Sunday, 31 August 2008

Exodus Reveal Cover Art

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have completed work on a re-recording of their classic 1985 debut album, "Bonded by Blood". Produced by guitarist Gary Holt, the new CD, entitled "Let There Be Blood", was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California; JKZ Production Studio in San Rafael, California; with vocal tracks recorded at J. Rod Production Studios in New City, New York. Andy Sneap mixed the CD at his Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England.
An October 28, 2008 release through Zaentz Records is expected.

The Artwork

Commented Holt: "After many years in the planning and discussion stage, we have finally completed the re-recording of 'Bonded By Blood'. We have decided to call it 'Let There Be Blood' and it is our way of paying homage to Paul Baloff [former EXODUS vocalist who passed away in 2002] by showing how relevant these songs we had written together still are. We aren't trying to replace the original; that's impossible anyway. We are just giving these songs the benefit of modern production. It's something we talked about before Paul's death and it's always been important to us to do. We were super-excited about entering the studio once again to record these classics, and now it's back to writing the next studio record!"

Be sure to check this CD out when it is released!


Dark Tranquillity Part With Bassist

Swedish death metallers, Dark Tranquillity, have parted ways with bassist Michael Nicklasson. The band, who are about to head out on tour, will continue on with a session bassist.

A statement from Michael, from an email sent out by label, Century Media:

"After almost 10 years and tons of tours and festivals, I chose to leave D.T. for personal reasons. It's been so cool all this time to meet all the people and the tons of fans around the world, and all the friends that I got during this amazing journey - crew, fans and all the people I (we) worked with. I can't name everyone, as the list would take up all the space on the web site, but I'm going to miss all of you that worked and supported us (me) during these years, but this is the right thing to do, I really need a break."

"There are no hard feelings in the band; it's a thing that we all felt was the best for DT. Now I'm going to kick back for a while, and then I'll see what's in the future for me. I wish the best for the rest off the boys in my old crew, and to all: I'm coming back in one way or another......thanks to all off you! Cheers!"

The dates for the tour are as follows:

Oct 24 2008 8:00P kato berlin, Berlin
Oct 25 2008 8:00P Grünspan hamburg, Hamburg
Oct 26 2008 8:00P Bibelot Doordrecht
Oct 27 2008 8:00P Biebob vosselaar
Oct 28 2008 8:00P Locomotive paris
Oct 29 2008 8:00P Ninkasi kao Lyon
Oct 31 2008 8:00P Rolling Stone milano
Nov 1 2008 8:00P Estragon Bologna
Nov 2 2008 8:00P Alpheus rome
Nov 4 2008 8:00P New Age treviso
Nov 5 2008 8:00P Gala Hala Ljubljana
Nov 6 2008 8:00P Szene Vienna
Nov 7 2008 8:00P Orpheum Graz
Nov 8 2008 8:00P Salzhaus Winterthur
Nov 9 2008 8:00P Backstage Munich
Nov 10 2008 8:00P Röhre Stuttgart
Nov 11 2008 8:00P Underground Cologne
Nov 12 2008 8:00P Pumpehuset Copenhagen
Nov 13 2008 8:00P John Dee Oslo
Nov 14 2008 8:00P Brewhouse göteborg
Nov 15 2008 8:00P Valhall skövde
Nov 16 2008 8:00P Tyrol stockholm
Nov 18 2008 8:00P Hårdrocksklubben östersund
Nov 20 2008 8:00P Platens linköping
Nov 21 2008 8:00P KB malmö
Nov 22 2008 8:00P Folkets Park Huskvarna

For more information on the band, head on over to their Myspace page:

Wykked Wytch New Cover

Taken from the band's Myspace page:
Due to the overwhelming response for our "Sweet Dreams" cover, we've been asked by the fans for another cover song. This time we have decided to rape Evanescence's "Bring Me To Life" which is now streaming on our myspace page.

The track was recorded by Matt LaPlant (Nonpoint, Sikth) & Gus Rios (Malevolent Creation) at Bieler Bros. Studios in Pompano Beach, FL. Mixing & Mastering was handled by Eric Rachel (ATREYU, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN) at Trax East Studios in NJ.

The song will be available exclusively through iTunes and other digital online stores in October. There are also plans for the song to be included on a movie soundtrack early next year. More details to follow.

Don't forget to check out WYKKED WYTCH appearing on the mainstage of Indianapolis Metalfest II - September 26-27

To purchase tickets & more info check out the official site:
www. indianapolismetalfest. com / www. myspace. com/indymetalfest

We also have some Euro tour plans coming up this fall with an official announcement coming soon!

