Sunday, July 31, 2011

TOXIC HOLOCAUST: Post In-Studio Footage Online; Kick-Off Headlining Tour

TOXIC HOLOCAUST has posted a brief clip of the band at Dexter’s studio during the recording of their brand new album Conjure and Command online at this location.Conjure and Command saw its international release last week and is currently streaming in its entirety here.

Conjure and Command is available on multiple formats including digital, CD, 12” vinyl, as part of a deluxe double LP package, and a limited edition deluxe CD and DVD set that includes a full TOXIC HOLOCAUST live set. A preview of the live set can be seen now here: “War Is Hell”.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST have kicked-off a North American headlining tour in support ofConjure and Command this week. Support on this tour will come from HOLY GRAIL and KRUM BUMS. The tour begins and ends in the Los Angeles, CA area, circling the U.S. and heading into parts of Canada. A full listing of tour dates and cities can be found here.

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ROTTEN SOUND: Post ‘Cursed’ Bonus Track Online

ROTTEN SOUND has posted “Injure”, one of the bonus tracks from the Japanese and deluxe digital editions of Cursed, online now at this locationCursedwas released this past March debuting at #25 on the official Finnish album charts and at #7 on the Rumba Magazine chart.ROTTEN SOUND are streamingCursed in its entirety

ROTTEN SOUND performed at Tuska Open Air Festival this last weekend in front of nearly 28,000 metal fans in Helsinki, Finland. The band is also confirmed as among the headliners at the Dark River Festival set to take place the weekend of August 12th in Kotka, Finland.

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EXHUMED: Announce Fall North American Headlining Tour

EXHUMED has announced a fall North American tour in support of their brand new album All Guts, No Glory. This tour will kick-off on October 26th and include guests GOATWHORE and CEPHALIC CARNAGE. The tour, presented in part by Hails & Horns Magazine, Metal Sucks, Metal Injection,, Metal Underground, and Skulls N Bones, will also include a stop at the Goregrowler’s Ball in San Antonio, TX. A complete listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found here.

EXHUMED saw the international release of All Guts, No Glory earlier this month. The band’s first album in eight years is currently streaming in its entirety at this locationAll Guts, No Glory is available on CD, deluxe digital, a limited edition 2-disc set that includes a second disc of exclusive bonus tracks, single LP vinyl, and limited edition buzzsaw shaped vinyl. The strictly limited deluxe sawblade-shaped vinyl includes 2 LPs on blood red vinyl in a gatefold jacket with insert.

EXHUMED are currently on tour in support of All Guts, No Glory in western Canada and U.S. states. This run of dates also includes CEPHALIC CARNAGE, MACABRE, and WITHERED. Following, EXHUMED will head to Europe for a handful of open-air festivals. A listing of confirmed EXHUMED tour dates can be found here with more to be announced soon.
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UNKIND Harhakuvat Streaming Online

UNKIND is streaming their brand new album Harhakuvat online now at Lambgoat.comHarhakuvatwas recorded and mixed by Kari Nieminen at Noisecamp Studios in Turku, Finland. The album is set for an August 2nd North American release date (August 15th internationally) on CD, LP, and digitally. The CD and vinyl is available for pre-order

UNKIND will head out on a Finnish tour with GHOST BRIGADE in September in support ofHarhakuvat. The band is also confirmed for the Liekeissa Festival in late August. A listing of confirmed UNKIND tour dates can be found here with more to be announced soon.

UNKIND has previously released four full-length albums and a handful of vinyl-only releases. Relapse has recently re-issued the band’s Ei MitäänMieliemme Tuhkasta, andHangen Syliin albums digitally.

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Vulture Industries - Live at MetalCamp 2011

VULTURE INDUSTRIES performing the track "The Hangman's Hatch" from the album "The Malefactor's Bloody Register" live at MetalCamp, July 2011. With thanks to YouTube user Shoufer for allowing to use his video.

Vulture Industries are:
Øyvind Madsen - Guitars
Eivind Huse - Guitars
Tor Helge Gjengedal - Drums
Kyrre Teigen - Bass
Bjørnar E. Nilsen - Vocals

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Dark Essence Records | Dark Essence Records info: [email protected]

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The top 100 covers of all time

Choosing the 100 best covers of all time was the task assumed by Mary Huhn and Maxine Shen, reporters for The New York Times in July 2007.

According to the report, these are versions that make you forget that there was an original song (as Janis Joplin's version for "Me and Bobby McGee" or to Soft Cell "Tainted Love"), or even songs that were so brilliantly reinterpreted in other styles that have found a whole new generation of fans (like the version of Cake for the hit record "I Will Survive").

