Monday, January 26, 2009


Texas-based mythological occult metal band Absu have posted the song “Girra’s Temple” from their new self-titled album, due in stores February 24, on their official MySpace page. The song offers fans the first listen to material on the anxiously awaited new album that features an all-star array of guest musicians.

To check out that track, head over to

Absu is the first new recording from the trio since their highly acclaimed album Tara released in 2001. Produced by the band with mixing assistance from J.T. Longoria (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus), the album features artwork from Belgian artist Kris Verwimp.

Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the album’s lyrical concepts, “I am concentrating more on Sumerian-based occult themes of magick and mythology versus the Celtic aspect of my previous writings, which was heavily expressed on the last few Absu studio albums. Musically speaking, the material will be quite similar to Tara, but with more of a ’70s progressive/psychedelic texture within it.”

Track listing for Absu is: 1. Between The Absu Of Eridu & Erech, 2. Night Fire Canonization, 3. Amy, 4. Nunbarshegunu, 5. 13 Globes, 6. …Of The Dead Who Never Rest In Their Tombs Are The Attendance Of Familiar Spirits…Including: A.) Diversified Signs Inscribed, B.) Our Earth Of Black, C.) Voor, 7. Magic(k) Square Cipher, 8. In The Name Of Auebothiabathabaithobeuee, 9. Girra’s Temple, 10. Those Of The Void Will Re-Enter, 11. Sceptre Command, 12. Ye Uttuku Spells, 13. Twix Yesterday, The Day & The Morrow.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

666, the number of the flight...

British heavy rock legends, Iron Maiden, in association with Banger Productions, EMI Records, Universal (USA) and Arts Alliance Media, announce that they will be releasing a feature length documentary film into cinemas worldwide on April 21st 2009.

As you may know from Rod's tour diaries, Iron Maiden have been working on a feature length documentary. Entitled 'IRON MAIDEN: FLIGHT 666', the movie follows the band on the first leg of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour in February and March of 2008 as they experienced the most ambitious and adventurous tour in rock history, and will be released in April 2009 in association with EMI Records and Universal in the USA.

The Maiden tour plan was something that had never been attempted before on such a grand scale. Circumnavigating the globe, the band flew in a specially customised Boeing 757 airliner with their crew and 12 tons of music and stage equipment on board, playing 23 sold out stadium and arena shows in 13 countries in just 45 days, travelling 70,000km and performing to almost half a million fans.

The band were accompanied everywhere by award-winning documentary makers Banger Productions from Toronto in Canada, who have received international critical acclaim for their previous movies "Metal, A Headbangers Journey" and recently "Global Metal". Filmmakers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn and their team bring an intimate behind the scenes view of this remarkable journey, with a close look at the logistics involved and following Team Maiden in the cockpit, on the plane and on and offstage, getting to the heart of this global adventure of a band that has very rarely even let cameras backstage before.

Shot in High Definition and with superb 5.1 surround sound, mixed by the bands producer Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley, FLIGHT 666 brings to the screen all the drama, excitement and hysteria that followed the band around the world every time 'Ed Force One' touched down in a new country. The film documents the intensity of the punishing show schedules, the struggle with the time zones, the pressures of ensuring that every performance matched the energy of the many thousands of ecstatic and expectant fans from many cultural backgrounds, unusual angles from the spectacular shows... and of course the fun had on the way!.

Iron Maiden: Flight 666 is an honest and revealing portrait of one of the worlds most successful rock bands and a must-see for all Maiden fans.

A special international 'Iron Maiden' day is being planned for 21st April with simultaneous showings of IRON MAIDEN:FLIGHT 666 in selected Digital cinemas around the world - we will of course bring you more information on this nearer the time.

Thanks Dave!


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Les prendre au piège

TorqueZine bleeds into Caveat lector as I am just SO on a Trap Them kick as of late. Seizures in Barren Praise, Séance Prime and Sleepwell Deconstructor.

The only things of which I am still in need is the Extreme Noise Terror / Trap Them and Cunt Heir To The Throne.

Incidentally, the cover art for
Cunt Heir To The Throne and Sleepwell Deconstructor was done by TorqueZine friend and ally Justin Bartlett, the person who got me into the band, bumping up their "kvlt" status.

