BATTLECROSS Release Slayer Cover

Battlecross released a new cover of Slayer’s War Ensemble.

Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says,

“Slayer is obviously one of our biggest influences. Slayer taught me personally to not give a f#@k and throw in attitude in your riffs. War Ensemble is one of my favorite Slayer songs because it embodies the aggression and attitude of Slayer but also is more dynamic than a traditional Slayer song that is all speed. Jeff Hanneman was an underrated player and it’s shame his greatness was only recognized after he passed. In honor of Jeff we wanted to cover “War Ensemble” and throw in a bit of our own twist and speed to the song. Slayer!”

The track will be streaming via Metal Hammer UK & Metal Hammer Germany beginning May 27 and will later be made available to fans via iTunes.

It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Matt Dalton at 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

The band recently kicked off a North American tour with Killswitch Engage and Trivium that wraps up at the end of May, then the band ventures to Europe in June for a series of festival appearances, as well as club shows with Huntress.

BATTLECROSS w/ Killswitch Engage
05/23 Kokomo, IN Centerstage Bar & Grill w/ Black Fast
05/24 St. Louis, MO Fubar w/ Black Fast
05/25 Merriam, KS Aftershock w/ Black Fast
05/26 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
05/27 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater w/ Nothing More
05/28 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater w/ Nothing More
End Tour
08/09 Birch Run, MI Birch Run Expo Center DirtFest
European Tour
06/05 Nürburg, DE Nürburgring Rock am Ring
06/06 Nuremberg, DE Zeppelinfeld Rock im Park
06/10 Hamburg, DE Markthalle Beastfest
06/11 Tilburg, NL 013 w/ Huntress
06/14 Derby, GB Donington Park Download Festival
06/15 Nickelsdorf, AT Nova Rock Festival w/ Black Sabbath, Seether
06/17 Zurich, CH Rock City w/ Huntress
06/18 Geneve, CH L’Usine w/ Huntress
06/19 Milan, IT Legend Club Milano w/ Huntress
06/20 Liubliana, SI Orto Bar w/ Huntress
06/21 Zagreb, HR Attack w/ Huntress
06/27 Dessel, BE Festival Park Stenehei Graspop Metal Meeting
South American Tour
w/ Killswitch Engage, Memphis May Fire
08/22 Curitiba, BR Music Hall
08/23 Sao Paulo, BR Carioca Club
08/24 Rio de Janeiro, BR Circo Voador

War of Will, the band’s most recent album, debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the top current albums chart, #2 on the heatseeker chart, #15 on the current hard music chart, #16 on the hard music overall chart, and #32 on the independent albums chart. It didn’t stop here though, as the band also debuted in Canada’s Soundscan charts coming in at #178 Top 200 Current and #25 Hard Music Charts while also landing on the iTunes charts for release date at #103 Top 200, #10 on Rock, and #2 on Metal. This marks the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut. War of Will also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release.

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MASTODON Reveal New Song From Forthcoming Album

MastodonWarner Bros. Records has unveiled a brand new song High Road from their forthcoming album, ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN, produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice In Chains, Deftones).

Go to: www.mastodonrocks.com to listen now.

Mastodon band members had this to say about the new song:

“I wrote that on a day off while we were on tour in Luxembourg. I was sitting in this rainy city on a Sunday, and nothing was open. I felt like I needed to write something to reflect how I was feeling. I started banging on a guitar. I was thinking Neurosis and The Melvins low-tuned with a little more pop sensibility for the chorus.” – Bill Kelliher 

“You can headbang to that one for days. I love the simplicity of it. Lyrically, it’s an angry number where you want to see someone destroyed. It’s heavy-handed in that sense, but it’s the fantasy I felt at the time.” – Brann Dailor

More information to be revealed soon. Keep an eye on www.mastodonrocks.com

AMARANTHE Returning To Studio After Tour

AMARANTHE – the modern metal sextet from Gothenburg, Sweden – announced that they will be returning to North America in support of their new album.  The band will be providing direct support for Within Temptation. The tour begins 9/25 in San Francsico, CA and runs through 10/11 in Worcester, MA.

Guitarist Olof Morck commented on the North American tour:

“We could not be more pleased to announce that we will be supporting Within Temptation on their North American tour this fall! I have loved Within Temptation’s music for almost ten years, so it will be an honor to support them. But most of all, we can’t wait to see our amazing American fans again, and make a bunch of new ones!”

The band has confirmed an autumn 2014 release date for their new studio album via Spinefarm Records; as yet untitled, this latest outing will be the follow-up to Amaranthe (2011, now gold in Sweden) and The Nexus (2013). These two releases, which defined the band’s approach through their signature blend of musical styles and voices, caused an international stir right from the start; not only did The Nexus top the rock chart in Sweden, but it went straight to # 1 on the US iTunes Metal Chart as well, whist the videos (from both albums) have continued to clock up millions of views.

