Interview with Jason Netherton of Misery Index

October 10th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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 Interview with Jason Netherton of Misery Index

Interview by Petri da Costa

 After many years of having a frequent schedule of recording and touring, Misery Index had a “break” after promoting “Heirs to Thievery”. They finally came back this year with a very strong new record, “The Killing Gods”, which has been gathering high praises from critics and fans. I called founding member Jason Netherton to talk about the the band hiatus, their new album, touring and Jason’s book about the history of death metal, “Extremity Retained”.

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BLIND GUARDIAN – “Twilight of the Gods” out on December 5, 2014!

October 10th, 2014
by EvilG
Blind Guardian - “Twilight of the Gods” out on December 5, 2014!

Blind Guardian – “Twilight of the Gods” out on December 5, 2014!

The wait is over! Blind Guardian is back! The world’s most popular fantasy metal band gives us Twilight of the Gods; the first single from their long-awaited new album, to be unleashed upon the world in January 2015.

“Twilight of the Gods”, the first creation of the Krefeld, Germany based band in more than four years will be released on December 5, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kürsch assures, “this song is a statement about Blind Guardian. The pure definition of all that the band stands for: it is innovative, melodic and brutal.” And thus a perfect choice to get fans into the proper mood for the upcoming album.

“Twilight of the Gods” is a “neck breaker” in the true tradition of Blind Guardian “that will captivate you with the most epic and catchy chorus we’ve ever written,” says Kürsch.

In “Twilight of the Gods” Blind Guardian is singing about the deities’ waning power; no such times are in sight for the band. Blind Guardian is back with a vengeance; with an impressive single from an overwhelming record!

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Taste the New EXODUS BURGER @ the Official “Blood In, Blood Out” Listening Party at Kuma’s Corner in Chicago, IL this Saturday, October 11th!

October 9th, 2014
by EvilG
Exodus Burger

Exodus Burger

Blood In, Blood Out CD + Bonus DVD due out October 14th via Nuclear Blast 

Whether you prefer your burgers rare or well done, fans attending the official EXODUS listening party at Kuma’s Corner on October 11thwill get a taste of Blood In, Blood Out in more ways than one! Come listen to Blood In, Blood Out on loop whilst enjoying the brand new, exclusive EXODUS Burger at Kuma’s Corner in Chicago, IL, this Saturday from 7:00-10:00pm. The listening party will also include awesome EXODUS merch giveaways.

The EXODUS Burger is being served up in celebration of the impending release of the band’s 10th studio album, Blood In, Blood Out, out October 14th via Nuclear Blast. Legions of metalheads and foodies unite to listen to the new record and taste a burger that can only be described as food for the fans (see track 11).

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Devin Townsend Interview

October 9th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Devin Townsend

Interviewed by Kate Prothero

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When I first found out that I’d have the opportunity to chat to one of of the most highly thought of and complex musicians in the world, I said yes without really thinking about it. Why would you even hesitate right? As the day of the interview dawned I found myself sat at the computer screen watching Devin Townsend’s live DVD of his fantastical Retinal Circus project… followed by a stint listening to his mellow country record from Casualties of Cool. I had a quick look on his Facebook and Twitter pages, and ‘googled’ him. I’m a fan. I saw him live a few years back, and have purchased most of his back catalogue, however, I pale insignificance to the hoards of mega-fans and obsessives, some of which, according to google, have his face tattooed on various parts of their bodies. He has been admired, obsessed over, copied, scrutinised and lauded as a metal messiah for the best part of 25 years. With these facts in mind, coupled with the sneaky suspicion that I might be completely out of my depth and about to chat to somebody who may well be a wizard or from another planet, or functioning on a higher mental level than me, and my brain might explode during our conversation.

