Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New BLOTTED SCIENCE album on the horizon

OK, so it is not a full length album, but the 22-minute long EP that follows their insane debut "The Machinations of Dementia" is one hell of an anticipated release for the Extreme Pair of Mandy and Dario. Founder Rob Jarzombek tells Metal Injection that the group has a new drummer.
“Yes, folks, please welcome Hannes [Grossmann] to Blotted Science! Those of you in the death metal world should be very familiar with his work with Necrophagist and Obscura. Of course, Alex and I wish [former Blotted Science/current Behold... The Arctopus drummer Charlie Zeleny] the very best with his current bands/projects/sessions, and many thanks for doing an absolute brilliant job on Machinations.”
No date has been set for the release, but Ron speculates that early 2011 is the target.

Yngwie has a new release in the works

Veteran neo-classical shred god Yngwie Malmsteen will once again release the fury on November 23rd.
Relentless will be his first release in two years and will once again feature the mighty Tim "Ripper" Owens on vocals.

Tracks for Relentless include "Relentless," "Look At You Now," "Shot Across the Bow," "Adagio B Minor Variation," "Caged Animal," "Critical Mass," "Into Valhalla," "Enemy Within," and "Caprici Di Inferno".

"This title truly is the right one for this album, explains Yngwie. "I mean, after all these years, some kind of force is driving me to create something that totally surpasses everything I've done before. I tried to capture the raw energy of a live performance, yet push myself to the most demanding level of playing and composing to harness that elusive magic that can't just be switched on. All the way out, caution to the wind, but disciplined performances was what I went for. Maybe I did it too, check it out!

For more info check out

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cannibal Corpse - Butchered At Birth - original artwork for sale

This is the original art for the Cannibal Corpse CD Butchered at Birth. The cover received lots of attention and was banned in several countries. Some copies of the CD were sold wrapped in butcher paper. Still one of my most well known paintings.

The art is watercolor and acrylic on 12"x12" illustration board. The art is framed and ready to be hung on your wall.

Artwork is listed on eBay with a starting bit of $5,000.

Vince Locke is an accomplished artist who began work in 1986 illustrating Deadworld, a zombie horror comic that soon became an underground hit. Since then, his illustrative talents in comics have included The Sandman, American Freak, Batman, Witchcraft: Le Terreur, The Spectre, and A History of Violence, which was later made into a movie directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen. Locke has also gained notoriety by creating ultra-violent watercolor paintings used as album covers for the death metal band Cannibal Corpse, and by providing illustrations for the dark-fantasy author CaitlĂ­n R. Kiernan. He lives with his wife and son in Michigan, where he continues to draw and paint many things, one of which being the all-new graphic novel for Top Shelf, Junction True, written by Ray Fawkes -- due to be published in 2011.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nevermore announce North American Tour dates

Nevermore will be touring the states (and Canada) for the first time in three years in support of the new release The Obsidian Conspiracy. They will also be taking out Warbringer, Hatesphere and Blackguard as support acts. Be sure to catch Jeff Loomis and company at one of the following dates
Sep. 24 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Sep. 25 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Sep. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Sep. 28 – Key Club – Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 30 – The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
Oct. 01 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
Oct. 02 – U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
Oct. 03 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Oct. 05 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
Oct. 06 – Marquee – Tulsa, OK
Oct. 07 – Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
Oct. 08 – Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
Oct. 09 – Numbers – Houston, TX
Oct. 11 – Emo’s Alternative Lounging – Austin, TX
Oct. 13 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Oct. 14 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Oct. 15 – Jaxx – West Springfield – VA
Oct. 16 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Oct. 17 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 19 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
Oct. 20 – FouFounes – Montreal, Que
Oct. 21 – Music Hall – London, Ont
Oct. 22 – Opera House – Toronto, Ont
Oct. 23 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Oct. 25 – Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 26 – Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
Oct. 27 – Blondies – Detroit, MI
Oct. 29 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
Oct. 30 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 31 – Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
Nov. 01 – Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB
Nov. 02 – The Exchange – Regina, SK
Nov. 04 – The Republik – Calgary, AB
Nov. 05 – Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB

European office of Relapse Records destroyed by fire

The European office of Relapse Records and their warehouse was completely destroyed by a fire that broke out early Wednesday morning. All that remains of the buildings is ash. Per the record label, no one was injured in the fire and authorities are investigating the cause of the fire. Relapse Records operations will continue and updates will be provided.

Relapse Records is label to a great many bands, and it's a shame to hear of this tragedy.  Bands the likes of Cephalic CarnageRumpelstiltskin Grinder, Dying Fetus, Abysmal Dawn, Devourment, and Kingdom of Sorrow call Relapse home. 

Visit Relapse Records to view their current artist roster, buy merch, find tour information, and information on new releases.  

Best wishes and best of luck to Relapses Records in recovering from this tragedy.  

Monday, September 20, 2010

R.I.P. Douglas Copley

Focus On Metal would like to extend its condolences to the family and friends of Doug Copley who died suddenly last week. Doug was a friend of the show, massive Kiss fan, and all around longtime metalhead.
Lowell and the Boston area will greatly miss Doug's guitar playing.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mike Portnoy leaves Dream Theater

In an open letter on Facebook, Mike Portnoy states that after being a part of the band for 25 years, he has decided to leave Dream Theater. While Mike clearly states that Dream Theater has been his baby for such a long time, he admits that he has enjoyed himself a lot more working on a variety of different projects from Avenged Sevenfold to Hail and Transatlantic. Read the entire Facebook message here,

Reward Posted for return of Machine Head guitarists gear

Robb Flynn from Machine Head suffered a robbery at his bay area home on Sept 7.
Several things were taken from his home including family items and musical equipment.

One item stolen was a Washburn Dimebolt prototype which was a gift from Dimebag.
Robb is offering a $2000 reward for the return of that guitar.

Also taken was a black Ibanez strat which was used in the recording of the album "Burn My Eyes".
The guitar is covered in several stickers, including one that states "designated drinker".
A $1000 reward is being offered for that instrument.

If anyone sees or hears of anything on Craigslist, eBay, or their local guitar or pawn shop (basically anywhere) contact ASAP.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

DIMMU BORGIR video now streaming

For a very limited time DIMMU BORGIR is streaming Gateways performed by KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra)
The next next few days the stream can be found here.  After that it will be posted to their YouTube Channel