Interview with Ramon Martos (author of the forthcoming book AND JUSTICE FOR ART)

September 23rd, 2014
by J P

Interview with Ramon Martos (author of the forthcoming book AND JUSTICE FOR ART)

by JP

How did you come up with the idea of doing this book?

Album covers and Heavy Metal visual imagery have been an obsession of mine for many decades. Back in the late 80s, early 90s, while I was growing up in Cuba, my friends and I didn’t have access to record stores, magazines, etc… So we didn’t know how the artworks of the albums we were listening to really looked like and usually ended up painting our own interpretation of the music to adorn a cassette’s case.

Many years later, I emigrated to U.S.A and finally had the opportunity to look at those artworks for the first time. Because of my interest on visual arts and Metal, I decided to create And Justice For Art’s online series and the Facebook community (https://www.facebook.com/pages/And-Justice-For-Art/123376774515018) to provide first-hand information about Metal artworks. One thing lead to another and eventually, I figured out that a book was a viable media to gather all these stories both chronologically and comprehensively for people to enjoy and read about.

How did you come up with the title?

I’m glad you asked this question. This is one of the titles that came up while I was brainstorming a name for the original “And Justice For Art” series on PureGrainAudio.com. My editor, Chris, liked it and we went for it. Contrary to what many people could think, the title is not just a nod to Metallica’s album “…And Justice For All.” Of course, there’s a little inspiration from that and from that cover art, which I think is a bold socio-political statement. But the real reason I chose that name was to pay respect and ‘make justice’ to all those iconic and magnificent graphics that have been adorning Metal album covers for decades. Most of these have enormous visual and conceptual quality and should be exhibited in museums and art galleries. However, people don’t know much about their creation their current whereabouts and real importance. This book aims to change that once and for all.

 

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Tell us a bit about how it will look, size, shape etc.

Since this is a DIY venture, I wasn’t able to produce a super deluxe coffee-table book. That wasn’t the point, anyway. That would have been let vanity take over practicality. That said, the book will look sumptuous for sure. It has a thick, glossy cover. Its size is 8×11 inches and has 264 full color pages. It features about 100 interviews and interview excerpts with many bands and artists and more than 400 graphics. Some of those have never been seen before like the hyper-detailed sketches for Napalm Death’s “Utopia Banished”, Cradle Of Filth’s “The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh,” and Sleep’s “Dopesmoker,” just to name a few.

It’s also important to point out that this is not one of those coffee-table books featuring plenty of graphics and poor written content. “And Justice For Art” proposes a nice balance between the graphics and the stories, there are plenty of each and both elements support each other very well. The graphics work as a support of the written content and vice versa. I think it will equally please those that want to look at the graphics and those who just want discover the stories behind their creation.

 

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In your research did you find any virtually identical pieces of cover art?

Yes. You can find plenty of look-alike imagery (album covers included) if you’re looking for it. However, I tried not to make of that the focus of the book. In fact, I’m currently running a mini-series about look-alike covers in And Justice For Art’s Facebook community and even considering a book about the subject but that’s another story… But yes, definitely there are a lot of artworks that seem to be inspired by other. However, you can find artworks that are partly inspired by classic paintings or painters, like for example Cathedral’s “Carnival Bizarre” or Skid Row’s “Slave To The Grind”, At The Gates’ “Slaughter Of The Soul” , etc… All those stories are included as part of the book.

Was it hard to choose the pieces that would make the final cut?  Do you have enough for a part 2?

It was hard, really hard. However, there were pieces that practically discarded themselves, like for example Iron Maiden’s “Somewhere In Time” which actually is one of my all-time favorite cover. However the band’s management wasn’t too keen on allowing me to use that artwork even after I got the record label’s approval. But that’s Ok because it gave another artwork the opportunity of being part of the book and now I’m offering the Iron Maiden chapter as one of the perks for the book’s crowd-funding campaign. It comes accompanied with an unseen photo of the unfinished artwork that was taken at Derek Riggs studio in 1986!

