Disturbed – Asylum Review

Asylum

I’ve taken my time with this review, because I really couldn’t find the right words to describe this album…

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Hatebreed Announce UK Tour

Hardcore metal behemoths Hatebreed are returning to the UK this December!

Jamey Jasta:

“We’re beyond excited to return to the U.K. for a tour in December. We hinted to the fans that we’d be back to do a full headline tour when we were playing with Machine Head earlier this year. Then we had a great shows in Reading, Colchester and Leeds, so we wanted to make sure we closed out 2010 with a proper headline set for all of our U.K. diehards! Thanks to everyone who made their voices heard on our various websites. We’ll see you in December.”

The dates are:

Dec. 06 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece
Dec. 07 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Dec. 08 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Dec. 09 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Dec. 10 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
Dec. 11 – Stoke, UK – Sugarmill
Dec. 13 – Leeds, UK – Cockpit
Dec. 14 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Dec. 15 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Dec. 16 – London, UK – Garage

New My Chemical Romance Album Title And Trailer

MCR’s new album will be titled Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. According to Wikipedia, the album will be released November 22nd this year.

Triaxis Announce New Guitarist And Tour

British heavy metallers Triaxis have announced that Glyn Williams (Firax, Fury of the Waters) will join them as their new lead guitarist.

Triaxis:

“Glyn is an excellent guitarist who has been known to us for some time and has performed at festivals such as Hammerfest earlier this year. We are delighted to have him on board and look forward to working with him.”

Glyn:

“I am grateful that Triaxis have decided to take me on as their lead guitarist. I’m really looking forward to performing with Triaxis and writing new material with them. I can’t wait to see what is in store for the band!”

Triaxis have also been announced as main support to Kobra and the Lotus on their upcoming UK tour:

Nov. 19 – Nice N Sleazy – Glasgow, UK
Nov. 20 – The Bongo Club – Edinburgh, UK
Nov. 21 – Trillians – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK
Nov. 24 – B2 Venue – Norwich, UK
Nov. 26 – The Snooty Fox – Wakefield, UK
Nov. 27 – Bridgehouse 2 – London, UK
Nov. 28 – The Roadhouse – Birmingham, UK
Dec. 2 – The Garage – Swansea, UK

Tickets are available from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk or direct from venues.

For up to date news on Triaxis, go to http://www.myspace.com/triaxisuk

Triaxis are:

Krissie Kirby – Vocals
Glyn Williams – Lead Guitars
Clare ‘CJ’ Hale – Rhythm Guitars
Owen Crawford – Bass
Giles Wilson – Drums

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Remember to check out BFS on their October UK tour:

OCTOBER
06 Cambridge Corn Exchange
07 Bristol Academy
08 Exeter Lemon Grove
09 Plymouth University
10 Nottingham Rock City
11 Southampton Guildhall
12 London Shepherds Bush Empire
13 Birmingham Academy
14 Manchester Academy
15 Norwich UEA
16 Leeds Academy
17 Glasgow Academy
18 Aberdeen Warehouse
19 Newcastle Academy
20 Liverpool Academy
22 Belfast Spring and Airbrake
23 Dublin Academy

Mike Portnoy Leaves Dream Theater

Mike Portnoy released the following statement in the early hours of this morning (UK time)

“I am about to write something I never imagined I’d ever write.

“After 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater… the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century.

“To many people this will come as a complete shock, and will also likely be misunderstood by some, but please believe me that it is not a hasty decision…it is something I have struggled with for the last year or so….

“After having had such amazing experiences playing with Hail!, Transatlantic and Avenged Sevenfold this past year, I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with these other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater.

“Please don’t misinterpret me, I love the Dream Theater guys dearly and have a long history, friendship and bond that runs incredibly deep with them… it’s just that I think we are in serious need of a little break.

