Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Music News & Notes

Amebix to release new EP, working on new album

Legendary metal/crust punk godfathers Amebix have risen from the dead, and a three-song EP entitled Redux will be released by Profane Existence Records on June 28th, 2010. The EP will feature live and rerecorded versions of several of the band’s best-loved classics, including “Winter,” “Chain Reaction,” and the immortal battle cry, “Arise.” Redux will be available on CD, 12? LP and digitally. The vinyl edition will include a free download card, which will feature a live version of “Progress?” as a bonus track.


UNEARTHLY TRANCE: New Album Artwork Unveiled
New York's UNEARTHLY TRANCE will release its fifth studio album, aptly titled "V", on September 28 in North America and October 4 internationally. The follow-up to "Electrocution" was recorded in at SIR studios in the band's hometown with engineering help from Sanford Parker and Rich Tapper. The record was mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room and mixed by the band's own Jay Newman. The CD artwork was designed by Glyn Scrawled and can be viewed below. Songtitles set to appear on the album include "Unveiled", "Solar Eye", "Sleeping While They Feast" and "Into A Chasm".

UNEARTHLY TRANCE recently released a split LP with THE ENDLESS BLOCKADE via Chrome Peeler and Humanless Records.


Avenged Sevenfold Unveil 'Nightmare' CD Details
Following the huge success of their first single "Nightmare" – which hit the #1 Rock Song spot on iTunes in its debut week and racked up nearly two million hits on YouTube – Avenged Sevenfold have rolled out some new info on the album of the same name, including ultra-sick cover art, the complete track listing and the specs on a pretty cool deluxe edition.

Nightmare is slated tobe released on July 27th in standard CD and download versions, as well as the short-run “Book of Nightmares” limited edition which comes with alternate cover art, a black-bound book containing lyric sheets, liner notes and artwork topped off with a silver-plated crest, plus a poster-sized “Death Bat Anatomy” embossed lithograph.


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Heaven & Hell Announce Ronnie James Dio Tribute Show

Heaven & Hell, the group made up of Black Sabbath alumni from the 80's, will reassemble for a one-time concert in tribute to their late lead singer Ronnie James Dio. The performance will be on July 24 at the High Voltage Festival, a date that had originally scheduled for the group and canceled two-weeks before Dio's passing.

Making up the group for the show will be Heaven and Hell members Tony Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass and Vinny Appice on drums. Taking Dio's vocal spot will be Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion) and Jorn Lande (Norwegian band Masterplan).

Tony Iommi said "Ronnie's passing has left a huge hole, we hadn't anywhere near finished what we set out to do as a band together. He was so looking forward to the European tour and we hope this appearance will go some way to fulfilling that."

Geezer Butler added, "It's going to be a very emotional occasion. Ronnie loved his fans like no-one else I know - and they loved him. It will be a privilege doing a gig in honour of his memory, and to help towards his charity. Above all, I hope it encourages people to have regular check-ups for this disease. Early detection is vital, and greatly improves the chance of a cure. I know everyone has heard that a million times before, but seeing one of your best friends die because we all think we're immune from this disease, really brings it home. Do it for yourself, your family, your friends. Ronnie would be proud of you."

Proceeds from the show will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout cancer program.

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