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NEROCROMO MUSIC and INVINCIBLE RECORDS are proud to announce the fourth album of XIPE TOTEC, Extreme metal band from Mexico!
This Prehispanic band in vein of Brutal Technical Death Metal has returned with a new album titled "Miquian" (The moment of death)
The album will be available on digital market in 2015, February 15th on every worldwide webstores, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Google Music, Nokia, Emusic...
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Finnish Postal Service To Honor NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, APOCALYPTICA, HIM On Stamps
Finland's postal service, Posti, will release nine new stamp publications in September-November, with a total of 35 different stamps. The stamps will feature musical themes ranging from Sibelius to hard rock, including six internationally successful Finnish rock bands that got to where they are today through a great deal of determination and perseverance. The Finnish invasion of the global rock music scene began with HANOI ROCKS back in the 1980s. The other bands featured in the stamps are THE RASMUS, HIM, APOCALYPTICA, CHILDREN OF BODOM and NIGHTWISH. "For each stamp, I selected a band photo and a logotype that together resemble a band poster," says Klaus Welp, the graphic artist that designed the Million miles away sheet. The background of the sheet depicts the green room backstage in the legendary Tavastia rock club, which Welp describes as an archaeological treasure of Finnish rock 'n' roll. Heavy metal and hard rock music continues to thrive in Finland, where bands like CHILDREN OF BODOM regularly top the chart with their single and full-length releases. According to Slate, Finland has the most heavy metal bands per capita in the world. While Sweden and Norway have only 27 heavy metal bands per 100,000 inhabitants, Finland boasts double as much, 54 bands per 100,000. Some claim that Finland is "the only country in the world where metal is mainstream," and people actually study Finnish and Norwegian to better understand heavy metal music. People have speculated that the climate in Finland, which is characterized by cold, and sometimes severe, winters and relatively warm summers, has contributed to the population's disproportionately high interest in heavier forms of rock. Says the A Metal State Of Mind web site: "When someone is surrounded by cold and dark for long periods of time, it is only natural that some form of depression will start to set in. And how do many Finns combat this depression, release the negative energy, and make themselves feel more positive? Well, I can't think of one form of music more tailored to the release of the negative more than metal." Although the suicide rates of Finland are higher than those of other Nordic countries, the number of suicides among Finnish men has gone down by 48 percent since the '90s, according to a July 2014 report in the Helsinki Times.
FOO FIGHTERS Playing Small Show On Record Store Day
According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS have announced that the band will give a special performance at the Record Connection in Niles, Ohio this Saturday (April 18), which is Record Store Day. To attend the noon gig, fans in the area must head to the store and pre-order the new FOO FIGHTERS EP, "Songs From The Laundry Room", beginning on Thursday (April 16). All pre-orders tickets are limited to one per person and require a photo ID upon check-in at the store. Niles, Ohio is near Warren, Ohio, the town where FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl was born. "Songs From The Laundry Room" features early FOO FIGHTERS demos that Grohl recorded before the band's first album, including "Alone + Easy Target", "Big Me" and the previously unreleased "Empty Handed". Grohl, who is Record Store Day Ambassador this year, told Creative Loafing about another Record Store Day release that he is excited about, saying, "I hear that METALLICA is releasing their first demo tape on cassette — and that is fucking rad! I bought the first METALLICA album on cassette from a mail-order catalog in 1983… It blew my fucking mind. I will be a diehard METALLICA fan until the day I die because of that experience." FOO FIGHTERS will kick off a major North American tour on July 4 in Washington D.C.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN's SERJ TANKIAN Pens New Song For Armenian Genocide Anniversary
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian has co-written with John Psathas a new song called "100 Years" to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian genocide perpetrated during World War One by Turkey's Ottoman Empire. Tankian, who is of Armenian descent, said about the song's accompanying video, "The video is a somber commemoration to honor the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian victims of the first genocide of the 20th century." Tankian told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the Armenian Genocide has been largely forgotten by history. "You know, I mean, it was all over the media in 1915 when it occurred, but since it's not put in the books as a genocide and not reviewed and studied like the Holocaust has been, like even the Cambodian genocide has been — you know, we've talked about Saddam Hussein's killing of the Kurds, etc. — all of that is known in modern times, but this is the first forgotten genocide of the century," he said. SYSTEM is currently on a world tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, during which 1.5 million Armenians lost their lives at the hands of the Turkish government between 1915 and 1918. Turkey has officially denied that the atrocity took place ever since. The tour, which includes dates in Europe and North and South America, will culminate in Armenia in April 23, the day before the annual worldwide observation of the genocide. This will be the first time that SYSTEM OF A DOWN has ever performed in its home country.
