jessie Santos – Guitar
Twitter: @shatteredjessie

Joseph Guajardo – Bass
Twitter: @joseph_guajardo
Instagram : @josephshattered1
Snapchat: Shatteredjoseph

Robert Garza – Drums
Twitter: @CrasRob
Instagram: shatteredrob
Snapchat: shatteredrob

Henry Garza – Keys/Samples
Twitter: @henrygarza29
Instagram: shatteredhenry
Snapchat: shatteredhenry


German metal guitarist and songwriter, MARC VANDERBERG, schedules US release of “The Four Elements” for November 20, 2015

MARC VANDERBERG’s debut single,?Key to Your Heart,? was released in October 2014 and his debut EP, ?The 4 Elements,? was released in Europe in May 2015. MARC is planning a US release of ?The Four Elements? through HEARYOU MUSIC on November 20.

?I am very excited about the cooperation with HEARYOU MUSIC. These guys really believe in my music?, says MARC.

MARC VANDERBERG is a guitarist/songwriter. All the songs are written, played, produced, mixed and mastered by Marc himself. He describes his genre as Hard Rock / Metal Rock. His guitar style is mainly influenced by the guitar players Kee Marcello (ex-Europe), John Norum and Yngwie J. Malmsteen. Vanderbergs Debut-Single ´Key to your Heart´ was released on October 31, 2014. His Debut-EP ? including four songs ? was released on May 22, 2015 in Europe.

Spoken Releases “Falling Apart” Music Video From Upcoming Album “Breathe Again” (Out December 11th

Spoken has released a music video for their track “Falling Apart” off their upcoming record “Breathe Again” (out December 11th on Artery Recordings). “Falling Apart” is the 2nd single to be released from the album following the critically acclaimed title track “Breathe Again” (featuring Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire) which was released earlier this year. The album is available for pre-order now on iTunes.

Falling Apart was produced by Cameron Mizell and recorded at Chango Studios in Glendale, Arizona. The Video was directed by Sam Link of Collapse Studios and filmed in Columbia, Tennessee at a graveyard for business signs. We were fortunate enough to have Trevor Sarver from The Wedding fill in for the video, which helped us out a lot because he is such a stud and has great hair.

Falling Apart is about our past. We all have a one whether we like it or not. If our past currently affects our future, its no longer our past, Its our present which shapes our future. We can?t let our past define us, instead we need to set new goals and ambitions for our lives, free from the insecurities and doubt which cases us to fall apart. – Spoken

Feign Announce New Album, Releases “Neverest” Lyric Video

Houston-based Hardcore band Feign has announce their debut full length titled The New World Order which is set to release on December 18th. The ten track album, produced by Robby Joyner at Black Book Sound, will be the band’s first release since their EP False Hope in 2012.

“The soundtrack to a rebellion against tyranny and oppression, The New World Order is more than just a political statement: it’s a new breed of downtempo deathcore meant to bring more than the genre?s standard fare to heavy music enthusiasts. It is the culmination of three years of hard work and we are very excited to finally unleash it,” Trevor Phillips comments.

Along with the album announcement, comes Feign’s new single and lyric video, “Neverest” which premiered on Revolver.


Melodic Death / Black Metal band ESHTADUR set to release new EP

Colombian Melodic Death / Black Metal band ESHTADUR will release a new 5 track CD EP entitled “Oblivion” on December 1st through RebelSign. This will be ESHTADUR’s first EP
and fourth release overall.
Since their inception in 2005 ESHTADUR have been making and working with black melodic metal creations, dark melodies & tense environments. By adding harmonic scales & rough guitars with sticky phrases to a range of voices that have evolved their music to even harsher and stronger heights with each release to date. “Oblivion” is the follow up to ESHTADUR’s 2013 full length album “Stay Away From Evil and Get Close to Me” which won two AMS Metal Awards (Best Album, Best Video Clip).

“Oblivion” was recorded at Red Spot Studio & RebelSign Studio (Colombia) and Mixed & Mastered by Diego Rodriguez.

Cover art (Razor Images) and track listing can be found below.

“Oblivion” will be available starting December 1st on the ESHTADUR bandcamp page along with their previous releases.

In addition to the physical release through RebelSign, another pressing of “Oblivion” is expected in 2016 by Gate of Horror Rec.


01. In a Trance With Darkness (05:14)
02. Last Day of the Condor (03:14)
03. Heavens to the Ground (03:24)
04. The Currency of My Empire (03:25)
05. The Rebellion (04:08)

Echo Black


To see the men of EB, a NY/NJ Rock the F out kind of band, you instantly (I did) think Goth Metal, maybe. a biker band. Well, You could be right, but you won’t know because you missed them in concert, at the Granada in Lawrence, Ks. (Great Venue, if you haven’t made the trip over from KC). They look like Ozzy and Marilyn Manson had a love child. Tongue in cheek of course.

I would have given a lot to look like these guys, good looks, glam looks, the kind of guy, you pull your daughters hand to move her out of their way.  On top of that, every member is absolutely SOLID.

