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Saturday, June 23, 2012

TESTAMENT Film NEW Music Video For "Native Blood" - Images Available!

Earlier this week, Thrash Metallers TESTAMENT shot a music video for the song "Native Blood" from their upcoming album 'Dark Roots Of Earth' (set to be released on July 27, 2012 [Europe] and July 31, 2012 [North America] via Nuclear Blast Records). Guitarist Eric Peterson told Greece's Rock Overdose webzine that the clip was going to be filmed "on an Indian reservation." He added, "It's about people who were oppressed in life. We haven't done [a video] in a while, so we're kind of excited about that."

Here are a few images captured by the band during the video shoot:

Recently, the band have unveiled the album artwork for 'The Dark Roots Of Earth', which was painted by acclaimed artist Eliran Kantor. Check it out!

Dark Roots of Earth was produced, mixed and mastered once again by the world renowned Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (CATTLE DECAPITATION, HEATHEN, VILE, SADUS) at his Trident Studios. The highly anticipated follow up to their 2008 release The Formation of Damnation will be released on July 27, 2012 (Europe) and July 31, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

- Dark Roots of Earth Jewel Case CD Track Listing:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

- Dark Roots of Earth CD/DVD Track Listing:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

- Bonus:

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)

 + Bonus DVD

Dark Roots of Earth Vinyl Track Listing:

- Side A:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth

- Side B:

04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace

- Side C:

07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

- Side D (Bonus):

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)

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Catch Rex Brown & Vinny Appice Live This Summer With KILL DEVIL HILL - Tour Dates Available!

the NEW project featuring acclaimed drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Dio) and bassist Rex Brown, (Pantera, Down) guitar slinger Mark Zavon and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg have confirmed a NEW string of tour dates for late this summer beginning August 1st.  More dates are expected to be announced shortly. A list of confirmed dates can be found below.

KILL DEVIL HILL's self-titled debut album was released May 22nd via Steamhammer/SPV and landed at #9 on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums (HeatSeekers) Chart, #41 on the Top Hard Music Chart and #50 on the Independent Album Chart.

The album is available in a standard CD edition, iTunes digital download, and Double Gatefold LP. It is available for purchase on AMAZON.

The band recently released a video for the single "Strange". Check it out now!

It's not easy to say what catches the listener's attention first on Kill Devil Hill, the debut album by the newly formed band of the same name: the strong guitar hooks, the killer grooves, the dynamic production or the potent vocal melodies. Rex Brown, bassist of this supergroup and erstwhile member of Pantera and Down sees KILL DEVIL HILL in its entirety as an extremely exciting NEW band "To me, this band is a musical adventure trip," he reckons. Brown knows what he's talking about, after all he was involved in some of the most important Rock and Metal recordings of the past 30 years. So if Brown can hardly contain his enthusiasm, there must be something special to the KILL DEVIL HILL phenomenon.


8/1: Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon                        
8/2:  Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch                            
8/3: San Diego, CA @ Ramona Mainstage                         
8/5:  Oakland, CA @ The New Parish             
8/9: Calgary, AL @ Dicken's Pub
8/10: Drumheller, AB @ Badlands Community Center              
8/11: Red Deer, AB @ The Vat                
8/12: Edmonton, AB @ The Pawnshop                    
8/16: Hamilton, ON @ Corktown                         
8/17: Toronto, ON @ The Rockpile                             
8/18: Montreal, QC @ Underworld  
8/19: Quebec City, QC @ L'Agitee                           
8/20: Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks                         
8/24: Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall          
8/25: Greenwich, RI @ The Rock Junction             
8/26: Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
8/29: Albany, NY @ Bogies
8/30: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
9/1: Long Island, NY @ Revolution

Related links:
Kill Devil Hill

NILE: 'At The Gate Of Sethu' Track-By-Track Breakdown Video; NEW Album Out Soon!

Veteran Death Metal legend, Nile, offer a morbid foretaste of its upcoming pitch-black studio record, 'At The Gate Of Sethu', in the form of the first part of a series of track-by-track videos! Let George (drums) and Dallas (guitars, vocals) give you further information on the idea behind some new songs:  

Also check the official lyric video for the song, “The Fiends Who Come To Steal The Magick Of The Deceased,” here:
http://youtu.be/z6SZTiha8bw, and stream “The Inevitable Degradation Of Flesh,” via the Nuclear Blast web-store: http://bit.ly/atgosnbusa.
'At The Gate Of Sethu' is due out July 3rd. It can be pre-ordered now through the Nuclear Blast web-store in various formats at: http://bit.ly/atgoslp.

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'At The Gate Of Sethu' track-listing:

01. Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
02. The Fiends Who Come To Steal The Magick Of The Deceased
03. The Inevitable Degradation Of Flesh
04. When My Wrath Is Done
05. Slaves Of Xul
06. The Gods Who Light Up The Sky At The Gate Of Sethu
07. Natural Liberation Of Fear Through The Ritual Deception Of Death
08. Ethno-Musicological Cannibalisms
09. Tribunal Of The Dead
10. Supreme Humanism Of Megalomania
11. The Chaining Of The Iniquitous


12. Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame (instrumental)
13. The Inevitable Degradation Of Flesh (instrumental)
The follow-up to 2009's, 'Those Whom The Gods Detest', was once again produced and mixed by Neil Kernon (Nevermore, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide). Cover artwork was produced by a true genius of darkened visuals, Seth Siro Anton (Soilwork, Paradise Lost, Septic Flesh).

Related links:
NILE on YouTube
Nuclear Blast Records

Watch METALLICA & Many More Live At The "Orion Music + More" - Live Stream Available Here!

Metallica's first-ever music festival starts today (June 23rd) and will be concluded tomorrow (June 24th). The historically event will take place in Bader Field, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Headlining both nights, Metallica will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 'Black Album' by playing it in its entirety on one night AND all of 'Ride the Lightning' for the first time ever on the other night! This will be the only North American performances of these albums in 2012.

