Tuesday, January 31, 2012

GLORYFUL Und HARASAI Im Turock, Essen - Bericht Und Fotos Auf Fotowalther.de

HARASAI @Turock, Essen
Foto: Dirk Walther 
Underground Winter 
Edition 2012 
28.01.2012 - Turock Essen 

Die Reviews von GLORYFUL und HARASAI aus dem Bericht von Dirk Walther für fotowalther.de 

Am 28.01.2012 traten gleich fünf Metal Bands im Rahmen der Underground Winter Edition 2012 bei freiem Eintritt und neun Euro Mindestverzehr im Turock in Essen auf. Aufgrund von Zeitmangel (ja, ja, die böse Universität) gibt es dieses Mal leider neben den Fotos nur einen für meine schreibwütigen Verhältnisse eher sporadischen Konzertbericht. 

...Höhere Töne schlugen im Anschluss Gloryful an. Die Gelsenkirchener Heavy / Power Metal Truppe um Frontmann Johnny la Bomba hatte bereits im Oktober vergangenen Jahres als Vorband von Powerwolf im Turock auf sich aufmerksam gemacht. Gestern war es zwar nicht ansatzweise so voll, wie bei ihrem letzten Auftritt im Turock, doch obwohl Gloryful mit ihrem cleanen Gesang musikalisch etwas aus dem Rahmen fielen, kamen sie sehr gut an. Erwähnen sollte man noch das Duett mit Diane bei 'Far Beyond Time'. Auch Gloryful arbeiten übrigens mit Hochdruck an ihrem ersten Longplayer – man darf gespannt sein! 

Die Essener Melodic Death Meal Band Harasai setzte dem kurzweiligen Abend im Turock schließlich die Krone auf. 

Während des Intros 'The Chosen Way' wurde es gespenstisch ruhig im Turock – die sprichwörtliche Ruhe vor dem Sturm. Kaum war das Intro jedoch verhallt, fielen die Lokalmatadore bei den ersten Takten von 'Into Oblivion', das übrigens wie schon das Intro von 'The I-Conception', dem 2010 veröffentlichten ersten Album der Formation, stammte, regelrecht über die Bühne her. 

Das letzte Mal hatte ich Harasai vor vielen Jahren ziemlich zu Beginn der Bandgeschichte im Julius in Kray gesehen und ich muss sagen: Ich hätte die Band beinahe nicht wieder erkannt. Nicht nur die Lieder wirkten ausgefeilter, sondern auch in Sachen Bühnenpräsenz konnten Harasai punkten. Vor allem Sänger Martin wirbelte wie der Teufel höchstpersönlich über die Bretter, aber auch die Männer an den Saiteninstrumenten posierten fleißig für die Besucher und ließen die Matten kreisen. 

Harasai vergaßen es nicht, dem Turock, den Veranstaltern von My Dominion, den anderen Bands sowie natürlich den Fans zu danken, die allesamt dazu beigetraten hatten, an diesem Abend ein deutliches Zeichen zu setzen: Der Underground in Essen, im Ruhrgebiet und darüber hinaus lebt! 

Den vollständigen Bericht könnt ihr hier lesen, Fotogalerien gibt es an dieser Stelle.

Monday, January 30, 2012

FYI - The FA Weekly News Recap 01/30/2012

FYI  
- The FA Weekly News Recap -  
01/30/2012 


Get all the latest news around our Featured Artists and read FA's recent blog posts on music and music biz!


The Featured Artists: 

AUTOMATIC SELF DESTRUCT 
- New show announced: 04/14/2012 Hagen, GER  
- Next show: 03/30/2012 Herten, GER 

EXUMER 
- Trailer and artwork for upcoming album 'Fire & Damnation' launched
- New cover pictures album uploaded 
- Exumer are looking for videos from their show at Thrasho de Mayo IV in Los Angeles 2009. If you can help, please get in touch.