I enjoyed the opening appetizer “Burden of the day,” it was full of good beats, Bass was killin it, in the good sex kinda of way. Danny, has a great range, his upper register as good as any and better than most. I made a note that the drums were crisp.

Pleasant Nightmare, was 2nd in the setlist. It had some great harmonies. I lost Danny’s lower register in the heavy drive of Bass and Drums, I went to the cd, and likes this song, You should download it from iTunes or on one of the services.

This was followed by “In the Dark,” Set Me on Fire (Best song of the night for me)

Something to Believe In, and the Finale “Perfect” and it was.

In the 2nd song, I lost the vocals, That Risky Business movie line, “There is a slight preponderance of Bass.” I am not saying this in a negative way, This entire show was great.

I?m saying this in a “I can?t wait till they tour as a non opener,” where there is just a few more feet of stage because other bands have cleared the stage and they have a full time soundman, not someone who only worries how good the closer is.

The 98.9 and ROCKFEST groups will support these guys.

I fully give them “6 strings”, they are still in my truck cd player, tho, I have shifted their CD fm truck, to Harley, to laptop and back several times.

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Michael Bridges – Photos by Kuhl Pics


Marc Vanderberg Unleashes “The Four Elements” in the US

German metal guitarist and songwriter, MARC VANDERBERG, schedules US release of “The Four Elements” for November 20, 2015.

MARC VANDERBERG?s debut single, “Key to Your Heart,” was released in October 2014 and his debut EP, “The Four Elements,” was released in Europe in May 2015. MARC is planning a US release of “The Four Elements” through HEARYOU MUSIC on November 20.

“I am very excited about the cooperation with HEARYOU MUSIC. These guys really believe in my music”, says MARC


MARC VANDERBERG is a guitarist/songwriter. All the songs are written, played, produced, mixed and mastered by Marc himself. He describes his genre as Hard Rock / Metal Rock. His guitar style is mainly influenced by the guitar players Kee Marcello (ex-Europe), John Norum and Yngwie J. Malmsteen. Vanderbergs Debut-Single “Key to your Heart” was released on October 31, 2014. His Debut-EP – The Four Elements – was released on May 22, 2015 in Europe and is scheduled for US release on November 20, 2015.


Storm, Thunder, and Lightening – Featuring Paulo Cuevas on Vocals
Key To Your Heart – Featuring Paulo Cuevas on Vocals
Devil May Care – Featuring Goran Edman on Vocals
Corrosion of Society – Featuring Paulo Cuevas on Vocals



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Escape The Fate “Hate Me Tour 2015” Aftershock Live Music Venue Merriam, Ks

escape albumA line of all ages fans waited patiently outside the venue for a few hours of seeing Escape the Fate live on a warm Autumn day in Kansas. This post hardcore rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada were there to give their mostly young energetic audience a reason to go wild! Introducing new material from their newly released album Hate Me out October 30, 2015.
Escape the Fate members are: founding member Robert Ortiz (drummer), Craig Mabbitt (vocals), Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft (lead guitar), T.J. Bell (rhythm guitar), Max Green (bass guitar).
As the band entered the stage breaking out into, Just a Memory from their album Hate Me. Giving the audience permission to just go crazy! Lead vocalist Craig Mabbitt entertained the audience with his witty humor and charm. While the rest of the band members showed their individual talents that make this band work so good together.
Followed by other songs for previous albums Ungrateful, This War is Ours. The crowd eagerly waiting for Escape the Fate to start another song, they then begin Gorgeous Nightmare making the already energetic crowd into a frenzy with their familiar hit. The band kept the energy going with a variety of his from past albums.
The night actually went by very quickly considering all the bands on the bill which included: Escape the Fate, A Skylite Drive, Sworn In, Sirens & Sailors, Myka Relocate, The Sin of Eve. The show soon ended though before everyone knew it. This was a great highly energetic show. No one left disappointed. If this is a show coming your way be sure not to miss it.
Not a person seemed disappointed as I went out into the parking lot looking over towards the tour bus to see Craig Mabbitt surrounded by excited fans waiting for autographs and his undivided attention. Don?t forget to get a copy of Hate Me out Now.



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Industrial Rockers POUND OF FLESH Reveal Ghostly “Believe” Music Video

Featuring Ex-MINISTRY Keyboardist Darrell James
New Album “Refills” Out December 11, 2015 via WuLi Records

Chicago, IL alt-industrial hard rock group POUND OF FLESH – featuring former
Ministry keyboardist Darrell James – are set to release a remix album entitled Refills on December 11, 2015 via WuLi Records and INgrooves Music Group. Refills will be available for pre-order via iTunes very soon.

In preparation for the release, the band is pleased to reveal their new music video for the track “Believe”.The video features POUND OF FLESH starring as some tricky ghosts – watch the video now via Bloody-Disgusting:

Darrell James delves into the concept behind the video: “In the video we (the band) are ghosts hanging out with fellow ghosts Helen and Valkyrie opera singer Tamale. While there, paranormal investigators come to the house to investigate the claims that the house is haunted. So we decide to mess with them during their investigation, scaring them out of the house.”

