As always, the top albums of the year are for full albums (no EP’s or demos) released in 2016. They are new studio albums for the year, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live albums. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each individual staff members’ personal “best of” lists which besides their top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, best metal book, disappointments of the year, greatest hopes for 2017, personal metal discovery of the year, and various other categories. Enjoy!
- New Iced Earth song "Seven Headed Whore" available! (Apr 28, 2017)
- Album Premiere: Blood of Angels (Apr 27, 2017)
- AMON AMARTH To Kick Off US Tour With Goatwhore (Apr 27, 2017)
- RIDE FOR RONNIE: Steven Adler, Gilby Clarke, Lita Ford, Jeff Pilson, Sons of Anarchy's Emilio Rivera and More Join 3rd Annual Motorcycle Rally & Concert (Apr 27, 2017)
- Royal Hunt - "A Life To Die For" (Official Live Video) (Apr 27, 2017)
- Sadistic Intent - Bay Cortez, Rick Cortez, Ernesto Bueno and Arthur Mendiola (Apr 23, 2017)
- JEFF SCOTT SOTO (Apr 18, 2017)
- DragonForce - Interview with Herman Li and Marc Hudson (Apr 16, 2017)
- Interview with Bob Nalbandian, Director of Inside Metal (Apr 11, 2017)
- Sonata Arctica – Interview with Tony Kakko (Apr 10, 2017)
- Zeal & Ardor + Pryapisme + Combineharvester @ The Underworld Camden, London (Apr 29, 2017)
- Anthrax with support act The Raven Age on Among The Kings European Tour 2017 at Amager Bio Copenhagen,Denmark (Apr 28, 2017)
- HELLYEAH + RavenEye + Sanguine @ O2 Academy Islington, London (Apr 25, 2017)
- Epica with support act on The Nordic Principle Tour 2017 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden (Apr 18, 2017)
- Netherlands Deathfest - 013 Tilburg Holland (Apr 16, 2017)
Zeal & Ardor + Pryapisme + Combineharvester
@ The Underworld Camden, London
April 20, 2017
Review by The Hun
Photography by Inty Malcolm
Tags: black metal, Blues, Camden, camden town, combineharvester, gospel, London, Manuel Gagneux, Music, pryapisme, sold out, tour, trip hop, Underworld, zeal & ardor
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You can now watch the lyric video for Iced Earth’s “Seven Headed Whore”!
Grab the record now at: http://smarturl.it/INCORRUPTIBLE
After nearly three dedicated decades, Schaffer, drummer Brent Smedley, vocalist Stu Block, bassist Luke Appleton and new guitarist Jake Dreyer have assembled the fiercest ICED EARTH record since 1996 milestone The Dark Saga and 1998’s chart-blazer Something Wicked This Way Comes.
- Great Heathen Army (5:21)
- Black Flag (4:56)
- Raven Wing (6:25)
- The Veil (4:47)
- Seven Headed Whore (3.00)
- The Relic (Part 1) (4:59)
- Ghost Dance (Awaken The Ancestors) (6:35)
- Brothers (4:45)
- Defiance (4:08)
- Clear The Way (December 13th, 1862)(9:30)
ICED EARTH line-up:
Jon Schaffer – Rhythm, Lead, and Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards/MIDI, Vocals
Stu Block – Lead Vocals
Brent Smedley – Drums, Percussion
Luke Appleton – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Jake Dreyer – Lead Guitar
ICED EARTH online:
“Brothers and sisters,
Stay tuned for the release of the first singles from Incorruptible starting with Seven Headed Whore tomorrow, Friday April 28th. Then roughly 24 hours later on Saturday April 29th we will see the release of Raven Wing. The metal will flow!
Thanks and we hope you enjoy!”
Anthrax with support act The Raven Age on Among The Kings European Tour 2017 at Amager Bio Copenhagen,Denmark
Among The Kings European Tour 2017
The Raven Age – Support Act
Amager Bio, Copenhagen,Denmark
6/3 – 2017
Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Tags: Amager Bio, among the kings, Among The Kings European Tour 2017, among the living, Anthrax, bmg music, Copenhagen, DARKNESS WILL RISE, Denmark, For All Kings, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna, jon dette, Jonathan Donais, Nuclear Blast, Scott Ian, The Raven Age, WORSHIP MUSIC
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Florida’s Blood of Angels churn out an explosive-yet-memorable brand of melodic death metal, laced with catchy riffs that will have listeners’ head moving from the get-go. Their debut EP “Rise of the Fallen Gods” released on 21st April, which will be followed by some extensive touring.