Check Wykked Wytch out at:

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Deicide To Return To Australia This December

That's right, Florida Based death metallers are returning to destroy out ears with pure, molten hot metal! Make sure you see them at one of these shows.

Dec. 08 - Perth - Club Capitol
Dec. 09 - Adelaide - Fowlers Live
Dec. 10 - Melbourne - Hi Fi Bar
Dec. 11 - Sydney - The Metro
Dec. 12 - Brisbane - The Arena

Their new album 'Till Death Do Us Part' is now out.

Thursday, 28 August 2008

New Sonic Syndicate Video/In Flames Tour

Sonic Syndicate have posted a video of their new single on their Myspace page. The new track, called Jack Of Diamonds, is the first track taken from their forthcoming album, Love And Other Disasters, which will be released next month through Nuclear Blast.

Check the video out at:

The band will also be on tour next month with label mates, In Flames, and Gojira. The dates shall be as follows:

27 Glasgow Barrowlands Scotland/UK
28 Birmingham Academy UK
29 Manchester Academy UK
01 London Astoria UK
03 Luxembourg Den Atelier LUX
04 Cologne Paladium GER
05 Wiesbaden Schlachthof GER
07 Brussels AB BEL
08 Paris Zenith FRA
09 Tilburg 013 HOL
10 Nancy L’escale FRA
11 Lyon Tranbordeur FRA
13 Barcelona Razzamatazz 1 ESP
14 Granada La Copera ESP
15 Madrid La Riviera ESP
16 Bilbao Rock Star Live ESP
18 Fribourg Fri-son CHE
19 Munich Zenith GER
20 Vienna Gassometer AT
21 Milano Alcatraz ITA
22 Zurich Volkshaus CHE
24 Dresden Alter Schlacthof GER
25 Berlin Columbiahalle GER
27 Helsinki Cable Factory FIN
29 Stockholm Annexet SWE
30 Stockholm Annexet SWE
31 Oslo Sentrum Scene NOR
November 2008
01 Gothenburg Lisebergshallen SWE
02 Gothenburg Lisebergshallen SWE

Soilwork European Tour Dates 2008

Swedish metallers Soilwork have announced tour dates for the end of 2008 around Europe. The dates are as follows:

06.11. D Hamburg - Grünspan
07.11. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
08.11. NL Dordrecht - Blebelot
10.11. UK Manchester - Club Academy
11.11. UK Bristol - Thekla
12.11. UK Oxford - Zodiac
13.11. UK Newport - TJ´s
14.11. UK Exeter - Lemongrove
15.11. UK Birmingham - Academy 2
16.11. UK Glasgow - Cathouse
18.11. UK Nottingham - Basement
19.11. UK Norwich - Waterfront
20.11. UK London - Islington Academy
21.11. B Vosselaar - Biebob
22.11. F Paris - Le Trabendo
23.11. F Strassbourg - La Laiterie
25.11. E Bilbao - Café Anzokia
26.11 E Madrid - Sala Live
27.11. E Barcelona - Razzamataz 2
28.11. F Lyon - Transbordeur
29.11. CH Basel - Z7
30.11. IT Milan - Alcatraz
02.12. A Wien - Szene
03.12. HU Budapest - A 38
04.12. CZ Prag - Futurum
05.12. D Leipzig - Conne Island
06.12. D München - Backstage
07.12. D Karlsruhe - Substage
08.12. D Köln - Underground
10.12. S Stockholm - Debaser Medis
11.12. S Göteborg - Brewhouse
12.12. S Malmö - KB

Sunday, 24 August 2008

How deadly is your music?

According to Daily Dispatch Online, less than a week after a South African teenager killed a fellow student with a sword and wounded three others while wearing a mask similar to masks worn by heavy metal band SLIPKNOT, speculation about the reasons for his behavior has ranged from the influence of Satanism to drugs, from bullying to the pervasive effect of popular culture and media on young minds.

Seventeen-year-old Selborne College student Lloyd Zacharias looks anything but a SLIPKNOT fan. He's a well-mannered matriculant. His tucked shirt is crisp and he is very articulate.

Given the grotesque image of SLIPKNOT, few people would imagine that he is a heavy metal fanatic who owns some of the band's CDs.

"I listen to them for the music itself and not so much about what they have to say. I like the way they put their music together.

“I don't think their lyrics are that bad as many people would think. Heavy metal music needs a strong-minded person and if you are not, then you'll find yourself doing funny things," says Lloyd.