Can’t make it to Atlantic City this weekend?

Well, METALLICA will be showcasing select performances from Saturday and Sunday here all weekend long, including BOTH of Metallica’s headlining sets!

Related links:
Orion Music and More

Watch TRIVIUM Destroy The "Graspop Metal Meeting" - Live Stream Available!

At 11:10 AM Eastern Time, Floridian Metallers TRIVIUM will be taking center stage at the 2012 "Graspop Metal Meeting"! The event is taking place right now in Dessel, Belgium. Tune in right HERE and headbang motherfu&*er!

TRIVIUM on tour:

European Tour:    
- Jun 24: Gods Of Metal in Milan, Italy    
- Jun 25: Velvet in Rimini, Italy
- Jun 26: Orion in Rome, Italy    
- Jun 29: Tuska in Helsinki, Finland    
- Jul 01: With Full Force in Templin, Germany    

Latin American Tour:

- Sep 08: Via Marques in Sao Paulo, Brazil    
- Sep 09: Music Hall in Curitiba, Brazil    
- Sep 11: TEATRO FLORES     in Buenos Aires, Argentina    
- Sep 12: Teatro Teleton in Santiago, Chile    
- Sep 14: Teleferico in    Quito, Ecuador    
- Sep 15: Teatro Metro in Bogota, Colombia    
- Sep 16: La Casa Del Artista in Caracas, Venezuela    
- Sep 18: Jose Cuervo Salon in Granjas Mexico, Mexico

Related links:

Friday, June 22, 2012

KAMELOT Announce The Name Of Their NEW Vocalist!

The American/German symphonic Metal band KAMELOT is proud to announce another key piece leading to the release of their NEW studio album.

A question foremost in every KAMELOT fan's mind has been: Who is the group's new lead singer?*   
Band mastermind and guitarist Thomas Youngblood has now revealed: "The NEW man is Scandinavian Tommy Karevik!"

The general public may not be overly familiar with the 30 year old Swede, Karevik, but people in the industry know him as the immensely talented frontman of the Swedish band, Seventh Wonder. Youngblood states: "We had around 800 candidates for the vacant position, among them a number of really renowned musicians, and having to reject them really wasn't easy. We want to thank all the applicants, thank you for your understanding and we wish you all lots of success in the future!"

The search for Tommy Karevik.....

In their search for a NEW singer, Thomas Youngblood found YouTube to be an amazing tool: "I listened to a clip of a studio production featuring Tommy and have to confess that his performance really amazed me. His approach to melodies and themes suits KAMELOT perfectly, and during our European shows we had plenty of opportunity to find out what a great guy he is."  

Tommy first appeared as one of the guest singers on KAMELOT's very successful 2011 "Pandemonium World Tour". Live footage below. Tommy states: "The tour was a lot of fun and I met a lot of nice people and got some good experience. The guys were super nice and we had a great time together! By then I was really into the band's music and had fallen in love with the amazingly loyal and dedicated fans at every show."

Karevik is thrilled about his NEW position: "I am so honored to now be a part of this family and I can`t wait to move into the NEW era of the band together with the guys. I fully understand that this comes with great responsibility and that it will be a big challenge for me as a singer as well as a person, but you can rest assured I will give it my all. From this day, a new journey has begun and I am really eager to meet you all along the way to share my passion for this music!"

KAMELOT's NEW album is planned for a September 2012 release, which coincides with the beginning a massive World Tour that will bring the band to nearly every continent on the planet. See Kamelot.com for already scheduled concert dates!

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AS I LAY DYING: NEW Song "Cauterize" Available For Streaming Now!

This Sunday, AS I LAY DYING will premiere their NEW song 'Cauterize' on www.AsILayDying.com for free starting at midnight PST for 24 hours only. It will then be available for download on iTunes and online everywhere the next day. AS I LAY DYING are currently holed up in the Blasting Room with renowned rock producer Bill Stevenson, who's also the drummer for Descendents (and has played with Black Flag); and mixer Colin Richardson. The group -- NICK HIPA (guitar), TIM LAMBESIS (vocals), JORDAN MANCINO (drums), PHIL SGROSSO (guitar) and JOSH GILBERT (bass) -- are putting the finishing touches on their new album 'AWAKENED', due out September 25 on Metal Blade Records.

'AWAKENED' marks the follow-up the 'Decas' EP (2011) which reached #2 on the iTunes Rock Chart. The group's last LP, 2010's immensely successful 'The Powerless Rise' debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #10. 'The Powerless Rise' also reached #2 on Billboard's Independent Albums Chart and #3 on Billboard's Hard Music Albums Chart.

AS I LAY DYING will join the fifth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the world's largest touring Heavy Music festival, which kicks off June 30 in San Bernardino, CA (tour dates below). The main stage will be the strongest ever with the headlining slot occupied by multi-platinum Iowa legends Slipknot, with legendary Metal acts Slayer, and Motörhead supporting. AS I LAY DYING will join the main stage in rotation, alongside The Devil Wears Prada and Asking Alexandria. During the Mayhem Festival, AS I LAY DYING will be offering a limited edition laminate which serves as the way to pre-order a copy of 'AWAKENED' from the band directly at their merch booth onsite. Each laminate will have a unique code which fans can enter at www.metalblade.com/awakened for the CD to be shipped directly to their doorstep. Fans must redeem the code by November 1st, 2012 (available in the continental U.S. only). Redemptions received by September 12 will ship by September 18. The laminate will only be available for purchase at the band's merch booth on the Mayhem Festival (purchase price includes the laminate, CD, and shipping).


