KING DIAMOND Addresses Show Cancellation

Let me try and explain this without saying **** all the time.
The Japanese promoters at Loud Park had, when I woke up this morning, posted a false and deceitful cancellation announcement, which they are going to have to correct to what really happened.

First of all: We did not cancel the show. The promoters did.

Let them show an email saying we cancelled the show. They can’t. We can provide the email in which they cancelled.

They cancelled so late, that some of our people were already in flight to Japan. I myself found out from a forwarded email at 4:26 am Dallas time, waiting for a preordered cab to arrive at 6:00 am to take me to DFW International Airport.

The email had come from Onta (working for the promoter, in what capacity, I don’t know, but at least in a capacity to be able to cancel our performance), saying “Sorry for the result. Please stop taking flights for all…”

So much had happened up to this point, and I will try to condense everything into a short sequence of events.

Entire theatrical production, including all instruments and special effects had been put into the professional care of a Danish shipping company, who is also used by Rocket Cargo among others, in order to make sure everything would be in Tokyo with time to spare. This was trucked from Copenhagen to Hamburg harbor, and loaded onto a Chinese ship.

During the sail from Hamburg to Ningbo, China, where our entire cargo would be in transit and go via Japanese ship to Tokyo, our Danish shipper found out through their agents in China, that the ship’s arrival had suddenly been announced with a 6 day delay. No reasons given.

The Chinese ship company seems to still be working on an answer to our Danish shipper.

With such an unexpected delay (our Danish shipper had never experienced this before), new ways to try and make up for the delay had to be thought out.

A shipping company in China, known to our Danish shipper was contacted, since they were known to have connections to the Chinese government, with the hope that they might be able speed up a procedure that has never been done before. People at Creativeman also brought in connections in China to cooperate with everyone. The new, never before done plan was to now import the entire cargo into China, truck it in China from Ningbo to Shanghai, from where it would be exported and air lifted with a Chinese airline 747 cargo plane (the only one which had large enough entrance) to Narita Airport in Tokyo.

To my knowledge, the Danish embassy and the Japanese embassy in China became involved in trying to solve this dilemma.

At this point, money also became an issue. This procedure would add at least 21,500 Euros to expenses, which was agreed to be split between promoter and band. An amendment to the contract was negotiated, in which promoter in the end agreed to give band half the concert fee, even if the gear didn’t make it. This was agreed to, so that both band and promoter participated in the risk of incurring a bigger loss if we went along with this new plan, and still couldn’t make it.

The following paragraph explains the scenario from which the promoters probably took parts and wrongfully used in their cancellation statement, in order to push the blame onto us, while at the same time practically ridiculing us.

The promoter at some point tried to almost force the band into agreeing to play two free backline shows next year, only paying expenses for flights, rented backline and crew salary, in case the cargo didn’t make it in time to Loud Park, in order to make up for promoter’s part of the possible loss.

However, this idea was quickly scrapped, since we couldn’t guarantee that it would fit in our future schedule, plus that we would have huge losses doing that, and last but not least we do not play without our theatrical production anymore.

All King Diamond shows are full King Diamond shows.

Regarding our production, which was originally built over the period of several months and has been expanded since, the promoter generously did offer to try and replicate it in just days, which sounds nice but realistically was nothing but a big pipe dream. There is no way it could have been done safely and respectfully. Everything we use has been cleared with specific safety clauses in mind, and just walking on different feeling stairs that you have not practiced on is an actual safety issue. But there is so much that could be explained here that would make this clear as daylight, but would take too long. I need to get this out now.

Maybe you can get more info regarding all this when Decibel does their cover story of King Diamond very soon.

Again, I want to state that we did not cancel, the promoter did.

We not only have a loss from this financially, we also lost the planned 10 camera filming of our performance for a possible future DVD, plus most important, the chance to show a Japanese audience what a King Diamond show is all about.