Hailing from one of the epicenters of extreme metal, Blood of Angels are set to up the ante with their imminent release “Rise of the Fallen Gods.” This Floridian four-piece combines a vicious death metal attack with the atmosphere of black metal, all with flourishes of melody and Viking-themed lyrics. Featuring experienced musicians of the Jacksonville scene, the project combines the talents of current and former members of Motograter, Foreshadow, Denied Til Death, and Leprosy.
Like any band that is on the same page musically, Aaron Robinson (guitar), Michael Stewart (bass), Chris Iibucha (vocals) and Kevin Phillips (drums) have rolled together their collective experience from previous acts into a cold, clinical, yet passionate sound that will be unveiled on their debut EP “Rise of the Fallen Gods.” With hints of Dark Tranquility and Amon Amarth among other bands making up the palette of their sound, and a slick production to accentuate the pummeling drive of the music, the band is preparing to release on the 21st of April.
AMON AMARTH will return to the road later this week for a US headlining trek with labelmates Goatwhore. Beginning this Sunday, April 30th and running through May 21st, the eighteen-date trek will also see AMON AMARTH making appearances at some of the country’s premier music festivals including Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Dark Lord Day, Northern Invasion, and Rock On The Range. See all confirmed dates below.
AMON AMARTH w/ Goatwhore:
4/30/2017 Welcome To Rockville – Jacksonville, FL *
5/01/2017 Vinyl – Pensacola, FL
5/02/2017 Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
5/04/2017 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
5/05/2017 Carolina Rebellion – Charlotte, NC *
5/06/2017 The National – Richmond, VA
5/08/2017 TLA – Philadelphia, PA
5/09/2017 College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
5/10/2017 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
5/12/2017 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI
5/13/2017 Dark Lord Day – Chicago, IL *
5/14/2017 Northern Invasion – Somerset, WI *
5/16/2017 The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
5/17/2017 Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO
5/19/2017 The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
5/20/2017 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
5/21/2017 Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH *
*AMON AMARTH only
RIDE FOR RONNIE: Steven Adler, Gilby Clarke, Lita Ford, Jeff Pilson, Sons of Anarchy’s Emilio Rivera and More Join 3rd Annual Motorcycle Rally & Concert
Sunday, May 7, Riding from Glendale to Encino, CA
Special Performance Announcement Coming Soon…
Benefitting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, Raising Awareness and Funds for Cancer Charity
Hosted by Radio Personality Eddie Trunk
Featuring Performances from Lynch Mob, Eddie Money, Rough Cutt, Dio Disciples, The Loveless, Sonia Harley and No Small Children
The 3rd annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Rally and Concert, benefitting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, is set for Sunday, May 7, 2017, comprising a Motorcycle Ride through the streets of Los Angeles County and an afternoon of live music. Last year’s RIDE FOR RONNIE event raised over $50,000 for the cancer charity.
Riders will assemble at Harley-Davidson of Glendale with kickstands up at 11AM. Among those expected to join Dio Cancer Fund co-founder and president Wendy Dio and the cavalcade of motorcycle riders are rockers Lita Ford, Gilby Clarke (former Guns N’ Roses guitarist), Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob), Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat) and Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry) plus actors Chris Bruno (The Dead Zone) and Sons of Anarchy’s Emilio Rivera, Rusty Coones and Star Fields.
Royal Hunt – “A Life To Die For” (Official Live Video)
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Next pleasant obligation of ours is to present some newly confirmed bands to our 2017 bill. Many of you wanted to see more hardcore bands in the line-up and you shouldn’t be disappointed! HATEBREED are returning to BA stage once to present metallic hardcore with hooks that will catch you and never let you leave the pit! THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN are doing a couple of farewell shows this summer and BA just couldn’t be left out! OVERKILL have been around for almost 40 years but their brand new record lefts no one in doubt, that with their show you’re still gonna feel the fire like it’s 1985! There are not many bands that are universally loved but their live shows are more scarce than platinum so it makes us very proud to bring you a WINTERSUN show!