In no particular order, here goes the list of the New York Times.

Click here  for the original version of the story with comments for each song and here to portuguese source.

1. "Stairway to Heaven," Dolly Parton (Led Zeppelin)
2. "Baby Got Back," Jonathan Coulton (Sir Mix-A-Lot)
3. "Hazy Shade of Winter," the Bangles (Simon and Garfunkel)
4. "Nothing Compares 2 U," Sinead O'Connor (Prince)
5. "Showroom Dummies," Señor Coconut & His Orchestra (Kraftwerk)
6. "Smooth Criminal," Alien Ant Farm (Michael Jackson)
7. "Personal Jesus," Johnny Cash (Depeche Mode)
8. "Against All Odds," the Postal Service (Phil Collins)
9. "Easy (Like Sunday Morning)," Faith No More (the Commodores)
10. "Tainted Love," Soft Cell (Gloria Jones)
11. "Tainted Love," Marilyn Manson (Gloria Jones)
12. "Under Pressure," My Chemical Romance e The Used (Queen and David Bowie)
13. "Mah Na Mah Na," Cake (Piero Umiliani)
14. "Wicked Game," H.I.M. (Chris Isaak)
15. "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want," Muse (the Smiths)
16. "Blue Monday," Orgy (New Order)
17. "Satisfaction," Devo (the Rolling Stones)
18. "I Want Candy," Good Charlotte (the Strangeloves)
19. "How Soon Is Now," Love Spit Love (the Smiths)
20. "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Paul Anka (Nirvana)
21. "Walk," Avenged Sevenfold (Pantera)
22. "Let Down," Radiodread (Radiohead)
23. "Crazy Train," Bullet for My Valentine (Ozzy Osbourne)
24. "All Along the Watchtower," Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan)
25. "Helpless," k.d. lang (Neil Young)
26. "Louie Louie," the Kingsmen (Richard Berry)
27. "Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)," The Doors (Weill/Brecht)
28. "Wonderwall," Ryan Adams (Oasis)
29. "Take Me to the River," Talking Heads (Al Green)
30. "Walk This Way," Run DMC (Aerosmith)
31. "Me and Bobby McGee," Janis Joplin (Kris Kristofferson)
32. "Gloria," Patti Smith (Van Morrison's Them)
33. "I Fought the Law," the Clash (Bobby Fuller Four)
34. "Star-Spangled Banner," Jimi Hendrix (Francis Scott Key)
35. "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," Saint Etienne (Neil Young)
36. "Bring Tha Noize," Anthrax (Public Enemy)
37. "Satisfaction," Cat Power (Rolling Stones)
38. "You're No Good," Linda Ronstadt (Betty Everett)
39. "Another Brick in the Wall Parts 1, 2, 3," Korn (Pink Floyd)
40. "Hallelujah," Jeff Buckley (Leonard Cohen)
41. "My Way," Sid Vicious (Frank Sinatra)
42. "Always on My Mind," Pet Shop Boys (Brenda Lee)
43. "Oh, Pretty Woman," Van Halen (Roy Orbison)
44. ". . . Baby One More Time," Travis (Britney Spears)
45. "Boys of Summer," the Ataris (Don Henley)
46. "Eight Miles High," Roxy Music (the Byrds)
47. "Superstar," Sonic Youth (the Carpenters)
48. "John the Revelator," Depeche Mode (spiritual)
49. "My Favorite Things," John Coltrane (Mary Martin)
50. "If You Leave," Nada Surf (OMD)
51. "Everybody's Talking," Harry Nilsson (Fred Neil)
52. "Respect," Aretha Franklin (Otis Redding)
53. "Crazy Mary," Pearl Jam (Victoria Williams)
54. "Working Class Hero," Green Day (John Lennon)
55. "Comfortably Numb," Scissor Sisters (Pink Floyd)
56. "Jolene," the White Stripes (Dolly Parton)
57. "Darling Nikki," Foo Fighters (Prince)
58. "Spider-Man," the Ramones (for 1967 TV cartoon series)
59. "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston (Dolly Parton)
60. "It Was A Very Good Year," William Shatner (Frank Sinatra)
61. "Sweet Child O' Mine," Luna (Guns N' Roses)
62. "Landslide," Dixie Chicks (Fleetwood Mac)
63. "King of the Road," R.E.M. (Roger Miller)
64. "Nobody Does It Better," Radiohead (Carly Simon)
65. "Peace, Love & Understanding," Elvis Costello (Nick Lowe)
66. "Stop Your Sobbing," the Pretenders (the Kinks)
67. "I Shall Be Released," The Band (Bob Dylan)
68 . "Chelsea Hotel," Lloyd Cole (Leonard Cohen)
69. "Proud Mary," Ike and Tina Turner (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
70. "Just," Mark Ronson with Alex Greenwald (Radiohead)
71. "Jimmy Loves MaryAnn," Josie Cotton (Looking Glass)
72. "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," Elton John (The Beatles)
73. "Venus," Bananarama (Shocking Blue)
74. "Jackie Blue," Smashing Pumpkins (Ozark Mountain Daredevils)
75. "Love Hurts," Nazareth (the Everly Brothers)
76. "Blinded by the Light," Manfred Mann's Earth Band (Bruce Springsteen)
77. "Baker Street," Foo Fighters (Gerry Rafferty)
78. "Ain't That a Shame," Cheap Trick (Fats Domino)
79. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," Isaac Hayes (Glen Campbell)
80. "Dear Prudence," Siouxsie and the Banshees (The Beatles)
81. "Twist and Shout," The Beatles (the Isley Brothers)
82. "Helter Skelter," U2 (The Beatles)
83. "Imagine," A Perfect Circle (John Lennon)
84. "Eleanor Rigby," Thrice (The Beatles)
85. "Live and Let Die," Guns N' Roses (Wings)
86. "With a Little Help From My Friends," Joe Cocker (The Beatles)
87. "Hurt," Johnny Cash (Nine Inch Nails)
88. "Enjoy the Silence," Lacuna Coil (Depeche Mode)
89. "I Will Survive" Cake (Gloria Gaynor)
90. "Rock el Casbah," Rachid Taha (the Clash)
91. "Sex (I'm A)," Peaches (Berlin)
92. "Caldonia," Mos Def (Cab Calloway)
93. "Wasted," Camper Van Beethoven (Black Flag)
94. "Low Rider," Drunken Boat (War)
95. "Turn, Turn, Turn," the Byrds (Pete Seeger)
96. "Don't Give Up," Willie Nelson & Sinead O'Connor (Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush)
97. "Glamorous Life," the Fever (Sheila E.)
98. "Stairway to Heaven," Rodrigo y Gabriela (Led Zeppelin)
99. "Since U Been Gone," Ted Leo (Kelly Clarkson)
100. "Star Wars" theme, Bill Murray (John Williams)