Some of his friends also listen to heavy metal music. "They aren't exactly guys that I would say are living dangerously. It also depends on the person because you can't say 'this song is going to make me kill someone' unless you have an interest from something else."

More on this can be found here.

Source :

Thursday, 21 August 2008

New Metallica Single Posted!

The first real preview of Metallica's highly anticipated new album Death Magnetic, has been posted on the band's myspace page. The song is, as previously reported by many sources, in keeping with songs like Sanitarium and One and has been greeted with many superlatives by a lot of fans. A quick look at the comments, for example, shows far more words relating to "awesome" and "they're back", than to "posers" and "sellouts."

The song starts of with clean guitars and a guitar harmony not far from To Live is To Die, then proceeds into the verse. After two rounds of verse/chorus, where the verse is clean and the chours rahter heavy, it takes of into a riff that sounds much like a more complex version of the "double bass drum part" in One. It then rolls on in a fast paced tempo, with solos (no wahwah!) from time to time, until the end, also a lot like the mentioned Justice classic. In other words, it's a classic 80's Metallica "ballad" made 2008...

The question is, will this song be the song that proves Metallica is back? Or will it be forgotten and taken out of the live setlist just as fast as the St.Anger songs? Time will tell...

Florida Death Fest

Florida Death Fest will be taking place on Saturday September 13 at St Petersburg in Florida, anyone able to get out there bloody well should!
Bands include:

Rotten Sound


plus more!

Tickets are only $35Us, so don't miss it!


Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Slipknot Cancel European Festival Appearances/UK Tour

Nu metallers Slipknot have had to cancel their upcoming European festival appearances, including UK festivals Leeds/Reading, due to their drummer, Joey Jordison, breaking his ankle.

But fear not, the band will be back on tour later this year, with fellow label mates
Machine Head and Finnish metallers, Children Of Bodom.

The dates for the UK tour are:

Mon 1st Dec LONDON Hammersmith Apollo
Tue 2nd Dec LONDON Hammersmith Apollo
Fri 5th Dec CARDIFF International Arena
Tue 9th Dec MANCHESTER MEN Arena
Thu 11th Dec NEWCASTLE Metro Arena
Fri 12th Dec SHEFFIELD Arena

Tickets will go on sale
9am on 27th August from

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Down and Pig Destroyer Aussie Shows

Down in Australia in October
10th - The Arena, Brisbane [QLD]
Over 18s only. Tickets available from Ticketek or 132 849, & Oztix outlets

11th - UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney [NSW]
Licensed All Ages. Tickets available from Ticketek or 132 849 & Utopia

12th - Palace Theatre, Melbourne [VIC]
Over 18s only. Tickets available from 132 849 & Missing Link

14th - Metro Fremanatle, Perth [WA]
Over 18s only. Tickets available from Bocs (, 78 Records, Planet Video, & Mills Records.

Yepp, Pig Destroyer. With 10 years of music behind them, and still no appearance in Australia, that shall all change this October with the band making their way down under for the first time.

Pig Destroyer October dates:

24th Hifi Bar, Melbourne [VIC]
w/ Blood Duster Terrorust F!ck I'm Dead

Tickets available through Missing Link & Hi Fi Bar at

25th The Gaelic Club, Sydney [NSW]
w/ Terrorust Beyond Terror Beyond Grace
plus special guests

Tickets available through Moshtix: Ph: 1300 438 849

26th Rosies Live, Brisbane [QLD]
plus special guests
Ticketing details to come.

27th Fowler's Live, Adelaide [SA]
w/ Robotosaurus Grey Daturas Captain Cleanoff

Tickets available through Moshtix: Ph: 1300 438 849

Amplifier Bar, Perth [WA]
plus special guests
Tickets available through 78's & Moshtix: Ph: 1300 438 849

29th Brisbane Hotel, Hobart [TAS]
w/ Ruins, plus special guests
Ticketing details to come.

30th Arthouse Hotel, Melbourne [VIC]
w/ Grey Daturas Roskopp The Kill
No pre-sales, tickets on the door are $20.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

New Metallica Song Premièred

On Saturday August 12th Metallica performed a new song at Ozzfest entitled "Cyanide"which is due to be included on their first new album in 5 years, "Death Magnetic". Footage of the song can be viewed here..

The band have also recently recorded a music video for the upcoming single, "The Day That Never Comes". The video "should be ready to share with all of you at the end of the month, give or take.." according to the band themselves. Photo's from the video shoot can be viewed below..