EVEN THOUGH WE ARE NOT THE ONES TO BLAME FOR THIS, I WANT TO STATE TO ALL OF YOU HOW SORRY WE ARE THAT THIS WAS NOT POSSIBLE.

I also want to state that the promoters are not to blame for this either. Both parties tried to go above and beyond to make this happen, but in the end it ended up being out of our hands and up to the Chinese customs authorities.

We have emails containing proof of everything I have stated above.

Stay Heavy,
King Diamond

CHURCH OF MISERY Announce North American Tour Dates

Church of Misery, Japan’s finest doom export, has announced that their upcoming headlining tour dates for this fall in the United States will now begin on November 1 in Chicago, IL. Issues beyond the band’s control had forced the band to reschedule the first half of the tour, which will now conclude on December 15 in Milwaukee, WI.

To preview the live experience awaiting fans on this tour, watch the video for “Brother Bishop” at metalblade.com/churchofmisery.

Tour dates can be seen below, as well as on facebook.com/churchofmiserydoom.

Thy Kingdom Scum” was written and recorded by Tatsu Mikami, Junji Narita, Ikume Kawabe, and Hideki Fukasawa and features the return of the band’s original vocalist, Hideki Fukasawa. The album has been praised as one of the best doom releases of 2013, with Decibel Magazine declaring it has “some of the wickedest doom grooves since Black Sabbath 40 years ago… it’s resounding proof that no one right now-not even the reunited Sabbath with a newly wound-up Ozzy-can come close to the gargantuan swing of the mighty Church of Misery.”

Terrorizer Magazine adds that “Thy Kingdom Scum” is a “very welcome return of Hideki Fukasawa on vocals (and synth too)… reaching Anselmo-like drawling lows.”


CHURCH OF MISERY
Wizard Rifle (11/24-12/6), Saviours (11/27-12/6)
Bloody Hammers (11/1-11/23), Against the Grain (11/1-11/23)
11/01 Chicago, IL Ultra Lounge
11/02 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Co.
11/03 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme
11/04 Indianapolis, IN Beale Street Live
11/06 Pittsburgh, PA 31st St Pub
11/07 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
11/08 Toronto, ON Hard Luck
11/09 Ottawa, QC Mavericks
11/10 Montreal, QC IL Motore
11/11 Providence, RI AS220
11/12 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
11/13 Richmond, VA Kingdom
11/14 Baltimore, MD Otto Bar
11/16 Atlanta, GA EARL
11/17 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
11/18 Austin, TX Mohawk
11/19 Dallas, TX Club Dada
11/22 Tempe, AZ Yucca Tap Room
11/23 Los Angeles, CA The Satellite
11/24 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
11/25 Fresno, CA Audie’s Olympic
11/26 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
11/27 Oakland, CA The Opera House
11/29 San Jose The Blank Club
11/30 San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside
12/01 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
12/03 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
12/04 Portland, OR Rotture
12/05 Bellingham, WA The Shakedown
12/06 Vancouver, BC The Rickshaw Theater
12/08 Calgary, AB The Palomino
12/09 Edmonton, AB The Pawn Shop
12/10 Saskatoon, SK Amigos
12/11 Regina, SK The Exchange
12/12 Winnipeg, MB The Zoo
12/13 Fargo, ND The Aquarium
12/14 Minneapolis, MN The Triple Rock
12/15 Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club

http://www.metalblade.com/churchofmisery
http://www.churchofmisery.net

Metal Blade Records Sign DESTRAGE from Milan, Italy

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of Italian metal act, Destrage. The band formed in 2005 and has released two full length albums, “Urban Being” in 2009, and “The King is Fat’N’Old” in 2010. Their animated live shows have taken them on tour all over Europe, and even over to Japan. Destrage opened for Every Time I Die and Parkway Drive this summer, and headlined a variety of Italian festivals including: Machete Fest, Rock In Riot, MAV Festival, and more.