FINAL DEPRAVITY 
- Dennis Baron played live with Harasai, Alex Voß with ErzfeinT
- 'Those were the days...' New album with early band pictures uploaded

GLORYFUL 
Recordings For Debut Album Scheduled
- New series of promo pictures uploaded
- Pictures and review (German language) of Essen show online

HARASAI 
Pictures and review (German language) of Essen show online
- Next show: 02/25/2012 WinterNachtsTraum Festival, Arnsberg (GER)

KILLUSTRATIONS
- The artwork for the upcoming Davidian album 'Our Fear Is Their Force' was designed by Killustrations. Download the free song 'Behind An Angelic Smile' at this location.

NIGHT IN GALES
- Next show: 02/24/2012 WinterNachtsTraum Festival, Arnsberg (GER)

THE VERY END 
- Pictures from Battles Vol. 9 Festival by Jörg Müller (the-pit.de)
'A Hole In The Sun' #5 On The History Of Metal's 2011 Groove Metal Video Top 10
- Next show: 02/25/2012 WinterNachtsTraum Festival, Arnsberg (GER)


The FA Blog:

- EXUMER Launch Video Trailer And Artwork Of Upcoming New Album 'Fire & Damnation' 
- OVERKILL - New Album Title 'The Electric Age' And Cover Artwork Unveiled
New Series Announced: The Rock Star Branding Podcast
THE VERY END - 'A Hole In The Sun' #5 On The History Of Metal's 2011 Groove Metal Video Top 10
MYSTERIA Metal Kneipe Schliesst Die Pforten, Abschlussparty Am 27./28.01.
FALLEN FATE To Premiere 'Origin Of Sin' Video Clip On January 28
See the 'Origin Of Clip' video at this location
GLORYFUL - Recordings For Debut Album Scheduled, New Promo Pics Reveiled
THE MUSIC BIZ WEEKLY PODCAST - Hisham Dahud Talks About Music Marketing With BitTorrent


Listen to the Featured Artists while reading:



THE MUSIC BIZ WEEKLY PODCAST - Hisham Dahud Talks About Music Marketing With BitTorrent



Welcome to Episode 43 of The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold and Brian Thompson:

Hisham Dahud Talks About Music Marketing With BitTorrent



The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold and Brian Thompson. Each week they discuss the latest events in the music business and music marketing events and techniques. 

Tune in every Friday for the latest episode!


Friday, January 27, 2012

GLORYFUL - Recordings For Debut Album Scheduled, New Promo Pics Reveiled

GLORYFUL - Heavy Metal From Germany

German Heavy Metal up-and-comer GLORYFUL will enter Synesthesy Studios in Wesel end of February 2012 to begin the recordings for their yet untitled debut album with engineer Darius Widera

The album will subsequently be mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound, Sweden. 

Gloryful, based in the German Ruhr Area and having NIGHT IN GALES guitarist Jens Basten among their ranks, have also published a series of new promo pics. 

See the new Gloryful member pictures at this location.  


Gloryful 2012: Oliver Karasch - Bass, Vito Papotto - Guitar, 
Johnny la Bomba - Vocals, Jens Basten - Guitar, Jim Sander - Drums 


Gloryful's EP "Sedna's Revenge" was released in October 2010 and can be downloaded for free as HQ 320 kbit mp3 from SoundCloud



Connect with GLORYFUL






Thursday, January 26, 2012

FALLEN FATE To Premiere 'Origin Of Sin' Video Clip On January 28

FALLEN FATE  'The Virus Has Spread' 2011
UK Thrashers FALLEN FATE will premiere the official video clip for the song 'Origin Of Sin' on the band's website on Saturday, January 28.  

'Origin Of Sinwas shot, directed and edited by Fallen Fate vocalist and guitarist Lee Skinner under his design company Black Venom Designs

The video is basically based around the recording process of the band's debut album 'The Virus Has Spread', mixed in with a behind the scenes look at Fallen Fate and live clips. 

