Its official, RED Distribution has put together the most amazing contest for the month of November! Starting right now, one very lucky winner will have the opportunity to win a customized autographed Skeletonwitch Epiphone guitar, a free copy of the metal cookbook Mosh Potatoes by Steve Seabury, and a $150 Gift Certificate to Omaha Steaks! To enter and for official contest rules, go here.
In conjunction with The Metal & Meat SweepSTEAKS, RED is promoting The World’s Loudest Metal Sale at f.y.e. presented by Revolver, where you can buy some of the best metal albums currently out for only $9.99 each! Artists in the metal sale include Skeletonwitch, Kingdom Of Sorrow, For Today, Danzig, Mushroomhead, Wretched, Lordi, and much more!
2. Under Flaming Skies
Matias Kupiainen – Guitars
Lauri Porra – Bass
Jörg Michael – Drums
Jens Johansson – Keyboards
The highly anticipated new album, AB III, from mega rockers ALTER BRIDGE, is available now! After extremely successful runs with their first two releases, the band, made up of former CREED members Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall, and Scott Phillips, as well as Myles Kennedy, of Slash’s band, on vocals, are back and ready to take over rock with the release of AB III. Fans can hear the album in it’s entirety on the band’s AOL Music Page.
In support of their latest effort, Alter Bridge have embarked on a massive world tour, with dates spanning across the globe and into 2011. For details on the tour as well as a complete list of dates, visit the band’s MySpace page and don’t miss the opportunity to watch these guys rock live in a city near you. Don’t forget to visit their official site and also their Facebook page for everything else Alter Bridge. Make sure to pick up a copy of AB III in stores and on iTunes available now!
NEW ALBUM IN STORES TODAY ON METAL BLADE RECORDS
GWAR‘s remorseless 25th Anniversary rolls towards it’s bitter conclusion as perhaps it’s most significant milestone is reached–the release of the band’s self-proclaimed “heaviest yet” album, GWAR‘s “Bloody Pit of Horror”, out today on Metal Blade records. After a full on media onslaught for the past four months, and now in the midst of a three-month tour, your Lords and Masters are finally allowing us to experience “The Bloody Pit of Horror” in its full form.
“This album is the follow-up to last years “Lust in Space”, and the capper of our 25th Anniversary Slay-a-Bration…which I am pretty sure everybody is sick of hearing about,” said GWAR lead singer and still FOX correspondent, Oderus Urungus. “This record is a throwback to an age when bands actually gave a shit about their fans and released albums pretty much once a year. When a “new album” was actually a series of original compositions instead of a bunch of regurgitated re-mixes. And the title, though stolen, is an homage to a time when horror films were made with style and care, not driven by corporation whoredom and CG trickery. It is a hateful attack upon all things alive. It is the new GWAR album.”
“Finally the day has come…and we shall see if the human slaves of GWAR are truly worthy of that title. For this is much more than a mere album, this is a chance for the human race to break the bloody chains of bondage and join their masters, GWAR, in our quest to subject the entire universe to complete degradation. Our new album has finally been let loose upon the world and all you have to do to join our zombie army is buy the record, get your ass to a GWAR show, and join us in the “Bloody Pit of Horror”!
Want to listen to “Bloody Pit of Horror” first and then go buy it? Want to listen the record online after you bought it already? Go to http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/ and listen to a streaming version of the album as part of AOL Music’s Full Album Listening Party.
Shockhound.com is offering “Bloody Pit Of Horror” today and tomorrow only for $6.99. Head over to http://www.shockhound.com/albums/711008-gwar-mp3s-bloody-pit-of-horror and buy more copies of the album.