HINDER: 'Hit The Ground' Video Released
Anthemic rockers HINDER have unveiled their music video for "Hit The Ground" — the first single from the band's upcoming fifth studio album, "When The Smoke Clears", due out May 12 via The End/ADA. The clip for the track, which Billboard proclaims "falls right into the band's arena rock wheelhouse," is also a debut for the band's new frontman Marshal Dutton. The video was filmed at Chevy Bricktown Events Center in the band's hometown of Oklahoma City, and features the guys doing what they do best — living and breathing life on the road. With over a decade-long career under their belts, and having honed their chops touring with the likes of MÖTLEY CRÜE, NICKELBACK, AEROSMITH and PAPA ROACH, HINDER's upcoming album with Dutton has breathed new sound, and new air, into the ever-evolving band. The songs on "When The Smoke Clears" run the gamut from rowdy rock to subtle country influence, to memorable pop hooks, all of which retain the DNA-distinct spirit of HINDER. That ability to walk the tightrope between genres, without a net, is something the band has had fun with in creating the new album. The band will perform select tracks from "When The Smoke Clears" at their upcoming shows, including stops at Loudwire Music Festival in Grand Junction, Colorado on June 28 and Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on July 18.
JOURNEY Drummer DEEN CASTRONOVO Delivers $10,000 Check To Oregon High School After Fire
According to the Albany Democrat-Herald, JOURNEY drummer Deen Castronovo gave a $10,000 check to a high school in Albany, Oregon on Wednesday (April 15) to help replace band equipment lost in a fire. The destroyed building stored the school's sound equipment, band and choir instruments and more than 40 years worth of collected sheet music. The damage was estimated at well above $1 million. Castronovo, who grew up in Salem, Oregon, and was a high school band member himself, said: "JOURNEY has given me a great platform to be able to help people and to give. I've been very fortunate. The least I can do is to give back." He added: "We're so grateful, [my wife] Deidra and I are so grateful, to be able to give back to you guys, because I know it must be devastating. I know you lost a lot of equipment and there's a lot of stuff that's gone now." Check out video footage from KOIN.com, The Oregonian and KPTV.com below. Other community members have stepped up to offer donating used instruments to the band members. A 28-year-old Albany man, Zachary Burghart, was arrested and charged with arson in connection with the fire.
GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS Featuring Former NEVERMORE, GOD FORBID Members: Debut Album Out Now
GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS, the melodic progressive metal group featuring lead guitarist Matt Wicklund (GOD FORBID, HIMSA, WARREL DANE), drummer Van Williams (NEVERMORE, ASHES OF ARES, PURE SWEET HELL) and vocalist Adōn Fanion, funded its brand new self-titled debut album through a successful Kickstarter fan campaign launched last year. Now, the group is pleased to announce the release of the CD via digital retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Google Play, Spotify, or simply via www.ghostshipoctavius.com. Commented Wicklund: "GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS is musically and artistically everything that I have always wanted to do. "We put everything we had into this album and couldn't be happier with how it turned out! "The fans have been outstanding and made it possible for us to successfully fund this album independently through Kickstarter. It's really exciting to see this all come to life!" Adds Williams: "I'm super stoked on this album, and if I weren't in the band, I know I still would be a huge fan. "It's an exciting time for us, as we are collectively brand new and forging our own path. "The fans that backed this record not knowing what they would get, and our family and friends that have showed and provided support during this process are truly awesome and the ones who really brought this album to everyone else. For that, I'm truly grateful and look forward to getting this beast out on the road to meet the fans that have been so positive and patient." "Ghost Ship Octavius" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Aaron Smith at Envisage Audio in Seattle, Washington. GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS's sound features technical and groove metal elements, highlighted by Adōn's powerful clean vocals, Van's tasteful rhythms and Matt's melodic and intricate guitar solos. Their diverse-yet-complimentary music styles combine to create a powerful and dynamic sound highlighted by soaring vocals, virtuosic guitars and hooky but progressive arrangements. Take a listen to the GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS track "Mills Of The Gods" in the YouTube clip below.
