NEWS, 20th December 2010
> DUFF MCKAGAN, BILLY SHEEHAN AND RATT AT NAMM 2011
Metal Legend Duff McKagan of Guns & Roses / Velvet Revolver fame will be appearing on the Rotosound booth at Winter NAMM alongside fellow legendary bassist Billy Sheehan. Billy is regarded by many to have changed the way the bass guitar is played and has been voted best bass guitar player five times by Guitar Player Magazine readers. Duff, revered by many musicians all over the world for his unique bass skills has recently been recording with Jane’s Addiction, Manic Street Preachers as well playing in the surprise one off reunion with fellow Guns & Roses members.
Heavy metal stalwarts RATT will also be making an appearance on the Rotosound stand. They have been touring extensively supporting the Scorpions this year, following the release of their first studio album in over a decade ‘Infestation’. Robbie Crane will be joined by Warren DeMartini and Carlos Cavazo.
Appearance Dates & Times:
Duff McKagan - Saturday 15th January 2011 1.00pm
Billy Sheehan - Saturday 15th January 2011 2.00pm
RATT: Robbie Crane, Warren DeMartin & Carlos Cavazo - Saturday 15th January 2011 4.00pm
For further information and to see the latest new products visit Rotosound Booth 5596, Hall B see http://www.rotosound.com/
> THOUSAND AUTUMNS UNLEASH DEBUT EP AND INK MANAGEMENT DEAL!
Brit-Rock tunesmiths Thousand Autumns release a fiercely melodic debut offering in the shape of their brand new EP “City of Sun” on 28th February 2011 through all digital outlets.
Hailing from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, freshly formed five-piece Thousand Autumns are fast gaining national recognition. The boisterous combo have recently snagged an esteemed spot in the highly-touted ‘Local Heroes’ section of Kerrang magazine, recently signed a deal with Frontline Management, and have extensively toured throughout Southern England, chalking up shows with the likes of Ispystrangers, Never Means Maybe, The Elijah, and Broadway along the way.
Thousand Autumns have fashioned a hugely melodic and highly energetic sound comparable to such bands as Story Of The Year, Funeral For A Friend, and The Blackout. Cleverly weaving the diverse influences of each band member, Thousand Autumns serve up addictive choruses, upbeat guitar structures, and stompdown hardcore shout-outs, all marinated with an unswerving melody that separate them from the typical sing/scream bands of today.
In February 2011, Thousand Autumns officially release their debut four-track EP ‘City of Sun’, to be supported with an extensive UK tour schedule for Spring 2011. From the get-go, the quintet opens with the punchy riffage of ‘In The City of the Sun’, spiked with captivating vocal melodies and thoughtful dynamism. ‘Terrified’ amps up the gritty intensity of the record, while still threading the bands’ trademark rhythms and driving hooks. Lastly, the instantly appealing ‘I Chose Not To Remember’ calls the EP to a fitting close with its up-tempo arrangements and memorably sing-along refrain.
Thousand Autumns release ‘City Of The Sun’ EP from all digital platforms from 28th February 2011
> CORNERSTONE BACK IN THE UK
CORNERSTONE are back in the UK next summer will be performing at the ROCK & BIKE fest in Leicestershire next July with New Model Army. The band will also have a brand new CD in the works - to be released via Lance King's NIGHTMARE RECORDS label.
> WEEDEATER COUGH UP DETAILS OF MAMMOTH NEW ALBUM
After over two incredibly action/drama/injury/tour-soaked years of constant insanity, North Carolina sludge crusaders WEEDEATER have completed their long-delayed, yet more anticipated-than-ever, fourth full-length release. The intoxicating ten-track brutalizer, dubbed Jason... The Dragon, has been scheduled for worldwide release on March 1st, 2011 via Southern Lord Recordings.
After over a year of literally crippling injuries to all three of WEEDEATER's members hitting the headlines, including infamous classics like "Dixie Dave blew off part of his foot with a shotgun," or "Keko tore his meniscus this week," and "Shep broke his goddamn pinkie on tour" or even "Dixie nearly died in his ninja-scuba assassin Halloween costume" and more, the band still forged on through these blows for multiple tours -- several regional and national headlining tours, as well as supporting Down and The Melvins -- to finally complete this record. Although delayed by eight months, the haggard trio infiltrated Steve Albini's Electrical Audio Studio in Chicago this past September to pound out Jason... The Dragon.