6/30 – San Bernardino, CA
7/1 – San Francisco, CA
7/3 – Seattle, WA
7/6 – Phoenix, AZ
7/7 – Albuquerque, NM
7/8 – Denver, CO
7/10 – Dallas, TX
7/11 – Houston, TX
7/13 – Tampa, FL
7/14 – Atlanta, GA
7/15 – Indianapolis, IN
7/18 – Oklahoma City, OK
7/20 – St. Louis, MO
7/21 – Chicago, IL
7/22 – Detroit, MI
7/24 – Cincinnati, OH
7/25 – Cleveland, OH
7/27 – Philadelphia, PA
7/28 – Pittsburgh, PA
7/29 – Washington, DC
7/31 – Saratoga, NY
8/1 – Buffalo, NY
8/3 – Boston, MA
8/4 – Scranton, PA
8/5 – Hartford, CT


- 15/10/12:– UK in– Manchester at– Ritz
- 16/10/12: UK –in Glasgow –at ABC
- 17/10/12:– UK –in Birmingham at– Institute
- 19/10/12: UK –in Bristol –at Academy
- 20/10/12:– UK –in Norwich at– UEA
- 21/10/12: UK –in London –at Shephards Bush Empire
- 22/10/12:– BE –in Brussels –at AB
- 23/10/12: FR –in Paris –at La Bataclan
- 25/10/12:– NL –in Tilburg at– 013
- 26/10/12: DE –in Herford at– X
- 27/10/12: DE –in Stuttgart –at LKA
- 28/10/12: DE –in Köln –at Live Music Hall
- 07/11/12: DE –in Berlin –at Huxleys
- 08/11/12: DE –in Hamburg at– Docks
- 10/11/12: DE –in Chemnitz –at Südbahnhof
- 11/11/12: DE in München –at Backstage Werk
- 12/11/12: –IT –in Milan –at Live Club
- 13/11/12: CH –in Solothurn at Kofmehl
- 14/11/12: AT –in Wien –at Gasometer
- 16/11/12: ES –in Barcelona at– Appolo
- 17/11/12: ES –in Bilbao –at Santana 27
- 18/11/12: ES –in Madrid at Riviera

Related links:
Official Site of As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying on Facebook
As I Lay Dying on Twitter
As I Lay Dying on YouTube

The State Of The Music Industry And How It Affects EVERYONE - Read Carefully!

David Lower (co-founder of alternative rock acts Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker), recently shared with the world a lengthy, detailed overview of the hard times that EVERYONE within the music industry is facing in a big part due to "new" technologies that have completely changed the way the public gains access to NEW releases and their favorite artists.

Here are some of the VERY valid points he made:

1) No, artists can't simply tour and sell t-shirts.

It doesn't work.  In fact, shockingly few indie artists can pull this off, except for those developed at some point by the major labels (ie, Amanda Palmer) or a serious group of professionals.  Most of the others that are managing to squeak out a living on the road are doing it with great difficulty and are working non-stop.

2) The recording is now effectively worth $0; its surrounding ecosystem has collapsed.

Some people buys CDs.  Less purchase vinyl.  iTunes downloads are still increasing.  But averaged across all formats and personal valuations, the recording has effectively become worthless.  And that has had drastic repercussions for the music industry, and the lives of otherwise creative and productive artists. 

3) Spotify is not a beneficial solution for artists.  Certainly not right now, and quite possibly, never.

Will Spotify ever put a meal on an artist's table?  That's extremely speculative.  Sure, it might eventually mimic Sweden-like penetration in the US.  But that is not happening right now; it's not a fair solution for artists right now.  Instead, it is shuttling people like CEO Daniel Ek towards stratospheric riches, fattening major labels, and potentially giving Goldman Sachs bankers another joyride.

4) Kickstarter will mean something to artists in the future, but only to a relative few.

Amanda Palmer may hold the world record for a long time, but there will be other Kickstarter stories.  Some will come out of nowhere, most will involve previously-established artists, particularly those already developed by a major label or similar entity.  This will not replace the vast financing once offered by recording labels.

5) DIY is rarely effective, and almost always gets drowned by the flood of competing content.

It doesn't matter if you're singing directly into the ear of your prospective fan.  Because they're listening to Spotify on Dre headphones while texting and playing Angry Birds.   Some can cut through, but most cannot without serious teams, serious top-level marketing and serious media muscle.  Justin Bieber ultimately needed the machine, no matter how beautifully his YouTube story gets spun.

6) Sadly, most artists are worse off in the digital era than they were in the physical era. 

Actually, we have David Lowery himself to thank for this realization.  Because the implosion of the recording has impacted nearly every other aspect of music monetization (though certainly not music creativity itself.)  And its replacement is generally a fraction of what a 'lucky' artist could expect in an earlier era.

Again, all great for fans like Emily White, but not so great for everyone else.

7) Younger people mostly do not buy music; they do buy hardware and access. 

They gravitate towards free digital content, and occassionally pay for things like concerts when they have the money.  Emily White isn't a fourteen year-old, she's a young adult that probably doesn't want the morality trip.  And neither does anyone else - regardless of the generation. 

8) Older people buy less music than before; they more frequently buy hardware and access.

If you really want to sell a marked-up bundle, make another Susan Boyle.  It's still a market that doesn't revolve around free music and constant fan contact.  But older people file-trade, they stream, they steal and they buy less than before.

9) Google is a major part of the problem.

Lowery is right.  Google is not interested in protecting content creators; their interests lie elsewhere.  Copyright is a nuisance to them, unless it involves their own code and algorithms.  In fact, anything beyond the DMCA erodes their ability to serve customers, remain competitive, and make money. Which is why the Pirate Bay is one of the 'hottest' searches, and why adding 'mp3' to any artist search produces pages and pages of results. 

10) You are a major part of the problem.

Just because it's legal, doesn't mean it's helping musicians.  It's not file-trading, but the payouts on Spotify, Pandora, Turntable.fm, or whatever else are shockingly low.  It's a rounding error, towards 0. The paradox is that music fans are living in abundance, while artists are barely getting scraps. 