The success of these records saw AMARANTHE  playing to audiences all over the world, and now – following shows across Europe, including an appearance at the Bandit Awards in Stockholm where one of the band’s three singers, Elize Ryd, received the ‘Rock n’ Role Model’ Award – the six will head back into the studio.

AMARANTHE are currently on tour in Europe.  A complete list of dates and links to purchase tickets can be found HERE.

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AMARANTHE w/ Within Temptation:

9/25: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

9/26: Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia

9/28: Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater

9/30: Minneapolis, MN @ First Theater

10/1: Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater

10/2: Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater

10/3: Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy

10/5: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

10/7: Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live

10/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

10/10: New York, NY @ Terminal 5

10/11: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

For More Info Visit:

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THE OCEAN Triple DVD Slated for December Release in North America

THE OCEAN‘s highly anticipated triple-DVD release, “Collective Oblivion,” will be released one month later than originally planned. Fans will be able to buy their copies in stores and on-line on Decmber 10th. Until then, the DVD/t-shirt bundle is still available via Indiemerch HERE. Additionally, THE OCEAN’s European tour with Shining, Tides From Nebula, and Hacride began yesterday and will be the final tour featuring drummer Luc Hess and Jona Nido.

And update from THE OCEAN:

“As most of you will already know by now, Luc and Jona are leaving the band at the end of this tour. They have given us fair notice of their departure in June this year, so that we would have enough time to find replacements.”

Luc Hess comments:

“I’m getting to this point where i feel like everything I could bring to this band, i already have. And everything I learned music-wise from it can’t go any further. This is a tough decision, but i’ve been thinking this through since a while already. I have no regrets at all, it was most certainly one of the best experiences I’ve ever lived, and I am more than happy we’ve been through this together. I feel very thankful and grateful that you guys trusted me and shared these moments over the last 5 years.”

jonaJona Nido comments:

“There are obviously a ton of reasons for that to happen now. These include artistic divergence, full-time commitment to a project that isn’t 100% fulfilling anymore and other stuff like not wanting to deal with certain aspects/restrictions of what an established/touring act requires for its production and also the way things are generally working, especially on a personal level.”

Robin Staps continues:

“These guys have dedicated the time of their lives to playing live with this band, and I am grateful for sharing what has always been essentially my own vision of this band with me for almost 6 years. Jona has written great songs for “Anthropocentric”, and Luc has coined and personalized the sound of this band with his hard-hitting, creative approach to drumming. But over the past 2 years of intense touring, we have grown apart as musicians and as people, and it has gotten to a point where it was unfulfilling for everyone involved.

“A divorce usually hurts, but it always also opens up new horizons. We are happy to announce that Paul Seidel will be the new drummer in The Ocean. Paul is currently playing in War From A Harlot’s Mouth, who are going on indefinite hiatus at the end of the year, as well as in Dioramic and Wassbass. He also gives drum lessons in Berlin and knows from the experience with his own bands what it’s like to tour America, Europe and Australia. To get a taste of Paul’s drumming, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaX1KWPtHLg

“This clip only represents a small fraction of Paul repertoire and abilities. We have only had 3 rehearsals with Paul so far, but it has clicked from the beginning both on a musical and personal level. I would have never thought that I could find another drummer who plays at the same level as Luc, but now I am sure that Paul will not only follow in Luc’s footsteps, but also stray from the path and bring new, exciting things to the table. I always knew that Paul was a machine who wouldn’t struggle with fast stuff like in ‘Disequilibrated’ or ‘The Wish In Dreams’, but watching him enjoy playing some of the slow and calm songs with so much feeling and energy really made me aware of how awesome and versatile a drummer he really is. Paul was the only drummer we auditioned, and after we did, there was no desire to try out anyone else.”

Paul Seidel adds:

“I’m very pleased to officially announce, that I’ll be joining forces with THE OCEAN. I am glad, both musically and on a personal scale, to walk new paths and broaden my horizon. My personal approach has always been to overcome genre boundaries as well as stereotypes, to swim against the current and to play or enjoy music apart from conventional habits. THE OCEAN have ever since implemented a conceptual urge in the context of progressive music and have never been afraid to dare to experiment. Therefore, I am more than looking forward to getting creative and contribute my part to the art of THE OCEAN.”