'Origin Of Sinis also going to be featured on the upcoming Fallen Fate DVD which is currently being built and is set to be available this spring. The DVD will feature live gig clips, the video itself, a 'How to Play' section with band members playing different riffs and song sections, a behind the scenes tour diary and lots more. 


The Fallen Fate debut album 'The Virus Has Spread' was released by the band itself in 2011. ONSLAUGHT vocalist Sy Keeler has a guest appearance on the track 'Pendulum'. The CD is available at the band's online shop and the album can be downloaded at digital music stores worldwide.  

Fallen Fate were special guests on Onslaught's 2011 'Scream For Violence' UK tour.  


ComScore

MYSTERIA Metal Kneipe Schliesst Die Pforten, Abschlussparty Am 27./28.01.

Heute gibt es leider schlechte Nachrichten zu verkünden: die MYSTERIA Metal Kneipe in Recklinghausen schließt Ende Januar die Pforten.  

Der jahrelange Anlaufpunkt für Metalfans der Region war auch eine beliebte Spielstätte für zahllose Bands, nicht zuletzt der Featured Artists The Very End, Final Depravity, Harasai, Deus Inversus und Automatic Self Destruct.

Im Namen von allen bei FA sagen wir "Danke" für die Gastfreundschaft, und wünschen dem gesamten Team alles Gute für die Zukunft!   

Ihr habt am 
Freitag, 27.01., und Samstag, 28.01., letztmalig die Chance, es im Mysteria richtig krachen zu lassen.  

Die Inhaber zur Schließung und zum "Restevertilgungswochenende":  

"Hallo, alle zusammen. 

Da wir den Pachtvertrag für’s Mysteria zum 1.2.2012 nicht verlängern konnten und auch bisher, trotz aller Mühen und Anstrengungen, keine neue Location gefunden haben, müssen wir nach insgesamt zwölf Jahren, einer einjährigen Pause und einem Umzug erneut unsere Pforten (vorläufig) schließen.

Deshalb möchten wir uns erstmal bei allen, die immer gerne zu uns gekommen sind, für die gute Zeit und die schönen „Mysteria-Jahre“ bedanken!

Am Freitag, 27.01., und Samstag, 28.01., werden wir es uns dennoch nicht nehmen lassen, noch ein Mal eine fette Party zu starten, und laden hiermit zum "Restevertilgungswochenende“ ein – wir hoffen auf zahlreiches Erscheinen!

Natürlich werden wir weiterhin daran arbeiten, schnellstmöglich ein neues Objekt zu finden, um euch bald in alter Frische wieder mit Bier, Schnaps und guter Musik versorgen zu können.

Gerne könnt ihr uns für die neue Kneipe Anregungen, Kritik (positive wie negative), Veränderungs- und/oder Konzeptwünsche schicken. Bitte per e-mail an mysterialmetalkneipe@gmail.com.

Vielen Dank für eure Treue! Rock on!
Eure Mysteria-Crew"

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK - WE SALUTE YOU!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

THE VERY END - 'A Hole In The Sun' #5 On The History Of Metal's 2011 Groove Metal Video Top 10

‎'A Hole In The Sun', the music short film by The Very End, has made it to #5 on The History Of Metal's Groove Metal video Top 10 countdown for 2011! 

You can also vote on the video to be included in the 2011 overall toplist at The History Of Metal by liking the video at their Facebook page.

'A Hole In The Sun' is taken from The Very End's latest album 'Mercy & Misery' (produced by Waldemar Sorychta, released via Steamhammer/SPV 
in 2011). 


The video has been produced by Filmefahrer Pictures and directed by Marcus Overbeck. The artwork for 'Mercy & Misery' was designed by Killustrations.  




Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Series Announced: The Rock Star Branding Podcast

The hosts of The Music Biz Weekly Podcast, Brian Thompson (Thorny Bleeder) and Michael Brandvold (Michael Brandvold Marketing), have announced a new series called The Rock Star Branding Podcast. 

Comments Brian Thompson: "I'm excited to finally let you guys in on something that's been in the works ever since Michael Brandvold and I recorded Episode 34 of The Music Biz Weekly Podcast with our special guest, author Steve Jones

We had such a great time recording that podcast and had such a tremendous response from it that we decided to do some brainstorming to see what else we could possibly do together. 
Well, it quickly dawned on us… why spoil a good thing?
Let's do more podcasts together!


And so… a new series was born:  

The Music Biz Weekly Presents… The Rock Star Branding Podcast
with your hosts Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold and Steve Jones. 

This all-new weekly podcast series will air every Wednesday in all of the usual spots, with the debut episode airing on Wednesday, January 25.  

You'll be able to find it on Thorny Bleeder, but of course you'll also be able to find it on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher Radio, The DIY Daily, MichaelBrandvold.com and BrandLikeARockStar.com


The Music Biz Weekly Podcast on SoundCloud:



Monday, January 23, 2012

OVERKILL - New Album Title 'The Electric Age' And Cover Artwork Unveiled

OVERKILL 'The Electric Age' 2012
New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL will release their new album, 'The Electric Age', in North America on March 27 via eOne Music. The CD will be made available in Europe on March 30 through Nuclear Blast Records

'The Electric Age' was recorded and mixed at Gain Studios in New Jersey, owned and operated by OVERKILL bassist D.D. Verni. 

OVERKILL will embark on the "Killfest 2" headlining tour in April/May. Support on the trek will come from BELPHEGOR, ABORTED, BLACKGUARD, SYSTEM DIVIDE and DIAMOND PLATE. 

OVERKILL's latest CD, 'Ironbound', sold 4,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 192 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. 

OVERKILL's previous album, 'Immortalis', opened with 2,800 units back in October 2007. 

'Ironbound' was released on February 9, 2010 via E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records). The CD, which was issued in Europe on January 29, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records, was mixed by PAIN/HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren and is described in a press release as "a true thrasher-piece." 



EXUMER Launch Video Trailer And Artwork Of Upcoming New Album 'Fire & Damnation'

EXUMER 'Fire & Damnation' Metal Blade Records 2012
Cover art by Baptiste Treton
Legendary German Thrashers EXUMER have just launched a video trailer for their long anticipated comeback album 'Fire & Damnation'. 

Watch out for 'Fire & Damnation' to be unleashed on April 6 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, April 9 in Europe and April 10 in North America via Metal Blade Records

'Fire & Damnation' will be released as a limited Digipak-CD including three bonus tracks as well as on vinyl. 

The album artwork has been designed by Baptiste Treton

More details on 'Fire & Damnation' and the first new song will be posted soon! 

Check out the trailer that features music of 'Fire & Damnation' as well as the stunning front cover. The art direction and production of the clip was executed by German-born artist Cyphers-X, who has worked with bands such as The Very End in the past. 


Comments EXUMER singer Mem V. Stein: “We are very excited for our fans to hear and see a taste of things to come and what they can expect from 'Fire and Damnation'. We intentionally worked with Cyphers-X to keep the trailer short and to the point, which is a perfect representation of the album. Fans can expect nothing short of some of the most pure, uncompromising and undiluted thrash metal they have heard in a long while.” 

EXUMER recorded their first new album in 24 years with renowned producer Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc., Therion, Sodom, Moonspell, etc.) at the helm. The 10-track strong, hard-hitting CD 'Fire & Damnation' combines a punishing production with aggressive song writing. EXUMER manages to capture the intensity and feel of the 1980s thrash metal gems and yet sound up to date on their latest output.

'Fire & Damnation' will catapult EXUMER back in the forefront of the international music markets and the following live assaults in 2012 will only further cement the band’s cult status among the ranks of classic thrash metal acts in the world!

