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This Saturday (April 20), many record shops and labels around the world will be participating in Record Store Day. We’ve trawled through teh interwebz to find the very best stuff that’s going down this weekend….

Bring Me: taking over in 2013

Bring Me The Horizon release a special, limited edition 10” vinyl of Hammer-certified massive banger Sleepwalking, with only 500 copies made. Oversized sausage not included, but the internet bitching almost certainly is.

Punk legends The Sex Pistols have a very special 7” picture disc available for RSD, comprising a rare 1977 mix of Pretty Vacant along with a 2008 live country and western version of the same song. Johnny Rotten described it as “putting the cunt into country”. We won’t argue.

Testament: well thrashy

Nuclear Blast Records are putting out a whole raft of goodness, including vinyl releases exclusive to the UK from Anthrax, Testament, Amorphis and Overkill, and a free (that’s FREE) sampler including Soilwork, Hypocrisy, Avantasia and a bunch of other ace bands. You can see Nuclear Blast bands talk about why vinyl rules here:

The Algorithm: ALL THE GENRES!!!111one

Basick Records’ awesome/mental stars Chimp Spanner, The Algorithm, Skyharbor and Uneven Structure each have a limited edition double disc vinyl album out. 500 copies each only, so get yours quick.

Napalm Death

Earache Records are putting out a loud of limited goodies, the highlight of which is the world’s shortest ever album. 13 tracks from grind gods like Napalm Death, Brutal Truth and Insect Warfare included. So that’s all of 83 seconds running time, then. Reign In Blood suddenly seems like a prog epic.


The metal gods themselves, Judas Priest, are putting out a special splatter LP of British Steel. You don’t need more selling than that, right? It’s British fucking Steel. Same goes for Motörhead’s Overkill and Bomber, which also have special splatter releases, and Slayer’s special versions of Hell Awaits and Show No Mercy. It’s fucking Motörhead and SLAY-ER! SLAY-ER!

Prog god Steven Wilson is releasing a heavyweight picture disc 12” with demo versions of Luminol and The Watchmaker from latest masterpiece The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories). Nothing says “Record Store Day” like two terrifying ghost stories.

Killswitch Engage: Back on form

If you don’t love Holy Diver by Dio, you’re ill and should seek urgent medical attention. Killswitch Engage’s cover of it was badass too. And on Record Store Day, you can get both versions on a limited edition 7” vinyl. If you want one, you’ll have to get in the queue behind everyone at Hammer.

Cannibal Corpse: Well it ain’t Barry fucking Manilow, is it?

No one does picture discs like Cannibal Corpse. So a revolting one for death metal classic Butchered At Birth (which is probably banned in half of the world) is a perfect release for Record Store Day. Go pick up some A-grade gore before it’s sold out/censored.


In one of the more unusual releases for the day, Baroness main man and artist extraordinaire John Baizley, Neurosis geniuses Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly, and Nate Hall from US Christmas continue to explore the work of country singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt with a special 10”. It’s utterly wonderful.

Avenged Sevenfold: back in 2013!

Avenged Sevenfold have two vinyls out, one picture disc with Carry On from Call Of Duty: Black Ops II, and a vinyl/DVD package of their Diamonds In The Rough B-sides and rarities compilation, and their 2008 filmed Live In The LBC show. A7X fans, get down to your indie record store.


Bolt Thrower: special splatter version of debut album In Battle There Is No Law!

 Botch: Remastered double LP of debut album American Nervoso

Burzum: special splatter versions of the first four albums (Aske EP included on Burzum)

Cult Of Luna: special white vinyl with grey and black splatter of monstrous new album Vertikal

Killing Joke: Mini-compilation of their first single Nervous System, as well as Pandemonium and latest single Corporate Elect

Napalm Death: 10” of Leaders Not Followers and the Insect Warfare split 7”

Opeth: special half-white, half-grey LP of Morningrise

Poison Idea: red 7” release of the Filthkick EP

To find out where you can grab yourself some of these wonderful goodies and much, much more, go look up the participating stores near you by heading to

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India’s Limit Zero has just released a first full length record, titled “Gravestone Constellations.” The album features Keshav Dhar (Skyharbor), Trevor Marks (Toxic Grind Machine) and Siddharth Basrur (Goddess Gagged) as well as Sunneith Revankar (Bhayanak Maut). You can now stream the full release at bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is:

1. Galaxies Bleed feat. Keshav Dhar 04:06
2. Time Bending Patterns 03:58
3. Approaching Infinity 04:06
4. Within The Beyond 04:15
5. Portals 04:49
6. Arcturus 05:35
7. Focus 04:27
8. Pulsar feat. Siddharth Basrur 06:37
9. Gravestone Constellations feat. Trevor Marks 04:37

Gravestone Constellations by Limit Zero

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In a world as flourishing as that of the Indian metal scene, it speaks volumes that there’s one band making more waves than any other in the country right now. That band is Skyharbor; the progressive metal brainchild of Keshav Dhar. Since releasing Blinding White Noise via Basick Records in April 2012, the murmurs about Skyharbor are getting louder and louder, and having supported Lamb of God in Bangalore in May at the request of LoG drummer Chris Adler, they’re now riding even higher.

Touring, however, is a logistical nightmare. Ex-TesseracT vocalist Dan Tompkins sings on seven tracks on the album but is based in the UK and drummer Anup Sastry is drumming for Jeff Loomis in the US, so Keshav accepts that Skyharbor is going to be “secondary priority”, but he is still hopeful of the band’s grand prospects.