THE OCEAN are streaming the entire ‘China’ chapter of Collective Oblivion. Head to noisey.vice.com to view the 30 minute chapter.
Collective Oblivion is something the band has been teasing for quite a while. Fans saw a glimpse of what sort of content would be on this release in the form of tour updates on youtube, including: Russia 2012 video blog, The Ocean in China, The Ocean North American tour blog 2011, and more. Finally, fans will be able to order this thorough and expansive look at THE OCEAN’s career and touring experiences, including the Heliocentric record release show with an extended line-up of 13 musicians on stage; as well as a special performance at the museum for musical instruments in Berlin, and much, much more!

Collective Oblivion includes:
– Multiple camera shots of three full live concerts with a total of 21 individual song performances
– 130 minutes of THE OCEAN history, as told by band members, past and present
– 175 minutes of tour documentaries and live footage filmed in North America, Asia, Russia, Australia, and Europe
– Total run time of 500 minutes!

Collective Oblivion comes in a hardcover / book-style packaging with brass-foil print. The book contains 3 DVDs and a +30 pages booklet, with loads of photos, tour diaries and writings by band members and by director Alex Kraudelt, who dedicated 2 and a half years of his life to traveling with THE OCEAN around the globe. Collective Oblivion is the end result of this long odyssey, which produced a total of 28 terabyte of video data for editing.

View the trailer for Collective Oblivion and pre-order your copy now at www.metalblade.com/theocean.

Also, THE OCEAN will be on tour throughout Europe October-November. The complete list of dates can be found below, and on facebook.com/theoceancollective.

THE OCEAN
+ SHINING
+ TIDES FROM NEBULA
+ HACRIDE
08/11/13 ES – Bilbao – Santana 27
09/11/13 IT – Torino – Audiodrome
10/11/13 IT – Rome – Traffic
11/11/13 SI – Ljubljana – Gala Hala
12/11/13 DE – München – Backstage Club
13/11/13 CH – Winterthur – Salzhaus
14/11/13 FR – Belfort – La Poudriere
15/11/13 DE – Essen – Zeche Car
16/11/13 DE – Karlsruhe – Die Stadtmitte
17/11/13 DE – Berlin – Lido
18/11/13 PL – Warsaw – Progresja
19/11/13 PL – Wroclaw – Alibi

THE OCEAN
+ TIDES FROM NEBULA
+ ABRAHAM
20/11/13 AT – Wien – Viper Room
21/11/13 HU – Budapest – A38
22/11/13 RO – Cluj-Napoca – Gambinus Pub
23/11/13 RO – Bucharest – Fabrica
24/11/13 BG – Sofia – t.b.a.
25/11/13 GR – Athens – Gagarin 205
26/11/13 GR – Thessaloniki – Eightball
27/11/13 RS – Belgrade – Club Fest
28/11/13 BA – Sarajevo – Cinema Kriterion

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BORNBROKEN Announce New Drummer Search

amr_logo_smal_570Groove metal band BornBroken have parted ways with drummer Jonathan Menard and are now in search of a hard hitting, blast beating slayer to take on live and upcoming recording duties for the bands follow up to their debut album ‘The Healing Powers of Hate’ released this past summer.

In a statement released by the band:

“It is with a heavy heart today that we announce that BornBroken and long time drummer for the band Jonathan Menard have decided to part ways.

Jonathan has been part of BornBroken for the past 3 years and was a substantial member of the growth of the band. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and we will remain best of friends with him for years to come.

With that being said, we are currently holding video submission auditions for BornBroken. If you think you have what it takes then we want to see it! Please send all video submissions or inquiries to BornBroken facebook page here. Finalists will be contacted for further auditioning.

BornBroken is not going anywhere; we are not disbanding in anyway. We are currently in the writing process for our next album which will be recorded and released sometime in 2014. Stay tuned cause what we have coming up in the near future for The Broken is going to blow your mind…the best is yet to come..see you in the pit.” – BornBroken

In addition, Jonathan Ménard comments:

‘‘It’s really hard to write these lines, but my association with BornBroken is unfortunately over as we have decided to go our separate ways. However, we are on good terms in ending this adventure together and I would like to thank the band that has given me the chance to be part of a family, life experiences and cherished memories. Thank you to everyone who believed in me and I will never forget BornBroken.’’

BORNBROKEN live line-up (from left): Simon Savard (Guitar), Matt Bailie (Vocals), Joe Ménard (Drums), Mike Decker (Guitar), Tommy Vaillancourt (Bass)

BornBroken’s debut album ‘The Healing Powers of Hate’ was released earlier this June. The album was fan voted as Album of The Week (June 10th) on Revolver Magazine, along with debuting #8 on Canadian College Loud Charts, plus being named one of the best unsigned Heavy Metal Bands for June on About.com.

They have also received great admiration from Yell Magazine! quoting ‘This is a debut metal album of epic proportions. If it’s not the Canadian metal album of the year, it’s certainly in the running for Canadian debut metal album’ and TheFrontRowReport.com quoting ‘BornBroken may be the best metal band you probably haven’t heard of. Those who love hard, heavy, angry metal are in for a treat and may find a new favorite in BornBroken.’

