MELDRUM Announces Release Date for Long Awaited Album ‘Lifer’

Multinational hard rock/metal band MELDRUM is pleased to announce Tuesday November 20th 2012 as the release date for their long awaited third album LIFER. Founder and late ex-PHANTOM BLUE guitarist MICHELLE MELDRUM passed away at the age of 39 in May 2008. LIFER stands as a proud tribute to MICHELLE and her lifetime commitment to creating and performing music. In honor of their fallen bandmate remaining members drummer GENE HOGLAN (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok), guitarist/bassist LAURA CHRISTINE (Warface) and vocalist MICHELE MADDEN (Tourette’s) entered the studio in with Producer/Engineer/Manager ROB SHALLCROSS (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) to lay tracks for what would become LIFER.

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Place your pre-sale orders for MELDRUM‘s new release LIFER now at http://www.reversedrecords.com/estore. The album will come as a digipak that includes a 8 page insert and CD. Fans who place their order between now and the November 20th release date will receive a free download of MELDRUM‘s latest single ”Paid”. Partial proceeds from the album will go to MICHELLE’S son Jake Thomas who she left behind when she passed.

LIFER will be released via REVERSED RECORDS and was produced by Producer/Engineer/Manager ROB SHALLCROSS (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) and Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok). MELDRUM have released three singles from LIFER, A TOAST TO ROMANCE, BLACKENED BLUE and PAID are all available now via iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/meldrum/id255422158).

“Let me say this: Never have I obsessed over the recording of any album I’ve been involved in as I have with MELDRUM‘s latest. The tragic circumstances that took Michelle from us also provided us with a razor-sharp focus to record the most amazing album we could. Michele Madden, Laura Christine, and hell, even Rob Shallcross, our engineer, put forth performances of a lifetime, with each member’s full love and respect going into every nuance of every song. Not only to honor Michelle, but to also lay down some bad-ass music, which was ultimately what she stood for… what MELDRUM stands for. I think the songs speak for themselves, and I, for one, have never been prouder to be a part of a family, let alone a project such as this. Metal with balls. Crank it up, indeed”.  – Gene Hoglan

Listen to ”Blackened Blue” now at:

http://soundcloud.com/meldrummusic/02-blackened-blue

Listen to ”A Toast To Romance” now at:

http://soundcloud.com/meldrummusic/a-toast-to-romance

Listen to ”Paid” now at:

http://soundcloud.com/meldrummusic/03-paid

MELDRUM has toured worldwide with Lemmy Kilmister‘s Motorhead, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Sepultura, Danzig, Nashville Pussy, as well as sharing the stage with many more. Touting a combination of mammoth vocal styles along with aggressively melodic vocals, mind bending guitar riffs and a rhythm section that creates fiercely bombastic grooves, this is what gives MELDRUM their unique, cutting edge sound.

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DOWN and WARBEAST Announce 2013 U.S. Tour Dates

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War of the Gargantuans album artwork

Louisiana heavy metal marvel DOWN and Texas thrashers WARBEAST are pleased to announce several U.S. tour dates in 2013. The upcoming tour, dubbed “The Weed & Speed Tour: West Coast Throwdown in the Year of XIII”, will kick off on January 11, 2013 in Houston, TX at Warehouse Live. The tour will make its way through several states, coming to a close on February 1st in Chattanooga, TN at Track 29.

Before the start of the tour, WARBEAST will headline the War of the Gargantuas release party show on January 5th at The Rail Club in Fort Worth, TX. See directly below for all currently released tour dates.

DOWN and WARBEAST 2013 U.S. Tour Dates:

1/5 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club (WARBEAST ONLY, War of the Gargantuas Release Show)

1/11 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live – Ballroom

1/12 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

1/14 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee

1/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club

1/16 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club

1/18 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim

1/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

1/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

1/22 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market

1/23 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

1/24 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House

1/26 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall

1/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

1/29 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

1/30 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

2/1 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29

DOWN vocalist PHILIP ANSELMO and WARBEAST recently announced that they will be releasing a new split album entitled War of the Gargantuas. The split will be released on January 8, 2012 via Housecore Records and will include two songs from each artist. This album serves as the first release of any solo work by PHILIP ANSELMO during the span of his nearly 30-year legacy. Also, the two WARBEAST tracks on the split feature former bassist Alan Bovee before his amicable departure from the band. Since then, Dre Karst has joined on bass.

