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posted by paul
Wednesday, August 25, 2010



UK ‘STADIUM ROCKERS’ JETTBLACK will release new single ‘Two Hot Girls’ on September 13th via Spinefarm Records UK; the track is taken from the band’s debut album, ‘Get Your Hands Dirty’, and is the follow-up to the single/video of the same name.
‘Two Hot Girls’ will be available digitally, and will come with three bonus tracks: ‘Fade Away’ (a studio recording from the album sessions), ‘Not Even Love’ (an acoustic version of a song from the album) and ‘Dangerzone’ (a cover of the ’80s classic from the ‘Top Gun’ soundtrack).
The band have recently returned from playing shows in Europe (some with Papa Roach, some headlining), and they have now been confirmed for the Jagermeister stage at Ozzfest 2010 (at the O2 Arena in London) along with Black Spiders and Paradise Lost, amongst others.
With Ozzfest taking place on September 18th, the band will have to play two shows on that day – one in London (Ozzfest) and the other one up in Manchester, where they will be joining Finnish sleaze rockers Reckless Love at the MOHO.

Indeed, Jettblack will be Special Guesting on all of the Reckless Love UK shows, the dates for which are as follows:-


16th – Swindon, The Furnace
17th – Nuneaton, Queen’s Hall
18th – Manchester, MOHO
19th – Glasgow, Cathouse
21st – Aberdeen, The Tunnels
22nd – Edinburgh, Cabaret Voltaire
23rd – Sheffield, Corporation
24th – Nottingham, Basement
25th – London, Relentless Garage
26th – Reading, Sub 89
27th – Brighton, Concorde 2
28th – Southampton, Joiners
29th – Liverpool, Uni
30th – Belfast, Aunt Annie’s Porterhouse

01st – Dublin, Crawdaddy

For further information:
Adam Sagir | | 0208 202 4314 | Press & Online
Nelly Liger | | 0208 202 4341 | TV/Radio |

posted by paul
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Nuclear Blast Video Contests – Filter and Therion

FILTER – video contest!

US alternative / progressive / industrial / grunge rockers FILTER ask you to create a video for their hit single “Fades Like A Photograph“ which was also featured in Roland Emmerichs Hollywood blockbuster “2012”.

The winner will receive an amazing package of rare and signed FILTER gear!

Check out the instructional video at

The audio file of the song can be downloaded at | |

THERION – video contest

Swedish symphonic gothic legends THERION will release their new masterpiece „Sitra Ahra“ on September 20th! Now we need you and your creative skills: mastermind and guitar wizard Christofer Johnsson wants to see your ideas!

Shoot the videoclip for the title track of “Sitra Ahra“ and get some inspiration from the lyrics:

Sitra Ahra

Tree of disbelief
with broken harmony in the resin.
Taste the tempting fruit
and be an outcast from the paradise.

Pass the Sea of Darkness to another world.

Join me to the Other Side, (the) Nightside of the Paradise.
Sitra Ahra
Kiss the Queen of Qelipot, listen to the serpents voice:
Sitra Ahra
“Pass the gate across the line, take a step and enter Ayin”.
Sitra Ahra

a secret residence in the exile.
Build another house
God is left behind and now you see.

(An) Eden you are losing you will once regain.

Join me to the Other Side, (the) Nightside of the Paradise.
Sitra Ahra
Kiss the Queen of Qelipot, listen to the serpents voice:
Sitra Ahra
“Pass the gate across the line, take a step and enter Ayin”.
Sitra Ahra

You will break the seventh seal
Sitra Ahra
(and) all the secrets are unveiled.
Sitra Ahra.

Walk across the mirror to another world.

Join me to the Other Side, (the) Nightside of the Paradise.
Sitra Ahra
Kiss the Queen of Qelipot, listen to the serpents voice:
Sitra Ahra
“Pass the gate across the line, take a step and enter Ayin”.
Sitra Ahra

The lucky winner will be picked by Christofer Johnsson himself and will also get lots of cool prizes!

More infos at:


KILLING JOKE will release a new single on September 20th via Spinefarm Records UK; titled ‘European Super State’, this is the second single to be issued from this hugely influential UK outfit’s forthcoming studio album, ‘Absolute Dissent’, now confirmed for a September 27th release, also on Spinefarm Records UK.

‘European Super State’ – the follow-up to ‘In Excelsis’, released back in July – features the original Killing Joke line-up (the first time these musicians have worked together in almost 30 years!), and will be available on CD and download complete with previously unreleased studio recordings & remixes.