“Dream Theater was always my baby…and I nurtured that baby every single day and waking moment of my life since 1985… 24/7, 365… never taking time off from Dream Theater‘s never-ending responsibilites (even when the band was ‘off’ between cycles)… working overtime and way beyond the call of duty that most sane people ever would do for a band.

“But I’ve come to the conclusion that the Dream Theater machine was starting to burn me out…and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my Dream Theater spirit hungry and inspired.

“We have been on an endless write/record/tour cycle for almost 20 years now (of which I have overseen EVERY aspect without a break) and while a few months apart from each other here and there over the years has been much needed and helpful, I honestly hoped the band could simply agree with me to taking a bit of a ‘hiatus’ to recharge our batteries and ‘save me from ourselves’…

“Sadly, in discussing this with the guys, they determined they do not share my feelings and have decided to continue without me rather than take a breather… I even offered to do some occasional work throughout 2011 against my initial wishes, but it was not to be…

“While it truly hurts for me to even think of a Dream Theater without Mike Portnoy (hell, my father named the band!!), I do not want to stand in their way…so I have decided to sacrifice myself and simply leave the band so as to not hold them back against their wishes.

“Strangely enough, I just read an interview that I recently did that asked me about the future of Dream Theater and I talked about ‘always following your heart and being true to yourself’… Sadly, I must say that at this particular moment, my heart is not with Dream Theater…and I would simply be ‘going through the motions,’ and would honestly NOT be true to myself if I stayed for the sake of obligation without taking the break I felt I needed.

“I wish the guys the best and hope the music and legacy we created together is enjoyed by fans for decades to come… I am proud of every album we made, every song we wrote and every show we played….

“I’m sorry to all the disappointed Dream Theater fans around the world… I really tried to salvage the situation and make it work… I honestly just wanted a break (not a split)… but happiness cannot be forced, it needs to come from within.

“You Dream Theater fans are the greatest fans in the world and as you all know, I have always busted my ass for you guys and I hope that you will stay with me on my future musical journey, wherever it may lead me…. (and as you all know my work ethic, there will surely be no shortage of future Mike Portnoy projects!)”

This is very sad news for Dream Theater fans, Portnoy was one of the main creative forces in the band, as well as one of the greatest drummers alive, Dream Theater are going to have a very hard time replaceing him.

The band released this statement shortly after Portnoy’s:

“To all of our loyal fans and friends: It is with profound sadness — regret — we announce that Mike Portnoy, our lifelong drummer and friend, has decided to leave Dream Theater.

“Mike’s stature in the band has meant the world to all of us professionally, musically, and personally over the years. There is no dispute: Mike has been a major force within this band.

“While it is true that Mike is choosing to pursue other ventures and challenges, we can assure you that Dream Theater will continue to move forward with the same intensity — and in the same musical tradition — that you have all helped make so successful, and which is truly gratifying to us.

“Fans and friends: File this episode under ‘Black Clouds and Silver Linings.’

“As planned, we begin recording our newest album in January 2011, and we’ll follow that with a full-on world tour.

“‘The Spirit Carries On.’

“All of us in Dream Theater wholeheartedly wish Mike the best on his musical journey. We have had a long and meaningful career together. It is our true hope that he finds all he is looking for, and that he achieves the happiness he deserves. He will be missed.”

So, does this mean Portnoy will be joining A7X full time?

“I BEG of the fans to please not hold A7X responsible for my decision… they are just as shocked as you guys.. I has been contemplating this and desiring a “break” (not split) as long as last year…everything else is fully explained in the press release… Thank you for all your support and understanding…this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

By the looks of things, Portnoy will continue to play with A7X until their tour schedule is complete, what happens next for Portnoy is anyone’s guess.

Personally, I think he will return to Dream Theater at some point down the line, but maybe that is just wishful thinking…

Murderdolls – Women And Children Last Review

Women And Children Last

For the Death Valley Superstars, sadism was merely an appetizer… And revenge was the main course! Continue reading