Football and female-fronted symphonic metal. A perfect ‘match’ conceived only in the mind of Wembley. And its pockets, which must be full of lovely pound coins as a result. See depending on your preference this weekend is the FA Cup semi-final, or Within Temptation’s Wembley Arena soiree. And if you happen to have room in your heart for both, well aren’t you sickeningly lucky. I hope your team lost.
The music’s clearly the important bit, and whilst it doesn’t feel that long ago that Dutch epic-constructors Within Temptation were playing fairly moderate sized venues throughout the UK, the step up to Wembley appears to have been fairly effortless. Such is the fervour that fans are turning up to queue long before the chanters over the way have seen kick off. And they’ll be here long after those fans depart, perhaps with the faint sounds of Within Temptation in their ears, and never knowing what they’re missing.
TOUR PRESENTED IN PROUD PARTNERSHIP WITH GUITAR CENTER
The king of neo-classical shred guitar, legendary guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, will soon return to stages across North America this summer for the first-ever “Guitar Gods” festival tour. Bringing together such accomplished axemen as Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions, Electric Sun), Gary Hoey (“Hocus Pocus”) and Bumblefoot (Guns N’ Roses),Malmsteen will headline an epic celebration (6+ hours!) of the instrument for a full evening of guitar pyrotechnics. Each show will also feature special surprise guests. The “Guitar Gods” tour is created and produced by April Malmsteen, Yngwie‘s wife and manager and is presented in proud partnership with Guitar Center. Please see below for the itinerary; more dates to be announced.
Davey Shields (left) and Harv Harbinson of Stormzone at Metalfest IV at Diamond Rock Club
AS four bands took to the stage in a mini-festival in County Antrim, Northern Ireland it is clear that the wealth and breadth of talent in this tiny country on the western rim of Europe is producing a swathe of metal talent. Read the rest of this entry »
The Summer Breeze festival is held in Southern Germany Dinkelsbuhl every year in the middle of August. Every year about 40,000 metal maniacs gather to witness great performances by several metal bands in the festival. Booked bands on the bill present a wide range of metal, from extreme metal to symphonic power metal.
Summer Breeze Festival has been arranged with great success since 1997. The festival has increased its capacity in the sophisticated way, not having expanded the area tremendously to have hundreds of thousands to conquer the fest. Instead, Summer Breeze has invested in the general comfort as the audience would enjoy their time and are able to see bands in action.
My Name is Janet is international prog and psychedelic rock band feat. Yngwie Malmsteen, King Diamond band members. A new song „Feed Your President‟ from the upcoming album “Big Unveiling in the Town of Dead” is available for streaming online. It is one of the 9 tracks from the new conceptual album “Big Unveiling in the Town of Dead” (release date TBA). The album was produced by the German metal-producer Kristian Kohle Kohlmannslehner at the Kohlekeller studio, bass lines by Bjorn Englen, the bass player with the grandiose background – Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony MacAlpine, Robin McAuley, Dio Disciples, Uli Jon Roth, to name a few. Read the rest of this entry »
Ready to blaze back into North America with appearances at this year’s Rocklahoma & River City Rockfestivals after their all-out assault through Europe, kick-ass hard rockers SCORPION CHILD from Austin, Texas will launch a headlining tour this spring with Pennsylvania’s space rockers CROBOT supporting. The trek will start off on May 26th in Dallas, Texas, includes two shows in Canada, and ends in Nashville, Tennessee on June 8th.
Metal Blade is proud to announce to have inked a license deal with CNR Records for the brand new CHANNEL ZERO album “Kill All Kings”. The album will be released by Metal Blade worldwide (except for the Benelux territories) the 20th of June as a digipack cd and digital download. Head over to www.metalblade.com/channelzero to check out the first single“Electronic Cocaine” and the pre-order options!
CHANNEL ZERO started as a band in 1990 and have released five albums since then.CHANNEL ZERO is by far the most successful Metal band ever to come out of Belgium, critically acclaimed nationally as well as internationally. Read the rest of this entry »
Terry Butler needs no introduction as his works in legendary death metal bands are known amongst death metal fans world wide. Terry keeps himself busy with Massacre and Obituary at the moment. Massacre’s new full length album BACK FROM BEYOND comes 23 years after their debut album hit the streets and gained enormous praises. Obituary is putting the final touches on their brand new album which was financed by the fans. Therefore, it was a good time to catch up with Terry Butler from his home and talk about those bands and of course his past works with Six Feet Under and the mighty Death.