OF MICE & MEN: 'Another You' Video Released
"Another You", the new video from the California-based rock quintet OF MICE & MEN, can be seen below. The clip was filmed during the band's "The Hunting Party" tour as the support act for LINKIN PARK. OF MICE & MEN's "Restoring Force: Full Circle" deluxe double-disc, foil-stamped digipack that includes three brand-new songs and an acoustic version of the band's hit single "Feels Like Forever" was released in February. The new songs — "Broken Generation", "Something To Hide", "Never Giving Up" and the acoustic version of "Feels Like Forever" — were recorded last fall with producer David Bendeth (PARAMORE, BRING ME THE HORIZON) in Southern California. The two-CD set is a special reissue of the album "Restoring Force", which hit No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 on both the Billboard Top Independent and Top Rock Albums charts.
ANTHRAX's FRANK BELLO: JOEY BELLADONNA 'Is Singing Better Than Ever'
ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello spoke to WVOX's "Metal Mayhem" radio show earlier this week about the progress of the recording sessions for the band's follow-up to 2011's "Worship Music". Asked about ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian's recent comment that the band's next CD will be "even better" than "Worship Music", Frank said: "Here's the way I look at this whole album thing and promoting your next record. This is a business. Everybody promotes their business and your next cycle, whatever it is. The thing is, you put your heart and soul into something like this and you write for a bunch of time. We were away from our families for quite a while writing the record and just going back and forth and picking and choosing. We don't let anything go. We nitpick to death, man. I mean, we're on e-mails all night: 'What part doesn't work?' 'What works?' I mean, it doesn't really end with us. We're very nitpicky until we know it's right. And it's really hard to let 'em go, too." He continued: "When Scott says something like that, I have to say I feel the same way just because of what we've done with it. It's just… Man, we're fans of this…" Bello added: "God, it sounds like I'm selling it, but I'm really not selling it; I'm just telling you the truth. We're fans of this music, so we can't let anything go that doesn't get us nuts, you know?!" Frank also talked about the vocal contributons of Joey Belladonna, who rejoined ANTHRAX in 2010, less than five years after he reunited with the band's original members for the 2005-2006 tour. "[Joey] is literally working on another song with [producer] Jay Ruston right now. We're up to vocals right now. It's going great, man." He continued: "I'll tell you this much — [and] I'm not kissing up here — the guy is singing better than ever. And when I say 'ever,' dude, I'm saying the guy is freaking me out with some of the stuff he does on the record. It's, like, 'Where did that come from?' Sometimes I just say, 'Where did that come from, that note? What is that?'' Bello added: "For me, as a fan… I'm an ANTHRAX fan. So [I'm] not only in the band, but I wanna see the best for this band. So, for me, it makes me psyched to get this thing ready for people to hear." Regarding the fact that it has been five years since ANTHRAX's last studio album was released, Bello said: "It's been a great run. The whole thing is… We put that record, 'Worship Music', the day we played Yankee Stadium in New York City. So I was thinking about that. And we did over two hundred… I think it was two hundred and twenty three shows on that last tour, and we haven't done that since the '80s. Every time we wanted to start writing a record, somebody asked us to do another tour that had to be done. And it made total sense to do it just to keep progressing and making the band… getting the buzz back." He continued: "Look, we're all humbled by this. And thank God for it. We all know how hard it is in music now, and we all know we had to regain a fan base, and we were off for a while. And there's nothing better than to hear that we're back and all that good stuff, and the buzz is back, and people are anticipating the record, and all the pressures of the new record. "For me, there's no pressure. It's just, like, write your next record and just do you best. That's all we've ever done. So, for me, it's a great time right now. So I'm completely stoked… and humbled." ANTHRAX will hit the road later this month. First up, a six-week-plus North American trek that will include 24 dates with VOLBEAT, as well as appearances at five major outdoor festivals — Northern Invasion (outside of Minneapolis), Rock On The Range (Columbus, Ohio), Rocklahoma (Pryor, Oklahoma), and the San Antonio and Kansas City Rockfests. Dates start in Denver, Colorado on April 24. On this first leg, ANTHRAX will play a "fan favorites" set, comprised of band classics such as "Anti-Social", "Madhouse", "Caught In A Mosh", "I Am The Law" and "Indians". The set will also feature "Soror Irrumator (Lords Of The Rock)", which was made available on March 17 and is already getting airplay on hard rock radio. ANTHRAX's Frank Bello, Charlie Benante and Scott Ian are massive fans of the show, so having been asked to write a song for the "Mixtape" was an enormous thrill. You can hear "Soror Irrumator (Lords Of The Rock)" (and the entire mixtape) for free on SoundCloud and iTunes. Tentatively due later this year, ANTHRAX's new album is also the recording debut for guitarist and newest bandmember Jon Donais.
