KING DIAMOND Receives Grammy Nomination for “Best Metal Performance”

Metal Blade is both very proud and excited to announce that KING DIAMOND has received a Grammy Nomination for Best Metal Performance for the track “Never Ending Hill” off their latest album Give me Your Soul…Please.

King comments on his bands nomination:
“It’s a great honor to be picked as a nominee; it’s totally shocking and unexpected. We do feel as a band that this is the best album we have ever done. Hopefully there will be many more albums and tours to come. We feel that we have at least another good 10 years in us! This nomination is a testament to our legion of loyal fans and our thanks go out to them for the endless support and all of the kind words.”

Metal Blade owner and CEO Brian Slagel comments on having two bands nominated for this years Grammy’s:

“All of us at Metal Blade Records are extremely honored to have 2 of our artists, AS I LAY DYING and KING DIAMOND, nominated for Grammy awards. They both truly deserve this honor for the great artistry they have accomplished on these tremendous releases.”

KING DIAMOND’s Give me Your Soul…Please was released on June 26th 2007 and came in at #174 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart!

Complete List of Grammy Nominees for Best Metal Performance:
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Nothing Left
AS I LAY DYING
Track from: An Ocean Between Us
Metal Blade Records

Never Ending Hill
KING DIAMOND
Track from: Give me Your Soul…Please
Metal Blade Records

Aesthetics of Hate
MACHINE HEAD
Track from: The Blackening
Roadrunner Records

Redemption
SHADOWS FALL
Track from: Threads Of Life
Atlantic

Final Six
SLAYER
Track from: Christ Illusion
American Recording/Columbia

MACHINE HEAD’s Adam Duce to Miss U.S. Tour with Broken Leg

In an unfortunate turn of events, MACHINE HEAD bassist Adam Duce will miss this Fall’s highly-anticipated Black Tyranny Tour in the U.S. due to a broken leg suffered while dirt biking in Redding, CA. Initially thought to be nothing more than a bad sprain, x-rays later confirmed the break, which required surgery to attach a steel plate and two screws to the broken bone.

A disappointed Duce laments, “It sucks to be in this position, because we have such a killer tour set up for the end of the summer and now we’ll have to find a replacement for me. I’ve never missed one show that this band has ever played up to this point and I never thought I would see the day when MACHINE HEAD would be playing and I wouldn’t be on stage.”

The band are currently rehearsing with temporary bassist candidates and are in the final stages of selecting Duce‘s replacement, the details of which will be announced as soon as they are determined. All Black Tyranny dates in the U.S. will go on as scheduled, and Duce will be returning for the Australian and European legs of The Black Crusade Tour, beginning with the band’s Loudpark date in Japan.

For dates of The Black Crusade Tour, go here.

ARCH ENEMY and MACHINE HEAD to Co-Headline The Black Tyranny Tour

The onslaught that is “The Black Tyranny Tour” begins Friday, September 7th. With MACHINE HEAD and ARCH ENEMY both performing full headlining sets and THROWDOWN and SANCTITY supporting, you won’t want to miss this tour!

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn states: “Man, it’s just an endless stream of good news here in MACHINE HEAD-land, we are so fucking stoked to be going out with some of our favorite bands, here in the U.S., on what is sure to be THE most brutal metal tour of the Fall! MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN and SANCTITY are going to bring the pain to you motherfuckers, and carnage will have no rules on this tour. Beware The Black Tyranny!!!”

ARCH ENEMY’s Angela Gossow adds, “ARCH ENEMY teaming up with MACHINE HEAD in the U.S. is a big FUCK YOU to everybody who dwells in the past! We certainly aren’t! Instead we’re looking forward to crushing the U.S. together and leaving nothing but a tangled wreck of molten metal in our wake!

“As an added bonus for ARCH ENEMY fans, this will be the first time in three years that the (recently reunited) Amott brothers will be bringing their insane dual-guitar shredding to American soil! I am very excited to get back on stage and celebrate the sheer power of extreme music, all wrapped up in this fantastic tour package!”

ARCH ENEMY’s new album, Rise of The Tyrant, is set for a Sept. 25th release.