“It’s things like that that we can’t really pass up,” he says of the LoG show. “I want to be playing the really important shows for the band’s profile, but the best way to deal with it is to give it a little bit of time and see where it goes.”
Tompkins isn’t the only high profile band member in the fold, either.

“I was checking my emails one morning and I see one from this really ridiculous email ID – something like SpaceFox,” Keshav laughs. “It was Marty Friedman. I thought it was just someone fucking around but he followed up asking if I wanted to collaborate. I was like, ‘Duh.’ I still thought someone was playing a prank but then he added me on Skype!”

Indeed, technology has played quite the role in Skyharbor’s progress. Keshav originally started out lurking on the same online forums where the likes of Acle Kahney (TesseracT) and Misha ‘Bulb’ Mansoor (Periphery) cut their djent riffing teeth. “I wasn’t as prolific as them. I think I browsed much more than I posted,” he laughs before explaining exactly what marks his band out from the rest of the Indian metal scene.

“I do a lot of the producing on my own. Not many bands do the whole DIY recording and the advantage was that I could put up any piece of music any time I wanted without having to go to a studio. I was just putting it online on Soundcloud, and when it’s free, people will check it out, and it just snowballed.” There’s even more to it, though. Skyharbor have an incredibly universal sound. You’d never know they were from India without looking it up. “I’ve grown up almost entirely on a diet of Western music,” he explains. “I’ve just drawn inspiration from that. I definitely don’t want to force something that isn’t natural like throwing some sitar in there, just for the heck of it.”

With work on album number two already underway, the future is looking blindingly bright for Skyharbor.

White Noise is out now on Basick

Words by Raziq Rauf

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Three recent albums by pioneering guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN – best known for his work with Megadeth and Cacophony – will be released in North America by PROSTHETIC RECORDS on August 14th. The title track “Simple Mystery” – off of the album “Future Addict” features vocals by Jeremy Colson( Steve Vai, Billy Idol) and can be seen above.

“Future Addict” along with 2010’s “Bad D.N.A.” have until this year only been available in Japan, where FRIEDMAN now lives, while 2006’s acclaimed “Loudspeaker”, originally released Stateside by Shrapnel Records, will be made available domestically once again.

Although FRIEDMAN has focused on his Japanese music career for the past several years, he has recently remained active in the international metal scene by guesting on albums by the likes of Jeff Loomis, Skyharbor and Firewind; by voicing the character of “Mr. Gojira” on Cartoon Network’s “Metalocalypse”; and through periodic tours outside of Japan, including a 22-country European trek with his solo band last year. PROSTHETIC is proud to further reintroduce North American audiences to FRIEDMAN – who some say is the best lead guitarist in the history of thrash metal.

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Date: 2012-06-13

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Jeff Loomis, ex-Nevermore guitar prodigy, has been added to the 24-date, coast-to-coast US tour with Protest the Hero, Periphery, The Safety Fire, and Today I Caught the Plague. Jeff Loomis reveals the quality players he’s brought in to accompany him on the stage:

Joe Nurre – guitar (Shaded Enmity)
Gregory Macklin – bass (System Divide, Ordinance)
Anup Sastry – drums (Intervals, Skyharbor)

“My good friend, Joe Nurre from up here in Seattle, will be playing guitar with me out on this run with Protest the Hero and Periphery. Some of you might have seen him play with Nevermore on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise last year. I was lucky enough to find this killer drummer online. His name is Anup Sastry, I’ve seen him do these perfect drum covers on his Youtube page. I reached out and learned he plays in a few great bands as well. You should check out all the stuff he’s done. Anup is based out in the DC area and brought in a friend of his, Greg Macklin, to do bass. Those guys are going to be getting together out there to start practicing the set. Joe and I will do the same over here and then a couple weeks before the tour, Joe and I will fly over Maryland and we’ll all rehearse until we get things perfect. I can’t wait to get out there and start playing live again. See you soon.”

The tour begins March 25th in Chicago, IL and will lead up the release of the new album, Plains Of Oblivion on April 10th, before wrapping up in Philadelphia, PA on April 22nd. Dates are as follows:

Sun/Mar-25 – CHICAGO IL – Bottom Lounge
Mon/Mar-26 – LAWRENCE KS – Granada
Tue/Mar-27 – DALLAS TX – Trees
Wed/Mar-28 – HOUSTON TX – Warehouse Live
Fri/Mar-30 – ALBUQUERQUE NM – Sunshine
Sat/Mar-31 – PHOENIX AZ – Club Red
Sun/Apr-01 -LOS ANGELES CA – Key Club
Mon/Apr-02 – SAN FRANCISCO CA – Slim’s
Tue/Apr-03 – PORTLAND OR – The Branx
Wed/Apr-04 – SEATTLE WA – Studio Seven
Fri/Apr-06 – SALT LAKE CITY UT – In The Venue
Sat/Apr-07 – DENVER CO – Summit
Mon/Apr-09 – ST LOUIS MO – Pops
Tue/Apr-10 – MILWAUKEE WI – The Rave II
Wed/Apr-11 – DETROIT MI – Magic Stick
Thu/Apr-12 – COLUMBUS OH – The Outland Ballroom
Fri/Apr-13 – CLEVELAND OH – Grog Shop
Sat/Apr-14 – BALTIMORE MD – Sonar
Mon/Apr-16 – ATLANTA GA – Masquerade
Tue/Apr-17 – ORLANDO FL – The Social
Wed/Apr-18 – RALEIGH NC – Lincoln Theater
Fri/Apr-20 – NEW YORK NY – Gramercy
Sun/Apr-22 – PHILADELPHIA PA – Trocadero

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