Paradise Lost Drummer Quits

UK gothic metal pioneers Paradise Lost have issued the following update:

"It is with regret that we have to announce the cancellation of our South American tour. Sincere apologies to all the fans and promoters involved but this decision follows the announcement of the departure of our drummer Jeff Singer. We are committed to doing the 20th anniversary "Unholy Trinity" dates in Europe with a stand-in drummer but it will be impossible to find and appoint a new drummer in time for the shows in South America. We hope to reschedule a South American tour next year."

Jeff Singer has issued the following statement regarding his departure from Paradise Lost:

"I guess no one would have seen this coming but as of the end of August I will no longer be drumming for Paradise Lost. I have decided to hang up my sticks altogether. It is an incredibly hard decision to have had to make as drumming has been my life for as long as I can remember and through good and bad has been my living for nearly 20 years. It is going to be very difficult I am sure and after four and a half years I will miss Nick, Aaron, Steve, Greg (and Milly) very much but in my heart I know that it is the correct thing for me to do.

"So why am I leaving? Well, to be honest it is a difficult thing to explain in a few paragraphs, but here goes.

"I am sure you are aware that the record industry is struggling and I, for one, have become increasingly disillusioned with the music business as a whole. I feel incredibly lucky to have travelled so much in my career. I have so many fantastic memories and have had a ton of priceless experiences. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime and I wouldn't change anything. However, to have survived in this business for so long has meant great sacrifice and I have had to move the goalposts over the years to help make things happen and try and survive through some pretty hard times. More and more is being taken away and it is getting harder and harder to make excuses for why I do this.

"We toured so hard this past year; we were basically away for five out of six months and are still out as we speak. In past years I wouldn't be bothered, but as a 37-year-old man with a family now, for me it has just been too tough. My sons are 1 and 3 and being away from them has just been too painful. I asked myself if I could see myself leaving them again for a three-month stretch and the answer was no; I couldn't. I realised there was no point in having a family if I wasn't there and that is how it has to be. Sad as it is, losing my brother two years ago showed me that there is no point in having regrets or feeling that you should have said more or done more. Carpe Diem and all that.

"Coincidentally, whilst I was thinking about my future, I confided in my best friend who ended up offering me a job which will provide me with a good career and future which for a 37-year-old man with nothing but drumming behind him was an offer too good to pass up.

"I appreciate the timing of my departure is terrible but September 1st was the start date for the job and I must go through with that.

"I feel with "In Requiem" I have gone out on a high. It has been a fantastic two years recording and touring for the album and to tour America with Nightwish the way we did fulfilled a lifelong dream for me. Not a day goes by now without me thinking about that tour and it will always be with me until the day I die.

"I thank everyone involved with Paradise Lost and I wish you heartfelt good luck for the future. I also thank all the great musicians I have played and toured with since 1986 and especially all the fans who have made it all worthwhile. I am sure everyone will understand and respect my decision."

Taken from

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Ironwood - Debut EP Review

Ironwood are a self acclaimed progressive folk metal band from Sydney, Australia. I picked up a copy of their debut self-titled EP featuring the three songs Yggr, The Tree and Song Of The Danes. This 24 minute EP is a great starting point for Ironwood, with Yggr starting out on a softer note, with rain and thunder sounds under some clean guitar (is it more metal of me to actually have listened to this during a real storm here too? I sh!t you not) and progressing into some nice aggressive metal. It's sometimes a hard thing to go from soft to heavy so smoothly, but these guys have the transition working perfectly, and with the sound they have it makes it a very enjoyable listen.
Track two, The Tree is a wonderful 'ballad' so to speak, since it is all clean instruments. Although the next song, Song Of The Danes, returns to the aggressive heavy sound of the previous song in full force. But this song is not without it's softer moments aswell, with a nice break about 2 mins in. This song includes the most awesome solo you'll hear on this CD, although I can't help but think it was too short.

The vocals themselves are something I haven't heard much before, and in relation to the music, it's f!cking awesome. The bass guitar does more than play root notes here aswell, I can actually hear some technicality within the rhythm section. Something that more bassists should do way more often. It has a sort-of Steve Harris galloping sound to it, and although this band doesn't sound much like Iron Maiden, it does kind of remind me of them (which is a good thing). But, if you're after full-on comparisons here, you're not going to get any. I honestly can't think of any other band I've heard that sounds like them. A feat very little accomplished in the metal scene these days.

