THE FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE: 26th August 2011
> WORMROT PREPARING FOR SEPTEMBER EUROPEAN TOUR
Singapore grindcore trio WORMROT are preparing for their return to Europe in less a week, kicking off a UK trek on September 1st in Cardiff and moving onto mainland Europe on September 12th. WORMROT will be joined by EVISORAX for all of the UK dates and MARUTA for the rest of the European tour.
WORMROT guitarist RASYID comments: "Being home for some time has been a real drag. Being on the road and playing shows are what we're good at, so we're feeling ecstatic about this UK/Europe tour! It's time to show our full commitment to the blastbeat!!"
Don't miss WORMROT live on tour at the following shows:
Sep. 01 - Cardiff, UK - Undertone
Sep. 02 - Nottingham, UK - Old Angel
Sep. 03 - Belfast, UK - Auntie Annie's
Sep. 04 - Dublin, Ireland - Pint Bar
Sep. 05 - Sunderland, UK - The Borough
Sep. 06 - Glasgow, UK - 13th Note
Sep. 07 - Liverpool, UK - The Masque
Sep. 08 - Derby, UK - The Old Bell Hotel
Sep. 09 - Bath, UK - Green Park Tavern
Sep. 10 - London, UK - The Grosvenor
Sep. 12 - Lille, France - La Rumeur
Sep. 13 - Antwerp, Belgium - De Rots
Sep. 15 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands - Mukkus
Sep. 16 - Wermelskirchen, Germany - NRW Deathfest
Sep. 17 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
Sep. 18 - Trier, Germany - Exhaus
Sep. 19 - Brno, Czech Republic - Yacht Club
Sep. 20 - Prague, Czech Republic - Modra Vopice
Sep. 21 - Ziar Nad Hronom, Slovakia - Garden Bar
Sep. 22 - Budapest, Hungary - Szabad Az A
Sep. 23 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Menza Pri Koritu
Sep. 24 - Milan, Italy - Club TNT
Sep. 25 - Torino, Italy - United Club
Sep. 27 - Lausanne, Switzerland - La Hache Squat
Sep. 28 - Nevers, France - Chez Gerard
Sep. 29 - Villeneuve d'Aveyron, France - La Ferme de Mauriac
Sep. 30 - Bordeaux, France - Heretic Club
Oct. 01 - Tarragona, Spain - Infeccio Grind Fest
Oct. 02 - Almeria, Spain - Zona Rock
Oct. 03 - Madrid, Spain - Wurlitzer Ballroom
Oct. 04 - Lisbon, Portugal - Side B
Oct. 05 - Porto, Portugal - Side B
Oct. 06 - Mungia, Spain - Gaztegune
Oct. 08 - Toulouse, France - Pavillons Sauvages
Oct. 09 - Paris, France - Le Belushi's
Oct. 14 - Kassel, Germany - Hotspot
Oct. 15 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Bloodshed Festival
Oct. 16 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Worm
Oct. 17 - Leiden, Netherlands - Sub 071
WORMROT's new album, DIRGE, is out now on limited edition CD with exclusive bonus DVD, as well on limited edition coloured vinyl LP. DIRGE is also available now worldwide on iTunes, including 10 exclusive bonus tracks which aren't available anywhere else. The official WORMROT DIRGE app is out now for iPhone and iPad, featuring the entire 25-track album available to listen to for free. Fans can also stay up-to-date with the latest WORMROT news, photos, videos, tour dates and more.
> KRAMPUS EP
Italy’s fast rising melodic death folk metal band KRAMPUS have just released their highly anticipated follow up to Shadows of Our Time in the form a killer three song EP titled Kronos’ Heritage. The band is coming off a summer full of European Festivals and are looking to make waves again with this new release.
KRAMPUS is at the forefront of the fast emerging folk metal scene and are a force to be reckoned with. As with all of KRAMPUS's music, the band has a powerful message behind the lyrics as they deal with the ever changing state of humanity, nature, and social issues. As clearly seen in the lyrics, the band is adamant about making their fans aware of the current state of the world and bringing to light the need for change and for humanity to take responsibility for itself as the world heads into darker times. In addition, the band will film a music video with director Andrea Guarascio (Elvenking, Caparezza) at the helm for the albums title track, “Kronos’ Heritage”.