The “Believe” video was directed and edited by Steven McIntosh, and filmed by Beth Hollander and Elizabeth Fraiberg from e3Photography.

Refills was recorded at Drakeraven Studios Chicago 2015 and produced by Darrell James and Steven McIntosh. The album was mixed by Darrell James and mastered by Doug McBride at Gravity Studios Chicago. The album features remixes by Steven McIntosh.

POUND OF FLESH’s previous album Pills can be ordered now via iTunes or the POUND OF FLESH website.

POUND OF FLESH was formed in the late 90’s, and released their first full-length record in 2000, entitled Red & Black. The album received critical acclaim and support from over 250 radio stations nationwide.

While touring regionally in support of Red & Black, frontman Darrell James was introduced to the legendary Al Jourgenson of Ministry. James was invited by Jourgenson to play keyboards during Ministry’s 2003 “Fornicatour.” Darrell agreed, and was subsequently asked to stay on for their 2004 “Evil Doer” tour. Additionally, Darrell’s keyboard and programming work can be heard on Ministry’s Rantology and Rio Grande Blood as well as the Revolting Cocks’ Cocked and Loaded.

In 2008, Darrell started collaborating with keyboardist Steven McIntosh on new material. After perfecting their sound and recruiting the rest of the current incarnation of the band, POF released their aforementioned 2012 album Pill. This marked the launch of what now exists as POUND OF FLESH.
Darrell James – Vocals and drum programming
Steven McIntosh – Keyboards
Alan Stehman – Guitars
Michael X Christian – Bass Guitar

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SWALLOW THE SUN launch video for “Rooms and Shadows”; New triple album “Songs from the North I, II & III” out now!

SWALLOW THE SUN launch video for “Rooms and Shadows”; New triple album “Songs from the North I, II & III” out now!

Melancholy death-doom masters SWALLOW THE SUN have released their eagerly awaited new triple full-length album, Songs from the North I, II & III, today!

The band also launched a brand-new video for the song “Rooms and Shadows”, taken from Songs from the North pt. I. The video was directed and produced by ex- SENTENCED and THE MAN-EATING TREE drummer Vesa Ranta. You can watch it now

Songs from the North I, II & III was received with massive media acclaim. Here are some first soundcheck results:

Legacy (DE) – album of the month!
Metal Hammer (DE) #2
Aardshock (NL) #2
Rock Hard (DE) #3

“The perfect soundtrack for bleak winters, both real and ethereal” 9 out 9
– Metal Hammer UK
“It’s an epic journey, and one that both requires and repays immersion and patience” KKKK – Kerrang


In continued support of “Songs from the North I, II & III”, SWALLOW THE SUN will perform their signature brand of gloom, beauty, and despair live throughout Europe on headlining dates beginning later this month. They will be accompanied by fellow countrymen Wolfheart. Complete list of dates below.

11.26. Berlin, K17, DE
11.27. Hamburg, Headcrash, DE
11.28. Rotterdam, Baroeg, NL
11.29. Apeldoorn, TBC, NL
11.30. Paris, Glazart, FR
12.4. Valencia, Rock City, ES
12.5. Barcelona, Apolo 2, ES
12.6. Madrid, Caracol, ES
12.8. Montpellier, Secret Place, FR
12.9. Pratteln, Z7, CH
12.10. Brescia, Circolo Colony, IT
12.11. Ljbubljana, Orto Bar, SL
12.12. Budapest, Dürer Kert, HU
12.13. Kosice, Colosseum Club, SK
12.14. Krakau, Club Rotunda, PL
12.15. Vienna, Viper Room, AT
12.16. Munchen, Backstage, DE
12.17. Weinheim, Café Zentralbar, DE
12.18. Vosselaar, Biebob, BE
12.19. Bochum, Matrix, DE

Juha Raivio – guitar
Markus Jämsen – guitar
Mikko Kotamäki – vocals
Matti Honkonen -bass
Aleksi Munter – keys
Juuso Raatikainen – drums


German metal guitarist and songwriter, MARC VANDERBERG, has signed a US distribution deal with HEARYOU MUSIC.

MARC VANDERBERG’s debut single,”Key to Your Heart,” was released in October 2014 and his debut EP, “The 4 Elements,” was released in Europe in May 2015. MARC is planning a US release of “The 4 Elements” through HEARYOU MUSIC later this month.

“I am very excited about the cooperation with HEARYOU MUSIC. These guys really believe in my music”, says MARC.



MARC VANDERBERG is a guitarist/songwriter. All the songs are written, played, produced, mixed and mastered by Marc himself. He describes his genre as Hard Rock / Metal Rock. His guitar style is mainly influenced by the guitar players Kee Marcello (ex-Europe), John Norum and Yngwie J. Malmsteen. VANDERBERG’S Debut-Single, “Key to your Heart” was released on October 31, 2014. His Debut-EP – including four songs – was released on May 22, 2015 in Europe.  He is planning a North American release of “The Four Elements” later this month through HEARYOU MUSIC.