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REVOCATION: “Dissolution Ritual” Posted Online

REVOCATION has posted another new track, “Dissolution Ritual”, taken from their forthcoming albumChaos of Forms online now The band has previously posted “No Funeral” and “Cradle Robber” via the REVOCATIONFacebook and MySpace pages.Chaos of Forms will see its North American release on August 16th (September 5th internationally) and is available for pre-order at thislocation and at iTunes.

REVOCATION recently posted additional footage filmed during the Chaos of Forms recording sessions online now at thislocation. The band recorded Chaos of Forms earlier this year with engineer Pete Rutcho at Damage Studios.

REVOCATION has a handful of Northeast shows lined up for August in support of Chaos of Forms release. The band will be heading out a full U.S. tour this fall with further details to be announced soon.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

KABAL - "Chronicles"

 January 2005 (Year 0 a.K.): The dark Gods of KABAL manipulate the Earth destiny to join five depraveed beings with the mission to spread the chaos and the destruction that reigns in their dimension... Ignorant humans, the truth soon will be revealed...

This group of friends joined in 2005 to start playing Death Metal without any pretension. Although for some members this is their first experience in a band, others had played in bands like Miokardia, Jigsore and Poetry of Chaos.

 Through their hard and sick lyrics, the band describes a parallel world that runs in another dimension where reigns amorality. In KABAL war, pain, destruction and violence are the daily, giving a conceptual nature to the project.

KABAL are Dani on drums, David on bass, Judit on vocals, and Celso and Manel on guitars. "Chronicles" is their first demo with the firsts songs they composed. It’s recorded and edited by themselves.