As with their Southern Lord debut God Luck And Good Speed, the Jason... album was mastered by the legendary John Golden at Golden Studios in southern California, unearthing the true grit that this band dumps forth. With no argument to be had, Jason... is by far WEEDEATER's most varied and organic recording to date, taking their caustic, chest-collapsing, resin-coated ultrasludge to new otherworldly new realms of delirium just by taking it all closer to home, stripping their tonal onslaught down to acoustic bass at times, perfectly infusing a bit of banjo and piano, and even utilizing some new vocal tactics. Diehards fear not; this IS still WEEDEATER. It's just WEEDEATER at their finest hour... yet.
Jason... The Dragon Track Listing: 1. The Great Unfurling 2. Hammerhandle 3. Mancoon 4. Turkey Warlock 5. Jason....the Dragon 6. Palms and Opium 7. Long Gone 8. March of the Bipolar Bear 9. Homecoming 10. Whiskey Creek
WEEDEATER promises to kick off 2011 hard with this release, having already booked a headlining US tour for February and March, with a European tour in the planning stages to take place shortly thereafter on their way to smoke the hordes at Roadburn, and with countless more tour rampages to be announced throughout the whole upcoming year in support of the album. One can only envision the horrendous aftermath to be announced from the WEEDEATER camp throughout 2011... Stay tuned for more updates as it all hits the fan.
> JOHN WAITE VIDEOCLIP
> ISSA VIDEOCLIP
> KHORS: NEW FULL LENGTH
Paragon Records is proud to announce the release of Return To Abandoned, the long-awaited new full-length from Ukrainian black metal horde KHORS. On Return To Abandoned KHORS yield harsher, brooding sounds of their earlier work whilst mixing in the melancholy and spacious atmosphere of 2008's unsung dark black gem Mysticism. Inarguably the most majestic journey the band has taken its listeners on thus far, Return To Abandoned will appeal to old and new fans alike.
KHORS was formed by former Astrofaes bassist, Khorus, in August 2004, with an aim to create gloomy, powerful, atmospheric black metal. Sometime later, guitarist/vocalist Helg (Runes Of Dianceht) and drummer Khaoth (Tessaract, ex-Astrofaes, ex-Hate Forest) joined the fold. The band was later rounded out by guitarist Warth. Contrary to rumours, KHORS is not attached to any politically motivated groups or extremists. For fans of Kampfar, Moonsorrow, Borknagar, etc.
Return To Abandoned Track Listing: 1. The Arrival (Intro) 2. Lost Threads 3. Asgard's Shining 4. Song of the Void 5. The Fog (...and Grief Still Moans) 6. Mysteries Cosmos 7. The Seas Burn of Omnipotence 8. Sacrament of Buyan
Earlier this Fall, Paragon reissued The Flames Of Eternity’s Decline and Cold, KHORS' now classic first two full-lengths -- originally released in 2005 and 2006 respectively as a two-CD set with new layout, nine bonus tracks and a rare early video from the band. Though KHORS have long progressed musically, these early recordings still brim with the unique atmosphere of pagan black metal the band was built upon.
> NEW FACTORY OF DREAMS ALBUM ON THE WAY
The 3rd album from Factory of Dreams is nearly complete and will be available for pre-order early January 2011 through Progrock Records.
MELOTRONICAL is a conceptual cd, revolving around the evolution of an electronic Molecule into a living breathing Entity. This entity, experiences several stages of life, goes through all emotions, love, hate, fear, happiness... The track list is arranged according to this evolution, and one can have a feel of each stage just by reading each song title, listening to the songs and lyrics. More info upon release in January.
Melotronical's tracklisting goes as follows: 1- Enter Nucleon 2- Melotronical 3- A Taste of Paradise 4- Protonic Stream 5- Into Oblivion 6- Obsessical 7- Back to Sleep 8- Whispering Eyes 9- Subatomic Tears 10-Dimension Crusher 11-Echoes from Earth 12-Something Calling me 13-Reprogramming
"It's almost here after so much hard work on this new album! Melotronical is different, very special... Every track from this album has something unique, maybe related to the way the album was designed. The music pushes and goes far beyond the boundaries of the Electronic Progressive Metal genre. Early January everyone will be able to pre-order the album, watch the Official full Promo and listen to a longer preview. So, get ready to feel Melotronical with our brand new album. Wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Fantastic New year 2011!" - Hugo Flores
> KILL ‘EM DEAD COWBOY EPIC EURO TOUR!