Basically, this EP works as an introduction to the band, a great introduction that is. after listening to it all through, I can't wait for more. The production isn't that of 'professional' quality, and by that I mean it's not over-produced, which is no bother for me. Everything was still understandable and sounded great to my ears. The Nordic themes give it some extra credit points for me aswell, as it's a subject I enjoy thoroughly (enter epic lightning bolt here). Basically, this is a band that everyone should give a listen at some point, I hear very good things about their live show aswell. Other reviews that I have read only act as support to my statements that this band is destined for something good in the near future.

Check them out now! And keep an eye out for an album sometime soon.

Mental Interrogation with Plug of Midnight Realm

Who? Plug, guitarist of Midnight Realm.


How long have you been playing together? The band itself has been together for around 2 and a half years now, but we’ve only just recently found a full time line-up.

How did you meet? Strangely enough over Myspace, because of today’s technology it’s much easier to find people with relative interests at the click of a button. Robb (our bassist) has been a friend of mine for a while now and he agreed to join, And we quite literally found our drummer in the gutter outside our local pub (long story).

What kind of gear do you use? We use a range of instruments and equipment, because there’s 6 members in our group each of us has a different set up, I wont bore everyone with details, if they want to know they can always ask us, were always online haha, but to cut a long story short, Stephen (guitars) plays a custom shop 7 string, I will soon have my Gerlach custom shop 7 string, Robb plays Ibanez Basses, Al (keys) plays Yamaha and Sam our drummer plays
Trick drum pedals and Roland drums.

Is there an album that inspired you to join a band? Most definitely, there are 2 that really stick out of in my mind. Firstly Wintersun by Wintersun, Jari Maenpaa is my idol and hero; the guy completely changed my perspective of the music scene and what you can do with a guitar and the will to play something. Secondly it has to be the album Synchestra by The Devin Townsend Band, I bought it on a trip to York a couple of years back and it actually changed by life, it’s the only way I can express what that album meant to me, however, it is an album you have to listen from start to finish without stopping, so if your going to buy it then get ready for a whirlwind ride of polka and birdsong!

What was the last album you bought? Holographic Universe by Scar Symmetry. F**king fantastic album I would recommend it to anyone. (MI - I can second that one!)

What do you think of downloading music? Downloading music has both its pros and cons. I’m completely happy with people downloading music as long as its not complete discographies, full albums or they do it for any sort of financial gain. It's common knowledge now 99% of people have illegally downloaded, or been in contact with an illegal audio download at some point. It’s the price we pay for living in a technological world. And as much as music and record companies can b*tch about everyone doing it, it's helped them a hell of a lot over the years. Being a musician myself I know that it can cost if everyone downloads your music and doesn’t buy it. It can break a band before they have even got into their prime. However, many people download music as a taster of what the album is like, and if they like the music then they go out and buy a full album, and if they don’t then they delete the tracks. I have no problem with that whatsoever.

Who would you say was your personal biggest influence? Either Jari Maenpaa or probably my father; I’m indebted to him for going out and buying my first guitar and amp for me. If it wasn’t for him then I wouldn’t be doing what I do today.

If you could trade places with another musician for a day, who would it be and why? Hmm, probably Paul Gilbert, because who hasn’t wanted to wear a space suit and play guitar?!.... No just me then.

If you weren’t playing in a band, what do you think you’d be doing instead? Teaching, I still hope to do it one day, I took ceramics and I'd like to go back and teach children the skills I learned when I was their age. I’m currently in the middle of doing a degree in Glass and Ceramics, so if something doesn’t happen with the band then who knows!

Where do you think the best metal is coming from at the moment? The south of England. There seems to be a ton of bands that are really getting into their progressive and experimental music and it’s always good to see. Either that or Canada, there’s a lot of fantastic bands like Threat Signal and Paeredoks that are coming through and even though some of them are really young their musical maturity is astounding.

If you could only eat one kind of food, would it be savoury or sweet? I’d rather swap my eating for constant napping, I'm currently trying to break the world record for it.

What’s your favourite movie? Anchorman - 60% of the time… it works all the time.

What was the last live show you went to (not including your own)? I went to Glasgow to see Anaal Nathrakh in February, I know its been a long time since I’ve been to a live show, I’ve been too busy with music haha.

What do you have lined up next? Well, I’m currently getting ready to go for a nap, then I should be recording vocals with Midnight Realm for our new EP, after that I’m going to be practicing like hell in a new hardcore band that’s just started. Futures looking bright!

Why should people check out your band? Because if you don’t you could miss out on the greatest thing you never listened too, plus that and I really need a lady friend.. so if any attractive females in the north of England want to come and stop by and say hi feel free hahaha!

Monday, 4 August 2008

Win a trip to Los Angeles and Play with COB

Taken from the band's Myspace page.

(Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are the age of 13 or older at the time of entry).
Knowing that, check out the contest:


Sign up now because the sweepstakes and guitar competition ends August 29th, 2008! www. livenation. com/cobsweeps

Starting August 1st, Chidlren Of Bodom is giving you a chance to win amazing prizes such as guitars, amps and more. But even bigger is the chance for you to be a true guitar hero and win a flyaway contest to Los Angeles to jam with Children Of Bodom before their show on September 19th.

Head over to www. livenation. com/cobsweeps ;to register for the contest widget and automatically be entered into the sweepstakes to win a prize pack including an ESP Alexi Signature Series Guitar, Hot Topic Gift Card, Spinefarm Records US Catalog, Rock House Instructional DVDs and a subscription to Guitar World. The tour widget, which you can grab off that page, is your source for tour info, videos, and more.

The big prize comes from the "Blooddrunk" guitar competition on the widget. You are challenged to upload a video of yourself playing my guitar solo from "Blooddrunk." The fine folks at ESP Guitars and Children of Bodom’s management and label will choose the grand prize winner based on technical prowess and performance skill, so make your video dead on and entertaining. The grand prize winner and a friend will fly to Los Angeles to see our show at the Wiltern on Sept 19th and play "Blooddrunk" with me and the band during our soundcheck.
The winner will also go home with another prize pak like mentioned above with the addition of a Marshall Half-Stack Amp!

Sign up now because the sweepstakes and guitar competition end August 29th, 2008! www. livenation. com/cobsweeps

LEGAL/RULES LINK: http://promo. livenation. com/sweepstakes/childrenofbodom/rules. html

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Cavalera Conspiracy Forced Off Judas Priest Australian Shows. Priest Cancel NZ Show.

This was taken from the band's Myspace page:

Cavalera Conspiracy has been deemed an "inappropriate" band to perform with Judas Priest on their Priest Feast 2008 tour dates in Australia and New Zealand, and have thusly been forced to cancel their appearance at the previously announced tour dates in the southern Pacific. Although Cavalera Conspiracy (featuring Max and Iggor of the legendary Sepultura) had several amazing and successful dates with their brothers in Priest throughout Eastern Europe, apparently the band has been deemed too inflammatory to open for Priest in Australia and NZ...

So, with that said, this post is an apology to the fans in the Australia and New Zealand for the cancellations.

The Cavalera brothers will be back soon (..hopefully with a more reasonably priced tour...)!

Sad news for any fans who bought their extremely expensive Priest tickets exclusively to see Cavalera Conspiracy. The question of who deemed the band 'too inflammatory' for this particular show is still a mystery, since they were apparently very successful in Europe.

That all said, Judas Priest have also canceled their only New Zealand tour, by fault of what they claim to be due to logistic and freight issues. Tickets should be taken back to their point of purchase for a full refund.

Judas Priest will still continue on with their Australian dates as scheduled, although there is no news on who will be the replacement for Cavalera Conspiracy.

Slipknot and Machine Head Australian tour 2008

And so it seems, Slipknot are back with a new album on the way, and what better way to prove your return than with a few shows! Australian fans can catch up with the band in late October, full details are below.

Friday 24th Oct – Riverstage, Brisbane
Tickets from 136 100

Sunday 26th Oct – Acer Arena, Sydney
Tickets from and Utopia Records

Monday 27th Oct – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tickets from 132 849

Tuesday 28th Oct – Jubilee Pavilion, Adelaide Showground
Tickets from 132 849

Thursday 30th Oct – Robinson Pavilion, Perth
Tickets from 08 9484 1133 & 78’s 08 9322 6384

Slipknot's new album will be out soon through Roadrunner.

Metallica Release Track-listing For Upcoming Album

Metallica have recently released the track-listing for upcoming album, Death Magnetic. The album is tentatively due worldwide on September 12th. The track-listing is as follows,

01. That Was Just Your Life
02. The End Of The Line
03. Broken, Beat & Scarred
04. The Day That Never Comes
05. All Nightmare Long
06. Cyanide
07. The Unforgiven III
08. The Judas Kiss
09. Suicide & Redemption
10. My Apocalypse

New Mastodon Album Early Next Year

Artist Direct recently sat down with Mastodon to get a status update on their follow up to 2006's highly acclaimed "Blood Mountain".

"We finished the bulk of it. All of the basic tracks are done. We finished them on the Monday before we flew out to Seattle to start this tour. We go home on August 23rd. Then we have 10 days booked in the studio to touch up things, add any bells and whistles, take away anything we don't want, mix it and then figure out the sequencing. We have until Labor Day to finish it. We're hoping that it comes out in January. It should see light at the beginning of 2009."