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LAMB OF GOD Announces Early 2016 U.S. Headline Tour

Featuring Support from Special Guests ANTHRAX
& More Bands TBA

Tickets On Sale Friday, November 13th

World-renowned American heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD are pleased to announce their upcoming January/February 2016 U.S. headline tour featuring direct support from very special guests and thrash metal legends Anthrax, with additional support from two more bands to be announced soon. The tour will begin on Friday, January 15th in Pittsburgh, PA and visit several major U.S. markets before coming to a close in Los Angeles, CA on February 12th. Please see below for all confirmed tour dates.

General on-sale for tickets begins this Friday, November 13th at 10:00am local time. American Express Card Members can also purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, November 10th at 2:00 P.M. local time through Thursday, November 12th at 10:00 P.M. local time, in select markets.

LAMB OF GOD is touring in support of their new studio album VII: Sturm Und Drang, which launched via Epic Records and debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 charts this past summer. VII: Sturm Und Drang is available for purchase now.

LAMB OF GOD 2016 Tour Dates w/ Anthrax, Deafheaven & Kylesa:
Fri/Jan-15 Pittsburgh, PA@ Stage AE (Indoor)
Sat/Jan-16 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Sun/Jan-17 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Tue/Jan-19 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Fri/Jan-22 Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center
Sat/Jan-23 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Sun/Jan-24 Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale
Thu/Jan-28 Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Fri/Jan-29 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Sat/Jan-30 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Sun/Jan-31 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
Tue/Feb-02 Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Thu/Feb-04 Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
Fri/Feb-05 Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
Sat/Feb-06 Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Pavilion
Mon/Feb-08 Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Tue/Feb-09 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Thu/Feb-11 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Fri/Feb-12 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

Stay tuned for more information coming soon about the tour.

Richmond, VA natives LAMB OF GOD originally formed in 1994 as Burn The Priest while in college together at Virginia Commonwealth University, initially performing in meagre venues and hocking rough demos amongst the local scene. In 1998, the band changed their moniker to LAMB OF GOD, which would mark their impending ascension to top-tier status, as well as one of the only tangible career deviations that the band would ever undertake – having consistently released chart-topper after chart-topper while maintaining a true and constant line-up of members and increasingly growing fanbase; a rarity in modern music. The band’s first major release, 2000’s New American Gospel, was immediately touted as an instant metal classic. AllMusic stated it best, “The essential signatures of post-Pantera metal are in abundance on Lamb of God’s inaugural album. New American Gospel provides a mighty oak upon which gritty American metal’s faith is maintained, effectively bridging the ’90s’ insistence upon drill-sergeant technicality and the old school’s determined focus on riff construction.”

In 2007, just a short time after putting out monumentally successful releases Ashes of the Wake (Album, 2004, #27 of 200 debut), Killadelphia (DVD, 2004, RIAA Platinum), and Sacrament (Album, 2006, #8 of 200 debut), LAMB OF GOD was honored with a Grammy nomination for the track “Redneck”. This would mark the first of four Grammy nominations for the band. After the release of Walk With Me In Hell (DVD, 2008), the second and third Grammy nominations came in 2010 and 2011 for tracks “Set to Fail” and “In Your Words”, both cut from Wrath (CD, 2009, #2 of 200 debut). The fourth nomination arrived for the band’s track “Ghost Walking”, cut from their 2012 album Resolution (CD, #3 of 200 debut). With the release of VII: Sturm Und Drang, the five-piece have proven their lasting consistency by offering another blistering contribution of the highest quality heavy metal – a record that no one other than LAMB OF GOD could truly execute.

Having amassed the globe with countless world tours and millions of albums sold, all-the-while overcoming countless hurdles ranging from personal demons to vocalist Randy Blythe’s 2013 trial in Prague (which resulted in the acclaimed 2014 full-length feature documentary, As The Palaces Burn, and book, Dark Days: A Memoir, authored by the frontman and releasing in July), LAMB OF GOD stands the test of time as the biggest, most influential heavy metal band of the new millennium.

LAMB OF GOD is Randy Blythe (vocals), Mark Morton (guitar), Willie Adler (guitar), John Campbell (bass), and Chris Adler (drums).

Morbid Tales: A Tribute To Celtic Frost 12-Inch Featuring Child Bite With Philip H. Anselmo, Municipal Waste And More Streaming In Full At Revolver; Release To Drop This Friday Via Corpse Flower Records

This Friday marks the final descent of Morbid Tales: A Tribute To Celtic Frost, a maniacal 12-inch compilation featuring the likes of Child Bite with Philip H. Anselmo, Persekutor, Acid Witch, Temple Of Void, Municipal Waste, Hayward featuring Scott Kelly and Jason Roeder of Neurosis, Evoken and Coffin’s Slave featuring Scott Carlson of Repulsion all paying tribute to one of extreme metal’s most influential acts. The MP3 bonus track includes Black Anvil’s previously released rendition of “Dethroned Emperor” while a bonus flexi disc boasts a second appearance by Coffin’s Slave with their reinterpretation of Hellhammer’s “Reaper.”