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HammerFall drummer Anders Johansson Leaves Band

October 9th, 2014
by EvilG

hammerfall - AndersAs posted by HammerFall  to their official Facebook page:

Life in a heavy metal band is indeed filled with twists and turns, highs and lows, ups and downs. On Monday, we rolled out our own whiskey, Legacy Of Kings. Today is a shocking and monumental day for all, HammerFall members and fans alike: Anders Johansson has decided to leave the band, after 15 years as the drummer. Brought on by increasing musical differences, as well as a career in the music industry that spans almost four decades, he has come to the conclusion that enough is enough. But fear not, we have already formulated a plan to get us through this even stronger. As a replacement we have found a most excellent drummer in David Wallin, who most notably has been beating the skins in the Swedish industrial force Pain. David will fill the void left by “The Swedish Tank” with his youthful intensity and fantastic musicianship during the upcoming tour. We wish Anders all the best in his future endeavours and hope that 15 years can’t be erased that easily.

Also, basist Fredrik Larsson will have his second child in December, and is therefore on parental leave through March. But we think you will like the choice to fill his shoes. For anyone who is the least bit familiar with HF, this one needs no introduction: handling the 4-string duty in Fredrik’s absence, none other than former guitar player Stefan Elmgren has agreed to make a triumphant return to the band! Yet another reason not to miss catching us live on the upcoming tours, this will be a very unique constellation. So it is with mixed emotions we say goodbye to an old friend and welcome an even older one back into the fold. The Swedish Templars of Steel cannot and will not be subdued, we will carry on heeding the call as long as the crimson thunder still is flowing in our veins. It is not the end of anything, it’s the dawn of a new era. And we welcome it with our hammers high!

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DORO – North American Tour Fan Song Poll Results

October 8th, 2014
by EvilG
Doro

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THE RESULTS ARE IN!  The following are the Top 16 songs from the fan poll! Please note that this is NOT the running order, it is just a list of the fan picks that will all be part of the setlist for this North American tour, in addition to some surprises as well!

What song are you most stocked to see on the list?

1 All We Are
2 Love me in black
3 I rule the ruins
4 Metal Tango
5 Für immer
6 Beyond The Trees
7 Fight for rock
8 Raise Your Fist
9 True As Steel
10 Unholy Love
11 Burn It Up
12 Revenge
13 Burning the Witches
14 Always Live To Win
15 Without you
16 Hellbound

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EXODUS: GUITAR WORLD PREMIERES FIFTH BONUS DVD TRAILER

October 8th, 2014
by EvilG
  • Exodus - Blood In Blood Out (Front Cover)

    Exodus – Blood In Blood Out

    Blood In, Blood Out CD + Bonus DVD due out October 14th via Nuclear Blast 

  •  iTunes Pre-Orders Get “Salt The Wound” & “Blood In, Blood Out” Instant Grat Tracks
  • View Behind-The-Scenes Photos from the “Blood In, Blood Out” Music Video Shoot
  • Try the EXODUS BURGER at the Official “Blood In, Blood Out” Listening Party at Kuma’s Corner on Saturday, 10/11 in Chicago 

In the fifth and final exclusive trailer on GUITAR WORLD.com that showcases material from the bonus “Making Of” DVD entitled “Blood Upon The Goat,” EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting gives fans a tour of his “Goats-R-Us Ranch & Studios” where the band’s tenth studio album Blood In, Blood Out was recorded.

“We took a little bit different approach to the recording of the drums this time,” shares Hunting.  “We wanted a real drum room with live mics to have that ambient room tone.”

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Faithful Darkness: album details and album track available

October 8th, 2014
by EvilG

Faithful Darkness

Swedish melodic death/thrash metallers Faithful Darkness album entitled “Archgod” will be released on 8 December 2014 via Coroner Records.

Faithful Darkness - Archgod

Track List
1. Lies Tells The Truth
2. Snake & Muse
3. The Witness
4. An Ocean Of Time
5. Paradise
6. Where Stars Burn…
7. Banished
8. The End Of It All
9. Corrupted
10. Shaping A Horizon
11. Archgod
12. One And The World
13. A Final Storm

The track “An Ocean Of Time” can be listened to below.

If you can’t see the video please follow this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIBtAul98Pk

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MACHINE HEAD: EXCLUSIVE EPIPHONE FLYING V GUITAR PREMIUM BUNDLES NOW AVAILABLE

October 8th, 2014
by EvilG

The Nuclear Blast USA Webshop is proud to offer this exclusive & extremely limited edition premium MACHINE HEADpre-order bundle for the new Bloodstone & Diamonds album which includes an Epiphone Robb Flynn “MH” Signature Flying V guitar and randomly selected accessories used in the recording of this epic eighth studio release, while supplies last.