DANZIG Announces North American Tour
DANZIG has announced a month-long North American headlining tour, set to begin in July in Pomona, California and end on July 31 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Support on the trek will reportedly come from PENNYWISE and CANCER BATS. The dates are as follows: July 11 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre July 12 - Flagstaff, AZ - Pepsi Amphitheatre July 14 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Centre July 15 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre July 17 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom July 18 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theatre July 19 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Midland Theatre July 21 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium July 24 - Calgary, AB, Canada - Mac Ewan Hall July 25 - Edmonton, AB, Canada - Shaw Conf. Centre July 27 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Queen Elizabeth Theatre July 28 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo July 30 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield July 31 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl DANZIG has decided to insure that loyal fans are getting the first opportunity to buy tickets. For these shows, tickets will be offered before they go on sale to the general public. Tickets will have reduced service charges compared to the usual ticket outlets. Pre-sales for the above-listed shows are available at this location. The new studio album from Glenn Danzig's namesake band is set for a fall 2015 release, and his long-awaited covers effort is due later this year. He is also working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers. DANZIG's cover version of the the classic Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra song "Some Velvet Morning", featuring a guest appearance by Cherie Currie (THE RUNAWAYS), was made available for streaming in 2014. The track was supposed to appear on Danzig's covers album, which was also due to include Glenn's renditions of classic songs from BLACK SABBATH, ELVIS PRESLEY and ZZ TOP, among others. The first new DANZIG studio album in six years, "Deth Red Sabaoth", sold 11,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Deth Red Sabaoth" was released on June 22, 2010 via Evilive/The End Records. Produced by Glenn, the CD was recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2009. Photo credit: Corey Soria
PUDDLE OF MUDD's WES SCANTLIN Arrested At Milwaukee Airport
According to TMJ4, PUDDLE OF MUDD frontman Wes Scantlin has been arrested on disorderly conduct charges stemming from an incident at Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Mitchell International Airport. Scantlin is being held in the Milwaukee County Jail. The sheriff's office has not released any further details regarding the incident. Scantlin was last arrested in January after taking what was described as a "joyride" on an airport baggage carousel at Denver International Airport. Scantlin ended up in the airport's restricted area before being taken into custody by local police. According to The Pulse Of radio, 2014 was a relatively quiet year for Scantlin after several years in which the singer and guitarist seemed to be on an unstoppable downward spiral. He did make news in April 2014 when he melted down onstage, threw a beer and microphone into the audience, and threatened several attendees with violence. Scantlin was previously arrested on July 24, 2013 for allegedly vandalizing a neighbor's property with a buzz saw and a sledgehammer. Scantlin's house was foreclosed on by the bank last month after he fell behind in payments. In May of that year, he was arrested twice within the space of a week — first on warrants stemming from his 2012 cocaine possession case, then on charges of domestic violence when he became physically abusive with his ex-wife Jessica outside a West Hollywood business. Scantlin also had problems with back tax payments and an altercation on an airplane in addition to 2012's ugly divorce battle with Jessica. PUDDLE OF MUDD did continue to tour in 2014 with Scantlin leading an all-new lineup. A single was released last September called "Piece Of The Action". PUDDLE OF MUDD is scheduled to perform tomorrow (Thursday, April 16) at Ziggy's By The Sea in Wilmington, North Carolina.