Tour dates:
09/07 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
09/08 Jillian’s – Las Vegas, NV
09/09 Soma – San Diego, CA
09/11 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
09/13 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
09/14 Meridian – Houston, TX
09/15 House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
09/17 House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
09/18 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
09/19 Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC
09/21 Palladium – Worcester, MA
09/22 Nokia Theatre – New York, NY
09/23 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
09/24 Norva – Norfolk, VA
09/26 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
09/27 Evolution – Buffalo, NY
09/28 Opera House – Toronto, ON
09/29 The Medley – Montreal, QUE
10/01 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
10/02 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
10/03 First Ave – Minneapolis, MN
10/05 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
10/06 Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
10/07 Pops – St. Louis, MO
10/09 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
10/10 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
10/12 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
10/13 Avalon – Hollywood, CA

MACHINE HEAD – The Blackening

Sometimes it can be difficult to review an album that actually deserves the hype it has received by the less critical masses, and this is such a review for MACHINE HEAD‘s newest release, The Blackening. I personally have been unable to stand any of this band’s releases since The More Things Change… until now. This album is one of those rare occurrences when all of the hype referring to a “return to form” is actually true. Although this release is certainly not the “be all, end all” of metal as some may be hyping it, The Blackening is definitely the best release in MACHINE HEAD‘s catalogue since The More Things Change…, and it is also the most mature release of their career by far. Although they only serve up eight tracks on this album, each one is jam packed with quality songwriting, performance, and vocals. The shortest song on the album is “Beautiful Mourning” at under five minutes, while the longest track is the opener “Clenching the Fists of Dissent” clocking in at ten and a half minutes. The average song length on this album is over seven minutes, and none of the songs contain any fluff as might be expected. Perhaps the greatest aspect of this album is the extreme emphasis on great guitar work. The songwriting for the guitars won’t set any new precedents in the genre, but this is the best guitar work from this band in a long, long time. It’s also very refreshing to hear little to no pandering to the mainstream hardcore crowd. “Aesthetics of Hate” is the only track that contains what some may consider a “breakdown,” but credit should be given to this band for delivering an album full of straight up aggro-thrash in the same vein as their debut and sophomore releases. Every track is high quality, but stand out tracks are “Clenching the Fists of Dissent,” “Aesthetics of Hate,” “Halo,” and “Wolves.” Not bad for an album with eight tracks.

For those of you who have abandoned hope that this band will ever release an album as worthy as their first couple releases, I recommend checking out The Blackening as it’s likely the closest thing this band will come to reliving their early days. Recommended for fans of their old stuff, and highly recommended for those who want a taste of the MACHINE HEAD glory days without going back in their early career. (Roadrunner Records)

MEGADETH’s United Abominations Hits Stores May 15th; On Tour with HEAVEN AND HELL

MEGADETH will release their 11th studio album, United Abominations, May 15 via their new label, Roadrunner Records. Frontman Dave Mustaine recently completed tracking and mixing the album in rural Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap.

Of the new CD, Mustaine says listening to it “puts a smile on the inside of me for the first time in years. We all can smile on the outside, but the project has satisfied me, and I am completely content deep inside. I can’t remember when I had such a pleasant time making a record. It is fast, heavy, melodic, and of course controversial, as well as hooky with some unexpected twists.”

The album was recorded in Los Angeles and England by Mustaine (guitar/vocals) with Glen Drover (guitar), Shawn Drover (drums) and James Lomenzo (bass). “Metal needs a really good old school record again,” says Mustaine. “I believe I have delivered.” The album’s first single is “À Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free),” a newly recorded version of the early MEGADETH classic that now features guest vocals by Cristina Scabbia of LACUNA COIL. The album’s 10 other songs are: “Sleepwalker,” “Washington Is Next!,” “Never Walk Alone…A Call To Arms,” “United Abominations,” “Gears Of War,” “Blessed Be The Dead,” “Play For Blood,” “Amerikhastan,” “You’re Dead” and “Burnt Ice.”

In other news, the band recently announced they’ll tour North America with HEAVEN AND HELL (BLACK SABBATH) and MACHINE HEAD beginning March 11 in Vancouver, BC.

Meanwhile, MEGADETH released the electrifying live DVD, That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires, March 6 via Image Entertainment.