1. Welcome to...
2. ...Paradise...
3. Undead
4. Red on Ice
5. No Escape
6. Clandestine Sex


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Battlecross: Full album stream premieres on Revolver Magazine's site

Music video for Push, Pull, Destroy to debut on Metal Injection

Today, Revolver Magazine hosts a worldwide premiere of BATTLECROSS'supcoming full-length debut Pursuit of Honor, scheduled to hit North American record shelves on August 2nd. Pursuit of Honor contains 11 tracks (10 songs plus intro) that Metal Assault says are "bristling with fist-pumping, face-melting heavy metal at its finest." While Metal Sucks notes "Guitarists Tony Asta and Hiran Deraniyagala of Detroit's BATTLECROSS are childhood friends just like Axl and Vince — ain't that cute? But for realz, there's a certain kind of chemistry that comes with knowing someone for so long, and in the case of BATTLECROSSyou can hear it in the tightness, conciseness and stellar riffery of their MB debutPursuit of Honor."

"Our mindset was to deliver a no bulls***, straight to the point, bang your head, relentless punishment kind of record. I want this album to give people chills. Like driving 90 in a 40 mph speed zone and not even realizing it. We want people to feel like they can take on the world after listening to this record" comments the band of the record. To check out Pursuit of Honor in its entirety, point your browser HERE. The stream will run from July 25 to August 1, the day before the record hits streets. 

"Blurring the lines of old-school thrash and new-school melodic deathcore, these 10 songs plus intro have that knack of producing instantaneous aural excitement… With Pursuit of Honor, they prove Americans can balance thrash, death and a touch of the modern screams without pandering to the lowest common denominator." 8.5/10

"Overall I would go as far as saying that this is one of the most 'complete' heavy metal albums I have heard in recent times. Not only does it have elements that fans of a variety of sub-genres can relate to, but it combines them excellently well to result in a very cohesive, well-rounded album. Whether you're a fan of traditional metal stalwarts like Iron Maiden, groove metal heavyweights like Pantera and Lamb of God, Megadeth-esque technical thrash metal, death metal, or even power metal, you will most definitely enjoy this album." 9 ½ / 10

In other news; BATTLECROSS's first music video for the track Push, Pull, Destroy is set to premiere with MetalInjection.neton release date, August 2. Make sure to head over to the site to check it out, leave a comment and spread the word. 

Push, Pull, Destroy was shot by Roy Warner Creative & Videography on location at the Yankee Air Museum, located on the grounds of the historic Willow Run Airport. It was at Willow Run where Henry Ford mobilized his manufacturing base to contribute to the war efforts by mass producing the B-24 Liberators that provided American Air Power to win WWII for the Allies. will also premiere a time-lapsed video showing the creation of the album artwork to Pursuit of Honor. Stay tuned to for launch date details.

Kyle 'Gumby' Gunther-Vocals
Tony Asta-Guitar
Hiran Deraniyagala-Guitar
Mike Kreger-Drums
Don Slater-Bassist
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About the band: 
With the mindset to create a sonic metal assault unlike any other, childhood friends, Tony Asta and Hiran Deraniyagala, set forth on the path to shred and abandoned the idea of following any trends. The guitar slinging duo brought an infused style of old school metal with dark elements of thrash and death metal and destined to find the right members.

Struggling for years to find reliable and dedicated members, the true formation of BATTLECROSS was born in 2007 when Drummer Mike Kreger responded a want ad, and added a machine-like, brutal precision on the drums, and proved to be just the right match for Tony and Hiran's mature and technical style of thrash. Bringing a whole new level of musicianship and intensity with his quick finger picking and tasty solos, Bassist Don Slater joined the group, bringing a skill and technique that impresses even the most prolific bassists. The thrash metal band was finally complete when popular area vocalist, Kyle "Gumby" Gunther joined the band. Known for his command of the stage and alternating deep growls with high pitched screams, Gumby punishes the audience and inspires pits of rage.

Together, the five-piece create an unforgettable and energetic live show that decimates their audience with raw energy and persistence, that has earned a style of their own: "Blue Collar Thrash Metal", in reference to the hard-working, 'never give up' attitude of those who hail from the Motor City.

This reputation for technical talent, humility and kick ass live shows resonated throughout the regional metal scene andBATTLECROSS soon became a fan and band favorite. Sharing the stage with the likes of Dying Fetus, GWAR, Devil Driver, The Absence, Vital Remains, The Faceless and Metal Fests throughout the Midwest, BATTLECROSS began to bang heads nationally with a nod from MySpace-A Place for Metal's 2008 'Best Unsigned Metal Band' contest, for being 'Metal Sucks' worthy, Mike Kreger's crowning as & Zildjian's 'Sickest Dirt Fest Drummer' and featured on local, national and global metal radio.

Incorporating many elements of extreme thrash, death and tech metal, creating a precise blend of fist pumping brutality, intensity, and drive, BATTLECROSS satisfies both the tech-metal guru and the old-school die hard alike.
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