With a reputation forged in fire, brimstone and magic, Killing Joke have long been one of rock’s most iconic outfits. Over the years, the band members have chosen to develop their talents in a variety of ways: triple Grammy winner Jaz Coleman, for instance, has established an international reputation working with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, whilst Martin ‘Youth’ Glover has become one of the UK’s most celebrated producers, supervising albums from the Verve & Primal Scream amongst others, as well as achieving major success as one half of highly-regarded duo, The Orb.

Covered by Metallica, Foo Fighters and more, Killing Joke’s apocalyptic vision continues to draw praise from such high-profile supporters as Jimmy Page and Billy Corgan, and the band’s considerable musical legacy can be heard in the works of Nirvana, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails and the like – artists whose rise to fame never saw them cutting ties with the underground/alternative scene.

Once described by drummer Paul Ferguson as ‘the sound of the earth vomiting’, Killing Joke are now poised to take their music of resistance to a whole new level, both in the studio and on the road.

October UK Tour Dates:

15th – Picture House, Edinburgh
16th – Hammersmith Apollo, London

For further information:
Adam Sagir | | 0208 202 4314 | Press & Online

Nelly Liger | | 0208 202 4341 | TV/Radio | |

SONIC SYNDICATE – album premiere, 2nd “Turn It Up“ trailer, tour trailer!

A huge stack of news from the SONIC SYNDICATE camp! From today on until the day of its release (August 30, 2010) the entire brand new album “We Rule The Night” will be available for streaming on the bands MySpace profile !

Apart from that, the band has also posted the second teaser for the upcoming clip for the song “Turn It Up” and uploaded the first of 6 trailers for their upcoming “We Rule The World” Tour! Check it out!

“Turn It Up” Trailer part II:

Tour Trailer #1 – „Rich Rules The World“: | |

posted by paul
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sonisphere storms the BT Digital Music Awards nominations

Sonisphere storms the BT Digital Music Awards nominations

Having asserted its position as the world’s largest touring rock festival and achieved sell-out status for the UK leg at Knebworth in just its second year, Sonisphere is now gaining high recognition in the digital realm. As an exceptional case, Sonisphere is the only brand to have gained two shortlisted entries among the final six in a single category – Best Event – in this year’s BT Digital Music Awards, the Oscars of the online world. It is also up for the People’s Choice category of Best Official Website.

Its two successful entries in the Best Event category are for:

1) The groundbreaking live ‘Cinecast’ broadcast of the Bulgarian leg of the festival tour which was watched by over 100,000 cinema-goers in the UK and beyond and famously had fans forming circle pits and stage invasions in the Leicester Square Odeon back in June.

2) The integrated digital strategy that helped propel the Knebworth event in its second year to become “the UK’s premier metal festival” (The Guardian) – one of the most spectacular festival success stories in recent years.

Other contenders for the award include Glastonbury Festival, Pendulum’s album preview live stream, Nokia presents Rhianna Live and The Ukulele Prom.

Fans can vote for Sonisphere in the Best Official Website category at:…

Underlining the phenomenal growth of the Sonisphere brand in the UK and further afield has been an intensive focus on digital communication as a means to attract, engage with and reward what has already become a loyal, colossal audience of rock fans.

The last eight months have seen Sonisphere amass a staggering 7.7 Million unique visitors to its official website with 27 Million page impressions, 10 Million views on its online Sonisphere TV video player and 209,000 Facebook fans across Europe. It undertook the largest ever deployment of official festival mobile apps, releasing 33 properties including separate iPhone, Android and Java versions for each event on the tour. The Knebworth iPhone app was ranked Number 4 in the official iTunes UK Music App Chart in August and boasts a four star customer rating.

Stuart Galbraith, Series Producer for Sonisphere Festival comments: “I can’t emphasise too much the importance of digital to Sonisphere. We are very proud to produce what has become one of the most visited rock websites in the world right now and to have laid new ground that is already re-defining the way all music festivals communicate and build affinity with their audiences.”

Over 700,000 fans visited the 11 Sonisphere Festivals across Europe this year, which means more than one million festival goers have attended some of the best rock festivals in Europe over the last two years. The festival survived mud baths in Switzerland and Sweden, a sandstorm in Spain a freak tornado in Finland. The Poland, Turkey, Sweden and Switzerland shows were the largest rock festivals ever to be staged in those countries.

“Gateways,” the first single from the new album ABRAHADABRA by Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR, is available for purchase in Europe on iTunes at this location: from Friday, August 20th on and in North America on Tuesday, August 24th.

Germany’s Metal Hammer Magazine recently conducted a interview with DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath. The video, where Shagrath discusses the new album and upcoming European tour, can be viewed here .

ABRAHADABRA will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th. Fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg will be the opening acts on DIMMU BORGIR’s headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in Europe, which launches on September 21st in London.