EXUMER are: Matthias Kassner - Drums, H.K. - Guitars, 
Mem V. Stein - Vocals, Ray Mensh - Guitars, T. Schiavo - Bass

Formed in 1985, by singer/bassist Mem V. Stein and guitarist Ray Mensh, EXUMER went on to release two albums in 1986 (Possessed by Fire), and 1987 (Rising from the Sea), that are regarded as some of the most cult thrash metal releases ever to come out of Germany. EXUMER was also one of the first thrash metal acts to capture exotic, foreign markets like Poland and Brazil, where their albums were domestically released in the 1980s. The subsequent tours that followed those releases secured the band live shows in front of thousands of fans and an unusually large following outside of Germany.

Plagued by line-up changes and internal turmoil the band broke up in 1990, and did not perform live, with the exception in 2001 at the prestigious Wacken Open Air Festival, until 2009.

Mem and Ray decided to re-activate EXUMER in 2008, and the band embarked on their first tour since 1988, where they played 5 shows in April/May of 2009. The “5 Nights of Fire Tour”, took the band through Europe (Germany, Holland, Greece), and the USA, where they headlined the “Thrasho de Mayo Festival”, in front of 1.300 fans in Los Angeles.

EXUMER returned to Europe in spring and the fall of 2010, where the band appeared at Norway’s “Inferno Festival”, among other stops in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Poland and Bulgaria during their “European Ignition Tour Part I & II”.

Worldwide 2012 tour dates to be announced soon!

Connect with EXUMER





Sunday, January 22, 2012

FYI - The FA Weekly News Recap 01/22/2012

FYI  
- The FA Weekly News Recap -  
01/22/2012 


Get all the latest news around our Featured Artists and read FA's recent blog posts on music and music biz!


The Featured Artists: 

AUTOMATIC SELF DESTRUCT 
- New show announced: 03/30/2012 Herten, GER 

EXUMER 
- Mem V. Stein video interview on Puerto Rican Rock Spot Plus TV metal show 
- Detailed 'Fire & Damnation' news to be revealed Monday, Jan 23 

FINAL DEPRAVITY 
- Pictures and review (German language) from NRW Underground Metal Fest  

GLORYFUL 
- Next show: 01/28/2012 Turock, Essen 

HARASAI 
- Drum tracks for second album 'Psychotic Kingdom' recorded 
- First ever Harasai guitar cover video 
- Next show: 01/28/2012 Turock, Essen 

KILLUSTRATIONS
- Artworks available on canvas
- Nervecell awarded "All Time Best Selling Metal Band" & "Top 3 Best Selling UAE Artist (International Repertoire)" from Virgin Megastore MENA & Spellbind Records! 'Psychogenocide' artwork by Killustrations

NIGHT IN GALES
- New show announced: 03/30/2012 Duisburg, GER
- Interview the-pit.de  (German langauge)
- Interview firealive.it
- Interview metal-impact.com (English version available)

THE VERY END 
- See live clips from several shows in this YouTube playlist
Pictures and review (German language) from NRW Underground Metal Fest
- Next shows: 01/27/2012 Neuss, GER / 01/28/2012 Hamburg, GER


The FA Blog:

- Pictures From NRW Underground Metal Fest Online At The-Pit.de
METAL BLADE RECORDS Streaming New CANNIBAL CORPSE Song
Music Download And Stream, Neither Black Nor White… The ‘Grey Spot’ Is Taking Over (a guest post by Tommy Morriello, Manager of a.o. Exumer, Onslaught, Gama Bomb) 
ONSLAUGHT - North America 2012 Tour Blog To Be Hosted By Featured Artists 
Add the new Onslaught Google+ page to your circles!

