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Nightwish – End of an Era [Blu-ray]

The End of an Era marks the final document of the Tarja’s Nightwish reign. I’m fairly certain fans held the original standard-def DVD in high regard, as the performance, track selection (“The Kinslayer”, “Bless the Child”, and Gary Moore cover “Over the Hills and Far Away”) and production values are very high. Well, kids it’s […]

Arsis Parts Ways With Drummer; Begin Stint On In Thrash We Trust Tour

Lead guitarist/vocalist James Malone offers this band update: “Although we had a great run over the past year and a half with drummer Darren Cesca [whose work is featured on the band’s latest album, We Are The Nightmare], we have decided to stop working with him in Arsis. The reasoning behind this decision is simply […]

Evergrey Signs With Steamhammer/SPV – New Album Torn Out In Early September

Following intense and very constructive discussions, Steamhammer/SPV have announced their future collaboration with Swedish dark melodic metal act, Evergrey. The deal includes not only the group’s brand-new studio album, Torn, which will arrive at the stores at the beginning of September, but also Evergrey’s complete back catalogue. SPV Head of Labels, Ulrike Rudolph says: “We […]

Interview with Rapture

Finland’s Rapture has been described as a mix of Katatonia and Opeth. Fair enough. Scratch the surface, however, and there’s far more Finnish in Rapture than a knee-jerk comparison to Swedes a sea and culture away. In fact, across three albums (Silent Stage came out in 2005), the members of Rapture sought not to emulate […]

Interview with Dekadent

When was the last time you heard of a band from Slovenia? Devil Doll doesn’t count. So, maybe never. I mean, it’s a little country. Smashed between Italy, Croatia, Hungary, and Austria, with a slice bordering the Adriatic Sea, Slovenia is like, say, Estonia (Hello, Loits) or any of the other Baltic countries. There’s a […]

Stick To Your Guns New Album Now Available; Prepares For Warped Tour This Summer

Stick To Your Guns New Album Now Available, Wrapping Up The “Metal For The Masses” Tour and Prepares For Warped Tour This Summer Stick To Your Guns’ highly acclaimed new full-length release, Comes From The Heart, is now available and this stunning offering was produced by the renowned Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall). The album is […]

Boris tour updates – Nacthmystium & Lair of the Minotaur added regionally

The previously announced Boris North American tour beginning in June has been updated. The full routing is below. Torche will be supporting Boris on dates, but Wolves In The Throne Room have since dropped from the tour. Just added this week, Nachtmystium will join the tour from July 12th through 20th, and Lair Of the […]

Coffins tracks posted from upcoming album; Notheast U.S. dates near

Coffins has released two tracks from their upcoming album Buried Death on their Myspace page. The album, to be released on 20 Buck Spin Records with distribution through Southern Lord, will hit the streets on June 20th, and was in Decibel Magazine’s 25 most anticipated LPs of 2008. The title track “Buried Death” will be […]

New Darsombra videos posted; record release show this Saturday

Following the still-fresh release Eternal Jewel, Darsombra’s CD release show is Saturday in Baltimore, MD. Additionally, Darsombra’s Brian Daniloski and Public Guilt Records have released new videos of the soloist mastering his craft live, which showcase exactly how these soundscapes are created and captured. Check them out here. Eternal Jewel CD release show: 05/10/2008 Talking […]

Dark Tranquillity Embarks On The “Tyranny and Bloodshred Tour”; Releases Expanded CD/DVD Edition of Fiction

Swedish melodic death metal pioneers, DARK TRANQUILLITY, are excited to be making their much anticipated return to North America this week with what could well be hailed as one of the best guitar-shredder packages of the year. This tour, presented by ESP Guitars, Randall Amps, Guitar World and Revolver Magazine, dubbed the “Tyranny and Bloodshred […]

Divine Heresy Embarks On The “Tyranny and Bloodshred Tour”; Posts New Video Online

There has been much speculation as of late to the status of DIVINE HERESY, but rest assured that the band have regrouped in time for the start of the “Tyranny and Bloodshred Tour,” which kicked off a few days ago. Fans in attendance will get a first look at the group’s new touring vocalist, and […]

Firewind Embarks On The Tyranny and Bloodshred Tour

The Greek metal phenomenon Firewind, makes their much anticipated return to North America this week as part of the “Tyranny and Bloodshred Tour,” which could be hailed as one of the best guitar-shredder packages of the year. This crushing, headlining trek kicks off on May 9th and also features labelmates Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity and […]