In celebration of its release, today Revolver brings you the collection in its punishing entirety.

Morbid Tales: A Tribute To Celtic Frost serves as the supplement to Morbid Tales! An Illustrated Tribute To Celtic Frost, a mammoth 155-page comic with illustrations and illustrated anecdotes from an eclectic assemblage of metal musicians and authors. Released last year via Corpse Flower Records, in cooperation with CV Comics, the tome was edited by renowned illustrator Mark Rudolph and is the second in a planned trilogy of metal-centric graphic novels following Rudolph’s 2012-issued Satan Is Alive; A Tribute To Mercyful Fate.

The Morbid Tales: A Tribute To Celtic Frost LP will be limited to five-hundred copies in five color variants with a bonus transparent red flexi and will be released via Corpse Flower Records on November 13th, 2015 with preorders currently available.

Heat Of Damage Release “Judgment Day” Music Video From New Album “Open Fire”

Folsom, California Hard Rock / Heavy Metal band Heat Of Damage have released their “Judgment Day” music video from their debut album Open Fire which is available for purchase now on iTunes. The video for “Judgement Day” was filmed at Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California and was edited by Matt Thomas.

“Judgment Day” was written to be a powerful F*ck You song, plain and simple. The lyrics are written from the perspective of someone who has been wronged, whose response is to be the better person. My contributions to the writing process come from my own experiences of essentially the exact same thing; being wronged and priding myself on being a better person than those who would treat me poorly. The musicality aspect of the song is very heavy, like 80’s era heavy metal sounding (interestingly enough, we called the riff 80’s metal before the song became Judgment Day). The harmonized guitar solo was thrown in because I am very influenced by the guitar stylings of Iron Maiden, and love the way harmonized guitar sounds. – David Haug

The song started out as just a simple guitar riff that I came up with. As soon as I played it at a rehearsal one day, Julian started pounding away on his drums and the sound of the song started to take form. From the beginning I knew this song was going to be something special, and I was not wrong. We decided to make it the first official single from the album because it strongly represents exactly what Heat Of Damage is, and what this album will sound like as a whole. Personally, I think it’s the best song we have ever written. – Nick Lassalette


New Rock-Metal Supergroup CYBERSTAR Release Debut Lyric Video “Eye For An Eye”

New Rock-Metal Supergroup CYBERSTAR featuring Vocalist Jasen Moreno (Drowning Pool), Guitarist Billy Grey (Fozzy), and Drummer Dusty Winterrowd (Allele) have released a lyric video for their debut single “Eye For An Eye”. The track which originally premiered with REVOLVER Magazine is the first to be released from the band’s upcoming debut EP out early next year. “Eye For An Eye” is available for purchase now on iTunes.

“Eye For An Eye” is a tune about not taking any shit and staying strong and never giving up. – Billy Grey (CYBERSTAR)

New Rock-Metal Super Project CYBERSTAR was spawned when Vocalist Jasen Moreno (Drowning Pool) and Guitarist Billy Grey (Fozzy) met while on tour together in Europe and decided to get together to write some songs. With the addition of Drummer Dusty Winterrowd (Allele), great chemistry came together and the writing process began. The music and songs were constructed cyberly and an EP is in the works. The first 2 songs recorded for release are Eye for an Eye and Floods with show announcements soon to follow.

Long in the Tooth Releases New Single – Ballad of Jewels

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Sacramento?s Long in the Tooth released Ballad of Jewels from their untitled CD due out in December 2015.  The new single is available on iTunes, Amazon, and other online music stores and streaming sites.

As the band, LITT, we feel that the tune, Ballad of Jewels, moved something deep inside all of us, bringing forth from the depth of our souls, our inner REO Speedwagon!   Joe MachineGun Moody


Long In The Tooth Is:

Anthony Vallejos- Vocals

Jeff Marsh ? Guitar

Dean Marshall Van Gelder- Guitar

Chris Alosi ? Bass/Vocals

Joe ?Machine Gun? Moody ? Drums


News from Tobias:

?What do Geoff Tate, Dee Snider, Michael Kiske, Robert Mason, Jorn Lande, Bob Catley, Ronnie Atkins, Olli Hartmann and me have in common with Marco Hietala of Nightwish? Yes, we?re all good looking, funny and amazingly talented? AND: we?ll be on the new Avantasia album Ghostlights ? out in January 2016.