Tour dates w/HEAVEN AND HELL and MACHINE HEAD:
Tue 3/13 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Wed 3/14 Calgary, AB Saddledome
Fri 3/16 Regina, SK Brandt Centre
Sun 3/18 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Tue 3/20 Sault St. Marie, ON Steelback Centre
Thu 3/22 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Sat 3/24 London, ON John Labatt Centre
Mon 3/26 Montreal, PQ Bell Centre
Tue 3/27 Quebec City, PQ Colisee Pepsi Arena
Wed 3/28 Ottawa, ON Civic Center
Sun 4/22 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
Tue 4/24 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
Wed 4/25 Los Angeles, CA Forum
Thu 4/26 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheater
Sat 4/28 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
Sun 4/29 Denver, CO Broomfield Events Center
Tue 5/1 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wed 5/2 Houston, TX Cynthia Mitchell Woods
Thu 5/3 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre
Sat 5/5 Chicago, IL All State Arena
Sun 5/6 Minneapolis, MN Theatre at Target Center
Tue 5/8 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
Thu 5/10 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Arena
Fri 5/11 Cleveland, OH Tower City Amphitheater
Sat 5/12 Detroit, MI Cobo Hall
Mon 5/14 Albany, NY Times Union Center
Tue 5/15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Thu 5/17 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
Fri 5/18 Baltimore, MD Merriweather Pavilion
Sat 5/19 Holmdel, NJ PNC Arts Center

Release Date Set for MACHINE HEAD’s The Blackening; Tour with LAMB OF GOD, TRIVIUM

MACHINE HEAD recently finished recording The Blackening at Sharkbite Studios in the band’s hometown of Oakland, California. Once again produced by singer/guitarist Robert Flynn and mixed by Colin Richardson, the album is set for a March 27, 2007 release.

With the upcoming release, MACHINE HEAD will head out on tour with LAMB OF GOD, TRIVIUM, and GOJIRA.

Regarding The Blackening Flynn states, “This is the most ambitious thing we have ever attempted. We all challenged ourselves and each other to write a record that pushed the boundaries of complexity and technical structure.” Meanwhile, Flynn’s lyrics have gone from what has been, recently, a more introspective focus, back to the social commentary tackled on previous albums like Burn My Eyes. Flynn continues, “The nature of what is happening in the world led to a darker, bleaker album in every sense.” Pointed and timely, the lyrics in songs such as “Clenching the Fists of Dissent,” “A Farewell to Arms” and “Halo” touch upon politics, the war in Iraq and organized religion. The lyrics to the aforementioned songs spit anger and disdain at their topics in the true spirit of angst that fueled punk rock in the mid- 80’s.

Frontman Robert Flynn continues, “Got all of the mixes 2 days ago, WOW man, Colin Richardson nailed it!! SO massive sounding, it could be the heaviest guitar tone EVER!! We’re all really proud of the results, we worked our butt’s off on this one. It’s a crazy, complex, challenging, and fun record to listen too. It’s layered like hell, one of those albums where the more you listen, the more you hear. We can’t fuckin’ wait til’ people can listen to it!!!!!”

Aesthetics Of Hate” captures the bands anger towards an article that bashed Dimebag Darrell right after his death and slammed the metal community as a whole for mourning it. The band actually performed this new track during the special appearances they made along the Sounds of the Underground Tour this past summer. “Now I Lay Thee Down” has a Romeo and Juliet-esque love story slant to it, while “Slanderous” addresses the hate that still permeates throughout society and “Wolves,” tackles the bands competitive, ‘winner take all’ spirit.

MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain on the upcoming tour: “Looking forward to spreading the metal across the U.S. with our friends LAMB OF GOD, and TRIVIUM. Can’t wait to feel the energy from the fans at these shows! This tour and the venues we’re playing couldn’t be any better for an ‘in your face” metal show!!! “Super fuckin’ stoked to going out on this tour. LAMB OF GOD have been one of my favorite bands since As the Palaces Burn, this is gonna be FUN. Let the metal mania begin!!”

Tour dates:
2/16 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
2/17 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete St Amphitheatre
2/18 – Austin, TX – Stubbs
2/20 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
2/21 – Flagstaff, Az – Orpheum Theater
2/22 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
2/23 – Fresno, CA – Rainbow Ballroom
2/24 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
2/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
2/27 – Chico, CA – Senator Theatre
2/28 – Portland, OR – Roseland
3/01 – Spokane, WA – Big Easy
3/03 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Centre
3/04 – Calgary, AB – Macewan Hall
3/06 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
3/07 – Fargo, ND – Playmakers Pavilion
3/08 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
3/09 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
3/10 – Kansas City, KS – Beaumont Club
3/11 – Sioux Falls, SD – Empire Expo Hall
3/13 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Hawkeye Downs
3/14 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
3/15 – Ft Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
3/16 – Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
3/17 – Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
3/18 – Guelph, ON – Cowboys Bar
3/20 – Montreal, QC – Medley
3/21 – Providence, RI – Lupos
3/22 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
3/23 – Philadelphia, Pa Electric Factory
3/24 – Albany, NY – Northern Lights
3/25 – Rochester, NY – Harro East
3/26 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
3/28 – Norfolk, VA – Norva Theatre
3/29 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
3/30 – Jacksonville, FL – Plush
3/31 – St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
4/01 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
4/03 – Nashville, TN – City Hall – No TRIVIUM
4/04 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre – No TRIVIUM
4/05 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts – No TRIVIUM