> NEW VOODOO HIGHWAY VIDEO
The Italian hard rock band "Voodoo Highway" is glad to announce their new videoclip for the song "Running Around", from the debut album "Broken Uncle's Inn".
> NEW ALBUMS FROM THE GRANDS - "ILLUSION" AND "DESIGN"
Band: GRAND ILLUSION
Album: Prince Of Paupers
Label: AOR Heaven
Release Date: 28.10.2011
A year after the release of “Brand New World”, it's time for the 6th Grand Illusion studio album and which this time is titled, Prince of Paupers.
On this release, the Grand Illusion core trio consists of Anders Rydholm, Peter Sundell and Per Svensson who are joined by Steve Lukather (Toto), Jay Graydon (Airplay), Tim Pierce (Rick Springfield), Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth), Paul Buckmaster (Elton John & David Bowie), Muris Varajic, Kjell Klaesson and Staffan Stavert.
The songs for the new album, were as usual, written and produced by Anders Rydholm and most of the lyrics were penned by Arlene Matza-Jackson.
Grand Illusion started 25 years ago in 1986 under the name Promotion and released 2 albums 1997 and 1998. In 2001, the band changed their name to Grand illusion and started a more active record carrier - and during a period of 3 years, they released 4 albums. In 2005 the band took a time out and reunited 5 years later with the release of the 2010 album, “Brand New World”. Now it's 2011 and 25 years since Anders, Peter and Per have started to play together - so what could be better than to celebrate that with the release of PRINCE OF PAUPERS?
Track list: 1. Gates Of Fire, 2. Better Believe It, 3. Prince Of Paupers, 4. So Faraway, 5. St. Theresa’s Love, 6. Through This War, 7. Eyes Of Ice, 8. Gone, 9. Believe In Miracles, 10. On And On, 11. Under The Wire, 12. Winds of Change
Band: GRAND DESIGN
Label: AOR Heaven
Release Date: 28.10.2011
Grand Design was formed in 2006 by vocalist/producer Pelle Saether, Peter Ledin (guitars) & Richard Holmgren (drums). In the following years, the guys worked hard on capturing that big 80’s sound and songs. Grand Design’s 1st album “Time Elevation” was completed in early 2009, during the recordings Anders Modd (bass) & Dennis Vestman (git) completed the line-up. The release gained massive success and was awarded ‘best album’ and ‘best song’ by BeRockRadio and received numerous top 10 positions for “best album 2009”. Several concerts including the prestigious FireFest in Nottingham, U.K proved that Grand Design can deliver live. Pelle Saether comments: ”Since we all love Def Leppard, it will always be an influence we use to spice up things.”
Now, two years later, it’s time for Grand Design’s second album #2 – “Idolizer”. The recording process was handled similar to the first album, the line-up is intact and the sound and songs are in the same style. Pelle says: “We knew we had found a formula to make an 80’s rock record work in the 21st century – so why change it?” The record contains 10 songs and contains everything from fast pace rock tracks to slow love ballads. All having a larger than life production, and on top, the famous Grand Design big choirs.
With songs like “Get On With Action”, “OughtoGraugh” and “Your Love’s A Runaway”, “Idolizer” is gonna be the follow up the fans expect. Grand Design will prove again that the songs and sound of 80’s rock belongs into your players and onto the big stages.
Track list: 01 Get On With The Action, 02 Change Me up, 03 OughtoGraugh, 04 Your Love’s A Runaway, 05 Stealin’ My Love, 06 Let’s Rawk The Nite, 07 Addiction For Love, 08 Idolize Me, 09 Rock Back To The 80s, 10 You’re Gonna Dig On It
> MORBID ANGEL "DOMINATION" LIMITED EDITION REISSUE OUT NOW
DOMINATION, the classic 1995 album from death metal legends MORBID ANGEL, has been reissued and is out now on limited edition digipak CD with a free double-sided poster, as well as on limited edition coloured vinyl LP.
To celebrate the return of MORBID ANGEL, Earache Records has reissued the band's first four albums, all of which are considered classics of the death metal genre. The first three albums in the series, ALTARS OF MADNESS, BLESSED ARE THE SICK and COVENANT are all available now along with the final release, DOMINATION.