D-Beat or Die!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Dark - and quiet, we go...into quiet time

Snapshots of the finished LP jackets for the forthcoming Khanate LP, Clean Hands Go Foul. Courtesy of Hydra Headlines.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

[The] Black Cascade [of] Malevolent Grain

In February Southern Lord will proudly release the vinyl only version of the new Wolves In The Throne Room EP entitled Malevolent Grain, featuring two brand new tracks from the Pacific Northwest organic black metallers. Conspiracy Records will offer a limited edition picture disc of the 12″ for Europe, while Southern Lord will release a black 180-gram version worldwide. Additionally the band will press a limited CD version for tour purposes only. The EP features the band’s newly designed logo crafted by renowned artist Christophe Szpajdel, designer of black metal band logos for Kult Ov Azazel, Emperor, Moonspell and other international acts.

The third WITTR full-length Black Cascade will follow, to be released on March 31st on Southern Lord Records. More info will follow soon on this wholly organic black-drone masterwork. Both the EP and the full-length were recorded to 2-inch tape by Randall Dunn and Mell Dettmer in Seattle this Winter. The new recordings are the first to feature their new guitar player Will Lindsay (Middian) who had previously served as the band’s touring bass player, in addition to longtime members, brothers Nathan and Aaron Weaver.

The band will tour Europe beginning in late January, along with three select US dates. More extensive touring through 2009 is also imminent. In addition to the new EP, other new merch for this tour includes a Live At Roadburn 2008 12″ record, which also includes a DVD and is being released by Burning World Records.

1/16/2009 The Underground Events Center (benefit for victims of the Green Scare) - Seattle, WA
1/17/2009 The Big Room - Olympia, WA w/Mt. Eerie
1/22/2009 Vera Groningen (Net)
1/23/2009 Jaz Rostock (Ger)
1/24/2009 Loppen Copenhagen (Den)
1/25/2009 Cassiopeia Berlin (Ger)
1/27/2009 Dna Brussels (Bel)
1/28/2009 Underworld London (Uk)
1/29/2009 The Croft Bristol (Uk)
1/30/2009 Busk Birmingham (Uk)
1/02/2009 Star & Garter Manchester (Uk)
2/02/2009 Engine Rooms Brighton (Uk)
2/03/2009 Boule Noir Paris (Fra)
2/04/2009 Heretic Club Bordeaux (Fra)
2/05/2009 El Balcon De La Lola Bilbao (Spa)
2/06/2009 Sala Whippoorwill Oviedo (Spa)
2/07/2009 Porto-rio Porto (Por)
2/08/2009 Ritmo Y Compas Madrid (Spa)
2/11/2009 Magnolia Milan (Ita)
2/12/2009 Circolo Degli Artisti Rome (Ita)
2/13/2009 Cage Club Livorno (Ita)
2/15/2009 Kunstverein Nurnberg (Ger)
2/16/2009 Klub 007 Prague (Cze)
2/17/2009 Arena Vienna (Aus)
2/18/2009 Beatpol Dresden (Ger)
2/19/2009 Scheldapen Antwerp (Bel)
2/20/2009 W2 Den Bosch (Net)
2/21/2009 Festung Bitterfeld (Ger)
2/28/2009 Masquerade @ Atlanta Metal Festival - Atlanta, GA

(((03:Earsplit PR)))

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Is Everything

I'm on a big MBV kick again (esp the eps). I'm hoping they make it to the states when/if the new album comes out this year. Until then, it's audio only (since nothing exists on Youtube any longer).

Isn't Anything, Glider, Tremolo, and Loveless


Monday, January 05, 2009

...and I KNEW I would

My brain spent the last month or more on full-blown over-load with Thanksgiving (the 38 hour road trip) my 36th birthday, Christmas, the New Year and any number of items effecting other people in my life (whether they think so or not). And so it is, that I completely neglected to mention or recognize what was hands down and easily THE most listened to album of 2008 by me, your now humble Torquezine moderator. The uber-brilliant Massive Conspiracy Against All Life. It is with regret and shame that I bow my head in horror and self-loathing that I not only left this off my list but that it did not reside at the very top. For this unforgivable mistake, I am going to deny myself and shots for the month of January. And for those of you who may not have heard this album, YOU CAN'T HAVE ANY EITHER!!!

Happy New Year,