LAMB OF GOD February 2007 with MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, and GOJIRA

Returning to the U.S. after a sold-out tour of Europe, Australia and Japan, LAMB OF GOD is excited to announce a headlining American tour in 2007 with MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM and GOJIRA. Having spent the summer of 2006 on the Unholy Alliance Tour with SLAYER and joining MEGADETH for the Gigantour tour in September, LOG will kick-off this tour in Dallas on February 16 as they bring their live show across the U.S. and Canada.

Drummer Chris Adler states, “When you are a kid, you dream of playing your music in an arena. Once you’ve done it, you realize how much you miss the power and energy of a kick ass club show. We’ve been fortunate to be playing some big places as of late, but when we started talking about a spring 2007 Sacrament tour, we agreed (and had heard it repeatedly over the past 2 years from the fans!!!) that it would be incredibly intense for everyone to bring the machine that is LAMB OF GOD back into the clubs. There is no comparing the connection and shared energy of a club show. The blood, sweat, and beer flying – that’s a proper metal show! This is intense music for intense people – we’re sick of the seats, the ushers and the lame security guards telling people to calm down!”

“We probably should have left it at that, but in true LAMB OF GOD form we pushed it further. With a little help from our friends, we put an arena show bill together and told our booking agent to put it into the clubs and theaters – and oh yeah, not just any clubs – lets make sure to hit a lot of cities that normally get overlooked. Let’s bring the best show we can to the people that have been left waiting for far too long. This is going to be completely out of hand and we can’t fucking wait! You have been warned!!!”

The following tour dates are confirmed:
Fri/Feb-16 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
Sat/Feb-17 Corpus Cristi, TX Concrete St. Amphitheatre
Sun/Feb-18 Austin, TX Stubbs
Tue/Feb-20 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
Thu/Feb-22 Anaheim, CA The Grove
Fri/Feb-23 Fresno, CA Rainbow Ballroom
Sat/Feb-24 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
Sun/Feb-25 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern
Tue/Feb-27 Chico, CA The Senator Theatre
Wed/Feb-28 Portland, OR Roseland
Thu/Mar-01 Spokane, WA Big Easy
Sat/Mar-03 Edmonton, AB Ed’s – The Venue
Sun/Mar-04 Calgary, AB Macewan Hall
Tue/Mar-06 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre
Wed/Mar-07 Fargo, ND Playmakers Pavilion
Thu/Mar-08 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
Fri/Mar-09 Tulsa, OK Cains Ballroom
Sat/Mar-10 Kansas City, KS Beaumont Club
Sun/Mar-11 Sioux Falls, SD Empire Expo Hall
Tue/Mar-13 Cedar Rapids, IA Hawkeye Downs
Wed/Mar-14 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
Thu/Mar-15 Ft. Wayne, IN Pierres
Fri/Mar-16 Toledo, OH Headliners
Sat/Mar-17 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
Sun/Mar-18 Guelph, ON Cowboys Bar
Tue/Mar-20 Montreal, QC Medley
Wed/Mar-21 Providence, RI Lupos At The Strand
Thu/Mar-22 New York, NY Roseland
Fri/Mar-23 Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues
Sat/Mar-24 Albany, NY Northern Lights
Sun/Mar-25 Rochester, NY Harro East
Mon/Mar-26 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Wed/Mar-28 Norfolk, VA Norva Theatre
Thu/Mar-29 Myrtle Beach, SS House Of Blues
Fri/Mar-30 Jacksonville, FL Plush
Sat/Mar-31 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
Sun/Apr-01 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Tue/Apr-03 Nashville, TN City Hall
Wed/Apr-04 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre
Thu/Apr-05 Cincinatti, OH Bogarts

CHIMAIRA: Ressurection Drops March 6th

CHIMAIRA‘s new album Ressurection has been scheduled for a March 6, 2007 release through Ferret Records in North America (other territories through Nuclear Blast Records).  Produced by Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, GOD FORBID) and Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY), the follow-up to last year’s self-titled album will be the first since their departure from Roadrunner Records.