View tour dates and visit DIMMU BORGIR online at,, and




BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR solidified it’s position as the UK’s only true outdoor Metal Festival, enjoying it’s most successful year so far. As well as celebrating it’s 10th anniversary, BLOODSTOCK reached yet another milestone achieving it’s first five figure turn out. Over 10,300 metalheads descended upon Catton Hall in Derbyshire to see nearly 80 acts, including headliners OPETH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, FEAR FACTORY and TWISTED SISTER, as well as a plethora of other top names in the world of metal.

Highlights included a one minute tribute to the legendary RONNIE JAMES DIO – 60 seconds of cheering and horn raising – to christen the main stage, and a very rare performance from Swedish tech-metal heroes MESHUGGAH on Friday, a highly memorable set from DEVIN TOWNSEND on Saturday, who after contending with having his band’s equipment held up in customs, turned the disaster around to put on an extremely entertaining show, pulling in one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. Sunday saw the first ever UK performance of death metal supergroup BLOODBATH, who took the stage covered in bruises, cuts and an assortment of other injuries, as well as GOJIRA’s only UK show of 2010.

After BLOODBATH’s set, GWAR frontman ODERUS URUNGUS took the stage to draw the winner for BLOODSTOCK’s exclusive car raffle. The holder of ticket number 12281 is yet to claim their prize of a brand new Toyota Aygo, and must claim their prize within the next seven days. If you purchased your ticket from HMV in Canterbury, check your ticket stub, as you may well be the proud owner of a brand new car! The second prize winner is also yet to claim their prize of a WHITE BC RICH GUITAR courtesy of ROSETTI, plus a pair of VIP Tix for 2011, as well as a goody bag. This second prize winner is exceptionally lucky, as the holder of ticket number 05547 attended the festival after winning a competition via media partner ROCK RADIO. The third prize of 2 x VIP tickets for next year’s BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR went to Joe Macriner, who was the holder of ticket number 07508.

But the real surprise treat came following death metal legend’s CANNIBAL CORPSE’s punishingly heavy set, when BLOODSTOCK revealed the first headliner for 2011. The news of IMMORTAL’s only UK show of 2011 via a two-minute trailer on the main stage video screen was welcomed with huge cheers from the BLOODSTOCK crowd, leaving no doubt that the Norwegian Black Metallers’s first ever UK festival performance will be a highly anticipated one.

Closed by a monumental set from TWISTED SISTER, who ploughed their way through classics such as “You Can’t Stop Rock’n’Roll”, “I Am (I’m Me)”, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”, the atmosphere at Catton Hall right was electric, with all present enjoying not only BLOODSTOCK’s most successful year yet, but also the excitement of the first announcement for 2011, tickets for which are on sale now for the roll back price of £90 – fixed until December 2010 to beat the VAT increase.

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2011 12th – 14th AUGUST 2011


Sponsored by Metal Hammer Scuzz TV and Rock Radio


Swedish modern rock / metal superstars SONIC SYNDICATE just posted the first video trailer for their upcoming clip for the song “Turn It Up” online!

Check out the trailer at:

More details & entire clip to unveiled soon!

In other news, their song “Revolution, Baby!” has been made available for FREE download at this location:… | |


BEHEMOTH – cut & uncut versions of new video clip online!

Polish death / black tank BEHEMOTH recently released the brand new video clip for the song “Alas, The Lord Is Upon Me”.

Now both the censored & uncensored versions of the clip are available online:

Uncensored: | |

MELECHESH – first video trailer online!

Sumerian thrashing black metal legends MELECHESH just issued the first of a series of video trailers for the bands highly anticipated new album “The Epigenesis”.

Check out the trailer at:

“The Epigenesis” will be released on October 4, 2010 via Nuclear Blast! | |




The legendary touring behemoth that is OZZFEST hits the UK with a one-off date at London’s O2 arena on September 18th 2010. Headliner OZZY OSBOURNE will be accompanied on the main stage by some of the biggest names in metal, including KORN, MURDERDOLLS, STEEL PANTHER and SKINDRED. Now, OZZFEST can reveal a further four acts, who will play on the JAGERMEISTER stage.

Headlining OZZFEST’s second stage will be northern gloom kings PARADISE LOST. The gothic metal pioneers look forward to once again sharing a stage with OZZY. Frontman NICK HOLMES states:

“It’s a great privilege to play at Ozzfest in our home country. We were lucky enough to tour South America with Ozzy in the 90s. It was an amazing experience although I contracted salmonella poisoning from undercooked Fajitas and nearly died. Hopefully we will have more luck this time!”