About a second part of the book, I can tell you that “And Justice For Art 2” is practically finished and I still have material left for a 3rd volume! Everything depends on the success of the current crowd-funding campaign for the first part of the book, but it’s definitely in the works and a real possibility.

 

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Has the public been useful in pointing out other similarities? Via your Facebook community?

The beautiful thing about And Justice For Art’s Facebook community is that, it’s not just a personal but a group effort. Although I’m the moderator, many of its members are always pointing out the works of artists, images similarities, new album covers and more. This community has been a great vehicle to discover and connect people that love Heavy Metal artworks and care enough to keep fighting for it, especially in this so-called “digital age.”

Did you decide to include bands that both used the exact same cover art?  Morbid Angel-Blessed Are The Sick and Hexenhaus-A Tribute to Insanity for example?  

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Well, in this particular case it was practically a no-brainer. The historic (and musical) importance of “Blessed Are The Sick” is superior than “A Tribute to Insanity” even if the latter came before, chronologically speaking. While Morbid Angel kept pushing the boundaries of Death Metal, Hexenhaus basically followed a path already explored by many Thrash/Heavy bands. But that’s just my opinion.

I think the most important thing is the symbiosis that creates Jean Delville’s painting “Satan’s Treasures” with the lyrical and musical content of Morbid Angel’s album; all that is explained in details in the book and ultimately, that’s why I decided to include that artwork on the book.

 

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Speaking of Morbid Angel, how did you get David Vincent to contribute?

That was sort of a happy accident, an awesome happy accident I’m glad to say. I spent about two years researching and interviewing artists and bands for the book. The Morbid Angel guys proved to be one of the most elusive subjects. They were always on tour or unavailable. I guess it was a bad timing. So, after a year or so trying, I finally had the opportunity to speak with David. What was supposed to be a 20 minute interview became a two hour conversation about many subjects. Something really clicked and from there we stayed in touch.

Later on, I asked him about the possibility of writing the book’s foreword and he graciously accepted to do it. That foreword is a magnificent piece, extremely entertaining and very fitting as a book introduction. He recounts his experience with album covers since very early age until now. I think it demonstrates David’s immense intelligence and his capacity to write not only song lyrics but high quality prose. I cannot be more grateful for his contribution.

Was this the first time you used an Indiegogo/fundraising campaign?  What was your experience with it?

Yes it is the first time, and believe me when I say I hesitated a lot before deciding to take that route. I’ve been a contributor to some campaigns, especially for Metal-related causes that I think could bring something new to the table. I’ve never done it for the perks or thinking what I’m going to receive in exchange for my donation but as a way to contribute with projects that deserve support because they will bring some benefit to the scene.

Of course, I cannot control how people think, but it would be nice if instead of focusing on what you can get materially-wise, you decide to donate because you really want to protect all these stories from potential oblivion and preserve them for the future generation of fans. Many of those future fans probably won’t be able to experience what it means to go to a record store and be surrounded by hundreds of physical albums and cover artworks. This book definitely works as a reminder and preserver of a time that it’s gone and I think it would be nice if people help to make it a reality.

Have you met your goals?

Amazingly, I reached the initial goal in just three days! I think that demonstrates that there’s interest in projects like “And Justice For Art.” People want to know more about the creation of album covers, their meaning, and importance. Now I’m striving for reaching the $13.000 mark in order to print more books to share with as many people as possible. I’m really grateful to everyone that has collaborated so far.


When is the expected publication/delivery date?

At this point, the book is going to be just a limited edition of 400 copies. There are some copies still available if you make a pledge via the Indiegogo campaign https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/let-s-print-and-justice-for-art/x/8492332 . Contributors will receive those copies by December. After that, it’s possible I’ll be selling some of the remaining copies (if there are any left) or I could enter on a deal with a publisher. But that’s not for sure.
How can people pre-order  AND JUSTICE FOR ART?

The best way to secure a copy of “And Justice For Art” is pledging one via Indiegogo before the end of the campaign. There are still a few a available, but not too many. People seem to be really interested in the content of the book and I could not be happier. It gives some kind of validation to the three long years I spent putting this together.