Recently GWAR took to the stage on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC. The band performed their new single “Zombies, March”. Check out the performance for yourself at: http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/episodes/?vid=1256882&tin=2168&tout=2484
Fangoria.com premiered the brand new video from Intergalactic Shock Rockers GWAR. The video is for the song “Zombies, March!” which comes off of GWAR‘s new album “Bloody Pit of Horror” which is slated for a November 9th release on Metal Blade Records. The video was shot on location at The National in Richmond, VA by acclaimed Fangoria Director Dave McKendry. Check out the video at FANGORIA.com
GWAR‘s latest masterpiece “Bloody Pit of Horror” is in stores on now and you can also purchase it on the official GWAR page on the Metal Blade Records website at: http://www.metalblade.com/gwar. The landing page includes all current tour dates, GWAR footage from BOTH Gwar.tv and MetalBlade.tv, and pre-orders for “Bloody Pit of Horror” on CD, a GWAR t-shirt, or the ultimate “Bloody Pit” package that includes the CD, the GWAR t-shirt, and a 12×12 autographed cover print! (While supplies last or until GWAR decides to start using the prints as rolling papers…whichever comes first)
Catch GWAR on the “Bloody Tour Of Horror”, with The Casualties, Infernaeon and Mobile Deathcamp:
11/9 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
11/10 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
11/11 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater
11/12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/13 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
11/14 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/15 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/16 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/17 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
11/18 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
11/19 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
11/20 – Bend, OR @ Midtown Music Hall
11/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
11/22 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House Concert Hall
11/24 – Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
11/26 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/27 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/28 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
11/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
12/1 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre
12/2 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
12/3 – Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
12/4 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
12/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
*Denotes Festival Date
NO SLEEP TIL… FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
FOR MORE INFO ON THE FESTIVAL VISIT: HTTP://WWW.NOSLEEPTIL.COM.AU/
12/10 – Auckland, New Zealand @ ASB Showgrounds
12/12 – Perth, Australia @ Arena Joondalup
12/15 – Adelaide, Australia @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
12/17 – Melbourne, Australia @ Melbourne Showgrounds
12/18 – Sydney, Australia @ The Entertainment Quarter Moore Park
12/19 – Brisbane, Australia @ RNA Showgrounds
AFTER XMAS DATES
12/26 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
12/27 – So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
12/28 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
12/29 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/30 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
CHECK OUT GWAR ON THE WEB:
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Nightmare” – The Crown Jewel Of A7X
It has been a little over two months since the July 27th, 2010 release of “Nightmare” from Avenged Sevenfold. This has been more than enough time for me to listen to their fifth studio album and come to this realization… “Nightmare” is profoundly bigger and more badass than any critics out there ever expected. To listen to this new A7X album and walk away unimpressed tells me only one thing… your oozing with quality Metal envy. The #1 album chart status and sales figures alone for “Nightmare” are telling of the popularity and quality that A7X carries with their brand of Heavy Rock.
The lead single of “Nightmare” alone is as fine an example of the musical maturation that A7X has reached, in factually just a decade. With shades of Metallica influence combined within their own Metal prowess, A7X can very well know they have made the song of their lives. Just when you think “Nightmare” is going to subside, it doesn’t. This song is uncannily relentless with its psyche-you-out continuity. I can’t help but think to myself… this “Nightmare” song will make Metallica wish it was theirs. I state this as a compliment to both bands, I’m opposed to stirring up controversy. Sometimes.
Anyone still unfamiliar with this “Nightmare” album should consider themselves either a rain forest hermit or walking in their sleep while still having functioning body parts. To pick apart this album would be rather easy… if you never listened to it. That sadly, has been the morbid case in situations that are few and far between. “Nightmare” is so much more than the lead single. As is always the case with A7X, this is a total album of songs. As diverse as it is dynamic, “Nightmare” flourishes with its originality from song to song, with not a micro hint of cut and paste with this extraordinary group of musicians.
If “Danger Line” doesn’t bring your eyes to some semblance of tears, then obviously the lyrics go right over your head. “Danger Line” incorporates whistling and a piano for extra emotional affect, evaporating the immature mentality out there that A7X is NOT a screaming Metalcore band for teenage boys only. Take that, all of you liberal and over compensated mainstream Rock Music critics. “Buried Alive” relies on its melodic heaviness to carry out it’s more than memorable song structure. This is a song that plays out in two parts, one part heavy ballad and second part melt your eardrums into Heavy Metal delirium.
“So Far Away” further removes the unsubstantiated stereotype and misgivings that A7X at times have to duck away from. This song is remarkable in both its musicianship and lyrics. “So Far Away” is the bridge between A7X the Metal Band and A7X the diverse and skillful musicians that they glowingly are. “Tonight The World Dies” tantalizes with a Classic Rock sensibility that marries into the emotionally driven darkness that is this “Nightmare” album. M. Shadows vocally switches from crooning to power bellows with flawless and inherent confidence.