About Marco: It was August 1997 and we were in Helsinki to mix the Vain Glory Opera album of Edguy when someone played the band Tarot to me. That great band seemed to be some sort of a legend in Finland (in Germany Tarot were not really known at the time). A few years later a band called Nightwish had appeared on the map and were about to take the European Metal world upside down. Edguy played a festival in England with Saxon and amongst others: Nightwish! I remember even though they had a great female vocalist how much I loved the rendition of Ozzy Osbourne?s ?Crazy Train? that they did ? if I remember correctly ? which was sung by their bass player. You know, a lot of bass players are bass players because they wanna be in a band too; and there?s only so much damage you can do to the sound of a band with just a bass. Sometimes they?re only in the band because they talk enough to organize things or they have a day job to finance the first demo recordings, nice stage clothes, or sun glasses, but at the end of the day, most of them aren?t taken seriously because? well, because they?re bass players. And they?re always suspicious?  Anyway ? I don?t need a bass player because I play bass myself (not as good as Marco, but I am the cheaper solution for my own project, ha!). AND Marco is more than a bass player, he is a proper musician! I have no clue why it took so long until I eventually asked Marco Hietala (that bass playing vocalist with the two beards and the voice!!) if he could imagine singing a role on an Avantasia album. Now it is happening! And the results kick ass! You will love it! We?re putting together an epic Metal record I believe?

Furthermore Robert Mason (Warrant) can been confirmed to sing on the new album as well. Robert first made a name for himself back in the early nineties as the lead singer in Lynch Mob. Robert is an amazing singer coming from what some would call a different musical world, and he contributed something very unique to the Avantasia world. He really gave the songs what they needed! You will hear it!

Cheerz, Tobi?

Nuisance Releases “Annunaki” Lyric Video


St. Paul, Minnesota based Metal band Nuisance have released their “Annunaki” lyric video. The lyric video originally premiered with REVOLVER Magazine, and the track is from the band’s latest ablum “Kill The Silence” which is available now on iTunes.

About Nuisanse:
One of the most explosive hard hitting bands is emerging from the dark depths of the MIDWEST; that has birthed some of the biggest metal bands to the world (SLIPKNOT, MUSHROOMHEAD, MUDVAYNE)..

Hailing from the dirty and dark streets of Minneapolis/St Paul Minnesota since 2005 explodes NUISANCE! NUISANCE brings you heavy hitting drum beats with the insane Rick Fisher, melodic and technical riffs by Suspense & Philth, deep bass/backup vocals from loose cannon Shaggs, mind blowing samples by the one and only D.J. Switch, and front man Vicious flows with dynamic range, big hooks and catchy lyrics.

NUISANCE signed with SID Wilson (#0 of SLIPKNOT) at Mach 2.8 Entertainment in December of 2013. Soon after playing the legendary SXSW (South by Southwest) Music Festival in Austin Texas, Dirt Fest (2014) in Birch Run Michigan with metal GODS and friends KILL SWITCH ENGAGE. NUISANCE was also on the Art of Fury Tour (2015) with THE REAKTION and the one and only OTEP.

In 2012 they released the 12 track album KILL THE SILENCE with two videos to follow for tracks ?PRIAPISAM? and ?THE MESSAGE?. Vicious ?The album was written, produced, and recorded by ourselves. Keeping it self-made which very few bands can do. We pride ourselves in hard work and dedication to our art.? A third lyric video for ?ANUNNAKI? will be released soon. Vicious ?The song is one of our more dynamic songs on KILL THE SILENCE. It?s clearly about Dinosaurs {with a smile} this is one of my favorites off KILL THE SILENCE.? NUISANCE also have another EP ?5 STAR?. Both KILL THE SILENCE and 5 STAR are available on ITUNES.

Some of the bands that are a huge influence on NUISANCE are RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PANTERA, DEFTONES, and of course SLIPKNOT! You will definitely here some of these influences on the next NUISANCE album which they are currently in the process of writing to be released in 2016.

So be on the lookout for upcoming shows and the new album due in 2016. In the meantime ..????. BE THE NUISANCE!!!

Happy Holidays! Yahoo Music Reveals Magical New WIZARDS OF WINTER Music Video for “The Spirit of Christmas”

Album Art Illustrated by Ioannis (Styx, Dream Theater, Deep Purple)

You have heard new tracks from the WIZARDS OF WINTER in anticipation of the holiday season, but now you can witness this holiday rock ensemble in action! Yahoo Music is currently hosting the exclusive premiere of the band?s enchanting new music video for ?The Spirit of Christmas?! Transport yourself a snowy wonderland here at Yahoo Music.

The video was filmed at The Sherman Theater in East Stroudsburg, PA and features soaring jib and drone shots, showcasing the full power of the WIZARDS OF WINTER on-stage holiday experience. The video is directed by Tommy Jones of Videohammer Studios.

Music director/keyboardist Scott Kelly states, ?The concept of the video taking place inside a snow globe closely aligns to the live production of our holiday rock opera (see below for more information). The libretto, presented by our narrator at the concerts, asks the audience to join us aboard the Arctic Flyer as we journey inside the snow globe in search of the true meaning of Christmas.?

?The Spirit of Christmas? and several other timeless tracks can be heard on the band?s upcoming album, The Magic of Winter, produced by Eric Rachel at Traxeast (Symphony X, Skid Row, Styx). The album hits stores on November 12, 2015. Pre-order here:

Witness the WIZARDS OF WINTER on tour!