The full DOMINATION track listing is as follows: 01. Dominate 02. Where The Slime Live 03. Eyes To See, Ears To Hear 04. Melting 05. Nothing But Fear 06. Dawn Of The Angry 07. This Means War 08. Caesar's Palace 09. Dreaming 10. Inquisition (Burn With Me)11. Hatework
> CONTINENTS ANNOUNCE VIDEO FOR DEBUT SINGLE ‘TRIALS’
CONTINENTS are set to release their first full length music video for debut single, TRIALS. Released on 23 August, the track is an aggressive anthem that shows the band’s raw, unrelenting side.
The video, which was filmed in a live setting, only adds to the fury and chaos that is unleashed at their shows.
Tom Weaver [guitar/vocals] says: “At its core, ‘Trials’ is about the day to day struggle we all face with people who try to suppress our dreams and aspirations. All of us have been in bands long enough to know that there are always going to be people who will hold you back or put you down, and this song is a big “fuck you” to them. It’s saying that we’ve taken the negativity and doubt and used it to better ourselves, to give us a foundation to build ourselves up on."
CONTINENTS teamed up with well-respected producer Chuck Creese (Evita, Martyr Defiled, Heart In Hand, Bury The Archive) to create their most momentous piece of work to date. ‘Trials’ confirms the reasoning behind band's outstanding position within the UK heavy music community and will only elevate them to greater and louder heights.
The single ‘Trials’ will be available worldwide via iTunes from Wednesday 23 August 2011.
CONTINENTS are: Phil Cross [vocals]; Tom Weaver [guitar/vocals]; Darryl Sweet [guitar]; Dom Turner [bass]; and Duncan Hamill [drums].
> VOYAGER ARTWORK AND TRACKLISTING
Perth, Australia-based progressive metal sorcerers, VOYAGER, this week release the confirmed artwork and track listing for their ambitious fourth full-length album, The Meaning of I. The bold cover art aptly fits the expansive concept album, which covers vast amounts of '80s pop-infused, prog metal territory, encompasses nearly 53 minutes.
The Meaning Of I Track Listing: 01. Momentary Relapse Of Pain 02. Stare Into The Night 03. Seize The Day 04. Broken 05. The Pensive Disarray 06. He Will Remain 07. The Meaning Of I 08. Iron Dream (In Memoriam: Peter Steele) 09. Feuer Meiner Zeit 10. Fire Of The Times 11. She Takes Me (Into The Morning Light) 12. It’s Time To Know 13. Are You Shaded?
VOYAGER's peculiar and unique sound merges Amorphis’ thirst for melody, Soilwork’s heaviness and the crystal vocal clarity of A-Ha’s Morton Harket into a sound all their own. The Meaning of I is set for North American release October 11, 2011 via Sensory Records. But the album will be made available early to fans attending the band's upcoming North American debut performances in September. Their first trip to the States will begin with a show in Brooklyn, New York, co-headlining the gig with labelmates Creation's End. That will be the warm-up gig for VOYAGER's performance at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, Georgia the following week, where the band will share co-headline slots of the festival with Therion, Ihsahn, Sanctuary, Dream Evil, Labyrinth and more. Back home VOYAGER have also confirmed a record release show on October 15th, as well as five dates supporting Children Of Bodom across Australia!
VOYAGER's Confirmed Live Performances:
9/11/2011 Matchless - Brooklyn, NY w/ Creation's End, Suspyre
9/16/2011 ProgPower USA - Atlanta, GA
10/15/2011 Amplifier - Perth, Western Australia [record release show]
11/06/2011 Capitol - Perth w/ Children Of Bodom
11/07/2011 HQ - Adelaide w/ Children Of Bodom
11/10/2011 The Palace, Melbourne w/ Children Of Bodom
11/12/2011 The Big Top - Sydney w/ Children Of Bodom
11/13/2011 The Arena - Brisbane w/ Children Of Bodom
> PRO-PAIN 20 YEAR TRAILER
PRO-PAIN have just released a trailer to promote their massive new CD/DVD collection, 20 Years Of Hardcore, which hits officially the streets in North America this Tuesday, August 30th.
