VADER Announce Dates For Back To The Black 2013 Tour Part II With MELECHESH

The Polish veterans VADER have announced dates on Back To The Black 2013 tour Part II where they are playing all songs from the cult albums Black To The Blind and Sothis, along with their their biggest hits. MELECHESH are confirmed openers.


Dates include:

10 – Flensborg, Germany – Roxy*
11 – Odense, Denmark – Kansas City*
12 – Aarhus, Denmark – Metal Royal Festival*
13 – Nancy, France – Metal Ride Festival
14 – Darmstadt, Germany – Steinbruch Theater
15 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
16 – Zagreb, Croatia – Mochvara
17 – Budapest, Hungary – Blue Hell
18 – Timisoara, Romania – Daos
19 – Bucarest, Romania – Fabrica
20 – Sofia, Bulgaria – RBF
21 – Belgrade, Serbia – Gun
23 – Bari, Italy – Demode
24 – Rome, Italy – Jailbreak
25 – Milano, Italy – The Theatre Live Music
26 – Bern, Switzerland – Kultarena
27 – Annaberg, Germany – Alte Brauerei
28 – Ostrava, Czech Republic – Barrak
30 – Kosice, Slovakia – Collosseum*

1 – Tychy, Poland – Underground Pub*
2 – Wroc?aw, Poland – Asymmetry Festival*
3 – Tilburg, Holland – Neurotic Festival*
4 – Rosenheim, Germany – Bavarian Battle Spring Fest*

* without Melechesch



Nothing says, “Until Death Do Us Part” like Slayer. Couple exchanges wedding vows with Slayer song as intro…

When Dan Phillipps and his wife Kinga got married at The Staaten in Staten Island, New York on September 24, 2011, they chose an unlikely song as their wedding intro: SLAYER‘s “Raining Blood” (see video footage below).

Asked why he chose this particular track to serve as the introduction to the newly hitched couple, Dan told BLABBERMOUTH.NET: “SLAYER has always been a very special band to me. SLAYER, METALLICA and ANTHRAX were the reasons I got into heavy metal. I remember first hearing ‘Hell Awaits’ in 1987 and being blown away. I never heard anything like it.

“When I first met Kinga, I didn’t know she was into extreme music. She’s from Poland so I randomly asked her if she heard of BEHEMOTH or VADER. To my surprise, she heard of them and had seen them live in concert a few times. So we instantly clicked. Our second date was a ROTTING CHRIST concert.

“When I was planning our wedding intro, I knew that I didn’t want your typical wedding music for our intro. I spoke to Kinga about it and she agreed. A standard wedding intro just didn’t seem right for my wife and I. Something about the ‘Raining Blood’ intro seemed like the perfect walk-out music for us. I got goosebumps just thinking about it. Most of my friends and family loved our intro. They said it was perfect for my wife and I.”


Visions of Atlantis CD Review: Ethera

Visions of Atlantis

CD Review: Ethera

Label: Naplam Records

By: TJ Fowler

Release Dates:
22.03.2013 G/A/S & Benelux
27.03.2013 ESP/FIN/SWE/NOR
01.04.2013 Rest of Europe
09.04.2013 USA/CAN

Oh Visions of Atlantis(VOA)…where do I even begin with this review?  I have to admit I had never heard of the Austrian symphonic metal band Visions of Atlantis until I volunteered to review their upcoming CD Ethera due out in March/April.

After listening to this CD I wished I had not volunteered.

I do not wish to be unkind or hateful in my review, which can be an easy thing to do these days when sitting behind a keyboard and not having to face the people who put in hard work on something they enjoy and are trying to make a living at.  So I will aim to be constructive and honest here.

The album presented here by VOA, to my ears, seemed very lackluster and unimaginative.  The songs never once really grabbed me or kept me interested.  The vocals seemed flat at times from both the female and male singers of the group.  The Maxi herself seemed adequate but the songs never had any fire to them and Mario seemed at too many times he was trying too hard to sound ‘mean’ when really he just sounded like he didn’t belong in the band(or the genre).  Chris, the guitar player in several songs, sounds like a good, talented player and would on occasion bang out some crunchy riffs.  Only for him to be placed into the background of the production so the listener can hear mostly the two singers sing about…well I didn’t know exactly the what they were singing about. That’s how unengaged Ethera made me feel and I listened to the album twice.  Also, the use of keyboards on the album doesn’t really add anything at all.  You will hear some odd keyboard effects here and there and in the songs but they never really DO anything for the songs.  AT ALL.

