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The Century Family's Christmas Balls

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Come one, come all to ye olde Christmas BallS! The Century Family cranks it to 11 with their Christmas celebration Monday, December 20 at the Key Club in Los Angeles. You thought Santa was bringing coal, merrily he's bringing a night filled with hard rockin' metal acts representing their label imprints: Strapping Young Lad, Death Angel, Nebula, Impaled, and Eyes of Fire. Whether you've been naughty or nice. Century Media's elves are assembling stockings filled with heavy metal trimmings for raffle and there will also be lots of free musical goodies. Bringing toys for all metal girls and boys Santa's sleigh delivers headliners Vancouver, Canada's Strapping Young Lad. Century Media veterans, the band released their first DVD, entitled "For Those Aboot To Rock", on November 2, and will unchain their new full-length album, "Alien", on March 22, 2005.

Thrashing Santa's sleigh bells to a demonic hell-bent beat is Nuclear Blast recording artist and Bay Area legends Death Angel. After a 14-year hiatus, 2004 has seen the band return with a new album, "The Art Of Dying", and a spate of incredible shows including Germany's prestigious Wacken Open Air. Death Angel were immortalized by the thrash-trinity "The Ultra Violence", "Frolic Through The Park" and "Act III", all recorded between 1987 and 1990.

Liquor and Poker Music adds fuel to the rampaging Christmas tree filled bonfire with Los Angeles' own electric guitar-charged artist Nebula. 2004 has been Nebula's year as the band has toured with Clutch, Mastodon, and Local H, and also they headlined two U.S. tours. Nebula are also featured in Tony Hawk’s forthcoming video game, Thug 2, and have had tracks on Bam's "Viva La Bam" on MTV.

Like Santa's evil gremlins, San Francisco's purveyors in blood-soaked dementia Impaled will surgically disembowel the audience in anticipation of their March 8, 2005 Century Media debut, "Death After Life". The band have fed a frenzied need in gore-ridden music around the U.S. and soon the world will feast on Impaled's hemorrhaging viscera.

Jingling bells to their mournful Christmas tune is Orange County-based Eyes of Fire. Formed by Dan Kaufman and Matt Fisher, formerly of Mindrot, the band's sound is a monstrous pounding blend of tribal and atmospheric sounds mixed into a heavily guitar-driven attack.

Tickets are available at The Key Club box office, or at ticketmaster. Fifteen dollars gets you in to witness our rockin' jingle bells, a price even a Scrooge could love.

Source: Metal Eater

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