11) Google, the ISPs, and hardware manufacturers have won.

It doesn't matter how brutal the war with Hollywood becomes; how many Dotcom mansions get raided.  Music fans aren't going to start buying albums again; in fact, beyond the playlist, the concept of pre-packaged bundling will become increasingly foreign to newer generations. 

It's not about who's right, it's now the world the entire music community lives in.

12) Everyone lies about stealing.

I've only heard a few people actually admit to file-trading: my close friends, Bob Lefsetz, and Sergey Brin.  If you have an iTunes collection of more than a few thousand songs, you've almost certainly swapped, torrented, or swapped hard drives in your life.  And almost everyone has a collection of a few thousand songs.

13) Mass-marketed, 'lottery winner' style successes will continue.

Niches are available and sometimes responsive; more often, top-down mass marketing wins.  And most musicians are playing extremely bad odds.

14)  This ISN'T the best time to be in the music industry. 

Conferences like MIDEM make money off this sort of Kool-Aid optimism.  But I work in the music business right now; I was at a major label in the late 90s.  And the reality is that this is the greatest time ever for fans, but definitely NOT the best time for those trying to make money from those fans.  And as David Lowery so darkly described, it can be one incredibly depressing trip for even a 'successful' artist. 

That's the reality we now live in, and you really have David Lowery to thank for making it obvious. But what do you think about all of this? Leave your comments below.

Related links:
David Lowery.com

CHILDREN OF BODOM Ink Record Deal With Nuclear Blast Records - Official Statement From Alexi Laiho Available!

                                       Photo by: Steve Lars

CHILDREN OF BODOM (also known as COB) have inked a worldwide recording deal (excluding Japan) with Nuclear Blast Records. The celebrated Metal label -- who worked with the band over the early stages of its career -- is proud to announce the renewed partnership with the world famous band. COB, who kicked off a year long celebration of its 15th anniversary with a successful North American tour alongside label mates ELUVEITIE, have a NEW studio album planned for release in 2013.

"We had a good, productive and long run with Spinefarm Records for fifteen years and now it’s simply just time for a change," said CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman/guitarist Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho. "I’m absolutely stoked to start the NEW chapter of COB's career with Nuclear Blast and look forward to working with them."

"Personally, I am so excited to get to work with Nuclear Blast again." adds COB bassist player Henkka T. Blacksmith. "We have such good memories from the beginning of our career with them. We know the people already and we know how committed they are in doing Metal!"

Nuclear Blast Europe A&R rep Jaap Wagemaker shares: "15 years ago we were introduced to a very young band from Finland who blew us away with their track ‘Deadnight Warrior’ from their debut album 'Something Wild' - and their music was indeed something wild! Fast-tapping guitar work combined with incredible keyboards and angry vocals… it was the start of the career of CHILDREN OF BODOM. Nuclear Blast released their first three albums outside of Finland: 'Something Wild', 'Hatebreeder', and 'Follow The Reaper', albums that became classics in the history of Metal. Unfortunately, after the third album, we went separate ways but we have always been following them and stayed in contact. CHILDREN OF BODOM became a very big band worldwide and now the time has come to welcome them back home! We at Nuclear Blast are very happy to see CHILDREN OF BODOM rejoining the Nuclear family and are looking forward to working their next albums. You can be sure that ‘something wild’ will come your way!"

Recently, Finland's finest Heavy Music export CHILDREN OF BODOM released 'Holiday At Lake Bodom (15 Years Of Wasted Youth)', a very special CD+DVD career retrospective in celebration of the band's 15th anniversary.

"Holiday At Lake Bodom (15 Years Of Wasted Youth)" track listing:

01. Hate Crew Deathroll
02. Shovel Knockout
03. Hate Me
04. Everytime I Die
05. Needled 24/7
06. I¨m Shipping Up to Boston (* DROPKICK MURPHYS cover; previously unreleased)
07. Sixpounder
08. Warheart
09. Roundtrip to Hell and Back
10. Trashed, Lost & Strungout
11. Living Dead Beat
12. Deadnight Warrior
13. Blooddrunk
14. Follow The Reaper
15. Are You Dead Yet?
16. Silent Night, Bodom Night
17. Jessie's Girl (* RICK SPRINGFIELD cover; previously unreleased)
18. In Your Face
19. Angels Don't Kill
20. Downfall

Related links:
Children Of Bodom

The CRO MAGS' John Joseph Reflects On The Birth Of The NYHC Scene; Band To Perform At CBGB Fest!

    Photo by: Paul Birman

"As I reflect on the spirit of revolution that got me into the 'REAL' punk-rock back when everything else was full of shit, the feelings I had the first time I went to Max's Kansas City, or CBGB's, when I saw The Clash, Bad Brains, The Damned, SOA, Minor Threat, Black Flag... then, I knew I had found my tribe. Never raise your hands in surrender to this corrupt system to go lead quiet lives of desperation. FIGHT!"

On Friday, July 6th Bowery Presents:



Webster Hall: 125 East 11th Street  Manhattan, NY 10003

Tickets:  http://www.ticketweb.com/fb/4587375
Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/143246332466857/

Stay tuned for more Cro Mags news!

Related links:
Cro Mags' Official Site

Thursday, June 21, 2012

GOD FORBID Release Guitar & Bass Demonstration Video For "Overcome"!

GOD FORBID have just released a guitar/ bass demonstration video for their NEW song “Overcome” off their latest album 'Equilibirum'. The video features Doc Coyle- Guitarist/vocalist (Top), Matt Wicklund – Lead Guitar (Bottom), John Outcalt- Bass (Right). You can watch the video below.

GOD FORBID will be taking the US by storm on TRESPASS AMERICA FESTIVAL featuring Five Finger Death Punch, Metal veterans Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, Battlecross and label mates EMMURE. They are not newbie’s when it comes to major summer tours. They have been creating NEW wave American Heavy Metal with pummeling breakdowns and clean melodies, for almost 16 years. GOD FORBID is constantly raising the bar and as a result they have joined many other elite bands at Ozzfest in 2004 and Mayhem Festival in 2009. They are one of the groups leading the way in the New Wave American Heavy Metal era.

GOD FORBID on the road:

7/06 –Springfield, VA @ Empire *God Forbid & Battlecross Only
7/07 – Richmond, VA @ Kingdom *God Forbid & Battlecross Only
7/08- Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s **God Forbid & Battlecross Only
7/10- Fayetteville, AR @ Stone Pony **God Forbid & Battlecross Only
7/12 –Wichita, KS @ The Scenery *God Forbid & Battlecross Only
7/13 –Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
7/15 –Billings, MT @ Metra Park Arena
7/16 –Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Civic Center
7/17 –Sioux Falls, SD @ Sioux Falls Arena
7/18 –St. Paul, MN @ Station 4 *God Forbid & Battlecross Only
7/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
7/20 –Joliet, IL @ Mojoes *God Forbid &Battlecross Only
7/21 –Fort Wayne, IN @ Allen County Expo Center
7/22 –Waterloo, IA @ McElroy Auditorium
7/24 –Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Amphitheatre
7/25 –Belton, TX @ Bell County Expo Center
7/27 –San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
7/28 –Beaumont, TX @ Ford Pavilion
7/30 –Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
7/31 –Evansville, IN @ Ford Center
8/01 –Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion At Riverbend Music
8/03- Battle Creek, MI @ Kellogg Arena
8/04 –Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadowbrook Arena
08/05- Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion
8/07- Syracuse, NY @ Oswego Speedway
8/08 –Glens Falls, NY @ Glens Falls Civic Center
8/09 –S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *God Forbid & Battlecross Only
8/10 – Scarborough, ME @ Scarborough Downs
8/11 –Montreal, QC  @Parc Jean Drapeau Festival * Heavy Metal Fest w/ God Forbid
8/12 –Montreal, QC  @Parc Jean Drapeau Festival * Heavy Metal Fest w/ Emmure
8/14 –Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
8/15 –Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre
8/17 –Worchester, MA @ DCU Center
8/18 –Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
8/19 –Philadelphia, PA @ Penn’s Landing – Festival Pier
8/21 –Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Uptown
8/22- Knoxville, TN @ Knoxville Civic Coliseum
8/24 –Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheater
8/25 –Rio Rancho, NM @ Santa Ana Star Center
8/26 –Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theater
8/28- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
8/31 –Shreveport, LA @ The Riverside Warehouse *God Forbid &Battlecross Only

Related links:
Official Site of God Forbid

GOJIRA: 'L'Enfant Sauvage' Track-By-Track Breakdown Part 1 - Video Available!

The first in a series of video clips in which guitarist/vocalist Joseph Duplantier of French progressive Metallers GOJIRA, gives a track-by-track breakdown of the band's NEW album "L'Enfant Sauvage", can be seen below. The CD, which is available for streaming in its entirety HERE, will be released on June 26 via Roadrunner Records.

'L'Enfant Sauvage' translates to "The Wild Child" and it features 11 tracks of mind-bending, thunderous Metal.

Here is their music video for "'L'Enfant Sauvage'":

A special collector's package of 'L'Enfant Sauvage' will feature two bonus tracks and a double-colored vinyl version of the record, along with an exclusive t-shirt. Pre-orders are available here.

The track listing for 'L'Enfant Sauvage' is as follows:

1. Explosia
2. L’Enfant Sauvage
3. The Axe
4. Liquid Fire
5. The Wild Healer
6. Planned Obsolescence
7. Mouth Of Kala
8. The Gift Of Guilt
9. Pain Is A Master
10. Born In Winter
11. The Fall

As previously reported, GOJIRA will be touring with LAMB OF GOD and DETHKLOK. Here is the complete list of tour dates (Tickets available now):

8/1 Seattle, WA @ WaMu Thater
8/2 Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theater
8/4 Calgary, AB @ Big 4
8/5 Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
8/7 Winnipeg, MB @ Convention Centre
8/9 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
8/10 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
8/11 Toronto, ON @ Heavy TO
8/12 Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL
8/14 Grand Rapids, MI @ Delta Plex
8/15 St. Louis, MO @ Family Arena
8/19 Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
8/21 Chicago, IL @ Congress Ballroom
8/22 Detroit, MI @ Compuware Arena
8/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
8/24 Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater
8/25 Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center
8/26 Baltimore, MD @ Pier 6 Pavilion
8/29 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
8/30 Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
8/31 Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale Theater
9/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Outside at the Electric Factory
9/2 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Convention Hall
9/4 Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
9/5 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
9/7 Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
9/8 San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden
9/9 Dallas, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
9/11 Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
9/13 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theater
9/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater
9/15 San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic

Related links:
Gojira's Website
Roadrunner Records

ROADRUNNER RECORDS' Monte Conner Accepts "Golden God Award" & Gives Farewell Speech - Video Available!

As previously reported, ROADRUNNER RECORDS has closed their UK and Canadian offices. Apparently, their German office will face the same destiny. Regarding their U.S. team, some of their top staff members have been dismissed but the U.S. office will remain open. One of the RR workers who we was let go was Monte Conner, the companies Senior Vice President of A&R. A man who single handily shaped the sound of 90's Heavy Music.

During the recent Metal Hammer "Golden Gods Awards", the label was presented with an award in recognition of their tremendous work within our music. Here is video footage of the moment in which Monte Conner accepted the award in behalf of the ROADRUNNER RECORDS family and gave his farewell speech. This is truly inspiring!

Click here to see the list of winners!