Will your bundle include used guitar or bass strings or used guitar or bass picks? What song does Robb Flynn’s handwriting say they were used on?  Will you get used bass drum or tom heads, or used drum sticks?  The only way to find out is by ordering!

Only 250 of these ebony gloss Epiphone Robb Flynn “MH” Signature Flying V bundles are available.  Gear heads curious about the guitar specs can read up on them at this location.

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GENE HOGLAN PULLS DOUBLE-DUTY BEHIND THE KIT FOR SOME OF HEAVY METAL’S FINEST AND HE DOES IT FREQUENTLY!

October 8th, 2014
by EvilG
Gene Hoglan

Gene Hoglan

Legendary heavy metal drummer GENE ”THE ATOMIC CLOCK” HOGLAN is no stranger to holding his own behind the kit and is one of metal’s most in demand drummers.

GENE is currently playing with TESTAMENT, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK, DEATH DTA TOURS, as well as doing appearances with “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE”, his one-man show. The concept behind “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE” is to give the fans what they want: The ultimate “GENE” experience. In addition to telling personal stories and playing along to your favorite tracks, Hoglan reveals some of his secret techniques and tips to help all drummers and musicians at all levels.

Later this month Hoglan will bring his Experience to Poland for 3 appearances during DRUM FEST.

Oct. 17th: Gliwice, Centrum Kultury Studenckiej Mrowisko
Oct. 18th: Opole, Panstwowa Szkola Muzyczna
Oct. 19th: Wroclaw, Zaklete Rewiry
Get your tickets now at http://www.drumfest.pl

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KREATOR ANNOUNCE LIMITED EDITION SPLIT 7″ WITH ARCH ENEMY

October 8th, 2014
by EvilG

Those with an obsession for attending live concerts and collecting limited edition vinyl will soon be getting a double-dose of bliss starting in two weeks.

 

KREATOR, ambassadors of Germany’s distinctive brand of smoldering thrash metal, proudly mark their return to North America as direct support to Sweden’s ARCH ENEMY with an extremely limited edition split 7″.  With a print run of 500 copies, the transparent red vinyl 45 record will only be sold in the merch area during the 26-show “War Eternal – American Tour 2014” trek.  Fans attending the opening show in Baltimore on October 23rd will be the first with the opportunity to purchase a piece of metal touring history.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

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The Gentle Storm sign deal with InsideOutMusic

October 8th, 2014
by EvilG

Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) recently revealed that they had joined forces for new band The Gentle Storm, and they can now reveal that they have signed a deal with InsideOutMusic for the release of their debut album early next year.

Arjen comments: “We are thrilled to be able to strengthen our relationship with InsideOut Music as The Gentle Storm’s label.” Anneke adds: “We’re in the middle of recording these amazing new songs and are very excited the label shows an equal amount of faith in this release. We can’t wait for people to hear it and are happy this superb team will help us spread the word.”

Having originally worked together back in 1998 on Ayreon’s album ‘Into The Electric Castle’, and reconvening again for the seventh Ayreon album ‘01011001’, The Gentle Storm sees the duo collaborate for a full double-album that will see the light of day next year. Anneke will also take the music on the road in 2015, backed by a band of Dutch musicians; however Arjen himself will not take part.

 

Arjen Lucassen recently picked up the Virtuoso award at this year’s Progressive Music Awards, in front of an audience that included Peter Gabriel & Rick Wakeman amongst other progressive rock legends. Last year saw the release of the latest album from his Ayreon project entitled ‘The Theory Of Everything’ which featured guest appearances from the aforementioned Wakeman as well as Steve Hackett and Keith Emerson.

 

Anneke Van Giersbergen has also had an extremely busy 12 months following the release of her latest solo album ‘Drive’, playing live across the world with her solo band, Devin Townsend Project, and with Daniel Cavanagh of Anathema. She will also be playing a special anniversary show with former band The Gathering in November as well has having taken part in Devin Townsend’s forthcoming new album Z².