Destrage’s new album, “Are You Kidding Me? No.” is complete and being prepared for release in early 2014. A trailer for the album can be seen now on the band’s popular youtube channel, youtube.com/destrage. While there, watch Destrage’s previous videos, including their video for “Jade’s Place,” which won the video clip category at the Torino Best Soundtrack Awards in 2010. Plans are currently in motion for videos in support of the new album, as well as more extensive touring in 2014.

Destrage comments on joining the Metal Blade roster:

“It’s quite difficult for us to describe in few words our feelings about this moment. We just signed with one of the most important and historical metal label in the world, being welcomed as members of a big family, this is simply amazing! We’ve listened to Metal Blade artists since we were just fresh-faced kids and now we’re stoked to be part of such a great roster. We are really excited for the upcoming release and we can’t wait to bring this work on stage and tour around as much as we can. See ya all very soon!”

Destrage:
Paolo Colavolpe – Vocal
Matteo Di Gioia – Guitar
Gabriel Pignata – Bass
Ralph Salati – Guitar
Federico Paulovich – Drums

For all things Destrage, follow them on-line:
http://www.destrage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/destrage
http://www.twitter.com/destrage
http://www.youtube.com/destrage

THY WILL BE DONE To Return To Japan

Heavy Metal heavyweights, THY WILL BE DONE will return to Japan for a headlining run this Fall. As part of their set, the band will be playing their latest, critically-acclaimed ‘Temple’ EP in its entirety as well as other fan favorites from their previous releases. The run kicks off September 20 in Shibuya and will run through September 29 in Sasebo. Direct support will come from AGGRESSIVE DOGS.

Vocalist and co-writer J. Costa comments,

“We’re absolutely thrilled to see all our amazing friends and fans in Japan again and especially excited to tour with our close friends Aggressive Dogs.”

Costa continues, “Playing our Temple EP start to finish will be a milestone for this band and we’re honored to be able to share that experience with fans in a live setting. We’ve got a few surprises for this run and hope the audience enjoys the show we’ve got planned for them.”

THY WILL BE DONE has also started work on their follow up full length to 2012’s ‘Temple’ EP; more details are expected to be announced soon. THY WILL BE DONE took a quick break from the studio as they were invited to take part in the RIDE FOR DIME event in Dallas, TX on Saturday, August 17th to celebrate the life and legacy of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. The ‘Temple’ EP is available on Amazon & iTunes.

Live Dates:

9/06 PAWTUCKET, RI – THE MET

9/07 LEWISTON, ME

Japan Tour:

9/20 SHIBUYA – GAME

9/21 KOBE – LIVE HOUSE STAR-CLUB

9/22 TOYOHASHI – TBA

9/23 SHIBUYA – CLUBASIA

9/24 ATSUGI – THUNDER SNAKE

9/25 HAMAMATSU – MESCALIN DRIVE

9/26 KITAKYUSHU – ABBEY ROAD LIVE HOUSE JAMJAM (Drum & Guitar Clinic)

9/27 KOKURA – FUSE

9/28 HAKATA – XXXXXX

9/29 SASEBO  – DAZZLE PUZZLE

FACT Release New Live Performance Music Video

FACT and Alternative Press Magazine are exclusively bringing you the new live performance music video for Tonight. The track is a great starter song for new fans, as Tonight is essentially the essence of the band condensed into just over a minute. The band expertly displays their effortless ability to mix blast beat-laden metalcore and pop-punk influenced harmonies—a skill that is evident throughout FACT’s new album Burundanga, which drops on its new release date of June 4, 2013 via Good Fight Music. Take a look at the new video for Tonight at this location.

 

FACT vocalist/guitarist Adam Graham states,

“The video was shot when we did a (sold out) headline show at a venue called The Pipeline in London in March this year after our UK tour with Your Demise. It was rad.”