Maria Brink (In This Moment Vocalist) Featured On The Cover Of Inked Magazine

Maria Brink (In This Moment Vocalist) Featured On The Cover Of Inked Magazine In This Moment vocalist, Maria Brink, is currently featured on the cover of Inked Magazine’s Music Issue, which can be found on stands now. The singer opened up her heart and soul to the magazine, which resulted in a massive 6-page cover […]

Sworn Enemy Join Dying Fetus For North American Tour

Sworn Enemy Join Dying Fetus For North American Tour; Announce Mamaluke TV Sworn Enemy have toured the world relentlessly throughout 2008 and continues adding onto their undying schedule as they prepare to embark on a North American run alongside Dying Fetus, Origin and Thy Will Be Done. This trek, which kicks off on May 9th, […]

Embrace The End Announces Spring Touring Schedule; New Album Now Available

An all-too metal meeting of the minds was arranged earlier in the year in an unknown location in the California mountains. Northern California’s Embrace The End and Arsonists Get All The Girls were among those in attendance. Despite the exchange of party favors and a stirring rendition of “Kumbaya,” very little of substance was accomplished. […]

Sweden’s Marionette Posts New Song on MySpace

Gothenburg, Sweden-based metal sextet Marionette have posted the song “Release” onto their Myspace. “Release” comes from Marionette’s debut album, Spite, which will be released on 28 April through France’s Listenable Records. The band comments: “Hey all! We are happy to announce that we have posted yet ANOTHER song from “Spite” onto our Myspace Page! We […]

Mahatma to Co-Headlining Pulp Summer Slam Festival 2008

Korea’s first Thrash metal killing machine Mahatma will be co-headlining this year’s Pulp Summer Slam Festival (the Philippine’s biggest annual rock event) with Darkest Hour (from USA and Victory records artist). Last year’s Summer Slam had a total of 35,000 in attendance with Death Angel as the headliner. This year, the organizers are hoping to […]

Divine Heresy Added to the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival

Divine Heresy Added to the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival; Posts New Commercial Online Divine Heresy is currently preparing for an extensive spring touring schedule, which now features a headlining spot at The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on April 27th. The band is set to play third to last, directly before Meshuggah […]

God Forbid Drummer Featured on PodCast

God Forbid is currently hard at work recording the follow up to the group’s most successful offering yet, IV: The Constitution of Treason, with acclaimed producer Eric Rachel (Atreyu, The Dillinger Escape Plan). Corey Pierce (drums) just finished tracking all of his parts and is now set to take place in’s next PodCast on […]

The Eyes Of A Traitor signs to Listenable Records

The Eyes Of A Traitor (pic attached) came together in the summer of 2006. Finding their feet and own sound; the band take influences from a wide variety or artists, ranging from to the melodic sensibilities of bands such a Misery Signals, to the technicality of heavier bands such as Necrophagist, fusing together to create […]

Despised Icon Prepares For The Montreal Assault Tour

Most of us have come to associate Montreal with merciless but accomplished technical death metal thanks to acts like Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance and Beneath the Massacre. When Despised Icon released Consumed By Your Poison in 2002 it was a slap in the face for many a death metal fan, and this brutal sound became […]

The End of the Critic – What Lovitz Knew & Didn’t Tell Us

I was forwarded a story by Patrick Goldstein from the LA Times about the possible end of the critic. Let’s be more specific here. Goldstein is referring to entertainment critics and how over the years, specifically since the Internet changed our information consumption habits, the single voice of a critic – respected or not – […]

Hatebreed signs worldwide deal with KOCH Records

KOCH Records has entered into a new multi-tiered, worldwide deal with Hatebreed. As part of the new deal, KOCH Records will release a series of highly-anticipated future projects from the kings of hardcore metal, Connecticut’s very own, Hatebreed. The first project under the new deal will be Hatebreed’s first-ever live DVD. The main DVD concert […]

Terror Posts New Track Online; Comments On Firestorm Fest

Terror have triumphantly returned with their much anticipated new full-length offering, The Damned, The Shamed, which is set for a June 10th release. This vicious slab of brutality was produced by the renowned Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall) and is sure to please the band’s diehard fanbase, while garnering a new legion of young maniacal supporters. […]

All That Remains schedules studio time for forthcoming album, gear up for Warped Tour

Massachusetts’ All That Remains has confirmed May 1 as the first day of recording at Audiohammer studio in Florida with producer Jason Suecof (Bury Your Dead, Chimaira, Devildriver) for the band’s follow-up to 2006’s ‘The Fall of Ideals.’ More details, including a release date, artwork and tracklisting, will be available shortly. “ATR are going to […]