I think it’s a great cause to get involved with. Even if you don’t want the book but are interested in collaborating with whatever amount you can, your support will be appreciated and your name will be included in the book’s THANK YOU credits. It’s the least I can do to showcase gratitude to those that have become part of this project. Without their help, this wouldn’t be possible.

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EXODUS Premieres Brand New Title Track ‘Blood In, Blood Out’

September 23rd, 2014
by Celtic Bob

 

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Exodus – Blood In Blood Out

Fans clamoring for a second new track from the upcoming new EXODUS record, Blood In, Blood Out, are having their cake and eating it too! The blazing new title track, ‘Blood In, Blood Out’, is available for streaming now, exclusively via Billboard.com. Stream it here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6259236/exclusive-exodus-blood-in-blood-out

Guitarist Gary Holt states, “Time to let a fast one outta the bag! Check out this advance preview of the title track ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ and get another taste of our upcoming new record! Fast raging thrash! One of many in the new disc! Bay Area sickness to slap you upside your face!”

Read an exclusive Billboard interview with original EXODUS & current METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett regarding previously released track ‘Salt The Wound’: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6258706/kirk-hammett-exodus-reunion-interview-album

The brand new album from EXODUS, entitled Blood In, Blood Out, is due out in North America on October 14, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Produced by Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, KREATOR, MEGADETH), Blood In, Blood Out can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats.  Bundles include a t-shirt with exclusive artwork by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (PSYCROPTIC, ABYSMAL DAWN, REVOCATION) + a poster (while supplies last). Blood In, Blood Out lead vocal work by returning band frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza

Fans who pre-order the album Blood In, Blood Out on iTunes will receive instant downloads of the tracks ‘Salt The Wound’ and ‘Blood In, Blood Out.’ Get yours here: http://geni.us/exobiboitunes

Track listing for the deluxe digi-pak version of Blood In, Blood Out:

01 – Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)
02 – Blood In, Blood Out
03 – Collateral Damage
04 – Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)
05 – Body Harvest
06 – BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)
07 – Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
08 – My Last Nerve
09 – Numb
10 – Honor Killings
11 – Food For The Worms

BONUS DVD includes:
• “Blood Upon The Goat” making-of footage
• Behind-the-scenes tour footage
• Footage from Kirk Hammett’s Fear FestEVIL After Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con

The digital version of Blood In, Blood Out will include the digital bonus track “Angel Of Death” (ANGEL WITCH cover).

The album’s Japanese edition includes the “Protect Not Dissect” bonus track featuring Rat from THE VARUKERS/DISCHARGE.

Read and listen to more from EXODUS and Blood In, Blood Out:

Listen to the new track ‘Salt The Wound’ featuring a guest guitar solo by Kirk Hammett on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4brr7vf-P4egVHvggweOlSKfM2oB7qs

Just posted today – read an exclusive Blood-Disgusting interview with vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza here: http://bloody-disgusting.com/interviews/3314044/exoduss-steve-zetro-souza-talks-blood-blood-horror-interview/

Watch the first two of five exclusive trailers on GUITAR WORLD.com, showcasing material from the bonus “Making Of” DVD entitled “Blood Upon The Goat”:
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Part 1 featuring guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt – www.guitarworld.com/gary-holt-exodus-discusses-making-blood-blood-out-part-1-exclusive-video

Part 2 featuring guitarist Lee Altus: http://www.guitarworld.com/exodus-discuss-making-new-album-blood-blood-out-part-2-guitarist-lee-altus-exclusive-video

EXODUS will head out with fellow metal titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies on a U.S. tour this November sponsored by Scion.  This “destined to be legendary” tour launches on November 11th with two shows at The Fox Theater in Oakland, California.  The 26-show trek includes nine headlining off-dates with additional performances to be announced soon.  Tickets are on sale now via the links on the official EXODUS Facebook page.

Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS VIP Experience packages are now available for the entire tour via SLOtix.com. Visit the site for tour package details.