20 Years Of Hardcore is much more than just a “greatest hits” or random compilation of tracks. The CD kicks off with four brand new tracks to get things moving! The disc also contains four re-recorded tracks (featuring PRO-PAIN alumni Rob Moschetti, JC Dwyer, Mike Hanzel and Eric Klinger), cover songs, and a fourteen-song live set filmed in the Czech Republic, in total bearing over 78 minutes of material! The DVD that joins the disc contains over 90 minutes of additional material, including tons of live footage featuring several full concerts, as well as fan-filmed footage and tons of extras, making this an absolute must-have for any fan of PRO-PAIN’s patented, groove-laden thunder.
> GAMA BOMB ANNOUNCES FINAL 'TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE' EUROPEAN TOUR
Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB have confirmed a final European tour in support of their most recent album, TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE, before the band returns to working on their as-yet untitled new album.
The tour is set to kick off in early October with support from UK thrashers SWORN AMONGST.
GAMA BOMB frontman PHILLY BYRNE comments: "We've said it a few times in the past, but this time we really mean it: our European tour this October is going to be our final farewell to Tales from the Grave in Space, the album we've been touring for the last two years. In that time we've done a lot of new things and had some amazing adventures as a band, so we're hoping to say goodnight to the album with the help of the European fans who've been supporting us since our first shows on the continent four years ago. We'll see you there for a beer."
SWORN AMONGST added the following statement: "We're totally fucking wired to be heading back out into Europe again with our good pals Gama Bomb. It's been three years since we both shared the stage together... and if that was anything to go by, expect the overall intensity to have been upped tenfold!!!"
See GAMA BOMB live on tour at the following shows:
Sep. 22 - Maidstone, UK - Babylon Lounge
Sep. 23 - London, UK - The Garage
Sep. 24 - Derby, UK - Redemption
Sep. 25 - Swansea, UK - The Garage
Sep. 26 - Liverpool, UK - The Masque
Sep. 27 - Newcastle, UK - Legends
Sep. 28 - Edinburgh, UK - Studio 24
Sep. 29 - Belfast, UK - Spring & Airbreak
Sep. 30 - Cork, Ireland - An Cruiscin Lan
Oct. 07 - Venlo, Netherlands - Perron 55
Oct. 08 - Sneek, Netherlands - Het Bolwerk
Oct. 09 - Mechelen, Belgium - Club Kamikaze
Oct. 10 - Opwijk, Belgium - Nijdrop
Oct. 11 - Osnabrück, Germany - Bastard Club
Oct. 12 - Berlin, Germany - Jägerklause
Oct. 13 - Wroclaw, Poland - Wagon
Oct. 14 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Tancirna
Oct. 15 - Passau, Germany - Metal Invasion Festival
Oct. 16 - Vienna, Austria - Viper Room
Oct. 17 - Graz, Austria - Explosiv
Oct. 18 - Mestrino, Italy - Tacu Tacu
Oct. 19 - Arese, Italy - Sga
Oct. 20 - Frankfurt, Germany - 11er
Oct. 21 - Oberhausen, Germany - Helvete
Oct. 22 - Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium - CC Zwaneberg
> HYPE THEORY ALBUM, TOUR AND VIDEO
The Hype Theory conclude their whirlwind summer by announcing the release of their highly anticipated debut album 'Glory Days' on Small Town Records and a chance to catch them live during their UK tour this October. Following a helpful hand up in the Redbull Bedroom Jam competition, the band rocked stages at Download Festival, Sonisphere, T in the Park and many more this year, winning over thousands of new fans with their catchy songs and charismatic performances.
To celebrate the announcement the band have released their uplifting video to current single “Kid at Heart”, a current favourite on Kerrang! TV and Scuzz TV, on the Small Town Records Youtube Channel. check it out here:
The band will hit the road with Fine Young Firecrackers in October and play a FREE entry release party show at the Cave Nightclub in their home town of Chelmsford - expect giveaways, strippers, free shots and general craziness! Shadows Chasing Ghosts will be performing at the afterparty and there will be a special DJ set from none other than Kerrang! Radio's Alex Baker.
Catch the band at one of these dates:
7 Oct Liverpool, The Masque
9 Oct London, The Bowery
10 Oct Chelmsford, Cave Nightclub (album release party)
11 Oct Birmingham, Wagon n Horses
12 Oct Glasgow, Classic Grande
13 Oct Ashington, Bubbles
> BILL LUBERA VIDEO