Blood Of The Nations, the new album from reformed German heavy metal legends ACCEPT, has debuted at #187 on The Billboard 200 chart, #170 on the Top Current Albums chart, and on the #41 Independent (Current) Albums chart. In Canada, the album debuted at #53 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top Hard Albums chart
With 2,900 copies sold since its September 14th release, Blood Of The Nations marks ACCEPT’s largest first week sales numbers since the inception of SoundScan. ACCEPT fans have spoken and have turned this comeback album into the resurgence of a career!
Guitarist Wolf Hoffman checks in from pre-tour band rehearsals about the new album’s success in the U.S. and Canada: “What a story! We went nuts and promised ourselves WE ARE READY TO ROCK YOUR TOWN AND BE BETTER THAN EVER! WE ARE PUMPED UP! Can’t wait to see ya! Thank you all for giving us this fantastic start!”
Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in Derbyshire, England with acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (Exodus, Arch Enemy, Megadeth). Last week, the album debuted as the #21 Rock Album on iTunes and debuted at #28 with a bullet on the CMJ Loud Chart for college radio and has climbed to the #7 position. Worldwide debut numbers for Blood Of The Nations are:
#4 – Germany
#7 – Sweden
#7 – Hungary
#9 – Finland
#12 – Billboard European Chart
#19 – Austria
#27 – Czech Republic
Stream AOL Music’s Full CD Listening Party for Blood Of The Nations – which includes the bonus track “Time Machine” – at this location
Click here to read the Associated Press album review that likens Mark Tornillo joining ACCEPT to Ronnie James Dio joining Black Sabbath and Brian Johnson joining AC/DC.
All fans are invited to participate in the FREE Meet & Greets that will take place after every show throughout ACCEPT’s co-headlining tour with King’s X, which launches this Friday in Baltimore, Maryland. Band members have pledged to sign autographs and take photos until the very last fan leaves happy.
It’s been debated for decades. Since the release of Led Zeppelin in 1969 and Black Sabbath in 1970, fans, critics, and metal heads around the world have bandied about who is truly responsible for the creation of “Heavy Metal.” There’s no arguing that both Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath can make a claim to that throne. They both debuted with a sound so unique and inspiring that they could be compared to The Beatles. Both bands launched heavy metal into the mainstream and transformed the way people heard music. Without a doubt, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin are the pioneers of metal music. But which band is truly the inventor of metal music? Which band would we say metal never would have existed without them? Which band truly deserves the title of “The Godfathers of Heavy Metal?”
In the opening of his fantastic book, Bang Your Head: The Rise And Fall of Heavy Metal, author David Konow opens with this debate. He launches into the history of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin and recognizes them both as the forefathers of metal music to come. While other hard rock bands from the time are covered, there is no mistaking that there are only two bands that could compete for the throne. Those two bands are Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.
Led Zeppelin is soaked in a blues style of music, but with screaming Robert Plant on vocals and the legendary, innovative Jimmy Page on guitar, a claim can be made that they are responsible for creating heavy metal. They also have the edge in that their self titled album debuted almost a year before Black Sabbath’s.
When the opening riff of “Good Times Bad Times” filled the air for the very first time, music fans paid attention. This was hard. This was heavy. This was amazing. The drum beat that kicks everything into place is a signature sound for Led Zeppelin and the hardness that is contained on their debut album resonates. This is metal (although it wasn’t called heavy metal then). Fans just knew that this music rocked.
Black Sabbath, on the other hand, was all about darkness. With an insane frontman in Ozzy Osbourne, and a guitarist that learned to play without fingertips in Tommy Iommi, Black Sabbath is the epitome of darkness. The opening notes of “Black Sabbath” (the song) just ooze dark metal. In 1970 when the album debuted, metal was an unknown form of music. Led Zeppelin had captured the imagination of teenagers with their heavy guitar laden debut album, but Black Sabbath took it to that next level.
The dark toned music, the deep lyrical content, and that scary album cover, all combined to prove that Black Sabbath was different than anything you had ever heard before. When the thunderstorm breaks and the bell tolls on “Black Sabbath” the listener knows something evil is coming. Yet even evil can be very enjoyable, as is the case on “Black Sabbath.”
Both Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath are extremely popular bands that stood the test of time over the years. Both bands still receive a ton of radio play to this day. Both bands helped to move the heavy metal scene to the forefront of modern music and inspired a ton of metal bands including Kiss, Judas Priest, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden. However, in the end, I would have to say that Black Sabbath is truly the band that started the heavy metal movement. Upon hearing Ozzy’s voice and that dark, devilish music, well, everyone wanted to perform that way. The problem is, Black Sabbath could never be duplicated. And while Led Zeppelin will always have their place in metal history, it’s Black Sabbath that deserves the credit and the title of the “Godfathers of Heavy Metal.”
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of THE POODLES live package including the “No Quarter” CD and “In The Flesh” DVD on November 5th 2010.
Having carved in stone their reputation as prime time entertainers with the release of three acclaimed studio albums and over 350 shows in the entire Europe in the past few years, not counting Gold and Platinum record awards in their home country, THE POODLES close the first chapter of their musical adventure and set their sails for the next step.
As a tribute to the first years on the road, THE POODLES offer the fans a live package including a CD and a DVD recorded during the “Clash of the Elements” tour in 2009, which portrays the band in the most natural environment: the live show. “The high points for us as a band is anytime we go on stage”, says guitar player Henrik Bergqvist. “This may sound like somewhat of a cliché but it is no less true. It doesn’t matter if we play a crowd of 10.000 people at Graspop or in front of a handful on a rainy November Monday in Copenhagen, those are the moments we relish and live for. We’ve had so many special moments on stage over the past couple of years that it seems impossible to single even a few of them out. Having said this, some special moments can certainly be seen on the live DVD and heard on the live CD”.