The WIZARDS OF WINTER ? which features original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra ? recently announced ?An Evening with Wizards of Winter?: a 20-city U.S. holiday tour beginning November 19th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and ending on December 29th in Harrisburg, PA.

The WIZARDS OF WINTER will perform an entire set of original holiday music and select Trans-Siberian Orchestra favorites at each stop of their theatrical, family-oriented rock opera experience. See below for a full listing of tour dates.

Tickets for ?An Evening with Wizards of Winter? are on sale now and available for purchase via

?An Evening with WIZARDS OF WINTER? Tour Dates:

11/19 ? Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
11/20 ? Clearwater, FL @ The Capitol Theatre
11/21 ? Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
11/22 ? Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
11/27 ? Wilkes Barre, PA @ F.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts
11/28 ? Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
12/3 ? Concord, NH @ Capitol Center For The Arts
12/4 ? Collingswood, NJ @ Collingswood Scottish Rite Theatre
12/5 ? Easton, PA @ The State Theater Performing Arts Center
12/6 ? Sugarloaf, NY @ Sugarloaf Performing Arts Center
12/9 ? Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
12/11 ? Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom
12/12 ? Kalamazoo, MI @ The Kalamazoo State Theatre
12/13 ? Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
12/16 ? Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12/17 ? Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
12/18 ? Effingham, IL @ Effingham Performing Arts Center
12/20 ? Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
12/26 ? Albany, NY @ The Egg
12/27 ? Syracuse, NY @ Crouse Hinds Theater
12/29 ? Harrisburg, PA @ The Forum

The WIZARDS OF WINTER are an eclectic group of musicians from the NY/NJ/PA tri-state region who perform classical and progressive-influenced rock music woven throughout a theatrical holiday-themed event. While the group?s style is undoubtedly inspired by the genius of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), the WIZARDS OF WINTER are far from a TSO tribute band. The the Wizards? original material is very unique and has a broad audience appeal, applied in a more intimate setting.

As a testament to the virtuosity of the group, several original members of the
Trans-Siberian Orchestra have joined the WIZARDS OF WINTER on their musical journey. Currently performing with the group are Guy LeMonnier and Tony Gaynor. Tommy Farese and Michael Lanning, also former members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, have performed with the band on occasion as well.

Scott Kelly ? Music Director, Keyboards
Steve Ratchen ? Bass
Sharon Kelly ? Flute, Vocals
Fred Gorhau ? Guitar
Mary McIntrye ? Keyboards, vocals
Tommy Ference ? Drums
TW Durfy ? Guitar
Natalia Niarezka ? Violin
Guy LeMonnier ? vocals
Vincent Jiovino ? vocals
Tony Gaynor ? Narration

To learn more about the WIZARDS OF WINTER, please visit and


‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ Tour On-Sales:
Fan Club On-Sale to Begin September 9
Public Tickets Available Beginning September 18

Los Angeles, CA – September 9, 2015 – Earlier this month, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) announced the dates of its 2015 Winter Tour based on the group’s cherished Yuletide story, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” Now, TSO is pleased to announce that each concert ticket will come with a digital copy of the group’s highly-anticipated upcoming studio album, Letters From The Labyrinth (Lava Records/Republic Records). Letters From The Labyrinth, which is set to be released Nov. 13, 2015 is TSO’s first full-length album since 2009’s Night Castle, and fans who purchase tickets to the 2015 Winter Tour will be among the first to hear it.

Tour pre-sale tickets will be available to fan club members from Sept. 9 through Sept. 11, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Sept. 18 (see for details). For every ticket purchased online, fans will receive a digital download of Letters From The Labyrinth on the album’s release date.

Letters From The Labyrinth is a bold, conceptually provocative song cycle that finds TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O’Neill along with his composers, arrangers, singers and players pushing the proverbial envelope yet again — this time with what he calls TSO’s “first straight-ahead album” in the wake of its signature rock operas.

Fans of the rock operas will still be sated, as the 2015 Winter Tour is based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, the “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” This enchanting story follows the journey of a young runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall’s past. “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” features such lasting crowd-pleasers as “Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” TSO will take the 2015 Winter Tour to 60 cities across North America to perform 100 shows.