Graham adds,

“The track Tonight was recorded in Florida with Elvis Baskette (as was the rest of the album), and it’s probably one of my favourite songs on the record. Lyrically, Tonight is a song about realising the moment you’re in and seizing the opportunities that that moment presents. Not wanting to sound pretentious or anything, but it’s about that moment of epiphany when you realise that you’re the one who controls your own destiny. It’s a positive message – it’s about takings control and taking responsibility. It fits into the lyrical theme of the album as a whole because a lot of Burundanga is about being able to take the positives out of loss and regret – everyone has dark stuff happen to them, but it’s all about being able to pick out the specks of light in those dark times, and Tonight is all about doing that right now.”

FACT has another video up for viewing, this time for the track Pink Rolex, exclusively available on their Facebook page. Check it out at this location.

Burundanga is a digital-only release and will be available from iTunes, Amazon and all your favorite digital music retailers. 

With the band’s last two records charting in the Top 10 in their native Japan, the band has continued to enhance their burgeoning reputation with intensive touring both on home turf and across the United States and Europe – touring which has seen them play on the main stage at festivals such as Sonisphere (UK) and Summer Sonic (Japan) as well as forge a hardcore following with a series of club tours alongside established international touring acts Your Demise, Iwrestledabearonce, Senses Fail and Memphis May Fire amongst many others. At the present, FACT has sold roughly 260,000 albums worldwide.

Tracklist:

1. FOSS (Watch video)

2. 1000 Miles

3. Pink Rolex (Watch video)

4. Melt

5. Tonight

6. Polyrhythm Winter (Watch video)

7. Kyou

8. Eighty Six

9. Crying

10. Mimic

11. 1-4

12. GSMD

13. Temptation

After bursting into the consciousness of fans of heavy music both nationally and internationally with the release of 2009’s self-titled major label debut, FACT has gone on to become one of Japan’s biggest and best-loved rock bands of the decade.

Line-up:

Hiro – Vocals

Kazuki – Guitar

Takahiro – Guitar

Adam – Guitar/Vocals

Eiji – Drums

Tomohiro – Bass

For more info about FACT, please visit these websites:

Website: www.factjapan.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/factjapanofficial

Twitter: www.twitter.com/factjapan

New CHURCH OF MISERY Album in June

Japan‘s CHURCH OF MISERY is preparing to release their fourth full-length album. Thy Kingdom Scum will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records/Rise Above Records on June 11. The first single from the album, as well as the brand new video for Brother Bishop, are both streaming now at metalblade.com/churchofmisery.

Thy Kingdom Scum was written and recorded by Tatus Mikami, Junji Narita, Ikume Kawabe, and Hideki Fukasawa. In 2012, after the departure vocalist Yoshiaki Negishi, Tatsu and Junji contacted the previous singer Hideki, and they decided on a reunion. Additionally, the band added guitarist Ikuma Kawabe (ex-DHIDALAH) in late May 2012.With this new line-up, they started writing and recording the new record.

After the release of Houses Of The Unholy in 2009, CHURCH OF MISERY continued to visit western countries, and embarked on several fantastic tours: Europe with EYEHATEGOD, Maryland Death Fest X, and a headlining US tour with The Gates of Slumber and Hail!Hornet. Plans are currently in motion for more touring in support of Thy Kingdom Scum. Updates will be posted to churchofmisery.net and metalblade.com/churchofmisery as they are made available.

http://www.metalblade.com/churchofmisery
http://www.churchofmisery.net

 

HOLY GRAIL Ride The Void Lyric Video

(Los Angeles, CA) – HOLY GRAIL released the lyric video for the title track of their upcoming album, Ride The Void. You can view the video directly on their site HERE or by clicking the video below. The album, to be released on Jan. 22 through PROSTHETIC RECORDS in U.S., Jan. 16 via Universal in Japan, and via Nuclear Blast on Jan. 18 in Europe and Jan. 21 in the UK, is available for pre-order through www.RideTheVoid.com. Pre-order bundles include Ride The Void on CD or LP along with either a t-shirt, long-sleeve, or pullover hoodie featuring the album’s artwork (featured above).