All EXODUS VIP Experience attendees will be included in a giveaway for either an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or an EXODUS guitar.  At the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won!

EXODUS in North America with Slayer & Suicidal Tendencies
11/11 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA (2nd show added!)
11/12 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/14 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA
11/15 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
11/17 – Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter – Oklahoma City, OK
11/18 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX
11/19 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX
11/21 – Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
11/22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
11/23 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC (EXODUS ONLY)
11/24 – Empire – North Springfield, VA (EXODUS ONLY)
11/25 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
11/26 – Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
11/28 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/29 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ
11/30 – Tower Theater – Upper Darby (Philadelphia), PA
12/02 – Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
12/03 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY (EXODUS ONLY)
12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
12/06 – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino – Hammond, IN
12/07 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS (EXODUS ONLY)
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO (EXODUS ONLY)
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT (EXODUS ONLY)
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA  (EXODUS ONLY)
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR  (EXODUS ONLY)

Additional shows will be announced soon.

Tickets are on sale now via the links on the official EXODUS Facebook page.

ABOUT EXODUS
With a career spanning 34 years, EXODUS have not only helped shape and define the thrash metal genre for over three decades, but continually seek to raise its standards. One of the forefathers of the Bay Area scene that became known and envied throughout the world, the band’s 1985 debut album, Bonded By Blood, has since become a legacy album featuring mandatory live staples such as “Strike Of The Beast,” “A Lesson In Violence,” and the album’s title track. Formed in 1980, the band’s original members included Tom Hunting on drums, Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Tim Agnello on guitars, and Carlton Melson on bass. With a line-up that has evolved throughout the years, the current incarnation of EXODUS charges into the future with returning frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza on vocals, Gary Holt and Lee Altus on guitars, Tom Hunting on drums, and Jack Gibson on bass. In 2014, EXODUS closed the first half of the year with stellar performances at Kirk Hammett’s Fear FestEvil and Rock On The Range, as well as a groundbreaking tour with fellow thrash legends Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies. To date, EXODUS has released nine studio albums, two live albums, and one compilation. Their most recent release, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, debuted in the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in 2010.

Visit EXODUS online at www.EXODUSATTACK.com.
Like: www.facebook.com/EXODUSATTACK
Follow: Twitter.com/_EXODUS
Watch: www.YouTube.com/EXODUS

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NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR FOR 2015

September 23rd, 2014
by EvilG
NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR FOR 2015

NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR FOR 2015

Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are pleased to announce their 27-date headlining tour of North America for 2015, launching in New York City on April 9th, hitting three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, then closing out in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 14th. Opening will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.

Checking in from the other side of the world amidst all the prep work for recording their new studio album, NIGHTWISH member Marco Hietala shares the following about the band’s return to North America:

“Hi to all! Our work on the new album has been going with serious productive speed and comfortable ease at the same time. It´s going to be great to get it out to you and play these pieces live. And with this announcement it will obviously happen quite soon! Here are the dates for the North-American shows. Come on over and we´ll raise hell and kick some arses together!”

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King Diamond talks ‘Don’t break the Oath’ and Best Of Resissues

September 20th, 2014
by EvilG
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Canada’s ‘The Metal Voice’ spoke to King Diamond as he was preparing for his North American tour in October 2014. King Diamond tells The Metal Voice about the ups and downs in the recording process of  the Mercyful Fate’s Classic ‘Don’t Break the Oath’ Album which is celebrating it’s 30 year anniversary.  King said, ”the engineer did not want us in the control room. It’s like being at the dentist sitting in the waiting room to be the next one called in.” It really annoyed me to not be in there to not see what he was doing(2:10) I said I  don’t care what the others are doing but I am not leaving.”

 

King Diamond goes on to tell ‘The Metal Voice’ about his plans to  release an Enhanced ‘Best of’ Reissue and an overhaul of his whole catalog in the near future. King told The Metal Voice,” I don’t like the Album versions that are out.(4:37) I want these albums to sound right for the future(7:50)

 

You can listen to the interview below

 

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MESHUGGAH RELEASE TRAILER FOR RE-MASTERED I EP

September 20th, 2014
by EvilG

American Billboard Top 100 artist & 9th Wonder of the Unnatural World, Sweden’s MESHUGGAH have released a trailer for their re-mastered version of I, the band’s one song EP from 2004 set for mutant resurrection on September 30th in North America.