 

THE GENTLE STORM online:

www.facebook.com/TheGentleStorm/

www.twitter.com/gentlestormband

 

INSIDEOUTMUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideouteu
www.myspace.com/insideoutlabel

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LA Weekly Premieres First SCOTT IAN “Swearing Words in Glasgow” Exclusive DVD Clip

October 8th, 2014
by EvilG
Scott Ian's forthcoming Swearing Words in Glasgow DVD packaging

Scott Ian’s forthcoming Swearing Words in Glasgow DVD packaging

“Swearing Words in Glasgow” Coming November 13, 2014 via Megaforce Records
Order it Here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/scottian

 Catch SCOTT IAN at Largo in Los Angeles on October 10thThe FIRST West Coast “Speaking Words” Date + Official Book Release Party 
Today, LA Weekly has the exclusive first clip cut from legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personalitySCOTT IAN’s upcoming live comedy DVD, Swearing Words in Glasgow. The clip, entitled “Mistaken Identity”, discusses Scott being sadly mistaken for another heavy metal musician with… similar taste in facial hair styling. Check out the clip here, in addition to an excerpt from Scott’s new book (info below): http://www.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2014/10/08/scott-ian-describes-his-worst-moment-in-anthraxs-history

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Visigoth release new “Dungeon Master” single from forthcoming Metal Blade Records debut

October 8th, 2014
by EvilG

Salt Lake City’s Visigoth have released the debut single from their upcoming full length album, due out in early 2015. The purveyors of true heavy metal have unleashed “Dungeon Master” across all digital music outlets! Download now via iTunes or Amazon MP3, and stream onSpotify! The band will also be joining King Diamond and Jess and the Ancient Ones as the openers for the October 26th show at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT! Tickets for that show are available now at showclix.com.

Additional details about Visigoth‘s upcoming album will be made available later this year.

About Visigoth:
When the gods called for metal traditional and true, Visigoth answered. The year was 2010, and Jake Rogers allied his bardic magic with Lee Campana’s six-string sorcery to forge a tribute to the old sound of heavy metal. Thus the demo “Vengeance” was born.

Its completion sent tremors throughout the salted wastes of the Salt Lake City underground, attracting the attention of powerful musical forces. Jamison Palmer slung his mighty axe over one shoulder and trudged his way through the ice and snow of this inhospitable realm, lending his soul-rending riffcraft to the legion. He was soon joined by the mystical bass groove thaumaturgies of Matt Brotherton and the unrelenting storm-throned siege of Mikey Treseder’s furious drumming. Together, they became known as Visigoth.

As a constellation they traveled throughout the Salt Lake valley, determined to liberate their allies from the enemies of true metal. All who heard their mighty riffs, scorching leads, and infectious choruses joined the Iron Brotherhood, becoming acolytes of all things heavy. After many hard-fought battles, the band came together to record the “Final Spell” EP in 2012, sealing the pact between them with rites ancient and sorcerous.

Visigoth plays heavy metal that hearkens back to the golden age of ironclad riffwork and powerful vocals. They pay tribute to the titans of steel that left their mark on the history of the genre, and their earth-shaking sound echoes with a deep reverence for their roots. Visigothgoes above and beyond mere imitation, making their own musical mark on the genre they lovingly embrace. In Visigoth‘s realm, there are no frills, no gimmicks; there is only heavy metal.

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DEICIDE kicks off ‘In The Minds of Evil’ headline tour

October 8th, 2014
by EvilG

DEICIDE hit the road again in support of their latest album, IN THE MINDS OF EVIL (2013).  This time around they are joined by special guests Septic Flesh, Inquisition, Abysmal Dawn, Carach Angren.  They have also put together a static video for the tour.

 

Check out “GodKill” from IN THE MINDS OF EVIL:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NpNLA7n7ds

 

 

Head over to the DEICIDE merchandise table to pick up your copy of IN THE MINDS OF EVIL directly from the band!

DEICIDE releases available now on CM Distro:

http://www.cmdistro.com/Deicide

 

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