ICED EARTH Announce North American tour with SABATON and REVAMP!
Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Canada
April 14th, 2014
It’s not often that a single concert has THREE touring bands on the bill that I all want to see. Typically, there’s the headliner, and local openers that can be hit or miss. However, for this tour we have the mighty Iced Earth with support from Sabaton, and Revamp featuring Floor Jansen of Nightwish. Their tour stop in Toronto on Monday April 14th, was a show worth making the 2000+ kilometre trek from the ends of the earth to Toronto to witness.
“The Metal Voice” recently caught up with Sabaton’s vocalist Joakim Broden and guitarist Chris Rorland on their North American tour in Montreal, Canada April 16 2014.
In the video interview the band members explain to “The Metal Voice” about the writing process of their new album “Heroes” which will be released May 16 2014.
Sabaton were also asked if they would ever consider doing a non-war themed album in the distant future, and they replied saying perhaps but if so, the lyrics would still have to be history based as they do not like writing fiction based songs
Ever since the pioneers of the “Gothenburg style” melodic death metal sound, AT THE GATES, have announced a comeback studio album with the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece, Slaughter Of The Soul (1995), the anticipation within the scene has been immense. AT THE GATES is now in full pre-production mode and expects to be recording their upcoming album, At War With Reality, in June/July with a tentative release in October/November 2014 via Century Media Records worldwide.
AT THE GATES has now launched a video featuring updates on the new material’s pre-production process. Check it out below.
Hard rock supergroup BLACK STAR RIDERS have added eight additional headlining shows throughout the Midwest & East Coast on their first run of the U.S. this spring in support of their debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose. Launching in San Antonio, Texas on May 1st and winding their way to Birmingham, Alabama on June 15th, BSR will co-headline six of the twenty shows withSKID ROW.
The 3rd album of MORTALICUM “Tears from the Grave” will be released via Metal on Metal Records on April 25th, at the Keep It True festival, which became sort of tradition for these Swedish doom rockers (their debut was out at KIT 2010 and their second one at KIT 2012). According to the label, “It’s their most doomy release with longest and slowest songs, full of soulful melodies, but those who loved their more hard rocking side need not worry, as it’s still very much present here – the more upbeat songs have really infectious riffs and just call for headbanging. The album radiates with ’70s and ’80s warm vibe that will surely please fans of BLACK SABBATH, GRAND MAGUS, CANDLEMASS, TROUBLE, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, RAINBOW, THIN LIZZY, and the like…”
A promo clip for “Tears from the Grave” album (featuring a fragment of the title track) can be watched on YouTube, while three full songs, “The Illusion”, “The Endless Sacrifice” and “The Winding Stair”, are available for streaming from the band’s page.
The “Tears from the Grave” track list is as follows:
1. The Endless Sacrifice
2. I Dream of Dying
3. Tears from the Grave
4. The Illusion
5. I Am Sin
6. Remember the Fallen
7. Spirits of the Dead
8. The Passage
9. The Winding Stair
The album art was done by Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi. More details about it be found on the page of this release.
German blackened thrash metal underdogs OUTRAGE started out in 1983 and were a part of the first wave of black metal. They are, without a doubt, one of the most underrated bands from that period but this doesn’t seem to discourage them. On April 25th their 7th full-length “We the Dead” will be released via Metal on Metal Records. Over the years, OUTRAGE have developed their own personal style making them stand out not only from the bands of the early/mid ’80s but from many contemporary black/thrash bands as well. The new album brings mostly new songs but they also re-recorded 3 songs from their early days (“Death from Behind” from their 1st demo from 1985, “Delos” from their 2nd demo from 1985, and “Spherical” from their 4th demo from 1987).
In January, Metal on Metal Records posted on their YouTube channel a video clip for the title track, “We the Dead”. Now also a promo clip for the album (featuring a fragment of “The Elemental War” song) can be watched there.
Three songs off the album (“Kill Snow White”, “Be That as it May” and “Death from Behind”) are available for streaming from the band’s page.
Here’s the track list of “We the Dead”:
1. 11:59 – Eye for an Eye
2. Kill Snow White
3. The Biggest Wrench
4. Be That as It May
5. The Elemental War
6. Death from Behind
7. The Iron Door
8. Sepia Eyes / Birth to the Flame
12. We the Dead
The cover art was created by the label’s owner, Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi (Exodus, Manilla Road, Attacker, Witchburner, Forsaken, Deceased, Meliah Rage, Arkham Witch, Nomad Son..). More details about the album and high-res cover art can be found on thepage of this release.