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Resident Rock Star conducted an interview with Ivar Bjørnson, guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of Norwegian progressive/psychedelic black metallers ENSLAVED, on February 11 at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado. You can now watch the chat below.

ENSLAVED‘s twelfth studio album, “RIITIIR”, sold around 2,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 8 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

ENSLAVED‘s previous album, “Axioma Ethica Odini”, opened with 1,400 units back in September 2010 to debut at No. 16 on the Top New Artist Albums chart.

“Describing the sound on the new album is both easy and hard,” ENSLAVED‘s Ivar Bjørnson said. “It is easy because it sounds like ENSLAVED, whatever that means. It is hard because there are so many layers and different focal points. I have a feeling that it has a deeper complexity than our previous efforts, but at the same time, I do find it more catchy and moving. Then again, I am the opposite of objective in this, so again I’ll leave it up to the people outside the band to make up their mind.”

ENSLAVED‘s previous two CDs — “Vertebrae” (2008) and “Axioma Ethica Odini” (2010) — were released via Indie Recordings in Europe and Nuclear Blast in North America.

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MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars has dismissed reports that his poor health is partly to blame for the band’s decision to retire from touring.

In a recent interview with the Oakland Press, CRÜE singer Vince Neil said that Mars‘ ongoing battle with Ankylosing spondylitis, a painful form of chronic arthritis that causes vertebrae in the spine to fuse together, as well as the band’s desire to “go out on top” were the primary reasons for CRÜE‘s revelation that they will call it quits after 2015. “It’s just time,” Neil said. “Mick‘s health is not that good, and touring is tough on him. I’m sure in five, 10 years’ time, we’ll probably do something together again, but it’s not gonna be like a KISS farewell to the farewell to the farewell tour. We’re not gonna be like that.”

He added: “We want to go out on top. We don’t want to be one of those bands that people are like, ‘Oh, they’re playing a little club now.’ We still sell out arenas and do stadium shows and stuff like that, and that’s how we want to be remembered.”

However, in a posting on his Twitter account, Mars painted a different picture, claiming that his medical condition had never affected his playing. “Any rumors regarding a farewell tour due to ‘my poor health’ are BS,” he said. “I am doing fine, my AS has never kept me from touring and never will.”

MÖTLEY CRÜE will return to Las Vegas for an exclusive twelve-show engagement September 18 through October 6 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

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Legendary Norwegian progressive black/viking metal band Enslaved have inked a worldwide contract with Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s 2008 release “Vertebrae” and 2010 release “Axioma Ethica Odini” were previously released in North America via the label, while in Europe the releases came via Indie Recordings. The band is expected to have a new release this fall.

Enslaved commented on the signing:

We’re very, very (yes, very) pleased and proud to sign this deal with Nuclear Blast worldwide. We’ve already worked with Nuclear Blast US through our two latest albums; and our personal friendships with NB guys and gals on both sides of the Atlantic are even older. There’s no drama – we take great pride in the fact that there seldom is with us – it is simply a matter of one contract ending, and us going for what seems to be our best option at this point in time and space. This time the best choice for Enslaved is changing things up somewhat. We’re excited to see what the mixture of passion and professionalism at Nuclear Blast can do with the Enslaved name in the years to come. There is no doubt that the level of ambition, the experience and seriousness about what we do, form perfect common ground for Enslaved and Nuclear Blast. We’re in the process of making a new album that will initiate our new partnership, watch out for the approaching wave of news about that. For now, let’s just say that the album will be an absolute (Nuclear) blast!

Gerardo Martínez of Nuclear Blast USA, commented:

Enslaved is one of the most amazing bands to ever come from Norway. We’ve had the pleasure of working with them on their last two albums in North America, and from this day forth worldwide. Looking forward their new masterpiece to be unleashed to the masses later in the year!

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Metal Injection invaded the 2011 NY Comic Con trying to find all things metal at the convention. During the piece, Metal Injection interviewed Richard Christy of Charred Walls of the Damned, the creators of the “Black Metal” comic, the dudes from MetalSucks and Vertebrae 33, and much more. Check out the video below.


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Rob & Frank roam around NY Comic Con, trying to find all things metal at the Con. We interview Richard Christy of Charred Walls of the Damned, the creators of the “Black Metal” comic, the dudes from MetalSucks and Vertebrae 33, and much more. Also, check out our photo gallery from the Con as well as an exclusive interview with Beavis & Butthead creatore Mike Judge.

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Date: 2011-10-21


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59. Deftones – White Pony

Around the Fur may be a hair better, but the Deftones hit a watermark with White Pony that remains one of the most bombastic efforts of its era. Chino Moreno’s wallowing vocals are perfectly at home amidst the chaotic din the Deftones mined out on this album and later with Diamond Eyes. Moreno’s note spelunking on the choruses of “Digital Bath” alone send shivers.

58. Static-X – Wisconsin Death Trip

Not much has been left to prosper from the short-lived nu-metal explosion of the late nineties, save for Korn, but Static-X proved there was tremendous groove to be fostered into the rhythmic guitar and bass struts of Wisconsin Death Trip. This is an album you can hump, dance and mosh to and it will ring your ears when all is said and done.

