October 2011

Iced Earth have released a brand new video for the song "Dystopia". The track is off the album also entitled Dystopia which is available via Century Media. To date, Iced Earth has released 10 studio, one live, two compilation, and three boxed sets ... catapulting them into that rarified cadre of bands who have sold millions of records worldwide. Jon Schaffer formed Iced Earth in Tampa, Florida, in the early 1980s and has been guiding the band ever since, passionately paying attention to every detail, making sure nothing is released with his name on it that isn't 100% Iced Friggin' Earth, baby. Iced Earth is one of America's most successful heavy-metal bands.

Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES have postponed the remaining shows on their U.K. tour after frontman Andy Biersack broke his nose in Luxembourg on October 26.

Even though Biersack and his bandmates played sold-out concert last night (Saturday, October 29) at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, they released an official statement this morning announcing their decision to cance their shows at Wolverhampton Civic Hall (October 30) and Bristol O2 Academy (November 1), as well as their Oxford Street HMV signing and special Halloween show at London's Borderline on Monday.

"BLACK VEIL BRIDES have announced that the remainder of the UK tour has had to be postponed due to Andy's injuries sustained while performing in Luxembourg on October 26," the statement reads. "The band performed last night at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London and despite making it through the show, Andy was in excruciating pain and had difficulty singing and breathing. As a result, he needed to see a doctor after the show. He has been advised not to perform for the next three weeks to allow himself time to rest, heal and fully recover. The band are working on rescheduling the remaining shows in Wolverhampton and Bristol and an announcement will be made about this [as soon as possible]. BLACK VEIL BRIDES would like to thank the BVB army for all their support and understanding and the band will be back on the road with AVENGED SEVENFOLD in late November in the U.S. once Andy is fully recovered. Thank you."

In an interview with Revolver magazine, Biersack said he suffered his most recent injury as a result of his "typical routine to entertain the crowd …. rolling around and being crazy."

"Normally, before 'Legacy' goes into a breakdown-y guitar solo-y kind of part, I get down on my knees and do a mock prayer," he said. "I did that and then rolled backwards and stood up and I didn't realize I was directly under the four-foot drum riser. I smashed the bone dead center on my skull. From above my eyebrows, right down the bridge of my nose, that's where I cracked. I was unconscious for a second.

"I knew something terrible had happened immediately," he continued. "I jumped up, but I was still in shock and … I started getting really dizzy and stumbled my way offstage and got to the backstage area. I positioned myself in front of a mirror and saw it was huge and ridiculous. And that's when the pain set in and it was pretty excruciating. But there wasn't a lot of bleeding or anything because of where it broke."

Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD have set "Resolution" as the title of their new album, due on January 24, 2012 via Epic Records (one day earlier internationally through Roadrunner). The CD was once again helmed by producer Josh Wilbur, who worked on the band's last effort, 2009's "Wrath".

"Resolution" will feature 14 songs and will come in a digipack with artwork by longtime art director Ken Adams.

There will be a special U.K. pre-order for a limited edition album bundle, containing a bonus 12-track live album, titled "Wrath - Tour 2009/2010", together with the "Resolution" digipack. Orders for the limited-edition package will be taken online only, strictly until December 25, from Play, Amazon and HMV.

"Resolution" track listing:

01. Straight For The Sun
02. Desolation
03. Ghost Walking
04. Guilty
05. The Undertow
06. The Number Six
07. Barbarosa
08. Invictus
09. Cheated
10. Insurrection
11. Terminally Unique
12. To The End
13. Visitation
14. King Me

Limited-edition pre-order bonus live album "Wrath - Tour 2009/2010" track listing:

01. The Passing
02. In Your Words
03. Set to Fail
04. Walk With Me In Hell
05. Hourglass
06. Now You've Got Something to Die For
07. Ruin
08. As The Palaces Burn
09. Blacken the Cursed Sun
10. Laid to Rest
11. Redneck
12. Black Label

Alternative Revolt Magazine Presents The Independent Showcase Featuring Death Valley High and Simoom! Beginning at the mid-end of October the two weeklong tour cycle hit across the East Coast and West Coast back to back with its handful of dates showcasing these guys at their very finest.

San Francisco, Californians Death Valley High is a doom pop punk act that really provides that energetic but powerful punch to society. Kick starting their set up around 9:45 p.m. these doom punks really kept it heavy duty throughout their set. Singing such songs as their infamously popular "Multiply" frontman Reyka Osburn strutting his musical abilities by not only vocalizing, but doing his work on the guitar and keyboard really kept the energy flowing. Overall set was flawless and raw!


Another San Franciscan is metal enthusiasts Simoom. These metal heads really know how to deliver when it comes to performance tactics singing such songs as "Vine", and "Cutting Seams", their stage presents is in tune with the tunes and quite steadily paced. Frontman Tino Monlinari has two vocal abilities a crisp clean side with a screaming aggressive side that really ignites his abilities as a musician. While the remainder of Simoom really pulls it together doing their thing showcasing a heavy duty craftsmanship that is stable and true.


This independent showcase was truly one that you did not want to miss.