 

Watch the trailer on MESHUGGAH’s official YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/muBHPsb2C_0?list=UUxLbFcGicScOE07gwngd18g

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Curtis Don Vito Involved With New Doc About Hard Rock And Metal

September 20th, 2014
by EvilG

SNEW lead singer Curtis Don Vito is involved with a new documentary about the Los Angeles Hard Rock and Metal scene during the mid to late 70s titled “Inside Metal: The Pioneers of Los Angeles Hard Rock and Metal”.

Don Vito is Associate Producer and Editor of this in depth look at the ground breakers and architects of the metal phenomenon that would explode in the 80s.

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Evil Masquerade – guitar wizard, mastermind/bandleader Henrik Flyman

September 20th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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Henrik Flyman of  Evil Masquerade

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Trine at Dark Minstrel Music for the help to get this interview done.
Thanks to Dark Minstrel Music for the promo pictures of the band.
Promo pictures taken by: Thomas Trane
Additional live pictures taken by: Anders Sandvall

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Once again it was time for me and Metal-Rules.com to hook up with the guitar-wizard, songwriting-genius, mastermind and bandleader Henrik Flyman in Evil Masquerade. If you haven’t checked out the bands brand new sixth album THE DIGITAL CRUCIFIX then be sure to do so because the disc is jammed with some really edgy traditional heavy metal/neo-classical songs. Personally I think that Evil Masquerade is one of the best metal acts around at the moment, and if you’re interested in getting to know Henrik Flyman, the band, his vision, the break up with former lead singer Apollo Papathansio, the entrance of the new Swedish singer Tobias Jansson (Saffire), and also this year the band celebrates 10 years as a band, then check out the interview. If you want to read more about Henrik Flyman and Evil Masquerade take a look at the past interviews that are featured here in metal-rules.com. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jalometalli 2014 – Oulu, Finland

September 18th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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JALOMETALLI MUSIC FESTIVAL

8-9.8 2014

Oulu, Finland

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA

The mighty Jalometalli Open Air Metal festival strikes with an outstanding awesome killer line-up to maintain its true metal status on the Finnish festival map. The festival is known for relying on old school metal to offer everything from traditional metal to extreme metal. Above all, it is also the classic names who have never ever visited Finland before that make this special. The legendary Teatria club is now history as it was torn down. Fortunately the organization of the Jalometalli festival managed to find a new location to arrange a true ass kicking festival. If having Slayer headline last year was a real dream come, then getting King Diamond to headline this year’s event was another jackpot for Jalometalli indeed. Of course getting both Dark Angel and Loudness booked for Jalometalli was also killer. The place was packed. When the second day arrived a merciless rain storm hit the area drowning everything. Unfortunately, Testament suffered from the rain. 

Once again the Metal Rules team hit the ground of Oulu to witness several absolutely killer bands. The whole Jalometalli festival is so unique and one of a kind that anyone reading this article should take a glance at the offering of the festival. Here is a brief article on the fest. So the time had come all of us to leave bitter sweet farewells to the old venue where we have enjoyed great music and great company throughout the years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Casualties of Cool – Union Chapel, Islington

September 18th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Casualties of Cool

Union Chapel, Islington

4th September 2014

Review by Chris Brown
Photography by Michelle Murphy

For the ever swelling legions fans and fanatics of Devin Townsend alike, it is undoubted that London is the place to be for those who get to be a part of his most unique performances. Building from the four back-to-back shows from the By a Thread tour in 2011 and the magnificent spectacle that was the Retinal Circus show in 2012, the Casualties of Cool album is one that was born from the dedication of his fan base, and there was no more fitting place to showcase this latest offering than what he must feel as a spiritual home.