Watch the Video

Ride The Void was produced by Grammy award winner Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom).

“You’d have to go back 20 years to find a metal record that achieves this level of instant infectiousness”Decibel magazine

The band kicks off an extensive tour cycle on the upcoming Metal Alliance tour, playing alongside Anthrax, Exodus, High on Fire and Municipal Waste. Dates & tickets can be found on www.MetalAllianceTour.com.

For more information on the band please visit:
www.RideTheVoid.com
Facebook.com/HolyGrailOfficial

More HOLY GRAIL Teaser Videos

 

Heavy metallers HOLY GRAIL released an additional set of videos that preview songs on their upcoming release Ride The Void. Check out new tracks Sleep of Virtue, Silence The Scream and The Great Artifice below.

The album is scheduled to be released on January 22, 2013 via Prosthetic Records in the U.S. (January 16 via Universal in Japan, and via Nuclear Blast on January 18 in Europe and January 21 in the UK).

Grab exclusive pre-order packages on www.ridethevoid.com consisting of the album on CD or LP along with a t-shirt, long-sleeve or pullover hoodie featuring the album’s artwork.

HOLY GRAIL also just announced a free show in Southern California at the Slidebar in Fullerton next Monday, December 17.

In  the meantime, you can download the new single Dark Passenger (along with 13 other killer tracks) for free by heading over to PROSTHETIC RECORDS Facebook page and downloading their Winter Sampler HERE.

 

 

 

 

The band will announce their participation in a major North America tour in the coming days.

For more information, visit www.ridethevoid.com or www.facebook.com/holygrailofficial.

 

MARTY FRIEDMAN Double Album Available

After reissuing three acclaimed recent studio albums by legendary hard rock/heavy metal guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN over the summer, Prosthetic Records is excited to now introduce North American audiences to the former Megadeth and Cacophony guitarist’s two Tokyo Jukebox albums. Released in Japan in 2009 and 2011, respectively, Tokyo Jukebox Vols. 1 & 2 – the 9th and 11th chapters in FRIEDMAN’s influential solo discography – were released in the U.S. for the first time as a limited-edition, specially-priced 2CD set featuring artwork exclusive to this pressing and new liner notes by FRIEDMAN himself.
Watch the Video

Soon after leaving MEGADETH following a 10-year run in which the iconic band sold some 10 million albums worldwide, FRIEDMAN – perhaps the most revered lead guitarist in thrash metal history – moved to Japan, where over the past decade he became a household name. Between his solo releases and collaborations with Japanese stars, he has played on and written numerous Top 10 hits (including two #1’s); he has also made hundreds of appearances on mainstream Japanese television and performed at legendary venues such as Budokan and the Tokyo Dome.

Tokyo Jukebox Vols. 1 & 2 feature energetic instrumental covers of Japanese pop (J-pop) songs that can be enjoyed by anyone with a sweet tooth for melody, and capture FRIEDMAN’s passion for the music of his adopted home country – although, as he warns in the liner notes for this release;
“I took the liberty of destroying and reconstructing them my own way” 
In the video above (also posted at Prosthetic’s newly-launched FRIEDMAN mini-site, where additional Tokyo Jukebox – related videos will be unveiled in the coming weeks), FRIEDMAN further describes the collection, calling it some of the heaviest and best work of his career:

FRIEDMAN recently completed a European tour. He hopes to make an overdue return to North America in 2013.

Faith No More auction to benefit Japan

Cripes! Billy Gould sent this just as I was aboot to sign off…

To raise money for disaster relief in Japan, Faith No More is offering 5 screen printed show posters, all of which have been signed by the band, as well as a $75 gift certificate to their worldwidewebstore.

Enter EBAY AUCTION HERE

Great GD humans, that FNM.

editors note: Tour the effing USA again, a-holes! Well, you don’t have to tour, just do a show I can get to in NJ or Philly – not July 4th weekend!