“We are very proud of how the live CD and live DVD turned out and we feel that they really shows what the band is like on stage” continues Bergqvist, “being able to watch a DVD of your favourite band is great and there are a few really nice ones out there, but the connection that takes place between the band and the crowd during live shows cannot be formatted to the screen. You can catch a glimpse of it, but to experience a band live will always be different from listening to or viewing a recording of that band. Have a look and see for yourselves, though!”
Aptly titled “In The Flesh” the DVD is a real in deep look at the Poodles style of life with in-deep interviews, that present each band member, behind-the stage instant footage and a collection of the promo videoclips shot for the “Clash of the Elements” promotion. In addition, a selection of the band’s classic cuts performed live shows that the Poodles are delivering the goods when the play live. The live cd, soundtrack of the DVD, plus the song “Lullaby For Jimmy” as cd exclusive, shows that behind the look and the words there is a solid band playing great music!
Henrik concludes: “The future plans for The Poodles is closely connected to the band’s cooperation with Frontiers Records. The band expects to play for an ever expanding audience as a result of it and take the mission of Heavy Metal to virgin lands. We want to see our beloved fans again on the road and make new friends too. The future is bright for us, and that’s good because we already wear shades!”
The live CD “No Quarter” tracklisting includes:
Too Much Of Everything; Caroline; Seven Seas; Metal Will Stand Tall; Like No Tomorrow; One Out Of Ten; Lullaby For Jimmy; Drum Solo; Echoes From The Past; Thunderball; I Rule The Night; Night Of Passion; Flesh & Blood; Line Of Fire.
The Live DVD “In The Flesh” table of contents include:
Movie: Introduction; Stockholm, Party & Fun; About The Poodles; Metal Standing Tall; The Director & Crew; Being On Top; Jakob; Henrik; Pontus; Kicken; The First Five Rows; Tribute To The Fans; End Credits.
Concert: Too Much Of Everything; Caroline; Seven Seas; Metal Will Stand Tall; Like No Tomorrow; One Out Of Ten; Echoes From The Past; Thunderball; I Rule The Night; Night Of Passion; Flesh & Blood; Line Of Fire.
Extras: Like No Tomorrow (Video); I Rule The Night (Video); In The Flesh (Video); Warrior (The Movie Trailer); Majestic Film And Metal Warriors
The DVD will be released in NTSC Region Free format with Screen 16:9 and Mix in 2.0.
There will also be a limited release of a luxury packaging including the live CD “No Quarter” and the DVD “In The Flesh” is a luxury digipak edition.
“In The Flesh” trailer can be enjoyed below!
The songs “One Out Of Ten” and “Caroline” can exclusively be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web radio. Tune in at: www.frontiers.it/webradio
* Jakob Samuel – vocals
* Pontus Egberg – bass
* Christian Lundqvist – drums
* Henrik Bergqvist – guitars
In an announcement made today, Haunted Movies partner Jason Blum unveiled plans for the company’s next picture, The Lords of Salem, to be directed by Rob Zombie from a script by Zombie. Set in modern-day Salem, the film involves the demonic return of a 300-year-old coven of witches.
This is the third entry in a new horror slate deal between Haunted Movies and Alliance Films. The first picture to come out of this partnership is Insidious, written and directed by the original Saw team of James Wan and Leigh Whannel, and starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. Insidious recently premiered in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto Film Festival on September 14 and immediately was the subject of a bidding war, which was won by Sony Pictures Worldwide, who will handle the release of the film later this year. The second picture is The Bay, helmed by Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson and currently shooting in South Carolina.
Octane, IM Global’s genre arm, is handling international sales on the Haunted Movies slate, including on The Lords of Salem.
Zombie has experienced great commercial success as the writer and director of five feature films, and as one of the defining rock music icons of his generation. He’s been nominated for 7 Grammys and has sold over 15 million albums worldwide. His film credits include the cult smash House of 1000 Corpses (Lionsgate 2003) and its landmark sequel The Devil’s Rejects (Lionsgate 2005), the animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (Film Roman 2009), and the record-breaking blockbuster re-imagining of John Carpenter’s Halloween (Dimension 2007), along with its sequel Halloween 2 (Dimension 2009), which gave new life to the franchise.
Haunted Movies is a partnership between Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, and Oren Peli, the same team behind the box-office phenomenon Paranormal Activity (Paramount 2009) and Paranormal Activity 2 (set for release by Paramount this October).
The Lords of Salem will be produced by Blum, Schneider, and Peli, Zombie, and Zombie’s producing partner Andy Gould. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik will executive produce.
Zombie currently is about to embark on a three week tour of debauchery with Alice Cooper on The Halloween Hootenanny Tour with special guests Murderdolls. The tour kicks off in Los Angeles at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Thursday, September 30th and will criss-cross the USA with a tour de force of ghoulish s delights for your aural pleasure, giving the fans a show of a lifetime.
The Halloween Hootenanny Tour Featuring The Gruesome Twosome with special guests Murderdolls:
30 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
1 San Diego, CA Harrah’s Rincon
2 Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
4 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
6 Kansas City, MO Independence Event Center
7 St. Charles, MO The Family Arena
8 Bloomington, IL U.S. Cellular Coliseum
12 Binghamton, NY Broome County Arena
14 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
16 Worcester, MA DCU Center
19 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Performing Arts Theater
20 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium