Azylya Signs With Wormholedeath/Dreamcell/Aural Music Group

Belgian modern female fronted metal band Azylya has signed a deal with Wormholedeath/Dreamcell11/Aural Music Group.

On February the 13rd 2012 the band will enter Realsound Studio in Parma (Italy) with producer Wahoomi Corvi (Crysalys, The Way Of Purity, Haterial).
Wormholedeath/Dreamcell11 will release their debut album titled “Sweet Cerebral Destruction” world-wide through Aural Music Group. Release date is due during 2012 still to be scheduled.

The Whole band stated: « When a few months after our first concert (Belgium /Ostend December 27, 2010), we were contacted by Death Worm Hole, we just thought that someone made ​​us a joke or that it was more likely a mistake.
It was the exchange of several messages with WHD to make us convinced that this label was interested not only in our musical world but wanted to work with us.
For a young group with a singer of 18 years, the value of a recognized label that produced bands like “The Way of Purity” or “Underwell” is a tremendous booster but also a famous challenge to overcome!»

Band manager Dieter Leemans stated: “Belgian metal bands are numerous and all have their own ambitions in a variety of degrees. But every now and then, a jewel spawns among them that really shows more than average promise. Such a band is AZYLYA, a female fronted melodic and thrash band from the capital of Brussels.
Lead by singer JAMIE-LEE, Azylya released early 2011 their first EP entitled « Thanatos’ Insanity », introducing the metal scene to a refreshing and very promising formation. Despite a few changes in the line-up, the band chose to pick up the gauntlet and sign with Worm Hole Death and, with a stable line up to boot, to bring fourth their first album with the label.
Under the guidance of both the manager and crew, AZYLYA is proud to seize the opportunity and join our ranks, on the side of such bands like UNDERWELL, leaving us with the honor of confirming AZYLYA signed with WORM HOLE DEATH and is currently preparing to go into production at REAL SOUND STUDIOS in Italy for their first full album !”

KITTIE PARTS WAYS WITH IVY VUJIC, WELCOMES BACK BASSIST TRISH DOAN

KITTIE is pleased to announce the return of bassist Trish Doan to the band following the departure of Ivy Vujic. Doan was previously with the band from 2005-2007, appearing on the band’s 2007 release “Funeral for Yesterday.”

Ivy adds her own words, “After four amazing years of jamming with my crazy metal sisters, I am officially resigning. After a lot of touring and two albums, I feel it is time for me to move on. There are still other things for me to do in my life. Although I will always appreciate Kittie and the amazing fans we have, it does not fit my plans right now.” A full statement can be read HERE.

Trish will join the band live after their upcoming SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL appearance in Australia and upcoming hometown shows later this month are completed. Doan comments,

“I am very happy to be reunited with the Kittie family. The girls and I have remained close friends over the last 7 years and I am excited to have this amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to seeing everyone when we go back on the road this spring. I wish Ivy all the best!”

The band is excited to do one more batch of live dates with Ivy as it gives fans a prime opportunity to come out and say their goodbyes. “Ivy has been friend and partner in crime for over 4 years, we love and respect her wishes to depart from the band and move onto another phase in her life.” says front woman Morgan Lander.

KITTIE will hit the road this spring in continued support of their latest release. Morgan concludes, “Trish has been a member of our extended family since she joined the band in 2005 and we are welcoming her back into the band with open arms. We are ecstatic that she will be returning to bass duties and are looking forward to the tour this spring! We love both girls and are glad that we all remain friends, first and foremost.”

KITTIE released “I’ve Failed You” earlier this year to much critical accolades. “I’ve Failed You is completely written and unequivocally hard as nails,” says Outburn Magazine. Thenewreview.net more directly states, “I’ve Failed You is their best album to date.”

The band also released two much talked about music videos. An in your face perfomance version of “Empires (Part 2)”, seen HERE. And a Zombie filled horror homage video for the song “We Are The Lamb”, seen HERE.

KITTIE IS: Mercedes Lander (drums, vocals, piano), Morgan Lander (lead vocals, guitar), Tara McLeod (guitar) and Trish Doan (bass guitar)

RICHIE KOTZEN – CHARITY CONCERT – LAST USA SHOW OF THE YEAR

KLOS and the AVALON HOLLYWOOD Presents:

2ND ANNUAL HUMANITY THRU MUSIC
Concert and PAWsta Dinner

A Benefit For FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCTURY, a 501(c)3

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH @ The Avalon Hollywood

MULTI PLATINUM SINGER/SONG WRITER – RICHIE KOTZEN – TO HEADLINE THE CONCERT
T.V. Star – GRETCHEN BONADUCE – To Open With Her 80’s Band Ankhensenamen

Hosted By Pet Celebrity Trainer HARRISON FORBES

HOLLYWOOD, CA (October 27, 2011) – Come join us for the Second Annual Humanity Thru Music fundraiser in benefit of the Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, a non-profit organization dedicated to the safety and welfare of animals. KLOS and the AVALON HOLLYWOOD is hosting this year’s Humanity Thru Music Green Carpet and “PAWsta” dinner, which promises to be even more sensational than last year’s event.

This year’s event is bigger and better with more celebrities and more excitement! Strut down our Celebrity Green Carpet, and wag your tail while you rock-out at Hollywood’s most historic landmark, the Avalon Hollywood, on November, 13th.

This is the Second Annual “Humanity Thru Music” and our concert line-up is a howling good time with celebrity Gretchen Bonaduce and her 80’s band Ankhensenamen opening for Multi-platinum recording artist Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big/POISON). The night will be hosted by celebrity pet trainer and radio host Harrison Forbes from radio show PET TALK.

The first 100 tickets sold get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a HUGE Def Leppard package. The package includes: Signed guitar byt the whole band, signed 11×17 portrait of Def Leppard by their private photographer Ash Newell, and a signed bass-drum head by the whole band!!

The night starts with a Pawsta dinner buffet, cash bars, HUGE silent auction and raffles all in benefit of Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 dedicated to much needed animal welfare in California. Tickets are $35 for General and $50 for VIP. TO BUY TICKETS and for more information on the ticket levels go to www.wantickets.com, www.ticketfly.com or call 818.398.0340.

Humanity Thru Music is a fundraising celebration for the safety & welfare of animals as well as the environment. Our Goal is to build the first fully solar/wind powered no-kill sanctuary in California where high-kill shelters still exist and animal cruelty runs. We are currently fundraising to buy land and build homes where animals can live in healthy surroundings until they are adopted. This environment will protect and allow all animals to live to see their full potential. Humanity Thru Music encourages people to participate in the fight for a No-Kill Nation and Solar World. We want our guests to walk away having been empowered to make a difference in the world.

For more info on F&FAS go to www.furfeather.org and for info on the event for to www.955klos.com or www.avalonhollywood.com.

Kill Matilda Post Halloween Contest – Zombie Survival Kit – Don’t Leave Home Without It

Vancouver’s zombie hunting punk rock band Kill Matilda have posted details for their Halloween contest this weekend giving fans the chance to win KM’s must have “Zombie Survival Kit” that no fan should leave home without.

“We’re happy to help out our fans this Halloween weekend as there are dangerous zombies lurking around. We’re looking for the best ways to “Kill A Zombie” and we’ll choose 2 winners to receive what they need to survive an attack.” commented vocalist guitarist Dusty Exner.

Kill Matilda’s Zombie Survival Kit

1. A signed copy of Kill Matilda’s latest album “I Want Revenge” along with the Kill Matilda EP (the loud noises from both just tear zombie ears apart)
2. A Kill Matilda poster (when zombies see and image of KM they’re guaranteed to run for the hills)
3. A Kill Matilda sticker (a superb zombie repellent)
4. The Kill Matilda zombie survival guide and special secret zombie killing accessory with instructions!
Please send contest submissions to the following address – kill_matilda_band(@)yahoo.ca
Contest ends November 1st and winners will be announced.

The survival kit can also be purchased at the following link – http://killmatilda.bandcamp.com
Kill Matilda’s have also posted their Top 10 favourite ways to “Kill A Zombie” on Bloody-Disgusting.com, please visit the following link. – http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/2152

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Victor Villarreal Killed In Motorcycle Accident

According to KSAT.com, metal vocalist Victor Villarreal, known as Vikk Real of both One of Sixx and Byfist, was killed in a motorcycle accident over the weekend. The San Antonio, Texas-based Villarreal was only 41 years old.

The Bexar County Sherriff’s Office reports that Villarreal’s motorcycle was struck by a horse trailer hauled by a pickup truck at 10:00PM on Saturday night near the intersection of Potranco Road and Sundance Crest. According to the accident reports, Villarreal was attempting to make a U-turn when he struck the passing horse trailer. Friends said the singer was trying to turn around so he could reconvene with a riding partner who had broken down. The incident has being deemed an accident by the authorities and no charges are expected to be filed.

This is not the first time a motorcycle tragedy has struck the Villarreal family. In an eerie, heartbreaking coincidence, Villarreal’s wife Jessica was killed last July while riding her cycle out to Medina Lake. She was killed on her 37th birthday.

Villarreal was the singer of One of Sixx and his wife sang back up vocals. They are survived by two children: a son, 17, and a daughter, 11. Family members are said to be helping the children cope with the devastating loss of both parents in a year’s time.

As if this news weren’t sad enough, the superstition that bad things happen in threes appears to be at play in the Byfist circle. Byfist guitarist Davey Lee passed away last October from a heart attack.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Notch Vara of ByFist a few years ago. My condolences to the Villarreal family. This is truly heartbreaking.

Cynthesis Album Details And Cover Art Unveiled


DeEvolution, the anticipated debut full-length from CYNTHESIS, is set for worldwide release via Sensory Records on April 19th, 2011.

A label priority for Sensory this year, the magnificent DeEvolution tells the story of an elite group of leaders from a heavily industrialized city who find, brainwash and then exploit an indigenous tribes’ shaman, believing he would be the perfect supreme leader. By propping him up as possessing all the answers to society’s ills, the elites use him in order to gain and keep more control over the masses in order to influence the masses via religion, media, consumerism and government.

Check out the brilliant cover artwork for DeEvolution created by Dennis “Damn Engine” Sibeijn (Exodus, Dragonforce, Lamb of God, Him) at this location.

DeEvolution Track Listing:
1. The Man Without Skin
2. Incision
3. Divided Day
4. Shallow World
5. Profits Of Disaster
6. The Edifice Grin
7. Twilight
8. A Song Of Unrest

CYNTHESIS reunites three original members of progressive metal heroes Zero Hour — founding twin brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton and original vocalist Erik Rosvold — for the first time on a recording since their heralded albums The Towers of Avarice [2001] and Metamorphosis [2003], both considered landmark releases in the progressive metal community. DeEvolution was recorded and produced in 2010 by Dino Alden (Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore, Zero Hour), and while trademark styles of both the Tipton Brothers and Rosvold shine heavily throughout the release, over the course of eight epic anthems, it is very clear by more relaxed pace and epic story of DeEvolution that this is NOT a new Zero Hour album.

Rigor Mortis Returns


RIGOR MORTIS formed in 1983 in Arlington, Texas and immediately became a driving force in the original wave of North Texas Metal. With the emphasis on speed and the subject matter steeped in horror and gore, RIGOR stood out as extreme intimidators, on and off stage. Starting out as a 3 piece composed of Mike Scaccia on guitar, Harden Harrison on drums, and Casey Orr on bass, the band added vocalist Bruce Corbitt in ’86 and quickly signed to Capitol Records, releasing their classic self titled debut record in ’87. Two years later, Corbitt left the band and Doyle Bright came in on vocals. RIGOR went on to release two more records; “Freaks”, on Metal Blade Records and “RIGOR MORTIS Vs. The Earth”, on Triple X.

In 1991 Mike accepted an offer to join Ministry as well as Revolting Cocks, and Lard. And Rigor Mortis was no more, but the four members remained close friends and supported each others’ endeavors.

Casey Orr joined shock rockers, GWAR, where he’s remained off and on since ’94, and has performed or recorded with a list of other bands including Blohole (with Scaccia), The Hellions, The Burden Brothers, and XCOPS.

Harden Harrison went on to play drums with Pervis, Speedealer, and Mitra.

Bruce has been enjoying recent success with his Thrash outfit, Warbeast, who released their debut record on Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Records in late 2010.

The return of RIGOR MORTIS has been a long time coming. Though the band has reunited for a handful of shows over the last several years, schedules and personal lives just wouldn’t allow for the time and commitment necessary for the band to properly reemerge with new material and a determination to take RIGOR to the next level.

The time is now.
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RIGOR MORTIS is set to go in the studio and to record their first new tracks in 20 years! The band will be in the studio from March 6th through the 8th with long time friend and producer Kerry Crafton (Vs. The Earth), recording 2 brand new songs. Talks with labels will follow and a new full length RIGOR MORTIS record will be released before the end of the year.

Grammy Award Winners YES Announce:

YES – The band that has defined many a generation will embark on a mini-tour of very special intimate performances, encompassing their extraordinary musical catalog. This string of dates will kick-off early March for a select number of shows. These special intimate performances will give the YES fan the ultimate experience of an up-close, in-your-face and personal view of the Maestros at work live!

“We’re tremendously excited to be working with Yes on this incredible tour through so many of our House of Blues and other theaters,” states Michael Yerke (House of Blues Talent). “House of Blues is all about bringing music, artists and fans together in great venues. These concerts will be memorable and absolutely deliver on that promise.”
Being one of history’s greatest, legendary, progressive rock bands, YES will feature a lineup of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, and drummer Alan White, as well as Oliver Wakeman (son of Rick Wakeman) on keyboards and lead singer Benoit David. Songs that have left a deep-rooted mark on rock ‘n’ roll history and a concert spectacular that has become synonymous with YES, make this tour one that should not be missed.

YES’s performance will include the hugely successful and indelible catalogue of music from hit albums such as Drama, Fragile, Close to the Edge and 90125. Classics such as “Roundabout,” a seminal hit which consistently appears on “the best songs of all-time” lists, and the group’s #1 hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart” are sure to be featured for an evening of music not to be missed.

YES’s remarkable career has served to re-define the boundaries of rock for more than four decades, YES has played the role as a dominant driving music force selling over 30 million albums, reaching platinum status multiple times worldwide. Their symphonic use of sound and innovative musical styles has made each of the group’s player’s a virtuoso in his own right. For additional ticket information please visit www.yesworld.com.

WHITESNAKE To Release Their Much Anticipated New Album “Forevermore”


HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 18, 2011) – WHITESNAKE, the legendary rock’n’roll legacy founded and formed by renowned singer/songwriter David Coverdale, unleashes a brand new storming ‘Snake statement, “Forevermore” on Frontiers Records on March 25th in Europe and March 29th in North America.

Their 11th studio album, “Forevermore” was recorded, produced and mixed by Coverdale, guitarist Doug Aldrich and Michael McIntyre at Snakebyte Studios and Grumblenott Studios & Villas in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, with additional work at Casa Dala, Sherman Oaks, CA, and WHITESNAKE will take to the road for a full world tour in support of the release.

Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary Coverdale, WHITESNAKE carry a rightful reputation as one of the world’s leading rock’n’roll bands. Coverdale’s blues and soul roots, combined with a feral sense of rock and roll, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound, and add to that Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable musicianship and you have a failsafe recipe for success.