57. Kylesa – Static Tensions

Kylesa has become a major force in the art-sludge underground. There’s not much better you can do than Static Tensions.

56. Enslaved – Isa

The unsung heroes of black metal, Enslaved. Their recent efforts Vertebrae and Axioma Ethica Odini and prior masterworks Eld, Blodhemn and Below the Lights are so good it’s criminal they haven’t reached a wider audience. Seriously, all of these albums are essential to any headbanger’s collection as Enslaved has broken more black-folk-death-prog barriers than any of their contemporaries. They received a hefty bit of attention for Isa, and deservedly so. It’s one of the most exquisite and catchy extreme metal albums ever recorded. “Neogenesis” gets in the running with Maiden and Helloween for all-time great metal epics.

55. Montrose – s/t

For my money, this is Sammy Hagar at his most volatile. Though it’s Ronnie Montrose’s show, this album is a collective blast of hard rocking fury that shakes its money maker and kicks a few tails in the process. Memorable riffs, a passionate performance by Hagar before he ever broke out and it was Ronnie Montrose on “Bad Motor Scooter” who engineered that sliding engine riff, not Mick Mars on “Kickstart My Heart.” If there’s anything that plucks my nerves, it’s people who think Mars is a genius for that, when he borrowed it from Montrose and the blues guitarists before either of them.

54. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Miss Machine

Tech grind goes to new heights with The Dillinger Escape Plan, who elevated their craft in triplicate with Miss Machine. Going beyond mere ratchety metalcore and grind modes, Dillinger bravely fused electronics, rhythm and sublets that defied the odds of success. Fortunately for them, Miss Machine and its successor Ire Works are more than successes.

53. Dio – Holy Diver

Ronnie James Dio only got better following his stints in Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath. Already in his own league before releasing this revered solo debut, it was simply a matter of which directions Dio was going to follow. Holy Diver is full of both the extreme and the mainstream. Strange that “Rainbow in the Dark” sounds as sanitized today as Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” but Dio’s signature power ballad remains a beacon call to everyone who wishes to feel embraced coming into the ranks of metalheads. The rest of Holy Diver seals your pact.

52. Ace Frehley – Kiss solo album

It’s no secret the generally maligned Kiss solo albums of 1978 were cash cow products that backfired in every way imaginable. Stories of how retailers were forced to send back overages once the unenthusiastic public rejected the solo albums are now legendary. Paul Stanley and Peter Criss’ albums were overall pretty timid and Gene Simmons had a few cool ditties, but his cover of “When You Wish Upon a Star” was a telling tale of how limp Kiss had become at that point in their careers. It was Ace Frehley’s aversely outstanding solo album that makes them even worth talking about. “Rip it Out” became a future Ace standard and his wonderfully layered “Fractured Mirror” set a standard for others to follow–even Ace himself who had mixed results in his “sequels.” Still, the album overall is a rock ‘n roll punchout that proved a few things back then we’re still debating today.

51. Between the Buried and Me – Colors

If The Dillinger Escape Plan opened new portals in tech grind, Between the Buried and Me jumped into them with their textbooks of Pink Floyd, Queen and The Cure snugly in tote. One of the most thoughtful and mathematic-oriented bands on the planet, Between the Buried and Me’s Colors is a must-own, as is Alaska and well hell, their entire catalog. Behind Mastodon and Opeth as one of this generation’s absolute best bands.

50. Kreator – Terrible Certainty

Much of Kreator’s early catalog is indispensable, but Terrible Certainty did something for thrash and death metal they, along with their fellow Teutonic terrors Destruction and Sodom, should be championed for. Not only did Terrible Certainty reach a diverse global market, it put a fearsome, hairy facade upon speed metal when it was starting to grow a fashionable exterior in the American metal sector. This album kept thrash honest as it was starting to go commercial.

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Foscor has issued the following update about an upcoming Enslaved tribute album:

“Greetings all you there, we are proud to reveal the cover of the official tribute to Enslaved. A wonderful piece of art drawn by David Thiérrée in close collaboration with the band members.
Every participating band is still working on their covers … expect some news soon …

“The Official Tribute to Enslaved ‘Önd – A Tribute’ scheduled for late 2011 through the French label Pictonian Records gathers 20 bands covering tracks from ‘Yggdrasil’ to ‘Vertebrae’ albums, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Norwegians masters.”

The cover album’s band lineup is as follows:

DORDEDUH (Romania)
ODEM ARCARUM (Germany)
ISLAND (Germany )
ASMODEE (France)
ANGANTYR (Denmark)
REVERENCE (France)
FOSCOR (Spain)
STAGNANT WATERS (France/Norway)
WODENSTHRONE (UK)
ANGMAR (France)
RIBOZYME (Norway)
EL REGN (Norway)
VREID (Norway)
JANVS (Italy)
BELENOS (France)
KRAKOW (Norway)
LUX DIVINA (Spain)
AS LIGHT DIES (Spain)
FEN (UK)
DARKENHOLD (France)

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