WARBEAST also recently announced the upcoming release of their second full-length album, Destroy. The album is scheduled to be released in early 2013 via Housecore Records and is currently in the mastering stages. Stay tuned for more information on Destroy coming very soon.

AEON: Full Album Streaming

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In celebration of the AEON release Aeons Black, due this Tuesday, Terrorizer Magazine is currently streaming the album in its entirety.

Hear the carnage at terrorizer.com

 “It’s all here: the anti-christian rhetoric, the barking/snarling vocals and the barrage of machine-gun blasts

– Olivier ‘Zoltar’ Badin (Terrorizer magazine)

one of the best death metal albums of 2012”  – Revolver Magazine

punishing, blood-curdling, Christ-baiting death metal” – All Music

Aeons Black is set for release in North America on November 20, 2012 through Metal Blade Records. Aeons Black was recorded at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, engineered, mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström at Garageland Studios and features striking cover art by Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin (Bathory, At The Gates, Dissection, Emperor).

Check out in-studio video footage and pre-order info at metalblade.com/aeon.

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DECIBEL 100th Issue Celebration Show

Decibel Magazine

After much fevered online speculation, we’re finally ready to announce the headliner of Decibel‘s highly-anticipated 100th Issue Celebration Show. Four-time cover stars, Hall of Fame inductees for 2001 classic Jane Doe and constant presence in our Top 40 Albums of the Year feature any time they release an album, the mighty Converge will join Pig DestroyerMunicipal WasteRepulsionTombs and Evoken at Philadelphia‘s Union Transfer for this incredible one-off show on January 19.

Tickets for the 100th Issue Celebration Show are going fast, but for now are still available here, cheap, fast and easy. Remember that every attendee will receive a free, exclusive  Pig Destroyer flexi disc, which will not appear in the magazine.

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DIO “STAND UP AND SHOUT” CANCER FUND GUITAR AUCTION ANNOUNCED

Nearly 100 Donated Guitars Will be Auctioned on Saturday, December 1 at 2 PM at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, CA to Raise Money for Dio Cancer Fund.

Gibson Les Paul, signed by Slash

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the world-renowned voice of Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell, will participate in the upcoming Icons & Idols – Rock N’ Roll Auction at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday, December 1 at 2 PM. Nearly 100 donated guitars signed by a variety of celebrities from the music world will go on the auction block to benefit the fund’s mission of cancer prevention, research and education.

LTD guitar, signed by POISON

The collection includes guitars signed by the Jonas Brothers, Slash, Tom Morello, Tony Iommi and members of Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, the Alice Cooper Band, Metallica and Iron Maiden. Among the rarities are a prototype electric guitar made for and signed by Eddie Van Halen and a custom hand-carved Ronnie James Dio memorial guitar created by DBZ Guitars. Also in the collection is an Epiphone electric guitar signed by a host of country music stars, among them Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney, an ESP acoustic electric guitar signed by “Twilight” film star Robert Pattinson and three guitars hand painted by the famous elephants of the Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project in Thailand.

Online bidding has already commenced, and items included in this auction are available for viewing at: http://www.juliensauctions.com/auctions/2012/icons-and-idols-rock/index.html“>http://www.juliensauctions.com/auctions/2012/icons-and-idols-rock/index.html

Brian May custom guitar, signed by Brian May (QUEEN)

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a privately funded 501C3 charity organization which has already raised more than $600,000 in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life.

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Julien’s Auctions, which specializes in entertainment memorabilia, is located at 9665 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150, Beverly Hills, California 90210.

A free public exhibition of many of the items included in the auction will be available for viewing during the auction house’s regular business hours of 10 AM to 5 PM beginning Monday, November 19 through Friday, November 30.

For hours, visit: www.juliensauctions.com