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TOMBS: More Spring Tour Dates

Posted: March 24, 2010 in 2010, live
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TOMBS has announced more spring tour dates in support of their Winter Hours album. The band is currently on tour working their way to and from South By Southwest in Austin, TX. TOMBS will then join LUDICRA and KRALLICE for a handful of shows in the north east. The Brooklyn trio has also been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest and Ithaca Underground’s Big Day In fest. A listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon.
Winter Hours is currently streaming in its entirety at this location: TOMBS’ first video from Winter Hours, for album-opener “Gossamer”, is available at this location.
Stay tuned to and the TOMBS MySpace page: for additional news / tour information.

TOMBS Tour Dates:
April 17 Allston, MA O’Brien’s (2pm show w/ LUDICRA, KRALLICE)
April 18 Burlington, VT 242 Main (w/ GODS & QUEENS)
April 19 Philadelphia, PA The M Room (w/ LUDICRA, KRALLICE)
April 20 Baltimore, MA Hexagon (w/ LUDICRA, KRALLICE)
May 1 Ithaca, NY The Haunt (as part of Ithaca Underground’s Big Day In)
May 30 Baltimore, MD Sonar (as part of Maryland Death Fest)

We are excited to introduce another headliner of this volume to you. Misery Index is a band that has our deep respect both due to the music they play and the DIY ethic they stick to!!! Misery Index are going to release a new album called Heirs To Thievery in May and this year OEF show will be an exclusive one. You will not see them anywhere else in Europe during the summer fest season!!!

The music of Misery Index combines the most intense elements of metal with a distinct grind approach, added with a touch of hardcore and extreme punk attitude and passion, thus pushing the limits of metal with an insane mix of regressive thrashing rhythms, corrupting breakdowns and energetic ferocity. Misery Index sets no limits in their goal of making metal and grind flow together in boundless punishing assaults designed to modernize the classic death and grind metal of the early 90’s, drawing influence from Brutal Truth, Disrupt, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Terrorizer, His Hero is Gone, Bolt Thrower, Assuck and Entombed.

The imagery and lyrical concepts are also very critical to the band, and one can expect that in the true nature of the genre, Misery Index will catapult their ideology and anger to the forefront, and shove the sickness and hypocrisy of this planet right back in the face of all who so quietly accept the status quo…and have fun at the same time.

After a thirteen-year hiatus, San Francisco’s FORBIDDEN have returned to the studio to record their as-yet-untitled fifth studio album. Last week, drum tracks were recorded at Bombshelter Studios in downtown Los Angeles with owner Eric Kretz (drummer & founding member of Stone Temple Pilots). FORBIDDEN are currently at Sonic Room Studios in Livermore, California tracking bass, guitar, and vocals.

Studio report part I

View more studio pictures and read the rest of the studio report here:

Working titles on the new FORBIDDEN album are as follows:

· Intro
· Swine
· Immortal Wombz
· Omega Wave
· Hopenosis
· Adapt Or Die
· Forsaken At The Gates
· Inhuman Race
· Beyond The Mask
· Dragging My Casket
· Overthrow

The 2010 line-up for FORBIDDEN is Russ Anderson on vocals; Craig Locicero, guitar; Steve Smyth, guitar; Matt Camacho on bass; and Mark Hernandez, drums.

Hear two new FORBIDDEN demo tracks, “Adapt Or Die” and “Hopenosis,” at

Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have uploaded a brand new MySpace layout – Check it out:

A new track – HAMMER AND LIFE – has been made available there as well! The album “Exhibit B – The Human Condition” will be released in Europe on May 7!

AMORPHIS – European tour dates

Posted: March 24, 2010 in 2010, live
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Finnish metallers AMORPHIS have just announced the second part of the so-called „Forging Europe” Tour, dates below.

The current album “Skyforger” was certified GOLD in Finland for sales in excess of 15.000! The album was released in May 2009!

Forging Europe Tour Part II
Presented by Metal Hammer D & Terrorizer UK
05.11. DK Pumpehuset, – Copenhagen
06.11. DK Metal Festival, – Aalborg
07.11. D Markthalle, – Hamburg
09.11. UK Cathouse, – Glasgow
10.11. UK Academy 3, – Manchester
11.11. UK O2 Academy Islington, – London
12.11. NL Tivoli De Helling, – Utrecht
13.11. B Biebob, – Vosselaar
14.11. D Colos-Saal, – Aschaffenburg
16.11. D Hellraiser, – Leipzig
17.11. PL Proxima, – Warsaw
18.11. A Szene, – Vienna
19.11. CZ Kd Serikovka, – Plzen
20.11. SLO Cvetlicrna, – Ljubljana
21.11. H Diesel, – Budapest
23.11. D Backstage, – Munich
24.11. D Rockfabrik, – Ludwigsburg
25.11. CH Transilvania, – Erstfeld
26.11. I Estragon, – Bologna
27.11. D Club Vaudeville, – Lindau
28.11. D Zeche, – Bochum

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La Raza hits the charts in the US, Canada, and Germany!

