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Listenable Records has set August 30th as the North American release date for Amsterdam, Hellsinki, the debut album from American/Dutch/Finnish thrashers TORNADO. Recorded over the span of ten days at Abyss Studios with HYPOCRISY/PAIN mainman Peter Tagtgren Amsterdamn, Hellsinki contains 12 tracks. The digital version of the album will contain a cover of LA GUN‘s No Mercy.

HATESPHERE will release a new album, The Great Bludgeoning, through Napalm Records at the end of September. The album was produced and mastered by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, SICK OF IT ALL and MOONSPELL) at the Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark.

ENTRENCHED has inked a deal with Horror Pain Gore Death Productions which will release its debut album, Preemptive Strike, on CD format on August 30th.

THE LIVING FIELDS‘ sophomore album, Running Out Of Daylight, is available through Candlelight Records USA. The label is also re-releasing Holocaust In My Head by EXTREME NOISE TERROR on September 27th.

French band GLORIOR BELLI will release a new album, The Great Southern Darkness, on September 27th.

Singer Legion has left WITCHERY. Former DARK FUNERAL singer Emperor Magus Caligula is in. DARK FUNERAL has recruited bassist Zornheym.

Candlelight Records has announced October 4th as the North American release date for ABSU’s new album, Abzu. The album is part two of a planned trilogy of recordings from the Dallas-based band. ABSU recently returned from Finland where they performed a complete and unabridged version of ABSU’s second album, The Sun of Tiphareth, at the Hammer Open Air Festival.

LECHEROUS NOCTURNE has kicked out singer Jason Hohenstein.

Denver death metal band ENEMY REIGN has added new vocalist, Stevie Boiser, to the fold. Boiser replaces former throat , Sherwood Webber (SKINLESS), who left the band last year following a European tour , which included a slot on the Neurotic Deathfest. No stranger to the scene, Boiser comes from CALCULATING GEONOCIDE and has made several fill-in appearances for various bands including VALE OF PNATH.

Australian thrash metal band TRUTH CORRODED has signed a European and Japanese deal with Ultimhate Records for the release of the band’s latest album, Worship The Bled. The label will release the album on September 16th with the band following up the release with a European tour in early 2012. Worship The Bled features Kevin Talley (SIX FEET UNDER, MISERY INDEX, DAATH and CHIMAIRA) on drums and was mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren of SCAR SYMMETRY at Black Lounge Studio in Avesta, Sweden.

Czech death metal quartet BRUTALLY DECEASED is currently streaming its debut album, Dead Lovers’ Guide, online. Go to The album was recorded in April, 2010 and will be released on CD by Lavadome Productions in September. A vinyl release of Dead Lovers’ Guide is scheduled for autumn or winter of 2011.

To celebrate its twentieth anniversary PRO-PAIN will issue a CD/DVD package appropriately titled 20 Years Of Hardcore. Set for North American release on August 30th through AFM Records, this collection of material features four brand new tracks, cover songs and more.

MACABRE is preparing to self-release a 12″ picture disc LP version of their recent full-length, Grim Scary Tales, through its own Decomposed Records. MACABRE, EXHUMED, CEPHALIC CARNAGE and WITHERED are touring the USA this summer.

Guitarist Tim Carley of THE ROTTED severed the tip of one of his finger on July 6th when a 60-kilogram flight case fell on it from a van. Tim received treatment in a hospital to remove the damaged parts of the finger, including the nail and torn flesh.

GURD will release its new album, Never Fail, on October 28th through NoiseArt Records.

GOREAPHOBIA has signed with Dark Descent Records for the release of a new full-length, Apocalyptic Necromancy. Slated for release on August 9th the follow-up to 2009’s Mortal Repulsion, was recorded, mixed and mastered by drummer Jim Roe and features new guitarist VJS (KULT OV AZAZEL, CRIMSON MOON, DEMONCY, etc.).

GRAVE has returned to its original label and signed a new deal with Century Media Records.

Steve Grice, former drummer and founding member of UK’s ONSLAUGHT has launched ONSLAUGHT THE SANITY DAYS. Also in the band ONSLAUGHT’s 2007 guitarist Alan Jordan, 1985-1986 bassist Jase Stallard and ex-GRIM REAPER/Solo singer Steve Grimmett, who sang for ONSLAUGHT on 1989’s In Search Of Sanity are part of the fold. Grimmett was heavily criticized alongside the In Search… album upon that record’s release. Grice was booted/ushered out in April. Steve Grimmett is still forging ahead with GRIM REAPER.