- ‎"Fünf Bands – Fünf Volltreffer" The-Pit.de Über Das NRW Underground Metal Fest
KATAKLYSM - 'The Iron Will' DVD Cover Revealed And Video Teaser Posted
BEYOND THE BLAZE Metal Radio Show - 5th Anniversary Episode Available For Streaming 

Listen to the Featured Artists while reading:



Saturday, January 21, 2012

BEYOND THE BLAZE Metal Radio Show - 5th Anniversary Episode Available For Streaming

The latest episode of BEYOND THE BLAZE metal radio show hosted by DJ Valkyrie is now available for streaming.

The 5th anniversary show on January 20 featured an interview with special guests ARMS TO AMEN and tracks by 
Syren, Tribuzy, Outworld, Livin Garden, Dagoth, Envoid, Dynahead, Painside, Benedictum, Sinbreed, Arms To Amen, Judas Priest, MyGrain, Man Of Kin, Necrosis, Woslom, The Very End, Onslaught, Nuclear, Automatic Self Destruct, Godslave, Legion X, Kintal, Night In Gales and Despise & Conquer.

BEYOND THE BLAZE metal radio show: 
Fridays 12pm - 3pm EST / 6pm - 9pm CET 

Don't miss this show and 
get your full dose of METAL on 





Friday, January 20, 2012

KATAKLYSM - 'The Iron Will' DVD Cover Revealed And Video Teaser Posted

KATAKLYSM - 'The Iron Will' DVD Cover Revealed And Video Teaser Posted

Montreal based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM will release a multidisc DVD this Spring entitled 'The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined', which features a documentary and bonus CD materials. 

The set will depict the ups and downs of the band's long, turbulent career as well as footage of KATAKLYSM's performance at last year's Summer Breeze festival, which took place August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. 

The cover art for the release was created by artist Colin Marks (ORIGIN, EXODUS, NEVERMORE).


KATAKLYSM recently recorded the single 'The Iron Will' in Montreal, Canada with guitarist/producer Jean-François Dagenais. It will be mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, BEHEMOTH, MNEMIC) in Denmark and will be made available with a video clip on iTunes one month before the release of 'The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined'.

The video clip for the song 'At the Edge of the World': the footage was taken from the bands hometown show at Club Soda in Montreal, which was part of their recent “Spread the Venom” headlining world tour. 'At the Edge of the World' comes from the bands latest acclaimed album 'Heaven's Venom'. The video clip was filmed by director Tommy Jones (DEATH ANGEL, SOILWORK), who is also helming the bands upcoming Documentary/DVD 'THE IRON WILL: 20 YEARS DETERMINED'.


KATAKLYSM’s latest album 'Heaven’s Venom' was released on August 24th 2010 in North America and sold around 2,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 7 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart and #196 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart, making it the bands highest charting album and their biggest first week sales to date. Heatseekers lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

'Heaven’s Venom' was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, DARK TRANQUILLITY).

KATAKLYSM shot a video clip for the song 'Push The Venom' with director Ivan Colic (TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED, DEATHSTARS, EX DEO) in Belgrade, Serbia.



‎"Fünf Bands – Fünf Volltreffer" The-Pit.de Über Das NRW Underground Metal Fest

Pure Spielfreude bei The Very End
Foto: Jörg Müller
Fünf Bands – Fünf Volltreffer 
Kurzweil Und Nackenschmerzen 

The-Pit.de Über Das 
NRW Underground Metal Fest

Von Jörg Müller

Freitag Abend, wieder Kulturrampe, ein kleiner, uriger Club im Nirgendwo in Krefeld – genau die richtige Anlaufstelle, um sich auch beim zweiten Underground Metal Fest die Hucke versohlen zu lassen (bildlich gesehen). 

Die Jungs von CrossHead haben einmal mehr ein starkes Billing zusammengestellt und so ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass der Club erneut richtig gut gefüllt ist – selten kommt es vor, dass ein Underground-Konzert nur Volltreffer bietet und den Fans kaum Luft zum Pause machen lässt. 