‘The Healing Powers of Hate’ is now streaming at the following link: http://soundcloud.com/bornbrokenmusic/sets/thehealingpowersofhate

Recent Live Video – Anger of The Day – BornBroken w/ new vocalist Matt Bailie (ex-The Catalyst) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gehu2VeWnyA

Recent Live Video – Control – BornBroken w/ new vocalist Matt Bailie (ex-The Catalyst) – Wait for 5:13 of the video for the killer crowd chant! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA4RNyEzAPg

About:

BornBroken was formed with one simple mission in mind: Help the masses find a voice, a face, an “X” that marks the spot through the sounds of beating skins, metal strings and broken chords.

After months of writing and hours spent in the studio, BornBroken managed to take every emotion they felt, put it to music, build off of past battle scars and create a record where listeners will feel they are part of the storyline.

On their debut album, The Healing Powers of Hate, BornBroken play out not only what life has given them but also what they want to give back: truth, integrity, perseverance, loyalty and faith in humanity’s struggle for equality.

To order their incredibly designed physical copy plus comic illustrated booklet (pic below), please visit the following link http://bornbroken.bandcamp.com.

 

TÝR Announce North American Tour with Children of Bodom

TÝR will be joining Children of Bodom on their “Halo of Blood over North America” tour in early 2014. The tour will embark on February 14 in Quebec City and wraps up on March 28 and 29 with back-to-back shows at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. Additional supporting acts are TBA with announcements coming soon. Tickets and premium packages are available now exclusively at SHOWstubs.com. General tickets will go on sale on Friday, November 8 at 10:00am local time.

Vocalist/guitarist Heri Joensen shares his excitement for this tour:

“Finally we get to announce this one. It’s been in the works for a long time and it’s probably the biggest tour we’ve ever been on. North America, we’re very excited to see you all again soon!”

TÝR performed live on August 10 as part of the Faroe Island’s Summarfestivalurin in Klaksvik. Over 8,000 Faroese were in attendance as the band put on a huge set featuring old favorites, as well as new tracks, including “Blood of Heroes.” The event was filmed and a video for “Blood of Heroes” can be seen now at metalblade.com/tyr.

TÝR’s brand new album, “Valkyrja,” has debuted on charts worldwide! In the US, the album reached #15 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s Chart, #22 on Current Hard Music, #39 on Overall Hard Music, and #70 on the Independent albums chart! On iTunes on day of release, “Valkyrja” reached #4 on the metal chart. In Europe, the album entered at #45 on German Top 100 Album Charts, and #76 on Switzerland’s charts. And in Canada, the record reached #26 on the Metal chart. On iTunes Canada, the record peaked at #2 on the metal chart, #9 on the rock chart, and #73 on the top 200 albums chart!

About:
Valkyrja is a concept album with a story line based loosely around a nameless Viking age warrior who leaves his woman and goes off to impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla, or to Fólkvangr, the home of Freyja—the goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, sorcery, war, and death. One can say the album is also indirectly about women and how they affect men and what men will do to impress and obtain women.

Front man and founder Heri Joensen goes on to explain;

“the woman that the warrior leaves may represent the earthly women. Freyja, The Lady Of The Slain, may represent the perfection of Women, and the Valkyrie is the link between the two, taking men from earthly to godly women.”

Order your copy of “Valkyrja” at these locations:

North America – indiemerch.com
Europe – emp.de
UK – amazon.co.uk

TYR w/ Children Of Bodom, special guests TBA

02/14 Quebec City, QC Imperial

02/15 Montreal, QC Metropolis

02/16 Toronto, ON Sound Academy

02/18 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks

02/20 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick

02/21 Saskatoon, SK Louis Pub

02/22 Edmonton, AB Union Hall

02/23 Calgary, AB Macewan Ballroom

02/25 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom

02/26 Seattle, WA El Corazon

02/28 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

03/01 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues

03/02 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory

03/03 Phoenix, AZ Club Red

03/05 Salt Lake City, UT The Murray Theater

03/06 Denver, CO Summit Theater

03/07 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater

03/08 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls

03/10 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live

03/11 Dallas, TX House Of Blues

03/12 Houston, TX House Of Blues

03/14 Atlanta, GA Masquerade

03/15 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution

03/16 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor

03/18 Asheville, NC Orange Peel

03/19 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore

03/21 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore

03/22 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts

03/23 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues

03/24 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall

03/25 Chicago, IL House Of Blues

03/27 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club

03/28 New York, NY Irving Plaza

03/29 New York, NY Irving Plaza

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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