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Casualties of Cool

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Airbourne – Interview with Ryan O’Keeffe (DRUMS)

September 17th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Airbourne interview with Ryan O’Keeffe (DRUMS)

August 28th, 2014
The Garage, London UK

Interview by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Michelle Murphy

After Australian rockers Airbourne announced their 3-date mini tour in England, Metal-Rules.com UK team had the opportunity to sit down and chat with their drummer Ryan O’Keeffe on the 28th of August just moments before the band hit the stage in London. Read on to find out more about what he had to say about Airbourne’s latest album Black Dog Barking, their touring ventures and plans for the future. Read the rest of this entry »

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Airbourne @ The Garage, London UK

September 17th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Airbourne + Skam

The Garage, London UK
August 28, 2014

Review by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Michelle Murphy

If there’s a good way to describe Airbourne and what they do in one simple word it’s ROCK’N’FUCKING ROLL. And rock’n’fucking roll genuinely is everything that guys in Airbourne are and what they stand for.

We know Airbourne for their pure and distinctive rock’n’roll sound, explosive and sometimes shocking live performances, as well as raw and endless energy that they manage to maintain throughout constant touring around the world.

Today some of the Metal-Rules.com UK team members are lucky enough to witness Airbourne play a very special show in London on their 3-date-only UK mini tour. After playing multiple festivals and headline shows around Europe, Airbourne decided to return to UK for three unique club performances where fans would have the opportunity to see them play relatively smaller stages than normally and party with the band in a more intimate atmosphere.

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Guitar World Premieres Second EXODUS Bonus DVD Trailer

September 17th, 2014
by Celtic Bob
Exodus - Blood In Blood Out (Front Cover)

Exodus – Blood In Blood Out

Watch the “Making-Of Blood In, Blood Out – Part 2” footage featuring Lee Altus now on GUITARWORLD.com’s homepage: http://www.guitarworld.com/exodus-discuss-making-new-album-blood-blood-out-part-2-guitarist-lee-altus-exclusive-video

In the second of five exclusive trailers on GUITAR WORLD.com that showcases material from the bonus “Making Of” DVD entitled “Blood Upon The Goat,” Altus reveals that he wrote the tracks “Honor Killings” and “Body Harvest” appearing on the band’s tenth studio album, Blood In, Blood Out, due out in North America on October 14, 2014.  The bonus DVD is included in the album’s digi-pak and import box set versions.

Previous trailers:
·         Part 1 featuring guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt – www.guitarworld.com/gary-holt-exodus-discusses-making-blood-blood-out-part-1-exclusive-video

Listen to the new album EXODUS track “Salt The Wound” featuring a guest guitar solo by original EXODUS & current METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett and lead vocal work by returning band frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4brr7vf-P4egVHvggweOlSKfM2oB7qs

Produced by Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, KREATOR, MEGADETH), Blood In, Blood Out can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats.  Bundles include a t-shirt with exclusive artwork by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (PSYCROPTIC, ABYSMAL DAWN, REVOCATION) + a poster (while supplies last).

Fans who pre-order Blood In, Blood Out on iTunes will receive an instant “Salt The Wound” download.  Get yours here: http://geni.us/exobiboitunes

Track listing for the deluxe digi-pak version of Blood In, Blood Out:

01 – Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)
02 – Blood In, Blood Out
03 – Collateral Damage
04 – Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)
05 – Body Harvest
06 – BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)
07 – Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
08 – My Last Nerve
09 – Numb
10 – Honor Killings
11 – Food For The Worms

BONUS DVD includes:
• “Blood Upon The Goat” making-of footage
• Behind-the-scenes tour footage
• Footage from Kirk Hammett’s Fear FestEVIL After Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con

The digital version of Blood In, Blood Out will include the digital bonus track “Angel Of Death” (ANGEL WITCH cover).

The album’s Japanese edition includes the “Protect Not Dissect” bonus track featuring Rat from THE VARUKERS/DISCHARGE.