Wer dabei ist, wird sich am nächsten Tag nicht über fehlende Nackenwirbelschmerzen beschweren können – so heizt man am Freitag, den 13., bei der Winter Edition ein.

Die Berichte über die "fünf Volltreffer" im Einzelnen: KINGDOM OF SALVATION, FINAL DEPRAVITY, CAUSE FOR CONFUSION, CROSSHEAD, THE VERY END.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

SUIDAKRA - New Video Clip 'Balor' To Premiere On iMusic1 Today


New Video Clip 'Balor' To 
Premiere On iMusic1 Today 

iMusic1 will premiere the new video clip for 'Balor', taken from the album 'Book Of Dowth', by Germans SUIDAKRA today.  

The online premiere takes place from 5pm to 6pm CET and the clip will also be shown on iMusic1 during the new episode of 'ROCKS' from 6:30pm CET on.

Comments the band: "Shooting 'Balor' was again a great experience and we wanna say thanks to David Thelen, Luna Just Luna, Melanie Antonik, Andreas Beloch, the Sojus7 team and the rest of the crew for their amazing work!" 



SUIDAKRA Live On Stage: 

Feb 4 - Vellore (IN) - VIT Riviera 
Feb 5 - Bangalore (IN) - Summerstorm Fest, Palace Grounds 
Feb 25 - Arnsberg-Oeventrop (DE) - WinterNachtsTraum Festival 2012 
Jun 29 - Helsinki (FI) - Tuska Festival 2012 
Jul 8 - São Paulo (BRA) - Thorhammerfest 2012 
Jul 28 - Obersinn (DE) - Eisenwahn Festival 2012 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

ONSLAUGHT - North America 2012 Tour Blog To Be Hosted By Featured Artists


North America 2012 Tour Blog 
To Be Hosted By Featured Artists 

After already having conquered Europe and South America with the current album "Sounds Of Violence", UK's thrash metal flagship ONSLAUGHT will embark on the first ever North America tour in March 2012

The tour consists of 20 shows in the US and Canada. Onslaught are to be supported by M-PIRE OF EVIL (feat. ex-Venom members Mantas and Demolition Man). Special guests at all West Coast dates are EVILDEAD


As a special service to their fans, Onslaught will check in from the road on a daily basis - and the tour blog is exclusively to be hosted by Featured Artists



SCREAM FOR VIOLENCE - NORTH AMERICA 2012

Mar 19 - Studio 7 - Seattle, WA
Mar 20 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
Mar 21 - Avalon - Santa Clara, CA
Mar 22 - Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA
Mar 23 - Jumping Turtle - San Diego, CA
Mar 24 - 910 Live - Tempe, AZ
Mar 25 - House of Rock - El Paso, TX
Mar 26 - The Korova - San Antonio, TX
Mar 27 - Old nº2 - Laredo, TX
Mar 28 - The Ranch, Arlington - Dallas, TX
Mar 29 - Fubar - St Louis, MO
Mar 30 - Reggies Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Mar 31 - House Of Rock - Dayton, OH
Apr 01 - Blondies - Detroit, MI
Apr 02 - Peabodys - Cleveland, OH
Apr 03 - Wrek Room - Toronto, Canada
Apr 04 - The Katacombs - Montreal, Canada
Apr 05 - l'Agitée - Quebec, Canada
Apr 06 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
Apr 07 - Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY
Apr 08 - U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC

Get tickets at this location!

Here's where you can scream for violence in Europe:

Apr 27 - Walpurgis Metal Days - Hauzenberg, Germany
Jul 21 - Vlamrock Festival - Asch, Belgium





Music Download And Stream, Neither Black Nor White…The ‘Grey Spot’ Is Taking Over

Music Download And Stream, Neither Black Nor White…The ‘Grey Spot’ Is Taking Over 


A guest post by Tommy Morriello, Crash Bang Management (a.o. Exumer, Onslaught, Gama Bomb)  



As a music manager I am frequently confronted with the question of whether or not I am pro or against illegal and/or free music download and streaming… I used to be pretty much against it like U2′s manager Paul Mcguiness. 