UK Metalcore combo ‘Kill ‘Em Dead Cowboy’ nationally release their debut album ‘I Am Salvation’ through Lockjaw Records / PHD on 14th February 2011 and prepare for extensive touring.
Having already widely toured throughout the whole of the UK and sections of mainland Europe, where the band chalked up shows with the likes of Attack Attack!, We Are The Ocean, Forever Never, Remembering Never, Marionette, and Bury Tomorrow, the sprightly quintet are now all set to announce their most extensive European tour to date. This gargantuan jaunt coincides with the band’s album launch and will see KEDC hit the highways and byways of the UK, Italy, France, Croatia, Portugal and beyond.
Jan 14 - Bar The Legend, Sneek, NL NETHERLANDS
Jan 15 - The Sandkaul, Walferdange, LUXEMBOURG
Jan 21 - Triebwerk, Wr. Neustadt, Niederöste, AT
Jan 22 - Queens Pub, Puchov, SLOVAKIA
Jan 28 - Monteparadiso Club, Pula, HR, CROATIA
Jan 29 - Bar Gioia, Civitanova Marche, ITALY
Jan 30 - The Gammon Pub, Chiopris Viscone, ITALY
Jan 31 – w/ Attack Attack! - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, UK.
Feb 5 - Bar De Le Charrue, Marmoutier, FRANCE.
Feb 10 - Mercado Negro, Averio, PORTUGAL
Feb 11 - Boémia Bar, Santa Comba Dão, PORTUGAL
Feb 13 - DRAC, Figueira da Foz, PORTUGAL
> TETRAFUSION VIDEO PREMIER
Progressive metal outfit TETRAFUSION and Nightmare Records are launching the official music video for the track “Monologue” from their sophomore album “Altered State” today.
The clip (filmed in Shreveport, LA) was produced by Chris Lyon (Perennial Media) and directed by Shreveport’s Fairfield Studios and can be viewed below.
States bassist Mark Michell: “It was a pleasure to work with one of the highest-quality production studios and directors from our region. Chris Lyon has directed many recent independent films and is truly a natural at his craft. He and the crew from Fairfield really took the lyrics and story from our track and brought them to life with an amazing cinematic storyline. It brought the track to an entirely new level. We hope to work with these guys again in the future.”
TETRAFUSION's blend of complex, technical metal blended with a highly-intellectual melodic structure offers an eclectic brand of progressive rock and metal placing the group among the elite the genre offers like PORCUPINE TREE, RUSH, DREAM THEATER, CYNIC, TOOL and MUSE. Originally an instrumental band, the group released its debut record, "Absolute Zero", to critical acclaim, which quickly launched TETRAFUSION into the underground metal scene, sans vocals, along the likes of SCALE THE SUMMIT, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, and CANVAS SOLARIS, and was hailed as one of the top ten albums of 2009 by Ultimate-Guitar.com.
The band's sophomore effort, "Altered State", was released on October 12th, 2010 on Nightmare Records / Sony / Red. The CD was recorded and produced by David Forshee of Queensix Productions. The album was the band's first time to feature vocals, which were handled by keyboardist Gary Tubbs.
"Altered State" track listing: 01. Collage of the Present 02. Monologue 03. Last Chance 04. The Deserter 05. Altered State (instrumental) 06. Shadows 07. Tears of the Past
> ROB ZOMBIE TO SWEDEN ROCK
Robert Cummings, as the multi-talented artist was originally called, got his musical break in the early 90s as the singer of White Zombie. These horror-movie-inspired New York eccentrics established a new school of rock, a certain Marilyn Manson being a prominent student. In 1998 Rob Zombie released his solo debut "Hellbilly Deluxe". The musical direction was similar but more heavy on industrial elements. The record was a big success, and Rob was to - among other things - record two more solo albums and direct several horror-movies (!) before "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" was released in 2010. However, this Godfather of alternative and industrial metal has never before performed at SRF, but now the time has finally come. To the delight of many.