“God Hates Us” is undisputedly the heaviest track on “Nightmare”, exposing the full throttle and extreme side that A7X can credibly unleash through song. If “Nightmare” was built around the sound and fury of “God Hates Us”, A7X would be just another Metal Band that made a “decent” album. This song is grand and mighty in every musical aspect, only A7X doesn’t need to rely on this high level of heaviness to be as great as they are. It is songs like “Victim” that enriches this “Nightmare” album into its “necessity to own” status. A heavy ballad is “Victim” and it does not resemble anything you have ever heard in a “heavy ballad” before. This is as modernistic and emblematic of what a heavy ballad should sound like… and A7X created it.
M. Shadows sings his heart out on this entire album, with the purest and most legitimate emotion spilling over each and every syllable. Yes, hearing Dream Theater founder and former drummer Mike Portnoy on drums is evident and incredible all the same. Mike Portnoy only escalates the totality of power and drive with his rhythmic essence and elegance within these songs heard on “Nightmare”. Synyster Gates on lead guitar and Zacky Vengeance on rhythm guitar compliment one another to the point where they are a guitar brotherhood. Listening to both play together on “Nightmare” is seamless in their unison. Johnny Christ on bass is heard very clearly, playing alongside Mike Portnoy with rhythmic precision, to my ears anyways.
“Save Me” is the epic song on “Nightmare”, coming in a few seconds short of eleven minutes. If Synyster Gates intentionally wanted his guitar to sound as if it were singing, he succeeded here. This song is not going to be a dreaded epic listen, for those of you who have not heard it just yet. A7X took great care into considering song structure for “Save Me”, it plays out as a short story with ample guitar parts that focus on melody and harmony, rather than raw power leads. With a ballad formula that compensates by its overall hardness, “Save Me” never loses my attention for a second. The speed kicks in at the midway point, with multiple guitar solo’s that brandish speed, while never compromising this song’s melodic intent.
Jimmy “The Reverend” Sullivan sings on “Fiction” and is credited with the drum arrangements as well. Hearing “The Rev” sing these lyrics on “Fiction” is chilling and leaves an emotional impression on me. Not to sound cliche, yet, “The Rev” was a one of a kind drummer. A7X will never be the same band without “The Rev”, his untimely and tragic passing only reminds me to never take for granted great musicians who have brought joy to my Metal loving life… and to not take life for granted either.
“Lost It All” is the non-album track that is available on itunes as a deluxe version bonus track. This song’s dark theme and heaviness fits right into the “Nightmare” scheme of things, showcasing just how brilliant sounding A7X is, when they combine present day “hardness” with their already patented “heaviness”.
I liken “Nightmare” to be Avenged Sevenfold’s “Back In Black” album, possibly their “Black Album” of their career. It surely comes across this way to my ears and senses. A7X took a dark approach lyrically and delicately weaved some heavy emotion into an album of songs that is fittingly titled “Nightmare”. Not one song sounds forced or contrived “at the last minute” of recording. This is an album to embrace for not just its skillful musicians, this album must be embraced for its end product being the totality of “real” songs. There is nothing pre-packaged here, this is “Nightmare” and A7X can stand tall and proud in “my” Metal world.
Rating: Out of 10
- Welcome To The Family
- Danger Line
- Buried Alive
- Natural Born Killer
- So Far Away
- God Hates Us
- Tonight The World Dies
- Save Me
Avenged Sevenfold is:
M. Shadows – vocals
Synyster Gates – lead guitar, backing vocals
Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Johnny Christ – bass
The Rev – Drum arrangements, Lead Vocals on Fiction, Drums on Nightmare’s demo
Mike Portnoy – drums, percussions
Brian Haner, Sr. – guitars on “So Far Away”
Sharlotte Gibson – backing vocals
Jessi Collins – backing vocals
David Palmer – piano, keyboards
Stevie Blacke – Strings, string arrangement
Stewart Cole – trumpet
Mike Elizondo – keyboards
The Whistler – Whistling
Filter has released a new video, “No Love” in support of their new CD, The Trouble With Angels. Check it out below!
Collectible Box Features 34 Studio Hits and Concert Recordings, Plus an Exclusive, Limited Edition “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” Bandanna
In January 2011, Swedish rockers Meanstreak will release their new album “Declaration of War”.