Who cares? Phil Sgrosso, guitarist for AS I LAY DYING, has released a summer collection for his business, Nomad Clothing.

MEGADETH has picked Th1rt3en as the title for its next album, due in November through Roadrunner Records. The album was recorded at MEGADETH’s Dave Mustaine’s Vic’s Garage studio in San Marcos, California with producer Johnny K who has also worked with DISTURBED and STAIND.

METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX closed the show on Friday, July 8th at Sonisphere Festival in the UK. DIAMOND HEAD had opened and participated in a jam session with American four. SEPULTURA‘s Andreas Kisser filled in for ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian at 11 shows in July while Ian spent time with his family for the birth of his first child.

TESTAMENT has picked The Dark Roots Of Earth as the title for its next album, which is due in November through Nuclear Blast Records. The album is being recorded with producer Andy Sneap. Gene Hoglan stood in for the injured Paul Bostaph.

All Guts, No Glory is the new album by EXHUMED. It is distributed by Relapse Records.

INSOMNIUM will release a new album, called One For Sorrow, on October 12th through Century Media Records.

ILLDISPOSED has lost guitarist Franz Hellboss. His replacement is “Smukke” Ken Holst.

This September, 20 Buck Spin will release a collection of out-of-print material from Australian funeral doom band, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION. Set for release in September this collective release, aptly entitled The Unspoken Hymns, bears five mammoth tracks previously only available via a limited-edition.

FDA Rekotz is set to release Desechos Humanos from Death-Grind band GOREGAST on September 9th. This is the third album from these Germans.

Swedish tech-death band VOLTURYON has been confirmed to take part in the Eastern Death Infernal Tour 2011 with DEMONICAL. The tour will run from October 26th to November 12th, focusing mainly on the Baltic and Eastern European territories.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM‘s fourth full-length album, Celestial Lineage, is now complete and nearing its September 13, 2011 release date through Southern Lord Records.

Florida-based Greyhaze Records has announced August 16th as the official release date for the Brazilian grind outfit DESALMADO’s Hereditas EP.

Self-cover band: CATAMENIA will enter Mastervox Studio in Finland in September to re-record several older songs for a compilation album, due for early 2012. The album is rumoured to include guest appearances by the band’s previous vocalists Ari Nissilä, Mika Tönning and Olli Mustonen.

Seven odd years after the band went absent MORIFADE has a new studio album entitled Empire Of Souls through Rock It Up Records. The album was recorded at White Light Studio in Linköping and features ten tracks. New in the band are ex-RISING FAITH Kristian Wallin and PAIN and ex-HYPOCRISY guitarist Mathias Kamijo.

Yet another project! Former DENIAL FIEND, DEATH and MASSACRE singer Kam Lee and former OBITUARY and SIX FEET UNDER guitarist Allen West have a new death metal band called CORPSE ROT.

Underworld Records has announced August 15th as the release date for EXCOMMUNICATED’s debut album, Skeleton Key.

Denmark’s ANUBIS GATE will release a new and self-titled album on September 13th through Nightmare Records.

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The release date of the RUSH DVD Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland is now October 25th. The video will contain footage of RUSH's April 15th concert at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

SANCTUARY, featuring NEVERMORE singer Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard, has recruited Shannon Sharp of, to play second guitar for the band. The band is scheduled for ProgPower USA XII which will be held September 14 to 17th at Centre Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. Former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis is recording a second solo album.

Inspired by KEEL? Reunited Montreal heavy metal band SWORD played its first two shows in some 20 years in July 8 in La Baie, and Quebec City, Canada. The band intends to record a new album.

Not hot or cool! Guitarist Chris Caffery (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and SAVATAGE) will soon release a hot sauce through High River Sauces.

ACCEPT had their show at this year's Bang Your Head!!! festival in Germany filmed for a DVD release.

The End Records is issuing an ANVIL compilation called Monument Of Metal: The Very Best Of Anvil featuring 19 tracks in September.

Chickenfoot III, the second album from CHICKENFOOT, is out through eOne Music in September.

PRIMAL FEAR has picked Unbreakable as the title for its next album, which is due on January 20th, 2012 through Frontiers Records. The band is at House Of Music studio in Winterbach, Germany recording the album, which is being produced by PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner.

SINNER will release a new album, One Bullet Left, on September 9th through AFM Records. The album was recorded in Stuttgart with Mat Sinner producing and Achim Köhler engineering. The band has shot a video for the song Back On Trail.

Former MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Michael "Würzel" Burston died on Saturday, July 9th. He was in the band from 1984 to 1995. He was 61 years old. More recently he was in LEADER OF DOWN.

Reunion 2013? After losing guitarist Christian Lasegue to school JAG PANZER has thrown in the towel.

Belgian black metal band GORATH will release its fifth album, Apokálypsis - Unveiling The Age That Is Not To Come, on September 2nd through Twilight Vertrieb. The album was recorded at Crestfallen Home Studio and Shumcot Studios by Reinier Schenk.

SINGLE BULLET THEORY has recruited drummer Adam Sagan (INTO ETERNITY, INFERNAEON and ECHOTERRA). The band is signed to Goomba Music and is completing a new album.

KATATONIA will play the Last Fair Deal Gone Down album in its entirety followed by a 'best-of' surprise set during its headlining US shows. The band is also opening for OPETH.

Frontiers Records has announced August 23rd as the release date for JORN’s Live In Black 2-CD/DVD set. The concert was recorded on June 10th, 2010 at the Sweden Rock Festival.

GRAVEWORM is at Dreamsound Studio in Munich, Germany recording its latest album, Fragments Of Death, for an October 14th release through Nuclear Blast Records.

Victor Villarreal (i.e. Vikk Real of BYFIST and ONE OF SIXX) died in a motorcycle accident last month. He was 41 years old. BYFIST guitarist Davey Lee died last autumn.

AEROSMITH entered the studio on Tuesday, July 5th with producer Jack Douglas to begin recording its 14th studio album and first record of new material since 2001’s Just Push Play. The band is planning an autumn Japanese tour.

Kyoji Yamamoto of BOW WOW, and VOW WOW for a while, is appearing in the U.S. for the first time since 1978 for a debut solo appearance in the USA on Saturday, September 24th. Kyoji will play two instrumental shows at Klub 45 in Manhattan. Playing with Kyoji will be Karl Wilcox, drummer for DIAMOND HEAD. The guitarist has an album called Voyager through City Boy Records.

DREAM THEATER will release a new album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, on September 13th through Roadrunner Records. The album will be followed by a North American tour.

BRAINSTORM will release a new album, On The Spur Of The Moment, on September 30th through AFM Records. The album was recorded at Studio 22 in Ludwigsburg, Germany with Axel Heckert.

Inspired by KEEL? After a hiatus AXEMASTER has reformed and is writing. Original members Joe Sims (guitar) and Brian Henderson (drums) are joined by new singer Tony Webster (ARCHETYPE and ex-MO RAGE).

Eight years following the release of Blot, EINHERJER will issue its ‘comeback’ album, Nørrøn, on September 9th through Indie Recordings. The album was recorded at Studio Borealis and was produced by EINHERJER's Frode Glesnes.

Former GUNS N' ROSES and present VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum, using the Baron Von Storm alias, has a new project called DIAMOND BABY. GUNS N' ROSES will play at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City on October 18th following a performance at Rock In Rio on October 2nd.

Japanese musician Taiji Sawada was arrested for misbehaving on a flight from Japan and died in a hospital in Saipan, two days after being arrested by American authorities and trying to hang himself with a bed sheet in the island's jail. Taiji Sawada, 45, is known as a bass player with the heavy metal band X, which later became X Japan. He left the group in 1992 but later played with LOUDNESS and DTR.

The reformed LYNCH MOB was about to begin it’s a U.S. tour on Friday, July 29th in Houston when singer Oni Logan quit two hours before the band’s flight to the first show in Texas. Chaz West of BONHAM will now be replacing Logan on this tour. Logan had returned to the band last year. Mick Brown of DOKKEN is drumming.

Temple Of Rock is the new album from MICHAEL SCHENKER. It will be released on September 7th.

MYSTIC PROPHECY will release its seventh album, Raven Lord, on November 25th through Massacre Records.

IN FLAMES has released the following statement: "It is with huge regret that today with immediate effect IN FLAMES must cancel their current U.S. shows as part of the Rockstar [Energy Drink] Mayhem Festival and their own U.S. headline shows. But due to a serious terminal illness of one the band’s immediate family members, they feel they have no option.”

No, Metallicrap are not cool again.

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This is a 2010 CD with a 1988 sound, production and image, which invariably means great rocking music, hot looking guys with long hair and a whole lotta attitude. Nothing Sacred welcomes you to the jungle with four songs of oozing sleazy glam metal. The band is comprised of Kelly Mikals (a guy – vocals), Nikolazzi and Crash Cortez (aliases and guitars), Danny Demure (seriously and bass) and skin banger Danny Burkholder. The vocals are a siren and the music drives and pounds and does not skimp on the heavy riffs. Yet, this is a good fun disc; the type you wish you would see/hear more of, but has sadly been forsaken in favour of trash. That’s right boys and girls the energy and attitude, the music, the vcoals and the hair. What else does one need? More songs. That’s what. or e-mail – Sheila Wes Det Honey For Christ - The Cruelty Of Great Expectations

The Northern Irish band has issued the disc courtesy of Rundown Records (which is reminiscent of labels like 1 More Flop Records and Wrong Again Records - remember them?), but the disc is legitimately a demo given how Rundown is a dedicated imprint for the band and owned by the group's management. The latest by the band is quite mature and serious metal. Moreover, the material is unusual in this day and age of fancy, frills and extremes of one way or the other. Honey For Christ is hard rock and heavy metal straightforward, the singer is flat yet strong and barely raises a fuss either way. The songs are catchy and mixed around the vocals. Oddly, what the band does not sound like is names and genres the biography ascribes. There is little evidence here, thankfully, that HFC is gothic or sounds like Anathema or My Dying Bride. And, of course, that is a good thing. Simply having sombre or depressed lyrics does not make a band "gothic" for instance. The band is a modern take on standard British heavy metal. Remember Chariot, for instance?
The trio has been around for 15 years now and has had a great deal of time to think. That might explain the profoundness of the disc title. The band can be tracked through or by e-mailing - Ali "The Metallian"

Once upon a time Los Angeles and the United States were the hotbeds of glam metal. Nowadays, things seem the other way around. SEKS from Norway is led by an American, Rock Hart, transplanted from Los Angeles to Norway in order to find glam musicians!
This is a proud glam band with the sound and gorgeous long hair that goes with it. Four of these gents look darn gosh sexy. The phrasing and the metre is sometimes odd and the rhythm guitar really quiet, but SEKS is sure a hoot ion this era of ugliness and dullness. Things start hard and heavy with Rich Girl. On The Inside has weird vocals that are loud and stout. Something To Believe In is Motley circa Theater Of Pain. Not my fave Crue period for sure. This song is synthesized. Hangin’ On is the obligatory slow song. It is not only slow, but also weak. Charlemagne is a European king from 1,200 years ago for whom the band has affection. He is all over the disc, biography and insert. The song has a heavy riff. My personal favourite song here, which the band has 13, is next. Kiss might ‘Lick It Up,’ but SEKS does one better and has ‘Lick You Up.’ This is an ace of a song that has a kicking rhythm and is solid kewlness. A song like Get Out Now makes this girl wonder if the band is serious. The lyrics are more like a glam parody, you know! Rock Me is another good one with more than a nod to Ratt. The song is rocking heavy and has some of the best guitars anywhere in the 2011 glam universe. Not Far From Shallow Water is like the title says. It is poppy, light and the twinkle of the bells magnify the lack of a real song. The drums take centre stage. Never mind, there is more than enough here to make it all worthwhile.
Here is an oddly contradictory statement from the band’s biography: “SEKS wants to come and conquer YOUR city! Contact SEKS if you can bring them to your city!” Find the band’s site at or write them at - Sheila Wes Det

Dutch death metal band Detonation has gone from being a signed band and releasing albums to issuing demos courtesy of Osmose production, which apparently has dropped the act. More accurately, the label opted to not re-sign the band. Either way, lucky for us, the group has opted to not throw in the towel and has issued this full-length demo disc and the material is superlative. Reprisal is top-notch metal that handily beats the band’s last label release.
The album is made up of eight relatively short and to-the-point songs that exude speed and cutting savagery. The vocals are scratchy and aggressive, while the music mostly fast to super fast invariably consecrated with a fantastic sound. Yet, what hits one the most about Detonation anno 2011 is the band’s tightness. Detonation metal is so tight and the arrangements so coordinated that the band might as well have rehearsed these songs all their lives. Koen Romeijn vocals were already mentioned, but his, Mike’s and Danny’s guitars are also superlative. The guitars go at it in serious deathly style until Absentia Mentis where they begin to introduce dreamy sequence to the repertoire. Listen for the Megadeth (circa R.I.P.) copycat riffing and sound on Feeding On The Madness first though. Above all, drummer Van Der Plicht is a machine. His departure from the band is disappointing. His organized chaos is a plus for this death metal band.
Reprisal needs support. This band is clearly worthy of a deal and wider exposure. Now, let us figure out what way is up and what is down for the band’s cover artwork. Find the band at or e-mail them at - Ali “The Metallian”