The band are working with Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against the Machine, The Offspring, Stone Temple Pilots) as the producer for the new record, with the lyrical focus set to explore topics relating to Czarist Russia.

Credits for the report to

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Interview with Yog Sothoth of 'Pavor Nocturnus'


Hello Yog Sothoth, how are you?

Tired, disturbed and full of hate. Looks like a new 'PN' song will come out soon!

‘Yog Sothoth’ is an interesting name, could you explain what inspired you to use this identity?

Well, Yog sothoth is the god of time in Lovecraft’s books .Its name came from the arab “Yaji Ash Shuthath”, which means “the abnormal times are coming”. Abnormal times are exactly what we’re living today.

What is the inspiration and meaning behind selecting ‘Pavor Nocturnus’ as your band name? Does it have any particular meaning on you as an individual?

My first encounter with 'Pavor Nocturnus' was in one of my psychopathology books.

How and when did ‘PN’ form?

I founded 'Pavor Nocturnus' with Aeternus back in 2005. Back then, Aeternus was playing mostly black metal but he was also looking for something different. I was primary into ambient, but my experience with Engelstein (a Rammstein tribute band) taught me a lot about industrial. Thanks to them we got in contact, and a loot of beer after we discovered our common passion for avant-garde like Arcturus and Red Harvest. The Idea of an atmospheric black metal with dark electronic sounds sounded really cool… and of course, as it always happens in those events, what came out in the end was something totally different to what we had in mind!

Could you describe what sounds you feel are incorporated into ‘Pavor Nocturnus’.

'Pavor Nocturnus' is a metal project. That means that our main goal is to express our rage, our fears, our hopes. What makes 'PN' unique is the way we do this! In fact, each 'PN' member came from a totally different metal genre (Seth 666 from Death, Grind and Hardcore, Aerioch from Black and Thrash, Aeternus from Black, Doom and more Avant-garde genres, me personally from Power, Gothic, Folk, Industrial, and of course electronic music in general): what comes out in 'PN' is that each song represent a different style, with a different concept, but with the same rawness and anger that is, in my opinion, the spirit of Metal.

Many band members of ‘PN’ are/have been in other bands ,what impacts/influences does this have on ‘PN’?

I think that having other projects helps us a lot, especially when everyone in the band likes different metal styles. 'Pavor Nocturnus' contains atmospheres from many metal genres, but it isn’t really classifiable. So with our side-project we can express a side that cannot be expressed equally in 'PN', and of course vice-versa.

What impact do you feel Alexander’s vocals provide to ‘PN’?

'Pavor Nocturnus' is not an easy genre to sing, with all the changes in the sounds and the atmosphere. Alexander himself got in contact with us, and he has been a dramatic empowerment to our style! He seems able to always find the right voice for each part, and sometimes his vocal ideas serve as an inspiration to improve a song or to make a brand new one.

You are involved with the synths and the sequencing, what aspects of emotions/atmospheres etc do you like to create through this media?

When working with 'PN' keybs I decided to use a different approach from what most keyboardists use in metal or industrial metal. It’s not just about a cool noise on a power chord, it’s about expressing with a machine an human feeling! The feeling must be strongly connected with the song’s message and its evolution: if you listen to “morning never came” you’ll realize what I’m talking about. I like to add synth drums loops here and there, to make the song feel less repetitive and to tie some riffs. As for the leads, I try to avoid strings, piano and organ as they are overused in modern music (in general); still sometimes a nice string pad is just what the song is asking for! So let’s say there’s no general rule in my choice of sounds apart from my law “never repeat the same sound twice”.

At what stage in your life did you realise you wanted to become a musician?

I don’t really know. Music has always been a part of my life since I was a kid. But my story with keybs begun when I was 13 and saw my first keyboard at school (had just an electric organ back then at home). I knew back then that I always was – and always be – more interested in the sound creation and modulation rather than technique. So that’s why my synths do simple patterns with weird sounds.

Do you have a favourite ‘PN’ song? Is there any song you feel you relate most too? Any song you feel more musically free while playing?

Tough one! I enjoy a lot playing “Broken_Line”, the a metal version. Still, “Morning never came” because it speaks of me, my disorder, my fears, my vision of human relationship.

When completing the music creation process, who composes the music and lyrics? Is there a set order of which instruments/lyrics etc are produced first? Initially is there an ideal in your mind of what you expect the outcome to be?