Debutants at BA stage, OATHBREAKER from Belgium, are oscillating between post-hardcore and post(black)-metal, while another debutants AVERSION CROWNS from Australia utilize three guitarists brandishing 8 string guitars to present their pummeling blend of mechanized death and haunting atmospherics. Texan crossover thrashers POWER TRIP will share their incredible live energy with you as well as one of the most insane mathcore bands of the early 2000’s THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU, who are coming back after a six year hiatus. Last two bands of this announcement are the vikings of Bergen HELHEIM and the most intense band from Australia KING PARROT with their dirty thrasing sludgy grindcore.
Sadly we have to start this announcement with two bands that had to withdraw from our lineup for this year – LIFE OF AGONY and GRUESOME. On the other hand we are very happy to welcome atmospheric black metal innovators WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, who kickstarted whole alternative course of the genre some 15 years ago!
And the same goes for BORIS, the Japanese experimental genre shifting trio, that excites fans worldwide by their music drawing influence from psychedelic rock, punk, sludge, doom metal, drone, pop, noise, shoegaze and ambient for 25 years now! The English VALLENFYRE on the other hand have much simpler musical worldview consisting of gloomy death metal like only the British islands inhabitants can produce.
Lousiana‘s own CROWBAR formed around the charismatic character of Kirk Windstein will present the genre they helped to shape down there in the muddy swamps of NOLA – their characteristic blend of personal confession sludge. Two young bands – namely energic sludgy hardcore of Sweden’s GOD MOTHER and lively American metalcore of MISS MAY I – will be in contrast to all the seasoned veterans above.
Dark metal of Czech legends ROOT will celebrate 30 years in hell and Italians GRAVEWORM will cast shadow over our beloved fortress, while three closing acts of this batch will stir up the dust by setting armies of hardcore fans on collision course in the pit. These three bands are New York City hardcore punk SHEER TERROR, California metallic hardcore FIRST BLOOD and female fronted nu metal from Moldova INFECTED RAIN.
And don’t forget, early bird ticket prices are valid til end of April!
HELLYEAH + RavenEye + Sanguine
@ O2 Academy Islington, London
April 13, 2017
Review by The Hun
Photography by Miguel de Melo
INTERVIEW WITH SADISTIC INTENT
Bay Cortez, Rick Cortez, Ernesto Bueno and Arthur Mendiola
Sadistic Intent is one of the most respected bands in the underground death metal scene. The four-piece guided by the Cortez brothers has doggedly been carving out their path in death metal since 1987. The band has had ups and downs during these years, but gained monumental status in the death metal scene. Sadistic Intent is a brutal war machine as far as their material is concerned and above all the four piece’s gigs are a pure triumph of true and brutal death metal. Metal-Rules.com sat down with the whole band and had a long conversation about various topics.
METAL CHURCH has recruited Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P.) to play drums for the band on all its summer shows. He joins the group as the replacement for Jeff Plate, who announced his departure from METAL CHURCH last month.
Howland commented: “I was contacted by my good friend METAL CHURCH bass player Steve Unger recently after their drummer Jeff Plate stepped down after 12 years of dedicated service. The band has a bunch of summer festival dates as well as other touring for the year.
“When Steve called, the first thing he said was, ‘How busy are you right now?’ I laughed and asked him to get to the point, ’cause anyone who knows me knows that I’m constantly busy. Steve confided that Jeff had given his notice and that they needed a drummer immediately. He said that their new CD is going through the roof and that they have a ton of summer dates. I was very excited, to say the least.
“I became a hardcore fan of METAL CHURCH when they toured with W.A.S.P. on our 2005 ‘Metal Blast’ tour. Our then-guitar player Darrell Roberts and I would stand in the wings watching every show; they kicked ass every single night! Their drummer at the time was Kirk Arrington, a great drummer and guy. We became friends immediately. And as it happens, I’m also old friends with Jeff Plate, METAL CHURCH’s most recent drummer of 12 years. Jeff is a monster drummer and one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. It will be an honor and a privilege to step into his gig.
“I flew to Seattle and jammed with the band last week. We clicked immediately — nothing but big smiles from the first song to the last. It was great!
“It’s a great band, great guys, and they have an excellent aggressive record label behind them. They are still making fresh and relevant music. This is an honor indeed.”
The Nordic Principle Tour 2017
Skálmöld – support act
Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
Live pictures and review by: Anders Sandvall
Tags: Arien Van Weesenbeek, Coen Jenssen, Epica, Isaac Delahaye, KB, Kulturbolaget, Malmö, Mark Jensen, Rob Van Der Loo, Simone Simons, Skálmöld, Sweden, the holographic principle, The Nordic Principle Tour, The Quantum Enigma
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THE INFAMOUS VOICE OF TROUBLE, ERIC WAGNER, SIGNS WITH M-THEORY AUDIO; NEW BLACKFINGER ALBUM DUE THIS SUMMER
Eric Wagner is a unique and legendary voice in our scene, and M-Theory Audio is pleased to announce we’ll be releasing his next Blackfinger album, When Colors Fade Away, this summer.