AGNOSTIC FRONT's "30 Years Of NYHC" Mini-Tour Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Agnostic Front will kick off its highly anticipated run of “30 Years of NYHC” shows tomorrow night in Clifton, N.J. The legendary Hardcore Punk pioneer with celebrate 30 years of one of music’s most passionate lifestyles, New York hardcore, by performing the classic Live At CBGB set in its entirety at each of the shows. The slew of East Coast dates will wrap up on July 5th at Webster Hall in NYC at the CBGB’s Music Festival.

Commented vocalist, Roger Miret, “We are highly anticipating these next eight shows to perform our classic Live At CBGB set list for our 30 Year Anniversary shows! We will kick off these dates with Wisdom In Chains, Sheer Terror and many other newer bands, and end the mini-tour in NYC at the first ever CBGB's Festival. It will be amazing!

“For the NYC show, we will be sharing the stage with Madball, Murphy's Law and Maximum Penalty! The very last Sunday CBGB's matinee featured Madball and Murphy’s Law, so it will be cool to be the Festival’s opening night! See you in the pit!”

The Live At CBGB set list is.

- Victim In Pain
- Public Assistance
- United Blood
- Friend Or Foe
- Strength
- Blind Justice
- Last Warning
- Toxic Shock
- United And Strong
- Crucified
- Liberty And Justice
- Discriminate Me
- Your Mistake
- Anthem
- With Time
- Genesis
- Fascist Attitudes
- The Eliminator

Agnostic Front has been at the forefront of the Hardcore Punk movement since 1982 - a culture and genre of music that remains thriving to this day
The bands 10th studio album, 'My Life My Way', was released on March 22, 2011 on Nuclear Blast Records. Stream the video for the title-track off the NEW album by clicking the PLAY button below.

“30 Years of NYHC” dates:

June 22 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
June 23 – Frederick, MD @ Café 611 Restaurant
June 24 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
June 28 – Pittsfield, MA @ Chameleons
June 29 – Rochester, NY @ Dubland Underground
June 30 – Cortlandt Manor, NY @ Popeye’s Pub
July 1 – Atlantic City, NJ @ The Boneyard
July 5 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Related links:
Official Site of Agnostic Front

ARJEN LUCASSEN Premieres Video For "Pink Beatles in a Purple Zeppelin" - Watch It Now!

Multi-instrumentalist ARJEN LUCASSEN has posted a NEW video for the track "Pink Beatles in a Purple Zeppelin," taken from his recently released concept solo album, 'Lost In The New Real'. The video was mainly shot where ARJEN grew up, near the sea in Holland. In regards to the video, ARJEN comments: "It's a very 'Dutch' clip, windmills and all! So you could say this clip goes back to my roots, also musically. It features many visual links (at least 10!) to the bands and albums that I grew up listening to. Peace, man!"

To watch "Pink Beatles in a Purple Zeppelin", click on the PLAY button below:

Featuring artwork created by ARJEN andrenowned designer Claudio Bergamin, plus an appearance by legendary actor Rutger Hauer as the album's narrator, 'Lost In The New Real' is a double-CD that tells the story of Mr. L, a 21st century man who was cryo-preserved at the moment of clinical death from a terminal disease. The album begins as Mr. L is being revived at a point in the distant future, when technology has advanced enough to cure his disease. Mr. L finds himself in a world that has drastically changed -- to the point that the line between what's real and what's not is no longer clear.

The tracks on disc 1 follow Mr. L's emotional journey as he is confronted with both serious and comical aspects of the "New Real" and desperately tries to decide if he can find a meaningful place within it. Disc 2 is a mix of tracks that are part of the concept but didn't fit on disc 1, plus cover songs related to the concept.

The track-listing for this epic concept album is as follows:

Lost In The New Real (disc 1):

1. The New Real
2. Pink Beatles In A Purple Zeppelin
3. Parental Procreation Permit
4. When I'm A Hundred Sixty-Four
5. E-Police
6. Don't Switch Me Off
7. Dr Slumber's Eternity Home
8. Yellowstone Memorial Day
9. Where Pigs Fly
10. Lost In The New Real

Lost In The New Real (disc 2):

1. Our Imperfect Race
2. Welcome To The Machine (PINK FLOYD cover)
3. So Is There No God?
4. Veteran Of The Psychic Wars (BLUE OYSTER CULT cover)
5. The Social Recluse
6. Battle Of Evermore (LED ZEPPELIN cover)
7. The Space Hotel
8. Some Other Time (ALAN PARSONS PROJECT cover)
9. You Have Entered The Reality Zone
10. I'm The Slime (FRANK ZAPPA cover)

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THY WILL BE DONE Premiere NEW Song "You, The Apathy Divine"; Band To Perform This Weekend At "Orion Music + More"!

Rhode Island's THY WILL BE DONE recently completed work on a brand new EP that is slated for release later this summer. The band, renowned for their DIY approach, engineered the EP themselves and teamed up once again with acclaimed metal producer Zeuss to mix their six brand new studio tracks. With influences and roots that harkens the listener back to metal's glory days, and songs and arrangements that echo the voice of the oppressed and broken, the end result is a release that brings hope and far surpasses its predecessors, and in all aspects possesses the capabilities of cementing THY WILL BE DONE's position in the metal world. More details, including title and release date will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Frontman J. Costa spoke about the new song "You, The Apathy Divine":

"The song, 'You, The Apathy Divine' occurs in what is the proverbial middle of the EP and is a pivotal point of the recording with its own musical and lyrical intermezzo. For me, its timbre exudes the anguish and despair of someone dealing with infidelity after having just lost multiple relatives. That's what happened in my life and I needed to express it."
Today Revolvermag.com the online home of Revolver Magazine is hosting an exclusive stream of a new song from the forthcoming EP. Be one of the first to hear "You, The Apathy Divine" HERE courtesy of Revolver Magazine.