According to the band’s bio, VOA were inspired by bands like Nightwish with VOA tending to use both male and female vocalists more evenly than Nightwish.  However, VOA are not Nightwish in terms of songwriting.  I think my biggest complaint with VOA’s Ethera is the song’s compositions.  There is nothing about the songs lyrically or musically that give them any distinctiveness in any form.  This is a shame because I think the musicians themselves have some talent, especially the guitarist, but the songwriting just really dropped the ball here.

I actually looked up a previous song from VOA while writing this review and gave it a listen.  New Dawn it was called and I found it catchy, fun to listen to and enjoyable.  Something I didn’t find on Ethera, which is unfortunate since I found the style of New Dawn good.

I also read up on the band and noticed they have been around since 2000, so they must be doing something right and maybe I’m not the Symphonic Metal expert I need to be to review this band or album.  Hell, maybe Symphonic Metal Maniacs will eat this up like Fruit Loops on a Saturday Morning Cartoon Marathon but for me, Visions of Atlantis’s album Ethera was more like sitting in church on Sunday morning with a hangover.

Rating: 1.5/5

Visions of Atlantis are:

MAXI NIL- Vocals
CRIS TIAN- Guitars

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GWAR Announces Second Leg of “Fate or Chaos” Tour

Tour Kicks Off April 10th!

After spending months deep inside their arctic fortress working on what will be their next album, your Lords and Masters GWAR have announced their return to the road in North America. The second leg of the “Fate or Chaos” tour is scheduled to kick off April 10th in Tucson, AZ and will run through April 25th in Jacksonville, Florida. Support on the tour will come from Warbeast and Wilson. Tickets go on sale this Friday February 15th.

Briefly putting down the crack pipe, lead throat thing Oderus Urungus spoke about going back on tour:

“As you humans amuse yourself with your mundane holidays, it has been a time of intense activity for GWAR, as we record our 13th studio album– the first one with our new Scumdog brother, Pustulus Maximus!”

The Filth-Lord continued– “We begin this years festivities with the second and final leg of our Fate or Chaos tour, so everybody who missed the first leg can see Cyber-Jesus get his fucking ass handed to him. Then it’s back in the studio to work on all the hulking war machines we shall need on our devastating, brand-spanking new tour, after the album drops at the end of the summer! Can you believe I said drop? How fucking stupid!”

Oderus Urungus and Balsac the Jaws of Death, recently took New York by storm when they were in town filming a segment for the SyFy TV Show “Oddities”.

The guys were once again recruited by MTV’s Next Movie to give their critique of another Steven Spielberg directed, Oscar nominated film. The last time they reviewed a movie for Next Movie they reviewed “War Horse” it was only fitting that “Lincoln” be next. Check out Oderus and Balsac’s review HERE.

Oderus and Balsac recently stole the show .as guests on the “Artie Lange Show”. Check out highlights of their appearance HERE

The summer will also herald the fourth annual GWAR-B-Q, and this year is shaping-up to have the most colossal, bone-crushing line-up yet! But that’s not all from your toxic mutant under-lords. Rumors of boxed sets, GWAR-B-Q sauce, GWAR beer, and long-awaited “comedy” albums abound. Further details about all of these projects would have to wait until “we get our shit together”, said Oderus.

GWAR “Fate Or Chaos Tour” With Warbeast and Wilson

4/10: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre

4/11: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – Tickets

4/12: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe – The Strip – Tickets

4/13: Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theatre – Tickets

4/14: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory – Tickets

4/15: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Tickets

4/16: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club

4/17: Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre – Tickets

4/18: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Lounge

4/19: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

4/20: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom – Tickets

4/21: Little Rock, AR @ The Rev Room – Tickets

4/22: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works – Tickets

4/23: Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar – Tickets

4/24: Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater

4/25: Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live – Tickets


Make sure to keep up with Oderus’ latest incoherent rants and raves on “The Mad Minute” with Full Metal Jackie. Listen to the latest installment and check out recent “Mad Minutes” at




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