Anyone familiar with OZZFEST will know it’s not just about bringing the biggest names in METAL – nurturing new talent is just as important, which is why this year three of the UK’s hottest up and coming bands will join PARADISE LOST on the JAGER stage. JETTBLACK, REVOKER and BLACK SPIDERS take the prestigious spots, and needless to say, all are very excited about the prospect.

JAMIE MATHIAS, lead vocalist/guitarist with recent Roadrunner signings REVOKER states:

“It feels amazing to be able to play this year's Ozzfest, and be part of such a great line-up… Everything this year is going so great for the band and this is the perfect opportunity to show the UK what we're made of. We're currently in the studio recording our debut album so it'll be good to get out there and play some of the tracks which will rip your heads off. Don't miss this years Ozzfest!”

PETE “SPIDER” SPIBY from BLACK SPIDERS – who were hand picked by OZZY to support him at his recent ROUNDHOUSE show – concurs:

'1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7….. It's awesome to be asked to play at Ozzfest, an honour in fact. We're still getting over how awesome it was to be chosen by Ozzy, to support him at the Roundhouse. He was on top form, incredibly friendly, funny as f@*k and really encouraging. He gave us some great advice and then showed us how it was done. It was an amazing show, he's still the best. This gonna be one of the very best shows, certainly something for everyone to remember… Heavy Metal is still top of the class!!'

JETTBLACK drummer MATT OLIVER states simply:
“We're thoroughly excited to be added to the Ozzfest bill. It's an honour to play alongside the Prince of Darkness and we're looking forward to adding our own shade of black to an epic line-up”!

Although indoors, the UK leg of OZZFEST 2010 will have everything you expect from a festival, but without the temperamental English weather to contend with. Taking over the whole of the o2, OZZFEST will host a Village Of The Damned outside the main arena, to ensure this is so much more than a one day concert. Alternative clothing, wigs and accessories from the likes of VORTEX, HELLWEAR, KASTAWAYS, RALLY SHACK and MOSH T-SHIRTS will be available alongside jewellery, skull sticks, beads, bandanas and other apparel stocked by OCEANIA and ALCHEMY GOTHIC, with the world famous NEW ROCK BOOTS plying their wears too. SILVERHAND JEWELLERY and BODY ART CO will also be on site to pierce, paint and scar those who want a longer-lasting memento from OZZFEST.

If that’s not enough, there will be a variety of funfair rides, including dodgems, waltzers and more, plus a host of bars scattered around the site to quench your thirst, including the JAGERMEISTER truck.

After a day of music and mayhem, the truly dedicated are welcome to join the official aftershow celebrations. The METAL HAMMER OZZFEST MELTDOWN will take place at the Indigo2, from 10.30pm – 2am. DJS from METAL HAMMER will be blasting out hard rocking anthems to keep the post-fest party going, with KARAOKE for the budding performers amongst the crowd. What’s more, the party doesn’t have to end at the o2! There will be free Thames Clipper boats sailing to central London from the o2 for all those who attend the aftershow, with full bar and more loud rock being pumped out until they dock in central London. Tickets are available now from, 0844 871 8803 and usual outlets.

The 2010 package will be the first UK OZZFEST show in over five years, and is also the first time the O2 features a general admission format on the lower bowl; GA ticket holders will be able to choose between watching the show from seats, or the specially enlarged standing area. Top level tickets will also be available offering the usual seating.



18.09.2010 OZZFEST 2010 O2 Arena Greenwich, London

Tickets are available from 0871 230 5595, and usual outlets.

Sponsored by Metal Hammer

posted by paul
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Nergal – Official Statement


BEHEMOTH FRONTMAN NERGAL has made the following official statement regarding his recent admission to hospital.

“Dear All,

I’d like to announce that Behemoth won’t be able to tour for the foreseeable future. I don’t wanna bore you with details here, but I’m sick and am receiving some serious medical treatment. It’s gonna take another few weeks or more for full recovery, and so we have been forced to cancel all the Behemoth shows in August, planned dates in Russia and Baltic States for September and October and our American tour in November. I know how much it sucks but health comes first. I can assure all of you that when we return, I’ll be stronger than death, and we’ll reschedule every tour as soon as logistics allow. I feel good and strong, my mind is focused, I've got my loving woman by my side, my band mates, friends (never thought there are so many, haha), management, agents and label people are giving me massive support. I can’t ask for more but a little patience now. The fact that we won’t be touring for the next few months doesn’t mean we’ll hibernate. Behemoth will be active on several other levels. In upcoming days you can expect the premiere of our newest video, “Alas, Lord Is Upon Me” which is by far the sickest fuckin’ thing we’ve ever done! “Evangelia Heretika” DVD is coming out as scheduled in November this year. Also, check out our Webstore that opens for international markets in upcoming weeks. This is it for now. Stay tuned!”