THY WILL BE DONE will be taking part in the "Orion Music + More Festival" curated by METALLICA. The event is set for this Saturday June 23rd and Sunday June 24th at Bader Field in Atlantic City, NJ. More information can be found at: http://www.orionmusicandmore.com 

Following their appearance at the "Orion Music + More Festival" the band will be headed to Japan for a co-headlining tour with Japanese crossover legends The Aggressive Dogs. The tour will kick off on June 29th in Kasihwa and runs through July 8th in Nagoya. A list of confirmed dates can be found below.

With this current line-up of J. Costa on vocals, Kurt Fraunfelter on rhythm guitar, Chris Drapeau on lead guitar, Brendan Misturado on bass and Jay Waterman on drums, a plethora of foreign and domestic performances, and literally hundreds of thousands of miles traveled, it appears that values and drive mixed with an old school metal and rock 'n' roll upbringing have brought together a juggernaut of a band that's clearing a path with a working-class ideology.

THY WILL BE DONE represents another chapter in the evolution of Heavy Metal. Their 2012 dose blends the Thrash and Groove elements that offered some of the late eighties and early nineties most memorable bands and albums, and yes, there are even solos too. THY WILL BE DONE is poised and ready to continue the heavy metal lineage and illuminate a new generation with the ways of the old.






We recently had the chance to talk with J. Costa, vocalist of Thy Will Be Done, about the bands NEW EP, as well as the bands past, present, and future. Check it out!

Horns Up Rocks - Interview With J. Costa from Thy Will Be Done (11.14.2011)! by hornsuprocks

Related links:
Thy Will Be Done on MySpace
Thy Will Be Done on Twitter

VISION OF DISORDER: NEW Song "Loveless" From Highly Anticipated Comeback Album 'The Cursed Remain Cursed'!

Long Island Hardcore Metal pioneers VISION OF DISORDER recently finished recording their NEW full-length, and worldwide debut for Candlelight Records, entitled 'The Cursed Remain Cursed'.

With eleven brand NEW energetic anthems, culminating influence from all eras of VOD's infamous discography -- their first NEW album to be recorded since their 2001-released 'From Bliss To Devastation' -- 'The Cursed Remain Cursed' has been under construction for nearly four years. The anticipated NEW tunes were recorded by Will Putney (Shadows Fall, Suicide Silence, Four Year Strong) and mixed by Cameron Webb (Motörhead, Social Distortion, Ignite, Pennywise). 'The Cursed Remain Cursed' will be released early this fall, and as per the band, was "written for the fans."

Today hardcore webzine/community Lambgoat is hosting an exclusive worldwide premiere of "Loveless," the opening track to 'The Cursed Remain Cursed', click here to listen!

As previously reported, it has just been announced that mighty V.O.D. are taking over the U.K. for two shows in September before the release of their highly anticipated NEW album. Wait a minute… it gets even better: Earthtone9 have been confirmed as support. Frontman Tim Williams says:

“Hey all, we are proud to announce our NEW record which will be out late this summer in the UK. VOD will be doing a few headline shows to blast out some NEW tunes, along with the classics you all love so much. Grab some brews and lace up your boots – cuz we gonna stomp some heads!”
Sounds good to us! Here are the dates confirmed so far:

14th September – London Underworld
15th September – Venue TBC

TIX available here!

VISION OF DISORDER recently filmed a video for the song "Set To Fail", which is expected to be the first single from 'The Cursed Remain Cursed'.

Don't forget that on Friday, July 6th Bowery Presents:



Webster Hall: 125 East 11th Street  Manhattan, NY 10003

Tickets (On Sale Tuesday 5/8 at 10 AM):  http://www.ticketweb.com/fb/4587375
Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/143246332466857/

Stay tuned for more VOD news!

Related links:
VOD on MySpace

ANTHRAX To Release An EP Of Cover Songs; Live DVD Announced!

Ever since the release of their phenomenal album 'Worship Music' last year, ANTHRAX have been very busy taking names on the road. While the band prepares to headline the Jägermeister stage at this year's Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, the band is currently recording an EP of covers that they plan to release in September to commemorate the one-year anniversary of their newest album.

"It started out as what I call 'The '70s EP'," ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante tells Loudwire. "It's made up of some cover songs from our favorite bands — consisting of RUSH, THIN LIZZY, BOSTON, JOURNEY… We're still working on it now, but I think it's gonna be really cool."

The following covers are expected to appear on the forthcoming EP:

- AC/DC: "T.N.T."
- BOSTON: "Smokin'"
- JOURNEY: "Keep On Runnin'"
- RUSH: "Anthem"

ANTHRAX has also recorded a cover version of BLACK SABBATH's classic song "Neon Knights" that will be included on the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album, which is being assembled by Wendy Dio (the singer's widow and longtime manager).

In more ANTHRAX news, according to guitarist Scott Ian, ANTHRAX's sold-out March 15 concert at O2 Islington Academy in London, England was filmed for an upcoming DVD.


6/30 – San Bernardino, CA
7/1 – San Francisco, CA
7/3 – Seattle, WA
7/6 – Phoenix, AZ
7/7 – Albuquerque, NM
7/8 – Denver, CO
7/10 – Dallas, TX
7/11 – Houston, TX
7/13 – Tampa, FL
7/14 – Atlanta, GA
7/15 – Indianapolis, IN
7/18 – Oklahoma City, OK
7/20 – St. Louis, MO
7/21 – Chicago, IL
7/22 – Detroit, MI
7/24 – Cincinnati, OH
7/25 – Cleveland, OH
7/27 – Philadelphia, PA
7/28 – Pittsburgh, PA
7/29 – Washington, DC
7/31 – Saratoga, NY
8/1 – Buffalo, NY
8/3 – Boston, MA
8/4 – Scranton, PA
8/5 – Hartford, CT

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SLAYER's Kerry King Joins Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH) To Jam His Top 5 Favorite Riffs - Video Available!