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – March 24, 2010 – Los Angeles California’s ARMORED SAINT has entered the Billboard charts with La Raza, the band’s latest and first release since 2001’s Revelation. La Raza debuted at #49 on the Hard Music Albums Chart, #18 on the Heatseekers chart, #52 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and #2 on the Hard Music Core Stores chart. ARMORED SAINT´s La Raza also entered the official German album Charts coming in at #96! Congrats to the boys and the first German Chart entry in their career! In addition to hitting charts in both the US and Germany, the band also entered the Canadian charts coming in at #85 on the Independent chart!

La Raza is the band’s first album since Revelation in 2000 and their sixth in total. The album’s foundation was laid back in 2008 when Joey Vera and John Bush began writing new material for what would become La Raza and the album was completed in December at Tranzformer Studios in Burbank, CA. The album was produced by bassist Joey Vera, and engineered by Bryan Carlstrom and his assistant John Nuss. Recording was mostly done with analog equipment and the final album mix was delivered on 1 inch tape. This gives La Raza the most organic sound as possible.

Joey Vera comments on the packaging and creative aspect of La Raza: “Metal Blade is doing a really cool digi-pack package for us. We felt like the city of Los Angeles is such a big part of our fabric that we wanted to use that in the design of the artwork. So with the help of our good friend and photographer Stephanie Cabral and Brian Ames from the Metal Blade art department, we came up with a really cool package that represents our band and the music on this record. We also wanted to incorporate a green action by leaving out the plastic CD tray and using recycled paper. The result is a classy and poignant package.”

La Raza track listing: 1. Loose Cannon
2. Head On
3. Left Hook from Right Field
4. Get Off the Fence
5. Chilled
6. La Raza
7. Black Feet
8. Little Monkey
9. Blues
10. Bandit Country

JEFF WATERS, guitarist and founding member of Canadian thrash metal pioneers
ANNIHILATOR, has been interviewed by guitar manufacturers Epiphone about his
illustrious career and his new Epiphone Annihilation-V signature model

JEFF WATERS is widely recognised as one of the most influential metal
guitarists of all time, and was ranked third in Joel McIver’s 2009 book,
“The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists”.

Read part of the interview below for JEFF’s tips on gear and playing:

EPI: Any advice for younger players trying to find their way?

JEFF: Listen to LOTS of guitar players in lots of styles of music. For young
musicians, practice the song Chemical Warfare by Slayer, Creeping Death and
anything off of Puppets/Kill ‘Em All. That will get your rhythm hand fast
and tight. For solos, try to listen to as many metal guitar players as
possible… Listen to the ’80s players to get more of an original influence.
The ’80s were the time when the greats were producing brilliance! Also, on a
personal note, stay away from alcohol, drugs and cigarettes… If you want a
long career… Or a long life! These days, to have a career at all means
that you need to learn the business and take care of your business; you
cannot do this if you are cloudy in the mind or dying from lung disease.

EPI: Any advice on gear?

JEFF: Just have fun and try lots of things out at your local music store. As
far as amps… If you have some money, try the Hughes and Kettner Coreblade.
If you don¹t, there are a lot of good, lower-priced amps out there. I will
say though… My new Epiphone Annihilation-V is very reasonably priced. It
took me 2 years to design and create it with Epiphone because we wanted the
best guitar possible at an incredible value.

EPI: How close are the production models to what you play?

JEFF: The same guitars you can buy in the music store are the EXACT same
guitars I use live. No other company I know has done this, at this price

EPI: 2 years is a long time developing the Jeff Waters Annihilation-V
Signature model. How do you think it came out?

JEFF: Fantastic! I could ramble on about how great the guitar is but I think
the best way to answer this is to simply see the video that is on the
Epiphone web site… That will speak for itself. You must see it to
understand what I mean!