First step is a question: “What should this song be about?” Usually I like to use mental disorders to describe those disturbing situations in our lives. Or those stories you can hear on tv or the net and makes you think with anger “why those things happen?”. This is what I call “the atmosphere” of a song. Then I try to focus on the kind of metal that most suits that atmosphere. At this point Seth666 and Aerioch enters too, so we 3 try to make nice riffs. I usually add a riff after they make the main one, or add some other parts. When we got enough riffs I record them on a sequencer and begin placing them in a sort of “order”; At this point I decide what kind of electronics will be on the song. After a night or two of work we got an mp3 that is judged by everybody: if the guys like the song we begin reharsing it. I always try to have the lyrics ready before the rehearsal.

Could you explain the message or ideas behind some of ‘PN’s songs?

As I said, in 'Pavor Nocturnus' actually a disorder or a story are used to describe how individual suffering can be deeper that we can imagine. At the same time we try to show how such conditions are degenerations of some kind of normality, the best way a frail mind finds to survive the true horror: life. As example, “Broken_line” is about borderline personality disorder, and how there are things in our life that hurts us a lot but still we like and want them (like when we just know what’s the right thing to do but still we choose the wrong way). The real difference is that borderline people cannot stand the idea of something both pleasant and painful, so they change opinion on something so quickly it’s like they are interacting with two different things, one perfect and one horrible. This is something we do every day in our “normal” lives, but we don’t care because it doesn’t hinder our survival. “Morning never came” is about separation anxiety disorder, which is usually diagnosed on children, with his evolution as a state of loneliness where you can feel alone even when you are surrounded by the people who loves you and you love too. “I exist” is about self-cutting, a practice where people tries to give form to an internal, unnamed feeling with their body: it can be a cigarette burn, a razor cut, or just bashing the head on the wall. Sometimes people badly injures themselves (like castration cases) because they need their body to suffer, like “I suffer therefore I am”. I got a degree on clinical psychology so I could go on for hours, sorry!

Would your music appeal to any particular audience?

'Pavor nocturnus' is about the horror of life. If you can feel the anguish or the rage flowing from our music to your soul, welcome to our family.

Who has influenced you musically?

Well, Surely Kevin Moore has been a dramatic influence in my way of creating atmospheres. In his post-dream theater works show a great, fluid way of integrating electronic with acoustic sounds. But it’s with Aphex twin that my sounds lost any resemblance with any possible “physical” instrument! Rammstein’s “Fluke” Christian Lorenz teaches us that simple keyb lead lines can make a song last forever in your mind but Red harvest’s “LRZ” remains our best lesson: dark but simple synths that merge so naturally with a genre that seems to hate so much technology…

How do you feel about the metal scene at present?

As a lifestyle or a philosophy, metal died in the mid ’90 in my opinion. As a direct consequence, riffs and sounds are becoming more technical but colder. The older genres extremized themselves or just became the shadows of themselves: ’80 thrash became ’00 metalcore, “heavy” metal died. What remains of Prog is just power with Pink Floyd excerpts here and there. Power Metal, one of my favorites, is becoming more and more a show of technique rather than great anathems to “stand and fight”, as Manowar would say. And it’s becoming commercial. Black and Death were underground genres in the ’90 and now are the mainstream metal. Especially Death, with all the melodic death, hyper-technical death, progressive death and emo-death (yes it exists and it’s called screamo) it’s risking to becoming commercial too. The violent faction of death, brutal, is either vanishing into black or into grind. Nu metal was an interesting movement but looks like it either faded into crossover or just died. Gothic was practically raped by majors and now it’s like pop-rock. Doom has become so slow that now sounds more like ambient that metal – Nothing surpasses the atmosphere of funeral and drone doom. We avant-garde bands are trying to bring metal into the next century, by reinventing it, but metal isn’t just about the music. Metal is about seeing the world as a neverending conflict between archetypal forces, internal and external, with our lives being part of this conflict.

What are your ambitions for ‘PN’? Do you feel you have accomplished many of your initial intentions for the band?

I don’t really know. Everytime we accomplish something we just want to go forward, to have more, to make more…it’s like a neverending journey.

Do you find myspace an effective media to promote your music?

Totally. With myspace not only I have the tools to create a simple site to make people listen to my music in a simple way; there’s also the social networking. One can accidentally see our banner or our logo on some friend’s top list and he can choose to give us a try; smaller bands who would never be heard or seen on a google search can now stand a chance.

There are song samples on 'Pavor Nocturnus' myspace page, feel free to have a listen

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