This video is a blast from the past, but we had personally never seen it. Below you can watch SLAYER's master shredder Kerry King jamming with Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH) live and proud on Japanese TV. Why Japanese TV? Well, a few years back Marty was asked by The Coca Cola company to move to Japan and become the spokesperson of Fanta. Do you think that Kerry was drinking Fanta during the show? Watch below to find out.

Don't forget to check SLAYER out at theROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, here are the tour dates:

6/30 – San Bernardino, CA
7/1 – San Francisco, CA
7/3 – Seattle, WA
7/6 – Phoenix, AZ
7/7 – Albuquerque, NM
7/8 – Denver, CO
7/10 – Dallas, TX
7/11 – Houston, TX
7/13 – Tampa, FL
7/14 – Atlanta, GA
7/15 – Indianapolis, IN
7/18 – Oklahoma City, OK
7/20 – St. Louis, MO
7/21 – Chicago, IL
7/22 – Detroit, MI
7/24 – Cincinnati, OH
7/25 – Cleveland, OH
7/27 – Philadelphia, PA
7/28 – Pittsburgh, PA
7/29 – Washington, DC
7/31 – Saratoga, NY
8/1 – Buffalo, NY
8/3 – Boston, MA
8/4 – Scranton, PA
8/5 – Hartford, CT

Related links:
Official site of SLAYER

SIX FEET UNDER's Chris Barnes Talks About The Importance Of Supporting The Local Metal Scenes - Video Interview Filmed During The "18 Nights Of Blood Tour"!

With nationwide speculation that the zombie apocalypse is officially upon us, it would only seem appropriate for SIX FEET UNDER's "18 Nights Of Blood Tour" to be taking souls all over North America! The near three-week run of live rituals continues tonight in Portland, Oregon and will be coming to a close on the band's home turf of Tampa, Florida. Blood has been spilled, faces have been eaten and brains have definitely been devoured! No one is safe. For this epic tour, SIX FEET UNDER recruited rhythm guitarist Ola Englund who took the place of ex-Chimaira guitaris Rob Arnold (who retired from touring). Support is provided by Dying Fetus and Revocation.

Here is a video interview we conducted with SIX FEET UNDER's vocalist and Death Metal pioneer Chris Barnes, filmed right before his band took center stage at their monstrous show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. During the interview, Barnes explains the production process and the concept behind 'Undead' and talks about the bands recent lineup changes. He also discusses the 30 years of Metal Blade Records and the importance of supporting the local Metal scenes. Crank it up and thanks for watching!

SIX FEET UNDER 18 Nights Of Blood Tour 2012 with Dying Fetus and Revocation (remaining tour dates):

- 6/21/2012: Hawthorne Theater in Portland, OR
- 6/23/2012: The Metro in Oakland, CA
- 6/24/2012: The Whisky in Los Angeles, CA
- 6/25/2012: Rocky Point in Tempe, AZ
- 6/26/2012: House Of Rock in El Paso, TX
- 6/27/2012: Scout Bar in Houston, TX
- 6/29/2012: CROWBAR in Tampa, FL*
* - No Dying Fetus

Videos by: Zulie Alvarez (www.zuliephotographierocks.com/)

Related links:
Six Feet Under's Official Site

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

OBSCURA Live In Tokyo - Entire Performance Available For Viewing!

German progressive Metal titans OBSCURA recently wrapped up a highly successful tour of Japan. The band has just released live footage from one of the shows that was filmed in Tokyo. The entire set was filmed and is available for viewed below.

The setlist from the show was:

Vortex Omnivium
Orbital Elements
Universe Momentum
Ocean Gateways
Anticosmic Overload
Centric Flow

Flesh and the Power it holds (Death cover)

Frontman Steffen Kummerer spoke about the Japanese tour and Tokyo show

"With the recent trip to Japan the Omnivium world tour is almost finished. It was a pleasure to meet our fans from the land of the rising sun again, thank you for your never ending support! We would like to share our Tokyo concert with all of you, so feel free to see the fan filmed material below."

OBSCURA's latest release Omnivium is streaming in its entirety on their Bandcamp Page. 

METALLICA Guitarist To Publish First Book: 'Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection' + Collectible Toys!

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett announced today that he will publish his first book, 'Too Much Horror Business – The Kirk Hammett Collection', this October via Abrams Image. Documenting Kirk’s love of all things horror, and the legendary collection of horror memorabilia he has amassed over the years, TMHB is a stunning 228 page, hardback, large format coffee table book featuring well over 300 full color images from Kirk’s private collection and exclusive set photography by Mark Leialoha and Joe Gibbs. There will be three extensive conversations with writer Steffan Chirazi covering the importance of collecting in Hammett’s life from childhood, plus written captions by Kirk for many of the items displayed in the book.

“This is my gift to all the other horror nerds out there who are just like me,” says Kirk, “it’s been made with great love for all the many characters and movies which guided me through childhood, into adulthood and which still keep me on track today.”

On June 23rd-24th, at Orion Music + More, the new annual festival founded by Metallica and taking place in Atlantic City, NJ, fans will see a preview of what’s to come in Too Much Horror Business.  Hammett will be hosting Kirk’s Crypt and offering fans an extraordinary glimpse into his collection.   More information on Kirk’s Crypt and Orion Music + More can be found by visiting www.orionmusicandmore.com.

In addition to "Too Much Horror Business", Hammett will also commence producing collectible items through his Kirk Von Hammett line, specifically toys. Each of the collectibles will be limited to only 500 pieces, with the first one being available on October 1st at www.kvhtoys.com. In the meantime, "Too Much Horror Business" t-shirts are now available, with other surprises due as the publishing date gets closer.

“I’ve spent my life collecting toys, so what could be more fun than making a series of toys which indulge my childhood fantasies AND which people can collect!  “It’s more about fulfilling a huge ambition than anything else, and I hope I get the first one!”

Fans wanting to pre-order the book can do so by visiting www.kvhtoys.com.