Tour dates for TSO’s 2015 Winter Tour (US & Canada Dates)

11/18/2015 Council Bluffs IA Mid-America Center 7:30 PM
11/18/2015 Erie PA Erie Insurance Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/19/2015 Charleston WV Charleston Civic Center 7:30 PM
11/19/2015 Des Moines IA Wells Fargo Arena 7:30 PM
11/20/2015 Columbia SC Colonial Life Arena 8:00 PM
11/21/2015 Denver CO Pepsi Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/21/2015 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/22/2015 Colorado Springs CO World Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/22/2015 Greenville SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/24/2015 Salt Lake City UT EnergySolutions Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/25/2015 Reading PA Santander Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/27/2015 Spokane WA Spokane Arena 8:00 PM
11/27/2015 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/28/2015 Manchester NH Verizon Wireless Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/28/2015 Seattle WA KeyArena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/29/2015 Hartford CT XL Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/29/2015 Portland OR Moda Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/2/2015 Louisville KY KFC Yum! Center 7:30 PM
12/2/2015 Sacramento CA Sleep Train Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/3/2015 Ft Wayne IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 7:30 PM
12/3/2015 San Jose CA SAP Center 7:30 PM
12/4/2015 Cincinnati OH US Bank Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/4/2015 San Diego CA Valley View Casino Center 8:00 PM
12/5/2015 Dayton OH Nutter Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/5/2015 Ontario CA Citizens Business Bank Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/6/2015 Grand Rapids MI Van Andel Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/6/2015 Phoenix AZ Gila River Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/9/2015 Austin TX Frank Erwin Center 7:00 PM
12/9/2015 Richmond VA Richmond Coliseum 7:30 PM
12/10/2015 New Orleans LA Smoothie King Center 7:30 PM
12/10/2015 Washington DC Verizon Center 7:30 PM
12/11/2015 Jacksonville FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 8:00 PM
12/11/2015 Wilkes-Barre PA Mohegan Sun Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/12/2015 Newark NJ Prudential Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/12/2015 Orlando FL Amway Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/13/2015 Albany NY Times Union Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/13/2015 Tampa FL Amalie Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/16/2015 Atlanta GA Gwinnett Center 7:30 PM
12/16/2015 Providence RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center 7:30 PM
12/17/2015 Boston MA TD Garden 7:30 PM
12/17/2015 Little Rock AR North Little Rock Verizon Arena 7:30 PM
12/18/2015 Hershey PA Giant Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/18/2015 Houston TX Toyota Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/19/2015 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/19/2015 San Antonio TX AT&T Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/20/2015 Buffalo NY First Niagara Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/20/2015 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/22/2015 Ottawa ON Canadian Tire Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/22/2015 Wichita KS INTRUST Bank Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/23/2015 Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/23/2015 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/26/2015 Columbus OH Jerome Schottenstein Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/26/2015 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/27/2015 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/27/2015 St Louis MO Scottrade Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/28/2015 Chicago IL Allstate Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/29/2015 Detroit MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/30/2015 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/30/2015 St Paul MN Xcel Energy Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Brainswitch Releases Debut Album – And The World Will Sleep

Brainswitch is 5-piece alternative-metal band coming from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Specific sound of this band is based on elements that goes all the way from mystic soundscapes, grunge harmonies, stoner rock elements to post metal atmospheres.

The band’s debut album “And The World Will Sleep” was released in May, 2015 by Nocturne Media label and contains 12 songs.

“And The World Will Sleep” gained favorable reviews among music critics. With total duration of 70 minutes, songs are characterized with psychedelic melancholy, colored with energetic riffs and lyrically morbid and abstract visions, which gives the full picture of this anamorfic journey.

Album is recorded in Pavarotti Music Center and Epicenter Studio (BA). Mastering of album was done by James Plotkin (Plotkinworks Studio, Philadephia, USA), more known for his work with ISIS, Pelican, Khanate, Phantomsmasher, Khlyst, Nadja, Sunn O))), Earth etc.

First music video from the album for the song “Silver” is just released.

And The World Will Sleep tracklist:
01. The Room Of Lagnia
02. Borderliner
03. Silver
04. Lost Perseids
05. Face The Circle
06. After
07. Misleading Paths Of Red
08. Sound That Makes Them Sleep
09. Summer Daze
10. Them
11. Skull Show In The Town Of Dust
12. And The World Will Sleep

And the World Will Sleep is available on digital services (DEEZER, SPOTIFY, GOOGLE PLAY, RDIO)

Also, album is available on band’s official webpage and Youtube channel.

Interview with Butcher Babies Carla and Heidi

Butcher Babies Carla and Heidi, “Wendy O is our First Lady.”

Metal Maiden Media’s Carina Montgomery and Chris Cipolla interview Butcher Babies Carla and Heidi at The Riot Room October 2o, 2015 Kansas City, Mo. Both ladies talk about new album, “Take it like a man.”


to view photos of Butcher Babies go to:

Long In The Tooth – New Single – Ballad of Jewels

cd cover

Sacramento rockers, Long In The Tooth, are releasing their first single from their upcoming CD.  The yet unnamed CD is due out in December.  The single from this CD is a beautiful ballad entitled, Ballad of Jewels.  According to Joe ?MachineGun Moody? ? ?As the band, LITT, we feel that the tune, Ballad of Jewels, moved something deep inside all of us, bringing forth from the depth of our souls, our inner REO Speedwagon!?  The single, Ballad of Jewels, will release on November 3 on iTunes, as well as other online stores and streaming sites.


Long In The Tooth Is:

Anthony Vallejos- Vocals

Jeff Marsh ? Guitar

Dean Marshall Van Gelder- Guitar

Chris Alosi ? Bass/Vocals

Joe ?Machine Gun? Moody ? Drums

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