EXODUS will head out with fellow metal titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies on a U.S. tour this November sponsored by Scion.  This “destined to be legendary” tour launches on November 11th with two shows at The Fox Theater in Oakland, California.  The 26-show trek includes nine headlining off-dates with additional performances to be announced soon.  Tickets are on sale now via the links on the official EXODUS Facebook page.

Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS VIP Experience packages are now available for the entire tour via SLOtix.com. Visit the site for tour package details.

All EXODUS VIP Experience attendees will be included in a giveaway for either an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or an EXODUS guitar.  At the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won!

EXODUS in North America with Slayer & Suicidal Tendencies
11/11 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA (2nd show added!)
11/12 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/14 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA
11/15 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
11/17 – Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter – Oklahoma City, OK
11/18 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX
11/19 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX
11/21 – Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
11/22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
11/23 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC (EXODUS ONLY)
11/24 – Empire – North Springfield, VA (EXODUS ONLY)
11/25 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
11/26 – Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
11/28 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/29 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ
11/30 – Tower Theater – Upper Darby (Philadelphia), PA
12/02 – Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
12/03 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY (EXODUS ONLY)
12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
12/07 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS (EXODUS ONLY)
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO (EXODUS ONLY)
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT (EXODUS ONLY)
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA  (EXODUS ONLY)
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR  (EXODUS ONLY)

Additional shows will be announced soon.

Tickets are on sale now via the links on the official EXODUS Facebook page.

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Dave Lombardo’s PHILM Streams Another New Track “Train” via DRUM! Magazine

September 17th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Today marks the release of PHILM’s brand new album, Fire From The Evening Sun, via UDR Music! Right now, in celebration of the new release, DRUM! Magazine is streaming the track ‘Train’. Listen here: http://www.drummagazine.com/features/post/exclusive-philm-track-with-dave-lombardo/

“I couldn’t be more excited about the release of our sophomore album”, states Dave Lombardo. “I think fans will appreciate the many maniacal levels of our combined personalities showing their crazed head on this record. I believe Fire From The Evening Sun is a combination of being fearless, methodical, focused and charming. I recently read that those are the four traits that successful entrepreneurs and psychopaths have in common.  So.. listen at your own risk.”

PHILM just wrapped up a successful tour of Europe in support of Fire From The Evening Sun, and have recently confirmed dates on October 2nd in Bogota, Columbia, and October 16th in Hollywood, CA at the Whisky A Go-Go. Visit www.facebook.com/PHILMOfficial for more information. More dates are set to be announced soon!

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MONTY PYTHON’s “Live (mostly) – One Down Five To Go” To Be Released Nov. 11th

September 16th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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On November 11, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go – the film of Monty Python’s 2014 reunion shows live at The O2, London. Filmed in high definition, this title will be simultaneously released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital video.

The reunion of the Monty Python team on stage for the first time in over 30 years, and for the last time ever, was the most anticipated production of 2014. Filmed live on July 20th on the final night of the run of ten sold out performances at The O2, London, Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go sees the five surviving members – John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin – together with Carol Cleveland, perform many of their classic sketches and much-loved songs, with modern, Pythonesque twists. The show also encompasses film inserts from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Terry Gilliam’s iconic animations, outrageous dance routines by an ensemble of twenty and a fantastic live orchestra.

There was huge demand for the first new Monty Python live performances for and fans flocked to The O2, London, in massive numbers.  All the favorites were included in the show: the Dead Parrot, the Lumberjack Song, the Spanish Inquisition, Spam, Nudge Nudge, Argument, the Four Yorkshiremen, the Bruces and with a sing-along of “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” as the grand finale. Exclusive bonus material featured includes behind-the-scenes “Sneak Peeks” of: The Reunion – November 2013 / The Announcement – November 2013 / The Production – November 2013 to July 2014 / Backstage At The O2 – July 2014 / Highlights from the 10 Shows at London’s O2 Arena – July 2014.  There is also exclusive footage of the Pythons as Pepperpots and Gumbys.