Their ascent to the very top of the rock’n’roll tree was confirmed with 1987’s self-titled mega-platinum album, which saw two top 10 hits, two number one singles with ‘Here I Go Again’ and ‘Is This Love’ and a virtual 24 hour domination of MTV around the world. Such triumphs were surely foretold when as a young man from Saltburn-By-Sea; Coverdale enthusiastically answered the call to be Deep Purple’s singer. Such bombast, bravado, talent and passion have thus helped establish WHITESNAKE as the perennial platinum favorite they have become.

With “Forevermore” Coverdale has reignited an explosively fruitful vein of creativity with guitarist and co-writer/producer Aldrich, Reb Beach (Winger, Alice Cooper) on guitar, Brian Tichy (Ozzy, Billy Idol, Foreigner) on drums and Michael Devin (Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lynch Mob) on bass, and as with all WHITESNAKE’s albums, Coverdale aided so capably by Aldrich opens up his heart and soul to express emotions and empathy rarely heard these days in any musical genre.

More than simply their latest release, “Forevermore” represents WHITESNAKE’s no holds barred, most heartfelt, melodic and musically muscular excursion for many a year.

The album’s release will be anticipated by the digital only release of the first single/video clip “Love Will Set You Free” on February 21st.

“Forevermore” will be specially released on a “Snake Pack” edition for the first 3 weeks in England only. This very special release – arranged in conjunction with Future Publishing and Classic Rock magazine – will come with a collector’s edition 132 pages deluxe magazine + A1 poster & metal pin badge and shall feature an exclusive cover art and 2 bonus live tracks “Slide It In” and “Cheap An’ Nasty” which will serve as an appetizer for the forthcoming “Live @ Donington 1990” to be released in the summer 2011.

The album is also being released on a double gatefold vinyl format, with deluxe special editions to be announced shortly.

This time Coverdale and Co. have really laid it on the line for their fans, and be sure of this, the Snake’s charms are going to convert a whole new army of believers… just watch.

“Forevermore” will include the following songs:
Steal Your Heart Away; All Out Of Luck; Love Will Set You Free; Easier Said Than Done; Tell Me How; I Need You (Shine A Light); One Of These Days; Love And Treat Me Right; Dogs In The Street; Fare Thee Well; Whipping Boy Blues; My Evil Ways; Forevermore.

WHITESNAKE is:

David Coverdale – vocals
Doug Aldrich – guitar
Reb Beach – guitars
Michael Devin – bass
Brian Tichy – drums

Produced by Los Bros Brutalos (David Coverdale, Doug Aldrich, Michael McIntyre)of narnia: the voyage of the dawn treader movie

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, ARSIS and THE ABSENCE confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL!


Vancouver BC / Miami FL / Hanover, Germany – January 14, 2011

For a year they were circling the high seas and their scouts were circling the continents… circle, circle, circle: CIRCLE II CIRCLE! And as an extra bonus, please welcome ARSIS and THE ABSENCE on board! Ten more days and they are making history ladies and gentlemen! 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Don’t miss the boat! Reservations end Thursday January 20, 2011 at 12PM PST. Only very few cabins remain! BOOK NOW!

The complete festival billing:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Arsis
Blackguard
Blind Guardian
Circle II Circle
Cripper
Dark Tranquillity
Death Angel
Destruction
DuskMachine
Ensiferum
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth
Korpiklaani
Malevolent Creation
Marduk
Moonspell
Nevermore
Obituary
Rage
Raven
Sabaton
Sanctuary
Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Swashbuckle
Testament
The Absence
Trouble
Twilight Of The Gods (performing BATHORY masterpieces)
Týr
Uli Jon Roth
Unleashed
Voivod
Witchburner

SAXON will play two unique shows. One night they will perform the Wheels Of Steel LP in its entirety and on a different night, for the second show, they will play Strong Arm Of The Law from start to finish.

TESTAMENT will also play two very unique shows on board. At the first show they will prove their Titan trash status by playing The Legacy album in it’s entirety. At the second show they will play another iconic masterpiece: The New Order album.

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!