Read the full interview at

Check out video footage of JEFF WATERS demonstrating his new Epiphone
Annihilation-V guitar at

You can also hear a sound clip from ANNIHILATOR’s upcoming, self-titled
album at the Hughes & Kettner website at

‘ANNIHILATOR’ is the band’s thirteenth studio album and features ten tracks
of heads-down, no-frills metal, including a cover of VAN HALEN’s song,
“Romeo Delight”. The album is due to be released in Europe by Earache
Records on 17th May.

For more ANNIHILATOR news and info, head to

Check out the band on MySpace at


Posted: March 24, 2010 in thrash metal
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Swedish heavy metal powerhouse ENFORCER return with their highly anticipated
sophomore album, entitled “Diamonds”, to be released in Europe by Earache
Records on May 24th and the rest of the world on Heavy Artillery Records on
May 25th. For a taste of what they can expect from the upcoming album, fans
can preview the track ³Midnight Vice² in its entirety at:

“Diamonds” picks up where its predecessor left off; with a pure old school
heavy metal album of the highest caliber, this time showcasing a broader
range of talent and metal influences highlighted by the production wizardry
of renowned Swedish producer Rikard Lofgren.

With the release of their debut album “Into the Night” in November 2008,
ENFORCER kicked open the floodgates for the return of traditional heavy
metal, paving the way for many other young bands to follow. With critical
acclaim pouring in from fans and the international music press, ENFORCER
wasted no time taking their show to the road for their first European and
American tours as well as a litany of appearances at many of Europe’s most
highly regarded festivals.

After the release of their debut album, many fans and critics were left
wondering if ENFORCER could ever top or even equal their work on Into the
Night. Proving themselves more than up to the challenge, ENFORCER emerged
from the studio in February 2010 with their latest metal masterpiece, aptly
entitled “Diamonds”. ENFORCER will be embarking on ³The Power of Metal Tour²
in Europe with Steel Wing and Cauldron from May 1st to May 15th.

Catch them live at the following shows:

01.05.2010 Regensburg, Germany – Boiler Room
02.05.2010 Terneuzen, Netherlands – The Pit
03.05.2010 Frankfurt, Germany – Nachtleben
04.05.2010 Wien, Austria – Escape
05.05.2010 München, Germany – Backstage
06.05.2010 Arnheim, Netherlands – Willemeen
07.05.2010 Schweinfurt, Germany – Stattbahnhof
08.05.2010 Essen, Germany – Turock
09.05.2010 Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebob
10.05.2010 Hamburg, Germany – Marx
11.05.2010 Berlin, Germany – Alte Feuerwache Treptow
12.05.2010 Ludwigsburg, Germany – Rockfabrik
13.05.2010 Dessau, Germany – Metalfest Open Air Germany
14.05.2010 Mining am Inn, Austria – Metalfest Open Air Austria
15.05.2010 Pratteln, Switzerland – Metalfest Open Air Switzerland

View the official tour flyer at

Listen to ENFORCER at

London office phone: +44(0)207 240 5002

Floridian extreme metallers ORDER OF ENNEAD are due to offer a unique pack
at this year’s Record Store Day in the UK, USA and Sweden, featuring the
band’s new album on CD with an exclusively designed t-shirt vacuum-packed to
the back. This will be available to buy exclusively from participating
Record Store Day retailers on April 17th, over a week ahead of the album’s
official release.

Record Store Day was founded in 2007 and brings music fans and artists
together with independently owned record stores to celebrate music. Many
bands and artists celebrate Record Store Day with a limited edition release
which is only available in independent music stores. ORDER OF ENNEAD will
be showing their support for this year’s Record Store Day on April 17th with
a limited edition CD of their new album, AN EXAMINATION OF BEING, complete
with an exclusive, vacuum-packed t-shirt available in small, medium, large
and extra large sizes.

AN EXAMINATION OF BEING is due to be officially released on April 26th by
Earache Records.

View the exclusive ORDER OF ENNEAD Record Store Day pack at
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This exclusive ORDER OF ENNEAD Record Store Day pack is available in limited
quantities, and with the inclusion of the band’s new album over a week
before its official release, it’s sure to sell quickly.

Music fans of all persuasions, be sure to head down to your local
independent music store early on Saturday, 17th April, and show your support
for indie record stores, indie labels such as Earache, and up and coming
indie metal bands such as ORDER OF ENNEAD – all of whom will greatly
appreciate your custom in this time of decreasing choice and an increasingly
corporatised music industry.

Find your nearest participating independent record store:

UK –
Sweden –
All countries –

For more Record Store Day news and information, head to the official website

London office phone: +44(0)207 240 5002

NYC office phone: +1(718)786 1707