Renowned and still cherished for the classic material he recorded with Chicago’s Trouble for over two decades, in recent years Wagner has been focusing on a couple other promising new bands in a similar vein and one of those is Blackfinger. Now relocated to Pittsburgh, Eric has a new full band lineup and is joined in Blackfinger for their sophomore album by another respected name in doom metal circles, guitarist Terry Weston of Dream Death/Penance.
“I’m extremely excited to announce that Blackfinger has signed with M-Theory Audio,” cites Eric Wagner. “It is an honor and a pleasure to work with Marco Barbieri again after all these years.”
“Eric, the pleasure is all mine,” responds M-Theory Audio’s Marco Barbieri. “Eric Wagner is a true artist, talent and storyteller. I’ve spent the last 34 years listening to classic tales weaved by this man; and he is truly one of my favorite vocalists. Along the way I’ve had the pleasure of working with Eric and Trouble while at Century Media during their Plastic Green Head album cycle and even had his other band, The Skull, headline one of the Doom in June Festivals. Now our co-operation and friendship continues and I am fortunate to release the new and phenomenal Blackfinger album.”
M-Theory Audio is the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, the former president of Century Media Records, whose previous experience includes Nuclear Blast and Metal Blade. Joining Marco in this adventure are colleagues whose past experience includes work for labels like Century Media, Prosthetic, Victory and Epitaph. The label’s roster includes Bay Area thrash outfit Cultural Warfare, Las Vegas prog/power metal band Sicocis, Sacramento headbangers Blessed Curse, Southern California’s Pagan Death Metallers Helsott, Nomadic Folk Metal band Tengger Cavalry, Female-fronted symphonic metal band Graveshadow and Nor Cal’s death/metalcore band Apothesary.
Guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN has just released the video for “My Rock” from his 21st solo album, SALTING EARTH, which dropped last Friday, April 14 via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc.
The majority of SALTING EARTH is the result of KOTZEN’s one-man production machine, with the exception of Julia Lage adding background vocals to “Make It Easy,” a tasty, sing-along groove stew. “It’s really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly I’m the only performer on it,” KOTZEN admits. “It actually comes out of my process of writing and documenting my ideas. It started back in the late-’80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parents’ barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realized in order to get this music out of my head and onto a format where I could listen to it, I’d have to figure out how to do it alone.”
KOTZEN’s previous solo release, 2015’s diverse, far-reaching CANNIBALS, was a well-received hit among his core fan base, and SALTING EARTH cuts like the aforementioned “End of Earth,” “Thunder,” and “Divine Power” all showcase the scorching guitar solos and soaring vocals that one would expect from a KOTZEN solo album. That said, there’s also quite a vulnerable side on display here that’s perhaps best demonstrated in the stripped-down approach to the album’s closing salvo, “Grammy.”
RICHIE KOTZEN will launch his “Salting Earth Tour” this Friday, April 21 at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA. He and his band are planning to tour extensively throughout the U.S. and continue their journey into Mexico, South America, and Europe. A complete list of international tour dates will be posted on KOTZEN’s official website and social media pages. Here are the U.S. tour dates:
DATE CITY VENUE
Fri 4/21 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Sat 4/22 Pasadena, CA The Rose
Sun 4/23 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Wed 4/26 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
Fri 4/28 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
Sat 4/29 Scottsdale, AZ BLK Live
Mon 5/1 Denver, CO Oriental Theatre
Wed 5/3 Moline, IA Rascal’s Live
Thu 5/4 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
Fri 5/5 Westland, MI The Token Lounge
Sun 5/7 Whitesburg, KY Appalshop Theater
Tue 5/9 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Wed 5/10 Lancaster, PA Tellus360
Thu 5/11 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Sat 5/13 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
Sun 5/14 New Hope, PA Havana New Hope
Wed 5/17 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest Café
Thu 5/18 Hopewell, VA Beacon Theater
Sun 5/21 Atlanta, GA City Winery
Mon 5/22 Nashville, TN City Winery
Wed 5/24 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey
Thu 5/25 Houston, TX Dosey Doe