The show cements the Python’s reputation as the most influential comedy group of all time and, more importantly, still one of the funniest. Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go is the ultimate Monty Python show.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

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SLASH; New Album “World On Fire” Released Today

September 16th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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SLASH and his band Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have unleashed their new album WORLD ON FIRE today (September 16) via SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International, distributed through Caroline. Listen to the new album streaming in full on USA TODAY.com this week (HERE). SLASH will also stop by “The Howard Stern Show” today (September 16) for a live interview and performance. Tune in to Sirus/XM Howard 100 live today; the show will be rebroadcast throughout the week. The title track “World On Fire” marks SLASH’s fastest-climbing song at radio ever; the album’s hell-raising first single hit the Top 10 this week. Listen to the song “World On Fire” HERE and watch the fun NSFW video HERE.

SiriusXM is hosting “SLASH Week,” the week-long special on SiriusXM’s Octane channel celebrating the release of WORLD ON FIRE. SLASH and his band performed a private show last night (Sept 15) at Santos Party House in New York City. The concert is available on SiriusXM On Demand via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at Siriusxm.com. “SLASH Week” also features SLASH hosting a live special from the SiriusXM studios–with special co-host MYLES KENNEDY, lead singer of SLASH’s band The Conspirators.  Every hour today (Sept 16) Sirius Octane will debut tracks from his new album WORLD ON FIRE. On Friday, September 19 at 6:00 pm ET, SLASH will guest host on Ozzy Osbourne’s SiriusXM channel “Ozzy’s Boneyard.”  SLASH will spin tunes from his storied rock career and tell the stories behind the songs.  Hear SLASH with Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver, and tracks from his new album WORLD ON FIRE all weekend long.

On Friday, September 19, the GRAMMY® winner and Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famer SLASH will be on hand at Universal Studios Hollywood to unveil the new maze “Clowns 3D Music By SLASH” at “Halloween Horror Nights.” This collaboration with prolific guitarist SLASH marks the first time a musician has created an original maze score for the popular event.  Later that night, SLASH will receive an “Eyegore Award” which honors influential entertainment professionals for bringing the horror genre to life within the movie, television and music industries. SLASH will join a roster of today’s leading Hollywood horror icons at the show including Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, Grindhouse) and John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, The Blues Brothers) and many more. Following the annual “Eyegore Awards,” SLASH and his bandmate MYLES KENNEDY will perform “Nothing Left To Fear,” the title song for his first-ever motion picture (2013) he co-produced through his film/TV production company Slasher Films.

On Saturday, September 20, SLASH will do a complete takeover of AXS TV with the SLASH BASH 2014 kicking off at 10 AM ET/7 AM PT. The day-long event is loaded with the best that hard rock and heavy metal has to offer. Packed with exclusive interstitial content, the spectacular features interviews with SLASH, as well as music videos; live performances by Slash with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, KISS, and AC/DC; and is headlined by the television premiere of the all-new documentary ERNIE BALL PRESENTS: REAL TO REEL WITH SLASH airing at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. Watch the sizzle reel for AXS TV’s Slash Bash 2014: http://bit.ly/1olklto.

Beginning Tuesday, September 23, SLASH will celebrate the release of WORLD ON FIRE by returning to the iconic guitarist’s stomping grounds with a series of three very special sold-out club shows: September 23 (The Troubadour) and then, moving up the hill to the world-famous Sunset Strip, September 25 (The Roxy) and September 26 (The Whisky A Go Go).

These shows are presented by and honor the 50-year anniversary of the beloved musician retailer Guitar Center. For more information, go to: www.SlashOnline.com. Fans can be a part of history as Guitar Center will present SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators “Live From the Roxy,” to be broadcast on national television on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239) November 9th at 8pm. The 90-minute full rock concert will be filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound. Fans can enter to win a VIP trip for two to see The Roxy show and take home an Epiphone Les Paul signed by the legendary guitarist, visit guitarcenter.com/slash to win.

The WORLD ON FIRE disc marks SLASH’s third solo offering and second album with his official band The Conspirators which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). For WORLD ON FIRE, SLASH and the band worked with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to create a powerful new turn for the band in 17 songs. WORLD ON FIRE is the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits–his first-ever solo–with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.

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