I have not changed my mind in regard to the rights an artist has – to get paid for what he does – but I see now that the source of the problem and the solution lie far away from the music end-consumer. 

Music download can be something positive, and it is! I do believe that viral marketing can have a huge impact on someone’s popularity and therefore further his career. The main question is: how to make a profit and run a business, where there is no real income from it’s main product – in this case the music? 

I hear a lot of people talking about merchandise and live shows being the real solutions for the future – I just like to remind everyone that merchandise and live shows already were parts of an artist’s income before the advent of the Internet. Therefore this is not only a weak, but also an absolutely stupid, answer to the problem.

You must now be thinking that I am still against free download and streaming, but no, I am not. I just believe that those who offer it for free should pay for using music as part of their advertising arsenal.

Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Telecom and even mobile phone companies being some of many corporations that take advantage of a product that lacks or has outdated, general and global regulations, simply lobby their way through and around royalties and copyrights, under the “we promote” flag.

Nokia comes with Music and that’s cool. But who does Nokia pay for this great feature? And how much? 

Companies, which use 3rd party products, brands or services, pay insignificant amounts of money to Artists and labels, forcing them to either join this “criminal” scheme or to be doomed to oblivion.

A year ago I was talking with a business manager from a known German indie label, analyzing Spotify’s popularity and he told me that it was a necessary evil. The label had to join since everyone was doing it. The label had over a 2 Million plays from 40 different artists.

That Label got £440 for the lot, and after taking their commission (25%) of £110 plus £250 for campaign-advertising. The remaining £80 was proportionally divided, £40 going to the artists. There you can see how much 1 year on Spotify will give you…

Now remember before you slander a record label, keep in mind that not all of them are bad and almost none of them are making huge profits nowadays!

If you take the recent article from The Independent about superstar Lady Gaga, who probably has better royalty rates than the above mentioned label, she got around £108 for 1 million plays.

I am not sure, but I would bet my life that the label invested a slightly bigger amount in order to promote the “Lady” in question.

I believe that digital sales could easily be obsolete in a couple of years, and all music available could be for free to listen to, if artists and labels would get their share from these Multi-billion-dollar companies.

If music is not to be sold over the counter, that is fine – neither will newspapers, movies or books in the future – but those who provide means of mass distribution and also earn billions through advertising and attracting investors should pay their suppliers accordingly, in this case the music industry and the artists.

This is the “Grey Spot” in the music business, leave the end consumer alone. At present, music distribution is a free product for Internet giants who managed for years, to stay away from the spotlight, blaming either the consumer or the labels for something that they are creating: the utter downfall of the artist as a professional worker.

If you have the illusion that indie labels make a lot of money, you are wrong. I see many A&R directors, PR managers working out of passion, driving to meetings in 1997 Toyota Corollas, and sleeping at travelodges.

Indie labels sometimes fight to present new products and even help bands to tour, knowing that this might be a risk investment with no compensation at the end of the day.

The idea of free music is now moving to another level. Some of the big festivals (especially in Europe) offer artists a spot on the festival, telling them that this is a great opportunity for them to promote themselves. Artists go there, play for free and on top they spend a couple of thousands in transport and lodging, so a sold out festivals can put their names on the bill and make even more money.

If this idea of promotion sticks, then we will see the demise of professional agents, managers, crews and artists, who will simply stop working, as there is no more money whatsoever to be made, never mind a living.

Stage production in the last 10 years has never been so bad. If we compare it to the ’80s (OK, they were a bit over the top), even smaller acts would back then offer something for your eyes besides the music.

If no action is taken, soon we shall see music, currently an industry employing thousands of people, becoming a hobby like gardening, or knitting in few years.